[[quoteright:350:[[Film/TheDarkKnight http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Two_Face_6711.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:... You look different, [[ComicBook/TwoFace Harvey]]. [[DidYouGetANewHaircut New haircut?]]]]
%%This quote is mentioned below, in the relevant section. If you move it to the quotes page, please change the mention so it refers to the quotes page instead of the top of the page.

%%'''NOTE: Much like in the NightmareFuel page, I don't want to see the main image changed into something that will make most tropers piss their pants just by looking at it. The Two-Face image, to me, is just as effective as the image of ''[[Franchise/{{Terminator}} The Terminator]]''; it shows the idea of the trope enough without being too horrific about it.'''

->'''Sean Archer:''' I want to take his face... off. Eyes, nose, skin, teeth. It's coming off.\\
'''Dietrich:''' ''(to guards)'' No more drugs for that man.
-->-- ''Film/FaceOff''

Much like audiences get [[{{Squick}} squicked out]] by horrible things happening to our {{body|Horror}} or our {{eye|Scream}}s, so too do they get absolutely sickened by the thought of something horrible (and permanent!) happening to our faces. It's the #1 part of the body we use for socializing and is strongly tied to our sense of personal identity, so in essence, destroying a person's face is the equivalent to destroying his or her life. It can often lead to a NightmareFace, but if the victim is lucky, he can maybe at least achieve the level of TheWoobie or even UglyCute. This trope can include those who [[DeathByDisfigurement die]] from the disfigurement, but it's more effective (and more horrifying) to have the victim live with it.

Compare and contrast to NightmareFace. The main difference between these two tropes is that Facial Horror deals specifically with severe mutilation of most or all of the face, whereas NightmareFace covers exceptionally scary faces in general.

Interestingly, even the most gruesome examples of this trope will often, like [[ComicBook/TwoFace the page]] [[Film/TheDarkKnight picture]], [[EyesAreUnbreakable leave the eyes completely intact]]. Perhaps this is to emphasize the facial disfigurement by contrast, or merely a sign that EyeScream is a whole different level of horror. Or perhaps its so that the victim [[CruelMercy can see]] himself in a mirror.

See also GlasgowGrin, MouthStitchedShut, TearOffYourFace.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' features this pretty often in later chapters.
** Exhibit A, after Eren has far and away overtaxed his Titan Shifting abilities, [[spoiler: it gets harder and harder to pull him out of his Titan, until the third time they yank him out and his entire face comes off his head, leaving eyes and barely-fleshed skull underneath.]] Hange wisely decided to move on after this.
** Reiner has this happen to him midway through the Shiganshina battle, [[spoiler: having the top half of his head blown off only to regenerate it. As expected, it looks pretty gruesome between then and when it's mostly done, showing brain and eyes at one point and later still not being fully covered in skin when he's defeated and being tortured by Hange.]]
** At the same time, [[spoiler: Zeke goes up against Levi and loses, and Levi makes a point of trying to torture information out of ''him'' by shoving his blade up through Zeke's mouth and into his eye socket and then out of his head. It left him mangled even worse when he had to suddenly yank it out to dodge the Mule Titan.]]
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' invokes this trope several times, most of them involving [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Alucard]]. The worst is probably Zorin Blitz, who gets her face cheese-grated down a hallway by a [[UnstoppableRage supremely pissed-off]] and newly-awakened [[spoiler:Seras]], leaving only ragged strips of skin. Towards the end [[spoiler: Heinkel Wolfe]] ends up suffering this trope when the Captain (nonlethally) shoots her through the mouth, giving her a GlasgowGrin and forcing her to wear bandages over it for the rest of her life.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist:''
** Tim Marcoh had his face damaged by Scar so people wouldn't recognize him during his travels.
** Scar himself may count as a minor example, but his face isn't really ''disfigured'' like most of the examples here.
** When Roy Mustang burns them to death, Lust and Envy both have their faces destroyed before they die.
** [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist The 2003 anime]] has [[spoiler:Frank Archer, who lost half his face ''[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe and half of the rest of his body]]'' while fighting in Lior. The half of his body that was destroyed was eventually replaced by automail.]]
** ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheSacredStarOfMilos'' features a villain who removed[[spoiler: Julia's brother's]] ''face'' and wore it as a mask for years. [[spoiler:Julia's brother later returns, still faceless but with a horrifying mask covering the scars and exposed fascia.]]
* In ''Anime/CorpseParty: Another Child'', there are the three ghosts of the children murdered in the [[EldritchLocation Heavenly Host Elementary School]]. The teacher who killed them used a scissors to mutilate them, prompting their spirits to seek revenge on the unlucky victims transported and trapped in the dilapidated school by killing them the same way as was done to them. Out of the three ghosts, Tokiko is the most worse for wear. This is because while the other two ghosts, Yuki and Ryou, only lost an eye and tongues, Tokiko lost the [[http://mangafox.me/manga/corpse_party_another_child/v01/c004/32.html ENTIRE TOP HALF OF HER HEAD, LEAVING NOTHING BUT AN EXPOSED TONGUE AND LOWER JAW]]
** This example also provokes some FridgeLogic if one is knowledgeable about skeletal anatomy, though that could be chalked off to RuleOfScary.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' one of the white suit's face is ground off from having it held down on the railroad tracks. From a MOVING train.
* In ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', Jagi's already-ugly face becomes hideously bloated towards the top after [[TheHero Kenshiro]] fights him for the first time. Afterward, he's never seen without his helmet on. One {{Mook}} walks in on him sleeping and sees his face, and is extremely terrified. [[AxCrazy Jagi, not the sanest of people to begin with]], [[DisproportionateRetribution kills him for this]].
* Happens to [[spoiler:Mello]] from ''Manga/DeathNote'' after he blows up his own base.
* Minor character Hannya from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' did this to himself in order to become a perfect spy, capable of wearing any mask. Specifically, he burnt his lips, sawed off his nose, shattered his cheekbones and chopped off his ears.
* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, the victims of having their memories altered by Beheeyem have their faces become Beheeyem-like.
** A mild example late in the first season is how, after a road accident, Team Rocket's Meowth cries over how he lost his charm (the huge coin on his forehead), and there's a deep gash where it should usually be. So deep, in fact, that Meowth didn't seem to realize that the charm was actually just stuck ''inside'' the gash until it popped right back out.
* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 7, Gyro uses the Super Spin technique to prematurely age half of [[spoiler: Valentine's]] face.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Franky gets caught in an explosion so powerful that it ''blows his skin off.'' Luckily, he's a cyborg, but the sight of his unskinned face is pretty terrifying. It's PlayedForLaughs as much as horror, [[BlackComedy though]].
* Pandora/Arkana from ''Anime/YuGiOh'', probably. The viewers never actually see his face under the mask, which was scarred in an accident he had as a stage magician, but Yugi seems pretty horrified when he briefly sees it.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': After Guts and company rescue Griffith after his year long torture his normally {{Bishonen}} face is implied to have been affected as we see them [[NothingIsScarier take off his mask, gasp, and put it back on]].
* One chapter of ''Manga/DissolvingClassroom'' features girls whose faces distort in monstrously ugly ways after hearing Yuuma praise them too much [[spoiler:which is implied to be something similar to the lethal properties of his [[BrownNote apologies]], as he's actually praising the devil]].
* ''Manga/BokuNoHeroAcademia'': Save for his jaw, All For One's ''entire head'' consist of nothing but scar tissue. As such, he has no visible nose, ears, hair, or eyes. In public, he wears a [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]]-esque helmet connected via tubes to a collar-like life support system around his neck.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/TwoFace from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. As mentioned below, it's especially gruesome in ComicBook/{{New 52}}, the Nolan films, and the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''. [[DependingOnTheArtist Some artists]], as well as ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and the aforementioned ''Arkham'' series, have gone into BodyHorror and included his left arm in the scarring with [[spoiler: a hallucination of the Joker in ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight Arkham Knight]]'' not-subtly wondering to Batman if this included Two-Face's penis.]]
