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->''"I'm the bald white guy who, even in broad daylight, looks like he's about to step out of a dark alley and shank you. I promise, I'm really friendly, my face just does that."''
-->-- '''Creator/{{Tailsteak}}'''

This is where a character is shown to have a very scary, thuggish face -- mostly for comedic purposes. The expression will often include a KubrickStare, where the face tilts down but the eyes look up. The face of a thug is so scary that normal people are shown to be easily scared off just by looking at them, and can make even [[GiantMook tough brutes]] feel uneasy.

The catch here is that that the character with the face of a {{delinquent}} is [[HiddenDepths anything but]]. Some of them are [[NotEvilJustMisunderstood genuinely nice]], even [[AllLovingHero exceptionally so]]; others are actually [[LovableCoward cowards]] surviving solely based on their looks. Generally, though, they are normal people who [[IJustWantToBeNormal would rather just have a normal life]].

Things aren't that easy, though. Since everyone assumes them to be a badass of the highest degree, other people will either avoid them for fear of getting involved, or try to rope them into fights far beyond their actual ability. Their actions will usually revolve around trying to make normal people acknowledge their true self, while avoiding that the thugs around them learn the truth about the same.

This can often result in a [[{{Delinquents}} delinquent]] who [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything doesn't act like a delinquent.]] Such a character may even have actual skill at fighting and street survival, not by choice but by simple necessity. Since it was forced on them, they ''[[HadToBeSharp had]]'' [[HadToBeSharp to pick up those skills simply to survive]]. They may even reluctantly become a thug because [[ThenLetMeBeEvil everyone assumes they are one already]]. Very frequently overlaps with DarkIsNotEvil, since darkness and fear factor are synonymous in aesthetics.

Please note that it doesn't necessarily mean "ugly", even though most of the examples below are. It's more about looking threatening than actually looking bad, and it's possible to look both handsome and fearsome. In modern-day usage, especially on the internet, the phrase "resting bitch face" has become a popular term for this phenomenon.

Compare DeathGlare, FrozenFace, GentleGiant, TheGrotesque, MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold. Subtrope of PaperTiger. A frequent subversion of ScaryBlackMan. When an actor has this, they'll often be type-cast as thugs, which can lead to a case of MeanCharacterNiceActor.

The opposite of this trope is FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon, which is when someone looks friendly on the outside but is evil on the inside. When that trope and this one are brought together, it can result in UglyHeroGoodLookingVillain, though as mentioned above, the trope isn't always about attractiveness exactly.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Rascal from ''Manga/AkazukinChacha''.
* ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'':
** Kitano. In fact, the whole plot is driven and catapulted by how he looks like a horrible thug that does drugs and [[AxCrazy kills people with impunity]], which causes everyone to fear and respect him. All of that is false, and he's [[AllLovingHero the nicest person on earth]]. His [[NoSocialSkills bizarre behavior]] doesn't improve his image either.
** Also a case of GenerationXerox as his Dad is constantly mistaken for a {{Yakuza}} (and attacked because of it) and was shown to pretty much have had the same experience with delinquents when he was his son's age. Kitano's mother on the other hand is so abnormally beautifull it somehow terrifies anyone who sees her, however just like Kitano's dad she's just a normal loving parent.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', Armin claims that Eren and Jean both have the same "vicious" expression. [[spoiler:This is used to justify having Jean act as a decoy, disguised as Eren]]. Eren is insulted by the idea that he looks anything like Jean, calling him a "horseface".
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** Poor, poor Sweden. His DeathGlare scares the crap out of everyone, [[HoYay his partner Finland]] included... but after [[RetiredOutlaw leaving his Viking life]], he's actually [[GentleGiant one of the sweetest nation-tans]]. Germany also displays this, but [[{{Tsundere}} he's got a hard exterior]].
** Notably averted by Russia. Despite his [[TheBigGuy immense height]] [[HuskyRusskie and large build]], he has a round, childish, sweet face with a [[StepfordSmiler calm smile as his default expression]]. Because of how it contrasts with his intimidating aura, this actually manages to make him ''more'' scary, displaying his PsychopathicManchild and CuteAndPsycho nature before he even says or does anything.
* Sakaki from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''. She's tall and imposing, so everyone assumes she's a [[JapaneseDelinquents juvenile delinquent]]. In reality, she's a [[ShrinkingViolet shy girl]] who loves everything cute and cuddly. The bandages she's seen with early on aren't from getting into fights, but because those cute and cuddly animals she loves [[AnimalsHateHim don't love her back.]] Interestingly, one episode had a "dress-up race" and Sakaki dressed like a stereotypical ''male'' delinquent.
* [[http://p6.p.pixnet.net/albums/userpics/6/4/19364/1204470178.jpg Keith Gandor]] from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' may as well be carrying a neon sign reading "I am in TheMafia. Fear me," given his appearance... Okay, so he ''is'' in the Mafia, but more of the [[TheFettered honor-bound]] NobleDemon NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters variety. The LightNovels describe his face as "the face of a man who, no matter how you looked at him, didn't seem as though he did proper business."
* Leo Aoi from the manga ''Manga/BeastMaster'', who looks like he's always giving everyone the death glare. When introduced to the class as the new transfer student, everyone is shown shaking in fear, and even the teacher is shown to say while sweating, "Everyone, please be kind to him. Don't be afraid of him." It turns out that he was [[RaisedByWolves raised in a wild jungle]], but is actually very gentle and kind. This doesn't stop other delinquents from thinking he's a super violent thug that wants to challenge them.
* ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'':
** Oga, who is known as the "strongest juvenile delinquent." He attempts to scare away a baby who has grown attached to him by making his face [[UpToEleven even scarier than it already is]]. However, it backfires, since the baby is actually Satan's son, and therefore actually ''likes'' incredibly scary faces. In Oga's case, he actually is a delinquent instead of just looking like one. Although he is arguably a much [[NiceGuy nicer person]] in comparison to other delinquents around him.
** Tojo is a more straight example. He is very tall and muscular on top of having a scary face, and even though he [[BloodKnight likes to fight]], he is a genuinely NiceGuy who also [[CutenessProximity has a weakness for cute things]].
** To be honest, since about 99% of the cast are {{Delinquents}}, most of them count for this trope.
* Guts from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' is a downplayed example who is actually pretty handsome if you stop to appreciate his face, and he's a lot more gentle with his friends than his demeanor would suggest, but he undoubtedly has an image problem especially after the Eclipse. He's a hulking muscular guy in black clothing and armor with tons of scars, fearsome weaponry, and a face that's usually scowling. Even aside from the fact that he's a WalkingDisasterArea who [[WeirdnessMagnet attracts demons to him]], occasionally uses civilians as shields, and just plain tends to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, most people take one look at him and think he's some kind of criminal or troublemaker. The thing is that he's definitely not a NiceGuy, but he's still [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a lot nicer than he looks]].
* A {{Bishonen}} version of this is Renjou Hotsuma from ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName''. He is seen frowning more often than not, especially in public, appears to be constantly annoyed at something and scares a small girl upon his second or so appearance. This is mostly a defense mechanism, though to keep people at arms length, because he is scared of losing control of his [[BlessedWithSuck powers]] again. Around [[HoYay his partner]] Shuusei though, he becomes caring and gentle, smiles warmly, is very considerate and devoted.
* Orihime of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' used to think Ichigo had a scary face due to his constant scowling... then she considered it a bit more and realized it was actually kind of funny-looking. On the other hand, other people ''still'' think he looks scary: Orihime's friend Michiru cannot bring herself to talk to him, and entire delinquent gangs look for him to beat him up.
