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->''"Hate to say, but that's hardly hygienic. You have no idea how many creatures that sword has cut through."''
-->-- '''Hiei''', ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''

A common characteristic of blade-wielding evildoers is their tendency to lick their weapons, whether clean or bloodied, as if their weapon was a cherry-flavored popsicle of non-diabetic death. Often [[TooDumbToLive the sharp edge]], no less.

Generally considered a giveaway that this character is a PsychoForHire, a CombatSadomasochist, or otherwise sufficiently off his rocker to do ''anything''. Especially creepy when paired with EvilTastesGood flavored {{Hemo Erotic}}ism. Conversely, can be major FetishFuel.

Some characters feel a deep attachment to their weapon, almost as if it's [[ICallItVera a person.]] There's nothing wrong with that.

The one doing the licking isn't necessarily evil or rather, more accurately, isn't always a story's antagonist. An AntiHero or VillainProtagonist can be seen doing this, especially if they're engaging their SuperPoweredEvilSide. Usually to showcase the fact they've either gone off the deep end or are very close to it, and that it is scary. Often major FetishFuel, especially if the licker is attractive.

See also FingerLickinEvil, YouTasteDelicious. A character who does this often may have BloodLust. See also LecherousLicking.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Yashamaru of ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' very suggestively licked the RazorFloss he was using to pin his opponent before flexing his fingers and causing the ''entire rock to explode''.
* Saitou Hajime in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' does this at least once.
* Seras Victoria licks a sword she's holding, while she and it are covered in blood, in the TitleSequence of the TV series version of ''{{Hellsing}}''; however, she's trying to stop herself from doing so. This is probably a depiction of her fear of losing what's left of her humanity.
* ''Anime/StreetFighterIITheAnimatedMovie'': [[EffeminateMisogynisticGuy Vega]] does this, after cutting [[KickChick Chun Li's]] cheek, as a way of taunting her. She took it personally and returned the favor by [[ImprovisedWeaponUser throwing her couch at him]] and hitting him square in the face with it!
* Yura of the Hair, an early ''Manga/InuYasha'' opponent, did this at every opportunity.
* Rider in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Hidan does this as a ritual. He gets the opponent's blood on his scythe and licks the blood, which basically makes all the injuries that happen to Hidan go to his opponent.
** Orochimaru licks a kunai at one point, before his fight with Sarutobi.
*** Like master like student: Anko licked a kunai she had just cut Naruto with before the Forest of Death stage of the chunin exams. Blood included.
** And in a filler episode [[DudeLooksLikeALady Benten]] licked a kunai before threatening Hotaru with it.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', when an opponent licks Hiei's stolen katana, Hiei remarks that it can't be sanitary because not even he can remember how many people he's killed with it.
* Two instances in the original ''WeissKreuz,'' or rather once instance {{Lampshaded}} in the DVD outtakes. Early on in the series, a {{Mook}} licks his [[AxCrazy hand ax]] before throwing it at a picture of his target. In the dub outtakes, the same scene is shown with the character's voice actor making the above line.
** Several other characters in the series do it as well, most notably Farfarello of [[EvilCounterpart Schwarz]].
* A minor {{Mook}} does this in ''{{Berserk}}'' - and promptly cuts his tongue when the hero shoves him out of his way.
* Not a blade, but Bakura of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' [[spoiler:licks the blood of off Pegasus' Millennium Eye after ripping it out of his skull. Probably fulfills the creepy-psycho requirement.]]
** In a straight example, after Ushio beats up Yugi in the very first chapter, he takes out his knife [[note]]which is used later, in his game against Yami Yugi,[[/note]] and licks the blade while threatening to use it if Yugi fails to give him 200k yen.
* Buggy from ''Manga/OnePiece'' does this in the opening credits of the anime.
** As does Big Knife Sarquis from the Jaya Island arc.
*** Zoro does it a couple of times, most notably during the Thriller Bark Arc against Oz (and looks AWESOME in the process).
* Guitar, the swordsman general of the Mazoku in ''ViolinistOfHameln'' does this from time to time.
* Tsukiyomi from ''MahouSenseiNegima'' does this before her fight against her [[SempaiKohai sempai Setsuna]]. She does so while referring to Setsuna as [[EvilTastesGood "delicious"]] and asking for [[EvilFeelsGood satisfaction]], [[StalkerWithACrush all the while drooling]] in a woozy state of [[PsychoLesbian carnal bloodlust]].
