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  • 22 Bullets: Charly survives being shot 22 times.
  • The ABCs of Death: In the "A" segment, the husband survives being poisoned, stabbed repeatedly with a kitchen knife (including the knife being shoved through his neck and left there), having scalding grease thrown in his face, and being battered repeatedly with a Frying Pan of Doom.
  • Abominable: Amanda dives through a window to escape the monster, drops at least ten feet when she unclips her climbing harness, and is propelled through a windshield when the station wagon crashes, but only suffers a few cuts to her face.
  • Catwoman becomes this at the end of Batman Returns. We had previously seen her survive falls from three separate tall buildings, but two of those falls were played for dark comedy, making her an Iron Butt-Monkey. What shifts her into this trope is her Crazy Awesome act of defiance in the movie's climax, where the Big Bad shoots her four times but she just keeps coming, and then uses a stun gun, an exposed fuse box and her own saliva to electrocute them both....and lives.
    • There could be a veiled implication that she isn't quite "normal" after her miraculous resurrection by cats, after her initial death, even though nothing directly or blatantly points to her having actual supernatural powers.
  • Crime lord Bill takes this to ridiculous extremes in the film Beauty Investigators. After being shot in the heart, he still manages to beat a ninja in a fight. Later, his leg is broken almost to the point of a compound fracture, and not five minutes later he's walking with a slight limp.
  • Wang Fuming from Bodyguards and Assassin walks is only killed when he gets stabbed several times each by dozens of times by assassins. What really makes this made of iron is that it happens twice and he walks away from it the first time.
  • Botany Bay. This is an oldie loosely based on the sending of the First Fleet to Australia, and what the hero had to endure aboard ship should have turned him into shark-bait. Not just mercilessly flogged. but keelhauled twice over, and then confined in a leaky brig with icy seawater constantly seeping in! To cap it off, the actor wasn't a big hulking man, but slightly built and delicate-featured Alan Ladd.
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  • Campbell the Elder from Braveheart. He gets shot with an arrow, he keeps fighting. He gets his hand chopped off, he keeps fighting. He takes an axe to the stomach, and he keeps fighting. That last one is eventually what does him in, though.
  • In Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman, the Machine Gun Woman takes an extreme amount of damage and keeps going; extracting her final vengeance after having been near fatally wounded and then tortured.
  • Bud Spencer in many of his movies. Punch him wherever you want. He won't flinch. Go Chop Sockey on him. He still won't flinch. Hit his back with a table leg. The table leg will break; he still won't flinch. You'll just make him slightly more angry.
  • The Butchers: All of the serial killers are fairly tough, but the Zodiac Killer absorbs a ridiculous amount of damage. He absorbs multiple body blows from the magically enhanced Simon without flinching. The protagonists are only able to stop him by setting fire to him and running him over with a car
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  • Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle is full of these moments. The Demi Moore character is thrown from a car moving 40 or 50mph and not only survives but continues to fight.
  • The Chronicles of Riddick:
    • Because of the world from which they hail from, Furyans are incredibly tough and hardy. Aside from weathering blows and injuries that would leave most people stunned or unconscious, Riddick has been shown to be tough enough to dislocate and relocate his shoulders in an effort to escape his bonds, withstand long drops and even reset his arm after it was broken by Johns in a fight.
    • The Necromongers themselves are incredibly resistant to pain and damage, as their indoctrination renders them unaffected by damage to varying degrees. Dame Vaako herself managed to apply makeup to her eyes using a burning pencil, which by all means would hurt like a bitch, but did absolutely nothing for her. One of the Necromongers' best fighters, Irgun; had a knife embedded in his back from a previous kill, which did nothing to impede his movements or his ability to fight.
  • Cloverfield: Much of the plot revolves around several people traveling across the city to rescue a friend they know is injured. Said friend has rebar through her upper right shoulder. Holed-Woman then runs amok with this injury, arms akimbo and survives a helicopter crash. More than the people, we'd say the camera is made of iron, as it survives as much and more than they do.