* Maika of ''Manga/BlendS'' gains a {{sadist}}ic looking expression when she becomes nervous. This becomes a problem when she attempts to find a part-time job, but becomes pretty useful in her current position in a CosplayCafe as the resident "sadist" character. An entire scene is dedicated to how [[TheUnSmile attempts to smile for customers are simply frightening]].
* Kodaka Hasegawa from ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai'' not only has the FaceOfAThug, but he's also [[ButNotTooForeign half-English]], so people think his naturally blonde hair is bleached, {{delinquent}}-style, since he otherwise has Japanese features. As a result he has no real friends and people are constantly picking fights with him.
* Principal Enzo from ''Manga/CrayonShinChan'', whose face is so scary and thuggish, it scares not only the children, but also the teachers. It's to the point where the children take to calling him "Kumichou" (which means "Godfather"). However, he has a tender heart, and is shown to actually be a very nice person.
* The entire Sanada North Perfectual High School's Student Council in ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' is this, save for the StudentCouncilPresident who is traditionally {{bishonen}}.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
** Hilariously used in an early case. Ran catches a huge and angry-looking man with CoolShades spying on the Mouri Detective Agency, and he refuses to take off his glasses even after it's seen he is actually a fellow detective. [[http://www.mangareader.net/139-8061-2/detective-conan/chapter-15.html The moment the]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/139-8061-3/detective-conan/chapter-15.html glasses come off,]] however, revealed a pair of ''very'' childish-looking TaremeEyes. Kogoro [[NotSoAboveItAll and Conan]] end up laughing '''hard''' at him.
** Then there are FBI agents Andre Camel and Shuichi Akai. While Akai is only described by other characters as ''evil eyed'', Camel got into trouble at least ''twice'' for looking like a thug. When Camel was introduced, he also served as a RedHerring for the readers/viewers.
** During the case Makoto Kyogoku was introduced, there was a suspiciously looking man tailing Ran's travel group. He looked like a thug, but he was actually a policeman who was tailing the serial killer who seduced and targeted Sonoko.
* The main cast in ''Manga/{{Dorohedoro}}'' mostly plays it straight ''only'' when they have [[MaskPower their masks on]], and avert it by taking them off (Except Cayman of course). En even manages to be a cute little boy in a flashback (Given, an AxCrazy OmnicidalManiac Little Boy, but hey, it's EN).
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': [[Characters/DragonBallKale Kale]]'s KubrickStare, appropriately, has a stoic, delinquent facade that tends to fade quickly once she becomes weak-willed and emotional. However, once she becomes a Super Saiyan Berserker, the face is very accurate to that form's persona.
* Simon from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' is a friendly, peaceful and intelligent sushi tout. He is ''also'' a seven-foot-tall ScaryBlackMan that tends to scare off passers-by with his mere presence. Interestingly enough, the [[HairTriggerTemper really]] [[SuperStrength dangerous]] [[UnstoppableRage guy]] in the show, Shizuo, is a slim blond {{bishonen}}, and so unfortunate people sometimes [[UnderestimatingBadassery underestimate him]] and are crushed by flying vending machines.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Sig Curtis is an enormous bear of a man, and a butcher by trade. He often frightens small children with his size, looks, and sharp implements. Ironically, while ''he'' is [[BewareTheNiceOnes usually]] a kind, gentle man, his much less imposing wife is an easily angered firebrand of a woman ([[SickeninglySweethearts though never to him]]).
** Alphonse Elric is a sweet, gentle 14-year old boy whose voice never broke... whose soul inhabits a towering suit of [[SpikesOfVillainy spiky]], badass armor. Frequently mistaken as the Fullmetal Alchemist; only in SuperDeformed do his true colors show. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/super_deformed_4709.png Observe.]]
** Ling Yao, a mildly suspicious but otherwise amiable guy who values his comrades, and is also one of many heirs to the Xing throne, admits to knowing that he doesn't have the friendliest looking eyes when Ed points out he wouldn't trust Ling's face. Ling deliberately keeps his EyesAlwaysShut for the most part because of this.
* Sousuke Sagara from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' is shown to have such an intense, intimidatingly scary face that it scares off anyone who approaches him or Kaname. It happens mostly for comedic effect, and he's shown to actually be very attractive when he lightens up a bit. On the other hand, Sousuke ''is'' extremely violent by nature ([[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer due to being raised by resistance fighters and all that]]). He's just highly professional about it rather than being a thug.
* ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'': Moss may be a huge and intimidating English mastiff, indeed being a brutal powerhouse. However, he's also a jovial dog and even [[FriendToAllChildren has a soft spot for puppies]], having raised a son by himself.
* Hedoro from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' is an almost unfathomably nice guy who runs a flower shop, respects the elderly, and [[FriendToAllLivingThings literally won't hurt a fly]]. Unfortunately for him, he's an alien who looks like a {{Tokusatsu}} MonsterOfTheWeek combined with {{Satan}}.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''
** Kai Shiden has mismatched eyes, a perpetual smirk, and a crooked nose. Personality wise he can be an abrasive {{Jerkass}}, but he's also an extremely brave and reliable (if at times difficult to get along with) soldier. He's gotten better (and more badass) by the time the events of ''Zeta'' and even ''Unicorn'' came around, though he still looks like a Mafia don.
*** Dozle Zabi from Principality of Zeon. Face and body type of standard SuperRobot villain, but arguably [[AFatherToHisMen the]] [[KnowWhenToFoldEm most]] [[GentleGiant decent]] [[AntiVillain person among]] the [[AristocratsAreEvil Zabi]] [[BigScrewedUpFamily family]].
** ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'''s Argo Gulskii is a Rusian SpacePirate and absolutely ''massive'', seven feet tall with biceps bigger than most people's heads. He also has BigOlEyebrows, a [[PerpetualFrowner perpetual frown]], and a permanent DeathGlare. He's the calmest and most mature person in the Shuffle Alliance and often acts as an understated BigBrotherMentor, and never took a life during his raids.
* Misao Zaitsu from ''Manga/HatsukoiLimited''. He also has a FunnyAfro going for him, and looks terrifying. But he's as much of a lovelorn idiot as the rest of the cast.
* Kenji Ban from ''Anime/HeartCatchPrettyCure''. While he has a really intense face and can give {{Death Glare}}s that send even the most hardened of {{Delinquents}} running, he's really a just a sweet guy who loves drawing {{Shojo}} manga.
* Narumi of ''Manga/KarakuriCircus'', amongst others.
* Usui Kenta from ''Manga/{{Karin}}'' has this problem, albeit mildly. To the people around him, his neutral face seems to be a glare.
** However, Kenta picks up on the 'kind-hearted' bit. He is quite likeable.
*** [[spoiler:It's apparently due to a curse that one of his ancestors was plagued with, [[ItMakesSenseInContext at least that's what the soul of his future daughter told him.]]]]
** His [[DeathGlare actual glare]] is capable of scaring off a street thug. The manga shows a glaring ''cobra'' in the background when he does this, just to drive the point home.
* From ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', we have Lanchia, who despite being quite scary looking, is apparently a FriendToAllChildren. They literally like to be all over him. Though he acts like he doesn't notice.
* Sakaki Shio from ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''. He is a huge muscular guy with a scarred face and looks very scary and violent. While that's partially true because he is a Dou fighter (one who fuels his martial arts by rage and aggression) he is the Master who [[BruiserWithASoftCenter cares and worries about Kenichi the most]], going out of his way to protect him.
