A subtrope of Body Paint
where, just before a conflict, a character will take some sort of paint -- or improvise with something closer to hand like mud or ashes -- and apply it just below the eyes. The effect is something like Tribal Face Paint
or army camouflage, and the implication is clear: The Gloves are Off
Sports players, especially for American Football
, often do this during matches. Ostensibly, this is to reduce glare from the sun (this was examined by the Mythbusters
, who deemed it plausible) but its hard to imagine that it's entirely
accidental that they're also making themselves look like warriors.
Compare Lipstick and Load Montage
, where the mouth gets painted.
Anime and Manga
- In Princess Mononoke, just before the boars attack the mining town, there's a sequence of them using their snouts to warpaint each others' faces with mud.