Bloodier and Gorier

Compare 1963 with 1989.

A type of Tone Shift and the violent twin of Darker and Edgier. It's a work that is made more bloody and gory than it used to be, or than its source material is. Heck, a lot of attempts to be darker and edgier end up being this instead.

When the Hays Office was disbanded in favor of the MPAA rating system, along with everything else, films got bloodier. One aspect of this was remakes of horror films. Often this involves the presence of Made of Plasticine and Ludicrous Gibs that were absent in the original. It's often achieved by simply averting the Inverse Law of Sharpness and Accuracy or turning the Badbutt into a full-fledged Badass. Something similar happened in comics; the 1963 panel of the page image was drawn in the heyday of The Comics Code.

In horror sequels, this is the typical form of Sequel Escalation. Expect the producers to end up Overdrawn at the Blood Bank. In cases of comedies, this is an aspect of Crosses the Line Twice and Black Comedy. Expect to see a lot of High-Pressure Blood.

A Sister Trope to Darker and Edgier, Hotter and Sexier, Younger and Hipper.

Compare Gorn, Grimmification, Obligatory Swearing.

Contrast Lighter and Softer, Bowdlerize, Disneyfication.


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     Anime and Manga  
  • End of Evangelion, where the original Gainax Ending was replaced with mass slaughter. At least to start with.
    • And since for the newest Rebuild of Evangelion there was a massive Big Budget Beef-Up guess what Director Anno decided to do with Eva Unit 03's test? Yep. You got that right.
    • The second Rebuild movie also has the Sky-Angel's death go from a standard enormous explosion, to transforming into a tsunami of blood that engulfs Tokyo-3.
  • Played for morbid laughs in One Piece. Roronoa Zoro loses progressively more blood in each of his major one-on-one fight scenes as a subtle Running Gag. Keep in mind that, according to Word of God, he had already lost nearly twice as much blood as a human body can survive through during his fourth fight. The pool of blood seen in the aftermath of his fight with Kuma takes this Up to Eleven.
    • Although it stops being funny when it turns out he didn't completely recover after that last incident...
  • One would never have expected that Fist of the North Star could ever be made bloodier, but New Fist of the North Star/Shin Hokuto No Ken shows more splattering blood and brain matter in more loving detail than anything else from this series, before or after.
  • Pokémon Special, sometimes, when compared to the anime and games. See the infamous scene where an Arbok gets non-lethally chopped in half for an example.
  • Mocked in the unaired final episode of Excel Saga, appropriately titled "Going Too Far". Hyatt coughs up enough blood to flood the planet.
  • Gundam SEED and Gundam 00, while Victory Gundam can be quite bloody, the superweapons were extremely brutal and you watched people explode to a fine mist
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Lagann-hen was pretty bloody compared to the original series. Simon coughs up blood twice, the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann bleeds, the Anti Spiral bleeds... It probably helped that Gainax wasn't bound to the Saturday morning timeslot.
  • Hellsing has both an anime and an OVA, the second of which follows the manga's plot more closely. While both series have their share of blood and gore, the OVA takes Ludicrous Gibs to another level entirely, which in of itself gets much more grisly at the series goes. Compare Alexander Anderson's attack on Seras at the beginning to Zorin Blitz's death. Hellsing isn't just bloodier and gorier than other series, it's bloodier and gorier than Hellsing, too.
  • The manga adaptation of Breath of Fire IV is considerably bloodier (and gorier) than the original video game, especially compared to international versions.
  • Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force, in addition to being Darker and Edgier, also ramped up the blood and gore. Where previous seasons kept the casualty count of Innocent Bystanders off-screen, Force introduced the new villains by having one of them leave a bloody trail of dead nuns. Where previous seasons reserved bloody battles for Wham Episodes or final battles, every battle in Force has had one or both sides being covered in blood or losing limbs without a Gory Discretion Shot. Where the bloodiest thing that happened in the previous seasons is impalement, the Force season has the Eclipse Infection as its main focus, which makes people undergo Body Horror that ends with them exploding in a shower of blood and brains.
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni, when compared to its predecessor. It was so violent, Japanese TV stations had to pixelate it.
    • Speaking of Higurashi, the manga compared to the anime.
    • Most of the individual arcs of both of these shows get Bloodier and Gorier over time.
  • Devilman is already a violent and grotesque affair back to it's 70's roots. But the alternative sequel Amon cranks the violence even higher up, showing more blood, gore and nastiness in it's 45 minutes run than the whole tv-series did in 39 episodes.
  • The Ranma ˝ movies and TV specials are a lot bloodier than the show, notable examples include in the first movie Happosai gets stabbed in the neck with a kunai and a lot of blood flows from the wound and Monlon entangles Ranma in her lute strings shredding one of his arms and causing a lot of blood to spray.
  • The manga adaptation of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. It's basically exactly the same story, except less understated in every way, including this one. Lo and behold, an already scary series gets even scarier.
  • Claymore is a rare example of the anime being more violent than the manga. In the manga, most amputations result in Bloodless Carnage, but in the anime, those same amputations result in gallons of blood spraying all over the place. Whether it's a red blood for humans, or purple blood for the Yoma.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood has some scenes that are more violent than anything from the 2003 anime adaptation.
  • Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan could be considered a Bloodier and Gorier Spiritual Successor to Dai Mahou Touge.
  • The Manga adaption to Inazuma Eleven has more blood and detailed injury scenes than in the original.
  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete. In the Final Battle, Sephiroth brutalizes Cloud by stabbing him eight times in mid-air, the last stab through his foot and knee. Ouch.
    • Well, bloodier than the original movie, anyway. The game itself featured following a trail of blood in the Shin-Ra building and a giant impaled snake.
  • Princess Mononoke is by far the goriest Studio Ghibli film, people get decapitated,limbs torn or shot off, impaled, ripped apart, or melted.
  • Blood-C, compared to the previous two series in the franchise, where the blood and gore are significantly upped, and far more detailed.
  • Black Lagoon already was a very violent series with gunshots and blood aplenty, but the OVA adaptation of El Baile De La Muerte arc turns up the violence even more with things to bodies disentegranting into Pink Mist, chainsaws going through a grown, alive man's torso and everything in-between.
  • Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle turns into this about halfway through the series. While the anime completely bypasses that part, the manga gives us quite a few nice and bloody scenes. It starts with Fai's Eye Scream in Acid Tokyo and skyrockets when it reaches Celes Arc. Complete Deconstruction of the happy-go-lucky Gotta Catch 'Em All kinda love story (full of subtext) that you just sit there wondering what the hell just happened.
  • Dragon Ball Z to a definitely fits the bill. When you compare tone and nature of Dragon Ball to that of Dragon Ball Z it's night and day. Granted Dragon Ball became violent in its final arc, the King Piccolo Arc, in Dragon Ball Z the blood and gore are off the scale. In Z you see, limps being teared off, characters regularly coughing up rivers of blood, children being tortured, murdered in cold blood or paralyzed, mass genocides of entire races and people being decapitated... and that was only until the Namek Saga, it get's even worse.... And on top of that, the Z portion of the story in the manga is even more graphic, if anybody were to explode it would start raining blood and if anybody's head would be crushed or destroyed, which happened very frequently in Dragon Ball Z, you would see parts of their brain splatter all over the place. Dragon Ball Z was an absolute bloodbath.
  • Promptly after its anime adaptation ended, Bleach has seen a significant rise in gorier violence and deaths, adding to the noticeably Darker and Edgier tone it took beginning with the final arc.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! generally averted Bloodless Carnage, but the Stealth Sequel series UQ Holder amps up the violence. In Negima seeing a major character lose an arm was generally a huge shock. In UQ Holder the protagonist gets dismembered in the opening chapter, he wins his first fight by letting his opponent decapitate him, and later on literally has his heart punched out of his chest. Good thing the series is about immortals.
  • The Berserk movies are far more violent and bloody than the original TV anime was.
  • The manga of Sands of Destruction doesn't shy away from blood at all, whereas both the original game and anime adaptation used plenty of Bloodless Carnage (despite the heroine's BFS).