* Sawako Kuronuma, the protagonist of ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'', has frequently been mistaken for a nightmare-inducing ghost due to her appearance, [[http://www.mangareader.net/280-58315-24/kimi-ni-todoke/chapter-50.html particularly]] [[TheUnsmile when she tries to smile]]. In reality, she's an [[ShrinkingViolet incredibly withdrawn girl]] [[TheIngenue with the heart of a saint]].
* Kannu from ''VisualNovel/KoihimeMusou'' is The Bandit Hunter and ironically she gets confused for one and in one episode she is called thuggish.
* ''Manga/KomiSanWaKomyushouDesu'':
** Played with in regards to the title character, Shouko Komi. Her beauty and aloof behaviour invites peoples' admiration, but also intimidates them from becoming closer to her. On the inside, she's just a very shy and sweet girl who is incapable of personal interaction and the whole premise of the series is helping her in her desire to make friends.
** Played straight with Katai. He looks like a delinquent and his attempts to appear friendly often backfires. Like Komi, though, he's just a shy guy who wants friends. Hilariously, he and Komi are scared of each other
* Sasayama of ''Manga/TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'' is [[BaldOfEvil bald]] with a [[GoodScarsEvilScars nasty-looking scar]] on his head, and [[EvilCripple has only one working leg]]. These traits, coupled with his style of dress, makes the protagonists initially think he is a {{Yakuza}}. However, he's actually a former cop and currently works in social services, and is a good guy. To a lesser extent, there's Numata, who looks like a tough guy, always wearing leather jackets and [[SunglassesAtNight sunglasses at all times]]. However, he also [[RealMenWearPink listens to J-pop groups]], and the reason for wearing his CoolShades completely subverts the thuggish image [[spoiler: he's a highly emotional guy, and they hide tears]].
* Seiji from ''Manga/MidoriDays'' has a face of a thug. It's why he constantly has a stream of bullies challenging him, which led to how he became so good at fighting. However, underneath, he's actually a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who wants to be loved.
* Umetarou Nozaki in ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'' occasionally comes to school pissed off and covered in bandages. Everyone thinks he might've been fighting, but that's how Chiyo Sakura knows that he's been on deadline--he is, after all, a {{mangaka}}.
* Tomoka Kayahara from ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'', unless she's enjoying a meal, has a face that frightens children, small animals, adults, and Megumi.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Zoro, despite being a generally good guy and a FriendToAllChildren, is often accused of having a scary face (and his SlasherSmile is enough to freak out even the viewers).
** Captain T-Bone of the Marines is an even better example. He looks like a zombie or ghoul but he is one of the most compassionate and caring people in the whole series, ripping his own mantle to pieces just to provide bandages for his wounded men.
** [[PapaWolf Genzo]]'s face scared little baby Nami so he put a pin wheel on his hat to make her laugh and didn't remove it til Nami was 18 and leaving home for good.
* Kasanoda (AKA Bossa Nova AKA Casanova) from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''. He's actually an incredibly gentle soul, who loves cute things. The only problem is that he just scares the heck out of everyone because of his thuggish face. The Host Club try all sorts of ways to "soften" his appearance, but all their efforts seem to only make him seem more unnerving and scary. Eventually, his crush on {{Bifauxnen}} Haruhi leads him to be MistakenForGay by his Yakuza underlings, and the Host Club's sizeable YaoiFangirl clientèle, who start seeing him as TroubledButCute.
** This guy terrified his father (boss of the biggest {{Yakuza}} gang in the city) when he was ''five'', his face is so terrifying. He was just born that way.
* Utilised several times in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, much like in the games, many fierce or intimidating looking Pokemon have as much a capacity for gentle or sweet personalities as the cuter ones:
** Ash's Gliscor is oddly adorable, and is a bit of a crybaby, that it's hard to remember that it's part of a Flying ScaryScorpions species.
** Kaiwe's Turtonator is a draconic turtle creature that towers over it's trainer and one of the top powerhouses of the Alolan protagonists besides Ash's Pikachu. He also has a fairly gentle personality and takes part in the playful activities of the group as often as his smaller classmates.
* Randoh from ''Manga/PrettyFace'', before the whole mess with the surgery that [[GenderBender made him look like his crush]]. He's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold delinquent, and certainly looked scary.
* Kaidou Kaoru from ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', to a degree. Most of the regulars (from Seigaku and otherwise) and teachers have no problem with him, but practically every other student he meets (especially the younger ones and girls) consider him to be terrifying. In fact, on one occasion, two nasty girls from another school were planning to humiliate him after he won a match against their school -- when he turned around to see what they wanted, they freaked out so badly that one of them smashed her can of soda onto her own head. Humorously, adults (especially elderly couples) tend to find him very nice and consider him a "good boy", rarely even noticing what he looks like. This usually makes him blush. It does help that he's quite polite and well-mannered towards adults.
* Makoto/Sailor Jupiter from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', sorta. While she ''did'' get into a lot of fights at her old school (and still got into some after transferring, even before becoming Sailor Jupiter), she's a NiceGirl who [[FeminineWomenCanCook loves to cook]] and is great at cleaning.
* Gotou from ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' has a rather rough face, and several characters comment on how scary it is. Smith even claims that he feels a Yakuza vibe coming from Gotou.
* Parodied and subverted in ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. [[MeaningfulName Mayo Mitama]] has creepy looking eyes, but since DarkIsNotEvil, everyone is still nice to her, thinking she fits this trope. Turns out they are all WrongGenreSavvy and not only is she really [[DarkIsEvil as evil as she looks]], she exploits this trope to do all the villainy she can. However, it is implied that she does all those bad thing hoping that just once, someone would call her out on it.
* Harima Kenji from ''Manga/SchoolRumble''. He's got a temper and a mean-streak, but once he mellows out, he can be the goofiest, chummiest guy in the world.
* Hirata Mihane, the protagonist of ''Seishun Otome Banchou!'', is considered by everyone else at the school to have the face of a monster and is nicknamed Satsujinki ("murderer"). Art-wise, she usually has a rather plain face, like what other mangas would use for a background character, but deforms into strange apparitions when she's angry.
* Samejima of ''Manga/ShinkaigyoNoAnkoSan'' is a great white shark mermaid with a perpetual glare and a mouth of sharp teeth. In reality, her squint is because she's a shark and therefore has poor eyesight [[BlindWithoutEm without her glasses]], and her teeth, like a shark's teeth, are constantly falling out. She's actually a fairly shy girl who ended up being named a awe-inspiring monster by the local boys and decided to roll with it.
* Senzaemon Nakiri, the Director of the prestigious cooking school Tootsuki Institute from ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'', is a tall, heavily muscled and imposing man, with prominent facial scars. He also bears nicknames like "The Gastric Godfather" and "The Food Demon King". In spite of this, he is a kind and loving grandfather to his granddaughters, a generally ReasonableAuthorityFigure and while he is strict and demanding towards his students, he is also supportive and fair in his judgements.
* In ''Manga/SilverSpoon'', Hachiken's father. His classmates (not realizing who he is) immediately think he's a mob boss and treat him like royalty. The animals instinctively treat him as a dangerous predator--the horses refuse to break eye contact with him (it's a sign of weakness), and the school dog barks madly at him for a minute before falling over and playing dead.
* ''Manga/SlamDunk'': Hanamichi Sakuragi is considered scary, but that's mainly because of his bright red hair and his MASSIVE height. Miyagi's delinquent aura seems to come 100% from his face, however.
* In ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'', Aya once says Sunahara looks "a bit intimidating." [[InformedAttribute Viewers just see him a handsome guy and nothing else.]]