  • In Act III of Con Air, Cameron Poe doesn't even flinch after getting shot clean through the bicep; instead, Poe effortlessly disarms the shooter and knocks him out. The wound is adequately dressed with a very thin strip of fabric, and Poe's arm retains full mobility through the rest of the movie.
  • In Cradle of Fear, the old man whom Sophie and Emma try to rob is a scrawny thing who looks like he would blow over in a strong wind. However, when he grabs Emma, Sophie hits him over the head seven or eight times with a candlestick, and thinks she has killed him. Then he sits up and a panicked Emma stabs him multiple times in the chest and he falls down again. Then he sits up again and Sophie finally kills him by smashing his head in with repeated blows from a heavy stone statue.
  • Jason Statham as Chev Cellios in Crank. The original film was already well within Refuge in Audacity territory. The sequel is even more so, with a healthy dose of What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?.
  • Subversion: Matt Murdock in Daredevil is shown spitting out a broken/dislodged tooth after his first on-screen fight, and it might take less time to show how much of his body isn't scarred. His medicine cabinet is also shown to be absolutely stuffed full of painkillers like Percocet and Vicodin, suggesting that he could teach Dr. House a thing or two about living with pain.
  • The titular Darkman, who gets caught in an explosion and loses all sense of touch. His body overproduces adrenaline as a result, giving him Super Strength and super-endurance as side effects. He can get hurt, but he tends to ignore it most of the time.
    Durant: "That guy's a cockroach. You think you kill him, and he pops up someplace else."
  • Averted in Destroyer: Erin takes a LOT of hits throughout the present-day action, but just keeps going. It's only after she's done what she had to do that the audience learns she's suffering serious physical consequences, and the movie ends with her being very strongly implied to have died as a result of her injuries.
  • The Die Hard movies:
    • John McClane fits the get-badly-hurt type to a tee. In the first movie, subverting the invincible action hero that reigned in that day, he kept on being beaten and injured and looked like he'd been through a warzone at the end. The sequels made John even harder to die, peaking in the fourth film, where he keeps taking enough damage to kill a man 3 or 4 times, yet he still wipes out an entire assault squad occupying a building, destroys a chopper with a police cruiser and a ramp, kills an enemy Action Girl with a Ford Explorer and an elevator pit, takes out a fighter plane with a big truck and an elevated highway, and shoots himself in the shoulder to kill the Big Bad that was holding a gun against him. And yet he's still calm and being patched up in the ambulance at the end instead of going straight to intensive care.
    • The Action Girl is also absurdly Made of Iron — she survives being hit by the Explorer, being smashed through a few walls, and even being slammed between the Explorer and a solid concrete wall. She was still beating the crap out of John after all this.
  • Trantor in Ernest Scared Stupid gets hit by a truck, and is completely unaffected.
  • The Evil Dead series. Ash is a normal human, but takes enough punishment from the dead and from the sets, at one point even cutting off his own hand, to put anyone into shock. However, this is mildly subverted in that he seems vulnerable to wood.
  • Pretty much all the Fast & Furious characters.
  • Ygor from Son of Frankenstein, who survived being hanged prior to film's events. He is shot in the end, but survives even that, and returns for The Ghost of Frankenstein. And then his brain is put into the Monster's body.note 
  • Before Jason Voorhees of Friday the 13th became the demon zombie killer we all know, he was just an ordinary mentally handicapped and deformed backwoods killer who could shrug off things like a machete through his collarbone and being hanged.
  • In G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Storm Shadow is slammed through a wall by Ripcord wearing an Accelerator Suit, which moves at least as fast as a car, and he comes out almost unscathed.
    • The Hummer from the Paris chase scene; it takes a crash against a tramway to stop it, and even then the body survives for the most part.
  • In Grim Prairie Tales, Colochez gets shot through the throat during a Showdown at High Noon. He manages to stagger over to Martin, knock him to the ground, half strangle him, and almost gouge his eyes out before expiring from blood loss.
