Created By: Ewoks777 on February 29, 2012 Last Edited By: morenohijazo on September 9, 2013

Illogically Placed Blood

When there is blood or other gore in places where it would be illogical.

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In games, like Skyrim, where there is fresh, bright red, blood and bones (but no bodies) in dungeons people supposedly haven't been in for thousands of years. Leading scientific theories hold that this is the doing of interns.

Compare Rustproof Blood, Ludicrous Gibs and Bloodier and Gorier. Compare Couldn't Find a Pen (a.k.a writings with blood) too. Contrast Body in a Breadbox, in which a corpse or parts thereof turns up someplace odd to make the crime more mysterious.

Examples:

  • In Skyrim there are numerous dungeons full of draugr who have been dead for thousands of years (who also happen to have Rustproof Blood) and there are human bones and bright red blood smears ALL OVER, with no bodies, and absolutely no indication that anyone has been there within the past few hundred years.
  • This is done quite often in the FEAR series, especially in the first game's two expansion packs. There's a lot of blood even if there are no corpses nearby. Interestingly, in the morgue level, you find the whole level filled with blood, but after a nightmare scene, you return to the morgue again and all the blood has mysteriosly disappeared.
  • In Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines one level is on a ship where the crew was slaughtered by an ancient vampire. The sheer amount of blood (and the locations of the bloodstains) makes you think that said murderer butchered a whole herd of cows with his bare arms.
  • In the Nightside books, Razor Eddie, 'Punk God of the Straight Razor', once left behind an entire warehouse soaked with blood up to the ceiling but eerily devoid of corpses.
  • In the Half-Life tutorial level, there is a part where the player is required to take falling damage by dropping the equivalent of several stories onto a cement target. The target has pools of blood on it, even though any real facility would clean such stains up before letting the next tester into the room.
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • February 29, 2012
    KTera
    Blood staying red is Rustproof Blood.
  • February 29, 2012
    Ewoks777
    It's not the same though, this is definitely related, but this is when there is blood and bones in places there shouldn't be, because no one's been there in over a few hundred years.

    I didn't state it well enough. In Skyrim there are numerous dungeons full of draugr who have been dead for thousands of years (who also happen to have rustproof blood) and there are human bones and bright red blood smears ALL OVER, with no bodies, and absolutely no indication that anyone has been there within the past few hundred years.
  • February 29, 2012
    captainpat
    Considering that there are some dungeons in skyrim that have npc's in them. I don't think it's far-fetched to believe that someone explored the place before the player character.
  • February 29, 2012
    benjamminsam
    I'm not sure K Tera was saying this is the same; I think (s)he was possibly noting a possible Sister Trope or related trope.
  • March 1, 2012
    surgoshan
    For Added Alliterative Appeal, might I suggest Gratuitous Gore? Because it sounds like the only purpose of the blood, bones, and possibly guts would be to add to the ambiance, even if there's no practical way some of it could have gotten there.
  • March 2, 2012
    morenohijazo
    This is done quite often in FEAR series, especially in the first game's two expansion packs. There's a lot of blood even if there are no corpses nearby. Interestingly, in the morgue level, you find the whole level filled with blood, but after a nightmare scene, you return to the morgue again and all the blood has mysteriosly disappeared.
  • March 3, 2012
    Ryuuma
    In Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines one level is on a ship where the crew was slaughtered by an ancient vampire. The sheer amount of blood (and the locations of the bloodstains) makes you think that said murderer butchered a whole herd of cows with his bare arms.
  • April 17, 2013
    arromdee
    I think this is covered by Ludicrous Gibs and Bloodier And Gorier.
  • April 17, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    In the Nightside books, Razor Eddie, 'Punk God of the Straight Razor', once left behind an entire warehouse soaked with blood up to the ceiling but eerily devoid of corpses.
  • April 17, 2013
    Leaper
    The name Blood Everywhere will probably be mistaken for Ludicrous Gibs. Gratuitous Gore will probably be mistaken for "much more blood than the circumstances warrant," not this trope.
  • April 21, 2013
    morenohijazo
    This definitely Needs A Better Description. Tagged.
  • April 21, 2013
    StarSword
  • May 17, 2013
    SharleeD
    Contrast Body In A Breadbox, in which a corpse or parts thereof turns up someplace odd to make the crime more mysterious.
  • May 19, 2013
    Arivne
  • September 2, 2013
    DAN004
    Compare Couldnt Find A Pen a.k.a writings with blood.
  • September 3, 2013
    YeOldeLuke
    In the Half Life tutorial level, there is a part where the player is required to take falling damage by dropping the equivalent of several stories onto a cement target. The target has pools of blood on it, even though any real facility would clean such stains up before letting the next tester into the room.
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