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* ''{{VideoGame/Yakuza}}'' features a truly absurd example, in which the torso of a hapless waiter is sufficient to protect [[TheProtagonist Kiryu]] when a [[TriadsAndTongs triad]] {{mook}} opens fire with an assault rifle from a couple meters away. The scene was left untouched in the [[VideoGameRemake remake]], as seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_GimrcIt5A here]].


* Used strategically in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnlineAlternativeGunGaleOnline''. [=LLEN=] takes advantage of her small size to hide behind enemy corpses. By the second tournament others have caught on to the tactic, even having teammates sacrifice themselves to provide a shield for others.

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* Used strategically in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnlineAlternativeGunGaleOnline''. [=LLEN=] takes advantage of her small size to hide behind enemy corpses. By the second tournament others have caught on to the tactic, even having teammates sacrifice themselves to provide a shield for others. In this case, it's [[JustifiedTrope justfieid]] by the system mechanics; player corpses don't despawn during the tournament and are registered as "Immortal Obejects", which means they can't be damaged and thus projectiles won't pass through.


* In the third ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' movie, during Guts's berserker rampage through the Tower of Rebirth, he uses an unfortunate mook as a ''crossbow bolt'' proof shield which is more realistic than usual (apart from the fact that Guts is lifting said mook with his {{BFS}} and running ''upstairs'' at the same time).



* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Apparently, [[LadyOfWar Cornelia]] has no qualms about using one of her ''own subordinates'' as a Knightmare-flavoured shield should the need arise.
* [[Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund Mina]] uses this against two human attackers in the very first volume.



** Subverted in that she's perfectly capable of catching/deflecting bullets, and only uses a shield because she's AxCrazy and believes it will hurt Kurama, whom she despises.
*** Double subverted since the bullets could be high-powered ones that the Diclonius in general have some trouble deflecting. Plus [[BulletHell there's just so many bullets]].



* Averted in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. The whole reason Seras becomes a vampire is an EmergencyTransformation because Alucard shoots through her with his HandCannon in order to kill the vampire priest using her as a shield.



* Zig-zagged in the opening of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'' with humongous mecha; one of the Cyclops team suits quickly grabs a GM so that another GM accidentally shoots him then hesitates. The Cyclops then shoots him through the shield GM. This is justified in that the [=GMs=] are using regular machine guns that don't punch straight through mobile suit armor, while the Cyclops team's Hygoggs are using hand-mounted beam weapons that do.
* Invoked by [[spoiler: Fumitan]] in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' by TakingTheBullet for [[spoiler: Kudelia]].
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Danzo once used the corpse of a slain assassin attacking him to block spears thrown by several others.



** [[TheHero Luffy]] himself isn't above using mooks or Buggy The Clown to shield himself from attacks.
** When Luffy uses Buggy to shield himself from Mihawk, he wasn't trying to block Mihawk's attacks. He was using Buggy to break Mihawk's line of sight so Mihawk can't see where he's dodging. Mihawk's attacks still go through Buggy like butter and Luffy still needs to dodge it.
** He also had no problem using one of [[ThreateningShark Arlong's]] mooks to shield himself from Arlong's attack. Suffice it to say, Arlong [[BerserkButton was not happy]].
*** Luffy's [[RubberMan rubber body]] makes him naturally bulletproof (as ogive bullets have not yet been invented), meaning it's not uncommon for him to become a ''voluntary'' bulletproof human shield for his TrueCompanions.



* In a heroic example, Tita from ''Anime/PlasticLittle'' uses ''herself'' as one to protect Elysse during the final confrontation against Guizel. It helps that she's wearing a bulletproof unitard ([[BondVillainStupidity something Guizel was careless enough to mention while she was still barely conscious after he shot her earlier in the film]]). Tita isn't able to block the rest of the bullets, though (one did strike Elysse hard enough to possibly result in a permanent scar).



* Although it's not really a 'human shield' scenario, ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' subverts viewer expectations about the ability of the human body to stop bullets at close range when Katsuhiro [[spoiler: in one of his berserk periods near the end, having lost his sword grabs a machine gun from a fallen mook and fires repeatedly at point-blank range into an enemy. Kyuzo is on the other side of this enemy, and becomes very dead. This is why you should not be careless with guns.]]
* Used strategically in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnlineAlternativeGunGaleOnline''. [=LLEN=] takes advantage of her small size to hide behind enemy corpses. By the second tournament others have caught on to the tactic, even having teammates sacrifice themselves to provide a shield for others. Justified that this all takes place in a virtual reality video game and dead bodies are coded to act that way.

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* Although it's not really a 'human shield' scenario, ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' subverts viewer expectations about the ability of the human body to stop bullets at close range when Katsuhiro [[spoiler: in one of his berserk periods near the end, having lost his sword grabs a machine gun from a fallen mook and fires repeatedly at point-blank range into an enemy. Kyuzo is on the other side of this enemy, and becomes very dead. This is why you should not be careless with guns.]]
* Used strategically in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnlineAlternativeGunGaleOnline''. [=LLEN=] takes advantage of her small size to hide behind enemy corpses. By the second tournament others have caught on to the tactic, even having teammates sacrifice themselves to provide a shield for others. Justified that this all takes place in a virtual reality video game and dead bodies are coded to act that way.



* Several of the revivers of ''ComicBook/{{Revival}}'' volunteer as this for the final firefight, enabled by their HealingFactor.
--> '''Ross Patrick:''' We don't fit here anymore. We don't fit anywhere. Our loved ones already mourned us. Every breath we take steals from the earth. But there's one thing we can do. We can bleed and not fall down.



* Inverted in an issue of ''ComicBook/XMen'' where the immortal villain Cameron Hodge was holding Psylocke hostage and dared Cable to shoot through her to hit him. Cable surrendered instead.
-->"Drat and bother! I ''sooo'' wanted to see the look on your face when she died and I didn't!"

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* Inverted in an issue of ''ComicBook/XMen'' where the immortal villain Cameron Hodge was holding Psylocke hostage and dared Cable to shoot through her to hit him. Cable surrendered instead.
-->"Drat and bother! I ''sooo'' wanted to see the look on your face when she died and I didn't!"



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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'' had "Operation Get Behind The Darkies". {{Subverted}} in that Chef quickly realizes what the plan is and commands his troop to ''duck''.
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'' had "Operation Get Behind The Darkies". {{Subverted}} in that Chef quickly realizes what the plan is and commands his troop to ''duck''.
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* In ''13 Rue Madeleine'' Nazi Richard Conte uses one of his own men as a human shield when fired on by James Cagney. He is a Nazi after all.
* In ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPlutoNash'', the protagonist wanders into a trap, at which point he grabs a {{mook}} and tries to use him as a bulletproof shield and a deterrent. The bad guys simply choose to shoot both of them. Despite their futuristic guns, they still fail to kill Nash. Possibly, because everyone seems to wear thin Kevlar-like undershirts that protect against any weapon.
* ''Film/AustinPowersTheSpyWhoShaggedMe'':
** Spoofed. Austin uses Robin Swallows (one of Dr. Evil's agents) as a shield against a thrown knife, submachine gun fire, ''a bazooka round'', and breaking his fall from a five-story building. Justified in that [[spoiler:she's actually a robot assassin]].
** In a deleted scene, Austin and Felicity are driving around when Dr. Evil's hitmen drive up and spray their car with bullets - but Austin grabs Robin's body out of the trunk to block the salvo.
* In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', during the rebellion against the local English garrison, Campbell the Elder is shielding himself from hailing arrows with a dead English soldier in front of him. One arrow still hits him in the chest.

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* In ''13 Rue Madeleine'' Nazi Richard Conte uses one of his own men as a human shield when fired on by James Cagney. He is a Nazi after all.
* In ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPlutoNash'', the protagonist wanders into a trap, at which point he grabs a {{mook}} and tries to use him as a bulletproof shield and a deterrent. The bad guys simply choose to shoot both of them. Despite their futuristic guns, they still fail to kill Nash. Possibly, because everyone seems to wear thin Kevlar-like undershirts that protect against any weapon.
* ''Film/AustinPowersTheSpyWhoShaggedMe'':
** Spoofed.
Spoofed in ''Film/AustinPowersTheSpyWhoShaggedMe'', where Austin uses Robin Swallows (one of Dr. Evil's agents) as a shield against a thrown knife, submachine gun fire, ''a bazooka round'', and breaking his fall from a five-story building. Justified in that Though [[spoiler:she's actually a robot assassin]].
** In a deleted scene, Austin and Felicity are driving around when Dr. Evil's hitmen drive up and spray their car with bullets - -- but Austin grabs Robin's body out of the trunk to block the salvo.
* In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', during the rebellion against the local English garrison, Campbell the Elder is shielding himself from hailing arrows with a dead English soldier in front of him. One arrow still hits him in the chest.
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* ''Franchise/DieHard'':
** Subverted in ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'' where John [=McClane=] while being held as a human shield [[spoiler: forces the BigBad to shoot through a previous bullet hole [=McClane=] had already taken and kill himself]].
** Played straight in ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard'' when our heroes use a mook as a shield -- he's wearing a bulletproof vest which adds to his protective ability, [[FridgeLogic but so are the other mooks who are quickly knocked down by our heroes bullets]].
* Subverted and played straight in ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' during the same scene. During a gunfight, Django shoots through a mook to hit another mook. Moments later, he is shown using the corpse of mook for cover.
* At the end of the post-bank robbery running gun battle in ''Film/{{Heat}},'' Michael Cheritto (Tom Sizemore) picks up a small girl to use as a human shield. Didn't do him any good for protection because Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) was already behind him and [[BoomHeadshot drawing a bead towards his head]].
* Subverted in ''Film/TheHitmansBodyguard'' when Kincaid faces off against some {{Mook}}s and tries to use one of them as meatshield. The other bad guy's bullets go straight through the body, but Kincaid remains unharmed even so because he had also jammed a metal tray between himself and his shield, which is enough to absorb the remaining kinetic energy.



** Subverted in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''. Bond kills a guard, then dangles his lifeless body out of a doorway. Sure enough, the henchmen mistake the dead man for Bond and empty their guns into him. However, Bond wasn't hiding directly behind the man, and in this case, he WANTED the villains to think he was dead.
* ''Film/JohnCarpentersVampires'': During Valek's massacre at the motel, he grabs one of the hookers to have her soak up some bullets. Subverted in that he's not even doing this for protection but purely out of sadism, as he's actually immune to gunfire.
* Averted in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService''. During the infamous Church Fight, [[CulturedBadAss Galahad]] stops one of the many armed churchgoers (but notably, not his bullets) using this trope. He grabs another brawling churchgoer, puts him in the path of the bullets, but ducks low so he isn't hit by the penetration. Essentially he uses the guy as momentary [[ConcealmentEqualsCover concealment]] before shoving the corpse on top of the shooter. [[ShownTheirWork If you look close you can actually see the bullets penetrating.]]
* Subverted in ''Film/KissKissBangBang''. When Perry [[spoiler: moves in front of Harry while being shot at, the bullet passes through him and hits Harry anyway.]]
* In ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'', [[TheDragon Powell]] grabs one of his Mooks to [[KickTheDog block a thrown spear]]. One he could easily have dodged.
* Done literally in ''Film/MacGruber'' to escape some thugs who are about to gun them down [=MacGruber=] uses Piper as a human shield, and they both survive as Piper was wearing bullet proof vest, but [=MacGruber=] didn't knew that.
* Shows up a couple times in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', done more realistically than most since most of the bullets being taken are handgun rounds fired from quite some distance across moving cars. Justified when Max uses [[spoiler: the massively obese People Eater]] as a bullet sponge because there's a ''[[FatBastard lot]]'' of meat to use in his meat shield.
* In a sickening example in ''Film/NewJackCity'', drug dealer Nino Brown uses a little girl as this when the Mafia tries to assassinate him at a party. Thankfully subverted as the girl never actually gets hit, and survives the shootout.
* Happens in the martial arts action movie, ''Film/TheOne'', with the BigBad using a RedShirt cop as a shield from incoming bullets. It actually shows a close-up of the bullets clearly failing to penetrate said shield's bulletproof vest.
* In ''Film/RideAlong2'', Ice Cube's character uses Kevin Hart's character as a human shield. To be fair, he *did* know the latter was wearing a bulletproof vest.
* During the Omaha Beach scene in ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', medics use the body of a dead soldier to successfully shield a wounded man from machine gun fire. [[spoiler: The wounded soldier's ''helmet'', however, is completely ineffective.]]
* Subverted in ''Film/TheShadow''. At the beginning of the movie, a rival opium producer, desperate to escape a confrontation with Ying Ko, grabs Ying Ko's accountant and uses him as a human shield, noting that Ying Ko's men "aren't marksman enough to shoot around him". It doesn't work, since Ying Ko orders his men to shoot ''through'' the accountant, which kills him as well as the opium producer.

