A characters' life is saved by a steel plate they got after head surgery, which deflects a bullet or makes them immune to a Mind Rape. See also Pocket Protector and Disability Immunity.
ExamplesFilm - Live Action
- Faster. Driver has a steel plate which he got after being shot in the head by the men he's now hunting down in his Roaring Rampage of Revenge. At the end of the movie it saves his life after Cop shoots him in the back of the head.
- Scanner Cop. The Big Bad initially resists the protagonist's psychic attack because of his steel plate, though it peels away the hair on his head. The cop then concentrates really hard and gets the desired result.
- The Tommyknockers by Stephen King. Gardener and Ev Hillman are immune to the Body Horror effects of the spaceship, because they have metal plates in their heads (Gardener because of a skiing accident, Ev because of a war wound).
- In the pilot episode of the original Knight Rider, undercover detective Michael Long is shot in the face, but survives thanks to the steel plate he got after brain surgery for a Vietnam War injury. The bullet severely damages his face, but thanks to Magic Plastic Surgery he can now return as Michael Knight.
- Mr. Kaplan in the The Blacklist survives being shot in the head due to a steel plate implanted there caused by a previous headshot that failed to kill her.
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