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[[caption-width-right:198:Bandaged face.\\
Clothing optional.]]

Basically, wearing bandages on the face. The whole face, and (generally) nothing but the face. Usually they're worn because the character's undergone some sort of facial surgery or they are very badly disfigured, though occasionally there are other reasons, such as the desire to keep one's identity a secret.

Covering one's face in bandages serves two purposes: 1) For better suspense when they are unwrapped during a DramaticUnmask, or 2) As a creepy ([[CreepyAwesome and kinda cool]]) way of disguising yourself.

Compare BandageMummy, for when the complete body is wrapped for comedic (or dramatic) purposes, and BandageBabe, where bandages are Fetish Fuel, and {{Sarashi}}. Contrast PointlessBandAid, where only one bandage is worn on the face.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Unit 01 from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' after [[spoiler:losing the head armor disguising her organic nature]].
* Schwarzwald from ''Anime/TheBigO'', though the reason is unclear. It's suggested that he burnt himself [[spoiler: by tripping off security features while attempting to activate Big Duo]], but it's never outright stated.
* [[BigBad Onigumo]](?) from ''Manga/InuYasha'' after an accident is seen with his face bandaged this way as he's cared for in a cave by Kikyou.
* 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. DramaticReveal comes several chapters later.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'': A murder happens aboard a boat with a costume/masquerade party, where some characters are dressed as mummies. Also, the detective who solves the murder, [[spoiler:thought to be Shinichi but actually Heiji in disguise]], is dressed up as Literature/TheInvisibleMan.
** Another ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' example - the fact that a man wore a full face bandage [[spoiler: due to having [[TwoFaced a hideously disfigured face]]]] was used [[spoiler: to create alibis for the real murders--they disguised themselves as him after he committed suicide]]. It's even lampshaded in-story: [[spoiler: to prove said alibis, Heiji put on bandages around his face too and then he and Conan (through Kogoro) explain the trick.]]
* The first book of ''TheKindaichiCaseFiles'' 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.
* Shishio 'Mummy' Makoto of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' has the burns-all-over kind. Doesn't generally bother wearing any ''clothes'', he's so thoroughly bandaged. There are just eyes staring out. He even has a [[BuffySpeak nice little...bandage-hat...thing...]]with bandages that hang down kind of like hair. Which should probably have been a clue that [[spoiler: he had a metal helmet so he couldn't be shot in the head again, rather than just being bandaged on the skull.]]
* Mukuro from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' is an immensely powerful, short, rough-spoken demon lord swathed entirely in bandages who recruits Hiei after the Chapter Black arc is over. Turns out they're covering two things: [[spoiler: she's female, and half of her is an acid-burned hideous wreck.]]
** [[http://paizo.com/image/product/catalog/PZOP/PZOP0069_500.jpeg Genkai]]
*** Genkai is an interesting example, because we've seen her face before she appareled with the bandages. When it finally comes off, it's revealed she was covering up because she was using an ability that restored her to her athletic peak, and thus made her much younger. When it comes off ''again'', it's revealed she has since lost the ability (and is now old again) after transferring it to Yusuke.
* From ''Manga/SoulEater'': Crosses over with ScarfOfAsskicking for Kishin Asura as his deranged method of protecting himself from others. These 'bandages' are made of his own skin.
** There's also Sid's partner, Nygus.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'': In the manga Baron Kelvin has this once he gets surgery to make himself look more beautiful.
* This is one of the depictions of Lucy from ''Manga/ElfenLied''.
* Naze Youka from ''Manga/MedakaBox'' covers her face in bandages not only to [[SoBeautifulItsACurse hide her good looks]], but to keep her true identity under wraps, as it were.
* Heinkel ends up with one at the end of ''{{Hellsing}}''. They're mostly for rule of cool, considering they billow around her head, and aren't remotely wrapped around her GlasgowSmile.
* Eureka has bandages over a portion of her face for a brief moment in ''EurekaSeven'' movie due to the sun's effects.
* The [[http://www.jigoku.it/images/anime/lupin-iii-green-vs-red/medium/lupin-iii-green-vs-red-b0.jpg cover image]] for ''Anime/GreenVsRed'', itself a nod to ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''.
* Played for laughs in ''[[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma 1/2]]'' when Ranma bandages his entire face in order to hide his expression and to also hide cards that he can cheat with in poker.
* In ''MiraiNikki'', Fourth ends up like this after [[spoiler: Yuno shoots his ear off]].
* At one point in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', Casca has her face bandaged up in order to hide her face from men who want to have their way with her. Another SoBeautifulItsACurse scenario.
* Happens to [[spoiler: Sadaharu Inui]] in ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', after a rather... bloody doubles match. Caused [[{{Narm}} lots of immature giggling]] in the fandom, ''specially'' because he sticks around like it's nothing.
* Kokuto from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}: Hell Verse''. [[spoiler: His bandages cover a huge scar on the right side of his face.]]
* Kei from ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' did this [[SoBeautifulItsACurse to hide her gender from possible rapists]] [[spoiler: after Akira loses control of his powers and obliterates Neo-Tokyo.]]
* Dosu Kinuta from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has bandages covering up his entire head except for his right eye.
* Wye from ''Manhwa/IWish'' has bandages over his face, as well as his hands and arms, for plot purposes. He's hiding himself this way to prevent the Sun, [[ItMakesSenseInContext who is in love with him]], from finding him and getting closer to him, burning the entire world.
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[[folder:Comics]]

