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->'''Nimona:''' Will you ''chill out''? No-one ever got killed with one little arrow!\\
'''Ballister:''' Actually, they have. That is kind of the ''purpose'' of arrows.
-->-- ''Webcomic/{{Nimona}}''

In media, the bow and arrow has nowhere near the killing power it has in RealLife. A single arrow is rarely able to take down anyone more important than a {{mook|s}}. The densest showers of arrows cannot hope to penetrate even the flimsiest PlotArmor. After all, most dramatic combat plays out in hand-to-hand combat, so arrows are just the preamble to the real fighting.

A character who actually gets struck with an arrow need only grab the shaft and [[WorstAid yank it out]] with little more than some [[OnlyAFleshWound momentary discomfort]], then go back to doing whatever they were doing. If they're too busy in the middle of a melee, they can just leave them in place and deal with them when things settle down. In extreme cases, a character might become a HumanPincushion before going down.

Bows are often AlmostLethalWeapons. Every arrow shot by TheArcher of our FiveManBand is deadly to {{mooks}}, while our badass hero can [[ArrowCatch snatch enemy arrows]] out of the air with ease.

Of course, the fact that bows and arrows were used effectively in hunting and warfare for thousands of years should make it obvious that this trope is not TruthInTelevision. Arrows hurt, and you can't fight much at all with one stuck in you. Getting arrows out of you is also a difficult, painful and dangerous process. Casually yanking them out is [[WorstAid not]] recommended.

GunsAreWorthless is this trope applied to modern ranged weaponry. Dismissing arrow injuries is often used to establish an ImplacableMan or someone MadeOfIron. The trope is almost always averted when it comes to ArrowsOnFire, because, well... [[IncendiaryExponent they're on fire]]. For slings being treated similarly, see SufferTheSlings. For a more accurate depiction of getting shot with a bow and arrow (especially English longbows), see ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice.

For archery in general see TheStraightAndArrowPath.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* This happened in one episode of ''WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia'', where chibi!Lithuania took an [[MemeticMutation arrow to the head]] from chibi!Prussia. [[BadassAdorable And didn't flinch.]] You can see it near the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a66qTk1qIwk this clip.]]
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': This is a ZigZaggingTrope. How much of a danger arrows represent to a character depends on whether they're a human or Apostle, how badass they are, and who's doing the shooting. Because ArmorIsUseless in this story for human {{Mooks}} and {{Red Shirt}}s, a volley of arrows from a mass of archers or Guts' repeating crossbow will penetrate their helmets and breastplates, killing them instantly. The Apostle Irvine is probably the deadliest archer in-universe, since he can ''decapitate'' multiple human targets with one MultiShot of his longbow from at least a mile away. For Apostles on the other hand, who are usually enormous monsters and at least far tougher than humans, any amount of arrows from RedShirt archers is merely TheWorfBarrage since such small projectiles [[JustifiedTrope cannot hope to reach their internal organs]]. If it's Guts, on the other hand, he might be able to at least shoot them in the eyes for significant damage. As for how our heroes fare, Guts is usually able to dodge volleys of arrows or use a dead mook as a BulletProofHumanShield. In the anime version of the Hundred Man Fight he even deflects some incoming arrows by a mere swish of his cape: "[[WebVideo/BerserkAbridged And now, just in case you had any faith left in humanity]]...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCyujnxaMYs#t=4m30s know that someone, somewhere, thought that THIS made sense]]". The ''Golden Age'' movies also have some instances of heroes like Casca swatting away arrows with their swords, and in later manga chapters Guts is able to use the incredibly broad flat of his BFS to shield himself. When a main character actually gets hit, the trope will usually apply in a {{downplayed|Trope}} form. Guts gets hit in the hand during the Hundred Man Fight, and snaps it in two with the same hand in a show of bravado. That said, it prevents him from using it to grip his sword and he has to one-hand it for the rest of the fight. He was also significantly weakened by previous arrow wounds in his fight with the Holy Iron Chain Knights, contributing to his collapse and capture. Casca, who is not as much of a tank as Guts, gets hit with ''five'' crossbow bolts when the Hawks get ambushed by the Midland Army, which is treated as very serious since she was wearing no armor and they hit her mainly in the torso. She spends three days and nights in a comatose state near death, but miraculously she survives and makes a full recovery within a year.
* ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'': Played straight during the same event, with Yuri's horse Aslan. Aslan gets shot with multiple arrows and two land in its flank. The horse is downed for a while, but then gets up, shuffles Yuri onto its back and begins walking to find help. The arrows are eventually removed by Ramses.
* Uryuu Ishida from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' hits both sides of this trope, with his arrows ranging in effect from instant-victory attacks that completely obliterate an enemy's torso to not even piercing the skin, depending on the enemy and how much spirit energy he puts into a given shot. However, unlike normal arrows, Ishida makes his arrows from spirit energy, the same way a Zanpakutou is made. If you have a higher spiritual pressure, his arrows won't be able to pierce you. Inverted with the Quincies from the Vandenreich whose arrows are deadly and caused [[spoiler:over thousand deaths]].
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' it's "Annoying Kunai / Shuriken", as they are rarely useful against anyone except Mooks. It really sucks since this is all what the ImprobableAimingSkills markswoman [[ActionGirl Tenten]] can do. [[SpringtimeForHitler Thankfully Akatsuki has a lot]] [[RedShirtArmy of mooks]] for her to kill. [[spoiler: Taken to extremes against Kinkaku when he's in his [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Six-tailed form]], two entire armies of shinobi rain an entire storm of kunai and shuriken at him... [[ShootingSuperman and he just blocks with his tail]].]]
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' uses this as an important clue for a case. Conan, confused at the apparent time of death, sees a statue of the legendary warrior monk Benkei who was killed by a hail of arrows and died standing up because of the chemicals his body produced from all the activity. Thus, Conan realized that the murderer [[spoiler:got the victim worked up with a game of ping-pong so the time of death would appear different than it actually was]].
* ''Manga/TheHatingGirl'' is about a girl who has lived since childhood with an arrow ''through her head''. The Japanese title (''Subete ni Iya Gaaru'', or "The Girl Who Hates Everything") is in fact a pun: the characters used to write "iya"/"hate" can also be read as "archery." (Possibly averted in that it apparently has happening to real people -- who survived -- but the manga plays it [[RuleOfFunny completely straight]].) It factors into almost every chapter in some way, and it's caused her a lot of emotional and physical pain, although she eventually begins to see it as a symbol of strength after she and her friend Ryouji become a couple.
* Played straight to a ridiculous extreme in ''Manga/{{Kazan}}'' when the title character (who has the body of a child) is hit in the back of his torso by a barbed arrow. After some conversation, Kazan takes out a dagger, cuts off the feathers in one swift move, ''and jumps backwards, landing on the arrow, forcing it forward through his chest where he grabs it and yanks it out.''
* [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Done passingly]] in ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid''. After Mawari challenges [[IronButtMonkey Nagasumi]] to some kind of physical card game that calls for fast reflexes, Sun and [[IronButtMonkey Saru]] join in. The show portrays it as extremely brutal, [[UpToEleven exaggerating like crazy]] something that's [[MundaneMadeAwesome relatively normal]] (which is normal for the show), and after it's over, all of the characters are still pretty much fine, except for a very severely beaten-up Saru sitting in the background with an arrow sticking out of his back. Keep in mind, you're not missing something here, this ''is'' still a (relatively) normal middle school. Of course, he's completely fine afterward for the rest of the episode.
* In ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'', Ashitaka took off limbs and heads when he fired his arrows at normal humans, but only as a result of the curse he was under. When the curse wasn't active, his arrows bounced harmlessly off samurai armor, including once where he hit someone's ''[[HardHead head]]'' with a glancing blow and they hardly flinched when their helmet deflected it. There was also a notable difference between the stone-headed arrows he brought from his own village and iron-tipped ones he snatched out of the air or liberated from the bad guys.
** In the backstory of Nago, the Boar God who became a demonic abomination and bestowed his curse upon Ashitaka, we see him receive a face-full of arrows from Iron Town's residents. They do as much damage as a gentle spring breeze, and he just shakes them off as though they were blades of grass. Of course, he's a PhysicalGod and [[NatureSpirit manifestation of the Forest]]. However, when hit by a single iron bullet from a rifle, it goes all the way through and shatters his bones, inflicting a lethal wound that causes his deathly rage at mankind.
* In ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'', Shannon Casull look-alike Furet has two arrows stuck in him when he fends off several assassins as he tries to escape the city with Pacifica (still as "[[IdentityAmnesia Pamela]]"). He kills a few of them before biting the dust in a HeroicSacrifice.
* In ''Anime/SwordOfTheStranger'', a red clad female is shot with six arrows all at once while rapidly diving, but is so skilled that she does not fall, merely whipping her body into a slide and popping right back up, followed by her smugly chuckling to demonstrate just how battle crazy she is. The action flashes back to her and all six arrows are miraculously out of her body; she then throws a gigantic axe-like weapon on a chain through the air, with great force, despite having been shot in both arms. She dashes around rapidly, evading thrusts, followed by acrobatic leaps, despite having been shot in a leg. She, like most of her red-clad fellows, fights while under the influence of some kind of drug that [[FeelNoPain totally eliminates the sensation of pain]], [[FridgeLogic which somehow also cancels out the damage done to their bodies]]. Anyone else hit with arrows avert this, including one RedShirt who had his ''head ripped off'' by one.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}'', arrows are not effective against major characters. The archer characters can kill somebody with one hit but only if he has very little plot importance. They don't even try shooting at major villains.
