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->'''Nah:''' ''"I had you wrong. I thought you were colder. ...Scarier."''\\
'''Brady:''' ''"So you WERE scared of me! I knew it!"''\\
'''Nah:''' ''"But not anymore! Now I know you're really a good, kindhearted person!"''\\
'''Brady:''' ''"Gah, stop already! I ain't used to praise. It feels almost as weird to hear ya say that as it does you calling me scary!"''
-->-- ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''

This is where a character is shown to have a very scary, thuggish face -- mostly for comedic purposes. The expression will often include a KubrickStare, where the face tilts down but the eyes look up. The face of a thug is so scary that normal people are shown to be easily scared off just by looking at them, and can make even [[GiantMook tough brutes]] feel uneasy.

The catch here is that that the character with the face of a {{delinquent}} is [[HiddenDepths anything but]]. Some of them are [[NotEvilJustMisunderstood genuinely nice]], even [[AllLovingHero exceptionally so]]; others are actually [[LovableCoward cowards]] surviving solely based on their looks. Generally, though, they are normal people who [[IJustWantToBeNormal would rather just have a normal life]].

Things aren't that easy, though. Since everyone assumes them to be a {{Badass}} of the highest degree, other people will either avoid them for fear of getting involved, or try to rope them into fights far beyond their actual ability. Their actions will usually revolve around trying to make normal people acknowledge their true self, while avoiding that the thugs around them learn the truth about the same.

This can often result in a [[{{Delinquents}} delinquent]] who [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything doesn't act like a delinquent.]] Such a character may even have actual skill at fighting and street survival, not by choice but by simple necessity. Since it was forced on them, they ''had'' to pick up those skills simply to survive. Very frequently overlaps with DarkIsNotEvil, since darkness and fear factor are synonymous in aesthetics.

Please note that it doesn't necessarily mean "ugly", even though most of the examples below are. It's more about looking threatening than actually looking bad, and it's possible to look both handsome and fearsome.

Compare FrozenFace, GentleGiant, TheGrotesque, MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold. Subtrope of PaperTiger. A frequent subversion of ScaryBlackMan.

Contrast with FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon.

Frequently overlaps with DarkIsNotEvil.

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* Kitano from ''Manga/AngelDensetsu''. In fact, the whole plot is driven and catapulted by how he looks like a horrible thug that does drugs and [[AxCrazy kills people with impunity]], which causes everyone to fear and respect him. All of that is false, and he's [[AllLovingHero the nicest person on earth]]. His [[NoSocialSkills bizarre behavior]] doesn't improve his image either.
** Also a case of GenerationXerox as his Dad is constantly mistaken for a {{Yakuza}} (and attacked because of it) and was shown to pretty much have had the same experience with delinquents when he was his son's age.
* Kannu from KoihimeMusou is The Bandit Hunter and ironically she gets confused for one and in one episode she is called thuggish
* Guts from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''.
* Narumi of ''KarakuriCircus'', amongst others.
* Seiji from ''MidoriNoHibi'' has a face of a thug. It's why he constantly has a stream of bullies challenging him, which led to how he became so good at fighting. However, underneath, he's actually a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who wants to be loved.
* Oga from the manga ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'', who is known as the "strongest juvenile delinquent." He attempts to scare away a baby who has grown attached to him by making his face [[UpToEleven even scarier than it already is]]. However, it backfires, since the baby is actually Satan's son, and therefore actually ''likes'' incredibly scary faces.
** In Oga's case, he actually is a delinquent instead of just looking like one. Although he is arguably a much [[NiceGuy nicer person]] in comparison to other delinquents around him.
** Tojo is a more straight example. He is very tall and muscular on top of having a scary face, and even though he [[BloodKnight likes to fight]], he is a genuinely NiceGuy who also [[CutenessProximity has a weakness for cute things]].
** To be honest, since about 99% of the cast are {{Delinquents}}, most of them count for this trope.
* Sig Curtis from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is an enormous bear of a man, and a butcher by trade. He often frightens small children with his size, looks, and sharp implements. Ironically, while ''he'' is [[BewareTheNiceOnes usually]] a kind, gentle man, his much less imposing wife is an easily angered firebrand of a woman ([[SickeninglySweethearts though never to him]]).
