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"Battle doesn't need a purpose; the battle is its own purpose. You don't ask why a plague spreads or a field burns. Don't ask why I fight."

War Is Hell? Not to this guy.

Fighting is everything to the Blood Knight. He lives for it. It's not winning or losing, morality, the motives of his allies, or even the glory that drives this guy so much as it is the opportunity for a good fight.

A Blood Knight can be of any morality whatsoever, although Anti Heroes and Anti Villains tend to be most common.

Heroic examples will frequently be The Big Guy in an ensemble, the character most likely to solve his problems by force of arms. They might make the less violent members of the crew a little nervous, especially if they go off on a hair trigger. He may merely enjoy the challenge and not hurting others necessarily; some don't hurt people unprovoked since they have a sense of right and wrong.

The Blood Knight doesn't even have to be a particularly violent man most of the time. A common version found in Eastern fiction is the Wandering Martial Artist, who Wanders the Earth looking for strong opponents to test his skills against. This might be coupled with a love of fair duels and a desire to challenge the best and strongest. This type still enjoys the thrill of the fight, but usually eschews the death and bloodshed aspect. A living opponent, after all, can improve their skills and provide an even better challenge later. Defeat Means Friendship is a common occurrence with these guys, their opponent's or their own.


As an antagonist, he has a good chance of being an Anti-Villain, since he doesn't want to kill the heroes, necessarily, just fight them. If he can find someone tough enough to beat him he might undergo a Heel–Face Turn and join the hero's team, or simply gain a newfound respect for his foe that he didn't have before. He might deliberately disadvantage himself in order to make fights last longer and loves to reveal that he is not left-handed. Despite the brutality that this trope implies, it's not uncommon for them to be a Noble Demon as well when they want an exciting fight on specific terms or when they reject unfair advantages because it would make the fight no fun. He may even betray his boss if he insists on interfering to pursue and obsess over his foe on his own terms. Less pleasant ones may do all kinds of horrible things to provoke their opponents into fighting them. Though if they specifically love to kill (rather than fight) they are a Psycho for Hire.


Personality-wise, more evil ones may be a Flat Character (and quite possibly The Brute) who just shouts "Maim! Kill! Burn!". Good/Sympathetic ones are usually more sophisticated/developed and can have aspects of the Warrior Therapist, Warrior Poet or Cultured Warrior. He might be a normal, jocular guy when he's not brawling, or he might take the fight so seriously that he blocks out everything else and will therefore live only for battle. In some cases, the Blood Knight fights because he's looking for a way to die with meaning.

A War God is very often one of these though he could also be Ax-Crazy or just The Sociopath. If there's a whole society of guys who like combat, you've got a Proud Warrior Race. If the character likes the killing part more than the 'fighting' part, they're a Psycho for Hire. (In fact it's not uncommon for Blood Knights to also uphold Thou Shalt Not Kill). The Egomaniac Hunter also thrives on aimless violent thrill and loves a worthy quarry instead of an opponent. If a character is in it for the challenge rather than just the fight, then we've got a Spirited Competitor. The Blood Knight's love of combat may be platonic, or it may have sexual undertones. It could also overlap with Ax-Crazy if their love of fighting crosses the line into psychopathic violence and mental and emotional instability.

Sub-Trope of In Harm's Way. Sister Trope to Combat Sadomasochist, The Real Man, and Boisterous Bruiser. Compare Cavalier Competitor and, for a more general trope, Challenge Seeker. Also compare Sadist, whose favorite part of fighting is the pain and suffering of his opponent. May be from a Martyrdom Culture and will nearly always believe that War Is Glorious. If he (or she, though it's much rarer, however; see Lady of War) is in the military, then he will almost inevitably be a Colonel Kilgore. A Monster Knight has a high chance of being one. A more violent example that nonetheless fights on the side of good may (or may not) be a Sociopathic Hero. It also has nothing to do with a knight who uses Blood Magic. Contrast Shell-Shocked Veteran, who is of the opposite mindset (also contrast War Is Hell).

Oh, just in case it wasn't clear, the character doesn't have to be a literal knight for this trope to apply. It is about the attitude, not the rank.

It should be clear by now that this character loves laying the hurt. And ironically, it's because of this that these characters are quite likely to get saddled with a No-Harm Requirement at some point. A mission's success may forbid the use of any violence, a target may be too dangerous to hurt recklessly, this particular opponent may be too precious to hurt, etc. Whatever the case, it's often quite ordeal for many Blood Knights to handle such a challenge. Beating opponents to a pulp? Easy peasy. Putting them out of commission without hurting them? Not so much...

Contrast with Reluctant Warrior, the exact opposite of this trope: rather than enjoying the thrill of battle, they instead treat it as a last resort.

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    Card Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • The Blood Knight card has a very appropriate quote: His is the fury of the wildfire, the boiling blood of the volcano. He fights you not because you've wronged him, but because you're there.
    • This and Knight Templar are the worse aspects of the White/Red mixture, as seen in the Nobilis of War from the Shadowmoor block and the legendary creature Ruhan of the Fomori from the "Political Puppets" Commander pack.
    • The Blood Knight is a red-colored counterpart of the much older black-colored Black Knight, who provides the page quote above.
    • All native-born and -raised Keldons are like this, making them a Proud Warrior Race. They're also fully aware that their warmongering is to their own detriment as a society. Many of their abilities and mechanics work on an understanding that not fighting hurts, and fighting also tends to have some sort of extremist drawback. To wit:
      • Keldon Warlord: A single creature that gets stronger and harder to kill based on the number of total creatures (minus Walls) on the battlefield. What if they threw a war...and everybody came?
      • Keldon Berserker: They fight beyond fear, beyond thought, and beyond mercy.
      • Keldon Twilight: If no one attacked during your turn, one of your creatures dies.
      • Keldon Arsonist: By sacrificing two of your own lands, you can destroy a single opponent-controlled land. Fields can be replanted. Settlements can be rebuilt. Burn it all.
      • Keldon Vandals: Keldons divide all their spoils into two groups: trophies, and catapult ammunition.
      • Keldon Firebombers: [Jamuraa is the country Keld is invading] If there isn't enough of Jamuraa left to stand on, I will still claim it for Keld.
      • Keldon Megaliths: A land card with the special ability to inflict damage on a single target on your turn, but only if you have no cards in your hand. This means that in a situation where a normal player would have absolutely no options, the Keldons will still find a way to hurt someone.
    • There's even a recurring ability to sum up this trope. Formerly in black, now mostly in red, "this creature attacks this turn if able" is a common drawback, forcing creatures with it to run into the fray even if means certain death.
    • The Mardu Horde of Tarkir are very enthusiastic about combat, to the point where their Khan is a massively aggressive orc with the abovementioned attack-each-turn drawback. They have a clan mechanic that gives them bonuses for attacking, such as increasing the power of spells or giving creatures cast after the dust settles a useful enters-the-battlefield effect. Their alternate timeline counterparts, Clan Kolaghan, are much the same, with a bigger emphasis on swiftly bounding through the steppes and unpredictably attacking whatever foes they reach.
    • The Gruul Clans on Ravnica engage in this when not fighting out of more legitimate grievances. Bolrac Clan ogres pick fights with buildings if they run out of other opponents, and their favorite holiday, Rauck-Chauv, basically consists of breaking stuff and punching people.
    • The Tuskeri of Kaldheim are obsessed with battle and warfare, and don't need much of an excuse to go to war beyond being bored. They're extremely disorganized warriors, disregarding strategy and tactics in favor of enthusiastically throwing themselves into the thickest frays and attempting over-the-top heroics without paying much attention to what their fellows are doing. This gets them killed pretty regularly, but the Tuskeri see glorious death in battle as their highest calling in life anyway.
  • Sentinels of the Multiverse:
    • Ra started out in the fictional comics as "fire dude who fights things" (they mention an early outing where he went to Insula Primalis to set fire to dinosaurs) and got his actual personality kind of kludged into place afterwards.
    • Haka is an intensely compassionate and noble soul, one of the kindest and most patient people in the Sentinel Comics universe, a storyteller, a teacher, a mentor, a friend and a surprisingly skilled baker who is known for his pies. However. He also likes to beat the snot out of villains with a giant cudgel. At least he's relatively moral about it; he prefers fights that don't endanger innocent bystanders.
      Haka Hundreds of those skittering stabby robots came at me! It was great!

