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6th May '17 11:25:40 PM maxwellsilver
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' episode 'Coyote Lovely,' Archer shoots Cyril to knock him out after discovering the latter is wearing one of these.
* Who could forget Duck Dodgers' Disintegration-Proof Vest from the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' classic ''[[WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury Duck Dodgers in the 24th-1/2 Century]]''? It can survive a blast from a Martian disintegrating pistol very well - which is more than can be said for the wearer. (Good thing the Eager Young Space Cadet had a [[ResetButton reintegrating gun handy]].)

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In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' episode 'Coyote Lovely,' Archer shoots Cyril to knock him out after discovering the latter is wearing one of these.
** In a flashback in "Movie Star", Krieger tests armour on a new intern, Chet. It doesn't go so well for Chet.
-->'''Krieger:''' Now, normally I don't let an intern do this on his first day, but... ''[cut to Chet slumped over, dead, with multiple bullet wounds]'' Chet? Buddy? How's it hanging?
* Who could forget Duck Dodgers' Disintegration-Proof Vest from the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' classic ''[[WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury Duck Dodgers in the 24th-1/2 Century]]''? ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury''. It can survive a blast from a Martian disintegrating pistol very well - which is more than can be said for the wearer. (Good thing the Eager Young Space Cadet had a [[ResetButton reintegrating gun handy]].)



** In another episode, Chief Wiggum gets shot while trying to wrestle a gun away from a criminal. He laughs, saying, "That's what bulletproof vests are for!" -- [[OhCrap and then realizes that he left his vest in the car]].

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** In another episode, Chief Wiggum gets shot while trying to wrestle a gun away from a criminal. He laughs, saying, "That's what bulletproof vests are for!" -- [[OhCrap and then realizes that he left his vest in the car]].car.



** ''Futurama'' also has an odd moment when Fry becomes a cop and tries to foil Bender stealing the Maltese Liquor. The robot that predicted the robbery notes that it was a trap - then Bender gets shot by Fry accidently when his shot ricochets off the safe, and the predictor robot shoots Fry. However, it's really a sting to catch the predictor robot, since Fry reveals he's wearing a bulletproof vest, and Bender - opens his door to show his bulletproof vest with a bullet lodged in it on a clothes hanger.

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** ''Futurama'' also has an odd moment when Fry becomes a cop and tries to foil Bender stealing the Maltese Liquor. The robot that predicted the robbery notes that it was a trap - then Bender gets shot by Fry accidently accidentally when his shot ricochets off the safe, and the predictor robot shoots Fry. However, it's really a sting to catch the predictor robot, since Fry reveals he's wearing a bulletproof vest, and Bender - opens his door to show his bulletproof vest with a bullet lodged in it on a clothes hanger.



* The infamous shootout in North Hollywood persisted because the two robbers were well-armored. Police, unable to penetrate their armor with their service pistols and shotguns, nonetheless put up great resistance without any loss of life. [[BigDamnHeroes Then the SWAT team arrived.]] Like Ned Kelly above, these guys suffered from both a lack of mobility and leg protection, which is how they got cornered. Phillips eventually committed suicide (and was shot in the spine with a rifle) after his gun jammed and he was shot in the arm. Matasareanu was crippled by gunfire to his legs and died before aid reached him.

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* The infamous shootout in North Hollywood persisted because the two robbers were well-armored. Police, unable to penetrate their armor with their service pistols and shotguns, nonetheless put up great resistance without any loss of life. [[BigDamnHeroes life; several officers also went to a nearby gunshop to procure rifles that could penetrate the armour. Then the SWAT team arrived.]] arrived. Like Ned Kelly above, these guys suffered from both a lack of mobility and leg protection, which is how they got cornered. Phillips eventually committed suicide (and was shot in the spine with a rifle) after his gun jammed and he was shot in the arm. Matasareanu was crippled by gunfire to his legs and died before aid reached him.



*** The popular UsefulNotes/SocietyForCreativeAnachronism song "I'll See Your Six" tells of Sir Trude, the first of the Lady Knights, who wore her SCA armor home through the streets of New York City. She was accosted by a mugger and his three cronies...whose switchblade failed to so much as faze her due to the heavy chain-mail she wore. All four were chased off when she responded by drawing and brandishing [[{{BFS}} a three foot broadsword]] at them that [[FailedASpotCheck they hadn't noticed her carrying earlier]]. MuggingTheMonster at its finest as well as an example of how chain-mail can at the very least reduce damage from blade slashes.

