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->''"Thou lov'st me not; for, brother, if thou didst,\\
Thy tears would wash this cold congealed blood\\
That glues my lips and will not let me speak.\\
Come quickly, Montague, or I am dead."''
-->-- ''Theatre/HenryVIPart3'', Act V, Scene 2

A character is either dying or badly injured when they start bleeding from the mouth.

In RealLife, coughing blood can indeed indicate life-threatening damage. One of the scientific names for this symptom is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemoptysis "Hemoptysis."]] It can result from organ and tissue damage from disease or trauma; punctures in the respiratory and gastro-intestinal tracts; and massive trauma to the body as a whole. This is an especially big warning if the lungs have been punctured, as the victim can drown in their own blood if not treated. As a death trope it's caused by any fatal injury, and is less a symptom than a signal to the audience that this dude's a goner. Much like the chest-clutching and doubling over in days of old, Blood From the Mouth is a sign of death that won't horrify us with the specifics, keeping our focus on the story itself.

However, not all RealLife bloody mouths are immediately dangerous. Damage to the gums in a fistfight, biting your tongue, or a particularly copious nosebleed can just as easily replicate the appearance. When it's not a death trope, blood around the mouth simply indicates the character has just taken a worse beating than usual. Our hero gets smacked around some and ends up with a bloody lip - not a big deal unless there's staggering involved. They might even spit out the blood defiantly, along with [[TeethFlying a tooth]], just to showcase their resolve. Was that hit fatal? If the character wipes the blood away and it ''does not return'', it's cosmetic Blood From the Mouth. Expect to hear MyNameIsInigoMontoya any second now.

A subtrope of HesDeadJim.

See also: FirstBlood, SoapOperaDisease and IncurableCoughOfDeath. Saying ImColdSoCold is another very bad sign. Occasionally overlaps with DeadlyNosebleed.

Not generally related to the PsychicNosebleed; combine the two and get BloodFromEveryOrifice. If it's the only sign the character gives that they're injured, it's a MortalWoundReveal. Blood from the mouth is also an increasingly popular way to show damage taken from a DeadlyUpgrade, or over reliance on a SuperMode.

A stream of blood trickling from the mouth is also shorthand for "I am a vampire."

!!'''As a DeathTrope, all spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In a non-serious example, England from ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' coughs up blood whenever the Fourth of July comes up or anything relating to independence is mentioned.
* Subverted constantly in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Whenever Guts takes a massive blow from an enemy, especially if it slams him into the wall or floor, blood pours vigorously from his mouth, and he certainly appears dead most of these occasions. But ''[[MadeOfIron he never dies]].''
* In ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'', blood drips from Kai's mouth when he is battling Brooklyn.
* ''Manga/BlackButler II'': Alois does this at the end of the 7th episode after being stabbed by Ciel.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Happens a few times to Ichigo, most notably before his first real [[SuperpoweredEvilSide hollow transformation]].
** He somehow does it ''through a face-concealing mask'' in his later fight with Grimmjow.
** Censorship in the anime (which is ''incredibly'' inconsistent about whether real blood can be shown) gets a bit silly with this. When Uryu's stomach is destroyed by Szayel Aporro, blood pours out of his mouth; in the anime, WATER comes out instead.
** [[FanNickname Captain Tuberculosis]]--better known as Ukitake--does this on a regular basis because of, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well, what do]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuberculosis you think]]?
** In Chapter 392, Hinamori has a bit of a trickle, though considering she had just been stabbed in the chest, she had a good reason.
** During their fight in Hueco Mundo, the ''second'' time Nnoitra Gilga punches his hand through Kenpachi Zaraki's chest blood spurts out of Kenpachi's mouth. However, Kenny's just getting going.
* This is shown to be a symptom of the virus in the manga ''Manga/BloodyMonday'', as well as that of those suffering from neutron radiation.
* Hilariously done in the manga version of ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'', where pretty much every attack causes characters to spew ridiculous amounts of blood.
* Liang Qi in ''Anime/{{Canaan}}'', as a side effect of failing to give herself Synesthesia.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Index, in bit of a creepy moment when she's in her 'self defense' personality, is going through the magical requirement to heal her slashed internal organs - and hello proper reason to actually have such bleeding. She's trying to get Komoe to perform magic when she pauses to cough up blood and then instantly continues in her former robotic manner.
* In ''LightNovel/ChivalryOfAFailedKnight'', Yuri spills out quite a mouthful of blood shortly after her introduction as Ikki and Stella's homeroom teacher. They take her to the nurse's office afterwards, and she tells them this happens on a regular basis.
* Since the demons of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' have the ability to regenerate, this trope is often used to show when someone's given them a serious blow. It's rarely used for humans, however--the only time is when Mary Magdalene is given a fatal blow by Aion in the manga.
* Almost everyone in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' has had blood spurt from their mouths at some point or another. It's usually {{justified|Trope}} by the character having just taken a sword or clawed hand straight through the gut. The blood itself usually isn't indicative of impending death on its own, as [[GoodThingYouCanHeal they can heal massive amounts of damage]].
* ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'': Ian coughs/throws up quite a bit of blood after a long stint of stress over his relationship with Jeremy and Jeremy's emotional state.
* This seems to happen to Allen Walker in nearly every battle of ''Manga/DGrayMan'', though it doesn't so much indicate his death as just him being beaten the crap out of by bad guys. He usually returns the favor.
* Played with in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''.
** Towards the end of the first season, after November 11 has killed his treacherous boss, he's seen staggering down the street, trying to get call someone on his cell phone. He stops and coughs up blood, and smiles sadly--then the camera angle changes to show that he's been shot in the stomach and there's blood all over his suit. Blood From the Mouth was the least of his worries.
** Also happens to Havoc earlier in the season when November 11 kills her.
* Discussed in Book 40 of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', where Conan, Mouri, Ran and Sonoko find the VictimOfTheWeek hanging from the ceiling in an apparent suicide. Because he is bleeding from the mouth, which, according to Ran and Sonoko, people who commit suicide by hanging [[TaughtByTelevision usually do on TV]]. Conan points out that doesn't usually happen in real life unless the victim has been cut before the noose is tightened and movies only do it to make it clear to the viewers that the victims are dead.
* Pretty much every time a character in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' got a nice hit in the gut, they'd fall to their knees and start hacking up blood. They are usually fine a few seconds later, strangely enough. It makes more sense in the dub, where the blood is edited out so that it seems like they are coughing just because the wind got knocked out of them.
** This happens so frequently that when a DBZ character hacks up blood, it's treated with about the same concern as if they just had the nonlethal, busted-lip variety. One notable instance was in the first Broly movie; blood is dripping down Broly's face, and he stares at his opponent... then abruptly smiles and licks it off, getting a fairly entertaining {{Squick}} reaction from Goku.
** In the original version, Trunks gets one after getting a hole blown through his chest by Perfect Cell.
** When Krillin is impaled by Frieza, he throws up ''a damn river's worth.'' This one was {{justifi|edTrope}}able, though, as that hit would have killed him if not for [[HealingHands Dende]].
*** Which Frieza licked off of his face too.
** When Frieza charges Goku at one point during their battle, Goku punches him right in his chest, causing him to vomit a big gob of blood, as a reminder of Goku's new-found Super Sayian power.
** In the movie ''Bojack Unbound'', this happens to Bojack when Super Sayian 2 Gohan punches a hole straight through his stomach. In this case it's, if not a mortal wound (Future Trunks doing the same to one of his minions killed them instantly), then a severe one that likely would've killed him if he weren't so powerful.
* In the manga of ''Manga/ElfenLied'', this occurs to Lucy repeatedly as she overuses her enormously powerful vectors, causing her body to deteriorate from the effort. Eventually, she is reduced to nothing more than a puddle of flesh, bones, and organs.
* In ''Manga/{{Emerging}}'', blood running from the mouth and [[TearsOfBlood eyes]] is a good sign that the [[ThePlague unknown disease]] ravaging Tokyo is entering its final stage. This generally precedes blood ''[[HighPressureBlood gushing]]'' from the mouth, nose, eyes, and every other orifice.
* Hyatt from ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' does this ''constantly''. She also has the tendency to die, sometimes ''from'' this; in the final episode, she [[HighPressureBlood bleeds so much]] from her mouth that the ''world floods''.
* ''Manga/FairyTail:'' Happens to anyone who breathes in [[PoisonousPerson Bradman's]] AntiMagic particles, whether it kills them immediately or not. The only reason [[spoiler: Gajeel]] lasted the whole fight with him is because there's trace amounts of [[spoiler: iron]] in those particles, [[spoiler: which he breathes in as a last-ditch effort to go [[SuperMode Dragon Force]], which was successful. A CurbStompBattle then ensues in Gajeel's favor.]]
** It actually happens more often than you'd expect for a series like this, though only in the manga.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has a fair bit of this.
** Izumi coughs up a lot of blood due to her missing internal organs. Sometimes it's played for drama... and sometimes for ''laughs'', like when she does that on a guy trying to attack her.
** This is Riza Hawkeye's father's cause of death.
** It is implied that Trisha died this way in the manga (shown via one of Edward's nightmares).
** At the end of the Briggs arc when Edward is [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice stabbed through the gut with a giant pole]], he doesn't notice it at first and tries to get up...only to suddenly cough up blood and collapse.
** Kimblee, after Scar punches through his chest.
** While fighting Envy in Gluttony's stomach, Ling gets punched and flung into a stone pillar with enough force that he coughs up a small gob of blood.
** During his LastStand battle with Scar, King Bradley briefly stops to cough up a puddle of blood. Justified in this case, as it's established he's already mortally wounded and wants to go out fighting.
* The 2003 ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' anime has some more examples:
** Homunculi are capable of healing any wound by relying on the power of the [[PoweredByAForsakenChild red stones]] they've consumed, so the first real step in defeating them is often to perform an alchemical ritual which causes them to [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything vomit up all of their red stones]].
** Greed vomits up red stones ''and'' blood.
** Also happens to Edward in the last episode, when he is stabbed in the chest by Envy.
** In the movie, rivers of blood ooze from Wrath's mouth after he is bitten by Gluttony, and he spews even more when Gluttony nearly chomps him in half. Also, Alfons Heidrich develops a life-threatening illness that causes him to cough up blood from time to time.
* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', the first sign that Nuriko is a goner in his battle with Ashitare is when he coughs up blood, bleeding much from his lips among other places afterwards.
* Happens to Takiko in ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'', since she caught TB after taking care of her mother, who died of the disease.
* In ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'', this is how Hayato's father, Hiroyuki dies when he coughs up blood from his mouth after being seriously injured in a car accident (in which the car exploded and the debris stabbed him), and the accident [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident was set up]] by Smith.
* Happens in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' particularly when Gintoki takes [[http://www.onemanga.com/Gintama/90/13/ a serious]] [[http://www.onemanga.com/Gintama/90/14/ body shot]]. He always [[UnexplainedRecovery gets better]].
