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When someone is badly injured and you need to get that across, show them post-accident partly or completely encased in plaster casts and/or bandages. Usually, they'll be in a hospital bed, with maybe one or two arms or legs suspended, and completely immobilised.

If the tone of the work is lighter or more comedic, expect it to be played for laughs. For example, screams muffled by the bandages as a visitor accidentally sits on an injured limb, or the patient trying and failing to crane his neck forward to eat his dessert.

If the work is more serious or the creator feels like dropping a Drama Bomb, well... few things are more shocking than seeing a loved one unconscious, immobile and so wrapped up they no longer recognize him.

Not to be confused with Bandaged Face or Bandage Babe, or with a literal Mummy. Although obviously, expect people to make comparisons and jokes related to the latter.

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Truth in Television, obviously. Compare and contrast Ambulance Cut for a related piece of visual shorthand.


Examples

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    Advertising 
  • That Got Milk? commercial shows a guy in a full body cast being fed a cookie by his family and choking since he wasn't given any milk with it.
  • This Golden Sun: Dark Dawn US commercial shows what the misuse of Djinn will lead to.
  • A commercial and print ad for the first Ty the Tasmanian Tiger game has Ty entering a hospital room with three completely bandaged patients labeled "Dragon", "Bandicoot", and "Hedgehog".

