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"How much blood will you shed to stay alive?"
A tagline for Saw as seen here

A type of Tone Shift and the violent twin of Darker and Edgier. It's a work that is made more graphically violent than it used to be, or than its source material is. Heck, a lot of attempts to be darker and edgier end up being this instead.

When the Hays Office disbanded in favor of the MPAA rating system, along with everything else, films got bloodier. One aspect of this was remakes of horror films. Often this involves the presence of Made of Plasticine and Ludicrous Gibs that were absent in the original. It's often achieved by simply averting the Inverse Law of Sharpness and Accuracy or turning the Badbutt into a full-fledged badass.

In horror sequels, this is the typical form of Sequel Escalation. Expect the producers to end up Overdrawn at the Blood Bank. In cases of comedies, this is an aspect of Crosses the Line Twice and Black Comedy. Expect to see a lot of High-Pressure Blood.


A Sister Trope to Darker and Edgier, Hotter and Sexier, Younger and Hipper.

Compare Gorn, Grimmification, Obligatory Swearing and Denser and Wackier. Contrast Lighter and Softer, Bowdlerize, Disneyfication.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • By Sanrio standards, the second and third seasons of the Netflix series Aggretsuko could be considered one of the company's bloodiest works. While the company rarely shows any depictions of blood in any of their works,note . blood is shown twice in the second season. The first is when Retsuko gets a bloody nose when she falls on her face while searching for Anai. The second is at a driving school, where Retsuko is taking a class so she can get her driver's license. One class lecture has her being taught about driver safety, and one of the slides in the slideshow features a possibly deceased bird complete with a bloody smashed windshield. Retsuko leaves the class in shock and feels nauseated.
  • The Berserk movies are far more violent and bloody than the original TV anime was — as well as truer to the manga, which was as violent as all get out.
  • The Birdy the Mighty remake manga, a Seinen series is more violent and gruesome the original, which was a Shonen series. Likewise, Season 2 of Decode was more violent than the OVA and Season 1, as it involved being more violent than Season 1, as Season 2 features dismemberment, heads being crushed in, and at one point, a character getting his eye stabbed.
  • Black Lagoon already was a very violent series with gunshots and blood aplenty, but the OVA adaptation of El Baile De La Muerte arc turns up the violence even more with things to bodies disintegrating into Pink Mist, chainsaws going through a grown, alive man's torso and everything in-between.
  • Promptly after its anime adaptation ended, Bleach has seen a significant rise in gorier violence and deaths, adding to the noticeably Darker and Edgier tone it took beginning with the final arc.
  • Blood-C, compared to the previous two series in the franchise, where the blood and gore are significantly upped, and far more detailed.
  • Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan could be considered a bloodier and gorier Spiritual Successor to Magical Witch Punie-chan.
  • The manga adaptation of Breath of Fire IV is considerably bloodier (and gorier) than the original video game, especially compared to international versions.
    • Admittedly, a big chunk of this is because Breath of Fire IV (the game) suffered particularly severe Bowdlerization, especially in the international releases. note  Also, the manga was published in Comic Blade Avarus which is geared towards young adult women.
      • The manga did a major Take That! in regards to that Bowdlerized scenenote , not only making it Bloodier And Gorier but turning the original moment, Up to Eleven.
  • Cells at Work! CODE BLACK gets much grislier than its shonen counterpart, fitting its Dangerous Workplace themes. While Cells at Work! doesn't shy away from having its own share of blood and guts, they reserved that for the invading bacteria. In CODE BLACK, the body is so dysfunctional all cells have a chance to end up as corpses, and a lot of them can and will die on the job. As a result, CODE BLACK gets a rare 18+ rating in the US.
  • Claymore is a rare example of the anime being more violent than the manga. In the manga, most amputations result in Bloodless Carnage, but in the anime, those same amputations result in gallons of blood spraying all over the place. Whether it's a red blood for humans, or purple blood for the Yoma.
  • Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School compared to the other Hope's Peak Saga games that preceded it. Most deaths happen on-screen rather than being shown after the fact, the murders are brutal, and the Future portion of the series frequently features red blood instead of the franchise's usual pink. Rather than the over-the-top minute-long executions featured in the games, the anime's lone execution is the central focus of a third of an entire episode, and pretty much is Torture Porn where the victim slowly gets more bloodied by traps until Chiaki outright gets impaled at the end.
  • Devilman is already a violent and grotesque affair back to its 70's roots. But the alternative sequel Amon cranks the violence even higher up, showing more blood, gore and nastiness in its 45-minute run than the whole TV-series did in 39 episodes. Similarly, DEVILMAN crybaby cranks up both the gore and sex, combined with an overdose of Deranged Animation.
  • D.Gray-Man had its first anime adaptation considerably toned down its Gorn for an early evening broadcast on TV Tokyo. (Not helping that this was during its Moral Guardian days where they also cut out much of the violence and blood out of fellow Shounen Jump properties Bleach and especially Reborn! (2004)). Come 2016, when D.Gray-Man Hollow, a Sequel Series to the first anime debuted, showed a lot more of the gore and violence from the original manga, and was not at all toned down, due to a mix of its late night airtime, and a more lenient TV Tokyo as a whole. (Especially since fellow very violent anime like One-Punch Man and Re:Zero also air late at night on the channel.)
  • The Dragon Ball franchise definitely fits the bill. When you compare the tone and nature of Dragon Ball to that of Dragon Ball Z, it's night and day. Granted, Dragon Ball became violent in its final arc (King Piccolo), but in Z the blood and gore are off the scale: limbs being torn off; characters regularly coughing up rivers of blood; children being tortured, murdered in cold blood or paralyzed; mass genocide of entire races; people being decapitated... and the Namek Saga gets even worse. On top of that, the manga is even more graphic: if anybody were to explode it would start raining blood and if anybody's head was crushed or destroyed (which happened very frequently), you would see parts of their brain splatter all over the place.
  • The Electric Tale of Pikachu doesn't use Bloodless Carnage, unlike the anime it is based off of. Ritchie and Ash's battle ends with Ash's Charizard nearly killing Ritchie's.
  • Mocked in the unaired final episode of Excel Saga, appropriately titled "Going Too Far". Hyatt coughs up enough blood to flood the planet.
  • One would never have expected that Fist of the North Star could ever be made bloodier, but New Fist of the North Star/Shin Hokuto No Ken shows more splattering blood and brain matter in more loving detail than anything else from this series, before or after.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood has some scenes that are more violent than anything from the 2003 anime adaptation.
  • Hellsing has both an anime and an OVA, the second of which follows the manga's plot more closely. While both series have their share of blood and gore, the OVA takes Ludicrous Gibs to another level entirely, which in of itself gets much more grisly at the series goes. Compare Alexander Anderson's attack on Seras at the beginning to Zorin Blitz's death. Hellsing isn't just bloodier and gorier than other series, it's bloodier and gorier than Hellsing, too.
  • The Manga adaption to Inazuma Eleven has more blood and detailed injury scenes than in the original.
  • Lupin III is a series generally known for its lighthearted antics and Bloodless Carnage; even the more adult manga and versions of the show generally avoid the gorier aspects in favor of stylized violence. Therefore, most Lupin fans found the appropriately named Goemon Ishikawa's Spray of Blood, focusing on Lupin's samurai companion, rather shocking in how it averts the old style hard, and is full of severed limbs, High-Pressure Blood, and graphic wounds.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force, in addition to being Darker and Edgier, also ramped up the blood and gore. Where previous seasons kept the casualty count of Innocent Bystanders off-screen, Force introduced the new villains by having one of them leave a bloody trail of dead nuns. Where previous seasons reserved bloody battles for Wham Episodes or final battles, every battle in Force has had one or both sides being covered in blood or losing limbs without a Gory Discretion Shot. Where the bloodiest thing that happened in the previous seasons is impalement, the Force season has the Eclipse Infection as its main focus, which makes people undergo Body Horror that ends with them exploding in a shower of blood and brains.
    • While the Nanoha franchise has never shied away from blood before, Detonation is by far the most visceral carnage seen so far (with the possible exception of Force), which includes the slaughter of the Planet Restoration Committee, the aftermath of Nanoha and Fate blowing Maxwell apart, and Nanoha's battle with the last Iris Unit that ends with her missing a arm.
  • Gundam SEED and Gundam 00. While the franchise has never been a stranger to violence (being a relatively pessimistic, down-to-earth Humongous Mecha vehicle), these two shows were where we really got to see the horrifying effects of its signature immensely powerful sci-fi weaponry, as characters were torn apart by energy beams or simply popped like balloons by microwave emitters. Even the interpersonal violence became a little more visceral, with gunshot wounds causing their victims to twitch and bleed copiously. And then there's Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, which is possibly the first Gundam series to be given a TV-MA rating, and features such charming fates as being crushed by your own cockpit.
  • My Hero Academia:
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi generally averted Bloodless Carnage, but the Stealth Sequel series UQ Holder! amps up the violence. In Negima seeing a major character lose an arm was generally a huge shock. In UQ Holder!, the protagonist gets dismembered in the opening chapter, he wins his first fight by letting his opponent decapitate him, and later on literally has his heart punched out of his chest. Good thing the series is about immortals.
  • End of Evangelion, where the original Gainax Ending was replaced with mass slaughter. At least to start with.
    • The second Rebuild of Evangelion movie has the Angel Sahaquiel's death go from a standard enormous explosion to transforming into a tsunami of blood that engulfs Tokyo-3.