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]''
** Happens to Graham Aker every time his MidSeasonUpgrade (he's had a fairly absurd number of them) surpasses his body's tolerance. The explanation seems to be that the G-forces are messing with his internals. He lives, though.
** Also happens to Sergei Smirnov, after his son "fatally wounds" his mobile suit. He is killed in the ensuing explosion.
** Happens again with Nena Trinity before she dies, although her blood is a result of the Regnant's Fang destroying almost her entire abdomen. She uses the little energy she had left to let Louise know ''EXACTLY'' how she feels about her for doing that.
* Happens to Manga/HaruhiChan while taking story suggestions from the SOS Brigade for their new amateur film. She has to be hospitalized at the end of the sequence.
* In a later chapter of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' this happens to Luca.
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', Alucard causes this to happen to Rip Van Winkle when he is killing her.
* The dying type shows up a few times in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', most notably when Keiichi is shot by Takano.
* Happens [[http://s28.postimg.org/l1weql6n1/Blood.jpg rather graphically]] to Miroku in ''Manga/InuYasha'' whilst trying to suck Naraku into his Air-Rip. He not only bleeds from the mouth but from the nose, ears ''and'' eyes.
* In ''Anime/{{K}}: Missing Kings'' to Kuroh during his second fight with Yukari, in a rather lovely garden. He doesn't die, but he does have blood from his mouth, which he wipes away as his [[LongHairedPrettyBoy hair blows in the wind]], making for a particularly nice shot, were it not for the blood.
** When Iwafune dies in ''Return of Kings'', he has this as well.
* In ''Manga/KamichamaKarin'' after Kazune finally [[HeroicRROD pushes himself too far]] while fighting the BigBad, he coughs up blood, and then continues bleeding from the nose and mouth for a while afterwards.
* Happens at least twice in ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'', when Fujino was dying due to her appendicitis, and when Araya was impaled by Shiki.
* ''Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru'': During their fight Kevin squeezes Minoru's throat hard enough to make him cough up blood and [[BloodLust drinks the blood]].
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''
** Although toned down in the anime, by a lot, in the manga, you can't help but feel sorry for Tsuna when he gets punched around or nearly suffocated to death by the BigBad. All this beat down results in a lot of that unpleasant red stuff. Good thing the manga portrays it as black.
** Resident IllGirl Chrome suffers from this whenever her illusionary organs give out. Immensely freakier in the manga where they actually ''show'' her coughing up quite a bit of blood.
* In the ''Manga/LoveHina'' manga, Keitaro [[CrashIntoHello crashes into]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Mutsumi]], knocking her over. Keitaro apologizes, then sees that blood is trickling from her nose and mouth. This, combined with her (temporarily) BlankWhiteEyes ([[FridgeLogic plus the fact that she seems to have no pulse]]) convinces Keitaro and Naru that she has died. Of course, it's really just one of her fainting spells.
* In ''Anime/MacrossPlus'', we see this just before Guld crashes his fighter into the unmanned drone; he coughs out a giant gob of blood as the G-forces crush his internal organs.
* ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'' ascends to NighInvulnerability towards the end of the series (through being just that badass, no kidding) but does Blood From the Mouth to demonstrate to the BigBad that inside, she is still a human being. [[FauxSymbolism It's symbolic, really.]]
* In ''Anime/MagicalPokaan'', ''[[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires Pachira]]'' squirts out liters of blood... because she had athletes' foot.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''
** Vita hacks up a lot of blood after one of the MechaMooks impales her through her chest. One of the combat cyborgs is also shown with blood coming out of her mouth after Zest kills her.
** Precia Testarossa also has this on occasion, as a byproduct of her IncurableCoughOfDeath.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Negi gets some blood from the mouth after being impaled by a giant stone spear shortly after returning to the Magic World. He also heavily ''pukes'' blood after getting the complete crap beaten out of him by Rakan in the final match of the tournament. Both times, these are caused by obviously major damage. Both times, ''[[HeroicResolve he gets up anyway]]''.
** It happens in a flashback too, when the Mage of the Beginning obliterates Ala Rubra in one hit, most of them have Blood From the Mouth.
** [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Evangeline McDowell]] displays this in an early arc after keeping Negi from [[TakingTheBullet taking a stalactite]] meant for her. Of course for [[RedBaron someone called the Undying Mage]], getting a sharp piece of stone marginally less wide than her torso rammed through her gut is a [[GoodThingYouCanHeal transitory irritation]].
* ''Anime/MekakucityActors'': Shion in episode 10's extended flashback when she uses [[TakenForGranite her powers]] for the first time [[MamaBear to protect Mary]]. [[MissingMom She perishes shortly afterwards]].
* Subverted in ''Metal Armor Dragonar'', in which a somewhat minor HumongousMecha pilot is shown coughing up blood constantly within the two episodes he is in. However, getting blown up when his giant robot is destroyed is what finally does him in.
* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', All Might exhibits this constantly. He's lost his stomach and most of his lungs by series start. This makes blood shoot out of his mouth whenever he overuses his powers or even gestures a little too hard, in addition to his emaciated appearance.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** The Hyūga families fighting style uses [[LifeEnergy chakra]] to inflict internal injuries rather than external ones. You only know you have been hit after you cough up blood.
** When Naruto fights Sasuke in an effort to stop him from defecting to Orochimaru, the first hit Sasuke gives him is a MegatonPunch that causes this in addition to sending him flying.
** We later see it happen to Itachi during his final fight with Sasuke. No, he hadn't been hit by a Hyūga, he just had tuberculosis or something the entire time. And he ''still'' kicked ass.
*** Also happened to Kimimaro who had a fatal disease.
** Jiraiya has quite a bit of blood coming from his mouth when he dies, as a result of his throat being crushed. Hinata, while appearing to be dead in the eyes of many viewers, had a trickle of blood coming from her mouth. Pain coughs up blood after using Chibaku Tensei, having already used up most of his chakra.
** In one of the more recent chapters Naruto is bleeding from his mouth after a brutal beat-up from a Cloud ninja.
** Who can forget Part 1's Big Finale, after which Sasuke coughs up blood near Naruto, who is passed out on the ground? (It was a rough fight.)
** Danzo starts drooling the red stuff after getting squeezed by Sasuke's Susano'o. But it's apparently not fatal nearly as what happens at the end of the chapter ([[NighInvulnerability He's okay]]). He starts again (for real) after taking a fatal hit and Karin does as well (she lives though).
** Asuma's death.
** After Kushina restrains Kyuubi and later Minato when they both are [[HeroicSacrifice using their bodies to stop Kyuubi]] from killing their son Naruto.
** Tsunade has Blood From the Mouth in her battle with Orochimaru after she jumps out in front of his Kusanagi sword to protect Naruto. Subverted, though, in that she gets up and continues to fight (and even heals herself).
** Sakura after being impaled with Sasori's sword. The preview has other characters talk like they're mourning her death, only to be interrupted: [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments "Cut it out, you guys! I'm still here!"]]
* In the manga ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', some people who breath in too much poisonous miasma get this.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Luffy coughs up blood more than once in his fight with Rob Lucci. It's subverted when Luffy not only keeps going after coughing up blood, but [[{{Determinator}} stands right back up]].
** Zigzagged during Luffy's fight with Usopp. The latter originally pretends to be coughing up blood from previous injuries to make Luffy hesitate, but by the end of the episode, he genuinely does cough up blood.
** PlayedForLaughs by Sanji when he is forced to admit his poorly-drawn Wanted Poster is indeed him by Ivankov.
** Dr. Hiriluk in Chopper's flashback does this to show that he's dying of an incurable disease.
** In the Punk Hazard arc, after Mocha swallows all of the drugged candies she was carrying so as to protect the other kidnapped children from eating it, the poor girl ends up in immense pain, coughing lots of blood. Fortunately, Chopper was there to stabilize her condition.
* In ''VisualNovel/OokamiKakushi'', Shigetsu bleeds heavily from the mouth before dying.
* Played with in ''Manga/PandoraHearts'': Break sometimes does this after a battle, but it doesn't mean he's lost; in fact, it's a pretty good sign that he just [[CurbStompBattle stomped someone into the ground]] with Mad Hatter. It's just that using Hatter puts such a strain on his body that he'll probably be dead in a year.
* ''Manga/RaveMaster'' abuses this one. In a ''sword fighting manga'' blood from the mouth is more common than ''cuts''.
* In the conclusion of ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion 2.0'', the Tenth Angel impales Unit-01, causing Shinji to vomit up a torrent of HighPressureBlood due to his high {{synchronization}} rate. This is the first hint that ''things'' are going to happen, since it shows that Shinji retains an absurdly high {{synchronization}} with his Evangelion despite the fact that Unit-01 was impaled ''after'' the power ran out. Now angry, he reactivates the Unit, and an impressive resurgence against the Angel occurs.
* Alice in ''Anime/RODTheTV'' after getting [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice the mother of all papercuts]].
** Also Ikkyu Soujun in the OVA when Nancy squeezes his heart.
* Tsukune from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' coughs up a decent quantity after getting his shoulder crushed via an enraged half-breed monstrel.
* ''Anime/RurouniKenshin''
** When Kenshin coughs up blood after a particularly brutal hit, one of the women watching the battle actually notes that this means he's [[JustifiedTrope sustained major organ damage]]. (The trope is played straight in the [[NonSerialMovie Seisouhen OVA]]: this is a sign that Kenshin, and then Kaoru have contracted The IncurableCoughOfDeath.)
** Also happens with Sanosuke during his battle with Anji. Justified again: Anji is a BareFistedMonk and has hit Sano's vital organs more than once with his fists.
** Over the course of the ''Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal'' OVA, one of Kenshin's allies (erstwhile boss, really) [[IllBoy Takasugi]] [[KnightInSourArmor Shinsaku]] coughs up blood regularly, and eventually dies of his illness while overlooking a battlefield. [[JustifiedTrope Completely justified]] in that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinsaku_Takasugi the actual historical figure the character is based on]] also died of tuberculosis before the end of the Meiji Restoration.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': Aphrodite after Shun unleashes [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique his Nebula Storm]] on him.
* In ''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari'', Sa Sakujun bleeds copiously enough from the mouth to soak the front of his clothing, even though rather than suffering any internal injuries he is succumbing to a poison he'd taken much earlier in the day. Transferred to Shuurei's lips afterwards.
* Just about every time someone dies in ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'', they do it half-choking on blood.
* Though it's more a sign of ''grief'' than death, it happens in ''Anime/{{Slayers}}'' Evolution R (episode 10) to Zelgadis when he learns Rezo can't cure him. Oh the poor, poor dear...
** Though to be fair, Rezo was likely screwing with him. Having the source of ultimate evil sealed in your soul and all that, maybe he just lied to keep Shabranigdo in check.
