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"Did... Did you just cut my bullet in two!?"
Aimee Matchlock, Bravely Second

Parrying bullets is when a character uses a sword (or other melee weapon) to block gunshots. Characters capable of this are able to wield their blade with such speed and precision that they can swat bullets out of the air — in extreme cases, even emerging from automatic weapons fire completely unscathed. Sometimes this is portrayed as a feat of pure skill, though more often it's made possible by Super Reflexes or Combat Clairvoyance. In any case, it's certainly an indication of Implausible Fencing Powers.

Generally the purview of the Master Swordsman, the ability to parry bullets is a good way to even the odds in Guns vs. Swords. Nor is it limited to regular bullets — it also applies to Ray Guns, Energy Balls, or anything else that deals death at velocities too high for normal human beings to defend against. In some cases, a special blade might be needed to withstand the rigors of this sort of use.


See also Dodge the Bullet and Bullet Catch. In extreme cases, this can be used to deflect incoming fire back at the shooter, becoming a sort of Attack Reflector—and if the attacker then deflects it back at the player in a video game, you have yourself a Tennis Boss. May involve a character deflecting bullets by spinning their weapon. For cases where someone deflects a bullet by firing at it, see Shoot the Bullet.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • In the first episode of the second Sakura Wars OVA, Sakura manages to deflect a full barrage from a machine gun with her sword.
  • Lupin III:
    • Goemon Ishikawa has this as one of his signature moves; he can not only block automatic fire, he can cut the bullets in half as well. And while many attributes his abilities to his invincible sword, it's shown that he can do the trick with any sword, it's just that a normal sword gets damaged by the bullets.
    • Lupin himself has done the trick. Being intelligent enough to know what's needed for it, he only did it the rare times he happened to be wielding Goemon's sword while he was being shot at (his usual response would be to dodge the hell away from the gunfire and take cover before firing back).
  • Afro Samurai: Evident in the first 5 minutes, and endemic throughout. Bullets are cleaved; memorably, the title character cleaves a bullet, and the shrapnel kills several of his opponents, leaving him unharmed. Upon seeing this, the man who tried to shoot Afro quite rightly says "What the...that's impossible!"
  • Most of the accomplished swordsmen in One Piece are shown to be capable of this, no matter the difference between the sword and the projectile. Mihawk can deflect tiny bullets with his BFS just as easily as Tashigi can deflect cannonballs with her katana.
  • Black Lagoon
    • Ginji is fast enough to cut bullets in half with his sword, making him a more than equal match for any normal gunman. Revy, naturally, sees this as a challenge.
    • There's also Sawyer the Cleaner, who can deflect bullets with her chainsaw. Her deflections are more like Improbably Lucky Fencing Powers compared to Ginji's. In the same episode, an apparent mook also deflected bullets shot by freaking Revy and Eda at point-blank range with his chaingun.
  • Samurai 7: the samurai can do this, among other Implausible Fencing Powers. Several times, shells are cleaved asunder and the most skilled of samurai are even able to deflect Wave Motion Guns.
  • In StrikerS Sound Stage X series, the Mariage has no need for Deflector Shields since they can block a barrage of Magic Bullets with a single arm blade. This Sound Stage also had a scene that had Fragile Speedster Erio using Strada to deflect physical bullets fired by an Evil Poacher.
  • Shizu, in the Coliseum episodes of Kino's Journey, deflects bullets with his sword.
  • In Baccano!, Chane Laforet deflects bullets with knives. Bullets fired from a pump-action rifle. In the novels, Chane's apparent Bullet Deflection was a fluke (pointed out in a monologue by Rachel who was observing the fight from behind Chane. (Ladd's perspective was obscured slightly by the smoke blowing back from the engine which a wind gust has pushed between them and he simply assumed she could deflect bullets and threw his gun away after the first first shot. The anime plays it up by adding extra shots, removing the fluke-nature, and removing Rachel from the scene (in the novel it's from Nice and Rachel's perspective), instead showing what one would guess is actually Ladd's recollection of the event (with his own embellishment).
  • Karman in Blood+ blocked a revolver bullet with his spear.
