Blood, as an indicator of injury and mortality, is something you don't want to see unless the scene plays out in such a way that the gore becomes the joke, turning the gruesome display into hilarity.
See also Gorn, Bloody Murder, and Bloody Horror. Especially common in Black Comedy. Can overlap with Death as Comedy, and a key component to comedically-inclined Splatter Horror. Often the more mature cousin to Covered in Gunge. Contrast Amusing Injuries, when injuries that ought to have gruesome effects are played harmlessly for slapstick comedy.
Not to be confused with Did Not Do the Bloody Research, about "bloody" as a curse word.
As a Death Trope, many if not ALL Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.
- The 10:10 "No Pressure" commercial features people and children being exploded bloodily because they can't or won't come up with ideas for reducing carbon emissions, and is intended to be humorous this way. Unfortunately, very few people saw the humor (it also starts very seriously, and the people-bursting comes completely out of nowhere, creating definite Mood Dissonance) and were deeply offended or disturbed instead. See No Pressure (film) on Wikipedia for details, since the YouTube version may have been edited.
- This Japanese advertisement for tea.
- Voteman will rip your fucking head off if you decide not to vote! (NSFW)
- Episode 22 of Kill la Kill features Ryuko recovering both Sword Scissors from Nui Harime, which Ryuko promptly uses to slice off both of Nui's arms. Nui doesn't really seem all that disturbed by it, until her healing factor fails to kick in. The whole time this is happening, Nui is shooting High-Pressure Blood from where her arms used to be. Once Nui gets involuntarily rescued, she even gushes the High-Pressure Blood all over the face of her rescuer, who has no problem speaking despite that.
- In Excel Saga's 26th episode, "Going Too Far", the whole world ends up drowning in blood by the end, all puked up by Hyatt.
- Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan: Multiple times per episode the main character is horribly mutilated or brutally murdered only to be revived seconds later.
- Ladd Russo from Baccano! is an example of this trope in the vein of Quentin Tarantino. When he hears gunshots he gets giddy to the point of SKIPPING TOWARD THE ACTION. Blood is something to celebrate and perhaps even dance in. This should be horrific except Ladd's hammy approach to it all makes him one of the comic relief characters.
- He punched a guy to death... THEN he proceeded to punch the corpse 47 times while ranting about how mobsters are too self-absorbed to live any longer, famous boxers and making sausage. After he stops, there's just a huge splatter of blood where the poor guy's head used to be.
- And then there's Claire, Nice, and Dallas. This show is MOSTLY an example of this trope.
- In the anime 3×3 Eyes, the male protagonist Yakumo Fujii was made more or less immortal and is constantly dying or being killed. Good Thing You Can Heal, Yakumo. The more he dies, the funnier it gets.
- Death Panda by Waita Uziga.
- A serious moment during Negi's Battle in the Center of the Mind in Mahou Sensei Negima! used this as a quick gag when his High-Pressure Blood went all over Chisame.
Rakan: (sweatdropping) This is bad.
- There's also the time where Rakan wanted to test Negi's strength by having Negi punch him as hard as he could. Cue a dramatic Smoke Shield moment...and then Jack coughs up a torrent of blood and socks Negi for punching too hard.
- At one point, Kaede gets slammed into a wall after getting blindsided by Ku Fei during a training exercise, prompting Anya to wonder if she was still alive. She then emerges from the rubble unharmed... except for a large fountain of blood from the forehead, which she ignores.
- Izumi Curtis from Fullmetal Alchemist has nasty internal injuries note ... so at times, when in the middle of a badass speech or right after beating up her students/adoptive kids, she'll puke blood and have to be comforted by her husband Sieg. Heck, one of the eyecatches of the second anime series has her comically collapsed in Sieg's arms while letting out what looks like a Waterfall Puke of blood!
- Soul Eater often plays characters getting serious injuries (and usually shooting blood all over the place) for comedy. It helps that they're generally perfectly okay a minute later.
- Some fights go between comedy and serious; Stein fighting Crona, for example, as it starts with the child getting stabbed through the chest, clearly and rather abruptly.
- Saitama Chainsaw Shoujo: The Ax-Crazy protagonist Fumio's reaction to getting sprayed in the face after taking down someone standing between her and her target, the ex-boyfriend Takumi, could be taken as an innuendo for a different kind of fluid.
Fumio: Ahh... But I had really wanted Takumi's blood to be the first on me.
- In One Piece, Sanji's many instances of Nose Bleed are, without exception, played for laughs. Even when the blood loss almost kills him.
- In YuruYuri, Chitose's nosebleeds can end up here. Especially in episode 13 of the first series.
- Humanity Has Declined has the suicidal robot bread (technically carrot juice, not blood). Whether you think this is funny or horrifying is a fairly good indication of if you'll like the show.
- Nyaruko: Crawling With Love!, being an Affectionate Parody of the Cthulhu Mythos, indulges in this from time to time. Most often it's caused by Nyarko mercilessly slaughtering Mooks, while in the light novels and Nyaruani shorts it comes from Mahiro stabbing Nyarko with a fork as punishment for bad behavior (the series these stabbings only produce comedic lumps).
- Part of the Angel Beats! charm, often in tandem with Gallows Humor. It helps that Immortal Life Is Cheap is in full swing here... unless it's not. Then things like this are not nearly so funny.
Naoi: (gravely) I'll go next. (gets brutally slaughtered)(Beat)Otonashi: Isn't anyone going to say something?Yui: I don't know his name.
