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"Raining blood,
From a lacerated sky,
Bleeding its horror,
Creating my structure,
Now I shall reign in blood!"
Slayer, "Raining Blood"

A version of a Gory Discretion Shot, because the body itself is usually not seen. A character knocks someone into the air and tears them apart while they're up there. Often accompanied by maniacal laughter or some wry comment when carried out by the Anti-Hero or Noble Demon — extra points if they seem totally unfazed by what they've just done.

Or a unknowing character finding a drop of "water" on themselves or the floor, and upon looking up see a body in a high place dripping down on them. Sometimes takes the form of blood seeping through the ceiling, often onto a character's face or into their eye. Cue Girly-scream.

Or perhaps it is actually is raining blood. Cue the arrival of the religious horror or Eldritch Abomination.

Compare Blood-Splattered Warrior. Contrast Blood Bath. Subtrope of Blood Is the New Black, Bloody Horror, and Rain of Something Unusual. Also see *Drool* Hello.

See Also: Critical Existence Failure.

Spray of gore

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Occurs at least once in AKIRA in the psychic-attack form.
  • Berserk. The main character lives to make this trope happen.
  • In Bleach, the critically injured Kaname Tousen explodes in a shower of blood, right in front of his horrified lieutenant and former best friend.
    • There's also Gin's Establishing Character Moment in the Soul Society arc, where he cuts off the arm of the giant guarding the Seiretei gate and the blood splatters all over. The name of the chapter is even named 'Rain Of Blood'.
  • One of the many times Dokuro kills Sakura in Bludgeoning Angel Dokurochan, she rips his body into shreds and than states how his blood shall become the rainwater.
  • Tomobiki in Choujin Sensen manages to weaponize his blood by shaping his blood drops into pin needles, thereby raining through his opponent.
  • Claymore:
    • Ilena introduces herself in a Rain of Blood after slicing up Yoma in the air and walking through the resulting shower without letting a single drop touch her, establishing her Badass stature fairly quickly.
    • Later on, in a chapter appropriately titled "Red Rain," Agatha invokes this trope when she rips apart several soldiers in midair and then bathes in the ensuing blood shower.
  • EDENS ZERO: Poseidon Shura murders two prostitutes by using his Gravity Master powers to launch them into the ceiling. Their bodies are never seen, but he stands proud in the rain of blood that follows.
  • This happens in Emerging when victims of The Plague enter its final, fatal stage.
  • Seen in the Inuyasha manga when Inuyasha in full-demon form beheads a dozen of bandits. They also have rain of demon corpses.
  • Happens multiple times in Kill la Kill due to everyone being subject to High-Pressure Blood and living in a World of Ham. At one point Ryuko is standing under a rain of her own blood that looks like a geyser.
  • A bit of a variant in Kinnikuman Nisei. Jade (Jaeger) inherited his master, Brocken, Jr.'s, Red Rain of Berlin (Red Rain of Pain) attack. While Brocken always did a series of chops, Jade apparently perfected the move by doing a single chop from Gazelleman's (Dik Dik Van Dik's) face to his midsection, causing blood to shoot so high that it rained blood.
  • Gaara's "Sand Burial" technique in Naruto. First he entombs them in a mass of sand, and then, with a clench of the fist, the sand instantaneously compresses with such insane pressure that the victim's body is liquefied instantly, resulting in a huge burst of blood in every direction. The first time we saw it, Gaara literally used an umbrella (stolen from his victim) to cover himself from the resulting crimson shower (which involved so much blood that the censors in the anime made it black, even in the uncut Japanese version). Naturally, being drenched in their team leader's blood utterly terrified the other two foes, who begged for their lives in vain before meeting the same fate.
  • Given that the EVAs in Neon Genesis Evangelion are about 100 meters tall, and many of the Angels are even bigger, they obviously have a lot of blood. In later episodes the more powerful Angels easily resist almost all weapons, and so battles become more violent and savage, leaving entire city blocks covered in blood. Eva-01 ripping out of Leliel's shadow is particularly messy. In one scene Gendo stands too close and one fountain of blood completely drenches him.
    • In a Gory Discretion Shot, a hill hides an Angel from view, as Eva-01 beats it to death on the ground. However, the river running around the hill is red with blood.
    • In the Rebuild of Evangelion movies, it seems that when an Angel's core is destroyed they explode into blood LCL, and the Angels being so immense causes an all-splattering Rain Of Blood. This accompanies the cross-shaped explosions, so a rainbow also results.
  • Just to emphasize how badass the characters were, during the Koga massacre in Ninja Scroll their blood appears to rain.
  • In PandoraHearts The Will of Abyss dispatches Albus like this. Particularly disturbing: her 'Pretty... so pretty...' as it falls.
    • Lacie sings and dances under a rain of blood after doing away with two men who attacked her and Jack.
  • In Princess Tutu, once the Raven is unsealed, he releases a rain of his own blood onto the town, which turns all the townspeople exposed to it into crows.
  • In Psyren, one of the agents for the W.I.S.E. decides it's time for him to take action, and starts massacring guards with a crowbar. We only see blood everywhere, mostly splattered over him, mauled bodies, and maniacal laughter.
  • Reborn! (2004) should not be left either, since Genkishi is taken over by Kikyo's evil patch of maybe useless bluebells and then is blown up with blood splattering everywhere in front of Yamamoto. At least Tsuna only heard it on his headphones, otherwise he'd probably collapse.
  • Tomoe and Kenshin are introduced to each other in Rurouni Kenshin manga and corresponding OVA (Trust and Betrayal) right after he dispatches a foe by slicing him in half in the air and splattering the remnants on her as she's walking by. The effect of the blood and the already-present rain inspires her to comment that he's made it "rain blood" and then promptly faint. We later find out she was drunk when this exchange occurs, but it's a good Establishing Character Moment for her in retrospect.
  • In the Tsukihime manga, Shiki laughs manically after slaughtering a herd of Nero's beasts as their blood rains down upon him.
  • The Vision of Escaflowne:
    • The shapeshifter Zongi meets his end this way after Dilandau crushes him like a soda can with one of his Mech's flexible metal claws as revenge for killing one of Dilandau's subordinates. The sight of this in a vision sends Hitomi so deep into a Heroic BSoD that her heart literally stops.
    • Later on, Hitomi has a disturbing vision where she bears witness to a literal Rain Of Blood falling from the sky. This is an omen predicting the not-too-happy outcome of an upcoming battle.
  • Fuuma dispatches Kusanagi this way with a psychic attack after he outlives his usefulness in the movie version of X/1999.