** Later on in another battle against Setsuna, she pulls this again, in an arguably [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v35/c318/2.html creepier way]].
* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Strikers'' has Due, one of the combat cyborgs, who does this after assassinating [[spoiler: the TSAB high council.]] Somewhat squicky though, since they are just [[spoiler:brains in jars of life sustaining fluid.]] Still pretty damn creepy.
* Creed from ''Manga/BlackCat'' does this a few times.
* Mion Sonozaki [[spoiler: (who, in this case, is actually [[TwinSwitch Shion posing as Mion]])]] from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' (Watanagashi-hen) does this with a nail. She then prepares to hammer the nail, and several others, into Keiichi's finger joints. [[{{Yandere}} The girl]] [[GirlWithPsychoWeapon is a bit]] [[AxCrazy batshit insane]] in this particular arc.
* King Gor does this during the final battle of ''[[GetterRobo Shin Getter Robo vs Neo Getter Robo]]''. Did I mention it was ''his'' blood on a Getter Tomahawk he had just pulled from his shoulder?
* In ''{{Change 123}}'', after Hibiki fends away a potential rapist [[OneHitKO with a single kick]], there is a scene where he plans a revenge while recovering from the injuries. In one panel, his maniacal gaze is shown reflected in the blade of his katana as he licks it.
* Amaha from the ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'' anime ''loves'' this, as part of her overall OrgasmicCombat persona while using her [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Superpowered]] AxeCrazy side. Masane does this too
** Sarah from [[Comicbook/{{Witchblade}} the American comics]] does this once in a while as well.
* Happens twice in the second episode of ''{{Slayers}}'', after the cursed knife turns a shop-keeper [[AxeCrazy homicidal]].
* Almost every single scene with {{mooks}} in ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' has at least one of them licking a weapon. The pic shown is that of Club, who licks Kenshiro's blood off his claw after scoring a hit on him. It's the only major hit the bad guy scores on him before being rendered [[YouAreAlreadyDead already dead]].
* Ladd Russo from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' did this while fighting Chane on top of the Flying Pussyfoot.
* Manji in ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'' at one point licks a knife he's taken off someone he suspected of planning to kill him [[JustifiedTrope to check if it was poisoned]].
* Parodied in ''{{Anime/Persona4}}'', in an early scene when Yosuke shows Yu a sword... acquired... to help fighting the shadows. Cut to a police officer approaching the two boys, preparing to arrest them.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/HeroesForHire'' Tarantula licks her blades after one battle.
* {{Storm}} from ComicBook/{{X-Men}} did this once after drawing first blood. Her opponent is a mutant who could produce knives out of bone, with one being the blade Storm used. So she was licking her opponent's blood from a bone knife, made out of the body of her enemy.
* The UltimateMarvel version of Red Skull does this after cutting off his own face.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} villain Mr. Zsasz has been known to cut his tongue (along with every other part of his body) to mark a kill.
* TheAtom villain Dwarf Star AKA Sylbert Rundine really likes to do this.
* Bearclaw on the cover of ''ElfQuest: Wolfrider''. He ''is'' more of an anti-hero than his son in the chronologically-later stories.
* In ''[[GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman R.I.P.]]'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker does this [[spoiler:and cuts his own tongue doing so.]]
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[[folder:Fan Art]]
* In the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Ask Pinkamina Diane Pie]] Website/{{Tumblr}}, this is {{Lampshaded}}; after expressing her contempt for the act, Pinkie attempts to lick the blade, but cuts her tongue in the process.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* In the Franchise/HarryPotter fic ''The Dungeon Books'' it was mentioned in passing that due to his never being sent out alone, a fair few Ministry workers had witnessed Walden Macnair performing this particular habit.
* The ''Series/LostGirl'' fic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8962178/1/Wake-Me-Up Wake Me Up]] has a variation. Lauren is forced to fight a lizard-like Underfae. It licks its razor sharp claws before the fight begins because its saliva contains a paralytic poison. As you can imagine, the fight becomes much more difficult.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Ash's possessed girlfriend does this after attacking him with a knife in the original ''Franchise/EvilDead''. Thanks to the solid white contacts the actress wore, the scene looks [[{{Narm}} more goofy than scary]] as she fumbles her lips around the blade that she can't even see.
** Done fairly memorably in the 2013 remake as well, with the blade splitting the Deadite's tongue in half gruesomely.
* The bad guy at the start of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxkr4wS7XqY the best fight scene of all time]] in ''Film/{{Undefeatable}}''.