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*** The popular UsefulNotes/SocietyForCreativeAnachronism song "I'll See Your Six" tells of Sir Trude, the first of the Lady Knights, who wore her SCA armor home through the streets of New York City. She was accosted by a mugger and his three cronies...whose switchblade failed to so much as faze her due to the heavy chain-mail she wore. All four were chased off when she responded by drawing and brandishing [[{{BFS}} a three foot broadsword]] broadsword at them that [[FailedASpotCheck they hadn't noticed her carrying earlier]].earlier. MuggingTheMonster at its finest as well as an example of how chain-mail can at the very least reduce damage from blade slashes.



* During [[UsefulNotes/SpanishAmericanWar the USA's campaign to subjugate the Phillipines]], natives would wrap thick ropes around themselves as armor against the the standard .38 Long Colt revolver round the Army had at the time. This led the Army to temporarily bring the Single Action Army in .45 Colt back into service, and led to the development of the more powerful .38 Special round and the M1911 pistol with its even more powerful .45 ACP rounds. The ropes actually didn't provide much protection against bullets, but they did restrict circulation, making it take longer to bleed to death from bullet wounds.
* During the 1920s/30s, a typical bulletproof vest worn by a bank robber or bootlegger was just a vest with thick layers of cotton padding and cloth.
** These vests, up to 20 layers of cotton, with a few thin steel plates, were still quite effective against the standard issue .38 Special revolvers used by most police officers at the time. One rather well known hitman, ([[{{Irony}} if anybody remembers his name please place it here]]), was killed while wearing one by a officer using a BAR, essentially a light machine gun.
*** These vests had a very unfortunate consequence for the criminals wearing them: to not lose the police market to Colt and a M1911 pistol variant chambered for the proprietary .38 Super round (that ''could'' pierce those bulletproof vests), Smith & Wesson and Winchester developed the .357 Magnum round (including armour-piercing variants) with the Model 27 revolver. The bulletproof vest disappeared very quickly.
** Also worth noting, many types of ammo were less powerful than their modern-day counterparts, due to newer guns being made of stronger materials. Very important if you buy a vintage gun and try loading it with modern ammunition, which can easily overpressurize the firing chamber and cause the gun to [[CriticalFailure explode]].

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* During [[UsefulNotes/SpanishAmericanWar the USA's campaign to subjugate the Phillipines]], Philippines]], natives would wrap thick ropes around themselves as armor against the the standard .38 Long Colt revolver round the Army had at the time. This led the Army to temporarily bring the Single Action Army in .45 Colt back into service, and led to the development of the more powerful .38 Special round and the M1911 pistol with its even more powerful .45 ACP rounds. The ropes actually didn't provide much protection against bullets, but they did restrict circulation, making it take longer to bleed to death from bullet wounds.
* During the 1920s/30s, a typical bulletproof vest worn by a bank robber or bootlegger was just a vest with thick layers of cotton padding and cloth.
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cloth. These vests, up to 20 layers of cotton, with a few thin steel plates, were still quite effective against the standard issue .38 Special revolvers used by most police officers at the time. One rather well known hitman, ([[{{Irony}} if anybody remembers his name please place it here]]), hitman was killed while wearing one by a officer using a BAR, essentially a light machine gun.
*** ** These vests had a very unfortunate consequence for the criminals wearing them: to not lose the police market to Colt and a M1911 pistol variant chambered for the proprietary .38 Super round (that ''could'' pierce those bulletproof vests), Smith & Wesson and Winchester developed the .357 Magnum round (including armour-piercing variants) with the Registered Magnum revolver, renamed the Model 27 revolver.in 1957. The bulletproof vest disappeared very quickly.
** Also worth noting, many types of ammo were less powerful than their modern-day counterparts, due to newer guns being made of stronger materials. Very important if you buy a vintage gun and try loading it with modern ammunition, which can easily overpressurize the firing chamber and cause the gun to [[CriticalFailure explode]].explode.



** In 2006, the US Army banned the use of privately purchased armor (making any deaths while wearing non-approved armor not eligible for certain death benefits), specifically the Dragon Skin, although some elite troops are known to hold on to their Dragon Skin after the ban, prefering it over the standard-issue Interceptor Body Armor.

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** In 2006, the US Army banned the use of privately purchased armor (making any deaths while wearing non-approved armor not eligible ineligible for certain death benefits), specifically the Dragon Skin, although some elite troops are known to hold on to their Dragon Skin after the ban, prefering preferring it over the standard-issue Interceptor Body Armor.