     Comic Books  
  • Infinite Crisis is the Bloodier And Gorier sequel to DC's original Crisis on Infinite Earths. The original Crisis had plenty of deaths, but very little blood. Infinite Crisis, on the other hand, had impalements, decapitations, and even heads exploding on panel ... and very few Gory Discretion Shots or Shadow Discretion Shots. No, the editors wanted to show just how Darker and Edgier they were by having as much gore on panel as possible.
    • And pretty much every chapter in the interquel 52 involving Black Adam has him popping heads, tearing people in half, bragging about ritual sacrifice, etc. Though even in Infinite Crisis he gets one of the best: shoving a guy's mask out the back of his face. "No more silly faces" indeed.
    • The added gore is even the motivation of the major villain Superboy-Prime who lived his whole life back when comics were much more sanitized. The idea of a world with imperfect heroes and gratuitous violence drives him insane, making him a major source of the comic's brutality.
  • The Red Lanterns are a Bloodier And Gorier Green Lantern Corps, who vomit blood as a weapon. One of them is a furry blue cat.
    • Technically, their blood is superheated plasma that burns in space. Hasn't stopped the fan jokes, of course.
  • G.I. Joe as done by Marvel Comics. Well into the triple digit years, the company answered fan concerns of why some Joes don't die by having several Joes shot dead. On screen. Through the face. No blood whatsoever.
  • Ultimate Marvel's Ultimatum. It features morbidly obese mutant Blob devouring Wasp's ripped guts, then in Hank Pym biting off Blob's head then later getting blown up by suicide bomber Multiple Man, complete with flying guts and a skeleton being incinerated, then Doctor Strange getting squeezed by his own cape until his head graphically explodes, and so on.
  • IDW's Transformers Ongoing comics aren't afraid to brutalize its characters. Cybertronian "blood" is purple, but flies about in quite a few stories (Megatron: Origin and Last Stand of the Wreckers, to name two).
    • Marvel's Generation 2 comic series was probably the height of this trope in Transformers. Techno-Gorn was everywhere, with artist Derek Yaniger commenting that he could get away with damn near anything thanks to the Mecha-Mooks principle. Nick Roche of the aforementioned Last Stand of the Wreckers is a Promoted Fanboy who pays tribute to Yaniger's style.
  • Spider-Man villain Carnage received two one-shots in The Nineties, Mind Bomb and It's a Wonderful Life. Both were as gory and squicky as you'd expect from comics which feature Carnage as the main character.
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles story "Body Count" from the mid '90s, which involved Raphael and Casey Jones teaming up with a woman to help her get revenge on her evil twin brother who happened to be the leader of a street gang, is probably the goriest TMNT story to date—people get their heads cut or blown off, gigantic holes blown through them, shredded by machine gun fire, eyeballs being shot or knocked out of their heads, blown to pieces by missiles,etc.
    • On the other hand, the heavily-bowlderized history of the TMNT as a whole makes for something of an inversion to anyone who's read the first issue of the original series.
  • The Batman Adventures is darker and more bloody than the series it's adapted from.
  • Scott Pilgrim begins as a cutesy, lighthearted series about a 23-year-old man who falls in love with a girl, but must defeat her seven exes in order to win her heart, and his life is like a video game. Sounds innocent enough, right? Until you get to Volume 6. In it, Gideon impales both Scott and Ramona, with very bloody results (yes, Scott comes back with the extra life, and Ramona's wounds heal when she gets her sword, but STILL).
  • It's not hard to be Bloodier and Gorier than Archie Comics but Afterlife With Archie is quite graphic. Within the first chapter Hot Dog gets hit by a car, turns into a zombie, and bites Jughead. It's as gorey as you'd expect from a Zombie Apocalypse comic, and it's done in a far less cartoony art-style than the original comic.

