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->''"But Masada's momentum controlled Tremont! Into the barbs, his arm got caught. And just keep in mind, you get a part of your body caught in the barbwire as you're falling and there's nothing to break your fall, that will rip up your skin the entire way you're falling. It's stuck in your skin, you try to pull it out, it will rip up or down or back. This is how legends of this match, Wrestling/{{Sabu}} and the like, have scars up and down their body."''
-->-- ''Welcome to the Wrestling/{{Combat Zone|Wrestling}}''

A character's entire body is covered in hundreds of scars. This trope is used to show that the character is a badass, a veteran or a BrokenBird who lived though a lot of fights or suffered a great deal of pain and [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]]. Often times these scars will be [[PhysicalScarsPsychologicalScars linked to mental scars]] related to how they gained them.

If the scars are self-inflicted expect the character to be [[AxCrazy more than a little off]].

Subtrope of RuggedScar. Related to DentedIron, GoodScarsEvilScars, EveryScarHasAStory and ScarsAreForever. May involve a ScarSurvey. See also FrozenFace.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Obi and Mitsuhide from ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' both are revealed to have quite a few scars on their torsos and arms when they're seen shirtless, and Obi has his signature scar on his forehead as well.
* Illness from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' has countless scars under her dress as a result of [[spoiler:[[ReligionOfEvil SAMPLE]]'s "[[ColdBloodedTorture worship]]" of her]].
* ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler,'' along with several supporting characters. The most notable is Hanayama.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'':
** With the amount of punishment that Guts regularly takes at the hands of his demonic enemies, he's accumulated quite a few scars over his career. Including a missing eye and forearm, courtesy of the horrors of the Eclipse. This gets even more pronounced after he obtains the Berserker Armor: his body is apparently so covered in scar tissue that he ''cannot sweat'', leaving him susceptible to frequent fevers.
** While not as extreme as Guts, there are very few places on Casca's body where she doesn't have some scars. Living as a mercenary in constant combat since the age of twelve will do that.
* ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName'''s Usui Shuusei is covered with nasty burn marks from when he interrupted [[spoiler:Hotsuma's suicide attempt.]]
* ''Manga/BlackJack'' of the manga of the same name is covered in scars from stepping on a landmine as a child.
** In the TV version, anyway. The original manga had an unexploded American bomb from WWII that his family's house had been built on top of by crooked developers who were too cheap to have it dismantled first.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': Balalaika has burn scars all over the front of her body, including almost half her face as the result of surviving a frag grenade at close range.
* Manji from ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'' has scars on every inch of his body... which occasionally [[BodyHorror open up]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Yamamoto Genryuusai, the commander of the Gotei 13. Some of his scars have story-significant background to them, especially the scar that was inflicted by Sasakibe, which impressed him enough to change his name.
** Kenpachi. Due to his love for fighting, his body is absolutely covered in scars. His overall strategy seems to be that dodging is for sissies.
** Mayuri, underneath his getup. Due to his constant doing 'modification' surgeries on himself.
* Yukiya in ''Anime/CodeGeassAkitoTheExiled'', particularly visible in the hot springs PictureDrama.
* In the Frieza saga of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' we see that Vegeta has scars all over his chest and back.
* All three of Madaraki sisters from ''Manga/FrankenFran'' have them, due to being [[ArtificialHuman artificial humans]].
* Kyoshiro from ''Manga/GingaDensetsuWeed'' has scars all over his body. They're either from [[AbusiveParents an abusive father]], or they're from fighting other dogs.
* Over the course of his series, Manga/{{Golgo 13}} has developed a number of scars, visible when he removes his shirt. In the first chapter, he was unmarked.
* Morito of ''Manga/GunXClover'' has a ''lot'' of scars on his upper torso hidden under his clothes thanks to his long mercenary career.
* Colonel Bakuryu from ''Manga/{{Kochikame}}'' has scars all over his face and torso showing his combat and survivalist experiences.
* [[RetiredBadass Shirou Takamichi]] from ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' has lots of nasty scars all over his body from back when he used to work as a bodyguard. Most of them presumably came from the incident that forced him into retirement.
* Eishun Konoe in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''.
* In addition to the four scars on his face, Lannes is depicted this way in ''Napoleon - Shishi no Jidai'' by Tetsuya Hasegawa, with bullet wounds and sabre cuts all over his arms and torso. May also be the case for Oudinot, given the number of scars drawn on his face and his real-life self's reputation, but we have yet to see him shirtless...