    Fan Works 
  • In Abraxas (Hrodvitnon):
  • Ace Combat: The Equestrian War:
    • Night Raven, a griffon soldier obsessed with fighting and killing ponies not because of hatred, but for fun. Interestingly, while Night Raven comes off as borderline Ax-Crazy for most of the fic, he shows a bit of honor when Fluttershy defeats him, managing to congratulate her on a "good kill" before he dies.
    • The of the EAF. It's best shown in Chapter 6 of the sequel, Wings of Unity, where she makes quite a show of bombing the Exile artillery; complete with a Pre-Mortem One-Liner ("Here, catch!") and baring her teeth when she flies up to Tornado Swirl after making the kill. A few chapters later, Flare Star delivers a... rather thorough beating to an Exile mare named Pearl Eyes, reducing the confident rookie to pleading for her life.
  • Actually, I'm Dead: Luna is a little too excited during her fight with monster!Trixie and later is more concerned with celebrating her victory, than seeking medical attention for her broken wing: among other things.
    "Somepony, fetch Us a cider with which to celebrate Our victory!" Luna wiped her bloody chin upon her fetlock, sparing it a glance. "And perhaps a medic."
  • Advice and Trust: Asuka had trained to pilot a Humongous Mecha and fight alien monsters since she was a four-year-old child and found her mother's corpse hanging from a ceiling. Fighting it is her whole life and she genuinely likes it. Her self image is so tied to being a Pilot that, when Gendo fired her and Shinji, she very nearly collapsed right away.
  • Akatsuki Kitten: Phoenix Corporation Overhaul: Agent Diamond is halfway between this and completely Ax-Crazy. The main point is that a person's death doesn't mean quite the same thing to her as it does to everyone else, but she loves the sight of blood spilling. She is, however, more likely to enjoy a fight than she is to simply kill weaklings for sport.
  • Alabaster Orchestra: Bambietta Basterbine is this much like in canon, but begins to avert it (to an extent) after the point of divergence.
  • In All The Way Back, the returned Princess Luna is very eager to find chances to serve Equestria as its Princess of War — in part because it makes the lonely Fish out of Temporal Water feel useful again and in part because she simply enjoys battle.
  • Angels of the Storm: Yamzarat Machtoro is an ancient Titan built by the ancestors of the Quarians to fight the Reapers. He was defeated then, but is woken up and wants revenge, and gleefully smashes his way from the beachhead in China to Beijing, taunting his allies about being too slow.
  • Before Plantagenet has Foulques, a nuanced Blood Knight. He's a capable leader and shrewd tactician as well as a front-line fighter, and he's not so impetuous as to rush headlong into a battle he cannot live. Nevertheless, he practically lives for war, and he holds a certain contempt for those of his peers he views as too "soft" — including his own son Geoffrey.
  • My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic: Harkin, to the point where he actually betrays Sombra over his feud with Lightning Dawn.
  • A Brighter Dark turns the originally gentle and all-loving Corrin into a downplayed version. Although she seems to be growing out of it in later chapters, making this a slightly subverted trope.
  • Chi and Chakra: Ryoko Saotome is a moe blood knight. Outside of a fight, she's an emotionally abused nervous wreck that will let people walk all over her. Fighting is the only time she really feels relaxed and happy. Unless someone she cares about is threatened. In which case you're looking at a berserker.
  • The Child of Love: In chapter 3 Asuka had just woken up from a nightmare and was sick, weakened and bedridden. Then she heard there was a battle she was not taking part in. She rose right away and went to get in her giant robot and fight. Subverted after the Angel War since for that point she is already sick of fighting and killing and she wants to live peacefully.
  • Child of the Storm:
    • There are varying degrees of this as one of Asgard's hats — as is noted, they generally try to pick righteous fights, but they're still picking fights. Thor is a particular, albeit toned down example. His son, Harry, is a Knight Errant version of this trope, and openly admits that he enjoys fighting more than he probably should.
    • Carol, like her great-grandfather, Steve, is also noted as enjoying a good fight.
  • Children of an Elder God: Deconstructed. Due to her upbringing, Asuka is very aggressive, battle-hungry and eager to engage the enemy. However, her first fight was against an alien horror was so repulsive-looking she does not even want to go near it. When it bites her robot's hand off, though, she goes berserk and bludgeons it until it is a bloody pulp... which earns her a reprimand for being too aggressive.
  • A Crown of Stars: Since she was a four-year-old child Asuka has been trained to fight. She is a warrior, a soldier and a Humongous Mecha Ace Pilot. She loves fighting. It is her life.
  • Dante's Night at Freddy's: Downplayed by Dante, who insists he would rather sleep than battle the animatronics of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, but is shown to have a lot of fun fighting them anyway.
  • A Dead World: It goes without saying that Alex loves some good wholesome slaughtering. In fact, when Cain reveals that war is pretty much inevitable, he actually looks forward to it. He's also actively excited about fighting a Deathclaw.
  • In Did I Make the Most of Loving You?, Adama notes that this is Cain’s main weakness, as she is so eager for blood that she will pounce at the slightest hint of it, allowing Adama to provoke her into a trap during war games by faking that Galactica is weaker than it actually is.
  • In Diaries of a Madman, Luna is very fond of battle, which doesn't gel well with the fact that she's not entirely sane to begin with.
  • A Diplomatic Visit: Per canon and as the sequel Diplomat at Large demonstrates, the yaks. They like smashing things. A lot. They also love a good battle, and when Twilight informs them of the war they sat out (due to the Call being screened), are furious to find out that they missed one.
  • Distortions (Symphogear) has Timoty Darmawan of the Four Horsemen. He admits when talking to Hibiki that the main reason that he joined the Horsemen was just to have a challenging opponent to fight.
  • Doing It Right This Time:
    • Although Asuka is trying to change her behaviour, she is still eager to fight the enemy as a way to stand out.
    • Rei, too. After returning to the past she has decided that resorting to extreme violence to deal with the enemy is a perfectly acceptable therapy. When she sorties for the first time, she decides against using weapons because bludgeoning the giant alien with her robot's bare fists would feel more satisfying.
  • A Dragon in Shining Armour: OuRyuumon can usually be heard laughing while fighting and really likes getting in close with his swords. It's one of the reasons that despite being a high-ranking member of their order, he isn't inducted into the Royal Knights proper. On the villains' side, Dorbickmon enjoys fighting for the adrenaline rush and even became a mercenary to indulge this particular vice.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: The default state of Horned Reapers, who get angry when they can't kill anything.
  • Evangelion 303: Asuka and Mari are jet fighter elite pilots that really enjoying flying their warplanes and fighting. Especially Mari. She sings as she battles.
  • In A Father's Wrath, Lu Xiaong who refers to himself as a Warrior instead of a ninja is this as even though he sides with The Jashinists He makes his intentions known that he plans on challenging the Leader soon enough. When Kakashi calls him out on using his strength to fight for them he laughs him off and claims he doesn't fight for good or evil he just fights.
  • A Force of Four: Power Girl likes fighting a bit too much. She's happy to have the chance to let herself loose when she fights three Kryptonian criminals instead of pulling her punches.
    And Kara had to admit that, despite the pain of his blows and kicks, despite the knowledge of what he intended to do to her if he beat her, despite the knowledge of his superior strength and the peril the world and her friends were facing...
    ...she kind of enjoyed this fight.
  • Friendship Is Showtime: Phoenix, as with his canon self. This one actually gives a reason why he's a Blood Knight; he feels there's a void in himself he needs to fight to fill. In this canon, he's responsible for the events of "Dragonshy", solely to get Haru to fight him. After winning the first fight easily, he even refuses to fight Haru again until provoked significantly. After being beaten by Flame Dragon Style, he becomes obsessed with fighting Haru.
  • A Growing Affection makes this a trait of Pain's Ashura Path. She can sense the combat skills of other ninjas as animal motifs, and see most of the ninjas around her as ants. When she senses a badger and a falcon (Gaara and Neji) together, she seeks them out hoping they will give her a good fight. She even tells them the Deva Path has left the Rain village because she doesn't think either of them alone will be a match for her.
  • Harmony Theory: Charisma has a cutie mark in killing, which basically means she was literally born as this trope. Her mark constantly telling her to kill anypony she find and the best ways to do it. Throw in special forces training and a grudge against society for her lot in life, and you get one of the most feared and dangerous ponies in the Bad Future the story takes place in.
  • In Hellsister Trilogy, Supergirl likes fighting more than she is willing to admit to herself.
    Darkseid was bleeding from his nose and mouth. She couldn’t be certain, but she believed he had cracked ribs in the bargain. She was getting through to him, and, Rao help her, she was enjoying it.
  • Valla, Demon Hunter in Heroes of the Desk is a downplayed version at first (as established in Diablo III, hatred must be tempered by discipline). However, after she defeats brainwashing solely through The Power of Hate, the "discipline" goes out the window and leads her to fully embrace this trope.
  • HERZ: Although Asuka has not been an active pilot since her giant robot got torn apart, she still is a soldier and enjoys fighting.
  • Higher Learning: Subverted. Asuka was one per canon. She trained during one decade and loved fighting. However, she fought enemies were too powerful to her or against which her skills were useless. After fighting Arael and getting Mind Raped, she broke down but she bounced back when the MP Evas struck.
  • The Immortal Game:
    • General Esteem, whose main purpose in life is warfare—hell, it's his Cutie Mark. He's so in love with war that he's disgusted by Celestia's peaceful regime, to the point that he willingly releases Titan, knowing that the latter shares his beliefs, and will enable him to fight and kill as many ponies as is needed to enforce Titan's rule of Equestria.
    • Nihilus also counts, as does Sir Unimpressive for a heroic example.
    • It's revealed later in a flashback sequence that Twilight's ancestor, Astor Coruscare was this. She was a powerful yet extremely ruthless commander of Celestia's army in the past. She happily slaughters an army just to make Celestia proud of her. Hell, her blade was named Sangrophileblood lover.
  • Infinity: Amaterasu. However, she seems to have different kinds of Blood Knight personalities, varying between a cold, serious murder machine and openly admitting she's finding the battle a turn-on. Which she uses seems to depend on some combination of how angry she is... and how sexually attracted she is to her opponent. Yikes. As of Chapter 25, it seems her switching her Barrier Jacket into its Final Drive Mode is an indicator of when she's switched over.
  • Iron Will's Foalcon Necrophilia Sex Rampage: Iron Will is this, because he quite clearly lives for the opportunity to rape and torture everyone he sees. There is also a sequel, which involves Iron Will getting released from prison and then gunning down vast hordes of gang members referred to only as "niggaz", and then molesting yet more underage foals before having an armed standoff with the police. Purely because he enjoys the thrill of violence.
  • Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox: Tenten is always ready to fight, and in fact, she'll willingly engage in bar brawls and street fights in an effort to make herself stronger.
  • Last Child of Krypton: Asuka really likes fighting, not only because she is a good fighter but also because piloting a giant robot and fighting Eldritch Abominations makes her feel she is not worthless. When she got into her Eva to sortie for the first time she was really eager because she had been waiting for that moment since she was three.
  • Legionnaire features the Equestrian Legion, an entire Legion of Hell of blood knights.
  • Mass Effect Interregnum: Garrus Vakarian. For all that he tries to be good and honorable, he loves the parts where he gets to knock heads, because of how simple it is in comparison to justice and leadership.
  • Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race: Punk seems to be this, and Bass definitely is. In episode 11 he comments that he loves the sounds of war, and the only thing better is silence before victory. Duo is a heroic example, as he comments that he serves no purpose other than to fight the greatest of evils.
  • Mercy: Mercy Graves both enjoys fighting to an incredible degree (she frequently takes advantage of the fact Gringotts goblins negotiate with violence) but violence in general, having once bet Harry she could break all 126 bones in a person's appendicular skeleton without killing them. After beating one goblin with another goblin, Mercy is delighted that the second goblin stabbed her in the stomach and visibly disappointed that they don't have time for her to "negotiate" with more of them.
  • More Than Human has two blood knights: Butch and Buttercup. This personality trait is actually a major plot point that connects the two together and allows them to bond.
  • Morphic: All eight protagonists have some aspect of this as a product of their unusual heritage. It's most pronounced with Mia, a half-insect with bladed limbs, but even the resident Nice Guy eventually discovers an impulse to set things on fire.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide, when new Angels appear, Asuka is really eager to fight them and go berserker on their collective butts.
  • Not this time, Fate: He tries not to let it show, but Jaune absolutely loves a good fight. After living for many centuries in a hopeless variation of "Groundhog Day" Loop, he became bored with most things life has to offer, including food and sex, but the sensation given by a challenging battle is something he still comes to enjoy.
  • The Omega Chronicles has a few examples of this, but the biggest one of them all? Omega himself! Every time he thinks a fight's gonna happen, you can bet your ass he'll be there to enjoy it. Hell, tell him a massive fight will happen and he'll get paid if he does a job for you, and you've got yourself one God of Destruction working for you.
  • Omni Bleach Abridged: Ichigo.
  • Once More with Feeling: Asuka lives for fighting... and Shinji is trying to show to her that she has more reasons to live. Likewise, her battle lust has almost gotten her into trouble several times (such as when she rushed Israfel and almost got bludgeoned when it unexpectedly split into two halves).
  • The One I Love Is...: During several conversations, Asuka tells Shinji she likes fighting why she is good at it and people notices when she fights. So she worked hard to become the best because she thought that nobody would care about her otherwise.
  • Peace Forged in Fire: Played for Laughs when Captain Koren, the CO of the Klingon flagship, arrives to discover that she's missed the battle entirely.
    Koren: Tal’Shiar scum! This is Koren, daughter of Grilka, Captain of the glorious IKS bortaS’qu! You will—what the... What do you MEAN we missed out on a glorious battle? ARGH!!!!!! I haven’t seen any action since Qo’noS! Why does it ALWAYS take an impending apocalypse for me to get to kill things???
    Brokosh:note  [facepalm] Koren, you damn fool, get back in formation.
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Defenders of Warmth: Edge/Cecil, who at first just seeks out worthy opponents to challenge to battle, even killing some of them, hoping to grow stronger. He even attempts to wake up the extremely powerful legendary pokemon who balance the world just so he can fight them. Discovers the reason for this attitude when he remembers he failed to save Alexa on their last night as humans.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines: Ash's Charmander is one, partly due to his desire to regain his evolved form. It is also mentioned that Pokémon with the ability Guts are this, even those who Trace it.
  • Pony POV Series has Strife, the Anthropomorphic Personification of Natural Selection. When called to exterminate a race, she prefers to fight them head-on, even though she could simply wipe them out from a distance with her magic. She also says every race deserves the chance to fight for its survival.
  • Portalborn: The Dragonborn loves battle, needs it. Fire for her is symbolical, an icon of her hunger of power, in accordance with having the blood of a dovah. Disturbingly, she loves the taste of elven blood. Especially when eating tasty, detestable Thalmor in her Werewolf form. But when she rages, however.... The difference is that she fights better when she's actually enjoying herself, rather when she gets truly pissed, she's unable to battle to the best of her ability. Her entire personality provides quite the contrast with the meek and nervous Doug Rattmann.
  • The Power Rangers Darker and Edgier parody film Power/Rangers's version of Zack from the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers is this; he had volunteered to join the Machine Empire because he liked fighting so much.
  • To Prey Upon the Dead: Besides Kenpachi, both Dead Eye/Ichigo and Unohana are massive blood knights. Unohana even stops Ichigo from killing Kenpachi specifically because she doesn't want Yamamoto to kill Ichigo before she can fight him.
  • Quicken: Supervillains Hookwolf and his comrades, Cricket and Stormtiger live for fighting. In his first appearance, Hookwolf laments that he doesn't live in an age where fighting prowess and warrior spirit are valued and admired.
  • Ruby and Nora: Nora. To the point where fighting helps her get over being rejected by her Love Interest.
  • Hanna aka "Action Girl" in The Secret Return of Alex Mack. She's been genetically engineered to be stronger and faster and tougher than a human, but to have no fear response at all. Then she was raised away from civilisation by a former government agent who was basically training her as a revenge weapon. Her favourite pastime is finding people who can present her with a difficult fight, such as Bane.
  • A Shadow of the Titans has Gadjo, who loves nothing better than a good fight (except pie). His partner Machete qualifies as well.
  • Of Sheep and Battle Chicken: Shepard is the Butcher of Torfan, and her primary purpose for living is hunting down and killing anyone she defines as a criminal or slaver so that no one has to live through what she did.
  • Comic Book SNAFU: Played for Laughs when Gajeel and Lancer both choose to fight each other just for the hell of it and lose interest in anything else, much to Akiza's confusion.
  • Some Semblance of Meaning: Several of the Careers (Amber, Achilles, Brigid) are shown to kill merely for the enjoyment of it. In fact, when they go for several days without encountering another tribute, they even attack an innocent fawn. This is what causes Obsidian to leave the pack.
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton:
  • Swords and Shields, a Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS fanfic, has Yuuno start to become one while developing a relationship with Signum.
  • The Tainted Grimoire: Kain.
  • Team LVDR: Blaze takes this trope Up to Eleven, leading to him also being Ax-Crazy.
  • Thousand Shinji: In this story, Asuka is a berserker of Khorne, God of War, Anger, and Blood. She is a consummate warrior, fighting is her life, and she can barely control her battle lust and eventually becomes the Goddess of War.
  • Trade Winds: Desmond Miles kills a lot of people in this story with his Assassin fighting abilities, and without remorse when they're slavers or attacking the ship he's on. Rumors abound among his shipmates in the East India company and the Royal Navy that he's a demon, or made a pact with the devil. The gossipers among his comrades even acknowledge this when he says he's a little bored with all the lack of fighting on the Allegiance, a dragon-transport bound for China, and they respond, only somewhat joking, that the devil craves blood.
  • TRON: Endgame Scenario: Mercury. The Mercury series of Programs were explicitly designed as guards, spies, and enforcers for the Math Assistant AIs. Mercury Six (the one seen in the game) relishes a good fight on or off the lightcycle arena.
  • Uplifted: Otto Skorzeny and Jack Churchill. Churchill once famously lamented the end of World War II, and Skorzeny was his counterpart on the German side.
  • Us and Them: Sephiroth, despite managing not to go insane in this regard, still gets fired up by battle like nothing else. Well, probably second to sex with his wife.
  • Weaver Nine: Jack Slash, as in canon. He gleefully cuts a bloody swath through the criminal underworld. He is, however, a little more rational than most members of this trope, and reacts to the approach of Leviathan appropriately (though he does decide to fight, in the end).
  • With Strings Attached: The combat-addicted skahs wizards and warriors of Baravada. Unfortunately, they were so good at what they did that they wiped out all opposition and haven't had anything to fight except each other for at least ten years. They're so bored and have so little to do that when, in a brilliant Batman Gambit, Ringo spreads the word that there are monsters in the distant Ghost City of Ehndris, practically the entire skahs population of Ta'akan drops everything to try to get down there and see if it's true.
  • A World of Bloody Evolution: About the only thing that Yang likes about the Warhammer 40,000 universe is the challenge her opponents provide. Her response to seeing four traitor marines is to grin and then challenge them all to a fight.
  • A Hero's Wrath: It is revealed that Nejire possesses a natural affinity to Lust Mantra — specifically possessing a lust for battle — which not only makes her more powerful when a real fight is happening, but is makes her much more of a sadist to her opponents.

