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[[caption-width-right:350: [[TheFaceless You may not know who they are,]] [[{{Mooks}} but there's no mistaking what they are]].]]

->''"Attack, faceless minions! Take him down!"''
-->-- '''Pseudo Kunō''', ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''

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TheFaceless also come in bulk, as demonstrated by this subset of {{Mooks}} whose defining characteristic -- apart from being evil, of course -- is the lack of individual identity. They will wear matching uniforms and helmets or [[MalevolentMaskedMen masks that completely obscure their facial features]]. Sometimes, the (perpetually scowling) lower portion of their faces may be visible, but their eyes will pretty much always be hidden, like under the brim of a helmet, behind ScaryShinyGlasses or [[MalevolentMaskedMen malevolent looking masks]] (especially [[GasMaskMooks gas masks]] or {{Rage Helm}}s), or beneath an opaque visor. Note that a balaclava or Ninja mask covers everything except the eyes, but goons wearing them still count. Note that a unique face as a symbol of identity means that YouALLLookFamiliar allows for unmasked but identical mooks to be effectively Faceless.

You'll never see any faceless goon PetTheDog, but they'll have no problem [[KickTheDog kicking]] them by the basketload.

The reasons for this trope are largely matters of convenience. Most obviously, the faceless goon does not display emotion; hence, he does not display humanity. It's much easier to accept characters as evil (and by extension, [[RuleOfEmpathy feel no tug of sympathy]] as wave after wave of them get wiped out by the heroes) if you are able to [[WhatMeasureIsAMook forget that there's actually a human being]] behind each mask. Not showing any pesky emotions to undercut their menace also adds quite a bit to the creepiness factor.

There's also the fact that it's [[NoBudget easier on the budget]], as the director can keep reusing the same ten extras without the audience catching on quickly. It's also helpful in animation, because you only need to design one character (or render one model in the case of video games or [=CGI=]) and one [[MerchandiseDriven action figure]], and the fact some fans will want to make an "army" out of multiple goon toys. Plus, it makes it more convenient for the hero should he ever need to [[DressingAsTheEnemy hide amongst their ranks]].

If even hurting them seems a bit extreme, you'll get MechaMooks instead who are beaten till they show [[BloodlessCarnage broken gears and sparks]]. This can also serve as a justification for why the BigBad has so many identical soldiers running around.

A variant of this trope often occurs in {{superhero}} comics, with the various common criminals the [[BatmanColdOpen hero can fight as a way to bring some action into the story]]. They are not given backgrounds or individual personalities beyond those of petty thugs, and are typically found robbing banks, mugging defenseless citizens, and committing other crimes that the hero must stop. [[TooDumbToLive Not very bright]], the criminals frequently try to fight the hero, even though the hero has [[StockSuperpowers super powers]] and/or [[CharlesAtlasSuperPower special training]]. Of course, they never stand a chance.

What's interesting to note is that in RealLife the Faceless Goons do have upsides; if someone is behind a mask or hood or even mirrored sunglasses they often [[{{GIFT}} no longer feel responsible for their own actions]] and [[PunchClockVillain obey commands (especially very cruel ones) more readily than if they were just in plain clothes]]. Possibly a case of TruthInTelevision. This can, however, backfire pretty badly. Looking a man in the eye and then killing him is a very hard thing to do. Covering a person's face, subconsciously supressing our recognition of them as human, makes [[WhatMeasureIsAMook killing them a lot easier on our willpower]]. [[FridgeBrilliance This may be why]] [[ImprobableAimingSkills heroes never have trouble hitting the Faceless Goons,]] [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy yet the Faceless Goons can't hit the hero not wearing a mask.]]

These characters are usually {{Mooks}}. It's not completely unknown for the good guys' RedShirtArmy to get this treatment, but nowhere near as common. Should one of them lose their mask, they'll become a UniformityException.

