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"Ohh, that can't be good."

"Thou lov'st me not; for, brother, if thou didst,
Thy tears would wash this cold congealed blood
That glues my lips and will not let me speak.
Come quickly, Montague, or I am dead."
Warwick, Henry VI Part 3, Act V, Scene 2

A character is either dying or badly injured when they start bleeding from the mouth.

In Real Life, coughing blood can indeed indicate life-threatening damage. One of the scientific names for this symptom is "Hemoptysis." It can result from organ and tissue damage from disease or trauma; punctures in the respiratory and gastro-intestinal tracts; and massive trauma to the body as a whole. This is an especially big warning if the lungs have been punctured, as the victim can drown in their own blood if not treated. As a death trope it's caused by any fatal injury, and is less a symptom than a signal to the audience that this dude's a goner. Much like the chest-clutching and doubling over in days of old, Blood From the Mouth is a sign of death that won't horrify us with the specifics, keeping our focus on the story itself.


However, not all Real Life bloody mouths are immediately dangerous. Damage to the gums in a fistfight, biting your tongue, or a particularly copious nosebleed can just as easily replicate the appearance. When it's not a death trope, blood around the mouth simply indicates the character has just taken a worse beating than usual. Our hero gets smacked around some and ends up with a bloody lip - not a big deal unless there's staggering involved. They might even spit out the blood defiantly, along with a tooth, just to showcase their resolve. Was that hit fatal? If the character wipes the blood away and it does not return, it's cosmetic Blood From the Mouth. Expect to hear My Name Is Inigo Montoya any second now.

A subtrope of He's Dead, Jim….

See also: First Blood, Soap Opera Disease and Incurable Cough of Death. Saying I'm Cold... So Cold... is another very bad sign. Occasionally overlaps with Deadly Nosebleed.


Not generally related to the Psychic Nosebleed; combine the two and get Blood from Every Orifice. If it's the only sign the character gives that they're injured, it's a Mortal Wound Reveal. Blood from the mouth is also an increasingly popular way to show damage taken from a Deadly Upgrade, or over reliance on a Super Mode.

A stream of blood trickling from the mouth is also shorthand for "I am a vampire" because vampires drink blood and have poor table manners.

