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[[caption-width-right:286:[[Film/ThePrincessBride Inigo Montoya]]: {{Dashing|Hispanic}} [[{{Flynning}} swashbuckler]] =\\
[[RuggedScar neat scar on cheek]]\\
SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker: [[Film/TheDarkKnight Sociopathic murderer]] =\\
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->''"Deception. Disgrace.\\
Evil as plain as the scar on his face."''
-->--"[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZLamQWlqJA Not One Of Us]]", ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride''

You can easily tell heroes from villains by their scars.

Good guys tend to scar in an attractive, fashionable manner -- usually a single neat pale line, flush with the skin and placed in one of the following strategic locations: straight across one cheek, straight down from beneath the eye (popular with tough and/or grizzled characters), or straight up from the eyebrow. A scar extending up or down from the lip can happen, but it's rare as it can give a harelipped look more associated with shifty characters (and a similar scar on the other side of the lip [[GlasgowGrin is right out]]). A scar straight over the bridge of the nose has the interesting effect of looking cute and warlike at the same time. They can also have a big, raised scar or a burn, but only if it's in a place where the character has to be {{shirtless|scene}} for you to see it. Perhaps the ultimately cliche "good guy" scar is [[XMarksTheHero two scars forming an X across the cheek or forehead]].

Bad guys can also have fashionable scars to go [[EvilMakeover show off their being evil]], which blurs the playing field a bit; more often than not they have big raised slashes (often running up the face, stopping just below the eye, then continuing from the eyebrow up) and mottled, discolored burns. They are not limited to one but may have two or three scars, or be CoveredWithScars; they may have a RedRightHand in the form of a missing eye or ear, missing teeth, or a large chunk out of the nose or chin. Anything they're missing might have an {{Artificial Limb|s}} as a substitute, and in fact they might be so horribly scarred that they generally wear a mask over everything.

The AntiHero can go either way. Anti heroes sometimes tend to have a scar starting from below the eye and ending above it while the eye itself is [[EyesAreUnbreakable usually intact]].

This trope can be easily averted or subverted however, given that a disfiguring scar can be used to show that they've had a hard or even tragic life, or to mark an influential moment [[EveryScarHasAStory in their past]].

Doesn't do well for the 'external beauty is meaningless' school of thought; it's more like BeautyEqualsGoodness with respect to the relative sexiness/scariness of scars.

If the scarred person has a LoveInterest (and the work is sufficiently idealistic) expect said LoveInterest to talk at least once about how they don't care about their loved one's scars. Such moments may be [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]] or [[{{Narm}} laughably cliche]], depending on the individual writer's skill.

Compare GoodHairEvilHair, KnuckleTattoos. See also ScarsAreForever, MarkOfShame.

'''NOT''' TruthInTelevision, as how an individual scars is the result of age, genetics, and how the wound is cared for, while artificial limbs are much more likely to be the result of a transportation accident than evil deed.

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* Juumonji, one of a trio of {{delinquents}} turned American football linemen from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', has a cross-shaped scar on his face. His father [[HistoryRepeats has a similar scar]]. Mamoru Banba also got several facial scars after his mysterious summer training.
* Zaraki Kenpachi from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has a scar straight down the left side of his face, going from his hairline down to his jaw. Hisagi Shuuhei has three vertical parallel scars on one side of his face (from a Hollow attack fifty years before), apart from a tattooed horizontal line across nose and cheeks and a number 69.
** One character who has scars purely for the cool factor is Tsubaki, one of Orihime's Shun Shun Rikka. He springs into existence with a cool-looking facial scar down the side of his face, despite never having fought before.
** BadassGrandpa Yamamoto is also covered in scars, which is expected considering that he has been alive and in battle for thousands of years. While he isn't evil, [[WellIntentionedExtremist he isn't exactly what you would call good either]].
** MadScientist Mayuri Kurotsuchi is shown to have what appear to be surgical scars criss-crossing his entire body in the brief scene he is shown without his [[EvilMakeover creepy make-up]] on.
** Nel has a scar on her forehead from when [[spoiler:Nnoitra broke her mask and kicked her out of Las Noches.]]
** Kenpachi also has two more scars on his chest, courtesy of Nnoitra.
** Grimmjow has one on his chest after he got hit with Ichigo's Getsuga Tenshou in their first fight.
* The main character of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Negi Springfield, received a small horizontal scar on his cheek during his fight with Setsuna during the Mahora Martial Arts Tournament.
** He also received a scar [[spoiler:fighting a recreation of his father in the final match of the tournament]]. He could have had it magically healed, but he decided to keep the scar for sentimental reasons.
** Jack Rakan has a scar on each arm. We find out in a flashback that he got these [[spoiler:when the Lifemaker attacked Ala Rubra and cut his arms off]]. Obviously, they have since been reattached. Negi may also have a similar scar after his fight with Kagetarou.
** Ako has a large scar on her back of the more "evil" variety of scars, even though she's anything but. It's a large part of her character background that she is ashamed by it, has a phobia of blood from the accident when she received it, and freaks out when Negi sees it.
* Giroro in ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'' has a long straight scar diagonally over his left eye. His eye is perfectly fine though.
* Vash (good guy) in ''Manga/TriGun'' is horribly, unbelievably scarred, ''and'' has a missing arm, but his shirt (and an {{Artificial Limb|s}}) covers it up.
** His body is so heavily damaged that some parts of it are ''riveted together with pieces of metal''. Figure that out.
*** [[spoiler:Not so disturbing once it's revealed that he's closer to a plant than a human.]]
**** Yeah. Because [[spoiler:that means that he's keeping them ''voluntarily''. That's a ''[[SarcasmMode lot]]'' less disturbing.]]
* Balgus (good guy) in ''Manga/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' has numerous scars, including one dominating the left side of his face.
** In the same series, getting a scar on his face from Van causes Dilandau (bad guy) [[MinorInjuryOverreaction to go crazy(er)]]. And it was very neat, good-guy looking scar, by the way.
* ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': [[TheProfessor Kenzo Kabuto]] has a scar runs along of the left side of his head, stopping right above his eyebrow. It is not elegant or unnoticeable, even though he is one of the good guys.
* Himura Kenshin, the hero of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', has a single X-shaped scar on one cheek (hence the alternate title for some North American versions of the show, ''Samurai X''). By contrast, one of the series' chief antagonists, Makoto Shishio, is so heavily scarred that his body is kept wrapped and bandaged at all times, save for his eyes and mouth.
** Specifically, Shishio is burned, not mechanically scarred.
* Naraku (bad guy) from ''Manga/InuYasha'' has a large spider-shaped scar on his back. This dates back to his days as a human (despite Naraku technically being a HiveMind...) and extends to all his "incarnations", parts of his body given will and intelligence. (This includes Kagura, one of the incarnations. Though Kagura herself evolves more into an AntiHero than a proper villain, she is still forced to reluctantly serve Naraku out of self-preservation).
* Luffy (good guy) from ''Manga/OnePiece'' has a small scar under his eye; the manga originally began with him cutting his face to prove himself to be a man, but this was cut out of the anime. His [[spoiler:grandfather (good guy but reluctant villain) has a similar scar over his eye]]. Also, Coby, another good guy, received an X-shaped scar. X-shaped scars tend to pop out in the series, possibly as a tribute to ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', on which Eiichiro Oda (the author) worked as an assistant.
** Roronoa Zoro possesses a huge scar across his chest from his first bout with Mihawk (which he tried to poorly patch up by himself at first). Later on, he gains scars on his ankles from his attempt to cut his feet off to escape a villain's trap.
** Curiously, one of the major villains in the Enies Lobby arc, [[spoiler:Rob Lucci, has a scar on his back in the shape of the World Government's flag. It's usually hidden by his shirt, though. Lucci is an interesting case-he has a Good Guy-type scar, and is a legally licensed agent of the ''One Piece'' world's governing body, but he is portrayed as a murderous sort who greatly enjoys the killing and spying that he does in his role as a government agent.]]
** [[spoiler:After the timeskip, Luffy has an X burn scar on his chest from Akainu's attack and Zoro has lost an eye and has a thin scar from his forehead to his cheek.]]
** Crocodile also has the huge stitches spreading across his face mid-way down his nose.
** Shanks has three vertical scars over his left eye from a fight with [[spoiler:a WolverineClaws-toting Blackbeard.]]
** Brook's old head wound is, pre-skeleton, a bit more messy-looking and disfiguring than the usual Good Guy scar. This may well fall into "[[RuggedScar hard life]]" or "EveryScarHasAStory" territory, though at the moment all we know is he was formerly part of a kingdom's military.
* Yukito in ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}'' has a sword slash across his back from his [[{{Reincarnation}} past life]], which is always hidden. Good guy.
* Ralph in ''Anime/SoukouNoStrain'' has a classic Evil Scar, right across his eye. Said blind eye turns pink when he's in a murderous rage, accentuating the point.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the zealous, Ishvalan serial killer Scar has, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin you guessed it]], a scar on his face, in the shape of an "X". He is a morally ambiguous character, however, since he actually helps Ed and Al on a few occasions when he could just as easily have killed them.
** On the other hand, Ed has artificial limbs, which are listed above as evil, and Al not only has, but is a giant suit of armor.
*** Ed has another scar on his forehead, gained from a small injury early on in the story. It's usually covered by his hair and it's only purpose is to leak blood comically whenever he gets whacked. It eventually heals over time. WordOfGod is that it took so long to heal because Ed kept getting hit there.
** [[spoiler:Dr Marcoh]] has his face basically blown up. It scars as gruesomely as that implies, but despite an iffy past he is pretty much the most unambiguously good character of all. Very much a subversion.
** [[spoiler:Riza Hawkeye]] has a burn scar of traumatic character development on her back.
** Not to mention the scar on Roy's hand from when he had to [[spoiler:cut a transmutation circle into it to kill Lust]]. This scar also heals during the course of the series.
* Manji from ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'' has three separate scars traveling the length of his face. One goes horizontal through his forehead, one horizontal through the bridge of his nose, and the last vertical through his right eye, which actually blinded him in that eye.
* In ''Manga/BusouRenkin'', love interest and ActionGirl Tokiko Tsumura has a horizontal scar on her face, across her nose and stretching onto both cheekbones. Interestingly, the author has stated this comes from her design originally being intended for a female professional wrestler.
* Kaoru in ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' has some rather unsightly scars coming from his grandfather's physical abuse. As with most Good Scars though, you can't see them unless he takes off his shirt.
* Matsumoto Reiji's ''Anime/CaptainHarlock'' has a large horizontal scar across his left cheek ending at a missing right eye. His female counterpart Emeraldas has an identical scar but retains both eyes.
* Gene Starwind of ''Manga/OutlawStar'' is another example of a good guy with evil scars. Including two rather jagged ones running across his cheek and countless others on the rest of his body. Unlike most heroic body scars, his shirt ''doesn't'' cover all of them. It might if he has ''sleeves'', but...
* Yamcha (good guy) in ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' has 2 scars on his face. One over his eye and an "[[XMarksTheHero X]]" on his cheek.
** Future Gohan has similar scarring on his face and looks a lot like Yamcha.
** We actually see Tenshinhan ([[HeelFaceTurn former bad guy]]) get his scar (a large cut mark from his upper right torso to his lower left) at the hands of his former idol, Murderer/Mercenary Tao.
** Although rarely seen. Vegeta's body is covered with scars. We get a good look at them during the Frieza saga while he is changing into his uniform, with his most recent scar up to that point being Yajirobe's sword slash to his back.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Hatake Kakashi has a scar over his left eye, but it is usually covered by his forehead protector. It is the result of an injury to his eye that led to an eye transplant. Umino Iruka has the horizontal scar through the nose, and a large chunk of the adult population of Leaf Village has some scar or other, generally quite unobtrusive. Morino Ibiki, on the other hand, was very badly scarred in the past during an interrogation, but he is still one of the good guys ([[GoodIsNotNice well]], [[TortureTechnician mostly]]), though he does cover the worst ones up with his bandana.
* Cho Hakkai in ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' has a scar on his belly. He got it during his HeroicBSOD in his {{Backstory}}.
** In a later {{Backstory}} arc we see that Sanzo's body's been covered in scars since his teenage years. Thankfully they're all below his neckline and covered up by his abundant robes, so his handsome face can resume charming fangirls like before.
** Gojyo has two small scars under one of his eyes, from when his stepmother tried to kill him. His hair is usually long enough to hide them if he tilts his head a certain way, but he doesn't always.
* Tsume in ''Manga/WolfsRain'' has a large cross-shaped scar on his chest, which is seen in both his true wolf form and his human disguise. The younger wolf Toboe says it looks cool, but it is not until near the end of the series (in episode 29, one of the OVA bonus episodes) that we learn the reason he carries it. [[spoiler:After Toboe dies, Tsume spends some time alone with his friend's body, and confesses to it (and the audience) that the other wolves of his pack scarred him for cowardice when he tried to run away instead of saving his companions from hunters.]]
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' [[spoiler:Sensui's scars are multiple, as you'd expect of a villain; however, they are entirely covered by his shirt, as you'd expect of a good guy (because he ''used'' to be one). Itsuki becomes scarred over his eye from taking Kuwabara's Rei-ken: a simple heroic scar. Mukuro's scars are also "bad guy" scars that cover half of her body; however, seeing as how she got them (by [[BrokenBird pouring acid over herself to prevent her "father" from raping her as a child]]), as well as her usual hiding of them, makes them "good guy" markings]]. Kurama temporarily gets a heroic X on his cheek as well (giving him a strong resemblance to Kenshin).
* In ''Manga/BlackJack'' Dr. Kuroo Hazama aka Black Jack is a good guy who sometimes [[JerkassFacade poses as a bad guy to keep his reputation...]] and is ''massively'' scarred all over his body and face, to the point his skin has some different colored spots. [[spoiler:He actually got these scars as a child, when a bomb exploded and almost killed him and his mother; he decided to become a doctor after finishing his rehab.]]
* Kakihara in ''Manga/IchiTheKiller''. He has a horizontal scar running across his cheeks and nose, a horizontal scar across his forehead, and a vertical scar that connects both over his left eye. In addition to a glasgow smile held together by piercings at the edge of his lips. He is arguably the villain even though the good guy isn't any better than him and Kakihara gets more screen time (about 75% of the manga and film).
* Kenshiro of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' has seven scars that form the shape of the Big Dipper, which were given to him by his rival Shin. The villain Jagi was so badly scarred by Ken that he wears a helmet to conceal it (and to help keep his head from exploding); he also gave himself matching scars on his chest to masquerade as Kenshiro.
* Balalaika, ''Manga/BlackLagoon'''s resident MagnificentBastard, has a huge scar down the right side of her face (and body) from [[{{badass}} having survived a point-blank frag grenade in the Afghanistan war]]. The scar has given her the derisive nickname "Fry-face" amongst the Roanapur gangster community, which is only spoken in her presence by people with a death wish. Although a villain by anyone's standard, she never actively antagonizes the {{villain protagonist}}s and indeed hires them on several occasions.
** Her [[TheDragon Dragon]], Boris, has what looks like a knife scar across his nose.
* [=MachGaogamon=] (good guy) from ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' (specifically, ''Anime/DigimonSavers'') has one across his snout, but his previous forms (Gaomon, Gaogamon) ''don't''. How ''that'' works is fodder for WildMassGuessing.
** Gatomon's paw gloves conceal "X"-shaped scars from when Myotismon disciplined her. Similar to the [=MachGaogamon=] example, these scars are not visible in her other forms. Gatomon was introduced as one of Myotismon's flunkies, only to perform a HeelFaceTurn when she is revealed to be [[SixthRanger the eighth DigiDestined's partner]].
