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A common trope in Manga and Anime (but also in other media) where a character, when injured and no matter what kind of damage he/she has sustained, will hold one of his/her shoulders with the opposite hand.

They may be have been burnt by an explosion, they may have fallen from several meters high, they may have been electrocuted... they will always grasp their shoulder.

It is actually the recommended practice in case of chest trauma (such as a broken rib). To rotate an arm at the shoulder, one uses both the muscles in the limb ''and'' the chest muscles. Therefore, holding the shoulder prevents any accidental movement of the arm that can cause additional pain and, possibly, aggravate the injury.

Most of the time, however, it's due to the LawOfConservationOfDetail, or RuleOfCool.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In an episode of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', Sailor Venus has done this too, even though there was no hint of her being hit in the shoulder.
* Happens from time to time in ''Anime/SonicX''.
* In ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'', Shinji does it after being hit by the abrupt landing of a parachuting girl.
* In the [[GrandFinale very last]] episode of ''Manga/DeathNote'', [[spoiler: Light Yagami]] was shot in the hands as well as his shoulder, yet he holds his shoulder as he tries to escape.
* Whenever the nigh-indestructible ''Manga/InuYasha'' is injured, he holds his shoulder. In fact, the only time he ''doesn't'' hold his shoulder is when he is literally too injured to move.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' Casca holds her shoulder after victorious battle against Adon, where he shot her in said shoulder with a poison dart, so it's justified.
* Numerous fighters do this in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' after a brutal battle.

* One of Stéphane Pêtre's illustrations in ''Mort et vie des 26 maréchaux d'Empire'' depicts Marmont at the battle of Salamanca, holding his left shoulder after having his arm shattered by an English shell.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In most ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series, no matter where people are shot they tend to limp around holding their shoulders.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Chief O'Brien does this a lot. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that once he actually does get shot in his shoulder. Not to mention the times he dislocates his shoulder while holo-kayaking (which gets [[LampshadedTrope Lampshaded]] every time).
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Captain Picard has also gotten hit in the shoulder.
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': So has Captain Archer, which barely slows him down.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E21AllHellBreaksLoosePartOne "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One" (S02, Ep21)]], this is a JustifiedTrope as Sam's shoulder was broken in the fight with Jake.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Zero in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' does this when being in a critical low level of health.
* No matter whether tackled, shot, burned, or exploded, your rudie in ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'' will skate at their fullest until they're at 10% health, in which they're hunched over with a hand on opposite shoulder.
* Not the shoulder but used the same way, classic ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' installments had the protagonists hold their abdomens if they were weak (and when close to dying they would limp very slowly).
* In the ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' series, characters who have been injured to nigh-CriticalExistenceFailure (or just got up from NonLethalKO) limp around with their right hand on their left shoulder until healed--even if they hold a lightsaber or blaster in said hand.
* In ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 5'' (and possibly other installments), an enemy commander who retreats at the end of a battle will usually be holding his shoulder as he vows revenge.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'' Tuuri holds her shoulder after it is injured.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** Bolin holds his shoulder after taking a hit during a pro-bending match. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], however, since he did get hit in the shoulder.
** Tenzin holds his shoulder after taking a number of hits in season 3. Since the beating he took was very brutal, he probably has a few cracked ribs.