  • Michael Myers from Halloween started out Made of Iron, but it was later retconned into supernatural Nigh-Invulnerability.
  • Jim Evers in The Haunted Mansion is thrown through the attic window, lands on the greenhouse roof (which doesn't break) then slides off it landing on his back on his car's windshield. He gets up like nothing happened nor a scratch on him.
  • In The Heat Rojas somehow survives a three-story drop onto the hood of his car with no injuries whatsoever. The car was less lucky.
  • Hellboy (2019):
    • Hellboy. He survives being impaled by multiple massive hunting spears, being electrocuted and virtually thrown off a bridge, followed immediately by being kicked and punched around by a pack of giants, without too much trouble. After that, it takes only a couple hours at most plus some basic first aid for his wounds to heal almost completely.
    • Probably owing to his being a were-creature, Daimio is also much more resilient than the average human. This guy can tank a punch from Hellboy's giant right fist to the face without visible injury, and the abuse he suffers during the final showdown would've killed a normal man ten times over.
  • Home Alone: Harry and Marv, as it has been scientifically proven that a human being could not possibly survive the traps they were victim to. Yet the thieves have inexplicably escaped death many times in both movies.
  • "Meat Cleaver" Max Jenke in The Horror Show provides to be a one tough Serial Killer to off even before his ghostly antics, as his execution by electric chair takes far longer than usual ("All that did was give me a hard-on"). The main character even readies himself for another fight before he goes down, but not after delivering a promise of revenge.
  • Indiana Jones. As the picture on our Bomb Proof Appliance page show, Frigidaire should use him as a celebrity spokesman. And that's not counting all the punching and jumping between\into vehicles.
  • Identity Thief: Diana gets hit by a car and doesn't get any visual damage.
  • James Bond
    • The villain Jaws takes massive amounts of punishment in his appearances in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker and still survives. (His teeth and balls are literally made of iron -or steel, more accurately.) In the most extreme case, he falls out of an airplane in the second movie and falls thousands of feet after accidentally disabling his own parachute into a circus tent and then onto the high wire act's safety net collapsing the entire circus tent down with him; not only does he survive, he doesn't seem hurt at all, simply getting up dusting himself off, and walking away.
    • In GoldenEye, somehow, some way, Janus is not killed by being inside a chemical weapons plant when it exploded... even though he is standing right next to the gas tanks with the explosives on them. The worst he walked away with was slight scarring on the side of his face. Then he survived what seems to be a 1-mile-fall from a giant parabolic antenna and into an empty, concrete dam. Granted, he wasn't in great shape, but he was still alive. How a regular human could survive this is a downright impossibility. It took the entire antenna collapsing on top of his head to finally kill him.
    • Much of the plot of The World Is Not Enough revolves around the fact that Bond gets a tough-to-heal-from injury early in the film. Doesn't stop him from kicking butt, he just winces manfully when the injury is smacked around.
    • Mild Lampshade Hanging in the unofficial film Never Say Never Again. Bond visits a health spa in the opening of the film and a doctor notes that his body "seems to be mainly scar tissue".
  • Matsu in the Joshuu Sasori series: Clubbed unconscious, hogtied for several days (during which time she's beaten with truncheons and has scalding soup poured on her), forced to dig holes for about 36 hours non-stop, tied up and used as a stress-relief piñata, tortured with a hot lightbulb...still watchful, alert and ready to escape at a moment's notice. And that's just the first film.
  • In Julia X, The Stranger is suffocated, stabbed, beaten repeatedly over the head, bound in barbed wire, has his feet nailed to the floor, is thrown downstairs multiple times, loses a ludicrous amount of blood, and still keeps coming.
  • In Jurassic Park, Tim survives nearly being eaten by Rexie, getting knocked off a cliff while still in the jeep, having said jeep fall down a tree and then almost crush him, getting shocked on the high-voltage paddock fences, and finally being stalked and attacked by a group of escaped Velociraptors. He's a limping, frazzled mess by the end of the movie.