Not to be confused with FacelessMasses, FacelessEye or TheBlank.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Both the [[{{Mooks}} expendability]] and [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy incompetence]] of the faceless goons are subverted in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', where Balalaika's Russian ex-military mercenaries are easily the deadliest force on the show, and the murder of two of them leads to a city-wide manhunt.
* The Mariages of ''AudioPlay/StrikersSoundStageX'' are not only TheUndead with MechaMooks-like intelligence, they also wear masks that obscure their eyes. Needless to say, [[CyanidePill their life expectancy is pretty low]].
* In ''MÄR'', Pawns, the lowest-ranking members of the Chess Pieces, all wear identical masks. Higher-ranking Chess Pieces are allowed to wear distinctive earrings and custom masks, at which point this turns into MaskPower.
* The ''Mazinger'' series:
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Ninety percent of the {{Mook}}s wear uniforms with helmets that conceal their faces. The Iron Masks wear Greek-style helmets that cover the entire head save for the mouth and chin. Becomes subverted in a horrific fashion when one of them has his helmet removed to reveal [[spoiler:he is missing the upper half of his skull, removed by the BigBad when the mook was ReforgedIntoAMinion. The purpose of the helmets is not simply to protect their heads, but to replace their ''skulls'' and protect their ''brains''.]] The Iron Crosses have similar helmets that cover all but the lower face, though their are more styled after WWI Nazi helmets.
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': The Mycenae Empire's foot troops wear viking helmets covering their entire heads.
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': All Vegan soldiers wear a green-and-yellow uniform a with full-head helmet (topped with a tentacle-like shape) that sport yellow, round eyes and weird, gill-like marks where their mouths would be.
* Reversed in the third volume of ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'', where the ESWAT team operates in suits of PoweredArmor that are nearly identical (only helmet markings and such tell them apart), making them Faceless ''Heroes'' for a while.
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': [[BigBad Marder's]] soldiers always wear a mouthless white mask that covers their heads fully and a blue helmet.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', the goons of the evil OZ organisation, the Leo mobile suits, are quite literally faceless, and are also very, very pathetic.
* Similarly, in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', the Tieren pilots from the Human Reform League wear face-concealing helmets. In their case, the helmet is connected to the mobile suit's computer, allowing the H.U.D. to be incorporated into the helmet.
* Massive subversions in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'', where a faceless, nameless grunt manages to give a Cyber-Newtype piloted [[AceCustom Kshatriya]] a run for its money. His buddies got shot down in about two seconds each, but this guy sure as hell wasn't going down without a fight. Subverted again in episode 4, where another nameless grunt piloting an outdated Byalant kicks supreme amounts of ass up and down the battlefield.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is an odd example in that it has had true FacelessMooks exactly ''twice'', during the Sand/Sound invasion of Konoha with most of the Sound and Sand village nin and the {{Samurai}} in the Land of Iron (although the latter were [[RedshirtArmy good guys]] [[HeroAntagonist sort of]]). However it otherwise is an aversion of the "all identical" part as [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters damn near every individual enemy has their own distinct designs and most of them even have names]] (although they're sometimes [[AllThereInTheManual only given in the databooks]]). The members of the ANBU are the closest thing to a good guy version, and even ''then'' they have different patterns of their masks and recognizable features not covered by their masks.
* Every marine in ''Manga/OnePiece''. Sometimes they even look the same. To Luffy, they may even be GoddamnedBats. Also, almost every member from the Franky House in One Piece. They all have a face, some screentime and sometimes even a line to say but in the end they're just useless.
* The BigBad from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has a force called the Exequias (meaning funeral rites). It consists of a large number of so-called Arrancar with identical masks, swords and clothing. Technically speaking, [[spoiler:they're not really arrancar: The Exequias consists solely of the captain, Rubodon. All the others are called Calaveras, they are creations produced by Rubodons ability.]]
* For the most part ignored in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', but there are a few instances where it appears. The most obvious is the group known to the fans as [[FanNickname "The Hentai Horde"]], the group of male club members, most notably the Kendo club, who tried to beat Akane in a fight each morning at school in order to be able to call themselves her boyfriend. The other is an anime-only episode where the VillainOfTheWeek practices [[MartialArtsAndCrafts Martial Arts Shogi]]... and consequently has a squad of mooks wearing Kuroko (Kabuki Theatre Stagehand) uniforms... which are then topped with shogi piece costumes during the actual battle. Another anime-only {{filler}} episode has Genma apparently stumble into a lost village filled with veritable clones of Nerima cast members, the Kuno clone commanding a squad of ninjas and who orders them to attack the man-turned-panda with the opening quote.
** Kodachi's Rhythmic Gymnastic Team, Mariko's cheerleading team, Mikado and Azusa have a group that they use for practice, Phoenix soldiers, principal has the teachers be this wearing costumes, etc. they are somewhat common.
* Both of the [[SpoiledBrat Mendo siblings]] in ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' have their own personal army of Faceless Goons. Shuutaro Mendo has minions who vaguely resemble "G-Men" or bodyguards, while his sister Ryoko is attended by Kuroko.
* Inverted in ''Manga/SamuraiGun'' as it's the good guys wear face-concealing helmets, as they're rebels against the Shogunate.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', many of the low-rank Britannian foot soldiers wear complete face-concealing masks, with one of the main characters actually starting out as one. Later on, [[spoiler:when Lelouch becomes TheEmperor, he brainwashes an entire army into being his slaves, and has them all wear masks. He also uses them for WeHaveReserves tactics.]]
* In ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', the minions of PANDORA dress like riot-police, with face-obscuring helmets. They are shown as jerks on one occasion, threatening Kirihara, and tend to get unceremoniously killed by Contractors.
* ''Prefectural Earth Defense Force'': The [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Phone Pole Team]] had its {{Mooks}} wearing plain white full-face masks with "underling" written on them. [[FanNickname English-speaking fans quickly dubbed them the "Faceless Minions"]], which has subsequently been used in some translations.
* The Disith soldiers in ''Anime/LastExile'' are always seen wearing face masks...right up to the point where the heroes encounter them in a sympathetic moment ([[spoiler:the escape shuttle carrying a lot of civilians fails at launch]]). Soon after, the two sides start working together against their greater enemy, [[spoiler:The Guild]].
* ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' features plenty of masked Torumekian soldiers, as well as the legions of Heedra in the manga. Subverted in the manga, at least, in that we sometimes see individual Torumekian soldiers without their masks. Then, of course, there are the [[GasMaskMooks gas masks]] required for anyone traveling in the Toxic Jungle, but that's another matter.
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''. About 90 percent of the bad guy's goons are in green uniforms with snake-type mask/helmets with red eyes and fangs, concealing the top part of their faces. Slightly subverted in that the Commander of the Week is also usually masked, but wears a far more... ''creative'' costume.
* ''Anime/SecretOfCeruleanSand'': [[BigBad Harry Killer's]] men all wear masks, except for [[TheDragon Morilire]], which Captain Marsenay and Barsac eventually use to their advantage in order to infiltrate Neo City.
* ''Anime/SwordArtOnline'': Despite all the characters in the SAO world being real people, many guilds' armies are composed of nothing but this.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/MarvelComics have ComicBook/{{Hydra}}, whose members all wear identical green masked outfits. The motto of the group is "Cut off a limb and two more will take its place", referencing the monster that is their namesake and [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] the fact that these guys aren't individuals.
** Other Marvel villain groups, A.I.M. and the Secret Empire, take this a step further -- they are not only masked, but identify themselves only by numbers instead of names (except for Karl).
*** Parodied in ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} volume 4 #23, where the Ultimatum Mooks can't tell each other apart and can't tell if a Mook named Rick had just been killed or not. One suggests a mnemonic system to tell them apart suggesting "Rick" could wear a red beret with an ''R'' on it.
* The fully armored Hyrule guards appear in the ''Comicbook/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' comic adaptation in ''Magazine/NintendoPower.'' While the game makes it clear that the soldiers are regular humans/[[HumansByAnyOtherName hylians]] brainwashed by [[EvilChancellor Agahnim]], the comic book has Link destroy a soldier only to [[NotEvenHuman find out]] they are [[AnimatedArmor evil spirits in armor]] rather then [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman humans]]. Likely done to tone down the violence for the young gaming audience.
* The Immortals from ''ComicBook/ThreeHundred''. In real life, however, they were called "Immortals" simply because the reserves standing by to replace any who fell kept the number of the unit at precisely 10,000 men. Contemporary pictures of them from frescoes, etc, [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9b/Persian_Army_Immortal.png depict them wearing]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/62/Archers_frieze_Darius_palace_Louvre_AOD487.jpg open-faced caps.]]
* The Nort soldiers in ''ComicBook/RogueTrooper'' wear face-concealing masks, in contrast to the clear visors of the Southers.
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', the Order of Despots has a small army of them on their moon base.
* Subverted in ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}''. The Adversary's wooden 'sons' are usually carved 'in his image', so while their faces can often be seen, they tend to all look the same. This can be seen most easily in ''The Good Prince'', when King Flycatcher faces off with the Golden Horde.
* Interesting inverted with ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': regular Judges are often shown without their helmets, but the titular character has remained TheFaceless to this day.