  • Played for morbid laughs in One Piece. Roronoa Zoro loses progressively more blood in each of his major one-on-one fight scenes as a subtle Running Gag. Keep in mind that, according to Word of God, he had already lost nearly twice as much blood as a human body can survive through during his fourth fight. The pool of blood seen in the aftermath of his fight with Kuma takes this Up to Eleven. Although it stops being funny when it turns out he didn't completely recover after that last incident...
  • Pokémon Adventures:
    • The manga in general, when compared to the anime and games. See the infamous scene where an Arbok gets non-lethally chopped in half for an example.
    • While battles generally still aren't ultra violent and bloody, the six generation stands out with Rayquaza sucker punching Zinnia in the gut hard enough for her to vomit copious amount of blood, and the amount around Lysandre's head when he fell from a serious height into some spiky rocks.
  • Due to the monochrome color it's hard to tell what's blood and what's bruising, but Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Adventure! is more violent than its source game. It's especially noticeable during the Hareta versus Mitsumi battle.
  • Psycho-Pass: The Movie is free from the censors put up by TV networks where they can show lots of people getting down brutally. While it's known that being blown up by the Dominator's Lethal Eliminator mode is gruesome, the movie shows the actual remains of it.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica:
  • The Ranma ½ movies and TV specials are a lot bloodier than the show, notable examples include in the first movie Happosai gets stabbed in the neck with a kunai and a lot of blood flows from the wound and Monlon entangles Ranma in her lute strings shredding one of his arms and causing a lot of blood to spray.
  • The manga of Sands of Destruction doesn't shy away from blood at all, whereas both the original game and anime adaptation used plenty of Bloodless Carnage (despite the heroine's BFS).
  • In-Universe, the virtual worlds of Sword Art Online become this for the Alicization arc. Justified in that the first two seasons dealt with virtual videogames, while Underworld is a more hyper-realistic virtual simulator designed for combat purposes (which includes having no pain absorber), hence why the wounds the characters suffer in it are a lot more graphic.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Lagann-hen was pretty bloody compared to the original series. Simon coughs up blood twice, the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann bleeds, the Anti Spiral bleeds... It probably helped that Gainax wasn't bound to the Saturday morning timeslot.
  • Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- turns into this about halfway through the series. While the anime completely bypasses that part, the manga gives us quite a few nice and bloody scenes. It starts with Fai's Eye Scream in Acid Tokyo and skyrockets when it reaches Celes Arc. Complete Deconstruction of the happy-go-lucky Gotta Catch 'Em All kinda love story (full of subtext) that you just sit there wondering what the hell just happened.
  • When They Cry:
    • Umineko: When They Cry, when compared to its predecessor. It was so violent, Japanese TV stations had to pixelate it.
    • Speaking of Higurashi, the manga compared to the anime. It's much more gory and graphic (but is still aimed at teens).
    • Most of the individual arcs of both of these shows get Bloodier and Gorier over time.
  • X1999 is already a very gory manga, but The Movie takes the Gorn Up to Eleven, especially with Kotori's death, which depicts her organs being splattered right out of her body. Inverted with the TV adaptation, which while more faithful to the manga's story and characters, tones down some of the more violent scenes. (Kotori's aformentioned death, and the infamous Eye Scream are both turned into a Gory Discretion Shot.)
  • Yuki Yuna is a Hero's prequel Washio Sumi Is A Hero features this for plot related reasons. Its protagonists get physically injured, despite being even younger than Yuna's team, because the Fairy Companions aren't around to block all attacks (in fact, the fairies were introduced to avoid Heroes dying). The girls end up battered and beaten after each fight. Gin's death scene is especially bloody.

    Comic Books 
  • Archie Comics:
    • It's not hard to be bloodier and gorier than Archie Comics but Afterlife with Archie is quite graphic. Within the first chapter Hot Dog gets hit by a car, turns into a zombie, and bites Jughead. It's as gorey as you'd expect from a Zombie Apocalypse comic, and it's done in a far less cartoony art-style than the original comic.
    • Sister series, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, does the same thing but with Sabrina the Teenage Witch. It's a horror series and has more than its fair share of blood and Nightmare Fuel.
    • Archie vs. Predator is likewise much more violent than the regular comics, but it gets points for the fact that it's intentionally drawn in the usual artwork style of the regular books. The first issue alone has the Predator gutting Jason and Cheryl Blossom apart leading to the blood of the two corpses to splatter all over the gang... who somehow never put two and two together that something's raining blood on them.
  • The Batman Adventures is darker and more bloody than the series it's adapted from.
  • G.I. Joe as done by Marvel Comics. Well into the triple digit years, the company answered fan concerns of why some Joes don't die by having several Joes shot dead. On screen. Through the face. No blood whatsoever.
  • The Red Lanterns are a Bloodier And Gorier Green Lantern Corps, who vomit blood as a weapon. One of them is a furry blue cat.
  • Infinite Crisis is the Bloodier And Gorier sequel to DC's original Crisis on Infinite Earths. The original Crisis had plenty of deaths, but very little blood. Infinite Crisis, on the other hand, had impalements, decapitations, and even heads exploding on panel ... and very few Gory Discretion Shots or Shadow Discretion Shots. No, the editors wanted to show just how Darker and Edgier they were by having as much gore on panel as possible.
    • And pretty much every chapter in the interquel 52 involving Black Adam has him popping heads, tearing people in half, bragging about ritual sacrifice, etc. Though even in Infinite Crisis he gets one of the best: shoving a guy's mask out the back of his face. "No more silly faces" indeed.
    • The added gore is even the motivation of the major villain Superboy-Prime who lived his whole life back when comics were much more sanitized. The idea of a world with imperfect heroes and gratuitous violence drives him insane, making him a major source of the comic's brutality.
  • The Marvel comics version of Jaws 2 is far more graphic than the film itself, featuring several panels of the shark tearing it's victims apart.
  • Judge Dredd is pretty cynical and violent to start with, but Heavy Metal Dredd is packed with Ludicrous Gibs and everyone being Made of Plasticine. That's prettty much all there is to it, all the political themes and moral ambiguity surrounding an Anti-Hero like Dredd that make the 2000 AD continuity an interesting read have been excised in favor of balls-to-the-wall splatter.
  • Scott Pilgrim begins as a cutesy, lighthearted series about a 23-year-old man who falls in love with a girl, but must defeat her seven exes in order to win her heart, and his life is like a video game. Sounds innocent enough, right? Until you get to Volume 6. In it, Gideon impales both Scott and Ramona, with very bloody results (yes, Scott comes back with the extra life, and Ramona's wounds heal when she gets her sword, but STILL).
  • Spider-Man villain Carnage received two one-shots in The '90s, Mind Bomb and It's a Wonderful Life. Both were as gory and squicky as you'd expect from comics which feature Carnage as the main character.
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles story "Body Count" from the mid '90s, which involved Raphael and Casey Jones teaming up with a woman to help her get revenge on her evil twin brother who happened to be the leader of a street gang, is probably the goriest TMNT story to date—people get their heads cut or blown off, gigantic holes blown through them, shredded by machine gun fire, eyeballs being shot or knocked out of their heads, blown to pieces by missiles,etc.
    • On the other hand, the heavily-bowlderized history of the TMNT as a whole makes for something of an inversion to anyone who's read the first issue of the original series.
  • Transformers:
    • The Transformers (IDW) comics aren't afraid to brutalize its characters.
    • Marvel's Generation 2 comic series is probably the height of this trope in Transformers. Techno-Gorn was everywhere, with artist Derek Yaniger commenting that he could get away with damn near anything thanks to the Mecha-Mooks principle. Nick Roche of the aforementioned Last Stand of the Wreckers is a Promoted Fanboy who pays tribute to Yaniger's style.
  • Ultimate Marvel's Ultimatum. It features morbidly obese mutant Blob devouring Wasp's ripped guts, then in Hank Pym biting off Blob's head then later getting blown up by suicide bomber Multiple Man, complete with flying guts and a skeleton being incinerated, then Doctor Strange getting squeezed by his own cape until his head graphically explodes, and so on.
  • Zombies Christmas Carol is a retelling of A Christmas Carol with zombies, so this trope was inevitable. The single goriest page is Ignorance and Want killing the Ghost of Christmas Present.

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    Fan Works 
  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): It has more Body Horror than any of the canon MonsterVerse instalments, to say nothing of the Cruel and Unusual Deaths.
  • Outcast Bandicoot is both this AND Darker and Edgier than the Crash Bandicoot games it is based on (which are family-friendly).
  • The Bound Destinies Trilogy is a lot more graphic than the three The Legend of Zelda games that each story is based around; especially in the case of Blood and Spirit, which is quite gory despite the fact that it's set in the generally light world of Skyward Sword.
  • Hyrule Warriors is considerably more graphic than the game itself; for example, in the third chapter, when Link is badly injured by King Dodongo, Zelda briefly fears that he may have a punctured lung.
  • Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness has a LOT of very explicitly described violence, rape, gore, and torture. It's based on Harry Potter, a Children's/Young Adult series.
  • The Lion King Adventures became much more violent after Series Three.
  • Impossibly, The Legacy of the Blood Ravens can be considered bloodier than its source material, since every wound and strike is described in slow, painful detail.
  • For the most part, Pretty Cure Perfume Preppy is fairly tame and light hearted...until Episode 48 when Ashley, aka Leather Ashes, eats a corpse. It's depicted in graphic detail.