    Fan Works 
  • The Bound Destinies Trilogy is a lot more graphic than the three The Legend of Zelda games that each story is based around; especially in the case of Blood and Spirit, which is quite gory despite the fact that it's set in the generally light world of Skyward Sword.
  • Hyrule Warriors is considerably more graphic than the game itself; for example, in the third chapter, when Link is badly injured by King Dodongo, Zelda briefly fears that he may have a punctured lung.
  • Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness has a LOT of very explicitly described violence, rape, gore, and torture. It's based on Harry Potter, a Children's/Young Adult series.
  • The Lion King Adventures became much more violent after Series Three.
  • Impossibly, The Legacy Of The Blood Ravens can be considered bloodier than its source material, since every wound and strike is described in slow, painful detail.
  • For the most part, Pretty Cure Perfume Preppy is fairly tame and light hearted...until chapter 48 when token Dark Magical Girl Ashley, aka Leather Ashes, eats a corpse. It's depicted in GRAPHIC detail. The fan fic is infamous for this.
  • My Little Portal, while a very darkly comic fusion of its namesakes, started off rather mildly- then came episode 5, detailing a flashback of the fall of Canterlot. Fluttershy is nearly eviscerated, changelings are smashed and blown up all over the place, Chrysalis rips out Shining Armor's heart and snaps off Twilight's wings with visible bones, Twilight accidentally gores Celestia to death with her horn... the foreboding Content Warning at the start of the video is very much needed.
  • This practice is prevalent in the Pokemon fanfic Natural Liberated, where much of the action is described in vivid detail, particularly the deaths. See Cheren being attacked and Rourke's death as examples.
  • Where to begin with Sonic X: Dark Chaos? All of the battles (especially battles against Shroud, which take Body Horror to the next level) in the series feature copious amounts of blood and gore. Episode 73 takes the cake when Tsali storms through the Blue Typhoon - Tsali almost fatally stabs Sonic and Amy, shatters Cream's arms, blasts Chris with a radioactive blast of Dark Chaos Energy and finally opens up Tails' ribcage and tears his still-beating heart and lungs from his chest. The story is rated M for a very good reason.
    • And the rewrite is even worse. Episode 68 has Rouge find a gore-filled cannibal larder used by Molly's group to dispose of their dead, while Episode 69 has the Marmolim fortress and the screaming remains of the Marmolim scouts absorbed into the walls.
  • Hail to the King is much bloodier than Godzilla media, although it is roughly on par with the other franchise is crosses over with.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Casino is by far much bloodier and gorier compared to GoodFellas.
    • Even among Martin Scorsese's films, Casino is probably the bloodiest film in his filmography.
  • The Thing (1982) is considered one of the few films where being more violent is an asset. Not everyone agrees it is better, just that the violence works better than in typical horror remakes.
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) remake. Although both are remembered as a lot gorier than they actually were.
  • While the murders in the original Black Christmas (1974) were all quite violent, there wasn't that much gore. This is "remedied" in the remake.
  • Many of Dark Castle Entertainment's remakes of William Castle films, such as House on Haunted Hill (1999) and Thir13teen Ghosts, .
  • The film adaptation of Watchmen is significantly bloodier and gorier than the book, which hardly shied away from violence itself. Just for an example: In the book, Dr. Manhattan killed people by disintegrating them. In the film they explode into Ludicrous Gibs. While even in the books his victims left bloody smears, the gibs were never visible.
    • The scene where Big Figure's stooges are trying to break into Rorschach's cell during the prison riot. Rorschach traps one of the thugs' hands in the bars of the cell, and in the comic, one of the other guys just slits his throat to get him out of the way. In the film, however, he hacks off the dude's hands with a chainsaw.
    • An exception is the destruction of New York, which was just a CGI nuke blast, not loads of people on the ground lying in pools of blood.
  • Saw (and indeed every horror series with a heavy reliance on Gorn) increases the level of blood, gruesome death, and blood expelled via gruesome death with each subsequent installment.
    • To be specific, Saw 1 and 2 were relatively light on the gore, using the anticipation of it to build fear more than the actual act of it, which in the case of the first film was fairly tame when it did happen (two of the most violent acts in the film, Lawrence hacking his own foot off and Adam beating Zepp to death with a toilet head, happen almost entirely offscreen). Saw 3 and beyond throw this idea completely to the wind and include scenes involving people putting their hands through buzzsaws, a head being crushed between two iceblocks, a man being vivisected by a swinging blade, a woman having her rib cage ripped open, a person being squished by a room with walls that move inward, and in the latest, a man being impaled by spikes that inject acid into him until he melts into a pile of guts.
    • Saw III included brain surgery and Saw IV included an autopsy. Neither situation contains any horror elements, but the gorn evidently merited their inclusion.
    • Saw 3D (actually the final in the series), finally shows what happens when the Reverse Beartrap, a trap introduced in the first film but never used "to death" despite showing up in following films, opens fully without escaping.
  • Final Destination, in every progressive film, ups the ante in terms of Rube Goldberg style deaths and how bloody/convaluted they can become.
  • Though The Punisher isn't exactly lighthearted family fare in any incarnation (well, unless he's paired with a more traditional hero who prevents him from killing anybody), compare the second movie to the reboot, ''Punisher: War Zone." The second is about action-movie-normal when it comes to the killing, but the third basically said "screw plot, spurting blood is all we need!"
  • It was hard to top Dawn of the Dead, but Day of the Dead managed to do so.
  • Licence to Kill is far bloodier than previous Bond films.
  • The Pusher trilogy by Nicolas Winding Refn is fairly violent throughout, but the third installment ends on a particularly gory scene.