** Also happened to ComicBook/TheJoker during the incident with the vat of acid.
*** Taken UpToEleven in the ComicBook/{{New 52}}, especially when ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'' comes around.
*** Before the reboot, there was also a character called "No-Face", a perfectly harmless inmate at Arkham who lost most of the skin from his face in an accident, and the "Hamburger Lady", a middle-aged woman who might have been hideously disfigured... or might just ''think'' she is.
* Doctor Doom from ''ComicBook/FantasticFour''.
** Although of course a) you never do see his face, only people occasionally reacting in horror, and b) as a result, no two writers agree on how bad Doom's face is. Some say his face was horrifically disfigured in a lab accident, with acid scars and burn marks and all that, while some say it was a small cut, which his pride and vanity exaggerated into a horrifying injury. And some combine the two; he suffered a minor cut from the accident, then massive burns when he put on his trademark mask without waiting for it to cool.
** ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'' ultimately shows Doom's face, hideously mutilated and the only thing he couldn't fix.
* Malekith in Marvel Comics could count as this as well.
* ComicBook/JonahHex has the right side of his face scarred. DependingOnTheArtist, he can just be the bulging eye, permanent sneer, and the mouth tendon, some will remember that he got these from being burned and adding burn scars, and others will make him look like a mirror-flipped version of Two-Face in a cowboy hat.
* Arseface from ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}''
* In ''ComicBook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws'' #17's end, [[spoiler:a trap the Joker left in Jason's helmet sets off, sending Joker Venom all over him and scarring him deeply. He remains unconscious until the end of #18, and doesn't have his face shown in that time]].
* In ''Snarfquest'', Snarf and others assume that Aveeare ([[FishOutOfWater a robot stranded in a fantasy world]]) is a victim of this trope, mistaken the circuits and gears under his faceplate for scar tissue.
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' has Mazikeen, Lucifer's lover/[[TheDragon Dragon]]. One side of her face is beautiful, while the other side is horribly mangled and appears to be rotting. She considers the disfigured half a point of pride, as it [[RedRightHand symbolizes her demonic heritage.]] When it gets healed against her will, [[BerserkButton she takes it rather poorly.]] [[note]] Mazikeen is a [[OurDemonsAreDifferent one of the Lilim]], and her half-rotted face is the result of deliberate shapeshifting choice instead of injury. She could have "healed" herself at any time. But when she is "healed" by an outside party, she's bound into one shape, which she hates. [[/note]]
* In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'', Soundwave gets shot in the head. It takes him out for several issues, and when he's brought out of his coma, he now has a TwoFaced appearance and cannot talk because his voice box has been damaged. In the sequel ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise'', he's been fixed as of issue 13.
* In Grim Hunt after Spiderman has been pushed to his limit he presses his hand to the villains face and uses his wall crawling ability to rip the skin off.
** This is a parallel to Spidey's imperfect clone, Kaine, whose spider-powers are amplified and twisted; back in the 90s, before his HeelFaceTurn in modern times, Kaine would use his gripping power to burn his hand-print into his murder victims' faces. The criss-cross patterns of the lines of his hand would scar, leaving behind what he called "The Mark of Kaine."
* Jigsaw from ''Franchise/ThePunisher'' christened himself with this moniker after Frank Castle threw him through a glass panel and reduced his face to a jigsaw puzzle-like mess of scars.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[GoodShepherd Priest]] suffers this in ''[[FanFic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons Project Horizons]]'' when [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier Sanguine]] [[BreathWeapon blows]] [[DeadlyGas Pink Cloud]] in his face, melting his eyes and sealing his mouth and nose shut.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' has The Clown with the Tear-away Face.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DCShowcaseJonahHex'' version of its title character not only keeps the traditional elements of Hex's appearance (the bulging eye, permanent sneer, and the mouth tendon), but also depicts most of his right cheek being gone.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* How Harvey Dent becomes Two-Face in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. As pictured above, this is particularly gruesome, as you can see the guy's jaw bones.
** Aside from Harvey, the Joker's habit of threatening to give his victims {{Glasgow grin}}s invokes this trope. [[GoryDiscretionShot You don't actually get to see any of them happen, though.]]
* How Harvey Dent becomes Two-Face in ''Film/BatmanForever''. Unlike the Two-Face of ''The Dark Knight'', the facial scarring was the result of an acid attack by underworld kingpin Boss Maroni.
** This is also how Jack Napier became ComicBook/TheJoker in ''Film/{{Batman}}''; a combination of being shot through the face and a ''huge'' vat of acid. Later, he disfigures his girlfriend Alicia by corroding half her face.
* Similarly, how Creator/LiamNeeson's character becomes the title character in ''Film/{{Darkman}}''
* An infamous scene where a man caves in another man's face with a fire extinguisher in ''Film/{{Irreversible}}''.
* A similar scene in ''Film/PansLabyrinth'', except with the bottom of a bottle of wine. And later on, [[spoiler: the villain is given half a GlasgowGrin with a kitchen knife.]]
* ''Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', though the extent of Phantom's facial scarring has [[ProgressivelyPrettier noticeably decreased with each adaptation]].
** Creator/LonChaney's skull-like face in [[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera1925 the 1925 silent film]], which close to the description given in [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera the original novel]].
** The [[Film/PhantomOfTheOpera1943 1943 version]] introduced the idea of the Phantom having not been born disfigured. In that adaptation, he was a normal looking man until he was [[HollywoodAcid scarred by acid]].
** In the tradition of the 1943 version, the title character of [[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera1962 the 1962]] Film/HammerHorror adaption was an ordinary man disfigured by acid. However, they take his facial injuries even further with one of [[EyeScream his eyes having dissolved]] and his flesh slowly rotting and turning grey.
** The Phantom in [[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera1989 the 1989 version]] has no skin around his head at all, and his "mask" is a patchwork of skin that he has taken from his victims.
* Creator/GaryOldman's character in ''Film/{{Hannibal}}''. [[http://www.killerfilm.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/gary-oldman-hannibal-300x199.jpg Here.]]
* The ''Pride'' victim in ''Film/{{Se7en}}''.
* Christiane's faceless state in ''Film/EyesWithoutAFace''.
* [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} The Terminator]], in all of the movies, takes plenty of face damage to show off the cybernetics underneath.
* One of the prisoners on the Recognizer in ''Film/TronLegacy'' has half of his face derezzed. When that particular program looks at Sam Flynn, he just growls.
* Freddy Krueger, the iconic dream demon from ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'', has extensive burns all over his body, the result of the parents of Elm Street taking the law into their own hands during his days as the Springwood Slasher.
* Similarly, over time the mute colossus Jason Voorhees from ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' has taken some serious facial damage. Notably, he took a boat motor to the face in [[Film/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives part six]]. It's little wonder he's seldom seen without his trademark hockey mask.
* The SoBadItsGood b-movie Film/TruthOrDareACriticalMadness has Mike Strauber, a man who, among other things, cuts a chunk of his own face off when dared to do so.
* Seth Brundle's face falls off in a slimy mess near the end of ''Film/TheFly1986''.
* In ''Film/TheFlyII'', a security guard gets a face full of acid vomit from Brundle's son. The worst part is, he's still breathing afterwards.
* Creator/LeslieNielsen's character in ''Film/SurfNinjas'' has half of his face squished by an elephant, forcing him to wear a half-mask a la ''The Phantom of the Opera''.
