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Good thing she has her fur skirt to keep it hidden.

Deral: I was admiring... your markings. Are they decorative?
Jadzia: No. Are yours?
Deral: No. If you don't mind me asking... how far down do they go?
Jadzia: All the way.

This trope is about characters with some sort of writing, markings, symbols or pictures on their naughtier bits, whether written on their clothes or displayed on their bare skin. This is often used as a tactic to deliberately draw attention to the said area, especially if paired with Male Gaze, Female Gaze, or clothing such as bikinis or thongs. Some clothes designers intentionally put their logo here, or sell clothes with attention-grabbing marks as an advertising gimmick. ("Snorg Tees" is particularly egregious about this.)

For the purposes of this trope, the qualifying areas are the chest (on women), the crotch and inner thigh, and the buttocks. Marks found on other areas, such as shapely legs, bared midriffs or a bare back do not count. Marks just shy of these areas (just above the breast, buttocks, or crotch) are passable, though.


Some examples may overlap with Embarrassing Tattoo. Can also overlap with Brought to You by the Letter "S" and Chest Insignia, if the insignia is somewhere that you shouldn't be looking for more than a second. See also Tattoo as Character Type.

This page is not for how awesome, sexy, or cute said character's breasts, butt or other body part is. This is merely a catalog of said characters or examples of the trope in media.



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  • The bar and grill chain Hooters makes sure the "O"s of the HOOTERS logo on their waitresses' shirts are placed in the best spot to draw the eye.
  • Snorg Tees abuses this in all of its online advertisements, combined with Girl Gamer to really drive the boys crazy.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Bratty Half-Pint Sarah in Love Hina has a birthmark on her rear end she's extremely embarrassed about. Once Keitaro finds out, he's able to blackmail her into behaving a little better.
  • Bleach:
    • Rangiku Matsumoto puts her Power Limiter marking right on the inside of her breasts, which is visible due to how low-cut her robe is.
    • Tier Harribel's "3" tattoo is on her right breast, and is only visible when she removes her jacket. Szayelaporro's "8" tattoo is apparently in his groin.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya: Mikuru Asahina has a star-shaped mole on her right breast. This even becomes a means for Mikuru to prove her identity to Kyon when he first meets her future self.
  • El-Hazard: The Magnificent World: Both Ifurita and Kalia's activation modules are located directly above the cleft of their buttocks. Each must be inserted with a keystaff to turn them on, and it's every bit as suggestive as it sounds.
  • Ayaka from the OVA of Fate/Prototype is seen to have her Command Seals right in between her boobs.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, Lust has her ouroboros mark just above her cleavage. This proves frustrating for her when she's trying to seduce information out of Havoc. Since he knows what the mark means, she has to keep her chest covered at all times, which sharply limits her options.
  • In Dragon Hunter, Seur-Chong threatens to spread around that a priestess has a mole on her breast if she refuses him payment (her own fault really, she's in the bath while negotiating with him).
  • City Hunter: One case involves a young woman being repeatedly harassed by men trying to see down her cleavage. Turns out they're not perverts (entirely), the woman they're looking for has a birthmark on one of her breasts.
  • Kodocha: Sana has three moles in a line on her butt, much to her embarrassment. (Though knowledge of this is how her birth mother proves her identity.)
  • In one of the Hetalia: Axis Powers Christmas events, it's briefly mentioned that Monaco has a mole on her chest when all the nations are frantically hunting for an important mark on one of their bodies (the mole isn't it, and she asks France not to shout about it to the entire world).
  • Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle: Early in the story, Liseharte Atismata reveals she was captured by Imperial loyalists and branded with the Arcadia symbol near her groin.
  • Tales of Wedding Rings: Krystal receives a magical tattoo around her belly button that is supposed to prevent pregnancy. It's only after she almost had sex that her sister tells her that the seal is only about seventy percent effective; if there was a perfect contraceptive spell out there, everyone would use it. She didn't warn them before because she thought it would be funny.
  • Subverted for comedic purposes in Those Who Hunt Elves; despite the main characters's enthusiasm in stripping elves naked, it's a Running Gag that every single one of the marks they're looking for appears on a spot that wouldn't be covered by clothes anyway.
  • Berserk: Casca's Brand of Sacrifice is just above her left breast. The nature of the series means she appears naked with some regularity, so it's often seen (especially since its starting to bleed means demons are approaching). Notably, Guts has his Brand on the back of his neck, not requiring any excess exposure to view it.