    Films — Animation 
  • Bolt gives us Rhino, a little hamster in a plastic hamster ball of all creatures. He is psychotically excited about getting to share in the dangerous stunts Bolt tries to pull, will willingly attack a cat, has threatened grievous bodily harm against a human twice, and does all of this with seemingly no understanding of how small and vulnerable he is compared to everyone else he interacts with. Bolt himself can also qualify, but he at least has a Freudian Excuse.
  • The titular villain of Megamind was like this. He didn't want to conquer the world, but rather to find a Worthy Opponent to challenge and develop his skills and experience as a supervillain. As soon as he kills his own nemesis, he's left without a worthy opponent to reduce his boredom. So, he creates a new superhero nemesis to give him a good fight, only for him to, later on, become eviler than Megamind himself and thus have to be stopped. As soon as Megamind defeats his own creation, he ends up saving the city and becoming a superhero instead, thus giving him more real challenges to feed his adrenaline rush, even though it would mean retiring from the supervillain business to become said superhero.
  • Shan-Yu from Mulan is heavily implied to be this: He deliberately allows himself and the Huns to be sighted at the Great Wall of China as they breach it so they could send their best soldiers and thus have him prove his strength to them.
  • Wonder Woman (2009): Artemis loves war and doesn't understand why her academically-inclined sister Alexa wouldn't want to die a warrior's death.
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Noir Spider-Man is this, he even lampshades it awesomely when the Rogues Gallery come knocking.
    Aunt May: Do you mind taking this outside?
    Noir Spidey: We don’t pick the ballroom, we just dance.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Aliens:
    • All The Marine Troopers qualify, except Gorman. Even the main female of the squad Jenette Vasquez was the most bloodthirsty of the lot, screaming the iconic "LET'S ROOOOOOCK!!!" before fighting the Xenomorphs. Hudson acted tough for the most part but revealed himself as a Lovable Coward toward the end of the movie. But still died like a blood knight screaming at the Xenomorphs (who were everywhere) to give him their best they've got as he killed dozens of them before being overwhelmed.
  • Lt. Col. William Kilgore from Apocalypse Now is an adrenaline junky who loves combat and the smell of napalm just as much as hanging ten on a surfboard.
  • Colonel Hessler, the panzer commander in the 1965 film Battle of the Bulge. For him, life is to be spent in the turret of a tank, fighting until death takes you.
  • Battle Royale features a kid who voluntarily enters the battle royale purely for the enjoyment of it.
  • Stephen the Irish, in Braveheart, who is more interested in killing Englishmen than winning wars or freedom.
  • DC Extended Universe:
    • Dark Chick Faora from Man of Steel while she seems likes a dispassionate individual, still clearly loves combat as she smiles in battle, though to be fair she was literally born to be a solider. Faora even spells out in one line claiming "A good death is it's own reward". She's also surprisingly honorable as when Colonel Hardy (a squishy mortal man) challenges her with knife, instead of just flattening him she responds to his gesture pulling out a knife of her own. Her leader, General Zod also has shades of this in the climax sporting a Slasher Smile while fighting Supes but this is may have been due to his Villainous Breakdown at loss of his entire race.
    • Much like her New 52 version, Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman enjoys combat quite a bit in the films. This is first seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice during her fight with Doomsday, whom her teammates Superman and Batman appropriately treat like a horrific threat, while Diana on the other hand is actually having fun fighting the beast. In her solo movie there's more than a few instances of Diana cracking a smile and laughing while fighting or doing anything exciting. Although it's important to note while she does enjoy battle, Diana despises needless bloodshed and the death of innocents.
    • Speaking of Wonder Woman (2017) there's the film's Big Bad Ares, who revels in conflict and chaos as per his nature having killed the entire Olympian Pantheon. Though Ares does actually go about his warmongering in smarter ways than just throwing his power around, as he reveals to Diana he's been manipulating and influencing humanity for years without taking direct action himself. Ares genuinely believes Humans Are the Real Monsters and the world would be better off without them, Diana along Steve Trevor prove him wrong with a Heroic Sacrifice and The Power of Love.
    • Arthur Curry aka Aquaman is a Boisterous Bruiser much like his Batman: The Brave and the Bold counterpart who treats armies of enemies and world ending threats like a day at the Amusement Park. There's many instances of Arthur whooping with glee while fighting his opponents and will happily jump out of airplane without a parachute after his Fiery Redhead Love Interest. Then again it is subverted a bit, Arthur doesn't start fights (in even in barrooms) without reason, he will show mercy to foes except when given no choice and the aforementioned Diana's Lasso of Truth reveals in Justice League that he is more scared and depressed than he lets on and just uses fearless bravado to cover it up.
    • Justified in SHAZAM! (2019) as Billy Batson is Just a Kid and the unbridled glee he gets out of stopping crime with his newfound powers can be chalked up to immunity and a lack of responsibility which he eventually gains by the end. Played straight with Freddy and especially Eugene in Final Battle when they get their Super Modes, given Eugene was a diehard Fighting Game fan who was willingly to fight bullies with nunchucks long before he got superpowers, it's unsurprising in his case.
    • Harley Quinn along with other Suicide Squad members such as Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and to lesser extent Deadshot have way too much kicking ass and taking names than they should. Though since most of them are criminals who only do what The Government tell them to do because of bombs in their heads this is to be expected. Harley in particular at one point in her solo movie gets high on drug fumes and with a smile goes on a One-Woman Army rampage against Black Mask's goons.
  • Deathwatch has Quinn, the fur wearing psychopath who's first focus shot is him with his newly found spiked trench club. He also marks one of the few times a revolver bayonet is seen in cinema. Also, he collects scalps, making the origins of his furs somewhat questionable. He also remarked that he killed a man whilst on holiday in Blackpool. The film is essentially a horror version of Journey's end, set in a WW1 trench.
  • Elysium: Kruger and his squadmates Drakey and Crowe.
  • Jean Vilain, the Big Bad of The Expendables 2. He becomes so overjoyed when he finally fights Barney Ross that he urges him to keep fighting — even throwing his guns away so he can fight Stallone with a knife alone.
  • Forrest Gump: Lieutenant Dan "was" this as all of his ancestors died on the battlefield and he believed that it was the most glorious thing to do. So when Forrest saves his life, the Lieutenant is furious especially since he lost his legs in the war as well. But after Forrest shows him the beauty and simple enjoyment of a peaceful life, Lieutenant Dan turns his philosophy around and thanks Forrest for saving his life and goes off to find God for himself.
  • Freddy vs. Jason: Freddy Krueger, aside from tormenting poor teenage girls, noticeably finds joy in fighting someone who can match his kill count and savagery. Jason on the other hand is so emotionless he doesn't care two ways about it as he stomps Freddy's ass in.
  • Zantoro of Hell of the Living Dead, a member of an elite SWAT team that gets sent to take out zombies. He seems to enjoy killing, be it humans or zombies, armed or unarmed.
  • Kurgan from Highlander loved to fight and kill and was a sadist to boot.
  • Jack, of Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, has long been possessed of sudden and unstoppable rages. By the end of the film, he's learned to channel them into killing monsters.
  • Vic Hoskins of Jurassic World believes that war is just the natural state of the world. He sees Owen's raptors as nothing more than a promising exploitable goldmine to be sold to the military. Averted as unlike, say, Muldoon or Roland from the previous films, he demonstrates no physical feats of badassitude throughout the movie, and the man who spent a good portion of the film vocally glorifying violence and struggle ends up meeting his end at the hands of Delta, but not before tearfully and pathetically begging the creature for his life.
  • Gazelle from Kingsman: The Secret Service overtly enjoys carnage, whether by proxy or directly inflicting it.
  • Brad Whitaker, chief villain of The Living Daylights is somewhat of a slight subversion: He's obsessed with warfare and weaponry, his house practically a museum full of the stuff, is the leader of a mercenary company, and calls himself a "soldier". However, he flunked out of West Point for cheating, and in general is really only bumming around in Tangier.
  • The Lord of the Rings has a surprisingly amount Blood Knights while the series encourages peace it doesn't shy away from idea of taking pleasures in the destruction of thy enemy.
    • Aragon the Ranger/The Good King likes to be civil, albeit cautious but against his foes, Aragon can't hide his satisfaction. Smiling when faced with Uruk Hai on Amon Hen, and is completely okay with the idea dying in battle so long as it's going out in a blaze of glory with his friends. As Aragon says when before chasing after the Uruk Hai that captured Merry and Pippin: "Let's hunt some orc".
    • Gimli the fearless, badass Dwarf, with shades of Violent Glaswegian in his personality. Eager to avenge his race's ancestral grudge against Orcs, and in so doing racks up the largest single body count in all three movies. Oh, and played by professional Large Ham John Rhys-Davies.
    • Legolas while not as apparent in the books loves a good battle too, despite his almost entirely peaceful race. Legolas smirks while dodging the blows of the cave troll, keeps a kill count with Gimli over how many orcs they've slaughtered in the big battles and casually kills a building-sized elephant without breaking a sweat.
  • In Mad Max: Fury Road, Immortan Joe's band of Warboys believe in a perverse form of Viking honor and crave a glorious death in battle. Since almost all of them are dying slow, premature deaths from radiation poisoning and other illnesses related to the Crapsack World they live in, Big Bad Joe uses this Brainwashed and Crazy cult of personality to give them some semblance of meaning in life. This is best demonstrated by Nux's genuine happiness at the idea of dying on the Fury Road. They even have a duel Madness Mantra of "I live, I die, I live again!" or "Witness me!" before they sacrifice themselves.
  • In The Man from Colorado, four years of bloody conflict have transformed Col. Owen Devereaux into this. His is driven by an urge to kill, but only those who he is allowed to kill. As an officer, this is enemy combatants. His Establishing Character Moment is him ignoring a white flag being waved by the Confederates and allowing his artillery to open fire on then. When he becomes a judge, he becomes a Hanging Judge, sentencing any criminal who comes before him to death.
  • The Man with the Golden Gun: Francisco Scaramanga, the titular Man with the Golden Gun, loves a good challenge to the point that he has his Personal Mook Nick Nack hire assassins to kill him so he can keep his skills up.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Tony Stark aka Iron Man funnily enough only became a true blood knight after he shut down the Weapon's Program for the military and built his Powered Armor suits due to his four-month stint in an Afghan cave. Where after his Heel–Face Turn, Tony took much pleasure in fighting back against his kidnappers, as he said upon escaping the cave in his Mark 1 suit... "My turn". Tony can be Well-Intentioned Extremist Mad Scientist but it's clear as we see him fight the villains, Tony just loves fighting evil and building more suits to fight evil better. Despite more or less being a man in a can, Tony doesn't back down to anyone even when up against Thor... only smiling as Thor's lightning bolt powers his suit up, Tony even shows enjoyment when fighting the freaking Hulk who would ruin his day if Tony wasn't wearing the suit made to fight said person. Black Widow in her report to SHIELD states Tony is "self-destructive", to which he replies "Aren't we all?".
      • Tony’s Thrill Seeker behavior also explains why he’s still Iron Man in Avengers: Age of Ultron despite seemingly to retire in Iron Man 3 as Tony explains he enjoys super heroics too much to quit. It's a mark of his long and winding Character Development in Avengers: Endgame that Tony does prefer a peaceful life with Pepper and his daughter Morgan, and only becomes Iron Man again to bring back his and everyone else loved ones after Thanos's snap rather than the selfish heroics of his earlier films.
    • Emil Blonsky from The Incredible Hulk held off being promoted out of the battlefield, despite his aging body (looking 45 when he's 39) for the sheer joy of being a "fighter", and when the opportunity to fight a foe as formidable as the Hulk arose, was willing to have himself transformed into a Supersoldier and an outright abomination (no pun intended) to be able to have a "real fight".
    • At the start, Thor is like any Asgardian of legend: boastful, headstrong, and will gladly take any challenger to task in the name of his homeland laughing like a boy when fighting colossal Ice Giants, and still smiling even when one headbutts him in the face. However, spending some time on Earth weans him from his one-track mindedness. Nonetheless, he still relishes fighting; upon realizing how much of a challenge the Hulk is, he smirks.
    • In The Avengers (2012), the Hulk only has one reason to live; as Cap gives him the simple order "Smash" he gives a brutish smirk and gives the invading Chitauri something to think about. Even when facing Loki, an Asgardian a god in the eyes of humans, Hulk doesn't waste a second smashing Thor's little brother into the ground and walking away growling Puny God in disappointment.
      • Hulk was at most happy being the crowning champion of the Gladiator Games in Thor: Ragnarok, he was probably much more comfortable on Skaar than Earth.
    • Clinton Barton aka Hawkeye despite being a Family Man and all-around good-natured person, that has to be Brainwashed into evil still has more than sanguine attitude towards combat.
      Cap: Can you hold them off?
      Hawkeye: Captain... [loads his arrows] it would be my genuine pleasure.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy:
      • Drax the Destroyer. When the team gets into fights, he is clearly enjoying himself throughout, laughing like he's on a roller coaster while brutally slaughtering dozens of mooks.
      • Rocket Raccoon. He approaches firearms, explosives, and their use with all the giddy joy and level-headed justification of a serial arsonist. When he is finally given a weapon (a large, high-powered Gatling-style gun that's twice his size) to use during the prison break, his reaction is essentially a barely-contained orgasm:
        Rocket: Oh. Yeah.
    • In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ultron accuses Captain America of being "God's righteous man, pretending you could live without a war". Similarly, Steve's "nightmare" from Scarlet Witch is Peggy telling Steve his fight is over and the world no longer needs him. In the end, Steven concedes that he feels at home with the Avengers. This is extended to Captain America: Civil War where Steve can't accept the accords because it means he can't fight his own way. Steve acknowledges it's one of his shortcomings and apologizes for it, saying it's something he just can't change. By the Golden Ending of Avengers: Endgame Cap has learned to live without conflict and following Tony's example uses Time Travel to settle down and live a peaceful life with Peggy despite previously being frightened by that prospect in Ultron.
    • Spider-Man (yes even him) as first seen in Civil War when Spidey utterly overpowers Falcon and Bucky but is delighted as a schoolboy (which he is) throughout the fight, even geeking out over Bucky's metal arm when he effortlessly catches his fist. Even up against Giant-Man while shocked at first, Spidey leads the rest of Team Iron Man in bringing it down and exclaims in triumph when he succeeds, only to be knocked down as well.
      • In his solo movie Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter is completely reckless at times, extremely anxious for another chance to kick with the Avengers after Berlin and is left disappointed. Spidey even breaks the limits aka "training wheels" put inside his suit by Stark when foiling the Vulture's plans leading to him getting punished by Tony himself. Before the end of the climax of the movie, Peter was willing to throwing his school/social life away just to chase the glory of being a superhero before reality kicks in, but heeding his Stark's words Spidey learns from his reckless mistakes and man-ups. Peter plays it safe from then on, even refusing Stark's offer to be become recognized officially as an Avenger despite wanting it to fight with The Team so badly before then.
    • Hela in Thor: Ragnarok is a villainous example. She talks about how the shining glory of Asgard was won in battle; Asgard's sole purpose once was to justify her and Odin's endless bloodlusts. When she slaughters the entire Asgardian army, she's clearly enjoying herself immensely.
    • In Black Panther, Erik "Killmonger" Stevens and his accomplice Ulysses Klaue openly enjoy causing violence and chaos wherever they go. When tearing his way through a casino, Klaue acts like a giddy child at Disneyland while joyously remarking that it was awesome. Killmonger racks up kills like he's playing a video game and relishes the prospect of killing T'Challa's family and allies as seen when he sports a Slasher Smile before fighting Okoye, Nakia, and Shuri during the final battle.
      • M’Baku is a heroic example of this, he cares greatly for his country and people but is still a Spirited Competitor and is visibly having a whale of a time of in the massive battle sequences.
    • Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel is a brutally stoic character until her brainwashing wears off, but if there’s one that stops her from being a Flat Character it’s her crazed love of combat as seen when fighting Skrulls.
    • Thanos the villain of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame is a more subtle example and in fact he likes to act like all the violence he commits are all For The Greater Good. This is bull of course as Thanos clearly does enjoy killing and fighting, to point of even getting a Slasher Smile at one point while trying to kill Thor in Endgame. There are also several instances in Infinity War where he either tells the heroes to Bring It or gives them Villain Respect for their bravery. This side of his personality was hinted back in his Guardians of the Galaxy cameo (albeit before his characterization was fully established) as Thanos says to Ronan that his politics "bore" him, slightly foreshadowing his own extreme approach to handling a population crisis... well he is called the "Mad Titan" for a reason.