* Balsa from ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit,'' mostly apparent in one episode where she has to take her shirt off to get a wound treated.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Morino Ibiki was tortured as a young man, and is now completely covered in scars. He hides his head with a bandana so people won't see all the burn marks and craters. Considering he hides the rest of his body with a long coat and gloves, it's save to assume he has more of them.
** [[spoiler:The entire right side of Uchiha Obito's body, including his face, is one big mass of scar-tissue. Some part of it may not even be his own skin anymore, and his right arm is basically a prosthetic. No surprise, given that he was crushed by a huge boulder as a child.]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Genzo's entire body is has scars. They were caused by being slashed up by Kuroobi of the Arlong Pirates eight years prior.
** Whitebeard is covered with scars on every part of his body, the only wounds on his back from the times he was stabbed in the front and the weapon came out his back. Of course, being Whitebeard, these were [[OnlyAFleshWound only flesh wounds.]]
** Laboon the whale's head is also crisscrossed with many scars, the result of years spent angrily crashing against the Red Line.
* Gene Starwind from ''Manga/OutlawStar''. It's implied that many of his scars are the result of his escape pod crash-landing on Sentinel III when he was 15.
* The MadArtist from the horror manga ''Manga/PanoramaOfHell'' cuts himself all over his body because he uses his own blood as paint and even vomits blood all over the canvasses. {{Squick}} doesn't even ''begin'' to cover it.
* Randal Oland from ''Anime/PumpkinScissors''. He got most of them during the war that occurred before the series begins.
* The moneylender Sugi in ''Manga/{{Rainbow}}'' has acquired quite an assortment of what appear to be knife wounds over his ten years in the business. He says they all came from people who decided it was easier to kill him than to pay him back.
* Tsukune from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has been portrayed as this during his more recent [[ShirtlessScene shirtless scenes]]. Not surprising, considering [[ActionSurvivor all the things he's endured]].
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' - Shishio's full-body scarring is from one incident, but having almost all of your skin be second- or third-degree burns can't be pleasant.
* ''Manga/SoulEater''
** [[spoiler:Black☆Star]] after his fight with [[spoiler:Mifune]].
** Stein, in part a self-inflicted example due to the fact he sees even himself as a test-subject for whatever catches his attention.
* ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuluco'': When [[spoiler:Nova's]] suit burns away in episode 12, we see that his torso is criss-crossed with nasty-looking scars, and that he has an X-shaped scar on his forehead that was hidden by his bangs before [[spoiler:(which contains the miniature black hole his master planted in his body)]]. For what this might mean, see EpilepticTrees under YMMV/SpacePatrolLuluco.
* Nanashi from ''Anime/SwordOfTheStranger'' is covered in scars from his days as a samurai.
* In ''LightNovel/TheTestamentOfSisterNewDevil'', Basara's body is covered in scars, which are quite visible as he has several on his arms. Both Maria and Mio quickly find out that he's actually quite a skilled fighter, and those scars are a testament to the training he's received.
* Mutsuki Tooru from the sequel to ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' is revealed to have a heavily scarred torso. It becomes a significant plot point when the team is investigating a Ghoul called Torso, since his preferred victims are scarred women. It turns out the heavy scarring isn't the [[{{Transgender}} only thing]] Mutsuki is hiding, leading Torso to become obsessed with him.
* In ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'', the Bishokukai member Cedre has at least 26 scars all over his body. Several of them are on his torso and back, 9 on his face, 3 on his right hand, and possibly all his body is on the same conditions. Almost all of the scars are scratches from attacks of wild beasts, as his job is to hunt them.
* In ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', Vash's complete upper body is basically one large scar, [[spoiler:including his missing arm]]. He calls it the price for being a [[TechnicalPacifist pacifist]] in a gunslinger world. His scars are so extreme that even bandits and criminals have been known to recoil in horror upon seeing them.
* Implied with the character of Cargilla in ''LightNovel/{{Vamp}}'', whose face is covered in scars. The narrator adds that if not for the heavy clothing he wears, the rest of his body would probably be covered in scars as well.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': Sensui. A result of a combination of MachoMasochism and [[NietzscheWannabe being]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation completely]] [[SplitPersonality insane]].
* In the manga for ''Young Gun Carnaval'', every time Jinpachi has a ShirtlessScene, you see that he's acquired many, ''many'' scars over the course of his career--usually bullet or knife wounds. In case you were wondering, he's an assassin. His partner, Yumika, is probably in a similar or worse state, considering [[AbusiveParents her mother]], but the manga doesn't show it.