* ''Film/TheGoldenVoyageOfSinbad''. In the {{Backstory}} the Grand Vizier of Maravia had his whole head badly scarred by a fireball (think melted wax). He wears a helmet all through the movie, until near the end when he takes it off to frighten some natives with his hideous face.
* Mel Gibson in ''The Man Without A Face''.
* In ''Film/FightClub'' The Narrator punches Angel Face's... um, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment face]] so hard it's barely recognizably human, and most of his teeth are gone.
* The "reverse bear trap" device in the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' films does this to its victims, ripping their lower jaw off completely. Amanda is forced to escape from one in the first film, and since then it's become (along with the titular "cut off your foot to escape") the signature DeathTrap of the series.
** At the end of ''Film/SawVI'', [[spoiler: Hoffman]] is placed in a Reverse Bear Trap 2.0 and isn't able to get it off in time, so he places the arms of the device between bars on the window of the door out of the room, which causes it to only open partially. He is able to get it off before it opens completely and rips his jaw apart, but it does give him half a GlasgowGrin.
** ''Film/Saw3D'' finally shows the effects of the reverse bear trap when [[spoiler:Hoffman]] uses it to kill [[spoiler:Jill Tuck]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** DarthWiki/DarthVader. Yeah, you probably don't want to see what's behind that mask...
** His master [[BigBad Palpatine]] had the [[TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse face of a kindly old man]] during his time as Chancellor. Then his own [[ShockAndAwe Force Lightning]] quite literally [[HoistByHisOwnPetard blew up in his face]], leaving him permanently disfigured. His eyes also permanently turned [[SupernaturalGoldEyes glowing yellow]], making them look much bigger in contrast with the rest of his face and further contributing to the creepiness. It's only somewhat mitigated by the [[InTheHood hooded robes]] he wore from that day forward.
** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', his {{fanboy}}ish successor Kylo Ren subverts this. The heroine Rey calls Ren a "creature in a mask", likening him to his idol Vader -- to which he responds with a DramaticUnmask that reveals [[TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse a pretty normal face]]. Later in the movie, [[spoiler:Rey does slash him across the face with a lightsaber, but even that scar isn't at all disfiguring]].
* ''Film/ShallowGrave'', the scene where the titular grave is about to be filled. But the dental records need to be removed. Up comes the hammer, [[GoryDiscretionShot then down again, off-screen]]. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExsDEsd3pKw Crunch]]''.
* The climax of ''[[Film/{{Transformers}} Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen]]'' has two examples in quick succession: [[spoiler:First off, Optimus Prime breaks Megatron's arm and forces him to ''[[ArmCannon shoot]] half his own face off''. He then proceeds to go after the Fallen, delivers his [[MemeticMutation famous one-liner]], and doesn't wait for the Fallen to ''give'' it to him. (Contrary to popular belief, Fallen is actually killed by being [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice punched through the chest]] and getting his [[OurSoulsAreDifferent spark]] ripped out.)]]
** Earlier in the film, Optimus is in a three-on-one fight between Megatron, Starscream, and [[AllThereInTheManual Grindor]], and kills the latter by stabbing a pair of hooks into his face and tearing his head apart.
* The premise of ''Film/FaceOff'', which involves Sean Archer taking Castor Troy's face and voice. Afterwards, Archer's original face is left floating in a jar of water to keep it moisturized. Castor wakes up from the coma, peels off the bandages in front of a mirror, and is very unhappy with what he sees. We only see a couple very quick glances that show Castor walking around without his face on, prior to making Dr. Walsh give him Archer's original face.
* At the end of ''Film/HalloweenResurrection'', Michael Myers is set on fire and presumed dead. Cue the horrific morgue scene that reveals his mask had ''melted into his face''...[[spoiler:''and he was still alive''.]] Shudder.
* The fake social worker from ''Film/TheOrphanage'' gets hit by a bus, and you can see her lower jaw completely unhinged, hanging off from her face. Even worse, before the face is fully shown the main character's husband tries giving her CPR.
* In the remake of ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003'' Leatherface has a disease that makes the skin on his face decay. it's only seen briefly in profile, but it isn't pretty.
* The cloaked and horribly disfigured killer in ''Film/HouseOfWax1953'' (and the original ''Film/MysteryOfTheWaxMuseum''). [[spoiler: He is actually Henry Jarrod, the wax sculptor who was presumed dead when his business partner set his museum on fire. He made a [[LatexPerfection perfect wax mask of his former face]] when he returned to open [[WaxMuseumMorgue his new museum]].]]
** Done again by Creator/VincentPrice in his ''[[Film/TheAbominableDrPhibes Dr. Phibes]]'' movies, almost certainly as an homage.
* In the American remake of ''Film/TheRing'', [[spoiler:Noah's]] face is horribly distorted and shown in close-up after Samara killed him.
* The villain in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' looks pretty normal, until he's captured and confronted by his former boss, M, who sold him out to the Chinese. He explains how he was tortured for months before attempting to commit suicide via the CyanidePill in his back molar. It didn't work. What it did instead is revealed when he removes a prosthetic from his mouth and the left side of his face just ''sags inwards''.
* In ''Film/TheFinal'', Emily smears flesh-eating chemicals on [[spoiler:Bridget and Heather's]] faces in order to ruin their good looks, [[spoiler:as revenge for their AlphaBitch tendencies and their bullying. Bridget is seen in the film's BookEnds as an outcast, wearing a hoodie to hide her disfigured face.]]
* The Djinn of ''Film/{{Wishmaster}}'' is particularly fond of mutilating people's faces. In the first film for instance, he uses his powers to make a criminal unwillingly rip out a cop's lower jaw, tongue still intact.
* In ''Film/{{REC}}'', Alex has extremely nasty and gruesome bite wounds on his face after encountering Mrs. Izquierdo.
* ''Film/{{Mirrors}}'' features a fatal and extremely gruesome jaw dislocation scene.
* In ''Film/LetTheRightOneIn''. Hakan [[spoiler:pours acid over his own face as an attempt to kill himself, or avoid capture, or...something. He lives, and the effect is ''horrifying''.]]
* In ''Film/PacificRim'', one of the {{Kaiju}} gets subjected to a dose of this during a deep sea battle, thanks to a conveniently placed hydrothermal vent. Not enough to kill, but the thing had a lot less face by the time it broke free.
* ''Film/RedMist'' has [[AssholeVictim Sean]] suffering arguably the most horrific death in the film - having a funnel forcefully shoved into his mouth, duct-taped to his face... and ''industrial strength acid'' poured into it. After his corpse is discovered, it is mentioned that half of his face had practically melted off.
* [[spoiler: Krueger's]] face gets blown off by a grenade during the 2nd half of ''Film/{{Elysium}}''. [[spoiler: However, that doesn't kill him.]]
* Niki Lauda's horrific burns in ''Film/{{Rush|2013}}'' after being pulled out of his burning car during the German Grand Prix where his helmet was knocked off and the nomex sock he wore was not enough to protect his face.
* This is the fate of [[spoiler:the AlphaBitch Chris Hargensen]] in the 2013 remake of ''Film/{{Carrie|2013}}''. [[spoiler:She gets thrown through a windshield when Carrie crashes her car, leaving her face torn up with huge shards of glass sticking out.]]
* When the evil Red Skull peels off his mask to reveal the facial deformity that gave him his name, sidekick Bucky mutters to [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Captain America]], "You don't have one of those, do you?"
