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->''"Let's put a '''[[KnifeNut smile]]''' on that face!"''
-->-- '''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker''', ''Film/TheDarkKnight''

When a character suddenly breaks into an ear-to-ear grin, it's a CheshireCatGrin. When this is permanently part of their facial structure, whether they're happy or not, it's a '''Glasgow Grin'''. It may have curlicues or stitches at the ends. This also happens a lot with puppets, intentionally or not.

Named, of course, after the Glasgow Smile, an [[ViolentGlaswegian act of violence]] where you hold someone's mouth open with a knife and cut a smile into the victim's face. Not all characters with a Glasgow Grin have been scarred; some of them were born with it. [[GoodScarsEvilScars Generally, characters with Glasgow Grins tend to be evil, insane, or both]]. If it is a protagonistic character who is not a villain, it also just shows that they are a somewhat {{dark|IsNotEvil}} character. It's sometimes known as a Chelsea Smile, in reference to [[BritishFootyTeams the London football team]], whose [[FootballHooligans more violent fans]] were reputed to inflict it on people as a FinishingMove, or as a [[UsefulNotes/IrishTravellers Traveller's Smile]], also called "sourire de l'ange" (the angel's smile) in French.

Compare with CheshireCatGrin and SlasherSmile. Contrast PerpetualFrowner. An inversion is MouthStitchedShut. Subtrope of FacialHorror.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* There's an infamous ad for Durex condoms that shows a woman with bandages at the edges of her mouth (the implication apparently being that her recent partner's [[BiggerIsBetterInBed endowment]] was a little too big.)
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The eponymous character of ''Manga/FrankenFran'' has stitches going ear to ear, as seen in the current page image.
* Kakihara from ''Manga/IchiTheKiller''; it was inflicted on him by some of his fellow gang members, though he let them.
* The PerversePuppet Chachazero of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' smiles while saying the most twisted or acidic of things, if only for the fact that she was carved that way.
* Kakuzu of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has most of his joints modified by his kinjutsu to come apart at will; this results in disturbing Glasgow Grin-like disfiguration of his face. While in the four-tails form, Naruto also displayed this, though it healed after.
** After injecting himself with [[spoiler:Orochimaru's genes, Kabuto has a new snakelike form]]. In this form, he can open his mouth so wide it practically [[http://www.mangareader.net/naruto/580/6 rips open]]. This results in clear cut marks on the sides of his mouth even when it's closed.
** [[spoiler:The Ten-Tailed Beast has one filled with [[MoreTeethThantheOsmondFamily rows of jagged teeth]]]].
* Heinkel from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' gets one of these toward the end after taking a sniper round through the mouth. She doesn't seem too bothered by it, but it makes her dialogue a nightmare to read.
* Joejoe of ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' has what looks like stitches on the entire length of his mouth, which runs for the entire width of his visible face. Zebra has half of a Glasgow Grin--his left cheek is torn, exposing his teeth up to the wisdom ones. It might be intentional--he claims it's useful for shoveling food in, and might be possibly useful for all his [[MakeMeWannaShout shout-based attacks]]. For a short time, Zebra's cheek was sewn together, but the stitches gave way quickly.
* [[MadScientist Doctor Hogback]] in ''Manga/OnePiece'' has stitches that extend beyond his permanent smile to encircle his whole face. It fits right in with his expertise of Frankensteinian assembly of corpses via stitching. Despite this smile, Hogback can express a full range of emotions via body language.
* What the aftereffects of [[JoJosBizarreAdventure Scary Monsters]] are when turning from Dinosaur back to human. [[BodyHorror This sometimes happens to the Stand User, but each time it's creepy as all hell.]]
* Several of the Titans in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. The MostTriumphantExample is the Female Titan in opens her mouth so wide it splits [[spoiler:so she can devour/capture Eren after defeating his Titan form.]] She pretty much redefines BodyHorror.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Comedian in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' has half a Glasgow grin, after being slashed by a Vietnamese woman whom he'd gotten pregnant.
* Though not typical, [[DependingOnTheArtist some artists]] do depict SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker this way, particularly in out-of-continuity stories such as Brian Azzarello's ''{{Joker}}'' graphic novel.
** The ''Franchise/{{Batman}} Confidential'' story arc ''Lovers and Madmen'', a re-telling of the Joker's origin, had the Joker given his Glasgow Smile by a thrown Batarang.
** On a similar note, the Joker's Earth-3 counterpart, the Jokester, did have one of these from his encounter with Owlman I and Talon.
** The ''Toys/AmeComiGirls'' universe's version of Duela Dent, the Joker's Daughter, received such scars after being attacked by dozens of bats.