** Alphonse Elric is a sweet, gentle 14-year old boy whose voice never broke... whose soul inhabits a towering suit of [[SpikesOfVillainy spiky]], badass armor. Frequently mistaken as the Fullmetal Alchemist; only in SuperDeformed do his true colors show. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/super_deformed_4709.png Observe.]]
** Ling Yao, a mildly suspicious but otherwise amiable guy who values his comrades [[spoiler:and is also one of many heirs to the Xing throne]] admits to knowing that he doesn't have the friendliest looking eyes when Ed points out he wouldn't trust Ling's face. Ling deliberately keeps his EyesAlwaysShut for the most part because of this.
* Sousuke Sagara from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' is shown to have such an intense, intimidatingly scary face that it scares off anyone who approaches him or Kaname. It happens mostly for comedic effect, and he's shown to actually be very attractive when he lightens up a bit. On the other hand, Sousuke ''is'' extremely violent by nature ([[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer due to being raised by resistance fighters and all that]]). He's just highly professional about it rather than being a thug.
* Sakaki Shio from ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''. He is a huge muscular guy with a scarred face and looks very scary and violent. While that's partially true because he is a Dou fighter (one who fuels his martial arts by rage and aggression) he is the Master who [[BruiserWithASoftCenter cares and worries about Kenichi the most]], going out of his way to protect him.
* Kasanoda (AKA Bossa Nova AKA Casanova) from ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub''. He's actually an incredibly gentle soul, who loves cute things. The only problem is that he just scares the heck out of everyone because of his thuggish face. The Host Club try all sorts of ways to "soften" his appearance, but all their efforts seem to only make him seem more unnerving and scary. Eventually, his crush on {{Bifauxnen}} Haruhi leads him to be MistakenForGay by his Yakuza underlings, and the Host Club's sizeable YaoiFangirl clientèle, who start seeing him as TroubledButCute.
** This guy terrified his father (boss of the biggest {{Yakuza}} gang in the city) when he was ''five'', his face is so terrifying. He was just born that way.
* Sunako from ''TheWallflower'' has a face that isn't so much like a thug, but a ghost. It scares pretty much everyone to death. She's revealed in rare instances to [[SheCleansUpNicely clean up nicely]].
* Randoh from ''PrettyFace'', before the whole mess with the surgery that [[GenderBender made him look like his crush]]. He's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold delinquent, and certainly looked scary.
* Leo Aoi from the manga ''Manga/BeastMaster'', who looks like he's always giving everyone the death glare. When introduced to the class as the new transfer student, everyone is shown shaking in fear, and even the teacher is shown to say while sweating, "Everyone, please be kind to him. Don't be afraid of him." It turns out that he was [[RaisedByWolves raised in a wild jungle]], but is actually very gentle and kind. This doesn't stop other delinquents from thinking he's a super violent thug that wants to challenge them.
* Ryuuji from ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}''. It's genetic apparently. He's really quite kind, and enjoys doing housework (especially cleaning). His looks and personality are made to contrast Taiga, who looks [[MoeMoe cute]], but is actually ferociously violent.
* Chiba Seiya from ''YankeeKunToMeganeChan'' is really a timid, studious nerd, but has the face of a delinquent thug. Naturally this leads to numerous unwanted confrontations.
* Sakaki from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''. She's tall and imposing, so everyone assumes she's a juvenile delinquent. In reality, she's a [[ShrinkingViolet shy girl]] who loves everything cute and cuddly. The bandages she's seen with early on aren't from getting into fights, but because those cute and cuddly animals she loves [[AnimalsHateHim don't love her back.]]
** Interestingly, one episode had a "dress-up race" and Sakaki dressed like a stereotypical ''male'' delinquent.
* Principal Enzo from ''ShinChan'', whose face is so scary and thuggish, it scares not only the children, but also the teachers. It's to the point where the children take to calling him "Kumichou" (which means "Godfather"). However, he has a tender heart, and is shown to actually be a very nice person.
