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* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'', James Gordon takes a bullet for Warden Joseph during the climax. While it clearly still hurts, he gets back up and is still in good enough shape to fight side-by-side with Batman.
-->'''Warden Joseph:''' Thank God you had your vest on.

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**Like any other type of armor, ballistic armor is not supposed to prevent you from being hurt; it's to prevent you from being ''killed''.

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* [[https://www.nij.gov/topics/technology/body-armor/Pages/standards.aspx Not all body armor is created equal]]. Different levels are made to resist different calibers of ammunition; Levels I, IIA, II, and IIIA will resist most pistol rounds, but only levels III and IV will resist rifle rounds.


* In the beginning of ''Film/Predator2'', Danny Glover armors his car by hanging kevlar vests over the side windows.

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* In the beginning of ''Film/Predator2'', Danny Glover armors his car by hanging kevlar vests over the side windows. During a later LockAndLoadMontage, he puts a metal plate insert into his vest that saves his life when the Predator shoots his plasma caster at it -- in this case the 'tearing off the vest afterwards' is justified as the explosive impact sets the vest on fire.



* In ''Film/SuperTroopers'', one of the troopers insists on testing a bulletproof '''jockstrap'''. ''While wearing it.''

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* In ''Film/SuperTroopers'', one of the troopers insists on testing a bulletproof '''jockstrap'''. ''While ''[[GroinAttack While wearing it.'']]''


* Bullet-proof vest are standard-issue on ''Series/1800Missing'' when storming buildings, usually worn underneath the FBI jackets. Notably, after Jess has a vision that showed that either her or Scott would get shot rescuing a hostage, she doubles up on body armour and forces the issue, knowing that she would be shot in the chest. Realisticly, she later notes massive bruising on her chest.

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* Bullet-proof vest are standard-issue on ''Series/1800Missing'' ''Series/OneEightHundredMissing'' when storming buildings, usually worn underneath the FBI jackets. Notably, after Jess has a vision that showed that either her or Scott would get shot rescuing a hostage, she doubles up on body armour and forces the issue, knowing that she would be shot in the chest. Realisticly, she later notes massive bruising on her chest.


*Bullet-proof vest are standard-issue on ''Series/1800Missing'' when storming buildings, usually worn underneath the FBI jackets. Notably, after Jess has a vision that showed that either her or Scott would get shot rescuing a hostage, she doubles up on body armour and forces the issue, knowing that she would be shot in the chest. Realisticly, she later notes massive bruising on her chest.



* ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' is very good about characters wearing their vests, as well as showing the limitations. When Kensi's shot in "Blye, K Part One", she's in a lot of pain and with obvious bruising through the next episode. She also makes reference to the shot being off-center (she was running) or the sniper bullet would have torn through the vest and killed her.

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* ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' is very good about characters wearing their vests, as well as showing the limitations. When Kensi's Kensi is shot in "Blye, K Part One", she's in a lot of pain and with obvious bruising through the next episode. She also makes reference to the shot being off-center (she was running) or the sniper bullet would have torn through the vest and killed her.



* Averted in ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'': [[spoiler:Jules]] gets shot by a sniper, and nearly dies. Averted again in the Season 3 finale, when [[spoiler:Ed]] is shot several times while wearing a vest and has to be hospitalized.

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* Averted Played realistically in ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'': [[spoiler:Jules]] gets shot by a sniper, whose rifle round penetrates her soft vest, and nearly dies.dies. The team then uses heavy ballistic shields to cover [[spoiler:her]] eveacuation, which do stop the sniper's fire. Averted again in the Season 3 finale, when [[spoiler:Ed]] is shot several times while wearing a vest and has to be hospitalized.



** When Reese is fighting a sniper, he grabs the guy's sniper rifle and shoots him from close range. He is astounded when the sniper's vest absorbs the shot. The sniper's boss is CrazyPrepared and made the guy wear a military-grade top-of-the-line vest that can stand up to a rifle bullet. However, the sniper is still completely knocked out by the force of the bullet and is likely to have internal injuries.

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** When Reese is fighting a sniper, he grabs the guy's sniper rifle and shoots him from close range. He is astounded when the sniper's vest absorbs the shot. The sniper's boss is CrazyPrepared and made the guy wear a military-grade top-of-the-line vest that can stand up to a rifle bullet. However, the sniper is still completely knocked out by the force of the bullet and is likely to have internal injuries.


* Subverted for the most part in ''WebOriginal/SurvivalOfTheFittest''; while bulletproof vests appear rather often they tend to be treated very realistically, and indeed, in many instances have been no use at all - the foe of the vest's owner just aims for the head for the most part or the vest just has no effect. However, this is also played straight in the case of Shannon [=McLocke=], who takes a close range shotgun blast to the chest and gets up with barely a scratch. Bobby Jacks also takes a carbine round to the chest and gets up relatively unharmed a minute or two later in v3, but the carbine used weak enough ammunition for this to be justified.

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* Subverted for the most part in ''WebOriginal/SurvivalOfTheFittest''; ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest''; while bulletproof vests appear rather often they tend to be treated very realistically, and indeed, in many instances have been no use at all - the foe of the vest's owner just aims for the head for the most part or the vest just has no effect. However, this is also played straight in the case of Shannon [=McLocke=], who takes a close range shotgun blast to the chest and gets up with barely a scratch. Bobby Jacks also takes a carbine round to the chest and gets up relatively unharmed a minute or two later in v3, but the carbine used weak enough ammunition for this to be justified.