  • The Beast from Kung Fu Hustle invokes this at first during his fight scene with the Landlord and Landlady, the two dropkicking him in the face and then backfisting and kicking him on either side of his head. Other than his face deforming around said extremities, he doesn't budge an inch.
    • Sing can also take an inhuman amount of punishment, as seen near the end of the movie where the Beast beats him hard enough to kill several normal men until his head has been punched right through the floor. Not only does he survive (albeit barely), but he manages to come back stronger than ever.
  • Laurel and Hardy take massive amounts of damage in their films, from simple attacks such as eye pokes to pianos falling on their backs, and can somehow still recover instantly and resume what they were doing without showing any signs of their previous injuries.
  • Luz from Machete.
    • "What eye?"
  • Many, many people in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Iron Man
      • Obvious jokes aside, the recent movie version of Tony Stark appears to be able to shrug off blows that should render his head the consistency of chunky salsa, both in and out of the power suit. The flight tests, for example. He also seems to ignore a GAPING HOLE IN HIS RIBCAGE, that should make it impossible for him to breathe unassisted, let alone fight. While escaping from the terrorists in the first act, he also falls in a "powered descent" (!) into a dune with enough force to destroy a solid-metal power suit, yet all his squishy meat and bones remain unharmed.
      • Not to mention that Tony nails Rhodey in the head with a barbell and weights, the concussive force of which should have shattered every bone in War Machine's head even with the suit on.
      • As referenced in the page quote by Honest Trailers in Iron Man 2 Ivan Vanko aka Whiplish (a normal human man) somehow survives Happy repeating ramming him into a steel fence with a Rolls-Royce. He even keeps fighting after, his pelvis and legs unbroken.
    • In The Avengers, the damage inflicted on Thor, Captain America, and the Hulk can be explained away by superpowers, but Natasha takes a ribcage-shattering backhand from the Hulk that barely stuns her, Tony is hurled through a glass window and falls several dozen stories, and Clint swings through the glass window of an office and is still able to at least kneel upright and aim an arrow into Loki's face shortly afterwards (these last two are staples of Joss Whedon works). To be fair, Tony isn't seen standing or walking without the Iron Man armor any time in the immediate aftermath of the window fall, so it's possible he could've been more badly cut up inside the suit, and Hawkeye is later seen sitting with his leg propped up on Natasha's chair in the shawarma joint, so he may have been somewhat injured by that. However, they're all seen effortlessly walking about in a cut to a few days later, so any injuries they may have sustained are relatively minor.
    • In Captain America: Winter Soldier much like in The Avengers, the cast go through the wringer. Nick Fury during his first assassination attempt has his wrist fractured and gets several more broken bones as Hydra Mooks crash multiple police cars into his SUV and only "dies" after the Winter Solider snipes him through the chest. It's revealed later Nick survived and apart from a lacerated spinal column, cracked sternum, shattered collar bone, perforated liver, collapsed lung and one hell of a headache he's "fine". Natasha for her part survives getting brutalized by the Winter Solider, shot in the shoulder and recovers quickly from her taser disk in the Final Battle. Cap himself endures falling from 30 stories getting repeatedly punched in the face with Bucky's bionic arm and shot multiple times, this can by Hand Waved due to the Super Serum.
    • In Guardians of the Galaxy, all the major characters get knocked around quite a bit, but special mention goes to Rocket: physically the weakest, but is able to survive getting thrown and blasted long distances and crashing a ship with the only effect being getting temporarily knocked out by the latter.
      • While Rocket is heavily cyborgized, with his skeleton fully replaced (as shown in the records during processing by the police), Peter displays superhuman durability without any body mods.
      • Yondu crashes in the climax hard enough to completely annihilate his ship yet gets out without injury. He also then proceeds to take down an entire Sakaaran platoon (and a necrocraft) in seconds with his Trick Arrow.
