Created By: daedalus71 on June 11, 2012

You actually made me bleed

After much fighting a badass character meets a foe who actually draws blood.

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A badass hero has been mowing down the mooks and finally confronts the dragon or the big bad. As an indicator that this new foe is actually a serious challenge to the hero, he/she/it lands a blow that actually draws blood. Often it's a bloody nose or a split lip. The audience is meant to understand that now the hero is up against a real challenge, and usually the hero will telegraph this sentiment through their reaction - often by pausing to wipe the blood from their face and look at it on their fingers with faint amazement, before getting all the more determined to kick ass. Can apply in reverse, when the villain has been plowing through redshirts and before the hero finally draws some blood. A subtrope of first blood.

Examples: In Kick Ass, this happens to Hit Girl in her climactic fight with Frank D'Amico.

In Buffy Season 6 episode 22, "Grave", this happens to Willow in her fight with Giles.

In Daredevil: Born Again, this happens to the Kingpin in his fight with Daredevil, but he just laughs and proceeds to curb-stomp Daredevil.

Averted, in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman manages to give Superman a nosebleed, but Superman doesn't react. Batman comments on it, though.
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • June 11, 2012
    Needs A Non Dialog Name

    • The Simpsons: Bart is getting his ass kicked by bully Nelson.
      Weasel #1: Nelson, you're bleeding!
      Nelson: Naw, happens all the time. Someone else's blood splatters on me and... Hey, wait a minute... You're right! (turns to Bart) You made me bleed my own blood!
  • June 11, 2012
    Compare to First Blood.
  • June 11, 2012
    • A subversion happens in Troy. Achilles spent most of the movie plowing through an army of Trojans without even the slightest hint of being touched and eventually fights Troy's greatest warrior, Hector. Early in the fight, Hector slices the front of Achilles' armor. While it does not draw blood, Achilles still takes the moment to stop and stare at the cut, obviously surprised by Hector's skill.
  • June 12, 2012
    I think the Troy example more of a "playing with" than a subversion; it's the same thing in spirit. But good example.
  • June 12, 2012
    A similar example occurs in The Matrix when Neo succeeds in breaking Agent Smith's sunglasses. Agents can't bleed, seemingly, but it's the same thing - Smith pauses in astonishment and then gets *really* angry.
  • June 12, 2012
    See also Minor Injury Overreaction.

    @/daedalus71, you may want to take a look at the Welcome To TV Tropes and Text Formatting Rules to spiff up your YKTTW before launching. For example, Troy can be made a link to the film entry by typing ''Film/{{Troy}}'', which comes out as Troy.
  • June 12, 2012
    • Kenpatchi from Bleach centers his entire existance around this trope. He's a Blood Knight who's always looking for someone who can actually harm him (since he's got so much raw power it's hard to even pierce his skin).
  • June 12, 2012
    A double example in this Goblins strip, with both Complains and Minmax expressing non-verbal surprise over the wounds they've received from the other.
  • June 12, 2012
    Xerxes in 300. After conquering almost all of the known world and being worshipped as a god, Leonidas manages to draw blood, and prove to everyone (including himself) that he is human like everyone else.
  • June 12, 2012
    • In Naruto Gaara's "sand shield" blocks any attempt to harm him, when Sasuke's chidori manages to penetrate the shield he feels pain for the first time in his life and freaks out at the sight of his own blood.
  • June 12, 2012
    Another Bleach example;

    • Happens twice in the Renji vs. Byakuya fight; First when Renji forces Byakuya's knee to the ground, and a second time when Renji manages to land an useless hit with his broken sword.