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31st Mar '18 10:47:16 PM FGHIK
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* In ''Film/SpiderMan3'', Harry is impaled by Venom with [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his own glider]] to save Peter, much like his father did while trying to ''kill'' Peter.

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* In ''Film/SpiderMan3'', Harry is impaled by Venom with [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his own glider]] to save saving Peter, much like his father did was while trying to ''kill'' Peter.
31st Mar '18 10:46:03 PM FGHIK
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* In ''Film/SpiderMan3'', Harry takes a hurled metal spike aimed at Peter.

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* In ''Film/SpiderMan3'', Harry takes a hurled metal spike aimed at is impaled by Venom with [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his own glider]] to save Peter, much like his father did while trying to ''kill'' Peter.
20th Mar '18 8:09:06 PM Pichu-kun
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** Marianne, the mother of Lelouch and Nunally, protected the latter during a terrorist attack on their mansion. This saved the girl's life but left her blind and bound to a wheelchair, in part fueling Lelouch's thirst for revenge. [[spoiler: Not really: Marianne was gunned down by her brother-in-law V.V, who was jewalous of her influence in the Emperor's life. Then, the about-to-die Marianne used the opportunity to put her GrandTheftMe Geass to good use, switch into the body of InnocentBystander Anya and remain in the game, so to say. Also, Nunally is blinded because her father used a MindControl spell to force her to keep her eyes shut. The "crime scene" was then altered to make everyone believe Marianne had died protecting Nunnally from assassins targeting her and Lelouch.]]

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** Marianne, the mother of Lelouch and Nunally, protected the latter during a terrorist attack on their mansion. This saved the girl's life but left her blind and bound to a wheelchair, in part fueling Lelouch's thirst for revenge. [[spoiler: Not really: Marianne was gunned down by her brother-in-law V.V, who was jewalous jealous of her influence in the Emperor's life. Then, the about-to-die Marianne used the opportunity to put her GrandTheftMe Geass to good use, switch into the body of InnocentBystander Anya and remain in the game, so to say. Also, Nunally is blinded because her father used a MindControl spell to force her to keep her eyes shut. The "crime scene" was then altered to make everyone believe Marianne had died protecting Nunnally from assassins targeting her and Lelouch.]]



** And then there's poor little [[BattleButler Haku]]...

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** And then there's poor little [[BattleButler Haku]]...Haku]], who was impaled through the chest protecting Zabuza.



* In the ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/BecomingFree'', Freya took an arrow to the shoulder for her girlfriend Elsa. This turned out to be a CareerEndingInjury [[spoiler:however Elsa assigns Freya as her personal bodyguard in return]].

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* In the ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/BecomingFree'', Freya took takes an arrow to the shoulder for her girlfriend Elsa. This turned out to be a CareerEndingInjury [[spoiler:however Elsa assigns Freya as her personal bodyguard in return]].


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* Parodied in ''Series/AnotherPeriod''. Beatrice and Fredrick try to take the bullet for each other... but neither get shot. [[spoiler:''President Roosevelt'' gets shot]].
3rd Mar '18 11:53:17 AM StarTropes
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* Happens in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' in the episode "The Siege".

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* Happens in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' in the episode "The Siege".Siege" when Li Nalas takes a phaser shot aimed at Sisko..
22nd Feb '18 3:29:33 PM margdean56
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** Even with an old-style slug throwing hmself in the path doesn't entirely stop the bullets. It just slows them down enough that Honor just ends up with bruised ribs instead of getting killed (her outer clothes are made of a lightly armored material to stop Nimitz from clawing through them).

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** Even with an old-style slug slug, throwing hmself himself in the path doesn't entirely stop the bullets. It just slows them down enough that Honor just ends up with bruised ribs instead of getting killed (her outer clothes are made of a lightly armored material to stop Nimitz from clawing through them).



* In Creator/RobertAntonWilson's ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' series novel, ''The Widow's Son'', the elderly schemer Pietro Maldonado intervenes in a duel where his nephew Sigismundo, a hothead who knows nothing about guns, has trapped himself in a duel with the best pistol-shooter in all of Napoli. Pietro, in his intervention, surprises the protaganists and takes the bullet meant for his nephew. Who, [[CueIrony on his very first go with a firearm]], has BeginnersLuck in that he shoots the best gun in town full in the groin.

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* In Creator/RobertAntonWilson's ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' series novel, ''The Widow's Son'', the elderly schemer Pietro Maldonado intervenes in a duel where his nephew Sigismundo, a hothead who knows nothing about guns, has trapped himself in into a duel with the best pistol-shooter in all of Napoli. Pietro, in his intervention, surprises the protaganists protagonists and takes the bullet meant for his nephew. Who, [[CueIrony on his very first go with a firearm]], has BeginnersLuck in that he shoots the best gun in town full in the groin.
17th Feb '18 3:38:48 PM KingLyger
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsForgottenFriendship'', Sunset Shimmer takes a proverbial bullet for her friends at the climax of the story. [[spoiler:Wallflower Blush uses the Memory Stone to cast a spell that would have [[LaserGuidedAmnesia wiped out all of the Humane Six's memories of high school]]. Sunset jumps in the way to take the hit instead, losing not just all her memories of being a high school student, but also her memories of being human. However, this [[HeroesFrontierStep act of sacrifice]] was so selfless that it convinced the Humane Six that Sunset was worth befriending, allowing them to destroy the Memory Stone and recover their memories.]]
7th Feb '18 12:25:29 PM ultimomant
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* In ''LightNovel/DateALive'', Shido Itsuka seems to love doing this. He did this for [[TheDitz Tohka]] in Volume 1 (he got better), ''attempted'' this for [[DarkActionGirl Kurumi]] in Volume 4 (the targeter's aim shifted at the absolute last possible moment and missed; worth pointing out in this instance it would've been a genuine HeroicSacrifice on his part if it hit, no healing or cheating death from this one), and in Volume 11 when he [[spoiler:does this for Origami's parents.]]



** One truly tragic example is Naruto's parents [[spoiler:Minato and Kushina jump in front the nine tails's attack aimed for baby Naruto and get impaled as a result. as if this wasn't sad enough, Minato and Kushina then tearfully say goodbye to their baby boy and give him advice for the future and apologise for not being in it TearJerker]].

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** One truly tragic example is Naruto's parents [[spoiler:Minato and Kushina jump in front the nine tails's attack aimed for baby Naruto and get impaled as a result. as if this wasn't sad enough, Minato and Kushina then tearfully say goodbye to their baby boy and give him advice for the future and apologise for not being in it TearJerker]].it]].



* Shido in ''VisualNovel/DateALive'' seems to love doing this. He did this for [[TheDitz Tohka]] in Volume 1 (he got better), ''attempted'' this for [[DarkActionGirl Kurumi]] in Volume 4 (the targetter's aim shifted at the absolute last possible moment and missed; worth pointing out in this instance it would've been a genuine HeroicSacrifice on his part if it hit, no healing or cheating death from this one), and in Volume 11 when he [[spoiler:does this for Origami's parents.]]
20th Jan '18 8:30:59 PM darkemyst
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* In ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' Tariga takes an arrow intended for his brother Tsuruba when Kiki's suitors start being attacked. It ends up in his arm which greatly reduces his abilty to fight later on, somewhat subverted as [[spoiler:their family is behind the attacks on Kiki's suitors and the framing of Mitsuhide for them in order for Tariga and Tsuruba to replace Kiki and Mitsuhide as Zen's retainers. They didn't realize beforehand that their brother was going to have Tsuruba attacked to divert suspicion though]].

