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* Chirico Cuive from ''ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS'' survives countless bouts of physical abuse throughout 49 TV episodes and several {{OVA}}s, including a shot in the chest.
* Everyone from ''Anime/{{Redline}}'' qualifies for just surviving in their cars, but JP and Sonoshee deserve props. JP for surviving at least 4 car crashes (One was at 300 km/h. JP was miraculously unharmed.) that we know of over the course of the movie, 3 without any sort of bodily harm. Sonoshee was in his car in the final crash, both of them with no noticeable harm. [[IncendiaryExponent Oh, and they were both on fire at the time.]]
** Also, Tetsujin. He swallowed not one, but TWO steamlights and survived.
* Russia from ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''. England who is greatly annoyed with America [[spoiler: decides to take a Busby's Chair (a chair cursed to give whoever sits in it a quick and painful death which has also sent at least 60 men to death) and put it so that America may sit in it and die, however Russia shows up and accidentally sits in the chair, however instead of dying the spell rebounds off Russia and the chair is broken with a disappointed England taping it back together. It's implied that Russia being TOO evil for the chair had something to do with it]]
** The Nations in general can be described as this trope, though Sealand in particular takes the cake for being ''literally'' Made Of Iron (its territory being an old British sea fort).
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''
** Towards the end of the manga, Integra gets [[spoiler: ''shot in the eye'', nearly point blank]]. She barely even falters and moves forward to finish her task. She also got shot in the shoulder when she was twelve and it barely seemed to bother her. She was even able to pick up a gun and shoot it.
** [[BadassNormal Pip Bernadotte]] gets attacked again and again by Zorin and her mooks, including getting a load of shrapnel in the stomach. It takes [[spoiler: a few shots into his torso and being ''stabbed through the back'' by Zorin's scythe to finally bring him down]], and even then he's able to light a cigarette and give [[spoiler: one last RousingSpeech before he kicks the bucket.]].
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': ButtMonkey and LethalJokeCharacter Boss had to be to endure the punishment he received and come out of alive.
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': TheHero Tetsuya Tsurugi, withstood an incredible punishment throughout the series, being wounded and harmed constantly, and still pushing himself beyond his limits and forcing himself to battle even if the pain was tearing him apart. Several times his adoptive father -TheProfessor Kenzo Kabuto- had to command him to go back to the HomeBase. In the first episode one of the BridgeBunnies marvel at his physical endurance, and Kenzo states it is his strong and sturdy body what lets him pilot Great Mazinger.
* Kibagami Jubei of ''Anime/NinjaScroll'' seems to have a delightful tendency to be put in situations where he is ''repeatedly'' '''smashed''' in the '''solar plexus''' by giants of men, and then still be well enough to kick their asses after a nice glob of [[BloodFromTheMouth vomited blood.]]
* Subverted with Kazuma of ''Anime/{{S-Cry-ed}}'': his right side is unusable outside of battle, and his glove is always on just to hide the scarring from using his Alter.
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''
** Vash the Stampede always shoots only to cause [[OnlyAFleshWound flesh wounds]]. The trope was subverted at one point, however, when he inflicted just such a wound... and then panicked and rushed to stop the bleeding -- the wound was far more serious than he'd intended.
** Not to mention Vash himself has taken ungodly amounts of damage, presumably due to his reluctance to kill aggressors. In two separate episodes, we are given a look at Vash's upper body, and he is patchwork of scars and metal.
* Almost every character in ''Manga/ChaosicRune'' can count. Each character fights with creatures that give them sympathy damage of equal magnitude whenever harmed. Since the battles between the creatures usually involve dismemberment, crushing, eating, and acid attacks, most fights end with the characters covered in the most terrifying wounds ever seen in a manga. Since the winner of the battle gets fully healed afterward, the damage usually doesn't stick, though they still have to feel ''all of the pain every time it happens''. The loser usually leaves a horrifying corpse, if they leave one at all. Oddly enough, crosses over with MadeOfPlasticine.
* Spike Spiegel from ''Anime/CowboyBebop''. Over the course of the series, he's taken considerable amounts of pain, among other things he was thrown out of the tower window of an old-style cathedral after a gutshot and then stabbed through the shoulder with a sword. In fact, this, coupled with the demonstrated and implied effectiveness of futuristic medicine in the series, is one of the reasons why some fans believe [[spoiler:he survived the final episode]].
** Likewise, Spike's arch-enemy Vicious, the one who stabbed him and tossed him out of that church tower, can also withstand incredible punishment. As Spike flew out the window, he dropped an impressively powerful grenade that blew up the church. Vicious was ''still inside'' when this happened and yet reappears in later episodes without so much as a scratch, let alone any physical impairments.
* Most of the cast of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' can have their survival after ridiculous injuries justified by their practice of SupernaturalMartialArts (which is also the generally accepted excuse for them having a HealingFactor or for those who are outright NighInvulnerable).