* Pictured, the second incarnation of The ComicBook/UnknownSoldier from DCComics; in this case, he was bandaged to heal a disfigured face and never removed them. The original Unknown Soldier just wore them as a mask.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''
** Hush also covers his face in bandages.
** Harvey Dent, aka ComicBook/TwoFace, has this happen in his first appearance after he is scarred by acid-- complete with dramatic unwrapping to reveal the scar tissue. This happens subsequently ''every time'' he goes in for facial reconstruction surgery (like in ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'').
* The Negative Man and Negative Woman of the ComicBook/DoomPatrol in the DCUniverse. Both have to wear those special bandages to contain the intense radiation their bodies emit that is part of their energy being powers.
* The ComicBook/RedSkull had a Bandaged Man around him for a while, who was told to be DoctorDoom, then deciding that having Doom ''be'' in UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo was silly so it was {{Retcon}}ned into him timetravelling. He also didn't kill [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct Adolf Hitler]] because his original death at the hands of the original Human Torch was "fitting" but that's neither here or there.
* One ''ComicBook/{{Punisher}}'' arc featured Spacker Dave, a "friend" of Frank's who had a lot of piercings on his face. Gangsters tore the piercings out with pliers when they interrogated him about Frank's whereabouts. Naturally, he had to wear bandages around his head while his face healed, but he decided he liked the look and made a trend of it, "spacking".
* Early in ''ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel'', TheBaroness has her head completely swathed in bandages when she checks into a private Swiss clinic after her face was badly damaged in a tank explosion.
* ''The Dead Man'' has his face bandaged after being burnt to a crisp. [[spoiler: In a shocking turn of events, he turns out to be JudgeDredd.]]

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[[folder:Film]]

* The Hungarian surviver on ''Film/TheUsualSuspects''.
* Owen Wilson's character in ''TheDarjeelingLimited''.
* In ''Film/JamesBond'' movie ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' a man who gets Bond's interest is recovering from plastic surgery, and wears bandages over his face.
* This is used with Willem Dafoe's character in ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico'' for reasons of plastic surgery.
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'' film.
* When not impersonating someone, Film/{{Darkman}} hides his burned features with bandages.
* The antagonist from ''Film/{{Timecrimes}}''.
* Castor, briefly, in ''Film/FaceOff''.
%%* ''Film/DarkPassage''
* Two men in ''Force 10 From Navarrone'', allegedly due to flamethrower burns. [[spoiler: They actually had never been injured at all.]]
* In ''Film/MrStitch'', the patchwork man Lazarus spends the first part of the movie with a bandaged face - and everything else - as his many, many, ''many'' sutures heal.
* Michael Myers is bandaged up at the beginning of ''[[Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers Halloween 4]]'' when he escapes from an ambulance. It is the result of [[ManOnFire catching on fire]] at the end of ''[[Film/HalloweenII1981 Halloween II]]''.
* The killer in the HongKong [[SlasherMovie slasher]] ''The Deadly Camp''.
* Keller from ''Film/{{Freak}}''.
* Nick Halloway sports a bandaged face in one scene of ''Literature/MemoirsOfAnInvisibleMan'', in a ShoutOut to ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'', complete with the reveal.
* The killer in ''Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming'', as can be seen on [[http://dv1.us/p1/650/218650-d0.jpg the cover]].
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[[folder:Literature]]

