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-> "''That's how you recognize true heroes, my dear Anathar. They spend their time taking hits that aren't meant for them!''"
-->-- '''Qilby''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}''

A form of HeroicSacrifice where, when a villain fires a weapon at someone and another character leaps into the path of the bullet, receiving the injury instead.

Time often [[BulletTime slows to a crawl]], and the shielded one will shout a BigNo. The leaper will then have a scene where they weeping-ly tell the character how important they are before losing consciousness, while [[PietaPlagiarism cradled in the arms]] of the survivor. Sometimes they get better, sometimes they don't, but it's close, either way. Usually results in tears and/or an angry HowDareYouDieOnMe moment, especially if the person they took the bullet for loved them in any way. A MoreHeroThanThou dispute may result, even though it's obviously too late.

This may be a minor character protecting a major one, or sometimes a villain will do this following a HeelFaceTurn, in which case they're [[RedemptionEqualsDeath probably not going to pull through]].

This turns into a DivingSave if the rescuer pushes the victim out of the way without being hit by the shot. Can be done with any other projectiles: a common gag is to do it with something utterly harmless, and really [[MundaneMadeAwesome ham up the shot.]]

[[RuleOfDrama For some reason]], the BigBad rarely succeeds at any attempt to empty the ''next bullet'' into his original intended target. Nor will the diver not get there in time to stop the bullet, or the bullet [[OneHitPolykill continue through the diver to the original target]]. Considering how much could theoretically go wrong with this trope, it's almost surprising how (relatively) rarely it gets [[PlayingWithATrope played with]].

The United States Secret Service (which protects the president) calls this "catching the bullet", although it is rarely actually performed. In real life, the technique is obviously different, as bullets are far too fast to react to. Instead, the human shield will stand in front of the defended individual (hopefully) prior to the shot being fired. For instance, when Kennedy was shot, the agent with Johnson (the vice president) threw him to the floor of the car and then threw himself on top of him until they reached a secure location.

If this trope is executed poorly, usually because there were more intelligent alternatives to TakingTheBullet, it can come off as a StupidSacrifice. On the other hand, there may very well have been NoTimeToThink.

Compare GoThroughMe, JumpingOnAGrenade, LoadBearingHero, DrawAggro. HumanShield and BulletproofHumanShield are the unwilling versions that often happens in hostage situations. MisguidedMissile is when you do this with air-to-air weaponry.

In RealLife, this is another term for TakingTheHeat. Try not to confuse the tropes, though. Note also that modern small arms munitions, especially military grade, are perfectly capable of penetrating right through someone and retaining sufficient energy to kill or severely injure the person being shielded, so this is very much a last resort tactic if trying to stop someone else being shot.