* Lurtz does this during his fight with Aragorn at the end of the film ''Film/LordOfTheRings: The Fellowship of the Ring''. Aragorn stabs him in the leg with his elven dagger, Lurtz pulls it out, licks ''his own blood'' off of it and then throws it back at Aragorn, who deflects it with his sword. It's awesome.
** Especially since Aragorn was only supposed to dodge the dagger and Creator/ViggoMortensen blocked it by accident.
* Parodied in Tim Burton's ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' adaptation. After killing a large bug with a machete, Willy Wonka tastes the juices left on the blade. He's looking for new flavors of candy.
* Billy Tallent from ''HardCoreLogo'' does this during a drug trip. It's... disturbing, in a squiggly-feelings kind of way.
* A supremely creepy example occurs in Francis Ford Coppola's ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' when the titular vampire cleans a straight razor after his guest accidentally cuts himself shaving. Dracula laps up the blood in a move that reads like a desperate junkie.
* Mengele in ''Film/SurfNazisMustDie'' does this after killing an opponent in a KnifeFight.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Lijah Cuu from the ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' series.
** Worse, one of the passages where he does this it implies that the blood is from [[spoiler: Sehra Muril, the squadmate that he murdered]].
* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' the (evil)head of a Klatchian(Faux-Arabic)army has been told the opposing Ankh-Morporkian forces are confidant of success despite being outnumbered and untrained as they believe the Klatchians will run as soon as they taste some cold steel. He then licks a sword handed to him and declares he isn't the least bit apprehensive. And if that is as cold as steel gets.
* Non-villain example from ''Literature/{{Redwall}}''; when Dippler swears an oath to kill the slayer of his leader, he licks the blade of his rapier; [[BadassBoast "I'll hunt him down, and when I do this blade'll be wet with something else."]]
** There used to be a fanfic in which an OriginalCharacter villain somehow managed to [[{{Squick}} cut his own entire tongue out]] while doing this. Since the tongue is rooted pretty deeply in the mouth and one generally doesn't lick with enough pressure for a licked blade to slice all the way through the muscle, it's unclear exactly how he managed this.
* The Winter Lady, Maeve of the Winter Court in ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Summer Knight]]'' is described as almost lazily licking blood from her sword in the midst of a gigantic turf war between the faerie Courts.
* In novelized accounts, [[{{Ravenloft}} Strahd von Zarovich]] does this to the bloodied dagger with which he murdered his brother Sergei. Justified in this case (even though he's not AxCrazy) because this murder initiated Strahd's own transformation into D&D's most infamous vampire.
* [[TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden]] does this at one point, believe it or not - he just tried to eat mutton off his dagger in the middle of battle for some reason. For what it's worth, it would not be surprising at all if the chapter involving this, "Biggrin's House", were run as an actual D&D session to determine how it went, so the OOC of the mutton thing may be excused.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings: Return of the King'', one orc murders another (with multiple knife stabs), and licks the blade clean.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', Priests of [[WarGod Khorne]] are mentioned as "idly" licking blood from their blades in the ''Literature/GreyKnights'' novel ''Hammer of Daemons''.
* In the Literature/PaladinOfShadows book ''Unto the Breach'' [[spoiler: Oleg licks the hatchet that was just used to amputate one of his legs.]] Adams, a {{badass}} former SEAL, is disturbed.
* In ''Literature/DocSidhe'', the protagonist is sent to another world whose inhabitants are extremely sensitive to ColdIron. He demonstrates his immunity by holding his steel pocketknife in his bare hand, and then licks the blade just to see their expressions.
* [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]: Stygg does this after he cuts Gwilanna. [[spoiler:This doesn't end well for him...]]
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', Jayne annoys other crew members by doing this. During one episode, Jayne spits on the blade of his combat knife (and yes, [[ICallItVera it has a name]]) as he's sharpening it before licking off the spit. The others are...somewhat disconcerted.
* [[AxCrazy Callisto]] from ''XenaWarriorPrincess'' licks a dagger at one point.
* Done for humor in the 90s live-action ''{{Zorro}}'' show. When Zorro ended up crashing a dinner party, he ended the fight by making his trademark Z in a cake, licking the frosting off the blade, and complimenting the chef.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''TheHeroYoshihikoAndTheDevilKingsCastle'' where a random {{Mook}} licks ''[[http://24.media.tumblr.com/929fce082e339882952e22c8f63fe05a/tumblr_mi0h9pR6cl1r1hdaho1_1280.jpg his very own poisoned knife]]''. TooDumbToLive indeed.