* Mild example - when Music/TheMonkees made their movie ''Film/{{Head}}'' they made every effort to distance themselves from their cultivated image. In a parody of boxing movies, preteen heartthrob Davy Jones got his face beaten to a bloody pulp by sparring partner Sonny Liston (think the Mike Tyson of the '60s). Intercut into this we see Jones joshing with Liston beforehand, saying "You won't hurt the face, will you? Million-dollar face, this is!"
* Upon opening TheArkOfTheCovenant, the Nazi villains in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' movie have their faces melt and explode as they die.
* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' - Barbara's first attempt to frighten off the new tenants of their house. When they open the closet door, she's swinging from a noose - then yanks her face off, leaving a freaky skull with bugged-out eyeballs. Too bad they couldn't see her...
* Macon in ''Film/MurderParty''. [[spoiler:He tries to light a cigarette while wearing a rubber or latex wolf mask, which naturally catches ablaze. His friend Lexi and the photo assistant of his friend Paul manage to put the fire out, but not before it horribly disfigures him, fusing much of the mask to his face. He remains like this until he dies, though that isn't very much later.]]
* In the "Cat From Hell" segment in ''Film/TalesFromTheDarksideTheMovie'' the cat has killed nearly every member of an old man's family (to get revenge for some brutal animal testing he did to earn his fortune), and the old man hires a hitman to kill the cat. The cat keeps evading all attempts to kill it, getting a few claw swipes at the hitman's face, and then finishing him off by [[OrificeInvasion leaping into his mouth]], making the hitman choke to death as the cat is crawling down his throat. The old man is taken out when he comes back home, sees the hitman's body, sees [[OrificeEvacuation the cat crawl back out of the hitman's mouth]], and the old man dies of a heart attack.
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', Will Turner is searching a shipwreck for survivors when a man falls from aloft. Will helps the guy turn over, only to recoil in horror when he sees that his face is a twitching mass of sloughed-off skin and one moving eyeball due to an encounter with the giant suckers on the Kraken's tentacles.
* ''Film/ISpitOnYourGrave'': Jennifer gets revenge on one of her rapists via putting lye in the tub of water she has him suspended over. His face falls in when he can't hold the position anymore and his face ''burns and melts off including his tongue''.
* The film version of ''Film/JonahHex'' depicted a more {{pragmatic|Adaptation}} version of this, as (which [[WebVideo/TheBookWasBetter Krimson Rogue]] rightfully pointed out), no one's willing to lose their right cheek for a part and the movie didn't have the budget to do a motion capture effect and opted to use make-up.
* ''Film/DeepRising'' has a scene where one of the [[RuthlessModernPirates pirates]] is attacked and swallowed by a monster. His comrades manage to shoot him out, only to find to their horror that he'd been partially digested by the [[HollywoodAcid acidic]] innards of the creature. Half of his face and even part of his skull get eaten away, [[BodyHorror along with most of his body]].
* ''Film/WonderWoman2017'' features the character Dr. Poison, who covers the lower half of her face with a segmented porcelain mask that makes her look like a broken doll. Towards the end of the movie, the mask is torn away to reveal that her nose and mouth are horribly burned and melted, giving her half a GlasgowGrin that's missing half its teeth.
* Victoria in ''When Evil Calls'' is horribly disfigured by acid in a [[FreakLabAccident lab accident]] that melts the skin off her [[BeautyToBeast once beautiful but now grotesque face]].
** Carol's face turns into a skeleton after [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor wishing to be older]].
*** A girl's face is burnt to a crisp after [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor wishing to be hot]].
* ''Film/TheMonsterMaker'': Lawrence's face becomes hideously distorted by the acromegaly Dr Markoff infects him with. Acromegaly causes distortion of the extremities (hands, feet and face), and the version created by Markoff causes to Lawrence to advance in a week to a state that would normally take two years of the disease's progression. Glimpsing her father's face in a darkened room causes Patricia to scream and faint.

* In the climax of ''Literature/TheGhostWriter'', [[spoiler:Alice Jessell's face is revealed to be horribly deformed.]]
* Mason Verger in ''Literature/{{Hannibal}}''. He peeled off his own face under the influence of Lecter, plus some party drugs.
%%* ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''
* What the BigBad of the first ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' book does to his victims, magically cracking their bones, shredding their muscles, and stretching their skin, until they become perfect imitations of [[spoiler:[[Theatre/PunchAndJudy Mister Punch]]]]; when he finishes with them, their face falls apart and they die. If they are lucky. A survivor's face is described in book two in excruciating detail, [[spoiler: for a start her nose and lower jawbone is mostly missing]] having been shattered into too many pieces to rebuild. Talking is only possible with one of those Stephen Hawking speech programs.
* Brightheart of ''Literature/WarriorCats'' was savaged by a pack of dogs, who mangled her face to the point that she lost an eye and parts of her skull were showing even after she recovered. She was even called "Lostface" for a while, but fortunately Firestar renamed her.
* In the novel version of ''Literature/FightClub'', by the end the narrator has had both cheeks ruined--one split open after a tooth punched a hole in it, and further fights exacerbated the injury to the point that it became half a GlasgowGrin, and the other [[spoiler: opened by a gunshot]]. The former injury is omitted from the film.
* ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' has Slagar the Cruel, who wears a mask to hide his deformities caused by [[spoiler: Asmodeus' venom]]. There's also Riggu Felis, whose face was mostly torn off by a hawk. The lower half of his face is described as [[spoiler: "red, glistening flesh and bone... the whole muzzle, nose and upper lip had been torn off. Half of the warlord's face was a spitting, bubbling skeleton."]] Lovely.
* In ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'', Hartnet is an otherwise attractive young woman who is missing her nose. She wears a veil (and later a helmet with a nose guard) to cover it, but people are still unnerved by the sight of her.
* The owl Metalbeak/[[spoiler:Kludd]] from ''Literature/GuardiansOfGaHoole''. He had his beak, among other parts of his face, ripped off in a fight and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin replaced it with a metal one]].
* Vlad Menshikov from ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' had part of his face, along with his lungs and eyes, burned when he tried and failed to awaken Ra.
* Joelle Van Dyne in ''Literature/InfiniteJest'' [[spoiler: following an incident with some acid]],([[UnreliableNarrator maybe]]) causing her to wear a veil and join the Union of the Hideously and Improbably Deformed.
* Elli Quinn of the Literature/VorkosiganSaga has her face burned off by plasma-arc fire - "she looked like an onion". Fortunately, she lives in a universe of advanced biotech where the commander of her mercenary company buys her reconstructive surgery which leaves her looking better than she had before, but plasma fire is one of the few things that can truly terrify her.
* Towards the end of ''Literature/TheShining'', Danny tries to break his father from the hotel's influence (and temporarily succeeds), only to have Jack become completely possessed and forced to smash the roque mallet into his own face, repeatedly, until it is a barely-recognisable mess. [[spoiler:This fully kills Jack and allows the ghosts to take full control of his body.]]
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Sandor Clegane's burned face is described as horrifying, Shireen Baratheon's is badly scarred by greyscale and [[spoiler: Brienne's was half '''eaten''' by Biter.]] And then there's the delightful face of Tyrion, with that long scar and all[[spoiler:, including having his nose pretty much cut off]]
* The titular painting becomes for a while this in ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray''. The book is kind of vague about it, but many adaptions show all the gruesomeness.
* Hester Shaw from the ''Literature/MortalEngines'' series, who sports a very nasty scar and is missing an eye and most of her nose as a result of being attacked during her childhood.
* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'':
** In the story "The Adventure of the Illustrious Client", Kitty Winter gets {{revenge}} on Baron Adelbert Gruner, who destroyed her life, by throwing acid in his face, leaving him hideously disfigured. The story was later adapted by '"Series/{{Elementary}}''.