Due to the [[DeathTropes nature of this trope]], '''spoilers are likely'''. You have been warned.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' Tariga takes an arrow intended for his brother Tsuruba when Kiki's suitors start being attacked. It ends up in his arm which greatly reduces his abilty to fight later on. In an interesting twist [[spoiler:their family is behind the attacks on Kiki's suitors and the framing of Mitsuhide for them in order for Tariga and Tsuruba to replace Kiki and Mitsuhide as Zen's retainers. They didn't realize beforehand that their brother was going to have Tsuruba attacked to divert suspicion though]].
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''
** Guts does this for Casca early in the series taking multiple arrows and a stab wound for her in battle, (despite her and Guts always bickering) this selfless protection of her causes Casca to start harbouring feelings for Guts leading to a steamy romance where she kisses his scars in thanks.
** [[spoiler:Judeau protects his female commander Casca from a demon set on killing and eating them as everything is literally going to Hell for them and the rest of the Hawks. He throws himself right on top of her and takes multiple blows from the demon's whiplike tentacles followed by two spikes right through his body for her before putting its eye out with his last throwing knife, setting it up to be finished off by Casca. The wounds are fatal and he dies soon after]].
* Takashiro of ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName'' does this in episode 13, taking some ice spears that Reiga had thrown at Yuki.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Grimmjow, during a fight with Ichigo, fires five darts which can knock down buildings at Orihime, which Ichigo has to block with his body. Counts as an InvokedTrope, as Grimmjow did it specifically because he knew how Ichigo would react and was trying to get him to stop holding back.
** In a straighter example, [[AloofBigBrother Byakuya]] does this for Rukia when Gin tries to kill her with his shikai.
** In the manga, [[spoiler: Ginjo does this for Ichigo. A somewhat unusual example, as taking the stab reverted Ginjo's [[MemoryGambit memories back]]. In the following chapter, Ginjo stabs Ichigo himself.]]
** [[spoiler: Riruka]] took a slash to the shoulder ''and'' a CloseCallHaircut from a maddened [[spoiler: Tsukishima]] to protect [[spoiler: Ichigo (and Rukia, whose body she was temporarily inhabiting until then on)]] and get the attacker to listen to [[spoiler: her]] as well. [[spoiler: She's later healed by Orihime.]]
* ''Anime/BloodPlus'': [[spoiler:David does this for Julia when Professor Collins attempts to kill her, which is a key factor in Julia's decision to return to the Red Shield.]]
* In ''Anime/BlueSeed'', Momiji receives her mitama when she attempts to shield Kusanagi from Orochi's attack, complete with a BigNo and stuff.
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', the Head Priest of Izumo takes a FlechetteStorm to save Isanami at the opening of the series.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass''
** In the first episode, C.C. takes a headshot meant for Lelouch. She gets better since she's pretty much immortal.
** Happened in ''R2'' too, where Kaname Ohgi takes several ''kunais'' to the chest in an attempt to save his ex-girlfriend Villetta from Sayoko's attack.
** Suzaku arguably tries to invoke this trope in Turn 18 by firing his [[WaveMotionGun Hadron Cannon]] at Zero ''while'' telling Kallen to move out of the way, apparently having hoped that she'd take the shot for him and be knocked out of the fight. Boy is he surprised when she blocks it and isn't even scratched.
** A random soldier did this to save Cornelia from Todou during the Black Rebellion.
** Marianne, the mother of Lelouch and Nunally, protected the latter during a terrorist attack on their mansion. This saved the girl's life but left her blind and bound to a wheelchair, in part fueling Lelouch's thirst for revenge. [[spoiler: Not really: Marianne was gunned down by her brother-in-law V.V, who was jealous of her influence in the Emperor's life. Then, the about-to-die Marianne used the opportunity to put her GrandTheftMe Geass to good use, switch into the body of InnocentBystander Anya and remain in the game, so to say. Also, Nunally is blinded because her father used a MindControl spell to force her to keep her eyes shut. The "crime scene" was then altered to make everyone believe Marianne had died protecting Nunnally from assassins targeting her and Lelouch.]]
* In ''Manga/CountCain'' Riff takes bullets (and other things that would have the same effect) for Cain quite frequently (well to a point where antagonists are annoyed he keeps getting in the way)
* [[NiceGuy Kimihito]] [[IronButtMonkey Kurusu]] of ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' does this frequently [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl for the sake of his]] [[UnwantedHarem girls.]] It does not exactly help that [[FantasticRacism the human world does not look too highly upon monster girls of their species.]]
* In ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', Hei takes bullets (he's armored) to shield a girl he assumed to be the assassins' target. It sort of backfired. Later the girl jumped before him, intercepting a TeleFrag power aimed to tear his heart out. Another time he knocked prone his partner and covered her with himself from falling rubble. Which, yes, [[NotWhatItLooksLike looked not like what it was]].
* In ''LightNovel/DateALive'', Shido Itsuka seems to love doing this. He did this for [[TheDitz Tohka]] in Volume 1 (he got better), ''attempted'' this for [[DarkActionGirl Kurumi]] in Volume 4 (the targeter's aim shifted at the absolute last possible moment and missed; worth pointing out in this instance it would've been a genuine HeroicSacrifice on his part if it hit, no healing or cheating death from this one), and in Volume 11 when he [[spoiler:does this for Origami's parents.]]
* The above ''Daily Life With Monster Girl'' example's fantasy {{Expy}}, Mamoru Onodera of ''Manga/DeadlineSummonner'' does not fare much better. That it helps activate his DesperationAttack [[AwesomeButImpractical (if he can calculate the damage and damage adjustment right)]], and that [[IronButtMonkey he doesn't take much permanent damage from it]] makes it less dramatic than most examples.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan''
** During the first Osaka mini-arc Conan takes a knife to the gut for Ran when a lunatic with a knife attacks them. He gets better because the blade [[PocketProtector hit a metal amulet he was wearing]], thus he got just a bruise on his chest. Though this was actually a double Taking The Bullet: Heiji lent Conan that amulet because he had a nightmare where they both died, and the amulet is a good luck charm that seems to work. So the knife bounces off the amulet and Conan is relatively unharmed, but while confronting the [[spoiler: real]] murderer Heiji is shot.
** Just before the Desperate Revival arc, while the Shounen Tantei are trapped in a cave by a group of murderous bankrobbers, Conan takes a bullet for Genta and nearly bleeds to death.
** In the 13th movie, Inspector Megure took a knife wound on the belly from a charging woman who then realized her mistake. [[StoutStrength Good thing Megure is overweight.]] And in the proper series/manga Megure took ''a metal pipe to the head'' to protect Sonoko from a SerialKiller targetting girls [[spoiler:who wore special footwear, since one of them accidentally ran his son over due to said footwear. (Sonoko had purchased similar shoes, so that made her a target).]] Her's so MadeOfIron that he doesn't get knocked out (though to be fair, he ''was'' wearing his NiceHat), and even manages to deal a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the killer.
** In the fourth movie, [[spoiler: the reason for Ran's LaserGuidedAmnesia is that [[BreakTheCutie her mind was temporarily broken]] when Sato took ''at least four'' shots for her to save her from the movie's BigBad. They both get better: Sato survived, and when Ran saw the killer threaten Conan similarly, Ran got her memories back and kicked his ass.]]
** In the 14th movie ''The Raven Chaser'', [[spoiler: the one who protects Conan from being shot to death and dies in his place is [[NobleDemon Irish]], ''a member of the Black Organization''. Then again Irish's [[DeathBySecretIdentity cover had already been blown]] [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled so he wouldn't live for too long anyway]].]]
** In the 18th movie, ''Dimensional Sniper'' [[spoiler: Sera Masumi]] shields Conan from a sniper targeting him and gets shot in his place. [[spoiler: She makes it.]]
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''
** Myotismon aims his deadly Grisly Wing attack at Kari and Gatomon, but Wizardmon gets in the way, and is killed instead.
** Wizardmon's act is actually a strange example of the this trope. There's a bit of FridgeLogic here when you think that there's no possible way Wizardmon could have gotten there fast enough to be ''standing'' square in front of them, as he was blasted several meters away, severely beaten and exhausted, moments ago... and then FridgeBrilliance can take place if you think this is simply the result of another strange power he has -- either SuperSpeed or {{Teleportation}}; the sheer number of powers he has compared to other Digimon could stretch the imagination to imply he had either.
** This happens a few more times in Adventure first when Chuumon takes a dagger from Piedmon who was going to kill Mimi and when [=SabreLeomon=] takes a hit from [=MetalEtemon=] meant for Mimi and Joe. As a bit of a partial subversion, [[TakingYouWithMe he manages to kill MetalEtemon before expiring]].
** Another example is when [=DemiDevimon=] fires a toxic dart at Sora and Biyomon takes it for her. In this case, Biyomon is actually not in danger of ''directly'' dying from the attack, as it's only fatal to humans (though it makes Digimon extremely sick.) Still, she did save Sora's life in the process and probably didn't care rather it'd kill her or not.
** [[{{Expy}} Baring a certain resemblance to Wizardmon]], [[spoiler: Baalmon]] does this in ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars''.
* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' [[TheLancer Lancer]] Kouji does this for [[TheHero Team Leader]] Takuya, diving between Takuya and their enemy Duskmon's sword, taking enough damage to not only [[BroughtDownToNormal turn Kouji back into human form]] but knock him unconscious as well, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone to Takuya's clear horror]].
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** Piccolo's switch from villain to AntiHero happens when he takes a lethal blast for his pupil Gohan. The scene gets lampooned in ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged''.
-->'''Piccolo:''' Wait a second... [[DivingSave why don't I just grab him]]? I could probably still do that now actually! Yeah, that's it! I'll grab him and throw him out of the waAAAAAAAGH!
** He also does this for Goku in the anime version of Frieza saga[[note]]In the manga, Frieza intentionally fired at Piccolo[[/note]], taking a Death Beam from him; he survives, but he comes close to dying.
** He does it ''again'' in the ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' adaptation in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', saving Gohan from a fatal shot by Frieza.
** In the Cell saga after Vegeta has been knocked unconscious trying to avenge Trunks, Cell is about to shoot him with a huge Kamehameha. Gohan jumps in the way of the blast and takes the hit; he survives, but it costs him the use of one of his arms.
** [[LampshadeHanging This has happened so much that it's now an offical technique called "Risking It All For A Friend".]]
** [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged WHY CAN'T YOU SAVE]] [[LampshadeHanging YOUR OWN DAMN SELF!?!?!?]]
* In ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', volume 9 reveals that Izaya didn't stab Shinra like a lot of people think he did. [[spoiler: Shinra took a knife wound for him when a student named Nakura demanded that Izaya give his money back in a bet he lost. Naturally, this incident seems to start something inside of Izaya as he declares that Nakura will suffer for hurting Shinra. Many years later, it comes off as Izaya stalking Nakura and then declaring to him at the end of volume 9 that he framed him for two major incidents that had been going on in that volume and that those people will hunt him down.]]
* Almost happens twice in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' when a psycho's about to start attacking everyone in the stands. [[TeamMom Mamori]] steps forward to [[MamaBear shield Suzuna]] from any prospect harm -- shortly followed by [[MagnificentBastard Hiruma]] stepping up to [[ShipTease shield Mamori as well]]. Luckily the situation is soon defused.
* ''Manga/FairyTail''
** Laxus shoots a lightning bolt at Levi that probably would have killed her had Gajeel not jumped in front of her to take it. [[BookEnds He does something similar at the end of the final battle]] to stop Laxus from finishing Natsu off; he turns his arm into iron and uses himself as a lightning rod.
** Simon takes a bullet for Natsu and Erza. About fifty chapters later Jellal, who shot the first "bullet" takes a bullet for Natsu as well.
** And in chapter 334, Gray shoves Juvia out of the way of a laser beam and gets shot multiple times in the chest and head as a result.
* Played with in the ''Manga/{{FAKE}}'' OAV: [[spoiler: when Ryo is cornered by a SerialKiller KnightTemplarParent who kills Japanese people in revenge for the rape and murder of his daughter at the hands of Japanese tourists, the one who stands between killer and victim is ''[[CuteGhostGirl the dead girl's ghost]]'', which has been seen intermitently around.]]
* In the VideoGame/FatalFury first animated special, Joe Higashi is gravely wounded when he takes a bullet for Terry Bogard.
* Sure, in ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'', none of the readers liked SmugSnake Atia Simmons for being such an unlikable bitch, but you ''gotta'' feel something for her when her battle partner sacrificed himself for her. Cue BerserkerTears and RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* Scar from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' does this in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]]. When military troops notice Lust and open fire on her, Scar instinctively leaps in front of her and takes the hits, despite knowing fully well that Lust wouldn't have died. She gently reprimands him for this afterward.
-->'''Lust:''' You fool. You know it takes more than bullets to stop me.\\
'''Scar:''' It wasn't for you. This damn body has a will of its own.
* Played straight with ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' when Jerome manages to alert the other dogs of the humans shooting at them. Poor Jerome literally takes a bullet for the pack. Heroic dog, indeed
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'': Poor, POOR, Marida; as if her life wasn't sad enough...
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', a young girl named Meer Campbell takes a bullet for Lacus Clyne, the woman [[BodyDouble she had been impersonating for months]] because of a complex mix of [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]], [[FanGirl admiration]], and [[WellDoneSonGuy wish to be noticed by her]]. She then [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dies in her arms]] (read: Lacus is ForcedToWatch ''herself'' bleed out in front of her), while delivering what may be the most heart-wrenching FamousLastWords in the entire Franchise/{{Gundam}} saga. This scene also marks one of the few occasions in the entire Cosmic Era where we see the AllLovingHero Lacus be actually angry with someone.
** Previous to that, in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', Mu La Flaga takes a WaveMotionGun blast to save the ''[[CoolShip Archangel]]''. He gets better, and as Neo Roanoke does the exact same thing in ''Destiny'', but is not even scratched thanks to his superior HumongousMecha.
** And before that (production-wise) at the tail end of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]: Endless Waltz'', as Dekim prepares to shoot Relena for attempting to persuade Mariemeia to stop obeying him, Mariemeia pushes Relena out of the way, causing Dekim to accidentally shoot her.
** In the actual series, Trowa takes the blast meant for Heero in episode 25, causing his mech to blow up... but not before he gives a heartfelt [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight 'I Know You're in There Somewhere']] speech.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': Late in the second season, an unknown group tries to assassinate Orga Itsuka, the leader of Tekkadan and the show's {{Deuteragonist}}...[[spoiler:and they succeed because he shields Ride Mass, one of Tekkadan's younger members, with his own body. Ride is horrified (presumably for MoreExpendableThanYou reasons), but Orga reaffirms [[TemptingFate what he said earlier that episode]]: that he'd gladly give his life for ''any'' of his [[BandOfBrothers Tekkadan "brothers"]].]]
* Katokk does this for Garrod in ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'': In his mortal life Brandon Heat takes a bullet for Big Daddy. Later, being [[ImmuneToBullets resurrected as Grave, the deadman]] he is doing that couple of times for Mika.
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'':
** In the manga, [[spoiler:Angelica]] dies in hospital after taking a carbomb blast for Marco. Henrietta knocks a Bouncing Betty mine away from her handler Jose. The cyborg girls are conditioned to instinctively protect their handlers, and [[MoralMyopia get distraught over the minor injuries Marco and Jose suffer in comparison to their own]].
** Triela does the literal version for Roberta during vol 7 of the manga. Later she takes a smoke grenade to the head while shielding fellow cyborg Beatrice. She survives both, as does Roberta (though still wounded), Beatrice however..
* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', Yuki Nagato takes an awful lot of flying metal spears in order to shield Kyon in her fight against Asakura. [[NighInvulnerability She doesn't seem to mind, though.]]
* ''VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe''
** In ''Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 2 - Shiroki Ryuu no Miko'' OAV, Yoritada shields Karin from a flying sword -- although because of the way he does this, he only gets a non-fatal arm injury. Nevertheless, still dramatic.
** In the ''Hachiyou Shou'' TV series, Yorihisa protects Tenma from a sword-wielding mook this way, mirroring an incident from his past where his brother Sanehisa did the same to ''him''. Unlike Sanehisa, Yorihisa survives, although the wound makes the subsequent battle significantly more difficult (at least until they get a power-up).
** ''Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 - Owarinaki Unmei'' has [[spoiler:Masaomi]] taking an arrow for Nozomi; at first, it looks like he ''might'' have simply pushed her away without getting shot, but no...
* ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' is loaded with these for a magical girl anime.
** [[spoiler: Yuri's WeaselMascot Cologne takes a shot from Professor Sabahku to save her, leading him to be KilledOffForReal]]
** [[spoiler:Sabahku does one himself in the end, saving Yuri ''and'' Tsubomi from Dune.]]
** A non-fatal version occurs in TheMovie "Fashion Show in the City of Flowers?!" as Cure Blossom takes a shot from ''her own partner, Cure Marine'' to save the BrainwashedAndCrazy Olivier. [[spoiler:She loses her hairbow, her now-loose hair snapping him out of it as he recognizes Cure Blossom as Tsubomi.]]
* ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'': At his first meeting with Integra, Alucard protects her from a gunshot with his own hand. Of course, for him, it's not that [[NighInvulnerable big a deal]].
* PlayedForLaughs in an episode of ''Anime/InuYasha''. Soten, the younger sister of the two Thunder Brothers defeated by Inu-Yasha earlier, sends her dragon minion to incapacitate Kagome and Inu-Yasha using Kagome's arrows. When Inu-Yasha jumps in front of Kagome in order to save her, it's revealed the arrows don't even harm anyone.
* ''Manga/JyuOhSei''
** Yuuki does this for Chen.
** And Tiz takes a bullet for Zagi of all people, and dies, resulting in FaceDeathWithDignity for him, as he also ends up dying with her in his arms.
* In one of the old ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' mangas (the one by Tatsuya Shinjyouji), the deaths of [[spoiler: Sandra and Clara Heidern]] happened because of this trope. [[spoiler: Rugal had kidnapped them ''and'' beaten Heidern to near death (including [[EyeScream putting out one of his eyes]]), and when he moved for the final hit both of them shielded Heidern [[HeroicSacrifice with their own bodies]].]]
** Similarly, in the ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters KOF]]: G'' manga's third volume [[spoiler: an already injured Kensou shields Athena from Goenitz. He lives to tell, but barely.]]
* In ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', Paul von Oberstein jumps in front of Reinhard when an assassin fires a bazooka at the latter. Fortunately, Reinhard's best friend Kircheis manages to deflect the blow aside. In the very end of the series Oberstein in some way does it again, [[spoiler: [[ThanatosGambit misguiding the Earth Cult terrorists to attack his office instead of the Kaiser's bedroom.]]]]
* The ''Anime/LupinIII'' special ''Memories of the Flame ~Tokyo Crisis~'' plays it straight in Maria's flashbacks. Zenigata also does this later on to protect her, but instead of killing him, the bullet only injured his leg.
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', Nanoha does this to protect the helicopter carrying Shamal, Vice, and Vivio from a massive beam. Of course, since Nanoha's Exceed Mode is a lot tougher than a helicopter, [[TheWorfBarrage she survives]], much to the shock of the ColdSniper that fired the shot.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Setsuna does this for Konoka during the ClassTrip. Odd in that she managed to do this atop a 30-something story castle when she was ''on the ground seconds earlier''. Maybe justified by her later WingPull. Or, considering that she had, earlier in that storyline, demonstrated the ability to jump over buildings in a single bound, it's not that weird.
** Asuna makes use of the 'bulletproof' variant in the next volume. Having learned that their enemy's petrification spells only cause her public embarrassment (she is largely immune to magic, her clothes aren't) she puts herself between Negi and an impressive beam of power at the cost of yet another top.
** Later in the same [[StoryArc arc]] Negi ''tried'' to do this for one of his students. She swatted him aside upon spotting the danger and took the incoming stone spear through the midsection rather messily, but that merely ''irritated'' [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Evangeline]]... as the attacker promptly regretted.
** Also, near the very beginning of the manga, in a game of dodgeball Asuna catches a ball aimed (with enough force to hurt) at Negi, and he does the same for a fallen Asuna later.
** Next Arc Nodoka gets to do this for Negi with a bullet that sends the person hit forward in time by 3 hours. However before Chamo reminds Negi and Yue of this, they do the standard grief sequence.
** In later chapters, Aisha, Mama (the bear woman), Tosaka, and Emily all do this; TakingTheBullet for Nodoka, Natsumi, Ako, and Yue, respectively. Although it turns out that all of them would actually have been just fine if they hadn't done it. Well, it's the thought that counts. They ''are'' revived later, too.
* ''Anime/MaiOtome''
