Nightmare Face

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"Can I be scary? Well, whaddya think of this?"

The human face is supremely important on a social and biological level. Most of our non-verbal communication comes from reading subtle facial movements, and its importance in our cognitive thinking is best shown in our tendency to see faces in inanimate objects (think of how many times you've looked at a rock face and thought you'd seen two eyes and a mouth). So there's something genuinely disturbing to most people about seeing a face visibly distorted, mutated, or rearranged ... so, naturally, this type of Body Horror is one of the most common Horror Tropes.

A sister trope and effective primary component of Nightmare Fuel.

It is in fact at least Older Than Feudalism — armies the world over have based their war masks around this trope, and in mythology and folklore, just about any self-respecting demon or supernatural evil will have one.

More recently, it has also become a staple of Surreal Horror.

This is a main symptom of Coming Back Wrong. Most humanoid examples of Our Monsters Are Weird will fit this trope.

This trope is commonly doubled with the Jump Scare in a Screamer Prank.

Sub Tropes include:

See also:
  • This trope's well-meaning (but still scary) sister, The Grotesque
  • Uncanny Valley, which usually ends up here by accident.
  • Game Face, which comes into play when a supernatural villain disguised as a human flashes his true form's Nightmare Face to scare someone.
  • Demon Head, cousin to this trope.
  • Take Our Word for It, when the face is too grotesque to even show.

