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Men seem to cut themselves a lot while shaving on screen, possibly more often than happens in real life.

If they cut themselves shaving, it's either [[RuleOfFunny the set-up for a gag]], or to contribute in some way to CharacterDevelopment. And if there is blood, There Will Be Toilet Paper - typically applied to the cuts in tiny ripped squares. Sometimes the shaving scene is cut and we skip directly to a shot of the man with bits of toilet paper stuck to his face with dried blood. Expect the DeadpanSnarker to snidely comment on the character's poor shaving job.

If the cut is for comedy, he will usually forget about the toilet paper and go through at least some part of his daily routine with toilet paper stuck on his face. If it's for CharacterDevelopment, he'll be more likely to remove it.

For added humor, include after-shave in the equation, for screams of pain as the alcohol hits the open cut.

See also CutHimselfShaving (when he didn't really) and DangerouslyCloseShave (when the wound will need a lot more than toilet paper). Not to be confused with a ToiletPaperTrail or ToiletPaperPrank.



* ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel''. A man tries to shave himself in the lunar shuttle's bathroom and cuts himself horribly. [[TooDumbToLive The shuttle is in the process of crash-landing on the moon at the time.]] True to the trope, he subsequently tries to apply aftershave, screams, and collapses. When last seen he is covered with toilet paper bandages.
* ''Film/{{Jumanji}}''. Creator/RobinWilliams' character, who had been trapped in the game for over 20 years, starting as a child, shaves for the first time ever and comes out of the bathroom with pieces of bloody toilet paper stuck to his face.
--> '''Judy:''' What happened to you? Shave with a piece of glass?
--> '''Alan:''' What happened to ''you''? [[Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies Clampetts have a yard sale?]]
* DistaffCounterpart version: A female character in the BodyHorror extravaganza ''Film/CabinFever'' shaving her legs while unknowingly exposed to [[ThePlague the flesh eating bacteria]]. Hilarity most certainly does not ensue.
* The end of the film adaptation of ''Film/TheDaVinciCode''. Used for plot development, even.
* In the 2000 film adaptation of ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', it's revealed as part of the Grinch's [[CharacterDevelopment background story]] that he hates Christmas because most of the other children at the school gift exchange -- [[ValuesDissonance and even the teacher]] -- laughed at his less-than-stellar attempts at shaving, which he did to try to impress Martha May. He was always something of an outcast, mind, but this was the straw that broke the proverbial camel's back.
* In ''Film/HomeAlone'', Kevin tries to shave at one point. That is to say, he slathers on shaving cream, scrapes it off with a razor, then applies aftershave. Judging from his immediate scream (and iconic hands-pressed-to-face pose), he didn't do a perfect job. On the other hand, it could just be the feel of the aftershave on his newly-shaven skin that hurts.
* In ''The Devil And Max Devlin'', Max Devlin cuts himself shaving because he can't see his reflection after he came back from the dead in order to get three souls for the Devil, so he ends up having toilet paper bandages. One of the people he has to get a soul from gives him an electric razor.
* Played with in ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'', in which Stauffenberg ''intentionally'' cuts himself shaving, in order that when he arrives at the [[TheWarRoom Wolf's Lair]] he has an excuse to change his clothes and [[spoiler: prepare the bomb]].

