I want to take his face... off. Eyes, nose, skin, teeth. It's coming off. Dietrich: (to guards)
No more drugs for that man.
Much like audiences get squicked out
by horrible things happening to our body
or our eyes
, so too do they get absolutely sickened by the thought of something horrible (and permanent!) happening to our faces. It's the #1 part of the body we use for socializing and is strongly tied to our sense of personal identity, so in essence, destroying a person's face is the equivalent to destroying his or her life. It can often lead to a Nightmare Face
, but if the victim is lucky, he can maybe at least achieve the level of The Woobie
or even Ugly Cute
. This trope can include those who die from the disfigurement, but it's more effective (and more horrifying) to have the victim live with it.
Compare and contrast to Nightmare Face
. The main difference between these two tropes is that Facial Horror deals specifically with severe mutilation of most or all of the face, whereas Nightmare Face
covers exceptionally scary faces in general.
Interestingly, even the most gruesome examples of this trope will often, like the page picture, leave the eyes completely intact
. Perhaps this is to emphasize the facial disfigurement by contrast, or merely a sign that Eye Scream
is a whole different level of horror.
See also Glasgow Grin
, Mouth Stitched Shut
, Tear Off Your Face
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Anime and Manga
- Hellsing invokes this trope several times, most of them involving Alucard. The worst is probably Zorin Blitz, who gets her face cheese-grated down a hallway by a supremely pissed-off and newly-awakened Seras, leaving only ragged strips of skin. Towards the end Heinkel Wolfe ends up suffering this trope when the Captain (nonlethally) shoots her through the mouth, giving her a Glasgow Grin and forcing her to wear bandages over it for the rest of her life.
- Fullmetal Alchemist:
- Tim Marcoh had his face damaged by Scar so people wouldn't recognize him during his travels.
- Scar himself may count as a minor example, but his face isn't really disfigured like most of the examples here.
- When Roy Mustang burns them to death, Lust and Envy both have their faces destroyed before they die.
- The 2003 anime has Frank Archer, who lost half his face and half of the rest of his body while fighting in Lior. The half of his body that was destroyed was eventually replaced by automail.
- In Corpse Party: Another Child, there are the three ghosts of the children murdered in the Heavenly Host Elementary School. The teacher who killed them used a scissors to mutilate them, prompting their spirits to seek revenge on the unlucky victims transported and trapped in the dilapidated school by killing them the same way as was done to them. Out of the three ghosts, Tokiko is the most worse for wear. This is because while the other two ghosts, Yuki and Ryou, only lost an eye and tongues, Tokiko lost the ENTIRE TOP HALF OF HER HEAD, LEAVING NOTHING BUT AN EXPOSED TONGUE AND LOWER JAW
- This example also provokes some Fridge Logic if one is knowledgeable about skeletal anatomy, though that could be chalked off to Rule of Scary.
- In Baccano! one of the white suit's face is ground off from having it held down on the railroad tracks. From a MOVING train.
- In Fist of the North Star, Jagi's already-ugly face becomes hideously bloated towards the top after Kenshiro fights him for the first time. Afterward, he's never seen without his helmet on. One Mook walks in on him sleeping and sees his face, and is extremely terrified. Jagi kills him for this.
- Happens to Mello from Death Note after he blows up his own base.
- Minor character Hannya from Rurouni Kenshin did this to himself in order to become a perfect spy, capable of wearing any mask. Specifically, he burnt his lips, sawed off his nose, shattered his cheekbones and chopped off his ears.
- In the Pokémon anime, the victims of having their memories altered by Beheeyem have their faces become Beheeyem-like.
- In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 7, Gyro uses the Super Spin technique to prematurely age half of Valentine's face.
- Two-Face from Batman. As mentioned below, it's especially gruesome in New 52, the Nolan films, and the Batman Arkham Series.
- Also happened to The Joker during the incident with the vat of acid.
- Taken Up to Eleven in the New 52, especially when Death Of The Family comes around.
- Before the reboot, there was also a character called "No-Face", a perfectly harmless inmate at Arkham who lost most of the skin from his face in an accident, and the "Hamburger Lady", a middle-aged woman who might have been hideously disfigured... or might just think she is.