As a Death Trope, all spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Frequent, but most often used when someone's about to die in Afro Samurai.
  • Subverted constantly in Berserk. Whenever Guts takes a massive blow from an enemy, especially if it slams him into the wall or floor, blood pours vigorously from his mouth, and he certainly appears dead most of these occasions. But he never dies.
  • In Beyblade, blood drips from Kai's mouth when he is battling Brooklyn.
  • Black Butler II: Alois does this at the end of the 7th episode after being stabbed by Ciel.
  • Bleach:
    • Happens a few times to Ichigo, most notably before his first real hollow transformation.
    • He somehow does it through a face-concealing mask in his later fight with Grimmjow.
    • Censorship in the anime (which is incredibly inconsistent about whether real blood can be shown) gets a bit silly with this. When Uryu's stomach is destroyed by Szayel Aporro, blood pours out of his mouth; in the anime, WATER comes out instead.
    • Ukitake does this on a regular basis because he suffers from Tuberculosis.
    • In Chapter 392, Hinamori has a bit of a trickle, though considering she had just been stabbed in the chest, she had a good reason.
    • During their fight in Hueco Mundo, the second time Nnoitra Gilga punches his hand through Kenpachi Zaraki's chest blood spurts out of Kenpachi's mouth. However, Kenny's just getting going.
  • This is shown to be a symptom of the virus in the manga Bloody Monday, as well as that of those suffering from neutron radiation.
  • Hilariously done in the manga version of Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, where pretty much every attack causes characters to spew ridiculous amounts of blood.
  • Liang Qi in Canaan, as a side effect of failing to give herself Synesthesia.
  • Discussed in Book 40 of Case Closed, where Conan, Mouri, Ran and Sonoko find the Victim of the Week hanging from the ceiling in an apparent suicide. Because he is bleeding from the mouth, which, according to Ran and Sonoko, people who commit suicide by hanging usually do on TV. Conan points out that doesn't usually happen in real life unless the victim has been cut
  • A Certain Magical Index: Index, in bit of a creepy moment when she's in her 'self defense' personality, is going through the magical requirement to heal her slashed internal organs - and hello proper reason to actually have such bleeding. She's trying to get Komoe to perform magic when she pauses to cough up blood and then instantly continues in her former robotic manner.
  • In the opening chapter of Chainsaw Man, this is used to show that, apart from all the other miserable conditions in his life, Denji has also inherited the sickness that killed his mother.
  • In Chivalry of a Failed Knight, Yuri spills out quite a mouthful of blood shortly after her introduction as Ikki and Stella's homeroom teacher. They take her to the nurse's office afterwards, and she tells them this happens on a regular basis.
  • Since the demons of Chrono Crusade have the ability to regenerate, this trope is often used to show when someone's given them a serious blow. It's rarely used for humans, however—the only time is when Mary Magdalene is given a fatal blow by Aion in the manga.
  • Almost everyone in Claymore has had blood spurt from their mouths at some point or another. It's usually justified by the character having just taken a sword or clawed hand straight through the gut. The blood itself usually isn't indicative of impending death on its own, as they can heal massive amounts of damage.
  • Cowboy Bebop:
    • In "Jupiter Jazz (Part II)", when Spike finds the dying Gren after the latter's ship crashes, shot down by Vicious.
    • Also, in the penultimate episode when Vicious brutally murders each of the elders of the Red Dragon syndicate.
  • A Cruel God Reigns: Ian coughs/throws up quite a bit of blood after a long stint of stress over his relationship with Jeremy and Jeremy's emotional state.
  • Played with in Darker Than Black.
    • Towards the end of the first season, after November 11 has killed his treacherous boss, he's seen staggering down the street, trying to get call someone on his cell phone. He stops and coughs up blood, and smiles sadly—then the camera angle changes to show that he's been shot in the stomach and there's blood all over his suit. Blood From the Mouth was the least of his worries.
    • Also happens to Havoc earlier in the season when November 11 kills her.
  • In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, whilst fighting the Older Brother Spider Demon, Zenitsu was poisoned and went through great stress to prepare his Thunder Breath technique to the point he vomited some blood in the middle of his struggle; way later in the series during a comedic extra story Zenitsu vomits blood in pure excitement, as he sees Nezuko wearing a swimsuit, comically dying in the process, it’s just a fun extra page though so obviously Zenitsu does not actually die for real.
before the noose is tightened and movies only do it to make it clear to the viewers that the victims are dead.
  • This seems to happen to Allen Walker in nearly every battle of D.Gray-Man, though it doesn't so much indicate his death as just him being beaten the crap out of by bad guys. He usually returns the favor.
  • Pretty much every time a character in Dragon Ball Z got a nice hit in the gut, they'd fall to their knees and start hacking up blood. They are usually fine a few seconds later, strangely enough. It makes more sense in the dub, where the blood is edited out so that it seems like they are coughing just because the wind got knocked out of them.
    • This happens so frequently that when a character hacks up blood, it's treated with about the same concern as if they just had the nonlethal, busted-lip variety. One notable instance was in the first Broly movie; blood is dripping down Broly's face, and he stares at his opponent... then abruptly smiles and licks it off, getting a fairly entertaining Squick reaction from Goku.
    • In the original version, Trunks gets one after getting a hole blown through his chest by Perfect Cell.
    • When Krillin is impaled by Frieza, he throws up a damn river's worth. This one was justifiable, though, as that hit would have killed him if not for Dende.
      • Which Frieza licked off of his face too.
    • When Frieza charges Goku at one point during their battle, Goku punches him right in his chest, causing him to vomit a big gob of blood, as a reminder of Goku's new-found Super Sayian power.
    • In the movie Bojack Unbound, this happens to Bojack when Super Sayian 2 Gohan punches a hole straight through his stomach. In this case it's, if not a mortal wound (Future Trunks doing the same to one of his minions killed them instantly), then a severe one that likely would've killed him if he weren't so powerful.
  • In the manga of Elfen Lied, this occurs to Lucy repeatedly as she overuses her enormously powerful vectors, causing her body to deteriorate from the effort. Eventually, she is reduced to nothing more than a puddle of flesh, bones, and organs.
  • In Emerging, blood running from the mouth and eyes is a good sign that the unknown disease ravaging Tokyo is entering its final stage. This generally precedes blood gushing from the mouth, nose, eyes, and every other orifice.
  • Hyatt from Excel Saga does this constantly. She also has the tendency to die, sometimes from this; in the final episode, she bleeds so much from her mouth that the world floods.
  • Fairy Tail: Happens to anyone who breathes in Bradman's Anti-Magic particles, whether it kills them immediately or not. The only reason Gajeel lasted the whole fight with him is because there's trace amounts of iron in those particles, which he breathes in as a last-ditch effort to go Dragon Force, which was successful. A Curb-Stomp Battle then ensues in Gajeel's favor.
    • It actually happens more often than you'd expect for a series like this, though only in the manga.
  • Fate/Zero uses this quite often when a character dies.
    • A standout example is when Kotomine covers Irisviel's mouth (to keep her from screaming) while he stabs her with his his Black Keys. The reaction shot of her face shows her eyes widening in pain and crying as she vomits blood through his hand.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist has a fair bit of this.
    • Izumi coughs up a lot of blood due to her missing internal organs. Sometimes it's played for drama... and sometimes for laughs, like when she does that on a guy trying to attack her.
    • This is Riza Hawkeye's father's cause of death.
    • It is implied that Trisha died this way in the manga (shown via one of Edward's nightmares).
    • At the end of the Briggs arc when Edward is stabbed through the gut with a giant pole, he doesn't notice it at first and tries to get up...only to suddenly cough up blood and collapse.
    • Kimblee, after Scar punches through his chest.
    • While fighting Envy in Gluttony's stomach, Ling gets punched and flung into a stone pillar with enough force that he coughs up a small gob of blood.
    • During his Last Stand battle with Scar, King Bradley briefly stops to cough up a puddle of blood. Justified in this case, as it's established he's already mortally wounded and wants to go out fighting.
  • The 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist anime has some more examples:
    • Homunculi are capable of healing any wound by relying on the power of the red stones they've consumed, so the first real step in defeating them is often to perform an alchemical ritual which causes them to vomit up all of their red stones.
    • Greed vomits up red stones and blood.
    • Also happens to Edward in the last episode, when he is stabbed in the chest by Envy. He does get better, though.
    • In the movie, rivers of blood ooze from Wrath's mouth after he is bitten by Gluttony, and he spews even more when Gluttony nearly chomps him in half. Also, Alfons Heidrich develops a life-threatening illness that causes him to cough up blood from time to time.
  • In Fushigi Yuugi, the first sign that Nuriko is a goner in his battle with Ashitare is when he coughs up blood, bleeding much from his lips among other places afterwards.
  • Happens to Takiko in Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden, since she caught TB after taking care of her mother, who died of the disease.
  • In Future GPX Cyber Formula, this is how Hayato's father, Hiroyuki dies when he coughs up blood from his mouth after being seriously injured in a car accident (in which the car exploded and the debris stabbed him), and the accident was set up by Smith.
  • Happens at least twice in The Garden of Sinners, when Fujino was dying due to her appendicitis, and when Araya was impaled by Shiki.
  • Happens in Gintama particularly when Gintoki takes a serious body shot. He always gets better.
  • Giovanni's Island: Kanta vomits blood on the way back to the internment camp. It's the first sign that's what's wrong with him is much worse than a simple cough and cold.
  • In Granblue Fantasy, it happens as the result of a ritual gone wrong. Two unsuspecting sacrifices were supposed to die in exchange for making a third person immortal. However, the ritual somehow ends up making the "wrong" person immortal and the others end up with blood from the mouth, indicating that they were indeed going to die soon after.
  • Gundam 00:
    • Happens to Graham Aker every time his Mid-Season Upgrade (he's had a fairly absurd number of them) surpasses his body's tolerance. The explanation seems to be that the G-forces are messing with his internals. He lives, though.
    • Also happens to Sergei Smirnov, after his son "fatally wounds" his mobile suit. He is killed in the ensuing explosion.
    • Happens again with Nena Trinity before she dies, although her blood is a result of the Regnant's Fang destroying almost her entire abdomen. She uses the little energy she had left to let Louise know EXACTLY how she feels about her for doing that.
  • Happens to Haruhi-chan while taking story suggestions from the SOS Brigade for their new amateur film. She has to be hospitalized at the end of the sequence.
  • In a later chapter of Hayate the Combat Butler this happens to Luca.
  • In Hellsing, Alucard causes this to happen to Rip Van Winkle when he is killing her.
  • In a non-serious example, England from Hetalia: Axis Powers coughs up blood whenever the Fourth of July comes up or anything relating to independence is mentioned.
  • The dying type shows up a few times in Higurashi: When They Cry, most notably when Keiichi is shot by Takano.
  • Happens rather graphically to Miroku in Inuyasha whilst trying to suck Naraku into his Air-Rip. He not only bleeds from the mouth but from the nose, ears and eyes.
  • In K: Missing Kings to Kuroh during his second fight with Yukari, in a rather lovely garden. He doesn't die, but he does have blood from his mouth, which he wipes away as his hair blows in the wind, making for a particularly nice shot, were it not for the blood.
    • When Iwafune dies in Return of Kings, he has this as well.
  • Played for Laughs in Kaguya-sama: Love is War. When resident Shipper on Deck Karen catches a glimpse of Kaguya and Shirogane's First Kiss, she passes out and starts to bleed out of her mouth as she's nearly killed from sheer joy. Later subverted when spin-off series We Want to Talk About Kaguya covered those events and revealed that the blood was actually from her biting her tongue to stay focused.
  • In Kamichama Karin after Kazune finally pushes himself too far while fighting the Big Bad, he coughs up blood, and then continues bleeding from the nose and mouth for a while afterwards.
  • Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru: During their fight Kevin squeezes Minoru's throat hard enough to make him cough up blood and drinks the blood.
  • Kill la Kill has a few examples, often played for laughs due to the tone of the work.
    • One notable example has Satsuki Kiryuin instantly vomit out a mouthful of blood after being punched in the stomach by her own mother. In spite of this, she seemingly recovers and even survives a stint of capture and sexual abuse aftewards. Tough. As. Nails.
  • In the Love Hina manga, Keitaro crashes into Mutsumi, knocking her over. Keitaro apologizes, then sees that blood is trickling from her nose and mouth. This, combined with her (temporarily) Blank White Eyes (plus the fact that she seems to have no pulse) convinces Keitaro and Naru that she has died. Of course, it's really just one of her fainting spells.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Vita hacks up a lot of blood after one of the Mecha-Mooks impales her through her chest. One of the combat cyborgs is also shown with blood coming out of her mouth after Zest kills her.
    • Precia Testarossa also has this on occasion, as a byproduct of her Incurable Cough of Death.
  • In Macross Plus, we see this just before Guld crashes his fighter into the unmanned drone; he coughs out a giant gob of blood as the G-forces crush his internal organs.
  • Madlax ascends to Nigh-Invulnerability towards the end of the series (through being just that badass, no kidding) but does Blood From the Mouth to demonstrate to the Big Bad that inside, she is still a human being. It's symbolic, really.
  • In Magical Pokaan, 4 Pachira squirts out liters of blood... because she had athletes' foot.
  • Mekakucity Actors: Shion in episode 10's extended flashback when she uses her powers for the first time to protect Mary. She perishes shortly afterwards.
  • Subverted in Metal Armor Dragonar, in which a somewhat minor Humongous Mecha pilot is shown coughing up blood constantly within the two episodes he is in. However, getting blown up when his giant robot is destroyed is what finally does him in.
  • Played for Laughs in My Dad's the Queen of All VTubers?!. A Running Gag is Takashi vomiting blood after a particularly cringe-worthy moment.
  • In My Hero Academia, All Might exhibits this constantly. He's lost his stomach and most of his lungs prior to the start of the series, which, in addition to giving him a gangly, emaciated appearance whenever he isn't using his powers, causes blood shoots out of his mouth whenever he overuses his powers or even gestures a little too hard. Occasionally it gets Played for Laughs when he coughs up blood in surprise for an improvised Spit Take.
  • Naruto:
    • The Hyūga families fighting style uses chakra to inflict internal injuries rather than external ones. You only know you have been hit after you cough up blood.
    • When Naruto fights Sasuke in an effort to stop him from defecting to Orochimaru, the first hit Sasuke gives him is a Megaton Punch that causes this in addition to sending him flying.
    • We later see it happen to Itachi during his final fight with Sasuke. No, he hadn't been hit by a Hyūga, he just had tuberculosis or something the entire time. And he still kicked ass.
      • Also happened to Kimimaro who had a fatal disease.
    • Jiraiya has quite a bit of blood coming from his mouth when he dies, as a result of his throat being crushed. Hinata, while appearing to be dead in the eyes of many viewers, had a trickle of blood coming from her mouth. Pain coughs up blood after using Chibaku Tensei, having already used up most of his chakra.
    • In one of the chapters Naruto is bleeding from his mouth after a brutal beat-up from a Cloud ninja.
    • Who can forget Part 1's Big Finale, after which Sasuke coughs up blood near Naruto, who is passed out on the ground? (It was a rough fight.)
    • Danzo starts drooling the red stuff after getting squeezed by Sasuke's Susano'o. But it's apparently not fatal nearly as what happens at the end of the chapter (He's okay). He starts again (for real) after taking a fatal hit and Karin does as well (she lives though).
    • Asuma's death.
    • After Kushina restrains Kyuubi and later Minato when they both are using their bodies to stop Kyuubi from killing their son Naruto.
    • Tsunade has Blood From the Mouth in her battle with Orochimaru after she jumps out in front of his Kusanagi sword to protect Naruto. Subverted, though, in that she gets up and continues to fight (and even heals herself).
    • Sakura after being impaled with Sasori's sword. The preview has other characters talk like they're mourning her death, only to be interrupted: "Cut it out, you guys! I'm still here!"
  • In the manga Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, some people who breath in too much poisonous miasma get this.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi:
    • Negi gets some blood from the mouth after being impaled by a giant stone spear shortly after returning to the Magic World. He also heavily pukes blood after getting the complete crap beaten out of him by Rakan in the final match of the tournament. Both times, these are caused by obviously major damage. Both times, he gets up anyway.
    • It happens in a flashback too, when the Mage of the Beginning obliterates Ala Rubra in one hit, most of them have Blood From the Mouth.
    • Evangeline McDowell displays this in an early arc after keeping Negi from taking a stalactite meant for her. Of course for someone called the Undying Mage, getting a sharp piece of stone marginally less wide than her torso rammed through her gut is a transitory irritation.
  • One Piece:
    • Luffy coughs up blood more than once in his fight with Rob Lucci. It's subverted when Luffy not only keeps going after coughing up blood, but stands right back up.
    • Zigzagged during Luffy's fight with Usopp. The latter originally pretends to be coughing up blood from previous injuries to make Luffy hesitate, but by the end of the episode, he genuinely does cough up blood.
    • Played for Laughs by Sanji when he is forced to admit his poorly-drawn Wanted Poster is indeed him by Ivankov.
    • Dr. Hiriluk in Chopper's flashback does this to show that he's dying of an incurable disease.
    • In the Punk Hazard arc, after Mocha swallows all of the drugged candies she was carrying so as to protect the other kidnapped children from eating it, the poor girl ends up in immense pain, coughing lots of blood. Fortunately, Chopper was there to stabilize her condition.
  • In Ookami Kakushi, Shigetsu bleeds heavily from the mouth before dying.
  • Played with in PandoraHearts: Break sometimes does this after a battle, but it doesn't mean he's lost; in fact, it's a pretty good sign that he just stomped someone into the ground with Mad Hatter. It's just that using Hatter puts such a strain on his body that he'll probably be dead in a year.
  • Invoked and Played for Laughs in The Quintessential Quintuplets. Trying to convince the sisters to stay and study, Yotsuba tries to make up a lie that Fuutarou has some crazy deadly illness. To at least make it somewhat believable, Fuutarou grabs a nearby bottle of ketchup to simulate this, and surprisingly it actually convinces them, if only for a moment.
  • Rave Master abuses this one. In a sword fighting manga blood from the mouth is more common than cuts.
  • Reborn! (2004):
    • Although toned down in the anime, by a lot, in the manga, you can't help but feel sorry for Tsuna when he gets punched around or nearly suffocated to death by the Big Bad. All this beat down results in a lot of that unpleasant red stuff. Good thing the manga portrays it as black.
    • Resident Ill Girl Chrome suffers from this whenever her illusionary organs give out. Immensely freakier in the manga where they actually show her coughing up quite a bit of blood.
  • In the conclusion of Rebuild of Evangelion 2.0, the Tenth Angel impales Unit-01, causing Shinji to vomit up a torrent of High-Pressure Blood due to his high synchronization rate. This is the first hint that things are going to happen, since it shows that Shinji retains an absurdly high synchronization with his Evangelion despite the fact that Unit-01 was impaled after the power ran out. Now angry, he reactivates the Unit, and an impressive resurgence against the Angel occurs.
  • Alice in R.O.D the TV after getting the mother of all papercuts.
    • Also Ikkyu Soujun in the OVA when Nancy squeezes his heart.
  • Tsukune from Rosario + Vampire coughs up a decent quantity after getting his shoulder crushed via an enraged half-breed monstrel.
  • Rurouni Kenshin:
  • Saint Seiya: Aphrodite after Shun unleashes his Nebula Storm on him.
  • In Saiunkoku Monogatari, Sa Sakujun bleeds copiously enough from the mouth to soak the front of his clothing, even though rather than suffering any internal injuries he is succumbing to a poison he'd taken much earlier in the day. Transferred to Shuurei's lips afterwards.
  • Just about every time someone dies in Samurai 7, they do it half-choking on blood.
  • Though it's more a sign of grief than death, it happens in Slayers Evolution R (episode 10) to Zelgadis when he learns Rezo can't cure him. Oh the poor, poor dear...
    • Though to be fair, Rezo was likely screwing with him. Having the source of ultimate evil sealed in your soul and all that, maybe he just lied to keep Shabranigdo in check.
    • The trope is played straight during the more brutal battles, though. The most noteworthy case is from the same season above when Zelgadis is nearly crushed by the resurrected Rezo-Shabranigdo, causing him to cough up a notable dose of blood.
  • Soul Eater:
    • This happens occasionally. Notable examples include when Death The Kid realized he'd had part of his hair cut (making it asymmetrical), Maka after the fight with Free on London Bridge, where the blood was black, indicating she was affected by... black blood and Mifune after being defeated by Black Star for the third time. In the anime he lives, in the manga he does not.
    • In the anime, the moon constantly has blood dripping out of the corner of its mouth. Except in the opening.
    • Medusa coughs up blood twice in her first battle with Stein in the anime: once when she gets slammed against a wall, the next when he hits her with his Soul Force attack.
  • In the Strike Witches movie, Yoshika gets this while she's being pursued by the giant tower Neuroi. She gets a much worse injury at the end of the fight, though.
  • Nearly every fight scene in Tokyo Ghoul and it's sequels. Characters usually survive because of Ghouls' regenerative abilities.
  • Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-:
    • Fai spits out blood when he fails to transport himself and Kurogane out of the collapsing world of Celes. Pretty much expected when half his power has been diminished after C!Syaoran ate his left eye.
    • Also happens to Kurogane's mother earlier on.
  • Vision of Escaflowne:
    • In the first episode, Van is knocked aside by the dragon and rolls a little ways. He then vomits well over a quart of blood. Which is odd, since he survives so much damage during the series that he's clearly some sort of robot.
    • There's also a later time where Van begins coughing up blood, seemingly unprovoked, while the heroes are imprisoned by Zaibach. Rather than a rapid onset of Tuberculosis, it turns out to be because the bad guys have started dismantling the mech he's permanently synched to. Heart first.
  • The Voynich Hotel:
    • The devil Ashkelon spews blood from his mouth just before dying, due to eating the poisoned cake the Serial Killer Snark had given to Demona.
    • As Snark is closing up her deal with Demona, she starts coughing up blood, a sign that her time before her soul is claimed is running out. In the last few minutes before she dies, she practically pukes blood.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Happens a few times in the final story arc. Whenever one of their monsters are destroyed, many of the characters cough up a small amount of blood, often shortly before dying. The most extreme example would be Bakura (or at least one of the numerous versions of him), who, upon losing a duel against Yuugi, coughs up a huge glob of blood, not long before dying.
    • The ancient Bakura actually vomits blood before dying. He comes back.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: In an episode explaining Daitokuji-sensei's, or rather, Amnael's, origins, he coughs up a little bit of blood due to succumbing to a terminal disease, but he makes a second body right before his first one dies.
  • In Zombie Loan, Michiru exhibits this in the second episode. Although it's not as much of an indicator as the massive pool of blood around her after she took a sword strike for another character. She got better.