  • In My-HiME, Shizuru is able to deflect Natsuki's bullets with her naginata element at the start of their battle. In an earlier episode, Miyu is able to cut Duran's shells in half.
  • Stocking from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt has impressive sword skills with her katanas, enough so that she can easily deflect bullets so that they disarm an opponent off of a ricochet. This often takes a backseat to Panty's pistol skills, however.
  • Van of GUN×SWORD is able to, among other things, block fully-automatic machine-gun fire by spinning his sword like a propeller, which also cuts the bullets apart!
  • Sword Art Online: In the game Gun Gale Online, the lightsaber is considered a Joke Weapon because of its extremely limited range compared to every other weapon (which are guns). Kirito decides to use it regardless because that's the kind of weapon he's used to, and leaves everyone in GGO gobsmacked when he starts using it to deflect bullets (Kirito admits that Star Wars was an inspiration), close the distance, and slice people up. Slightly more plausible in that bullets' paths in GGO are shown to everyone beforehand, so it is possible to predict a bullet to some extent (still requires incredible reflexes), but Kirito takes it a step further and predicts the bullet lines, by carefully watching his opponents' eyes to see where they will aim. The skills he learned blocking bullets in GGO translate back to Alfheim Online, where he is capable of cutting magic spells (the hitboxes of which are practically microscopic) clean out of the air.
  • Berserk: Guts regularly deflects projectiles with his sword, either by swinging it so the wind blows them away, or just using his BFS as a shield.
  • Demon Eyes Kyo from Samurai Deeper Kyo is shown to be fast enough to easily cut musket balls in mid-air and kill the gunmen in a single second.
  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children: Cloud's enhanced SOLDIER skills enable him to move and react fast enough to parry automatic gunfire from multiple directions at once. Seen when he fought Kadaj and his gang in the Forgotten City, and later while pursuing them on the highway.
  • The third chapter of Rurouni Kenshin has some gangsters attack Kamiya Kasshin-ryu dojo with a wooden cannon (a black powder muzzle-loader with a barrel carved from oak, firing a clay cannonball). Kenshin chops the cannonball in half in mid-flight with the sharp edge of his reverse-blade sword and rather irritatedly tells the gangsters to beat it.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: King Bradley is briefly shown doing this with his saber. Implied to only be possible for him due to his Ultimate Eye allowing him to perfectly predict each bullet's path while his Charles Atlas Superpower gives him fast enough reflexes to make use of that information.
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray, Lowe is able to have the Astray Red Frame cut a bazooka shell from the Astray Gold Frame with the Red Frame's Gerbera Straight katana. This is thanks to the fact that his suit is co-piloted by his super computer 8. However, cutting it causes the shell halves to explode, rattling him.
    • Kira Yamato does this extensively during the final battle of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, only he's using his Freedom Gundam's Beam Sabers to deflect Beam Rifle shots... A feat no other Mobile Suit pilot has replicated before or since.
  • The eponymous creatures of Parasyte can deflect bullets with their extremely fast and durable Combat Tentacles. Migi points out they'd be helpless against something like a flamethrower, and the police get favorable results with shotguns.
  • During the Mages vs Mars arc of Negima! Magister Negi Magi, one of the mages manages to slice one of Chao's teleporting bullets in half... only to learn at their expense that this doesn't prevent their teleportation effect from activating.

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    Fan Works 
  • Fate/Harem Antics:
    • Berserker/Raikou blocks Archer/Drake's bullets with her katana several times.
    • Gunner/Oda Nobunaga is also able to block Archer's bullets with her sword.
  • The Red Dragon's Saber: Artoria blocks Freed's bullet with her invisible sword when he tries to shoot her at point-blank range.
  • The Progenitor Chronicles (a Resident Evil fanfic): During the attack on Bear University, the MC, armed with a bow, shoots an arrow at a Tyrant and it just slaps it away (which isn’t entirely surprising). Later, he fires a gun at Illumina, who proceeds to do the exact same thing with the bullet.
    The MC: “Oh come on! I thought that wasn’t supposed to happen if I used a gun!”