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** Subverted in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''. Bond kills a guard, then dangles his lifeless body out of a doorway. Sure enough, the henchmen mistake the dead man for Bond and empty their guns into him. However, Bond wasn't hiding directly behind the man, and in this case, he WANTED the villains to think he was dead.
* ''Film/JohnCarpentersVampires'': During Valek's massacre at the motel, he grabs one of the hookers to have her soak up some bullets. Subverted in that he's He's not even doing this for protection but purely out of sadism, as he's actually immune to gunfire.
* Averted in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService''. During the infamous Church Fight, [[CulturedBadAss Galahad]] stops one of the many armed churchgoers (but notably, not his bullets) using this trope. He grabs another brawling churchgoer, puts him in the path of the bullets, but ducks low so he isn't hit by the penetration. Essentially he uses the guy as momentary [[ConcealmentEqualsCover concealment]] before shoving the corpse on top of the shooter. [[ShownTheirWork If you look close you can actually see the bullets penetrating.]]
* Subverted in ''Film/KissKissBangBang''. When Perry [[spoiler: moves in front of Harry while being shot at, the bullet passes through him and hits Harry anyway.]]
* In ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'', [[TheDragon Powell]] grabs one of his Mooks to [[KickTheDog block a thrown spear]]. One he could easily have dodged.
* Done literally in ''Film/MacGruber'' to escape some thugs who are about to gun them down [=MacGruber=] uses Piper as a human shield, and they both survive as Piper was wearing bullet proof vest, but [=MacGruber=] didn't knew that.
* Shows up a couple times in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', done more realistically than most since most of the bullets being taken are handgun rounds fired from quite some distance across moving cars. Justified when Max uses [[spoiler: the massively obese People Eater]] as a bullet sponge because there's a ''[[FatBastard lot]]'' of meat to use in his meat shield.
* In a sickening example in ''Film/NewJackCity'', drug dealer Nino Brown uses a little girl as this when the Mafia tries to assassinate him at a party. Thankfully subverted as the girl never actually gets hit, and survives the shootout.
* Happens in the martial arts action movie, ''Film/TheOne'', with the BigBad using a RedShirt cop as a shield from incoming bullets. It actually shows a close-up of the bullets clearly failing to penetrate said shield's bulletproof vest.
* In ''Film/RideAlong2'', Ice Cube's character uses Kevin Hart's character as a human shield. To be fair, he *did* know the latter was wearing a bulletproof vest.
* During the Omaha Beach scene in ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', medics use the body of a dead soldier to successfully shield a wounded man from machine gun fire. [[spoiler: The wounded soldier's ''helmet'', however, is completely ineffective.]]
* Subverted in ''Film/TheShadow''. At the beginning of the movie, a rival opium producer, desperate to escape a confrontation with Ying Ko, grabs Ying Ko's accountant and uses him as a human shield, noting that Ying Ko's men "aren't marksman enough to shoot around him". It doesn't work, since Ying Ko orders his men to shoot ''through'' the accountant, which kills him as well as the opium producer.
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* Subverted in ''Film/TrueLies''. Harry slaps the cuffs on a mook as [[BigBad Aziz]] burst in with a submachine gun. Harry promptly throws the mook toward Aziz and dives out of the way of the dakka as Aziz tries to fill him with lead.



* Zizagged in ''Film/{{Wanted}}'' - during [[spoiler: his assault on the Fraternity's headquarters]], Wesley shoots a guy in the head, jams a looted revolver through the hole, and fires through it, while carrying the body along to soak up rounds.

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* Zizagged in ''Film/{{Wanted}}'' - In ''Film/{{Wanted}}'', during [[spoiler: his assault on the Fraternity's headquarters]], Wesley shoots a guy in the head, jams a looted revolver through the hole, and fires through it, while carrying the body along to soak up rounds.



* Subverted in the book ''[[Literature/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Legacy]]'', as a terrorist attempts to use a fallen guard as a human shield, but is mowed down when the blasts go right through the body anyway.
* Inverted in ''Literature/CaptainCorellisMandolin'', when [[spoiler:the Italian soldiers are executed]], [[spoiler:Carlo Guercio]] ''deliberately'' steps in front of [[spoiler:Captain Corelli]] and holds ''him'' there, saving his life. Also justified, as [[spoiler:Guercio]] ''is'' big enough to shield [[spoiler:Corelli]] completely, and his body doesn't completely stop the bullets, only absorbing enough of the force that [[spoiler:the Captain]]'s injuries aren't fatal.

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* Subverted in the book ''[[Literature/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Legacy]]'', as a terrorist attempts to use a fallen guard as a human shield, but is mowed down when the blasts go right through the body anyway.
* Inverted in ''Literature/CaptainCorellisMandolin'', when [[spoiler:the Italian soldiers are executed]], [[spoiler:Carlo Guercio]] ''deliberately'' steps in front of [[spoiler:Captain Corelli]] and holds ''him'' there, saving his life. Also justified, as [[spoiler:Guercio]] ''is'' big enough to shield [[spoiler:Corelli]] completely, and his His body doesn't completely stop the bullets, only absorbing enough of the force that [[spoiler:the Captain]]'s injuries aren't fatal.



* In one of the ''[[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden]]'' books, a drow weaponsmaster uses one of his own men as a shield when a dwarven battlerager launches himself at him from a small siege engine pointy helmet first. While the weaponmaster is still injured by the attack, the bulk of the damage was absorbed by the mook.
* In ''Literature/TheGirlWhoWouldBeKing'', Lola uses a mook named Albert as one.
* An interestingly downplayed version happens in a ''[[http://thelonelywinds.com/library.php Lonely Winds]]'' story: a powerful villain known as the Crown of Thorns grabs a soldier to protect herself from a volley of bullets fired by the rest of his squad. When she drops his mangled remains, it is clear that some of the bullets did indeed pass through the soldier's body and hit her -- [[OhCrap but any sense of victory the soldiers might have felt is immediately quashed when the Crown races forward to attack them, only slightly injured.]]
* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Granny Weatherwax]] implies doing this with an unconscious Diamanta when fleeing Fairyland in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies''. She gets praised for rescuing the girl by carrying her over her shoulder, but instantly claims it was to shield herself from fairy arrows. (Since this is [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Granny Weatherwax]] both interpretations are probably equally correct.)
* In ''[[{{Literature/Redwall}} Mossflower]]'', [[BigBad Tsarmina]] uses an unlucky {{Mook}} to shield herself from arrows.
* Subverted in Alistair [=MacLean=]'s novel ''Literature/TheSatanBug'', where the protagonist points his gun at a suspect, and then tells him not to "worry" about the Scotch tape over the barrel, since the bullets from this gun are strong enough to pierce, if necessary, even through ''two persons'' standing one behind another.
* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', when Queen Etheldredda tries to shoot Jenna and Alice Nettles jumps in between, the bullet sticks in her heart. {{Justified|Trope}}, since the bullet was primed for Jenna but the tag (the initials: IP for "Infant Princess") worked for Alice as well (since her actual name was "Iona Pot").
* A JustifiedTrope in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'', where the heroine uses an unconscious enemy soldier to shield herself from a [[DeathRay "nerve disruptor"]], a science fiction ray-gun that destroys nerve tissue, but is evidently absorbed by human tissue in the process.

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* In one of the ''[[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden]]'' books, a drow weaponsmaster uses one of his own men as a shield when a dwarven battlerager launches himself at him from a small siege engine pointy helmet first. While the weaponmaster is still injured by the attack, the bulk of the damage was absorbed by the mook.
* In ''Literature/TheGirlWhoWouldBeKing'', Lola uses a mook named Albert as one.
* An interestingly downplayed version happens in a ''[[http://thelonelywinds.com/library.php Lonely Winds]]'' story: a powerful villain known as the Crown of Thorns grabs a soldier to protect herself from a volley of bullets fired by the rest of his squad. When she drops his mangled remains, it is clear that some of the bullets did indeed pass through the soldier's body and hit her -- [[OhCrap but any sense of victory the soldiers might have felt is immediately quashed when the Crown races forward to attack them, only slightly injured.]]
* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Granny Weatherwax]] implies doing this with an unconscious Diamanta when fleeing Fairyland in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies''. She gets praised for rescuing the girl by carrying her over her shoulder, but instantly claims it was to shield herself from fairy arrows. (Since this is [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Granny Weatherwax]] both interpretations are probably equally correct.)
* In ''[[{{Literature/Redwall}} Mossflower]]'', [[BigBad Tsarmina]] uses an unlucky {{Mook}} to shield herself from arrows.
* Subverted in Alistair [=MacLean=]'s novel ''Literature/TheSatanBug'', where the protagonist points his gun at a suspect, and then tells him not to "worry" about the Scotch tape over the barrel, since the bullets from this gun are strong enough to pierce, if necessary, even through ''two persons'' standing one behind another.
* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', when Queen Etheldredda tries to shoot Jenna and Alice Nettles jumps in between, the bullet sticks in her heart. {{Justified|Trope}}, since the bullet was primed for Jenna but the tag (the initials: IP for "Infant Princess") worked for Alice as well (since her actual name was "Iona Pot").
* A JustifiedTrope in
Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'', where the heroine uses an unconscious enemy soldier to shield herself from a [[DeathRay "nerve disruptor"]], a science fiction ray-gun that destroys nerve tissue, but is evidently absorbed by human tissue in the process.



* Anissa Pierce in ''Series/BlackLightning2018'' has {{Nigh Invulnerab|le}}ility as one of her superpowers. When her father, the titular Black Lightning, is on the offensive, she activates her abilities to turn into this to defend him from a small arms fire.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'' takes great pains to avert this. In one episode a mook has grabbed Michael, and Sam and Fiona have no way to reach him so Jesse takes a shot ''through'' Michael to kill the mook. In a later episode, Nate has the latest arc villain at gunpoint when a sniper round goes through the villain, through Nate and blows a hole in the wall behind both of them.
* Bryce Larkin uses a human shield to get into the Intersect room in the pilot of ''Series/{{Chuck}}''.
** Shaw uses poor Morgan as a shield to absorb a Taser strike in Season 3. Was anyone actually surprised he [[spoiler: turned evil?]]
* John Crichton from ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', during an EnemyMine situation with MagnificentBastard [[FriendlyEnemy Scorpius]], grabs him and uses him as a walking talking piece of cover. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as Scorpius is half [[LizardFolk Scarran]] who are bulletproof to anything smaller than anti tank weaponry, even ''before'' taking into account his body armor.
** Scorpius even compliments John on remembering this fact.