* Himawari Kunogi from ''Manga/{{xxxHOLiC}}'' becomes this when she [[spoiler:willingly chooses to take on the scars Watanuki would've otherwise received from [[DestinationDefenestration falling out of a window]], after her DoomMagnet status influences the accident to happen]]. The next time we see her, we only need to take a look at Himawari's neck and shoulders to have a ''glimpse'' of what her clothes hide from our view...

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}}:
** Since the 1970s, Batman's body is often shown to be covered in scars from his multiple fights. Same goes for the rest of the Bat-family, special notice maybe for [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]], who has a lot of bullet wounds from her bullet dodging training by her father.
** Zsasz. His scars are self inflicted, and each one represents one of his victims.
* ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' is another one who's covered in scars.
* ''Comicbook/{{Deadpool}}'' is covered in scars or tumors or both.
* Marv from ''Comicbook/SinCity'' has many scars across his face. It's likely they're all over his body, [[TheDeterminator judging from his fighting style.]]
* ComicBook/TheSpirit had no scars in his 40s adventures in serials. However, in the Darwyn Cooke revival, one shirtless scene shows his numerous scars in the back, from his numerous adventures and crime fighting. It's presumed he has many too on his front side.
* Like Zsasz, Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} villain Mister X also has a self-inflicted scar for each person he's killed. His, however, are arranged in an elaborate pattern.
* Similar to the Zsasz and Mister X examples, [[Creator/WarrenEllis Jack Cross]], a self-mutilating [[Series/TwentyFour Jack Bauer]] {{Expy}} is shown to have a cross-shaped scar for everyone he has killed. In his case, it's more of a punishment than a trophy.
* Jukko Hämäläinen of ''Comicbook/{{Stormwatch}}: Team Achilles'' is covered head to toe in scars from the period of time he spent resisting his brother's attempts to transform him into a superhuman.
* [[ComicBook/SecretSix Ragdoll's]] body is covered in scars from the hundreds of surgeries he had to replicate his father's superhuman flexibility.
* [[AwesomeMcCoolname Maximum Absolute]] of ''ComicBook/KingCity'' has numerous Frankenstein-stitching-like scars, as well as a missing leg. Presumably he got these when he was in the [[ZombieApocalypse xombie war]], although he already has the one across his face in flashbacks.
* Duane Cutter in ''Hard Time'', an infamous serial killer whose body (including his face) is covered in dense scar tissue. They're the result of ritual scarification, and almost look like tattoos. He considers himself an artist, and skin is his canvas; naturally, he leaves his victims in a similar condition.
* Creator/RobLiefeld has drawn many characters covered with scars, but it is hard to tell if they are actually veins, wrinkles, or overzealous hatching and cross hatching.
* ComicBook/{{Shazam}}: In the 1990s series, Freddy's back was shown to be covered in surgical scars, thanks to all the procedures he underwent to repair his spine. Like many things in the 90s, this was a source of bitterness for him.

[[folder:Fan Works]]

* In the ''Manga/SoulEater'' fic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9440756/1/Alive Alive,]] Crona has scars all over his body from [[GuineaPigFamily his mother's experiments on him]], from the people he killed trying to fight him, and [[SelfHarm from himself,]] when it all became too much to take.
* In FanFic/IWillRememberYou, Ulrich's body is heavily scarred from four years of horrific abuse at the hands of his father.
* In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7437192/1/The-Unforeseen-Ally The Unforeseen Ally,]] [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Sasuke]] has [[PhysicalScarsPsychologicalScars scars]] on his back [[spoiler:from his father]], on his hands [[spoiler:from Orochimaru pinning him down with kunai to rape him]], and a burn scar on his stomach [[spoiler:from his ''other'' rapist Deidara]] that spells out "mine." EveryScarHasAStory, indeed.
* Subverted in the crossover story ''FanFic/TheBridge''. Princess Luna's magic had an adverse effect on the ponified Godzilla's HealingFactor, shutting it off in their fight. Because of this his old scars resurfaced and he was riddled with them. Fortunately after the brawl, Godzilla's regenerative powers returned and he was good as new soon. It's later implied this is how he's supposed to look but his HealingFactor just makes the scars hard to see.
* In the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/KitsuneNoKenFistOfTheFox'', as a result of TrainingFromHell, [[spoiler:Uchiha Sasuke]] has sustained slash-scars over the chest and abdomen, three stab wounds, several stitches on one shoulder, and a burn-mark in the middle of the back, in addition to having sustained two broken ribs and a fractured jaw during the first month of training ''alone''.
* In ''Fanfic/TheElementsOfFriendship'', Applejack has several scars along her back, thanks to the beasts in the Everfree Forest.