    Comic Books 
  • In All Fall Down, Siphon suffers this before the end.
  • Jhonen Vasquez once made fun of this trope in his deliberately horrible comic, The Bad Art Collection. A character is wounded and blood comes from the mouth. Paraphrased: "Oh, no! I did a blood burp! That means I'm dying!"
  • Daredevil uses this trope frequently during fights, one notable instance was in the Born Again storyline where Kingpin punches Matt in the face so hard that Matt spits a large spray of blood.
  • Green Lantern: Evoked with the Red Lanterns. Becoming one involves a person's blood being replaced by a burning red acid which they can use as a weapon by puking it at opponents.
  • Happens to Abe Sapien in a Hellboy issue, who spits up quite a bit of blood after being impaled through the chest by a spear; understandable in this case, since the spear most likely punctured a lung. He gets better, though.
  • During the fight between Zeus and the Incredible Hulk, Zeus punches the Hulk in the stomach and he vomits up a mass of green blood.
  • MonsterVerse: In the Godzilla Aftershock graphic novel, a panel depicting the corpse of Dagon (the specimen of Godzilla's species whose bones were seen in Godzilla (2014)) indicates he was coughing up a lot of blood during his death throes. His death was caused by the MUTO eggs gestating inside him after his lost battle against the MUTO Prime, a fact of which he didn't seem to be aware.
  • Inverted in Morbius v2 #2. Morbius coughs up blood just as the wound from a shotgun blast to the chest heals and gets back up.
  • In Legion of Monsters: Morbius the Living Vampire, a girl spews up a geyser of blood as she's turning into a vampire.
  • A non-fatal version happens in Persepolis, when Marjane coughs up blood from having a severe case of bronchitis (not helped by being homeless in the dead of winter in Austria) and passes out. She's found and taken to a hospital before it turns fatal.
  • In The Punisher v7 #13 a mook is shot with a type of bullet that opens up to reveal the crab-like construction inside, which then digs its way through the victim's body. The victim ends up spraying a 2-feet-high fountain of blood from the mouth. He still manages to get up and run.
  • Robin Series: Tim starts bleeding from the mouth after being hit by a strange weapon Lock-Up had prepared ahead of their fight. He then starts bleeding from his ears, nose and nailbeds as well.
  • Santa Vs Zombies: The girl who gets bitten by a kitten in the Kitty Labs store vomits up blood before she turns into a zombie.
  • When Marv is in the electric chair in the Sin City story, "The Hard Goodbye", the first jolt fails to kill him, but it makes him spit up a mess of blood (though in the movie it may not be blood, since his blood was always shown as a bright red while the goo was black. Considering he's a smoker, he might have been chewing on the stub of a cigarette; which darkens ones' spit.)
  • Superman:
    • Red Daughter of Krypton: When Supergirl becomes a Red Lantern, her blood turns into burning-hot acid which she vomits.
    • Superman: Brainiac: Superman vomits blood after pulling out a spiked probe inserted into his digestive tract by several Brainiac drones.
    • In The Killers Of Krypton, Kara collapses and starts bleeding from her mouth and nose when her ship approaches Krypton's radioactive remains.
    • When Superboy-Prime captures Mr. Mxyzptlk and tortures the hell out of him, at one point he vomits blood. Prime comments on how disgusting it is.
  • In The Transformers comics, a character leaking Energon from their mouth (assuming they have one) is a frequent sign that they've taken a lot of damage.
  • Warrior Cats: The Rise of Scourge: When Tigerstar dies, he spits out a hilariously small bit of blood.

    Fan Works 
  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): Both of Monster X's heads suffer this, alongside a nosebleed and blood in their eyes, when Ghidorah is violently making psychic contact with them in Chapter 14, just before their body goes into a violent seizure.
  • Citadel of the Heart features this as a fact of life of Ultimorian Bizarre Alien Biology, to the point of it being fairly normal for them to experience this during combat and just shrug it off afterwards and make a full recovery later on. So far fights between Chronicler, Grandis, and Mirror M against each other or other opponents have demonstrated this fact the most of the more noteworthy repeat offenders among the Ultimorians.
  • In Cosmic Warriors, Experiment-D-U-D's mouth leaks blood after he takes a beating by Tuxedo Mask and is literally stabbed in the back by Warrior Moon.
  • In the Inuyasha fic Darkness (ankh-ascendant), Sesshoumaru gets Impaled with Extreme Prejudice and coughs blood all over the diamond spears through him. Since he's a youkai with extreme Healing Factor, this is downplayed and he manages not to die.
  • A less serious variety happens in this Digimon Adventure fanfic in chapter 4. Tai gets kicked in the face during a major soccer match and notices something's wrong when he spits out blood. He's forced to leave the game because of it.
  • One of Harley Quinn's early pro boxing gimmicks in Eight Count is biting down on fake blood capsules during her walk to the ring.
  • In Power Girl story A Force of Four, Kara bleeds from her mouth when she's hit hard while battling another Kryptonian.
  • In Supergirl story Hellsister Trilogy, blood leaks from the mouth from the unconscious and usually invulnerable Satan Girl after getting hit by a magic spell.
    Below her was the unmoving, unconscious form of Satan Girl, a trail of blood leaking from one corner of her mouth, and Drang, whose magic bolt had gone through the space which she occupied a nanosecond before.
    Both were bleeding, Kara from one side of her mouth, U-Ban from a nose that had run into her knee.
  • Very prominent in I Did Not Want to Die, where the protagonist is first shot in the stomach, and realizes that he's been mortally wounded once he starts coughing up blood.
  • In In Which Guzma Is Frustrated, Nanu finds Acerola's father dying and bleeding from the mouth after his illness takes a turn for the worse.
  • After Fluttershy gets shot in A Kingdom Divided, she coughs up blood. However, she lives until napalm is dropped on the field hospital.
  • In The Lion King Adventures, it's pretty obvious that Tojo is going to die when blood starts dribbling from his mouth after Tama stabs him.
  • Happens to both Kenny and Stan in Like Pinning Butterflies.
  • Happens to Mercutio in Pattern Broke, a Romeo and Juliet fanfic.
  • How Kevin knows that Ben's not doing well after the fight with Fusion Buttercup in "Pipeline".
  • The Planets: Subverted. After installing Roy's automail arm, Winry notices that he's bleeding from the mouth. It turns out to be nothing serious. Roy just bit his tongue.
  • Happens to a villain in Power Rangers GPX after suffering from a case of Impaled with Extreme Prejudice.
  • Princess Trixie Sparkle: Trixie starts bleeding from the mouth when she's squeezed by vines.
  • In Snowed In from the Rose Redemption AU series, Steven suddenly starts to cough up blood. Since Rose no longer has her healing powers, she ends up carrying him through the storm to her healing fountain to cure him of his ailments.
  • Happens to both Patchouli Knowledge (though she was just badly injured) and Koakuma in the Touhou Project fanfic Scarlet in Black's first part.
  • Somnium: Phillip began bleeding from the mouth after awakening Aurora with True Love's Kiss. He died in her arms a moment later.
  • Stars from Home plays with this when Scott hits his head and begins coughing up blood, only to wave off concern because he really did bite his tongue. Later played straight on a mission, though.
  • In the Tamers Forever Series, Takato's deteriorating health is shown from him coughing up blood several times during Silent Sorrow. During his torture by the Kurasarimon, the author showed he was Not Pulling His Punches by using this (more so even than Takato's screams of agony).
  • This is a notable sign of the chronic disease Paul suffers from in the Pokemon fanfic Travels of the Trifecta.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supergirl crossover The Vampire of Steel, Supergirl vomits blood after being battered by a Kryptonian vampire.
  • A New Hope: Cloud coughs up blood during his first dinner at the Leonhart residence, Foreshadowing the discovery of his brain tumor.
  • In Batman fanfic Dance with the Demons, blood drips from King Faraday's nostrils when Looker -member of the Outsiders- telepathically forces answers out of his brain.
    Plastic Man merely insinuated himself between Batman and the spy and wrapped himself about Faraday like a red-clad constrictor and held him firmly. The captive was starting to convulse. A slight bit of blood dripped from one of his nostrils.
    "Be careful, Looker," said Batman. "Possible cerebral damage."
  • What If I Know Too Many Reasons I Can Be Strong?:
    • Akaza bleeds from the mouth when Tanjiro taunts him about his past at the end of Chapter 6.
    • Kokushibo not only bleeds from the mouth but from the nose when Koyuki's ghost punches him in the cheek at the end of Chapter 19.

