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->''"Blood for the Blood God!"''
-->-- '''Khornate Battlecry''', ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} and [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Warhammer Fantasy]]''

A character who has an odd fascination with blood, such as talking about how they wouldn't mind drinking it up, enjoying the sight of blood being spilled, etc. Often, they may be seen [[LickingTheBlade licking blood off of their weapons]]. Very often a sign of an AxCrazy character, but not always (as seen as in the picture). [[ObviouslyEvil You still would be]] [[DarkIsNotEvil (probably)]] [[ObviouslyEvil safer if you stay out of their sight, though]].

In real life, licking a cut is an instinctive reaction - the saliva can help to clean the wound. Anyone who've ever had a pet will probably have noticed the same behavior in them if they're ever wounded... and unless you deliberately suppress the instinctive reaction, licking or sucking on a minor cut is a perfectly natural response. So actually, most of us probably know what blood tastes like, without there necessarily being any fetishistic subculture involved. Please note, [[DoNotTryThisAtHome this can get you very sick.]]

Despite this trope being titled like a real word, meaning a desire for violence and bloodshed, this trope is not technically related to that definition - the trope BloodKnight is about people who definitely have bloodlust in the sense of the actual word. For when this ''is'' a {{Fetish}} for a character, see HemoErotic.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Grell Sutcliffe, Madame Red, and Sebastian from ''Manga/BlackButler''.
* Ladd Russo of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' wears a white suit on board the Flying Pussyfoot so that the blood will show when he starts. When one of his associated is brutally massacred, Ladd dances in glee, on top of his body, no less.
* Andrea of ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' has a scene in the anime where he deliberately squeezes a glass in his hand, breaking it, and causing his hand to bleed. He then licks the blood off his arm.
* Road Kamelot from ''Manga/DGrayMan'' once licked Allen's blood from a candle she had used to stab him in the [[EyeScream eye]].
* Anko in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', possibly inherited from Orochimaru.
** [[AxCrazy Gaara]] as well, [[MinorInjuryOverreaction but not his own]].
** [[CombatSadomasochist Hidan]] certainly revels in blood, but this is somewhat justified by its necessity in maintaining his immortality.
* {{Depraved Homosexual}}s Genkaku and Mockingbird from ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' are depicted as having BloodLust.
* Barry the Chopper from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has such a ridiculous obsession with blood that it's humorous.
** Subverted with [[TheVamp Lust]] herself in that it has been theorized by fans that she is a representation, not of sexual lust, but of blood lust, though not in the literal way that this trope describes.
* Takuma Fudou of ''Manga/GetBackers'' expresses a desire to "slurp up Ban's blood."
* ''Manga/KarateShoukoushiKohinataMinoru'': During their fight Kevin squeezes Minoru's throat hard enough to make him [[BloodFromTheMouth cough up blood]], catches some on his tongue, and drinks it. In his words "Delicious flavor...LET ME DRINK MORE!"
* Gorobei from ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' has, on at least two occasions, apparently derived pleasure (if not flat-out orgasmed) from suffering cuts.
* There is a certain scene in ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' where Shiki definitely invokes this trope ("It was the first lipstick Shiki ever wore"... you imagine the context), though it was most likely a minute's whim rather than full-out blood fetish.
* Belphegor from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''. The Bloody Prince? Prince the Ripper? The sight of his own blood makes him even more desirous to rip his opponents apart and see their blood. More likely than not, Bel also likes the taste of it.
* [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Evangeline]] of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' licking Negi's wound.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'':