    Anime & Manga 
  • Buso Renkin: When Mahiro is looking after an injured Tokiko, she overuses the bandages to such an extent that Tokiko ends up totally covered in them, and looks like Shishio Makoto from the author's previous work Rurouni Kenshin.
  • Spike in the Cowboy Bebop episode "Pierrot le Fou" after being trashed by the title character. Lampshaded by Faye.
    • Also after he fell out of a window in "Ballad of Fallen Angels".
  • Goku winds up like this in Dragon Ball Z after his first fight with Vegeta. The only thing that isn't covered up is his face.
  • Fairy Tail: Natsu Dragneel's gotten this more than once, most notably after his fight with "Black Steel" Gajeel.
  • Ed winds up like this in a manga-only scene from Fullmetal Alchemist. It's surprising at first since when he was last seen his injuries weren't nearly as bad, but Major Armstrong made the mistake of giving Ed another one of his crushing bearhugs at the worst possible time.
  • Played for laughs in Future GPX Cyber Formula when Gudelhian is wrapped around like a mummy in 11 after Heinel beat him up for using the radio too much.
    • A more serious one happens in the next OVA, Zero, when Hayato is seen lying on the hospital bed, his body completely wrapped in bandages except for his right hand and face after the accident involving the Zero Zone.
  • Onigumo, from Inuyasha, is almost always depicted as this in flashbacks, since he first began to lust after Kikyo while she was tending to his injuries. His desire for her led him to merge with a group of demons, turning him from an ordinary human bandit into a half demon.
  • In Jujutsu Kaisen, one of the students of Kyoto Jujutsu High School who controls a doll called Mechamaru Ultimate covers himself with many bandages due to his sensitive and fragile skin.
  • Kekkaishi has Kaguro who is a mummified ayakashi which has the excuse of being electrocuted prior his current form to explain why he looks that way.
  • Mr. Shinuhe from The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service — who may be a revivified Egyptian mummy, or just a burn victim who knows way too much about ancient Egyptian burial customs for comfort. He seems to enjoy teasing our heroes with evidence either way.
  • After the police assail Lupin's hideout in Lupin III Pilot Film, one man, wearing bandages over everything except his police cap, reports back to Inspector Zenigata that they've been unable to capture Lupin.
  • Isamu in Macross Plus after a crash while flight-testing an experimental Variable Fighter.
  • My Hero Academia; Aizawa spends the Sports Festival arc wrapped head-to-toe in bandages and casts after the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown he received during the USJ arc.
    • In the OVA "Training of the Dead", this is Midoriya's fate after he hits Bakugo when the Zombification Quirk has worn off the latter and Bakugou takes this as a direct attack on him. When All-Might visits his prodigy and tries to apologize by giving him cake, Midoriya's entire face (even his eyes and mouth) is covered in bandages. Only leaving the poor boy tearfully saying he can't eat it.
    • Happens to Kirishima after the assault on the Shie Hassaikai compound.
    • A non-comedic example happens after the Paranormal Liberation War arc, where Midoriya is severely injured and comatose after one of the most brutal arcs of the manga thus far.
  • Muu from Naruto was completely covered in bandages from head to foot. The only visible parts are his eyes and nose, his fingers and toes. The Edo tensei version is covered even further and only his eyes and nose remain visible.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion — Rei at the beginning and Eva-01/Yui herself after her armour comes off.
  • In an episode of Nerima Daikon Brothers, Hideki is taken to an opportunistic hospital and placed in a hospital room. His brother Ichiro happens to be in the bed next to his, but since he's covered in bandages from head to toe, Hideki's reaction to Ichiro's attempts at communication is simply "Why is that mummy talking to me?"
  • Usopp in One Piece, after the fight with Mr. 4 and Ms. Merry Christmas, in which he, among other injuries, is grabbed, smashed through some walls, and hit with a four-ton bat, sending him flying into the air and falling to earth.
  • Pokémon: The Series
    • An early episode of the anime ("Ignorance is Blissey") has a Blissey wrapping most of Ash's body in bandages, then he turns around to a Nurse Joy who screams at the sight of him.
    • "Training Daze" (from Pokémon Chronicles) has a rare dramatic example after James goes off a bridge, but the drama takes a hit when he shows up afterwards and rips off the bandages to reveal his Rocket training uniform. Maybe he dressed and then re-bandaged himself for the showmanship. Later on, Butch is all wrapped up too after taking a plunge with Cassidy and Raticate during their last mission in training.
    • In Pokemon Origins, Blue faces off against Mewtwo, using Blastoise, but Mewtwo uses its psychic powers to send Blastoise flying, and it lands on Blue. Blue ends up being bandaged up by his grandfather, and Red finds him covered almost head-to-toe in bandages, with his arm in a sling.
  • The lepers in Princess Mononoke covered themselves with bandages, not precisely to cover injuries, but for a different medical reason.
  • Played for comedic effect multiple times in Ranma ½.
  • In earlier chapters of Rave Master Haru usually ends up heavily bandaged after his fights — one time Elie even wraps him up like a mummy. Whether this stopped in later chapters because he became more skilled, Hiro Mashima decided it was too unrealistic, or he just realized that his characters walked around with massive injuries so much anyway that there was no point in 'coddling' them is a mystery.
  • Shishio Makoto of Rurouni Kenshin is covered head-to-toe in bandages. His un-bandaged visage is surprisingly attractive... for someone who was shot and burned alive and survived.
  • Rajiv ends up as one in the manga adaptation of Sands of Destruction after Kyrie turns his Destruct powers against him and his men. Somewhat unusual, given that most of Kyrie's (accidental) victims just end up turned to sand rather than severely injured.
  • Played for comedy in Slayers; Zolf, a.k.a. the "Mummy Man" in the first season of the television series and Naga in the first episode of the Slayers Excellent OVAs.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: In Episode 40, after the other heroes accidentally hurt her, Sweet S. is shown covered almost entirely in bandages.
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    Comic Books 
  • Batman: Black and White: In the comedic "Batsman: Swarming Scourge of the Underworld", Alfred and Robin end up wrapped in bandages (variously accessorized with a neck brace, a crutch, an arm cast, and a wheelchair) after falling off a wall in a misguided attempt to help Batsman.

    Fan Works 
  • During a mini-arc in Ask the Ryans, Aran Ryan spends some time wrapped head to toe in bandages/plaster casts after getting burned by firecrackers.
  • The Bolt Chronicles: An injured Bolt ends up in a full-body cast after his harrowing dog fight with Ike in "The Wind." Rhino lampshades the similarity to Puffy in the film There's Something About Mary when he sees the dog.
  • Shamuhaza from The Night Unfurls is an atypical example. He's wrapped in bandages head to toe, yet he is not immobilised in any way, and the readers have no idea whether he was injured or not.
  • This Bites!: Wyvern, the Future Badass version of Cross that appears during the "1000th Review Spectacular" chapter, is completely covered in bandages, to the point of concealing the entirety of his face. To date, the present version of Cross has gained bandages on all four limbs (to protect the slowly healing electrical burns that Eneru inflicted on him in Skypeia) and also some on his face (to cover up the nasal cavity that was split open by Hattori at Eines Lobby), but he still has a long way to go before he reaches Wyvern's level.