  • French comedians Pierre Dac and Francis Blanche had a skit where the latter plays a seer. At some point the seer mentions some man in the audience has a tattoo "in a place honesty and decency prevent me from further specifying", before elaborating on what the tattoo depicts "when in appropriate mood".

    Comic Books 
  • Comic book superheroines have some notable examples of their insignias being on fanservicey areas):
    • Wonder Woman is one of the Trope Codifiers within the Superhero genre. Her "WW" is in the shape of an eagle which, Depending on the Artist, is usually underneath her cleavage.
    • Supergirl tends to invite this trope, since her "S" insignia is right on her chest (although, she is a Distaff Counterpart of Superman), but her '70s costume was the worst offender, since the S was small, located on her left breast, and situated next to an extremely low neckline.
    • Played straight and averted with Power Girl, whose breasts (and costume drawing attention to them) are her most famous feature, in-universe and out. Averted by one telling of the "boob window" and its origin, that she couldn't think of a symbol to match Superman's.
    • The Teen Titans villain Cheshire was originally drawn with a pink lotus tattoo above her breast.
  • Ninjette in Empowered wears short shorts with her name across the rear.
  • John Constantine has a tree tattooed on his ass, but it's not entirely clear he's aware of it — Swamp Thing put it there when he possessed Constantine in order to father a child with his girlfriend Abby.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics), according to Espio, Sally Acorn has a royal birthmark somewhere. He never said where but the [reluctant] mere mention of it existing has Sally blush in embarrassment, leading her to drop the subject.
  • Vampirella
    • These two alternate covers featured in The Art of Vampirella depict the eponymous heroine with a bat tattoo on her left breast. She has no such tattoo in the series proper.
    • On the other hand, her signature costume has a V/Bat emblem on the crotch.
  • Syndney Savage of Danger Girl has a birthmark on her breast which is often visible thanks to her Absolute Cleavage.

    Films — Animation 
  • Although vehicles obviously don't have naughty bits, Sally from Cars has a "pinstriping tattoo" over her bumper, and she's very embarrassed when Lightning notices. It's clearly an automotive version of a "tramp stamp".

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny. Both Jabbles and Rage Kage have Birthmarks of Destiny on their hind quarters that spell out "Tenac" and "ious D" respectively. They take this as a sign to name their band Tenacious D.
  • In the movie Overboard with Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, he is able to convince the doctors caring for her that he's her husband because he could describe a buttock tattoo he saw when she was wearing a thong bikini.
  • In The Court Jester, the Rightful Heir (still an infant) has a Birthmark of Destiny on his butt. In the ending, the titular Jester, with the infant in his arms, lowers the swaddling clothes just far enough to reveal the birthmark, to a long line of nobles.
  • In the Italian movie Brancaleone at the Crusades, the King Raimondo has a huge birthmark on his butt, typical of his clan. His infant son had one too, but the group's witch Tiburzia accidentally washed the mark away with her sorcery.
  • I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry is about 2 firefighters who pretend to be gay and get married to get insurance benefits. The movie has a closeted homosexual who comes out to one of the protagonists. Later, when all the firefighters are in the shower, all the firefighters are scared of the 2 main characters. The closeted homosexual walks in and drops his soap. He bends over to reveal that "BAD ASS" is tattooed on his butt cheeks.
  • In the second The Naked Gun movie, a famous scientist is identified by a birthmark on his buttcheek. When a criminal disguises himself as the scientist, the main character yanks down the man's pants to expose him... only he grabbed the scientist and not the criminal.
  • In Vanilla Sky, Tom Cruise notices a mole between Penélope Cruz's breasts. It becomes a somewhat important plot point during the Mind Screw climax.
  • In Goldeneye, Bond is told he'll know the American agent he'll be working with on a mission, Jack Wade, from a distinctive tattoo he bears. The tattoo turns out to be the word "Muffy" (the name of Jack's ex-wife) tattooed onto one of Jack's buttocks.
  • Porky's: Mrs. Ballbreaker sees one of the boys' penises when he sticks it through a peephole in the girls' shower room. She says that she can identify the penis by a mole on it, and insists that the principal let her examine all the boys in order to find the culprit. The principal refuses.
  • In an Imagine Spot in High Fidelity Rob imagines his ex-girlfriend Laura with a tattoo of the name of one of his romantic rivals on her ass at the panty line.
  • In Carry On Dick, the Bow Street Runners learn that the notorious highwayman "Big Dick" Turpin has a distinguishing birthmark on his penis, so one of them starts following men into the lavatory to see if he can spot it.
  • Captain Tom Dodge in Down Periscope has a tattoo of a the words "Welcome Aboard!" on his junk.
  • In the Fade: Katja gets an extensive tattoo done underneath her breasts, on the right side of her torso. It was begun before her family were killed, and she gets this finished after.
  • In the 2002 film adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest, Gwendolen gets Ernest's name tattooed on her buttocks adding to her anger when she finds out "Ernest" is actually called "Jack". During the end credits Jack is seen at the same tattoo parlor getting a matching "Gwendolen" tatto as she holds his hand in support.
  • The third (or fourth, depending on which versions you're talking about) Lone Wolf and Cub movie has a woman who has a tattoo of a demon on most of the left side of her torso, specifically drawn so it looks like it's biting one of her nipples. She uses this as part of her Full-Frontal Assault strategy.

