Created By: Odon on January 7, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on March 7, 2018

Steel Plate In Head

A character's life is saved by the steel plate they got after head surgery.

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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.


Film - 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).

Live-Action TV
  • 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.

Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • January 7, 2012
    In the old B-Movie They Came From Beyond Space, a character's metal plate prevents him from being psychically controlled by the aliens like all his colleagues.
  • January 7, 2012
    • Kick Ass, after his disastrous first attempt at being a superhero the protagonist ends up with a lot of metal in his body, making it a little difficult to knock him out.

    • The Supernaturalist: Cosmo Hill gets a piece of tank armor grafted to his skull from improvised surgery. Allows him to headbutt his way through bulletproof glass.
  • January 7, 2012
    Invoked in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. John explains that his "sister" Cameron has a steel plate in her head from a childhood accident, which is why she sets off the school's metal detector.
  • January 7, 2012
    Well, Mom on The Adventures Of Pete And Pete has a metal plate in her head (it even gets a spot in the opening credits), but it's mostly used to pick up Mexican radio stations. She can pick up the police band with it though.
  • January 7, 2012
    in the 2002 He Man cartoon it is shown that under his helmet Ram Man appears to have a metal plate grafted to the OUTSIDE of his head. This would certainly come in handy considering his role is to be a human battering ram. It isn't stated if this is because of an old injury but seems plausible considering his teammates Mekaneck and Fisto got their respective metal parts following battle injuries.

    Beachhead from GI Joe is said to have a metal plate in his head during a crossover with Trans Formers. In order to sneak through the Decepticon base the Joes cannot have any metal on or in them. Beachhead is unable to go because of his plate.
  • January 7, 2012
    You might want to put a spoiler warning in bold.
  • January 8, 2012
  • January 8, 2012
  • January 8, 2012
    Also, in the case of Mom from Pete & Pete, she met her husband because he was looking for treasure with a metal detector.
  • January 8, 2012
    Bullet Proof has Jack Carter, who is shoot in the head (actidentally) by his friend Archie. He uses the steel plate on Archie when he's pissed. Later he uses it as a surprise weapon against bad guys.
  • January 9, 2012
    • During Walter Simonson's run on The Mighty Thor, there was a story arc where Thor fights The Fair Folk with the assistance of an army veteran who turns out to have partial immunity to their glamor because of the steel plate in his head.
  • January 9, 2012
    Real Life:
    • Comedian Ron White has a plate in his head which got put in in Mexico. According to his Dr, the plate was hot.
  • March 5, 2018
    In Drop The Dead Donkey Jerry the Cameraman has a suicide by jumping land on his head (thanks to Damien demanding he get right in underneath for the shot), however he is saved from injury due to the steel plate he has in his head from Damien's piece on why plastic bullets are safe.
  • January 10, 2012
    Played for laughs in a Cattivik story where the person he just hammered on the head happens to have a 10 cm thick steel plate under his hat.
  • January 10, 2012
    The Truck Driving super hero US 1 (Or US Ace in latter incarnations) uses this to his advantage in a truckstop fight in the second issue.
  • January 10, 2012
    Hmm, related to The Hard Hat?
  • October 18, 2017
  • October 18, 2017
    • In the sci-fi show Silversun, Pancha was transformed into a cyborg after a car accident. She alludes to having "a titanium rod through [her] brain".
  • October 18, 2017
    Still needs a better title. Or at least an explanatory one... Surgical Steel Plate Protection? Or Surgical Steel Plate Of Protection?
  • October 19, 2017
    • Capitalized the title.
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      • Added the word "Examples".
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      • Namespaced work and Creator names.
      • Corrected spelling (bcause).
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      • Italicized work names as per How To Write An Example - Emphasis For Work Names.
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  • October 19, 2017
    • Deponia Doomsday Rufus has a metal plate in his skull because of a past incident. This counts as his Tin Foil Hat that lets him remember events after a time reset.
  • March 5, 2018
    Can be a type of The Hard Hat.

    Web Comics
  • March 5, 2018
    Can be a type of? No, this is The Hard Hat. Furthermore, that finished trope was created in the year 2010, way before this draft (created in 2012). Let's move examples from here to there and discard this draft.
  • March 5, 2018
    ^ To be fair, The Hard Hat is a terrible name—if you didn't know better, you'd think it was about actual hats, like those construction workers or soldiers or firefighters wear. But looking at it, yes, it does cover this. But it's only got 25 wicks in eight years. Sounds like we might want to get repair shop involved.
  • March 5, 2018
    Good idea, we could link the repair shop to both The Hard Hat and this draft, the end result can be the best of both.

  • March 5, 2018
    ^Good god, that trope is a mess. 0_o
  • March 5, 2018
    Eh, the description and laconic on that (The Hard Hat) claims it's specifically for head protection that is concealed by a hat, which sounds like a weird thing to trope, so I wasn't sure how this would fit.
  • March 8, 2018
    Would the reverse count? Zaeed Massani from Mass Effect 2 got a steel plate installed in his head after he was shot in it by a treacherous underling and survived.
  • March 6, 2018
    When Marvel character U.S. Archer had his skull fractured in a murder attempt it was replaced with a "cap" of experimental metal. In addition to the hammerhead abilities that it gives him, he can hear different radio frequencies based on which filling he touches with his tongue. Taking the foil from a stick of gum and making contact with all of his fillings at one makes him immune to mind control, but also a severe headache afterwards.