*** Theoretically, she could still have these scars in her other forms; we've just never seen them. Angewomon has gloves that automatically cover almost all of her arms, Nefertimon has gauntlet-like armor on ''her'' arms, and we never canonically see her Mega forms. There is also Silphymon, but that's actually a combination of her and another Digimon so that could be the reason.
** Also [[SacrificialLion Leomon]] as well as his evolved form [[PaletteSwap Panjyamon]], are covered in scars, although they look less like scars and more like slightly darker patches of skin/fur.
* Good guy Mugen receives a scar (well, three parallel ones) on his cheek from an enemy with knuckle claws in the three-part finale of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''.
** Bad guy Umanosuke, leader of the three brothers antagonizing Mugen, however, has a lidless left eye, apparently the inadvertent result of his encounter with Mugen. When his eyepatch comes off, revealing it, he becomes even more unbalanced than before.
* Kakoyin from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' gets vertical scars from an attack by Geb, the water based Stand used by N'Dour, the blind assassin. Kakoyin, in a realistic moment not often seen in manga has to wear sunglasses to cope with the non-permanent damage to his eyes.
** Okuyasu has a X-scar on his face, but while he is strong and can erase things with a swing of his right hand, he also is rather... lacking in the thinking department.
** And in ''Steel Ball Run'' (Part 7), {{President| Evil}} Valentine has an American Flag scar on his back. Probably the main reason for him being a VillainWithGoodPublicity despite being an evil lunatic who (among many other things) forced himself onto a 14 year-old girl.
* Allen Walker, protagonist of ''Manga/DGrayMan'' has a scar through his left eye. He also has a [[FauxSymbolism pentagram-shaped scar]] above that, both gotten from his father when young Allen accidentally had his deceased father turned into a demon. {{Justified|Trope}} in that the scar [[CursedWithAwesome is a curse]] that lets him see the souls of [[TheHeartless Akuma]].
** And as of recently, he has some ''huge'' scars going across his chest from [[spoiler:accidentally impaling himself with his own akuma-purifying sword, which ''wasn't'' supposed to hurt him, but... ended up causing him massive injuries and horrible agony. Because, yes, he's [[TomatoInTheMirror actually]] a Noah]]. Not that the fangirls minded - it provided some wonderful {{Shirtless Scene}}s and FetishFuel.
** Tyki has similar scars [[spoiler:for very similar reasons; Allen tried to remove the Noah from him, but only succeeded in waking it up.]]
* Sousuke Sagara of ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' has an X-shaped scar on his cheek. Good guy. The scar actually plays a semi-important role in the final novel: [[spoiler:When Sophia suggests that Kaname change history so Sousuke was a normal boy instead of a child soldier, she ''almost'' goes along with it...but when she sees his unscarred cheek, she realizes that however good a person as he might be, he's not the Sousuke she fell in love with, and rejects the offer.]]
** Also, the BigBad of the first season, Gauron, has a deep gash of a scar down one side of his face.
** [[spoiler:Leonard Testarossa]], the BigBad for the overall plotline, gains a vertical scar between the eyes when [[spoiler:he's struggling with Kaname over a gun and she [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace accidentally pulls the trigger]].]] After recovering, he drops his AffablyEvil "gentlemanly act" and becomes more of a JerkAss.
* Fakir in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' has a birth mark that is [[spoiler:supposed to be the scar of the Knight in a fairytale that was torn in two by a monster Raven--whom he is the reincarnation of]]. Of course, it's always hidden underneath his shirt. [[spoiler:Good guy, although the main heroine doesn't know that in the beginning.]]
* Takaya "D-Boy" Aiba of ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'' was stabbed in the eye by the first villain. The eye got better, since he was made of PoweredArmor at the time, but he still got a scar. When the real [[TheDragon Dragon]] showed up, he made a comment on how D-Boy's scar made it look like he was crying.
* ''Anime/FafnerInTheAzureDeadAggressor'' Soushi, good guy, has a scar on his left eye. Which is actually plot relevant [[spoiler:when they were both children his best friend Kazuki had to claw at said eye to keep Soushi from being assimilated by the Festum. As a result there is a lot of bad blood between the two since Soushi cannot pilot Fafner due to the injury and Kazuki is in a state of self-denial mixed with guilt over the whole issue.]]
* In ''Anime/DragonDrive'' the good-but-disreputable character Rockaku has an eye blinded by a scar (and his dragon has a matching scar). This scar represents the character's grief, anger, and thirst for vengeance for his best friend's death, and it is these emotions that make the character disreputable (getting drunk, lying to friends, diving into battle without strategy).
* Misato of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has a huge scar from between her breasts to her abdomen from the Second Impact that is rarely seen and Gendo has horrible burn scars on his hands, which is possibly why he wears those creepy little white gloves all the time.
** [[spoiler:It isn't. At the very beginning, it probably was, but after "Asuka Strikes!", there's [[EyesDoNotBelongThere something]] far more gruesome under his right glove...]]
** The doujinshi ''Manga/ReTake'' has [[spoiler:Future!Asuka discarding her plugsuit in the first issue]]. We're not shown what is underneath but her reflection in Shinji's eye shows numerous scars crisscrossing her torso.
* [[PyroManiac Nice Holystone]] of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' has burn scars all over her arms and part of her face following an explosives accident when she was little. The reason why her [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend childhood friend]] Jacuzzi Splot prominently tattooed his face was to draw attention away from her scars. Before you think this is a subversion, remember that ''no one'' in ''Baccano!'' [[BlackAndGrayMorality is 100% good]].
* Anderson of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' across his cheek. Odd, considering his HealingFactor (probably gained ''before'' his genetic upgrade to ultimate monster-killer).
** Above example confirmed by another Regenerator, [[spoiler:Heinkel]]. Calling it a scar is debatable, considering that [[spoiler:his/her left cheek and face was sliced open Jonah Hex-style and has stayed like that for ''30 years'']], but it's still a permanent wound, so I suppose that it counts.
* Guts from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has a small scar across the bridge of his nose, given to him by adoptive father Gambino when he tried to kill him.
** He's gained progressively more all over his face and entire body over the course of the story from numerous fights against demons. And he's missing an arm [[spoiler:which he hacked off himself]], and eye (which is depicted as permanently closed).
*** The eye is probably always closed because it's still in the socket, but being punctured by a demon's claw makes it completely useless.
** Casca also gains a number of small scars from her battles in the series. During [[spoiler:her sex scene]] with Guts, he spots them, and she feels ashamed of them at first, given the situation, but he's [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming unfazed and finds her all the more admirable for it]].
* C.C. from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has a scar of the Geass sigil placed beneath and partially on her left breast and completely covered if she wears even a midriff-baring top. Particularly relevant as she's got a HealingFactor that lets her come back from the dead, yet this one scar never fades, [[spoiler:probably because it was inflicted just before she was tricked into becoming an immortal, and appropriately enough seems to heal when she loses her powers most of the way through the series.]]
** Asahina of the Four Holy Swords has a nice, neat scar going vertically down his face, above and below his eye.
* ''Manga/GlassMask'' plays with the trope. Maya's mentor Chigusa Tsukikage has half her face horribly scarred after the accident that ended her brilliant acting career (bad scar), but aside of looking creepy with her hair covering the burned half of her face and being the acting version of a DrillSergeantNasty, isn't actually a bad person per se.
* Shiro Takamachi of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' has numerous scars all over his body from his [[TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever bodyguard days]] which we only catch a glimpse of when he takes a bath. He's also the kind and [[OpenMindedParent open minded father]] of Nanoha, a very HappilyMarried man, and definitely a good guy.
* Subverted somewhat in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' by Sergei Smirnov, a Russian lieutenant colonel with a facial scar fit for a Bond villain...who turns out to be one of the most sensible, intelligent, and humane characters in the show.
** Also, [[spoiler:WorthyOpponent Graham "Mr. Bushido" Aker gets ''several'' burn scars on the left side of his face and body during the first season finale, which is why he uses a {{mask| power}}. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Gundam_00_Second_Season_-_21_-_Large_38.jpg We see them clearly in episode 21]].]]
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}} UC'''s famous Char has a scar on his forehead received in a duel with Amuro. Though, Char's intentions are pretty ambiguous it's not really an indication for his alignment.
** The hulking Dozle Zabi, one of Zeon's top naval commanders, has a heavily scarred face. This came from the same car bomb assassination that killed his younger brother Sasro before the start of the series. Despite the scars adding to his already ogre-like appearance, Dozle is (along with his naive youngest brother Garma) the nicest of the Zabi clan, being a devoted husband and father, AFatherToHisMen, and completely uninvolved in the shady dealings that brought his family to power.
* In ''Manga/{{xxxHoLiC}}'', [[spoiler:Himawari]] receives a nasty set of scars on [[spoiler:her]] back and neck in place of [[spoiler:Watanuki, who fell from the second story of the school building and onto a shattered pane of glass.]]
* In his first appearance, Duke Togo, aka ''Manga/{{Golgo 13}}'', had no scars. Over the course of the series, he's collected a great deal of them on his body. They're covered by clothing much of the time. As for morality, he's best described as TrueNeutral (you pay him, he does the job, no moral issues involved [[ContractOnTheHitman unless you double-cross him]]).
* Not ''entirely'' sure if this is a proper example or not, but here goes. Hinako Aikawa, female lead of ''Manga/BitterVirgin'' has a scar on her stomach which is the result of a C-section. Hinako was a victim of [[AbusiveParents sexual abuse]] to the extent that she got pregnant ''twice'' before the age of 16. We see it only twice in the course of the series.
* Mello (bad guy... [[BlackAndGrayMorality well]], [[EvilVersusEvil sort of]]) from ''Manga/DeathNote'' gets a particularly nasty burn scar over half of his face from blowing up his own hideout to escape capture by the police.
* Wei in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' is something of a PsychoForHire and has a nasty burn over half of his face (and likely the rest of his body) following an encounter with electric-powered AntiHero Hei. Also, Wei's power is a form of BloodyMurder and so his arms are covered with scars from his constant cutting of himself, although those scars are usually hidden under clothing.
** Amagiri, a morally ambiguous AntiVillain generally kept one eye [[EyesAlwaysShut shut]], suggesting some kind of injury there (although he did open it occasionally), and at the end of the first season, was seemingly killed in a fire. When he reappears in the interquels, he wears a large [[EyepatchOfPower patch]] over that eye/general area and has lost all of the hair on his head, and has visible scars on his head and face.
** And if you were paying attention during Hei's ShirtlessScene in the second season ([[EvenTheGuysWantHim And don't even try to pretend]] [[MemeticSexGod you weren't]]), he has quite a few scars on his back. Definitely falls into the category of AntiHero scars.
** Mr. Smith, a villainous CIA agent in the second season generally wears sunglasses which cover the fact that while one his eyes is normal, and is blue, the other is milky white and probably nonfunctional, and has a nasty-looking scar running across it.
* Domon Kasshu from ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' has a cross-shaped scar on his face. Jerk in several shades that go from JerkAss to JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but mostly good.
** Domon's boss Urube Ishikawa has a scar on his face [[spoiler:thanks to the Devil Gundam]]. Wears a [[MaskPower metallic mask]] over it. [[spoiler:Looks like a good guy, but turns out to be a MagnificentBastard and very dang EVIL.]]
* Tokine from ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'' has a scar on her hand and arm that is ''almost'' covered by her clothing, but not quite. This is still a good scar, as it's shown that she received it while saving Yoshimori's life.
** And let's not forget Yoshimori himself, whose body is COVERED in little scars all over from his constant physical training and getting tossed around by demons all the time until Tokine can bail him out. All good scars that are generally covered up by his clothes, unless he's wearing shorts or a short-sleeved shirt anyway.
** Kekkaishi is actually something of a subversion: Tokine and Yoshimori's scars look more realistic, not cool.
* In ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'', there's a strip known "Liet's scars". Three guesses as to what it's about. And since Lithuania is a good guy, he's able to hide them under his clothes. It's believed that at least some of these scars (which look like whipping marks) come from Russia's abuse, which has been somewhat hinted yet never confirmed in canon. But {{fanon}} loves to assume it's true in an attempt to [[RonTheDeathEater demonize Russia]] [[SympatheticSue and woobiefy Lithuania]]).
** China has a single but very large scar on his back, [[spoiler:apparently given to him by Japan]].
** Netherlands has a currently unexplained scar over his right eye.
* Tsukune of ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has scars all over his body from several ''very'' close brushes with death. His clothes cover all of them, making him a good guy.
* In ''Manga/FrankenFran'', Fran Madaraki has a number of scars across her body, the most notable being a [[GlasgowGrin Glasgow smile]]; they're actually still stitched, because she's a FrankensteinsMonster. Despite certain LiteralGenie tendencies, she is committed to saving lives like a good doctor should. It's best not to ask what [[BodyHorror kind of life]] - what matters to her is that you're alive.
** Both [[BladeBelowTheShoulder Vero]][[ActionGirl nica]] and [[AxCrazy Gav]][[BloodKnight rill]] have similar scars.
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', Xanxus has scars all over his body that appear when his anger reaches its apex. He's the BigBad for the second arc, and somewhat of a [[spoiler:WildCard / AloofAlly in the new arc]].
* Hayato Jin from ''Manga/GetterRobo'' receives a number of scars on his face -- three on his chin, one across his nose and a couple around his eyes -- which are normally invisible unless he's especially stressed, as well as countless, always-present ones on the rest of his body (which are almost always covered). He's a SociopathicHero, so these are Antihero Scars.
* Gouda Kazundo, the villain of the second season of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' has a horribly scarred face. He deliberately kept the scar for its intimidation value, in spite of being a {{Cyborg}}.
* Reiji Takayama from ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'' has a {{Badass}} scar. While he's working for a company not very moralistic at best, it serves as a hint that he's not just an armchair arms-trader, but was in some action personally; later he turns out to be a [[BlackAndGrayMorality good guy as much as practical]] -- when the responsibility (and the fact he fell head over heels for the heroine) comes to the fore, he kicks a fair share of bottom for a BadassNormal.
* In ''Anime/PumpkinScissors'', the male lead Randel Oland has his ''entire body'' covered by horrific scars, some of which (if this was reality, or if he weren't MadeOfIron) would have resulted in his immediate death. They serve as a physical mark of the horrors he's endured [[spoiler:as a member of the Invisible 9, the nonexistent (on paper, anyway) terror troops of the Empire]]. They're Good Scars though, as Randel himself is a BrokenHero.
** The scars across his nose make him resemble a giant woobie teddy bear when he's not in the influence of the lamp. But when the lamp is working...
* In ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'', [[AnAxeToGrind the axe fighter]] Curio got a nice one across his left eye [[spoiler:by protecting a pre-teen Odin (or better said, Juliet) from abusive guards]]. Also a subversion: unlike many other cases, [[EyesAreUnbreakable his eye was permanently damaged]]. And finally, [[spoiler:Curio's EyeScream incident is what prompts Juliet to become the [[VigilanteMan Red Whirlwind]].]]
* Ruby from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' has a pair of scars above an eye conveniently covered by his NiceHat. [[spoiler:He has these because he took a claw from a frenzied Salamence in Sapphire's place. Surprisingly, the scars have less of an impact on ''his'' CharacterDevelopment than they did on ''hers''.]]
* ''Manga/GunsmithCats'' has Bean Bandit, mercenary driver, who helps criminals, bank robbers and so with his badass car, The Buff, which could put KITT into self-pity tears. He starts as a respectful antagonist who occasionally can be an ally. A bit of a hero, a bit of antihero, but the [[XMarksTheHero crossed scar]] between his eyes tells us he truly has a HiddenHeartOfGold. And as it was stated on his own OVA, he watches hero movies twice a week.
