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"Let an opponent graze your skin and you smash into his flesh; let an opponent smash into your flesh and you fracture his bone; let an opponent fracture your bone and you take his life! Do not be concerned with your escaping safely; lay your life before him!"

Bob is in a sword fight with Emperor Evulz, and things don't look good for Bob. Emperor Evulz is much faster than him, and Bob just can't land a blow.

Oh no! Emperor Evulz just stabbed Bob's shoulder! Once Evulz pulls his sword out he'll be able to finish Bob.

Not so fast. The hero let himself get impaled on purpose. And now that he's got the villain's sword restrained, the hero has him right where he wants him.

This trope occurs when a character deliberately allows himself to be injured, injures himself, or takes advantage of the fact that he's just been injured and uses it to gain an advantage against an opponent.

In video games, there may be certain abilities/perks which activate when the user gets hit, or when they've lost a good part of their HP. Naturally, some players may try using this gambit to unleash those abilities. In some other cases, you might be fighting an enemy or boss whose attack will leave them vulnerable even if you get hit by it, or when they're normally impenetrable until they lower their defenses when they try to attack you; this leaves a room for you to exploit this to attack them.

More extreme cases of this can result in Death Is the Only Option, a Heroic Sacrifice, or Mutual Kill. Frequently exploits Good Thing You Can Heal, as a standard part of the skillset for anyone with a Healing Factor or one of the more user-friendly varieties of Resurrective Immortality. Compare Taking You with Me, Death or Glory Attack, Life-or-Limb Decision. One possible motive for doing so would be to get the opponent Left Stuck After Attack. May be used in order to trigger a Critical Status Buff.

Typical in cases of Bizarre Alien Biology. Compare with Wounded Gazelle Gambit (pretending to be hurt so that they can make a third person attack their target), Exploited Immunity (getting both yourself and your target injured in a way you know won't harm you as much), Attacking Through Yourself (in which the attacker deliberately attacks himself to get at his opponent, rather than just letting an enemy attack hit him), Self-Poisoning Gambit (Consuming something that is poisoned in order to lure someone else into also doing so) and Pull Yourself Down the Spear (pulling oneself down a spear to get closer or to make the enemy stuck) Related to Failure Gambit and Confound Them with Kindness.


