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17th Sep '17 9:24:29 PM KantonKage
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* those who always wear ScaryShinyGlasses

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* those who always wear ScaryShinyGlassesScaryShinyGlasses or SunglassesAtNight
30th Jul '17 9:33:23 AM Mdumas43073
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* TheVoice, who is not seen but only heard
4th Jun '17 10:10:57 PM azul120
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The Faceless exist to increase [[RuleOfDrama dramatic]] or [[RuleOfCool impress]] people. Contrast this with the FacelessMasses, which is done for [[LazyArtist the artist's convenience]], while the SceneryCensor hides ''other'' body parts, to please MoralGuardians.

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The Faceless exist to increase [[RuleOfDrama dramatic]] drama]] or [[RuleOfCool impress]] people. Contrast this with the FacelessMasses, which is done for [[LazyArtist the artist's convenience]], while the SceneryCensor hides ''other'' body parts, to please MoralGuardians.
12th May '17 8:38:35 AM DragonHawk
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Closely related are those who always wear ScaryShinyGlasses, or always have their eyes [[HiddenEyes hidden]] or [[EyesAlwaysShut closed]], TheGhost, who is never seen at all, and TheBlank, who ''literally'' doesn't have a face.

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Closely related are are:
* those with EyesAlwaysShut or always HiddenEyes
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those who always wear ScaryShinyGlasses, or always have their eyes [[HiddenEyes hidden]] or [[EyesAlwaysShut closed]], ScaryShinyGlasses
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TheGhost, who is never seen at all, and ''at all''
*
TheBlank, who ''literally'' doesn't have a face.
face
12th May '17 8:35:50 AM DragonHawk
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A variant of HeWhoMustNotBeSeen. The audience never gets a good look at this character's face. Specific variants include:
* Characters who are only ever shown from behind.
* Characters who are only ever shown while standing behind something.
* Characters who are only ever shown from the neck down or lower.
* Characters who always stand in shadow or have their FaceFramedInShadow.
* Characters who wear a [[CoolMask mask]] or a OneWayVisor.
* Characters whose eyes are [[HiddenEyes hidden]] or [[EyesAlwaysShut always closed]], but their face is otherwise visible. This is more frequent in {{anime}}, which relies strongly on eyes to express emotion and intent.
* Characters whose first-person perspective is revealed via POVCam, without ever showing their face.

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. If said character is a villain, often of the DiabolicalMastermind variety, this additionally serves to make them seem more threatening.

Occasionally, the recurring faceless character will be revealed in an especially poignant scene, typically just before the series (or the character's tenure on it) ends. Villainous characters tend to be hideously disfigured when their masks are removed, though the subversion has become just about as common, where the villain is revealed to be a perfectly ordinary guy. The faceless villain could also be a [[TheMole Mole]] in the good guys' team the audience doesn't know about yet.

Non-recurring faceless characters tend to be either 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, 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.

The mask-wearing kind of TheFaceless often end with TheReveal. Sometimes this is [[NerdInEvilsHelmet a big anticlimax]]...but then sometimes it just [[NoFaceUnderTheMask makes things creepier]].

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A variant of HeWhoMustNotBeSeen. HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: The audience never gets a good look at this character's face. face. Specific variants include:
* Characters who
include characters which are only ever (almost) always...
* shot or drawn using an UnrevealAngle
**
shown from behind.
* Characters who are only ever
behind
**
shown while behind something else
** shown with the frame cropping out their face
* shot or drawn with POVCam, where we can only see what they see
*
standing behind something.
* Characters who are only ever shown from the neck down or lower.
* Characters who always stand
in shadow or shadow, have their FaceFramedInShadow.
FaceFramedInShadow, or be [[SinisterSilhouettes silhouetted]]
* Characters who wear wearing a [[CoolMask mask]] mask]], OneWayVisor, [[InTheHood hood]], or a OneWayVisor.
* Characters whose
otherwise NeverBareheaded

Closely related are those who always wear ScaryShinyGlasses, or always have their
eyes are [[HiddenEyes hidden]] or [[EyesAlwaysShut always closed]], but their face TheGhost, who is otherwise visible. This is more frequent in {{anime}}, which relies strongly on eyes to express emotion never seen at all, and intent.
* Characters whose first-person perspective is revealed via POVCam, without ever showing their
TheBlank, who ''literally'' doesn't have a face.

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. motives. If said character is a villain, often of the DiabolicalMastermind variety, this additionally serves to make them seem more threatening.

Occasionally,
threatening. Often the recurring faceless character will be revealed in an especially poignant scene, typically just before the series (or the character's tenure on it) ends. Villainous characters tend to be hideously disfigured when their masks villainous Faceless are removed, though the subversion has become just about as common, where the villain is revealed to be a perfectly ordinary guy. The faceless villain could also be a [[TheMole Mole]] in the good guys' team the audience doesn't know about yet.

DiabolicalMastermind, TheManBehindTheMan, or even an UltimateEvil.

Non-recurring faceless characters tend to be either CannonFodder FacelessGoons (whose 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 deaths. [[InvisiblePresident Real-world famous people/roles may not be shown]], to prevent the episode work 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
becoming dated.

Occasionally,
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 will be dramatically [[TheReveal revealed]]. This generally happens at the end of the story, or at least the character's tenure in it. The reveal may be scenes teasing try to surprise the unmasking, but it often ends up audience by showing a NerdInEvilsHelmet, TheMole, or even [[NoFaceUnderTheMask no face at all]]. Perhaps we will see a NightmareFace -- common for [[EvilMakesYouUgly villains]] -- or perhaps they were BeautifulAllAlong.

The Faceless exist to increase [[RuleOfDrama dramatic]] or [[RuleOfCool impress]] people. Contrast this
with UnrevealAngle. Unrelated to the FacelessMasses, which is more done for the [[LazyArtist the artist's convenience]] than anything.

The mask-wearing kind of TheFaceless often end with TheReveal. Sometimes this is [[NerdInEvilsHelmet a big anticlimax]]...but then sometimes it just [[NoFaceUnderTheMask makes things creepier]].
convenience]], while the SceneryCensor hides ''other'' body parts, to please MoralGuardians.
14th Mar '17 9:18:24 PM DustSnitch
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14th Mar '17 9:17:09 PM DustSnitch
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* The Art/SistineChapel's altar painting only depicts {{God}}'s lower torso and feet. While it's standard practice to avoid showing the full form of God [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm for the viewer's sanity]], this is an odd choice since several full-body paintings of God, face and all, lie on the ceiling above the altar.
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14th Feb '17 1:31:33 PM Mdumas43073
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* Characters whose ''first person perspective'' is revealed, without ever showing their face.

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* Characters whose ''first person perspective'' first-person perspective is revealed, revealed via POVCam, without ever showing their face.
12th Sep '16 12:09:21 PM Vox
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[[caption-width-right:300:[-There's a reason Anubis doesn't let you see his face. [[EnergyBeings He doesn't]] [[TheBlank have one]].-] ]]
12th Mar '16 1:00:51 AM GrammarNavi
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-->-- '''Orual''', ''TillWeHaveFaces''

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-->-- '''Orual''', ''TillWeHaveFaces''
''Literature/TillWeHaveFaces''
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