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[[caption-width-right:209: [[MemeticMutation ALWAYS ANGRY!]] '''[[UnstoppableRage ALL THE TIME!!!]]]]'''

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 Rage Helm''.

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.


[[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 MS-14 Gelgoog series have stern looks due to their wide, flat 'brows' and narrow visors. [[http://gundam.wikia.com/wiki/MS-14B_Gelgoog_Uma_Lightning_Custom Uma Lightning's variant]] deserves credit for looking like it's actually trying to glare someone to death.
** 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 ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE''.

* ''Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse:'' The guards of Zaldia are noted to have helmets designed to look like roaring bears.


[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Disney/BigHero6'', Baymax's helmet (visible on one of the posters) frames his friendly BlackBeadEyes ''just'' right to turn them into perpetually scowling ConjoinedEyes.
* In ''Disney/{{Moana}}'', the Kakamora are a tribe of crazy intense coconut-armored pygmy pirates. Right after Moana comments at how cute they are, they paint angry faces over their armor.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the movie of ''[[Film/PrinceCaspian 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. Appropriate as the concept was based on samurai armor (see RealLife below.)
** 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]].
* General Kael, 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 masks of the titular Zardoz, their god who showers them with blessings in the form of guns and ammo.
* In Film/MadMaxFuryRoad, Immortan Joe, a despotic leader suffering from respiratory problems, wears an oxygen mask decorated with horse-teeth to have a skeletal/feral appearance.
* In ''Film/BlackPanther2018'', Erik Killmonger dons his own vibranium armor with a snarling jaguar pattern baring its teeth on his mask.

* 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.

* ''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]].
** When Eddard Stark visits Tobho Mott's smith shop, Mott offers to make him a helmet with a snarling wolf so detailed/realistic, children will cry upon seeing it. Stark declines.
* The Blood Pact of ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' wear bronze masks cast as snarling, angry faces when they go into battle. If that was not intimidating enough, they also [[MalevolentMutilation undergo ritual scarification]] and intentionally [[BloodSplatteredWarrior stain their uniforms with blood]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The Hound's helmet looks like a snarling dog.
* 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.
* The helmets of all Makai Knights in ''Series/{{Garo}}'' appear to be stylized images of wolves baring their teeth.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Dr. Cube's serves as the logo for Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* [[http://i.imgur.com/eRPsOBc.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.
* ''TabletopGame/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.
* Inverted in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}''. Since HappinessIsMandatory, even the most brutal of the FriendComputer's goons often have smiley faces painted on their masks.

[[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''
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
*** Played straight with the each of the game's various Daedric helms.
*** Averted with the Indoril helms of the [[ChurchPolice Ordinators]], which instead have an emotionless FrozenFace. The lore-friendly ''VideoGame/TamrielRebuilt'' 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) [[ManlyTears crying]].
*** Played straight with [[PhysicalGod Almalexia]]'s "War Mask" in the ''Tribunal'' expansion, which you get to see up close and personal [[spoiler:when [[BigBad she tries to kill you]]]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** Dwarven Helmets exhibit this, with the faceplate of the mask crafted to look like a perpetually furious Dwemer ([[GenderedOutfit unless your character is female]], in which case it's smiling).
*** Played straight once again with Daedric helmets, as is standard for the series.
*** The Wolf Armor 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/{{Fallout 3}} 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.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the Enclave's Advanced Power Armor returns under the name X-01. The helmet still has the same insectoid appearance as in ''2'' and ''New Vegas'', but without the Charisma penalty. In fact, you can actually get a Charisma bonus depending on what paint job you get for your armor. Also, Charisma is no longer a DumpStat.
** 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.
* In the roguelike game ''Angband'', the Iron Helm of Gorlim is described as a gaudy, barbaric helm, and it aggravates all nearby creatures.
* In ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', Emile decorates his visor with the visage of a demon skull.
* ''VideoGame/TheLastGuardian'': The man-eating beasts ([[spoiler:Including our Trico originally]]) all wear metal helmets that have snarling dragon faces carved into them. Even just the shape of the helmets make the beasts look more threatening.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Samurai helmets tended to have scary faceplates.
* In an aversion (or perhaps a TranquilFury-invoking variation), 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://www.soviet-power.com/pictures/pbfblack.jpg PBF]], and the [[http://www.soviet-power.com/pictures/GasMaskNew.jpg PMG]], look rather imposing, but the [[https://41.media.tumblr.com/06a8fc30d921d04f7e6444665622b141/tumblr_n66nhcT8Fi1qct6ago1_500.jpg PMK]] comes closest to the trope, but the [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v641/taongglabas/IMGP1092.jpg GP-5]] is definitely the scariest.