  • In Blade (1998), human blood was piped through the sprinkler system, creating both a rain of blood and suppertime to a rave club full of vampires.
  • Well, waterfall of blood in Byzantium, anyway.
  • Parodied when Van Helsing (played by the producer, Mel Brooks) has the hero "stake" a vampire in Dracula: Dead and Loving It: upon the first blow of the mallet, a jet of gallons and gallons of blood soaks the entire room for about twenty seconds, he complains, Van Helsing (who already hid behind a corner beforehand) tells him to keep hammering the stake in, it happens again with even more blood (the actor was not informed of how much blood was going to spray out of the coffin). And after the second shot, Van Helsing tells him to keep hammering, declaring that she can't have much blood left, resulting in another ridiculous Rain Of Blood. Van Helsing then says, "She's almost dead!" The main character replies, "She's dead enough."
  • In Looper, it's very strongly implied that this trope is how the telekinetic future crime lord known as the "Rainmaker" got his street name. He would levitate his enemies off the ground and then mentally rupture their blood vessels, spraying blood everywhere like a fountain.
  • The Movie of Silent Hill pulls this off in the last scenes with the vicious cult leader being strung up by barbed wire. That fact that the Anthropomorphic Personification of the town's evil in the form of a Creepy Child was happy-skipping under said rain just adds to the effect.
  • At the end of the scene in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country where two assassins slaughter Klingons on the ship Kronos One, which has had its Artificial Gravity knocked out, the air is filled with drifting bodies and bubbles of pink blood. Shortly after the assassins beam out, the crew manage to restore gravity and the bodies thump to the floor before being drenched in a brief but torrential downpour of their own blood.

  • Insane Clown Posse has a song in which one day, people spontaneously launch off of the ground against their will, only to explode like firecrackers. This results in a blood rain that the singer is trying to avoid getting caught in.
  • Combichrist's "Today I Woke To The Rain of Blood".
  • The stageshows of the band GWAR involve the band dismembering humans and creatures and having their blood spray into the audience.
  • Slayer's "Raining Blood", naturally. It tells of its singer describing the horrific sights in Hell. At least once, the band has played under an actual rain of blood, drenching them in red as they play their instruments, ending with a "See You in Hell" to their audience.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • In Ring of Honor, the Age of the Fall evoked this with their debut. Jumping the Briscoe Brothers after a title match, they beat them bloody, then hung them upside down from the ceiling. AOTF's leader, Jimmy Jacobs, proceeded to cut a nihilistic promo as his white outfit got progressively more and more stained red from the dripping blood from overhead.