* Mr Rictus from ''Comicbook/{{Wanted}}'' has this, though it's due to horrible burns rather than cutting.
* The ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'' series has Karu-Sil of the [[Characters/GLSinestroCorps Sinestro Corps]], a WildChild who cut off her lips and sharpened her teeth into fangs so she could look more like the large beasts that adopted her, giving her a permanent predatory grin.
* Inverted with Whiteface, the SquadronSupreme's AlternateCompanyEquivalent of the Joker. After being assaulted in prison, he's left with a set of scars that make him look constantly sad. Differs from a PerpetualFrowner in that other than the scars, he has no affect display ''at all.''
* A ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' story-line had Constantine encountering a version of the Chelsea Smilers.
* In ''ComicBook/AmericanVampire'', [[spoiler: Hattie]] has one of these after losing a fight with another vampire.
* Klak from ''ComicBook/PocketGod'' has half a Glasgow grin on the left side of his face. He's not a bad guy, [[TheKlutz just clumsy]].
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is a cute, cuddly-wuddly cartoon featuring adorable ponies. The chief smiler, Pinkie Pie, makes it her job to put a smile on everypony's face. In the dark and violent fanfic ''{{Fanfic/Pagliacci}}'', however, [[MonsterClown Pinkie Pie]] puts THIS smile on everypony's face... because she has one, too. Yes, it's NightmareFuel.
** As another MLP example, ''Fanfic/PagesOfHarmony'' has a MadScientist Twilight Sparkle do this to [[spoiler: Sweetie Belle]] when she's captured with [[spoiler: Rarity]].
* ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}'': this is what happened to Gamzee when his MonsterClown and StepfordSmiler parents got frustrated with his refusal to pretend to be happy through all the terrible things they did to him.
* In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/881050/cloneserpents Cloneserpents]]' "Screams" series Harry has one due to extensive torture by Death Eaters. Hermione, who's equally tortured and equally insane, refers to him as her "Smiling Man."
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[[folder:Films]]
* ''Film/MrSardonicus''. AKA: Glasgow Grin: The Horror Movie.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'', the Other Wybie has a perpetual, blankly cheerful smile on his face. When it starts to falter, [[spoiler: the Other Mother attempts to keep it that way, permanently...with a needle and thread.]]
* In ''Film/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', Sally has a wide-stitched mouth, but only a fairly small central part of it seems actually functional as a mouth.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', the Joker has had his mouth cut open at the corners in lieu of the character's traditional rictus grin. The origin of these scars is left "[[MultipleChoicePast unknown]]". During the movie he appears to give one to Gambol.
** Which, interestingly enough, brings the chain of references full-circle: The comicbook Joker's rictus grin was based off Gwynplaine from the film version of ''TheManWhoLaughs''--who had a Glasgow Smile in the original novel.
* [[Film/KillBill The Bride]] gives one to a hapless {{Mook}} during her battle with the Crazy 88. Compared to some of the other wounds she inflicted, it's hardly the worst way to go.
* In ''Film/PansLabyrinth'', Captain Vidal [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome gets half a Glasgow Grin on his right cheek, courtesy of Mercedes.]]
* Matt Cordell, the eponymous villain in ''Film/ManiacCop'' trilogy, received one when he got shanked in prison.
* Robin shoots one to TheDragon Godfrey in Creator/RidleyScott's ''[[Film/RobinHood2010 Robin Hood]]''.
* The film ''Film/GreenStreet'' sees Matt threatened this by a group of Birmingham FootballHooligans. Being hooligans, of course, they refer to this as a [[GlasgowGrin Chelsea Grin.]]
* Keiko sports one after her transformation to the latter half of ''Film/VampireGirlVsFrankensteinGirl''.
* One of the most fearless of the Dead Rabbit warriors in Creator/MartinScorsese's ''GangsOfNewYork'' is a large Irishman named Jack Mulraney whose left cheek is curved up in a permanent grin thanks to a long-ago knife injury. Because of this peculiarity, the other gang members call him "Happy Jack."
* Kakihara (from ''Manga/IchiTheKiller'') sports one. Except it hasn't healed and is held together with rings at the corners of his lips.
* In ''{{Saw}} 6'', [[spoiler:Detective Hoffman]] gets half of one of these as he barely escapes a reverse beartrap with his jaw intact. There is a scene in the seventh movie where he stitches his torn cheek shut.
* In ''Film/WrongTurn'', [[spoiler: Francine]] meets her end when one of the murderous, [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]] hillbillies sneaks up behind her and uses barbed wire to tear her mouth open. We later get several [[GrossUpCloseUp prolonged views of her mutilated face]] when the hillbilly trio bring her corpse back to their cabin.
* Psychotic clown Sergio sports one of these in ''Film/TheLastCircus''.
