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5th Sep '16 7:17:33 PM SkyHavenPath13
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* Averted by most alchemists who use circles since they either have them sewn or carved onto gloves or gauntlets. This method can present obvious difficulties as shown notably during Mustang's fight with Lust because his he's usually useless without them. He ends up playing it straight when he has to carve his cricle into his hand in desperation.

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* ** Averted by most alchemists who use circles since they either have them sewn or carved onto gloves or gauntlets. This method can present obvious difficulties as shown notably during Mustang's fight with Lust because his he's usually useless without them. He ends up playing it straight when he has to carve his cricle into his hand in desperation.



** Scar's just happens to be a little more multi-purpose. In the first anime, his brother eventually upgraded to HumanNotepad.

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** *** Scar's just happens to be a little more multi-purpose. In the first anime, his brother eventually upgraded to HumanNotepad.



*** lampshaded in the omake when Lust is idefied as Havoc's new girlfriend due to he tattoo on her sternum above her breasts.

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*** lampshaded in the omake when Lust is idefied identified as Havoc's new girlfriend due to he tattoo on her sternum above her breasts.
10th Aug '16 1:51:58 PM BlackGryphon101
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** Most alchemists who are dependent upon circles have them tattooed on their hands/arms for convenience.

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** Most * Averted by most alchemists who are dependent upon use circles since they either have them sewn or carved onto gloves or gauntlets. This method can present obvious difficulties as shown notably during Mustang's fight with Lust because his he's usually useless without them. He ends up playing it straight when he has to carve his cricle into his hand in desperation.
***Kimblee plays it straight as he just has
them tattooed on their hands/arms for convenience.onto his palms.



** And those Homunculi, too.

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** And those Homunculi, too.Homunculi are easily identified by their Ouroboros mark tattooed on their bodies.
***lampshaded in the omake when Lust is idefied as Havoc's new girlfriend due to he tattoo on her sternum above her breasts.
3rd Aug '16 5:18:33 PM merotoker
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* In the firs season of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', when nearly every citizen in town got powers from GreenRocks, a gang has tattoos with meteor rock ink that allow them to pass through solid matter.

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* In the firs first season of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', when nearly every citizen in town got powers from GreenRocks, a gang has tattoos with meteor rock ink that allow them to pass through solid matter.
3rd Aug '16 5:16:25 PM merotoker
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* The Sekirei crests, located on the upper back, in ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}''
* The mark of the Battling God from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''

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* The Sekirei crests, located on the upper back, in ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}''
''Manga/{{Sekirei}}''.
* The mark of the Battling God from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.



* All the HOMRA clan members from ''Anime/{{K}}'' bear a stylized, flame-shaped tattoo somewhere on their bodies. Its location is different for each person and it appears to be burnt onto their skin (or inside an eye for Anna) if they were [[InitiationCeremony able to pass Mikoto's test to join the clan]]. Notably, in this case the tattoos only signify that the clansman has officially joined and shares the same power as their King. As a result, they seldom glow except [[spoiler:when their King's power is going out of control]], during which they appear to cause the clansman some physical pain while glowing. Additionally, [[spoiler:after Mikoto's death, all the tattoos - including [[{{Turncoat}} Fushimi's]] - eventually glow while leaving their bodies and float up into the sky at the same time.]]

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* All the HOMRA clan members from ''Anime/{{K}}'' bear a stylized, flame-shaped tattoo somewhere on their bodies. Its location is different for each person and it appears to be burnt onto their skin (or inside an eye for Anna) if they were [[InitiationCeremony able to pass Mikoto's test to join the clan]]. Notably, in this case the tattoos only signify that the clansman has officially joined and shares the same power as their King. As a result, they seldom glow except [[spoiler:when their King's power is going out of control]], during which they appear to cause the clansman some physical pain while glowing. Additionally, [[spoiler:after Mikoto's death, all the tattoos - including [[{{Turncoat}} Fushimi's]] - eventually glow while leaving their bodies and float up into the sky at the same time.]]time]].



* Hiei from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''.

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* *''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': Hiei from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''.has the Dragon of The Darkness Flame tattooed on his arm.



* Negi from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' gets these when he initially activates his [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Magia Erebea]]

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* Negi from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' gets these when he initially activates his [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Magia Erebea]]Erebea]].