- Doctor Doom from Fantastic Four.
- Although of course a) you never do see his face, only people occasionally reacting in horror, and b) as a result, no two writers agree on how bad Doom's face is. Some say his face was horrifically disfigured in a lab accident, with acid scars and burn marks and all that, while some say it was a small cut, which his pride and vanity exaggerated into a horrifying injury. And some combine the two; he suffered a minor cut from the accident, then massive burns when he put on his trademark mask without waiting for it to cool.
- Jonah Hex.
- Arseface from Preacher
- In Red Hood and the Outlaws #17's end, a trap the Joker left in Jason's helmet sets off, sending Joker Venom all over him and scarring him deeply. He remains unconscious until the end of #18, and doesn't have his face shown in that time.
- In Snarfquest, Snarf and others assume that Aveeare (a robot stranded in a fantasy world) is a victim of this trope, mistaken the circuits and gears under his faceplate for scar tissue.
- The Sandman has Mazikeen, Lucifer's lover/Dragon. One side of her face is beautiful, while the other side is horribly mangled and appears to be rotting. She considers the disfigured half a point of pride, as it symbolizes her demonic heritage. When it gets healed against her will, she takes it rather poorly.
- Some context: Mazikeen is a one of the Lilim, and her half-rotted face is the result of deliberate shapeshifting choice instead of injury. She could have "healed" herself at any time. But when she is "healed" by an outside party, she's bound into one shape, which she hates.
- In The Transformers IDW, Soundwave gets shot in the head. It takes him out for several issues, and when he's brought out of his coma, he now has a Two-Faced appearance and cannot talk because his voice box has been damaged. In the sequel Transformers: Robots in Disguise, he's been fixed as of issue 13.
- In Grim Hunt after Spiderman has been pushed to his limit he presses his hand to the villains face and uses his wall crawling ability to rip the skin off.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- How Harvey Dent becomes Two-Face in The Dark Knight. As pictured above, this is particularly gruesome, as you can see the guy's jaw bones.
- Aside from Harvey, the Joker's habit of threatening to give his victims Glasgow grins invokes this trope. You don't actually get to see any of them happen, though.
- How Harvey Dent becomes Two-Face in Batman Forever. Unlike the Two-Face of The Dark Knight, the facial scarring was the result of an acid attack by underworld kingpin Boss Maroni.
- This is also how Jack Napier became The Joker in Batman; a combination of being shot through the face and a huge vat of acid. Later, he disfigures his girlfriend Alicia by corroding half her face.
- Similarly, how Liam Neeson's character becomes the title character in Darkman
- An infamous scene where a man caves in another man's face with a fire extinguisher in Irreversible.
- A similar scene in Pans Labyrinth, except with the bottom of a bottle of wine. And later on, the villain is given half a Glasgow Grin with a kitchen knife.
- The Phantom of the Opera, though the extent of Phantom's facial scarring has noticeably decreased with each adaptation.
- Gary Oldman's character in Hannibal. Here.◊
- The Pride victim in Se7en.
- Christiane's faceless state in Eyes Without a Face.
- Terminator, in all of the movies, takes plenty of face damage, to show off the cybernetics underneath.
- One of the prisoners on the Recognizer in TRON: Legacy has half of his face derezzed. When that particular program looks at Sam Flynn, he just growls.
- Freddy Krueger, the iconic dream demon from A Nightmare on Elm Street, has extensive burns all over his body, the result of the parents of Elm Street taking the law into their own hands during his days as the Springwood Slasher.
- Similarly, over time the mute colossus Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th has taken some serious facial damage. Notably, he took a boat motor to the face in part six. It's little wonder he's seldom seen without his trademark hockey mask.
- The So Bad, It's Good b-movie Truth or Dare: A Critical Madness has Mike Strauber, a man who, among other things, cuts a chunk of his own face off when dared to do so.
- Seth Brundle's face falls off in a slimy mess near the end of The Fly (1986).
- In The Fly II, a security guard gets a face full of acid vomit from Brundle's son. The worst part is, he's still breathing afterwards.