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  • Soko does this in Ao no Fuuin. She allows herself to be impaled upon the Black Demon Mask's horn and holds it tight, so it can't back off. She says she'll only let go if the Demon Masks allows them access to the inner part of the Sanctuary.
  • Battle Angel Alita: Alita's solution to dealing with an opponent with a polearm who is fast enough for the reach advantage to be of use? Let her arm get severed at the shoulder and beat the other girl down with the thick end. Not the first time she pulled such a stunt nor the last. She's a cyborg, by the way, if you were wondering how she can repeatedly hit people with her own severed arm; when they found her, she was a functioning brain in the ruins of a torso.
  • Berserk: Guts does this pretty often when he's not fast enough to dodge incoming attacks, and turns the situation around by tanking the attack in question, before utilizing the properties of the attack to hit the enemy back, a lot worse than he got hit himself, in a similar fashion to the current page quote.
    • In his fight against the insect Apostle Rosine, he deliberately lets her impale his right forearm with her sharp proboscis and carry him into the air with her just so he can shoot her at point blank range with his Arm Cannon; prior to this she was flying past him so fast that he couldn’t land a hit on her. Later in the fight, when it looks like she’s killed him by stabbing him through the head, it turns out that he turned his head at the last moment and was only impaled through the cheeks. He bites down on the proboscis with his teeth so she can't avoid his final sword blow.
    • In the Birth Ceremony Chapter of the Conviction Arc, Guts is about to be hit with a giant wheel being swung by an enemy, and has no chance to dodge it. Instead he shoots the wheel-user with his arm cannon at the moment the wheel hits him, and uses the combined force of the wheel and the cannon's recoil to get launched into the air so he can then hit another enemy who's flying above them.
    • While fighting a giant Kushan monster, he lets it hit him in order to get knocked up onto a building and fight from a higher location.
  • Black Cat: Train lets one of his hands get cut off by Creed so that he can shoot away the invisible sword, then shoot Creed himself.
  • In Black Clover, Vetto allows Asta to stab him with the Demon-Dweller Sword so that Asta would no longer be able to use its Anti-Magic against him and figuring that with his immense stamina he can survive having a sword impaled in his chest for long enough to kill the heroes. This backfires badly because the Demon-Dweller Sword's Mana Drain function is not dependent on Asta actually holding the sword. It continues to drain away Vetto's strength-enhancing magic the whole time. Vetto only realizes this when his Super-Senses are reduced to the point he can no longer track Asta's movements.
  • Bleach:
    • In a fight where Kenpachi lost all his senses except touch, he realised the only way he could tell where his opponent was would be by trapping the sword and grabbing the person holding onto it. The only way he could trap the sword was by letting himself be run through with it. He didn't mind. After the first shot, though, he had enough information to simply catch the sword before it could ever cut him.
    • Zommari had the power to control limbs he tagged with his ability. Immediately and without hesitation, Byakuya deliberately severed the tendons in both his left leg and his left arm to free his body from Zommari's control. Even though he only had one leg and one arm left, he still made defeating Zommari look easy.
    • Yamamoto deliberately tanks Aizen's sword to the gut in the same tactic Kenpachi used to be certain he knew where Aizen was as a counter against Aizen's shikai, which does not affect anyone in contact with said sword. Later on, he sacrifices his own left arm to cast a spell that's designed to take out Aizen. Unfortunately, Aizen manages to escape... but he's so shaken he leaves himself wide open to attack by Ichigo, who previously couldn't even hit him.
    • Masaki Kurosaki once had trouble hitting a hollow because it was too fast. So she decides to stand still. It charges up and bites her... and she shoots it in the head at point-blank range.
    • Gremmy Thoumeaux lets Kenpachi impale him, trapping the sword, then summons a giant hand with his powers in an attempt to crush him.
    • Giselle Gewelle has Blood Magic-like powers, so she goads a bunch of Shinigami into almost splitting her in half... and once they're splattered in her blood, she forces them to kill themselves.
    • Shunsui pulls this against Lille Barro, deliberately slowing his running rhythm so Lille would shoot him. The moment afterwards, Shunsui shows up right behind Lille, saying he did that on purpose to distract this enemy who's supposed to have absolutely perfect aiming skills as his Vandereich power.
  • In Blood+, Saya impales herself and Karl together on her own sword in order to kill him. Since her blood is poison to him and she has a Healing Factor, only Karl goes down from it.
  • Buso Renkin: During his final fight with Shusui Hayasaka, Kazuki knew he couldn't stop his more skilled opponent's Reverse Do finishing move with a traditional defence so he returned his buso renkin to its kakugane form inside his chest just before it hit, stopping an attack that would have cut him in half with his near-indestructible Magitek artificial heart, shocking his opponent long enough to reactivate his weapon and strike a near-fatal blow of his own.
  • In A Certain Scientific Railgun the teleporter ability wielding Kuroko uses subverts and then plays this straight in quick succession to defeat Kouzaku. Both times based on Koazaku knowing that Kuroko was getting tired and could only teleport so many times in quick succession and with lag between each one.
    • The first time Kouzaku is fighting Kuroko using a remote control liquid metal being, where she watches the fight through a hacked camera. She forces Kuroko to teleport and immediately attacks the location she's going to teleport to. Apparently taking her out and sending Kuroko falling several stories to her demise. However, the camera had been counter hacked to display the false image of Kuroko's death, leading to Kouzaku lowering her guard and allowing Kuroko to sneak up on her in the narrow sewers, all while Kuroko remained unharmed.
    • In the sewers Kuroko had no where to really teleport to, all the same Kouzaku's plan was to throw a knife at her and get her to teleport just a couple feet to the side, before hitting her with the real killing blow at her new location while teleport was again on cooldown. Kuroko countered this by instead charging straight ahead and taking the knife straight through her palm instead of teleporting. By the time Kouzaku processed what happened and was ready to attack again Kuroko was already on her and had knocked her out.
  • This happens with disturbing regularity in Claymore:
    • A supporting character does this to trap a yoma's hands, giving Clare the opportunity to kill it.
    • Don't forget much earlier in the series when an unarmed Clare lets a yoma punch her through the stomach, only to throw herself and said yoma down a cliff to grab her sword and regain the upper hand.
    • Deneve, who can regenerate her body from almost note  any wound at a ridiculously rapid rate; her fighting style is best described as "suicidal", because hey, when you can grow back your arm and regenerate the intestines that were just ripped out of you, why not let an enemy mutilate you if it gets you close enough to kill him?
    • Done by Miria, who cut off her own arm in order to lodge the sword it was holding into her opponent's chest. While she can't grow back her limbs, she can reattach them.
    • Raki challenges Priscilla to a fight and gets severely curbstomped for his efforts which allows him to get up and backstab Priscilla through her neck since he has no youki for her to track. Raki spent years of training with Isley just to bulk up enough so he could survive the curbstomp.
  • During the assault on Tokyo in Code Geass R2, when the Ax-Crazy Knight of Rounds Luciano Bradley attacks a Black Knight battleship by throwing a disabled, friendly ship into it, Xingke deliberately gets hit by Knight of One Bismarck Waldstein's BFS. He uses force of impact to put himself in a position to get a clean shot at the falling battleship, saving everyone below. It severely ruins his mecha though.
  • From Death Note, in an unlikely non-fighting anime variation, L allowed himself a punch in the face from Light in order to nimbly reverse around and kick his opponent across the room. He knows Capoeira.
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: During Nezuko's and Tanjiro's tag-team battle against Hantengu's emotions, the pair are on the ropes with Nezuko pinned under rubble. She grabs onto and slits her palms open on the edge of Tanjiro's Nichirin Katana and kindles the residue to create the Blood Burst Blade.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Captain Ginyu punches a hole through his own chest, crippling himself just before using his hitherto-unknown Grand Theft Me attack on Goku, thereby leaving Goku crippled instead.
    • During the fight against Frieza, Vegeta has Krillin critically wound him and is then healed by Dende, exploiting the Saiyans' ability to become stronger after recovering from near-fatal injuries. Sadly, while Vegeta did become much stronger, the boost wasn't nearly enough to make a difference. Not to mention Frieza killed Dende so they couldn't exploit that tactic anymore.
    • Future Zamasu in Dragon Ball Super does this repeatedly, taking advantage of his Complete Immortality. On several occasions, his ally attacks opponents through him, knowing he'll be fine.
  • Juuza of the Clouds from Fist of the North Star does this in the second part of his duel with Ken-Oh, in which he intentionally drops all of his guard just so Ken-Oh would hit him straight in the chest. This gives Juuza the leverage needed to perform an armbar and attempt to destroy Ken-Oh's arm.
  • An injured and outmatched Captain Buccaneer from Fullmetal Alchemist attempts to attack the homunculus Wrath and gets a sword in the stomach for his troubles... and then he flexes his abs so that Wrath can't pull the sword back out, leaving him temporarily disarmed. A bit later, Buccaneer and Fuu both die in order to land a hit on Bradley that actually inconveniences him enough for Greedling to put out his Ultimate Eye.
    • In a different fight in the same battle, Major Armstrong is getting pounded by Sloth, but it is unable to fight back because he had dislocated his shoulder earlier. Then Armstrong turns into one of the blows, causing it to forcibly pop his arm back into place, allowing him to go back on the offensive.
  • Occasionally used in Gantz; since finishing a mission enables you to return unharmed, some characters take the danger of getting injured to finish an opponent. Bear in mind that if you have any vital signs at all, you come back unharmed.
  • Palparepa flies out of his Humongous Mecha to stab Guy for the final strike in GaoGaiGar FINAL. Guy takes the opportunity to give Palparepa some G-Stone to the face and rip the Loud G-Stone right off his eye, given the motion of his arm.
  • A variation of this occurred in episode 4 of GunBuster involving a giant robot and an alien mothership. Noriko allowed the Lightning Bruiser mothership to impale Gunbuster, leaving her in perfect position to hit (and destroy) it with her weapons.
  • Not straight, but kind of Gundam examples:
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team Federation elite pilot Shiro Amada rips off his suit's arm to use it as a weapon when all of his other weapons have been disposed of by Zeon ace Norris Packard.
    • Used fairly often in Mobile Suit Gundam 00, e.g. Sergei Smirnov allowing Gundam Exia to cut off his arm only to get the upper hand this way.
    • In one episode of G Gundam, Domon is wrapped up by Cobra Gundam. In order to escape, he dislocates his Gundam's shoulder to give him room to move. Keep in mind that in G Gundam, the Gundam's movements mirror the pilot's, so he had to dislocate his own shoulder in order to do this.
  • Hajime no Ippo: Being a Mighty Glacier at the beginning of the series, this was the main way Ippo fought his opponents. Later he evolves into Lightning Bruiser.
    • More so in his fight with Fragile Speedster Woli where he goes from Let him tear my flesh so that I can shatter his bones to Let him tear my flesh so that I can scratch him.
  • Hunter × Hunter: Gon versus Genthru during the Greed Island Arc. Gon gets one of his hands blown off and the other near-destroyed in order to kick Genthru in the jaw.
  • ID: Invaded: When Hondomachi is held captive by The Perforator she throws herself onto his drill reasoning that the intense emotion of attempting to kill herself would allow the squad to locate her.
  • The title character of Inuyasha allows his Aloof Big Brother Sesshoumaru to put his hand all the way through his chest. While Sesshoumaru's attention is thus occupied, Inuyasha rips off his other arm and takes back his BFS. In spite of having a fist-sized hole through the middle of his body, which should have taken a four-inch segment out of his spine, he survives.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Stardust Crusaders: Jotaro allows himself to get stabbed in the gut by a cursed sword, and then uses his body weight as leverage to snap it in half, as touching the hilt would have had him become possessed by it. Later, during the final battle Dio allows Jotaro to unleash a flurry of attacks at him as he knows that being sent flying by the force will allow him to reach Joseph's body allowing him to absorb his blood.
    • Diamond is Unbreakable: After Okuyasu destroys the motorcycle that kept Red Hot Chili Pepper powered and stranded him from all other electrical ports, Chili Pepper deliberately goads him with a reverse Wounded Gazelle Gambit by implying that he's got an ace up his sleeve. He gets Okuyasu to use The Hand on him, deliberately tanking a hit so that an underground electrical cable could be pierced and he could recharge back to full health and escape.
    • Golden Wind: Narancia cuts off his own tongue and replaces it with a new one to throw off Qualo and Tiziano when he gets close enough to finish them off.
    • Stone Ocean: Jolyne sets herself on fire in order to protect Emporio and herself from Rikiel's Stand that steals her body heat.
    • Steel Ball Run: In his battle with Axl Ro, Johnny intentionally provokes Axl into fatally stabbing him, which causes the effect of Civil War to be undone and heal Johnny since Axl feeling guilt for his actions make the Stand's ability affects him as well.
    • JoJolion: Josuke intentionally gets injured by Wonder of U so he would be admitted to the T.G. University Hospital in order to continue his pursuit of said Head Doctor. This also spares Rai from the Stand's attack as his attention is shifted from chasing the Head Doctor to making sure that Josuke receives immediate medical attention.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War:
    • Ishigami was subjected to this in the backstory when he discovered that the boyfriend of a girl he knew was cheating on her. The boyfriend provoked him into attacking when he was confronted in order to make him look like a crazed stalker and destroy his credibility.
    • Discussed by Maki during the New Game arc. After seeing Ishigami have to wait on Miko hand and foot when he accidentally broke her arm, she seriously considers getting Tsubasa to do the same to her so he'll spend time with her.
  • Kill la Kill: Ryuko and Senketsu defeat Sanageyama in their first match this way by cutting off a piece of Senketsu and using the scraps of cloth to blind Sanageyama.
  • Knight Hunters: In Weiß Kreuz Glühen, Hidaka Ken does a Kill Us Both variant, grabbing Clone Toudou from behind to restrain him and calling for Aya to run them both through. He waves it away afterwards with a flippant "It's okay, I have two kidneys."
  • In one fight in Lone Wolf and Cub, one of the ninjas does a Barehanded Blade Block, intentionally delaying the clap until after the blade had penetrated his skull so that it would be trapped to allow the others to swarm Ittō.
  • In Monster Musume, this is part of Zombina's general strategy- run in, get shot to bits, then attack when her opponents think she's dead and have let their guard down. She's not bothered by the wounds because she's a zombie already.
  • My Hero Academia: Midoriya shoves his left arm, which was already broken from a previous attack, through one of Muscular's muscle fibers so that he can fire a point blank 100% Smash right in the villains face. Unfortunately, it doesn't work.
  • Naruto:
    • Naruto allows Kabuto to stab him through the hand with a kunai so that he can hold him while he forms a Rasengan with his other hand to hit Kabuto with. In an anime flashback in Part 2, Jiraiya points out that it's most advantageous to avoid having to do this.
    • Kabuto, himself, kinda pulled this off a little earlier in the same battle. Twice, no less. ("Kinda" because the injury was self-inflicted.) First time was when he fought Tsunade and he slit his own wrist in order to splash her with the blood and exploit her severe blood phobia for a quick victory. The second time was when Naruto used his Me's a Crowd technique and he splashed some blood in the eyes of one clone, effectively blinding it. He possibly uses it a third time when he, around the time he gets hit by the Rasengan, uses a chakra scalpel on Naruto's heart that puts him on the verge of death.
    • When Hayate finds out about the Sand and Sound Village invading, he tries to cut Baki with his sword. Baki doesn't dodge, allowing the blade to become lodged in his thick armor. Baki then kills the trapped Hayate with Razor Wind.
    • Neji lets Kidomaru hit him with an arrow - but directing it away from his heart - to send a chakra burst through the thread to stun him, leaving him defenseless against a killing blow.
    • About the same time, less straight: Kiba stabs himself to force his opponent out of his body.
    • Sorta used by Shikamaru, too. When he's paralyzed by Tayuya's Magic Music, he uses his shadow jutsu to break one of his fingers and "summon" enough pain to focus on it rather than Tayuya's jutsus.
    • When the Taka group is fighting Killer Bee, Suigetsu takes a punch from Killer Bee, turns into water, and then has Sasuke electrocute them both leaving Bee open to a Power Fist attack from Jugo.
    • The Raikage chooses to attack Sasuke, who surrounded himself in Amaterasu flames while shielding himself with Susanoo, perfectly willing to lose his arm to get in the finishing blow, though Gaara blocks his finishing move, saying that if he did it, he would most likely lose his leg and his life.
    • Deidara pulls this on Gaara: when Gaara rips Deidara's arm off with his sand, Deidara put some explosive clay in it and set it off after forcing Gaara to defend himself with it.
    • In the fight between them in the Chunin Exam preliminaries, Neji takes a Jyuuken blow from Hinata in order to set himself up to use a more advanced technique to stop off her chakra. Hinata's reaction, however, implies that she realized at that moment that for the entire fight, he had been targeting and sealing the pressure points on her arm.
    • Used earlier in the same arc by Sakura, who spams Substitution Jutsu to avoid her opponent's attacks. Eventually, her opponent gets so sick of it that he launches an attack at her and immediately looks for where she's gone now. Only this time, she hasn't used the Jutsu and has actually taken the hit to get close to him.
    • Obito intentionally engages Kakashi in a personal duel to the death in his alternate dimension and allows himself to get stabbed through the heart in order to remove a seal on it placed by Madara to prevent him from becoming the Ten Tails Jinchuuriki or committing suicide. It nearly gets him killed thanks to how much he starts bleeding out, especially when Madara tries to force him to commit a suicidal revival jutsu on him and Minato cutting through him to stop it, but he manages to power through and finish the jutsu to seal the Ten Tails into his body, healing all his injuries and giving him godlike power.
  • One Piece:
    • During the fights with CP9, Sanji's opponent Jabura attacked Sanji with a two-handed attack. Sanji kicked away one hand but not the other, taking half the hit. Jabura gloats that had Sanji used both legs, he would have stopped the whole thing. Sanji's reply: "No, I had to do it...!! The other kick... is to finish you off!"
    • To avoid being petrified by Hancock's abilities, one has to be preoccupied with something else. Luffy is simply so ignorant that it doesn't work. Vice-Admiral Momonga stabs himself in the hand so he can focus on the pain.
  • One-Punch Man: Garou takes advantage of his Determinator Healing Factor to tank an attack in such a way it allows him to get in close and punish his opponent several times over what he got, such as when he impales his hand on Spring Mustachio's Finishing Move in order to take him out with one good strike.
  • Pokémon: The Series:
    • A few of Ash's rivals have pulled this off. Morrison from the Hoenn League has his Gligar do this in a battle against a Marowak. The former's wings had been frozen by the latter's Ice Beam, rendering it unable to fly. When the Marowak attacks with a Bone Club, Gligar literally takes it head-on... then retaliates with a finishing blow. Stephan from the Unova League also purposely allows his Sawk to be hit by repeated attacks after he's been tied up by String Shot, allowing him to cut himself free. Unfortunately for Stephan, this leaves Sawk really weak, so while Sawk is able to knock out Leavanny, when Krookodile's sent out, after a rapid-fire clash between Dragon Claw and Karate Chop, an Aerial Ace is all it takes to knock Sawk out of the match.
    • This type of strategy is especially favored by Paul from the Diamond and Pearl series. Many of his Pokemon have abilities or battle styles that rely on taking damage in order to prepare a counterattack, with at least three of them being taught to trap their opponents in place after baiting them in close. This is what fueled his abusive training of his Chimchar as well; he was convinced that if he could put it in a critical enough condition, he could activate its immensely powerful Blaze ability.
    • Ash doesn't often engage in this on account of being an All-Loving Hero, but there have been a few notable instances regardless:
      • Ash once had Pikachu purposely allow an opponent to hit him, causing Pikachu's Static ability to paralyze the opponent.
      • He once had his Swellow tank Pikachu's Thunder, allowing it to (somehow) convert the electricity into a golden armor that won him a Gym battle.
      • His Goodra relies on Bide as its Finishing Move, which is a move that requires it to absorb as much damage as possible before firing it back at double power.
      • Perhaps the most significant example, however, is when he used it to turn Paul's own gambit against him; he allowed his Infernape to be trapped by Electivire and hit by a point-blank Thunder, which damaged it into activating Blaze — the very thing Paul had failed to do so many times before. Infernape then proceeds to hand Electivire the smackdown of a lifetime, winning Ash one of his biggest rival battles of all time.
  • In Rave Master, Musica lets the invisible villain Ltiangle stab him so he can know where he is and counterattack.
  • In the second episode of the Read or Die OVA, Nancy tricks Genjo Sanzo into stabbing her with his bo, which then allows Yomiko to attack and defeat him.
  • Dragon Shiryu of Saint Seiya has a history of this. The first instance is when he blinds himself to avoid being turned into stone by Algol's Medusa shield. Later in the Capricorn house, he allows Shura to stab him in the chest with his hand and then breaks it off before launching both of them into space. Shura has a Heel Realization and saves Shiryu at the cost of what's left of his life. He does it again in the Lucifer movie, and Siegfried from the Asgard warriors did it to Sorrento Siren in the last Asgard battle but ultimately failed since Sorrento managed to release himself at the very last moment.
  • In Saiyuki, the only way Sanzo gets a clear shot at Kami-sama is when Hakkai engages him in close combat, then stands back and lets Sanzo shoot through him—although, when Goku asks, Sanzo is quick to point out that he aimed around him, and Hakkai adds he's only been grazed.
  • Samurai Champloo:
    • Jin does this near the end of the series, as part of the final, crowning technique of his kenjutsu style (which is very closely based on a real school whose philosophy emphasizes moving beyond the binary win/lose mentality). By this point in the story, he understands the meaning and implications of one piece of advice he'd never quite grokked before: "If you ever face an opponent who is so skilled you cannot dodge their attacks, then don't dodge."
    • In episode 25 Mugen blocks Denkibou's Wolverine Claws with his left hand which gives him the chance to deliver his first real but also final hit. It's unclear if it was a deliberate move to create that opening or if he instinctively tried to protect his face.
  • In Snow White with the Red Hair Mitsuhide decides a fight needs to end quickly since Zen and almost all of their other allies are down and only himself and Kiki are uninjured so he disarms the corrupt noble by trapping his moving blade between his arm and torso while slashing the noble across his torso. Mitsuhide didn't have any armor or even his own sword at the time as he'd just escaped his imprisonment minutes earlier.
  • ST☆R: Strike it Rich: Riku's strategy against Hina is to power through her blows to get close enough and retaliates.
  • In Tokyo Ghoul the final episode has Jason/Yamori grab Kaneki by the leg, and Kaneki twist his leg so violently it breaks to get into a position allowing him to spin-kick Yamori's face. Having just spent days being physically and mentally tortured and gifted with a capacity for regeneration that's incredible even for a ghoul, he doesn't even seem to notice the pain and the leg is fine again a moment later.
  • Toriko has done this at the beginning of his fight with Tommyrod.
    • He did it again later on when he let Tommyrod bite off one of his fingers in order to get close enough to bite off his wing.
    • Tommyrod himself pulled one on Sunny. Tommyrod allows Sunny to cut off his arm, in order to have said arm attack him from behind later on - turns out, that his insect-like nervous system allows his limbs to stay alive and functional even after they been cut off.
    • Tengu Brunch has electric powers, but can't create electricity - only take it from another source and amplify. In his fight with Elg, his powers are rendered useless, because his batteries run out. After he suffers a merciless beatdown from his opponent, he reveals that his body can work as a power plant, turning energy from outside sources into electricity - and all those hits were a great energy source.
  • Vash uses this in Trigun to beat a hypnotist who paralyzes her opponents to create the illusion of a Flash Step ability. He breaks his own finger and twists it, in order to be so focused on the pain that her hypnotism won't work and she'll lose her only attack that makes her dangerous.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Early in the Yu-Gi-Oh!: manga, Yami Yugi goes to rescue Joey from his torturers. He allows one of the men to hit him in order to get them in the correct position to spring a trap.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, The requirements for activating Storm Access is having less than a thousand life points, so those who use this skill let their life points fall to the threshold or using abilities to lower their own life points.
  • In YuYu Hakusho, Kurama's energy has been sealed. It's still there, just trapped inside his body where he can't use it to manipulate plants. So he allows his opponent, Touya, to give him a deep cut along his forearm. He then sows the Death Plant seed in the wound, where he causes it to grow and stab Touya through the torso.

