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[[caption-width-right:350:Bullets, stop right there and float motionless in the air. TheChosenOne commands you!]]
->'''Neo:''' What are you trying to tell me? That I can dodge bullets?\\
'''Morpheus:''' No, Neo. I'm trying to tell you that when you're ready, you won't have to.
-->-- ''Film/TheMatrix''

Some characters can DodgeTheBullet; move [[SuperSpeed so fast]] that not even a high-velocity round, or maybe not even a {{Very High Velocity Round|s}} can hit them. They just move out of the way.

These characters, as the trope name implies, are the opposite. They don't move out of the bullet's way - they literally don't need to. The bullet itself will avoid hitting them. There could be many reasons for this - from [[MindOverMatter psychokinetic power]] all the way up to [[BornLucky sheer dumb luck]]. The end result is the same regardless: GunsAreWorthless against them, and all they have to do is ''stand there''.

The character is not ImmuneToBullets. Normally the bullets never reach him, but if a bullet ''does'' reach him (for example, if attacked by surprise), he would be as vulnerable as anyone else. A character immune to bullets [[ShootingSuperman receives all the shots]] and stays completely unharmed by them.

This trope comes in two different flavours:

# The character uses MindOverMatter to stop the bullets in their tracks. From there, they can release the bullets at any time, and they'll just clatter harmlessly to the ground.
# The bullet literally ''dodges'' the character; instead of stopping, it goes around him without even slowing.

This does not necessarily happen [[RussianReversal in Soviet Russia]]. Compare PlotArmor, which is the metafictional protection offered to main characters and sometimes can appear to serve this purpose (especially if [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy Stormtroopers]] are involved). Also compare [[ATeamFiring A-Team Firing]], where bullets dodge everybody, no matter how many bullets/people there are.

