A toddler toddles out in front of a speeding semi-truck and a character rushes out to snatch the child from impending doom. Or one character one has an attack shot at them and another character dives to push them out of the way. Extra points for SlowMotion and a BigNo, and/or if the person doing the saving [[TakingTheBullet takes the bullet]] instead, turning it into a HeroicSacrifice.

Usually the person in danger is:
* Not intelligent or mature enough to know they're in danger, such as a little kid.
* Totally oblivious, like someone reading a book.
* Frozen in terror, ''a la'' "deer caught in the headlights".
* In the middle of tripping, or is otherwise unable to change course.

Their response to being saved is:
* Simple gratitude from them or their guardian.
* "[[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished Why'd you push me over?]]"
* A CrashIntoHello or SuggestiveCollision, possibly leading to a RescueRomance.
* A gushing "IOweYouMyLife, how can I ever repay you" response, maybe followed by some obsessive following.
* A possible HowDareYouDieOnMe if they believe the savior won't make it (sometimes they will, sometimes not).

If a villain or AntiHero does this, it can be a PetTheDog moment If you want to prove your character is extra BadAss, have them push the attacker/blast/projectile off-course instead.
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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'',
** In the first episode of Yusuke dies saving a little boy by pushing him out of the way of a car. He is later informed that despite how it looked, the car would've swerved out of the way at the last second, making his sacrifice completely meaningless. He gets points for trying, though, and is resurrected shortly after because of it... and because him sacrificing himself to save the kid was ''so'' unlikely, ThePowersThatBe were ''completely'' unprepared for him.
*** The original manga renders this a little bit differently. Here, the little boy was supposed to be hit by the car, but would have miraculously pulled through.
** Botan later saves Mitarai by pushing him out of the way of a falling bookcase, helping cause him to question his view of humanity (although Botan is not human, he may not be aware of her role in Spirit World).
* Done in ''TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer'' by Hangetsu Shinonome. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, he does not pull through.]]
* Done in {{RRR}} by Rikitarou to his sister's son Aozora. [[spoiler: [[PromotionToParent He needs that protective instinct later on.]]]]
* ''BoboboBoBobobo'': In order to save [[DamselScrappy Beauty]] from any situation (ranging from truly dangerous to "[[TooDumbToLive why the hell doesn't she move?]]"), Heppokomaru/Gasser usually does this.
* In a memorable scene in ''Manga/SailorMoon'', upon learning [[spoiler:Hotaru is Sailor Saturn, Pluto, Uranus and Neptune both launch their attacks at her. Chibiusa [[TakingTheBullet just jumps in front of her]],]] but Usagi takes the more logical move and rushes in and pushes them both out of the way.
** ''Sailor Moon'' really loved this trope. Umino saving Naru in episode 26, Mamoru saving Usagi from Queen Beryl, Mamoru jumping in the way for Usagi again -- while Luna and Artemis simultaneously try to do the same thing -- in the R Movie, Umino jumping in the way to protect Naru again in S (after which ''she'' gets in the way, trying to protect ''him''), and various other occasions, perhaps too many to count. [[spoiler:Not to mention [[HeroicSacrifice Nephrite saving Naru by jumping in the way of a spike attack]] in episode 24.]]
* Vash of ''{{Trigun}}'' proves he's the real Stampede when he does the BadAss version of this trope using five bullets.
** To explain, [[spoiler: His opponent is a giant (to give an idea of scale, whose foot is about slightly smaller the size of a car) and his attack is a [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning Spinning]] RocketPunch with retractable cable, capable of and shown destroying a building into rubble earlier.]] Vash stopped [[spoiler: that punch, already in flight,]] reaching its target with only 5 ''pistol'' shots, and in the middle of a dive in between the opponent and the people he's saving too (thus fulfilling this trope only technically). What he did with the 6th and last shot in his pistol simply cemented the awesome.
