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[[caption-width-right:320:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h7OXlPeMQI The customer is always right in the line of fire.]]]]

A form of HeroicSacrifice where, when a villain fires a weapon at someone and another character leaps into the path of the bullet, receiving the injury instead.

Time often [[BulletTime slows to a crawl]], and the shielded one will shout a BigNo. The leaper will then have a scene where they weeping-ly tell the character how important they are before losing consciousness, while [[PietaPlagiarism cradled in the arms]] of the survivor. Sometimes they get better, sometimes hey don't, but it's close, either way. Usually results in tears and/or an angry HowDareYouDieOnMe moment, especially if the person they took the bullet for loved them in any way. A MoreHeroThanThou dispute may result, even though it's obviously too late.

This may be a minor character protecting a major one, or sometimes a villain will do this following a HeelFaceTurn, in which case they're [[RedemptionEqualsDeath probably not going to pull through]].

This turns into a DivingSave if the rescuer pushes the victim out of the way without being hit by the shot. Can be done with any other projectiles: a common gag is to do it with something utterly harmless, and really [[MundaneMadeAwesome ham up the shot.]]

[[RuleOfDrama For some reason]], the BigBad rarely succeeds at any attempt to empty the ''next bullet'' into his original intended target. Nor will the diver not get there in time to stop the bullet, or the bullet [[OneHitPolykill continue through the diver to the original target]]. Considering how much could theoretically go wrong with this trope, it's almost surprising how (relatively) rarely it gets [[PlayingWithATrope played with]].

The United States Secret Service (which protects the president) calls this "catching the bullet", although it is rarely actually performed. In real life, the technique is obviously different, as bullets are far too fast to react to. Instead, the human shield will stand in front of the defended individual (hopefully) prior to the shot being fired. For instance, when Kennedy was shot, the agent with Johnson threw him to the floor of the car and then threw himself on top of him until they reached a secure location.

If this trope is executed poorly, usually because there were more intelligent alternatives to TakingTheBullet, it can come off as a StupidSacrifice. On the other hand, there may very well have been NoTimeToThink.

Compare GoThroughMe, JumpingOnAGrenade, LoadBearingHero. HumanShield and BulletproofHumanShield are the unwilling versions that often happens in hostage situations. MisguidedMissile is when you do this with air-to-air weaponry.

In RealLife, this is another term for TakingTheHeat. Try not to confuse the tropes, though.

Due to the [[DeathTropes nature of this trope]], '''spoilers are likely'''. You have been warned.

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* Semi-minor character Brad does this for Vash in episode 21 of ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''.
* In the episode 72 from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' (one of the ''Anime/MazingerZ'' sequels), during an aerial duel between Grendizer and another starship, [[spoiler:Rubina]] flies her own ship between Grendizer and an energy beam to save Duke. She [[spoiler:dies shortly after. Her HeroicSacrifice]] is done more tragic because Duke had accused her of betraying him shortly before. The whole episode was a TearJerker.
* Anime/{{Hellsing}}: At his first meeting with Integra, Alucard protects her from a gunshot with his own hand. Of course, for him, it's not that [[NighInvulnerable big a deal]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** Iruka has a Taking the Shuriken moment in the first episode when he jumps in front of Naruto to save him from Mizuki's [[FuumaShuriken giant shuriken]]. This was mirrored later in the series when Mizuki throws a giant shuriken at Iruka and Naruto protects him the same way.
** In ''Shippuuden'', Chouza Akimichi is nearly killed after taking a hit from Pain to protect Chouji. He later turned out to have survived. Which was proceeded by one of Pain ''bodies'' taking the Raikiri for the other. And Kakashi's sacrifice with the whole [[spoiler:using his Kamui to save Chouji straight afterwards, and dying from the efforts himself.]]
** Chouza does it again [[spoiler:against zombie Asuma, jumping in front of a giant burning ash cloud and getting badly burned.]]
** And then there's poor little [[BattleButler Haku]]...
** Sasuke jumps in front of Haku's attack to protect Naruto in one [[HoYay memorable]] [[TearJerker scene]]. Cue Sasuke's claims of [[IWasJustPassingThrough "My body moved on its own"]] and Naruto's UnstoppableRage.
** [[TookALevelInBadass Sakura]] lets herself be impaled to protect [[NeverMessWithGranny Chiyo]].
** Suigetsu takes a [[WaveMotionGun giant ass chakra blast]] from a transformed Killer Bee to protect his team. {{N|ighInvulnerability}}aturally, this only renders him unconscious, since Suigetsu was [[BlobMonster a lake]] at the time.
** And in what is probably the most {{Tear Jerker}} example of them all, [[spoiler:there's somewhat of a subversion. Hinata was ready to pull this trope on Naruto to protect him from the Ten-tails' fatal Mokuton -Sashiki no Jutsu... but the one who does it in the end is actually ''Neji'', shielding the other two. He ends up ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice... and very much dead, much to the sadness of ''both'' Hinata and Naruto.]]
** Kakashi and [[spoiler:Obito]] do this for Naruto and Sasuke respectively, using their bodies to block [[spoiler:Kaguya's [[OneHitKill All-Killing Ash Bones]]. Kakashi's is immediately subverted when Obito uses the last of his strength to teleport away the bone heading for Kakashi.]]
* Scar from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' does this in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]]. When military troops notice Lust and open fire on her, Scar instinctively leaps in front of her and takes the hits, despite knowing fully well that Lust wouldn't have died. She gently reprimands him for this afterward.
-->'''Lust:''' You fool. You know it takes more than bullets to stop me.\\
'''Scar:''' It wasn't for you. This damn body has a will of its own.
* ''Manga/WolfsRain'' has a particularly cruel twist on this trope: [[spoiler:Toboe sees Quent and Darcia pulling guns on each other and leaps between them in an attempt to take the bullet for Quent -- but ends up taking ''Quent's'' bullet instead. Especially ironic since Quent has previously tried to shoot Toboe on several occasions. The irony is compounded because the shock of having shot the wolf who tried to save him causes him to drop his guard and get shot ''anyway''. The only small consolation is that the wolf and wolf-hunter share a brief moment of reconciliation before they die.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'': Poor, POOR, Marida; as if her life wasn't sad enough...
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', a young girl named Meer Campbell takes a bullet for Lacus Clyne, the woman [[BodyDouble she had been impersonating for months]] because of a complex mix of [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]], [[FanGirl admiration]], and [[WellDoneSonGuy wish to be noticed by her]]. She then [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dies in her arms]], delivering what may be the most heart-wrenching FamousLastWords in the entire Franchise/{{Gundam}} saga.
** Previous to that, in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', Mu La Flaga takes a WaveMotionGun blast to save the ''[[CoolShip Archangel]]''. He gets better, and as Neo Roanoke does the exact same thing in ''Destiny'', but is not even scratched thanks to his superior HumongousMecha.
** And before that (production-wise) at the tail end of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]: Endless Waltz'', as Dekim prepares to shoot Relena for attempting to persuade Mariemeia to stop obeying him, Mariemeia pushes Relena out of the way, causing Dekim to accidentally shoot her.
** In the actual series, Trowa takes the blast meant for Heero in episode 25, causing his mech to blow up... but not before he gives a heartfelt [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight 'I Know You're in There Somewhere']] speech.
* Katokk does this for Garrod in ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]''.
* During the Eclipse in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', [[spoiler:Judeau protects his female commander Casca from a demon set on killing and eating them as everything is literally going to Hell for them and the rest of the Hawks. He throws himself right on top of her and takes multiple blows from the demon's whiplike tentacles followed by two spikes right through his body for her before putting its eye out with his last throwing knife, setting it up to be finished off by Casca. The wounds are fatal and he dies soon after]].
* ''Anime/CodeGeass''
** In the first episode, C.C. takes a headshot meant for Lelouch. She gets better.
** Happened in ''R2'' too, where Kaname Ohgi takes several ''kunais'' to the chest in an attempt to save his ex-girlfriend Villetta from Sayoko's attack.
** Suzaku arguably tries to invoke this trope in Turn 18 by firing his [[WaveMotionGun Hadron Cannon]] at Zero ''while'' telling Kallen to move out of the way, apparently having hoped that she'd take the shot for him and be knocked out of the fight. Boy is he surprised when she blocks it and isn't even scratched.
** A random soldier did this to save Cornelia from Todou during the Black Rebellion.
** Marianne, the mother of Lelouch and Nunally, protected the latter during a terrorist attack on their mansion. This saved the girl's life but left her blind and bound to a wheelchair, in part fueling Lelouch's thirst for revenge. [[spoiler:Actually however, the about-to-die Marianne used the opportunity to put her Geass to good use and switch into the body of InnocentBystander Anya and remain in the game, so to say. Also, Nunally is blinded because her father used a MindControl spell to force her to keep her eyes shut. The "crime scene" was then altered to make everyone believe Marianne had died protecting Nunnally.]]
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** Piccolo's switch from villain to AntiHero happens when he takes a lethal blast for his pupil Gohan. The scene gets lampooned in ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged''.
-->'''Piccolo:''' Wait a second... [[DivingSave why don't I just grab him]]? I could probably still do that now actually! Yeah, that's it! I'll grab him and throw him out of the waAAAAAAAGH!
** He also does this for Goku in the Frieza saga, taking a Death Beam from him; he survives, but he comes close to dying.
** In the Cell saga after Vegeta has been knocked unconscious trying to avenge Trunks, Cell is about to shoot him with a huge Kamehameha. Gohan jumps in the way of the blast and takes the hit; he survives, but it costs him the use of one of his arms.
** [[LampshadeHanging This has happened so much that it's now an offical technique called "Risking It All For A Friend".]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Luffy does this at least once (although he's [[ImmuneToBullets immune to the bullets]] due to his [[RubberMan Gum-Gum Fruit]] powers).
** Later exploited by Wapol's QuirkyMinibossSquad member Chess, who shoots three arrows (very large ones at that) at a group of innocent bystanders, causing Dalton to hurl himself into their path. It works, but, like every other non-flashback character, he gets better later.
** Done quite cruelly with [[spoiler: Portgas D. Ace]], who has a Taking the Magma-Coated Fist moment to protect [[spoiler: Luffy from Akainu.]] It works, but, unlike the above example... [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice he does]] ''[[KilledOffForReal not]]'' [[TearJerker get better]].]]
** Happened also with [[spoiler: Queen Otohime]], who jumps to save a [[spoiler:Tenryuubito]] at the Fishmen Arc.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Setsuna does this for Konoka during the ClassTrip. Odd in that she managed to do this atop a 30-something story castle when she was ''on the ground seconds earlier''. Maybe justified by her later WingPull. Or, considering that she had, earlier in that storyline, demonstrated the ability to jump over buildings in a single bound, it's not that weird.
** Asuna makes use of the 'bulletproof' variant in the next volume. Having learned that their enemy's petrification spells only cause her public embarrassment (she is largely immune to magic, her clothes aren't) she puts herself between Negi and an impressive beam of power at the cost of yet another top.
** Later in the same [[StoryArc arc]] Negi ''tried'' to do this for one of his students. She swatted him aside upon spotting the danger and took the incoming stone spear through the midsection rather messily, but that merely ''[[BadAss irritated]]'' [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Evangeline]]... as the attacker promptly regretted.
** Also, near the very beginning of the manga, in a game of dodgeball Asuna catches a ball aimed (with enough force to hurt) at Negi, and he does the same for a fallen Asuna later.
** Next Arc Nodoka gets to do this for Negi with a bullet that sends the person hit forward in time by 3 hours. However before Chamo reminds Negi and Yue of this, they do the standard grief sequence.
** In later chapters, Aisha, Mama (the bear woman), Tosaka, and Emily all do this; TakingTheBullet for Nodoka, Natsumi, Ako, and Yue, respectively. Although it turns out that all of them would actually have been just fine if they hadn't done it. Well, it's the thought that counts. They ''are'' revived ater, too.
* ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}''
** Erstin does this when a bottle of acid gets dropped on Arika, and gets away with just a burn on her leg.
** And then does it later, throwing her slave in the way to save Arika from Nina's attack. This time, she doesn't [[HeroicSacrifice fare as well]].
* In the last episode of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', Lord Genome takes the bullet for the heroes' mecha. By bullet, I mean a ''[[SlapOnTheWristNuke Big Bang powered beam]]'', and by taking it, I mean [[Awesome/TengenToppaGurrenLagann hurling himself to it, transforming said beam into a freaking galaxy-sized drill, with his head on the tip!]]
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', Nanoha does this to protect the helicopter carrying Shamal, Vice, and Vivio from a massive beam. Of course, since Nanoha's Exceed Mode is a lot tougher than a helicopter, [[TheWorfBarrage she survives]], much to the shock of the ColdSniper that fired the shot.
* ''Anime/BloodPlus'': [[spoiler: David does this for Julia when Professor Collins attempts to kill her, which is a key factor in Julia's decision to return to the Red Shield.]]
* In ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', Kirika takes a bullet meant for Mireille during the final confrontation with Altena. In a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, she gets back up, tells Altena that she's rejecting her destiny as Noir, and charges her, [[TakingYouWithMe hurling them both into the nearby lava pit.]] Though [[RedemptionEqualsDeath she doesn't much want to]], Kirika survives, thanks to Mireille's [[TakeMyHand last-second intervention]].
