Created By: Ronka87 on January 24, 2010
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Launching Tomorrow: Any suggestions for a better title? Bandaged Face?

Basically, wearing bandages on the face. The whole face. Generally they're worn because the character's undergone some sort of facial surgery or they are very badly disfigured, though occasionally other reason surface. Covering one's face in bandages serves two purposes: 1) for better suspense when they are unwrapped during a Dramatic Unmask, or 2) as a creepy way of disguising yourself.

Compare Bandage Mummy, Bandage Babe.

Examples:

  • The Invisible Man.
  • Mummies.
  • An episode of Batman: The Animated Series had one for a former supermodel who had undergone plastic surgery to make her look younger. The doctors unwrapped the bandages, and when she demanded a mirror (which goes hand-in-hand with the trope), she was horrified by how hideous she looked. She was actually as beautiful as ever, but as a narcissist she could only see her flaws.
  • The Unknown Soldier from DC Comics wears bandages on his face; no one knows what he looks like.
  • Hush, from the Batman comic, also wears bandages.
  • Shishio (I think?), the Big Bad Villain from the third arc of Rurouni Kenshin
  • When I was a kid, I read a story, possibly an abridged version of a longer one, about a wealthy Southern man who was traveling north with his slave. The rich guy was sickly and always had to wear bandages on his face, I think because of burns. In the end, when they arrive at their destination, he takes off his bandages and reveals "he" is actually a woman, and also a slave, and both were escaping from the South. Yup.
Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • January 16, 2010
    Fanra
    Several James Bond movies, including Thunderball.
  • January 16, 2010
    KnownUnknown
    The Invisible Man might actually be the Ur Example of a specific type of this... of wearing bandages on the face not because of an injury or due to being a mummy, but as a way of hiding one's self.

    Also, Batman The Animated Series' more prominent example of this: Two-Face, after his disfigurement, has his face wrapped and demands a mirror from his doctor as they're unwrapping it, flinging him across the room when he doesn't immediately comply. We don't see his reflection, but we hear his anguished scream.
  • January 16, 2010
    the grene kni3t
    In The Twilight Zone episode "The Eye of the Beholder," a woman has her face wrapped in bandages as she undergoes treatment for the horrible ugliness that prevents her from living in the dystopian society. When the bandages come off, she's gorgeous... except that a Reveal Shot reveals that all the doctors have pig faces--the treatment has failed and she's still "ugly".
  • January 16, 2010
    macroscopic
    • Unit 01 from Neon Genesis Evangelion after losing the head armor disguising her organic nature.
    • Schwarzwald from Big O, though the why is unclear. It's tempting to say he was disfigured in a fire but he had the iconic bandages even before that.
    • Onigumo(?) from Inuyasha after an accident is seen with his face bandaged this way as he's cared for in a cave by Kikyou.
  • January 16, 2010
    Minzoku
    I don't know if it counts, but when they gave "first aid" to Ernest in Ernest Goes To Camp and wrapped up his whole body--starting with his face =p
  • January 16, 2010
    Brannock
    Habashira Rui from Eyeshield21 wraps his entire body in bandages so he wouldn't be noticed when he tries out for Team Japan to go to the World Cup. Dramatic Reveal comes several chapters later.
  • January 16, 2010
    SKJAM
    A character from Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service--who may be a revivified Egyptian mummy, or just a burn victim who knows way too much about ancient Egyptian burial customs for comfort. He seems to enjoy teasing our heroes with evidence either way.
  • January 16, 2010
    animeg3282
    In Ugly Betty, the boss' sister Alexis has this.
  • January 17, 2010
    random surfer
    • The Joker in the 1989 Batman film.
    • In an episode of The Incredible Hulk David Banner had amnesia and bandages covering his face due to severe burns - which was quite convenienet since Intrepid Reporter Jack McGee was paling around with him the entire episode. This was the ep where McGee discovered that the Hulk was a normal person who turned into the Hulk.
  • January 17, 2010
    arromdee
    Caleb on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Tara's family.
  • January 19, 2010
    Alucard
    Gilver in the Devil May Cry novel.
  • January 19, 2010
    OmarKarindu
    • This is used with Willem Dafoe's character in Once Upon a Time in Mexico for reasons of plastic surgery.
    • Spoofed on Arrested Development with Lucille Bluth after plastic surgery in one episode; a photo of her "unwrapped" early becomes the model for a successful horror movie's villain.
  • January 19, 2010
    kaitou_pandora
    Detective Conan (Case Closed in the US), though I don't remember the precise chapter and have no desire to go looking through 720 chapters to find it. Anyway, it's the chapter where a murder happens aboard a boat with a costume/masquerade party. There's some complicated reveal of the murder, naturally, and the main character turns out to be a mummy while another detective disguises himself as the detective - though admittedly I'm sure I'm leaving out a lot of the details; it's been a while since I read it. Updates and corrections welcomed.
  • January 19, 2010
    duralict
    An episode of Pushing Daisies has this, complete with a drawn-on face.
  • January 22, 2010
    dotchan
    Are you sure this isn't just Bandage Mummy? (The Shishio example is already there.)

    • Elaborating on the Case Closed example: The murder suspect turned out to be the Wolfman, who stuck his mask onto a neighboring Mummy's head to give himself an alibi. And while it looked like Shinichi (in costume as the Invisible Man) solved the case, it was actually Heiji disguised as such.
    • Twelve Thirteen wears a mask on his face to help heal the sores caused by the plague that broke out among the clones.
  • January 22, 2010
    random surfer
    • Get Smart: Max impersonates a safecracker by having his head swathed in bandages so the bad guys can't tell he isn't that guy he's pretending to be.
    • Blackadder II: as Lord High Executioner Blackadder has beheaded a man who wasn't scheduled until later in the week; when the executed man's wife comes to visit her condemned husband Edmund pretends to be him by putting a bag over his head.
  • January 22, 2010
    jfpbookworm
    Nobody's mentioned Darkman yet?
  • January 22, 2010
    Ronka87
    Bandage Mummy seems to be more about people being immobilized in full-body casts, usually for comic effect. This is people covering just their face in bandages; they tend to be ambulatory, it's usually not comic, and its main purpose is to keep viewers in suspense about what's behind the mask.
  • January 24, 2010
    DomaDoma
  • January 24, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    There was an episode of Futurama where Leela had plastic surgery to give her a second eye. The entire top half of her head was wrapped. Played with in that the doctor slowly took the bandages off, characters holding their breath in anticipation... only to find out that the first time, they had the wrong woman.
  • January 24, 2010
    sgamer82
    • The first book of The Kindaichi Case Files featured a girl in flashbacks who had to do this due to severe burn scars she suffered when acid was spilled on her face. Later, the killer of the book does the same thing to hide his identity while getting himself set up to commit his murders.
  • January 25, 2010
    Arivne
    Comic Books
    • The Negative Man and Negative Woman in the DC Universe.
  • January 25, 2010
    dotchan
    Another Case Closed example - the fact that a man wore a full face bandage was used to create alibis for the real murders--they disguised themselves as him after he committed suicide.
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