* 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 -- 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.

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* Bulletproof armor is much OlderThanTheyThink, and [[OlderThanSteam than steam]]. Back in the Middle Ages, the invention of fire arms firearms didn't immediately end the use of armor. Blacksmiths actually shot their own armor, showing their customers that the armor would protect 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.
1st May '17 2:34:02 PM nighttrainfm
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* Treated fairly realistically in Matt Fraction's ''ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}'' run. Clint is shot at close range by Madame Masque, and despite wearing a SHIELD-issue bulletproof vest he's next seen in a medical ward. He outright says it felt like being hit by a truck.

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* Treated fairly realistically in Matt Fraction's ''ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}'' run. Clint is shot at close range by Madame Masque, and despite wearing a SHIELD-issue bulletproof vest he's knocked flat and is next seen in a medical ward. He outright says it felt like being hit by a truck.
23rd Apr '17 2:59:31 PM Tightwire
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** In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', Tannen watches a movie set in the Wild West where a man survives gun shots thanks to this, as {{foreshadowing}} for the next sequel; In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', GenreSavvy Marty hides a stove door under his shirt to survive a gun duel, in homage to ''A Fistful of Dollars.''

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** In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', Tannen watches a movie set in the Wild West where a man survives gun shots thanks to this, as {{foreshadowing}} for the next sequel; In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', GenreSavvy Marty hides a stove door under his shirt to survive a gun duel, just in homage to ''A Fistful of Dollars.''case, and being GenreSavvy, acts out a scene from ''AFistfullOfDollars'' with Mad Dog Biff.
19th Apr '17 11:23:56 AM Mavado
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* PlayedWith in ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'', where [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Zombina]] unzips her jacket to show that she ''[[ImmuneToBullets wasn't]]'' wearing a vest.
12th Apr '17 8:48:50 PM Unityd3v
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* Starting in issue 19 of ''ComicBook/AllNewWolverine'', Laura starts wearing one with her new costume based on a suggestion by [[JuniorCounterpart Gabby]] that [[GoodThingYouCanHeal just because she can heal]] doesn't mean she shouldn't protect herself.
2nd Apr '17 9:07:11 PM MaskedAndDangerous
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* Imperial Guard flak armour shines through in ''TabletopGame/OnlyWar''. In fact, it's even better this time round, because you can acquire it right from the get-go if you choose/create the right regiment for your characters, and upgrading the armour to Good Craftsmanship is relatively inexpensive - even Best Craftmanship is somewhat reasonable.

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* Imperial Guard flak armour shines through in ''TabletopGame/OnlyWar''. In fact, it's even better this time round, because you can acquire it right from the get-go if you choose/create the right regiment for your characters, and upgrading the armour to Good Craftsmanship is relatively inexpensive - even Best Craftmanship is somewhat reasonable. This is countered by the fact that should your regiment not specify full Imperial Flak on creation, then they start with just the vest and helmet, leaving your arms and legs vulnerable.
27th Mar '17 8:58:36 AM HiddenWindshield
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In reality, the low-level vests issued to police officers are usually only rated to stop small-to-medium-caliber handgun rounds. Shotgun rounds are largely ineffective against armor, due to even the stiffer shot loads being only equivalent to 30-something caliber spherical balls -- not good for piercing. Top tier soft armor will stop all but the nastiest handgun rounds, and hard armor is impervious to handguns. Rifle rounds and very high-powered handguns usually require hard armor plates. These can be made of either metal (usually steel) or ceramic. The metal plates will cave in when struck sufficiently hard, which can trap you inside your armor in addition to delivering a very hard wallop to your body. Ceramic plates, when defeated, are known to disintegrate, shatter and fall apart. And still give you a hard knock. Metal plates also tend to remain functional indefinitely unless actually pierced, while ceramic plates will break and need replacing even they stop a bullet. The advantage is a ceramic plate is lighter than metal plate of equivalent strength. Plates designed to stop the bigger bullets are also very bulky, at least in the NATO tradition (some Soviet armors use more compact plates) and unlikely to be worn underneath clothing. Even if the vest stops the bullet from penetrating your body, you are likely to sustain broken ribs and nasty bruises. To put it in another way, being shot while armored is like being hit by a sledgehammer. One of the marginal benefits of body armor is that any attack which defeats it does give up energy in the process, meaning that it doesn't hit the body with its full force, and is therefore more survivable. Body armor also provides pressure to the body, which slows down bleeding and helps to keep your organs in one piece in their places.

