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5th Jul '17 3:09:44 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2791 SCP-2791 ("Fauste Bank plc")]]. The SCP-2791 creatures use blood magic contracts as part of their procedures to set up their convoluted DealWithTheDevil schemes.

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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2791 SCP-2791 ("Fauste Bank plc")]]. plc").]] The SCP-2791 creatures use blood magic contracts as part of their procedures to set up their convoluted DealWithTheDevil schemes.
5th Jul '17 3:09:13 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' when Kai Winn is attempting to read the Book of the Paugh Wraiths (essentially the Bajoran ''Necronomicon'') it appears to her to be a blank book. Another priest catches her at it, is horribly shocked at finding his superior (essentially the Pope of his world) doing such a thing, and starts to run from the room to denounce her to the other priests. She picks up a letter opener and stabs him; his blood falls on the book and... what do you know, the writing becomes visible.

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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' when Kai Winn is attempting to read the Book of the Paugh Wraiths Pah-wraiths (essentially the Bajoran ''Necronomicon'') it appears to her to be a blank book. Another priest catches her at it, is horribly shocked at finding his superior (essentially the Pope of his world) doing such a thing, and starts to run from the room to denounce her to the other priests. She picks up a letter opener and stabs him; his blood falls on the book and... what do you know, the writing becomes visible.
20th Jun '17 11:16:26 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': When Reynir give out his attempts at a protection runes in Chapter 11, Sigrun suggests that they may work better if drawn in blood. Reynir is grossed out by the idea. It may also not be a good idea to try in his case: he is ''not'' TheImmune to ThePlague, there was a small scare when he barely avoided getting scratched by a PlagueZombie and he has to wear a breathing mask outside half the time as a precaution for the fact that ThePlague is partially airborne.

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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': When Reynir give gives out his attempts at a protection runes in Chapter 11, Sigrun suggests that they may work better if drawn in blood. Reynir is grossed out by the idea. It may also not be a good idea to try in his case: he is ''not'' TheImmune to ThePlague, there was a small scare when he barely avoided getting scratched by a PlagueZombie and he has to wear a breathing mask outside half the time as a precaution for the fact that ThePlague is partially airborne.
1st Jun '17 9:41:40 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': When Reynir give out his attempts at a protection runes in Chapter 11, Sigrun suggests that they may work better if drawn in blood. Reynir is grossed out by the idea. It may also not be a good idea to try in his case: he is ''not'' TheImmune to ThePlague, there was a small scare when he barely avoided getting scratched by a PlagueZombie and he has to wear a breathing mask outside half the time as a precaution for the fact that ThePlague is partially airborne.
26th May '17 6:43:10 PM CerotechOmega
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** Act III of vanilla ''Diablo III'' has [[spoiler:Adria]] borrow soldiers killed during the battle of Bastion's Keep to etch a ritual circle with their blood -- [[spoiler:one which strongly resembles the circles used by the Coven]]. [[spoiler:The circle she uses is to stabilize the Black Soulstone briefly, a window she uses to slam it into her daughter Leah, infusing her with all seven Evils with Diablo in charge.]]
26th May '17 6:30:07 PM AthenaBlue
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* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', Fakir revives Mytho's CoolSword by cutting his hand, and pouring the blood from the wound into a fountain, and reciting a spell [[GratuitousGerman in German]] while dipping the blade into the bloody water. The various applications of Raven's Blood (like [[FaceHeelTurn turning Mytho evil]]) might apply here, as well. In fact, ''all'' of the "in-story" magic seems to involve blood or [[HeartTrauma hearts]] (Kraehe presumably gets her powers from the Raven's blood in her, Tutu gets hers from [[spoiler:the Prince's heartshard]], the Raven gains power by eating hearts). Also, [[MadArtist Drosselmeyer]] [[RewritingReality wrote a very powerful story]] in his own blood, and [[spoiler:Fakir]] was only able to effectively rewrite the story after he had spilled his own blood onto a page.
* Some of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s [[SummoningRitual Summoning Rituals]] use this.
** By drinking someone's blood and then standing on a symbol also made of blood (which doesn't have to be theirs), Hidan can turn himself into a living voodoo-doll for his opponent.
* The ''Manga/PrincessResurrection'' manga uses blood magic as a fairly major plot point. The anime changed it to [[TechnicolorFire fire/energy.]] Actually in the manga too they finally used fire instead of blood, but that's MUCH later into story, close to the end.