    Video Games 
  • Castlevania:
    • Starting with Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, most of the series mains have died in roughly this manner...regardless of how they were killed. Absolutely anything, from being hit with a giant axe, to being lightly tapped by an angry bat when low on health, will cause them to fly into the air and dissolve in a mist of blood.
    • Subverted in Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, where Shanoa simply collapses if she gets killed while on the ground most times instead of this trope, which only happens under certain circumstances. Somewhat annoying from a gameplay perspective, as you may not immediately notice that she's dead.
  • One of Rawberry's attacks in The Gray Garden is her smiling!! It causes a random out-of-nowhere Mogeko's head to slice itself open and its blood to spray all enemies damaging them.
  • In Half-Life 2: Episode 2, DOG kills a Combine Strider by ripping the armor off its 'head', jamming his hand inside, and tearing the brain out in a shower of yellow-brown blood.
  • In I Wanna Be the Guy, The Kid explodes into this upon death. Given that he does so with one hit from anything, even if said hit is from the side of a spike or a stationary fruit, you will see this animation A LOT.
  • Legend of Mana has a move of this name that throws the enemy into the air and cleaves him open with a broadsword, creating the Rain Of Blood in the process.
  • In Mortal Kombat 9, both fatalities of DLC character Skarlet feature her slicing open a massive wound either on the neck or stomach and swishing her face around under like she's taking a shower.
    • Quan Chi's Brutality in Mortal Kombat X has him do his regular portal throw attack but instead of his opponent coming out the portal in one piece like usual, they arrive as Ludicrous Gibs and a severed head pouring atop Quan Chi.
  • In No More Heroes, everything Travis kills dies in a geyser of blood.
  • Suija's Zetsumei Ougi from Samurai Shodown 5 Special. Before that happened, he levitated his victim above him and made them explode.
    • The censored versions had the blood recoloured white. Suija's ZO remained the same...except the blood colour which was white. Draw your own conclusions as to what THIS entailed.

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    Real Life 
  • The Indian Rope Trick, an alleged stage illusion, features the magician "dismembering" his assistant in an unlit area above the stage and tossing his severed body parts to the floor. There's no evidence that this was ever actually performed, and real-life magicians doubt the supposed methods used to accomplish it, but story — accounts of it date back at least to 1890.

Where did that drop come from?

    Anime & Manga 
  • Blood: The Last Vampire does this with the "body in tree" variety.
  • Happens in the first "case" of Case Closed. Everyone's on a roller coaster going through a Tunnel and they notice that for some reason it's "raining". Then they exit the tunnel and see what's happened to the passenger in front of them...
  • In the Geobreeders manga, the protagonists are chasing a Ghost Cat through a passenger train. The Unlucky Everydude character notices something dripping on the windows, and realizes that the Ghost Cat had gone into the driver compartment and slaughtered the train staff, resulting in their blood streaming past the windows. This, incidentally, is an action-comedy manga.
  • In a flashback dream in the Tsukihime anime, the blood of Shiki's mother drips down from a tree into his eye.