Interesting tidbit: this is one theory as to why some people are afraid of clowns. Exaggerated mouths, bulbous noses, and pin-prick eyes are downright terrifying to young children who haven't yet figured out that the person is just wearing make-up and not deformed.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro BREATHES this trope. Every villain has one, Neuro has multiple and even the good or neutral characters delve into really disturbing spheres, be it thanks to a Slasher Smile, a deranged animation for shock or similar. That most characters with such faces are humans isn't making it less scary, it rather adds to the horror, seeing that a lot of the faces don't even resemble humans AT ALL.
  • In Dragon Ball Z, it is very uncommon to see Nightmare Faces. However, several insane expressions and facial deformities that makes Super Buu/Kid Buu are quite disturbing, which makes him the most frightening villain in the series.
  • Bakemonogatari: Kanbaru makes a few during her fight with Koyomi.
  • In Parasyte, many of the mutants suffer from this trope. This is primarily due to the fact that the titular Parasytes are shapeshifting creatures that take over a host body by invading, absorbing, and replacing the head, then change the head into whatever form is necessary for combat and/or consuming its victims.
  • Very often in Higurashi: When They Cry. Some of the Ax-Crazy expressions get really weird. Here's a good example.
    • Umineko: When They Cry also makes use of this; a couple of times, the first twilight murders have all had their faces plowed in.
  • D.Gray-Man is very, very good at this. Half the Akuma qualify, and even they have nothing on the Millennium Earl. As he would probably say: <3
  • Fullmetal Alchemist also likes this. Besides a certain failed attempt at human transmutation, Envy's One-Winged Angel form is covered in screaming, melting faces begging for release from their torture. Oh, and there's the Cyclops army, whose stunning good looks have led the fandom to conclude that they're the illicit love children of Mass-Production EVAs and zombies.
  • Hellsing has a lot of characters with these. Like Alucard's face on the first series box.
  • This is Renton from Eureka Seven. This is Renton when he sees a hallucination while mercilessly ripping apart an LFO in Episode 20. Any questions?
  • Anyone going crazy in Soul Eater. It's a combination of Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises, a Slasher Smile, and extreme violence in large quantities. In fact, Soul Eater likes to do this A LOT, both in its manga and subsequent anime adaptation, though here they are trying to be covered up by a Slasher Smile.
    • Also, Asura's smile. Seriously, just... just look at it.
    • Crona becomes a master of this as the series goes on and he/she succumbs to the Black Blood more and more.
  • Initially just played with in Bleach; instead of horrifically deformed faces, it's instead had a number of horrifying expressions mainly given out by Hollow Ichigo and Mayuri Kurotsuchi, so those never really counted as much as the other examples... until this happened.
    • How about this then.
    • Unohana manages to have one of the most unsettling looks upon her face in the entire manga after her past self was revealed. Take a peek.
    • Äs Nödt might have just won the prize for scariest face after the release of his Vollständig, Tatar Foras.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The follow-up movie The End of Evangelion has several:
  • K from From the New World has an absolutely terrifying one. He has his eyes rolled back, his face pale, and sports a Slasher Smile if there ever is one when he slaughtered 1,000 villagers. On the first day of his rampage alone.
  • Barefoot Gen has *lots* of this, what with people's eyes melting out of their sockets, faces burned off, etc.
  • Shows up a few times in Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest. Haguro and Ryuuko in particular are very good at making these kinds of faces.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Yami Bakura and Yami Marik have the tendency to make these kinds of faces in the anime. Especially Yami Marik since he is prone to having veins randomly pop up on his face, usually while his eyes are out of proportion and his tongue sticking out. Even the Off Model shots of their faces are nightmarish.
    Noah: (Displaying Off Model face) Huhuhuh! Poor Seto! He has no idea what's about to happen!
    Kaiba: Oh my god! What's wrong with his face? Guys are you seeing this? What the hell's wrong with his face?!
    Joey: (Also Off Model) I fail to see the problem!
    Kaiba: What the hell is wrong with everybody's face?!
    • In the anime, Jonouchi (and on occasion Honda) is infamous for making a bizarre as hell creepy smile that is very much in the Uncanny Valley.
    • Yubel from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is practically the successor of the two above when it comes to this, especially near the end of his/her duel with Judai, and quite possibly even surpasses the above two villains. The fact that she looks like both Yami Marik and Yami Bakura doesn't make it any better.
    • Vector in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL is fond of these as well. When he revealed himself to Yuma as "Rei Shingetsu", we get a dramatic close-up of his face contorted in a nightmarish fashion.
  • Perfect Blue: Mima sports one of these as she kills a guy while disguised as a pizza delivery guy, Rumi's eyes are too widely spaced, which gives her an eerie look, but it's towards the end of the movie where she really gets into this trope. And Me-Mania pretty much has this as his default facial expression.
  • Beelzebub has this shot. It's drawn with so much detail it's disturbing.
  • Serial Experiments Lain: The girl from episode 1 and 2, the one that's supposedly hit by a train. One word: HOLES. And Evil Lain's grin.
  • Normally, Kyubey of Puella Magi Madoka Magica freaks viewers out with his Frozen Cat Smile. Not so in the manga.
  • Wolf's Rain: Darcia makes a few of these.
  • {Manga/{Mitsudomoe}}: Hitoha's face when she's mad, or whenever she feels like doing it.
  • Prism Ark is normally a happy-go-lucky Harem Genre, but then there's FBC manga adaption, where this it turns Karin Mibu into a sadistic teacher, who's ready to give a Nightmare Face anytime she's fighting or getting upset. And then there's a devil Hyaweh, who's much worse than Karin.
  • New Getter Robo, Batshit Ryouma is already insane with his Slasher Smile. The final episode has him absorbed a large amount of Getter Ray turning parts of his face and his eyes green. and then he starts his hot blooded and insane yelling. Scary...
