Created By: TheTrapMasterJuly 8, 2013 Last Edited By: morenohijazoAugust 23, 2013
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Fertile Blood

When blood is spilled onto the ground, life (usually plants) sprout up from it.

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Blood signifies life. Some blood, however, is more than just a symbol. When it is spilled, life springs forth from the ground. This is usually plant life, but sometimes creatures are born from it, too.

As a fun fact, real life blood is something of a fertilizer, if less dramatically.

Related to Fertile Feet, Mook Maker, and sometimes both. Commonly seen on Eldritch Abominations, demons, or those with a Green Thumb. Subtrope of Blood Magic and The Power Of Blood.


Examples

Comic Books
  • A major element in Planet Hulk, as Hulk's blood creating life gives greater proof that the Hulk is indeed the prophecised Sakaarson, savior of the world of Sakaar.

  • In Hellboy: "The Nature of the Beast", there's a legend that when the monk who first killed the St. Leonard Worm was injured fighting the dragon, lilies grew from his blood. When Hellboy fights the Worm, lilies grow from where his blood as well. This is significant because Hellboy is a half demon and the prophesied Antichrist, but he is so good despite this fact that he becomes an Anti Antichrist.

Film
  • The titular imps in Subspecies are tiny demon looking homunculi spawned from the blood of the vampire Radu.
  • In Clash Of The Titans, Calibos sticks his trident into Medusa's head, which Perseus has hung on a branch while resting, giant scorpions are created from the blood as it drips on the ground, which procede attack Perseus and his men, killing many of them.
  • In Hellboy II: The Golden Army, when the plant elemental is killed it's blood blankets the city and sprouts moss, grass, and flowers.

Literature
  • In Spellbent, strange moss and spiked vines grow from the ground where Smoky the familiar's blood falls.
  • In Speaker for the Dead when piggies are planted (their organs are ripped out and placed in the ground), a tree springs up.

Mythology
  • Greek Mythology
    • The hyacinth flower grew from the blood of a divine hero named Hyacinth.
    • Also, after Uranus was castrated by his son, Cronus, his blood gave birth to the Giants, the Erinyes and the Meliae.
    • The Anemone flower is said to have sprung up from the blood of the slain Adonis.
    • Some versions of the Narcissus myth use this. All agree that the flower grew on the spot where he died, but they disagree as to whether he drowned or stabbed himself.
    • The winged horse, Pegasus, was born from the blood of Medusa when Perseus cut her head off. Some versions state specifically that the birth was caused by the blood mixing with seawater.
  • Hindu Mythology has the demon Raktabija [[note]]Literally Blood Seed[[/note]], whose blood spawns clone Raktabijas when it stains the ground.

Tabletop Games
  • Dungeons And Dragons
    • 1st Edition supplement Deities & Demigods Cyclopedia, Greek Mythology section. When Zeus takes damage and his blood spills on the ground, the blood changes into a powerful random monster that is under Zeus' control until it dies or 48 hours elapse, whichever comes first. This can occur each round of combat.
    • Several versions of the default pantheon include the tale that elves and orcs first sprang forth from the blood of their respective patron deities, who'd fought a vicious duel that scattered it across many worlds.

Video Games
  • In The King Of Dragon Pass, shrines to Maran Gor increase your crop yields when people are killed on your territory.
  • The intro for the first mission dealing with Pagans in Thief: Deadly Shadows shows a Pagan cutting his palm in order to "water" a plant, which then grows exponentially faster than normal.
  • Okami: Crimson Helm is a bull-like youkai that was born from the blood of the Big Bad Orochi, after the hero Nagi beheaded it.
  • As powerful beings have powerful blood in World Of Warcraft, the site where a demigod died has massive thorny vines spanning for miles where his blood was spilled.
Community Feedback Replies: 38
  • July 8, 2013
    KTera
    • In The King Of Dragon Pass, shrines to Maran Gor increase your crop yields when people are killed on your territory.
  • July 8, 2013
    MrRuano
    • A major element in Planet Hulk, as Hulk's blood making life gives greater proof that the Hulk is indeed the prophecised Sakaarson, savior of the world of Sakaar.
  • July 8, 2013
    Earnest
    Film
    • The titular imps in Subspecies are tiny demon looking homunculi spawned from the blood of the vampire Radu.
  • July 8, 2013
    MochaKimono
    As powerful beings have powerful blood in World of Warcraft, the site where a demigod died caused massive thorny vines to sprout from his blood for miles.
  • July 9, 2013
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragons 1st Edition supplement Deities & Demigods Cyclopedia, Greek Mythology section. When Zeus takes damage and his blood spills on the ground, the blood changes into a powerful random monster that is under Zeus' control until it dies or 48 hours elapse, whichever comes first. This can occur each round of combat.
  • July 9, 2013
    Duncan
    Related to Fertile Feet.

    • The hyacinth flower, according to Greek Mythology, grew from the blood of a divine hero named Hyacinth.
  • July 9, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Video Games
    • Okami: Crimson Helm is a bull-like youkai that was born from the blood of the Big Bad Orochi, after the hero Nagi beheaded it.