** Ranma Saotome, specifically, hovers somewhere on the border between this and NighInvulnerable. He has survived massive KamehameHadoken KiAttacks, falls from fantastic heights, being blown up, and enough general physical abuse to turn a battleship into worthless scrap metal, and always manages to shrug it off and keep on going -- even before [[HealingFactor simply healing the damage]]. Fans have theorized, after seeing him survive with mere fleshwounds against Ry Kumon's [[RazorWind Vacuum Blade]] attacks (which, for comparison, cut a 10 meter tall solid bronze Buddha statue into pieces), that he is, for all practical purposes, bulletproof. Perhaps one of the best examples might be the Golden Pair story arc: when Ranma [[DisproportionateRetribution attacks]] [[HandsomeLech Mikado Sanzen'in]] for stealing [[GenderBender his]] FirstKiss, the resultant "battle" has Ranma headbutt the ice-rink so hard he buries himself in it up to his shoulders, pull himself out without even being fazed (which startles the hell out of his opponent), trip over when making an attack and skid across the length of the rink, ''on his face'', at such speed that he smashes through the rink-wall when he crashes into it, and finally getting pulled into Mikado's "Dance of Death", in which he is repeatedly pummeled on for several minutes straight before being ejected out at high speed and landing hard on his head. He still manages to somersault back onto his feet when asked to stand up, only to slip and fall back down again. By the time he's gotten home, he's fine save for an assortment of scrapes and bruises, needing just a bit of disinfectant and a few bandaids.
** When he first enters the series, Ryga doesn't really seem to be much tougher then Ranma (though he does evidently have more stamina, courtesy of always having to spend days doing nothing but walk to [[NoSenseOfDirection get to the fight]]), but then he learns the [[NighInvulnerable Bakusai Tenketsu technique]]... in his first battle with it, Ranma's strongest punches have no effect on him, and it takes a focused burst of RapidFireFisticuffs to be able to hurt him at all. Though Ranma does subsequently train himself to be able to punch hard enough to get through Ryga's defense, he remains the hardest opponent for Ranma to lay out with physical attacks afterward.
** It does not, however, explain [[KidSamurai Tatewaki]] [[LordErrorProne Kun]].
*** RuleOfFunny, man, RuleOfFunny. [[ThechewToy Beating him up]] [[PlayedforLaughs is totally played for lulz.]] ([[CrossesTheLineTwice Unless it's]] [[AbusiveParents his father]])
** This is lampshaded with the BigBad Lord Saffron: the main characters are so used to getting three-ton boulders thrown at them all the time, they are surprised when this is genuinely dangerous to Saffron, being a prince and never having gone through their training. In fact, while he can fend off almost any energy attacks, him NOT being MadeOfIron turns out to be his weakness.
*** Even then, Ryouga and Mousse decide that Saffron has a glass jaw from being momentarily stunned from getting a person sized boulder slammed into him by a tornado going fast enough to permanently alter the course of an underground river, and even that only pissed him off enough to make him start making himself hot enough to melt stone from a good distance away and start repeatedly chucking his multiple-mountain-top vaporizing super attack. To put this in perspective, the battle in question was not taking place underground.
* Another Rumiko Takahashi example: ''Manga/InuYasha'', where even the ordinary humans survive fifty-foot drops and deadly poison with little to no adverse effects.
** The three "ordinary" members of the group, Kagome, Sango and Miroku, have had their fair share of falls, off cliffs or otherwise. They have been poisoned and then trapped in a burning temple, only to recover within minutes after Myoga [[SuckOutThePoison sucks the poison out]].
** When Inuyasha himself [[ShapeshifterModeLock turns human]], he's more vulnerable to damage than in his standard form. This means ''[[NighInvulnerable almost]] [[GoodThingYouCanHeal nothing]]''. Things like blood loss and broken bones only slow him down, if that; and he still displays better-than-average fighting ability, even after (for example) spending several hours being slowly drained of his blood. This could be simple [[{{Determinator}} determinatorism]], but several of the injuries he sustains over the course of the moonless nights are not physically survivable.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. One of the main characters takes an RPG at point blank (not the ''explosion'', but getting hit by the physical object) and escapes with lightly burned skin and a concussion. At a later date, another character survives getting shot in the gut, falling from a second story window and then having the building she fell from collapse on top of her ''while it's on fire'', though she admits that the injuries are more or less fatal and she was lucky to be alive long enough for help to show up. And then there's [[ImplacableMan Roberta]], who isn't Made of Iron so much as [[NighInvulnerable diamond on a solid titanium-tungsten alloy base]].
* Every character from ''Manga/OnePiece''; characters seem only to die in flashbacks (or if you watch the [[FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]] [[{{Macekre}} dub]], [[NeverSayDie never]]).
** One can mention Luffy, who was gored with a hook, thrown into a pit of quicksand and buried there for hours, but was still able to fight Sir Crocodile the next day. Only to have all the water in his body absorbed -- at least momentarily. Then he was poisoned.
