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A Sub-Trope of Instant Armor and Sister Trope of Elemental Armor, this trope utilizes elemental forces as a form of (instantaneous) protection in a shape of a usually spherical barrier that covers the user. It can be a ball of flame, sand, lightning, or any elemental manifestation.

Characters who use this trope are a combination of Barrier Warrior and Elemental Powers. This trope is the reason why the Barrier Change Boss exists.

See Instant Armor for worn armor that appears instantaneously and Elemental Armor for an elemental variation of the former.



Anime and Manga

  • Gaara from Naruto has, outside from his sand Elemental Armor, a sand barrier that serves as his first line of defense. He even uses one as a form of a transportation/protection hybrid in the Deidara fight.
  • Gajeel from Fairy Tail uses his iron-based abilities as a source of Nigh-Invulnerability. He is quite literally Made of Iron.
  • Some Logia (and Paramecia) Devil Fruit eaters from One Piece can use their powers defensively this way, such as Galdino's Candle Wall (a wall of hardened wax) or Monet's Kamakura (basically an igloo).
  • Toriko:
  • Noelle from Black Clover can create water barriers, both in stationary and mobile varieties, with the latter having the extra bonus of able to fly.
  • Soul Hunter:
    • Taikobou can use his wind Paopei to form a defensive barrier of whirlwinds.
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    • One of the Shisei of Kuryuu Island can use the water of his Paopei to form giant dome-shaped barriers (which are sticky enough to trap anyone who touches the water).

Comic Books

  • Magneto from X-Men can create electromagnetic forcefields as a form of defense.
  • Similarly to Magneto above, Static also tends surround himself with electromagnetic shields.

Fan Works

  • The favorite maneuver of any kind by John in With Strings Attached is to create a water “force field” around himself (and often others as well). Besides being physically protective, it also contains air and protects against noxious smells, can be extended under water so he can carry people along with him, and (as shown in The Keys Stand Alone), it helps lubricate his way through tight spaces.


  • The villain of The Quest of the Unaligned uses a lighting barrier to protect his McGuffin. The heroine uses another barrier, this one made of fire, to block the first one from hitting her.

Live-Action Television

Tabletop Games

  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Adeptus Mechanicus Electro-Priests are surrounded by a voltagheist field that resembles will-o-the-wisps of electromagnetic force. This high voltage electric field protects the Priest by dispersing the energy of an attack in a puff of ozone and discharges as powerful electric shocks against the Priest’s enemies. In the 8th Edition rules, the voltagheist field gives the Electro-Priest a 5+ invulnerable save and a chance of causing mortal wounds against his enemies.
    • The Necron Artefact known as the Lightning Field uses the same technology as the race's tesla weaponry to surround its wearer with a defensive shield of emerald lightning. Not only does this field protect the Necron from harm, but it also electrocutes any foe attacking them. The 8th Edition version of the rules represents this by giving the wearer a 4+ invulnerable save, as well as a 50% chance of causing mortal wounds against nearby enemy units.
  • The Circles of Protection from Magic: The Gathering. There is one for each "color" (equivalent to elements in Magic) and each of them can prevent damage to their controller from any cards of the corresponding color.
  • Dungeons & Dragons has wall spells for every kind of element under the sun, such as wall of force and wall of fire.

Video Games

  • When Mega Man uses Wood Man's powers in Mega Man 2, he would have a flurry of leaves used as a shield as long as he remained stationary. Other barrier weapons in the series that are elemental include the Fire Storm, Plant Barrier, Jewel Satellite and Water Shield.
  • Storm Owl from Mega Man X4 gets a wind-elemental one every time you activate his Mercy Invincibility.
  • Azure Striker Gunvolt: GV's basic ability Flashfield is him creating a sphere of electricity around him that blocks physical projectiles (but not energy ones).
  • World of Warcraft has a vast number of these, and most caster classes have at least one. Although many of them, while called "armor" or "shield" don't actually protect the user, but provide different buffs.
  • Champions Online has blocking powers made from such diverse things as ice, fire, electricity (somehow), darkness, psionic projections, magic, and even kinetic energy (however that works).
  • Sonic 3 & Knuckles uses three shields: Fire, Water, and Electric. The fire shield protects from fire-based attacks as well as lava, and allows you to dash forward. The water shield allows you to breathe underwater and has a bouncing double jump. The lightning shield allows you to magnetically attract loose rings (so no, the ones in the item boxes don't count), but not the ones you lose as a result of hitting a badnik, as well as a double jump. The three of them reappeared in Sonic Generations, but only if you unlock them in the challenges.
  • The World Ends with You has three Psychs in the form of fire, water, and darkness. The fire psych protects you from foes while damaging anybody that comes near, the water psych shields you while restoring your health at the same time, and the darkness psych does both at the same time, but only when you’re in contact with the enemy at all.
  • The Sith Sorceror in Star Wars: The Old Republic can create shields made of lightning, whereas the Jedi Sage uses Force kinesis or levitating rocks.
  • Kelvin from Battleborn can erect a temporary impassible Ice Wall that will stun nearby enemies upon creation and block movement.
  • The Tornado Shield from Grid Warrior creates a tornado around the player that damages nearby enemies, blocks weak bullets and sucks in any homing missiles. When fully upgraded, the shield will also gain fire- or ice- based properties if it sucks in fire- or ice- based attacks respectively.

Western Animation


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