* The {{Mook}}s of [[Characters/XMenVillains The Hellfire Club]] all wear the same masks with slits in them, but can [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HuKXbHO6DYQ/UfBpqekQRKI/AAAAAAAA0og/Xnh6BPiM8G0/s1600/Uncanny+X-Men+%281980-05%29+133-04.jpg emote pretty well through them sometimes.]]
* In ''ComicBook/AstroCity,'' members of the NebulousEvilOrganization Pyramid typically wear helmets that partially or completely cover their faces.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The Shozokus in FanFic/AGrowingAffection wear traditional ninja uniforms, including full face masks. Only the color differs for rank/skill. Shozokus are required to be anonymous while working.
* Used for a VisualGag in ''WebVideo/StarWarsDownunder'', where the Sith Troopers wear helmets that make them look like Australian outlaw UsefulNotes/NedKelly in his armour.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The Huns in Disney's ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', specifically in the scene where thousands of them stampede down a snowbank to attack the good guys. Aside from the evil [[BigBad Shan Yu]] and a few of his sketchy malicious pals, all his minions qualify as faceless goons.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', though not voiceless. "Okay, every time one of them runs, take a shot." Not entirely faceless, either: Dash knocks the visor off of one in a fight. We even get a ReactionShot of his face before he hits a cliff wall.
* In the Disney animated feature ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' the villain's loyal mooks for some reason wore ''[[GasMaskMooks gas masks]]'' throughout the entire film. This may been one of Mike Mignola's contributions to the character designs.
* The unnamed troopers of Dr. Calico in the ShowWithinAShow in ''Disney/{{Bolt}}''. Their lack of personality is lampshaded at least once.
* ''Very'' noticeable in ''Anime/FinalFantasyTheSpiritsWithin'', where four of the soldiers accompanying Aki don't wear face-concealing helmets. Guess which ones survive [[spoiler:and stay on her side]].
* The Coachman's minions from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' whom resemble giant hairy creatures with executioner's hoods and glowing yellow eyes.
* The Storm King's minions in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'' all wear identical {{Expressive Mask}}s, with the exception of Tempest Shadow and Grubber.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** The Stormtroopers are meant to be EliteMooks of the [[TheEmpire Galactic Empire]] and said to be [[BlatantLies precise]] in their [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy marksmanship]]. Their armors are made of Plastoid and can protect the wears from blaster shots.
** Somewhat justified for Clone Troopers, although their armors are [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience color coded for different ranks]], beneath their armor, they all are clones of Mandalorian BountyHunter Jango Fett and with the exception of Boba Fett, the clones wear identical armors.
** Taken UpToEleven by the First Order Stormtroopers. Being [[{{Tykebomb}} raised at childbirth as soldiers]], not only do they wear identical armors, their personalities are stripped away by [[YouAreNumberSix carrying serial numbers as names]] (e.g. FN-2187, FN-2199) in order to maintain their absolute obedience. The faceless part also seems to be strongly enforced, as seen when Captain Phasma, the commander of the First Order Stormtroopers disciplines FN-2187 (later known as Finn) for taking off his helmet.
* The Immortals from ''Film/ThreeHundred'' all wear face-concealing silver masks. It turns out that what's underneath is actually much worse, since they're revealed as humanoid monsters with filed-down teeth when one gets his mask blown off by a Spartan.
* The Umbrella operatives from ''Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse'' (the Ops from the games wore hazmat gear for protection; the goons in the second movie wear black motorcycle helmets for no real reason at all).
* The {{Mooks}} in ''Film/{{Ultraviolet}}''. Astute readers may notice a pattern developing, in that Milla Jovovich evidently ''hates'' people in face-obscuring motorcycle helmets.
* The Grand Court guardsmen dressed in shiny black armor in the movie ''Film/JudgeDredd''. In the Comic, Dredd himself is a faceless goon, as he never takes off his helmet and is a loyal agent of the Judge System.
* The Tetragrammaton foot soldiers in ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'' are another example of the motorcycle helmet-wearing type, though in this case it's Creator/ChristianBale and not Milla Jovovich that does the hating. Since ''Equilibrium'' came out before ''Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse'' and ''Ultraviolet'', it's entirely possible that Bale was the one who got Jovovich started on the trope.
** Same writer-director for Equilibrium and Ultraviolet. Thank ''you'' Kurt Wimmer.
** If you listen to the commentaries, they explain that they did that on purpose, because if you shoot a helmet-wearing bad guy, you simply have to show shattered glass flying off, as opposed to blood when the foe is without helmet. That way they prevented an higher-age rating because of the bloodless carnage-- which doesn't make sense when you realize that the movie is rated "R" and depicts someone's face being sliced off, but then, [[RefugeInCool "making sense" is never a huge priority in Kurt Wimmer's work]].
* The soldiers of the evil Wizard Blackwolf in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}''. Yes, you saw it right, they work for a wizard and they wear UsefulNotes/WorldWarI gas masks.
* The Soviet/South Yemeni/North Korean/any other communist nationality enemy pilots from ''Film/TopGun''. [[RedsWithRockets Soviet pilots in general]]. Usually have (inaccurately) a red star on their helmets.
* In the audio commentary on the ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' films, Creator/PeterJackson and company mention that they made the human allies of Sauron, the Haradrim, into faceless goons in ninja-wrap-turbans to [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman de-emphasise their humanity]], something they didn't have to do with the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil slavering, monstrous Orcs]] that make up the usual mookdom. They also subverted this in the extended edition, when Faramir looks at the body of a fallen Haradrim (with his young, handsome face exposed) and comments on what circumstances would have led him from his home and family to die violently in a foreign country. In the book, this was an internal musing by Sam.
** Although, ironically, in the book the dead guy's laying face-down.
** Saruman's Uruk-Hai also fit the trope with their identical, face-concealing helmets. In their case the point was probably the intimidation factor of several thousand identical goons, along with saving some time for the special effects people, as they didn't have to craft unique masks for every actor.
* Used in the film of ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': ''Prince Caspian''. Every member of the Telmarine army wears a completely face-concealing mask -- each with an identical face engraved on it.
* Police cars fall victim to this trope disturbingly often, even in films where the police are not portrayed particularly negatively. Supposed "good guys" frequently have no problem smashing up ten or twenty in a high-speed chase. How many policemen do you think were killed or injured in the chase scenes in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', which were played for ''laughs''?
* The obscure Nixon-parody film ''Hail'' (AKA ''Hail To The Chief'') subverts this in a sequence where members of the President's new paramilitary force attack a camp of peaceful protesters; the attackers' faces are fully masked, but when one of them witnesses a camp-resident doing an impromptu [[WalkOnWater Jesus impression]] on top of a sunken car, he pauses, lifts his hinged mask, stares for a moment more, then calmly shoots the resident.
* In Sergei Eisenstein's ''Film/AlexanderNevsky'', the common soldiers of UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights all wear identical face-masking [[PuttingOnTheReich Stahlhelms]].
* The Neo-Vipers from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''
** Taken to the next level, really, in the respect of this trope being to dehumanize them so the audience doesn't feel bad for them. There is a scene where the Vipers are seen unmasked... And the entire point of the scene is to show that they're completely mind-wiped with no chance of recovery, barely human anymore, really.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''
** In ''Film/BatmanBegins'', the League of Shadows' {{McNinja}}s obscure their faces, though they also ditch the masks when they infiltrate normal society. The masks actually become a plot point during Bruce Wayne and Ducard's duel: both don masks and hide among a throng of similarly-masked mooks.
** ''Film/TheDarkKnight''
*** The film opens with a bunch of bank robbers in clown masks, working for the Joker. Over the course of the robbery, they all kill each other, and the last one standing pulls off his mask to reveal that ''he'' is the Joker.
*** Then there's the wonderfully twisted scene at the end, where [[spoiler:Batman figures out, not one second too early, that the guys in clown masks with guns duct-taped to their hands are Joker's hostages, and the unmasked guys in doctors' scrubs are Joker's goons.]]
** Scarecrow's only weapons are a fear-inducing toxin and a scary, face-concealing mask... Masks are [[BodyMotifs a big theme of both films]].
* ''Film/EscapeToAthena'' (1979). The V2 missile launching crew have all black uniforms with silver reflecting facemasks. It doesn't resemble any WWII uniform, but makes them look suitably spooky.
* The red-neon-armored bad guys from ''Film/{{Tron}}''.
** And again in ''Film/TronLegacy''. [[spoiler:Turns out that most/all of Clu's soldiers are reprogrammed ordinary programs. Including Rinzler, who is a reprogrammed ''Tron''.]]
* The main characters in ''Film/HunterPrey'' until their suits can adapt their bodies to the atmosphere.
* ''Film/TheWarriorsWay'': The faces of the many ninjas are never seen. Most of the bandits wear bandannas over their faces as well.
* Inverted in ''Film/CaptainAmerica1990'', where it's ''TheCavalry'' that arrive at the very end of the film to rescue the President who wear face-concealing masks and [[DarkIsNotEvil all-black uniforms]]. The Red Skull's mooks are all attractive, fashionably-dressed people.
* King Hyperion's soldiers in ''Film/{{Immortals}}''. In the film, it is stated that they hide their faces as a sign of equality, while Theseus says that they do it because they are cowards.
* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', all but the commander of the Klingon patrolmen keep their helmets on for the entire scene.
* The Necromonger troops from ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'', unless they're high-ranking officers. The Lord Marshal has a helmet with ''three'' faces, so clearly the trope cuts both ways.
* The guards in the New Seoul subplot of ''Film/CloudAtlas'' are masked.
* In the Russian war movie Август Восьмого (August Eighth), the Georgian soldiers all wear balaclavas with tinted goggles. Meanwhile the Russian soldiers all have unobstructed faces.
* The deadly gang of thugs with their sky masks and axes in ''Film/{{Snowpiercer}}''.
* In ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart1'', the Peacekeepers retain their white helmets with face concealing black visors from [[Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire the previous film]].

