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"Any sufficiently durable individual is indistinguishable from immortals."

The power of unambiguously superhuman durability, ranging from being "merely" Immune to Bullets, to getting hit by a nuke and finding it to tickle a bit, and even beyond that.

This is a requiered secondary power to be able to do anything with Super Strength; without it, Newton's Third Law would result in you ruining your hand every time you threw a super-punch, and every bone and muscle would snap/tear under the tension of lifting a car. Of course, that doesn't mean characters with Super Strength are always shown having Super Toughness in any other context.

A Sub-Trope of Nigh-Invulnerability (specifically, the Made of Diamond type). Compare Made of Iron, where an explicitly non-superpowered character can take a lot more punishment than is normally possible for no apparent or explained reason, though Charles Atlas Superpower can blur the line between Made of Iron and Super Toughness.


This applies to a lot of superpowered powerhouses, Flying Brick-type characters, as well as many of those who utilize extensive cybernetic enhancement, Ki Attacks, Supernatural Martial Arts, and/or Functional Magic. It's sometimes a side-effect of particularly adaptive Healing Factors. Most Super Soldiers possess it, and it can also be achieved with Mind over Matter.

Combine it with Super Strength, and you're likely to end up with the Implacable Man. Often part of Super Speed users as well as per Required Secondary Powers, as anyone with otherwise ordinary human physiology would literally tear themselves apart very quickly. When it's just their skeleton see Unbreakable Bones.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Goku is shot by Bulma in his first meeting with her in Dragon Ball, and it only stings him. As the power levels get higher and higher, not only guns, but rockets, tank fire and pretty much anything else have 0 effect. In fact, it's a Running Gag in the series for the Earth's entire armed forces to launch an all out assault on the arc villain, only for them to laugh it off. This happened as early as King Piccolo, and by the time of Dragon Ball Z, the very first villain, Raditz, is introduced by catching a shotgun round and flicking it back at the attacker far harder. All the main and supporting heroes (yes, even Krillin) are strong enough to laugh off entire armies worth of ordnance.
    • Even among the cast, there are two standout examples: Vegeta and Frieza both take incredible amounts of punishment even by Dragon Ball standards, yet they will frequently continue to stand up again and keep fighting. Frieza was cut in half, blasted through the ground, had a planet explode beneath him, and drifted in the vacuum of space for an unspecified amount of time and was still alive after all that. Vegeta, meanwhile, continues to get up after a beating by Majin Buu so many times that Buu is actually briefly afraid of him, the only time Buu shows any fear in the series.
    • This is the gimmick of most of the Non-Serial Movie villains as Garlic Junior, Doctor Wheelo, Lord Slug, Super Android 13 and especially Broly just No-Sell some of the strongest attacks the Z-Fighters throw at them and some i.e Broly and Super Android 13 don't even flinch when they get hit. Subverted however if consider Ki Manipulation plays a part in a lot of this instances and the heroes and villains can quickly become Glass Cannon(s) if they aren't already guarded e.g Goku in his strongest Super Mode (Super Saiyan Blue) was taken out by a simple laser beam in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’. Another time in Super Goku Black when he was unaware was knocked down by Mai using a sniper rifle (albeit with a special bullet), similarly Goku and Krillin were hurt by bullets signifying they needed to train more.
  • In Ghost in the Shell, Mokoto Kusanagi, courtesy of bionics. In the various animes,Batou was even more so, though in the original Manga he only had a few bionic parts rather than having a full prosthetic body like the Major or his anime incarnations and therefore wasn't substantially tougher than a normal human.
  • My Hero Academia has Kirishima Eijiro, whose Quirk is Hardening, which lets him harden his own skin and therefore become super tough. He thinks this Quirk isn't flashy enough. Come Season 2, we have Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu, whose Quirk, Steel, lets him transform his skin into steel (which, in essence, makes him similar to Kirishima, much to their dismay).
  • In InuYasha, Yokai and Hanyou can take more damage than a human can.
  • In Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Zentraedi were designed to be much tougher physically than a human being. Lampshaded by Breetai, who had just been Thrown Out the Airlock without a spacesuit and came back in:
    "I am not built as weakly as you are."
  • Attack on Titan has the Female and Armored Titans. The Female Titan has no skin and all her muscles are exposed, yet she takes horrific injury without a sound and it barely ends up slowing her down. Given that she can and does react to serious injury occasionally, it would seem that these wounds do hurt in the normal fashion, but she may have been trained to work past it, along with the other shifters. The Armored Titan shrugs off cannon fire, attacks from the Rogue Titan, and explosions that decimate an area for miles, without a scratch, and its introductory scene shows it demolishing the fifty-meter wall in front of it and still having to slow and stop itself afterwards. The Rogue Titan would qualify, except that its injuries do cause it some detriment as it tends to be so single-mindedly focused on murdering its target that it attacks without regard for the critical state its body is in and usually ends up worse for it.