** The eponymous character in "The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger".
* In the ''Literature/ErebusSequence'', it turns out that the reason Anea wears a veil and can't speak is that she doesn't have a jaw.
* The title character in ''Literature/EdenGreen'' has her teeth and nose broken in a violent murder; when an alien needle symbiote awakens her, she carefully describes the sensations of her face being repaired with microscopic needles.
* Lorka Trench in the steampunk series ''Literature/LockhartandTeague'' had her lips cut off when she was a teenager. This causes her to make very unconventional word choices when speaking, as she doesn't use words she can't pronounce correctly.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' describes Alastor Moody's face as rough and misshapen, with heavy scarring and a big chunk of his nose missing. He also averts EyesAreUnbreakable, since his most shocking feature is his bulging, lopsided GlassEye (they don't call him "Mad-Eye Moody" for nothing, you know). Chalk it up to years and years of ferocious battles against practitioners of TheDarkArts.
** At the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', [[spoiler:Bill Weasley]] gets mauled by Fenrir Greyback and acquires a series of nasty facial scars that are compared to Moody's.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Richard Harrow in ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' lost his left eye and the left side of his face in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, forcing him to wear a crude looking half-mask with face-like features.
* The Helvetica scenario from ''Series/LookAroundYou''.
* Roan's face in ''Series/{{Nikita}}'', was partially permanently disfigured when Nikita splashed hydrochloric acid on him, in an effort to escape.
* Jasmine from ''Series/{{Angel}};'' once someone is freed from her love spell, she has a mangled, maggot-infested face. [[spoiler: Once the spell is broken for the whole world, her face breaks out in boils and lesions.]]
* Played for laughs on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. Elaine's handsome outdoorsy boyfriend takes a big fall while rock climbing with George and Kramer - by the looks of the bandages, he landed square on his face. He's not terribly upset, but Elaine (who had emphatically denied the attraction wasn't all physical) pointedly asks him if he recalls the doctors mentioning "horrible scars" or "radical reconstructive surgery".
* ''Series/BreakingBad'': from the appropriately titled "[[Recap/BreakingBadS4E13FaceOff Face Off]]" episode, [[spoiler:Gustavo Fring meets his end when hit with a bomb, but not before surviving long enough for the camera to pan around and showing half of his face blown off.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Cybermen in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E2TheTenthPlanet The Tenth Planet]]" have cloth facemasks, black void eyes, and mouths that just sort of hang open while they talk, implying severe facial disfigurement going on underneath. It's part of why they are so [[UncannyValley disturbing]].
** [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/zarbi/images/8/88/Davros.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20101020223109 Davros]], whose face (and ''the rest of his entire freaking body'') was horribly disfigured when his lab exploded.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E9TheEmptyChild The Empty Child]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E10TheDoctorDances The Doctor Dances]]" gave us a PainfulTransformation into a mindless zombie with a gas mask, with the air-filter forcing its way up through your throat and out your mouth, and your eyes turning into goggles. Ouch. The effect was originally going to be accompanied by a graphic bone-cracking sound, but the staff decided that was a bit too much. They were probably right.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E3PlanetOfTheOod "Planet of the Ood"]] has [[spoiler:the douchebag slaver whose face ''peels off'' as he turns into an Ood.]]
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead"]] has [[spoiler:[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a7/Forest_Of_The_Dead.JPG/275px-Forest_Of_The_Dead.JPG Evangelista]], whose face was warped in Donna's dream world]].
** Ada Gillyflower had her face burned (and lost her eyesight) [[spoiler: when her mom experimented on her with leech venom.]]
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang Magnus Greel]]'s face looks like it's melting, or turning to spaghetti, due to a bizarre mutation.
** The incarnation of the Master [[FanNickname popularly known as]] Crispy Master. He has hit the end of his regeneration cycle and his body is literally rotting, with a fixed skull grin and googly eyes.
** Kane's face melting off his bones in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire Dragonfire]]", one of ''Doctor Who'''s most gruesome moments.
** Stories written or script-edited by Eric Saward have a tendency to this. Examples include a soldier's face melted off by corrosive gas in "Resurrection of the Daleks", and prominent facially-disfigured characters in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E4TheVisitation The Visitation]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E2VengeanceOnVaros Vengeance on Varos]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E5Timelash Timelash]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesofAndrozani The Caves of Androzani]]".
** The main antagonist of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]], the aptly titled "Half-Face Man", is [[spoiler:a centuries-old cyborg kept alive with stolen human body parts from the customers at the restaurant]], leaving him with a face that is half robotic and half human.
* From the third season of ''Series/TeenWolf'', [[spoiler: the true face of Jennifer Blake, who was grotesquely mutilated and left for dead by a werewolf. She hides it via supernatural means - most of the time.]]
* The ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Imprint":
** The disfigured prostitute has the features on the right side of her face stretched out.
** The dwarf pimp is missing part of his nose.
* In ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' [[CombatPragmatist Shaw]] does a relatively minor version in her first appearance when she throws a flashbang inside a mook's gasmask.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** [[spoiler: Oberyn Martell]]. Not only were [[spoiler: his teeth knocked out and his eyes destroyed]] but also [[spoiler: his head is crushed into a disgusting pulp]]. His gorgeous, gorgeous [[spoiler: head]].
** Sandor Clegane has nasty scars on his face from his brother holding his face into a brazier as a child.
** Ramsay's dogs begin their feast by ripping his face off jaw-first.
** Gregor Clegane's face is rotten and deteriorating more and more over time.
* The now little-known 1961 anthology series ''Way Out'' (hosted by Creator/RoaldDahl) had an episode called "Soft Focus" where a man finds that he can alter people's appearances by [[RealityChangingMiniature retouching their photos.]] Unfortunately, his wife (whose face he started tampering with when he found out she was cheating on him) spills retouching fluid on his ''own'' photo [[http://dicksmithmake-up.com/wp-content/uploads/images/Filmography/wayout3.jpg and...!]] One of Creator/DickSmith's more interesting makeup works.
* A segment of ''Series/UntoldStoriesOfTheER'' concerned saving a woman who had been mauled by a mountain lion. When she regained consciousness, she despaired at the state of her mangled face, but calmed down when she saw the "before" photo and realized she was lucky she still even ''had'' a face.
* A fourth-season episode of ''Series/QuincyMD'' ("The Depth of Beauty") involves an incompetent plastic surgeon who kills two women and leaves an actress with a horribly disfigured face. Includes a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming when Quincy gently unpins the actress' veil and kisses her; also a Crowning Moment of Awesome when she later accuses the plastic surgeon by revealing her face on live television.
* ''Series/RoboCopTheSeries'' featured a disfigured villain named William Ray Morgan, nicknamed "Pudface" because of his face, which was disfigured in a chemical accident [[NeverMyFault that he chose to blame Robo for]], despite Sgt. Parks ([[AdaptationNameChange Sgt. Reed from the movies in all but name]]) saying it was his own fault.
* ComicBook/JonahHex's appearance on ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' depicted a more {{pragmatic|Adaptation}} version of his scars, mostly due to being a series on Creator/TheCW and hence lacking the budget to go all out.
* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', it's revealed that the right side of Savitar's face is covered with burns, with his eye discolored and possibly left blind for good measure.
* ''{{Series/Sharpe}}'': Captain Frederickson's head is pretty much covered in scars. He has burn scars all over his head that cost him most of his hair, and took a musket ball in the face which shattered his jaw, knocked out most of his teeth, tore one of his eyes out of its socket on the way out and left him with a GlasgowGrin. He deliberately cultivates his fearsome appearance to instill fear in his enemies, removes his false teeth and glass eye before going into combat (much to the disgust of people around him) and collects teeth from dead Frenchmen to make himself a set of dentures.

* ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''... [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment again]].
** Incidentally, [[http://img386.imageshack.us/i/orig1rs4.jpg/ this]] is what the Phantom looks like unmasked in the play.
* In the musical ''Theatre/{{Violet}}'', this is the title character's reason for traveling by bus to meet the televangelist. However, this is an InformedDeformity, since her scars are left to the audience's imagination, rather than being depicted through makeup or prosthetics.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The main antagonist of ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'', Alexander Leland Cayne (also known to players as Jack), is an EvilCripple with a motorized wheelchair and a half-flayed face. His left eye is also a discolored yellow.
* In ''{{VideoGame/BioShock 1}}'', the villainous Andrew Ryan is one of few non-disfigured people left in Rapture, having forced the entire population to join his super soldier army - a process which entails insanity, cancerous growths, and facial disfigurements. In the last quarter, the player [[spoiler:repeatedly bashes his face in with Ryan's own golf club]]. Ryan ends up looking not unlike the "splicers" he created and sent after you.
* Concept art for ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' depicted that traveling through tears could result in the traveler being merged with versions of themself from the past, future or alternate timelines, resulting in various facial deformities.
* Tatsuya Sudou in both parts of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' gets half of his face burned off (and loses his eye in the process, both times). He's pretty incensed about it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': When characters first awaken to their eponymous Personas, they have to rip off masks that are ''part of their faces'', causing blood to erupt as they for all intents and purposes ''rip their own skin off''.
* Nemesis from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'' has brown, rotting skin, his lips have been pared back so there's a permanent grimace on his face, his nose is missing, and one of his eyes is gone, with a row of staples running down from the top of his head across the empty socket.
** In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', the Novistadors can melt Leon's face off with their acidic vomit. In the Japanese version, decapitations were replaced with facial disfigurement.
** In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', the Majini get progressively more disfigured as the game goes on. The tribal Ndipaya in particular look like they've chewed their own lips off.
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' The various J'avo encountered in the game all have significant facial deformities, ranging from lesions and cuts to [[EyesDoNotBelongThere multiple eyes in asymmetrical arrangements.]] In the case of [[spoiler: Derek Simmons]], there are his virus-mutated form's first two stages, in which the skin and flesh on his body shift about on his body like Jenga pieces, letting one see his skull underneath.
* Near the start of ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', a man is transformed into a necromorph right in front of you. It's not pretty.
* Exaggerated in ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'': If Lance can't escape the Beautifier in Vivi's Salon, the mechanical powder puffs will close in on his head, screw it up, and turn it into a skull!
* The Grunts and Brutes in ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent''. The Grunts have grotesquely distended mouths, stretching all the way to their chest and past the sides of their head. The Brutes, on the other hand, don't even have faces - their heads are ripped up masses of flesh with teeth protruding in random places and a single eye somewhere within.
* The very appropriately named boss The Nightmare from ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'' starts off with [[NightmareFace a face resembling]] Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'s [[NightmareFace monster]], which gradually falls apart in the most disgusting way possible as the fight progresses. To wit, [[EyeScream green goo comes out of its eye sockets]], running down to its chin. Then the surface comes off, revealing goo everywhere and what look like ''[[ExtraEyes four more eyes]]'' higher up! Then the whole face starts ''melting away'' to the extent that one of the eyes nearly falls off!
* ''VideoGame/WaxWorks'', having tons of nightmarish death scenes, and many of those showing only your face, naturally has tons of this. Particularly the plant mutants in the mineshaft, who will claw/melt your face off, if you're ''lucky''.
* [[http://opcfg.kontek.net/t3m/mindless_beast.png This]] is from ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}} 3''. This is your terrifying punishment for failing to [[spoiler:save Jennifer]] in time. Oh, and [[TakeOurWordForIt DON'T LOOK THIS UP AS A VIDEO.]] The music will freak you out.
* Much like most of the other body part horrors, this can be easily inflicted in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress''. With enough wrestling skill, you can easily hold your opponent down by the head while you systematically pinch and gouge their facial features to your leisure.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'':
** Once again, Two-Face. The damage done to his face is particularly gruesome here, much like in Nolan's films.
** Scarecrow's design in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' displays this as well. After Killer Croc mauled the guy in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', Crane is implied to have had to [[SelfSurgery reconstruct his own face]], with gruesome, terrifying, and undead-looking results. It's impossible to tell the difference between grafted-on burlap and actual flesh.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'' has Two-Face once again, this time with his injuries caused by the Penguin in the climax of Episode 2 if the player chooses to help Catwoman instead of Harvey. His injuries look similar to those from the Nolan films, but with the added horror of ''continuing to fester and bleed long after''.
* Several miscellaneous cosmetics in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' follow this. One in particular is the Medic's [[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Second_Opinion Second Opinion]], which gives him a discolored skin graft on the left side of his face that is also a malevolent {{split personality}} (well, [[UpToEleven more malevolent than normal Medic]]).
* No-Face in ''[[VideoGame/TwistedMetal Twisted Metal: Black]]'' had his eyes and tongue removed and his eye sockets and mouth stitched up ([[AllThereInTheManual the manual]] explains that he sees through telepathy) by a BackAlleyDoctor who lost several thousand dollars betting on him in a boxing match. In the 2012 game Krista Sparks/Dollface receives a small cut on her face, which her mind envisions as a monstrous necrotizing infection over her entire mouth.
* ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'':
** The original game has the main character's eyes popping out of the Freddy suit he gets stuffed into on the GameOver screen, as well as a certain EasterEgg in which a poster changes to depict Freddy ripping the top part of his head off.
** ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2'' has the original Bonnie, who completely lacks a face, save for a lower jaw and two faint lights serving as eyes.
** And then there's Springtrap from ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3''. In two rare bootup screens, you can see [[spoiler:a human head inside him]], with two large eyes jammed into its sockets, hooks being dug into its cheeks and its mouth speared open and lacking a few teeth. It also completely lacks a nose.
** Later in the series Circus Baby can be considered this, her face is made up of several plates that can open and close.
* One of the antagonists of ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor'' is the Tower of Sauron. The lower half of his face looks necrotized, and he wears armor that shows off his skeletal mouth.
** On the same fashion, this can apply to some of the [[OurOrksAreDifferent Uruk]] [[EliteMook Captains]] you can encounter, thanks to the [[CastOfSnowflakes Nemesis System]]. Uruks with faces distorted by cancerous-looking pustules, or facial scarring, all the way up to having their entire head wrapped in a bag from the injuries [[AntiHero Talion]] inflicted on them.
* The various kinds of enemies in ''VideoGame/TheEvilWithin'' all suffer from this. Ripped off or shredded flesh, gaping holes in the skull, impaling glass or metal struts, barbed wire wrapped tightly around the face, or any combination thereof, are all in vogue. One particularly rare and nasty substrain capable of invisibility has had its face... "peeled out" to resemble a writhing nest of tentacles, making them look somewhere between an open wound and a {{cthulhumanoid}}.
* Sheltem the Dark from ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' has a classic Two-Face appearance under his helm. [[spoiler:Since he's an android]], keeping it that way seems to be a deliberate choice.
* While this is of course apparent for various zombies, ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead: Season Two'' takes a step further with the death of [[spoiler:William Carver, who has his face savagely beaten in by Kenny with a crowbar]]. The end result is... not pretty to look at, as a lot of his skin is peeled off with his broken skull showing underneath. Those who are more squeamish have the option to skip this scene, at least.
* Handsome Jack from ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' wears a mask modeled after his original face because [[spoiler:after receiving a vision from a relic found in the Vault of the Sentinel, Lilith blasted it and branded Jack's face with the Vault symbol it depicted. It also [[EyeScream destroyed one of his eyes]], so his mask has a prosthetic eye attached to it.]]
