Neo: What are you trying to tell me? That I can dodge bullets?Some characters can Dodge the Bullet; move so fast that not even a high-velocity round, or maybe not even a Very High Velocity Round can hit them. They just move out of the way. These characters, as the trope name implies, are the opposite. They don't move out of the bullet's way - they literally don't need to. The bullet itself will avoid hitting them. There could be many reasons for this - from psychokinetic power all the way up to sheer dumb luck. The end result is the same regardless: Guns Are Worthless against them, and all they have to do is stand there. The character is not Immune to Bullets. Normally the bullets never reach him, but if a bullet does reach him (for example, if attacked by surprise), he would be as vulnerable as anyone else. A character immune to bullets receives all the shots and stays completely unharmed by them. This trope comes in two different flavours:
Morpheus: No, Neo. I'm trying to tell you that when you're ready, you won't have to.
Morpheus: No, Neo. I'm trying to tell you that when you're ready, you won't have to.
- The character uses Mind over Matter to stop the bullets in their tracks. From there, they can release the bullets at any time, and they'll just clatter harmlessly to the ground. With the right powerset, the character can even send the bullets right back at their original shooters!
- The bullet literally dodges the character; instead of stopping, it goes around him without even slowing.
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Anime & Manga
- In Elfen Lied, the Diclonius can block or deflect bullets depending on the caliber. Pistol rounds are simply blocked, but larger rifle rounds have to be deflected. The only gun that is known to have killed one was an assault rifle with armor piercing rounds at point blank range. People have tried to kill Lucy with both .50 BMG anti materiel rifles and Desert Eagles loaded with tungsten bullets, but without success.
- In the prequel manga to K, Mikoto Suoh, the Red King, uses a variation of this trope to incinerate incoming bullets. Reisi Munakata, the Blue King, also shows this ability; it probably comes with being a King as you are just too powerful that just activating your Aura results in such things.
- In the first episode of the second season, Reisi not only does this, he makes the bullets explode into sparkles.
- In the anime version of AKIRA, a tank fires on Tetsuo. The shell stops in front of him, floats in the air a moment and then explodes without harming him.
- In One Piece, a few character have this capability, generally by way of using Devil Fruit powers.
- Eustass Kidd has magnetic powers that allow him to freeze cannonballs in their tracks inches from his body, and repel them back to their senders for good measure.
- Trafagar Law can use his spatial-displacement power to stop projectiles, swap them with objects in another location, and set them moving again.
- Appears to happen whenever anyone shoots at Ciel in Black Butler - Sebastian just plucks the bullets right out of the air and politely hands them back to the assassin.
- The Flash is so freakin' quick that he is not limited to Dodge the Bullet: he can grab the bullet in the air, as it goes in slow motion (as well as everything else) from his perspective.
- Static tends to do this Magneto-style with just a wave of his hand, stopping walls of gunfire before they touch him with a wall of magnetism.
- A 1980s X-Men story about a group of anti-mutant bigots who discover Xavier's secret and try to murder him culminates in dueling examples of this. After their plot is thwarted, one of the villains tries to shoot Rachel Summers, who uses her telekinesis to grab the bullet and redirect it at the shooter. Then the bullet freezes just in front of his head, having been caught by Magneto, who refuses to let Rachel become a murderer like himself. The bullet just hovers in front of the now-terrified assassin's face while they push against each other, until Magneto manages to talk Rachel down.
Films — Animation
- My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Magical Movie Night — "Mirror Magic": Not bullets, but Twilight Sparkle uses telekinesis to stop a rain of chocolate-covered almonds, Matrix-style. (And then Pinkie Pie eats them, Pac-Man-style.)
Films — Live-Action
- Both Magneto and Jean Grey do this in the X-Men movies and comics, using control of magnetism and telekinesis respectively. In the first film, Magneto stole all the guns from the police and aimed them, using his powers over metals. Xavier tries to force him to surrender. Magneto pulls a dangerous trick to force Xavier to let him go: he fires at one of the cops, and keeps the bullet in the air a pair of centimeters away from his face. As Xavier does not give up yet, Magneto loads all the other guns. "Care to press your luck, Charles? I don't think I can stop them all!"
