Created By: nomom on July 12, 2012
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Heroines Don't Wear Masks

Super-heroines leave their faces far more exposed than their male counterparts.

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This can come in different forms, such as:

1. The heroine wears nothing on her face at all, while male heros wear masks 2. The heroine wears a significantly less concealing mask, like a domino mask that leaves hair eyes and facial structure exposed. 3. The heroine wears a mask/helmet, but it is much more frequently removed than male counterparts, who may never have theirs removed.

The trope comes into play because the male viewing demographic is willing to suspend its disbelief to see the woman's hotness. Similar to Paper-thin disguise or Wig Dress Accent, but in this case it is literally no disguise at all. See Clark Kenting.
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • July 12, 2012
    kjnoren
    1. Can you give examples? 2. Is this limited to super-heroines (as implied by the laconic)?
  • July 12, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    A sarcastic person might say it's because the men (in-universe and out-) aren't looking at their faces, so there's less need to conceal them.
  • July 12, 2012
    Bisected8
    • In Tiger And Bunny the most of the male NEXT wear body concealing armour suits (with helmets), however the more prominent female heroes just change the colour of their hair (and eyes in one case).
    • In Sailor Moon, the Senshi don't wear masks at all (although some change their hair colour when they're in Magical Girl mode), by contrast Tuxedo Mask wears a...mask.
  • July 12, 2012
    Cider
    Considering the Trope Codifier for Super Heroes, Superman, doesn't wear any kind of mask, not, To Mention Them, or that the arguable Ur Example, Zorro, only had a tiny little mask...

    Well, maybe you'll convince enough people to publish it anyway, but I think this should be strictly limited to female counterparts being unmasked/more often used for fan service, than just generally not wearing masks cause their are a lot of guys who don't either.

    Miss Marvel and Wonderman's would be kind irrelevant, but if Captain Marvel wears a more concealing mask than Miss Marvel, then I'd say it would be relevant. Spider-man and Spider-woman, sure. Spider-man and Storm, no.
  • July 12, 2012
    NimmerStill
    Can anyone think of any aversions at all, where the character is a genuine Super-Hero and not an Anti Hero or one-shot character? If not, it's definitely a trope of some sort, maybe having to do with people wanting their femininity to be clear.
    • The whole point of the Watchmen (and their predecessors the Minute Men) is that they wear masks, but neither of the Silk Spectres do, not even a little one like the Comedian.
    • Possible aversion: the Phantom Lady, apparently an influence on the Silk Spectre, seems to have worn a little mask *some* of the time.
  • July 12, 2012
    Cider
    Can't really think of any from Marvel, besides a few Ironman characters that didn't stick, Bandit's New Warriors, who didn't last long, Spider-girl, Sunpyre, Black Panther Shuri and a few villains, but from DC I can think of Batgirl and Catwoman, who's masks vary from slightly less, to a little more covered than Batman's and pretty much always more so than Robin's Riddler's or Freeze's, Huntress and Lady Question, who's just like man question, Manhunter, who was more or less as covered up as everyone else in the(surprisingly long) legacy line and the Green Lanterns, who pretty much all wear the same thing.

    Now if you wanted to call the purple lanterns an example I'd be all for it, as they have clear Co-ed counterparts who are less exposed(not by a lot but enough to be noticeable). Spider-woman, who at least started with a covered top but cut it off in an effort to make her more attractive, Miss Marvel, who has those little triangles while captain Marvel alternated between a half mask and a helmet, X23, who doesn't have a yellow costume mask like Wolverine, those with clear male counterparts or legacies.

    If we just start listing random examples there will be just enough Male heroes who don't wears anything on their face(Hulk, Luke Cage, Namor, Ghost Rider, Three of The Fantastic Four, Wonderman, Thor, Shang Chi, Dr. Strange) and just enough females who do have something on their head(already listed) for people to start trying to force "aversions" and "subversions" on the page.
  • July 12, 2012
    NimmerStill
    ^It's starting to sound like it's more even than I thought, but is Catwoman really a hero(ine)?
  • July 12, 2012
    Cider
    You know, I don't know. I always thought of her as a super villain, but I always see her listed as part of the "Bat family" on the internet and TV Tropes says her 2008 series turned her into an antihero.
  • July 12, 2012
    NimmerStill
    Well she was a hero in that one movie. Aside from her, though, we might be able to say that at least in tv and film, masked female heroes are rare; the only other one I can think of is Batgirl's tv and movie appearances. Comics are inevitably going to cover more ground. But I'll admit that that may be too specific.
  • July 13, 2012
    Koveras
    I feel that Helmets Are Hardly Heroic is strongly related to the general concept.
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