    Films — Animation 
  • Batman: Under the Red Hood has Jason defiantly spit at the Joker during his No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. However, his spit is blood due to a collapsed lung.
  • In South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut after Christophe aka The Mole is severely mauled by guard dogs, shortly before he dies from his wounds he coughs up blood.
  • Haku in Spirited Away is bleeding a consistent amount after being inflicted by a curse and Yubaba doesn't even try to help him, saying he will die eventually. It is Justified since he had originally swallowed Zeniba's golden seal. And of course, he is healed by Chihiro.
  • This happens a couple of times in the movie of Watership Down:
    • When Bigwig gets caught in the snare, he coughs up blood as he chokes.
    • When Blackavar is killed by General Woundwort, he coughs up some blood before he dies.
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire has Milo bleeding a little from his mouth after receiving a sock punch from Rourke as the latter mocks him for his successful discovery of Atlantis while trying to steal its power source and sell it for profit.
  • In Superman: Doomsday after getting punched in the stomach by Doomsday several times, Superman drops to his knees and begins to vomit up blood. It’s the first real indication that he’s in serious trouble.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • This trope is pretty common in horror films.
  • This is incredibly common in Chinese dramas and action movies, mostly to show that a character has been poisoned or has taken serious damage in the obligatory Kung Fu fight.
  • Anger of the Dead: While waiting in the hospital for Alice to return to him, Stephen ends up coughing up quite a bit of blood.
  • In Apache Gold, Klekih-petra, an old man who is a white father to the Indians dies with the ominous blood, being murdered by Santer. He doesn't die immediately and begs Winnetou, a future Apache chief, to save the peace.
  • Avengers: Infinity War
    • Loki bleeds from the mouth as he's strangled to death by Thanos.
    • Thor has a bloody mouth after Ebony Maw gags him with a piece of metal.
    • After being stabbed through the abdomen with his own nanobot-sword, Tony is left weakly wheezing for air as he spits out blood.
  • In Batman Begins, the old man referred to as Ra's al Ghul was bleeding from the mouth after being hit by a pile of logs in a burning building Bruce Wayne and Ra's al Ghul were both in.
  • Batman Returns has the Penguin hacking up nasty black bile right before he finally dies.
  • In Black Death, this is the symptom indicating that Griff has been infected. Subverted in that, he doesn't die but is finished off by his friend.
  • In Blade Runner, blood flows from Deckard's mouth into a backlit shot glass. Possibly the most beautiful Blood From the Mouth scene ever shot- but honestly, do you expect anything less from Ridley Scott?
  • In Blood Harvest, Gary bleeds from the mouth after Mervo shoots him in the chest.
  • Blood Pi: People have blood coming out of their mouths when attacked, like the cheerleader Amber killed and stole the face of, and Amber herself in the final scene in the movie.
  • Blood Widow: Blood comes out of Amber's mouth after the killer stabs her in the neck.
  • In Bloody Homecoming, Annie gets stabbed through the back of her head and the stake comes out her mouth, accompanied by a copious amount of blood. Later Roddy is stabbed through the chest from behind and blood fountains out of his mouth.
  • In Das Boot the lethal version of this happens to the Captain. In the novel, it is explained that he has shrapnel wounds through his back.
  • In Bram Stoker's Dracula when the hunters confront the newly vampirized Lucy. Van Helsing forces her back with his cross and back to her coffin. Apparently the holy power is so much for her that she actually punks up blood in his face before finally going dormant. When they proceed to stake her, you can see blood dripping from the sides of Lucy's mouth.
  • In Jane Campion's Bright Star, Fanny finds out that Keats is ill when she sees blood-stained linen (he's not seen coughing blood at that point, but the implications are pretty clear.)
  • In The Bucket List, Edward confirms he has cancer when he coughs up blood into a handkerchief.
  • In Cabin Fever 2, the attendees of a school prom have been drinking punch that a) was made from bottled water from the small town featured in the first Cabin Fever movie—you know, the stuff that's infected with necrotizing fasciitis—and b) was thereafter pissed in by a custodian infected with the same disease. About halfway through everyone starts vomiting blood all over the place as they apparently realize that their internal organs have liquefied.
  • A Classic Horror Story: Mark has a line of blood coming out of the side of his mouth, probably from crashing the RV into a tree.
  • Clown Kill: After being fired, the janitor is so angry at Jenny that he punches her in the face hard enough that she spits out blood. He does the same to Nigel when he tries diffusing the situation.
  • Clown Motel: Blood comes out of Chris' mouth after getting a windshield wiper jammed down his throat by a clown.
  • Clownface: Starting with Rick, people have blood coming out of their mouths when attacked by Clownface.
  • Cobb: After discovering Al Stump's stash of personal-draft notes for the book, stopping himself from capping him in his sleep and finally proceeding to shoot himself in the mouth, old age starts catching up with Ty as he runs off to cough a bunch up all over the bathroom sink. Unable to clean it up, he leaves Al a note there ("You lying son of a bitch") saying he'd gone off to the hospital.
  • Cryptz: One of the vampires has what's supposed to be blood coming out of his mouth when he's killed.
  • In The Demoniacs, Paul dies from dropping a giant glass carboy on his head. Before he dies, he coughs up blood that splatters on the inside of the glass.
  • In The Departed Frank Costello is gushing blood from his mouth just before he's killed.
  • Destroyer (1988): Ivan Moser has blood coming out of his mouth after his execution.
  • In The Doctor, William Hurt's title character coughs up blood while leaving a party. This turns out to be the first sign that he has cancer.
  • Done in the Fantastic Four (2005). When the bad guy starts discovering his powers, he shoots someone straight through the chest with some kind of electric shock. The injury nowhere near the mouth, but the guy has a stream of blood tickling down his mouth before he collapses, obviously dead.
  • Fight Club:
    • Naturally shows up a few times, given all the people getting beat across the mouth. Tyler makes particularly disgusting use of the effect to intimidate a guy. Also turned on its head in the case a bullet-hole in the cheek - does the blood still count if it's not actually come out of the "mouth"?
    • Inverted (literally) with the Narrator's line, "You can swallow a pint of blood before you get sick."
  • One of Death's victims in the Final Destination series starts spitting up blood when she's pulled into an escalator — before it even reaches her knees.
  • In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, when Peter finally completes his Dracula-puppet rock opera, the titular puppet dies at the end, complete with red silk blood from the mouth.
  • Socko from Freaked. Despite being a mutant with a sock puppet covering a human hand for a head, he somehow manages to bleed from his 'mouth' as he lies dying from gunshot wounds.
  • In Fruitvale Station, Oscar Grant sports this after being shot. Sure enough, the doctors reveal that he has been hit in the lung and that the damage is so severe that it had to be removed. This proves to be futile, as they are unable to stop his internal bleeding and he eventually dies.
  • The Funhouse Massacre: When Laurie saves one of Dr. Suave's victims, he has copious amounts of blood coming from his mouth as a result of the torture.
  • Happens at times from the monsters in the Godzilla films:
  • In Herschell Gordon Lewis' The Gore Gore Girls, a woman is chewing bubble gum, and is blowing a bubble, when she's bashed over the head with a mallet, and the inside of her bubble is sprayed with blood.
  • In Wong-Kar Wai's last movie The Grandmaster, Gong Er, played by Zhang Ziyi, spits blood on her white scarf.
  • In Gran Torino, Walt Kowalksi suffers from an unspecified, presumably deadly illness (implied to be lung cancer, given his smoking habit), and spits blood at regular intervals during the film.
  • In The Great Houdinis, Harry coughs blood when a college student punches him before he has time to prepare himself. He later dies from his injuries.
  • The Gunman does a ridiculous take on this by having the protagonist periodically vomit blood – even though he is diagnosed with a form of traumatic injury to his brain.
  • In Guyver: Dark Hero, every Zoanoid does this before before dying at the hands of the Guyver.
  • Hayride: While the police are investigating a crime scene, one of them starts spontaneously bleeding from his mouth. Then it's revealed he was stabbed through from the back by a blade.
    • Hayride 2: Another cop has lots of blood coming out of his mouth when Ol' Pitchfork stabs him in the throat with his namesake.
  • Hell in the Pacific: Kuroda dribbles blood from his mouth after the American stabs him from behind in an Indulgent Fantasy Segue.
  • In Heroic Trio almost every fight scene involves one or more fighters spitting up blood. The climax is definitely a repeat offender.
  • In Higher Learning, a gunshot victim spits up blood. Sure enough, she rapidly dies.
  • House Shark: Abraham starts bleeding from his mouth when the shark starts eating him.
  • Hungerford: When Adam is chatting up a girl at a party, blood spontaneously starts flowing out of her mouth.
  • ''I Am Alone: After Jacob's been infected for about over two days, one of his teeth comes out (likely a result of him being infected), followed by quite a bit of blood.
    • At the end, after zombies breach the perimeter of the building he and Mason are in, the professor has blood coming out of his mouth by the time he returns to Mason.
  • Inception. Saito is coughing blood as he's slowly dying during the dreams, including droplets floating from his mouth in zero-G during the Gravity Screw scene in the hotel room.
  • Jaws: As Quint gets munched on, blood dribbles from between his clenched teeth and down his chin.
  • Jurassic Prey: When the dinosaur attacks T-Bone, blood appears on and around his mouth.
  • Kill Bill:
    • A slight difference for Gogo: in her case, the blood comes from her eyes.
    • When The Bride finally fulfills the title, a mouthful of blood alerts Bill to his imminent demise.
  • In King of New York, one of Frank White's men gets shot during the police raid and coughs up copious amounts of blood.
  • In the movie Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Perry is shot in the chest. Harry gives him a couple of breaths (he probably "learned" CPR from the movies), then pulls away and a stream of blood flows from the corner of Perry's mouth. He got better, though.
  • In The Kunoichi: Ninja Girl, a ridiculous amount of blood spills out of Higetsu's mouth after Kisaragi kicks him in the face. Later Shinmu coughs up copious amounts of blood after the diseased man slashes his throat with a katana.
  • Blood spurts from Dr. Frankenstein's mouth when he is crushed to death by the Monster in Lady Frankenstein.
  • In Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life, the establishing character moment for the bioterrorist/scientist villain Jonathan Reiss is him in a private jet with his clients. He poisons one who snitched on him to Interpol, intoning "this is the sound of a traitor dying" as he gurgles his last, bleeding profusely from his mouth.
  • Used to show how badass a secondary character in The Last Samurai was. In the middle of the climactic battle Ujio is shot in the stomach by a soldier whom he kills after an appropriate stagger. Several other samurai come to help Ujio but he unceremoniously pushes them away, spits out a bright red spray of blood and goes on fighting. It takes the Gatling guns to finally finish him off.
  • In Lawn Dogs, a man who quite frankly deserves it, is later seen bleeding from the mouth after getting shot in the back by Devon, the 10 year old heroine, who is trying to protect her friend Trent.
  • In Lizzie Borden's Revenge, Vanessa is trying to the others who the killer is when blood dribbles from her mouth and then she topples forward with Lizzie's axe in her back.
  • In Lolly-Madonna XXX, Elspeth bleeds from the mouth after she's shot. Later, Thrush does the same when his father beats him to death.
  • The Lord of the Rings:
    • Boromir in The Fellowship of the Ring has blood from the mouth when he gets shot by multiple arrows.
    • After being impaled by Shelob in The Return of the King, Frodo starts frothing from the mouth before collapsing.
    • Masterfully done in The Return of the King. Shots of Faramir leading a suicide mission are inter-cut with Denethor casually, and messily eating food. You see Orcs shoot a massive amount of arrows at the men of Gondor... and cut to red juice dribbling down Denethor's chin.
  • In Massacre at Central High, blood comes from Paul's mouth as he crashes around the back of his runaway van.
  • In The Matrix, bleeding from the mouth signifies severe injury (i.e., falling off a building or taking a beating from an Agent) or death within the Matrix. Unplugging someone does not make them do this, which makes sense because it kills the mind, but does not cause physical harm.
  • In Max (2002), the titular Jewish art dealer is severely beaten by some of Adolf Hitler's new followers. The movie ends with him bleeding from the mouth as he lies dying in the snow.
  • The opening scene from the Drivers' ed film Mechanized Death features a woman coughing up blood after an accident. Serious nightmare fuel.
  • In Moon Child, Sho spits up blood when he is shot by Son. From the position of the bullet hole and difficult breathing, the bullet might have punctured his lung.
  • Satine has this as a symptom of her dying in Moulin Rouge!. Justified since she's dying of tuberculosis and bloody mucus is one of the symptoms.
  • In A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge, a partygoer at Lisa's party bleeds from the mouth as he gets trampled to death by the other teens, who are trying to escape from Freddy.
  • Nobody Sleeps In The Woods Tonight: Julek has blood coming out of his mouth near the end of the film after one of the twins may have ripped his tongue out.
  • In The Odd Angry Shot, the soldier killed in the mortar barrage on the camp vomits a large quantity of blood on Bill when he tries to move him.
  • Pagan Warrior: Several victims of The Krampus spout blood from their mouths after being stabbed. Additionally Ulbe co coughs up blood after Rollo kicks him while he is down.
  • Used in the Foregone Conclusion beginning and ending of Pan's Labyrinth. Possibly Blood From The Nose.
  • In The Pit and the Pendulum (1991), blood starts spurting from Torquemada's mouth as a result of Esmeralda's curse.
  • In Predator, the title alien hunter coughs up blood (bright green, glowing blood, but still blood) as he activates his doomsday self-destruct device.
  • Pumpkins: Starting with Punter Dave, a number of people stabbed by Pumpkin Man blood from their mouths.
  • In the Bollywood film Rang de Basanti, Aslam coughs up blood after he gets beaten up by the police at a demonstration. He gets better.
  • Rampant: So-yong coughs up blood after being infected.
  • Razors: The Return of Jack the Ripper: In her nightmare, Ruth sees Jack the Ripper stabs Zack in the back and blood starts coming out his mouth.
  • Found in Red Tails Lightning coughs up blood before his death.
  • Return Of The Scarecrow: Jeffer has blood coming out of his mouth when the scarecrow attacks and kills him.
  • The father from The Road coughs through most of the movie, but his fate becomes absolutely apparent when he coughs out a large amount of blood near the end.
  • In Rovdyr, Mia is stabbed in the neck with a hunting knife and blood fountains from her mouth.
  • In Saints And Soldiers, if a character is shot fatally, they get copious amounts of blood in the mouth before they die.
  • Scarecrow Slayer: Blood spurts from Deputy Larry's mouth when he is killed; just before he falls in half.
  • Played with in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Instead of bleeding from the mouth, people spit out coins. (The movie is styled as a living video game.)
  • Happens frequently in slasher films, eg in Scream 2 when Phil is stabbed in the head.
  • In The Silence of the Lambs Buffalo Bill coughs up some blood right after Clarice shoots him.
  • In the film Silver Streak, Ned Beatty's character is shot and dies talking to Gene Wilder with blood coming from his mouth.
  • In Slaughter High, one of the hallucinatory zombies vomits a large amount of blood.
  • The short film series Sockbaby did this hilariously badly. Of course, that was the whole point.
  • In the first Spider-Man movie starring Tobey Maguire, Norman Osborn coughs up blood after impaling himself with his own glider.
  • In Stahlnetz PSI, a German crime movie, a small girl is kidnapped for ransom and at some point hit in the face by one of the kidnappers. This is not directly presented as dangerous, but this signifies the danger of her situation.
  • The lead characters in The Sting have blood coming out of their mouths after a shooting at a racehorse betting counter. The blood, however, and the entire shooting were all staged, and the characters are perfectly fine and comfortably richer, too.
  • In Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Dong-jin coughs up some blood after being repeatedly stabbed.
  • Played straight then subverted in the Korean film Thirst, where a priest volunteers for an almost certainly fatal experiment. As the disease spreads throughout his body, he coughs a huge amount of blood over (and through) the pipe that he had been playing. He dies shortly thereafter, but makes a miraculous recovery. Later on, he experiences a sudden resurgence and coughs blood again, but this time doesn't die...well, not technically.
  • In Three... Extremes a female character bleeds from the mouth right after she killed the offspring in her womb.
  • True to history, Doc Holliday is coughing up blood due to his tuberculosis throughout his interview in Tombstone Rashomon.
  • In To Walk Invisible, Branwell Brontë begins to vomit blood not long before he dies.
  • Happens from time to time in the Transformers film franchise, such as with The Fallen and Lockdown.
  • In Truth or Dare (2012), Blood gushes from Chris's mouth after he fails the 'acid test'
  • In the Undisputed films, particularly the sequels, a shot of blood spewing from someone's mouth as he takes a huge shot to the chin, usually accompanied by the mouthguard flying out, seems to be an almost universal symbol that the fight is done, and the bleeder has lost. It rarely goes more than 30 seconds from that point.
  • In Vampires vs. Zombies, blood gushes from Mary's mouth after Jenna shoves the amulet down her throat.
  • Varsity Blood: When Vikki is shot through the best from behind with an arrow, she coughs a huge gout of blood into the face of Peter. Whom she is having sex with at the time.
  • Versus has this happen basically every time anybody takes a hit. By the end of the movie, they take it a step farther by making the hero's blood acidic.
  • In Vertical Limit, two characters suffer from pulmonary edema (water forms inside the lungs) after getting trapped inside an icy cave. They cough up blood as a result.
  • In The Wicked Lady (1945), Lady Barbara has a little blood coming from her mouth when Caroline finds her after she has been shot (probably a lung wound).
  • In Wild at Heart, the girl they find at the roadside, victim of some car crash. Totally unjustified, but a clear signal of Lynch's playing with tropes, and most probably the most chilling instance of "Wicked Game" as background music, ever.
  • One of the more squicky parts of the werewolf transformation in The Wolfman (2010). What? You think those pointy teeth just poof into your mouth?! Might also possibly be from internal organs shifting around and what not...
  • In The Woman in Black, a girl who drank lye suffers from a severe amount of of oral bleeding immediately before dying.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse: Xavier bleeds profusely from his mouth on the astral plane, which means that his mind is dying.