- The Matrix, as the quote above suggests. Neo, when he finally becomes The One, is able to stop a hail of bullets by simply willing it, causing the bullets to stop dead in their tracks and fall to the ground. He can also block swords bare-handed, though he still bleeds a bit.
- The Powered Armor from District 9 is capable of this.
- In The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren stops a blaster bolt in mid-air with the Force.
- Advanced Movers are able to do this in Push. The protagonist learns to do this with some practice, while Victor is a master at this, being able to hold off dozens of Triad Mooks firing on full auto. Fun fact: Victor is played by Neil Jackson, whose character of Khalek (see Live-Action TV) in Stargate SG-1 does the same thing.
- In The Avatar Chronicles book Saga, one of the main characters can do this (it's Ghost).
- At one point in The Will Be Done Praen stops two bullets in midair and sends one of them back to it's owner, allowing the other to drop to the floor.
- In Anthony Horowitz's Evil Star, protagonist Matt does this at the climax. Too bad it doesn't prevent the bad guys from releasing the Sealed Evil in a Can
- When Buffy the Vampire Slayer gets a temporary magical upgrade to fight Adam, she stops machine gun fire in mid-air and turns a rocket launched from an RPG-7 into a dove.
- Khalek can stop bullets with a forcefield in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Prototype". A lot. Unfortunately (for him), it only works when he knows the bullets are coming, so Mitchell distracts him by shooting at him while Daniel comes at him through a door on the other side of the room.
- There are several episodes of Charmed where either Prue or Paige use their telekinesis to deflect bullets, or Piper uses her freezing power to stop them in midair.
- Heroes: Matt Parkman fires a round of bullets at Sylar, who stops them with one hand. He then flicks them right back into Matt. Ouch.
- In Warhammer 40,000, Eldar Farseers do this through their Rune Armor; they channel their powers through their armor to alter fate in such a manner as to not get hit by even bolter rounds. Tabletop-wise, this means they don't have much in terms of an actual Armor Save, but they do get a rather good Invulnerable Save.
- In the Warhammer 40000 roleplaying game Dark Heresy psykers can perform a power, which was clearly inspired by Matrix: For one round of combat a number of hits (depending on the willpower of the psyker) from projectiles are ignored, as they stop in their tracks and once the power stops fall to the ground. This has the problem that in game there are a lot of non-projectile weapons. Especially laser weapons are some of the most common weapons found in the setting.
- In The World Ends with You, Joshua does this whenever Sho tries to shoot him, and the bullets end up falling to the ground harmlessly.
- In one cutscene during the finale of Bayonetta , one major villain stops Bayonetta's bullets by stopping time, then reverses the bullets' direction. Bayonetta manages to dodge them, though.
- The "Return to Sender" vigor in BioShock Infinite allows you to catch bullets and hurl them back at your enemies as a blast of kinetic energy.
- In one chapter of Ghost Trick, Sissel and his companions have to force this trope to prevent someone from being murdered. They must exchange the bullet with another item. However, the kinetic energy is conserved, so while the bullet clatters harmlessly to the ground, Sissel must take care not to swap it with something just as deadly.
- This is possible in The Matrix: Path of Neo after the Heart O' the City Hotel level.
Anime & Manga
- Tachibana Kanade (Angel/Tenshi) of Angel Beats! can do this with her Guard Skill, Distortion.
- Happens in the Trigun anime (not manga) for Vash the Stampede and Legato Bluesummers. This is most noticeable when an entire gang blaze away at Vash with automatic rifles for several seconds… and just leave a perfect outline in the wall behind him. In that scene there's an implication that the mooks were under orders not to kill, and were firing just to pin him down. But later, there's an incident wherein Vash and Wolfwood casually walk toward a gang stronghold, with gang members continuously firing on them with various calibers of fire, and missing.