  • Magic Knight Rayearth: Vigor's face looks especially creepy when he first starts turning back into his monster form (he's a monster Ascot sent out to trick the Magic Knights, since Vigor can take on a cuter form that endeared itself to Hikaru), with the way his head is tilting slowly, his eyes are huge and glowing red, and his fur looks very wild too.
  • Mawaru-Penguindrum Episode 11: Drugged up!Tabuki. Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit...
  • Toriko villains love this trope, and the worse their nature is, the more over-the-top disgusting their facial expressions during emotionally charged moments are.
  • Manami from Life often puts on a Nightmare Face when she isn't trying to be cute.
  • Gouda from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig was badly disfigured in an accident, but chose not to undergo reconstructive surgery because his new look was more memorable.
  • Drosselmeyer from Princess Tutu has a permanent manic grin and unblinking owl-like red eyes etched to his face.
  • If Fuan no Tane is compared to a car, Nightmare Face is the Nightmare Fuel that powers it. The stories are subtly written, almost never exaggerated but includes ridiculous amounts of people/demons/poltergeists having faces that should not exist in any case. These range from three black holes for eyes and mouth, diluted sclera and contracted pupils at the same time, faces made of shadow, completely agape mouths with unhinged jaws, face with only skin, and faces completely distorted like that of Rorschach from Watchmen. Special mention goes to the baby who was so ugly, they put a bag on its face, leaving a hole for it to breathe. Too bad its permanent smile covers two-thirds of its face while it consistently begs for someone to talk to.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena: Saionji's face whenever he gets pissed. As well as the blank face or Scary Shiny Glasses that Anthy sometimes has. Also, in episode 38 when Akio tries to make Utena his princess Anthy responds with another scary blank face and her eyes roll back in her head as she disappears.
  • Sasuke in chapter 574 of Naruto makes a creepy crazy face here.
  • Of all series, One Piece gives us Caribou and Big Mom.
    • Baron Omatsuri And The Secret Island is the darkest of the One Piece films, a genuine horror flick. As such, there are a few examples of this trope, but perhaps the best one is of Muchigoro. Here is what he looks like normally. Here is what he looks like when his life force starts running out. And here is what it looks like when it's completely run out.
    • 6 of the Straw Hats have faces like this just before they layeth the smackdown on Oars during the Thriller Bark arc. Take a look at them... oh, except for Robin. Whatever you do, don't look at her...
    • The Straw Hats do this again, this time during the Punk Hazard arc. Because they are out in the freezing cold, Luffy, Zoro, Usopp, and Robin need warm clothes, so they decide to steal them off of their attackers' backs! The scene can be seen here. Why are the Straw Hats so scary?!
    • In the Dressrosa arc, after being thoroughly trashed by Sugar's bodyguard, she decides to feed Usopp his own weapon, an incredibly spicy grape, just to torture him. The face Usopp makes upon being force fed it and passing out is so utterly terrifying it scares her unconscious too! Which cancels her Devil Fruit powers, which was the intended goal of his going after her anyway, Pyrrhic Victory much?
  • In-universe example: according to... Well, just about everyone at school in Hokenshitsu no Shinigami, Hades-Sensei has this. They even call him "Shinigami"!
  • From the first chapter of Magical Girl Apocalypse, the final panel of the little girl in the Lolita costume after blowing up a school staff member's head using an indescribable weapon.
  • Despite being a Shoujo, the horror anthology manga series Zekkyou Gakkyuu has many instances of horror faces to accompany each macabre story, including a seemingly kind grandmother who keeps a feudal Japanese diorama of dolls filled with the bloody remains and faces of her victims, the vengeful spirit of a kitten left to suffer and die after being run over by a car belonging to the chapter's soon-to-be Victim of the Week, an insane house-wife masquerading as a gift-giving online Pen-Pal named Mama, the ghost of a girl burned in the school incinerator by her jealous rival, a classroom of students who take up the appearances of any student who becomes popular in the school, the ghost of a one-armed girl who will respond to the victim's refusal to find her lost umbrella by tearing off their arms and killing them, a freeze tag demon, a money tree that tempts victims to greed by blooming money from its branches leached from the bodies of its victims underground, and even a lonely statue (huge emphasis on the LONELY).
  • Do NOT make sensei angry in Assassination Classroom. Just don't.
  • Hunter × Hunter is very fond of breaking these out now and then (they're usually found on Hisoka.)
  • Every episode of Casshern Sins Cold Opens with random scenes of Casshern killing Luna. Oftentimes it'll settle on Casshern making this face.
  • Of all people, Beck in The Big O manga gets one of these in his final appearance, when he's left in the bizarre Eldritch Location below Paradigm City. His last appearance is him making this face.
  • Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple gives us Lugh, a blind martial artist. Under normal circumstances, he's just a pale pretty boy. But when he gets serious about breaking his opponent, particularly when he opens his eyes, the results can be... remarkably distressing.
  • Claymore: Given the amount of Gorn, Body Horror, Facial Horror and Lovecraftian Superpowers that come into play, this trope is pretty widely spread. The reigning queen, however, is Roxanne, who manages to have some of the scariest expressions in the series without any kind of mutation or disfigurement whatsoever, and spends half her panels being a straight-up stunner. Then she smiles. Her one on-screen fight as a human pits her against a giant centipede-like monster made of oversized women's body parts. Even though it hands her her ass (at first), Roxanne's still scarier than the thing she's fighting.
  • The Behelit in Berserk is an Artifact of Doom, a blue or red amulet covered in a mixed-up jumble of eyes, nose, and mouth like a creepy Mr. Potato Head. Ironically— and very much in keeping with the themes of the series— it's not until the parts rearrange themselves to more closely resemble a human face that the REAL horror begins.
  • Nejimaki Kagyu: The manga seems to specialize in stuff like this. Case in point.
  • Pokémon: What could possibly be worse than an Ursaring? An Ursaring seen through the eyes of someone hit by the terror-inducing Secret Power. SWEET DREAMS.
  • Naruto's Gaara has a lot of these.
  • Yowamushi Pedal's Midousuji can fall into this a LOT. Gross.
  • My Hero Academia: Tomura makes one in chapter 69.

