'''Basic Trope''': A character writes in a more unusual medium than ink.
* '''Straight''': Alice finds Bob's dying words scrawled on the wall in blood.
* '''Exaggerated''': Bob wrote a lengthy essay in blood.
* '''Downplayed''': Bob writes a word in tomato sauce.
* '''Justified''': Bob had crucial information to share and no other method at hand of preserving it.
* '''Inverted''': Due to a [[NoodleIncident magical accident involving]] [[NoodleImplements a small squid and a book of elves in bikinis]], Bob has ink for blood and writes with it when dying.
* '''Subverted''': The blood turns out to be ink from Bob's red pen.
* '''Double Subverted''': And the pen is red because it was filled with blood.
** Bob's bloody message is something as inconsequential as his shopping list. And there was a pen right next to him.
** Bob's message is written in an unpleasant bodily secretion, like snot!
* '''Zig Zagged''': The message jumps repeatedly between writing in blood and ink.
* '''Averted''': Bob had a pen and used it.
* '''Enforced''': "We need to up the shock value of Bob's death."
* '''Lampshaded''': "Yes, I am writing this in blood."
* '''Invoked''': Bob is trying to creep out Alice, so he opens a vein and writes bloodily on the wall.
* '''Exploited''': ???
* '''Defied''': Bob is badly wounded, but he takes the time to find a conventional pen and paper.
* '''Discussed''': "...and on the wall by his corpse, there was a message written in blood."
* '''Conversed''': "If more characters carried pens in their shirt pockets, this sort of thing wouldn't happen."
* '''Deconstructed''': Bob died of blood loss before he could finish writing the message.
* '''Reconstructed''': But it still gets the point across.
* '''Played for Laughs''': Instead of [[BloodierAndGorier blood]] like the majority of the examples, the medium is something LighterAndSofter that seems rather silly.\\
And it's also funnier if, like the "Parodied" example above, the failure to use a pen makes the character seem rather inefficient and unprofessional. Like a college student who hands in his graduate thesis, written in crayon. Or a newspaper columnist who hands a column in to her boss, written in eyeliner.
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%%* '''Implied''': ???
%%* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ???
%%* '''Played For Drama''': ???