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* A staple of "golden age" theatrical shorts (''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', etc.) in the '40s and '50s was to have a human character, typically female, who was only shown from the knees down. Examples include Mammy Two-Shoes (and her white, sometimes Irish, replacement as seen in edited versions of the shorts and in the short-lived ''Tom and Jerry Tales''), in the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' shorts; Sylvester and Tweety's owner in ''Tweetie Pie'' (though not Granny in the later shorts); J.L. in the Daffy Duck cartoon "The Scarlet Pumpernickel," and Marc Antony's owner in Chuck Jones' ''Feed the Kitty''.
** Parodied and/or homaged in both ''TheRenAndStimpyShow'' by Mr. and Mrs. Pipe, and in ''CowAndChicken'' with the titular character's parents. In the latter even their ''shadows'' end at about the waist up.
* Marvin the Martian in ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', and by extension the entire Martian race as seen on ''Animaniacs'' (the episode "Clown and Out" ended with [[spoiler:the Jerry Lewis-esque clown being blasted to Mars, where he's seen singing to Martian children]]) and ''DuckDodgers', have this as a racial trait, their only physical facial feature being their eyes; otherwise, their face is a total blank.
* Fire Lord Ozai during the first two seasons of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. He is usually a shadowed silhouette, but is seen fully illuminated in one episode, with different parts of his face and head visible in different shots -- every part ''except'' his eyes. His actual face is [[PrettyBoy a good deal less intimidating then you'd think]] (if only because TheReveal was when he was in a good mood).
* The BigBad of the sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Amon, keeps his face hidden behind a mask. He claims his face was destroyed by the same Firebender who killed his family; [[spoiler:it's a lie, although he is CrazyPrepared enough to wear make-up that resembles a scar should he be forced to reveal his face.]]
* Doctor Claw from the animated ''InspectorGadget'' (who wasn't just faceless, he was mostly bodiless; only his arms and hands were ever shown). This was later ruined by a toy that ''did'' show his face and body (and utterly destroyed his coolness factor by presenting him as [[http://progressiveboink.com/archive/drclaw.html a skinny white-haired man with a twisted-lip sneer]]), and also to a somewhat lesser extent by a Super Nintendo game that showed half his face in the final battle (where he was at least given glowing eyes). The toy went out of its way to play it up, too. The packaging specifically covered his face with a sign, informing potential buyers that they would have to buy the package to see what he looked like.
** Averted in TheMovie where his face and appearance is that of a CorruptCorporateExecutive.
* Similarly, Spydra from ''GadgetBoyAndHeather''. The only time she takes off her mask on-screen (gleefully lampshading it in the process), she's [[TransformationRay polymorphed]] into Heather.
* [[MsFanservice Miss Bellum]] on ''ThePowerpuffGirls''. Her full name is in fact Sara Bellum, homophonic to cerebellum, a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that her head is never displayed. And also a reference to the fact that she's really the brains at the Mayor's office. She gets a partial reveal in the 10th anniversary episode.
** A minor character who fits is Mr. Morebucks, Princess' incredibly wealthy father who funds all her schemes. His face is never shown, and he [[TheVoiceless also never talks on camera.]]
* Kenny on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' - with his full face finally shown in the movie ''South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut'' (and again on the season eight episode featuring [[MichaelJackson Michael Ja]]--[[LastSecondWordSwap Jefferson]].
* In an early episode of ''MuchaLucha'', Rikochet couldn't find his mask, and all they ever showed of him was ''really'' tight close ups of his eyes (and at one point, a shot where he's , and his head wearing other things (say, a paper bag, or a mailbox) to hide his masklessness. However, a model sheet of Rikochet's "special poses", which can be seen in the behind-the-scenes featurette on the "Heart of Lucha" [=DVD=], shows four pictures of him without his mask, and all unobscured.
* "Wizard" Kelley, from ''TheProudFamily'' -- a basketball star turned [[CorruptCorporateExecutive scheming billionaire]] -- never has his head in the shot; he's just too tall.
