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5th Feb '16 9:04:43 AM valozzy
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Per ATT.
There are several reasons for writing a faceless character, depending on their role in the plot. For a recurring character, hiding their face lends an air of ambiguity to the character and their motives[[SecretOrganizationCravingIntelligentEnigmaticTropersYonder .]] If said character is a villain, often of the DiabolicalMastermind variety, this additionally serves to make them seem more threatening.
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There are several reasons for writing a faceless character, depending on their role in the plot. For a recurring character, hiding their face lends an air of ambiguity to the character and their motives[[SecretOrganizationCravingIntelligentEnigmaticTropersYonder .]] motives. If said character is a villain, often of the DiabolicalMastermind variety, this additionally serves to make them seem more threatening.
17th Apr '15 2:19:13 PM rodneyAnonymous
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[[caption-width-right:300:[-There's a reason Anubis doesn't let you see his face. [[spoiler:[[EnergyBeings He doesn't]] [[TheBlank have one]].-] ]]]]
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[[caption-width-right:300:[-There's a reason Anubis doesn't let you see his face. [[spoiler:[[EnergyBeings He doesn't]] [[TheBlank have one]].-] ]]]]
16th Feb '15 4:02:34 PM rjd1922
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Non-recurring faceless characters tend to be either Cannon Fodder FacelessGoons (whose facelessness removes their individuality, their humanity, and -- [[MoralDissonance hopefully]] -- the audience's squeamishness about their deaths), or an InvisiblePresident (whose face is hidden to prevent the episode from being dated by the next election). May involve being NeverBareheaded. For other parts of the body, see SceneryCensor. If you don't see ''anything'' at all from a villain, watch your step; you're up against an UltimateEvil. For ''literally'' faceless characters see TheBlank. ScaryShinyGlasses is related. The hidden-by-shadow version combined with ChekhovsGunman results in SinisterSilhouettes. If a character never appears ''at all'', they're TheGhost. Sometimes there may be scenes teasing the unmasking, but it often ends up with UnrevealAngle. Unrelated to FacelessMasses, which is more for the [[LazyArtist artist's convenience]] than anything.
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Non-recurring faceless characters tend to be either Cannon Fodder CannonFodder FacelessGoons (whose facelessness removes their individuality, their humanity, and -- [[MoralDissonance hopefully]] -- the audience's squeamishness about their deaths), or an InvisiblePresident (whose face is hidden to prevent the episode from being dated by the next election). May involve being NeverBareheaded. For other parts of the body, see SceneryCensor. If you don't see ''anything'' at all from a villain, watch your step; you're up against an UltimateEvil. For ''literally'' faceless characters characters, see TheBlank. ScaryShinyGlasses is related. The hidden-by-shadow version combined with ChekhovsGunman results in SinisterSilhouettes. If a character never appears ''at all'', they're TheGhost. Sometimes there may be scenes teasing the unmasking, but it often ends up with UnrevealAngle. Unrelated to FacelessMasses, which is more for the [[LazyArtist artist's convenience]] than anything.
8th Oct '13 4:13:42 PM WanderingTedium
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May involve being NeverBareheaded. For other parts of the body, see SceneryCensor. If you don't see ''anything'' at all from a villain, watch your step; you're up against an UltimateEvil. For ''literally'' faceless characters see TheBlank. ScaryShinyGlasses is related. The hidden-by-shadow version combined with ChekhovsGunman results in SinisterSilhouettes. If a character never appears ''at all'', they're TheGhost. Sometimes there may be scenes teasing the unmasking, but it often ends up with UnrevealAngle.
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May involve being NeverBareheaded. For other parts of the body, see SceneryCensor. If you don't see ''anything'' at all from a villain, watch your step; you're up against an UltimateEvil. For ''literally'' faceless characters see TheBlank. ScaryShinyGlasses is related. The hidden-by-shadow version combined with ChekhovsGunman results in SinisterSilhouettes. If a character never appears ''at all'', they're TheGhost. Sometimes there may be scenes teasing the unmasking, but it often ends up with UnrevealAngle. UnrevealAngle. Unrelated to FacelessMasses, which is more for the [[LazyArtist artist's convenience]] than anything.
9th Aug '13 2:30:43 PM AsForMyHandle
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[[caption-width-right:300:[-There's a reason Anubis doesn't let you see his face. [[spoiler:[[EnergyBeings He doesn't have one]].-] ]]]]
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[[caption-width-right:300:[-There's a reason Anubis doesn't let you see his face. [[spoiler:[[EnergyBeings He doesn't doesn't]] [[TheBlank have one]].-] ]]]]
31st Jul '13 3:18:58 AM XFllo
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May involve being NeverBareheaded. For other parts of the body, see SceneryCensor. If you don't see ''anything'' at all from a villain, watch your step; you're up against an UltimateEvil. For ''literally'' faceless characters see TheBlank. ScaryShinyGlasses is related. The hidden-by-shadow version combined with ChekhovsGunman results in SinisterSilhouettes. If a character never appears ''at all'', they're TheGhost.
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May involve being NeverBareheaded. For other parts of the body, see SceneryCensor. If you don't see ''anything'' at all from a villain, watch your step; you're up against an UltimateEvil. For ''literally'' faceless characters see TheBlank. ScaryShinyGlasses is related. The hidden-by-shadow version combined with ChekhovsGunman results in SinisterSilhouettes. If a character never appears ''at all'', they're TheGhost. TheGhost. Sometimes there may be scenes teasing the unmasking, but it often ends up with UnrevealAngle.
12th Jul '13 11:09:34 PM rjung
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* TheFaceless/{{Pinball}}
5th Jul '13 8:59:24 AM sorako
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* TheFaceless/RealLife

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* TheFaceless/RealLife
22nd May '13 4:57:07 PM bloodstained_agar
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