History Main / BloodlessCarnage

4th Apr '18 9:12:08 PM TheBigBopper
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This was a common trope in ActionSeries, AdventureSeries, and CrimeAndPunishmentSeries until recently; for various reasons of taste and censorship, blood was never shown [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill no matter how thoroughly perforated the victim was]]. Of late, though, shows like ''{{Series/CSI}}'' and ''Series/LawAndOrder'' have begun to be more explicit/realistic about just how messy most violent deaths are.

Fantasy and some historical works, similarly, will not show blood even when someone is stabbed or cut. In some examples (particularly shows geared towards younger audiences), swords and other bladed weapons will seemingly [[{{Flynning}} only be used to clash against each other]], and never be shown to draw blood. Two swordsmen may exchange blows and blocks for several seconds, or wrestle in a bladeLock, but whoever wins will find an opening to non-lethally knock out his foe with a single punch, or perhaps throw him to the ground and force surrender at swordpoint. Scenes of the aftermath of a battle will show broken or dropped weapons, discarded shields, fallen banners, dozens of arrows, and the occasional helmet or three, but no clearly visible dead bodies.

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This was a common trope in ActionSeries, AdventureSeries, and CrimeAndPunishmentSeries until recently; for various reasons of taste and censorship, blood was never shown [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill [[MultipleGunshotDeath no matter how thoroughly perforated the victim was]]. Of late, though, shows like ''{{Series/CSI}}'' and ''Series/LawAndOrder'' have begun to be more explicit/realistic about just how messy most violent deaths are.

Fantasy and some historical works, similarly, will not show blood even when someone is stabbed cut or cut.stabbed. In some examples (particularly shows geared towards younger audiences), swords and other bladed weapons will seemingly [[{{Flynning}} only be used to clash against each other]], and never be shown to draw blood. Two swordsmen may exchange blows and blocks for several seconds, or wrestle in a bladeLock, but whoever wins will find an opening to non-lethally knock out his foe with a single punch, or perhaps throw him to the ground and force surrender at swordpoint. Scenes of the aftermath of a battle will show broken or dropped weapons, discarded shields, fallen banners, dozens of arrows, and the occasional helmet or three, but no clearly visible dead bodies.
4th Apr '18 9:08:00 PM TheBigBopper
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Fantasy and some historical works, similarly, will not show blood even when someone is stabbed or cut. In some examples (particularly shows geared towards younger audiences), swords and other bladed weapons will seemingly [[{{Flynning}} only be used to clash against each other]], and never be shown to draw blood. Two swordsmen may exchange blows and blocks for several seconds, or wrestle in a bladeLock, but whoever wins will find an opening to non-lethally knock out his foe with a single punch, or perhaps throw him to the ground and force surrender at swordpoint. Scenes of the aftermath of a battle will show broken or dropped weapons, discarded shields, fallen banners, dozens of arrows, and the occasional helmet or three, but no clearly visible bodies.

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Fantasy and some historical works, similarly, will not show blood even when someone is stabbed or cut. In some examples (particularly shows geared towards younger audiences), swords and other bladed weapons will seemingly [[{{Flynning}} only be used to clash against each other]], and never be shown to draw blood. Two swordsmen may exchange blows and blocks for several seconds, or wrestle in a bladeLock, but whoever wins will find an opening to non-lethally knock out his foe with a single punch, or perhaps throw him to the ground and force surrender at swordpoint. Scenes of the aftermath of a battle will show broken or dropped weapons, discarded shields, fallen banners, dozens of arrows, and the occasional helmet or three, but no clearly visible dead bodies.
4th Apr '18 9:07:33 PM TheBigBopper
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Fantasy and some historical works, similarly, will not show blood even when someone is stabbed or cut. In some examples (particularly shows geared towards younger audiences), swords and other bladed weapons will seemingly [[{{Flynning}} only be used to clash against each other]], and never be shown to draw blood. Two swordsmen will exchange blows for several seconds, but the telling blow will be a kick or shoulder block to knock the opponent down. Scenes of the aftermath of a battle will show broken or dropped weapons, discarded shields, fallen banners, dozens of arrows, and the occasional helmet or three, but never any bodies.

