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Basic Trope: A character who receives horrible injuries wears red.

  • Straight: Alice is wearing red in battle and gets stabbed by her opponent.
  • Exaggerated: Anyone wearing any red during battle gets brutally sliced up by the enemy.
  • Downplayed: Alice gets a punch in the nose and a consequent nosebleed in a fight while wearing a red jacket.
  • Justified: The bright red made Alice stand out more among her comrades, and so the enemy decided to target her.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Alice, battling while wearing all red, looks to be wounded...but it turns out not to be her blood on her clothing, but her opponent's instead.
    • Alternatively, Alice goes to the battle and seemingly survives without a scratch, but it's revealed that she has, indeed, gotten severely wounded or maybe even killed while wearing the red jacket.
  • Double Subverted: ...Until later in the battle, when her opponent really does severely wound her.
  • Parodied:
    • Anyone who will wear red will get injured during the very same minute when they dress themselves up or will have accidents happen during the whole day.
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    • Alice, wearing a red jacket, manages to avoid injury by taking the jacket off and throwing it at a nearby parking meter. The jacket and parking meter are mangled beyond recognition, but Alice is unharmed.
    • Alice is also wearing brown pants in case she craps them out of fear.
    • Alice is wearing a red jacket, is wounded, bleeds all over it, discards it, gets a green jacket, is wounded again, and bleeds green this time.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice, wearing her red jacket, seems to alternate between appearing to be fine and terribly wounded, until nobody can tell how she's really doing.
  • Averted: Nobody wearing any particular color is more likely to be injured in the battle.
  • Enforced: "We want people to see her get injured, but she's surrounded by a swarm of ordinary soldiers in all these scenes - let's make her wear red, so it sticks out."
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  • Lampshaded: "Oh, look, the blood matches my shirt!"
  • Invoked: Knowing she'll probably be wounded in battle, Alice wears red so that the blood won't stand out too much, so that her comrades won't start worrying.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "NO! Alice! Don't wear red to battle! Those people always end up hurt!"
  • Discussed: "Why do the ones wearing red always end up the hurt ones? Shouldn't we just stop wearing red altogether, then?"
  • Conversed: Alice walks around wearing red and has a conversation with Bob on how, in various media, the color would mean bad news for her.
  • Deconstructed: Alice ends up dying because the medics didn't notice that she was bleeding out and appeared to only be unconscious.
  • Reconstructed: However, her death ends up causing the medics to use the powerful healing artifact meant for her on her badly wounded daughter instead, which is what she would have wanted anyway.

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