    Comic Books 
  • Yama does this to Points in Gargoyles: Bad Guys, a spinoff of Gargoyles. Yama reminds Points that he will heal at sunrise, but Points won't.
  • Metal Men: As easily repairable robots, the Metal Men have this as their trademark. They'll take any risk, and even sacrifice their "lives," because so long as the necessary parts aren't damaged they'll be back in the next issue, no worse for wear.
  • Moon Knight: Moon Knight typically ignores blocking or dodging incoming attacks preferring to conserve the energy that would have went towards blocking and attempting to shatter his opponent's morale by giving the impression of being an Implacable Man.
  • Spawn: Spawn tries this against his evil/good/whatever counterpart the Redeemer. He lets the Redeemer blast a hole in his torso so that he could act disabled and surprise him. Unfortunately, the Redeemer just teleports away afterwards. Fortunately, he got better.
    • Rather than expend energy healing that hole in his torso, he left it and allowed his living suit to cover it. In a later issue, he deliberately took a blast to the chest, knowing that most of the damage would blow harmlessly through the preexisting hole while counting on his opponent to assume it would be a mortal (or at least debilitating) wound.
  • Star Wars Tales #9, "Resurrection", pits Darth Vader against a resurrected Darth Maul; Vader stabs himself through the chest to kill Maul.
    Maul: What could you hate enough to destroy me?
    Vader: Myself.
  • Teen Titans: One version of the Clock King is a nearly unstoppable fighter because he can see a few seconds into the future. Ravager lets him strike her, then grabs his wrist, using her free hand to pound his face into hamburger meat and explaining that being able to see the future is useless if you can't do anything to react to your visions.
  • Uncanny Avengers: Deadpool faces the Red Skull after the latter had taken control of his teammates and reveal he had been souvenir hunting at the old X-Men base, knowing that the Skull would summon the thrall best able to kill him ASAP and gambling that he could survive what Rogue dished out long enough to get Magneto's old telepathy-blocking helmet on her head. It worked.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman (1942): During her fight with Artemis' reanimated skeleton in issue 302, Diana purposefully lets Artemis get in a hit that knocks her down in order to kick the sword powering the reanimation out of Artemis' hands.
    • Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman: Diana lets Cheetah spear her in order to take the javelin for herself. She's not overly worried about the hole through her shoulder due to her impressive Healing Factor.
  • X-Men:
    • Gambit did this once—he let the bad guy stab him in the leg with a dagger, and fell to the ground howling in pain. Said bad guy assumed he was out of the fight, and turned his attention elsewhere. Big mistake on bad guy's part.
      • In a similar incident, Gambit mouthed off to the Big Bad while all the X-Men were taken prisoner and got himself stabbed in the leg. It turned out that mouthing off was a Batman Gambit; after the captor tied them up and left them with minimal guards, he was able to take the flechette out with his mouth and use it to pick the lock.
    • Although Wolverine is officially a master of multiple forms of armed combat, most of his fights recently seem to break down to getting his opponents to inflict horrific injuries to let him get close enough to shred them back, in a pretty blatant abuse of his Healing Factor and unbreakable skeleton.
    • Being a very strategic fighter, his daughter/Opposite-Sex Clone X-23 is also not above taking advantage of her Healing Factor if she can turn it to her advantage, though she's also a bit more careful with it than Logan since only her claws are bonded with adamantium and her body is more prone to being disabled by broken or severed limbs.
      • In her fight with Lady Deathstrike, Laura deliberately allowed the latter to severely injure her, as a means of getting close enough to cause critical damage to Deathstrike's cybernetic components.
      • During World War Hulk, Laura became one of the only people to actually slow down Hulk by deliberately allowing him to grab her, bringing her close enough to catch him by surprise with her foot claws and put out his eyes (the injury comes in in that she got put through a wall for her trouble). When Wolverine tried the same trick later, it was only because Hulk let him.
      • Later on, Hulk allows Wolverine to try pulling the same trick as Laura did, solely as a means to bring Logan close enough to kick his ass and put him out of the fight for good. Even with an indestructible skeleton and a healing factor, repeated concussions will still leave Wolverine too punch-drunk to fight back.
    • Shatterstar, not being exactly human, pulls this trick a few times in order to skewer people bear-hugging him. He's able to do this multiple times rather than as a Taking You with Me gambit in part because he heals faster than humans, and partly because his organs are arranged differently.