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Fantasy and some historical works, similarly, will not show blood even when someone is stabbed or cut. In some examples (particularly shows geared towards younger audiences), swords and other bladed weapons will seemingly [[{{Flynning}} only be used to clash against each other]], and never be shown to draw blood. Two swordsmen will may exchange blows and blocks for several seconds, or wrestle in a bladeLock, but the telling blow whoever wins will be a kick or shoulder block find an opening to non-lethally knock out his foe with a single punch, or perhaps throw him to the opponent down. ground and force surrender at swordpoint. Scenes of the aftermath of a battle will show broken or dropped weapons, discarded shields, fallen banners, dozens of arrows, and the occasional helmet or three, but never any no clearly visible bodies.
1st Apr '18 7:38:44 PM Puterboy1
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* ‘’Film/{{Dunkirk}}’’ has received harsh criticism for using this trope, although [[https://mobile.twitter.com/maximebutel/status/897529127300988930?lang=bg makeup photographs of the soldiers]] and the character George receiving a bloody forehead have proven otherwise.

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* ‘’Film/{{Dunkirk}}’’ ''Film/{{Dunkirk}}'' has received harsh criticism for using this trope, although [[https://mobile.twitter.com/maximebutel/status/897529127300988930?lang=bg makeup photographs of the soldiers]] and the character George receiving a bloody forehead have proven otherwise.
1st Apr '18 7:36:50 PM Puterboy1
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* ‘’Film/{{Dunkirk}}’’ has received harsh criticism for using this trope, although [[https://mobile.twitter.com/maximebutel/status/897529127300988930?lang=bg|makeup photographs of the soldiers]] and the character George receiving a bloody forehead have proven otherwise.

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* ‘’Film/{{Dunkirk}}’’ has received harsh criticism for using this trope, although [[https://mobile.twitter.com/maximebutel/status/897529127300988930?lang=bg|makeup com/maximebutel/status/897529127300988930?lang=bg makeup photographs of the soldiers]] and the character George receiving a bloody forehead have proven otherwise.
1st Apr '18 7:35:29 PM Puterboy1
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* ‘’Film/Dunkirk’’ has received harsh criticism for using this trope, although makeup photographs of the soldiers and the character George having a bloody forehead have proven otherwise.

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* ‘’Film/Dunkirk’’ ‘’Film/{{Dunkirk}}’’ has received harsh criticism for using this trope, although makeup [[https://mobile.twitter.com/maximebutel/status/897529127300988930?lang=bg|makeup photographs of the soldiers soldiers]] and the character George having receiving a bloody forehead have proven otherwise.
1st Apr '18 7:32:03 PM Puterboy1
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* When Gaston stabs the Beast in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' there is no blood on his knife, although blood does appear on the Beast's shirt shortly afterward.

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* When Gaston stabs the Beast in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' there is no blood on his knife, although blood does appear on the Beast's shirt shortly afterward. This could be due to the rain.



* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'' is particularly bad about this. Not a splash of red in an enormous pitched battle scene. In a more up-close and personal scene, when Peter is jumped by Maugrim the wolf, he impales the wolf and is pinned under him for nearly a minute; despite this, there's very clearly no blood anywhere on the wolf, Peter or the sword. Strangely, the film retains Aslan's line from the book reminding Peter to clean his sword.

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* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'' is particularly bad about this. Not a splash of red in an enormous pitched battle scene. In a more up-close and personal scene, when Peter is jumped by Maugrim the wolf, he impales the wolf and is pinned under him for nearly a minute; despite this, there's very clearly no blood anywhere on the wolf, Peter or the sword. Strangely, the film retains Aslan's line from the book reminding Peter to clean his sword.sword, and the line makes no sense at all.



* ''Film/WonderWoman2017'': Clever use of GoryDiscretionShot keeps much of the blood off the camera, but there is some war-appropriate evidence of violence (a soldier's legs are blown off). However, when Steve sees Diana's sword [[spoiler: sticking through the ceiling after plunging it through Ludendorff's heart]] it's bizarrely spotless.

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* ''Film/WonderWoman2017'': Clever use of GoryDiscretionShot keeps much of the blood off the camera, but there is some war-appropriate evidence of violence (a soldier's legs are blown off). However, when Steve sees Diana's sword [[spoiler: sticking through the ceiling after plunging it through Ludendorff's heart]] it's bizarrely spotless.clean.