** Erstin does this when a bottle of acid gets dropped on Arika, and gets away with just a burn on her leg.
** And then does it later, throwing her slave in the way to save Arika from Nina's attack. This time, she doesn't [[HeroicSacrifice fare as well]].
* In ''Manga/MamotteLollipop'' Zero gets in the way of an attack meant for Nina
* ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'' plays this for laughs, as Nagasumi ''constantly'' has to "take the bullet" for various mermaids whenever something threatens to splash them with water (they revert to mermaid form if they get wet, and he has to maintain TheMasquerade). It's played seriously in the series finale when he takes a ''literal'' bullet for Sun. [[spoiler: Fortunately, he's also capable of catching the bullet.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Iruka has a Taking the Shuriken moment in the first episode when he jumps in front of Naruto to save him from Mizuki's [[FuumaShuriken giant shuriken]]. This was mirrored later in the series when Mizuki throws a giant shuriken at Iruka and Naruto protects him the same way.
** In ''Shippuuden'', Chouza Akimichi is nearly killed after taking a hit from Pain to protect Chouji. He later turned out to have survived. Which was proceeded by one of Pain ''bodies'' taking the Raikiri for the other. And Kakashi's sacrifice with the whole [[spoiler:using his Kamui to save Chouji straight afterwards, and dying from the efforts himself.]]
** Chouza does it again [[spoiler:against zombie Asuma, jumping in front of a giant burning ash cloud and getting badly burned.]]
** And then there's poor little [[BattleButler Haku]], who was impaled through the chest protecting Zabuza.
** Sasuke jumps in front of Haku's attack to protect Naruto in one [[HoYay memorable]] [[TearJerker scene]]. Cue Sasuke's claims of [[IWasJustPassingThrough "My body moved on its own"]] and Naruto's UnstoppableRage.
** [[TookALevelInBadass Sakura]] lets herself be impaled to protect [[NeverMessWithGranny Chiyo]].
** Obito does this for Kakashi pushing him out of the way of a falling boulder and getting crushed as a result. [[spoiler: But this actually doesn't kill him as BigBad Mandra saves him and makes him his right hand man]]].
** Suigetsu takes a [[WaveMotionGun giant ass chakra blast]] from a transformed Killer Bee to protect his team. {{N|ighInvulnerability}}aturally, this only renders him unconscious, since Suigetsu was [[BlobMonster a lake]] at the time.
** One truly tragic example is Naruto's parents [[spoiler:Minato and Kushina jump in front the nine tails's attack aimed for baby Naruto and get impaled as a result. as if this wasn't sad enough, Minato and Kushina then tearfully say goodbye to their baby boy and give him advice for the future and apologise for not being in it]].
** And in what is probably one of the most {{Tear Jerker}} example of them all, [[spoiler:there's somewhat of a subversion. Hinata was ready to pull this trope on Naruto to protect him from the Ten-tails' fatal Mokuton -Sashiki no Jutsu... but the one who does it in the end is actually ''Neji'', shielding the other two. He ends up ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice... and very much dead, much to the sadness of ''both'' Hinata and Naruto.]]
** Kakashi and [[spoiler:Obito]] do this for Naruto and Sasuke respectively, using their bodies to block [[spoiler:Kaguya's [[OneHitKill All-Killing Ash Bones]]. Kakashi's is immediately subverted when Obito uses the last of his strength to teleport away the bone heading for Kakashi.]]
* In ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', Kirika takes a bullet meant for Mireille during the final confrontation with Altena. In a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, she gets back up, tells Altena that she's rejecting her destiny as Noir, and charges her, [[TakingYouWithMe hurling them both into the nearby lava pit.]] Though [[RedemptionEqualsDeath she doesn't much want to]], Kirika survives, thanks to Mireille's [[TakeMyHand last-second intervention]].
* In ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody'', Hiiragi grabbed Uta and tried to give her a ForcefulKiss, which would have severed her spiritual connection to My Melody and taken away most of My Melody's power. Kakeru tries to save her and lunges, intending to tackle Hiiragi away, but ends up between them and gets kissed instead. Both men are disgusted and Hiiragi retreats.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Luffy does this at least once (although he's [[ImmuneToBullets immune to the bullets]] due to his [[RubberMan Gum-Gum Fruit]] powers).
** Later exploited by Wapol's QuirkyMinibossSquad member Chess, who shoots three arrows (very large ones at that) at a group of innocent bystanders, causing Dalton to hurl himself into their path. It works, but, like every other non-flashback character, he gets better later.
** Sanji does this a number of times (usually when Nami is involved), in Skypeia when facing lighting powered GodGuise Enel he kicked Usopp out of the way of a massive lighting blast that was aimed for him and Nami. Sanji took the blast head on giving time for his crewmates to escape despite Nami's reluctance to abandon him, after he'd been electrocuted Sanji says a OneLiner before collapsing, lucky Usopp comes right back and takes the unconscious Sanji away to safety.
** Done quite cruelly with [[spoiler: Portgas D. Ace]], who has a Taking the Magma-Coated Fist moment to protect [[spoiler: Luffy from Akainu.]] It works, but, unlike the above example... [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice he does]] ''[[KilledOffForReal not]]'' [[TearJerker get better]].]]
** Happened also with [[spoiler: Queen Otohime]], who jumps to save a [[spoiler:Tenryuubito]] at the Fishmen Arc.
* In ''[[VisualNovel/PhantomOfInferno Requiem for the Phantom]]'', Zwei's assassination run on [[SmugSnake Scythe Master]] ends in failure when Ein takes a bullet for Scythe, who responds by shooting a despondent Zwei in the back and leaving him for dead.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Ash Ketchum actually does this at the end of ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' as an attempt to end Mew and Mewtwo's battle.
** Ash's already injured Fletchinder gets between him and an angry [[OlympusMons Moltres's]] Fire Blast. Instead of getting trashed, it [[HeroicSecondWind evolves into Talonflame]] and [[EleventhHourSuperpower gains Brave Bird]], dueling Moltres long enough for it to calm down.
** Ash does this ''a lot''. If he's afraid an attack could really hurt a Pokemon, he'll jump in and take the attack instead.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire''
** Though literal bullets are rarely used, Tsukune is very notable for his habit of throwing himself in front of attacks to protect his friends. He is ([[TookALevelInBadass or was]]) technically the weakest among them, leading to his EmergencyTransformation.
** [[ChivalrousPervert Ginei]] did this once as well... damn near killed him.
* In ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', this is how [[spoiler:Andre]] dies, while trying to protect [[spoiler:Oscar]].
* ''Anime/RurouniKenshin''
** Tomoe steps in to try and wrestle the knife out of an enemy's hands, but thanks to Kenshin being blinded earlier in the fight he can't see her and accidentally kills them both.
** There's a sort-of nonlethal example inh the episode that introduced Sanosuke. Kenshin, Kaoru and Yahiko are in Tae's restaurant and a bunch of drunkards on a nearby table start fighting, then Kenshin tenses up without reason as they try to just eat their meal. The following moment, one of the drunkards tosses a pot and hits Kenshin on the back of his head, almost knocking him out cold...
-->'''Sanosuke''': "You knew this would happen. And had you moved, this girl [Kaoru] would be covered in her own blood"
** It happens once more in the end of the Shishio battle where Yumi steps in front of Shishio to shield him from Kenshin's attack [[spoiler:only for Shishio to stab Kenshin ''through'' her, resulting in Yumi's death in Shishio's arms]].
** Also happens again at the end of the fight with Enishi, where Kaoru ''tries'' to take a bullet for Kenshin, but is [[spoiler: stopped by Enishi himself, who delivers a blow to the person firing, knocking the gun out of his hands.]] In the ''Seishouhen'' OAV, it's played differently: [[spoiler: Enishi and Kenshin are fighting alone, Enishi is about to stab Kenshin when he's on the ground but Kaoru throws herself on top of Kenshin and Enishi stops attacking.]]
** Aoshi Shinomori took a bullet for one of his followers in the Anime. (In the manga it was already aimed at him) Aoshi's followers later took several bullets to save Aoshi and allow Kenshin to defeat the shooter.
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'':
** Tuxedo Mask does this for Sailor Moon at least once in each season, and it usually results in his death/capture, eliciting from Sailor Moon a BigNo. Also, in the Marine Cathedral episode, Neptune sees Eudial threatening Uranus with a gun and proceeds to run towards them ''while being shot from all directions'' and ultimately takes the shot intended for Uranus, who goes on to kill herself anyway. Also, Neptune was captured previously in the same episode by taking a hit from a stone that would have hit Uranus otherwise.
** Creator/DiC apparently disapproves of this trope, as they recut the first season example (where he gets between Sailor Moon and Zoisite's ice crystal) to look as though Tuxedo Mask was the intended target all along; though it's possible that they only did this for established heroes, since they don't edit out Prince Diamond doing the exact same thing as mentioned below.
** In the R movie, Usagi saves Chibiusa from a plant this way, and Tuxedo Mask does the same thing when Fiore tries to stab Sailor Moon.
** Similarly, in the series Neo Queen Serenity does this to protect Chibi-Usa during the Black Moon invasion. She's severely injured and thus must be [[CrystalPrison frozen into crystal]] for her own sake; Chibi-Usa goes to the past to seek Sailor Moon's help and the Silver Crystal [[spoiler: unaware that she is Usagi's KidFromTheFuture, as the Neo Queen is Usagi's adult self.]]
** All four inner scouts die in this way in the last season when they take hits from Galaxia in order to protect Sailor Moon, Chibi Chibi and the Starlights.
** An also does this, throwing herself in the path of one of the Makaiju's branches to save Ail.
** Prince Diamond does this for Sailor Moon when Wiseman fires an attack at her.
** Hawk's Eye in the fourth season does this for Fish Eye, when [[HeroKiller Mr. Magic Pierrot]] tries to kill him with a projectile from his hat. We even see the smoking hole where it hit. [[spoiler: And then he gets better about several minutes later.]]
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya''
** Pegasus Seiya will do this for Saori every chance he gets. Most notable of all: stopping Aiolia's special technique with his hands when Saori actually ''demands'' for Aiolia to gang up on her so she can block his attack and gain his favor; taking Poseidon's Trident to the chest for her ([[IWasJustPassingThrough he waved it off by claiming it was the will of the Sagittarius Cloth he was wearing]], but no one was fooled); and then taking Hades' Sword in the heart. It didn't kill him, but it destroyed his Cosmo and left him as [[ConvenientComa little more than a vegetable]] for more than a while.
** Sometimes, Seiya's best friend and partner Dragon Shiryu will do this for his friends, but he has the advantage of wielding the Dragon Shield (said to be one of the strongest shields ''ever'') on his forearm, making it a much more reasonable act.
* In the final episode of ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'', Kyrie shields an unconscious Morte from falling rocks using his back. It smarts a bit, but he quickly brushes it off.
* Uesugi Kenshin of ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' goes one step further and takes three bullets in order to save his {{Ninja}} love interest. And ''she's'' meant to the bodyguard!
* ''Manga/SoulEater''
** Crona ends up taking the bullet for Maka during a battle with Medusa.
** Later on, Asura uses this to his benefit during a battle with Shinigami-sama and intentionally aims for bystanders during the fight to make his opponent take the bullet.
** Earlier than both those examples, and not technically a bullet, but Soul puts himself between Maka and Ragnarok after Maka can't bring herself to use him to defend against the sword (Ragnarok at the time being the vastly superior Weapon).
** Fridge Logic in the Shinigami example, because while the bystanders -- and Asura appears to be aiming specifically for ''Kid'' -- obviously would be harmed by the Kishin's attack, what Asura does doesn't look much different from his other attacks which Shinigami avoided or blocked with Spirit. And yet on that occasion he threw himself into the path of the "bullet", also placing his Weapon out of the way of a direct hit.
* In episode 14 of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', [[spoiler:Asuna]] does this to save Kirito from a fatal sword strike. [[HeroicBSOD It very nearly breaks him]]. [[spoiler: She survives, though.]]
* In the last episode of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', Lord Genome takes the bullet for the heroes' mecha. By bullet, I mean a ''[[SlapOnTheWristNuke Big Bang powered beam]]'', and by taking it, I mean [[Awesome/TengenToppaGurrenLagann hurling himself to it, transforming said beam into a freaking galaxy-sized drill, with his head on the tip!]]
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', [[spoiler:Kotetsu]] takes a superheated crossbow bolt to the chest for [[spoiler:Barnaby]]. Seeing the lengths the other hero is willing to go in order to protect him, [[spoiler:Barnaby]] begins to drop the {{Jerkass}} act and let himself trust [[spoiler:Kotetsu]].
* In the manga version of ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', immediately before the final battle with Deep Blue, Pie and Tart aim a powerful attack at Ichigo -- all four other girls jump in the way and take the huge bullet themselves. Mint actually manages a laugh about how "we're all thinking the same thing," and [[HeroicSacrifice they send Ichigo ahead]] [[DisneyDeath while they stay and fight.]]
* Matsuka for Keith in ''Manga/TowardTheTerra''.
* Semi-minor character Brad does this for Vash in episode 21 of ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', and dies in front of him and his friends. [[AllLovingHero Vash]] is, understandably, horrified.
* In the episode 72 from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' (one of the ''Anime/MazingerZ'' sequels), during an aerial duel between Grendizer and another starship, [[spoiler:Rubina]] flies her own ship between Grendizer and an energy beam to save Duke. She [[spoiler:dies shortly after. Her HeroicSacrifice]] is done more tragic because Duke had accused her of betraying him shortly before. The whole episode was a TearJerker.
* In ''Manga/VampireGame'', Hume takes a sword for Illsaide.
* In the 9th episode of ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' when one of Dilandau's spike's goes out of control on his Guymelef, one of them heads straight for Hitomi, Allen dives in front with his Guymelef and takes the hit, he survives but he's seriously injured.
* ''Manga/WolfsRain'' has a particularly cruel twist on this trope: [[spoiler:Toboe sees Quent and Darcia pulling guns on each other and leaps between them in an attempt to take the bullet for Quent -- but ends up taking ''Quent's'' bullet instead. Especially ironic since Quent has previously tried to shoot Toboe on several occasions. The irony is compounded because the shock of having shot the wolf who tried to save him causes him to drop his guard and get shot ''anyway''. The only small consolation is that the wolf and wolf-hunter share a brief moment of reconciliation before they die.]]
* In the ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' movie, [[spoiler: Yuzuriha Nekoi]] dies like this. More exactly, [[spoiler: she shields Kamui from two massive electric cables and is ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice for her trouble, [[DiedInYourArmsTonight then dies in Kamui's arms]].]]
** In it's prequel ''Manga/{{Tokyo Babylon}}'' Seishirou [[spoiler: gets between Subaru and a desparate mother with a knife needing a healthy kidney for her severly ill son and loses one of his eyes (or at least goes blind in it) in the process]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOh''
** Kisara does this for Priest Seto.
** Much earlier, When Mai is trapped and about to be attacked Yami Marik's Winged Dragon of Ra, Joey jumps in tries to free her from the chains. Marik then decides to attack them both. Just when the attack is about to connect, Yugi jumps in front of them in time and takes the brunt of the attack. He's temporarily knocked unconscious.
*** The poses for that scene neatly mirror [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/My_Body_as_a_Shield My Body as a Shield]], an actual card that sacrifices some of the player's life points to protect monsters from a Spell or Trap that would otherwise destroy them.
** In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', one of Asuka/Alexis's signature cards is the Trap Card Doble Passe, an anime-only card (at the time) that is activated when her monster is attacked, protecting the monster by letting the attack hit ''her''. In return for that, the monster is then able to make a direct attack against the opponent. Asuka used this Trap frequently, and in the SeriesFinale it was a symbolic card that she used to escape the World of Darkness.
** In ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', after Yuma and Astral used their [[FusionDance Zexal II form]] to defeat Number 96 to prevent the three worlds from being destroyed, Number 96 decides to try to take control of Astral. As Number 96 charges at them as a spear-shaped bolt of energy, Astral quickly undoes Zexal so that Yuma wouldn't get hit by the attack too.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'', Yami does this for Tea and Joey when they're targeted by the Five-Headed Dragon, though he's just badly hurt rather than killed. In the final battle, [[spoiler:Baby Dragon, Thunder Kid, and Happy Lover do a fatal example to save Solomon Muto]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' has done this a few times, but being ImmuneToBullets, it's not quite as dramatic.
** In ''Comicbook/TheDeathOfSuperman; The Return Of Superman'', the Eradicator does this ''for'' Superman, and as the bullet in question is a ridiculously huge dose of green kryptonite, it's thoroughly dramatic.
** Then there's the example used as the page picture for StupidSacrifice, which is more ridiculous than dramatic.
** ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'': Superman dives in front of a torpedo heading towards a freighter. Since he has lost most of his power it's thoroughly dramatic. The explosion doesn't kill him but it leaves him dazed.
* ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' has also done this fairly often. Some examples:
** In ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Supergirl (Volume 5)]]'' issue #0, Supergirl does this for ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} when Poison Ivy mind-controls several cops into shooting her friend.
** In ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'', ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} leaps in the way of a barrage of Comicbook/{{Darkseid}}'s Omega Beams to protect [[Franchise/{{Superman}} her cousin]].
** And in ''ComicBook/SupergirlRebirth'' issue #15, [[https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-c2cj7X_My14/WgL9nL1PrmI/AAAAAAAAcac/MJLVysKYRPwJzG77l2HaoKh8qtv4FphrgCHMYCw/%255BUNSET%255D Kara shields several innocent bystanders]]. Even more awesome than other examples because [[https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-gZpBXPUvPqk/WgL9irJylwI/AAAAAAAAcaU/Ctf8DwR75t8vg283uCsZcE4W-3FGvsaDwCHMYCw/%255BUNSET%255D she has been warned those bullets can hurt her]].
** Subverted in ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'' when Superior Girl fires her Eye Beams at Supergirl, and Streaky leaps into the path of the blast. However, Belinda's Superior Vision mutates Supergirl's pet, turning Streaky the Supercat into Streaky the Super-Saber-toothed tiger.
* ComicBook/BoosterGold does this for ComicBook/BlueBeetle (Ted), "[[BigNo Nooooo]]" and all. The bullet passes though his goggles harmlessly but they let you think that he's dead for a second.
* In an EstablishingCharacterMoment early in ''ComicBook/Batgirl2009'', Cassandra Cain takes '''several''' rounds while reaching a gun-wielding thug rather than dodge and endanger... another of the gang she and Batman are facing. Thus taking ThouShaltNotKill to a new level.
* {{ComicBook/Sabretooth}} does this for [[Characters/GenerationX Monet]] in ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen2015''. He & Monet are on a mission to find & protect Elixir. Sabes, sensing their attackers, tackles Monet & Elixir to the ground. Elixir starts to get up, but Creed continues holding on to Monet, shouting in pain while he's shot in the back.
* In the ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' series ''Kings of the Broken Wheel'', Cutter takes two arrows meant for the High One Timmain. He survives, but not without difficulty.
* The first Crimson Dynamo, Anton Vanko, does an ''inverted'' version of this for [[IronMan Tony Stark]] after [[FaceHeelTurn defecting]] from [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Russia]] and working for/[[DefeatMeansFriendship becoming friends]] with him. Vanko deliberately fired an unstable, experimental laser pistol at the second (and evil) Crimson Dynamo in order to kill him before Dynamo could kill IronMan, even knowing that doing so [[HeroicSacrifice would probably mean his own death]] as well. [[TearJerker It does]].
* Has happened at least twice in the comic book version of ''[[ComicBook/{{WITCH}} W.I.T.C.H.]]''. During the fifth saga, [[spoiler:Cedric gets in the way of a beam which would've killed Orube,]] and in the seventh saga [[spoiler:Liam is killed by a sword that the White Queen threw at Mariko.]]
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Chick Tract|s}}'' "Murph," Murph's partner, Officer Donovan does this for him, since he believes he, being an "unsaved" Catholic, isn't ready to die. Interestingly enough, Donovan gets off with flesh wounds while Murph is mortally wounded.
* In ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' a young {{teleporter|sAndTransporters}} calling herself Batgirl (complete with homemade Batgirl outfit) teleported herself in front of a bullet meant for Huntress. Fortunately her teleportation came with a HealingFactor and she teleported herself to Barbara in time to save herself.
