History Main / BulletProofHumanShield

31st May '18 8:50:52 AM erforce
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* Happens in ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' during the first fight scene, when Sherlock spots a mook coming towards him with a revolver and uses some fancy martial arts technique to maneuver the mook he is currently fighting into taking the bullet for him.

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* Happens in ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'' during the first fight scene, when Sherlock spots a mook coming towards him with a revolver and uses some fancy martial arts technique to maneuver the mook he is currently fighting into taking the bullet for him.
20th Apr '18 1:02:55 PM advent_child
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* Similar to the Luke Cage example, Anissa Pierce in ''Series/BlackLightning2018'' has {{Nigh Invulnerab|le}}ility as one of her superpowers. When her father, the titular Black Lightning, is on the offensive, she activates her abilities to turn into this to defend him from a small arms fire.
18th Apr '18 2:33:18 PM margdean56
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* Subverted in Alistair [=MacLean=]'s novel ''Literature/TheSatanBug'', where the protagonist points his gun at a suspect, and then tells him not to "worry" about the Scotch tape over the barrel, since the bullets from this gun are strong enough to pierce, if necessary, even throw ''two persons'' standing one behind another.
* Subverted in the book ''[[Literature/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Legacy]]'', as a terrorist attempts to use a fallen guard as a human shield, but is mowed down when the blast go right through the body anyway.

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* Subverted in Alistair [=MacLean=]'s novel ''Literature/TheSatanBug'', where the protagonist points his gun at a suspect, and then tells him not to "worry" about the Scotch tape over the barrel, since the bullets from this gun are strong enough to pierce, if necessary, even throw through ''two persons'' standing one behind another.
* Subverted in the book ''[[Literature/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Legacy]]'', as a terrorist attempts to use a fallen guard as a human shield, but is mowed down when the blast blasts go right through the body anyway.



* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', when Queen Etheldredda tries to shoot Jenna and Alice Nettles jumps in between, the bullet stucks in her heart. {{Justified|Trope}}, since the bullet was primed for Jenna but the tag (the initials: IP for "Infant Princess") worked for Alice as well (since her actual name was "Iona Pot").

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* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', when Queen Etheldredda tries to shoot Jenna and Alice Nettles jumps in between, the bullet stucks sticks in her heart. {{Justified|Trope}}, since the bullet was primed for Jenna but the tag (the initials: IP for "Infant Princess") worked for Alice as well (since her actual name was "Iona Pot").
10th Apr '18 9:42:32 PM Yalsaris63
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* At the end of the post-bank robbery running gun battle in ''Film/{{Heat}},'' Michael Cherito (Tom Sizemore) picks up a small girl to use as a human shield. Didn't do him any good for protection because Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) was already behind him and drawing a bead.

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* At the end of the post-bank robbery running gun battle in ''Film/{{Heat}},'' Michael Cherito Cheritto (Tom Sizemore) picks up a small girl to use as a human shield. Didn't do him any good for protection because Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) was already behind him and [[BoomHeadshot drawing a bead.bead towards his head]].
1st Mar '18 3:01:08 AM Dravencour
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* In the third ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' movie, Guts uses an unfortunate mook as a ''crossbow bolt'' proof shield which is more realistic than usual (apart from the fact that Guts is lifting said mook with his {{BFS}} and running ''upstairs'' at the same time).

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* In the third ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' movie, Guts during Guts's berserker rampage through the Tower of Rebirth, he uses an unfortunate mook as a ''crossbow bolt'' proof shield which is more realistic than usual (apart from the fact that Guts is lifting said mook with his {{BFS}} and running ''upstairs'' at the same time).
11th Jan '18 1:18:58 AM Kadorhal
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* ''Series/MythBusters'' once did a test to see how much tissue a bullet went through (based on myths that a very fat or very muscular man survived a gunshot). 16 Inches of fat couldn't stop a bullet, nor could 14 inches of muscle. They were using a .223 round.
** The reality is a little different; 12 inches of penetration in ballistic gelatin is considered the absolute minimum for a law enforcement pistol round, simulating passing through a target's arm at an angle and still wounding the heart sufficiently to incapacitate them. This is because [[http://www.thegunzone.com/platt-shot.html Michael Platt]] survived such a shot.
*** Considered the minimum by the "stopping power does not exist" [[BrokenBase faction]] of ballistics theorists, known as the Jello Junkies[[note]]"Ballistic jelly" is just commercial gelatin, like that used for desserts, prepared with a different ratio of gelatin to water.[[/note]]. Their opponents counter with examples of subdued—specifically dead—opponents with much less penetration; since they cite coroner data they're known as Morgue Monsters.
** a .223 Remington, a rifle round, could easily penetrate non-plated body armor, so the results aren't surprising.