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In reality, the low-level vests issued to police officers are usually only rated to stop small-to-medium-caliber handgun rounds. Shotgun rounds are largely ineffective against armor, due to even the stiffer shot loads being only equivalent to 30-something caliber spherical balls -- not good for piercing. Top tier soft armor will stop all but the nastiest handgun rounds, and hard armor is impervious to handguns. Rifle rounds and very high-powered handguns usually require hard armor plates. These can be made of either metal (usually steel) or ceramic. The metal plates will cave in when struck sufficiently hard, which can trap you inside your armor in addition to delivering a very hard wallop to your body. Ceramic plates, when defeated, are known to disintegrate, shatter and fall apart. And still give you a hard knock. Metal plates also tend to remain functional indefinitely unless actually pierced, while ceramic plates will break and need replacing even every time they stop a bullet. The advantage is a ceramic plate is lighter than metal plate of equivalent strength. Plates designed to stop the bigger bullets are also very bulky, at least in the NATO tradition (some Soviet armors use more compact plates) and unlikely to be worn underneath clothing. Even if the vest stops the bullet from penetrating your body, you are likely to sustain broken ribs and nasty bruises. To put it in another way, being shot while armored is like being hit by a sledgehammer. One of the marginal benefits of body armor is that any attack which defeats it does give up energy in the process, meaning that it doesn't hit the body with its full force, and is therefore more survivable. Body armor also provides pressure to the body, which slows down bleeding and helps to keep your organs in one piece in their places.
19th Mar '17 5:15:30 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* In an early episode of ''[[Series/SuperSentai Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger]]'', Commander Doggie "Boss" Kruger is shot right as he returns home from an off-world Deka meeting by MonsterOfTheWeek Gigantes (AKA Hoji/DekaBlue's old friend Vino), immediately after Hoji realizes what Gigantes was up to. Fortunately, he was wearing a Bulletproof Vest and survived little less for wear (it's implied that Hoji warned Swam about Gigantes and she alerted Doggie just in time), though considering how he's shown to be MadeOfIron in later episodes, one wonders if he really needed it...

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* In an early episode of ''[[Series/SuperSentai Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger]]'', ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'', Commander Doggie "Boss" Kruger is shot right as he returns home from an off-world Deka meeting by MonsterOfTheWeek Gigantes (AKA Hoji/DekaBlue's Hoji/Deka Blue's old friend Vino), immediately after Hoji realizes what Gigantes was up to. Fortunately, he was wearing a Bulletproof Vest and survived little less for wear (it's implied that Hoji warned Swam Swan about Gigantes and she alerted Doggie just in time), though considering how he's shown to be MadeOfIron in later episodes, one wonders if he really needed it...
2nd Mar '17 12:39:32 PM AFP
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*** This is just formalizing what some soldiers have jerry-rigged for decades. Many US Army helicopter crews in Vietnam were issued flak jackets. Since helicopters were mostly shot at from below, the jackets were often used as seat cushions rather than worn conventionally.

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*** This is just formalizing what some soldiers have jerry-rigged for decades. Many US Army helicopter crews in Vietnam were issued flak jackets. Since helicopters were mostly shot at from below, the jackets were often used as seat cushions rather than worn conventionally. Bomber crews during WorldWarII would often do the same with ''their'' flak jackets for similar reasons.
25th Jan '17 1:18:58 PM StFan
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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''': Damn!

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->'''Artemus Gordon''': Gordon:''' If I may make one last request? That she aim for my heart... the heart that loved this country so much.\\
'''Loveless''': '''Loveless:''' Shoot him in the head.\\
'''Artemus Gordon''': Gordon:''' Damn!



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* Rotton the Wizard probably one of the few people in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' with the sense to wear one. Shouting out your presence when you have the jump on the enemy not so much.
* [[Manga/GunsmithCats Bean Bandit's]] moose leather jacket is an NighInvulnerable ''monstrosity'' filled with '''ceramic plates and chain mail.''' It's demonstrated to protect Bean from a barrage of ''assault rifle fire'' and '''multiple shotgun slugs.''' Downside? Only an utter monster like Bean can wear something so absurdly heavy; When Misty nudges it off a dresser, it ''breaks her foot.''
** On top of that, Bean wears a ''headband'' of the same construction. It deflects a 9mm ''contact shot.''