* Gilbert in ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' has a scar across his chest from when Oz accidentally slashed him with a sword at the beginning of the series. This is, in fact, what tips Oz off to his identity.
* ''Anime/DivergenceEve'' gives us Luxandra Frail, a woman who is literally covered in scars as part of her backstory. And unlike most characters with a scar across the eye, who seem to have perfectly functioning, intact eyeballs, hers is revealed to have a matching scar on it when she looks off to the side, [[spoiler:in what has to be one of the more disturbing scenes in anime]]. Granted, she is about as good a character as it gets, so maybe it's a subversion?
* There are characters with scars in ''Manga/SoulEater'', but these are 'good guys'. However, their scars are not all attractive. Soul has a massive scar right down his chest after being struck by Ragnarok (the black blood infection this gives him is plot-relevant), though it has not been referred to or seen recently. Stein is covered in scars due to experimenting on himself. [[spoiler:Black Star obtains a clean scar bisecting the star tattoo on his shoulder that symbolizes his CharacterDevelopment]] in the manga. In contrast, most of the main antagonists are not only unscarred but rather good-looking (Medusa, Arachne, Noah isn't exactly ugly in spite of his dress sense and Asura's face is 'pretty-boy' material even if the rest of him is skeletal, skin-stretching squick).
* Eureka, from ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', suffers "vein" scars which cover half of her left body (including her face) after an incident in episode 19 and remains that way until the final episode whereby her scars are no longer visible on her.
* The main hero Tetsunosuke in ''Manga/PeacemakerKurogane'' received a scar under his right eye following his battle with Yoshida.
* In ''Manga/UntilDeathDoUsPart'', the AntiHero protagonist has a scar (technically multiple small scars) covering half his face from the [[spoiler:explosion]] that blinded him.
* Yasuri Shichika, protagonist of ''Literature/{{Katanagatari}}'', had his body scarred horribly in the last episode; though he covers most of them up, the one on his face is very prominent. He's virtually the only character in the series to receive such wounds.
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}s'' are all hideously disfigured with scars beneath their armor, presumably as a result of becoming half-yokai. Regardless of their character, they all have potential evil under their skins, and evil was certainly done to ''them''.
* Gorobei in ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' has a large upside down Y-shaped scar on his left cheek, but it's never explained how he got it.
* [[EvilOverlord Claw]] from ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' has a scar over his left eye and unlike other characters with an eye scar, he always keeps his left eye closed.
* In ''Manga/SakuraGari'', [[spoiler: Masataka]] isn't scarred at the start, but gains ''many'' scars across [[spoiler: his]] back thanks to [[spoiler: Katsuragi whipping him in "punishment" for being his strongest rival for Souma's love. ([[ColdBloodedTorture Among]] [[RapeAsDrama several]] [[AssShove other]] [[FinGore things]])]]
* ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'' both subverts this and plays it straight. We have Yuya, the heroine, who has a hideous scar on her stomach (it gets de-hideoused later on, but still counts as a subversion). Then there's Akira (good guy), who is covered in scars, but they are mostly on his back and almost always covered by clothes. And finally, we get Hishigi (a rather dark AntiVillain), who is covered in ''nasty'' scars after [[spoiler: the Devil Eyes that have been keeping him alive are destroyed]].
* A DetectiveConan case is named "The Scar that Evolves Into Love". It's about a pretty and [[DisabledLoveInterest blind]] [[TheOjou rich woman]] named Kurumi Shoudou who hires Kogoro to find her first love, a man who is supposed to have a scar on his chest coming from the time he saved her life years ago: there are three men who hit this profile... but one of them may be a SerialKiller who's on the loose. [[spoiler: It turns out that the Shoudou's butler Taisuke Houya [[SubordinateExcuse was said man]]... and that Kurumi already knew it, but staged a BatmanGambit so he would stop [[GreaterNeedThanmine putting her needs over his own]] and aknoeledge their mutual love. So of course, it's a Good Scar from his part. (The SerialKiller? Neither of the three guys was him. But don't worry, he's caught in the next case.)]]
* Played straight with [[BetrayalKnowsMyName UraBoku]]'s Giou Takashiro who has a scar on his left cheek, which he got from his former friend [[BigBad Reiga]].
** Subverted with Usui Shuusei who is most definitely a very good guy (though a slightly [[StepfordSmiler broken]] one). He has some very nasty, discolored and badly-healed burn marks on his upper body from when he [[spoiler: interrupted Hotsuma's suicide attempt]].
* BiggerBad Ragyo Kiryuin from ''Anime/KillLaKill'' has seven star shaped scars that cover all of her back.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* the eponymous TheGoon has extensive scarring to the left side of his face, although his overhanging cap and the generally shadowy art style tend to mask it
* ComicBook/JonahHex, a morally ambiguous but generally heroic bounty hunter in Franchise/TheDCU's Old West titles, is massively scarred on the right side of his face, to the point where he has stringy strands of flesh over that side of his mouth.
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'':
** Usagi has a curved scar over his left eye. He received it during the battle where he lost his feudal lord and as a result of which he became a {{ronin}}.
** Usagi's rival Gennosuke, a rhinoceros, is missing most of his horn after an encounter with the blind pig swordsman Zato-Ino.
** Zato-Ino himself had his snout cut off in his first appearance, and has used a [[RedRightHand carved wood substitute]] since.
* John Gaunt, titular character of the series ''Grim Jack'', who had a classic villain scar to highlight his role as an AntiHero.
** Not to mention that when he [[BackFromTheDead leaves Heaven to inhabit a clone someone else made of him]], an explosion later on creates the scar again.
** Or when he [[BackFromTheDead is reincarnated as Jim Twilly]], he takes a broken glass bottle and scars his own eye, commenting that his face didn't look right.
* John Hartigan from ''Comicbook/SinCity'' has a distinctive good-guy scar in his forehead... yep, also in the shape of an "X", whereas the villainous Manute has a horrible glass eye [[spoiler:to replace the one that Marv ripped out of him in "A Dame to Kill For".]]
** Marv has plenty of his own scars, but he is a [[AntiHero bad good guy]].
* Perhaps the most famous comic book "evil" example is [[SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom Victor Von Doom]]. Accounts tend to vary, but the generally accepted story is that the experiment that blew up in his handsome face in his youth only caused a small scar. However, he was so vain that he [[MinorInjuryOverreaction chose to cover it up forever in a steel mask]]. The ironic thing is that he put the mask on while it was still hot from the forge, which ''really'' messed his face up, and made wearing the mask necessary.
* In issue 200 of ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', protagonist John Constantine received a single 'good scar' vertically upward on his left cheek.
* ''Classic'' comic-book example: DC's Harvey Dent (aka "ComicBook/TwoFace"), who went psychotic after having acid thrown in his face, resulting in massive and freakishly asymmetrical scarring. Half his face is ruined--and, since he's only evil about half the time, this verges on a LampshadeHanging.
** His face has been repaired numerous times, almost always resulting in the dominance of the "good" personality. Sometimes he's coincidentally scarred again, resulting in the return of Two-Face; other times, he's unable to keep his dark half at bay and symbolically scars himself when he gives in to his evil impulses. Only once has an unscarred face resulted in the disappearance of the good side.
*** In ''Comicbook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' his face is fully restored, but the process destroys the good half of his personality.
* [[BadassNormal Cassandra Cain]], the former {{Comicbook/Batgirl|2000}}, has her entire body covered in scars from her assassin father's [[TrainingFromHell pain-resistance training]]. This ''would'' be a subversion, except that the scars are never actually drawn unless Cassandra is partially or fully undressed. (This happens more often than you would think, but it's okay, she's immune to ComicBookTime and is therefore an adult.)
** The same can be said for Franchise/{{Batman}} himself as he is covered in scars from his many battles, but they are usually only shown when he talks about them or shows them to someone.
* Avoided in ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'': Good guy Ferro Lad's face is so scarred that he wears a mask at all times.
** The animated version has another case of good guy with more of a bad-guy sort of scar: Lightning Lad has the scar stopping at his eye and continuing from his eyebrow, ending as a lightning bolt. It glows when he uses his powers. How he got it is unknown, as of the end of Season 1. He's also since lost an arm, having it replaced with an awesome robotic one that can even amplify his powers.
* In ''TheTriganEmpire'', Trigo's simple warrior brother has a very macho bashed-in nose. He is a good guy, but in one story is seduced into evil by the horrible Darak, who has a long scar straight across his eye.
* Franchise/TheDCU's Captain Nazi has a long dueling scar across his face that he's very sensitive about.
** As does fellow DC megalomaniac Baron Bedlam.
** Also from Franchise/TheDCU is Lord Havok, an AlternateCompanyEquivalent version of Dr. Doom.
*** An alternate version of Lord Havok is kind of borderline. Not only are his actions ultimately for the good of mankind, but his deformities (underdeveloped limbs and a disfigured face) are much more pathetic than anything else. However, he hides these disabilities behind a suit of "smart metal" and an impressive array of weaponry. He also utterly destroyed his homeland of Russia... to get back at his father, the Czar, for [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas killing his mother]].
* Inversion: Snake-Eyes, of ''Franchise/GIJoe'', is horrifically scarred with burns from a window that exploded from too much heat and pressure inside the vehicle it was on. He wears a mask--not from shame, but practicality (when he doesn't wear it, bystanders tend to stare and not do helpful things like duck out of the way of the crossfire)--and [[TheSpeechless is unable to speak]]. He's firmly on the good guys' side. Though he's the type of person who can [[spoiler:run his girlfriend through with a sword to help her cover]], he strives for both honor and morality in his activities.
** In the ''Reloaded'' continuity, he's got scars all over his body--bullet wounds, burns, massive cuts. He's also reputedly insane.
* Oubliette, the daughter of villain Doctor Midas in Creator/GrantMorrison's ''Marvel Boy'', wears a mask to hide her facial scarring; the Evil Scar trope is subverted after [[spoiler:she rebels against Midas, then it's revealed that her face is normal, except for a rather clean fencing scar her father gave her.]]
* Jigsaw from ''Comicbook/ThePunisher''. Guess how he earned his nickname. Making it worse is that he was previously renowned as incredibly handsome.
* ''Comicbook/YTheLastMan'': Other Beth has a scar running across the bridge of her nose, presumably an impact injury from her plane crash. And Hero's mastectomy scar is a permanent reminder to her of the atrocities she committed as a Daughter of the Amazon.
* {{Deadpool}}: After an infusion of Wolverine's HealingFactor, the cancer that was killing Deadpool was cured... until it came back full force and left his entire body scarred. As a result of his body fighting the cancer off and the cancer coming back, Deadpool's scarred from head to toe--and because his cancer effectively ''is'' his healing factor, his exact scars and disfigurements shift and warp. The extent [[DependingOnTheArtist depends on the artist]], ranging from light scratches to discolored patches to full-on tumors (onlookers who don't know what to expect often vomit at the sight of him unmasked). Plus, they work as both since he's somewhere between anti-hero and bad good guy.
** Speaking of Deadpool, there's DC's Deathstroke (Slade Wilson, inspiration for the aforementioned DP), missing his right eye which puts him in RedRightHand territory. On the other hand, he does keep the socket covered 100% of the time, which could be why no one can seem to agree if he's a villain or a good guy (though no one would stretch to call him a hero).
* ''Comicbook/{{Preacher}}''':
** Herr Starr is, by the end of the series, lacking one eye, one ear, one leg, his genitals, and has a scar on his bald head that makes him a walking penis joke. The eye scar is particularly ominous.
** The title character loses an eye partway through the comics.
* Early in the early-2000s Image run of the ''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'' comic, Raphael has half his face shot off by the Foot Clan and spends the rest of the run resembling [[ComicBook/TwoFace Two-Face]].
* [[Characters/BatmanRoguesGallery Victor Zsasz]] has dozens, if not hundreds of scars on his body. They're all self-inflicted; Zsasz is a serial killer who carves a tally mark into his skin for every victim he has.
* Perfect Storm from ''ComicBook/XMenForever'' has a huge scar that came right across her face and between her eyes as a result of [[spoiler:Kitty slashing her across the face in retaliation for Storm killing Logan.]]
* Havok from the X-Men has a large scar running down the right side of his face, leaving his eye intact that fangirls have said makes him look sexier. This scar has since mysteriously disappeared.
* [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Darca Nyl]], patron saint of GoodFeelsGood, is absolutely ''[[http://img580.imageshack.us/img580/2961/blz26.jpg covered]]'' in scars of the good and evil varieties, including [[http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/1002/blz47.jpg some on his back]], souvenirs of his old mercenary life. In some scenes they're de-emphasized.
* ''Comicbook/{{XIII}}'', from the comic of the same name, has a bullet ricochet off his head that [[EasyAmnesia makes him lose his memory]]. The only result, however, is an elegant streak of grey over his temple.
* ''Comicbook/{{BPRD}}'''s Ben Daimio basically averts this--he has a massive, jagged scar running up the entire left side of his head, and is missing most of his left cheek and ear, so he can't close his mouth completely. [[spoiler:He got it from being killed by a jaguar demon, only to [[BackFromTheDead wake up]] in a body bag a few days later.]]
* [[Comicbook/{{Hawkman}} Fel Andar]], the [[ContinuitySnarl fake Hawkman]], has a generic evil slash scar over one of his eyes.
* Flynn "Flyin'" Ryan from ''Comicbook/SteelgripStarkeyAndTheAllPurposePowerTool'' is a Vietnam War veteran with a scarred "R" in his forehead. It was done out of defiance when he and his fellow prisoners were ordered to make an anti-American propaganda video.
* In ''Film/ThreeHundred'', Leonidas ends up with a scar from his brow to his cheek, but the eye remains intact. Delios isn't quite so lucky.
* The {{New 52}} incarnation of Black Manta has three equidistant diagonal scars on his face -- implicitly from his archenemy ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'s trident.
* In ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', Mina's throat is terribly scarred from Dracula's feedings, which plainly were a ''lot'' nastier than ''KissOfTheVampire'' would suggest. Ironically, when she reveals this to Alan Quatermain, he's more intrigued than repelled, as he was once married to a woman who'd also suffered neck scars.
* Jigsaw, one of ComicBook/ThePunisher's few recurring foes, is so named because the Punisher threw him face-first through a plate glass window, leaving him with a massive amount of patchwork scars across his face.
* ''ComicBook/HelOnEarth'':
** [[WellIntentionedExtremist H'el]], the main antagonist, has a scar over his left eye and another across the bridge of his nose. How he got them is unknown.
** SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor has scars all over the left side of his face; which were caused by Superman [[NoodleIncident in a previous confrontation]].
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In the LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya fanfic ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', Kasai has a long scar above both eyes that crosses the bridge of his nose. It's usually concealed beneath his glasses, so it's only shown when he's on duty Tsuruya's bodyguard.
* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6451286/1/British_Import British Import]]'', the Death Eater, Cocytus, has a standard evil slash scar on his eye... Mostly to signify that he's evil. The other dead giveaway is that [[FrenchJerk he's FRENCH]].
** Remus Lupin is often depicted as having scars in Fanfiction. This is probably because the movie version had two diagonal scars across his face, although whether Lupin also has other scars depends on the fanfic writer.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' fanfic ''Fanfic/KeepersOfTheElements'', Radcliffe has a pretty evil-looking scar under his left eye which he got, courtesy of [[BewareTheNiceOnes Aideen]]. Never mess with the [[PlayingWithFire Fire Keeper]] indeed.
* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'': Jade gets one of the fashionable evil kind when Ikazuki slashes her across the forehead as punishment; the scar is described as dividing her forehead in half, but also as being a "pencil line" in width.