- Leslie Nielsen's character in Surf Ninjas has half of his face squished by an elephant, forcing him to wear a half-mask a la The Phantom of the Opera.
- The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. In the Backstory the Grand Vizier of Maravia had his whole head badly scarred by a fireball (think melted wax). He wears a helmet all through the movie, until near the end when he takes it off to frighten some natives with his hideous face.
- Mel Gibson in The Man Without A Face.
- In Fight Club The Narrator punches Angel Face's... um, face so hard it's barely recognizably human, and most of his teeth are gone.
- The "reverse bear trap" device in the Saw films does this to its victims, ripping their lower jaw off completely. Amanda is forced to escape from one in the first film, and since then it's become (along with the titular "cut off your foot to escape") the signature Death Trap of the series.
- At the end of Saw VI, Hoffman is placed in a Reverse Bear Trap 2.0 and isn't able to get it off in time, so he places the arms of the device between bars on the window of the door out of the room, which causes it to only open partially. He is able to get it off before it opens completely and rips his jaw apart, but it does give him half a Glasgow Grin.
- Saw 3D finally shows the effects of the reverse bear trap when Hoffman uses it to kill Jill Tuck.
- Darth Vader. Yeah, you probably don't want to see what's behind that mask...
- Shallow Grave, the scene where the titular grave is about to be filled. But the dental records need to be removed. Up comes the hammer, then down again, off-screen. ''Crunch''.
- The climax of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has two examples in quick succession: First off, Optimus Prime breaks Megatron's arm and forces him to shoot half his own face off. He then proceeds to go after the Fallen, delivers his famous one-liner, and doesn't wait for the Fallen to give it to him. (Contrary to popular belief, Fallen is actually killed by being punched through the chest and getting his spark ripped out.)
- Earlier in the film, Optimus is in a three-on-one fight between Megatron, Starscream, and Grindor, and kills the latter by stabbing a pair of hooks into his face and tearing his head apart.
- The premise of Face/Off, which involves Sean Archer taking Castor Troy's face and voice. Afterwards, Archer's original face is left floating in a jar of water to keep it moisturized. Castor wakes up from the coma, peels off the bandages in front of a mirror, and is very unhappy with what he sees. We only see a couple very quick glances that show Castor walking around without his face on, prior to making Dr. Walsh give him Archer's original face.
- At the end of Halloween: Resurrection, Michael Myers is set on fire and presumed dead. Cue the horrific morgue scene that reveals his mask had melted into his face...and he was still alive. Shudder.
- The fake social worker from The Orphanage gets hit by a bus, and you can see her lower jaw completely unhinged, hanging off from her face. Even worse, before the face is fully shown the main character's husband tries giving her CPR.
- In the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) Leatherface has a disease that makes the skin on his face decay. it's only seen briefly in profile, but it isn't pretty.
- The cloaked and horribly disfigured killer in House of Wax (1953) (and the original Mystery of the Wax Museum). He is actually Henry Jarrod, the wax sculptor who was presumed dead when his business partner set his museum on fire. He made a perfect wax mask of his former face when he returned to open his new museum.
- Done again by Vincent Price in his "Dr. Phibes" movies, almost certainly as an homage.
- In the American remake of The Ring, Noah's face is horribly distorted and shown in close-up after Samara killed him.
- The villain in Skyfall looks pretty normal, until he's captured and confronted by his former boss, M, who sold him out to the Chinese. He explains how he was tortured for months before attempting to commit suicide via the Cyanide Pill in his back molar. It didn't work. What it did instead is revealed when he removes a prosthetic from his mouth and the left side of his face just sags inwards.
- In The Final, Emily smears flesh-eating chemicals on Bridget and Heather's faces in order to ruin their good looks, as revenge for their Alpha Bitch tendencies and their bullying. Bridget is seen in the film's Book Ends as an outcast, wearing a hoodie to hide her disfigured face.
- The Djinn of Wishmaster is particularly fond of mutilating people's faces. In the first film for instance, he uses his powers to make a criminal unwillingly rip out a cop's lower jaw, tongue still intact.