* Lili's wrist crossbow in ''LightNovel/IsItWrongToTryToPickUpGirlsInADungeon'' is little more than a distraction against enemies. Probably justified given that she just pulls it back with two fingers, indicating that it likely has the same draw strength as a slingshot.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/WarrenEllis' ''ComicBook/{{Crecy}}'' is all about how ''truly'' annoying arrows really are, as in how widespread archery put an end to medieval warfare. A ''lot'' of work was put into making arrows into incredibly lethal weapons. They discouraged crossbows as longbows could be quickly strung or unstrung - this meant drawstrings could be removed during rainstorms to keep them dry. Archers were trained to use them as {{Swiss Army Weapon}}s; they carried [[TrickArrow three types of arrowheads]] - normal arrowheads, bodkins for piercing plate armor, swallowheads for killing horses. They sometimes applied the heads to the arrows with candlewax, but they usually just spit on the ends of the shaft to secure them - this ensured that trying to yank out the arrow would cause the head to detach, meaning that one would have to aggravate the wound in the process of removing it. Finally, they stuck the arrows in the dirt prior to firing them - this ensured that contaminants would be carried into the wound. English archers were thus able to take better care of their weapons than French crossbowmen, and those weapons were both more versatile and inherently more lethal.
** The narrator points out the Genoese mercenary crossbowmen hired by the French were brutally lethal as well: they had the training and equipment to fire an arrow a hundred and fifty yards every ''seven and a half seconds'', and the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pavise pavise]]'' they crouch behind renders them invulnerable save the ''exact moment they fire.''
*** The catch is that the damned things weigh around ''twenty pounds each'', meaning they're too heavy for a crossbowman to carry as part of his ruck while marching - they had to be brought to the battlefield by baggage train. And a good archer can fire a TrickArrow ''two'' hundred and fifty yards every ''five'' seconds. Crossbowmen were meant to slaughter infantry, not exchange fire with people who can actually shoot ''back.''
---> '''William of Stonham''': ''These things may look primitive to you, but you have to remember that we're not stupid. We have the same intelligence as you, we simply don't have the same cumulative knowledge you do. So we apply our intelligence to what we have.''
* ''Comicbook/ElfQuest'' has a couple instances that qualify:
** One is when [[spoiler:Cutter]] gets skewered by a spear; his friend breaks the barbed end off and pulls the thing out (the battle is such that every fighter is needed, even if wounded). The wounded [[spoiler:Cutter]] fights on for a few minutes before collapsing and then nearly dies despite having a healer around to work on him magically.
** Much later in the series, [[spoiler:Cutter]] gets hit by an arrow, and, there being no magical healer around at the time, he resorts to medical care by the trolls. The troll breaks off the shaft but can't get a piece of the arrowhead out, and it remains stuck under a rib, a constant annoyance to the elf. Eventually the tribe gets their healer back, and her powers manage to pull the arrowhead out entirely and heal him up good.
* ''Franchise/GIJoe''. In the first Cobra civil war, hostilities fell apart when Zartan, already established as a ninja, fires an arrow into Serpentor's eyeball from far away. He got better. [[spoiler:But they had to reclone him.]]
** The Marvel ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' comics largely avoid this trope. Almost every arrow that managed to pierce flesh in the series run was lethal, even against ninja masters.
* ''ComicBook/GreenArrow'': Onomatopoeia, a villain, takes several arrows to the body in an attempt to kill one of Green Arrow's sidekicks. After a long (long) stand off, he manages to escape, even though he is a pincushion. Nobody is sure if the guy is superhuman or just well trained.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Predator}}: Dark River'' series from 1996, Schaefer is shot in the shoulder with an arrow that has been poisoned. He is unable to believe how badly he feels from this, because he claims to have had worse paper cuts.
* Subverted in Creator/MarvelComics' ''ComicBook/SecretWars'' where the archer ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} is confronted by super villain Piledriver who gives a BadassBoast about his bullet proof skin. Hawkeye warns him that at close range his arrow will strike harder than a bullet. Undaunted, Piledriver moves to attack and is shot in the shoulder. In shock, Piledriver retreats to nurse his wound.
* Played with in ''Batman/Huntress: Cry for Blood'': ComicBook/{{Huntress}} shoots a crossbow quarrel in the lung, and Batman snaps the shaft off. Not a straightforward example, however, because the wound is shown as being highly debilitating, and takes Bats out of the fight altogether. Still, you would think Batman would know better.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'': Atomizer is a background character who fights with a crossbow in a universe where lasers and bombs rule because he prefers edged weaponry, said crossbow is confiscated because of his efficiency with it, and he has to use a bow and arrow. His arrows are reinforced and can pierce through and kill his robotic enemies. When Overlord shows up, a panel shows him having been show with a bunch of arrows, and he keeps on going. Overlord is a planet destroying Super-Decepticon, who's endoskeleton is almost indestructible. He's survived being reduced to that skeleton, Arrows are not going to stop him.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'': The titular ogre is literally inhumanly tough and doesn't realize he has an arrow on his rear until it is pointed out. Fiona has difficulty pulling it out, but only because Shrek won't stand still.
* Justified twice over in ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' concerning [[BearsAreBadNews Mor'du]]. Not only is it ''very'' hard to put a bear that size down with a relatively light bow, but it is heavily implied that the bear has a supernatural degree of resilience.
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': Phoebus is shot in the back with an arrow. Not only does Esmeralda manage to yank it out underwater, not only does the wound somehow move from approximately his shoulderblade to the front of his shoulder, but after barely any convalescence (less than an hour) he's up and kicking again. Worth noting that it's still a subversion in some senses, as the arrow did still down him, as opposed to him just continuing on.
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': Shang takes an arrow to the shoulder that knocks him off his horse, but he promptly yanks it out, gets up, and keeps going. It looks like the arrow just hit the shoulder pad of his armor, but not actually him.
* A comedic example in ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine''. During Ringo's accidental ejection into the Sea of Monsters, [[ItMakesSenseInContext a group of Injuns]] attack and fire at him with arrows. After being brought back to the submarine (with the help of the cavalry, no less!), Ringo merely plucks the arrows out of his chest.
--> '''John''': What was it like out there, Ringo?
--> '''Ringo''': [[{{Pun}} (H)Arrowing]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'': The sole survivor of One-Eye's attack has about a dozen arrows on his back, yet manages to survive the ride back, crawl to the throne room of the palace and deliver his message to the king before finally expiring.
* Arrows do not affect the Gashadokuro, the first monster the heroes encounter in ''WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings'', in any way whatsoever. Justified, as it is shown to also casually shatter ''swords'' that are swung against it.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Apocalypto}}'', Jaguar Paw, the main character, gets hit InTheBack with an arrow, which goes through him and pokes out of his abdomen. Not only does he keep running, but he barely bleeds even after he yanks it out. He goes on to evade a group of trained warriors, dive off a waterfall, and fall into quicksand, all without treating a wound that went straight through him. Later he's hit in the ''chest'' and the arrow apparently gets stopped by his sternum. It doesn't even slow him down.
* Played straight in ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'' where Lord Arthur is seen to have two (particularly large) arrows protruding from his back. Providing some TruthInTelevision however, he is depicted as wearing full plate armor.
* Taken to an embarrassing extreme in ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays1956'', when arrows can be seen ''bouncing off'' of Passepartout during the Indian attack on the train.
* Played with in ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. The arrows glance off the canopies of the human gunships during the assault on the World Tree, but that's to be expected when you take on gunships, from the ground, with bows and arrows. Later, fired downward from the back of a diving ''[[GiantFlyer ikran]]'', [[RockBeatsLaser they have enough velocity and the right angle to penetrate]]. They're also shown going right ''through'' body armour. ''And'' they're coated in a nasty neurotoxin that's probably used hunting the thick-skinned local predators, but superfluous on humans given the size of the arrows and power of Na'vi bows.
* In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', Hamish's [[BadassGrandpa father]] takes an arrow to the shoulder, but continues fighting and even manages to lift a portcullis with the arrowhead still inside of him. Later, however, we see what a painful process it is to heal the wound. Guess the old man was just that tough. A later scene averts the trope, when a few volleys of English arrows do manage to inflict casualties on the Scottish. The only reason the English stop shooting is because Longshanks wants to kill off his Irish conscripts.
* Both averted and played straight in ''Film/{{Gladiator}}''. Various minor characters are seen being instantly downed by single arrows (and in one case a ''ballista bolt''), and [[spoiler: Hagen]] is killed by a hail of arrows. However, Hagen takes an arrow to the leg during the re-creation of the Battle of Zama, and while he is at first in such pain that he is unable to focus and Maximus has to shove him out of the way of an oncoming chariot, as soon as he's on the ground he promptly pulls it out and continues fighting with only a mild limp.
* The Qin army's arrows in ''Film/{{Hero}}'' are attributed to being the army's strongest attribute and are likened to artillery. The badass kung fu warrior-magicians, however, swat them away like nothing. In the end [[spoiler:Nameless allows himself to be killed by the Emperor's arrows, though they have to fire so many at him that it leaves a shadow in the arrows embedded into the wall behind him]].