* Ryuuji from ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}''. It's genetic, apparently (his DisappearedDad actually ''was'' a thug employed by the Yakuza). He's really quite kind, enjoys doing housework (especially cleaning), and is constantly explaining to people that no, he is ''not'' going to beat you up and shake you down just for looking at him funny. His looks and personality are made to contrast Taiga, who is very short and [[{{Moe}} cute]], but is actually ferociously violent.
* Yuki Sanada from ''Anime/{{Tsuritama}}'' has frequent panic attacks in social situations, which causes his face to twist up and turn red until it resembles a demonic noh mask. The people around him tend to think he is extremely angry or has a bad attitude when he is actually just shy.
* In ''Usotsuki Ouji to Nisemono Kanojo'' (translated to '' The Liar Prince and the Fake Girlfriend'') the heroine Luna Narumi has this, in part to her Gothic clothes and her poor vision making her squint and people mistaking it for a DeathGlare. She really is a kind and sweet girl who wants friends.
* Sunako from ''Manga/TheWallflower'' has a face that isn't so much like a thug, but a ghost. It scares pretty much everyone to death. She's revealed in rare instances to [[SheCleansUpNicely clean up nicely]].
* Sotomura from ''Manga/WaratteSotomuraSan'' is feared by all, primarily because she can't seem to smile without somehow looking like she's about to shank you. The plethora of misunderstandings that follow her around don't help, either.
* Reina's dad in ''Manga/YandereKanojo'' scares pretty much everybody away because of this trope, along with not being very sociable... though really he's a ShrinkingViolet in the extreme and couldn't harm a fly. On the bright side, he met his wife, an actual [[{{Delinquents}} thug]], because she thought he looked like a total badass. She was wrong, but fell head over heels in love with him anyway and they ended up HappilyMarried.
* Chiba Seiya from ''Manga/YankeeKunToMeganeChan'' is really a timid, studious nerd, but has the face of a delinquent thug. Naturally this leads to numerous unwanted confrontations. Being a manga about how looks can be deceiving, it's actually the glasses-wearing female class president who can kick your ass.
* The Four Dimension Dragons of ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV''. They're giant,sharp-toothed dragons covered in spikes, and even their summon chants tend to portray them as scary and intimidating. But Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon is not only completely loyal to Yuya, it's actually shown to play along and enjoy duels, to the point where it can sometimes be seen smiling happily with everyone. The other three dragons, post-HeelFaceTurn also help Yuya in duels. This is most obvious with Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon, whose first appearance with Yuya terrified an audience, but later happily joins Yuya in performing a show to entertain people.
* Legosi, the main character of ''Manga/{{Beastars}}'' generally makes everyone around him uncomfortable due to a combination of being a relatively large predator, having an odd demeanor, and have a rather thuggish looking face. He also is probably one of the nicest and most introspective characters in the story; he really dislikes being such a big scary looking predator.
* Katarina in ''LightNovel/DestructionFlagOtome'' is convinced that she has a villains face, particularly her eyes. She thinks they look [[{{TsurimeEyes}} harsh]] and [[IcyBlueEyes cold]], but people tend to be confused when she actually says it. They think she looks a little intense at worst and the manga adaptation shows that her eye color comes across looking more like InnocentBlueEyes than anything. Her face ''would'' look about perfect as a villains since it was literally designed to be one, but if she doesn't glare at people her extremely good nature and complete cluelessness totally overrides any issues with her features.

* Woo-Soo Choi of ''Quantum Mistake'' is a studious boy who has swapped bodies with Kang Too-Jee, a delinquent who spent most of his time getting into fights. Woo-Soo Choi, relying on Kang Too-Jee's reflexes, is capable of putting up a fight, but most of the time, just wants to talk it out with the other guy. (This pretty much never works.)

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Marv from ''ComicBook/SinCity'' was so ugly, they had to resort to SpecialEffects to recreate his looks on Mickey Rourke. He made a KubrickStare or two throughout the movie as well. While he is indeed a SociopathicHero toward his enemies, he is an otherwise decent guy driven to avenge the death of a woman by the hands of a SerialKiller.
* Tony Stark, AKA ComicBook/IronMan, when outside his armor, is one of the few {{Superhero}}es to wear a mustache and a [[BeardOfEvil goatee]], making him look more like a traditional villain than a good guy. However, while he can be a {{Jerkass}} and has [[NoSocialSkills poor communication skills]], he struggles hard to be a good person in spite of his innate flaws.
* MMA fighter "Mistress" Ayane in ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' would love to be a {{Face}}; unfortunately, she has the coldest, cruelest eyes on the planet and a wicked smile to boot. It's hard to be a hero to children when they run screaming whenever you look at them. It's so bad that even all-powerful sorcerers and dragons wince when they meet her gaze. In fact, when she met a guy who could look her in eyes and ''not flinch'', she was desperate to win his heart so she could finally be with someone who wasn't terrified of looking at her. [[spoiler:It's even implied that her unnaturally cold and fearsome stare might be because she's actually ''not human''.]]
* In the Marvel Universe, there are a handful of Skrulls who have for one reason or another ended up on Earth and decided that they want to be heroes. They have all found it necessary to adopt more human guises, as their natural forms tend to freak people out.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''[=/=]''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' crossover fic ''FanFic/OriginStory'', Sanchez and Francisco are a pair of twin brothers who work as agents for porn actresses. They are described as looking like walking stereotypes and "feel slimy" when Alex Harris first meets them. It turns out that they are two honestly nice guys who give Alex some helpful advice after realizing she's underage.
* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' fanfic ''FanFic/BuildYourWingsOnTheWayDown'' Aviv Seif, [[spoiler: Catherine Armstrong/]]Gabby's boyfriend, looks rather intimidating due to his height and burn scars on his face, which make him look like he's always scowling. He's actually rather down-to-earth and very sweet.
* In the ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9920512/1/Reaching-for-a-Dream Reaching for a Dream]]'' series, after ascending to godhood Naruto certainly looks incredibly intimidating given that he's two meters tall, has horns, fangs, fiery orange eyes, claws, and black markings on his face. But as noted in one of the [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10917821/1/The-questionable-burdens-of-leadership-of-a-troll-Emperor sequels]], he's like a large dog; he looks intimidating but the worst he'll do is drool on you. Though that [[BewareTheNiceOnes doesn't apply to enemies]].
* In ''Fanfic/LiveAHero'', Izuku is eerily pale-skinned, frightfully thin, CoveredInScars, and has a habit of [[KnifeNut playing with and sharpening knives in plain sight]]. Despite it all, he wants to be a Hero.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'': The [[ThreateningShark shark trio]] of [[Film/{{Jaws}} Bruce]], [[TheDitz Chum]] and [[TheLancer Anchor]] seem like they'd be fish-eating monsters - [[TrailersAlwaysLie trailers]] played up Bruce as the BigBad, in fact. Turns out they're pretty nice guys who have [[MonstersAnonymous sworn off]] eating fish... Except for [[FantasticRacism stinkin']] [[DolphinsDolphinsEverywhere dolphins]]. [[spoiler:Just don't let any of them catch a whiff of blood]]. Oddly, out of the shark trio, Chum, being a shortfin mako, and Anchor, being a greater hammerhead, are the ones most likely to subsist on a diet of fish at their [[GentleGiant size]]. A great white of Bruce's size would mostly eat marine mammals... Like dolphins.
* WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} is an ogre whom humans are scared of because of his monstrous appearance, but in reality he's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who doesn't hurt people without provocation, and at one point he laments to Donkey that people judge him before they get to know him.