    Films 
  • Bullseye is this at the end of Daredevil (2003).
  • While infiltrating a Nazi compound in German occupied France, the crew in The Dirty Dozen Next Mission hide their sole black member under layers of bandages as if he was heavily wounded.
  • Inspector Gadget: After Officer John Brown was caught in an explosion, we next see him in a hospital as a bandage mummy. Shortly after, he was rebuilt as a cyborg, becoming Inspector Gadget.
  • A classic one at the ending of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World shows nearly the entire cast in hospital, bandaged or cast in plaster and bemoaning their fate. Cue Ethel Merman.
  • Played for comedy in Johnny Dangerously, where Johnny's brother is in a full-body cast, next to another hospital patient with another full-body cast. His mother identifies Johnny's brother by the color of his eyes, and writes his name on the cast.
  • The protagonist of Kung Fu Hustle is reduced to this state after he gets his everything beaten thoroughly by the Beast.
  • The first Mad Max movie has Max visiting Goose in hospital. When he sees what's left of him wrapped in bandages, he outright refuses to believe it's Goose.
  • Night of the Dribbler: Debbi got trapped in a shower room by the Dribbler, while being sprayed with scalding-hot water. In her next scene, she can be distinguished by cheerleading while she's covered head-to-toe with bandages.
  • In Now You See Him, Now You Don't, this happens to Druffle after an accident with the bumblebees that he was using for his science project, making him look like the Invisible Man. To add insult to injury, Druffle is actually allergic to bee stings.
  • In Patton, the eponymous character shares an uncharacteristically tender moment with one of these while presenting Purple Hearts at a field hospital — just before slapping a shell shocked soldier.
  • Franz Liebkind is reduced to a version of this by the end of The Producers, although still wearing his Nazi helmet.
  • Happened to the dog in There's Something About Mary.