  • In Delicious in Dungeon Falin, as a chimera, shrugs off damage that would normally kill any of her components — in her case, a slashed throat and stab wounds to her heart, right lung, and kidney — either because they're no longer vital organs for the whole, or because she has redundancies.
  • Bleach
    • Shinigami life force is affected by their spiritual power. The more spiritual power they possess, the harder it is to even scratch them, let alone kill them.
    • Arrancar possess Hierro note , a supernaturally tough skin which makes it difficult to injure or kill them. Nnoitra is singled out for having exceptionally hard Hierro even by the standards of other Espada.
    • Quincies possess Blut note . Blut Vene channels reiatsu through their veins via reishi manipulation to massively increase their defensive power, making it very hard to injure or kill a Quincy. Cang Du and Mask de Masculine can further use their Schrift powers to shrug off attacks even Blut Vene can't cope with.
  • Shizuo Heiwajima from Durarara!! was born with Uninhibited Muscle Power which sent him to the hospital whenever he used it. Eventually, though, recovering from those injuries has made him as tough as his is strong. Someone once shot a ballistic knife into his chest at almost point blank range. It went in about half a centimeter.
  • One Piece:
    • A World Government assassin squad, CP9, has among its arsenal the special ability "Iron Body" ("Tekkai", or "Iron Mass", in Japanese). It made their bodies as hard as iron to resist damage. The downside was that you couldn't move when in Iron Body. Jabra is the one exception as a master of the Iron Body ability he can move while using it making him definite Lightning Bruiser, Sanji had to burn though Jabra's Tekkai to actually beat him.
    • "Color of Armament" Haki can also be used to this effect protecting the user's body against blows and bladed attacks as well doubling striking/cutting power. Usually it just affects relevant parts of the body rather than all of it at once, but Vergo and Pica each demonstrate a full-body hardening at respective points.
    • Some people are simply incredibly tough by nature or training. While examples abound, the best ones are the Yonko (Emperors of the Sea) .
  • Armitage of Armitage III can take bullets, stab wounds and head-on grenade hits and keep going, with only cosmetic damage to her flesh. She even managed to survive her own self-destruct mechanism.
  • In Brave10, Seikai can turn blades with pure muscle. Jinpachi is then introduced blocking Seikai's strike with one hand.
  • This is one of Shioon's martial arts powers in The Breaker. Sure, he can bleed (a lot),but he doesn't stay down. Most conversations with him or about him contain No One Could Survive That! , What the Hell Are You? and Why Won't You Die?. On top of that, he heals very quickly and comes back stronger from all the extensive beatings he survives.
  • One-Punch Man:
    • This is Saitama's other power alongside Super Strength and Super Speed. Throughout the story, he never takes a hit that seems to cause him any actual pain or damage.
    • Boros has a potent enough case of this that, coupled with his Healing Factor, he actually survives a punch from Saitama. Several, in fact. He still dies once Saitama decides it's time to be serious about this.
  • Virtually all Digimon Rookie level and above have some level of this (for instance, Garurumon, a mere champion level has fur that's described as being far harder than steel, and he's not even a particularly durable Champion level), but Mega level digimon take the cake. They can shrug off the attacks of even groups of Ultimate level digimonnote  without so much of a scratch, being momentarily inconvenienced at worse. Secondary and tertiary evolution Mega levels (occasionally refered to as "Ultra" or "Super Ultimate") take this up to eleven: Omnimon is capable of shrugging off thousands of mega level attacks with a flick of the wrist, The combined attacks of WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon don't even move Alphamon, and Susanoomon can basically No-Sell Lucemon Falldown Mode's Paradise Lost Punch.note 
  • In Sonic X and Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, most of the anthropomorphic characters have this, in stark contrast to their One-Hit-Point Wonder status in the games (although this is mostly game mechanics to be fair.) For example:
    • in the former, Sonic and his cohorts constantly take blows that would turn human beings into fine paste, such as being hit by a skyscraper sized Giant Mecha, while barely flinching. When Sonic and Shadow go Super they inch closer to full invincibility, only ever being hurt by each other, and the attacks of Dark Oak. Shadow takes the cake with this even outside of his super form; unless he runs out of stamina he's almost impossible to put down, surviving even being pulled on by a planet sized being at one point no worse for the wear.
    • in the latter both Sonic and Hyper Metal Sonic clashing together is shown to cause huge damage to the surrounding landscape, even at one point causing a mountain sized stalactite to break off and fall from the sky, and yet for the most part, they aren't injured by this. Sonic's body does start to give out before Metal's, but he takes a lot of punishment first. Metal himself is ridiculously tough, shrugging off all of Sonic's attacks like they are nothing. It took hacking into his system hitting him with a point blank spindash, being ground zero in a huge explosion (causing his already damaged body to rip in half), and submerging him in molten lava to finally kill him.
  • Goes hand in hand with Aiko "Torako" Torasawa's inhuman strength in Torako, Anmari Kowashicha Dame da yo. Multiple people have tried to attack her with varying degrees of seriousness and not only does Torako barely notice most of the time, but the attackers either hurt themselves in the attempt or break whatever they were attacking her with.

