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9th Apr '17 12:08:32 AM infernape612
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* In season 5 of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', Jack is utterly horrified when he kills [[spoiler:one of the Daughters of Aku]] in self-defense and discovers they were a human being instead of a robot.
9th Apr '17 12:06:59 AM infernape612
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--> '''[[spoiler: Tim Drake:]]'''Oh, God. I killed him. I didn't mean to. I tried so hard to forget. But I still hear the shot,still see his dead smile. Every night the dreams get stronger. He's there when I sleep, whispering, laughing...telling me [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim I'm just as bad as he is, we're both the same.]]

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--> '''[[spoiler: Tim Drake:]]'''Oh, Drake]]:''' Oh, God. I killed him. I didn't mean to. I tried so hard to forget. But I still hear the shot,still see his dead smile. Every night the dreams get stronger. He's there when I sleep, whispering, laughing...telling me [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim I'm just as bad as he is, we're both the same.]]
3rd Apr '17 6:29:51 PM JackG
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* ''Film/{{Morgan}}''. Both times that Morgan becomes violent while seated at a table, she puts her hands palm down on the edge of the table, then turns them palm up. The gesture is explained in a flashback where she {{Mercy Kill}}s a deer, then looks at her hands in horror. [[spoiler:The FinalGirl Lee Weathers has the same gesture in TheReveal that she's an ArtificialHuman bred as a SuperSoldier like Morgan.]]
20th Mar '17 11:27:46 AM XFllo
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* ''Literature/TheBible''. Pilate washes his hands to get the figurative blood of Jesus off of them. History lesson: it doesn't work.
** The blood of the thousands of ''other'' miscellaneous threats to Rome he crucified, of course, are presumed to have come off easily.
*** Incidentally, Pilate's act was actually something of a Roman tradition, indicating that the official responsible for an act was not acting for himself, but rather in his official capacity. In other words, he wasn't trying to "wash his hands" of the Crucifixion, but rather saying (more or less): "''I'' didn't do what just happened. That was the Roman State." Unfortunately for Pilate, very few non-Romans in that time and place understood the concept of separating the office from the person; it was quite the Roman concept, which didn't really translate for the mostly Jewish and Hellenistic Greek early Christians.
* Also from the Bible: This was the very reason God instructed Solomon to build the Temple instead of his father, David.

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* ''Literature/TheBible''. ''Literature/TheBible''
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Pilate washes his hands to get the figurative blood of Jesus off of them. History lesson: it doesn't work.
** The
work. (The blood of the thousands of ''other'' miscellaneous threats to Rome he crucified, of course, are presumed to have come off easily.
*** Incidentally,
easily.) Pilate's act was actually something of a Roman tradition, indicating that the official responsible for an act was not acting for himself, but rather in his official capacity. In other words, he wasn't trying to "wash his hands" of the Crucifixion, but rather saying (more or less): "''I'' didn't do what just happened. That was the Roman State." Unfortunately for Pilate, very few non-Romans in that time and place understood the concept of separating the office from the person; it was quite the Roman concept, which didn't really translate for the mostly Jewish and Hellenistic Greek early Christians.
* Also from the Bible: ** This was the very reason God instructed Solomon to build the Temple instead of his father, David.David, who has killed and was not no longer as innocent and pure as he should be.



* When Dorian in ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'' [[spoiler: murders Basil Hallward]], blood-stains appear on his portrait's hands.