    Literature 
  • One example played simultaneously for laughs and Squick is from Catch-22, in which a fully-bandaged wounded flier has one tube going in and one tube going out, and once a day the bottles of fluid attached to each tube are switched around. At least one person makes the claim that nobody's in there, but nobody believes him.
  • This term is used almost word-for-word by one of characters in Aleksander Kamiński's Kamienie na szaniec (Stones for the rampart; the story of two lads in the Polish underground movement) to describe Rudy's look after being freed from a Nazi prison. Rudy dies shortly afterwards due to injuries sustained during brutal interrogation conducted by Gestapo.
  • In Little House in the Big Woods, a kid who gets swarmed by bees is shown all wrapped up in the illustrations.
  • Not completely covered, but Mr. Bump of Mr. Men fame.
  • The Way Things Work has a picture of a mammoth severely injured in a gliding accident bandaged and posed to look like an airplane.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 'Allo 'Allo!, In the Season 5 episode The Dreaded Circular Saw, Von Smallhausen ends up like this after he and Herr Flick get caught in an explosion.
  • Blake's 7. The Rebel Leader Shivan in the episode "Voice From The Past", who's been so horribly tortured by the Federation that he's a bandaged cripple who can barely speak. Eventually he rips off his bandages to reveal himself as The Dragon in disguise. Why none of the rebels looked under his bandages to check his identity or treat his extensive injuries is not revealed.
  • A Christmas Episode of Drop the Dead Donkey had Damian's Butt-Monkey cameraman, Gerry, appear at the newsroom party as a bandage mummy in a wheelchair, maintaining his position as The Ghost and demonstrating the Amusing Injuries implied by the regular Camera Abuse in Damien's reports.
  • The first episode of Father Ted ends with Ted covered in bandages after a fall from the 'Crane of Death'.
  • Frasier: The only time Niles's wife, Maris is shown on-screen is when she's covered head to toe with bandages.
  • Get Smart: Max gets the full-body treatment a few times.
  • One episode of The Golden Girls features Blanche deciding to get extensive plastic surgery after fearing she is losing her looks. On the day of the procedure, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia come to the hospital and enter her recovery room, where someone with a face covered in bandages is lying in bed. After they comfort "her" repeatedly, the person lifts their blankets to discreetly show what's underneath — and let's just say that it's a male patient. Sophia naturally makes a joke: "You've got a hell of a lawsuit, Blanche!" We later find out that Blanche had a change of heart and cancelled her surgery after the surgeon himself asked her out (as she puts it, the fact that a man who could literally change any appearance wanted hers made her feel amazing).
    • In another episode, Blanche hears that her latest beau was in an accident and, after some reluctance, heads to the hospital. She enters the room and discovers a man wrapped head to toe in bandages being comforted by his wife, who is naturally furious that another woman has showed up. The wife storms out swearing that she's calling her attorneys...and then Blanche's actual boyfriend calls out to her from the other bed in the room. Whoops.
  • In Horrible Histories there's one of these in a Historical Hospital sketch. There's also an ancient Egyptian. He runs out the door yelling "Mummy!" as a pun on I Want My Mommy!.
  • In M*A*S*H, as a practical joke, Hawkeye and BJ give Margaret's fiance a three-quarters body cast from the chest down during his bachelor party after he passes out, claiming that he has a broken leg, so he's all plastered up for the wedding and the honeymoon.
  • In Monty Python's Flying Circus Episode 27, Erik Njorl is called into court to answer charges that he (among other things) assaulted police officers. He's wrapped in bandages from head to toe due to the injuries he received in the fight.
    • Done several other times, including the hilarious sketch with fully bandaged patients being forced to wait on the doctors hand and foot, with the most seriously injured among them forced to compete in sports, such as running obstacle courses.
  • An episode of Mr. Bean had one of the patients of a Take a Number hospital in a full body cast. He tries jumping the queue by stealing that patient's ticket, among other tactics.
  • Star Trek: Voyager. In "Emanations", Harry Kim is accidentally transported to a planet where those about to die wrap themselves up in a burial shroud when they enter the sarcophagus that transports them into "the next emanation". When Harry has to make a desperate effort to get back to Voyager, he changes places with someone about to be euthanised who decides he really doesn't want to die after all, and the bandages conveniently hide his identity.
  • This happens when Jerri runs Mr. Jellineck over in Strangers with Candy.
    "Those lips! Those pillowy lips!"
  • The original Grand Finale of Will & Grace has Jack and Karen decide to save the titular duo's friendship by tricking them into coming to a hospital. As they talk out their problems, a bandaged patient repeatedly calls homosexuality "sinful" and scolds them. Before they head out, Will stops and plants a big kiss on the guy... who promptly asks "Call me?"

    Newspaper Comics 
  • The subject of a few The Far Side strips; in one, a guy is completely mummified, while his slightly less battered buddy tells a doctor something like "So this big gorilla was just lyin' there, and Jim got to wonderin' if it was dead or just sleepin'.." In another, the visitor to the mummy's bedside starts going on and on and on about how unbearably itchy casts can get.
  • One Garfield arc saw the fat cat get into a fight with a big dog and end up in a full-body cast (in a bit of Leaning on the Fourth Wall, veterinarian Liz remarks that Garfield will be in the cast for a week, and he remarks "I suspected as much" — a nod to the fact that most plots at that time lasted exactly that long). The strips are most noticeable for giving Odie a few literal moments of The Dog Bites Back, as he plays all manner of pranks on the immobile Garfield. The arc ends with Garfield having his bandages removed and, after scratching himself silly, getting revenge on Odie by whacking him with the cast itself.