      • Thanos's adoptive children take after him, especially The Brute Obsidian Cull who Word of God enjoyed killing solely for his personal pleasure. Thankfully for the Avengers he is Dumb Muscle being the first to be killed in the second timeline.
  • The Mask of Zorro: Alejandro is this before and after taking up the mantle of Zorro, even when not revenge driven. He just loves fighting and Swordplay as a result of watching former Zorro as a boy. De La Vega the former Zorro is of the same mold but has cooled his swashbuckling ways in his old age and even holds the younger and more reckless Zorro back.
  • In the Predator films, the Predators apparently travel around the galaxy to go big-game hunting purely for the sport of it. The only humans they'll attack are armed and dangerous, and they refuse to attack helpless people, presumably because there's no sport in it. When they find a Worthy Opponent, they even indulge in Cherry Tapping to make it more competitive. Various supplemental materials expand on the species' culture.
  • Mad Dog on in The Raid loves fistfighting. Twice he disarms himself and allows his enemies a fair chance to defeat him in unarmed combat.
  • The Hessian (who was beheaded and became the Headless Horseman) in Sleepy Hollow (1999) came to fight as a mercenary in America "for love of carnage".
  • While a Jedi Knight from Star Wars is supposed to be a Martial Pacifist, Anakin Skywalker is a notable exception. Unfortunately, his anger and aggression contribute to his fall to the Dark Side. On the flipside, the Sith Lord Maul relishes the opportunity to fight and kill others, especially Jedi.
  • Taps has David Shawn, who is quickly established as the most aggressive, "gung ho", and outwardly militant of the rebelious cadets. At the end of the film, he opens fire on the National Guard troops surrounding the academy just as the other cadets are lining up to surrrender, resulting in several pointless deaths.
  • TRON: Sark's Establishing Character Moment is de-rezzing a hapless conscript on the Game Grid, and thanking Master Control when his boss called him "brutal and needlessly sadistic," and all but salivating over the possibility of engaging in combat against military Programs.
  • The titular symbiote from Venom (2018) gleefully rips through squads of mooks, often chomping off their heads in the process. At one point he even suggests biting the heads off of some mooks and making two piles - one for bodies and one for heads.
  • In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Victor joins many wars for over a century only to keep his killer instincts satisfied. He enjoys being a warrior far too much to start a life of peace with James.
  • Tallahassee from Zombieland loves him some zombie-killin'. Give him a few guns and a couple of blunt weapons and he'll be off having fun for hours. And probably cackling maniacally while he's doing it, too. He's also a Death Seeker after losing his only son to zombies, and his only goal in life is to kill as many zombies as he can before he dies.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Anya from The 100. Through almost her entire fight with Clarke, she has a huge grin on her face. Even after being beaten up and almost killed, she's still smiling, and tells Clarke, with genuine approval, "You fought well."
  • Lucas from Banshee seems to go out of his way to pick fights where he is outnumbered or outclassed. You can clearly see the joy on his face as he steps up to give or receive a beating. It is implied that this is his way of dealing with all the anger and pain he accumulated during his 15 years in prison.
  • Barbarians Rising: Attila is portrayed as far more savage and outright evil than the other barbarian leaders: whereas they're portrayed as lighter-gray freedom fighters, he's invading from outside Rome and simply wants loot and slaughter. Emil Hostina plays him as bloodthirsty bordering on psychotic. This has the effect of making the Roman-Visigothic alliance gathered to stop him into the heroes of the segment, in a reversal of the rest of the series.
  • Kara Thrace in Battlestar Galactica, as shown in the following quote.
    Kara: You know, everyone I know is fighting to get back what they had. I'm fighting because I don't know how to do anything else.
  • Blackadder: King Richard IV (played by BRIAN BLESSED) is a comedic example, as a man who utterly revels in slaughter, orders his troops to attack his allies (telling them to just dress up as Germans), and goes on Crusades, not so much for religious reasons, as much as because he really likes to kill Turks using small pieces of cutlery. His attitude is best shown by his Rousing Speech before the Battle of Bosworth Field:
    Richard IV: Let blood, blood, BLOOD be your motto. Slit their gizzards.
  • Dayna in Blake's 7 is a weapon designer who loves guns and making them more powerful but also enjoys melee weapons because they're "more personal, more exciting". Her official motivation throughout is trying to get revenge for the death of her father, but she's strongly implied to just like fighting in general.
  • Buffyverse:
    • Spike. Violence isn't the only thing he lives for, but it's one of his very favorites. A flashback shows that he enjoyed fighting more than killing, and loved to go against the odds, infuriating the more "sophisticated" serial killer vampire Angelus, who much preferred to pick his victims carefully and ensure their helplessness before he got to work. This side of Spike is even more prominently on display when he discovers that his violence-dampening chip doesn't prevent him from harming demons. He is so overjoyed that he can fight again at all, he doesn't even mind that he's helping the good guys by doing so.
    • Angel loves a good slugfest; even when he was just a normal human he continuously got in bar fights aside from whoring around with wenches. After becoming a vampire (Angelus) he plays it smart becoming a Smug Snake but that changes when he gets cursed with a soul and conscience. Angel loves fighting evil and actively disappointed when he can't go hunting, hell the only times where Angel isn't a Blood Knight is when he's Angelus.
    • Charles Gunn, was introduced into the series like this. Slaying vampires every night in L.A, Gunn found the Angel gang's smart careful way of fighting evil "boring" and preferred just to go in swinging. This changes when he and the others join Wolfram & Hart and get a brain upgrade turning him into a super lawyer. Though Gunn still likes roughing it, he enjoys the intellectual position, but his mindset comes at a terrible cost and Gunn goes back to his street-wise personality. Even when faced against almost certain death in the finale, Gun just says he'll take the thousand on the left.
    • Wesley is a unique example, he was Badass Bookworm who was excited to fight evil as a Rogue Demon hunter and after joining Angel's gang was always opt for one-liners. But after a tragic series of events Wesley mellows out and has a calm collect approach to foes, reminiscent of Jack Bauer.
    • Illyria is quite fond of fighting and violence in general.
      Illyria: I enjoy hurting you.
      Illyria: I've been hitting the half-breed. He makes noise.
      Illyria: Wesley's dead. I'm feeling grief for him. I can't seem to control it. I wish to do more violence.
    • All Slayers are like this. Especially as a vigorous fight and kill makes them "hungry and horny".
  • Charmed: Paige, who's the most vocal about killing Cole in series 5 and often the first one to suggest resorting to violence to solve a problem. Her tendency to do this led Television Without Pity to jokingly refer to her as "Raige". Fittingly, she wound up becoming the Goddess of War in the Titans two-parter.
  • Langston's father on CSI returned from the Korean war but never stopped fighting, and would go out at night to provoke bar fights. He once put several people in the hospital (and wasn't in good shape himself) and declared it "the best night of [his] life!". Langston fears this could be a genetic trait, but nonetheless uses the story and the fact that he became a doctor to assure the son of an infamous Serial Killer that In the Blood doesn't exist.
  • Daredevil (2015): While Matt Murdock does have moral and justice-minded reasons for going around and beating the shit out of criminals every night, Foggy, Claire, and Elektra (among others) bring up many times the possibility that Matt also does it because he enjoys it and even that it might be the biggest reason he does so. No matter what, it's obvious that he loves a good fight. Before taking on a group of Dogs of Hell bikers early in Season 2, he gives a smile and low chuckle.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Sontarans are a race of Blood Knights. In spite of their short stature and potato-like heads, they have evolved towards finding thrill in combat. Born with a crippling weak spot on the back of their necks, they must always face danger head-on. War is all they care to know. When General Staal encounters the Doctor, he shouts angrily, "Legend says he led the battle in the Last Great Time War. The finest war in history and we weren't allowed to be part of it."
      • They're also something of a Proud Warrior Race. Their attitude means that they fight as single warriors with no real tactical cohesion, and so they rely on their individual skill and superior technology. In a straight-up fight with human soldiers using conventional weapons in "The Sontaran Stratagem", they were utterly massacred.
    • In "The Dominators", the junior Dominator is like this, frequently disobeying and risking their plan in order to kill and destroy.
    • Leela of the Sevateem, possibly the most badass and combat-oriented companion the Doctor has ever traveled with, is a rare example of a blood knight who's both female and one of the good guys.
      Leela: Enjoy your death, Rutan! As I enjoyed killing you!
  • In The Expanse, Amos seems to be one of these. Although he tries to restrain himself, tries to do the right thing, and even ask the opinions of others if he's not sure a particular course of action is right, he's always just a hair-trigger away from killing someone. And he enjoys it.
    Murtry: Some day I think you and I are going to end up bloody.
    Amos: How about now? I'm free right now.
    In a later episode, after Murtry takes a cheap shot at him: (with crazy eyes and a Slasher Smile) "Thank you."
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Jaime lives for fighting until well into the series. You can see his eyes light up when he faces off with Ned, and he even spends his captivity verbally sparring with his captors and generally acting like a caged lion. However, he is also courageous and (in most cases) honorable, as demonstrated by him sparing Ned after one of his men "taints" the victory by stabbing Ned in the leg. When he finally gets a sword in his hands again, his face lights up and he spends a few moments just savouring the fight to come.
    • Robert is an example of what happens when one of these becomes a king with no enemies to fight. He was a fearsome warrior in his prime who loved battle and recalls his first kill in battle as a fond, nostalgic memory. But being king means he can't fight like he used to, he's too valuable and no one would dare risk hitting him back, which infuriates and frustrates him. And ultimately his desire to just hit something gets him killed in a Hunting "Accident". He gets called out for this by Renly during said hunting trip, who is disgusted by Robert's reminiscing about "the good old days," which was a time when the continent got torn apart by strife and tens of thousands died. As Renly points out, Robert loves his killing and became king because he used to be good at it.
    • The Dothraki are an entire race who live this trope. They invoke Duel to the Death so frequently that a Dothraki wedding without at least three deaths is considered a dull affair.
    • The Hound tells Sansa that "killing is the sweetest thing there is." And he further goes on to say that everyone who has ever done it loves it on some level. May be partially subverted, despite his above quote. Most of his fighting he's done has been a means to an end, and he certainly doesn't glorify the act of killing.
    • Gregor Clegane doesn't seem to aspire to any calling higher than rape, pillage and burning his way across Westeros. It's pretty clear he became a warrior to quench his blood thirst. Subverted in that people who can actually put up a fight just angers him more, he likes killing but not the challenge.
    • Robb shows a hint of this when he declares, "The Lannisters have been running from us since Oxcross. I'd love a fight. The men would love a fight. But I don't think we're going to get one."
    • Ramsay's response to a raid on his home is to declare, "This is turning into a lovely evening," and charge the enemy shirtless and smiling. This is then subverted when he becomes a coward against Jon Snow.
    • Daario declares that killing enemies and consensual sex are the greatest pleasures in life, an understandable worldview for a man who kills people for a living. In "Mockingbird", he even complains about acting as a glorified watchman.
    • Styr looks like he's having the time of his life when he's carving up Night's Watch with his massive axe.
    • Areo Hotah remarks in "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" that facing off with Jaime would have been a good fight once.
    • House Umber love fighting in the front lines. The Greatjon is extremely eager to lead the vanguard.
    • Qhono seems somewhat disappointed with the performance of Lannister soldiers, clearly expecting more of a fight.
    • Euron loves bloodshed like few things in life.
      Euron: When you rushed through the breach and started cutting people down, it was glorious. Like a dance.
      Jaime: The people I was cutting down were your own kin.
      Euron: Place was getting crowded.
  • Generation Kill:
    • Lance Corporal Harold James Trombley, who only seemed excited by killing people, even civilians.
    • Cpl. Person gives this memorable rant in response to a child's letter from back home.
      Person: Dear Frederick, thank you for your nice letter. But I'm actually a US Marine who was born to kill, where you have clearly mistaken me for some sort of wine-sipping communist dick-suck. And although peace probably appeals to tree-loving bisexuals like you and your parents, I happen to be a death-dealing, blood-crazed warrior who wakes up every day just hoping for the chance to dismember my enemies and defile their civilizations. Peace sucks a hairy asshole, Freddie. War is the motherfucking answer.
  • Heroes: Sylar spent a long time complaining that he didn't want to kill people to get power. Then, in Volume 3, he discovers how to get powers without killing, however, he still kills because it's more fun.
  • Kamen Rider Ryuki: Takeshi Asakura is one of the most frightening examples in modern media. A homeless Serial Killer who murdered his own family at the age of 13, Asakura feels a pathological tension that can only go away with senseless violence. When he is not in the presence of other people to fight or is not in a good shape to harm others, Asakura beats himself or asks to be beaten. His wish if he had won the Rider Battle? To fight forever.
  • Merlin: Sir Gwaine, an actual knight. In his first appearance, he helps Arthur and Merlin in a bar brawl because they were outnumbered and he likes those odds. In the season three finale, he says he doesn't think Arthur and Co. have any chance of succeeding in their attack to retake Camelot, but he "wouldn't miss it for the world".
  • Preacher: When Jesse is finally provoked by Donnie into fighting, it is clear that Jesse deeply enjoys the violence. As soon as he blocks the first punch, he breaks into a big smile.
  • Rome: Mark Antony qualifies to a degree, at least in Julius Caesar's mind.
    Brutus: I don't know how you tolerate that man.
    Caesar: He likes to fight.
  • Samurai Sentai Shinkenger/Power Rangers Samurai has Juzo/Deker, who wants nothing more than to able to fight for eternity and is very fixated on the Red Ranger as his next Worthy Opponent.
  • Sherlock: John had shades of this. Likes the violence and danger of the Afghan war which he was forced out of due to an injury. Plus, he's very good at handing ass to criminals, despite him being a Pint-Sized Powerhouse, because he can get physical (especially if you threaten Sherlock). Though he is pretty clever at solving cases (being a doctor helps).
  • Smallville:
  • Star Trek:
    • All "true" Klingons are this. Even the good ones still love a good scrap.
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
      • An example in the least expected place: Leck, a Ferengi "Eliminator" (read: assassin, he "eliminates competition") who is in his chosen profession for the thrill of a good fight, not for the profit—something that would be unthinkable for most Ferengi (though being in demand certainly doesn't hurt).
      • The Jem'Hadar are created to fight, but they do seem to enjoy it — early on they express disappointment that the Federation ship they're fighting doesn't have any Klingons on it, because they've heard Klingons are the Alpha Quadrant's greatest warriors and are really looking forward to the chance to fight some.
  • Supernatural:
    • Dean Winchester. He loves hunting supernatural creatures. In a bit of a twist on this trope, it's not the fighting specifically he enjoys (although he's really good at that), it's the knowledge that the monsters they hunt won't be hurting people any longer.
      Dean: Whaddya say we kill some evil sons of bitches and we raise a little hell.
      • At the end of Season 5, Dean settles down with a girl and a kid and tries to live a normal life. He ends up leaving them for several reasons, the most driving one being the fact that hunting is in his nature. It's a part of him. He voluntarily abandoned a normal family life for a life of hunting evil.
      • In Season 9, Dean gets the Mark of Cain, which ratchets his normal Blood Knight tendencies Up to Eleven whenever he is holding the First Blade and screws with his head—especially his logic and impulse control—even when he's not. In Season 10, he actually loses most of that bloodlust because as a demon he can control the power of the Mark better.
    • War, the red horseman of the Apocalypse- naturally, as he put it to Sam.
      War You think I'm a monster. I'm jello shots at a party. I just... remove inhibitions.
  • Teen Wolf: Werewolf hunter Kate Argent.
  • Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger: Bisque, a one-off villain with a history to the mentor Doggie Kruger. An out-of-control berserker charged with 999 counts of illegal dueling to the death (all of which he won); he was so bad that he was passed over by his father for control of his family's dojo in favor of Doggie.
  • The Wire: Felicia "Snoop" Pearson simply lives for shoot-outs and, by extension, killing. She even gets annoyed during a time of peace and prosperity for her organization's business, a time that most would dream for.
  • Workaholics: Karl is a slightly downplayed example of this trope. He likes to fight, but specifically at concerts, getting amped up by the music. The guys refuse to let him go to an Xibit concert with them because of his past, like biting through a little girl's ear and throwing a rock at Reba. At the end of one episode, he pretends to be sleeping with Montez's wife so that they will fight. He displays elements of the Combat Sadomasochist as well—he lets Montez get the first hit in (with a double-headed dildo) and says "oh, hell yeah, bitch" as he gets knocked down. Then he laughs as Montez keeps hitting him.