- Of particular note: the time Yui accidentally hanged herself with a microphone cord, or the time the entire gang got mowed down in the Guild in various family-unfriendly ways - which became pretty much a tradition for full-cast battle episodes. Then, on the third trip through the Guild, where they all get mowed down again, the team has an uncharacteristically dark moment of Say My Name for each dying character... until they get to Naoi.
- It's fairly rare for characters in Gintama to not get at minimum a nosebleed from the (usually) comedic injuries they suffer on a regular basis.
- During the Popularity Poll arc, Shinpachi wonders what Sadaharu and Elizabeth are up to due to having not seen them for the entire arc, after which it cuts to the former giving the latter an extremely graphic beatdown that's impossible to take seriously due to their appearances.
- At the end of the Renho arc, Katsura is subjected to a similar beating from much of the cast due failing to mention that the Elizabeth who left was just a substitute who fills in for the real one on Mondays. It's bad enough to warrant a Violence Discretion Shot, though the copious amount of blood from it can be seen.
- This clip may count (poor Kondou-san).
- Not to mention the Sadaharu bites, Oryou crushed by Otae-san while doing a test of courage, Kondou-san farts with blood after beating Ayumu Toujou at the Toilet, etc. This Gorilla loves to spill more blood in a hilarious manner second only to Urobutcher.
- Very literal in the anime of One-Punch Man when Saitama, having been frustrated by his inability to dispatch a mosquito, takes out his frustration on the monstrous Mosquito Girl by slapping her in the face. In the manga, she smashes through a building. In the anime, he instead splatters her across the face of the building◊, resulting in a gigantic red smear that covers its entire front...as well as the front of every building on the same block. It's hilarious because...well, in the end, she might be a monster, but she's still just a mosquito. Who hasn't had to swat one of the little pests and felt better after doing so?
- Dropkick on My Devil usually has this happen to Jashin a lot when she pisses off Yurine. One of the earliest examples when she tries her dropkick only for Yurine to grab her and cut her tail in half, causing blood to squirt out like a fountain. It's a good thing Jashin can regenerate...
- The Voynich Hotel:
- The Voynich sees several gory deaths over the course of the story, but the maids just brush this off as no big deal and get everything spic and span again.
Helena: [in a room that looks like someone exploded] Oh dear. So many stains to get out.
- Helena's rather invasive means of curing Taizou's hangover: she sticks her hands in his belly and starts messing around.
- The Voynich sees several gory deaths over the course of the story, but the maids just brush this off as no big deal and get everything spic and span again.
- Sin City often ventures into this camp, whether it's Marv grinding someone's face into the pavement as he drives, Jack Rafferty gradually being hacked up, or Shlubb and Klump being brutalized. The violence goes so over the top that it's just fun to watch. Sometimes.
- This is the main point of the Sinister Spider-Man mini-series from Dark Reign. The title character is secretly Venom... who eats people. For fun. At one point, Venom half-digests a bad guy.
- In Finder, there's a memorable scene where Jaeger, the hero, is suffering from auto-immune problems due to his overactive Healing Factor not having had enough to do for a while. He ends up secretly cutting himself in his girlfriend's bathroom, and gets carried away, leaving himself sliced to ribbons and the bathroom soaked in blood. At this point, the girlfriend comes home unexpectedly, and he frantically and hilariously tries to wipe up the mess with towels, before panicking and jumping out of the window. The girlfriend muses sadly that she never had anybody kill himself and run away from her before.
- Johnny the Homicidal Maniac falls into this fairly often.
- The Marvel Knights Punisher series. Garth Ennis has said that one of his inspirations for the run was Itchy and Scratchy.
- A lot of Ennis' body of work falls into this. Hitman has its moments as well.
- While Lobo is treated seriously when guest-starring in other DC Universe books, his own titles usually run on this, with over-the-top stories and equally zany slaughters.
- Lanfeust and its spinoffs don't shy away from overly gory scenes, but they are very rarely played without a humorous, usually casually detached twist thrown in somewhere.
- Sickening example in The Lion King Adventures. In My Immortal, Tara's guts explode all over Simba, Nala, and Haiba. Their reactions are priceless.
Tara: Shut... up... you... prep!(Tara's guts explode over Simba, Nala, and Haiba.)Nala: Oh... gosh!(Haiba wipes a fragment of intestine from his muzzle.)Haiba: Oh, man! That is the second most disgusting thing I've ever had in my mouth!(Simba fiddles around with his mouth.)Simba: I think I've just swallowed something...Haiba: You sure it wasn't her kidney?Simba: Yeah, I think it was her kidney.
- Zombons a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic runs on this trope. Examples include zombie Sweetie Belle sucking Apple Bloom's brain with a straw, Pound Cake ending up in a blender, or Rainbow Dash yelling at a zombie that she's going to rip his heart out and pee into the left chamber. Then she does that, luckily offscreen.
Twilight Sparkle: Actually, it was the right ventricle...
- The Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail would not have been as funny without the geysers of blood sprouting from his severed limbs, let alone Killer Rabbit.
- In their movie, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, two men set about harvesting organs from a donor... A perfectly, healthy, conscious man who is quite unhappy about the whole affair, to say the least. Five minutes of horrific screaming and spurting blood manages to cross the line so many times, you quickly lose count. And from his point of view, with his hands occasionally coming into the shot to grab back at the organs as they are ripped away.
- Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam also made Jabberwocky, set in the Middle Ages, with many examples of this trope. Most memorable was the king and princess getting repeatedly splattered with blood while observing a jousting tournament from the royal box and calmly discussing the outcome with a royal adviser.
- UHF has the scene on "Town Talk" with a shop-teacher who accidentally cuts his thumb off, and reacts with sheepish embarrassment rather than agony. Is my face red....