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* In ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' Tariga takes an arrow intended for his brother Tsuruba when Kiki's suitors start being attacked. It ends up in his arm which greatly reduces his abilty to fight later on, somewhat subverted as on. In an interesting twist [[spoiler:their family is behind the attacks on Kiki's suitors and the framing of Mitsuhide for them in order for Tariga and Tsuruba to replace Kiki and Mitsuhide as Zen's retainers. They didn't realize beforehand that their brother was going to have Tsuruba attacked to divert suspicion though]].
20th Jan '18 8:29:56 PM darkemyst
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* Semi-minor character Brad does this for Vash in episode 21 of ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', and dies in front of him and his friends. [[AllLovingHero Vash]] is, understandably, horrified.
* In the episode 72 from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' (one of the ''Anime/MazingerZ'' sequels), during an aerial duel between Grendizer and another starship, [[spoiler:Rubina]] flies her own ship between Grendizer and an energy beam to save Duke. She [[spoiler:dies shortly after. Her HeroicSacrifice]] is done more tragic because Duke had accused her of betraying him shortly before. The whole episode was a TearJerker.
* ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'': At his first meeting with Integra, Alucard protects her from a gunshot with his own hand. Of course, for him, it's not that [[NighInvulnerable big a deal]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Iruka has a Taking the Shuriken moment in the first episode when he jumps in front of Naruto to save him from Mizuki's [[FuumaShuriken giant shuriken]]. This was mirrored later in the series when Mizuki throws a giant shuriken at Iruka and Naruto protects him the same way.
** In ''Shippuuden'', Chouza Akimichi is nearly killed after taking a hit from Pain to protect Chouji. He later turned out to have survived. Which was proceeded by one of Pain ''bodies'' taking the Raikiri for the other. And Kakashi's sacrifice with the whole [[spoiler:using his Kamui to save Chouji straight afterwards, and dying from the efforts himself.]]
** Chouza does it again [[spoiler:against zombie Asuma, jumping in front of a giant burning ash cloud and getting badly burned.]]
** And then there's poor little [[BattleButler Haku]]...
** Sasuke jumps in front of Haku's attack to protect Naruto in one [[HoYay memorable]] [[TearJerker scene]]. Cue Sasuke's claims of [[IWasJustPassingThrough "My body moved on its own"]] and Naruto's UnstoppableRage.
** [[TookALevelInBadass Sakura]] lets herself be impaled to protect [[NeverMessWithGranny Chiyo]].
** Obito does this for Kakashi pushing him out of the way of a falling boulder and getting crushed as a result. [[spoiler: But this actually doesn't kill him as BigBad Mandra saves him and makes him his right hand man]]].
** Suigetsu takes a [[WaveMotionGun giant ass chakra blast]] from a transformed Killer Bee to protect his team. {{N|ighInvulnerability}}aturally, this only renders him unconscious, since Suigetsu was [[BlobMonster a lake]] at the time.
** One truly tragic example is Naruto's parents [[spoiler:Minato and Kushina jump in front the nine tails's attack aimed for baby Naruto and get impaled as a result. as if this wasn't sad enough, Minato and Kushina then tearfully say goodbye to their baby boy and give him advice for the future and apologise for not being in it TearJerker]].
** And in what is probably one of the most {{Tear Jerker}} example of them all, [[spoiler:there's somewhat of a subversion. Hinata was ready to pull this trope on Naruto to protect him from the Ten-tails' fatal Mokuton -Sashiki no Jutsu... but the one who does it in the end is actually ''Neji'', shielding the other two. He ends up ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice... and very much dead, much to the sadness of ''both'' Hinata and Naruto.]]
** Kakashi and [[spoiler:Obito]] do this for Naruto and Sasuke respectively, using their bodies to block [[spoiler:Kaguya's [[OneHitKill All-Killing Ash Bones]]. Kakashi's is immediately subverted when Obito uses the last of his strength to teleport away the bone heading for Kakashi.]]
* Scar from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' does this in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]]. When military troops notice Lust and open fire on her, Scar instinctively leaps in front of her and takes the hits, despite knowing fully well that Lust wouldn't have died. She gently reprimands him for this afterward.
-->'''Lust:''' You fool. You know it takes more than bullets to stop me.\\
'''Scar:''' It wasn't for you. This damn body has a will of its own.
* ''Manga/WolfsRain'' has a particularly cruel twist on this trope: [[spoiler:Toboe sees Quent and Darcia pulling guns on each other and leaps between them in an attempt to take the bullet for Quent -- but ends up taking ''Quent's'' bullet instead. Especially ironic since Quent has previously tried to shoot Toboe on several occasions. The irony is compounded because the shock of having shot the wolf who tried to save him causes him to drop his guard and get shot ''anyway''. The only small consolation is that the wolf and wolf-hunter share a brief moment of reconciliation before they die.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'': Poor, POOR, Marida; as if her life wasn't sad enough...
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', a young girl named Meer Campbell takes a bullet for Lacus Clyne, the woman [[BodyDouble she had been impersonating for months]] because of a complex mix of [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]], [[FanGirl admiration]], and [[WellDoneSonGuy wish to be noticed by her]]. She then [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dies in her arms]] (read: Lacus is ForcedToWatch ''herself'' bleed out in front of her), while delivering what may be the most heart-wrenching FamousLastWords in the entire Franchise/{{Gundam}} saga. This scene also marks one of the few occasions in the entire Cosmic Era where we see the AllLovingHero Lacus be actually angry with someone.
** Previous to that, in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', Mu La Flaga takes a WaveMotionGun blast to save the ''[[CoolShip Archangel]]''. He gets better, and as Neo Roanoke does the exact same thing in ''Destiny'', but is not even scratched thanks to his superior HumongousMecha.
** And before that (production-wise) at the tail end of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]: Endless Waltz'', as Dekim prepares to shoot Relena for attempting to persuade Mariemeia to stop obeying him, Mariemeia pushes Relena out of the way, causing Dekim to accidentally shoot her.
** In the actual series, Trowa takes the blast meant for Heero in episode 25, causing his mech to blow up... but not before he gives a heartfelt [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight 'I Know You're in There Somewhere']] speech.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': Late in the second season, an unknown group tries to assassinate Orga Itsuka, the leader of Tekkadan and the show's {{Deuteragonist}}...[[spoiler:and they succeed because he shields Ride Mass, one of Tekkadan's younger members, with his own body. Ride is horrified (presumably for MoreExpendableThanYou reasons), but Orga reaffirms [[TemptingFate what he said earlier that episode]]: that he'd gladly give his life for ''any'' of his [[BandOfBrothers Tekkadan "brothers"]].]]
* Katokk does this for Garrod in ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]''.

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* Semi-minor character Brad does this for Vash in episode 21 of ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', and dies in front of him and his friends. [[AllLovingHero Vash]] is, understandably, horrified.
* In the episode 72 from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' (one of the ''Anime/MazingerZ'' sequels), during ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' Tariga takes an aerial duel between Grendizer and another starship, [[spoiler:Rubina]] flies her own ship between Grendizer and an energy beam to save Duke. She [[spoiler:dies shortly after. Her HeroicSacrifice]] is done more tragic because Duke had accused her of betraying him shortly before. The whole episode was a TearJerker.
* ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'': At
arrow intended for his first meeting with Integra, Alucard protects her from a gunshot with his own hand. Of course, for him, it's not that [[NighInvulnerable big a deal]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Iruka has a Taking the Shuriken moment in the first episode
brother Tsuruba when he jumps Kiki's suitors start being attacked. It ends up in front of Naruto his arm which greatly reduces his abilty to save him from Mizuki's [[FuumaShuriken giant shuriken]]. This was mirrored fight later in the series when Mizuki throws a giant shuriken at Iruka and Naruto protects him the same way.
** In ''Shippuuden'', Chouza Akimichi is nearly killed after taking a hit from Pain to protect Chouji. He later turned out to have survived. Which was proceeded by one of Pain ''bodies'' taking the Raikiri for the other. And Kakashi's sacrifice with the whole [[spoiler:using his Kamui to save Chouji straight afterwards, and dying from the efforts himself.]]
** Chouza does it again [[spoiler:against zombie Asuma, jumping in front of a giant burning ash cloud and getting badly burned.]]
** And then there's poor little [[BattleButler Haku]]...
** Sasuke jumps in front of Haku's attack to protect Naruto in one [[HoYay memorable]] [[TearJerker scene]]. Cue Sasuke's claims of [[IWasJustPassingThrough "My body moved on its own"]] and Naruto's UnstoppableRage.
** [[TookALevelInBadass Sakura]] lets herself be impaled to protect [[NeverMessWithGranny Chiyo]].
** Obito does this for Kakashi pushing him out of the way of a falling boulder and getting crushed as a result. [[spoiler: But this actually doesn't kill him as BigBad Mandra saves him and makes him his right hand man]]].
** Suigetsu takes a [[WaveMotionGun giant ass chakra blast]] from a transformed Killer Bee to protect his team. {{N|ighInvulnerability}}aturally, this only renders him unconscious, since Suigetsu was [[BlobMonster a lake]] at the time.
** One truly tragic example is Naruto's parents [[spoiler:Minato and Kushina jump in front the nine tails's attack aimed for baby Naruto and get impaled as a result. as if this wasn't sad enough, Minato and Kushina then tearfully say goodbye to their baby boy and give him advice for the future and apologise for not being in it TearJerker]].
** And in what is probably one of the most {{Tear Jerker}} example of them all, [[spoiler:there's
on, somewhat of a subversion. Hinata was ready to pull this trope on Naruto to protect him from the Ten-tails' fatal Mokuton -Sashiki no Jutsu... but the one who does it in the end is actually ''Neji'', shielding the other two. He ends up ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice... and very much dead, much to the sadness of ''both'' Hinata and Naruto.]]
** Kakashi and [[spoiler:Obito]] do this for Naruto and Sasuke respectively, using their bodies to block [[spoiler:Kaguya's [[OneHitKill All-Killing Ash Bones]]. Kakashi's is immediately
subverted when Obito uses as [[spoiler:their family is behind the last of his strength to teleport away attacks on Kiki's suitors and the bone heading framing of Mitsuhide for Kakashi.]]
* Scar from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' does this in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]]. When military troops notice Lust and open fire on her, Scar instinctively leaps in front of her and takes the hits, despite knowing fully well that Lust wouldn't have died. She gently reprimands him for this afterward.
-->'''Lust:''' You fool. You know it takes more than bullets to stop me.\\
'''Scar:''' It wasn't for you. This damn body has a will of its own.
* ''Manga/WolfsRain'' has a particularly cruel twist on this trope: [[spoiler:Toboe sees Quent and Darcia pulling guns on each other and leaps between
them in an attempt to take the bullet order for Quent -- but ends up taking ''Quent's'' bullet instead. Especially ironic since Quent has previously tried to shoot Toboe on several occasions. The irony is compounded because the shock of having shot the wolf who tried to save him causes him to drop his guard Tariga and get shot ''anyway''. The only small consolation is Tsuruba to replace Kiki and Mitsuhide as Zen's retainers. They didn't realize beforehand that the wolf and wolf-hunter share a brief moment of reconciliation before they die.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'': Poor, POOR, Marida; as if her life wasn't sad enough...
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', a young girl named Meer Campbell takes a bullet for Lacus Clyne, the woman [[BodyDouble she had been impersonating for months]] because of a complex mix of [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]], [[FanGirl admiration]], and [[WellDoneSonGuy wish
their brother was going to be noticed by her]]. She then [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dies in her arms]] (read: Lacus is ForcedToWatch ''herself'' bleed out in front of her), while delivering what may be the most heart-wrenching FamousLastWords in the entire Franchise/{{Gundam}} saga. This scene also marks one of the few occasions in the entire Cosmic Era where we see the AllLovingHero Lacus be actually angry with someone.
** Previous
have Tsuruba attacked to that, in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', Mu La Flaga takes a WaveMotionGun blast to save the ''[[CoolShip Archangel]]''. He gets better, and as Neo Roanoke does the exact same thing in ''Destiny'', but is not even scratched thanks to his superior HumongousMecha.
** And before that (production-wise) at the tail end of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]: Endless Waltz'', as Dekim prepares to shoot Relena for attempting to persuade Mariemeia to stop obeying him, Mariemeia pushes Relena out of the way, causing Dekim to accidentally shoot her.
** In the actual series, Trowa takes the blast meant for Heero in episode 25, causing his mech to blow up... but not before he gives a heartfelt [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight 'I Know You're in There Somewhere']] speech.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': Late in the second season, an unknown group tries to assassinate Orga Itsuka, the leader of Tekkadan and the show's {{Deuteragonist}}...[[spoiler:and they succeed because he shields Ride Mass, one of Tekkadan's younger members, with his own body. Ride is horrified (presumably for MoreExpendableThanYou reasons), but Orga reaffirms [[TemptingFate what he said earlier that episode]]: that he'd gladly give his life for ''any'' of his [[BandOfBrothers Tekkadan "brothers"]].]]
* Katokk does this for Garrod in ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]''.
divert suspicion though]].



