Created By: thesunisup on February 22, 2013

Blood From Every Orifice

Spontaneously bleeding from every orifice means imminent death.

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We all know that when a character starts coughing up blood, it's a bad sign, and nosebleeds can be similarly ominous. Therefore, if you want to kick those tropes up a few notches and really hammer home how doomed a character is, just have them bleed from everywhere: mouth, nose, ears, eyes, and even some other places if you really want to gross out the audience.

Such an extreme case of bleeding is usually reserved for deaths that are out-of-the-ordinary; it might be caused by magical or psychic powers, advanced technology, aliens, or just a really nasty and probably contagious new disease.

See also: Blood from the Mouth, Deadly Nosebleed, Psychic Nosebleed, and Tears of Blood.



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  • In Homestuck, poor Sollux endures this twice: first when he's killed by the Vast Glub, and later when he hurls the meteor towards the Green Sun and overexerts his psychic powers. Since his blood is yellow, Karkat describes him as looking like "a packet of nasty fetid mustard."

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  • This is a symptom of Ebola and part of why it's such Nightmare Fuel. However, it is possible to survive the disease even if you've made it to the "bleeding from everywhere" stage.
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  • February 22, 2013
    Fist Of The North Star: The ultimate death of Rei happens in this style, as Raoh struck a pressure point that forces all of a victim's blood out of their body. Vioently. It's so graphic even by this series' standards that when he hid in a cottage to finally die, nobody bothered to follow him in, forced to only hear a great man dying in such a painful fashion.
  • February 22, 2013
    In "The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe, the Red Death, whose symptoms include profuse bleeding all over the face and the body, kills within half an hour of infection.
  • February 23, 2013
    • This is one of the symptoms of the flesh-eating virus in Cabin Fever.
  • February 23, 2013
    • Outbreak gives us Motaba, a fictional viral hemorrhagic fever. Its symptoms are based on real life diseases Ebola and Lassa fever. All three cause hemorrhaging from bodily orifices.
  • February 26, 2013
    • The Dirk Pitt novel Deep Six. A deadly chemical weapon called Nerve Agent S has the side effect of causing victims to do this before dying.
  • February 27, 2013
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    • In the DK Vine column "Bitching About Brawl", this happens to Bob O. Friend right before he dies.
      Bob: Oh geez... why am I bleeding from my mouth, nose, ears, ass, penis, nipples, and cuticles? Diddy Kong: Cameras have mouths, noses, ears, asses, penises, nipples, and cuticles?
  • February 28, 2013
    Occasionally the effects qualify as Nightmare Fuel as the super-plague featured in a few episodes of the 90s FOX TV show Millennium. The symptoms went from headache to bloody puddle in less than 5 seconds. Remains to this day the worst thing I ever saw on TV as a kid. I still today won't touch that show because of just seeing that one scene randomly while flipping through.