** Fluttershy also has her share of scars, from tending to the Everfree's wild animals.
* In the MegaCrossover roleplay/fanfic CrossoverChaos, many characters are this. [[ComicStrip/BeetleBailey Killer Diller]], [[Series/{{MASH}} Klinger]] and Jamie Farr are the three most notable ones. Justified, Missouri is a very dangerous place in the story.
* In Fanfic/TheWitchOfTheEverfree, Sunset Shimmer ends up covered in scars after a manticore nearly kills her.
* The fanon character "[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Sendai Hakurei no Miko]]" (lit. "The previous generation's Hakurei shrine maiden") is typically portrayed with her body completely covered in scars. It is to be expected, as she comes from an era before the introduction of the Spell Card rules.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'' fanart often gives [[BornUnlucky Milo]] lots of scars; he's mentioned having them in canon but isn't drawn with any. "[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/8555944 What Doesn't Kill Him]]" is one fanfic where [[OnlySaneMan Zack]] is shocked to see how many scars Milo has under his shirt, though Milo is [[DissonantSerenity naturally chipper]] about it, since they just [[EveryScarHasAStory remind him about his many adventures]].
* In [[RenegadeSplinterFaction Red]] [[BombThrowingAnarchists Lotus]]-centric ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' fics, it's probably more common for [[TheBrute P'Li]] to be covered in burn scars from collarbones to ankles than for her to explicitly ''not'' be. This is likely partly due to the fact that her canon outfits cover everything except her head and hands, partly due to the fact that it fits her DarkAndTroubledPast as a ChildSoldier.
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', at one point [[ShowerOfAwkward Ash showers with Iris under a waterfall]], and he notices that she has her fair share of scars across her body, though most of them are rather small ones and probably don't have epic stories behind them.

* Freddy Krueger in the ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' series with severe third-degree burns, which is just one thing that makes him so terrifying.
* Jason Voorhees of ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' is portrayed with some, depending on the film. ''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartVIITheNewBlood Part VII]]'' shows off all of the wounds he'd received in the climaxes of earlier films, in addition to being decayed to the point where his spinal column is exposed.
* ''Film/{{Darkman}}'' was covered in scars from burns.
* Django in ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' is covered in whip-scars from his years of being a slave.
* Dr. Weir ends up bald, naked and covered with scars for the final showdown of ''Film/EventHorizon''.
* Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'s skin texture, as designed for the [[Film/{{Gojira}} original film]], was meant to evoke the gruesome scars that popped up on the survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, seeing as he himself is a victim of nuclear weapons. This angle was largely abandoned in the later sequels, which simply went for the typical roughly-textured reptile skin, until ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' took this UpToEleven by giving him explicit and noticeable scars.
* Kroenen from the ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' film.
* Drago Bloodfist from ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'' is covered with scars from his days of fighting dragons, he is also missing one of his arms.
* Kong from ''Film/KingKong2005'' has scars all over his body from all the fights he's been through on Skull Island.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'', Darth Vader beneath his iconic black armor. Most of them came from an unfortunate encounter with a lava river.
* In ''Film/TheBookOfEli'', Eli is covered in scars, remnants of "The Flash", a massive rupture in the Earth's atmosphere caused by a global war.
* Comicbook/{{Nightcrawler}}, in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', is covered, [[{{Mutants}} from his pointy ears to all four of his toes]], in rather artistic-looking raised scars. They're self-inflicted; apparently, he felt the need to punish himself for... something. He appears to be part of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flagellant Flagellant sect]]. When asked, he says they are "angelic symbols", and that he has "one for every sin."
* Similarly, Erik Killmonger from ''Film/BlackPanther'' has tribal markings all over his torso as a result of traditional scarification.
* V from ''Film/VForVendetta'' is covered in burn scars.
* ''Film/TheTerminator'' : It's downplayed, but Kyle Reese has a good selection of scars, and would have more had he lived. Sarah has her share, too, by the end of the second movie.
* Parodied in a ridiculously surreal Hungarian movie, which among other absurd things, featured the main character showing off his scars, starting from minor ones, to big ones like the neck of a cola bottle sticking out of his side, and eventually ending with him opening a door on his chest and revealing some sort of animal in a treadmill. Quite naturally, [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment nobody ever talks of this again]].
* Film/RedDragon : The epilogue of the film has Hannibal writing to Will that he must have some collection of scars, and that scars are a reminder of what we've been through. In the book, Will's face is badly disfigured but this is left out of the film and television versions.
