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19th Apr '16 11:57:44 PM freesefan
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* In ''[[Literature/TheCrossing2015 The Crossing]]'', bad guys Ellis and Long are engaged in a shootout with protagonist Harry Bosch. As Ellis turns to flee, he yanks Long over between himself and Bosch to serve as a shield. It works, as Long takes a couple of bullets in his bulletproof vest and one in the hip.
18th Mar '16 9:50:08 AM ObsidianFire
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* Subverted in ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', when the GenreSavvy human shield gives Gibbs permission to shoot through her. And he does. Repeatedly.

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* Subverted in ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', when the GenreSavvy human shield gives Gibbs permission to shoot through her. And he does. Repeatedly.
9th Mar '16 11:38:52 PM jormis29
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* ''Series/BobsBurgers'' - in "The Oeder Games", Mr. Fischoeder has his tenants get in a water balloon fight competition where the winner gets a big rent break and the losers a big rent raise. Jimmy Pesto has his twin sons Andy and Ollie form a human bulletproof vest.

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* ''Series/BobsBurgers'' ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' - in "The Oeder Games", Mr. Fischoeder has his tenants get in a water balloon fight competition where the winner gets a big rent break and the losers a big rent raise. Jimmy Pesto has his twin sons Andy and Ollie form a human bulletproof vest.
9th Mar '16 1:42:36 PM Hossmeister
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* ''BobsBurgers'' - in "The Oeder Games", Mr. Fischoeder has his tenants get in a water balloon fight competition where the winner gets a big rent break and the losers a big rent raise. Jimmy Pesto has his twin sons Andy and Ollie form a human bulletproof vest.

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* ''BobsBurgers'' ''Series/BobsBurgers'' - in "The Oeder Games", Mr. Fischoeder has his tenants get in a water balloon fight competition where the winner gets a big rent break and the losers a big rent raise. Jimmy Pesto has his twin sons Andy and Ollie form a human bulletproof vest.
10th Feb '16 7:27:40 AM LuckyStampede
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* Averted in KingsmanTheSecretService. During the infamous Church Fight, [[CulturedBadAss Galahad]] stops one of the many armed churchgoers (but notably, not his bullets) using this trope. He grabs another brawling churchgoer, puts him in the path of the bullets, but ducks low so he isn't hit by the penetration. Essentially he uses the guy as momentary [[ConcealmentEqualsCover concealment]] before shoving the corpse on top of the shooter. [[ShownTheirWork If you look close you can actually see the bullets penetrating.]]
29th Jan '16 12:15:05 PM Pastykake
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Fictional works love this trope, giving the hapless {{Mook}} the stopping power of twelve inches of reinforced concrete. It's popular with [[AntiHero anti-heroes]], as it serves to show off the hero's cold-blooded resourcefulness. It's also a trope used by a JerkAss TechnicalPacifist; they aren't supposed to kill people, so they grab the nearest enemy and let their opponents take out a few for them. "I didn't kill anybody," says the blood-covered pacifist, after dragging numerous enemies into the paths of other people's bullets.

In RealLife, a HumanShield would probably work against small calibre weapons like handguns. On the other hand, 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; while 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. And 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 to cover him completely.

The trope can be justified somewhat if the {{Mook}} is wearing protective gear like a BulletProofVest - the vest stops or slows the bullets on entry, they're slowed more by the body and stopped by the back of the vest. Unfortunately this only works for the areas covered by a vest; furthermore, a Mook wearing full body armour would probably survive as well, and won't appreciate being used in this fashion. It might also be somewhat justifiable if a mook is only being used to block one or two bullets instead of the usual fusillade of fire, though this would still entail an element of chance.

A SisterTrope to HumanShield, but while that trope talks about using bystanders as psychological protection, this trope covers the bullet-stopping tendencies of the bystander. Related to ConcealmentEqualsCover, with the mook serving as the eponymous Concealment.

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Fictional works love this trope, giving the hapless {{Mook}} {{mook|s}} the stopping power of twelve inches of reinforced concrete. It's popular with [[AntiHero anti-heroes]], as it serves to show off the hero's cold-blooded resourcefulness. It's also a trope used by a JerkAss {{Jerkass}} TechnicalPacifist; they aren't supposed to kill people, so they grab the nearest enemy and let their opponents take out a few for them. "I didn't kill anybody," says the blood-covered pacifist, after dragging numerous enemies into the paths of other people's bullets.

In RealLife, a HumanShield human shield would probably work against small calibre small-calibre weapons like handguns. On the other hand, 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 So, in RealLife, RealLife Bob is likely to find himself in serious trouble; while though some shots ''might'' stop inside his co-opted {{mook}}, mook, the automatics being fired would have enough power for others to pass through and into Bob. And 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 mook is unlikely to be bigger than Bob and able to cover him completely.

