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13th Jan '18 11:45:16 AM nombretomado
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* No list of this trope's examples would be complete without ''Film/{{Speed}}'', where, when one of the main characters asks what KeanuReeves's character would do in a Human Shield situation, Keanu replies, "ShootTheHostage, take her out of the equation." He later faces the human shield situation twice in the movie, and one of those times he actually does shoot the hostage, but only in the leg, which surprises the villain enough to get the drop on him. It's worth noting that by the second human shield scenario, the villain's put explosives on the hostage and is carrying a dead man's switch to stop him from doing this.

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* No list of this trope's examples would be complete without ''Film/{{Speed}}'', where, when one of the main characters asks what KeanuReeves's Creator/KeanuReeves's character would do in a Human Shield situation, Keanu replies, "ShootTheHostage, take her out of the equation." He later faces the human shield situation twice in the movie, and one of those times he actually does shoot the hostage, but only in the leg, which surprises the villain enough to get the drop on him. It's worth noting that by the second human shield scenario, the villain's put explosives on the hostage and is carrying a dead man's switch to stop him from doing this.
10th Jan '18 2:56:51 AM Cryoclaste
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* In ''[[TheHungerGames Mockingjay]]'', [[spoiler: President Snow puts a shield ''made of Capitol children'' around his mansion to deter attack. It didn't work out too well...]]

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* In ''[[TheHungerGames ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Mockingjay]]'', [[spoiler: President Snow puts a shield ''made of Capitol children'' around his mansion to deter attack. It didn't work out too well...]]
12th Nov '17 4:08:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', the Judges' standard sidearm has a special ammunition for this situation, Ricochet, which is specifically designed to do special trick shots to hit a hostage taker by bouncing the rounds off a back wall to hit the assailant. Depending on the writer, they might not even care. Taking down a perp is more important than not hurting a bystander (most judges consider non-judge citizens "potential perps" anyway). And, of course, its usefulness depends on the judge. While Dredd is able to get this trick to work every time he tries it, to a point where it's considered a trademark shot of his in the department, other judges are not guaranteed to pull this off. Judge Heller, for example, totally messes this up and hits a seemingly random bystander, who turns out to be the perp's accomplice by sheer luck. Judge Anderson is so concerned about protecting innocents that she didn't dare it when Judge Death (who requires some extraordinary firepower to take down to begin with, being undead) used a mother and her baby as a meat shield, which ended quite badly.

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* In ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', the Judges' standard sidearm has a special ammunition for this situation, Ricochet, which is specifically designed to do special trick shots to hit a hostage taker by bouncing the rounds off a back wall to hit the assailant. Depending on the writer, they might not even care. Taking down a perp is more important than not hurting a bystander (most judges consider non-judge citizens "potential perps" anyway). And, of course, its usefulness depends on the judge. While Dredd is able to get this trick to work every time he tries it, to a point where it's considered a trademark shot of his in the department, other judges are not guaranteed to pull this off. off.
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Judge Heller, for example, totally messes this up and hits a seemingly random bystander, who turns out to be the perp's accomplice by sheer luck. luck.
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Judge Anderson is so concerned about protecting innocents that she didn't dare it when Judge Death (who requires some extraordinary firepower to take down to begin with, being undead) used a mother and her baby as a meat shield, which ended quite badly.
1st Nov '17 10:03:49 AM RedScharlach
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* An interesting twist in City Hunter. Ryo Saeba gets the drop on a bad guy in a resturant with his .357 Magnum. The Mook opens the curtains behind him, pointing out the crowded Tokyo street and taunts Saeba with the fact that if he opens fire, the bullet will cut through the mook and undoubtedly hit a passer by. Ryo proves how badass he is by [[spoiler:shooting THROUGH his own hand, slowing the bullet down just enough to kill the bad guy and still not hurt any bystanders]]

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* An interesting twist in City Hunter. Ryo Saeba gets the drop on a bad guy in a resturant restaurant with his .357 Magnum. The Mook opens the curtains behind him, pointing out the crowded Tokyo street and taunts Saeba with the fact that if he opens fire, the bullet will cut through the mook and undoubtedly hit a passer by. Ryo proves how badass he is by [[spoiler:shooting THROUGH his own hand, slowing the bullet down just enough to kill the bad guy and still not hurt any bystanders]]



* Played for laughs in ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'', Bobobo usually uses his ''own'' allies as the human shields, and the villains, more often than not, aim directly for their faces or completely ignore them and punch bobobo (Usually the former, since the two he uses are the {{butt monkey}}s).