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** Tuxedo Mask does this for Sailor Moon at least once in each season, and it usually results in his death/capture, eliciting from Sailor Moon a BigNo. Also, in the Marine Cathedral episode, Neptune sees Eudial threatening Uranus with a gun and proceeds to run towards them ''while being shot from all directions'' and ultimately takes the shot intended for Uranus, who goes on to kill herself anyway. Also, Neptune was captured previously in the same episode by taking a hit from a stone that would have hit Uranus otherwise.
** Creator/DiC apparently disapproves of this trope, as they recut the first season example (where he gets between Sailor Moon and Zoisite's ice crystal) to look as though Tuxedo Mask was the intended target all along; though it's possible that they only did this for established heroes, since they don't edit out Prince Diamond doing the exact same thing as mentioned below.
** In the R movie, Usagi saves Chibiusa from a plant this way, and Tuxedo Mask does the same thing when Fiore tries to stab Sailor Moon.
** Similarly, in the series Neo Queen Serenity does this to protect Chibi-Usa during the Black Moon invasion. She's severely injured and thus must be [[CrystalPrison frozen into crystal]] for her own sake; Chibi-Usa goes to the past to seek Sailor Moon's help and the Silver Crystal [[spoiler: unaware that she is Usagi's KidFromTheFuture, as the Neo Queen is Usagi's adult self.]]
** All four inner scouts die in this way in the last season when they take hits from Galaxia in order to protect Sailor Moon, Chibi Chibi and the Starlights.
** An also does this, throwing herself in the path of one of the Makaiju's branches to save Ail.
** Prince Diamond does this for Sailor Moon when Wiseman fires an attack at her.
** Hawk's Eye in the fourth season does this for Fish Eye, when [[HeroKiller Mr. Magic Pierrot]] tries to kill him with a projectile from his hat. We even see the smoking hole where it hit. [[spoiler: And then he gets better about several minutes later.]]
* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', Yuki Nagato takes an awful lot of flying metal spears in order to shield Kyon in her fight against Asakura. [[NighInvulnerability She doesn't seem to mind, though.]]
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya''
** Pegasus Seiya will do this for Saori every chance he gets. Most notable of all: stopping Aiolia's special technique with his hands when Saori actually ''demands'' for Aiolia to gang up on her so she can block his attack and gain his favor; taking Poseidon's Trident to the chest for her ([[IWasJustPassingThrough he waved it off by claiming it was the will of the Sagittarius Cloth he was wearing]], but no one was fooled); and then taking Hades' Sword in the heart. It didn't kill him, but it destroyed his Cosmo and left him as [[ConvenientComa little more than a vegetable]] for more than a while.
** Sometimes, Seiya's best friend and partner Dragon Shiryu will do this for his friends, but he has the advantage of wielding the Dragon Shield (said to be one of the strongest shields ''ever'') on his forearm, making it a much more reasonable act.
* In ''Anime/BlueSeed'', Momiji receives her mitama when she attempts to shield Kusanagi from Orochi's attack, complete with a BigNo and stuff.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan''
** During the first Osaka mini-arc Conan takes a knife to the gut for Ran when a lunatic with a knife attacks them. He gets better because the blade [[PocketProtector hit a metal amulet he was wearing]], thus he got just a bruise on his chest. Though this was actually a double Taking The Bullet: Heiji lent Conan that amulet because he had a nightmare where they both died, and the amulet is a good luck charm that seems to work. So the knife bounces off the amulet and Conan is relatively unharmed, but while confronting the [[spoiler: real]] murderer Heiji is shot.
** Just before the Desperate Revival arc, while the Shounen Tantei are trapped in a cave by a group of murderous bankrobbers, Conan takes a bullet for Genta and nearly bleeds to death.
** In the 13th movie, Inspector Megure took a knife wound on the belly from a charging woman who then realized her mistake. [[StoutStrength Good thing Megure is overweight.]] And in the proper series/manga Megure took ''a metal pipe to the head'' to protect Sonoko from a SerialKiller targetting girls [[spoiler:who wore special footwear, since one of them accidentally ran his son over due to said footwear. (Sonoko had purchased similar shoes, so that made her a target).]] Her's so MadeOfIron that he doesn't get knocked out (though to be fair, he ''was'' wearing his NiceHat), and even manages to deal a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the killer.
** In the fourth movie, [[spoiler: the reason for Ran's LaserGuidedAmnesia is that [[BreakTheCutie her mind was temporarily broken]] when Sato took ''at least four'' shots for her to save her from the movie's BigBad. They both get better: Sato survived, and when Ran saw the killer threaten Conan similarly, Ran got her memories back and kicked his ass.]]
** In the 18th movie, ''Dimensional Sniper'' [[spoiler: Sera Masumi]] shields Conan from a sniper targeting him and gets shot in his place. [[spoiler: She makes it, unlike sevearl other gunshot victims.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Grimmjow, during a fight with Ichigo, fires five darts which can knock down buildings at Orihime, which Ichigo has to block with his body. Counts as an InvokedTrope, as Grimmjow did it specifically because he knew how Ichigo would react and was trying to get him to stop holding back.
** In a straighter example, [[AloofBigBrother Byakuya]] does this for Rukia when Gin tries to kill her with his shikai.
** In the manga, [[spoiler: Ginjo does this for Ichigo. A somewhat unusual example, as taking the stab reverted Ginjo's [[MemoryGambit memories back]]. In the following chapter, Ginjo stabs Ichigo himself.]]
** [[spoiler: Riruka]] took a slash to the shoulder ''and'' a CloseCallHaircut from [[spoiler: Tsukishima]] to protect [[spoiler: Ichigo (and Rukia, whose body she was temporarily inhabiting until then on)]] and get the attacker to listen to [[spoiler: her]] as well. [[spoiler: She's later healed by Orihime.]]
* ''Manga/SoulEater''
** Crona ends up taking the bullet for Maka during a battle with Medusa.
** Later on, Asura [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy uses this trope to his benefit]] during a battle with Shinigami-sama and intentionally aims for bystanders during the fight to make his opponent take the bullet.
** Earlier than both those examples, and not technically a bullet, but Soul puts himself between Maka and Ragnarok after Maka can't bring herself to use him to defend against the sword (Ragnarok at the time being the vastly superior Weapon).
** Fridge Logic in the Shinigami example, because while the bystanders -- and Asura appears to be aiming specifically for ''Kid'' -- obviously would be harmed by the Kishin's attack, what Asura does doesn't look much different from his other attacks which Shinigami avoided or blocked with Spirit. And yet on that occasion he threw himself into the path of the "bullet", also placing his Weapon out of the way of a direct hit.
* ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'': In his mortal life Brandon Heat takes a bullet for Big Daddy. Later, being [[ImmuneToBullets resurrected as Grave, the deadman]] he is doing that couple of times for Mika.
* Matsuka for Keith in ''Manga/TowardTheTerra''.
* In ''[[VisualNovel/PhantomOfInferno Requiem for the Phantom]]'', Zwei's assassination run on [[SmugSnake Scythe Master]] ends in failure when Ein takes a bullet for Scythe, who responds by shooting a despondent Zwei in the back and leaving him for dead.
* Uesugi Kenshin of ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' goes one step further and takes three bullets in order to save his {{Ninja}} love interest. And ''she's'' meant to the bodyguard!
* ''Anime/RurouniKenshin''
** Tomoe steps in to try and wrestle the knife out of an enemy's hands, but thanks to Kenshin being blinded earlier in the fight he can't see her and accidentally kills them both.
** It happens once more in the end of the Shishio battle where Yumi steps in front of Shishio to shield him from Kenshin's attack [[spoiler:only for Shishio to stab Kenshin ''through'' her, resulting in her death in his arms]].
** Also happens again at the end of the fight with Enishi, where Kaoru ''tries'' to take a bullet for Kenshin, but is [[spoiler: stopped by Enishi himself, who delivers a blow to the person firing, knocking the gun out of his hands.]]
** Aoshi Shinomori took a bullet for one of his followers in the Anime. (In the manga it was already aimed at him) Aoshi's followers later took several bullets to save Aoshi and allow Kenshin to defeat the shooter.
* In ''{{Godchild}}'' Riff takes bullets (and other things that would have the same effect) for Cain quite frequently (well to a point where antagonists are annoyed he keeps getting in the way)
* In ''Manga/MamotteLollipop'' Zero gets in the way of an attack meant for Nina
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''
** Myotismon aims his deadly Grisly Wing attack at Kari and Gatomon, but Wizardmon gets in the way, and is killed instead.
** Wizardmon's act is actually a strange example of the this trope. There's a bit of FridgeLogic here when you think that there's no possible way Wizardmon could have gotten there fast enough to be ''standing'' square in front of them, as he was blasted several meters away, severely beaten and exhausted, moments ago... and then FridgeBrilliance can take place if you think this is simply the result of another strange power he has -- either SuperSpeed or {{Teleportation}}; the sheer number of powers he has compared to other Digimon could stretch the imagination to imply he had either.
** This happens a few more times in Adventure first when Chuumon takes a dagger from Piedmon who was going to kill Mimi and when [=SabreLeomon=] takes a hit from [=MetalEtemon=] meant for Mimi and Joe. As a bit of a partial subversion, [[TakingYouWithMe he manages to kill MetalEtemon before expiring]].
** Another example is when [=DemiDevimon=] fires a toxic dart at Sora and Biyomon takes it for her. In this case, Biyomon is actually not in danger of ''directly'' dying from the attack, as it's only fatal to humans (though it makes Digimon extremely sick.) Still, she did save Sora's life in the process and probably didn't care rather it'd kill her or not.
** [[{{Expy}} Barring a certain resemblance to Wizardmon]], [[spoiler: Baalmon]] does this in ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars''.
* ''VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe''
** In ''Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 2 - Shiroki Ryuu no Miko'' OAV, Yoritada shields Karin from a flying sword -- although because of the way he does this, he only gets a non-fatal arm injury. Nevertheless, still dramatic.
** In the ''Hachiyou Shou'' TV series, Yorihisa protects Tenma from a sword-wielding mook this way, mirroring an incident from his past where his brother Sanehisa did the same to ''him''. Unlike Sanehisa, Yorihisa survives, although the wound makes the subsequent battle significantly more difficult (at least until they get a power-up).
** ''Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 - Owarinaki Unmei'' has [[spoiler:Masaomi]] taking an arrow for Nozomi; at first, it looks like he ''might'' have simply pushed her away without getting shot, but no...
* Sure, in ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'', none of the readers liked SmugSnake Atia Simmons for being such an unlikable bitch, but you ''gotta'' feel something for her when her battle partner sacrificed himself for her. Cue BerserkerTears and RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh''
** Kisara does this for Priest Seto.
** Much earlier, When Mai is trapped and about to be attacked Yami Marik's Winged Dragon of Ra, Joey jumps in tries to free her from the chains. Marik then decides to attack them both. Just when the attack is about to connect, Yugi jumps in front of them in time and takes the brunt of the attack. He's temporarily knocked unconscious.
** In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', one of Asuka/Alexis's signature cards is the Trap Card Doble Passe, an anime-only card (at the time) that is activated when her monster is attacked, protecting the monster by letting the attack hit ''her''. In return for that, the monster is then able to make a direct attack against the opponent. Asuka used this Trap frequently, and in the SeriesFinale it was a symbolic card that she used to escape the World of Darkness.
** In ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', after Yuma and Astral used their [[FusionDance Zexal II form]] to defeat Number 96 to prevent the three worlds from being destroyed, Number 96 decides to try to take control of Astral. As Number 96 charges at them as a spear-shaped bolt of energy, Astral quickly undoes Zexal so that Yuma wouldn't get hit by the attack too.
* Takashiro of ''Manga/UragiriWaBokuNoNamaeWoShitteiru'' does this in episode 13, taking some ice spears that Reiga had thrown at Yuki.
* Almost happens twice in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' when a psycho's about to start attacking everyone in the stands. [[TeamMom Mamori]] steps forward to [[MamaBear shield Suzuna]] from any prospect harm -- shortly followed by [[MagnificentBastard Hiruma]] stepping up to [[ShipTease shield Mamori as well]]. Luckily the situation is soon defused.
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''
** [[spoiler:Angelica]] dies in hospital after taking a carbomb blast for Marco. Henrietta knocks a Bouncing Betty mine away from her handler Jose. The cyborg girls are conditioned to instinctively protect their handlers, and [[MoralMyopia get distraught over the minor injuries Marco and Jose suffer in comparison to their own]].
** Triela does the literal version for Roberta during vol 7 of the manga. Later she takes a smoke grenade to the head while shielding fellow cyborg Beatrice. She survives both, as does Roberta (though still wounded), Beatrice however..
* In ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', Hei takes bullets (he's armored) to shield a girl he assumed to be the assassins' target. It sort of backfired. Later the girl jumped before him, intercepting a TeleFrag power aimed to tear his heart out. Another time he knocked prone his partner and covered her with himself from falling rubble. Which, yes, [[NotWhatItLooksLike looked not like what it was]].
* The ''Anime/LupinIII'' special ''Memories of the Flame ~Tokyo Crisis~'' plays it straight in Maria's flashbacks. Zenigata also does this later on to protect her, but instead of killing him, the bullet only injured his leg.
* In the manga version of ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', immediately before the final battle with Deep Blue, Pie and Tart aim a powerful attack at Ichigo -- all four other girls jump in the way and take the huge bullet themselves. Mint actually manages a laugh about how "we're all thinking the same thing," and [[HeroicSacrifice they send Ichigo ahead]] [[DisneyDeath while they stay and fight.]]
