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->''Pain, Agony, Suffering, Torment. When the Rune is invoked, even the earth shall resonate its anguish. Torment of the mind. Torment of the body. Torment of the soul. All will be made clear when the Circle is drawn.''
-->-- ''[[VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment Planescape: Torment]]''

A character who has made a DealWithTheDevil, released his SuperpoweredEvilSide or taken the PsychoSerum receives symbols, patterns or markings as a part of his EvilMakeover. They may only be FacialMarkings, or be all over the body. Occasionally, they will start in one area, such as the neck or face, and spread out further the more powerful or evil the person becomes.

These are generally more minor than those to the OneWingedAngel, though there may be some overlap between the two. See also RedRightHand.

Not to be confused with MarkedChange, which should only include markings gained when a character powers up, not turning evil, or under any 'evil' influences. If demons or mind control is involved, or the powered-up version of the character is known as "Dark(Name)," it probably belongs here. The nicer version of this trope is PowerTattoo or BirthmarkOfDestiny. For a character marked by an entity that isn't turning them evil, see ClaimedByTheSupernatural.

This trope's namesake makes it OlderThanFeudalism. See also NumberOfTheBeast.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Miu from ''Manga/AkumaNaEros'' gains one on the back of her shoulder after making a DealWithTheDevil.
* In ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'', the kiss of a Satan leaves the mark of said satan behind. It seems to give the Satan power over the victim [[spoiler: as with Noise]], but can also be a sign that someone made a deal with a Satan [[spoiler: Arakune who turns out to be a traitor.]]
* The Zebul Spell in ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}''. It expands as Oga becomes more violent.
* Variant: those offered as a sacrifice to the Godhand by Behelit users in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' have the Mark of Sacrifice -- three crossed lines -- carved into some place on their body, signifying that they are food for demons and attract their attention. They bleed and cause pain as the demons near, and most don't survive the experience. The final strike is when they die, no matter how, the Mark condemns them to the lowest level of {{Hell}} that exists.
* When it's your turn to pilot Zearth in ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'', you'll get a mark on your body. They're often FacialMarkings (like [[spoiler: Ushiro]] and [[spoiler: Youko]]), but not always: Mako's marks were on her thighs, and Kirie's were on his stomach.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': The stylized M on the forehead of every minion of Babidi, which Vegeta received after his FaceHeelTurn.
* The Homunculi in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' have an ouroboros somewhere on their bodies (e.g. Lust by her collarbone, Gluttony on his tongue, etc.). The humans turned into homunculi also gain this mark upon ingesting [[spoiler:a philosopher's stone with Father's soul]] and it disappears when [[spoiler:the soul]] is removed. It's meant to represent their immortality, as the ouroboros is a symbol for eternity. Originally the Ouroboros symbolized how process and result are one thing (it devours itself and thus creates himself) - and thus was a symbol for the Philosopher's stone itself.
* Those who make a contract with Ai in ''Anime/HellGirl'' and send their tormentor to Hell gain a black fire mark on their chest to remind them always that they will be dragged to Hell upon their own death as payment for the deed.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** The titular character gets facial stripes only when his demon blood takes over and he goes berserk.
** His full-blooded demon brother Sesshomaru has them all the time.
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', when the Book of Darkness awakens [[spoiler: and takes over Hayate]], red lines spread all over her body. These lines disappear once the Book of Darkness is cleansed of its corrupted self-defense program.
* The Curse mark on Sasuke of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', placed by Orochimaru. It spreads across Sasuke's body the stronger it becomes.
** When Sasuke unleashes the Curse Seal's full power, he actually transforms into a vaguely demonic creature, complete with two very large wings growing out of his back that look like giant webbed hands more than anything.
*** Pretty much any unleashed Curse Seal. The Sound Four all turn into monsters. And the first bearer of the Curse Mark gets a PsychoPrototype treatment, as well as having a monster form.
** For that matter, the title character has whisker-like lines on his cheeks that grow more pronounced as he draws on the power of the [[SealedEvilInACan Nine-Tailed Fox sealed in his belly]]. At least until he draws enough power that his ''skin'' peels off and he is [[OneWingedAngel completely covered in his own chakra-infused blood]].
* The demonic taint in Ashitaka's body in ''Anime/PrincessMononoke''.
* Tsukune in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' when he first transforms into a ghoul. The markings are [[spoiler: Moka]]'s blood creeping through his body and taking over his mind.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** The odd stylized eye that appears on the forehead of the Yami (Name) Characters.
** A better example is the Seal of Orichalcos. Its users have the Seal appear on their foreheads and become obsessed with evil.