  • This is very common in Chinese literature, where characters are described as expelling blood through the mouth due to not only injuries or disease but also anger, sorrow, and annoyance.
    • After repeatedly being thwarted by the genius strategist Zhuge Liang in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zhou Yu expires from coughing up blood in rage.
  • Amoridere:
    • From the Madgie series, we have this with Toki, in the 26th story, and she was continuous bleeding all throughout that story when said bleeding should have killed her or should have stopped. However, in this case, the fact that the bleeding didn't stop implied that she is Dead All Along.
    • This trope is played for silliness, as can be read in this poem, titled Blood Running From the Mouth, where observers are wondering why the person in question (noted to be angry) is bleeding from the mouth and isn't injured (i.e no broken teeth or internal wounds) or possessed.
    • However, in an unrelated poem titled, Beishang, this is played straight with the titular Ill Girl as a precoming to her death of terminal illness (the which is implied to have been brought on/worsened by despair). In, another poem, Visceral Needs, it is unclear if this is literal or metaphorical, as the titular's feelings causes her to taste blood in her mouth and then it goes onto note how might as well be frothing it or bleeding to death, which leaves the question as to whether or not she's really bleeding or if she feels like she is. One could assume it to be the latter.
    • This happens to a weakened (later on dying) Nezumi in chapter 14 of Broken Gate, as she's sacrificing her strength and sorcery to keep the titular gate sealed as long as she can. As one may expect, it's taking a massive toll on her.
  • In The Amulet, this is the ultimate fate of Dean after his wife feeds him baby food laced with lye.
  • Spider, near the end of Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, justified in that his tongue had been ripped out by the Lady Of Birds.
  • Another Star Wars example comes from Blade Squadron. After his starfighter takes severe damage, Commander Adon Fox tastes blood in his mouth from internal injuries he has suffered.
  • The Spencer Dunmore novel Bomb Run is about the crew of an RAF Lancaster in WWII. One of the gunners is injured by flak and when the others attempt to contact him he tries to speak 'but his mouth was full of blood'.
  • A dead man in A Brother's Price is found to have blood clotted in his nose and mouth. His tongue was cut out, but someone botched it and he either bled to death or choked on his own blood.
  • In The Chronicles of Amber, Eric coughs up blood just before he dies due to multiple chest wounds.
  • In Dark Lord—The Rise of Darth Vader, after falling from a high position, Roan Shryne coughs blood after he "ruptured a vital organ from the fall."
  • Played with in Darkness Visible - when putting his brain under extreme stress, Lewis bleeds from the nose and the eyes, but not actually from the mouth. The sense of this being a Bad Thing remains the same.
  • In Dave Barry Slept Here, the Five Token Bands who fought World War II in movies "would learn, despite their differing backgrounds, how to trickle syrup from the corners of their mouths to indicate that they had been wounded. In the actual war, of course, real blood was used."
  • A strange subversion happened in a Doctor Who Eighth Doctor Adventures novel: Fitz smokes thirty a day, so it's no real surprise when he suddenly starts coughing up blood for no reason in particular. The weird thing is that it's never brought up again and whatever was the matter with him apparently clears itself up between books.
  • In the novel Gone with the Wind, Scarlett is relieved when the injured Ashley does not have this, because she frequently saw this while she was a nurse during the Civil War and came to know it as a harbinger of death.
  • This is one effect of the fictional disease Chimera in the novel Gravity by Tess Garritsen.
  • Harry Potter:
    • In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Ron is said to have blood trickling from his mouth and giggling uncontrollably after a Death Eater hits him with a strange curse that significantly reduces his cognitive abilities in the short run.
    • In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry is described as wiping a trickle of blood from Dumbledore's mouth after the latter is hit with a Killing Curse and blasted off the Astronomy Tower.
    • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the death of Severus Snape is preceded by both blood and the silver fluid of a memory bubbling out of his mouth.
  • Homage to Catalonia: Unsurprisingly happens to Orwell himself when he's shot in the throat by a sniper.
  • In The House of Night series, if a fledgling vampyre is rejecting the Change, they will start coughing up blood, then they will die.
  • In The Hunger Games, President Snow's mouth is constantly bleeding as a side effect of the numerous poisons he's had to ingest while inducing the poisoning of political rivals (antidotes having only been able to do so much). It tends not to seep out, but it smells so strongly that he constantly wears the genetically modified roses in order to cover it up.
  • Jem in The Infernal Devices due to his 'illness' coughs up blood when weak.
  • In Keith Roberts' short story "Monkey and Pru and Sal", the title characters are mentally-retarded (and possibly deformed) human scavengers in a post-nuclear holocaust landscape. When Monkey goes off foraging alone he gets too close to a contaminated city, and a short time after his return he doubles up in agony and starts coughing up blood. It's not the radiation sickness that kills him, though: it's Pru and Sal, who no longer recognize his contorted, bloody face and beat him to death. On balance, this is probably more merciful.
  • Happens to First Mate Cox in Nation after he takes an axe to the chest, accompanied by a Slasher Smile and sharks.
  • Subverted in 9 Dragons. Detective Harry Bosch notices that the blood on John Li's mouth was smeared, not just coughed up. He figures out that Li swallowed a bullet casing before he died.
  • In Dan Abnett's Ravenor novels, Enuncia is so horrifically chaos-warped that using it often causes bleeding at the mouth.
    • In Bequin, Enuncia is used to test Beta — she doesn't bleed, being a pariah, but someone who listens has a nosebleed.
  • In Shadow of the Conqueror, blood constantly seeps from the mouth and eyes of lesser Shade, a sign of one that was only turned recently.
  • Subverted in one Shadowrun short story: after the main character gets shot in the back, on of the other members of his gang tells him, using Ye Olde Butchered English since they're the Ancients, that he's bleeding from the mouth and therefore going to die soon. The main character tells him with annoyance that no, he's just fine because he was wearing body armor. He's bleeding because he tripped when he was shot and cut his lip on his teeth.
  • The Song of Roland has the titular character blow a horn so hard he gives himself an aneurysm. A stream of blood flies out through the horn, and his brains start leaking from his ears. Roland wanders around a bit more, pays his respects to his fallen, climbs a hill, tries to destroy his sword, fails and destroys a very large rock instead, kills one more stray bad guy by bashing him with the horn, and symbolically faces the land yet to be conquered before the cranial hemorrhaging and displaced brains catch up with him.
  • Survivor Dogs: Right before he dies of radiation poisoning, Fiery coughs up blood.
  • In There Is a Happy Land by Keith Waterhouse, the unidentified narrator finds Marian's body in this condition. It's implied that she had an extremely brutal and horrifying death, but the very young narrator doesn't realise this.
  • Happens to Corrie in The Tomorrow Series when she gets shot.
  • Waltharius: Ekivrid gets his lung pierced by Walther's javelin and "spits out a stream of blood" before he dies.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • In Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts novel Ghostmaker, when the Ghosts run across a particularly bad patch of Chaos, they start bleeding at the mouth.
    • Also used straight in the same novel, when a wounded trooper dies while Gaunt is calling for a medic.
    • In Sabbat Martyr, while Kolea is lugging Mkvenner to the Saint, Mkvenner's coughs splatter blood. Justified because he suffed from severe internal damage.
    • And Rawne coughs up some when a Chaos sorcerer is trying to control him.
    • In Dan Abnett's Warhammer 40,000 novel Brothers of the Snake, the seriousness of Inquisitor Mabuse's injuries shown by having him bleed at the mouth, though he lives long enough to provide the Marines with evidence that they were working for him.
    • In Graham McNeill's Warhammer 40,000 Ultramarines novel The Warriors of Ultramar, the Blood Magic used by the Mortifactors causes Blood From the Mouth for a seer — revolting the Ultramarines who witness it.
    • In Dead Sky Black Sun, Leonid coughs up blood. While he fights on, it is not much later when he persuades Uriel to leave him, because he will only slow them and die.
    • In William King's Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf novel Wolfblade, the invasion of the house begins with The Mole shooting a guard, who bleeds from the mouth.
    • In Lee Lightner's Sons of Fenris, when Jeremiah fights Cadmus, blood from Cadmus's mouth is the sign that he got in a telling blow — though he is actually killed by the next blow.
    • In Dan Abnett's Warhammer 40,000 Horus Heresy novel Legion, questioning a wounded Nurthene ends when he bleeds from the mouth and dies.
    • In Graham McNeill's Warhammer 40,000 novel Storm of Iron, the Chaos sorcerer Kelmaur bleeds from not just the mouth but from every orifice in his head when his scrying leads to a psychic attack.
    • In James Swallow's Warhammer 40,000 Blood Angels novel Red Fury, Corvus dies with blood forming a pink froth at his mouth — his throat had been cut.
    • In James Swallow's Warhammer 40,000 novel Faith & Fire, when Vaun is hit with a psycannon, he coughs a red mist.
  • Warrior Cats: Blood from a character's mouth is nearly as bad of news as the sentence "Their eyes closed, and their breathing became quick and shallow."
    • Hawkfrost coughs up clots of blood shortly before he dies at the end of Sunset.
    • Tigerstar at the end of the Rise of Scourge manga.
    • Non-fatal example: At one point in Forest of Secrets, Graystripe has blood bubbling from his mouth.
    • After he is hit by a car, blood trickles out of Whitethroat's mouth as he tries to speak.
    • In Moonrise a doomed Tribe cat has blood coming out of its mouth after being slammed against a wall.
    • Snowfur, when she's hit by a car.
    • In the short story "The Clans Decide", blood comes out of an injured she-cat's mouth as she tries to speak. She gets better, but she is near death at this point.
    • Several characters (such as Badgerpaw) will have a drop of blood run from the corner of their lip when they're dying but have time for some final words.
    • Cats use the term "redcough" to refer to this phenomenon (in contrast to, for example, "greencough", which is pneumonia).
  • Phase, in "Ayla and the Grinch", in the Whateley Universe. After she tries to stop a demon who wants to force its way into their world, she's so badly injured she's bleeding from her mouth, nose, and eye. And elsewhere. Lots of elsewhere. It turns out she was dying from her injuries, but she gets saved in the nick of time by a mutant healer.
  • Where the Red Fern Grows: Blood bubbles from Rubin's mouth right before he dies after falling on his own axe.
  • In Andre Norton's The Zero Stone, Vondar has blood on his mouth before Jern starts to flee the fight.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Many of the deaths on 1000 Ways to Die feature this, particularly if respiratory or other organ trauma is involved. Often combined with High-Pressure Blood.
  • In And Then There Were None (2015), Anthony Marston is still in the middle of offending everyone in the room with his callousness over having run over two children (a huge nuisance because his license was suspended for six months) when he starts coughing up blood. He staggers around, inadvertantly knocking over Vera and spitting blood into her face, and then expires. Though a search of his room turns up cocaine, further examination shows that he was poisoned with cyanide.
  • Angel:
    • This is the first sign that something is wrong with Fred in "A Hole in the World". In the middle of an incredibly sweet scene in what has been until now a mostly light-hearted episode, she starts coughing up blood, sending Lorne and Wesley into panic mode, and giving the audience a severe case of Mood Whiplash. She dies at the end of the episode.
    • Subverted in "Not Fade Away". Angel warns the Big Bad might retaliate against their people. Cut to his secretary Harmony sprawled out with blood coming from her mouth. Harmony is a vampire however, so a Bedmate Reveal shows she's just sharing a cup of blood with a lover...who happens to be The Dragon of the Big Bad in question.
  • The Barrier uses this to show that a character who just got shot got a fatal wound.
  • Sweets when he dies after getting blunt force trauma to the abdomen on Bones. He’s bleeding from the mouth when Booth and Brennan get to him.
  • Subverted in Breaking Bad. At first it seems to demonstrate that Walter's lung cancer is getting worse which convinces him that he needs to step up his meth production to make enough money for his family after he's gone. However, it turns out later that his cancer is actually in remission and the blood he was coughing up was the result of an (easily treatable) tear in his esophagus.
  • In Call the Midwife, Dr Turner and the nurses don't realize that there's a TB epidemic starting in Poplar until one patient at the maternity clinic begins coughing up blood during her appointment.
  • Endemic to Chinese Series. Generally it's just visual shorthand for "this character has been injured or poisoned" and doesn't necessarily mean an injury is serious or fatal.
