A SubTrope of InstantArmor and SisterTrope of ElementalArmor, this trope utilizes elemental forces as a form of (instantaneous) protection in a shape of a usually spherical barrier that covers the user. It can be a ball of flame, sand, lightning, or any elemental manifestation.

Characters who use this trope are a combination of BarrierWarrior and ElementalPowers.

See InstantArmor for worn armor that appears instantaneously and ElementalArmor for an elemental variation of the former.


[[AC: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Gaara from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has, outside from his sand ElementalArmor, a sand barrier that serves as his first line of defense. He even uses one as a form of a transportation/protection hybrid in the Deidara fight.
* Gajeel from ''Manga/FairyTail'' uses his iron-based abilities as a source of NighInvulnerability. He is quite literally MadeOfIron.
* Some Logia (and Paramecia) Devil Fruit eaters from ''Manga/OnePiece'' can use their powers defensively this way, such as Galdino's Candle Wall (a wall of hardened wax) or Monet's Kamakura (basically an igloo).
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'':
** Zebra can create "[[MakeMeWannaShout Sound]] Walls".
** Setsuno can make a "Wall of [[BlowYouAway Air Pressure]]".

[[AC: ComicBooks]]
* ComicBook/{{Magneto}} from ''ComicBook/XMen'' can create electromagnetic forcefields as a form of defense.
* Similarly to Magneto above, ComicBook/{{Static}} also tends surround himself with electromagnetic shields.

[[AC: FanWorks]]
* The favorite maneuver of any kind by John in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' is to create a water “force field” around himself (and often others as well). Besides being physically protective, it also contains air and protects against noxious smells, can be extended under water so he can carry people along with him, and (as shown in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone''), it helps lubricate his way through tight spaces.

[[AC: {{Literature}}]]
* The villain of ''Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned'' uses a lighting barrier to protect his McGuffin. The heroine uses another barrier, this one made of fire, to block the first one from hitting her.

[[AC: LiveActionTelevision]]
* Series/KamenRiderWizard's Defend [[RingOfPower Ring]] generates an Elemental Barrier linked to his current [[MultiformBalance Style]]: [[PlayingWithFire a dome of fire]], [[MakingASplash a veil of water]], [[BlowYouAway a stationary tornado]], or [[DishingOutDirt a wall of earth]].

[[AC: VideoGames]]
* When Mega Man uses Wood Man's powers in ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'', he would have a flurry of leaves used as a shield as long as he remained stationary. Other barrier weapons in the series that are elemental include the [[PlayingWithFire Fire Storm]], [[PetalPower Plant Barrier]], [[GemstoneAssault Jewel Satellite]] and [[MakingASplash Water Shield]].
** Storm Owl from ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man X}}4'' gets a [[BlowYouAway wind-elemental]] one every time you activate his MercyInvincibility.
* ''Videogame/AzureStrikerGunvolt'': GV's basic ability Flashfield is him creating a sphere of electricity around him that blocks physical projectiles (but not energy ones).
* ''WorldOfWarcraft'' has a vast number of these, and most caster classes have at least one. Although many of them, while called "armor" or "shield" don't actually protect the user, but provide different buffs.
* ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' has blocking powers made from such diverse things as [[AnIcePerson ice]], [[PlayingWithFire fire]], [[ShockAndAwe electricity]] ([[LightningCanDoAnything somehow]]), [[CastingAShadow darkness]], [[PsychicPowers psionic projections]], [[ProtectiveCharm magic]], and even [[TheForce kinetic energy]] ([[FridgeLogic however that works]]).
* ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'' uses three shields: Fire, Water, and Electric. The fire shield protects from [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin fire-based attacks as well as lava]], and allows you to dash forward. The water shield allows you to [[SuperNotDrowningSkills breathe]] [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace underwater]] and has a bouncing double jump. The lightning shield allows you to magnetically attract loose rings (so no, the ones in the item boxes don't count), but not the ones you lose as a result of hitting a badnik, as well as a double jump.
** The three of them reappeared in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'', but only if you unlock them in the challenges.
* The Sith Sorceror in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' can create shields made of lightning, whereas the Jedi Sage uses Force kinesis or levitating rocks.
* Kelvin from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' can erect a temporary impassible Ice Wall that will stun nearby enemies upon creation and block movement.

[[AC: WesternAnimation]]
* Benders, especially [[DishingOutDirt Earthbenders]], from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
** During the GrandFinale, when Aang finally masters the power of the Avatar he forms a SphereOfPower around himself from each of the four elements, one by one.