    Mythology
  • July 10, 2013
    SharleeD
    • Several versions of the default Dungeons And Dragons pantheon include the tale that elves and orcs first sprang forth from the blood of their respective patron deities, who'd fought a vicious duel that scattered it across many worlds.
  • July 11, 2013
    TheTrapMaster
    Just a quick question, but how do you remove tags?
  • July 11, 2013
    Earnest
    Ooh! The unholy version of this is related to Made Of Evil, since any "blood" from such a being is so caustic and nasty it can develop into monsters.
  • July 12, 2013
    Arivne
    ^^ Because of abuse when tags were first introduced, only moderators can remove them.

    You can ask on Ask The Tropers as moderators often check there.
  • July 12, 2013
    TheTrapMaster
    ^ Alright, thanks!
  • July 16, 2013
    Chernoskill
    • In Clash Of The Titans, Calibos sticks his trident into Medusa's head which Perseus hung onto a branch while making rest, and from the blood dripping from it to the ground giant scorpions spawn that attack Perseus and his men, killing many of them.
  • July 19, 2013
    yidgamer
    In Speaker for the Dead when piggies are planted (their organs are ripped out and placed in the ground), a tree springs up.
  • July 20, 2013
    GameSpazzer
    In Hellboy II: The Golden Army, when the plant elemental is killed and bleeds all over the city, a thick coat of grass springs up wherever it spilled.
  • July 20, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Name Spaced an example and added some italics.
  • July 21, 2013
    Arivne
    Corrected an improper Example Indentation in the Dungeons And Dragons examples.
  • July 26, 2013
    Omeganian
    A subtrope of Bloody Murder.
  • July 27, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ I don't think so. As the laconic states, Bloody Murder is specifically about "Blood used as a weapon". The two tropes can overlap via Mook Maker, but this definitely isn't a subtrope.
  • July 27, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ More like a subtrope of Blood Magic to me
  • July 27, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ Yep, plus The Power Of Blood.
  • July 30, 2013
    captainpat
    Please rewrite the description without the Alice And Bob scenario. That's an Example As A Thesis. You don't need an example in your trope description when you have an example section right below it.

  • August 3, 2013
    Hertzyscowicz
    • Hindu Mythology has the demon Raktabija [[note]]Literally Blood Seed[[/note]], whose blood spawned clone Raktabijas when it hit the ground.
  • August 5, 2013
    MetaFour
    Comicbook example currently listed on the Fertile Feet page.

    • In Hellboy: "The Nature of the Beast", there's a legend that the monk who first killed the St. Leonard Worm was injured fighting the dragon, and lilies grew from the places in the valley where his blood fell. Then when Hellboy fights the Worm, lilies grow from where his blood falls. This is significant because Hellboy is a half demon and the prophesied Antichrist equivalent of the setting, however he is so staunchly good that he becomes an Anti Antichrist.
  • August 5, 2013
    Xelloss08
    Literature:
    • In Spellbent, strange moss and spiked vines begin to grow from the ground wherever Smoky the familiar's blood falls.
  • August 11, 2013
    shoboni
    Anyone mind if I touch up the wording of the examples a little?
  • August 11, 2013
    TheTrapMaster
    ^ Nope!
  • August 11, 2013
    shoboni
    I wanted to double check this one, it sound like it's barely this trope:

    • In The King Of Dragon Pass, shrines to Maran Gor increase your crop yields when people are killed on your territory.
  • August 12, 2013
    TheTrapMaster
    ^ Eh, it's fine with me if you remove/clarify it. Do you know if it shows plants sprouting from the blood? Because then it would be this trope.
  • August 12, 2013
    shoboni
    I don't know, I've never heard of the game before.

  • August 13, 2013
    Dacilriel
    More Greek Mythology:

    The Anemone flower is said to have sprung up from the blood of the slain Adonis.

    Some versions of the Narcissus myth use this. All agree that the flower grew on the spot where he died, but they disagree as to whether he drowned or stabbed himself.

    The winged horse, Pegasus, was born from the blood of Medusa when Perseus cut her head off. Some versions state specifically that the birth was caused by the blood mixing with seawater.
  • August 13, 2013
    IAmATropist
    Not sure if this counts, because it's not necessarily bloody.
  • August 14, 2013
    TheTrapMaster
    ^ The trope specifically needs blood to cause something to grow.
  • August 16, 2013
    Generality
    In Japanese folklore, Cherry Blossoms are pink because of the blood of samurai.
  • August 18, 2013
    jastay3
    Isn't real life blood something of a fertileizer if less dramatically?
  • August 19, 2013
    TheTrapMaster
    ^ The trope specifically needs it to be fast growing.
  • August 19, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ I know, but what jastay3 said can be mentioned in the description as a bit of fun fact.
  • August 20, 2013
    TheTrapMaster
    ^ True. You can add it if you want.

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