* In an early scene of ''Film/{{Logan}}'' we see Logan with his shirt off revealing an assortment of scars, half-healed wounds, and nowhere-near-half-healed wounds that make it clear his HealingFactor is far weaker than what it was.

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'':
** Oliver Queen returns from his five years as a castaway with scars that cover "22% of his body." They range from weapon weals to apparent bite marks across his arms, back, and torso, and may or may not be explained in future flashbacks.
** In Season 2, [[spoiler:Sara aka ComicBook/BlackCanary also fits this trope. The reveal of her scars even manage to turn a ToplessFromTheBack moment into a form of FanDisservice]].
* At the end of the fifth season of ''Series/TwentyFour'', Jack Bauer is captured by the Chinese Government and held prisoner. By the time he's released at the beginning of Season Six, he has numerous scars all over his body from the torture he was put through.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Beric Dondarrion shows his off in "Kissed By Fire".
** The Thenns have some pretty extensive ritualistic scars.
** Reek, due to his extensive torture.
** [[spoiler:Jon Snow]] gains a collection of huge scars scattered over his chest due to being betrayed and repeatedly stabbed to death, then revived through magic.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Matt Murdock sports a wide collection of scars on his chest from his numerous fights with bad guys.
* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'':
** Inez Green bears a high number of scars from where several glass shards lodged in her back after being attacked by Jessica's mom.
** Jessica's mom lost all her hair as a result of Dr. Malus's reconstructive surgeries and the injuries from the car accident, and they've also left her with some nasty scarring around the back. She covers it up with a wig.

* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward notices that Tisala has scars on her face and hands, and the ''fighting'' kind of scars. he's quite impressed. [[spoiler:When he meets her again, and sees her naked for the first time in the sequel, ''Literature/DragonBlood'' her whole body is covered with wounds, thanks to ColdBloodedTorture. She might have had scars everywhere before, but she's certain to have them after those wounds heal.]]
* ''Literature/{{Beloved}}'' - the network of whip scars on Sethe's back seems like a growing tree.
* ''Literature/{{A Song of Ice and Fire}}'': Strong Belwas is covered in scars. He lets each enemy he kills scar him once, so that he can count the number of people he has slain over the years.
** Beric Dondarrion also is covered in scars [[spoiler:from every time he's been killed]].
* ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' is covered with scars from years of fighting supernatural creatures.
* Jasper from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', due to his past as a BloodKnight.
* Harry Dresden of the ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is a subversion. With the impressive number of wounds he has taken he should be covered in scars, but given a half dozen years of healing a wizard's body will completely heal scars back to normal flesh. The collection of scars he manages to collect even while his body is erasing them is still impressive.
* Mowgli in ''Literature/TheJungleBook'':
-->"What is there to be afraid of?" said the priest. "Look at the marks on his arms and legs. They are the bites of wolves. He is but a wolf-child run away from the jungle."
-->Of course, in playing together, the cubs had often nipped Mowgli harder than they intended, and there were white scars all over his arms and legs. But he would have been the last person in the world to call these bites, for he knew what real biting meant.
* Shadowhunters from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' are covered in scars from years of being marked with runes.
* Some of the [[ProudWarriorRace Canim]] from the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series have this, showing what battle-hardened warriors they are. Some are so scarred they barely have any fur. Also the Canim Ritualists, who do BloodMagic, and thus have cut themselves quite a bit. Especially Marok who ''only'' uses his own blood, as opposed to most ritualists who mostly use that of others.
* Kvothe from Literature/TheKingKillerChronicles
* Druss the Legend in ''Literature/{{Legend}}'' by Creator/DavidGemmell (although it is mentioned that he had noticeably fewer scars on his back, because he always faced up to danger).
* The unnamed protagonist from ''Literature/TheGargoyle'' after his accident.
* ''Literature/{{Peacebreakers}}'':
** Jackson, due to ColdBloodedTorture.
** Camelie, for the same reason.
* Miles Vorkosigan of the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' has had a ton of surgeries from broken bones, bone replacements, and a needle grenade.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody has a collection of gruesome facial scars from years of fighting Dark wizards. He also has a wooden leg and a chunk missing from his nose.
** Remus Lupin, too - probably self-inflicted during his painful transformations.
** Bill Weasley during the seventh book and last part of the sixth book, after he is attacked by Fenrir Greyback. It is implied that Bill was handsome before the attack, but that the scars took away a lot of his good looks. Harry even has difficulty reading his facial expressions because he has scars everywhere.
* Austin, the protagonist of ''Literature/HollowPlaces'', is covered in disfiguring scars dating back from childhood. He was the victim of an [[AttackDrone attack drone,]] leaving him down an eye and an arm. He wears a now ill-fitting prosthetic to account for the latter.
