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
- The Invisible Man.
- 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.