* ComicBook/RachelSummers used to have facial tattoos from her grim and nasty future as a mutant hunter, which she could conceal until stressed or using her powers.
* A subplot in ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' comics had an army of vampires who decided to only eat unholy sinners; which of course meant anyone they disagreed with. A bit of magic 'marked' them with sigils only the monsters could see. Spawn managed to turn off the mark for all. They didn't know who to eat so couldn't risk eating anyone 'innocent'.
* In the final scene of Franchise/TheDCU's ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed'' CrisisCrossover, in which many many supervillains made a DealWithTheDevil for increased power, the villain Major Disaster is shown gloating about how he got to keep his powers even though the BigBad was destroyed. Then he sees his reflection in a window, and sees the NumberOfTheBeast etched into his forehead...

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* A number of direct-to-video Christian-produced movies that take place in an [[TheAntichrist Antichrist]]-ruled world TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture take the verse from Revelations literally. Citizens in this world are required to have a highly visible mark (usually the number 666 or some arcane symbol) to even walk around in public, else be forcibly implanted with one (in public or private) or face execution.
* In the Film/{{Apocalypse}} film series, those who receive the MarkOfTheBeast may also experience miraculous healings, such as the blind woman in ''Revelation'' receiving her sight, the wheelchair-bound man in the same movie being able to walk, and the one-armed man in the hospital in ''Tribulation'' receiving his right arm again. There's also the BlessedWithSuck element of the recipients being blessed with limited telekinetic and telepathic powers, as featured in the movie ''Tribulation''.
* The ''Film/BladeTrilogy'' movies. Those humans who submit to a vampire master get a tattoo (usually) on the back of the neck; this tells other vampires "Don't eat me".
* When Guerrero makes his DealWithTheDevil in ''Film/DeadInTombstone'', Satan brands his chest with an inverted cross.
* In Snoop Dogg's ''Hood of Horror'', Devon gets a stylized [=HoH=] on the back of his neck when he [[DealWithTheDevil sells his soul,]] and agrees to become the Hound of Horror to bring his sister back from the dead.
* In ''Film/TheOmen1976'', it is revealed that Damien has the "666" mark, but up above his hairline where you'd never see it unless you specifically searched for it.
* ''Film/SixTheMarkUnleashed'' calls it The Holy Implant.
* The series that begins with ''A Thief in the Night'', in which citizens must be tattooed with 666 (disguised as digital code) and must have it scanned at all supermarkets before they can buy food. Those who refuse this mark are sent to the guillotine.

