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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.
* Someone too slow to get out of the way in time, due to old age, an injury or a handicap.

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).

Sister trope of TuckAndCover. 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. If it's an item rather than a person being intercepted as it falls, it's a DesperateObjectCatch.


[[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, [[SenselessSacrifice 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 wasn't aware of her role in Spirit World back then.
* Done in ''Manga/TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer'' by Hangetsu Shinonome. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he does not pull through.]]
* Done in ''Manga/{{RRR}}'' by Rikitarou to his nephew Aozora. [[spoiler:[[PromotionToParent He needs that protective instinct later on.]]]]
* ''Manga/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.
* ''Manga/SailorMoon''
** In the ''S'' season, upon learning [[spoiler:Hotaru is Sailor Saturn, Pluto, Uranus and Neptune both launch their attacks at her in a desperate attempt to avert TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]] [[spoiler:Chibiusa [[TakingTheBullet just jumps in front of her]],]] but Usagi takes the more logical move and rushes in to grab them ''and'' push 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.]]
** Let's not forget [[spoiler:Neptune pushing Uranus away from a DeathTrap in the Marine Catedral, which causes her to be caught in said trap and then captured by Eudial.]]
** In the third season of ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'', Chibimoon tackles Hotaru out of the way of a huge tentacle,
* Vash of ''Manga/{{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 ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}} NEXT'', Amelia tries to enforce her motive of justice on the Mazoku general Gaav, who promptly gives her a brief and harsh BreakingSpeech and then gets ready to kill her. A borderline BSOD-ing 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 [[TheWorfEffect severely wounded]].
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'': Sousuke rescues Kaname from an incoming truck. Up to then she'd regarded him as some weird military otaku, so she's [[LuminescentBlush notably affected]] by this act...[[{{Tsundere}} until]] she realises [[AccidentalPervert he's inadvertently grabbed her breast]] which he [[NoSocialSkills keeps giving a reassuring squeeze]], 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.
* ''Manga/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).
* ''Anime/{{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 ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED''. 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 GenreSavvy 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 ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''.
*** Which was repeated in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', with Four shielding Kamille from Jerid and losing both the Psyco Gundam ''and'' her life for it.
* In ''Anime/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 ''Manga/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 ''Anime/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 ''Anime/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 ''Manga/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 ''Anime/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 ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Conan pushes [[spoiler: a TraumaInducedAmnesia-[[TheOphelia affected]] ]] Ran out of way of a train [[spoiler: in whose path she was ''pushed into'' by the movie's BigBad]] 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.
** In "A Guardian Rematch", Pikachu accidentally gets knocked through a railing and over a cliff by Tapu Koko; Ash immediately jumps after him. Fortunately, Tapu Koko rescues the two.
** In [=SM053=], Ash pushes Lillie out of the way of [[spoiler:Mother Beast Lusamine]]'s attack.
* ''Manga/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 ''AudioPlay/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.
* In ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'', Hitomi sees Dilandau using his Guymelef to spy on Van. Since Dilandau is using a InvisibilityCloak no one can see him, but Hitomi is immune to such effects. She then makes a ''massive'' run for it and tackles Van ''right'' before Dilandau moves in for the kill.
* ''Anime/MekakucityActors'': At the end of episode 4, Hibiya pulls Hiyori out of a speeding truck's way... the momentum carrying ''him'' [[HeroicSacrifice into its path instead]].
* Iki saves Yato from a truck in the beginning of ''Manga/StrayGod''. Ironically, [[spoiler: Yato would have been fine if the truck hit him]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'': The Battle Beast traps Crow inside a card and then attempts to kill him by stomping on it. Shingo Sawatari leaps and manages to snatch the card away in time.
* In ''LightNovel/KonoSubarashiiSekaiNiShukufukuO'', Kazuma attempts one of these when he thinks that a classmate is about to be run over by a truck. When he wakes up in the afterlife, he assumes that he pulled off the HeroicSacrifice variant of the trope. [[spoiler:It turns out that three consecutive all-night gaming sessions had left him addled enough that he saw a slow-moving tractor in the corner of his eye and mistook it for a speeding truck. His classmate had never been in any danger, and Kazuma himself only died of shock because he thought that he was about to be run over by a truck.]]
* The protagonist of ''Anime/{{Charlotte}}'' uses his powers to cause a truck to veer off course towards a classmate, so that he can invoke this trope and foment a RescueRomance.

