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2nd Apr '17 4:22:01 PM nombretomado
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* Played completely straight in ''PhantasyStarUniverse''. The city areas are filled in with randomized wandering crowds. These crowds are composed of the generic male and female player models, load in only dull pinkish and bluish hues, and evaporate if you get close. Spooky.

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* Played completely straight in ''PhantasyStarUniverse''.''VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse''. The city areas are filled in with randomized wandering crowds. These crowds are composed of the generic male and female player models, load in only dull pinkish and bluish hues, and evaporate if you get close. Spooky.
13th Feb '17 1:43:40 PM rjd1922
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* ''TouchDetective'' has them wearing really creepy Scream-like masks. Later subverted in the sequel, where while still FacelessMasses, they had a (flat) character and even (gasp!) names.
* Even though they're all just randomizations of a couple of character models, the ''VideoGame/SpiderMan 2'' game manages to avert this trope by having the hapless citizens of New York be fully colored, wander the city realistically, and react to Spidey; with one exception. During the "sports event" with Quentin Beck, the people in the stands are just cardboard cutouts. Heavily Lampshaded when you have Spidey crawl on the fake audience, and he says: "Even the audience is fake! Beck's the real phoney here."

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* ''TouchDetective'' ''VideoGame/TouchDetective'' has them wearing really creepy Scream-like masks. Later subverted in the sequel, where while still FacelessMasses, they had a (flat) character and even (gasp!) names.
* Even though they're all just randomizations of a couple of character models, the ''VideoGame/SpiderMan 2'' ''VideoGame/SpiderMan2'' game manages to avert this trope by having the hapless citizens of New York be fully colored, wander the city realistically, and react to Spidey; with one exception. During the "sports event" with Quentin Beck, the people in the stands are just cardboard cutouts. Heavily Lampshaded when you have Spidey crawl on the fake audience, and he says: "Even the audience is fake! Beck's the real phoney here."



* [[VideoGame/WarioWare Wario Ware: Smooth Moves]] has Young Cricket cut in line at a dumpling stand by dashing across the heads of the generic silhouette patrons. Once he realizes how upset they were, he apologizes and dashes back across their heads so he can wait at the back of the line.

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* [[VideoGame/WarioWare Wario Ware: ''[[VideoGame/WarioWare WarioWare: Smooth Moves]] Moves]]'' has Young Cricket cut in line at a dumpling stand by dashing across the heads of the generic silhouette patrons. Once he realizes how upset they were, he apologizes and dashes back across their heads so he can wait at the back of the line.
28th Jan '17 10:40:44 AM neoXsaga
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', non-important [=NPCs=] (those that have no speech bubbles above their heads) have blurry, smudged out faces that lack eyes or other facial features except for mouths. They also not solid and will disappear when the protagonist moves closer to them and reappear in some distances later.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', non-important [=NPCs=] (those that have no without speech bubbles above their heads) have blurry, smudged out faces that lack eyes or other facial features except for mouths. They also not solid and will disappear when the protagonist moves closer to them and reappear in some distances later.
28th Jan '17 10:36:22 AM neoXsaga
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', non-important [=NPCs=] have blurry, smudged out faces that lack eyes or other facial features.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', non-important [=NPCs=] (those that have no speech bubbles above their heads) have blurry, smudged out faces that lack eyes or other facial features.features except for mouths. They also not solid and will disappear when the protagonist moves closer to them and reappear in some distances later.
9th Dec '16 3:16:52 PM Darkfire545
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* In ''Anime/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'', any unimportant character will just have their class's letter on their face. Some of these characters even have names, too...
1st Dec '16 8:58:18 PM rjd1922
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* Every non-notable character in ''Side: Despair of Anime/DanganRonpa3'' is translucent blue. This is actually played for comedy in episode 4, when the characters go from blue to having proper designs after eating Andou's candy.

