Bullets, stop right there and float motionless in the air. The Chosen One
What are you trying to tell me? That I can dodge bullets? Morpheus:
No, Neo. I'm trying to tell you that when you're ready, you won't have to.
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:
- 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.
- The bullet literally dodges the character; instead of stopping, it goes around him without even slowing.
This does not necessarily happen in Soviet Russia
. Compare Plot Armor
, which is the metafictional protection offered to main characters and sometimes can appear to serve this purpose (especially if Stormtroopers
are involved). Also compare A-Team Firing
, where bullets dodge everybody, no matter how many bullets/people there are.
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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, Suoh Mikoto uses a variation of this trope to incinerate incoming bullets.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Live Action TV
- When Buffy the Vampire Slayer gets a temporary magical upgrade to fight Adam, she stops machine gun fire in mid-air and turns an RPG 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 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.
- Mages from Mage: The Ascension and Mage: The Awakening can do this with the Forces arcanum/sphere, manipulating the velocities of bullets.
- Similar to the first version, Faevv in Juathuur unravels an arrow fired at her.
- 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
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.
- A slightly more plausible variant occurs in a Transformers comic where Soundwave uses his communications abilities to hack the Air Force's missile guidance systems so they all miss the Decepticons.
- 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.
- 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.
Myth and Legend
- Mages from the New World of Darkness can fit this with the Fate (Entropy in the old?) arcanum, which can just amount to being incredibly lucky, all the friggin' time.
- 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 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.
- 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.