  • My Little Portal, while a very darkly comic fusion of its namesakes, started off rather mildly- then came episode 5, detailing a flashback of the fall of Canterlot. Fluttershy is nearly eviscerated, changelings are smashed and blown up all over the place, Chrysalis rips out Shining Armor's heart and snaps off Twilight's wings with visible bones, Twilight accidentally gores Celestia to death with her horn... the foreboding Content Warning at the start of the video is very much needed.
  • This practice is prevalent in the Pokemon fanfic Natural Liberated, where much of the action is described in vivid detail, particularly the deaths. See Cheren being attacked and Rourke's death as examples.
  • Where to begin with Sonic X: Dark Chaos? All of the battles (especially battles against Shroud, which take Body Horror to the next level) in the series feature copious amounts of blood and gore. Episode 73 takes the cake when Tsali storms through the Blue Typhoon - Tsali almost fatally stabs Sonic and Amy, shatters Cream's arms, blasts Chris with a radioactive blast of Dark Chaos Energy and finally opens up Tails' ribcage and tears his still-beating heart and lungs from his chest. The story is rated M for a very good reason.
    • And the rewrite is even worse. Episode 68 has Rouge find a gore-filled cannibal larder used by Molly's group to dispose of their dead, while Episode 69 has the Marmolim fortress and the screaming remains of the Marmolim scouts absorbed into the walls.
  • Gods, Angels, and Kings is much bloodier than Godzilla media, although it is roughly on par with the other franchise is crosses over with.
  • A Minor Miscalculation is several times bloodier than its source material, especially when Nui is around.
  • Kingdom Crossovers features fight scenes that are a lot more violent than half the series represented in the fic.
  • Break My Heart Break Your Heartreak is an Overwatch fanfic that far exceeds the usual level of violence from the T-rated game. Most of this is due to the fic's treatment of Reaper, who, contrary to the fandom's portrayal of him as a walking edgelord joke, has his Ax-Crazy tendencies turned Up to Eleven and is utterly terrifying.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, while it might not reach Gorn levels, doesn't shy away from showing Pokémon battles more gruesome than in the anime.
  • Change Up: The original My Hero Academia could be surprisingly dark at times darker than the color pallet and art style would have you believe. Still, it was kind enough to wait an arc before introducing truly malevolent characters, and not thrust a brutal murder scene on the audience in the very first chapter. Highlighting the brutality of a post-All Might world.
  • In addition to being Darker and Edgier than any of the Jurassic Park franchise films, The Geeky Zoologist's reimagining of Jurassic World is just as bloody and gory as Michael Crichton's novels, with a lot of gruesome deaths and descriptions of dead bodies and maulings.
  • Remnant Inferis: DOOM is this and Darker and Edgier compared to canon RWBY thanks to carrying over the gore of the Doom series. There's an immense degree of mutilation, Body Horror, vivisection, and graphic violence to the point where the main characters will more often than not come out of an intense fight covered from head-to-toe in blood and guts.

    Films — Animation 
  • Princess Mononoke is by far the goriest Studio Ghibli film; people get decapitated, limbs torn or shot off, impaled, ripped apart, or melted.
  • In Tarzan when Kala enters the treehouse to find baby Tarzan, there are bloody pawprints of Sabor on the floor, which is pretty gory for a Disney movie.
  • Up: At least, in comparison to other Pixar films, which are normally bloodless. Carl accidentally hits Steve (a construction worker) on the head with his cane, and a large gash of blood is shown. Kevin the bird is bitten in the leg, and the bandage Russel applies to her has blood visibly seep through. Both of these moments are Played for Drama.
  • Watership Down was already a bloody book, but in the film there is more focus on the bloody battles and kills off one of the characters who survives in the book.
  • In Hercules, While there's no visible blood spilled, Hercules decapitates the Hydra on-screen while still inside its neck, although the Hydra grew a few more heads but still. Kinda brutal for a Disney movie.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Bruno Mattei’s two back-to-back Cannibal Film sequels are more shocking, vile and even more horrifying than what other film directors have done in the late 1970s & 1980s.
  • Many of Dark Castle Entertainment's remakes of William Castle films, such as House on Haunted Hill (1999) and Thir13en Ghosts.
  • The Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland (2010), while not as heavy on the violence as some examples on this page, has considerably more deaths, corpses, and eyes getting jabbed than you'd ever expect from a film called Alice in Wonderland.
  • Needless to say, The Banana Splits did not kill anyone in the original 1960s television series.
  • While the murders in the original Black Christmas (1974) were all quite violent, there wasn't that much gore. This is "remedied" in the remake.
    • However, it may be the opposite case with the 2019 remake which is the only version with a PG-13 rating.
  • Ditto for The Blob remake, which likewise ups the gore and special effects to appropriately 80s levels of grossness.
  • Braindead holds the record for being the goriest movie ever made. So in short, it's pretty much bloodier and gorier to about every other film on this page.
  • Casino is by far bloodier and gorier compared to GoodFellas.
  • The original Conan the Barbarian (1982) film was, while not blood free or wholly faithful to the book series, in line with the action/adventure films of the 80's. Its 2011 reboot includes feet being impaled and squirting like popped balloons, liquid metal being poured over Conan's father, and a priest getting his head smashed into a staircase.
  • Cube Zero is noticeably gorier than previous installments in the Cube series, with people being blown up, dissected, burned alive, melted into a bloody puddle or rotting away from a flesh-eating virus onscreen.
  • It was hard to top Dawn of the Dead (1978), but Day of the Dead (1985) managed to do so.
  • The fifth installment of the Die Hard series, A Good Day to Die Hard, seems to be heading this way now that the movie rating has been confirmed to an R-rating. Although it's not quite played straight; the first Die Hard film was also R-rated and the franchise got progressively Lighter and Softer in the sequels, to the point where Live Free or Die Hard was bordering on Avoid the Dreaded G Rating.
  • The fourth installment of the Dirty Harry series, Sudden Impact. Not only is this the darkest and dirtiest installment of the series, it's also by far the most violent due to its strong rape theme.
  • The film version of The Equalizer is very much this when compared to the series that it was based on. The former even includes a scene in the climax where McCall brutally dispatches his enemies with appliances at the Home Mart he works at, even killing Teddy with a high-powered nailgun.
  • The climatic battle in Felidae is best summed up as Scar Vs. Simba made Bloodier And Gorier.
  • Final Destination, in every progressive film, ups the ante in terms of Rube Goldberg style deaths and how bloody/convoluted they can become.
  • The remake of The Fly is way more gross than the original film, substituting the original "man with fly head" character with a slow and incredibly painful transmogrification from the inside out, in the gooiest special effects that the 1980s could provide. What else do you expect with David Cronenberg in the director's chair?
  • While the Godzilla franchise hasn't shied away from blood, Shin Godzilla does feature more than usual, with bunker busters causing Godzilla to bleed a ton from his back and early on, even spurts blood from his gills. A deleted scene shows Godzilla vomiting blood that's hot enough to warp metal and melt tires.
    • The monster scenes featured in the 1960s Godzilla movies are surprisingly bloodless as special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya was strongly against the depiction of blood and gore in his special effects scenes, even becoming angry at one crewman for suggesting to have Godzilla bleed. After his death in 1970, the movies got a lot bloodier, with Godzilla and other monsters bleeding profusely and more instances of Family-Unfriendly Violence.
  • Rob Zombie's Halloween II (2009) is much gorier than his already very violent remake. Whereas the previous film had some brutal stabbings and beatings, the sequel turns it up to eleven five minutes in, what with its graphic depiction of emergency surgery, decapitation by broken glass, head-crushings, and more.
  • The original Halloween II (1981) was quite graphic compared to its predecessor as well. John Carpenter specifically made it gorier — feeling it had to be so to compete with the other gory slashers that had popped up on the market.
  • The Hellboy (2019) is way gorier than the original source material. The original comics could get pretty dark and grim at times, but they were more about Gothic menace and sinister monster designs than gore, and what bloodshed we did see was more artistic than gratuitous thanks to Mike Mignola's unique art style. This film, by contrast, is filled with blood and gore and contains many scenes of people being sliced up, squashed, ripped to pieces and flayed alive by monsters.
  • House on Haunted Hill (1999) remake compared to the original, the original had relatively few deaths and none of the murders were shown, in the remake all but two of the characters are killed and some are graphically dismembered.
  • They seem tame now, but the Hammer Horror films were considered quite a bit bloodier and gorier (not to mention Hotter and Sexier) than the Universal Horror films they were re-imagining.
  • The villain of the book I Know What You Did Last Summer never successfully killed anyone, while he kills several in the film, the sequels to which also up the red significantly.
  • Licence to Kill is far bloodier than previous and following James Bond films, even up to this day.
  • The Lone Ranger is as bloody and gory as a Disney movie gets, and the bloodiest and goriest Disney movie thus far (not counting any film released by Touchstone or Hollywood).
  • The Lost Boys 2: The Tribe was a lot bloodier than the original.
  • Roman Polanski's film version of Macbeth was controversial at the time for its graphic nature. The opening scene with the witches sets the tone — with them burying a severed human hand on the beach. The violence was thought to be heavily influenced by the real life murder of Roman Polanski's own wife.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Mortal Kombat (2021) has plenty of blood, which is closer to the game series it's based on than previous movies based on it.
  • As part of the Darker and Edgier approach, the Netfilx film Mowgli is much more graphically violent than any previous adaptation of The Jungle Book, and at times even the book itself. When Bagheera finds Mowgli, he's covered in his parents' blood; we're treated of a shot of a bloody cattle carcass; Shere Khan, at one point, sinks his claws into an unconscious Mowgli's shoulder and slowly slashes his arm; and in the climax, Khan gets stabbed several times by Mowgli's knife.