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* Every non-notable character in ''Side: Despair Despair'' of Anime/DanganRonpa3'' ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' is translucent blue. This is actually played for comedy in episode 4, when the characters judges go from blue to having proper designs after eating Andou's candy.
11th Nov '16 7:58:24 AM ashlay
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', non-important [=NPCs=] have blurry, smudged out faces that lack eyes or other facial features.
* In ''VideoGame/TokyoMirageSessionsFE'', non-important [=NPCs=] are rendered as flat primary colored outlines in the shape of people, like in the ''Just Dance'' games.
9th Nov '16 5:01:07 PM Novaheart
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* ''Anime/RanpoKitanGameOfLaplace'' does a variant of this. The faceless masses are shadowly blobs with only characters that are important having details. If a character becomes impotent they gain detail and become shallowly blobs once they stop being important. This makes sense as the Point of View Character Kobayashi only bothers to remember anyone interesting. When the PoV is shifted to Akechi the faceless masses become artist pose dolls.[[spoiler: For Namikoshi it's skeletons with faces similar to Twenty Faces.]]
6th Nov '16 7:03:32 AM wootzits
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* {{Manga/Saiyuki}}'s mangaka has a tendency to use variation on FacelessMasses where, while they having detailed costumes and mouths, has no visible eyes other than a vague shadow. All background characters and mooks would have this, even if the panel focuses on their face.

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* {{Manga/Saiyuki}}'s ''{{Manga/Saiyuki}}'''s mangaka has a tendency to use variation on FacelessMasses where, while they having detailed costumes and mouths, has no visible eyes other than a vague shadow. All background characters and mooks would have this, even if the panel focuses on their face.
6th Nov '16 7:02:54 AM wootzits
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* ''Anime/DiGiCharat'' [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on it by drawing its minor characters as literal finger puppets, even when they're in the foreground.
* Done in the DatingSim episode of ''Anime/ExcelSaga''.
* And in the SpiritualSuccessor ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi'', the classroom scenes use perpetually static people, but once the GiantRobot lands, a whole of ONE unidentified character is more than a featureless white person-shaped blob.

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* ''Anime/DiGiCharat'' [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] Many notable {{Shonen}} titles that involve battling with an audience do this, such as ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' or ''Anime/YuGiOh''. ''Pokémon'' is especially notorious for this as seen in details of the opening in the ''Latias & Latios'' movie in which most of the crowds on it by drawing its minor the stands were just a bunch of colorful blob-like beings... in 3D.
* This was used for Morisato Keiichi's "dorm eviction" scene in the second TV episode of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''.
* In the ''{{Manga/ARIA}}'' manga there is a variety in that extras usually still are have distinctive features, but that other Prima undines aside from the three main ones are drawn without faces.
* Particularly common and pronounced in ''Atashin'chi'', where even in close-up shots extras are gray, ghost-like blobs.
* During the first episode of ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' where all of the nation-tans are gathered in a meeting, at most two
characters as literal finger puppets, even when they're in are rendered. All the foreground.
* Done in
rest around the DatingSim episode of ''Anime/ExcelSaga''.
* And in the SpiritualSuccessor ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi'', the classroom scenes use perpetually static people, but once the GiantRobot lands, a whole of ONE unidentified character is more than a featureless white person-shaped blob.
table are like this.



* ''Manga/KareKano'' did this frequently, where extras were often drawn as white silhouettes.
* Parodied in ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'', where nearly all the non-regular characters had obvious ''identical'' female or male designs. Or hilariously inhuman, such as a classroom of non-regulars all having flower pots for heads, or a classroom largely made up of scarecrows. To make that even more extreme they are refereed as "the rest of class" during introduction.