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* Rotton the Wizard is probably one of the few people in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' with the sense to wear one. Shouting out your presence when you have the jump on the enemy enemy, not so much.
* [[Manga/GunsmithCats ''Manga/GunsmithCats'': Bean Bandit's]] Bandit's moose leather jacket is an NighInvulnerable ''monstrosity'' filled with '''ceramic plates and chain mail.''' It's demonstrated to protect Bean from a barrage of ''assault rifle fire'' and '''multiple shotgun slugs.''' Downside? Only an utter monster like Bean can wear something so absurdly heavy; When when Misty nudges it off a dresser, it ''breaks her foot.''
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'' On top of that, Bean wears a ''headband'' of the same construction. It deflects a 9mm ''contact shot.''



* Marvel's ComicBook/{{Punisher}} originally used a similar trick, wearing heavy body-armor with a white skull that drew attention - and fire - away from his head (not to mention that the symbol's "teeth" section is a handy place to have ammo clips). Later incarnations are simply too badass to die.

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* Marvel's ComicBook/{{Punisher}} originally used a similar trick, wearing heavy body-armor with a white skull that drew attention - and fire - -- away from his head (not to mention that the symbol's "teeth" section is a handy place to have ammo clips). Later incarnations are simply too badass to die.



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* Played straight in ''Film/{{District 9}}''. Wikus is hit while [[StormingTheCastle infiltrating MNU]]. After he kills the offending shooter, he looks at the bullets left in his vest.

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* Played straight in ''Film/{{District 9}}''.''Film/District9''. Wikus is hit while [[StormingTheCastle infiltrating MNU]]. After he kills the offending shooter, he looks at the bullets left in his vest.



* In the beginning of ''Film/{{Predator 2}}'', Danny Glover armors his car by hanging kevlar vests over the side windows.

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* In the beginning of ''Film/{{Predator 2}}'', ''Film/Predator2'', Danny Glover armors his car by hanging kevlar vests over the side windows.



-->'''Ramathorn''': [After shooting Mac in the jockstrap, knocking Mac on his back] How do you feel?\\
'''Mac''': Good enough...to fuck...your mother!
** [[DaChief O'Hagen]] shows up and assumes it's a trick being played on the rookie trooper, claims that he invented this gag, and that it involves the gun being loaded with blanks. (The only thing he's puzzled about is why it's Mac who is naked aside from the jockstrap, since in his day they would have forced the rookie to do it as part of [[InitiationCeremony rookie hazing]].) He then takes the gun they were using and fires it to the side to demonstrate that it's not loaded with real bullets, but winds up shooting out a window of one of the patrol cars and revealing that they really ''were'' using live ammo.
--->'''O'Hagen''': [obviously horrified] You're a sick motherfucker, Mac.
--->'''Mac''': [[InsultBackfire Thanks, Chief!]]

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-->'''Ramathorn''': -->'''Ramathorn:''' [After shooting Mac in the jockstrap, knocking Mac on his back] How do you feel?\\
'''Mac''': '''Mac:''' Good enough...enough... to fuck...fuck... your mother!
** :: [[DaChief O'Hagen]] shows up and assumes it's a trick being played on the rookie trooper, claims that he invented this gag, and that it involves the gun being loaded with blanks. (The only thing he's puzzled about is why it's Mac who is naked aside from the jockstrap, since in his day they would have forced the rookie to do it as part of [[InitiationCeremony rookie hazing]].) He then takes the gun they were using and fires it to the side to demonstrate that it's not loaded with real bullets, but winds up shooting out a window of one of the patrol cars and revealing that they really ''were'' using live ammo.
--->'''O'Hagen''': -->'''O'Hagen:''' [obviously horrified] You're a sick motherfucker, Mac.
--->'''Mac''':
Mac.\\
'''Mac:'''
[[InsultBackfire Thanks, Chief!]]



* ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''. When Bond is at Q Branch a man wearing an overcoat is shot with a machine gun. He opens the overcoat, revealing a bulletproof vest - it was being tested under fire, as it were.

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* ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''. When Bond is at Q Branch a man wearing an overcoat is shot with a machine gun. He opens the overcoat, revealing a bulletproof vest - -- it was being tested under fire, as it were.



* [[Comicbook/{{Batman}} Batman's]] batsuit in the DCExtendedUniverse is, like the comics, flexiable fabric-like body armour. It works well against gunfire, as in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', Batman's cowl even deflects a point-blank gunshot to the back of the his head, although it clearly still ''hurts''. The same fight also show that, like a real bulletproof vest, the batsuit is less resistant to knives, since Batman gets stabbed through it.