    • In Doctor Strange the titular sorcerer is very much Made of Iron though worth noting unlike the previous examples he has no superpowers, armored suit, cybernetics or alien physiology to justify how he survives the amount damage he gets throughout the movie. Even before he learns magic the good doctor survives a massive car crash that involved his Lamborghini go spiralling off a highway and smashing into power station, this alone should've killed Stephen but the worst he gets is crippled hands. As a sorcerer Strange tanks a combined beatdown from Kaecilius and his followers and even a Space Shard through the torso the same thing that mortally wounded the Ancient One.
    • In Black Panther during the first waterfall duel, T'challa when Brought Down to Normal and fighting the hulking M'Baku, gets smacked down repeatedly, gets a crushing Bear Hug and headbutted multiple times before getting stabbed in the shoulder. T'challa however endures all of this and overpowers M'Baku forcing him to yield. In the second waterfall fight T'challa gets an even worse beating from Killmonger and tossed off a cliff, he's revealed later to have survived albeit in critical condition and requires the Heart Shaped Herb to recover.
    • Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame
      • In Infinity War Doctor Strange survives getting smashed into brickwork, thrown into cars and even tossed around by Thanos. Scarlet Witch recovers quickly from getting blasted into through widow by Promixa Midnight and even falling through a glass train station roof (though she had Vision to cushion her fall). Tony gets the worst of it smashed repeatedly by Obsidian Cull and Thanos, and unarmored gets stabbed through the torso with his own weapon by Thanos but manages to seal his wound with some kind of spray and lives on for multiple months in space before getting rescued.
      • In Endgame this takes trope to even greater extreme. Such as in just prior the Final Battle where the collective heroes in the Avengers's base Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, War Machine, Hawkeye, Ant-Man and Rocket Raccoon get nuked with a Orbital Bombardment from Thano's ship Sanctuary 2 and everyone single one of them survive with only minor scrapes. While that level of durability is to expected from Thor or Hulk, the rest should reasonably have been blown into smoking chunks. Tony once again is the king of this however, like during the earlier time heist, he gets smashed by 2012 Hulk while unarmored and only needs a icepack for his head later.
  • Ethan Hunt from Mission Impossible (and by extension portrayer Tom Cruise, who insists on doing the death defying stunts himself). Most people wouldn't survive one of the falls and car crashes he suffered, along with fistfights such as the one that only ended with the other guy being ran over.
  • The villainous Cleanup Crew in Momentum are few in number, but prove difficult to kill even for the badass Action Girl protagonist.
    • One man endures a real beating and comes back for round two.
    • Another gets a knife in the back. It merely annoys him.
    • The team leader escapes an explosion specifically meant for him.
    • His Dark Action Girl lieutenant survives two explosions and still puts up a fight.
    • Averted with two other guys who die relatively quickly. Just to make sure, the heroine shoots them point blank in the head .
  • MonsterVerse:
    • In Godzilla (2014), Godzilla survived being nuked multiple times, and it's implied that this made him stronger. First nuke he took? Castle Bravo, a 15 megaton hydrogen bomb. It did nothing to him. Artillery attacks, tank shells, and bullets, he doesn't even notice. Missiles? A mild nuisance. He even takes a skyscraper collapsing on him and manages to get back up. Only attacks from the Mutos put him in any mortal danger. If you know your Godzilla, this is to be expected.
    • Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) takes this Up to Eleven as all four of the primary Kaiju show signs of this, but Godzilla himself not only comes Back from the Dead, he survives being dropped from the IONOSPHERE by Ghidorah and while it hurt like hell, he was still alive.
    • King Kong is certainly Made of Iron and considering unlike his aforementioned rival he lacks a protective scaled hide, his feats of toughness are all the more impressive. In Kong: Skull Island he endures getting shot and sliced at by helicopters, attacked by a giant Octopus, set on fire by a napalm strike and gets further ravaged by Skullcrawlers but is no worse for wear by the end.