    Fairy Tales 
  • One fairy tale has a princess show a farm boy a trio of birthmarks, one on her ankle (a sun), knee (a cluster of stars), and upper thigh (a moon, of course) in exchange for a trio of simple favours. The king decrees that whoever knows the princess' secret will have her hand in marriage. The farm boy reveals these birthmarks, and weds the princess.

  • In the Sabina Kane series, mages all have a birthmark of an eight-pointed star, a symbol of the goddess Hekate, somewhere on their bodies. At one point in Red-Headed Stepchild Sabina accidentally walks in on the mage Adam Lazarus as he's getting out of the shower and discovers that his is between his belly button and his groin. For her part, Sabina's is on her right shoulder blade.
  • In the Conan the Barbarian novella A Witch Shall Be Born, crescent birthmarks are considered signs of witchcraft, and one of these is the major feature distinguishing Queen Taramis from her evil twin Salome. Said birthmark is right on her chest.
  • In Stephen King's Cujo, Donna Trenton has a mole "just above her pubic hair". When she breaks up with her lover, Steve Kemp, Kemp vengefully writes a crude message to her husband, Vic, about how he enjoyed "fucking the shit out of her." He also mentions the mole so Vic would know that the message is true.
  • Captain Asier in the Dreamscape Voyager Trilogy has a cross-shaped scar over her breasts.
  • Jokingly implied (but probably not true) with Ron in Harry Potter, when Ginny talks about how she told a girl that Harry has a Hungarian Horntail dragon tattooed on his chest. Harry asks Ginny if she said something about any tattoos on Ron, and she replies, "a Pygmy Puff, but I didn't say where."
  • In Proven Guilty, Harry comments ambiguously that Molly's neck tattoo "went all the way down" to her navel. He doesn't actually say whether it covers her cleavage, but Fanon claims that it does nonetheless.
  • In the Claws and Starships short story "Rosettes and Ribbons", Peli has white fur except for one black rosette just below her left collar-bone. When one of the Aera tries to provoke his wife into challenging her to a duel by claiming a sexual relationship with her, she takes advantage of the Aera obsession with detail and shows off the rosette, knowing that he would have mentioned it if he had really seen her in the nude.
  • Ciri from The Witcher has a rose on her upper thigh.
  • In the Discworld spinoff Nanny Oggs Cookbook, one illustration has Nanny Ogg and Casanunda looking as chastened as a couple of horny teenagers caught making out under the glare of Granny Weatherwax... while Nanny sports a pair of floury handprints over her breasts.