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Haru is able to do it at the end of Beverly Hills Ninja, his ninja training finally coming to the surface, after spending most of the film making everyone ask What the Fu Are You Doing?. He uses a pair of swords to casually swat away an entire clip from a submachinegun.
  • Star Wars: Jedi can use their lightsabers to deflect incoming blaster shots back at their enemies. Justified in that they are explicitly using the Force to predict the shots before they are fired; ordinary people cannot manage it. And sufficient weight of fire can still overwhelm them, as demonstrated in Attack of the Clones and especially Revenge of the Sith. A lightsaber blade can only be in one place at a time, and even a Jedi has limits to how quickly they can swing it; one game even had a weapon that was designed with a tri-shot ability specifically to overwhelm a Jedi's defenses, by firing three bullets at the same time in a wide triangular pattern so that they could only deflect two. According to some sources that may or may not be canon, in a rare case for the franchise of old-fashioned projectile weapons conveying an advantage, lightsabers cannot deflect literal bullets: either they'll be cleanly cut in half and carry on (if they catch the "edge" of the beam), pass through it unaffected, or melt into searing hot slag that is still headed straight for your face at a high velocity.
  • Babydoll in Sucker Punch. In an imaginary world which lives on Rule of Cool.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He takes out an entire roomful of gun users with two swords while deflecting the hailstorm of fire, at first by basically spinning his blades really fast as opposed to any lightsaber-type ultraprecision. Then the ultraprecision comes in, and you have him cutting a bullet into two halves which go on to kill two shooters behind him.
    • The above scene is parodied in Deadpool 2. When Cable fires on Wade, Wade first cuts the bullet in half just like in the Origins scene. Then Cable opens up on full automatic, while Wade slashes just as before... and we switch camera angles and see that Wade has taken a decent amount of lead. Good thing he can heal.
      Wade: (looking at the numerous new holes in his body) Wooooo! Your bullets... they're really fast!
  • In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Aragorn performs an era-appropriate variation when he uses his sword to swat aside a knife flying towards his head. Impressively, there's no CGI involved in the stunt; Aragorn's actor actually parried a knife thrown at him by the other actor.

  • In Ravenor Returned, Ravenor’s agents encounter a hostile swordswoman who can do this. Nayl, after congratulating her for deflecting his first two shots, switches to full auto: she manages to block the first three bullets before the rest turn her into Swiss cheese.
  • A Shadowrun novel, Steel Rain, was named for its heroine's use of this version in its opening chapter. Against machine gun autofire, no less.
  • Sienkiewicz Trilogy: Michał Wołodyjowski, the Master Swordsman of all Master Swordsmen, parries arrows.
  • Ia from Theirs Not to Reason Why parries not just bullets but lasers with her sword. Justified by her precognitive powers; she knows beforehand where the projectile is going to be, so she can put her sword in the way.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Used in Due South by a middle-aged woman wielding a cutlass. She could do this because she was a Marine.
  • This type was busted by the MythBusters, though it must be noted that with the right circumstances they shattered one sword with another.
  • Super Sentai/Power Rangers:
    • In general, Rangers are perfectly capable of deflecting blaster fire with swords.
    • Power Rangers Zeo: In his rematch against Silo during the Super Zeozords' debut battle, Tommy blocks the missiles Silo fires at him with his Zord's sword.
    • Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger / Power Rangers S.P.D.: Master Swordsman DekaMaster / Shadow Ranger can do this. In his debut fight, he uses a redirected enemy shot to free a hostage seconds from being blown up.
    • Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: In his final fight with Basco, Captain Marvelous does this while charging at him.
  • Demonstrated by Sara in the Witchblade pilot and repeatedly after that, even against submachine guns on full auto on occasion. It's all the Witchblade's doing—without it Sara's just an ordinary police detective with a gun.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In one Paranoia mission, two NPCs use their mutant power of Ridiculously High Agility to block/deflect laser blasts with their force swords.
  • Several Warhammer 40,000 spin-off games have this.
    • In Inquisitor, characters are able to take a talent called "Deflect Shot" which allows them to attempt and deflect any shots fired at them as long as they are armed with either a power weapon (a melee weapon surrounded by a matter-disrupting energy field) or a force weapon (which is psychically linked to its wielder). This is also demonstrated in the last book of the Eisenhorn trilogy.
    • In Dark Heresy, characters explicitly cannot parry bullets or lasers (but can parry other ranged attacks, like thrown knives). There is a Talent which allows characters to parry bullets (although at great difficulty), but laser (energy) attacks cannot be parried at all.
  • GURPS Basic has "Parry Missile Weapons," which is the barely possible version of this; it only works with spears and other thrown weapons and ''possibly'' arrows. However, GURPS Martial Arts introduced ''Force Swordsmanship'', which in addition to other skills, lets its high-level devotees combine Parry Missile Weapons with the "chi" based power of Precognitive Parry to do everything described above — as long as you have your own "force sword", that is. Otherwise it's just a good way to get your blade shattered/melted/disintegrated before the bullet or beam hits you. Not to worry, though; Force-Swordsmanship can also teach you to build your own force sword! And yes, this is a literal case of Disney Owns This Trope.