** Let's not forget Zoro. He's taken a giant sword-slash to the chest, tried to ''cut off his own feet to escape some chains'', and, during Thriller Bark, [[spoiler:shows his badassery by taking all of Luffy's pain in attack form]]- with the bloody result shown in the page picture (not shown is the blood covered ground spread out several feet around him). Although all he needs to do to recover is put on a few bandages and take a nap. [[spoiler:This is averted after the aforementioned incident with Luffy's pain as Zoro still suffered from those injuries for several battles following it. ]]
*** Spoofed in [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=226 this strip]] of the {{webcomic}} ''VG Cats''.
** Early on, Luffy tells Zoro not to pick up a heavy cage when injured because, according to Luffy, Zoro's guts would spill out. Zoro merely says that he'll stuff them back in. Later on, there's a fight where the opponent keeps going for Zoro's wound. Zoro decides to cut HIMSELF there when he gets tired of this. No wonder Nami won't let Luffy wake up Zoro later on, when he's resting after this fight. Face it, if there weren't laws against death in ''One Piece'', and if Zoro weren't made of iron, he'd be the deadest thing in the universe.
** Every character has done this. BadassNormal Usopp took a four ton bat to the head after being run through some buildings and blown up several times, with the only effect after winning the battle being that he had to run around in a cast for the rest of the day. On the same day, ActionGirl Nami had her foot pierced through by a round spike about an inch in diameter, without even a limp after about a half hour. These are people without powers, considered almost as weak as regular humans. Most legendary, however, was Pell, who [[spoiler:carried a bomb with a two and a half kilometer blast radius, that's roughly a one megaton nuke, high up in the sky to save everyone]] and survived. At one point, a totally random {{mook}} gets an [[FlashStep infinite mass kick]] ''to the face'' and survives with only comic relief injuries. ''Every single person'' in ''One Piece'' is Made of Iron.
*** To drive the point home, we have [[spoiler:Caesar Clown, the BigBad of the Punk Hazard arc. He is [[LeanAndMean a lanky, frail-looking man]], yet throughout the Arc, he takes several powerful blows from Luffy, whose SuperStrength is nothing to laugh about. The amount of vigor Luffy puts into each attack only makes you wonder [[HowMuchMoreCanHeTake how Caesar could even take so much damage]]. Sure, he'd reel over in pain, but shortly after, ''he'd recovered from those attacks like they were nothing!'']]
** In the Marineford War there's also [[spoiler:Whitebeard.]] He takes such a ridiculous amount of damage before finally dying that when he eventually does the narrations list all his injuries [[spoiler:he lost half of his face, pierced by a high-power laser, was slashed and stabbed 267 times, hit by 152 bullets, and '''46 cannonballs''']]. And he '''still''' DiedStandingUp.
** Blackbeard is a unique case of this. Because of his power, he absorbs much more pain then a normal person does, which results in him usually yelling in pain. But, as soon as he recovers, it's usually like nothing happened to him.
** And then, there's Akainu, one of the 3 Admirals [[spoiler:(and now, he's the Fleet Admiral post-TimeSkip)]]. Being an Admiral, you'd expect him to withstand many attacks during a fight, [[spoiler:but after he killed Ace, he was on the receiving end of PapaWolf Whitebeard's [[UnstoppableRage wra]][[RoaringRampageOfRevenge th]]. With that said, there's no reason to think that Whitebeard was holding back his strength. First, he punches Akainu ''head first'' to the ground, which creates a huge shockwave. Then, Whitebeard strikes Akainu again with such destructive force that Marineford (the island where this all took place) '''''was split into two!''''' This also causes Akainu to fall down the huge fault created by the attack. Keep in mind that said attack (thanks to the power of his earthquake Devil Fruit powers) hits so hard, ''it cracks air!'' You'd think this would cause Akainu to sit out for the rest of the war, broken and incapacitated, but ''no''. Soon after the Blackbeard Pirates kill Whitebeard, he comes back ready to kill more pirates.]] You'd never even believe he was attacked so relentlessly. Other than a few blood stains on his face, ''he was perfectly fine!''
** Wyper the Berserker uses the [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Reject Dial]] ''three times'', which can kill the user at the first time and it's supposed to kill the user definitely at the second.
** ''One Piece'' sometimes [[PlayedForLaughs plays this for laughs]]. When the Straw Hats crash through a wall with a train, a little girl, her pet rabbit and grandmother all comment that they have a nosebleed. Franky points out they should be more severely injured. Luffy comments that this was nothing and tells his crew to get up and they respond by stating "there is no way for a human being to stay uninjured" but when it comes to the "uninjured" part, they all shout it, standing up, completely unharmed.
** [=CP9=] has this as one of their six powers, literally called Iron Body in the Funi dub, which makes them ''even more'' MadeOfIron than the average OnePiece character, to the point of not even flinching when hit, going more into ImplacableMan territory.
* The characters from the ''Literature/BattleRoyale'' manga went further and further into this as it went on. Kiriyama was the worst offender; over the course of the manga he gets beaten up, shot, blown up (diving inside a car to avoid the explosion), engaged in a knock-down martial arts fight, shot by a machinegun (he was wearing a bullet-proof vest, but at least one bullet goes through his arm), and blasted in the stomach with a shotgun. His hair and face stay as perfect as when he first came on the island. (This is possibly due to the tendency of characters to point out that NoOneCouldSurviveThat each time he looks like he's dead.)
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Although Sado was born with power, it was locked away inside of him and therefore inaccessible to him until it was awakened during the early part of the manga. Prior to that, he was a normal human... who could lift things other people couldn't, who could shrug off blows from falling steel girders without injury. Once, he even got hit by a motorcycle and had to carry the motorcyclist to hospital. He was barely injured. This was all before his power awoke and gave him supernatural toughness.