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire''
** Though literal bullets are rarely used, Tsukune is very notable for his habit of throwing himself in front of attacks to protect his friends. He is ([[TookALevelInBadass or was]]) technically the weakest among them, leading to his EmergencyTransformation.
** [[ChivalrousPervert Ginei]] did this once as well... damn near killed him.
* ''Manga/JyuOhSei''
** Yuuki does this for Chen.
** And Tiz takes a bullet for Zagi of all people, and dies, resulting in FaceDeathWithDignity for him, as he also ends up dying with her in his arms.
* ''Manga/FairyTail''
** Laxus shoots a lightning bolt at Levi that probably would have killed her had Gajeel not jumped in front of her to take it. [[BookEnds He does something similar at the end of the final battle]] to stop Laxus from finishing Natsu off; he turns his arm into iron and uses himself as a lightning rod.
** Simon takes a bullet for Natsu and Erza. About fifty chapters later Gerard, who shot the first "bullet" takes a bullet for Natsu as well.
** And in chapter 334, Gray shoves Juvia out of the way of a laser beam and gets shot multiple times in the chest and head as a result.
* In ''Manga/VampireGame'', Hume takes a sword for Illsaide.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', volume 9 reveals that Izaya didn't stab Shinra like a lot of people think he did. [[spoiler: Shinra took a knife wound for him when a student named Nakura demanded that Izaya give his money back in a bet he lost. Naturally, this incident seems to start something inside of Izaya as he declares that Nakura will suffer for hurting Shinra. Many years later, it comes off as Izaya stalking Nakura and then declaring to him at the end of volume 9 that he framed him for two major incidents that had been going on in that volume and that those people will hunt him down.]]
* Ash Ketchum actually does this at the end of [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie the first]] ''[[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie Pokemon]]'' [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie film]] as an attempt to end Mew and Mewtwo's battle.
* Played straight with ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' when Jerome manages to alert the other dogs of the humans shooting at them. Poor Jerome literally takes a bullet for the pack. Heroic dog, indeed
* PlayedForLaughs in an episode of ''Anime/InuYasha''. Soten, the younger sister of the two Thunder Brothers defeated by Inu-Yasha earlier, sends her dragon minion to incapacitate Kagome and Inu-Yasha using Kagome's arrows. When Inu-Yasha jumps in front of Kagome in order to save her, it's revealed the arrows don't even harm anyone.
* In ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', Paul von Oberstein jumps in front of Reinhard when an assassin fires a bazooka at the latter. Fortunately, Reinhard's best friend Kircheis manages to deflect the blow aside. In the very end of the series Oberstein in some way does it again, [[spoiler: [[ThanatosGambit misguiding the Earth Cult terrorists to attack his office instead of the Kaiser's bedroom.]]]]
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', [[spoiler:Kotetsu]] takes a superheated crossbow bolt to the chest for [[spoiler:Barnaby]]. Seeing the lengths the other hero is willing to go in order to protect him, [[spoiler:Barnaby]] begins to drop the {{Jerkass}} act and let himself trust [[spoiler:Kotetsu]].
* In ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', this is how [[spoiler:Andre]] dies, while trying to protect [[spoiler:Oscar]].
* In the ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'' movie, [[spoiler: Yuzuriha Nekoi]] dies like this. More exactly, [[spoiler: she shields Kamui from two massive electric cables and is ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice for her trouble, [[DiedInYourArmsTonight then dies in Kamui's arms]].]]
* In episode 14 of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', [[spoiler:Asuna]] does this to save Kirito from a fatal sword strike. [[HeroicBSOD It very nearly breaks him]]. [[spoiler: She survives, though.]]
* In one of the old ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' mangas (the one by Tatsuya Shinjyouji), the deaths of [[spoiler: Sandra and Clara Heidern]] happened because of this trope. [[spoiler: Rugal had kidnapped them ''and'' beaten Heidern to near death (including [[EyeScream putting out one of his eyes]]), and when he moved for the final hit both of them shielded Heidern [[HeroicSacrifice with their own bodies]].]]
** Similarly, in the ''KOF: G'' manga's third volume [[spoiler: an already injured Kensou shields Athena from Goenitz. He lives to tell, but barely.]]
* ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' is loaded with these for a magical girl anime.
** [[spoiler: Yuri's WeaselMascot Cologne takes a shot from Professor Sabahku to save her, leading him to be KilledOffForReal]]
** [[spoiler:Sabahku does one himself in the end, saving Yuri ''and'' Tsubomi from Dune.]]
** A non-fatal version occurs in TheMovie "Fashion Show in the City of Flowers?!" as Cure Blossom takes a shot from ''her own partner, Cure Marine'' to save the BrainwashedAndCrazy Olivier. [[spoiler:She loses her hairbow, her now-loose hair snapping him out of it as he recognizes Cure Blossom as Tsubomi.]]
* In the FatalFury first animated special, Joe Higashi is gravely wounded when he takes a bullet for Terry Bogard.
* [[NiceGuy Kimihito]] [[IronButtMonkey Kurusu]] of ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' does this frequently [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl for the sake of his]] [[UnwantedHarem girls.]] It does not exactly help that [[FantasticRacism the human world does not look too highly upon monster girls of their species.]]
* The above example's fantasy {{Expy}}, Mamoru Onodera of ''Manga/DeadlineSummonner'' does not fare much better. That it helps activate his DesperationAttack [[AwesomeButImpractical (if he can calculate the damage and damage adjustment right)]], and that [[IronButtMonkey he doesn't take much permanent damage from it]] makes it less dramatic than most examples.
* ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'' plays this for laughs, as Nagasumi ''constantly'' has to "take the bullet" for various mermaids whenever something threatens to splash them with water (they revert to mermaid form if they get wet, and he has to maintain TheMasquerade). It's played seriously in the series finale when he takes a ''literal'' bullet for Sun. [[spoiler: Fortunately, he's also capable of catching the bullet.]]
* In the 9th episode of ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' when one of Dilandau's spike's goes out of control on his Guymelef, one of them heads straight for Hitomi, Allen dives in front with his Guymelef and takes the hit, he survives but he's seriously injured.
* In ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody'', Hiiragi grabbed Uta and tried to give her a ForcefulKiss, which would have severed her spiritual connection to My Melody and taken away most of My Melody's power. Kakeru tries to save her and lunges, intending to tackle Hiiragi away, but ends up between them and gets kissed instead. Both men are disgusted and Hiiragi retreats.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' has done this a few times, but being ImmuneToBullets, it's not quite as dramatic.
** In ''The Return Of Superman'', the Eradicator does this ''for'' Superman, and as the bullet in question is a ridiculously huge dose of green kryptonite, it's thoroughly dramatic.
** Then there's the example used as the page picture for StupidSacrifice, which is more ridiculous than dramatic.
* BoosterGold does this for BlueBeetle (Ted), "[[BigNo Nooooo]]" and all. The bullet passes though his goggles harmlessly but they let you think that he's dead for a second.
* In an EstablishingCharacterMoment early in the ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}'' book, Cassandra Cain takes '''several''' rounds while reaching a gun-wielding thug rather than dodge and endanger... another of the gang she and Batman are facing. Thus taking ThouShaltNotKill to a new level.
* In the ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' series ''Kings of the Broken Wheel'', Cutter takes two arrows meant for the High One Timmain. He survives, but not without difficulty.
* The first Crimson Dynamo, Anton Vanko, does an ''inverted'' version of this for [[IronMan Tony Stark]] after [[FaceHeelTurn defecting]] from [[SovietRussia Russia]] and working for/[[DefeatMeansFriendship becoming friends]] with him. Vanko deliberately fired an unstable, experimental laser pistol at the second (and evil) Crimson Dynamo in order to kill him before Dynamo could kill IronMan, even knowing that doing so [[HeroicSacrifice would probably mean his own death]] as well. [[TearJerker It does]].
* Has happened at least twice in the comic book version of ''[[ComicBook/{{WITCH}} W.I.T.C.H.]]''. During the fifth saga, [[spoiler:Cedric gets in the way of a beam which would've killed Orube,]] and in the seventh saga [[spoiler:Liam is killed by a sword that the White Queen threw at Mariko.]]
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Chick Tract|s}}'' "Murph," Murph's partner, Officer Donovan does this for him, since he believes he, being an "unsaved" Catholic, isn't ready to die. Interestingly enough, Donovan gets off with flesh wounds while Murph is mortally wounded.
* In ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' a young {{teleporter|sAndTransporters}} calling herself Batgirl (complete with homemade Batgirl outfit) teleported herself in front of a bullet meant for Huntress. Fortunately her teleportation came with a HealingFactor and she teleported herself to Barbara in time to save herself.
* ''ComicBook/IronMan'': Tony Stark does this [[MartyrWithoutACause far too often for good sense]] during battles, especially for ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. Granted, his protective armor does give him some logical basis for this, but he still frequently winds up badly injured.
* In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', we have the eponymous Spidey doing this to save Captain America from a sniper's bullet. [[spoiler: He dies, yes, but not before going out in a blaze of glory by fending off the Sinister Six.]]
** That deserves a bit more detail: [[spoiler: After taking a bullet for Cap and being left to be found by paramedics, Spidey starts making his way to a hospital. Unfortunately, he realizes the Sinister Six are going after his family and friends, so he makes a detour to save them. After repeated hope spots and barely managing to fend off and defeat the Sinister Six while bleeding out, he is actually rescued by Aunt May and Gwen Stacy. But, after seeing Norman Osborn get back up, Peter uses the last ounce of his strength to stop Osborn and save his family and friends before bleeding out on the front lawn of his own house with all of Queens watching. So one physical bullet and dozens of metaphorical ones.]]
* In ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'', a heart-broken Mina Mongoose throws herself between Princess Sally and Sonic (who had just reconciled and admitted their feelings) and a bullet from Nack the Weasel. The comic makes it seems she died, but then she's seen in a hospital room recovering.
* In ''[[ComicBook/XMen Uncanny X-Men]]'', Rogue took a sustained laser blast meant for Wolverine and Mariko. This after Wolverine had said to her face that he would have liked nothing better than to cut out her heart for what she had done previously to Carol Danvers. The blast was enough to nearly kill even her; since she won his respect by this sacrifice, Wolerine risked his own life (he had been poisoned and badly wounded earlier on in the issue) to let her absorb his HealingFactor.
* Towards the end of both continuities of ''ComicBook/LifeWithArchieTheMarriedLife'', [[spoiler:[[RedHeadedHero Archie]] saves [[StraightGay Kevin Keller's]] life from assassination by getting in the line of fire and charging at would-be assassin and busboy Wendell... and ends up taking the bullet for Kevin before dying.]]
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'', [[spoiler: Gallantmon recieves a ''Trump Sword'' meant for Taomon]] and later, [[spoiler: Kazu]] receives a ''Flame Inferno'' attack meant for Suzie]]
* An ''Series/{{ER}}'' fanfic had Doug doing this for the two people he loved most--girlfriend Carol and best friend Mark. Video footage of the incident shows that indeed, Carol would have been the one shot had he not pushed her and Mark out of the way.
* A variation in ''Fanfic/RealityIsFluid''. In an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome (Eleya, the viewpoint character, was on another deck at the time) Gaarra tackles a civilian scientist out of the way of an exploding EPS conduit and takes the full blast on his back, coming out with severe burns and shrapnel injuries. Still sorta fits here, as the conduit had exploded due to sabotage.
* Another variant in ''Fanfic/TheWrongReflection''. In the midst of a big SpaceBattle, a [[MirrorUniverse Terran Empire]] ''Defiant''-class ship tries to ram the USS ''Bajor''. T'Var, Eleya's former operations officer and now the commander of an ''Ushaan''-class starship, flies her ship in between and takes the ramming attack herself.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Something of a reversal in the 1986 ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'': Optimus Prime has bested Megatron, and is about to finish him off with his gun. Megatron begs for mercy to buy time to try and get a nearby gun. Just as Optimus Prime is about to finally blast Megatron, Hot Rod [[StopHelpingMe jumps in the way]] to stop Megatron getting to it. Megatron simply overpowers Hot Rod, gets the gun, and mortally wounds Optimus Prime.
* King Harold on ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'' jumps in front of Shrek when the Fairy Godmother shoots her wand at the ogre. The spell [[PlayingTennisWithTheBoss bounces off his armor and hits her]], turning her into a mass of bubbles. [[spoiler:Rather than killing Harold, the spell just turns him into a frog, which is what he really was to begin with.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}''
** 1 pushes 9 out of the way of the [[BuffySpeak soul-sucking ray... thing]] that the Fabrication machine unleashes.
** And earlier, 2 ''does the exact same thing'', pushing 9 down as the Fabrication machine initially powers up.
* In the Hungarian animated film ''Vuk'', or ''The Little Fox'' as it's known in the U.S., Vic or Vuk's uncle Karack sees a hunter from the distance pointing a gun at Vuk and his mate Foxy he dives in front of the bullet taking the hit for them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', Shen fires his cannon at Po, only to have Tigress push him out of the way and take the blast herself. [[MadeofIron She survives]], but is badly wounded.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' has Mirage trying to pull this on Syndrome when Mr. Incredible, consumed with grief with the possible death of his entire family, and enraged at Syndrome shooting down their plane, lunges at him while confined to energy wires. Syndrome repays her by daring Mr. Incredible to kill her when he claims that he could crush her like a toothpick.