    • In Godzilla vs. Kong, Kong is repeatedly on receiving end of savage beatdowns at the claws, tails and teeth of Godzilla, but he keeps getting up and fighting regardless. At one point the big ape eats a blast of the Atomic Breath (which one-shotted the MUTO) straight to the back and, while it clearly does hurt a lot, Kong does shrug it off.
  • Jock in Mortdecai. Over the course of the film, he is beaten, hit by a car, frozen while hiding on an airplane and almost loses a finger, but nothing keeps him down for long.
  • Implied with Eric in Mystery Team, who tells Jason to shrug off a bullet wound, stating he had been shot three times. Keep in mind that Eric is seven.
  • In the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), Quentin Smith survives absurd levels of punishment. Being dangerously sleep-deprived, he injects himself with a vial of pure epinephrine shortly before the climax. During Nancy's plan to drag Freddy into the real world so the two can kill him, Quentin accidentally falls asleep while watching over Nancy's sleeping form. He is promptly ambushed by Freddy in the Dream World, who slashes his chest open (that's four deep gashes, mind you, one for each finger blade) before slamming his head repeatedly against a metal pipe and leaving him for dead. Through sheer force of will, Quentin wakes himself up and injects Nancy with the other vial of adrenaline to revive her as well, bringing Freddy along for the ride. In the ensuing fight, Quentin receives even more injuries as he is impaled through the torso, sent flying across the room with enough force to shatter a mirror, and backhanded to the ground by Krueger. Despite this, he still manages to seriously wound the killer in the process. Hell, even Freddy can't help but comment on Quentin's stubborn determination by demanding, "Now why don't you just fuckin' die?!"
  • Parodied in Pain and Gain with Kershaw. Who takes a truly staggering amount of punishment as the main trio tries to off him, but survives every turn.
  • The Narrator in The Perfect Sleep. Although he does get sliced and shot, mostly he just gets punched...a lot: He gets beaten to a bloody pulp five times during the course of one night by five different groups of highly motivated thugs, yet somehow remains functional enough to kill most of them and make it to the Final Battle with Nikolai. In the Shirtless Scene, we see he has hundreds of horrific scars from years of abuse—as his drug-dosing doctor pal calls it, "the tapestry of pain". His ability to withstand pain and death is pretty much supernatural, as he admits himself:
    Walter's boys just gave me a beating that will have them waking up sore in the morning. I should be on death’s door. Walter thinks so. And you probably think so too.
  • Inigo Montoya at the climax of his story in The Princess Bride. He's been hit in the belly with a thrown dagger, which clearly has been embedded up to the hilt. This is a very dangerous wound in modern times, in the setting it's the kind of wound where if you're LUCKY, you bleed to death. (If you're unlucky, you die of the infection. Peritonitis is a VERY unpleasant way to go.) Within a couple of minutes, he's shrugged it off and inflicted a humiliating beat down on the man he's been hunting since he was a boy, followed by an awesome Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    Inigo: Offer me everything I ask for!
    Rugen: Anything you want!
    Inigo: (stab with sword) I want my FATHER BACK, you son of a bitch!
  • Spotted Horse in The Quick and the Dead. How many times do you have to shoot a man to kill him?
  • The Raid All of the characters qualify. For instance, the dragon of the film, a man called "Mad Dog" is beaten around in the two on one finale by Rama and Andi, taking bone-shattering blow after blow. He even continues to kick their asses after having a broken fluorescent light tube jammed in his carotid!
  • Ol' Rocky Balboa. He's not the strongest boxer, but Rocky can take a beating like nobody's business.
    • The worst offender may be Rocky II, where in their climactic rematch, Apollo Creed gives him twenty consecutive, unanswered shots to the face. More than once.
    • The sound of blows landing in Rocky III is dubbed in astonishingly loud, more akin to shotgun blasts than to fists; during their climactic fight, Rocky and Clubber Lang trade punches that seem like they would decapitate a normal human being.