** Although Shinigami have SuperToughness as a power, it's not that strong in comparison to the Arrancar's ''Hierro'' or the Quincy's ''Blutvene''. Many captain-level Shinigami can take a lot of damage and have a very high endurance.
** Said above, Arrancar have SuperToughness, but some Espada are very persistent and do not go down that easily, even if you injure them badly. Grimmjow and Nnoitra (the latter having even the hardest SuperToughness) might be the biggest examples among the Arrancar, being able to stand up despite receiving lethal wounds just because of [[{{Determinator}} sheer willpower]].
** Being a {{Determinator}}, Ichigo gets wounded ''a lot'', but that never stops him from standing up and continue his fights.
* The title character of ''Animation/{{Pucca}}'', although it doesn't come up much. A RunningGag on the series involves a heavy object falling on her head, and her being entirely unaffected, and sometimes said object even breaking.
* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'': The SeasonalRot envelope is pushed farther near the end, when power levels reach the DBZ scale. The human characters (who have no superhuman powers whatsoever when not in Digimon form) survive planetwrecking attacks with little more than a few bruises. DigiEggs are seen floating by and non-plot-important Digimon aren't, proving that even the highest-level Digimon (who can have at least city-wrecking power) weren't so lucky.
* You wouldn't think so, but Impmon of ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' can take a lot of pain, surviving a very brutal CurbStompBattle and being ''thrown in lava''. This gets taken UpToEleven when he digivolves into Beelzemon--aside from taking two of [[KnightInShiningArmor Gallantmon's]] strongest attacks and walking away a few minutes later, he gets [[spoiler: crucified by the D-Reaper, shot several times in the back, and thrown into a sea of deletion, all occuring within hours if not minutes of each other,]] and ''lives'', although the wounds are treated as very serious and he's unable to fight for the rest of the series.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'' usually doesn't qualify for this trope, but does in Bandou and Nana's cases.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Pretty much everyone is able to shrug off high voltage electrical shocks and burns.
** The Team Rocket trio would definitely qualify for this. It's a big part of their JokerImmunity.
** Over the course of the anime and movies, Ash has been electrocuted, burned, had a chandelier dropped on him, [[TakenForGranite petrified]] at least once, ''eaten by a tree'' (long story), and much more. The worst he ever gets is several cuts and bruises.
** In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', Criminal agents see the Dex Holders and Gym Leaders as giant crosshairs during battle, so they're expected to take some huge attacks, but Gold earns the medal here. After taking loads of abuse from the Mask of Ice throughout the GSC arc, you'd think the kid would back down at some point, but no. He gets piss drunk on HeroicResolve, goes right back in, and takes some more. The kid takes punishment that would ''kill'' a normal human every time and just comes back for another helping. He may be an IdiotHero, but brute force isn't going to cure him any time soon.
** Amazingly enough, a ''villain'' beats Gold in this department. Sird took an explosion to the face, causing her to fall thousands of feet to the ground, crawled from somewhere around Viridian to Vermillion, and got her leg frozen by Lorelei's ice shackles. Despite all this and being battered and bleeding, she somehow manages to stay on her feet, break free of Lorelei's ice shackles on her own, [[spoiler: and turn five Dex Holders [[TakenForGranite to stone]]]]. '''Damn'''.
** Also, any Pokemon: while they can be critically injured, no Pokemon (outside of backstory) is ever shown to decease.
* ''Anime/PrettyCure'' in all forms. Enemy attacks are always treated as a serious threat (so it's ''probably'' not NighInvulnerability), and yet somehow nobody ever has any injuries after getting thoroughly pummeled. (Heck, even the aforementioned enemies [[CriticalExistenceFailure are perfectly fine until they eventually die]].) You can tell the {{Magical Girl}}s are losing if they and [[ClothingDamage their costumes have gotten slightly dirty]].
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' largely seems to be written about [[MadeOfPlasticine entirely unhealthy deformation of flesh and bones]] or the lack thereof, so it's not that surprising that its main characters are more than a little sturdy. The hero Kenshiro weathers attacks that can effortlessly shear through ''solid steel'' with little but superficial cuts to show for it. The antagonist, Raoh, completely ignores the same, and at one point, basically strangles a suicide fire-bomber AFTER he ignited himself, without being burned.
** In one of the first story arcs, one of the antagonists had the power to literally turn his skin into ''iron''. He could have stayed made of flesh for all that it worked against Kenshiro, though.
* Randel Orland from ''Anime/PumpkinScissors''. Slightly subverted in that while he can ignore injuries that would incapacitate a normal man, he often ends up bedridden in the hospital after the fight's over. (But he's almost always back on duty in time for the next episode.)
* Given the amount of [[AbuseIsOkayWhenItsFemaleOnMale abuse]] that Keitaro takes in ''Manga/LoveHina'', it's a good thing that he is seemingly [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap immortal]]. From the very day he entered Hinata-Sou, he's been at the receiving end of countless [[MegatonPunch Naru Punches]] from Naru, [[ImplausibleFencingPowers Rock-Splitting Slashes]] from Motoko, [[DynamicEntry flying kicks to the head]] from Su. Not to mention attacks from turtle-based mecha (again from Su), kicks to the shin (Sara), and a Frying Pan to the head (Shinobu). [[spoiler: The only time he suffers physical damage that laster for more than a page happens when he breaks his leg... after falling off the rooftop, which would normally kill or seriously harm anyone else.]]