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* ‘’Film/Dunkirk’’ has received harsh criticism for using this trope, although makeup photographs of the soldiers and the character George having a bloody forehead have proven otherwise.
1st Apr '18 3:48:35 AM RedScharlach
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** The ''Reborn'' anime actually didn't have a problem with showing blood early on during it's adaptation of the Mukuro arc. It's like after this particular arc, the animators found it too gruesome for the kids watching the show so they turned to Bloodless Carnage afterwards. During this arc, Gokudera for example took a few needles to the chest, yet his shirt began turning blood red afterwards from the injury. Looked even MORE painful then ANYTHING the anime dished out afterwards where the only times you ever see blood again is during the Varia arc when Yamamoto gets slashed across the chest in his Ring duel and much later on during the Future arc when Hibari tries to pet his porcupine box weapon, but accidently gets his hand stabbed. Everything else is straightforward Bloodless Carnage.

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** The ''Reborn'' anime actually didn't have a problem with showing blood early on during it's adaptation of the Mukuro arc. It's like after this particular arc, the animators found it too gruesome for the kids watching the show so they turned to Bloodless Carnage afterwards. During this arc, Gokudera for example took a few needles to the chest, yet his shirt began turning blood red afterwards from the injury. Looked even MORE painful then ANYTHING the anime dished out afterwards where the only times you ever see blood again is during the Varia arc when Yamamoto gets slashed across the chest in his Ring duel and much later on during the Future arc when Hibari tries to pet his porcupine box weapon, but accidently accidentally gets his hand stabbed. Everything else is straightforward Bloodless Carnage.



** Mufasa's dead body appears to be in perfect condition… even though he fell a considerable height from a cliff, and then got trampled by a herd of wildebeest; at most he appears to be just a bit beat up and his whiskers are bent. There is some blood in the film - when Scar claws into Mufasa's paws - but it's only noticeable if you're watching the film in really high quality.

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** Mufasa's dead body appears to be in perfect condition… even though he fell a considerable height from a cliff, and then got trampled by a herd of wildebeest; at most he appears to be just a bit beat up and his whiskers are bent. There is some blood in the film - when Scar claws into Mufasa's paws - -- but it's only noticeable if you're watching the film in really high quality.



* In ''Film/FortySevenRonin'', despite beheadings, swordfights, and multiple scenes of {{seppuku}} - while wearing pristine white clothes, no less - there is not a single drop of blood.

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* In ''Film/FortySevenRonin'', despite beheadings, swordfights, and multiple scenes of {{seppuku}} - while wearing pristine white clothes, no less - -- there is not a single drop of blood.



* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' uses this to keep its PG-13 rating. It's not as much not being blood, as the worst injuries aren't shown in great detail and are only on-camera very briefly. This eventually gets rather ridiculous, since it's a brutal movie except for the bloodless part. The Joker even gives a ''GlasgowGrin'' to a guy, and there's no bleeding.
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' is almost entirely bloodless with the exception of a main character getting hit by a single bullet. Since his wound is of major importance for the following scenes, its examined closely, but even so it's very small with a relatively small amount of blood.

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* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' uses this to keep its PG-13 rating. It's not as much not being blood, as the The worst injuries aren't shown in great detail and are only on-camera very briefly. This eventually gets rather ridiculous, since it's a brutal movie except for the bloodless part. The Joker even gives a ''GlasgowGrin'' to a guy, and there's no bleeding.
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' is almost entirely bloodless with the exception of a main character getting hit by a single bullet. Since his wound is of major importance for the following scenes, its it's examined closely, but even so it's very small with a relatively small amount of blood.



** A particularly strong example of the trope in action is in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' where Bond murders a disabled bad buy by stabbing his femoral artery and letting the man bleed out, yet not a drop is seen on Bond or, even, the floor.

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** A particularly strong example of the trope in action is in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' where Bond murders a disabled bad buy guy by stabbing his femoral artery and letting the man bleed out, yet not a drop is seen on Bond or, even, the floor.



** Likewise, SpaghettiWestern. The Film/DollarsTrilogy is violent, but people only bleed after horrible beatings or headshots.