    • Rocky IV:
    Drago: He's not human. He's like a piece of iron.
  • In Rovdyr, the Almost Dead Guy Camilla and Jorgen rescue from the tree takes a surprising amount of damage while escaping before finally dying, including a knife in the back, despite having been subjected to extensive torture for who knows how long before the protagonists arrived. He finally succumbs only when he is Gutted Like a Fish by one of the hunters.
  • Scream is set in a "real" world and yet all Ghostfaces go through damage that could make regular people limp or get hospitalized but just keep going. Sidney also earns this in the fourth movie along with her regular Plot Armor, as despite being in an emergency room with an abdomen injury, she still holds her own against the villain.
  • In Secret Reunion, Lee Han-gyoo takes a stab wound and a bullet wound to the middle and he's still alive by the end of the movie.
  • Marv from Sin City. Hit several times by a speeding car without a single broken bone.
    Hartigan: Just one hour to go. My last day on the job. Early retirement. Not my idea. Doctor's orders. Heart condition. Angina, he calls it.
  • In Sky High, pyrokineticist 'Warren Peace' shrugs off a full-power super-strength slam from the hero with no more than an insulting, "You think I can't take a hit?!"
  • In Sleeping with the Enemy, Laura and husband Martin go out for a sailing trip with a neighbor. When a storm flares up, Laura falls overboard, and when her life jacket is found, she is presumed drowned. As it turns out, Laura jumped overboard and swam to shore to escape her abusive husband. Swam miles in the dead of night, through a vicious storm, without a life vest, with her only previous swimming experience being in a pool. An Olympic-caliber swimmer would have drowned in those conditions, or at least been completely exhausted, yet a novice swimmer like Laura manages with ease.
  • In Snatch., Boris the Bullet-Dodger doesn't so much dodge bullets as absorb them. He also survives being trapped in a car trunk during an accident and being hit head-on by a van without even being noticeably slowed down.
  • While the blows sustained by Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Spider-Man Trilogy may be explained by his newly acquired superpowers, no such explanation is given for how Doctor Octopus — a comparatively weak, fleshy human — can take more than a single punch to the jaw from the super-strong hero.
  • Captain Kirk in Star Trek (2009) takes some pretty serious beatings: in approximately a single day, he gets the everliving crap beaten out of him by Romulans before Sulu saves his butt, nearly falls to his death on Vulcan trying to save Sulu's butt, nearly eaten by two monsters on an ice planet, Spock kicks his ass and nearly strangles him to death, then the Romulans beat the everliving crap out of him yet again. And yet he's still standing.
    • One might hand-wave this away with some off-screen future medical tech (which conveniently leaves the rugged bruises and abrasions alone).
  • The Star Wars universe has the Force, but this trope is the only explanation for some of the things the non-Force users shrug off.
    • Exhibit A: There isn't enough space on this page to list everything that Han Solo and Chewbacca get themselves into and out of, all without any Force abilities (and proudly so). In four movies, it seems like everything tries to kill them at some point, and a lot of those things succeed in injuring Han especially. But they never end up with much worse than temporary blindness (or at least, Chewie doesn't, and it doesn't end up being any of the obvious dangers that finally get Han...).
    • Exhibit B: Poe Dameron. Judging by Finn's reaction to Rey being kidnapped later in the film, the First Order's interrogation techniques are a Fate Worse than Death. Judging by Poe's reaction when he gets put through them in the beginning of the film, they're a mild annoyance (at least until The Heavy shows up).
    • Exhibit C: Finn, about five minutes later, crash lands on Jakku, treks through miles of desert, and promptly gets himself into a chase, a gunfight, and another chase with hardly a pause.
    • Finally lampshaded in Rogue One, as Chirrut recites his Force Survival Mantra whilst walking through a field of fire, directly invoking Imperial Storm Trooper Marksmanship Academy, demonstrating that there is some level of influence on Force-sensitives and how they frequently they tend to survive dangerous situations.