* PlayedWith in ''Fanfic/{{Sanctuary}}'', where Rayan [[HeroicSacrifice pushes Sarana away from an acid flare but gets hit by it in the process]]. He nearly dies and gets horrific scars that cover most of his body, ruin his face [[spoiler:and render him permanently sterile]]. So in this case, the scars make him look evil, but they're actually a sign of his compassion. (He [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer justifiably]] [[KidsAreCruel angsts]] about it, though.)
-->“I don’t have any friends.” The words came out as a rush.
-->“No one at all?”
-->“They try to avoid me.” Rayan bit his lip. “It’s because of how I look.”
-->Lymo was silent.
-->“Whenever I go out with father on patrol, you can see how they stare at me, like I’m some kind of—of thing. They talk about me behind my back, I know they do, I’ve heard it, all the time. I feel like everyone’s just waiting to watch me fall and say, ‘Hey, look at the freak.’”
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[[folder:Film]]
* Inigo Montoya from ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' is pretty much a textbook example of Good Scars: two straight, clean lines, one on each cheek. They were given to him as a lesson by the man who killed his father in front of him when he was a child.
** It should be mentioned, however, that Inigo starts off as an antagonistic mook, having been hired by Vizzini to help kidnap Buttercup.
* In ''Film/SpiderMan3'', [[spoiler:when Harry gets knocked around by Spidey early on and [[AmnesiacDissonance temporarily turns good]] from EasyAmnesia, he doesn't even have a bruise -- as Mary Jane points out. Later, after going back to the dark side, Harry fights Peter again, and gets a horrible facial scar. At the end of the movie, he undergoes a HeelFaceTurn, but he's still scarred, and sure enough, RedemptionEqualsDeath.]]
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'', where Tony Montana has a huge scar on one side of his face; at the very beginning of the film, he says he got it in an accident when he was a child.
* ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'''s Victor Laszlo has a classic Good Scar: a thin, dark line crossing right eyebrow.
* Many pirates in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' sport scars, but then again, with the lifestyle of a pirate, it's to be expected. Notable scarred characters are Barbossa who has a scar over his left eye and Captain Sao Feng who has a sideways "A" shapes scar on his bald head. Sparrow has the "P" burn on his forearm that Beckett gave to him, although it's covered most of the time. Originally it was going to be on his forehead as such brands were done, but the writers thought that, even if it was hidden under his bandanna, the audience would never forget it after TheReveal, and it would just distract the hell out of everybody. Let's not even mention that he'd then have p on his head.
** Jack also sports two black bullet wound scars on his chest and a large branched scar on the inside of his left forearm.
* The NobleSavage villain Scar from the John Ford and John Huston Western ''Film/TheSearchers'' is known by his scarred face.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Darth Vader is (supposedly) so scarred and mutilated he can't survive long without being entirely encased in a pressurized suit of life support systems [[spoiler:''and'' has ''four'' artificial limbs]]. He chooses to armor this suit and uses it to make himself more intimidating.
*** Before Anakin became Darth Vader and was pretty much made of scar tissue and mechanical replacement parts, he had a scar on the left side of his face near his eye and had already lost one arm.
** Han Solo and Luke Skywalker both have minor facial disfigurations (due to the real-life actors' accidents) and Luke also has an artificial hand that is almost completely indistinguishable from a real one.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''
** In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker sports a nasty GlasgowGrin, which he accentuates with red lipstick. He even offers to explain to his victims how he got his scars, though [[MultipleChoicePast his story is different every time]]. And then there's [[spoiler:Two-Face]]...eurgh.
** Good guy Bruce Wayne also sports multiple scars throughout his body from his expeditions as Batman. Naturally, though, these scars are conveniently in places that would be easily hidden by a shirt. It's also hinted that the reason he has scars is because he tried to fix some of said wounds himself, not even waiting for Alfred to stitch them up for him.
* When Dr. Weir comes back for the final showdown in the gravity chamber in ''Film/EventHorizon'', he's [[BaldOfEvil completely bald]], [[FullFrontalAssault completely naked]], and has nasty scars all over him.
* The BigBad in ''Film/DoctorZhivago'' sports a scar down half his face, [[spoiler:received during the Cossack assault on the protest early in the film, and the book.]]
* [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Dr.]] Tolian Soran, the main baddie of ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' has a long windy scar down the middle of his face.
** Nero, the villain from the ''Film/StarTrek'' reboot, has some pretty evil scars on his head, including two rows of tooth marks and a missing chuck of ear. Many more Romulans were going to feature scars, but Creator/JJAbrams vetoed their character designs out of fear of invoking this trope.
* Rare female example: Latika, the love interest in Creator/DannyBoyle's ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'', is [[spoiler:attacked with knives by vengeful gangsters who, presumably, intend to disfigure her as punishment for running away from her crime-lord boyfriend]] - and receives a perfect slim, elegant slash down the side of her face that actually manages to ''accentuate'' her high cheekbones.
* In ''Film/HighNoon'', BigBad Frank Miller spends most of the film {{offstage|Villainy}}. Some townsfolk even defend him and insist that he's not so bad. When he finally arrives at the film's climax, he sports ugly scars to prove that he is in fact a bad guy.
* In ''Film/{{Platoon}}'', Sgt. Barnes has a nasty scar that zig-zags all up and down the right side of his face.
* In ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', BondGirl Camille Montes has a burn scar given to her by the film's BigBad. It's a reminder of her desire for revenge, but is usually not in sight to diminish her ravishing good looks.
* In ''Film/AlienVsPredator'', [[spoiler:the last remaining scientist]] [[ActionGirl Alexa]] accepts a pair of calligraphy-clean "good scars" on her cheek as an acknowledgment of her [[TookALevelInBadass level up]] during the course of the movie. Of course, this probably saves her life in the end, because the [[spoiler:other Predators [[TrustPassword recognize the mark]] and understand she's one of the good guys.]]
* It is implied that V from ''Film/VForVendetta'' is covered in burns he received from his escape of the concentration camp. He normally wears a full-body outfit as well as gloves and a mask to cover himself, but his scarred hands are briefly seen when he cooks breakfast.
* Grenouille, the VillainProtagonist of ''Literature/{{Perfume}}'' bears a number of scars from his life as a tanner's apprentice. His brutish master is covered in them, giving him a monstrous appearance.
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' has ColonelBadass Miles Quaritch, who has three scars across the side of his head from his first day at [[DeathWorld Pandora]]. He claims that while the doctors could fix it, he decided to keep them to remind him of EverythingTryingToKillYou and to not get soft.
* In ''Film/TheCrow'', Eric Draven's return from the grave gifts him with a healing factor that prevents him from gaining any new scars - but the scars from the bullet wounds that killed him remain clearly visible on his chest when shirtless.
* Franchise/IndianaJones bears a horizontal scar below his bottom lip, which he acquired as a boy in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' when attempting to crack a bullwhip. (In reality, actor Creator/HarrisonFord got the scar in a car accident at age 20.)
* Oharra in ''Film/EnterTheDragon'' who received a big scar down the right side of his face from Lee's grandfather when he tried to rape Su Lin, Lee's sister.
* Azazel from ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' has a vertical scar across his left eye. And, of course, works for the BigBad.
* Lila Lash, the evil landlady from ''Film/TheSinfulDwarf'', has a big nasty scar on her cheek to signify her villainy.
* There is an intermission in the 1961 film ''Film/ElCid'' which corresponds to Rodrigo's years of exile from the Spanish court. When we first see him after the story resumes, the formerly clean-shaven hero has acquired a [[ExpositoryHairstyleChange gray-streaked beard]] and a scar that runs diagonally from beneath his right eye to his jawline.
* The BigBad in the Film/JamesBond film ''Film/GoldenEye'' has burn scars on one side of his face, which he got as a result of being too close to an explosion set off by Bond several years earlier. In a later Bond film, ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', one of the bad guys is holding a case of diamonds rigged with an explosive, which detonates. He survives, but the blast has ''permanently embedded several of the diamonds in his face''.
* Bad guys Gunn and Miss Poinsettia start to [[ScarSurvey compete for the nastiest scar]] in ''Film/TheReturnOfSwampThing''.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': The Basterds carved scars shaped like swastikas into the foreheads of Nazis they captured and kept alive.
* ''Film/LastManStanding'': [[TheDragon Hickey's]] nasty scar across his eye.
* In ''Film/TheDebt'', Rachel has a rather jagged scar across her face from her fight with a Nazi. It's [[spoiler:a mark of shame for her, since she let the Nazi get away and then lied about it]].
* In ''Film/{{Dredd}}'', BigBad Ma-Ma has a nasty facial scar that was inflicted by her pimp, whom she killed in retaliation for the wound before taking over his business.
* In ''Film/TheHobbit'' the orc warlord Azog has numerous scars running along his chest and face. Given that many of them are symmetrical they may be self-inflicted as a sort of very painful tattoo.
* John Franchise/{{Rambo}}'s torso is crisscrossed with good scars that he received from being cut by an interrogator while he was a prisoner of war.
* After having been TheFaceless in previous Film/JamesBond films, the head of SPECTRE, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, is finally introduced in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' being [[BaldOfEvil bald]] and having a long vertical scar which passes through his right eye.
* In ''Film/IronMan2'' Ivan has the traditional scar down his eye.
* In ''Film/PacificRim'', [[TheHero Raleigh]] has numerous, neat burn scars over his chest and arms from his battle from Knifehead. [[JerkAss Hanniball Chau]] has an ugly scar directly across one eye from an incident at an Anti-{{Kaiju}} shelter.
* In ''Film/TheVikings'', Einar [[spoiler:[[EyeScream loses an eye]] to a hawk]] and begins his descent into evil from there (or embraces it more openly, at least). Erik [[spoiler: [[AnArmAndALeg loses a hand]] as reward for a noble deed]] and ends up the hero of the story.
* [[BigBad The Shredder]] from the first ''[[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Ninja Turtles]]'' has several scars across his lips from being clawed by Splinter when he was still a normal rat. Oroku Saki returned the favor by cutting off part of Splinter's right ear.
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* "Fighting Jack" Aubrey, from the AubreyMaturin books, has a generous assortment of scars which he acquires in large part, during the events of the series. His subordinate Tom Pullings has severe facial scarring, and a number of minor characters have assorted deformities including an amputated nose (which the Doctor is repeatedly called upon to testify was amputated due to frostbite, rather than syphilis). The Doctor acquires serious damage to his hands from Fench torture (it is implied his fingernails were torn out) but ItGotBetter later on, although only in a relative sense. This is largely omitted in the film adaptation, although Pullings has minor scarring and Midshipman Blakeney has an amputation of one arm, in his role as a composite of several minor characters.
* In ''Literature/ChungKuo'', Gangster boss Whiskers Lu has had half his face scarred by acid.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'''s famous 'lightning bolt' shaped {{achey scar|s}}. It's easily covered up by his fringe. A magical quill in the fifth book gives Harry another scar, this one on the back of his hand, the words "I must not tell lies" in his own handwriting, from writing those words, over and over again, in his own blood during detention.
** In ''Deathly Hallows'', he acquires two new scars [[spoiler:in the same scene: a round one in his chest where Hermione [[ShirtlessScene had to cut out]] the locket-Horcrux that had stuck to his skin, and two snake-bite marks on his arm.]]
** Averted with Alastor "Mad Eye" Moody, a professional fighter of Death Eaters and other Dark wizards, who is heavily scarred and disfigured, including missing a chunk of his nose.
** Also averted with [[spoiler:Bill Weasley after he is brutally mauled by werewolf Fenrir Greyback. His face is scarred to the point of resembling Mad-Eye Moody.]]
** Similarly averted with [[spoiler:George Weasley when he loses an ear thanks to a Death Eater in the beginning of ''Deathly Hallows''.]]
** And in a positively whimsical aversion, Dumbledore claims to have a scar above his left knee in the precise shape of a map of the London Underground.
* In the extreme moral ambiguity of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', hero and villain scars are sometimes played straight and sometimes subverted:
** The ferocious and morally ambiguous Sandor "the Hound" Clegane sports a hideously burned face, which has haunted all his life and turned him into the rage-filled drunkard he is. People generally see him as an inhuman monster, but he subverts his villain scars by revealing his underlying humanity over the course of the series.
** Tyrion Lannister, a deformed dwarf, gets most of his nose cut off by a sword stroke. He was already unfairly hated for his deformities, however, so he thinks of the scar as a bit of a pointless overkill. Everyone assumes that his deformity and scars are proof of his evil nature, and serve to help [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain push him from a basically decent and generous soul into what might be a villain]].
** Beric Dondarrion is patchwork of grisly scars - and all of them were fatal wounds (stabbed in the eye, speared through the gut, hanged with a noose), but he has been resurrected from the dead multiple times. Since most people don't know about the resurrections, the scars add onto Beric's ShroudedInMyth FolkHero JustLikeRobinHood reputation for fighting for the people and being the man the cruel authorities just can't kill.
** Jon Snow gets cool scars. First he gets his hand burned in a wight attack, forcing him to wear a black glove most of the time. Then he gets his face clawed by a possessed eagle, giving him some cool facial scars that women comment on.
** Although it's yet to be seen, Littlefinger is said to have a scar on his chest gained during a rather one-sided duel with Brandon Stark for Catelyn's affections, [[StartOfDarkness marking the beginning of his transition]] from TheWoobie to a bitter and [[{{Yandere}} somewhat unhinged]] MagnificentBastard.
** Osney Kettleblack has the typical cool anti-hero scars under his eye, but the origin of them is hardly heroic- he and his brothers were beating up a HookerWithAHeartOfGold and she scratched him. Basically, the scars represent how despite his pretensions to being a cool rogue, he's just a thug.
* Jason from ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' has a little one on his lip from trying to eat a stapler when he was two. Lit, Midas' son and bodyguard is covered in them.
* Kvothe from ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'' acquires a variety of scars on his back as a result of not one but ''two'' severe whippings over the course of a rather short period of time. It's remarked in the book that they are attractive, pale good-guy-looking scars. All of them [[ChekhovsGun but one]].
* Averted in the ''Literature/EarthseaTrilogy'' book ''Tehanu'', Therru (good guy) was horribly burned when her natural parents threw her into a fire. This didn't really carry over to the Creator/StudioGhibli film ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea'' where it [[ProgressivelyPrettier became a light pink patch on her face]]; and she [[RaceLift became white]].
** Also from Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin, in ''A Wizard of Earthsea'', Ged, in a calamitous attempt to summon a long-dead ghost, summons some never-exactly specified evil creature whose first business is to attack Ged and maul one entire side of his face. These scars never leave his face, and so he is reminded every day of his arrogance and the balance that he disrupted.
*** However, Ged's scars are pretty clearly of the attractive-and-fashionable variety; a young man who sees them thinks them "the track of a dragon's claws and the very mark and sign of a hero."
*** Not necessarily, they're described several times as being fairly severe. Murre (the young man above) is impressed by Ged and is pretty naive at the time that quote comes from. Just because he imagines them to be from some heroic feat doesn't mean they aren't disfiguring; it's pretty clear that they are.
* Sort of inverted in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' - Harry gets his hand fried to a crisp by one smarter-than-usual baddy. However, [[spoiler:because the shade of the fallen angel Lasciel was in his mind, a bit of skin on his palm stayed unburnt, in the shape of her angelic sigil. Definitely evil, but also sort of an antiscar.]]
** As of ''Turn Coat'', he has also acquired the standard anti-hero eye scar thanks to an angry guy with a knife. This is only one of the more visible ones in his (very large) collection, which also features claw marks, bullet wounds, the aforementioned crispy-fried hand, and marks from having been beaten half to death with a chain. Hell, he's probably gotten a couple of new ones in each book, since they more often than not end up with him in the hospital or at the very least lying on the couch in his apartment, hooked up to an IV. No wonder he's TheWoobie.
