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2nd May '16 11:08:31 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Jessica in ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' takes a flying stake in the back to protect Kanon. Touching, but ultimately [[SenselessSacrifice senseless]].

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* Jessica in ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' takes a flying stake in the back to protect Kanon. Touching, but ultimately [[SenselessSacrifice senseless]].
26th Apr '16 5:06:24 AM EarsplittingLepidopteran
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''
** Guts does this for Casca early in the series taking multiple arrows and a stab wound for her in battle, (despite her and Guts always bickering) this selfless protection of her causes Casca to start harbouring feelings for Guts leading to a steamy romance where she kisses his scars in thanks.
** [[spoiler:Judeau protects his female commander Casca from a demon set on killing and eating them as everything is literally going to Hell for them and the rest of the Hawks. He throws himself right on top of her and takes multiple blows from the demon's whiplike tentacles followed by two spikes right through his body for her before putting its eye out with his last throwing knife, setting it up to be finished off by Casca. The wounds are fatal and he dies soon after]].

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* * ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''
** Guts does this for Casca early in the series taking multiple arrows and a stab wound for her in battle, (despite her and Guts always bickering) this selfless protection of her causes Casca to start harbouring feelings for Guts leading to a steamy romance where she kisses his scars in thanks. \n** [[spoiler:Judeau
**[[spoiler:Judeau
protects his female commander Casca from a demon set on killing and eating them as everything is literally going to Hell for them and the rest of the Hawks. He throws himself right on top of her and takes multiple blows from the demon's whiplike tentacles followed by two spikes right through his body for her before putting its eye out with his last throwing knife, setting it up to be finished off by Casca. The wounds are fatal and he dies soon after]].



** 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 OneLier before collapsing, lucky Usopp comes right back and takes the unconscious Sanji away to safety.

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** 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 OneLier OneLiner before collapsing, lucky Usopp comes right back and takes the unconscious Sanji away to safety. safety.
26th Apr '16 5:04:56 AM EarsplittingLepidopteran
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** 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]]].



** And in what is probably 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.]]

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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]].
** 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.]]



* During the Eclipse in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', [[spoiler:Judeau protects his female commander Casca from a demon set on killing and eating them as everything is literally going to Hell for them and the rest of the Hawks. He throws himself right on top of her and takes multiple blows from the demon's whiplike tentacles followed by two spikes right through his body for her before putting its eye out with his last throwing knife, setting it up to be finished off by Casca. The wounds are fatal and he dies soon after]].

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* During * ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''
** Guts does this for Casca early in
the Eclipse series taking multiple arrows and a stab wound for her in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', [[spoiler:Judeau battle, (despite her and Guts always bickering) this selfless protection of her causes Casca to start harbouring feelings for Guts leading to a steamy romance where she kisses his scars in thanks.
**[[spoiler:Judeau
protects his female commander Casca from a demon set on killing and eating them as everything is literally going to Hell for them and the rest of the Hawks. He throws himself right on top of her and takes multiple blows from the demon's whiplike tentacles followed by two spikes right through his body for her before putting its eye out with his last throwing knife, setting it up to be finished off by Casca. The wounds are fatal and he dies soon after]].


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** 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 OneLier before collapsing, lucky Usopp comes right back and takes the unconscious Sanji away to safety.
16th Apr '16 8:43:45 PM Orbiting
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The United States Secret Service (which protects the president) calls this "catching the bullet", although it is rarely actually performed. In real life, the technique is obviously different, as bullets are far too fast to react to. Instead, the human shield will stand in front of the defended individual (hopefully) prior to the shot being fired. For instance, when Kennedy was shot, the agent with Johnson threw him to the floor of the car and then threw himself on top of him until they reached a secure location.

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The United States Secret Service (which protects the president) calls this "catching the bullet", although it is rarely actually performed. In real life, the technique is obviously different, as bullets are far too fast to react to. Instead, the human shield will stand in front of the defended individual (hopefully) prior to the shot being fired. For instance, when Kennedy was shot, the agent with Johnson (the vice president) threw him to the floor of the car and then threw himself on top of him until they reached a secure location.
16th Apr '16 8:42:18 PM Orbiting
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In RealLife, this is another term for TakingTheHeat. Try not to confuse the tropes, though. Note also that modern small arms munitions, especially military grade, are perfectly capable of penetrating right through someone and retaining sufficient energy to kill or severely injure the person being shielded, so this is very much a NoOtherOption tactic if trying to stop someone else being shot.

