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Basic Trope: In fiction, being hidden from sight by whatever obstruction always means you're safe from weapons fire.

  • Straight: Alice is in her car when she sees Bob on the side of the road pointing a gun at her. She ducks behind the car door, and it reflects or absorbs impact from every bullet Bob fires.
  • Exaggerated: Bob can't pierce the car with an assault rifle.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice's low-tier Bulletproof Vest saves her from a decent bullet.
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  • Justified:
    • Bob is using a Ray Gun that can only melt through flesh and other soft materials.
    • The door is made of particularly strong materials.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Alice ducks beneath the car door. The bullet doesn't care.
  • Double Subverted: Alice still gets hit after she ducks, but it's revealed to be Only a Flesh Wound and she would be dead if the car door hadn't absorbed most of the impact.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice closes her eyes and refers to the rule of thumb "as long as you can't see the shooter, you're a hundred percent safe."
    • Bob is Dual Wielding two BFGs. Alice successfully takes cover behind a large grass plant.
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  • Zig Zagged: Whether a bullet can pierce through a car door depends on "the strength of the car".
  • Averted: Alice jumps out of the car before trying to take cover.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "So you emptied your whole magazine onto a car, yet you couldn't pierce through it? Either some script writer hasn't been doing their research or you need to get rid of that wimpy peashooter."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Alice regularly uses a thick slab of wood as a shield.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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