** Comedic example in the Mad Moxxi's Wedding Day Massacre [[DownloadableContent DLC]], where completing the campaign awards you with a head customization item that pulls off the player's face exposing their skull to mimic the Goliath's exposed head. In the case of [[TheFaceless Zer0]], it reveals that he's robotic underneath, but amusingly is called "[[LampshadeHanging N0t C4n0n]]".
** In ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands''' fourth episode, Rhys needs to scan [[spoiler: Vasquez]]'s corpse to make a disguise. When he gets back to where the body is, he finds [[spoiler: Psychos have quite literally cut the face off the body, and ends up having to sneak through an alley full of sleeping Psychos to figure which one of the face-thieves is wearing Vasquez's stapled to his mask.]]
* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'''s expansion ''Knights of the Fallen Empire'', [[TheStarscream Arcann]]'s face was disfigured in his campaign against the Republic and Sith Empire, and most of his face is obscured by a metal mask as a result. He gets rid of the mask when he becomes TheAtoner.
* In ''VideoGame/LetItDie'', the first boss is a twisted handyman/hardware seller/gang leader with a beard made of screws and his arms stitched on his temples. According to the "Tales of Barbs" info, he rams a screw through his jaw every time he destroyed a rival gang.
* In ''VideoGame/XCOM2'', the ADVENT soldiers are supposedly human, but actually underwent genetic manipulation that had the effect of altering their facial structure to resemble a mix between human and Sectoid. Their helmets conceal these disfigurements, only revealing their mouths, the one part of their face that still looks passably human.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'': The right side of Hanako's face is severely scarred from when she was caught in a house fire several years before the story takes place. [[PeekABangs She grows out her hair to try and cover the damage.]] And it's not just the scars that explain why she's so [[PhysicalScarsPsychologicalScars traumatized]]. [[spoiler: Her father died in the fire, her mother sacrificed herself to save her, and while the kids at the OrphanageOfLove she was sent to treated her well, in junior high, she was teased and bullied constantly by her classmates.]]
* In one ending of ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', [[spoiler: Luna's face falls off as Zero III shuts her down]], though in this case, it's more tragic than horrific.

* In ''Webcomic/TheZombieHunters'', [[spoiler:Jameson]] gets eaten mostly on the face. Good stuff.
* [[https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/05/18 This]] Webcomic/PennyArcade strip.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebAnimation/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' character Blood Boy had his face heavily mutilated as a child by having a marble stuck in his throat, and clawing at it to get it out. He wears a [[MalevolentMaskedMan mask]] over it to hide it. Later he slices off what's left for a trap. Other examples have occurred throughout the versions, such as Melina Frost getting a Molotov cocktail to the face.
* [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] discussed an instance for ''WebVideo/CounterMonkey'', recounting his ''Literature/ThievesWorld'' TabletopRPG campaign. Because of an [[ATragedyOfImpulsiveness impulsive]], critically-hitting interrupt, [[NighInvulnerability Tempus]] [[TheCavalryArrivesLate Thales]] takes a [[HollywoodAcid flask of acid]] to the face. Because of this utter humiliation, his goddess revokes his HealingFactor until he took bloody retribution. [[HumiliationConga The players continually outwit him]], so the goddess makes his condition ''worse''! [[DrivenToMadness Tempus]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge doesn't]] [[OmnicidalManiac react]] [[EscalatingWar well]]...
* {{Creepypasta}} character WebOriginal/JeffTheKiller. His face was heavily damaged by chemicals, and ''then'' by [[GlasgowGrin self-mutilation]]. The resulting face is a shock image that will take quite a while to get out of your head.
* In the ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' web episode "Peas in a Pod", Sniffles dies when one of Lumpy's clones wipes his face for an extended period of time and leaves a hole in his face exposing his skull. Both the fact that his face was eroded away and that he died can be chalked up to RuleOfFunny.
* [[WebVideo/{{Vinesauce}} I got]] [[MemeticMutation Terminal 7 Luigi]], [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/terminal_7.PNG this is what it looks like, Luigi.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Too Old," Lemongrab 2 is revealed to be alive after Lemongrab 1 tried to eat him in "Another Five More Short Graybles", but horribly disfigured. The extent of his disfigurement includes, but is not limited to, almost half of his head just being ''gone,'' replaced by massive bite marks.
* Happens to the Spiteful Brakevan (a bullying caboose) at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' episode [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Brake Van" (The Scottish Twins' debut episode).]] [[spoiler: He is smashed into pieces after being hit by one of the aforementioned Scottish Twins head-on, and in the process, his face is ''torn off his body.'']]
** Just right before this scene happens, for some reason, if you look very closely, you can easily tell that this Scottish twin's face is falling off his body!
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has Zuko, who has half his face burned. But he manages to work it well and still have an EstrogenBrigade.
** And then there's [[EldritchAbomination Koh]], who actually ''steals your face'' and leaves you as a [[TheBlank blank]].
** The SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has the BigBad Amon, who was scarred by a Firebender and has to wear a WhiteMaskOfDoom to cover it up. [[spoiler:This isn't true; he was just pretending to be scarred to gain sympathy. [[RuleOfScary And probably as an excuse to wear that mask.]]]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Flirting With Disaster", Francine gets hit in the face with acid. For the remainder of the episode, until the last few seconds, her face is conveniently obscured. For good reason.
** In the episode "The Long Bomb", Stan kills a terrorist by melting his face with superheated steam.
** In "The Mural of the Story", Hayley ends up hated by the town after Stan blames her for his botched attempt to restore a mural, so Stan attempts to reconstruct her face in her sleep, with horrific results. Hayley later has a real plastic surgeon give her a new face as part of a plan to make Stan suffer.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Britney's New Look," Music/BritneySpears ''gets the top half of her head blown off,'' leaving just a lower jaw and a tongue. ''And she survives.''
* A less horrifying example is ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Hats Off to Smurfs", where a new yellow hat worn by Vanity causes his face to be disfigured every time he gets it wet by washing his face with water.
* Billy on ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' has his face shredded, ripped open or removed at least seven times over the show's run, from having his face ground against the road after he gets sent flying off his bike, putting his mouth on a running egg beater, getting hit in the face with a push mower, the school's cat mascot clawing his face (which it also does to Grim later), a [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack wampa]] tearing his face clean off after he wanders into its cave, being caught in the explosion from his future counterpart returning to his own time, and a living tornado.
* The 2002 reboot of ''[[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe]]'' rewrites [[SkullForAHead Skeletor]]'s history so that he was [[WasOnceAMan originally a man named Keldor]] who had his face burned off with acid fighting Man-at-Arms.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros'': There's a security checkpoint at Dr. Venture's yard sale (as it's a magnet for arch-villains) where Baron Underbheit is made to remove his metal lower jaw, which leaves his tongue hanging limp out his exposed throat hole and horrifies people around him.
-->'''Dr. Girlfriend:''' I'm gonna throw up, I swear, I can taste it!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Weirdmageddon", [[TheQuisling Preston Northwest offers his allegiance to Bill Cipher]], and has the functions of every orifice on his face rearranged. His mouth becomes a giant eye, his eye holes turn into a set of ears, and his ears turn into a pair of noses. [[{{Squick}} All of which is shown to the viewer, along with his pained and muffled screams from not having a mouth.]] How they ''ever'' managed to get that past Disney's censors will be a question for the ages.