  • The narrator from David Bowie's "Running Gun Blues". Even after the war has ended, he still lusts for battle and blood, to the point of committing random acts of violence on civilians.
  • A lot of lyrics by Dismember are in the perspective of Blood Knights and Sadists, but "Of Fire" deserves mention over how crazy the protagonist is, killing anyone in his way, including his comrades.
  • "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor is a Blood Knight anthem, especially the chorus:
    It's the
    Eye of the tiger
    It's the thrill of the fight
    Rising up to the challenge of our rival
    And the last known survivor
    Stalks his prey in the night
    And he's watching us all with the eye
    Of the tiger
  • GWAR
  • "Iron" by Within Temptation describes one of these. "You can't live without the fire, it's the heat that makes you strong".
  • ""Soldier of Three Armies" by Sabaton describes Lauri Allan Törni, a Finn who served his country in the Winter War and Continuation War, then joined the SS and finally the Green Berets to continue fighting the Soviets, as "addicted to the war game".
  • The narrator of "Follow The Blind" by Tarot wants death and destruction for the sake of death and destruction.
    We need no gods of war,
    petty excuses no more.
    Just what we always wanted,
    the blood of our kind

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Beti-Pahuin Mythology:
    • Ntoutoume Mfoulou generally only felt two emotions: boredom and homicidal euphoria. That said, he drastically preferred killing people who stood a chance of actually killing him. He lived for war. That’s why they called him Nyele Mfoulou or “Yes, Mfoulou” because he says yes to death, but death continuously evades him. He had the time of his life fighting Oveng Ndoumou Obame because he could actually fight on or above his level, calling him the perfect warrior. After getting stabbed, slashed, blasted with fire, clubbed, tossed into the sky, and whipped with chains he was obsessed with fighting Oveng. Ntoutoume was excited to fake being a hostage of Alum Ndong Minko to raise hell in his village.
    • The Ekang immortals in general could be considered blood knights. Volleys of weapons were how they made their presence known to trespassers in their country.
  • Ares was one of the Greek gods of war. While Athena was the goddess of wisdom and tactics, the domain of Ares was bloodlust and slaughter. He fought because he loved violence. Which is not to say Athena didn't relish warfare (she was, after all, a war goddess), as indicated by this verse. She's just not as bloodthirsty as Ares. Then there's Ares's sister/sidekick Enyo, whose epithets include "blood-splattered", "destroyer of cities", and "impartial"—because she would support both sides of a battle to maximize the slaughter.
  • Existing on the edge between mythology and history, the legendary Viking Berserkers struck fear in the hearts of all Europe during the Viking Age. Historians have put forth several different theories to explain the rage that seized these warriors on the battlefield, but ultimately, all that is known is that they would rush into battle with little-to-no armor, ignore wounds that would cripple an ordinary man, and strike down anything and anyone who got in their way. Contemporary accounts state that even their allies gave them a wide berth, for The Berserker did not distinguish too well between friend and foe. According to their beliefs, a Berserker who fell in battle gained automatic access to the Warrior's Heaven of Valhalla (where they'd get to fight forever without dying, a Blood Knight's true paradise), and so they fought, not for plunder or honor — but simply for the fight itself, and for the eventual warrior's death. Dying outside of the battlefield would result in a Fate Worse than Death for any berserker: not getting into Valhalla.
  • The Morrigan from Celtic Mythology is famous for being the most fearsome goddess in most pantheons. She would often fight on both sides of a war, depending on who was slaughtering more people and specialized in making minor misunderstandings slowly escalate into countrywide bloodbaths. Poor Communication Kills? No, she's just that good.
  • The Asura of Hindu and Buddhist religion. They loved to fight and would seize on any opportunity to do so, whether it's for a good cause, an evil cause, or just for the hell of it. Which is why the race's name is often translated to "warring deities". In Buddhism, people who loved to engage in battle were often reborn as this. The Aesir, the Norse pantheon of sky gods, derive their name from the same Indo-European word that the name Asura came from.note 
    • While often evil in pop culture depictions, Kali is a benevolent goddess who fights against evil. That said, she gets really into violence, and after one fight she was so overexcited that she nearly destroyed the universe by dancing. Shiva, her more level-headed husband, snapped her out of it by throwing himself on the ground and getting her to stomp on him instead.
  • The Yazi, one of the nine offspring of the Chinese dragon. They love fighting and killing and they are often depicted on the handles of weapons.