* In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', Rincewind's adventures in the last new books have apparently left their mark: When he is brought back to Ankh-Morpork, the other wizards remark that he's covered in scars - [[LovableCoward but mainly on his back]].
** Another Discworld example is 71-Hour Ahmed in Discworld/{{Jingo}}, whose face is covered in scars (though it's not known whether the rest of him is.)
* In ''Literature/BattleRoyale'', Shogo Kawada is covered in scars, causing the other kids to speculate on how he ended up with so many. [[spoiler:He got them in the previous Program.]]
* Early in ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Oathbound]]'', a young stablegirl sees Tarma coming out of the bath, and is shocked at her scars; Tarma takes the opportunity to hammer home to her that going adventuring is ''not'' a thing to do for fun.
** In the first chapter of ''[[Literature/LastHeraldMageTrilogy Magic's Promise]]'', Vanyel steps out of a tub to reveal numerous "decorations" from knives, swords, mage-fire, electricity, a demon trying to eat his heart, etc., uzw., and so forth.
* Like Kyoshiro from the above example in anime, Tigerstar from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' has a pelt covered in scars. He even has a scarred nose and an ear nearly split in two.
* Carnival from the ''Literature/DeepgateCodex'' series. Most of her scars are self-inflicted (a rate of once per month tends to pile up over three thousand years), but quite a few of them are from fights with Deepgate's military, and her single rope scar is a bit of a special case.
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Cira has one prominent [[GoodScarsEvilScars facial scar]], but her back is a "mass of puckered skin and silvery scars" years after she is badly burned.
* The short story "Scars," by Wrath James White. Every scar is a sign of the protagonist's unraveling mental state.
* ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles'':
** Ripred.
** By the end Gregor's racked up an impressive total. After [[spoiler:his fight with the [[BigBad Bane]]]], he basically gives up the idea of even coming up with an excuse for them.
* In ''Literature/TheRogueKing'', Veng is described a number of times as being covered in scars thanks to having to constant fight for his life.
* ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}'' has John Rainbird, a Native American Vietnam vet whose face was half blown off by a landmine. [[spoiler:it was a friendly landmine, set off because everyone was stoned and screwed it up]].
* ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'':
** The Scylvendi give themselves a scar, called a ''swazond'', each time they kill someone. Cnaiur urs Skiotha takes great pride in having more ''swazond'' than any other Scylvendi warrior. [[spoiler:By the second series, he has literally run out of skin to number his atrocities.]]
** The Survivor is a horrible mass of scars due to his protracted fight against the Consult's forces.
** The Mutilated are, except for one, gruesomely scarred from their fight against the Consult before being taken prisoner. [[MadeOfIron It doesn't seem to bother them]].
* In ''Literature/TerraIgnota'', there are few places on Mycroft's body aside from his face that aren't marked in some way, stemming from when his bash'house exploded in an accident when he was eigth years old, almost killing him.
* Literature/AlexRider picks up a collection of scars and burns on his torso as the series goes on.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* This trope is the sign of a GarbageWrestler. The scars are usually most heavily concentrated around the forehead, such as Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher, Wrestling/MasatoTanaka and Wrestling/NewJack but one of the more disturbing cases is Invader #3, who has a huge scar running down the middle of his torso. Most of Invader 3's scars are hidden because of his ring attire though, especially his {{mask|edluchador}}.[[/folder]]

* Luigi Largo from ''Theatre/RepoTheGeneticOpera'', although they're used to show the number of surgeries he's undergone, not how badass he is..

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', The Nameless One is the poster child for this trope. It's kind of hard to tell on account of him having so many that he hasn't got much skin left to contrast against the scar tissue.
* In ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIII'', the survivor of the peace mission is covered in scars after the group is attacked by [[spoiler:demons]].
* In ''VideoGame/FableI'' and [[VideoGame/FableII its sequel]] there's a good chance your character will end up like this as they acquire scars rapidly when they're hurt in combat.
* [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots Solid Snake]] has always been one of the poster men for badasses in video games. But when you ''actually'' see the toll of just how much damage has been done to his body over the years, you can't help but feel incredibly sorry for him.
* Following his/her return from the dead in the second game, Commander Shepard from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has a large number of scars covering cybernetic implants, as they were woken before Cerberus finished complete facial reconstruction.
** From the same series we also have [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Admiral Hackett]] and [[OldSoldier Zaeed Massani.]]
* Zangief from ''StreetFighter,'' who got his scars by wrestling with bears.