* Takashiro of ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName'' does this in episode 13, taking some ice spears that Reiga had thrown at Yuki.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Grimmjow, during a fight with Ichigo, fires five darts which can knock down buildings at Orihime, which Ichigo has to block with his body. Counts as an InvokedTrope, as Grimmjow did it specifically because he knew how Ichigo would react and was trying to get him to stop holding back.
** In a straighter example, [[AloofBigBrother Byakuya]] does this for Rukia when Gin tries to kill her with his shikai.
** In the manga, [[spoiler: Ginjo does this for Ichigo. A somewhat unusual example, as taking the stab reverted Ginjo's [[MemoryGambit memories back]]. In the following chapter, Ginjo stabs Ichigo himself.]]
** [[spoiler: Riruka]] took a slash to the shoulder ''and'' a CloseCallHaircut from a maddened [[spoiler: Tsukishima]] to protect [[spoiler: Ichigo (and Rukia, whose body she was temporarily inhabiting until then on)]] and get the attacker to listen to [[spoiler: her]] as well. [[spoiler: She's later healed by Orihime.]]
* ''Anime/BloodPlus'': [[spoiler:David does this for Julia when Professor Collins attempts to kill her, which is a key factor in Julia's decision to return to the Red Shield.]]
* In ''Anime/BlueSeed'', Momiji receives her mitama when she attempts to shield Kusanagi from Orochi's attack, complete with a BigNo and stuff.
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', the Head Priest of Izumo takes a FlechetteStorm to save Isanami at the opening of the series.



* In ''Manga/CountCain'' Riff takes bullets (and other things that would have the same effect) for Cain quite frequently (well to a point where antagonists are annoyed he keeps getting in the way)
* [[NiceGuy Kimihito]] [[IronButtMonkey Kurusu]] of ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' does this frequently [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl for the sake of his]] [[UnwantedHarem girls.]] It does not exactly help that [[FantasticRacism the human world does not look too highly upon monster girls of their species.]]
* In ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', Hei takes bullets (he's armored) to shield a girl he assumed to be the assassins' target. It sort of backfired. Later the girl jumped before him, intercepting a TeleFrag power aimed to tear his heart out. Another time he knocked prone his partner and covered her with himself from falling rubble. Which, yes, [[NotWhatItLooksLike looked not like what it was]].
* The above ''Daily Life With Monster Girl'' example's fantasy {{Expy}}, Mamoru Onodera of ''Manga/DeadlineSummonner'' does not fare much better. That it helps activate his DesperationAttack [[AwesomeButImpractical (if he can calculate the damage and damage adjustment right)]], and that [[IronButtMonkey he doesn't take much permanent damage from it]] makes it less dramatic than most examples.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan''
** During the first Osaka mini-arc Conan takes a knife to the gut for Ran when a lunatic with a knife attacks them. He gets better because the blade [[PocketProtector hit a metal amulet he was wearing]], thus he got just a bruise on his chest. Though this was actually a double Taking The Bullet: Heiji lent Conan that amulet because he had a nightmare where they both died, and the amulet is a good luck charm that seems to work. So the knife bounces off the amulet and Conan is relatively unharmed, but while confronting the [[spoiler: real]] murderer Heiji is shot.
** Just before the Desperate Revival arc, while the Shounen Tantei are trapped in a cave by a group of murderous bankrobbers, Conan takes a bullet for Genta and nearly bleeds to death.
** In the 13th movie, Inspector Megure took a knife wound on the belly from a charging woman who then realized her mistake. [[StoutStrength Good thing Megure is overweight.]] And in the proper series/manga Megure took ''a metal pipe to the head'' to protect Sonoko from a SerialKiller targetting girls [[spoiler:who wore special footwear, since one of them accidentally ran his son over due to said footwear. (Sonoko had purchased similar shoes, so that made her a target).]] Her's so MadeOfIron that he doesn't get knocked out (though to be fair, he ''was'' wearing his NiceHat), and even manages to deal a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the killer.
** In the fourth movie, [[spoiler: the reason for Ran's LaserGuidedAmnesia is that [[BreakTheCutie her mind was temporarily broken]] when Sato took ''at least four'' shots for her to save her from the movie's BigBad. They both get better: Sato survived, and when Ran saw the killer threaten Conan similarly, Ran got her memories back and kicked his ass.]]
** In the 14th movie ''The Raven Chaser'', [[spoiler: the one who protects Conan from being shot to death and dies in his place is [[NobleDemon Irish]], ''a member of the Black Organization''. Then again Irish's [[DeathBySecretIdentity cover had already been blown]] [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled so he wouldn't live for too long anyway]].]]
** In the 18th movie, ''Dimensional Sniper'' [[spoiler: Sera Masumi]] shields Conan from a sniper targeting him and gets shot in his place. [[spoiler: She makes it.]]
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''
** Myotismon aims his deadly Grisly Wing attack at Kari and Gatomon, but Wizardmon gets in the way, and is killed instead.
** Wizardmon's act is actually a strange example of the this trope. There's a bit of FridgeLogic here when you think that there's no possible way Wizardmon could have gotten there fast enough to be ''standing'' square in front of them, as he was blasted several meters away, severely beaten and exhausted, moments ago... and then FridgeBrilliance can take place if you think this is simply the result of another strange power he has -- either SuperSpeed or {{Teleportation}}; the sheer number of powers he has compared to other Digimon could stretch the imagination to imply he had either.
** This happens a few more times in Adventure first when Chuumon takes a dagger from Piedmon who was going to kill Mimi and when [=SabreLeomon=] takes a hit from [=MetalEtemon=] meant for Mimi and Joe. As a bit of a partial subversion, [[TakingYouWithMe he manages to kill MetalEtemon before expiring]].
** Another example is when [=DemiDevimon=] fires a toxic dart at Sora and Biyomon takes it for her. In this case, Biyomon is actually not in danger of ''directly'' dying from the attack, as it's only fatal to humans (though it makes Digimon extremely sick.) Still, she did save Sora's life in the process and probably didn't care rather it'd kill her or not.
** [[{{Expy}} Baring a certain resemblance to Wizardmon]], [[spoiler: Baalmon]] does this in ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars''.
* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' [[TheLancer Lancer]] Kouji does this for [[TheHero Team Leader]] Takuya, diving between Takuya and their enemy Duskmon's sword, taking enough damage to not only [[BroughtDownToNormal turn Kouji back into human form]] but knock him unconscious as well, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone to Takuya's clear horror]].



* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Luffy does this at least once (although he's [[ImmuneToBullets immune to the bullets]] due to his [[RubberMan Gum-Gum Fruit]] powers).
** Later exploited by Wapol's QuirkyMinibossSquad member Chess, who shoots three arrows (very large ones at that) at a group of innocent bystanders, causing Dalton to hurl himself into their path. It works, but, like every other non-flashback character, he gets better later.
** Sanji does this a number of times (usually when Nami is involved), in Skypeia when facing lighting powered GodGuise Enel he kicked Usopp out of the way of a massive lighting blast that was aimed for him and Nami. Sanji took the blast head on giving time for his crewmates to escape despite Nami's reluctance to abandon him, after he'd been electrocuted Sanji says a OneLiner before collapsing, lucky Usopp comes right back and takes the unconscious Sanji away to safety.
** Done quite cruelly with [[spoiler: Portgas D. Ace]], who has a Taking the Magma-Coated Fist moment to protect [[spoiler: Luffy from Akainu.]] It works, but, unlike the above example... [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice he does]] ''[[KilledOffForReal not]]'' [[TearJerker get better]].]]
** Happened also with [[spoiler: Queen Otohime]], who jumps to save a [[spoiler:Tenryuubito]] at the Fishmen Arc.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Luffy does this at least once (although he's [[ImmuneToBullets immune to the bullets]] due to his [[RubberMan Gum-Gum Fruit]] powers).
** Later exploited by Wapol's QuirkyMinibossSquad member Chess, who shoots three arrows (very large ones at that) at a group of innocent bystanders, causing Dalton to hurl himself into their path. It works, but,
In ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', volume 9 reveals that Izaya didn't stab Shinra like every other non-flashback character, a lot of people think he gets better later.
** Sanji does this a number of times (usually when Nami is involved), in Skypeia when facing lighting powered GodGuise Enel he kicked Usopp out of the way of a massive lighting blast that was aimed for him and Nami. Sanji took the blast head on giving time for his crewmates to escape despite Nami's reluctance to abandon him, after he'd been electrocuted Sanji says a OneLiner before collapsing, lucky Usopp comes right back and takes the unconscious Sanji away to safety.
** Done quite cruelly with
did. [[spoiler: Portgas D. Ace]], who has Shinra took a Taking knife wound for him when a student named Nakura demanded that Izaya give his money back in a bet he lost. Naturally, this incident seems to start something inside of Izaya as he declares that Nakura will suffer for hurting Shinra. Many years later, it comes off as Izaya stalking Nakura and then declaring to him at the Magma-Coated Fist moment to protect [[spoiler: Luffy from Akainu.]] It works, but, unlike the above example... [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice end of volume 9 that he does]] ''[[KilledOffForReal not]]'' [[TearJerker get better]].framed him for two major incidents that had been going on in that volume and that those people will hunt him down.]]
* Almost happens twice in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' when a psycho's about to start attacking everyone in the stands. [[TeamMom Mamori]] steps forward to [[MamaBear shield Suzuna]] from any prospect harm -- shortly followed by [[MagnificentBastard Hiruma]] stepping up to [[ShipTease shield Mamori as well]]. Luckily the situation is soon defused.
* ''Manga/FairyTail''
** Happened also Laxus shoots a lightning bolt at Levi that probably would have killed her had Gajeel not jumped in front of her to take it. [[BookEnds He does something similar at the end of the final battle]] to stop Laxus from finishing Natsu off; he turns his arm into iron and uses himself as a lightning rod.
** Simon takes a bullet for Natsu and Erza. About fifty chapters later Jellal, who shot the first "bullet" takes a bullet for Natsu as well.
** And in chapter 334, Gray shoves Juvia out of the way of a laser beam and gets shot multiple times in the chest and head as a result.
* Played
with in the ''Manga/{{FAKE}}'' OAV: [[spoiler: Queen Otohime]], when Ryo is cornered by a SerialKiller KnightTemplarParent who jumps kills Japanese people in revenge for the rape and murder of his daughter at the hands of Japanese tourists, the one who stands between killer and victim is ''[[CuteGhostGirl the dead girl's ghost]]'', which has been seen intermitently around.]]
* In the VideoGame/FatalFury first animated special, Joe Higashi is gravely wounded when he takes a bullet for Terry Bogard.
* Sure, in ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'', none of the readers liked SmugSnake Atia Simmons for being such an unlikable bitch, but you ''gotta'' feel something for her when her battle partner sacrificed himself for her. Cue BerserkerTears and RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* Scar from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' does this in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]]. When military troops notice Lust and open fire on her, Scar instinctively leaps in front of her and takes the hits, despite knowing fully well that Lust wouldn't have died. She gently reprimands him for this afterward.
-->'''Lust:''' You fool. You know it takes more than bullets to stop me.\\
'''Scar:''' It wasn't for you. This damn body has a will of its own.
* Played straight with ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' when Jerome manages to alert the other dogs of the humans shooting at them. Poor Jerome literally takes a bullet for the pack. Heroic dog, indeed
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'': Poor, POOR, Marida; as if her life wasn't sad enough...
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', a young girl named Meer Campbell takes a bullet for Lacus Clyne, the woman [[BodyDouble she had been impersonating for months]] because of a complex mix of [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]], [[FanGirl admiration]], and [[WellDoneSonGuy wish to be noticed by her]]. She then [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dies in her arms]] (read: Lacus is ForcedToWatch ''herself'' bleed out in front of her), while delivering what may be the most heart-wrenching FamousLastWords in the entire Franchise/{{Gundam}} saga. This scene also marks one of the few occasions in the entire Cosmic Era where we see the AllLovingHero Lacus be actually angry with someone.
** Previous to that, in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', Mu La Flaga takes a WaveMotionGun blast
to save a [[spoiler:Tenryuubito]] the ''[[CoolShip Archangel]]''. He gets better, and as Neo Roanoke does the exact same thing in ''Destiny'', but is not even scratched thanks to his superior HumongousMecha.
** And before that (production-wise)
at the Fishmen Arc.tail end of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]: Endless Waltz'', as Dekim prepares to shoot Relena for attempting to persuade Mariemeia to stop obeying him, Mariemeia pushes Relena out of the way, causing Dekim to accidentally shoot her.
** In the actual series, Trowa takes the blast meant for Heero in episode 25, causing his mech to blow up... but not before he gives a heartfelt [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight 'I Know You're in There Somewhere']] speech.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': Late in the second season, an unknown group tries to assassinate Orga Itsuka, the leader of Tekkadan and the show's {{Deuteragonist}}...[[spoiler:and they succeed because he shields Ride Mass, one of Tekkadan's younger members, with his own body. Ride is horrified (presumably for MoreExpendableThanYou reasons), but Orga reaffirms [[TemptingFate what he said earlier that episode]]: that he'd gladly give his life for ''any'' of his [[BandOfBrothers Tekkadan "brothers"]].]]
* Katokk does this for Garrod in ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'': In his mortal life Brandon Heat takes a bullet for Big Daddy. Later, being [[ImmuneToBullets resurrected as Grave, the deadman]] he is doing that couple of times for Mika.
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'':
** In the manga, [[spoiler:Angelica]] dies in hospital after taking a carbomb blast for Marco. Henrietta knocks a Bouncing Betty mine away from her handler Jose. The cyborg girls are conditioned to instinctively protect their handlers, and [[MoralMyopia get distraught over the minor injuries Marco and Jose suffer in comparison to their own]].
** Triela does the literal version for Roberta during vol 7 of the manga. Later she takes a smoke grenade to the head while shielding fellow cyborg Beatrice. She survives both, as does Roberta (though still wounded), Beatrice however..
* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', Yuki Nagato takes an awful lot of flying metal spears in order to shield Kyon in her fight against Asakura. [[NighInvulnerability She doesn't seem to mind, though.]]
* ''VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe''
** In ''Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 2 - Shiroki Ryuu no Miko'' OAV, Yoritada shields Karin from a flying sword -- although because of the way he does this, he only gets a non-fatal arm injury. Nevertheless, still dramatic.
** In the ''Hachiyou Shou'' TV series, Yorihisa protects Tenma from a sword-wielding mook this way, mirroring an incident from his past where his brother Sanehisa did the same to ''him''. Unlike Sanehisa, Yorihisa survives, although the wound makes the subsequent battle significantly more difficult (at least until they get a power-up).
** ''Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 - Owarinaki Unmei'' has [[spoiler:Masaomi]] taking an arrow for Nozomi; at first, it looks like he ''might'' have simply pushed her away without getting shot, but no...
* ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' is loaded with these for a magical girl anime.
** [[spoiler: Yuri's WeaselMascot Cologne takes a shot from Professor Sabahku to save her, leading him to be KilledOffForReal]]
** [[spoiler:Sabahku does one himself in the end, saving Yuri ''and'' Tsubomi from Dune.]]
** A non-fatal version occurs in TheMovie "Fashion Show in the City of Flowers?!" as Cure Blossom takes a shot from ''her own partner, Cure Marine'' to save the BrainwashedAndCrazy Olivier. [[spoiler:She loses her hairbow, her now-loose hair snapping him out of it as he recognizes Cure Blossom as Tsubomi.]]
* ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'': At his first meeting with Integra, Alucard protects her from a gunshot with his own hand. Of course, for him, it's not that [[NighInvulnerable big a deal]].
* PlayedForLaughs in an episode of ''Anime/InuYasha''. Soten, the younger sister of the two Thunder Brothers defeated by Inu-Yasha earlier, sends her dragon minion to incapacitate Kagome and Inu-Yasha using Kagome's arrows. When Inu-Yasha jumps in front of Kagome in order to save her, it's revealed the arrows don't even harm anyone.
* ''Manga/JyuOhSei''
** Yuuki does this for Chen.
** And Tiz takes a bullet for Zagi of all people, and dies, resulting in FaceDeathWithDignity for him, as he also ends up dying with her in his arms.
* In one of the old ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' mangas (the one by Tatsuya Shinjyouji), the deaths of [[spoiler: Sandra and Clara Heidern]] happened because of this trope. [[spoiler: Rugal had kidnapped them ''and'' beaten Heidern to near death (including [[EyeScream putting out one of his eyes]]), and when he moved for the final hit both of them shielded Heidern [[HeroicSacrifice with their own bodies]].]]
** Similarly, in the ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters KOF]]: G'' manga's third volume [[spoiler: an already injured Kensou shields Athena from Goenitz. He lives to tell, but barely.]]
* In ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', Paul von Oberstein jumps in front of Reinhard when an assassin fires a bazooka at the latter. Fortunately, Reinhard's best friend Kircheis manages to deflect the blow aside. In the very end of the series Oberstein in some way does it again, [[spoiler: [[ThanatosGambit misguiding the Earth Cult terrorists to attack his office instead of the Kaiser's bedroom.]]]]
* The ''Anime/LupinIII'' special ''Memories of the Flame ~Tokyo Crisis~'' plays it straight in Maria's flashbacks. Zenigata also does this later on to protect her, but instead of killing him, the bullet only injured his leg.
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', Nanoha does this to protect the helicopter carrying Shamal, Vice, and Vivio from a massive beam. Of course, since Nanoha's Exceed Mode is a lot tougher than a helicopter, [[TheWorfBarrage she survives]], much to the shock of the ColdSniper that fired the shot.