* Parodied and subverted in ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. [[MeaningfulName Mayo Mitama]] has creepy looking eyes, but since DarkIsNotEvil, everyone is still nice to her, thinking she fits this trope. Turns out they are all WrongGenreSavvy and not only is she really as evil as she looks, she exploits this trope to do all the villainy she can. However, it is implied that she does all those bad thing hoping that just once, someone would call her out on it.
* Misao Zaitsu from ''HatsukoiLimited''. He also has a FunnyAfro going for him, and looks terrifying. But he's as much of a lovelorn idiot as the rest of the cast.
* Poor, poor Sweden from ''AxisPowersHetalia''. His DeathGlare scares the crap out of everyone, [[HoYay his partner Finland]] included... but after [[RetiredOutlaw leaving his Viking life]], he's actually [[GentleGiant one of the sweetest nation-tans]]. Germany also displays this, but [[{{Tsundere}} he's got a hard exterior]].
** Notably averted by Russia. Despite his [[TheBigGuy immense height]] [[HuskyRusskie and large build]], he has a round, childish, sweet face with a [[StepfordSmiler calm smile as his default expression]]. Because of how it contrasts with his intimidating aura, this actually manages to make him ''more'' scary, displaying his PsychopathicManchild and CuteAndPsycho nature before he even says or does anything.
* Harima Kenji from ''SchoolRumble''. He's got a temper and a mean-streak, but once he mellows out, he can be the goofiest, chummiest guy in the world.
* [[http://p6.p.pixnet.net/albums/userpics/6/4/19364/1204470178.jpg Keith Gandor]] from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' may as well be carrying a neon sign reading "I am in TheMafia. Fear me," given his appearance... Okay, so he ''is'' in the Mafia, but more of the [[TheFettered honor-bound]] NobleDemon NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters variety. The LightNovels describe his face as "the face of a man who, no matter how you looked at him, didn't seem as though he did proper business."
* Usui Kenta from ''{{Karin}}'' has this problem, albeit mildly. To the people around him, his neutral face seems to be a glare.
** However, Kenta picks up on the 'kind-hearted' bit. He is quite likeable.
*** [[spoiler: It's apparently due to a curse that one of his ancestors was plagued with, [[ItMakesSenseInContext at least that's what the soul of his future daughter told him.]]]]
** His [[DeathGlare actual glare]] is capable of scaring off a street thug. The manga shows a glaring ''cobra'' in the background when he does this, just to drive the point home.
* Tomoka Kayahara from ''MutekiKanbanMusume'', unless she's enjoying a meal, has a face that frightens children, small animals, adults, and Megumi.
* The main cast in ''{{Dorohedoro}}'' mostly plays it straight ''only'' when they have [[MaskPower their masks on]], and avert it by taking them off (Except Cayman of course). En even manages to be a cute little boy in a flashback (Given, an AxCrazy OmnicidalManiac Little Boy, but hey, it's EN).
* Kaidou Kaoru from ''PrinceOfTennis'', to a degree. Most of the regulars (from Seigaku and otherwise) and teachers have no problem with him, but practically every other student he meets (especially the younger ones and girls) consider him to be terrifying. In fact, on one occasion, two nasty girls from another school were planning to humiliate him after he won a match against their school--when he turned around to see what they wanted, they freaked out so badly that one of them smashed her can of soda onto her own head.
** Humorously, old people (especially elderly couples) tend to find him very nice and consider him a 'good boy', rarely even noticing what he looks like. This usually makes him blush.
* Zoro from ''OnePiece'', despite being a generally good guy and a FriendToAllChildren, is often accused of having a scary face (and his SlasherSmile is enough to freak out even the viewers).
** Captain T-Bone of the Marines is an even better example. He looks like a zombie or ghoul but he is one of the most compassionate and caring people in the whole series, ripping his own mantle to pieces just to provide bandages for his wounded men.
** The cut wasn't even that bad...
*** It was a ''bug bite''.
* Simon from ''{{Durarara}}'' is a friendly, peaceful and intelligent sushi tout. He is ''also'' a seven-foot-tall ScaryBlackMan that tends to scare off passers-by with his mere presence. Interestingly enough, the [[HairTriggerTemper really]] [[SuperStrength dangerous]] [[UnstoppableRage guy]] in the show, Shizuo, is a slim blond {{bishonen}}, and so unfortunate people sometimes [[UnderestimatingBadassery underestimate him]] and are crushed by flying vending machines.