* The majority of the Chaos cults in ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' wear masks or visors of some kind, and the most prominent enemy force, the Blood Pact, wear huge grotesque steel facemasks.
* ''Literature/TheActsOfCaine - Blade of Tyshalle'' : The [[EliteMooks Social Police]] wear reflective face-concealing masks and speak through voice-altering devices. Their utter anonymity is actually an important thematic element.
* While the ''Franchise/StarWars'' movie prequels play this trope completely straight with the Republic's Clone Troopers -- who are on the heroes' side, oddly enough ([[ItWasHisSled until the end, that is]]) -- the ''Republic Commando'' series of novels by Karen Traviss (based on the VideoGame of the same name) completely subvert this by Lampshading the troopers as living, breathing ''people'' that the so-called heroes are monstrously using as disposable cannon fodder. Only a relative few of the good guys ever realize this and come to appreciate these slaves as human beings who have gotten an infernally raw deal in life.
** The novel ''The Death Star'' focuses on some of the faceless mooks 'seen' in the movie. For example, the commander of the troops that Han Solo, screaming, barged in on, is a main character in the novel. Due to a nudge from the good side of the Force, he lets Han and crew escape by intentionally leading his men the wrong way. It also focuses a lot on people who have no choice to be part of the Imperial death machine (and yes, it mentions that pesky thermal vent port).
** The novel "The Cestus Deception" effectively makes one trooper in particular one of the lead characters. Apparently Obi-Wan and several other Jedi and Senators have been striving to get the troopers seen as human beings.
* Defied by Vimes in ''Discworld/NightWatch'' when there is danger of rioting at his Watch station.
--> '''Vimes:''' And then you and Waddy go and stand guard outside, where you can be seen. You're friendly-looking local lads. Take your bells, but, and I want to make this very clear, no swords, right? ... What do you want 'em to see? Now what ''I'' want them to see is Fatty Colon, decent lad, not too bright, I knew 'is dad, an' there's ol' Waddy, he drinks in my pub. 'cos if they just see a couple of men in uniform with swords you'll be in trouble."
** While not exactly goons normally (they became goonish in ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'') the Auditors of Reality are literally faceless, and so devoid of identity that if they show any signs of having one they pop out of existence.
** In ''The Reaperman'', it's implied that the ones with zero personal identity will ''squish'' any that shows a sign of individuality... like using the word 'I' two or three times.
* Death Eaters in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books wear masks, although to be more kid-friendly all but the worst are stunned/disarmed instead of being killed. These also turned out to be useful for concealing their identities after they lost the first Wizarding War.
* Lampshaded in ''The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm'' by Daryl Gregory, which takes the point-of-view of the citizens living in a country ruled by a supervillian. One asks about him; "What possesses a person to put a bucket on their head?" At the end of the story the protagonist, whose family has been killed and whose face has been scarred during the superhero's 'rescue mission', puts on a welding mask and begins rebuilding the supervillian's GiantMecha.
* {{Justified}} in ''Literature/StarTrekTyphonPact -- Zero Sum Game''. The real reason the Breen wear those suits and masks is because they're a confederation of about a dozen species, and the suits make it easier to work togethe r by heading off FantasticRacism: they all appear as Breen to one another.
* In ''Literature/TerminalAvenue'', the Peace Officers wear robin's egg blue uniforms that make them sexless and anonymous.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Soldiers working for Latrot, from the rank-and-file to the prince's personal guards, wear identical uniforms and masks. This gives rise to rumors of them being zombies who had their souls eaten by Prince Lunas. It's also part of Latrot's state religion as Order doesn't believe in individuality. Queen Kasile, at the Mana Mutation Summit, made sure her personal guards all forwent helmets to show diversity.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Series/{{Arrow}}: Edward Fyers' mercenary mooks all wear balaclavas ''all'' the time. [[spoiler: Fyers can still see straight through Oliver's attempt to [[DressingAsTheEnemy disguise himself as a mook]] though.]]
** Happens again in Season 2 with Slade's Mirakuru-juiced army.
* Series/DoctorWho, of course, employed plenty. Some of the most typical were the War-Lord's goons (presumably of his race) in the last Troughton serial [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames ''The War Games'']]. Mask obscuring most of the face, vaguely Nazi-like, near-100% fatality rate, almost no kills - doesn't get more faceless goons than that.
** In Tennant's final episode the billionaire antagonist had an army of goons at his disposal, all wearing face-concealing black visors. [[spoiler:When The Master had assimilated the entire human race into copies of himself he failed to notice the one faceless guard who was a few inches too tall (who wasn't assimilated because he wasn't human).]]
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E1TheLeisureHive "The Leisure Hive"]] features an army of clones with their faces covered in helmets. [[spoiler: and again the Doctor hides among them.]]
** Any alien race made up of RubberForeheadAliens will, due to budget, employ Faceless Goons. Examples include the Sontarans, the newer Silurians, the Judoon and the Sycorax.
** More than any other Dr. Who characters, The Cybermen always have helmets. They are about removing gender, creed, after all. What better way to do that then adding a faceplate in addition to suppressing emotion?
* ''Series/BlakesSeven'' has the Federation's [[GasMaskMooks always gas-masked]] troopers, though subverted in some episodes where we see them take the masks off [[PunchClockVillain for breaks]], or if you the viewer are going to have to remember which one is who. Even alien civilizations seem to have these as the [[MalevolentMaskedMen standard sci-fi dystopia package]]. Given the EconomyCast, it has the added advantage of enabling extras to be reused for other roles.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Lannister uniforms include helmets with somewhat impractical folding visors that cover the wearer's face. Seen [[http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/29400000/Cersei-and-Lannister-soldiers-cersei-lannister-29431415-570-300.jpg here]]. This is in marked contrast to the books, where there is no standard uniform for any of the factions beyond a garment bearing some version of your Lord's insignia.
** Greyjoy soldiers also cover their faces with wraps underneath their enormous Wehrmacht cast-off helmets.
*** The men in ironborn armor who pursue Theon in "Walk of Punishment" are these, except for their leader. They are deliberately making use of this trope by pretending to be Greyjoy soldiers to mess with Theon's mind.
** The City Watch of King's Landing (a.k.a. gold cloaks) wear helmets with chainmail over their noses and mouths.
** The Unsullied all wear identical spiked helms with face plates and make a rare light-grey morality version under Daenerys' command. Their commander Grey Worm is established as a character the moment he removes his.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' and ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''. Both shows drew from the same small pool of stuntmen (and women), so all the baddies usually had something face-concealing or at least partly-face-obscuring on when they were beaten into the mat by the heroes.
* In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', the Wraith Soldiers all look the same. Ironically, most commanding Wraiths (Those have a face) are played by the same actor, but they still give them some genuine facial features that differ.
* Peacekeeper commandos in ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. So expendable and useless, existing only to be gunned down in waves and make the crew look badass.
** Similarly the Charrids. Having established that Scarrans are pretty much ImmuneToBullets it was necessary to have them ally with a race that did not share this vulnerability, thus allowing shoot outs to continue.
*** Lampshaded when, as part of a ploy to start a riot between the Charrids and Kalish, John says that a couple of Charrids were responsible for he and Aeryn accessing an off-limits part of the base. When asked to identify which Charrids, Aeryn and John point out that they do, in fact, all look alike.
* In ''Series/{{UFO}}'' the mystery of the alien invaders (their name and true nature are never revealed) is enhanced by having them always wear spacesuits, with helmets filled with green fluid. Episodes where we're supposed to feel empathy for an individual alien ("Survival", "A Question of Priorities") feature [[InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace a lot more close-ups]].
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. Cylon [[MechaMooks Centurions]]. Played initially for laughs in the new series when Baltar is trying to preach to one of these chrome domes, and you can't tell if the Centurion is paying attention or just wondering what this crazy human is babbling on about. Later on,[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming it ends up protecting Baltar with its own body when a warhead hits the ship.]] The series often implies that these [[TheVoiceless voiceless]] death dealers have a rich internal life once they've been released from the lobotomization imposed upon them by the skinjobs, but we never exactly learn how they view their situation.
** In the original series, the Cylons were originally envisioned as armor-wearing Reptilians, before they were decided to be a race of robotic warriors. Both versions came encased in faceless armor with an iconic, inhuman warbling red eye.
* A rather blatant example in ''Series/BabylonFive''. Almost none of the foot soldiers of prominent races wear any kind of face-covering gear . Then on an occasion an alien invasion force assaults Babylon 5 and their soldiers are all FacelessMooks. Coincidentially this race is regarded solely as arbitary conquerors and is never mentioned again after their attack is repelled.
** Even more blatant one is that all the Star Fury pilots from Babylon 5 have helmets with transparent visors, but when a pilot attacks civillian targets under an order from PresidentEvil, he has a black visor.
** The Shadows are not merely faceless, they are invisible.
** The Vorlons, meanwhile, are encased in their protective Encounter Suits [[spoiler: because if they are seen outside of them, most of the younger races have been manipulated to see them as holy beings.]] Of course, the Vorlons are with the good guys [[spoiler: at first.]]
* In ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'', the Dragon Corps are pretty much the show's stormtroopers. Concealing helmet-clad, mean, supposedly deadly but easily dispatched by the heroes.
* The Putty Patrol in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''.
** And the Tenga Warriors, and the Cogs, and the...
*** As well as similar goons in most {{Toku}}.
* The Chigs in ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' all wear armor that liquefies them into a green ooze if it's removed.
* The Breen in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' go everywhere in full-body refrigeration suits, as part of their [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] being that nobody really has any idea what their deal is.
* Played with in ''Series/OliversTravels'': At one point, Diane and Oliver are menaced by a large man in a balaclava -- which he immediately pulls off and identifies himself when he realizes he knows Diane. [[spoiler:It's her son Michael, who took a low-level security guard job for a company that's part of the conspiracy but isn't aware of the conspiracy himself.]]
* In ''Series/AmericanGods'', the mooks used by the New Gods are literal Faceless Goons. As in, they literally don't have faces.

