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19th Jan '17 5:15:23 PM StFan
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' the [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive//20060208c12p022.JPG Sarghress]] have developed this technique to compensate for being individually fairly weak Sta{{barrier warrior}}s. Done with a more powerful individual [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive//20060217c12p025.JPG here]]. Although powerful, even she has to upgrade from [[BarrierWarrior personal barrier]] to deflector shield with the help of the two mana specialists behind her (white cloaks) to deflect a cannon ball.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' the [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive//20060208c12p022.JPG Sarghress]] have developed this technique to compensate for being individually fairly weak Sta{{barrier {{barrier warrior}}s. Done with a more powerful individual [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive//20060217c12p025.JPG here]]. Although powerful, even she has to upgrade from [[BarrierWarrior personal barrier]] to deflector shield with the help of the two mana specialists behind her (white cloaks) to deflect a cannon ball.
7th Jan '17 9:04:46 AM StFan
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** ''Film/RogueOne'' give us a closer look at a full planetary shield with the one around Scarif. It surrounds the planet with only one orbital station used as door to allow ship traffic. Several X-wings manage to slip past to attack the station on the ground before the shield door is closed, but when it does a pair of fighters can't recover in time and smashes against it. The shield also stops transmissions (except for minimal ones using a dedicated imperial channel), which is why [[spoiler:the Rebels need to destroy the orbital station and bring down the shield before the Rogue One team on the ground can transmit the Death Star plans to the ships above]].

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** ''Film/RogueOne'' give us a closer look at a full planetary shield with the one around Scarif. It surrounds the planet with only one orbital station used as door to allow ship traffic. Several X-wings manage to slip past to attack the station forces on the ground before the shield door is closed, but when it does a pair of fighters can't recover in time and smashes against it. The shield also stops transmissions (except for minimal ones using a dedicated imperial channel), which is why [[spoiler:the Rebels need to destroy the orbital station and bring down the shield before the Rogue One team on the ground Scarif can transmit the Death Star plans to the ships above]].



* ''Series/BlakesSeven'' called this a "force wall". Only the ''Liberator'' had it -- the Federation ships did without -- and activating and running the force wall was very energy consumptive. The force wall was one of several superior technologies that made the ''Liberator'' quite a battlewagon. There were hints the Federation had shields in a few episodes, there were several mentions of defence fields and screens.

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* ''Series/BlakesSeven'' called this a "force wall". Only the ''Liberator'' had it -- the Federation ships did without -- and activating and running the force wall was very energy consumptive. The force wall was one of several superior technologies that made the ''Liberator'' quite a battlewagon. There were hints the Federation had shields in a few episodes, there were several mentions of defence defense fields and screens.



** One episode had Jack, Sam, and Daniel acquire armbands that grant them SuperStrength and SuperSpeed. They ues them to get into a planetary shipyard in the process of constructing Apophis's new mothership. Since they're able to move extremely fast, they can perceive the frequency at which the force fields in the base cycle and pass through when they're not there.
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis:'' The Ancients have a force field around an entire city, the shield is unique in the series in that it does not degrade as it takes damage and the amount of power it consumes is proportional to the strain it is under, if it is not under any strain it can stay active indefinitely. The shield, coupled with a sufficient power source has been shown to resist: orbital bombardment from the entire Wraith fleet, water pressure from the bottom of the ocean (hence the legend of Atlantis sinking beneath the waves) and extended over an entire planet to resist a coronal mass ejection. It can also be modified to act as a [[StealthinSpace cloaking device]] and Anti-replicator shield.