* Sasayama of ''KurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'' is [[BaldOfEvil bald]] with a [[GoodScarsEvilScars nasty-looking scar]] on his head, and [[EvilCripple has only one working leg]]. These traits, coupled with his style of dress, makes the protagonists initially think he is a {{Yakuza}}. However, he's actually a former cop and currently works in social services, and is a good guy. To a lesser extent, there's Numata, who looks like a tough guy, always wearing leather jackets and [[SunglassesAtNight sunglasses at all times]]. However, he also [[RealMenWearPink listens to J-pop groups]], and the reason for wearing his CoolShades completely subverts the thuggish image [[spoiler: he's a highly emotional guy, and they hide tears]].
* From ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', we have Lanchia, who despite being quite scary looking, is apparently a FriendToAllChildren. They literally like to be all over him. Though he acts like he doesn't notice.
* Rascal from ''AkazukinChacha''.
* Hedoro from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' is an almost unfathomably nice guy who runs a flower shop, respects the elderly, and [[FriendToAllLivingThings literally won't hurt a fly]]. Unfortunately for him, he's an alien who looks like a {{Tokusatsu}} MonsterOfTheWeek combined with {{Satan}}.
* Makoto/Sailor Jupiter from ''SailorMoon'', sorta. While she ''did'' get into a lot of fights at her old school (and still got into some after transferring, even before becoming Sailor Jupiter), she's a NiceGirl who [[FeminineWomenCanCook loves to cook]] and is great at cleaning.
* Sawako Kuronuma, the protagonist of ''KimiNiTodoke'', has frequently been mistaken for a nightmare-inducing ghost due to her appearance, [[http://www.mangareader.net/280-58315-24/kimi-ni-todoke/chapter-50.html particularly]] [[TheUnsmile when she tries to smile]]. In reality, she's an [[ShrinkingViolet incredibly withdrawn girl]] [[TheIngenue with the heart of a saint]].
* [[LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai Kodaka Hasegawa]] not only has the FaceOfAThug, but he's also [[ButNotTooForeign half-English]], so people think his naturally blonde hair is bleached, {{delinquent}}-style, since he otherwise has Japanese features. As a result he has no real friends and people are constantly picking fights with him.
* Reina's dad in YandereKanojo scares pretty much everybody away because of this trope, along with not being very sociable...though really he's a ShrinkingViolet in the extreme and couldn't harm a fly. On the bright side, he met his wife, an actual [[{{Delinquents}} thug]], because she thought he looked like a total badass. She was wrong, but fell head over heels in love with him anyway and they ended up HappilyMarried.
* Hilariously used in an early ''DetectiveConan'' case. Ran catches a huge and angry-looking man with CoolShades spying on the Mouri Detective Agency, and he refuses to take off his glasses even after it's seen he is actually a fellow detective. [[http://www.mangareader.net/139-8061-2/detective-conan/chapter-15.html The moment the]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/139-8061-3/detective-conan/chapter-15.html glasses come off]], however, revealed a very childish-looking TarameEyes.
* Kenji Ban from ''HeartcatchPrettyCure''. While he has a really intense face and can give {{Death Glare}}s that send even the most hardened of {{Delinquents}} running, he's really a just a sweet guy who loves drawing {{Shojo}} manga.
* Kai Shiden of ''MobileSuitGundam'' has mismatched eyes, a perpetual smirk, and a crooked nose. Personality wise he can be an abrasive {{Jerkass}}, but he's also an extremely brave and reliable (if at times difficult to get along with) soldier. He's gotten better (and more badass) by the time the events of ''Zeta'' and even ''Unicorn'' come around, though he still looks like a Mafia don.
** Dozle Zabi from Principality of Zeon. Face and body type of standard SuperRobot villain, [[AFatherToHisMen the]] [[KnowWhenToFoldEm most]] [[GentleGiant decent]] [[AntiVillain person of]] [[AristocratsAreEvil Zabi's.]]