** The trope is played straight during the [[MoodWhiplash more brutal battles]], though. The most noteworthy case is from the same season above when Zelgadis is nearly crushed by the resurrected Rezo-Shabranigdo, causing him to cough up a notable dose of blood.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
** This happens occasionally. Notable examples include when [[SuperOCD Death The Kid]] realized he'd had part of his hair cut (making it [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes asymmetrical]]), Maka after the fight with [[OurWereWolvesAreDifferent Free]] on London Bridge, where the blood was black, indicating she was affected by... [[TheCorruption black blood]] and Mifune after being defeated by Black Star for the third time. In the anime he lives, in the manga he does not.
** In the anime, the [[WeirdMoon moon]] constantly has blood dripping out of the corner of its mouth. [[TrailersAlwaysLie Except in the opening]].
** Medusa coughs up blood twice in her first battle with Stein in the anime: once when she gets slammed against a wall, the next when he hits her with his [[KiAttacks Soul Force attack.]]
* In the ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' movie, Yoshika gets this while she's being pursued by the giant tower Neuroi. She gets a much worse injury at the end of the fight, though.
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle''
** Fai spits out blood when he fails to transport himself and Kurogane out of the collapsing world of Celes. Pretty much expected when half his power has been diminished after C!Syaoran ate his left eye.
** Also happens to Kurogane's mother earlier on.
* ''Anime/VisionOfEscaflowne'':
** In the first episode, Van is knocked aside by the dragon and rolls a little ways. He then vomits well over a quart of blood. Which is odd, since he survives so much damage during the series that he's clearly [[MadeOfIron some sort of robot]].
** There's also a later time where Van begins coughing up blood, seemingly unprovoked, while the heroes are imprisoned by Zaibach. Rather than a rapid onset of Tuberculosis, it turns out to be because the bad guys have started dismantling the mech he's [[{{Synchronization}} permanently synched to]]. ''Heart first''.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
** ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Happens a few times in the final story arc. Whenever one of their monsters are destroyed, many of the characters cough up a small amount of blood, often shortly before dying. The most extreme example would be Bakura (or at least one of the numerous versions of him), who, upon losing a duel against Yuugi, coughs up a huge glob of blood, not long before dying.
** The ancient Bakura actually vomits blood before dying. ''He comes back.''
** ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': In an episode explaining Daitokuji-sensei's, or rather, Amnael's, origins, he coughs up a little bit of blood due to succumbing to a terminal disease, but he makes a second body right before his first one dies.
* In ''Manga/ZombieLoan'', Michiru exhibits this in the second episode. Although it's not as much of an indicator as the ''massive pool of blood'' around her after she [[TakingTheBullet took a sword strike]] for another character. She got better.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Happens to Abe Sapien in a ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' issue, who spits up quite a bit of blood after being impaled through the chest by a spear; understandable in this case, since the spear most likely punctured a lung. He gets better, though.
* When Marv is in the electric chair in the ''ComicBook/SinCity'' story, "The Hard Goodbye", the first jolt fails to kill him, but it makes him spit up a mess of blood (though in the movie it may not be blood, since his blood was always shown as a bright red while the goo was [[BlackBlood black]]. Considering he's a smoker, he might have been chewing on the stub of a cigarette; which darkens ones' spit.)
* This trope is evoked with the [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lanterns]]. Becoming one involves a person's blood being replaced by a burning red acid which they can use as a weapon by puking it at opponents.
* When Comicbook/{{Superboy}}-Prime captures Mr. Mxyzptlk and tortures the hell out of him, at one point he vomits blood. Prime comments on how disgusting it is.
* ''Comicbook/SupermanBrainiac'': Franchise/{{Superman}} vomits blood after pulling out a spiked probe inserted into his digestive tract by several Comicbook/{{Brainiac}} drones.
* ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'': When Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} becomes a Red Lantern, her blood turns into burning-hot acid which she vomits.
* Creator/JhonenVasquez once made fun of this trope in his deliberately horrible comic, ''The Bad Art Collection.'' A character is wounded and blood comes from the mouth. Paraphrased: "Oh, no! I did a blood burp! That means I'm dying!"
* During the fight between Zeus and the ''ComicBook/IncredibleHulk'', Zeus punches the Hulk in the stomach and he vomits up a mass of green blood.
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', Siphon suffers this before the end.
* In ''Legion of Monsters: ComicBook/{{Morbius}} the Living Vampire'', a girl spews up a geyser of blood as she's turning into a vampire.
* In ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' v7 #13 a {{mook}} is shot with a type of bullet that opens up to reveal the crab-like construction inside, which then digs its way through the victim's body. The victim ends up spraying a 2-feet-high fountain of blood from the mouth. [[SubvertedTrope He still manages to get up and run]].
* Inverted in ''ComicBook/{{Morbius}}'' v2 #2. Morbius coughs up blood just as the wound from a shotgun blast to the chest heals and gets back up.
* A non-fatal version happens in ''ComicBook/{{Persepolis}}'', when Marjane coughs up blood from having a severe case of bronchitis (not helped by being homeless in the dead of winter in Austria) and passes out. She's found and taken to a hospital before it turns fatal.
* In ''Franchise/TheTransformers'' comics, a character leaking Energon from their mouth (assuming they have one) is a frequent sign that they've taken a lot of damage.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Very prominent in ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/109581/1/i-did-not-want-to-die/i-did-not-want-to-die I Did Not Want to Die]]'', where the protagonist is first shot in the stomach, and realizes that he's been mortally wounded once he starts coughing up blood.
* After Fluttershy gets shot in ''Fanfic/AKingdomDivided'', she coughs up blood. However, she lives until [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill napalm is dropped on the field hospital]].
* Happens to Mercutio in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6063565/1/Pattern_Broke Pattern Broke]]'', a ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' fanfic.
* A less serious variety happens in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5036837/4/Its_A_Grand_Old_Team_to_Play_For this]] ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' fanfic in chapter 4. Tai gets kicked in the face during a major soccer match and notices something's wrong when he spits out blood. He's forced to leave the game because of it.
* In the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'', Takato's deteriorating health is shown from him coughing up blood several times during ''Silent Sorrow''. During his torture by the Kurasarimon, the author showed he was [[DarkerAndEdgier Not Pulling His Punches]] by using this (more so even than Takato's screams of agony).
* Happens to both Patchouli Knowledge (though she was just badly injured) and Koakuma in the ''Touhou'' fanfic ''[[http://flygonmaster122.deviantart.com/art/Scarlet-in-Black-Part-1-295004758 Scarlet in Black's]]'' first part.
* How Kevin knows that Ben's not doing well after the fight with Fusion Buttercup in "FanFic/{{Pipeline}}".
* Happens to a villain in ''FanFic/PowerRangersGPX'' after suffering from a case of ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice.
* In ''Fanfic/CosmicWarriors'', Experiment-D-U-D's mouth leaks blood after he takes a beating by Tuxedo Mask and is literally stabbed in the back by Warrior Moon.
* In ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'', it's pretty obvious that Tojo is going to die when blood starts dribbling from his mouth after Tama stabs him.
* This is a notable sign of the chronic disease Paul suffers from in the Pokemon fanfic ''Fanfic/TravelsOfTheTrifecta''.
* Happens to both Kenny and Stan in ''Fanfic/LikePinningButterflies''.
* In the ''Manga/InuYasha'' fic ''Fanfic/DarknessAnkhAscendant'', Sesshoumaru gets ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice and coughs blood all over the diamond spears through him. Since he's a youkai with extreme HealingFactor, this is downplayed and he manages not to die.
* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/82162 Stars from Home]]'' plays with this when Scott hits his head and begins coughing up blood, only to wave off concern because he really ''did'' bite his tongue. Later played straight on a mission, though.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''/''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheVampireOfSteel'', Supergirl vomits blood after being battered by a Kryptonian vampire.
* In ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' story ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour'', Kara bleeds from her mouth when she's hit hard while battling another Kryptonian.
-->Both were bleeding, Kara from one side of her mouth, U-Ban from a nose that had run into her knee.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Haku in ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' is bleeding a consistent amount after being inflicted by a curse and Yubaba doesn't even try to help him, saying he will die eventually. It is {{Justified|Trope}} since he had originally swallowed Zeniba's golden seal. And of course, he is healed by Chihiro.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* This trope is pretty common in horror films.
* Done in the ''Film/FantasticFour''. When the bad guy starts discovering his powers, he shoots someone straight through the chest with some kind of electric shock. The injury nowhere near the mouth, but the guy has a stream of blood tickling down his mouth before he collapses, obviously dead.
* The lead characters in ''Film/TheSting'' have blood coming out of their mouths after a shooting at a racehorse betting counter. The blood, however, and the entire shooting [[ThePlan were all staged]], and the characters are perfectly fine and comfortably richer, too.
* In ''Film/LawnDogs'', a man who quite frankly deserves it, is later seen bleeding from the mouth after getting shot in the back by Devon, the 10 year old heroine, who is trying to protect her friend Trent.
* In ''Film/TheBucketList'', Edward confirms he has cancer when he coughs up blood into a handkerchief.
* In ''Film/TheWickedLady'' (1945), Lady Barbara has a little blood coming from her mouth when Caroline finds her after she has been shot (probably a lung wound).
* In ''Film/BladeRunner'', blood flows from Deckard's mouth into a backlit shot glass. Possibly the most beautiful Blood From the Mouth scene ever shot- but honestly, do you expect anything less from Creator/RidleyScott?
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** After being impaled by Shelob in ''Film/LordOfTheRings'', Frodo starts frothing from the mouth before collapsing.
** Boromir has blood from the mouth when he gets shot by multiple arrows.
** Masterfully done in ''Return of The King.'' Shots of Faramir leading a suicide mission are inter-cut with Denethor [[TheSnackIsMoreInteresting casually]], and [[JabbaTableManners messily]] eating food. You see Orcs shoot a massive amount of arrows at the men of Gondor... and cut to red juice dribbling down Denethor's chin.
* In ''Film/TheDeparted'' Frank Costello is gushing blood from his mouth just before he's killed.
* In ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' Buffalo Bill coughs up some blood right after Clarice shoots him.
* This is incredibly common in Chinese dramas and action movies, mostly to show that a character has been poisoned or has taken serious damage in the obligatory Kung Fu fight.
* ''Film/{{Versus}}'' has this happen basically every time anybody takes a hit. By the end of the movie, they take it a step farther by making the hero's blood acidic.
* Used in the ForegoneConclusion beginning and ending of ''Film/PansLabyrinth''. Possibly [[DeadlyNosebleed Blood From The Nose]].
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', bleeding from the mouth signifies severe injury (i.e., falling off a building or taking a beating from an Agent) or death within the Matrix. Unplugging someone does not make them do this, which makes sense because [[JustifiedTrope it kills the mind, but does not cause physical harm]].
* In ''Film/GranTorino'', Clint Eastwood's character suffers from an unspecified, presumably deadly illness (implied to be lung cancer, given his smoking habit), and spits blood at regular intervals during the film.
