Diving Stop
Preventing someone from doing something by tackling them.


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The Hero is about to be stabbed in the back by The Big Bad.......

The Well-Intentioned Extremist and Poisonous Friend is getting ready the Kick the Dog, and do what he has to do to Save The World.......

The Psycho Ex-Girlfriend is about to club her her rival in the Kneecap for getting in the way of her romance with the Unlucky Everydude

Now is the time for a Diving Save, knocking the target out of the way of the attack, and quite likely taking the hit themselves, and die in the process... except of the knee cap one. Then they'll just be limping for the rest of their lives.

Only, sometimes tackling the person your trying to save is not the best option......so take the other guy down instead.

This trope is for when one character prevents an enemy, 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!" at the same time, leading to a drawn out, low key "Noooooooooooooo!"

A Sub-Trope of Diving Save.

Examples:

Anime and Manga

Film
  • The Thing. A Thing assimilates Bennings and escapes out into the open. As Mac-Ready, 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!" Watch it here.

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.

Video Games

Web Comics

Web Original
  • Dead Fantasy: In a sneak preview of the 8th installment, Mounty Oum has Ryu Hayabusa do this to save Momiji from one of Namine's attacks; seen at the end of this clip.
  • 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

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.

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