and the Villain
face off in battle. They both pull their weapons and charge at each other
. After the first blow we see a shot of the floor beneath one of the combatants. A stream of blood trickles down. This is a common way to show that the battle is serious and one of the characters is injured. Often the next shot will be of the injured party touching their wound and saying "I'm bleeding?" A common trope in any show that involves a lot of bleeding. Sometimes a Blood Upgrade
results from this.
Got jack all to do with the first Rambo
installment of the same name, or the sequel, First Blood Part II
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Anime and Manga
- In an old issue of Spider-Man, Peter slugs Venom in the face after being abandoned on a deserted island with his enemy. Venom actually bleeds and tells Spidey that he has "first blood".
Live Action TV
- In Firefly in the episode Out Of Gas it opens with a deserted ship and Mal staggering through the hold and falling to the ground. We only find out he's wounded when we see blood dripping through the deck underneath him.
- This is the name of a gimmick match type in professional wrestling, in which the first person to bleed is declared the loser.
- In some fencing matches, the first person to draw blood is declared victor and the match ends.
- The epee was created in response to laws that duels be to first blood instead of to the death, removing the sharp tip. Instead they had three prongs to gouge out a chunk of flesh. They did still want it to be obvious when someone was struck.
- Other matches require that the blood be drawn from the torso to count as victory.
- Noka is slashed by Abel of all people, and with a sharpened stick that was ripped from a bed frame.