Characters who suffer AmusingInjuries, or emerge from a BigBallOfViolence, will immediately sport bandages, even if they couldn't possibly have received medical attention. Sometimes, the bandages spontaneously appear in the very next shot, in the immediate aftermath of the blow, as if they had been stamped there by the force of whatever hit the character.

The standard example is a crossed pair of [[StuckOnBandAidBrand Band-Aids]] on the head, but the Instant Bandages may be more elaborate. Wrapped gauze dressings covering entire limbs, arm slings, and plaster casts complete with crutches from [[HyperspaceMallet hammerspace]] are also fairly common.



* In a Cheerios ad, [[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Bullwinkle]] crashes through a wall, leaving an ImpactSilhouette. Sticking his head back through the hole, his snout now sports two bandages in the shape of an X.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In both the ''Manga/LoveHina'' manga and {{OAV}}, Keitaro is sent to the hospital with a broken leg, much to the surprise of the cast; Keitaro's ability to recover from numerous injuries with InstantBandages had become a running joke at this point.
* Maes Hughes manages to pull off this trope after being crushed by a twenty-foot-tall picture of his daughter (don't ask) in one episode of ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' ([[ image]]).
* Sakaki in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' seems to have this occur right after most of her attempts to pet cats, all of whom save for one who bite her automatically. After a gang of cats attacked her, she even required a ''sling'' for her arm.
* All over the place in ''Manga/MidoriDays''. In the pilot, InstantBandages appear on a ''cat''.
* One of the characters in ''Manga/ZombieLoan'' has the power to summon InstantBandages for healing. She pays of her loan by selling this service to the other Zombies.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'': Kyo gets these after being tripped.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' routinely. When they ''don't'' appear, you know that things are getting serious.
* ''Manga/LuckyStar'':
** Konata makes a remark about her teacher, Nanako Kuroi. Kuroi hears her, brings a clipboard down on her head, a "THWAK" sound is heard, and the next scene shows Konata with an enormously comical bandage on her head. Oddly enough, the bandage disappears in the next shot.
** In episode 16, the characters remember Miyuki walking right into a door. After Miyuki opens it and walks in shyly, the bandages disappear in the next shot.
* In ''Manga/HidamariSketch'', Miyako gets one after misinterpreting the invitation to their welcoming party as a letter of challenge, and attempting to punish Hiro for the surprise attack; she's hit on the head by Sae. She gets another after being hit by a strong tennis serve by Sae that went into the bamboo grove, and another when she and Yuno are called by Sae, and she jumps the railing to get down. (In the anime, Yuno follows, and gets one, too. Nori gets a couple when sharing a bed with Nazuna, who moves around in her sleep a lot.
* In ''Manga/SamuraiHaremAsuNoYoichi'' episode 3, Tsubasa makes a FacePlant. When she looks up immediately after, her face has manifested a bandage over her nose. A few seconds later, her nose is healed and the bandage is gone. Given that she is a ninja, these things are ''entirely plausible''.
* In ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'', Minato sports a couple after Tsukiumi does a CrashIntoHello on him.
* Cocoa sports one after she bumps into a cabinet in episode 3 of ''Manga/IsTheOrderARabbit'' while shopping for mugs.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Happens all the time in the Franco-Belgian comic ''ComicBook/LeonardLeGenie'' whenever the disciple suffers AmusingInjuries, either at the hands of his [[MeanBoss sadistic master]] or through [[TooDumbToLive his own incompetence]]. Sometimes the cat Raoul is shown to bandage him, but most of the time they instantly appear out of thin air. They usually vanish as the scene changes, and sometimes the disciple is shown to have [[HealingFactor Wolverine-like fast healing]] with the injuries vanishing gradually as the scene progresses.
* Also happens all the time in the Spanish comic ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'', which runs on AmusingInjuries. The bandages are usually gone just as quickly as they appeared, but [[TropeTelegraphing when they aren't]] it's absolutely guaranteed that the bandaged body part will [[SadistShow suffer more harm]].