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* Anissa Pierce in ''Series/BlackLightning2018'' has {{Nigh Invulnerab|le}}ility as one of her superpowers. When her father, the titular Black Lightning, is on the offensive, she activates her abilities to turn into this to defend him from a small arms fire.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'' takes great pains to avert this. In one episode a mook has grabbed Michael, and Sam and Fiona have no way to reach him so Jesse takes a shot ''through'' Michael to kill the mook. In a later episode, Nate has the latest arc villain at gunpoint when a sniper round goes through the villain, through Nate and blows a hole in the wall behind both of them.
* Bryce Larkin uses a human shield to get into the Intersect room in the pilot of ''Series/{{Chuck}}''.
** Shaw uses poor Morgan as a shield to absorb a Taser strike in Season 3. Was anyone actually surprised he [[spoiler: turned evil?]]
* John Crichton from ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', during an EnemyMine situation with MagnificentBastard [[FriendlyEnemy Scorpius]], grabs him and uses him as a walking talking piece of cover. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as Scorpius is half [[LizardFolk Scarran]] who are bulletproof to anything smaller than anti tank weaponry, even ''before'' taking into account his body armor.
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armor. Scorpius even compliments John on remembering this fact.



* Subverted in ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', when the human shield gives Gibbs permission to shoot through her. And he does. Repeatedly.



* Subverted/shown correctly in ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' when Jo Portman manages to restrain a terrorist who is trying to blow himself and everyone else up. The only way to avert the explosion is for Ros to shoot the man, however (as both Jo and Ros realize) the bullet will go straight through him and kill Jo as well; which is what happens.



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* During a fight in ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues'', Daigo grabs Rhys and attempts to use him as a shield against incoming shadow spears, figuring that Rhys' body would be enough to absorb the blows. Rhys responds by [[ChromeChampion turning himself into metal]], preventing the spears from piercing either of them.
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* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', merely crossing swords with somebody grants you cover from anybody behind them. Justified, as the most powerful projectile you're likely to encounter is a crossbow bolt, but the person PROVIDING you said cover doesn't actually take damage from the attack they stopped.
** "Cover" is defined ambiguously enough that it could be interpreted as "they're aiming at the tiny bits of you that show around their ally, whom they're deliberately trying not to hit." As opposed to "concealment", which means they're shooting ''through'' whatever is between the two of you, but are not quite sure exactly where your voonerables are.



** To explain in more detail, humans have, on average, 1 or 2 Stamina. In GMC, an attack that used to do 2 to 4 (with a lucky shot) points of damage will now routinely do 4 points of damage or MORE. And that's just pistol rounds, shotguns and assault weapons hurt even more. Weapons in the GMC Update were changed to do an automatic amount of base damage plus however many successes you get on the attack roll, meaning everything hurts more and more consistently.



* Victor Zsasz uses Dr. Young as a human shield partway through ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum''. The Batman takes him down anyway.



* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' has Mason use a Vietnamese soldier as a shield while escaping a POW camp.
* ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' allows the player to use Korean soldiers as shields (and improvised throwing weapons if the situation calls for it). Is reasonably [[JustifiedTrope justified]], as said soldiers seem to be well-armoured, and won't be struggling out against you very well with the strength granted from your PoweredArmor.

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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' has Mason use a Vietnamese soldier as a shield while escaping a POW camp.
* ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' allows the player to use Korean soldiers as shields (and improvised throwing weapons if the situation calls for it). Is reasonably [[JustifiedTrope justified]], as said soldiers seem to be well-armoured, and won't be struggling out against you very well with the strength granted from your PoweredArmor.



* ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon FEAR]]'' lets you do this, if you can get the drop on your enemy.
* Appears in ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed II'' in the "Battle of Endor" level. [[spoiler:Starkiller uses Chewbacca as a shield against Han Solo's blaster.]]



** Both COG and Locust players in multiplayer may pick up downed enemies as a "meatshield". The possibility of using them to dissuade being fired on out of fear of hitting the hostage as a HumanShield is impossible as the move causes the downed enemy to be dead for all intents and purposes, leaving it solely to be used by players soak up more bullets. Using this slows the player down and limits them to their pistol, though the meatshield can be instantly disposed of by swapping to another weapon (and more [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential entertainingly disposed of]] by snapping their neck before dropping them). Like ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'', is reasonably justified in bulletproof-ness as the COG wear so much armour yet remain decently mobile that some players theorize it to be PoweredArmor, and the Locust are scantly armoured due to having a tough hide than makes them hard to shoot dead.

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** Both COG and Locust players in multiplayer may pick up downed enemies as a "meatshield". The possibility of using them to dissuade being fired on out of fear of hitting the hostage as a HumanShield is impossible as the move causes the downed enemy to be dead for all intents and purposes, leaving it solely to be used by players soak up more bullets. Using this slows the player down and limits them to their pistol, though the meatshield can be instantly disposed of by swapping to another weapon (and more [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential entertainingly disposed of]] by snapping their neck before dropping them). Like ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'', is reasonably justified in bulletproof-ness as the COG wear so much armour yet remain decently mobile that some players theorize it to be PoweredArmor, and the Locust are scantly armoured due to having a tough hide than makes them hard to shoot dead.



* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'' uses this directly, and ''Ages'' uses it and HumanShield ''at the same time''. '''''Twice'''''. In ''Seasons'', [[spoiler:Onox shields himself with Din's imprisoned body, and virtually any attempt to hurt him before knocking her away with the Rod of Seasons will "hurt" her instead. [[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment All damage supposedly done to Din is actually taken out of Link's health]], either because of the prison or because [[HumanShield you're slashing up Din with the Noble Sword]].]] In ''Ages'', [[spoiler:instead of using Nayru as a shield, Veran ''possesses'' her; again, [[HostageSpiritLink harming Nayru's body hurts Link instead and does nothing to Veran, but this time, there's no explanation other than that Link is mutilating an Oracle]], which [[TheHero heroes just don't do]].]]
* Averted in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2's'' "Lair of the Shadow Broker" when Tela Vasir takes a bystander hostage and tells Shepard to [[PutDownYourGunAndStepAway Put Down His/Her Gun and Step Away]]. A Renegade option is to [[ShootTheHostage shoot her through the hostage's shoulder]].
--> '''Shepard:''' You'll live.



* Subverted in one of the player character's [[ShellShockedVeteran character-establishing]] monologues in the ''VideoGame/{{Unreal}}'' GameMod ''Seven Bullets''.
-->'''Jones:''' ''Seven bullets that hit my father as he shielded my mother during a robbery. They passed through him and killed her anyway.''
* All of the ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' games allow you to take hostages. Most of the time, the mooks will shoot through their friend, harming Sam. In the one instance in the second game where Sam takes the enemy leader hostage, they will ''circle around'', terrain permitting, and still shoot him.
* Cyborgs in ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}'' could use a Persuadatron to make innocent bystanders follow them around and attack enemies. Since they were almost all unarmed, they were really only useful as (very short-lived) meatshields once the shooting started.
** They ''started'' unarmed, but would happily pick up any loose weapons and use them on hostile targets. A crowd of 50 or so civilians even with the weakest pistol can lay down some smackies pretty quick.



* This happens in an early episode of ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'', despite the characters being usually MadeOfPlasticine.
** Also happens many more times in future installments. Bullets can't seem to penetrate bodies very well, but can tear through cover easily.

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* This happens in an early episode of ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'', despite the characters being usually MadeOfPlasticine.
**
MadeOfPlasticine. Also happens many more times in future installments. Bullets can't seem to penetrate bodies very well, but can tear through cover easily.



* ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'': Fern and Willis both have the ability to block damage to their companions during fights. In Willis's case, he shields them with his ''arteries''.
* This happens very early on in ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', but rather than a hero using Mooks, the ChaoticEvil character Richard smugly drags an innocent peasant into the path of several of Cale's arrows (even though he wouldn't be killed by them anyway, being undead), and enjoys the expression on his face when he realises he's killed an innocent. He even suggests going after the son and wife to make the complete set.
** Cale'Anon has recently pulled this trick using Maikos. [[spoiler: Too bad Maikos is turning mortal again.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheRifters'': Rod uses Egmont as a shield when they are on the battleship, here http://www.indoorempire.com/18-flushed-away



* In ''Webcomic/TrueVillains'', Xaneth uses an innocent bystander as a shield against The Necromancer's attack. It's played humorously.



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Archer is teaching Cyril how to act like an agent and shoots cubes of ice at Cyril with a slingshot. Cyril grabs a nearby call girl and pulls her into the line of fire. Archer is delighted, the call girl less so.
** JustifiedTrope in "El Secuestro," when Archer ducks behind Cheryl:
-->'''Cheryl:''' ''(screams)''\\
'''Archer:''' Shut up! That vest is bulletproof!\\
'''Cheryl:''' Oh. ''(gets shot in the arm)'' Ow!\\
'''Archer:''' But it is, you know, a ''vest.''



** Justified as Inferno, like most Transformers, is quite literally MadeOfIron (or some much tougher metal).



* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' - in "The Oeder Games", Mr. Fischoeder has his tenants get in a water balloon fight competition where the winner gets a big rent break and the losers a big rent raise. Jimmy Pesto has his twin sons Andy and Ollie form a human bulletproof vest.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', Captain Hero's "Hero Shield" consists of grabbing a random civilian and holding her as a shield. Despite having superpowers that make him ImmuneToBullets.



* Justified in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Twilight of the Gods." The Martian Manhunter punches his hand through the head of a robot, then uses its body to block shots from the other robots. He even keeps holding onto it after its legs fall off.
** Another justified example in ''Unlimited''. A general holds up Supergirl with a gun that fires a "Kryptonite bullet with a silicon core" (designed to spread the Kryptonite around the entire body). Green Arrow steps in front of Supergirl, pointing out that firing the weapon would use up the one bullet (by the description given, doesn't sound like the bullet would actually penetrate through the body) and leave a very pissed of Supergirl to deal with. [[spoiler:The Question grabbed the gun away while the general was distracted.]]


* In the third ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' movie, during Guts's berserker rampage through the Tower of Rebirth, he uses an unfortunate mook as a ''crossbow bolt'' proof shield which is more realistic than usual (apart from the fact that Guts is lifting said mook with his {{BFS}} and running ''upstairs'' at the same time).
* Played ridiculously straight in ''Manga/BrynhildrInTheDarkness''. When [[spoiler:Chisato Ichijiku]] is TakingTheBullet for a fellow villain, Hexenjagd fill him with what probably is a few magazines' worth of MoreDakka. Despite showing no signs of wearing any armour, not a single shot gets through.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Apparently, [[LadyOfWar Cornelia]] has no qualms about using one of her ''own subordinates'' as a Knightmare-flavoured shield should the need arise.
* [[Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund Mina]] uses this against two human attackers in the very first volume.



* Although it's not really a 'human shield' scenario, ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' subverts viewer expectations about the ability of the human body to stop bullets at close range when Katsuhiro [[spoiler: in one of his berserk periods near the end, having lost his sword grabs a machine gun from a fallen mook and fires repeatedly at point-blank range into an enemy. Kyuzo is on the other side of this enemy, and becomes very dead. This is why you should not be careless with guns.]]

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* Although it's not really a 'human shield' scenario, ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' subverts viewer expectations about Exaggerated in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. During the ability of the human body to stop bullets at close range when Katsuhiro [[spoiler: in Ishballan War, Kimblee uses one of his berserk periods near the end, having lost his sword grabs a machine gun own {{Mooks}} to shield him from an explosion. Although the explosion killed the soldier instantly, the only thing Kimblee complained about was that his uniform was messed up.
* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' as the picture above demonstrates. A barrage of full auto can be easily stopped by holding
a fallen mook random corpse in front of you.
* ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'':
** In ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'', [[BigGuy Batou]] casually stops high velocity, very penetrative shots from an SMG using a silent, nameless civilian appearing onscreen for about one second, which is the only screen time of the civilian during the entire franchise. The shots could be interchangeable with shots that passed through a police car door. By the way, the protagonists are all cops.
** In an episode of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', members of an anti-cybernetics terrorist/revolutionary group scale ropes during an attempt to stop Section 9's assault on their base. The first group are easily gunned down in large numbers trying this
and fires repeatedly at point-blank range into an enemy. Kyuzo is hang limp on the other side ropes. The ''second'' group to scale the ropes simply pushes ''the corpses of their allies'' in front of them to act as shields, drawing surprised reactions from the Section 9 team. A comment suggests this enemy, and becomes very dead. This is why you should not be careless with guns.]]may have been the terrorists' plan all along to level the playing field against the small number of heavily armed Section 9 agents.