* The music video for Music/{{Disturbed}}'s cover of ''Land of Confusion'' smashes together every tired, overdone fascism cliché in the book, but the most prominent is easily the [[GasMaskMooks gas mask-like helmets]] worn by the evil military guys.
** Not to mention the the fact that [[PuttingOnTheReich their logo is a nazi flag with a dollar sign replacing the swastika]].

* The lower playfield of ''Pinball/BanzaiRun'' features additional racers (in addition to the player's four rivals), all of whom are completely covered in motocross gear and have no influence on the game.
* In the "Klingon Battle" mode of Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/StarTrekStern Star Trek]]'', the Klingons are all shown wearing face-covering helmets.
* The Slayers from ''Pinball/{{Krull}}'' wear full-body armor with face-concealing helmets.
* In ''Pinball/FlashGordon,'' Ming's army wear samurai-like helmets with skull masks that cover everything but their eyes.

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* Most troops in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} are either alien monsters or wear full-face helmets, but most squad leaders, special characters, and superior officers are modeled bare-headed, to make them stand out more. Yes, men in suits of PoweredArmor the size of tanks are running around with their [[HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic heads completely exposed]]. Good thing 40k snipers haven't learned to [[BoomHeadshot aim for the head]].
** They can smell their enemies that way. http://tsoalr.com/?p=796
** Lampshaded in [[Literature/GauntsGhosts Traitor General]] where one of the Chaos Marines gets killed by irate natives giving him a literal face full of poisoned crossbow bolts.
** Oddly, the ''ultimate'' [[RedShirtArmy expendable mooks]] of the Orks and Imperial Guard ''don't'' have full face helmets or [[GasMaskMooks gas masks]] (well, except certain Guard forces like the Death Korps of Krieg anyway). Guard have entirely visible faces, and Orks (whose willingness to wear any protective gear below mega amour is basically limited to [[BadassBiker heavily-studded black leather]]) don't even wear ''hats'', let alone helmets.
*** Unless those Orks are Blood Axes who ''love'' CoolHats.
*** Justified in the case of the Death Korps. It's to hide the fact that [[CloningBlues they all have the same face]].
** Necron Warriors do have faces, but the bulk of them have been killed and reanimated many times over. The process damages the engrams that used to be their organic minds, and thus they are essentially devoid of anything resembling a mind or personality, and have little to no individual identity.
* The Faceless Army in ''Super TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In most ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' games, a majority of non-boss enemies wear masks or helmets.
** The Genome soldiers from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', most of the [[PrivateMilitaryContractors PMC troops]] wear normal uniforms with ballistic vests and helmets, while Ocelot's [[AmazonBrigade FROG]] [[EliteMooks troops]] are never seen without their fully-covering helmets and body suits. And they are damn scary.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' the cyborg mooks have their AR visors active and hiding their faces.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidV'' surprisingly averts this for the most part. The vast majority of enemy soldiers ''do not'' wear any masks or helmets, probably to force the player to see their facial expressions whenever they get killed or incapacitated. However, the [[EliteMooks XOF soldiers]] still play this very straight.
* With the exception of their high ranking officers, most of the Helghast soldiers in ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}}'' wear a helmet, oxygen mask and goggles that give them eerie glowing orange eyes, squad leaders omit the helmet in place of an officer's CoolHat, recon troops just omit the helmet completely, elite soldiers wear just the goggles, and heavy assault troops wear PoweredArmor that conceals the face entirely, the background info handwaves this by explaining that their planet's atmosphere has mutated their lungs (among other things) to the point that they can no longer breathe oxygen.
** The second game takes place on their home planet, by which time the masks have conveniently become a symbol of pride for the Helghast. [[RuleOfCool Don't ask how the ISA soldiers are surviving without them]].
* The various Combine Overwatch Soldiers in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', and the gas mask wearing marines in ''Videogame/HalfLife1'', though in the latter case, only one of the [[YouALLLookFamiliar various soldier models]] actually had their faces obscured.
* Several of the gangs in the game ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}'' wear masks that range from a simple nylon over the head to hellaciously creepy smiley faces covered in blood. The only gang that doesn't wear any still hides their features with camouflage facepaint. At least until the protagonist [[YourHeadAsplode makes their heads pop]].
* In ''Film/{{Battleship}}'': ''The Video Game'' (yes, that actually exists), ''everyone's'' faces are lazily covered by masks and goggles, as [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by [[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe.]]
--> ''' Angry Joe:''' Hey, I've got a question: ''[[{{Corpsing}} *snorts*]]'' What do you do when you can't lip-sync people's voice-overs to their mouths? Or you're too lazy to do it? Cover ''everyone's'' face ''(covers his face with his hands)'' in the game like this! ''EVERYBODY!''
* In ''VideoGame/UrbanChaosRiotResponse'', most of the members of the violent "Burners" gang wear painted hockey masks, though unlike most faceless goons, they get pretty emotional when screaming profane threats at the PlayerCharacter.
* The Nod soldiers in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun'' and more egregiously in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade''.
** In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'', a great amount of mooks on both sides are wearing some form face concealment; the only exceptions are the GDI Sniper, Nod Fanatics, and Nod Commando. However, this is a fully JustifiedTrope, as the infectious [[GreenRocks Tiberium]] will crystallize you from the inside out with a minimum of exposure. The fact that these units ''aren't'' [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything using protection]] [[FridgeLogic is very strange.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series, both the various {{Mooks}} and the RedShirtArmy wear helmets or headgear which obscure their eyes. Taken to extreme levels with the [[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Martian Successors]], which have neither but still obscure their eyes thanks to... huh... their eyebrows' shadow?
* The ski-masked mercenaries in the employ of Horne and Vlad from the ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' series certainly fit the pattern.
** Played with in ''Max Payne 2''; the Mooks pose as "cleaners", complete with jumpsuits. Making them mooks who pretend to be people who are socially invisible. Later on, they add leather jackets, ski masks, and bulletproof vests and occasionally pretend to be NYC cops. Despite all of the Cleaners using the same models, they are given a surprising amount of character if the Player Character overhears them, including discussion of TV shows, complete with spoilering each other. On one occasion, the Player Character hears music upon entering an apartment. It turns out to be one of the mooks playing the piano, with another one standing there, watching him. This is made slightly eerie by the fact that the mooks intend to kill pretty much everyone in the apartment building.
*** A pair near the end of the first game talk about their families, the one's daughter's piano recital, etc, and how [[PunchClockVillain henching is just their day job]].
** The third game zig-zags this, with favela GangBangers, paramilitary thugs [[spoiler: and {{Dirty Cop}}s]] all freely alternating between masked/shaded and having uncovered faces.
* [[ArmiesAreEvil The imperial army]] in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''. The last shred of their possible individuality is taken away by them all speaking in a CreepyMonotone, courtesy of [[MindControl mass mind control]].
* The Replica Soldiers in ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'' all wear helmets with masking visors or night-vision goggles. Not that it would matter, as they're all clones of their psychic commander. Also, the ATC security guards wear matching caps and sunglasses.
** ''Project Origin'' gives a possible explanation as to ''why'' the Replica all wear face-concealing masks. Being [[CloningBlues clones]], they all look alike, but the unmasked ones that appear in a late-game level are horribly disfigured and deformed, with twisted mouths, shrunken ears, colorless eyes, etc. In addition, their voices are [[EvilSoundsDeep deep]], growling, and nearly incomprehensible.
** Armacham's security/mercenary troops play around with this. In the first game, the security guards wear caps and [[SinisterShades shades]] but their faces are otherwise visible (and in the expansions, their troops in riot gear wear full-face helmets). In ''Project Origin'' the unarmored Black Ops units wear balaclavas, while the Black Ops assault troops wear helmets and goggles that cover more of their faces, but the elite troops have full-face masks. By ''F.3.A.R.'' the entire Armacham force policing Fairport wears balaclavas, even their helicopter pilots.
* Some of the enemy soldiers in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' wear balaclavas or gas masks, especially the Russian fascist Ultranationalists, even when they don't need them. Maybe Russians just like gas masks.