** Though Stacy finds them attractive in ''Small Favor''.
** His hand heals noticeably throughout the books, going from practically crippled to stiff to more or less functional by ''Changes''. Waldo Butters attributes this to a sort of HealingFactor which is also responsible for the general long lives of wizards (Harry expects to live to be around 200, unless someone or something kills him off first).
*** So what you are saying is that [[HurtingHero Harry]] [[IronWoobie doesn't actually expect]] [[BeingGoodSucks to live to 200]].
* In ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude'', Amaranta Buendía horribly burns her own hand in the stove to prove to her mother that she didn't mean to [[DrivenToSuicide drive her first boyfriend Pietro Crespi to kill himself]]. She covers the scars with a black bandage until the day of her death.
* Semi-averted in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''The Curse of Literature/{{Chalion}}'': good guy Cazaril has both hands permanently damaged by his time as a galley slave, as well as scarring all over his back (hidden by his shirt) from a near-fatal flogging at the tail end of same. However, other characters perceive these as evil scars, since similar floggings are meted out to rapists and paedophiles. This causes him a bit of bother when he has to use a public bathhouse.
** Also averted in the Literature/VorkosiganSaga. Aral Vorkosigan's L-shaped dueling scar on his cheek adds to his rather thuggish appearance, while his son Miles not only bears an assortment of surgical scars from the piecemeal (emphasis on ''piece''es) replacement of his brittle bones with synthetics but retains one from a needle grenade to the chest that nearly cut him in half.
* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels avert it to a breaking point with [[TheIgor Igors]]. While they sport horrible scars and work as henchmen for vampires and werewolves, they are extremely skilled doctors with high professional ethics. [[spoiler:In fact, the scars come from their surprisingly ethical principle of testing every medical novelty upon themselves first]]. Female Igors--Igorinas--are universally and conventionally beautiful, on the other hand, though they may sport the occasional very fine stitching here and there. It's implied that the reason why they are so beautiful is because Igor surgical skill extends to the field of cosmetic surgery.
** Death's granddaughter Susan also has some Good Scars, in the form of three thin, white marks on her cheek that only show up when she's flushed or angry. She inherited them from the slap that her father received from Death.
** As of ''Discworld/NightWatch'' [[spoiler:Samuel Vimes]] has a particularly vicious scar running up his face and across his eye. The scar and accompanying eye patch were actually a plot point in that book.
*** He's pretty scarred up all over from years of chasing guys with names like "Knuckles" across rooftops, something that [[spoiler:Rosie Palm]] brings up while deducing his profession.
** In ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', 71-Hour Ahmed has a face covered in scars to the point where his beard doesn't grow properly, and Vimes says that there was no way a face like that could be innocent of anything. He is ''not'' actually evil, though; he's [[spoiler:the Klatchian police chief and a counterpart to Vimes]].
* In the ''Literature/JamesBond'' novels by Ian Fleming, James Bond is often described as having a scar down his right cheek. However, in [[TheFilmOfTheBook the movies based on the books]], this scar had mysteriously vanished.
** Bond ''villains'', on the other hand - along with their henchmen - are the most scarred-up bunch of mofos ever filmed, and Largo's eyepatch is the only one that could pass for remotely heroic. Le Chiffre from 2006's ''Casino Royale'' might top them all: a dead, milky blue eye that ''weeps blood'', covered by a jagged, livid scar. Right hands don't get much redder than that.
* Father Callahan of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' has a cross-shaped scar on his forehead; it was supposed to be a swastika, but the Neo-Nazis carving it were stopped before they could finish.
* Subversion and played straight at the same time. In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', [[spoiler:the duplicate]] Thomas Marik is horribly burned across the right side of his body, possibly missing an eye (Artwork seems to vary on this point). However, as a leader he strives for honor and decency, and he is also one of the strongest opponents of the genocidal Word of Blake. [[spoiler:Thomas' scars are cosmetic surgery to make him resemble the horribly disfigured '''real''' Thomas Marik, who is the leader of the Word.]]
** Star Captain Trent also subverts this, as despite being horribly scarred by an Inferno Missile on Tukayyid he is one of the few remaining high ranking Smoke Jaguar warriors who clings to the old ways and tries to remain divorced from the petty politics with the clan, going on to deliver to the Inner Sphere forces the location of the clan homeworlds. Much of the skin on one half of his body (including a large part of his face) has been replaced and is obviously artificial as it is a bit more translucent than normal skin should be.
* Firesong from the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series by Creator/MercedesLackey gets seriously burned across his face by a magical explosion. He gets somewhat depressed about it, since he was the most attractive guy in his whole clan before, and wears a mask, but definitely remains a good guy.
* Lijah Cuu from the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novels has a nasty scar nearly bisecting his face. It "nicely" foreshadows the extent of his treachery.
** Ibram Gaunt also bears a multitude of scars from various injuries sustained in the line of duty. A particularly impressive scar runs across his stomach, which he received [[spoiler:from his uncle Dercius]] in a chainsword duel to avenge his father's death.
* Possible subversion in ''Literature/{{Redwall}}''; Folgrim in ''Legend of Luke'' has a badly scarred face and a missing eye, yet turns out to be a good guy (once he's broken of his rather horrible habit of devouring his enemies - said enemies were AlwaysChaoticEvil so the good guys have no problem with ''killing'' them, but they still don't think eating them is okay).
* Scarred heroes in urban fantasy/romance is extremely common. Usually the scars aren't disfiguring and may be a wild turn-on for the scaree's love interest. In J.R. Ward's ''Black Dagger Brotherhood'' series, almost every male main character is covered in scars. Zsadist in particular has a nasty ''S''-shaped scar cutting across his face.
* ''Literature/WatershipDown''. In the warren-dictatorship of Efrafa scars are used to identify which 'mark' (section of the warren) you belong to (as the protagonists are rabbits who obviously don't carry identity cards). After his climactic fight with the BigBad Bigwig has so many scars it's joked the Efrafans wouldn't know which mark to put him into, as he's got them all.
* Any number of characters in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' books are scarred, to differing degrees. The main character (Rand), in fact, recently [[spoiler:lost a hand]], and [[spoiler:Mat has had one of his eyes ripped out Towers of Midnight]]. The author is also fond of showing a character's battle experience with scars- one even has a missing eye, which he has replaced with a patch painted to show a horrifically scowling eye (and if you make him mad enough, his real eye will match it). Another has a nasty scar around his [[TheManTheyCouldntHang neck]], which he covers as best he can with scarves and so on.
* In the ''Literature/{{Nightrunner}}'' series, good guys Seregil and Micum have scars aplenty, but in places that can be hidden under clothing. By contrast, the evil Duke Mardus has a big scar across his otherwise handsome face.
** The scar Seregil gets in the first novel is usually covered by his shirt (and before with a glamour) and becomes a plot point in book two ([[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Scar]]?). Even before the MacGuffin that is to blame for the wound gave him...naasty experiences and also scarred Alec's hand when he removed the thing. Alec had no after effects since the magic pattern of the disk was on the side touching Seregil's skin.
** Seregil and Alec acquire many more scars in ''Shadows Return''. This trope is also averted there [[spoiler:when they get their slave marks painfully removed.]]
** Beka also acquires several scars "all in the front". Well, since she's a soldier, ActionGirl, Micum's daughter and more or less Seregil's "niece"...
** Princess Klia looses two fingers after a poisoning attack.
** Tobin from the ''Tamír Triad'' has a half moon shaped scar on his chin, acquired when he was a little child [[spoiler:and Mommy wanted to kill him in a fit of madness. The scar stayed after his transformation.]]
* Doom in the ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'' series has a grizzled face, complete with a scar across his eye. He's a good guy.
** And later on, [[spoiler:Lief]] ends up with scars over a substantial part of his face and neck - such things happen when you have a run-in with a CircusOfFear and almost get brainwashed - and he remains the good guy he's always been.
* ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', anyone?
** He was born deformed and that's what he's covering up, not scarring...
** In some of the movies it's actually an acid burn, so it counts.
* The AntiHero Dustfinger from ''Literature/{{Inkheart}}'' had his face "decorated" by the villain's sadistic [[KnifeNut henchman]]. He has three light, curved lines across his face. The narrator describes this as giving the impression of something glass that had been cracked and then stuck back together. While these do count as "Good Scars", they do cause most people to automatically distrust him ([[WildCard not that their instincts would be wrong]]).
* In P.C. Hodgell's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'', heroine Jame picks up a classic Good Scar in book 3 (vertical below the left eye).
* Subverted with Carnival of Alan Campbell's ''DeepgateCodex'' series. Her entire body is covered in knife scars [[spoiler:most of which are self-inflicted]], and she also has a thick rope burn around her neck [[spoiler:which is the sole physical remnant of [[AbusiveParents her father's abuse]]]]. Characters who are close to her often remark that she is beautiful in spite of (and even because of) these scars, and that they show [[spoiler:that she really is a kindhearted person despite her horrible reputation]].
* Averted in Karen Miller's ''Literature/GodspeakerTrilogy'' as the scars that Hekat and Rhian have are '''self-inflicted'''.
* Averted in ''Literature/MortalEngines'' - Hester's face was sliced in half as a small child, and the resulting scars tend to horrify people, but... she's ''mostly'' one of the good guys. However, there's an in-universe example - in Pennyroyal's heavily altered version of events, 'Hester Shaw' has an eye-patch and a 'discreet' scar on her cheek.
* Taizu in Creator/CJCherryh's ''Literature/ThePaladin'' has a classic Good Scar, vertically down from one eye, although it's more severe than many such and goes all the way down her neck.
* Mackenzie Calhoun in ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' has a scar down his left cheek made by a Danteri in the final battle on Xenex. Kat Mueller has a thinner scar down her right cheek from a fencing incident at Heidelberg. Despite the technology to remove them, neither does.
* Both played straight and averted in ''Literature/WarriorCats''. Clawface, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as his name implies]], has many scars running along his face. He's a villain. However, [[EnsembleDarkhorse Stonefur]], who has battle-scarred ears, and {{Br|eakTheCutie}}ightheart who has one eye and ear missing and is horrifically scarred in that area, are both heroes. Tigerstar, another villain, has a scar across the bridge of his nose and a split in his ear. Longtail, a hero, has a V-shaped cut in his ear as well. Of course, one has to take into account that almost every character in existence is scarred somehow, but...
* Dodge from ''Literature/TheLookingGlassWars'' has a few of these running parallel to each other across one side of his face from getting bitch-slapped by The Cat as a child.
* [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Garik_Loran Face Loran]], a Wraith from the Comicbook/XWingSeries, has an interesting take on this trope. He was a child actor, and in ''Wraith Squadron'' is said to be quite attractive if not for the raised, puckered scar that went from his left forehead, across the bridge of his nose, and onto his left cheek. In the numerous disguises he took, he always had to either hide it or incorporate it into the disguise, like when he was masquerading as General Kargin, a pirate with "horrible burn victim makeup". He could have had it removed with a simple, if pricey, bacta treatment, but he thought of it as a reminder of what he'd done - he'd acted for Imperial propaganda, unwittingly helping the cause. After Ton Phanan's [[spoiler:death]] and insistence that Face stop punishing the child he'd been, he did have it removed, but for some time wore a fake scar in the same place.
* In the original version of ''Literature/DangerousLiaisons'', after the Marquise de Merteuil's machinations are exposed, she is reported to have contracted smallpox, leaving her with disfiguring facial scarring--a physical manifestation of her evilness and public shame.
* Subverted in ''[[Literature/{{Indigo}} Aisling]]'': the witch Niahrin, an unequivocally good character, has massive, grotesque, sickly-pale scars distorting the left side of her face.
* Played with in Creator/DeanKoontz's Frankenstein series. Deucalion, the original Frankenstein's monster, has horrific scarring across half of his face, as well as the expected patchwork scars. He's a good guy, but he's also ''Frankenstein's monster'', and he is still subject to murderous rages.
* [[TheBeautifulElite Surprisingly]] averted in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' - Emily, Sam's girlfriend, is described as being beautiful on one side, but her left arm and the entire left side of her face are covered in scars from when an out-of-control werewolf-Sam attacks her.
* Played with in the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries''. Michael takes the blame for a rather petty incident in the first book to spare a near stranger the punishment and gets flogged as a result, leaving rather graphic scars all over his back. This is no big deal until [[spoiler:he's rather unfairly tattooed as an unredeemable criminal]] at which point everyone sees his scars and assumes they must have been legal punishment for some unspeakably horrid crime.
* Subverted in ''TheFirstLaw'' in which more or less ''every'' major character has at least one ugly scar, whether they're good or bad. Logen in particular is more or less one big walking scar and is described as horrendously ugly by many other characters [[spoiler:though his status as a good guy is ''very'' questionable.]]
* A young Vlad the Impaler in ''Literature/CountAndCountess'' sustains heavy wounds on his throat and loses part of his ear. It's not long after these events that he makes the jump to AntiVillain.
* Cira of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' has a scar from the corner of her left eye down the line of her chin to the corner of her mouth, and her body is CoveredWithScars. However, they healed so that her skin lies smooth, and Jerin finds the scars attractive, giving her plain face boldness and character.
* Xanatos, the BigBad for half the Literature/JediApprentice books, has a small, neat broken circle scar on his face. When Qui-Gon attacked Xanatos's father he cut the man's hand and put a notch into a ring he wore. Xanatos ''pressed that ring into his face'', deliberately creating this scar.
* [[Literature/SinisterSixTrilogy Pity]] has scars running down her cheeks, but this was done intentionally by The Gentleman to make her look more helpless and vulnerable.
* Some of the scalp hunters of ''Literature/BloodMeridian'' bear grisly and noticeable scars, including missing ears and letters branded on the face. A number of these were received as punishment for crimes, emphasizing that while they're the protagonists, they're definitely not heroic.
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* Kate Beckett on ''Series/{{Castle}}'' has a neat, circular scar in the middle of her chest [[spoiler:from when she was shot in the Season 3 finale]] which is almost always covered.
* Avoided in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', when the real (i.e. good) General Martok had a missing eye and many scars across his face. (He received the scar as a result of his capture, though--and of course, he's a Klingon, member of the archetypal {{Proud Warrior Race|Guy}}, so the rules are a bit different.)
** However, in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', the (evil) Lieutenant Sulu of the MirrorUniverse has a scar running down the side of his face.
** {{Mirror|Universe}} [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Tucker]] had scars/burns from delta radiation due to that universe's less-that-safe warp technology. The scars were an [[ShoutOut homage]] to "The Menagerie", where Captain Pike was crippled and badly disfigured by the same type of radiation.
* Alternate-future Peter of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has a pretty evil-looking scar that runs the length of his face between his eyes (despite being able to completely heal any wound instantly). But he's an AntiHero in that timeline, so he can get away with it.
** It's also possible that Alternate!Peter never met Claire and therefore can't heal, or that he got the scar before meeting her.
** Or he may have deliberately not healed it, since (at least at the beginning of the episode) he is deeply embittered and apathetic about the possibility of changing anything by using powers.
* General Burkhalter (one of the more competent officers) in ''Series/HogansHeroes'' has a long scar running down from just above his ear to his jawline.[[note]] The (Jewish) actor actually received the scar when beaten up by Nazi thugs.[[/note]] Klink also has a dueling scar ''somewhere'', but given that this is Klink it's probably on his back.
* Exception: in ''[[Series/{{Highlander}} Highlander: The Series]]'', Kronos, probably the most megalomaniacal CardCarryingVillain immortal out there (and leader of the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Four Horsemen]]), has a classic good guy scar: a single line, clean, starting above his eye and ending below it without damaging the eye itself.