    Video Games 
  • City of Heroes: The Broadsword, Katana, and Staff Fighting power sets all have abilities that will increase your defense against Lethal damage, reducing the chance that any attack that does Lethal damage will hit you. This includes bullets.
  • MechRunner: The XP-41 can parry enemy bullets in robot mode with a simple swipe of its sword.
  • Metal Gear:
    • Metal Gear Solid: Cyborg Ninja has demonstrated the ability to cleave bullets in midair. However, since he has also demonstrated the ability to hold up a gigantic mecha by the foot temporarily, this is a fairly minor manifestation of his power.
    • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty: Raiden and the Tengu mooks get the ability to deflect gunfire after about two minutes of practicing with a high-frequency blade against nothing, with no indication they've ever touched a sword before.
    • In Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Raiden, now a Cyborg Ninja himself, can deflect bullets fired by enemies while sprinting. He can also slice missiles launched at him into pieces.
  • In League of Legends, Fiora has a basic ability called Riposte. This ability allows her to parry every single ability in the game, including disabling effects. Since some of the characters in the game use bullets as their main source of damage, she can be considered part of the trope.
  • In GUNZ Online, you can deflect enemy bullets with a sword; this is an Acceptable Break From Reality, because it makes bringing a sword to a gun fight possible and thus adds an extra dimension to the gameplay. Besides, the entire game is about moving around a Badass Longcoat; you can't get any cooler than that.
  • You can deflect and even reflect projectiles with melee weapons in Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict. However, it's based on player input, not automatic—among other things, this makes it ineffective against high-rate-of-fire weapons.
  • In Halo, it is possible to deflect rockets from Halo 3 onward, either with precise (read: lucky) explosions from grenades or other rockets, or with precise swings from the gravity hammer.
  • In Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army, during part the final battle, Raidou can block cannon fire with just his katana held out in a defensive pose. If it wasn't just so badass, it would be ridiculous.
  • In Rogue Galaxy, Seed. Every time Jaster and friends fight him, he will, sometimes, parry bullets with his sword doing a really fast circular move. And swords. And flamethrowers. And abilities like the Ilussion Sword. His sword becomes more of a shield. Also, when attacked with a melee attack, the character that provided the attack will be damaged.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Link can use his sword to deflect the magic attacks by the wizard Agahnim. Of course, it's a lot easier to do it with the bug-catcher's net.
  • The Witcher
    • Subverted when the Professor comments that he's heard witchers can parry arrows in flight just before he shoots Leo, a witcher trainee, with a crossbow. Later played straight when Geralt blocks a crossbow bolt, causing the Professor to remark, "I guess it was true after all."
    • In The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings you can get this ability by spending two levels in the appropriate skill; you can even deflect arrows straight back at the enemy!
  • In Resident Evil 5, there's an achievement for using an army knife to cut a crossbow bolt out of the air.
  • Hakumen from BlazBlue can stop most projectile attacks with a well-timed slash from his BFS. It gets even better in the sequel; any time he hits a projectile, a void is created, which will stop all projectiles that hit it. Most of this has to do with Ookami's anti-magic abilities though.
  • Characters with Wired Reflexes in Shadowrun can block shots from anything not explosive as long as they are facing the shooter, though it doesn't work against machine guns very well.
  • In E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy, the Facere Mortis and Damocles swords can be used to deflect/absorb bullets - even if you're being shot at by a guy holding a Sulfatum.
  • Just like in his anime and manga appearances, Goemon Ishikawa XIII pulls this off in Playstation 2's Lupin The3rd Treasure Of The Sorcerer King. Simply holding a button causes him to enter a weird sort of rapid slicing motion that allows him to deflect all incoming gunfire. Even though this trope is one of the well-known hallmarks of his character, this game is the only one to take advantage of his power.
  • Mitsurugi is seen deflecting a bullet with his sword in the intro of SoulCalibur II. This reflects his Character Development as he is now strong enough to not need Soul Edge to defeat any man wielding rifles.