    Comicbooks 
  • Jonah Hex. (That second link includes an informative essay on what the result of Hex being unable to close his right eye would lead to.)
  • Two-Face, obviously. Well, half of him. Varies from artist to artist, with Tim Sale's rendering (pictured) being particularly gruesome.
  • The Joker, naturally. Frozen Face with a Slasher Smile? Check. Permanent Uncanny Valley Makeup? Check. Looks like a Monster Clown from your worst nightmares? Fucking check.
    • Taken up several notches in Death of the Family. Prior to the story arc, Joker was last seen having his face surgically removed and left for the police to symbolize his "rebirth". When he returns, still without a face, he steals his original, preserved face from the GCPD lockup and proceeds to wear it like a mask, using several hooks and leather straps to stretch it across his head in a grotesque parody of his original face. As the series goes on, the face starts to visibly decay and attract flies and at one point Joker even wears it upside-down to psychologically torment Red Robin.
  • Another Batman villain of lesser renown, the Great White Shark, lost most of his face (including ears, nose and hair) after being locked in a freezer and has since filed his teeth into points. As a result, he's nothing to scoff at, either.
  • Vos. Oh sweet holy crap, Vos. Vos is a Decepticon Justice Division member from Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, and he combines Cold-Blooded Torture with this trope. Transformer faces have been pretty ugly before, but somehow this takes The Blank, inverts the concept of the Face Stealer (a Face Giver, perhaps?), and comes out the other side unsettling and terrifying.
    Vos: wear. my. faaaace.
    • Vos now has competition in the form of the incredibly creepy Sunder from the same series. It probably comes as little surprise that he's a serial killer.
  • Implied for Doctor Doom of Marvel Comics; first he gets his face scarred up by being caught next to an exploding machine (though precisely how badly scarred varies), and then he, in some tellings at least, puts his trademark metal facemask on. While it's still red hot.
  • Judge Fear, one of the Dark Judges in Judge Dredd, is able to kill by simply revealing his face, though the reader never sees it. Averted once by Dredd himself.
  • Raghor's face is usually under a helm,but when he takes it off...not only he seems to be completely scarred,but he also has Medusa-like tentacles.
  • Rhona Burchill from Ultimate Fantastic Four has one courtesy of self-inflicted brain surgery to boost her own intellect, which left her with a large bald spot that exposes a very ugly, ragged scar and unnaturally bulging skull.

