Created By: HandsomeRob on June 24, 2011 Last Edited By: DAN004 on April 10, 2015

Diving Stop

Preventing someone from doing something by tackling them.

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This trope is for when one character prevents an enemy from performing something bad, or even a friend from doing something they disagree with by tackling them to the ground. There may also be some wrestling to keep them down afterwords. It can also apply when said tackler stops the tackled from attacking someone who would kill them (or badly hurt them) if they got too close, which causes it to overlap with Diving Save at times. Said diver may also lapse into Bullet Time. Bonus Points if they do a Big "NO!" or Slow No at the same time.

A Sub-Trope to Percussive Prevention and Sister Trope to Diving Save, related to Desperate Object Catch. Compare Dynamic Entry and Big Damn Heroes.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • In One Piece's Sabaody Archipelago arc, Zoro seems annoyed at the World Noble he passed by (Saint Charloss), as the guy is wantonly shooting someone and asked the poor guy's fiance to be his (among many other things). Then Zoro moves in to attack him, only to be tackled by Jewelry Bonney who also fakes his injury with red paint. After going away from the place, she explains to Zoro that attacking a World Noble is a bad idea - if they're hurt by someone, even a Marine Admiral can be summoned to neutralize the threat.
  • Old school Super Robot throwback Shinkon Gattai Godannar!! has the most unique example in a Humongous Mecha on Humongous Mecha version. When Ex girlfriend Mira Ackerman tries to Mercykill The Hero Goh Sarutobi when his infection by the Insania Virus finally takes full control, she is stopped by Current Girlfriend Anna Aoi. Since Anna and Mira's robots happen to be Fembots as well, it's essentially one female robot draped atop another, just like this.
  • Bleach. Yourichi does this to Soi Fon, during the Soul Society arc, to prevent her from killing Kiyone; which leads to a Designated Girl Fight.
  • At the climax of The Castle of Cagliostro, Clarisse pulls an epic one, complete with a Big "NO!", by diving from atop the clocktower and taking Cagliostro with her to prevent him from killing Lupin. The count manages to save himself, however, and gives her the boot in retaliation, which sends her plummeting toward the lake. This spurs Lupin to leap from the tower in order to save her.
  • Elfen Lied
    • The heroine has just murdered her friends' family in a fit of jealousy. Naturally, she threatens to go and kill the other one he likes. He then tackles her and shouts, er screams at her, "NOO! STOP IT!"
    • Seconds before, when Lucy tries to use her vectors on the boy, his sister pushes him out of the way and tells her brother to run. Brave girl.

Film
  • The Thing. A Thing assimilates Bennings and escapes out into the open. As MacReady, Windows and Fuchs pursue it, it falls on its knees. Windows approaches it and Fuchs tackles him to the ground, saying "Keep away from it!"

Literature
  • Making Money mentions Moist of all people doing this to prevent an employee from burning an entire sheet of misprinted stamps.

Live-Action TV
  • Parodied in How I Met Your Mother, when Barney somehow convinces himself that Wendy the waitress is trying to kill him and his friends, and does this to stop Marshall eating a hamburger she served him.
  • In a humorous background scene in the episode "Him" of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Spike tackles a spell-influenced, bazooka-toting Buffy to stop her from shooting an oblivious Pricipal Wood through the window of his office.
  • On Fargo, Molly tackles Micky Hess to prevent him from trying to beat his little brother to death with a hockey stick.

Video Games

Web Animation

Web Comics

Western Animation
  • In an early episode of The Simpsons Homer & family are at the Burns estate for the annual company picnic. It's time for the potato sack race, which everybody knows they're supposed to let Mr. Burns win. Bart goes for it though, so Homer jumps really fast in his sack to tackle Bart just before the finish line. Mr. Burns wins.
    Burns: Close one this year.

Community Feedback Replies: 38
  • June 24, 2011
    Evdog
    This is generally done in slow motion.
  • June 25, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • In Chobits Ueda's badly malfunctioning persacom wife shoves him out of the way of an oncoming truck, ensuring she'd be destroyed, which raises questions of whether there was enough mind left to want to end her own existence, or whether there was enough love left that she did it out of love.
  • June 25, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    ^ that one sounds more like a regular Diving Save Paradisca Corbasi.
  • July 22, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    Bump
  • July 22, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In an early episode of The Simpsons Homer & family are at the Burns estate for the annual company picnic. It's time for the potato sack race, which everybody knows they're supposed to let Mr. Burns win. Bart goes for it though, so Homer jumps really fast in his sack to tackle Bart just before the finish line. Mr. Burns wins.
    Burns: Close one this year.
  • July 22, 2011
    MiinU

    Anime and Manga

  • July 23, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • The Thing. A Thing assimilates Bennings and escapes out into the open. As MacReady, Windows and Fuchs pursue it, it falls on its knees. Windows approaches it and Fuchs tackles him to the ground, saying "Keep away from it!"

    Web Comics
  • July 23, 2011
    MiinU

    Web original

  • July 24, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    Wait. Both the El Goonish Shive and Dead Fantasy examples would fall under plain old Diving Save. I may have to remove the former as well.
  • July 25, 2011
    Arivne
    The Laconic says "Preventing someone from doing something by tackling them."

    The description says "This tropes is for when one character prevents an enemy, or even a friend from doing something they disagree with by tackling them to the ground." (bold face mine).