  • Rob Zombie's Halloween II (2009) is much gorier than his already very violent remake. Whereas the previous film had some brutal stabbings and beatings, the sequel turns it up to eleven five minutes in, what with its graphic depiction of emergency surgery, decapitation by broken glass, head-crushings, and more.
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - the stage show had false razors that squirted about a tablespoon of blood. The Movie drenches a large room in one man's blood.
  • Sleepy Hollow - Another Tim Burton/Jonny Depp collaboration, retelling the legend of the Headless Horseman. Features buckets and buckets of blood (autopsies, beheadings, dismemberment...need I say more?).
  • The Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland, while not as heavy on the violence as some examples on this page, has considerably more deaths, corpses, and eyes getting jabbed than you'd ever expect from a film called Alice in Wonderland.
  • Stepfather III features more gore than the other three films in the series combined.
  • The climatic battle in Felidae is best summed up as Scar Vs. Simba made Bloodier And Gorier.
  • The Lost Boys 2 The Tribe was a lot bloodier than the original.
  • Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li compared to Street Fighter. Especially when Chun Li shoots a mook while he's incapacitated and snaps Bison's neck.
  • The villain of the book I Know What You Did Last Summer never successfully killed anyone, while he kills several in the film, the sequels to which also up the red significantly.
  • Needful Things: In both the book and the movie, Nettie comes home after playing her prank on Buster Keeton to find that her dog, Raider, has been murdered. The book has him "merely" getting impaled with a corkscrew, but in the movie, Raider was skinned alive and hung up in Nettie's closet.
  • The Wolfman (2010) is far gorier than the original. Numerous extras are mauled to death and even decapitated. The main character's transformation is also considerably more graphic.
  • Actually inverted with Star Wars, where Obi-Wan chops off an alien's arm with his lightsaber (the first time one was shown in use) and blood is seen on the floor. For the rest of series, all the violence is nothing but Bloodless Carnage, so this appears to have been an oversight.
  • House on Haunted Hill (1999) remake compared to the original, the original had relatively few deaths and none of the murders were shown, in the remake all but two of the characters are killed and some are graphically dismembered.
  • They seem tame now, but the Hammer Horror films were considered quite a bit Bloodier and Gorier (not to mention Hotter and Sexier) than the Universal Horror films they were re-imagining.
  • Piranha 3D to the original Piranha. Such examples include a woman getting cut in half by a wire, a woman getting her head mutilated by a boat propeller,a man getting his head smashed between two boats, etc.
  • The original Conan the Barbarian (1982) film was, while not blood free or wholly faithful to the book series, in line with the action/adventure films of the 80's. It's 2011 reboot, includes feet being impaled and squirting like popped ballons, liquid metal being poured over Conan's father, and a priest getting his head smashed into a staircase.
  • The Night Watch film adaptation has this for Anton's fight with the vampires in the beginning. In the novel, Anton uses the vampire's seal to instantly ash him. In the film, the vampire turns invisible and repeatedly stabs Anton with scissors. Anton finally kills the vampire by smashing his head on a sink. Geser later pulls pieces of scissors from Anton's bloodied torso.
  • The more sequels the Rambo series gets, the more bloody the movies become. The fourth installment takes the blood and gore Up to Eleven.
  • The fourth installment of the Dirty Harry series, Sudden Impact. Not only is this the darkest and dirtiest installment of the series, it's also by far the most violent due to its strong rape theme.
  • The fifth installment of the Die Hard series, A Good Day To Die Hard, seems to be heading this way now that the movie rating has been confirmed to an R-rating. Although it's not quite played straight; the first Die Hard film was also R-rated and the franchise got progressively Lighter and Softer in the sequels, to the point where Live Free or Die Hard was bordering on Avoid the Dreaded G Rating.
  • Bruno Mattei’s two back To back Cannibal Film sequels are more shocking, vile and even more horrifying than what other film directors have done in the late 1970s & 1980s.
  • Aside from the video games, the violence in the third Riddick movie is a lot more graphic than in previous films, most notably a partial decapitation shown in full detail.
  • Lampshaded by Randy in Scream 2 when discussing the rules on how to make a sequel. "Death scenes are more elaborate; more blood, more gore. Carnage candy."
  • The 1989 and 1998 versions of The Phantom of the Opera are much gorier compared to the rest, especially the former with its flayings and decapitations.
  • Cube Zero is noticeably gorier than previous installments in the Cube series, with people being blown up, dissected, burned alive, melted into a bloody puddle or rotting away from a flesh-eating virus onscreen.
  • Tales from the Darkside: The Movie got to do a lot more gore than the tv show Tales from the Darkside, including a gargoyle clawing and biting people to death, and a cat killing someone by Orifice Invasion through the mouth and then leaving through that mouth.
  • The Lone Ranger is as bloody and gory as a Disney movie gets, and the bloodiest and goriest Disney movie thus far (not counting any film released by Touchstone or Hollywood).
  • The Raid 2: Berandal is this to The Raid. The original was already brushing up against an NC-17 rating, but the sequel pushes the envelope of the R-rating still further with faces being mangled by claw-hammers, people being eviscerated by shotguns in close-up, and all sorts of horrible things being done with baseball bats and kerambit knives.
  • In the extended cut of The Wolverine there is no Bloodless Carnage, up to and including a number of ninjas being sucked into a snow-blower and scattered across a few buildings.
  • The film version of The Equalizer is very much this when compared to the series that it was based on. The former even includes a scene in the climax where McCall brutally dispatches his enemies with appliances at the Home Mart he works at, even killing Teddy with a high-powered nailgun.