- This is the entire point of the Evil Dead sequels. Especially Evil Dead 2.
"Who's laughing now?!"
- Drag Me to Hell has a high-pressure nosebleed.
- Even Disney isn't above making use of this kind of humor on occasion (albeit with purplish-colored goo and organs rather than red blood, but the spirit is much the same). There's a great joke in Wreck-It Ralph where, during the meeting of well-known video game villains at the Bad-Anon support group, a cybernetic villain who is obviously meant to be Kano gets a little too excited and performs his most famous Fatality on an unimpressed zombie. Yes, that fatality. It's hard to say which is funnier, Ralph's nauseated horror or the zombie barely responding to having his heart torn out.
- Several deaths from Hot Fuzz, in particular, when the florist is stabbed in the neck, and when the church spire crushes the journalist. Though the best is Simon Skinner's fate: impaled on the spire of a scale model church... through his chin. He survives.
I'm... going tho needh fome.. ife cream...
- Dracula: Dead and Loving It, when they're driving a stake into Lucy's heart, and...
Harker: There's so much blood!Van Helsing: She just ate!
- Doubly funny because of the actor's reaction —he had not been told he would get drenched with 750 liters of blood.
- Kung Pow! Enter the Fist has the scene where master Betty cuts off a man's toe and blood sprays out like this when he is walking. Compare this with the scene at the start of the movie where the Chosen One punches a clean hole in a man with no blood whatsoever, the Lemony Narrator commenting on this for the next minute and a half.
- The first The Addams Family movie, when Wednesday and Pugsley do a scene from Hamlet, spraying prop blood all over the audience.
- Some have had this reaction to the throat-cutting scenes in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The juxtaposition of the violent action and the gentle song was funny enough, and the unrealistic geysers of blood just made it sillier.
- 28 Days Later can cause this reaction in some people, particularly those who... er... know how much blood is actually in a person.
- Pick a Tarantino film of your choice. Well, except Reservoir Dogs. Maybe.
- Pulp Fiction establishes I Just Shot Marvin in the Face, and rolls with it and its bloody consequences along several scenes.
- The blood fountains in Kill Bill in particular.
- The shootout in Django Unchained qualifies.
- Tarantino also collaborated with several other directors on Grindhouse. The most hilariously over-the-top bits were in Robert Rodriguez' contribution, and Eli Roth's fake movie trailer, Thanksgiving.
- Cliff's measured and reasonable response to a home invasion by some of the Manson "Family" at the end of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
- Speaking of Robert Rodriguez, he indulged in this on the Sin City film, when the Neo-Nazi enthusiast of a torture specialist's work manages to get speared through by one of Deadly Little Miho's arrows, ask plaintively for medical assistance as the baddies read the attached note and make plans, then sigh in disgust as he's deserted and promptly shot through the head with Miho's follow-up shot.
- Repo! The Genetic Opera has 'Mark It Up', in which one half of the comic relief duo brutally stabs one of the women in his employ in the stomach for a minor offense. Throughout the scene, she's thrashing around, bleeding, choking, and dying in agony. Meanwhile, her murderer and his brother bicker in song over which of them will inherit their dad's company, throw human organs at scantily clad nurses, and flirt with other women, who are apparently neither surprised nor concerned that one of their co-workers is dying at their feet. In fact, she goes completely ignored. This is widely considered to be the funniest scene in the movie.
- Peter Jackson's Braindead/Dead Alive, supposedly the inspiration for the term "splatstick." According to IMDB, it is the bloodiest movie of all time, one scene having fake blood pumped at 5 gallons per second for a total of 300 liters (two different listings). The protagonist slings a lawnmower over his shoulder with a rope and (almost literally) wades into a room full of zombies...
- Hong Kong film Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky. Source of the infamous "head crush" clip from The Daily Show.
- German Scare 'Em Straight workplace-safety parody film Forklift Driver Klaus descends to this at the end. One poor guy gets cut in half, survives... and gets cut in half again! Made only funnier by the reaction shots from the headless forklift driver.Find it here.
- In the commentary for Sleepy Hollow (1999), Tim Burton admitted that he attempted to find as many opportunities as possible to have Johnny Depp's character sprayed in the face with blood.
- There's a scene in the otherwise mediocre and forgettable werewolf movie Cursed that has a bitchy cheerleader trying to crawl away from the site of her crashed car/werewolf attack. When she notices that she's not getting very far, she looks down at her legs to discover... she's been ripped in half.
- The Cutaway Gag in the tv-movie Dark Night of the Scarecrow when the first revenge victim falls into a running woodchipper and the scene abruptly cuts to a closeup of a blob of strawberry jam landing on a plate.
- Shaun of the Dead definitely deserves a mention on this page.
Points to zombie bloodstain on Shaun's shirt "You've got red on you."
- District 9 is a totally serious film, albeit laced with a dark streak of black humour. This does not make the effects of alien weaponry on people any less hilarious. Or AWESOME.
- When Machete rappels down the side of a building.... with a mook's intestines.
- The first part of A Serious Man involves a faux folk tale of a man who invites another man in... only to find that his wife had heard that the man he was supposed to be had died. Believing him to be a dybbuk, she stabs him. The humor comes from the man treating this as a mere social slight as blood comes out of his chest. Knowing when he isn't wanted, he gets up and leaves into the night.
- Cannibal! The Musical goes into hilariously graphic detail of members of the Donner Party eating each other.
- Galaxy Quest has a rather graphic transporter failure in which an alien creature is beamed aboard the spaceship with most of its parts in the wrong places. It survives for a little while before exploding, which does nothing to reassure a crew member that the transporter will work on him.
