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2nd Aug '16 11:28:08 AM DragonRanger
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* In ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'''s "Eyrewood" comics, a person in dire need can summon the Thornwatch by tying briars in a particular way around a birch tree. No, you can't wear gloves: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2013/09/16 "With bow and blood, the spell is done."]]

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* In ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'''s "Eyrewood" ''TabletopGame/EyrewoodAdventures'' comics, a person in dire need can summon the Thornwatch by tying briars in a particular way around a birch tree. No, you can't wear gloves: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2013/09/16 "With bow and blood, the spell is done."]]
15th Jul '16 1:59:31 PM puceron
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* In the third season of ''Series/PennyDreadful'', Hecate [[spoiler:uses Ethan's blood in a spell that summons rattlesnakes to attack their pursuers]].
9th Jul '16 5:28:28 PM nombretomado
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* Another BioWare example is in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire''. The defenses of Dierge were broken when the sacred fountains were polluted with human blood. [[spoiler: Useful in the nastiest way possible if you take the Closed Fist option]].

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* Another BioWare Creator/BioWare example is in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire''. The defenses of Dierge were broken when the sacred fountains were polluted with human blood. [[spoiler: Useful in the nastiest way possible if you take the Closed Fist option]].
30th Jun '16 5:20:53 PM Doug86
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* Some creatures in ''FalloutEquestria'' are able to control and shape spilled blood. Littlepip gains that ability after reading the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Black Book]], [[BadPowersGoodPeople but she mostly uses it to create artificial clots for medical purposes]].

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* Some creatures in ''FalloutEquestria'' ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'' are able to control and shape spilled blood. Littlepip gains that ability after reading the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Black Book]], [[BadPowersGoodPeople but she mostly uses it to create artificial clots for medical purposes]].
30th Jun '16 11:51:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* 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]].
* In Creator/RumikoTakahashi's ''Manga/MermaidSaga'', mermaid flesh can, if you're ([[WhoWantsToLiveForever un]])lucky enough to survive eating it without becoming a [[TheCorruption Lost Soul]], turn you immortal. But in the "Mermaid Forest" story, all that Sawa has is a flask of mermaid blood to heal [[IncurableCoughOfDeath her sister's illness]]. It made Towa immortal, but deformed her arm like a Lost Soul's, and now she regularly replaces it with arms cut from the fresh corpses of young women.
* [[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]].



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* 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.



* The Mosquito-kinden of ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheApt'' have a ''serious'' thing about blood, and huge quantities turn up in some prophecies.
* Also from ''Literature/SwordOfShadows'', it's possible for weaker sorcerers to enhance their powers by draining blood from a properly bound stronger sorcerer. [[EvilOverlord Penthero Iss]] demonstrates both the binding and the bloodletting in NightmareFuel detail.
* In the ''Literature/OldKingdom'' trilogy by Creator/GarthNix, the power of the Charter that gives the King, Abhorsen, and Clayr their unique abilities is found InTheBlood - as in, both genetically and literally. Charter Stones, which keep the magical Old Kingdom sustained, can be broken if a Charter Mage's blood is spilled on them (in death), and the [[CosmicKeystone Great Stones]] can only be broken by the blood of one of the Charter bloodlines (see above.) Finally, in ''Abhorsen,'' [[spoiler: Sam makes a sword to break apart the EldritchAbomination by combining, among other ingredients, blood from carriers of all [[strike: three]] four bloodlines.]]
* In the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'' with blood-binders- Kencyr who have the inherent magical ability of creating a telepathic link with anyone who's exposed to their blood, a link that is so powerful that can endure past death. [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Darkling Changers]] have a related ability of being able to take the form of anyone whose blood they've sampled. If a Changer tries to feed on a blood-binder, and the blood-binder's magic is stronger, then the Changer will be wracked by intense pain, the only known release form which is death.
* The Literature/{{Elenium}} plays with this. In this case blood isn't so much magical as it is innately capable of ''restraining'' magic. The living stone Bhelliom is supposedly controllable by two rings, each of which contains pieces of the original Bhelliom stained red with blood. Later, it's revealed that blood restrains Bhelliom for a very prosaic reason: [[spoiler:Bhelliom cannot stand the touch of iron, and human blood has iron in it]].
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series by Robert Jordan, we have the mindtrap; similar to a phylactery. Combined with the blood and saliva of a channeler(magic user), it captures the soul, or essence of said channeler. Should this fragile item be crushed in someone's hand, the holder will have complete control over the (now)mindless puppet.
* In ''Literature/NewArcana'', only people with mageblood can use arcane magic, and mageblood is a street drug. The Order's soul-binding ritual involves mingling the blood of the cohort members.
* In ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', blood is symbolic of the self, and can therefore be used as a source of power in an emergency-but only the mad or the desperate do this, because spilling blood is spilling the self, and a lot of Others ''like'' it when people are hollowed out shells-it gives them room to move in.