* 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 Franchise/SpiderMan, 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 ''ComicBook/{{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 Franchise/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.]]
* Captain George Stacy saves a child from falling rubble while Spider-Man is battling Doctor Octopus. [[Main/TakingTheBullet He doesn't]] [[Main/HeroicSacrifice make it.]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': How Wind Breaker and Page Turner meet, when he knocks her out of the way of some falling construction material.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* 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 ''WesternAnimation/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/TheIncredibles'': Violet saving her brother from Syndrome's mooks' gunfire via DivingSave is how she mastered another use of her powers: creating spherical force fields.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* 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. 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.
-->'''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.
* 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]].]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': This trope is the reason why Jar Jar Binks followed the main characters around the entire movie, out of gratitude for saving him.
* ''Film/{{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]].
* In ''Film/TheWolfman2010'', Lawrence saves a Romani child by doing this right before the first werewolf attacks her.
* This is a common trope in older movies. In the original ''Film/KingKong1933'', villagers are trying to get away from Kong, scurrying to and fro, while a crying baby is prominently in the foreground. Eventually, one of the villagers carefully picks up the baby and runs off screen to safety.
* Happens several times in ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'', but always subverted in that the person whose life Cages saves, or Cage himself, is killed shortly after. On one occasion he saves Rita from the blast that kills her in a previous GroundhogDayLoop, only to get wounded himself; [[UngratefulBastard Rita responds by stealing his powerpack]], leaving him defenseless against an alien that attacks moments later. On another occasion Cage shoves a soldier out of the way of a crashing airplane, only to get squashed himself. In the next time-loop he moves faster.
* The scene that sets up the plot of ''Film/{{Annie 2014}}'' is Will Stacks saving Annie from the onrushing truck by pulling her off the street.
* In ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', Jillian dives for her little son when he is about to be run over by Roy's truck on the road at night.
* In ''Film/{{Footloose}}'', Ren jumps and pushes DeathSeeker Ariel out of the way of the onrushing train.
* ''Film/{{Gladiator}}''. Maximus shoves fellow gladiator Hagan out of the way of a chariot after he catches an arrow in the leg. As they fall to the ground, they barely miss being diced by the blade attached to the chariot wheel. [[BreadAndCircuses The crowd is suitably impressed]].
* ''Film/HudsonHawk''. During the auction, the auctioneer' gavel explodes, causing a giant sculpture to swing down toward Anna Baragli. Seeing her in danger, Hudson dives toward her and pulls her out of the way just in time.
* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'': In the Main/CallBack scene of [[Film/ManOfSteel Zod's attack on Metropolis]], [[Characters/DCEUJusticeLeague Bruce]] [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Wayne]] saves a little girl from being crushed by rubble.
* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. As Captain Terrell is about to fire at David Marcus (Kirk's son), Lieutenant Saavik rushes forward and pushes David out of the way. As a result, Terrell's phaser blast kills a RedShirt scientist, one of David's colleagues.
* ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'': Loki pushes Jane out of the way of a black hole grenade but has not enough time to get out of the danger zone himself and is almost suck into the black hole. But then Thor comes flying in and pushes him out of the way in the last nick of time.

* 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 [[ArtifactOfDoom Denarian]] - [[spoiler:by grabbing the coin instead of the kid]]. Guilt ensues.
** Dresden pulls a young girl out of the way of an incoming car in the short story "The Warrior" [[spoiler:(and inadvertently alerts her mother to the AbusiveParents situation that her father is beating her). Although she's an irrelevant tangent to the overall story and Dresden thinks nothing more of it, she's used as an example in the ending's YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre speech on how seemingly minor actions can have a major impact]].
* 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/DiplomaticImmunity'' 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 ''Pinestar's Choice'', [[spoiler:Pinestar dives to try to get Shanty out of the way of an oncoming car. He loses a life and upon awakening realizes that he'd been too slow.]]
* 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.

* 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 ''Series/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 ''Series/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 ''{{Series/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 DamselInDistress in the early seasons of ''Series/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 [[YourCheatingHeart 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" -- Buffy is thrown up onto the hood, and everyone gapes when she brushes off the injuries thanks to her MadeOfIron superpowers.
* Used multiple times in ''Series/{{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).
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''
** Episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E14BalanceOfTerror Balance of Terror]]". During an attack by the Enterprise on the Romulan ship, the Centurion sees that the ceiling is about to fall on his friend the commander. He rushes forward and pushes the commander out of the way, and the ceiling falls on him instead.
** Episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E5TheApple The Apple]]". When a plant is about to shoot poisonous thorns into Captain Kirk, Spock pushes Kirk out of the way and takes a chestful of thorns himself.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Twice in "The Man in the Box": in the first case, D.A. Samantha Reyes is confessing to Matt Murdock, Karen Page, Foggy Nelson and Blake Tower to covering up the botched police sting that got Frank Castle's family killed. Matt's heightened senses cause him to hear a gun being readied to fire. Matt promptly pushes Foggy sideways and tackles Karen to the floor, a split second before one of the Blacksmith's men opens fire on the office with an automatic rifle. Matt, Karen, and Tower are uninjured, but Foggy is hit in the right shoulder and Reyes is killed instantly. Later in the episode, Frank Castle flings himself on top of Karen to shield her again when the Blacksmith's men shoot at her in her apartment.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. In "The Spoils of War", [[DragonRider Queen Daenerys]] has to land her dragon after it's struck by a ballista bolt, and Ser Jaime Lannister sees his chance to kill her while she's vulnerable. He rides down on her with a lance, only for her dragon to suddenly shield her with its neck and open its jaws to roast Ser Jaime alive. Suddenly Ser Bronn tackles Jaime off his horse and the fireball misses him as they both fall into the river. In a subversion, Jaime then sinks under the water due to his armour... [[CliffHanger cue credits.]]