* In ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'', the blond German dude gets a crossbow bolt stuck in his throat, and keeps on racking his kills till he finally dies. Liam Neeson's character also claims to have "fought for three days with an arrow through [his] left testicle." [[spoiler:He later dies from another arrow wound, specifically one he made worse by accidentally snapping off the shaft.]]
* Played straight in ''Film/TheMessengerTheStoryOfJoanOfArc'', notably where Joan gets hit by an arrow in the leg but doesn't notice it.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': Arrows rack up a lot of {{mook|s}} kills, but there are examples:
** Boromir manages to make a last stand and continue fighting even while pincushioned by arrows as thick as sausages. His wounds are treated as mortal right from the start, however -- and when the arrows strike him the blows are treated as violent impacts, as shocking as being hit with a club.
** ''The Two Towers'': when Legolas attempts to shoot down an orc on a suicidal run to destroy a vital wall in Helm's Deep. It takes several arrows and the orc still keeps coming. JustifiedTrope since said Uruk-hai Orc is a Berserker, trained to ignore pain.
* In ''Film/Anchorman2TheLegendContinues'', Brick takes a crossbow arrow in the back during the FinalBattle. He doesn't even seem irritated by it.
* Inverted in ''Film/PrinceCaspian'', where Susan's arrows are the deadliest weapon. Probably due to their magic, every shot is a fatal shot... no matter what armour her opponent is wearing, and even if she ''throws them by hand''. Less forgivable is when a unit of archers volleys arrows into a unit of charging cavalry in the time-honoured tactic, and every single one of them is a hit. [[ArmorIsUseless It's a wonder why anybody even bothers wearing armour.]]
* Played with in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', when Shaun takes a dart to the head from an overly enthusiastic Dianne.
* Played straight in the end of ''Film/ThroneOfBlood''. An arrow through the chest and another through throat do stop Washizu. Eventually. After which he still manages to [[TheSlowWalk walk towards]] [[ImplacableMan his attackers]], though he ends up collapsing before reaching them. The Criterion Collection version does have at least one of the essays defending the plausibility of the scene, given his armor and the placement of the fatal arrow.
* ''Film/{{Troy}}'' has a few variations.
** First there's Ajax, who simply snaps the arrows and keeps on. The worst part of it is that there [[{{Demythtification}} aren't even any mythological properties in the movie to justify it]], and he later does the same thing ''[[RuleOfCool to a spear through the torso]]''.
** As for Achilles himself, the one [[AchillesHeel through his heel]] slows him down considerably. He is then shot twice in the chest, and while he does pull them both out, he moves in slower afterward. The third arrow to the chest stops him, and the fourth brings him to his knees. He pulls them out too, but then dies.
* In ''Film/TwoMulesForSisterSara'', Clint is hit by an arrow in the shoulder and knocked from his horse. The wound causes him great pain and the removal is complicated, with Clint removing the fletching and the rear part of the arrow and the titular Sara using the "pushing an arrow through his body" technique, followed by a crude cauterizing.
* In ''Film/ThreeHundred'', this trope is played straight at first when the Spartans scoff at the Persian's threat that their arrows will "blot out the sun," using their shields as cover. Later though, [[spoiler:they get killed to a man from the hail of arrows the Persians fire at them]].
* In the Chinese film ''An Empress and the Warriors'', the king is hit by an arrow which goes right through his chest. This is treated as a serious wound, but what actually kills him is being left alone with a treacherous subordinate.
* In ''Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor'', a RainOfArrows is fired upon the undead army summoned to fight the BigBad's terracotta army. As one would expect, arrows are less than effective on enemies who can't be killed.
* Zigzagged in ''Film/TheScorpionKing''. The pull on Mathayus's bow is so strong only he can use it. It's shown several times that his arrows can send people flying. However, one of fellow Akkadians is killed by a {{mook|s}} arrow volley early on. The BigBad is notorious for being able to block arrows with his sword and is even able to do this to Mathayus's arrow the first time. When Mathayus is hit in the back by a mook, he pulls out the arrow (meaning he has very good reach despite all this muscle mass) and uses it to [[spoiler:kill the BigBad who is unable to block the arrow in time]].
* ''Film/AceVentura'' does a variation on this, with two spears he gets embedded in his legs. Instead of sensibly dropping down screaming, he just points at them and screams in bewilderment.
* In the opening scene of ''Film/TheRoadWarrior'', crazed outlaw biker Wez slowly pulls a quarrel out of his arm while screaming in rage and pain at Max, who's watching from a safe distance. He then tucks the quarrel into a leg holster of other quarrels and drives off. Later Wez pins a man to his vehicle with quarrels, and Max has to cut him loose with a handy bolt cutter.
* In ''Film/TheWolverine'', Logan is brought down by several arrows near the film's climax. He manages to shrug most of them off until he's hit with poisoned ones which eventually knocks him out.
* In ''Film/HanselAndGretel2013'', one of the victims gets shot in the back by an arrow and falls. The moment the killer looks away, said victim scrambles to his feet and runs as if he'd never been hurt.

* Played straight in the short story "Gilgamesh in the Outback." Gilgamesh (as well as everyone else who dies) is in Hell. He is hit with an arrow in the arm, and bites the shaft in half and pulls the arrow out. Of course, since he is half-god, this may be justified.
* The death of Literature/{{Discworld}}'s Reg Shoe. He continues fighting with several arrows sticking out of his chest for a long while before finally collapsing. It's pretty heavily implied he's already a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombie]] at this point, and it's even phrased that he only fell over because he decided he must be dead from the sheer number of arrows sticking into him.
** But see also characters like Ossie Brunt, the contract killer. Brunt is specifically used as a distraction, a no-hoper who is implied to be a failed assassin, but Angua and Captain Carrot refute this on the grounds that a nonentity like him would not have the skill, strength or ability to use what must, from context, have been a high-quality bow used by a skilled archer.
* In the Literature/FarsalaTrilogy, Commander Merahb is shot by four arrows, falls down, and attempts to get up again without missing a beat. Then, at least, he's caught in another volley of arrows and killed.
* This trope appears in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', when the giant Grawp is hit by a volley of arrows from a raging herd of Centaurs. He is shown to be in considerable pain when he tried to brush off the embedded arrows and only succeeded in breaking the shafts, [[{{Squick}} unknowingly pushing the heads deeper into his body.]]
* The protagonist of Creator/MargaretAtwood's ''Lady Oracle'' is struck by an arrow at an archery range during her summer job. Somewhat plausible, in that she's well-padded and it hits her in the rear, these are blunt target arrows (which can still kill you if you get in their way, but you might at least get to the hospital) and while the wound doesn't kill her, the ensuing infection almost does.
* Both invoked and averted in Book 11 of ''Literature/TheIliad''. After Paris has wounded him with an arrow to the foot, Diomedes angrily dismisses the bow as a weapon for "a woman or an idiot boy," claiming the spear is both deadlier and better suited to a warrior. The truth is, however, that the wound puts Diomedes out of action until the end of the fighting in Book 22. Played straighter earlier on where both Diomedes and Menelaus shrug off arrow wounds to continue fighting, though it's worth noting that the archer Teukros has one of the highest kill counts of the Greek warriors with 30.
* A discussion in ''Literature/TheWarlockInSpiteOfHimself'' is about the titular character wearing plate armor. When his manservant says that it will protect him from swords and arrows, the very agile fighter says, "Swords I can block, arrows I can duck, and plate still won't do a bit of good against a crossbow bolt."
* In the Conrad Stargard books by Leo Frankowski, Conrad introduces the concept of plate armor to the Poles. The English longbows still readily put holes in the armor, but the Mongol horsebows largely just stick arrows in the armor's surface. However, [[spoiler:Conrad himself does get shot in the face after removing his helmet, resulting in him losing sight in the eye on that side]].
* Played with in Charles [=McCarry=]'s ''The Bride of the Wilderness'': A side character is shot, but the arrow gets stuck in his [[{{Kevlard}} abnormally dense subcutaneous fat]] and doesn't hit anything vital. And while he's able to keep walking, it's made clear that it's ''painful''.
* ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': This happens to Quasimodo: when he's shot in the arm he just pulls the arrow out, snaps it in half, and keeps going.
* In ''[[Literature/EddieLaCrosse The Sword-Edged Blonde]]'', the lethality of arrows or lack thereof is discussed a bit. First, Eddie meets "Spike" (real name Allison), who has an arrow permanently stuck in her neck — she has been advised that removing it would probably kill her, so she tries to make the best of it. Later, when Eddie shoots [[TheDragon Canino]], it appears that Canino might survive, but another character who wants Canino dead pulls the arrow out so that the wound will bleed, making it fatal after all.
* This happens unless Katniss hits a vital area in ''Literature/TheHungerGames''.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'':
** Lucky for Callisto, she [[spoiler: was a god at the time]], so she wasn't killed. Xena herself takes an arrow to the abdomen in Episode 2, and both pulls out, and cauterizes the wound herself. It only takes her a few days to recover- which just so happens to be one of the ''longest'' recovery times on the show.
** Gabrielle takes an arrow to the chest in one particularly memorable episode. It takes her a while to recover as well, but this is mostly due to the arrow being tipped with poison.
** [[spoiler: Xena]] takes almost as many arrows as Callisto did in the featured picture, (pulling only some out), in the finale. Unfortunately for her, [[spoiler: she wasn't a god at the time]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In "Graduation Day" Angel gets an arrow through the chest, and Giles is seen cutting off the feathered shaft before Buffy pulls it out of his chest. Painful as it is, Angel isn't bothered at first thanks to his HealingFactor -- unfortunately the arrow was poisoned.