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Jecht's]] torso and arms are covered in tens of scars, being a WalkingShirtlessScene and all.
** The jury's still out on [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Setzer]]--his ''face'' is absolutely covered in numerous slash scars, but, given that he is TheDandy to end all others in this game, we also never see any part of his skin ''other'' than his face.
* Sergei Dragunov of the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series has two scars on his face (a large one running through his lips and a smaller one across his nose), and, if the player opts to make him [[ShirtlessScene shirtless]] in ''Tekken 6'', it can be seen that he has several scars, ranging from large to small (including one that appears to be a bullet wound), on his arms and torso.
* Hanako Ikezawa from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' has extensive burn scars covering half of her body. And yes, she is a BrokenBird, since the house fire that gave her those scars also killed both of her parents [[spoiler:and while the people from the OrphanageOfLove she lived in treated her more or less well... she was ''heavily'' bullied in middle school because of them.]]
* [[TheHero Geralt]] from ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'' is covered from head to toe in tooth and claw marks and various other scars.
** Furthermore, we also see in subsequent games that other Witchers tend to be covered in scars as well. Not hard to believe considering their profession is slaying deadly monsters/beasts for a living.
* Darth Sion from ''[[VideoGame/{{KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords}} KotOR 2]]'' is covered with scars, although calling them that might be a bit of an understatement--they're more like large cracks in his skin. This results from [[spoiler:his technically being dead; his body is held together through the sheer power of the Dark Side, so his body is decomposing.]] Appropriately, he's known as the [[RedBaron Lord of Pain]].
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Most [[OurGiantsAreBigger Giants]] have decorative scars carved into their bodies. While they are not known to have a true written language, these markings apparently do have some sort of symbolic meaning for the Giants. In addition to be carved into their bodies, they can also be found painted/carved on trees and rocks around their campsites and burial grounds.
** This is an option for the PlayerCharacter during creation in some games in the series. ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' has scars present on a number of pre-set face models. ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' allows them to be added in greater volume and variety to both the face and body of the PC.
* Multiple characters in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' note that Link is covered in faint scars from his battle during the Calamity, [[InformedDeformity though this doesn't show up on his character model]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' veterans Soldier: 76 and Reinhart are both covered in several scars that you can see in alternate costumes or character videoes, showing how many battles the two have been fighting since the Omnic Crisis.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Fox wears a short-sleeved top that reveals his arms are completely covered in scars. There's also a vertical scar running down the left side of his mouth. He is a close-combat fighter with blades that run from his wrists parallel to his arms, but how he got those scars is unstated.
** Hazel wears rolled coat sleeves that bare the lower half of his arms. Peeking out from underneath the sleeves is evidence that his upper arms are covered in scars that end around his elbows. [[spoiler:He is a physical fighter who enhances his natural strength and power by stabbing Dust crystals into his arms. He can self-mutilate and overuse the Dust because his Semblance can allow him to switch off feeling any pain and carry on as if he hasn't been injured, even when he takes normally crippling wounds.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Hex of ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' wears long sleeves and gloves that hide his vast array of scars, at least some of which were self inflicted when he used bits of himself in his [[{{Necromancer}} necromancy]].
* Chelsea Grinn from ''Webcomic/{{Chimneyspeak}}''. Most of them result directly or indirectly from [[spoiler:her MinorInjuryOverreaction over getting the first one]].
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** The Unstoppable Higgs turns out to [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110309 have this on his torso and arms]]; apparently there's a good reason he's called "Unstoppable".
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20041206 Klaus]] also has lots of scarring, although it's not been revealed how he came by it. He ''may'' be a "construct", put together from the parts of three people.
* Thanks to a ritual from her father, Ame from ''Webcomic/HeartCore'' is stuck with having large permanent areas of her skin that exposes her muscles, unable to heal them through any way.
* ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'': The Abomination, from the GladiatorGames
* Many of the characters of ''Webcomic/KnightsErrant'', and taken to the extreme in this [[http://knights-errant.smackjeeves.com/comics/1051980/chapter-1-guest-comic-1-scars/ guest comic]].
* {{Creator/Humon}}'s ''Webcomic/{{Niels}}'' character [[BadassGay Agent 250]] sports scars on his cheek, under his eye, up and down his arms, a large one that wraps around his right side from back to front, and a decent-sized one on his stomach. All are from injuries sustained from various missions.