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • In Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk, the main character's lower jaw is shot off. This fanmade image (WARNING: gory/NSFW) gives a pretty good idea of why this is a bit of an upsetting thing.
  • Redwall's Slagar the Cruel has a badly mutilated Two-Faced look thanks to a snakebite in his youth.
    • Riggu Felis from High Rhulain is probably even worse. After having his face raked by an osprey's talons, he is described as looking like this: "The black-and-grey-striped fur was normal from ears to eyes, but below that it was red, glistening flesh and bone. The whole muzzle, nose, and upper lip had been torn off. Half of the warlord's face was a frightful mask - a spitting, bubbling skeleton, as he continualy sucked air to breathe."
  • The Phantom of the Opera. This is the primary cause of Erik's tragedy (which makes all the slightly-marred-prettyboy adaptations that much more galling).
  • Sandor "The Hound" Clegane from A Song of Ice and Fire, who had the left half of his face burned off by his older brother when he was a kid.
    • Lady "Ser" Brienne of Tarth was known for being extremely plain. But after the encounter with Biter she has now a very similar disfigurement to the Hound's, except caused by festering teeth of an evil idiot rather than by fire.
    • And let's not forget about Lady Stoneheart formerly known as Catelyn Stark, who, before having her throat cut, tore up her own face out of grief and insanity, and was then thrown in the river, where she spent considerable time before being resurrected. The result is not pleasant.
  • "The Dream" from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Let's just say the pale woman from the original edition will make you wish you slept with a Warhammer 40,000 weapon next to your bed.
    • Also, the illustration from The Haunted House. We would post a link, but we're too scared to search.
  • Quasimodo in Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame is described as being so ugly, people mistake him for the Devil.
  • Voldemort is described as having a face like a skull, with glowing red eyes and slits for nostrils. It's hinted that his involvement with the Dark Arts warped him; in later books it's explained that he got this way by splitting his soul to achieve immortality through his Horcruxes�he actually used to be handsome as a young man. Ralph Fiennes does a pretty good job of conveying this description in the movies.
  • Menshikov from The Kane Chronicles, whose face was burned when he tried and failed to awaken Ra.
    • A heroic example can be found in Bes, whose trademark attack is to scare the shit out of his opponent by distorting his face hideously and screaming "BOO!" Not that he's that handsome when he's not making that face.
    • From the first book (and second to an extent) there is a demon named Face-Of-Horror who is Exactly What It Says on the Tin and worse. Compared to how other demons can be called Death-to-Corks and have corkscrews or other objects (or limbs) replacing their heads, Face-Of-Horror is a legitimately terrifying demon.
      • If any of you are wondering what Face of Horror looks like- scaly, clawed talons instead of feet, and his face seems to have all the skin torn off, leaving only muscle. Anyone else reminded of a certain monster from Attack on Titan?
  • Brightheart from Warrior Cats has half of her face torn off by a pack of dogs, leaving her permanently scarred and missing an eye. This picture from Cats of the Clans sums it up nicely.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Clem showed this to the potentials in "Potential".
  • Doctor Who:
    • The hideous alien face of a Sensorite pressed up against the glass of a spaceship in the first Cliffhanger of "The Sensorites".
    • The Chameleons. There's a good reason why their story is called "The Faceless Ones".
    • The early Cybermen in "The Tenth Planet", with surgical-like cloth masks, black voids for eyes, and jaws that, when they talk, just lock open without moving for the duration of their speech.
    • The Autons are living plastic. In appearance, they can range the spectrum from animate mannequin to indistinguishable from human. While costuming's moved on from their '70s heyday, back then... oh god.
    • Davros, who created the Daleks, had his face (and the rest of his body) hideously disfigured when his lab exploded.
    • The Master in "The Deadly Assassin" and "The Keeper of Traken" who, being on the very verge of death, had basically become a walking corpse with the skeletal face to match (as best makeup of the 1970s and '80s could manage, anyway).
    • Xoanon, the titular Face of Evil in "The Face of Evil", so terrifying the people on the planet have a religion based upon placating it - an especially unusual and upsetting case because it's also played by Tom Baker, with eyes bulging out of his head and the jaw working wrong.
    • The robots in "The Robots of Death" are an in-universe example. Some people in the story are fine with them or even relate to them, but others subconsciously equate their weird, distorted faces with disfigured people or animated corpses, a recognised psychological disorder in the setting.
    • A lot of Doctor Who monsters, especially if they initally seem friendly, get a lot nastier-looking when they get down to business. For example, the Gelth from "The Unquiet Dead".
    • The Weeping Angels. The grey faces of a humanoid angel statue, with fangs.
    • In "Forest of the Dead" we get Miss Evangelista's horribly distorted face in the virtual reality.
    • Subverted in "Midnight". When Skye turns around, there is clearly a new consciousness, but her face is unchanged.
    • The infectees in Russell T Davies and Phil Ford's "The Waters of Mars" with their split, cracked faces.
    • The "Angry Face" of the mechanical Smiler androids from "The Beast Below". Their heads rotated 180 degrees to display one of two Frozen Faces — one pleased and smiling, the other disappointed and frowning. This made the appearance of the angry face, which was furious and snarling — and revealed by rotating the head another 180 degrees — a total surprise.
    • The Silence from series 6, with their eye-covering eyelids, long faces and lack of a nose and mouth.
    • The Siren from "The Curse of the Black Spot" when she gets angered.
    • The Whispermen in "The Name of the Doctor" have no eyes or nostrils, only sharp-toothed mouths.
    • Classic-series villain Magnus Greel has a melted, spaghetti-like face due to a mutation.
  • The Shining 1997 mini-series, though not considered as scary as the Kubrick version, certainly has it's moments.
  • The creature dubbed "The Great Mutato" in The X-Files, a genetically-engineered mistake whose many deformities included a grotesquely oversized double-face. As it turns out, though, he wasn't such a bad guy, and in fact his greatest desire was to see Cher in concert.
  • Though obviously a mask, who doesn't wish they could forget the chilling grimace of Mr. Noseybonk from the old British TV series, Jigsaw? And if that wasn't bad enough, Stuart Ashen had to go and use his powers of necromancy to revive the horror!
  • Papa Lazarou of The League of Gentlemen.
  • Pennywise in the made for TV movie version of IT.
  • Fringe has one episode where a biological weapon results in people developing scar tissue at an alarming rate. Biggest problem with this is that it turns them into a blank, covering their eyes, nose, and mouth, resulting in them suffocating.
  • Mild-mannered demon Clem on Buffy is capable of showing one, while we only see the back of his head, in an obvious Shout-Out to Beetlejuice.
  • On AngelJasmine's real face. Because the magical glamor that makes everyone who sees her fake face lover her is her main weapon, if you can see the real one she needs you dead.
  • Balok in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Corbomite Maneuver".
  • The lion from Teletubbies, especially when he says "Where is THE BEAR?!!!"
  • Breaking Bad has a good example of this in the Season 4 finale, when Gus is caught in an explosion. He calmly exits the crumbling room, adjusting his tie and looking perfectly fine, until the camera pans around to reveal half his face missing, hollowed eye socket staring blankly, teeth bared through the distinct lack of cheek. Exploded flesh adorning his shoulder. Incidentally the name of the episode is "Face Off". Heh.
  • In Supernatural, one who has sold their soul to a Crossroads Demon and whose time is nearly up begins seeing Nightmare Faces on anyone they encounter as a reminder that their own death is coming soon. We see these from the POV of these people a couple times, twice in "Crossroad Blues,", and again later at the very end of season 3 where we see Sam from Dean's POV, his appearance briefly taking on a Nightmare Face. Happens again much later where someone sees Dean with a similar appearance.
    • Other episodes also often have the various Monster of the Week cases briefly take one at some point, usually when being confronted by Sam and Dean.
  • In The Twilight Zone episode The Masks, a dying man promises his entire fortune to his daughter and her family if they will wear grotesque masks for one evening. When the man dies at midnight, after telling them they have earned their inheritance, they remove the masks and find their faces have permanently taken on the masks' features.
    • The..uh..medical staff from the infamous episode "The Eye of the Beholder".
  • Red Eye With Greg Gutfeld gives us this.
  • The Soup, of all shows, has this in their "Tales from Home Shopping" segment. The intro for the segment shows some old-timey footage of people shopping. One of the customers' faces melts into a horrifying expression while a scream plays. It's Played for Laughs, but is arguably still rather scary, especially when they froze on the face when the intro was still new.
  • Little Ghoul on Beetleborgs Metallix had one, shown from the back a la Beetlejuice.

    Music 

    Mythology 
  • The Gorgons, whose faces would turn you to stone.
    • They supposedly had been beautiful originally, before they became like this. And some think they might still be beautiful, but there is no way of finding out.
    • In the original, only Medusa could petrify with a look; her sisters had different powers (one just caused people to instantly drop dead).

    New Media 
  • Half of the creepy images hosted on the Creepypasta Wiki. Especially Jeff The Killer one.
    • Let us not forget about any variation of the smile.jpg found on that site either [shudder]
  • In Marble Hornets, near the end of Entry #22, and in one of totheark's video responses.
  • Speaking of Marble Hornets, the Observer from Tribe Twelve has a pretty nightmarish face at the end of COMECLOSER.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Villains in the original Dick Tracy newspaper comic were notoriously Nightmare Faced. This waned at about the time Chester Gould suffered a Creator Breakdown, but has returned with the new artist, Dick Locher, who absolutely loves this trope.
  • Al Capp's Li'l Abner had a character named "Lena the Hyena" whose face was never shown, but by reputation and the reactions of other characters was this. Capp eventually ran a contest for readers to send in their own depictions of Lena. The winning entry, by Basil Wolverton, can be seen here.

    Roleplay 

    Toys 
  • The Rahkshi from BIONICLE. Averted in the toys themselves (due to the limitations of toy design), but it is used in full force in the movie Mask of Light to unleash pure nightmare fuel on other characters (and the viewers, naturally).
    • The Barakki also count. They all have these freakishly bulbous, emotionless eyes that seemingly stare into nothingness. Pridak takes the cake, however, with his butt-ugly Slasher Smile, and what looks like blood splashed all over his face (which is actually his natural coloring, according to Word of God).
    • Makuta, being a Shape Shifter-race, are full of examples, and many of the fan-built Contest Winner Cameo figures have these as well.
  • The Evil Wand toy discovered by a parent at an Ohio dollar store has a hidden image under the foil on the wand: A disturbing photo of a girl with glowing orange eyes and a bloody, rapacious Slasher Smile cutting into her wrist with a knife.