* Heero Yuy of ''Anime/GundamWing'' is most definitely made of iron (well, ''Gundanium Alloy'' to be more precise...) Among his greater feats are self-detonating his Gundam ''while standing just outside the cockpit'' and surviving, and falling down a cliff just to get up once he reached the ground. If memory serves, he actually dislocated his leg in the latter, but only had to push the bone back into place afterward, which {{squick}}s the heck out of Duo.
** In an early episode, a doctor observing Heero comments that he has over 200 bruises and broken bones and yet was still walking around as a normal person would. (It should be noted that this was the same episode where he later fell down that cliff.)
** Heero didn't fall off the cliff. He ''jumped''...willingly...from the military hospital he was being held which happened to stand over the cliff (meaning add about 30 or so stories to the height)...''after'' he broke himself free from his bonds through sheer strength (meaning he was already bleeding). And while he had a parachute, he ''barely'' used it, released it, and then rolled the rest of the way to the ground. Both Duo and Sally Po (the [=UESA=] officer observing him) were stunned he not just survived, but essentially walked away from that landing.
** It should be noted that in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'', Heero is also apparently one of the few people in the universe capable of remaining conscious after one of Kushua Mizuha's [[GargleBlaster Health Drinks]], which has been known to knock out ''androids''.
* The mages of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' evoke this appearance since they're frequently smashed through walls and perform [[ItsRainingMen hard drops from helicopters]]. However, they wear Barrier Jackets which, while appearing to be made of cloth, give off magical fields for protection. The one time that a non-ArtificialHuman character's Barrier Jacket was completely penetrated, it resulted with said character being hospitalized for nearly a year. The reason she was hospitalized for so long was due to both the injury and the fact that she had overstressed her magic.
** Vita. [[{{Determinator}} Just Vita]]. Piercing through her chest is not enough to defeat her.
** Miura is also very impressive by dealing great damage despite being heavily damaged herself. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Vivio]] isn't MadeOfIron.
** The [[EmpathicWeapon Devices]], especially the Intelligent and Armed ones, are not only literally made of iron (or any other kind of metal), [[{{Determinator}} they will try to function even if they are broken]]. And they don't care if they will go even more broken.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Guts is superhumanly tough, able to survive being impaled, carried off several hundred feet into the air, flown at the speed of sound without any protection, than falling hundreds of feet and still be able to fight. And given what he [[TheLegionsOfHell has]] [[EldritchAbomination to]] [[TheJuggernaut face]], you better believe the guy needs it.
* Quite a few characters in ''Anime/RurouniKenshin'' can take inhuman amounts abuse with relatively little effect.
** BigBad Makoto Shishio is without a doubt, the most over the top example. During the final battle against him, he, despite having been shot in the head and burned alive, proves capable of, among other things, blocking the blows of the other superhumanly powerful swordsmen with his ''fingers'', taking a direct punch to the face from [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower superhuman]] BadassNormal Sanosuke with no effect (''Sanosuke's'' hand shatters though), shrugging off a string of sword strikes from the main character, Kenshin that ends up shooting him through a brick wall, and taking a direct blow from Kenshin's ultimate attack (and probably the most powerful attack in the series) and still being able to stand. In the end, it is not these attacks that kill him but his own inhumanly high blood temperature, which causes him to spontaneously combust when he fights for too long. The other characters even assume that he is immortal from all the abuse he takes, although the ''iron plate'' in his head may have something to do with surviving a lot of [[HardHead cranial abuse.]]
** Jinchu arc BigBad Yukishiro Enishi is also an extreme example. The characters remark that he's in such an advanced state of mind over matter that his brain doesn't even recognize pain anymore, to the point where he can even inflict massive pain upon himself and still get up for more.
** Sanosuke was originally this. Later on, the only real purpose it served was for him to be [[TheWorfEffect defeated]] to show how strong other villains are.
* Everybody in ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren'' seems to be made of iron, since Kaoru likes to throw people around as if there's no tomorrow, causing massive craters everywhere, without considerably hurting anyone.
* ''Manga/GunsmithCats''
** Bean Bandit from. Some of it can be attributed to his subversion of ArmorIsUseless, but that can only go so far. He's been rammed by cars (in ''RidingBean'' he rams one ''back''), mauled at close range with 12 gauge shotgun slugs (and in ''Riding Bean'', he's even taken a ''bullet in the head!''), punched through walls, and ejected out of his car going over a hundred miles an hour on the highway. And in nearly every one of these case's he has been able to more or less shrug it off and keep fighting. In that last case he ''tried'' to go on, but quickly lost consciousness and needed medical attention. And then just kept going a couple of days later, although it's implied that he used drugs to block the pain until his job was done. He's also seen acting tough and dangerous, and then [[PostVictoryCollapse almost collapsing as soon as he's gotten away the people he wanted to intimidate]].