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'', the animators/modelers couldn't make Marty's wound to look like an actual wound without making it creepy or disgusting. So they slapped on some bandages instead.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* This happens to Sam in ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen''. Apparently Mikaela just happened to have those bandages with her or something. (Of course, this was [[RealLifeWritesThePlot to cover the actor's actual injury]], so it couldn't be smoothly worked into the film.)

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/ThemeHospital'', broken bones never have to be set. Patients enter already wearing bandages or casts, and the only service the hospital performs is to remove them.
* This happens to a hill in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''; the giant bandage is instantly applied upon impact. The shot doesn't cut away at all; there's a small cloud of dust and the bandage is there after. (Presumably the bandage is huge because the impact was caused by a sizable fortress crashing down on the hill).
* When you get a game over in Donkey Kong Country, you are treated to Donkey and Diddy Kong beaten up in a black void.
* Happens a lot to Mid-Boss in ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', [[GoldfishPoopGang usually after you beat him up]].
* It happens constantly in ''VideoGame/LocoRoco'' where bandages just appear instantly on bigger enemies and bosses without even needing ball of violence or next cut.
* In ''VideoGame/PunchOut'', Everyone will get bandages after the first Knock Down (including you) and will get more after the second one.
* The first time ''VideoGame/ChibiRobo'' runs out of energy, the Trauma Suit is basically this. Plus, it can be worn.
* Tielle from ''VideoGame/{{Recettear}}'' appears with them on her head anytime she gets hit by a monster.
* ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' series:
** In ''VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves'', Dimitri gets these in a cutscene after Sly defeats him. And when Carmelita Fox appears to arrest him, she beats him up out of frustration, resulting in more bandages.
** In ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', Octavio gets these after being defeated by [[HesBack Murray]] when he attacks a [[HandicappedBadass now-crippled Bentley]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Some evil advisors show up in bandages like this in ''Webcomic/CwensQuest'' [[ next we see them]] after some of them were [[ set on fire]]. Though at least one of them still suffered from some disfiguring burn marks after the bandages came off.
* ''Webcomic/FeyWinds'' [[ here]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'': [[ Death sports these]] on his '''[[ParodiedTrope hat]]'''(!) after [[TakingYouWithMe going down with his target, MMX]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Very frequently done in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerPuffGirls''.
* We all know ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'' has done this a few times, but the most prominent one has to be "Deep End" where after Jack crashlands into the pool floor, the next time we see him he is covered in bandages ''everywhere''[[note]]He even has a paperclip on his head.[[/note]].
* WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, the TropeCodifier. Just so you are not underwhelmed but what that implies, let us spell it out. Over the past 70 or 80 years a rolling stock of characters have repeatedly used this trope, almost once an episode in some cases, to generates hundreds upons thousands of examples that have probably been the introducer for the concept of triangular bandages for hundreds of millions of children. However, we just can't think of one yet. Try WesternAnimation/{{Wile E Coyote|and the Roadrunner}}, he gets hurt a lot; it will probably come up. Funnily enough you can now get most of those cartoon characters on band-aids for kids.
* While it's not instantaneous, Thrust is injured in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersArmada'' and shows up in the next scene with his arm in a sling and his head covered in bandages. In the Decepticon moon base. Where did a robot on the moon get bandages? For that matter, ''why'' does a robot have bandages?
* Apparent quite a few episodes in ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' especially when incurring those injuries himself.
* Happens a few times in ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow'', usually to Mr. Bump (who's always bandaged up), Little Miss Whoops, and Little Miss Calamity.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack'', [[{{DonaldDuck}} Donald]] has a bandage on his beak after getting tossed through a wall.
* A bunch of times in ''WesternAnimation/TuffPuppy'' such as when Kitty gets beat up by Dudley along with everyone else in F.L.O.P.P.
* Ditto ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''.
* Sometimes on ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''.
* Used in the beginning of the "Fool's Goal" episode of ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre''.
* In the {{pilot}} of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', bandages suddenly appear on Mr. Cat while he's getting beaten up. Averted in the actual show where the characters actually require first aid to get bandages.