** In the episode, "Pangs", Buffy gets an arrow through her arm, and Spike gets turned into an arrow pin-cushion (fortunately none of them hit his heart). Justified for Spike, since he's a vampire and wounds like that are non-fatal as long as they don't hit his heart. In the same episode there is an amusing crossbow error, as Buffy shoots a bolt at the Native American ghost outside the window, who just casually bends aside as the bolt sails '''veeery''' slowly out into the night.
** In one episode, Giles is shot with a crossbow bolt at point blank range and proceeds to pull it out, stake a vampire with it, and limp to the hospital.
--->'''GILES''': No, no, really, I, uh, I don't think it went in too deep. The advantages of layers of tweed. Better than kevlar.
* Done to a degree in ''Series/DeadliestWarrior.'' In the test done with bows and arrows, they acknowledge them as dangerous weapons, but in the staged fights between the warriors they don't do much [[RuleOfCool since it would end the fight too quickly]]. Note that in statistics of kills in the simulated fights the bow also plays a big factor.
* On ''Fire Engine 132'', the firefighters are relaxing in the bay when a man comes in. He was apparently jogging, judging from his clothes and the sweat on them, when he was hit by an arrow. He was able to walk, under his own power, to the fire station, where the somewhat bewildered firefighters lead him inside the station proper for treatment. It is never bought up again.
* On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', after Kensei is shot, Hiro just yanks the arrows out of his chest. But it's made clear that Kensei would have died if his HealingFactor hadn't chosen that moment to manifest.
* In an episode of ''Series/KungFu'', one of Caine's enemies (a rogue Shaolin monk) attempts to assassinate Caine (before a commercial break, of course), by shooting him in the back with an arrow while he is meditating. In a later scene after the commercial break, Caine pulls what is probably a CrowningMomentOfAwesome by confronting his assailant, reaching around, pulling the arrow out of his back, and then contemptuously throwing the arrow at his enemy's feet.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** When the Lannisters come after Yoren's group of Night's Watch recruits, a crossbowman shoots him in the chest. All it does is knock him to his knees, and makes him bite out a comment that he hates crossbows because they take too long to reload, followed by cutting down the crossbowman and killing several more guards, before finally getting overwhelmed.
** In "The Rains of Castamere", Catelyn takes a crossbow bolt in the back of her shoulder, but continues to function [[spoiler: until her throat is cut]].
** Subverted in the case of Jon Snow. Ygritte hits him with three arrows, and he rides off in pain, but essentially unharmed. Tormund later states that, given her skill and the close range, she deliberately avoided killing him.
** Tormund is a walking pincushion by the end of "The Watcher on the Wall" but keeps on fighting.
** Justified in "Home", when Wun Wun is hit in the back with an arrow. Being a 15 foot tall giant, it seems to piss him off more than anything, and his reaction is to casually pick up the archer and smash him against a wall.
** Averted by Lancel, who is prompted to retreat by one and completely incapacitated when Cersei punches the partially doctored wound. In the DVDCommentary, GRRM explains the arrowhead is still embedded in his chest at that point.
** {{Justified|Trope}} with the wights since, unlike zombies, RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain doesn't work.
* Justified in ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', as the only character who can do this has also shrugged off point-blank laser blasts, being sawed in two down the middle, and the explosion of the planet he's standing on. Crossbow bolts? He won't even stop walking to pull them out.
* Both subverted and played straight in the ''Series/RobinHood'' series, where a character's reaction to being shot by an arrow generally depends on whether or not they're a main character. {{Mooks}} who get shot tend to die or at the very least, go down and stay down for the rest of the battle. [[PlotArmor The heroes however, seem much more resilient]]. In the fourth episode, Robin takes an arrow to the arm and while he does cry out in pain, he is still able to ride a horse while holding a baby. Marian does have to sew the wound up later though. But the worst case is in the finale of the first series in which Little John is shot in the arm...''and barely notices!'' He then yanks it out with no trouble, still not reacting as if it were anything worse than a slightly irritating splinter. One might be able to argue that his thick, heavy coat may have protected him a little but still...
** In one episode, Robin goes on a rampage and starts killing the Sheriff's {{Mooks}}, whereas previously he refrained from killing (he thinks Marian is dead and goes ballistic). Each arrow is invariably a kill shot to the Mook, even if they're wearing chainmail.
* Ronon does this in his first episode of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', minus the cauterizing. On a more realistic note, [=McKay=] gets shot in the ass the next season and can't sit down the rest of the episode, and claims sciatica from it a few episodes later. Ronon can be excused, however, by being the ImplacableMan. It's hard to say how the writers were treating this, as Ronon shrugs off most injuries and [=McKay=] will whine about most injuries.
* Inverted to the other extreme in a season 8 episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'', where a villager kills a Jaffa with a single crossbow bolt [[ArmorIsUseless through his armor]].
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
** In the first series episode "Love Hurts", Leo is shot in the opening scene with an arrow. The trope is averted by the sisters taking the arrow wound itself very seriously and not brushing it off, but played straight in that the sole thing stopping Phoebe and Piper from trying to pull the arrow out the way it went in was Leo telling them not to touch it because it was poisoned. Then subverted again in that Prue's reaction to hearing the news is to telekinetically force the arrow out by pushing it through Leo's body to get it out rather than pushing it out the way it came in. The rest of episode is more about the impact of the poison than the arrow itself. Justified to an extent in that Leo is the show's equivalent of an angel and therefore the arrow itself wouldn't be able to kill him which is why it was poisoned with special toxin designed to kill his kind.
** In "The Courtship of Wyatt's Father", Leo and Piper are shot with arrows. While Leo's injuries are taken seriously, Piper pulls her arrows out and treats them as a mind annoyance after it is established that the toxin doesn't affect witches.
* In ''[[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus Vengeance]]'': Played with in episode 8, Glaber takes an arrow to the shoulder, and despite wearing armor is knocked off his feet. He isn't seriously hurt though. The Egyptian completely ignores a dozen arrows sticking out of his chest, arms, and legs; but he seems to just be ''[[MadeOfIron that tough]]''.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', when Q has sent the main characters into a Robin Hood fantasy, Troi practices archery and hits Data square in the chest. Being an android, he calmly removes the arrow and reassures her that her aim is improving.
* In ''Series/{{Vikings}}'' Ragnar is shot in the shoulder with an arrow that penetrates all the way through. He snaps the shaft and then pulls the arrow out. he was in the middle of a fight to protect his family and the arrow would have limited his movement. While the wound does nor affect him much during the fight, afterwards the blood loss causes him to lose consciousness and he almost dies before receiving treatment. It takes him a long time to recover from that injury.
* In ''Series/TheLegendOfWilliamTell''. William uses two different crossbows, but almost never actually kills or even hurts anyone; instead he does things like pin sleeves to walls or trees, or knock weapons out of people's hands. Since he only carries one bow at a time, he only ever gets one shot off before having to wade in hand to hand.
* In the pilot of ''Series/{{Atlantis}}'', Jason gets shot in the shoulder with an arrow. He pulls it out and keeps running, and is subsequently able to pull himself up through a window with his arms, before it gets bandaged.

* In the 2010 pachinko PV remake for Music/XJapan's ''Kurenai,'' the setting is Ancient Japan, and Yoshiki is playing the role of a HighlyVisibleNinja saving a princess. The trope is averted in one of the [[RevisedEnding Alternate Endings]] - the arrow hits him in the shoulder, he collapses, and the palace burns down around him and the princess in a BolivianArmyEnding. In another (the "good" ending), it's played straight when he pulls an ArrowCatch, grabs the arrow, and proceeds to save them both.
* In the official video for [[Music/AltJ Alt-J]]'s ''Hunger of the Pine'', the main character is shown running through a forested area while being pelted with hundreds of arrows. Downplayed in that he does feel pain, and eventually starts bleeding, but it does not stop him from [[JustAFleshWound getting up and continuing to run again]]. Although considering the theme of the song, the arrows are probably meant to be symbolic of the pain of unrequited love.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'' often comes home from battle with numerous arrows piercing his body like a pincusion. He doesn't seem to mind, or even notice them.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The bow is one of the weakest weapons in ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' that you can use Gun Schticks with. They do a bang-up job on {{Mooks}} of course, since all you need to do is hit with an Outcome of 5 or more to down them, but you're going to need a lot of arrows to even give your average named character pause, let alone kill him, since the base damage of a bow in this game is only 7, which is equivalent to an average kung fu warrior's punches or kicks. Taking your bow as a Signature Weapon increases its damage to 10, which is equivalent to your average 9mm pistol (see AlmostLethalWeapons).
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': due to the way HitPoints work, it's possible for a high-level character to be hit and damaged dozens of times by arrows and still be in good shape. This is true for all weapons, however. Ranged weapons are generally balanced with melee weapons in various ways.
* Averted in ''TabletopGame/TheWitcherGameOfImagination''. After calculating everything down, regular weapons deal about the same damage as the weakest type of bows. That makes them even already, without going for more powerful bows and [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill crossbows]]. It's also far easier to shoot someone - shields, magic barriers, [[ImplausibleFencingPowers costly fencing moves]] and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking bad weather]] are the only things that can stop projectiles. There is a reason why all seasoned players take shields from the very start.
* Bows are low on the damage-dice totem pole compared with most guns in ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}''. This can be very irritating for any characters who opt for the Old Ways Oath.