* ''Anime/TheWallflower'' uses this extensively - the [[{{Bishonen}} bishonen boys']] adoring masses at the school look like a multi-armed,multi-headed cardboard cut-out. Later episodes do this on the ''main'' characters as well - to be fair, the manga it's based on does this too.
* Particularly common and pronounced in ''Atashin'chi'', where even in close-up shots extras are gray, ghost-like blobs.
* ''Animation/{{Pucca}}'' spoofs this trope by having the extras be pink and blue smiley gum-drop people. The series proper has a large cast of extras and no real need for them, but they're used for comedy nonetheless.
* Also seen in ''Anime/LuckyStar''. However, the "faceless-ness" of background characters vary between episodes, from humanoid-shaped blobs in earlier episodes, to outlines of people with hair, and occasional facial features. Leads to jarring effects when StockFootage of earlier episodes is used in later ones. The most jarring part of this trope's appearance in ''Lucky Star'' is that the extras never move an inch, ''even when they're in the foreground''. Sometimes background characters are drawn in complete detail, but are tinted blue to make the main characters stand out.
* The second season of ''Manga/MinamiKe'', produced by a different studio, replaces the skin colouring and anatomy of [[http://i31.tinypic.com/2qlqu8o.jpg previously fully-animated]] extras with silhouettes... even in closeup. Every character that didn't have a speaking part in the first series is now a black/darkened outline with hair and clothes, facial features added [[http://i26.tinypic.com/20ifn7n.png as required]]. Quite [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/MinamiKe_blackened.png disconcerting]]. As the series got closer to the end, there seemed to be more drawn-in extras than black shadow, but still, what the heck?
* Background characters in ''{{Anime/Mononoke}}'' are ''literally'' faceless. The exact specifics depend on the arc, but they'll have clothes, weird skin tones, and usually something... abstract instead of a face.
** ''Zashiki-Warashi'': While the background characters have hair and clothing, their skin is blank white or black with spinning flower motifs. This is especially unsettling when they are being intimate with normal-looking characters.
** ''Noppera-bo'': The abusive in-laws' faces are never shown on camera; if one of their heads is shown, the face is covered with a demonic mask.
** ''Bakeneko'': Anyone who isn't connected with the bakeneko's revenge is a half-dressed ''mannequin'' [[spoiler:during any action that takes place in the bakeneko's illusion or in a flashback. Again, it's very strange to see a normal, non-insane woman in bed with a blank-faced mannequin. And one person even turns from a mannequin into one of the main characters. Was that supposed to represent us realizing he was important!?]]
* The backgound and ''foreground'' attendees of the Komiket-esque convention in the ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' anime are depicted as paper cut-outs on sticks. Not to mention that the background characters are often deliberately faceless, with a Katakana/Kanji character instead of an actual drawn face.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' uses this very noticeably in episodes where there is an audience of some sort. Due to the fact that the setting in this case is a darkened theater/auditorium, the FacelessMasses are depicted as shadowy silhouettes...but they also have weird white stereotypically-alien-like eyes. Rather scary, actually.
* Many notable {{Shonen}} titles that involve battling with an audience does this, such as ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' or ''Anime/YuGiOh''. ''Pokémon'' is especially notorious for this as seen in details of the opening in the ''Latias & Latios'' movie in which most of the crowds on the stands were just a bunch of colorful blob-like beings... in 3D.