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* Played for laughs in ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'', ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'': Bobobo usually uses his ''own'' allies as the human shields, and the villains, more often than not, aim directly for their faces or completely ignore them and punch bobobo Bobobo (Usually the former, since the two he uses are the {{butt monkey}}s).



** To show jus what [[AristocratsAreEvil kind of people]] the Vinsmokes are, they have a technique called, "Shield" where one of their men will automatically ''leap in front'' of them to take whatever blow is coming their way.

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** To show jus just what [[AristocratsAreEvil kind of people]] the Vinsmokes are, they have a technique called, "Shield" called "Shield", where one of their men will automatically ''leap in front'' of them to take whatever blow is coming their way.



* Subverted in ''Film/IronMan1''; when Tony starts laying into the terrorists attacking Gulmira, a bunch of them grab some nearby unarmed women and children and hold them at gunpoint. Unfortunately for them, Tony designed his armour with such a situation in mind, and, in one of the movie's many [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]], promptly uses his targeting system to shoot them all without touching the hostages at all.

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* Subverted in ''Film/IronMan1''; when Tony starts laying into the terrorists attacking Gulmira, a bunch of them grab some nearby unarmed women and children and hold them at gunpoint. Unfortunately for them, Tony designed his armour armor with such a situation in mind, and, in one of the movie's many [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]], promptly uses his targeting system to shoot them all without touching the hostages at all.



* Played with by Phoenix in ''Film/DemolitionMan''. Rather than let the militaristic LAPD of the time [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim just blow up]] his absurdly conspicuous mansion hideout, he takes a BusFullOfInnocents hostage. He uses this to stay Spartan's hand when they encounter one another. When Phoenix blows the building, Spartan gets the blame for killing the civilians. [[spoiler: Turns out the hostages were already dead. But given that it just results in Spartan being available to release and [[WeWillMeetAgain fight him in the future]] it [[HoistByHisOwnPetard didn't go so well for Phoenix]].]]

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* Played with by Phoenix in ''Film/DemolitionMan''. Rather than let the militaristic LAPD of the time [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim just blow up]] his absurdly conspicuous mansion hideout, he takes a BusFullOfInnocents hostage. He uses this to stay Spartan's hand when they encounter one another. When Phoenix blows the building, Spartan gets the blame for killing the civilians. [[spoiler: Turns [[spoiler:Turns out the hostages were already dead. But given that it just results in Spartan being available to release and [[WeWillMeetAgain fight him in the future]] it [[HoistByHisOwnPetard didn't go so well for Phoenix]].]]



* Evil candidate Stillson in ''Film/TheDeadZone'' does this by holding a ''baby'' in front of himself to stop Johnny from assassinating him (in an attempt to save humanity, as Stillson was going to start WorldWarThree once in office). This both saves and dooms him, with an iconic photo of the incident appearing on the cover of Newsweek under the headline "No Future for Stillson", leading him to commit suicide.
* In ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', Film/JamesBond is using a virtual reality training simulation where a terrorist uses M as a HumanShield. [[TakeAThirdOption His solution]] is to shoot M in the arm, causing her to jerk out of the way enough for him to get a clean shot at the terrorist.
* Cato manages to do this with the implied intention of invoking a TakingYouWithMe to Peeta against Katniss in the film adaptation of Film/TheHungerGames near the climax.

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* Evil candidate Stillson in ''Film/TheDeadZone'' does this by holding a ''baby'' in front of himself to stop Johnny from assassinating him (in an attempt to save humanity, as Stillson was going to start WorldWarThree once in office). This both saves and dooms him, with an iconic photo of the incident appearing on the cover of Newsweek ''Newsweek'' under the headline "No Future for Stillson", leading him to commit suicide.
* In ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', Film/JamesBond is using a virtual reality training simulation where in which a terrorist uses M as a HumanShield. [[TakeAThirdOption His solution]] is to shoot M in the arm, causing her to jerk out of the way enough for him to get a clean shot at the terrorist.
* Cato manages to do this with the implied intention of invoking a TakingYouWithMe to Peeta against Katniss in the film adaptation of Film/TheHungerGames ''Film/TheHungerGames'' near the climax.



* An interesting variant in ''Film/CaptainKronosVampireHunter'', in which Kronos finds himself in a swordfight with a vampire while his opponent's mesmerised daughter is standing, motionless, nearby. After losing his sword, Kronos dodges behind the daughter and uses her as cover.