    Film - Animation 

  • The Belgariad and Malloreon series becomes steadily more descriptive and violent as it progresses - probably due to the main character growing from innocent boy to mighty hero chopping heads off left and right. Expect bouncing limbs and gobs of brains as you get to the end of the seemingly kid-friendly series.
  • The Sword of Truth is a Bloodier And Gorier, Darker and Edgier, and Hotter and Sexier version of the works of Ayn Rand.
  • The novelization of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) remake is several times gorier than the film its based on. For example, in the film, Kemper dies when Leatherface bashes him with a sledgehammer; in the book, he survives this and, convulsing and bleeding profusely, is dragged down to the basement, thrown on a table, and killed when Leatherface hacks into his throat with a meat cleaver.
  • The dark Cinderella adaptation Sunny Ella features an unnecessary throat surgery performed on Cinderella by her stepmother and multiple stabbings. There's also a mildly gruesome vampire subplot.
  • The Looking-Glass Wars certainly was intended to be this. However, there's only really two acts of violence that stick out from all the books in the trilogy. Otherwise, the violence is pretty standard, and no more different than any other cheap YA series'.
  • When reading certain Eighth Doctor Adventures (part of the Expanded Universe of the family timeslot show Doctor Who), you can get blind drunk if you take a shot every time there's a gory injury. The Doctor in particular gets hurt in a majority of the books.
  • Count and Countess starts off as violent, but is subtle enough that a kid could probably pick it up and read the first few chapters. By the final chapter, it has become an outright bloodfest.
  • The Last Dragon Chronicles: The Fire Ascending. Ho boy...
  • While the first Circle of Magic quartet isn't devoid of violence (there's an extended battle with pirates in the second book), the danger mostly comes from natural sources and we don't see too much aftermath. Its sequel quartet changes this, since all of the plots revolve around crime sprees. Magic Steps, the first book, has a scene of bloody and violent assassination early on (without Infant Immortality), there are messy stranglings in Street Magic and Shatterglass, and Cold Fire goes into terrifying detail about what fire and smoke does to a person.

