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17th Oct '17 6:17:12 PM Sharysa
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* Haik in ''Literature/TheCrocodileGod'' has extensive cultural tattoos to reflect his pre-colonial Tagalog nature (which shares many traits with Polynesian tattoos), with a bonus of being [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodile-themed]] as he is the titular "crocodile-god": Zigzagging ridged tattoos on his back and a sleeve-tattoo of crocodile scales from his shoulder to his wrist. However, it's repeatedly stated that [[DarkIsNotEvil crocodiles were not BAD symbols]] in native Tagalog mythology--rather, they thought [[DinosaursAreDragons crocodiles were dragons.]] Haik himself is a prime example of GoodIsNotSoft, as he's constantly shown as sweet and gentle with the Fil-American Mirasol, but in the [[ReincarnationRomance newly-colonized Philippines]] where [[ImperiledInPregnancy the heavily-pregnant Mirasol got shot by her Spanish employer,]] Haik [[BerserkButton turned into a saltwater crocodile]] and [[PrimalFear ATE him.]]

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* Haik in ''Literature/TheCrocodileGod'' has extensive cultural tattoos to reflect his pre-colonial Tagalog Filipino nature (which shares many traits with Polynesian tattoos), with a bonus of being [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodile-themed]] as he is the titular "crocodile-god": "crocodile-god" for the ancient Tagalog tribe: Zigzagging ridged tattoos on his back and a sleeve-tattoo of crocodile scales from his shoulder to his wrist. However, it's It's repeatedly stated that [[DarkIsNotEvil crocodiles were not BAD symbols]] in native Tagalog mythology--rather, they thought [[DinosaursAreDragons crocodiles were dragons.]] Haik himself However, the less-savory meaning of tattoos being for criminals is a prime example of GoodIsNotSoft, doubled up with {{Profiling}}, as Haik's tattoos combined with [[ButNotTooBlack his dark skin]] frequently make people THINK he's constantly shown as sweet and gentle with the Fil-American Mirasol, but in the [[ReincarnationRomance newly-colonized Philippines]] where [[ImperiledInPregnancy the heavily-pregnant Mirasol got shot by her Spanish employer,]] Haik [[BerserkButton turned into a saltwater crocodile]] and [[PrimalFear ATE him.]]criminal.
17th Oct '17 6:12:31 PM Sharysa
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* Haik in ''Literature/TheCrocodileGod'' has extensive cultural tattoos to reflect his pre-colonial Tagalog nature (which shares many traits with Polynesian tattoos), with a bonus of being [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodile-themed]] as he is the titular "crocodile-god": Zigzagging ridged tattoos on his back and a sleeve-tattoo of crocodile scales from his shoulder to his wrist. However, it's repeatedly stated that [[DarkIsNotEvil crocodiles were not BAD symbols]] in native Tagalog mythology--rather, they thought [[DinosaursAreDragons crocodiles were dragons.]] Haik himself is a prime example of GoodIsNotSoft, as he's constantly shown as sweet and gentle with the Fil-American Mirasol, but in the [[ReincarnationRomance newly-colonized Philippines]] where [[ImperiledInPregnancy the heavily-pregnant Mirasol got shot by her Spanish employer,]] Haik [[BerserkButton turned into a saltwater crocodile]] and [[PrimalFear ATE him.]]
4th Oct '17 9:25:00 PM TheWanderer
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* Head/Face: Depending on size and the precise location it generally suggests a careful admission of who they are, as the face is the most visible part of the body. The bigger the tattoo and the closer to the center of the face, the more ruthless the character tends to be. The smaller it is and the more hidden away (behind the ear, for example) it may indicate HiddenDepths. A lot of gangbangers in fiction have a tear on their face near their eye.

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* Head/Face: Depending on size and the precise location it generally suggests a careful admission of who they are, as the face is the most visible part of the body. The bigger the tattoo and the closer to the center of the face, the more ruthless the character tends to be. The smaller it is and the more hidden away (behind the ear, for example) it may indicate HiddenDepths. A lot of gangbangers in fiction have a tear on their face near their eye.eye, which in real life has various meanings, including have killed someone, having served time in prison, or a gesture of mourning for a dead friend/loved one.
15th Jul '17 1:03:32 PM nombretomado
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** In ''Film/XMen1'', Magneto bears a [[WorldWarII concentration camp]] tattoo from his [[DarkAndTroubledPast childhood]], giving some insight as to how he decided that mutants and nonmutants would never be able to live side-by-side.

