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[-[[caption-width-right:300:[[ShyBlueHairedGirl Rei Ayanami]]. [[TropeCodifier The original and the best]].]]-]

In short, wearing gauze, casts, eyepatches and similar items for Fetish Fuel purposes, or seeing it as such.

Particularly well-entrenched as a {{Moe}} trait in anime/manga circles, and featured in the cosplay style/fashion trend called [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzz/Kegadoru kegadoru]] ("injured idol"). The basic psychology isn't difficult: the appearance of injury implies the need to be protected, which inspires a desire to [[HurtComfortFic approach and comfort the injured person.]] The fact that wearing ''only'' bandages [[TheissTitillationTheory implies exposure]], [[FanService deliberate]] or [[WardrobeMalfunction accidental]], doesn't hurt either.

A more extreme version of this fetish is abasiophilia, a sexual obsession with disability or the appearance of disability. Amputations, prosthetics, parapalegia, and the like fall under this category.

{{Sarashi}} is a sister trope. [[OlderThanTheyThink An older sister trope]], actually. See also TheFlorenceNightingaleEffect, which is when a [[LesYay nurse]] or doctor falls in love with a Bandage Babe. Usually involves a BandagedFace. Overlaps with GoodScarsEvilScars.

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!!Examples:

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* [[http://www.imagebam.com/image/dfe660341128069 Rei]] from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', in the first episode.
** Subverted in Episode 23: Rei is in bandages AGAIN due to injuries sustained from Unit 00 self-destructing against Armisael. [[spoiler: She goes home and discards the bandages, revealing she is injury-free]].
*** Later, the show's biggest reveal sheds some light on the subject: [[spoiler:Rei is a clone, her mind and soul transferred between bodies as needed. The Rei piloting Unit-00 was killed during the fight ([[TearJerker one of her charred hands is even shown on-screen]]). Her soul was transferred to another of her [[CloningBlues cloned bodies]]]].
** Asuka ends up as such by the end. The doujinshi ''Manga/ReTake'' uses that visual of her [[http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y49/BornIn1142/AsukaReTake.jpg for all its worth]] (slightly NSFW).
** TheOtherWiki's article of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rei_Ayanami#Reception Rei]] specifically notes this trope being in effect about her merchandise: "Figurines of a bandaged Rei were the most popular, outselling all else".
* Lucy and other Diclonius in ''ElfenLied''.
** Actually a case of BeamMeUpScotty, aside from some of the box art, Lucy as a child in a hallucination [[note]]the one where the bandages fall down to show Lucy the voice talking to her has her own face[[/note]], and Mariko in her first appearance, the diclonii don't wear bandages, or usually anything else for that matter.
* Takatsu Aoba from ''CodeBreaker'' has her right arm all bandaged up and wears it in a sling after [[spoiler: Ogami sliced it off]].
** [[spoiler: Kagerou/Mishiru]] from the same series,is bandaged to the point hers gender is unnoticed if you're familiar to her.
* Tomoko gets put in a bandage bikini as part of a side story in ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka''.
* Given the number of battles and bad-until-magically-healed injuries sustained in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', there's a definite element to this. Mind you, this is a KenAkamatsu series...
** Oddly, this seems to apply to [[AdorablyPrecociousChild Negi]] more than it applies to any of the girls...
** Although [[http://www.mangahere.co/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v12/c109/12.html Evangeline]] is briefly like this in the aftermath of her fight with Setsuna during the first TournamentArc.
* Chii in ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' when first discovered, wrapped in what looks like bandaging.
* Shana from ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'', in the flashback of her first fight as a Flame Haze.
** Happens again when [[spoiler: she is [[TakingTheBullet unintentionally]] stabbed by [[NinjaMaid Wilhelmina]]]].
* Abiru Kobushi in ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. At one point [[{{Troll}} Abusive Email Girl]] Meru sends her a text message that "Bandage characters are no longer popular" and she protests that she really needs them.
** Especially noticeable when Abiru is used by Chiri as an example of perfectly ''half-naked''. Yeah.
*** She's really a parody of this trope, since the bandages cover injuries she brought upon herself by repeatedly bothering rather dangerous animals due to her tail fetish. Also she even admits she just puts them on even when she isn't injured as she likes the attention.
