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11th Aug '16 11:30:52 PM PaulA
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* A high-tech version of the bulletproof vest was a plot point in LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Mirror Dance]]''. There's a brief rundown of all the different types of armor available to combat soldiers of the day, from neural netting which protects against energy weapons to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin plasma mirror shields]]. Unfortunately for Miles, the anti-ballistic chestplate he borrowed was not rated for anti-personnel grenades....

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* A high-tech version of the bulletproof vest was a plot point in LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Mirror Dance]]''.Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/MirrorDance''. There's a brief rundown of all the different types of armor available to combat soldiers of the day, from neural netting which protects against energy weapons to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin plasma mirror shields]]. Unfortunately for Miles, the anti-ballistic chestplate he borrowed was not rated for anti-personnel grenades....grenades...
7th Aug '16 10:32:36 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** In ''Small Favor'', [[spoiler:Michael]] is permanently put out of commission when someone shoots him in the lower back and side from below, and his reinforced Kevlar vest ''keeps the bullets from simply exiting on the other side'', causing what the medical help estimated to be far more damage than if he hadn't been wearing a vest in the first place. When JimButcher [[PlayingWithATrope plays with a trope]], he plays ''hard''.

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** In ''Small Favor'', [[spoiler:Michael]] is permanently put out of commission when someone shoots him in the lower back and side from below, and his reinforced Kevlar vest ''keeps the bullets from simply exiting on the other side'', causing what the medical help estimated to be far more damage than if he hadn't been wearing a vest in the first place. When JimButcher [[PlayingWithATrope plays with a trope]], he plays ''hard''.[[note]]It is pointed out in the book, though, that if Harry didn't act when he did, Michael would have ''died''. While most of the actual damage was from the bullet being contained by the kevlar-- and thereby bouncing around-- it was rendered (relatively) nonlethal: this implies the original trajectory was towards a spot that wasn't protected at all.[[/note]]
5th Aug '16 7:50:26 AM Ripburger
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->'''Artemus Gordon''': If I may make one last request... that she aim for my heart -- the heart that loved this country so much...\\
'''Loveless''': ...shoot him in the head.\\
'''Artemus Gordon''': ''[under his breath]'' Damn!

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->'''Artemus Gordon''': If I may make one last request... that request? That she aim for my heart -- heart... the heart that loved this country so much...much.\\
'''Loveless''': ...shoot '''Loveless''': Shoot him in the head.\\
'''Artemus Gordon''': ''[under his breath]'' Damn!
26th Jul '16 8:30:08 PM Jake
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** ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' makes armour noticeably more useful; with the first armour upgrade equipped, your troops are now almost certain to survive ''one'' hit, and later models only get better. ''VideoGame/XCOM2'' actually had to nerf it a bit by making it more likely that wounded soldiers are out of combat for long periods.
23rd May '16 9:01:05 PM Willbyr
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* ''Literature/FateZero'' revealed that, in the NasuVerse, Church Executioners wear bulletproof ''priest robes''.

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* ''Literature/FateZero'' revealed that, in the NasuVerse, Franchise/NasuVerse, Church Executioners wear bulletproof ''priest robes''.
8th May '16 2:39:09 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* AbleTeam (the 1980's HeroesRUs spin-off of ''TheExecutioner'') wore kevlar vests with a steel trauma plate insert, which came in useful when Carl Lyons got shot at point-blank range with an [=AK47=] in Cairo, leading to quips that he'd been shot in the head, and the terrorists had better issue armor-piercing ammo when 'The Ironman' came around.

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* AbleTeam Able Team (the 1980's HeroesRUs spin-off of ''TheExecutioner'') ''Literature/TheExecutioner'') wore kevlar vests with a steel trauma plate insert, which came in useful when Carl Lyons got shot at point-blank range with an [=AK47=] in Cairo, leading to quips that he'd been shot in the head, and the terrorists had better issue armor-piercing ammo when 'The Ironman' came around.
3rd May '16 9:22:03 PM Arawn999
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In fiction, a bulletproof vest is capable of stopping anything up to including armor-piercing bullets fired by centerfire rifles. The shot might knock you down and leave you with a hole in your shirt, but you'll get up just fine. In games, vests either stop all damage or reduce it, but are often destroyed when they take enough damage. Video game injuries are a matter of mathematical equation, whereas in RealLife there is a great deal of randomness involved.