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* ''Series/MythBusters'' once did a test to see how much tissue a bullet went through (based on myths that a very fat or very muscular man survived a gunshot). 16 Inches inches of fat couldn't stop a bullet, nor could 14 inches of muscle. They were using a .223 round.
Remington round, a rifle round that can easily penetrate non-plated body armor, so the results aren't surprising.
** The reality is a little different; 12 inches of penetration in ballistic gelatin is considered the absolute minimum for a law enforcement pistol round, round,[[note]]At least, by the "stopping power does not exist" [[BrokenBase faction]] of ballistics theorists, known as the Jello Junkies (after ballistic jelly, basically commercial gelatin prepared with a different ratio of gelatin to water). Their opponents counter with examples of subdued — specifically dead — opponents with much less penetration; since they cite coroner data they're known as Morgue Monsters.[[/note]] simulating passing through a target's arm at an angle and still wounding the heart sufficiently to incapacitate them. This is because [[http://www.thegunzone.com/platt-shot.html Michael Platt]] survived such a shot.
*** Considered the minimum by the "stopping power does not exist" [[BrokenBase faction]] of ballistics theorists, known as the Jello Junkies[[note]]"Ballistic jelly" is just commercial gelatin, like that used for desserts, prepared with a different ratio of gelatin to water.[[/note]]. Their opponents counter with examples of subdued—specifically dead—opponents with much less penetration; since they cite coroner data they're known as Morgue Monsters.
** a .223 Remington, a rifle round, could easily penetrate non-plated body armor, so the results aren't surprising.
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*** That is actually a trope in and of itself. Any party in a prolonged war has claimed that, among them all combatants in UsefulNotes/WW1 and UsefulNotes/WW2, Forces on both sides in the American Civil war, etc.

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*** That is actually a trope in and of itself. Any party in a prolonged war has claimed that, that sort of thing, among them all combatants in UsefulNotes/WW1 [=WWI=] and UsefulNotes/WW2, Forces [=WWII=], forces on both sides in the American Civil war, etc.
28th Dec '17 12:19:33 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Granny Weatherwax]] implies doing this with an unconscious Diamanta when fleeing Fairyland in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies''. She gets praised for rescuing the girl by carrying her over her shoulder, but instantly claims it was to shield herself from fairy arrows. (Since this is [[BadassGrandma Granny Weatherwax]] both interpretations are probably equally correct.)
* An interestingly realistic subversion happens in a [[http://thelonelywinds.com/library.php Lonely Winds]] story: a powerful villain known as the Crown of Thorns grabs a soldier to protect herself from a volley of bullets fired by the rest of his squad. When she drops his mangled remains, it is clear that some of the bullets did indeed pass through the soldier's body and hit her -- [[OhCrap but any sense of victory the soldiers might have felt is immediately quashed when the Crown races forward to attack them, only slightly injured.]]

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* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Granny Weatherwax]] implies doing this with an unconscious Diamanta when fleeing Fairyland in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies''. She gets praised for rescuing the girl by carrying her over her shoulder, but instantly claims it was to shield herself from fairy arrows. (Since this is [[BadassGrandma [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Granny Weatherwax]] both interpretations are probably equally correct.)
* An interestingly realistic subversion downplayed version happens in a [[http://thelonelywinds.com/library.php Lonely Winds]] story: a powerful villain known as the Crown of Thorns grabs a soldier to protect herself from a volley of bullets fired by the rest of his squad. When she drops his mangled remains, it is clear that some of the bullets did indeed pass through the soldier's body and hit her -- [[OhCrap but any sense of victory the soldiers might have felt is immediately quashed when the Crown races forward to attack them, only slightly injured.]]
26th Dec '17 7:35:05 AM smasll_lordvoice
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* Shows up a couple times in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', done more realistically than most since most of the bullets being taken are handgun rounds fired from quite some distance across moving cars. Justified when Max uses [[spoiler: the massively obese People Eater]] as a bullet sponge because 1) there's a ''[[FatBastard lot]]'' of meat to use in his meat shield.

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* Shows up a couple times in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', done more realistically than most since most of the bullets being taken are handgun rounds fired from quite some distance across moving cars. Justified when Max uses [[spoiler: the massively obese People Eater]] as a bullet sponge because 1) there's a ''[[FatBastard lot]]'' of meat to use in his meat shield.
26th Dec '17 7:34:40 AM smasll_lordvoice
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* Shows up a couple times in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', done more realistically than most since most of the bullets being taken are handgun rounds fired from quite some distance across moving cars. Justified when Max uses [[spoiler: the massively obese People Eater]] as a bullet sponge because 1) there's a ''[[FatBastard lot]]'' of meat to use in his meat shield and 2) his body doesn't retain intact like examples of the tope, the bullets pretty much turn [[ChunkySalsaRule the victim's head into chunks.]]

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* Shows up a couple times in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', done more realistically than most since most of the bullets being taken are handgun rounds fired from quite some distance across moving cars. Justified when Max uses [[spoiler: the massively obese People Eater]] as a bullet sponge because 1) there's a ''[[FatBastard lot]]'' of meat to use in his meat shield and 2) his body doesn't retain intact like examples of the tope, the bullets pretty much turn [[ChunkySalsaRule the victim's head into chunks.]]shield.
25th Dec '17 10:13:39 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* Shows up a couple times in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', done more realistically than most since most of the bullets being taken are handgun rounds fired from quite some distance across moving cars. Justified when Max uses [[spoiler: the massively obese People Eater]] as a bullet sponge because 1) there's a ''[[FatBastard lot]]'' of meat to use in his meat shield and 2) his body doesn't retain intact like examples of the tope, the bullets pretty much turn [[ChunkySalsaRule the victim's head into chunks.]]
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