  • Needful Things: In both the book and the movie, Nettie comes home after playing her prank on Buster Keeton to find that her dog, Raider, has been murdered. The book has him "merely" getting impaled with a corkscrew, but in the movie, Raider was skinned alive and hung up in Nettie's closet.
  • Night Watch: For Anton's fight with the vampires in the beginning. In the novel, Anton uses the vampire's seal to instantly ash him. In the film, the vampire turns invisible and repeatedly stabs Anton with scissors. Anton finally kills the vampire by smashing his head on a sink. Geser later pulls pieces of scissors from Anton's bloodied torso.
  • The 1989 and 1998 versions of The Phantom of the Opera are much gorier compared to the rest, especially the former with its flayings and decapitations.
  • Piranha 3D to the original Piranha. Such examples include a woman getting cut in half by a wire, a woman getting her head mutilated by a boat propeller,a man getting his head smashed between two boats, etc.
  • While the Predator series always had blood given it "stars" alien hunters bearing all sorts of lethal weaponry, The Predator is as gory as an exploitation film, with decapitations, bisections, impalements, ripped limbs, etc.
  • Though The Punisher isn't exactly lighthearted family fare in any incarnation (well, unless he's paired with a more traditional hero who prevents him from killing anybody), compare the second movie to the reboot, Punisher: War Zone. The second is about action-movie-normal when it comes to the killing, but the third basically said "screw plot, spurting blood is all we need!"
  • The Pusher trilogy by Nicolas Winding Refn is fairly violent throughout, but the third installment ends on a particularly gory scene.
  • The Raid 2: Berandal is this to The Raid. The original was already brushing up against an NC-17 rating, but the sequel pushes the envelope of the R-rating still further with faces being mangled by claw-hammers, people being eviscerated by shotguns in close-up, and all sorts of horrible things being done with baseball bats and kerambit knives.
  • The more sequels the Rambo series gets, the more bloody the movies become. The fourth and fifth installments take the blood and gore Up to Eleven.
  • Aside from the video games, the violence in the third Riddick movie is a lot more graphic than in previous films, most notably a partial decapitation shown in full detail.
  • Saw (and indeed every horror series with a heavy reliance on Gorn) increases the level of blood, gruesome death, and blood expelled via gruesome death with each subsequent installment.
    • To be specific, Saw I and Saw II were relatively light on the gore, using the anticipation of it to build fear more than the actual act of it, which in the case of the first film was fairly tame when it did happen (two of the most violent acts in the film, Lawrence hacking his own foot off and Adam beating Zepp to death with a toilet head, happen almost entirely offscreen). Saw III and beyond throw this idea completely to the wind and include scenes involving people putting their hands through buzzsaws, a head being crushed between two ice blocks, a man being vivisected by a swinging blade, a woman having her rib cage ripped open (after being forced to put her hand in a container of acid), a person being crushed by a room with walls that move inward, a man being impaled by spikes that inject acid into him until he melts into a pile of guts, and more.
    • Saw III included brain surgery and Saw IV included an autopsy. Neither situation contains any horror elements, but the gorn evidently merited their inclusion.
    • Saw 3D takes the gore to new heights. As well as finally showing what happens when the Reverse Beartrap opens fully without the victim escaping, the film also contains a trap that could not be included in any of the previous entries due to its sheer gruesomeness. The end result of said trap is that a woman tied down with barbed wire has her head crushed under the wheels of a car, a man has his arms and jaw ripped off, another man is run over by the same car and the man in the front seat is sent flying through the windshield when the car crashes (and since he was glued into the seat, this causes a huge chunk of his skin to be ripped off).
  • Scream:
    • Lampshaded by Randy in Scream 2 when discussing the rules on how to make a sequel. "Death scenes are more elaborate; more blood, more gore. Carnage candy."
    • Inverted for Scream 3, which had to be toned down, as the censors were afraid it would be in poor taste after Columbine. At one point they tried to push for no gore to be in the film whatsoever.
    • Scream 4 is probably the goriest film in the series - involving scenes where a cop gets stabbed in the head and walks around bleeding, someone getting their throat cut through a mailbox and an especially brutal death for Olivia.
    • On a more general note, Ghostface claims more and more lives as the films progress: five in the first film (six if you count Maureen Prescott), eight in the second, nine in the third, and 11 in the fourth (not counting the deaths in the Show Within a Show).
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999) — Another Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration, retelling the legend of the Headless Horseman. Features buckets and buckets of blood (autopsies, beheadings, and dismemberment).
  • Star Wars
    • A New Hope: When Obi-Wan chops off an alien's arm with his lightsaber (the first time one was shown in use) and blood is seen on the floor, as well as seeing the still smoking skeletons of Luke's Aunt and Uncle. For the rest of series, all the violence is nothing but Bloodless Carnage, so this appears to have been an oversight.
    • Attack of the Clones is downplayed compared to other parts of the franchise, but is rather bloody for it's PG rating, when a creature lands bloody claw marks on Padme, or the Alien Blood that comes out of squashed Geonosians.
    • Revenge of the Sith was notable for upping the violence of the saga as a whole, but especially the prequels. Instead of the Mecha-Mooks, the heroes are forced to slice up living creatures a lot more, with decapitations and hacking off limbs given more focus. Anakin's disfigurement involves being set on fire and his skin boiling off in a close-up.
    • The Force Awakens doesn't go too extreme, but the opening scene has a fallen stormtrooper place a Bloody Handprint on the helmet of a comrade, an image never shown in the movies before. Other stormtroopers are also shown flying with some explosions and blaster fire, with added chunks of armor being blown off, although that would be more Symbolic Blood. There's also a scene where in a fit of rage, Kylo Ren is pounding at his blaster wound, where blood is leaking out copiously, in contrast to the usual Bloodless Carnage that blasters usually result in.
  • Stepfather III features more gore than the other three films in the series combined.
  • Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li compared to Street Fighter. Especially when Chun Li shoots a mook while he's incapacitated and snaps Bison's neck.
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Streetthe stage show had false razors that squirted about a tablespoon of blood. The movie drenches a large room in one man's blood.
  • Tales from the Darkside: The Movie got to do a lot more gore than the tv show Tales from the Darkside, including a gargoyle clawing and biting people to death, and a cat killing someone by Orifice Invasion through the mouth and then leaving through that mouth.
  • While it is in no way gory, TRON: Legacy is way more violent than the original Tron. While in the original programs would simply explode into light before fading away when killed, the programs here shatter apart like glass and even let out bloodcurdling screams when killed. And it also doesn't help that Anyone Can Die this time.
  • The film adaptation of Watchmen is significantly bloodier and gorier than the book, which hardly shied away from violence itself. Just for an example: In the book, Dr. Manhattan killed people by disintegrating them. In the film they explode into Ludicrous Gibs. While even in the books his victims left bloody smears, the gibs were never visible.
    • The scene where Big Figure's stooges are trying to break into Rorschach's cell during the prison riot. Rorschach traps one of the thugs' hands in the bars of the cell, and in the comic, one of the other guys just slits his throat to get him out of the way. In the film, however, he hacks off the dude's hands with a circular saw.
    • An exception is the destruction of New York, which was changed to a Nuclear-level bomb based on Dr. Manhattan's energy signature, which leads to surveying the damage standing at the edge of a crater, rather than the comics giant psychic quid which leads to seeing the streets covered in blood and entire crowds of people mutilated.
  • The Wolfman (2010) is far gorier than the original. Numerous extras are mauled to death and even decapitated. The main character's transformation is also considerably more graphic.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • The Wolverine: In the extended cut, there is no Bloodless Carnage, up to and including a number of ninjas being sucked into a snow-blower and scattered across a few buildings.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse:
      • The film has some noticeably more violent moments than most of the previous films, such as during Wolverine's rampage through the Alkali Lake base.
      • When Jean Grey incinerates him with the Phoenix Force, Apocalypse's skin is shown melting off, revealing his skull underneath.
      • At one point, Apocalypse decapitates a group of three men with his powers onscreen.
      • During the Battle in the Center of the Mind between Apocalypse and Professor X, it can be surprising that the resulting No-Holds-Barred Beatdown that the former inflicts on the latter after growing in size (throwing Charles against a wall, no less) does not actually kill him. Just before pleading for help from Jean, Xavier is reduced to crawling on the floor, and not only is he covered in his own blood, but he is also lying in it.
    • Logan takes this Up to Eleven. The high amount of Gorn in most cases are insane, really showing what results from a main character with claws resembling razor sharp knives. People get decapitated, impaled through areas and limbs get cut off. It notably got the R rating and uses it to its advantage and got the C rating in Mexico which means 18 and up with ID mostly because of its gore alone.

  • Anno Dracula, a semi-sequel to Dracula following an alternative ending in which the Count defeats Van Helsing and company during his initial trip to Britain, depicts far more graphic violence than its Victorian source material would have ever been allowed to. It also features some pretty spectacular Body Horror.
  • The Belgariad and Malloreon series becomes steadily more descriptive and violent as it progresses — probably due to the main character growing from innocent boy to mighty hero chopping heads off left and right. Expect bouncing limbs and gobs of brains as you get to the end of the seemingly kid-friendly series.