    That's what happens in the El Goonish Shive example.

    If the El Goonish Shive example isn't correct, then the description needs to be re-written.
  • July 25, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    You have a point. It could technically be both now that I think about it. When I wrote it, I never considered it could apply to stopping someone from hurting themselves.

    Okay. It stays.
  • August 5, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    Bumped.
  • August 25, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    ^See the reply above
  • September 22, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    ^ Ditto
  • September 22, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    played with in Strawberry Death Cake. Just as Jessica is about to put on Ripper the Hat Kendall tackles her. Turns out however it was not so much about saving Jessica from getting possessed by Ripper and more Kendall being... well Kendall
  • September 23, 2011
    Chabal2
    Making Money mentions Moist of all people doing this to prevent an employee from burning an entire sheet of misprinted stamps.

  • November 12, 2011
    cityofmist
    Parodied in How I Met Your Mother, when Barney somehow convinces himself that Wendy the waitress is trying to kill him and his friends, and does this to stop Marshall eating a hamburger she served him.
  • November 12, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Diver might let out a Big No.
  • November 12, 2011
    MiinU
    ^@randomsurfer - thanks for reminding me!

    Anime

    • At the climax of The Castle Of Cagliostro, Clarisse pulls an epic one, complete with a Big No, by diving from atop the clocktower and taking Cagliostro with her to prevent him from killing Lupin. The count manages to save himself, however, and gives her the boot in retaliation, which sends her plummeting toward the lake. This spurs Lupin to leap from the tower in order to save her.
  • November 12, 2011
    nitrokitty
    May also lapse into Bullet Time. Bonus Points if they do a Big No at the same time, leading to a drawn out, low key "Noooooooooooooo!"
  • November 12, 2011
    Higurashiblood98
    [[Anime/Manga]] In "Elfen Lied" Spoiler: The heroine has just murdered her friends' family in a fit of jealousy. Naturally, she threatens to go and kill the other one he likes. He then tackles her and shouts, er screams at her, "NOO! STOP IT!"

    Seconds before, when Lucy tries to use her vectors on the boy, his sister pushes him out of the way and tells her brother to run. Brave girl.

  • January 6, 2012
    TBeholder
    @Arivne, Handsome Rob: It's not like this can't coincide with Diving Save...
  • April 25, 2012
    HandsomeRob
    ^That's a good point. Should this stay a separate trope, or should the examples simply be folded into Diving Save?
  • April 26, 2012
    NightNymph
    Here's an example not mentioned in Diving Save and perhaps goes better here anyway. This falls under the second type mentioned above sort of - since the diver is actually trying to save both the target and the deluded "attacker."

    • In a humorous background scene in the episode "Him" of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Spike tackles a spell-influenced, bazooka-toting Buffy to stop her from shooting an oblivious Pricipal Wood through the window of his office.
  • September 26, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    Bump
  • September 27, 2013
    DAN004
    Please, improve description.

    BTW compare Dynamic Entry, Big Damn Heroes

    • In One Piece's Sabaody Archipelago arc, Zoro seems annoyed at the World Noble he passed by (Saint Charloss), as the guy is wantonly shooting someone and asked the poor guy's fiance to be his (among many other things). Then Zoro moves in to attack him, only to be tackled by Jewelry Bonney who also fakes his injury with red paint. After going away from the place, she explains to Zoro that attacking a World Noble is a bad idea - if they're hurt by someone, even a Marine Admiral can be summoned to neutralize the threat.
  • May 27, 2014
    HandsomeRob
    ^ I'm not really sure how to do that. I thought I made it pretty clear.
  • May 27, 2014
    DAN004
    You need to lose the first three paragraph and add "in an event of someone or something is about to attack someone else, and a third party is going to rescue the would-be victim, there are 2 options: Diving Save, and this."
  • May 28, 2014
    Arivne
    • Examples section formatting
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples sections.
      • Changed media section titles(s) to our standard style.
      • Added an asterisk at the beginning of an example to indent it.
      • Added a space between *'s and the first word following them.
    • Namespaced and italicized work name(s).
    • Corrected improper Example Indentation in the Elfen Lied example.
    • Corrected spelling (Mac-Ready -> MacReady).
    • Moved the Dead Fantasy example under Web Animation and Strawberry Death Cake example under Web Comics.
  • May 30, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    Live Action TV
    • On Fargo, Molly tackles Micky Hess to prevent him from trying to beat his little brother to death with a hockey stick.
  • December 31, 2014
    DAN004
    Bump
  • January 5, 2015
    DAN004
    May I take this over?
  • January 5, 2015
    dalek955
  • January 5, 2015
    randomsurfer
  • February 19, 2015
    DAN004
    What can I do to improve the description?
  • April 9, 2015
    DAN004
    Pmub
  • April 10, 2015
    MiinU
    Anime
  • April 10, 2015
    bitemytail
    • In one Eight Bit Theater, Red Mage does a dive to stop someone right next to him (complete with Big No). Instead of tackling the person, Red Mage hovers in mid-air. When the recipient questions him, Red Mage admits to attemping Rule Of Drama. The rest of the team moves on, leaving Red Mage stuck in mid-air (he apparently frees himself shortly afterwards).

    If someone can find this exact strip, I'd love to link it.

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