*** Although in the final OVA, Bangaichi, she does get labeled as "Ayanami" in a scrolling screen gag.
* [[http://www.angelfire.com/anime5/dual_pta/page8.html Yayoi Schwael]] in ''[[ParallelTroubleAdventureDual Dual]]''.
* In ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' manga volume 18, Elgala is injured by a bomb, and is shown with bandages like Rei Ayanami's ones. She even says "[[ShoutOut Maybe I'm the third one]]".
* After [[spoiler:Nanoha's]] NearDeathExperience in the SnowMeansDeath FlashBack of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [=StrikerS=]'', we are shown a picture of her connected to several life-support units, her upper torso clad only in bandages.
* Subverted by Adorea of ''Manga/FrankenFran''. A female servant of Fran's covered in bandages like a mummy. Her [[http://www.mangahere.co/manga/franken_fran/v03/c016/7.html striking figure, beautiful hair, and selfless willingness to give her organs]] certainly made her look like a bandage babe, and the [[CoversAlwaysLie volume cover that has her story]] even made it look like that underneath those bandages was a naked, classic beautiful girl. Then, when a terrorist who was smitten with her asked to see her face, she removes the bandages around her head [[spoiler:and we're treated to a frame filled with nothing but tentacles surrounding a gaping maw that she uses to swallow the terrorist whole]].
** [[http://www.mangahere.co/manga/franken_fran/v03/c016/21.html High Octane Nightmare Fuel.]] '''You have been warned.'''
* Allen Walker from ''Manga/DGrayMan'' is a {{Moe}} ''male'' version of this trope. Seriously, though--he's [[http://www.mangahere.co/manga/d_gray_man/c184/11.html so incredibly pretty]], and has such an [[http://www.mangahere.co/manga/d_gray_man/c184/8.html effeminate, slender figure]], he fits pretty darn well with all the other examples.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' Lan Fan is [[spoiler: injured and cuts off her own arm after an attack from King Bradley]] and for the majority of her appearances before [[spoiler: she leaves to get a replacement arm]] she's pretty much topless except of the bandages around her chest.
* Suzaku from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' to [[http://www.narutocommunity.net/gallery/img12276.htm the]] [[http://www.narutocommunity.net/gallery/img12277.htm fangirls.]]
* Hayato Gokudera of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' wore a bandage-centric outfit to his [[TournamentArc Ring Conflict]] battle, having nothing on under his gauze shirt, but wearing [[{{Fanservice}} impractical]] [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes skinny jeans and single-buttoned, almost non-existant jacket-y thing]] in spite of his other injuries. Makes ''perfect'' [[FridgeLogic sense]], right?
* ''GameXRush'' gives us two male examples in the last chapter, as well as a single-panel flashback of [[spoiler: Miyuki]] as a Bandage Babe.
* Rather common on ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' since everyone spends so much time having been nearly slashed, stabbed and chopped to pieces. Ichigo takes it so far that even his ''sword'' is wrapped in bandages!
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' has a {{fanservice}}y male version of this with Sousuke, in the later parts of the story. Nicely illustrated in the ''Sigma'' manga. After being [[spoiler: in a coma for a month]], Sousuke was rendered ''very'' weak and helpless in bed, being half naked and having his bare chest and arms wrapped in bandages. (Of course, "helpless" for him means only being able to [[spoiler: bomb the hell out of the enemies that try to ambush him]].)
* Shizuka/Serenity from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' is going blind for a period early in the series, and wears bandages that completely cover her eyes after her eye surgery.
* Ruthlessly subverted with Balalaika in ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. One of her flashbacks involves her sitting in a vehicle with bandages covering her burns and wounds from a recent battle. [[FanDisservice There was nothing remotely sexy about that scen]]e as she looked exactly what you'd expect from someone coming from a war zone. She also retains a large number of scars over her body because of those wounds.
* Crane Yuzuriha of ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas''.
* Ryomou Shimei of ''Manga/IkkiTousen''
* Hannah Anasfeloz of ''Manga/BlackButler'' starts wearing a bandage over the left side of her face after Alois [[EyeScream stabs out her left eye]] in the first episode.
* Mikaila from ''[[Manga/CountCain Godchild]]'' is completely covered with bandages (except for her head) under her clothes, due to the fact that she is [[spoiler: literally rotting away underneath due to a bad case of clone degeneration.]]
* Rokujo Chikage from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''. Evidently, having his face violently rearranged by [[TheBerserker Shizuo]] has done ''nothing'' to hinder his chick magnet status.