    • In Chinese Paladin, Ling'er bleeds from the mouth after her Heroic Sacrifice. Unlike most examples, there is a lot of blood involved, and it gets very messy very quickly.
  • In the last episode of Choujin Sentai Jetman, Radiguet's otherwise-unstoppable One-Winged Angel form is impaled through a weak spot on its back, and blood starts pouring from the mouth of the human face that's still there on his torso. Ya don't see that in Power Rangers..
  • In The City Hunter, Young-ju is left drooling blood after a fatal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. In this case, however, the blood from the mouth is clearly from superficial wounds, and the least of his problems.
  • In Criminal Minds, when Reid contracted Anthrax he began coughing up blood when he took a turn for the worse.
  • Warrick's death on CSI. Of course, he was bleeding from lots of other places too.
  • In the eight season of Deadliest Catch, Captain Phil Harris, found himself coughing blood after getting a cracked rib in a nasty storm. It turns out to be from a blood clot in the lung.
  • Dexter's ex-girlfriend Lila at the end of Dexter's second season. Dexter himself knifed her, putting her down because she fit his code.
  • Caroline's boyfriend, in Dollhouse.
  • Would happen a couple of time to someone in Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger after a particularly vicious beatdown.
  • Downton Abbey:
    • The farmer suffering from dropsy of the heart.
    • In Series 6, Robert projectile vomits blood when his stomach ulcer burst. It is immediately dubbed the most shocking scene in the series.
  • Endeavour: In "Coda", Inspector Thursday starts coughing up blood just before he goes to make what might be his last stand against a gang of bank robbers. He then coughs up the bullet fragment that had been lodged in his lung.
  • ER:
    • At the beginning of Season 15, one of the first signs that something is seriously wrong with Greg is when he starts spitting up blood.
    • Another, earlier episode had Carter going to someone's house trying to track down a patient. He almost tripped trying to back away from a woman who was coughing up blood (she had TB, he didn't want to get it).
  • In The Event, blood from the mouth, eyes, and nose was the first sign that the passengers of flight 514 had been infected with some unknown agent by their Human Alien captors.
  • Fatal Attractions had a woman gotten bitten by one of her pet snakes and had her throwing up blood everywhere since snake venom makes you bleed more.
  • The Hands of Blue on Firefly carry sonic devices that kill people by causing profuse bleeding from the mouth. And eyes... and nose... and ears... and fingernails...
  • From an episode of Forensic Files, where a teenager has killed his father note :
    Killer: I think he's dead! I see blood around his mouth!
    911 Operator: Okay, where is he?
    Killer: He's in the bedroom and the door's locked! I can't get in!
    911 Operator: Let me get this straight: The door is locked but you can see the blood around his mouth...?
  • Game of Thrones: Usually restricted to justified cases where characters have suffered respiratory injuries, such as Ser Hugh, Lommy, and Polliver who are all stabbed in the throat and Jeor Mormont who is stabbing the back, presumably finding a lung. Not to mention the characters who die from blades entering or exiting via the mouth itself. Victims of poisoning tend to play it straight, however. Rhaegar Targaryen died of internal injuries thanks to Robert channeling all his hate on a single smash of his iconic weapon.
  • Pili Fantasy: War of Dragons: the go to for showing an injured character is for them to spit or vomit up blood on occasion due to combat injury, internal injury, mystical injury, and the like. Understandable given the characters all being hand puppets, so conventional bleeding from wounds is harder to stage, though it does happen (albeit less frequently).
  • In Three Kingdoms, this is the main indicator of illness, severe injury, poisoning, shock, and every other ailment that results in a character collapsing or dying shortly afterward.
  • Teen Wolf:
    • Derek, after getting claw-stabbed in the back by an Alpha Peter Hale.
    • Scott, after being shot by Kate.
  • Parodied in the Spaced episode "Combat". Mike takes a paintball for Tim, and starts coughing up paint. Probably not for the first time; before the game starts, Tim is lecturing Mike not to take things too seriously and get himself banned again. One of the things he tells him is "not to eat the paintballs".
  • Horatio Hornblower: Several named characters die this way on this show.
    • When Clayton and Simpson duel to death, at first the villainous Simpson collapses and Clayton appears uninjured, but then a trickle of blood comes from his mouth and it turns out he's been fatally shot.
    • Lt. Eccleston in "The Even Chance". It's a variation of this trope since the bleeding doesn't seem to be internal but he was either hurt in his mouth or his lips were badly cut. However, visually, it's definitely Blood from the Mouth.
    • Archie Kennedy is shot in "Retribution" and he tries to hide his wound from his friend Horatio to spare his feelings. The Mortal Wound Reveal and The Blood from the Mouth tell the audience that he is doomed. He lasts long enough to perform a Heroic Sacrifice, however.
    • Another instance of Kill the Cutie from "Retribution": Mr Midshipman Wellard dies a heroic death, facing death with dignity. Before that, he kills some of their Spanish enemies, but is shot and Blood from the Mouth indicates that he is not going to make it. He manages to confess a possibly important secret to Gunner Hobbs.
    • Jack Hammond, a rather hopeless Midshipman, is shot at the end of "Loyalty", just as he was proving himself brave and worthy. Some blood comes out of his mouth, he has a heart-wrenching dialogue with his uncle, his courage is commended, and that's the end for Jack Hammond.
  • In House of course, the list of people who don't spew blood is shorter than the list of people who do.
  • Played hilariously Up to Eleven and Crosses the Line Twice in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in an episode where Charlie is masquerading as a cowboy with tuberculosis. In order to sell the disguise, he swallows "Like a million of those little blood capsules", hoping to cough up blood and impress the girl he's with. However, he gets sick and proceeds to VOMIT (fake) BLOOD all over her. Bonus points for trying to pass it off as "A touch of consumption".
  • Kamen Rider
    • Kamen Rider OOO:
      • The dying Shingo Izumi has blood pouring from his mouth - though he's kept alive via a Puppeteer Parasite taking over shortly afterwards and spends the rest of the story in coma.
      • Later, Akira Date spits up blood after being injured by the Greeed, but he survives and is far less badly wounded than Shingo was. The claims of his death were greatly exagerrated.
    • In Kamen Rider Gaim, Kota bleeds from the mouth during his first battle with the Byakko Inves. It's the cosmetic sort, so he is okay.
    • This happens to Chase in Kamen Rider Drive spin-off movie after he stabs himself in chest. Only the fact that spin-off movies are not primarily marketed to children allowed for so much blood to be shown. The freakier part is that Chase is an android and shouldn't be bleeding at all.
    • Using Proto Bang Bang Shooting gashat does this to both early users in Kamen Rider Ex-Aid prequel Kamen Rider Snipe: Episode Zero. Taiga coughs up blood every so often while using the gashat, pointing to his deteriorationg physical state. Likewise, brushing it off no matter what points to his deteriorating mental state.
      • Oh yeah, and let's not forget what happens when Graphite slams him with a finishing move punch at point-blank range. He's so badly injured that he needs a surgery to even have a chance at surviving. Given that Ex-Aid is a medical show at least part of the time, his condition is explained in major detail. It's a wonder he survived, let alone was able to return to the fight as quickly as he did. Though admittedly, he did have a very skilled surgeon attending to him, along with a warm-hearted pediatrician and a very dedicated younger sister figure.
    • Kamen Rider Zi-O's opening sequence shows Geiz Myoukouin bleeding from the mouth after a battle. It's cosmetic sort, so he is okay. Unlike when he started using Geiz Revive, which made him bleed from nose, ears or eyes after each use.
  • Providing proof that being a Jamie Bamber fangirl means a hard, hard life, Law & Order: UK sent off Matt Devlin in nearly the exact same manner as his character Archie Kennedy from Hornblower (right down to the Heroic Sacrifice). The last seen of him on screen in "Deal", he's bleeding from the mouth (and elsewhere); in the beginning of the next episode, "Survivor's Guilt", he is mentioned to have died of his wounds.
  • In the Lost season 5 finale, this happens to both Jacob and Juliet.
    • And in Season 6 this is what prompts Richard to get some real help for his wife. Instead of saving his wife, he ends up accidentally killing the doctor, Isabella still dies and things go From Bad to Worse from there on.
  • The Malcolm in the Middle episode "Malcolm Holds His Tongue" has Malcolm keep his opinions to himself for once, but the stupidity of the basketball team proves too much for him to handle, and he suffers a peptic ulcer, throwing up blood on the coach's shirt.
  • In the Masters of Horror episode "Imprint", the disfigured prostitute tells how her father eventually coughed up blood after a prolonged illness and promptly died in a river.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: In the "Church Police" sketch, a husband (Eric Idle) and wife (Terry Jones) bicker over dinner:
    EI: What kind of fish you got that isn't jugged?
    TJ: Rabbit!
    EI: What, rabbit fish?
    TJ: Err, yes. It's got fins.
    EI: Is it dead?
    TJ: Well, it was coughing up blood last night...
  • Moon Lovers:
    • Myung-hee's illness makes her cough up blood.
    • Wang So coughs up blood after drinking poison.
  • On NCIS, when Tony contracted pneumonic plague, one of the signs that things were going downhill was when he started coughing up blood.
  • NCIS: New Orleans: In "Collateral Damage", the Victim of the Week coughs up a large amount of blood as she keels over from an overdose of arsenic.
  • Pili Fantasy: War of Dragons: the go to for showing an injured character is for them to spit or vomit up blood on occasion due to combat injury, internal injury, mystical injury, and the like. Understandable given the characters all being hand puppets, so conventional bleeding from wounds is harder to stage, though it does happen (albeit less frequently).
  • Rome. Atia orders the slave girl who's bringing her soup to sing for her, but everyone is puzzled when she starts bleeding from the mouth while doing so. Until she drops dead, having sampled the soup on the way to her mistress, who's just escaped a poisoning attempt.
  • In Salem the poison used to take Mab out has this effect.
  • Search: Blood drips out of Baek-jun's mouth after the murderer throws him across the room repeatedly.
  • Chris's death in the second series of the British Skins.
  • Happens to Clark Kent when Doomsday socks him in the gut repeatedly, although he bounces back and wins. From the Smallville Season 8 finale.
  • Variation from The Sopranos episode "Kennedy and Heidi": When Christopher starts coughing up blood, Tony decides it's safe to kill him.
  • Parodied in the Spaced episode "Combat". Mike takes a paintball for Tim, and starts coughing up paint. Probably not for the first time; before the game starts, Tim is lecturing Mike not to take things too seriously and get himself banned again. One of the things he tells him is "not to eat the paintballs".
  • Squid Game: When player 324 gets eliminated in the first game, he falls to the ground. Player 250, who thinks he's just acting up, inches closer to him… only to see blood spurting out of his mouth. This makes him panic and starts running away, only to get shot - that's how the other players learn what elimination actually meant.
  • Strangers From Hell: Blood pours from Deuk-soo's mouth after Moon-jo stabs him.
  • This is used literally almost every episode in Supernatural. Except, oddly enough, both Dean and Sam's first death scenes.
  • Super Sentai villains have done this on occasion, typically while in their death throes (ie. Chevalier, Radiguet).
  • Teen Wolf:
    • Derek, after getting claw-stabbed in the back by an Alpha Peter Hale.
    • Scott, after being shot by Kate.
  • In Three Kingdoms, this is the main indicator of illness, severe injury, poisoning, shock, and every other ailment that results in a character collapsing or dying shortly afterward.
  • Considering all the deaths in Torchwood, this happens a surprising once. To Owen.
  • The first season of the Australian drama Underbelly is ridiculously fond of this trope. Greg Workman, Alfonse Gangitano, Nick The Russian, Mark Moran, Dino Dibra, Paul "PK" Kallipolitis and Carl Williams all get shot and end up with blood pouring from their mouths. Carl is the only one who survives, but to be fair he's the only one who receives a single bullet wound.
  • In The Walking Dead, When Rick is forced to kill Shane, you can see the blood as one of them apologizes.
  • During the second season of Ice Road Truckers, Alex Debogorski begins to suffer from shortness of breath and cough up blood. The cause turns out to be a blood clot in his lung, and he is forced to go home because his doctor worries that he may give himself a heart attack if he keeps driving.
  • In the Wallander episode "Firewall", this is how you tell that Ella's not going to make it. Indeed she seems to have been shot in the gut. Averted in "The Man who Smiled", although it would have been fatal without Wallander's prompt intervention.
  • In the 2nd season premiere episode of The West Wing, the Secret Service doesn't know that President Bartlet has been shot until he begins spitting up blood as he talks (much like the Ronald Reagan example in the Real Life section below).
  • After Scully is shot in The X-Files episode "Tithonus", there's blood in her mouth. It's strongly implied she would've died from the gunshot, if not for Fellig dying for her.