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** One episode had has Jack, Sam, and Daniel acquire armbands that grant them SuperStrength and SuperSpeed. They ues use them to get into a planetary shipyard in the process of constructing Apophis's new mothership. Since they're able to move extremely fast, they can perceive the frequency at which the force fields in the base cycle and pass through when they're not there.
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis:'' The Ancients have a force field around an entire city, the city. The shield is unique in the series in that it does not degrade as it takes damage and the amount of power it consumes is proportional to the strain it is under, under; if it is not under any strain it can stay active indefinitely. The shield, coupled with a sufficient power source has been shown to resist: orbital bombardment from the entire Wraith fleet, water pressure from the bottom of the ocean (hence the legend of Atlantis sinking beneath the waves) and extended over an entire planet to resist a coronal mass ejection. It can also be modified to act as a [[StealthinSpace cloaking device]] and Anti-replicator shield.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' the [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive//20060208c12p022.JPG Sarghress]] have developed this technique to compensate for being indvidually fairly weak [[BarrierWarrior barrier warriors]]. Done with a more powerful individual [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive//20060217c12p025.JPG here]]. Although powerful, even she has to upgrade from [[BarrierWarrior personal barrier]] to deflector shield with the help of the two mana specialists behind her (white cloaks) to deflect a cannon ball.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' the [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive//20060208c12p022.JPG Sarghress]] have developed this technique to compensate for being indvidually individually fairly weak [[BarrierWarrior barrier warriors]].Sta{{barrier warrior}}s. Done with a more powerful individual [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive//20060217c12p025.JPG here]]. Although powerful, even she has to upgrade from [[BarrierWarrior personal barrier]] to deflector shield with the help of the two mana specialists behind her (white cloaks) to deflect a cannon ball.



* In ''Literature/{{Aeon 14}}'' Tanis Richards buys a {{nanotechnology}}-based "armor" that essentially provides an invisible force field over her body. In addition to its primary purpose of taking hits for her, in book two she {{MacGyver|ing}}s it into a ''g''-suit of sorts so she can survive a harsh acceleration burn.

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* In ''Literature/{{Aeon 14}}'' ''Literature/Aeon14'' Tanis Richards buys a {{nanotechnology}}-based "armor" that essentially provides an invisible force field over her body. In addition to its primary purpose of taking hits for her, in book two she {{MacGyver|ing}}s it into a ''g''-suit of sorts so she can survive a harsh acceleration burn.



** The Vanir have PoweredArmor with forearm-mounted energy shields. One used this feature to protect his comrades as they abducted Daniel Jackson and Rodney [=McKay=]. Unfortunately for him, the Atlantis team is incredibly persistent and just stood there pouring bullets into the shield until it finally failed. His friends escaped; he did not.

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** The Vanir have PoweredArmor with forearm-mounted energy shields. One used uses this feature to protect his comrades as they abducted abduct Daniel Jackson and Rodney [=McKay=]. Unfortunately for him, the Atlantis team is incredibly persistent and just stood stands there pouring bullets into the shield until it finally failed. fails. His friends escaped; escape; he did does not.



* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', the early representation of the spell ''Protection from Arrow'' is of a bubble deflecting projectiles, falling under this trope.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', the early representation of the spell ''Protection "Protection from Arrow'' Arrow" is of a bubble deflecting projectiles, falling under this trope.



** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E11ThreesACrowd Three's a Crowd]], Cadance protects herself and Twilight from Discord's "Blue Flu" with a kind of magical barrier she calls a "personal health bubble".
** In the season 4 finale, with her power boosted by the other three alicorns, Twilight can generate a shimmering aura that protect her against [[spoiler:Tirek's energy blasts as well as his brute strength -- including when he throws her into a a mountain, and then ''bull-rushes her '''through''' said mountain''. Unfortunately, Tirek can also create such a personal shield (thankfully for him, or Twilight's first salvo would have ''vaporised'' the villain), meaning the fight ends in a stalemate]].
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E2TheCutieMapPart2 "The Cutie Map Part 2"]], Starlight Glimmer can cast a spell to create a shimmering dome-shaped magical shield, using it to push away the angry townsfolk. [[spoiler:Once she recovers her cutie mark, Twilight copies her spell to protect the townsponies from Starlight Glimmer's magical attack.]]