    Comic Books 
  • Superman is one of the most iconic comic book examples. Most of his enemies also have this ability to better justify their ability to throw down with him.
    • In Krypton No More Superman fought one-time villain Protector that can change his body into diamond to become extra-tough.
    • In Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man a Lex Luthor's robot slams Superman into a building. The blow is strong enough to bring down a chunk of the wall, but Clark barely feels it. Spider-Man's hide is not so tough, but he takes several metallic tentacles to the face when he fights Doctor Octopus, and he doesn't even get knocked out.
    • In War World:
      • Martian Manhunter hits Superman with strength enough to shatter rocks, but Superman endures their blows.
      • Shortly later, Superman and Supergirl endure the impacts of Warworld’s planet-killing weapons. Supergirl rams through Warworld at inconceivable speed. She knocks herself out but she doesn't suffer further harm.
      • And Superman flies so fast that he bursts through the barriers of reality. The narration notes that strain would reduce other beings to shapeless paste.
    • In the first chapters of Kryptonite Nevermore, Superman tanks cannon fire several times. However he loses most of his invulnerability throughout the story.
  • Supergirl is a nigh invulnerable Flying Brick on par with her more famous cousin.
    • In Supergirl vol 1 #3, a giant mutant venus fly-trap tries to swallow Linda/Kara whole but it ends up spitting Supergirl out because it can't bite her skin.
      Supergirl: This brute may become a vegetarian now! Trying to chomp down on my invulnerable body would ruin the appetite of any meat-eater!
    • In Supergirl vol 2 #1, she shielded several men from a shower of molten steel with her body.
    • In Supergirl Vol 5 #21, Kara got a locomotive dropped on her. It knocked her out for several seconds. Then she woke up and threw it out of the planet.
    • Post-Flashpoint Kara, first discovers that she is very, very hard when she gets caught in an explosion and she doesn't get harmed.
    • In the first Supergirl (Rebirth) arc she gets punched out of a city.
    • In The Supergirl from Krypton, Kara's body is extremely tough. When she loses a sword-fight and her sparring partner is about to stab her, Superman overreacts until Wonder Woman reminds him that Artemis' sword would've shattered on impact.
    • In Red Daughter of Krypton Kara gets hit by missiles, punched into a moon and hurled into the Sun. She endures everything.
    • In Demon Spawn, Supergirl endures the heat of a burning building and flies through a wall without getting hurt.
    • In Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade Linda is nearly invulnerable. Unfortunately, her power tends to fail at inopportune -and comical- times.
    • In Bizarrogirl, a Planet Eater smashes Kara through a planet (albeit to be fair, Bizarro World is significantly smaller than Earth)
  • Incredible Hulk is famously durable, as are many of his gamma-irradiated allies and foes. One time Hulk and Fantastic Four's The Thing were having an arm wrestle and got nuked by the military and weren't even slighty bothered.
  • Iron Man depending the Powered Armour can No-Sell all sorts attacks including bullets, punches from Spider-Man (who hurt his hand) and Storm's lighting. In fact, Tony armors are tough enough to withstand blows from Sentry, Hulk and even Mjonir.
  • Rogue of the X-Men, when she was the Trope Namer for Flying Brick (due to a certain instance of power absorption), was usually very tough but not fully invulnerable. One comic had her taking a bullet to the head, which knocked her out (whereas such things would simply bounce off of other Flying Bricks). She often referred to this as "nigh-invulnerability". The "nigh" part was meant to mean that there were indeed still things that could hurt her, so it's not the Nigh-Invulnerability we speak of in trope-speak. She's closer to nigh-invulnerable nowadays thanks to absorbing Wonder Man's powers, e.g The Falcon punched her and broke his hand.
  • Wonder Woman. Being a Flying Brick on par with Superman means she's got toughness to spare. While its often inconsistent about whether she needs to use her bracelets to defend against things like bullets and energy blasts, the fact that she can take hits from people like Superman and the like puts her firmly in the nigh invulnerable category
  • Similarly, Aquaman is able to take machine gun fire, but it does cut his skin and draw blood, so he wears Atlantean scale armour.
  • Being completely invulnerable is the sole power of Brit to the point that one mission consisted of strapping a nuclear bomb to his chest, setting it off to kill the superpowered henchmen of a villain, and then taking a beating from the guy until his enemy was completely exhausted.
  • Jessica Jones from Alias and The Pulse has this power as a part of her Flying Brick power set. She was capable of taking a severe beating from Iron Man and the Vision (two very powerful heroes) which resulted in damage to her neck, nose, spine, and retina. She's later shown withstanding a venom blast (a burst of concentrated electricity) from Spider-Woman that causes her noticeable pain before she gets back up and decks the other woman in the face. She later receives a slash across her back with a knife that cuts her skin, but the only medical attention she required was a bandage. While threatening a group of armed men, Jessica's internal monologue reveals that she isn't quite sure if she's bulletproof. The Pulse revealed that Jessica's internal organs (including her uterus) are also super tough, which was good news for her after the Green Goblin attempted to blow her up while she was pregnant. Bottom line, she may not be invulnerable, but she can take a beating and keep on fighting.
  • Jessica Jones' husband, Luke Cage, is even tougher. While he's not a super strong as his wife and can't fly he is incredibly durable to the point of outright bulletproofness; leading to many referring to him as the man with unbreakable skin.
  • Hardcase from Strikeforce: Morituri could increase the density of anything he touched to produce this effect, and use it to incapacitate enemies.
  • Spider-Man is also an example. While not as conventionally invulnerable as guys like, say, Thor or Colossus, he can still take insane amounts of punishments that would kill ordinary men with little more than superficial bruises. While he can he hurt by conventional means such as bullets or knives- Depending on the Writer- his resistance to impact forces is more consistently something to behold. Even guys like a pissed-off Hulk and the Juggernaut haven't killed Spidey with just one of their blows. He also often makes up for not being on the same level of invulnerable as more powerful superheroes by sheer determination, e.g in Avengers vs. X-Men where he survives a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from a Phoenix Forced-possessed Colossus.
  • Preacher
    • The page image is of the Saint of Killers. He's notable for not being hurt by anything that's thrown at him throughout the story, be it bullets, tank shells, a multi megaton nuke, or the armies of heaven. And at the very end, God himself can't do anything to him- because the Saint is sitting on the Throne of Paradise.
    • The guy next to him is Cassidy, an Irish vampire, who is a downscaled example- he can take hits far above a human's level (in one case getting shot a dozen times by a high-powered rifle), but in his case it very much hurts- and then there's the whole catches-fire-in-sunlight thing.
  • Sunspot of New Mutants and some other X-Men-related series is an interesting aversion. The sun gives him Super Strength, but not any enhanced durability, requiring to be a lot more careful. He could toss a tank as surely as Colossus, but if that tank were to hit him with a shell before he reached it, he'd be chunky salsa!
  • Robin Series: The villain Impervious who showed up to try to collect on the bounty the Penguin placed on Robin's head is impervious to harm, but doesn't have any other powers like super-strength to go along with it. Luckily for Tim she was intercepted by the Veteran, who has the same power set plus a lack of aging, who was able to detain her before she reached Tim both times she tried it.