* [[http://www.dm5.com/Comic/MH81/Comics-81596_b9328a96_page-40.htm Mizho]] from ''KarakuridoujiUltimo'' whose bandages even double as ZettaiRyouki. She also uses a crutch as weapon.
** Her doji Palace (pictured beside her) would be a male example.
* [[http://souleater.wikia.com/wiki/Mira_Nygus Mira Nygus]] from ''Manga/SoulEater'', most of the time.
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. A flashback scene shows Henrietta like this before she became a cyborg, when she was in hospital after a brutal attack. Becomes {{squick}} when a full-body view shows that one of her legs has been amputated. Triela is also shown this way after her fight with Pinnochio (it's more of a fanservice version as Triela has only got her skirt and bandages on under the blanket, and she gets a CoolDownHug from her male handler). Due to the nature of the cyborgs she gets better after a quick operation.
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has taken to injuring Kotetsu/Wild Tiger for the purposes of getting him [[ShirtlessScene out of his shirt]] and into bandages.
* Sango from ''Manga/InuYasha'' since she's a warrior sometimes gets gravely injured having to be [[http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/1366/sangobandaged.jpg bandaged]].
** Inuyasha himself gets this on occasion.
* A male variation: Aki, at the end of the {{yaoi}} OVA ''Sensitive Pornograph'', [[spoiler:defies his "master"]] and gets beaten. He later appears as [[http://www.imagebam.com/image/974c86341130296 this]].
* [[MeaningfulName Mummy Maker]] from ''LightNovel/CubeXCursedXCurious'' is covered in many bandages that not only hides her many scars and burns but also seems to be alive.
* ''Manga/{{Doraemon}}'' the Movie #7 and #31 ([[InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha Steel Troops]]) spot Riruru, [[GirlOfTheWeek a girl of the movie]], getting bandaged up by Shizuka after she's critically hurt from an explosion.
* ''LightNovel/ChuunibyouDemoKoiGaShitai''
** Besides an EyepatchOfPower, Rikka also wraps her left arm with bandages as part of her MagicalEye gimmick.
** Yuuta also did that during his middle-school delusions.
* Seems to be an instance of AuthorAppeal in the manga ''Manga/{{Karneval}}'', as characters commonly appear on the volume covers in bandages. Karoku is a notable example in that he wears bandages around his head and torso for most of his in-story appearances, for reasons that are currently unknown.
* A rare male example in ''Manga/{{Loveless}}'' with Soubi, who wears bandages around his neck because the carvings on it bleed when he fights.
* Another male example is Zange Natsume of ''InuXBokuSS'', who wears bandages over his right eye. [[spoiler: Not because he can't see out of it though, as we later learn.]]
* RareMaleExample: Kuranosuke Shiraishi from ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', who wears bandages all over his left arm. There's a RunningGag of him either starting to take them off or threatening to do so, but it never happens. [[spoiler: The manga reveals that the bandages actually hide a heavy bracelet/arm guard that acts as his PowerLimiter.]]
* After almost dying in the battle against Merak in the ''Anime/DevilSurvivor2'' anime the already {{Stripperiffic}} Hinako spends the rest of the series with a bandaged eye and arm.
* ''Manga/SnowWhiteAndSevenDwarfs'' ''loves'' this trope, to the point where it'd be easier to name the characters who ''don't'' wear or end up in bandages at some point.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': [[spoiler: Mukuro double subverts this as her bandages conceal a face covered in horrific burns and scars, over but she still has plenty of ship tease with Hiei in the anime and a clear bond with him in both adaptations. ]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''PainkillerJane''.
* ''ComicBook/WynonnaEarp'' got this treatment (especially on the cover) in the issue where someone attempted to mummify her.
* Nara Kilday from Josh Howard's Dead@17: Afterbirth.
* Lady Mastermind had a scene where she was clad only in bandages and a slipping hospital gown after the [[Comicbook/XMen X-Men]] rescued her from a hospital.
* The [[ComicBook/NewGods Female Furies]] leader Lashina, who, sometimes wears a black jumpsuit underneath, sometimes doesn't.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Leeloo in ''Film/TheFifthElement'' wears a "[[{{Stripperific}} costume]]" pretty much made out of strategic "thermal bandages" as her first outfit.
* Gabrielle in Creator/DavidCronenberg's ''Literature/{{Crash}}'' straddled the line (metaphorically and literally) between abaisophilia and bondage, using chrome and leather/vinyl full leg braces.