The trope can be justified somewhat if the {{Mook}} mook is wearing protective gear like a BulletProofVest - BulletProofVest: the vest stops or slows the bullets on entry, they're slowed more by the body and stopped by the back of the vest. Unfortunately Unfortunately, this only works for the areas covered by a vest; furthermore, a Mook mook wearing full body armour would probably survive as well, and won't appreciate being used in this fashion. It might also be somewhat justifiable if a mook is only being used to block one or two bullets instead of the usual fusillade of fire, though this would still entail an element of chance.

A SisterTrope to HumanShield, but while where that trope talks about using bystanders as psychological protection, this trope covers the bullet-stopping tendencies of the bystander. Related to ConcealmentEqualsCover, with the mook serving as the eponymous Concealment.



Contrast with OneHitPolykill, where the bullets do go through the {{Mook}} to hit Bob, GrievousHarmWithABody, for when the mook is used as a weapon, ShootTheHostage and ShootTheHostageTaker. Compare TakingTheBullet. Also see AnnoyingArrows, ConcealmentEqualsCover, ImprobableCover, MagicBullets and PocketProtector.

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Contrast with OneHitPolykill, where the bullets do go through the {{Mook}} mook to hit Bob, GrievousHarmWithABody, for when the mook is used as a weapon, ShootTheHostage and ShootTheHostageTaker. Compare TakingTheBullet. Also see AnnoyingArrows, ConcealmentEqualsCover, ImprobableCover, MagicBullets and PocketProtector.
29th Jan '16 12:05:33 PM Pastykake
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'''Macgruber:''' You're wearing a bulletproof vest? ''Awesome''.

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'''Macgruber:''' '''[=MacGruber=]:''' You're wearing a bulletproof vest? ''Awesome''.
24th Nov '15 1:32:15 AM jormis29
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* All of the ''SplinterCell'' games allow you to take hostages. Most of the time, the mooks will shoot through their friend, harming Sam. In the one instance in the second game where Sam takes the enemy leader hostage, they will ''circle around'', terrain permitting, and still shoot him.

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* All of the ''SplinterCell'' ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' games allow you to take hostages. Most of the time, the mooks will shoot through their friend, harming Sam. In the one instance in the second game where Sam takes the enemy leader hostage, they will ''circle around'', terrain permitting, and still shoot him.
17th Nov '15 6:39:26 PM PaulA
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* Inverted in ''Captain Corelli's Mandolin'', when [[spoiler:the Italian soldiers are executed]], [[spoiler:Carlo Guercio]] ''deliberately'' steps in front of [[spoiler:Captain Corelli]] and holds ''him'' there, saving his life. Also justified, as [[spoiler:Guercio]] ''is'' big enough to shield [[spoiler:Corelli]] completely, and his body doesn't completely stop the bullets, only absorbing enough of the force that [[spoiler:the Captain]]'s injuries aren't fatal.

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* Inverted in ''Captain Corelli's Mandolin'', ''Literature/CaptainCorellisMandolin'', when [[spoiler:the Italian soldiers are executed]], [[spoiler:Carlo Guercio]] ''deliberately'' steps in front of [[spoiler:Captain Corelli]] and holds ''him'' there, saving his life. Also justified, as [[spoiler:Guercio]] ''is'' big enough to shield [[spoiler:Corelli]] completely, and his body doesn't completely stop the bullets, only absorbing enough of the force that [[spoiler:the Captain]]'s injuries aren't fatal.
11th Nov '15 3:00:32 PM hamza678
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* In one comic Metallo shoots {{Superman}} with a kryptonite bullet (the one kind of speeding bullet he is not faster than) and knocks Batman out with a blow to the head and buries the two alive. Batman comes to and blows himself and Superman out of the ground with his utility belt plastique, using Superman as a ''literal'' bulletproof human (er, alien) shield (along with the fact his batsuit is fully armored and fireproof).

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* In one comic Metallo shoots {{Superman}} ComicBook/{{Superman}} with a kryptonite bullet (the one kind of speeding bullet he is not faster than) and knocks Batman out with a blow to the head and buries the two alive. Batman comes to and blows himself and Superman out of the ground with his utility belt plastique, using Superman as a ''literal'' bulletproof human (er, alien) shield (along with the fact his batsuit is fully armored and fireproof).



* A single-issue {{Punisher}} story released the same time as TheMovie featured a shoot-out in a morgue, with Frank giving the rather sage advice of "Don't hide behind the thin guy."

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* A single-issue {{Punisher}} ComicBook/{{Punisher}} story released the same time as TheMovie featured a shoot-out in a morgue, with Frank giving the rather sage advice of "Don't hide behind the thin guy."
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