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17th Nov '17 8:46:26 AM lillolillo
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** Invoked and deconstructed in ''Supergirl vol. 7 #1'' when Director Cameron points out that bullets may hurt innocent people after bouncing off her.

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** Invoked and deconstructed in ''Supergirl ''ComicBook/SupergirlRebirth vol. 7 #1'' when Director Cameron points out that bullets may hurt innocent people after bouncing off her.



* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': In this crossover Asuka is Supergirl. Shooting her works about as well as you'd expect. And to her irritation, thugs keep trying.

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* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': In this crossover Asuka is Supergirl.ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}. Shooting her works about as well as you'd expect. And to her irritation, thugs keep trying.



** Subverted in a later episode when Supergirl confronts some robbers. Just as she scoffs about one aiming an ordinary gun at her, the other guy unleashes an electrical blast that knocks her back.

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** Subverted in a later episode when Supergirl ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} confronts some robbers. Just as she scoffs about one aiming an ordinary gun at her, the other guy unleashes an electrical blast that knocks her back.



** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'':

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*** Supergirl is at one point threatened by a man with a single-shot kryptonite gun which probably would have killed her. Green Arrow intervenes by standing between them, leaving his only option to waste the shot on an ordinary human while leaving a pissed off Supergirl unharmed. Later on, Galatea confronts the man and casually disarms him before he even has a chance to fire.

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*** Supergirl is at one point threatened by a man with a single-shot kryptonite gun which probably would have killed her. Green Arrow ComicBook/GreenArrow intervenes by standing between them, leaving his only option to waste the shot on an ordinary human while leaving a pissed off Supergirl ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} unharmed. Later on, Galatea confronts the man and casually disarms him before he even has a chance to fire.
11th Nov '17 1:41:33 PM lillolillo
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* Lampshaded in this piece of ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} [[https://runawayman71.deviantart.com/art/Supergirl-Why-do-you-keep-shooting-at-me-Color-512748372 fanart]]:
-->'''Supergirl:''' What is wrong with you?! Why do you keep shooting at me? Do you seriously believe that hidden somewhere inside those guns there's a bullet that can actually hurt me?
11th Nov '17 1:32:43 PM NNinja
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** It's pretty much a RunningGag to have Earth's military assemble against the latest BigBad with a hail of firepower, only to be [[RedshirtArmy wiped out in return]]. Nappa (though only in the anime), Androids 17 and 18, Cell, Buu... even back in ''Manga/DragonBall'' with King Piccolo.
** His children too, when Launch attempts to save Yamcha from Tambourine she shoots him with a machine gun, the bullets just bounce off him.
** Played heroically in the Great Saiyaman saga, when Gohan catches a hail of machine gun fire and drops them demonstratively in front of a robber. He flees.
** Very first episodes/chapter of ''Dragon Ball'', Bulma panicked and shot a 12-year-old Goku. Right in the head. Goku hopped up and said that hurt, and all he had was a small bump on his forehead. From the very first chapter, we have the establishment of Goku's bulletproofness.
** When on a mission to find the Dragon Balls near the end of the Cell Saga, Goku finds one in the possession of a greedy businessman (whom he treats with the naive kindness that is typical of his character). When one of the businessman's bodyguards takes it upon himself to shoot at Goku, he plucks the bullet out of the air without even LOOKING and continues to talk calmly, not even acknowledging the shot.
** Even energy weapons can have this happen. One of Freeza's men shoots Trunks with an energy cannon, which Trunks effortlessly deflects into a nearby plateau.
** Then this trope is completely averted in ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' where Goku gets shot by a weak minion with an energy weapon and almost dies from it.



* Taken all the way [[UpToEleven past eleven to somewhere around 35]] in ''Film/ManOfSteel''. Largely justified too. The military doesn't know about the Kryptonians' invulnerability at the start of the battle in Smallville; and they actually manage to knock out [[TheDragon Faora]] with an A-10 Thunderbolt missile. Colonel Hardy can be chalked up to determination. At the finale, their weapons' fire doesn't hurt Faora, but it does delay her long enough for their ''actual'' plan to work.



** ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'': Neo, who is at this point a PhysicalGod with the ability to raise his hand and stop bullets in the air. The Merovingian, who has encountered several of Neo's predecessors as The One and therefore should be aware of how futile it will be, orders his henchmen to open fire.
** Though to be fair to Merv, his reaction to Neo's bullet-stopping indicates that he hadn't expected him to be ''that'' powerful.



* ''Film/VForVendetta'' - Downplayed: at the finale Creedy's men and eventually Creedy himself shoot at V only to find [[spoiler:that he was wearing a metal plate the whole time. However, in a subversion, it was still enough to critically wound him and he dies shortly afterwards...after he's killed all of Creedy's men, of course]].



** In ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', after using their tranq darts on some of the students, two of Stryker's men are confronted by Colossus. The big guy activates his power, but the agents try firing anyway. After the darts bounce off of him, Colossus throws the agents through a wall.



** In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', Magneto isn't ''bulletproof'', but he can deflect any metal projectile he knows is coming. [[spoiler:At least one character who really should have known better tries to shoot him. Though it did achieve her goal, albeit by way of crippling Xavier, which took Erik's attention away from the missiles - and one shot does noticeably hit him while he isn't paying attention, but his helmet turns out to be bulletproof.]]
*** The lead-up to that counts, too. [[spoiler:Stryker convinces the government to join with the Russians to take out the mutants on the beach. He should know for a fact that one of these mutants is a powerful telepath and the other controls metal. Both fleets just saw the latter ''lift a submarine out of the water''. There's no reason for them to believe their metal weapons would be any more effective. They're lucky Moira came in with that distraction. It's possible they thought the sheer volume of fire would prove too much for Erik. After all, it only takes one missile or projectile to get through to kill them all.]]



* ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries'': the first Transformer appears at a military base. When it transforms from the helicopter disguise, every single soldier onscreen -- and some offscreen -- just starts ''unloading'' on him. To, of course, no effect.
10th Nov '17 12:07:02 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Fanfic/AManOfIron'': At one point in the second book, ''A Crack of Thunder'', there's an OverlyLongGag of this, as an Ironborn bandit empties a quiver of arrows into Iron Man's armor, breaks his bow in a blow against it, and ends up wailing on him with his bare hands, all to no avail while Tony looks on in bemusement.
17th Oct '17 10:37:46 AM StFan
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->'''Prince of Space''': Enough of this! When will you ever learn? Your guns won't work on me!\\
'''Phantom of Krankor''': ''Shoot him!''

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->'''Prince of Space''': Space:''' Enough of this! When will you ever learn? Your guns won't work on me!\\
'''Phantom of Krankor''': Krankor:''' ''Shoot him!''






* Both an example and a subversion, in ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' when regular people, such as Yamagata attempt to shoot Tetsuo, he either deflects the shot, or reverses its direction. However, because of Kaneda's connection to Tetsuo, when Kaneda shoots him the bullet isn't deflected, with Tetsuo's reaction to being shot in the first volume implying that he HAD meant to deflect the shot and failed.

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* Both an example and a subversion, subversion in ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' when ''Manga/{{Akira}}''. When regular people, people such as Yamagata attempt to shoot Tetsuo, he either deflects the shot, shot or reverses its direction. However, because of Kaneda's connection to Tetsuo, when Kaneda shoots him the bullet isn't deflected, with Tetsuo's reaction to being shot in the first volume implying that he HAD meant to deflect the shot and failed.



** The very first episode of ''Dragon Ball Z'' has a farmer firing his shotgun at Raditz, who proceeds to pluck the shell right out of the air and flick it back with enough force to kill the farmer. In this case, the farmer had no idea who or what the hell Raditz was, so shooting him would seem like a reasonable response to the threat.



