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->''"No, I cannot do that," she [the Witch of the North] replied, "but I will give you my kiss, and no one will dare injure a person who has been kissed by the Witch of the North."\\
She came close to Dorothy and kissed her gently on the forehead. Where her lips touched the girl they left a round shining mark, as Dorothy found out soon after.''
-->-- ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', Chapter II: The Council With The Munchkins

To say heroes face trials, enemies, and dangers that imperil their lives with alarming frequency is putting it mildly. Some heroes are hunted even ''before birth'' by proactive villains, and regardless of [[NiceJobBreakingItHerod the tendency of such efforts]] to [[GenocideBackfire backfire]] it behooves the [[BigGood forces of good]] to take steps to protect the hero. One of the [[ChangelingFantasy more popular ones]] (along with hiding them at birth [[MuggleFosterParents in a common family]]) is to use a Protective Charm on them.

This can be a spell or ArtifactOfPower that acts as a form of SupernaturalAid that keeps the character safe. It might render them hard to find, naturally [[HolyBurnsEvil harm or repel]] attackers, or cause GlamourFailure on whoever is using [[{{Glamour}} supernatural]] [[MasterOfDisguise disguises.]] Of course, an un-harmable protagonist is too close to being an InvincibleHero, so the charm likely [[FantasticFragility has limitations]] either [[LiteralGenie in the wording]], the method, range, or another part of the protection. One popular limit is it stops working on a DangerousSixteenthBirthday. Likewise, it [[ForcedToWatch may not protect allies]] or actively defeat villains, either.

Worst of all, though, is when their enemy twists the charm against them or even {{No Sell}}s it. Of course, wily villains may just trick the hero into giving it to them or someone else.

Often WhiteMagic. Compare KryptoniteProofSuit. If worn, may be a MagicalAccessory.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'', OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Yuuto turns out to belong to one of the twelve families of demon slayers. His grandparents gave him a charm that kept the demons at bay until his 16th birthday as shown in the first episode. It then begins to weaken, and when the demons begin to sense his presence, they begin attacking him. Fortunately he has a ActionGirl, Himari, whose sole purpose is to protect and serve him, and she comes into his life to protect and help train him to fight demons.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Isshin gives Ichigo a charm he claims his dead mother once gave Isshin. Isshin doesn't actually mean for Ichigo to be protected by it, however. Isshin knows that Ichigo is a shinigami and that when Ichigo's soul leaves his body to fight as a shinigami, a special spirit called Kon inhabits Ichigo's body so that the humans don't realize Ichigo is "missing" from his body. By giving Ichigo the charm, Isshin ensures Ichigo's body is protected while Kon is inhabiting it. When the arrancar first attack the living world, Kon's life is saved by the power of this charm (and along with it, Ichigo's body as well).
* The main character's ability Imagine Breaker, in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. His right arm removes any supernatural fete it touches.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In issue #12 ''Comicbook/MsMarvel2014'' as a compensation for the trouble he caused, Loki wards the school of the eponymous heroine. She asked for it jokingly and RhetoricalRequestBlunder ensued. It's telling that she asked for something to protect ''others'' not herself. How well this will work has yet to be seen; ''he'' says it's strong enough to stop any attacker up to an ice giant, but... Loki.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Franchise/{{Barbie}} of Swan Lake,'' the Fairy Queen gives Odette an amulet to protect her from harm... ''after'' [[BalefulPolymorph she's turned into a swan]], unfortunately.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Constantine}}'':
** As Constantine and Chas are about to leave to rescue Angela, Papa Midnight tries to give them a blessing. Constantine refuses it, while Chas accepts it.
** There's also the protective medallion Constantine borrows from a friend in the beginning. The friend is soon killed, causing some regret. Constantine then gives it to Angela, the object of hell's designs, but she accidentally leaves it behind at an inopportune moment.
* ''Film/TheGoldenChild''. Chandler Jarell buys a necklace which ends up protecting him from a demon wielding the Ajanti Dagger.
* ''Film/{{Kwaidan}}'': Hoichi's master writes a magic inscription all over every inch of his body, which makes him invisible to the spirit of the dead warriror. Unfortunately, the master forgets Hoichi's ears.
* ''Film/{{Ugetsu}}'': A Buddhist priest tells Genjuro that Lady Wakasa is actually a ghost, and then scrawls some Buddhist prayers on Genjuro to keep her away from him. Sure enough, when Lady Wakasa sees the characters drawn on his back, she recoils.
* In the ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' film, Glinda implies that the Ruby Slippers themselves are these. Glinda does kiss Dorothy, but the kiss is not stated to be protective at all.
-->'''Glinda:''' Remember, never let those Ruby Slippers off your feet for a moment, or you'll be at the mercy of the Wicked Witch of the West.