* ''WesternAnimation/IsleOfDogs'': One of the cannibal dogs, Gondo, is pretty freaky-looking. He's got huge fangs, the fur on half of his face had been torn away, and he's always got a fierce expression on his face. However, he turns out to be a friendly and gentle dog. [[spoiler:It also turns out that he and his fellow "cannibal" dogs were [[NeverLiveItDown very ashamed]] to have eaten another dog, when [[IDidWhatIHadToDo they could do nothing else]] to help him.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''The Day My Kid Went Punk'' is an 80s film about a guy who gets into punk music and fashion. His peers are skeptical about this massive change. When he applies to work as a daycare worker over the summer he is almost denied due to his unconventional looks, and he later gets a mother mad that they're allowing someone dressed like him to take care of little kids.
* Glen from ''Film/SeedOfChucky''. Despite being depicted as an ugly doll, and at the beginning of the film, being seen killing a girl's parents, we find out that Glen was having a nightmare and that he's really sensitive and despises violence, unlike [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon the rest of his family]].
* ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'': The Pau'an as a whole LooksLikeOrlok, with gray skin, sunken red-rimmed eyes, long gnarled fingers and limbs, and a mouth full of razor-sharp fangs. Despite their ghastly appearances, they're capable of being perfectly friendly, as shown with [[NiceGuy Tion Medon]], who greets Obi-Wan and is happy to help him track down General Grievous despite worrying about the potential battle that could break out in the city.
* Lampshaded and played with in ''Six Degrees of Celebration''. A police officer tells a recently-caught thief that just from looking at his face, one can tell he’s a thug. Later on, the officer himself gets mistaken for a bandit – and a [[NeverMessWithGranny fierce-looking granny]] tells him ''he'' clearly has the face of a thief.

* Mangiafuoco in ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'' is described as ugly and terrifying, but is not as bad as his appearance implies. He wanted to burn Pinocchio for (accidentally) ruining his show, but felt compassion for Pinocchio when the latter cried for his father, sparing him. Later, he spared all the puppets and gave Pinocchio five gold coins for his father.
* Draco wants to traverse the Forbidden Forest with Fang in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' because the dog looks huge and intimidating but is horrified to discover that appearances are only skin deep and the huge dog is just a lovable coward.
* Geralt from ''Franchise/TheWitcher'' is described like this in the books. He somehow manages to get all the girls anyway. On the other hand, [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys not too hard to believe]].
* Lucas Davenport from John Sandford's ''Prey'' novels has a scar across his face from a rogue fish hook accident and, later, a tracheotamy scar on his neck. While being a well-known cop and the main character of a long-running detective novel series, pretty much everyone agrees that he looks like a thug or tough guy. Of course, that often works to his personal advantage.
* Mildmay the Fox, from ''Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths'' by Sarah Monette. He ''is'' a former assassin, but he's not nearly as thuggish as most people assume.
* ''Literature/DoomsdayBook'' has Father Roche, a rough-looking, burly man who is nevertheless a meek and patient GoodShepherd. [[spoiler:The fact that the "cutthroat" that the delirious main character saw in the forest was actually Roche is a major revelation late in the story]].
* In ''Literature/TheIliad'' and ''Literature/TheOdyssey,'' aeveral people refer to Odysseus himself as having "the face of a brute," and recount their surprise when he turns out to be a GeniusBruiser GuileHero.
* Archmaester Marwyn from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
-->''"Marwyn wore a chain of many metals around his bull’s neck. Save for that, he looked more like a dockside thug than a maester. His head was too big for his body, and the way it thrust forward from his shoulders, together with that slab of jaw, made him look as if he were about to tear off someone’s head."''
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Frodo decides to trust [[KingIncognito Strider]] in spite of his appearance, saying that an agent of the Enemy would "look fairer, and feel fouler."
* PlayedWith in the character of Thomas Cromwell in ''Literature/WolfHall''. Cromwell actually ''is'' a former thug, being a brawling youth and a cutthroat mercenary as a young man. The older Cromwell wants to leave this past behind, and is a charming and erudite man who is a loving father and husband and strives to be the opposite of his own [[AbusiveParents abusive drunk of a father]]. Consequently, he's stung by a comment that he looks like a killer, and after his family sees Holbein's portrait of him, in which he looks particularly frightening, he brings up the comment to his son and is disappointed to learn that [[EveryoneKnewAlready everyone had long thought he had the face of a killer]]. However, Cromwell [[NotHelpingYourCase undermines himself]], since despite his unease with his appearance and past, he [[IResembleThatRemark frequently bullies others and uses his thuggish reputation to get results]].
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has 'Cujo' Hendricks, chief enforcer to mob boss John Marcone. He looks like a brute who beats people up for money, and does... but only because that's his job; he's naturally inclined more to talking things out. Left to his own devices he'd be much happier reading up for his [[GeniusBruiser philosophy degree]].
** Harry gets hit with this as well. He's tall, like professional basketball player tall, and has a long face that tends to be bruised and battered due to the unfriendly characters he encounters in the books. He also likes to wear an [[BadassLongcoat ankle-length leather duster]] in all weather. He went to a friend's family reunion at a park, and within seconds was asked to leave because he was scaring people. Other people, especially in the earlier novels, also comment that he doesn't look all that bright, which he [[ObfuscatingStupidity plays up when it suits his purposes]].
* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'''s GuileHero Silk has a remarkably untrustworthy face that draws frequent comparisons to rats. He still manages to act as one of his country's best spies and becomes a wildly successful merchant prince, but complains that if he'd had a more honest face, he would have been able to own the world. However, while Silk is a nice guy and definitely a hero his concept of morality on the subject of "things that belong to other people" is somewhat flexible, so this may not be an example of the trope in the purest sense.
* ''Literature/TheElenium'''s Sparhawk is like this, both from his stern demeanor and the nose his childhood friend broke in their youth. But, despite this, and the black enameled armor his order wears, he is one of the most noble around.
* In ''Literature/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', the viewpoint character is Vivienne Michel, a hotel employee who gets captured by thugs who plan to rape and murder her before burning the hotel down for an InsuranceFraud scam. She is saved when James Bond shows up asking for a room, but she at first assumes he is a partner to the thugs because of his looks.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Gentaro Kisaragi, the protagonist of ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', dresses as a {{Delinquent}} with [[DelinquentHair slicked-back hair]]. However, he's actually an affable goof who quite literally wants to be FriendToAllLivingThings ([[BewareTheNiceOnes who can still kick ass if need be]]).
* Gorou Yura, a supporting character in ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'', is a perpetually scowling, rough-looking man who's both [[BattleButler butler and bodyguard]] to the [[AmoralAttorney corrupt lawyer]] Kitaoka Shuuichi. He's also significantly less of an asshole than his employer, at one point going out of his way to compliment the protagonist Shinji for having a "good whistle" and later asking him for his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiaozi#Japanese_version gyoza]] recipe.
* An episode of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' dealt with this trope.
* The MonsterOfTheWeek in the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Yellow Fever" is the ghost of a man who was murdered as a result of this trope.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has, of course, the ever-lovable and normally harmless Abby.
** It's not so much that Abby's really all that scary-looking, so much as it is that she dresses in a Goth fashion (even at work).
* ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' has the infamous "Theater Thug" episode.
* ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace'' will sometimes feature [[DragQueen Drag Queens]] serving the female equivalent of the thug face, known as "resting bitch-face". Season 7's Pearl and Season 9's Trinity Taylor are two prime examples of queens who just paint their faces to look very cold and harsh even when they are perfectly content.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'': Jesse's assumptions about this regarding a random stranger causes his relationship with Walt to permanently sour in season 5. They've both retired from the drug business at this point but Jesse is working with the DEA to bring Walt down, whom he suspects is trying to have him killed to tie up loose ends. They agree to meet in a public space, but Jesse notices a man dressed like a Neo-Nazi skinhead standing close to Walt. He assumes this man to be a hitman and calls off the meeting, but it turns out the guy was just there to pick up his daughter.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Gonzales from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Sword of Seals]]''. Nice guy overall, looks like [[https://serenesforest.net/wp-content/gallery/binding-blade/path-of-radiance-gallery/gonzalez.png this.]]
** Garret [[https://serenesforest.net/wp-content/gallery/binding-blade/path-of-radiance-gallery/garret.png would qualify as well.]]
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]''[='s=] Brady [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/File:Brady_(FE13_Artwork).png looks like]] a tough {{delinquent|s}}, but is in fact a [[TheMedic priest]] with poor reflexes, and a crybaby to boot.
*** [[HuskyRusskie Gregor]] from the same game looks like [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120705163224/fireemblem/images/2/22/Grego_Portrait.jpg this,]] but is an all-around [[GentleGiant friendly guy]] and the FunnyForeigner of the Shepherds.
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Fates]]'', [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/68e12125f630ad073f12a7ca2919fed8.jpg Benny]] is a hulking mercenary with a mohawk and scarred face, and a kind-hearted man who is very protective of his comrades; his son Ignatius inherited this too as he looks unsocialable but like his father he is actually timid.
** ''Fates'' also features the "generally intimidating" rather than "outright ugly" version of the trope with Xander. He's actually fairly handsome, but he tends to have a serious or stern look on his face most of the time. His supports with Mozu and Sakura specifically point this out.
** There's a downplayed example with Jesse in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden Echoes: Shadows of Valentia]]''. While no one comments on his appearance during the main game (and he looks fairly pleasant), Silque assumes that he's a brigand at first and says that he has an "unwashed rogue" appearance in a flashback. However, she quickly learns that he's actually a pretty friendly and cheerful guy, if the game's obligatory ChivalrousPervert.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'' has Igor, whose evil-looking eyes and creepily long GagNose gives you the impression that he's a bad guy...except he's actually the series BigGood (from VideoGame/Persona3 onwards) and your most valuable ally in every game.
** Takeharu Kirijo, Mitsuru's father, from ''VideoGame/Persona3''. When he first appears, he's described as "scary-looking" (complete with an eyepatch!), but he proves to be a surprisingly noble man and a genuinely caring, if stern, father who admonishes Mitsuru to work in harmony with others rather than try to shoulder everything alone, and feels guilty that his daughter and her friends are forced to clean up after his father's mistakes.
** ''VideoGame/Persona4'''s Kanji Tatsumi, the tough guy who can take down a biker gang with his bare hands, is often mistaken for being ''in'' a gang, and...[[RealMenWearPink likes to sew]], being incredibly good at it. He's also the [[YoungerThanTheyLook youngest of the team]].
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'':
** Hayden from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonTreeOfTranquility[=/=][[VideoGame/HarvestMoonAnimalParade Animal Parade]].'' It's a bit of an InformedAbility, because he looks as cute and {{chibi}} as everyone else, but according to characters in-game, his bearded face and BigOlEyebrows are so offputting they ''scare children.'' Which is sad, because Hayden is a [[RealMenWearPink domestic,]] [[FriendToAllChildren softhearted]] [[MyLocal bartender]] who's almost universally liked in the town. Not to mention, he really wishes he could be a preschool teacher, and his wish is revealed to be "I wish my face didn't scare children" (which can double as a {{Crowning Moment of Funny}}).
** And then there's Gannon in ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonSunshineIslands Sunshine Islands]].'' He's got a pretty creepy/ugly face and walks/looks kinda like a gorilla, but once you befriend him, you see he's actually really nice. And even prior to that, his [[UglyGuyCuteDaughter adorable daughter Eliza]] says that while he "talks like a hooligan, he'll never leave my side." [[PetTheDog Awww.]]
* ''VideoGame/CorpseParty'' has Yoshiki Kishinuma. He enjoys teasing Satoshi, but so does everyone else, and he's a pretty decent guy overall.
* A large amount of the cast in ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' look like thugs and bullies like Someoka, Builder, Tobitaka, and other recruitable characters whose faces are just plain scary and weird. To put it, Someoka looks very similar to Garret example above.
* In [[GeniusBruiser Iron Tager]]'s Story mode in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', he is attacked by [[HighlyVisibleNinja Bang]], who claims he looks evil and will probably do something evil someday. This is not the case: Tager is a [[LawfulNeutral decent enough guy]] [[PunchClockVillain who's just doing his job]], and won't harm you unless you in interfere with his mission or [[MissionControl Kokonoe]] orders him to, but he does look like a hulking red ogre. Then again, this is '''[[IdiotHero Bang]]''' we're talking about.
** {{Downplayed|Trope}} with Ragna, the main character. [[{{Bishonen}} He's quite a handsome guy]], [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold and quite a good guy deep down too]], but he's also a PerpetualFrowner, so people have trouble approaching him.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Hydreigon is frequently portrayed this way, as it's mentioned to be vicious, destructive, and all-in-all the closest thing the series has to a [[JustForPun Horsemon of the Apokélypse]], not helped because of [[BigBad Ghetsis's]] own [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard horribly underleveled]] Hydreigon. But ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'' has Hydreigon as an important character… and to be honest, you'd never find a nicer 'mon in that game. He's polite, well-spoken, a little bit of a [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} ditz]], [[BigEater has a massive appetite]]… and he says that an apt description of his species is ''[[WhereWhere really scary!]]''
** Elite Four member Sidney becomes this in the remakes of ''Ruby and Sapphire'' - [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/f/fa/Omega_Ruby_Alpha_Sapphire_Sidney.png he looks like he is going to skin your cat alive now,]] but still jokingly refers to himself as "this loser" and ''cheers you on'' when you defeat him.
** This trait appears to be a common trend among trainers who specialize in Dark types. Grimsley has an appearance that suggests that he's a vampire of some sort but in reality he's self-depreciating, and Nanu, Ula'Ula Island's Kahuna, also appears to be intimidating, but at the same time, he also appears to be pretty apathetic (although this may also be an act).
** Pokémon that evolved through a high friendship stat usually look very friendly. The same can't be said about Crobat, which evolved from Golbat. It always has a scowl on its face, baring its teeth and let's not forget its angry red eyes with yellow sclera. People new to the series wouldn't even know this grouchy-looking Pokémon is in that form, because [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments it genuinely values its friendship with its Trainer so much]].
** Other Pokémon may have intimidating appearances but their actual behavior is anything but: Granbull is a bulldog with huge fangs, but at the same time it's a timid fairy type. Golisopod is a giant 6-foot isopod covered in steel-hard scales and massive claws... that runs away when its health drops below half. Araquanid a massive spider that's nearly six feet tall and has a permanent glare, but also takes care of any weak or injured Pokémon it finds.
* ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVSAceAttorney'' has Cutter, a minor character with a thuggish outward appearance who's actually a kind-hearted sculptor.
* From the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' and ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'', we have Yoshimitsu. What's interesting is that he's always wearing masks, so his actual face is concealed. However, the masks he always chooses to wear look downright creepy and menacing. Anyone unfamiliar with ''Tekken'' or the ''Soul Series'' would likely assume that he's a villain, but he's one of the most heroic and nicest guys in the series.
