History Main / DistinguishingMark

2nd Nov '17 1:53:56 PM sablesword
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See also ScarsAreForever. For a 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.

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See also ScarsAreForever. For a Distinguishing Mark that marks the ChosenOne, see BirthmarkOfDestiny. If the Distinguishing Mark shows that the character is supernatural or magical, it's MarkOfTheSupernatural. If the Distinguishing Mark shows that the character is or was a slave, it's a SlaveBrand. 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.
29th Oct '17 8:40:46 PM Mullon
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** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' Paya is named after the papaya seed shaped birthmark [[spoiler: "...smack in the middle of her left butt cheek!"]]
9th Oct '17 1:28:33 PM MikeW
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** Ivar is in Kells hunting a thief who stole a sacred chalice from his people. He knows him only by a scar at his forehead. During a battle with Torc, Ivar knocks off the man's helmet to see the scar and realizes Torc is the thief. Torc openly boasts he drinks from that cup every night to anger Ivar who is dedicated to getting the chalice back.
9th Oct '17 1:18:31 PM MikeW
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* On an episode of ''Series/{{Highlander}}'', the widow of a Watcher wants to expose Immortals to the media. A newspaper publisher naturally doesn't believe her story of people who can live forever and engage in sword duels to the death. She shows him a database featuring a man the publisher knows as a powerful millionaire, noting the man's facial scar. She then begins showing photos of a variety of men over the centuries, from World War II to the 1890s to the Civil War and the early 19th century. The publisher's jaw drops when he sees that each of these "men" has the exact same scar and realizes they're all the same man.

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* On an episode of ''Series/{{Highlander}}'', the widow of a Watcher wants to expose Immortals to the media. A newspaper publisher naturally doesn't believe her story of people who can live forever and engage in sword duels to the death. She shows him a database featuring a man the publisher knows as a powerful millionaire, noting the man's facial scar. She then begins showing photos of a variety of men over the centuries, decades, from World War II to the 1890s to the Civil War and the early 19th century. The publisher's jaw drops when he sees that that, while the name, hair styles and clothing are different, each of these "men" men has the exact same scar and realizes they're all the same man.
9th Oct '17 1:12:34 PM MikeW
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* On an episode of ''Series/{{Highlander}}'', the widow of a Watcher wants to expose Immortals to the media. A newspaper publisher naturally doesn't believe her story of people who can live forever and engage in sword duels to the death. She shows him a database featuring a men the publisher knows as a powerful millionaire, noting the man's facial scar. She then begins showing photos of a variety of men over the centuries, from World War II to the 1890s to the Civil War and the early 19th century. The publisher's jaw drops when he sees that each of these "men" has the exact same scar and realizes they're all the same man.

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* On an episode of ''Series/{{Highlander}}'', the widow of a Watcher wants to expose Immortals to the media. A newspaper publisher naturally doesn't believe her story of people who can live forever and engage in sword duels to the death. She shows him a database featuring a men man the publisher knows as a powerful millionaire, noting the man's facial scar. She then begins showing photos of a variety of men over the centuries, from World War II to the 1890s to the Civil War and the early 19th century. The publisher's jaw drops when he sees that each of these "men" has the exact same scar and realizes they're all the same man.
9th Oct '17 1:12:01 PM MikeW
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* On an episode of ''Series/Highlander'', the widow of a Watcher wants to expose Immortals to the media. A newspaper publisher naturally doesn't believe her story of people who can live forever and engage in sword duels to the death. She shows him a database featuring a men the publisher knows as a powerful millionaire, noting the man's facial scar. She then begins showing photos of a variety of men over the centuries, from World War II to the 1890s to the Civil War and the early 19th century. The publisher's jaw drops when he sees that each of these "men" has the exact same scar and realizes they're all the same man.

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* On an episode of ''Series/Highlander'', ''Series/{{Highlander}}'', the widow of a Watcher wants to expose Immortals to the media. A newspaper publisher naturally doesn't believe her story of people who can live forever and engage in sword duels to the death. She shows him a database featuring a men the publisher knows as a powerful millionaire, noting the man's facial scar. She then begins showing photos of a variety of men over the centuries, from World War II to the 1890s to the Civil War and the early 19th century. The publisher's jaw drops when he sees that each of these "men" has the exact same scar and realizes they're all the same man.
9th Oct '17 1:11:36 PM MikeW
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* On an episode of ''Series/Highlander'', the widow of a Watcher wants to expose Immortals to the media. A newspaper publisher naturally doesn't believe her story of people who can live forever and engage in sword duels to the death. She shows him a database featuring a men the publisher knows as a powerful millionaire, noting the man's facial scar. She then begins showing photos of a variety of men over the centuries, from World War II to the 1890s to the Civil War and the early 19th century. The publisher's jaw drops when he sees that each of these "men" has the exact same scar and realizes they're all the same man.
26th Jun '17 3:29:27 PM creader
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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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[[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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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* 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.
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