  • Hiryu will do this with laser blasts in Strider (2014), once his Cypher gets a new "Reflect" upgrade that lets him return shots back at enemies. Hiryu was also able to do this in the LCD game made by Tiger Electronics.
  • Devil May Cry: Dante usually prefers to block enemy fire by shooting it, but Vergil can deflect bullets by spinning his katana. Vergil has also shown he can catch the bullets with his spinning katana, line them up in the ground and then fling them back with the tip of his sword with the same deadliness as if they had been shot from a gun...which then shows that Dante can cut them perfectly in half even with his oversized sword. Really, these twins don't even bat an eye at Implausible Fencing Powers.
  • Mega Man X: One of Zero's upgrades is to let him deflect bullets with a swing of his Z-Saber. In Mega Man Zero this can also be done in the fourth game with the correct upgrade.
  • In Hulk, one way to defeat tanks sent to kill the Hulk is to wait for it to fire a cannon shell at you and punch it straight back at the tank.
  • The Super Robot Wars series has the skill "Sword Cut", which allows a mecha equipped with a melee weapon to cut missiles, grenades, and Attack Drones out of the air (it also lets you deflect enemy melee attacks). Making it even more implausible, some mecha like Daimos and members of the Mobile Fighter G Gundam cast don't use swords but their bare hands.
  • Possible to do in Superhot in any level with a katana on it. It even nets the player an achievement "So it is possible!". MIND CONTROL DELETE takes it even further; in the player's hands, the katana reflects bullets, to poentially kill the shooter, and there's an upgrade that lets its reflect all bullets (e.g. an entire shotgun's spread) when one is struck.
  • In Overwatch, Genji can deflect projectiles back at their users (or their allies) with his sword. It works against almost everything projectile based, but beam and 'spray' attacks are unaffected. He also can't deflect melee attacks, but getting hit by one while Deflect is active stops it damaging him (the only exception to this is his own Swift Strike).
  • In Heroes of the Storm, Varian Wrynn has the Parry ability, which allows him to parry any basic attack and can even be upgraded to parry magic attacks.
    • Just like the Overwatch example above, Genji retains his Deflect skill, yet it functions differently from his home game. In this game, Genji can parry any incoming attacks directed at him, and it doesn't straight-up reflect projectiles like how it works in Overwatch, but taking damage while Deflect is active causes him to throw a kunai at his attacker.
  • All characters in Nuclear Throne can do this with most melee weapons. The weapons can reflect bullets and shotgun pellets, which will damage the enemy instead of the player afterward; grenades, which explode normally and deal damage to everyone; and destroy acid pellets, toxic gas, rockets, and plasma balls. The benefit this provides is so great, that the Ultra Shovel - which has the widest swing arc and fastest swing speed of all melee weapons in the game - is considered necessary for surviving the Bullet Hell-like late-game.
  • In Enter the Gungeon, the Bullet can erase enemy projectiles with Blasphemy, the only true melee weapon in a game filled with guns. Huntsman, Fightsabre and a couple other weapons can also erase/reflect projectiles, though they otherwise act like ranged guns.
  • The Stage 2 boss in Lethal Enforcers can block bullets with his swords, but not always.
  • Street Fighter V: In the climax battle in story mode cutscene, Birdie faces one of the Shadaloo Dolls, Fevrier, who shoots at him with her machine pistol. He manages to block them all with just his chains.
  • In Street Fighter games she appears in, Rose can deflect projectiles thrown at her with her Soul Reflect move, i.e using her Soul-Powered scarf. She can choose to deflect it straight forward, or diagonally up to anticipate jumping opponents.
  • In Street Fighter EX, Cracker Jack can literally bat or kick projectiles out of the way with his special moves.
  • Street Fighter III's parry, which requires the player to press forward at the right time against an attack to completely negate all damage and be able to react faster than if you'd simply blocked it. This parry will even work on projectile attacks like the Hadoken.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 3:
    • Taskmaster's Shield Master special move can let him deflect projectiles thrown at him with his sword, back at the attacker.
    • Sentinel can simply kick/punch incoming projectiles to stop them, and Vergil can do the same with his katana.