* In ''Film/ForgettingSarahMarshall'', when Peter finally completes his Dracula-puppet rock opera, the titular puppet dies at the end, complete with red silk blood from the mouth.
* In ''King of New York'', one of Frank White's men gets shot during the police raid and coughs up copious amounts of blood.
* In ''Saints and Soldiers'', if a character is shot fatally, they get copious amounts of blood in the mouth before they die.
* Strangely, and awesomely, this happens in the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie at the end when Optimus Prime totally wipes the floor with the Fallen.
* In ''Film/SympathyForMrVengeance'', Dong-jin coughs up some blood after being repeatedly stabbed.
* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' has the Penguin hacking up something nasty and black right before he finally dies.
* ''Film/FightClub'':
** Naturally shows up a few times, given all the people getting beat across the mouth. Tyler makes particularly disgusting use of the effect to intimidate a guy. Also turned on its head in the case a bullet-hole in the cheek - does the blood still count if it's not actually come out of the "mouth"?
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] ([[IncrediblyLamePun literally]]) with the Narrator's line, "You can swallow a pint of blood before you get sick."
* In ''Film/MoonChild'', Sho spits up blood when he is shot by Son. From the position of the bullet hole and difficult breathing, the bullet might have punctured his lung.
* 'Film/{{Jaws}}'': As Quint gets munched on, blood dribbles from between his clenched teeth and down his chin.
* The opening scene from the Drivers' ed film ''Mechanized Death'' features a woman coughing up blood after an accident. Serious nightmare fuel.
* In ''Film/TheWomanInBlack'', a girl who drank lye suffers from a severe amount of of oral bleeding immediately before dying.
* Used to show how badass a secondary character in ''Film/TheLastSamurai'' was. In the middle of the climactic battle Ujio is shot in the stomach by a soldier whom he kills after an appropriate stagger. Several other samurai come to help Ujio but he unceremoniously pushes them away, spits out a bright red spray of blood and goes on fighting. It takes the Gatling guns to finally finish him off.
* In the Bollywood film ''Rang de Basanti'', Aslam coughs up blood after he gets beaten up by the police at a demonstration. He gets better.
* Nicole Kidman's character has this as a symptom of her dying in ''Film/MoulinRouge''. Justified since she's dying of tuberculosis and bloody mucus is one of the symptoms.
* In the film ''Film/SilverStreak'', Ned Beatty's character is shot and dies talking to Creator/GeneWilder with blood coming from his mouth.
* In Wong-Kar Wai's last movie ''The Grandmaster'', Gong Er, played by Zhang Ziyi, spits blood on her white scarf.
* In ''Film/WildAtHeart'', the girl they find at the roadside, victim of some car crash. Totally unjustified, but a clear signal of Lynch's playing with tropes, and most probably the most chilling instance of "Wicked Game" as background music, ever.
* In ''Film/{{Predator}}'', the title alien hunter coughs up blood (bright green, glowing blood, but still blood) as he activates his doomsday self-destruct device.
* In Jane Campion's ''Bright Star'', Fanny finds out that Keats is ill when she sees blood-stained linen (he's not seen coughing blood at that point, but the implications are pretty clear.)
* In ''Film/DasBoot'' the lethal version of this happens to the Captain. In the novel, it is explained that he has shrapnel wounds through his back.
* Happens frequently in slasher films, eg in ''Film/{{Scream 2}}'' when Phil is stabbed in the head.
* In ''The Doctor'', William Hurt's title character coughs up blood while leaving a party. This turns out to be the first sign that he has cancer.
* In the movie ''Film/KissKissBangBang'' Perry is shot in the chest. Harry gives him a couple of breaths (he probably "learned" CPR from the movies), then pulls away and a stream of blood flows from the corner of Perry's mouth. He got better, though.
* Socko from ''Film/{{Freaked}}''. Despite being a mutant with a sock puppet covering a human hand for a head, he somehow manages to bleed from his 'mouth' as he lies dying from gunshot wounds.
* This happens a couple of times in the movie of ''Literature/WatershipDown'':
** When Bigwig gets caught in the snare, he coughs up blood as he chokes.
** When Blackavar is killed by General Woundwort, he coughs up some blood before he dies.
* The short film series ''Film/{{Sockbaby}}'' did this [[SpecialEffectsFailure hilariously badly]]. Of course, that was [[{{Camp}} the whole point]].
* In ''Film/BatmanBegins'', the old man referred to as Ra's al Ghul was bleeding from the mouth after being hit by a pile of logs in a burning building Bruce Wayne and Ra's al Ghul were both in.
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Xavier bleeds profusely from his mouth on the astral plane, which means that his mind is dying.
* The father from ''Film/TheRoad'' coughs through most of the movie, but his fate becomes absolutely apparent when he coughs out a large amount of blood near the end.
* Found in ''Film/RedTails'' Lighting coughs up blood before his death.
* Played straight then subverted in the Korean film ''Film/{{Thirst}}'', where a priest volunteers for an almost certainly fatal experiment. As the disease spreads throughout his body, he coughs a huge amount of blood over ([[{{Squick}} and through]]) the pipe that he had been playing. He dies shortly thereafter, but makes a miraculous recovery. Later on, he experiences a sudden resurgence and coughs blood again, but this time doesn't die...well, [[ViralTransformation not]] [[NotQuiteHuman technically]].
* Played with in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld''. Instead of bleeding from the mouth, people [[MoneySpider spit out coins.]] (The movie is styled as a living video game.)
* One of Death's victims in the ''Film/FinalDestination'' series starts spitting up blood when she's pulled into an escalator -- [[YouFailBiologyForever before it even]] [[NightmareRetardant reaches her knees]].
* In the ''Film/{{Undisputed}}'' films, particularly the sequels, a shot of blood spewing from someone's mouth as he takes a huge shot to the chin, usually accompanied by the mouthguard flying out, seems to be an almost universal symbol that the fight is done, and the bleeder has lost. It rarely goes more than 30 seconds from that point.
* In Creator/HerschellGordonLewis' ''The Gore Gore Girls'', a woman is chewing bubble gum, and is blowing a bubble, when she's bashed over the head with a mallet, and the inside of her bubble is sprayed with blood.
* In ''Stahlnetz: PSI'', a German crime movie, a small girl is kidnapped for ransom and at some point hit in the face by one of the kidnappers. This is not directly presented as dangerous, but this signifies the danger of her situation.
* In ''Film/HeroicTrio'' almost every fight scene involves one or more fighters spitting up blood. The climax is definitely a repeat offender.
* ''Film/KillBill'':
** A slight difference for Gogo: in her case, the blood comes from her ''eyes''.
** When The Bride finally fulfills the title, a mouthful of blood alerts Bill to his imminent demise.
* In the first ''Film/SpiderMan1'' movie starring Tobey [=MacGuire=], Osbourne coughs up blood when he's impaled with his glider.
* In ''Film/BlackDeath'', this is the symptom indicating that Griff has been infected. Subverted in that, he doesn't die but is [[MercyKill finished off by his friend]].
* In ''Film/VerticalLimit'', two characters suffer from pulmonary edema (water forms inside the lungs) after getting trapped inside an icy cave. They cough up blood as a result.
* In ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaiderTheCradleOfLife'', the establishing character moment for the bioterrorist/scientist villain [[LargeHam Jonathan Reiss]] is him in a private jet with his clients. He poisons one who [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves snitched on him]] to Interpol, intoning "this is the sound of a traitor dying" as he gurgles his last, bleeding profusely from his mouth.
* In ''Film/CabinFever 2'', the attendees of a school prom have been drinking punch that a) was made from bottled water from the small town featured in the first ''Film/CabinFever'' movie--you know, the stuff that's infected with necrotizing fasciitis--and b) was thereafter pissed in by a custodian infected with the same disease. About halfway through everyone starts vomiting blood all over the place as they apparently realize that their internal organs have liquefied.
* In ''Film/ThreeExtremes'' a female character bleeds from the mouth right after she killed the offspring in her womb.
* In ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreetPart2FreddysRevenge'', a partygoer at Lisa's party bleeds from the mouth as he gets trampled to death by the other teens, who are trying to escape from Freddy.
* In ''Film/GuyverDarkHero'', every Zoanoid does this before before dying at the hands of the Guyver.
* Happens at times from the monsters in the Franchise/{{Godzilla}} films:
** ''Film/DestroyAllMonsters'': King Ghidorah
** ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzilla'': Anguirus
** ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla'': Godzilla
** ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzillaII'': Rodan
** ''Film/GodzillaVsSpacegodzilla'': Space Godzilla
** ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'': Destoroyah
%% * Happens multiple times in ''Film/HanselAndGretelWitchHunters''.
* In ''[[Film/WinnetouI Apache Gold]]'', Klekih-petra, an old man who is a white father to the Indians dies with the ominous blood, being murdered by Santer. He doesn't die immediately and begs Winnetou, a future Apache chief, to save the peace.
* In ''Film/FruitvaleStation'', Oscar Grant sports this after being shot. Sure enough, the doctors reveal that he has been hit in the lung and that the damage is so severe that it had to be removed. This proves to be futile, as they are unable to stop his internal bleeding and he eventually dies.
* In ''Film/HigherLearning'', a gunshot victim spits up blood. Sure enough, she rapidly dies.
* One of the more squicky parts of the werewolf transformation in ''Film/TheWolfman2010''. What? You think those pointy teeth just poof into your mouth?! Might also possibly be from internal organs shifting around and what not...
* ''Film/TheGunman'' does a ridiculous take on this by having the protagonist periodically vomit blood even though he is diagnosed with a form of traumatic injury to his ''brain''.

* This is very common in Chinese literature, where characters are described as expelling blood through the mouth due to not only injuries or disease but also anger, sorrow, and annoyance.
* After repeatedly being thwarted by the genius strategist Zhuge Liang in ''Romance of the Three Kingdoms'', Zhou Yu expires from coughing up blood in rage.
* A few chapters before her demise, the heroine of A Dream of Red Mansions, Lin Tai-yu, does this after learning an unfortunate secret.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Ghostmaker'', when the Ghosts run across a particularly bad patch of Chaos, they start bleeding at the mouth.
** Also used straight in the same novel, when a wounded trooper dies while Gaunt is calling for a medic.
** In ''Sabbat Martyr'', while Kolea is lugging Mkvenner to the Saint, Mkvenner's coughs splatter blood. Justified because he suffed from severe internal damage.
** And Rawne coughs up some when a Chaos sorcerer is trying to control him.
** In Creator/DanAbnett's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Literature/BrothersOfTheSnake'', the seriousness of Inquisitor Mabuse's injuries shown by having him bleed at the mouth, though he lives long enough to provide the Marines with evidence that they were working for him.
** In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''Literature/{{Ultramarines}}'' novel ''The Warriors of Ultramar'', the BloodMagic used by the Mortifactors causes Blood From the Mouth for a seer -- revolting the Ultramarines who witness it.