    Fan Works 
  • Cursed Blood: Since Izuku's Quirk grants him an abnormally high Healing Factor, he employs this as part of his fighting strategy at times, aiming to either outlast his opponents or trick them into exposing their weak points.
  • Death Note Equestria: Fluttershy stabs herself with a pencil as a distraction, keeping Ditzy from finding her Death Note.
  • Dragons and Swarm: When dueling Weaver, Armstrong aims to burn away all of her Life Points with his Iron Chain Repairman/Blaster combo. While that works well against defensive opponents who lack enough ATK to counter, Weaver has Beelze, whose ATK rises in response to any damage-dealing card effects. Rather than remarking upon this, Weaver lets him dig his own grave.
  • Willow does this twice in An Extraordinary Journey:
    • While struggling against an attempt by Anubis to possess her, Willow takes herself through the gate to an ice planet. Her would-be possessor must choose whether or not to risk dying with her, or leave, giving her a slim chance to save herself.
    • When being held captive by the Slayer Council, Willow is about to be hit with a spell that will force her to answer their questions completely and truthfully. In order to stall for time, she uses her telekinesis to sever her own vocal cords.
  • Fate/Parallel Fantasia:
    • In order to get close enough to kill False Berserker, Bazett sacrifices her left arm.
    • False Saber allows True Rider to impale him so that he can gather up a lot of blood to fuel his attacks.
  • Fate/Reach Out: Mitsuo tries to taunt Kanji into beating him up so he can play the victim card for attention. However, it's Subverted when Mitsuo makes the mistake of mentioning Naoto, spurring Kanji to ask himself what she'd do in this situation. Rather than physically attacking him, Kanji gives the guy a "The Reason You Suck" Speech before walking away:
    Kanji: You're not worth beating up. There's no fun in pushing around a weakling, and I'm already in enough trouble as it is. Then there's probably the fact that you're trying to play martyr by getting me to fight you. Get beat up, call the cops, spin some sob story to them and blame everything on me, right?
  • Fates Collide: When Medusa gets a grip on her, Mordred dislocates her own shoulder in order to escape. Medusa can't believe she's willing to hurt herself in order to secure victory.
  • Homura uses this tactic in her fight against Ladybug in Kwami Magi Homura Magica. When Ladybug manages to get in close and uses a Miraculous Homura didn't recognize, the Goose Miraculous, on her at close range that used light, Homura deliberately detonated stun grenades in her eyes to temporarily wreck them, preventing her from being affected by the Goose Miraculous. Homura herself isn't particularly affected as she is used to using magic to heal her eyes to remedy her short-sightedness each timeloop, while Marinette ends up not just down one Miraculous (which are mostly one use per battle), but two when she needs to use another one to heal herself from being close to two stun grenades going off. The move also has a psychological impact as Ladybug is more than a little disturbed by the tactic.
  • A Necromancer's Wild Card: When forced to face Sera without any way of blocking her blades, Minato uses one of his arms as a shield so that the rest of him isn't completely sliced up.
  • One Hell of an Afternoon: While sparring with Superboy, Taylor takes a hit that would have killed her outright if not for her Healing Factor. She uses this to drive home to him how he needs to learn how to control his anger — anyone else wouldn't have been able to survive such a blow.
  • The Rejuvenationverse: In order to combat Nimbus' charisma, Pansy submits to him, fully aware that he's vindictive enough to use such an opportunity to "punish" her for perceived slights. He subjects her to a Humiliation Conga, turning public opinion against himself.
  • The Secret Return of Alex Mack: Double agent Jo Lupo stabs Riley Finn in the back in the lead-up to the final confrontation as arranged, thus demonstrating her loyalty to the Collective and making everyone overlook Finn, who is Left for Dead but saved by his Healing Factor.
  • Winter Troupe Digital Adventure: Tsumugi plays with this while battling Musyamon when he pretends to take a hit, throwing himself off the bridge. Musyamon falls for it, enabling Tsumugi to strike back as Garmmon.
  • Vow of the King:
    • Tatsuki allows Ikakku to impale her with his zanpakuto so she can blast him point blank with her Breath Weapon.
    • Due to her healing factor, Unohana tends to let attacks hit her just so she can insure her own land.
  • Chapter 32 of Code Geass: The Prepared Rebellion has a tad more complex example than the usual for this trope. Milly allowed herself to be strategically injured by Sayoko – barehanded strangulation marks, a black eye, and a few minor injuries – in order to pass off the attempt on Lelouch and Nunnally's lives as one against herself. Besides Bluffing the Authorities, this gambit fulfilled several other objectives: 1) Reinforces the idea in Cornelia's mind that someone is taking out all of Marianne's allies one by one, while letting her know that the conspirators are still around and may move against Jeremiah and Cornelia herself in the future. 2) Provides a perfect justification to ramp up security in the campus without looking suspicious. 3) Sets a Batman Gambit with Euphemia who already felt protective of Milly after the Lake Kawaguchi Incident, allowing them to get closer without drawing too much attention to it 4) The rekindled friendship between both girls gives Reuben Ashford an inconspicuous way of communication to the Viceroy with the intention of becoming the first Knightmare manufacturer in Area 11, a business proposal that isn't just attractive for Cornelia given the huge strategic and logistic advantage of resupplying her troops locally, but a defense contract like that promises to be stupidly profitable for the Ashfords given the expected high demand of Knightmares intended to crush La Résistance and that fact that Area 11 is already the top Sakuradite-producing country in the world.
  • The Queen's Mercy:
    • A member of the Faithful disguised as a maid badly injures herself, knowing that Rapunzel will use her healing tears to heal the wound... and in doing so, make herself vulnerable to her sneak attack. This would have killed Rapunzel if she didn't have a vial of tears on hand that someone else uses to treat her wound.
    • During the climax, Anna employs this when she stabs herself in the heart, gambling that this will enable Elsa to take control of her body back from the Goddess.
  • Chaos Theory: Shirou pulls one off against the counterfeit Archer.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Alpha: During the fight where Garma is killed, Char intentionally loses an arm so that the Zabis can't blame him for failing to protect their brother. He does so knowing that medical technology is advanced enough to grow a replacement for the lost limb in just a few months.
  • Highlander Penance: As Immortals have high Healing Factors, they frequently employ this during fights. Penance attempts this during the fight that led to his first kill, and Nicnevin successfully executes one against Penance, shielding her throat by using her forearm to absorb the blow from his knife.
  • Villainous example in Natural Selection. Ryuko allows Satsuki to wound her with Bakuzan-Gako and Koryu to figure out how they are able to halt Life Fiber regeneration, quickly coming to the understanding that Satsuki needs to cut her from both sides in order to do permanent damage. She also uses this in the same fight by letting Satsuki impale her hands so she could disarm her of the blades.
  • Stories and Tales from Dimension 63:
    • In order to distract the Loud Sisters for a couple of months, Linka (currently in Lincoln's body) throws himself down the stairs, breaking several bones in the process. The sisters immediately drop whatever they're doing in order to take care of their brother, whose injuries are expected to take three to four months to mend.
    • After the Internal Reveal of how the two swapped minds, Linka refuses to switch back, threatening to injure Lincoln's body even further if they try forcing the issue. She even threatens to kill herself — or rather, ensure that there's nothing for Lincoln to return to.
  • Feralnette AU: The akuma White Knight transforms anyone he slices with his sword into Brainwashed minions. However, this power has one major weakness: the transformations are gendered. Guys become Knights while girls become Princesses. Anyone who doesn't fit neatly into that binary won't transform. Felix takes advantage of this by Taking the Bullet for Chat Noir, holding White Knight's blade inside their rent, half-destroyed torso long enough for Chat Noir to use Cataclysm on it.
  • In Two Letters, Alya is trying to expose Ladybug's Sketchy Successor and shows up to an akuma fight disguised as Chat Noir. Alya then realizes that she Didn't Think This Through when the akuma attacks her; without the protection provided by a Miraculous, she's left screaming for help. The new Ladybug protects her, then limps around after the fight, entreating the horrified onlookers to remember that her Secret Identity is a matter of national security, and that they shouldn't get involved with akuma battles just for the sake of getting "a few likes" on social media sites. Alya finds herself Hated by All in Paris, seen as a traitor trying to expose Ladybug's identity to Hawkmoth.
  • Graffiti Heart: During the Stealth Recovery Exam, students have to recover items that are either carried by the staff members at U.A. or hidden in their offices. In order to complete his assignment, Mineta deliberately gets injured enough that he has to go see Recovery Girl, distracting her while his partner steals the gemstone they need.
  • Lamarckian: When the Wendigo assaults Best Jeanist's fashion unveiling, Wilhelm Schutz intentionally draws the attention of one of the Wendigo's Noumu. He gets a claw in the gut for his troubles, but is able to hold it there long enough for Best Jeanist to shackle it, so that Wilhelm can headshot the beast with his Blitz Quirk.
  • Powdered Gold and Pottery: During the Heroes vs. Villains exercise, Shouto and Tsuyu are paired off, facing Katsuki and Ochako. Katsuki assumes that Shouto will overuse his ice, sending the frog-like heroine into torpor. While this initially appears to be the case, the pair actually coordinated one of these; after cooling the room they're fighting in enough that Tsuyu starts slipping into torpor, Shouto uses his fire to heat things back up quickly, catching their opponents off-guard — and since they'd already discounted Tsuyu, she's able to take down Ochako before she can react.
  • Yesterday Upon The Stair: In order to trick their captors, Izuku has Katsuki injure his left shoulder, making it appear as though Bakugou attacked him and left him behind in order to escape alone. Ironically, Katsuki is reluctant to do so, which Izuku calls him out on — after years of Barbaric Bullying, the one time he actually hesitates to hurt his favorite victim is when he actually wants him to do so.
  • Blackkat's Reverse: During a skirmish with Kakashi, Kurama takes his Raikiri to the chest in order to protect Naruto, who'd run in and was trying to interfere with their fight. Kakashi is so horrified by how he'd nearly killed Naruto that Kurama is able to recover enough to knock him out and flee the scene.
  • Blind: Nariko, the jinchuuriki of the six-tails, is too Delicate and Sickly to have her bijuu safely extracted — though she'd be killed by the process regardless, the Akatsuki want to keep her alive long enough to ensure they retain custody of the beast. After learning this, Nariko gets into several 'accidents' in order to keep herself weakened enough to prevent them from proceeding.
  • Not The End: Activating Beast Mode amplifies the feedback from Unit-02 until its pilot can feel every injury it's suffering from. Despite knowing this, Mari uses it during the fight with Sandalphon, who was Mind Raping her prior to that point.
  • In All Mixed Up!, Mariana Mag willingly infects herself with oddness so she can be taken to Precinct 13579's Headquarters and infiltrate it. It ends up working, and she moves from targeting Torontonians to targeting Odd Squad agents.
  • Arc Royale: During his battle with Knight, Grimm executes a suicidal dive that he knows will leave him impaled on Knight's blade. This puts them close enough that Grimm can attempt to take apart his opponent's armor with his tendrils, creating an opening for him to exploit.
  • Forged Destiny: While facing Tyrian, Jaune realizes just how fanatical his opponent is and makes a point of attacking the thing they worship. Said attack wouldn't have actually done any damage, but Tyrian isn't aware of this, and leaves themselves completely open while furiously attacking Jaune.
  • Not this time, Fate: Faced with a Beowolf while weaponless, Jaune tricks it into slashing open a steam pipe, then uses his hand to redirect the scalding steam into the beast's eyes. He then rips the pipe out to use as a bludgeon, despite how it's still hot enough to sear his hand.
  • Relic Of The Future: Tyrian Callows has a tendency to let himself take blows so that he can counterattack his opponents. It's left ambiguous as to whether this is a sign of tactical genius or insanity on his end.
  • In An Empire of Ice and Fire Bran lets themselves be run through by the Night King so that they're able to reach in and rip out their opponent's dragonglass core. This renders the Night King vulnerable to Jon's attacks, as well as stripping him of his Resurrective Immortality.
  • With Great Power One Must Go Further Beyond: During the fight to determine the next leader of the Morlocks, Peter lets himself get stabbed in order to get close enough to actually hit his opponent.
  • Internship: In Deputy, Taylor defeats Shadow Stalker by firing Mjolnir off just inches from her own body while her opponent is overlapping her in their highly conductive ghost form.
  • With Pearl and Ruby Glowing:
    • Darla Dimple breaks her own hymen with a hairbrush handle and bruises her arms to frame Danny for molesting her.
    • When the Gangreen Gang end up in Camp Green Lake, Mr. Sir abuses all of them. Ace accidentally injures himself and the wound develops gangrene, which puts Mr. Sir off, so the rest of the gang hurts themselves and waits for the injuries to become infected so they stop getting abused too.