  • Robo Recall has an unusually gun-centric variant in that the player can swat nearby enemy bullets in Bullet Time right back at them for a "Ping-Pong" bonus with any guns they are currently holding. It's more difficult than the Catch and Return technique that gives you a "Return to Sender" bonus, but doesn't require dropping your guns first and yields more points when done successfully.
  • At one point in Sunrider Mask of Arcadius, Asaga saves her friend Chigara from a sniper by using her Ryder’s BFS to deflect a bullet traveling at one-point-five times the speed of light. Icari, who witnessed the whole thing, lampshades the impossibility of this feat. The act itself is an early hint that there’s more to Asaga than the plucky freelance Ryder pilot she makes herself out to be.
  • Yakuza 0 has a skill for Majima's Slugger style that allows him to parry bullets with an aluminum bat he found in an alley.
  • Zhin's Counter ability from Paladins not only counters bullets, but every other type of projectile as well, even projectile-based Ultimates. Countering a projectile causes him to send out a melee-range counterattack. However, he can only counter one projectile per use unless he has his Retaliation legendary card equipped.
  • Both Cuphead and Mugman have the ability to turn the straws in their heads into hands and parry-slap any sort of projectile out of their way... as long as said projectile is colored pink.
  • Taking the cake for "most ludicrous parried attack" and "broadest definition of parry," the Ronin in Titanfall 2 is capable of blocking nuclear explosions with its sword and surviving. Try it, if you're crazy enough. At full health, a Ronin can bring its sword up to block a Nuclear Ejection and get away, badly battered and probably covered in a fine carbonized film, but in one piece.
  • The first mission of Killer Is Dead pits you, a katana-wielding assassin, against a man with a prosthetic machine gun arm. The entire "boss" is utterly trivial because you automatically parry every bullet fired at you while the boss freaks out and tries to get away from you.
  • Mask de Smith from killer7 ups the ante by headbutting a bullet out of mid-air without even damaging his luchadore mask.
  • Travis from No More Heroes can parry bullets with his beam katana, but doing so eats away at its battery charge (especially if he's blocking an entire clip from a machine pistol). The only exception is Dr. Peace's charge attack, which is powerful enough to send him flying across the arena.
  • Bunny Must Die! Chelsea and the 7 Devils features a Street Fighter III-style parry maneuver that works on literally anything that causes damage, from projectiles (of which there are many) to even landing in Spikes of Doom.
  • NieR: Automata features destructible enemy projectiles. While most of the time you'll be parrying bullets with your own bullets, there's a chip that allows you to cut through them with your sword as well.
  • Warframe: Any melee weapon can be used to deflect anything. This used to be taken to absurd degrees (a brief oversight made it possible to deflect suffocation), but it's still very impressive.
    • It's even more impressive when your Tenno blocks the bullets from multiple guns, each with fire rates in the dozens per second, with gauntlets. Your character is literally swatting hundreds of bullets out of the air with their hands.
  • The Stranger from Furi, who's armed with a lightning-infused katana, can parry a good chunk of the game's attacks, including a number of projectile types (beams being universally excluded). In fact, glowing purple bullets are a specific projectile type that is usually intended to be parried and deflected back at the Jailer who shot it. Some of said Jailers will proceed to parry it back, turning into a brief tennis game with the boss, although certain parry situations are unwinnable.note 
  • In Phantasy Star Online 2, if you have some manner of guard-frame move, you can basically parry the vast majority of attacks aimed your way, including projectiles both physical and non-physical through the Just Guard mechanic. Thus you can get things like Hunters blocking gunfire with their partisans, Bravers deflecting missiles with their katanas, or Fighters punching energy attacks out of the air. You can even parry metaphysical attacks like a Cockatrice's stone-turning glare or a time-stop spell!
  • While guns are a rare weapon Final Fantasy Tactics, the Knight reaction ability Weapon Guard gives a chance of blocking bullets just like any other physical attack, with every sword and knife having its own percentage chance of success. Dual Wielding increases the odds of success because each blade gets its own separate RNG roll, and some swords have exceptionally good parry chances. Guns also do not give any debuff to the target's parry chance to account for bullets being much faster (and thus harder to block) than a sword; they're treated exactly the same as all other physical attacks for the purpose of the Weapon Guard skill.