- In REC, Alex has extremely nasty and gruesome bite wounds on his face after encountering Mrs. Izquierdo.
- Mirrors features a fatal and extremely gruesome jaw dislocation scene.
- In Let the Right One In. Hakan pours acid over his own face as an attempt to kill himself, or avoid capture, or...something. He lives, and the effect is horrifying.
- In Pacific Rim, one of the Kaiju gets subjected to a dose of this during a deep sea battle, thanks to a conveniently placed hydrothermal vent. Not enough to kill, but the thing had a lot less face by the time it broke free.
- Red Mist has Sean suffering arguably the most horrific death in the film - having a funnel forcefully shoved into his mouth, duct-taped to his face... and industrial strength acid poured into it. After his corpse is discovered, it is mentioned that half of his face had practically melted off.
- Krueger's face gets blown off by a grenade during the 2nd half of Elysium. However, that doesn't kill him.
- Niki Lauda's horrific burns in Rush after being pulled out of his burning car during the German Grand Prix where his helmet was knocked off and the nomex sock he wore was not enough to protect his face.
- This is the fate of the Alpha Bitch Chris Hargensen in the 2013 remake of Carrie. She gets thrown through a windshield when Carrie crashes her car, leaving her face torn up with huge shards of glass sticking out.
- When the evil Red Skull peels off his mask to reveal the facial deformity that gave him his name, sidekick Bucky mutters to Captain America, "You don't have one of those, do you?"
- Mild example - when The Monkees made their movie Head they made every effort to distance themselves from their cultivated image. In a parody of boxing movies, preteen heartthrob Davy Jones got his face beaten to a bloody pulp by sparring partner Sonny Liston (think the Mike Tyson of the '60s). Intercut into this we see Jones joshing with Liston beforehand, saying "You won't hurt the face, will you? Million-dollar face, this is!"
- Upon opening the Ark of the Covenant, the Nazi villains in the first Indiana Jones movie have their faces melt and explode as they die.
- Beetlejuice - Barbara's first attempt to frighten off the new tenants of their house. When they open the closet door, she's swinging from a noose - then yanks her face off, leaving a freaky skull with bugged-out eyeballs. Too bad they couldn't see her...
- Macon in Murder Party He tries to light a cigarette while wearing a rubber or latex wolf mask, which naturally catches ablaze. His friend Lexi and the photo assistant of his friend Paul manage to put the fire out, but not before it horribly disfigures him, fusing much of the mask to his face. He remains like this until he dies, though that isn't very much later.
- In the "Cat From Hell" segment in Tales from the Darkside: The Movie the cat has killed nearly every member of an old man's family (to get revenge for some brutal animal testing he did to earn his fortune), and the old man hires a hitman to kill the cat. The cat keeps evading all attempts to kill it, getting a few claw swipes at the hitman's face, and then finishing him off by leaping into his mouth, making the hitman choke to death as the cat is crawling down his throat. The old man is taken out when he comes back home, sees the hitman's body, sees the cat crawl back out of the hitman's mouth, and the old man dies of a heart attack.
- In the climax of The Ghost Writer, Alice Jessell's face is revealed to be horribly deformed.
- Mason Verger in Hannibal. He peeled off his own face under the influence of Lecter, plus some party drugs.
- What the Big Bad of the first Rivers of London book does to his victims, magically cracking their bones, shredding their muscles, and stretching their skin, until they become perfect imitations of Mister Punch; when he finishes with them, their face falls apart and they die. If they are lucky. A survivor's face is described in book two in excruciating detail, for a start her nose and lower jawbone is mostly missing having been shattered into too many pieces to rebuild. Talking is only possible with one of those Stephen Hawking speech programs.
- Brightheart of Warrior Cats was savaged by a pack of dogs, who mangled her face to the point that she lost an eye and parts of her skull were showing even after she recovered. She was even called "Lostface" for a while, but fortunately Firestar renamed her.
- In the novel version of Fight Club, by the end the narrator has had both cheeks ruined—one split open after a tooth punched a hole in it, and further fights exacerbated the injury to the point that it became half a Glasgow Grin, and the other opened by a gunshot. The former injury is omitted from the film.
