Blood-Splattered Warrior

"Hoooo! Looks like I might have to change my name to Mr. Red! Ba ha ha ha ha ha!"

A Blood-Splattered Warrior is exactly that, a combatant drenched in blood. This is often used to show how insanely Badass the character is due to the implication that they either took multiple wounds yet stood their ground, or were drenched in their opponents' blood. Or both.

Contrast its Sister Tropes, Blood-Splattered Innocents and Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress for innocents and brides, respectively. Expect Blood Knights, Sociopathic Heroes, and other combat lovers to want to be a Blood-Splattered Warrior. Related to Blood Is the New Black.


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     Anime and Manga  

  • Used heavily in Episode 2 and 4 of Magical Fun Time Now.
  • Occasionally shows up in Higurashi.
  • Baccano!: Invoked. While engaged in killing, both Ladd Russo and Claire Stanfield love to cover themselves with the blood of their victims.
  • Hellsing: Seras's entire outfit is stained red with blood after she awakens her true vampiric power.
  • Various characters in Blood+
  • Guts of Berserk is usually covered in blood after a battle.
  • Kirika from Tenchi Muyo! GXP after wiping out a boarding party.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • The Mansions of the Gods: Subverted with Obelix sporting the look... except he's covered in food. The Romans are just as terrified as if he actually was covered in their blood.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Killing Room (2009). Several subjects are locked in a room as part of a lethal psychological experiment. In the end they decide to rush the door next time it is opened, and one of them covers himself with blood from a dead subject to make his body slippery so he can't be grabbed.
  • Film/Mad Max (2015). When Max returns from from the fog after killing the bullet farmer he is coated in blood. It's not his.


  • Mentioned in Night Watch and Thud!: After Sam Vimes goes through a bunch of enemies, he ends up covered in blood. In Night Watch (involving Time Travel), he tells Coates he's from another time (the future). Coates takes a look at the blood-covered guy in armor Dual Wielding swords and asks "From how far back?" In Thud, the guards run at the sight of him.
  • The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny: In The Guns of Avalon, after the climactic battle Corwin is soaked in blood. One of his colleagues tells him he's wounded. He tells them no, he's just tired; the blood is that of his brother. He didn't kill him, though—he got there just as the man was dying.
  • Sharpe: Harper poses as a wounded French soldier to get the Chosen Men into a fort (the blood comes from pulling the rotten tooth that's been bothering him all episode). The unfortunate Frenchman who happens to be passing right when the signal is given and gets subjected to a huge man covered in blood leaping up, grabbing him and growling in his face looks like he needs new pants.
  • Happens several times in Belisarius Series. Usually as an indicator that a given character is a Badass

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     Tabletop Games 

  • The samurai in Legend of the Five Rings live according to a strict code of honor, and part of that honor code involves following rules about personal cleanliness. A samurai does not present themselves as dirty or touch corpses, for example. However, it also mentions that only applies in peacetime, and when a samurai is on the battlefield those rules about cleanliness are suspended. As it explains, a samurai who walks off the battlefield covered in the blood of her enemies is hardly someone you would call dishonorable. A samurai is still expected to ritually clean themselves and their equipment once the time for killing is over though.
  • This is part of the backstory of one of The Empire's named unit regiments in Warhammer Fantasy. The Carroburg Greatswords held their ground during a civil war between two provinces, taking horrendous losses in the process. At the end of the battle, their side won, but the surviving members of the unit were drenched in blood from all the fighting, staining their white shirts red. The look stuck, and they even painted their armor black for added effect.
  • From Warhammer40000 comes the World Eaters legion and their Primarch, Angron. During Angron's days amongst humanity, he was well known for personally leading his legion in vicious frontal assaults which obsessively emphasized melee combat; this practice lead to his public image fulfilling this trope as one of his more infamous attributes, earning him the epithet "the Red Angel". With his white and blue-trim armor, he was often told he should just repaint it red, and his legion's colors did eventually change to red and brass. Some in the 40k verse say they never actually repainted their armor, but just stopped cleaning the blood off of it.
    • There was also Angron's brother and ally Konrad Kurze and his Night Lords, who sometimes Invoke this trope to make themselves more terrifying. While Night Lords combat doctrine does seem to focus on melee slightly more than ranged fighting, they're not quite the assault force the World Eaters are, focusing on guerrilla warfare and terror tactics. As such, while the are known for "painting" their armour with blood in intimidating patterns, they more often attach severed body parts and flayed skin.