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* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', Fakir revives Mytho's CoolSword ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'', HotWitch Nakia brings a girl from our times, Yuri Suzuki, to the Hittite Empire since she want to use her blood for a spell that will allow her to kill her stepson Kail and place her own son Juda as heir. [[SpannerInTheWorks Too bad]] [[PluckyGirl Yuri]] was smarter and more willing to fight back than Nakia thought she'd be...
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', the Behelits that summon the Godhand are activated when they come into contact with blood. This usually, but not always, happens during their owners' DespairEventHorizon, which makes them that much more willing to [[KillTheOnesYouLove sacrifice the people they most hold dear]] to [[DealWithTheDevil be reborn as a demon]].
* In ''Manga/BlackCat'', Sheldon's Tao is manipulating blood.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', [[spoiler: Giselle Gewelle [[PeoplePuppets controls the bodies]] of whoever gets splattered with her blood. When a member of the 11th Division wounds her and both he and his companions have Giselle's blood on their clothes, [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant she]] [[DissonantSerenity cheerfully]] [[PsychicAssistedSuicide forces them to]] commit {{seppuku}}.]]
** [[spoiler: And if she can get her blood in a Vandenreich/Quincy, they literally become a corpse under her control. [[ShockAndAwe Candice]] is aware of this and prevents Giselle from doing so when [[TheMedic she]] heals [[AnArmAndALeg her amputated arm.]] The same cannot be said for [[FateWorseThanDeath poor]] [[MadBomber Bambietta]].]]
* One of the Contractors in ''Manga/DarkerThanBlack'', Wei, is able to teleport away anything that is covered in his blood. This power is frequently used to create gaping holes in the torsos of his enemies. Naturally, the only way he can use this power is
by [[NightmareFuel carrying a knife and cutting his hand, and pouring the own wrists to toss blood from on opponents.]] In case you couldn't tell, [[BadPowersBadPeople he's a bad guy]].
* ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' has an interesting spin on Blood Magic:
the wound into eponymous Deadman are capable of using Branches of Sin, a fountain, and reciting a spell [[GratuitousGerman in German]] while dipping the blade into the magic that allows them to weaponize their blood, such as Ganta's bloody water. The various applications of Raven's Blood (like [[FaceHeelTurn turning Mytho evil]]) might apply here, as well. In fact, ''all'' of the "in-story" magic seems to involve hand blasts, Seiji's arm blades, and Karako's blood or [[HeartTrauma hearts]] (Kraehe presumably gets her powers from the Raven's blood in her, Tutu gets hers from [[spoiler:the Prince's heartshard]], the Raven gains power by eating hearts). Also, [[MadArtist Drosselmeyer]] [[RewritingReality wrote a very powerful story]] in his own blood, and [[spoiler:Fakir]] was only able to effectively rewrite the story after he had spilled his own blood onto a page.
* Some of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s [[SummoningRitual Summoning Rituals]] use this.
** By drinking someone's blood and then standing on a symbol also made of blood (which doesn't have to be theirs), Hidan can turn himself into a living voodoo-doll for his opponent.
* The ''Manga/PrincessResurrection'' manga uses blood magic as a fairly major plot point. The anime changed it to [[TechnicolorFire fire/energy.]] Actually in the manga too they finally used fire instead of blood, but that's MUCH later into story, close to the end.
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*** In TheMovie based off of the 2003 anime, the circle to open the Gate only activates when it gets in touch with blood. Edward has a little blood on his glove the first time he opens it. The second time [[spoiler: Hohenheim gets mauled by Envy, while in Amestris Wrath dies.]]

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*** In TheMovie based off of the 2003 anime, the circle to open the Gate only activates when it gets in touch with blood. Edward has a little blood on his glove the first time he opens it. The second time [[spoiler: Hohenheim [[spoiler:Hohenheim gets mauled by Envy, while in Amestris Wrath dies.]]]]
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', where it is referred to as "the currency of the soul." What it means is that vampires like Alucard absorbs their meals' souls when they consume their blood. Seras discovers this truth when she consumes Pip's blood, collecting his soul, becoming a true vampire, and herself gaining some of the Power of Blood. Later, it's revealed that [[spoiler:the huge amount of souls he's consumed fuels his absurdly powerful HealingFactor -- and that he can release his victims as a macabre army of the undead]].
* ''Mermaid Saga'' is [[ShoutOut referenced]] in ''Manga/HellTeacherNube''. Here, flesh from the (still living) mermaid Hayame has a 100% success rate, and her blood can instantly heal ''any'' injury no matter how grave, without conferring immortality. It does have the side effect of making the recipient into a moron for a short while, seeing as it comes from [[TheDitz Hayame]], after all.
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'' the [[{{Miko}} priestess]] Hitomiko is able to launch invisible blades using her [[MagicWand shrine bells]] to cause blood letting wounds on her enemy which then paint a circle on the floor binding them magically. She can also cause the blood to [[PlayingWithFire combust]].
** ''Anime/InuYashaTheMovieFireOnTheMysticIsland'': The [[BigBadEnsemble Four War Gods]] create a [[CloningBlues clone]] of Kikyo using a sample of her blood.
* One of the ways the title character of ''Anime/IzettaTheLastWitch'' can channel her magic is through her blood. A few drops scattered on snow, for instance, can let her call forth [[AnIcePerson spears of ice]] capable of impaling speeding fighter planes.



* ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' has an interesting spin on Blood Magic: the eponymous Deadman are capable of using Branches of Sin, a magic that allows them to weaponize their blood, such as Ganta's bloody hand blasts, Seiji's arm blades, and Karako's blood armor.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', the Behelits that summon the Godhand are activated when they come into contact with blood. This usually, but not always, happens during their owners' DespairEventHorizon, which makes them that much more willing to [[KillTheOnesYouLove sacrifice the people they most hold dear]] to [[DealWithTheDevil be reborn as a demon]].
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'' the [[{{Miko}} priestess]] Hitomiko is able to launch invisible blades using her [[MagicWand shrine bells]] to cause blood letting wounds on her enemy which then paint a circle on the floor binding them magically. She can also cause the blood to [[PlayingWithFire combust]].
** ''Anime/InuYashaTheMovieFireOnTheMysticIsland'': The [[BigBadEnsemble Four War Gods]] create a [[CloningBlues clone]] of Kikyo using a sample of her blood.
* In Manga/{{Bleach}}, [[spoiler: Giselle Gewelle [[PeoplePuppets controls the bodies]] of whoever gets splattered with her blood. When a member of the 11th Division wounds her and both he and his companions have Giselle's blood on their clothes, [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant she]] [[DissonantSerenity cheerfully]] [[PsychicAssistedSuicide forces them to]] commit {{seppuku}}.]]
** [[spoiler: And if she can get her blood in a Vandenreich/Quincy, they literally become a corpse under her control. [[ShockAndAwe Candice]] is aware of this and prevents Giselle from doing so when [[TheMedic she]] heals [[AnArmAndALeg her amputated arm.]] The same cannot be said for [[FateWorseThanDeath poor]] [[MadBomber Bambietta]].]]
* In Manga/AnatoliaStory, HotWitch Nakia brings a girl from our times, Yuri Suzuki, to the Hitite Empire since she want to use her blood for a spell that will allow her to kill her stepson Kail and place her own son Juda as heir. [[SpannerInTheWorks Too bad]] [[PluckyGirl Yuri]] was smarter and more willing to fight back than Nakia thought she'd be...
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'', Sayaka Miki normally needs a body of water to [[spoiler:summon Oktavia von Seckendorff]], but she can use her own blood as a substitute in a pinch.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Overlord}}'', [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Shalltear Bloodfallen]] gathers the blood of her victims into an orb that hovers above her. She can use the blood as a substitute to mana, or she can [[BloodBath bathe herself in it]] to [[TheBerserker drastically increase her strength at the cost of becoming uncontrollable]].
* In ''Manga/BlackCat'', Sheldon's Tao is manipulating blood.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', where it is referred to as "the currency of the soul." What it means is that vampires like Alucard absorbs their meals' souls when they consume their blood. Seras discovers this truth when she consumes Pip's blood, collecting his soul, becoming a true vampire, and herself gaining some of the Power of Blood. Later, it's revealed that [[spoiler:the huge amount of souls he's consumed fuels his absurdly powerful HealingFactor--and that he can release his victims as a macabre army of the undead]].



* [[ShoutOut Referenced]] in ''Manga/HellTeacherNube''. Here, flesh from the (still living) mermaid Hayame has a 100% success rate, and her blood can instantly heal ''any'' injury no matter how grave, without conferring immortality. It does have the side effect of making the recipient into a moron for a short while, seeing as it comes from [[TheDitz Hayame]], after all.
* One of the Contractors in ''Manga/DarkerThanBlack'', Wei, is able to teleport away anything that is covered in his blood. This power is frequently used to create gaping holes in the torsos of his enemies. Naturally, the only way he can use this power is by [[NightmareFuel carrying a knife and cutting his own wrists to toss blood on opponents.]] In case you couldn't tell, [[BadPowersBadPeople he's a bad guy]].
* One of the ways the title character of ''Anime/IzettaTheLastWitch'' can channel her magic is through her blood. A few drops scattered on snow, for instance, can let her call forth [[AnIcePerson spears of ice]] capable of impaling speeding fighter planes.

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* [[ShoutOut Referenced]] in ''Manga/HellTeacherNube''. Here, flesh from the (still living) mermaid Hayame has a 100% success rate, and her Some of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s [[SummoningRitual Summoning Rituals]] use this.
** By drinking someone's
blood can instantly heal ''any'' injury no matter how grave, without conferring immortality. It does and then standing on a symbol also made of blood (which doesn't have the side effect of making the recipient to be theirs), Hidan can turn himself into a moron living voodoo-doll for a short while, seeing as it comes from [[TheDitz Hayame]], after all.
his opponent.
* One of In ''LightNovel/{{Overlord}}'', [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Shalltear Bloodfallen]] gathers the Contractors in ''Manga/DarkerThanBlack'', Wei, is able to teleport away anything blood of her victims into an orb that is covered in his blood. This power is frequently used to create gaping holes in the torsos of his enemies. Naturally, the only way he hovers above her. She can use this power is the blood as a substitute to mana, or she can [[BloodBath bathe herself in it]] to [[TheBerserker drastically increase her strength at the cost of becoming uncontrollable]].
* The ''Manga/PrincessResurrection'' manga uses blood magic as a fairly major plot point. The anime changed it to [[TechnicolorFire fire/energy.]] The manga would also eventually use fire instead of blood, but MUCH later into story, close to the end.
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', Fakir revives Mytho's CoolSword
by [[NightmareFuel carrying a knife and cutting his own wrists to toss hand, and pouring the blood on opponents.]] from the wound into a fountain, and reciting a spell [[GratuitousGerman in German]] while dipping the blade into the bloody water. The various applications of Raven's Blood (like [[FaceHeelTurn turning Mytho evil]]) might apply here, as well. In case you couldn't tell, [[BadPowersBadPeople he's a bad guy]].
* One
fact, ''all'' of the ways the title character of ''Anime/IzettaTheLastWitch'' can channel her "in-story" magic is through seems to involve blood or [[HeartTrauma hearts]] (Kraehe presumably gets her blood. A few drops scattered on snow, for instance, powers from the Raven's blood in her, Tutu gets hers from [[spoiler:the Prince's heartshard]], the Raven gains power by eating hearts). Also, [[MadArtist Drosselmeyer]] [[RewritingReality wrote a very powerful story]] in his own blood, and [[spoiler:Fakir]] was only able to effectively rewrite the story after he had spilled his own blood onto a page.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'', Sayaka Miki normally needs a body of water to [[spoiler:summon Oktavia von Seckendorff]], but she
can let use her call forth [[AnIcePerson spears of ice]] capable of impaling speeding fighter planes.own blood as a substitute in a pinch.