* In the last episode of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', Lord Genome takes the bullet for the heroes' mecha. By bullet, I mean a ''[[SlapOnTheWristNuke Big Bang powered beam]]'', and by taking it, I mean [[Awesome/TengenToppaGurrenLagann hurling himself to it, transforming said beam into a freaking galaxy-sized drill, with his head on the tip!]]
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', Nanoha does this to protect the helicopter carrying Shamal, Vice, and Vivio from a massive beam. Of course, since Nanoha's Exceed Mode is a lot tougher than a helicopter, [[TheWorfBarrage she survives]], much to the shock of the ColdSniper that fired the shot.
* ''Anime/BloodPlus'': [[spoiler:David does this for Julia when Professor Collins attempts to kill her, which is a key factor in Julia's decision to return to the Red Shield.]]

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* In ''Manga/MamotteLollipop'' Zero gets in the last episode way of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', Lord Genome an attack meant for Nina
* ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'' plays this for laughs, as Nagasumi ''constantly'' has to "take the bullet" for various mermaids whenever something threatens to splash them with water (they revert to mermaid form if they get wet, and he has to maintain TheMasquerade). It's played seriously in the series finale when he
takes the a ''literal'' bullet for Sun. [[spoiler: Fortunately, he's also capable of catching the heroes' mecha. By bullet, I mean bullet.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Iruka has
a ''[[SlapOnTheWristNuke Big Bang powered beam]]'', Taking the Shuriken moment in the first episode when he jumps in front of Naruto to save him from Mizuki's [[FuumaShuriken giant shuriken]]. This was mirrored later in the series when Mizuki throws a giant shuriken at Iruka and by Naruto protects him the same way.
** In ''Shippuuden'', Chouza Akimichi is nearly killed after
taking it, I mean [[Awesome/TengenToppaGurrenLagann hurling himself to it, transforming said beam into a freaking galaxy-sized drill, with his head on the tip!]]
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', Nanoha does this
hit from Pain to protect Chouji. He later turned out to have survived. Which was proceeded by one of Pain ''bodies'' taking the helicopter carrying Shamal, Vice, Raikiri for the other. And Kakashi's sacrifice with the whole [[spoiler:using his Kamui to save Chouji straight afterwards, and Vivio dying from a massive beam. Of course, since Nanoha's Exceed Mode is a lot tougher than a helicopter, [[TheWorfBarrage she survives]], much to the shock efforts himself.]]
** Chouza does it again [[spoiler:against zombie Asuma, jumping in front
of the ColdSniper that fired the shot.
* ''Anime/BloodPlus'': [[spoiler:David
a giant burning ash cloud and getting badly burned.]]
** And then there's poor little [[BattleButler Haku]]...
** Sasuke jumps in front of Haku's attack to protect Naruto in one [[HoYay memorable]] [[TearJerker scene]]. Cue Sasuke's claims of [[IWasJustPassingThrough "My body moved on its own"]] and Naruto's UnstoppableRage.
** [[TookALevelInBadass Sakura]] lets herself be impaled to protect [[NeverMessWithGranny Chiyo]].
** Obito
does this for Julia when Professor Collins attempts to Kakashi pushing him out of the way of a falling boulder and getting crushed as a result. [[spoiler: But this actually doesn't kill her, which him as BigBad Mandra saves him and makes him his right hand man]]].
** Suigetsu takes a [[WaveMotionGun giant ass chakra blast]] from a transformed Killer Bee to protect his team. {{N|ighInvulnerability}}aturally, this only renders him unconscious, since Suigetsu was [[BlobMonster a lake]] at the time.
** One truly tragic example
is a key factor Naruto's parents [[spoiler:Minato and Kushina jump in Julia's decision front the nine tails's attack aimed for baby Naruto and get impaled as a result. as if this wasn't sad enough, Minato and Kushina then tearfully say goodbye to return their baby boy and give him advice for the future and apologise for not being in it TearJerker]].
** And in what is probably one of the most {{Tear Jerker}} example of them all, [[spoiler:there's somewhat of a subversion. Hinata was ready to pull this trope on Naruto to protect him from the Ten-tails' fatal Mokuton -Sashiki no Jutsu... but the one who does it in the end is actually ''Neji'', shielding the other two. He ends up ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice... and very much dead, much
to the Red Shield.sadness of ''both'' Hinata and Naruto.]]
** Kakashi and [[spoiler:Obito]] do this for Naruto and Sasuke respectively, using their bodies to block [[spoiler:Kaguya's [[OneHitKill All-Killing Ash Bones]]. Kakashi's is immediately subverted when Obito uses the last of his strength to teleport away the bone heading for Kakashi.
]]



* In ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody'', Hiiragi grabbed Uta and tried to give her a ForcefulKiss, which would have severed her spiritual connection to My Melody and taken away most of My Melody's power. Kakeru tries to save her and lunges, intending to tackle Hiiragi away, but ends up between them and gets kissed instead. Both men are disgusted and Hiiragi retreats.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Luffy does this at least once (although he's [[ImmuneToBullets immune to the bullets]] due to his [[RubberMan Gum-Gum Fruit]] powers).
** Later exploited by Wapol's QuirkyMinibossSquad member Chess, who shoots three arrows (very large ones at that) at a group of innocent bystanders, causing Dalton to hurl himself into their path. It works, but, like every other non-flashback character, he gets better later.
** Sanji does this a number of times (usually when Nami is involved), in Skypeia when facing lighting powered GodGuise Enel he kicked Usopp out of the way of a massive lighting blast that was aimed for him and Nami. Sanji took the blast head on giving time for his crewmates to escape despite Nami's reluctance to abandon him, after he'd been electrocuted Sanji says a OneLiner before collapsing, lucky Usopp comes right back and takes the unconscious Sanji away to safety.
** Done quite cruelly with [[spoiler: Portgas D. Ace]], who has a Taking the Magma-Coated Fist moment to protect [[spoiler: Luffy from Akainu.]] It works, but, unlike the above example... [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice he does]] ''[[KilledOffForReal not]]'' [[TearJerker get better]].]]
** Happened also with [[spoiler: Queen Otohime]], who jumps to save a [[spoiler:Tenryuubito]] at the Fishmen Arc.
* In ''[[VisualNovel/PhantomOfInferno Requiem for the Phantom]]'', Zwei's assassination run on [[SmugSnake Scythe Master]] ends in failure when Ein takes a bullet for Scythe, who responds by shooting a despondent Zwei in the back and leaving him for dead.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Ash Ketchum actually does this at the end of ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' as an attempt to end Mew and Mewtwo's battle.
** Ash's already injured Fletchinder gets between him and an angry [[OlympusMons Moltres's]] Fire Blast. Instead of getting trashed, it [[HeroicSecondWind evolves into Talonflame]] and [[EleventhHourSuperpower gains Brave Bird]], dueling Moltres long enough for it to calm down.
** Ash does this ''a lot''. If he's afraid an attack could really hurt a Pokemon, he'll jump in and take the attack instead.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire''
** Though literal bullets are rarely used, Tsukune is very notable for his habit of throwing himself in front of attacks to protect his friends. He is ([[TookALevelInBadass or was]]) technically the weakest among them, leading to his EmergencyTransformation.
** [[ChivalrousPervert Ginei]] did this once as well... damn near killed him.
* In ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', this is how [[spoiler:Andre]] dies, while trying to protect [[spoiler:Oscar]].
* ''Anime/RurouniKenshin''
** Tomoe steps in to try and wrestle the knife out of an enemy's hands, but thanks to Kenshin being blinded earlier in the fight he can't see her and accidentally kills them both.
** There's a sort-of nonlethal example inh the episode that introduced Sanosuke. Kenshin, Kaoru and Yahiko are in Tae's restaurant and a bunch of drunkards on a nearby table start fighting, then Kenshin tenses up without reason as they try to just eat their meal. The following moment, one of the drunkards tosses a pot and hits Kenshin on the back of his head, almost knocking him out cold...
-->'''Sanosuke''': "You knew this would happen. And had you moved, this girl [Kaoru] would be covered in her own blood"
** It happens once more in the end of the Shishio battle where Yumi steps in front of Shishio to shield him from Kenshin's attack [[spoiler:only for Shishio to stab Kenshin ''through'' her, resulting in Yumi's death in Shishio's arms]].
** Also happens again at the end of the fight with Enishi, where Kaoru ''tries'' to take a bullet for Kenshin, but is [[spoiler: stopped by Enishi himself, who delivers a blow to the person firing, knocking the gun out of his hands.]] In the ''Seishouhen'' OAV, it's played differently: [[spoiler: Enishi and Kenshin are fighting alone, Enishi is about to stab Kenshin when he's on the ground but Kaoru throws herself on top of Kenshin and Enishi stops attacking.]]
** Aoshi Shinomori took a bullet for one of his followers in the Anime. (In the manga it was already aimed at him) Aoshi's followers later took several bullets to save Aoshi and allow Kenshin to defeat the shooter.



* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', Yuki Nagato takes an awful lot of flying metal spears in order to shield Kyon in her fight against Asakura. [[NighInvulnerability She doesn't seem to mind, though.]]



