->''"Everything above yer' neck's gonna be a FINE red mist!"''
-->-- '''The Sniper''', ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''

This is the polar opposite of PrettyLittleHeadshots, usually found in military fiction and gorier video games. As the above quote says, it's after a [[ColdSniper sniper]] has shot someone, and all that [[{{Gorn}} delicious blood-jelly]] bursts into a bloody cloud, which, from a distance, appears to be pink. Usually some part of the cranium is blown off in the process. This type of [[BoomHeadshot headshot]] is almost invariably seen from the sniper's point of view.

The thing that keeps this from falling into LudicrousGibs is that it ''[[TruthInTelevision actually happens]]'', although it requires a sufficiently high-velocity bullet to produce the effect. Typical pistol bullets can (and often do) produce a blood-splattering exit wound in headshots, but the vaporization of enough blood and brain tissue to produce an actual ''mist'' requires a supersonic velocity of the sort most typically found in rifle bullets (thus partially validating the Pretty Little Headshot, at least if the shooter is using a pistol). The [[AteHisGun .357 revolver suicide]] of R. Budd Dwyer on live TV could be clearly seen to produce no visible pink mist, despite involving a powerful pistol caliber to the brain at point-blank range.

The most easily accessible real-world evidence for Pink Mist is surely the GrossUpCloseUp provided by the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination. A 10.5 gram rifle bullet traveling at 2,300 feet per second into a [[NauseaFuel large, homogenous mass with the consistency of a custard pie]] can be clearly seen to support the trope, although not quite as strikingly as [[YourHeadASplode one might expect]].

See also ChunkySalsaRule, {{Gorn}} and BoomHeadshot. Compare YourHeadASplode and LudicrousGibs. Contrast, of course, BloodlessCarnage and PrettyLittleHeadshots.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'': The conductor who takes a bullet to the head splashes blood all over the place and is later shown with a substantial hole in the back of his head.

[[folder: Film ]]
* The memorable restaurant scene in ''Film/TheGodfather'' has Michael Corleone turning both Virgil "The Turk" Solozzo & Captain [=McKlusky=]'s brains into this.
* The ending of ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'' has a disturbingly realistic exit wound where somebody's eye used to be.
* The first ''Film/YoungGuns'' has a scene in which Emilio Estevez shoots an accused traitor in the head. Unlike the usual modest blood-splats found in Westerns, another character flinches when a huge splash of gore hits his hat from about ten feet away.
* Creator/DavidMamet's ''Film/{{Spartan}}'' has someone's head do this after being hit by a sniper's bullet.
* Sadly (maybe) the lead characters of ''Film/{{Jarhead}}'' never got to see the pink mist they so longed to see due to a airstrike taking out their targets just before they took the shot.
* Happens in ''Film/TheMatrix'' when Trinity challenges an Agent to [[NoRangeLikePointBlankRange dodge a bullet at point blank range.]] The resulting headshot produces this.
* There are some impressive instances of pink mist in ''Film/{{Apocalypto}}''. All the more so because there are no firearms, only clubs and arrows.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* Oh so very used in military fiction. Case in point: Creator/TomClancy. The shootout sequence that opens ''Literature/PatriotGames'' actually describes "a wet, pink cloud" as Jack Ryan shoots one of the bad guys.
* In ''Inside Delta Force,'' the narrator describes a mission in which he and a teammate are tasked with sniping enemy shooters that always fired from within groups of children. Once the shots were fired and the guns came back down from recoil, all that was visible in the scopes was a mist, a "fading pink chimera in the sunlight."
* In ''[[Literature/TheCrossing2015 The Crossing]]'', "Bosch felt a fine mist of blood hit him full in the face" after another cop puts a bullet through the skull of the bad guy.

[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]
* This effect is described in detail in one episode of ''Series/InPlainSight'', by the main protagonist, Mary Shannon.
* One of the last episodes of ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' has [[spoiler: Bennet]] shot in the head by whoever Whiskey is at the time. The pink mist surrounds a stunned Topher.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FxzfzWhtCc Explained]] to Christina Ricci and later [[spoiler:demonstrated by the bomb squad guy]] on the season 2 Super Bowl episode of ''Series/GreysAnatomy''
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' would mostly use Pretty Little Headshots, but when Mulder shoots John Lee Roche in "Paper Hearts", it's this trope: lots of blood spattered on the window.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' creates a little pink cloud when someone gets beheaded.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' has an achievement/trophy called "Red Mist" for Trevor completing all the rampages.
* This happens in ''VideoGame/SniperElite'' after you shot everybody at both entry and exit.
* The ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' series uses a cloud of particulate-rendered blood whenever someone takes a hit as well.
* Most of your foes in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' have some variety of helmet/shield/hard carapace, so a headshot will cause a mist of blood (in whatever color is appropriate, red for humans and Vorcha, bluish purple for Asari and Turians, green for Salarians, orange for Krogan and Collectors, etc.) but will leave the outer shell of the head intact.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' features this kind of effect when enemies are hit by gunfire, as does ''World At War''.
* The Sniper of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' refers to this trope by name repeatedly ("Everything above your neck is gonna be a ''fine'' red mist!"), but the in-game effects for most of his primary weapons are PrettyLittleHeadshots -- except the Hitman's Heatmaker and The Classic, which skip straight up to [[OffWithHisHead decapitation]] and [[DefeatEqualsExplosion full-body explosion]], respectively.
* A confusing one in ''VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend''. In the flashback level, the wraith grabs Kent and leaves behind a red mist: it is debatable whether this is the creature's presence, or Kent's blood.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/AmericasArmy'' due partially to the need to avoid a rating higher than T, and partially to the fact that [[RealityIsUnrealistic 5.56mm bullets rarely cause that kind of]] {{Gorn}}. Plus, it's a [[JoinTheArmyTheySaid recruiting tool]]; people are likely to be less open to joining the Army if their death was just rendered in agonizingly gory detail. [[CaptainObvious Those to whom such things would appeal are generally more unstable than Army recruiters would like.]]
* ''VideoGame/SoldierOfFortune'' has this plus splattered brain matter and shattered skulls.
* The result of scoring a killing headshot with a hammer or mace in ''ChivalryMedievalCombat''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Vietcong}}'' featured this effect whenever a character is shot.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Some of the deaths by sniper shot in ''VisualNovel/RoseGunsDays'' are depicted this way [[spoiler:most notably Stella's death at the end of Season 3.]]

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* Tragically TruthInTelevision, as anyone who has seen the Film/ZapruderFilm (the film of John F. Kennedy's assassination) can attest.
* The term was coined during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, describing the effects of canister shot on oncoming infantry. Cannon in the Civil War typically fired either solid shot, which was deadly only if it hit you directly, or exploding shells, which sent shrapnel flying and could kill more soldiers than solid shot. When the enemy got close enough, the artillery would load canister, which was tin cans filled with lead pellets--thus converting the cannon into [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter a giant shotgun]]. Pink Mist was often the result.