  • While the first Circle of Magic quartet isn't devoid of violence (there's an extended battle with pirates in the second book), the danger mostly comes from natural sources and we don't see too much aftermath. Its sequel quartet changes this, since all of the plots revolve around crime sprees. Magic Steps, the first book, has a scene of bloody and violent assassination early on (without Improbable Infant Survival), there are messy stranglings in Street Magic and Shatterglass, and Cold Fire goes into terrifying detail about what fire and smoke does to a person.
  • Count and Countess starts off as violent, but is subtle enough that a kid could probably pick it up and read the first few chapters. By the final chapter, it has become an outright bloodfest.
  • While Digital Devil Saga was pretty bloody already, all the blood was censored during the battles and devouring happened off-screen. That is not the case with Quantum Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner. The gore is given realistic and highly descriptions (instead of plain old blood) to the point of Body Horror, and that's without touching the Heroic RRoD and its villainous counterpart that are also extremely frequent.
  • When reading certain Eighth Doctor Adventures (part of the Expanded Universe of the family timeslot show Doctor Who), you can get blind drunk if you take a shot every time there's a gory injury. The Doctor in particular gets hurt in a majority of the books.
  • The Looking-Glass Wars certainly was intended to be this. However, there's only really two acts of violence that stick out from all the books in the trilogy. Otherwise, the violence is pretty standard, and no more different than any other cheap YA series'.
  • Spectral Shadows:
  • The dark Cinderella adaptation Sunny Ella features an unnecessary throat surgery performed on Cinderella by her stepmother and multiple stabbings. There's also a mildly gruesome vampire subplot.
  • The Sword of Truth is a Bloodier And Gorier, Darker and Edgier, and Hotter and Sexier version of the works of Ayn Rand.
  • The novelization of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) remake is several times gorier than the film its based on. For example, in the film, Kemper dies when Leatherface bashes him with a sledgehammer; in the book, he survives this and, convulsing and bleeding profusely, is dragged down to the basement, thrown on a table, and killed when Leatherface hacks into his throat with a meat cleaver.
  • Inverted with Erin Hunter works. Out of all their series, the original Warriors is the most graphic by far. Seekers, Survivors, and Bravelands don't quite feature nearly as much blood or as many graphic deaths.

    Live-Action TV 
  • And Then There Were None (2015): In spades - not only are the deaths more bloody (Brent goes from being jabbed with a syringe to outright stabbed in the neck with her own knitting needle), but several characters have hallucinations and dreams that expose their crimes in gruesome detail, particularly Armstrong's nightmare.
  • Criminal Minds went from merely implying the violence in Season 1 to gradually showing the effects of it in later seasons to, by Season 6, having huge displays of blood and gore, often the results of "creative" crimes.
  • Compared to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Daredevil (2015) is this by a country mile and then some. There's a very good reason it got a TV-MA rating, with its brutal beatings and some utterly horrific death scenes.
  • Deadliest Warrior was already a pretty gory show with all the dummies and pig carcasses getting chopped to bits, but the second season began filling their mannequins and pig carcasses with fake blood so that EVERY hit would result in copious bleeding (and with the pigs, gigantic pools of blood soaking the floor).
  • Doctor Who:
    • Leela stands out as being an unusually violent companion. There had always been Action Hero companions in Doctor Who, but usually they stuck to wrestling, Flynning or were generally kept bloodless (for example, Jamie had a knife, but was never allowed to stab people with it). Leela, meanwhile, was allowed to knife villains and poison them with thorns. It didn't help that her Stripperific leather outfit made her a lot Hotter and Sexier than the other companions had been up to that point, as well. And the story she was introduced in had the Doctor threaten people with a crossbow, throw a maneating beast onto someone (with a Bond One-Liner) and kick a man into an electrical fence. Both viewers and Tom Baker felt Leela was too violent for the show, and she was toned down considerably in the next season.
    • The mid 70's period with Robert Holmes as script editor and Tom Baker as the Doctor had everything from blood squibs to impalement to severed heads, with stories like "The Brain of Morbius" and "The Robots of Death" pushing the envelope. Seasons 21-22, featuring some incredibly violent stories like "Attack of the Cybermen" and "Resurrection of the Daleks", were also infamously brutal and contributed in part to the show's 18 month hiatus. Suffice to say that the pre-2005 series got away with a lot that wouldn't fly now. Even then, both of those eras were terminated by large-scale media criticism and consequent Executive Meddling.
    • Torchwood episode 1 features a man being killed by an alien. Whilst this happens blood spews out from him as though he were a hose. This could be seen as part of the show's attempt to look Darker and Edgier than its parent series.
  • Winx Club had dark moments, but they were presented in a sanitized way because it was for children. Fate: The Winx Saga pulls no punches on showing blood, burns, or mutilated bodies.
  • The Hell banishments in the live-action adaptation of Hell Girl are generally much bloodier and more violent than the ones in the original anime, which rarely used blood during the banishments.
  • Kamen Rider franchise do have some share of blood and gore, but a few of them stand out:
    • Kamen Rider Amazon is this for the franchise. The enemies there aren't Made of Explodium (except for some), they bleed a lot of technicolor blood and are easily decapitated. Just look at the deaths.
      • This even carries over to Amazon's appearance in Kamen Rider Decade. It's actually more subdued than the original show, but it's still Bloodier And Gorier since it's from a series where every other villain blows up when destroyed.
    • Kamen Rider Amazons proudly carries on the tradition of its parent, especially since it's a web-exclusive series aimed at adult fans of the franchise. The result includes such features as the main character inflicting Your Head Asplode on a monster via Rider Kick, severed limbs in multiple episodes, and people being Eaten Alive.
    • Kamen Rider Ex-Aid is much gorier than other mainline entries (although it's toned down from Amazons in comparison), since it's a Crapsaccharine Combat Medic-themed entry that deals with the diseases and having more body count that's comparable to war films. Some characters do bleeding in occasions, especially in The Beast Rider Squad special. The main character Emu does bleed as well.
  • The Punisher (2017) outright dips into Gorn with its Anti-Hero, managing to make the already gory Daredevil look incredibly tame in comparison.
  • Roots (2016) is this compared to the original 1977 miniseries. While the original was groundbreaking for its harrowing depiction of slavery, the remake holds no punches in its brutality largely due to it being on cable. For example, Kunta Kinte being tortured into saying his slave name is a longer and far more brutal scene in remake's first episode than it was in the original miniseries.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation has the episode "Conspiracy", which culminates in the confrontation of a parasite-possessed Starfleet member that ends with Picard and Riker forced to blow his head off and burn a hole in his torso to draw out the queen parasite.
  • Star Trek: Picard is significantly more violent than TNG.
    • The reclamation surgery that is performed on a Borg drone is quite graphic with its Facial Horror, as the flesh beneath the patient's ocular processing core is exposed.
    • The scene where Icheb is mutilated for his Borg implants is disturbing to the level of Torture Porn.
    • Bjayzl briefly becomes Ludicrous Gibs when she's shot by a phaser rifle.
    • There's a slow-motion sequence of green arterial spray gushing out from a Romulan with a Slashed Throat courtesy of Elnor's sword.
    • A Zhat Vash initiate gruesomely claws at her own face in close-up, breaking through the skin.
  • Season 3 of Stranger Things has significantly more gore and bloodshed than previous seasons. The monster of the season has a body formed from a noxious soup of blood, flesh, and organs, and it gathers resources for this by melting (or exploding) rats (and people) into literal puddles of bloody goo. Note that it's not restricted to the monsters either, in the final episode of the season we get to see a guy being killed when he falls into a giant spinning machine. It's very quick, but he very clearly splatters everywhere.
  • Supernatural is certainly Bloodier And Gorier than previous shows in the genre, such as The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, etc., as it pretty much revels in Gorn. Which is really saying something, considering The X-Files didn't shy away from squick itself.
  • The Tales from the Crypt television series is this to the original comics (which were far from being bloodless already). In almost every episode, at least one character is guaranteed to be messily murdered, and usually an Asshole Victim at that. On top of that, it has far more gratuitous nudity and swearing.
  • Ultra Series: Much like with his work on Godzilla, Eiji Tsuburaya forbid the usage of blood and gore in Ultra Q, Ultraman, and Ultraseven (though some moments of Family-Unfriendly Violence did slip past his radar). After his death in 1970, more gruesome acts of violence committed between Ultras and monsters or monsters and humans appeared, most blatantly in Ultraman Ace and Ultraman Leo. This was toned down in the 1980s after Moral Guardians began to crack down on violence in Toku.
  • The second season of V (2009), with Anna killing a Visitor with her scorpion tail, making it rain blood (or some similar substance) and skinning a Visitor alive.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Try comparing the Mexican world wrestling council, CMLL, where any blood spilled will be edited out of the regular TV show, with the Puerto Rican world wrestling council, WWC, which all but invented the barbed wire match. Even though WWC is an old school promotion, considered "the last of the territories", CMLL is the oldest continuously extant promotion in the world, so it still fits this trope.
  • Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling took everything WWC did, got some more ideas from Jerry Lawler's USWA, turned them all Up to Eleven, added explosives and set out to put on a show bloodier than New Japan and All Japan.
  • While never reaching the insanity of FMW, the CZW managed to eclipse the ECW shows in the sheer amounts of blood letting and mutilation, largely thanks to the efforts of one "Sick" Nick Mondo. CZW's Cage Of Death is also this to CMLL's version.
  • Big Japan Pro Wrestling, a more direct successor of FMW, likes to take other promotion's Gimmick Matches, and make them even bloodier. Where Nick Mondo got the weed whacker banned from sports in the United States while working for CZW, Big Japan decided to top it with buzz saws!