- Hong Kong Godfather: The entire climax is so ridiculously over-the-top, the filmmaker's attempts to make the movie as violent as possible only makes it more ridiculous than anything. After witnessing the 50th faceless mook getting hacked apart with enough High-Pressure Blood to recreate the elevator scene from The Shinning, the entire movie feels more hilarious than gritty.
- Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy has Channel 2's news anchor losing both arms.
- An American Werewolf in London, David's rampage at Piccadilly Circus.
- Scary Movie 5: The movie features a chicken getting its head ripped off; the amount of blood that shoots out allows the housekeeper to paint a crucifix on the wall while the two main characters chat with each other, oblivious to the carnage behind them.
- The Heat: When Mullins and Ashburn get taken hostage. Mullins pulls a knife out of Ashburn's leg, only to have to put it back in before the captor comes back.
- Hard Revenge, Milly is generally serious, but has a moment where a mook slips in a puddle of blood and falls over when chasing Milly.
- Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is a horror-comedy Deconstructive Parody of the Hillbilly Horror genre where the deaths are over-the-top and played for humor, both by the over-the-top nature of them and the fact that they're all the result of stupid accidents done by those who die.
- Pick a Troma film. ANY Troma film.
- Tokyo Gore Police cranks this Up to Eleven. The death scenes are intentionally over-the-top, and ridiculous amounts of blood gush out of people's bodies and wounds, to the point that it becomes hilarious.
- The New Zealand-produced Deathgasm invokes this to a tee, in the tradition of Peter Jackson.
- The two, rather disturbingly, funniest moments of Kingsman: The Secret Service are the church massacre, set to "Free Bird" and the exploding head sequence set to "Pomp and Circumstances."
- What We Do in the Shadows has a scene of a feeding going hilariously wrong. Made all the funnier by happening to the fastidious Viago, who not long before was complaining about Vladislav and Deacon not putting down towels before feeding on his nice couch.
- Cloud Atlas: The critic's death that kicks off Cavendish's story.
- Turbo Kid IS this trope. Every injury, no matter how minor, leads to hilarious sprays of blood that splatter all over the characters. One mook is blown up and the ensuing rainfall of blood lasts for two minutes, with the hero and his love interest trying to share a romantic moment while getting absolutely drenched in it.
- Happy Death Day is a slasher movie set in a "Groundhog Day" Loop, and thus protagonist Tree is killed over and over in comedic ways, though mostly bloodless. The one case that fits more is when the protagonist kicks the killer out a window; once she splats in front of a cheery and distracted exchange student, her screams make a so far serious scene funny again. The sequel has two great bloody comedies in the death montage (now a suicide one to ignite the restarts): Tree runs into a woodchipper, pretending to do it by accident; and Tree skydives without a parachute in front of a couple that is making her jealous.
- After spending most of its runtime at a fairly realistic level of violence, Ready or Not (2019) ends with the Le Domases literally exploding one by one, dousing Grace in blood. Even Grace starts giggling at the absurdity of it all.
- Mostly Dead Things: The gore of the taxidermy is played for laughs. Jessa and Lolee joke about their periods (in gruesome detail) at one point.
- Angel: Merl was eventually killed by members of Gunn's gang who had gone out of control and started killing demons indiscriminately. When Gunn asks where Merl's body is, Angel casually points at assorted splotches throughout the room.
- Banshee trades pretty heavily on this, but one particular episode has a Fat Bastard one-off villain get ripped in half by his own 18-wheeler, with the top half of his body bursting into Ludicrous Gibs and spraying all over the pavement.
- In Happy Endings one episode has Jane bonding with her boss, the Car Czar, and his other, all male employees. They work together to prank another employee who opens up a car trunk to show it off to potential buyers-only to find Jane done up as a stabbed and bloody corpse. Cue the Car Czar jumping out and yelling "You just got Car Czared!"
- Scrubs: In the season three episode "My Tormented Mentor," when Cox and Kelso fight over Dr. Miller, they are shown tearing off her arms and beating one another with them. She looks unimpressed as blood pumps from the stumps.
- Friends: in the season five episode "The One With All The Thanksgivings," Phoebe has two past life flashbacks involving being a nurse in a war. In both, her left arm is blown off, and you see copious blood pump from the wound as she shouts for more gauze.
- An old Saturday Night Live sketch has Dan Aykroyd as Julia Child "cut the dickens out of [her] thumb," and subsequently bleed all over the set while trying to continue as though nothing had happened. As with most classic SNL, very funny. (Heck, Julia Child herself thought it was a riot!)
- There was also a Weekend Update sketch about the All-Drug Olympics, where athletes are allowed to compete while taking any and all substances they want to. It then shows a Russian weightlifter so hopped-up on multiple painkillers that he tears his arms off trying to lift.
- SNL does it again with a sketch where James Franco (host for that night's episode) plays an overly eager Christmas gift wrapper at Bloomingdale's who accidentally cuts his finger...and then some. Made even more ludicrous when Franco tries to stop the bleeding by putting his bleeding finger in his mouth...only to spit all the blood out at a crazy distance on a customer (played by Leslie Jones, whose reactions are priceless).
- Theres also the Dead Poets Society parody Farewell Mr. Bunting, which starts out being played straight until one of the students standing on his desk gets decapitated by a ceiling fan. Much screaming, chaos and further mutilation of the head ensues.