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** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E11ThreesACrowd "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E11ThreesACrowd Three's a Crowd]], Crowd]]", Cadance protects herself and Twilight from Discord's "Blue Flu" with a kind of magical barrier she calls a "personal health bubble".
** In the season 4 finale, with her power boosted by the other three alicorns, Twilight can generate a shimmering aura that protect her against [[spoiler:Tirek's energy blasts as well as his brute strength -- including when he throws her into a a mountain, and then ''bull-rushes her '''through''' said mountain''. Unfortunately, Tirek can also create such a personal shield (thankfully for him, or Twilight's first salvo would have ''vaporised'' ''vaporized'' the villain), meaning the fight ends in a stalemate]].
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E2TheCutieMapPart2 "The "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E2TheCutieMapPart2 The Cutie Map Part 2"]], 2]]", Starlight Glimmer can cast a spell to create a shimmering dome-shaped magical shield, using it to push away the angry townsfolk. [[spoiler:Once she recovers her cutie mark, Twilight copies her spell to protect the townsponies from Starlight Glimmer's magical attack.]]



** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E21EveryLittleThingSheDoes Every Little Thing She Does]]": Twilight and Starlight's magic training in the beginning include magical barriers, and we several type in display. First Starlight conjures a personal round shield (ComicBook/CaptainAmerica-style), then Twilight creates a hemispherical bubble, followed by Starlight encasing herself in a crystal-shaped field.

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** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E21EveryLittleThingSheDoes Every Little Thing She Does]]": Twilight and Starlight's magic training in the beginning include magical barriers, and we see several type types in display. First Starlight conjures a personal round shield (ComicBook/CaptainAmerica-style), then Twilight creates a hemispherical bubble, followed by Starlight encasing herself in a crystal-shaped field.field.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E25ToWhereAndBackAgainPart1 To Where and Back Again Part 1]]", Trixie freaks out badly upon meeting with Thorax, forcing Starlight to encase her in a bubble shield that is soundproof. Trixie spends the next few moments floating inside, screaming, panicking and slamming her hooves against the barrier to no avail in complete silence.
7th Jan '17 8:47:36 AM StFan
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* In ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]'']] [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]] and its sequel ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', comparisons of various types of this technology drive parts of the plot. As noted in the ''Mass Effect'' entry below, kinetic barriers only stop physical ordinance, not energy weapons (like Reaper beams). The Trans-Galactic Republic, as per the course for ''Star Wars'', uses dual shields ("particle"/"ray") that together are capable of stopping both energy blasts and physical munitions. Citadel scientists dub this the "total shield" that they were never able to develop. It works [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as advertised]] when Star Destroyers [[CurbStompBattle kick Reaper ass]]. Deflector shields don't solve ''[[FantasticRacism political]]'' problems, though...

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* In ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]'']] ''VideoGame/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]'']] [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]] and its sequel ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', comparisons of various types of this technology drive parts of the plot. As noted in the ''Mass Effect'' entry below, kinetic barriers only stop physical ordinance, not energy weapons (like Reaper beams). The Trans-Galactic Republic, as per the course for ''Star Wars'', uses dual shields ("particle"/"ray") that together are capable of stopping both energy blasts and physical munitions. Citadel scientists dub this the "total shield" that they were never able to develop. It works [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as advertised]] when Star Destroyers [[CurbStompBattle kick Reaper ass]]. Deflector shields don't solve ''[[FantasticRacism political]]'' problems, though...



** ''Star Wars'' ship shields seem relatively effective on larger ships (anything from the size of the Millenium Falcon up) but strangely useless on fighters. The rebel fighters (X-wings et al) have deflector shields which supposedly gives them an advantage over the unshielded TIE fighters the Empire uses but in practice X-wings are just as vulnerable. While Luke survives a couple of hits in his X-wing, neither of them hit a vital area and the single hit Wedge takes damages his ship to the point he has to pull out of the trench run. This is averted in most video game adaptations though - rebel fighters have effective shields in those.