* The TropeNamer is in the Book of Revelation in Literature/TheBible. All must accept the Mark of the Beast "in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark". Turns out not to be a good deal:
-->''And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.''
* In the framing story for the ''Books of Blood'', by Creator/CliveBarker, a young man who'd made light of communication with the dead is marked all over his body -- even his genitals and eyelids -- by the irate words of outraged spirits, who carved them directly into his skin.
* In the ''Literature/ChristCloneTrilogy'', this is done in the form of "communion" injections of Christopher Goodman's blood to willing recipients, while also accompanied by a physical mark on the forehead or the right hand.
* In ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'', [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Ols]] always have the Shadow Lord's mark somewhere on their body, [[GlamourFailure no matter what form they take]].
* The Denarians of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' have the Sigil of the Fallen possessing them somewhere on their body. Their SuperpoweredEvilSide also has a second pair of GlowingEyesOfDoom on their brow, above the normal ones.
* Lord Voldemort from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' isn't a devil, merely a very powerful and evil human wizard, but the way he has his followers brand the Dark Mark (a skull with a snake coming out of the mouth) onto their forearms is strongly suggestive of this trope. It's a rare example of a [[PlotCouponThatDoesSomething Mark with some practical purpose]]. LV uses it to summon his minions to him and, apparently, to track down renegades.
* The "chahk'morg" in ''Literature/TheHauntingOfAlaizabelCray''. It's a mark shaped like a Cthulhu-esque demon that is placed on those marked for sacrifice. The bad guys also use it to summon all of hell by [[spoiler: killing people all over London such that the spots they died will form a chahk'morg when you connect them. Don't ask.]]
* The ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series, of course. In a strange variant, each mark comes with a numerical designation that represents a mathematical equation for [[NumberOfTheBeast three sixes]] where the operations are interchangeable (e.g., 216 (6 x 6 x 6), 30 (6 x 6 - 6), 18 (6 + 6 + 6), etc.). Interestingly, the book series goes with both the King James version interpretation of the mark being ''in'' the right hand (via the biochip) and the modern translations' interpretation of the mark being ''on'' the right hand or forehead (via the number or name of the Beast).
* [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic Randy "Hawkeye" Morrison]] from ''Literature/StarTrekTheEugenicsWars'' views his avian eyes as the mark of the beast. Subverted in that the beast he fears does not actually exist. However it does contribute significantly to his paranoia.
* The Sith in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse often (though not always) use distinctive tattoos as a symbol of membership and/or rank (most prominently, Darth Maul's full-body tattoos, which [[ComicBook/StarWarsLegacy the One Sith]] later also adopt). Though not actually demons, they ''are'' a certified ReligionOfEvil and the most powerful and persistant evil faction in the setting.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Willow gets dark hair and black veins become visible all over her face when she starts getting possessed by dark magic. The Scoobies eventually start referring to the process of Willow becoming possessed as "going all veiny".
** Followers of Eyghon the Sleepwalker have the Mark of Eyghon.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', you have "The Impossible Planet" and "The Satan Pit" two-parter. The character who gets covered in the untranslated language and glowing red eyes when he is possessed by the Ultimate Evil truly exemplifies this trope.
* The hero of ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'' has a circular snake tattoo (not ''quite'' an ouroboros) that turns red bit by bit, counting down how soon he'll go AxCrazy from the quicksilver in his system.
* ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' had the SixthRanger receive a snake tattoo from the BigBad that slowly grew and shortened his life every time he used his powers. However, it turned out to be linked to an ''[[MonsterOfTheWeek actual]]'' beast, and by defeating it, the tattoo was destroyed.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', anyone under Darkseid's control has an omega symbol somewhere on their body.