- In the finale of Madlax, after Margaret merges with her two other split-off parts, she gains the ability to telekinetically deflect the bullets Monday shoots at her. Which is a Crowning Moment of Awesome, by the way.
- In Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, any warrior powerful enough can do this easily. Young Gokuu deflects bullets rolling his staff during the Red Ribbon arc. Gohan (as the Great Saiyaman) and Master Muten Roshi (and maybe Krillin/Kuririn) just grabbed them out of the air. Yes, with submachine guns. Which may actually be more intimidating than what Neo did.
- A Certain Magical Index:
- Accelerator is able to control vectors - one of the unconscious aspects of this ability being that of reversing any vector that works on him. As a result, he not only deflects bullets, he reflects them back into the barrel of the gun.
- Another example from Index is Misaka Mikoto, whose control over electricity also allows her to manipulate magnetic fields and stop bullets cold. She uses this to great effect when fighting the Hound Dogs during the Academy City Invasion arc.
- In The Tomorrow War, the final book of the Wingman series, Viktor and Hawk are revealed to be "angels", people who can travel between dimensions, not necessarily of their own will, and can influence events to the point of having supernatural abilities. Toward the end of the book, several soldiers try to shoot Viktor, and the bullets merely pass through him, as he's not allowed to die.
- Implied in UQ Holder!. Karin's form of immortality causes attacks that would normally harm her to miss, though not by much. While as of Chapter 16 this has only been applied to melee attacks it is assumed to work on things like bullets as well, resulting in this form of the trope being followed.
- The Transformers:
- In The Transformers: All Hail Megatron, Soundwave uses his communications abilities to hack the Air Force's missile guidance systems so they all miss the Decepticons.
- Victorion, being a Gravity Master, can deflect energy beams by creating gravity wells that cause the beams to bend around her and her allies.
- In The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, Brainstorm builds an "evasive bullet" to invoke this trope. The bullet will lock onto its intended target and actively avoid innocent bystanders. The project was shelved indefinitely due to a major snag in production. Brainstorm couldn't decide on the colour.
- In one issue of Gold Digger, Brianna shoots Pee Bees, little bullets with an AI to hurt only bad guys. She releases them willy nilly, causing one of the mages to try to deflect them, only to discover he didn't need to. However, as they are too small to house an advanced AI, they, for example, think someone stealing a kiss is bad.
- In The Shadow Hero, this is the Green Turtle's only genuine superpower. After his father was murdered with a gun, Hank Chu asked the Turtle for the mystical boon that he would never be shot. As a result, bullets bend around him, and sometimes hit the shooter's allies.
Films — Live-Action
- The Book of Eli has the titular character shot at numerous times without being hit. This may be mundane — in post-apocalyptic America ammunition is unreliable, and it's also scarce enough that people probably can't afford to practice shooting with it — or may be magic. Though when Carnegie shoots Eli point blank near the end, not only does the bullet hit him, the injury from it eventually leads to Eli's death.
- Another Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane example in Pulp Fiction sets Jules on the path to a Heel–Faith Turn ("That's exactly what I'm saying — God came down from Heaven and stopped the bullets"), though Vincent is derisive of this and convinced that it's a combination of coincidence and bad marksmanship.
- In The Fifth Element, Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg demonstrates a gun that has avoiding friendly fire as one of its special features. Even if you aim directly at your own units, the bullets will just navigate around them.
- In a dream sequence in Ali G Indahouse, the title character is left with a Bullethole Outline, though it also outlines... something that's not really there.
- In the Jack West Jr. series by Matthew Reilly, some characters have Warblers, which generate electromagnetic interference, causing bullets to 'dodge' those in close proximity.
- In The Book of Mormon, Samuel the Lamanite preaches repentance to the Nephites and foretells Christ's birth. Many of the Nephites shoot arrows and throw rocks at Samuel, but divine power prevents anything from hitting him.