* ''ComicBook/IronMan'': Tony Stark does this [[MartyrWithoutACause far too often for good sense]] during battles, especially for ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. Granted, his protective armor does give him some logical basis for this, but he still frequently winds up badly injured.
* In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', we have the eponymous Spidey doing this to save Captain America from a sniper's bullet. [[spoiler: He dies, yes, but not before going out in a blaze of glory by fending off the Sinister Six.]]
** That deserves a bit more detail: [[spoiler: After taking a bullet for Cap and being left to be found by paramedics, Spidey starts making his way to a hospital. Unfortunately, he realizes the Sinister Six are going after his family and friends, so he makes a detour to save them. After repeated hope spots and barely managing to fend off and defeat the Sinister Six while bleeding out, he is actually rescued by Aunt May and Gwen Stacy. But, after seeing Norman Osborn get back up, Peter uses the last ounce of his strength to stop Osborn and save his family and friends before bleeding out on the front lawn of his own house with all of Queens watching. So one physical bullet and dozens of metaphorical ones.]]
* In ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', a heart-broken Mina Mongoose throws herself between Princess Sally and Sonic (who had just reconciled and admitted their feelings) and a bullet from Nack the Weasel. The comic makes it seems she died, but then she's seen in a hospital room recovering.
* In ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen'', ComicBook/{{Rogue}} took a sustained laser blast meant for Wolverine and Mariko. This after Wolverine had said to her face that he would have liked nothing better than to cut out her heart for what she had done previously to Carol Danvers. The blast was enough to nearly kill even her; since she won his respect by this sacrifice, Wolverine risked his own life (he had been poisoned and badly wounded earlier on in the issue) to let her absorb his HealingFactor.
* Towards the end of both continuities of ''ComicBook/LifeWithArchieTheMarriedLife'', [[spoiler:Archie saves [[StraightGay Kevin Keller's]] life from assassination by getting in the line of fire and charging at would-be assassin and busboy Wendell... and ends up taking the bullet for Kevin before dying.]]
* In the first issue of ''All-New Wolverine'' we see [[Comicbook/{{X23}} Laura]] take several sniper rounds getting the target of an assassination attempt to safety, ending with a BoomHeadshot as she is shoving the man into his armored limo. She [[HealingFactor shakes the damage off]] [[GoodThingYouCanHeal within minutes]], but it is clearly not fun.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' fanfic ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour'', Kara shields both Hippolyta and Fury from a heat beam barrage. The pain is unbearable even for Power Girl, but she stands her ground and takes it.
-->The three women surged forward again, wearing grim battle-faces that might have been those of Greeks in the Trojan War.\\
Before they had covered half the distance, all three felt the pain of searing heat along their bodies.\\
Power Girl halted, grabbed her two allies, and tossed them to the ground. Then she spread her body over the both of them and stretched her cape to its full extent, shielding them as best she could. "Stay down, you two," she warned.\\
"We've gotta fight ‘em!" wailed Fury.\\
"They'd... broil you like a hot dog," grated Kara. "Stay down, and I mean it!"\\
The three outlaws of Krypton were standing in a circle about Power Girl, sending six beams of heat from their eyes at her caped back. One Kryptonian could cause pain. Two could injure. Three could destroy.\\
But Hippolyta and Fury lacked the Kryptonian durability to withstand heat vision for a time. Without her protection, both women would soon burn to death.\\
Kara bit her lip to keep from screaming. The terrible beams seared her back like a grid of white-hot iron. That, despite her protective cape. There was only so much longer she could take it.\\
Her brain rushed to formulate an escape stratagem before the three of them could die.\\
But all she could really come up with right then was to lie there and take it.
* In [[https://larafan.deviantart.com/art/Batgirl-by-Fradarlin-490016589 this fanart]] it's ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} who shields ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}.
* In the Mass Effect fiction ''FanFic/AnotherRealm'', the protagonist Cieran has the job of taking the bullet repeatedly, most often to save his friends or [[spoiler:his lover, Nynsi Shaaryak]]. He has power armour, but it remains outside the realm of PlotArmour, resulting in near-fatal injuries.
* In the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'', [[spoiler: Gallantmon recieves a ''Trump Sword'' meant for Taomon]] and later, [[spoiler: Kazu]] receives a ''Flame Inferno'' attack meant for [[spoiler:Suzie]]
* An ''Series/{{ER}}'' fanfic had Doug doing this for the two people he loved most--girlfriend Carol and best friend Mark. Video footage of the incident shows that indeed, Carol would have been the one shot had he not pushed her and Mark out of the way.
* A variation in ''Fanfic/RealityIsFluid''. In an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome (Eleya, the viewpoint character, was on another deck at the time) Gaarra tackles a civilian scientist out of the way of an exploding EPS conduit and takes the full blast on his back, coming out with severe burns and shrapnel injuries. Still sorta fits here, as the conduit had exploded due to sabotage.
* Another variant in ''Fanfic/TheWrongReflection''. In the midst of a big SpaceBattle, a [[MirrorUniverse Terran Empire]] ''Defiant''-class ship tries to ram the USS ''Bajor''. T'Var, Eleya's former operations officer and now the commander of an ''Ushaan''-class starship, flies her ship in between and takes the ramming attack herself.
* In the fanfic ''Fanfic/PrisonIslandBreak''. SonicTheHedgehog defeats Metal Sonic, but the robot shoots at him in its death throes while he is distracted by his own awesomeness. Manic jumps to take three bullets for him.
* In ''FanFic/BeingDeadAintEasy'', while already banged up from an exploding limo, Joey officially dies taking a bullet for Seto Kaiba.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''Cutie Bloom'', Applejack, who is angered that Apple Bloom ran away because of Diamond Tiara, chews out her father Filthy Rich for "raising a monster" and tries to buck him in the face. Fluttershy, who doesn't want her to lose her head, jumps in front of him to take the buck.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': During [[spoiler:the Geofront Siege,]] an enemy squad shot at [[spoiler:Shinji]] right when he got distracted and careless, and [[spoiler:Misato]] leapt in the path of the bullets and shielded him with her body.
* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': When a death squad attempts to kill [[spoiler:Rei, Gendo shields her with his body.]]
* In the ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/BecomingFree'', Freya takes an arrow to the shoulder for her girlfriend Elsa. This turned out to be a CareerEndingInjury [[spoiler:however Elsa assigns Freya as her personal bodyguard in return]].
* ''[[Fanfic/TheDearSweetieBelleContinuity The Changelings Have a King]]'':
** During the Battle of Ponyville, [[spoiler:Cup Cake]] takes the strike of a [[spoiler:newborn changeling]] for her filly [[spoiler:Pumpkin]]. Later, [[spoiler:Crescendo attempts to do this for Rarity, but Spike jumps in front of them both]].
** Shortly thereafter, [[spoiler:Chrysalis]] jumps in front of [[spoiler:Shining Armor's]] final strike at [[spoiler:Carapace- but it's played with in that she did it not simply to save him but to strip him and her surviving drones of their changeling forms with her death, after he drained her of love]].
* In ''Fanfic/DreamingOfSunshine'', [[spoiler:Shikako]] uses the replacement technique to protect [[spoiler:Sasuke from Itachi's [[MindRape Tsukuyomi]], which means she gets hit by it instead.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Something of a reversal in the 1986 ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'': Optimus Prime has bested Megatron, and is about to finish him off with his gun. Megatron begs for mercy to buy time to try and get a nearby gun. Just as Optimus Prime is about to finally blast Megatron, Hot Rod [[UnwantedAssistance jumps in the way]] to stop Megatron getting to it. Megatron simply overpowers Hot Rod, gets the gun, and mortally wounds Optimus Prime.
* King Harold on ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'' jumps in front of Shrek when the Fairy Godmother shoots her wand at the ogre. The spell [[PlayingTennisWithTheBoss bounces off his armor and hits her]], turning her into a mass of bubbles. [[spoiler:Rather than killing Harold, the spell just turns him into a frog, which is what he really was to begin with.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}''
** 1 pushes 9 out of the way of the [[BuffySpeak soul-sucking ray... thing]] that the Fabrication machine unleashes.
** And earlier, 2 ''does the exact same thing'', pushing 9 down as the Fabrication machine initially powers up.
* In the Hungarian animated film ''Vuk'', or ''The Little Fox'' as it's known in the U.S., Vic or Vuk's uncle Karack sees a hunter from the distance pointing a gun at Vuk and his mate Foxy he dives in front of the bullet taking the hit for them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', Shen fires his cannon at Po, only to have Tigress push him out of the way and take the blast herself. [[MadeofIron She survives]], but is badly wounded.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' has Mirage trying to pull this on Syndrome when Mr. Incredible, consumed with grief with the possible death of his entire family, and enraged at Syndrome shooting down their plane, lunges at him while confined to energy wires. Syndrome repays her by daring Mr. Incredible to kill her when he claims that he could crush her like a toothpick.
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'', the title alien robot's original programming as a killing machine is restored, and he goes apeshit on the US military. The paranoid government official who calls in the troops grabs the general's radio and orders the nearby submarine to launch a nuke at the giant, not realizing that the giant is ''right in front of him''. Realizing what the nuke is going to do, the giant flies off and intercepts the nuke on its way down. Slightly different in that the nuke ''was'' meant for him but was going to destroy the entire town.
* The first ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' movie has Diego taking the blow for Manny during the battle with Soto after his HeelFaceTurn.
* Somewhat inverted on ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: Last Order'', a 30-minute animated special that tells the story of Zack and Cloud's escape and how Sephiroth went bezerk on Cloud's hometown. The special is "half canon" since many things in it are changed from the original game (since it's the Turks' point of view and not the main characters'). At the end of the special Zach and Cloud are lying at the back of a pickup truck and Zack asks the driver how far is it to Midgar, the Planet's de facto capital city, then does not finish his sentence as he spots a sniper (who wanted to shoot him instead of capturing him or waiting for further orders), then orders Cloud to run. The screen goes black and we hear a shot, implying he took the bullet.\\\
This was later cleared up on ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Complete'', an extended version of the original ''Advent Children'' movie, when Zach peeks through the truck (not asking the driver) and the bullet misses him, eventually leading into ''Crisis Core: VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' and the original game's ending in which he is shot by 3 regular soldiers.
* In Disney's ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'', John Smith does this [[spoiler:for Chief Powhatan, who was about to be shot by Governor Ratcliffe. Although the shot itself ends in BloodlessCarnage, John is injured badly enough to warrant his return to Europe if he wants to have a chance at survival, forever separating him from Pocahontas.]]
* Anna does this in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' when [[spoiler: Hans is about to cut down her sister, Elsa, with a sword. She rushes over in the nick of time while turning into solid ice. Instead of shattering from his sword, it's the ''sword'' that shatters and it knocks him backwards.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'':
** When Xibalba's snake first attacks Manolo, [[spoiler:Maria pushes him out of the way and gets bitten herself, resulting in her apparent death]].
** WordOfGod confirmed that Sacrdelita lost her eye (and possibly her life) from taking a bullet for her sister.
* ''WesternAnimation/OpenSeason'': Shaw has Boog cornered and prepares to shoot him when Elliot leaps in front and the bullet hits him instead. Enraged, Boog pins Shaw to the ground and roars fiercely in his face, before tying him up with his own gun. [[spoiler: Elliot's fine; the bullet only shot off his remaining antler.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'':
** [[spoiler: Derpy[=/=]Muffins pushes Twilight out of the way of a petrification grenade, allowing the Princess of Friendship to escape with her friends.]]
** [[spoiler: Tempest Shadow[=/=]Fizzlepop Berrytwist dives toward one to prevent the Storm King from petrifying Twilight and her friends.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AirForceOne''
** When a [=MiG=] fires a missile at the title aeroplane, one of the escorting F-15 pilots flies his aircraft directly in the way, destroying it and dying while saving everybody on board the 747. In a subversion, shrapnel from the destroyed jet tears up the tail of Air Force One, making it unable to continue flying. Although this is still less damage than the missile itself would have caused.
** A more traditional example happens earlier, when a cowardly official gets his heroic redemption.
* Sue Storm in ''Film/FantasticFourRiseOfTheSilverSurfer''. She was trying to use her forcefield [[spoiler:to stop the javelin thrown by Doom on the Silver Surfer, but it went right through it since it was formed from the energy of the Surfer's surf, which was shown to be able to go right through it earlier in the movie]].
* Parodied in ''Film/CitySlickersIITheLegendOfCurlysGold'' when Jon Lovitz' character takes a bullet for Billy Crystal's character, shares some tearful last words with his brother, and black out... then immediately revives upon discovering the bullet was a blank.
* Subverted in an intense scene of ''Film/TheCavemansValentine'' when [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Romulus]] tries to do this for his daughter. He throws himself on top of her as a badguy starts shooting. She then continues firing at the bad guy while pinned under her hysterically yelling father. Romulus, seconds later: "Are you shot? Am I? We're alright? We're not shot? You're alive? I'm alive? How can that be?"
* Though it never happens, in ''Film/{{Dave}}'', Ving Rhames' job is essentially to take a bullet for Kevin Kline. He later admitted he'd do it for Dave as well.
* Inverted in ''Supertweak'', where a Secret Service agent jumps in front of the President. The shooter just waits for him to hit the ground, and then takes the shot.
* In ''Film/BigGame'', Agent Morris took the bullet intended for president before the start of a movie, leaving him with shrapnel dangerously close to his heart and a foul opionion about Moore, leading directly to his BodyguardBetrayal.
* Clint Eastwood's Secret Service agent from ''Film/InTheLineOfFire'', at the last possible second, figures out who the assassin is, and jumps in time to take a bullet which was aimed at the President.
* Agent Sam Simms (Sinbad) jumps in time to take a bullet for the President's son in ''First Kid''.
* In ''Film/SpiderMan3'', Harry is impaled by Venom with [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his own glider]] saving Peter, much like his father was while trying to ''kill'' Peter.
* Kate takes a ''dodgeball'' strike for Peter in the final match in ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory''. Complete with slow-motion dive and long, drawn-out "[[BigNo nooooo]]".
* In ''Film/TheMessengerTheStoryOfJoanOfArc'' a French knight takes an arrow for Joan of Arc.
* Occurs near the end of the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' motion picture. The newly resurrected god of war immediately launches a blast of fire at the nearest person, which happened to be Mai... until Andy leaped in front of her... until [[RedemptionEqualsDeath Laocorn leaped in front of ''him'', screaming his sister's name]]. Powerful... but marred by the vaguely irritating fact that Sulia had ''already'' died to redeem him.
* In the Oscar scene of ''Film/TheBodyguard'' Kevin Costner's character does this for Whitney Houston's character.
* ''Film/HotFuzz'', Danny takes a blunderbuss shot to the chest to protect Nicholas. He gets better.
* Played straight... no, inverted... no, subverted in ''Film/KissKissBangBang''. Gay Perry takes a bullet for Harry, allowing him to save the day and the girl! But then, the girl notices a bullet hole in his jacket. Turns out that the bullet went straight through Perry and still hit Harry. But not to worry! The bullet hit a paperback book in his pocket! Aaaaand went straight through. Harry sticks his finger through the hole in the book, wiggles it, pokes at the hole in his chest, then faints.
* In ''Film/TurnerAndHooch'', the title dog [[HeroicSacrifice saves]] the hero by Taking the Bullet, with [[TearJerker obvious consequences.]]
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
** Subverted in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' when [[ImmuneToBullets Colossus]] covers some young students from gunfire, telling them to escape. And then proceeds to kick ass.
** In ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', Mystique throws herself in front of a dart containing the mutant "cure" that's fired at her lover Magneto. Despite this selfless act, [[UngratefulBastard Magneto abandons her because the dart has turned Mystique into an ordinary human.]]
* ''Film/MurderAt1600'' has this happen at the end of the film, with a disgraced Secret Service agent protecting the President from his ''National Security Advisor''. It was a weird movie.
* In a manner of speaking, this is how Randy Quaid saves the Earth in ''Film/IndependenceDay'', by flying his plane into the "barrel" of a DeathRay and causing it to backfire into the ship.
* In ''Film/{{Crash}}'', Daniel, the [[OnlySaneMan locksmith]] tells his young daughter that she has an invisible cloak that protects her from bullets, because she's too scared to sleep after hearing gunshots. Later, she jumps in front of him to protect her father from a gunman with her invisible "invincible cloak." In reality, the gun had been loaded with blanks, unbeknownst to the shooter, and the little girl lives, convinced that she really saved her daddy's life.
* In ''Film/TheGoldenChild'', ActionGirl and LoveInterest Kee Nang takes a crossbow bolt for TheChosenOne, Chandler Jarrell. Fortunately, she's OnlyMostlyDead, giving Jarrell an [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl additional incentive]] to rescue the Golden Child.
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension''. Rawhide interposes his body to take the poisonous mini-starfish a Red Lectroid spat at Buckaroo. He ends up dying as a result.
* ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'' (1966). Batman and Robin are trapped on a buoy with a torpedo coming toward them and there's an explosion. Later:
-->'''Robin:''' Gosh, Batman, the nobility of the almost-human porpoise.\\
'''Batman:''' True, Robin. It was noble of that animal to hurl himself into the path of that final torpedo. He gave his life for ours.
* In ''Film/{{Stargate}}'', Daniel Jackson takes a staff blast meant for Colonel O'Neil, and dies. [[spoiler:Ra resurrects him with his sarcophagus.]]
* Jim Gordon in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' pushes the mayor out of the line of fire when the imposter honor guard turns their weapons on him and is shot in the back. [[spoiler:He gets better.]]
* Archie Moses (Adam Sandler) takes a bullet for Jack Carter (Damon Wayans) in ''Film/{{Bulletproof}}''. He gets better.
* One of the Haters in the Christian movie ''Revelation'' from the ''Film/{{Apocalypse}}'' film series sacrifices himself to block a bullet Willy Spino fires at his half-sister Helen Hannah after he receives the MarkOfTheBeast and ditches the wheelchair. Her protector, though, gets better.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheScorpionKing''. [[spoiler:Cassandra, upon prophesizing the future, realizes that the Scorpion King is most likely to die at the hand of one of Mammon's archers, and that it is about to pass, attempts to take the arrow for the Scorpion King, but instead, he ends up getting her out of harms way, thus getting himself hit anyways. Luckily, he's just that tough and survives.]]
* In ''Film/YoungSherlockHolmes'', the villain shoots at Sherlock, but [[spoiler:his love interest Elizabeth takes the bullet, and her death ends up being a FreudianExcuse for Sherlock's famed status as a bachelor]].
* ''Film/TheLastStarfighter''. When Centauri sees the Zandozan's arm aiming the energy pistol at Alex, he moves in front of Alex and takes the energy bolt. He's mortally wounded by the shot and dies after returning Alex to the Starfighter base. At the end of the movie it's revealed that [[spoiler: [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Centauri wasn't killed, but was just dormant while his body healed itself]]]].
* In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', Mallory takes a bullet meant for M, although he survives. It helps to prove he's more badass than he first appeared [[spoiler: and worthy of being her successor]].
* [[spoiler:Welsh]] saves the life of [[spoiler:Pvt. Doll]] in this fashion in ''Film/TheThinRedLine'' (1964).
* In ''Film/MacheteKills'', former villain Osiris redeems himself by taking a disintegrator ray meant for Machete.
* Parodied in ''Film/TwentyTwoJumpStreet'', where in a callback to the first film, Schmidt tries to take the bullet for Jenko just like Jenko did for him. He ends up diving past him while Jenko gets shot in the arm.
* When RabidCop Mannix challenges CaptainThunderbolt to a duel, fellow Bushranger Alan Blake goes in Thunderbolt's place, and ends up shot dead.
* Film/ThePrinceAndThePagodaBoy:
** Ly Cong Uen's superpower is apparently making people do this for him. Of course, given the [[ForegoneConclusion fact that he survived the events of the film]] historically, his survival was a given:
** An officer takes a spear thrown at Uen, and before dying remarks that it does feel better to save a life than take one.
** Uen's love interest [[BehindTheBlack somehow]] appears to take an arrow meant for him at the climax.
* In ''Film/WinnetouIII'', the villain fires at Old Shatterhand who stands up to warn soldiers who are coming to help them fight the bandits -- they don't know they'll get attacked immediately, but Winnetou leaps on the bullet. It's too close to his heart and an Army doctor can't remove it.
* [[LoveInterest Marion]] in ''Film/RobinHoodCzwartaStrzala'' tries her best, but [[spoiler: bolt out of Ginsburne's crossbow hits Robin anyway.]]