* Woo-Soo Choi, of ''Quantum Mistake'' is a studious boy who has swapped bodies with Kang Too-Jee, a delinquent who spent most of his time getting into fights. Woo-Soo Choi, relying on Kang Too-Jee's reflexes, is capable of putting up a fight, but most of the time, just wants to talk it out with the other guy. (This pretty much never works.)
* The entire Sanada North Perfectual High School's Student Council in ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' is this, save for the StudentCouncilPresident who is traditionally {{bishonen}}.
* SlamDunk: Sakuragi is considered scary, but that's mainly because of his bright red hair. Miyagi's delinquent aura seems to come 100% from his face, however.
* Gotou from ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' has a rather rough face, and several characters comment on how scary it is. Smith even claims that he feels a Yakuza vibe coming from Gotou.
* Sotomura from ''Manga/WaratteSotomuraSan'' is feared by all, primarily because she can't seem to smile without somehow looking like she's about to shank you. The plethora of misunderstandings that follow her around don't help, either.
* Yuki Sanada from {{Tsuritama}} has frequent panic attacks in social situations, which causes his face to twist up and turn red until it resembles a demonic noh mask. The people around him tend to think he is extremely angry or has a bad attitude when he is actually just shy.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', Armin claims that Eren and Jean both have the same "vicious" expression. [[spoiler:This is used to justify having Jean act as a decoy, disguised as Eren]]. Eren is insulted by the idea that he looks anything like Jean, calling him a "horseface".
* A {{Bishonen}} version of this is Renjou Hotsuma from [[BetrayalKnowsMyName UraBoku]]. He is seen frowning more often than not, especially in public, appears to be constantly annoyed at something and scares a small girl upon his second or so appearance. This is mostly a defense mechanism, though to keep people at arms length, because he is scared of losing control of his [[BlessedWithSuck powers]] again. Around [[HoYay his partner]] Shuusei though, he becomes caring and gentle, smiles warmly, is very considerate and devoted.
* Orihime of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' used to think Ichigo had a scary face due to his constant scowling... then she considered it a bit more and realized it was actually kind of funny-looking.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Marv from ''SinCity'' was so ugly, they had to resort to SpecialEffects to recreate his looks. He made a KubrickStare or two throughout the movie as well. While he is indeed a SociopathicHero toward his enemies, he is a actually a good guy whose whole actions are motivated by avenging the death of a woman by the hands of a SerialKiller, and he makes a rule of never punching girls if he can.
* Tony Stark, AKA IronMan, when outside his armor, is one of the few {{Superhero}}es to wear a mustache and a [[BeardOfEvil goatee]], making him look more like a traditional villain thug than a good guy. However, while he can be a JerkAss and has [[NotGoodWithPeople poor communication skills]], he is pretty much a good guy and a very honest person.
* MMA fighter "Mistress" Ayane in ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' would love to be a {{Face}}, Unfortunately, she has the coldest, cruelest eyes on the planet and a wicked smile to boot. It's hard to be a hero to children when they run screaming whenever you look at them. It's so bad that even all-powerful sorcerers and dragons wince when they meet her gaze. In fact, when she met a guy who could look her in eyes and ''not flinch'', she was desperate to win his heart so she could finally be with someone who wasn't terrified of looking at her. [[spoiler: It's even implied that her unnaturally cold and fiercesome stare might be because she's actually ''not human''.]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* The [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks shark trio]] of [[Film/{{Jaws}} Bruce]], [[TheDitz Chum]] and [[TheLancer Anchor]] from ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' seem like they'd be fish-eating monsters - [[TrailersAlwaysLie trailers]] played up Bruce as the BigBad, in fact. Turns out they're pretty nice guys who have [[MonstersAnonymous sworn off]] eating fish... Except for [[FantasticRacism stinkin']] [[DolphinsDolphinsEverywhere dolphins]]. [[spoiler: Just don't let any of them catch a whiff of blood]]. Oddly, out of the shark trio, Chum, being a shortfin mako, and Anchor, being a greater hammerhead, are the ones most likely to subsist on a diet of fish at their [[GentleGiant size]]. A great white of Bruce's size would mostly eat marine mammals... Like dolphins.