** In ''Dead Sky Black Sun'', Leonid coughs up blood. While he fights on, it is not much later when he persuades Uriel to [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind leave him]], because he will only slow them and die.
** In William King's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: Literature/SpaceWolf'' novel ''Wolfblade'', [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs the invasion of the house]] begins with TheMole shooting a guard, who bleeds from the mouth.
** In Lee Lightner's ''Sons of Fenris'', when Jeremiah fights Cadmus, blood from Cadmus's mouth is the sign that he got in a telling blow -- though he is actually killed by the next blow.
** In Creator/DanAbnett's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' novel ''Legion'', questioning a wounded Nurthene ends when he bleeds from the mouth and dies.
** In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Storm of Iron'', the Chaos sorcerer Kelmaur bleeds from not just the mouth but from every orifice in his head when his scrying leads to a psychic attack.
** In Creator/JamesSwallow's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''Literature/BloodAngels'' novel ''Red Fury'', Corvus dies with blood forming a pink froth at his mouth -- his throat had been cut.
** In Creator/JamesSwallow's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Faith & Fire'', when Vaun is hit with a psycannon, he coughs a red mist.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/{{Ravenor}}'' novels, [[LanguageOfMagic Enucia]] is so horrifically chaos-warped that using it often causes bleeding at the mouth.
* In ''Literature/RavenorVsEisenhorn'', Enucia is used to test Beta -- she doesn't bleed, being a pariah, but someone who listens has a nosebleed.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' Ron is said to have blood trickling from his mouth and giggling uncontrollably after a Death Eater hits him with a strange curse that significantly reduces his cognitive abilities in the short run.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', Harry is described as wiping a trickle of blood from Dumbledore's mouth after the latter is hit with a Killing Curse and blasted off the Astronomy Tower.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', the death of Severus Snape is preceded by both blood and the silver fluid of a memory bubbling out of his mouth.
* OlderThanTheyThink! In Act V, Scene 2 of [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]] ''Henry VI'', Part 3, as Warwick dies he complains that he cannot speak clearly for all the blood and sticky stuff erupting from his mouth.
* Even older than that. ''Literature/TheSongOfRoland'' has the titular character blow a horn so hard he gives himself an aneurysm. A stream of blood flies out through the horn, and his brains start leaking from his ears. Roland wanders around a bit more, pays his respects to his fallen, climbs a hill, tries to destroy his sword, ''fails'' and destroys a very large rock instead, [[TheRuntAtTheEnd kills one more stray bad guy by bashing him with the horn]], and symbolically faces the land yet to be conquered before the cranial hemorrhaging and displaced brains catch up with him.
* A strange subversion happened in a ''Series/DoctorWho'' ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'' novel: Fitz smokes thirty a day, so it's no real surprise when he suddenly starts coughing up blood for no reason in particular. The weird thing is that it's [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse never brought up again]] and whatever was the matter with him apparently clears itself up between books.
* Played with in ''Literature/DarknessVisible'' - when putting his brain under extreme stress, Lewis bleeds from the nose and the eyes, but not actually from the mouth. The sense of this being a [[OhCrap Bad Thing]] remains the same.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'':
** Hawkfrost coughs up clots of blood shortly before he dies at the end of ''Sunset''.
** Tigerstar at the end of the ''Rise of Scourge'' manga.
** Non-fatal example: At one point in ''Forest of Secrets'', Graystripe has blood bubbling from his mouth.
** After he is hit by a car, blood trickles out of Whitethroat's mouth as he tries to speak.
** In ''Moonrise'' a doomed [[RedShirt Tribe cat]] has blood coming out of its mouth after being slammed against a wall.
** Snowfur, when she's hit by a car.
** In the short story "The Clans Decide", blood comes out of an injured she-cat's mouth as she tries to speak. She gets better, but she is near death at this point.
** Cats use the term "redcough" to refer to this phenomenon (in contrast to, for example, "greencough", which is pneumonia).
* Phase, in "Ayla and the Grinch", in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. After she tries to stop a demon who wants to force its way into their world, she's so badly injured she's bleeding from her mouth, nose, and eye. And elsewhere. Lots of elsewhere. It turns out she ''was'' dying from her injuries, but she gets saved in the nick of time by a mutant healer.
* Spider, near the end of ''Anansi Boys'' by Creator/NeilGaiman, justified in that his tongue had been ripped out by the Lady Of Birds.
* In ''Literature/DarkLordTheRiseOfDarthVader'', after falling from a high position, Roan Shryne coughs blood after he "ruptured a vital organ from the fall."
* Another ''Star Wars'' example comes from ''[[Literature/StarWarsBladeSquadron Blade Squadron]]''. After his starfighter takes severe damage, Commander Adon Fox tastes blood in his mouth from internal injuries he has suffered.
* In ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'' series, if a fledgling vampyre is rejecting the Change, they will start coughing up blood, then they will die.
* The Spencer Dunmore novel ''Bomb Run'' is about the crew of an RAF Lancaster in WWII. One of the gunners is injured by flak and when the others attempt to contact him he tries to speak 'but his mouth was full of blood.'
* Happens to First Mate Cox in ''Literature/{{Nation}}'' after he takes an axe to the chest, accompanied by a SlasherSmile and [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks sharks]].
* In ''There Is a Happy Land'' by Keith Waterhouse, the [[NamelessNarrative unidentified narrator]] finds Marian's body in this condition. It's implied that she had an extremely brutal and horrifying death, but the very young narrator [[InnocentInaccurate doesn't realise this.]]
* This is one effect of the fictional disease Chimera in the novel ''Gravity'' by Tess Garritsen.
* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'', Eric coughs up blood just before he dies due to multiple chest wounds.
* A dead man in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' is found to have blood clotted in his nose and mouth. His tongue was cut out, but someone botched it and he either bled to death or choked on his own blood.
* In the novel ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'', Scarlett is relieved when the injured Ashley does ''not'' have this, because she frequently saw this while she was a nurse during the Civil War and came to know it as a harbinger of death.
* Jem in ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices'' due to his 'illness' coughs up blood when weak.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/TheZeroStone'', Vondar has blood on his mouth before Jern starts to flee the fight.
* Happens to Corrie in ''Literature/TheTomorrowSeries'' when she gets shot.
* In ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'', the {{Five Token Band}}s who fought UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in movies "would learn, despite their differing backgrounds, how to trickle syrup from the corners of their mouths to indicate that they had been wounded. In the actual war, of course, real blood was used."
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', [[BigBad President Snow]]'s mouth is constantly bleeding as a side effect of the numerous poisons he's had to ingest while inducing the poisoning of political rivals (antidotes having only been able to do so much). It tends not to seep out, but it smells so strongly that he constantly wears the genetically modified roses in order to cover it up.
* In Creator/KeithRoberts' short story "Monkey and Pru and Sal", the title characters are mentally-retarded (and possibly deformed) human scavengers in a [[AfterTheEnd post-nuclear holocaust]] landscape. When Monkey goes off foraging alone he gets too close to a contaminated city, and a short time after his return he doubles up in agony and starts coughing up blood. It's not the radiation sickness that kills him, though: it's Pru and Sal, who no longer recognize his contorted, bloody face and beat him to death. On balance, this is probably more merciful.
* From the ''[[Literature/MadgieWhatDidYouDo Madgie]]'' series, we have this with Toki, in the 26th story, and she was continuous bleeding all throughout that story when said bleeding should have killed her or should have stopped. However, in this case, the fact that the bleeding didn't stop implied that she is DeadAllAlong.
* This trope is played for silliness, as can be read in [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/art/Blood-Running-From-the-Mouth-325649776 this poem]], titled ''Blood Running From the Mouth'', where observers are wondering why the person in question (noted to be angry) is bleeding from the mouth and isn't injured (i.e no broken teeth or internal wounds) or possessed.
** However, in an unrelated poem titled, ''Beishang'', this is played straight with the titular IllGirl as a precoming to her death of terminal illness (the which is implied to have been brought on by despair). In, another poem, ''Visceral Needs'', it is unclear if this is literal or metaphorical, as the titular's feelings causes her to taste blood in her mouth and then it goes onto note how might as well be frothing it or bleeding to death, which leaves the question as to whether or not she's really bleeding or if she feels like she is. One could assume it to be the latter.
* In ''Literature/TheAmulet'', this is the ultimate fate of Dean after his wife feeds him baby food laced with lye.
* Subverted in ''Literature/NineDragons''. Detective Harry Bosch notices that the blood on John Li's mouth was smeared, not just coughed up. He figures out that Li swallowed a bullet casing before he died.
* Subverted in one ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' short story: after the main character gets shot in the back, on of the other members of his gang tells him, using YeOldeButcheredEnglish since they're the Ancients, that he's bleeding from the mouth and therefore going to die soon. The main character tells him with annoyance that no, he's just fine because he was wearing body armor. He's bleeding because he tripped when he was shot and cut his lip on his teeth.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Usually restricted to {{justified}} cases where characters have suffered respiratory injuries, such as Ser Hugh, Lommy, and Polliver who are all stabbed in the throat and Jeor Mormont who is stabbing the back, presumably finding a lung. Not to mention the characters who die from blades entering or exiting via the mouth itself. Victims of poisoning tend to play it straight, however.
* In ''Series/ThreeKingdoms'', this is the main indicator of illness, severe injury, poisoning, shock, and every other ailment that results in a character collapsing or dying shortly afterward.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'':
** Derek, after getting claw-stabbed in the back by an Alpha Peter Hale.
** Scott, after being shot by Kate.
* Parodied in the ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' episode "Combat". Mike [[TakingTheBullet takes a paintball]] for Tim, and starts ''coughing up paint''. Probably not for the first time; before the game starts, Tim is lecturing Mike not to take things too seriously and get himself banned again. One of the things he tells him is "not to eat the paintballs".
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'': Several named characters die this way on this show.
** When Clayton and Simpson duel to death, at first the villainous Simpson collapses and Clayton appears uninjured, but then a trickle of blood comes from his mouth and it turns out he's been fatally shot.
** Lt. Eccleston in "The Even Chance". It's a variation of this trope since the bleeding doesn't seem to be internal but he was either hurt in his mouth or his lips were badly cut. However, visually, it's definitely Blood from the Mouth.
** Archie Kennedy is shot in "Retribution" and he tries to [[SecretStabWound hide his wound from his friend Horatio]] to spare his feelings. The MortalWoundReveal and The Blood from the Mouth tell the audience that he is doomed. He lasts long enough to perform a HeroicSacrifice, however.
** Another instance of KillTheCutie from "Retribution": Mr Midshipman Wellard dies a heroic death, [[FaceDeathWithDignity facing death with dignity]]. Before that, he kills some of their Spanish enemies, but is shot and Blood from the Mouth indicates that he is not going to make it. He manages to confess a possibly important secret to Gunner Hobbs.