* In a memorable episode of ''{{Slayers}} NEXT'', Amelia tries to enforce her motive of justice on the Mazoku general Gaav, who promptly gives her a brief and harsh BreakingSpeech. A confused Amelia would've been brutally stabbed by him at that point if Zelgadis hadn't dived in and shielded her at the last second. It's also the first time at that point in the series that Zel, normally NighInvulnerable, was severely wounded.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'': Sousuke rescues Chidori from an incoming truck with a Diving Save... But unfortunately [[AccidentalPervert grabs her in a 'no touching' area in the process]], causing her to [[ArmorPiercingSlap deck him]]. In a subversion, it is immediately shown that Sousuke's backup HumongousMecha had stopped the truck immediately following the save, meaning he could have spared himself the effort.
* ''MahouSenseiNegima''
** Asuna discovers that Negi is a mage when he uses his magic to help him catch Nodoka when she falls off a staircase. Negi was too far away, and he had to levitate her so he could dive in time.
** Negi rescues a kitten this way in by diving in, grabbing the cat, and ''flipping the car through the air'' (which lands right-side up).
* ''{{FLCL}}''
** Episode 1 "Fooly Cooly". While Haruko is abusing Naota, Mamimi jumps and grabs him out her arms, taking him to safety.
** Episode 2 "Firestarter". Naota saves Mamimi by pushing her out of the way of a falling Canti during the final battle.
* Subverted ''twice'' in ''GundamSEED''. In the first instance, [[TheHero Kira]] tries to perform a Diving Save with his HumongousMecha's shield to prevent a shuttle full of civilian refugees from being blown up by an enemy mecha, but fails to block the shot and can only watch as the shuttle explodes, going into a HeroicBSOD as a result. Later, near the end of the series, a nearly-identical scene occurs in which Kira once again tries for a Diving Save to keep the BigBad from destroying an escape pod from another ship (where his FallenPrincess ex-girlfriend is, among others), and this time succeeds - and then the BigBad uses an AttackDrone to fire again from another angle and blows the escape pod up, killing said FallenPrincess and the others. Cue Kira's FreakOut and a savage final fight which ends up with Kira utterly defeating the BigBad.
** And of course, we have Lalah's legendary HeroicSacrifice doing this in the original ''MobileSuitGundam''
* In ''KaleidoStar'', [[spoiler: Leon pulling this to save Sora from a car is the first sign of him starting to become [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosted]].]]
* Ken Wakashimazu saves a puppy being run by a truck like this in the first CaptainTsubasa series. [[spoiler: He still got hit on the shoulder, creating a serious GameBreakingInjury that would haunt him for quite a while]].
** Also, [[spoiler: Gino Hernández and Taro Misaki]] save the lives of [[spoiler: Schneider's sister Marie and Misaki's half-sister Yoshiko]] like this. [[spoiler: In the second case, though, Misaki ''also'' got injured, which prevented him from playing in almost the whole WYC]].
* Used in ''TheCatReturns'', where Haru saves Prince Lune from getting hit by a truck (as he fumbles with his [[spoiler:proposal]] gift), by scooping him up with a lacrosse stick.
* [[LittleMissBadass Vita]] does the BadAss version of this trope in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [=StrikerS=]'' by [[DropTheHammer whalloping]] one of [[TheGunslinger Teana's]] wayward energy bullets off course at the last second before it hits [[CuteBruiser Subaru's]] head. [[spoiler:[[BigCreepyCrawlies Garyu]]]] does something similar later, only he catches the EnergyBall headed for Erio and Caro [[spoiler:when they were bringing Lutecia to safety]] and crushes it in his hand instead.
* Tooya pulls this off with Aya in the first chapter-slash-episode of ''AyashiNoCeres''.
* Ken from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' pushed Ryo out of the way of Milleniumon's [[ArtifactOfDoom Dark Seeds]], and got hit instead. [[StartOfDarkness It didn't end well for him]].
** The [[Anime/DigimonAdventure season before]], Wizardmon pushes Gatomon [[TakingTheBullet out of the way]] of Myotismon's attack. [[HeroicSacrifice It ends even worse for him]].