* John Locke of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has a scar over his right eye that he received during the plane crash. This is part of the tease in the very first few episodes implies Locke to be some sort of serial killer. Ultimately he's revealed to be a very kind and heroic guy.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In the alternate universe seen in "The Wish", Doppel Buffy has a classic evil scar, extending from above her mouth, through both her lips, and down to her chin. This serves to remind us that without ThePowerOfFriendship, the Slayer is no fun at all.
** The mainstream Buffy also has a vampire bite scar on the left side of her neck from when the Master bit her, though both Angel and Dracula have bitten her in the exact same spot as well, and we only actually see the scar after Angel bites her.
** Spike has a very hard-to-see scar on his left eyebrow. This is because JamesMarsters has it in real life and [[ThrowItIn they decided to keep it in]] because it made the character look cooler. They had to work his vampire makeup around it and ended up accentuating it whenever he puts on his gameface. Explained in a comic book limited series as being tagged with a magical weapon so even being a vampire wouldn't heal it up right.
** TheLeader of the Three has a scar over his eye ("Angel"), as does Kakistos ("Faith, Hope, and Trick"). The latter's scar is a memento from Faith, whose Watcher was slain by Kakistos.
** Wes also has a scar, this one of the AntiHero variety, a thin red line on his neck, from when [[spoiler:Justine cut his throat after he gave Conner to her in order to save him]]. It's not always noticeable, though
* In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', Dr. Saunders has numerous thin scars across her face as a result of an attack by Alpha. They seem to be getting less noticeable each episode, and really don't do much to detract from her beauty.
** In the original unaired pilot, her scars were a lot worse, so one would assume that ExecutiveMeddling played a role in dialing it down a bit.
** In reason episodes, this was revealed to be [[spoiler:the MO of the person Alpha was before he became an Active; he inflicted this on a kidnapping victim he didn't manage to kill]]. Later on, [[spoiler:he did it to Victor, too]].
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Similar to the ''Buffy'' example above, Jack O'Neill has a scar on one of his eyebrows. How noticeable it is varies from episode to episode.
* Alex Krycek, recurring bad guy of ''Series/TheXFiles'', is missing an arm.
* DI Frost from ''Series/ATouchOfFrost'' has a fairly prominent bullet scar on the left side of the head from the depressed and drunken act of stupidity that earned him the George Cross.
* While the boys on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' are surprisingly scar-free, Dean has a permanent handprint on his shoulder, from when Castiel "gripped him tight and raised him from perdition."
** We haven't seen it in a while, though, and it wasn't there in that dream sequence with Lisa towards the beginning of S6. Possibly we're meant to think it faded eventually, or [[ShrugOfGod they just plumb forgot]]...or it's there and just didn't count in a dream, and we've just somehow not seen it for two and a half season. [[YaoiFangirl Some of us]] [[FetishFuel would like it to come back]].
** If it's still there which it might not be, maybe we aren't shown it because the makeup crew can't be bothered to apply it properly on a regular basis. If there were a scene centering around the hand print or Dean showing his bare arm it would be worth it, but for a pointless cameo every now and then, probably not.
* The title character of ''Series/{{House}}'' missing a massive chunk of his right thigh. To compliment his AntiHero character, the injury is disfiguring and unpleasant to see (bad), but it's hidden by his clothes (good). He had the choice to lose the leg and get a [[ArtificialLimbs prosthetic]], a "bad" scar, but refused. Ultimately, the disfiguring surgery was chosen against his will, causing him [[ScarsAreForever lifelong]] [[AcheyScars pain and suffering]], a heroic trait, but he uses it as an excuse to be an [[DoctorJerk amoral misfit]], like a villain.
** He also has a noticeable scar [[spoiler:on his neck after getting shot in the finale of season 2]].
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' has two examples. In the first season episode ''Eyes'' we have Col. Ari Ben-zayn, an EvilBrit with a wicked scar starting below his eye, and continuing down the cheek past his mouth. It's such a long and deep scar that it obviously affects his facial movements on that side. In ''Ceremonies of Light and Dark'', a third season episode, there's Boggs, a bad guy with a similar scar to Ben-zayn's. However, this one wasn't put on the character on purpose, it's a real scar ([[BigDamnHeroes the actor got knifed in the face in real life when he dove into a crowd to prevent a rape]]).
* Several characters on ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'': [[spoiler:Pearl]]'s face is slashed by a gangster in an act of revenge, in direct violation of BeautyIsNeverTarnished, and she [[spoiler:is DrivenToSuicide over it]]. Richard Harrow, shown in a dream sequence to be quite handsome, lost nearly the entire left side of his face in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, causing him to wear a rather unsettling painted mask, held in place with glasses. AlCapone is also scarred ([[ShownTheirWork accurate to real life]]) as a result of a bar fight, although [[PhonyVeteran he claims they're from the war]]. He's the most 'evil' of the three, but the most mildly scarred, and he doesn't seem to mind it anyway, sarcastically saying that he's "still beautiful."
* Sharaz Jek in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''The Caves of Androzani'' wears a mask and rubber suit to hide massive scarring all over his body.
** The alternate-universe evil Brigadier from "Inferno" has an ugly-looking scar under an [[EyepatchOfPower eyepatch]].
** "Shada" features a VillainOfTheWeek with a [[RedRightHand scar on his otherwise emotionlessly handsome face]]. The novelisation features the VictimOfTheWeek remarking in their internal monologue that it's unusual to see someone with a scar that looks that sexy. Its origin is never explained, but considering its appearance and Skagra's [[BlueBlood background]] and [[IJustWantToBeSpecial personality]] it's likely a DuelingScar of the semi-self-inflicted variety.
** The Fourth Doctor gains a couple of scars on his lips in Season 16, one on the corner of his mouth and one a slash going through his upper lip. These were real scars picked up by the actor in an incident where a dog bit his face. No in-universe reason for them is given, but as they add a bit of a twisted look to his lips and his signature CharacterTic is a CheshireCatGrin the [[ThrowItIn makeup team made no attempt at all to disguise them]], even when they were new scabs.
* All of the werewolves in ''Series/BeingHuman'' have a scar of some kind from the initial werewolf attack. George's scars are large (several long scratches), but they're conveniently on his shoulder so they're easily hidden by a shirt. Nina's scars are on her forearm (also several long scratches), so they can be covered by clothes, though not as conveniently. However, her case is still a subversion because she is a burn victim, having burns all across her stomach.
* An [=UnSub=] in ''Series/CriminalMinds'', Goehring, has a scar under his eye that stretches horizontally along the natural wrinkles in his face. [[spoiler:In an attempt to take Goehring's place after his suicide, Frost intentionally duplicates the scar.]]
* The character Elsa from ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' has a 'bad' black, stitched scar from her lip down her chin. Ironically, it looks quite a bit like a 'good' scar and doesn't make her ugly in any way.
* Prince Charming in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has one on his chin when he first meets his future wife Snow in an encounter. [[spoiler: Jefferson]] has a long gruesome scar around his neck where he was decapitated during his time in Wonderland. He hides it with a scarf in Storybrooke.
** Evil Queen Regina has a scar on her upper lip. While not disfiguring, its placement does make it pretty noticeable. This is a scar actress Lana Parrilla has in real life, as of yet its origin in-universe has not been given.
* AntiHero [[Series/TheWire Omar Little]] has a thin scar running from over his left eyebrow to his right cheek, with a similar diagonal scar across his chest. Also, [[TheSociopath Marlo Stanfield]] has a scar running down his left cheek.
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* The titular character from ''The General'' by Dispatch "grew a beard as soon as he could to cover the scars on his face." There is no further description of the General, but he is definitely a good man.
* Music/SteelyDan: "Pepe has a scar from ear to ear / he will make your mug shots disappear" ("Sign in Stranger")
** Also, from the song "My Rival": "He's got a scar across his face / and he wears a hearing aid / Sure he's a jolly roger / until he answers for his crime"
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* When a wrestler bleeds from the forehead, it is typically the result of "blading", the practice of hiding a razor blade in your wristbands or taped wrists, and secretly pulling it out to cut yourself during a match to "sell" a particular attack as especially vicious. Many wrestlers who frequently blade, such as Dusty Rhodes, Brother Ray and Brother Devon of Team 3D, and "Hardcore" Wrestlers, sport very noticeable puffy scar tissue on their foreheads, indicating they are frequent bladers. This typically garners them huge respect among "hardcore" fans.
** Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher has been in so many hardcore matches that he's able to put playing cards in between [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/abby0605_2170.jpg the scars.]]
* Barago in the Japanese series Garo has an x shaped scar across his face...and he is evil.
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* Inverted in ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 3}}''. Vladimir has a hideous scar across the left side of his face and a blind eye. He is the good guy however.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' plays the trope a little more subtly: Squall has a standard hero scar running diagonally across his forehead and between his eyes. His [[TheRival rival]] Seifer has an identical scar, which would also be a hero scar... if it weren't a mirror image inverse of Squall's, the two of them having mutually scarred one another in the opening FMV.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Setzer has ''many'' scars, but since he's a good guy, they're all clean, non-disfiguring hero scars.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' {{Fanon}} holds that [[spoiler:Tifa Lockhart has a large but clean scar across her chest from the time that Sephiroth slashed her during the Neibelheim Incident]]. On the canon side of things, Zack Fair has a small, clean [[XMarksTheHero x-shape scar]] on his jaw.
*** From the same game, Red XIII / [[AccidentalMisnaming Nanaki]] mentions his many battle scars at one point when Cloud and company are discussing the mysterious men in the Black Cloaks and what [[MadScientist Professor Hojo]] might have done to them.
** Basch, a good guy from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', has a non-disfiguring scar on his forehead which he received during his wrongful imprisonment.
*** His back and shoulders are a bit of a mess, however, as seen during the [[ShirtlessScene Barheim Passage segment]]--still hero scars, though.
** Auron, a major good guy from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', has a vertical scar running down one side of his face over his eye. It's a bit more disfiguring than the other Franchise/FinalFantasy examples listed, and includes some damage to the eye itself (mostly hidden behind dark glasses), but is still recognizably a hero scar.
* Argilla in ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' has a small scar across one eye, probably to offset the cuteness of her pink hair.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'' the somewhat titular protagonist lost his left eye when he was brutally murdered in the backstory. In place of his eye, he now has a really large, patchy scar, which is partially covered by the blacked out lens of his glasses.
* Gary, the main antagonist from ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'', had a scar extending up from his eye and through his eyebrow. Strangely enough, the reason for having the scar is never explained.
* Sigma from the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' games has purple facial scars despite being a robot (and having more than one body throughout the course of the series). Originally they were given to him via a crazed Zero, but this was retconned so that that they were given to him from X during a fight. In the manga, its self-inflicted.
** In ''Mega Man X7'' Red (bad guy) has a lightning bolt-shaped gash starting from his forehead and ending below his missing right eye, while Axl (good guy) has two clean, straight scars forming an X across the bridge of his nose. Both are robots.
* Saix, TheDragon in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' has a similar X scar. Xigbar also has a heavily scarred face as well as an EyepatchOfPower.
** In the prequel, ''Birth by Sleep'', Eraqus, the heroes' mentor, has scars on his eyebrow and cheek. He's about as scarred as Xigbar, but, being a hero, his scars are light. And speaking of Xigbar, we see how he got his scars in the game.
* During the course of events in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', Leon gets a small cut across his otherwise perfect face during a knife fight. Contrast his [[TheRival rival]] antagonist Krauser, who already has several scars along his face and lips.
** And then Krauser gets another one straight across his chest after a lengthy knife fight with Leon.
** Jake Muller of ''ResidentEvil6'' has a long, but otherwise clean scar going down his left cheek towards his neck.
** In her epilogue in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'', Ada Wong, the series' resident [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor morally ambiguous]] FemmeFatale, is shown to have a long, straight, and apparently deep scar stretching along the right side of her ribcage. However, no mention of the scar has been made since.
** Due to a device being forcibly ripped off of her, [[spoiler:Jill Valentine]] gets an unusual burn-like scar with pin pricks on her chest, courtesy of a boss fight in ''ResidentEvil5''. It presumably remains there. In this case, she was BrainwashedAndCrazy.
* In the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' universe, Sagat (a morally ambiguous fighter, but usually either the final or penultimate fight) has both a missing eye and a giant scar on his chest, the latter of which Ryu, his rival, gave him with his signature Shoryuken. Although he's presented as a ProudWarriorRaceGuy (and ArrogantKungFuGuy, oddly enough), his boss status means that he's a DesignatedVillain.
** He ''did'', however, kill Dan's father. And he works for Bison...
*** Note that in the case of Dan's dad... [[spoiler:according to a {{Retcon}}, Sagat killed Go Hibiki because he ripped his eye off during a fight, which sent Sagat into an UnstoppableRage. Sagat was ''not'' happy when he calmed down and found out]]. And about Bison, it's also retconned into him being more confused, misguided, and ''extremely'' pissed off, rather than evil and fully converted to Bison's cause.
**** In addition, he made a HeelFaceTurn, choosing to be a WorthyOpponent rather than a RivalTurnedEvil, way back in ''VideoGame/{{Street Fighter|Alpha}} [[{{Prequel}} Alpha]]'', which retconned his appearance in SFII as not actually working for Bison after all. Going back to Dan's dad, Dan coming after Sagat for revenge was what caused him to realize his hatred was destroying him and led him to his HeelFaceTurn in the first place.
** On the good scar side, Cammy's manages to make an overly muscular woman downright ''adorable''.
** [[HuskyRusskie Ah, comrade!!]] [[BoisterousBruiser Zangief]] will be the first to tell you that no scars are as good as those earned when wrestling bears for Mother Russia! Hahaha!
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''.
** The most over-the-top example this editor can think of is Darth Sion (appropriately called the Lord of Pain). Early in the game, a medical officer reports several THOUSAND fractures in his skeleton. Combined with that creepy music and the general dark nature of the game, it'll send chills down your spine. Doubly creepy later on when it becomes obvious that these injuries and scars are all self-inflicted; it's implied that Sion has mastered using pain as a source of power the way most Sith Lords use anger and passion; it would seem to work, he's effectively immortal unless [[spoiler:someone convinces him that letting go and allowing his body to die is preferable to his existence]].
** Darth Malak wears a metal mask for most of the game, concealing the lower half of his face. When he's finally shown without it, it's more horrifying than any simple scar could be. It's not that he hides something underneath it, it's what ''isn't'' there - he's [[BodyHorror missing the entire jaw]]...
* Averted in ''Franchise/MassEffect'': the player can create a character with scars that range anywhere from tiny and stylish to monstrous gashes, and their character's alignment is up to the player.
** Interestingly, no matter what background you select for Shepard, the manner in which you got that scar is never addressed.
** The sequel has a great deal of fun with this. First Mordin has a classic [[XMarksTheHero X-shaped]] scar and is missing the tip of one of his cranial horns, then Garrus gets some facial injuries that become evil-looking scars during your initial encounter with him, although he's a good guy. Even Commander Shepard himself falls to this: you get small facial scars at the start of the game, and you actions determine what happens. Doing [[NeutralGood Para]][[TheMessiah gon]] actions will make the scars look a lot softer to the point where they'll [[BeautyEqualsGoodness disappear completely]]. Doing [[ChaoticNeutral Rene]][[AntiHero gade]] actions will cause some [[RedRightHand gnarly looking evil scars, eventually becoming massive burns]] and your [[RedEyesTakeWarning eyes will turn red]]!
** Jack also has some scars mixed in along with the {{tattoo|edCrook}}s. From the [[http://i46.tinypic.com/2q3usqr.jpg precision and locations]], they appear to be surgical scars from her time at the Teltin facility.
** [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Wrex]] has a series of scars on the right side of his face that make him look evil, fitting his TokenEvilTeammate status of the first game as a bloodthirsty mercenary. If he survives the first game, he becomes a full on good guy leading his race to a brighter future.