  • Gene Simmons of KISS is known for vomiting blood onstage as part of his act.

    Music Videos 
  • In the video for Trio's "Da Da Da", a waitress is stabbed in the back and reappears in a nearby TV set bleeding from the mouth while singing the chorus. Bordering on terrifying.
  • In part 2 of the Synchronicity series from Vocaloid, Rin is shown bleeding from her mouth as a sign that being a Dragon Diva is slowly eating away her life force.

    Pro Wrestling 
This trope will come into play when a promoter wants to sell a monster heel as particularly fearsome and brutal; one tactic will be injuring his opponent so badly he'll cause him to bleed from the mouth.
  • The spark to Hacksaw Jim Duggan's feud with Andre the Giant – Duggan confronting Andre in the ring and accusing him of costing him his WrestleMania IV match, before Andre suddenly attacks him – saw Duggan headbutted repeatedly to the point he was bleeding from the mouth. Fortunately, Duggan managed to have his 2x4 handy to deliver a knockout blow.
  • Displayed by Invader #3 in WWC when Manny Fernandez decided to go into business for him self and tried to kill the man with a knee across his chest. (Fernandez and had mistook Invader #3 for Invader #1. Invader #1 had killed Bruiser Brody, 3 had nothing to do with it.)
  • Ken Shamrock once won a WWF First Blood match by making his opponent bleed internally and won when he started coughing up blood.
  • Hulk Hogan after passing out from a bear hug by Brock Lesnar.
  • Paul London after enduring multiple shooting star presses from Billy Kidman, who was sick of fans demanding he keep using the move after it injured Chavo Guerrero, Kidman then asking if they still wanted to see it.
  • Shawn Michaels after Kane crushed his throat with a chair in 2004.
  • La Rosa Negra's bleeding mouth put an exclamation point on her rematch with 'Portugal's Perfect Athlete' Shanna on SHINE 20, a discuss forearm, elevated face buster and her face literally being stood on not even being the worst of it. By contrast she hid the fact she was bleeding during her match with Notorious Nadi during the second Nova Tournament, so she could dramatically spit it out when responding to a claim that professional wrestling was fake.
  • There was noticeable blood coming from ACH's mouth during his night 1 match at ''Supercard Of Honor X". While it was hard not to sympathize with him, it was great for his opponent Adam Cole, as it sent the message he needed both to his night 2 opponent Kyle O'Reilly and the fans who would be watching their no holds barred match.



    Video Games 
  • Bendy and the Ink Machine uses ink as a stand-in for blood. Here are some examples where there is ink from the mouth:
  • Breath of Fire:
    • Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter:
      • After Ryu and Bosch have ended their battle in their D-Dive dragon forms. Bosch, realizing he is defeated and can no longer control his D-Link willingly allows Ryu to finish him off by means of a claw into his chest. As Ryu holds Bosch in the air, Bosch hacks a flurry of blood into Ryu's face and his body goes limp.
      • Ryu has a very similar experience long before that — blood from a mouth and a nightmare face, as Bosch stabbed him before he went "Oh, Crap!" as Ryu started to transform.
    • In Breath of Fire IV, resident Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds God-Emperor Fou-lu has this after his Hex Nuking. In fact, it's copious enough that it also counts as a Vomit Indiscretion Shot.
    • In the manga adaptation of IV, Fou-lu has this after his Hex Nuking and after being Back Stabbed with an Evil Weapon by The Emperor Soniel. (The manga depiction is far Bloodier and Gorier than in game, and is an apparent Take That! to the outright Bowdlerization of this scene altogether from international versions of the game.)
  • Paige from Brothers in Arms Earned in Blood succumbs to this after he is wounded after an attack that vaporizes his squad leader. However, he manages to gather just enough strength to pull Hartsock to safety before dying.
  • Crisis Core: Zack bled all over the place, including from his mouth.
  • In Drakengard when Inuart is impaled in the gut by Furiae, he coughs up blood before dying.
  • In the third game of the Don't Escape series, the player starts coughing blood and spits out a piece of crystal at the denouement, revealing that the crystal is growing inside you.
  • Okita Souji, from Fate/Grand Order has the same magic tuberculosis as Captain Ukitake from Bleach has, the kind that stays even after you die and turn into a spirit.
  • Happens in the Fight Night series when a boxer is knocked down, though it obviously isn't fatal. Makes sense when they're knocked down by a punch to the head. Doesn't make sense when they're knocked down by a body punch.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • In Final Fantasy XII, if you look closely, Judge Gabranth has a bit of this after the second fight with Vayne. It's the fatal kind.
    • Final Fantasy XIV has several characters that bleed from the mouth after sustaining a grave injury. Most of them die minutes later while a few others live.
    • In Final Fantasy Tactics there are several characters who die with blood from the mouth. Duke Larg and Duke Goltana both die coughing a burst of red pixels, and in his final character portrait, Islude is also portrayed as bleeding from the mouth.
  • In Herofall Prodigal coughs up some during her heroic sacrifice.
  • The main character of Hyper Light Drifter is suffering from a mysterious illness and is in the area in the first place in order to Find the Cure!. Periodically, he will pause to cough up puddles of blood, usually accompanied by visual glitches appearing across the screen. Fortunately, this only happens at set times; you won't be debilitated in the middle of a fight by a gore-drenched coughing fit.
  • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream: Happens to Benny if he ever tries to eat anything himself. Just another side effect of AM's freaky genetic modifications to the guy.
  • In the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Fighting Game by Capcom, if you finish off your opponent with a Super Move, you are treated to a Manga style (complete with black and white shading) close up of your opponent's face, generally with blood coming out the mouth, very satisfying to see, too!
  • KanColle: Choukai's base form has a trickle of blood from her mouth in her damaged art.
  • Used a couple of times in Last Scenario, once with the Sacrificial Lamb and once with Ortas, who turns out to be so badass that he can still manage to put up a very good fight anyway.
  • At the end of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf coughs up blood as he collapses in defeat. In some versions this was changed to green.
  • Mass Effect 3: This happens a lot over the course of the game. Mordin / Padok if you betray them during the Tuchanka mission, Kirrahe if he's shot by Kai Leng, Kai Leng himself after his boss fight. Finally, this happens to Shepard after surviving a Thanix blast from Harbinger on the way to the Citadel. This is the first time the player has seen Shepard bleed, much less from the mouth, so you know he/she is badly hurt.
  • The first Mega Man X game has Zero with blood/mech fluid/oil/some red substance running from the corner of his mouth after sacrificing himself to destroy Vile's Ride Armor. Notably, he does not bleed from anywhere else despite having been torn in half.
  • In Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, in the first few cutscenes the Vizier is shown coughing violently, getting blood in his handkerchief. Since he wasn't in a fight beforehand and this has nothing to do with his later death — either of them — it may fall under Vader Breath. Although this particular case of Blood From the Mouth is death related. Specifically, the Vizier knows he is dying, which was part of his motivation for finding the Sands, and thus immortality. I'm sure the whole ultimate-god-like-power thing also had something to do with it, though.
  • Newton Belduke in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is shown with one of these in an illustration of his corpse. It's actually poison he drank.
  • Prototype: During the period Alex Mercer is infected with the "Cure"/Supreme Hunter, he coughs up blood before collapsing during one of the cutscenes. This doesn't actually mean he's any weaker than he was on the previous mission, but it's a pretty big clue that if he doesn't get rid of it soon, it'll eat him alive. Yes, Alex Mercer being eaten alive.
  • Red Dead Redemption II: The earliest hint that Arthur Morgan won't survive this story is when he starts coughing up blood and collapses.
  • Averted in Resident Evil 4. Leon and Ashley cough blood throughout the game, but it's hardly a spoiler that neither of them die.
  • Ukyo Tachibana from Samurai Shodown is an Ill Boy with tuberculosis, so once in a while he coughs up blood in his winning poses.
  • Spec Ops: The Line: If Walker is killed by the squad sent to save him from Dubai, he will cough up blood as he lays on the ground dying.
  • In Tales of the Abyss, a trickle of blood is coming from Asch's mouth as he dies.
  • Happens fairly often in Trauma Team. This is the result of the hemorrhagic fever caused by the Rosalia virus. True to the trope, this typically means whoever is vomiting blood is nearly dead. Also tends to coincide with Tears of Blood for the same reason.
  • Seen several times in Undertale on characters who are near death, though it's mostly Black Blood (considering monster SOULs are gray). Sans appears to bleed red during his boss battle, although considering he's a skeleton and taking into account certain events on a pacifist route, it's possibly just ketchup.
  • This is all over the place in Vagrant Story. Sydney sports a few pixels of it in the very beginning, courtesy of a crossbow bolt to the lung, and then again toward the end, after Guildenstern has had his way with him. Hardin gets a bad case after Guildenstern (again) stabs him. Neither of the former two take; the latter, however, eventually does.
  • Duck from The Walking Dead begins to cough up blood when he's on the verge of death after being bitten by a walker.
  • A recurring image in the worlds of Yume Nikki, most obviously in the "Forest world", which may hint at events in the protagonist's past.

    Visual Novels 
  • Mid-way through Chapter 3 of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, Kaito begins to fall ill. By the end of the chapter, he starts coughing up blood, and it just gets worse from there. During his execution in Chapter 5, he finally succumbs to this illness and dies before he can be properly executed.
  • In The Eden of Grisaia we see the ending of the flashback that began two games earlier in Amane's route. After Amane managed to escape, Kazuki stayed behind to try to keep the other victims of the bus crash alive as long as possible, hoping for rescue. By the time she could take control, there were only three girls left, the only one of whom was fit was Koide. Kazuki warned her not to take the rice and eat it directly because her body could no longer hold down solid foods and would need it prepared as gruel. However, she was starving and couldn't hold back, so after being left to prepare the next meal on her own, she was found having puked so badly that blood was coming from her mouth. Despite being the most fit girl left besides Kazuki at that point, she was the next to die.
  • Ever17 features a (usually) fatal disease called Tief Blau, the primary symptom of which seems to be coughing up and sneezing blood... until you choke to death on it, usually clawing your throat out at the same time.
  • In Fate/stay night, Shirou averts this trope, noting how minor an injury coughing up blood is after doing it by flushing out Ilya's binding spell.
  • Unsurprisingly, Okita Souji in Hakuouki inevitably starts coughing up blood as his tuberculosis sets in. In his final bad ending, he takes a sword to the chest and bleeds from the mouth (in addition to bleeding copiously from the actual wound) as he dies.
  • Terry Fawles in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations begins to bleed after poisoning himself in the middle of the court.
  • In Ribbon Of Green, this is how the girl who was Dead All Along fades away.
  • In the Sega CD game Snatcher, the Benson that turns out not to be a snatcher begins to bleed from the mouth as he says his final words to Gillian. The blood is a modest drip; which is strange considering his injuries are so devastating, that Metal Gear Mk. II can't even get the words out.
  • Tsukihime: When Akiha does this near the end of Hisui's true ending, that's how you know that she's about to die.

    Web Animation 
  • This happens twice in Broken Saints: the first time to Charles, Bravado, and their men when Shandala gives them a good old Emotion Bomb mind blast; the second time to Raimi in the Grand Finale.
  • In My Jungle Book, Your Year Demonica coughs up blood in the Flash Forward of episode one while being chased by Furi.
  • In RWBY, after getting stung by Tyrian's scorpion tail, Qrow begins coughing up blood tainted purple like the poison was.
  • In Madness Combat:
    • Jebus gets infected by a virus in Inundation, which makes him occasionally puke blood. It doesn't slow him that much.
    • Expurgation start with a red figure falling somewhere in a hellish location who repeatedly puke up blood or fire or both since we don't know what this character is made of.
    • In Powerless.fla, Deimos who's already pretty beaten up and even lost his lower jaw, vomit the same black goop that have been serving as his blood since he got in hell.

