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The Face Hugger, as the name implies, is a creature that preys on other species, usually humans, by attaching itself to their face. What it does to you from there depends on the creature and how it operates. Some [[PuppeteerParasite take over your body or mind]] [[BodySnatcher in some fashion]]. Some drain you of blood or LifeEnergy. Some [[BrainFood eat your brains]]. Some [[BodyHorror transform you in horrific fashion]]. And some will give you a FaceFullOfAlienWingWong.

In pretty much every case, this is NightmareFuel owing to our PrimalFear of OrificeInvasion. See also PersonalSpaceInvader.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* The mind-control starfish of Starro the Conqueror in Franchise/TheDCU.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The TropeNamer and TropeMaker (if not ''UrExample'') is the crab-like [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong impregnator]] from ''Franchise/{{Alien}}''. Many later examples are homages.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The dreamcrabs in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas Last Christmas]]" attach themselves to their victims' faces and slowly eat their brains, while trapping them in dreams. One of the crew even lampshades the situation as being right out of ''Franchise/{{Alien}}''.
--> '''The Doctor''': There's a horror movie called ''Alien''? That's really offensive. No wonder everyone keeps invading you.
* The giant spiders contained in the Box of Gavrok in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' attach themselves to people's faces before killing them.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The Face Sucker in ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}''.
* Facebiter squigs in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' bite... faces. The orks naturally find this hilarious, and often get in contests to see which will bite the other's face off first. The ''actual'' Xenomorph stand-ins use an ovipositor to perform the OrificeIvasion instead.
** [[HordeOfAlienLocusts The Tyranids]] have a variant species of [[TheSwarm Ripper]] called a Cortex Leech. They [[PersonalSpaceInvader leap onto a person's face]] then use a variety of pointed tendrils to penetrate the mouths, eyes, nose, ears, or any other available orifice and drive them into the brain, where they can then hijack the motor functions and turn them into drooling thralls to the HiveMind.

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[[folder: Toys ]]

* Krana and Krana-Kal of Toys/{{Bionicle}}.
** The Skull Spiders from [[Toys/{{Bionicle2015}} the 2015 reboot]].

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Franchise/{{Metroid}}s, although more often than not they latch onto the whole head.
* Headcrabs from the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' saga.
* Brainsuckers from ''VideoGame/XComApocalypse'', which are used as ammunition by certain aliens in addition to appearing on their own. Replacing a person's brain is their entire purpose; They don't even have a digestive system.
* The Protozoid Slimers from ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D''.
* The Lifters and Diamond Claws from the ''[[VideoGame/{{Descent}} Descent]]'' series behave similarly. While most of the other robots shoot at you, these enemies ram into your ship and inflict damage with their reinforced claws.
** The E-Bandits use a similar point-blank attack, only they drain your ship's energy instead of your shields.
* ''Videogame/PsiOpsTheMindgateConspiracy'': The Aura Beasts come of nowhere and wrap around Nick's face. Oh, and the only way to see them coming is using the psi draining AuraVision.
* ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest''
** In ''VideoGame/SpaceQuestIIIThePiratesOfPestulon'', at Fester Blatz's World O' Wonders on Phleebhut, the postcard for Achoron shows a face hugger hugging somebody's face.
** In ''VideoGame/SpaceQuestVTheNextMutation'', Spike, the acid-squirting face hugger, later dubbed Spikette, spawns lots of little face huggers. The manual shows the design team being inspired by an ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' face hugger model.
** In ''VideoGame/SpaceQuestVIRogerWilcoInTheSpinalFrontier'', when examining the ship in shuttle bay, the narrator claims the ship is "probably carrying a half-dozen miniature face-hugging saliva-dripping face-eating exo-skeletal alien piranha things."

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In [[WebComic/TheCyantianChronicles Campus Safari]], Chrome's miniwhip Aurla does a good impression of one. (Played for laughs)
* ''Webcomic/CrossTimeCafe'': [[Webcomic/{{Freefall}} Sam Starfall]] pulls one of these off in an early [[http://www.whiteponyproductions.com/comicstrips/ctc/ctc0006.htm strip]]. Hortmage finds it irritating and, maybe, disgusting.
* Edward's monster in ''Webcomic/MonsterPulse''. It helps that it's actually his face.
* In ''Webcomic/ZeroPercentDiscount'', a BananaPeel turns into a [[http://zeropercentdiscountcomic.tumblr.com/post/44969429923 facehugger]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Savestate}}'', [[http://www.savestatecomic.com/2017/09/leap-of-faith/ Rick is subjected to this]] by [[SealedEvilInATeddyBear Ness]], much to his irritation and, apparently, Nicole's amusement.
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