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* ''Anime/TheWallflower'' uses this extensively - Every non-notable character in ''Side: Despair of Anime/DanganRonpa3'' is translucent blue. This is actually played for comedy in episode 4, when the [[{{Bishonen}} bishonen boys']] adoring masses at characters go from blue to having proper designs after eating Andou's candy.
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan''/''Case Closed'', when someone is suspiciously eavesdropping on a conversation (or whatever) and we don't know who it is, they are just a black silhouette with an utterly bald, mannequin-like head. (The eyes are still shown, though, and they're often bloodshot psychotically.) Very UncannyValley, and it makes
the school look like criminals seem even more inhuman. Ooh, philosophical.
* ''Anime/DiGiCharat'' [[LampshadeHanging hangs
a multi-armed,multi-headed cardboard cut-out. Later episodes do this lampshade]] on the ''main'' it by drawing its minor characters as well - to be fair, the manga it's based on does this too.
* Particularly common and pronounced in ''Atashin'chi'', where
literal finger puppets, even in close-up shots extras are gray, ghost-like blobs.
* ''Animation/{{Pucca}}'' spoofs this trope by having the extras be pink and blue smiley gum-drop people. The series proper has a large cast of extras and no real need for them, but they're used for comedy nonetheless.
* Also seen in ''Anime/LuckyStar''. However, the "faceless-ness" of background characters vary between episodes, from humanoid-shaped blobs in earlier episodes, to outlines of people with hair, and occasional facial features. Leads to jarring effects when StockFootage of earlier episodes is used in later ones. The most jarring part of this trope's appearance in ''Lucky Star'' is that the extras never move an inch, ''even
when they're in the foreground''. Sometimes background characters are drawn in complete detail, but are tinted blue to make the main characters stand out.
* The second season of ''Manga/MinamiKe'', produced by a different studio, replaces the skin colouring and anatomy of [[http://i31.tinypic.com/2qlqu8o.jpg previously fully-animated]] extras with silhouettes... even in closeup. Every character that didn't have a speaking part in the first series is now a black/darkened outline with hair and clothes, facial features added [[http://i26.tinypic.com/20ifn7n.png as required]]. Quite [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/MinamiKe_blackened.png disconcerting]]. As the series got closer to the end, there seemed to be more drawn-in extras than black shadow, but still, what the heck?
* Background characters in ''{{Anime/Mononoke}}'' are ''literally'' faceless. The exact specifics depend on the arc, but they'll have clothes, weird skin tones, and usually something... abstract instead of a face.
** ''Zashiki-Warashi'': While the background characters have hair and clothing, their skin is blank white or black with spinning flower motifs. This is especially unsettling when they are being intimate with normal-looking characters.
** ''Noppera-bo'': The abusive in-laws' faces are never shown on camera; if one of their heads is shown, the face is covered with a demonic mask.
** ''Bakeneko'': Anyone who isn't connected with the bakeneko's revenge is a half-dressed ''mannequin'' [[spoiler:during any action that takes place in the bakeneko's illusion or in a flashback. Again, it's very strange to see a normal, non-insane woman in bed with a blank-faced mannequin. And one person even turns from a mannequin into one of the main characters. Was that supposed to represent us realizing he was important!?]]
* The backgound and ''foreground'' attendees of the Komiket-esque convention in the ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' anime are depicted as paper cut-outs on sticks. Not to mention that the background characters are often deliberately faceless, with a Katakana/Kanji character instead of an actual drawn face.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' uses this very noticeably in episodes where there is an audience of some sort. Due to the fact that the setting in this case is a darkened theater/auditorium, the FacelessMasses are depicted as shadowy silhouettes...but they also have weird white stereotypically-alien-like eyes. Rather scary, actually.
* Many notable {{Shonen}} titles that involve battling with an audience does this, such as ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' or ''Anime/YuGiOh''. ''Pokémon'' is especially notorious for this as seen in details of the opening in the ''Latias & Latios'' movie in which most of the crowds on the stands were just a bunch of colorful blob-like beings... in 3D.
foreground.



* ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' features gray, unmoving masses. When someone in a crowd becomes important, they become colored-in. This makes for a CrowningMomentOfAwesome in episode 11, when [[spoiler:a wave of color washes over a crowd of hundreds as they are revealed to be Dollars members.]]
* Done in the DatingSim episode of ''Anime/ExcelSaga''.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' had faceless blue people in the background in the beginning of the series, and in episode 4, all of the people clamoring to get to Miaka and Tamahome were in blue, save for two people. Near the end of the series, look-alikes of Soi and Yui appear in the crowd.
* At one point in the opening theme of ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', Tsubomi and Erika are chased by some formless, keyhole-shaped people. [[StudentCouncilPresident Itsuki]], Kanae, Nanami and a random background student are the only ones with definite shapes, but the last two become formless by the next shot.