- Breaking Bad:
- The show did it in particularly graphic fashion. In "The Cat's in the Bag", Jesse and Walt need to dispose of a body; Walt steals some hydrofluoric acid from his lab at the high school, gives it to Jesse and tells him to get a specific kind of plastic tub. Jesse doesn't see the reason for the second part and simply puts the body and the acid in an ordinary bathtub. As it turns out, the plastic tub was necessary because the hydrofluoric acid would dissolve anything else... including the bathtub. And the floor. The Rule of Drama applies in that what was once a human corpse falls through the ceiling in a chunky liquid form only after Walt shows up to make sure Jesse hadn't done anything stupid with highly toxic acid. The camera lingers on the gory mess long enough that there is some Squick factor, but (a) Walt's Oh, God, (b) the way they slooowly back away from the dripping ceiling (c), Jesse's expression as Walt, with exasperated patience, explains how the acid did what it did and (d) the cartoonish shot of them looking up at the bathtub-shaped hole in the ceiling are too funny not to get a laugh.
- In "Peekaboo", viewers get to witness a junkie's head getting crushed by an ATM.
- Monty Python's Flying Circus has the Sam Peckinpah version of "Salad Days", followed by "Philip Jenkinson" getting machine-gunned to death in slow motion for sniffing too much. Which, just to cool things down a bit, was followed by two minutes of waves crashing against a beach (although that was ostensibly to fill out the time after the episode ran short).
- Mad Men also does it rather graphically in "Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency," when the person who is supposed to replace Layne Pryce gets his foot run over by a riding lawnmower, splattering several bystanders with blood.
- Victorious: In "Tori Gets Stuck" Robbie picks up a bag of blood Tori just donated only to drop it causing it to explode and splatter the both of them. In fact, this very scene is the page picture for the show's copiously filled Radar page.
- The relationship between this trope and Crosses the Line Twice is discussed by comedy writer Matt Albie on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip — he complains about an (unseen) sketch, "Quentin Tarantino's Hallmark Movie 'Turkey Won't Die'", that a clueless special-effects guy ruins by curtailing the scripted excessive blood:
Danny: He didn't think it was realistic.Matt: The prop guy?Danny: Yeah.Matt: It's called "Quentin Tarantino's Hallmark Movie, Turkey Won't Die." It's about a mortally wounded bird that will not die, even as it's being served. Did he find the premise realistic?... If geysers of blood are gushing out, then I get the Tarantino joke, and it's funny. If it's just a realistic amount of blood, then it's... extremely disturbing...
- Bobby on Supernatural throws an okami into a wood chipper, and the Ludicrous Gibs mostly land on the lady he was saving from the okami.
- On the second-season 2 Broke Girls episode "And the Egg Special," Caroline changes her mind about donating her eggs to raise money for the cupcake shop and pulls out her IV, leading to blood spraying all over the clinic walls (and an Ironic Echo of a scene earlier in the episode).
- Drop the Dead Donkey. Globelink News decides to do a Crimewatch program. Thanks to Gus Hedges desire to outdo Quentin Tarantino, a so-called 'reconstruction' of a post office robbery in Dalston involves an old lady getting her dentures knocked out and a postal worker shotgunned to death in Slow Motion with his blood splattering a Fanservice Extra blonde who responds by tearing open her dress to properly show off her cleavage.
- In It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode "The Gang Cracks the Liberty Bell", the British Colonel that the gang was trying to associate with has his head blown apart when one of the jammed Chekhovs Guns Frank's character had goes off. Despite the head being missing and blood shooting from his neck, Charlie's character suggests they check his pulse to see if he's still alive.
- That's how "Duck Grinder" by Powerglove begins.
- The song "Schlaflied" (Lullaby) by German band Die Ärzte is all about this. While it's entirely in the style of a nursery rhyme, the lyrics are constantly getting gorier and more bizarre.
- A normalcy with GWAR.
- In "The Gift" by the Velvet Underground, a guy mails himself to his girlfriend and gets his head split open.
- In Norse Mythology, part of the creation story can be viewed this way, making this Older Than They Think. When the frost giant Ymir is murdered for no particular reason, he bleeds so much a race of giants drown in his blood. Except for two, because they had a boat.
- Then Odin and his brothers used the flesh and blood of Ymir to make Midgard. They made the sky from his skull. The blood? That's what's known as the "ocean".
- The Bible gives us the tale of the Moabite tyrant Eglon (in the Book of Judges). Now, Eglon was oppressing the Hebrews, and God sent the left-handed Judge of Israel Ehud to assassinate him. However, Eglon was extremely fat, and when Ehud stabbed the tyrant with a full-length sword, the thing got stuck in the fat and Ehud, try as he might, could not retrieve it. What's more, Eglon's servants were just outside—but they believed that Eglon's death groans and Ehud's grunts (from trying to pull out the sword) were simply the monarch attempting to relieve himself, so they left him alone. Reading this section usually leads to some laughter.
- Being a game from 3D Realms, Balls of Steel is loaded with this.
- Warhammer 40,000 has the Orks who ride this trope full stop, when they aren't being used as horrendous space-faring barbarians. That particular 'verse otherwise uses horrendous death to enhance the setting's Grimdark atomsphere.
- The Spoils seems to aim for this, often including sardonic one-liners as flavor text on its more gruesome cards.
- Paranoia pretty much runs on this trope. If there's a way for a character to get themselves killed a) the GM will find it and b) it's all played for laughs.
- The Game pretty much runs on this trope.
- The entire purpose of the Bloody Mess trait/perk in the Fallout series, and a good amount of combat besides. In Fallout 3, even without the perk, a grenades or gunshots can blow limbs or faces off, and the first time a headshot shears a person's entire head off (or blows it away), it's rather grotesque. After a few times seeing eyeballs rain down, though, it quickly launches into the humor category.
- In Fallout 3 Moira will eventually give you a chemical that was supposed to drive off molerats. Instead, their heads explode.