* Ahkmenrah as a {{Mummy}} in ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'', especially in [[http://devils-trap.tumblr.com/post/626875309/sup-adorable-boy-pharaoh this picture]].
* Arguably the female leads in ''Film/TheHumanCentipede''.
* In ''Film/{{Brazil}},'' Jill wears a bandage on one of her hands. According to WordOfGod, it was added to give her "more personality."
* In ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'', both Vickers and Shaw wear bandage-like undergarments, although Shaw spends more time wearing them (notably during the [[spoiler: Cesarean section scene]].)
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[[folder:Magazines]]
* One Hallowe'en ''Dragon Magazine'' cover featured a sexy [[BareYourMidriff midriff-baring]] {{Mummy}}.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The Music/{{Vocaloid}} fandom has its own [[SpearCounterpart male example]] in Oliver.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Cleo from ''MonsterHigh'' wears bandages, being a BandageMummy, as does her sister, Nefera. Cleo at least, and possibly both of them, is cursed to have to wear ''some'' of her bandages at all times or suffer some unexplained consequence, but she doesn't have to wear all of them, leaving all her outfits to end up like this. RuleOfSexy is enforced almost constantly.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has the Sisters Repentia, members of the [[AmazonBrigade Adepta Sororitas]] who have forgone their armour and firearms in order to undergo penance for their sins, and charge into battle wearing nothing but ragged strips of cloth and wielding chainsaw-swords almost as tall as themselves.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* A.B.A. from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''
* VideoGame/AnimalCrossing of all things lets you purchase and wear a post-op patch over an eye. There's also headgear called "Dressing" that covers your ''entire head'' except one eye in bandages.
* Beating the Ultimate Bass Challenge in ''RockBand 2'' unlocks an all-bandages outfit for your created character.
* ''WorldOfWarcraft'' players can invoke this trope with either of two [[http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44693 expensive]] [[http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44694 "shirts"]] available in ''Wrath'' and otherwise stripping down to the waist.
* Female (and male) stars in ''TheMovies'' recovering from chest augmentations wear these on top, and pajama pants on the bottom. The same set is available as a costume option for use in movies.
* In ''SoulCalibur 4'', female custom characters have the option to choose a layer of bandages as their underwear.
* Xelors in ''VideoGame/{{Dofus}}'' are covered in bandages. Probably for good reason, as WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}} reveals that they aren't even strictly ''organic''...
* In ''NeverwinterNights'', when you first meet Aribeth, she is scar free, and her army is shiny and at %100. However, [[spoiler: When she turns to the bad guys, she gets new armor, a new model, and a new portrait. You can see a heavy bloodstained bandage around her waist through the part of the armor that normally would have shown some skin]]
* Alta, the heroine of ''MightyFlipChamps'', has the bandages-replacing-underwear variety.
* Alessa Gillespie appears briefly in bandages during the game start animation of ''SilentHill1''. This scene never appears again in the game.
* In the ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', Mature makes her comeback in ''XII'' as one.
* Viola Cadaverini from the ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' series. She considers herself the "lover" of Furio Tigre, although it's debatable as to exactly what they've been up to. [[spoiler: Given that he's flat-out terrified of her, the answer's probably 'whatever she wants'. That bandage is the reason Furio Tigre had a debt himself.]]
** Defendant Lana Skye cut her hand, supposedly while she was attacking the victim with a knife. You find out about this when the otherwise stern Lana holds up her bandaged hand to cover her mouth when she gasps in surprise at something said.
** [[spoiler: Kay Faraday]] also ends up covered in bandages after she gets attacked in ''Ace Attorney Investigations 2''
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': Can Snow Villiers [[http://i.ytimg.com/vi/9LW-m0qyTQg/0.jpg count]]? He is bandaged, and he is a (male) babe...
* Kainé in ''VideoGame/NieR'' keeps her left arm and leg covered by bandages constantly. It's never revealed what's under them, but it's implied they were scarred in a Shade attack. Also, her bandages cover more skin [[{{Stripperiffic}} than her actual clothes.]]
* Bandage Girl in ''[[VideoGame/MeatBoy Super Meat Boy]]'' can be seen as this taken to ridiculous extremes.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': [[Manga/TouhouIbarakasenWildAndHornedHermit Kasen Ibara]]'s entire right arm is covered in bandages. [[spoiler:Or rather [[ArtificialLimbs is made of bandages]]]].
