Name-Face Name

Nicknames can say something about a guy. A deformity, a mask, or the looks of a person can give him a Name-Face Name. A Name-Face Name is when a character's nickname comes from a characteristic of his face.

Often leads to Only Known by Their Nickname.

Compare Captain Colorbeard.


Anime and Manga
  • The names of at least four of the mecha in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann are derived from their faces:
    • "Lagann" - Enveloping Face
    • "Gunmen" - Huge Face
    • "Mugann" - Faceless
    • "Lazengann" - Spiral Face
  • Noface from Spirited Away.

Comic Books
  • Batman's foes include the Ventriloquist's puppet Scarface, Two-Face, Clayface and the less popular Baby-Face and False Face.
  • Goldface from Green Lantern.
  • Arseface from Preacher.
  • FuckFace from Fury MAX by Garth Ennis, writer of the aforementioned Preacher.
    Colonel Gagarin: A sad story, General. A gentle giant for most of his youth—then an unfortunate incident while shark-fishing—and now... Well. Still a giant, at any rate.


  • Metal Beak from Guardians of Ga'Hoole. (Incidentally, he was *not* the same character as the Metal Beak of the movie. Nyra never was called Metal Beak in the books, only Kludd was.)
  • 2Face from Remnants.

Live-Action TV

Newspaper Comics

Video Games
  • Metal Face (called "Black Face" in Japan) from Xenoblade; so named because Mechon don't usually have faces. Other "Face" Mechon show up throughout the game as well.

Western Animation

Real Life
  • Baby-Face Nelson.
  • Al 'Scarface' Capone.
  • Pizza-face is a common insult for people that have acne all over their face.

Other Media
  • The Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Game has Necroface, a giant tentacled zombie baby head, and Birdface, a bird-man.