  • In Superman Returns Lois takes quite a beating throughout the film, such as being thrown about in a plane as it plummets, and having a heavy object fall on her, but the worse injury she seems to suffer is being knocked unconscious for a few minutes, and she recovers just in time to save Superman.
  • In Ten Dead Men, Ryan takes damage that should realistically have crippled or killed a normal man. Before he begins his Roaring Rampage of Revenge he is used as a punching bug by a mixed martial arts fighter; hit over the head with a baseball bat; shot twice; and dumped in the ocean wrapped in plastic. He then takes damage in every single fight as he works his way through his hit list. He is still standing at the end.
  • Thirst (2015): The alien monster in the movie is impervious to being shot with a shotgun, can survive a helicopter crash, and even EXPLOSIONS. Though the alien DID lose an arm in the gasoline cannon explosion.
  • The Three Stooges Curly is famous for his harder-than-average head. In various shorts, Moe would use a saw or a pickaxe on Curly's cranium, only to find that the points of said tools bent afterward.
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Sam Witwicky gets dropped a few stories, tossed around by giant robots, caught in the middle of friendly fire — only the latter actually has any effect on him. Despite having a Mk84 bomb which causes lethal fragmentation up to 400 yards dropped about 100 feet behind him.
  • Urban Legend: Brenda Bates is shot in a shoulder, then in the chest, falling from a third-story window. Then, she tries to axe down the good guys, only to fly through the windscreen and falling off a bridge. Seconds after, she's shown in another college, telling THE tale.
  • Cactus Jack Slade in the Western parody The Villain casually survives numerous examples of violence up to and including getting hit by a train. Not surprising, since the movie is essentially a live-action Roadrunner cartoon, with Jack playing the part of Wile E. Coyote.
  • The heroes in Watchmen don't have any superpowers, with the exception of Dr. Manhattan. Still, in the movie, they take (and deal) some kicks and punches that ought to break bones and somehow don't, unless they're fighting mooks, which tend to snap much easier.
  • In Wild Wild West, Will Smith's character climbs up the antagonist's giant robotic spider, only to be shot point blank in the chest with a flintlock pistol. It is explained how he survives the shot — as it turns out, he has a chain mail vest made to stop bullets — but there is no explanation how, after the shot knocked him off the spider, he was able to survive falling 5 stories to land on his back.
  • In Willow, General Kael gives an excellent demonstration of this trope in his final battle with Madmartigan. Madmartigan stabs him in the belly with a broken sword and looks at Kael expectantly, waiting for him to fall over dead. Instead, Kael punches Madmartigan in the face. Madmartigan slashes him across the chest with another sword. Kael punches Madmartigan again, then grabs him by the throat and starts choking him. Madmartigan gives another jab to the broken sword still sticking out of Kael's guts. Kael loses his grip, and Madmartigan manages to impale him on his own sword (yes, that's three different swords). Kael gets back up. Madmartigan has to kick him off a parapet forty feet to the ground before he finally dies.
  • X-Men Film Series
    • Magneto's younger self is quite capable of taking a beating. In X-Men: First Class he was being thrown across a room by Shaw crashing into mirrors. In X-Men: Days of Future Past, he took head injuries from Beast and nearly drowned before restraining him only needing a head stitching after. His older self also survived a blast from Cyclops in the first film, and in X-Men: Days of Future Past continued to protect the group from the Sentinels with a shard having pierced his abdomen.
    • Mystique. As her fight with Wolverine handily demonstrates.
    • In The Wolverine Yakuza Enforcers seemingly have no issue with surviving high speed impacts into the top of a bullet train after leaping over train traffic lights. The most you'll get out of them are minor, irritated grunts.
  • The World of Kanako:
    • Akikazu is beaten up and shot so much throughout the film the he's just a bloody mess. However this does not seem to hurt him very much and he fights on.
    • Aikawa (a dirty cop that faced off with Akikazu at some point) is run over by a car but it doesn't hurt him very much. He still dies from a gunshot to the head.


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