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* [[http://gonemild.com/2009/05/24/sunday-poetry-the-bee-by-james-dickey/ "The Bee"]], by Creator/JamesDickey.

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* 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).
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': There are charms that allow you to do this for others. [[HumanShield There are also charms that force others to do this for you.]]

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* 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.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'': When Beth is frozen by fear like a DeerInTheHeadlights as she sees King Bulblin charging her way, Colin notices it just in time to [[TookALevelInBadass take a level in badass]] and do one of these, getting captured in her place.
* 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 ''VideoGame/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]]. Later [[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.]]''' He admits this was really stupid in retrospect.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** 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]]''. Cruelly subverted [[spoiler:on Rannoch, if you side with the Geth. Tali crosses the DespairEventHorizon at seeing the death of her race and throws herself off a cliff. A Paragon Interrupt allows you to dive and try to grab her hand, but it doesn't work and she dies]].
* Ethan in ''VideoGame/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.]]
* In the VideoGame/GoldBox game ''Buck Rogers: Matrix Cubed'', this is one of the options your party has when you spot a group of assassins getting ready to attack the newly appointed leader of Mercury. Choosing either of the other two options results in the assassination attempt succeeding.
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia [[VideoGameRemake Legends]]'' reveals in a flashback that this is how Vyse got the scar under his eye.
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** ''VideoGame/Persona4'' lets your fellow party members do this for you if you would have died to the attack and have a high enough ''[[RelationshipValues Social Link]]'' with them as long as they have more then 1 HP, haven't already done it this combat round, and it's a single target attack, and they will always survive whatever they blocked, even if the rules say it should kill them, [[spoiler:except during the TrueFinalBoss where no matter the Social Link value, they will all attempt to save the MC from the boss's insta-kill attack and then be absorbed by it themselves]]. This feature has since been included in all subsequent mainline ''Persona'' games (including the PSP version of ''VideoGame/Persona3'').
** ''VideoGame/Persona5'': At one point [[spoiler:during the fight against the Sphinx in Fubata's Palace]], the protagonist does this to push Makoto out of the way of flying debris.
* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'': In chapter 5, [[spoiler:the PlayerCharacter saves Tatsu from being blasted to kingdom come by a NotQuiteDead Prone Skell in this manner. This leads to a RoboticReveal when the PC's left arm is blown off in the process.]]

* ''WebAnimation/DeadFantasy''
** ''Dead Fantasy 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.
** ''Dead Fantasy VI''. Ryu Hayabusa flies in and pulls Momiji out the way of one of Naminé!Kairi's attacks.
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', when the Emperor has the most epic of his UnstoppableRage phases up to date, [[spoiler:Magnus]] pushes Kitten on the ground to cover him, and then the two presumably perform a disappearing act in the face of Emperor's wrath.

* 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]].
* [[Webcomic/{{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.

* 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 ''The Southern Raiders'', when he knocks her out of the path of some falling debris.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/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 Website/MySpace, when he's too distracted by his having needed to be freed seconds before.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids''. Dorno does one to save a frozen-in-terror Gleep from the title creature in "Swamp Monster".
* ''WesternAnimation/MightyMightor''. Tor does this to save Sheera from an oncoming boulder in "Mightor Meets Tyrannor".
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. Numbuh 4 saves Numbuh 3 in most episodes, most notably in "Operation: B.E.A.C.H.".
* {{Creator/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.
* ''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 ''WesternAnimation/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/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]", Twilight manages to do this with Owlowiscious, just ''barely'' managing to get themselves clear of the library before Tirek blows it up.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E17MadeInManehattan Made in Manehattan]]", Applejack saves an actress from a collapsing stage by tackling her.
* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticVoyage''. In "The Magic Crystal of Kabala", when the protagonists enter the title magic item they are each exposed to a fantasy that fulfills [[YourHeartsDesire their heart's desire]] in an attempt to entrap them. Erica Lane's fantasy is to be married to teammate Jonathan Kidd. Outside her fantasy a rock falls toward her and Kidd grabs her and pulls her out of the way.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': In ''Scaredy Cat'', Sylvester sees a mouse about to roll a bowling ball down a banister and onto an unsuspecting Porky, so he pushes his master out of the way and gets hit with the ball himself.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheInspector'': In ''Le Escape Goat'', the Inspector sees criminal Louie Le Finke try to hit the Commissioner with a car, so he pushes him out of the way...and into a manhole.

* 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."
* Bottom of the 7th inning, Game 5 of the 2002 World Series. With teammates J.T. Snow on third base and David Bell on second, the San Francisco Giants' Kenny Lofton hit a triple to center field. Right as Snow was running for home plate, then-three-year-old Darren Baker (son of Giants manager Dusty Baker) ran out to home plate to retrieve Lofton's bat as he was acting as batboy - Snow swooped him up into his arms as he crossed home plate to get him out of the way before Bell arrived and avoided a nasty collision.