* In ''Anime/BlueSeed'', Momiji receives her mitama when she attempts to shield Kusanagi from Orochi's attack, complete with a BigNo and stuff.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan''
** During the first Osaka mini-arc Conan takes a knife to the gut for Ran when a lunatic with a knife attacks them. He gets better because the blade [[PocketProtector hit a metal amulet he was wearing]], thus he got just a bruise on his chest. Though this was actually a double Taking The Bullet: Heiji lent Conan that amulet because he had a nightmare where they both died, and the amulet is a good luck charm that seems to work. So the knife bounces off the amulet and Conan is relatively unharmed, but while confronting the [[spoiler: real]] murderer Heiji is shot.
** Just before the Desperate Revival arc, while the Shounen Tantei are trapped in a cave by a group of murderous bankrobbers, Conan takes a bullet for Genta and nearly bleeds to death.
** In the 13th movie, Inspector Megure took a knife wound on the belly from a charging woman who then realized her mistake. [[StoutStrength Good thing Megure is overweight.]] And in the proper series/manga Megure took ''a metal pipe to the head'' to protect Sonoko from a SerialKiller targetting girls [[spoiler:who wore special footwear, since one of them accidentally ran his son over due to said footwear. (Sonoko had purchased similar shoes, so that made her a target).]] Her's so MadeOfIron that he doesn't get knocked out (though to be fair, he ''was'' wearing his NiceHat), and even manages to deal a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the killer.
** In the fourth movie, [[spoiler: the reason for Ran's LaserGuidedAmnesia is that [[BreakTheCutie her mind was temporarily broken]] when Sato took ''at least four'' shots for her to save her from the movie's BigBad. They both get better: Sato survived, and when Ran saw the killer threaten Conan similarly, Ran got her memories back and kicked his ass.]]
** In the 14th movie ''The Raven Chaser'', [[spoiler: the one who protects Conan from being shot to death and dies in his place is [[NobleDemon Irish]], ''a member of the Black Organization''. Then again Irish's [[DeathBySecretIdentity cover had already been blown]] [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled so he wouldn't live for too long anyway]].]]
** In the 18th movie, ''Dimensional Sniper'' [[spoiler: Sera Masumi]] shields Conan from a sniper targeting him and gets shot in his place. [[spoiler: She makes it.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Grimmjow, during a fight with Ichigo, fires five darts which can knock down buildings at Orihime, which Ichigo has to block with his body. Counts as an InvokedTrope, as Grimmjow did it specifically because he knew how Ichigo would react and was trying to get him to stop holding back.
** In a straighter example, [[AloofBigBrother Byakuya]] does this for Rukia when Gin tries to kill her with his shikai.
** In the manga, [[spoiler: Ginjo does this for Ichigo. A somewhat unusual example, as taking the stab reverted Ginjo's [[MemoryGambit memories back]]. In the following chapter, Ginjo stabs Ichigo himself.]]
** [[spoiler: Riruka]] took a slash to the shoulder ''and'' a CloseCallHaircut from a maddened [[spoiler: Tsukishima]] to protect [[spoiler: Ichigo (and Rukia, whose body she was temporarily inhabiting until then on)]] and get the attacker to listen to [[spoiler: her]] as well. [[spoiler: She's later healed by Orihime.]]

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* In ''Anime/BlueSeed'', Momiji receives her mitama when she attempts to shield Kusanagi from Orochi's attack, complete with a BigNo and stuff.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan''
** During the first Osaka mini-arc Conan takes a knife to the gut for Ran when a lunatic with a knife attacks them. He gets better because the blade [[PocketProtector hit a metal amulet he was wearing]], thus he got just a bruise on his chest. Though this was actually a double Taking The Bullet: Heiji lent Conan that amulet because he had a nightmare where they both died, and the amulet is a good luck charm that seems to work. So the knife bounces off the amulet and Conan is relatively unharmed, but while confronting the [[spoiler: real]] murderer Heiji is shot.
** Just before the Desperate Revival arc, while the Shounen Tantei are trapped in a cave by a group of murderous bankrobbers, Conan takes a bullet for Genta and nearly bleeds to death.
**
In the 13th movie, Inspector Megure took a knife wound on the belly final episode of ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'', Kyrie shields an unconscious Morte from falling rocks using his back. It smarts a charging woman who then realized her mistake. [[StoutStrength Good thing Megure is overweight.]] And in the proper series/manga Megure took ''a metal pipe to the head'' to protect Sonoko from a SerialKiller targetting girls [[spoiler:who wore special footwear, since bit, but he quickly brushes it off.
* Uesugi Kenshin of ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' goes
one of them accidentally ran his son over due to said footwear. (Sonoko had purchased similar shoes, so that made her a target).]] Her's so MadeOfIron that he doesn't get knocked out (though to be fair, he ''was'' wearing his NiceHat), step further and even manages to deal a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the killer.
** In the fourth movie, [[spoiler: the reason for Ran's LaserGuidedAmnesia is that [[BreakTheCutie her mind was temporarily broken]] when Sato took ''at least four'' shots for her
takes three bullets in order to save her from the movie's BigBad. They both get better: Sato survived, and when Ran saw the killer threaten Conan similarly, Ran got her memories back and kicked his ass.]]
** In the 14th movie ''The Raven Chaser'', [[spoiler: the one who protects Conan from being shot to death and dies in his place is [[NobleDemon Irish]], ''a member of the Black Organization''. Then again Irish's [[DeathBySecretIdentity cover had already been blown]] [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled so he wouldn't live for too long anyway]].]]
** In the 18th movie, ''Dimensional Sniper'' [[spoiler: Sera Masumi]] shields Conan from a sniper targeting him and gets shot in his place. [[spoiler: She makes it.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Grimmjow, during a fight with Ichigo, fires five darts which can knock down buildings at Orihime, which Ichigo has to block with his body. Counts as an InvokedTrope, as Grimmjow did it specifically because he knew how Ichigo would react and was trying to get him to stop holding back.
** In a straighter example, [[AloofBigBrother Byakuya]] does this for Rukia when Gin tries to kill her with his shikai.
** In the manga, [[spoiler: Ginjo does this for Ichigo. A somewhat unusual example, as taking the stab reverted Ginjo's [[MemoryGambit memories back]]. In the following chapter, Ginjo stabs Ichigo himself.]]
** [[spoiler: Riruka]] took a slash
{{Ninja}} love interest. And ''she's'' meant to the shoulder ''and'' a CloseCallHaircut from a maddened [[spoiler: Tsukishima]] to protect [[spoiler: Ichigo (and Rukia, whose body she was temporarily inhabiting until then on)]] and get the attacker to listen to [[spoiler: her]] as well. [[spoiler: She's later healed by Orihime.]]bodyguard!



* ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'': In his mortal life Brandon Heat takes a bullet for Big Daddy. Later, being [[ImmuneToBullets resurrected as Grave, the deadman]] he is doing that couple of times for Mika.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'': In his mortal life Brandon Heat episode 14 of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', [[spoiler:Asuna]] does this to save Kirito from a fatal sword strike. [[HeroicBSOD It very nearly breaks him]]. [[spoiler: She survives, though.]]
* In the last episode of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', Lord Genome
takes a the bullet for the heroes' mecha. By bullet, I mean a ''[[SlapOnTheWristNuke Big Daddy. Later, being [[ImmuneToBullets resurrected as Grave, Bang powered beam]]'', and by taking it, I mean [[Awesome/TengenToppaGurrenLagann hurling himself to it, transforming said beam into a freaking galaxy-sized drill, with his head on the deadman]] he is doing that couple of times tip!]]
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', [[spoiler:Kotetsu]] takes a superheated crossbow bolt to the chest
for Mika.[[spoiler:Barnaby]]. Seeing the lengths the other hero is willing to go in order to protect him, [[spoiler:Barnaby]] begins to drop the {{Jerkass}} act and let himself trust [[spoiler:Kotetsu]].
* In the manga version of ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', immediately before the final battle with Deep Blue, Pie and Tart aim a powerful attack at Ichigo -- all four other girls jump in the way and take the huge bullet themselves. Mint actually manages a laugh about how "we're all thinking the same thing," and [[HeroicSacrifice they send Ichigo ahead]] [[DisneyDeath while they stay and fight.]]