* A much lighter example is from the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic", where a jellyfish scientist called Dr. [[PunnyName Manowar]] talks to a crowd about how he was stung by [[BeastWithAHumanFace a monstrous jellyfish]] called "Big Lenny" ''and lived''. He now has a huge welt that "only hurts when you touch it" which Patrick does immediately after he says that.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' episode "Dethvanity", Murderface goes to a back-alley plastic surgeon to have his face rebuilt. When the operation is complete, he's ordered to wear a metal helmet until his face fully heals, but when he takes the helmet off at a ceremony it turns out that his face got an infection that made him even more disfigured than before.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'': Played for laughs in "Flipmode". At the end of the episode, Space Ghost learns they lost the footage to the "Space Ghost: A Tribute to Freedom" segment, and a RevealShot shows that all the skin has been removed from Space Ghost's face as he complains "Then what was the point of sanding my face off?"
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had Peter watching ''Series/{{Jackass}}'' in the episode "The Man with Two Brians", where Johnny Knoxville gets half of his face blown off with a shotgun.
* Implied in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode "The Good Ol' Days", when Timmy gives his grandfather a sour ball that causes his face to suck in. It then pans to Timmy as his grandfather's [[EyeScream disembodied eyes]] roll to the former's feet, the latter complaining that "candy was better before when it didn't make your face implode".

[[folder:Real Life]]

* Jacqueline Saburido, badly burned in a car accident. After many surgeries, she now looks [[http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Jacquis-Struggle-Video_1 sort of normal]], but still very badly scarred and nothing like her original face.
* Fakhra Younus, a Pakistani woman who was the victim of an acid attack by her then-husband. She went through more than three dozen surgeries abroad over a decade in an effort to repair her face before [[DrivenToSuicide taking her own life]] in 2012. Her case brought international attention to the growing problem of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acid_throwing acid attacks]] in South Asia, with at least eighty percent of victims being female.
* Dallas Wiens had his face completely destroyed (with only his lipless mouth left) by electric shock before getting a full facial transplant.
* Charla Nash, before receiving a facial transplant.
* Connie Culp, before becoming the first person in the U.S. to get a facial transplant.
* Isabelle Dinoire was the first person to receive a partial face transplant after her own Labrador mauled her. Looking up pre-operative images is rather horrific. Another warning, there is another aspect to the incident that shouldn't be read by the squeamish. It describes what could happen if she stops taking her medicine. [[spoiler:Her newly transplanted face will "slough off"; that is, it will fall apart in bits and pieces.]]
* Raymond Robinson, aka "The Green Man", electrocuted at age 8 trying to see a bird's nest. He spent the rest of his life making belts for a living and taking walks at night before dying at a very old age. It's more sad than scary if you think about it.
* Emmett Till (posthumous example). He was beaten up, shot, and left to rot in a river for a few days. His face was purposely displayed to highlight the cruelty of lynching.
* James Vance, the real-life inspiration for the character Arseface of the comic series ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}''.
* Music/MichaelJackson: even die hard fans should admit that his never ending face lifts were absolutely horrible by the end.
* Michael Jackson has nothing on Pete Burns.
* Lai Thi Do, a 15 year-old Vietnamese girl, before she had a ''12-pound'' facial tumor removed in 2008.
* Non-human example: [[http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-rescue-adoption-faceless-chase-no-face Chase the cat]], also known as Chase No Face, who was seriously disfigured in an accident at four weeks old, the trauma of which caused her face to slough off. She has no eyelids, nose or upper lip and extensive scar tissue as a result and requires medication every day to keep her eyes moist. In spite of this, she lives a happy life and is in no pain. In addition, she acts as a therapy cat for disfigured humans. She is something of a feline [[https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chase-No-Face/101516890806 Facebook celebrity]], and her (very heartwarming) blog can be found [[http://chasenoface.blogspot.com/ here]].
* Novemthree Siahaan, an Indonesian boy who had a rare condition that caused tumors to take over most of his face. The tumors were removed, but regrew and he sadly eventually died.
* The case of a horrific bloody assault in [[OnlyInFlorida Miami]] where a naked man named Rudy Eugene attempted to gnaw off the face (not bite, but GNAW) of a homeless victim named Ronald Poppo on a pedestrian ramp near a freeway. Even after the first shot, the drug-addled Eugene still continued to bite until he was finally killed by several more rounds of police gunfire. Poppo was left with his face ripped off, his eyes gouged, and his nose mauled, leaving only his goatee. You may kindly throw up now.
* It happened again in China, where a drunken bus driver named Dong chewed the face of a woman named Du.
* Denise Wagoner, aka [[HarsherInHindsight the real]] "[[Music/ThrobbingGristle hamburger lady]]". Search at your own risk.
* Another non-human example: Kabang, a female hero aspin (dog) in the Philippines, saved two young girls from being run over by a motorcycle, only to have her face disfigured. This, for the dog, is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome and a TearJerker.
* Any 2nd-degree or worse burns to the face.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI brought about many advances in plastic surgery, in large part because medical advances were saving men who had suffered horribly disfiguring wounds that would have killed them otherwise. The French term for them was ''"gueules cassées,"'' or "broken faces." Sir Harold Delf Gillies was one of the doctors who tended to these wounds and used skin grafts to repair the damage, but after one patient died of strain (from infection after too much skin was taken from his chest), Dr. Gillies created the "tube pedicle" (a tube of skin that attached to the site) to [[http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/b7/86/84/b786848f158ee1852e8dbc2a29d848a0.jpg regrow the damage]]. Those who couldn't get surgery would buy prostheses from artists such as Anna Coleman Ladd who made masks that looked like they were the same as the [[https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2014/09/25/before-and-after-cropped_wide-3a7a4f3e06cd96b6e20352d5d016296363cff94b.jpg?s=1400 rest of the body]].
* Noma, a bacterial infection resulting from poor nutrition and dental hygiene (hence why it has virtually disappeared outside of Africa), eats away at the victim's flesh, ultimately creating a scab that falls off to leave a gaping hole in the (often now misshapen) jaw. The worst part is that it mostly occurs in young children.
* An unlucky cow got 80% of its face torn off after colliding with a train, with the remaining half landing just a few feet away. Still alive, it continued to stand and walk. A [[http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=69336 link]] is provided but it is seriously, seriously {{NSFW}}.
* Any suicides or homicides from being shot in the face or head. In severe cases, the face and head can be turned into hamburger meat or pushed into the skull. If extremely lucky, the damage can be repaired and the person can survive, but probably with at least ''some'' disfigurement. For example, in UsefulNotes/{{Finland}} during the [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Winter War]], UsefulNotes/SimoHayha (nicknamed "the White Death," and probably the deadliest sniper of all time) took a ''14.5mm explosive anti-tank round to the face''. The bullet crushed his jaw and blew off his left cheek, leaving him permanently TwoFaced ([[https://frontierpartisans.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/2amHhMq.jpg]], [[https://www.simohayha.com/assets/simohayha/simo-hayha-medals.jpg]]), but he ''survived''. And the best part? Immediately after being shot, Häyhä proceeded to kill the [[UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets Red Army soldier]] who shot him.
* Tobacco can have ''nasty'' effects on the mouth, including cancers that require disfiguring surgery. UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud needed ''thirty-four'' operations, starting with the ''removal of part of his jaw'' in 1923 (he wore a prosthesis from then on), and continuing over the next sixteen years until the cancer became terminal and he [[ICannotSelfTerminate convinced a doctor]] to MercyKill him. Even through all that suffering, though, the man never stopped smoking.
* After Creator/MarkHamill got in a car crash while filming ''Film/ANewHope'', rumors abounded about all the reconstructive surgery he supposedly needed. [[SubvertedTrope It turned out to be just a broken nose]], but considering all the UncannyValleyMakeup he had to wear during ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'', one can see how the story got exaggerated.