* The title character of the ''Literature/AdrianMole'' book series shows his haplessness by constantly having one or more squares of tissue paper stuck to his face.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Sam Vimes in the novel ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' is distracted and in a hurry, so cuts himself shaving. This is referenced later in the book where he's neglected to remove the tissue from his chin at the benefit, and a foreign diplomat asks if he had been injured while subduing a criminal.
** Also happens at the end of ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant''. After being in charge for a while, Fred Colon's sanity slips pretty far until Carrot comes back and begins issuing orders. He tells a relieved Colon to shave, who does so with such enthusiasm and vigor that he comes back with a few nicks on his face.
* Conspicuously averted in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Ghostmaker'', where Rawne is shown shaving with his sharp, sharp combat knife without a nick, reflecting his deadly skill.
* Mark Darcy appears like this at one point in the second ''Literature/BridgetJones'' book.
* Mark Studdock in "That Hideous Strength" by C.S.Lewis cuts himself badly shaving and has to go to an important interview with a big glob of cotton wool stuck to his upper lip.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Happens to Lister in the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Future Echoes"... but he sees it in the mirror [[TimeTravel before it actually happens]].
* Parodied in ''Series/PhilOfTheFuture''. Lloyd Diffy was having trouble figuring out 21st century razors, and ended up with bits of toilet paper stuck to cuts all over his face, including his forhead.
* In the opening credits for ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', Dexter cuts himself shaving. But they use some really clever camera work to make it look like something much more sinister and disturbing until they pull the shot back. Keep in mind they do that for his entire morning routine.
* You don't see him actually shaving, but in ''Series/LoisAndClark'', when Clark temporarily loses his powers, he comes in to work covered in little squares of toilet paper. This is of course to be expected, since he usually shaves by blasting himself with lasers in the mirror, and is also unaccustomed to flesh that well, you know, can be cut.
* The Garry [=McDonald=] character Norman Gunston, from Australian TV, was always covered in bits of bloody paper, despite claiming he used an electric razor.
* When ''Series/MythBusters'' took on "pyramid power", Tory agreed to shave for a month with a razor blade stored inside a pyramid for so-called sharpening. At the end of the month, he came out with bits of bloody paper all over his face.
* A DeletedScene from the ''[[Series/TheWestWing West Wing]]'' episode "Posse Comitatus" (which is about the president deciding to order the assassination of a foreign statesman who sponsors terrorists) shows the original, more {{Anvilicious}} teaser, in which Bartlet -- humming the [[SuspiciouslyAproposMusic "and victorious in war shall be made glorious in peace"]] song used later in the episode -- cuts himself shaving and dabs the blood off with a White House towel. The camera lingers on the image of blood smeared next to the Seal of the President before smash-cutting to the opening credits.
* In an episode of ''Radio/HancocksHalfHour'', Tony Hancock is preparing for a date on which he hopes to strike a Beatnik pose, when he cuts himself repeatedly while shaving. He arrives on his date but the woman thinks he looks like a thug. When he explains the tissue paper all over his face by saying, "They're razor cuts", she screams, "He admits it!".
* One ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode ends with a man cutting himself while shaving, which is funny but [[spoiler: if one would remember that killer has been using anti-coagulant before, and they didn't catch her in the end]]. He bleeds, saying that it looks bad. Makes it a sinister example.
* In one later episode of ''Series/FamilyMatters'', Steve comes out of the bathroom with his face covered in bits of toilet paper. Eddie asks what happened to him, and Steve replies, "Oh, I was shaving, [[HiccupHijinks and I got the hiccups!]]"
* A rare example with a female character came in "Last Whiff of Summer," the fourth-season premiere of ''Series/TheMiddle''. In her attempt to gain more parental attention by [[GoodGirlGoneBad going bad]], Sue decides to shave her legs with her father's razor. [[SmashCut Cut to]] her sitting next to her father watching TV with bits of bloody toilet paper on her legs.
* Happens to Adama a lot in ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''.
* In the ''Series/GetSomeIn'' episode "Kit", [[DrillSergeantNasty Corporal Marsh]] finds a straight razor in [[TheDandy Teddy boy Jakey Smith's]] coat during the National Service recruits' morning ablutions and threatens to put him on a charge for having an unauthorised weapon. Jakey claims that he was going to use the razor to shave (which, as he has just put a blade in a safety razor, is clearly false); Marsh calls his bluff and makes him shave with it. In the next scene, Jakey's face is covered with squares of toilet paper.
* Happens to Casey when he attempts to shave while hungover in the ''Series/FrontierCircus'' episode "Patriarch of Purgatory".
* ''Series/NewTricks'': In "The Sins of the Father", Gerry is shown cutting himself wile shaving multiple times. This shows how much the current case (which he has a personal stake in) is getting to him.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' did it, of course:
** When Homer decides it's time to teach Bart how to shave, [[http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2012/10/homeshaving.jpeg he makes sure to show him how bits of toilet paper can be used to staunch the many, many little wounds that will result]].
--->Now we take some little squares of toilet paper and put them here, and here, and here ... don't worry, the blood will hold them on. And now, some aftershave! '''YEEEEEEAAAAAARGH!!! nnnnnnnnn!''' ''Son of a--!'' And that's how we shave.
** And, in the episode when Homer has to take medical marijuana, Homer tries to shave while high. Large rainbows shoot out of his face.
** Homer springs multiple leaks after trying to shave with a cutthroat razor in "Helter Shelter''.
** One issue of ''Simpsons Comics'' showed him cutting himself shaving and wrapping his entire head in toilet paper to staunch the bleeding.
** And his blood covers his fingers and his razor in a ''Series/DowntonAbbey''-esque theme in "Dangers on a Train".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
** Happens offscreen episode "The Big Problem," where Timmy wishes to be an adult. He thinks shaving will be fun... And then we hear the screams of pain. And then [[TheDitz Cosmo]] suggests he try some "manly cologne." More offscreen screaming.
** In "Channel Chasers," Timmy and the gang end up in a parody of ''Series/BluesClues'' called "Clint's Hints." The Steve/Joe character, here named Jeff, claims he is a kid but has a shaving cut with a large piece of toilet paper on it.
* Practiced in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' by who else, but Dean Venture:
--> "Dean, what'd you do, shave with a hatchet?" "I used the one with the big pink handle..."\\
[[LargeHam "THAT'S MY DAISY!"]]
* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'', Jailbot has crash-landed on a strange land while trying to capture Jackknife as part of his routine, and the Warden tries to start his day without his beloved creation to help him. He answers the videophone covered in cuts from trying to shave, including a huge blood-spurting gash on the side of his neck and half of his nose cut off.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' episode "A Tale of Two Tables", Lincoln tries to prove he's "grown up" by attempting to shave. The scene then {{Smash Cut}}s to his face covered in toilet paper bandages.
-->'''Lincoln:''' Maybe I shouldn't have used the razor Mom uses to shave her legs with.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' episode "Bachelor Daze", we flash back to Fred's first job as a bellhop at the Honeyrock Hotel; it was shortly after his father gave him his first razor, and the flashback begins with a shot of him with some bandages on his face.
* The setup of the ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'' episode "The Last Mountain Beast" shows Penn with many bandages on his face talking to his parents about Uncle Chuck teaching him how to shave despite his lack of facial hair. Only they were used not to cover up cuts, but to cover up the burns from the cheap shaving cream he was using, as the razor didn't so much as touch his face.