Created By: ChaoticDreams on March 5, 2012 Last Edited By: ChaoticDreams on March 11, 2012
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Want another way to help show what a Yandere, Stalker with a Crush, or how distressed/depressed a character is? Have them either carve or brand or tattoo a word or name (either one or several) into either their body or someone else's body. It may or may not leave a scar. Done to another person, then it is torture. If it is done to themselves, then it would be a subtrope of Self-Harm, carrying a lot of the same ideas with added symbolism, sometimes a way to show how obsessed with another person or object a person is. Or they Couldn't Find a Pen.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest the Big Bad Haguro Dou becomes completely and crazily obsessed with protagonist (and werewolf) Inugami. He initially doesn't care about or even think twice about Inugami... until he pushes Inugami too far. Which results in Inugami showing him his true form and scaring the shit out of Haguro. Haguro goes insane from it, and obsesses and stalks Inugami after that, even cutting himself all over his arm and carving the word "Inu" onto his hand.
  • Baccano!: Not the skin exactly, but The Rail Tracer threatens Czeslaw Mayer with torture involving "stripping away each individual arm muscle and doing intricate carvings on the exposed bone." Yikes.

Music
  • In the P!nk music video "Fucking Perfect" there's a girl who carves the word "Perfect" into her arm in the bathtub.
  • The Weird Al sung-by-a-stalker song "Do I Creep You Out?" (sung to the tune of "Do I Make You Proud?") has the lyric:
    Call you every night and hang up/ Gonna carve your name in my leg/ In my leg, oh, oh!

Comic Books

Literature
  • In Stephen King's It Henry Bowers carved the first letter of his name into Ben Hanscomb's belly with a knife, and would have put his whole name down there if Ben hadn't fought back and gotten away. Ben still had an H-shaped scar on his stomach nearly 30 years later to show for it.

Web Comic
  • In the webcomic Goblins, the Goblin Slayer carved the word "MONSTER" onto Fumbles' forehead.

Film
  • In the 1996 movie Fear David carves the name Nicole (the girl he's Yandere for) into his chest.
  • In Harry Potter Bellatrix tortures Hermione by carving the word "mudblood" into her arm.
    • Played with when Umbridge has Harry use a special quill to write down "I must not tell lies" onto a piece of paper but it magically carves the sentence into the back of his hand.
  • In Harold & Kumar, Neil Patrick Harris brands his initials on prostitutes.
  • The swastikas carved by the Inglorious Basterds in the foreheads of their surviving victims.

Web Original

Real Life
  • Richey Edwards and his infamous 4REAL incident.
  • A woman became internet famous when she said she was attacked by a Scary Black Man who carved the letter "B" for Barack Obama into her face. Turns out she was faking, and part of how it was proved was that the "B" was backward because she did it in a mirror.
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  • March 5, 2012
    chicagomel
    Happens in the Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode "I Robot You Jane". The kid who starts doing things for Moloch uses a laser to etch a word into his arm. (can anyone recall the word?)
  • March 5, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
    In Stephen King's It Henry Bowers carved the first letter of his name into Ben Hanscomb's belly with a knife, and would have put his whole name down there if Ben hadn't fought back and gotten away. Ben still had an H-shaped scar on his stomach nearly 30 years later to show for it.
  • March 6, 2012
    TooBah
    Under music, the Weird Al sung-by-a-stalker song "Do I Creep You Out?" (sung to the tune of "Do I Make You Proud?") has the lyric:
    Call you every night and hang up/ Gonna carve your name in my leg/ In my leg, oh, oh!
  • March 6, 2012
    surgoshan
    The Buffy example is Malcolm (AKA Moloch the Corrupter).
  • March 6, 2012
    Generality
    Not sure if this should go under The Simpsons or Weird Al, but Al's song "Phony Calls" features a prank call from Bart to Moe the barman, who declares in a rage, "One of these days I'm gonna find you, and when I do, I'm gonna carve my name on your back with an ice pick!"

    Sometimes a character does this to themselves because they're crazy or Couldnt Find A Pen.

  • March 6, 2012
    mdulwich
    The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: When the League first encounters Fu Manchu he is writing on someone's back with acid or other corrosive chemical. It establishes that he's not a nice guy.
  • March 6, 2012
    reub2000
    I think the tone of the draft is a bit judgmental. Just saying.

    Anyways, couldn't the scope of this article be expanded to include branding and tattoos?

    Web Original
  • March 6, 2012
    DaibhidC
    • Used as a warning in the novel Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers. Kryten tries to alert Lister to the fact he's in a Lotus Eater Machine by carving "U = BTL" and "DYING" on his arms. Lister can't see the writing, but becomes aware of it when he puts cold-cream on the skin that hurts for no reason.
  • March 6, 2012
    jbrecken
    In the webcomic Goblins, the Goblin Slayer carved the word "MONSTER" onto Fumbles' forehead.
  • March 6, 2012
    Duncan
    In The Musical of Cry-Baby, Lenora sings the song "Screw Loose", about how she's crazy for Cry-Baby, which includes the lyrics:
    Eccentric, erratic
    Toys in the belfry, Bats in the attic
    But I just don't see the harm
    In carving your name in my a-arm!
    In the original staging, she began the song wearing arm-length gloves, then took them off at that point, to reveal "cry" on one arm and "baby" on the other.

  • March 7, 2012
    Koveras
    • In Fahrenheit, all perpetrators in a series of ritualistic murders carve a double-headed serpent into both of their forearms before bleeding to death. Lucas does the same at the beginning of the game, though he survives to find out what happened to him.
  • March 7, 2012
    nitrokitty
    • Baccano: Not the skin exactly, but The Rail Tracer threatens Czeslaw Mayer with torture involving "stripping away each individual arm muscle and doing intricate carvings on the exposed bone." Yikes.
  • March 7, 2012
    reub2000

    About 15% (pg 31) of those who harmed themselves had carved words or symbols into their skin skin. (That's of 17% of college students who had harmed themselves, or 2.5% of the total sample.) It might not be a common behavior, but "screwed up in the head" is not the tone that we should be taking.
  • March 8, 2012
    surgoshan
    Perhaps "Carved Tattoo" would be a more succinct title.
  • March 9, 2012
    Chabal2
    Maybe "Carved Tattoo of Stalkerhood/ of Love", so as to distinguish it from making tattoos period.
  • March 9, 2012
    shimaspawn
    How about Carved Brand? The current title is getting into the too long and confusing to be clear.
  • March 9, 2012
    reub2000
    Either a mark is carved or branded. The 2 together make little sense.
  • March 10, 2012
    WaxingName
    Comics

    At the end of Infinite Crisis, Superboy-Prime carves the Superman S-shield into his chest using his super-sharp fingernail.
  • March 10, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Real Life example: A woman became internet famous when she said she was attacked by a Scary Black Man who carved the letter "B" for Barack Obama into her face. Turns out she was faking, and part of how it was proved was that the "B" was backward because she did it in a mirror.
    • Part of Sylar's Sanity Slippage that came from his Shape Shifter Identity Crisis resulted in him carving I AM SYLAR in his arm.
  • March 10, 2012
    TomWalpertac2
    So, would the swastikas carved by the Inglorious Basterds in the foreheads of their surviving victims count?
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