** Gray is another good example, also qualifying as a ScaryBlackMan. He's muscular enough that he can effectively shield his head and vitals from handgun fire by shielding them with his arms. What does he do after his arms have been shot up? Pop the rounds out by flexing his muscles, and bandage up the arm.
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', Tsuna takes an inhuman amount of punishment at the hands of Reborn and his guardians - [[ComedicSociopathy especially in the beginning]]. As the series goes on and gets more serious, the damage Tsuna takes tends to be taken a bit more seriously (though, considering that he's just a human, it's still friggin' amazing that his body can easily take heat that ''melts metal'').
** Hibari was shown to be able to fight after a great beating and having most of his bones broken. Mukuro[[spoiler:, who can posses bodies and move them even when the actual user can't move]] was not able to use his body because it was so messed up. [[spoiler: In the battles against the Varia, he was injected with a poison that was so strong that even an an elephant couldn't move, yet he walks, breaks a pillar and gives himself the antidote.]]
* Parodied in ''Manga/DetroitMetalCity'', where the manager of the eponymous band is tough enough to stub out cigarettes on her own tongue.
* The title character in ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' could easily be the poster boy for this trope. In almost every major fight he's in, he not only takes far more damage than any normal human could even survive, but he often (though not always) goes on to win! His masters even lampshade this, stating that while he may not have any talent for martial arts, he's a genius at taking punishment. It seems to be an in-series joke that Kenichi is ''literally'' made of iron, as whenever he is lifted or thrown, it is noted that he's heavier than you'd expect of someone so short.\\\
Subverted by the fact that two of his masters have a thorough understanding of the human body, and can do things to bring back the recently deceased; and have, on more then one occasion. The one they revived, of course, being Kenichi. Curing a couple dozen broken bones is, by comparison, a trivial thing to them. (Of course, it still hurts... But he's use to pain. If not from the horrible fights, then from the TrainingFromHell.) It's also averted when Tirawit tricks Kenichi into fighting his high school's Karate Club. They are decisively ''not'' Made of Iron as he only taught them attack and not defense moves and Kenichi's attacks leave them badly injured.
* In ''Manga/{{Airmaster}}'' there's Maki. You'd think taking a literal ''bear killing'' punch to the jaw or falling from several stories onto concrete would leave you at least out of commission for a while, but she's back like nothing happened next episode. Credit must be given to the minor characters too though for being able to take a drop kick from a 6' tall muscular girl jumping off a building.
* ''Anime/ReadOrDie'''s Drake Anderson isn't supposed to have any superpowers, but getting sliced to ribbons by the paper users doesn't do anything except make him grit his teeth.
* Partially justified for Seiichirou Kitano in ''Manga/AngelDensetsu''. His inhumane reflexes allow him to move in the same direction of the blows he's receiving, considerably lessening the damage. Played straight with his father who's TheJuggernaut on top of that.
* [[VideoGame/SengokuBasara "My lord, most men would *die* from a]] [[MegatonPunch punch like that."]] Not Yukimura, though -- he just pulls himself out of the wall he was embedded in and [[IdiotHero comes right back for more]].
* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'' can easily survive falling off a building or getting hit by cars with minimal injury. Perhaps the most extreme case is when he was shot three times rescuing someone from being kidnapped (and before that ran his scouter into their car when it suddenly stopped), but managed to ''walk'' all the way back to school and spend an hour taking an exam before he passed out from blood loss and went into a coma which he got out of in ''days''.
* Jack Rakan from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' Some of the names he earned included "The Man Who Cannot Die", "The Immortal Fool" and "That damn guy who you can stab with swords all you like and it won't do a damn thing, damnit!" That's a direct quote. He takes the attacks of the title character which were shown to vaporize a 100-m-thick block of solid stone without so much to show for it as a BURN MARK. Even [[BadassInANiceSuit the tuxedo he's wearing]] is totally unharmed. [[spoiler:He does eventually get killed, but it took an opponent who was literally capable of RewritingReality to do it, and even then he put up one hell of a fight. And then came back temporarily 'cause he felt like it.]] [[spoiler:Given some extra time he gets better on his own. Asked by others he just notes that there is nothing impossible when one has strong willpower (proving it applies even to being removed from existence).]]
* The main character of the boxing manga ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' Makunouchi Ippo is the embodiment of this trope. After almost 900 chapters he has received more hits than all of the other characters combined. During the more critical ones he has been going in and out of consciousness while still standing.
* A lot of characters in the manga ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler'' qualify, but none so well as the Yakuza boss Kaoru Hanayama who, at one point, gets force-fed bullets which explode in his mouth. All that after taking damage which, were it to be accumulated and released all at once, would end all life as we know it. And in his own short spinoff manga series he is shown as being able to withstand enormous water pressure by diving to the bottom of the ocean to release the angling hook which was stuck to a rock below prior to killing a 22 foot long shark. Underwater. Pro angler.
* In ''Manga/MiraiNikki'' Hinata Hino and Mao Kousaka, two {{Unfazed Everym|an}}en, survived multiple stab wounds, and suffered no worse than falling down. Hinata got at least six in her body, scattered around her arms and stomach, and Mao took a knife to the back. They are hospitalised after this. In the same chapter, [[spoiler:Yukiteru Amano survives being dropped two stories in a burning building and is fine after two days, and Yuno Gasai is perfectly fine a day after being stabbed in the stomach.]]
