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A grenade, bomb or other type of explosive is live with mere seconds to go, leaving Alice in danger. Or perhaps the building is burning, and a rafter comes loose. Or a window or glass ceiling shatters, and Alice is right in the path of the deadly shards.

Just in time, Bob leaps between her and the danger. He might get on top of her to shield her from falling debris, or he might simply cradle her with his body blocking the danger. Often a Heroic Sacrifice, but it's just as often that Bob has Nigh-Invulnerability, or maybe the damage is made less by his actions.

Usually the Inversion of Jumping on a Grenade, which is when Bob jumps on a grenade to dampen the explosion. See also Taking the Bullet, for when Bob jumps in the way of a bullet meant for Alice, or Diving Save, for when Bob pushes Alice out of the way of something dangerous. Compare Load-Bearing Hero.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Done in Ushio and Tora — Tora uses his body to protect a household spirit from backlash from a powerful seal being broken.
  • Buso Renkin: Captain Bravo shields the two leads, Kazuki and Tokiko from a massive flame-based attack using his... er... magical Badass Longcoat.
  • In one episode of Darker Than Black, the Contractor November 11 uses his ice powers while covering human co-worker Kirihara with his body, in order to shield her from another Contractor's explosive powers.
  • Subverted cruelly twice in Mobile Suit Gundam 00 first season finale: Lichty tries shielding Christina from an explosion this way, but is fatally injured and dies in her arms, happily believing that he protected her. Then, it is revealed that he failed and she was fatally injured, too, dying just moments after him.
  • Tsunade does this for Naruto when Orochimaru decides to kill him personally leading to her getting badly slashed, it's a huge Mama Bear moment which is more impressive considering she was scared of blood at the time but to her protecting Naruto and his dream was Worth It.
  • Happens many times in Super Dimension Fortress Macross, without any lasting effects to both parties involved.
  • Genji grabs Shannon when the fake Kanon leaps at her with a laser blade, and rolls out of the way in Umineko: When They Cry. This is one of the many reasons Genji is awesome.
  • Shizuo does this to Akane in the sixth volume of Durarara!! when he realizes that a large load of combat knives that he knocked loose in a fight are about to fall on the girl.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, Alphonse Elric uses his Nigh-Invulnerable armor body to shield the flesh-and-blood May Chang from an explosion. It doesn't end well.
  • Gunslinger Girl. The girls are "conditioned" to protect their handlers, though it could also be More Than Mind Control.
  • The titular character from Inuyasha protects Kagome this way on multiple occasions.
  • In Fairy Tail, Simon jumps in the way of an extremely powerful destructive spell that Jellal was going to destroy Erza and Natsu with; he successfully shields them with his body, but dies shortly thereafter, leading to Natsu's Unstoppable Rage and subsequent victory.
  • In the backstory of The Voynich Hotel Peace meets her end saving Leader from a landmine. Years later, Leader does the same to try to save Sexy from a landmine; when the smoke clears, it's revealed that Kikaida threw himself over Leader and took the brunt of the blast himself.
  • When the space-shuttle soundstage collapses in Millennium Actress, Genya throws himself over Chiyoko to protect her from falling debris.

    Comic Books 
  • Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four often does this to protect his colleagues.
  • The Incredible Hulk's origins deal with Bruce Banner pushing Rick Jones into a trench, whereby Banner absorbed the brunt of the blast, which Rick is not affected by as a result.
  • Watchmen features a futile example when NYC is attacked. The newsstand owner throws himself over the kid near him, trying to shield him from the blast. They are both killed instantly anyway, but the instinctive gesture of protection is a poignant moment of compassion in contrast to the horrific act of mass murder taking place.

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    Film — Animated 

    Film — Live Action 
  • X-Men: The Last Stand, Colossus shields Rogue this way in the Danger Room simulation, however this is also so that she can get his steel skin for further protection.
  • Quantum of Solace, Bond huddles over Camille right before he shoots the fuel pod.
  • Terminator
  • Done in The Incredible Hulk (2008) movie, with Hulk shielding Betty Ross from a fiery explosion.
  • Highlander: Connor leaps on top of Rachel, using his immortality to protect her from Nazi gunfire. He explains, "it's a kind of magic."
  • In Fantastic Four (2005), the Human Torch shielded a young girl from an explosion. Because of his fire abilities, the blast didn't harm him.
  • The escaped slave does this for the little girl in The Fall.
  • In Thor: The Dark World, Loki shields Jane from the explosion when Thor tries to destroy the Aether with Mjölnir.
  • In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Clint does this to a little boy to selflessly protect him with his own body when Ultron starts to fire at Sokovia, but Quicksilver ends up taking the bullets for Hawkeye.
  • In the third Harry Potter film, Harry shields Hermione from a potential werewolf attack.


    Live-Action TV 
  • Aubrey throws himself on top of Hodgins when a bomb rigged into a corpse goes off on Bones. Aubrey is riddled with shrapnel and barely survived while Hodgins initially appears unharmed and has delayed damage effects. He’s left paralyzed.
  • Smallville: Clark uses this method of rescue quite frequently, as does his future self in various incarnations of Superman.
  • Done by the Mountain to protect Cersei in the final season of Game of Thrones as Daenerys is flying around and torching the city.
  • Lucifer (2016): In "Expire Erect", Chloe does this to protect Lucifer when the LAPD blow one of the walls in the nightclub to end a hostage situation. He'd already been shot by the hostage-taker and his invulnerability doesn't work when Chloe is near him which means he was in serious danger from the explosion.

    Video Games 
  • C14 Dating: If Melissa happens to be in the cave on the day a heat lamp gets accidentally toppled and falls in her digging square, she keeps Kyler from getting hurt via jumping on top of him to get him out of the way. The gesture is needed in part because Kyler is deaf and usually works with his cochlear implant turned off, making him oblivious to both noise from the lamp itself and verbal warnings.
  • The end of the intro boss battle of Mega Man Zero 1. As the Golem gets ready to explode, Ciel got free from its grasp, but she's too weak to move away. Zero runs over to her and covers her from the ensuing blast. Ciel manages to remain relatively unhurt, even when the explosion was point-blank in range.
  • Either Leon or Claire do this for little Sherry in Resident Evil 2 (depending on what scenario you choose), when the Umbrella lab explodes and rocks the escape train; it's a Papa Bear-Mama Bear moment either way. It's no small wonder Sherry considers Leon and Claire her surrogate parents.
  • Resident Evil 6: Leon protects Ada this way in a fight against a mutated Simmons. He cradles her under his own body, shielding her from a spray of rapid-fire bone fragments. His Bulletproof Vest absorbs most of the attack, Ada regains consciousness shortly after, and they fight Simmons together.

  • Used by the Fed in A Girl and Her Fed here, though it's unnecessary given the very sturdy table he's behind.

    Western Animation