    Video Games 
  • This is actually something of a reversal for Asura's Wrath. Initial trailers had Asura kill his enemies with much bloodier and gorier deaths, as opposed to how they disappear into light in the final game. It was likely changed to avoid connotations of being a God of War ripoff, and most of the footage was when Keiji Inafune was the games Executive Producer, who wanted to westernize japanese games to be able to compete with western developers.
  • The Battletoads Arcade Game is much bloodier than the console games that came before it, enough to justify the game listing each player's "Korpse Kount" and the "Greatest Gravefillers." It's still a game about anthropomorphic toads who can transform their body parts into various weapons, so it's very hard to take seriously.
  • Bloodborne compared to Dark Souls is this. Not only you can spill blood everywhere, the blood is the plot device itself.
  • The Brutal Doom mod includes all kinds of gameplay tweaks, such as slightly beefing up enemy AI and giving them new tricks, replacing the dinky pistol with a far more useful assault rifle, and introducing reloads and other things to make the gunplay slightly more realistic and give it more oomph. What everyone remembers, though, is the ability to practically paint the walls, floor and ceiling in blood and gore, blow zombies' limbs off and have them crawl on the floor in agony, and perform ultraviolent, messy fatalities.
  • Call of Duty: World At War took this to the extreme. High powered weapons and explosives could rip apart enemies, tearing off limbs and exposing internal organs. The ending consists of Sgt. Reznov hacking away at a German soldier on the top of the Reichstag before impaling him and kicking him off the building.
    • Modern Warfare and its sequels do this, compared to the previous games in the Call of Duty series. It also ups the rating from Teen to Mature, and justifiably so.
  • Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and Castlevania: Bloodlines, made for the Turbografx 16 and Sega Genesis respectively, feature more blood and violence than the Castlevania games on Nintendo consoles were allowed to.
  • Inverted in the Command & Conquer Tiberium series. In the original Command and Conquer, infantry died bloodily, screaming loudly. In Tiberium Wars, however, these deaths have been replaced by Bloodless Carnage. Paradoxally, the series itself has been getting Darker and Edgier.
  • The early Contra games are bloodless due to hardware limitation and monsters are only scary to the minor extents. Since Contra 3, the games are more intense, more exploding, and bloodier, with some of the alien boss designs being downright hideous. In the PlayStation 2 games Shattered Soldier and Neo Contra, the player is basically forced into a marathon against Eldritch Abominations and Womb Levels with blood and aliens' substances spraying everywhere.
    • In Neo Contra, if you get a high-enough rank after Stage 5, you will get a cutscene where Mystery G gets killed by Master Contra when saving Bill and Jaguar from getting paralyzed, with G dying under blood pool. Get a perfect hit ratio while playing as Jaguar throughout all 7 stages without dying brings you to a Golden Ending where Jaguar relentlessly slicing the mooks followed by gore and explosions in the first half.
  • Darkest Dungeon had a lot of Body Horror, but it was mildly tame in the blood and gore department outside of corpses left behind by enemies. The DLC, the Crimson Court, has vampires as a primary theme. Not only does the Body Horror go up, but the newer enemies have blood dripping from their mouths, infected party members require blood to stay alive, the new class is covered in the stuff, and even your torch is dripping in red when accessing the new area.
  • While not as extreme as RE2 Remake and RE7 below, Devil May Cry 5 is easily the most violent Devil May Cry to date. While previous games has a fair share of scenes of explicit violence and gore, it is stepped up to frightening levels in 5 thanks to RE Engine. The demon invasion in the Red Grave City attacks the civilians and soldiers in bloody and violent fashion with the former getting impaled by giant roots, there are blood geysers in front of the Big Bad's throne within the demonic tree and there is a glimpse of Nero getting his Devil Bringer arm amputated by an unknown assailant, complete with High-Pressure Blood to top it off.
  • .flow compared to Yume Nikki. Yume Nikki simply has a recurring bloodstain. .flow has blood and/or rust show up pretty everywhere.
  • Dragon Age: Origins is pretty bloody and gory for an RPG. Melee combat with enemies that aren't bloodless always results in blood sprayed over the combatants. The finishers take the take though: death by being beaten with a shield, stabbing and decapitation, being impaled on a greatsword, etc. One of the special traits of the unique greatsword Ageless even increases the chances of a bloody kill. There is also a spell that turns a corpse into a bomb of blood and gore and another spell that freezes enemies in place while the blood erupts from their bodies.
    • And Dragon Age II is much bloodier and gorier, with body parts constantly flying around.
    • Subverted with Dragon Age: Inquisition, which while still a bloody game, relies considerably less on the blood motif, compared to previous games.
  • Duke Nukem:
    • Easy to mod into Duke Nukem 3D through editing GAME.CON in a text editor. Just don't go too overboard or killing an enemy with the rocket launcher can crash the game.
  • Earth Defense Force 5:
    • The game ups the gore compared to its previous titles. While there are still sprays of blood from living alien enemies there are now rather simple blood splat marks when you kill enemies. In addition injured enemies now have a location based damage texture that reflect the severity of damage done to the enemy.
    • Enemies now die in a spray of gibs and chunks especially when killed with powerful or explosive weapons.
    • Giant humanoid enemies can have individual limbs blown off forcing them to crawl around or try and fight you missing an arm.
  • This happens in the later worlds of Eversion.
  • Far Cry Primal is by far the bloodiest Far Cry game released yet. There are tons of horrifically mangled human and animal corpses scattered throughout Oros, and even though you can't use guns anymore, you're basically engaging in tribal warfare, where Bludgeoned to Death, Impaled with Extreme Prejudice and Kill It with Fire are standard responses to enemy intrusions. That said, Primal is also Lighter and Softer than any of the other Far Cry games, with an Earn Your Happy Ending.
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 is significantly more violent than any other title in the series, true to the game's War Is Hell mentality.
  • FEAR 2: Project Origin is noticeably gorier than the first game.
  • The First Funky Fighter is a bloodier and gorier take on Whack-A-Mole. You even get to rip sharks in half with your bare hands.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's initially had Bloodless Carnage - the gruesomeness of being stuffed into an animatronic suit was largely implied, with the Game Over screen merely having the eyes hang out. The third game, however, features Springtrap - who has the Purple Man's crushed and mangled corpse inside his suit, with organs, veins and a mummified skull visible at various points. And you see how he got into Springtrap at the end of Night 5, and even with the Atari-esque graphics, it's far from a pretty sight.
  • Gears of War: Aside from the already gruesome chance to kill someone using an assault rifle with a chainsaw bayonet attached, the sequels take the Ludicrous Gibs factor Up to Eleven with a flamethrower, mortar, hand-carried minigun, grenades also acting as proximity mines and multiple types of executions than the standard curbstomping someone's head to the pavement in the original.
  • God of War does this to many Greek myths, but by default. The myths were pretty violent to begin with, but you got to see it in the game. Plus those weren't really considered that violent in those days mainly due to Values Dissonance.
  • Grand Theft Auto
    • Grand Theft Auto V. Given the graphic improvement of the game, the scenes of violence are much more detailed, as well as how characters are often stained with blood and wounds after gunfight (while still acting fit). Not only that, the game also gave us a torture mission, where you are the torturer.
    • Zigzagged in the previous games:
      • Grand Theft Auto III allow you to blow any human characters into Ludicrous Gibs.
      • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City zig-zags it, the violence level reduced to only allow you to pop off the heads of the human characters, yet using chainsaw will cause the blood to stick to the screen, and there is a (non-interactive) cutscene featuring a person graphically blown up by the explosive he made himself.
      • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas follows the violence level of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, but blood doesn't stick to the screen anymore while using chainsaw, and there is a couple of scripted instances, one featuring a motorcycle cop being reduced to Ludicrous Gibs after being unwittingly hit by the propellers of a helicopter, and the other one has the player able to reduce anyone caught in the combine harvester's blades (in which one mission involving stealing one from a hostile survivalist group).
      • Grand Theft Auto IV no longer has dismemberments and has reduced blood.
  • Hitman was concieved as a dark series, but due to technical limitations, the classics are tame compared to the next-gen games.
    • About the goriest scene in Hitman: Codename 47 was an operating theater with a bloody cadaver left lying in the open. (The hospital is a front.) Hitman: Contracts consists of a drug-induced flashback to said hospital, which is rife with human experimentation, and a murder victim wrapped in plastic and hanging from the ceiling in a meat packing plant.
    • Hitman: Blood Money had a wider variety of weapons, so there was nothing stopping you from taking a swing at someone's head with a hammer, causing it to become lodged in their skull, or pinning them to the wall with a nailgun. This was also the first game to introduce the "accident" system, which allows you to immolate people by rigging grills or pyrotechnics to explode.
    • Hitman: Absolution is possibly the most violent of them all: in addition to grislier "accidents" like electrocuting a stream of urine coming out of the victim (ouch), you could lunge at someone from behind with a katana and impale them through the mouth. This was also the first Hitman to feature long cutscenes with mo-capped actors, and it reveled in the violence. Hitman is made out to be the vigilante here, so his enemies need to be even more cutthroat than he is. One of the mini-bosses, Wade, executes a nun as a hazing ritual. A team of cleaners known as "the Saints" fire an RPG at a roadside hotel Hitman is staying in, killing all of the guests. One tongue-in-cheek "mission" involves a defenseless gangster who can be killed by Hitman in any number of ways, including simply driving away and leaving him to die of thirst or heatstroke.