* According to [[http://www.zerotime.com/night/detect.htm Zerotime.com]], werewolves have a pentagram "birthmark" somewhere on their bodies, often on the palm or chest.
** In folklore, this kind of mark was said to be given to witches by {{Satan}}. Any kind of birthmark could be interpreted as a "witch mark" by zealous [[TheWitchHunter witch hunters]]. Keep in mind that in many folk tales, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent witches were werewolves]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Most of the TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} have, as a side effect of using [[KiAttacks Essence]], the effect of generating a BattleAura. One bit of this is the Caste Mark, a representation of your Caste that appears on your forehead. For Solars and Lunars, it's a golden/silver shining disk; for Sidereals, it's the astrological sign of the Maiden they were chosen by. Then you have the [[OmnicidalManiac Abyssals]]. Their Caste Marks ''bleed'' out of their forehead.
** The [[DealWithTheDevil Infernals]] get a similar deal -- they bear modified Solar Caste Marks that burn with the green fire of Ligier, Hell's sun. Each has its own special adornment based on the Caste's [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Yozi]] patron and the Fiend Caste (chosen of the Ebon Dragon) get a special mark -- a solid disk of such utter darkness that it hurts mortals to look upon it.
* Liliana Vess of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' is covered from head to toe in glowing lines, resulting from her deal with four demons.
* The vampires of clan Gangrel in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' will receive what's actually called "the Beast Mark" each time they give in to the Frenzy. What it is differs depending on the circumstances.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' occasionally have marks of Chaos appearing on mortal worshippers. One mildly unnerving piece of art from one edition of ''Warhammer'' depicted a pair of eyes with the pupils turned into eight-pointed stars.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'', Booker [=DeWitt=] bears the mark AD on the back of his right hand, which according to Zachary Comstock's teachings in Columbia marks him as the "False Shepherd". [[spoiler:It turns out that AD was a MarkOfShame that he put on his right hand when he had sold off his daughter Anna, who in an alternate reality became Comstock's daughter Elizabeth.]]
** The mark also appears on [[spoiler:the alternate version of Comstock]] in the DLC game ''Burial At Sea: Part 1''.
* Eliphas of ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'': ''Retribution'' can equip literal Marks of the Beast, the Marks of the Chaos Gods. These special marks indicate worship of a particular Chaos God, and in turn grant worshipping Cultists different benefits to other units: [[WarGod Khorne]]'s Mark gives all units greater damage and speed, [[PlagueMaster Nurgle]]'s Mark gives better health regeneration and reinforcement of depleted units, and [[TheChessmaster Tzeentch]]'s Mark gives a stealth cloak. If you have the DLC, you can also get the Mark of Chaos Undivided, which [[InfinityPlusOneSword allows all the described abilities]].
* Evil characters in the ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' series develop livid red cracks running across their skin.
* The l'Cie of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' are marked with a brand somewhere on their bodies; it functions both as a symbol of their CursedWithAwesome status and a timer [[DeathsHourglass indicating how long they have to fulfill their Focus before]] [[FateWorseThanDeath they turn into horrifying Cie'th monsters.]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'' and ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemThracia776 Thracia 776]]'', people with the power to wield holy weapons were said to have a mark on their body (Diadora/Deirde for example had her mark hidden by her circlet).
** Played with in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance Path of Radiance]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn Radiant Dawn]]'': The "branded", who are the result of mating between the games' two humanoid species (anthropomorphic animals and humans), [[spoiler:are really only viewed as wrong or evil in the story due to a character rewriting history]].
** And then inverted and played straight in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]'' with the Marks of Naga and Grima respectively.
* Kratos of the ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' series was branded with the Blades of Chaos [[spoiler:after making his deal with Ares.]]
* Samus' Phazon corruption in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' gradually worsens, causing her suit (and, on those occasions when her face is visible, her skin) to develop glowing blue veins. Eventually one of her eyes begins to glow blue as well.
* The Mark of Torment, its description quoted on the top of the page, on The Nameless One's left shoulder in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment''. Where exactly The Nameless One obtained it is never revealed; it is implied [[spoiler:that it appeared as a result of the combined torment his incarnations accrued over the years]].
* ''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'':
** The Dark Prince in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheTwoThrones''. Black skin with red tattoos seems to be quite popular.
** In ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008'', the Corrupted are people who made a [[DealWithTheDevil pact with Ahirman]], and were thus infected with his essence, transforming them into what seems to be physical darkness. [[spoiler:No clue if the Prince gets this after the DownerEnding...]]
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'':
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' (or ''Lucifer's Call'' in Europe) has the main character receive insta-tattoos all over his body when he initially receives superpowers from a demonic parasite. (Technically, that would make it a ''symbiote'', but the game calls it a parasite and there are oodles of negative effects so...) [[spoiler:This makes it a literal Mark of the Beast, due to the [[LouisCypher true identity]] of the boy who forces the parasite on you.]]
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' has the protagonist receive similar glowing tattoos on his face and left hand after making a DealWithTheDevil.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 3''-and-forwards, Jin Kazama gains more and more black tattoos as his 'Devil Jin' mode awakens.
* In ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'', there is the Blood Sin, which controls the Gran Grimoire. Whoever acquires it has control of Lea Monde. [[spoiler: Sydney already has it. Everyone else wants it, and Guildenstern cuts the tattoo from Sydney's back to graft onto his own.]]
* [[spoiler:Taboo Minamimoto]] from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/DramaticalMurder'' features [[spoiler:Koujaku]], whose tattoos grow exponentially when his SuperPoweredEvilSide takes over.
* [[spoiler:Sakura]] in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' gets spiky black lines that creep over her body at irregular points and then retract again [[FreakOut after she goes]] into full fledged psychotic {{Yandere}} mode. Also, her hair turns entirely white.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/MysterySkullsAnimated'' green starts creeping up Arthur's arm after it's touched by a glowing green spirit that is quickly gaining control of his body as it possesses him.