* ''Spellfire'':
** Shandril is given a magical amulet that will prevent enemies from learning her location. Unfortunately she destroys it when she uses her spellfire ability.
** Non-detection amulets are eventually issued to almost everyone hunted by magic-users and having a powerful ally -- when everyone and their familiar has a CrystalBall it's a no-brainer. Rinda the Scribe was given an artifact (specifically created for her) that prevents location even by gods -- she hides the [[ArtifactOfDoom Cyrinishad]].
** In ''Finder's Stone'' series all living constructs has even more universal built-in anti-divination measures of minor artifact level -- they were supposed to be superpowered assasins, after all.
* In ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', it could be argued that the protection from the Good Witch's kiss is less magically protective in and of itself than a matter of not wanting to tick off a powerful witch.
* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''. Eragon gives a blessing to a girl, but because [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Characters_in_the_Inheritance_Cycle#Elva he fucks up the words]] it [[GoneHorriblyRight goes Horribly Right]]. (ExactWords and BlessedWithSuck too):
-->''Elva is an orphaned baby Eragon attempts to bless but accidentally curses. As a result, Elva is compelled to protect other people from harm at the cost of her own peace of mind. (Eragon intends to say "May you be ''shielded'' from harm" but accidentally says "May you be ''a shield'' from harm".)
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Harry Potter's mother's love acts as a charm protecting him from Voldemort (for the first four books, anyway).
** A more universal version would be the ''Protego'' spell, usable by any wizard that knows it, and can block most offensive spells.
** Also, the reason Harry must stay with his hated Aunt and Uncle is because Dumbledore apparently used a type of charm to protect Harry from discovery by Voldemort until his seventeenth birthday, as long as Harry lives with them. At one point, Dumbledore bluntly reminds Aunt Petunia of this obligation. This is an extension of the protection he received from his mother's sacrifice. As long as he is living in the home of someone else related to his mother, like her sister Petunia, Voldemort and his followers cannot reach him there.
** The Patronus Charm summons a spirit beast. While it can be used for other things, its main purpose is to repel Dark Creatures such as Dementors and Lethifolds.
* Used often in the ''Got Fangs?'' novels by Katie Maxwell. The main character lives at a [[DarkIsNotEvil dark (but not evil)]] Circus, where Protective Charms are sold (most of which really do work). Her best friend, a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Moravian]] draws a protective ward across her forehead to keep her safe at one point.
* The can-tah skoldpadda from ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' is a small, turtle figurine that protects the Beam of the Turtle and the Bear. The skoldpadda mesmerizes the people it's shown to, which can make them cooperate with Roland's ka-tet, or it can sometimes cause enemies to briefly stop attacking.
* In Teresa Frohock's ''Literature/MiserereAnAutumnTale'', Lucian tells Lindsey that the Psalter is this. She is quite annoyed when he explains he gave her it to focus, and it was actually her own power.
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/SmithOfWoottonMajor'', the star.
* Late in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series, a character comes across an artifact called an Artham that makes its holder invisible to the [[BigBad Dark One]].
* In ''Literature/FancyApartments'' Carr hands out protective charms to all the residents. (More technically, due to one reason or another, ''most'' of them.) There's also his [[SwissArmyTears phoenix tear]], which can act as a protective charm.
* In ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'', Robin has a pedant that shields him from various types of negative magic to some extent.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* The original Mark of Cain in Literature/TheBible is often misunderstood as a mark of shame or a curse, but it was in fact a mark of protection. When God declared what Cain's punishment would be for killing his brother, Cain protested that other people would attempt to do him additional harm once they learned what he had done. So God granted him the Mark to ensure that Cain would not suffer additional harm beyond what God had already decreed.
* Myth/ClassicalMythology: Achilles was rendered invulnerable when his mother dipped him in the River Styx as an infant. Unfortunately, [[AchillesHeel she forgot his heel]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has had a plethora of protective spells and magic items over the years, such as Bless and Prayer spells and the Brooch of Shielding.