    • Hitman (2016) is more the same, with the addition of ambushing people in the bathroom and dunking them in the toilet, causing them to drown in their own filth. As always, though, there is no benefit to using guns or blades, besides the cheap thrill; you are rewarded for keeping it quiet and leaving no trace.
  • The The House of the Dead: OVERKILL, ironically, was actually toned down to realistic levels compared to the first three games and Zombie Revenge (and those typing games). You could blast chunks off of bodies or blow holes clean through torsos in earlier games; in Overkill, all you can do is explode heads, sever arms or legs, or get a semi-gib in which the head and all limbs are removed — and that requires either the Slow Motion powerup or a hit to the head with a powerful gun (like max-damage automatic shotgun). However, there is the slaughterhouse level in the PlayStation 3 remake, in which most of the zombies are nothing but muscle and organs (undoubtedly one of the most disgusting sights ever seen in a video game).
    • The House of The Dead series in general inverts this starting from House of the Dead 4 where it simply has the zombies burst into flames or dissolve into pixie dust.
  • I Wanna Be the Guy looks like a close pastiche of early console games, except with the player character exploding in showers of gore whenever hit. That, and with the difficulty turned Up to Eleven.
  • Layton Brothers: Mystery Room is a Spin-Off of the family-friendly Professor Layton series. Unlike those games, it features some rather gruesome crime scenes. The fourth case is probably the standout example, with the victim having an axe lodged into his forehead, resulting in loads and loads of blood splattered all over the room.
  • While blood, gore and organs are nothing uncommon of the classic splatter and zombie genres, Left 4 Dead 2 takes it to the extreme when compared to its predecessor. Shoot someone in the head and watch it crumble?: Lame. Shoot an infected down low and watch its intestines unravel and trail along the ground behind him as he continues to tear after you?: Awesome. It was so awesome, that it was banned in Australia.
  • The Legend of Zelda inverts this trope. The games got significantly LESS bloody after the N64 title, especially Ocarina of Time, which featured a torture device with a pool of blood underneath it, Ganon vomiting blood, blood splatter effects when enemies are hit, and a bloodstained Dead Hand.
  • Madou Monogatari compared to its spinoff Puyo Puyo. Quite possibly the most jarring example of this trope ever. Compared to the lighthearted and cutesy Puyo Puyo games, whose cartoon violence is extremely tame on the rare occasions it's even present, the PC-98 versions of Madou Monogatari 1-2-3 occasionally feature graphic decapitations.
  • Mass Effect 2 is notably bloodier and gorier (most noticeable when you zoom in with a sniper rifle) than its predecessor, and also far more justifiably M-rated compared to the barely M-rated first game. Mass Effect 3 takes it a little further, including headshots blowing enemy heads apart and explosions reducing victims to gibs.
  • Max Payne 3 is definitely gorier than its predecessors, especially the bullet exit wound animations.
  • MechWarrior Living Legends seriously ratcheted up the blood 'n guts in a series that is traditionally bloodless either due to technical limitations or from a lack of infantry. In Living Legends, players in Powered Armor will be reduced to Ludicrous Gibs when overkilled by high-powered Humongous Mecha weaponry and their visor heads up display will be sprayed with suit sealant and blood when damaged. Sniping the Cockpit of a battlemech will result in a satisfying spray of blood. Subsequent titles return to bloodless carnage.
  • Metal Gear
  • Mortal Kombat, a.k.a that video game series which featured characters pulling spines out of other characters during the Clinton administration. Apparently your average MK character had about 3-5 ribcages and 12 femurs.
    • Mortal Kombat 9 and X. The Fatalities are really trying to push the envelope now. (No one had their eyeballs forcibly shocked out of their heads in 9, gory as it was.)
    • MK11 introduces something called "GoreTech" to make it even more visceral than X. Baraka's fatality consists of ripping his opponent's face off and the flesh he removes is still writhing and twitching even after being separated from the opponent's head. However, characters don't show damage to the degree they did in 9. Jim Sterling has talked about it and the effect that it had on team members, who became traumatized due to management forcing them to look at pictures of beheadings and industrial accidents for reference. At least one dev on MK11 has been diagnosed with PTSD. The MK games really have gotten more and more violent over time.
  • Compared to Namco × Capcom, Project X Zone is a lot messier in terms of showing blood. Hell, even Jedah's Limit Break practically splats the unlucky character to a wall all bloodied up.
  • Perfect Dark in comparison to GoldenEye (1997). There were blood animations in the latter, but not the detailed spatter effects seen in the former. Also, they remain even after the enemies' bodies have faded.
  • Persona 5: Compared to previous Persona games, which had largely Bloodless Carnage. The protagonist is beaten by police at the beginning of the story to the point he's covered in bruises, various characters bleed black blood from their eyes and mouth after being targeted by The Conspiracy, characters bloodily rip masks of their face when first awakening to their Persona, you sneak attack enemies by ripping the masks they use for faces off, the game's main Color Motif is vivid blood red, and during the game's first bad ending, Joker can be seen headshot by Akechi and his blood splatters over the floor. In Royal, the death of Kasumi Yoshizawa also displays her carnage lying on a road, covered in blood while a grief struck Sumire and some shocked passerby watch after she was hit by traffic.
  • Prince of Persia: Warrior Within added in lots of blood that wasn't present in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, despite your enemies being made of sand, and therefore not actually having any blood.
  • In Quest for Glory III, many death animations show the hero melting, (if poisoned,) impaled by a spear, or turning into a food product such as a hamburger or (in a famous easter egg) a pizza. (When eaten. And no, it is not as graphic as you think.) While it is not overly bloody, it is certainly more so than the first two games. This is surprisingly Inverted in the fourth and darkest game, in which some deaths just show (vegetarian!) food products if the hero is eaten, and most deaths just show the hero falling. Only a few examples avert this.
  • Resident Evil
    • The Resident Evil 2 (Remake) is a lot gorier than the original 1998 game. Zombies are particularly nasty as your shots blow chunks out of them, and they are much more resilient than before; you can have a zombie still lurching towards you with his face and half of his skull missing from a shotgun blast. Leon and Claire also show visible wounds when they get bitten and scratched, with persistent scars after healing.
    • Resident Evil 7 upped the gore compared to previous titles, due to the Art Evolution into photorealistic graphics, and a greater focus on the horror aspect, compared to the action-horror of the last three titles, which were a case of Actionized Sequel.
    • Before these, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 upped the gore and blood considerably, especially in comparison to the first Revelations title. Enemy designs leaned deeper into the Body Horror realm and death scenes became far more gruesome. Justified, since the game focuses on fear and an experiment that drives unwilling participants into horrific mutation through torture and all manners of terror.
  • This is what the higher violence control settings in Rise of the Triad do compared to the lower ones. Also, compared to Wolfenstein 3D, upon which its engine is based, the game is definitely this with the gore on the default setting (which also happens to be the maximum).
  • Serious Sam HD has significantly more blood than the original games it is an Updated Re-release of, plus Ludicrous Gibs.
  • Sleeping Dogs is extremely violent compared to either the previous True Crime games and Grand Theft Auto, featuring civilians killed in cutscenes during gunfights, violent deaths at weddings and funerals (and it's not played comically at all unlike GTA) and the infamous scene when Jackie is disemboweled right before Wei is tortured.
  • Sniper Elite V2 and Sniper Elite III are both bloodier and gorier than the game before it. One of the game's big party tricks is an Arrow Cam system that tracks a killshot through the air and brings up an x-ray view of the unfortunate victim, allowing you to watch the bullet pass through his body with realistic effect. The third game features the most advanced version, with muscle and circulatory layers and dynamic bone destruction: a shot to the leg will show the bullet smashing through his femur bone; a shot to the heart will show the bullet tumbling through the chest cavity, breaking ribs and shredding the organ; a shot to the head will show the bullet perforating through the skull, demolishing the facial bones and/or possibly splattering the eyeball; and a shot to the testicles... well, you can probably guess.
  • The original Soldier of Fortune had a rather cartoonish gore system, with limbs flying off from shotgun blasts at implausible range, heads blown clean off by the game's Hand Cannon, people inflating and exploding from the microwave gun, bodies reduced to bloody kibble by grenade explosions, etc. The second game had more scarily realistic damage modeling (jaws blown off, brains splattered, blood squirting from severed limbs, etc.). Payback returned to Itchy & Scratchy style gore.
  • Downplayed in the Game Mod Sonic Erazor, wherein the series' trademark spikes are bloody. This applies to itself as well — earlier versions had a small circle on the tip, while the final versions are much more obvious in their goriness.
  • The Splatterhouse series was always rife with blood and Gorn and a copious amount of Body Horror. In fact, it'd be hard to find a single screen without one or all of those things. The remake, however, manages to crank this Up to Eleven in just about every way possible.
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando is fairly bloody and gory for a Star Wars game, but managed to stay T-Rated. Granted the bloods in game are either Geonosian, Trandoshan, or droid oil.
  • While Tales Series games tend to adhere to Bloodless Carnage, the manga releases of the games often do not. The Tales of Destiny 2 manga noticeably features a lot of blood when the game had none at all.
    • And there's Tales of Berseria who shows a lot of blood, wounds and bloodied gash where people were slashed and impaled and even had a scene early where Velvet kills a Daemon with blood splttering on her face. However, compared to Final Fantasy Type-0 above (who manage to get a M rating just for blood only compared to the mostly T-rated franchise) the game still has a T rating in spite of all that.