    Video Games 
  • 46 Okunen Monogatari: The Shinka Ron (4.6 Billion Year Story: The Theory of Evolution) is a Japanese-only precursor to the cult favorite Evo Search For Eden. Your enemy is no less than Lucifer himself, who operates under the guise of a naked vampire Marilyn Monroe (really). Lucifer represents the the flip side of Gaia, the green/blued-haired Earth goddess who appears in both games. Anyhoo, Lucifer turns up in person after you foil her plans too many times, fought first in her flayed human form with a leering skull, and then as a winged spider-alien.
  • The Grunt and the Brute from Amnesia: The Dark Descent. The Brute pretty much doesn't even have a face, though you can find an eye and some teeth in there... And the Grunt isn't much better. He doesn't really have a jaw, it's just a flappy bit of skin. Well, that's an understatement...
  • The Ao Oni. Go to that page if you dare.
  • Essentially, every single splicer in the BioShock series seems to have a gruesome, mutated face, sometimes hidden by a New Year's party mask, their mutation either thanks to their rigorous splicing or Dr. Steinman's attempts to fix the effects of said splicing, and it certainly didn't help that Steinman had his own ideas of beauty...
  • Left 4 Dead has the Boomer, the Smoker, the Tank, the Spitter, the Jockey, and the Charger. Boomer's face is coated in bile-filled pustles. Smoker's face is laden with tumors and, in the sequel, extra tongues. The Tank is missing his lower jaw. The Spitter has her neck elongated, and most of her lips burned off. Jockey's face is twisted into that of a constant manic glee, with his lips torn off. And the Charger's face looks like someone took a hammer to it multiple times.
  • The sprites for Abobo in the NES Double Dragon games give him one of these. They're clearly based on the same character's arcade sprites, but the head is enlarged and the contrast in shading almost makes him look like he's made of rock. In addition, his handlebar mustache looks enough like a severely distorted mouth that some have mistakenly confused it for one.
  • Giygas from EarthBound doesn't have one of these — He is one of these.
    • Unused enemies in Mother 3 feature this: creatures with no eyes and a wide open mouth which, simillarly to Giygas, act as a background. These have been flying around YouTube for a while.
  • Yume Nikki gave us Uboa and FACE, among many other things that could also easily fit this trope.
    • FACE, by the way, is full-screen. And once the scene starts, you cannot manually exit it.note  When it does end, you wake up.
    • The Kaibutsu in the Fan Sequel .flow also count...
  • What about the extremely low-poly face of Andross in the original Star Fox (later brought back as an Assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl)?
  • In Fatal Frame 4: Mask of Lunar Eclipse, the final stage of the Getsuyuu Syndrome is Blooming, which doesn't directly affect the victim's face itself but somehow makes it appear horrifically blurred and distorted. Oh, and the people who die of this syndrome become ghosts, and anyone who just looks at the face will suffer the same fate.
  • Silent Hill 3. The final boss. It's just so wrong on a subconscious level, because the skin has a strange netlike pattern to it. Also, it never opens its eyes.
  • The Aristocrat from Silent Hill: Downpour. You meet him for only a few seconds at the end of the terrifying train ride at Devil's Pit Mine, but he will most likely remain etched into your mind's eye for quite some time: a disembodied piece of flesh draped on the cave walls, wearing High-Class Glass. Fancy.
  • The enemies in Rule of Rose are this. FUCK.
  • In Eversion, the smiling block faces you see at the start of the game become less and less happy as you evert into deeper worlds. In World X-5, they have blank, terrified expressions with empty eye sockets. In X-6, they're disfigured, as if they're melting.
  • The Psycho Heads from (SNES) Final Fantasy V. They are floating heads with the faces ripped off, with long, pink tongues sticking out. (shudders)
  • The ending of Final Fantasy VIII shows the main character, Squall, with no face.
  • One of the bosses in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, (Blizzeta), has her face flip around backwards to show a Nightmare Face.
  • In Touhou Labyrinth, Alice's boss sprite is apparently a reference to a very obscure game. For the rest of us who don't know about that (and is challenging her for the first time), her face can be quite startling to look at.
  • Wario in the infamous commercial for Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. "Obey Wario, DESTROY MARIO!!!"
  • The scary maze game.
    • Also, screamers in general.
  • Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter's Ryu and Bosch. Ryu for getting stabbed and beginning his transformation into Odjn, some sort of a super powered beast. Bosch, the one who stabs him, does it with a complete cold look without any emotion. And later when we realize he's not quite dead, he has more or less turned insane. Character designs really helps boosting the fear.
  • In Corpse Party, many of the evil spirits sport these. At times, the victims' reaction faces can veer into this, too, particularly in the manga.
  • The Necromorphs from Dead Space. This is not surprising considering they are the remains of violently slaughtered corpses, reanimated and deformed by an alien virus. The concept art is little better (perhaps even worse since every little horrible detail is layed bare for all unlucky viewers to see). Don't look at it if you don't have a strong stomach.
    • Dead Space 2 throws their face literally into yours, with the opening showing someone within kissing distance of Isaac turning into one of those face-exploder-type slashers, while still alive.
  • Lady Tsepish from King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride, whose face is apparently so horrifying that it'll instantly kill Valanice/Rosella if they look upon her.
  • During the final boss battle at the end of Super Mario World, after taking a certain amount of damage, Bowser will actually temporarily fly away in his Koopa Clown Car and towards the camera very fast, and we get to see a closeup of the Clown Car's face!
  • The Pokémon games have the move Scary Face, which is pretty much what it says on the tin: a scary glare that affects the opponent's speed. You actually see a cartoon scary face on the screen when it's used.
    • Mean Look, which keeps a Pokemon from fleeing, may also count.
  • Phanto of Super Mario Bros. 2, in contrast to its counterpart in Doki Doki Panic, which just looks like an expressionless mask.
  • Venom Myotismon suffers from this on Digimon: Digital Card Battle after being possessed by A. Most notably, an eye pops out of its Domino Mask. Funny thing is, his mask conceals his eyes behind a yellow film, so the eye popped out through the film. Lest the kids sleep tonight.
  • Dota 2 has quite a lot of examples with the Dire heroes being the biggest offenders... Let's see, here's Bane and Faceless Void guilty of the Eyeless Face trope, but Lifestealer and Doom Bringer are not pleasant sights either, and while we're at it, Undying is pretty scary as well. But the crowner Nightmare Face definitely goes to Night Stalker.
  • All the Shibito and Yamibito monsters from the Forbidden Siren series. Hideous mutations, Tears of Blood, ax craziness, Slasher Smiles, implacability, invulnerability, Shining powers, insane laughter and overwhelming bursts of Uncanny Valley are not good combinations AT ALL! Doesn't help that images of real human faces were captured from eight different angles and superimposed onto the character models.
  • Slappy from Dead Rising 2. Especially his death.
  • Aran Ryan from Punch-Out!! Wii gets some really unnerving close up facial expressions showcasing his insanity. Bald Bull and Mr. Sandman could also qualify.
  • Darkstalkers gives us Demitri's smile as he remarks on the humans suffering. It is full of dozens of sharp teeth. To make manners worse, all of those teeth are rotten.
  • Uzaza from Gyossait is a giant leering face with a permanent Slasher Smile and covered in red wires/tentacles. The game also have two mysterious horrifying faces that very briefly flash by you.
  • This is from Splatterhouse 3. If you fail to save Jennifer in time, be prepared to see one of the most nightmarish faces ever, on a FREAKING SEGA GENESIS.
  • Even knowing Shin Megami Tensei's reputation as a franchise that doesn't shy away from creepy demons and events, there is still an off-putting example of this trope in Shin Megami Tensei IV when Issachar becomes a demon and flashes an evil grin with completely blood-red eyes.
  • The Colonel in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty gains one once the player is taken onto Arsenal Gear near the end of the game and he starts calling them at odd times to deliver complete gibberish - seemingly at random, he will shift from his normal Codec mugshot to one in which the flesh on his face is almost completely transparent, showing just his skull.
  • One of the Superbabies from Sluggish Morss: A Delicate Time in History appears as one. The face is a horrifying amalgamation of a human face, dentures or jaws, and metal. It also speaks in a comparatively shrill voice.
  • M. Bison does this during his ending in Super Street Fighter II. He overlooks a burning city with Glowing Eyes of Doom with a Slasher Smile full of Phlegmings. The look on his face is slightly different depending on whether you're playing the SNES or Sega version, but still equally creepy.
  • The appropriately-titled Nightmare from Metroid: Fusion. At first it just looks like a robot, but then the robot's faceplate starts leaking green tears... and then the mask comes off to reveal a slimy green mug with six eyes... and then it starts melting!...
  • There's a reason why Terraria's Face Monster is named that way. Doesn't help that it's found in one of the creepiest biomes in the game.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's has a lot of these faces. For instance: a black-eyed Bonnie staring at you (inches away from the camera), and Freddy's black-eyed face when he catches you on later nights.
    • Old Chica in the sequel.
    • Toy Chica likes to invoke this by removing her beak and eyes, giving her the appearance of a black-eyed yellow M&M with a Slasher Smile. It's more disturbing than it sounds.
  • Cry of Fear tends to have a lot of these, which suits the Monstrous Humanoid enemies. Of particular note are the Tallers (who have a black void for their face and mouth) and the Fasters (who have bleeding eyes and a circular, bleeding hole for a mouth).
  • In Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle, the deliberately-mysterious stranger on Crab Island claims this part of the reason not to show his face.
    Morgane: Don't tell me. You've been known to scare children?
    Stranger: I've been known to scare wolves.
  • Once he got upgraded into Big Bad status for Batman: Arkham Knight the Scarecrow got a new mangled face to go with his new voice and look (which includes pale white eyes and missing lips and most of his nose. In fact, it's actually believed that Scarecrow's new look is part of the reason that Arkham Knight was giving an M Rating.
  • Flowey does this a lot in Undertale. In fact, he does this right after he tries to kill you for the first time.
    • When Sans is being serious, the shine in his eye sockets disappear, most infamously when he tells you that he would've killed you if not for his promise to Toriel, and on a No Mercy run when he acknowledges that you're going to fight his brother soon.
    • Also, the Fallen Child if you choose the "wrong" options to their questions at the very end of a No Mercy run.
  • Hans's face during a cutscene after chapter 13 of Fire Emblem Fates's Conquest path as he slaughters innocent civilians also doubles as a Slasher Smile.