  • 28 Days Later has a major character become infected when a drop of blood from a corpse hanging above him lands in his eye.
  • Not to be outdone, Army of Darkness has a blood geyser. The trilogy in general seems to have High-Pressure Blood in vast quantities that, frankly, it's surprising that people don't pop like blood-balloons when they get so much as poked.
  • Assault on Precinct 13 (1976). The gang members have Cut Phone Lines to prevent anyone reporting that Precinct 13 is under attack. Two frustrated police officers are driving around the area trying to pinpoint the reported gunfire and find a missing telephone linesman who's been sent to repair them. At one point they stop the patrol car while trying to get some backup into the area to help and start griping that it's started to rain. Then they shine a flashlight upwards and see the dead linesman hanging from the telephone pole.
  • Braveheart does this version of the trope after Laughlin betrays Wallace at the Battle of Falkirk. Robert the Bruce notices some blood dripping onto his piece of bread, after which Laughlin's lifeless body is dropped from the rafters onto the table, his throat clearly cut wide open, scaring the hell out of the Bruce and his fellow nobles.
  • Cthulhu. The protagonist and his lover resolve the find the missing boy he saw last night, only to find him raped, murdered and tied to a railing above their heads.
  • Dark Was the Night: After stumbling upon a member of the logging crew’s severed arm, the foreman has drops of blood fall on him, alerting him to a corpse stuffed into the tree. This is what encourages him to try and book it.
  • From Beyond the Grave: In "The Gatecrasher", Charlton's downstairs neighbour notices a red drop fall on the page of the book he is reading. Looking up, he sees a red stain spreading on his ceiling and slowly dripping. Not realising what the liquid is, he goes upstairs to complain to Charlton about his housekeeping. As the liquid is blood dripping from the bodies Charlton has concealed under his floorboards, this ends badly for poor Mr. Jeffries.
  • Happens in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. "It's raining, Mommy. It's raining red."
  • House on Haunted Hill (1959) has drops of blood fall from the ceiling onto the hand of one of the guests. Watson Pritchard tells the woman that the house has marked her. Notable in being one of the scenes that supports the idea the house is actually haunted.
  • In O-Ren Ishii's flashback in Kill Bill Volume 1, she sees a rain of blood from under a bed where she's hidden after her mother is stabbed up above.
  • In Claude Chabrol's 1970 serial killer movie Le Boucher, a girl on a picnic is about to eat a white bread roll when red drops splash on her bread. It turns out that it’s blood dripping from a body that’s hidden in the hill above. The scene has inspired Mary Harron in designing the opening credits for her 2000 movie American Psycho.
  • Non-blood variant: In the first Men in Black movie, Kay realizes that a Bug has infiltrated the morgue when he attempts to smoke a cigarette and bug-spit drips on the tip. Cue the camera panning up to the other morgue employee's corpse glued to the ceiling.
  • In the 1934 musical mystery film Murder at the Vanities, the body of a woman who was killed and left on a catwalk above a theater's stage is discovered after her blood drips onto a chorus girl, who screams.
  • In the original A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), when Nancy's father arrives at Glen's house after his death, the first thing he sees is blood dripping from the living room ceiling. The real thing was a lot worse.
  • Subverted in Predator, in that none of The Squad led by Dutch see it. As they search the jungle below, we see blood dripping on a leaf above their heads, then the camera pans up to reveal the naked body of their colleague hanging from the treetops.
  • Quite a few pedestrians in the streets below get spattered by blood-drops after Q: The Winged Serpent snatches a sunbather from a rooftop.
  • Ravenous (1999),
    • Martha discovers Private Cleaves' body while standing outside a window, and blood starts to drip down on her from the roof.
    • Captain Boyd is buried alive at the bottom of a mass grave, with his commanding officers' blood dripping onto him from above.
  • Ripper: Letter from Hell: When the killer butchers Marissa, the blood drips down through a hole in the ceiling on to a white clad party goer who is dancing below, and who does not notice until she is almost drenched in blood.
  • Scare Campaign: When Emma and Marcus arrive back in the control room, Emma looks at Marcus and remarks that he is bleeding. Marcus touches his scalp and finds blood but no cut. They then both look up and see Suze's mutilated body hanging from the rafters.
  • In Scarecrows, the robbers find a parachute tangled in a tree that they think contains the stolen money. Jack climbs the tree to cut the money down, but when he slices open the chute, it is instead full of blood which drenches Curry on the ground.
  • The famous Elevator Scene from The Silence of the Lambs starts with some blood falling from the elevator's ceiling and hitting a cop in the face.
  • An interesting version (Triple Subversion?) in the first Spider-Man movie: Peter is using his wall crawling to hide from Aunt May, Harry and Norman Osborn, and Mary Jane. A drop of blood from a cut in a previous battle with Norman's alter ego almost falls on Norman's head (subversion one: it doesn't hit the person it drips on) as he turns to leave. Norman hears it splash on the floor (subversion two: super senses render the last point moot as he is still aware of the blood drop) and looks up, but finds no body (subversion three: No body).
  • The Tripper: While waiting in line for the festival, Samantha feels something dripping on her head thinks it is starting to rain. She touches her hand to her had and comes back with blood on her fingers. She then looks up and sees Wilson's decapitated hanging from the tree above her head.

