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->''"Hoooo! Looks like I might have to change my name to '''Mr. Red'''! Ba ha ha ha ha ha!"''
-->-- '''[[WhiteShirtOfDeath Mr. Blank]]''', ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy''

A Blood-Splattered Warrior is exactly that, a combatant drenched in blood. This is often used to show how insanely badass the character is due to the implication that they either [[{{Determinator}} took multiple wounds yet stood their ground]], or were drenched in their opponents' blood. Or both.

Contrast its {{Sister Trope}}s, BloodSplatteredInnocents and BloodSplatteredWeddingDress for innocents and brides, respectively. Expect {{Blood Knight}}s, {{Sociopathic Hero}}es, and other combat lovers to ''want'' to be a Blood-Splattered Warrior. Related to BloodIsTheNewBlack.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Used heavily in Episode 2 and 4 of ''Anime/MagicalFunTimeNow''.
* Occasionally shows up in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'': [[InvokedTrope Invoked]]. While engaged in killing, both Ladd Russo and Claire Stanfield love to cover themselves with the blood of their victims.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': Seras's entire outfit is stained red with blood after she awakens her true vampiric power.
** During the war, [[LadyOfWar Integra's]] white BadassLongcoat becomes splattered with blood.
* Various characters in ''Anime/BloodPlus''
* Guts of ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' is usually covered in blood after a battle.
* Kirika from ''Anime/TenchiMuyoGXP'' after wiping out a boarding party.
* Rinne from ''Anime/VividStrike'' [[spoiler: after delivering a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to three girls who had been bullying her.]]
* In ''Anime/DevilmanCrybaby'', Akira Fudo always ends up getting drenched in demon blood whenever he's fighting them.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'s entire costume [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/marvel_dc/images/9/9e/Green_Lantern_Vol_5_28.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140206221224 is stained with blood]] after fighting several Lanterns and getting dunked in the Ysmault's Blood Lake.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' story ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'', [[EvilCounterpart Satan Girl]] often ends blood-stained after every battle.
-->The woman in black returned to the palace and brought with her the corpse of the starship's captain. She had stained her costume with blood, and burned it clean with heat from her eyes after tossing the body at her host's feet.
* [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The Lost]] gets plenty of blood on him, his first night back in the realm of the Fae, in ''Fanfic/IntoTheHedge''.
* ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'': Following the [[OurLichesAreDifferent Horned King's]] intense fight against the [[SavageWolves Mad Pack]], he's covered both in the wolves' red blood and the [[AlienBlood black substance that has replaced his blood]].

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMansionsOfTheGods'': Subverted with Obelix sporting the look... except he's covered in food. The Romans are just as terrified as if he actually was covered in their blood.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheKillingRoom'' (2009). Several subjects are locked in a room as part of a lethal psychological experiment. In the end they decide to rush the door next time it is opened, and one of them covers himself with blood from a dead subject to make his body slippery so he can't be grabbed.
* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' (2015). When Max returns from from the fog after killing the Bullet Farmer he is coated in blood. It's not his.
* In ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' John [=McClane=] emerges blood-spattered from shooting five mooks [[spoiler: in an elevator]]. Zeus ask with concern, "You all right?" [=McClane=] replies, casually, "Yeah, yeah, it's not my blood."

* Mentioned in ''Discworld/NightWatch'' and ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'': After Sam Vimes goes through a bunch of enemies, he ends up covered in blood. In ''Discworld/NightWatch'' (involving TimeTravel), he tells Coates he's from another time (the future). Coates takes a look at the blood-covered guy in armor DualWielding swords and asks "[[BarbarianHero From how far back?]]" In Thud, the guards run at the sight of him.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'' by Creator/RogerZelazny: In ''The Guns of Avalon'', after the climactic battle Corwin is soaked in blood. One of his colleagues tells him he's wounded. He tells them no, he's just tired; the blood is that of his brother. [[spoiler:He didn't kill him, though--he got there just as the man was dying.]]
* ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}'': Harper poses as a wounded French soldier to get the Chosen Men into a fort (the blood comes from pulling the rotten tooth that's been bothering him all episode). The unfortunate Frenchman who happens to be passing right when the signal is given and gets subjected to a huge man covered in blood leaping up, grabbing him and growling in his face [[OhCrap looks like]] [[BringMyBrownPants he needs new pants]].
* Happens several times in ''Literature/BelisariusSeries''. Usually as an indicator that a given character is a badass.
* In ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'', Nikita is often covered in blood after a fight. Taken UpToEleven when she goes [[TheBerserker berserk]] and literally tears her enemies apart.
* In ''Creator/JeanJohnson'''s ''Literature/TheirsNotToReasonWhy'' series, Ia finishes a battle where she has some of the enemy's blood on her uniform. But as an incredibly powerful precognitive she knows that [[spoiler: she needs to be known as "Bloody Mary" to complete her long-range plans]] so she [[Main/SarcasmMode accidentally]] slips and falls into a big puddle of the enemy's blood, causing her to be absolutely drenched in it.

