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3rd Sep '17 9:00:25 PM Daedalis
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Copperhead}}'' Clay takes his interviewer Martineau hostage and menaces her to get past the guards and escape. It's made all the more frustrating because she specifically signed away her right to protection so ''exactly this'' wouldn't happen.
31st Aug '17 1:30:54 AM PaulA
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* Very much subverted in the ''Film/ThreeTenToYuma'' remake, where a PinkertonDetective FakingTheDead attempts to use a member of MagnificentBastard Ben Wade's gang as a human shield. Since Wade figures that the {{mook}} should have checked to be sure the Pinkerton was dead before he started looting and made himself vulnerable, he calmly shoots them both.

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* Very much subverted in the ''Film/ThreeTenToYuma'' remake, ''Film/ThreeTenToYuma2007'', where a PinkertonDetective FakingTheDead attempts to use a member of MagnificentBastard Ben Wade's gang as a human shield. Since Wade figures that the {{mook}} should have checked to be sure the Pinkerton was dead before he started looting and made himself vulnerable, he calmly shoots them both.
13th Aug '17 7:20:14 PM infernape612
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* Early reports soon after his death indicated that UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden tried this with one of his wives just before he was killed. Later clarified that while there were two women present ''they'' apparently were trying to protect ''him'', though they may also have just been trying to give him enough time to grab the two guns next to him. When the SEAL's burst in, the women were just pushed aside and bin Laden was shot.

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* Early reports soon after his death indicated that UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden tried this with one of his wives just before he was killed. Later clarified that while there were two women present ''they'' apparently were trying to protect ''him'', though they may also have just been trying to give him enough time to grab the two guns next to him. When the SEAL's [=SEALs=] burst in, the women were just pushed aside and bin Laden was shot.



** Addressed in an episode of ''Baywatch,'', when Mitch reveals that when faced with s situation like this, he couldn't bring himself to let the victim take the hit. Sure enough, he was knocked out, nearly drowned himself, and the victim died. Years later, he still had trouble dealing with it and FridgeBrilliance kicks in as the viewer realizes just why he was so stern a few episodes earlier when lecturing a rookie lifeguard about this, obviously not wanting him to repeat his mistake.

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** Addressed in an episode of ''Baywatch,'', ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'', when Mitch reveals that when faced with s a situation like this, he couldn't bring himself to let the victim take the hit. Sure enough, he was knocked out, nearly drowned himself, and the victim died. Years later, he still had trouble dealing with it and FridgeBrilliance kicks in as the viewer realizes just why he was so stern a few episodes earlier when lecturing a rookie lifeguard about this, obviously not wanting him to repeat his mistake.
4th Aug '17 12:43:01 PM Potman
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** Dredd himself is one of the rare cases to call the bluff, as mentioned above: if the hostage dies, the hostage-taker has no protection and another murder rap.
3rd Aug '17 5:22:50 AM Daedalis
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* ComicBook/RedSonja often fights outnumbered. She uses this trope tactically, keeping a melee-fighting enemy between herself and archers in the back row. She will sometimes hold an enemy body to block such fire, but usually after she's killed it herself.
25th Jul '17 6:06:13 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun'': In the final GDI cinematic Kane holds Umagon hostage when Michael [=McNeil=] storms his HQ to rescue her. She manages to break free after an outside explosion shocks the building.
19th Jul '17 8:49:20 AM Necrodomo
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* The [[BodyHorror Wyrm]] [[BadBoss Master]] demon from ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' can order its imp minions to position themselves in the path of incoming attacks, forcing enemies to mow through dozens of {{Mooks}} to attack the demon. Given the [[HeavenAndHell setting]] most enemies aren't likely to care about the body count, but the Wyrm Master is aiming to ''[[WeHaveReserves exhaust]]'' attackers, not guilt-trip them.
28th Jun '17 2:17:32 AM Jubileus57
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* Laid-back Miis in ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'' tend to hide behind their ''own teammates'' so they receive the blows meant to themselves. Needless to say, [[WhatTheHellHero it is less than appreciated]].
11th Jun '17 7:48:57 AM shawn_allen
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* In ''Film/NightOfTheComet'', two Valley girls help themselves to some merch in a department store, not knowing that the former stockboys, now "owners of the store," can see them. When one of the girls is taken hostage, the other takes one of the stockboys hostage, using him as a shield. When their leader mentions "I can't have you holding one of my men hostage," he proceeds to kill the guy.
10th Jun '17 8:11:06 PM Lord-Jaric
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* In the ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' fanfic ''Black Rose Admirer'' the title team arrives at a bank robbery and proceeds to beat the thieves. One is left standing and takes one of the hostages as a shield. Ruby uses her semblance to neutralize the criminal. [[StalkerWithACrush Unfortunately for her this has a downside.]]
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