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* In ''Manga/ElfenLied'', the Diclonius can block or deflect bullets depending on the caliber. Pistol rounds are simply blocked, but larger rifle rounds have to be deflected. The only gun that is known to have killed one was an assault rifle with armor piercing rounds at point blank range. People have tried to kill [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Lucy]] with both .50 BMG anti materiel rifles and [[HandCannon Desert Eagles]] loaded with tungsten bullets, but without success.
* In the prequel manga to ''Anime/{{K}}'', Suoh Mikoto uses a variation of this trope to incinerate incoming bullets.
* In the anime version of ''Manga/{{Akira}}'', a tank fires on Tetsuo. The shell stops in front of him, floats in the air a moment and then explodes without harming him.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', a few character have this capability, generally by way of using Devil Fruit powers.
** Eustass Kidd has magnetic powers that allow him to freeze cannonballs in their tracks inches from his body, and repel them back to their senders for good measure.
** Trafagar Law can use his spatial-displacement power to stop projectiles, swap them with objects in another location, and set them moving again.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/TheFlash is so freakin' quick that he is not limited to DodgeTheBullet: he can grab the bullet in the air, as it goes in slow motion (as well as everything else) from his perspective.
* ComicBook/{{Static}} tends to do this Magneto-style with just a wave of his hand, stopping walls of gunfire before they touch him with a wall of magnetism.
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[[folder:Films]]
* Both Magneto and Jean Grey do this in the ''Film/XMen'' movies and comics, using control of magnetism and telekinesis respectively. In [[Film/XMen1 the first film]], Magneto stole all the guns from the police and aimed them, using his powers over metals. Xavier tries to force him to surrender. Magneto pulls a dangerous trick to force Xavier to let him go: he fires at one of the cops, and keeps the bullet in the air a pair of centimeters away from his face. As Xavier does not give up yet, Magneto loads all the other guns. "Care to press your luck, Charles? I don't think I can stop them all!"
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'', as the quote above suggests. Neo, when he finally becomes The One, is able to stop a hail of bullets by simply willing it, causing the bullets to stop dead in their tracks and fall to the ground. He can also block swords bare-handed, though he still bleeds a bit.
* The PoweredArmor from ''Film/{{District 9}}'' is capable of this.
* Advanced Movers are able to do this in ''Film/{{Push}}''. The protagonist learns to do this with some practice, while [[TheDragon Victor]] is a master at this, being able to hold off dozens of [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triad]] {{Mooks}} firing on full auto. Fun fact: Victor is played by Neil Jackson, whose character of Khalek (see LiveActionTV) in ''Stargate SG-1'' does the same thing.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/TheAvatarChronicles'' book ''Saga'', one of the main characters can do this ([[spoiler:it's Ghost]]).
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* When ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' gets a temporary magical upgrade to fight Adam, she stops machine gun fire in mid-air and turns an RPG into a dove.
* Khalek can stop bullets with a forcefield in the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Prototype." A lot. Unfortunately (for him), it only works when he knows the bullets are coming, so Mitchell distracts him by shooting at him while Daniel comes at him through a door on the other side of the room.
* There are several episodes of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' where either Prue or Paige use their telekinesis to deflect bullets, or Piper uses her freezing power to stop them in midair.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' - Matt Parkman fires a round of bullets at Sylar, who stops them with one hand. He then [[CatchAndReturn flicks them right back into Matt]]. Ouch.
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* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', [[spoiler: Joshua does this whenever Sho tries to shoot him, and the bullets end up falling to the ground harmlessly.]]
* In one cutscene during the finale of ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' , one major villain stops Bayonetta's bullets by [[TimeStandsStill stopping time]], then ''reverses the bullets' direction''. Bayonetta manages to dodge them though.
* The "Return to Sender" vigor in ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' allows you to catch bullets and hurl them back at your enemies as a blast of kinetic energy.
* In one chapter of ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', Sissel and his companions have to force this trope to prevent someone from being murdered. [[spoiler:They must exchange the bullet with another item. However, the kinetic energy is conserved, so while the bullet clatters harmlessly to the ground, Sissel must take care not to swap it with something just as deadly]].
* This is possible in ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' after the Heart O' the City Hotel level.
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* Mages from ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' and ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' can do this with the Forces arcanum[=/=]sphere, manipulating the velocities of bullets.
* Similar to the first version, Faevv in ''Webcomic/{{Juathuur}}'' unravels an arrow fired at her.
* In Anthony Horowitz's ''Evil Star'', [[spoiler:protagonist Matt does this at the climax. Too bad it doesn't prevent the bad guys from releasing the SealedEvilInACan]]
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* Tachibana Kanade (Angel/Tenshi) of ''Anime/AngelBeats'' can do this with her Guard Skill, Distortion.
* Happens in the ''Manga/TriGun'' anime (not manga) for Vash the Stampede and Legato Bluesummers. This is most noticeable when an entire gang blaze away at Vash with automatic rifles for several seconds… and just leave a [[KnifeOutline perfect outline in the wall behind him]]. In that scene there's an implication that the mooks were under orders not to kill, and were firing just to pin him down. But later, there's an incident wherein Vash and Wolfwood casually walk toward a gang stronghold, with gang members continuously firing on them with various calibers of fire, and missing.
* In the finale of ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'', after Margaret [[spoiler:merges with her two other [[EnemyWithout split-off parts]]]], she gains the ability to telekinetically deflect the bullets Monday shoots at her. Which is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, by the way.
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'' and ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', any warrior powerful enough can do this easily. Young Gokuu deflects bullets rolling his staff during the Red Ribbon arc. Gohan (as the [[LargeHam Great Saiyaman]]) and Master Muten Roshi (and maybe Krillin/Kuririn) just grabbed them out of the air. Yes, with submachine guns. Which may actually be more intimidating than what [[Film/TheMatrix Neo]] did.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** Accelerator is able to control vectors - one of the unconscious aspects of this ability being that of reversing any vector that works on him. As a result, he not only deflects bullets, he reflects them ''back into the barrel of the gun''.
