When someone is badly injured and you need to get that across, show him post-accident partly or completely encased in plaster casts and/or bandages. Usually, they'll be in a hospital bed, with maybe one or two arms or legs suspended, and completely immobilised.
If the tone of the work is lighter or more comedic, expect it to be played for laughs
. For example, screams muffled by the bandages as a visitor accidentally sits on an injured limb, or the patient trying and failing to crane his neck forward to eat his dessert.
If the work is more serious or the creator feels like dropping a Drama Bomb
, well... few things are more shocking than seeing a loved one unconscious, immobile and so wrapped up they no longer recognize him.
Not to be confused with Bandaged Face
or Bandage Babe
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- That "Got milk?" commercial with the guy in the full body cast, where the idiot family shoves a cookie into the mouth hole, but don't pay attention when he starts choking for lack of milk? There's a carafe of it right next to him.
- This Golden Sun: Dark Dawn US commercial shows the misuse of Djinn will lead to.
- Muu from Naruto was completely covered in bandages from head to foot. The only visible parts are his eyes and nose, his fingers and toes. The Edo tensei version is covered even further and only his eyes and nose remain visible.
- Horrifyingly used in Grave of the Fireflies.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion - Rei at the beginning and the Eva itself after its armour comes off.
- Spike in the Cowboy Bebop episode "Pierrot le Fou" after being trashed by the title character. Lampshaded by Faye.
- Also after he fell out of a window in "Ballad of Fallen Angels".
- Played for comedy in Slayers; Zolf, a.k.a. the "Mummy Man" in the first season of the television series and Naga in the first episode of the Slayers Excellent OVAs.
- Shishio Makoto of Rurouni Kenshin is covered head-to-toe in bandages. His un-bandaged visage is surprisingly attractive... for someone who was shot and burned alive and survived.
- It gets a Shout-Out in Busou Renkin, from the same author, in which at one point Mahiro bandages Tokiko so much she ends up looking like Shishio.
- The lepers in Princess Mononoke.
- In an episode of Nerima Daikon Brothers, Hideki is taken to an opportunistic hospital and placed in a hospital room. His brother Ichiro happens to be in the bed next to his, but since he's covered in bandages from head to toe, Hideki's reaction to Ichiro's attempts at communication is simply "Why is that mummy talking to me?"
- In earlier chapters of Rave Master Haru usually ends up heavily bandaged after his fights-one time Elie even wraps him up like a mummy. Whether this stopped in later chapters because he became more skilled, Hiro Mashima decided it was too unrealistic, or he just realized that his characters walked around with massive injuries so much anyway that there was no point in 'coddling' them is a mystery.
- Isamu in Macross Plus after a crash while flight-testing one of the experimental Veritechs.
- An early episode of the Pokémon anime ("Ignorance is Blissey") has a Blissey wrapping most of Ash's body in bandages, then he turns around to a Nurse Joy who screams at the sight of him.
- Mr. Shinuhe from The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service— who may be a revivified Egyptian mummy, or just a burn victim who knows way too much about ancient Egyptian burial customs for comfort. He seems to enjoy teasing our heroes with evidence either way.
- Played for comedic effect multiple times in Ranma ˝.
- Usopp in One Piece, after the fight with Mr. 4 and Ms. Merry Christmas, in which he, among other injuries, is grabbed, smashed through some walls and hit with a four-ton bat, sending him flying into the air and falling to earth.
- Kekkaishi has Kaguro who is a mummified ayakashi which has the excuse of being electrocuted prior his current form to explain why he looks that way
- After the police assail Lupin's hideout in Lupin III Pilot Film, one man, wearing bandages over everything except his police cap, reports back to Inspector Zenigata that they've been unable to capture Lupin.
- Played for laughs in Future GPX Cyber Formula when Gudelhian is wrapped around like a mummy in 11 after Heinel beat him up for using the radio too much.
- A more serious one happens in the next OVA, Zero, when Hayato is seen lying on the hospital bed, his body completely wrapped in bandages except for his right hand and face after the accident involving the Zero Zone.
- Onigumo, from Inuyasha, is almost always depicted as this in flashbacks, since he first began to lust after Kikyo while she was tending to his injuries. His desire for her led him to merge with a group of demons, turning him from an ordinary human bandit into a half demon.
- Fairy Tail: Natsu Dragneel's gotten this more than once, most notably after his fight with "Black Steel" Gajeel◊.
- Rajiv ends up as one in the manga adaptation of Sands of Destruction after Kyrie turns his Destruct powers against him and his men. Somewhat unusual, given that most of Kyrie's (accidental) victims just end up turned to sand rather than severely injured.
- Ed winds up like this in a manga-only scene from Fullmetal Alchemist. It's surprising at first since when he was last seen his injuries weren't nearly as bad, but Major Armstrong made the mistake of giving Ed another one of his crushing bearhugs at the worst possible time.
- Goku winds up like this in Dragon Ball Z after his first fight with Vegeta. The only thing that isn't covered up is his face.