* During the first episode of ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' where all of the nation-tans are gathered in a meeting, at most two characters are rendered. All the rest around the table are like this.
* This was used for Morisato Keiichi's "dorm eviction" scene in the second TV episode of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' had faceless blue people in the background in the beginning of the series, and in episode 4, all of the people clamoring to get to Miaka and Tamahome were in blue, save for two people. Near the end of the series, look-alikes of Soi and Yui appear in the crowd.
* In the ''{{Manga/ARIA}}'' manga there is a variety in that extras usually still are have distinctive features, but that other Prima undines aside from the three main ones are drawn without faces.
* ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' has them, just grayed out instead of faceless.
* In the ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'' anime, everyone who isn't important is nothing more than a gray silhouette. Occasionally the silhouettes will have basic facial features, but not always. Turns out that this is very important to the plot, as [[spoiler:Watanuki later realizes that he cannot remember the faces of anyone besides the main characters and Yuuko's customers.]]
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan''/''Case Closed'', when someone is suspiciously eavesdropping on a conversation (or whatever) and we don't know who it is, they are just a black silhouette with an utterly bald, mannequin-like head. (The eyes are still shown, though, and they're often bloodshot psychotically.) Very UncannyValley, and it makes the criminals seem even more inhuman. Ooh, philosophical.
* Done in the first episode of ''Manga/SchoolLive'', where all but a few of Yuki's classmates are rendered as grey silhouettes. Justified in that [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler the end of the episode reveals they're in the middle of a]] ZombieApocalypse, [[WhamShot the classmates are all dead, and Yuki's just delusional]]. The classmates are grey silhouettes because Yuki can't remember what they actually look like.
* At one point in the opening theme of ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', Tsubomi and Erika are chased by some formless, keyhole-shaped people. [[StudentCouncilPresident Itsuki]], Kanae, Nanami and a random background student are the only ones with definite shapes, but the last two become formless by the next shot.
* {{LightNovel/Durarara}} features gray, unmoving masses. When someone in a crowd becomes important, they become colored-in. This makes for a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of Awesome]] in Episode 11, when [[spoiler:a wave of color washes over a crowd of hundreds as they are revealed to be Dollars members.]]
* {{Manga/Saiyuki}}'s mangaka has a tendency to use variation on FacelessMasses where, while they having detailed costumes and mouths, has no visible eyes other than a vague shadow. All background characters and mooks would have this, even if the panel focuses on their face.
* The ''[[Anime/HimeChenOtogiChikkuIdolLilpri Lilpri]]'' anime abuses this trope. Several mass gathering scenes are full of white or blue people blobs.

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* During the first episode of ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' where all of the nation-tans are gathered in a meeting, at most two characters are rendered. All the rest around the table are like this.
* This was used for Morisato Keiichi's "dorm eviction" scene in the second TV episode of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' had faceless blue people in the background in the beginning of the series, and in episode 4, all of the people clamoring to get to Miaka and Tamahome were in blue, save for two people. Near the end of the series, look-alikes of Soi and Yui appear in the crowd.
* In the ''{{Manga/ARIA}}'' manga there is a variety in that extras usually still are have distinctive features, but that other Prima undines aside from the three main ones are drawn without faces.
* ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' has them, just grayed out instead of faceless.
* In the ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'' anime, everyone who isn't important is nothing more than a gray silhouette. Occasionally the silhouettes will have basic facial features, but not always. Turns out that this is very important to the plot, as [[spoiler:Watanuki later realizes that he cannot remember the faces of anyone besides the main characters and Yuuko's customers.]]
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan''/''Case Closed'', when someone is suspiciously eavesdropping on a conversation (or whatever) and we don't know who it is, they are just a black silhouette with an utterly bald, mannequin-like head. (The eyes are still shown, though, and they're often bloodshot psychotically.) Very UncannyValley, and it makes the criminals seem even more inhuman. Ooh, philosophical.
* Done in the first episode of ''Manga/SchoolLive'', where all but a few of Yuki's classmates are rendered as grey silhouettes. Justified in that [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler the end of the episode reveals they're in the middle of a]] ZombieApocalypse, [[WhamShot the classmates are all dead, and Yuki's just delusional]]. The classmates are grey silhouettes because Yuki can't remember what they actually look like.
* At one point in the opening theme of ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', Tsubomi and Erika are chased by some formless, keyhole-shaped people. [[StudentCouncilPresident Itsuki]], Kanae, Nanami and a random background student are the only ones with definite shapes, but the last two become formless by the next shot.
* {{LightNovel/Durarara}} features gray, unmoving masses. When someone in a crowd becomes important, they become colored-in. This makes for a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of Awesome]] in Episode 11, when [[spoiler:a wave of color washes over a crowd of hundreds as they are revealed to be Dollars members.]]
* {{Manga/Saiyuki}}'s mangaka has a tendency to use variation on FacelessMasses where, while they having detailed costumes and mouths, has no visible eyes other than a vague shadow. All background characters and mooks would have this, even if the panel focuses on their face.
* The ''[[Anime/HimeChenOtogiChikkuIdolLilpri Lilpri]]'' ''Anime/HimeChenOtogiChikkuIdolLilpri'' anime abuses this trope. Several mass gathering scenes are full of white or blue people blobs.blobs.
* In the anime version of the ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'', the audience in their final live is just a mashup of ConspicuousCG.
* ''Anime/JewelpetHappiness'': incidental and background characters are often drawn as simple blue figures that have a mouth and eyes (as lines) at best.
* ''Manga/KareKano'' did this frequently, where extras were often drawn as white silhouettes.
* Also seen in ''Anime/LuckyStar''. However, the "faceless-ness" of background characters vary between episodes, from humanoid-shaped blobs in earlier episodes, to outlines of people with hair, and occasional facial features. Leads to jarring effects when StockFootage of earlier episodes is used in later ones. The most jarring part of this trope's appearance in ''Lucky Star'' is that the extras never move an inch, ''even when they're in the foreground''. Sometimes background characters are drawn in complete detail, but are tinted blue to make the main characters stand out.