** Jack Hammond, a rather hopeless Midshipman, is shot at the end of "Loyalty", [[RedemptionEqualsDeath just as he was proving himself brave and worthy]]. Some blood comes out of his mouth, he has a heart-wrenching dialogue with his uncle, his courage is commended, and that's the end for Jack Hammond.
* Providing proof that being a Creator/JamieBamber fangirl means a hard, hard life, ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' sent off Matt Devlin in nearly the exact same manner as his character Archie Kennedy from ''Hornblower'' (right down to the HeroicSacrifice). The last seen of him on screen in "Deal", he's bleeding from the mouth (and elsewhere); in the beginning of the next episode, "Survivor's Guilt", he is mentioned to have died of his wounds.
* This is used literally almost every episode in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Except, oddly enough, both [[Recap/SupernaturalS03E16NoRestForTheWicked Dean]] and [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E21AllHellBreaksLoosePartOne Sam]]'s [[DeathIsCheap first]] death scenes.
* In the ''Series/{{Lost}}'' season 5 finale, this happens to both Jacob and Juliet.
** And in Season 6 this is what prompts Richard to get some real help for his wife. Instead of saving his wife, he ends up accidentally killing the doctor, Isabella still dies and things go FromBadToWorse from there on.
* Warrick's death on ''Series/{{CSI}}''. Of course, he was bleeding from lots of other places too.
* Dexter's ex-girlfriend Lila at the end of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'''s second season. Dexter himself knifed her, putting her down because she fit his code.
* Caroline's boyfriend, in ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''.
* Considering all the deaths in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', this happens a surprising once. To Owen.
* Subverted in ''Series/BreakingBad''. At first it seems to demonstrate that Walter's lung cancer is getting worse which convinces him that he needs to step up his meth production to make enough money for his family after he's gone. However, it turns out later that his cancer is actually in remission and the blood he was coughing up was the result of an (easily treatable) tear in his esophagus.
* In ''Series/{{House}}'' of course, the list of people who don't spew blood is shorter than the list of people who do.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': This is the first sign that something is wrong with Fred in "A Hole In The World". In the middle of an incredibly sweet scene in what has been until now a mostly light-hearted episode, she starts coughing up blood, sending Lorne and Wesley into panic mode, and giving the audience a severe case of MoodWhiplash. She dies at the end of the episode.
** Subverted in "Not Fade Away". Angel warns the BigBad might retaliate against their people. Cut to his secretary Harmony sprawled out with blood coming from her mouth. Harmony is a vampire however, so a BedmateReveal shows she's just sharing a cup of blood with a lover...who happens to be TheDragon of the BigBad in question.
* On ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', when Tony contracted pneumonic plague, one of the signs that things were going downhill was when he started coughing up blood.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'':
** At the beginning of Season 15, one of the first signs that something is seriously wrong with Greg is when he starts spitting up blood.
** Another, earlier episode had Carter going to someone's house trying to track down a patient. He almost tripped trying to back away from a woman who was coughing up blood (she had TB, he didn't want to get it).
* Happens to Clark Kent when Doomsday socks him in the gut repeatedly, although he bounces back and wins. From the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' Season 8 finale.
* Variation from ''Series/TheSopranos'': When Christopher starts coughing up blood, Tony decides it's safe to kill him.
* In the eight season of ''Series/DeadliestCatch'', Captain Phil Harris, found himself coughing blood after getting a cracked rib in a nasty storm. It turns out to be from a blood clot in the lung.
* In ''Series/TheEvent'', blood from the mouth, eyes, and nose was the first sign that the passengers of flight 514 had been infected with some unknown agent by their HumanAlien captors.
* ''Series/FatalAttractions'' had a woman gotten bitten by one of her pet snakes and had her throwing up blood everywhere since snake venom makes you bleed more.
* ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'':
** The dying Shingo Izumi has blood pouring from his mouth - though he's resurrected via a PuppeteerParasite shortly afterwards.
** Later, Akira Date spits up blood after being injured by the Greeed, but he survives ''and'' is far less badly wounded than Shingo was.
** In ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', Kota bleeds from the mouth during his first battle with the Byakko Inves.
** This happens to Chase in ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' spin-off movie after [[ItMakesSenseInContext he stabs himself in chest]].
** Using Proto Bang Bang Shooting gashat does this to both early users in ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' prequel Kamen Rider Snipe: Episode Zero.
* In the last episode of ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'', Radiguet's otherwise-unstoppable OneWingedAngel form is impaled through a [[AttackItsWeakPoint weak spot]] on its back, and blood starts pouring from the mouth of the human face that's still there on his torso. Ya don't see ''that'' in Power Rangers..
* Would happen a couple of time to someone in ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger'' after a particularly vicious beatdown.
* Chris's death in the second series of the British ''Series/{{Skins}}''.
* From an episode of ''Forensic Files'', where a teenager has killed his father [[note]] Only the 911 transcript was shown, so it's possible the body was right next to the door[[/note]]:
-->'''Killer:''' I think he's dead! I see blood around his mouth!\\
'''911 Operator:''' Okay, where is he?\\
'''Killer:''' He's in the bedroom and the door's locked! I can't get in!\\
'''911 Operator:''' Let me get this straight: [[WhatAnIdiot The door is locked but you can see the blood around his mouth...?]]
* The Hands of Blue on ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' carry sonic devices that kill people by causing profuse bleeding from the mouth. [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath And eyes... and nose... and ears... and fingernails...]]
* The first season of the Australian drama ''Series/{{Underbelly}}'' is ridiculously fond of this trope. Greg Workman, Alfonse Gangitano, Nick The Russian, Mark Moran, Dino Dibra, Paul "PK" Kallipolitis and Carl Williams all get shot and end up with blood pouring from their mouths. Carl is the only one who survives, but to be fair he's the only one who receives a single bullet wound.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': In the "Church Police" sketch, a husband (Eric Idle) and wife (Terry Jones) bicker over dinner:
-->'''EI:''' What kind of fish you got that isn't jugged?\\
'''TJ:''' Rabbit!\\
'''EI:''' What, rabbit ''fish''?\\
'''TJ:''' Err, yes. It's got fins.\\
'''EI:''' Is it dead?\\
'''TJ:''' Well, it was coughing up blood last night...
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'':
** The farmer suffering from dropsy of the heart.
** In Series 6, Robert ''projectile vomits'' blood when his stomach ulcer burst. It is immediately dubbed the most shocking scene in the series.
* Played hilariously UpToEleven and CrossesTheLineTwice in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' in an episode where Charlie is masquerading as a cowboy with tuberculosis. In order to sell the disguise, he swallows "Like a million of those little blood capsules", hoping to cough up blood and impress the girl he's with. However, he gets sick and proceeds to VOMIT (fake) BLOOD all over her. Bonus points for trying to pass it off as "A touch of consumption".
* In ''Series/CriminalMinds,'' when Reid contracted Anthrax he began coughing up blood when he took a turn for the worse.
* In ''Series/ChinesePaladin'', Ling'er bleeds from the mouth after her HeroicSacrifice. Unlike most examples, there is a ''lot'' of blood involved, and it gets very messy very quickly.
* In ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', When Rick is forced to kill Shane, you can see the blood as one of them apologizes.
* During the second season of ''Series/IceRoadTruckers'', Alex Debogorski begins to suffer from shortness of breath and cough up blood. The cause turns out to be a blood clot in his lung, and he is forced to go home because his doctor worries that he may give himself a heart attack if he keeps driving.
* In the ''Series/{{Wallander}}'' episode "Firewall", this is how you tell that Ella's not going to make it. Indeed she seems to have been shot in the gut. Averted in "The Man who Smiled", although it would have been fatal without Wallander's prompt intervention.
* In ''Series/TheCityHunter'', Young-ju is left drooling blood after a fatal NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. In this case, however, the blood from the mouth is clearly from superficial wounds, and the least of his problems.
* ''Series/{{Rome}}''. Atia orders the slave girl who's bringing her soup to sing for her, but everyone is puzzled when she starts bleeding from the mouth while doing so. Until she drops dead, having sampled the soup on the way to her mistress, who's just escaped a poisoning attempt.
* In the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Imprint", the disfigured prostitute tells how her father eventually coughed up blood after a prolongued illness and promptly died in a river.
* In the 2nd season premiere episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'', the Secret Service doesn't know that President Bartlet has been shot until he begins spitting up blood as he talks (much like the UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan example in the RealLife section below).
* In ''Series/CallTheMidwife'', Dr Turner and the nurses don't realize that there's a TB epidemic starting in Poplar until one patient at the maternity clinic begins coughing up blood during her appointment.
* The ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' episode "Malcolm Holds His Tongue" has Malcolm keep his opinions to himself for once, but the stupidity of the basketball team proves too much for him to handle, and he suffers a peptic ulcer, throwing up blood on the coach's shirt.
* In ''Series/{{Salem}}'' the poison used to take Mab out has this effect.
* In the BBC's 2015 adaptation of ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'', blood sprays out of Marston's mouth while he is dying from cyanide poisoning.
* After Scully is shot in ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "[[Recap/TheXFilesS06E10Tithonus Tithonus]]", there's blood in her mouth. It's strongly implied she would've died from the gunshot, if not for Fellig dying ''for'' her.
* ''Series/NCISNewOrleans'': In "Collateral Damage", the VictimOfTheWeek coughs up a large amount of blood as she keels over from an overdose of arsenic.
* ''Series/{{Endeavour}}'': In "Coda", Inspector Thursday starts coughing up blood just before he goes to make what might be his last stand against a gang of bank robbers. He then coughs up [[spoiler:the bullet fragment that had been lodged in his lung]].

* In the video for Trio's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSwJ2rjUSdc Da Da Da]]", a waitress is stabbed in the back and reappears in a nearby TV set bleeding from the mouth while singing the chorus. Bordering on terrifying.
* Modern productions of ''Theatre/LaTraviata'' can get very realistic on this.
* Gene Simmons of Music/{{KISS}} is known for vomiting blood onstage as part of his act.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Displayed by Invader #3 in WWC when Manny Fernandez decided to go into business for him self and tried to kill the man with a knee across his chest. (Fernandez and had mistook Invader #3 for Invader #1. Invader #1 had killed Wrestling/BruiserBrody, 3 had nothing to do with it.)
* Wrestling/KenShamrock once won a Wrestling/{{W|orld Wrestling Federation}}WF FirstBlood match by making his opponent bleed internally and won when he started coughing up blood.
* Wrestling/HulkHogan after passing out from a bear hug by Wrestling/BrockLesnar.
* [[Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick Paul London]] after enduring multiple shooting star presses from Wrestling/BillyKidman, who was sick of fans demanding he keep using the move after it injured Wrestling/{{Chavo Guerrero| Jr}}, Kidman then asking if they still wanted to see it.
* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels after Wrestling/{{Kane}} crushed his throat with a chair in 2004.
