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26th Jun '17 3:29:27 PM creader
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* In ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', Count Rugen is identified by his [[RedRightHand sixth finger on his right hand]].
* There's a royal birthmark (the Purple Pimpernel) on the royal posterior of the true heir to the throne in ''Film/TheCourtJester''. Creator/DannyKaye's character gets to show the infant's bottom to everyone to gain their reverence.
* ''LAConfidential'': A mother cannot initially ID her daughter in the morgue. The Coroner prompts her with Detective Lieutenant Exley and Officer Bud White hanging on her every word:
-->'''Coroner:''' Mrs. Lefferts, does your daughter have any distinguishing marks?
-->'''Mrs. Lefferts:''' She has a birthmark on her hip. It's her. My baby!
** The scene won the [[http://www.skinema.com/Skinnies1998.html 1998 Skinny Award]] for "Best birthmark used to further the plot".

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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', Count Rugen is identified by his [[RedRightHand sixth finger on his right hand]].
* There's a royal birthmark (the Purple Pimpernel) on the royal posterior of the true heir to the throne in ''Film/TheCourtJester''. Creator/DannyKaye's character gets to show the infant's bottom to everyone to gain their reverence.
* ''LAConfidential'': A mother cannot initially ID her daughter in the morgue. The Coroner prompts her with Detective Lieutenant Exley and Officer Bud White hanging on her every word:
-->'''Coroner:''' Mrs. Lefferts, does your daughter have any distinguishing marks?
-->'''Mrs. Lefferts:''' She has a birthmark on her hip. It's her. My baby!
** The scene won the [[http://www.skinema.com/Skinnies1998.html 1998 Skinny Award]] for "Best birthmark used to further the plot".
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* In ''Film/HongKilDong'', Hong Kil Dong recognizes the bandit that tried to kill him when he was a child, by noticing the scar on the bandit's hand where young Kil Dong bit him.
* In ''The Inspector General'' the only thing which distinguishes identical twins Izzick and Gizzick is a strawberry mark on Izzick's right leg which he tries to exhibit as proof of identity several times, only to be stopped by the mayor. When he finally gets to show it off without interruption, it turns out to be on his ''brother's'' leg.
* In Creator/CharlieChaplin film ''Film/TheVagabond'', the woman who was kidnapped as a child is recognized by a distinctive birthmark, seen when her mother views her portrait.


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* In ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', Count Rugen is identified by his [[RedRightHand sixth finger on his right hand]].
* There's a royal birthmark (the Purple Pimpernel) on the royal posterior of the true heir to the throne in ''Film/TheCourtJester''. Creator/DannyKaye's character gets to show the infant's bottom to everyone to gain their reverence.
* ''LAConfidential'': A mother cannot initially ID her daughter in the morgue. The Coroner prompts her with Detective Lieutenant Exley and Officer Bud White hanging on her every word:
-->'''Coroner:''' Mrs. Lefferts, does your daughter have any distinguishing marks?
-->'''Mrs. Lefferts:''' She has a birthmark on her hip. It's her. My baby!
** The scene won the [[http://www.skinema.com/Skinnies1998.html 1998 Skinny Award]] for "Best birthmark used to further the plot".
* In ''Film/HongKilDong'', Hong Kil Dong recognizes the bandit that tried to kill him when he was a child, by noticing the scar on the bandit's hand where young Kil Dong bit him.
* In ''The Inspector General'' the only thing which distinguishes identical twins Izzick and Gizzick is a strawberry mark on Izzick's right leg which he tries to exhibit as proof of identity several times, only to be stopped by the mayor. When he finally gets to show it off without interruption, it turns out to be on his ''brother's'' leg.
* In Creator/CharlieChaplin film ''Film/TheVagabond'', the woman who was kidnapped as a child is recognized by a distinctive birthmark, seen when her mother views her portrait.
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25th Jun '17 11:17:18 PM Eddy1215
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** The author, as described by the shapeshifter is "a six fingered nerd" is in fact a Polydactylate. Notably this is the most obvious physical difference between himself and [[spoiler:his twin brother Stanley Pines.]]