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In fiction, a bulletproof vest is capable of stopping anything up to and including armor-piercing bullets fired by centerfire rifles. The shot might knock you down and leave you with a hole in your shirt, but you'll get up just fine. In games, vests either stop all damage or reduce it, but are often destroyed when they take enough damage. Video game injuries are a matter of mathematical equation, whereas in RealLife there is a great deal of randomness involved.
1st May '16 2:58:35 AM AceOfScarabs
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* Bulletproof armor is much OlderThanTheyThink, and [[OlderThanSteam than steam]]. Back in the Middle Ages, the invention of fire arms didn't immediately end the use of armor. Blacksmiths actually shot their own armor, showing their customers that the armor would protect them. However, the steel plating used in typical infantry armor did get almost twice as thick up until about 1600. This still wasn't enough to keep pace with the developments in musket power, so in the 17th century infantry slowly began abandoning armor altogether. Even for cavalry, a full suit of knight-style armor got too heavy and expensive to be practical. But as they could take a heavier loadout with them than infantry heavy cavalry compromised on slowly decreasing the amount of armor being worn, and armor survived in the form of breastplates worn by heavy cavalry (and cuirassiers in particular) in many countries throughout the 19th century and into UsefulNotes/WW1. While it was vulnerable to medium and short-range musket fire during the Napoleonic Wars, it was effective against swords, lances, and bayonets, and also had a great psychological effect on both cuirassiers and the enemy.

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* Bulletproof armor is much OlderThanTheyThink, and [[OlderThanSteam than steam]]. Back in the Middle Ages, the invention of fire arms didn't immediately end the use of armor. Blacksmiths actually shot their own armor, showing their customers that the armor would protect them.them - The marks left by the bullets being deflected off the plate would be the 'proof' of the armor's ability to stop bullets. However, the steel plating used in typical infantry armor did get almost twice as thick up until about 1600. This still wasn't enough to keep pace with the developments in musket power, so in the 17th century infantry slowly began abandoning armor altogether. Even for cavalry, a full suit of knight-style armor got too heavy and expensive to be practical. But as they could take a heavier loadout with them than infantry heavy cavalry compromised on slowly decreasing the amount of armor being worn, and armor survived in the form of breastplates worn by heavy cavalry (and cuirassiers in particular) in many countries throughout the 19th century and into UsefulNotes/WW1. While it was vulnerable to medium and short-range musket fire during the Napoleonic Wars, it was effective against swords, lances, and bayonets, and also had a great psychological effect on both cuirassiers and the enemy.
16th Apr '16 8:32:02 PM SbenLives
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And don't forget, when someone does get shot when wearing a vest, has been mistaken for dead, gets emotionalized over and then sits up with a bewildered look on their face, they will always, ALWAYS part their shirt to reveal the vest, usually with bullets showing in it. Well almost always. In the ''Series/MacGyver'' episode [[spoiler: "For Love or Money", Anton Dubcek merely credits the vest, without ripping the shirt open.]] Generally they will then immediately remove the vest, even if the danger might not be over.

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And don't forget, when someone does get shot when wearing a vest, has been mistaken for dead, gets emotionalized over and then sits up with a bewildered look on their face, they will always, ALWAYS part their shirt to reveal the vest, usually with bullets showing in it. Well almost always. In the ''Series/MacGyver'' episode [[spoiler: "For Love or Money", Anton Dubcek merely credits the vest, without ripping the shirt open.]] Generally they They will then immediately remove the vest, even if the danger might not be over.
18th Mar '16 9:51:02 AM ObsidianFire
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* Subverted in ''Film/WildWildWest'' as quoted above; played straight by his partner who is shot in the chest but survives because of the vest sewn into his clothes without his knowledge. Note that Loveless isn't actually DangerouslyGenreSavvy; he's just a jackass.

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* Subverted in ''Film/WildWildWest'' as quoted above; played straight by his partner who is shot in the chest but survives because of the vest sewn into his clothes without his knowledge. Note that Loveless isn't actually DangerouslyGenreSavvy; he's just a jackass.
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