* She's bled worse but [[Wrestling/BlackRose La Rosa Negra's]] bleeding mouth put an exclamation point on her rematch with 'Portugal's Perfect Athlete' Shanna on SHINE 20, a discuss forearm, elevated face buster and her face literally being stood on not even being the worst of it.
* There was noticeable blood coming from ACH's mouth during his night 1 match at ''[[Wrestling/RingOfHonor Supercard Of Honor X]]". While it was hard not to sympathize with him, it was great for his opponent Adam Cole, as it sent the message he needed both to his night 2 opponent Kyle O'Reilly and the fans who would be watching their no holds barred match.

* Cripple Billy in Creator/MartinMcDonagh's ''The Cripple of Inishmaan''. (See also BuryYourDisabled.) Justified, in that a large part of the plot revolves around whether or not he has TB.
* In ''Theatre/FreudsLastSession'', UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud coughs up blood a couple of times -- he is suffering from oral cancer and has to wear an ill-fitting prosthesis after part of his jaw was removed.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'': If Walker is killed by the squad sent to save him from Dubai, he will cough up blood as he lays on the ground dying.
* ''VideoGame/BreathOfFire'':
** ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireDragonQuarter'':
*** After Ryu and Bosch have ended their battle in their D-Dive dragon forms. Bosch, realizing he is defeated and can no longer control his D-Link willingly allows Ryu to finish him off by means of a claw into his chest. As Ryu holds Bosch in the air, Bosch hacks a flurry of blood into Ryu's face and his body goes limp.
*** Ryu has a very similar experience long before that -- blood from a mouth and a nightmare face, as Bosch stabbed him before he went "OhCrap" as Ryu started to transform.
** In ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'', resident WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds GodEmperor Fou-lu has this after his [[FantasticNuke Hex Nuking]]. In fact, it's copious enough that it ''also'' counts as a VomitIndiscretionShot.
** In the manga adaptation of ''IV'', Fou-lu has this after his Hex Nuking ''and'' after being [[BackStab Back Stabbed]] with an EvilWeapon by TheEmperor Soniel. (The manga depiction is far BloodierAndGorier than in game, and is an apparent TakeThat to the outright {{Bowdlerization}} of this scene altogether from international versions of the game.)
* The first ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' game has Zero with blood/mech fluid/oil/some red substance running from the corner of his mouth after sacrificing himself to destroy Vile's Ride Armor. Notably, he does not bleed from anywhere else despite having been [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe torn in half]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' when Inuart is impaled in the gut by Furiae, he coughs up blood before dying.
* In ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'', in the first few cutscenes the Vizier is shown coughing violently, getting blood in his handkerchief. Since he wasn't in a fight beforehand and this has nothing to do with his later death -- either of them -- it may fall under VaderBreath. Although this particular case of Blood From the Mouth ''is'' death related. Specifically, the Vizier knows he is dying, which was part of his motivation for finding the Sands, and thus immortality. I'm sure the whole ultimate-god-like-power thing also had something to do with it, though.
* In the UsefulNotes/SegaCD game ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'', the Benson that turns out not to be a snatcher begins to bleed from the mouth as he says his final words to Gillian. The blood is a modest drip; which is strange considering his injuries are so devastating, that Metal Gear Mk. II can't even get the words out.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', Ganondorf coughs up blood as he collapses in defeat. In some versions this was changed to green.
* Used a couple of times in ''VideoGame/LastScenario'', once with the SacrificialLamb and once with Ortas, who turns out to be so badass that he can [[GameplayAndStorySegregation still manage to put up a very good fight anyway]].
* In the ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Fighting Game by Capcom, if you finish off your opponent with a Super Move, you are treated to a Manga style (complete with black and white shading) close up of your opponent's face, generally with blood coming out the mouth, very satisfying to see, too!
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' there are several characters who die with blood from the mouth. Duke Larg and Duke Goltana both die coughing a burst of red pixels, and in his final character portrait, Islude is also portrayed as bleeding from the mouth.
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'': During the period Alex Mercer is infected with the "Cure"/Supreme Hunter, he coughs up blood before collapsing during one of the cutscenes. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation This doesn't actually mean he's any weaker than he was on the previous mission]], but it's a pretty big clue that if he doesn't get rid of it soon, it'll eat him alive. Yes, [[PersonOfMassDestruction Alex]] [[IAmAHumanitarian Mercer]] [[{{Irony}} being eaten alive]].
* Happens fairly often in ''[[Videogame/TraumaCenter Trauma Team]]''. This is the result of the hemorrhagic fever caused by the Rosalia virus. True to the trope, this typically means whoever is vomiting blood is nearly dead. Also tends to coincide with TearsOfBlood for the same reason.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. Leon and Ashley cough blood throughout the game, but it's hardly a spoiler that neither of them die.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', if you look closely, Judge Gabranth has a bit of this after the second fight with Vayne. It's [[RedemptionEqualsDeath the fatal kind.]]
* This is all over the place in ''VideoGame/VagrantStory''. Sydney sports a few pixels of it in the very beginning, courtesy of a crossbow bolt to the lung, and then again toward the end, after Guildenstern has had his way with him. Hardin gets a bad case after Guildenstern (again) stabs him. Neither of the former two take; the latter, however, eventually does.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', a trickle of blood is coming from Asch's mouth as he dies.
* ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'': Zack bled all over the place, including from his mouth.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': This happens a lot over the course of the game. Mordin / Padok if you betray them during the Tuchanka mission, Kirrahe if he's shot by Kai Leng, Kai Leng himself after his boss fight. Finally, this happens to Shepard after surviving a [[WaveMotionGun Thanix blast]] from Harbinger on the way to the Citadel. This is the first time the player has seen Shepard bleed, much less from the mouth, so you know he/she is badly hurt.
* ''VideoGame/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream'': Happens to Benny if he ever tries to eat anything himself. Just another side effect of AM's [[BodyHorror freaky genetic modifications]] to the guy.
* Paige from ''VideoGame/BrothersInArms'' Earned in Blood succumbs to this after he is wounded after an attack that [[ChunkySalsaRule vaporizes]] his squad leader. However, he manages to gather just enough strength to pull Hartsock to safety before dying.
* Duck from ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' begins to cough up blood when he's on the verge of death after being bitten by a walker.
* Ukyo Tachibana from ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' is an IllBoy with [[IncurableCoughOfDeath tuberculosis]], so once in a while he coughs up blood in his winning poses.
* A recurring image in the worlds of VideoGame/YumeNikki, most obviously in the "Forest world", which may hint at events in the protagonist's past.
* In ''[[VideoGame/HeroesRise Herofall]]'' Prodigal coughs up some during her {{heroic sacrifice}}.
* Newton Belduke in ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney'' is shown with one of these in an illustration of his corpse. It's actually poison he drank.
* In the third game of the ''VideoGame/DontEscape'' series, the player starts coughing blood and spits out a piece of crystal at the denouement, revealing that the crystal is growing inside you.
* Seen several times in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' on characters who are near death, though it's mostly BlackBlood (considering monster [=SOULs=] are gray). Sans appears to bleed red during his boss battle, although considering he's a skeleton and taking into account certain events on a pacifist route, it's possibly just ketchup.
* Terry Fawles in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations'' begins to bleed after poisoning himself in the middle of the court.
* Okita Souji, from ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'' has the same magic tuberculosis as Captain Ukitake from ''{{Anime/Bleach}}'' has, the kind that stays even after you die and turn into a spirit.
* Happens in the ''Fight Night'' series when a boxer is knocked down, though it obviously isn't fatal. Makes sense when they're knocked down by a punch to the head. Doesn't make sense when they're knocked down by a body punch.
* ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'': Choukai's base form has a trickle of blood from her mouth in her damaged art.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has several characters that bleed from the mouth after sustaining a grave injury. Most of them die minutes later while a few others live.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/RibbonOfGreen'', this is how the girl who was DeadAllAlong fades away.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Shirou averts this trope, noting how minor an injury coughing up blood is after doing it by flushing out Ilya's binding spell.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'': When Akiha does this near the end of Hisui's [[MultipleEndings true ending]], that's how you know that she's about to die.
* Unsurprisingly, Okita Souji in ''VisualNovel/{{Hakuouki}}'' inevitably starts coughing up blood as his tuberculosis sets in. In his final bad ending, he takes a sword to the chest and bleeds from the mouth (in addition to bleeding copiously from the actual wound) as he dies.
* ''VisualNovel/Ever17'' features a (usually) fatal disease called Tief Blau, the primary symptom of which seems to be coughing up and sneezing blood... until you choke to death on it, usually clawing your throat out at the same time.
* In ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoRakuen'' we see the ending of the flashback that began [[VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoKajitsu two games earlier]] in Amane's route. After Amane managed to escape, Kazuki stayed behind to try to keep the other victims of the bus crash alive as long as possible, hoping for rescue. By the time she could take control, there were only three girls left, the only one of whom was fit was Koide. Kazuki warned her not to take the rice and eat it directly because her body could no longer hold down solid foods and would need it prepared as gruel. However, she was starving and couldn't hold back, so after being left to prepare the next meal on her own, she was found having puked so badly that blood was coming from her mouth. Despite being the most fit girl left besides Kazuki at that point, she was the next to die.
* Mid-way through Chapter 3 of ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'', Kaito begins to fall ill. By the end of the chapter, he starts coughing up blood, and it just gets worse from there. During his execution in Chapter 5, he finally succumbs to this illness and dies before he can be properly executed.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* This happens twice in ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'': the first time to Charles, Bravado, and their men when Shandala gives them a good old EmotionBomb mind blast; the second time to Raimi in the GrandFinale.
* In ''WebAnimation/MyJungleBookYourYear'' [[TheHero Demonica]] coughs up blood in the FlashForward of episode one while being chased by Furi.
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', after getting stung by Tyrian's scorpion tail, Qrow begins coughing up blood tainted purple like the poison was.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Seen in ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' when Rumisiel discovers [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2008-07-14 Raechiel's body]].
* In the webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Gnoph}}'', Abbey is constantly coughing up blood as a [[NecessaryDrawback side-effect]] of the symbiote living in her lung. It's actually referred to by its medical name, hemoptysis.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040326 Doctor Vg]] after a MercyKill, as a revenant interprets a vague command as a direct order to activate a deadly weapon, and wishes to spare his friend the coming horror.
* In ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'', Hanna throws up quite a bit of blood pretty early on in the story. Subverted in that he doesn't die / isn't apparently dying and is pretty fine afterwards.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005770 Five]] [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005233 instances]] so far. Later on, during [S] Cascade, Sollux would start bleeding from the mouth from the stress of [[PsychicNosebleed psychically moving]] the trolls' asteroid to the green sun. In this case, the blood from the mouth was just part of the damage, as a lot of the veins on his face were bursting at the same time.
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006500 And a sixth time,]] though in this case, it's more a matter of getting conked on the head and spitting out teeth than any kind of serious injury.