* Glen from ''[[Film/ChildsPlay Seed of Chucky]]''. Despite being depicted as an ugly doll, and at the beginning of the film, we see him kill a girl's parents, we find out the Glen was having a nightmare and that he's really sensitive and despises violence, unlike [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon the rest of his family]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Geralt from ''TheWitcher'' is described like this in the books. He somehow manages to get all the girls anyway. On the other hand, [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys not too hard to believe]].
* Lucas Davenport from John Sandford's ''{{Prey}}'' novels has a scar across his face from a rogue fish hook accident and, later, a tracheotamy scar on his neck. While being a well-known cop and the main character of a long-running detective novel series, pretty much everyone agrees that he looks like a thug or tough guy. Of course, that often works to his personal advantage.
* Mildmay the Fox, from ''Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths'' by Sarah Monette. He ''is'' a former assassin, but he's not nearly as thuggish as most people assume.
* Gonko of ''Literature/ThePiloFamilyCircus'' has a face that "looks to have been used as sandpaper and soaked in whiskey." He's actually a [[MonsterClown clown.]]
* ''Literature/DoomsdayBook'' has Father Roche, a rough-looking, burly man who is nevertheless a meek and patient GoodShepherd. [[spoiler:The fact that the "cutthroat" that the delirious main character saw in the forest was actually Roche is a major revelation late in the story]].
* In ''Literature/TheIliad'' and ''Literature/TheOdyssey,'' Several people refer to Odysseus himself as having "the face of a brute," and recount their surprise when he turns out to be a GeniusBruiser GuileHero.
* Archmaester Marwyn from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
-->''"Marwyn wore a chain of many metals around his bull’s neck. Save for that, he looked more like a dockside thug than a maester. His head was too big for his body, and the way it thrust forward from his shoulders, together with that slab of jaw, made him look as if he were about to tear off someone’s head."''
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Frodo decides to trust [[KingIncognito Strider]] in spite of his appearance, saying that an agent of the Enemy would "look fairer, and feel fouler."
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Gentaro Kisaragi, the protagonist of ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', dresses as a {{Delinquent}} with [[DelinquentHair slicked-back hair]]. However, he's actually an affable goof who quite literally wants to be FriendToAllLivingThings ([[BewareTheNiceOnes who can still kick ass if need be]]).
* An episode of ''MyNameIsEarl'' dealt with this trope.
* The MonsterOfTheWeek in the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Yellow Fever" is the ghost of a man who was murdered as a result of this trope.
* {{NCIS}} has, of course, the ever-lovable and normally harmless Abby.
** It's not so much that Abby's really all that scary-looking, so much as it is that she dresses in a Goth fashion (even at work).
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Gonzales from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Sword of Seals]]''. Nice guy overall, looks like [[http://serenesforest.net/media/fe6illust/s/gonzalez.png this]].
** Garret [[http://serenesforest.net/media/fe6illust/s/garret.png would qualify as well]].
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]''[='s=] Brady [[http://www.serenesforest.net/fe13/img/r_brady.jpg looks like]] a tough {{delinquent|s}}, but is in fact a [[TheMedic priest]] with poor reflexes, and a crybaby to boot.
** Let's not forget [[HuskyRusskie Gregor]] from the same game as well. Looks like [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120705163224/fireemblem/images/2/22/Grego_Portrait.jpg this]], but is an all-around [[GentleGiant friendly guy]] and the FunnyForeigner of the Shepherds.
* ''{{Persona 4}}'''s Kanji Tatsumi, the tough guy who can take down a biker gang with his bare hands, is often mistaken for being ''in'' a gang, and... [[RealMenWearPink likes to sew]]. And is incredibly good at it.
** Takeharu Kirijo, Mitsuru's father, from ''{{Persona 3}}'' would also count. When he first appears, he's described as "scary-looking" (complete with an eyepatch!), but he proves to be a surprisingly noble man and a genuinely caring, if stern, father who admonishes Mitsuru to work in harmony with others rather than try to shoulder everything alone, and feels guilty that his daughter and her friends are forced to clean up after his father's mistakes.