  • Kerry Greenwood's Blood and Circuses. In the beginning, a bunch of people are having breakfast with their landlady, and the ceiling's leaking- it does that sometimes when someone lets their bath overflow. The landlady asks one of her people to go and ask the guy to do something about it, and she comes back and says the bath's dry as a tap. The landlady got a drop on her cheek, and her hand comes away stained with blood. They look up and there's a massive, spreading red stain on the ceiling. Then she realizes that some of the blood dripped into her tea and she drank it all.
  • Intentionally invoked by some 5th-century British pagans in Sarum, when they undergo the taurobolium: a supposedly* Truth in Television ancient purification rite in which a bull is sacrificed over a pit, while the worshipers seeking purity stand underneath to be showered in its blood.
  • Older Than Television: In Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles, the unsuspecting landlady discovers Jerkass Alex D'Urberville's dead body in the upstairs bedroom once the blood starts dripping through the ceiling. Tess stabbed him with a dinner knife after he insulted her beloved Angel.
    • Hardy's usually dry, expository writing becomes particularly gruesome in this scene - describing the bloodstain on the white ceiling as like a giant ace of hearts, and eventually just writing: "drip, drip, drip"...
  • The Wheel of Time does this a couple of times in Dream Land. Usually because some mook just had his skin ripped off. Counting this because dreams are real.

    Live-Action TV 
  • An episode of Blood Ties (2007) has one of the villain's victims drip onto Victoria.
  • In the Cold Open to an episode of Castle, a group of painters are painting an apartment white. One painter dips his roller, and it starts to paint pink. Cue looking at his paint tray and seeing blood dripping into it from the ceiling.
  • An episode of Criminal Minds uses the blood dripping onto an agent down below to lead to the discovery of two bodies that have been strung up in the trees.
  • Used in CSI with the discovery of a body and the iconic line "It's raining manjuice."
  • A body is discovered in CSI: NY by a pair of college students when they feel something wet drip on them while attempting to have sex.
    • In the opening scene of another episode, a group of partying high schoolers realize something's wrong when a drop of blood drips from the light fixture and lands on one of the guys, and figure out that something is really wrong when the man who went upstairs with their host's sister earlier returns covered in blood. It happens again later when the police come to investigate after he murders all the teens; it just takes them a while to notice because the pool of blood blends in with the rest of the blood.
  • In an episode of Dexter, the titular anti-hero is having memory issues, and can't remember where he hid his most recent corpse. He remembers when a drop of blood hits him on the cheek after falling from the punching bag he had stuffed it in, and hidden in the rafters.
  • In Forever episode "Hitler On the Half-Shell," a blood drop landing on her face from above is what leads to Jo discovering a shipping container suspended from a crane is leaking fresh blood. Inside, they find the remains of art broker Julian Glauser, who was tortured to death, along with the missing stolen Nazi art.
  • In Heroes, Peter discovers that Sylar has overpowered Mohinder when the professor's blood drips down from the ceiling onto him, which may be the only time this happens where the blood comes from someone who survives...
  • In one episode of M*A*S*H, lack of sleep was causing everyone to have nightmares every time they did doze off. Father Mulcahy dreamed he'd become the Pope and was about to preach a sermon... when he discovered the cross beside him had a G.I. crucified on it and dripping onto his robes.
  • Midsomer Murders featured this in one episode; a church bellringer starts pulling on a rope during bellringing practice, only to be splattered with blood dripping through the ceiling from the belfry.
  • Murdoch Mysteries: In "Victor, Victorian", Murdoch and Brackenridge are showing the Masons a sketch of a suspect at the Masonic Lodge when blood starts dripping on to the sketch. The blood is coming from someone lying dead in the room upstairs.
  • Done without the Gory Discretion Shot in The River.
  • This occurs twice in the pilot episode of Supernatural: once during the opening flashback, and again at the end of the episode.
    • And in the third episode of season one — one of the party hunting the Wendigo has gone missing after chasing it. Next morning, the remaining group is standing in the woods when blood drips onto one of them. Then the missing man's body comes hurtling out of the trees and lands among them.
  • Done in The Vampire Diaries in the second episode, where a girl finds her boyfriend hanging above their tent.
  • In Who Are You?, protagonist Si-ohn has an I See Dead People problem. The ghost in Episode 9 manifests itself to her with drops of blood falling from nowhere as Si-ohn and her partner Gun-woo are standing at a crosswalk. They follow the drops of blood to an alley, where they discover the ghost's freshly murdered, still warm corpse.
  • Done in an episode of The X-Files: A drop of blood falls onto Mulder's head. He thinks it's raining again... until he and Scully look up and find a length of human intestine wrapped around a tree branch.

