After Action Injury Inspection
After a dangerous moment, one character checks another for injuries


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After the battle or The Chase, or other dramatic situations Jill goes to check whether Jack suffered injuries. Jack usually denies it, though this can lead to Post-Victory Collapse. If action is still going on, Jack will deny it and direct Jill to do something about the danger.

This can lead into After-Action Patchup, After-Action Healing Drama, or even Mortal Wound Reveal. As a standalone scene, it can be an Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene similar to the patchup; it can also be a one-line throwaway to Pet the Dog briskly, or to establish that a character is uninjured.

Examples

Film
  • Terminator
    • Terminator 2: Judgment Day. After John and the T-800 rescue Sarah from the mental institution, Sarah checks John's body for injuries. John is hurt that his mother's first instinct is to check him for wounds rather than greet her son, showing how emotionally distant she has become.
    • After escaping the T-X in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, the T-850 does a rough check-up on John Connor to see if he has suffered any brain damage. He asks Katherine Brewster (who's locked up in the back of their truck) if she's alright as well, and she tells him to drop dead. He can't comply with that order.

Literature
  • In Andre Norton's Storm over Warlock, Ragnar Thorvald cuts Shann free from the frame that the Throgs strapped him to for torture and quickly looks over him. Shann assures him that they arrived in time.
  • In Julie Kagawa's The Iron King, when Ash collapses, Meghan tries to check on him. Puck holds her back, arguing, until Ash recovers, making it moot.
  • In Teresa Edgerton's The Queens Necklace, Macquay refuses Will's offer to let his second check for a wound, even though Will knows he touched him.
  • In Susan Dexter's The True Knight, when they are escaping Queen Melcia, Gerein says he suffered a dislocated shoulder, and Titch checks it. Being interrupted meant that they could not treat it.
  • This trope is one of the jobs of the medicine cat in Warrior Cats.
  • In Sandy Mitchell's The Traitor's Hand, after Chaos cultists attack a meeting, Ciaphas Cain looks around and sees that an arbitrator lost his hand. Because he is still fighting, he only shouts to the other civilain to aid the injured man.
  • In Andre Norton's A Brother To Shadows, Zulzan inspects Jofre to see that he was burned saving him from the assassin. Zulzan at the time only rants at their captor and waits until they are safely inside for the After Action Patch Up.
  • In Teresa Frohock's Miserere: An Autumn Tale
    • Lucian inspects the wound on Rachael's side after they fight Caleb. She refuses a bandage.
    • After Cerebus flees for the Hell Gate, Rachael looks at the wound on Lindsey's hand. Even a glancing blow from its tail hurts because it burns.
  • In Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess, in the sewers, Dimo gets checked after hitting a wall and warned that he's cracked a rib and shouldn't try too hard to impress the ladies.

Live-Action Television
  • In The X-Files episode 'Bad Blood' Scully bobs her head from side to side to let Mulder check her neck for vampire bites.
    • In 'Ice' Mulder and Scully check each other for a parasitic worm.
    • And, in the pilot, Scully comes to Mulder with some suspicious marks on her back which turn out to be skeeters.

Newspaper Comics
  • Early in the Flash Gordon, Thun finds Flash unconscious, and checks for broken bones.

Poetry
  • A passage from Mikhail Lermontov's poem Battle of Borodino:
    Of drums we heard far off the rattle:
    The pagans left the field of battle.
    To count then we began the sad toll
    Of wounds and comrades reft.

Webcomics

Western Animation
  • On Finding Nemo, Marlin inspects Nemo for serious injuries after he falls out of the anemone. Nemo is unhurt, and quite annoyed at his father's overprotectiveness.

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