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** ''Star Wars'' ship shields seem relatively effective on larger ships (anything from the size of the Millenium Falcon up) but strangely useless on fighters. The rebel fighters (X-wings et al) have deflector shields which supposedly gives them an advantage over the unshielded TIE fighters the Empire uses but in practice X-wings are just as vulnerable. While Luke survives a couple of hits in his X-wing, neither of them hit a vital area and the single hit Wedge takes damages his ship to the point he has to pull out of the trench run. This is averted in most video game adaptations though - -- rebel fighters have effective shields in those.those.
** ''Film/RogueOne'' give us a closer look at a full planetary shield with the one around Scarif. It surrounds the planet with only one orbital station used as door to allow ship traffic. Several X-wings manage to slip past to attack the station on the ground before the shield door is closed, but when it does a pair of fighters can't recover in time and smashes against it. The shield also stops transmissions (except for minimal ones using a dedicated imperial channel), which is why [[spoiler:the Rebels need to destroy the orbital station and bring down the shield before the Rogue One team on the ground can transmit the Death Star plans to the ships above]].
2nd Jan '17 2:48:39 AM Tron80
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* ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'':

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** When Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} joined the Legion, Brainiac 5 gave her a force field belt. Its energy shields protected Kara from force impacts and Kryptonite radiation, but the belt broke right away.



* [[DependingOnTheWriter One of many]] explanations for Franchise/{{Superman}}'s NighInvulnerability is that he somehow has an invisible force field just above his skin. This also handily explains all the spandex. If he wore regular clothes, they'd just get shredded when he fights. This goes double for Kon-El Superboy, who uses Tactile Telekinesis to deflect anything that comes his way. Well, [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 almost anything.]]

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* [[DependingOnTheWriter One of many]] many explanations for Franchise/{{Superman}}'s -and other Kryptonians: Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}, Comicbook/PowerGirl, Comicbook/{{Superboy}}, [[Comicbook/KryptoTheSuperdog Krypto]]...- NighInvulnerability is that he somehow has an invisible force field just above his skin. This also handily explains all the spandex. If he wore regular clothes, they'd just get shredded when he fights. This goes double for Kon-El Superboy, who uses Tactile Telekinesis to deflect anything that comes his way. Well, [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 almost anything.]]
2nd Jan '17 2:41:50 AM Tron80
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* Jean Grey of the ComicBook/XMen commonly use telekinetic force fields to protect herself and her teammates. Presumably other telekinetic mutants are capable of this, as well. Magneto is capable of creating powerful force fields using his powers of magnetism that are strong enough to protect him against attacks from multiple superheroes, nuclear weapons, and allows him to survive in the depths of space.

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* Jean Grey Comicbook/JeanGrey and Comicbook/RachelSummers of the ComicBook/XMen commonly use telekinetic force fields to protect herself themselves and her their teammates. Presumably other telekinetic mutants are capable of this, as well. Magneto is capable of creating powerful force fields using his powers of magnetism that are strong enough to protect him against attacks from multiple superheroes, nuclear weapons, and allows him to survive in the depths of space.
2nd Jan '17 2:40:11 AM Tron80
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* Franchise/{{Superman}} villain Comicbook/{{Brainiac}} uses both kinds of shields. In ''Comicbook/SupermanBrainiac'' his ship is protected with a force field powerful enough to shield it from an supernova. He also uses a personal force field. In his origin story ''Comicbook/ActionComics #242'', said shield was so powerful that even Superman couldn't punch through it.
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** In the original, '60s comic Legion, Brainiac 5 didn't so much create the force field belt as recreate the force field technology used by his "ancestor", the original Brainiac. Said shield was so powerful that even {{Superman}} couldn't punch through it, making Brainiac one of the first villains to be effectively capable of going toe-to-toe with the Man of Steel.