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'', the title alien robot's original programming as a killing machine is restored, and he goes apeshit on the US military. The paranoid government official who calls in the troops grabs the general's radio and orders the nearby submarine to launch a nuke at the giant, not realizing that the giant is ''right in front of him''. Realizing what the nuke is going to do, the giant flies off and intercepts the nuke on its way down. Slightly different in that the nuke ''was'' meant for him but was going to destroy the entire town.
* The first ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' movie has Diego taking the blow for Manny during the battle with Soto after his HeelFaceTurn.
* Somewhat inverted on ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: Last Order'', a 30-minute animated special that tells the story of Zack and Cloud's escape and how Sephiroth went bezerk on Cloud's hometown. The special is "half canon" since many things in it are changed from the original game (since it's the Turks' point of view and not the main characters'). At the end of the special Zach and Cloud are lying at the back of a pickup truck and Zack asks the driver how far is it to Midgar, the Planet's de facto capital city, then does not finish his sentence as he spots a sniper (who wanted to shoot him instead of capturing him or waiting for further orders), then orders Cloud to run. The screen goes black and we hear a shot, implying he took the bullet.\\\
This was later cleared up on ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Complete'', an extended version of the original ''Advent Children'' movie, when Zach peeks through the truck (not asking the driver) and the bullet misses him, eventually leading into ''Crisis Core: VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' and the original game's ending in which he is shot by 3 regular soldiers.
* In Disney's ''{{Pocahontas}}'', John Smith does this [[spoiler:for Chief Powhatan, who was about to be shot by Governor Ratcliffe. Although the shot itself ends in BloodlessCarnage, John is injured badly enough to warrant his return to Europe if he wants to have a chance at survival, forever separating him from Pocahontas.]]
* Anna does this in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' when [[spoiler: Hans is about to cut down her sister, Elsa, with a sword. She rushes over in the nick of time while turning into solid ice. Instead of shattering from his sword, it's the ''sword'' that shatters and it knocks him backwards.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AirForceOne''
** When a [=MiG=] fires a missile at the title aeroplane, one of the escorting F-15 pilots flies his aircraft directly in the way, destroying it and dying while saving everybody on board the 747. In a subversion, shrapnel from the destroyed jet tears up the tail of Air Force One, making it unable to continue flying. Although this is still less damage than the missile itself would have caused.
** A more traditional example happens earlier, when a cowardly official gets his heroic redemption.
* Sue Storm in ''Film/FantasticFour: Rise of the Silver Surfer''. She was trying to use her forcefield [[spoiler:to stop the javelin thrown by Doom on the Silver Surfer, but it went right through it since it was formed from the energy of the Surfer's surf, which was shown to be able to go right through it earlier in the movie]].
* Parodied in ''CitySlickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold'' when Jon Lovitz' character takes a bullet for Billy Crystal's character, shares some tearful last words with his brother, and black out... then immediately revives upon discovering the bullet was a blank.
* Subverted in an intense scene of ''The Caveman's Valentine'' when [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Romulus]] tries to do this for his daughter. He throws himself on top of her as a badguy starts shooting. She then continues firing at the bad guy while pinned under her hysterically yelling father. Romulus, seconds later: "Are you shot? Am I? We're alright? We're not shot? You're alive? I'm alive? How can that be?"
* Though it never happens, in ''{{Dave}}'', Ving Rhames' job is essentially to take a bullet for Kevin Kline. He later admitted he'd do it for Dave as well.
* Inverted in ''Supertweak'', where a Secret Service agent jumps in front of the President. The shooter just waits for him to hit the ground, and then takes the shot.
* Clint Eastwood's Secret Service agent from ''InTheLineOfFire'', at the last possible second, figures out who the assassin is, and jumps in time to take a bullet which was aimed at the President.
* Agent Sam Simms (Sinbad) jumps in time to take a bullet for the President's son in ''First Kid''.
* In the third ''Film/{{Spider-Man}}'' film, Harry takes a hurled metal spike aimed at Peter.
* Kate takes a ''dodgeball'' strike for Peter in the final match in ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory''. Complete with slow-motion dive and long, drawn-out "[[BigNo nooooo]]".
* In ''The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc'' a French knight takes an arrow for Joan of Arc.
* Occurs near the end of the ''FatalFury'' motion picture. The newly resurrected god of war immediately launches a blast of fire at the nearest person, which happened to be Mai... until Andy leaped in front of her... until [[RedemptionEqualsDeath Laocorn leaped in front of ''him'', screaming his sister's name]]. Powerful... but marred by the vaguely irritating fact that Sulia had ''already'' died to redeem him.
* In the Oscar scene of ''Film/TheBodyguard'' Kevin Costner's character does this for Whitney Houston's character.
* ''Film/HotFuzz'', Danny takes a blunderbuss shot to the chest to protect Nicholas. He gets better.
* Played straight... no, inverted... no, subverted in ''Film/KissKissBangBang''. Gay Perry takes a bullet for Harry, allowing him to save the day and the girl! But then, the girl notices a bullet hole in his jacket. Turns out that the bullet went straight through Perry and still hit Harry. But not to worry! The bullet hit a paperback book in his pocket! Aaaaand went straight through. Harry sticks his finger through the hole in the book, wiggles it, pokes at the hole in his chest, then faints.
* In ''Film/TurnerAndHooch'', the title dog [[HeroicSacrifice saves]] the hero by Taking the Bullet, with [[TearJerker obvious consequences.]]
* ''Film/XMen'':
** Subverted in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' when [[ImmuneToBullets Colossus]] covers some young students from gunfire, telling them to escape. And then [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome proceeds to kick ass]].
** In ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', Mystique throws herself in front of a dart containing the mutant "cure" that's fired at her lover Magneto. Despite this selfless act, Magneto abandons her because the dart has turned Mystique into an ordinary human.
* ''Murder at 1600'' has this happen at the end of the film, with a disgraced Secret Service agent protecting the President from his ''National Security Advisor''. It was a weird movie.
* In a manner of speaking, this is how Randy Quaid saves the Earth in ''Film/IndependenceDay'', by flying his plane into the "barrel" of a DeathRay and causing it to backfire into the ship.
* In ''Film/{{Crash}}'', the [[OnlySaneMan locksmith's]] little girl jumps in front of him to protect her father from a gunman with her invisible "invincible cloak." In reality, the gun had been loaded with blanks, unbeknownst to the shooter, and the little girl lives, convinced that she really saved her daddy's life.
* In ''Film/TheGoldenChild'', ActionGirl and LoveInterest Kee Nang takes a crossbow bolt for TheChosenOne, Chandler Jarrell. Fortunately, she's OnlyMostlyDead, giving Jarrell an [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl additional incentive]] to rescue the Golden Child.
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension''. Rawhide interposes his body to take the poisonous mini-starfish a Red Lectroid spat at Buckaroo. He ends up dying as a result.
* ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'' (1966). Batman and Robin are trapped on a buoy with a torpedo coming toward them and there's an explosion. Later:
-->'''Robin:''' Gosh, Batman, the nobility of the almost-human porpoise.\\
'''Batman:''' True, Robin. It was noble of that animal to hurl himself into the path of that final torpedo. He gave his life for ours.
* In ''Film/{{Stargate}}'', Daniel Jackson takes a staff blast meant for Colonel O'Neil, and dies. [[spoiler:Ra resurrects him with his sarcophagus.]]
* Jim Gordon in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' pushes the mayor out of the line of fire when the imposter honor guard turns their weapons on him and is shot in the back. [[spoiler:He gets better.]]
* Archie Moses (Adam Sandler) takes a bullet for Jack Carter (Damon Wayans) in ''Film/{{Bulletproof}}''. He gets better.
* One of the Haters in the Christian movie ''Revelation'' from the ''Film/{{Apocalypse}}'' film series sacrifices himself to block a bullet Willy Spino fires at his half-sister Helen Hannah after he receives the MarkOfTheBeast and ditches the wheelchair. Her protector, though, gets better.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheScorpionKing''. [[spoiler:Cassandra, upon prophesizing the future, realizes that the Scorpion King is most likely to die at the hand of one of Mammon's archers, and that it is about to pass, attempts to take the arrow for the Scorpion King, but instead, he ends up getting her out of harms way, thus getting himself hit anyways. Luckily, he's just that tough and survives.]]
* In ''Film/YoungSherlockHolmes'', the villain shoots at Sherlock, but [[spoiler:his love interest Elizabeth takes the bullet, and her death ends up being a FreudianExcuse for Sherlock's famed status as a bachelor]].
* ''Film/TheLastStarfighter''. When Centauri sees the Zandozan's arm aiming the energy pistol at Alex, he moves in front of Alex and takes the energy bolt. He's mortally wounded by the shot and dies after returning Alex to the Starfighter base. At the end of the movie it's revealed that [[spoiler: [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Centauri wasn't killed, but was just dormant while his body healed itself]]]].
* In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', Mallory takes a bullet meant for M, although he survives. It helps to prove he's more {{Badass}} than he first appeared [[spoiler: and worthy of being her successor]].
* [[spoiler:Welsh]] saves the life of [[spoiler:Pvt. Doll]] in this fashion in ''Film/TheThinRedLine'' (1964).
* In ''Film/MacheteKills'', former villain Osiris redeems himself by taking a disintegrator ray meant for Machete.
* Parodied in ''Film/TwentyTwoJumpStreet'', where in a callback to the first film, Schmidt tries to take the bullet for Jenko just like Jenko did for him. He ends up diving past him while Jenko gets shot in the arm.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''[[{{Deryni}} Deryni Checkmate]]'', Duke Alaric Morgan is sailing to a meeting with the Hort of Orsal aboard his ship ''Rhafallia'' when the auxiliary helmsman, a partisan of rebel Warin de Grey, attacks him with a poisoned knife. A royal squire named Richard FitzWilliam happens to turn at the right moment to see the helmsman leap at Morgan, and he threw himself between them while shouting a warning. Richard takes the dagger in his side, and he asks to be allowed to swear the oath of fealty so he can die as Morgan's liege man. Morgan grants his request, and Richard just manages to recite it before he dies. The assassin had taken poison himself before attacking, and [[DefiantToTheEnd he defiantly resists Morgan's questioning until he also dies]]. Morgan gives orders to have Richard's body buried with full honours at his capital Coroth, while the assassin's remains are dumped overboard.
* In ''The Last English King'', a novel about 1066 and the Norman Conquest, Harold Godwinson's housecarl Walt puts out his arm to stop a sword slicing down at King Harold. The sword lops Walt's arm clean off and strikes Harold anyway. Walt later bitterly regrets not taking the sword strike with his whole body.
* In the first ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' novel, ''A Spell for Chameleon'', Bink's to-that-point unknown talent was revealed when an increasingly implausible string of obstacles kept intercepting Trent's transformation spells. Turns out Bink can't be hurt by magic means. Which simply caused the ever-pragmatic Trent to draw his completely un-magical sword and try to run Bink through. Leading to ''a second'' bullet catch, as Chameleon (changed into a deer by Trent's spell) took the blade instead.
* Subverted for the premise of David Allan Greer's short-lived sitcom, ''D.A.G.'': Greer's Secret Service agent dove to take a bullet aimed at the President, but dove the wrong way, leading everyone to assume he was diving out of the way and to his demotion to the First Lady's security detail.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** In the novel ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', Moist von Lipwig saves Lord Vetinari from public embarrassment by taking ''a PieInTheFace'' for him.
** Done with a crossbow bolt in ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', and several times with actual gun-fired bullets in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' as well. Detritus proudly says that there's five shots in his breastplate but not his backplate because his body got in the way. He oozed quite a bit though. Carrot takes a shot in the shoulder for the Patrician. Angua takes four shots to her body for Carrot and Vimes.
* A minor tech-priest in one of the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' stories does this to protect Ciaphas from a Necron shot. Unfortunately, given the power of Necron weapons, he is instantly torn apart and vaporized, but he manages to save Cain, even if Cain loses a couple fingers from the sheer ''proximity'' of the horrible weapon fire.
* Rockjaw Grang in the ''{{Redwall}}'' novel ''The Long Patrol'', right before his YouShallNotPass moment. Also, Veil took a spear to protect his adoptive mother. It's unclear if this was a HeelFaceTurn or not, because even as he's dying he bitches her out and won't accept comfort, and she decides that everyone who said he was bad to the bone during his life was right.
* Happens in the third ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' book, ''The Eternity Code''.
* Inverted in ''Literature/{{Airman}}'', by Eoin Colfer; Victor performs a dramatic leap in front of a bullet to save King Nicholas, but, because he's just that bit too old, the bullet hits the webbing between his outstretched fingers and hits its intended target anyway. And then Victor gets shot, too.
* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels, taking a shot for someone would probably be a bad idea given the speed and force an average pulser dart moves at -- you'd both just die. The beloved head of Grayson's church does take an old-style slug for Honor, which causes the assassin sent to kill her to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone break down]].
* In ''[[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy I, Jedi]]'', Mara Jade and Corran Horn spend some time honing their Jedi laser-deflection skills on several remotes. If a remote's laser hits flesh, it really stings, but there's no permanent damage. At one point while the two are engaging in CasualDangerDialog Mara is almost shot in the face, but Corran intercepts with his hand. Amused, Mara says she owes him one. She delivers in a BigDamnHeroes moment.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Literature/GreyKnights'', one of Ligeia's death cultists takes a plasma blast for the BigBad.