* In Literature/TheBible, 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.
** Also, the Passover where the Angel of Death came to kill the firstborn children of Egypt, and the Jews painted their doors with lamb blood so the angel would know not to kill ''those'' firstborn children.

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* In Literature/TheBible, the Literature/TheBible:
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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.
** Also, the The Passover where the Angel of Death came to kill the firstborn children of Egypt, and the Jews painted their doors with lamb blood so the angel would know not to kill ''those'' firstborn children. children.
** 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".



* In ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' and the Palladium universe, blood sacrifices are common for most kinds of magic because P.P.E. doubles at the time of death. But the actual representatives of this trope are Blood Shamans, who cast grisly spells from their own blood with a bit of Casting from HP.



* In ''VideoGame/VanguardBandits'', the [[EvilWeapon monstrous Zulwarn]] [[AMechByAnyOtherName ATAC]] needs Blood in order to run.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Okamiden}}'', the BigBad Akuro must [[BloodBath bathe]] his [[DemonicPossession vessel]] in blood to become perfect. [[spoiler:Specifically, Orochi's blood.]] Or, maybe he has to bathe himself. The game can't agree with itself on this point.
* ''VideoGame/{{Messiah}}'': Satan feeds on human blood, which is what he needs to "physically exist in the Earthly realm"; he also seemingly derives his power from it. [[spoiler:Scientists' logs in the final level suggest that he managed to break free from his imprisonment in the research facility when they accidentally gave him too much blood to drink.]]
* The Healing Church's special blood in ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' can cure any ailment and has cemented the church's power over the city of Yharnam. [[spoiler: Too bad it belongs to/''is'' an EldritchAbomination and gradually transforms people into horrific beasts.]]



* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', [[spoiler: the blood of the innocent awakes a powerful magic spirit in Torg's sword]].

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** Only Gwynn can use [[TomeOfEldritchLore the Book of E-Ville]] to cast spells because her name has appeared on the inside cover written in blood. Right above instructions to, if lost, drop in any mailbox to return it to the rightful owner.


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* In ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', King Zahard transfers power to Zahard's princesses, his adopted daughters, by his blood.


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* In the Breeniverse series ''WebVideo/{{lonelygirl15}}'' and ''WebVideo/KateModern'', infusions of Trait Positive blood can extend the human lifespan considerably. In ''WebVideo/LG15TheResistance'', [[spoiler:Maggie]]'s blood grants total immortality.
29th Jun '16 6:27:53 PM Doug86
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* In the ''YoungWizards'' series, healing spells require blood (that isn't from the patient), usually the healer's own blood.

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* In the ''YoungWizards'' ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, healing spells require blood (that isn't from the patient), usually the healer's own blood.
24th Jun '16 10:59:51 AM Doug86
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* This is how Atrocitus created the Central Power Battery for his [[Comicbook/GreenLantern Red Lantern Corps]]. In addition, he is capable of scrying through arcane blood rites.

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* This is how Atrocitus created the Central Power Battery for his [[Comicbook/GreenLantern [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lantern Corps]]. In addition, he is capable of scrying through arcane blood rites.
18th Jun '16 11:57:46 AM DaZebraffe
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** In earlier editions, a magic user used his own blood as an ingredient in creating a homonculous, possibly inspired by the Sinbad example.

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** In earlier editions, a magic user used his own blood as an ingredient in creating a homonculous, homunculus, possibly inspired by the Sinbad example.example, though more likely inspired by real-world alchemists' practices, wherein it was believed human blood or human semen was needed to provide the homunculus a spark of live.
18th Jun '16 12:37:22 AM Doug86
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* In ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', Dr Facilier turns Naveen into a frog as to have an easy means of extracting blood for a voodoo talisman that turns Naveen's BeleagueredAssistant Lawrence into a copy of the prince for his own ends.

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* In ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', Dr Facilier turns Naveen into a frog as to have an easy means of extracting blood for a voodoo talisman that turns Naveen's BeleagueredAssistant Lawrence into a copy of the prince for his own ends.
16th Jun '16 4:16:49 PM DraceEmpressa
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* The ''Manga/PrincessResurrection'' manga uses blood magic as a fairly major plot point. The anime changed it to [[TechnicolorFire fire/energy.]]

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* 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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