* In ''Anime/MDGeist II - Death Force'' Geist uses a soldier for this purpose. [[{{Gorn}} Then he pushes his own gun through the man's chest and returns fire.]]
* Zig-zagged in the opening of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'' with humongous mecha; one of the Cyclops team suits quickly grabs a GM so that another GM accidentally shoots him then hesitates. The Cyclops then shoots him through the shield GM. This is justified in that the [=GMs=] are using regular machine guns that don't punch straight through mobile suit armor, while the Cyclops team's Hygoggs are using hand-mounted beam weapons that do.
* Invoked by [[spoiler: Fumitan]] in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' by TakingTheBullet for [[spoiler: Kudelia]].
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Danzo once used the corpse of a slain assassin attacking him to block spears thrown by several others.
* ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' features this VERY often. Kirika is probably the one who pulls it off the most, but Mireille and Chloe have used meat shields as well.



* Zig-zagged in the opening of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'' with humongous mecha; one of the Cyclops team suits quickly grabs a GM so that another GM accidentally shoots him then hesitates. The Cyclops then shoots him through the shield GM. This is justified in that the [=GMs=] are using regular machine guns that don't punch straight through mobile suit armor, while the Cyclops team's Hygoggs are using hand-mounted beam weapons that do.
* Invoked by [[spoiler: Fumitan]] in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' by TakingTheBullet for [[spoiler: Kudelia]].
* Exaggerated in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. During the Ishballan War, Kimblee uses one of his own {{Mooks}} to shield him from an explosion. Although the explosion killed the soldier instantly, the only thing Kimblee complained about was that his uniform was messed up.
* ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'':
** In ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'', [[BigGuy Batou]] casually stops high velocity, very penetrative shots from an SMG using a silent, nameless civilian appearing onscreen for about one second, which is the only screen time of the civilian during the entire franchise. The shots could be interchangeable with shots that passed through a police car door. By the way, the protagonists are all cops.
** In an episode of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', members of an anti-cybernetics terrorist/revolutionary group scale ropes during an attempt to stop Section 9's assault on their base. The first group are easily gunned down in large numbers trying this and hang limp on the ropes. The ''second'' group to scale the ropes simply pushes ''the corpses of their allies'' in front of them to act as shields, drawing surprised reactions from the Section 9 team. A comment suggests this may have been the terrorists' plan all along to level the playing field against the small number of heavily armed Section 9 agents.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Apparently, [[LadyOfWar Cornelia]] has no qualms about using one of her ''own subordinates'' as a Knightmare-flavoured shield should the need arise.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Danzo once used the corpse of a slain assassin attacking him to block spears thrown by several others.
* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' as the picture above demonstrates. A barrage of full auto can be easily stopped by holding a random corpse in front of you.
* ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' features this VERY often. Kirika is probably the one who pulls it off the most, but Mireille and Chloe have used meat shields as well.
* [[Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund Mina]] uses this against two human attackers in the very first volume.
* in ''Anime/MDGeist II - Death Force'' Geist uses a soldier for this purpose. [[{{Gorn}} Then he pushes his own gun through the man's chest and returns fire.]]



* Played ridiculously straight in ''Manga/BrynhildrInTheDarkness''. When [[spoiler:Chisato Ichijiku]] is TakingTheBullet for a fellow villain, Hexenjagd fill him with what probably is a few magazines' worth of MoreDakka. Despite showing no signs of wearing any armour, not a single shot gets through.
* In the third ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' movie, during Guts's berserker rampage through the Tower of Rebirth, he uses an unfortunate mook as a ''crossbow bolt'' proof shield which is more realistic than usual (apart from the fact that Guts is lifting said mook with his {{BFS}} and running ''upstairs'' at the same time).

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* Played ridiculously straight Although it's not really a 'human shield' scenario, ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' subverts viewer expectations about the ability of the human body to stop bullets at close range when Katsuhiro [[spoiler: in ''Manga/BrynhildrInTheDarkness''. When [[spoiler:Chisato Ichijiku]] one of his berserk periods near the end, having lost his sword grabs a machine gun from a fallen mook and fires repeatedly at point-blank range into an enemy. Kyuzo is TakingTheBullet for a fellow villain, Hexenjagd fill him on the other side of this enemy, and becomes very dead. This is why you should not be careless with what probably is a few magazines' worth of MoreDakka. Despite showing no signs of wearing any armour, not a single shot gets through.
* In the third ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' movie, during Guts's berserker rampage through the Tower of Rebirth, he uses an unfortunate mook as a ''crossbow bolt'' proof shield which is more realistic than usual (apart from the fact that Guts is lifting said mook with his {{BFS}} and running ''upstairs'' at the same time).
guns.]]



* In one comic Metallo shoots ComicBook/{{Superman}} with a kryptonite bullet (the one kind of speeding bullet he is not faster than) and knocks Batman out with a blow to the head and buries the two alive. Batman comes to and blows himself and Superman out of the ground with his utility belt plastique, using Superman as a ''literal'' bulletproof human (er, alien) shield (along with the fact his batsuit is fully armored and fireproof).
* In ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', a newly-resurgent Batman chases three bank robbers to an abandoned apartment complex. He pulls one robber beneath the floorboards, then uses him as a human shield while the other two open fire.



* In ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', a newly-resurgent Batman chases three bank robbers to an abandoned apartment complex. He pulls one robber beneath the floorboards, then uses him as a human shield while the other two open fire.
* Several of the revivers of ''ComicBook/{{Revival}}'' volunteer as this for the final firefight, enabled by their HealingFactor.
--> '''Ross Patrick:''' We don't fit here anymore. We don't fit anywhere. Our loved ones already mourned us. Every breath we take steals from the earth. But there's one thing we can do. We can bleed and not fall down.
* The obscure Creator/HowardChaykin comic ''ComicBook/PowerAndGlory'' featured a government agent and a Superman {{expy}} with severe neurosis. The expy was a CorporateSponsoredSuperhero that looked good for the public while the agent was the real BadassNormal that was secretly taking down the bad guys. One image from that series involved the agent using the superhero in this fashion as seen on [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ruiGEWLNkms/TNMHHrIYJmI/AAAAAAAADxI/E8vpyo_StII/s1600/power+%26+glory+IMG_0005.jpg this cover.]]



* In one comic Metallo shoots ComicBook/{{Superman}} with a kryptonite bullet (the one kind of speeding bullet he is not faster than) and knocks Batman out with a blow to the head and buries the two alive. Batman comes to and blows himself and Superman out of the ground with his utility belt plastique, using Superman as a ''literal'' bulletproof human (er, alien) shield (along with the fact his batsuit is fully armored and fireproof).



* The obscure Creator/HowardChaykin comic ''ComicBook/PowerAndGlory'' featured a government agent and a Superman {{expy}} with severe neurosis. The expy was a CorporateSponsoredSuperhero that looked good for the public while the agent was the real BadassNormal that was secretly taking down the bad guys. One image from that series involved the agent using the superhero in this fashion as seen on [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ruiGEWLNkms/TNMHHrIYJmI/AAAAAAAADxI/E8vpyo_StII/s1600/power+%26+glory+IMG_0005.jpg this cover.]]
* Several of the revivers of ''ComicBook/{{Revival}}'' volunteer as this for the final firefight, enabled by their HealingFactor.
--> '''Ross Patrick:''' We don't fit here anymore. We don't fit anywhere. Our loved ones already mourned us. Every breath we take steals from the earth. But there's one thing we can do. We can bleed and not fall down.



* In ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', when Arnold Schwarzenegger's character is attacked by goons while on an escalator, an innocent bystander catches a bullet while next to him. Ah-nold grabs the man and uses him as a shield. He even spins the dead man around to block ''more'' gunfire from the other direction.
* ''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka''. After an innocent bystander is killed by machine gun fire, John Slade grabs his body and uses it as a shield against the incoming fire.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** In ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', Bond is dancing with villainess Fiona Volpe when one of her henchmen attempts to shoot him in the back. Bond spins her around at the exact right time that the bullet kills her instead.
** Bond also does it in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', quite disturbingly as the woman may have been meant to be working with the bad guys, but it isn't made clear.
** Subverted in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''. Bond kills a guard, then dangles his lifeless body out of a doorway. Sure enough, the henchmen mistake the dead man for Bond and empty their guns into him. However, Bond wasn't hiding directly behind the man, and in this case, he WANTED the villains to think he was dead.
* Zizagged in ''Film/{{Wanted}}'' - during [[spoiler: his assault on the Fraternity's headquarters]], Wesley shoots a guy in the head, jams a looted revolver through the hole, and fires through it, while carrying the body along to soak up rounds.

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* In ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', ''13 Rue Madeleine'' Nazi Richard Conte uses one of his own men as a human shield when Arnold Schwarzenegger's character fired on by James Cagney. He is attacked by goons while on an escalator, an innocent bystander catches a bullet while next to him. Ah-nold Nazi after all.
* In ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPlutoNash'', the protagonist wanders into a trap, at which point he
grabs the man a {{mook}} and uses tries to use him as a shield. He even spins the dead man around to block ''more'' gunfire from the other direction.
* ''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka''. After an innocent bystander is killed by machine gun fire, John Slade grabs his body and uses it as a
bulletproof shield against the incoming fire.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** In ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', Bond is dancing with villainess Fiona Volpe when one of her henchmen attempts
and a deterrent. The bad guys simply choose to shoot him in the back. Bond spins her around at the exact right time that the bullet kills her instead.
** Bond also does it in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', quite disturbingly as the woman may have been meant to be working with the bad guys, but it isn't made clear.
** Subverted in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''. Bond kills a guard, then dangles his lifeless body out
both of a doorway. Sure enough, the henchmen mistake the dead man for Bond and empty them. Despite their guns into him. However, Bond wasn't hiding directly behind the man, and in this case, he WANTED the villains futuristic guns, they still fail to think he was dead.
* Zizagged in ''Film/{{Wanted}}'' - during [[spoiler: his assault on the Fraternity's headquarters]], Wesley shoots a guy in the head, jams a looted revolver through the hole, and fires through it, while carrying the body along
kill Nash. Possibly, because everyone seems to soak up rounds.wear thin Kevlar-like undershirts that protect against any weapon.



* Happens in the martial arts action movie, ''Film/TheOne'', with the BigBad using a RedShirt cop as a shield from incoming bullets. It actually shows a close-up of the bullets clearly failing to penetrate said shield's bulletproof vest.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheShadow''. At the beginning of the movie, a rival opium producer, desperate to escape a confrontation with Ying Ko, grabs Ying Ko's accountant and uses him as a human shield, noting that Ying Ko's men "aren't marksman enough to shoot around him". It doesn't work, since Ying Ko orders his men to shoot ''through'' the accountant, which kills him as well as the opium producer.
* At the end of the post-bank robbery running gun battle in ''Film/{{Heat}},'' Michael Cheritto (Tom Sizemore) picks up a small girl to use as a human shield. Didn't do him any good for protection because Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) was already behind him and [[BoomHeadshot drawing a bead towards his head]].
* Happens in ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'' during the first fight scene, when Sherlock spots a mook coming towards him with a revolver and uses some fancy martial arts technique to maneuver the mook he is currently fighting into taking the bullet for him.
* In ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPlutoNash'', the protagonist wanders into a trap, at which point he grabs a {{mook}} and tries to use him as a bulletproof shield and a deterrent. The bad guys simply choose to shoot both of them. Despite their futuristic guns, they still fail to kill Nash. Possibly, because everyone seems to wear thin Kevlar-like undershirts that protect against any weapon.
* In ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'', [[TheDragon Powell]] grabs one of his Mooks to [[KickTheDog block a thrown spear]]. One he could easily have dodged.
* ''Film/VForVendetta'': V uses this tactic to outmaneuver the constables in Jordan Tower.