* The original film example is ''TheManWhoLaughs'', whose face was permanently deformed into a grin as a punishment for his father's misdeeds.
* ''ISawTheDevil'' has a horrifying variation, wherein [[spoiler:one of the cannibals gets "A permanent smiley face" by having his lower jaw pulled until his cheeks begin to split]].
* Franchise/{{Godzilla}} has a "born with it" variation in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', though it's only really visible when he opens his mouth to roar or use his [[BreathWeapon atomic breath]]. Its design seems to be based off the similar "smiles" of many real life reptiles.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Mr. Grin from ''[[Literature/AlexRider Stormbreaker]]'' is a former circus performer who used to catch a knife between his teeth as the finale of his act, until his mother came to see his act and distracted him at the crucial moment. In addition to the scars on his cheeks, he [[TheUnintelligible has no tongue]].
* The title character of ''Literature/TheManWhoLaughs'', by Victor Hugo. Despite having this trope, he isn't that bad.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels, author Terry Pratchett plays with this when he writes about Death, who carries the personage of TheGrimReaper. "Death grinned" is a frequently-used description, averting mention of the fact that he never ''stops'' grinning, being a skeleton in a robe.
* Early in ''Literature/FightClub'' the protagonist gets a hole punched in his cheek, which he covers with two fingers when he drinks coffee. Later [[spoiler:he tries to commit suicide by fighting fifty guys, splitting the cheek completely. The he [[AteHisGun shoots out the other cheek]]. He points out that he now looks like a piece of vandalism from earlier in the book]].
* Katniss from ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' would've gotten one if Thresh hadn't stepped in when he did.
* In Creator/CliveBarker's ''Literature/TheThiefOfAlways'', Rictus has a Glasgow Grin.
* Also Mr. Sardonicus. The short story version.
* In Joanne Harris's ''Peaches for Monsieur le Curé'', [[spoiler:Inès Bencharki turns out to have one of these]].
* Vestara from ''Literature/FateOfTheJedi'' has a deformity near her mouth that gives her the appearance that she is smirking. The fact that it resembles a smirk is also the only reason the Lost Tribe of the Sith let her live (as they don't want their members to have birth defects).
* Mentioned in "Journal of a UFO Investigator" by David Halperin. The MIB discuss to cut the protagonist one "so he looks better". (At least that he is spared.)
* ''Literature/TheRifter'': Kyle has the "Glasgow smile" scar. He was a supposedly celibate initiate at a monastery; the senior priest Dayyid cut him as a mark of shame after catching him with a man in an alley. Dayyid needed him to become the Kahlil and so couldn’t have him publicly accused of homosexuality and executed, but everyone in Rathal’pesha knew what the scar meant and he was utterly ostracised.
* In Alex Grecian's ''The Black Country'', the [[NoNameGiven "gray-eyed American"]] has a huge gash in his face from his lip up through the cheek, courtesy of [[spoiler:Calvin Campbell]].
* ''Literature/YoungBond'' novel ''Literature/BloodFever'' has a fellow named Smiler, who is Count Carnifex's head henchman and assassin. He got his name from the scars that he bears on his cheeks, which he received for betraying his last gang. In Glasgow.
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[[folder:Legends and Mythology]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuchisake-Onna Kuchisake-Onna]], a woman in Japanese legend, wanders around wearing a mask over her slashed ear-to-ear mouth and asking people whether she's beautiful. What happens after this varies, but it always includes the threat of her slitting your cheeks like hers, whether you say "yes" or "no" (the word she uses for "pretty" is a homophone of the verb form of "cut", which is why she will attack you if you say yes). Some versions also give her MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily on top of it, just to up the creepiness factor. However, there are several [[TakeAThirdOption third options]] for dealing with her, such as [[PolitenessJudo apologizing that you have to be somewhere else right now]] or saying you're neutral or ambivalent on her appearance.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', [[spoiler:Alpha gives one to Victor, though it later heals]].
* In season 3 of ''Series/NipTuck'', this is the identifying mark of victims of The Carver.
* There's a minor character on ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' who has this.
* On the season 3 finale of ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', Chibs (see "Tommy Flanagan" in Real Life, below) gives Jimmy O a payback GlasgowGrin just before killing him.
* Marcie, the invisible girl, threatens to do this to Cordelia in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* In the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Imprint", the disfigured prostitute has half of one as a result of a genetic defect.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/SteelyDan's "Sign In Stranger" (about a hideout for wanted criminals) features the lines:
-->Pepe has a scar from ear to ear
-->He will make your mug shots disappear
** In the context of the line, Pepe is dead, and his mugshot is used to fool authorities into thinking people are dead.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* MonsterClown from Wrestling/{{AAA}} has one, with his forcibly-exposed teeth being yellow.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Doctor Loboto from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' is the definition of the curlicue version; his lips are thin and go halfway up his head, ending in partial [[GothSpirals spirals]].