* The characters in ''Manga/SoulEater'' seem to take great amounts of physical damage without it affecting them. In Kid's case, this is justified because, as he states, he is a god. The black blood only enhances this, an example being the fight between Maka and Crona.
* Lunar's father in ''Manga/SetoNoHanayome''. The guy takes a direct hit from a KillSat without even blinking.
* Kiichi from ''Anime/ShootfighterTekken'' is essentially a Made of Iron {{Determinator}} who is able to pull off incredibly flexible grappling moves despite always getting hit first, and getting hit first hard enough to permanently incapacitate professional career wrestlers! A week or so after barely eking out a victory, he's back to normal with the standard handful of bandages.
* In the second ''LightNovel/KinosJourney'' movie, Land of Sickness, Kino is kicked '''hard''' [[GroinAttack directly in the breasts]] by a guy wearing combat boots and sent flying across the room. He then steps on her wrist to prevent her reaching her gun, and with little more than a grimace, she [[BadassAdorable still fights him off]] with one of her legs.
* Averted in ''Manga/TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer''. It doesn't matter how much [[IKnowKarate Kung-Fu a character knows]] getting punched by a golem ''will'' [[ChunkySalsaRule liquify their internal organs]].
* [[PlayingWithFire Natsu]], [[AnIcePerson Gray]], and all the other {{determinator}}s and {{Plucky Girl}}s of ''Manga/FairyTail''. Special mention goes to Erza, who seems that she can survive nearly everything.
** Not to forget Gajeel, who is literally [[ExtraOreDinary made of iron]] to boot
* University headmaster Grant Oldman from ''BattleAthletesVictory'' qualifies. After a botched hijacking attempt means a space shuttle carrying new students is going to crash into the University (it's in space) he simply orders the main training field cleared, steps out onto it, then catches the incoming shuttle and forces it to stop. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26UXoprWTD8 See this video]] at the about 4:30 mark.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' most characters fall off cliffs, are slammed into rock faces so hard they crack them, and land on their heads after falling or getting throw dozens of feet without getting visibly injured, even if they're not using a jutsu to augment their CharlesAtlasSuperpower.
* Characters in the ''Manga/{{Blame}}''-{{Verse}} suffer massive physical trauma on a regular basis, then opt to walk it off. Justified since a vast majority of the cast are ancient, hyper-advanced cyborgs [[FeelNoPain who view lost limbs with the same nonchalance we would a paper cut]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOh''
** [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Yusei Fudo]] has survived a huge amount of beatings, including being bombarded with scrap metal, numerous electrocutions, having shrapnel the size of a dinner plate lodged into his gut, surviving an explosion followed by a 10 plus story drop down a chasm, and just getting up and walking away. And if you see all of his crashes, [[BadassLongcoat Jack's]] is also a main player in this trope.
** Jonouchi/Joey from the original series, he once managed to recover from a horrible beating and ElectricTorture (before card games became the series focus). Later however, he does this often during major duels (mainly with Marik, Valon and Mai), getting back up from extremely damaging attacks from monsters, as well as the physical exhaustion he endures after doing so. He also LITERALLY DIED as a result of his duel against Marik, but he recovered surprisingly quickly.
*** Jonouchi's durability seems to extend to his monsters as well; Red Eyes Black Dragon had its wing blown off, Panther Warrior spent about two episodes of ElectricTorture, Garoozi survived being hit by missiles, etc. Yusei's monsters also share this trait, Stardust Dragon has a HealingFactor, Fortress Warrior has an effect that keeps himself from destroyed ''twice'' per turn and [[FeelsNoPain receive no damage]], and Sonic Chick can survive being attack by 1900+ ATK monsters.
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''
** Shizuo Heiwajima. [[spoiler:The man gets stabbed in both legs and remarks "Doesn't even hurt." Later, he is shot in the leg and side and ''thinks he slipped in the rain'' until he sees the blood. Afterwards he simply walks to Shinra's house, and is still unfazed by his normally life-threatening wounds.]] Shizuo's apparent superhuman endurance is acknowledged in canon: [[BackAlleyDoctor Shinra]] ''hates'' treating Shizuo, because he never leaves an operation without destroying at least one of his best scalpels in the process. Shizuo's body isn't Made of Iron: ''it's harder than it''.
** Also the three kidnappers from the first episode. Celty hits one of them with her motorcycle and smashes another's face into a wall which leaves behind a huge mess, yet they show up later on no worse for wear. Plus anyone who [[SuperStrength Shizuo]] hits, throws, or punches. Special mention goes to Rokujo Chikage, who takes four steel-crushing punches to the face, [[DefiantToTheEnd yet still has the energy to taunt Shizuo about his lacking sex life]].
** Mention must also be given to [[MagnificentBastard Izaya]] [[KnowledgeBroker Orihara]] who is the regular target of Shizuo's inhuman rage. In their first on-screen confrontation, Shizuo [[FreudWasRight nails Izaya]] by chucking and hitting him ''in the head'' with a vending machine so hard Izaya is thrown several feet. The [[FurAndLoathing snazzily-dressed]] KnifeNut just ''gets up like nothing happened.''
