Created By: Some GuyJanuary 8, 2009
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Bullet Catch

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In launching Arrow Catch just recently (it still needs the image propped, since I don't know how to do that), I realized that catching bullets was common enough that it should probably be given its own trope. It certainly, in any case, warrants a whole new description since it has to be at least a scale of magnitude more improbable to do.

So...examples?
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  • January 8, 2009
    Haven
    This could probably be lumped, in the same way that Arrow Cam has bullet examples. But it's up to you.

    • Ozymandius pulls this off near the end of Watchmen, because he is Charles Atlas Superpower incarnate.
    • Von Pinn does this in Girl Genius. They were already bouncing off her, but this just gave her extra badass points.
    • In Final Fantasy Tactics, the Blade Grasp ability lets you do this. Somehow.
    • Superman did this in the Elseworlds "Red Son", to stop a man he'd been promoted over from killing himself. Superman was standing on the other side of a field from the man, who had the gun right next to his head, and fired-and Superman still caught it.
  • January 8, 2009
    Heleentje
    Dragonball Z. So many times.
  • January 8, 2009
    Jack Butler
    Bruce Leeroy pulls this off with his teeth in Barry Gordy's The Last Dragon.

    Clark Kent did this in the original Superman film with Christopher Reeve.
  • January 8, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In Kung Fu Hustle, The Beast shows off his formidable skills by putting a gun to his own head, firing, and catching the bullet with two fingers. Any remaining dissent was silenced.
  • January 8, 2009
    turnerjer
    • Ah-nald catches a bullet in his teeth in the third Terminator movie.
  • January 8, 2009
    banjo2E
    Doesn't it happen in Death Note's intro?
  • January 8, 2009
    Nyktos
    There was the bullet catching trick in The Prestige, but that was fake.
  • January 8, 2009
    RobertBingham
    The protagonist does this in Barehanded Blade Block fashion in Dead Or Alive 2: Kanzaisha (not related to the games, but rather the post-apoc sequel to the Takashi Miike movie), which prompts his opponent to question if the guy is even human.

    In the Enter The Zombie supplement of All Flesh Must Be Eaten, one of the Chi powers available to Martial Artists (though it can probably also be used by Shooters) gives them the ability to do just this.
  • January 8, 2009
    Bisected8
    This is done towards the end of Watchmen.
  • January 8, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In the first Superman movie, Clark Kent stops a mugger this way, palming the bullet to hide his identity.
  • January 8, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In the "Police Cops" pilot on The Simpsons, detective Homer Simpson catches a bullet, then throws it back hard enough to kill the criminal who fired it
  • January 9, 2009
    SchrodingersDuck
    Happens in this year's Interactive Fiction Competition winner Violet. Ending spoilers ahoy: The protagonist is trying to work on his dissertation but is distracted by his itchy clothes. You have to remove the clothes and finish the game naked... when it turns out she'd thrown you a special "Dissertation finished" party. Subverted in that she knew it was coming, since she rigged your office with a hidden camera, to make sure you keep working.
  • January 9, 2009
    Koveras
    Terence Hill's character in The Super Fuzz has a goon fire some seven shots at him. And he catches first six with the barrel of his (empty) revolver and the seventh, with his teeth!

    Compare Immune To Bullets.
  • January 9, 2009
    helen_damnation
    I'm quite sure Neo must have done this, but I can't recall for certain. I suppose telekinetically doesn't count.

    Austin Powers catches a bullet in his teeth at least once.
  • January 9, 2009
    Koveras
    @helen_damnation: Now, AFAIK he never does just that. He does catch bullets telekinetically and removes a bullet from Trinity's chest by manipulating her data but he doesn't exactly catch them.
  • January 9, 2009
    Alucard
  • January 9, 2009
    Amazingly Enough
    What happened to my comment? Maybe it was All Just A Dream...

    Anyway, The Prestige example actually ends with the magician getting a few fingers blown off after the trick fails.

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