  • Kimmy from the Firefly game of Cool Kids Table just likes killing people with explosives. She finds it a fun activity.
    • The three unfrozen Jedi in the Cool Kids Table game Star War are far less peaceful than Ackbar expected. Gol even says that it's a good thing he found them instead of other Jedi since the ones who died during the Empire's take-over must have been incredibly weak if they were defeated by clones.
  • Most avatars of the Hunt, and many from other powers in The Magnus Archives.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Sgt. Slaughter, practically from the beginning of his career he distinguished himself for being this.
  • WWE wrestler Finlay attained tweener status, being between Face and Heel, for the sole reason that he'll simply beat up anybody he comes across for kicks, not particularly caring whether they're "good guys" or "bad guys". His Catchphrase sums it all up: "My name is Finlay, and I love to fight!"
  • CHIKARA's Eddie Kingston turned into this after his Face–Heel Turn in 2007, declaring his desire for a "warrior's death" and pledging to take all of his hatred and misery stemming from an industry that he felt didn't respect him out on anyone who got in his way.
  • Having gradually alienated people for almost two years, in 2012 Mercedes Martinez went on to proclaim she needed no one and her love was pain.
  • The night after the 2012 installment of WWE "Hell in a Cell", Sheamus (who had lost the WWE RAW World Heavyweight Title at the event), came out and proclaimed with a smile that in spite of his loss, he got an amazing battle that he was thirsting for, regardless of the outcome. He declared Big Show a Worthy Opponent and said he was on pins and needles waiting for another swing at the world title.
  • Taz is this to such a level that he was the wrestler for whom the "(Wrestler Name)'s Gonna KILLL YOUUUU!!!!" chant was coined.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura is often seen as a nutball, but when it comes to fighting he's so brutal in the ring and nonchalant about who he's being brutal TO that some fans have joked that his name translates into "Come At Me Bro!".
  • Asuka is so much this, with a healthy dose of slasher smile and Kubrick Stare thrown in that she's the first woman wrestler in WWE to earn the aforementioned "Gonna Kill You" chant, since Kimber Lee received it at the start of her match with Heidi Lovelace at Remix Pro Throwdown for the Pound 12: Homeward Bound on October 12, 2015, and Kellie Skater received it during her match with Sara Del Rey at PWA Queensland's December 20, 2008 show.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Pili Fantasy: War of Dragons: Plenty, of note is Pa Mien Lang Chi. She loves battle, the company of men, and drink, in roughly that order but she's not picky. In fact, when ordered by the Eternal Empress to kill Chin Shao-yeh, she grows infatuated with him once he defeats her and refuses to try again. This leads to a lot of friction between her and her friend the Eternal Empress, doubly so once she actually rescues him from the Eternal Empress' second attempt at assassinating him.

    Tabletop Games 
  • BattleTech: The Warrior caste of the Clans live solely for war, and prefer to die in combat than of old age. Some Crusader Clans are more ruthless than the rest, such as Clan Jade Falcon, Smoke Jaguar, and Ice Hellion. Rather than die of old age, "outdated" Clan warriors past 35 years old are reassigned to Solahma units, given an outdated assault rifle, and sent out as Cannon Fodder to distract battlearmor and battlemechs.
  • The Dark Eye has the clerics of Kor, god of bloodshed and war, whose definition of a "good fight" almost crosses into Combat Sadomasochist territory.
  • Several examples can be found in Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The Elves of the Valaes Tairn in the Eberron setting.
    • The Battleragers in the Forgotten Realms setting are dwarves enamored with battle. While they also protect their home clanholds, the fight is what they desire most, and they run towards it with a fervent glee that give even drow pause.
    • Garagos and Tempus in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting. The former is the divine exemplar of Blood Knightdom, a multi-armed blood-soaked berserker who even makes the other gods nervous; the latter is a much more sensible war god who likes fearless berserkers and isn't shy about bloodletting but avoids excessive destruction of resources or lives (which can be used for another battle) and generally advertises war as the most heroic pastime possible. He also does not consider those who oppose his dogma real foes worthy of a conflict (some of the descriptions even indicate that while he doesn't understand Eldath, the goddess of peace, he does genuinely respect her conviction), and has the necessity of peace as part of his dogma ("war is only given meaning by the peace that follows").
    • If an Orc is given a motivation in D&D, he'll probably be a Blood Knight.
    • Hobgoblins are this too but in a different way then Orc. They focus is on collective martial prowess and victory rather than raving like a madman.
    • Warblades, from the Book of Nine Swords, revel in melee and seek, above all else, to gain glory from combat.
    • Planescape: The Outer Plane of Ysgard is the Chaotic Good/Neutral realm of the sympathetic Blood Knight. They fight all day, drink and party all night, and if they die, they are revived the next day to fight again. Basically, think Vikings but without the evil.
  • Exalted:
    • After the end of the Primordial War, a Solar general despaired at the thought of peace because of strongly he had defined himself in the war he had been created to fight. After the minor wars of consolidation that followed the victory failed to satisfy him, he went directly to the Primordials' prison-world, deliberately forgoing any protection, to look for a fight. He got precisely what he wanted, and spent most of the High First Age happily rampaging his way through Hell.
    • Slayers among Green Sun Princes are well-known for this. Their patron defines the smoldering rage that burns the world with overwhelming power.
  • Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok: The only way to escape the Crapsack World of pre-Ragnarok Midgard is to die gloriously in battle in order to be resurrected as an immortal warrior, to drink and fight every day until the end. Needless to say, the world is full of Blood Knights.
  • Games Workshop: Warhammer, Warhammer: Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000 feature several species and factions who exhibit this trope to varying degrees.
    • The Orcs/Orks were genetically engineered by a precursor race for the specific purpose of being tireless warriors and killers, and will gleefully fight anything, themselves included if there's a good fight to be had from it. Orks actually need fights like a human needs exercise; in one book an Ork Boy imprisoned and kept for study gradually wastes away and even develops a prominent gut. Orks can have their brains replaced with that of a face-eater squig, a mindlessly violent eating machine incapable of experiencing pain or fear - and their comrades may not even notice the change. That part about them needing fights to stay in shape cannot be understated — the Orks were originally a far more impressive warrior race called the Krorks. Not being in constant warfare against opponents as formidable as the ones they were created to fight in the first place (namely the Necron Empire and the C'tan at their peak) has led to them degenerating into the far weaker Orks.
    • Worshippers of Khorne qualify partially — but their main interest is spilling blood and spreading death and mayhem in Khorne's name, not in the quality of the battle. After all, "Khorne cares not from whence the blood flows, as long as it flows" — they've been known to kill themselves if they run out of other victims to kill. Notably, the quote is interpreted differently Depending on the Writer. Those trying to make Chaos a bit less of a mustache-twirling For the Evulz villain go for the full trope, so that the "from whence the blood flows" quote refers to Khorne not caring which particular faction bleeds, only about the skill level of your opponent. Decapitating a fellow Chaos Champion is just pleasing to Khorne as slaying an Imperial hero while killing a lowly cultist or citizen barely gets His attention. It ultimately comes across as a Zig-Zagging Trope - while Khorne enjoys any and all bloodshed, he dislikes cowards and weaklings and prefers the slaughter of strong warriors and worthy opponents.
    • The appropriately named Skulltaker, the highest ranking of Khorne's lesser daemons is this trope personified. His sole reason for existence is to look for the greatest warriors and fight them in hand-to-hand combat. If he wins (and he usually does) he'll rip the foe's head off and attach the skull into his cloak.
    • The Dwarfs are an interesting example. Left to their own devices, they'd be more than happy to live a peaceful life mining rare minerals and turning them into impressive works of craftsmanship. However, they are also obsessed with grudges; any wrong against the Dwarfen people are recorded in the Great Book of Grudges, and the pursuit of revenge is essentially a religious sacrament. The Warhammer universe being what it is, the Dwarfs are wronged very often and so the Book is more than a little full. As such, the Dwarfs glorify battle because they believe they're always in the right. Slayers exhibit this in a different way because it's not a question of thrills: seeking out the biggest and meanest foe you can think of and fighting it is essentially the Dwarfs' form of honorable suicide.
    • Blood Dragon vampires subvert this; they're trying to emulate the first Blood Dragon Abhorash, who defeated a dragon and drank its blood, permanently quenching his bloodthirst. The Blood Dragons have the goal of becoming great enough fighters to do the same, meaning that their constant fighting actually has the ultimate goal of allowing them to stop killing people. In the newer edition, they're available only in squads of lesser vampires actually known as Blood Knights.
    • Dark Eldar Incubi are essentially a dark reflection of the Aspect Warriors and are essentially entirely built around this trope. The Incubi don't fight for any higher cause, or even to improve their skills or find a worthy opponent. They fight for the sole purpose of killing, and everything else they do is to make them more efficient killers. Ironically, the Incubi are actually the most trustworthy of the Dark Eldar, as they don't care for things like wealth and political power and therefore have no reason to betray their employer (in fact, they apparently have a code of honor forbidding them from doing that), making them popular bodyguards for Dark Eldar Archons.
    • While the Imperium's soldiers are generally better described as Church Militant, the fact that many in-universe statements, prayers, and sermons seem to consider warring against their enemies to be a way of worshiping the God-Emperor means that it can get kind of confused at times.
    • In the previous edition of the Chaos codex, Lucius the Eternal used to lower his stats in-game if he fought an unworthy opponent, and raise his stats if he found a worthy one. He also takes a memento of people who defeat him and take pride in it by fusing their souls to his armor.
    • Plenty of Space Marine chapters have this as their quirk. The Manticores, Carcharodons, Executioners, Mortifactors, Space Wolves (some of them, at least), Black Templars, Knights of Blood, Flesh Tearers and Angels Encarmine, to name but a few.
    • The Minotaurs, a chapter that actually specializes in fighting other Space Marines. Because what is a worthier opponent for a Space Marine than another Space Marine?
    • Witch Elves of the Dark Elves are this trope, as well as Khainites in general. As the brides of the Elven god of war, murder, pain, suffering, and bloodshed in general, they go in a drug-induced frenzy and rush into battle with a flurry of attacks. Oh, and to make sure they kill something, they use poisons. Even other Khainites are not too terribly sane as their Khaineite rule prevents non-Khainite characters from joining them, as no one trusts them.
    • Drazhar (which means 'Living Sword') is such an extreme example of this that he unnerves even the other Dark Eldar Incubi. Drazhar just showed up one day, killed a Hierarch to prove his prowess, and is now The Thing That Would Not Leave. He hasn't even taken an official position in the Incubi hierarchy despite being more than qualified to be a Hierarch. He shows no ambition whatsoever and exists solely to kill. Nobody knows anything concrete about him, though rumors abound that he is actually the fallen Eldar Phoenix Lord Ahrha.
    • The twelfth legion of the Space Marines, once known as the War Hounds and now better known as the World Eaters, fought with a ferocity that reminded the Emperor of the white war hounds employed by a warrior tribe on Terra (hence the name). They became even more extreme examples after their Primarch Angron had the Butcher's Nails copied and implanted in most of their heads. The Nails made it so that rampant fighting and bloodshed were the only things that could grant them satisfaction. Small wonder this was the legion that would pledge themselves to Khorne during the Heresy.
  • GURPS gives us the Bloodlust disadvantage, and with it rules to handle playing a Blood Knight character.
  • Mage: The Awakening: The Adamantine Arrows believe that reality expresses itself most profoundly through conflict (Existence is War) and so believe that conflict is the most viable path to enlightenment. They thus seek to become the ultimate warriors by honing their minds, bodies, and souls (The Supernal is the Self) and training themselves in as many methods of combat as possible (Adaptability is Strength), then engaging in as much conflict as possible. However, they also believe that conflict is meaningless unless the warrior is fighting for an individual, office, organisation, or cause (Service is Mastery) and adopts some manner of a code of honor (Enlightenment is Honor). The Arrow Sourcebook notes that in virtually every war in history, there were Arrows fighting for both sides, and includes an example of a character who was on both sides of the Vietnam War.
  • Pathfinder:
    • The chaotic neutral god Gorum, god of Strength, Battle, and Weapons. His followers are almost entirely all Blood Knights of one kind or another.
    • Many half-orcs are also Blood Knights, to the point where a large group of them have formed their own Gorumite sect claiming Gorum is, in fact, the first Half-orc ever, and the reason he's always seen with steel armor covering all of his body is to hide his true appearance from human Gorumites, who wouldn't be able to handle his true appearance.
  • In The Real Man, every single Real Man is this.
  • Rocket Age: Maduri males are bred to be savage and recklessly brave. They often charge into suicidal situations and rarely take prisoners.
  • Werewolf: The Forsaken has the Blood Talons, who consider the "hunter" aspect of a werewolf's existence the most important part. Almost all of their rituals involve someone's ass being kicked. Their extra part of the Oath of the Moon forbids them from surrendering in a fight unless they would make the offer to their opponent in similar circumstances.

  • Tybalt from Romeo and Juliet is one: During the opening fight scene, he states that he hates two things: peace and Montagues. At the party, he asks a page boy who is carrying his rapier to give it to him so he can kill Romeo, although he is stopped by Lord Capulet. And he swordfights with Mercutio even when Benvolio tries to negotiate.