* In ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'' this is parodied/lampshaded with the Mob alien race, who gather in large ominous crowds.
* ''{{Literature/Trapeze}}'', by the same director as ''Mononoke'' (mentioned above), also takes a very weird approach with faceless masses. Most of the minor background characters are depicted as ''literal'' cardboard cutouts, two-dimensional outlines that move by flailing around. There's even a scene where the cutouts turn into "normal" characters one by one, by paying attention to the protagonist.
* In ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', the Faceless Masses take the form of the stylised figures commonly seen in road signs and public service announcements
* ''VideoGame/PrettyRhythmAuroraDream'', uses colored colored silhouettes for anyone not a main character.
* In the anime version of the ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'', the audience in their final live is just a mashup of ConspicuousCG.

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* In ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'' this is parodied/lampshaded with the Mob alien race, who gather in large ominous crowds.
* ''{{Literature/Trapeze}}'', by the same director as ''Mononoke'' (mentioned above), also takes a very weird approach with faceless masses. Most of the minor background characters are depicted as ''literal'' cardboard cutouts, two-dimensional outlines that move by flailing around. There's even a scene where the cutouts turn into "normal" characters one by one, by paying attention to the protagonist.
* In ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', the Faceless Masses take the form of the stylised figures commonly seen in road signs and public service announcements
announcements.
* ''VideoGame/PrettyRhythmAuroraDream'', uses colored colored silhouettes for anyone not The second season of ''Manga/MinamiKe'', produced by a main character.
* In
different studio, replaces the anime version skin colouring and anatomy of [[http://i31.tinypic.com/2qlqu8o.jpg previously fully-animated]] extras with silhouettes... even in closeup. Every character that didn't have a speaking part in the first series is now a black/darkened outline with hair and clothes, facial features added [[http://i26.tinypic.com/20ifn7n.png as required]]. Quite [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/MinamiKe_blackened.png disconcerting]]. As the series got closer to the end, there seemed to be more drawn-in extras than black shadow, but still, what the heck?
* Background characters in ''{{Anime/Mononoke}}'' are ''literally'' faceless. The exact specifics depend on the arc, but they'll have clothes, weird skin tones, and usually something... abstract instead of a face.
** ''Zashiki-Warashi'': While the background characters have hair and clothing, their skin is blank white or black with spinning flower motifs. This is especially unsettling when they are being intimate with normal-looking characters.
** ''Noppera-bo'': The abusive in-laws' faces are never shown on camera; if one of their heads is shown, the face is covered with a demonic mask.
** ''Bakeneko'': Anyone who isn't connected with the bakeneko's revenge is a half-dressed ''mannequin'' [[spoiler:during any action that takes place in the bakeneko's illusion or in a flashback. Again, it's very strange to see a normal, non-insane woman in bed with a blank-faced mannequin. And one person even turns from a mannequin into one
of the ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'', the audience in their final live is just a mashup of ConspicuousCG.main characters. Was that supposed to represent us realizing he was important!?]]