* Nanny from ''MuppetBabies'' is usually only shown from the knees down.
** It's because the babies are small and on the floor, and keeping them in the shot means only focusing on Nanny's legs. It turned into a RunningGag: if Nanny picks up a baby you still only see the back of her head or her chest from the neck down; pictures of Nanny have the faces obscured; and any other grownups who ever appear, such as a neighbouring friendly policeman, are shown the same way.
* ''GIJoe''.
** Cobra Commander, Destro, and Snake Eyes. Except Cobra Commander got revealed in the ill-received movie. Destro was subsequently shown without his mask via a 12" figure released in the mid-'90s (it was the main selling point!) and has since been shown without it in the current comics. Snake Eyes has been shown in one form of silhouette or another both pre- and post-scarring in all the various comics, usually showing the lower half of his face.
** Eventually the comics gave Cobra Commander one as well, not nearly as cheesy as the movie's version. He just looked kind of like [[spoiler:Che Guevara]]. [[http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.oafe.net/yo/art/gijsgcc4.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.oafe.net/yo/gijlcc.php&usg=__HK9IDqy5uVE06mQIjrMl3Fw9Ifw=&h=275&w=280&sz=48&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=kLOJSg8tfV9qiM:&tbnh=145&tbnw=149&ei=0Q9LTeCoEIG88gbKz-2iDg&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dcobra%2Bcommander%2527s%2Bface%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1280%26bih%3D933%26gbv%3D2%26tbs%3Disch:1&itbs=1&iact=rc&dur=564&oei=0Q9LTeCoEIG88gbKz-2iDg&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=35&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0&tx=72&ty=94 Link]]. And even ''that'' was a disguise.
** Snake Eyes' face was eventually revealed in its entirety in issue #93 of ''ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel''. [[http://demsgoodreadin.blogspot.com/2009/04/snake-eyes.html It's right here, if you want to look.]]
** GIJoeRenegades continues the tradition. We see only ''part'' of Cobra Commander's face. Destro is introduced prior to getting his mask but he gets it soon after, and Snake Eyes's remains mostly hidden, except for TheUnreveal in one episode, when Zartan tried to steal his mask, and then promptly gave it back after commenting that Snake Eyes needed it more.
* Subverted on the Cartoon Network original series ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'': their parents are supposed to be faceless, but the first episode reveals they're actually no more than two pairs of legs.
* Sheldon in ''GarfieldAndFriends'' never completely hatched and is just a walking egg. In one episode, he finally hatches - [[TheUnreveal to reveal another eggshell beneath.]]
* The original shorts of ''TheFairlyOddparents'' had Timmy's {{Unnamed Parent}}s are (like the ones from ''Cow and Chicken'') never shown from the waist up, but when it was made into its own show the parents' faces were seen.
* Subverted on ''CodenameKidsNextDoor''. The first episode with Numbuh One's father involves his father's face being obscured from view quite blatantly; midway through the episode, though, it's suddenly seen. Several of the other character's parents were TheFaceless at first, but later were shown, though some of the parents still haven't been seen. During season 6, the mysterious kid from the KND Splinter Cell was only shown as a shadow. In the Finale, it was revealed that he was in fact [[spoiler: [[http://knd.wikia.com/wiki/Numbuh_74.239 Numbuh 74.239]], and that the splinter cell was just a cover for the Galactic KND.]]
* Number One, the main villain of ''Birdman'', never removes his mask. (Then again, neither does Birdman himself.) For that matter, neither does SpaceGhost. Nor FrankensteinJr, who makes one wonder why the mask anyway - he's a [[HumongousMecha Giant Robot]] -- difficult to hide that without a mask!