- Redwall has Slagar the Cruel, who wears a mask to hide his deformities caused by Asmodeus' venom. There's also Riggu Felis, whose face was mostly torn off by a hawk. The lower half of his face is described as "red, glistening flesh and bone... the whole muzzle, nose and upper lip had been torn off. Half of the warlord's face was a spitting, bubbling skeleton." Lovely.
- In The Reynard Cycle, Hartnet is an otherwise attractive young woman who is missing her nose. She wears a veil (and later a helmet with a nose guard) to cover it, but people are still unnerved by the sight of her.
- The owl Metalbeak/Kludd from Guardians of Ga'Hoole. He had his beak, among other parts of his face, ripped off in a fight and replaced it with a metal one.
- Vlad Menshikov from The Kane Chronicles had part of his face, along with his lungs and eyes, burned when he tried and failed to awaken Ra.
- Joelle Van Dyne in Infinite Jest following an incident with some acid,(maybe) causing her to wear a veil and join the Union of the Hideously and Improbably Deformed.
- Elli Quinn of the Vorkosigan Saga has her face burned off by plasma-arc fire - "she looked like an onion". Fortunately, she lives in a universe of advanced biotech where the commander of her mercenary company buys her reconstructive surgery which leaves her looking better than she had before, but plasma fire is one of the few things that can truly terrify her.
- Towards the end of The Shining, Danny tries to break his father from the hotel's influence (and temporarily succeeds), only to have Jack become completely possessed and forced to smash the roque mallet into his own face, repeatedly, until it is a barely-recognisable mess. This fully kills Jack and allows the ghosts to take full control of his body.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire Sandor Clegane's burned face is described as horrifying, Shireen Baratheon's is badly scarred by greyscale and Brienne's was half eaten by Biter. And then there's the delightful face of Tyrion, with that long scar and all, including having his nose pretty much cut off
- The titular painting becomes for a while this in The Picture of Dorian Gray. The book is kind of vague about it, but many adaptions show all the gruesomeness.
- Hester Shaw from the Mortal Engines series, who sports several nasty scars and is missing an eye and most of her nose as a result of being attacked during her childhood.
- In the Sherlock Holmes story "The Adventure of the Illustrious Client", Kitty Winter gets revenge on Baron Adelbert Gruner, who destroyed her life, by throwing acid in his face, leaving him hideously disfigured. The story was later adapted by '"Elementary''.
- Richard Harrow in Boardwalk Empire lost his left eye and the left side of his face in World War I, forcing him to wear a crude looking half-mask with face-like features.
- The Helvetica scenario from Look Around You.
- Roan's face in Nikita, was partially permanently disfigured when Nikita splashed Hydrochloric Acid on him, in an effort to escape.
- Jasmine from Angel; once someone is freed from her love spell, she has a mangled, maggot-infested face. Once the spell is broken for the whole world, her face breaks out in boils and lesions.
- Played for laughs on Seinfeld. Elaine's handsome outdoorsy boyfriend takes a big fall while rock climbing with George and Kramer - by the looks of the bandages, he landed square on his face. He's not terribly upset, but Elaine (who had emphatically denied the attraction wasn't all physical) pointedly asks him if he recalls the doctors mentioning "horrible scars" or "radical reconstructive surgery".
- Breaking Bad: from the appropriately titled "Face Off" episode, Gustavo Fring meets his end when hit with a bomb, but not before surviving long enough for the camera to pan around and showing half of his face blown off.
- Doctor Who:
- The Cybermen in "The Tenth Planet" have cloth facemasks, black void eyes and mouths that just sort of hang open while they talk, implying severe facial disfigurement going on underneath. It's part of why they are so disturbing.
- Davros◊, whose face (and the rest of his entire freaking body) was horribly disfigured when his lab exploded.
- "The Empty Child" has the victims of the eponymous Empty Child plague, whose faces mutated into gas masks.
- "Planet of the Ood" has the douchebag slaver whose face peels off as he turns into an Ood.
- "Forest of the Dead" has Evangelista◊, whose face was warped in Donna's dream world.
- Ada Gillyflower had her face burned (and lost her eyesight) when her mom experimented on her with leech venom.