** How can we forget Shinjiro Aragaki from Persona 3, a seriously intimidating fellow who can easily headbutt his enemies into submission, he is also a great cook, cares about the TeamPet a lot, buying food for him with his own money and asks other team members to take care of their bodies, eat properly and so on.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** While not overly thuggish, [[MafiaPrincess Miss]] [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette Viola]] [[LethalChef Cadaverini]] from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' looks ''creepy as Hell'', but discounting her relationship with [[{{Jerkass}} Furio Tigre]] she's not that bad.
** Will Powers is a GentleGiant with a face that scares small children. Kind of a handicap for an actor in children's shows, so he takes roles that involve wearing masks.
** From the fourth game, Wocky Kitaki's father. He used to be the head of the local Yakuza, and has an extremely intimidating face.[[spoiler:..but by the end of the case, it's shown that he's a loving father who brought the family out of the mob business so that his children, especially Wocky, wouldn't have to put their lives in danger.]]
** Detective Badd is an imposing, gruff figure, but he's practically a second father figure to Kay. He gives her Swiss Rolls and distracts her with 'important detective assistance' to keep her mind off [[spoiler: her father's death]].
** From ''Dual Destinies'', Mayor Tenma, who is vilified for his scary looks and because he wants to [[spoiler: or rather was being blackmailed into]] merge Tenma Town and Nine Tales Vale. He is really a kind man, loving father [[spoiler: and popular pro-wrestler of the "face" variety.]]
* Hayden from ''HarvestMoon: Tree of Tranquility/Animal Parade.'' It's a bit of an InformedAbility, because he looks as cute and {{chibi}} as everyone else, but according to characters in-game, his bearded face and BigOlEyebrows are so offputting they ''scare children.'' Which is sad, because Hayden is a [[RealMenWearPink domestic,]] [[FriendToAllChildren softhearted]] [[MyLocal bartender]] who's almost universally liked in the town.
** Not to mention, he really wishes he could be a preschool teacher, and his wish is revealed to be "I wish my face didn't scare children" (which can double as a CrowningMomentofFunny).
** And then there's Gannon in ''Sunshine Islands.'' He's got a pretty creepy/ugly face and walks/looks kinda like a gorilla, but once you befriend him, you see he's actually really nice. And even prior to that, his [[UglyGuyCuteDaughter adorable daughter Eliza]] says that while he "talks like a hooligan, he'll never leave my side." [[PetTheDog Awww.]]
* ''CorpseParty'' has Yoshiki Kishinuma. He enjoys teasing Satoshi, but so does everyone else, and he's a pretty decent guy overall.
* A large amount of the cast in ''InazumaEleven'' look like thugs and bullies like Someoka, Builder, Tobitaka, and other recruitable characters whose faces are just plain scary and weird. To put it, Someoka looks very similar to Garret example above.
* In [[GeniusBruiser Iron Tager]]'s Story mode in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', he is attacked by [[HighlyVisibleNinja Bang]], who claims he looks evil and will probably do something evil someday. This is not the case: Tager is a [[LawfulNeutral decent enough guy]] [[PunchClockVillain who's just doing his job]], and won't harm you unless you in interfere with his mission or [[MissionControl Kokonoe]] orders him to, but he does look like a hulking red ogre. Then again, this is '''[[IdiotHero Bang]]''' we're talking about.
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* Rocko Sasquatch in ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob.''
* In ''WebComic/AxeCop'', all mermaids are good but have mean-looking faces, apparently because they thought scowls indicated happiness and smiles indicated anger. Axe Cop, unaware of this, [[spoiler:murders one by accident. After learning that mermaids are all good and that this is the first time he ever killed a good guy, he immediately breaks down in tears.]]
* Jaws from ''Webcomic/DemonFist'' has the face of a gremlin and [[SlasherSmile the smile of a shark]] (plus he's a [[OurDemonsareDifferent demon]]), but he's a genuinely cheerful and caring person.
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* Creator/RondoHatton got into film because his acromegaly made his face look very thuggish. He's even got an award made in his honor.