* In ''TheSilmarillion'': the elf lady Aredhel takes a javelin thrown by her husband and meant for their son. It's only a flesh wound, so she asks to the king her brother that her husband be spared...and then she dies in the night, because the weapon was poisoned.
* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'', Eponine takes a bullet for her unrequited crush Marius. [[{{Irony}} Ironic]], because she [[LoveMakesYouEvil deliberately]] [[IfICantHaveYou led him to the barricades]] so that he would be killed and [[ClingyJealousGirl wouldn't be with his love Cosette.]]
* ''Literature/TheActionHerosHandbook'' has a ''chapter'' on how to properly take a bullet (so you can survive with minimal injuries to yourself).
* In ''Literature/{{Tigana}}'', Dianora combines this trope with HumanShield by jumping in front of a crossbow bolt.... but yanking a guy she doesn't like along with her. He winds up taking the shot in the shoulder.
* In the climatic battle at the end of the first ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' book ''Off Armageddon Reef'', a midshipman tries to Take The Crossbow Bolt for his king. King Haarahld instead grabs the midshipman to Take The Bullet for ''him'' instead. The king dies from bloodloss soon after, though his HeroicSacrifice makes him a martyr and hero to his people.
* In RobertAntonWilson's ''{{Illuminatus}}'' series novel, ''The Widow's Son'', the elderly schemer Pietro Maldonado intervenes in a duel where his nephew Sigismundo, a hothead who knows nothing about guns, has trapped himself in a duel with the best pistol-shooter in all of Napoli. Pietro, in his intervention, surprises the protaganists and takes the bullet meant for his nephew. Who, [[CueIrony on his very first go with a firearm]], has BeginnersLuck in that he shoots the best gun in town full in the groin.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', throughout the book ''[=SkyClan's=] Destiny'', [[KnightTemplarParent Stick]] believes that a cat named Harley "stole" his daughter when she really does love him. In the ending [[spoiler: Stick is about to kill Harley when his daughter Red leaps in front of him and dies because of it.]]
* Prince Almorante in ''Literature/ChroniclesOfMagravandias'' dies taking a sword for his enemy Valraven. People who hated him only minutes before were moved to tears by his sacrifice.
* In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: Ghost of the Jedi'', DV-9 takes a blaster bolt for Tash Arranda. He lives -- er, "lives", being a droid -- and just needs some new parts, later claiming that he will [[ScarsAreForever bear the scar forever]]. Even though as a droid he should be able to replace that battered outer shell.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' novel ''Fall of Reach'', the orbital shipyard ''Cradle'' pulls an epic one, maneuvering into position between the UNSC and Covenant fleets and using its massive bulk to absorb the Covenant fire.
* In Malinda Lo's ''Literature/{{Adaptation}}'' Amber takes a bullet for Reese. She gets better, thanks to her [[HealingFactor healing powers.]]
* Happens twice in ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' by Creator/TamoraPierce. In the second book, Alanna takes an arrow for Prince Jon, but it only results in a painful arm wound. In the fourth, [[spoiler:Liam Ironarm dies by taking ''several'' arrows for now-King Jon during the coronation coup]].
* In ''[[Literature/{{Newsflesh}} Blackout]]'', Shaun does this to protect [[spoiler:President Ryman]] from a dart loaded with live Kellis-Amberlee virus. [[spoiler: He's the only one in the room at the time who knows he's immune to [=KA=].]]
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* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Jaynestown", a character in the town of Canton takes a shotgun blast meant for [[TheBigGuy Jayne]], whom the town has [[AccidentalHero idolized as their hero]]. In a twist, Jayne tells him it was a stupid thing to do, and fully means it. It's interesting that Jayne is so clearly troubled by this, given that he's been shown to be an [[TokenEvilTeammate amoral]] [[AntiHero son of]] [[LovableTraitor a bitch]] in previous and subsequent episodes. His distress is evidently because the man died for someone like ''him''. Due to how troubled he was by it, his method of dealing with the the one who pulled the trigger (an old partner no less) is [[UnstoppableRage especially]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown brutal]].
* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'': Mike takes a ''[[PaintballEpisode paintball pellet]]'' for Tim, complete with side dive and long "Noooooo". The parody also includes the fact that Mike was a good ''twenty feet away'' and loudly announced his presence, making it seem like the shooter was willing to patiently wait while Mike ran in the way of the shot. And Mike starts coughing up ''paint''. (Because he'd been eating paintballs.)
-->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBB9An0ZT3I MEDIIIIIIICCC!!!!!]]
* The paintball version (including a parody of the PietaPlagiarism scene) also occurs during an MI5 training exercise in the spy comedy ''The Piglet Files''.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''
** DL takes a bullet for Niki. [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Sort of]].
** Claire does this in the episode "Trust and Blood" when she shields Matt and Daphne from Danko's goons after Daphne is shot. Of course, Claire can [[GoodThingYouCanHeal regenerate]].
* Happens in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' in the episode "The Siege".
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Apple", Spock pushes Kirk out of the way of some lethally poisonous [[SpecialEffectsFailure thorns]] and takes them in the chest in his stead. Luckily, it turns out that the toxin isn't all that harmful to Vulcans, and Spock [[DeadpanSnarker claims to be in more distress]] from the antitoxin [=McCoy=] gave him before he woke up.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The episode "The Doctor's Daughter" has an example of this in Jenny, who jumps in front of a bullet for the Doctor.
** Dalek-Human Sec does the same thing, except it's a Dalek laser instead of a bullet. Seems the Doctor forgot about it in the series finale Journey's End, when the Doctor has flashbacks of all the people who gave their lives for him in the past.
** And AGAIN in Eleven's first series where Rory takes the bullet for the Doctor, and expires. He is also immediately deleted from history having had the misfortune to die near a timey-wimey crack of doom.[[spoiler: Fortunately, he got better several episodes later, albeit in a '''very''' complicated manner.]]
* Handled realistically in the last episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' Season 2. Kate dives in front of Gibbs, but it's not done in slow-mo, and she yells "Shooter!", not "Nooooo!" She is hit in the chest but is unhurt because she's wearing a vest. She stands up, the team congratulates her [[spoiler:and then she gets promptly sniped in the head by Ari, the main recurring bad guy for that Season.]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive''
** "Into the Fire", season 4 episode 6: Happens with two coalition ships (one Drazi and the other a full-on Minbari ''cruiser'') taking missiles meant for the White Star (well, really meant for Sheridan, Delenn, and Lorien; not that a missile would do much to Lorien). This immediately after the Vorlons and Shadows bragged about how the other races would fall in line. Oops.
** Delenn twice surrendered her life to fate to protect Sheridan. Once by asking a Vorlon inquisitor to kill her instead and again walking into a thrown knife.
** Make that three times -- when he temporarily returns to his proper time frame after becoming UnstuckInTime, she gives him her time stabiliser, becoming lost in his place.
* Near the end of the ''Series/{{Bones}}'' Season 3, Booth steps in front of a bullet meant for Brennan. We get the tearful pleading to hang on and not leave, but it's worth noting that first, Brennan grabs Booth's gun and shoots the attacker dead, ''in the throat''.
* In ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'', the protagonist's brother pushes him out of the way of a gunman (they're running side by side at the time) and takes a full spray of machine gun bullets in the chest. Obviously, he doesn't make it.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', Harold takes a bullet for Dr. Kroger. Slightly subverted in that Harold decides to gloat to Monk about his action by telling him to "beat that", causing distress to Monk.
* Played with in ''Series/{{Friends}}'', when Joey appears to try to do this for Ross when the boys mistake the sound of a car backfiring for a gunshot. Turns out he was actually trying to save his sandwich, which was right next to Ross.
* Alia, the "Evil Leaper" of ''Series/QuantumLeap'' completes her redemption by throwing Sam to the ground before the also-Leaped Zoey can shoot him. She Leaps just as the shotgun blast hits her. It's never explicitly stated that she survives, but most fans assume so.
* ''Series/{{Oz}}''. Kareem Said's life is saved when one of his Muslim followers throws himself in front of a knife wielded by a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. Ironically that same inmate had joined the Muslims to kill Said, but ended up [[BecomingTheMask converting to Islam for real]]. Likewise Augustus Hill takes a blade meant for surrogate father Burr Redding. These acts cause both characters to suffer a HeroicBSOD.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', Damon does this for Elena in 02x03 then tries to deny this is because he cares about her.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'', "Monday". The girlfriend of a bank robber saves Mulder's life this way. Her death breaks the GroundhogDayLoop in which they are all trapped.
* ''Series/AceLightning''. Lady Illusion takes the bullet for Ace. Interetsing in that she actually ''knocked him out and morphed into him'' prior to the battle.
* ''Series/CSINewYork''
** Stella's mentor and father figure shields her with his body from a gunfight between his brother and Mac. He's fatally shot, while Stella's uninjured.
** Also done when the characters are all in a bar that's shot up. Danny was sitting nearest the window, but the other main contributing factor to his being shot in the back was that he threw himself over his wife, Lindsay, to protect her from the flying bullets.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' has Ecklie do this, pushing himself in between his daughter Morgan and a drive-by shooting. However, this could or could not be an example, because it's unclear whether [[{{Revenge}} he]] was the target or [[RevengeByProxy her]].
* Not as serious as an actual bullet, but the scene itself was very traumatic for Seira in the Japanese drama ''Anime/ShokojoSera''. After [[BreakTheCutie losing heart]] and begging down on her knees in front of the AlphaBitch, Maria decides it would be [[MoralEventHorizon funny if they started throwing tomatoes]] at the despairing Seira. She then bullies the rest of the class to do so, including Seira's close friend Masami. When Masami reluctantly was about to do it, Kaito the servant boy runs in and shields Seira, getting hit instead.
* ''Series/TheATeam'': Howlin' Mad Murdock jumps in front of a mook trying to shoot Hannibal in Season 2's "Curtain Call".
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}''
** [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]], whenever he isn't [[BulletCatch catching the bullet]], instead takes it in the chest or back.
** An unusual example in "Pariah": [[spoiler:Alicia (who is not bulletproof) takes a (normal) bullet for Clark because she promised to always keep his secret.]]
** In the episode "Stiletto" Clark takes the bullet for Lois. This is an especially heroic move, since he's surrounded by kryptonite and so the bullet actually hurts and wounds him.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Damon takes the bullet for Elena in 02x03. Of course, he's a vampire and has a HealingFactor.
* Omen of ''DarkOracle'', a [[RedemptionEqualsDeath reformed villain]], jumped in front of a magical blast that was aimed at Cally in the GrandFinale, getting himself erased from existence for his trouble.
* In the KoreanDrama ''Series/TheCityHunter'', Kim Na Na makes a DivingSave to protect Yoon Sung, ending up with the bullet in her shoulder.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', [[spoiler:future Simon jumped down in front of Alisha to save her from being shot by a crazy dude as in his timeline she died.]]
* In the Series 5 finale of ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'', "Deal", [[spoiler:DS Matt Devlin takes several bullets for friend/colleague Alesha and Kaden (the young man he was about to escort into Witness Protection.) He doesn't execute the purest form of the trope; instead, he pushes both them down/out of the way first, resulting in no time to duck himself. We are told in the beginning of the next episode that he took two bullets directly to the chest, dying of his wounds off-screen. The person giving us this information, his partner Ronnie, expresses regret that ''he'' was not able to get to Matt in time to do this for ''him''. ]]
* In the ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' episode "Hero II: Broken Arrow", Walter makes the whole diving save to protect Kate (and the [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman living superhero suit she's wearing]]) from an energy bolt coming from an Ultraviolet Gun.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' that first shows that AnyoneCanDie in this series, the following season's BigBad extracts a chemical he needs to survive from Professor Arturo's neck, rendering him half-conscious. He then plans to shoot Quinn, Arturo's brilliant student, only for Arturo to step in front of him. As this Earth is about to be destroyed by pulsars, they end up having to leave Arturo's body behind to be incinerated with everything else. Interestingly, they never encounter any other double of Arturo, presumably because JohnRhysDavies left the show for good.
* An episode of ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'': Panis Rahl does it to save Zedd from a thrown Dacra. He's the previous Lord of [[TheEmpire D'Hara]], who has learned the error of his ways. Also, he killed Zedd's father, after the latter plotted to have his infant son Darken killed.
* In the pilot episode of ''EarthFinalConflict'', the wealthy enterpreneur Jonathan Doors jumps in front of a sniper's bullet meant for the Taelon ambassador Da'an. He's pronounced dead at the scene, and the shooter escapes. Halfway through the episode, the season's protagonist William Boone discovers that Doors faked his own death in order to lead LaResistance against the Taelons. The shooter and the doctor who confirmed his death are working for him. Later on, we find out that the Taelons are, in fact, EnergyBeings and can't be harmed with bullets.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** In the AlternateRealityEpisode "The Wish" Angel throws himself in the path of Vampire!Xander as he's about to stab Buffy with a crossbow bolt. As Wishverse!Buffy is a cold-blooded killer without loved ones of any kind she just walks through Angel's dust to stake Xander without even changing expression.
** When an assassin starts shooting inside Sunnydale High, Oz pushes Willow out of the way and gets shot in the arm himself. Luckily it's just a scrape.