* [[MrFanservice Ezio]] is briefly bandaged at the beginning of VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood's second sequence.
* Burn victim and all around {{Badass}} Joshua Graham from VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas sometimes receives this treatment at the hands of the {{Fangirl}}s.
* Mileena's secret third outfit in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', reproducing how she looked when she came out of the Flesh Pits. Crosses well over into {{Stripperiffic}} territory.
* Ursula from ''RivieraThePromisedLand'' does not hurt, but her attire can be described as "bandage that floats around and loosely covers her body."
* Ellie in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'' after [[spoiler: Nolas Stross takes out her eye with a screwdriver]].
* Alyx Vance in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' has bandages on her right wrist, probably after [[ActionGirl being injured in a fight]] or [[WrenchWench cutting herself on some machinery]]. Given that she uses her hand freely, the injury must be minor and/or mostly healed.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Chihiro's eyepatch in ''EfAFairyTaleOfTheTwo''.
* Hazuki Azuma from ''YamiToBoushiToHonNoTabibito'' sports some bandages, if only for the aesthetic appeal. Though it [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic may symbolize]] the mental injury that Hatsumi/Eve's disappearance has inflicted upon her...
* Hanako from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' may count, due to an artist pin-up found for her evolution over the years.
* ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'': Mikan Tsumiki is a strange example of a [[TheMedic nurse]] who also does double duty as a Bandage Babe. She's [[CuteClumsyGirl massively clumsy]], explaining it somewhat. Gundam has a bandaged left arm, but that's probably due to his status as an animal breeder... Or his occasional [[MrImagination Chuunibyou]] traits.
* Anghel Higure's [[http://gelbooru.com/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=1444888 human design]] in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend''. The one on his chest makes sense-- he's actually a bleeding-heart dove--but the eyepatch and arm bandaging is probably just for this trope.
** He does talk about having a "Demonic Red Eye". ...Anghel is confusing.
* Caren from ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'', not visible in her usual clothing (the most you see is some wrapped around her hands), however underneath most of her body is covered with bandages.
** [[spoiler: Caren's mother Claudia was this, too. She wore an eyepatch and bandages, due to being a mixture of IllGirl and BlessedWithSuck.]]
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[[folder:Webcomics / Web Original]]
* Kano from ''{{Kagerou}}'' on [[http://www.electric-manga.com/16/kageroumenu.html the cover of Chapter 16]]. Just be warned, though: [[UnsettlingGenderReveal That's a guy.]]
** [[spoiler:The armpit hair]] was a bit of a giveaway, though.
** To split hairs: that's actually electrical tape he's wearing. Though [[http://www.electric-manga.com/09/01.html examples]] [[http://www.electric-manga.com/18/25.html with]] [[http://www.electric-manga.com/35/08.html actual bandages]] do show up.
* Karen from ''KeychainOfCreation''.
* ''Webcomic/NerfNow'': Poor [[CaptainErsatz Engie-]] [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/222 Tan...]]
* Iris Kolrick from {{Shadownova}} gets a small degree of this while she patches herself up after her first fight with Cam.
* Tom from ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'' is a fitting male example with a large eye bandage for much of the story.
* There are [[http://www.tektek.org/avatar/34630031 a great deal of items]] on GaiaOnline that will give your avatar this look.
* In ''LifeSketch'', Zenith is a male example of this, wearing a thin bandage around his head at all times [[note]] except in one issue, where [[ClothingSwitch he and his partner, Jandoe, switched outfits.]][[/note]]
* Hank and the two new protagonists in ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'' both wear bandages, (Hank to the point where he's almost a BandageMummy) These seem to be used both to make them look badass and to distinguish them from other {{mooks}}
* ''Webcomic/WintersInLavelle'': Ashton's arms and neck are covered with them. He even has extras for when someone gets hurt, or so that another character can hide something [[ClingyMacGuffin stuck to her neck.]]
* In [[FanWorks/NuzlockeComics Hale's Emerald Nuzlocke]], [[spoiler:May, after her suicide attempt. Doubly so considering her sex scene is a take off from a KatawaShoujo meme.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Nefertina in ''MummiesAlive''. She's a mummy!
* [[MrFanservice Zuko]] in the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' GrandFinale. He shows up with his eye bandaged in a flashback from his banishment, too.

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