     Video Games  

  • The intro for Dawn of War has this (though it's to be expected when the guy is wielding a chainsword).
  • A staple in the Dragon Age series: every prolonged fight leaves the melee warriors splattered in gratuitous blood, particularly visible in cutscenes that ensue.
    • Dragon Age: Origins: During the city elf origin, there comes a point where a noble tells one of his men off for not noticing that you are drenched in the blood of his guards.
  • Stryker's win pose in Mortal Kombat 9 (should the player not perform a Fatality) has him toss a grenade to his off-screen opponent, blowing up their body and covering his face with their blood.
    • By the time a typical fight ends in Mortal Kombat 9, you will typically be covered in blood — either your own, or your opponent's.
  • Certain win conditions in Samurai Shodown 4 and 5 will leave the player character drenched and dripping with the opponent's blood.
  • Dwarf Fortress: It is not uncommon, especially in adventure mode, to quickly become covered in blood. This is fortunate, since you may run out of water.
  • The Dofus Sacrier class have their arms coated in blood. They then use the blood to attack their foes.
  • Mount & Blade has this for both people who have sustained injuries or dealt them. After a battle, especially one where the player has a large bladed weapon as their primary equipment, there's a fine crimson layer on most player and horse models by that point.
  • Due to the way Team Fortress 2 handles blood decals, they only appear on a player when they are shot by any projectile that isn't an explosive or fire-based, as well as melee attacks. It also has zero indication on actual healthiness because a medic could be healing that heavy, meaning he could look like he's covered in his own blood, yet has well over his normal allotment of 300 HP.
  • God of War 3 even goes as far as to have an achievement/trophy for having had a given number of gallons of blood coating Kratos.
  • Grunt in Mass Effect 3 after surviving a wave of rachni husks, provided you secured his loyalty in the previous game.
  • In Drakengard 3, the more Zero fights, the more blood-drenched she is. The blood is actually used to fuel her Super Mode, which leaves her clean after it's all used up.
  • Similarly, Bloodborne also deals with blood splatter as an important tool to survive. Since this game is basically a spiritual sequel to the Demon's Souls series, but with blood as the main theme, it's obvious that covering yourself in the blood of your enemies is usually a good thing. Player characters drink vials of blood potions instead of estus flasks, blood is used as currency for items and upgrades, and characters can now lifesteal by splattering themselves with blood in a combo move. The downside is that absorbing too much infected blood will slowly turn your character into a monster, which can only be cured with rare vials of processed blood potion.
  • As Eddie Riggs decapitates Doviculus, Eddie screams out "DECAPITATIOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNN!!" as he's showered in the demon's blood.
  • The Dead Rising series will usually have whichever hero of that game become increasingly coated in blood as they hack up zombies or are themselves attacked. The blood will at least fade, but let's hope that Frank/Chuck/Nick are paying their dry cleaners well.

     Western Animation  

  • Samurai Jack: but with oil instead of actual blood, because it's a kid's show.

     Real Life  

  • Legend has it that the Austrian flag's creation is related to this. Arch-Duke Leopold V of the Österreich was soaked in blood from a battle, and took off his belt - under which his clothes were still white. Apparently he liked that sight well enough to make it the (new) flag of his Duchy.
  • After the Battle of Lepanto Genoan Admiral Andrea Doria was covered with the gore from a round shot which had caught an unlucky sailor next to him. In a subversion he had spent most of the battle harrassing the Ottoman flank rather then in the thickest part and the blood spattering was a fluke.