* In the 3rd season episode of ''Series/{{Glee}}'', "Michael", Blaine shoves his boyfriend, Kurt, out of the way of a slushy being thrown by his SmugSnake StalkerWithACrush to keep him from being humiliated. (Little did he know he was also saving him from taking [[EyeScream rock salt to the eye]]).
* During the climax of one episode of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', Detective Fusco dives in front of a bullet to save the life of the POI of the Week. But the HeroicSacrifice part is subverted: the bullet hits him in the rear, and he's basically fine (gets taken to the ER by the paramedics). As they roll him into the ambulance, he says he can already hear the guys back at the station laughing at him for getting shot in the ass.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': In the second episode of season 7, Jonas Quinn takes a staff weapon blast aimed at Daniel Jackson, expiating for having caused Jackson's death (and ascension) at the end of season 5. He survives, though.
* In the ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' episode, "The Disir", [[spoiler:Mordred jumps in front of Arthur to take a spear that was thrown by one of the Disir.]]
* In the first season finale of ''Series/SpaceCases'', Bova jumps in front of a (harmless to him) LightningGun blast meant for the ladies, before retaliating with his own electricity powers.
* In the season 2 finale of ''Series/{{Highlander}}'', Richie shields Joe from a drive-by shooting. Being an Immortal, Richie got better.
* In the first episode of ''Series/HighlanderTheRaven'', police officer Claudia Hoffman does this for Amanda, not knowing Amanda is Immortal.
* In the GrandFinale of ''Series/BreakingBad'', Walter White has an M60 in the trunk of his car that he is set to activate to kill off former neo-nazi business partners. He also has every intention of killing former protege Jesse Pinkman, until seeing what they had done to him brings a change of heart. He tackles Jesse to the ground to distract the others and then activates the gun while shielding Jesse's body, taking a hit that eventually kills him.
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[[folder:Manhwa]]
* In ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', to protect Miseng, who just jumped into the fray between Viole and Urek, Viole grabbed her and took Urek's OneHitKO technique to the back, causing a bloody mess.
* In ''Webcomic/OrangeMarmalade'' [[spoiler:Ma-ri and Soo-ri have a conversation under a group of pipes badly tied up, it snaps and Ma-ri pushes Soo-ri out of the way, taking the entire lot herself. While badly hurt, Ma-ri's fast acting healing kicks in which reveals her to be a vampire]].
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/{{Helloween}}'s song, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn-83gxiwwo (The Departed) Sun is Going Down]].
-->''I would die for you would you die with me?\\
No, you can't deny!\\
Would you catch the bullet that was meant for me?\\
Blaze across the sky!!''
* The whole point of the song by Music/TheRasmus called "Shot". Sample lyrics:
-->''I'll take the shot for you\\
I'll be the shield for you\\
Needless to say\\
I'll stand in your way\\
I'll take the shot for you\\
I'll give my life for you\\"
* The song "San Francisco Fan", performed by CabCalloway among other singers, is about a female performer who takes 'a dozen slugs' for her no-good gambling boyfriend after he's caught cheating at a game and someone tries to shoot him for it.
-->''Once they caught him cheatin'\\
And he knew that he was beaten\\
When a miner aimed a pistol at his head.\\
Fanny when she seen him\\
Ran and jumped right in between 'em\\
And she stopped a dozen slugs of poison lead.''
* Music/TheSmiths in "What Difference Does It Make?"
-->''But still I'd leap in front of a flying bullet for you''
* The Bruno Mars song "Grenade" references this trope in every chorus
-->''I'd catch a grenade for ya\\
Throw my hand on a blade for ya\\
I'd jump in front of a train for ya\\
You know I'd do anything for ya\\
I would go through all this pain\\
Take a bullet straight through my brain\\
Yes, I would die for you, baby\\
But you won't do the same''
* The tragic conclusion of the David Geddes song "Run Joey Run" has Julie taking a bullet from her enraged father meant for her boyfriend Joey.
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* In the official video clip for Music/{{Madonna}}'s "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cItHOl5LRWg Give Me All Your Luvin']]", three of the quarterbacks throw themselves before the fire of a Tommy gun to save the singer.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' supplement "The Asylum and Other Tales", adventure "The Mauritania". A Russian count has six bodyguards who all have Block (a special skill appearing only in this product). It allows them to hurl their body in between an attacker and the person they're protecting to absorb the attack.
* In ''TabletopGame/HeroClix'', this is the [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Titans]]' "team" ability. A Titan character can take damage meant for another one of their TrueCompanions onto themselves.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** Edition 3.5 contains the "Shield Other" spell, which shunts most of the damage the target takes onto the caster.
** In the supplement ''Drow of the Underdark'', the illustration for the feat "Constant Guardian" shows a drow male taking a crossbow bolt for a female. The feat doesn't actually consist of this, though it is a prerequisite for a feat that does. (Which probably means the illustration's caption is wrong.)
* There is also the "look out sir!" rule in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy Battles'' where a rank and file unit will do exactly this for a leader who is in the same formation.
* In ''TabletopGame/D20Modern'', the Bodyguard advanced class gains an ability called Harm's Way, allowing him to take a hit meant for an adjacent ally as if he was the target instead.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
** The Imperial Guard has the "look out-- ARGH!" rule to protect some of their [=COs=].
** Then you've got the [[TheOgre Ogryn]] bodyguard Nork Deddog. Nork can take the bullet plus goes into a mad rage trying to protect his commander if Nork dies in close combat. The codex actually has IN HIS RULES "desperately attempts to 'smash dem wot is tyrin ta 'urt da kernul'... slumps to the floor asking his officer 'did we win?' before passing out form his wounds."
** In ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'', the Crusader class can shield an Inquisitor from any attack if they are within range.
** Tau shield drones are programmed to get in the way of incoming fire to protect their user. They have DeflectorShields. Sometimes they don't effectively deflect the shot, but hey, a destroyed drone is better than a dead Tau.
* In ''MagnaVeritas'', Jean-Luc, Archangel of Protectors, grants his servants the power "ultimate sacrifice", allowing them to magically redirect any harm from a single target to themselves, with some damage reduction at high levels.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''The Complete History of America (abridged)'', Uncle Sam fires a bullet at Spade, and Flush takes it. The bullet is an oversized prop on a stick--the same one used in the Lincoln assassination, in fact.
* In ''Theatre/TheGoldenApple'', when Circe hands the apple out to Ulysses, he turns to make his back an easy target for Paris's knife. Seeing this, Achilles calls out to Ulysses and intercepts the blow for him, dying in his place.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* [[spoiler:Lhikan]] for [[TheHero Vakama]], [[spoiler:Jaller]] for [[KidAppealCharacter Takua]] in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* If you've played an EscortMission, chances are you've tried this at least once.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', a boulder is hurled towards King Mickey and Goofy pushes him out of the way, taking the full force of the giant rock. Feeling sad and full of angry vengeance, Sora, Donald, and the King run forward, battling through hordes of Heartless only to find that [[SubvertedTrope Goofy was only knocked out the whole time.]]
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''
** Warriors can learn an ability called ''Intervene'' which allows them to take a shot or melee attack for a party member, thereby preventing the SquishyWizard or even squishier Priest from being... well, squished.
** There's also a warrior protection talent Vigilence which allows the warrior to transfer threat generated by another character to his/herself and redirect the path of attacks from the enemy.
** Paladins also have an ability named Hand of Sacrifice, which will redirect 30% of incoming damage from the target to the paladin, up to 100% of the paladin's hitpoints. Like Superman above, they have the ability to become (briefly) invulnerable...
** Paladins also used to have an ability called Divine Intervention, which instantly killed the Paladin in return for giving its target full invulnerability for up to three minutes at the cost of immobilizing them.
** In the end of the Gilneas storyline, Liam Greymane is killed by Sylvanas Windrunner when he takes a poisoned arrow intended for his father, king Genn Greymane.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''
** Sonic is quite adept at these in all continuities, having taken the bullet for Shahra the Genie in ''Sonic and the Secret Rings'' and Cream and Chris in ''Sonic X''.
** Speaking of Shahra, she pays Sonic back for the deed when Erazor offers up Sonic's life in sacrifice to gain the power to control the World Rings. Rather than slicing the hedgehog in half, Erazor lands the blade in Shahra's back.
** Maria did this for Shadow. Shadow was traumatized, although not as much as his creator and Maria's (and Eggman's) grandfather, Professor Gerald, who in a fit of nihilism altered Shadow's memories and a few other things so that Shadow would destroy the world. Ironically, Gerald had earlier set up a Xanatos Gambit to allow Shadow to ''defend'' the world.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicColors'', Tails pushes Sonic out the way of Eggman's [[MindControlDevice mind control beam]].
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''
** [[IdiotHero Beat]] attempts what may be the stupidest examples of this trope ''ever'' when he tries doing this, instead of a more appropriate DivingSave, to save Rhyme ''from being hit by a car''.
** He also does it again later for Neku. A mind-controlled Shiki is attacking the pair; Beat sees no choice but to take her out. Neku turns to face him as he angrily says they'll do no such thing. He gets attacked by Shiki from behind for his trouble. Beat is quick to take the hit for him.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl''
** Ness and Lucas are being attacked by Wario. Wario fires his trophy gun at Ness a few times, and Ness dodges all the shots easily. An irritated Wario then changes his target to Lucas. Lucas, being the cowardly little brat he is, doesn't even try to dodge, so Ness pushes Lucas out of the way, complete with slow motion camera panning, and is turned into a trophy in the process. It should be noted that in this world, being turned into a trophy is like death.
** And Donkey Kong for Diddy Kong (in their case, Donkey Kong actually had to ''punch'' Diddy Kong out of the way).
* ''VideoGame/BloodlineChampions'' used to have this effect for the Guardian's Thrust ability when hitting an ally with it -- part of the damage the ally would take while the effect lasted would be done to the Guardian, the amount of damage the Guardian taking from that effect also being reduced. Also was an example of {{Synchronization}}.
* Near the end of ''VideoGame/FableII'', ''Your dog'' does this when the BigBad captures and tries to kill you. The BigBad then subverts things by ''shooting you anyway''.
* At the very end of ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'', protagonist Jim Raynor does this for [[spoiler:his TragicMonster LoveInterest Sarah Kerrigan]] in one of the rare examples of Taking the Bullet where the one doing the shielding is not physically harmed. (In this case, grace of Raynor's PowerArmor [[InvertedTrope not]] [[ArmorIsUseless being useless]].)
* Completing the romance sidequest with Anera in ''Shadowlords'' requires taking a death effect attack for her. Though the PowerOfLove keeps you alive at 1hp instead of killing you.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** The series often gives Paladins and Knights the ability "Cover," which, when active, will make the character automatically receive any physical attack aimed at a weakened teammate. Especially if said attack would have killed the target. Even if [[HonorBeforeReason the attack will kill the Paladin/Knight.]]
** Those classes also typically have the "Counter Attack" ability, which lets them retaliate for free whenever they're hit. This, combined with Cover, makes these characters into excellent meat shields, taking the pressure off your weaker party members while also dealing extra damage.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', as soon as he sees him, Tellah starts beating up a SpoonyBard named Edward. His daughter, Anna, ran away to be with Edward because she loved Edward. Sadly, when King Baron attacked, we find [[spoiler:Anna]] played this trope straight (with arrows) at the cost of the person's life.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', [[ChivalrousPervert Zidane]] has the Protect Girls ability, which, as the name implies, is a variant of Cover that only protects female characters.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Tidus]] takes one of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII The Emperor's]] Flare attacks for Yuna in ''[[DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia 012: Duodecim]]'', despite him being on Chaos' side and [[LaserGuidedAmnesia not holding any memories]] of being with her on her pilgrimage in their original game. This prompts [[spoiler:Jecht to transfer his own energy to Tidus in order to save his life, allowing the Emperor to abduct Jecht and use him in the following cycle.]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem''
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'' has two examples. First, Jarod's friend jumps in the way of the Black Knight's sword, prompting Micaiah to tell the Black Knight to let Jarod escape and bury his friend]]. Later, if this is not your first play-through, Micaiah has the option of jumping in front of the knife meant for King Pelleas -- a rare case of TakingTheBullet for someone who actually ''wants'' the bullet.
** There is also the skill Guard, which allows a character to protect a character that they have a support with if they are next to them, though it doesn't always work.
* Near the end of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder'', Cedric ''accidentally'' takes a magical bullet for Graham (at least in the PC CD-ROM adaptation; all other versions had him being ''accidentally'' TakenForGranite). And in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIIThePrincelessBride'', the Troll King takes magical lightning for Rosella.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}''
** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' party members with [[LevelUpAtIntimacy5 high-enough Social Link rankings]] will do this for you. This comes to play in the True Ending's boss, where each party member knocks you out of the way to take [[spoiler:Izanami]]'s lethal attacks in your place.
** The same mechanic appears in ''Persona 3 Portable'', which is based off ''Persona 4''[='=]s combat system.
** In the original ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', [[spoiler: Shinjiro takes a bullet meant for Ken as an apology for having caused his mother's death]], and later, [[spoiler: Junpei takes a bullet for Chidori.]] As a result, [[spoiler: Shinjiro dies, but Junpei survives when Chidori sacrifices herself to heal him.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''
** Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' when Adell takes an energy blast meant for Rozalin, fulfilling every aspect of the trope... Except for the fact that, in an incredible example of CutscenePowerToTheMax (the blast-ee is a HopelessBossFight), the blast doesn't so much as faze him.