* ''LightNovel/AllisonAndLillia'': Used to absurd effect in the last episode. [[spoiler:Treize was on the roof of a train that ''crashed off a cliff into a ravine''.]] He was missing and presumed dead... then [[spoiler: he shows up a couple weeks later in good enough shape to ''dance''.]]
* ''Manga/DragonBall''. Even characters like Yajirobe and Mr. Satan that never throw a ki-blast survive things that should turn most tanks into smears.
* {{Averted|Trope}}, and almost {{subverted|Trope}} in the {{manhwa}} ''{{Veritas}}''. Through 14 issues, the main character has already suffered at least 5 broken arms, three broken legs and a concussion or two. Oddly, he seems to have done all of that on purpose.
* Everyone in the ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' universe appears to be indestructible, all the better to enable the slapstick and ComedicSociopathy.
* ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'': The title character too is quite resilient for his age. Though usually he rarely gets slashed in vital parts, he has also suffered many vicious wounds and he always managed to survive.
* ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' watchers may wonder why the hell isn't the freaking goal net destroyed as many of the shooting moves are at least half powerful as those in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
* {{Deconstructed}} in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. [[spoiler: The reason why magical girls are made of iron is because they are really {{Empty Shell}}s. The true weak spot is their Soul Gems, which are more [[SoulJar meaningful in name]].]] This is also {{Invoked}} by Kyubey, the person who forms the contracts with the girls and knows full well what will happen [[spoiler: if their souls weren't in compact objects and are in their person at the time of their death.]]
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' has Touma, who's odd ability to keep going after taking wounds that would likely kill most people actually ''scares an enemy into insanity'' (of course there was a bit of acting involved with an epic EvilLaugh.) Also to an extent Tsuchimikaido Motoharu, who, since he is somewhat of an esper, essentially starts self-destructing when he uses magic, yet can still stay alive since his esper power is level 0 auto-regeneration; just enough to keep him alive.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''
** Hinagiku hasn't been shown to be able to withstand things like some of the others on this page, but she was described by one of her friends as a Gundam, and there's no evidence to counter this belief, given that she has the strength and endurance to knock out title character Hayate, continually, who himself doesn't qualify for this trope because of CharlesAtlasSuperpower.
** Luca herself might lack the same physical strength of Hina, but having a serious head injury and still putting on a full show as a IdolSinger, shows she has the endurance, also without the background to explain it away.
* ''Manga/SilverDiamond'': Chigusa takes most of the damage for the team, usually to such extremes that would kill a normal man- and all of his wounds heal in ''seconds''. In his case, though, it's more being made of ''plant'' than being made of iron.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Kamina is tough enough that he can survive [[spoiler:being killed for long enough to avenge his own death]]
* ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' gives us Shouma Takakura. The guy gets [[spoiler:hit by a car at full speed to [[DivingSave save his friend Ringo]]'s life]] and ''barely suffers more than few bumps''. His brother Kanba lampshades the trope eagerly as he explains what happened to the hospita-bound Shouma:
-->'''Kanba''': Don't worry, you didn't break any bones. It's just some minor bumps and bruises. The doctor is amazed at how mild your injuries were!
** Kanba himself is like this too, having survived being dragged several miles by a speeding truck along asphalt, returning with only [[ClothingDamage ripped clothes]] and some scrapes and bruises. [[spoiler: It's not a genetic trait, actually: Kanba is adopted.]]
* Here's a fun DrinkingGame for those up for it: Watch ''GuiltyCrown'' and take a shot every time a character is inside the 'near-miss' zone (i.e. about five feet away from the impact site) of an explosion and comes out of it untouched. You'll be drunk after five minutes. You'll be pickled after two hours if you marathon episodes. At one point, someone ([[spoiler:it's Shuu, for those interested]]) gets their arm severed at the elbow without medical attention and doesn't even start bleeding, much less bleed out.
* In ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'', the [[BlueBlood Armstrong]] Secrets of Durability have been passed down the family line for '''[[RunningGag GENERATIONS!!!]]''' With the amount of punishment [[MajorlyAwesome Major]] [[LargeHam Alex]] [[CampGay Louise]] [[HeroicBuild Armstrong]] withstands, you'd think he was a Homunculus. But he's not.
* The titular character in ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' gets hit hard many times throughout the series and usually comes out none the worse for wear. The crowning example was when she crashed through a door while flying on her broomstick; it's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]!
* While most [[RedShirtArmy characters]] in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' don't stand a chance, there's a few that manage to be this. Levi, Mikasa, and Reiner all manage to survive being manhandled and knocked around by Titans, something which leaves most folks little more than bloody stains. [[spoiler:Reiner actually subverts it, since he's got SuperToughness and a HealingFactor]].
* Kira Yoshikage from ''JojosBizarreAdventure'' isn't this trope, but one of his stand abilities, Sheer Heart Attack, is. A small, heat-seeking, exploding tank, it takes numerous prolonged beatings from [[SuperStrength Star Platinum]] until it's cracked and its wheels are falling apart, but it just keeps coming back full force.
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