Created By: the grene kni3t on March 6, 2010
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Will probably launch as Pointless Band-Aid.

For some reason, Bob wears an adhesive bandage strip on his face, all the time. It's not because he cut himself shaving, or because he's just suffered some Amusing Injuries--in fact, he doesn't seem to be hurt at all. Apparently, the band-aid's only purpose is as an accessory to make his character design more visually interesting, or to make him look cool. Often shows up in animation, and is rarely commented on by the characters.

Compare Bandage Babe and Sarashi.

  • In the Ace Attorney series, Detective Gumshoe has been wearing a bandage in the same spot on his left cheek for at least seven years. It's almost-but-not-quite lampshaded in Investigations, when he asks, "Do I have something on my face or something?" to which the response is, "Well, actually..." The whole dialogue seems to be drawing attention to his Pointless Band-Aid, and then the punchline ends up being 'haha, it's your face' or something equally not-referencing the bandage.
  • Subverted in Flame of Recca: Recca's friends think the bandage on his face is just to look cool, but it actually hides a katana scar he received as a baby.
  • The main character of Historys Strongest Disciple Kenichi uses one for no good reason (although he does get beat up a lot). He's actually nicknamed "Band-Aid" by one of the other characters.
  • Tenchi Muyo! GXP main character Seina Yamada wears a band-aid on his forehead most of the show. Initially it could be due to him being a Cosmic Plaything, but after being enhanced he's almost invulnerable and still keeps it, so it fits.
  • Monta from Eyeshield 21 always wears a bandage on his nose as can be seen here. When a fan asked about this, it was confirmed he wears it just for decoration.
  • Kazuma Suzuka from the video game Tokimeki Memorial: Girls' Side always wears a band-aid under his left eye, perhaps as a shorthand to indicate that he's into sports.
  • Jim Morales of Code Lyoko always wears a bandaid on the cheek. He's sometimes seen putting on a fresh one, but we're never shown what's underneath.
  • Rin from Naruto is always seen with bandaids on her face.
  • Shishido from The Prince of Tennis always wears a bandaid near his left eye.
  • Hip hop recording artist Nelly used to wear a small bandage on his cheekbone as a tribute to one of his "homies" who was in prison.
  • Some sports players use Breathe-Right nasal strips, originally designed to alleviate snoring, supposedly to improve their oxygen intake and their performance; it is unclear whether this actually helps, or just provides a psychological edge, but some players are paid to wear them, so...
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • March 1, 2010
    AADragon
    History's strongest disciple Kenichi, main character uses one for no good reason (although he sure gets beat up allot)...He's actually nicknamed "Band aid" by one of the other characters.
  • March 1, 2010
    lebrel
  • March 1, 2010
    the grene kni3t
    Not quite, I don't think. This is where they're not actually implied to be injured, and just wear a small band-aid as an accessory. Definitely needs a better title, though.
  • March 1, 2010
    callsignecho
    • Hip Hop recording artist Nelly used to wear a small bandage on his cheekbone for no known reason.
  • March 1, 2010
    AADragon
    Tenchi Muyo GXP main character Seina Yamada wears a band-aid on his forehead most of the show.
    Initially it could be due to him being a Cosmic Plaything, but after being enhanced he's almost invulnerable and still keeps it, so it fits.