    Films — Animated 
  • Osmosis Jones subverts this (the main character is a white blood cell and he splits his entire body to escape).

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins, Shinzaemon allows Lord Naritsugu to run him through with a katana, giving him the opportunity to do the same and ensuring a Mutual Kill. However, this was less a tactical gambit than a personal one; part of the reason Shinzaemon agreed to assassinate Naritsugu was to earn a warrior's death on the battlefield, and with everyone else standing between him and Naritsugu dead, it was becoming worryingly likely that Shinzaemon would actually survive his Suicide Mission.
  • In 300, Captain does this during the final last stand after Leonidas wounds Xerxes. The Director's Commentary on the DVD edition suggests this may be a deliberate homage to Excalibur.
  • Simon uses an interesting variation at the end of the film The Double to kill James. After he realizes that he and his double share the same injuries, he first locks James in his old apartment and then jumps off a building in a way he knows won't kill him immediately, but will injure him badly enough that he'll bleed out to death if not brought to the hospital. He calls the ambulance for himself before he does it, so he knows he will survive, but James is left for dead.
  • The movie Excalibur has King Arthur himself doing this after getting speared by his bastard son Mordred, sliding on the spear and then giving Mordred what for with the titular sword. This is an inversion of the scene in Le Morte d'Arthur.
  • Thorin uses this against Azog in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Trapped in a Blade Lock, he lets Azog's stab through him and strike the ice below. This gets Azog's blade arm stuck, allowing Thorin to deal a lethal blow. Unfortunately, neither of the two survives afterwards.
  • Holes: Barf Bag pulled one of these to get out of Camp Green Lake in the hopes of provoking a rattlesnake to bite his foot. To make sure it happened, he took off his shoe and sock first.
  • In Lethal Weapon 2, Riggs uses his Chekhov's Skill of dislocating his shoulder to escape his bonds.
  • John McClane in Live Free or Die Hard: "You shot yourself through the shoulder!?" "It seemed like a good idea at the time."
  • In a villainous version, the Uruk-Hai leader in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is impaled on Aragorn's sword, and pulls himself up the blade to get up in his face and snarl. Aragorn promptly yanks the sword back out and lops off his head.
  • In Next, Cris is a man with the ability to see into the immediate future. He knows none of his pickup lines will work on the woman he meets in a diner. Not even beating up her stalkerish ex-boyfriend gets him a good result. Thus, he allows the boyfriend to sucker-punch him.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, during the Jack v. Jones fight. Jones of course is immortal, so it wasn't much of an injury.
  • In the climax of Pompeii, gladiator Atticus uses this on Proculus. Atticus is disarmed and dealt a mortal wound from Proculus' sword, then snaps the sword off and uses the broken blade to shank Proculus in the neck.
    Atticus: "Let's see if a Roman can die equal to a gladiator... A gladiator does not beg!"
  • In Rob Roy, the Fragile Speedster Archie Cunningham has Rob at his mercy in a duel to the death. As Archie pauses to gloat, Rob grabs his sword, cutting his hand badly, but tying Archie up in the process. Rob uses the opportunity to hack Archie almost in two. Ironically, Rob had previously cut his own hand on an opponent's sword to avoid a fight.
  • Star Trek (2009) has something similar (allowing Kirk to get close enough to his Romulan attacker's disruptor to snag it), though surely the victim would rather have done without the prior strangling.
  • An extreme example from Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky. A member of the Quirky Miniboss Squad cuts open his stomach and then attempts to use his own intestines to strangle Ricky.
  • Done as a counter by the T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day — he gets punched through the face by the T-800, then morphs so that what was his head is now his hands gripping his opponent's wrist.
  • In X-Men Film Series, due to his Healing Factor, Wolverine does this on occasion. In the first movie, he has to pierce his claws through his body to cut the restraints Magneto has him in.