* In ''[[VisualNovel/PhantomOfInferno Requiem for the Phantom]]'', Zwei's assassination run on [[SmugSnake Scythe Master]] ends in failure when Ein takes a bullet for Scythe, who responds by shooting a despondent Zwei in the back and leaving him for dead.
* Uesugi Kenshin of ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' goes one step further and takes three bullets in order to save his {{Ninja}} love interest. And ''she's'' meant to the bodyguard!
* ''Anime/RurouniKenshin''
** Tomoe steps in to try and wrestle the knife out of an enemy's hands, but thanks to Kenshin being blinded earlier in the fight he can't see her and accidentally kills them both.
** There's a sort-of nonlethal example inh the episode that introduced Sanosuke. Kenshin, Kaoru and Yahiko are in Tae's restaurant and a bunch of drunkards on a nearby table start fighting, then Kenshin tenses up without reason as they try to just eat their meal. The following moment, one of the drunkards tosses a pot and hits Kenshin on the back of his head, almost knocking him out cold...
-->'''Sanosuke''': "You knew this would happen. And had you moved, this girl [Kaoru] would be covered in her own blood"
** It happens once more in the end of the Shishio battle where Yumi steps in front of Shishio to shield him from Kenshin's attack [[spoiler:only for Shishio to stab Kenshin ''through'' her, resulting in Yumi's death in Shishio's arms]].
** Also happens again at the end of the fight with Enishi, where Kaoru ''tries'' to take a bullet for Kenshin, but is [[spoiler: stopped by Enishi himself, who delivers a blow to the person firing, knocking the gun out of his hands.]] In the ''Seishouhen'' OAV, it's played differently: [[spoiler: Enishi and Kenshin are fighting alone, Enishi is about to stab Kenshin when he's on the ground but Kaoru throws herself on top of Kenshin and Enishi stops attacking.]]
** Aoshi Shinomori took a bullet for one of his followers in the Anime. (In the manga it was already aimed at him) Aoshi's followers later took several bullets to save Aoshi and allow Kenshin to defeat the shooter.
* In ''Manga/CountCain'' Riff takes bullets (and other things that would have the same effect) for Cain quite frequently (well to a point where antagonists are annoyed he keeps getting in the way)
* In ''Manga/MamotteLollipop'' Zero gets in the way of an attack meant for Nina
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''
** Myotismon aims his deadly Grisly Wing attack at Kari and Gatomon, but Wizardmon gets in the way, and is killed instead.
** Wizardmon's act is actually a strange example of the this trope. There's a bit of FridgeLogic here when you think that there's no possible way Wizardmon could have gotten there fast enough to be ''standing'' square in front of them, as he was blasted several meters away, severely beaten and exhausted, moments ago... and then FridgeBrilliance can take place if you think this is simply the result of another strange power he has -- either SuperSpeed or {{Teleportation}}; the sheer number of powers he has compared to other Digimon could stretch the imagination to imply he had either.
** This happens a few more times in Adventure first when Chuumon takes a dagger from Piedmon who was going to kill Mimi and when [=SabreLeomon=] takes a hit from [=MetalEtemon=] meant for Mimi and Joe. As a bit of a partial subversion, [[TakingYouWithMe he manages to kill MetalEtemon before expiring]].
** Another example is when [=DemiDevimon=] fires a toxic dart at Sora and Biyomon takes it for her. In this case, Biyomon is actually not in danger of ''directly'' dying from the attack, as it's only fatal to humans (though it makes Digimon extremely sick.) Still, she did save Sora's life in the process and probably didn't care rather it'd kill her or not.
** [[{{Expy}} Baring a certain resemblance to Wizardmon]], [[spoiler: Baalmon]] does this in ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars''.
* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' [[TheLancer Lancer]] Kouji does this for [[TheHero Team Leader]] Takuya, diving between Takuya and their enemy Duskmon's sword, taking enough damage to not only [[BroughtDownToNormal turn Kouji back into human form]] but knock him unconscious as well, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone to Takuya's clear horror]].
* ''VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe''
** In ''Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 2 - Shiroki Ryuu no Miko'' OAV, Yoritada shields Karin from a flying sword -- although because of the way he does this, he only gets a non-fatal arm injury. Nevertheless, still dramatic.
** In the ''Hachiyou Shou'' TV series, Yorihisa protects Tenma from a sword-wielding mook this way, mirroring an incident from his past where his brother Sanehisa did the same to ''him''. Unlike Sanehisa, Yorihisa survives, although the wound makes the subsequent battle significantly more difficult (at least until they get a power-up).
** ''Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 - Owarinaki Unmei'' has [[spoiler:Masaomi]] taking an arrow for Nozomi; at first, it looks like he ''might'' have simply pushed her away without getting shot, but no...
* Sure, in ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'', none of the readers liked SmugSnake Atia Simmons for being such an unlikable bitch, but you ''gotta'' feel something for her when her battle partner sacrificed himself for her. Cue BerserkerTears and RoaringRampageOfRevenge.