     Live-Action TV  
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus spoofs this with "Sam Peckinpah's Salad Days".
  • Torchwood episode 1 features a man being killed by an alien. Whilst this happens blood spews out from him as though he were a hose. This could be seen as part of the show's attempt to look Darker and Edgier than its parent series Doctor Who.
    • Not that its parent show hasn't toyed with this trope. The mid 70's period with Robert Holmes as script editor and Tom Baker as the Doctor had everything from blood squibs to impalement to severed heads with stories like The Brain of Morbius and The Robots of Death pushing the envelope. Seasons 21-22, featuring some incredibly violent stories like Attack of the Cybermen and Resurrection of the Daleks were also infamously brutal and contributed in part to the show's 18 month hiatus. Suffice to say that the pre-2005 series got a way with a lot that wouldn't fly now. Even then, both of those eras were terminated by large-scale media criticism and consequent Executive Meddling.
  • Kamen Rider Amazon is this for the franchise. The enemies there aren't Made of Explodium (except for some), they bleed a lot of technicolor blood and are easily decapitated. Just look at the deaths.
    • This even carries over to Amazon's appearance in Kamen Rider Decade. It's actually more subdued than the original show, but it's still Bloodier And Gorier since it's from a series where every other villain blows up when destroyed.
  • Supernatural is certainly Bloodier And Gorier than previous shows in the genre, such as The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, etc., as it pretty much revels in Gorn. Which is really saying something, considering The X-Files didn't shy away from squick itself.
  • The second season of V-2009, with Anna killing a Visitor with her scorpion tail, making it rain blood(or some similar substance) and skinning a Visitor alive.
  • Deadliest Warrior was already a pretty gory show with all the dummies and pig carcasses getting chopped to bits, but the second season began filling their mannequins and pig carcasses with fake blood so that EVERY hit would result in copious bleeding (and with the pigs, gigantic pools of blood soaking the floor).
  • Criminal Minds went from merely implying the violence in Season One to gradually showing the effects of it in later seasons to, by Season Six, having huge displays of blood and gore, often the results of "creative" crimes.