* Slade in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', to such a degree that even getting a clear look at him in-costume (mask and all) is given the "big reveal" treatment. His mask is finally broken down the middle in the first season finale, but he manages to [[TheUnreveal cover the other half of his face]] with one hand as he escapes. Later, during the fourth season finale, his mask is knocked off, but under extenuating circumstances: he's kinda-sorta dead, so all we get is a skull (although it was still a cool moment). The rationale appears to be that he is missing an eye -- confirmed when his mask is removed during the fourth season finale.
* Conrad Fleem in ''TheReplacements'' is always shown from behind. His most distinguishing characteristic is a huge moustache.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' series, FOWL High Command is always shown in shadow, revealing nothing but shapes and eyes.
* Batman-ish vigilante Nobody, from the second ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' cartoon, is one of these when out of costume, with his face always covered in shadow--even when the lighting is such that it shouldn't.
* The masked superheroes in ''JusticeLeague'' and ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' are very rarely, if ever, shown unmasked.
** Subverted in "Starcrossed" when they have to go into civilian disguise to hide in plain sight of the invading Thanagarians. Also made funny when Batman reveals that he's known who they all were the whole time.
** Hawkgirl is a particularly interesting case, as her mask is part of a bulky, winged helmet, which she wears at all times, even when she's receiving medical attention inside Justice League headquarters. Her first unmasking, late in Season 2 (at the end of the second part of the episode "Wild Cards"), is presented as a dramatic and romantic scene. This is implied to be a point of Thanagarian culture--Hawkgirl stops wearing the mask/helmet for good after she severs ties with Thanagar.
** TheQuestion was this, until a tender unmasking scene with Huntress in the episode "Flashpoint". (Unlike the comic book version, who was seen unmasked regularly.)
-->'''Question:''' You were right. I am the ugliest guy of all time.\\
'''Huntress:''' Not in my eyes.
** Also especially appropriate, since his mask is designed to make it look like he [[TheBlank literally has no face]]. Technically, we get to see his face in his first appearance as he [[NotMyDriver kidnaps some schmuck in a taxi]]. However with the way the episode is shot the fact we see him unmasked likely [[FridgeLogic won't register until much later.]]
* Bruno's boss in ''WesternAnimation/BrunoTheKid''.
* The foot soldiers in the original '80s ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' cartoon were all literally FacelessGoons. They were also robots.
** Casey Jones is never seen without his mask on (unlike in all other versions, where he takes it off), even once when going undercover in a business suit.
* Orko's people in ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' keep their faces concealed under wide-brimmed hats and behind scarves; all that is visible are glowing yellow eyes in the shadows, and pointy blue ears sticking through the hat. It is explained in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' that showing one's face to another being is, in their culture, at a level of intimacy on par with getting engaged.
* Dumb Donald's face in ''FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids'' is always hidden behind a pink stocking cap with eyeholes cut into it. The 2004 live-action film version (In which the series' main characters are sucked out of the television and into the real modern world) plays around with/lampshades his lack of facial features, as Donald eventually "gains" a face after the long stay in the real world starts to transform the animated characters into "real" people and unmasks. Once the gang re-enters their cartoon world, Donald's face "vanishes" and his "head" shown as just a pair of eyes before he puts his hat back on.
* ''SecretSquirrel'' has the upper half of his face covered by a purple fedora hat with eyeholes cut into it.
** His face was revealed once in "Goldflipper" while he was disguised as a girl scout.
* In ''CoolMcCool'', Cool's boss Number One was only ever seen as arms and a cigar behind a chair.
** Two years before Cool [=McCool=] was obscure Terrytoons character James Hound, whose superior was also behind a chair and never seen facewise.
* All adults in ''{{Peanuts}}''. The cartoons took this to another level by giving them their own StarfishLanguage.
** Subverted in a couple of specials however, such as "Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown?," where we do clearly see some adults. Also averted in the "This is America, Charlie Brown," miniseries from the late 80's, since it features many historical figures fully interacting with the main characters.
** There's also "the [[CatsAreMean cat next door]],'' whose claw is the only feature seen by the audience when it regularly destroys Snoopy's doghouse.