* In ''[[Literature/{{Deryni}} Deryni Checkmate]]'', Duke Alaric Morgan is sailing to a meeting with the Hort of Orsal aboard his ship ''Rhafallia'' when the auxiliary helmsman, a partisan of rebel Warin de Grey, attacks him with a poisoned knife. A royal squire named Richard [=Fitzwilliam=] happens to turn at the right moment to see the helmsman leap at Morgan, and he throws himself between them while shouting a warning. Richard takes the dagger in his side, and he asks to be allowed to swear the oath of fealty so he can die as Morgan's liege man. Morgan grants his request, and Richard just manages to recite it before he dies. The assassin had taken poison himself before attacking, and [[DefiantToTheEnd he defiantly resists Morgan's questioning until he also dies]]. Morgan gives orders to have Richard's body buried with full honours at his capital Coroth, while the assassin's remains are dumped overboard.
* In ''The Last English King'', a novel about 1066 and the Norman Conquest, Harold Godwinson's housecarl Walt puts out his arm to stop a sword slicing down at King Harold. The sword lops Walt's arm clean off and strikes Harold anyway. Walt later bitterly regrets not taking the sword strike with his whole body.
* In the first ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' novel, ''A Spell for Chameleon'', Bink's to-that-point unknown talent was revealed when an increasingly implausible string of obstacles kept intercepting Trent's transformation spells. Turns out Bink can't be hurt by magic means. Which simply caused the ever-pragmatic Trent to draw his completely un-magical sword and try to run Bink through. Leading to ''a second'' bullet catch, as Chameleon (changed into a deer by Trent's spell) took the blade instead.
* Subverted for the premise of David Allan Greer's short-lived sitcom, ''D.A.G.'': Greer's Secret Service agent dove to take a bullet aimed at the President, but dove the wrong way, leading everyone to assume he was diving out of the way and to his demotion to the First Lady's security detail.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** In the novel ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', Moist von Lipwig saves Lord Vetinari from public embarrassment by taking ''a PieInTheFace'' for him.
** Done with a crossbow bolt in ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', and several times with actual gun-fired bullets in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' as well. Detritus proudly says that there's five shots in his breastplate but not his backplate because his body got in the way. He oozed quite a bit though. Carrot takes a shot in the shoulder for the Patrician. Angua takes four shots to her body for Carrot and Vimes.
* ''Literature/CiaphasCain''
** A minor tech-priest does this to protect Ciaphas from a Necron shot. Unfortunately, given the power of Necron weapons, he is instantly torn apart and vaporized, but he manages to save Cain, even if Cain loses a couple fingers from the sheer ''proximity'' of the horrible weapon fire.
** A villainous version in "Cain's Last Stand", where the defenders nearly managed to take out a Chaos battleship with an explosive-filled shuttle. Unfortunately, one of the escorts got in the way before it hit, destroying itself.
* Rockjaw Grang in the ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'' novel ''The Long Patrol'', right before his YouShallNotPass moment. Also, Veil took a spear to protect his adoptive mother. It's unclear if this was a HeelFaceTurn or not, because even as he's dying he bitches her out and won't accept comfort, and she decides that everyone who said he was bad to the bone during his life was right.
* Happens in the third ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' book, ''The Eternity Code''.
* Inverted in ''Literature/{{Airman}}'', by Eoin Colfer; Victor performs a dramatic leap in front of a bullet to save King Nicholas, but, because he's just that bit too old, the bullet hits the webbing between his outstretched fingers and hits its intended target anyway. And then Victor gets shot, too.
* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels, taking a shot for someone would probably be a bad idea given the speed and force an average pulser dart moves at -- you'd both just die. The beloved head of Grayson's church does take an old-style slug for Honor, which causes the assassin sent to kill her to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone break down]].
** Even with an old-style slug, throwing himself in the path doesn't entirely stop the bullets. It just slows them down enough that Honor just ends up with bruised ribs instead of getting killed (her outer clothes are made of a lightly armored material to stop Nimitz from clawing through them).
* In ''[[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy I, Jedi]]'', Mara Jade and Corran Horn spend some time honing their Jedi laser-deflection skills on several remotes. If a remote's laser hits flesh, it really stings, but there's no permanent damage. At one point while the two are engaging in CasualDangerDialog Mara is almost shot in the face, but Corran intercepts with his hand. Amused, Mara says she owes him one. She delivers in a BigDamnHeroes moment.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Literature/GreyKnights'', one of Ligeia's death cultists takes a plasma blast for the BigBad.
* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': the elf lady Aredhel takes a javelin thrown by her husband and meant for their son. It's only a flesh wound, so she asks of the king her brother that her husband be spared... and then she dies in the night, because the weapon was poisoned.
* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'', Eponine takes a bullet for her unrequited crush Marius. [[{{Irony}} Ironic]], because she [[LoveMakesYouEvil deliberately]] [[IfICantHaveYou led him to the barricades]] so that he would be killed and [[ClingyJealousGirl wouldn't be with his love Cosette.]]
* ''Literature/TheActionHerosHandbook'' has a ''chapter'' on how to properly take a bullet (so you can survive with minimal injuries to yourself).
* In ''Literature/{{Tigana}}'', Dianora combines this trope with HumanShield by jumping in front of a crossbow bolt.... but yanking a guy she doesn't like along with her. He winds up taking the shot in the shoulder.
* In the climatic battle at the end of the first ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' book ''Off Armageddon Reef'', a midshipman tries to Take The Crossbow Bolt for his king. King Haarahld instead grabs the midshipman to Take The Bullet for ''him'' instead. The king dies from bloodloss soon after, though his HeroicSacrifice makes him a martyr and hero to his people.
* In Creator/RobertAntonWilson's ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' series novel, ''The Widow's Son'', the elderly schemer Pietro Maldonado intervenes in a duel where his nephew Sigismundo, a hothead who knows nothing about guns, has trapped himself into a duel with the best pistol-shooter in all of Napoli. Pietro, in his intervention, surprises the protagonists and takes the bullet meant for his nephew. Who, [[CueIrony on his very first go with a firearm]], has BeginnersLuck in that he shoots the best gun in town full in the groin.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', throughout the book ''[=SkyClan's=] Destiny'', [[KnightTemplarParent Stick]] believes that a cat named Harley "stole" his daughter when she really does love him. In the ending [[spoiler: Stick is about to kill Harley when his daughter Red leaps in front of him and dies because of it.]]
* Prince Almorante in ''Literature/ChroniclesOfMagravandias'' dies taking a sword for his enemy Valraven. People who hated him only minutes before were moved to tears by his sacrifice.
* In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: Ghost of the Jedi'', DV-9 takes a blaster bolt for Tash Arranda. He lives -- er, "lives", being a droid -- and just needs some new parts, later claiming that he will [[ScarsAreForever bear the scar forever]]. Even though as a droid he should be able to replace that battered outer shell.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** In ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'', the orbital shipyard ''Cradle'' pulls an epic one, maneuvering into position between the UNSC and Covenant fleets and using its massive bulk to absorb the Covenant fire.
** In ''Literature/HaloGhostsOfOnyx'', [[spoiler:Holly]] saves Kelly from two Hunters by jumping in the way of their fire, getting completely vaporized in the process.
* In Malinda Lo's ''Literature/{{Adaptation}}'' Amber takes a bullet for Reese. She gets better, thanks to her [[HealingFactor healing powers.]]
* Happens twice in ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' by Creator/TamoraPierce. In the second book, Alanna takes an arrow for Prince Jon, but it only results in a painful arm wound. In the fourth, [[spoiler:Liam Ironarm dies by taking ''several'' arrows for now-King Jon during the coronation coup]].
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'': Fawkes (a phoenix) is able to swallow an Avada Kedavra curse, expire as a result, and then return to life.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Newsflesh}} Blackout]]'', Shaun does this to protect [[spoiler:President Ryman]] from a dart loaded with live Kellis-Amberlee virus. [[spoiler: He's the only one in the room at the time who knows he's immune to [=KA=].]]
* [[Literature/YoungBond Young James Bond]]'s life is saved in ''Literature/ByRoyalCommand'' when the girl he loves pushes him aside when he is shot at. She is mortally wounded, and he accompanies her in her last moments.
* In ''Literature/LastSacrifice'', Tasha Ozera fires bullets at Lissa. Both Rose and Dimitri throw themselves before her. Rose takes the bullet.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' novel [[Recap/NewSeriesAdventuresEnginesofWar "Engines of War"]], Cinder jumps in between a shot fired by Karlax and the Doctor. "You said I'd only get in the way."
* In ''Literature/PanTadeusz'', [[spoiler: father Robak]] who is TheAtoner, does it for a distant relative of the person he's atoning for murdering.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': During the Quarter Quell, [[spoiler: one of the morphlings is killed by an attack from a vicious monkey that was meant for Peeta]].
* In the ''Literature/{{Nightrunner}}'' novel ''Shadows Return'', [[spoiler: Alec takes the arrows meant for Seregil and dies. Fortunately, they were traveling with a magical creature that could bring the dead back to life at the time]].
* ''Literature/TheYoungAncients'': While lacking in actual bullets, Tor does often throw himself between others and various attacks. Justified, in that he is almost always wearing a personal forcefield of his own design and is much more likely to survive.
* ''Literature/TheInfected'': By the same author as the above, has a number of bulletproof or armored characters doing this at various points. One standout is Marcia Turner, Quartz, sprinting at a rocket-propelled grenade, so none of her friends will be in the blast radius when it explodes.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/AceLightning''. Lady Illusion takes the bullet for Ace. Interesting in that she actually ''knocked him out and morphed into him'' prior to the battle.
* ''Series/TheATeam'': Howlin' Mad Murdock jumps in front of a mook trying to shoot Hannibal in Season 2's "[[Recap/TheATeamS2E23CurtainCall Curtain Call]]".
* ''Series/BabylonFive''
** "Into the Fire", Season 4 Episode 6: Happens with two coalition ships (one Drazi and the other a full-on Minbari ''cruiser'') taking missiles meant for the White Star (well, really meant for Sheridan, Delenn, and Lorien; not that a missile would do much to Lorien). This immediately after the Vorlons and Shadows bragged about how the other races would fall in line. Oops.
** Delenn twice surrendered her life to fate to protect Sheridan. Once by asking a Vorlon inquisitor to kill her instead and again walking into a thrown knife.
** Make that three times -- when he temporarily returns to his proper time frame after becoming UnstuckInTime, she gives him her time stabiliser, becoming lost in his place.
* Near the end of the ''Series/{{Bones}}'' Season 3, Booth steps in front of a bullet meant for Brennan. We get the tearful pleading to hang on and not leave, but it's worth noting that first, Brennan grabs Booth's gun and shoots the attacker dead, ''in the throat''.
* In the GrandFinale of ''Series/BreakingBad'', Walter White has an M60 in the trunk of his car that he is set to activate to kill off former Neo-Nazi business partners. He also has every intention of killing former protege Jesse Pinkman, until seeing what they had done to him brings a change of heart. He tackles Jesse to the ground to distract the others and then activates the gun while shielding Jesse's body, taking a hit that eventually kills him.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** In the AlternateRealityEpisode "The Wish", Angel throws himself in the path of Vampire!Xander as he's about to stab Buffy with a crossbow bolt. As Wishverse!Buffy is a cold-blooded killer without loved ones of any kind she just walks through Angel's dust to stake Xander without even changing expression.
** When an assassin starts shooting inside Sunnydale High, Oz pushes Willow out of the way and gets shot in the arm himself. Luckily it's just a scrape, and [[RescueRomance eventually leads to their relationship]].
* In the KoreanDrama ''Series/TheCityHunter'', Kim Na Na makes a DivingSave to protect Yoon Sung, ending up with the bullet in her shoulder.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' has Ecklie do this, pushing himself in between his daughter Morgan and a drive-by shooting. However, this could or could not be an example, because it's unclear whether [[{{Revenge}} he]] was the target or [[RevengeByProxy her]].
* ''Series/CSINewYork''
** Stella's mentor and father figure shields her with his body from a gunfight between his brother and Mac. He's fatally shot, while Stella's uninjured.
** Also done when the characters are all in a bar that's shot up. Danny was sitting nearest the window, but the other main contributing factor to his being shot in the back was that he threw himself over his wife, Lindsay, to protect her from the flying bullets.
* Omen of ''Series/DarkOracle'', a [[RedemptionEqualsDeath reformed villain]], jumped in front of a magical blast that was aimed at Cally in the GrandFinale, getting himself erased from existence for his trouble.
* ''Series/TheDoctorBlakeMysteries'': In "Hear the Angels Sing", [[spoiler:Munro]] sees a gunman in a car aiming at Lucien and pushes Lucien out of the way; taking the bullet intended for Lucien.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The episode "The Doctor's Daughter" has an example of this in Jenny, who jumps in front of a bullet for the Doctor. She comes back to life later.
** Dalek-Human Sec does the same thing, except it's a Dalek laser instead of a bullet. Seems the Doctor forgot about it in the series finale Journey's End, when the Doctor has flashbacks of all the people who gave their lives for him in the past.
** And AGAIN in Eleven's first series where Rory takes the bullet for the Doctor, and expires. He is also immediately deleted from history having had the misfortune to die near a timey-wimey crack of doom.[[spoiler: Fortunately, he got better several episodes later, albeit in a '''very''' complicated manner.]]
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Jaynestown", a character in the town of Canton takes a shotgun blast meant for [[TheBigGuy Jayne]], whom the town has [[AccidentalHero idolized as their hero]]. In a twist, Jayne tells him it was a stupid thing to do, and fully means it. It's interesting that Jayne is so clearly troubled by this, given that he's been shown to be an [[TokenEvilTeammate amoral]] [[AntiHero son of]] [[LovableTraitor a bitch]] in previous and subsequent episodes. His distress is evidently because the man died for someone like ''him''. Due to how troubled he was by it, his method of dealing with the the one who pulled the trigger (an old partner no less) is [[UnstoppableRage especially]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown brutal]].
* In the pilot episode of ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'', the wealthy enterpreneur Jonathan Doors jumps in front of a sniper's bullet meant for the Taelon ambassador Da'an. He's pronounced dead at the scene, and the shooter escapes. Halfway through the episode, the season's protagonist William Boone discovers that Doors faked his own death in order to lead LaResistance against the Taelons. The shooter and the doctor who confirmed his death are working for him. Later on, we find out that the Taelons are, in fact, EnergyBeings and can't be harmed with bullets.
* In ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' episode "Bullets Over Bel Air", Will takes a bullet for Carlton after the two are caught in an attempted mugging. Will ends up using this to force Carlton to give up the gun he purchased.
* Played with in ''Series/{{Friends}}'', when Joey appears to try to do this for Ross when the boys mistake the sound of a car backfiring for a gunshot. Turns out he was actually trying to save his sandwich, which was right next to Ross.
* In the third season episode of ''Series/{{Glee}}'', "Michael", Blaine shoves his boyfriend, Kurt, out of the way of a slushy being thrown by his SmugSnake StalkerWithACrush to keep him from being humiliated. (Little did he know he was also saving him from taking [[EyeScream rock salt to the eye]]).
* In the series finale of ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', the titular character knows that [[spoiler: Dolarhyde, aka the Red Dragon, is standing right behind him, but he purposely stays in front of the window to [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes shield Will]] from being shot. Hannibal ends up taking a bullet to the stomach, although that doesn't stop him from [[MadeOfIron charging back into the fight]] to defend Will.]]
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''
** DL takes a bullet for Niki. [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Sort of]].
** Claire does this in the episode "Trust and Blood" when she shields Matt and Daphne from Danko's goons after Daphne is shot. Of course, Claire can [[GoodThingYouCanHeal regenerate]].
* In the Season 2 finale of ''Series/{{Highlander}}'', Richie shields Joe from a drive-by shooting. Being an Immortal, Richie got better.
* In the first episode of ''Series/HighlanderTheRaven'', police officer Claudia Hoffman does this for Amanda, not knowing Amanda is Immortal.
* Joy, in ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'', ends up taking a ''lightning bolt'' for Fabian that Nina (possessed by Senkhara) hurled, nearly dying in the process. This one action was a big help in getting her RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap.
* In ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'', the protagonist's brother pushes him out of the way of a gunman (they're running side by side at the time) and takes a full spray of machine gun bullets in the chest. Obviously, he doesn't make it.
* In the Series 5 finale of ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'', "Deal", [[spoiler:DS Matt Devlin takes several bullets for friend/colleague Alesha and Kaden (the young man he was about to escort into Witness Protection.) He doesn't execute the purest form of the trope; instead, he pushes both them down/out of the way first, resulting in no time to duck himself. We are told in the beginning of the next episode that he took two bullets directly to the chest, dying of his wounds off-screen. The person giving us this information, his partner Ronnie, expresses regret that ''he'' was not able to get to Matt in time to do this for ''him''.]]
* ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'':
** Panis Rahl does it to save Zedd from a thrown Dacra. He's the previous Lord of [[TheEmpire D'Hara]], who has learned the error of his ways. Also, he killed Zedd's father, after the latter plotted to have his infant son Darken killed.
** In another episode, temporary-replacement Seeker Leo dives in front of a lightning bolt meant for Kahlan and is killed.
* In the ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' episode [[Recap/LegendsOfTomorrowS2E5Compromised "Compromised"]], Obsidian teleports in front of [[Comicbook/{{Vixen}} Amaya]] and takes a bullet meant for her. [[spoiler: He survives]].
** In the episode [[Recap/LegendsOfTomorrowS2E6OutlawCountry "Outlaw Country"]], [[Comicbook/{{Steel}} Nate]] jumps in to take a bullet for Mick. Normally, this wouldn't be an issue for Nate, since he's ImmuneToBullets - but the villain is using [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells bullets made of dwarf star alloy]], which are capable of penetrating Nate's [[ChromeChampion metal body]]. [[spoiler: He survives]].
* In the ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' episode, "The Disir", [[spoiler:Mordred jumps in front of Arthur to take a spear that was thrown by one of the Disir.]]
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', [[spoiler:future Simon jumped down in front of Alisha to save her from being shot by a crazy dude as in his timeline she died.]]
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', Harold takes a bullet for Dr. Kroger. Slightly subverted in that Harold decides to gloat to Monk about his action by telling him to "beat that", causing distress to Monk.
* Handled realistically in the last episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' Season 2. Kate dives in front of Gibbs, but it's not done in slow-mo, and she yells "Shooter!", not "Nooooo!" She is hit in the chest but is unhurt because she's wearing a vest. She stands up, the team congratulates her [[spoiler:and then she gets promptly sniped in the head by Ari, the main recurring bad guy for that Season.]]
** In the episode "Seek", Dex the bomb-sniffing dog does this for Gibbs, simultaneously [[AndThisIsFor avenging his handler]] who was murdered in the opening sequence. [[spoiler: he has a much better outcome than Kate, recovering from his injuries]].
* ''Series/{{Oz}}''. Kareem Said's life is saved when one of his Muslim followers throws himself in front of a knife wielded by a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. Ironically that same inmate had joined the Muslims to kill Said, but ended up [[BecomingTheMask converting to Islam for real]]. Likewise Augustus Hill takes a blade meant for surrogate father Burr Redding. These acts cause both characters to suffer a HeroicBSOD.
* During the climax of one episode of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', Detective Fusco dives in front of a bullet to save the life of the POI of the Week. But the HeroicSacrifice part is subverted: the bullet hits him in the rear, and he's basically fine (gets taken to the ER by the paramedics). As they roll him into the ambulance, he says he can already hear the guys back at the station laughing at him for getting ShotInTheAss.
** Justified in "Prophets" where Root uses God Mode (letting the [[ArtificialIntelligence Machine]] plot the course of the bullets) to act as a HumanShield for the VictimOfTheWeek against an [[EvilCounterpart assassin who's also using God Mode]]. Root is firing back at the time, rather than the usual DivingSave version.
** In "The Day the World Went Away", Root is driving a car with Finch in the passenger seat. She spots a sniper taking aim at Finch and swerves the car. Finch is fine but Root takes the bullet meant for him. [[spoiler: She dies from her wounds.]]
* The paintball version (including a parody of the PietaPlagiarism scene) also occurs during an MI5 training exercise in the spy comedy ''The Piglet Files''.
* Alia, the "Evil Leaper" of ''Series/QuantumLeap'' completes her redemption by throwing Sam to the ground before the also-Leaped Zoey can shoot him. She Leaps just as the shotgun blast hits her. It's never explicitly stated that she survives, but most fans assume so.
* In the ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' episode "Hero II: Broken Arrow", Walter makes the whole diving save to protect Kate (and the [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman living superhero suit she's wearing]]) from an energy bolt coming from an Ultraviolet Gun.
* In the "correct" timeline in the ''Series/SapphireAndSteel'' story "Assignment Five", [[spoiler:Dr. [=McDee=] died this way when his adulturous lover tried to shoot his wife]].
* Not as serious as an actual bullet, but the scene itself was very traumatic for Seira in the Japanese drama ''Series/ShokojoSeira''. After [[BreakTheCutie losing heart]] and begging down on her knees in front of the AlphaBitch, Maria decides it would be [[MoralEventHorizon funny if they started throwing tomatoes]] at the despairing Seira. She then bullies the rest of the class to do so, including Seira's close friend Masami. When Masami reluctantly was about to do it, Kaito the servant boy runs in and shields Seira, getting hit instead.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' that first shows that AnyoneCanDie in this series, the following season's BigBad extracts a chemical he needs to survive from Professor Arturo's neck, rendering him half-conscious. He then plans to shoot Quinn, Arturo's brilliant student, only for Arturo to step in front of him. As this Earth is about to be destroyed by pulsars, they end up having to leave Arturo's body behind to be incinerated with everything else. Interestingly, they never encounter any other double of Arturo, presumably because Creator/JohnRhysDavies left the show for good.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]], whenever he isn't [[BulletCatch catching the bullet]], instead takes it in the chest or back.
** An unusual example in "Pariah": [[spoiler:Alicia (who is not bulletproof) takes a (normal) bullet for Clark because she promised to always keep his secret.]]
** In the episode "Stiletto" Clark takes the bullet for Lois. This is an especially heroic move, since he's surrounded by kryptonite and so the bullet actually hurts and wounds him.
* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'': Mike takes a ''[[PaintballEpisode paintball pellet]]'' for Tim, complete with side dive and long "Noooooo". The parody also includes the fact that Mike was a good ''twenty feet away'' and loudly announced his presence, making it seem like the shooter was willing to patiently wait while Mike ran in the way of the shot. And Mike starts coughing up ''paint''. (Because he'd been eating paintballs.)
-->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBB9An0ZT3I MEDIIIIIIICCC!!!!!]]
* In the first season finale of ''Series/SpaceCases'', Bova jumps in front of a (harmless to him) LightningGun blast meant for the ladies, before retaliating with his own electricity powers.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': In the second episode of Season 7, Jonas Quinn takes a staff weapon blast aimed at Daniel Jackson, expiating for having caused Jackson's death (and ascension) at the end of Season 5. He survives, though.
* Happens in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' in the episode "The Siege" when Li Nalas takes a phaser shot aimed at Sisko..
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Apple", Spock pushes Kirk out of the way of some lethally poisonous [[SpecialEffectsFailure thorns]] and takes them in the chest in his stead. Luckily, it turns out that the toxin isn't all that harmful to Vulcans, and Spock [[DeadpanSnarker claims to be in more distress]] from the antitoxin [=McCoy=] gave him before he woke up.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', Damon does this for Elena in 02x03 then tries to deny this is because he cares about her. Of course, he's a vampire and has a HealingFactor.
* This happens in ''Series/TheWrongMans'' after a case of DragonTheirFeet puts Phil in danger. [[spoiler:Sam jumps in front of him and takes a bullet to the arm, the police gun down the dying criminal and all appears well... and it turns out Phil had a bulletproof vest, which Sam laments not knowing]].
* ''Series/TheXFiles'', "Monday". The girlfriend of a bank robber saves Mulder's life this way. Her death breaks the GroundhogDayLoop in which they are all trapped.
* In ''Series/TheFlash1990'' episode "Twin Streaks", when the scientist who created Pollux attempted to kill Barry Allen by shooting him, Pollux leaps in front of Barry to take the bullet so that it would kill him instead of Barry.
* Parodied in ''Series/AnotherPeriod''. Beatrice and Fredrick try to take the bullet for each other... but neither get shot. [[spoiler:''President Roosevelt'' gets shot]].