** Aqualad, of Comicbook/YoungJustice, has tattoos down his arms and legs that glow when he uses his hydrokinesis or his electro-shock powers

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** Aqualad, of Comicbook/YoungJustice, has tattoos down his arms and legs that glow when he uses his hydrokinesis or his electro-shock powerspowers.



** WarrenEllis's AlternateContinuity, ''newuniversal'', takes it a step further and has four "power glyphs": the Starbrand glyph as above, the Justice glyph (which lets the bearer DetectEvil and generate {{Laser Blade}}s), the Nightmask glyph (which gives the bearer powerful [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic abilities]]) and the Cipher glyph (which gives the bearer the ability to [[GadgeteerGenius create advanced technology]]) equating to the four heroes of the original New Universe (Star Brand, Justice, Nightmask, and Spitfire).
** The new character Ink in the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' comics has a different power for each tattoo he has. [[spoiler:At first he thought he was a {{mutant|s}} who would get powers based on his tattoos, but it turns out his tattoo artist is a mutant who could give people powers by giving them tattoos.]]

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** WarrenEllis's Creator/WarrenEllis's AlternateContinuity, ''newuniversal'', takes it a step further and has four "power glyphs": the Starbrand glyph as above, the Justice glyph (which lets the bearer DetectEvil and generate {{Laser Blade}}s), the Nightmask glyph (which gives the bearer powerful [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic abilities]]) and the Cipher glyph (which gives the bearer the ability to [[GadgeteerGenius create advanced technology]]) equating to the four heroes of the original New Universe (Star Brand, Justice, Nightmask, and Spitfire).
** The new character Ink in the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' ''ComicBook/XMen'' comics has a different power for each tattoo he has. [[spoiler:At first he thought he was a {{mutant|s}} who would get powers based on his tattoos, but it turns out his tattoo artist is a mutant who could give people powers by giving them tattoos.]]



* Smaxx from ''TopTen''. A tattoo unwittingly left on his chest by a dying princess is the focus of much power-usage.

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* Smaxx from ''TopTen''.''Comicbook/TopTen''. A tattoo unwittingly left on his chest by a dying princess is the focus of much power-usage.



* In the film ''Film/{{Constantine}}'', the title character has two symmetrical tattoos on his forearms. When he puts them together they form an alchemy design: A fire triangle with three radiating arrows below representing the “Perfect Red King,” the Sulfur of the Philosophers.

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* In the film ''Film/{{Constantine}}'', the title character has two symmetrical tattoos on his forearms. When he puts them together they form an alchemy design: A fire triangle with three radiating arrows below representing the “Perfect Red King,” the Sulfur of the Philosophers.



* ''Literature/TheMalazanBookOfTheFallen'' features handless ex-priest Heboric, who is covered from head to toe in script and ritual symbols. The tattoos' power is hinted at when he is first introduced, and eventually [[spoiler:they grow off his body to replace his severed hands.]]

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* ''Literature/TheMalazanBookOfTheFallen'' features handless ex-priest Heboric, who is covered from head to toe in script and ritual symbols. The tattoos' power is hinted at when he is first introduced, and eventually [[spoiler:they grow off his body to replace his severed hands.]]hands]].



* The ''IronDruidChronicles'': Atticus, and other druids who care to exist are connected to the Earth via tattoos, giving them their awesome druidic powers.

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* The ''IronDruidChronicles'': ''Literature/IronDruidChronicles'': Atticus, and other druids who care to exist are connected to the Earth via tattoos, giving them their awesome druidic powers.



* Played straight in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' with [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Nikki/Jessica.]]

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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''
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Played straight in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' with [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Nikki/Jessica.]]



* In the first season of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', when nearly every citizen in town got powers from GreenRocks, a gang has tattoos with meteor rock ink that allow them to pass through solid matter.

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* In the first firs season of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', when nearly every citizen in town got powers from GreenRocks, a gang has tattoos with meteor rock ink that allow them to pass through solid matter.



** 3e ForgottenRealms {{sourcebook}} ''Lords of Darkness'' has Tattoo Magic as item creation feat (mostly, for Red Wizards) -- this variety holds an arbitrary low-level spell affecting the bearer, is touch-activated and counts as a magical item worn on the inscribed body part.

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** 3e ForgottenRealms TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms {{sourcebook}} ''Lords of Darkness'' has Tattoo Magic as item creation feat (mostly, for Red Wizards) -- this variety holds an arbitrary low-level spell affecting the bearer, is touch-activated and counts as a magical item worn on the inscribed body part.