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* [[Comicbook/{{Batman}} Batman's]] batsuit in the DCExtendedUniverse Film/DCExtendedUniverse is, like the comics, flexiable flexible fabric-like body armour.armor. It works well against gunfire, as in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', Batman's cowl even deflects a point-blank gunshot to the back of the his head, although it clearly still ''hurts''. The same fight also show that, like a real bulletproof vest, the batsuit is less resistant to knives, since Batman gets stabbed through it.



* JohnBirmingham's ''Literature/AxisOfTime'' has nigh-impenetrable [[AppliedPhlebotinum nano-weave]] body armor used by "uptime" troops, which stops any round that isn't aimed at the head or extremities. [[HotScoop Julia Duffy]]'s personal armor is actually of a much higher quality than standard-issue 21st century military. It saves her countless times, especially when [[spoiler:the Waffen-SS put her and a bunch of US Army Rangers in a line and machinegun them all]]. She still requires immediate medical attention from hydrostatic shock (even though the armor is also designed to spread the force of the impact) and spends weeks recovering.

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* JohnBirmingham's Creator/JohnBirmingham's ''Literature/AxisOfTime'' has nigh-impenetrable [[AppliedPhlebotinum nano-weave]] body armor used by "uptime" troops, which stops any round that isn't aimed at the head or extremities. [[HotScoop Julia Duffy]]'s personal armor is actually of a much higher quality than standard-issue 21st century military. It saves her countless times, especially when [[spoiler:the Waffen-SS put her and a bunch of US Army Rangers in a line and machinegun them all]]. She still requires immediate medical attention from hydrostatic shock (even though the armor is also designed to spread the force of the impact) and spends weeks recovering.



-->'''Ambassador Bartlett:''' What if someone aims at my head?
-->'''Gunnery Sgt. Granger:''' [[CaptainObvious Duck]], [[ServileSnarker ma'am.]]
* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' team suit up in Kevlar vests OnceAnEpisode.
** Garcia even addresses this when [[spoiler:Morgan gets shot by an Unsub, but leaves with some bruises]]
-->'''Garcia''': They told me you got shot...[[CaptainObvious with bullets.]]
-->'''Morgan''': I got shot in my bulletproof vest babygirl, I'm fine.
-->'''Garcia''': Why don't they make better vests? That's not bulletproof. It's like when you fall in the pool and your watch stops working, that's water ''resistant'' not water ''proof''-

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-->'''Ambassador Bartlett:''' What if someone aims at my head?
-->'''Gunnery
head?\\
'''Gunnery
Sgt. Granger:''' [[CaptainObvious Duck]], [[ServileSnarker ma'am.]]
* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' team suit up in Kevlar vests OnceAnEpisode.
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OnceAnEpisode. Garcia even addresses this when [[spoiler:Morgan gets shot by an Unsub, but leaves with some bruises]]
-->'''Garcia''': -->'''Garcia:''' They told me you got shot...[[CaptainObvious with bullets.]]
-->'''Morgan''':
]]\\
'''Morgan:'''
I got shot in my bulletproof vest babygirl, I'm fine.
-->'''Garcia''':
fine.\\
'''Garcia:'''
Why don't they make better vests? That's not bulletproof. It's like when you fall in the pool and your watch stops working, that's water ''resistant'' not water ''proof''-''proof''.



* Body armour in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' just gives you a better chance of shrugging off injury, rather than actually preventing damage per se. Unless one has a ridiculously high Body attribute (easily gained by, say, being a Troll), just one layer of ballistic armour won't cut it against anything above light pistol fire. But that's civilian- and security-grade armour. Military-grade armour makes one totally immune to anything of too low a penetrating power, but still does not save one against being shot with an Assault Cannon set to full-auto.
* Flak jackets in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are standard equipment for basic Imperial Guard units. They're nicknamed "t-shirts" because they're so flimsy in comparison to the much heavier armors available in the game.

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* Body armour armor in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' just gives you a better chance of shrugging off injury, rather than actually preventing damage per se. Unless one has a ridiculously high Body attribute (easily gained by, say, being a Troll), just one layer of ballistic armour armor won't cut it against anything above light pistol fire. But that's civilian- and security-grade armour. Military-grade armour armor makes one totally immune to anything of too low a penetrating power, but still does not save one against being shot with an Assault Cannon set to full-auto.
* Flak jackets in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' are standard equipment for basic Imperial Guard units. They're nicknamed "t-shirts" "T-shirts" because they're so flimsy in comparison to the much heavier armors available in the game.



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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 - 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.

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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 - -- 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.
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