** Similarly, many German soldiers in ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 2'' wear either dark glasses or dark glasses and a facemask, even though they almost never need them.
** Somewhat justified. In North Africa, sunglasses can come in very handy against the sun. In Russia, facemasks help to protect themselves against the extreme cold, something the Russians are more used to.
** In ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'', Ghost wears a balaclava and sunglasses. Russian soldiers also often are wearing face masks [[spoiler:as do the members of Shepherd's personal hit squad, the Shadow Company]]. Some of the Army Rangers and Taskforce-141 soldiers (the good guys) also cover their faces with balaclavas (such as the ranger on the cover).
** In ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare3'', however, most of the Russian regular military and Makarov's goons tend to have exposed faces and wear berets or helmets, excepting the commandos that Makarov sends after Soap, Price, and Yuri in India and most of the "dock workers" in the London mission wear gas masks. [[spoiler:For good reason, as they're transporting chemical weapons.]] At the end of the game, [[spoiler:Price and Yuri put on Juggernaut armor, turning ''them'' into the faceless killers.]]
* ''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo'' inverts this; a good number of the enemy soldiers or terrorists have visible faces, while the ''heroes'' are the ones wearing the scary, implacable skull masks.
* The majority of the Mantel forces in ''VideoGame/{{Haze}}'' -- including the main character, who only gets a unique model once he joins the Promise Hand. This is well in line with the game's themes.
* In the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series any character that wears a helmet and doesn't have a name (generic titles such as "Man, Soldier, etc." do not count) will not have eyes.
** Except for the Bandits, who have really ugly faces instead.
** Bosses are unmasked, but tend to be ugly. [[DefeatMeansFriendship unless they join you afterwards]].
*** The only Fire Emblem game that didn't use this trope was the Fire Emblem Thracia 777. They generally used the [[YouAllLookFamiliar same three faces]] to represent the common mook.
* Happens a lot in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Imperial Soldiers in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' are faceless goons, and in fact are often used for Star Wars references.
** SHINRA goons in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' also have full helmets. The see-the-chin variant is used for every member of SOLDIER except the important ones (such as Zack and Sephiroth).
*** This is also used as a plot point, as [[spoiler: one of the mooks accompanying Cloud and Sephiroth to Nibelheim is actually Cloud, while the Cloud in that flashback was actually Zack]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' makes it a point to have all the Galbadian, Dollet, and Esthar soldiers wear masks or helmets. Two are actually named, recurring characters.
** The Archadian soldiers in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' all wear full armor and face-concealing helmets. The Judge Magisters wear a similar getup, but each has a distinctive, but still concealing helmet.
** Cocoonian soldiers serve this function in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''.
** Played with in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2''. The Leblanc Syndicate seems to have an endless number of these, only differentiated by gender-specific uniforms. They're literally called "Goon" or some variant thereof. Goon, She-Goon, Mr. Goon, Ms. Goon, etc. It becomes a plot point later on when the heroines steal a set of uniforms from some female faceless goons and wear them to sneak into Chateau Leblanc.
* The ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' universe has the soldiers of Arachnos. As an interesting subversion you can actually make one yourself if you get a villain to level 50. (The page image was of an Arachnos soldier.)
** Funnily enough, the Arachnos {{Mook}} character models are about as likely to be unmasked as otherwise, but as you get further up the chain of command the masks get bigger.
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' notably averts this; nearly everyone except a few Crusader knights and your own Assassin allies has a visible face, and the ''lack'' of a particular character's face being visible is a minor but important plot point late in the game.
** Interestingly enough, ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'' gives you the option of doing this to your apprentices.
* The TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon of ''[[Website/GaiaOnline zOMG]]'' is filled with [[spoiler:[=NeXuS=] [=LabTechs=] in scuba gear. Only [=LabTech=] 123 (A.K.A. Frank, who you met at the start of the game) has a visible face. Ironically, the original [=LabTech=] [=NPCs=] were some of the most fleshed out characters on Gaia in their day, before [[ZombieApocalypse they went to one of Gambino's Halloween parties...]] ]]
* ''VideoGame/{{TheLegendOfZelda}}'':
** In a ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' the castle guards are enemies due to becoming [[BrainWashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] and wear full plate armor concealing their face outside of their eyes [[GlowingEyesOfDoom glowing]] from the darkness of their helmet. When the spell is broken at the end of the game, the purified guards have fully visible human faces instead. Its also notable that an [[https://tcrf.net/File:ALttPSoldierSprites.png unused sprite]] has a soldier enemy with a partially exposed face with MindControlEyes.
** Soldiers return as enemies in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures'', once again brainwashed to fight Link.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' has the Yiga clan of ninjas who all wear a cloth mask with their insignia on it. Yiga clan ninjas can be found out of uniform acting like ordinary travelers to make Link off guard, showing they are composed of men and women. Once their cover is blown, the Yiga ninjas teleport into their faceless uniform and attack. Interestingly basic Yiga Clan Ninjas teleport when defeated instead of [[RagDollPhysics ragdolling]] and [[DefeatEqualsExplosion exploding]] like the monsters, possibly due to WhatMeasureIsANonHuman.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' - the enemy grunts are mostly identical, but a couple of them are given names, and the protagonist comes across journals, letters and diaries written by them. The player's decision to kill or spare one non-descript soldier in Sector 3 affects her girlfriend's diary entries and the plot later.
* ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' plays with this in the form of named aces; most of the time it's merely a bonus, as they're separate from the regular {{Mook}} enemy fighters and [[EliteMook more elite squadrons]], but they rarely had relevance beyond just being a high-point-value enemy pilot. ''Zero'' and ''6'' would add the Assault Records, which hold a profile for each and every named ace that you (or your wingman) shoots down, but ''Zero'' stands out in that every enemy ace squadron (instead of one in ''04'' and ''6'' each) has its own unique paint job, set of fighters and supposedly fighting style, while each enemy ace pilot has a name, individual callsign, profile, and an eventual fate. (In fact, one pilot's circumstances will depend on the extent to which you've spared or destroyed neutral targets.) Also, a few of these pilots are interviewed about you in the cutscenes.
* The enemy soldiers in Sega's tactical RPG ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' all wear what appears to be some kind of medieval style frog-lip helmet that looks to be near impossible to breathe in, much less look down the sights of a gun. And they don't stop bullets either. Even when an Imperial engineer becomes the topic of a VillainEpisode, the Imps still remain Faceless with little personality.
** The said episode zigzags this trope; the enemy soldier gets his helmet removed, and another enemy soldier's eyes are actually visible through his helmet's vision slit in a cutscene. This is the only time in the whole game when that happens.
* Also in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', all of the BigBad's sub-sub-subrelated army Desians are covered from the nose up, and a load of other mooks, Half-Elves or humans or living pairs of pants, whatever, they're all armoured up and whatnot.
* The Sith troopers in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' wear inordinately shiny suits of armor. [[spoiler: This is used to the player's advantage in order to gain access to Taris' Lower city early in the game.]]
* [[XtremeKoolLetterz Krimzon Guard]] in ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'' wear masks that hide most of their faces, although you can still see tattoos in a couple of places. Of the three no-mask Guard, two are rebels/rebel sympathizers, and the last is Baron Praxis's [[TheDragon Dragon]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' plays this straight with the Pigmask Army, which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: they wear grotesque piglike masks of varying colors, even complete with grating squeals. Subverted, however, when Lucas and co meet a soldier without his mask in one of the Magypsy's homes, for a [[WhatMeasureIsAMook rather emotional effect]].
* The three major gangs that Cole encounters during the course of events in ''VideoGame/InFAMOUS'' - the Dustmen, the Reapers, and the First Sons, wear trashbag masks, skull masks, and gas masks, respectively. Most other helpful [=NPCs=] are named and (sort of) unique.
* Played with in a heartbreaking manner in ''VideoGame/DeusEx''. During his visit to Paris, J.C. meets a French couple who are complaining about the martial law and the [=MJ12=] presence. The distraught woman then starts crying, saying that their son joined the [=MJ12=]. She gives a description of her son and begs J.C. to spare him but then pauses and says "But they all look the same in those uniforms".
* [[EvilArmy BlackWatch]] from ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' wear [[GasMaskMooks gas masks]] and night vision goggles in order to make them look like inhuman killers, with the exception of certain officers. The sequel takes this UpToEleven with even more sinister-looking masks. The Marines wear slightly less inhuman-looking balaclavas.