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* Not a major example, but in one ''Franchise/{{Batman}} Detective'' storyline, ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} had been shot in the throat and nearly drowned in a death trap courtesy of [[spoiler:the Joker]] ([[VillainBall don't ask]] why he didn't just shoot her in the head). She avoided bleeding to death by using her blood to write out a healing incantation, made extra-strong by its medium.
* Comicbook/JohnConstantine {{Expy}} [[ComicBook/DoomPatrol Willoughby Kipling]] points out that the easiest and most blood-efficient way to do this is with a papercut on the page of the spellbook you're using.
* This is how Atrocitus created the Central Power Battery for his [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lantern Corps]]. In addition, he is capable of scrying through arcane blood rites.
* ''ComicBook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws'': Red Hood's All-Swords get extra power from his blood. Or, something like that. It hasn't been explained yet.
** Minor opponent December Graystone previously used the name "Blood Mage", and continues to use his blood to cast spells.



* The ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' villain Brother Blood leads a cult who focuses magic through bloodletting (yes, he's a little different from [[LighterAndSofter the cartoon version]]). One of his best-known acts was resurrecting Raven to be his bride (it was basically the writers' way of bringing her back to coincide with the success of the [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans cartoon]]).

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* ComicBook/ConanTheBarbarian once battled a witch who used a particularly nasty curse triggered by blood. Only a single drop of spilled blood was necessary to cause her victims to age rapidly and die within seconds, leaving behind a withered corpse. The only protection against the curse were magic talismans owned by three brothers who were the witch's enemies.
* The Queen of Witches from ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' has a thing for blood:
--> ''"Now she calls herself a goddess of war, but her war has no object other than the spilling of blood. All blood. Nothing but blood. Blood. More Blood. Nothing. But. Blood. For in the end the moon will be as blood and the sea boil and the land burn."''



* This is how Atrocitus created the Central Power Battery for his [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lantern Corps]]. In addition, he is capable of scrying through arcane blood rites.
* The ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' villain Brother Blood leads a cult who focuses magic through bloodletting (yes, he's a little different from [[LighterAndSofter the cartoon version]]). One of his best-known acts was resurrecting Raven to be his bride (it was basically the writers' way of bringing her back to coincide with the success of the [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans cartoon]]).
* Not a major example, but in one ''Franchise/{{Batman}} Detective'' storyline, ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} had been shot in the throat and nearly drowned in a death trap courtesy of [[spoiler:the Joker]] ([[VillainBall don't ask]] why he didn't just shoot her in the head). She avoided bleeding to death by using her blood to write out a healing incantation, made extra-strong by its medium.
* ComicBook/ConanTheBarbarian once battled a witch who used a particularly nasty curse triggered by blood. Only a single drop of spilled blood was necessary to cause her victims to age rapidly and die within seconds, leaving behind a withered corpse. The only protection against the curse were magic talismans owned by three brothers who were the witch's enemies.
* The Queen of Witches from ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' has a thing for blood:
--> ''"Now she calls herself a goddess of war, but her war has no object other than the spilling of blood. All blood. Nothing but blood. Blood. More Blood. Nothing. But. Blood. For in the end the moon will be as blood and the sea boil and the land burn."''
* ''ComicBook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws'': Red Hood's All-Swords get extra power from his blood. Or, something like that. It hasn't been explained yet.
** Minor opponent December Graystone previously used the name "Blood Mage", and continues to use his blood to cast spells.



* Comicbook/JohnConstantine {{Expy}} [[ComicBook/DoomPatrol Willoughby Kipling]] points out that the easiest and most blood-efficient way to do this is with a papercut on the page of the spellbook you're using.



