A SubTrope of InstantArmor and SisterTrope of ElementalArmor, this trope utilizes elemental forces as a form of (instantaneous) protection in a shape of a usually spherical barrier that covers the user. It can be a ball of flame, sand, lightning, or any elemental manifestation.

Characters who use this trope are a combination of BarrierWarrior and ElementalPowers.

See InstantArmor for worn armor that appears instantaneously and ElementalArmor for an elemental variation of the former.

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* Gaara from ''{{Naruto}}'' has, outside from his sand ElementalArmor, a sand barrier that serves as his first line of defense. He even uses one as a form of a transportation/protection hybrid in the Deidara fight.
* Gajeel from ''Manga/FairyTail'' uses his iron-based abilities as a source of NighInvulnerability. He is quite literally MadeOfIron.
* Some Logia (and Paramecia) Devil Fruit eaters from ''{{OnePiece}}'' can use their powers defensively this way, such as Galdino's Candle Wall (a wall of hardened wax) or Monet's Kamakura (basically an igloo).
* Zebra from ''{{Toriko}}'' can create "[[MakeMeWannaShout Sound]] Walls".
** Setsuno can make a "Wall of [[BlowYouAway Air Pressure]]".

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* {{Magneto}} from ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' can create electromagnetic forcefields as a form of defense.
* Similarly to Magneto above, {{Static}} also tends surround himself with electromagnetic shields.
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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The villain of ''Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned'' uses a lighting barrier to protect his McGuffin. The heroine uses another barrier, this one made of fire, to block the first one from hitting her.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* When Mega Man uses Wood Man's powers in ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'', he would have a flurry of leaves used as a shield as long as he remained stationary.
** Storm Owl from ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man X}}4'' gets a [[BlowYouAway wind-elemental]] one every time you activate his MercyInvincibility.
* ''WorldOfWarcraft'' has a vast number of these, and most caster classes have at least one. Although many of them, while called "armor" or "shield" don't actually protect the user, but provide different buffs.
* ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' has blocking powers made from such diverse things as [[AnIcePerson ice]], [[PlayingWithFire fire]], [[ShockAndAwe electricity]] ([[LightningCanDoAnything somehow]]), [[CastingAShadow darkness]], [[PsychicPowers psionic projections]], [[ProtectiveCharm magic]], and even [[TheForce kinetic energy]] ([[FridgeLogic however that works]]).
* ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'' uses three shields: Fire, Water, and Electric. The fire shield protects from [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin fire-based attacks as well as lava]], and allows you to dash forward. The water shield allows you to [[SuperNotDrowningSkills breathe]] [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace underwater]] and has a bouncing double jump. The lightning shield allows you to magnetically attract loose rings (so no, the ones in the item boxes don't count), but not the ones you lose as a result of hitting a badnik, as well as a double jump.
** The three of them reappeared in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'', but only if you unlock them in the challenges.

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* Benders, especially [[DishingOutDirt Earthbenders]], from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirBender''.
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