* Subverted back and forth so many times there isn't even a name for it in ''DarkerThanBlack''. In the second episode, before [[GrayAndGrayMorality the real tenor of the series has become clear]], [[spoiler:Hei dives in front of Chiaki when one of the bad guys shoots at her.]] However, 1) [[spoiler:"Chiaki" (actually a doll programmed with her memories) was the one who shot him.]] 2) [[spoiler:His BadassLongcoat is bulletproof, so his getting in the way wasn't actually putting him in much more danger.]] and 3) [[spoiler:He had absolutely no compunction about using her as a shield when dealing with another contractor with a TeleFrag power.]] [[DoubleSubverted Nevertheless]], [[spoiler:he was still having an [[AntiHero unexpected]] attack of ChronicHeroSyndrome, trying to rescue her even though there was no rational reason to do so.]] Maybe we should just say they broke the trope and leave it at that.
** [[spoiler: Yin's Mom]] also makes one to save Yin from a truck.
** And November 11 tackles Misaki when an explosion occurs; however, it's debatable how much more danger this would put him in.
* Happens pretty often in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.
** [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverted]] when Karin pushes ''all three'' of her team members out of the way of an attack while managing to avoid it herself, but when she hits the ground she tumbles away and into the way of another attack ([[ZigZaggingTrope then she gets saved by one of the teammates she just saved, then hit by another attack which set her on fire, but then they put the fire out and she survived]]).
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has Shirou shove Saber out of the way of both Berserker and Archer's attacks, although he has a nasty habit of getting massively wounded in the process.
** Also, Shirou saves Rin from Rider in a similar fashion. Again, terrible injuries occur.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' anime examples:
** Episode #10: Ichigo pulls Don Kanonji out of the way of a charging Hollow.
** Episode #12: Chad leaps and grabs Karin to get her out of the way of a Hollow's attack.
** Episode #224: When the arrancar Apache fires a cero blast at Momo, Rangiku dives in and pulls Momo out of the way.
** Episode #256: Rukia does this to her zanpakuto's spirit to get her out of the way of another zanpakutos spirit's attack.
** Episode #257: Rangiku Matsumoto's zanpakuto's spirit Haineko runs over, grabs her and pulls her out of the way of falling metal beams.
** Episode 332: As Reigei!Komamura's giant warrior Bankai is about to hit Nozomi, Uryu dives in and grabs her, pulling her out of the way of the attack.
* In ''CaseClosed'', Conan pushes [[spoiler: a TraumaInducedAmnesia-affected]] Ran out of the way of a RunawayTrain in the fourth movie.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime.
** In "Bulbasaur the Ambassador", Bulbasaur jumps to push another Pokemon out of the way of a falling boulder and has it fall on him instead. He digs into the ground to escape injury.
** In "Just Waiting on a Friend", a Ninetales pushes Brock out of the way of James's attacking Victreebel.
** During "Double Team Turnover", Chimchar pushes Pikachu out of the way of Saturn's Toxicroak and takes the hit.
* ''TokyoMewMew''. In one episode Zakuro Fujiwara leaps and grabs Mint Aizawa, pulling her out of the path of an energy beam.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' ,[[spoiler: Ed tries to stop Ling from being eaten by a [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge rampaging Gluttony]] by doing this. [[SubvertedTrope It doesn't work]] and they both get eaten, along with Envy, who was trying to stop Ed from being eaten. ItMakesSenseInContext]].
* [[spoiler: Shouma]] pulls this for [[spoiler: Ringo]] in ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum''. [[spoiler: He's so MadeOfIron that he survives ''with little more than some bumps and bruises''.]]
* In ''Manga/HappyYarouWedding'', Yuuhi happens to hit Kazuki's BerserkButton at the same time as Shouta tries to interfere in their fist fight. Yuuhi ends up diving to protect Shouta and gets a harsh blow to the head for it.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': In the 5th OVA, Ranma dives to keep Akane from being hurt by a blast that goes straight through the wall of the dojo.
