Created By: Maxaxle on March 12, 2012

Bulletproof Sword

A character literally deflects (or stops) a bullet, arrow, or similar high-speed, low-mass projectile.

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Do We Have This One? Up for Grabs Bob is battling Alice in true High Fantasy style. Bob is holding a crossbow, and Alice has a sword. Bob fires an arrow at Alice, but Alice deflects it with the side of her sword. He reloads and fires again, but this time she splits the arrow with her sword.

Examples: -This Troper cannot quote anything but has seen the trope once or twice before, in either a Medieval setting (arrow VS sword) or in a somewhat modern setting (bullet VS sword).
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  • March 12, 2012
  • March 12, 2012


    • Princess Mononoke: Late in the film, Ashitaka runs across a garrison of Aoshi's army while en route to deliver a message to the people of Iron Town. When they attack, he leaps past, on Yakul, and into the lake which prompts them to unleash a volley of arrows. Ashitaka knocks them away with his sword.


  • March 13, 2012
    Real Life
    • A katana can split a bullet, though you'd be mad to try to do it in purpose.
    • Real-life arrow-cutting is difficult, but possible as a defense of last resort.
  • March 13, 2012
    Jedi Knights routinely deflect blaster bolts.

  • March 13, 2012
    • Wade, AKA Weapon XI in X-Men Origins: Wolverine dual wields katana with bullet-splitting skill.
  • March 13, 2012
    Covered by Implausible Fencing Powers, but it's probably a good idea to split this off. If you're up for it, take the examples of this from that page. There's also Spin To Deflect Stuff, which is an odd distinction to separate those two tropes.
  • March 13, 2012
    Blades Are Unbreakable? Then you can put most ludicrous hard blocks there, too.

    Or do you mean only projectile defence with melee weapons?
  • March 13, 2012
    In fighting games, if there's a sword user in the game, his or her blocking animation will nearly always be him or her holding the sword out, one hand on the handle and the other hand flat against near the tip. If someone has a projectile shot attack, this stance will always block it. Vergil in Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 takes it to the next level and does it with a one-handed sword spin that negates attacks far more destructive than a bullet.
  • March 13, 2012
    It is one of the signature moves of The Witcher.
  • March 14, 2012
    Mihawke's sword in One Piece can not only stop bullets, but redirect their paths back at the enemy.
  • March 14, 2012
    Could we expand this to beyond swords? For example, in Black Cat, Train uses his pistol to deflect bullets that are shot at him.
  • March 14, 2012
    • An episode of Mythbusters tested this and showed it was indeed possible to deflect a bullet with a sword.
    • An episode of Stan Lee's Superhumans featured a man trained with a samurai sword who could do split bullets fired at him with it.