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Basic Trope: Blood is shown as black instead of normal red.

  • Straight: A character becomes wounded, and is shown bleeding blackish blood.
  • Exaggerated:
    • An Ax Crazy character goes on a murderous rampage, and the result is an area with blood everywhere, all of it as black as tar.
    • Everything that should be red is shown as black instead.
  • Downplayed: A character is wounded, and bleeds maroon blood.
  • Justified:
    • The wounded character is not human, so their blood looks different.
    • Alternatively: The point-of-view character suffers from protanopia -- the lack of red light receptors in the eye -- and blood looks dark as a consequence.
    • Or the wounded character is being seen on a black-and-white TV monitor (perhaps an older security camera)
  • Inverted: Blood is shown being far brighter a shade of red than possible in reality.
  • Subverted: The black "blood" isn't really blood at all, and when characters do end up bleeding, it's normal red.
  • Double Subverted: The black "blood" is a different substance, so we assume characters will still bleed red. However, once they really do get injured, their blood is still pitch black.
  • Parodied: Blood in the series is frequently confused with oil.
  • Deconstructed: The characters in the series suffer from severe anemia caused by iron deficiency; iron is what makes blood red, so their blood can appear black. The other symptoms of anemia cause the characters much suffering.
  • Reconstructed: The art is highly stylized, with unrealistic colors used in many places for dramatic effect.
  • Zig Zagged: It's a black liquid splattered or smeared somewhere, but the story keeps flipping views on whether it's blood or not.
  • Averted:
    • Characters bleed. The blood is normal red.
    • Nobody is shown bleeding.
  • Enforced: It's a family friendly show, and making the blood black lets them get away with some violence without getting too gruesome.
  • Lampshaded: "Oh no, this blood is going to leave black stains everywhere!"
  • Invoked: A character drinks some sort of chemical that will turn his blood black, knowing that he will soon die- he doesn't want to startle bystanders too much.
  • Defied: A character makes sure to get enough iron, thus ensuring that his blood stays red.
  • Discussed: "Isn't blood supposed to be red?" "Yeah." "So why is ours black?"
  • Conversed: "That one show always shies away from showing blood, and now when they do, it's black? Come on!"

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