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*** Modern aluminum alloys are stronger than low-grade steel and weigh one-third as much. Titanium weighs 2/3rds as much as steel; however, unlike aluminum, which can be reasonably priced, titanium is ludicrously expensive--until the FFC Cambridge process enters the public domain in 2018, soon after which the bottom will drop out of the titanium market. We may be due for a maille-armor re-renaissance.
Note: Titanium is stronger by weight, not volume.

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*** Modern aluminum alloys are stronger than low-grade steel and weigh one-third as much. Titanium weighs 2/3rds as much as steel; steel and is stronger by weight but not volume; however, unlike aluminum, which can be reasonably priced, titanium is ludicrously expensive--until the FFC Cambridge process enters the public domain in 2018, soon after which the bottom will drop out of the titanium market. We may be due for a maille-armor re-renaissance.
Note: Titanium is stronger by weight, not volume.
re-renaissance.


*** Modern aluminum alloys are stronger than low-grade steel and weigh one-third as much. Titanium weighs 2/3rds as much as steel and is even stronger; however, unlike aluminum, which can be reasonably priced, titanium is ludicrously expensive--until the FFC Cambridge process enters the public domain in 2018, soon after which the bottom will drop out of the titanium market. We may be due for a maille-armor re-renaissance.

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*** Modern aluminum alloys are stronger than low-grade steel and weigh one-third as much. Titanium weighs 2/3rds as much as steel and is even stronger; steel; however, unlike aluminum, which can be reasonably priced, titanium is ludicrously expensive--until the FFC Cambridge process enters the public domain in 2018, soon after which the bottom will drop out of the titanium market. We may be due for a maille-armor re-renaissance.re-renaissance.
Note: Titanium is stronger by weight, not volume.


** In "Bulletproof", the team investigates a number of defective vests that were worn by soldiers who died or were crippled in combat because of the faulty vests making their wounds worse. The vests were from a batch that should have been destroyed, but were sold on the grey market instead. [[spoiler: When confronted, the person responsible dons body armor and opens fire on Team Gibbs. Bishop is shot, but survives with only bruised ribs because she's wearing a working bulletproof vest. [[KarmicDeath The perp is also shot in the vest, but because she was wearing one of the defective vests - which were worse than useless - she dies from the injury]]]].

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** In "Bulletproof", the team investigates a number of defective vests that were worn by soldiers who died or were crippled in combat because of the faulty vests vestsí ceramic plates shattering into shards and digging into the body upon bullet impact, making their wounds worse. The vests were from a batch that should have been destroyed, but were sold on the grey market as surplus body armor instead. [[spoiler: When confronted, the person responsible dons body armor and opens fire on Team Gibbs. Bishop is shot, but survives with only bruised ribs because she's wearing a working bulletproof vest. [[KarmicDeath The perp is also shot in the vest, but because she was wearing one of the defective vests - which were worse than useless - she dies from the injury]]]].


** In 'Coyote Lovely,' Archer shoots Cyril to knock him out after discovering the latter is wearing one of these.

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** In 'Coyote Lovely,' Cyril wears one regularly, so Archer occasionally shoots Cyril to knock him out after discovering the latter is to shut him up.
*** At one point, Pam reveals she's
wearing one of these.Cyril's used vests. This confuses Archer since the fibers break upon being used. [[RealityEnsues She admits it hurts a lot]].


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* ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'': The younger Capulets wear bulletproof vests styled to look like waistcoats. By contrast the Montagues don't bother wearing these, mostly favouring unbuttoned Hawaiian shirts as a sign that they're not intimidated by the Capulets' marksmanship abilities.


* In ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R.]]'', the player can pick up protective helmets and vests which not only protect him from pistol rounds, but also from rifled rounds, shotgun blasts, explosives and laser guns! However, melee attacks still do a great deal of damage.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R.]]'', the player can pick up protective helmets and vests which not only protect him from pistol rounds, but also from rifled rounds, shotgun blasts, explosives and laser guns! However, melee attacks still do a great deal of damage. All of the standard Replica Soldiers and ATC guards wear armor too, ranging from only soft vests to vests backed with ceramic plating to stop rifle rounds.



* ''VideoGame/{{SWAT 4}}'' has you and your team wear light Kevlar vests and helmets by default. You can take heavy armor in multiplayer, and the expansion pack allows you use no armor if you so please. AI-controlled suspects also get armor in some missions. Due to the game being big on realism, armor is really only effective against hollow point ammunition, while most players will be packing full metal jacket rounds that are effective against all targets.

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* ''VideoGame/{{SWAT 4}}'' has you and your team wear light Kevlar vests and helmets by default. You can take heavy armor in multiplayer, and the expansion pack allows you use no armor if you so please. AI-controlled suspects also get armor in some missions. missions, again just kevlar vests; the bulk of them just go around in their clothes though. Due to the game being big on realism, armor is really the vests (not being hard rifle-proof plates) can stop only a few pistol rounds and are as useful as paper against rifles. Notably, the game also lets you pick whether to use FMJ or JHP rounds, with the former being more effective against hollow point ammunition, while most players will be packing full metal jacket rounds that are suspects in bulletproof vests, but slightly less effective against all targets.at inflicting wounds and prone to overpenetrating walls, which could potentially lead to civilians getting hit accidentally.

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