    Web Animation 
  • Very common in RWBY, which has this happening as early as the Black Trailer, where Blake and Adam are both casually parrying bullets from enemy robots while closing in to attack them with their melee weapons. Because everyone possesses Aura, which lets well-trained fighters react with superhuman speed to incoming attacks and survive hits that would hurt or kill an ordinary human, it is relatively easy to dodge or evade incoming gunfire, forcing combatants to either get in close or use overwhelming amounts of firepower.

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    Web Original 
  • Finding out this was possible in Super Hot is what makes Vegeta declare it the game of the year in Renegade for Life.
    "Can I?" [cuts bullet midair] *gasp* Game of the year! 10/10! 10/10! Game of the year! Cut bullets in half!
  • Parodied in RDC World 1's SWORDS IN ANIME, which has the protagonist able to do this to multiple pistols, an M4, and a rocket launcher. The villain is appropriately in panicked disbelief at the sight of this.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Æon Flux short "War", the POV follows a succession of fighters, each one killing the previous one. When a gun-wielding Breen soldier seems ready to enact the Never Bring A Knife To A Gunfight scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark with a Monican swordsman, the swordsman deflects the bullet back at him. The swordsman then does the same to several other gunmen, but just as abruptly fails and is killed.
  • The sword-wielding assassin Curaré from Batman Beyond does this.
  • In Code Lyoko, Ulrich is practically the equal to any Jedi Master at doing this, able to use his katana to deflect the energy weapons of XANA's mooks with relative ease.
  • Snake Eyes from G.I. Joe: Renegades can deflect frickin' lasers with his swords. Half-justified in they're lasers, i.e. light, and he takes very good care of his weapon which includes polishing it to a mirror finish. Now for how he gets it in place in time...
  • Samurai Jack is virtually invincible with his magic katana, occasionally deflecting all the bullets from several machine guns fired at him at once.

    Real Life 
  • Isao Machii, featured in Stan Lee's Superhumans, cut a BB gun pellet fired at him traveling at over 200 miles per hour at a distance of 70 feet. See here. For context, though, a Glock 17 (an extremely common pistol) fires a 9mm bullet at about 820 miles per hour. That's four times as fast as the BB above, and would have impacted his body by about the time he had the sword halfway out of the scabbard.
  • It is possible for a sharp blade to cut a bullet in half, if both the gun and the blade are at the right angle. If a sword in battle blocks a bullet on the edge by pure chance, the wielder will now have two bullet wounds instead. Laboratory conditions set to try this have shown it could be done on large slow bullets (such as from a pistol) while smaller high speed rounds (such as from rifles) will simply shatter even sword made from high quality steel.
  • Yadomejutsu (矢留術) is the name of the "Art of Arrow Cutting", taught in Maniwa Nen Ryu.


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Lupin the 3rd

Multiple bullets mean nothing to the master swordsman Goemon.

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