- Bink's talent in the Xanth books could be seen as the magical version: Any spell that would harm him, even Magician-caliber, is pushed aside by seeming coincidence and dumb luck. Unfortunately for him, his talent has a very precise definition of "harm", meaning that there are spells that can incapacitate him. And of course, he has no such protection against non-magical methods of attack.
- In Season 2 of Continuum it's established that Kiera's futuristic suit, as well as being bulletproof, can project a sort of electromagnetic force field that deflects bullets away from her general vicinity. This allows both herself and Carlos to flee from a firefight unharmed, although the implausibility of all the bullets missing them doesn't go unnoticed.
- Andromeda: Conventional technology is the Electronic Countermeasure Generator (ECM), often woven into clothing. It deflects the smart bullets also used in that setting.
- Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: When Bart gets shot, the shooter misses with every round in his chamber through a series of bizarre coincidences; Bart stumbles to the side at the right millisecond, bends down to scratch her shoe, so on. When Ken asks if she dodged the bullets, she just says "the bullets dodged me," and that she is a universal constant, like gravity. Then she reloads the gun, presses it to her forehead, and pulls the trigger to no effect. And just to underline the point, she fires a round off into the trees, then tries to shoot herself again, and repeats until the gun is empty.
Myths & Religion
- Older Than Print: While modern firearms hadn't been invented yet, the Norse god Baldur had this by virtue of all of creation having sworn not to harm him. The other gods regularly engaged in Comedic Sociopathy by shooting and throwing stuff at him, knowing it would turn aside. Then Loki found the one thing that hadn't taken the oath...
- In Dishonored, Corvo Attano can stop the bullets in midair, move out of the way, and proceed to shoot the guards. Or, with the use of the Possession power, move the hapless shooter in front of his own bullet.
- Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty has Fortune. Not only do bullets dodge her (with a visible streak in the air to show the changed trajectory), but any grenade that gets close to her turns into a dud. This is due to her magnetic deflection device (which she isn't aware about).
- After a boss fight with her, Raiden notably manipulates this so as to shoot Vamp (who usually can read someone's muscles so fast he avoids bullets) in the head by bouncing it off her field at him. It doesn't take, due to his regenerative powers, but it does leave a scar.
- The Energy Aura powerset in City of Villains allows its users to generate fields of energy around themselves to deflect incoming attacks.
- Team Fortress 2 includes the unlockable Bonk Atomic Punch for the Scout class. When quaffed, the player takes no damage from attacks because he's so fast. In fact, when damage numbers are turned on, each "hit" registers as "Miss". It counts as this trope because the shots will miss even if the character is standing perfectly still. Although the Scout still takes knockback somehow.
- In Enter the Matrix, bullets go out of their way not to hit Agents, most notably as you approach point-blank range because the bullets turn 90 degrees right out of the barrel!
- If you use a cheat in The Matrix: Path of Neo the bullets automatically deflect away from Neo.
- In Undertale, if you choose to Spare Toriel, eventually, her Bullet Hell style attacks start to dodge you instead of the other way around.
- In Juathuur, Faevv unravels a "bullet" made of magically manipulated water.
- The eponymous protagonist of Mind Mistress has a Velocity Redirection Field built into her Powered Armor that does this to any fast-moving object that approaches her. Naturally, that includes bullets.
- In Homestuck, Clover's luck powers prevent him from getting shot.
Clover: What's this? Hee hee! You think you can shoot Clover? He is so lucky the gun will probably jam or something predictable like that. Nice try, though!
- George Washington apparently had horses shot out from under him and his coat hit several times, but was never hit himself. This is either a case of mutant powers, divine intervention, or dumb luck. More than likely a mundane second example, as the old smoothbores were already inaccurate and firing accuracy drops quickly in a firefight.
- Andrew Jackson was the subject of the first Presidential assassination attempt in the US. The assassin pulled two guns and both of them misfired, despite being in good working order. Given than Jackson had been fighting in wars since he was 13, had survived multiple pistol duels and was all around a generally scary guy, people later joked that bullets were more afraid of Jackson than he was of them.