     Video Games  
  • If Scarface (1983) was a quite dark film for the decade of the 80s, the videogame titled Scarface: The World is Yours is really bloodier and gorier than in the film. Although the film we see that a man is mutilated with a chainsaw but off screen, in the game we are allowed with chainsaws dismember an entire body and onscreen.
  • God of War does this to many Greek myths, but by default. The myths were pretty violent to begin with, but you got to see it in the game. Plus those weren't really considered that violent in those days mainly due to Values Dissonance.
  • Mortal Kombat 9 is this towards the rest of the series. Considering how infamous the series already was because of how bloody and gory it was, this is saying a lot.
    • The later 2D games took this to cartoonish levels. Apparently your average Mortal Kombat character had about 3-5 ribcages and 12 femurs.
    • X is even bloodier than 9. The Fatalities are really trying to set new standards of gruesome in this game (no one's had their eyeballs forcibly shocked out of their heads in 9, gory as it was).
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando is bloody and gory for a Star Wars game, sometimes riding the fence between T and M-rated levels of gore. Then again, the game is essentially the less-than-smooth insertion of Western fire team (not "squad") tactics to Star Wars.
  • TimeSplitters: Future Perfect is a partial subversion of this trope's association with Darker and Edgier. The game had blood and gore for the first time in the series, earning the franchise's first M rating from the ESRB.
  • Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and Castlevania: Bloodlines, made for the Turbografx16 and Sega Genesis respectively, feature more blood and violence than the Castlevania games on Nintendo consoles were allowed to.
  • Gears of War: Aside from the already gruesome chance to kill someone using an assault rifle with a chainsaw bayonet attached, the sequels take the Ludicrous Gibs factor Up to Eleven with a flamethrower, mortar, hand-carried minigun, grenades also acting as proximity mines and multiple types of executions than the standard curbstomping someone's head to the pavement in the original.
  • I Wanna Be the Guy looks like a close pastiche of early console games, except with the player character exploding in showers of gore whenever hit. That, and with the difficulty turned Up to Eleven.
  • The First Funky Fighter is a bloodier and gorier take on Whack-A-Mole. You even get to rip sharks in half with your bare hands.
  • Call of Duty: World At War took this to the extreme. High powered weapons and explosives could rip apart enemies, tearing off limbs and exposing internal organs. The ending consists of Sgt. Reznov hacking away at a German soldier on the top of the Reichstag before impaling him and kicking him off the building.
    • Modern Warfare and its sequels do this, compared to the previous games in the Call of Duty series. It also ups the rating from Teen to Mature, and justifiably so.
  • Mass Effect 2 is notably bloodier and gorier (most noticeable when you zoom in with a sniper rifle) than its predecessor, and also far more justifiably M-rated compared to the barely M-rated first game. Mass Effect 3 takes it a little further, including headshots blowing enemy heads apart and explosions reducing victims to gibs.
  • Prince of Persia: Warrior Within added in lots of blood that wasn't present in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, despite your enemies being made of sand, and therefore not actually having any blood.
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is this to the rest of the Metal Gear series. Not only is it a full-on Action Game, but you can now "Cut at Will". It shows extremely well in the trailer, with Raiden slicing soldiers into a billion little bloody pieces.
  • This happens in the later worlds of Eversion.
  • Inverted in the Command & Conquer Tiberium series. In the original Command and Conquer, infantry died bloodily, screaming loudly. In Tiberium Wars, however, these deaths have been replaced by Bloodless Carnage. Paradoxally, the series itself has been getting Darker and Edgier.
  • Thrill Kill was going to be this, as it was based off of Mortal Kombat with the gorn turned Up to Eleven.
  • The flash Adventure Game, Gretel And Hansel.
  • While blood, gore and organs are nothing uncommon of the classic splatter and zombie genres, Left 4 Dead 2 takes it to the extreme when compared to its predecessor. Shoot someone in the head and watch it crumble?: Lame. Shoot an infected down low and watch its intestines unravel and trail along the ground behind him as he continues to tear after you?: Awesome.
  • The The House of the Dead: OVERKILL, ironically, was actually toned down compared to the first three games and Zombie Revenge (and those typing games). You could blast chunks off of bodies or blow holes clean through torsos in earlier games; in Overkill, all you can do is explode heads, sever arms or legs, or get a semi-gib in which the head and all limbs are removed — and that requires either the Slow Motion powerup or a hit to the head with a powerful gun (like max-damage automatic shotgun). However, there is the slaughterhouse level in the PS3 remake, in which most of the zombies are nothing but muscle and organs (undoubtedly one of the most disgusting sights ever seen in a video game). House of the Dead 4 simply has the zombies dissolve into pixie dust, supposedly due to hardware limitations.
  • Serious Sam HD has significantly more blood than the original games it is an Updated Re-release of, plus Ludicrous Gibs.
  • This is what the higher violence control settings in Rise of the Triad do compared to the lower ones. Also, compared to Wolfenstein 3D, upon which its engine is based, the game is definitely this with the gore on the default setting (which also happens to be the maximum).
  • Easy to mod into Duke Nukem 3D through editing GAME.CON in a text editor. Just don't go too overboard or killing an enemy with the rocket launcher can crash the game.
  • The original Soldier of Fortune had a rather cartoonish gore system, with limbs flying off from shotgun blasts at implausible range, heads blown clean off by the game's Hand Cannon, people inflating and exploding from the microwave gun, bodies reduced to bloody kibble by grenade explosions, etc. The second game had more scarily realistic damage modeling (jaws blown off, brains splattered, blood squirting from severed limbs, etc.). Payback returned to Itchy & Scratchy style gore.
  • The Battletoads Arcade Game is much bloodier than the console games that came before it, enough to justify the game listing each player's "Korpse Kount" and the "Greatest Gravefillers." It's still a game about anthropomorphic toads who can transform their body parts into various weapons, so it's very hard to take seriously.
  • Dragon Age: Origins is pretty bloody and gory for an RPG. Melee combat with enemies that aren't bloodless always results in blood sprayed over the combatants. The finishers take the take though: death by being beaten with a shield, stabbing and decapitation, being impaled on a greatsword, etc. One of the special traits of the unique greatsword Ageless even increases the chances of a bloody kill. There is also a spell that turns a corpse into a bomb of blood and gore and another spell that freezes enemies in place while the blood erupts from their bodies.
  • In Quest for Glory III, many death animations show the hero melting, (if poisoned,) impaled by a spear, or turning into a food product such as a hamburger or (in a famous easter egg) a pizza. (When eaten. And no, it is not as graphic as you think.) While it is not overly bloody, it is certainly more so than the first two games. This is surprisingly Inverted in the fourth and darkest game, in which some deaths just show (vegetarian!) food products if the hero is eaten, and most deaths just show the hero falling. Only few examples avert this.
  • .flow compared to Yume Nikki. Yume Nikki simply has a recurring bloodstain. .flow has blood and/or rust show up pretty everywhere.
  • Perfect Dark in comparison to Golden Eye 1997. There were blood animations in the latter, but not the detailed spatter effects seen in the former. Also, they remain even after the enemies' bodies have faded.
  • This is actually something of a reversal for Asura's Wrath. Initial trailers had Asura kill his enemies with much bloodier and gorier deaths, as opposed to how they disappear into light in the final game. It was likely changed to avoid connotations of being a God of War ripoff, and most of the footage was when Keiji Inafune was the games Executive Producer, who wanted to westernize japanese games to be able to compete with western developers.
  • The Warriors (the 2005 Rockstar game inspired by the cult 1970s movie) definitely qualifies. While there was some blood in the movie, it was pretty restrained and nowhere near as disgusting as certain portions of the game, particularly a sequence early on where you sneak through the shadows surrounding a gang hideout and attack enemy guards from behind with a knife, slitting their throats clean open so that they die messily. (And you're a good guy!)
  • Compared to Namco X Capcom, Project X Zone is a lot messier in terms of showing blood. Hell, even Jedah's Limit Break practically splats the unlucky character to a wall all bloodied up.
  • Downplayed in the Game Mod Sonic Erazor, wherein the series' trademark spikes are bloody. This applies to itself as well - earlier versions had a small circle on the tip, while the final versions are much more obvious in their goriness.
  • The Brutal Doom mod includes all kinds of gameplay tweaks, such as slightly beefing up enemy AI and giving them new tricks, replacing the dinky pistol with a far more useful assault rifle, and introducing reloads and other things to make the gunplay slightly more realistic and give it more oomph. What everyone remembers, though, is the ability to practically paint the walls, floor and ceiling in blood and gore, blow zombies' limbs off and have them crawl on the floor in agony, and perform ultraviolent, messy fatalities.
  • Max Payne 3 is definitely gorier than its predecessors, especially the bullet exit wound animations.
  • The Blood and Gore DLC packs for both Total War Shogun 2 and Total War Rome 2 definitely live up to the title, turning the Bloodless Carnage of otherwise massive conflicts into utterbloodbaths.
  • ''Sniper Elite V2 and Sniper Elite III: Both are bloodier and gorier then their respective previous games. Sniper Elite III being the most gory and detailed of the three.
  • FEAR 2: Project Origin is noticeably gorier than the first game.
  • Turok 2: Seeds of Evil infamously upped the gore after the first game, but Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion toned it down again.
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 is significantly more violent than any other title in the series, true to the game's War Is Hell mentality.
  • The Legend of Zelda inverts this trope. The games got significantly LESS bloody after the N64 title, especially Ocarina of Time, which featured a torture device with a pool of blood underneath it, Ganon vomiting blood, blood splatter effects when enemies are hit and a bloodstained Dead Hand.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's initially had Bloodless Carnage - the gruesomeness of being stuffed into an animatronic suit was largely implied, with the Game Over screen merely having the eyes hang out. The third game, however, features Springtrap - who has the Purple Man's crushed and mangled corpse inside his suit, with organs, veins and a mummified skull visible at various points. And you see how he got into Springtrap at the end of Night 5, and even with the Atari-esque graphics, it's far from a pretty sight.