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** The author, as described by the shapeshifter is as "a six fingered nerd" nerd", is in fact a Polydactylate.Polydactylate, with his hand being used as his emblem on his journals. Notably this is the most obvious physical difference between himself and [[spoiler:his twin brother Stanley Pines.]]
22nd Jun '17 1:47:33 PM Sketchdoll
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* Mari from ''Webcomic/{{Moxie}}'' has a tattoo mark on the inside of her right wrist, distinguishing her as a noble.
26th Apr '17 10:27:56 PM Alvin
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': When Cersei has but a price of [[spoiler: Tyrion]]'s head, the fact that [[spoiler:he's a dwarf without a nose]] makes it very hard for headhunters to falsify their clames. Not that they don't try. They show up with [[spoiler:the half-rotten heads of other dwarfs, with their noses cut off postmortem. Cersei is not impressed.]]

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': When Cersei has but a price of [[spoiler: Tyrion]]'s head, the fact that [[spoiler:he's a dwarf without a nose]] makes it very hard for headhunters to falsify their clames.claims. Not that they don't try. They show up with [[spoiler:the half-rotten heads of other dwarfs, with their noses cut off postmortem. Cersei is not impressed.]]



* PlayedForLaughs in the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk Takes On Manhattan", Monk recognizes a tiny mole on the perp's ear. He then spends an absurd amount of time describing the ear to a sketch artist. Later, when interviewing a suspect, Monk tries to get a peak at his ear.

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* PlayedForLaughs in the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk Takes On Manhattan", Monk recognizes a tiny mole on the perp's ear. He then spends an absurd amount of time describing the ear to a sketch artist. Later, when interviewing a suspect, Monk tries to get a peak peek at his ear.
1st Apr '17 12:57:29 PM Gamermaster
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* Meta example in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' where the maid at the end of chapter 28 can be identified by the audience as [[SmallRoleBigImpact the bandit girl]] due to the small scar on her left cheek. Taken further in the anime, since it's covered by her hair until the last second.

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* Meta example in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' where the maid at the end of chapter 28 can be identified by the audience as [[SmallRoleBigImpact the bandit girl]] due to the small scar on her left right cheek. Taken further in the anime, since it's covered by her hair until the last second.second for TheReveal.
1st Apr '17 12:56:38 PM Gamermaster
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* Meta example in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' where the maid at the end of chapter 28 can be identified by the audience as [[SmallRoleBigImpact the bandit girl]] due to the small scar on her left cheek. Taken further in the anime, since it's covered by her hair until the last second.
11th Mar '17 10:40:39 AM nombretomado
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* Subverted in ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', when Tarou notices a mermaid with RapunzelHair and is sure it must be Sara. It's not. ''All'' mermaids have long hair, and they otherwise looked nothing alike.

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* Subverted in ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', when Tarou notices a mermaid with RapunzelHair and is sure it must be Sara. It's not. ''All'' mermaids have long hair, and they otherwise looked nothing alike.
1st Mar '17 1:53:28 PM eroock
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See also ScarsAreForever. For a DistinguishingMark that marks the ChosenOne, see BirthmarkOfDestiny. If the Distinguishing Mark shows that the character is supernatural or magical, it's MarkOfTheSupernatural. If it is meant to show that a character is (or is assumed by others characters to be) evil, then it's the RedRightHand. Overlaps with FacialMarkings if it's located somewhere on the face.

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See also ScarsAreForever. For a DistinguishingMark Distinguishing Mark that marks the ChosenOne, see BirthmarkOfDestiny. If the Distinguishing Mark shows that the character is supernatural or magical, it's MarkOfTheSupernatural. If it is meant to show that a character is (or is assumed by others characters to be) evil, then it's the RedRightHand. Overlaps with FacialMarkings if it's located somewhere on the face.
20th Jan '17 7:34:40 AM Kirayoshi
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* Hiccup in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' has a tiny scar on his chin. In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'', it is revealed he got the scar when he was clawed by a dragon as a baby. When Valka first confronts Hiccup she stops short when she recognizes his scar.
-->'''Valka''': Hiccup? Could-could it be? After all these years? How is this possible?\\
'''Hiccup''': Uh, should I... should I know you?\\
'''Valka''': No. You were only a babe. But [[LukeIAmYourFather a mother never forgets.]]
27th Nov '16 3:34:14 PM Kirayoshi
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[[folder:Music]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcrbM1l_BoI In this video for Avicii's "Wake Me Up"]], two girls (implied to be either mother and daughter or older and younger sisters) living on a farm each bear a birthmark or tattoo of two triangles (the Avicii logo), the older on her right arm, the younger on her left shoulder, and are clearly shunned by others in a nearby town. At one point, the older girl rides her horse to a neighboring town, where she meets other people with the Avicii logo mark on their bodies. They welcome her and take her dancing. The next day, the older girl tells the younger to pack her things, because they're going to a place where they belong.
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