** Another example from ''Index'' is Misaka Mikoto, whose control over electricity also allows her to manipulate magnetic fields and stop bullets cold. She uses this to great effect when fighting the [[EliteMooks Hound Dogs]] during the Academy City Invasion arc.
* In ''The Tomorrow War'', the final book of the ''Wingman'' series, [[spoiler: Viktor and Hawk are revealed to be "angels", people who can travel between dimensions, not necessarily of their own will, and can influence events to the point of having supernatural abilities. Toward the end of the book, several soldiers try to shoot Viktor, and the bullets merely pass through him, as he's not allowed to die.]]
* Implied in ''Manga/UQHolder''. Karin's form of immortality causes attacks that would normally harm her to miss, though [[ClothingDamage not by much]]. While as of Chapter 16 this has only been applied to melee attacks it is assumed to work on things like bullets as well, resulting in this form of the trope being followed.
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* A slightly more plausible variant occurs in a ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' comic where Soundwave uses his communications abilities to hack the Air Force's missile guidance systems so they all miss the Decepticons.
* In one issue of ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'', Brianna shoots Pee Bees, little bullets with an AI to hurt only bad guys. She releases them willy nilly, causing one of the mages to try to deflect them, only to discover he didn't need to. However, as they are too small to house an advanced AI, they, for example, think someone stealing a kiss is bad.
* In ''ComicBook/TheShadowHero'', this is the Green Turtle's only genuine superpower. After his father was murdered with a gun, Hank Chu asked [[TheFourGods the Turtle]] for the mystical boon that he would never be shot. As a result, bullets bend around him, and sometimes hit the shooter's allies.
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* ''Film/TheBookOfEli'' has the titular character shot at numerous times without being hit. This [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane may be mundane]] -- in post-apocalyptic America ammunition is unreliable, and it's also scarce enough that people probably can't afford to practice shooting with it -- or [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane may be magic]]. Though [[spoiler:when Carnegie shoots Eli point blank near the end, not only does the bullet hit him, the injury from it eventually leads to Eli's death.]]
* Another MaybeMagicMaybeMundane example in ''Film/PulpFiction'' sets Jules on the path to a HeelFaithTurn ("That's exactly what I'm saying -- God came down from Heaven and stopped the bullets"), though [[AgentScully Vincent]] is derisive of this and convinced that it's a combination of coincidence and [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy bad marksmanship]].
* In ''Film/TheFifthElement'', [[AwesomeMcCoolName Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg]] demonstrates a gun that has avoiding friendly fire as one of its special features. Even if you ''aim directly'' at your own units, the bullets will just [[{{Roboteching}} navigate]] around them.
* In a dream sequence in ''Film/AliGIndahouse'', the title character is left with a [[KnifeOutline Bullethole Outline]], though it also outlines… [[GagPenis something that's not really there]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the ''Jack West Jr.'' series by Creator/MatthewReilly, some characters have Warblers, which generate electromagnetic interference, causing bullets to 'dodge' those in close proximity.
* In Literature/TheBookOfMormon, Samuel the Lamanite preaches repentance to the Nephites and foretells Christ's birth. Many of the Nephites shoot arrows and throw rocks at Samuel, but divine power prevents anything from hitting him.
* Bink's talent in the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' books could be seen as the magical version: Any spell that would harm him, even Magician-caliber, is pushed aside by seeming coincidence and dumb luck. Unfortunately for him, his talent has a very precise definition of "harm", meaning that there are spells that can incapacitate him. And of course, he has no such protection against non-magical methods of attack.
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* In Season 2 of ''{{Series/Continuum}}'' it's established that Kiera's futuristic suit, as well as being bulletproof, can project a sort of electromagnetic force field that deflects bullets away from her general vicinity. This allows both herself and Carlos to flee from a firefight unharmed, although the implausibility of all the bullets missing them doesn't go unnoticed.
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* OlderThanPrint: While bullets hadn't been invented yet, the [[NorseMythology Norse god]] Baldur had this by virtue of [[GodModders all of creation having sworn not to harm him]]. The other gods regularly engaged in ComedicSociopathy by [[EverythingTryingToKillYou shooting and throwing stuff at him]], knowing it would turn aside. [[spoiler: Then Loki found the one thing that hadn't taken the oath...]]
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* Mages from the TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness can fit this with the Fate (Entropy in the old?) arcanum, which can just amount to being incredibly lucky, all the friggin' time.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', Corvo Attano can stop the bullets in midair, move out of the way, and proceed to shoot the guards. Or, with the use of the Possession power, move the hapless shooter ''[[VideoGameCrueltyPotential in front of his own bullet.]]''
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' has Fortune. Not only do bullets dodge her (with a visible streak in the air to show the changed trajectory), but any grenade that gets close to her turns into a dud. This is due to her magnetic deflection device (which she isn't aware about).
** After a boss fight with her, Raiden notably manipulates this so as to shoot Vamp (who usually can read someone's muscles [[BulletDodge so fast he avoids bullets]]) in the head by bouncing it off her field at him. It doesn't take, due to his regenerative powers, but it does leave a scar.
* The Energy Aura powerset in ''[[VideoGame/CityOfHeroes City of Villains]]'' allows its users to generate fields of energy around themselves to deflect incoming attacks.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' includes the unlockable Bonk Atomic Punch for the Scout class. When quaffed, the player takes no damage from attacks because he's so fast. In fact, when damage numbers are turned on, each "hit" registers as "Miss". It counts as this trope because the shots will miss even if the character is standing perfectly still. Although the Scout still takes {{knockback}} somehow.
* In ''VideoGame/EnterTheMatrix'', [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard bullets go out of their way not to hit Agents]], most notably as you approach point-blank range because the bullets turn '''[[BizarreAndImprobableBallistics 90 degrees right out of the barrel]]'''!
* If you use a cheat in ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' the bullets automatically deflect away from Neo.
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* In ''WebComic/{{Juathuur}}'', Faevv ''unravels'' a "bullet" made of magically manipulated water.
* The eponymous protagonist of ''WebComic/MindMistress'' has a Velocity Redirection Field built into her PoweredArmor that does this to any fast-moving object that approaches her. Naturally, that includes bullets.
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[[folder:Other]]
* UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington apparently had horses shot out from under him and his coat hit several times, but was never hit himself. This is either a case of mutant powers, divine intervention, or [[BornLucky dumb luck]]. More than likely a mundane second example, as the old smoothbores were already inaccurate and firing accuracy drops quickly in a firefight.
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