** Parodied in ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' when Gold Knuckle, a minor character, does it because he wants more time in the spotlight. [[EverythingFades He appears to die]], but gets better...after about 10 seconds. Naturally, it get a LampshadeHanging courtesy of [[OnlySaneMan Almaz]].
** ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'' has [[NobleDemon Valvatorez]] pulling this off to defend [[LovableCoward Emizel]] from [[DiscOneFinalBoss Desco's]] energy blast. Similar to Adell above, it doesn't faze him at all and then he proceeds to lecture Desco on how poor form that is for a final boss.
* In ''VideoGame/EternalDaughter'', Hume dies doing this to save his half-sister, Mia.
* ''VideoGame/AceCombat 5: The Unsung War'' has Captain Bartlett draw a missile away from Nagase.
** Done again in ''VideoGame/AceCombat Zero:'' PJ blocks a laser beam intended for Cypher in the final level. May or may not also count as a HeroicSacrifice; whether or not he survived is actually [[BrokenBase a matter of debate among the fans.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', Kratos takes an energy blast in the back for Lloyd. [[spoiler: It's also right after it's revealed he's Lloyd's father, so it makes a lot of sense. And a lot of ouch. Luckily it doesn't kill him.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', Tear does this while jumping in front the petrified Luke and gets slashed in the arm instead.
* In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV: The End of the Milennium'', Alys does this for Chaz, taking the hit from Zio's Dark Wave and leading to what may be one of the saddest video game deaths of all.
* In the final chapter of ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', Nastasia takes an attack meant for Count Bleck. She gets better.
* In ''VideoGame/TrueCrimeStreetsOfLA'', Rafferty took the bullet for Nick when Rocky was about shoot him cuffed to the chair.
* Just before the final battle of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' Batman takes a dart full of [[PsychoSerum Titan]] meant for Commissioner Gordon.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'', the Warrior class can learn Whipping Boy which lets a warrior take blows meant for a teammate. And, better yet, the Paladin class is the master of this, with high defense plus the ability to deflect all attacks for all party members. Both classes make great meat shields for your magic users.
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate''
** If you romance Jaheira in ''Baldur's Gate 2'', a band of thugs will hold her hostage and demand your valuables during your travels. You have the option of offering to take her place as a hostage. If you do, the bandits shoot you instead and boy does this piss off Jaheira. After your party demolishes the bandits (they aren't that tough) [[AngerBornOfWorry Jaheira will be absolutely furious]] with you for risking your life for her this way.
** If your character is equipped with the Shield of Arrow Reflection, the shot will instead bounce back at the bandit, inflicting major damage on him. Jaheira still throws a fit.
* In the Flash game ''VideoGame/ImmorTall'' you spend the entire game doing this as an alien trying to protect the family it befriended during a war. As you shield them from machine guns, tanks, and bombers, your movements become slower and slower, until you finally succumb to your wounds and die.
* Helena's mother in ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' does this to save her daughter. ''Dead or Alive 2'' has her pushing Helena out of the way while ''4'' has her run in front. Dimensions uses both.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear''
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', Naked Snake ends up pulling this in order to save Tatyana from Ocelot's bullet. It also had him knocking into Ocelot as well, causing his aim to awry, and resulted in Big Boss getting a muzzle flash burn on his right eye.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'', Jonathan ends up rushing to Big Boss, warning him of an attack from one of the paranoid soldiers (Gene had earlier driven his own men into a mass panic about being executed by an inside man by Gene for "betraying" him using his voice.), and ended up taking a bullet in the head and the chest for Big Boss. This action was more than enough to have Big Boss screaming in anguish.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''
** Defensive support in the ''Super Robot Wars'' series. [[TheGenericGuy Russel Bergman]] from the OriginalGeneration games has this as his specialty.
** In ''Super Robot Wars Gaiden'', this happened to Ricardo in an attempt to save Tytti from imminent death from her arch-nemesis. As a result, she became AllergicToLove.
* The patient of a Medic in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is expected to do this: that way, the Medic stays alive, hopefully continues to heal the patient if they live, and gains uber-charge, which builds faster on injured team-mates. This is especially seen on Arena "sudden death" matches, where Medics are necessary to keep the team alive.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' Flint winds up taking two extremely powerful psionic attacks for his son Lucas.
* Most skillshots in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' can be intercepted by another body, so this is an option, although one you only want to use if you're more expendable and you're sure your target wasn't going to dodge it anyway. A number of spells that aren't blocked outright also have their damage reduced for each target they pass through, so this can be used to mitigate the effect. Of particular note is Caitlyn's Ace in the Hole attack, a long-range sniper shot that locks onto a target and never misses, but can be intercepted by a nearby teammate. Elise is also noted for being extremely difficult to skillshot in spider form because of the spiderlings that follow her around
* In ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'', when [[spoiler: Lily suspects Ben (If you saved Doug in Episode 1 instead of Carley) being the one giving the bandits supplies and tries to shoot him, but Doug jumps in the way and takes the bullet instead.]]
* One Paragon version of the encounter with Conrad Verner in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' has him dive in front of a gunshot to save Shepard from an assassin. [[spoiler:Then it turns out a quick-thinking bystander sabotaged the gun with her omni-tool, and the gunshot sound was the gun's mechanisms breaking.]]
* ''VideoGame/RhythmThiefAndTheEmperorsTreasure'' has this done on a couple of occasions. The most notable instance is done by Elisabeth to Marie.
* The game ''VideoGame/{{Puppetshow}}: Destiny Undone'' ends with Cricks, the insane BigBad with a vendetta against the Puppetmaster, throwing a vial of acid at him with the intention of blinding him. However, the Puppetmaster's young daughter Felicia jumps in the way and takes the acid intended for her father.
* In the ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters 2000'' game, [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/neogeo/b/kof2kpsy.htm the Psycho Soldiers ending]] has [[spoiler: Bao jumping in the air and taking ''a huge blast from a KillSat'' to protect his teammates. Kensou retrieves the fatally wounded Bao and absorbs the remaining energy through a KissOfLife, both recovering his lost powers and saving Bao's life.]]]
* Bumblebee takes a blast from Megatron that was meant for Optimus at the end of the first level of ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron''. Cue Optimus going to town on Megatron.
* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'', [[spoiler:during the mission aboard the ''U.S.S. Obama'', assuming Chloe Lynch is rescued by killing [=DeFalco=] and Farid survives his playable section, Farid saves Chloe from [[TheMole Salazar's betrayal]] in this manner.]]
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'': [[spoiler: Snake]] takes all six of [[spoiler:Ace]]'s bullets in order to save Junpei, Seven and Lotus and [[spoiler:avenge his sister]] in the "safe" ending.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Yarudora}} series vol.3: VisualNovel/{{Sampaguita}}'', when you [[StormingTheCastle storm the Yakuza Headquarters]] with Boy and pals in order to save the kidnapped Maria, and you finally find her, the wounded Yakuza boss will try, [[TakingYouWithMe in his last breath]], to shoot her as she's running towards you. Depending on if you still have bullets in your gun or not, you will be treated with two possible Endings: [[spoiler: Good End 3, where you have no choice but to perform this trope, and succeed in saving Maria, but [[TheHeroDies at the cost of your life]]; however, [[OurGhostsAreDifferent you awake as a ghost]] 2 years later, and discover, to your joy, that Maria now lives a happy life [[SomeoneToRememberHimBy with the baby boy born from you and her]]]]; or [[spoiler: Normal End 2, where you ''can'' shoot the Yakuza boss, but choose to perform this trope instead: as a result, Maria is safe, [[StupidSacrifice but the game ends as you die, without the ghost story]].]]
* In ''[[VisualNovel/FantasiaOtomeGameSeries Fantasia: Requiem of the Abyss]]'', Faye jumps into the line of fire to save Cyrus and Valen from certain death.
* In ''{{VisualNovel/Ace Attorney Investigations|MilesEdgeworth}}'', Shi-Long Lang takes a bullet meant for Shih-na, [[spoiler: despite the fact that she's just been revealed as TheMole and as a murder they've been tracking for years]]. The reason? [[spoiler: Lang still considers her part of his 'pack', even though she's a traitor.]] Don't worry, he was only shot in the leg and he's MadeOfIron so it's not even mentioned again.
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend''
** During the BBL route, Yuuya takes [[spoiler:the blade that cut at his brother]]. The attacker tried twice and was intercepted twice. Analysis of handedness and which shoulder the blood appeared on leads fans to believe that Yuuya basically acted a shield and covered [[spoiler: Sakuya]] with his back turned on the attacker, focused purely on defense. Semi-official fanart of Yuuya's gijinka, created by someone who collaborates with the creator, shows a multitude of scars, but the attacker did decide to just leave after that.
-->''Suddenly, Sakazaki Yuuya blocks out the sun.''
** In the sequel AU game, ''Holiday Star'', Yuuya pushes Hiyoko out of the way of a tank shell and is burned too badly to stand for his efforts.
* Jessica in ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' takes a flying stake in the back to protect Kanon. Touching, but ultimately [[SenselessSacrifice senseless]].
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Subverted in the ''Space Tree'' episode "[[http://spacetree.com/spacetree36.html Kill or Kick]]": When Space Tree hears that Ghost Spider's plan went off without a hatch, Space Tree executes ''his'' plan. ''With a gun.'' The Commander leaps in front of Ghost Spider, slow motion, "NOOOO!" and all, but the gun hasn't even fired. Turns out Space Tree's plan was just to kick Ghost Spider.
* During the final Dragon Shrine showdown of ''[[WebAnimation/BunnyKill Bunnykill 4]]'', Snowball, after defending an unconscious [[ActionGirl Ruby]] from a storm of giant shurikens hurled by [[BigBad Flint]], gets his sword knocked out of his hands when Flint hurls a powered-up shuriken at him. Ruby wakes up as Flint hurls his final shuriken at him (complete with the requisite slow-mo), and sacrifices herself to save his life by taking the shuriken in the back. Snowball proceeds to go into [[SuperMode "White Avenger" mode]] and [[UnstoppableRage proceeds to kick seven shades of hell out of Flint]].
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/CityOfReality'', ActionGirl AV leaps in front of a bullet intended for TheAce, Todo, after the latter is unable to comprehend the gritty nature of Magic World and defies a mugger.
* ''Webcomic/CuantaVida'': [[spoiler: Red, for the BLU Sniper]]
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Lars takes the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20061211 sword blow intended for Agatha.]]
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Girly}}'': Officer Getskilled leaps in front of a bullet for Policeguy and Hipbone, but another character gets in front of ''him''. The character is not only immortal but imperviable, and spirits Getskilled away to the immortal realm as a reward for his courage.
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Ysengrin [[ShapeshifterWeapon forms his arm into a giant blade]] and attempts to skewer Antimony. Renard [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=285 leaps]] between Annie and the blade. This isn't entirely necessary, as Mr. Donlan's magic shield would have saved Annie either way (in fact, the shield ends up protecting Reynardine), but Annie certainly appreciated Rey's intent.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[spoiler: Dream Jade does this for John. Only no, it's not a bullet, it's a [[ColonyDrop meteor.]] ]]
* Replace the word "bullet" with "boulder", and strip [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0451.html "Change of Direction"]] from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' definitely qualifies, as a hobgoblin saves Redcloak from a catapult shot.
* In ''Webcomic/PowerpuffGirlsDoujinshi'', [=DeeDee=] takes a bullet from one of Mandark's robots to save [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Dexter]].
* In ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'', Ace Dick's Auto-Parry [[{{Kevlard}} consists of "taking the hit directly in the guts"]]. In the game of ''Life'', he Auto-Parries a bullet to save Sonhearst.
-->"It is incredibly painful!"
* Spoofed in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' when Private Aardman throws his overly-large nose in front of a bullet to save Ensign Ventura. That's OK though, as he's been trying to injure his nose so he can get free cosmetic surgery (only provided for injuries in the line of duty).
* {{Justified|Trope}} in ''Webcomic/TheZombieHunters'', Charlie puts up an arm to block a zombie bite intended for his [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind wounded teammate]] Katie. Since he's a [[HalfHumanHybrid Half]]-[[OurZombiesAreDifferent Zombie]], it [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction barely]] [[NighInvulnerable registers]] as [[OnlyAFleshWound painful]] to him.
* ''Webcomic/{{Spacetrawler}}''
** Bizarrely used: one second Growp is trying to kill Emily, and the next he's throwing himself in the path of a fatal laserblast aimed at Emily -- because Growp considers himself [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou the only one allowed to kill her]].
** And later, Gurf does the same thing. Except it was a ''non''-lethal laser blast, he's the biggest of the party, and now they have to carry him back to the ship.
* Done heart-warmingly so in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' as Criminy's awesomeness status [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-02-19 steadily rises]].
* In ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'', Nina takes a [[ItMakesSenseInContext magical gender changing beam]] for her friend Ace. It doesn't do any good though, because while Nina is trying to figure out what just happened to her, Blair doubles back and hits Ace anyway.
* ''Webcomic/{{Bug|Martini}}'' points out [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/bullets-and-bodyguards/ possible technical problems]] with this.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Roomies}}!'', Ruth takes a semi-truck for Danny.
* In ''Webcomic/BlueYonder'', [[http://www.blueyondercomic.net/comics/1332262/blue-yonder-chapter-1-page-34/ Kevin takes one, not quite intentionally -- he had meant to get himself and Jared out of the way.]]
