Paper Talisman


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Also known as Ofuda. They are paper tags in Shinto and Onmyodo are used for purification and exorcisms or used as wards, sometimes used with Shide [[hottip:*: the Zigzag Paper Tassel you see people hanging in Anime or carrying around]] most commonly at Shinto Shrines or with Mikos.

Taoist's also use a version of the tags called Fu, Buddhist/Hindu they are called Sutras

In some Anime they can do anything even explode.

Closely Related Paper Master, and a form of Functional Magic.

Needs More Examples, How Did We Miss This One?, Rolling Updates.

Redirects: Ofuda, Fu, and Sutra. __

Anime & Manga
  • Ai Yori Aoshi - Taeko the Nightmare Fetishist papers the entire house with both types of wards when rumors of a ghost pop up.
  • Sailor Moon - Rei uses these to complement her magic.
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei - Kafuka over does it (in above picture) when she doesn't want the Hikikomori to leave her house.
  • Negima! - Setsuna is known to use Ofuda, once used them protect the hotel from Onmyodo Shikigami [[hottip:*: paper demons]] during the Kyoto arc.
  • Naruto - Paper tags explode, made into a time bomb, or tie it to a Kunai for a grenade.
  • In the Pokémon anime, some characters use these to repel ghost Pokemon.
    • The Pokémon Jirachi (who is said to have the power to fulfill wishes) has three paper tags attached to it.
  • Darkstalkers - Lei-Lei uses the Taoist variant since she's a jiangshi.
  • Marron in Sorcerer Hunters uses these to case his spells.
  • several mages/priest in Clamp's X1999, most notably Subaru and Seichiro.
  • Dennou Coil uses these as "metatags", to modify virtual objects.
  • Inuyasha. Buddhist monk Miroku often uses sutras as weapons against demons.
  • They pop up from time to time in Ghost Hunt - both the Miko and the Buddhist Monk of the team can make them. They're usually used to create barriers against evil spirits, or contain and redirect same.
  • These have a particularly funny use in the first Chinese Ghost Story movie. The unlucky protagonist, having gotten his clothes soaked, accidentally backs into a stall selling these, ending up with six of them stuck to his back (and the inscriptions remaining after the angry shopkeeper peels them off, resulting in another dunking later).
  • jun tao uses chinese jufu talismans to control her guardian zombie lee bailong in Shaman King.

Film
  • The heroine of Dragon Wars covers the inside of her house with these after she discovers that her birthmark cum tattoo is glowing. It doesn't actually make that much more sense in context.

Tabletop RPG
  • Dungeons & Dragons 1st Edition supplement Oriental Adventures.
    • Oriental magic items included four Charms of Protection (from disease, fire, spirits and theft). They were made of yellow or red paper with inked inscriptions involving supplications or threats toward various deities. They protected any building they were attached to.

Video Games
  • Dynasty Warriors - Zuo Ci a Taoist uses 6 tags as his weapon which he swings in a line or dance around him.
    • Starting in Samurai Warriors 2, Kanetsugu Naoe's weapon is a sword and a handful of spell-tags, which he mostly seem to use to shoot Frickin Laser Beams...
  • These are a major gameplay mechanic in Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja. Talismans can be used directly to cast spells or stuck onto equipment to customize it.
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