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 kegadoru ("injured idol"). The basic psychology isn't difficult: the appearance of injury implies the need to be protected, which inspires a desire to approach and comfort the injured person. The fact that wearing only bandages implies exposure, deliberate or 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. An older sister trope, actually. See also The Florence Nightingale Effect, which is when a nurse or doctor falls in love with a Bandage Babe. Usually involves a Bandaged Face. Overlaps with Good Scars, Evil Scars.
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Anime and Manga
- Rei from Neon Genesis Evangelion, in the first episode.
- Subverted in Episode 23: Rei is in bandages AGAIN due to injuries sustained from Unit 00 self-destructing against Armisael. She goes home and discards the bandages, revealing she is injury-free.
- Asuka ends up as such by the end. The doujinshi RE-TAKE uses that visual of her for all its worth◊ (slightly NSFW).
- Lucy and other Diclonius in Elfen Lied.
- Actually a case of Beam Me Up, Scotty!, aside from some of the box art, Lucy as a child in a hallucination note , and Mariko in her first appearance, the diclonii don't wear bandages, or usually anything else for that matter.
- Takatsu Aoba from Code:Breaker has her right arm all bandaged up and wears it in a sling after Ogami sliced it off.
- 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 Great Teacher Onizuka.
- Given the number of battles and bad-until-magically-healed injuries sustained in Mahou Sensei Negima!, there's a definite element to this. Mind you, this is a Ken Akamatsu series...
- Chii in Chobits when first discovered, wrapped in what looks like bandaging.
- Shana from Shakugan no Shana, in the flashback of her first fight as a Flame Haze.
- Abiru Kobushi in Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei. At one point 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.
- Especially noticeable when Abiru is used by Chiri as an example of perfectly half-naked. Yeah.
- Yayoi Schwael in Dual.
- In Excel Saga manga volume 18, Elgala is injured by a bomb, and is shown with bandages like Rei Ayanami's ones. She even says "Maybe I'm the third one".
- After Nanoha's Near-Death Experience in the Snow Means Death Flash Back of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha 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 Franken Fran. A female servant of Fran's covered in bandages like a mummy. Her striking figure, beautiful hair, and selfless willingness to give her organs certainly made her look like a bandage babe, and the 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 and we're treated to a frame filled with nothing but tentacles surrounding a gaping maw that she uses to swallow the terrorist whole.
- High Octane Nightmare Fuel. You have been warned.
- Allen Walker from D.Gray-Man is a Moe male version of this trope. Seriously, though—he's so incredibly pretty, and has such an effeminate, slender figure, he fits pretty darn well with all the other examples.
- In Fullmetal Alchemist Lan Fan is injured and cuts off her own arm after an attack from King Bradley and for the majority of her appearances before she leaves to get a replacement arm she's pretty much topless except of the bandages around her chest.
- Suzaku from Code Geass to the fangirls.
- Hayato Gokudera of Katekyo Hitman Reborn! wore a bandage-centric outfit to his Ring Conflict battle, having nothing on under his gauze shirt, but wearing impractical skinny jeans and single-buttoned, almost non-existant jacket-y thing in spite of his other injuries. Makes perfect sense, right?
- Game X Rush gives us two male examples in the last chapter, as well as a single-panel flashback of Miyuki as a Bandage Babe.
- Rather common on 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!
- Full Metal Panic! has a fanservicey male version of this with Sousuke, in the later parts of the story. Nicely illustrated in the Sigma manga. After being 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 bomb the hell out of the enemies that try to ambush him.)
- Shizuka/Serenity from Yu-Gi-Oh! 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 Black Lagoon. One of her flashbacks involves her sitting in a vehicle with bandages covering her burns and wounds from a recent battle. There was nothing remotely sexy about that scene 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 Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas.
- Ryomou Shimei of Ikki Tousen
- Hannah Anasfeloz of Black Butler starts wearing a bandage over the left side of her face after Alois stabs out her left eye in the first episode.