* Played straight in the various Warhammer 40K rpgs, bows and crossbows are categorized as 'primitive' weapons and so armour gets x2 protection against it and bows do low damage as a base. Shooting an Imperial Guardsman in a flak jacket is barely going to scratch him let alone going after a Space Marine in terminator armour.
* In 7thSea, the bow is a powerful weapon, dealing about as much damage as a sword. It takes two actions to fire, making it much faster than the devastating - but devastatingly slow - guns.
* In early ''Mechwarrior'', the ''TableetopGame/BattleTech'' RPG, bows do not grant a strength bonus to damage--arrows deal between 2 and 9 damage per arrow. By contrast, a basic pistol can deal up to 15 damage per bullet. The average unarmored player character could theoretically take a dozen arrows and not die (they will still be wounded, of course, just not fatally).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Played straight in both ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' games where the main characters can take multiple shots from arrows without even losing one square of health. The arrows do however stop you from climbing.
* Rosa in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII''. During a cutscene she's shot in the leg while climbing a building and promptly falls about a story back to the ground. Not only is she uninjured from the fall, but she's able to limp ''at sprinting speed'' and continue fighting with the arrow in her leg, though eventually she gives in to the pain and Ezio has to carry her to safety.
* The trailer for ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'' kicks off with Ezio getting shot in the shoulder with an arrow, calmly snapping off the shaft and leaving the head in, before proceeding to beat the hell out of dozens of Templars with no visible problems, being overwhelmed only after being distracted. Since he wears some pretty heavy duty armour in the later games it's possible that the arrow didn't reach his flesh at all, but instead embedded in the armour.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII''. A close to mid-range arrow is a kill shot, but be too far away and your arrows won't even kill a man. If that happens, it really puts the Annoying in Annoying Arrows: If your shot wasn't noticed, your victim and any friends of his will do a search for, like, fifteen seconds before shrugging and acting as though nothing happened.
* In ''VideoGame/TheBattleForMiddleEarth I&II'', archers are generally the strongest units. Elven archers even throw enemies back with each shot.(Assuming the first shot doesn't kill the enemy...which it usually DOES. Though the corpse still gets flung.) However, with armor upgrades, dwarves and uruk-hai can stand a couple of arrows before going down.(Though humans, elves, orcs, hobbits, etc. can't so you could say it's played straight.) Of course stronger units such as trolls, m?il...and obviously the HEROES can take many arrows before dying as they're clearly superhuman.(Although the frailer ones, such as Arwen or the hobbits still go down VERY quickly to arrows.)
* ''VideoGame/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Naturally, a crossbow bolt to a vampire's stomach does little.
* Played completely, and infuriatingly, straight in ''VideoGame/CastleCrashers''. God damn Thieves Arena!
* Arrows in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' can do just as much damage as guns and other kinds of attacks, but unlike those other attacks, the arrow remains visible sticking out of the character for a short period following impact, without actually inconveniencing the character in any way. The same is true of larger projectiles such as the spikes of wood, crystal, or bone that some enemies sling, which can result in a player character delivering a beatdown with several ''massive spikes'' stuck all the way through his or her torso.
** This can be kind of silly when attacking a giant monster. The 'arrow sticking out' scales with the size of the enemy, so the monsters end up with arrows 3 times your character's size sticking out of their chests, as if you shot them with a tree!
* Played straight in ''Franchise/{{Conan|TheBarbarian}}''. When the titular barbarian is struck with an arrow, all the player has to do is hit a button to have him yank it out, with no ill effects. Of course, Conan ''is'' one of the biggest badasses in literary history.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is an odd example. On the one hand enemy archers are one of the biggest annoyances in the game; friendly archers can make a lot of battles very, very easy. A high-strength character with a good bow can do more damage than the same character with a big sword, depending on what special abilities are being used. In either case, they can do considerable damage. On the other hand, your character model can turn into a HumanPincushion and still go on just fine.
** However, in the cutscene after lighting the beacon at the top of the tower at Ostagar, a few darkspawn bust into the room you're in and drop the Warden with a couple of arrows to the chest.
** Archery is such a powerful weapon that, without even having any skill points in Archery, you, [[spoiler: Alistair, Morrigan]] and [[spoiler: Wynne]] can take out [[spoiler: the final boss]] with little to no effort.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', the two archer party members ([[AutomaticCrossbows Varric]] and Sebastian from the DLC) are consistently your highest damage-dealers, particularly against bosses. It is possible to do truly ludicrous amounts of damage with ranged fire from their crossbow/bow.
* Played mostly straight in both ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' games. Archers and crossbowmen are easily some of the most annoying enemies out there, but they're unlikely to kill you unless you stand around and let them. However, if you happen to be riding a dragon, a shot or two from an archer will knock you to the ground faster than you can blink.
* From the ''VideoGame/DungeonSiege'' series, it is normal for enemies to end up with 6, 8, even 10 arrows visibly pin-cushioning them, and they keep coming.
* The ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors''-related game ''VideoGame/BladestormTheHundredYearsWar'' (the game differs in controlling squads instead of a single hero -- making it actually more like the weirdest RealTimeStrategy Game ever) plays it both ways. A squad of archers or crossbowmen cuts a swath through armored knights, footsolders and pikemen that resembles harvesting wheat. Against lightly armored troops, like knives or fencers, you might as well be throwing spitballs.
** Meanwhile, pre-''Dynasty Warriors 6'', you could arrow-annoy enemies to death by picking them off from afar (and enemy archer towers / walls are a similar threat to you).
** ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' loves to play with this trope. Akin to the [[Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms original novel]] (but not historically), Cao Cao's cousin Xiahou Dun once got shot ''in the eye'', but was such a badass that he plucked it out with eye attached and ate the eyeball to strike fear into the hearts of his enemies.
** During the gameplay of ''Dynasty Warriors'', depending on what difficulty you have on, Archers may seem like just a unit for making you flinch. In harder, and SLIGHTLY more realistic, modes, you can actively worry about how much damage an arrow is doing. On easier modes, or the ubiquitous "normal" mode, they are general just pinpricks. If an entire group of them attacks you it can be fatal on normal, but anything under is just an annoyance.
*** In the online variation that accurately replicates the gameplay of the original, Minus technical difficulties like lag, being killed by an archer is one of the most pathetic things, due to the fact that online variation makes it so the this trope is literately how you feel about arrows, and even then the first upgrade your ability to resist flinching is only arrows, making them useless after that.
*** The weapon, not released in the English version as of yet, that Huang Zhong used, War sword, makes use of a bow, and the arrows do more damage than the dime-a-dozen mook archers, however they are still weak and you need some upgraded attack to kill even said dime-a-dozen mooks in one hit, and OHKOing hundreds of mooks is the staple grab of the game mind you. Also, instead of the normal arrow that you see, it instead uses a yellow projectile, making it less of an arrow.
** In ''Dynasty Warriors 7'', Arrows follow this trope until cutscenes. In game they are about as weak as one would expect, but in a cutscene, even if the character has taken 160 arrows to the back before that, 1 arrow is enough to kill somebody, but sometimes they may take as much as 5.
*** Following that, it is subverted in the cutscenes, as in the scenes arrows are just as deadly in real life, and you don't once see anything flashy that renders arrows just an annoyance. 4 arrows in the back are enough to kill somebody. The only time this trope might be subverted is Dian Wei's death cutscene, where he uses his massive bulk to block a rain of arrows aimed at Cao Cao, allowing him to run. The characters in the scene are even surprised at how much Dian Wei can take, so it is still completely subverted. This would make it more an issue of GameplayAndStorySegregation.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', the designers tried to make arrows behave realistically. The effect they have on physical objects looks great, but it's odd to see what happens when the arrows hit a living thing. The character model of anyone hit with an arrow will have the shaft clearly sticking out of them. Not only that, but the arrow will always be buried about a foot deep in the flesh. Anything hit in the torso will have the arrowhead coming out the other side. It's particularly noticeable when you get into a fight with a group of archers. Your character will look like a pincushion. Of course, this doesn't impair your ability to run around and fight at all. And if the arrows did not {{break|ableWeapons}} when they hit you, they turn up in your inventory, where you can ''use them for yourself''. In fact, getting shot with arrows can make a character over-encumbered.
** ''Oblivion's'' physics also go off the rail with arrows. If it doesn't kill your target an arrow merely shoots into them. If it does kill them however the body flies several feet backwards through the air. Apparently momentum only applies to the living.
*** This is apparently a RuleOfCool oddity of the game engine. When the target dies, any extra damage is converted to momentum that is applied to the ragdoll physics.
** There are as many arrow-damage and physics-fixing mods as there are ''Oblivion'' players, it seems, but one of the funnier side effects of a "faster arrow" mod is that the flyback effect is worthy of the worst Western film director.
** Zigzagged in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. The damage dealt by an arrow mostly depends on the archer's Marksman skill, so a [[EliteMooks strong enemy archer]] can kill players in a couple shots, especially at mid- to high difficulty levels. Those same arrows fired by a low-level mook just piss the Dovahkiin off.
*** Even high-level archers' arrows are reduced to Annoying if you have the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Deflect Arrows]] perk in the Block skill tree and make use of it.
*** And reduced even ''further'' to the point of being simply "Thanks for Free Ammo!" if you have the Slow Time shout, allowing you to simply walk up and grab those pesky arrows out of mid-air, with enough time to equip them and even fire them ''back!''