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[[folder:Magazines]]
* There was a cover for an art magazine with a female Ranger from a StandardFantasySetting looking at a men's mag (actually a scroll) in shock as ''she'' did this as the first "page" girlie pic.
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[[folder:Music]]
* One of the girls from the music video for QueensOfTheStoneAge's "3's and 7's" is seen licking a knife blade in one shot.
* This is on full display on the cover art of Head Control System's album "Murder Nature".
* The line "She drinks the blood from a jagged edge" from the JimiHendrix song ''Dolly Dagger''.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* [[http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh97/shophnc/warhammer/konrad_von_carstein.jpg Konrad Von Carstein]] of the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' universe is known for pausing mid-battle to do this. His model even depicts him doing a variation. To his defense, he's a vampire.
** Another model that's depicting doing this is Forgeworld's Great Unclean One.
* The eponymous creature on the ''[[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering Magic]]'' card [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?id=3864 Necrite]].
* In the 3.0 edition ''ForgottenRealms'' Campaign Setting, one of the [=NPCs=] statted out in the book is a CN mercenary troll with a cursed sword (minor curse- leaks blood constantly) He has the habit of licking it.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* The man playing Theatre/{{Hamlet}} in ''The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged'' does this to his knife after stabbing Polonius. In slow motion.
** It should be noted that this is not called for in the script, which is a fluctuating thing anyway considering it changes depending upon audience interaction, location, and random ad-libs. Since this is the very nature of the show, it's understandable.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', Yaksini, who wields to swords, will lick them as part of her default animation.
* While it's not a sword (but figuratively an axe!), one of I-no's opening poses in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear XX'' involves licking her guitar.
* Vico, the psycho-axe(sword)-crazy-maniac in ''ADanceWithRogues'', does this in the mines in the second chapter. Some of the player's dialogue options immediately afterwards are just ridiculous.
* Vega/Balrog from the ''StreetFighter'' series is usually doing this during his win quotes.
** He actually removed his mask to do this in the first [[Anime/StreetFighterIITheAnimatedMovie anime movie]]. Thus exposing himself to Chun-Li's kicks...
* In ''VideoGame/VandalHearts'', a type of enemies you meet relatively early in the game (actually ordinary soldiers who have been exposed to SealedEvilInACan) will lick their blades before every attack - making them significantly creepier.
* ''VideoGame/HauntingGround'': The AxCrazy homunculus maid Daniella does this to her weapon (either a long shard of glass or a fire poker, depending on the player's actions) in a rather disturbing manner in the cutscene before her boss fight.
* ''MetalGearSolid2'', Bisexual, possibly-vampire knife freak Vamp does this in his introduction cutscene.
** Played almost to the point of self-parody in [=MGS4=], in which Vamp licks his knives at an average of twice per cutscene appearance. At one point, he still has Raiden's (white-colored) blood on them, making for an extremely HoYay moment.
* Birdie in the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'' games likes to lick his chain.
* Cutman ''tells'' his brothers that ''[[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork Rockman.EXE]]'' did this at him, in an effort to [[UnreliableNarrator paint Rock as the villain]]. It's PlayedForLaughs, since the Cutman brothers occupy a notch slightly below TeamRocket in terms of threat level.
* Kartikeya in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 5}}''.
* Tetsuo Tamashiro from ''RyuGaGotoku 3'' does this right before challenging Kazuma to a [[BossBattle battle]].
* In ''SkywardSword'', Ghirahim will do this after attacking you in your second fight against him.
* Scyther does this to his scythes occasionally in ''VideoGame/PokemonStadium''
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'', the alternate [[spoiler: Julius]] you run into early in the game does this if you choose to not be suspicious of him, which drives home the point that he's not the real deal.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''MiscellaneousError'' takes this trope [[http://miscerror.thecomicseries.com/comics/4 to its logical conclusion]].
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Vaetris]] licks her blade clean of blood whenever she has wounded someone with it.
* The ''ThereWillBeBrawl'' [[DarkerAndEdgier version of]] Ice Climber's Nana does this with her bloody ''hammer'' in episode 7.
* TheGamingPixie does this at the end of [[http://www.gamingpixie.com/99/all-videos/gamereviews/game-review-eversion-halloween-special/ her review]] of {{Eversion}}.
* ''WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow'' has licking watermelon juice off of a katana.
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