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[[caption-width-right:256: In case you're wondering, the kanji means "[[FireIsRed red]]".]]

->''"I now do what other people only dream: I make art until someone dies. See? I'm the world's first fully functioning homicidal artist. "''
-->-- '''ComicBook/TheJoker''', ''Film/{{Batman}}''

The Art Attacker is a character who uses {{art}} as a weapon. This could be paint, puppetry, music, video, etc.

Unlike a StarvingArtist (who is dying ''for'' their art), an Art Attacker has someone else dying ''from'' their art. The attacker can be, but is not necessarily, a MadArtist or a CulturedBadass. Their WeaponOfChoice might be an InstrumentOfMurder, ThePenIsMightier, a WeaponizedCamera or something else. And if they run a WaxMuseumMorgue, then their victims are very, very screwed.

SuperTrope to ComedyAsAWeapon, DanceBattler, MarionetteMaster, MusicalAssassin, and PaperMaster. Those examples should be listed on their own pages. SubTrope of ImprobableWeaponUser. See also ArtInitiatesLife, ImaginationBasedSuperpower and RewritingReality.

This trope has nothing to do with the TV series, ''Series/ArtAttack''. Or someone literally or [[CausticCritic metaphorically]] attacking a piece of art.



[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Mr. 3, who uses wax sculptures, and Miss Goldenweek, who uses color to paint on StandardStatusEffects or other powers. They are paired together due to their art theme.
** Jora of the Doflamingo Family is an even more literal version of this, as her power lets her transform things (and people) into abstract art using thought clouds.
** The former Supernova rookie Scratchmen Apoo ate a devil fruit allowing him to turn his body parts into musical instruments. The catch is that some of the soundwaves he produces cause slashes and explosions.
** Evening Shower Kanjuro can make anything he draws come to life to help him. Though there's a hilarious subversion from other people in One Piece (and probably Manga in general) who use magical drawings; Kanjuro's drawings are ''awful'', and most of his attacks are squiggly and pathetic, and turns what could easily be one of the strongest Devil Fruits in the world (an ImaginationBasedPower in a world where power increases are entirely determined by imaginative thinking instead of linear increases) into a complete and utter joke.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has a sizable stable of art weapon users. Sasori, Kankuro and Chiyo are trained puppetmasters, Deidara uses explosive clay, and Sai can bring his paintings to life. Sasori and Deidara, like the ''Manga/OnePiece'' example, were partnered, but constantly argued over whose definition of art was superior (Sasori argued that art should be eternal and sought to make indestructible puppets, while Deidara believed true art was ephemeral and thus explosions were the ultimate expression of art).
** [[spoiler:The meeting of all of the above but Chiyo was the very first battle of the Fourth Ninja War arc. Chiyo got there later, after Sasori [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath "left."]]]]
** There's also Konan and her origami.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Kurama goes up against a demon who uses make-up to power himself and de-power others.
* In ''Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Kakyoin]] does this while he's BrainwashedAndCrazy early in the story. He attacks Jotaro by making a painting of him, then slashing the leg with red paint, causing a gash to appear on Jotaro's leg; later on, he uses a marionette to control the school nurse's body. After he's freed from DIO's mind control, it's shown that this was all unnecessary (since he then fights directly along with his [[FightingSpirit Stand]] Hierophant Green), suggesting that it was just [[EvilIsHammy theatrical flair]].
** The stand Bohemian Rhapsody also gives [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean Ungalo]] the ability to do it. The stand causes fictional characters over the entire earth to come to life if there's a picture of them. When a person runs into a character they like, they get the character's role and are doomed to share their fate. For example, if you really like Creator/VincentVanGogh and run into one of his self portraits, you will cut off your own ear and [[AteHisGun kill yourself]]. How is the stand beaten? [[spoiler:[[HoistByHisOwnPetard Weather Report has Vincent van Gogh draw a fictional character who's ability is to stop Bohemian Rhapsody]].]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Franchise/GreenLantern foe the Tattooed Man and Franchise/{{Batman}} villain Pyx from Franchise/TheDCU have the power to bring their tattoos (body art) to life.
** Also, [[Characters/GLGreenLanternCorps Kyle Rayner]] is an artist, and while it's not always explicitly shown, he wields his ring as an art form; that's his style.
** And, [[Characters/GLGreenLanternCorps John Stewart]] was an architect, and all of his ring [[StealthPun constructs]] have blueprint like attention to detail.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[Anime/SmilePrettyCure Yayoi Kise]] in ''Fanfic/{{Respect}}'' has these powers as a [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Puella Magi]], specializing in [[PhantomZonePicture Phantom Zone Pictures.]]
%% * Artie from ''FanFic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic''.