    Fan Works 
  • Derpy from the Pony POV Series is implied to have a form of this, as her special talent appears to be 'being a Determinator.' Dark World!Derpy, however, is upgraded by becoming the new Element of Loyalty, which takes this Up to Eleven to the point getting hit with lightning doesn't even seem to effect her. This seems to be a Required Secondary Power of her Super Mode, which otherwise would tear her body apart.
  • In The Parselmouth of Gryffindor, the Dementors' bodies (unlike their robes) are utterly indestructible by anything short of Fiendfyre, even being able to No-Sell the Trolley Witch's claws.
  • In Marionettes the title androids have this on account of being constructed out of mithril (an extremely durable, but light weight magical metal). Lightning Dust slams face first into a tunnel while on top of a speeding train and only loses her false skin and one of her eyes while being knocked offline for a short period. During her fight with Masquerade, Trixie is repeatedly thrown and smashed through walls without any serious damage. Ace and Teddy, the two G2 Marionettes, are made of steel, and just a little less durable than their 'little siblings'. Ironically, the reason for the choice of materials in both cases was the Generation 1 Marionettes lacked durability.
  • In Atonement, villain Hatchet Face is incredibly resilient.
  • In I Am Superman, The Iron Giant is completely unfazed by any of Lung's attacks.
  • Child of the Storm has Grey Court Master vampires, who are impervious to most forms of damage.
  • Hellsister Trilogy's main character can shrug an exploding star off. Yet still, when she punches Darkseid in the face with one of her super-strong blows, he just takes it.
    She sped towards him again, ducking under the twin eye-blasts that came from him, and rocked his world with an uppercut that would have taken off the top of a mountain. To his credit, Darkseid was tough enough to take it, but went off his pins again.
  • Hive Daughter has Taylor, thanks to her upgrades. In one timeline Coil shot her in her exposed face and it only really mildly annoyed her.
  • A Force of Four has Power Girl, who can easily dive in magma without harm.
  • The Loud Awakening:
    • Lori's dragon scales are stated to be tougher than steel, titanium, tungsten, and inconel combined. Even her "normal" skin is described as tough enough she could take a point-blank shotgun blast and come out with a minor scrape.
    • While not as extreme, all of the Loud children inherited superhuman increase in durability, to the point Lincoln and Lucy while suppressing their powers could survive being hit by a shockwave from a mech that would have killed a normal human.
  • Fate/Reach Out has Shirou, who combines Persona-given buffs with Reinforcement magecraft to make himself invulnerable.
  • Superman of 2499: The Great Confrontation has the whole House of El. Their invulnerability varies after centuries interbreeding with humans and sometimes Amazons. The direct descendants of the first Superman and the original Supergirl are virtually undamageable; their relatives tend to be less tough.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Solvernia has Zerael's ganman, the Adamastor. His defenses are so resistent that allows talking to be a free action.
  • The Last Daughter has Taylor. The only thing shown to hurt her is the explosion from killing Behemoth. Even suplexing Behemoth from outer space doesn't hurt her in any significant way.
  • In The Vampire of Steel, Zol-Am is impervious to traditional vampire-killing methods due to his Kryptonian heritage, so the team have to seek alternate means to deal with him.
  • The Future Flash has main character Bart Allen, a half-Kryptonian speedster who is suitably nigh indestructible.
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton has half-Kryptonian Asuka Langley Sohryu, who becomes aware of her invulnerability when she accidentally crashes into and through a building.
  • Last Child of Krypton: Shinji Ikari has Kryptonian DNA, so it doesn't come as a surprise when he gets hit with one dozen of nukes and survives.
  • The Web Of The Spider Man: As per canon, Peter Parker is incredibly tough.
  • In Survivors, the main character and her cousin have this power, as proven when she got shot and didn't even notice the bullets.
  • White Sheep (RWBY): Jaune's nature gives him tremendous Aura reserves. A full-on swing from Cardin's two-handed flanged mace hitting him on the arm only stung a bit, left a bruise, and reduced his Aura by a minuscule amount.