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** In the original, '60s comic Legion, Brainiac 5 didn't so much create the force field belt as recreate the force field technology used by his "ancestor", the original Brainiac. Said shield was so powerful that even {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} couldn't punch through it, making Brainiac one of the first villains to be effectively capable of going toe-to-toe with the Man of Steel.
30th Dec '16 9:14:15 AM Fireblood
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* ''Film/Passengers2016'': The Avalon is equipped with these to prevent asteroid and meteor strikes, though we see them weakening at the beginning. [[spoiler: It turns out that some got through, damaging the ship very seriously.]]
27th Dec '16 2:50:09 PM StarSword
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* ''Literature/{{Aeon 14}}'' has three different technologies used by starships for shielding. The colony ship ''Intrepid'' starts out with ES shields, which are essentially electromagnetic interference capable of screening out hard radiation and directed energy weapons. After they're [[TimeDilation time-dilated]] into the 9th millennium, they encounter ships with gravitic shields, which use ArtificialGravity to destroy threats. [[spoiler:''Intrepid'' then combines 9th millennium gravitic technology with its own, and creates stasis shields, which can allow one-man SpaceFighters to stand up to gravitically shielded dreadnoughts for a time.]]


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* In ''Literature/{{Aeon 14}}'' Tanis Richards buys a {{nanotechnology}}-based "armor" that essentially provides an invisible force field over her body. In addition to its primary purpose of taking hits for her, in book two she {{MacGyver|ing}}s it into a ''g''-suit of sorts so she can survive a harsh acceleration burn.


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* Standard kit for player characters in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', though only higher-grade {{mooks}} have them.
15th Dec '16 1:17:50 PM TheRyder
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** ''Series/StargateAtlantis:'' The Ancients have a force field around an entire city, the shield is unique in the series in that it does not degrade as it takes damage and the amount of power it consumes is proportional to the strain it is under, if it is not under any strain it can stay active indefinitely. The shield, coupled with a sufficient power source has been shown to resist: orbital bombardment from the entire Wraith fleet, water pressure from the bottom of the ocean (hence the legend of Atlantis sinking beneath the waves) and extended over an entire planet to resist a coronal mass ejection. It can also be modified to act as a cloak and Anti-replicator shield.

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** ''Series/StargateAtlantis:'' The Ancients have a force field around an entire city, the shield is unique in the series in that it does not degrade as it takes damage and the amount of power it consumes is proportional to the strain it is under, if it is not under any strain it can stay active indefinitely. The shield, coupled with a sufficient power source has been shown to resist: orbital bombardment from the entire Wraith fleet, water pressure from the bottom of the ocean (hence the legend of Atlantis sinking beneath the waves) and extended over an entire planet to resist a coronal mass ejection. It can also be modified to act as a cloak [[StealthinSpace cloaking device]] and Anti-replicator shield.
11th Dec '16 3:12:17 PM TheRyder
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** ''Series/StargateAtlantis:'' The Ancients have a force field around an entire city, the shield is unique in the series in that it does not degrade as it takes damage and the amount of power it consumes is proportional to the strain it is under, if it is not under any strain it can stay active indefinitely. The shield, coupled with a sufficient power source has been shown to resist: orbital bombardment from the entire Wraith fleet, water pressure from the bottom of the ocean(hence the legend of Atlantis sinking beneath the waves)and extended over an entire planet to resist a coronal mass ejection. It can also be modified to act as a cloak and Anti-replicator shield.

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** ''Series/StargateAtlantis:'' The Ancients have a force field around an entire city, the shield is unique in the series in that it does not degrade as it takes damage and the amount of power it consumes is proportional to the strain it is under, if it is not under any strain it can stay active indefinitely. The shield, coupled with a sufficient power source has been shown to resist: orbital bombardment from the entire Wraith fleet, water pressure from the bottom of the ocean(hence ocean (hence the legend of Atlantis sinking beneath the waves)and waves) and extended over an entire planet to resist a coronal mass ejection. It can also be modified to act as a cloak and Anti-replicator shield.
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