*** Also, every one of the guards [[MemeticMutation gave up adventuring due to a single arrow-related injury to the knee.]]
* Though this holds true for many roguelikes, the graphical Japanese take on roguelikes (filled with many hilariously wrong tropes especially regarding marriage/breeding), {{Elona}}, plays it straight. Equal skill in bows and throwing will still usually result in shuriken and sometimes even special throwing stones doing lots more damage than normal bow+arrow combinations, due to having larger min/max damage (as high as 1d25 for normal shuriken, based on material) and higher dex resulting in landing higher rolls more often. However, the best random artifact bow+arrow combination will still always beat shuriken, simply due to having double the skill/statboost (as you equip bows and arrows separately), as well as other cumulative effects. Still, the game does not strive for total realism like other roguelikes, only halfhearted, and so shuriken remain better overall for dungeon crawling because anything can bleed and shuriken cause 'cut' damage. Yes, even golems and the undead. Shot weapons do minimal damage against them, but the cut damage can be coupled with poison/acid to drain them away. There are also anachronistically guns available, but only the shotguns seem worthwhile.
** Both averted and played straight in ''VideoGame/DungeonCrawl''. Normal arrows only ever cause HP loss, so any hit that doesn't kill you outright can be healed quite quickly. On the other hand, the amount of HP damage largely depends on the skill of the shooter, and can reach scary levels for arrows fired by high-level centaurs, and any yaktaurs or elvish sharpshooters. Facing these monsters without some very effective armor or specific defensive magic can lead to a very quick death, and you will probably want to neutralize such creatures quickly even if you do have a decent defense.
* Played straight and averted in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. Apparently arrows just aren't cool enough to be an effective weapon for Archer, therefore his normal arrows do damn near nothing. They ''might'' work against Caster, acknowledged in story as being the weakest Servant. However, he ''can'' use some 'special' arrows to get explody effects.
* From ''Lisa: The Painful'', we have a [[JustifiedTrope justified]] example at the end of the game. [[spoiler: [[WellIntentionedExtremist Brad]] has been force-fed a drug that turns humans into [[BodyHorror Cronenberg-esque monsters]], leading to him mowing down a small army and near-murder of his adopted son. Afterwards, he limps towards his adopted daughter, Buddy, bloodied and about to collapse as the drug takes him.]]
* Zigzagged in ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' where forward momentum has a strong effect on damage. Catch an arrow just wrong and it's lethal, but generally this trope is played straight. Your horse can even be hit right between the eyes and shrug off the hit, while the engine displays the arrow shaft sticking out, making the world's strangest unicorn.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' arrows deal much less damage than sword strikes. They're mostly used for inflicting StandardStatusEffects.
** Without considerable cross-job stat-optimization, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' mostly follows the same pattern, as Bows and Greatbows have considerably lower Attack than the corresponding melee weapons, Archer's have below average Attack, and Rangers and Hunters have average Attack (though the later has some good abilities for boosting damage). The exception to this is the Sniper, which has the highest Attack of any Viera class and is tied with a couple others for the best attack of ''any'' class.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', for all that Rosa's bio describes her as [[InformedAbility one of Baron's most skilled archers]], her arrows are fairly weak and frequently miss unless you constantly utilise her "Aim" ability - generally players will prefer to stick to her WhiteMagic.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'', while normal hits from an archer don't do much damage, archers tend to have more skill, and therefore more critical-hits, than other units. Therefore, an 8-point normal hit will become a ''24-point'' critical hit--which will make quite a dent in most units' HP. For flying units (pegasus/wyvern knights), arrows are downright ''lethal'', and often kill in two hits or less.
** Also interesting to note is the fact that in most of the ''Fire Emblem'' games, most of the non-special bows have higher damage than most of the non-special swords of the same rank, and they tend to be equal or nearly equal with spears. The only reason archers do less damage than the average sword or spear user is because most archers have below average strength, while most sword using classes tend to have very high strength.
* Hercules from ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'' doesn't take any damage from The Bow Of Apollo.
* Played quite straight in the ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' series. While ranged troops can inflict some pain, they suffer from limited range (anything beyond halfway across the battlefield takes half damage) and the inability to shoot if enemies are close to them (in which case they have to resort to melee weapons and again deal only half damage, in addition to losing any special effects). Even factions with strong shooters, like Ramparts, are generally deciding their battles with the melee units.
** As far as Heroes go in V though, Rangers definitely got the most damage potential with physical attacks. If the conditions are there, they can fire on 3 enemies at once with increased damage (guaranteed to kill one enemy), with each arrow carrying a destructive spell or a curse.
* ''Lords of the Realm 2'' plays both sides of the fence. Bows are not very effective against armored units and rely on MoreDakka. ''Crossbows'' have much worse range and rate of fire, but each projectile is a guaranteed kill, making short work of heavily-armored knights and even MadeOfIron siege engines.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', The Fear uses a crossbow. Leaving the bolts in is a ''bad'' idea, and you can't just pull them out -- you have to extract them with the knife. The game treats bullet and dart wounds the same way, as a note.
** Hilariously, if you treat the wound without extracting the arrow, it will remain visibly lodged in Snake's body throughout the rest of the game.
* ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade''. On Full Damage settings, arrows are deadly; they can bring most characters down in a few hits, fewer if using crossbows. On easier difficulties, though, they are Annoying Arrows, as they do less damage but disrupt your attacks.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' has belts that grant damage resistance. There's nothing quite so badass as seeing a character with a throwing axe ''sticking in her cleavage'' continuing to fight. Of course, given that NWN is based on TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons rules, this is merely enhancing the trope, rather than providing it.
* ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' for the UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}}. The crossbow has two functions, kill and tranquilizer. But the bolts for both are HUGE so it's possible to see a tranq'ed civilian with a gigantic bolt popping out of their skull. And it's possible to shoot out the giant bolt and re-use it. To tranquilize another civilian. Gross.
* A very amusing use of this is in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI'', where the arrows the brigands shoot at you stick out from your body. However, the game lampshades this as you aren't supposed to survive standing there for too long.
* A sci-fi variation happens in a cutscene in ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' when General Warfield pulls a Hydralisk spike (one of ''several'', and with ''serrated edges'') out of his arm. [[spoiler: He loses the arm and gets a mechanical replacement.]]
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''
** Snipers get to use a Bow as alternate. Compared to bullets, arrows do pack a lot of punch after a quick charge (enough to kill many classes outright), but a Heavy that is being healed can run around with several arrows sticking out of various body parts without any side effects. Even if an arrow goes through his head. This is an interesting example, though, because while it's played absolutely straight if you don't get a kill, you can put someone down hard and fast with a well-placed, charged arrow. Overlaps with CriticalExistenceFailure for that reason. There's even an achievement (see picture) for hitting an enemy with 3 arrows without killing them.
** Both the Huntsman and the Crusader's Crossbow can play this straight due to their projectile-based attacks. Since they are physical projectiles, they use the much larger projectile hit box. This results in hilarious incidents where you can get killed by a headshot from an arrow that ''missed your face by half a foot''. The annoying part comes in when the opposing sniper realizes that the lower wait time means he can spam more arrows in your general direction, rather than actually trying to aim (which ended up earning the weapon the nickname "Huntspam").
* The ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' series handily subverts this trope. Your army can easily lose a lot of soldiers from an attack by a group of determined archers. The same also goes for slingers.
** Units with heavy armor and facing your archers suffer few loses from arrows. Place your archers behind them (where shields are useless) and they become highly effective.
** Played straight in a subtle manner: soldiers dropped by arrows have a much greater chance of recovering after the battle, especially if they have heavy armor. Troops trampled by horses or felled in close combat with melee weaponry are more likely to not recover.
* ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}: Evolution'': Shoot an enemy in the arm with an arrow, and the arrow will take his arm off. Shoot them in the head, and they'll be decapitated. However, the larger enemies (incidentally, the ones with miniguns and rocket launchers) can take 3 or 4 arrows in the gut and keep fighting.
** In the most recent ''Turok'', the bow is quite possibly a gamebreaker. Enemies won't react to shots you fire if you're in cover (they'll panic at what the shot does to their buddies though...), and you quite happily puncture through hi-tech body armour resulting in a one-hit kill. The only "penalty" is the need to hold down the fire button for a second or two before letting rip.
** ''Turok 2'' for the N64 had realistic arrows for use against the monsters. Fill their arms full, sure, but one good arrow through the brain and they fall down dead. And joy, you can pick up the arrows again! Wheee!
*** It also had exploding arrows, which were insanely, less effective than the standard ones. Until they did explode.
* In ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'', Sydney is shot through the heart with a crossbow bolt. He pushes it straight through his body and out the other side. Far from being treated as normal, it's proof that Sydney is, as he claims, immortal. Although at the start of the cut scene, they do subvert this trope by having Ashley's crossbolt shot knock Sydney to the ground
* Played straight most of the time in the Sega CD/iPhone RPG ''VideoGame/{{Vay}}'', but subverted in one particular [[CutscenePowerToTheMax cutscene]] where [[spoiler: the apparent BigBad, [[TheEmpire Emperor]] Jeal, snipes plucky [[{{Sidekick}} elf boy]] Pottle with a bow, [[PlotlineDeath killing him]] with a single shot to the heart.]].