** In the live action special, when Ranma sees a sharp weapon flying towards Akane's head, he tackles her.
* In ''SaintBeast'', Luca saves Rey from falling rocks (that Rey blew up) in both anime versions. In the first it's played off as something of a MeetCute RescueRomance whereas the second {{retcon}}ned it into happening during training practice, long after they had met.
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[[folder:ComicBooks]]
* Plays a crucial role in Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'s SuperHeroOrigin: he saved a blind man from a truck, only to be struck blind himself when a container of radioactive waste hit him in the face.
* Surely every incarnation of {{Spider-Man}}, ever, must qualify for this, even if he does it Tarzan-style.
* In ''[[ComicBook/AvengersTheInitiative Avengers: The Initiative]]'', one of the early issues has [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Charles Atlas superhero]] MVP push push Cloud 9 out of the way of an energy blast, at the cost of his own life.
* In Book 7 of {{Bone}}, Grandma Ben makes a diving save to save Thorn when she shows no sign of actually being alarmed by having Kingdok (giant slobbery toothy rat-like monster with no tongue left at this point) charging her.
* Happens a few times in ''ComicBook/AstroCity''; they're basically distilled superhero comics, so it's not surprising.
* Dynamite Comics' version of TheLoneRanger has this. A cornered baddie, with only one shot left, has to choose which one to kill; he picks Tonto, but the Ranger does a flying leap and [[TakingTheBullet takes the bullet]]. In the chest. When Tonto, upon catching up to the shooter, finds that he has reloaded his derringer in the interim, his reaction is to [[spoiler: grab the gun with his hand, taking a bullet to the palm, and use his other hand to punch the living crap out of the outlaw. This version of Tonto is more of a BadAss than the titular hero.]]
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[[folder:{{Film}}]]
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture''. Marty [=McFly=] pushes his future father, George, out of the way of an oncoming car. It saves George from being hit, but alters history and nearly wipes Marty from existence.
* The whole point of the ''Film/FinalDestination'' series. Everyone jumps to save everyone else, with the characters hoping to break the chain this way. Most of the time [[spoiler:however, all it does it avoid the inevitable. The ways to actually stop (or delay longer) Death are different.]]
* The HeroicSacrifice version is done at the end of ''Film/CruelIntentions''.
* A flashback in the 2005 film version of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' shows that Arthur and Ford met when the former did this to keep the latter from getting hit by a car...that he was attempting to greet:
-->'''Ford''': Didn't you think it was strange I was trying to shake hands with a car?
-->'''Arthur''': I assumed you were drunk.
-->'''Ford''': [[MistookTheDominantLifeform I thought cars were the dominant lifeform.]] I was trying to introduce myself.
** Note, this is a PragmaticAdaptation explanation of Ford's Earth name for American audiences, since the car from which he took the name was sold exclusively in England.
* Happens at the end of ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'', with the main character saving a little kid.
** This instance gets bonus points. [[spoiler: The main character was supposed to die in the attempt while still saving the kid, ''and he knew this ahead of time''. The author writing his story has a change of heart after meeting him, and makes an alteration. [[NotQuiteDead He gets better]].]]
* ''StarWars'': this trope is the reason why [[TheScrappy Jar Jar Binks]] followed the main characters around the entire movie instead of getting killed off when he first appeared, as many viewers would have preferred.
* ''{{Tremors}}''. In the first movie, Valentine grabs Mindy off her pogo stick and jumps to safety to get her away from an attacking Graboid.
* In the recent ''Film/FantasticFour'' movie, Ben (who just became The Thing) is sitting on the edge of a bridge, when a [[DrivenToSuicide suicide jumper]] is just about to go. After getting his attention ("You think YOU got problems?"), the man falls onto the less-deadly side of the bridge. "Less" deadly because they'd somehow gotten on top of a freeway. And now there's an 18-wheeler coming at them. Ben shoulder-checks it.