** The games lore have also suggested that there have been multiple Yoshimitsus throughout these series, and that Yoshimitsu is the title of the leader of the ninja clan that he belongs to rather than a specific characters name, meaning that the character is actually '''multiple''' good guys with an evil looking face.
* Letho of Gullet from ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'' looks like your typical DumbMuscle, [[ExploitedTrope except he's also acutely aware of it]] and takes advantage of others [[ObfuscatingStupidity once they start assuming he is]].
* Mark Kimberly from ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}}'' has a mean look about him, but is one of the friendliest ''gaijin'' Ryo can meet in Yokosuka. Mark's intimidating look has a lot to do with him [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally being a member of the Mad Angels gang in pre-production]], but he was changed into a NiceGuy later on.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Grog from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' is a rather pale and somber-looking young man who sits moping under a tree; in the latter game, he even has a spiky mohawk that makes him look like a typical punk. But under the seemingly grim exterior is a FriendToAllLivingThings; the ''Ocarina of Time'' version determines that Link must be a nice guy on account of the latter getting along with Grog's beloved pet Cucco, while the ''Majora's Mask'' version is able to soften his grimly fatalistic outlook on the imminent destruction of Termina by the Moon upon seeing his flock of Cucco chicks [[OvernightAgeUp grow into roosters before his eyes]].
** Batreaux from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' is a demon who looks the part, but he is actually a nice guy who gets along well with children and wants to become a human so he can interact with people without scaring them. Granted, he ''does'' unwillingly cause monsters to appear in Skyloft and make the Remlits aggressive because of his evil aura; making him human removes the aura and the enemies.
** Kilton from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' is an ugly, grey-skinned man who wears makeup and clothes that make him look like the [[AdmiringTheAbomination monsters he obsesses over]] and owns a creepy shop called "Fang and Bone" that is only open at night. One guard character even requests that Link get a photo of Kilton to determine if the shopkeeper is really as sinister-looking as people have said. But Kilton is nonetheless a good guy who sells Link various items that help him kill monsters more easily.
* Vandham from ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2''. He's a huge, scary-looking guy who is CoveredInScars (most notably an X-shaped scar covering his face centered on the bridge of his nose) and is introduced attacking Rex's team after their stranding in Uraya with the seeming intent to take Pyra for himself due to her being the Aegis (something that Torna and the Ardainians had been trying to do up to that point). But the fight turns out to be meant to gauge Rex's resonance with Pyra and see if he is truly worthy to be the Aegis's Driver (he even [[WhatTheHellHero chastises Rex]] for pushing her too hard), and Vandham soon afterwards happily invites them to rest at Garfont Village. Here, he's revealed to be the leader of the Garfont Mercenaries, a group dedicated to helping meet people's needs all across Alrest, and he's also known for taking in numerous war orphans of all nationalities to live in Garfont Village. For these and other reasons, he's known as a supreme NiceGuy in Uraya and AFatherToHisMen among his mercenaries. Rex and the others subsequently make plenty of comments about him being much kinder and gentler than his intimidating appearance would indicate.
** From the same game, Wulfric is a Blade who [[http://www.creativeuncut.com/gallery-32/art/xc2-wulfric.jpg looks like a demon spawned from hell itself,]] but is a friendly sort who likes to help people. He often howls in a scary fashion when he feels frustrated by peoples' reaction to his appearance, which, of course, only exacerbates the problem further. One [[ADayInTheLimelight Heart-to-Heart]] scene can result in him [[BlindAndTheBeast guiding an elderly lady with poor eyesight back to her house]], while the townspeople look on aghast; she, on the other hand, is quite happy to be helped by (what she assumes to be) such a strapping young man.
-->''One day, I will make friends with everyone!''
** Perceval is another [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/xenoblade/images/d/dc/XC2-Vasara.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20170922095202 demonic-looking]] Blade who also appears to be covered in flames, yet he is nonetheless a very compassionate and justice-oriented guy. His unique Blade Quest starts with him defending a woman who is being bullied by debt collectors and later sees him going on Merc Missions to hunt down not just those culprits but anyone who preys on the weak in a similar way.
* Pearl from ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'' is a rapper with a permanent glare who is usually seen frowning. Despite this, she's more nice, though overly energetic, than anything.
* ''VideoGame/UtawarerumonoMaskOfDeception'': Mikazuchi, Imperial Guard of the Left, usually terrifies everyone around him, and even the protagonist always feels like his life is in danger if Mikazuchi so much as looks at him. Actually, he is a pretty nice guy, he's just terrible at socializing and has a naturally intimidating presence. [[spoiler:In his disguise as Sakon the candy salesman he's much more approachable.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In the Prologue of Grisaia in ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoRakuen'' Amane shows up riding a custom low rider motorcycle, a leather jack and towering over the students and teachers alike. Chizuru is terrified until realizing that Amane hasn't the faintest idea what kind of impression she gives off and is actually very friendly and domestic.
* Kazuichi Souda in ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2'' sports a pretty outrageous {{Slasher Smile}} accentuated even further by his filed down shark-like teeth. He is actually quite timidly and cowardly, and gets called on it within the game.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** While not overly thuggish, [[MafiaPrincess Miss]] [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette Viola]] [[LethalChef Cadaverini]] from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' looks ''creepy as Hell'', but discounting her relationship with [[{{Jerkass}} Furio Tigre]] she's not that bad.
** Will Powers is a GentleGiant with a face that scares small children. Kind of a handicap for an actor in children's shows, so he takes roles that involve wearing masks. He even refuses to be seen out of costume, because he's afraid of crushing his fans' expectations.
** From the fourth game, Wocky Kitaki's father. He used to be the head of the local Yakuza, and has an extremely intimidating face.[[spoiler:..but by the end of the case, it's shown that he's a loving father who brought the family out of the mob business so that his children, especially Wocky, wouldn't have to put their lives in danger.]]
** Detective Badd is an imposing, gruff figure, but he's practically a second father figure to Kay. He gives her Swiss Rolls and distracts her with 'important detective assistance' to keep her mind off [[spoiler: her father's death]].
** From ''Dual Destinies'', Mayor Tenma, who is vilified for his scary looks and because he wants to [[spoiler: or rather was being blackmailed into]] merge Tenma Town and Nine Tales Vale. He is really a kind man, loving father [[spoiler: and popular pro-wrestler of the "face" variety.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Rocko Sasquatch in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob.''
* In ''WebComic/AxeCop'', all mermaids are good but have mean-looking faces, apparently because they thought scowls indicated happiness and smiles indicated anger. Axe Cop, unaware of this, [[spoiler:murders one by accident. After learning that mermaids are all good and that this is the first time he ever killed a good guy, he immediately breaks down in tears.]]
* Jaws from ''Webcomic/DemonFist'' has the face of a gremlin and [[SlasherSmile the smile of a shark]] (plus he's a [[OurDemonsareDifferent demon]]), but he's a genuinely cheerful and caring person.
* In ''WebComic/OnePunchMan'', King's intense looks, coupled with the mysterious [[HellIsThatNoise King Engine]], have led many supervillains to flee in terror rather than fight him. [[spoiler: It's convenient for King, since he can't fight at all and is frightened to death of battling some city-destroying monster. Also, the King Engine is his own beating heart going into overdrive from fear.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ScalieSchoolie'', [[HugeSchoolgirl Violet]]'s menacing appearance leads many people to believe she is a bully, but she's truly one of the nicest characters in the comic. Part of this is due to her mother, who was bullied herself, forcing her to look the part.
