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18th Nov '17 9:31:11 AM StFan
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', the character of Gouda Kazunto gets a chance to explain the particular disfigurement of his head, which includes a somewhat iconic pointy shape.

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* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', the ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'':
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character of Gouda Kazunto gets a chance to explain the particular disfigurement of his head, which includes a somewhat iconic pointy shape.



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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'': In one strip, a sailor is telling another of how he got his peg leg. The other sailor, however, has a peg [[FateWorseThanDeath head]].
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* Invoked by Captain Jack Sparrow in a deleted scene from ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'' where Elizabeth asks him - having learnt that his grand island escape was more of a three-day rum holiday - if any of the stories about him are even true. He pulls back his shirt to reveal a pirate brand on one arm, a huge scar down the other and two bullet scars on his chest, and replies, "No truth at all."

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* Invoked by Captain Jack Sparrow in a deleted scene from ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'' where Elizabeth asks him - -- having learnt that his grand island escape was more of a three-day rum holiday - if any of the stories about him are even true. He pulls back his shirt to reveal a pirate brand on one arm, a huge scar down the other and two bullet scars on his chest, and replies, "No truth at all."



* In the ''Literature/TawnyMan'' trilogy, Fitz is posing as the servant of a very effeminate nobleman. When a rookie soldier tries to make fun of him over the rumours that he's more than just a servant, all the experienced soldiers nearby take one look at his scars and try to talk the rookie down.
** At one point his injuries, and with it scars, are all magically healed. After taking one look at himself he magically puts the scars all back. Not because he is proud of them, but because he is instantly recogniseable as a member of the royal family without them.

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* In the ''Literature/TawnyMan'' trilogy, Fitz is posing as the servant of a very effeminate nobleman. When a rookie soldier tries to make fun of him over the rumours rumors that he's more than just a servant, all the experienced soldiers nearby take one look at his scars and try to talk the rookie down.
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down. At one point his injuries, and with it scars, are all magically healed. After taking one look at himself he magically puts the scars all back. Not because he is proud of them, but because he is instantly recogniseable recognizable as a member of the royal family without them.



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--> '''Hans Hunter:''' (''re: his scar'') Mr. Smart, have you ever heard of the Great White Rhino?
--> '''Maxwell Smart:''' That was done by the Great White Rhino?
--> '''Hunter:''' No, that was done by a small blue convertible.
** They used the same joke another time except it was a wooden leg and "The Great White Whale"

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--> '''Hans -->'''Hans Hunter:''' (''re: ''[re: his scar'') scar]'' Mr. Smart, have you ever heard of the Great White Rhino?
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Rhino?\\
'''Maxwell Smart:''' That was done by the Great White Rhino?
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Rhino?\\
'''Hunter:''' No, that was done by a small blue convertible.
** :: They used the same joke another time time, except it was a wooden leg and "The Great White Whale"Whale".



--> '''Redbeard Rum:''' (''to Edmund'') I'll wager those legs have never been sliced clean off by a falling sail, and swept into the sea before your very eyes!
--> '''Edmund Blackadder:''' Well, neither have yours.
--> '''Rum:''' That's where you're wrong!

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--> '''Redbeard -->'''Redbeard Rum:''' (''to Edmund'') ''[to Edmund]'' I'll wager those legs have never been sliced clean off by a falling sail, and swept into the sea before your very eyes!
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eyes!\\
'''Edmund Blackadder:''' Well, neither have yours.
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yours.\\
'''Rum:''' That's where you're wrong!



--> '''Mac:''' So, how'd you lose that hand?
--> '''Sailor:''' Diabetes.

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--> '''Mac:''' -->'''Mac:''' So, how'd you lose that hand?
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hand?\\
'''Sailor:''' Diabetes.



* {{Averted}} in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' with Lancelot. When he shows up for the second time in the series he has a scar across his cheek, one that no one ever comments on. When he turns up a season later for the third time, the scar is completely gone.
* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Ollie has horrible scars across his chest when he returns from the island, eventually explained as being the result of Deathstroke torturing him. A lot of the advertising of the series specifically invokes this trope.

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* {{Averted}} in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' with Lancelot. When he shows up for the second time in the series he has a scar across his cheek, one that no one no-one ever comments on. When he turns up a season later for the third time, the scar is completely gone.
* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', ''Series/{{Arrow}}'':
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Ollie has horrible scars across his chest when he returns from the island, eventually explained as being the result of Deathstroke torturing him. A lot of the advertising of the series specifically invokes this trope.