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', arrows and thrown weapons can also be seen sticking out on the target for a moment with no side effects. However, Rogues can use the Deadly Throw skill to hinder enemy movement significantly. But if the thrown weapon is a spear, the spear goes straight through your chest, looks weird when you are skewered several times. Of course, people have a similar degree of resistance to bullets, axe blows to the head, lightning bolts, and being frozen solid.
** Then again, ''World of Warcraft'' player characters are essentially fantasy superheroes, able to effortlessly swing two-handed axes that are in some cases and with some races clearly several times larger and heavier than they are - and take hits directly in the skull from said weapons without basically exploding.
** The max is three spears in the chest.
** Generally if a non {{P|layerVersusPlayer}}vP Guard NPC or a Warrior/Rogue shoots you, it is no cause for concern, as the damage they do is often forgettable.
* Played half-straight in most Zelda games. You often encounter enemy archers and being hit by them is more an annoyance than a real threat. Although ''your'' arrows tend to deal as much damage as one of the swords you get in the game, and usually more than the starting sword. It may be less a difference in arrow power and more the fact that once you've picked up a few Heart Containers, you can take more punishment than some bosses can, whereas the average mook has less health than you have even at the beginning of the game.
** In the latest Zelda games, arrows that don't kill enemies will stay attached. One might say it fit better in the cartoony ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' than the more realistic ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]''. Still, it's hilarious to see Bokoblins or Lizalfos walking around [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential with arrows in their face and ass.]]
*** Actually played for laughs in The Wind Waker. There's a friendly fish in each sector of the ocean who has some ferocious body aches that only acupuncture can cure. You have to shoot the fish with your bow as he leaps out of the water, and if you shoot him enough times within the time limit, he'll pay you 200 rupees and tell you how good it feels to have all those arrows sticking out of him.
* In ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'', Luca Blight is peppered with more arrows than should be necessary to kill a man. And he's ''still'' able to fight off your eighteen best party members while being pelted with even ''more'' arrows before fighting your main character in a duel. Granted, this ''is'' [[ImplacableMan Luca Blight]] we're talking about.
* In ''VideoGame/BraveTheSearchForSpiritDancer'', enemies shot with arrows will gleefully continue to run around, even with several sticking out of them.
* Sort of averted in ''VideoGame/LandsOfLore: The Throne of Chaos''. Fairly early in the game, you come across a character who has been shot repeatedly by arrows and is slumped, dying, against a tree. However, he survives long enough to give you some information about where to go next, say "Pardon me, this arrow is...quite annoying...", yank the arrow in question out of his chest, then talk a little bit longer before finally giving up the ghost.
* Played straight by the unit animations in ''[[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Civilization 4]]'' even while being averted by the combat mechanics themselves; archery units have fairly impressive stats (at least by ancient and mediaeval standards), but when they're actually shown fighting a melee unit, they do so by first losing a round of more-or-less useless arrows and then resorting to hand-to-hand combat.
* Taken to an [[UpToEleven absolutely ridiculous extreme]] in ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', where hundreds of massive SPEARS that are practically a MacrossMissileMassacre are still seen as only annoying by the title character himself.
* Towards the end of ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', Isaac confronts Tiedemann, resulting in [[spoiler:the latter shooting the former with ''two'' javelins. How does Isaac respond? By yanking the javelins out - one of which looks like it must have deflated his lungs. He can even heal after the final battle, meaning he literally shrugged it off, via the same first-aid magic that can heal him from within an inch of death after a Necromorph mauls him]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Dungeons}}'', Minos has several arrows jutting from his back.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' arrows zigzag this; in inclusion to having knockback that could send you off a potentially fatal drop, an arrow shot by a skeleton to an unarmored player is more dangerous than a zombie or spider, though they quickly become something you can shrug off as your armor tiers get better and better, a fully charged bow shot from another player can be one of the most damaging hits you can take. Once the arrows hit though, they linger on the player model to no adverse effect, and if you have creative mode on, you can make them a HumanPincushion so covered in arrowheads you can't see their player model past the feathers.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''. Compared to melee weapons, the standard bows and crossbows do little damage. Their typical use for the player is to get an enemy's attention and draw them away from a group. However, they do stagger you, which can leave you open for melee enemies to tear you apart. However, around a third of the way in, enemies start to wield the massive Dragonslayer Greatbows, which do damage comparable to heavy melee weapons, and can knock you around even if you block.
* This is a core mechanic for your enemies in ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor'': Talion is a ranger/lich with supernatural BulletTime bow powers, so to even the odds his enemies can obtain the power to negate ALL arrow powers. That's right; if an orc warchief/lieutenant levels up and takes the right feats, any and all arrows bounce off their flesh and armor. However, the minions and red barrel tenders might find it not-so-pathetic...
* In ''VideoGame/LordsOfTheRealm2'', archer units consist of this when used on stronger defensive units such as pikemen.
* In ''VideoGame/LufiaAndTheFortressOfDoom'' and ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'':
** the party's bow-wielders are somehow able to strike multiple enemies in a single attack. Naturally, their arrows do about as much damage as a poke from a knife, though they serve nicely to soften up enemies for the [[HeroesPreferSwords swordsmen]] to finish them off.
** ''Fortress of Doom'' also includes enemies who bombard the party with multi-target arrow attacks. [[DemonicSpiders A group of them is a little more than "annoying".]]
* ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'': Wander has a bow and arrows, but they do no damage whatsoever against the Colossi. {{Justified|Trope}} in that the Colossi are, well, ''colossal'' and partially made out of stone. Wander's bow is still useful for either getting a Colossus's attention or irritating it, however, which can play a major role in exposing their weak spots.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/LongLiveTheQueen'', if [[PlayerCharacter Elodie]] decides to [[spoiler:attend Gwenelle's birthday party]], her carriage will be attacked on the road by bandits. Failing an Archery and Reflexes check there will get her shot by an arrow in the skirmish. She will then automatically try to remove the arrow incorrectly and die in the process if you didn't sufficiently build up her Battlefield Medicine skill beforehand. Even if you pass that, however, she still has the arrow stuck in her, and will have to pass Composure and Meditation checks [[RealityEnsues to prevent her from panicking and bleeding out.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* To a ludicrous extent in ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan''. In one instance, Dominic himself is hit in the arm with an arrow. The next day he has a dressing on his arm and is leaning on a cane with it. The day after that, there is no sign he was injured. In another, an orc was shot in the back with an arrow, only to come flying in out of nowhere to deliver a BigDamnHeroes moment 3 strips later.
** Even worse, in one arc a bunch of archers let loose several volleys of arrows with the express intent of "not killing".
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' plays the trope fully in [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/07092005/ early strips]] including the "yank it out" method of dealing with them.
* Played with to hilarious effect in ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', in which Richard gets hit by ballista bolts and is stuck to the mast. He is then referred to as a ladder, and offers Cale to "climb me to safety!" Richard is undead, so arrows won't hurt him all that much.
** Richard seems to be an arrow magnet. In another page, he takes an entire volley of arrows in the back. Cale manages to pull out all but one, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny which he then uses to shoot Richard up into a guard tower.]]
* Applies in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' (examples: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0152.html 152]] and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0425.html 425]]), but possibly justified, as the comic is based on traditional roleplaying games and all their associated absurdity.
* ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' ''brutally'' subverts this with the mysterious Golden Arrows. It's stated pretty much flat-out that if they so much as ''prick'' you, you are DeaderThanDead. In this case, AWizardDidIt. Take a look at the wound, it's more akin to the arrow exploding once it hit. Getting hit with an arrow is bad enough, losing a large part of your torso immediately afterwards just adds to the fun.
* Played straight and subverted in ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure''. Julie's favorite weapon is [[ArcherArchetype the bow]], and much of the time her arrows don't harm her opponents much, but then she [[CriticalHit shoots that]] [[EyeScream female imperial soldier]]...
* [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0367.html *thwak* "Ow."]] ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' is based on ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', which centers around overpowered {{Player Character}}s, so this example is at least justified.
* ''WebComic/{{minus}}'', strip [[http://www.kiwisbybeat.com/minus23.html #23]]. Those people were shot ''through the stomach'' and unharmed. Of course, [[AWizardDidIt minus did it.]]
* In ''Webcomic/DungeonsAndDenizens'', [[http://dungeond.com/2006/09/21/09212006/ Min gets shot in the back by one of the Six.]] His reaction is, "Ow! Hey!" Again, this is a parody of D&D game mechanics, since the comic centers around monsters maintaining a dungeon for adventurers.
* The fae in ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'', as demonstrated by Queen Nutmeg [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_788.php here]]. [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice Being impaled by a spear]] doesn't bother her until she tries to [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_789.php hug Jyrras]], who wouldn't get this trope.
* Discussed and subverted in ''{{Webcomic/Nimona}}'': An arrow hits Nimona in the leg, and she doesn't seem to care, as per this trope. However, Ballister chides her for her attitude, and proceeds to treat it as a serious injury. Leads to the page quote. Later on, the trope is played relatively straight after all: Nimona turns out to have the ability to heal very quickly, which allows her to fully recover from the wound within days. She simply forgot to tell Ballister about it...
* The Jägers of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' seem to have no problems with continuing fighting with several arrows sticking out of them. However, Jägers are {{Super Soldier}}s and consider a torn-off arm to be bad-but-probably-not-lethal, so thinking they can soak a few arrows isn't too much of a stretch.