  • In Amazing Fantasy, Peter says the resistance to blunt force and the minor Healing Factor he got from the spider bite are the only reasons why he isn't permanently hospitalized given all the punishment he takes. It also provides a level of safety for Izuku when he's busy running into a wall while trying to get his Intangibility power to work or jumping off a fifty foot ferris wheel to start web-swinging for the first time. It doesn't mean it won't hurt in any case.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Incredibles:
    • Besides Super Strength, Mr. Incredible has this going for him. Especially since he seems perfectly fine mere feet next to boiling lava.
    • The Omnidroid series of robots get progressively tougher with each model until v.10 can only be really hurt by itself.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the case of RoboCop, this arguably is his main superpower, with super strength and justified Improbable Aiming Skills as his secondary ones.
  • To King Kong, Godzilla, and other Kaiju, human weapons are puny.
  • The Terminator, especially in its debut film. It's not indestructible, it takes damage throughout the film. Actually getting what's left of it to stop is another story.
  • In Unbreakable David Dunn discovers that he has this power when he's involved in a train crash:
    ER Doctor: And, to answer your question, there are two reasons why I'm looking at you like this. One because it seems in a few minutes you will officially be the only survivor of this train wreck, and two, because you didn't break one bone, you don't have a scratch on you.
The limits of his durability are left vague. David himself believes he wouldn't be able to survive being shot point-blank, and given the quasi-realistic tone of the movie seeing him come out unharmed from something like that would feel a bit odd, but that's never tested, and nothing else is ever enough to hurt him.
  • I Come in Peace: The two aliens are much tougher than ordinary humans. The cop still lives for quite a while after half his torso is shot off, and the drug dealer isn't even phased when Jack tries to kick his ass, while gunfire barely slows him down.
  • The Hidden: Any human host that the evil parasite possesses becomes durable enough that they need to be shot over fifteen times before it decides to swap it for a better meatsuit. The cops note that one vacated host simply bled to death, because the alien wasn't around anymore to keep it alive.
  • Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Already hinted in Captain America: Civil War, where he takes a Shield Bash to the face from Captain America, a blow that would have certainly concussed an ordinary human. He's also swatted aside by Giant-Man into a bunch of crates and survive with little more than a few superficial bruises.
    • Becomes very obvious in Spider-Man: Homecoming: Peter's resistance is fully superhuman. The amount of punishment Spider-Man endures through the movie would easily kill an ordinary human, and even badly maim a Super Soldier. Notably, he gets bounced up and down by an Anti-Gravity gun, dragged behind a van and repeatedly slammed against trashcans and brick walls, supports the full weight of two halves of a ferry for a few seconds without his arms tearing off, is slammed into — and then through — a bus by the Shocker, is buried under a whole warehouse crumbling into him, and then survives a plane crash followed by a thorough beating from the Vulture, without even having to go to the hospital afterward. The suit Tony provided Peter with also counts, as it takes all the same abuse and doesn't have so much as a scratch, or even any of its features disabled.
    • In Avengers: Infinity War, he's shown functioning at high altitudes with little in the way of protection, with only some difficulty. He also takes hits from Thanos himself and still stands, despite the Mad Titan beating up the Hulk himself. (Justified somewhat, given that he's wearing the Iron Spider armor.)
    • Once again demonstrated in Spider-Man: Far From Home: Spider-Man survives injuries and accidents, which while painful, is far above ordinary human capability and would be fatal to any human being, such as bonking his head multiple times against an iron bell or surviving the impact of a high speed rail at full speed. On both occasions he's still conscious and not too worse for wear, while recovering and healing quickly.