    Literature 
  • The Baroque Cycle has a character stabbed in the liver in a sword-fight. He grabs the sword and pushes it in deeper in a desperate attempt to keep his enemy from pulling it out and finishing him off.
  • In Roger Zelazny's The Chronicles of Amber our hero finds himself in a sword fight with a demon of some sort. At length, he impales it. The demon laughs at him, says "I do not keep my heart where men do" and (now that his sword is stuck in its chest) nearly manages to kill him in the continued fight.
  • In Craft Sequence novel Last First Snow an interesting variant is used. The novel focuses around a land-deal to renovate a slum area of town. The tenants of the area don't want to renovate because they believe the development will cause prices to raise and they'll be unable to live there. Eventually, they reach a negotiation with the Lich King Ruler and developer to add the additional protection the ruler/developer wanted, but without causing anyone to lose their home. The villain is shot deliberately immediately after the negotiation is complete. The additional protection is available but hadn't time to upgrade insurance. The resulting chaos of his getting shot will eventually lead to the destruction of the neighborhood, which he can then rebuild, getting around the negotiated terms.
  • Used as a metaphor in the Dragaera novel Hawk. Vlad reminisces about his fencing training with his grandfather, and remembers Noish-pa telling him that the only way to control how an enemy will strike at you is to give them a perfect shot at your heart. Vlad then spends the rest of the novel setting up what his enemies will see as a perfect shot at killing him while the arrangements he's made will let him come out on top.
  • The Dragon's Tooth has Nolan take Maxi's knife through his chest in an attempt to get close enough to use the titular Tooth. Unfortunately this does absolutely nothing about the gun in Maxi's other hand but does take the knife out of play long enough for Cyrus to take the Tooth from the unconscious Nolan and end the fight.
  • In The Dresden Files novel Dead Beat, a villain does this to one of the heroes at the climax. The Corpsetaker, dueling Captain Luccio, allows Luccio to run its/her current body through, and then jumps ship to Luccio's body, leaving Luccio in her former body to bleed out. Fortunately, Harry is clued-in by the Corpsetaker acting differently in Luccio's body and kills it/her with a bullet to the back of the head, and the real Luccio, although trapped in the Corpsetaker's previous body, survives thanks to prompt medical attention.
    • Earlier in the same book, Harry chases a mind-controlling villain out of his head by putting all his weight on a ninja star embedded in his leg. The effect blinds the villain with pain, allowing Harry to break out of the spell.
  • In The Familiar of Zero, since King Joseph is too fast for him, Saito lets himself get stabbed, then quickly grabs his arm.
  • In The Faraway Paladin, during their duel, Blood lets Will come in for a stab and disarms him by catching the blade in his ribcage. While this doesn't hurt him since he's a skeleton, he had previously used this move while still alive to disarm the Demon King. Mary is furious he used the move again given he would have died last time without her healing.
  • Forest Kingdom: In the Hawk & Fisher spinoff series' book 6 (The Bones of Haven), the leader of an urban-fantasy Special Wizardry And Tactics team throws herself on the sword of a terrorist fanatic to give her squad the chance to take the man down. Doubles as a Moment Of Awesome, as she sneers in his shocked face and asks him: "You didn't think you were the only one willing to die for your beliefs, did you?"
  • A less destructive version is seen in Han Solo's Revenge: Han is facing the one man he's ever met who's a quicker draw than him, so avoids a duel by shocking both their right arms into useless paralysis; the gunman is forced to retreat because Han is ambidextrous.
  • Honor Harrington's swordmaster notes that this is something she instinctively knows in a fight - she will take an opportunity to defeat her opponent even if it means injury or death to herself. He notes this after a match that by fencing rules he won since he touched first, but in a real duel, he would be dead while she would "only" be missing an arm (in a society with cybernetics and regeneration, this is less of a problem than it seems). This style is especially evident in her space battles, where on one occasion she turtled up and allowed the enemy to batter her ship just to lure it in close enough to use her grav lance on it.
  • InCryptid: In the short story "What You Build", Alice is infected by Alkabyiftiris slime, but manages to gain enough control of her body to walk to the swamp bromeliad patch and get herself sedated by their sap. She figures this will incapacitate her long enough for someone to come help, and prevent her from spreading the Alkabyiftiris slime or hurting her loved ones.
  • In Inheritance Cycle's last book, when Eragon is fighting Murtagh for the last time, he reads Murtagh's fighting and realizes Murtagh's fighting too fiercely for him to possibly overpower him. So, he tricks Murtagh into attacking him and pulls one of these.
  • Ayumu from Is This A Zombie? is a zombie who cannot die or be re-killed, presumably without some necromantic prompting from Eucliwood. He often uses his nigh invulnerability to his advantage in fights, very noticeable during the group's fight with the serial killer Kyouko.
  • At the end of Mercedes Lackey's A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows, the Big Bad Perenor runs elflord Terenil through with his sword... and Terenil pulls himself along the blade to get close enough to stab Perenor.
  • Older Than Print: In Le Morte d'Arthur, Arthur spears Mordred, who impales himself further to strike Arthur.
  • In the Kate Daniels novel Magic Strikes, Kate realizes that the enemy is wielding a magic sword capable of destroying Kate and all her allies in a matter of seconds. So she deliberately impales herself on the sword and presses forward until the entire length of the blade is smeared with her blood. Then she invokes the magic of her blood to unmake the sword, saving the lives of her companions with her own sacrifice.
  • Modesty Blaise uses this in the novel A Taste For Death. For various plot reasons, she engineers a fight with a sword master, and realises that the only way she can win is to trap his sword in the shoulder of her sword arm. At which point she drops her sword into the other hand and kills him, because she's just that good.
  • In Pact, when the abstract demon, a creature of darkness that cannot exist in direct light, is fighting Blake Thorburn, it deliberately sacrifices a large portion of its body to ignite the fuel that he'd brought in with the intention of burning down its lair, which both renders Blake unable to effectively hurt it and creates smoke cover, allowing it to ensnare him.
  • In Rebuild World, since the protagonist Akira is assisted by his Virtual Sidekick Alpha via Augmented Reality displays that show him where to position, where enemy bullets will land, etc, he sometimes (such as at the top of Sarenthal Tower) has to grit his teeth and just go to where he knows bullets will hit to get his way through seemingly impossible gunfights. He has Nanomachine medicine as well as Powered Armor, that ultimately allow him to survive this (though it takes its toll on him).
  • In The Shadow of the Lion, an alternate history/ fantasy set in Renaissance-era Venice, Marco wins a knife fight against a much better fighter by impaling his own left hand on the other man's knife, then striking the killing blow before the other man can free his knife. An observer of the fight had known about this gambit (and how to counter it) in theory, but the shock of seeing someone actually do it caused him to deeply respect the boy.
  • In Sharpe's Gold, Richard Sharpe is fighting a superior swordsman, El Catolico, who is armed with a rapier. Sharpe is struggling to defend against the lightning-fast rapier with his rather clumsy heavy cavalry saber, so he allows El Catolico to stab him in the thigh. He traps the blade there and slays El Catolico. Every single one of his allies tells him during his convalescence what a stupid move it was.
  • In So I'm a Spider, So What? Kumoko is struggling against Potimas shortly after evolving in an Arachne which has both a human and spider head. As she can function so long as at least one head is intact, she deliberately allows him to destroy her human head and takes advantage of his momentarily lowered guard to land a blow.
  • In Twig, Sylvester is fond of this trope, most notably when he has his own bullet wound reopened so he can expose it to an pain-inducing bullet to get sympathy from his enemies.
  • In The Wheel of Time series, this is called "Sheathing the Sword" - you're not expected to survive it, but you get to take your enemy with you. Nonetheless, at least two main characters do it and survive over the course of the series.
  • The Witch of Knightcharm: Megumi, a rookie witch at an evil Wizarding School, is pinned by another student during a brutal Wizard Duel. Megumi uses her magic to blast the ground under them, knowing she'll get hurt but also knowing the attack will knock her away from her opponent and give her a chance to win the fight.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Occurs in the Chuck episode "Chuck Versus the Subway", Chuck finds out that rogue traitor Daniel Shaw has downloaded The Ring Intersect after seeing him flash during a CIA meeting. He tries to reveal this to everyone at court by throwing a knife at him hoping Shaw will flash and catch it, a tactic Chuck's father used on Chuck in the previous episode. However, Shaw doesn't flash and allows the knife to stab him in the shoulder to "prove" Chuck crazy.
  • Doctor Who: In "Smith and Jones", the Doctor mimics a human and allows a plasmavore to drink his blood, nearly killing him. The plasmavore is trying to use his blood to disguise herself as a human; since the Doctor isn't human, her disguise fails and she is executed.
  • Happens in The Flash (2014) episode "Lose Yourself". Iris West-Allen takes down Marlize, a far more skilled fighter, by allowing the latter to get close enough to stab her, and using their proximity to push her into the portal she'd first arrived through.
  • Heroes fourth episode sees Claire driving a car with the guy who tried to take advantage of her at a party the previous night. When he maliciously tells her nobody will believe her, she drives the car at full speed straight into a brick wall; she survives with hardly a scratch, but puts him into critical condition.
  • Used multiple times in Highlander, with one immortal impaling himself on his opponent's sword, in order to immobilize it, and get in close enough for a decapitation.
  • ''Kamen Rider Gaim sees Gaim Kiwami Arms deliberately take a hit from Kamen Rider Ryugen Yomi's Dau in order to get close enough to remove and destroy the Yomotsuheguri Lockseed.
  • Col. Flagg used to do this a lot on M*A*S*H. In his first appearance, he broke his own arm so he could be brought to the 4077th, then broke his arm again so he could remain there.
  • In Murder, She Wrote episode "No Laughing Murder", the attack on Murray turns out to have been one of these. He couldn't stand the idea of Corrie marrying Kip and hoped to drive a wedge between her and her future in-laws by framing Mack for a murder attempt. After a real murder, he wanted to confess, but he was afraid he'd lose his daughter over it.
  • Happens in The Pinkertons episode "The Play's the Thing". The murderer, using a small tree trunk with a knife stuck between the branches, stabs himself in the shoulder so he can pose as a victim and throw suspicion off himself. This works until Kate and William discover the tree/knife setup inside his tent.
  • Super Sentai and Power Rangers:
    • In Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, Takeru allows his rival to stab him so he can get in a (seemingly) fatal hit. During the finale, the team allows the Big Bad to impale Shinken-Oh, leaving him open to a finishing slash from the Mecha.
    • This made it into Power Rangers Samurai, though without the gruesome sound-effects or blood.
    • In Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, during the climactic battle between Gokai Red and his arch-nemesis Basco, Red stomps on Basco's foot before stabbing Basco's sword through both of their feet, just to keep Basco from using his Super-Speed. This sets him up to shoot Basco at point-blank range.
  • In Torchwood, Jack Harkness sometimes uses his ability to come back from the dead to get one over on his opponents.
  • Ziva allows a foreign operative to beat the crap out of her for a few minutes in one episode of NCIS. Once the other woman gains enough confidence to reveal her plan, Ziva laughs and dispatches her easily.
  • On Warehouse 13, Artie goads MacPherson, who is holding a samurai sword, into stabbing him in the chest, and then holds on to it so that MacPherson will have to run and abandon the sword, a valuable Artifact. He survives but is injured for several episodes.
  • In one episode of The Wild Wild West, Artemus Gordon provokes a fight and subsequently allows himself to get rather brutally beaten, all with the object of ending up on the ground at his opponent's feet so he can steal said opponent's boot knife.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • This is how the Aztec god Tezcatlipoca lost a foot. He and his archenemy/brother Quetzalcoatl were trying to make a new world after the fourth apocalypse, they came across the little snag that all the land was on the bottom of the ocean on the back of a monster called Cipactli. Tezcatlipoca dangled his foot in the water as bait, and while he would probably have preferred not to lose it in the process, it did get Cipactli where the two of them could strangle it.
  • This is how the Norse monster Fenrir was tied up. The wolf grew wise to the attempts of the gods to tie him up and refused to let the gods try it for a third time. Therefore, the war god Tyr placed his hand into Fenrir's mouth, saying that the wolf could bite it off if the gods did not untie the wolf after a while. They didn't, and so Fenrir bit Tyr's hand off. Tyr had anticipated this, and it didn't seem to bother him.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • Jace Beleren from Magic: The Gathering does this distressingly often. Only, as a telepath, he is taking the injury with his mind instead of his body. He defeated his Evil Mentor (a giant Sphinx) into going deep into Jace's mind to rearrange the furniture, but Jace effectively burned down the house around him. Jace forgot his mother's face, the sound of his own name, and where he was born, while the Sphinx forgot how to breathe.
  • Common in Warhammer 40,000 in the cases of Tyranids, Orks, and Space Marines.
    • With Space Marines it is partly because they have two hearts and three lungs, and three kidneys too. Tyranids do it because they are disposable drones while Orks have decent regenerative abilities and live to fight.