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    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show owes much of its horror to this trope.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In the episode "There's No Disgrace Like Home", Homer, disgusted by his family, imagine each family member as horrible demons in his faces.
    • In Treehouse of Horror segment "The Shinning" while being manipulated by the ghostly Moe, Homer makes several terrifying faces, at one point he mocks Marge for being afraid of them, he makes one and looks at his reflection in the mirror and scares himself.
    • And in "Brother From the Same Planet", where Bart is so mad at Homer for being late to pick him up, he has a brief Imagine Spot of Homer's face burning and melting, with his face looking like a skeleton covered with blood and rotting skin and his eyes devoid of pupils while moaning "NOW HOW 'BOUT A HUG?" It's a face that will scar anyone for life.
  • Family Guy:
    • One Cutaway Gag parodied The Ring; Peter watches the cursed tape despite fair warning, and the next cut we see him? Nightmare Face, just like what you might expect from a reference to The Ring (The joke is that the cursed video was a copy of Mannequin; Take That!).
    • The character of Death also apparently has on of these, causing Peter to scream in terror when he see it and vomit afterwards.
  • Spongebob Squarepants has used this on occasion.
    • Probably the most well-known example is Moar Krabs, from the "more" montage from the episode "Jellyfish Hunter."
    • Another is "Skodwarde", from the episode "Just One Bite". It is the page image for Perpetual Frowner. "Does this look unsure to you?"
    • Those two are absolutely nothing compared to THAT face in "Whatever Happened to SpongeBob?". The face I speak of is scarier than any of the other pictures on the Image Links page. "Is there something wrong with me?"
    • "Face Freeze!" is all about these. The problem is that this episode is supposed to be Played for Laughs.
  • Adventure Time does this entirely too much for a children's cartoon. But it's okay.
    • Vampiress Marceline cranks the Nightmare Face up to eleven when she gets angry or feeds on anything red.
    • The shot of Lemongrab with his eyes rolled back into his head, with only the whites exposed, could count as this. That just came out of nowhere... *shudders*
    • There was a deleted scene from that same episode, where Lemongrab sends a tiny candy kid to the dungeon. When the kid meekly tries to protest, LG makes an exceedingly creepy, deranged face, and the kid leaves the room in tears.
    • The Lich's face, all the time.
    • Ricardio's close-up in "Ricardio the Heart Guy". "AND MAKE OUT WITH IT!"
    • I've soiled my tunic... completely by choice!
    • Even Finn gets in on the action: during...expressive moments, his face resembles a cross between this trope and the Trollface meme.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog:
    • The episode "Courage in the Big Stinkin' City" contains a freaky one with The Violin Girl; this is made even worse by a loud, demonic scream. It is the page image for Nightmare Fuel WesternAanimation.
    • The Harvest Moon Spirit is another example. To those who have seen it, you should know what I mean.
    • Three words: "You're not perfect." It is the page image for the show's Nightmare Fuel page.
  • Rugrats: "I'M NOT TOMMY!" Here you go.
  • These three images of Ezekiel from Total Drama World Tour as he descends into complete madness from an obsession with winning the season.
  • Some of the faces the Grinch makes from How the Grinch Stole Christmas! could qualify, like this one or this one.
  • G.I. Joe: Renegades:
    • Snake Eyes is implied to have this by the unnerved reaction of several bikers who saw him unmasked. Scrap-Iron's scarring after taking a missile to the face definitely qualifies.
    • In the Marvel comics, Cobra Commander wore the mask just to stay anonymous, but in the Sunbow cartoon, the mask was to hide his face. Destro, himself masked but a normal guy underneath, is repulsed in one episode when walking in unexpectedly on Cobra Commander dining. When the animated movie rolled around, everyone saw why... then it got worse.
  • The Problem Solverz episode "Funny Facez" invokes this several times with "funny face artists." The characters find the faces hilarious, but they're really kind of creepy looking. At the end of the episode, Alfe makes the "funniest" one.
  • Transformers Animated: Blackarachnia without her helmet.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    Pinkie Pie: Betcha can't make a face crazier than... THIS!
  • Nebby K. Nezzer during the climax of the VeggieTales video "Rack, Shack, and Benny" when he dumps Bob the Tomato as Shadrach, Junior Asparagus as Meshach, and Larry the Cucumber as Abednago into the furnace.
  • The faces the Hitchhiking Ghosts make to scare Pete in the House of Mouse version of the song "Grim Grinning Ghosts."
  • In an episode of Tom and Jerry Tales, a shape-shifting alien takes the form of Jerry, and pulls off a terrifying Slasher Smile.
  • The Danny Phantom episode "The Ultimate Enemy" has the creation of Dark Danny. It's not the scene that's freaky (though it has its Squick moments), but the part when Dark Danny before he kills his human half gives off a face past the disturbance scale. Oh, if looks could kill...
  • Hey Arnold!: In the episode "Arnold Visits Arnie" at the end of Arnold's Nightmare Sequence Arnie gives one of these after going Ax-Crazy.
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack occasionally has such faces show up once in a while.
    • Especially a certain cat
  • On one episode of The Amazing World of Gumball, Gumball's dad goes off the deep end trying to prank him and makes some hideous faces in the process.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
  • The skeletons in The Skeleton Dance do this occasionally.
  • In the Teen Titans episode "Crash", Raven scares Gizmo into helping to cure Cyborg by lowering her hood. We only see her shadow on the floor next to gizmo, but there are implied to be tentacles coming out of there.
    • Interestingly, prior to it Robin indicates that he wants her to do this. Which could mean he knows about it...
    • Teen Titans Go!!! has Robin with his mask off. Unlike the reactions by viewers, the Titans thought his face looked beautiful.
  • Batman: The Animated Series loves playing this trope:
    • The very first episode, "On Leather Wings", has a transformation sequence that's guaranteed to frighten anyone who sees it (as well as providing an unforgettable scary sounds).
    • The Scarecrow, having fear as his shtick, is often shown inducing hallucinations of this in others. Here's an example.
    • Here's the title card of the episode "The Last Laugh"...
    • Calendar Girl in "Mean Seasons" hides her face behind a White Mask of Doom — her appearance is perfectly normal, even beautiful, but being cast aside by the modeling industry as "too old" warped her perception so that she sees only the minor flaws and thinks of herself as hideous.
  • Rankin-Bass' ''The Stingiest Man in Town." has their version of the Marley-knocker. Enjoy!
  • In a Porky Pig cartoon called "Porky in Egypt", a harem girl removes her veil to reveal her ugly and unattractive face.
  • Despite being full of Gorn, Metalocalypse usually averts this. Except the end of Dethkids and Murderface after plastic surgery.
  • This happens on occasion on Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • When Numbuh 3 gets quite upset, her head will, in any way, shape or form, becomes demonic. Case in point: when she finds out her stuffed toys have been destroyed by monster lice and breaks down crying:
      Numbuh 1: It's okay, Numbuh 3, we'll get you some new toys.
      Numbuh 3: New toys? I don't want new toys. I WANT REVENGE!!!
    • And then there's the episode "Operation: P.I.N.K.-E.Y.E.", which shows Numbuh 86's reaction to Numbuh 2 calling her "toots".
  • The Pluto the Pup cartoon "Pluto's Judgement Day" in which Pluto dreams he winds up in trial in Dog Hell, the cat prosecutor makes a rather terrifying face when he says "Justice!".
  • Young Justice has a moment when Klarion the Witch Boy's face...shifts into something pointed and ratlike as his eyes go demonic. Many fans have cited it as one of the scariest parts in the whole series.
  • Several of the faces the devil or B.L. Zeebub as he calls himself makes in "The Devil And Daniel Mouse".
  • The Legend of Korra; Eska's face when she goes full Yandere after Bolin leaves her at the altar.
  • Breadwinners has a particularly unsettling Gross-Up Close-Up of Buhdeuce's face in "Stank Breath". It's... really not worth looking up if you have a weak stomach.
  • In an episode of The Fairly Oddparents Timmy wishes that everyone in Dimsdale didn't have to sleep. Without getting his "beauty rest" Cosmo becomes more haggard and hideous in appearance with each passing day, until eventually his face all out becomes this. Timmy winds up the same way at the end of the episode.
  • In Ben 10: Omniverse, Toepick, is a being with a metal grate over his face. Whenever he lifts the grate (his face is never shown to the viewer), everybody (according to Word of God, even a Celestialsapien) is terrified beyond belief. Only beings who are blind or emotionless are immune. Apparently, even Toepick himself is not immune if he were to see his own reflection. Whether this is true for actual members of his species or just for Toepick (a.k.a. Ben) is unknown.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
    • In the episode "Spider's Little Daddy" at the beginning when Jeff the spider greets Billy whom he thinks is his dad, we then see from Billy's point of view, it shows a closeup of his face which is very exaggerated making him look hideously deformed and having huge dripping fangs.
    • And in "Wishbones" when Pud'n finds the wishing skull he wishes for a cute little bunny to love, when he gets the bunny he picks it up and hugs it, it then headbutts him and roars at him making a hideous face in the process, for that moment the bunny has fangs, tusks, a forked tongue, and horns.
  • Smoke in Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue, whose face occasionally morphs into a skull while talking to Michael.
  • Mighty Man And Yukk practically breathes this trope. When Yukk lifts the doghouse mask off his face, watch out.
  • Steven Universe: In "Message Received", Yellow Diamond gives Peridot one (that doubles as hilarious) when the latter calls the former a CLOD.

