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A grenade, bomb or other type of explosive is live with mere seconds to go, leaving Alice in danger. Or perhaps the building is burning, and a rafter comes loose. Or a window or glass ceiling shatters, and Alice is right in the path of the deadly shards.

Just in time, Bob leaps between her and the danger. He might get on top of her to shield her from falling debris, or he might simply cradle her with his body blocking the danger. Often a HeroicSacrifice, but it's just as often that Bob has NighInvulnerability, or maybe the damage is made less by his actions.

Usually the [[InvertedTrope Inversion]] of JumpingOnAGrenade, which is when Bob [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin jumps on a grenade]] to dampen the explosion. See also TakingTheBullet, for when Bob jumps in the way of a bullet meant for Alice, or DivingSave, for when Bob pushes Alice out of the way of something dangerous. Compare LoadBearingHero.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Done in ''Manga/KarakuriCircus '', creating a '''serious''' plot twist, as it ends rather badly for said hero. [[spoiler: Although not as badly as initially indicated...]]
** Done also in ''Manga/UshioAndTora '' - Tora uses his body to protect a household spirit from backlash from a powerful seal being broken.
* ''Manga/BusouRenkin'': Captain Bravo shields [[spoiler: the two leads, Kazuki and Tokiko]] from a massive flame-based attack using his... er... magical BadassLongcoat.
* In one episode of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', the Contractor November 11 uses his [[AnIcePerson ice powers]] while covering human co-worker Kirihara with his body, in order to shield her from another Contractor's explosive powers.
* Subverted cruelly ''twice'' in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' first season finale: [[spoiler:Lichty]] tries shielding [[spoiler:Christina]] from an explosion this way, but is fatally injured and dies in her arms, happily believing that he protected her. ''Then'', it is revealed that he ''failed'' and she was fatally injured, too, dying just moments after him.
* Happens many times in ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', without any lasting effects to both parties involved.
* Genji grabs Shannon when [[spoiler:the fake Kanon leaps at her with a laser blade,]] and rolls out of the way in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''. This is one of the many reasons Genji is awesome.
* Shizuo does this to Akane in the sixth volume of ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' when he realizes that a large load of combat knives that he knocked loose in a fight are about to fall on the girl.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Alphonse Elric uses his NighInvulnerable armor body to shield the flesh-and-blood [[AnimeChineseGirl May Chang]] from an explosion. [[spoiler:It doesn't end well]].
** Al also pulls this in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], instead protecting Ed.
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. The girls are "conditioned" to protect their handlers, though it could also be MoreThanMindControl.
* The titular character from ''Manga/InuYasha'' protects Kagome this way on multiple occasions.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Simon [[spoiler: jumps in the way of an extremely powerful destructive spell that Jellal was going to destroy Erza and Natsu with; he successfully shields them with his body, but dies shortly thereafter, leading to Natsu's UnstoppableRage and subsequent victory.]]
* Peace from ''Manga/TheVoynichHotel'' meets her end [[spoiler:saving Leader from a landmine.]]
* When the space-shuttle soundstage collapses in ''Anime/MillenniumActress'', Genya throws himself over Chiyoko to protect her from falling debris.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Mr. Fantastic of the Comicbook/FantasticFour often does this to protect his colleagues.
* [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk The Incredible Hulk's]] origins deal with Bruce Banner pushing Rick Jones into a trench, whereby Banner absorbed the brunt of the blast, which Rick is not affected by as a result.

* In ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' fanfiction ''PrisonIslandBreak,'' in an uncharacteristic moment of selflessness [[spoiler: VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog]] wraps himself around [[spoiler: Sonic's sister, Sonia]] to prevent injuries by a shrapnel grenade.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' AlternateUniverseFic ''Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil'', the fight in Shendu's palace is briefly interrupted by Captain Black's men shooting rockets at the demon, with Valerie Payne (Shendu's [[WonderTwinPowers Other]] and [[VillainousCrush love interest]]) being dangerously close to the rockets' path. [[PetTheDog Seemingly on instinct]] Shendu uses his SuperSpeed to rush to her and [[VillainousRescue conceals her with his body]]. As he's NighInvulnerable, the rockets do harm neither to him or Valerie.