    Video Games 
  • In 16 Ways to Kill a Vampire at McDonalds, this strategy is essential for one of the endings. However, if you don't set it up in just the right way, Lucy will lose all of her blood and die instead.
  • Bastion has Werewhiskey, a Critical Status Buff that gives you guaranteed critical hits as long as you're below 33% health. With how absurdly overpowered this is, a valid strategy is to deliberately get damaged until the buff kicks in, then charge through the level one-shotting everything.
  • Every game in the Dark Souls series features the Red Tearstone Ring, which basically invokes this by giving players who have it equipped a significant damage buff while they are at low health.
    • Dark Souls II has an optional Dual Boss fight against two of the game's Recurring Boss, the Pursuer. Optional Pursuer encounters have a built-in Anti-Frustration Feature where if you leave the room, the Pursuer will go away until you die or rest at a bonfire. A valid strategy for the double encounter is to allow one of them to do his very damaging sword-impalement grab attack on you, which for some reason counts as "leaving the room" to the other Pursuer, leaving you to deal with just one. After killing him, you can go rest at a bonfire and come back for the other one.
    • Dark Souls 3 takes this to the logical extreme by adding the Morion Blade, a straight sword that has the same effect and stacks multiplicatively with both another copy of itself and the Red Tearstone Ring.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • In the opening cinematic for the first Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi, Piccolo lets Cell punch him in the stomach so that he can grab Cell's arms and hold him in place while Gohan fires a Kamehameha at him.
    • In Dragon Ball Xenoverse and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, you can replicate Ginyu's example above by using Holstein Shock to damage yourself before Body Changing either as him or a custom character with his abilities in their loadout. As it damages the user, it can also be used to trigger certain Z-Souls in Xenoverse or Super Souls in Xenoverse 2 that activate at a certain amount of health, or to use Last Emperor.
    • As a Mythology Gag, Ginyu can use additional input to damage himself while charging Body Change in Dragon Ball FighterZ.
  • Fallout 3 has the "Nerd Rage" perk that maximizes your Strength and raises your Damage Resistance by 50% when your health drops into the critical range. This can be useful if you're playing a character trained in close combat, however what you'll end up most commonly using the perk for is increasing your carrying capacity. This means you'll be spending a lot of time preventing your health from being restored outside critical and Critically Encumbering yourself, hoping to eventually lighten the load (stashing your stuff, merging items via repair or crafting, using up explosives, or eating foods that raise your health and undo the Nerd Rage that allowed you to carry it in the first place).
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Limit Breaks in Final Fantasy tend to be based on damage received for the most part. Thus you may be inclined to allow your characters to get hurt to satisfy the Limit Break requirement.
    • Final Fantasy VII. Cloud vs. Sephiroth. Rather than intentional, though, Cloud attacks Sephiroth, is overpowered, and stabbed. Only then does he actually turn it to his advantage.
    • Final Fantasy X: The power of the Masamune, Auron's Celestial Weapon, is dependent on Auron's health. The lower his HP, the stronger the weapon. The Overdrive modes Stoic, Comrade, Daredevil, Loner, Victim, and Sufferer fill the Overdrive bar based on suffering some sort of injury or ailment.
  • Fire Emblem:
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots: Raiden impales Vamp with his sword, driving it through his own gut. Vamp then drives the sword in even deeper and twists it (now through both of them) to increase the internal damage.
  • Done (unintentionally) by Travis in the 1st rank battle of No More Heroes. Jeane plunges her hand into Travis' chest in order to crush his heart, which leaves her vulnerable to Shinobu's Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • In the Pokémon games, we have the attacks Revenge and Avalanche that double in power if the target has damaged the user before.
  • Runescape has Dharok's Greataxe, which does incredible amounts of damage if a player has low health and is wearing the full set of armor. If you see a player using the axe and "red-barring," stay the hell away from him!
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • In the classic games, a number of bosses can be defeated more quickly by getting hit, recovering at least one of the spilled rings, and taking advantage of the remaining Mercy Invincibility to get hits on the boss, bypassing their defenses. For example, the first mini-bosses in Sonic Mania will sometimes glow red making them dangerous to touch, but can still be hit for damage using this tactic.
    • Also in Sonic Mania, reaching each multiple of 100 rings awards a 1-up, which resets whenever rings are spilled. The Hyper Ring power-up makes it much easier to reclaim rings the next time they're spilled. By collecting over 100 rings and then spilling them with the Hyper Ring active, it's possible to earn additional 1-ups.
  • Yoshimitsu of the Soul Series of 3D fighters has a number of "seppuku" moves, where he stabs himself in the gut, and hopefully his opponent. The moves are very short range and do the same damage to Yoshimitsu that they do to his opponent, but have very high damage and are unblockable. Similarly, his descendant in the Tekken series can pull off the same maneuver. What's more, Yoshimitsu is about the only character who has healing moves.
  • In one section of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, a secondary character of the player's choosing must avoid capture and free the player character and the rest of the party. If Canderous Ordo volunteers, he severely injures himself with a plasma grenade — knowing his special healing implant will revive him once the Mooks have left him for dead.
  • In the Street Fighter III manga adaptation, Ryu Final, Ryu deliberately impales himself on Akuma's arm. Why? Because the manga reveals that the Shun Goku Satsu consists of thousands upon thousands of punches that deliver a Hadoken at point-blank with each impact, ending with a finishing blow that skewers the opponent's torso. Ryu defeated the technique by lunging forward and letting Akuma punch through him ahead of time, making the Hadoken useless and putting him in perfect range to blow half of Akuma's body off with a Hadoken of his own. Somehow, Ryu survived, with an enormous scar over his chest.
  • In Super Metroid, Draygon can be easily defeated by blowing up one of the turrets lining the walls of his boss room, letting him grab Samus, and then struggling in his grasp until he's within Grapple Beam range of those sparking, wrecked turrets. The resulting current will hurt Samus, but flash-fries Draygon in seconds.
  • Super Smash Bros.:
    • Super Smash Bros. Brawl: Lucario's aura mechanic causes his attack strength to grow more powerful the more damage he takes.
    • As of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, every fighter avails of a variant of this in the rage mechanic, which boosts damage and knockback output proportional to damage sustained by fighters. Lucario, in particular, retains his aforementioned aura mechanic on top of this, meaning that many Lucario players will count on taking damage from their opponents to empower their attacks.
  • You can do this in Team Fortress 2 as the Soldier. Upon release, the Equalizer was a weapon that increases your speed and attack power when held and your HP is low. At 1 hp, you go nearly as fast as a Scout and can almost 1 hit kill the lighter classes. People lower their health in two ways: either Rocket Jump into the low 20s, or just throw yourself in an all-out attack. The enemy will most likely get a few shots in when you can whip out the Equilizer and smack em about while they reload.
    • That's now a relic of the past. Currently, its effects have been split up into two different weapons: the Equalizer (attack power) and the Escape Plan (increased speed).
  • A variation occurs in Tomb Raider (2013). Lara escapes her very first predicament by setting the sack she's tied up in on fire.

