'''Basic Trope''': Shielding someone else with your own body. Usually fatal.
* '''Straight''': Charlie shoots Alice but her friend Bob jumps between them and is shot instead.
* '''Exaggerated''': Bob stops a laser beam with his body after making a ten-meter leap. [[SlowMotionFall In slow motion.]] Accompanied by the biggest BigNo ever.
* '''Downplayed''': Charlie shoots Alice, but Bob, standing nearby in armor, moves in front of her and is not seriously wounded.
* '''Justified''':
** Charlie shoots Alice in the back and Bob is the only one who sees him aim. Also, Bob is wearing a bulletproof vest.
** And[=/=]or Alice is a MacGuffin, or Bob is her bodyguard, so he has to protect her.
* '''Inverted''':
** Bob shoots Charlie first.
** Charlie attempts to body slam Alice and is shot (shielding someone from a body with your own bullet).
** Also, the rather unlikely scenario where one character tries to shove another into the path of a bullet. A reverse TakingTheBullet, if you will.
* '''Subverted''':
** Bob is too slow to intercept the bullet.
** A fourth character Danielle interrupts Charlie while Bob takes a dive, making the bullet completely miss.
** Bob pushes Alice out the way and neither of them get hit.
** The bullet over penetrates Bob and hits Alice anyway.
* '''Double Subverted''': ...but Charlie is distracted enough to only wound Alice.
* '''Parodied''':
** Alice is the only one in the packed room to not see Charlie. ''Everyone'' in the room jumps in front of the gun, creating a massive struggling huddle between them.
** Charlie shoots Alice five times, with Bob only jumping in front of the sixth bullet.
** Charlie is about to shoot Alice with a paint-ball gun, which Bob catches and [[MundaneMadeAwesome acts as though he's actually going to die]]. Everybody just looks at him, confused.
** Charlie shoots Alice, Bob jumps in front of Alice to catch the bullet, but then Danielle jumps in front of Bob and catches the bullet instead.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Various characters attempt TakingTheBullet throughout the show. Some succeed and die, some survive, others don't succeed at all. There's no system in that.
* '''Averted''': Charlie shoots Alice, then Bob shoots him.
* '''Enforced''': RedemptionEqualsDeath, period.
* '''Lampshaded''': (with BloodFromTheMouth) "Taking the bullet for someone... always works."
* '''Invoked''':
** "I'm wearing a bulletproof vest and can jump quite far, you know. Now, put your gun down."
** Alice predicts an assassination attempt and hires bodyguards who are trained to intercept any bullets headed his way.
* '''Exploited''':
** Charlie was trying to hit Bob to begin with; shooting at Alice was just [[BatmanGambit a way to get Bob to stop dodging shots like he was before.]]
** Bob has an AttackReflector that will [[CatchAndReturn send the bullet back at Charlie if it hits him]]. Protecting Alice from the bullet is just a bonus.
* '''Defied''': Charlie's gun shoots armor-piercing ammo, so it can go right through any unexpected obstacles.
* '''Discussed''': "He's about to be shot, so why do I feel the urge to jump in front of him?"
* '''Conversed''': ''Damn, he's about to shoot me, and in every movie I've seen, the closest friend takes the bullet instead!'' "Mara, step back! Charlie, get over here!"
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Bob takes the bullet, goes down, then Charlie calmly shoots again, killing Alice, as well.
** The bullet goes through both of them.
* '''Reconstructed''':
** Impressed and inspired by Bob's HeroicSacrifice, the {{Innocent Bystander}}s [[HeroicBystander throw themselves]] at Charlie, quickly overwhelming him. Both wounded are rushed to the hospital and resuscitated.
** Bob takes the bullet for Alice and survives due to heavy armor being worn, having a very effective HealingFactor, or a good SuperToughness, or any combination thereof.
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%% Optional items, added after Conversed, at your discretion:
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