  • The Boy Who Was As Hard As Stone has the main character gaining this ability.
  • Cassandra Kresnov: GIs' construction means they can survive hits that would incapacitate or kill a human. In Crossover Sandy crashes a motorcycle at very high speed and hits the ground running, while in Killswitch she's gut-shot and only suffers blunt-force trauma. She also explains to Vanessa in Crossover that her equivalent to a carotid artery and jugular vein are housed inside her spinal column, so a Slashed Throat doesn't work on her either.
  • In Mistborn, allomancers who can use pewter can increase all of their body's physical abilities, which includes not only strength and speed, but also resistance to injury (and a mild Healing Factor). The drawback of this is that an allomancer who turns his or her pewter off without seeking medical attention first can simply keel over on the spot, from injuries that were trivial in their enhanced state but are much more harmful (or even fatal) to an ordinary human body. The Inquisitors, who have pewter but also a ridiculously strong Healing Factor thanks to mixing all three of the setting's magic systems, not just allomancy are considered all but unkillable.
  • The Saga of Arrow-Odd: Over the course of his feud with Arrow-Odd, Ogmund Eythjofslayer gets every bone in his body broken, his face torn off, his buttocks sliced off, and jumps from a 80 yard cliff into the North Atlantic. Yet he survives all and recovers every time, even if gruesomely scarred.
  • In Robert A. Heinlein's The Star Beast Lummox shrugs off a shot from an anti-tank rifle, consumes poisons happily, and survives an attempt at drowning. The Sheriff who wanted to kill him considers tricking him into eating explosives, but fortunately doesn't get the chance, seeing as her race might have destroyed earth if their lost princess were killed.
  • In the Tales of Kolmar trilogy, Varien is cut with a sword, but rather than getting his arm cut off as everyone else expected, he actually stops the sword with his arm and manages to still fight the guy. It's because he used to be a dragon, and his bones and muscles are still as strong as they were in his dragon form.
  • The Traveler's Gate: One power of Valinhall is the "stone gauntlet," which makes the Traveler nearly indestructible while it is active. It only lasts for a couple seconds, as it is only intended to help survive one or two hits, but the power recovers quickly and can be used again soon.
  • The Witchlands: Aeduan is superhumanly tough, and even if something manages to break through his skin, he still has his Healing Factor.