** Very first episodes/chapter of Dragon Ball, Bulma panicked and shot a 12 year old Goku. Right in the head. Goku hopped up and said that hurt, and all he had was a small bump on his forehead. From the very first chapter, we have the establishment of Goku's bulletproofness.
*** When on a mission to find the Dragon Balls near the end of the Cell Saga, Goku finds one in the possession of a greedy businessman (whom he treats with the naive kindness that is typical of his character). When one of the businessman's bodyguards takes it upon himself to shoot at Goku, he plucks the bullet out of the air without even LOOKING and continues to talk calmly, not even acknowledging the shot.

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** Very first episodes/chapter of Dragon Ball, ''Dragon Ball'', Bulma panicked and shot a 12 year old 12-year-old Goku. Right in the head. Goku hopped up and said that hurt, and all he had was a small bump on his forehead. From the very first chapter, we have the establishment of Goku's bulletproofness.
*** ** When on a mission to find the Dragon Balls near the end of the Cell Saga, Goku finds one in the possession of a greedy businessman (whom he treats with the naive kindness that is typical of his character). When one of the businessman's bodyguards takes it upon himself to shoot at Goku, he plucks the bullet out of the air without even LOOKING and continues to talk calmly, not even acknowledging the shot.



* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' has this trope in spades. Generally, if the character being shot or attacked ''isn't'' an important member of the cast (or the episode's main mook), they won't be hurt too badly. If you're a standard mook, you can expect to die pretty quickly.
** Played straight during Kenshiro's introduction to Bat and Lin. After NoSell-ing his way through a falling building, a Mook shoots him in the chest with a crossbow. Kenshiro merely looks down, and rips out the arrow and throws it away.

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* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' has this trope in spades. Generally, if the character being shot or attacked ''isn't'' an important member of the cast (or the episode's main mook), they won't be hurt too badly. If you're a standard mook, you can expect to die pretty quickly.
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quickly. Played straight during Kenshiro's introduction to Bat and Lin. After NoSell-ing his way through a falling building, a Mook shoots him in the chest with a crossbow. Kenshiro merely looks down, and rips out the arrow and throws it away.



* Alucard of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', pretty much all the time. Even enemies who know he's an immortal vampire still try. Though they may imagine they have a chance of slowing him down, it's likely that all the drama surrounding his regeneration is purely for his amusement.
-->'''Alucard:''' You'll need more than guns to stop me!
** Also occurs towards the end of the series when Integra shoots Schrodinger, even though she had already seen Alcuard blow his head off a few volumes early, so unless she was doing it because she didn't like him, she was wasting her time.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''

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* Alucard of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'':
** Alucard,
pretty much all the time. Even enemies who know he's an immortal vampire still try. Though they may imagine they have a chance of slowing him down, it's likely that all the drama surrounding his regeneration is purely for his amusement.
-->'''Alucard:''' --->'''Alucard:''' You'll need more than guns to stop me!
** Also occurs towards the end of the series when Integra shoots Schrodinger, even though she had already seen Alcuard Alucard blow his head off a few volumes early, so unless she was doing it because she didn't like him, she was wasting her time.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'':



** It gets even worse in the Marineford Arc. After Luffy freed Ace, the Marines proceed to shoot Luffy ''and'' Ace. Keep in mind that Ace can turn into ''[[NighInvulnerability intangible]] [[PlayingWithFire fire]]'', so while bullets just bounce off Luffy, they simply pass through Ace. (Some of the Marines seem to notice this during the arc and how the sheer number of superhuman combatants means all they're going to do is add more dead bodies, but [[GeneralRipper Akainu]] killed any who did, so it was either the pirates, or him.)

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** It gets even worse in the Marineford Arc. After Luffy freed Ace, the Marines proceed to shoot Luffy ''and'' Ace. Keep in mind that Ace can turn into ''[[NighInvulnerability intangible]] [[PlayingWithFire fire]]'', so while bullets just bounce off Luffy, they simply pass through Ace. (Some of the Marines seem to notice this during the arc and how the sheer number of superhuman combatants means all they're going to do is add more dead bodies, but [[GeneralRipper Akainu]] killed kills any who did, does, so it was is either the pirates, or him.)



* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'': On multiple occasions, Mizore tries to use her ice powers on [[PlayingWithFire fire-based beings]], only for them to NoSell it. In Act III, Kuyou even lampshades it when she tries it on him after he goes OneWingedAngel, pointing out that she should ''know'' by now that her ice is useless against him.

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* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'': ''Fanfic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'': On multiple occasions, Mizore tries to use her ice powers on [[PlayingWithFire fire-based beings]], only for them to NoSell it. In Act III, Kuyou even lampshades it when she tries it on him after he goes OneWingedAngel, pointing out that she should ''know'' by now that her ice is useless against him.



* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', the SHIELD agents try to shoot Alex Harris with “Hulk Buster” bullets (designed to take down the roaring green rage-monster himself). As Alex is a [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Kryptonian]], they have no effect at all. Alex even lectures them about how they are more likely to hurt themselves with a ricochet than hurt her with them.

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* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', ''Fanfic/OriginStory'', the SHIELD agents try to shoot Alex Harris with “Hulk Buster” bullets (designed to take down the roaring green rage-monster himself). As Alex is a [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Kryptonian]], they have no effect at all. Alex even lectures them about how they are more likely to hurt themselves with a ricochet than hurt her with them.



** [[SeltzerAndFriedberg Epic Movie]] [[{{Parody}} parodies]] the above instance of this trope by recreating the later part of the scene; [[spoiler: character Peter Pervertsky imagines himself as Superman, except this time the bullet goes straight through his eye, complete with a [[{{Squick}} delicious sound effect]].]]

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** [[SeltzerAndFriedberg * ''[[Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg Epic Movie]] Movie]]'' [[{{Parody}} parodies]] the above instance of this trope by recreating the later part of the scene; [[spoiler: character Peter Pervertsky imagines himself as Superman, except this time the bullet goes straight through his eye, complete with a [[{{Squick}} delicious sound effect]].]]
27th Sep '17 12:27:33 PM Jadter
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* Any game where you enable god mode.
17th Sep '17 10:29:43 PM Snowy66
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* From the {{Franchise/Batman}} storyline ''ComicBook/ADeathInTheFamily''. Batman, angry that Superman won't tell him what he knows about ComicBook/TheJoker (who had just murdered Jason Todd), ''punches Superman in the face''. The dialogue that follows is surprisingly funny, given the otherwise dark storyline.

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* From the {{Franchise/Batman}} storyline ''ComicBook/ADeathInTheFamily''. Batman, angry that Superman won't tell him what he knows about ComicBook/TheJoker (who had just murdered Jason Todd), ''punches ''[[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu punches Superman in the face''.face]]''. The dialogue that follows is surprisingly funny, given the otherwise dark storyline.


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* Happens a fair bit to ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} as well. Though granted he's not completely ImmuneToBullets, just that the damage from them [[HealingFactor doesn't last]]. They can slow him down though if he gets enough bullet wounds, but mostly they will just serve to [[TheBerserker anger him]].
3rd Sep '17 5:56:26 PM GamerFromJump2
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* In the penultimate episode of ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', the team tries to do this to the Zerstörer, to no effect. Hank even reloads and tries again before [[spoiler: being killed]].
3rd Sep '17 8:01:01 AM tropower
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ducktales}}'', Fenton's Gizmoduck suit is referred to by the suit's inventor Gyro Gearloose as being "bulletproof, fireproof, and knuckleproof[[note]]Fenton: "Knuckleproof? Oh boy! Watch out Beagle Boys!"[[/note]]". As a later scene in "Super Ducktales" reveals, it can also withstand bombs, as the Beagle Boys found out the hard way.
8th Aug '17 5:32:48 AM ryg
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* In ''[[Literature/NemesisSeries Dreadnought]]'', the protagonist Danny is shot with a SMG by a liquor store robber she caught red-handed. Her only response is "Dude! Not Cool!".
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