Created By: Katsuhagi on May 29, 2011 Last Edited By: Katsuhagi on October 23, 2011

Mysterious Veil

Someone wears a veil on the lower part of her face that adds to their mystique

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Pretty simple, the lower part of the face is covered with an opaque or possibly semi-transparent veil. Can also be used to cover up some feature that would give someone's identity away, or humorously a less attractive feature.

Expect this character to do a lot of Eye Takes to show their expressions.

(Trope name changed after suggestion)

  • This seems to be a part of drow fashion, since Diva'ratrika, Mikilu, and Vidhy'ani of Drowtales have one. In the latter two it's probably because they're Diva's "blades"
  • Luna of Dominic Deegan first appears with one, but in her case it's to cover up her tusks.
  • Kitana and Millena of Mortal Kombat, though in Mileena's case it's to cover up her teeth.
  • There's a sketch in Tiny Toon Adventures where Lucky Duck does a mission to try for the hand of a woman in a veil who dances for him. It's Elmyra.
  • Sooraya Qadir of the New X-Men, seeing as she's an Afghani Muslim, specifically it's a Niqāb.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • May 29, 2011
    Unless this is specifically about character who are Badass and wear veils (and it doesn't appear to be), I don't think badass should be in the name. Veil Of Mystery or something seems closer to the trope.
  • May 29, 2011
    Woops, looks like that's already taken by a work. how about Mysterious Veil?
  • May 29, 2011
    • Wild Wild West. While Jim West is masquerading as a female belly dancer in order to infiltrate Loveless' hideout, he wears a veil as part of his disguise.
  • May 30, 2011
    You missed a "t" in the title. :)
  • May 30, 2011
    There's a Droopy cartoon (I think it was Droopy anyway) set in Saudi Arabia or another Arab country where the bad guy is chasing him, and catches who he thinks is Droopy in female drag including veil but it's really just a short, ugly woman.
  • May 30, 2011
    Mileena from Mortal Kombat has a huge gaping teeth filled jaw hidden underneath her veil
  • May 30, 2011
    Almost Omnipresent in works set in the Arabian Nights Days, particularly regarding harem girls and belly dancers.

  • May 31, 2011
    • Yu-Gi-Oh: Ishizu Ishtar wears one while on the Battle City blimp up until her first duel. It's not exactly clear why she's wearing it, as the audience is aware of her identity the whole time and she does not interact with the cast in any way until she discards it. Maybe it's just fashion, but she never wears one again...
  • May 31, 2011
    The above Mortal Kombat example is missing Jade and Khameleon (also Palette Swaps of Kitana/Mileena).
  • June 1, 2011
    In The Adventure of The Veiled Lodger, Sherlock Holmes deals with a mysterious lady in a veil who's unnerving her landlady. She turns out to be one of those using the veil to cover an unattractive feature, although there's nothing remotely funny about how this came to be.
  • October 23, 2011
    What about when the veil is not just the lower face? Upper and whole face should be included too.
  • October 23, 2011
    Agahnim of The Legend Of Zelda A Link To The Past wears a veil over his mouth. It provides emphasis for his scowling eyes.