[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Elastigirl protects her kids this way in an aircraft that was hit by missiles. It helps she can form her body into any shape and that earlier her super suit was specifically shown to be able to withstand direct missile impacts.

[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', Colossus shields Rogue this way in the Danger Room simulation, however this is also so that she can get his steel skin for further protection.
* ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', Bond huddles over Camille right before he shoots the fuel pod.
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''
** ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'', Marcus Wright shields Blair from the fire in the tunnel.
** In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', someone shields a child this way in Sarah's dream. Since it is against a nearby nuclear explosion, it has no effect.
** In ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'', John shields Kate several times, once by literally dragging her below him, to cover her, usually from debris.
* Done in ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' movie, with Hulk shielding Betty Ross from a firey explosion.
* ''Film/{{Highlander}}'': Connor leaps on top of Rachel, using [[NighInvulnerability his immortality]] to protect her from Nazi gunfire. He explains, [[ThemeTuneCameo "it's a kind of magic."]]
* In ''Film/FantasticFour2005'', the Human Torch shielded a young girl from an explosion. Because of his fire abilities, the blast didn't harm him.
* The escaped slave does this for the little girl in ''Film/TheFall''.
* In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', Loki shields Jane from the explosion when Thor tries to destroy the Aether with Mjölnir.

* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', Sam Vimes throws himself to the ground while holding Young Sam after someone takes a pot-shot with a FireBreathingWeapon. When he gets back up, he is ''[[PapaWolf pissed]]''.

[[folder:Live-Action Television]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Clark uses this method of rescue quite frequently, as is his future self in various incarnations of {{Superman}}
** In the Max Fleischer short "The Mechanical Monsters", Superman spreads [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/shield.png his Cape around Lois Lane]] to protect her from the vat pouring [[ConvectionSchmonvection Hot Lava]]. [[MySuitIsAlsoSuper I guess his suit is also super.]]
** Superman has also swallowed explosives on more than one occasion, in order to ensure the safety of surrounding citizens.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The end of the intro boss battle of ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 1''. As the Golem gets ready to explode, Ciel got free from its grasp, but she's too weak to move away. Zero runs over to her and covers her from the ensuing blast. Ciel manages to remain relatively unhurt, even when the explosion was point-blank in range.

* Used by the Fed in ''Webcomic/AGirlAndHerFed '' [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/comic/?650 here]][[spoiler:, though it's unnecessary given the ''very'' sturdy table he's behind.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' utilizes this trope in "Be Afraid Of The Dark", using the armadillo-esque "Cannonbolt" Ben is able to shield himself, Gwen and Grandpa so that they can re-enter Earth's atmosphere safely.
* ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'': Wolverine covers a little girl from a train explosion in the first episode. [[GoodThingYouCanHeal He Gets Better]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' "A Dark Knight to Remember" Batman shields Batgirl from Penguin's flamethrower with his cape.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' gives us the falling-bits-of-stone-ceiling variant, with [[spoiler: Zuko]] protecting [[spoiler: Katara]] in this way in the episode "The Southern Raiders". Also served as ShipTease.
** Also done in the episode "Sozin's Comet Part 3", when [[spoiler:Sokka]] shields [[spoiler:Toph]] from falling debris from a war balloon.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', in one of his final episodes, [[BashBrothers joins forces with]] [[Film/ThreeHundred a group of elite Spartan-style warriors]] to defeat an ancestral foe, a monster controlling a horde of minotaur-bots. In the climax, the monster is defeated by [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks decisively throwing Jack's katana into his head,]] causing a [[DefeatEqualsExplosion catastrophic explosion.]] Jack defends his partner, the king, by leaping in the way of the explosion with two shields, saving his life. The king recalls that [[NeverFoundtheBody only Jack's shield was recovered,]] but the final scene shows Jack's silhouette walking away from the battle.