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* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'': Will's blood was needed to break the curse on Barbossa's crew. A blood sacrifice was required from every cursed pirate, but they had cast Will's father overboard before learning this, so Will's blood, as the closest living relative, was used as a suitable substitute. [[spoiler:Once Jack cursed himself, he also added his blood to lift the curse "at the opportune moment".]]
* In ''Film/SilentHill'' Christabella unintentionally invokes this trope when she stabs [[spoiler: Rose]] in the chest. The blood gushing from the wound destroys the church, allowing [[spoiler: Alessa]] to enter. Then all hell breaks loose.

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* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'': Will's blood was needed to break In ''Film/{{Blade}}'', it's of little surprise that the curse on Barbossa's crew. A blood sacrifice was required from every cursed pirate, but they had cast Will's father overboard before learning this, so Will's blood, as the closest living relative, was used as ancient vampire artifact runs off of blood. Blade is strapped into a suitable substitute. [[spoiler:Once Jack cursed himself, he also added huge bloodletting device that causes his blood to lift fill up all the curse "at magical symbols below him, rather similar to the opportune moment".]]
* In ''Film/SilentHill'' Christabella unintentionally invokes this trope when she stabs [[spoiler: Rose]] in the chest. The blood gushing from the wound destroys the church, allowing [[spoiler: Alessa]] to enter. Then all hell breaks loose.
picture above.



* In ''Film/SinbadAndTheEyeOfTheTiger'', Zenobia uses her blood to animated the [[ALoadOfBull Minaton]].
* In ''Film/PracticalMagic'', Sally and Gillian slice their palms and clasp hands to cure [[spoiler: Gillian's DemonicPossession.]] It also conveniently works as a [[spoiler: CurseEscapeClause]].
* In ''Film/PansLabyrinth'', the blood of a child is called for to open a gate, though the heroine refuses to take it. It still [[spoiler:technically works - it just happens to be the protagonist's blood. [[SecretTestOfCharacter And it would not have worked had the baby been used.]]]]
* In ''Film/{{Blade}}'', it's of little surprise that the ancient vampire artifact runs off of blood. Blade is strapped into a huge bloodletting device that causes his blood to fill up all the magical symbols below him, rather similar to the picture above.



* The eponymous ''Film/{{Pulgasari}}'' starts off as a rice figurine made by a dying blacksmith that gets brought to life by the blacksmith's daughter, Ami, when she pricks her finger while sewing over it. Later in the film, she is able to revive him by cutting her arm and letting the blood drip into the pile of boulders trapping the {{Kaiju}}.



* Ryuhei Kitamura's ''Film/{{Versus}}'' revolves around the "Blood of Resurrection," which the villain plans to use in the Forest of Resurrection to open some kind of a dark door and get "The Power." Zombies and reincarnated samurai are involved.

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* In ''Film/PansLabyrinth'', the blood of a child is called for to open a gate, though the heroine refuses to take it. It still [[spoiler:technically works - it just happens to be the protagonist's blood. [[SecretTestOfCharacter And it would not have worked had the baby been used.]]]]
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'': Will's blood was needed to break the curse on Barbossa's crew. A blood sacrifice was required from every cursed pirate, but they had cast Will's father overboard before learning this, so Will's blood, as the closest living relative, was used as a suitable substitute. [[spoiler:Once Jack cursed himself, he also added his blood to lift the curse "at the opportune moment".]]
* In ''Film/PracticalMagic'', Sally and Gillian slice their palms and clasp hands to cure [[spoiler: Gillian's DemonicPossession.]] It also conveniently works as a [[spoiler: CurseEscapeClause]].
* The eponymous ''Film/{{Pulgasari}}'' starts off as a rice figurine made by a dying blacksmith that gets brought to life by the blacksmith's daughter, Ami, when she pricks her finger while sewing over it. Later in the film, she is able to revive him by cutting her arm and letting the blood drip into the pile of boulders trapping the {{Kaiju}}.
* In ''Film/SilentHill'' Christabella unintentionally invokes this trope when she stabs [[spoiler: Rose]] in the chest. The blood gushing from the wound destroys the church, allowing [[spoiler: Alessa]] to enter. Then all hell breaks loose.
* In ''Film/SinbadAndTheEyeOfTheTiger'', Zenobia uses her blood to animated the [[ALoadOfBull Minaton]].
* Ryuhei Kitamura's ''Film/{{Versus}}'' revolves around the "Blood of Resurrection," Resurrection", which the villain plans to use in the Forest of Resurrection to open some kind of a dark door and get "The Power." Power". Zombies and reincarnated samurai are involved.



* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', in the episode "The Christmas Invasion", the alien Sycorax use "blood control" to hypnotize a third of the population of Earth. Technically it's MagicFromTechnology, but one of the UNIT characters commented that it appeared like they were casting a spell. The Sycorax reverse-engineered their technology from invaders, and think of it as magic. ('Sycorax' would seem to be taken from ''Theatre/TheTempest'', where it is given as the name of a dead witch, late mistress of the island and mother to Caliban.)
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Mirri Maz Duur knows it, calls it by name, and warns Dany that it has a terrible price.
** Melisandre uses it to (apparently) kill Stannis' enemies, though the circumstances surrounding their deaths are sometimes ambiguous.
** The witch Maggy, who predicts Cersei's future in "The Wars to Come", needs to taste her blood to do so.
** Shireen is sacrificed because of her king's blood in an attempt to end a blizzard.
* In ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'', Darken Rahl used Blood Magic at least once so far, using it as magic ink to write a message in a book, which then caused it to appear to a 'paired' book one of his military field commanders possessed (sort of a magic 'instant message' or 'telegram').
** In the [[Literature/SwordOfTruth novels]], Darken Rahl uses a kind blood magic in the form of consuming the brains and testicles ({{Squick}}!) of a young boy loyal to him to summon a creature of the underworld to ride and thus can travel anywhere very quickly. The journey books were introduced later in the series and did not require blood to operate.
** Also in the books, it's mentioned that blood is particularly potent for things like drawing spell forms, though usually other things like sorcerer's sand also work for spells. The biggest blood-fueled spell form in the series is [[spoiler:the People's Palace. The trick here is, the blood is still in the people going through the palace, which is how it's kept potent when just blood would have dried out and lost its effect long ago.]]

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', in the episode "The Christmas Invasion", the alien Sycorax use "blood control" to hypnotize ''Series/{{Angel}}'', a third of the population of Earth. Technically it's MagicFromTechnology, but one of the UNIT characters commented that it appeared like they were casting a spell. The Sycorax reverse-engineered their technology demon from invaders, and think of it as another dimension tries to contact [[spoiler:Jasmine]] with flesh magic. ('Sycorax' would seem to be taken from ''Theatre/TheTempest'', where It's even nastier than it sounds.
** Angel
is given as the name of a dead witch, late mistress of the island and mother to Caliban.)
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Mirri Maz Duur knows it, calls it by name, and warns Dany that it has a terrible price.
** Melisandre uses it to (apparently) kill Stannis' enemies, though the circumstances surrounding their deaths are sometimes ambiguous.
** The witch Maggy, who predicts Cersei's future in "The Wars to Come", needs to taste her blood to do so.
** Shireen is sacrificed because of her king's blood in an attempt to end a blizzard.
* In ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'', Darken Rahl used Blood Magic at least once so far, using it as magic ink to write a message in a book, which then caused it to appear to a 'paired' book one of his military field commanders possessed (sort of a magic 'instant message' or 'telegram').
** In the [[Literature/SwordOfTruth novels]], Darken Rahl uses a kind blood magic in the form of consuming the brains and testicles ({{Squick}}!) of a young boy loyal to him to summon a creature of the underworld to ride and thus can travel anywhere very quickly. The journey books were introduced later in the series and did not require blood to operate.
** Also in the books, it's mentioned that blood is particularly potent for things like drawing spell forms, though usually other things like sorcerer's sand also work for spells. The biggest blood-fueled spell form in the series is [[spoiler:the People's Palace. The trick here is,
temporarily made stronger after he drinks the blood is still of Hamilton, the Senior Partners' liaison, during the GrandFinale.
** Spoofed in "Reprise" where two Wolfram & Hart employees are following a list of instructions for a goat sacrifice.
-->(reading from a booklet) "Make sure all troths are securely fastened and sacrifices tilted as shown in diagram F-12 to ensure full drainage into sacred offering bowl. Using a clean, diagonal motion, slit throat of sacrifice with the pre-blessed ceremonial dagger provided... I didn't see that
in the people going through the palace, which is how it's kept potent when just blood would have dried out and lost its effect long ago.]]box."



-->'''Xander:''' Why blood?
-->'''Spike:''' Blood is life, lackbrain. Why do you think we eat it? It's what keeps you going, makes you warm, makes you hard, makes you other than dead. 'Course it's her blood.

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-->'''Xander:''' Why blood?
-->'''Spike:'''
blood?\\
'''Spike:'''
Blood is life, lackbrain. Why do you think we eat it? It's what keeps you going, makes you warm, makes you hard, makes you other than dead. 'Course it's her blood.



** In the Season Two premiere, the Master's acolytes attempt a ritual to bring him back to life. This involves slitting the necks of his adversaries (ie the Scoobies) and wetting his skeleton with their blood.
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', a demon from another dimension tries to contact [[spoiler:Jasmine]] with flesh magic. It's even nastier than it sounds.
** Angel is temporarily made stronger after he drinks the blood of Hamilton, the Senior Partners' liaison, during the GrandFinale.
** Spoofed in "Reprise" where two Wolfram & Hart employees are following a list of instructions for a goat sacrifice.
-->(reading from a booklet) "Make sure all troths are securely fastened and sacrifices tilted as shown in diagram F-12 to ensure full drainage into sacred offering bowl. Using a clean, diagonal motion, slit throat of sacrifice with the pre-blessed ceremonial dagger provided... I didn't see that in the box."
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Azazel's lackeys used a squicky blood fueled ritual to communicate with him. Brady does the same to communicate with his master, [[spoiler: Pestilence]].
** In the fourth and fifth seasons, blood can be used to construct a sigil that will temporarily dispel an angel from the area.
** And in the fourth season finale, [[spoiler: it turns out the blood of the first demon, Lilith, must be spilled to complete a ritual to release Lucifer from Hell.]]
** And the Special Children got their powers from [[spoiler: Azazel bleeding into their mouths]].
** A season five episode had Sam, Dean and [[spoiler: Gabriel]] bound to a location via blood.
** The sixth season finale had [[spoiler: the gate to Purgatory open using a cocktail of virgin blood and blood from a Purgatory resident.]] They are really fond of this trope.
** In season nine [[spoiler: Abaddon]]'s followers do some kind of cutting ritual to revive her.
* In ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', the evil god Dahok requires the loss of "blood innocence" to bring forth his evil offspring, so his followers trick Gabrielle into committing murder. In this case, it's the loss of life that fuels Dahok's power, but Gabrielle's hands are also covered in blood.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', blood magic shows up in one of the spells of Nimueh in season one.
** Later, Morgana uses the Cup of Life to create an immortal army by filling it with blood.