    Video Games 
  • In the beginning of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Snake narrowly evades a group of Gecko bipedal robots and leans against a wall for a quick smoke break. A drop of blood falls on his shoulder, and he slowly looks up to see a body impaled on a Gecko that subsequently tries to kill him.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Yousei, Kangai's kansei is triggered when blood from the murdered Dr. Johansen drips down onto his face.

  • In Chapter 49 of Drowtales, Shan'naal discovers Judicator Kousei where the latter has slumped over a railing following a vicious attack by Blood Magic that wiped most of his Order. While everyone else died from their injuries, he managed to survive, albeit at the cost of one of his eyes.
  • A drop of blood heralds an impending ass-kicking on The Omega Key.
  • In Sluggy Freelance, mundane humans keeping the main characters under surveillance are rattled when a magical rain of blood starts up inside the character's house.
  • Unsounded: Vampire's plats tear open a Vliegeng while it's flying over camp, raining blood and gore on the soldiers below.

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    Western Animation 
  • Parodied in The Simpsons, where Chief Wiggum discovers a corpse in the woods this way. "That was a face?"

Somebody get an umbrella

    Anime and Manga 
  • Subverted in The Dreaming. Jeannie has a nightmare about being trapped in a clearing in the bush, and it's raining blood. Later, she winds up in a clearing exactly like the one in her dream. Then some 'blood' falls on her. It turns out to be tree sap.
  • Mentioned briefly in the opening of Higurashi: When They Cry.
    The raindrops turn into droplets of blood and travel down my cheeks...
  • The final episode of Kurozuka. Apparently it was a Load-Bearing Boss, and he wasn't satisfied with just destroying the castle.
  • Happens in Neon Genesis Evangelion twice, when Unit 01 bursts out of Leliel and Unit 01 under the Dummy Plug system beats the living shit out of Bardiel, spraying blood everywhere and even giving a nearby river a red tint.

    Comic Books 
  • Aquila: During the revolt in Rome against Nero's misrule, Aquila and Felix try to find their ways through the sewers as the blood spilled from fights between the citizens and Nero's praetorians rains down on them.
  • D'Hoffryn does this in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10.
  • Happens during the universal collapse in the DC vs. Marvel crossover. Thanos had never been happier.

  • The scene between Lisa Bonet and Mickey Rourke in Rourke's leaky-roofed hotel room in Angel Heart. The drops of rain gradually turn to drops of blood as the sex scene gradually becomes violent. Eventually, blood is pouring down the walls.
  • At the end of Evil Dead (2013), blood begins to rain from the sky as The Taker of Souls rises.
  • Drops of blood fall from the ceiling in the original House on Haunted Hill (1959) (the Vincent Price version). Most of the supernatural elements in the movie are explained away as tricks but it's never resolved just who or what those drops came from (which is why this is here and not in form one).
  • In Nope, the alien creature hovers over the house with dozens of people trapped in its digestive tract. A horrible crunching noise later, and first inedible objects (keys, coins, a wheelchair) start falling on the roof before a torrent of blood and gore starts pouring out of its "mouth". The creature is vomiting all over the house to mark its territory and threaten the Haywoods.
  • Rapture-Palooza features blood raining from the sky as a sign of the apocalypse - since the main characters are already Conditioned to Accept Horror, it's just treated as a particularly disgusting annoyance.
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street has blood raining in the opening.
  • Turbo Kid features a literal shower of blood at the end after the Kid uses a beach umbrella to impale and then kill Skeletron. It also counts as a Romantic Rain, amusingly enough.