    Live-Action TV 
  • NCIS:
    • In the first season, to impress Abby, McGee gets a tattoo on his butt. It is never shown, but he reveals that it's "Mom."
    • Apparently, Abby talked Kate into getting a tattoo as well.
  • In The Big Bang Theory Penny apparently has a Chinese character tattooed on her right buttock. It is either for "Courage" or "soup" depending on whether you believe her or Sheldon.
  • Cordelia from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel has a tattoo on her back, right above her rear. It's the actress's real tattoo, but we've seen it onscreen on the shows a few times.
  • Scrubs:
    • Elliot has a mole on her butt, leading to the nickname "mole butt". It is first mentioned as part of an embarrassing story about using the restroom with roller skates on.
    • Kelso repeatedly and off-handedly mentions he has the name "Johnny" tattooed on his ass, and insists that it Makes Sense In Contextwithout explaining the context once.
  • In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and later works in the Star Trek franchise, Trills have markings on their bodies that run from their neck down to their feet. A Running Gag in the series is that non-Trills would like to know "just how far the markings go." This was enforced over the Rubber-Forehead Aliens look used in Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Host" because the DS9 TV crew decided the TNG makeup made Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax) look ugly.
  • In one episode of That '70s Show, Eric's cousin comes to stay with them and constantly wears tight t-shirts with large logos over her breasts. She catches Eric looking at her breasts, and "innocently" mistakes it for him reading her t-shirt logo. This becomes a running gag throughout the episode. At the end of the episode, it turns out all the flirty behavior and sexy clothing was calculated to attract Eric as payback for a prank he'd played on her years ago.
  • 2 Broke Girls: Caroline's father's former mistress is writing a book about him, in which she claims among other things that he has a small penis. Caroline goes on Piers Morgan to defend her father (for the "among other things" part, not the small penis part — she refuses to discuss that). She also happens to have a photo of her father on her phone in which he is accidentally flashing the camera. Through a convoluted course of events, Morgan sees the photo and immediately dismisses the mistress's story because Caroline's father's penis is quite healthy; if she's lying about that, she's most likely lying about the rest of it too.
  • In the Colombian Soap Opera Las Juanas, all the titular girls have a fish-shaped birthmark in their buttocks as a proof that they are the biological albeit illegitimate daughters of Calixto Salguero, who also had a similar mark in the same place. This was so important that the biggest secret of the plot is that the legitimate son of Calixto, Rubén, doesn't that mark because he isn't his biological son and his mother faked it when he was a kid. The remake La marca del deseo changed it for a heart-shaped birthmark in the lower back.
  • During a Lock-and-Load Montage in the Burn Notice episode "Hot Spot" we get a shot of Fiona pulling her pants on. Turns out she has the letters "IRA" tattooed above her butt (she was in the Irish Republican Army when she and Michael first met).
  • In an episode of Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, Berg tried to prevent Pete from discovering that Pete's new girlfriend had his [Berg's] name tattooed on her body in a very intimate place.
  • In one episode of Bad Judge the defendant is being sued for mooning someone and as evidence his lawyer presents a picture of his buttock covered with a massive tattoo that the plaintiff didn't remember seeing. Rebecca requests that he drop his pants and show it, and he finds it painful just to stand up, which she takes to mean he just got his butt inked to tamper with the "evidence."
  • Played with in The Good Wife, a woman who claims to have had an affair with Peter Florrick while he's running for governor says that he has a birthmark shaped like Brazil on his penis. Protagonist Alicia Florrick, his estranged wife who separated from him over a previous affair, busts out laughing when she's asked about the nonexistent birthmark.
  • Smallville Chloe Sullivan apparently has a distinctive birthmark on one of her buttocks, assuming you believe the character with x-ray vision.
  • Vida: One of the women whom Emma has a threeway with has many tattoos on her torso just beside or above (though not on) her breasts, plus over her ass, as the audience gets shown in great detail.
  • NOS4A2: Maggie has had a large rose tattooed onto her left breast in the second season.
  • Motherland: Fort Salem: Abigail, Raelle, and Tally exposit on the fact that witches' marks go from black to glittery after a witch loses her virginity. Abigail's and Tally's are in easy-to-show places, but Raelle (who is confirmed later to be a lesbian) comments they'd have to get a lot friendlier for her to show them hers, as it's right next to her vagina.
  • Deadly Class: Saya's Yakuza tattoos cover her torso, including the tops of her breasts, as seen while she's in her underwear.

    Music Videos 
  • In the video for "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "Tacky", Kirsten Schaal lives up to the title by wearing a top with hot pink handprints over the breasts.

  • In Cymbeline, Imogen, the heroine, has a mole under one of her breasts. Iachmo is able to falsely win a bet that he could seduce her, by spying on her while sleeping, and noting this distinguishing mark.
  • The Broadway musical Red, Hot and Blue was about a lawyer's search for his long-lost childhood sweetheart. The only identifying feature he can remember about her is a posterior scarred from sitting on a waffle iron.


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    Western Animation 
  • Futurama:
    • In the first movie, Fry is shown to have a tattoo of Bender's face on his butt, which also contains the binary code for time travel.
    • And in Attack of the Killer App, Leela is shown with a singing boil named Susan on her butt.
  • In The Simpsons, episode "Homer to the Max", after Homer legally changes his name to Max Power, Marge disapproves because she has Homer's name tattooed... somewhere. Homer's response? "They have acids that can burn that off."


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