- The Fallout 1/2 animations were pretty insane. Blowing someone up with a shotgun could put a gigantic hole through them, disintegrating the arm and turning the torso into a crescent-shaped mess. It really has to be seen to be believed.
- Fallout: New Vegas brings us the Bloody Mess perk once again, and reinforces it with a generous amount of Wreaking Havok and several new weapons with even more ridiculous end results, including old favorites like the Gatling laser and new friends like the anti-material rifle. It is possible to turn enemies into a collection of chunky paste with a single BB, and you haven't laughed until you've killed someone uphill of yourself and watched their dismembered eyeballs bouncing downhill past you.
- Fallout's 1988 Spiritual Predecessor Wasteland, on the other hand, didn't have all these fancy-schmancy 3D graphics and sprite technology, making do with simple, written descriptions of how you just turned your enemy into a "chunky meat kibble."
- Wasteland 2, on the other hand, keeps the poetically brutal written descriptions while still utilizing its new 3D graphics engine to its fullest capability, allowing you to watch as an enemy's entire torso explodes from a critical hit, their legs staggering forwards before falling to the ground.
- American McGee's Grimm just loves its ridiculously bloody cartoon violence.
- The sheer, unbelievable quantity of gore in Rise of the Triad with the Engine Killing Gibs cheat activated qualifies, especially with severed hands wagging their middle fingers flying across the screen.
- The Mortal Kombat series, in general, tended in this direction. The blood was so copious from every single punch that a few seconds would be expected to exsanguinate the player, and fatalities were often so over the top it became hilarious. Self parodied with the Babalities and Animalities.
- Cassie Cage takes this to a whole new level: one of her Finishing Moves involves breaking off her opponent's jaw, then snapping a selfie with her victim and putting it on a social networking site. Other users even throw in punny comments on the feed (some of which appear to be other characters in the game, no less).
- Dwarf Fortress Adventure Mode: The game where you can beat dragons to death with a sock or go on a genocidal rampage with a severed elf leg. Fortress Mode lets you drop goblins onto walls of adamantine buzzsaws, splattering blood for dozens of feet around. You will start grinning after seeing a few would-be invaders reduced to goblin salsa.
- Toady's developer log is a great resource for this:
"During the test (a 20 sword free-for-all), a guy got stabbed in the lower body twice, his guts popped out, and then a third guy came up and severed his exposed guts so that all seems to be working.""The dwarf Zach had selected didn't have any surgical experience. As I was watching, blood splattered on the walls and floor, and another dwarf ran over to diagnose the patient again, while the dabbling surgeon moved between repairing the compound fracture and trying to stop bleeding from malpractice. Eventually, it was time to suture up the wound, and the dabbling surgeon did this... then again... then again... our poor patient had four sutures in his left wrist before I got the bug figured out."
- The way the game handles combat can result in things like an ordinary river otter scratching a titan's head, causing it to explode in a shower of blood and (one assumes) gray matter. In earlier versions, just pinching someone's neck while they were asleep would cause their head to pop off and fly across the room.
- Toady's developer log is a great resource for this:
- This can happen with a little effort (or luck) in a few of the Jedi Knight games. By activating the dismemberment cheat, enemies who have their hands cut off by your lightsaber will fall to their knees and grab their severed wrist in agony for a few seconds, before falling down dead. If you quickly severe their head during that animation, the now-headless body will continue lamenting the loss of its hand.
- There was a tiny little game called Jump 'n Bump, featuring very cute little rabbits that the players controlled. Very cute, until you realised the point of the game was to jump on top of the other rabbits, resulting in an explosion of bloody rabbit parts.
- Gears of War has always had some downright brutal deaths, but Gears 3 features a unique execution for the Locust where they tear off their victim's arm and beat them to death with it.
- Dead Rising features a few ways, though most notable is The Excavator. Impale a zombie with it, and let the laughs ensue as you walk around, spinning zombie corpse beating down other zombies with its flailing limbs.
- Team Fortress 2 often takes this route, most notably when your character meets an explosive death and the game enthusiastically points out where your scattered bits are in the subsequent screenshot. There's also an unlockable item called "The Bombinomicon" that causes your player to "explode spectacularly upon death", regardless of how they're killed.
- Several of the "Meet the Team" sketches also wander into this trope's territory, such as "Meet the Sandvich," from which the first of the two page quotes were taken. What makes the deaths even funnier is that the characters all look like they're from a Pixar movie. Subverted with "Meet the Pyro" where the violence becomes a lot more disturbing when contrasted with the Sugar Bowl sequences (however, some thought Meet the Pyro was terrifying, while others thought it was one of the funniest animated shorts ever made).
- Ditto for the comic books, which include among others Medic directly pouring blood from a bucket, back into Soldier's open chest cavity to heal him. You can see twigs in it.
- The whole point of MadWorld is to kill enemies in the most creative, elaborate ways possible to score more points. The gore is so over the top that things that would normally be morbid just run right back into funny. The executions of the bosses, often with their own weapons, are particularly ridiculous.
- Dragon Age: Origins has an unintended example. The Soldier's Peak Downloadable Content adds a Warrior ability called Blood Fury which releases out a torrent of blood your character to knock enemies back at the cost of some health, and the game's After-Combat Recovery removes cooldowns from abilities in addition to regenerating health quickly...letting you use Blood Fury constantly to toss High-Pressure Blood all over the screen for laughs as you walk around.
- Much like MadWorld, Bulletstorm combines this with The Joys of Torturing Mooks. You get points for turning enemies into human fireworks, feeding them to local wildlife, bowling them over with cannonballs, kicking them into spikes, live wires, off cliffs... If you're brutal enough, the other mooks stop to gawk. It's a rather samey FPS if you play it like an actual shooter and not a Murder Simulator.