-->'''Violet''': Why does everyone keep offering me their lunch money... Do I look poor?
* In the ''Webcomic/TeamFortress2'' comics, when the Sniper accuses the Medic of being a traitor, referencing the SlasherSmile the Medic made [[TraitorShot upon seeing the Sniper earlier]] the Medic responds that he was simply happy to see the Sniper again; apparently, a psychotic grin ''is'' his default genuine smile. Granted, the Medic at the time was working with a team out to kill his previous teammates, but not for the sake of betrayal, rather, he had run out of test subjects and, to continue his research, had signed on with a new team, which, as it turns out, was contracted to kill the old team by Gray Mann.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Popeye}}'' has a face that could perhaps be best characterised as ugly, odd and cartoony and fits with his rough around the edges attitude but also has a rather altruistic and chivalrous personality treating everyone especially kids fairly.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': The Topazes, a pair of big hulking minions with intimidating builds and scary faces, turn out to be [[GentleGiant Gentle Giants]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Creator/RondoHatton got into film because his acromegaly made his face look very thuggish. He's even got an award made in his honor.
* Similarly, Creator/SteveBuscemi has gotten great mileage out of his creepy, cadaverous appearance. In RealLife, despite the [[MeanCharacterNiceActor sinister characters]] he plays, he's by all accounts a NiceGuy. Not to mention pretty heroic -- he does volunteer firefighting work (including after the 9/11 terrorist attacks) and once got ''repeatedly stabbed'' in the process of breaking up a fight.
* [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope Benedict XVI]], who bears more than a passing resemblance to [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_DGrd-9g38_Y/Sy75LvwLeII/AAAAAAAAAFQ/g_1N8wct2kI/s320/evil-pope-children-christmas.jpg Emperor]] [[http://api.ning.com/files/V3d3OCp3A2MLbERwMVCTpLUirpi6pecwnuV-MdnaqlL15nGjQhQIY5V1GugVbU0QnwZ4WFLwclbRmJXHlqTwn4AOcIhl5XEK/EmperorPalpatine.jpg Palpatine]] of ''Film/StarWars: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi,'' despite the fact that everyone who's met him agrees he's about as threatening as a kitten. Cue ''massive'' MemeticMutation once he's chosen.
* Joe Raposo, best known for writing songs for ''Series/SesameStreet'', is described as looking and sounding "like a tough Italian street fighter from an urban ghetto."
* Singer Aaron Neville had a brief appearance in one movie as "Man with gun," an intimidating character the hero confronted in a slum area. His voice has been described as the voice the angels '''wish''' they had.
* Mexican American actor Creator/DannyTrejo [[http://www1.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/Spike+TV+Scream+2007+Arrivals+tcfjhDfc0QVl.jpg combines this]] with BadassMustache and perpetual DeathGlare to make him [[MeanCharacterNiceActor THE go to guy to play Latino thugs]] in Hollywood. Ironically, he really ''was'' a thug until he turned his life around. Now he's an actor and a motivational speaker and [[MeanCharacterNiceActor one of the most well-respected men in Hollywood]], with ''everybody'' who works with him talking about what a great person he is.
* Billy [=McGuinness=], rhythm guitarist, harmonica player and backing vocalist for the Irish band Aslan looks tough, but is actually very friendly. To look at him without hearing their music, one would think the band play a harder form of music than the radio friendly melodic rock they do. As the most noticeable member of the band it's no wonder he handles most of their interviews.
* According to an afterword in volume 18 of [[Manga/FairyTail Fairy Tail]], the mangaka Hiro Mashima has one, as mentioned by his fans that in the photos of him, he looks like a criminal. Of course, it doesn't help that he admits to having a natural scowl, making it harder for him to have a natural smile.
* Veteran character actor Creator/MCGainey has this to say of his own appearance: ''"With a face like this, there aren't a lot of [[CrusadingLawyer lawyers]] or [[GoodShepherd priest]] roles coming my way. I've gotta face that was meant for a mug shot and that's what I've been doing for the past thirty years. If I play a cop, it's always a [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain racist cop]], or a [[RabidCop trigger-happy cop]] or a [[DirtyCop crooked cop]] - but by and large I play cowboys, bikers, and convicts."''
* In dear old Blighty perhaps the best example is Creator/RayWinstone who combined with his debut role in ''Film/{{Scum}}'' and thick [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents East End accent]] make him almost the posterboy for this trope. He's spent a career playing cockney hard-men (in a surprising range of genres) despite being one of the nicest men in showbusiness.
* Other Brits with this attribute include Vinnie Jones, Ross Kemp, Creator/JamesCosmo and John Prescott.
* Creator/RonPerlman has a face and voice that often see him playing the roles of criminals of all stripes, villains and monsters. Even when he plays as a good guy, they often exemplify this trope (for instance, ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' and ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast1987''). In real life, [[MeanCharacterNiceActor Ron is a funny, intelligent guy with a self-depreciating streak, who famously visited a young boy as a Make-A-Wish foundation request in full Hellboy costume and makeup prosthesis]].
* Tardar Sauce aka Grumpy Cat is very sweet and affectionate in real life, despite her [[PerpetualFrowner permanent grimace]] (which is caused by an underbite combined with feline dwarfism). In fact, she seems to genuinely like attention, or is at least content being fussed over -- see [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toYQ2ery1Bg her appearance on]] ''[[Creator/AndersonCooper Anderson Live]].''
* English actor Creator/DavidBradley, now infamous for playing some distinctly [[Film/HarryPotter repugnant]] [[Series/DoctorWho old]] [[Series/GameOfThrones men]], generally has an [[http://waytofamous.com/images/david-bradley-02.jpg undeniably unpleasant look about him]]. Like Trejo and Perlman, however, any interview with the man himself would demonstrate him to be [[MeanCharacterNiceActor nothing at all like the typecasting he's fallen into]].
* Creator/ShelSilverstein, the famous children's poet and author, inexplicably plays this up with the [[http://67.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lvl92vqGok1qz8b5wo1_500.png terrifying portrait]] that was placed on the back of ''Literature/TheGivingTree''.
* Creator/WillemDafoe has gotten more than one role on the strength of his creepy looks.
* With women, this is sometimes referred to as "resting bitch-face". Her default expression might resemble a scowl, but that doesn't mean she's automatically angry or mean. Usually, they're not even unattractive. Examples include Creator/KristenStewart and Creator/AnnaKendrick.
* British actor Christopher Adamson has the height and distinctive cheek scars that make him an instint fit for thug rolls.
* Actor Don Stroud would look like a thug even without his [[GoodScarsEvilScars prominent facial scar]]. But according to JMichaelStraczynski, he got the scar by diving into a group of armed men to stop them from raping a woman.
* Animal example: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sand_tiger_shark Sand Tiger Sharks]] (not to be confused with the [[ThreateningShark much more dangerous Tiger Shark]]) are widely considered to be docile, mellow creatures, with no recorded human fatalities. Aquatic petting zoos frequently have them, because they're so calm. They also look horrifying.
* Once, while in a presidential debate, ''UsefulNotes/{{Abraham Lincoln}}'' was accused of being "two-faced" (untrustworthy). Lincoln reportedly replied with something along the lines of "If I were two faced, do you think this is the one I would wear in public?" Seems he took his rugged looks (not surprising considering he grew up in a log cabin on the frontier) with good humor.

* In the 1980s, a famous American Express print ad touted cards with the holder's photo on the front: "''This'' is you" (picture of scary biker). "''This'' is the jerk who stole your credit card" (dorky-looking guy with horn-rimmed glasses).