* Teddy in ''Webcomic/DangerouslyChloe'', acquires a pentacle on the back of the left hand, with which he touched the demon statue. After the [[DealWithTheDevil blood pact]] is sealed, this mark fades out of sight.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', selling your soul to a demon will result in a random part of your body turning translucent, marking you as the demon's property and telling other demons not to interfere with you. Biscuit's lips and hair are see-through as a result of such a bargain, [[spoiler:and Dies-Horribly's ears become so after tries to sell himself to a demoness.]]
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': It is the ''demon'' Reynardine who bears the mark of, and is therefore controlled by the heroine and human Antimony.
%%Please don't put spoilers not necessary to understanding the trope in the Gunnerkrigg Court entry.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Inverted completely in the ''Dead Gods'' universe. Heralds are granted brands that gradually cover their whole bodies, but those brands were specifically created to be not repulsive by the patron deities. They also allow the Heralds to conjure incredible powers, including communing with the local demons, none of whom are anything but benevolent.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', the Eye of XANA is used in this manner with the possessed William, displayed on his forehead, chest and sword.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', [[spoiler:Dipper]]'s eyes turn a shade of yellow and his pupils slit when [[spoiler:Bill Cipher takes control over his body]].Of course, this being Gravity Falls, [[WeirdnessCensor every single character fails to notice this.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', anyone who drew the mark of [[BigBad Tarakudo]] [[CastingAShadow on their body]] would gain demonic powers and slowly turn evil (said mark was on an archive book the [[BigBadDuumvirate Demon]] [[SorcerousOverlord Sorcerer]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Clan]] created). Also, the mark ''doesn't come off'', regardless of how it was made, without a spell. It is implied that the mark actually turns the victim into one of the Shadowkhan.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' with the "Mark of Hekapoo", which is the result of an ancient and powerful demon sorceress delivering a DopeSlap that burns the hair off the back of your head.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** Raven gets some in the "all over the body" variety in season 4, apparently heralding the end of the world.
** More interestingly, when [[spoiler: Slade]] comes back, he's got a glowing sigil in his forehead, to go with his new, fire-based powers and infernal army. When he loses the powers, the sigil disappears as well...
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', [[spoiler: Mystique, Magneto, Xavier, and Storm]] receive markings similar to those of Apocalypse when he "recruits" them as his horsemen.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', [[spoiler:Qilby]] gets this along with a PowerUpFullColorChange when he [[spoiler:merges with the Eliacube]] and reveals his villainous nature.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', when Billy is given a cursed tricycle that is sentient and violently attacks anyone that wrongs him (a la Literature/{{Christine}}) Grim confirms that it's cursed with the Mark of the Beast. As it turns out, the mark of the beast is actually a ''brand name'' by a company that specialises in making cursed products.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Many organized crime syndicates such as TheMafiya and {{Yakuza}} have a complete system of symbolic tattoos.
** The Russian Mob is supposedly so up on symbolic tattoos that one who knows what the symbols mean can learn a guy's entire history (birth year and/or date, first "job", affiliations, current rank, specialties, etc) ''just by looking at his arm''.