** Gamzee spends roughly the entirety of Act Six Intermission Four gushing blood from his mouth after being shot.
* Seen in ''Webcomic/{{Juathuur}}'' [[http://oneway.juathuur.com/1/?strip_id=140 here]]. He survives, barely.
* Fairly common so far in ''Webcomic/{{Shadownova}}'', despite the comic still being fairly new. So far it seems to be justified in most cases. Karen is impaled on a pointy bit of metal and while Carver and Scruffy both only seem to have light external injuries when you consider that the both crawled out of the wreckage of a destroyed building damage from shockwaves and hits from falling debris isn't really a stretch. In Cam's case it's made obvious it's just a split lip.
* Valeska Köhler in ''Webcomic/{{Panthera}}'', as seen [[http://www.pantheracomic.com/?p=1334 here]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sidekicks}}'' most characters throw up blood when they take severe or fatal damage and injuries.
* Seen a few times in ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan: Oracle for Hire''. In one of the more memorable instances, Szark's infernal wound acts up and causes him to yark blood in his parents' living room. [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2006-02-16 It's the last thing Dominic needs.]] It's non-fatal, though, and he even apologizes for the carpet he ruined.
* In ''Mitadake Saga'', Koji spits up blood after being stabbed.
* Page 627 of ''Webcomic/HaruSari'' has June throwing up a LOT of blood.
* In ''Webcomic/{{UC}}'', after a group of bullies beat the living daylights out of Nicodemus, he begins to cough up blood. It’s just a result of his [[http://www.wanderingchaos.com/uc/050504.html broken nose bleeding into his lungs]], and he most certainly does not need to go to the hospital, thank you very much, Kelsi.
* In ''Webcomic/ClockworkGame'', William Schlumberger has Black Vomit, in which someone pukes up partially digested blood. It's the final stage of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_fever Yellow Fever]].
* ''Webcomic/NuzlockeComics'' and spinoffs thereof frequently use this to indicate that a Pokemon has been fatally injured.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Earthsong}}, when Beluosus finally crushes Skogul's soulstone for [[YouHaveFailedMe revenging herself on the person he needed to carry out his plan]], she coughs up blood as she falls to the ground.
* ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned''
** When Darius comes across [[spoiler:Buwaro's dying biological father, the demon vomits blood when attempting to [[PapaWolf threaten]] Darius. Years later when Darius is fatally injured he vomits blood when talking then comments on how he's NotSoDifferent from Buwaro's dad]].
** When Kieri fatally [[spoiler:stabs Berserk Lazuli in the side to save Rhea, drops of blood spray out of the dying demon's mouth as she screams]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', whenever a character of elven descent has blood coming from their mouth or [[IncurableCoughOfDeath coughs violently]], it's usually a sign that they're showing the first symptoms of being infected with the [[MysticalPlague Blood Fever]].
* A Website/YouTube video which purports to be a real execution shows a man in the electric chair who starts bleeding from the mouth when the first jolt hits him. Several comments on the video note that the "execution" was, in fact, staged as part of a TV documentary on prison life.
* In the Website/YouTube phenomenon "Blood", a toddler accidentally hits his infant brother in the face while playing, splitting his lip and causing him to bleed. The toddler becomes extremely distressed upon seeing his brother bleeding, and tries to tell his dad that there's blood on his brother's face. HilarityEnsues.
* Evan from ''WebVideo/EverymanHYBRID'' tries to kill [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos the goddamn Slender Man]] with a [[BatterUp baseball bat]] in "Ashen Waste". The [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome screen]] [[NothingIsScarier goes]] [[NoodleIncident black]], and the next thing we see is him staggering around bleeding from the mouth.
* In part 2 of the ''Synchronicity'' series from Music/{{Vocaloid}}, Rin is shown bleeding from her mouth as a sign that being a [[BarrierMaiden Dragon Diva]] is slowly eating away her life force.
* A metaphorical use can be seen [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/art/Anger-Can-be-A-Sickness-523071955 here]], where pent-up anger is a cancer and this is seen, along with tumors. Apparently, the artist draws a lot of those to convey her feelings, negative feelings that is.
* Exaggerated in ''WebOriginal/AirRideAdventures'' with Orange Kirby.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''Franchise/{{DCAU}}'' was pretty loose with this - one gets the impression that Batman must have had internal organs with incredible regenerative properties, given how many times he's had blood running from his mouth and not died. More reasonable to assume it's a split lip, or accidentally biting his tongue or cheek hard enough to draw blood when he gets hit, especially since they seem to come more often after blows to the face. His mouth is the only visible part of his body. This was even [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] at one time in a comic where after fighting Clayface, an unmasked Bruce showed he had received a black eye from their confrontation, (as well as several other bruises around his chest and torso); something that his ExpressiveMask covered up.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'':
** [[AnimationAgeGhetto Amazingly,]] the cosmetic variety is even found in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', in the episode Bubblevicious. [[GenkiGirl Bubbles]] is trying to prove she's hardcore, and so turns the this-episode-only-training-chamber UpToEleven. [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya After taking a significant beating]] from the simulations (somehow), she has a small trickle of blood running from her mouth (though the lighting purposefully makes this difficult to see), which she wipes off, right before [[UnstoppableRage unleashing all hell]] on the simulated monsters. BewareTheNiceOnes, [[TookALevelInBadass indeed.]]
** In the intro, Him spits out a bunch of teeth and a little blood from a kick in the face from Bubbles, though it could be coming from his nose.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', Nathan vomits blood after seeing the others vomit. It turns out he has a bad liver, getting it replaced later on. This prompts Toki to make a note that "Blood Puke" is a good name for a song before remembering they already wrote it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Brother from the Same Planet" during Homer and Tom's fight near the end blood is dripping from Homer's mouth before he is knocked onto a fire hydrant.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' during fight scenes characters will often cough or spit out blood.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' Cliffjumper bled Energon from the mouth, shortly before Starscream ripped him open.
* Optimus Prime's beatdown of Megatron in the season 1 finale had Megatron leaking energon from his mouth. The Transformer equivalent of blood. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NQ-h3FpjR8
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Transformers}}'': The Movie, Prowl starts bleeding ''smoke'' from his mouth just before he collapses dead.
* Happens to Lance in ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' after getting a JackBauerInterrogationTechnique onboard G3's ship. Although it appears to be black blood, it's still quite shocking when you consider this show originally aired on Creator/CartoonNetwork (which made it less out-of-place on Creator/{{Toonami}}).
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'' after Doomsday punches Superman in the stomach several times. It's at this point that Comicbook/LoisLane and Comicbook/JimmyOlsen [[OhCrap fully begin to realize that Superman could be in grave danger.]]
* WesternAnimation/WatershipDown: Bigwig is basically vomiting blood as a steel snare is strangling him to death.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* UsefulNotes/AttilaTheHun actually died this way. It's unknown exactly why he died but he was found drowning in his own blood.
* TruthInTelevision for anyone who's done high school wrestling, in which it's common for wrestlers to be wearing metal braces, and one of the principal moves is the cross-face, which is basically a jab across your opponent's mouth. There are mouth pieces designed to prevent this, but most eschew them because it makes it harder to breathe. Most teams have, during a match, at least one person on duty just to clean up blood from the mat.
* When President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan was shot in 1981, the Secret Service agents whisking him away didn't immediately know he had been hit--until he started spitting up blood, whereupon the limo was diverted to the hospital. Reagan survived a bullet wound in his lung.
* When Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot by Gavrilo Princip at Sarajevo in 1914, the fatal bullet entered the Archduke's neck under his tunic collar, severing his jugular vein and badly damaging his trachea (windpipe) before lodging in his spine. This caused blood to spray out forcefully from his mouth, striking one of his staff officers in the cheek. His wife, Duchess Sophie, saw that and cried out, "For heaven's sake, what's happened to you", before collapsing to the floor of the automobile, the victim of a bullet in the abdomen which caused her death within minutes from massive internal bleeding.
* Several serious lung conditions, including pleural effusion (fluid in the lung cavity) and pneumothorax (air between the lung and the chest wall, collapsing the lung) present with pinkish-red, frothy sputum as a critical sign. When a patient actually bleeds from the mouth, it's usually from ruptured esophageal varices (swollen, fragile blood vessels in the esophagus) in the context of liver failure. Neither situation is anything to laugh off, as you can't breathe with a collapsed lung, and you can lose a major portion of your blood volume from bleeding varices very quickly.
* Blood from the mouth, mixed with mucus, is a symptom of tuberculosis.
* During rioting following the 2009 Iranian election, a woman named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Neda_Agha-Soltan Neda Soltan]] received a bullet wound in the chest and died. A cell phone camera video taken of her immediately after being shot received major international attention. The video clearly shows her bleeding from the mouth and nose. And not the little dribble of blood normally used in the trope either. There was a ''lot'' of bleeding from the mouth involved.
* Similarly, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._Budd_Dwyer the suicide of R. Budd Dwyer]] was caught by national news cameras, as he'd shot himself through the roof of his mouth with a pistol at a press conference. There was about as much blood streaming from his nose as his mouth.
* Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan I invoked this to avoid an assassination/usurpation attempt by his stepmother Empress Nur Jahan. He faked an illness over a period of about three weeks while various officials of the court visited him. On the morning of day one of the closest to his stepmother visited, he allegedly drank three goblets of goats blood, then vomited it up while the official was with him, faking his death well enough to fool the doctors attending him.
* In real life, if blood comes from the stomach, it's a brown color, and can be mistaken as a large amount of coffee grounds, bearing no resemblance to "common" human blood. This is one of the common signs of an ulcer in the stomach.
* This often happens to people who tend to get bad nosebleeds. Blood trickles into the throat, and the person spits it out. Also happens to some people who get bad nose-colds that TURN into nosebleeds, due to dehydration, a chapped nose, or other causes.
* When the battleship ''Prince of Wales'' was hit during her duel with the ''Bismarck'', the staff in the combat centre beneath the bridge found blood dripping from the voice-pipes. It was Captain Lynch, the only survivor on the bridge, and ''he got better''.
* A blow to the Adam's apple (aka, that lump on the center of a man's neck) can likely cause internal bleeding and forces the victim to cough out blood. It can be fatal if done with sufficient force.
* As shown in ''Series/UntoldStoriesOfTheER'' this happens to trauma patients. One patient was violently coughing blood and they could not figure out how. Turns out he had accidentally inhaled a push pin that had fallen from a poster his tenant had put up. And the coughing was causing it to shred more of his lung.
* UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt used the absence of this trope to determine that he didn't need surgery to remove an assassin's bullet, understandably concerned given that [[UsefulNotes/WilliamMcKinley his predecessor]] had ''died'' from such a surgery.
* The British Museum in London has a series of bas relief of lion hunts from ancient Assyria. They are incredibly clear and beautiful, and several of the dying lions [[http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/cuneiform-follows-function-20120510-1yfg5.html show this trope]]. Since these date to about 650BC, they make the trope [[OlderThanFeudalism Older Than Feudalism]].