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22nd Aug '16 1:42:33 PM WillKeaton
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* The obscure Creator/HowardChaykin comic ''ComicBook/PowerAndGlory'' featured a government agent and a Superman {{expy}} with severe neurosis. The expy was a CorporateSponsoredSuperhero that looked good for the public while the agent was the real BadassNormal that was secretly taking down the bad guys. One image from that series involved the agent using the superhero in this fashion as seen on [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ruiGEWLNkms/TNMHHrIYJmI/AAAAAAAADxI/E8vpyo_StII/s1600/power+%26+glory+IMG_0005.jpg this cover]].

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* The obscure Creator/HowardChaykin comic ''ComicBook/PowerAndGlory'' featured a government agent and a Superman {{expy}} with severe neurosis. The expy was a CorporateSponsoredSuperhero that looked good for the public while the agent was the real BadassNormal that was secretly taking down the bad guys. One image from that series involved the agent using the superhero in this fashion as seen on [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ruiGEWLNkms/TNMHHrIYJmI/AAAAAAAADxI/E8vpyo_StII/s1600/power+%26+glory+IMG_0005.jpg this cover]].cover.]]
22nd Aug '16 1:41:46 PM WillKeaton
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* Franchise/GhostInTheShell:

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22nd Aug '16 1:40:57 PM WillKeaton
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In RealLife, a human shield would be good for a last resort and basically nothing else. You MIGHT be able to stop small-caliber hollow-point rounds, but even then it's a gamble. Army engineer manuals state that it takes 60 cm (2 feet) of soft wood to stop an M16 and 120 cm (4 feet) to stop an M60[[note]]The composition of the projectile is also a factor. Unjacketed, high-energy slugs tend to break into fragments and lose a significant fraction of their energy as they rip through living tissue. Lower energy rounds often stay intact, and diffuse less energy, allowing them to penetrate more deeply[[/note]]. But that wouldn't look very cool without some big guns blazing, would it? This trope almost always involves at least one automatic weapon, and the more there are, the cooler it looks. So, in RealLife Bob is likely to find himself in serious trouble; though some shots ''might'' stop inside his co-opted mook, the automatics being fired would have enough power for others to pass through and into Bob. Also, considering the number of bullets usually taken by the mook, some would miss him and hit parts of Bob that are unprotected because Bob is now standing in one place, and his mook is unlikely to be bigger than Bob and able to cover him completely.

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In RealLife, a human shield would be good for a last resort and basically nothing else. You MIGHT be able to stop small-caliber hollow-point rounds, but even then it's a gamble. Army engineer manuals state that it takes 60 cm (2 feet) of soft wood to stop an M16 and 120 cm (4 feet) to stop an M60[[note]]The M60.[[note]]The composition of the projectile is also a factor. Unjacketed, high-energy slugs tend to break into fragments and lose a significant fraction of their energy as they rip through living tissue. Lower energy rounds often stay intact, and diffuse less energy, allowing them to penetrate more deeply[[/note]]. deeply.[[/note]] But that wouldn't look very cool without some big guns blazing, would it? This trope almost always involves at least one automatic weapon, and the more there are, the cooler it looks. So, in RealLife Bob is likely to find himself in serious trouble; though some shots ''might'' stop inside his co-opted mook, the automatics being fired would have enough power for others to pass through and into Bob. Also, considering the number of bullets usually taken by the mook, some would miss him and hit parts of Bob that are unprotected because Bob is now standing in one place, and his mook is unlikely to be bigger than Bob and able to cover him completely.
11th Aug '16 1:55:46 AM PaulA
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* A JustifiedTrope in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Cordelia's Honor]]'', where the heroine uses an unconscious enemy soldier to shield herself from a [[DeathRay "nerve disruptor"]], a science fiction ray-gun that destroys nerve tissue, but is evidently absorbed by human tissue in the process.

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* A JustifiedTrope in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Cordelia's Honor]]'', ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'', where the heroine uses an unconscious enemy soldier to shield herself from a [[DeathRay "nerve disruptor"]], a science fiction ray-gun that destroys nerve tissue, but is evidently absorbed by human tissue in the process.
9th Aug '16 1:34:38 AM LondonKdS
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* In the final episode of ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', Weaver saves Sarah, John and Ellison from a Skynet drone attack by shapeshifting into a manta ray-like form to block the bullets and explosion.
7th Aug '16 10:03:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* A JustifiedTrope in LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[VorkosiganSaga Cordelia's Honor]]'', where the heroine uses an unconscious enemy soldier to shield herself from a [[DeathRay "nerve disruptor"]], a science fiction ray-gun that destroys nerve tissue, but is evidently absorbed by human tissue in the process.

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* A JustifiedTrope in LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[VorkosiganSaga Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Cordelia's Honor]]'', where the heroine uses an unconscious enemy soldier to shield herself from a [[DeathRay "nerve disruptor"]], a science fiction ray-gun that destroys nerve tissue, but is evidently absorbed by human tissue in the process.
4th Aug '16 12:14:52 PM Mhazard
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* Invoked by [[spoiler: Fumitan]] in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' by TakingTheBullet for [[spoiler: Kudelia]]. The human shield in question miraculously blocked a shot from an ''anti material rifle'', which such firepower should have resulted in an OneHitPolyKill instead.

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* Invoked by [[spoiler: Fumitan]] in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' by TakingTheBullet for [[spoiler: Kudelia]]. The human shield in question miraculously blocked a shot from an ''anti material rifle'', which such firepower should have resulted in an a OneHitPolyKill instead.
4th Aug '16 12:14:15 PM Mhazard
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* Invoked by [[spoiler: Fumitan]] in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' by TakingTheBullet for [[spoiler: Kudelia]]. The human shield in question miraculously blocked a shot from an ''anti material rifle'', which such firepower should have resulted in an OneHitPolyKill instead.
30th Jul '16 1:59:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TrueVillains'', Xaneth uses an innocent bystander as a shield against The Necromancer's attack. It's played humorously.

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* In ''TrueVillains'', ''Webcomic/TrueVillains'', Xaneth uses an innocent bystander as a shield against The Necromancer's attack. It's played humorously.
28th Jul '16 8:33:56 AM Willbyr
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* Averted in {{Hellsing}}. The whole reason Seras becomes a vampire is an EmergencyTransformation because Alucard shoots through her in order to kill the vampire priest using her as a shield.

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* Averted in {{Hellsing}}.''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. The whole reason Seras becomes a vampire is an EmergencyTransformation because Alucard shoots through her in order to kill the vampire priest using her as a shield.
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