* O'chul from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is known for a distinguishing scar, but close inspection reveals that, despite being a stick figure, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0547.html he does qualify for this trope]] after been tortured by Xykon.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'', chapter 37, we learn that there is one person who was [[NightmareFuel burned in a fire]] [[{{Tearjerker}} as a small child]]. Who is the person? [[spoiler:Muneca Powell.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Remus}}'''s Ryan Davidson looks like [[http://www.remuscomic.com/comic/009/ this]] as a result of his [[ColdBloodedTorture treatment]] [[http://www.remuscomic.com/comic/019/ here]].
* In ''Webcomic/StrongFemaleProtagonist'', Alison's axiology teacher Gurwara has scars all over his face and hands. Their origin hasn't been explicitly revealed, but during the conversation he has with Alison after [[spoiler:she strongarms Max into using his biodynamic ability to help Feral]], he reveals that he lived in a war zone when he was young.
* [[http://uncreation.comicdish.com/index.php?pageID=74 Visarah]] from ''Webcomic/{{Uncreation}}'' is covered in huge nasty scars.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Cutter of Literature/TheChroniclesOfTaras has carved things all over her arms and back because her parents wouldn't let her get tattoos.
* Michael of ''[[Roleplay/ViridianDreamsQuests Vampire Quest]]'', thanks to years as a lab rat and a [[HealingFactor healing]] [[BlessedWithSuck factor]] which appears to be better only in terms of speed, leaving him almost crippled with pain from the scar tissue.
* In Literature/DeadWest, The Porcelain Doctor's elegant outfit hides most of his scars. He tries to avoid others look at them, since it instantly makes clear that he is not just a scrawny doctor. He received them on battlefields and hunts, and even with his HealingFactor, they look hideous. The self-inflicted ones on his face and the ones left by lighter wounds are hardly visible, but the scar left by a domesticated tiger sicced on him and another by a javelin were too deep to fade, and he has scars from the injections and the latest battle injuries, too. He hates his scarred body, both because he thinks is unattractive and because he considers them the remnant of his failures. Gervas has a different opinion, and starts to realize that Niall is not just a fragile doll after seeing them. The Merry Company mistakes the scars as evidence of ParentalAbuse for some reason.
** Gervas himself ends up covered with scars after serving the [=MacArkills=] as a knight for many, many years, mostly in the battlefield.
** Cedric also counts, although most of his scars are faded enough.
* Capone from ''Roleplay/WarriorCatsRPG'' is very heavily scarred from when Gravelstar of [=WindClan=] [[PayEvilUntoEvil captured and tortured her to get information on Capone's allies (the other anti-Clans) and the freedom of all the WindClan prisoners in the Elite.]]
* Thanks to having easy access to skin grafts and advanced medical technology, most of the main cast of ''Literature/{{Twig}}'' avert ScarsAreForever. The exception is Jamie, who has heavy scars all along the base of his spine, an indicator of the regular appointments where he acts as an interface for a WetwareCPU via connecting directly to his nervous system through his spinal column.
* The titular character of ''WebVideo/NightwingTheSeries'' has some very nasty-looking scars covering his chest, likely gained from his crime-fighting career.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Panthro of ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' is an OldSoldier with several scars, which {{flashback}}s show him developing over a lifetime of fighting for Thundera.
* Cotton Hill of "WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill" the few times we see him shirtless he is covered with scars from bullet and stab wounds he received from fighting in World War 2, his most significant injury being that towards the end of his duty he got his shins blown off during an ambush by Japanese soldiers, resulting in his feet being attached to his knees.
* ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'': One of the first things that lets you know just how ''bad'' the situation is? The title character is ''covered'' in dead pixel scarring. He hides them under a disguise subroutine most of the time, but it's clear [[PhysicalScarsPsychologicalScars the visible scarring isn't the worst part]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Sperm whales are usually very heavily scarred by old age from repeatedly battling the giant squid they hunt.
* Often TruthInTelevision for victims of severe burns or other trauma.
** Fractal scars from direct lightning strikes also count, the branched pattern that lightning travels through the body when struck and causes blood vessels to rupture along that path, resulting in a tree-like pattern along the body.
* Amazon river dolphins were once thought to be a species with naturally pink skin. It's now thought that they have gray skin that [[FridgeHorror scars pink.]]
** Manatees often bear heavy scars from getting caught by boat motors.
* When the crusier squadron Task Force 67 put into harbor at Espiritu Santo after the first phase of the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII night surface battle of Guadalcanal]] the USS San Francisco had 26 shell holes from fighting a tangled point blank melee with Japanese ships that almost resembled a galley battle rather then a modern one. Just getting her back into port was an achievement. Her primary opponent, the Japanese Battleship Hiei, ended up on [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Ironbottom Sound.]]