[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In one ''[[ComicStrip/TheFarSide Far Side]]'' strip, one sailor is telling another of how he got his peg leg. The other sailor, however, has a peg [[FateWorseThanDeath head]].
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--> This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.
--> He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
--> Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
--> And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
--> He that shall live this day, and see old age,
--> Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
--> And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian.'
--> Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
--> And say 'These wounds I had on Crispian's day.'

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--> This -->This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.
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Crispian.\\
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
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home,\\
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
-->
nam'd,\\
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
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Crispian.\\
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
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age,\\
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
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neighbours,\\
And say 'To-morrow "To-morrow is Saint Crispian.'
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"\\
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
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scars,\\\\
And say 'These "These wounds I had on Crispian's day.'"



* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'''s Weiss has a small scar across her left eye. When Weiss's VA was asked about it, she dodged the question, replying that '[the fans] will find out.' [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail This alone implies that it's significant]].
** Given the hints in episode 15 [[spoiler:that Weiss's father is abusive]], a [[{{Fanon}} common]] fan theory is that he caused it.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'''s Weiss has a small scar across her left eye. When Weiss's VA was asked about it, she dodged the question, replying that '[the fans] will find out.' [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail This alone implies that it's significant]]. \n** Given the hints in episode 15 [[spoiler:that Weiss's father is abusive]], a [[{{Fanon}} common]] fan theory is that he caused it.



* Anna from ''{{Webcomic/Sire}}'' has a highly visible scar running across her face. We learn she earned it in an attempt to kill herself with a letter opener after her Hyde-Child "sister" murdered their uncle.

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* Anna from ''{{Webcomic/Sire}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Sire}}'' has a highly visible scar running across her face. We learn she earned it in an attempt to kill herself with a letter opener after her Hyde-Child "sister" murdered their uncle.



* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart asks the gun shop owner how he lost his arm. He replies, "You know how they tell you to keep your arms inside the bus?"
** According to the [[WordOfGod commentary]] on the DVD, this was going to be a running gag: Every time the character showed up he would be asked about his arm and [[MultipleChoicePast and he would have a different story everytime]]. However the second time, wherein he lost his arm in a bowling alley ball return, was cut and they never bothered to pursue it further.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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Bart asks the gun shop owner how he lost his arm. He replies, "You know how they tell you to keep your arms inside the bus?"
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bus?" According to the [[WordOfGod commentary]] on the DVD, this was going to be a running gag: Every time the character showed up he would be asked about his arm and [[MultipleChoicePast and he would have a different story everytime]]. However the second time, wherein he lost his arm in a bowling alley ball return, was cut and they never bothered to pursue it further.



* The ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' example was spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'', where everyone is grossed out by Eek's scar (a paper cut).
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'', Panthro comments that there's "a lot of history" in the scars on his arms, [[spoiler: which is the part he misses the most after sacrificing them to trap Grune inside the collapsing Astral Plane.]]
* In the first animated version of the ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars Clone Wars]]'', Anakin Skywalker received a scar across his right eye from a light saber battle with Asajj Ventris. This carries over into ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', where Hayden Christensen sports the scar over his right eye.

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* The ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' example was is spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'', where everyone is grossed out by Eek's scar (a paper cut).
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'', ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', Panthro comments that there's "a lot of history" in the scars on his arms, [[spoiler: which [[spoiler:which is the part he misses the most after sacrificing them to trap Grune inside the collapsing Astral Plane.]]
* In the first animated version of the ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars Clone Wars]]'', Anakin Skywalker received receives a scar across his right eye from a light saber battle with Asajj Asaji Ventris. This carries over into ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', where Hayden Christensen sports the scar over his right eye.



11th Nov '17 8:38:07 AM Scorntex
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* ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda:'' Nakmor Drack recounts getting a scar on his wrist from an incident in his pirate days, where he performed a complicated space-walking technique followed by taking a ship, even showing the scar to his teammate to prove it.
29th Oct '17 2:58:44 AM Aquila89
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* ''Theatre/HenryV'':

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* ''Theatre/HenryV'':In ''Theatre/HenryV'', Henry V invokes this in his famous St Crispin's Day Speech.
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.
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