Created By: PrinceofDDR on September 29, 2011 Last Edited By: PrinceofDDR on October 3, 2011

Push To Safety (Working Title)

When someone forces a friend to safety and stays behind to deal with the danger.

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So, you've managed to rescue the Damsel in Distress, and even managed to find a way to make the Big Bad's Evil Lair go up in smoke in a matter of minutes. All that's left is to escape.

Almost there...

Drat! The Big Bad (or his Dragon) have caught up to you just as you're about to escape safely. They have their Weapon of Choice pointed straight at you, and one false move will get you all killed. And to make matters worse, the only exit is about to close off permernently. What to do?

Simple! Push your friend and Love Interest out of the exit quick enough before the danger can react, (and before the exit is sealed off), and deal with the danger yourself.

This can often lead to a Heroic Sacrifice if the person in question dies after doing this.

Compare More Expendable Than You.


-->Dr. David Grant: (as structure is starting to fail) We're not gonna make it! -->Lieutenant Colonel Austin Travis: *You* are! (pushes him to safety and falls).

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  • September 29, 2011
    Depending on how flexible this trope is... Video Games:
    • Twice in the Mass Effect series. In Mass Effect 1, Shepard will pull and throw Kaidan or Ashley out of the Prothean beacon's field and be caught up in it instead. In Mass Effect 2, Shepard will force Joker into an escape capsule in order to save him from the destruction of the first Normandy.
  • September 29, 2011
    Not sure if these count. In the first case there's no bad guy present, in the second, there's no actual push:

    • In Executive Decision:
      Dr. David Grant: (as structure is starting to fail) We're not gonna make it!
      Lieutenant Colonel Austin Travis: *You* are! (pushes him to safety and falls).

    Live Action TV:
    • In Babylon Five, a damaged Narn warship is withdrawing from battle. With systems failing, they can only generate one more jump point when the crew notices a Narn transport in the area. They maneuver so that the transport ends up using the jump point instead of the warship.
  • September 29, 2011
    I'm pretty sure this is Daredevil's origin. Shall double check...

    Yes, it is.

    • Daredevil as a teenager pushed an old blind man out of the way of a truck, but is himself hit by the truck and its radioactive contents, which is where his blindness and heightened senses came from.

    Also, Seen It A Million Times. Will keep an eye out.
  • September 29, 2011


    • A flashback in Outlaw Star has Jean's father shove him into an escape pod so that he'd survive the attack from the El Derado, the McDugal Bros. ship.


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  • September 29, 2011
    There doesn't really need to be a bad guy involved. As long as it's a threat, and someone does something to save another while leaving themselves in danger. Pushing is a plus, though.

  • September 30, 2011
    Subverted in an episode of Adventures Of The Gummi Bears, Gruffi almost stays behind to face a flock of vicious vultures who were after Sunni, as somebody had to push their flying contraption off of the cliff for it to get moving. However, the rope catches his foot and he gets dragged along anyways.
  • September 30, 2011
    Literature: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Bellatrix shots at Ginny, Molly pushes Ginny away and duels with Bella.
  • September 30, 2011
    Appears in a Ciaphas Cain novel. Or at least the person being pushed to safety thinks so, really Cain was just trying to get him out of the way so Cain himself could get to safety. The emergency door cuts Ciaphas off before he can get to safety too though.
  • September 30, 2011
    A regular action on Smallville is for Clark to push someone out of the way of an oncoming truck or somesuch and stand there to take the hit himself, since he's Nigh Invulnerable.
  • September 30, 2011
    @Cryptic Mirror: It's even better than that; on being shoved out of the way he nudges one of the guys trying to hold the doors open, causing them to lose their grip. IIRC the specific novel was Death Or Glory. The guy in question was Toren Divas, who tends to act as a Swiss Messenger for Cain whenever he shows up (it's noted that the only reason he was in front of the door was to, stupidly but innocently, gesture to Cain to hurry).
  • September 30, 2011
    Discussed in an early episode of Babylon 5: The planet that the station orbits is in danger of exploding, taking the station with it. Commander Sinclair asks Security Chief Garibaldi to make sure that if they can't avert the disaster, to get Lieutenant Commander Ivanova onto one of the escape shuttles. Garibaldi promises he will, even if he has to knock her unconscious and throw her through the hatch.
  • October 2, 2011
  • October 2, 2011
    Feel free to edit if you wish. Can't quite get the hang of quoting yet.
  • October 3, 2011
    Related to Taking The Bullet?
  • October 3, 2011
    Doesn't Hellboy do this to his obnoxious boss in the underground Russian cemetary, just before some big steel doors slam shut to separate the group? And doesn't the boss do a bit of lampshade hanging and give orders to everyone to stay together?
  • October 3, 2011