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FacelessGoons are already pretty scary, but some villains just want more. But the faces ''under'' the helmets [[{{Everyman}} aren't particularly fearsome]], and SpikesOfVillainy just don't cut it. Something to suggest the pain these guys are gonna bring...

Solution: make ''the helmet itself'' look angry. Enter the RageHelm.

This is when a helmet's visor is embossed with a furious face or something similarly frightening. Merely having scary-looking eye-slits doesn't count, although features that just vaguely suggest a wrathful expression might. Stern looks also count, and might even be scarier than the raging ones. MechaMooks might have this, depending on how their "faces" look. Compare and contrast MalevolentMaskedMen (for when the scary visor is the whole point) and ExpressiveMask (which actually ''changes'' expression). See also FacelessGoons and GasMaskMooks. A common feature of ScaryImpracticalArmor.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''
** The MS-07 Gouf series of Mobile Suits in have a distinctive triangular protrusion hanging down from the middle of their [[CyberCyclops mono-eye]] visors, giving them a perpetually scowling look.
** The [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Physalis Gundam]] also has an unusually malevolent looking face, with a curious, angry looking red "mouth" in place of the iconic twin horizontal vent slits.
** As does the Legilis ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS Regulus]]?) Gundam in ''GundamAGE''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the movie of ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Prince Caspian]]'', [[BigBad Miraz's]] forces wear helmets embossed with a fearsomely snarling face, and Miraz himself wears a slightly fancier one.
* ''Film/IronMan'': The closure line of Stark's Iron Man helmet suggests a thin-lipped scowl.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** Darth Vader's helmet has a chillingly penetrating stare.
** Stormtroopers are intended to look this way, with their frowning mouth grills vaguely resembling a grimace, but they look more sad to some people.
* Dark Helmet from ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' is an over-the-top parody of Vader.
* Evil Robot Maximillian in ''Film/TheBlackHole'' has that [[CyberCyclops bright red eye]] with a furrowing brow sculpted/painted above it, making it look like he's permanently scowling.
* The immortals in ''Film/ThreeHundred''. [[NightmareFace Not that they need it, really]].
* TheDragon in ''Film/{{Willow}}'' has a helmet with a terrifying skull face that really leaves an impression.
* Agamemnon's helm in ''Film/TimeBandits''.
* Starting with Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movies, every film version of Batman's costume has frowning eyebrows sculpted into the cowl.
* In ''Film/{{Zardoz}}'', the [[CargoCult Exterminators]] wear grimacing [[TitleDrop Zardoz]] masks.
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[[folder:Gamebooks]]
* In the ''Literature/LoneWolf'' gamebook series, the Drakkarim -- EliteMooks of the [[EvilOverlord Darklords]] -- always wears metal helmets with scary facemasks, most often skull-shaped, in battle. To the point this is frequently the main feature used to describe them.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' likes to mock this trope. They appear in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'' and ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}''. In ''Pyramids'' the soldiers wear them even during innocuous conversation, and some of the palace guards in ''Interesting Times'' have actually cultivated the art of going to sleep in their feet, confident of not being detected behind the expressions of metal rage on their visors.
* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', dwarvish helms apparently were like these. One of these helms becomes significant as the signature item of the hero Túrin Turambar.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. The Hound has a helm resembling a snarling dog. It comes to represent the dark part of his personality as well as [[BecomingTheMask that of other people who wear it]].
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The high-ranking Jaffa soldiers in ''Series/StargateSG1'' tend to wear full-face masks depicting the inspiring Egyptian, animal-headed god of their commanding Goa'uld, either snake heads for the Serpent Guards or hawk heads for the Horus Guards. Those are quite scary, except for Setesh guards' helmets. [[NoodleIncident Apparently]], the latter are the subject of many jokes among the Jaffa, jokes whose humor is LostInTranslation.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', and several other ''Franchise/PowerRangers''/''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series have {{Mooks}} and [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]] with sculpted mouths on their helmets. The rangers' helmets often feature sculpted mouths as well, but the trope is inverted in their case since their helmets' mouths are universally sculpted into neutral/calm expressions.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* [[http://images.wikia.com/warhammer40k/images/f/f8/Blood_Ravens_Battle.jpg Scary helmets]] are the default for ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' SpaceMarines. Righteous fury is extolled amongst them, after all. Taken UpToEleven with the fanmade [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Angry_Marines Angry Marines]] chapter, pictured above. To say nothing of the [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_1CdIK9Dvf6E/TU9Yg9lsNRI/AAAAAAAABpQ/4L6BbzXUbPw/s400/Black_templar_chaplain_by_LordHannu.jpg Chaplains]] and their skull-shaped helmets...