  • Forest Kingdom: Early on in the Hawk & Fisher spinoff series' book 2 (Winner Takes All), a magical attempt on a politician's life causes a rain of blood inside his house. The blood then forms into monsters and attacks everyone.
  • Frequently occurs in Will Leicester's Hell's Bells series. Interestingly, since the books are set in Hell, it's seen as a perfectly normal weather condition and is actually considered somewhat beautiful by Zack. Archer disagrees.
  • In Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, this is one of the things the Gamemakers do during the titular Deadly Game.
  • In I Shall Wear Midnight, Keepsake Hall used to be afflicted with this trope at the instigation of a former Duke's ghost. In more recent times, he's given up on such gory methods of haunting, and settles for pulling the chain on the lavatory toilet instead.
  • In the Malazan Book of the Fallen, War God Fener takes the form of a humongous cloud in the shape of a boar at the end of The Crippled God, and rains down his blood on the battlefield by the Spire when Karsa Orlong kills him.
  • Tian Guan Ci Fu: This is how Hua Cheng got his moniker, Crimson Rain Sought Flower (he even carries around an actual umbrella just in case he comes across a situation where he needs to recreate it). Occasionally, Qi Rong will try to imitate him, but his efforts are far more crude and gauche.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Carnivàle, Brother Justin gets a vision involving snow that turns into a rain of blood in the street. He thinks it's a sign from God. Oh, how wrong he is...
  • In the first season of Dexter, the title character has a disturbing dream that begins with rain that turns to blood. Then it gets worse.
  • Game of Thrones. During the massacre at the Moles Town brothel, Gilly sees blood dripping from between the ceiling boards, several Thenns with big axes having gone upstairs earlier.
  • Smallville had a bodiless version with a recurring dream. Lex Luthor is dressed in white out in the open. Suddenly it begins raining blood, soaking his outfit into a crimson color.

  • "Raining Blood" by Slayer. After a particularly chaotic outro, there's 40 seconds or so of the sound of rain. Presumably, given the lyrics and title, it's raining blood.
  • The Insane Clown Posse is fond of this trope, usually combined with the Bloody Bowels of Hell.
    • In "The Killing Fields", a song that takes place in Hell and describes the environment in great detail, it is mentioned that "heavy red and black clouds" occasionally gather to rain blood and internal organs on the damned.
    • In "Hell's Forecast", the entire song is about a bewildered man waking up to discover that it is raining corpses and blood, only to realize at the end that he has died and gone to Hell.

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    Religion and Mythology 

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Exalted, the aptly-named Blood Monsoon, a powerful necromantic spell, causes a geyser of blood followed by a torrential downpour of blood over a few miles' radius.
  • A journeyman druid spell in Ironclaw causes not only blood but gore and entrails to rain down on one's foes. It causes some damage and quite understandably freaks those enemies out if they fail their saves. But it's Unholy Magic and therefore carries certain risks.
  • The Bloodspeakers pulled this off in Legend of the Five Rings, tainting a large number of samurai/shugenja in the process.
  • A low-level wizard spell from the Ravenloft setting has this effect, which is mostly of use as a scare tactic.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Rains of hot blood are one of the most common weather conditions on Daemon Worlds ruled by followers of Khorne, god of blood and skulls. This bloody downpour will also often follow Khorne’s daemonic servants when they make war in the material universe.
    • The skies above a Maelstrom of Gore formation of Khorne Berzerkers are filled with crimson thunderheads that crackle with the power of the Blood God. As the Berzerker’s fury reaches its height these clouds burst, unleashing a downpour of blood that drives Khorne’s followers to even greater heights of madness and slaughter.
  • Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: One Ritual causes a torrential hour-long rain of blood over five square miles, blotting out the sky and potentially causing floods. Vampires use it to feed their armies and demoralize mortals, but if they fail at the ritual, it rains Holy Water on them instead.