* While not a villain, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Vincent Valentine's]] Chaos form in ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'' has markings on his face that resemble a faint Glasgow smile.
* It's only visible for a few seconds, but [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Psycho Mantis]] sports a small, half-Glasgow grin on the right side of his face; origins unknown.
* Double B. from ''VideoGame/AllPointsBulletin'' has a half-Glasgow Grin scar (it's also a selectable scar for player characters). Britney Bloodrose has a full one...''drawn on''.
* Some of the monsters you fight in ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' sport a Glasgow grin.
* Mentioned in one of the Sniper's lines in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''
-->"I'm gonna cut a smile into ya!"
* You can choose a Glasgow Smile for your character in ''VideoGame/{{Brink}}'', and, just like in real life, it's permanent.
* Kefka Palazzo in ''{{VideoGame/Dissidia|FinalFantasy}}'' sports a Glasgow grin with his redesign for the ''Dissidia'' subseries of the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series, both the HeathLedger's Joker variation (normal form) and the more traditional variation (EX-mode)
* Croagunk, Toxicroak and Scraggy from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. Scraggy loses the Glasgow Grin upon evolution, however.
* One of the scar options for characters in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' is a Glasgow Grin.
* Alvina and the Great Felines from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''. They're basically Catbeargators, with their grin coming from their alligator like mouths.
* Raiden, of all people, seems to possess this in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance''.
** He had a similar, but less noticeable example in the ending of ''Metal Gear Solid 4''. [[spoiler:The reason is, before the fourth game began, Raiden's body was replaced by an artificial cyborg version, leaving only his head sans lower jaw intact. That line is where his organic parts connect the cybernetic parts.]]
* Every single hurlock from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' sports a GlasgowGrin. In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', they were modified to have a more skeletal appearance.
* Ellen from ''VideoGame/PaleBlue'' normally have this. When she transforms into some of her more monstrous forms the whole thing rips open.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Chimneyspeak}}'''s [[MeaningfulName Chelsea Grinn]] has one that completely bisects both cheeks. One of the for-pay side stories, "Smile", gives the backstory of how she got it.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Judecca}}'', it's Nayako's defining feature.
* ''Webcomic/{{Zoophobia}}'''s Skoni has this, though whether or not it's a scar isn't known.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Jester, master of [[Literature/TheTaleOfTheExile Le Cirque d'Aberrations]], has one of these as a magically-induced deformity.
* WebOriginal/JeffTheKiller of CreepyPasta fame (best known for the infamous "Go to Sleep" picture) carved himself one in the attached story.
* Red from ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'' used to sport one, courtesy of [[spoiler:Ruby herself]]. It healed, but it developed into a SlasherSmile.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:Jack Slash]] inflicts half of one on [[spoiler:Tattletale]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Punsy [=McKale=] in ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'' has a permanent smile. It gets [[TearJerker kind of sad]] when he's offended that someone's laughing at him when he himself is actually very sad after losing a pun-off and sheds a SingleTear.
* The very first episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' features a Joker pulling a huge knife on Terry and declaring his intention to "put a ''smile'' on his face". This is probably something Jokers do a ''lot''.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Character actor Creator/TommyFlanagan (who was in ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' and ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', among other things) has what a healed Glasgow Smile ''really'' looks like, having received one after being jumped outside a bar. Also, Tommy Flanagan is from Glasgow. His most frequent role is as Chibs in the series ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', where his scar is part of the plot.
* The body of Elizabeth Short[[note]]better known as "The Black Dahlia"[[/note]] was found with a Glasgow Grin carved into her face. (Don't go looking for pictures unless you have a strong stomach; it is disturbingly easy to find ''incredibly'' gruesome crime scene photos of Short.)
* David Faber, a Holocaust survivor, once visited a school and calmly told an auditorium of middle schoolers how his Nazi interrogators put a vice inside his brother Romek's mouth and proceeded to slowly crank it open until Romek's jaw broke and his cheeks tore open. All this to get information from David, who knew nothing about what they were asking him about.
* UFC featherweight champion José Aldo received a partial one in a childhood accident. Though long healed, the scar is easily noticeable.
* Union general William Rosencrans of the American Civil War had been injured badly in a fire; he got reconstructive surgery on his face that left him looking like he was permanently smirking.
* A common myth among Portuguese school students is the existence of a gang called "Clown Face". If they catch you, they give you a choice: death, rape, or clown-face. The first two are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, and you can guess what the last one is.
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