Tuck and Cover
A grenade, bomb or other type of explosive is live with mere seconds to go, leaving Alice in danger. Or perhaps the building is burning, and a rafter comes loose. Or a window or glass ceiling shatters, and Alice is right in the path of the deadly shards. Just in time, Bob leaps between her and the danger. He might get on top of her to shield her from falling debris, or he might simply cradle her with his body blocking the danger. Often a Heroic Sacrifice, but it's just as often that Bob has Nigh-Invulnerability, or maybe the damage is made less by his actions. Usually the Inversion of Jumping on a Grenade, which is when Bob jumps on a grenade to dampen the explosion. See also Taking the Bullet, for when Bob jumps in the way of a bullet meant for Alice, or Diving Save, for when Bob pushes Alice out of the way of something dangerous.
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Anime and Manga
- Done in Karakuri Circus , creating a serious plot twist, as it ends rather badly for said hero. Although not as badly as initially indicated...
- Done also in Ushio and Tora - Tora uses his body to protect a household spirit from backlash from a powerful seal being broken.
- Busou Renkin: Captain Bravo shields the two leads, Kazuki and Tokiko from a massive flame-based attack using his... er... magical Badass Longcoat.
- In one episode of Darker Than Black, the Contractor November 11 uses his ice powers while covering human co-worker Kirihara with his body, in order to shield her from another Contractor's explosive powers.
- Subverted cruelly twice in Mobile Suit Gundam 00 first season finale: Lichty tries shielding Christina from an explosion this way, but is fatally injured and dies in her arms, happily believing that he protected her. Then, it is revealed that he failed and she was fatally injured, too, dying just moments after him.
- Happens many times in Super Dimension Fortress Macross, without any lasting effects to both parties involved.
- Genji grabs Shannon when the fake Kanon leaps at her with a laser blade, and rolls out of the way in Umineko: When They Cry. This is one of the many reasons Genji is awesome.
- Shizuo does this to Akane in the sixth volume of Durarara!! when he realizes that a large load of combat knives that he knocked loose in a fight are about to fall on the girl.
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, Alphonse Elric uses his Nigh Invulnerable armor body to shield the flesh-and-blood May Chang from an explosion. It doesn't end well.
- Al also pulls this in the 2003 anime version, instead protecting Ed.
- Gunslinger Girl. The girls are "conditioned" to protect their handlers, though it could also be More Than Mind Control.
- The titular character from InuYasha protects Kagome this way on multiple occasions.
- In Fairy Tail, Simon jumps in the way of an extremely powerful destructive spell that Jellal was going to destroy Erza and Natsu with; he successfully shields them with his body, but dies shortly thereafter, leading to Natsu's Unstoppable Rage and subsequent victory.
- Peace from The Voynich Hotel meets her end saving Leader from a landmine.
Film — Animated
- The Incredibles, Elastigirl protects her kids this way in an aircraft that was hit by missiles. It helps she can form her body into any shape and that earlier her super suit was specifically shown to be able to withstand direct missile impacts.
Film — Live Action
- X-Men: The Last Stand, Colossus shields Rogue this way in the Danger Room simulation, however this is also so that she can get his steel skin for further protection.
- Quantum of Solace, Bond huddles over Camille right before he shoots the fuel pod.
- Done in The Incredible Hulk movie, with Hulk shielding Betty Ross from a firey explosion.
- Highlander: Connor leaps on top of Rachel, using his immortality to protect her from Nazi gunfire. He explains, "it's a kind of magic."
- In Fantastic Four (2005), the Human Torch shielded a young girl from an explosion. Because of his fire abilities, the blast didn't harm him.
- The escaped slave does this for the little girl in The Fall.
- Smallville: Clark uses this method of rescue quite frequently, as is his future self in various incarnations of Superman
- The end of the intro boss battle of Mega Man Zero 1. As the Golem gets ready to explode, Ciel got free from its grasp, but she's too weak to move away. Zero runs over to her and covers her from the ensuing blast. Ciel manages to remain relatively unhurt, even when the explosion was point-blank in range.
- Ben 10 utilizes this trope in "Be Afraid Of The Dark", using the armadillo-esque "Cannonbolt" Ben is able to shield himself, Gwen and Grandpa so that they can re-enter Earth's atmosphere safely.
- Wolverine and the X-Men, Wolverine covers a little girl from a train explosion in the first episode. He Got Better.
- The Batman "A Dark Knight to Remember" Batman shields Batgirl from Penguin's flamethrower with his cape.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender gives us the falling-bits-of-stone-ceiling variant, with Zuko protecting Katara in this way in the episode "The Southern Raiders". Also served as Ship Tease.
- Also done in the episode "Sozin's Comet Part 3", when Sokka shields Toph from falling debris from a war balloon.