    Surprisingly a Real life example... shady but still. Some football players (and other sports) used those weird band strips on the nose, that were initially designed to help people whit sleep apnea... supposedly to improve oxygen intake by widening the nostrils, did it really help those players? nope(except for a few veteran players that needed it), but some were payed to wear them so...
  • March 1, 2010
    AADragon
    Cool Bandaid would work as a name, if anyone asks its named after roadies that help bands(is there still a issue whit the brand, round here we use other brands lol)? or even pointless strip, scratch that...the last one sounds like something else
  • March 1, 2010
    the grene kni3t
    Heh, you're right, there's really no reason not to use "band aid" in the title. Cool Band Aid? Pointless Band Aid?
  • March 2, 2010
    JackButler
    Live Action TV
    • Minutes before filming started on the pilot episode of WKRP In Cincinnati, actor Richard Sanders (who played Les Nessman) injured himself and was forced to wear an audience-visible bandage all through the episode. The writers decided to keep it as a running gag. The hastily written lines that explained the injury were cut from the script, and in every episode thereafter Les Nessman would appear with a new, unexplained injury and a new bandage.
  • March 2, 2010
    randomsurfer
    But we eventually learn why Les needs a bandage all the time - he has a vicious dog. Also, "This is where they're not actually implied to be injured, and just wear a small band-aid as an accessory." Since Les is injured (even if we don't know why/how) it doesn't apply.
  • March 2, 2010
    Everzwijn
  • March 2, 2010
    AADragon
    Using the inexistent "rule" of least letters possible I'd vote Cool Band Aid...oh and while I'm at it, huh... Bump?
  • March 3, 2010
    randomsurfer
    "those weird bandage strips on the nose" are called Breathe Right Nasal Strips.
  • March 3, 2010
    JackButler
    The explanation for Les Nessman's bandage came in the last season. For most of the show's history, this trope applied.
  • March 3, 2010
    Alucard
    I think Everythings Better With Banages would get the idea across. Or Gratuitous Bandages, whatever works.

    Related to Sarashi (which I'll say right now were intended for male samurai, but have now become Fanservice).
  • March 3, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    This gets played with in Rasslin' every so often - heels will sometimes milk a plaster cast far longer than it should take to heel the injury it's covering, in order to have a legal weapon. Of course, this is more for function than design.
  • March 3, 2010
    SonofRojBlake
    Nelly's bandaid was a visible tribute to one of his "homies" who was in prison. When he got out, Nelly stopped wearing it.
  • March 3, 2010
    the grene kni3t
    I think Everythings Better With Bandages, as well as being a gratuitous snowclone, sounds more like Bandage Babe than this.

    I'm not sure about the WKRP In Cincinnati example, either--it sounds like the Running Gag was that Les was continually suffering various small, unexplained injuries, right? It wasn't just for style or part of his character design.
  • March 3, 2010
    Everzwijn
  • March 4, 2010
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    • On Mythbusters, there was a myth that Pirates sometimes wore eyepatches even when their eyes were perfectly fine, becasuse it (1) looked cool and (2) improved night vision. It turned out the myth is plausible, as switching the patch when walking from brightly lit area to a dark one signifigantly reduced reaction time.
    • In Dominion Tank Police, Buaku wears a fake cast to hide his gun. However, he discards it after a doctor takes an x-ray.
  • March 4, 2010
    fallen1
    Pip Vernedead from Hellsing has one on his nose. He's always seen with one on, even during a flashback sequence of his childhood.
  • March 4, 2010
    lordkamina
    kamina and simone both wear bandages for no reason

    then again he doesn't need one
  • March 5, 2010
    the grene kni3t
    Is that Kamina and Simone from Gurren Lagann--and, if so, are they actually wearing band-aids or just sarashi?
  • March 5, 2010
    StFan
    Jim Morales of Code Lyoko always wears a bandaid on the cheek. He's sometimes seen putting on a fresh one, but we're never shown what's underneath.

    Wouldn't have thought this was commom enough to earn a trope, though.
  • March 5, 2010
    randomsurfer
    @Unknown Troper 82.47.194.18: Cowboy Bob Orton (father of WWE superstar Randy Orton) had a cast on his arm for years just so he could beat on people with it. There have been a few football players like this too, who'd have one of those casts which fully envelop the arm and hand so they could beat on opposing players.
  • March 5, 2010
    savage
    I'd just like to expand a bit on the example of Detective Gumshoe from Ace Attorney... in the latest game, Gumshoe actually asks someone 'Do I have something on my face or something?' to which the response is 'Well, actually...' The whole dialogue seems to be drawing attention to his Pointless Band Aid, and then the punchline ends up being 'haha, it's your face' or something equally not-referencing the bandage. I'm sure that's a trope but I can't find it now, but I typed all that mess and don't want it to go to waste. Anyways enjoy.
  • March 5, 2010
    melloncollie
    Rin from Naruto is always seen with bandaids on her face.
  • March 6, 2010
    Kain
    Shishido from The Prince Of Tennis always wears a bandaid near his left eye.
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