    Video Games 
  • Throughout the entire Animal Crossing series from the first one to New Horizons, Lucky, a lazy dog villager, is completely covered in bandages. Why is he wearing them? Well, it was stated that he had "a bizarre fishing accident involving a hook and two bass"...
  • In Day of the Tentacle, Dead Cousin Ted is wrapped in a bandage.
  • In Disgaea, Mid-Boss appears like this after one of the fights against him.
  • In Elroy Goes Bugzerk, if you bother a nest of hornets too many times, the Game Over screen shows Elroy and Blue covered in bandages.
  • Fallen London: Tomb-colonists, due to getting caught in a certain spot between coming back from death like everyone else and getting killed messily that makes it so they're still alive, but are torn to pieces and have a bad case of rotting in life. They need them to keep themselves together, and to hide their visages from everyone else.
  • Joshua Graham of Fallout: New Vegas, due to being burned alive for his failure by Caesar. By passing a speech check, he tells you that every night he has to replace the bandages and upon exposing his wounds to the air he feels the pain of being burned alive once again.
  • Every time your character lost all his energy in the Ghostbusters (1990) video game adaptation for SEGA Megadrive/Genesis, he would become covered in bandages. Played for comedy.
  • Otani Yoshitsugu from Sengoku Basara is bandaged head to foot due to suffering from leprosy, with only his Black Eyes of Crazy visible. It's pretty damn unnerving.
  • Humorously referenced in Dr. Mario's Classic Mode victory screen for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where he and Peach in a white, nurse-like palette are standing in front of a mummy as if it were a bandaged patient. It's actually a real mummy from Castlevania.

    Webcomics 
  • Doc Rat: Necessary treatment for a splinter in the paw. But not for a fractured hand.
  • In El Goonish Shive, during the "Video Gaaaaaames" storyline, Grace plays as Adam Jensen and runs into a fight that injures her to the point that she has to be fully bandaged except for her face, ears and tail.
  • Strays Feral, when Holland met him.
  • Unsounded: Duane keeps his rotting form bandaged to try and preserve it and to pad out missing things. This means that people who are paying attention when they meet him think he's horribly injured, though his glamour usually ensures they don't realize just what a mess he is.

    Web Video 
  • Madness Combat protagonist Hank J. Wimbleton effectively looks like this from Madness 5: Depredation onwards, due to suicide-bombing with C4 in the previous installment.
  • Dave in Par 9 got into a rollerblading accident. Keith and Berry try to make him play golf, which doesn't turn out so well.
  • Chaka in Vaguely Recalling JoJo. He loses against Polnareff.