** Alucard would [[BloodBath bathe in the stuff]] if he could.
** In the [[Anime/HellsingUltimate first anime]], a character named Boobanshee/Bubbancy (actually a corruption of a Baobhan sith, pronounced roughly the same way in Japanese) tricks the entire Hellsing organization, save Seras and Alucard, into thinking that she is Integra's sister, Laura (a reference to Carmilla). Later, she attempts to drink Integra's blood, and even bites and licks her chest, after which Integra realizes that she has no sister; shortly after Bubbancy is dispatched and Integra refers to her as Countess Karnstein (another Carmilla reference). She also licks Integra's blood from her hand while saying that Integra's blood is "delicious".
** Almost EVERY vampire in ''Hellsing'' is like this. Granted, they also get a power boost when they do, but that's beside the point. Even Seras shows signs of this!
* Arcueid from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' doesn't necessarily crave blood, but she gets ''really'' turned on with something as small as a bleeding gash in the arm. This is true of all True Ancestor vampires in the ''Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}'': they don't need blood to survive, but they feel a strong urge to drink it anyway, an unfortunate trait inherited from their progenitor, Crimson Moon.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': In the [[{{Filler}} anime-only]] Invasion Arc, one of the shinigami [[EvilTwin clones]] is revealed to have this. [[spoiler: Yumichika can't attack his clone because he [[TheFightingNarcissist thinks]] his clone is far too beautiful. However, his clone has no qualms about tearing Yumichika to shreds precisely because he thinks he'd look even more beautiful covered in blood.]]
* ''Manga/{{Adekan}}'': Anri and Shiro occasionally lick up blood and there's a flashback where Shiro erotically licks Anri's wounds to heal him up. In one chapter [[HoYay Shiro licks Kojiro's wounds on his face after punching him.]]
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', in Kamanosuke's strange HoYay way, he says he wants to see Saizou cut and bleeding, and is actively [[{{Yandere}} jealous]] and disappointed seeing the massive scars on his back at the onsen because they indicate there was a bloody battle he missed. By the climax, the DeathByAThousandCuts power of his opponent only seems to make him stronger as they fight.
* Frieza from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' gets very excited when his opponents start to bleed, and if some splatters on his face as he's torturing them he will lick it off.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* In exchange for its massive power, the ''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}'' demands blood. While Sarah from the American comic tries to overcome the feeling as much as possible, Amaha from [[Anime/{{Witchblade}} the anime]] gives in to its insatiable hunger for violence.
* The Elseworld ''[[ComicBook/BatmanVampire Batman & Dracula: Red Rain]]'' had a Dracula that wound up oddly Joker-like (although it apparently wasn't meant to be a Joker {{Expy}}) who got a taste of the Dark Knight's blood and [[FoeYay really, really liked it]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': [[AcePilot Asuka]] is a warrior. [[BloodKnight She loves fighting]] and spilling the enemy's blood, although she is not as severe as other examples. [[BattleCouple Shinji]] is both drawn to and pushed away by her bloodlust.
-->''She was a fiery, unstoppable valkyrie, dancing in blood and death like a redheaded avatar of Kali... and he trailing right along with her, drawn to her fire even more than he was pushed away by her bloodlust and his own dislike of fighting.''
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Asuka is real enthusiastic about shedding the enemy’s blood when she fights. She was [[spoiler:practically giddy when she slashed and stabbed Bardiel.]]
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': The first word Asuka chose to describe her emotions during her battle against the MP-Evas was "bloodlust". Asuka was drowning into it as she fought them.
* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': When Rei confessed to Shinji that the dummy plug system used her brain patterns he could not believe it because the dummy plug program fought with a savagery and thirst for blood he did not manage to associate with demure, quiet, stoic Rei.
-->''This killing frenzy... this hunger for blood and destruction... Rei?''
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': Asuka is a HotBlooded ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Khornate berserker]]''. She ''craves'' fighting, spilling the enemy's blood and even drinking it. Her boyfriend Shinji finds her [[AmazonChaser arousing]]. Her bloodlust increased when [[spoiler:she ascended to godhood and became Goddess of War, Rage and Blood. Her followers sacrifice their enemies' blood to her.]]
* When she fought an [[EldritchAbomination Angel]] in chapter 6 of ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', Asuka was blinded by bloodlust.
-->Her pretty face was twisted in a sick, vicious snarl. She was less a teenage girl and more a warrior blinded by bloodlust.
* ''Fanfic/IllMetByMoonlight'': Subverted with Steven. Being half-vampire, Steven becomes sick if he goes too long without fresh blood. With that said, he does not seem to enjoy the taste, quickly dowsing the taste down with a regular human breakfast shortly after.

[[folder: Film]]
%%* Xenia from ''Film/GoldenEye''.
* The original ''Film/{{Dracula|1931}}'' movie had a scene where Renfield accidentally cuts his finger and Dracula stares hungrily at the blood seeping from the wound.