- Mikaila from Godchild is completely covered with bandages (except for her head) under her clothes, due to the fact that she is literally rotting away underneath due to a bad case of clone degeneration.
- Rokujo Chikage from Durarara!!. Evidently, having his face violently rearranged by Shizuo has done nothing to hinder his chick magnet status.
- Mizho from Karakuridouji Ultimo whose bandages even double as Zettai Ryouki. She also uses a crutch as weapon.
- Her doji Palace (pictured beside her) would be a male example.
- Mira Nygus from Soul Eater, most of the time.
- Gunslinger Girl. 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 Cool Down Hug from her male handler). Due to the nature of the cyborgs she gets better after a quick operation.
- Tiger & Bunny has taken to injuring Kotetsu/Wild Tiger for the purposes of getting him out of his shirt and into bandages.
- Sango from InuYasha since she's a warrior sometimes gets gravely injured having to be bandaged◊.
- Inuyasha himself gets this on occasion.
- A male variation: Aki, at the end of the yaoi OVA Sensitive Pornograph, defies his "master" and gets beaten. He later appears as this.
- Mummy Maker from Cube×Cursed×Curious is covered in many bandages that not only hides her many scars and burns but also seems to be alive.
- Doraemon the Movie #7 and #31 (Steel Troops) spot Riruru, a girl of the movie, getting bandaged up by Shizuka after she's critically hurt from an explosion.
- Rikka primarily in Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, including Eyepatch of Power and bandaged arms. Other characters, including Yuuta, sometimes show this style when in Chuni-mode.
- Seems to be an instance of Author Appeal in the 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 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 Inu × Boku SS, who wears bandages over his right eye. Not because he can't see out of it though, as we later learn.
- Rare Male Example: Kuranosuke Shiraishi from The Prince of Tennis, who wears bandages all over his left arm. There's a Running Gag of him either starting to take them off or threatening to do so, but it never happens. The manga reveals that the bandages actually hide a heavy bracelet/arm guard that acts as his Power Limiter.
- After almost dying in the battle against Merak in the Devil Survivor 2 anime the already Stripperiffic Hinako spends the rest of the series with a bandaged eye and arm.
- Snow White and Seven Dwarfs 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.
- YuYu Hakusho: 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.
- Painkiller Jane.
- Wynonna Earp 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 X-Men rescued her from a hospital.
- The Female Furies leader Lashina, who, sometimes wears a black jumpsuit underneath, sometimes doesn't.
- RE-TAKE uses that visual of Asuka for all its worth◊ (slightly NSFW).
- The Second Try: In chapter 2 "Survive", set after Third Impact, Asuka's nearly whole body is wrapped in bandages -and one of her her eyes covered by a patch- for a good portion of the chapter, and Shinji can not help feel a greater than usual urge to protect her and help her.
- Leeloo in The Fifth Element wears a "costume" pretty much made out of strategic "thermal bandages" as her first outfit.
- Gabrielle in David Cronenberg's Crash straddled the line (metaphorically and literally) between abaisophilia and bondage, using chrome and leather/vinyl full leg braces.
- Ahkmenrah as a Mummy in Night at the Museum, especially in this picture.
- Arguably the female leads in The Human Centipede.
- In Brazil, Jill wears a bandage on one of her hands. According to Word of God, it was added to give her "more personality."
- In Prometheus, both Vickers and Shaw wear bandage-like undergarments, although Shaw spends more time wearing them (notably during the Cesarean section scene.)
- Cleo from Monster High wears bandages, being a Bandage Mummy, 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. Rule of Sexy is enforced almost constantly.
- A.B.A. from Guilty Gear
- Animal Crossing 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 Rock Band 2 unlocks an all-bandages outfit for your created character.
- World of Warcraft players can invoke this trope with either of two expensive "shirts" available in Wrath and otherwise stripping down to the waist.