    Western Animation 
  • In the pilot episode of C.O.P.S., federal agent B.P. Vess ends up like this after a bomb set by the villains causes debris to fall on him and break nearly every bone in his body. When the bad guys go to the hospital to finish the job, he rips the bandages off, revealing the cybernetic armor he gained from experimental treatment. Oh, Crap!...
  • Jay Sherman was in this state when his ex wife Ardith first fell in love with him, which is how she agreed to marry him. The second she saw his face and heard his voice once the bandages came off, she regretted it.
  • The Fairly OddParents
  • Family Guy: In "Petarded", Lois has her entire body wrapped in bandages when Peter accidentally douses her with scalding-hot French fry grease.
  • Foghorn Leghorn ended up like this in one cartoon after unwisely shaking up Egghead Jr's chemistry experiment.
  • One episode of King of the Hill has Peggy end up in a full body cast after a skydiving accident.
  • Mister Go: At the end of the New Year episode, Mr. Go ends up flying off (accidentally) with one of his rockets, crashing and exploding. The final scene shows him bedridden and completely bandaged as he toasts with his dog Bip.
  • Mr. Bogus:
    • Happens to Bogus in the claymation short shown at the end of the episode "Lights, Camera, Bogus", when he accidentally pinches his finger with the pliers, prompting a first aid kit to come up to him and cover him up with a lot of gauze and cotton, making him look like a mummy.
    • This happens to Jake and Butch in the episode "Is There A Bogus In The House?"
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • An unnamed pony in "Read It and Weep" shares his hospital room with Rainbow Dash. He is entirely encased in bandages. One wonders what the heck he did to end up in such a state.
    • In "Rainbow Falls", Rainbow Dash covers herself in bandages when she fakes being severely injured.
  • Popeye ends up like this after fighting with Bluto — the twist is this lets him spend time in the hospital with nurse Olive. He wins, and Bluto looks on enviously.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: At the end of "Tough Love", the girls are forced to fight their own friends in order to get HIM to reverse his Hate Plague and return them to normal, landing them all in the hospital with casts and crutches. In particular, the Mayor is in a full-body cast, with only his hat, monocle and bowtie visible, while Miss Bellum has her head conveniently wrapped in bandages.
    Blossom: So, now you know why we had to do what we did. We all feel really bad and hope that you'll forgive us.
    Bubbles: Besides, it hurt us a lot more than it hurt you.
    Everyone: Well, now, we wouldn't say that! (they all laugh)
  • In Robozuna, Slick gets accidentally beat up by his robot partner Spanner one too many times and ends up in this by the second season.
  • One brief skit on Robot Chicken has a doctor trying to stop a patient from bleeding, only he can't find any gauze. As he's frantically searching cabinets, he doesn't notice another doctor having used the gauze to pretend to be a mummy and is chasing a nurse around.
  • Happens to Rocko on Rocko's Modern Life after a misguided attempt at removing spinach from between his teeth with a jackhammer.
  • In The Simpsons, the family visits daredevil Lance Murdock in the hospital when Bart decides to become a daredevil. Murdock's arms and legs are in casts & slings, and he signs a headshot with a sharpie in his mouth. At the end of the episode, Homer winds up in a full-body cast after falling (twice) down Springfield Gorge, right next to Murdock.
    Homer: You think you've got guts? Try raising my kids.
  • Brainy after getting sunburn in The Smurfs (1981) episode "Mummy Dearest", and Jokey in "Jokey's Funny Bone". Also Clumsy in The Smurfs and the Magic Flute.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In the episode "Chocolate with Nuts," Spongebob and Patrick try their hand at selling chocolate bars door to door, and eventually hit upon the scheme of lying to customers to push their product. At one point, they use crutches and bandages to pass themselves off as injured, only to discover that their customer is completely wrapped up (he claims to have glass bones and paper skin — "every morning I wake up and break both my arms"). The customer explains that he funds his expensive medical bills by...selling chocolate bars, which Spongebob and Patrick buy. Once they're gone, it's revealed that they were Outgambitted by the customer, who is actually a con man from earlier in the episode pulling a scheme.
    • Also in the Season 1 episode "Jellyfishing", after suffering a jellyfish related bike crash down a cliff, Squidward spends the majority of the episode wheelchair bound and wrapped in a full body cast. Spongebob and Patrick take advantage of this to force him to go Jellyfishing with them which just ends with him being repeatedly stung by more jellyfish.
  • Total Drama:
    • After being mauled by a bear in "Paintball Deer Hunter", Cody is entirely covered in bandages except for his eyes, and is wheelchair-bound. His arms are also immobile, presumably in casts. His mouth is initially uncovered so he can speak in the confessional, but is later covered so he cannot speak intelligibly when his wheelchair rolls into the lake.
    • In "X-treme Torture", two things do not go in Trent's favor during a challenge that requires him to jump from a plane. Firstly, DJ accidentally pushes him out of the plane. Therefore, Trent can't gather himself timely to open his parachute. Secondly, Owen's fallen asleep on the mattress the Screaming Gophers were to prepare for Trent's landing. As a result, the mattress remains some meters away from the impact zone. All of this cumulates in Trent hitting the ground hard. He gets wheeled away on a stretcher to get "re-boned", but already is bandaged up all over except for his head. He is none the worse in the next episode.
    • In "Aftermath IV: Hawaiian Style", Blaineley falls from the plane without a parachute and spends the rest of the season bandaged everywhere except her eyes. She is completely immobile, so the Peanut Gallery carts her around on a hand truck.
    • In "Backstabbers Ahoy", Cameron is flung onto a sea mine and experiences the full force of its explosion. His limbs are all wrapped up in bandages as he lies on a stretcher when a medic takes care of him.
    • In "Zeek and Ye Shall Find", a challenge accident leaves Cameron covered in bandages except for his eyes. The bandages over his mouth act as a gag, so Cameron cannot warn the others when the season's villain reveals himself.
  • It's not a complete body binding, but after Thrust gets his metal butt handed to him by Starscream in Transformers Armada his next scene shows him with bandages around his pointed head and his arm in a cast. Given that he's a robot one wonders at the point of putting bandages on at all.


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