* Happens in ''Film/SuperheroMovie''. Unfortunately the old lady the hero pushes lands in a grinder, but the thought is there.
* Done twice, one with hair and a vacuum, and another with hair and a dustpan in ''Film/YouDontMessWithTheZohan''.
* Bugs Bunny did this for Lola when she was about to get literally crushed by the Monstars in ''Film/SpaceJam''.
* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''. After kidnapping Miao Yin, the Lords of Death are escaping in a car. Jack Burton pulls a frozen Wang Chi out of the way of the oncoming car.
* In ''Film/VantagePoint'', Creator/ForestWhitaker's character saves a little girl from an onsliding ambulance this way.
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'': Ripcord catches Scarlett when a pulse blast destroys her bike.
* ''Film/TheRunningMan''. When Ben Richards and Laughlin are attacked by Buzzsaw, Laughlin pushes Richards out of the way of Buzzsaw's attack. As a result, he's mortally wounded by Buzzsaw's [[ChainsawGood chainsaw attack]].
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[[folder:{{Literature}}]]
* In Sydney Taylor's ''[[Literature/AllOfAKindFamily More All Of A Kind Family]]'' children's novel, the family first meets their eventual Aunt Lena when she pushes toddler Charlie out of the way of an oncoming wagon (this took place in the 1910s).
* Subverted by Harry Dresden of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' when he saves Michael Carpenter's newest son from a Denarian - by grabbing the coin instead of the kid. Guilt ensues.
* Happens in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Insomnia}}''. [[spoiler:The main character pulls the HeroicSacrifice version at the climax, to save his friend's daughter from a speeding car.]]
** Averted in ''Literature/PetSematary'', however.
* Subversion in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': A woman who claims to be Tobias's cousin pushes a child out of danger, causing the Animorphs to decide she's not a Controller, because no Controller would risk their life for a child. [[spoiler: The woman is not only a Controller, she's [[BigBad Visser Three]] in disguise, and he suspects Tobias to be on the side of the Animorphs.]]
* Played with in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' book "Metamorphosis" where Data gets turned human temporarily. At one point, a cabinet is about to fall on Dr. Pulaski. Acting on reflex, he slammed himself into the ''cabinet'' to knock it off course, hospitalizing himself in the process. Afterwards, he explained that normally, his android body would have suffered no damage, and pushing Dr. Pulaski would have injured her.
* Bel Thorne does this to save Miles in ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Diplomatic Immunity]]'' by Lois [=McMaster=] Bujold.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'':
** Willowpelt leaps in front of her young son Sootpaw to save him from a badger in front of her. The blow meant for her son breaks her spine and kills her.
** In ''[=SkyClan=]'s Destiny'', [[spoiler:Red leaps in the way when her father Stick aims a killing blow at her mate Harley, and she's fatally wounded.]]
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', while they're investigating a smugglers' camp Eldest Whistler comes over a low wall in a flying tackle, slamming Ren into the ground. Initially Ren thinks it's an attempt to kill her for [[DefiledForever ruining Eldest's brother]] and gets ready to fight, but soon sees there was a BoobyTrap, and thanks to Eldest the worst that came of it was some HatDamage. Ren is embarrassed - "You startled me" - and grateful.
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[[folder:LiveActionTV]]
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' when Hiro pushes the little girl out of the way of the truck, and when he pushes DL and the random woman out of the way of the car exploding. He doesn't get any of the above reactions, though, due to using his powers to do it between seconds.
* In the first episode of ''Series/TheSentinel'', Jim Ellison's heightened senses cause him to "zone out" in the middle of the street, directly in the path of an oncoming truck. His soon-to-be partner tackles him to the ground, and the truck passes harmlessly over them.
* Played straight with a minor exception in the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Random Shoes" - Eugene pushes Gwen out of the way of a speeding vehicle to save her life. The minor exception? [[spoiler:He was a ghost throughout the episode, and it was the first and only time he was able to interact physically with anything. It's implied that this was somehow his unfinished business, since he ascended (or something) immediately afterwards.]]