** The Chaos Space Marines follow suit, some legions have spiky helmets for extra intimidation, and some legions have distinguishing features, the Night Lords have bat wings on their helmets designed to look really intimidating.
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'': RageHelm plus HumongousMecha = [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orhOvbfyyJw&t=1m5s Atlas]]. The Atlas head is [[SkeleBot9000 sculpted to resemble a skull]] and as such is technically incapable of displaying any emotion, though [[AceCustom many Atlases are customized to look angry]]. The Atlas II, a mech reserved for the elite units of the Star League, has an [[http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2010/258/3/8/devlin_stone__s_atlas_ii_by_flyingdebris-d2ysb2t.jpg especially angry head]].
** Screaming giant robot skull face? [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/images/5/5e/Banshee_1E.jpg Screaming giant robot skull face]]. Behold the BNC-series of Battlemechs, known as the ''Banshee''. Only 5 tons lighter than the ''Atlas'' and still plenty intimidating at first glance.
* ''MutantChronicles:'' The [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aN_xUGv0_UM/UVbYIGh0-MI/AAAAAAAAFLU/-65tIwG2khs/s1600/image-232738-full.jpg Venusian Rangers]] come with skull-faced helmets as standard issue.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* A couple of the helmets in ''VideoGame/{{Vindictus}}'' have scary faces on them, notably the [[http://www.vindictuswiki.com/Beholder_Mask Beholder Mask]]. ''Vindictus'' is also the TropeNamer, but the item in question is ''not'' this trope; it's actually a helm enchanted to cause UnstoppableRage.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Inverted with Ordinator (Indoril) helmets from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind''. These display an emotionless FrozenFace. Played straight, however, with Almalexia's war mask, and with the Daedric helmets.
*** The Tamriel Rebuilt GameMod (which seeks to expand ''Morrowind'' by adding the rest of the province of Morrowind) indicates that there are specialized Ordinator groups whose helmets are altered to show other emotions. The ones who have shown up thus far are the Ordinators in Mourning, the guards for the necropolis of Necrom, whose helmets are designed to look like Nerevar (supplementary materials back around ''Morrowind'' said that the Ordinator helmet was based on Nerevar's face) crying.
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'''s Dwarven Helmets exhibit this, with the faceplate of the mask crafted to look like a perpetually furious Dwemer. And again with the Daedric Helmets...
** The Wolf Armour helmet has a cheek-guard shaped to resemble a wolf's jawbone.
** The Carved Nordic Armour introduced with the ''Dragonborn DLC'', has a helm shaped like a bear.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series' Enclave have PoweredArmor helmets so intimidating that, in the [[VideoGame/{{Fallout3}} third game]] and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', they ''reduce your Charisma by one point!'' [[DumpStat Not that it makes much difference.]] In the third game, they're nicknamed "devil suits" in-universe, as the Enclave suits resemble, er, devils with pointed horns.
** Legate Lanius's demonic helmet, which comes with a scowling facemask.
*** Also the helmets worn by some Marked Men on the Lonesome Road. The best are near-perfect replicas of Lanius' helmet, but a step below that are the ones that are imcomplete, cracked, and deformed.
* Several helmets in VideoGame/BlacklightRetribution put a nasty-looking face on the helmet, such as the Bonebreaker, which is a scowling skull.
* Concept art for Commander Rimanah in ''Videogame/EYEDivineCybermancy'' had him [[http://i.imgur.com/PbvUyXP.jpg wearing a grinning skull helmet]]. However, in-game both he and your Mentor wear serene facemasks. The Mentor's facemask [[BadassBeard even has a beard]]!
* A scowling helmet known as Dragon Helm in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' is described as frightening to enemies, and it halves their defense because of it.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the Firebender {{Mooks}} wear [[SpikesOfVillainy spiky]] helmets with skull-like masks.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Samurai helmets tended to have scary faceplates.
* In an aversion, certain Roman soldiers wore metal face masks, but they always had impassive expressions to represent the gods.
* Soviet gas masks often were colored white and had small eye windows, making them look eerily like skulls. Since they conceal nearly all of the face, this adds to the UncannyValley effect, making designs like the [[http://imageshack.us/a/img357/1849/07georms650ek5.jpg PBF]], and the [[http://windypundit.com/legacy-mt/archives/2008/09/11/HL2-CivProt2.jpg PMG]], look rather imposing, but the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Russian_gas_mask_%D0%9F%D0%9C%D0%9A-2.jpg PMK]] comes closest to the trope, but the [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v641/taongglabas/IMGP1092.jpg GP-5]] is definitely the scariest. Because of three key facts, which are that it is much easier and economical to make gas masks with small windows, that modern combat seldom takes place at close range, and form follows function, it is highly unlikely that the masks were designed intentionally to be intimidating.
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