Created By: Morboxx on December 15, 2011 Last Edited By: Morboxx on October 19, 2013

Perverse Piercings

Flesh grafted to metal, without use apart from pain. Nightmare fuel that is used to best effect when in face.

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There is just something about the perverse unions of flesh and steel. The way it cuts, the pain it inflicts go deeper than the so-called pleasures in life, deeper than your soul.

uh...yeah. A trope that seems to be mostly associated with the aesthetic chosen by Industrial Rock artists and Horror Movies, Perverse Piercings may be an option if you are desperately in need for High Octane Nightmare Fuel and Body Horror. It is deeply in love with Hooks and Crooks. It is all about attaching metal to flesh in painful and/or abnormal ways. No, not to create a cyborg and it only applies to prosthetics if they are weird and/or painful enough. Mostly, because you can. Used to best effect in the face. In this case it sometimes overlaps with Braces of Orthodontic Overkill. Normal piercings need not apply, perhaps with the exception of a very...messy application of them. In a way, the "piercing" could be said to de-humanise the person in question.

Examples: Music:

- Music video to Lucifer by Behemoth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b0Khy7BhSU&feature=player_embedded

- This Rammstein Poster:

Film: - The Cenobites in the whole Hellraiser series. Frank getting "pierced" before being ripped to shreds in the first movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N15zEOxAGRs

Tabletop Games:

In Warhammer 40000 Dark Eldar love this. Their typical armor is usually pinned to their skin
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  • December 15, 2011
    missmozell
    Film

    'Strangeland' starring Dee Snyder, of course. Lordamighty. That Captain Howdy had so much metal he had to be suicidal to go out in thunderstorms.

    Literature

    'Headhunter' by Michael Slade features a guest psychopath that has every conceivable type of peircing, and tops it off with '**** you' tatooed upside down inside his bottom lip for the benefit of security guards who want to check inside his mouth.
  • December 16, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    In Warhammer 40000 Dark Eldar love this. Their typical armor is usually pinned to their skin
  • December 16, 2011
    Morboxx
    If someone found a real citation from a movie, etc. achieving what I tried to do in the first sentence it would be really nice.
  • December 16, 2011
    Morboxx
    Not quite sure about missmozell's examples. The piercings there are regular ones, while I was aiming more for the really scary stuff. I think it should be a matter of discussion if a simple excess of normal piercings is sufficient.
  • December 16, 2011
    dalek955
  • December 18, 2011
    Xzenu
    We don't need any YMMV value judgement tropes. If you want to keep the title and the parts of the description that talk about piercings being perverse, then you'll have to limit it to in-universe examples only. And with in-universe example, I don't just mean that characters have piercings: I mean that the characters must be considered perverse for it - by other characters in-universe, not just by you!

    Tabletop Games
    • The Old World OF Darkness - Vampire The Masquerade suplement abot the Tziminsce has this trope. One of the example characters has a lot of piercings. Their explanation for why she has the lowest possible appearance score is that most people find her abundance of piercings grotesque.
  • December 18, 2011
    Xzenu
    Literature
    • Shiela Jefferys has written an essay where she claims that having any piercings whatsoever ought to get you locked up for life in a mental institution. In the same text, she argue that Feminism's most important task is to destroy all leatherman gays.
  • December 19, 2011
    Frank75
    ^Is this woman insane?

    And somewhere on this wiki I saw a picture that'd fit this trope. I think it was on one of the Nightmare Fuel pages.
  • December 19, 2011
    Hadashi
    • X Files features a guy who does this. Probably several.
  • December 20, 2011
    Ryuuma
    Rinnegan users in Naruto (Nagato and Tobi) can animate six corpses and give them awesome powers to use in battle. However in order to control them they have to puts tons of chakra transmittors in the form of black, painful looking piercings all over their bodies, including face, head, arms and breasts (both of female and male bodies).
  • December 21, 2011
    Xzenu
    @Frank75: That does seem likely. Then again, she's a professor. People who base their beliefs on theoretical axioms disconnected from reality can reach the silliest, most destructive and most surreal conclusions while still being completely logical. In this case, her argument about the leathermen is that they engage in BDSM, and BDSM is violence against women. With "violence against women", I don't mean actual violence against actual women. i mean violence by definition, although this is of course a definition with which I strongly disagree.

