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Scars Are Forever
Random pirate: I got the scar of my face during a mighty struggle!
Yeah, I think you better stop picking your nose.
. They can indicate that someone is a Badass
or has suffered through being abused or has survived some terrible illness. Some characters are Covered with Scars
. Therefore, it is likely that some people with those scars will boast about it to show their bravado.
Contest of Scars
: when two scarred characters meet, they will attempt to compare their scars, boasting about how they got each scar and quite likely how much it hurt or how long it took to heal.
A variation is where the character(s) boast/one-up each other with wounds they have suffered (a long time ago or recently) but don't necessarily have the scars to prove it.
Sometimes Truth in Television
for martial artists, athletes, and young children. May or may not be the case of militaries or cops.
Commonly used for Exposition
. Compare Rugged Scar
, Every Scar Has A Story
and Scar Survey
. Contrast Cut Himself Shaving
. Compare and contrast Macho Masochism
and Real Men Get Shot
. See also Good Scars, Evil Scars
Anime and Manga
- Inverted in One Piece: Shanks explained to Whitebeard that the claw marks that he got around his left eye was Blackbeard's doing, and he says that BB is dangerous because he manages to do it to him, one of the four strongest pirates of the world. In short, when Shanks boasts about that scar, he isn't being grandiose about himself, but the one who made the scar.
- Chasing Amy has a humorous example where two main characters compare sex-related scars.
- Happens in Jaws between Quint and Hooper. Parodied when Brody considers joining the contest via his appendix surgery scar but reconsiders.
- Used in Lethal Weapon, between Riggs and his love interest, and played for maximum Fanservice.
- Loaded Weapon contains a parody of the Lethal Weapon incident, where Luger and his love interest show off increasingly ridiculous scars, ending in Luger opening his chest to reveal a hamster in a wheel. "Low budget organ transplant."
- Two guards in Return of Swamp Thing compare scars, and it turned out the lady had bite marks on her breast from a wild rock concert.
- Mentioned by one of the soldiers in Mulan, saying he wants a girl who will "marvel at [his] strength, adore [his] battle scars!"
- In Rock N Rolla, the two former Spetznaz Russian mercs who have since turned to Organized Crime have a scene where they try to one up each other by comparing their various war wounds and scars. Shortly afterward they demonstrate just what a force they are to be reckoned with.
- In Brisingr, Eragon and Roran get into such a contest with all the bruises, scrapes and lumps they got in a recent battle (naturally, they're both much too badass to have taken actual wounds).
- Halfway through The First Law, the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits sit around a fire while comparing scars. Bayaz opens the field with a near-lethal scar across his chest from when The Maker nearly killed him, 700 years ago. Logan Ninefingers (missing finger aside) ups the ante with a pair of matching scars on both sides of his torso, from where he got run clean through with a spear, surviving by a miracle of chance. However, Ferro Maljinn sweeps them both aside with a nasty collection of facial scars... which were self-inflicted, from when she was a slave and working in a whorehouse, before she learned to fight. The only way she could hurt her owner was by decreasing her own value... good thing she can Feel No Pain.
- Vorkosigan Saga. Miles Vorkosigan always wins such contests.
- In The Zombie Knight Roman and Hector (both of whom are unkillable) pass the time with a Bloody Hilarious conversation about the biggest wounds they've ever taken.
- In one episode of Criminal Minds Morgan and another profiler do this.
- In Leverage, Eliot and his opposite number on another crew of thieves have this exchange at the end of the episode:
Dayan (showing a scar on her chest): "Grenade. Somalia."
Eliot (pointing to one on his arm): "Myanmar. Sniper."
Dayan: "I was a sniper in Myanmar for a while."
- House has a long exchange with a CIPA patient, who can't feel pain. He shows off the scar on his leg, she counters with the burn marks all over the inside of her mouth, he raises the stakes with the constant fear of his pain meds destroying his liver, but that is matched by her having to constantly check her eyes to see if she's lacerated her corneas. House appears to win with "I got shot", until the patient pulls up her hospital gown to show him the scar from when she sat on a hot stove. Turns out he was goading her to do that so he could inject her with sedatives.
- An episode of Arrow starts off with Oliver, Diggle, and Sara comparing scars. Felicity feels left out. At the end of the episode after getting shot, Felicity is happy to have wound with a story just like the rest of the team.
- There's a The Far Side strip where a man with a peg-leg is trying to one-up a guy who's just finished telling the story of his peg head.
- In Monkey Island, one of the insult one liners in the insult swordfighting sessions is "I got the scar of my face during a mighty struggle!" The appropriate response to it is: "Yeah, I think you better stop picking your nose."
- Mensur fencers, particularly in Austria during the 19th and early 20th century, would show off the scars acquired in their fights - some fencers deliberately cut themselves and/or badly treated their wounds so that their scars would be more impressive.