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** In the Season Two premiere, the Master's acolytes attempt a ritual to bring him back to life. This involves slitting the necks of his adversaries (ie (i.e. the Scoobies) and wetting his skeleton with their blood.
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', a demon from another dimension tries to contact [[spoiler:Jasmine]] with flesh The girls in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' occasionally use blood in their magic. It's even nastier than it sounds.
** Angel is temporarily made stronger after he drinks the
They used their own blood of Hamilton, the Senior Partners' liaison, during the GrandFinale.
** Spoofed in "Reprise" where two Wolfram & Hart employees are following a list of instructions for a goat sacrifice.
-->(reading from a booklet) "Make sure all troths are securely fastened and sacrifices tilted as shown in diagram F-12
to ensure full drainage into sacred offering bowl. Using a clean, diagonal motion, slit throat of sacrifice with the pre-blessed ceremonial dagger provided... I didn't see that in the box."
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Azazel's lackeys used a squicky blood fueled ritual to communicate with him. Brady does the same to communicate with his master,
summon [[spoiler: Pestilence]].
** In the fourth
their ancestor Melinda Warren]], and fifth seasons, some vanquishing potions only work when they include blood can be used to construct a sigil that will temporarily dispel an angel from the area.
** And in
demon being vanquished (though sometimes other parts work, such as the fourth season finale, [[spoiler: it turns out dragon's scale]], so it's not specifically blood).
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion "The Christmas Invasion"]],
the blood of the first demon, Lilith, must be spilled to complete a ritual to release Lucifer from Hell.]]
** And the Special Children got their powers from [[spoiler: Azazel bleeding into their mouths]].
** A season five episode had Sam, Dean and [[spoiler: Gabriel]] bound to a location via blood.
** The sixth season finale had [[spoiler: the gate to Purgatory open using a cocktail of virgin blood and blood from a Purgatory resident.]] They are really fond of this trope.
** In season nine [[spoiler: Abaddon]]'s followers do some kind of cutting ritual to revive her.
* In ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', the evil god Dahok requires the loss of
alien Sycorax use "blood innocence" control" to bring forth his evil offspring, so his followers trick Gabrielle into committing murder. In this case, hypnotize a third of the population of Earth. Technically it's the loss of life that fuels Dahok's power, MagicFromTechnology, but Gabrielle's hands are also covered in blood.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', blood magic shows up in
one of the spells UNIT characters commented that it appeared like they were casting a spell. The Sycorax reverse-engineered their technology from invaders, and think of Nimueh in season one.
** Later, Morgana uses
it as magic. ("Sycorax" comes from ''Theatre/TheTempest'', where it is given as the Cup name of Life a dead witch, late mistress of the island and mother to create an immortal army by filling it with blood.Caliban.)



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Mirri Maz Duur knows it, calls it by name, and warns Dany that it has a terrible price.
** Melisandre uses it to (apparently) kill Stannis' enemies, though the circumstances surrounding their deaths are sometimes ambiguous.
** The witch Maggy, who predicts Cersei's future in "The Wars to Come", needs to taste her blood to do so.
** Shireen is sacrificed because of her king's blood in an attempt to end a blizzard.
* In ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'', Darken Rahl used Blood Magic at least once so far, using it as magic ink to write a message in a book, which then caused it to appear to a 'paired' book one of his military field commanders possessed (sort of a magic 'instant message' or 'telegram').
** In the [[Literature/SwordOfTruth novels]], Darken Rahl uses a kind blood magic in the form of consuming the brains and testicles ({{Squick}}!) of a young boy loyal to him to summon a creature of the underworld to ride and thus can travel anywhere very quickly. The journey books were introduced later in the series and did not require blood to operate.
** Also in the books, it's mentioned that blood is particularly potent for things like drawing spell forms, though usually other things like sorcerer's sand also work for spells. The biggest blood-fueled spell form in the series is [[spoiler:the People's Palace. The trick here is, the blood is still in the people going through the palace, which is how it's kept potent when just blood would have dried out and lost its effect long ago.]]
* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', blood magic shows up in one of the spells of Nimueh in season one.
** Later, Morgana uses the Cup of Life to create an immortal army by filling it with blood.
* In the third season of ''Series/PennyDreadful'', Hecate [[spoiler:uses Ethan's blood in a spell that summons rattlesnakes to attack their pursuers]].
* In ''Series/{{Salem}}'', this appears to be the basis of the "grand rite" the witches plan, requiring the deaths of innocents condemned as witches.



* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Azazel's lackeys used a squicky blood fueled ritual to communicate with him. Brady does the same to communicate with his master, [[spoiler: Pestilence]].
** In the fourth and fifth seasons, blood can be used to construct a sigil that will temporarily dispel an angel from the area.
** And in the fourth season finale, [[spoiler: it turns out the blood of the first demon, Lilith, must be spilled to complete a ritual to release Lucifer from Hell.]]
** And the Special Children got their powers from [[spoiler: Azazel bleeding into their mouths]].
** A season five episode had Sam, Dean and [[spoiler: Gabriel]] bound to a location via blood.
** The sixth season finale had [[spoiler: the gate to Purgatory open using a cocktail of virgin blood and blood from a Purgatory resident.]] They are really fond of this trope.
** In season nine [[spoiler: Abaddon]]'s followers do some kind of cutting ritual to revive her.



* In the first episode of ''Series/{{Warehouse13}}'' the first artifact we see is a meso-American statue (looks like a stone jack o'lantern) that possesses a man when he accidentally cuts his finger on it.
* In ''Series/{{Salem}}'', this appears to be the basis of the "grand rite" the witches plan, requiring the deaths of innocents condemned as witches.
* The girls in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' occasionally use blood in their magic. They used their own blood to summon [[spoiler: their ancestor Melinda Warren]], and some vanquishing potions only work when they include blood from the demon being vanquished (though sometimes other parts work, such as the [[spoiler: dragon's scale]], so it's not specifically blood).
* In the third season of ''Series/PennyDreadful'', Hecate [[spoiler:uses Ethan's blood in a spell that summons rattlesnakes to attack their pursuers]].

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* In the first episode of ''Series/{{Warehouse13}}'' the first artifact we see is a meso-American Mesoamerican statue (looks like a stone jack o'lantern) jack-o-lantern) that possesses a man when he accidentally cuts his finger on it.
* In ''Series/{{Salem}}'', ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', the evil god Dahok requires the loss of "blood innocence" to bring forth his evil offspring, so his followers trick Gabrielle into committing murder. In this appears to be the basis of the "grand rite" the witches plan, requiring the deaths of innocents condemned as witches.
* The girls in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' occasionally use blood in their magic. They used their own blood to summon [[spoiler: their ancestor Melinda Warren]], and some vanquishing potions only work when they include blood from the demon being vanquished (though sometimes other parts work, such as the [[spoiler: dragon's scale]], so
case, it's not specifically blood).
* In
the third season loss of ''Series/PennyDreadful'', Hecate [[spoiler:uses Ethan's blood in a spell life that summons rattlesnakes to attack their pursuers]].fuels Dahok's power, but Gabrielle's hands are also covered in blood.
10th Apr '17 10:09:56 AM bobwolf
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** The Jews annually sacrificed sheep and doves as "pure" sacrifices to God in exchange for atonement for their sins. For christians, this is taken as a {{foreshadowing}} for Jesus's sacrifice during the crucifixion, using himself as the ultimate pure sacrifice to nullify everyone's sins permanently, which is why Christians and don't sacrifice animals anymore.

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** The Jews annually sacrificed sheep and doves as "pure" sacrifices to God in exchange for atonement for their sins. For christians, this is taken as a {{foreshadowing}} for Jesus's sacrifice during the crucifixion, using himself as the ultimate pure sacrifice to nullify everyone's sins permanently, which is why Christians and don't sacrifice animals anymore.
6th Apr '17 10:53:34 PM Deathhacker
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** Appropriately, the Khorne Daemonkin faction has this built into their rules; Khorne units are incapable of using psychic powers or sorcery, so to buff them the Daemonkin were given the Bloodtithe rule. Any unit with Bloodtithe generates a counter for each unit it kills or if it dies, and counters can be accumulated and spent to provide a variety of effects, ranging from buffing your army to ''summoning a bloodthirster''. Because the mechanic doesn't care who dies, so long as someone does, this encourages players to bring tons of small, minimum sized units to get the maximum amount of bloodtithe counters for the amount of models they lose. Khorne truly does not care from whence the blood flows, only that it does.
21st Mar '17 7:39:46 PM DustSnitch
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** As Richard Carrier memorably put it: "God needed blood to fix the universe, but only his own blood had enough magic so he [[{{Jesus}} gave himself a body]] and killed it".

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** As Richard Carrier memorably put it: "God needed blood to fix the universe, but only his own blood had enough magic so he [[{{Jesus}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} gave himself a body]] and killed it".
17th Mar '17 5:10:35 AM Arivne
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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2791 SCP-2791 ("Fauste Bank plc")]]. The SCP-2791 creatures use blood magic contracts as part of their procedures to set up their convoluted DealWithTheDevil schemes.
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