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* Happens in the martial arts action movie, ''Film/TheOne'', with the BigBad using a RedShirt cop as a shield from incoming bullets. It actually shows a close-up of the bullets clearly failing to penetrate said shield's bulletproof vest.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheShadow''. At the beginning of the movie, a rival opium producer, desperate to escape a confrontation with Ying Ko, grabs Ying Ko's accountant and uses him as a human shield, noting that Ying Ko's men "aren't marksman enough to shoot around him". It doesn't work, since Ying Ko orders his men to shoot ''through'' the accountant, which kills him as well as the opium producer.
* At the end of the post-bank robbery running gun battle in ''Film/{{Heat}},'' Michael Cheritto (Tom Sizemore) picks up a small girl to use as a human shield. Didn't do him any good for protection because Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) was already behind him and [[BoomHeadshot drawing a bead towards his head]].
* Happens in ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009''
In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', during the first fight scene, when Sherlock spots a mook coming towards him with a revolver and uses some fancy martial arts technique to maneuver the mook he is currently fighting into taking the bullet for him.
* In ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPlutoNash'', the protagonist wanders into a trap, at which point he grabs a {{mook}} and tries to use him as a bulletproof shield and a deterrent. The bad guys simply choose to shoot both of them. Despite their futuristic guns, they still fail to kill Nash. Possibly, because everyone seems to wear thin Kevlar-like undershirts that protect
rebellion against any weapon.
* In ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'', [[TheDragon Powell]] grabs one
the local English garrison, Campbell the Elder is shielding himself from hailing arrows with a dead English soldier in front of his Mooks to [[KickTheDog block a thrown spear]]. him. One he could easily have dodged.
* ''Film/VForVendetta'': V uses this tactic to outmaneuver
arrow still hits him in the constables in Jordan Tower.chest.



* During the Omaha Beach scene in ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', medics use the body of a dead soldier to successfully shield a wounded man from machine gun fire. [[spoiler: The wounded soldier's ''helmet'', however, is completely ineffective.]]
* In the film version of ''Film/SinCity'', a federal agent is used as a shield while SociopathicHero Marv hacks up his teammates with a wood ax. This actually seems to be unintentional on Marv's part since he was busy killing one of the agents when the human shield basically ran into the path of the bullets.
* Shows up a couple times in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', done more realistically than most since most of the bullets being taken are handgun rounds fired from quite some distance across moving cars. Justified when Max uses [[spoiler: the massively obese People Eater]] as a bullet sponge because there's a ''[[FatBastard lot]]'' of meat to use in his meat shield.
* Done literally in ''Film/MacGruber'' to escape some thugs who are about to gun them down [=MacGruber=] uses Piper as a human shield, and they both survive as Piper was wearing bullet proof vest, but [=MacGruber=] didn't knew that.



* Subverted in ''Film/KissKissBangBang''. When Perry [[spoiler: moves in front of harry while being shot at, the bullet passes through him and hits Harry anyway.]]



* In a sickening example in ''Film/NewJackCity'', drug dealer Nino Brown uses a little girl as this when the Mafia tries to assassinate him at a party. Thankfully subverted as the girl never actually gets hit, and survives the shootout.
* ''Film/ShootEmUp''. During a [[FreeFallFight skydiving battle]] Smith grabs a mook and uses him to protect against submachine gun fire as well as [[ThrowAwayGuns borrowing his pistol for a mid-air reload]]. When the gun gets shot out of his hand, Smith opens the man's parachute to envelope the shooter.
* In ''13 Rue Madeleine'' Nazi Richard Conte uses one of his own men as a human shield when fired on by James Cagney. He is a Nazi after all.
* ''Film/JohnCarpentersVampires'': During Valek's massacre at the motel, he grabs one of the hookers to have her soak up some bullets. Subverted in that he's not even doing this for protection but purely out of sadism, as he's actually immune to gunfire.
* In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', during the rebellion against the local English garrison, Campbell the Elder is shielding himself from hailing arrows with a dead English soldier in front of him. One arrow still hits him in the chest.
* Subverted in ''Film/TrueLies''. Harry slaps the cuffs on a mook as [[BigBad Aziz]] burst in with a submachine gun. Harry promptly throws the mook toward Aziz and dives out of the way of the dakka as Aziz tries to fill him with lead.
* Averted in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService''. During the infamous Church Fight, [[CulturedBadAss Galahad]] stops one of the many armed churchgoers (but notably, not his bullets) using this trope. He grabs another brawling churchgoer, puts him in the path of the bullets, but ducks low so he isn't hit by the penetration. Essentially he uses the guy as momentary [[ConcealmentEqualsCover concealment]] before shoving the corpse on top of the shooter. [[ShownTheirWork If you look close you can actually see the bullets penetrating.]]
* In ''Film/RideAlong2'', Ice Cube's character uses Kevin Hart's character as a human shield. To be fair, he *did* know the latter was wearing a bulletproof vest.

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* In a sickening example in ''Film/NewJackCity'', drug dealer Nino Brown uses a little girl as this when At the Mafia tries to assassinate him at a party. Thankfully subverted as the girl never actually gets hit, and survives the shootout.
* ''Film/ShootEmUp''. During a [[FreeFallFight skydiving battle]] Smith grabs a mook and uses him to protect against submachine gun fire as well as [[ThrowAwayGuns borrowing his pistol for a mid-air reload]]. When the gun gets shot out of his hand, Smith opens the man's parachute to envelope the shooter.
* In ''13 Rue Madeleine'' Nazi Richard Conte uses one of his own men as a human shield when fired on by James Cagney. He is a Nazi after all.
* ''Film/JohnCarpentersVampires'': During Valek's massacre at the motel, he grabs one
end of the hookers post-bank robbery running gun battle in ''Film/{{Heat}},'' Michael Cheritto (Tom Sizemore) picks up a small girl to have her soak up some bullets. Subverted in that he's not even doing this for protection but purely out of sadism, as he's actually immune to gunfire.
* In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', during the rebellion against the local English garrison, Campbell the Elder is shielding himself from hailing arrows with a dead English soldier in front of him. One arrow still hits him in the chest.
* Subverted in ''Film/TrueLies''. Harry slaps the cuffs on a mook as [[BigBad Aziz]] burst in with a submachine gun. Harry promptly throws the mook toward Aziz and dives out of the way of the dakka as Aziz tries to fill him with lead.
* Averted in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService''. During the infamous Church Fight, [[CulturedBadAss Galahad]] stops one of the many armed churchgoers (but notably, not his bullets) using this trope. He grabs another brawling churchgoer, puts him in the path of the bullets, but ducks low so he isn't hit by the penetration. Essentially he uses the guy as momentary [[ConcealmentEqualsCover concealment]] before shoving the corpse on top of the shooter. [[ShownTheirWork If you look close you can actually see the bullets penetrating.]]
* In ''Film/RideAlong2'', Ice Cube's character uses Kevin Hart's character
use as a human shield. To be fair, he *did* know the latter Didn't do him any good for protection because Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) was wearing already behind him and [[BoomHeadshot drawing a bulletproof vest.bead towards his head]].



* ''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka''. After an innocent bystander is killed by machine gun fire, John Slade grabs his body and uses it as a shield against the incoming fire.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** In ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', Bond is dancing with villainess Fiona Volpe when one of her henchmen attempts to shoot him in the back. Bond spins her around at the exact right time that the bullet kills her instead.
** Bond also does it in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', quite disturbingly as the woman may have been meant to be working with the bad guys, but it isn't made clear.
** Subverted in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''. Bond kills a guard, then dangles his lifeless body out of a doorway. Sure enough, the henchmen mistake the dead man for Bond and empty their guns into him. However, Bond wasn't hiding directly behind the man, and in this case, he WANTED the villains to think he was dead.
* ''Film/JohnCarpentersVampires'': During Valek's massacre at the motel, he grabs one of the hookers to have her soak up some bullets. Subverted in that he's not even doing this for protection but purely out of sadism, as he's actually immune to gunfire.
* Averted in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService''. During the infamous Church Fight, [[CulturedBadAss Galahad]] stops one of the many armed churchgoers (but notably, not his bullets) using this trope. He grabs another brawling churchgoer, puts him in the path of the bullets, but ducks low so he isn't hit by the penetration. Essentially he uses the guy as momentary [[ConcealmentEqualsCover concealment]] before shoving the corpse on top of the shooter. [[ShownTheirWork If you look close you can actually see the bullets penetrating.]]
* Subverted in ''Film/KissKissBangBang''. When Perry [[spoiler: moves in front of Harry while being shot at, the bullet passes through him and hits Harry anyway.]]
* In ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'', [[TheDragon Powell]] grabs one of his Mooks to [[KickTheDog block a thrown spear]]. One he could easily have dodged.
* Done literally in ''Film/MacGruber'' to escape some thugs who are about to gun them down [=MacGruber=] uses Piper as a human shield, and they both survive as Piper was wearing bullet proof vest, but [=MacGruber=] didn't knew that.
* Shows up a couple times in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', done more realistically than most since most of the bullets being taken are handgun rounds fired from quite some distance across moving cars. Justified when Max uses [[spoiler: the massively obese People Eater]] as a bullet sponge because there's a ''[[FatBastard lot]]'' of meat to use in his meat shield.
* In a sickening example in ''Film/NewJackCity'', drug dealer Nino Brown uses a little girl as this when the Mafia tries to assassinate him at a party. Thankfully subverted as the girl never actually gets hit, and survives the shootout.
* Happens in the martial arts action movie, ''Film/TheOne'', with the BigBad using a RedShirt cop as a shield from incoming bullets. It actually shows a close-up of the bullets clearly failing to penetrate said shield's bulletproof vest.
* In ''Film/RideAlong2'', Ice Cube's character uses Kevin Hart's character as a human shield. To be fair, he *did* know the latter was wearing a bulletproof vest.
* During the Omaha Beach scene in ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', medics use the body of a dead soldier to successfully shield a wounded man from machine gun fire. [[spoiler: The wounded soldier's ''helmet'', however, is completely ineffective.]]
* Subverted in ''Film/TheShadow''. At the beginning of the movie, a rival opium producer, desperate to escape a confrontation with Ying Ko, grabs Ying Ko's accountant and uses him as a human shield, noting that Ying Ko's men "aren't marksman enough to shoot around him". It doesn't work, since Ying Ko orders his men to shoot ''through'' the accountant, which kills him as well as the opium producer.
* Happens in ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'' during the first fight scene, when Sherlock spots a mook coming towards him with a revolver and uses some fancy martial arts technique to maneuver the mook he is currently fighting into taking the bullet for him.
* ''Film/ShootEmUp''. During a [[FreeFallFight skydiving battle]] Smith grabs a mook and uses him to protect against submachine gun fire as well as [[ThrowAwayGuns borrowing his pistol for a mid-air reload]]. When the gun gets shot out of his hand, Smith opens the man's parachute to envelope the shooter.
* In the film version of ''Film/SinCity'', a federal agent is used as a shield while SociopathicHero Marv hacks up his teammates with a wood ax. This actually seems to be unintentional on Marv's part since he was busy killing one of the agents when the human shield basically ran into the path of the bullets.
* In ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', when Arnold Schwarzenegger's character is attacked by goons while on an escalator, an innocent bystander catches a bullet while next to him. Ah-nold grabs the man and uses him as a shield. He even spins the dead man around to block ''more'' gunfire from the other direction.
* Subverted in ''Film/TrueLies''. Harry slaps the cuffs on a mook as [[BigBad Aziz]] burst in with a submachine gun. Harry promptly throws the mook toward Aziz and dives out of the way of the dakka as Aziz tries to fill him with lead.
* ''Film/VForVendetta'': V uses this tactic to outmaneuver the constables in Jordan Tower.
* Zizagged in ''Film/{{Wanted}}'' - during [[spoiler: his assault on the Fraternity's headquarters]], Wesley shoots a guy in the head, jams a looted revolver through the hole, and fires through it, while carrying the body along to soak up rounds.



* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Granny Weatherwax]] implies doing this with an unconscious Diamanta when fleeing Fairyland in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies''. She gets praised for rescuing the girl by carrying her over her shoulder, but instantly claims it was to shield herself from fairy arrows. (Since this is [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Granny Weatherwax]] both interpretations are probably equally correct.)
* An interestingly downplayed version happens in a [[http://thelonelywinds.com/library.php Lonely Winds]] story: a powerful villain known as the Crown of Thorns grabs a soldier to protect herself from a volley of bullets fired by the rest of his squad. When she drops his mangled remains, it is clear that some of the bullets did indeed pass through the soldier's body and hit her -- [[OhCrap but any sense of victory the soldiers might have felt is immediately quashed when the Crown races forward to attack them, only slightly injured.]]
* Subverted in Alistair [=MacLean=]'s novel ''Literature/TheSatanBug'', where the protagonist points his gun at a suspect, and then tells him not to "worry" about the Scotch tape over the barrel, since the bullets from this gun are strong enough to pierce, if necessary, even through ''two persons'' standing one behind another.



* In one of the [[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden]] books, a drow weaponsmaster uses one of his own men as a shield when a dwarven battlerager launches himself at him from a small siege engine pointy helmet first. While the weaponmaster is still injured by the attack, the bulk of the damage was absorbed by the mook.
* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', when Queen Etheldredda tries to shoot Jenna and Alice Nettles jumps in between, the bullet sticks in her heart. {{Justified|Trope}}, since the bullet was primed for Jenna but the tag (the initials: IP for "Infant Princess") worked for Alice as well (since her actual name was "Iona Pot").
* In ''[[{{Literature/Redwall}} Mossflower]]'', [[BigBad Tsarmina]] uses an unlucky {{Mook}} to shield herself from arrows.



* In ''[[Literature/TheCrossing2015 The Crossing]]'', bad guys Ellis and Long are engaged in a shootout with protagonist Harry Bosch. As Ellis turns to flee, he yanks Long over between himself and Bosch to serve as a shield. It works, as Long takes a couple of bullets in his bulletproof vest and one in the hip.
* In one of the ''[[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden]]'' books, a drow weaponsmaster uses one of his own men as a shield when a dwarven battlerager launches himself at him from a small siege engine pointy helmet first. While the weaponmaster is still injured by the attack, the bulk of the damage was absorbed by the mook.



* An interestingly downplayed version happens in a ''[[http://thelonelywinds.com/library.php Lonely Winds]]'' story: a powerful villain known as the Crown of Thorns grabs a soldier to protect herself from a volley of bullets fired by the rest of his squad. When she drops his mangled remains, it is clear that some of the bullets did indeed pass through the soldier's body and hit her -- [[OhCrap but any sense of victory the soldiers might have felt is immediately quashed when the Crown races forward to attack them, only slightly injured.]]
* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Granny Weatherwax]] implies doing this with an unconscious Diamanta when fleeing Fairyland in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies''. She gets praised for rescuing the girl by carrying her over her shoulder, but instantly claims it was to shield herself from fairy arrows. (Since this is [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Granny Weatherwax]] both interpretations are probably equally correct.)
* In ''[[{{Literature/Redwall}} Mossflower]]'', [[BigBad Tsarmina]] uses an unlucky {{Mook}} to shield herself from arrows.
* Subverted in Alistair [=MacLean=]'s novel ''Literature/TheSatanBug'', where the protagonist points his gun at a suspect, and then tells him not to "worry" about the Scotch tape over the barrel, since the bullets from this gun are strong enough to pierce, if necessary, even through ''two persons'' standing one behind another.
* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', when Queen Etheldredda tries to shoot Jenna and Alice Nettles jumps in between, the bullet sticks in her heart. {{Justified|Trope}}, since the bullet was primed for Jenna but the tag (the initials: IP for "Infant Princess") worked for Alice as well (since her actual name was "Iona Pot").



* In ''[[Literature/TheCrossing2015 The Crossing]]'', bad guys Ellis and Long are engaged in a shootout with protagonist Harry Bosch. As Ellis turns to flee, he yanks Long over between himself and Bosch to serve as a shield. It works, as Long takes a couple of bullets in his bulletproof vest and one in the hip.



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* One of the many JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythbusters. Long story short, the Series/MythBusters found that doing this is far too unreliable to be effective as a defensive technique. More often than not, it would just produce two gunshot victims instead of one.

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* One of In the many JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythbusters. Long story short, pilot episode of ''Series/{{Alphas}}'', the Series/MythBusters found that doing VillainOfTheWeek is holding Rachel as a HumanShield, forcing Hicks to use his ImprobableAimingSkills to save her, ricocheting a bullet off a nearby sign into the the villain's back, luckily without it going ''through'' him.
* Anissa Pierce in ''Series/BlackLightning2018'' has {{Nigh Invulnerab|le}}ility as one of her superpowers. When her father, the titular Black Lightning, is on the offensive, she activates her abilities to turn into
this is far too unreliable to be effective defend him from a small arms fire.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'' takes great pains to avert this. In one episode a mook has grabbed Michael, and Sam and Fiona have no way to reach him so Jesse takes a shot ''through'' Michael to kill the mook. In a later episode, Nate has the latest arc villain at gunpoint when a sniper round goes through the villain, through Nate and blows a hole in the wall behind both of them.
* Bryce Larkin uses a human shield to get into the Intersect room in the pilot of ''Series/{{Chuck}}''.
** Shaw uses poor Morgan
as a defensive technique. More often shield to absorb a Taser strike in Season 3. Was anyone actually surprised he [[spoiler: turned evil?]]
* John Crichton from ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', during an EnemyMine situation with MagnificentBastard [[FriendlyEnemy Scorpius]], grabs him and uses him as a walking talking piece of cover. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as Scorpius is half [[LizardFolk Scarran]] who are bulletproof to anything smaller
than not, it would just produce two gunshot victims instead of one.anti tank weaponry, even ''before'' taking into account his body armor.
** Scorpius even compliments John on remembering this fact.



* John Crichton from ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', during an EnemyMine situation with MagnificentBastard [[FriendlyEnemy Scorpius]], grabs him and uses him as a walking talking piece of cover. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as Scorpius is half [[LizardFolk Scarran]] who are bulletproof to anything smaller than anti tank weaponry, even ''before'' taking into account his body armor.
** Scorpius even compliments John on remembering this fact.
* Bryce Larkin uses a human shield to get into the Intersect room in the pilot of ''{{Series/Chuck}}''.
** Shaw uses poor Morgan as a shield to absorb a Taser strike in Season 3. Was anyone actually surprised he [[spoiler: turned evil?]]
* Subverted/shown correctly in ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' when Jo Portman manages to restrain a terrorist who is trying to blow himself and everyone else up. The only way to avert the explosion is for Ros to shoot the man, however (as both Jo and Ros realize) the bullet will go straight through him and kill Jo as well; which is what happens.
* In the final episode of ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'', Hutch is ambushed by two hitmen, one with a gun and one with a knife. He manages to take advantage of this by maneuvering the knifewielder between himself and the gunman, just in time to take the shot.

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* John Crichton from ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', during an EnemyMine situation with MagnificentBastard [[FriendlyEnemy Scorpius]], grabs him and uses him as a walking talking piece of cover. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as Scorpius is half [[LizardFolk Scarran]] who are bulletproof to anything smaller than anti tank weaponry, even ''before'' taking into account his body armor.
** Scorpius even compliments John on remembering this fact.
* Bryce Larkin uses a human shield to get into the Intersect room in the pilot of ''{{Series/Chuck}}''.
** Shaw uses poor Morgan as a shield to absorb a Taser strike in Season 3. Was anyone actually surprised he [[spoiler: turned evil?]]
* Subverted/shown correctly in ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' when Jo Portman manages to restrain a terrorist who is trying to blow
''Series/LukeCage2016'': Luke himself and everyone else up. The only way is one, due to avert the explosion is for Ros to shoot the man, however (as both Jo and Ros realize) the bullet will go straight through him and kill Jo as well; which is what happens.
*
his unbreakable skin. In the final episode of ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'', Hutch is ambushed by two hitmen, one with ''Series/TheDefenders2017'', we see a gun and one with a knife. He manages to take advantage demonstration of this by maneuvering when he shields [[Series/IronFist2017 Danny Rand]] during the knifewielder between himself and Midland Circle hallway fight.
* One of
the gunman, many JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythbusters. Long story short, the ''Series/MythBusters'' found that doing this is far too unreliable to be effective as a defensive technique. More often than not, it would just in time to take the shot.produce two gunshot victims instead of one.



* ''Series/Sense8'': Wolfgang used a guy this way during a gunfight. Sun later does the same with one of her brother's goons.
* Subverted/shown correctly in ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' when Jo Portman manages to restrain a terrorist who is trying to blow himself and everyone else up. The only way to avert the explosion is for Ros to shoot the man, however (as both Jo and Ros realize) the bullet will go straight through him and kill Jo as well; which is what happens.
* In the final episode of ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'', Hutch is ambushed by two hitmen, one with a gun and one with a knife. He manages to take advantage of this by maneuvering the knifewielder between himself and the gunman, just in time to take the shot.
* In the final episode of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', Weaver saves Sarah, John and Ellison from a Skynet drone attack by shapeshifting into a manta ray-like form to block the bullets and explosion.



* ''Series/BurnNotice'' takes great pains to avert this. In one episode a mook has grabbed Michael, and Sam and Fiona have no way to reach him so Jesse takes a shot ''through'' Michael to kill the mook. In a later episode, Nate has the latest arc villain at gunpoint when a sniper round goes through the villain, through Nate and blows a hole in the wall behind both of them.



* In the final episode of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', Weaver saves Sarah, John and Ellison from a Skynet drone attack by shapeshifting into a manta ray-like form to block the bullets and explosion.
* In the pilot episode of ''Series/{{Alphas}}'', the VillainOfTheWeek is holding Rachel as a HumanShield, forcing Hicks to use his ImprobableAimingSkills to save her, ricocheting a bullet off a nearby sign into the the villain's back, luckily without it going ''through'' him.
* ''Series/Sense8'': Wolfgang used a guy this way during a gunfight. Sun later does the same with one of her brother's goons.

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* ''[[Series/WonderWoman1975 Wonder Woman]]'': In "The Man Who Could Not Die", Wonder Woman ducks behind the final episode aforementioned man to throw her lasso of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', Weaver saves Sarah, John and Ellison from truth around a Skynet drone attack by shapeshifting into a manta ray-like form to block {{Mook|s}}. He blocks the bullets with his body which is slightly more efficient than letting her deflect the bullets with her bracelets and explosion.
* In
lassoing the pilot episode of ''Series/{{Alphas}}'', the VillainOfTheWeek thug as he runs away - as is holding Rachel as a HumanShield, forcing Hicks to use his ImprobableAimingSkills to save her, ricocheting a bullet off a nearby sign into the the villain's back, luckily without it going ''through'' him.
* ''Series/Sense8'': Wolfgang used a guy
done every other time this way during a gunfight. Sun later does the same with one of her brother's goons.comes up.



* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': Luke himself is one, due to his unbreakable skin. In ''Series/TheDefenders2017'', we see a demonstration of this when he shields [[Series/IronFist2017 Danny Rand]] during the Midland Circle hallway fight.
* Similar to the Luke Cage example, Anissa Pierce in ''Series/BlackLightning2018'' has {{Nigh Invulnerab|le}}ility as one of her superpowers. When her father, the titular Black Lightning, is on the offensive, she activates her abilities to turn into this to defend him from a small arms fire.
* ''[[Series/WonderWoman1975 Wonder Woman]]'': In "The Man Who Could Not Die", Wonder Woman ducks behind the aforementioned man to throw her lasso of truth around a {{Mook|s}}. He blocks the bullets with his body which is slightly more efficient than letting her deflect the bullets with her bracelets and lassoing the thug as he runs away - as is done every other time this comes up.



