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9th Apr '17 5:44:38 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''ComicBook/BatmanVampire'':
** In Red Rain, after being slashed across the chest by Dracula, Batman uses it to his advantage to draw the image of a cross on the wall in his own blood. Dracula is left at a stalemate, both drawn to the blood and unable to approach the cross, and is ultimately forced to flee when the sun rises.
** In Crimson Mist, after slaughtering every homicidal inmate in Arkham Asylum, Batman leaves a note to Dr. Arkham in blood. The note reads, "Go home. Your work is done."
1st Mar '17 7:30:53 PM nombretomado
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* In the ElleryQueen novel ''The Scarlet Letters'', a dying man uses his own blood to write XY on a wall in an extremely cryptic DyingClue.

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* In the ElleryQueen Creator/ElleryQueen novel ''The Scarlet Letters'', a dying man uses his own blood to write XY on a wall in an extremely cryptic DyingClue.
27th Jan '17 10:40:22 PM foxley
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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Passed Pawns, the VictimOfTheWeek uses his dying strength to write the letters 'D E' in his own blood on the floor of the alley.

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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': ''Series/{{CSI}}'':
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In "Passed Pawns, the VictimOfTheWeek uses his dying strength to write the letters 'D E' in his own blood on the floor of the alley.alley.
** In "CSI Unplugged", the kidnapper leaves a note saying "WE HAVE HARPER" written in blood.
13th Jan '17 8:57:59 AM Mdumas43073
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** In "Cape Feare", Sideshow Bob writes death threats to Bart in blood. And his diary. And amusing letters to ''Reader's Digest''. He faints mid way through one of the latter.
-->'''Snake''': Use a '''pen''', Sideshow Bob!

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** In "Cape Feare", Sideshow Bob writes death threats to Bart in blood. And his diary. And amusing letters to ''Reader's Digest''. He faints mid way midway through one of the latter.
-->'''Snake''': --->'''Snake''': Use a '''pen''', ''pen'', Sideshow Bob!
3rd Jan '17 9:41:06 PM Xtifr
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* In ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' the Official Secrets Act and other non-disclosure agreements have to be signed in blood -- a sterile lancet or disposable needle and Sharps container are thoughtfully provided.

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* In ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' the Official Secrets Act and other non-disclosure agreements have to be signed in blood -- a sterile lancet or disposable needle and Sharps container are thoughtfully provided.
16th Dec '16 2:53:04 AM JackG
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Rather than just write it down, the [[EvilIsHammy King of Hell]] Crowley burns a message into their table with hellfire.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Rather than just write it down, the [[EvilIsHammy King of Hell]] Crowley burns a message clue into their the Winchester's table with hellfire.
16th Dec '16 2:50:47 AM JackG
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Rather than just write it down, the [[EvilIsHammy King of Hell]] Crowley burns a message into their table with hellfire.
13th Dec '16 7:20:14 PM Doug86
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* The Creator/NeilGaiman-authored Literature/SherlockHolmes[=/=]CthulhuMythos pastiche ''Literature/AStudyInEmerald'' has the two main detectives ([[spoiler: ''not'' Watson and Holmes]]) called to the murder of the nephew of Queen Victoria (actually one of the Great Old Ones). They find the word "Rache" written on the wall in blood. ''Green'' blood.

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* The Creator/NeilGaiman-authored Literature/SherlockHolmes[=/=]CthulhuMythos Literature/SherlockHolmes[=/=]Franchise/CthulhuMythos pastiche ''Literature/AStudyInEmerald'' has the two main detectives ([[spoiler: ''not'' Watson and Holmes]]) called to the murder of the nephew of Queen Victoria (actually one of the Great Old Ones). They find the word "Rache" written on the wall in blood. ''Green'' blood.
6th Dec '16 2:02:10 PM Leporidae
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* Happens in the first book of the Literature/{{Lionboy}} trilogy: Charlie's mother grazes her leg when she falls off a ladder, but before bandaging the wound she asks Charlie to bring her a pen. Charlie brings her an old fashioned nib pen and ink, but she ignores the ink in favor of dipping the pen in her blood to write a mysterious note.
6th Dec '16 1:44:37 PM Leporidae
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* Subverted in the Creator/AgathaChristie novel ''Literature/DeathOnTheNile'': a murdered woman uses her own blood to trace a letter on the wall, presumably the first of her assassin's name. It later turns out that [[spoiler: the killer wrote the letter. In a double-twist on this trope, it was written to implicate one of the people actually directly involved in the murder, in an attempt to make it look like another party was trying to frame her.]]

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* Subverted in the Creator/AgathaChristie novel ''Literature/DeathOnTheNile'': a murdered woman uses her own blood to trace a letter on the wall, presumably the first of her assassin's name. This doesn't work because Poirot, Race, and Dr. Bessner are all smart enough to know [[spoiler: the victim would have died instantly and couldn't have written anything after being shot.]] The only reaction it produces is a snarky comment from Poirot that killer [[YouWatchTooMuchX is apparently a fan of old-fashioned melodramas.]] It later turns out that [[spoiler: the killer wrote the letter. In a double-twist on this trope, it was written to implicate one of the people actually directly involved in the murder, in an attempt to make it look like another party was trying to frame her.]]



* In ''Literature/DeathOnTheNile'', the killer uses the victim's blood to trace a letter on the wall, presumably on the assumption that the police will assume the victim used her own blood to try to write the name of her killer. This doesn't work because Poirot, Race, and Dr. Bessner are all smart enough to know the victim would have died instantly couldn't have written anything after being shot. The only reaction it produces is a snarky comment from Poirot that killer [[YouWatchTooMuchX is apparently a fan of old-fashioned melodramas.]] [[spoiler: In a double-twist on this trope, it was written to implicate one of the people actually directly involved in the murder, in an attempt to make it look like another party was trying to frame her.]]
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