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  • The Chimney Chickens episode "Date Envy" has a variation where the injury is to cars, but thankfully not characters. Blaze, driving Buzz's car, deliberately crashes it into a girl's car to manufacture an excuse to get her phone number.
  • In DEATH BATTLE!, some of the more daring combatants pull this off in order to get an advantage over their opponent or catch them off guard:
    • Guts vs. Nightmare. Guts is known to do this in canon, and in the fight itself, he lets his face get cut by Nightmare so he can shoot the demon point-blank with his Arm Cannon, and later on leaps through a wall of flames to perform a surprise attack on Night Terror, slicing off Night Terror's sword arm followed by splitting Night Terror's head in two.
    • Lucario vs. Renamon: Lucario runs right through Renamon's Diamond Storm to attack her, sustaining great damage from several shards in the process. It catches Renamon off guard and allow him to finish her off with a Bone Rush.
    • Dragonzord vs. Mechagodzilla ends on one of these: The Dragonzord has impaled Mechagodzilla on its spear, making it look like the match will go to Tommy. Then Mechagodzilla pulls the spear even further in and starts charging the Absolute Zero Cannon. Tommy doesn't dodge in time, and both he and the Dragonzord are completely frozen on a molecular level by the blast and shattered into nothingness by Mechagodzilla's roar.
  • Murder Drones: In "Dead End", after discovering that the sight of blood causes Sentinels to experience a Logic Bomb, Tessa later exploits this against a horde of Sentinels by slashing her hand to spray blood around.
  • Red vs. Blue: While fighting an invisible Locus in season 13's "Great Destroyers", Wash cuts his hand and flings his blood through the air to splatter him and render him visible.
  • In RWBY, this is used in the end of "Fall". From Yang's viewpoint, Mercury was jumping at her to kick her after she defeated him in a match, and so she turned around and countered it. However, a look at the cameras reveals it was an illusion and it really looked like Yang blasted him in the knee unprovoked. This results in Yang being arrested while the crowd boos and her teammates look on in bewildered horror. Though somewhat subverted since Mercury has prosthetic legs that could take the hit.
  • The Thwomps: After almost getting killed, Thwomp 1's last wish is The timewarp.

    Web Comics 
  • Jordi in Cuanta Vida protects himself from a backstab and disarms the red spy by impaling his own hand on the knife.
  • Everyone Is Home: "The Things We Do for Love" has the various guys of Smash Bros. coming up with different ways to injure themselves to see Pyra/Mythra in the hospital after a bad drinking game against Bayonetta.
  • Von Pinn in Girl Genius traps Bangladesh's sword by impaling her hand on it here.
  • In Shadownova, when Fury is blinded by a flashbang Jacob decides to punch him as he escapes, which only results in Fury calculating where he is from the punch and stabbing him.

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  • Sociopathic Hero Belphanior from The Adventuresis quite prone to that tactic, thanks for his Evil Weapon which eats souls of slain enemies and heals wounds of wielder at the same time.
  • Dragonball Z Abridged: In the Lord Slug movie, Piccolo rips his own ears off when capture by Lord Slug. Then he yells at Gohan to start whistling, which apparently is hideous torture for Namekians.
  • FoxTale2614: In "jays last wish", Captain Soto wishes to cause pain to Nadakhan for revenge, but he's told that kind of wish isn't allowed, so he instead wishes that any pain caused to him is dealt unto Nadakhan a hundredfold. He then commands Echo Zane to break his arm, hit him in the groin, and break his leg to deal damage to Nadakhan. The last one doesn't work because Nadakhan doesn't have any legs.
  • Penny Arcade Dungeons And Dragons Podcast: Binwin falls victim to this several times, surrounding himself with enemies so Jim can unleash a fireball on the lot of them.
  • The Spoony Experiment: Spoony, in his Highlander 2 commentary, wonders why no immortal ever does this in any of the movies or any episode of the tv show. After all, the only blows an immortal cares about are any blows to the head, so an immortal could theoretically take a crippling attack to the gut and then take his opponent's head.
  • This has happened at least once in Shack Tactical videos, where script-triggered injuries could not be healed, meaning that players had to be shot in order to heal them. Due to the absurdity, Hilarity often Ensued.
  • In Whateley Universe, Phase pulls this on Chaka while sparring, since Phase can change the density of parts of her body. The weapon goes right through her intangible chest to nail Chaka. Lancer lampshades this immediately afterward.
    • Generator broke Ironhawk's hostage-taking ploy - and concentration - by intentionally stabbing herself onto the knife he was holding against her. This approach works best when you have a Healing Factor, needless to say.
    • Murphy often combines this with Death from Above and/or Teleport Spam attacks; again, high regen is a key part of this for her.

    Western Animation 
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: In the episode "Cry Ed", Eddy gets jealous over all of the attention Jimmy is getting because of his frequent injuries, so he first tries faking injuries of his own. When Double D points out that the reason it's not working is because Jimmy's injuries are real, Eddy responds with "Is that all?" and starts goading Double D into beating him up. Double D, of course, refuses, but before the argument can end, Ed shows up and drops a house on Eddy. Naturally, Eddy survives and tries to use his newfound injuries as part of his original plan to get attention.
  • Heroic ninja Snake Eyes pulls one off in his duel against rival ninja Storm Shadow in G.I. Joe: Resolute: pinned down and about to be struck down, he allows his enemy's katana to pierce through his left palm, redirecting the blow to hit the ground rather than his head. He then uses his right hand to break the sword in a Moment of Awesome.
  • Glitch Techs: In "I'm Mitch Williams", Mitch's siblings keep breaking their gaming tech so that it forces Mitch to give them more and hope that he can hang out with them more.
  • In Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Skeletor allows He-Man to run him through with his sword, because by doing so He-Man unlocks the Chamber of Wisdom that Skeletor is leaning against, allowing Skeletor to access the orb of magic contained within.
  • Popeye and Bluto were known to have tried to deliberately hurt themselves so they can get close to Olive Oyl, who in both cases was working as a hospital nurse. In each case, Popeye force-feeds his spinach to Bluto so he can beat Popeye senseless.
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks: In "Mugato, Gumato", Tendi breaks her arm while chasing T'Ana through the Jefferies tubes, then scans her when she comes back to help. She couldn't simply fake it because T'Ana wouldn't be fooled.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: When the Gungans find themselves in battle against Grievous in "Shadow Warrior", Tarpals winds up getting stabbed by him. Grievous mocks him, but then Tarpals reveals that he did it deliberately. Grievous got a shock staff to the gut and the Gungans actually captured him. Unfortunately, due to the series' Foregone Conclusions, it winds up being a Senseless Sacrifice.
  • Steven Universe: In "The Zoo", Steven and his dad Greg are trying to escape from the titular People Zoo. After hearing a story from two of the residents that a Gem once came into the Zoo because someone got hurt, Greg agrees to take one for the team, but it doesn't work. However, Steven and Greg later find out after disrupting "The Choosening" that hurting the Zoomans' feelings does.

    Real Life 
  • American President Andrew Jackson famously performed this trope in a duel. He wanted to kill his adversary so much that he deliberately waited until after his opponent had fired (and hit him) so that he could take his time and aim for a killshot; combatants only loaded one bullet per round. It worked, and he survived.
  • This occasionally appears in self-defense courses which recommend such tactics as redirecting the knife into your shoulder to get rid of the weapon. For obvious reasons, this is a bad move unless you know what you are doing, are very desperate, and really, really have no better options.
  • There is an old fencing tactic for dueling with smallswords where you allow your left palm to be impaled by the enemy sword, thus preventing the enemy from parrying your deadly blow. You need to be pretty desperate to try this though, and there is a better alternative where you have a piece of fabric (cloak, piece of linen, etc.) hanging from your arm, and you let the enemy pierce that instead.
  • This trope is why boar-spears have crosspieces: they prevent an impaled boar from running up the spear to gore the hunter.
  • There is a legend that the Russian Warrior Monk Alexander Peresvet killed the Tatar warrior Chelubey that way. Chelubey's lance was longer than anyone else's, so when jousting, no man could even strike him before being knocked out of the saddle. Peresvet removed his armor, allowing him to remain sitting despite the strike. Both were lethally impaled, but Peresvet managed to return to the Russian camp before dying.

 
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Yatori Igsem v. the Mutineers

"Watchdogs of the Spirit Tree". Yatorishino Igsem is the first of the protagonists to intercept a group of mutinous Imperial knights who took Princess Chamille to avenge their general who was sent to die for political reasons. The leader briefly overpowers her by impaling his hand on her saber and getting his hand on her throat -- only for Torway Remeon to arrive and shoot him in the neck from the forest, freeing Yatori to singlehandedly kill a dozen men including two airgunners with her sword and main-gauche.

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