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* When Dorian in ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'' [[spoiler: murders Basil [[spoiler:Basil Hallward]], blood-stains appear on his portrait's hands.
20th Mar '17 11:25:07 AM XFllo
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* Averted in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. When [[BadassPrincess Arya Stark]] commits her first cold-blooded killing (cutting the throat of a sentry), she sees the blood on her hands and casually notes that the rain will wash it off. [[ManipulativeBastard Lord Tywin Lannister]] emphasises on several occasions that there's no blood on ''his'' hands from acts which are regarded as heinous even in the CrapsackWorld of Westeros (killing the royal children of the previous regime, and plotting a violation of SacredHospitality) but are [[UsefulNotes/TheThirtySixStratagems Killing With A Borrowed Knife]]. King Stannis plays the trope straight however, when he dreams of his brother Renly's assassination by dark magic, carried out by a shadow assassin created from his LifeEnergy.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
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Averted in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. When when [[BadassPrincess Arya Stark]] commits her first cold-blooded killing (cutting the throat of a sentry), she sees the blood on her hands and casually notes that the rain will wash it off. [[ManipulativeBastard off.
** ManipulativeBastard
Lord Tywin Lannister]] Lannister emphasises on several occasions that there's no blood on ''his'' hands from acts which are regarded as heinous even in the CrapsackWorld of Westeros (killing the royal children of the previous regime, and plotting a violation of SacredHospitality) but are [[UsefulNotes/TheThirtySixStratagems Killing With A Borrowed Knife]]. Knife]].
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King Stannis plays the trope straight however, when he dreams of his brother Renly's assassination by dark magic, carried out by a shadow assassin created from his LifeEnergy.
14th Mar '17 12:39:26 PM Lyendith
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* Implied in Music/AvengedSevenfold's song "Angels" on ''Music/TheStage'', by the lines "Mother wash the devil from my hands" and "Somehow all the bullets bear my name" in "Angels", although the exact meaning of the song is somewhat ambiguous.
12th Mar '17 11:23:48 AM nombretomado
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* There's a moment like this in the ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}'' manga. MiyamotoMusashi, likely experiencing PTSD in the aftermath of his bloody attempts to become a famous swordsman, spends some time living with a peasant family. The peasants see him as kindly big brother figure to the children, and at one point someone tells him that he shouldn't be so sad all the time, and he deserves happiness. Musashi responds by saying something along the lines of "How can I deserve to be happy when these hands have killed over 100 men?" The scene serves to show the difference between the younger Musashi, (who was a GloryHound that never had a second thought about killing his opponents) and the WarriorPoet he is growing into, who is haunted by the blood he has spilled and the recognition that everyone he has killed had a family and loved ones.

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* There's a moment like this in the ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}'' manga. MiyamotoMusashi, UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi, likely experiencing PTSD in the aftermath of his bloody attempts to become a famous swordsman, spends some time living with a peasant family. The peasants see him as kindly big brother figure to the children, and at one point someone tells him that he shouldn't be so sad all the time, and he deserves happiness. Musashi responds by saying something along the lines of "How can I deserve to be happy when these hands have killed over 100 men?" The scene serves to show the difference between the younger Musashi, (who was a GloryHound that never had a second thought about killing his opponents) and the WarriorPoet he is growing into, who is haunted by the blood he has spilled and the recognition that everyone he has killed had a family and loved ones.
3rd Feb '17 11:40:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Used's "Blood on My Hands":

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* Demons And Wizards, a collab of Blind Guardian's Hansi Kürsch and Iced Earth's Jon Schaffer, brought us "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIluk2fYjV0 Blood On My Hands]]".
* The Smashing Pumpkins' "Wound":

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* Demons And Wizards, Music/DemonsAndWizards, a collab of Blind Guardian's Hansi Kürsch and Iced Earth's Jon Schaffer, brought us "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIluk2fYjV0 Blood On My Hands]]".
* The Smashing Pumpkins' Music/TheSmashingPumpkins' "Wound":



* IcedEarth's "Blood On My Hands".

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* IcedEarth's Music/IcedEarth's "Blood On My Hands".
14th Jan '17 6:01:09 PM indigocoil
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'': [[spoiler: Tim Drake]] feels terrible after killing [[spoiler: the Joker]], even decades afterwards.
--> '''[[spoiler: Tim Drake:]]'''Oh, God. I killed him. I didn't mean to. I tried so hard to forget. But I still hear the shot,still see his dead smile. Every night the dreams get stronger. He's there when I sleep, whispering, laughing...telling me [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim I'm just as bad as he is, we're both the same.]]
7th Jan '17 9:17:32 AM nombretomado
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* Subverted in JohnWoo's ''Film/{{Broken Arrow|1996}}''. After Deakins crushes Mr. Pritchett's windpipe with a tire iron, he contemplates the fact that although as an Air Force pilot he's dropped bombs on people before, this is the first time he's killed someone up close. He then scoffs, "I don't see what the big deal is."

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* Subverted in JohnWoo's Creator/JohnWoo's ''Film/{{Broken Arrow|1996}}''. After Deakins crushes Mr. Pritchett's windpipe with a tire iron, he contemplates the fact that although as an Air Force pilot he's dropped bombs on people before, this is the first time he's killed someone up close. He then scoffs, "I don't see what the big deal is."
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