* In ''Webcomic/OrangeMarmalade'' [[spoiler:Ma-ri and Soo-ri have a conversation under a group of pipes badly tied up, it snaps and Ma-ri pushes Soo-ri out of the way, taking the entire lot herself. While badly hurt, Ma-ri's fast acting healing kicks in which reveals her to be a vampire]].
* In ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', to protect Miseng, who just jumped into the fray between Viole and Urek, Viole grabbed her and took Urek's OneHitKO technique to the back, causing a bloody mess.

* Music/{{Helloween}}'s song, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn-83gxiwwo (The Departed) Sun is Going Down]].
-->''I would die for you would you die with me?\\
No, you can't deny!\\
Would you catch the bullet that was meant for me?\\
Blaze across the sky!!''
* The whole point of the song by Music/TheRasmus called "Shot". Sample lyrics:
-->''I'll take the shot for you\\
I'll be the shield for you\\
Needless to say\\
I'll stand in your way\\
I'll take the shot for you\\
I'll give my life for you\\"
* The song "San Francisco Fan", performed by Music/CabCalloway among other singers, is about a female performer who takes 'a dozen slugs' for her no-good gambling boyfriend after he's caught cheating at a game and someone tries to shoot him for it.
-->''Once they caught him cheatin'\\
And he knew that he was beaten\\
When a miner aimed a pistol at his head.\\
Fanny when she seen him\\
Ran and jumped right in between 'em\\
And she stopped a dozen slugs of poison lead.''
* Music/TheSmiths in "What Difference Does It Make?"
-->''But still I'd leap in front of a flying bullet for you''
* The Bruno Mars song "Grenade" references this trope in every chorus
-->''I'd catch a grenade for ya\\
Throw my hand on a blade for ya\\
I'd jump in front of a train for ya\\
You know I'd do anything for ya\\
I would go through all this pain\\
Take a bullet straight through my brain\\
Yes, I would die for you, baby\\
But you won't do the same''
* The tragic conclusion of the David Geddes song "Run Joey Run" has Julie taking a bullet from her enraged father meant for her boyfriend Joey.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* In the official video clip for Music/{{Madonna}}'s "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cItHOl5LRWg Give Me All Your Luvin']]", three of the quarterbacks throw themselves before the fire of a Tommy gun to save the singer.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' TCG had a card called [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Taking_the_Hit_%28CCG_-_CommandersEdition%29 Taking The Hit]] that redirects all damage from one target to another. Its card art shows a tiny 30-ton ''Spider'' taking several shots for an 85-ton ''Gunslinger.'' The ''Gunslinger'' is better equipped to take damage than the ''Spider'', possessing something around five times the armor of the lighter 'Mech ''and'' is in cover to boot. The card text even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the [[StupidSacrifice lack of sense in the decision]], though in the game itself it was quite useful to be able to save your expensive assault mech by forcing your opponent to massively overkill the cheap scout mech and wasting all that extra damage.
-->''You've got to be pretty suicidal to pilot a'' Spider ''anyway.''
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' supplement "The Asylum and Other Tales", adventure "The Mauritania". A Russian count has six bodyguards who all have Block (a special skill appearing only in this product). It allows them to hurl their body in between an attacker and the person they're protecting to absorb the attack.
* In ''TabletopGame/D20Modern'', the Bodyguard advanced class gains an ability called Harm's Way, allowing him to take a hit meant for an adjacent ally as if he was the target instead. It's a ZigZaggedTrope, as he takes the attack is made against his Defense instead of the target's, meaning that on a miss he probably just shoved the target out of the way, and on a hit you have this trope. Also interesting to note is that the Bodyguard has the highest amount of HitPoints out of any class in the game, and has a lot of synergy with the Trasher advanced class from the Urban Arcana setting (who get SuperToughness as a class feature) meaning that even if the attack is a hit, it may fail to inflict damage.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Edition 3.5 contains the "Shield Other" spell, which shunts most of the damage the target takes onto the caster.
** In the supplement ''Drow of the Underdark'', the illustration for the feat "Constant Guardian" shows a drow male taking a crossbow bolt for a female. The feat doesn't actually consist of this, though it is a prerequisite for a feat that does. (Which probably means the illustration's caption is wrong.)
* Can be done in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' where it is called a "sacrificial dodge". Unless you are playing in a cinematic campaign, or wear heavy body armor, or have at least some degree of SuperToughness, it's usually just a good way for the enemy to pull off a OneHitPolyKill though due to overpenatration rules.
* In ''TabletopGame/HeroClix'', this is the [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Titans]]' "team" ability. A Titan character can take damage meant for another one of their TrueCompanions onto themselves.
* In addition to bringing back the "Shield Other" spell from ''Dungeons & Dragons'', ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' introduces the Oracle class, and one of the paths for this class allows the user to absorb damage that has afflicted their allies.
* In ''TabletopGame/InNomineSatanisMagnaVeritas'', Jean-Luc, Archangel of Protectors, grants his servants the power "ultimate sacrifice", allowing them to magically redirect any harm from a single target to themselves, with some damage reduction at high levels.
* There is also the "look out sir!" rule in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy Battles'' where a rank and file unit will do exactly this for a leader who is in the same formation.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** The Imperial Guard has the "look out-- ARGH!" rule to protect some of their [=COs=].
** Then you've got the [[TheOgre Ogryn]] bodyguard Nork Deddog. Nork can take the bullet plus goes into a mad rage trying to protect his commander if Nork dies in close combat. The codex actually has IN HIS RULES "desperately attempts to 'smash dem wot is tyrin ta 'urt da kernul'... slumps to the floor asking his officer 'did we win?' before passing out form his wounds."
** In ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'', the Crusader class can shield an Inquisitor from any attack if they are within range.
** Tau shield drones are programmed to get in the way of incoming fire to protect their user. They have DeflectorShields. Sometimes they don't effectively deflect the shot, but hey, a destroyed drone is better than a dead Tau.
** As of Sixth Edition and Seventh Edition, Warhammer 40k has gotten a "Look Out, Sir!" rule similar to the rule in Warhammer Fantasy. In brief, when a character is hit, there is a die roll representing the chance for some sap in his unit to take the bullet. When protecting named characters, the mooks succeed with a 5 in 6 chance, while nameless squad leaders have a 1 in 2 chance of someone taking the hit for them. There are ways to alter the odds.
* In ''TabletopGame/XWingMiniatures'', Biggs Darklighter ''has'' to be the target of enemy attacks if he's near an ally. You can also take slightly less of the bullet with [[http://xwing-miniatures.wikia.com/wiki/Draw_Their_Fire Draw Their Fire]]. Prince Xizor approaches it from the other end by ''making'' nearby allies take damage for him, generally leading to his nimble [=StarViper=] flying in formation with [[StoneWall a pair of Y-wings or the like]].

