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Basic Trope: A birthmark marks a character as special in some way, possibly as The Chosen One.

  • Straight: Susie has a birthmark on her arm in the shape of a sun, meaning she's The Chosen One.
  • Exaggerated: Susie has an enormous and unsubtle birthmark over much of her face and neck, which just so happens to be sun-shaped if you look at the whole thing.
  • Downplayed: Susie has a birthmark that resemble the sun which is one of the qualifications to be high priestess of the sun god - if she also goes through a life time of training and gets accepted. While most women cannot even get that far it is no guarantee of a destiny.
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  • Justified: Susie's mother was visited during her pregnancy by a supernatural force that blessed her unborn daughter with magical powers.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: But The Call was wrong again, and as it turns out, Susie has a second birthmark which is the correct marker.
  • Parodied:
    • Susie's birthmark is in an embarrassing place, such as on her behind, or incredibly tiny, such as a small mark between her toes.
    • Susie brags about how she has this weird birthmark on her upper left arm that kinda looks like an armadillo if you squint, meaning she's clearly the chosen one.
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  • Zig Zagged: A lot of birthmark is involved in the plot, and the story often played with which is the true mark of The Chosen One.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: The writer add a birthmark because the producer want sell some fake tattoo.
  • Lampshaded: "Well, I was born with a birthmark in the shape of a SUN. Obviously, I was destined for something."
  • Invoked: the Chooser Of The Chosen One assumes he must be looking for someone with a birthmark because of this.
  • Exploited: A deceptive mentor uses this as proof that someone is The Chosen One, when in reality, he's just trying to manipulate that person for his own gain.
  • Defied: Despite having a sun-shaped birthmark that clearly seems "special," Susie is determined to refuse the call and live a normal life.
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  • Discussed: Susie and her friends wonder if their birthmarks mean anything, beside the fact that they have skin anomalies.
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Due to the association of birthmarks with special powers, people with large or visible birthmarks are ostracized and are poorly treated by society.
  • Reconstructed: ...But after Susie defeats the Big Bad, she sets an example for the populace and gives them a lecture or two about prejudice.
  • Implied: The Chosen One is referred to as marked in a prophecy - although we never get to see it or learn precisely what it meant.

Hmm, is that the Birthmark of Destiny on your arm?

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