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In one of the early chapters of Fullmetal Alchemist (chapter 8 I believe), when Edward and Alphonse go with Armstrong back to Resembool for repairs, we see Lust on the same train.

Lust with newspaper on train

Here, her tattoo isn't covered up, unlike later in chapter 34 when she meets with Havoc on a date.

Lust and Havoc

The second image is from the end of chapter 34. This is after Hawkeye runs into Barry the Chopper, and after Mustang has started his investigation into the higher ups (which is shown in the same chapter). Envy is also shown tracking down Mustang's activities in that chapter, but this is before Edward tells Breda about what he knows from Laboratory 5.

This seems to imply that she covers up her tattoo to look more "normal" in public, but if that's the case, why wouldn't she be covering up the tattoo earlier? Or is the assumption that she covers up in public not correct? (Thinking back on it, it alos might be relevant that the tattoo isn't that large - which isn't a detail I currently remember - and therefore suspicious-looking to someone who doesn't know).

EDIT: I don't think Mustang's team knows about the homunculi specifically at this point in this. Although they have detained Barry the Chopper and so know something is up with the philosopher's stones, I remember Alphonse mentioning the homunculi's existence right before the section where Lust is killed, and Mustang being shocked by the revelation (at least in Brotherhood, where he proceeded to lose control of his driving).

  • What do you mean "earlier"? When does she not cover it? (Other than in private, of course.) – Killua Jun 10 '14 at 22:11
  • @キルア: I'm referring to her appearance on the train (in the first image). – Maroon Jun 10 '14 at 22:11
  • Ah, gotcha. It was so tiny I didn't even notice it. :P – Killua Jun 10 '14 at 22:14
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    @Memor-X: edited my previous comments into the text, since they might be relevant. – Maroon Jun 11 '14 at 5:49
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    It might be because she thinks that she is not going to encounter anyone of importance in relation to seeing her tattoo and so she didn't feel the need to cover it up. – Cyberson Jun 11 '14 at 22:24
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I've only seen the original anime, so I might have a wrong idea about her personality (and thus motives). My first guess is that on the train, she's just in the general public and has no reason to cover it up (not to mention the outfit looks like it shows some cleavage, which might be helpful and seems to be in line with her personality) while for the date she covers up to hide the mark from the military who may or may not know about it. Even if they don't, it's definitely an interesting mark that would draw attention.

My second guess is simply that she covers up on the date to look more modest and less "slutty".

  • You might want to specify which anime series (of FMA) you watched in your answer. – Maroon Jun 13 '14 at 18:37
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    @Maroon I've edited it to say that I've only seen the original anime. – Jay Jun 18 '14 at 23:54
  • Accepting this answer for now - your reasoning more or less explains her behavior (even if you've only seen the 2003 anime) as far as I'm concerned. – Maroon Jun 27 '14 at 4:03

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