* In the 5th season ''GreysAnatomy'' finale, [[spoiler:a man saves a girl from getting hit by a bus, but is hit full-on himself, destroying his face, among other things. Which is key because it prevents Grace's staff from figuring out his identity: George O'Malley.]]
* In ''[[Series/BlakesSeven Blake's 7]]'', episode ''The Web'', Avon tackles Blake away from a bomb and is afterwards visibly embarrassed by his action (not to mention the rather [[AccidentalHug awkward position]] the two end up in).
-->'''Blake''': Thank you. ''(After a pause.)'' Why?
-->'''Avon''': Automatic reaction. I'm as surprised as you are.
-->'''Blake''': I'm not surprised.
-->'''Avon''': ''(thoroughly creeped out)''
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' TOS episode "I Sing the Body Electric". Near the end the robot grandmother shoves a young girl out of the way of an oncoming van and is hit herself.
* In ''Series/{{Castle}}'', Beckett and Castle do this for each other a fair number of times throughout the series. Most recently, [[spoiler: in "Knockout," Castle tackles Beckett out of the way when he realizes there's a shooter at Montgomery's funeral. Subverted in that he fails to keep Beckett from getting shot.]]
* ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' episode "The Night of the Gruesome Games". A woman is trying to get some pearls that are a prize in a treasure hunt, but they're part of a trap. As she grabs them a cannon swivels and is about to fire at her. Artemus Gordon sees her danger, runs over and pulls her out of the way just before it fires.
* In an early episode of ''TheCityHunter'', Yun Sung tackles love interest Na Na to protect her from a sniper; and later, does it again to shield her from an approaching motorcyclist (she'd moved out of the way, but didn't realize the biker had a gun).
* In ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', Gai Ikari does this to save a little girl and is put into a coma when he's hit instead. [[spoiler:His heroic actions end up leading him to be visited by [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Dragon Ranger]], [[Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger Time Fire]] and [[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger Abare Killer]], who give him the means to become [[SixthRanger Gokai Silver]].]]
* Happens in the ''{{Firefly}}'' episode "Out of Gas". The engine explodes and as Kaylee stands at the doorway watching the approaching fireball, she's pushed out of the way by Zoe, who spends most of the episode unconscious. This was fortunate, as GinaTorres was able [[AbsenteeActor to go on her honeymoon]] instead of having to act.
* Being the go-to damsel in the early seasons of ''{{BuffyTheVampireSlayer}}'', Willow is the subject of several of these - Oz saves her from an assassin's bullet (getting shot himself in the process) in ''What's My Line?''; Angel saves her from Gwen Post's lightning attack in ''Revelations''; Riley pulls her out of the way of a car when (in a complete haze after catching Oz with Veruca) she wanders into the road in ''Wild At Heart''. Other examples include Xander being pushed out of the way of falling debris in ''The Gift'' by Anya (who takes the hit herself, but survives); Cordelia being pushed out of the way of a truck by Buffy in ''Witch'' when (having been blinded by the titular witch) she wanders into traffic (they both dodge the truck); and Buffy pushing a homeless man out of the path of a car in ''Anne'' (she takes the hit herself, but brushes it off thanks to her Slayer strength).
* Used multiple times in ''{{Charmed}}''. The most notable instances are Piper pushing Prue out of the way of Rodriguez's energy ball in ''Deja Vu All Over Again'' (which saves them both, but knocks Prue unconscious long enough for Rodriguez to kill Andy) and ''All Hell Breaks Loose'', where Prue is killed when she pushes the Innocent of the Week out of the way of Shax's wind attack. ([[SenselessSacrifice Futilely]], since Shax murders the innocent anyway a few seconds later).
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[[folder: Poetry]]
* [[http://gonemild.com/2009/05/24/sunday-poetry-the-bee-by-james-dickey/ "The Bee"]], by Creator/JamesDickey.