  • Thrill Kill was going to be this, as it was based off of Mortal Kombat with the gorn turned Up to Eleven.
  • TimeSplitters: Future Perfect is a partial subversion of this trope's association with Darker and Edgier. The game had blood and gore for the first time in the series, earning the franchise's first M rating from the ESRB.
  • The Blood and Gore DLC packs for both Total War: Shogun 2 and Total War: Rome II definitely live up to the title, turning the Bloodless Carnage of otherwise massive conflicts into utterbloodbaths.
  • Turok 2: Seeds of Evil infamously upped the gore after the first game, but Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion toned it down again.
  • The original Twisted Metal games were usually reserved to blood puddles and explosions with few exceptions. Black and the 2012 reboot changes this up a bit with a lot more violent scenes in addition to being Darker and Edgier.
  • The Warriors (the 2005 Rockstar game inspired by the cult 1970s movie) definitely qualifies. While there was some blood in the movie, it was pretty restrained and nowhere near as disgusting as certain portions of the game, particularly a sequence early on where you sneak through the shadows surrounding a gang hideout and attack enemy guards from behind with a knife, slitting their throats clean open so that they die messily. (And you're a good guy!)
  • Waxworks (1992), the Spiritual Successor of Elvira, one ups the already gory original by being filled to the brim with infamously disturbing game over screens.
  • The original Whack Your... Boss was by no means bloodless, but the Box 10 games arguably amped it up with their series of games which are more vicious. Then came in the Whack It series of games which goes Up to Eleven, with their central characters being outright Sadists and on more than one occasion goes full Cold-Blooded Torture.

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  • While Death Mark was no slouch when it came to Body Horror, Spirit Hunter: NG really turns up the amount of gore and blood. The Kubitarou case has on-screen decapitations, to name just one example, and children and animals aren't safe from bloody, explicit deaths either.

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  • Adventure Time with a couple or two of episodes after the first season.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force for its first couple of Seasons usually had characters "disappearing" after getting blown up with Bloodless Carnage thrown in. Once Season 5 began, the deaths became much more graphic with tons of blood added; some deaths include the cast's bodies blowing up after getting stuffed with mermaid eggs, Shake getting tossed into a meat shredder, and the group getting their skulls ripped out of their heads.
  • The original Celebrity Deathmatch was a violent and bloody show to begin with. However, the short-lived MTV 2 revival that aired in the mid-2000s turned out to be much bloodier than the original, which is quite a feat.
  • The later episodes of Family Guy can get quite gory with things like people's limbs being torn off, disemboweled, heads exploding, torn in half, etc, when in the earlier episodes hardly any blood was seen. Even when a guy was shot about 20 times and died, not a single drop of blood was shown coming from him.
    • Special mention should go to their parody of Return of the Jedi, where just about every single injury of people who weren't wearing full-body armor had pretty realistic-acting bloodspill. This was probably to compensate for all the pain Seth Macfarlane had with Ewoks and FOX's pressuring.
  • In the sixth season Futurama episode "Prisoner of Benda" a member of a stage audience gets his arm cut off, however all you see are rings representing his skin, muscle/blood and bone. Later, in the Season 7 episode "Tip of the Zoidberg", Zoidberg is forced to give Fry a liver transplant for his Simpson's Jaundice brought on by excessive bleeding, with Leela as the donor. Cut to the rather catastrophic end result: Leela is sawed in half at the waist, her upper torso hopping around the operating table, with blood dripping from incision area into a clearly visible pool of it.
    "All you had to do was stop cutting my spine when I said 'Stop! You're cutting my spine!'"
    • The series finale tops this with Fry committing suicide by jumping off a very tall building and exploding into a mess of blood and guts. Repeatedly.
  • G.I. Joe: Resolute, although it's not really to excess, largely avoids the A Team Firings from the original series and actually shows Snake-Eyes getting his muting injury, though it's covered in a cloak.
  • Harley Quinn (2019) is aimed towards older audiences, and the trailers already provides a couple of examples demonstrating the show's violence, such as Joker getting roughed up from Harley batting him in the face, Joker killing one of his mooks with a gun, a Harley-looking doll getting decapitated by a closing elevator door, and so on.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show had this throughout its run, with characters' organs flying into the air and characters getting shot. There's one episode where Ren and Stimpy get their heads impaled on spears, and in some episodes blood is even seen.
    • An episode has a disgusting scene of a jester skinning his hand with a cheese grater, then putting lemon and salt in the wound.
  • Rick and Morty was already a surprisingly violent and graphic show from the beginning, but it was a lot more measured in what was depicted and tended to happen quickly. Immediately starting with Season 3, the violence was pushed up a lot further with entire crowds being eviscerated in graphic, even creative ways. While there is an argument of Asshole Victim for many of the people being killed, it is largely done by the main characters personally and much more of a given episode is about the protracted, violent action sequences.
  • Samurai Jack Season 5 compared to the previous seasons, thanks to the shift over to [adult swim]; while previous seasons had a lot of Machine Blood from the Robot Mooks Jack carved his way through, Season 5 pits him against the very human Daughters of Aku, leading to such images as Jack slashing one of the Daughter's throats with her sword before realizing he's taken a very deep knife wound to the stomach, one of the last scenes being Jack floating down a river in a cloud of his own blood.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Often how Treehouse of Horror Halloween specials work. For "Treehouse of Horror V", in response to critics who said the specials were too bloody and gory, Matt Groening urged writers to make the bloodiest and goriest special that they could.
    • In one episode, Ned Flanders makes a movie retelling events of The Bible in incredibly gory fashion. For example, when King Solomon gives his legendary judgement , he simply cuts the baby in half then and there - and then has a My God, What Have I Done? moment and cuts himself in half.
    • The Simpsons in general was much more graphic than any mainstream cartoon series that had preceded it when it first aired in 1989-1990. Even if you leave out the Itchy & Scratchy sequences (many of which are full-fledged Gorn), there have been quite a few examples of bloody violence being Played for Laughs and/or shock value. "Bart the Daredevil", for example, ends with Homer falling down a cliff, much as Wile E. Coyote or Goofy once did. But instead of Bloodless Carnage, we have Homer getting busted open with every rock and crag his body impacts on the way down, so that by the time he hits bottom he is grotesquely bruised and has blood smeared on his face. (And then, when a helicopter tries to airlift Homer on a stretcher to the hospital, they accidentally drop the stretcher and Homer falls down the cliff again, getting his bandages torn open and accumulating even more injuries!) It was obviously intended to depict Homer as an Iron Butt-Monkey, but it almost certainly frightened or unnerved many children.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants has this in spades when it comes to the first seven seasons. Nearly no violence happens in Season 1, but each successive season for the next ten years had more punching, hitting, skin getting ripped off, veins popping, and of course, blood, than the last, culminating in an episode where Plankton tries to commit suicide. Needless to say, this was toned down a bit in Season 8 and especially after The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out Of Water.
  • Though still child-friendly western style, Steven Universe: The Movie is still rather violent compared to its original counterpart, as it shows a chemical burn (with blood red tissue clearly visible in a few frames), a nosebleed that lasts for quite a while and a necrotic arm.
  • Transformers:
    • Beast Wars was the worst about it, having characters blown or hacked apart. Of course, they were almost always put together just fine, making it pretty hard to believe in the deaths of some characters, who endured much less than Waspinator does every day of his life (his spark is in his head).
    • GIVE ME YOUR FACE. (And that line doesn't cover the staff impaling that is also included.)
    • The Transformers: Generation 2 comic was probably the "goriest" incarnation of Transformers ever. It had all the visual trappings of the Dark Age of comics with truckloads or blatant robot substitutes for organs and blood.
  • Young Justice: Outsiders moved the series from Cartoon Network to the DC Universe streaming service, giving the production team less restrictions regarding the amount of violence shown (although the first two seasons did push the limits of what could be shown on Cartoon Network). Examples of harsher violence include:
    • A young girl being kidnapped and forcibly turned into a metahuman and sent to fight the Justice League in space. When Black Lightning tries to incapacitate her, he accidentally stopped her heart, killing her. He shortly learned afterwards that she was a young human girl with a weak heart. And this all happened in the first few minutes of the premiere.
    • The aforementioned girl's brother goes through a similar transformation, eventually coming back to his senses thanks to Black Lightning and the Outsiders. However, shortly after regaining control of himself, he is shot by an old man straight through the heart, who mistakenly thought the "monster" was still a threat.
    • Halo/Violet. Over the course of the season, so far she has had half of her face burnt off, her neck snapped, and been stabbed in the stomach by Lobo. Of course, with her healing powers, none of these things have killed her.
    • In "Home Fries," Ocean Master seeks to blow up Iris West-Allen's house, which at the time contained the loved ones of nearly every single member of the superhero community. This in of itself would qualify, but he is confronted by Lady Shiva towards the end of the episode, who says that murdering the loved ones of the heroes is considered "the nuclear option," and is only considered as a last resort given that the heroes will retaliate with full force. Ocean Master refuses to back down, so Lady Shiva cuts off his head.
    • Also in "Home Fries," Lobo has a part of his pinky sliced off while battling the Outsiders. This doesn't do much other than annoy him, however.
    • What happens to Victor Stone. He gets caught in an explosion when he accidentally trips a wire in his father's lab. When the dust clears and Silas finds his son, the viewers see his broken and bleeding body, complete with half of his skull exposed, and a large gaping wound in his chest that even shows his still-beating heart. To date, this is the most violent version of the accident that created Cyborg.


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