  • In Champions of Far'aus, After fighting a dragon, Catharine starts coughing up blood. She quickly bids goodbye to Daryl and Flamel, and flys away in her amorphous form, which pauses the bleeding. She appears to have healed up by her next appearance.
  • In Clockwork Game, William Schlumberger has Black Vomit, in which someone pukes up partially digested blood. It's the final stage of Yellow Fever.
  • Seen a few times in Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire. In one of the more memorable instances, Szark's infernal wound acts up and causes him to yark blood in his parents' living room. It's the last thing Dominic needs. It's non-fatal, though, and he even apologizes for the carpet he ruined.
  • In ''Earthsong, when Beluosus finally crushes Skogul's soulstone for revenging herself on the person he needed to carry out his plan, she coughs up blood as she falls to the ground.
  • In Girl Genius, Doctor Vg after a Mercy Kill, as a revenant interprets a vague command as a direct order to activate a deadly weapon, and wishes to spare his friend the coming horror.
  • In the webcomic Gnoph, Abbey is constantly coughing up blood as a side-effect of the symbiote living in her lung. It's actually referred to by its medical name, hemoptysis.
  • In Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name, Hanna throws up quite a bit of blood pretty early on in the story. Subverted in that he doesn't die / isn't apparently dying and is pretty fine afterwards.
  • Page 627 of Haru-Sari has June throwing up a LOT of blood.
  • Homestuck:
    • Five instances so far. Later on, during [S] Cascade, Sollux would start bleeding from the mouth from the stress of psychically moving the trolls' asteroid to the green sun. In this case, the blood from the mouth was just part of the damage, as a lot of the veins on his face were bursting at the same time.
    • And a sixth time, though in this case, it's more a matter of getting conked on the head and spitting out teeth than any kind of serious injury.
    • Gamzee spends roughly the entirety of Act Six Intermission Four gushing blood from his mouth after being shot.
  • Seen in Juathuur here. He survives, barely.
  • Seen in Misfile when Rumisiel discovers Raechiel's body.
  • In Mitadake Saga, Koji spits up blood after being stabbed.
  • Nuzlocke Comics and spinoffs thereof frequently use this to indicate that a Pokemon has been fatally injured.
  • Valeska Köhler in Panthera, as seen here.
  • Fairly common so far in Shadownova, despite the comic still being fairly new. So far it seems to be justified in most cases. Karen is impaled on a pointy bit of metal and while Carver and Scruffy both only seem to have light external injuries when you consider that the both crawled out of the wreckage of a destroyed building damage from shockwaves and hits from falling debris isn't really a stretch. In Cam's case it's made obvious it's just a split lip.
  • In Sidekicks most characters throw up blood when they take severe or fatal damage and injuries.
  • Slightly Damned:
    • When Darius comes across Buwaro's dying biological father, the demon vomits blood when attempting to threaten Darius. Years later when Darius is fatally injured he vomits blood when talking then comments on how he's not so different from Buwaro's dad.
    • When Kieri fatally stabs Berserk Lazuli in the side to save Rhea, drops of blood spray out of the dying demon's mouth as she screams.
  • In UC, after a group of bullies beat the living daylights out of Nicodemus, he begins to cough up blood. It’s just a result of his broken nose bleeding into his lungs, and he most certainly does not need to go to the hospital, thank you very much, Kelsi.
  • Wylie in Undead Friend has been seeing coughing up blood and it seems to be tied to a certain mirror he owns.

    Web Videos 
  • Evan from Everyman HYBRID tries to kill the goddamn Slender Man with a baseball bat in "Ashen Waste". The screen goes black, and the next thing we see is him staggering around bleeding from the mouth.
  • A YouTube video which purports to be a real execution shows a man in the electric chair who starts bleeding from the mouth when the first jolt hits him. Several comments on the video note that the "execution" was, in fact, staged as part of a TV documentary on prison life.
  • In the YouTube phenomenon "Blood", a toddler accidentally hits his infant brother in the face while playing, splitting his lip and causing him to bleed. The toddler becomes extremely distressed upon seeing his brother bleeding, and tries to tell his dad that there's blood on his brother's face. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Parodied in "If people from anime took their bleeding serious". One characters gets hit, coughs up blood, and then immediately calls off the fight and asks for an ambulance because he probably broke a rib or caused internal bleeding or something dire. The other character says that it's not serious a and to prove it punches himself gently in the stomach which causes him to cough up blood.

    Web Original 
  • A metaphorical use can be seen here, where pent-up anger is a cancer and this is seen, along with tumors. Apparently, the artist draws a lot of those to convey her feelings, negative feelings that is.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: "Obsidian" reveals Marceline's mother knew she was dying when her cough worsened into this.
  • In The Boondocks during fight scenes characters will often cough or spit out blood.
  • The DCAU was pretty loose with this - one gets the impression that Batman must have had internal organs with incredible regenerative properties, given how many times he's had blood running from his mouth and not died. More reasonable to assume it's a split lip, or accidentally biting his tongue or cheek hard enough to draw blood when he gets hit, especially since they seem to come more often after blows to the face. His mouth is the only visible part of his body. This was even Lampshaded at one time in a comic where after fighting Clayface, an unmasked Bruce showed he had received a black eye from their confrontation, (as well as several other bruises around his chest and torso); something that his Expressive Mask covered up.
  • In an episode of Metalocalypse, Nathan vomits blood after seeing the others vomit. It turns out he has a bad liver, getting it replaced later on. This prompts Toki to make a note that "Blood Puke" is a good name for a song before remembering they already wrote it.
  • Amazingly, this happened a few times in The Powerpuff Girls:
    • In the episode Bubblevicious, Bubbles is trying to prove she's hardcore, and so turns the this-episode-only-training-chamber Up to Eleven. After taking a significant beating from the simulations (somehow), she has a small trickle of blood running from her mouth (though the lighting purposefully makes this difficult to see), which she wipes off, right before unleashing all hell on the simulated monsters. Beware the Nice Ones, indeed.
    • In the intro, Him spits out a bunch of teeth and a little blood from a kick in the face from Buttercup, though it could be coming from his nose.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Brother from the Same Planet," during Homer and Tom's fight near the end, blood is dripping from Homer's mouth before he is knocked onto a fire hydrant.
    • When special-effects master Tom Savini visits the Android's Dungeon in "Worst Episode Ever," he secretly hides a time-release blood pack in a cookie as part of his show. An unimpressed Comic Book Guy eats the cookie and is mortified when blood starts gushing out of his mouth.
  • Happens in Superman: Doomsday after Doomsday punches Superman in the stomach several times, with some of the blood splattering across Lois Lane's face. It's at this point that she and Jimmy Olsen fully begin to realize that Superman could be in grave danger.
  • Happens to Lance in Sym-Bionic Titan after getting a Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique onboard G3's ship. Although it appears to be black blood, it's still quite shocking when you consider this show originally aired on Cartoon Network (which made it less out-of-place on Toonami).
  • The Transformers:
    • In Transformers: Prime Cliffjumper bled Energon from the mouth, shortly before Starscream ripped him open.
    • Optimus Prime's beatdown of Megatron in the season 1 finale had Megatron leaking energon from his mouth. The Transformer equivalent of blood.
    • In Transformers: The Movie, Prowl starts bleeding smoke from his mouth just before he collapses dead.

    Real Life 
  • Attila the Hun actually died this way. It's unknown exactly why he died but he was found drowning in his own blood.
  • Truth in Television for anyone who's done high school wrestling, in which it's common for wrestlers to be wearing metal braces, and one of the principal moves is the cross-face, which is basically a jab across your opponent's mouth. There are mouth pieces designed to prevent this, but most eschew them because it makes it harder to breathe. Most teams have, during a match, at least one person on duty just to clean up blood from the mat.
  • When President Ronald Reagan was shot in 1981, the Secret Service agents whisking him away didn't immediately know he had been hit—until he started spitting up blood, whereupon the limo was diverted to the hospital. Reagan survived a bullet wound in his lung.
  • When Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot by Gavrilo Princip at Sarajevo in 1914, the fatal bullet entered the Archduke's neck under his tunic collar, severing his jugular vein and badly damaging his trachea (windpipe) before lodging in his spine. This caused blood to spray out forcefully from his mouth, striking one of his staff officers in the cheek. His wife, Duchess Sophie, saw that and cried out, "For heaven's sake, what's happened to you", before collapsing to the floor of the automobile, the victim of a bullet in the abdomen which caused her death within minutes from massive internal bleeding.
  • In one account of the execution of the Imperial Romanovs in July 1918, one of the younger grand duchesses, likely Anastasia Romanov, was found by soldiers to be still alive and bleeding from the mouth, making strange "guttural sounds" - either from being shot in the head or from being bayonetted alone; in spite of the jewelry sewn into their clothing protecting Tsarevich Alexei, the Tsarina and the grand duchesses that might have spared them a few lethal blows, Ermakov's persistent bludgeoning with a bayonet still did enough damage that it caused "streams of blood" to fly through the air and break the ribs and floorboards underneath the unfortunate victims who happened to find themselves at the other end of his bayonet, until Yurovsky - the captain in charge of the execution and trying, in vain, to keep it clean - was said to intervene and attempt to mercy-kill Ermakov's victims by shooting them in the head.) Regardless of how or why the mouth-bleeding, this was apparently a horrifying enough sight that some of the soldiers, already sickened by the rivers of gore and cordite smoke they were having to wade through, ran out of the room to throw up themselves.
  • Several serious lung conditions, including pleural effusion (fluid in the lung cavity) and pneumothorax (air between the lung and the chest wall, collapsing the lung) present with pinkish-red, frothy sputum as a critical sign. When a patient actually bleeds from the mouth, it's usually from ruptured esophageal varices (swollen, fragile blood vessels in the esophagus) in the context of liver failure. Neither situation is anything to laugh off, as you can't breathe with a collapsed lung, and you can lose a major portion of your blood volume from bleeding varices very quickly.
  • Blood from the mouth, mixed with mucus, is a symptom of tuberculosis.
  • During rioting following the 2009 Iranian election, a woman named Neda Soltan received a bullet wound in the chest and died. A cell phone camera video taken of her immediately after being shot received major international attention. The video clearly shows her bleeding from the mouth and nose. And not the little dribble of blood normally used in the trope either. There was a lot of bleeding from the mouth involved.
  • Similarly, the suicide of R. Budd Dwyer was caught by national news cameras, as he'd shot himself through the roof of his mouth with a pistol at a press conference. There was about as much blood streaming from his nose as his mouth.
  • Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan I invoked this to avoid an assassination/usurpation attempt by his stepmother Empress Nur Jahan. He faked an illness over a period of about three weeks while various officials of the court visited him. On the morning of day one of the closest to his stepmother visited, he allegedly drank three goblets of goats blood, then vomited it up while the official was with him, faking his death well enough to fool the doctors attending him.
  • In real life, if blood comes from the stomach, it's a brown color, and can be mistaken as a large amount of coffee grounds, bearing no resemblance to "common" human blood. This is one of the common signs of an ulcer in the stomach.
    • One exception to this is if there is a sudden, rapid hemorrhage, in which case the blood that would come forth would likely be dark red, with specks of reacted black, because the bleeding would be so rapid there would be no time for the stomach acid - or, in fact, enough stomach acid there to begin with - to react with all of the blood to make it turn brown if it were a lighter bleed. Usually, a non-traumatic bleed this bad would implicate a dilated artery, such as in portal vein hypertension.
  • This often happens to people who tend to get bad nosebleeds. Blood trickles into the throat, and the person spits it out. Also happens to some people who get bad nose-colds that TURN into nosebleeds, due to dehydration, a chapped nose, or other causes.
  • When the battleship Prince of Wales was hit during her duel with the Bismarck, the staff in the combat centre beneath the bridge found blood dripping from the voice-pipes. It was Captain Lynch, the only survivor on the bridge, and he got better.
  • A blow to the Adam's apple (aka, that lump on the center of a man's neck) can likely cause internal bleeding and forces the victim to cough out blood. It can be fatal if done with sufficient force.
  • As shown in Untold Stories of the E.R. this happens to trauma patients. One patient was violently coughing blood and they could not figure out how. Turns out he had accidentally inhaled a push pin that had fallen from a poster his tenant had put up. And the coughing was causing it to shred more of his lung.
  • Theodore Roosevelt used the absence of this trope to determine that he didn't need surgery to remove an assassin's bullet, understandably concerned given that his predecessor had died from such a surgery.
  • The British Museum in London has a series of bas relief of lion hunts from ancient Assyria. They are incredibly clear and beautiful, and several of the dying lions show this trope. Since these date to about 650BC, they make the trope Older Than Feudalism.
  • Rabies can cause this indirectly because sufferers often go through a violent stage that makes them try to bite people, and so their mouths get bloody AND foamy.


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Alternative Title(s): Coughing Up Blood


The Auditor infects Jebus

In an attempt to stop Jebus from destroying the Improbability drive, The Auditor infects him with a virus. Too bad it doesn't slow him down.

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