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** Likewise, SpaghettiWestern.{{Spaghetti Western}}s. The Film/DollarsTrilogy is violent, but people only bleed after horrible beatings or headshots.



*** A prime example for this is the film-within-a-film ''Angels With Filthy Souls'' in ''Film/HomeAlone'', where Johnny empties a whole Tommygun drum into Snakes' body and we only see him twitching on the floor.

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*** A prime example for this is the film-within-a-film ''Angels With Filthy Souls'' in ''Film/HomeAlone'', where Johnny empties a whole Tommygun drum into Snakes' Snake's body and we only see him twitching on the floor.



* ''Film/WonderWoman2017'': Clever use of GoryDiscretionShot keeps much of the blood off the camera, but there is some war-appropriate evidence of violence (a soldier's legs were blown off). However, when Steve sees Diana's sword [[spoiler: sticking through the ceiling after plunging it through Ludendorff's heart]] it's bizarrely spotless.

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* ''Film/WonderWoman2017'': Clever use of GoryDiscretionShot keeps much of the blood off the camera, but there is some war-appropriate evidence of violence (a soldier's legs were are blown off). However, when Steve sees Diana's sword [[spoiler: sticking through the ceiling after plunging it through Ludendorff's heart]] it's bizarrely spotless.



* Another toku example is ''[[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Kamen Rider 555]].'' 555 is an AnyoneCanDie series where the monsters' method of operation involves outright killing civilians onscreen until found and dealt with. However, those killed by Orphenochs simply turn to dust. Orphenochs do the same upon eating Rider Kicks but with an explosion. Impalement is shown via X-ray-ish scenes similar to ''Film/RomeoMustDie'', and never is any blood left on the weapon. It's got an ''astonishingly'' high body count to never show any victims bleeding. (Now, there's a ''little'' blood if you get punched in the face, maybe.) ''Decade'' has every single rider shown killed in a vision simultaneously, yet there is not one drop of blood. However there is a somewhat small reason behind it. It is entirely possible that they all bled when they died, but we couldn't see it through the suits. In the Rider War World they seem to be vaporized.

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* Another toku example is ''[[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Kamen Rider 555]].'' 555 is an AnyoneCanDie series where the monsters' method of operation involves outright killing civilians onscreen until found and dealt with. However, those killed by Orphenochs simply turn to dust. Orphenochs do the same upon eating Rider Kicks but with an explosion. Impalement is shown via X-ray-ish scenes similar to ''Film/RomeoMustDie'', and never is any blood left on the weapon. It's got an ''astonishingly'' high body count to given that it never show shows any victims bleeding. (Now, there's a ''little'' blood if you get punched in the face, maybe.) ''Decade'' has every single rider shown killed in a vision simultaneously, yet there is not one drop of blood. However there is a somewhat small reason behind it. It is entirely possible that they all bled when they died, but we couldn't see it through the suits. In the Rider War World they seem to be vaporized.



* As they are both DarkerAndEdgier, both ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' have a concerning amount of violence, all without blood. It's still technically a kids show, but in episodes like Time Heals and Fused when Ben gets the complete and total crap beat out of him in a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown (which seems to happen to him a lot), a little bit of blood would make sense, even when he's an alien. After all, they made a big deal out of "Ben can get hurt now!" in the very first episode of Alien Force.

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* As they are both DarkerAndEdgier, both ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' have a concerning amount of violence, all without blood. It's still technically a kids show, but in episodes like Time Heals "Time Heals" and Fused "Fused" when Ben gets the complete and total crap beat out of him in a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown (which seems to happen to him a lot), a little bit of blood would make sense, even when he's an alien. After all, they made a big deal out of "Ben can get hurt now!" in the very first episode of Alien Force.
26th Mar '18 1:34:52 PM Madison14
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* In ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'', people almost never bleed no matter how badly injured they are. When Starsky is shot three times in the back in the SeriesFinale, he does bleed, but a lot less than would be realistic.
21st Mar '18 1:30:14 AM patriciovalencia117
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* ''Film/BlackPanther2018'': For all the bladed weapons used by the characters, there isn't a trace of blood shed outside of duels with M'Baku and Killmonger. Most notably, Killmonger slits the throat of Dora Milaje and she doesn't have blood gushing from her neck when she dies.
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