* Most of the character's parents in ''TinyToonAdventures'' are only shown from the waist down, the exceptions being Hampton's parents, Elmyra's parents, and Plucky's Dad's face has been seen a few times.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', Bruce Wayne is ''never'' seen without his mask. If he's not wearing it, he'll be in shadow until he is. Finally averted in "Chill In The Night", where he unmasks himself to Joe Chill, the man who killed Thomas and Martha Wayne, just to strike a whole other level of fear into the guy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', there's an episode, "P.O.V.", which features a ''very'' puzzling example of this trope. Batman and three of the Gotham Police Department's detectives work together (though they don't officially team up) to bring down a crime ring. The BigBad in charge of the gang is always seen either in shadow or partially in shadow, so we can only see the outline of his face and some of his more notable facial features. He looks suspiciously like The Penguin (short and bespectacled), but obviously can't be because (if the basic shape of his face is any indication) he is not at all disfigured like the Penguin. What makes him an especially frustrating character is the fact that Batman apparently knows who he is, ''but he won't tell us''! And as if all that weren't mysterious enough, this villain is TheVoiceless as well!
* In ''XMenEvolution'', Magneto's almost always wears his helmet, as in most versions, but here the helmet's shadow often obscures his face as well, leaving only his eyes (which glow white when he's using or about to use his powers) visible. If Magento has the helmet on and the shadow isn't there, he's usually about to be given either a PetTheDog or a moment of weakness- in other words, something that humanizes him. If the shadow's there, he'll usually be in straight villain mode. His face was revealed at the end of the first season, and from then on we see it even when he is wearing the helmet. Its implied that his earlier "appearances" were actually astral projection, and this Magneto appears to have telepathic powers, [[OlderThanTheyThink which is actually something he had in the comics that people seem to of forgotten about.]]
* On the animated adaptation of ''TheRickyGervaisShow'', Carl's longtime girlfriend Susanne is TheFaceless, always shown from behind or her face hidden by a book, a lamp, or other object, if not cast completely in darkness.
* Husband and Wife on ''TheSchnookumsAndMeatFunnyCartoonShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'''s [[BigBad Nox]] removes his CoolMask exactly once during the main series--with his back to the camera. His face is shown during his StartOfDarkness episode, however.
* ''{{Stoked}}!'' has two. Mr. Ridgemount is only ever seen fron behind or with a newspaper in front of his face, and Wipeout who is never seen outside of his mascot costume.
* God in ''TheSimpsons''. His face is always just out of frame. This is easy to pull off since he's much taller than anyone else (being God and all.)
** All we know is that Homer described his appearance, IIRC, thusly: "perfect teeth, great smile, a class act all the way!"
* Lt. Anna Baldavic from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', who combines TakeOurWordForIt with {{Butterface}}.
* Ms. Mimi in her first appearance ''AngelinaBallerina: The Next Steps''. Her face is covered by the boxes she carries and is seen by the back of her head applauding for Angelina. Her face is revealed in the next episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' (and its later spin-off ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'') features the Toyman, aka Winslow Schott. Orphaned after his father dies in prison, Toyman becomes a toy-crazed supervillain, hiding his face behind a Howdy Doody-like mask. Schott is never seen without the mask, although it's frequently cracked and broken in his battles with Superman, and even his fellow villains.
* The aptly named [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin No-Face]], the extremely dangerous EVO leader of The Bug Jar from ''GeneratorRex''.
* Tn the ''Mighty Man and Yukk!'' shorts on the Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show, Yukk! was supposedly the "world's ugliest dog." As such, he wore a [[CoolMask miniature doghouse]] on his head that concealed his features. But whenever it became convenient to the plot to stun an adversary into terror-induced paralysis, Yukk! would lift his doghouse, and show them his face...At which point whoever was looking would absolutely freak out in gaggle-eyed horror. Of course, the audience only ever saw Yukk!'s head from behind in these instances.