* Used literally in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' where Tattoos are one of the main pieces of equipment and confer numerous benefits on their wearer, as well as some playing a part in the plot. In addition, one of the Nameless One's non-equipment tattoos is [[MarkOfTheBeast the Symbol of Torment]], [[spoiler:a physical manifestation of pain that he always bears, even if he forgets it's there. Do things right in the game, and his torment ends -- and the tattoo falls off.]]

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* Used literally in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' where Tattoos are one of the main pieces of equipment and confer numerous benefits on their wearer, as well as some playing a part in the plot. In addition, one of the Nameless One's non-equipment tattoos is [[MarkOfTheBeast the Symbol of Torment]], [[spoiler:a physical manifestation of pain that he always bears, even if he forgets it's there. Do things right in the game, and his torment ends -- and the tattoo falls off.]]off]].



* Although never seen due to graphics limitations, enemy mages in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate 2'' have these. They operate as an improved Contingency spell [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard granting the ability to simultaneously cast multiple spells of any level]].

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* Although never seen due to graphics limitations, enemy mages in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate 2'' ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' have these. They operate as an improved Contingency spell [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard granting the ability to simultaneously cast multiple spells of any level]].



* In ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}'', the Defiant faction's resident [[FiveRaces stouts]] canonically tattoo themselves heavily, both to [[StoryboardBody commemorate their accomplishments]] and to [[HumanNotepad help channel their elemental heritage]]. Unfortunately, while this can be seen on {{NPC}}s, it's [[GameplayAndStorySegregation not really an option for players]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}'', the Defiant faction's resident [[FiveRaces stouts]] canonically tattoo themselves heavily, both to [[StoryboardBody commemorate their accomplishments]] and to [[HumanNotepad help channel their elemental heritage]]. Unfortunately, while this can be seen on {{NPC}}s, {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs, it's [[GameplayAndStorySegregation not really an option for players]].



* ''VideoGame/DungeonFighterOnline'': The [[LeeroyJenkins Male Fighter's]] subclass, [[KiAttacks Nen Master]], makes use of tattoos to harness the power of nen without having to devote time. [[http://dungeonfighter.nexon.net/GameGuide/Characters.aspx?page=malefighter According to the websight]], these tattoos [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique decrease someone's life span by several years.]]

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* ''VideoGame/DungeonFighterOnline'': The [[LeeroyJenkins Male Fighter's]] subclass, [[KiAttacks [[KiManipulation Nen Master]], makes use of tattoos to harness the power of nen without having to devote time. [[http://dungeonfighter.nexon.net/GameGuide/Characters.aspx?page=malefighter According to the websight]], these tattoos [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique decrease someone's life span by several years.]]



* In EveOnline, tattoos are a large part of the Minmatar backstory, and in the current setting there are special, nanite-powered tattoos, for example "War Tattoos" activated by adrenaline, or simply by their owners will. A more straightforward example of a Power Tattoo in the EVE-verse are the "Voluval" tattoos that form by themselves after a ritual and a mystical concoction is consumed, these Voluval marks can, among other things, help their recipient become a head of state or cast people out of their whole society - although this is largely because of beliefs and expectations attributed to certain types of tattoos, rather than the powers of tattoos themselves.

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* In EveOnline, ''VideoGame/EveOnline'', tattoos are a large part of the Minmatar backstory, and in the current setting there are special, nanite-powered tattoos, for example "War Tattoos" activated by adrenaline, or simply by their owners will. A more straightforward example of a Power Tattoo in the EVE-verse are the "Voluval" tattoos that form by themselves after a ritual and a mystical concoction is consumed, these Voluval marks can, among other things, help their recipient become a head of state or cast people out of their whole society - although this is largely because of beliefs and expectations attributed to certain types of tattoos, rather than the powers of tattoos themselves.



* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' magi coming from a lineage generally all have a Magic Crest of one sort or the other. It's a mixed blessing: it tends to make you better at whatever branch of magic that Crest is based (just needing to feed it mana to access a library of spells worked on by your ancesters) on and some have additional powers such as providing mana for usage (additional magic circuits literally) or [[spoiler:keeping Rin alive after getting stabbed because she wasn't out of mana yet.]] However, they bind you and drastically limit your options, and it is a burden of responsibility since you have to make it thrive and pass it down your child. Rin is somewhat jealous that Shirou was not raised as a proper Magi, because he is not tied down by this responsibility. Therefore he doesn't have one (not that he could inherit his adoptive father's Crest, since these only can be passed between the same bloodline) and doesn't think he should ever get one.