- In Psychonauts, you can stomp lungfish into a bloody pulp in Lungfishopolis. And it's awesome.
- This is the entire concept of the iOS game Fun Run.
- WildStar is rife with this. Exemplified by the Exploding Mammodin quest in Deradune, where you kill poachers using mind-controlled rhinos that have explosives as large as them strapped on their backs.
- Skullgirls has so much gorn, particularly from Ms. Fortune, a cat girl who fights by separating her limbs, jettisoning blood to move around, and tangling enemies in muscles.
- Surgeon Simulator 2013. The whole point of the game is to perform surgeries using a combination of Waggle and Wreaking Havok, with no regard for the actual procedure, biology, or cleanliness. As such, you'll be happily breaking apart a person's ribcage with a hammer before tearing out their internal organs with your bare hands and casually tossing them aside to make room for the replacement parts.
- Soldier of Fortune. Limbs sent flying with protruding bones and squirting blood? Check. Disembowelment? Check. Skull and/or jaw blown off? Check. Brains splattered? Check. Body reduced to unidentifiable chunks? Checkmate.
- Grand Theft Auto V: Molly's incredibly messy ending via Turbine Blender is both this and Nightmare Fuel. None of it is censored, but it happens so out of the blue and so little of her is left to bury that it's bound to make many a player laugh and be grossed out.
- Happy Wheels seems like a typical Flash-based Trials knockoff, right up until you find out that the various player characters are Made of Plasticine and will lose their limbs quite easily while bleeding all over the place. Many of the custom levels are death courses that are half as much about watching the player characters and any prop characters die gruesomely as they are just trying to make it to the end alive.
- Usually, characters in similar games will instantly fall off their bike and fail the level as soon as their head or body touches any scenery. Happy Wheels allows characters to bump into the walls as long as it isn't hard enough to do actual damage. The only way to fail a level is to be bloodily torn apart.
- Gorn: Visceral Reality deserves its title for a litany of reasons, ranging from hacking your fellow gladiators' limbs off and beating them and their friends to death with said limbs to stabbing them in their chests to rip their hearts right out to generally soaking the whole arena in more blood than a human body should contain. To top it all off, Major Injury Underreaction is in full effect too, as your enemies will persist in attempting to kill you despite losing their limbs, their eyes, and possibly everything short of their heads. The game certainly warrants a mention on the main Gorn page.
- DOOM (2016) and Doom Eternal: Lead designer Hugo Martin has said that one of his key roles was "protector of the tone", making sure that the Doomslayer's endless rampage of chainsawing demons into showers of ammunition, blasting them into red chunks and impaling them on their own extremities wasn't too harrowing by making the Glory Kills - close-up sync kills that restore health - a bit goofy and slapstick as opposed to vicious or sadistic, as discussed in this Polygon video. So, for example, you'll rip out a Cacodemon's eye, but it'll make a noise like a cork being removed from a bottle, and then the thing will fall apart like a freshly killed pinata; you'll bring a fist down onto a zombie's head, but instead of shattering and spilling brains everywhere, the skull will just be slotted cartoonishly where its sternum used to be; a Whiplash having an exposed, broken bone driven through the base of its skull is so fast and goofy-looking that it's funny rather than gruesome and so on.
- Struggling runs on this trope as well as Black Comedy and Body Horror. Much of the game's comedy is derived from the protagonists, Hector and Troy, screaming in agony and fear as they get injured, killed, and things go horribly wrong for them, which is frequently.
- Mutant Football League expects death and dismemberment to be part of the gameplay, with the fields themselves being filled with pitfalls, steel traps, land mines, buzz saws, Spikes of Doom, and the occasional Sand Worm gobbling up an unsuspecting player. The fans are just as bloodthirsty for death as they are excited for actual football. If a player or referee gets killed, the other players or broadcasters will usually have a laugh at it.
- Happy Tree Friends. Watch an episode, and Bloody Hilarious is absolutely guaranteed.
- Goodbye Kitty is similar to the above, except it's always one character (Black Kitty) who suffers the abuse.
- All over Dave "Shmorky" Kelly's FlashTub. Being a product of Something Awful, this should be of surprise to absolutely no one.
- In If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device:
- Magnus hit-and-running a bunch of children playing. Gory, but he looks so happy...
- When Belial's told to execute a pair of Dark Angels who's heard too much, he pummels them to the ground in a manner that's so exceedingly violent, it's hilarious.
- Society of Virtue. In the episode "Blood Rain" the Zan Expies powers are Deconstructed when part of him evaporates and he changes back he's missing an arm and a piece of torso, then his sister wonders if the rest of him will change back too and it does.
Zan Expy: Oh my God, is it raining myself?
- 8-Bit Theater does this a lot, usually either to or because of Black Mage. To his credit, BM had nothing to do with the geysers of blood resulting from Black Belt's second death. Sort of - he was the one who turned BB to stone. And dumped his body head-first into a lake of Mountain Dew.
- EVIL uses this for a lot of its humor, as seen here and here
- Chopping Block: "Butch always felt the term 'gallows humour', while accurate, was redundant."
- In many of the comic strips featuring Taro in his job as a butcher in Sakana he cuts fish with such vigor that the blood splatters all over the place. And it ALWAYS leads to hilarious situations.
- Penny Arcade does this occasionally. The best example has to be Gabe's solution for the hiccups.
- Bob and George uses this trope in one series of strips.
Proto Man: For Christ's sake! Doesn't this room have a drain?!