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  • Does it count if it's with robots?
    • Transformers: The Movie also did this with robots.
    • Beast Wars was the worst about it, having characters blown or hacked apart. Of course, they were almost always put together just fine, making it pretty hard to believe in the deaths of some characters, who endured much less than Waspinator does every day of his life (his spark is in his head
    • GIVE ME YOUR FACE. (And that line doesn't cover the staff impaling that is also included.)
      • Not mention what happens to poor Ravage. Robot injuries were fairly common in the cartoons and comics, but the films made it much more visceral.
    • The Transformers: Generation 2 comic was probably the "goriest" incarnation of Transformers ever. It had all the visual trappings of the Dark Age of comics with truckloads or blatant robot substitutes for organs and blood.
  • G.I. Joe: Resolute, although it's not really to excess, largely avoids the A Team Firings from the original series and actually shows Snake-Eyes getting his muting injury, though it's covered in a cloak.
    • Although the Joes now shoot and kill Cobra troopers, it should be noted that the bad guys still fire like Stormtroopers.
  • Often how Treehouse of Horror episodes of The Simpsons work.
    • In one episode, Ned Flanders makes a movie retelling events of The Bible in incredibly gory fashion. For example, when King Solomon gives his legendary judgement , he simply cuts the baby in half then and there - and then has a My God, What Have I Done? moment and cuts himself in half.
    • The Simpsons in general was much more graphic than any mainstream cartoon series that had preceded it when it first aired in 1989-1990. Even if you leave out the Itchy & Scratchy sequences (many of which are full-fledged Gorn), there have been quite a few examples of bloody violence being Played for Laughs and/or shock value. The episode in which Bart trains to be a daredevil, for example, ends with Homer falling down a cliff, much as Wile E. Coyote or Goofy once did. But instead of Bloodless Carnage, we have Homer getting busted open with every rock and crag his body impacts on the way down, so that by the time he hits bottom he is grotesquely bruised and has blood smeared on his face. (And then, when a helicopter tries to airlift Homer on a stretcher to the hospital, they accidentally drop the stretcher and Homer falls down the cliff again, getting his bandages torn open and accumulating even more injuries!) It was obviously intended to depict Homer as an Iron Buttmonkey, but it almost certainly frightened or unnerved many children.
  • The later episodes of Family Guy can get quite gory with things like people's limbs being torn off, disemboweled, heads exploding, torn in half, etc, when in the earlier episodes hardly any blood was seen. Even when a guy was shot about 20 times and died, not a single drop of blood was shown coming from him.
    • Special mention should go to their parody of Return Of The Jedi, where just about every single injury of people who weren't wearing full-body armor had pretty realistic-acting bloodspill. This was probably to compensate for all the pain Seth Macfarlane had with Ewoks and FOX's pressuring.
  • The 1978 The Lord of the Rings cartoon even compared to the live-action ones
  • Adventure Time with a couple or two of episodes after the first season.
  • In the Sixth Season Futurama episode "Prisoner of Benda" a member of a stage audience gets his arm cut off, however all you see are rings representing his skin, muscle/blood and bone. Later, in the Season 7 episode "Tip of the Zoidberg", Zoidberg is forced to give Fry a liver transplant for his Simpson's Jaundice brought on by excessive bleeding, with Leela as the donor. Cut to the rather catastrophic end result: Leela is sawed in half at the waist, her upper torso hopping around the operating table, with blood dripping from incision area into a clearly visible pool of it.
    "All you had to do was stop cutting my spine when I said 'Stop! You're cutting my spine!'"
    • The final series finale tops this with Fry committing suicide by jumping off a very tall building and exploding into a mess of blood and guts. Repeatedly.
  • The original Celebrity Deathmatch was a violent and bloody show to begin with. However, the short-lived MTV 2 revival that aired in the mid-2000s turned out to be much bloodier than the original, which is quite a feat.