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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' magi coming from a lineage generally all have a Magic Crest of one sort or the other. It's a mixed blessing: it tends to make you better at whatever branch of magic that Crest is based (just needing to feed it mana to access a library of spells worked on by your ancesters) on and some have additional powers such as providing mana for usage (additional magic circuits literally) or [[spoiler:keeping Rin alive after getting stabbed because she wasn't out of mana yet.]] yet]]. However, they bind you and drastically limit your options, and it is a burden of responsibility since you have to make it thrive and pass it down your child. Rin is somewhat jealous that Shirou was not raised as a proper Magi, because he is not tied down by this responsibility. Therefore he doesn't have one (not that he could inherit his adoptive father's Crest, since these only can be passed between the same bloodline) and doesn't think he should ever get one.



* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has Aqualad, whose arms are tattooed. They [[PowerGlows glow]] when he is using his [[MakingASplash hydrokinesis]].
** All Atlantian magic using warriors have these. Those who completed the full training course like Tempest, Aquagirl, or Lagoon Boy (Aqualad dropped out to serve under Aquaman) can even hide the tattoos when they aren't using their powers.

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* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has Aqualad, whose arms are tattooed. They [[PowerGlows glow]] when he is using his [[MakingASplash hydrokinesis]].
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hydrokinesis]]. All Atlantian magic using warriors have these. Those who completed the full training course like Tempest, Aquagirl, or Lagoon Boy (Aqualad dropped out to serve under Aquaman) can even hide the tattoos when they aren't using their powers.
2nd Aug '16 12:45:38 PM narm00
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** There's also the Tattooed Monk prestige class, whose main aims is to get covered in Tattoos of Power.
** 3rd Edition supplement ''Relics & Rituals''. Tattoo magic allows useful tattoos to be implanted into the user's skin and activated as needed. They include Chardun's Might (+4 to Strength and Dexterity), Coreans' Forge (''Stoneskin'' spell on user) and Dragon (gain a dragon's breath weapon attack).
* TabletopGame/D20Modern setting Urban Arcna also features magic tattoos, that act like scrolls and are activated by touching + command word. Also, one of the organization, the Prancing Pony, a chain of medieval themed fast food, include minor wet transfer power tattoo boosting some skills for around 2-3 minutes in their [[BlandNameProduct Magic Meal]].

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** There's also the Tattooed Monk prestige class, whose main aims aim is to get covered in Tattoos of Power.
** 3rd Edition supplement ''Relics & Rituals''. Tattoo magic allows useful tattoos to be implanted into the user's skin and activated as needed. They include Chardun's Might (+4 to Strength and Dexterity), Coreans' Corean's Forge (''Stoneskin'' spell on user) and Dragon (gain a dragon's breath weapon attack).
* TabletopGame/D20Modern setting Urban Arcna Arcana also features magic tattoos, that act like scrolls and are activated by touching + command word. Also, one of the organization, organizations, the Prancing Pony, a chain of medieval themed fast food, include minor wet transfer power tattoo tattoos boosting some skills for around 2-3 minutes in their [[BlandNameProduct Magic Meal]].



** [[{{Portmanteau}} Electoos]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' they are a combination of tattoo, circuitry and cybernetics, which allow [[AveMachina Tech Priests]] to do some technological miracles. ''How'' they work is something that not even they fully understand.

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** [[{{Portmanteau}} Electoos]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' 40000}}''; they are a combination of tattoo, circuitry and cybernetics, which allow [[AveMachina Tech Priests]] to do some technological miracles. ''How'' they work is something that not even they fully understand.
30th Jul '16 11:01:25 AM nombretomado
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* D20Modern setting Urban Arcna also features magic tattoos, that act like scrolls and are activated by touching + command word. Also, one of the organization, the Prancing Pony, a chain of medieval themed fast food, include minor wet transfer power tattoo boosting some skills for around 2-3 minutes in their [[BlandNameProduct Magic Meal]].

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* D20Modern TabletopGame/D20Modern setting Urban Arcna also features magic tattoos, that act like scrolls and are activated by touching + command word. Also, one of the organization, the Prancing Pony, a chain of medieval themed fast food, include minor wet transfer power tattoo boosting some skills for around 2-3 minutes in their [[BlandNameProduct Magic Meal]].
29th Jul '16 6:27:51 AM SebastianGray
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** The Savage Orcs from TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}, and their Bonesplitterz successors from TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar, dub themselves in warpaint that they believe grants them the favour of their savage gods, giving them limited protection from even the most powerful of enemy attacks.