[[folder: Live-Action Television]]
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS06E10CagedHeat "Caged Heat" (S06, E10)]], Meg is drenched in blood after slashing her way through the Hell Hounds.
* [[Series/GameOfThrones Jon Snow]] is covered in blood and dirt by the end of the [[Recap/GameOfThronesS6E9BattleOfTheBastards Battle of the Bastards]]

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* The samurai in ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' live according to a strict code of honor, and part of that honor code involves following rules about personal cleanliness. A samurai does not present themselves as dirty or touch corpses, for example. However, it also mentions that only applies in peacetime, and when a samurai is on the battlefield those rules about cleanliness are suspended. As it explains, a samurai who walks off the battlefield covered in the blood of her enemies is hardly someone you would call dishonorable. A samurai is still expected to ritually clean themselves and their equipment once the time for killing is over though.
* This is part of the backstory of one of TheEmpire's named unit regiments in [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Warhammer Fantasy]]. The Carroburg Greatswords held their ground during a civil war between two provinces, taking horrendous losses in the process. At the end of the battle, their side won, but the surviving members of the unit were drenched in blood from all the fighting, staining their white shirts red. [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority The look stuck]], and they even painted their armor black [[BlackKnight for added effect]].
* From ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' comes [[TheBerserker the World Eaters legion]] and their Primarch, Angron. During Angron's days amongst humanity, he was well known for personally leading his legion in vicious frontal assaults which obsessively emphasized melee combat; this practice lead to his public image fulfilling this trope as one of his more infamous attributes, earning him the epithet [[TheRedBaron "the Red Angel"]]. With his white and blue-trim armor, he was often told he should just repaint it red, and his legion's colors did eventually change to red and brass. Some in the 40k-verse say they never actually repainted their armor, but just stopped cleaning the blood off of it.[[note]]In one novel, a dead Space Marine's corpse was seen by the protagonists in the rain in a pool of blood, and the characters were confused upon seeing the blue-and-white color scheme, as there were no marines using that color scheme in the campaign the story is set in. Then one character pushes the dead marine over, revealing the ''[[WhamShot World Eater's Symbol on the shoulder pad]]''.[[/note]]
** There was also Angron's brother and ally [[Literature/NightLords Konrad Kurze and his Night Lords]], who sometimes [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope to make themselves more terrifying. While Night Lords combat doctrine does seem to focus on melee slightly more than ranged fighting, they're not quite the assault force the World Eaters are, focusing on guerrilla warfare and terror tactics. As such, while the are known for "painting" their armour with blood in intimidating patterns, they more often attach severed body parts and flayed skin. It also helps that their armor [[RuleOfCool inexplicably]] has ''electricity arcing across it''.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* The intro for ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' has this (though it's to be expected when the guy is wielding a [[ChainsawGood chainsword]]).
** This trope occurs in ''Videogame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine.''
* A staple in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series: every prolonged fight leaves the melee warriors splattered in gratuitous blood, particularly visible in cutscenes that ensue.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': During the city elf origin, there comes a point where a noble tells one of his men off for not noticing that you are drenched in the blood of his guards.
* Downright guaranteed for any troops that fight in a melee in ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' series within and past ''Shogun 2'', if Blood [[DownloadableContent DLC]] is owned.
* [[VideoGame/MortalKombat3 Stryker's]] win pose in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' (should the player not perform a [[FinishingMove Fatality]]) has him [[ThrowDownTheBomblet toss a grenade to his off-screen opponent]], blowing up their body and covering his face with their blood.
** By the time a typical fight ends in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', you will typically be covered in blood -- either your own, or your opponent's.
* Certain win conditions in ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown 4 and 5'' will leave the player character drenched and dripping with the opponent's blood.
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'': It is not uncommon, especially in adventure mode, to quickly become covered in blood. This is fortunate, since you may [[BloodLust run out of water.]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Dofus}}'' Sacrier class have their arms coated in blood. They then [[BloodyMurder use the blood to attack their foes]].
* ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' has this for both people who have sustained injuries or dealt them. After a battle, especially one where the player has a large bladed weapon as their primary equipment, there's a fine crimson layer on most player and horse models by that point.
* Due to the way ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' handles blood decals, they only appear on a player when they are shot by any projectile that isn't an explosive or fire-based, as well as melee attacks. It also has zero indication on actual healthiness because a medic could be healing that heavy, meaning he could look like he's covered in his own blood, yet has well over his normal allotment of 300 HP.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar 3'' even goes as far as to have an achievement/trophy for having had a given number of gallons of blood coating Kratos.
* Grunt in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' after [[spoiler: surviving a wave of rachni husks]], provided you secured his loyalty in the previous game.
* In ''Videogame/{{Drakengard 3}}'', the more Zero fights, the more blood-drenched she is. The blood is actually used to fuel her SuperMode, which leaves her clean after it's all used up.
* Similarly, ''{{VideoGame/Bloodborne}}'' also deals with blood splatter as an important tool to survive. Since this game is basically a spiritual sequel to the Demon's Souls series, but with blood as the main theme, it's obvious that covering yourself in the blood of your enemies is usually a good thing. Player characters drink vials of blood potions instead of estus flasks, blood is used as currency for items and upgrades, and characters can now heal by splattering themselves with blood quickly after taking damage.
* As [[VideoGame/BrutalLegend Eddie Riggs]] [[OffWithHisHead decapitates]] [[BigBad Doviculus]], Eddie [[ScreamingWarrior screams out]] '''''[[CallingYourAttacks "DECAPITATI]]''''''''''[[IncrediblyLongNote OOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNN!!"]]''''' as he's showered in the demon's blood.
* The ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' series will usually have whichever hero of that game become increasingly coated in blood as they hack up zombies or are themselves attacked. The blood will at least fade, but let's hope that [[VideoGame/DeadRising Frank]]/[[VideoGame/DeadRising2 Chuck]]/[[VideoGame/DeadRising3 Nick]] are paying their dry cleaners well.
* ''VideoGame/BravelySecond'' Introduces a character by the name of [[NamestoRunAwayFromReallyFast Geist the]] '''''[[ExactlyWhatitSaysontheTin Bloody.]]''''' One could be forgiven for thinking he's wearing a red coat. (It's actually white.) After getting his Asterisk, any character who takes on the Exorcist class gets a similar blood-soaked white outfit. Which is a bit silly when it's, say, [[WideEyedIdealist Yew]].
* From ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series' backstory, Pelinal Whitestrake, the legendary hero of mankind/[[FantasticRacism racist]] [[TheBerserker berserker]], first appeared in the camp of [[FounderOfTheKingdom St. Alessia]] "drenched" in [[AbusivePrecursors Ayleid]] blood. This would be far from the last time, as later tales tell of his "white hair gone brown with elfblood".
* Several mechanics in ''VideoGame/MarySkelterNightmares'' revolve around this. When Marchens take a CriticalHit, have their weakness struck, or are [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill Overkilled]], they spray AlienBlood onto the Blood Maidens. When a Maiden is covered with enough blood, they either enter [[TurnsRed Massacre]] (if the splattered blood is clear) or [[TheBerserker Blood Skelter]] (if the splattered blood is muddied due to taking heavy damage or watching a teammate fall). Dedicated SupportPartyMember Jack can spray ''his'' blood onto a Maiden to purify her, though at the risk of incapacitating himself due to blood loss. Maidens can ''[[{{Squick}} lick]]'' the blood off of each other for support effects. And finally, blood of specific types is used for character upgrades and job changes.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''Literature/TheJenkinsverse'': In chapter 26 of The Deathworlders, Adam Arés becomes one of these when his DynamicEntry into a combat zone involves killing six hostiles in a handful of seconds, one of whom he crushes by the simple expedient of landing on them at speed. The sight (and smell) of him afterwards repulses and dismays his ex-girlfriend Ava.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': but with [[SymbolicBlood oil]] instead of actual blood, because it's a kid's show. This is [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in Season 5, since the show moved to Creator/AdultSwim, though.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Legend has it that the Austrian flag's creation is related to this. Arch-Duke Leopold V of the Österreich was soaked in blood from a battle, and took off his belt - under which his clothes were still white. Apparently he liked that sight well enough to make it the (new) flag of his Duchy.
** The very similar-looking Latvian flag has a similar story.
* After the Battle of Lepanto Genoan Admiral Andrea Doria was covered with the gore from a round shot which had caught an unlucky sailor next to him. In a subversion he had spent most of the battle harrassing the Ottoman flank rather then in the thickest part and the blood spattering was a fluke.