- When Mad Max visits Goose in hospital and sees what's left of him wrapped in bandages, he outright refuses to believe it's Goose.
- A classic one at the ending of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World shows nearly the entire cast in hospital, bandaged or cast in plaster and bemoaning their fate. Cue Ethel Merman.
- Played for comedy in Johnny Dangerously, where Johnny's brother is in a full-body cast, next to another hospital patient with another full-body cast. His mother identifies Johnny's brother by the color of his eyes, and writes his name on the cast.
- Franz Liebkind is reduced to a version of this by the end of The Producers, although still wearing his Nazi helmet.
- Happened to the dog in There's Something About Mary.
- Bullseye is this at the end of Daredevil.
- The protagonist of Kung Fu Hustle is reduced to this state after he gets his everything beaten thoroughly by the Beast.
- In Now You See Him, Now You Don't, this happens to Druffle after an accident with the bumblebees that he was using for his science project, making him look like the Invisible Man. To add insult to injury, Druffle is actually allergic to bee stings.
- In Patton, the eponymous character shares an uncharacteristically tender moment with one of these while presenting Purple Hearts at a field hospital - just before slapping a shell shocked soldier.
- One example played simultaneously for laughs and Squick is from Catch-22, in which a fully-bandaged wounded flier has one tube going in and one tube going out, and once a day the bottles of fluid attached to each tube are switched around. At least one person makes the claim that nobody's in there, but nobody believes him.
- Not completely covered, but Mr. Bump of The Mr. Men fame.
- The Way Things Work has a picture of a mammoth severely injured in a gliding accident bandaged and posed to look like an airplane.
- In Little House in the Big Woods, a kid who gets swarmed by bees is shown all wrapped up in the illustrations.
- This term is used almost word-for-word by one of characters in Aleksander Kamiński's Kamienie na szaniec (Stones for the rampart; the story of two lads in the Polish underground movement) to describe Rudy's look after being freed from a Nazi prison. Rudy dies shortly afterwards due to injuries sustained during brutal interrogation conducted by Gestapo.
- The subject of a few The Far Side strips; in one, a guy is completely mummified, while his buddy tells a third friend something like "So this big bear was just lyin' there, and Jim got to wonderin' if it was dead or just sleepin'.." In another, the visitor to the mummy's bedside starts going on and on and on about how unbearably itchy casts can get.
- In Disgaea, Mid-Boss appears like this after one of the fights against him (the third, I think).
- Otani Yoshitsugu from Sengoku Basara is bandaged head to foot due to suffering from leprosy, with only his Black Eyes of Crazy visible. It's pretty damn unnerving.
- Every time your character lost all his energy in the Ghostbusters videogame adaptation for SEGA Megadrive/Genesis, he would become covered in bandages. Played for comedy.
- Joshua Graham of Fallout: New Vegas, due to being burned alive for his failure by Caesar. By passing a speech check, he tells you that every night he has to replace the bandages and upon exposing his wounds to the air he feels the pain of being burned alive once again.
- In The Simpsons, the family visits daredevil Lance Murdock in the hospital when Bart decides to become a daredevil. Murdock's arms and legs are in casts & slings, and he signs a headshot with a sharpie in his mouth.
- It's not a complete body binding, but after Thrust gets his metal butt handed to him by Starscream in Transformers Armada his next scene shows him with bandages around his pointed head and his arm in a cast. Given that he's a robot one wonders at the point of putting bandages on at all.
- Happens to both Cody and Trent in Total Drama Island, Cody after he's mauled by a bear and Trent after he falls out of a plane and hits the ground. It later happens to Blaineley in Total Drama World Tour and Cameron in Total Drama All Stars.
- Lucius on Jimmy Two-Shoes, but he deserves it.
- One episode of King of the Hill has Peggy end up in a full body cast after a skydiving accident.
- Brainy after getting sunburn in The Smurfs episode "Mummy Dearest", and Jokey in "Jokey's Funny Bone". Also Clumsy in The Smurfs and the Magic Flute.
- Jay Sherman was in this state when his ex wife Ardith first fell in love with him, which is how she agreed to marry him. The second she saw his face and heard his voice once the bandages came off, she regretted it.
- An unnamed pony in episode 42 of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic shares his hospital room with Rainbow Dash. He is entirely encased in bandages. One wonders what the heck he did.
- In "Rainbow Falls", Rainbow Dash has this when she fakes being severely injured.
- Mr. Bogus:
- Happens to Bogus in the claymation short shown at the end of the episode "Lights, Camera, Bogus", when he accidentally pinches his finger with the pliers, prompting a first aid kit to come up to him and cover him up with a lot of gauze and cotton, making him look like a mummy.
- This happens to Jake and Butch in the episode "Is There A Bogus In The House?"
- Popeye ends up like this after fighting with Bluto - the twist is this lets him spend time in the hospital with nurse Olive. He wins, and Bluto looks on enviously.