* The original three ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' movies were very weird about this. All of the true faces of mask-wearing characters (all the Matoran, Toa, Turaga and Makuta) were kept a secret. Their heads were shown from all conceivable angles, bar from the front, so we got a vague idea of what they may look like, but the precise facial details were still a mystery. Interestingly, despite the director's apparent efforts, the entire head of [[BigBad Makuta]] ''was'' indeed visible through the electric flashes in the first movie, and it looked ''exactly'' like on his toy -- a regular Toa head (toy version) turned upside down... so, technically, he didn't even ''have'' a real face, unless you count the one on the top of his head, looking backwards...
** The second movie had Fire Drones -- little machines built up using the CGI body of a Bohrok and the maskless head of a Matoran. And they did face the camera... but their faces were too tiny to see clearly. In the same movie, the animators even went as far as to show the comatose body of Turaga Dume with his mask on, [[FridgeLogic even though it was a major plot-point that his mask had been stolen.]]
** Freeze-framing the part when Kopaka turns Takua's mask back into position reveals through the mask's eye-holes that he doesn't even have a face, just a flat surface with his eyes stuck on it. Likely, none of the masked movie models had actual faces designed.
* The second adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'' takes a different tack than the first and the original story. In the present timeline, the Once-ler's face isn't seen until the very end, although we get a general idea of blue eyes and an unkempt beard. In the past, however, his face is frequently visible. ([[IdenticalStranger He looked a lot like the boy to whom he tells the story in the present timeline.]])
* The titular DiabolicalMastermind of the French-Canadian animated series ''{{Belphegor}}'' is only ever seen with his gold mask on, which doesn't even have a mouth. One later episode has the characters tracking down an old film, as they discover a boy acting in it is the man himself. The audience is shown a cutscene of the film... with Belphegor's face obscured in shadow.
* The [[ColumbiaCartoons UPA]] adaptation of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" never shows the face of the narrator. The ending of the cartoon is a shot from his POV... [[SanitySlippage through the window in the cell door of an insane asylum]].
* Bioborgs Cybron and Noxious (of the behind a mask variety) of ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce''.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' features "The Light", an TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness who are nothing but SinisterSilhouettes on a set of screens till TheReveal of their identities near the end of season 1.
* The General on ''DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'' would always been heard only, via Dastardly's telephone, as just a lot of gibberish and throat-clearing. The General pays a visit to the Vulture Squadron on "Stop Which Pigeon?", and even though we still can't see him, we hear him and he sounds the same as when he's on the phone. Subverted in the Gold Key comics stories--he appears in Hanna-Barbera Fun-In #4 (drawn by Mike Arens) and #7 (Jack Manning).
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'': In "The Statue Of Liberty Caper," we hear the mumbling of the U.S. President (translated by Secret Service agents) but we never see him.
* In ''{{WesternAnimation/The Beatles}}'' episode "Thank You Girl," the boys' manager Brian Epstein is heard at the beginning (putting the boys on a diet and taking their money) but his face is never seen.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}'': The character nicknamed "Red", always wears a mask (first his own, then the one provided to him by Kane), so his face has not been seen, which is also why Mike does not know why he holds a grudge against him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', [[NaziNobleman Baron Zemo]] never removes his mask during any of his appearances (and he's one of the show's most commonly recurring villains). Considering that we get a flashback that showed him getting infected by a biological weapon that [[HoistByHisOwnPetard he himself designed]], which had the effect of apparently causing his face to ''melt''[[note]]though even in the flashback, we don't actually get a good look at him - at that point he wore a mask that looked more like a Klansman's hood, which was dissolved during aforementioned face-melting, to be eventually replaced by the skintight mask he wears during the main series[[/note]], there's probably a ''very'' good reason that mask stays on.
* Up until the first season finale, [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 The Shredder]] was this. Most of his face was concealed by a large metal mask, leaving only his eyes (one that shows some a scar) exposed. During his fight with Splinter, though, his mask is knocked off and his entire face is revealed.
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