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** The Savage Orcs from TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}, and their Bonesplitterz successors from TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar, dub daub themselves in warpaint that they believe grants them the favour of their savage gods, giving them limited protection from even the most powerful of enemy attacks.
29th Jul '16 6:25:52 AM SebastianGray
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* [[{{Portmanteau}} Electoos]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' they are a combination of tattoo, circuitry and cybernetics, which allow [[AveMachina Tech Priests]] to do some technological miracles. ''How'' they work is something that not even they fully understand.

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* Creator/GamesWorkshop games:
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[[{{Portmanteau}} Electoos]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' they are a combination of tattoo, circuitry and cybernetics, which allow [[AveMachina Tech Priests]] to do some technological miracles. ''How'' they work is something that not even they fully understand.understand.
** The Savage Orcs from TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}, and their Bonesplitterz successors from TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar, dub themselves in warpaint that they believe grants them the favour of their savage gods, giving them limited protection from even the most powerful of enemy attacks.
13th Jul '16 10:03:41 PM lavendermintrose
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* All the HOMRA clan members from ''Anime/{{K}}'' bear a stylized, flame-shaped tattoo somewhere on their bodies. Its location is different for each person and it appears to be burnt onto their skin (or inside an eye for Anna) if they were [[InitiationCeremony able to pass Mikoto's test to join the clan]]. Notably, in this case the tattoos only signify that the clansman has officially joined and shares the same power as their King. As a result, they seldom glow except [[spoiler:when their King's power is going out of control]], during which they appear to cause the clansman some physical pain while glowing. Additionally, [[spoiler:after Mikoto's death, all the tattoos eventually glow while leaving their bodies and float up into the sky at the same time.]]

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* All the HOMRA clan members from ''Anime/{{K}}'' bear a stylized, flame-shaped tattoo somewhere on their bodies. Its location is different for each person and it appears to be burnt onto their skin (or inside an eye for Anna) if they were [[InitiationCeremony able to pass Mikoto's test to join the clan]]. Notably, in this case the tattoos only signify that the clansman has officially joined and shares the same power as their King. As a result, they seldom glow except [[spoiler:when their King's power is going out of control]], during which they appear to cause the clansman some physical pain while glowing. Additionally, [[spoiler:after Mikoto's death, all the tattoos - including [[{{Turncoat}} Fushimi's]] - eventually glow while leaving their bodies and float up into the sky at the same time.]]]]
* Apollon in his [[HotGod God Form]] in ''VisualNovel/KamigamiNoAsobi'' has lines up and down his arms, with circle parts. Some of the [[CrossoverCosmology other gods]] also have them, particularly Loki and Thor.
6th Jul '16 7:57:45 PM Lemia
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* In EveOnline, tattoos are a large part of the Minmatar backstory, and in the current setting there are special, nanite-powered tattoos, for example "War Tattoos" activated by adrenaline, or simply by their owners will. A more straightforward example of a Power Tattoo in the EVE-verse are the "Voluval" tattoos that form by themselves after a ritual and a mystical concoction is consumed, these Voluval marks can, among other things, help their recipient become a head of state or cast people out of their whole society - altough this is largely because of beliefs and expectations attributed to certain types of tattoos, rather than the powers of tattoos themselves.

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* In EveOnline, tattoos are a large part of the Minmatar backstory, and in the current setting there are special, nanite-powered tattoos, for example "War Tattoos" activated by adrenaline, or simply by their owners will. A more straightforward example of a Power Tattoo in the EVE-verse are the "Voluval" tattoos that form by themselves after a ritual and a mystical concoction is consumed, these Voluval marks can, among other things, help their recipient become a head of state or cast people out of their whole society - altough although this is largely because of beliefs and expectations attributed to certain types of tattoos, rather than the powers of tattoos themselves.


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* In ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'', you can get a tattoo from the Lady in Lilac during the Feast of the Exceptional Rose (AKA the Neath equivalent of Valentine's Day). The tattoo choices are based on people you meet and events you witness over the course of the game, with some becoming available only if you've completed certain stories, and you get a point of Bizarre or Dreaded from the tattoo you choose that makes it easier to become more Notable.
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