** Mostly averted by Kaidan. Despite having undergone a series of painful and slightly traumatic operations in order to receive his (dangerously outdated) L2 implants, and being an active long-term member of the Alliance military, he of all people would be expected to sport numerous scars of various types, but [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/annakie/4396434255/sizes/l/ the few he has]] are only noticeable under certain lighting conditions if your graphics are set to maximum. Though Thane claims that he was able to recognize Kaidan as a biotic immediately due to his implant scars, so they seem to be [[InformedDeformity invisible only to the player]]. [[FridgeBrilliance The lack of combat scars makes sense]] considering he's both a biotic and a [[CombatMedic field medic]]. In the rare case when something did get through his barriers, he'd know how to treat his injuries to keep scarring from becoming an issue.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' DownloadableContent character Zaeed Messani is scarred on the entire right side of his face, with a deep evil scar gouge crossing his whitened eye as a souvenir from [[spoiler:being ''shot in the head at point blank range'']]. He's definitely [[VillainProtagonist not what you'd]] [[SociopathicHero call heroic]].
** This is a bit of a weird example because he's not an organic being, but your geth teammate [[MindHive Legion]] was left with a horribly disfiguring gaping hole in [[MindHive their]] chest after being shot by a panicky human who assumed they were one of the "heretic" geth. They patched it up (slightly) with a piece of Shepard's old armor, because..."No data available."
* Colonel Volgin from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' has deep scars all over his face (and presumably his entire body), and The Pain's face is one big bee sting.
** [[spoiler:{{Fallen Hero}}es]] Major Zero and Big Boss both have scars across the eyes, with Big Boss ''lacking'' his eye. As of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'', Big Boss, now firmly established as an AntiVillain [[VillainProtagonist Protagonist]], sports more than a few thin scars across his face, as well as a [[ArtificialLimbs prosthetic left hand]] and a piece of shrapnel embedded in his forehead [[HornedHumanoid in the shape of a horn]].
** The Boss also has an impressive scar on her abdomen [[spoiler:from a C-section]].
** It's said that [[AxCrazy The]] [[SociopathicHero Fury]] has burn scars on over 90% of his body, but not his face.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'': Skull Face, the villain who blew up Snake's Mother Base and put him in a coma, truly lives up to his name; his face is pretty much nothing ''but'' burn scars, in addition to a GlasgowGrin, and he overall looks as if he's ''rotting.''
* Adell from ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'' has a pair of straight lines, one on each cheek, in a textbook example of good scars. They're also the reason why he [[HeManWomanHater does not like girls]].
* Baiken, of the ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' series, lost her right arm and an eye when she was a little girl, leaving her a good character with Evil Scars.
* Gato, a morally conflicted but typically antagonistic character of ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series, has three large, parallel scars on his back, apparently the result of a bear attack. The scars are typically covered up by his shirt.
** Geese Howard, following the events of the original ''VideoGame/FatalFury'', has a nasty scar on his back, received when he was thrown off the top of Geese Tower. He shows it off in his intro pose.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', in which the protagonist, known only as The Nameless One, is scarred horribly all over his body -- his skin is almost literally ''made'' of scar tissue from all the wounds he's taken over his millennia-long existence. You can play him as a villainous monster, but the possibility exists for him to be the [[TheCape capiest cape that ever put on a (metaphorical) cape]].
** However, conversation options reveal that [[ICallHimMisterHappy at least one part of him]] is (against all odds) completely intact.
* Vaida, the BrokenBird from ''Franchise/FireEmblem'', has a huge scar over the left side of her face. She starts out as a villain, but your Lord can [[HeelFaceTurn make her join their side]], and her supports reveal that she's no softie but ''does'' have feelings, as well as a fierce loyalty to those she cares for.
** Also, there's Hector's brother, Uther, with a scar across his forehead and another one across his nose. Black Fang's Legault has a double scar across his left eye, and Brendan Reed has dozens of them on his face alone. In contrast, the BigBad, Nergal, has [[spoiler:a bunch of really nasty burns all around his eye, which he hides with a turban]]
*** Let's not even get started on Oguma's X-shaped scar on his cheek...
** Interestingly, Zihark from Path of Radiance has one on his right cheek; literally the only good guy that has one (even though they all fight every other day!).
* In ''Videogame/AloneInTheDark2008'', Edward Carnby has a rather large, puckered scar over his left eye. It's more prominent than most "good guy" scars, but still reasonable enough to fall into the category. [[spoiler:At the end of the game, when he becomes Lucifer, his scar turns into a super-evil all-out rake-burn on the left side of his face]]. Significant, evil, "I cut my face with glass" scars are also a sign that someone has been possessed by Lucifer in the game.
* While the original game's portraits were pretty smooth-skinned, many of the [=NPCs=] in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II'' sport scars, including returning ones. In particular, Keldorn and Imoen sport the "over the eye" scar that should be all but impossible without putting the eye out. These can be said to be symbolic--Keldorn, the grizzled veteran; and Imoen, [[ThePollyanna innocent youth]] having learned the world isn't as nice as she'd like.
* Rikimaru, playing character from ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'', sports a scar over the right eye.
* ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'''s [[TheRival Sabata]] sports what appears to be a scar across his left cheek, starting at the jaw and ending just below the eye--a classic Evil Scar. [[spoiler:Subverted in that he pulls a HeelFaceTurn toward the end of the first game; double-subverted in that he winds up [[BrainwashedAndCrazy villainous]] again in the third.]]
** That's not a scar. It's not really made clear what it is, but from the characters you see in the games, it's easy to infer that anyone with [[spoiler:Solar Child blood]] probably has marks on his or her cheeks: Django has a rectangular one in the same place as Sabata's sharp one, Aaron/Django from Lunar Knights has one on each side of his face, and [[spoiler:Vampire Ringo]] had similar marks as well. [[http://www.majhost.com/gallery/Nightvol/Boktai/BoktaiDSConceptArt/sabataconceptart.jpg Concept art from Lunar Knights]] that is believed to be [[spoiler:Sartana prior to his death]] also shows such marks. Sabata DOES, however, have a [[spoiler:real scar above his left eye]], revealed in both Shinbok and [[http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee94/BoktaiGallery/5th%20Anniversary%20Book/actionconcept1.jpg early concept art]] of the first game.
* ''GaiaOnline'' has at least three examples, two straight, one subverted (maybe).
** Edmund shows the classic Good Scar: an X on his forehead.
** Zhivago the PsychoForHire vampire assassin has an obvious Evil Scar on the left side of his face.
** Marie Von Helson returned after a [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat skyscraper fell on her face]] with an Evil Scar over one eye. Possibly subverted, as she hasn't been particularly evil since then.
** A minor example of Good Scar is Sam, from the Body & Parts shop. While she still doesn't hold a great importance to the plot, she is seemingly good.
* Marcus in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' has a number of scars but his most notable one would be a strong line running down his cheek which a number of vertical lines running down it, possible due to poorly done stitches or they're just deep wrinkles.
* Sue from ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' sports a scar across her nose of the 'cute and warlike at the same time' variety.
* The younger Sub-Zero from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' got a scar running from above his eye downwards between ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' and ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3''. As the series progressed, he became [[LegacyCharacter a substitute for his older brother]] and became much more heroic.
* Sergei Dragunov from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' has several scars, his most notable being the one that runs through his lips and down his chin. He also sports one across his nose, and, if one opts to make him shirtless via customization in ''Tekken 6'', it can be seen that he sports numerous ones over his torso and arms, including a bullet wound on his left shoulder. He isn't exactly a bad guy, but he is at least morally ambiguous.
** Kazuya Mishima, occasional BigBad of the series, sports a large diagonal scar running across his chest in the first two games. However, upon being thrown into a volcano and subsequently coming BackFromTheDead, he now has additional (and numerous) scars all over his body. His father, Heihachi, also sports a large cross-shaped scar on his chest.
** Also, Raven has a large X-shaped scar across the middle of his face.
** Steve Fox has a very large, raised scar that runs pretty much the entire length of his arm.
** Marshall Law, in the later games, has three claw-marks that run across his chest, although this is clearly a nod to [[BruceLeeClone Bruce Lee's famous scars]] in ''Film/EnterTheDragon''.
** Lars Alexandersson has two facial scars: one through his left eyebrow, and one on his cheek.
* All three generations of Desmond's family from the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series have managed to get a single vertical scar through the right side of their lips, with the exception of the Kenway family: Edward, Haytham and Connor haven't been seen with facial scars. Altair can be excused -- it's apparently Desmond's face overwriting his -- but Ezio managed to get his scar during the first part of the game, so it seems to be real.
** Altair's scar is proven to be canon in Assassin's Creed: Revelations: Desmond's face no longer overwrites his, and the scar is clear and he tilts his face up enough so that the camera clearly shows it off for him.
* ''TheWitcher'' both plays this straight and subverts it. On the one hand, the hero Geralt has the stylish rugged variety of scars on his face, notably a large scar which crosses over (but does not damage) his left eye. His body, however, is covered with a horrific collection of claw-marks, stab wound scars and what looks like what's left of a torn off nipple. Fellow Witchers also have scars, and while most are also of the rugged variety, [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080923012432/witcher/images/8/86/People_Eskel_full.png Eskel]] has a truly horrific scar completely covering half of his face, though he is a good guy (well, as [[GreyAndGrayMorality close to good as it gets]] in this world, anyway). In the sequel, Letho and Iorveth have extensive scars. Letho has scars crisscrossing his whole head, it almost looks as though someone tried to scalp him but didn't get the job done. Iorveth, has a very large scar covering half of his face, which apparently destroyed one eye. He covers the scar with a [[NiceHat special hat]] that covers part of his face.
* [[SkyPirate Vyse]], the main character of ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' has a neat little scar under his left eye. In [[UpdatedRerelease Legends]], it is explained he received it via a knife thrown by [[spoiler:Piastol, AKA the Angel of Death, when they were younger.]]
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes/Villains'' has a few different scarred faces for males and females, and of course it's your choice as to good or evil or in-between. All of these scars either suggest or outright display eye damage, patch optional. Creative players use some of the various markings for face and chest as scars too, or add metal plates, and many are the player-written character bios that mention scarring hidden by clothing.
* ''VideoGame/AgeOfConan'' allowed some scars, ranging from discrete cheek scarring to "a bear took a hunk out of my chest". Mostly good alignment in that game, relatively speaking.
* [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars64 Brad Skywind]] has a cross shaped scar on his forehead, and though people label him a "bad boy", he's a good one.
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', [[VillainProtagonist Kratos]] sports a crudely stitched up scar over his right eye. When he gets stabbed through the stomach in the sequel, he gets another on his torso.
* [[VideoGame/InFAMOUS Cole McGrath]] is sporting a somewhat noticeable scar in the sequel.
* Norman Jayden from ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' has a clean scar across his cheek. Its origin was going to be explained in DLC content that was indefinitely postponed.
** Murphy Pendleton from ''VideoGame/SilentHillDownpour'' has a similar scar on his right cheek.
* In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', [[BigBad Ganondorf]] has a large, glowing scar on his chest. A flashback reveals that he got it by surviving an execution attempt from a sage wielding a sword made out of HardLight. The scar is also Ganondorf's [[AttackItsWeakPoint weak point]], and must be struck several times in order to kill him.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', from what we've seen so far, tends to use massive scarring to indicate a BadAss. Both [[{{Determinator}} Jace Malcolm]], the Republic trooper who founded [[TheSquad Havoc Squad]], and [[NobleDemon Darth Malgus]] have major facial scarring... mostly from the times they've encountered each other.
* In ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur V]]'', the [[CharacterCustomization character editor]] allows you to place facial scars on your character, with most of them heroic-looking, like a neat scar across the cheek or a vertical cut through the eye. The closest thing to evil-looking you can get is a nasty scar with stitches running horizontally across the face, across the nose.
** From the series, WarriorMonk Kilik has a neat checkmark scar below his left eye.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', on the final level, a close-up of Sgt. Major Avery J. Johnson is shown. His face appears to be somewhat scarred. However, it is possible that this was not scarring, but [[spoiler: him being distraught about the death of Miranda Keyes.]]
** Master Chief has some armor damage on the right side of his chest in Halo 3 as well from jumping out of the Keyship with a heavy metal plate as his only parachute. As Master Chief has to date not been shown in any of the games without his armor (he has been described without the armor in the books), this would count as scarring.
** Although, bizarrely, whatever Cortana used to upgrade him while he was in cryo completely neglected said massive scar. (Maybe she got sentimental, and decided to keep it?)
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', character creation allows for scars on your character's face, ranging from somewhat clean blade cuts to horrible wildcat maulings.
* ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil's'' Pey'j has a noticeable scar going over his left eye. Although its origins are never fully explained, he's implied to be a RetiredBadass who used to get into numerous scrapes with the authorities, so we can make some assumptions.
* ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition's'' protagonist, Agent York, has a small scar on his cheek that he got when (in his own words) he "arrested a ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} wannabe." It's the talk of the small town he's investigating, and some people are even taking bets on where he got it. [[spoiler: He actually has an extremely prominent heroic scar that covers most of his face, but due to his status as an UnreliableNarrator, it only appears to the player as a notch in his hairline for most of the game.]]
** Sheriff George also has a small, horizontal scar on his left cheek. [[spoiler: It grows bigger every time a murder occurs.]]
* Played with in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. During character creation, all manners of scars are available, from simple, stylish cuts to burn-victim scars an ones that channel [[Franchise/{{Hellraiser}} Pinhead]]. What manner you play your character is still up to you. At the same time, there is a huge discrepancy in the amount of {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs you encounter with Bad Scars on the [[TheEmpire Sith Empire's side]] and [[TheFederation the Republic's]].
* In ''VideoGame/DragonFable'', [[spoiler: Konnan]] has burn scars that nearly cover his face in Chapter 2. However, he's mostly on the here's side during that chapter, whereas he was evil previously, so they could fall in the "mark of shame" category for what he'd done.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' series, [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Helena Pierce]], [[ThePollyanna T.K. Baha]], and [[GentlemanAdventurer Sir Hammerlock]] all have ArtificialLimbs (well, in the second case, a peg leg) that speak less against their moral character and more of the DeathWorld nature of Pandora. Helena Pierce also has scarring over [[TwoFaced the entire left half of her face]], something mercilessly mocked by [[BigBad Handsome Jack]] and notably no one else.
-->''[[KickTheDog Holy nutballs! What happened to your frickin' face?]]''
** On the Player Character side, Axton has two nicks across his chin and eyebrow that go right in hand with his "grizzled soldier" look while contrasting his [[GloryHound actual personality]], Salvador has a distinct gash on the side of his forehead, and [[MadScientist Gaige]] has a robot arm of her own design. Finally, [[spoiler:Handsome Jack is disfigured with a massive Vault symbol that seems to have been ''branded'' onto his face]].
* The unreleased ''VideoGame/StarFox2'' was meant to introduce players to Wolf O'Donnell, cast as Fox's EvilCounterpart. Here, Wolf had a very large, pronounced scar vertically over his right eye. All of his later incarnations instead have some kind of EyepatchOfPower over his ''left'' eye instead.
** ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'' brought us Panther Caroso, a suave ladies' man, who has a large white cheek scar on the right side of his face. It greatly resembles a DuelingScar, but there has so far been no indication how he got it. However, the worst that could be said of him is that he is mercenary in his pursuits and not above being a [[TheCasanova shameless]] yet [[ChivalrousPervert noble]] flirt besides.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' has the Sniper, who was previously unscarred but received a cut on his nose and cheek after being slashed in the face by [[KnifeNut The Spy]] in the course of "Meet The Spy." Whether this is a heroic or villainous scar depends on one's personal opinion of Snipers in the game; in-universe he can be either a ColdSniper or a FriendlySniper depending on circumstances.