** Perhaps chief among them is the Ruby Rod of Asmodeus, which can surround the user in an invulnerable [[DeflectorShields force field]] and an AntiMagic field, then purge them of all damage and adverse effects. Of course, if you're the kind of person who can claim it from the Lord of Hell, you ''probably'' don't need it.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' traditionally styled protective amulets can be made using Path/Book rituals. The standard spell system has spells to create charms more in line with the modern concept.
* One of the things that made the founding of the Order of Hermes in ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica'' possible in the first place was the timely invention of the ''Parma Magica'', a ritual taught to every wizard of the Order as a matter of course that provides protection from the magic of others -- both outsiders and potentially hostile members of their own organization.
* Purity seals in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' serve to protect Imperial soldiers, vehicles, and even ''[[UnholyNuke weapons]]'' from the corruption of Chaos. They don't always work. There is also mention of other sorts of inscriptions and holy relics used for similar purposes.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* In ''Ride/HarryPotterAndTheForbiddenJourney'', there's a throwaway line in Dumbledore's office that mentions how the riders have had numerous protective spells placed upon them. This is the in-universe justification for why they're able to NoSell dragon fire, acromantula poison, and the Whomping Willow's attacks. The only thing the riders aren't safe from are the Dementors, requiring Harry to step in.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In "VideoGame/ShounenKinindenTsumuji" Tsumuji is given a magatama that protects him from being turned to stone.
* In ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption,'' if you're a [[KarmaMeter consistently]] [[ChaoticGood good person]], you can get a special item from a nun. The [[GameBreaker item in question]] is a cross pendant that actively deflects bullets fired at you.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** The games often have the status effects Protect and Shell. These reduce physical and magical damage (respectively) by as much as 50%. Protect is almost always a boon, but Shell sometimes also reduces the effect of healing spells, which can make it a UselessUsefulSpell. Similarly, the status effect Reflect bounces magic back to its target, meaning enemy mages need to attack physically, or have their own magic bounced back at them. However, this also works with friendly magic, meaning that characters need to be healed through the use of items.
** Many games in the series also include items known as Accessories or Relics, which typically defend against (or add) one particular status effect. The most notable is probably Ribbon, which usually defends against nearly all negative status effects save Death.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Jinxie Tenma from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' has a ''lot'' of them in her arsenal. She believes they will protect her from the dangerous yokais living in Nine-Tails Vale. Her father has tons of them pasted all over his head because he says they restrain his inner demon Tenma Taro (a yokai). Jinxie even stamps a charm on Apollo's forehead because she thinks Apollo's a demon lawyer. This one becomes a RunningGag, as the charm is dropped and replaced periodically, unluckily for [[TheChewToy Apollo]].
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', Maria gives Jessica a Scorpion Charm with a protection spell on it in the very first visual novel. However, it's implied that the "charm" is really just a plastic toy.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', the angel's glitter appears to act as this. It nullified Baby Blue's hostility to Crimney when he appeared in {{Hell}}, and it warded off the zombie from Monique.
* ''Webcomic/{{Inverloch}}'' has Kayn'dar's pendant. His parents intended it to protect him from harm, which didn't stop him from getting kidnapped, but it is still linked with him. Acheron can get flashes of memory through it. [[spoiler:It turns out that Kayn'dar managed to put all of his memories in it before Raul swapped his soul into the real Acheron's body.]]
* ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' has [[http://www.sdamned.com/comic/438 fairy kisses]] so the fairy queen knows not to murder you. (At least not right away anyway.) It also comes in handy for [[http://www.sdamned.com/comic/669/ different reasons.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' restores the Mark of Cain to its former meaning with [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-073 SCP-073]], Cain, whose mark rebounds all harm onto the would-be attacker.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode, "Alive!" had Tala lead a mutiny against ComicBook/LexLuthor. However, when she attempted to attack him directly with her magic, she was defeated when it was turned against her. As Tala is dumbstruck how that was possible, Luthor, a [[MadScientist mad, but very open minded, scientist]], reaches into his shirt to show his magic amulet noting, "You wouldn't believe how much this cost me..."