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: {{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.