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Bloody Mary is a spirit of folklore and an urban myth which has inspired the legendary Candyman - sometimes referred to as "Hell Mary" this legend is one that has fascinated young people for generations: though the exact origins of the legend or its associated customs is unknown.
According to legend Bloody Mary is the ghost of an unhappy woman who either committed suicide due to having her baby stolen or was accused of murdering her children - depending on the variation used this turned her spirit mad with grief or anger and she would haunt the world via the use of mirrors (in an almost identical fashion to the Candyman).
Known in life as Mary Worth it is traditionally said that "Bloody Mary" will appear if a brave (or foolish) soul chants her name three or more times next to a mirror in complete darkness at midnight - according to the variations of the legend above one is also said to be able to make the ghost appear via stating "Bloody Mary, I killed your baby" or "I believe in Mary Worth".
Of course anyone foolish enough to provoke Bloody Mary is said to pay the price, unlike many ghosts (who merely scare humans) Bloody Mary is said to be capable of physical harm and will either kill her victims via disfigurement, decapitation or scratching their eyes out - if she is in a "merciful" mood Bloody Mary is said to simply turn her victim insane or (in rarer tales) she may take a fancy to someone and drag them into the mirror (presumably to the Other Side - like the ghosts in Poltergeist did).
Although the tales of Bloody Mary are dismissed as a modern fairytale of sorts by most people it is still a popular "game" amongst certain groups of people and may even be a rite of passage to some, a means of confronting one's fears or a way to play a mean prank on someone.
In Other Media
- Bloody Mary is a popular character in fiction and has appeared in varied TV shows such as The X-Files, Ghost Whisperer and Supernatural.
- She also appeared as the icon for Halloween Horror Nights: Reflections of Fear at Universal Orlando Resort in 2008.
- There also do exist parodies of the urban legend, such as Ybgir from the Cartoon Network series Regular Show and Scary Teri in Teen Titans Go.
- A vampire queen in InFamous: Festival of Blood, whom is happened to be main antagoinist of the game, shared her moniker with Bloody Mary.
- The term "Bloody Mary" was used to describe Mary I due to her persecution of the Anglican Church and Protestants all over England during her reign as the country's queen from 1553 until her death in 1558.