* Imp-type enemies in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', which more accurately resemble monkeys, cover their faces with paper slips, with a kanji drawn on them as identification. Later on, as Amaterasu infiltrates their stronghold, she puts on the [[PaperThinDisguise impenetrable disguise]] of... a [[IncrediblyLamePun sheet of paper]] with whatever the player wants to draw on it.
* For some reason, almost ''every single'' Russian soldier in ''[[VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany Battlefield: Bad Company 2]]'''s singleplayer campaign wears either a mask and goggles or a black balaclava, completely obscuring their faces. The only exceptions are the officers, who wear only a bright red beret, and some of the EliteMooks near the end of the game. Strangely, though, the South American militiamen don't seem to follow the same rule.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** Inverted with the player characters, who are almost always {{Super Soldier}}s with face-covering visors, which the RedshirtArmy lacks.
** While the Covenant soldiers tend to [[DittoAliens look identical anyway]], several EliteMook variants in the later games do wear face-concealing helmets.
* Omnipresent in ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' games, but special notice has to be given for one level of ''Conviction'', where you play a character with features covered by goggles and a scarf. This sets up a TomatoSurprise when it turns out that [[spoiler: you are controlling Vic Coste and the squad leader you are rescuing is usual protagonist Sam.]]
* Mostly averted with Pokémon, where the faces of the various Grunts are clearly visible at all times. There are exceptions, though.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' and ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness XD]]'''s Cipher Peons ([[MemeticMutation even Ceiling Peons]]) wear visored helmets at all times as part of their uniforms. Ironically, they're also the only grunts who all have individual names. That said, if you can see the face of a member of Cipher, rest assured they're at least Admin rank.
** The grunts of [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 the new Team Plasma]] have masks that cover the lower parts of their faces.
** Lampshaded by [[VideoGame/PokemonSunandMoon Team Skull]] where upon running into two recurring identical male grunts, the player is asked if they remember them. Upon answering yes, one of the Grunts will remark "Even though we look identical? That's kind of impressive, actually!" The likewise is also true, should the player answer no, the two Grunts will wonder if you were confused because they had switched places (Grunt A usually being on the left and Grunt B on the right), making yet another joke about the fact that they are identical.
* The majority of mercenaries you fight in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' are wearing helmets. Only a few will have visible faces.
** It's rather [[ZigZaggingTrope zigzagged]] a bit with your RedShirt squadmate [[LeeroyJenkins Jenkins]]. Before the first mission, you can see his face pretty clearly while aboard the ''Normandy'' and can have a little conversation with him. When the mission begins, your squad starts out wearing (normally) removable helmets. At which point it gets enforced, as you cannot remove Jenkins' helmet despite Eden Prime having a breathable atmosphere.
** [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Cerberus Commandos]], in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. They basically look like [[Franchise/StarWars Stormtroopers]], if their armor was more futuristic and realistic looking. [[spoiler:There's also a good reason for them to be faceless; it hides the Reaper implants Cerberus gave them.]]
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since many of the planets Shepard and crew visits have very hazardous conditions and wearing a pressurized helmet is necessary for survival.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'':
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'':
*** Because they need helmets to survive in the Schwarzwelt, ''everyone'' in the Strike Team, whether they have names or not, winds up a faceless goon. Even [[HelloInsertNameHere you]]. This is thanks to the [[PoweredArmor Demonica's]] head-concealing helmet, which doesn't even have eye-sockets -- its "eyes" are actually optical sensors that project an image inside the helmet. Only plot-important characters ever raise the helmet's faceplate to let the player see their faces. The nameless, black-clad [[spoiler:and villainous Jack Squad members]] also wear their faceplates down, making them more apt representatives of the trope.
*** Ironically, the Doppelganger demon looks ''just like you'', and doesn't wear a helmet because it doesn't need one. The "Demonica-N," "Demonica-C," and "Demonica-L" demons, on the other hand, are meant to reflect what Strike Team humans look like, so they get helmets to complete the illusion.
** In ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'', generic JP's members manage to fit this trope without wearing a mask by literally being drawn without a face. They are not TheBlank, as their lack of faces is not mentioned in-game, making it a purely stylistic choice.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}} 2'', all C.E.L.L. troopers wear a repurposed flight helmet with breathing apparatus, which completely covers their face. This makes them completely indistinguishable, and saves on having to model several different faces for them, in contrast to the North Korean soldiers in the first game.
* Both the EDF and the Marauder soldiers in ''VideoGame/RedFactionGuerrilla'' are those, using helmets and leather masks respectively.
* Every single human {{Mook|s}} in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' fits this role throughout the game, from the lowly bandits to the [[MurderInc Crimson Lance]]. Every single unmasked enemy has at least a name.
* The reserve operatives in the ''VideoGame/RainbowSix'' series.
* Players of ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' who have either the preorder or [[{{DLC}} Elite Soldier Pack]] can invoke this on their troopers with a variety of face-obscuring headgear as a means of not getting attached to them, and will only remove the helmets once they reach a sufficiently high level. Zemalf, in his playthrough of the expansion ''Enemy Within'', uses this feature on his [[MiniMecha MEC Trooper]], as seeing a man's head on a giant robot body [[UncannyValley creeps him out]], lampshading that he'd prefer to think of him as a badass robot.
* In ''VideoGame/{{XCOM 2}}'', ADVENT troops have faceplates that cover everything above the mouth, like Franchise/{{Batman}} or Franchise/{{Robocop}} does. This hides the fact that their features have been genetically modified to inhuman levels.
* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' has the X-Nauts. Each normal X-Naut trooper has a standardized white and red outfit and wears goggle displaying no inside appearance. Two variations exist called "Elite X-Nauts" and "[=X-Naut PhDs=]," which are EliteMooks.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, this is a trait of many helmet-wearing enemies throughout the series. Random enemy [=NPCs=] can spawn with full helms. This is the case for several varieties of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] as well, including [[BlingOfWar Aurorans]] and [[TinTyrant Knights of the Order]].
* Averted for the most part in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}''. The Super Mutants, the EliteMooks that you start facing in the second half of the game, have visible faces. The various raiders and gangs you fight also don't conceal their faces. The [[EliteArmy Brotherhood]] [[KeeperOfForbiddenKnowledge of]] [[MachineWorship Steel]] have access to PoweredArmor that hides their faces, but they're closer to aloof than evil, and aren't hostile to you unless you antagonize them.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' plays this [[PlayedStraight straight]] with the Enclave, who are [[MalevolentMaskedMen Malevolent Masked]] EliteMooks, but otherwise there are no FacelessGoons in the game.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' sees the return of the Brotherhood of Steel, who are this time much closer to the good guys than in previous installments, and they wear suits of [[PoweredArmor T-45d Powered Armor]] into battle that cover their faces, but off duty many of them have no helmets, or wear Recon Armor helmets that expose their faces.
*** The Enclave play this straight with their Mooks and even their scientists. The only Enclave characters who show their faces normally are [[MookLieutenant officers]] and [[TheDragon Colonel Autumn]], they're otherwise all faceless.
*** [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] with the raiders you fight, some of them spawn with [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Raider_armor_(Fallout_3) helmets]] that cover their faces partly or fully.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout New Vegas}}'' [[ZigZagged zigzags]] this trope. [[TheEmpire Caesar's Legion]] (the morally [[BlackAndGrayMorality black]] faction) fields face-concealed canon fodder {{Mooks}} while most [[TheRepublic NCR]] [[RedshirtArmy troopers]] and [[{{Ranger}} Patrol Rangers]] (the [[BlackAndGrayMorality gray]] faction) have visible faces. At higher levels with Legion [[EliteMooks Centurions]] and [[PraetorianGuard Praetorians]] their faces are visible, while the NCR has face-concealed [[BadassLongcoat Veteran]] [[GasMaskLongcoat Ranger]] and the [[PoweredArmor Heavy Troopers]]. Then Caesar's Legion has a masked [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Legate]] as their FourStarBadass [[TheDragon Dragon]] while NCR has [[GeneralFailure General]] [[ArmchairMilitary Lee]] [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Oliver]] and [[CoolOldGuy Chief]] [[OldSoldier Hanlon]] as high ranking commanders who have their faces visible.
*** The [[HumanoidAbomination Ghost People]] of the [[DeathWorld Sierra Madre]] combine GasMaskMooks with ZombieApocalypse. Their [[HazmatSuit Hazmat suits]] protected them from the [[DeadlyGas Cloud]] long enough that they mutated into something... [[BodyHorror not quite human]].