    Live-Action TV 
  • On The 100 Clarke empties a clip of bullets into a rampaging (possibly mutated) gorilla. All that does is slow it down for a few seconds; it then gets back up and keeps attacking just as hard as before, with seemingly no ill-effects.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel:
    • Buffyverse vamps, Slayers and many species of demons. All of them can take quite a beating, ranging from being able to take a full-force beatdown from someone with super strength to needing a specific way to be killed. Get hit by a car? Walk it off. Fall from a skyscraper? Continue with your day. Have a bomb explode in your hands? Lament on how it ruined your jacket. Get zapped by a live wire in water? How's my hair?
    • Also, while Slayers are actually a little stronger than vampires, vampires can take a more thorough beating because they're technically not alive and thus don't have to worry about things like internal organ damage.
  • In Star Trek: The Next Generation Data is an android who possesses this ability, on top of being The Needless. In Star Trek: First Contact for instance, he casually shrugs off machine gun fire. He is, however, seemingly still vulnerable to phasers.

  • Daigo from Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues, thanks to his vampiric superpower granting him an accelerated Healing Factor. Getting his nose broken, his arm cracked, and stabbed twice in quick succession does little to deter him.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Vampire: The Masquerade:
    • The discipline of Fortitude is explicitly this, giving characters a larger 'dice pool' (i.e. a larger chance) to 'soak' (reduce or ignore) damage. It also allows those who have it to partially soak damage they normally couldn't, like a vampire reducing damage from sunlight or fire. Fortitude is not an automatic reduction, however, and a bad roll of the dice means you can still get just as carved up with a knife as anyone else. There's just a lesser chance you will.
    • It shows up in Vampire: The Requiem as Resilience. Activating it grants a temporary increase in health levels, and allows a vampire to downgrade a certain amount of aggravated damage to lethal.
  • Any superhero RPG or universal system will quite naturally feature at least one way to model this.
  • Available in The Dresden Files RPG in various degrees of the Toughness and/or Recovery power (potentially up to all-out Physical Immunity). These are only available to characters with a suitable high concept — i.e., actual supernatural creatures, which in many games will be primarily NPCs — and must be assigned at least one "catch" that bypasses them (like the classic example of silver for werewolves).
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Plague Marines are among the toughest regular infantry an army can field. On top of being a genetically engineered super soldier armed with power armour, they have been touched by the "gift" of Nurgle, and turned into a walking pandemic too inured with pain to feel it anymore and too necrotized too rely on their natural physiology anymore. In terms of shots from a bolter, (roughly) 1 in 20 will actually manage to kill one. To put that into perspective, a regular human would be lucky to survive 1 in 3 shots.
    • One of the more well-known Plague Marine Headquarter choices, Typhus, takes this up to a ridiculous degree. In the game he can be, and usually is, one of the most durable HQ choices, befitting for a Nurgle champion. With Toughness 5, Terminator Armour, and 4 Wounds, he can weather over a hundred STR-4 BS-4 shots with AP-3 or worse. In fact, since that's the profile for a Hot-Shot Volley Gun wielded by a Tempestus Scion, and hence of interest, the exact number of shots (remember, it's Salvo 2/4) it takes to kill him on average is 108.
  • Ars Magica: Downplayed with Hermetic mages, whose magical studies actually make them slightly more resistant to various sources of damage — even without casting spells, an adept in Playing with Fire can resist fire damage, The Beastmaster can withstand animal attacks, Earth magic users can absorb damage from stone or metal weapons, and so on.

    Video Games 
  • Master Chief of Halo fame is a Spartan-II who can survive atmospheric reentry and subsequent impact with the ground almost unaided. The fact that he didn't turn into a squishy soup like mixture is a testament to his Super Toughness. It helps that his armor was upgraded immediately before Halo 2 (and that he has Plot Armor). In Halo: First Strike a group of Spartan-IIs tried that in the last-gen armor and half of them died.
  • [PROTOTYPE] gives us Alex Mercer. He isn't unkillable, but multiple RPGs, choppers, tanks and zombies aren't going to do the job unless the player is playing the game wrong.
  • [PROTOTYPE 2] protagonist James Heller, who gets infected by Alex, gains the same toughness. Furthermore, the player is given the option to render him completely bulletproof via a purchasable upgrade.
  • Kirby: For such a cute little guy, Kirby is EXTREMELY durable. Thanks to his pink, stretchy body, he can survive being flattened, electricity, rocket flames, cannonball explosions, atmospheric reentry, sharp blades, and in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, a a planet sized explosion!.
  • Mass Effect:
    • The absurd durability of krogans is something of a running joke. Due to evolving on a Death World where they were a prey species until they invented gunpowder, they have second and often third copies of nearly every organ in their bodies (including a redundant nervous system), thick hides, a camel-like hump that stores nutrients, and great strength. As a result they can shrug off things that would kill other species, and BioWare never lets us forget it.
      • In Mass Effect 2, the description of the M-98 Widow anti-materiel rifle states that it's intended for use against "armored vehicles and krogan."
      • Nakmor Drack in Mass Effect: Andromeda is only now starting to hit the limits of krogan biology, after a warrior career 1,400 years long and the loss of most of his redundant organs and two limbs to various injuries.
    • It is telling that many people, including some krogan, think this about Commander Shepard. In the finale, s/he even takes a full-on shot from Harbinger's battleship-destroying main gun, and, while injured, gets up and continues. S/he's a badass human with cybernetic enhancements, but survives more danger than Krogan. Shepard can also win a "dominance headbutt" with a krogan on Tuchanka, much to the krogan's astonishment.
  • Albert Wesker from Resident Evil has this, probably as a Required Secondary Power to his strength and speed. It's generally overlooked and he can be damaged by gunfire or sufficient force, but a ton of girders on the head, RPG exploding in his hands or falling from a plane would reduce a human being to bloody smear, not disorient them for half a minute — Healing Factor or not.
  • In Shuyan Saga, Jade's special skill is called Iron Skin. However, it fails if her concentration wavers too much, and since she has serious anger management issues, that's a problem.
  • Ghat from Zeno Clash, due to his particular mixture of human and chimera ancestry, can take blows that would shatter bones and crush organs. Though in Zenozoik, being at least Made of Iron is the baseline.