    TV Tropes 

    Other 
  • Some of the scarier vanity plates sometimes used these. Some notable ones include the VID Mask, the Klasky-Csupo Robot and the Nickelodeon Pinchface.
  • Most if not all the pics from Creepypasta Wiki will want to make you sleep with a gun under your pillow.

    Real Life 
Warning: Look up these examples at your own risk. Many of which are quite graphic.

  • At the time of this episode of Guinness World Records, Leonard McQueeny holds the world record for most extensive facial prosthesis. And yes...he can remove it.
  • Korean singer Hang Mioku, a cosmetic surgery addict, ended up having so many procedures (at the height of her obsession, she injected cooking oil into her skin) that her face ended up massively enlarged and disfigured beyond recognition. You don't want pictures. But in case you do, here's one.
  • Various cancers and skin diseases that affect the face can result in this. Such as tumors, which, if left unchecked, can grow to the point where a part of a person's face is swollen to the size of a balloon.
  • Not just nightmare face but nightmare head and brain too: a mistake in the womb around day 22 of pregnancy can result in a condition called anencephaly, where the baby is born alive, but without a brain. Don't search for it, the image will scar you for life.
    • Related is a condition called holoprosencephaly...well basically another name for this is 'Cyclopia'. Yeah. Guess what it does. It results from the brain not splitting into two hemispheres; Cyclopia is the worst form, but the simplest of cleft palates is the least...
  • Joseph Merrick. You might know him as "The Elephant Man". Tragically, he was treated as a freak and exploited by freakshow owners and doctors despite simply being born with a terrible illness. Thankfully, once Dr. Treves found him, he was admitted to a hospital and lived quite a comfortable life there, was treated with respect by the public (due to freak shows and the people who attended or ran them rapidly being seen as disgusting and immoral) and had lots of friends, including Princess Alexandra of Wales.
  • Huang Chuncai, also known as "China's Elephant Man" Think Joseph Merrick to 10th power. And that includes woobie points as well.
  • Charla Nash, the victim of a domesticated animal attack, had most of her face as well as her right hand ripped off when her friend's pet chimpanzee mauled her in 2009. The result is extremely hard to look at; hell even her operators needed counseling after seeing her damage!
  • Raymond Robinson, more commonly known as the Green Man or Charlie No Face was disfigured by an electrical line accident when he was eight. He was never able to go out during the day, but went for frequent walks at night. He was also the subject of urban legend around his home in Pennsylvania.
  • Juliana Wetmore, as a result of an extreme form of Treacher Collins syndrome. She has a face, but it's not supported by bone.
  • Dan Bigley lost his eyes and most of his face when he was mauled by a bear in 2003. Now that he has fully (well, almost, he still lacks eyes) recovered, he looks pretty okay though. Heck, he looks like a normal, even handsome, guy when he wears his sunglasses.
  • In a similar, but more horrifying vein, Chrissy Steltz got a prostetic face (well, eyes and nose). She previously wore a sleeping mask when she went out.
  • Denise Wagoner, who was blinded and severely disfigured in a DUI accident. The EMT on the scene remarked that her face looked like "bloody hamburger" after the crash, and that's pretty much exactly what it was (search it at your own risk). In hindsight, it sounds eerily similar to the case of the "hamburger lady" described in the Throbbing Gristle song of that name, which was based on a real life car crash/burn victim.
    • Jacqui Saburido was also disfigured in a drunk driving accident, but is even more of a woobie because, unlike Wagoner, the accident wasn't her fault.
  • Chase No Face, a cat who looks like someone took a blowtorch to her eyes and nose. She was hit by a car and survived, but her nose, whiskers, and most of the fur on her face could not be repaired by doctors, leaving nothing but pink flesh left where her fur was. Now works as a therapy animal for people with disfiguring injuries.
  • Jose Mestre, the "Bad Face of Lisboa"(according to rotten.com), who had his face taken over be a hemangioma/AVM. Rumor has it that he died during the surgery... However, as everyone knows, rumors are unreliable. He lived. What he looks like under the bandages has yet to be seen.
    • There's been at least one TV documentary that showed his face after surgery. To give you an idea,here he is right after the surgery that removed the tumor (ie, covered in bandages).
  • Look up "keloid" (a scar that starts absorbing collagen, so it gets wicked huge. commonly forms from radiation exposure) on Google Images.
  • Dear God, Pete Burns. Even the botched lip job that nearly cost him his life didn't stop his plastic surgery addiction.
  • This video demonstrates how our perception of faces can be toyed with.
  • Something is very, very wrong with Newt Gingrich's wife Callista in a recent photo.
  • Google image search "Ronald Poppo chewed face" if you dare.
  • Harlequin baby - a baby with a extremely rare disease where the skin is hard and cracked, and the eye sockets are full of blood where the eyeballs should be. They also have no nose or ears. Don't look this up.
  • The "gueules cassées" ("broken faces"), World War I veterans disfigured because of heavy injuries in the face. Trying to treat their injuries contributed to the advance of aesthetic surgery.
  • If you can consider it a face, a farmer in the US chopped off the head of a chicken but did it in such a way that just enough of the important bits of the brain were still intact, allowing the chicken to live practically headless for years.
  • Actor Christopher Walken's face is gaunt and he's got huge Icy Blue Eyes that reeks of the Uncanny Valley. Which is fitting considering what kind of characters he usually plays.
  • There are plenty of animals that pretend to have these through protective coloration to drive off predators.
  • Famous singer, Dave Clark, became so obsessed with fighting the ageing process that his surgery has left him looking like some kind of monster.
  • Khadija Khatoon was born with an extreme form of neurofibromatosis which has left her looking as if she has no face. She does have a mouth covered by the tumor which is visible when she moves it out the way, but her eyes and nose are completely covered and she doesn't know if she even has them anymore. You can see her here. WARNING: Very graphic.
  • Hydrocephalus is a condition caused by a build up of fluid around the brain that can cause the person's head to grow to abnormal sizes. The most well known example is a toddler from rural India whose head grew three times larger than normal, though she was eventually treated and her head is now regular size. Don't look this condition up, the pictures can be very distressing.
  • Similar to Chase No-Face above but possibly even more distressing is Kalu, AKA The Dog Who Regrew His Face. This stray in Brazil had an infected crater where his face use to be by the time rescuers found him. It could however also be taken as a great survival story, as vets decided to treat him instead of putting him down, and not only did he survive, but he regained the use of one of his eyes. In any case, read his story with caution.


Alternative Title(s): Face Worse Than Death

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