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** In ''Film/XMen1'', Magneto bears a [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII concentration camp]] tattoo from his [[DarkAndTroubledPast childhood]], giving some insight as to how he decided that mutants and nonmutants would never be able to live side-by-side.
8th Jul '17 8:27:38 PM Montanto
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* In ''{{Rhapsodies}}'', Circle Band guitarist, [[HuskyRusskie Fedya's]] right arm is covered with stars, He has a Russian two-headed eagle on his left upper arm and a large Orthodox cross on his chest with the Circle Band's [[IconicLogo logo]] over his heart. While it hasn't been shown, apparently he has a tattoo of the Virgin Mary on his back. [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/comic/12052012/ (with a halo that looks like a rifle sight.)]]
9th May '17 4:29:21 PM kegisak
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* Taurau Tangaroa in ''Literature/Birthright2017'' has extensive tattoos covering his chest, torso, shoulders and arms. They're of the cultural/religious variety, depicting various symbols and faces. He explicitly keeps his torso tattoos uncovered, as it's mentioned that they're sacred and should never be hidden in any way.
22nd Apr '17 3:08:06 PM DaibhidC
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* Chakotay from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' had a large Native American facial tattoo over one side of his face. They established that he got that tattoo in memory of his father, and he was trying to continue their traditions after previously rejecting them, thus embodying the "conflicted" characteristic. Interestingly, in "Living Witness" among the many things mistaken for the "historic re-enactment" they made his tattoo even larger, covering both sides of his face. Appropriately his personality changed to something of a sadist (as with most of the crew).

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* Chakotay from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' had a large Native American facial tattoo over one side of his face. They established that he got that tattoo in memory of his father, and he was trying to continue their traditions after previously rejecting them, thus embodying the "conflicted" characteristic. Interestingly, in "Living Witness" among the many things mistaken for the "historic re-enactment" they made his tattoo even larger, covering both sides of his face. Appropriately his personality changed to something of a sadist (as with most of the crew). Similarly, in "Author, Author", his [[WriteWhoYouKnow counterpart]] in the Doctor's holonovel is a Bajoran, and his tattoo is the ovular Bajoran religious/national symbol.
26th Mar '17 7:56:29 PM Poppy
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* Complex Design: There is almost a story to be told, both within the tattoo and how the person got it, or even something of a history on why they chose it.

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* Complex Design: There is almost always a story to be told, both within the tattoo and how the person got it, or even something of a history on why they chose it.
5th Mar '17 10:57:57 AM nombretomado
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* A reveal in one of the MarvelComics stories of the Mar-Vell version of ComicBook/CaptainMarVell -- an elderly character is shown to be a concentration camp survivor at the end by this.
* One {{Yakuza}} boss in the ''{{Wolverine}}'' comic book had a spider tattooed on his face, as opposed to the usual back or shoulders to symbolize his absolute lack of fear of being identified as a criminal. (And that he was a {{Chessmaster}} wannabe).

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* A reveal in one of the MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics stories of the Mar-Vell version of ComicBook/CaptainMarVell -- an elderly character is shown to be a concentration camp survivor at the end by this.
* One {{Yakuza}} boss in the ''{{Wolverine}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' comic book had a spider tattooed on his face, as opposed to the usual back or shoulders to symbolize his absolute lack of fear of being identified as a criminal. (And that he was a {{Chessmaster}} wannabe).
22nd Feb '17 5:44:55 AM Kakai
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* Most witches in ''Literature/TheWitchlands'' have the symbol of their particular part of witchery tattooed somewhere on their skin, as it's required by law.

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* Most witches in ''Literature/TheWitchlands'' have the symbol of their particular part type of witchery tattooed somewhere on their skin, as it's required by law.
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