Shields can have some amazing and intricate designs on them. In particular, those resembling faces. Probably for intimidation. No, this isn't about masks. Compare with Rage Helm.
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- In the Lone Wolf books, this is a common feature of the illustrations by Gary Chalk. The Magnamund Companion has some notable examples too.
- Power Rangers:
- The occasional Megazord uses a component mecha's head as a shield, including the Mastodon in season 1 of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and Elephant in Power Rangers Wild Force. The Thundersaurus Megazord in Power Rangers Dino Thunder could use its Triceratops head as a shield, but rarely did so.
- Also in Dino Thunder, the Blue and Triassic Rangers' personal weapons are shields shaped like ceratopsian heads (Triceratops for Blue, Styracosaurus for Triassic).
Myths & Religion
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- In the first edition Monster Manual, an illustration for the kobold has a fighter with a giant ant's head on his shield.
- Third edition has a Lion's Head Shield.
- Games Workshop games:
- The Daemon Princess of Khorne Valkia the Bloody from Warhammer and Warhammer: Age of Sigmar has the head of a Daemon Prince that had insulted her mounted on her shield. The daemonís hypnotic eyes still gaze at all who approach Valkia, causing her opponents to hesitate in their attacks.
- As part of their reverence for their ancestors, some of the dwarven units feature have the heads of the ancestor gods carved onto their shields.
- Several of the shields for Chaos Knights and Chaos Warriors feature daemonic faces to show their allegiance and intimidate their foes.
- Mazarall The Butcher from Warhammer: Age of Sigmar carries the Ancyte Shield, a bladed shield containing the essence of the daemons he has defeated and consumed over the centuries. The surface of the shield surface is covered by a twisted face stitched together from the skin of a former victim.
- Age of Mythology includes the ancient Greeks as a faction. As can be seen from the model representing a soldier of the time that's the image for this page, their troops of course can have these in the game - namely, an upgrade from worshiping Athena of the Aegis Shield she was known for carrying has its attainment visually represented by putting the design of Medusa's head on the shields of infantry benefiting from it.
- The Mirror Shield in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
- Very prominent in World of Warcraft — just to show three examples: Humanoid, Lion, Skeletor.
- One item in Warcraft III is the Frost Wyrm Skull Shield — an undead dragon's skull with handles on it.
- In the Final Fantasy series, there is the Aegis shield, a shield that brings terror to all who behold it, and contains a demon within. Said demon's face is on the shield.
- The Dragon Quest series has numerous examples.
- The Boss Shield and Tempest Shield have standard intimidating faces.
- The Slime Shield bears the face of everyone's favorite Mascot Mook.
- The Harmour/Evil Armor enemy class has a skull face shield
- The Shielder enemies have shields bigger than their bodies with living faces.
- In The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, both varieties of Daedric shield, as well as the Orcish shield, have some pretty angry looking faces carved into them.
- The Defender Heartless in Kingdom Hearts possesses a shield with a living, giant dog's head growing out of it. And it Randomly Drops as one of Goofy's stronger shields.
- One of the Dragon Age II pre-order items was the Lion of Orlais shield which had the face of a... well, guess.
- Arcane Shield from Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura is a wooden shield with a skull face "surfacing" from it.
- Guild Wars has several — the Ascalon Aegis◊ (and it's variants), the Guardian of the Hunt◊, and most prominently, the Gingerbread Shield◊ are just three such examples.
- Bayonetta 2 has a bit of an extreme example with the angel Valor. Rather than his shield bearing a face design, the shield is literally his face!
- The sun on Solaire of Astoria's Sunlight Shield in Dark Souls has face,the same on the tunic he wears over his chain mail.
- The logo of the Knights of Good on The Guild has a shield with a smiley emoticon.
- The paladin from the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon series has a pegasus on it.
- Monkian from Thunder Cats has a shield with a face that shoots cannonballs.
- Conan the Adventurer: Conan's sports a phoenix — except in this case, it isn't a design but an actual young Phenix, Needle, using his powers to become two-dimensional and rest on the shield.