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* An interesting variant in ''Film/CaptainKronosVampireHunter'', in which Kronos finds himself in a swordfight with a vampire while his opponent's mesmerised daughter is standing, motionless, standing motionless nearby. After losing his sword, Kronos dodges behind the daughter and uses her as cover.



* Horribly subverted in ''Literature/HiveSeries'' book eight with [[spoiler:Tom and Nigel.]] [[spoiler:Tom]] takes [[spoiler:Nigel]] hostage and threatens to kill him unless he is let out of [[spoiler:the Glasshouse.]] Unfortunately, he overestimates his own value to [[spoiler:Anastasia Furan]], who just [[spoiler: shot Tom in the chest.]]
* In Creator/StephenKing's novel ''Literature/TheDeadZone'', the protagonist tries to assassinate an evil politican, Greg Stillson. He fails, because Stillson uses [[ChildrenAreInnocent a child]] as a human shield; however, a photographer makes a picture of this, and publishes it, ending Stillson's career.

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* Horribly subverted in ''Literature/HiveSeries'' book eight with [[spoiler:Tom and Nigel.]] [[spoiler:Tom]] takes [[spoiler:Nigel]] hostage and threatens to kill him unless he is let out of [[spoiler:the Glasshouse.]] Unfortunately, he overestimates his own value to [[spoiler:Anastasia Furan]], who just [[spoiler: shot [[spoiler:shoots Tom in the chest.]]
* In Creator/StephenKing's novel ''Literature/TheDeadZone'', the protagonist tries to assassinate an evil politican, Greg Stillson. He fails, because Stillson uses [[ChildrenAreInnocent a child]] as a human shield; however, a photographer makes takes a picture of this, this moment and publishes it, ending Stillson's career.



** Also in The Bishop's Heir: Dhugal uses Sidana as a shield, taking her before him on horseback as he's fleeing the city of Ratharkin after Judhael's consecration as bishop. Her father and brothers lead some of their troops in pursuit until [[spoiler: they unexpectedly encounter Kelson and his forces]].

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** Also in The Bishop's Heir: Dhugal uses Sidana as a shield, taking her before him on horseback as he's fleeing the city of Ratharkin after Judhael's consecration as bishop. Her father and brothers lead some of their troops in pursuit until [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they unexpectedly encounter Kelson and his forces]].



* ''Series/BurnNotice'' has done it once or twice and Michael gives a tip on what to do if take hostage in this manner: go limp it's hard to both lift and carry a body.

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* ''Series/BurnNotice'' has done it once or twice and Michael gives a tip on what to do if take hostage in this manner: go limp -- it's hard to both lift and carry a body.



* In the pilot episode of ''Series/{{Alphas}}'', the [[VillainOfTheWeek Ghost]] uses Rachel as a human shield to prevent Hicks from shooting him. Unfortunatly for him, Hicks' superpower gives him ImprobableAimingSkills, allowing him to [[spoiler: shoot a metal sign behind the Ghost, the ricochet hitting the villain InTheBack and killing him]].

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* In the pilot episode of ''Series/{{Alphas}}'', the [[VillainOfTheWeek Ghost]] uses Rachel as a human shield to prevent Hicks from shooting him. Unfortunatly Unfortunately for him, Hicks' superpower gives him ImprobableAimingSkills, allowing him to [[spoiler: shoot a metal sign behind the Ghost, the ricochet hitting the villain InTheBack and killing him]].
30th Oct '17 6:37:29 AM skotavatar
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* Another heroic example shows itself in ''Literature/DanceoftheButterfly'' as the vigilante often uses this tactic, employing a held or semi-conscious enemy as obstacle or distraction against other targets.
27th Oct '17 12:54:37 AM PaulA
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* In the climactic battle in ''[[Creator/AndreNorton Star Man's Son]]'', the hero is used as this, tied to the barricade the mutant Beast Things have set up for their LastStand. He manages to get loose and crawls [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind to rescue another fellow in the same situation]], but finds the man already dead.

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* In the climactic battle in ''[[Creator/AndreNorton Star Creator/AndreNorton's ''Star Man's Son]]'', Son'', the hero is used as this, tied to the barricade the mutant Beast Things have set up for their LastStand. He manages to get loose and crawls [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind to rescue another fellow in the same situation]], but finds the man already dead.
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.
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