Rose Tattoo (Stormwatch comics)

Rose Tattoo


Rose Tattoo is apparently the spirit of murder. Though she certainly is a memorable character, she has but few appearances and little is known about her.

She appeared in 1996, as Warren Ellis began his remarkable run on StormWatch. IN some ways she is emblematic of that run, which later morphed  into The Authority.


  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: StormWatch, formerly The High’s team.
  • Base Of Operations: Skywatch II.
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Eyes: Green Hair: Red


Powers and Abilities

Rose Tattoo is a perfect shot with any firearm. She has never, ever, been known to miss, regardless of the distance or difficulty.

She designs her own firearms using unrevealed tools, methods and workshops. It appears that, given enough time to plan and build, Rose Tatoo can kill anything.

Indeed, it seems that on some unexplained level she *is* killing. An idea, a spirit, the embodiment of the concept of murder.


Bendix first met Rose Tattoo during an operation, shortly after the dismantlement of Team One. He was chasing The High and his group when he saw her. He immediately fell in love with her. She left that group at some point after that. I guess it’s not easy to try to build a better world, as The High said he was, when you ally yourself with such a monstrosity.

Her next appearance was when Bendix reorganized StormWatch. He knew where to find her, in Sicily. There she was toying with the local male population’s corpses. He recruited her in StormWatch Red, a team “comprises those members with the greatest destructive capability for acts of deterrent display and retaliation”.



Her first, solo mission was to kill exactly 233 civilians in Gamorra. That was to retaliate for the bombing of a British plane in which 233 passengers had been killed.

During her downtime, she was kept in the high security quarters, under armed watch. The guards had orders to shoot her dead if she made any wrong moves. In her cell, she kept her personal arsenal.

The only time we saw her speak was to say the quote below. It was when The High moved from his self-imposed 10-year exile in the Rocky Mountains. During the ensuing StormWatch operation against The High and his group, Bendix’s insanity was uncovered. As a result, Rose Tattoo was killed by Hawksmoor.

But who knows, if she is really a death goddess (as Bendix raved), she can return anytime from her own realm.


Rose Tattoo’s left eye is dead so she wears her red hair to hide it. She dresses in very tight, short, sexy, red leather outfits, exposing most of her body.

She is covered by red tattoos showing roses with lot of spikes, snakes, dragons…

She only spoke once.


She kills, that much is obvious. And as it appears, killing is all she does. She doesn’t speak, she has no friends, she has no life, she only kills.

Whenever the desire of sexual intercourse arises, she picks a man. Any man will do, so she takes the first one she finds and uses him. If he’s still alive after the experience, he’s trashed, body, mind and soul. Her idea of sexuality goes way beyond recreational SM and into raging psychopathy.


“Kill them all.”

DC Universe History

Rose Tattoo could be The Corinthian’s big sister.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Rose Tattoo

Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Psychopath
Int: 07 Wil: 07 Min: 08 Occupation: StormWatch Officer
Inf: 10 Aur: 11 Spi: 10 Resources {or Wealth}: 08
Init: 023 HP: 060

Charisma (Intimidation): 05, Gadgetry (Weapons): 20, Thief (Stealth): 09, Weaponry: 13

Bonuses and Limitations:
Power Loss: See below.

Genius (Weaponry only), Schtick (double-tapping), Misc.: Does not age, but her lifespan is unknown.

Henry Bendix (High).

Dark Secret, MPR (Missing one eye), SPR (does not speak – the only words she ever said are in the quote above), Catastrophic Rage.


  • Sword [BODY 08, EV 04 (05 w/STR), Sharpness (EV): 03].
  • Colt .45 pistol [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 04, Ammo: 07, R#02].
  • AK 74 para assault carbine [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 06, Ammo: 08, R#02, Advantage : Autofire].
  • Omni-Weapon/ammunition (x2) [C, 12 APs].

A study in red

Rose Tattoo has a specific Power Loss on her Gadgetry Skill. Her Gadgetry is only at 03 APs if she doesn’t study a specific target. If she studies, she can access higher APs of Gadgetry – one AP for each AP of time above 12 she spends contemplating a weapon design.

For instance, if she ponders a weapon for use against a specific target for 18 APs of time (one week), she can design a weapon with 09 APs of Gadgetry Skill, plus her Genius. A weapon capable of killing pretty much any target (20 APs of Gadgetry Skill) would take 29 APs of time – 40 years.

The same process applies to Identify a weapon. Except of course Rose concentrates on the weapon, not the target.

Given enough time, Rose Tattoo can conceive and built a weapon to kill anything.

Design Notes

Many traits are the results of pure conjecture (Rose didn’t have much screen time) but seemed to fit well with the character.

By Nicolas Lemaçon and Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Images Comics (Wildstorm Universe).

Helper(s): Phil Dixon, Roy Cowan.