* In ''The Complete History of America (abridged)'', Uncle Sam fires a bullet at Spade, and Flush takes it. The bullet is an oversized prop on a stick--the same one used in the Lincoln assassination, in fact.
* In ''Theatre/TheGoldenApple'', when Circe hands the apple out to Ulysses, he turns to make his back an easy target for Paris's knife. Seeing this, Achilles calls out to Ulysses and intercepts the blow for him, dying in his place.

* [[spoiler:Lhikan]] for [[TheHero Vakama]], [[spoiler:Jaller]] for [[KidAppealCharacter Takua]] in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* If you've played an EscortMission, chances are you've tried this at least once.
* ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'' has Captain Bartlett draw a missile away from Nagase.
** Done again in ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar:'' PJ blocks a laser beam intended for Cypher in the final level. May or may not also count as a HeroicSacrifice; whether or not he survived is actually [[BrokenBase a matter of debate among the fans.]]
* ''Franchise/BaldursGate''
** If you romance Jaheira in ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', a band of thugs will hold her hostage and demand your valuables during your travels. You have the option of offering to take her place as a hostage. If you do, the bandits shoot you instead and boy does this piss off Jaheira. After your party demolishes the bandits (they aren't that tough) [[AngerBornOfWorry Jaheira will be absolutely furious]] with you for risking your life for her this way.
** If your character is equipped with the Shield of Arrow Reflection, the shot will instead bounce back at the bandit, inflicting major damage on him. Jaheira still throws a fit.
* Just before the final battle of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' Batman takes a dart full of [[PsychoSerum Titan]] meant for Commissioner Gordon.
* ''VideoGame/BloodlineChampions'' used to have this effect for the Guardian's Thrust ability when hitting an ally with it -- part of the damage the ally would take while the effect lasted would be done to the Guardian, the amount of damage the Guardian taking from that effect also being reduced. Also was an example of {{Synchronization}}.
* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'', [[spoiler:during the mission aboard the ''U.S.S. Obama'', assuming Chloe Lynch is rescued by killing [=DeFalco=] and Farid survives his playable section, Farid saves Chloe from [[TheMole Salazar's betrayal]] in this manner.]]
* Helena's mother in ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' does this to save her daughter. ''Dead or Alive 2'' has her pushing Helena out of the way while ''4'' has her run in front. Dimensions uses both.
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''
** Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' when Adell takes an energy blast meant for Rozalin, fulfilling every aspect of the trope... Except for the fact that, in an incredible example of CutscenePowerToTheMax (the blast-ee is a HopelessBossFight), the blast doesn't so much as faze him.
** ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' does this three times in total:
*** First when Gold Knuckle, a minor character, does it because he wants more time in the spotlight. [[EverythingFades He appears to die]], but gets better...after about 10 seconds. Naturally, it get a LampshadeHanging courtesy of [[OnlySaneMan Almaz]].
*** Second time this happens is with Geoffrey, who takes an actual bullet from Salvatore for Mao. Where this is taken dramatically, he gets better because he was actually [[CrazyPrepared prepared to take one]] wearing a BulletProofVest at the time.
*** The third time happens with Almaz, who takes a blunt of a trap made to Sapphire. This is again taken with drama until Almaz points out that he is perfectly fine. [[spoiler:Unlike the other two examples, however, the trap was an poison needle inside a doll, and he started to suffer from the effects later.]]
** ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'' has [[NobleDemon Valvatorez]] pulling this off to defend [[LovableCoward Emizel]] from [[DiscOneFinalBoss Desco's]] energy blast. Similar to Adell above, it doesn't faze him at all and then he proceeds to lecture Desco on how poor form that is for a final boss.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', [[spoiler:the real Warden-Constable Blackwall died doing this for Thom Rainier, a man he had conscripted for the Grey Wardens and who would go on to [[DeadPersonImpersonation assume his identity]]]].
* In the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' video game ''Burst Limit'', the technique "Risking It All For A Friend" is one of the various Partner Skills. This can head into {{Narm}} territory when you see characters like Broly charge in to save your character, especially if it's Goku.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'', the Warrior class can learn Whipping Boy which lets a warrior take blows meant for a teammate. And, better yet, the Paladin class is the master of this, with high defense plus the ability to deflect all attacks for all party members. Both classes make great meat shields for your magic users.
* In ''VideoGame/EternalDaughter'', Hume dies doing this to save his half-sister, Mia.
* Near the end of ''VideoGame/FableII'', ''Your dog'' does this when the BigBad captures and tries to kill you. The BigBad then subverts things by ''shooting you anyway''.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** The series often gives Paladins and Knights the ability "Cover," which, when active, will make the character automatically receive any physical attack aimed at a weakened teammate. Especially if said attack would have killed the target. Even if [[HonorBeforeReason the attack will kill the Paladin/Knight.]]
** Those classes also typically have the "Counter Attack" ability, which lets them retaliate for free whenever they're hit. This, combined with Cover, makes these characters into excellent meat shields, taking the pressure off your weaker party members while also dealing extra damage.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', as soon as he sees him, Tellah starts beating up a SpoonyBard named Edward. His daughter, Anna, ran away to be with Edward because she loved Edward. Sadly, when King Baron attacked, we find [[spoiler:Anna]] played this trope straight (with arrows) at the cost of the person's life.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', [[ChivalrousPervert Zidane]] has the Protect Girls ability, which, as the name implies, is a variant of Cover that only protects female characters.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Tidus]] takes one of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII The Emperor's]] Flare attacks for Yuna in ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia 012: Duodecim]]'', despite him being on Chaos' side and [[LaserGuidedAmnesia not holding any memories]] of being with her on her pilgrimage in their original game. This prompts [[spoiler:Jecht to transfer his own energy to Tidus in order to save his life, allowing the Emperor to abduct Jecht and use him in the following cycle.]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'' has two examples. First, Jarod's friend jumps in the way of the Black Knight's sword, prompting Micaiah to tell the Black Knight to let Jarod escape and bury his friend. Later, if this is not the first play-through, Micaiah has the option of jumping in front of the knife meant for King Pelleas -- a rare case of TakingTheBullet for someone who actually ''wants'' the bullet.
** There is also the skill Guard, which allows a character to protect a character that they have a support with if they are next to them, though it doesn't always work.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'':
*** In the Prologue, right before the action properly kicks in, a cutscene shows how [[spoiler: a hooded man steals the Avatar's sword Ganglari and uses it to attack him/her with explosive force. The Avatar's mother Queen Mikoto shields him/her with her own body, taking the hit and [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dying in the Avatar's arms]], using her FamousLastWords to ask him/her if they're unhurt and say she's glad when he/she says they aren't.]]
*** In the ''Birthright'' path, [[BlackKnight Prince Xander]] challenges the Avatar to a duel, and they are overpowered by him after a while. A movie cutscene starts as they are at his mercy, and as Xander unleashes the final blow, the cutscene enters slow motion as... [[spoiler:Xander's half-sister [[WhiteMage Elise]] jumps in the way and takes the hit. She dies almost instantly [[DiedInYourArmsTonight in Xander's arms]] after asking him and the Avatar to find peace.]] Needless to say, [[spoiler: Xander]]... [[DespairEventHorizon doesn't]] [[DeathSeeker take]] [[SuicideByCop this well]].
*** In the ''Revelations'' path, [[spoiler: CoolBigSis Scarlet ends up taking a fire attack from an Anankos-possessed Gunter to protect the Avatar. And like Elise in the Birthright example, Scarlet also ends up dead]].
*** In one of the ''Revelations''-exclusive supports, this is how [[spoiler: Effie and Azama]]'s support chain begins. Thankfully, it's not fatal: after [[spoiler: she]] shields [[spoiler: him]] from an attack, [[spoiler: he]] is rather baffled by [[spoiler: her]] self-sacrificial nature but uses [[spoiler: his]] WhiteMage powers [[AfterActionPatchUp to return the favor.]] If the whole support chain is pursued, [[spoiler: Azama tells Effie that he wants to protect ''her'' from now on, [[LoveConfession and proposes to her]].]]
*** A flashback to the Avatar's kidnapping as a child shows that his/her [[spoiler: adopted]] father Sumeragi took a volley of arrows to the body to protect him/her.
*** In both the ''Birthright'' and ''Conquest'' routes, [[spoiler: Lilith]] takes a strike meant for the Avatar that kills her.
* ''VideoGame/{{Hearthstone}}'': While there aren't as many cards that allow for this, the Paladin Secret Noble Sacrifice summons a "Defender" that will intercept the next attack your opponent launches. The Defender will then immediately die, as it only has 1 health.
* In the Flash game ''VideoGame/ImmorTall'' you spend the entire game doing this as an alien trying to protect the family it befriended during a war. As you shield them from machine guns, tanks, and bombers, your movements become slower and slower, until you finally succumb to your wounds and die.
* In ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'', any ship with at least 50% of their health can do this for attacks aimed at their fleet's flagship. Making a fragile or low-level ship the flagship can prevent them from being taken down to critical health ([[ExperienceBooster and gives them a 50% EXP boost]]). However, like everything else in this game, the chance of this protection kicking in is up to the RandomNumberGod based on the fleet's formation: more compact formations like Double Line and Diamond are better than Line Ahead or Line Abreast. When this doesn't happen and your flagship is knocked down to critical health, you will be forced to return to base after the battle.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', a boulder is hurled towards King [[WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse Mickey]] and WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} pushes him out of the way, taking the full force of the giant rock. Feeling sad and full of angry vengeance, Sora, [[WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck Donald]], and the King run forward, battling through hordes of Heartless only to find that [[SubvertedTrope Goofy was only knocked out the whole time.]][[note]]Which is, of course, a given since Goofy is, you know, a cartoon character (created in the west for comedy productions).[[/note]]
* In the ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters 2000'' game, [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/neogeo/b/kof2kpsy.htm the Psycho Soldiers ending]] has [[spoiler: Bao jumping in the air and taking ''a huge blast from a KillSat'' to protect his teammates. Kensou retrieves the fatally wounded Bao and absorbs the remaining energy through a KissOfLife, both recovering his lost powers and saving Bao from a fatal SuperpowerMeltdown.]]]
* Near the end of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder'', Cedric ''accidentally'' takes a magical bullet for Graham (at least in the PC CD-ROM adaptation; all other versions had him being ''accidentally'' TakenForGranite). And in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIIThePrincelessBride'', the Troll King takes magical lightning for Rosella.
* In the backstory to ''VideoGame/KultHereticKingdoms'', the AncientConspiracy's attempt to assassinate its renegade member, Quova, was prevented when Kjellin Malfagon took the blow instead. It's generally agreed that Malfagon was a decent guy, but whether or not Quova deserved to be saved is definitely a contested matter.
* Most skillshots in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' can be intercepted by another body, so this is an option, although one you only want to use if you're more expendable and you're sure your target wasn't going to dodge it anyway. A number of spells that aren't blocked outright also have their damage reduced for each target they pass through, so this can be used to mitigate the effect. Of particular note is Caitlyn's Ace in the Hole attack, a long-range sniper shot that locks onto a target and never misses, but can be intercepted by a nearby teammate. Elise is also noted for being extremely difficult to skillshot in spider form because of the spiderlings that follow her around. Braum heavily invokes this trope with Stand Behind Me and Unbreakable, the former consisting of Braum jumping in front of an ally, giving them both a temporary bonus to armor and magic resist, and the latter having Braum raise his shield, destroying all projectiles that hit it while he nullifies the damage from the first attack and reducing damage from following ones.
* When the party defeats Idura in ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'', his spirit then attempts to cast them into a hellish otherworld—starting with Tia. [[spoiler:Dekar takes her place and yanks Idura through as well, leading to an epic TearJerker—for the player ''and'' [[UnableToCry Tia]].]]
* The encounter with Conrad Verner in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' has him dive in front of a gunshot to save Shepard from an assassin. [[spoiler:Provided you finished a certain sidequest in the first game, said "gunshot" was instead a previously-met character sabotaging the assassin's gun. If not, then the HeroicSacrifice gets played straight.]]
* ''Franchise/MetalGear''
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', Naked Snake ends up pulling this in order to save Tatyana from Ocelot's bullet. It also had him knocking into Ocelot as well, causing his aim to awry, and resulted in Big Boss getting a muzzle flash burn on his right eye.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'', Jonathan ends up rushing to Big Boss, warning him of an attack from one of the paranoid soldiers (Gene had earlier driven his own men into a mass panic about being executed by an inside man by Gene for "betraying" him using his voice.), and ended up taking a bullet in the head and the chest for Big Boss. This action was more than enough to have Big Boss screaming in anguish.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'', during battles when it’s the enemy’s turn, there’s a chance a Kind Mii will stand in front of another and take the blow. This causes damage, but it’ll also cause their relationship meter to go up in return. Miis of other personalities can also do this specifically for teammates with whom their relationship is high enough to earn the Sacrifice assist.
* In ''VideoGame/Mother3'' Flint winds up taking two extremely powerful psionic attacks for his son Lucas.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'', equipping a ''shikigami'' with at least four ''Teikon'' (Cutting Soul) ''mitama'' gives them a 50% chance to do this when one of their teammates is attacked. However, the former does not take ''all'' of the damage, meaning the latter would still receive damage, but greatly reduced.
** Kingyo-hime can summon a goldfish that functions the same way, with the added bonus of automatically shooting water missiles at a random enemy.
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** In ''VideoGame/Persona4'', party members with [[LevelUpAtIntimacy5 high-enough Social Link rankings]] will do this for you. This comes to play in the True Ending's final boss fight, where each party member knocks you out of the way to take [[spoiler:Izanami]]'s lethal attacks in your place. A very amusing version happens if Kanji is on your team. In true Kanji style, he [[spoiler: leaps into the air, kicks you IN THE HEAD, and takes the blow for you. Fortunately this doesn't cause you any damage even though you would think it should]].
** In ''VideoGame/Persona3'', [[spoiler: Shinjiro takes a bullet meant for Ken as an apology for having caused his mother's death]], and later, [[spoiler: Junpei takes a bullet for Chidori]]. As a result, [[spoiler: Shinjiro dies (unless you've maxed his Link in ''Portable''), but Junpei survives when Chidori sacrifices herself to heal him]]. ''Persona 3 Portable'' will also have party members take a fatal hit for you, a la ''Persona 4''[='=]s combat system.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': At Rank 9 of their LevelUpAtIntimacy5 Confidant sub-plots, non-Protagonist party members gain the ability to tank one lethal hit for the Protagonist per battle.
* In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV: The End of the Millennium'', Alys does this for Chaz, taking the hit from Zio's Dark Wave and leading to what may be one of the saddest video game deaths of all.
* The game ''VideoGame/{{Puppetshow}}: Destiny Undone'' ends with Cricks, the insane BigBad with a vendetta against the Puppetmaster, throwing a vial of acid at him with the intention of blinding him. However, the Puppetmaster's young daughter Felicia jumps in the way and takes the acid intended for her father.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'', Leon S. Kennedy jumps in front of a bullet for Ada Wong when Annette Birkin tries to shoot her.
* ''VideoGame/RhythmThiefAndTheEmperorsTreasure'' has this done on a couple of occasions. The most notable instance is done by Elisabeth to Marie.
* Completing the romance sidequest with Anera in ''VideoGame/{{Shadowlords}}'' requires taking a death effect attack for her. Though the PowerOfLove keeps you alive at 1hp instead of killing you.
* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' gives Parasoul (a princess and leader of the Black Egrets military squad) the ability to call in one of her soldiers, who makes a diving leap in front of her, blocking any projectiles. The rare ''on-demand'' bullet-taker (though the attack has a cooldown between uses).
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''
** Sonic is quite adept at these in all continuities, having taken the bullet for Shahra the Genie in ''Sonic and the Secret Rings'' and Cream and Chris in ''Sonic X''.
** Speaking of Shahra, she pays Sonic back for the deed when Erazor offers up Sonic's life in sacrifice to gain the power to control the World Rings. Rather than slicing the hedgehog in half, Erazor lands the blade in Shahra's back.
** Maria did this for Shadow. Shadow was traumatized, although not as much as his creator and Maria's (and Eggman's) grandfather, Professor Gerald, who in a fit of nihilism altered Shadow's memories and a few other things so that Shadow would destroy the world. Ironically, Gerald had earlier set up a Xanatos Gambit to allow Shadow to ''defend'' the world.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicColors'', Tails pushes Sonic out the way of Eggman's [[MindControlDevice mind control beam]].
* At the very end of the Terran campaign in ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'', protagonist Jim Raynor does this for [[spoiler:his TragicMonster LoveInterest Sarah Kerrigan]] in one of the rare examples of Taking the Bullet where the one doing the shielding is not physically harmed. (In this case, grace of Raynor's PowerArmor [[InvertedTrope not]] [[ArmorIsUseless being useless]].)
* During ''VideoGame/SuperAdventureRockman'', one of the cutscenes has [[spoiler:Quick Man taking a Shadow Blade in the back to protect a vulnerable Rockman and being KilledOffForReal after his HeelFaceTurn.]] This is very much PlayedForDrama, complete with a somber burial scene afterwards.
* In the final chapter of ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', Nastasia takes an attack meant for Count Bleck. She gets better.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''
** Defensive support in the ''Super Robot Wars'' series, in which a character with the ability has the option of jumping in the way of an attack aimed at an adjacent ally, they took less damage overall, and used a shield if they had it. [[TheGenericGuy Russel Bergman]] from the OriginalGeneration games has this as his specialty.
** In ''Super Robot Wars Gaiden'', this happened to Ricardo in an attempt to save Tytti from imminent death from her arch-nemesis. As a result, she became AllergicToLove.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl''
** Ness and Lucas are being attacked by Wario. Wario fires his trophy gun at Ness a few times, and Ness dodges all the shots easily. An irritated Wario then changes his target to Lucas. Lucas, being the cowardly little brat he is, doesn't even try to dodge, so Ness pushes Lucas out of the way, complete with slow motion camera panning, and is turned into a trophy in the process. It should be noted that in this world, being turned into a trophy is like death.
** And Donkey Kong for Diddy Kong (in their case, Donkey Kong actually had to ''punch'' Diddy Kong out of the way).
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'':
** Kratos takes an energy blast in the back for Lloyd. [[spoiler: It's also right after it's revealed he's Lloyd's father, so it makes a lot of sense. And a lot of ouch. Luckily it doesn't kill him.]]
** In the backstory, [[spoiler: Zelos Wilder's mother pulled this to protect him from an attack coming from the mother of his half-sister Seles, who wanted him dead so Seles would be TheChosenOne instead. She still tells him that he shouldn't have been born.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', Tear does this while jumping in front the petrified Luke and gets slashed in the arm instead.
* The patient of a Medic in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is expected to do this: that way, the Medic stays alive, hopefully continues to heal the patient if they live, and gains uber-charge, which builds faster on injured team-mates. This is especially seen on Arena "sudden death" matches, where Medics are necessary to keep the team alive.
* ''[[VideoGame/Tekken2 Tekken 2]]'' : during Kazuya's FMV at the end of Arcade Mode, Heihachi does this in order to protect his son from a certain death. Kazuya doesn't seem especially grateful, though.
* ''[[VideoGame/TearsToTiara2 Tears to Tiara 2]]'': [[spoiler: Tarte takes Metronius' WaveMotionGun for Hamil. She survives through DivineIntervention from her mother.]]
* Bumblebee takes a blast from Megatron that was meant for Optimus at the end of the first level of ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron''. Cue Optimus going to town on Megatron.
* In ''VideoGame/TrueCrimeStreetsOfLA'', Rafferty took the bullet for Nick when Rocky was about shoot him cuffed to the chair.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has the No Mercy Route, where [[spoiler: HotBlooded ActionGirl Undyne shoves Monster Kid out of the way of the player's attack, causing her to be split nearly in half by a fatal blow. However, she is such a {{Determinator}} that she ''stops fading into dust out of sheer willpower'', and instead goes OneWingedAngel as the phenomenally badass Undyne the Undying.]] Cue punishing boss fight.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'', when [[spoiler: Lily suspects Ben (If you saved Doug in Episode 1 instead of Carley) being the one giving the bandits supplies and tries to shoot him, but Doug jumps in the way and takes the bullet instead.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''
** [[IdiotHero Beat]] attempts what may be the stupidest examples of this trope ''ever'' when he tries doing this, instead of a more appropriate DivingSave, to save Rhyme ''from being hit by a car''.
** He also does it again later for Neku. A mind-controlled Shiki is attacking the pair; Beat sees no choice but to take her out. Neku turns to face him as he angrily says they'll do no such thing. He gets attacked by Shiki from behind for his trouble. Beat is quick to take the hit for him.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''
** Warriors can learn an ability called ''Intervene'' which allows them to take a shot or melee attack for a party member, thereby preventing the SquishyWizard or even squishier Priest from being... well, squished.
** There's also a warrior protection talent Vigilance which allows the warrior to transfer threat generated by another character to his/herself and redirect the path of attacks from the enemy.
** Paladins also have an ability named Hand of Sacrifice, which will redirect 30% of incoming damage from the target to the paladin, up to 100% of the paladin's hit points. Like Superman above, they have the ability to become (briefly) invulnerable...
** Paladins also used to have an ability called Divine Intervention, which instantly killed the Paladin in return for giving its target full invulnerability for up to three minutes at the cost of immobilizing them. Mostly used when defeat is certain and everyone is going to die, since they don't take durability damage by dying this way and the invulnerable player can then hearthstone out to avoid said damage as well.
** In the end of the Gilneas storyline, Liam Greymane is killed by Sylvanas Windrunner when he takes a poisoned arrow intended for his father, king Genn Greymane.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'': [[spoiler: Snake]] takes all six of [[spoiler:Ace]]'s bullets in order to save Junpei, Seven and Lotus and [[spoiler:avenge his sister]] in the "safe" ending.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Yarudora}} series vol.3: VisualNovel/{{Sampaguita}}'', when you [[StormingTheCastle storm the Yakuza Headquarters]] with Boy and pals in order to save the kidnapped Maria, and you finally find her, the wounded Yakuza boss will try, [[TakingYouWithMe in his last breath]], to shoot her as she's running towards you. Depending on if you still have bullets in your gun or not, you will be treated with two possible Endings: [[spoiler: Good End 3, where you have no choice but to perform this trope, and succeed in saving Maria, but [[TheHeroDies at the cost of your life]]; however, [[OurGhostsAreDifferent you awake as a ghost]] 2 years later, and discover, to your joy, that Maria now lives a happy life [[SomeoneToRememberHimBy with the baby boy born from you and her]]]]; or [[spoiler: Normal End 2, where you ''can'' shoot the Yakuza boss, but choose to perform this trope instead: as a result, Maria is safe, [[StupidSacrifice but the game ends as you die, without the ghost story]].]]
* In ''[[VisualNovel/FantasiaOtomeGameSeries Fantasia: Requiem of the Abyss]]'', Faye jumps into the line of fire to save Cyrus and Valen from certain death.
* In ''{{VisualNovel/Ace Attorney Investigations|MilesEdgeworth}}'', Shi-Long Lang takes a bullet meant for Shih-na, [[spoiler: despite the fact that she's just been revealed as TheMole and as a murder they've been tracking for years]]. The reason? [[spoiler: Lang still considers her part of his 'pack', even though she's a traitor.]] Don't worry, he was only shot in the leg and he's MadeOfIron so it's not even mentioned again.
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend''
** During the BBL route, Yuuya takes [[spoiler:the blade that cut at his brother]]. The attacker tried twice and was intercepted twice. Analysis of handedness and which shoulder the blood appeared on leads fans to believe that Yuuya basically acted a shield and covered [[spoiler: Sakuya]] with his back turned on the attacker, focused purely on defense. Semi-official fanart of Yuuya's gijinka, created by someone who collaborates with the creator, shows a multitude of scars, but the attacker did decide to just leave after that.
-->''Suddenly, Sakazaki Yuuya blocks out the sun.''
** In the sequel AU game, ''Holiday Star'', Yuuya pushes Hiyoko out of the way of a tank shell and is burned too badly to stand for his efforts.
* Jessica in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' takes a flying stake in the back to protect Kanon. Touching, but ultimately [[SenselessSacrifice senseless]].
* During Chapter 3 of ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', Nekomaru Nidai takes a ''bazooka'' meant for Akane and lives to tell the tale (though he had to be converted into a {{Cyborg}} by Monokuma. As Nekomaru hadn't broken any rule, Monokuma couldn't just let him die).

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Subverted in the ''WebAnimation/SpaceTree'' episode "[[http://spacetree.com/spacetree36.html Kill or Kick]]": When Space Tree hears that Ghost Spider's plan went off without a hatch, Space Tree executes ''his'' plan. ''With a gun.'' The Commander leaps in front of Ghost Spider, slow motion, "NOOOO!" and all, but the gun hasn't even fired. Turns out Space Tree's plan was just to kick Ghost Spider.
* During the final Dragon Shrine showdown of ''[[WebAnimation/BunnyKill Bunnykill 4]]'', Snowball, after defending an unconscious [[ActionGirl Ruby]] from a storm of giant shurikens hurled by [[BigBad Flint]], gets his sword knocked out of his hands when Flint hurls a powered-up shuriken at him. Ruby wakes up as Flint hurls his final shuriken at him (complete with the requisite slow-mo), and sacrifices herself to save his life by taking the shuriken in the back. Snowball proceeds to go into [[SuperMode "White Avenger" mode]] and [[UnstoppableRage proceeds to kick seven shades of hell out of Flint]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/CityOfReality'', ActionGirl AV leaps in front of a bullet intended for TheAce, Todo, after the latter is unable to comprehend the gritty nature of Magic World and defies a mugger.
* ''Webcomic/CuantaVida'': [[spoiler: Red, for the BLU Sniper]]
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Lars takes the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20061211 sword blow intended for Agatha.]]
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Girly}}'': Officer Getskilled leaps in front of a bullet for Policeguy and Hipbone, but another character gets in front of ''him''. The character is not only immortal but imperviable, and spirits Getskilled away to the immortal realm as a reward for his courage.
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Ysengrin [[ShapeshifterWeapon forms his arm into a giant blade]] and attempts to skewer Antimony. Renard [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=285 leaps]] between Annie and the blade. This isn't entirely necessary, as Mr. Donlan's magic shield would have saved Annie either way (in fact, the shield ends up protecting Reynardine), but Annie certainly appreciated Rey's intent.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[spoiler: Dream Jade does this for John. Only no, it's not a bullet, it's a [[ColonyDrop meteor.]] ]]
** Later on in the comic, [[spoiler: Jake]] takes a sword through the gut to save [[spoiler: Jane.]] [[SenselessSacrifice It doesn't work]].
* Replace the word "bullet" with "boulder", and strip [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0451.html "Change of Direction"]] from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' definitely qualifies, as a hobgoblin saves Redcloak from a catapult shot.
* In ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', Gabe dives in the way of a gunshot from a guy dressed as a nightstand (don't ask) to save L. H. Franzibald's life. Tycho disarms the guy and... shoots Gabe again after he mentions a passage from one of Franzibald's awfully plagiarized works.
* In ''Webcomic/PowerpuffGirlsDoujinshi'', [=DeeDee=] takes a bullet from one of Mandark's robots to save [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Dexter]].
* In ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'', Ace Dick's Auto-Parry [[{{Kevlard}} consists of "taking the hit directly in the guts"]]. In the game of ''Life'', he Auto-Parries a bullet to save Sonhearst.
-->"It is incredibly painful!"
* Spoofed in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' when Private Aardman [[https://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-01-21 throws his overly-large nose in front of a bullet]] to save Ensign Ventura. That's OK though, as he's been trying to injure his nose so he can get free cosmetic surgery (only provided for injuries in the line of duty).
* {{Justified|Trope}} in ''Webcomic/TheZombieHunters'', Charlie puts up an arm to block a zombie bite intended for his [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind wounded teammate]] Katie. Since he's a [[HalfHumanHybrid Half]]-[[OurZombiesAreDifferent Zombie]], it [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction barely]] [[NighInvulnerable registers]] as [[OnlyAFleshWound painful]] to him.
* A very similar scene to the ''Webcomic/TheZombieHunters'' example happens in ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'', when Sigrun, who is [[TheImmune immune to the rash virus]], takes a troll bite for Reynir, who isn't.
* ''Webcomic/{{Spacetrawler}}''
** Bizarrely used: one second Growp is trying to kill Emily, and the next he's throwing himself in the path of a fatal laserblast aimed at Emily -- because Growp considers himself [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou the only one allowed to kill her]].
** And later, Gurf does the same thing. Except it was a ''non''-lethal laser blast, he's the biggest of the party, and now they have to carry him back to the ship.
* Done heart-warmingly so in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' as Criminy's awesomeness status [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-02-19 steadily rises]].
* In ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'', Nina takes a [[ItMakesSenseInContext magical gender changing beam]] for her friend Ace. It doesn't do any good though, because while Nina is trying to figure out what just happened to her, Blair doubles back and hits Ace anyway.
* ''Webcomic/{{Bug|Martini}}'' points out [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/bullets-and-bodyguards/ possible technical problems]] with this.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Roomies}}!'', Ruth takes a semi-truck for Danny.
* In ''Webcomic/BlueYonder'', [[http://blueyonder.smackjeeves.com/comics/1332262/blue-yonder-chapter-1-page-34/ Kevin takes one, not quite intentionally -- he had meant to get himself and Jared out of the way.]]
* In ''Webcomic/OffWhite,'' Munin, the raven/crow guardian of memories does this for Hati when his brother Sköll fires spells at him.
* In the "New and Old Flames" arc of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Elliot in his [[SuperGenderBender superheroine form]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1232 throws himself in front of a blast of dragon fire]] that was otherwise aimed at a busy street.
* ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'': Jupiter took the impact of a meteor for Earth, though fortunately he didn't end up badly hurt.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/CampWeedonwantcha'', when Malachi tries to jump in front of Purdy's gun before she can shoot a weasel and/or Brian. He jumps ''[[http://campcomic.com/comic/93 far]]'' too early.
* In [[Webcomic/RustyAndCo Rusty and Co.]], Madeline the Paladin [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-6-52/ jumps in front of a spell]] intended to create a rival for Gelatinous Cube by drawing out his inner evil. The results are [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-6-53/ amusing]].
* In ''Webcomic/LatchkeyKingdom'', Princess Rosaline of Angelon [[http://latchkeykingdom.smackjeeves.com/comics/2261667/minion-11/ throws her arm]] between a snake and Prince Zander of Hilla, on the basis that she has AcquiredPoisonImmunity and he doesn't (The Angelonian empire has far more cutthroat politics than Zander's backwater kingdom).