- Magnus Greel's face looks like it's melting, or turning to spaghetti, due to a bizarre mutation.
- The incarnation of the Master popularly known as Crispy Master. He has hit the end of his regeneration cycle and his body is literally rotting, with a fixed skull grin and googly eyes.
- Kane's face melting off his bones in "Dragonfire", one of Doctor Who's most gruesome moments.
- Stories written or script-edited by Eric Saward have a tendency to this. Examples include a soldier's face melted off by corrosive gas in "Resurrection of the Daleks", and prominent facially-disfigured characters in "The Visitation", "Vengeance on Varos", "Timelash" and "The Caves of Androzani".
- The main antagonist of "Deep Breath", the aptly titled "Half-Face Man", is a centuries-old cyborg kept alive with stolen human body parts from the customers at the restaurant, leaving him with a face that is half robotic and half human.
- From the third season of Teen Wolf, the true face of Jennifer Blake, who was grotesquely mutilated and left for dead by a werewolf. She hides it via supernatural means - most of the time.
- The Masters of Horror episode "Imprint":
- The disfigured prostitute has the features on the right side of her face stretched out.
- The dwarf pimp is missing part of his nose.
- In Person of Interest Shaw does a relatively minor version in her first appearance when she throws a flashbang inside a mook's gasmask.
- Oberyn Martell from Game of Thrones. Not only were his teeth knocked out and his eyes destroyed but also his head is crushed into a disgusting pulp. His gorgeous, gorgeous head.
- Loki in Norse Mythology. After losing a bet with some dwarves and fast-talking his way out of being killed, they get back at him by sewing his lips shut.
- The main antagonist of Hitman Blood Money, Alexander Leland Cayne (also known to players as Jack), is an Evil Cripple with a motorized wheelchair and a half-flayed face. His left eye is also a discolored yellow.
- In BioShock 1, the villainous Andrew Ryan is one of few non-disfigured people left in Rapture, having forced the entire population to join his super soldier army - a process which entails insanity, cancerous growths, and facial disfigurements. In the last quarter, the player repeatedly bashes his face in with Ryan's own golf club. Ryan ends up looking not unlike the "splicers" he created and sent after you.
- Tatsuya Sudou in both parts of Persona 2 gets half of his face burned off (and loses his eye in the process, both times). He's pretty incensed about it.
- Nemesis from Resident Evil 3: Nemesis has brown, rotting skin, his lips have been pared back so there's a permanent grimace on his face, his nose is missing, and one of his eyes is gone, with a row of staples running down from the top of his head across the empty socket.
- In Resident Evil 4, the Novistadors can melt Leon's face off with their acidic vomit. In the Japanese version, decapitations were replaced with facial disfigurement.
- Near the start of Dead Space 2, a man is transformed into a necromorph right in front of you. It's not pretty.
- Exaggerated in Brain Dead 13: if Lance can't escape the Beautifier in Vivi's Salon, the mechanical powder puffs will close in on his head, screw it up, and turn it into a skull!
- The Grunts and Brutes in Amnesia: The Dark Descent. The Grunts have grotesquely distended mouths, stretching all the way to their chest and past the sides of their head. The Brutes, on the other hand, don't even have faces - their heads are ripped up masses of flesh with teeth protruding in random places and a single eye somewhere within.
- The very appropriately named boss The Nightmare from Metroid: Fusion starts off with a face resembling Frankenstein's monster, which gradually falls apart in the most disgusting way possible as the fight progresses. To wit, green goo comes out of its eye sockets, running down to its chin. Then the surface comes off, revealing goo everywhere and what look like four more eyes higher up! Then the whole face starts melting away to the extent that one of the eyes nearly falls off!
- Wax Works, having tons of nightmarish death scenes, and many of those showing only your face, naturally has tons of this. Particularly the plant mutants in the mineshaft, who will claw/melt your face off, if you're lucky.
- This◊ is from Splatterhouse 3. This is your punishment for failing to save Jennifer in time. Oh, and DON'T LOOK THIS UP AS A VIDEO. The music will freak you out.