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In RealLife, this is another term for TakingTheHeat. Try not to confuse the tropes, though. Note also that modern small arms munitions, especially military grade, are perfectly capable of penetrating right through someone and retaining sufficient energy to kill or severely injure the person being shielded, so this is very much a NoOtherOption last resort tactic if trying to stop someone else being shot.


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* ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'': Jupiter took the impact of a meteor for Earth, though fortunately he didn't end up badly hurt.
15th Apr '16 4:54:27 PM Bossman
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* ''VideoGame/{{Hearthstone}}'': While there aren't as many cards that allow for this, the Paladin Secret Noble Sacrifice summons a "Defender" that will intercept the next attack your opponent launches. The Defender will then immediately die, as it only has 1 health.



* In ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'', any ship with at least 50% of their health can do this for attacks aimed at their fleet's flagship. Making a fragile or low-level ship the flagship can prevent them from being taken down to critical health ([[ExperienceBooster and gives them a 50% EXP boost]]). However, like everything else in this game, the chance of this protection kicking in is up to the RandomNumberGod based on the fleet's formation: more compact formations like Double Line and Diamond are better than Line Ahead or Line Abreast. When this doesn't happen and your flagship is knocked down to critical health, you will be forced to return to base after the battle.



* Completing the romance sidequest with Anera in ''Shadowlords'' requires taking a death effect attack for her. Though the PowerOfLove keeps you alive at 1hp instead of killing you.

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* Completing the romance sidequest with Anera in ''Shadowlords'' ''VideoGame/{{Shadowlords}}'' requires taking a death effect attack for her. Though the PowerOfLove keeps you alive at 1hp instead of killing you.



* ''VideoGame/Hearthstone'': While there aren't as many cards that allow for this, the Paladin Secret Noble Sacrifice summons a "Defender" that will intercept the next attack your opponent launches. The Defender will then immediately die, as it only has 1 health.
11th Apr '16 2:42:39 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': During [[spoiler:the Geofront Siege,]] an enemy squad shot at [[spoiler:Shinji]] right when he got distracted and careless, and [[spoiler:Misato]] leapt in the path of the bullets and shielded him with her body.
18th Mar '16 8:09:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the pilot episode of ''EarthFinalConflict'', the wealthy enterpreneur Jonathan Doors jumps in front of a sniper's bullet meant for the Taelon ambassador Da'an. He's pronounced dead at the scene, and the shooter escapes. Halfway through the episode, the season's protagonist William Boone discovers that Doors faked his own death in order to lead LaResistance against the Taelons. The shooter and the doctor who confirmed his death are working for him. Later on, we find out that the Taelons are, in fact, EnergyBeings and can't be harmed with bullets.

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* In the pilot episode of ''EarthFinalConflict'', ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'', the wealthy enterpreneur Jonathan Doors jumps in front of a sniper's bullet meant for the Taelon ambassador Da'an. He's pronounced dead at the scene, and the shooter escapes. Halfway through the episode, the season's protagonist William Boone discovers that Doors faked his own death in order to lead LaResistance against the Taelons. The shooter and the doctor who confirmed his death are working for him. Later on, we find out that the Taelons are, in fact, EnergyBeings and can't be harmed with bullets.



* In the ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' episode, "The Disir", [[spoiler:Mordred jumps in front of Arthur to take a spear that was thrown by one of the Disir.]]

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* In the ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' episode, "The Disir", [[spoiler:Mordred jumps in front of Arthur to take a spear that was thrown by one of the Disir.]]
11th Mar '16 8:15:32 AM Gamermaster
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* 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.

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* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', ''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.
26th Feb '16 2:23:16 PM margdean56
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* The attempt on Ronald Reagan's life by John Hinckley Jr. may have succeeded had it not been for the actions of Secret Service agent Timothy J. [=McCarthy=], who leapt in front of Reagan, receiving a wound in his abdomen. He survived. This remains the only time since the Secret Service was officially charged with protecting Presidents in 1906 that a Secret Serviceman has actually taken a bullet for the President.

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* The attempt on Ronald Reagan's life by John Hinckley Jr. may might have succeeded had it not been for the actions of Secret Service agent Timothy J. [=McCarthy=], who leapt in front of Reagan, receiving a wound in his abdomen. He survived. This remains the only time since the Secret Service was officially charged with protecting Presidents in 1906 that a Secret Serviceman has actually taken a bullet for the President.
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