* Doc from ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'' treats [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1100.html tranquilizer darts]] much the same way. (Being a large polar bear [[{{Determinator}} running on adrenaline]] helps.) Ditto [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1723.html a chemically enhanced arctic fox]]. Then, there was some [[NoodleIncident offscreen event]] involving [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1758.html Roger, grenade launcher, riot armor and arrows]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Tifa in ''WebAnimation/DeadFantasy V''. Granted, she comes from a world where GunsAreWorthless and [[LevelGrinding she has probably hit level 99]], but even so, getting shot by five arrows ''hurts a lot''. Nevertheless, she remained a pincushion for the remainder of the fight. It does seem to actually affect her for a moment, as she slumps against the car she slammed into from the force of getting hit by five arrows and has about a minute long memory sequence. Then she gets up and slams a metal pipe through a man's skull and out the other side. So. Back in full effect again.
** She's also fortunate(!) enough to have just been badly beaten by an opponent who knocked out all of her Materia, which is sort of like removing the adamantium from Wolverine's bones: a trade-off. She can't blast the archers at range anymore, but her ability to take damage just went through the roof. Given how the fight turned out, the arrows had an impressive (if still unrealistic) effect on it.
* Just about anyone shot with an arrow in the ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' seasons has done either this or had the arrow merely graze them. Most notably with Jacob Starr, who took not one but ''two'' crossbow bolts to the shoulder with little to no ill effect (although the character was absurdly MadeOfIron).
* The Teen Girl Squad in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' gets ARROWED!
* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': To its logical extreme. The more arrows, the less effective each arrow is (most of the time). Oftentimes, a cloud of arrows isn't even enough to down a single mook.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', in the final episode of Season 2; Ofdensen is shot through the chest with a crossbow, and immediately is almost unconscious-- and then he lies motionless, apparently dead, while the band stands nearby and does nothing to help (either he's dead, or they're just too stupid to know First Aid-- a very real possibility).
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'':
** Jack's dad takes multiple arrows in the shoulders, legs and below the ribs when fighting Aku. This only enrages daddy, though, and you can guess what happens.
** A army of futuristic vikings attempt to seige a tower protected by three blind archers in Episode VII. Unfortunatly, they misunderestimate the archers' phenominal hearing, combined with the fact the tower is surrounded by snow. The result is that the bezerkers lose a lot of their men and machines, which are riddled with arrows.
* A flashback in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' depicts a [[EldritchAbomination Lucubra]] riddled with arrows (and a few spears), but still coming.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' Tuddrussel gets shot [[AmusingInjuries in the butt]] multiple times while escaping from a Chinese prison.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', Kaeloo, Pretty and Quack Quack are shot with a bunch of arrows. None of the three takes it as anything more than a minor annoyance.

[[folder:Real Life and Legend]]
* UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga is believed to have once taken an arrow to the neck without flinching, a reaction that gained him the nickname of 'Demon King'. Of course, the reason this was noteworthy - let alone worth a nickname - was that the Japanese warriors of that age knew exactly how painful, and often lethal, a shot like that was.
* In Homer's ''Iliad'', the famed archer Pandaros complains to Aeneas that even though he managed to hit both Menelaos and Diomedes, neither of these heroes seemed to be bothered much by his arrows. However, this was entirely due to divine intervention. And Odysseus apparently never saw a point in taking his bow to the war in the first place.
* Mongols wore clothing for the sole purpose of removing arrows with minimal damage. It was "raw" silk; at range, at least, most arrows couldn't penetrate this material since the finely-woven silk-strands would wind around the arrowhead, covering the barbs of the arrowhead. This would then allow the warrior to remove the arrow by pulling the silk shirt out, arrowhead and all, and it would keep the arrowhead from doing much damage; barbed arrows do most of their damage when being pulled ''out,'' so the "silk-winding" process kept the barbs from doing this. Silk's a strong enough fiber that the strands would simply unravel, rather than be cut by the sharp arrow. "Raw" silk is uncut after being produced by the silkworm, and so the strands remained long enough to remain full-length intact after penetration. They'd still punch holes in the human flesh underneath, but by pulling on the edges of the cloth, the arrow would come out of the wound. But [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/379338.stm don't just take our word for it]].
* May or may not be apocryphal, but Guan Yu, a general in 2-3rd Century China (who has been deified over the years- just pay attention at your local Chinese restaurant) was once hit by a stray arrow on his arm during a battle, and [[BadassGrandpa was about 60 when this happened]]. Though the surface wound had healed, the bone would still hurt badly, especially during a rainy day. The doctor told him that the arrow tip had poison on it, and the poison had entered the bone. The remedy would be to open the arm and scrape away the poison. Guan Yu promptly stretched out his arm and bid the doctor to get to work. During the surgery, Guan Yu was eating and drinking with his fellow officers whilst the blood flowed from his arm into a basin below. Throughout the process of treatment, Guan Yu drank wine and conversed and laughed as usual, also qualifying him for FourStarBadass.
* Japanese samurai would ride into battle wearing a ''horou'' — a huge, cape-like silk cloth with their standard on it. The ''horou'' would severely lessen the arrows' impact and interrupt their path--when the History Channel show ''Ancient Discoveries'' tested it, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B_6BU7SYf8&t=6m06s it reduced the chances of being hit]] with an arrow by ''seventy-percent.'' They would still need medical help if an archer got lucky, but three hits out of ten definitely sounds better than getting peppered by archers.
* Played relatively straight by UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc: contemporary accounts describe her being hit variously with an crossbow bolt in the leg, an arrow in the shoulder, and a heavy stone on the head. What ''is'' consistent in each of the accounts is that she simply had the wound cleaned, said a quick prayer and was perfectly well within a ridiculously short amount of time. Particularly, during Joan's battle in Orleans, an English arrow deeply pierced her between the neck and shoulder. By the power of faith alone she ignored the pain, pulled the arrow out with her bare hands, made a silent prayer, climbed back on her horse, and continued to lead her army to victory. Pure badass. This might simply be a case of an UnreliableNarrator, but at the time it was seen as evidence that she might really have had divine help.
* Jan Žižka of the Hussite wars fame lost an eye in his youth for unknown reasons, most likely a childhood fight. Later he lost the ''other'' one to an arrow while besieging the castle of Rabi in 1421. He then proceeded to win every battle he entered -- ''while blind'' -- until dying of plague in 1424.
* Cassius Scaeva, a Roman centurion, is supposed to have pulled the arrow out mid-battle when it hit him in the eye. In the same fight he was also wounded twice by javelins and by the end had over 100 arrows in his shield.
* Xiahou Dun, a Chinese general during the Three Kingdoms era is said to have been hit in the eye with an arrow. Legend has it he ripped the arrow and the [[EyeScream damaged eye out with it]]. The legend then says he stared at it, said "essence of my father, blood of my mother, I cannot throw this away" and [[{{Squick}} ate it]]. His master, Cao Cao, promoted him for his trouble.
* More or less TruthInTelevision, [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19171_5-things-that-arent-nearly-as-dangerous-as-hollywood-thinks.html according to]] Website/{{Cracked}}. However, the key point to remember is that the article is saying that arrows aren't as dangerous ''compared to bullets'', then contrasting that with Hollywood's treatment of arrows (one-shot, one-kill as long as you're [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Legolas]]) with its treatment of bullets (2 or 3 shots can be OnlyAFleshWound as long as you're [[Franchise/DieHard John McClane]]).
* During the Crusades, Turkish and Mameluke archers often saw their arrows appear to have no effect on European knights and men-at-arms. This was because they were unused to fighting men fully clad in mail. Frequently, however, arrows would get stuck in the surcoats worn by European knights over their armor, so it would sometimes look to the Turks as though knights could keep fighting even with several arrows sticking out of them.
* The repeating crossbow (an Eastern invention that allowed one to simultaneously draw and release a bowstring simply by moving a lever) was limited to firing much smaller bolts than its non-repeating cousins, and a single arrow itself rarely resulted in death. However, these things were used en masse to [[MoreDakka overwhelm the enemy with a rain of arrows]] and often were tipped with poison. This is also thoroughly averted with the larger-scale versions used for sieges, which fired larger bolts than the handheld versions.
* Kamakura Gongorō Kagemasa, a samurai from the Heian period of Japan, took an arrow to the eye while sixteen and finished the battle with the shaft still sticking out. Another soldier tried to remove it rather roughly, by using his foot for leverage on Kagemasa's head, causing Kagemasa to take offense. The man apologized and removed the arrow more delicately. Other versions of the story have Kagemasa removing the arrow right after he is struck, and killing the offending archer by shooting it right back at him!
* If Creator/AnimalPlanet documentaries are to be believed, a cat survived being shot by an arrow ''through the head'' - with no major damage.
* Plate armor grew in popularity at least partly to make this trope a reality. Arrows -- and bolts from insufficiently "heavy" crossbows -- just aren't ''powerful'' enough to punch straight through decent steel plate; they have to find an actual gap in the armor or bounce. (Part of the reason archers remained useful against knights is simply that it's kind of hard to provide comparable full-body protection to the knight's ''horse''.)
* Proper [[BulletproofVest hard body armor]] with the trauma plates required to handle rifle rounds can render arrows merely annoying. Unless one hits an area not covered by the trauma plates, in which case an arrow may actually have a better chance of penetrating than a small calibre bullet. This is because kevlar and other high-tensile fibres are specifically designed to absorb and dissipate kinetic energy, but are susceptible to being cut or forced apart by a sharp point.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pfeilstorch Several storks]] have flown back from Europe with an arrow through vital-looking parts of their anatomy.