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* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Justice for All'', when [[spoiler:Matt Engarde]] reveals his true nature, the revelation is punctuated by him [[spoiler:pulling back the hair covering the right side of his face]] to reveal nasty-looking scars [[spoiler:across his eye]], when [[spoiler:he is sweating at the end of his case and unable to keep the hair back fully, the same scars make him look pathetic]].
** Also in ''ApolloJustice'': [[spoiler:Kristoph is revealed to have a ''Skull'' shaped scar on the back of his hand.]]
*** [[spoiler:Actually, only the 'mouth' of the 'skull' is a scar. The rest is him stretching his hand.]]
** And we can't forget the most impressive one: [[spoiler:Shelly De Killer]], which has one that [[spoiler:goes across ''his face, forehead to chin'']].
* Hanako Ikezawa of ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' is a prime example of the "horrendous scar as mark of tragedy" subversion. The right side of her body bears the burn scars of a fire that took her parents from her at a young age, leaving the poor girl a nervous wreck and an extreme ShrinkingViolet.
* Shiki of ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' has a large scar on his chest from [[spoiler:being stabbed and killed by the eventual BigBad]], normally hidden from sight by his shirt.
** In another {{Nasuverse}} example, Shirou of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has a burn scar on one of his shoulders that he got while working at his part-time job. It's normally covered by his shirt, although it [[InformedDeformity doesn't actually show up in any of the CGs where he's shirtless]]. Huh.
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* Peggy the sniper from GrrlPower has the "cross over the eye and nose" sort AND a prosthetic lower leg. Watch out for continuity errors regarding the leg!
* Nimmel in ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'', who lost his right eye and a good part of his face during an infernomancer attack. It's subverted here, because the scar is very nasty to look at.
* Vaelia, a female gladiator from ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' has a three-clawed, down-from-the-eye scar.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' makes a point of both trope and subversion. Constructs (created or repaired humans) have permanent 'Frankenstein' stitchery all over their bodies. Agatha's foster parents Adam 'Punch' Clay and Lilith 'Judy' Clay, and Baron Wulfenbach all have these prominent scars (good guys), but so does R-79, one of the dangerous-looking prisoners sent to Castle Heterodyne (bad guy). Another Castle prisoner, nicknamed 'Cucaracha', has the 'evil' false-harelip sort of scar, but ''he'' gets beat up by the girl in the pink dress.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', [[BadassGrandpa Thaco]] is missing an ear. This is explained to be from an encounter with the psychotic Dellyn Goblinslayer, who cut it off and took it as a trophy before Thaco escaped.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'' with [[NoNameGiven Zombie]], who's entire body riddled with ugly, asymmetrical black stitches but still proves to be nothing less than a stand-up guy.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', black and white royals had scars over their eyes as a result of [[ItMakesSenseInContext a sylladex accident with a harlequin]]. The only remaining after serial regicide and impromptu abdications is usurper unmistakably evil Jack Noir, whose counterpart Spade Slick has a coincidental matching scar over his eye. And then there's a MonsterClown who [[SelfMutilationDemonstration carved his own face with his attacker's weapon]].
* Grey from ''Inhuman'' almost has more scars than regular skin on his body. The main reason it's just ALMOST is because his face is almost unscarred... aside from a huge scar over the bridge of his nose, which admittedly does make for the "cute but deadly" look.
* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' has two:
** Subverted/Ambiguous: Daisy Archanis has an Artificial Leg. While Daisy's shown in the comic itself to be a relatively clever protagonist (not to mention a [[Film/RainMan Rain Woman]]), Jason (and the media) think she's evil, and whatever it is she's supposedly plea-bargained her way out of in exchange for playing on the show is Morally Ambiguous at best. Of course, the artificial leg IS a recent acquisition...
** Played Straight: Arikos's scarred and blinded eye, earned just after his arrest when [[HoistByHisOwnPetard one of his children scars him up to prevent him from using any powers gained from running the cult he engineered as a ploy to have said children]]. Apparently charisma is a big component of Celeste magic.
* In ''Webcomic/MinionComics'' the primary evil villain, Von Gernsbach, has a face covered in sinister-looking scar tissue.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'', Xaphrael has a large scar up the side of his face and crossing his eye. This type of scar can be good or bad, so let's check the tropes: [[LargeHam Hammy entrance]], [[CrypticConversation Cryptic and vaguely threatening conversation]], [[ManipulativeBastard concealment of a crime that he has the main characters bang to rights on]], [[HiddenAgendaVillain evasion of direct questions]], [[KickTheDog threatening to choke to death]] the resident IneffectualSympatheticVillain using his [[ASinisterClue left hand]]. Yep, those would be [[BigBad evil scars]].
* O'Chul in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has a scar running down across eye. The x-ray effect of a Disintegrate spell reveals the cut left a mark on the bone of his skull as well.
** He might be somewhat of a subversion, as he has lots of ugly, raised scars, which makes sense, as he was held prisoner and tortured for months.
** Also, in ''Start Of Darkness'', Right-Eye has a large, jagged scar across his face which he got when his [[EyeScream eye was stabbed out by a paladin]].
* Milny from ''Webcomic/PlanescapeSurvivalGuide'' recently gained several. The most noticeable is a crosscut sword slash starting from her left cheek, across the nose, and through the right eyebrow. The next biggest is a gunshot wound just above her left breast. Both are generally of the non-disfiguring variety.
* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', Faye has a scar on her right shoulder that was the result of a car accident [[spoiler:that may or may not have been intentional.]]
* Subverted (probably) by Hakelda in ''Webcomic/{{Reliquary}}'', who has rather nasty-looking scars disfiguring her left side (including the face), but who seems to be the sweetest of the cast so far.
* In ''Webcomic/SecondLeague'', She-Man (a good guy) and Ana (a villain) have near-identical scars on their faces.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Shadowgirls}}'', a Slaad got the drop on Becka, slashing her back. This has left three parallel scars on her lower back, which is even retained in her shadowform, and the fused Shadowchild. They even appear on the [[TheMerch Shadowchild figure]]! Also, Lindsey's battle with [[spoiler:a non-sparkling vampire]] left her with a scar on her left cheek.
* Kharisma Valetti of ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' has burn scars that left her face with large darkened patches. Not so much good or evil as LaserGuidedKarma.
* Averted and subverted with Webcomic/CryHavoc; this may be justified in that its main characters are ''VillainProtagonist''''s''.
** Skoll is the most obvious example of it being played straight, she is ruthless and for all intents and purposes evil, she has a large scar across her cheek, nose, and eyebrow that cuts out a chunk of the bridge of her nose, she has scars on her neck, abdomen, and legs, and a burn that takes up most of her back. Faustus, one of the antagonists is missing his left eye, he is badly burned and has gaping wounds on his chest, and is missing his left arm. (he got better)
** Hait and Karcharoth avert this. Karcharoth is almost as evil as Skoll, yet only has a few scratches on his neck, and a single scar over his left eye. Hati who is considered good has large scars across her forearms and back.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/TheWaterPhoenixKing'', as there was [[BrokenHero never any question as to his Alignment]], but Gilgam's triple scar (it looks like he was clawed by a wildcat -- we eventually learn what really did it) ''quite'' disfiguring, really disturbing and wince-inducing at first, although one eventually gets used to it and almost stops noticing it until something happens to point out again just how close he came to losing that eye. (It's shocking how young he looks in the flashbacks before he got it.) He's still quite handsome, but it's despite, not because of. It [[AcheyScars doesn't seem to bother him at all now]], either.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'', Commander Bismun has a few on his face, and he gains a fourth later on. [[spoiler: Also, Muneca is ''covered'' with burn scars.]]
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* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' character Viktor Kurchatov is horribly scarred more or less all over his body from being burned. He's both depraved and bonkers. [[AntiVillain Bobby Jacks]] may be a subversion in that he possessed a scar of the 'straight across the cheek' variety before the game.
** Blood Boy could also count as an extreme example, as well. He covers a heavily mutilated face with a mask. And he's also fairly AxCrazy.
* Oran of ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' fame has the common vertical eye (or "tear") scar, made in his youth during an attack from American bombers in the first Gulf War. Early on in the series, he gives his childhood friend Hassan one to match whilst suffering from cabin fever and copious amounts of guilt.
* Averted in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' by York's scarring. In a sparring match gone bad, a grenade goes off very close to his face, blinding him in one eye and giving him some serious scars on that side of his face. Despite the extent of his injuries, he's still a good guy.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' uses the good version, with Weiss having a small, crooked scar over her left eye. This type of scar, however, is more associated with anti-heroes, and Weiss is associated with a company that's known for shady business practices. She also has an attitude.
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* Zuko's scar in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' which functions as both a bad scar (making him appear menacing) and good (showing he has suffered). It is also an interesting study in this trope--earlier in the series, when Zuko is [[CharacterDevelopment worse]], it is thrown into relief more often, making it look worse. It helps here that he starts out wearing a BaldOfEvil, but by far the ugliest part of the scar "just happens" to be under his hair when he grows it out during his quest for redemption.
** Zuko's scar is such a big part of his character that he's both completely unrecognizable and pretty unremarkable [[http://piandao.org/screencaps/ep38/ep38-752.png without it]], as seen in his dream sequence in "The Earth King".
** Later Aang gets [[spoiler:both a scar on his back and foot from being hit by Azula's lightning bolt]].
** Even later [[spoiler:Zuko gets ''another'' scar on his chest from a partially screwed-up lightning re-direction when TakingTheBullet]].
** [[DefectorFromDecadence Jeong-Jeong]] (who deserted from the Fire Nation army when he realized just how much harm it was causing) also has scars across his eye.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Chief Bei Fong, [[SpinOffspring Toph's daughter]] and head of the Republic City [[ExtraOreDinary metalbending police force]], has two thin scars resembling claw marks on her right cheek. Interestingly enough, despite her parentage and the "good" nature of her scar - which only makes her look badass and in no way takes away from her attractiveness - she seems to be shaping up as a sort-of antagonist, sometimes helping Korra, sometimes not.
** Later she firmly becomes an ally.
** The reason [[BigBad Amon]] wears a WhiteMaskOfDoom is ostensibly because his face was horribly scarred after a Firebender attacked him and his family in his youth. When [[http://media.animevice.com/uploads/1/11372/552868-k23.png eventually seen]] it looks pretty evil, drawing his face into a permanent scowling grimace. [[spoiler: It's also a fake, caused by a heavy makeup job, in the event that he ever needed to weather accusations of falsehood.]]
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin General Reginald Peter Skarr]] from ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'' has the standard lightning-bolt 'evil' kind coming down from his right eye. Oddly enough, unlike most versions of this trope, he is actually blind in that eye. [[AllThereInTheManual According to the 'blink-and-you'll-miss-it' text in the opening credits]], he got the scar from running with scissors.
* Lightning Lad from ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperheroes'' had a lightning bolt scar under one eye that occasionally flashed when he used his powers (lightning, naturally)
* Naturally, ''Disney/TheLionKing'' villain [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Scar]] has a large vertical scar across his left eye.
** Later inverted in ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'', where Kovu gains a scar identical to Scar's during his HeelFaceTurn, which functions as a symbol of everything he's pledged not to become. And invoked when the animals treat it as a Mark Of Evil anyway.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' the original villain Sharptooth (and his TV show parallel Red Claw) have a jagged red scar across one eye. Doc, a good guy in the 6th movie, has a similar scar, but it's thin and contrasts less with the skin.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' good guy Hudson has a long scar down his face. His is particularly striking in that gargoyles wouldn't normally scar, as they heal each night when they enter stone sleep. [[spoiler:Hudson's scar was given to him by the Archmage, making it magical damage, thus likely why it did not heal--though it could also be that if such maiming damage "settles" it might not heal properly.]]
** On the other hand, the original (and villainous) Hunter, Gillecomgain, had three scars across his face, and while most Hunters of future generations are not so badly scarred, the masks they wear pay homage to their progenitor.
* Enzo/Matrix from ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' gets a scar across his left eye in his final Game cube as a kid. When the next season starts up, he and his companions have aged up via localized timeskip-the eye has been replaced with a bitchin' gold-colored cybernetic replacement, but the across-the-eye scar still remains. Matrix is very much an AntiHero.
* Dr. Blight from ''{{WesternAnimation/Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}'' looks perfectly normal ([[EvilIsSexy and in fact hot]])... until she moves the fringe covering the side of her face, revealing a severely scarred face.
* Given that Transformers can be repaired perfectly even if they're missing large parts of their body, scars are pretty unnecessary. However, ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' Wheeljack retains the long scar across his Autobot symbol from the accident that led to his FaceHeelTurn. However, it's also possible he made the scar himself ''after'' the accident, so it might not count.
** Ratchet in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' also left the chevron on his forehead broken after his battle with Lockdown, most likely for personal symbolic reasons.
** Ironhide from the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' film series has a scar over his right eye.
*** Also in the movie continuity, there's [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:ROS5-Strongarm.jpg Strongarm]] (from the IDW comics) who has three HUGE slashes across his face (which is sometimes covered up by a face mask). Apparently he was involved in a Decepticon attack that left his entire unit dead and whilst the scars could be repaired, he chose to keep them as a reminder to the Autobots who died under his command.
* In the BigDamnHeroes moment of the Season 3 premiere of ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', we see that [[spoiler:Charles Ofdensen now has one, from when the Metal Masked Assassin deliberately cut his face in Season 2]].
** After that episode, [[spoiler:the scar seems to have disappeared]]. Brendon Small claimed that there is a reason for this.
* Played straight and subverted by ''several'' characters in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades''. [[spoiler:Scrap-Iron]] has some truly Nightmare Fuel looking facial scarring after a missile-massage, and Major Bludd is now sporting a big nasty one across his face after an explosion. Possibly subverted by Snake Eyes, who is extremely heroic, but whose unmasked face managed to unnerve an entire biker gang.
* Gill from ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' has a classic evil scar on his right eye. It's actually very large and jagged, extending across his mouth and includes some damage to his right fin. Despite the fact that he actually is a good guy, Pixar uses all the basic tools they can, scars included, to paint him as a villain.
* AUTO from ''WesternAnimation/WallE'', arguably. His "face" appears to be made up of two white pieces, split through the "eye".
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' villain [[MadScientist Dr. Drakken]] has a prominent scar under his left eye.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': Over half of [[BigBad the Shredder]]'s face is covered in gruesome burn scars, and his right eye is whited out.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'': Hun, the Shredder's [[TheDragon dragon]], has three diagonal scars down his left cheek, which he gained from Splinter himself prior to his mutation.
* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''; when Me-Mow the assassin slashes Finn several times with a tiny dagger, including his cheek, Finn mocks [[SamusIsAGirl her]], stating that [[RuleOfCool "You're just making my face look cooler!"]]
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'' - Tron appears much as he did before the coup, but is ''very'' messed up under his outward appearance (we see a brief glance at the massive scarring). This, like a lot of other things in-series, works as {{Foreshadowing}}.
* ''Archer'':
--> '''Lieutenant Krauss:''' "Oh, I get it. Ze German guy [[PoirotSpeak mit]] ze scar must be ze bad guy. Well you know how I got zis scar? Savink a Jewish girl from a gang of skinheads."
* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Rapture's Delight", after Stan loses his wife Francine to a Returned Jesus, he gets a scar down and through his left eye, blinding him on that side. He had become a mercencary, not fighting for either side, until Jesus asked him to help rescue Francine from the Anti-Christ. In DeathEqualsRedemption, he goes to his personal Heaven, which brings him back to Earth at the beginning of the episode. Whether that means the rest of the series is Stan's heaven is not mentioned/discussed.
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