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[[folder: TabletopGames]]
* Represented in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' with the "Look Out, Sir!" rule, which means a character about to be hit by a falling rock, cannonball, or ballista bolt can be pushed out of the way by a handy RedShirt...at least in "good-guy" armies. (In bad-guy armies, this rule is more likely to represent the targeted character shoving someone into the threatened space while moving out of the way).
* ''{{Exalted}}'': There are charms that allow you to do this for others. [[MeatShield There are also charms that force others to do this for you.]]
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[[folder:{{Video Games}}]]
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' when instead of ''diving'', Zelos shoves Colette out of the way and pushes himself out of the range of fire in the same motion.
** Played straight when Mithos saves Tabatha from a rockslide, being injured in the process. [[spoiler:After shooting Tabatha during TheReveal, and being asked how he could do it to someone who saved him, he admits that he hated her all along, and in the manga adaptation, said he saved her so that the heroes would not realize who he really was]].
** Mithos does it twice actually. The first time is when [[spoiler: After fighting the party as Yggdrasil, and before TheReveal, he shoves Genis out of the way of Pronyma's attack and takes it himself.]]
* Colin in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' does one of these, getting captured by boar-riding bokoblins in the process.
* In ''Black Shades'', an experimental concept FPS made for the [=iDevGames=] contest, you play a bodyguard with all the classic moves: Tackling a your client to push them out of the way at the last moment, leaping at a sniper just before the shot, diving to take a bullet for the client, wresting a weapon from an assassin...
* Ness saves [[spoiler: Lucas in this manner from a Trophy-transforming beam from Wario]], in the Subspace Emissary part of ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl''.
* Franchise/ProfessorLayton does a few of these in order to save people from collapsing marble slabs, runaway Ferris wheels and crash-landing [[HomemadeInventions home-made]] hang gliders. A true gentleman always makes diving saves ''extravagant''.
* Played for one of the more tragic instances of the HeroicSacrifice variant in a video game when, in ''PhantasyStarIV'', [[spoiler:Alys does just this to save Chaz from the BigBad 's SoapOperaDisease-inflicting Black Wave, dooming her to a slow, painful death. Not that anyone knew the effects very well at that point, but nonetheless.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' [[spoiler:Rhyme knocks Beat out of the way of a shark noise]].
** However it's subverted when [[spoiler:we find out the two of them died in the first place when Beat tried one of these to save Rhyme from being hit by a car]], but he didn't push her out the way of it, he '''[[IdiotHero tried to]] [[TakingTheBullet shield her with his own body.]]'''
* With the addition of [[PressXToNotDie quick-time events]] to ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', a Paragon Shepard gets a few opportunities to yank people out of the way of danger. If the player's on the ball, anyway, otherwise...
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' Conrad Verner pulls this assuming the player didn't scare him off in either of the previous games. [[spoiler:Whether he lives or not depends on an optional side mission the player can do in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1]]''.
* Ethan in ''HeavyRain'' tries one of these when his son wanders in front of traffic in the prologue. It doesn't work--Jason dies anyway, and Ethan is badly injured, lays in coma for six months, and is still having blackouts two years later.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'', York saves [[spoiler: Diane]] by making a practically superhuman one from a second-story balcony. [[spoiler: Subverted as she's crushed by a falling sculpture about thirty seconds later.]]
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[[folder:WebAnimation]]
* ''WebAnimation/DeadFantasy''
** ''DeadFantasy I''. While Yuna is standing on a large block firing, Rikku sees another block coming at her and pushes her out of the way just in time.
** ''DeadFantasy VI''. Ryu Hayabusa flies in and pulls Mamiji out the way of one of Naminé!Kairi's attacks.
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', after a hobgoblin [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0451.html pushes Redcloak]] out of the way of an incoming catapult shot and [[HeroicSacrifice fatally takes the blow himself]], Redcloak [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone reconsiders]] his strategy of using hobgoblins as [[ZergRush cannon fodder]].