* In ''Webcomic/OffWhite,'' Munin, the raven/crow guardian of memories does this for Hati when his brother Sköll fires spells at him.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest''
** Subverted in v1 with baseball players Michael Suarez and Scott Jameson. Barry Coleson High's baseball team was so close to each other that they were [[TrueCompanions almost like brothers to each other]], so when the two finally meet up and start to talk, Mike pushes Scott out of the way when he hears someone behind him, taking the bullets that would've killed Scott and being paralyzed by them (though he says "Scotty, look out!" not, "No!"). The subversion comes when Scott ''doesn't'' run like Mike tells him to, transfixed due to fear, and gets fatally shot anyway.
** Played more straightly in v4, when Jonathan Jarocki shoots at Charlene Norris. Alex Campbell does indeed jump in front of her, getting a bullet to the shoulder. Charlene, however, was injured, but not as bad as Alex.
* In the final battle of ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'', the End of Days (a Game and Watch octopus) starts spearing everyone in sight. Fox pushes Marth out of the way of one tentacle, getting himself speared in the process. Made all the more significant because until that final battle, they were on opposite sides of the law.
* Subverted in the final chapter of ''Literature/SailorNothing'', [[spoiler:as Aki is merely wounded, not killed, in the process.]] It's also toyed with in that [[spoiler:two people dive for the same bullet, the second pushing the first out of the way in addition to the original target]].
* In ''Literature/InterviewingLeather'', when Todd Chapman is exploring the scenes of Dynamo Girl's heroics, he mentions seeing the city councilman she caught a bullet for.
* In the [[WebVideo/HitlerRants Downfall parody]] series Llama Priest by YouTube user The Silver Universe, Gunsche does this to protect Hitler from being [[spoiler:killed by Goebbels]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Apu takes a bullet for James Woods, only to find it bounced off ''another'' bullet.
** Another episode had Homer attend bodyguard training, where he was tested for this. Attendants were marked on the effort put into their "[[BigNo Noooo!]]" among other things.
** And yet another episode had elderly Springfieldian Cornelius Chapman taking "a bullet for Huey Long" in his past: the assassin opens up on Huey Long, who takes a few hits before Cornelius leaps by (with the obligatory "Nooooo!"), taking exactly one bullet and then landing.
** Also parodied in an episode where Ned Flanders is going to baptize Bart and Lisa, only to have Homer leap in the way of the water at the last second, complete with slow-motion dive and BigNo.
-->'''Bart:''' Homer, you took a baptism for me. How do you feel?\\
'''Homer:''' Oh, Bartholomew, I feel like Saint Augustine of Hippo after his conversion by Ambrose of Milan.\\
'''Flanders:''' ''(astonished)'' Homer, what did you just say?\\
'''Homer:''' ''I SAID SHUT YOUR UGLY FACE, FLANDERS!''
** In "Saturdays of Thunder", [[ShowWithinAShow a McBain movie]] has [=McBain's=] sidekick Scoie protect [=McBain=] from an assassination attempt. This happens right after Scoie [[{{Retirony}} discusses his plans for retirement]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** In a subverted example, Fry saves Leela by taking a giant space wasp sting meant for her. Fry ends up ''dying'' from this, and [[spoiler:Leela starts to have hallucinations of him telling her to wake up. Ultimately it is revealed that the space wasp's stinger pierced right through Fry and nicked Leela, thus injecting its venom into her instead of him. She's been in a coma ever since, and the hallucinations were the real, healed up, Fry. He's been at her bedside trying to wake her up.]] Quite touching, really.
** In "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences", Fry leaps in front of Leela and takes it when she was about to be shot by a vaporizer. [[spoiler:Subverted when everyone realizes it was actually a teleporter. Though at the time Fry was unaware of this.]]
* In the final battle against Azula from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Zuko takes a full-on lightning blast (complete with a BigNo in Slow Mo) meant for Katara. He had been taught to redirect lightning, however, which meant that he was just badly injured instead of killed outright, since he couldn't fully redirect it in the middle of a DivingSave.
* Humorously played with in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' where Peter tells the family one of his relatives took a bullet for someone (a president if I remember). Cut to a scene where the intended target is being shot by a rapidly firing gun several times. Suddenly a Peter look-a-like relative jumps in between the gunner and target, takes exactly one bullet complete with bullet time slow motion and a big no and drops to the floor as the scene resumes normal speed and the target is shot several more times.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}''. An interesting inversion of this was played when [=SpongeBob=] leapt in front of Patrick just as a speeding car was about to spatter mud all over him, protecting the ultra rare and super valuable Mermaid Man trading card he was holding in his hand.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''
** In season 1, it is frequent for the [[HeroSecretService Lyoko Warriors]] to be taking a [[FrickinLaserBeams laser beam]] to protect Aelita -- especially Odd, since he was unable to block them. [[JustifiedTrope Quite justified]], since a devirtualization isn't fatal for them, while it would be for Aelita (and even if it weren't, only she can deactivate XANA's current scheme, often [[AlwaysClose with mere seconds to spare]]). Much less prevalent starting season 2, since XANA wants Aelita alive at this point.
** In season 3, it is Aelita's turn at taking the laser beam to save the Lyoko Core. (At this point, protecting her this way isn't always necessary, as she is no longer in danger of ceasing to exist if she "dies" on Lyoko.)
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub''
** In the second season, Riven almost dies when he takes a blast from the BrainwashedAndCrazy Bloom to save an already injured Musa. When Sky [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight talks Bloom out of it]], she uses her powers to heal him.
** In an episode of the fifth season, Musa got turned into a giant mutant seal after getting hit by one of [[BigBad Tritannus]]' spells that was meant for Aisha.
** In another episode of the fifth season, Icy actually takes one of Bloom's attacks that were meant for Tritannus, which Bloom considers an OutOfCharacterMoment for Icy as she had clearly not expected her to do so.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' Superman takes a ball that apparently annihilated matter for his friends. Luckily for him, it turned out to only be a time travel portal.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''
** Bumblebee takes a blast of Meltdown's acid (which melts through basically anything ever, including Cybertronians) for Bulkhead. Fortunately, the Autobots have Sari's key to repair him.
** He did it in the [[FiveEpisodePilot three-episode pilot]] too, shielding most of the human supporting cast from [[TheStarscream Starscream]].
* ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule'' has Zip do this as a MookFaceTurn when the demon tries hurling a blast of... um, something at the heroes.
* An episode of ''Franchise/CareBears'' has this. Wish Bear saved the distressed kid of the week by taking a blast from one of Professor Coldheart's inventions for him. It didn't kill her, just turn her grey and apathetic. Cue the SwissArmyTears.
* Leonidas Van Rook does this to save Drew Saturday in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays''.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''
** Parodied when Peggy starts throwing tomatoes at King Phillip at the Renaissance fair one of his men dives in front of him and takes a few hits.
** In another episode ("Dog Dale Afternoon"), after Hank successfully escorted Dale out of the college watch tower in which the police mistaken him for a sniper when he was actually exterminating bugs, a vigilant sniper locked in at Dale and Hank jumped in taking the bullet for him. Good thing Hank was wearing a bulletproof vest.
* Done in the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' episode "One Million Emotions". An alien artifact that is charitably described as "the emotional electric chair" essentially subjects anyone who touches it to MindRape as the stored emotions within blast into that person's mind and drive them insane. The object goes flying straight at Niko, causing Shane to leap in front of her and intercept it. He takes the full brunt of the emotional blast, but manages to retain his sanity because his altered genetics offered some protection. {{Fanon}} speculates that it changed him more than he admits.
* The Ruby-Spears ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon sees Proto Man invoking this trope. Mega Man keeps dodging Proto Man's shots, so Proto Man [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI8RPO87vSc takes aim at the Lincoln Memorial instead.]] [[PatrioticFervor It works.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', Uncle Ruckus did for the mall Santa when Riley shoots multiple BB rounds.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''
** In the episode "Stannie Get Your Gun", Stan (paralyzed by a gun accident) took the bullet for Hayley when a fired gun mascot aimed a sniper at her upon singing an anti-gun song. The bullet helped cured his paralysis when it dislodged first bullet that hit him before.
** A suicidal lemur takes a bullet for Francine in another episode.
* In the episode "You Made Me" in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Finn takes a blow from Lemongrab's [[MusicalAssassin Sound Sword]] for Princess Bubblegum. The resulting attack knocks him out [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and tears apart his hat]].
* Though not exactly lethal, in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', Cody leaps in front of a dodgeball (in [[BulletTime slow-mo]]) for Gwen. Sierra later does the same thing for him two seasons later, [[ItMakesSenseInContext except with a meatball.]]
* In a flashback for an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' back when Cornfed and Duckman first met, Cornfed takes many hits from a criminals gun, he survives.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', with Skipper blocking an angry pigeon's droppings for the park commissioner.
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation: T.O.M.M.Y.", where Numbuh Two make a slow-motion dive to save his little brother Tommy from a ''snot bullet''.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'':
** Squire Winston takes a lethal energy blast for Sir George.
** In the episode "Enemy of My Frenemy", Kevin takes a blow for Gwen; he recovers.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''. At the end of "Klokblocked", the extremist faction Succuboso Explosion fires their electrically charged "loin extractor" at Nathan -- Murderface heroically dives in front of him and takes it full in the crotch.
* [[spoiler:Terra]] in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' deliberately invokes this by aiming a boulder towards Robin and Starfire, knowing that one or the other would inevitably take the hit and only leave one titan to deal with afterwards.
* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/BlackDynamite'' [[ParodiedTrope parodies the trope]] by having Cream Corn take a bullet for [[spoiler: MichaelJackson]]. He survived; his timing was a little early and the bullet [[AssShove got lodged in his rear]]. [[spoiler: Michael returned the favor towards the [[IncrediblyLamePun end]].]]
* In the ''DanVs'' episode "Elise's Parents", Dan takes a poisoned dart for his best friend's father-in-law, but is saved by several layers of duct tape he used to tape on the tape recorder the use of which got them into that mess to begin with.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,331548,00.html Alexis Goggins]] was a RealLife seven-year-old who took six bullets for her own mother. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome She also managed to survive.]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liviu_Librescu Dr. Liviu Librescu]], Romanian-born Holocaust survivor, [[BadassBookworm scientist]] and [[BadassTeacher academic professor]]. During the Virginia Tech massacre, Librescu [[YouShallNotPass personally kept the door shut]] to prevent gunman Seung-hui Cho from entering the classroom while his students escaped out the windows. He was [[MadeOfIron shot through the door five times]] before finally succumbing to a shot to the head. Only one of his 23 students failed to escape.
* The attempt on Ronald Reagan's life by John Hinckley Jr. may have succeeded had it not been for the actions of Secret Service agent Timothy J. [=McCarthy=], who leapt in front of Reagan, receiving a wound in his abdomen. He survived. This remains the only time since the Secret Service was officially charged with protecting Presidents in 1906 that a Secret Serviceman has actually taken a bullet for the President.
* All personnel recruited as agents in various police/military-based [=VIP=] protection units (with some exceptions like the Secret Service) are trained to do this if the worse should come to the worst when the [=VIP=] is in danger. Hence the nickname "Bulletcatchers".
* A somewhat extreme example is Alexander Matrosov, a Red Army soldier during CrowningMoment/WorldWarTwo. During an assault on Chernushki village, the Soviets were held off by a German [[CoolGun MG 42]] (which is the [[MoreDakka fastest firing]] single barreled machine gun in history) firing from a pill-box. Matrosov threw himself in front of the massive amount of dakka, blocking the fire and allowing his unit to advance. He was posthumously awarded Hero of the Soviet Union, the highest honour that can be bestowed by the USSR.\\\
Matrosov's deed was praised and exemplified as a device for motivation and morale via newspapers, and afterwards entered the Soviet\Russian culture via the history books and propaganda (like several other greatly romanticized, though largely non-invented acts of heroism). What's interesting is the surfacing number of "firing-port jumpers" both ''before'' and after Matrosov. The rough estimate puts them at ''between 200 and 400''. Note that the very definition of the feat means it was voluntary and by all means "above and beyond the call of duty" -- which, combined with other realistic considerations, kinda goes against the whole "cannon fodder peasants 'motivated' into frontal assaults by machine-gun-armed NKVD squads" tripe that is so widespread in the USA and is occasionally touted as "the grim truth of the Eastern Front".
* During the SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan, Soviet aerial convoys were protected from Stinger-wielding Mujahideen fighters by Mi-24 Hind helicopter gunships. According to some, the pilots were instructed to use their helicopters to physically block the missiles should they get too close to the planes, earning them the nickname "Mandatory Matrosovs". Not as bad as it sounds, however; the Hind is built to stand up to considerable punishment.
* After the July 20 Plot to kill Hitler failed, the plot's conspirators were arrested and placed in front of a firing squad. When Claus von Stauffenberg (one of the plot's ringleaders) was about to be shot, his adjutant, Werner von Haeften in a crowning moment of awesome defiantly placed himself in front of von Stauffenberg, taking the bullets intended for von Stauffenberg. Though the truth of this is disputed somewhat, as the bullets would have gone straight through him and still injured Stauffenberg.
* Late in World War II, the Japanese destroyer ''Akikaze'' deliberately charged between the carrier it was escorting and an attacking submarine, taking six torpedo hits in the process. ''Akikaze'' was lost with all hands, but saved the carrier.
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