    Visual Novels 
  • Uruka and Takios in Eien no Aselia. The former is rather honorable and the latter is something of a worthy opponent. Both of them serve as The Dragon to other villains. Uruka later makes a heel face turn and admits that while she really likes fighting, she hates killing.
  • Lancer in Fate/stay night embodies this trope. He has no interest in the Holy Grail, only in beating the crap out of the other heroes in a good fight. Unfortunately, his Master does not share his Blood Knight tendencies, so there are only a few moments he can fight on his fullest and enjoy the fight. Assassin also qualifies, with his sole interest being matching blades with a Worthy Opponent, but as he's stuck in one place the entire time, he has to wait for people to come to him.
    • Fate/Grand Order implies that this is a trait shared by all Celtic heroes (the aforementioned Lancer among them... his True Name is Cú Chulainn). The Celts are portrayed as a warrior people who relish combat and live for the thrill of fighting a powerful foe. This mostly doesn't apply, however, to Celts whose characterization is based on later Medieval romances—i.e., Fate/stay night's main heroine, Saber and some characters from Arthurian mythology, as they're usually shown as chivalrous knights who may take satisfaction from honorable duels, but fight with higher goals in mind.
  • Momoyo from Majikoi! Love Me Seriously! is impossibly strong and easily one of the most, if not the most powerful character in the entire series and only gets stronger as she grows older. This proves to be a tremendous asset when helping the rest of her True Companions tackle whatever villain they're currently facing but also gives her a growing blood lust that can only be satiated by battling strong opponents. As Momoyo grows stronger, fewer and fewer characters prove capable of fulfilling this urge, which leads to the central conflict of her route.
  • Ittosai from Yo-Jin-Bo loves fighting and killing, walking the line between this and Psycho for Hire.
  • The Longinus Dreizehn Orden from Dies Irae is absolutely loaded with these kinds of people, be it serial killers or war criminals, the majority of them want nothing more than endless war and bloodshed. Perhaps exemplified best with their leader, Reinhard Heydrich, whose driving motivation is to find a worthy foe that can fight with him on equal terms as well as having the secondary goal of creating a new natural law where everything will be nothing but eternal warfare and strife.

    Web Animation 
  • Dreamscape: Jasmine shows signs of this. She's the one who suggests the group have their own tournament just for fun in 'An Unofficial Tournament', and she isn't afraid to pull out the big guns in said friendly competition.
    • Pita likes seeing his opponents in pain, especially if he is the one to dish it out.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Fighting is the one thing that actually livens Killer up, and he is very good at it. The more brutal the fight, the better.
  • In Homestar Runner, Strong Bad's anime alter ego, Stinkoman, is a good example of a (comedic, and not very bloody) Blood Knight; he's always "looking for a challenge".
  • Quirky Misadventures Of Soldine The Cyborg:
  • Red vs. Blue has Sarge, who practically delights in the Red/Blue conflict, and is the only one enthusiastic about it and its continuation. On top of this, it's implied that Sarge was an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper during the war.
  • RWBY:
    • Nora Valkyrie is just as enthusiastic about battles as she is about everything else. Her response to being launched into a monster-infested forest is to smile.
    • Yang Xiao Long is a deconstruction of this trope. She admits that she's a thrill seeker who wants to travel the world and find exciting fights. Being a Huntress enables her to do that. As a result, instead of just entering a mob bar to find out what the bar owner knows about someone she's looking for, Yang deliberately antagonises the man and then fights all of his thugs, tearing up the bar in the process. Even her Semblance reflects her fight-happy personality — the more injured she gets, the more powerful her attacks become. However, this means she voluntarily leaves herself wide-open to attacks and her manner of fighting is extremely predictable. As a result, in Volume 3, the villains set her up to trigger their invasion: on international television, she is framed as apparently attacking a defeated and helpless tournament opponent, which triggers a global spike in negative emotions that enable the Creatures of Grimm, who are attracted by negative emotion, to attack humanity in force; this also brings her school, and its headmaster, into disrepute. At the height of the invasion, she attempts to save Blake from Adam Taurus by recklessly striking out, only for Adam to cut off her right arm with but a single stroke. She spends the whole of Volume 4 coming to terms with her defeat and disability and discussing the consequences of this trope with her mentor and father. When she returns to the front lines in Volume 5, she's become a calmer, wiser fighter who is more interested in fighting to protect than in thrill-seeking.
    • Ruby Rose is a downplayed example. She wants to become a Huntress because she wants to protect people and, as she once tells the Beacon Academy headmaster, "if you're going to help people, you may as well make a career out of it". She has an instinctive talent for fighting and is a self-confessed "dork" when it comes to weapons. She designed her over-the-top weapon, a scythe that can also transform into a sniper rifle, and her first reaction to spotting a herd of giant Goliaths is "Let's kill it!"; when her friend Nora Valkyrie, who is also a Blood Knight, tells her to wait for them to arrive before she starts killing all the Grimm that are attacking a village, Ruby surveys the sheer amount of creatures and grins widely as she tells them they better hurry up, then charges in to take on the creatures alone. Ruby has silver eyes, which is a very rare trait on the world of Remnant. A legend so ancient most people haven't even heard of it states that anyone who is born with silver eyes has the power to kill the Grimm with a single glance; they are destined to lead the life of a warrior and become the greatest of all fighters. Ruby has manifested the power, she has no control over it, and, while the legend implies that she is born to fight and will know no other life, her enjoyment of fighting seems to be entirely her own.
    • The Headmaster of Shade Academy, Theodore, turns out to be one. In sharp contrast to his fellow Headmasters, Theodore has boundless energy and a childlike enthusiasm when it comes to testing his strength against others. He starts out school assemblies by challenging his students to spar with him, going so far as to suggest he'll hand his job over to anyone that manages to beat him. Around the world, Vacuo's eccentric Headmaster has a reputation as the strongest of the four Headmasters, essentially ruling over a brutal kingdom where Asskicking Equals Authority. Theodore's love for fighting extends to the point of getting distracted when he comes upon one of his teachers fighting with a trio of students — instead of intervening to stop what is clearly a strange situation, he stands on the sidelines and cheers them on.

  • The titular Mons of Battle Kreaturez are designed for combat and enjoy it too, to the point where they become miserable if they go for too long without a fight.
  • Yatta-Ta of The Challenges of Zona is, in part, a parody of this.
  • In Circumstances of the Revenant Braves, both Mecha and by extension Sol are blood knights. Though in the latter's case, it's not necessarily by choice.
  • Capcom from Consolers loves fighting and challenging other companies to a friendly fight. She regularly fights her good friend Namco, who she considers a rival.
  • Skoll of Cry 'Havoc' is a mercenary who enjoys her job, and welcomes being a werewolf as a chance to fight more.
  • In El Goonish Shive, judging from the way he seems to really enjoy fighting the Golem, Magus seems to be this.
  • Naomi from The Far Side Of Utopia is a pretty normal happy girl. Then you give her any excuse to start punching things. She seems to enjoy it more than a little too much.
  • Girl Genius has the Jägermonsters: Blood Knight Super Soldiers frequently slipping into Cloudcuckoolander territory. With Nice Hats.
    • Bangladesh Dupree is an Ax-Crazy example. And expects the same from others. Though she's aware enough to specify if "a town really needed burning" or if this time she didn't kill anyone.
    • Captain Vole, who is so bloodthirsty that the other Jägermonsters kicked him out. He initially joins up with Gil because the latter beat the crap out of him multiple times, but then makes it clear he is now perfectly willing to go with him simply because the ensuing civil war will be one of the most glorious things in history. He seems to have lost these tendencies, however, after an incident during his retrieval from a time-stop caused him to age hundreds of years in seconds. It's unknown if it's him being Older and Wiser or if the trauma of that stint, which he described as a hundred-year nightmare, traumatized him off bloodshed.
  • Sa Paecheon from Gosu revels in the thought of battling and defeating strong opponents in his single-minded pursuit for power.
  • Homestuck:
    • Jack Noir is implied to be this. He's compelled by general bloodlust, but he seems invariably drawn to fights that will challenge him most.
    • Ironically subverted for Karkat, whose Sgrub title is "Knight of Blood". He's anything but this. The title is still appropriate, just not by human standards. His entire species has been in perpetual conflict because they use blood color to define their caste system, so anything related to blood without specifying color has to do with the unity of the race. And indeed, he's the one most often struggling to keep his teammates from infighting.
    • The B2 session has Caliborn, one of two individuals who regularly contact the post-Scratch kids. He wants to get into the game seemingly just so he could satisfy his bloodlust, and he turns it into a competition between himself and Calliope to the point where he relishes the idea of outright killing her.
  • For literal knights, there are the Knights Belligerent of Kill Six Billion Demons. Their creed includes such cheery elements as "If it has a pulse, remove its skull!" and "Let us cut God to see if he bleeds!" They worship Jagganoth, one of the seven "New Gods", who happens to be an Omnicidal Maniac.
  • Zavier from Messenger enjoys killing outsiders, and can't even begin to consider the possibility of coexisting with them. He also hates Akiara, calling her a traitor for running away, and so is considering ways to kill her, even though he was ordered to bring her back alive.
  • Ramael from Misfile is a former angel of vengeance who, after killing two would-be rapists, admits that he finds it addictive.
  • MS Paint Masterpieces:
    • Quick Man, who LAUGHS when he is defeat and in pain.
      Reader: Excited when we lose, grumpy when we win. That's Quick Man.
    • Allegro, the eponymous Greatest Killer, also falls into this.
  • Nahast: Lands of Strife gives us Thunder the warrior spirit.
  • Jane Doe of Nobody Scores! enjoys a bare-fisted beatdown win, lose or draw. Any excuse or none, or even if she has no idea what's going on, Jane is down for a punch-up.
    Jane: A six-on-one climactic battle! You guys kick ass!
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Belkar, the Token Evil Teammate, is this. Just look!
    • Tarquin, Elan's father, has shades of this as well. Just note his response when attacked by the entire Order, sans Vaarsuvius.
  • Vesper from Plume exhibits all signs of a Blood Knight in the making, from the apparent ease with which she takes to killing to her clear enjoyment of the whole thing.
    Vesper: But God help me, killing is therapeutic.
  • Questionable Content: Punchbot is one of the fixtures in Northampton's underground robot brawl scene. Outside the ring, he is polite, non-confrontational and a pretty great guy (he even has a day job as an accountant) but he also gets positively giddy at the chance to fight a new opponent, and thanks a combat AI for picking him up and smashing him into a wall.
  • Schlock Mercenary:
    • Most of the mercenaries are Private Military Contractors because of the money, their severe personality dysfunctions, a legally awkward situation in UNS space, or some combination of the above. Schlock, on the other hand, views the money as a nifty bonus that can be converted into Ovalkwik, guns, or both, and actively looks for the chance to get involved in carnage. It might be because amorphs don't really die, just get absorbed into the others, or it might just be because he's kind of nutty.
      Schlock: With these, I could have put a five-millimeter pulse bolt of plasma through Snipey McWipey's scope and into his brain. One shot, no collateral damage.
      Kevyn: But that's not what you would have done. If you'd had plasma cannons you would have hit his window with a two-meter blast, vaporizing him and setting the room on fire. Am I right?
      Schlock: Okay, that does sound like it would have been more fun for me.
    • Tenzy, too. Admittedly, a robot that started life as a heavily modified gun has low odds of becoming a committed pacifist.
      Ennesby: I can see why Urtheep Industries doesn't want you running around loose.
      Tenzy: Eventually, they'll come after me.
      Ennesby: You're using the happy voice when you say that, and it's creeping me out.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: Sigrun. While she's pragmatic and tries to avoid trolls if she can, she clearly likes having a good fight when she gets the opportunity. When the crew has to get rid of a water troll via getting in stranded on land, she mentions that she chose to not go into seafaring because she doesn't like this method and prefers killing trolls and beasts with her own hands.
  • Played straight by Star Impact's Etna, who even remarks as such toward the end of her Chapter 3 title match to her challenger, Ponpon, right after getting pounded:
    Etna: This is it, Ponpon... THIS IS WHAT I LIVE FOR!!!
  • Hector, a Psycho for Hire from The Story of Anima. He chews his opponent out for being boring simply because they opened with a blow aimed at his neck, which would've ended things before they got to fight.
  • The Red-Haired Swordsman in TwoKinds, whose war cry is "In the Name of Meaningless Battle!!!".
  • Robin Ha from Weak Hero is a street fight addict, according to Grapes. When he's first introduced, he's hounding some strangers on the street for a fight.
  • In Yokoka's Quest, Yokoka begins turning into this after her training in the underground village, wanting to get into fights for fun, despite advice to the contrary.
  • Zokusho Comics: Serge really seems to enjoy shooting people. Raziel is also pretty gleeful at the thought of a fight.