- Female (and male) stars in The Movies 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 Soul Calibur 4, female custom characters have the option to choose a layer of bandages as their underwear.
- Xelors in Dofus are covered in bandages. Probably for good reason, as Wakfu reveals that they aren't even strictly organic...
- In Neverwinter Nights, when you first meet Aribeth, she is scar free, and her army is shiny and at %100. However, 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 Mighty Flip Champs!, has the bandages-replacing-underwear variety.
- Alessa Gillespie appears briefly in bandages during the game start animation of Silent Hill. This scene never appears again in the game.
- In the The King of Fighters, Mature makes her comeback in XII as one.
- Final Fantasy XIII: Can Snow Villiers count◊? He is bandaged, and he is a (male) babe...
- Kainé in 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 than her actual clothes.
- Bandage Girl in Super Meat Boy can be seen as this taken to ridiculous extremes.
- Touhou: Kasen Ibara's entire right arm is covered in bandages. Or rather is made of bandages.
- Ezio is briefly bandaged at the beginning of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood's second sequence.
- Burn victim and all around Badass Joshua Graham from Fallout: New Vegas sometimes receives this treatment at the hands of the Fangirls.
- Mileena's secret third outfit in Mortal Kombat 9, reproducing how she looked when she came out of the Flesh Pits. Crosses well over into Stripperiffic territory.
- Ada Wong in Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles is covered in bandages during her short scenario Death's Door.
- Ursula from Riviera: The Promised Land is not hurt, but her attire can be described as "bandage that floats around and loosely covers her body." The same is true for the Half-Identical Twins Blue Fool and Red Sage.
- Ellie in Dead Space 2 after Nolas Stross takes out her eye with a screwdriver.
- Alyx Vance in Half-Life 2 has bandages on her right wrist, probably after being injured in a fight or cutting herself on some machinery. Given that she uses her hand freely, the injury must be minor and/or mostly healed.
- Chihiro's eyepatch in ef - a fairy tale of the two..
- Hazuki Azuma from Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito sports some bandages, if only for the aesthetic appeal. Though it may symbolize the mental injury that Hatsumi/Eve's disappearance has inflicted upon her...
- Hanako from Katawa Shoujo may count, due to an artist pin-up found for her evolution over the years.
- Super Dangan Ronpa 2: Mikan Tsumiki is a strange example of a nurse who also does double duty as a Bandage Babe. She's 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 Chuunibyou traits.
- Anghel Higure's human design in Hatoful Boyfriend. 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 Fate/hollow ataraxia, 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.
- From the Ace Attorney series:
- Viola Cadaverini from case three of Trials and Tribulations. She considers herself the "lover" of Furio Tigre, although it's debatable as to exactly what they've been up to. 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.
- Kay Faraday also ends up covered in bandages after she gets attacked in case four of Ace Attorney Investigations 2
- In Dual Destinies, Apollo Justice sports this look◊ himself after he's injured in the bombing of Courtroom No. 4, though it's later revealed that he's wearing the eye patch for a different reason altogether.
Webcomics / Web Original
- Kano from Kagerou on the cover of Chapter 16. Just be warned, though: That's a guy.
- Karen from Keychain of Creation.
- Nerf NOW!!: Poor Engie- Tan...
- Iris Kolrick from Shadownova gets a small degree of this while she patches herself up after her first fight with Cam.
- Tom from Ruby Quest is a fitting male example with a large eye bandage for much of the story.
- There are a great deal of items on Gaia Online that will give your avatar this look.
- In Life Sketch, Zenith is a male example of this, wearing a thin bandage around his head at all times note
- Hank and the two new protagonists in Madness Combat both wear bandages, (Hank to the point where he's almost a Bandage Mummy) These seem to be used both to make them look badass and to distinguish them from other mooks
- Winters In Lavelle: 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 stuck to her neck.
- In Hale's Emerald Nuzlocke, May, after her suicide attempt. Doubly so considering her sex scene is a take off from a Katawa Shoujo meme.