    Her argument is closely related to an argument that was quite common in the eighties: That all porn should be banned, including male-on-male gay porn, because porn is sacrilege against God womyn. I for one am glad that this particular brand of radical feminism has fallen out of fashion, leaving more room for more reasonable brands of feminism - ones that preach equality rather than hate.
  • December 22, 2011
    Frank75
    If your deduction is correct in all steps, and your conclusion is nonsense, then your premise must be wrong. A good academic should've noticed that. Seems to me that she's at best second-rate.
  • December 22, 2011
    Trotzky
    "We don't need any YMMV value judgement tropes. If you want to keep the title and the parts of the description that talk about piercings being perverse, then you'll have to limit it to in-universe examples only. And with in-universe example, I don't just mean that characters have piercings: I mean that the characters must be considered perverse for it - by other characters in-universe, not just by you!"

    I agree. Limit examples to the huge number of shows where the villains deliberately adopt this trope.
  • December 23, 2011
    Xzenu
    A much better title would be Piercing Is Bad. In any case, we should mention the sister trope Bondage Is Bad.
  • December 23, 2011
    Koveras
    Sayara Yamanobe from Mnemosyne uses piercing as a torture-killing method. Luckily, she only ever uses it on Rin on-screen and Rin can regenerate. Even from death.
  • October 12, 2013
    Angelus25
    We have Pinhead... and Xerxes in 300... and Xaro Xhoan Daxos in A Song of Ice and Fire
  • October 13, 2013
    DAN004
    Improve description plz.
  • October 13, 2013
    Snicka
    Some orcs in The Lord Of The Rings film trilogy are designed with piercings in their faces to emphasise their hideousness.
  • October 13, 2013
    Chabal2
    40K: Not just Dark Eldar, but Chaos in general uses lots of piercings. Slaaneshi cultists especially, as they worship their god(dess) via physical sensation, be it pain or pleasure.
  • October 13, 2013
    dalek955
    Have a look at this old YKTTW Malevolent Mutilation. Honestly, I think that one has a way better description.

    By the way, for page links within the wiki, you want to use Wiki Words, not complete URLs.
  • October 13, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ Malevolent Mutilation has actually been launched already, meaning that we already have this trope covered.
  • October 13, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Lolwut? That trope is about mutilation and this one is about piercings... How on Earth does this covered?
  • October 13, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ Did you even read the description?

    Such a character has been subjected to body modification (tattooing, piercing, cutting, etc.) to a degree that goes beyond "fashionable" and straight into Squick.
  • October 13, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ then that trope shouldn't be called "Malevolent Mutilation". :/

    And yeah, this shall be the Sub Trope. Malevolent Mutilation looks too general.
  • October 14, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ It's called "mutilation" because it covers all sorts of augmentations of the body. And I don't really see how we need this — even as a subtrope. There is no meaningful difference between tattoos, piercings, cutting, and the like, when they're all used for the same effect. Especially tattoos and piercings often go hand in hand, so separating them into two different tropes doesn't really accomplish anything.

    Motion To Discard.
  • October 18, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Saturday Night Live: In a panel show sketch "Piercing Today" the host (Marissa Tomei) talks piercing with some guests including two lesbians in a committed relationship who are pierced & attached via unremovable nose chain and an accountant (Chris Farley) who has peircings literally all over his upper body - he can't take a plane because he sets off the metal detector.
  • October 19, 2013
    DAN004
    Oh? I thought "mutilation" is about cutting a body into pieces. :/
  • October 19, 2013
    randomsurfer
    There was an Alternative Newspaper comic from many years ago (Heather McAdams?) showing how it will be in 20 years when then-today's youth are the parents, and how much more their kids will have to rebel in order to be shocking. It shows a tatooed & pierced couple who the moment before had forbidden their son to amputate his arm, and the son arguing something to the effect of "all the cool kids are doing it."
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