* Literature/TheInvisibleMan is the UrExample of a specific type of this: 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.
* Vaguely-remembered example, possibly an abridged version of a longer story: A wealthy Southern man is traveling north with his slave. The rich guy is sickly and always has to wear bandages on his face, possibly because of burns. In the end, when the pair arrive at their destination, the slave owner takes off his bandages and reveals [[spoiler:"he" is actually a woman, and also a slave, and both were escaping slavery in the South.]]
* [[SignificantAnagram Gilver]] in the ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' novel.
* MarkTwain wrote a short story called ''Lucretia Smith's Soldier'' where a woman waits by the bedside of her critically injured fiancée, waiting for the bandages that cover his head to come off. When they do, she realizes that he's not her fiancée and she pitches a fit because she wasted two weeks waiting hand and foot on the wrong person.
** TruthInTelevision: Tragically, a similar incident to this recently occurred in real life. A hospital erred in identifying the victims of a car crash, leading to the family of a victim who did not survive the crash keeping a bedside vigil over someone completely unrelated to them, without knowing until much later.
*** This was also recycled into an episode of ''Series/{{House}}''.
* After the events of the first book, in ''Literature/MoonOverSoho'' [[spoiler:former WPC Lesley May]] has to wear a surgical mask (a modern update of this trope) as a facial support and to cover [[ScarsAreForever the horrible facial scarring]] gained at the end of the previous book, the removal of the mask forms a similar dramatic reveal.
* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: City of the Dead'' has a PseudoCrisis where the protagonists are confronted by mummies - who them take off their bandaged masks to reveal that they're perfectly healty humans. It's local tradition to greet visitors while disguised as the undead, with the idea that doing so scares off evil spirits.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''{{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.
* In ''UglyBetty'', the boss' sister Alexis has this.
* Spoofed on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' 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.
* An episode of ''PushingDaisies'' has this, complete with a drawn-on face.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' David Banner had amnesia and bandages covering his face due to severe burns - which was quite convenienet since IntrepidReporter 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.
* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' 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 [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] society. When the bandages come off, [[spoiler:she's gorgeous... except that a RevealShot reveals that all the doctors have pig faces--the treatment has failed and she's still "ugly".]]
* ''Series/GetSmart'': 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.
* In an episode of Gary Moore's ''ToTellTheTruth'', Prankster Alan Abel appeared with his head wrapped in bandages, as it turned out not so much that he wouldn't be recognized, but so the panel wouldn't identify his two impostors -- [[spoiler: Larry Blyden]] and [[spoiler: Tom Poston]]
* David Robert Jones, the [[spoiler:BigBad]] of the first season of ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', wears bandages on his face [[spoiler: after he gets a terrible skin disease from teleporting from the prison in Germany to Little Hill]]
* One episode of ''DowntonAbbey'' is about a WWI veteran with a BandagedFace who claims to be a long-lost relative (and heir to the family fortune). It's left ambiguous whether he was sincere or not, but most of the characters believe he was faking it for monetary gain, since it's [[ConvenientlyUnverifiableCoverStory impossible to tell who he really is]] with his disfigurement.

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[[folder:Music]]

* Nash the Slash, best known as the mandolin player from Canadian progressive rock band FM, has performed like this since the late 70s, not due to any injury or illness, but as a way to maintain his privacy.

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* In Memphis wrestling in the early 1980's, Jerry Lawler threw a fireball that hit manager Jimmy Hart in the face. For weeks afterwards, Hart appeared on TV with his face bandaged, with his trademark sunglasses over the bandages.
** The angle concluded one night where an imposter came out bandaged up as Hart for a match. Later, the real Jimmy Hart came out and the two attacked Lawler. The imposter then removed the bandages and revealed himself to be [[spoiler: Andy Kaufman]].

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/TwelveThirteen'' wears a mask on his face [[spoiler: to help heal the sores caused by the plague that broke out among the clones]].
* [=DiZ=] from ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' covers his face in red bandages, and two ''belts'' for good measure, [[spoiler: to conceal his identity as Ansem the Wise]].
* The main character in ''VideoGame/{{Sanitarium}}'' sports this look throughout the game, due to injuries caused by a car crash.
* Joshua Graham, AKA The Burned Man is portrayed as this in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''
** [[spoiler:Hush/Thomas Elliot]] in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' takes this to a whole new level. He wrapped his head in bandages because he ''cut off his own face''. His victims also have their faces wrapped in bandages; he removed their faces before killing them. He eventually unravels his own bandages to reveal [[spoiler:that he's stitched together all of the faces he cut off of other people in order to make himself look like Bruce Wayne]].
** Poison Ivy's plant-thug in ''VideoGame/BatmanVengeance'' wears bandages, complete with a trenchcoat and hat, as a disguise.
* [[spoiler:Takuma]] does this in [[VisualNovel/SwanSong Swan Song]] to [[spoiler:hide the burns he obtained from being lit on fire by a molotov]].
* In ''{{VideoGame/Fallen London}}'', this is the signature characteristic of tomb-colonists, quasi-undead citizens of the Neath who were [[DeathIsCheap killed messily enough]] to cause permanent disfigurement but not permanent death.
* The ''Videogame/{{Cursery}}'' version of Humpty Dumpty has his face covered in bandages because his skin started to blister and crack due to his curse forcing him to neglect his own hygiene.
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[[folder: Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/BadDays'' has ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} get his head bandaged after ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's shield hits his face ''twice''.
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' 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. [[spoiler:She was actually as beautiful as ever, but as a narcissist she could only see her flaws.]]
** A 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.
* There was an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{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.
* The villainous MasterOfDisguise No Face from the ''ActionMan'' toyline and CGI movies.
* Git Hoskins in ''SpidermanUnlimited'' of course the twist is [[spoiler: the bandages don't cover his body, they ARE his body and he can unravel himself and use the bandages like combat tentacles ]]

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* [[BandageMummy Mummies]], and as a consequence, all mummies ever depicted in fiction. Probably the TropeMaker.

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