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* Semi-minor character Brad does this for Vash in episode 21 of ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', and dies in front of him and his friends. [[AllLovingHero Vash]] is, understandably, horrified.
* In ''[[VisualNovel/PhantomOfInferno Requiem for the Phantom]]'', Zwei's assassination run on [[SmugSnake Scythe Master]] ends in failure when Ein takes a bullet for Scythe, who responds by shooting a despondent Zwei in the back and leaving him for dead.
* Uesugi Kenshin of ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' goes one step further and takes three bullets in order to save his {{Ninja}} love interest. And ''she's'' meant to the bodyguard!
* ''Anime/RurouniKenshin''
** Tomoe steps in to try and wrestle the knife out of an enemy's hands, but thanks to Kenshin being blinded earlier in the fight he can't see her and accidentally kills them both.
** There's a sort-of nonlethal example inh
the episode that introduced Sanosuke. Kenshin, Kaoru and Yahiko are in Tae's restaurant and a bunch of drunkards on a nearby table start fighting, then Kenshin tenses up without reason as they try to just eat their meal. The following moment, one 72 from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' (one of the drunkards tosses a pot ''Anime/MazingerZ'' sequels), during an aerial duel between Grendizer and hits Kenshin on the back of his head, almost knocking him out cold...
-->'''Sanosuke''': "You knew this would happen. And had you moved, this girl [Kaoru] would be covered in
another starship, [[spoiler:Rubina]] flies her own blood"
** It happens once
ship between Grendizer and an energy beam to save Duke. She [[spoiler:dies shortly after. Her HeroicSacrifice]] is done more in tragic because Duke had accused her of betraying him shortly before. The whole episode was a TearJerker.
* In ''Manga/VampireGame'', Hume takes a sword for Illsaide.
* In
the end 9th episode of the Shishio battle where Yumi steps ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' when one of Dilandau's spike's goes out of control on his Guymelef, one of them heads straight for Hitomi, Allen dives in front of Shishio to shield him from Kenshin's attack [[spoiler:only for Shishio to stab Kenshin ''through'' her, resulting in Yumi's death in Shishio's arms]].
** Also happens again at the end of the fight
with Enishi, where Kaoru ''tries'' his Guymelef and takes the hit, he survives but he's seriously injured.
* ''Manga/WolfsRain'' has a particularly cruel twist on this trope: [[spoiler:Toboe sees Quent and Darcia pulling guns on each other and leaps between them in an attempt
to take a the bullet for Kenshin, Quent -- but ends up taking ''Quent's'' bullet instead. Especially ironic since Quent has previously tried to shoot Toboe on several occasions. The irony is [[spoiler: stopped by Enishi himself, compounded because the shock of having shot the wolf who delivers a blow tried to save him causes him to drop his guard and get shot ''anyway''. The only small consolation is that the person firing, knocking the gun out of his hands.]] In the ''Seishouhen'' OAV, it's played differently: [[spoiler: Enishi wolf and Kenshin are fighting alone, Enishi is about to stab Kenshin when he's on the ground but Kaoru throws herself on top wolf-hunter share a brief moment of Kenshin and Enishi stops attacking.reconciliation before they die.]]
** Aoshi Shinomori took a bullet * In the ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' movie, [[spoiler: Yuzuriha Nekoi]] dies like this. More exactly, [[spoiler: she shields Kamui from two massive electric cables and is ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice for her trouble, [[DiedInYourArmsTonight then dies in Kamui's arms]].]]
** In it's prequel ''Manga/{{Tokyo Babylon}}'' Seishirou [[spoiler: gets between Subaru and a desparate mother with a knife needing a healthy kidney for her severly ill son and loses
one of his followers eyes (or at least goes blind in it) in the Anime. (In the manga it was already aimed at him) Aoshi's followers later took several bullets to save Aoshi and allow Kenshin to defeat the shooter.
* In ''Manga/CountCain'' Riff takes bullets (and other things that would have the same effect) for Cain quite frequently (well to a point where antagonists are annoyed he keeps getting in the way)
* In ''Manga/MamotteLollipop'' Zero gets in the way of an attack meant for Nina
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''
** Myotismon aims his deadly Grisly Wing attack at Kari and Gatomon, but Wizardmon gets in the way, and is killed instead.
** Wizardmon's act is actually a strange example of the this trope. There's a bit of FridgeLogic here when you think that there's no possible way Wizardmon could have gotten there fast enough to be ''standing'' square in front of them, as he was blasted several meters away, severely beaten and exhausted, moments ago... and then FridgeBrilliance can take place if you think this is simply the result of another strange power he has -- either SuperSpeed or {{Teleportation}}; the sheer number of powers he has compared to other Digimon could stretch the imagination to imply he had either.
** This happens a few more times in Adventure first when Chuumon takes a dagger from Piedmon who was going to kill Mimi and when [=SabreLeomon=] takes a hit from [=MetalEtemon=] meant for Mimi and Joe. As a bit of a partial subversion, [[TakingYouWithMe he manages to kill MetalEtemon before expiring]].
** Another example is when [=DemiDevimon=] fires a toxic dart at Sora and Biyomon takes it for her. In this case, Biyomon is actually not in danger of ''directly'' dying from the attack, as it's only fatal to humans (though it makes Digimon extremely sick.) Still, she did save Sora's life in the process and probably didn't care rather it'd kill her or not.
** [[{{Expy}} Baring a certain resemblance to Wizardmon]], [[spoiler: Baalmon]] does this in ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars''.
* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' [[TheLancer Lancer]] Kouji does this for [[TheHero Team Leader]] Takuya, diving between Takuya and their enemy Duskmon's sword, taking enough damage to not only [[BroughtDownToNormal turn Kouji back into human form]] but knock him unconscious as well, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone to Takuya's clear horror]].
* ''VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe''
** In ''Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 2 - Shiroki Ryuu no Miko'' OAV, Yoritada shields Karin from a flying sword -- although because of the way he does this, he only gets a non-fatal arm injury. Nevertheless, still dramatic.
** In the ''Hachiyou Shou'' TV series, Yorihisa protects Tenma from a sword-wielding mook this way, mirroring an incident from his past where his brother Sanehisa did the same to ''him''. Unlike Sanehisa, Yorihisa survives, although the wound makes the subsequent battle significantly more difficult (at least until they get a power-up).
** ''Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 - Owarinaki Unmei'' has [[spoiler:Masaomi]] taking an arrow for Nozomi; at first, it looks like he ''might'' have simply pushed her away without getting shot, but no...
* Sure, in ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'', none of the readers liked SmugSnake Atia Simmons for being such an unlikable bitch, but you ''gotta'' feel something for her when her battle partner sacrificed himself for her. Cue BerserkerTears and RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
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* Takashiro of ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName'' does this in episode 13, taking some ice spears that Reiga had thrown at Yuki.
* Almost happens twice in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' when a psycho's about to start attacking everyone in the stands. [[TeamMom Mamori]] steps forward to [[MamaBear shield Suzuna]] from any prospect harm -- shortly followed by [[MagnificentBastard Hiruma]] stepping up to [[ShipTease shield Mamori as well]]. Luckily the situation is soon defused.
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'':
** In the manga, [[spoiler:Angelica]] dies in hospital after taking a carbomb blast for Marco. Henrietta knocks a Bouncing Betty mine away from her handler Jose. The cyborg girls are conditioned to instinctively protect their handlers, and [[MoralMyopia get distraught over the minor injuries Marco and Jose suffer in comparison to their own]].
** Triela does the literal version for Roberta during vol 7 of the manga. Later she takes a smoke grenade to the head while shielding fellow cyborg Beatrice. She survives both, as does Roberta (though still wounded), Beatrice however..
* In ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', Hei takes bullets (he's armored) to shield a girl he assumed to be the assassins' target. It sort of backfired. Later the girl jumped before him, intercepting a TeleFrag power aimed to tear his heart out. Another time he knocked prone his partner and covered her with himself from falling rubble. Which, yes, [[NotWhatItLooksLike looked not like what it was]].
* The ''Anime/LupinIII'' special ''Memories of the Flame ~Tokyo Crisis~'' plays it straight in Maria's flashbacks. Zenigata also does this later on to protect her, but instead of killing him, the bullet only injured his leg.
* In the manga version of ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', immediately before the final battle with Deep Blue, Pie and Tart aim a powerful attack at Ichigo -- all four other girls jump in the way and take the huge bullet themselves. Mint actually manages a laugh about how "we're all thinking the same thing," and [[HeroicSacrifice they send Ichigo ahead]] [[DisneyDeath while they stay and fight.]]
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire''
** Though literal bullets are rarely used, Tsukune is very notable for his habit of throwing himself in front of attacks to protect his friends. He is ([[TookALevelInBadass or was]]) technically the weakest among them, leading to his EmergencyTransformation.
** [[ChivalrousPervert Ginei]] did this once as well... damn near killed him.
* ''Manga/JyuOhSei''
** Yuuki does this for Chen.
** And Tiz takes a bullet for Zagi of all people, and dies, resulting in FaceDeathWithDignity for him, as he also ends up dying with her in his arms.
* ''Manga/FairyTail''
** Laxus shoots a lightning bolt at Levi that probably would have killed her had Gajeel not jumped in front of her to take it. [[BookEnds He does something similar at the end of the final battle]] to stop Laxus from finishing Natsu off; he turns his arm into iron and uses himself as a lightning rod.
** Simon takes a bullet for Natsu and Erza. About fifty chapters later Jellal, who shot the first "bullet" takes a bullet for Natsu as well.
** And in chapter 334, Gray shoves Juvia out of the way of a laser beam and gets shot multiple times in the chest and head as a result.
* In ''Manga/VampireGame'', Hume takes a sword for Illsaide.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', volume 9 reveals that Izaya didn't stab Shinra like a lot of people think he did. [[spoiler: Shinra took a knife wound for him when a student named Nakura demanded that Izaya give his money back in a bet he lost. Naturally, this incident seems to start something inside of Izaya as he declares that Nakura will suffer for hurting Shinra. Many years later, it comes off as Izaya stalking Nakura and then declaring to him at the end of volume 9 that he framed him for two major incidents that had been going on in that volume and that those people will hunt him down.]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Ash Ketchum actually does this at the end of ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' as an attempt to end Mew and Mewtwo's battle.
** Ash's already injured Fletchinder gets between him and an angry [[OlympusMons Moltres's]] Fire Blast. Instead of getting trashed, it [[HeroicSecondWind evolves into Talonflame]] and [[EleventhHourSuperpower gains Brave Bird]], dueling Moltres long enough for it to calm down.
** Ash does this ''a lot''. If he's afraid an attack could really hurt a Pokemon, he'll jump in and take the attack instead.
* Played straight with ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' when Jerome manages to alert the other dogs of the humans shooting at them. Poor Jerome literally takes a bullet for the pack. Heroic dog, indeed
* PlayedForLaughs in an episode of ''Anime/InuYasha''. Soten, the younger sister of the two Thunder Brothers defeated by Inu-Yasha earlier, sends her dragon minion to incapacitate Kagome and Inu-Yasha using Kagome's arrows. When Inu-Yasha jumps in front of Kagome in order to save her, it's revealed the arrows don't even harm anyone.
* In ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', Paul von Oberstein jumps in front of Reinhard when an assassin fires a bazooka at the latter. Fortunately, Reinhard's best friend Kircheis manages to deflect the blow aside. In the very end of the series Oberstein in some way does it again, [[spoiler: [[ThanatosGambit misguiding the Earth Cult terrorists to attack his office instead of the Kaiser's bedroom.]]]]
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', [[spoiler:Kotetsu]] takes a superheated crossbow bolt to the chest for [[spoiler:Barnaby]]. Seeing the lengths the other hero is willing to go in order to protect him, [[spoiler:Barnaby]] begins to drop the {{Jerkass}} act and let himself trust [[spoiler:Kotetsu]].
* In ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', this is how [[spoiler:Andre]] dies, while trying to protect [[spoiler:Oscar]].
* In the ''Manga/X1999'' movie, [[spoiler: Yuzuriha Nekoi]] dies like this. More exactly, [[spoiler: she shields Kamui from two massive electric cables and is ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice for her trouble, [[DiedInYourArmsTonight then dies in Kamui's arms]].]]
** In it's prequel ''Manga/{{Tokyo Babylon}}'' Seishirou [[spoiler: gets between Subaru and a desparate mother with a knife needing a healthy kidney for her severly ill son and loses one of his eyes (or at least goes blind in it) in the process]]
* In episode 14 of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', [[spoiler:Asuna]] does this to save Kirito from a fatal sword strike. [[HeroicBSOD It very nearly breaks him]]. [[spoiler: She survives, though.]]
* In one of the old ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' mangas (the one by Tatsuya Shinjyouji), the deaths of [[spoiler: Sandra and Clara Heidern]] happened because of this trope. [[spoiler: Rugal had kidnapped them ''and'' beaten Heidern to near death (including [[EyeScream putting out one of his eyes]]), and when he moved for the final hit both of them shielded Heidern [[HeroicSacrifice with their own bodies]].]]
** Similarly, in the ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters KOF]]: G'' manga's third volume [[spoiler: an already injured Kensou shields Athena from Goenitz. He lives to tell, but barely.]]
* ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' is loaded with these for a magical girl anime.
** [[spoiler: Yuri's WeaselMascot Cologne takes a shot from Professor Sabahku to save her, leading him to be KilledOffForReal]]
** [[spoiler:Sabahku does one himself in the end, saving Yuri ''and'' Tsubomi from Dune.]]
** A non-fatal version occurs in TheMovie "Fashion Show in the City of Flowers?!" as Cure Blossom takes a shot from ''her own partner, Cure Marine'' to save the BrainwashedAndCrazy Olivier. [[spoiler:She loses her hairbow, her now-loose hair snapping him out of it as he recognizes Cure Blossom as Tsubomi.]]
* In the VideoGame/FatalFury first animated special, Joe Higashi is gravely wounded when he takes a bullet for Terry Bogard.
* [[NiceGuy Kimihito]] [[IronButtMonkey Kurusu]] of ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' does this frequently [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl for the sake of his]] [[UnwantedHarem girls.]] It does not exactly help that [[FantasticRacism the human world does not look too highly upon monster girls of their species.]]
* The above example's fantasy {{Expy}}, Mamoru Onodera of ''Manga/DeadlineSummonner'' does not fare much better. That it helps activate his DesperationAttack [[AwesomeButImpractical (if he can calculate the damage and damage adjustment right)]], and that [[IronButtMonkey he doesn't take much permanent damage from it]] makes it less dramatic than most examples.
* ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'' plays this for laughs, as Nagasumi ''constantly'' has to "take the bullet" for various mermaids whenever something threatens to splash them with water (they revert to mermaid form if they get wet, and he has to maintain TheMasquerade). It's played seriously in the series finale when he takes a ''literal'' bullet for Sun. [[spoiler: Fortunately, he's also capable of catching the bullet.]]
* In the 9th episode of ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' when one of Dilandau's spike's goes out of control on his Guymelef, one of them heads straight for Hitomi, Allen dives in front with his Guymelef and takes the hit, he survives but he's seriously injured.
* In ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody'', Hiiragi grabbed Uta and tried to give her a ForcefulKiss, which would have severed her spiritual connection to My Melody and taken away most of My Melody's power. Kakeru tries to save her and lunges, intending to tackle Hiiragi away, but ends up between them and gets kissed instead. Both men are disgusted and Hiiragi retreats.



* In the final episode of ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'', Kyrie shields an unconscious Morte from falling rocks using his back. It smarts a bit, but he quickly brushes it off.
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', the Head Priest of Izumo takes a FlechetteStorm to save Isanami at the opening of the series.
* Played with in the ''Manga/{{FAKE}}'' OAV: [[spoiler: when Ryo is cornered by a SerialKiller KnightTemplarParent who kills Japanese people in revenge for the rape and murder of his daughter at the hands of Japanese tourists, the one who stands between killer and victim is ''[[CuteGhostGirl the dead girl's ghost]]'', which has been seen intermitently around.]]
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** Subverted in ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'' when Superior Girl fires her Eye Beams at Supergirl, and Streaky leaps into the path of the blast. However, Belinda's Superior Vision mutates Supergirl's pet, turning Streaky the Supercat into Streaky the Super-Saber-toothed tiger.
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