* Tarvek Sturmvoraus and Gilgamesh Wulfenbach play with this in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091202 here]].
* [[{{Concerned}} Gordon Frohman's]] big brother was constantly doing this to him. Gordon got mad at him and decided to shove him back, just once. Then decided to be the bigger person and not push him. His big brother gets stomped by a [[TripodTerror Strider Mech]], leading to DeathByIrony.
* X-17 from ''Webcomic/WarbotInAccounting'' uses the "push the vehicle out of the way" variety [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/10/23/warbot_011-crosswalk/ here]]. Only it's really more like "stand in the middle of the road and let the bus hit you" variety.
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* In a spoof of the ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' example above, in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' Fry pushes his future grandfather out of what appears to be the path of a very slowly oncoming Jeep, only for the Jeep to turn in a different direction some distance away. And Fry pushed him onto a pile of rusty bayonets.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' is ''constantly'' doing this for Ron... but [[FauxActionGirl he's the secret to her success, we're told]].
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Sokka pushes Suki out of the way of a rockslide, but Toph diverted the avalanche with [[ElementalPowers Earthbending]] so it didn't really matter that he did it.
** Played straight during the GrandFinale when Zuko somehow manages to dive in front of a ''lightning bolt'' to save Katara's life.
*** And in an earlier episode, when he knocks her out of the path of some falling debris.
* In the ''JusticeLeague'' episode "Paradise Lost", Franchise/{{Superman}} rescues a distracted WonderWoman from a falling lamp-post with a Diving Save. (It's interesting to note, by the way, that when, later in the same story, Franchise/{{Batman}} is in danger from a falling stone pillar, Superman rescues him by crash-tackling the ''pillar''.)
** [[FridgeLogic Wonder Woman can take a tackle-save from Superman, whereas Batman can't.]]
* Tucker in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' where he dives and pushes the {{Fauxreigner}} Gregor out of harm's way from falling debris. Bonus point since Gregor insulted Tucker prior. Looks like ''somebody'' owes an apology.
** Tucker does it again with Jazz in a latter episode. Not bad for a NonActionGuy.
** Danny also does this with a younger Vlad when he time travels to the past, not so much as to save him but to change the future for the better.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' gets one from Da Samurai, a sort of poser you could debatably expect on MySpace, when he's too distracted by his having needed to be freed seconds before.
* ''TheHerculoids''. Dorno does one to save a frozen-in-terror Gleep from the title creature in "Swamp Monster".
* ''MightyMightor''. Tor does this to save Sheera from an oncoming boulder in "Mightor Meets Tyrannor".
* ''CodenameKidsNextDoor''. Numbuh 4 saves Numbuh 3 in most episodes, most notably in "Operation: B.E.A.C.H.".
* {{Filmation}} ''ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'' episode "The Capricious Crony". When an avalanche threatens Krypto the Superdog, the title creature jumps and pushes him out of the way, causing him to be trapped by the falling rocks. He didn't know that Krypto had NighInvulnerability and wouldn't have been harmed by the rocks.
* The Disney version of ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' gets one of these when Meg pushes him out of the way of a falling pillar, being crushed herself.
* In ''TheIronGiant'', Dean tackles Hogarth out of the path of the giant's EyeBeams which were an automatic reaction to Hogarth brandishing a gun-shaped toy in the giant's view.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresFromTheBookOfVirtues''. Bobcat Socrates does this to grab Annie by the shirt collar in "Responsibility" when Annie slides down the cliff after she falls off her bike.
* In the ''SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Pizza Delivery", while they attempt to hitchhike, Squidward does this to Spongebob after the latter is nearly run over by a passing boat. Both of them turn out fine, but covered in sand.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': Violet saving her brother from Syndrome's mooks' gunfire via DivingSave is how she discovered another use of her powers: creating spherical force fields.
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* Many cases, but one prominent one involved a man who saved a child a few years ago and credited the save to "playing Quake and learning to act quickly without thinking."
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