* [[ThePope Pope Benedict XVI]], who bears more than a passing resemblance to [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_DGrd-9g38_Y/Sy75LvwLeII/AAAAAAAAAFQ/g_1N8wct2kI/s320/evil-pope-children-christmas.jpg Emperor]] [[http://api.ning.com/files/V3d3OCp3A2MLbERwMVCTpLUirpi6pecwnuV-MdnaqlL15nGjQhQIY5V1GugVbU0QnwZ4WFLwclbRmJXHlqTwn4AOcIhl5XEK/EmperorPalpatine.jpg Palpatine]] of ''StarWars,'' despite the fact that everyone whose met him agrees he's about as threatening as a kitten. Cue ''massive'' MemeticMutation once he's chosen.
** [[HaveIGotNewsForYou "He's got the eyes of a killer. Did you notice?"]]
* Joe Raposo, best known for writing songs for ''Series/SesameStreet'', is described as looking and sounding "like a tough Italian street fighter from an urban ghetto."
* Singer Aaron Neville had a brief appearance in one movie as "Man with gun," an intimidating character the hero confronted in a slum area. His voice has been described as the voice the angels '''wish''' they had.
* Mexican American actor Creator/DannyTrejo [[http://www1.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/Spike+TV+Scream+2007+Arrivals+tcfjhDfc0QVl.jpg combines this]] with BadassMustache and perpetual DeathGlare to make him THE go to guy to play Latino thugs in Hollywood. Ironically, he really ''was'' a thug until he turned his life around. Now he's an actor and a motivational speaker and [[MeanCharacterNiceActor one of the most well-respected men in Hollywood]], with ''everybody'' who works with him talking about what a great person he is.
* Billy [=McGuinness=], rhythm guitarist, harmonica player and backing vocalist for the Irish band Aslan looks tough, but is actually very friendly. To look at him without hearing their music, one would think the band play a harder form of music than the radio friendly melodic rock they do. As the most noticeable member of the band it's no wonder he handles most of their interviews.
* According to an afterword in volume 18 of [[Manga/FairyTail Fairy Tail]], the mangaka Hiro Mashima has one, as mentioned by his fans that in the photos of him, he looks like a criminal. Of course, it doesn't help that he admits to having a natural scowl, making it harder for him to have a natural smile.
* Veteran character actor M.C. Gainey has this to say of his own appearance: ''"With a face like this, there aren't a lot of [[CrusadingLawyer lawyers]] or [[GoodShepherd priest]] roles coming my way. I've gotta face that was meant for a mug shot and that's what I've been doing for the past thirty years. If I play a cop, it's always a [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain racist cop]], or a [[RabidCop trigger-happy cop]] or a [[DirtyCop crooked cop]] - but by and large I play cowboys, bikers, and convicts."''
* In dear old Blighty perhaps the best example is RayWinstone who combined with his debut role in {{Scum}} and thick [[BritishAccents East End accent]] make him almost the posterboy for this trope. He's spent a career playing cockney hard-men (in a surprising range of genres) despite being one of the nicest men in showbusiness.
* Other Brits with this attribute include Vinnie Jones, Ross Kemp, James Cosmo and John Prescott.
* Creator/RonPerlman has a face and voice that often see him playing the roles of criminals of all stripes, villains and monsters. Even when he plays as a good guy, they often exemplify this trope (for instance, ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' and ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast''). In real life, [[MeanCharacterNiceActor Ron is a funny, intelligent guy with a self-depreciating streak, who famously visited a young boy as a Make-A-Wish foundation request in full Hellboy costume and makeup prosthesis]].
* Tardar Sauce aka Grumpy Cat is very sweet and affectionate in real life despite her [[PerpetualFrowner permanent grimace]].
* English actor Creator/DavidBradley, now infamous for playing some distinctly [[Film/HarryPotter repugnant]] [[Series/DoctorWho old]] [[Series/GameOfThrones men]], generally has an [[http://www.secondthoughts.org.uk/cms/images/stories/David_Bradley.jpg undeniably unpleasant look about him]]. Like Trejo and Perlman, however, any interview with the man himself would demonstrate him to be [[MeanCharacterNiceActor nothing at all like the typecasting he's fallen into]].
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