[[folder: Literature]]
* In ''Literature/{{The Guardians|MeljeanBrook}}'', when vampires drink blood from someone attracted to them, they are overwhelmed with lust and sex is inevitable. However, the choice belongs solely to the blood donor; they may resist or succumb, but the vampires cannot resist.
* In Matthew Laurence's ''{{Literature/Freya}}'' series, Sekhmet happily cleans herself after a bloody massacre (she ''is'' part lioness), saying, "It's been so long."
* Some of the more unsettling villains in the ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' series express a profound interest in the red stuff. Only partially justified by being vampiric, as this does not seem to affect the FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires to an extent that the author would feel a need to impress it upon the reader.
* In Bram Stoker's original ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' novel, Count Dracula goes from being a [[AffablyEvil charming gentleman]] to a raging fiend with the flip of a switch — and the switch is Jonathan Harker cutting himself shaving.
* In ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', [[spoiler:after Simon becomes a vampire, he needs blood. Badly. After he is imprisoned by Inquisitor Aldertree, the latter tries to starve him to death to find out the secret of his being able to walk in daylight]].
* SociopathicHero [[WickedCultured Alex]] of ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'' is this trope, at least until the government "fixes" him through some good, old fashioned ColdBloodedTorture until he's violently ill at the sight of it.
* [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]: [[spoiler:Stygg, after becoming infected by diluted Ix in Gwilanna's blood.]]
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Joffrey Baratheon has a huge appreciation for seeing people in bloody combat and especially when he orders people to be killed or maimed. The [[Series/GameOfThrones HBO series]] takes this even further by implying he has an sexual fetish for seeing bloody corpses, showing a shot of Joffrey with the body of a tied-up prostitute filled with crossbow arrows.
* In ''Shadows For Silence In The Forests Of Hell'', by Creator/BrandonSanderson, shedding blood will draw the wrath of the shades like nothing else. An accidental bump or nosebleed doesn't count, but blood shed in anger, exposed to the air, will enrage every shade in the vicinity. First, they will hunt down and kill whoever shed the blood, then, being enraged, they'll kill anyone else that happens to be nearby.
* [[FeatheredFiend Shrykes]] in ''Literature/TheEdgeChronicles'' are already dangerous, but when they get a taste of blood they go into horrifyingly violent rages where they rip apart and devour everyone in their path, even each other if the battle-flock is young or badly disciplined.
* Both berserks and ''wąpierze'' in ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'' have overwhelming lust for blood, leading to them often tearing their enemies apart with their teeth or drinking blood of the dead.


[[folder: LiveActionTelevision]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Not only does Joffrey seem to only enjoy inflicting pain and death like his counterpart in the books, but it's taken further as being a sexual fetish for him, seeing as how he enjoyed one whore beating another and later putting arrows in said whore.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', both vampires and djinn drink human blood. Sam also becomes addicted to drinking demon blood, and Crowley becomes addicted to injecting himself with human blood.
* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'': Kari Byron, of all people, expressed an attraction to blood in one episode. But she doesn't taste any, it's just pretty.

[[folder: Roleplay]]
* Kind of expected with vampires in Roleplay/ThisIsWar

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* A trademark of Wrestling/FreddieBlassie, as biting became less of a cheat and more of just what he did.
* Canadian wrestler Vampiro, unsurprisingly, has a thing for blood. Similar wrestling vampires include and are not limited to [[Wrestling/DavidHeathe Gangrel]] and Kevin Thorn.
* [[Wrestling/KatarinaWaters Winter]] in Wrestling/{{TNA}} developed TheGimmick of drinking(out of a glass during her free time) and spitting(during matches as a cheat) blood on her opponents and was all too happy to drain it out of other people. Not quite so happy to see her own spilt, however.
* While wrestling for Wrestling/{{TNA}} in the UK during 2015, Wrestling/BobbyRoode promisecd to make Eric Young bleed. It ended up being ''Young'' who bit open Wrestling/TommyDreamer and continued to gnaw at his open wound though.[[/folder]]

[[folder: Table Top Games]]
* The art for the ''MagicTheGathering'' card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=201272 Blood Lust]] is an accidental occurrence of this. The card itself was based around the "Desire for violence and bloodshed" bloodlust, but a miscommunication with the artist resulted in its picture being more in line with this trope.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has the Blood Angels chapter of SpaceMarines, who have numerous unspecified rituals surrounding blood. Additionally, a genetic defect known as the Red Thirst has a random chance of triggering a usually temporary overwhelming need to kill and spill blood, sometimes leading to a LeeroyJenkins style destruction of battle plans.
** Then there's [[WarGod Khorne]] [[AxCrazy and his followers]].