- Bug and a flock of geese. (In case you want some background music with this)
- The Water Phoenix King uses this trope several times, particularly in Chapter 1 (Setting the tone?) and the Commander has some good ones, as a Deadpan Snarker, too:
Bandit: Well, look at this. Little girl got herself a sword. I say we take her back— AAAAH!War-Weasel Handler: Kill, my pet. AAAAAHhhhArduna: Guess their passage spilled out here, too. Sorry. Guess I shouldn't say, "spilled out."Corva: Can I have my hatchet back?
- Sluggy Freelance:
- The "KITTEN" slasher movie parody (and its sequel), featuring Satanic kittens that can rip people apart faster than the eye can see. Heads popping off, people being cut in half, a dying man reaching into his pocket for the McGuffin and accidentally pulling out his entrails... all Played for Laughs, at least until the threat of main characters suffering the same fate really sets in.
- "That Which Redeems": The demon Reakk tears a human into two, then notices he forgot to interrogate him and steal his soul first and tried to cover it up by pushing the halves together again.
- "Years of Yarncraft": A Boss Fight ends with a critical bleed hit on the boss, leaving everyone in the room standing up to their waists in blood. (Except for the dwarf, who drowns.) They get cleaned up by logging out and in again.
- Bloody Urban lives up to its namesake, with crocodile-based dismemberment and violent vampire attacks. All in good fun, of course.
- This Multi Plex strip.
- Keisuke from Undying Happiness suffers all manner of gruesome injuries in his everyday life, but it's all Played for Laughs because he has powers of regeneration.
- Despite not even being a visual show, Less Is Morgue manages to achieve this effect with its hilariously gooey, meaty sound design whenever anyone gets eviscerated.
- Don Hertzfeldt's Rejected.
"My anus is bleeding!"
- Ruby Quest combines this with a subversion of These Hands Have Killed during the last run to escape, when Tom encounters Filbert while carrying Jay - Tom thought that was pretty cool.
- The "Teen Girl Squad" segments of Homestar Runner are prime examples - crudely-drawn stick figures being killed in ridiculous ways.
- In Italian Spiderman, whenever the eponymous hero kills with his hands, the wounds he inflicts are ridiculously over the top. In one instance, he gorily decapitates a Mook with one hand.
- YouTube videos like Tha Cliff.
- Smosh is all over this trope in the two-part vid "A Smoshy Christmas," which adds to the Black Comedy by being a cute claymation video.
- One of the goriest of Outside Xbox's Dungeons & Dragons adventures is "Unreal Estate", in which the Oxventurers' Guild attempts to sell an extremely haunted house. A sequence in which the first prospective buyer is murdered, devoured by a haunted fireplace, and then messily spit up, would be somewhat horrifying...except for the jokes about it from the Oxventurers, even the nicest of whom is getting pretty jaded when it comes to people being exploded after spending 30-odd adventures in the company of Prudence, turning the gruesomely over-the-top death of Arthur Benbarton into an opportunity for jokes about Corazón's mercenary streak and puns about the dismemberment.
- Metalocalypse is pretty much made of this trope.
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
- Squidbillies, most of the time from the Sheriff(s) and Rusty.
- Drawn Together.
- The Simpsons: The Show Within a Show The Itchy & Scratchy Show. Its entire premise is Scratchy the cat being horribly and graphically murdered by Itchy the mouse in every episode. As a parody of the often surprising amount of violence present in real kids' shows, this one inevitably goes to town with the deaths, which get sillier and more over-the-top by the episode.
- The Treehouse of Horror episodes are also chockful of this.
- Family Guy just loves this trope, especially in the post-cancellation seasons. It's gotten up to the point where it typically happens at least Once an Episode.
- Loads of this in South Park. Especially with regards to Kenny's various deaths. (There are also less graphic variants, like vehicles exploding for no reason.)
- Most of Brock Samson's kills in The Venture Bros..
- Robot Chicken has a Mortal Kombat skit in which Johnny Cage recovers from Kano's Fatality through a heartwarming montage, only to have Kano do it again at his welcome back party.
- Celebrity Deathmatch.
- The Beavis and Butt-Head episodes "Nose Bleed" and "Woodshop".
- The Futurama episode "Tip of the Zoidberg"
Zoidberg: (*hits Fry's hand with a mallet*)Fry: Aagh! Blood!Zoidberg: (*shocked tone*) Blood?! I mean, (*enthusiastic tone*) blood!Fry: Put it back in me!
Leela: (hopping around the operating table with her upper torso) All you had to do was stop cutting my spine when I yelled "Stop! You're cutting my spine!"
- And later:
- Fry's deaths in "Meanwhile" are very over the top, with Fry getting splattered into a pile of guts.
- Korgoth of Barbaria
- The final scene of the "Cops and Roger" episode of American Dad! involves Roger trying to escape from a crooked cop by climbing a hanging chain. When the guy tries to shoot him, Roger lets go of the chain and falls down, smashing the man's head with his elbow. His head explodes, which is then replayed twice in slow motion with details like his brain oozing out of his ear and an eyeball flying out of its socket.
Roger: That was unexpected.
- Lupo the Butcher: The incoherent rage of Sir Swears-a-Lot Lupo is already pretty funny. It gets even funnier when Lupo accidentally chops off his thumb and runs around screaming while a jet of blood shoots out of his hand.
"Goddamn, I gonna die!"
- Rick and Morty features some morbidly funny deaths.
- Harley Quinn has a main cast of sociopathic villains who go about their daily lives in Gotham City. Thus, it makes heavy use of Black Comedy to keep itself entertaining, which includes this.
- "Oh man, look at what you've done to my bloody couch!"