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Art Attacker
In case you're wondering, the kanji means "red".

"I'm the world's first fully functioning homicidal artist. I make art until someone dies."

As opposed to a Starving Artist who is dying for their art, someone else is dying by their art. The Art Attacker is a character who uses their art as a weapon. This could be paint, puppetry, music, video, etc.

Supertrope to Musical Assassin, Paper Master, etc. Those examples should be listed on their own pages. Art Initiates Life is also strongly related.

The attacker can be, but is not necessarily, the Mad Artist.

Examples:

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    Anime And Manga 
  • One Piece has Mr. 3, who uses wax sculptures, and Miss Goldenweek, who uses color to paint on Standard Status Effects or other powers. They are paired together due to their art theme.
  • 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 One Piece example, were partnered, but constantly argued over whose definition of art was superior.
    • 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 "left."
    • There's also Konan and her origami.
  • In YuYu Hakusho, Kurama goes up against a demon who uses make-up to power himself and de-power others.

    Comic Books 
  • The Green Lantern foe the Tattooed Man and Batman villain Pyx from The DCU have the power to bring their tattoos (body art) to life.
    • Also, 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, John Stewart was an architect, and all of his ring constructs have blueprint like attention to detail.

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    Live Action Television 
  • In Misfits, a tattoo artist turns out to be able to use his tattoos to control and attack people.
  • The girl in the Doctor Who episode "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 Get Smart villain used "Dorian Gray" paint - he painted pictures of his victims who would then rapidly age and die.
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Monster of the Week Artistmole
  • A season 2 episode of 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!"

    Video Games 
  • In De Blob, you can take over the occupying forces by coloring the world.
  • Dynasty Warriors: Ma Dai fights with a giant brush that shoots off solid ink "pellets" as well as pictures of tigers and dragons.
  • In Epic Mickey, Mickey uses a brush and paint thinner to Set Right What Once Went Wrong. His opponent, par for the course, is the Phantom Blot.
  • Amaterasu, the main character of Ōkami, uses her tail as a brush to cast spells. There is also her Evil Counterpart 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 Dual Boss.
  • In Comix Zone, the artist (named Sketch, natch) and Big Bad of a comic series switch places, where the hero is in the series, and the Big Bad is in the real world. To make the switch more permanent, the Big Bad draws enemies into the comic to kill off the hero.
  • This is the player's modus operandi in the Scribblenauts games.
  • Relm in Final Fantasy VI has the "Sketch" ability which lets her use the target monster's special abilities.
  • Brauner from Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. 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 Art Initiates Life to summon monsters by painting them.
  • The Kirby series features many bosses like this, mostly as Mook Makers. The most well-known is Paint Roller in Kirby's Adventure. Kirby's Dream Land 3 has Ado, and Kirby 64 features Adeleine, as a boss turned ally.
  • The main protagonist of Graffiti Kingdom 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.
  • Sly Cooper series has the Panda King, a firework artist who uses fireworks in combat and to help his crimes.
  • The various rudies attack using graffiti in the Jet Set Radio series.
  • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, 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.
  • Luigi's Mansion has Vincent Van Gore, whose paintings of ghostly Mooks come to life.

    Web Comics 
  • In Paranatural, Ed's "tool" is a paint brush, which he can use to make ink paintings with which to fight off spectral beings.

    Western Animation 
  • 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 SpongeBob SquarePants, 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 Darkwing Duck is an artist who uses her reality-bending paintbrushes to commit various crimes, including various assaults on our hero.
  • Brushogun's ink is used to create minions for the Big Bad of Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo.
  • The Music Meister from Batman: The Brave and the Bold uses his song and music occasionally as a form of attack, but more often as a form of Mind Control.
  • Mad Artist Zachariah Easel from Skysurfer Strike Force who can attack the Skysurfers with his art.

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