* Used in ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess Repure'' when any character not a sister or Wataru is shown without a face, even close up! The chef teaching Shirayuki how to cook is especially frightening.
* Used a lot in ''Manga/SoulEater''. It's especially noticeable in dramatic scenes, where the main characters are all surrounded by a crowd of completely still, colorless students with no faces.

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* Used Parodied in ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess Repure'' when any character not a sister or Wataru is shown without a face, even close up! The chef teaching Shirayuki how to cook is especially frightening.
* Used a lot in ''Manga/SoulEater''. It's especially noticeable in dramatic scenes,
''Anime/PaniPoniDash'', where nearly all the main non-regular characters had obvious ''identical'' female or male designs. Or hilariously inhuman, such as a classroom of non-regulars all having flower pots for heads, or a classroom largely made up of scarecrows. To make that even more extreme they are all surrounded refereed as "the rest of class" during introduction.
* ''VideoGame/PrettyRhythmAuroraDream'', uses colored silhouettes for anyone not part of the main cast.
* ''Animation/{{Pucca}}'' spoofs this trope
by having the extras be pink and blue smiley gum-drop people. The series proper has a crowd large cast of completely still, colorless students with extras and no faces.real need for them, but they're used for comedy nonetheless.



* Every non-notable character in Side: Despair of ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' is translucent blue. This is actually played for comedy in episode 4, when the characters go from blue to having proper designs after eating Andou's candy.

to:

* Every non-notable And in the SpiritualSuccessor ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi'', the classroom scenes use perpetually static people, but once the GiantRobot lands, a whole of ONE unidentified character is more than a featureless white person-shaped blob.
* ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' has them, just grayed out instead of faceless.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' uses this very noticeably
in Side: Despair episodes where there is an audience of ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' is translucent blue. This is actually played for comedy in episode 4, when some sort. Due to the fact that the setting in this case is a darkened theater/auditorium, the FacelessMasses are depicted as shadowy silhouettes...but they also have weird white stereotypically-alien-like eyes. Rather scary, actually.
* {{Manga/Saiyuki}}'s mangaka has a tendency to use variation on FacelessMasses where, while they having detailed costumes and mouths, has no visible eyes other than a vague shadow. All background
characters go from blue and mooks would have this, even if the panel focuses on their face.
* The backgound and ''foreground'' attendees of the Komiket-esque convention in the ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' anime are depicted as paper cut-outs on sticks. Not
to having proper designs after eating Andou's candy.mention that the background characters are often deliberately faceless, with a Katakana/Kanji character instead of an actual drawn face.
* Done in the first episode of ''Manga/SchoolLive'', where all but a few of Yuki's classmates are rendered as grey silhouettes. Justified in that [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler the end of the episode reveals they're in the middle of a]] ZombieApocalypse, [[WhamShot the classmates are all dead, and Yuki's just delusional]]. The classmates are grey silhouettes because Yuki can't remember what they actually look like.
* In ''Manga/SgtFrog'' this is parodied/lampshaded with the Mob alien race, who gather in large ominous crowds.
* Used in ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess Repure'' when any character not a sister or Wataru is shown without a face, even close up! The chef teaching Shirayuki how to cook is especially frightening.
* Used a lot in ''Manga/SoulEater''. It's especially noticeable in dramatic scenes, where the main characters are all surrounded by a crowd of completely still, colorless students with no faces.
* ''{{Literature/Trapeze}}'', by the same director as ''Mononoke'' (mentioned above), also takes a very weird approach with faceless masses. Most of the minor background characters are depicted as ''literal'' cardboard cutouts, two-dimensional outlines that move by flailing around. There's even a scene where the cutouts turn into "normal" characters one by one, by paying attention to the protagonist.
* ''Anime/TheWallflower'' uses this extensively - the [[{{Bishonen}} bishonen boys']] adoring masses at the school look like a multi-armed, multi-headed cardboard cut-out. Later episodes do this on the ''main'' characters as well - to be fair, the manga it's based on does this too.
* In the ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'' anime, everyone who isn't important is nothing more than a gray silhouette. Occasionally the silhouettes will have basic facial features, but not always. Turns out that this is very important to the plot, as [[spoiler:Watanuki later realizes that he cannot remember the faces of anyone besides the main characters and Yuuko's customers.]]
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