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24th Jul '17 9:56:10 PM Abodos
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', King Dorephan of the [[FishPeople Zora]] has a prominent scar on his forehead that a stone tablet says he got when he threw a [[MechaMooks Guardian]] off of a cliff to defend Zora's Domain.
1st Mar '17 8:00:00 AM babyhenchy1
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* Zuko's scar in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' came from when he spoke out of turn in a war council, protesting a plan involving sending a green regiment to their deaths for some tactical advantage, and his father the Fire Lord challenged him to an Agni Kai (a firebending duel) over it. Zuko lost, and this was how his father punished him.

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* Zuko's [[AntiVillain Zuko's]] scar in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' came from when he spoke out of turn in a war council, protesting a plan involving sending a green regiment to their deaths for some tactical advantage, and his father the [[BigBad Fire Lord Lord]] challenged him to an Agni Kai (a firebending duel) over it. Zuko lost, refused to fight him, [[AbusiveParents and this was how his father punished him.him]].
13th Jan '17 3:17:51 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Beric Dondarrion opens his shirt to show the scars created by his multiple deaths.
23rd Dec '16 4:31:32 AM Morgenthaler
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10th Dec '16 9:45:54 PM JoeMerl
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* The ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'' fanfic "[[What Doesn't Kill Him]]" is a more lighthearted example: [[OnlySaneMan Zack]] is shocked to see that [[BornUnlucky Milo]] is CoveredInScars under his shirt, but Milo just thinks of them as reminders of his many "adventures."

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* The ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'' fanfic "[[What "[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/8555944 What Doesn't Kill Him]]" is a more lighthearted example: [[OnlySaneMan Zack]] is shocked to see that [[BornUnlucky Milo]] is CoveredInScars under his shirt, but Milo just thinks of them as reminders of his many "adventures."
10th Dec '16 9:45:31 PM JoeMerl
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* The ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'' fanfic "[[What Doesn't Kill Him]]" is a more lighthearted example: [[OnlySaneMan Zack]] is shocked to see that [[BornUnlucky Milo]] is CoveredInScars under his shirt, but Milo just thinks of them as reminders of his many "adventures."
10th Dec '16 9:41:48 PM JoeMerl
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* Franchise/HarryPotter has his famous lightning bolt, naturally, courtesy of You-Know-Who. There's also Mad-Eye Moody's scars from his career spent fighting Death Eaters, and Lupin's facial scars (in the movies) are self-inflicted due to his transformations. Averted with Dumbledore's scar on his kneecap shaped precisely like UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground; it's mentioned offhand in the first chapter of the first book and then never explained or even referenced again.

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* Franchise/HarryPotter has his In ''Literature/HarryPotter,'' the title character is famous lightning bolt, naturally, courtesy for the lightning-bolt shaped scar he got when [[BigBad Voldemort]] tried to kill him as a baby; for [[ThePowerOfLove some reason]] the spell rebounded and "[[OnlyMostlyDead killed]]" Voldemort, leaving Harry with just that scar (which is odd, since it's noted that usually the Killing Curse leaves corpses unmarked). Later in the series he also gets some scars on the back of You-Know-Who. his hands that read "''I must not tell lies,''" thanks to the wonderful teaching practices of [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Dolores Umbridge]].
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There's also Mad-Eye Moody's scars from his career spent fighting Death Eaters, and Lupin's facial scars (in the movies) are self-inflicted due to his transformations. Averted with Dumbledore's scar on his kneecap shaped precisely like UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground; it's mentioned offhand in the first chapter of the first book and then never explained or even referenced again.



* Dustfinger from ''Literature/{{Inkheart}}'' may be a subversion. The story behind his facial scars is humiliating rather than awesome: [[spoiler: he was held down by a couple of thugs and carved up by a man who fancied his wife]]. He mentions several times that it was [[TheDragon Basta]] who "decorated" his face, but it's someone else who actually explains what happened.

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* Dustfinger from ''Literature/{{Inkheart}}'' may be a subversion. The story behind his facial scars is humiliating rather than awesome: [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he was held down by a couple of thugs and carved up by a man who fancied his wife]]. He mentions several times that it was [[TheDragon Basta]] who "decorated" his face, but it's someone else who actually explains what happened.
3rd Dec '16 4:26:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'', Gerik explains to Tethys that the scar on his nose comes [[spoiler: from his early days as a mercenary, where he arrogantly challenged a mighty BadAss fighter and was at the receiving end of a CurbStompBattle. The warrior decided to let him live, and Gerik took this as a signal that he was still a rookie and he should train/fight harder.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'', Gerik explains to Tethys that the scar on his nose comes [[spoiler: from his early days as a mercenary, where he arrogantly challenged a mighty BadAss badass fighter and was at the receiving end of a CurbStompBattle. The warrior decided to let him live, and Gerik took this as a signal that he was still a rookie and he should train/fight harder.]]
17th Nov '16 5:41:00 AM Morgenthaler
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Many times, when an author wishes to identify a certain character as a {{Badass}}, said character will be given some sort of [[RuggedScar horrific permanent disfigurement]]. Most of the time, the disfigurement will stay unnoticed, possibly out of respect for he that is marked, or because the story behind it is [[YouDoNotWantToKnow too horrible for the others to imagine.]] But there always exists the chance that some bystander will [[SchmuckBait ask about the scar]], in which case the Badass is contractually obliged to explain it. When he is, expect the story to be long-winded, fantastical, and involving at least one CrowningMomentOfAwesome. In other words, a RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun moment.

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Many times, when an author wishes to identify a certain character as a {{Badass}}, badass, said character will be given some sort of [[RuggedScar horrific permanent disfigurement]]. Most of the time, the disfigurement will stay unnoticed, possibly out of respect for he that is marked, or because the story behind it is [[YouDoNotWantToKnow too horrible for the others to imagine.]] But there always exists the chance that some bystander will [[SchmuckBait ask about the scar]], in which case the Badass is contractually obliged to explain it. When he is, expect the story to be long-winded, fantastical, and involving at least one CrowningMomentOfAwesome. In other words, a RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun moment.
7th Nov '16 2:26:09 PM Xelloss08
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* In ''Webcomic/MysteryBabylon'', Judas has a pair of scars under his eye in the shape of an inverted cross. It's only when he betrays the group that Kick Girl thinks to ask how he got them, and he reveals that they were self-inflicted: a symbol of devotion to Adrian, who is the {{Antichrist}} and whose Mark of the Beast is in the same shape and location.
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