[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The soldiers that litter the city in ''Webcomic/{{Blitzcrafter}}'' wear full face helmets.
* In ''Webcomic/HolidayWars'', Chick Soldiers serve as the faceless goons of the EasterBunny.
* Lampshaded beautifully in this [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=219 strip]] of ''Webcomic/VGCats''.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Harkovast}}'', TheNameless are a good example of this trope, being an army of warriors who lack not just names but also cannot speak and always have their faces covered by helmets. They are so anonymous that they are the only creatures in Harkovast who cannot be identified with a real world animal.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Tarquin's troops [[spoiler:in all three of his empires and his original one]] are faceless goons.
* [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1611 Lampshaded]] in ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'':
-->'''Sam:''' Good job, Alex.\\
'''{{Mook}}:''' I'm Rachel.\\
'''Sam:''' You're a person in one of a zillion identical suits, get over yourself.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In WebVideo/{{Decker}}, most of the terrorists Decker fights tend to hide their faces with bandit masks.
* In ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'', the {{mooks}} are literally faceless as they lack any facial features most of the time. The main character Hank remained faceless up until the third movie in the series, where he began getting bandages and whatnot to make him more distinctive.
* In Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Abridged series (found on Youtube) in the episode where Aang is captured for the first time by Zuko, he is taken away by two guards. In the next scene he is in Zuko's cabin and states, "Did you really think faceless guards number one and two could hold me?"
* The very first item on the EvilOverlordList cautions against this.
-->''1. My Legions of Terror will have helmets with clear plexiglass visors, not face-concealing ones.''
* The [[{{Mooks}} Point-Five Legion]] in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37r2XHm4cIo&list=PL9fGHMcRLx6gU9ZLieogw3HJTU9C53HAA Ben McYellow]] "franchise" all wear identical black t-shirts and either black ballistic masks or [[GasMaskMooks gas masks]] that cover their faces - probably to cover that the fact that while there are multiple ''characters'', the cast includes a grand total of [[NoBudget four]] [[StylisticSuck people.]]
* Most of the enemy soldiers in ''WebVideo/ShockTroopers'' wear head scarves, dark ski goggles, sunglasses, balaclavas, or a combination of face-obscuring accessories. The three guys the audience is supposed to root for? Clear safety glasses and a clear pair of ski goggles.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' used the Foot, who were turned into MechaMooks for the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 original cartoon]]. This might explain why they made such crappy ninjas.
* ''GIJoe'' - The rank and file of Cobra troops invariably wear some form of face-concealing masks and helmets. By contrast, there were rare appearances by non-main-character Joe soldiers, who wore non-concealing kevlar helmets.
** The basic blue-shirted Cobra infantry and officers have masks over their mouth and nose along with their helmets, exposing only their eyes. Vipers (the infantry rank supposedly lower than even the regular blue-shirts) have full faceplates (and [[GogglesDoNothing extraneous goggles]]), while other specialist units wear similar face-concealing gear.
** In one episode, the GI Joes attack an unknown COBRA base which turns out to be a "recreational facility" (On the south pole...), and we see a bunch of COBRA mooks in a ''swimming pool'' -- they are all wearing identical blue swimming trunks and their ''standard issue helmets and masks''.
** Not to mention how the series averts this; Cobra Commander and Destro, the most prominent villains on the show, were both perpetually masked.
** The comics were heavily into showcasing random and not-so-random Cobra bad guys, they literally remove their face-obscuring helmets. Heck, a faceless goon literally kills many G.I. Joe soldiers.
** The [=SKAR=] Troopers in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeExtreme'' had grey, skull-like mask in the first season, and faceplates similar to the one used by the Cobra soldiers in the second season.
* Fire Nation foot soldiers in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Though this is expressed only by minority firebender soldiers, who sport white, skeleton-like masks for intimidation. Also possibly justified by the fact that firebending probably involves a lot of ashes, grit, burning debris, and other stuff you don't really want to get on your face.
** The masks also have the side effect of giving them a Darth Vader style echoing voice.
** Of course that's only when they're outside their homeland where they're friendly public guards.
** Also, somewhat most of the [[EliteMooks Dai Li]]. Though in some scenes their whole face can be seen, most of the time their faces are hidden under their hat.
** The equalists in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' also wear concealing masks, which makes sense considering they're a terrorist organisation recruiting from the general population. Like the Dai Li they avoid being faceless masses to mow down, functioning more as EliteMooks. [[http://www.ntsang.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/kuvira-army.png Kuvira's army]] also favours the face-concealing mask, with the few who aren't masked being mostly named characters like Kuvira herself and Bataar Jr.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Lastman}}'' plays it straight with minions of the Order of the Lion... (Though we do see the face of one of them and he has a minor part as he is throw under the bus as [[TheScapegoat a scrapegoat]] to take the fall for one of the Order's scheme...)
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' subverts the trope; Drakken's masked goons are a rare example of faceless {{Punch Clock Villain}}s.
* The same goes for The Monarch's goons in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', the lone exception being the two recurring ones who've been seen out of their costumes, thus "humanizing" them to the point they [[MauveShirt really can't be killed]]. But note that everyone around them still does...
** Lampshaded with a 50' shade by henchmen 21 and 24, when they're sent on a mission with the new guy in episode 36. They constantly talk about how he's going to die, while they'll get away scott free.
--->Henchman 21: You still don't get it. 24 and I have been on, like, a thousand missions. We've been shot at, dipped in acid...
--->Henchman 24: Brock Samson hit me with a car. Drove right into my kidney. Here I am!
--->Henchman 21: Yeah, we can walk across this floor and nothing would hit us. But then like this huge log would swing down and take your head off.
--->Henchman 24: Hey, here; what's your name?
--->Henchman 1: Henchman number 1.
--->Henchman 24: See, you are nameless.
--->Henchman 1: I'm Scott Hall, my name is Scott Hall. Okay?
--->Henchman 24: No, won't help.
--->Henchman 21: Yeah, now it's just pathos. So you're dying in my lap and I'm all "Scott! Scott don't you quit on us! Don't you dare!!"
--->Henchman 24: You just made your unavoidable death more pathetic.
--->Henchman 21: (pause) Fuck it. (begins walking across a laser tripwired floor) Nothing's gonna happen to me.
* Subverted in the original MTV animated ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' shorts, which would rapidly flip from showing the heroine gunning down the minions... to tragic sequences showing the suffering of those very same dying minions after the heroine has left. Typically they'd unmask at the start of these sequences, or the normally opaque eyelets in their masks would be transparent to show their feelings. In a later episode, the hero would be killed by a minion... who then unmasks, becomes the new hero, guns down minions, gets killed by a minion who becomes the new hero... etc.
* In a rare heroic example, the RedshirtArmy in the science-fiction series ''WesternAnimation/ShadowRaiders'' all wear masks. The InUniverse explanation is that the masks serve as both combat armor and environmental gear. The actual explanation is that animating faces costs a lot of money. The bad guy army are all MechaMooks with identical faces.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' often battle these, used among others by [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Dr.]] [[MadScientist Chang]], [[SinisterMinister Brother Blood]] - [[SuperpoweredMooks initially]], and the [[CardCarryingVillain Brotherhood of Evil]].
** Occasionally masked police or security guards show up to act as RedShirts.
* Another [[GrayAndBlackMorality "Heroic"]] example comes from ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' with the Providence grunts. Even more rare, several of them are shown without their masks, with personalities, backstories, and individual motives. Which makes it even worse that they are still considered to be expendable. Then again, Providence considers just about ''everyone'' expendable.
** [[spoiler: Then Played Straight when they become headed by the Black Knight, they are now the antagonists, though many fall under JustFollowingOrders. Several, like the unmasked Calan, still are good-guys though.]]
** [[spoiler: It's to the point that the heroes couldn't tell that the Black Knight's EliteMooks were actually MechaMooks until Six sliced one open.]]
* Endemic in ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures''. As well as A.I.M., the Mandarin's [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Tong]] all wear HighlyVisibleNinja outfits and the [[TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily Maggia]] (apart from EliteMooks like Killer Shrike) wear identical suits and blank white masks.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has the Vehicons, who's only distinguishing facial feature is their V-shaped visor. They come in miner, car and jet flavors. The only difference between the variants is [[KibblesAndBits type of kibble.]]
** Another example from the same series are the MECH troopers; aside from their leader Silas (whose entire head is plainly visible), all of them wear full face masks with built-in goggles that conceal their identities.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has Kobra's masked cultists, Black Manta's helmeted manta troopers, and Queen Bee's balaclava wearing soldiers.
* Deconstructed in the first two seasons of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', where the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Hightbreeds]] relies on the Dnaliens as this. Turns out quite quickly that Dnaliens are actually created by infecting human beings with face-hugger-like creatures called Xenocytes... which mean all the Dnaliens the heroes fought and killed were innocent, brainwashed human beings. The Forever Knights also count.
** In ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'', there are the Esotericas who willingly serve [[EldritchAbomination Diagon]].
* Most of the Galran soldiers in ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' are Faceless MechaMooks, while the imperial soldiers wear masked helmets covering most of their faces.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The United States Secret Service wears those big reflective sunglasses for two reasons. The first is to obscure where they're looking and thus make it harder to hide from them. The second is because it makes it look like they're emotionless and have no eyes, and that's ''scary''.
** Police riot-control uniforms and tactics are explicitly designed to be as intimidating as possible. Of course, ''they're'' trying to scare as many people away as possible '''before''' any conflict starts.
*** Some jurisdictions give riot police transparent face plates specifically to avoid this trope, since it's so much easier to think cops with obscured faces are OK to attack.
* The UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan, although this backfired in a famous 1998 case when a Klan group that tried to march in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity received legal permission to do so as long as they marched ''without'' their faces covered.
* As mentioned in the ''300'' example, the Persian Immortals, though it's debatable whether this quality is just a tale invented later. Most historical accounts lists the Immortals as outfited with scale armor, a short spear, wicker shield and a cloth cap. Some accounts state that the cap had cloth flaps that could cover the face, although whether this was for intimidation or to protect against sand is unknown.
* [[Website/FourChan Anonymous]] does this with Guy Fawkes masks whenever there's an organized protest...
** Really makes sense in protesting against Scientology, because it makes identification harder, so Scientology's Fair Game policy won't work (although there are some cases that does).
* SWATTeam uniforms also follow this (body armour, helmet, goggles and gasmask (sometimes with the lenses mirrored) for practicality and intimidation. The practicality comes from their use of tear gas and flashbangs, the intimidation is, well..imagine several well-trained killers dressed head to toe in black body armour, wielding automatic weapons and you can't see their faces or eye due to that inhuman looking [[GasMaskMooks gas masks.]] (They usually also wear a balaclava under the helmet, because identification may lead to threats against them or their family.) Scariest thing on earth.
* Fencing and kendo masks invoke this trope, partially for practical protection, partially for the psychological factor: people instinctively hold back against one another, especially people they know, when using weapons. Hiding the face eases this discomfort, and allows them to go all out against each other.\\
At least for kendo, there is reason to look into your partner's eyes, as letting your eyes wander may give away your intention; but the eyes can remain visible as long as the mask conceals familiar facial features, and swordfighters express far more with their body-language than their eyes, which traditionally are concealed behind a helmet of some sort, anyway.
* The psychological phenomenon of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deindividuation deindividuation]] explains part of why this trope might exist. When humans are placed in a group, they're more likely to do things against their moral or social beliefs [[TorchesAndPitchforks because they feel anonymous]]. There's a chance that villains who know this purposefully use Faceless Goons - it's easier for your soldiers to commit atrocities/be bad when deindividuation is in effect.
* Some historians believe this trope may be the origin of the hood worn by executioners. By dehumanizing the executioner with a face-concealing hood it turns him into an arm of the state, and thus no longer a direct target for retribution by friends and family of the condemned. At least, that's the theory.
* From the IRA to the PLO, terrorists/freedom fighters (according to taste) wear balaclavas when appearing in public so that they and their families won't be targeted. This is OlderThanSteam: medieval rebel groups blacked their faces with soot to be unrecognisable.
* The black bandanas and other masks some protestors wear over their faces to obscure their identities. Unfortunately for them, Canada has passed a law making that sort of thing illegal.