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-999 SCP-999 ("The Tickle Monster")]]. SCP-999 loves all animals (including humans) so much that it will leap in front of a person to take a bullet fired at them.
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest''
** Subverted in v1 with baseball players Michael Suarez and Scott Jameson. Barry Coleson High's baseball team was so close to each other that they were [[TrueCompanions almost like brothers to each other]], so when the two finally meet up and start to talk, Mike pushes Scott out of the way when he hears someone behind him, taking the bullets that would've killed Scott and being paralyzed by them (though he says "Scotty, look out!" not, "No!"). The subversion comes when Scott ''doesn't'' run like Mike tells him to, transfixed due to fear, and gets fatally shot anyway.
** Played more straightly in v4, when Jonathan Jarocki shoots at Charlene Norris. Alex Campbell does indeed jump in front of her, getting a bullet to the shoulder. Charlene, however, was injured, but not as bad as Alex.
* In the final battle of ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'', the End of Days (a Game and Watch octopus) starts spearing everyone in sight. Fox pushes Marth out of the way of one tentacle, getting himself speared in the process. Made all the more significant because until that final battle, they were on opposite sides of the law.
* Subverted in the final chapter of ''Literature/SailorNothing'', [[spoiler:as Aki is merely wounded, not killed, in the process.]] It's also toyed with in that [[spoiler:two people dive for the same bullet, the second pushing the first out of the way in addition to the original target]].
* In ''Literature/InterviewingLeather'', when Todd Chapman is exploring the scenes of Dynamo Girl's heroics, he mentions seeing the city councilman she caught a bullet for.
* In the [[WebVideo/HitlerRants Downfall parody]] series Llama Priest by YouTube user The Silver Universe, Gunsche does this to protect Hitler from being [[spoiler:killed by Goebbels]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsForgottenFriendship'', Sunset Shimmer takes a proverbial bullet for her friends at the climax of the story. [[spoiler:Wallflower Blush uses the Memory Stone to cast a spell that would have [[LaserGuidedAmnesia wiped out all of the Humane Six's memories of high school]]. Sunset jumps in the way to take the hit instead, losing not just all her memories of being a high school student, but also her memories of being human. However, this [[HeroesFrontierStep act of sacrifice]] was so selfless that it convinced the Humane Six that Sunset was worth befriending, allowing them to destroy the Memory Stone and recover their memories.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Apu takes a bullet for James Woods, only to find it [[PocketProtector bounced off]] ''another'' bullet that was still in him from a previous robbery.
** Another episode had Homer attend bodyguard training, where he was tested for this. Attendants were marked on the effort put into their "[[BigNo Noooo!]]" among other things. The trainees were given melons with celebrity names on them to protect (Homer promptly ate his).
** And yet another episode had elderly Springfieldian Cornelius Chapman, who won an award for being Springfields oldest resident (well into his 100's). Among his accomplishments (building Springfields first log cabin and introducing the tooth brush), Chapman once took a bullet for Huey Long. Unfortunatly, he only took ONE bullet, as Long was shot several times and Chapman only caught the last one.
** Also parodied in an episode where Ned Flanders is going to baptize Bart and Lisa, only to have Homer leap in the way of the water at the last second, complete with slow-motion dive and BigNo.
-->'''Bart:''' Homer, you took a baptism for me. How do you feel?\\
'''Homer:''' Oh, Bartholomew, I feel like Saint Augustine of Hippo after his conversion by Ambrose of Milan.\\
'''Flanders:''' ''(astonished)'' Homer, what did you just say?\\
** In "Saturdays of Thunder", [[ShowWithinAShow a McBain movie]] has [=McBain's=] sidekick Scoie protect [=McBain=] from an assassination attempt. This happens right after Scoie [[{{Retirony}} discusses his plans for retirement]]. It should be noted that this was a case of ACCIDENTLY taking the bullet, at Scoie was shot because he leaned in front of his partner to grab his wallet photo back, right when the assassin pulled the trigger.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** In a subverted example, Fry saves Leela by taking a giant space wasp sting meant for her. Fry ends up ''dying'' from this, and [[spoiler:Leela starts to have hallucinations of him telling her to wake up. Ultimately it is revealed that the space wasp's stinger pierced right through Fry and nicked Leela, thus injecting its venom into her instead of him. She's been in a coma ever since, and the hallucinations were the real, healed up, Fry. He's been at her bedside trying to wake her up.]] Quite touching, really.
** In "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences", Fry leaps in front of Leela and takes it when she was about to be shot by a vaporizer. [[spoiler:Subverted when everyone realizes it was actually a teleporter. Though at the time Fry was unaware of this.]]
* In the final battle against Azula from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Zuko takes a full-on lightning blast (complete with a BigNo in Slow Mo) meant for Katara. He had been taught to redirect lightning, however, which meant that he was just badly injured instead of killed outright, since he couldn't fully redirect it in the middle of a DivingSave.
* The climactic moment of the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' series finale involves this with Korra [[spoiler: against the [[WaveMotionGun Spirit Ray Cannon]] to save [[SaveTheVillain Kuvira]] when the cannon [[PhlebotinumOverload goes awry]]... except that Korra has the (correct) notion that she can withstand the beam in the spur of the moment.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}''. An interesting inversion of this was played when [=SpongeBob=] leapt in front of Patrick just as a speeding car was about to spatter mud all over him, protecting the ultra rare and super valuable Mermaid Man trading card he was holding in his hand.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'':
** In season 1, it is frequent for the [[HeroSecretService Lyoko Warriors]] to be taking a [[FrickinLaserBeams laser beam]] to protect Aelita -- especially Odd, since he is unable to block them at the time. [[JustifiedTrope Quite justified]], since a devirtualization isn't fatal for them, while it would be for Aelita (and even if it weren't, only she can deactivate XANA's current scheme, often [[AlwaysClose with mere seconds to spare]]). Much less prevalent starting season 2, since XANA wants Aelita alive at this point.
** In season 3, it is Aelita's turn at taking the laser beam to save the Lyoko Core. (At this point, protecting her this way isn't always necessary, as she is no longer in danger of ceasing to exist if she "dies" on Lyoko.)
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'':
** In the second season, Riven almost dies when he takes a blast from the BrainwashedAndCrazy Bloom to save an already injured Musa. When Sky [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight talks Bloom out of it]], she uses her powers to heal him.
** In an episode of the fifth season, Musa got turned into a giant mutant seal after getting hit by one of [[BigBad Tritannus]]' spells that was meant for Aisha.
** In another episode of the fifth season, Icy actually takes one of Bloom's attacks that were meant for Tritannus, which Bloom considers an OutOfCharacterMoment for Icy as she had clearly not expected her to do so.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' Superman takes a ball that apparently annihilated matter for his friends. Luckily for him, it turned out to only be a time travel portal.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''
** Bumblebee takes a blast of Meltdown's acid (which melts through basically anything ever, including Cybertronians) for Bulkhead. Fortunately, the Autobots have Sari's key to repair him.
** He did it in the [[FiveEpisodePilot three-episode pilot]] too, shielding most of the human supporting cast from [[TheStarscream Starscream]].
* ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule'' has Zip do this as a MookFaceTurn when the demon tries hurling a blast of... um, something at the heroes.
* An episode of ''Franchise/CareBears'' has this. Wish Bear saved the distressed kid of the week by taking a blast from one of Professor Coldheart's inventions for him. It didn't kill her, just turn her grey and apathetic. Cue the SwissArmyTears.
* Leonidas Van Rook does this to save Drew Saturday in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays''.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''
** Parodied when Peggy starts throwing tomatoes at King Phillip at the Renaissance fair one of his men dives in front of him and takes a few hits.
** In another episode ("Dog Dale Afternoon"), after Hank successfully escorted Dale out of the college watch tower in which the police mistaken him for a sniper when he was actually exterminating bugs, a vigilant sniper locked in at Dale and Hank jumped in taking the bullet for him. Good thing Hank was wearing a bulletproof vest.
* Done in the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' episode "One Million Emotions". An alien artifact that is charitably described as "the emotional electric chair" essentially subjects anyone who touches it to MindRape as the stored emotions within blast into that person's mind and drive them insane. The object goes flying straight at Niko, causing Shane to leap in front of her and intercept it. He takes the full brunt of the emotional blast, but manages to retain his sanity because his altered genetics offered some protection. {{Fanon}} speculates that it changed him more than he admits.
* The Ruby-Spears ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon sees Proto Man invoking this trope. Mega Man keeps dodging Proto Man's shots, so Proto Man [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI8RPO87vSc takes aim at the Lincoln Memorial instead.]] [[PatrioticFervor It works.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', Uncle Ruckus did for the mall Santa when Riley shoots multiple BB rounds.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''
** In the episode "Stannie Get Your Gun", Stan (paralyzed by a gun accident) took the bullet for Hayley when a fired gun mascot aimed a sniper at her upon singing an anti-gun song. The bullet helped cured his paralysis when it dislodged first bullet that hit him before.
** A suicidal lemur takes a bullet for Francine in another episode.
* In the episode "You Made Me" in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Finn takes a blow from Lemongrab's [[MusicalAssassin Sound Sword]] for Princess Bubblegum. The resulting attack knocks him out [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and tears apart his hat]].
* Though not exactly lethal, in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', Cody leaps in front of a dodgeball (in [[BulletTime slow-mo]]) for Gwen. Sierra later does the same thing for him two seasons later, [[ItMakesSenseInContext except with a meatball.]]
* In a flashback for an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' back when Cornfed and Duckman first met, Cornfed takes many hits from a criminals gun, he survives.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', with Skipper blocking an angry pigeon's droppings for the park commissioner.
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation: T.O.M.M.Y.", where Numbuh Two make a slow-motion dive to save his little brother Tommy from a ''snot bullet''.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'':
** Squire Winston takes a lethal energy blast for Sir George.
** In the episode "Enemy of My Frenemy", Kevin takes a blow for Gwen; he recovers.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''. At the end of "Klokblocked", the extremist faction Succuboso Explosion fires their electrically charged "loin extractor" at Nathan -- Murderface heroically dives in front of him and takes it full in the crotch.
* [[spoiler:Terra]] in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' deliberately invokes this by aiming a boulder towards Robin and Starfire, knowing that one or the other would inevitably take the hit and only leave one titan to deal with afterwards.
* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/BlackDynamite'' [[ParodiedTrope parodies the trope]] by having Cream Corn take a bullet for [[spoiler: Music/MichaelJackson]]. He survived; his timing was a little early and the bullet [[AssShove got lodged in his rear]]. [[spoiler: Michael returned the favor towards the [[IncrediblyLamePun end]].]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' episode "Elise's Parents", Dan takes a poisoned dart for his best friend's father-in-law, but is saved by several layers of duct tape he used to tape on the tape recorder the use of which got them into that mess to begin with.
* Happens quite a few times in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}:
** During season 1 episode 25, [[spoiler:Sadlygrove]] takes a lethal shot from Razortime aimed for Eva and Amalia.
** Yugo and Phaeris do this to each other a whole season later while fighting [[spoiler:Quilby, which lampshades it with the quote above]].
** During the last episode, Evangeline intercepts a shot from Remington Smisse meant for her sister Cleophelia. Fortunately, it just hits her shoulder.
* ''WesternAnimation/CampLakebottom'': In "Late Afternoon of the Living Gitch", Gitch (who is a pair of Squirt's underpants that has been brought to life) leaps in front of [=McGee=] to take a shot of super-strength fabric cleaner fired by Buttsquat. This is played exactly like this trope, including the dramatic slo-mo.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian''. Candy had been kidnapped by a giant zit, brought to life by magic, and Dave was about to kill it with [[LogicalWeakness acne medication.]] Candy, having developed concern for the zit, attempted this, but timed her dive wrong, leaving the zit time for a FlatWhat facial expression as he is struck and killed by the cream.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** Parodied in "Together Breakfast" when Steven takes a squirt gun blast for [[ItMakesSenseInContext a stack of waffles]].
** Parodied again, while also subverted, in "Shirt Club." When one of Major Dewey's bodyguards sees someone training a gun (well, shirt cannon) on him, he calls out, runs in front of his charge.....and then [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere keeps right on running until he's out of sight.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', in the episode "Society Of The Blind Eye", Old Man [=McGucket=] jumps in front of Dipper to protect him from getting his memories erased by the [[MemoryWipingCrew Society of the Blind Eye.]] Since [=McGucket=]'s already nuts from [[spoiler:having his memories erased so many times, nothing happens to him.]]
** To clarify, the Society used a [[LaserGuidedAmnesia memory-wiping gun]] to erase people's memories of anomalies in Gravity Falls. They were trying to make Dipper forget pretty much his entire summer, and were going to do the same to Mabel, Wendy and Soos.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' had an episode where Kaeloo, Stumpy and Mr. Cat almost got impaled by a variety of sharp objects, but [[NighInvulnerable Quack Quack the indestructible duck]] jumped in front to save them. [[UngratefulBastard Mr. Cat responded by calling Quack Quack a show-off.]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,331548,00.html Alexis Goggins]] was a RealLife seven-year-old who took six bullets for her own mother. She also managed to survive.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liviu_Librescu Dr. Liviu Librescu]], Romanian-born Holocaust survivor, [[BadassBookworm scientist]] and [[BadassTeacher academic professor]]. During the Virginia Tech massacre, Librescu [[YouShallNotPass personally kept the door shut]] to prevent gunman Seung-hui Cho from entering the classroom while his students escaped out the windows. He was [[MadeOfIron shot through the door five times]] before finally succumbing to a shot to the head. Only one of his 23 students failed to escape.
* The attempt on Ronald Reagan's life by John Hinckley Jr. might have succeeded had it not been for the actions of Secret Service agent Timothy J. [=McCarthy=], who leapt in front of Reagan, receiving a wound in his abdomen. He survived. This remains the only time since the Secret Service was officially charged with protecting Presidents in 1906 that a Secret Serviceman has actually taken a bullet for the President.
* All personnel recruited as agents in various police/military-based [=VIP=] protection units (with some exceptions like the Secret Service) are trained to do this if the worse should come to the worst when the [=VIP=] is in danger. Hence the nickname "Bulletcatchers".
* A somewhat extreme example is Alexander Matrosov, a Red Army soldier during UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo. During an assault on Chernushki village, the Soviets were held off by a German [[CoolGun MG 42]] (which is the [[MoreDakka fastest firing]] single barreled machine gun in history) firing from a pill-box. Matrosov threw himself in front of the massive amount of dakka, blocking the fire and allowing his unit to advance. He was posthumously awarded Hero of the Soviet Union, the highest honour that can be bestowed by the USSR.\\\
Matrosov's deed was praised and exemplified as a device for motivation and morale via newspapers, and afterwards entered the Soviet\Russian culture via the history books and propaganda (like several other greatly romanticized, though largely non-invented acts of heroism). What's interesting is the surfacing number of "firing-port jumpers" both ''before'' and after Matrosov. The rough estimate puts them at ''between 200 and 400''. Note that the very definition of the feat means it was voluntary and by all means "above and beyond the call of duty" -- which, combined with other realistic considerations, kinda goes against the whole "cannon fodder peasants 'motivated' into frontal assaults by machine-gun-armed NKVD squads" tripe that was once widespread in the USA and is occasionally touted as "the grim truth of the Eastern Front".
* During the UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan, Soviet aerial convoys were protected from Stinger-wielding Mujahideen fighters by Mi-24 Hind helicopter gunships. According to some, the pilots were instructed to use their helicopters to physically block the missiles should they get too close to the planes, earning them the nickname "Mandatory Matrosovs". Not as bad as it sounds, however; the Hind is built to stand up to considerable punishment.
* After the July 20 Plot to kill Hitler failed, the plot's conspirators were arrested and placed in front of a firing squad. When Claus von Stauffenberg (one of the plot's ringleaders) was about to be shot, his adjutant, Werner von Haeften in a crowning moment of awesome defiantly placed himself in front of von Stauffenberg, taking the bullets intended for von Stauffenberg. Though the truth of this is disputed somewhat, as the bullets would have gone straight through him and still injured Stauffenberg.
* Late in World War II, the Japanese destroyer ''Akikaze'' deliberately charged between the carrier it was escorting and an attacking submarine, taking six torpedo hits in the process. ''Akikaze'' was lost with all hands, but saved the carrier.