    Web Animation 
  • Many people in RWBY qualify, thanks to Aura functioning as a protective personal force field. Yang takes it a step further than most: her Semblance allows her to absorb the force of the blows she takes, effectively giving her immunity to impacts that could level buildings (as long as her Aura holds out). Being punched through a concrete pillar by a house-sized Humongous Mecha really only succeeded in dazing her for a few seconds... and making her really mad.
  • This ability served Yang well in her fight against Tifa in Death Battle: even though Tifa was physically stronger and more experienced in battle, the combination of Yang's Aura and natural toughness meant she could tank Tifa's attacks before eventually finishing her off.

    Web Comics 
  • Alice Grove from her comic of the same name fell off a windmill and was perfectly fine. She later took an explosion to the face and it only angered her.
  • In The Far Side Of Utopia, the character Mium seems to be this. While a mage jumps off a building a floats down, he just drops off the edge and leaves a dent in the concrete below, apparently without a scratch. Earlier he blocked a bullet with his hand, but its not clear if that was just being tough or magic.
  • From El Goonish Shive: While it's unclear exactly how durable Elliot's superheroine form is, being knocked out of the sky by a large explosion, and into a busy street is merely enough to knock him out for a few minutes.
  • The Winslow from Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire is completely indestructible. You want to find a Winslow on a planet but don't have time to comb the surface? Destroy the planet and sift through the rubble. There is no known force in the universe that can even harm it, to the point that a character suggests it may be stashed in a nearby sun when it goes missing.
  • In Tower of God, this is one of the powers practically everyone except innocent bystanders have to varying degrees, increasing as they climb up the Tower. For example, Koon Ran was adviced that if he was to ever fight a member of the Arie family, he shouldn't even try to avoid their special swordsmanship, but should just take the hits with the durability that comes from being from the Koon family (and probably the other Ten Great Families as well). Meanwhile, low-level Super Toughness is no defence against high-level attacks; a mere Regular from the Great Families would be instantly destroyed by a stray attack from a battle between powerful Rankers. At the more extreme end of the scale, Ha Jinsung once took a hit from a Wave Motion Gun that destroyed the landscape around him, and came out unharmed in spite of not even bothering to make a shield with Shinsoo.
  • Achilles from Grrl Power is completely invulnerable, even on a sub-atomic level. (And despite the alias, his heel is not an exception). The cast page rates the various character's superpowers on a five point scale - he's the only character with a power rated at a six.
  • In Peter Parker: Foreign Exchange Student, Peter has a measure of resistance against blunt forces. It's enough to let him walk away after taking a hit that left him in a large crater in the floor, albeit with him groaning that his everything hurt. When controlled by Venom, Izuku's Full Cowl-enhanced punches barely faze him.

    Web Original 
  • SCP Foundation:
  • Plenty of supers at Superhero School Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe, but Peril is a good example. He field-tested an inventor's jetpack. It exploded at two hundred feet up (so he took the blast and then the fall). He's fine now.
  • Worm:
    • The Brute classification. Examples include Weld, who is Made of Iron, Aegis, whose body is filled with enough redundant parts that injury doesn't really bother him, and Siberian, who is a combination unstoppable force and immovable object.
    • The Endbringers take this Up to Eleven. Their bodies are composed of multiple layers, each one stronger than the last, with a central core that surrounds and protects their only vital components. With the data provided in the story, fans have made some calculations on just how tough they are, which have been confirmed by Word of God. One result was 30.3 trillion MPa of pressure to destroy their limbs and 560 novemdecillion MPa to destroy their cores. For the record, the latter measurement is more pressure than all the matter in the entire observable universe could provide.
  • In The Tim Tebow CFL Chronicles, all Canadians build up a "physical and spiritual" toughness by surviving the harsh Canadian winters. This allows them to shrug off injuries that would incapacitate or kill an American—for example, leaping from a sixth-story window, then getting bludgeoned by a 13-pound football-on-a-pole in midair.

    Western Animation 
  • South Park gives us the Member Berries, intelligent grapes that continue to talk solely about how great Star Wars was and neo-reactionary ideology even after being baked into a pie, being set on fire, or doused in acid. As soon as the stimulus is ceased, they resume talking as if nothing happened.
  • Gems in Steven Universe are generally much more durable than humans, being barely annoyed by things like falling stories, getting thrown through walls, or freezing in a block of ice. Even Peridot, who does not have any Super Strength, was barely hurt when spending a day falling off cliffs and getting squashed under boulders. This is before getting into their ability to regenerate even when they are injured. At least part of this can be attributed to the fact their bodies are technically Hard Light constructs that don't have anything like internal organs to worry about damaging. The half-human/half-gem title character is also quite durable, getting barely scratched by a falling boulder to the face, and says he's never had to go to the hospital.
  • Rabbot from Aqua Teen Hunger Force has never been injured or even mildly inconvenienced by anything in all its appearances, to the point that it lives through both "The Last One" and "The Greatest Story Ever Told", episodes partially dedicated to killing off past villains en masse.

Alternative Title(s): Super Tough


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