- Much like most of the other body part horrors, this can be easily inflicted in Dwarf Fortress. With enough wrestling skill, you can easily hold your opponent down by the head while you systematically pinch and gouge their facial features to your leisure.
- Once again, Two-Face from the Batman Arkham Series. The damage done to his face is particularly gruesome here, much like in Nolan's films.
- Several miscellaneous cosmetics in Team Fortress 2 follow this. One in particular is the Medic's Second Opinion, which gives him a discolored skin graft on the left side of his face that is also a malevolent split personality (well, more malevolent than normal Medic).
- No-Face in Twisted Metal: Black had his eyes and tongue removed and his eye sockets and mouth stitched up (the manual explains that he sees through telepathy) by a Back-Alley Doctor who lost several thousand dollars betting on him in a boxing match. In the 2012 game Krista Sparks/Dollface receives a small cut on her face, which her mind envisions as a monstrous necrotizing infection over her entire mouth.
- The teaser image for Five Nights at Freddy's 2 revealing Bonnie's replacement model also shows the body of the original with its upper jaw removed, which is how he appears in-game.
- The original game doesn't lack it either- the main character's eyes popping out of the Freddy suit he gets stuffed into on the game over screen, as well as a certain Easter Egg in which a poster changes to depict Freddy ripping the top part of his head off.
- One of the antagonists of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is the Tower of Sauron. The lower half of his face looks necrotized, and he wears armor that shows off his skeletal mouth.
- On the same fashion, this can apply to some of the Uruk Captains you can encounter, thanks to the Nemesis System. Uruks with faces distorted by cancerous-looking pustules, or facial scarring, all the way up to having their entire head wrapped in a bag from the injuries Talion inflicted on them.
- The various kinds of enemies in The Evil Within all suffer from this. Ripped off or shredded flesh, gaping holes in the skull, impaling glass or metal struts, barbed wire wrapped tightly around the face, or any combination thereof, are all in vogue. One particularly rare and nasty substrain capable of invisibility has had its face... "peeled out" to resemble a writhing nest of tentacles, making them look somewhere between an open wound and a cthulhumanoid.
- Sheltem the Dark from Might and Magic has a classic Two-face appearance under his helm. Since he's an android, keeping it that way seems to be a deliberate choice.
- Handsome Jack from Borderlands 2 wears a mask modeled after his original face because after receiving a vision from a relic found in the Vault of the Sentinel, Lilith blasted it and branded Jack's face with the Vault symbol it depicted. It also destroyed one of his eyes, so his mask has a prosthetic eye attached to it.
- Katawa Shoujo: The right side of Hanako's face is severely scarred from when she was caught in a house fire several years before the story takes place. She grows out her hair to try and cover the damage. And it's not just the scars that explain why she's so traumatized. Her father died in the fire, her mother sacrificed herself to save her, and while the kids at the Orphanage of Love she was sent to treated her well, in junior high she was teased and bullied constantly by her classmates.
- In one ending of Virtue's Last Reward, Luna's face falls off as Zero III shuts her down, though in this case it's more tragic than horrific.
- In the Adventure Time episode "Too Old," Lemongrab 2 is revealed to be alive after Lemongrab 1 tried to eat him in "Another Five More Short Graybles", but horribly disfigured. The extent of his disfigurement includes, but is not limited to, almost half of his head just being gone, replaced by massive bite marks.
- Happens to the Spiteful Brakevan (a bullying caboose) at the end of the Thomas the Tank Engine episode "Brake Van" (The Scottish Twins' debut episode). He is smashed into pieces after being hit by one of the aforementioned Scottish Twins head-on, and in the process, his face is torn off his body.
- Just right before this scene happens, for some reason, if you look very closely, you can easily tell that this Scottish twin's face is falling off his body!
- Avatar: The Last Airbender has Zuko, who has half his face burned. But he manages to work it well and still have an Estrogen Brigade.
- In the American Dad! episode "Flirting With Disaster", Francine gets hit in the face with acid. For the remainder of the episode, until the last few seconds, her face is conveniently obscured. For good reason.
- In the South Park episode "Britney's New Look," Britney Spears gets the top half of her head blown off, leaving just a lower jaw and a tongue. And she survives.