    Video Games 
  • Bloodborne, unsurprisingly. Boss enemies explode in a great flash when being slain, sometimes followed by a literal rain of blood from the sky or ceiling.
  • In Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles, one of Dracula's third form's attacks literally makes the blood rain from above.
  • In Diablo IV, a rain of blood falls on Caldeum after Lilith opens the Gates of Hell beneath it.
  • In Divinity: Original Sin II, two combined Necromancer-Hydrosophist spells produce this effect:
    • "Raining Blood" coats the ground with blood (which can be interacted with via the game's Geo Effects system). It puts out fires like regular Rain, but also causes anyone in the area without physical armor to begin bleeding.
    • "Blood Storm" both saturates the area with blood and strikes all enemies with bolts of coagulated blood over multiple turns, dealing heavy Non-Elemental damage and inflicting multiple debuffs.
  • Dwarf Fortress has this as a regular weather phenomenon in evil biomes. The fact that this is one of the better possibilities if it starts to rain speaks volumes about what kind of land we're dealing with.
    • One amusing bug that was run into during development resulted in skin flake snow.
  • In Eternal Darkness when your sanity gets really low the ceilings appear to drip blood. This causes damage to you, indicating that your body is starting to suffer from the stress on your mind.
  • Final Fantasy XIV has a boss which uses an attack actually called Blood Rain; used right after eating an add, the more health the add had when eaten the more damage it does. Take too long to kill her and she'll eat one of the players triggering a Blood Rain that instantly kills off everyone else.
  • In Killer7, KAEDE Smith's gimmick involves causing a blood shower by slitting her wrists in order to break certain barriers.
  • The Sorrow, from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. It rains blood when he shows up at least twice!
    • A red shower is also the result of a Smile experiment on Andrei Ulmeyda, which happens to be filled with the diseases Ulmeyda infected himself with as a form of thrillseeking. It's so infectious it kills anyone hit with it except the Killer7 (they're dead to begin with) and Gabriel Clemence, Ulmeyda's follower, who is immune to said diseases due to the cult's rituals.
  • In one of the chapters in Ninja Gaiden II (2008), Elizebet utilizes the Demon Statue that she stole from the Dragon Clan to begin the rebirth of the Archfiend. Cue blood raining from the sky for no other reason than to have the next part of the level look cool.
  • Outlast II has blood rain appear in some scenes. These are presumably hallucinations on the protagonist's part; the whole game is his descent into madness.
  • In Persona 5, after Yaldabaoth brings Mementos into reality, blood begins to rain from the sky.
  • In RosenkreuzStilette Freudenstachel, Grolla gets a bloody rainstorm near the end of her stage.
  • If you let the clock run up to twelve midnight in The Sexy Brutale, no matter what room you're in, it'll start raining blood. It's later revealed to be the tears of the King in Red.
  • In Siren 1, it is strongly implied that within the village proper all sources of water in nature turns to blood (well, technically it's some kind of plague water, but...). It's even used to justify your regenerating health, since you keep regenerating because the water is already in your veins, slowly transforming you into a shibito and, unless the person has a certain family's blood in them, there's no avoiding this fate. Even then, once the water is in the character's veins they are stuck in the underworld for good.
  • Sword of Mana has a blood rain that is actually benevolent. Slaying a certain monster responsible for a curse will cause her blood to rain down on the kingdom, breaking the curse by melting the ice she had encased everyone in.
  • Vampires Dawn: A rain of blood signaled the beginning of the Holy Crusades against vampires.
  • From Warcraft III: "My blood cries out for the vengeance of my people's blood, which can only be repaid with at least twice as much blood! Or maybe three times as much blood! Like if you went to hell, and it was full of blood, and that blood was on fire, and it was raining blood, then maybe that would be enough blood! Eh… but probably not."
    • In a more serious example, the starting area for the Death Knight class in World of Warcraft ends with blood raining from the sky as you and a small army of the Scourge assault Light's Hope Chapel. The rain and the battle end with the appearance of Tirion Fordring.
    • And it's referred to specifically in the Scourge's call to battle by Darion Mograine:
    Highlord Darion Mograine: Soldiers of the Scourge, death knights of Acherus, minions of the darkness: hear the call of the Highlord! RISE! The skies turn red with the blood of the fallen! The Lich King watches over us, minions! Leave only ashes and misery in your destructive wake!

    Web Animation 
  • HTF +: Due to the return of Evil Pinkie Pie this happens in HTF+CC 1.


    Western Animation 
  • The Batman vs. Dracula: Batman defeats Vampire Joker by knocking over shelves loaded with blood samples (they're battling in the storage area of a blood bank); as the blood starts raining down around Joker, he's distracted trying to slurp it up and Bats knocks him unconscious.
  • In the first episode of Castlevania (2017), Dracula's first attack on Wallachia is signaled by blood raining from the sky. It's just a drop at first, then blood pours down in torrents, along with stillborn demon fetuses before the legions of hell break loose all over the city.
  • In Gravity Falls episode "Weirdmageddon Part 1", this isn't shown onscreen, but a news report mentions blood rain. The river is red, so it's likely that it turned to blood as well.
  • Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Pestilence causes this, along with a plague of locusts to herald the rapture in Squidbillies. The Cuylers happily eat the locusts and drink the blood, or as they call them "fried chicken and fruit punch."
    Pestilence: It's blood! A sea of Blood! (Beat) Okay, they're drinkin' the blood. What the hell? What the hell?
  • In Rick and Morty episode "Anatomy Park", after Rick enlarges a corpse over the country to make an opening for Morty and others to escape through, he then blows the body up, causing blood to rain everywhere.
  • The Simpsons: In "Thank God It's Doomsday", Homer believes the apocalypse is coming when he sees blood dropping from the sky. It turns out to be from a helicopter carrying an injured whale back to the sea, with the Sea Captain, armed with a harpoon, chasing it from behind in another copter.


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