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* During a fight in ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues'', Daigo grabs Rhys and attempts to use him as a shield against incoming shadow spears, figuring that Rhys' body would be enough to absorb the blows. Rhys responds by [[ChromeChampion turning himself into metal]], preventing the spears from piercing either of them.
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* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' employs this as a combat mechanic. Connor can grab enemy soldiers and use them to absorb a volley of musket fire, then drop them to close on the remaining soldiers before they can reload. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL6chDa7T8Q E3 trailer]] also shows him using a horse for this purpose -- while riding it. Even more far-fetched is ''Desmond'' being able to do this while [[spoiler:storming the Abstergo HQ]]. The guards take as long to aim their sidearms as the 18th-century officers, allowing Desmind time to grab the nearest guard as a shield.
** You can also do this in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIV'', with the process streamlined from the previous game.
* Victor Zsasz uses Dr. Young as a human shield partway through ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum''. The Batman takes him down anyway.
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' and ''VideoGame/Bioshock2'' lets players have fun with this: basically kill a splicer or big daddy, use telekinesis to lift body and you have an instant human shield, and when you're close enough, just toss that body at the attacker to hurt or kill them.
* A wild variation occurs in the video game ''VideoGame/BloodRayne''. There, one of the titular hero's special moves is to grasp a enemy goon, bite down on his neck (she ''is'' a [[strike:vampire]] [[strike:{{dhampir}}]] Dhampiresa, after all), and while wrapped around him, spin him around to block enemy shots, using him as a shield ''and'' gaining health at the same time.
* In ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'', the Nomad Torturers carry massive, bulletproof riot shields with a hole in the center. A hole they patch up by strapping a Midget to the shield. (The Bandits are competent metalworkers, and could probably patch up the hole with a more conventional fix, [[ForTheEvulz but Nomads like to make Midgets suffer]].)
** A hilarious example occurs in Episode 4 of ''{{VideoGame/Tales From The Borderlands}}''. During the [[spoiler: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin finger-gun fight]], "Rhys-quez" uses one of the accountants as a shield, and the fellow ends up getting 'shot' by his coworkers. Naturally, he's fine afterwards.]]
* The video game adaptation of ''VideoGame/TheBourneConspiracy'' uses both this trope and HumanShield, depending on the fire discipline of the enemy.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' has Mason use a Vietnamese soldier as a shield while escaping a POW camp.



* The ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' games use both this trope and HumanShield, depending on who you capture. In ''Portable Ops'' and 3, attempting to shield yourself with a higher-ranking officer would cause enemies to hesitate, while shielding yourself with a scientist does ''nothing'' and they'll still shoot you freely.
* ''VideoGame/ThePunisher'' has both the hero and the bad guys able and willing to use Bulletproof Human Shields.
* Cyborgs in ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}'' could use a Persuadatron to make innocent bystanders follow them around and attack enemies. Since they were almost all unarmed, they were really only useful as (very short-lived) meatshields once the shooting started.
** They ''started'' unarmed, but would happily pick up any loose weapons and use them on hostile targets. A crowd of 50 or so civilians even with the weakest pistol can lay down some smackies pretty quick.
* In ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' you can grab [[MechaMooks enemies]] and use them as [[HumongousMecha Giant Robot versions]] of this trope. The enemies will still shoot, causing them to hurt their allies instead of you, and you still can hurl your grabbed foe and destroy both.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' allows you to use just about anyone as cover. Taking a Banger causes the others to open fire and kill their friends while you take them apart.
** Enemy gang members will do this too. Unfortunately, they tend to grab random civilians rather than members of your gang, meaning there's little emotion and more "Man, having to waste random bullets". One boss fight does use [[spoiler:Shaundi]] as a human shield to turn it into a sort of PuzzleBoss, though.
** The Boss in a cutscene uses a bartender he/she has just sat down in front of when a SWAT team begins raiding the place with lethal force.
** Taking a cop or civilian will cause other cops to not shoot. Unless they're behind you. They also think nothing of running you both over with a car.



* The video game adaptation of ''VideoGame/TheBourneConspiracy'' uses both this trope and HumanShield, depending on the fire discipline of the enemy.

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* The video game adaptation ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon FEAR]]'' lets you do this, if you can get the drop on your enemy.
* Appears in ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed II'' in the "Battle
of ''VideoGame/TheBourneConspiracy'' Endor" level. [[spoiler:Starkiller uses both this trope and HumanShield, depending on the fire discipline of the enemy.Chewbacca as a shield against Han Solo's blaster.]]



* A wild variation occurs in the video game ''VideoGame/BloodRayne''. There, one of the titular hero's special moves is to grasp a enemy goon, bite down on his neck (she ''is'' a [[strike:vampire]] [[strike:{{dhampir}}]] Dhampiresa, after all), and while wrapped around him, spin him around to block enemy shots, using him as a shield ''and'' gaining health at the same time.



* All of the ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' games allow you to take hostages. Most of the time, the mooks will shoot through their friend, harming Sam. In the one instance in the second game where Sam takes the enemy leader hostage, they will ''circle around'', terrain permitting, and still shoot him.
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock 2}}'' lets players have fun with this: basically kill a splicer or big daddy, use telekinesis to lift body and you have an instant human shield, and when you're close enough, just toss that body at the attacker to hurt or kill them.
* Victor Zsasz uses Dr. Young as a human shield partway through VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum. The Batman takes him down anyway.
* Appears in ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed II'' in the "Battle of Endor" level. [[spoiler:Starkiller uses Chewbacca as a shield against Han Solo's blaster.]]

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* All Averted in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2's'' "Lair of the ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' games allow you Shadow Broker" when Tela Vasir takes a bystander hostage and tells Shepard to take hostages. Most of the time, the mooks will [[PutDownYourGunAndStepAway Put Down His/Her Gun and Step Away]]. A Renegade option is to [[ShootTheHostage shoot her through their friend, harming Sam. In the one instance in hostage's shoulder]].
--> '''Shepard:''' You'll live.
* In Chapter 11 of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 3'', Max cold-cocks an AUP mook on a zipline and uses his body to shield himself from
the second game where Sam takes other mooks' gunfire while he rides the enemy leader hostage, they will ''circle around'', terrain permitting, zipline. At least the mook he's holding onto has body armor.
* The ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' games use both this trope
and HumanShield, depending on who you capture. In ''Portable Ops'' and 3, attempting to shield yourself with a higher-ranking officer would cause enemies to hesitate, while shielding yourself with a scientist does ''nothing'' and they'll still shoot him.
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock 2}}'' lets players have fun with this: basically kill a splicer or big daddy, use telekinesis to lift body and
you have an instant human shield, and when you're close enough, just toss that body freely.
* ''Operation Thunderbolt'' (a sequel to ''VideoGame/OperationWolf'') had this
at the attacker to hurt or end; the villain used the hijacked plane's pilot. You get the BadEnding if you kill them.
* Victor Zsasz uses Dr. Young as a human shield partway through VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum. The Batman takes him down anyway.
* Appears in ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed II'' in
the "Battle of Endor" level. [[spoiler:Starkiller uses Chewbacca as a shield against Han Solo's blaster.]]pilot.



* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' has Mason use a Vietnamese soldier as a shield while escaping a POW camp.
* ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon FEAR]]'' lets you do this, if you can get the drop on your enemy.
* ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis 2'' had part of the final boss battle feature him using Christy as this. You're penalised points if you tag her, and if you spend more time shooting her than the boss you get a time over, but that's about it.
* ''Operation Thunderbolt'' (a sequel to ''VideoGame/OperationWolf'') had this at the end; the villain used the hijacked plane's pilot. You get the BadEnding if you kill the pilot.

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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' ''VideoGame/ThePunisher'' has Mason both the hero and the bad guys able and willing to use a Vietnamese soldier as a shield while escaping a POW camp.
* ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon FEAR]]'' lets you do this, if you can get the drop on your enemy.
* ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis 2'' had part of the final boss battle feature him using Christy as this. You're penalised points if you tag her, and if you spend more time shooting her than the boss you get a time over, but that's about it.
* ''Operation Thunderbolt'' (a sequel to ''VideoGame/OperationWolf'') had this at the end; the villain used the hijacked plane's pilot. You get the BadEnding if you kill the pilot.
Bulletproof Human Shields.



* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' employs this as a combat mechanic. Connor can grab enemy soldiers and use them to absorb a volley of musket fire, then drop them to close on the remaining soldiers before they can reload. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL6chDa7T8Q E3 trailer]] also shows him using a horse for this purpose -- while riding it. Even more far-fetched is ''Desmond'' being able to do this while [[spoiler:storming the Abstergo HQ]]. The guards take as long to aim their sidearms as the 18th-century officers, allowing Desmind time to grab the nearest guard as a shield.
** You can also do this in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIV'', with the process streamlined from the previous game.

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* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' employs this ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' allows you to use just about anyone as cover. Taking a combat mechanic. Connor can grab enemy soldiers Banger causes the others to open fire and use them to absorb a volley of musket fire, then drop them to close on the remaining soldiers before they can reload. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL6chDa7T8Q E3 trailer]] also shows him using a horse for this purpose -- kill their friends while riding it. Even more far-fetched is ''Desmond'' being able to you take them apart.
** Enemy gang members will
do this while [[spoiler:storming the Abstergo HQ]]. The guards take as long to aim their sidearms as the 18th-century officers, allowing Desmind time too. Unfortunately, they tend to grab the nearest guard random civilians rather than members of your gang, meaning there's little emotion and more "Man, having to waste random bullets". One boss fight does use [[spoiler:Shaundi]] as a shield.
human shield to turn it into a sort of PuzzleBoss, though.
** You can The Boss in a cutscene uses a bartender he/she has just sat down in front of when a SWAT team begins raiding the place with lethal force.
** Taking a cop or civilian will cause other cops to not shoot. Unless they're behind you. They
also do this in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIV'', think nothing of running you both over with the process streamlined from the previous game.a car.



* In VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}, the Nomad Torturers carry massive, bulletproof riot shields with a hole in the center. A hole they patch up by strapping a Midget to the shield. (The Bandits are competent metalworkers, and could probably patch up the hole with a more conventional fix, [[ForTheEvulz but Nomads like to make Midgets suffer]].)
** A hilarious example occurs in Episode 4 of ''{{VideoGame/Tales From The Borderlands}}''. During the [[spoiler: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin finger-gun fight]], "Rhys-quez" uses one of the accountants as a shield, and the fellow ends up getting 'shot' by his coworkers. Naturally, he's fine afterwards.]]
* In Chapter 11 of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 3'', Max cold-cocks an AUP mook on a zipline and uses his body to shield himself from the other mooks' gunfire while he rides the zipline. At least the mook he's holding onto has body armor.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2's'' "Lair of the Shadow Broker" when Tela Vasir takes a bystander hostage and tells Shepard to [[PutDownYourGunAndStepAway Put Down His/Her Gun and Step Away]]. A Renegade option is to [[ShootTheHostage shoot her through the hostage's shoulder]].
--> '''Shepard:''' You'll live.