- A less horrifying example is The Smurfs episode "Hats Off to Smurfs", where a new yellow hat worn by Vanity causes his face to be disfigured every time he gets it wet by washing his face with water.
- Billy on The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy has his face ripped open or removed at least six times over the show's run, from having his face grinded against the road after he gets sent flying off his bike, putting his mouth on a running egg beater, getting hit in the face with a push mower, a wampa clawing his face off after he wanders into its cave, being caught in the explosion from his future counterpart returning to his own time, and a living tornado.
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- Jacqueline Saburido, badly burned in a car accident. After many surgeries, she now looks sort of normal, but still very badly scarred and nothing like her original face.
- Fakhra Younus, a Pakistani woman who was the victim of an acid attack by her then-husband. She went through more than three dozen surgeries abroad over a decade in an effort to repair her face before taking her own life in 2012. Her case brought international attention to the growing problem of acid attacks in South Asia, with at least eighty percent of victims being female.
- Dallas Wiens had his face completely destroyed (with only his lipless mouth left) by electric shock before getting a full facial transplant.
- Charla Nash, before receiving a facial transplant.
- Connie Culp, before becoming the first person in the U.S. to get a facial transplant.
- Isabelle Dinoire was the first person to receive a partial face transplant after her own Labrador mauled her. Looking up pre-operative images is rather horrific. Another warning, there is another aspect to the incident that shouldn't be read by the squeamish. It describes what could happen if she stops taking her medicine. Her newly transplanted face will "slough off"; that is, it will fall apart in bits and pieces.
- Raymond Robinson, aka "The Green Man", electrocuted at age 8 trying to see a bird's nest. He spent the rest of his life making belts for a living and taking walks at night before dying at a very old age. It's more sad than scary if you think about it.
- Emmett Till (posthumous example)
- James Vance, the real-life inspiration for the character Arseface of the comic series Preacher.
- Michael Jackson: even die hard fans should admit that his never ending face lifts were absolutely horrible by the end.
- Michael Jackson has nothing on Pete Burns.
- Lai Thi Do, a 15 year-old Vietnamese girl, before she had a 12-pound facial tumor removed in 2008.
- Non-human example: Chase the cat, also known as Chase No Face, who was seriously disfigured in an accident at four weeks old, the trauma of which caused her face to slough off. She has no eyelids, nose or upper lip and extensive scar tissue as a result and requires medication every day to keep her eyes moist. In spite of this, she lives a happy life and is in no pain. In addition, she acts as a therapy cat for disfigured humans. She is something of a feline Facebook celebrity, and her (very heartwarming) blog can be found here.
- Novemthree Siahaan, an Indonesian boy who had a rare condition that caused tumors to take over most of his face. The tumors were removed, but regrew and he sadly eventually died.
- The case of a horrific bloody assault in Miami where a naked man named Rudy Eugene attempted to gnaw off the face (not bite, but GNAW) of a homeless victim named Ronald Poppo on a pedestrian ramp near a freeway. Even after the first shot, the drug-addled Eugene still continued to bite until he was finally killed by several more rounds of police gunfire. Poppo was left with his face ripped off, his eyes gouged, and his nose mauled, leaving only his goatee. You may kindly throw up now.
- It happened again in China, where a drunken bus driver named Dong chewed the face of a woman named Du.
- Denise Wagoner, aka the real "hamburger lady". Search at your own risk.
- Another non-human example: Kabang, a female hero aspin (dog) in the Philippines, saved two young girls from being run over by a motorcycle, only to have her face disfigured. This, for the dog, is a Crowning Moment of Awesome and a Tear Jerker.
- Any 2nd-degree or worse burns to the face.
- World War I brought about many advances in plastic surgery, in large part because medical advances were saving men who had suffered horribly disfiguring wounds that would have killed them otherwise. The French term for them was "gueules cassées," or "broken faces."
- An unlucky cow got 80% of its face torn off after colliding with a train, with the remaining half landing just a few feet away. Still alive, it continued to stand and walk. A link is provided but it is seriously, seriously NSFW.