Created By: Delphi on October 9, 2012

Instant Evil, Just Add Blood

Spilling blood awakens/ressurects/frees an evil force

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Sometimes you need a complex ritual to free the Sealed Evil in a Can...but sometimes you just need a little blood. Not to say this can't be done as part of a ritual, but in many cases it's by accident, where splattering some blood in an innopurtune time frees, awakens or revives a sleeping evil.


  • Dracula would always be raised this way in the Hammer films.
  • In Hellraiser, the husband bleeding on the floor is what allows his evil undead brother to regenerate himself.
  • In the manwha Priest, a train secretly delivers a cargo of zombies. They were supposed to stay dormant for the trip, but then a train robbery splatters blood on their door...
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  • October 9, 2012
    similar but different

    In the first Darksiders game you can wake up (not free) the Great demon Samael by bleeding or killing onto a design on the floor of his prison
  • October 9, 2012
    • In Classical Mythology, the rampaging Giants were born of the blood of Uranus as it spilled on to Gaia, giving birth to their revenge against the Titans.
  • October 9, 2012
    The title probably wont pass the snowclone test. (Pity, it's perfect othrwise.)

  • October 9, 2012
    In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Voldemort needs Harry's blood to regain his body.
  • October 9, 2012
    And in Deathly Hallows, the entrance to the final Horcrux remains sealed unles blood is spilled on it.

    • Dawn Of War: The daemon sealed on Tartarus is empowered through bloodshed, as the entire planet is an altar to the Blood God.
      • In Dark Crusade, the map that gives you the ability to attack twice in a turn is haunted by a daemon of Khorne, who gives you this ability when you kill a large amount of enemies (even the bloodless, robotic Necrons).
    • Actually invoked in Discworld: Vampires reform whenever blood is spilled on their remains. Otto von Chriek, a photographer, notably turns to dust every time he's exposed to his iconograph's flash, so he carries on his person a small vial of blood. When he's vaporized, the vial isn't, and breaks open when it hits the ground, allowing him to reform. Less prepared vampires carry a note that says "I am a Black Ribboner and will not hurt you on reforming, please spill blood on me".
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  • October 9, 2012
    In Soul Eater the Kishin Asura was sealed up by having all his blood drained away before he was stuck in a bag made from his own skin. Medusa plots to deliver him an injection of the madness-inducing Black Blood to make him active enough to free him from the seal.
  • October 9, 2012
    So, just to be clear, if it's part of a ritual, then it is or isn't this? Because if it is okay when it's a part, then there's the flesh, blood and bone sequence in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire.
  • October 9, 2012
    Methinks Blood Magic is a related or Super Trope.
  • October 10, 2012
    • Underworld. The vampire Elder Markus was awakened from hibernation when the blood of a werewolf spilled into his sarcophagus.

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    • Vampire The Masquerade. If a vampire runs out of vitae they go into hibernation indefinitely. They can be awakened by feeding them some blood.
  • October 10, 2012
    Devil May Cry 3: The Temen-Ni-Gru, a tower which forms a portal to the demon world, requires a blood sacrifice to take on its true form. Vergil offers his own blood for this purpose, but it doesn't awaken properly until Lady is stabbed through the leg.
  • October 10, 2012
    It's a fine title, don't be so anal about the so-called "snowclones", people!
  • October 10, 2012
    Nobody's mentioned them....

    • Also in Classical Mythology; the blood that leaked out of the Gorgon Medusa's severed head was said to have spawned the poisonous snakes which inhabit the Sahara.
  • October 10, 2012
    The South Park example needs an explanation. I even saw it but I don't remember where the blood was.
  • October 10, 2012
    • Hellsing. All Integra needed to awaken Alucard was a little blood on his remains.
  • October 10, 2012
    The Hellmouth in Buffy The Vampire Slayer is opened by blood being spilled on the seal.
  • October 11, 2012
    @Chabal2– the locket was in Half Blood Prince, not Deathly Hallows.
  • October 11, 2012
    In the first Hellboy movie, when Kronen murders their tour guide and his blood flows into the grooves on the floor, bringing Rasputin back to life.
  • October 11, 2012
    Bruce from Finding Nemo is a friendly shark committed to never eating fish again, but the smell of blood sends him into a fish feeding frenzy.
  • October 11, 2012
    • In The Chronicles Of Amber, spilling the blood of Amberite royalty on The Pattern opens a path for Chaos. Literally a path--it creates the Black Road which stretches through the multiverses of Shadow all the way to the Courts of Chaos.
  • October 11, 2012
    ^^Are we including non-supernatural examples in this? Where the blood only metaphorically "revives" the monster? I'm not saying no, but it's not clear from the description whether that counts.