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* In VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}, All of the Nomad Torturers carry massive, bulletproof riot shields with a hole ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' games allow you to take hostages. Most of the time, the mooks will shoot through their friend, harming Sam. In the one instance in the center. A hole second game where Sam takes the enemy leader hostage, they patch up by strapping a Midget to the shield. (The Bandits are competent metalworkers, will ''circle around'', terrain permitting, and still shoot him.
* Cyborgs in ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}''
could probably patch up the hole with use a more conventional fix, [[ForTheEvulz but Nomads like Persuadatron to make Midgets suffer]].)
** A hilarious example occurs in Episode 4 of ''{{VideoGame/Tales From The Borderlands}}''. During
innocent bystanders follow them around and attack enemies. Since they were almost all unarmed, they were really only useful as (very short-lived) meatshields once the [[spoiler: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin finger-gun fight]], "Rhys-quez" uses one shooting started.
** They ''started'' unarmed, but would happily pick up any loose weapons and use them on hostile targets. A crowd of 50 or so civilians even with the weakest pistol can lay down some smackies pretty quick.
* ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis 2'' had part
of the accountants final boss battle feature him using Christy as a shield, this. You're penalised points if you tag her, and if you spend more time shooting her than the fellow ends up getting 'shot' by his coworkers. Naturally, he's fine afterwards.]]
boss you get a time over, but that's about it.
* In Chapter 11 of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 3'', Max cold-cocks an AUP mook on a zipline ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' you can grab [[MechaMooks enemies]] and uses his body use them as [[HumongousMecha Giant Robot versions]] of this trope. The enemies will still shoot, causing them to shield himself from the other mooks' gunfire while he rides the zipline. At least the mook he's holding onto has body armor.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2's'' "Lair
hurt their allies instead of the Shadow Broker" when Tela Vasir takes a bystander hostage you, and tells Shepard to [[PutDownYourGunAndStepAway Put Down His/Her Gun you still can hurl your grabbed foe and Step Away]]. A Renegade option is to [[ShootTheHostage shoot her through the hostage's shoulder]].
--> '''Shepard:''' You'll live.
destroy both.



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* ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'': Fern and Willis both have the ability to block damage to their companions during fights. In Willis's case, he shields them with his ''arteries''.



* ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'': Fern and Willis both have the ability to block damage to their companions during fights. In Willis's case, he shields them with his ''arteries''.



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* In ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', Captain Hero's "Hero Shield" consists of grabbing a random civilian and holding her as a shield. Despite having superpowers that make him ImmuneToBullets.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' episode "Code of Hero," Dinobot is under attack from Blackarachnia's eight machine guns. He grabs the already semi-bisected Inferno to absorb her last bullets before using Inferno's gun to shoot her down. Then he uses the poor Predacon's gun against him, blowing his head sky high.
** Justified as Inferno, like most Transformers, is quite literally MadeOfIron (or some much tougher metal).
** Bulkhead of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' does this with several [[{{mook}} Vehicons]] when he attacks the Nemesis in "Darkness Rising".
* In the murder mystery episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', [[spoiler: Stewie]] shoots through [[spoiler: Diane Simmons]] with a ''sniper'' without hitting [[spoiler: Lois]] who was standing right behind [[spoiler:her]]. But hey, RuleOfFunny.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', Captain Hero's "Hero Shield" consists of grabbing a random civilian and holding her as a shield. Despite having superpowers that make him ImmuneToBullets.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' episode "Code of Hero," Dinobot is under attack from Blackarachnia's eight machine guns. He grabs the already semi-bisected Inferno to absorb her last bullets before using Inferno's gun to shoot her down. Then he uses the poor Predacon's gun against him, blowing his head sky high.
** Justified as Inferno, like most Transformers, is quite literally MadeOfIron (or some much tougher metal).
** Bulkhead of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' does this with several [[{{mook}} Vehicons]] when he attacks the Nemesis in "Darkness Rising".
* In the murder mystery episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', [[spoiler: Stewie]] shoots through [[spoiler: Diane Simmons]] with a ''sniper'' without hitting [[spoiler: Lois]] who was standing right behind [[spoiler:her]]. But hey, RuleOfFunny.
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* Justified in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Twilight of the Gods." The Martian Manhunter punches his hand through the head of a robot, then uses its body to block shots from the other robots. He even keeps holding onto it after its legs fall off.
** Another justified example in ''Unlimited''. A general holds up Supergirl with a gun that fires a "Kryptonite bullet with a silicon core" (designed to spread the Kryptonite around the entire body). Green Arrow steps in front of Supergirl, pointing out that firing the weapon would use up the one bullet (by the description given, doesn't sound like the bullet would actually penetrate through the body) and leave a very pissed of Supergirl to deal with. [[spoiler:The Question grabbed the gun away while the general was distracted.]]

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' episode "Code of Hero," Dinobot is under attack from Blackarachnia's eight machine guns. He grabs the already semi-bisected Inferno to absorb her last bullets before using Inferno's gun to shoot her down. Then he uses the poor Predacon's gun against him, blowing his head sky high.
**
Justified in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Twilight as Inferno, like most Transformers, is quite literally MadeOfIron (or some much tougher metal).
** Bulkhead
of the Gods." The Martian Manhunter punches his hand through the head of a robot, then uses its body to block shots from the other robots. He even keeps holding onto it after its legs fall off.
** Another justified example in ''Unlimited''. A general holds up Supergirl
''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' does this with a gun that fires a "Kryptonite bullet with a silicon core" (designed to spread several [[{{mook}} Vehicons]] when he attacks the Kryptonite around the entire body). Green Arrow steps Nemesis in front of Supergirl, pointing out that firing the weapon would use up the one bullet (by the description given, doesn't sound like the bullet would actually penetrate through the body) and leave a very pissed of Supergirl to deal with. [[spoiler:The Question grabbed the gun away while the general was distracted.]]"Darkness Rising".



* In ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', Captain Hero's "Hero Shield" consists of grabbing a random civilian and holding her as a shield. Despite having superpowers that make him ImmuneToBullets.
* In the murder mystery episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', [[spoiler: Stewie]] shoots through [[spoiler: Diane Simmons]] with a ''sniper'' without hitting [[spoiler: Lois]] who was standing right behind [[spoiler:her]]. But hey, RuleOfFunny.
* Justified in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Twilight of the Gods." The Martian Manhunter punches his hand through the head of a robot, then uses its body to block shots from the other robots. He even keeps holding onto it after its legs fall off.
** Another justified example in ''Unlimited''. A general holds up Supergirl with a gun that fires a "Kryptonite bullet with a silicon core" (designed to spread the Kryptonite around the entire body). Green Arrow steps in front of Supergirl, pointing out that firing the weapon would use up the one bullet (by the description given, doesn't sound like the bullet would actually penetrate through the body) and leave a very pissed of Supergirl to deal with. [[spoiler:The Question grabbed the gun away while the general was distracted.]]



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** A hilarious example occurs in Episode 4 of ''{{Tales From The Borderlands}}''. During the [[spoiler: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin finger-gun fight]], "Rhys-quez" uses one of the accountants as a shield, and the fellow ends up getting 'shot' by his coworkers. Naturally, he's fine afterwards.]]

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** A hilarious example occurs in Episode 4 of ''{{Tales ''{{VideoGame/Tales From The Borderlands}}''. During the [[spoiler: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin finger-gun fight]], "Rhys-quez" uses one of the accountants as a shield, and the fellow ends up getting 'shot' by his coworkers. Naturally, he's fine afterwards.]]


* Invoked by [[spoiler: Fumitan]] in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' by TakingTheBullet for [[spoiler: Kudelia]]. The human shield in question miraculously blocked a shot from an ''anti material rifle'', which such firepower should have resulted in a OneHitPolyKill instead.

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* Invoked by [[spoiler: Fumitan]] in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' by TakingTheBullet for [[spoiler: Kudelia]]. The human shield in question miraculously blocked a shot from an ''anti material rifle'', which such firepower should have resulted in a OneHitPolyKill instead.

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* ''[[Series/WonderWoman1975 Wonder Woman]]'': In "The Man Who Could Not Die", Wonder Woman ducks behind the aforementioned man to throw her lasso of truth around a {{Mook|s}}. He blocks the bullets with his body which is slightly more efficient than letting her deflect the bullets with her bracelets and lassoing the thug as he runs away - as is done every other time this comes up.


* ''Film/WhatHppenedToMonday'': One of the sisters pushes a goon out in front of her just as his buddy fires, and it works (at close range with a machine gun, too).

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* ''Film/WhatHppenedToMonday'': ''Film/WhatHappenedToMonday'': One of the sisters pushes a goon out in front of her just as his buddy fires, and it works (at close range with a machine gun, too).


* Used strategically in ''LightNovel:SwordArtOnlineAlternativeGunGaleOnline''. [=LLEN=] takes advantage of her small size to hide behind enemy corpses. By the second tournament others have caught on to the tactic, even having teammates sacrifice themselves to provide a shield for others. Justified that this all takes place in a virtual reality video game and dead bodies are coded to act that way.

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* Used strategically in ''LightNovel:SwordArtOnlineAlternativeGunGaleOnline''.''LightNovel/SwordArtOnlineAlternativeGunGaleOnline''. [=LLEN=] takes advantage of her small size to hide behind enemy corpses. By the second tournament others have caught on to the tactic, even having teammates sacrifice themselves to provide a shield for others. Justified that this all takes place in a virtual reality video game and dead bodies are coded to act that way.

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* Used strategically in ''LightNovel:SwordArtOnlineAlternativeGunGaleOnline''. [=LLEN=] takes advantage of her small size to hide behind enemy corpses. By the second tournament others have caught on to the tactic, even having teammates sacrifice themselves to provide a shield for others. Justified that this all takes place in a virtual reality video game and dead bodies are coded to act that way.

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* ''Film/WhatHppenedToMonday'': One of the sisters pushes a goon out in front of her just as his buddy fires, and it works (at close range with a machine gun, too).


* Happens in ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' during the first fight scene, when Sherlock spots a mook coming towards him with a revolver and uses some fancy martial arts technique to maneuver the mook he is currently fighting into taking the bullet for him.

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* Happens in ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'' during the first fight scene, when Sherlock spots a mook coming towards him with a revolver and uses some fancy martial arts technique to maneuver the mook he is currently fighting into taking the bullet for him.

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* Similar to the Luke Cage example, Anissa Pierce in ''Series/BlackLightning2018'' has {{Nigh Invulnerab|le}}ility as one of her superpowers. When her father, the titular Black Lightning, is on the offensive, she activates her abilities to turn into this to defend him from a small arms fire.


* Subverted in Alistair [=MacLean=]'s novel ''Literature/TheSatanBug'', where the protagonist points his gun at a suspect, and then tells him not to "worry" about the Scotch tape over the barrel, since the bullets from this gun are strong enough to pierce, if necessary, even throw ''two persons'' standing one behind another.
* Subverted in the book ''[[Literature/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Legacy]]'', as a terrorist attempts to use a fallen guard as a human shield, but is mowed down when the blast go right through the body anyway.

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* Subverted in Alistair [=MacLean=]'s novel ''Literature/TheSatanBug'', where the protagonist points his gun at a suspect, and then tells him not to "worry" about the Scotch tape over the barrel, since the bullets from this gun are strong enough to pierce, if necessary, even throw through ''two persons'' standing one behind another.
* Subverted in the book ''[[Literature/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Legacy]]'', as a terrorist attempts to use a fallen guard as a human shield, but is mowed down when the blast blasts go right through the body anyway.



* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', when Queen Etheldredda tries to shoot Jenna and Alice Nettles jumps in between, the bullet stucks in her heart. {{Justified|Trope}}, since the bullet was primed for Jenna but the tag (the initials: IP for "Infant Princess") worked for Alice as well (since her actual name was "Iona Pot").

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* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', when Queen Etheldredda tries to shoot Jenna and Alice Nettles jumps in between, the bullet stucks sticks in her heart. {{Justified|Trope}}, since the bullet was primed for Jenna but the tag (the initials: IP for "Infant Princess") worked for Alice as well (since her actual name was "Iona Pot").


* At the end of the post-bank robbery running gun battle in ''Film/{{Heat}},'' Michael Cherito (Tom Sizemore) picks up a small girl to use as a human shield. Didn't do him any good for protection because Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) was already behind him and drawing a bead.

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* At the end of the post-bank robbery running gun battle in ''Film/{{Heat}},'' Michael Cherito Cheritto (Tom Sizemore) picks up a small girl to use as a human shield. Didn't do him any good for protection because Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) was already behind him and [[BoomHeadshot drawing a bead.bead towards his head]].

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