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Vega[[note]]Balrog in Japan[[/note]], the masked Spanish ninja in ''Franchise/StreetFighter''. He talks about how his enemies should "soak in their blood" and that he can hardly wait to taste it. (Why yes, he's evil.) There's also the page quote...
* Zagi out of ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' has this.
* In the original ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', Zato's win quote against Millia went along the lines of "Finally! Only your blood can satisfy me!"
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'''s Vamp, sort of. He has a blood fetish, due to sucking his dead relatives' blood to survive in the aftermath of a church bombing.
* As an example of a good (sort of) person doing this, Rider in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' seems to find blood a bit of a turn on and also drinks it. When Shinji makes her, it's generally fatal and to get some strength from it, plus not her idea. However, she also seems to simply like the taste and neatly avoids answering Tohsaka about whether or not she's still doing so by saying if she was, Sakura wouldn't find out anyway. Bloodsucking is a bad thing in the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} but Rider gets away with it anyway.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series, several of the [[ArtifactOfDoom True Runes]] are stated to cause an insatiable thirst for blood in the bearers, most notably the Beast Rune, which ends up causing an enormous amount of bloodshed through its bearer, [[AxCrazy Luca]] [[OmnicidalManiac Blight]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}''
--> ''Blood Mage'': My blood cries out for the vengeance of my people's blood, which can only be repaid with twice as much blood! Or maybe three times as much blood! Like, if you went to hell and it was full of blood, and that blood was on fire, and it was raining blood, then maybe THAT would be enough blood. Maybe but probably not...
** The ''actual'' bloodlust spell increased a unit's damage ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqIVxEpQEms and sounded damn awesome]]) in ''II'' and increased their attack speed, movespeed, and size in ''III''.
* The initial protagonist of ''VideoGame/TheresiaDearEmile'' is deeply comforted by the smell of blood. It reminds her of [[TortureTechnician her mother]].
* [[AscendedGlitch Skarlet]], a DLC character for ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', was created from the blood of Shao Kahn's enemies and gains additional power by [[BloodBath bathing in the blood of her own opponents]], which is taken to logical extremes with her Fatalities.
** [[{{Mayincatec}} Kotal Kahn]] in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' acts like a stereotypical Aztec tribe leader, indulging in the blood of his enemies as a source of ritualistic empowerment. According to the comic series he passed this along to the Mayans when he was serving as their god, which unfortunately led to a lot of deaths as they began to eat the hearts of their conquered foes from other lands and contracted ailments that their bodies were not prepared to fight.
* Ghirahim in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' - During your second fight with him, he'll even [[LickingTheBlade lick Link's blood off his blade]] when he lands a strike with it.
* In ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2'', [[WarGod Melqart]], [[TheHero Hamil's]] SuperpoweredEvilSide says to him a couple of times. "Tear your enemy to pieces. Eat their flesh. Drink their blood." It's NotHyperbole.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has Henry, whose in-game blurb describes him as "A harrowingly optimistic Plegian who loves blood". ...Just check the Quotes page. Those are only the ones that ''specifically mention blood''.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' has [[AXCrazy Titchy Gren]], priest of Nahr Alma, he's obsessed with blood so much he has a [[MurderInc covenant]] of BloodKnight.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' takes it UpToEleven by having the ''entire'' population of Yharnamites obsessed with blood, from alcohols to medical use, everything is about the use of the blood, to the point calling someone a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] would be ''redundant''.
* An Aggressive Hawke in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' can end up proudly announcing, in combat, that they love the smell of flesh blood.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Daniel}}'' has a tough time ignoring his cravings for blood...or more particularly, [[LifeDrinker life]].
* Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate is an extreme case. This cost him a girlfriend, and he barely avoided killing [[BadassNormal his only "normal" friend's]] grandmother.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/TheGunganCouncil'' has an entire family named the Bathorys. [[BloodBath Guess what they like]].

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'': In "The Batman Vs. Dracula," Vampire Joker is shown raiding a blood bank, and when he breaks the glasses holding the blood, causing a sort of blood rain, he's ''immensely'' pleased and even laughs in glee!

[[folder: Real Life]]
* TruthInTelevision: A few people do enjoy the taste of blood. In fact, there's an entire subculture based around it. They're called Sanguinarians.
* Most carnivorous animals. Domesticated dogs will even leaf through [[{{Squick}} used feminine products]] for it.
* IN a more prosaic case, the traditional diet of the Maasai people of Africa consists in large part of cow blood and cow milk.