* ComicBook/TheJoker in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Batman}}'' describes himself as such to Vicki Vale in the quote at the top.

* Rithmatists from ''Literature/TheRithmatist''. They can use chalk to create barriers, wards against Rithmatic attacks, and animated drawings. With a special glyph, these drawings can be allowed to interact with the real world, often by ripping people into tiny pieces.
* Creator/SusanCooper's ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'' series novel ''Literature/{{Greenwitch}}''. A man working for the Dark paints a picture that acts as a spell to control the Greenwitch.
* ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'' has a court wizard who places spells on people by drawing them, using their likeness for SympatheticMagic.
* In the final novel of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'', this plays a major role in the defeat of [[spoiler:The Crimson King]].
* In ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Catching Fire]]'' Peeta uses his solo session with the game makers to paint an image of Rue covered in flowers to hold them responsible for her death.
* The titular character in the Oriental tale of ''The Boy Who Drew Cats''.
* The boy Ma Liang who was blessed with the ''Magic Brush''.
* ''Literature/BattleIsAnArt''
** The MC, Herah, has the ability to manifest any art she creates into reality, once using this particular ability to create exploding hand tattoos.

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* In ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', a tattoo artist turns out to be able to use his tattoos to control and attack people.
* The girl in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E11FearHer "Fear Her"]]. had been drawing children out of the real world and on to her paper. Turns out she's been possessed by a lonely little alien, but before the Doctor can find the spaceship, the alien captures him and the TARDIS in her paper. She later abducts the Olympic Stadium in London, and almost does so to the entire planet.
* One ''Series/GetSmart'' villain used "[[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray Dorian Gray]]" paint - he painted pictures of his victims who would then rapidly age and die.
** [[https://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW7017-dorian-gray#/7017/?s=coordinatingColors&p=PS0 And weirdly enough...]]
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' MonsterOfTheWeek [[http://powerrangers.wikia.com/wiki/Artistmole Artistmole]]
* A season 2 episode of ''Series/{{Eagleheart}}'' has a variant of this when Monsanto becomes a hot new artist with blood spatters from the people he shoots as his pieces. At one point a woman in line for a club asks him to do her dress so he shoots the guy in front of her, covering her outfit in blood as she she shrieks with excitement over "wearing a MONSANTO!"