    Web Original 
  • The aptly-named War from Fallout Is Dragons. After the heroes killed him, he turned down a resurrection on the grounds that he would probably never find such a thrilling fight again.
  • In If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device, the Big Bad of the first season, Lord Inquisitor Karamazov, believes that there is no such thing as innocence and will gleefully bathe a whole world in blood, fire or both if he suspects it of heresy. It doesn't help that he's confident that he's the only person who knows what the real truth is and won't accept the possibility that he may be wrong.
  • Golgotha from Noob gets bored if she has to do a quest without any battles and frustrated if battles happen but are too short.
  • In the web serial Stone Soul there are several characters that fit this trope, all of whom are from the Ovleni culture. However, they do not simply love to fight. The Ovleni culture is quite fixated on experienced the most amazing and intense sensations that can be found. In the serial, the "ultimate experience" they are usually after involves battle-axing people in the face. However the use of psychoactive plants is also featured heavily, and battle and hallucinogens are also combined in some instances in pursuit of the ultimate experience.
  • Survival of the Fittest:
    • Vesa Turunen of version two shows signs of this in his death scene, even believing that his death at the hands of Damien Carter-Madison was honorable enough to make up for his past mistakes and allow him to get into Valhalla. Version three character Adam Reeves, while mostly a Social Darwinist Jerk Jock, also has a few Blood Knight tendencies, as while he enjoys tormenting his weaker classmates and pushing them around he enjoys fighting the ones brave enough to push back even more.
    • Tyler Lucas from version 5 is also heavily implied (and confirmed by Word of God) to be one. He's known for starting physical altercations with the other students, seemingly because he enjoys the very act of fighting with others.
    • V6's Junko Kurosawa is described as someone who was an adrenaline junkie prior to the game. It's implied on a few occasions (and also confirmed) that fighting her classmates and being in danger gives her a buzz. This proves to be her undoing, as she attacks a friend over a misunderstanding, forcing him to shoot her. It's okay though: the experience gave her such an intense rush she simply smiles and gives a thumbs up before bleeding out.
  • Many characters in This Is War, ranging from simply enjoying combat to enjoying the feeling of winning a fight to grimly enjoying killing a particular species, it's all there.
  • Helen from Twig is this by design as an Artificial Human whose primary driving feeling is bloodlust, maintaining her relationships with the rest of the Lambsbridge Gang primarily because if she could crawl inside of them to feel the insides of their skin they'd be dead, and she doesn't want that.
  • AJ from Twitch Plays Pokémon Crystal has occasionally been written like this, as has his direct successor Camila A Slash—though while AJ is definitely in it for the fighting and vengeance, Camila's motivations for her violent streak are a little hazier.
  • Zanthosus, Sonikdude, and Xbaxman from Water Glass Gaming are this when playing Burnout Revenge. The video in question is titled "Soccer Mom Massacre". They claim to have killed a soccer mom on her way to pick up her son from practice, a prostitute down the street that got impaled with some car shrapnel, Mr. Miyagi, a drug dealer, and Mr. Smith who was coming home from work to his wife when he got killed.
  • In the Whateley Universe stories, there's Counterpoint. He's a power mimic, among other powers, so whatever you've got, he's got too (within limits). He's regarded around campus as pretty psycho since all he wants to do is find worthy opponents and fight them. If he loses, he comes back and tries again. And again. And...he isn't interested in killing people, just beating them. It looks like Counterpoint might be the avatar (or something) of the Greek god Ares, so that actually makes sense.
  • SCP Foundation:
    • SCP-076-2 seems to see combat as the only worthwhile pursuit in life and agreed to work with the Foundation instead of slaughtering them because he realized it could provide him with more dangerous creatures to fight. Backfired on the Foundation immensely when he got bored. He slaughtered his way through countless Foundation agents in what is currently the worst breach the Foundation has experienced so far.
    • Dr. Kondraki displays in the "Duke 'Til Dawn" tale; an extended Indy Ploy involving him decommissioning the old SCP-083, resulting in a multi-containment breach and protracted fight throughout the facility, all to achieve his true goal: riding 682 like a mechanical bull.
  • Taylor from Worm is not a combat monster, but she is a strategic genius who specializes in controlling the battlefield and developing strategies, and it's been suggested by at least one of her close friends that she lives for moments of great danger, when she is outnumbered and outgunned and the world is at stake, at least partially because that's when she's at her best.
  • YouTube personality Vaush is a non-physical example: he really likes to debate as well as of horrible videos (usually made by Neo-Nazis and the like) where he criticizes and makes fun of them.
  • Jiang Wei in Farce of the Three Kingdoms. He refuses to stop fighting Wei, even as he fails time after time and bankrupts the country.

    Western Animation 
  • Finn of Adventure Time once entered into a battle arena he knew to be a trap just so he could fight gladiator ghosts.
  • Binky Barnes from Arthur was hinted to have shades of this in one episode. During a summer workshop session, he and Sue Ellen competed in a karate match, and he manages to win against Sue Ellen, only for him to be upset that she lost due to realizing that she didn't even bother to try and beat him (due to thinking from one of Francine's sister's teen magazines that kids hate people who are exceptionally skilled), sending him into a deep amount of depression, which was only cured when Sue Ellen managed to actually defeat him in karate after getting her act together.
  • Toph Beifong from Avatar: The Last Airbender is a short, blind girl who routinely (and gleefully) kicks the asses of grown men almost three times her size. When she tells her parents about this, she states that she loves fighting and being an Earthbender and that she's really good at both.
  • In Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Ben and Gwen's cousin Sunny only decides it's fun being around them once she gets to fight. Ben is also eager to get into fights for him to go alien and beat up bad guys...a desire that's amplified even further if the alien he turns into happens to be Rath.
  • Vinnie from Biker Mice from Mars once explained there is no fun in a fair fight… as in, a fight he and his bros have a fair chance at winning.
  • Castlevania:
    • Trevor Belmont has two great skills in life (drinking and fighting The Legions of Hell as a Vampire Hunter) and he enjoys both. It's especially evident when fighting monsters like the Cyclops, Minotaur and other beasts as Trevor cracks a smile and will happily kill things with just a stick.
    • Godbrand The Brute from Dracula's army, a Viking vampire that loves hunting, killing, having sex and turning human beings into boats. At one point Godbrand has a blissful flashback-dream where he butchers a bunch of "livestock" and actually drools with pleasure, of course when Dracula makes it clear he intends to murder all humans and leave no fresh blood supply, Godbrand takes issue with it.
    • Dracula himself was shown to be this in a flashback to "simpler times", where he happily slaughters a town full of merchants and toys with them; in one instance he beheads a man and treats his blood like it's shampoo. It's a mark of how much Dracula mellowed after meeting Lisa, that he no longer takes any pleasure in bloodshed at all and even starves himself.
  • Numbuh Four from Codename: Kids Next Door suggests we beat the crud out of those Delightful dorks!
  • Manny Rivera's mother Maria in her alter ego Plata Peligrosa from El Tigre. She is reluctant to use the glove that gives her powers because it makes her very bloodthirsty. At first, El Tigre enjoys fighting crime with her, but once they run out of criminals to fight, she releases them from prison so she can fight them again.
  • Fangbone!: As a Proud Warrior Race of Barbarian Tribes, this applies to all Skullbanians, including Fangbone himself. Some however take it Up to Eleven, like the legendary warrior Hammerscab, who was so bloodthirsty she was abandoned by her entire clan for constantly picking fights for the sheer sake of it and now roams Skullbania on a constant search for the strongest opponents to defeat in battle.
  • Gravity Falls: Both of the show's Action Girls, Mabel and Wendy.
    Mabel: Alright, here's the plan. I'll take out those two guard guys, you karate chop the other dude in the neck and then we'll back flip through the front door!

    Wendy: Finally! A place where I can be violent with zero repercussions!
  • Justice League Hawkgirl: "Less talking, more hitting!"
  • Kaeloo: Depending on the episode, Mr. Cat may or may not be one of these. In some episodes, he actually goes out of his way to make people get angry at him so he can have a fight.
  • Hank's father Cotton from King of the Hill loved fighting in World War II and often told others of his actions he would've continued to fight in other wars had the Japanese not blown his shins off, he will still pick fist fights if he feels he has to, usually to defend his honor, he is a formidable fighter for someone of his size and sometimes has to be restrained before he can kill someone if angered enough. Slightly deconstructed in that this eventually has him landed in a mental hospital in one episode.
  • The Legend of Korra:
    • When she's first introduced, Korra loves to fight and picks battles just for fun. She sees bending as purely a physical skill and ignores the spiritual side of being the Avatar. Character Development sets in slowly but surely, however, and over the course of the series, she mellows out and becomes a great deal more diplomatic.
    • On a more sinister note, there's the Book 3 waterbender villainess Ming-Hua and her recurring habits of threatening everyone and grinning evilly in battle.
  • Both Mao Mao and Adorabat in Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart really, really love to break stuff. Mao Mao is more of a Glory Seeker about it, while Adorabat is more unnerving...especially since she's, like, five.
    Adorabat: Violence! Woo!
  • In Mega Man, Proto Man seems to only be happy when he's fighting—sometimes, only when it's with Mega Man.
  • Norman in Mighty Max. He eats Blood Knights for breakfast! In one episode, in particular, he responds to all problems with "Want me to break it?"
  • Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Multiple times she has been shown reveling in the idea of battling monsters, and her favorite dream is one where she battles endless hordes of Changelings.
  • Buttercup of The Powerpuff Girls enjoys fighting the most out of her sisters and will sometimes tell others of her battles. She also has a habit of sometimes taking it too far and is disappointed when a monster won't fight back. She doesn't take too kindly to the Professor or her sisters being threatened, though. You've been warned.
  • Rick and Morty: Krombopulos Micheal. He just loves killin', no matter who his target is.
  • Samurai Jack: The Ikamandi that Aku hires to capture Jack are this when it comes to hunting; they absolutely love hunting to the point where it is the basis of their entire cultural identity, and they are the best hunters in the galaxy. They refuse to accept money for completing the mission, only agreeing because Aku promised that hunting Jack would be a satisfying endeavor. Of course, Aku also didn't consider the possibility that Jack would prove to be a sufficient enough challenge to the Ikamandi that they would happily let him go out of respect for his skill.
  • Perfuma in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power generally comes across as a hippie-ish New Agey type who believes in the oneness of the universe and all of that, and this is broadly accurate...buuuut she discovers in her introductory episode that she also really loves to use her plant powers to beat up Horde troopers, to the point where she agrees to join the resurgent Princess Alliance because it will give her more opportunities to use flowers as weapons of war.
  • Lieutenant Shaxs, security chief of the Cerritos in Star Trek: Lower Decks. He refers to his security team as the "Bear Pack", throws new recruits into an Unwinnable Training Simulation that consists of a dozen Borg in a boxing ring, and begs to be allowed to shoot another ship's warp core (which he has already locked onto) because "I have been very good this month." Given that he is a gray-haired Bajoran, it's probably safe to assume that he got this attitude as part of La Résistance.
  • Princess Star Butterfly of Star vs. the Forces of Evil is an endless fountain of energy who loves fighting monsters. Her friend Marco Diaz was a safety-obsessed kid who thought his life was boring until he got caught up in her adventures. Now he relishes fighting alongside her.
  • Pearl from Steven Universe is this to an extent, having a highly romanticized recollection of her time fighting in the Gem Rebellion. Garnet, whom would be expected to at least have traces of this due to Ruby's personality, averts this trope, reflecting on the war with the attitude of a Shell-Shocked Veteran. Amethyst and Jasper play the trope straighter, as both are more aggressive and enjoy fighting for its own merit. Given the events of "Steven Vs. Amethyst", it's possible that fighting is a natural form of emotional expression/venting/bonding for Quartz gems.
  • Teen Titans: Raven could possibly be this—as well as her allies, but she's most notable. God help you if you really piss her off by messing with her friends. She'll kick your ass if you do.
  • In Teen Titans Go!, all of the Titans except for Raven have shades of this.
  • In the short-lived animated version of The Tick, The Tick once notably said, "I don't want to stop evil. I just want to fight it!"
  • Transformers has quite a few of these.
    • Dinobot, from the Beast Wars, fits the trope to a tee. He's all about honor and glory and abhors an unfair fight because there's no honor in winning that way. He can't let a "clear out" order by without at least one objection, either.
      Dinobot: I prefer to beat my opponents the old-fashioned way: brutally!
    • There's also Quickstrike, who will fight anyone, anytime, anywhere, while speaking in an incredibly stereotypical cowboy accent.
    • Scourge, from Cybertron, refuses to listen to anyone who won't face him in combat.
    • Sunstreaker from Generation 1 (comics and cartoon) was a Sociopathic Hero version of this, generally willing to run right into a heavily guarded Decepticon outpost and try to outright fight everyone inside at once. He also happens to be a huge Jerkass.
    • The Dinobots in all their incarnations, especially the leader Grimlock who values strength above all else.
    • Megatron in all his incarnations has grand designs to conquer the universe. Destroying Autobots is his greatest joy. He destroys everything he touches because everything is food for his hunger. His hunger for power! Of course, different incarnations are different when it comes to whether or not he loves to smash. Some versions are patient schemers and some versions love to get into the fight personally and smash some Autobots...and if you're a Decepticon, you'd still better stay out of his way when he's in this mood. G1 Megatron interestingly goes through several types over the course of his existence: as Megatron, he's a campy cartoon villain. Upgraded to Galvatron in The Movie, he becomes smart, patient, and using his increased power in conjunction with brains. Processor damage results in Galvatron becoming the biggest Blood Knight in franchise history, all about mad schemes and maximum destruction.
  • Brock Samson from The Venture Bros. vacillates between someone who solves things violently because there is no other way and someone who relishes an opportunity to fling blood across the room. Rarely limits himself to mere incapacitation when dismemberment is an option.
  • Yang from Yin Yang Yo!, whose favorite hobby is to "hit stuff" and even struggles to suppress it at times. Yuck is an evil example since he's gotten his aggression from Yang.
  • Zorro: The Chronicles: Antonio Ramirez. The so-called "Maestro" welcomes any opportunity to fight Zorro, if only to prove himself the superior swordsman.


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Ace Hardlight was a former hero who willingly became Gleeman's champion in DreadZone so that he could kill to his heart's content.

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