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/DeBlob'', you can take over the occupying forces by coloring the world.
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'':
** Ma Dai fights with a giant brush that shoots off solid ink "pellets" as well as pictures of tigers and dragons.
** As does Narsus in ''[[Anime/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan Arslan: Warriors of Legend]]'', a crossover-spinoff of ''Dynasty Warriors''.
* In ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', Mickey uses a brush and paint thinner to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. His opponent, par for the course, is the Phantom Blot.
* This is Lunalu's power in ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'', she can draw monsters and they'll attack for her.
* Amaterasu, the main character of ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', uses her tail as a brush to cast spells. There is also her EvilCounterpart [[{{Kitsune}} Ninetails]], who in his first form can use similarly powerful spells whenever the player tries to sketch (his brush moves slowly, so sketching faster than him is important), and Shiranui, Amaterasu's ancestor who draws extremely fast and helps the player against the Wawku Shrine DualBoss.
* In ''VideoGame/ComixZone'', the artist ([[MeaningfulName named Sketch, natch]]) and BigBad of a comic series switch places, where the hero is in the series, and the BigBad is in the real world. To make the switch more permanent, the BigBad draws enemies into the comic to kill off the hero.
* This is the player's modus operandi in the ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'' games.
* Relm in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has the "Sketch" ability which lets her use the target monster's special abilities.
* Brauner from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin''. When you fight him, he paints on an easel with blood, making a pattern on the screen that damages you when you touch it. He also uses ArtInitiatesLife to summon monsters by painting them.
* The ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series features many bosses like this, mostly as {{Mook Maker}}s. The most well-known is Paint Roller in ''Kirby's Adventure''. ''Kirby's Dream Land 3'' has Ado, and ''{{VideoGame/Kirby 64|TheCrystalShards}}'' features Adeleine, as a boss turned ally.
* The main protagonist of ''VideoGame/GraffitiKingdom'' has a magic brush that turns himself into different creatures using cards. Some are hidden, some are dropped from enemies which turn you into that enemy and give you their powers. You can even acquire cards allowing you to turn into miniature versions of bosses.
* ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' series has the Panda King, a firework artist who uses fireworks in combat and to help his crimes.
* The various rudies from the ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'' series attack using graffiti.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', the ability you get from the ruby star is literally called "Art Attack." The amount of damage it does depends on how many times you can draw circles around your opponent.
** ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'' has Vincent Van Gore, whose paintings of ghostly {{Mooks}} come to life.
** ''VideoGame/WarioLand 4'' has [[http://www.mariowiki.com/Hoggus Hoggus]] in the Doodle Woods, who sketches pictures of enemies that subsequently come to life and attack Wario. Deburinas also emerge from pictures in the same level.
* ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' involves separate teams spraying their color of paint all over arenas. The team with the most paint spread wins. This also results in GeoEffects: players move faster on paint of their color.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros for Wii U and 3DS'', Bowser Jr.'s [[LimitBreak Final Smash]] is him turning into [[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine Shadow Mario]] and obscuring most of the screen with an orange painted X, which damages opponents who make contact with it.
* Zeri of ''VideoGame/{{Dawngate}}'' is an Art Attacker. When she's not lobbing blobs of paint at enemies, she even has one technique where she "desaturates" the opponent, removing some of their colour temporarily and stopping their ability to cast spells.
* ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'':
** ''Trap Team'' gives us Short Cut (a tailor armed with traptanium shears whose needle work immobilizes enemies) and Wolfgang (a [[RobotZombieNinjaPirate werewolf rock star]] whose guitar-in addition to being a literal [[{{Pun}} axe]]-emits destructive notes).
** ''Superchargers'' gives us Splat (a satyr whose bo staff/double-ended paintbrush lays down damaging paint and summons paint constructs to aid her) and Fiesta (a ghostly mariachi player whose weapon is a trumpet and is backed up by [[AssistCharacter his band]]).
* ''VideoGame/InfamousSecondSon'' features two artistic superpowers. "Neon" has various attacks that are accompanied by vibrant colors and one character can use them to pain glowing art wherever they want. The "Video" power set summons videogame angels and demons as minions to do various things, like carry away enemies.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'', Ed's [[WeaponOfChoice "tool"]] is a paint brush, which he can use to make ink paintings with which to fight off spectral beings.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* One group of interest for the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' is the art group "Are We Cool Yet?", who is specialized on producing artwork with anomalous properties - sometimes with deadly results.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'': While in Chalk Zone Rudy can create anything he needs by drawing it with his magic chalk. Outside of Chalk Zone anything anyone draws with any chalk and erases becomes real inside Chalk Zone.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', an artist's pencil fell into Bikini Bottom, which could bring to life a disgruntled duplicate of [=SpongeBob=]. The pencil and eraser were both used to attack and defend.
* Splatter Phoenix of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' is an artist who uses her reality-bending paintbrushes to commit various crimes, including various assaults on our hero.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': Nathanaël's akumatized form in the episode "The Evillustrator" has art themed powers, with the ability to draw and erase objects into/ from existence via his tablet.
* Brushogun's ink is used to create minions for the BigBad of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo''.
* TheMusicMeister from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' uses his song and music occasionally as a form of attack, but more often as a form of MindControl.
* MadArtist Zachariah Easel from ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce'' who can attack the Skysurfers with his art.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', Sabine is a consummate graffiti artist and the ''Ghost'''s DemolitionsExpert. As such, one of her weapons is explosive, remote-detonated spray paint.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Spiders. Their [[CobwebJungle beautiful and intricately-woven webs]] are perfect for ensnaring prey into a trap.