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[-[[caption-width-right:268:Grimlock, stop imitating [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Optimus Prime.]]]]-]

->''"GIVE ME YOUR FACE!"''
-->-- '''Optimus Prime''', ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen''

There are few sights more gruesome than that of a human face with all the skin removed. Something about the [[UncannyValley absence of eyelids, lips, and the nose]] combined with the [[{{Gorn}} rather bloody results]] makes this an extremely powerful image. Sometimes, a character will have their face completely destroyed, while other times, their face will be cut off and preserved. The one who does the cutting may end up [[FaceStealer wearing the face for themselves]]. Note that simply damaging the face isn't enough - to qualify, the entire face must be removed, leaving only some combination of muscle, teeth, blood, bone, and (usually) {{eyes|AreUnbreakable}}. In a more cartoony version, it's probable that only the skull will be left behind the face.

This is often the M.O. of the FaceStealer.

Subtrope of FacialHorror. Not to be confused with the end of a ScoobyDooHoax.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Happens to Franky in ''Manga/OnePiece''. Due to the fact that he's a cyborg, the whole thing is played for laughs.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' features a particularly brutal version. [[spoiler: Seras Victoria finishes off Zorin Blitz by grinding her face against a wall until all that's left is a mass of blood and bone.]]
* Happens [[{{Gorn}} all the time]] in ''Manga/FrankenFran''.
* In ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'', Lambada has done so to Rice, although in a less gory manner -- the polygonated Rice was left with with no apparent injuries, save for not having polygon edges or colour on his face. The face also turned into a nice little rectangular brick thing. It has been said that Lambada does this to defeated enemies regularly.
* In one ''Manga/InuYasha'' arc, [[BigBad Naraku]] expels his heart, which takes the form of a naked faceless man, who proceed to slay a whole bunch of bandits and rip their faces, looking for a suitable one for him. Without them he's shown to be TheBlank.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' features Free and Eruka Frog hallucinating that their faces are being chewed off.
* One scene in ''Manga/DGrayMan'' has Road Kamelot demonstrate her HealingFactor by tearing her own face off and regrowing it.
* Orochimaru ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' does in his first appearance. Offscreen thankfully.
* Done rather subtly in ''Anime/GhostInTheShell: Innocence''. You don't know the person is a cyborg until the face is taken off to plug in data cables.
* Hayato Jin's introduction in the original ''Manga/GetterRobo'' manga has him tearing the face off a student planning to desert his group of revolutionaries. Another would-be deserter "merely" loses his eyes, ears, and nose.
* The Creator/JunjiIto story ''Flesh Colored Horror'' has [[spoiler:Chikara's mother rip Maya's face off (in the process, revealing she a wears a skin suit like her), in a desperate attempt to save herself after Chikara dissolves her skin suit]].
* During the American Tour arc of ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'', Beauty Rhodes gets part of his face ripped off by Skull Bozu. When we later see him, he's had that part replaced by a metal plate.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* The cliffhanger to #1 of ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}'' ''[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Detective Comics]]'' is the Dollmaker freeing SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker from Arkham ... and leaving the Joker's face pinned to the wall. This sets up ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily''; an event that happened issues later.
* Overlord does this near the end of ''ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' - since this came out after ''Revenge of the Fallen'', cue fandom yelling the page quote.
* Optimus Prime does this to Ultra Magnus in ''ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass.'' Before you're too horrified by that mental image, note that this is a MirrorUniverse where the Autobots are the bad guys and Optimus Prime is an evil, megalomaniacal dick--one who could the Megatron of our universe to shame when it comes to ''really'' being cruel.
* The ''[[Creator/ECComics Tales from the Crypt]]'' story [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/290943.html "Only Skin Deep"]] (later adapted for [[Series/TalesFromTheCrypt the TV version]]) features a man who elopes with a woman he met at Mardi Gras, who refuses to remove her mask and insists on consummating the marriage in the dark. He gets curious and tries to remove it, and...well, it's listed as an example here, isn't it?
* There was a ''Comicbook/{{Hellblazer}}'' story that featured a demon that ripped the face off an angel and now wears it as a mask. It would make [[DealWithTheDevil deals]] for fame and fortune.
* It's normal for Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'s pal Mazikeen to be missing half her face, just don't try to "fix" it.
* {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''ComicBook/{{Joker}}'' - instead of the face, an unfortunate bartender is stripped of everything but.
* Comicbook/BlackAdam did this to Father Time in the "World War III" miniseries, at the same time as he cracked a joke about Americans always trying to "save face".
* Comicbook/{{Ultimate|Marvel}} Comicbook/RedSkull did this and gained his red face after killing over 200 men ''at 17'' in order to reject his father [[spoiler:Comicbook/CaptainAmerica]].
* A [[spoiler: Parallax-possessed Hal Jordan]] does this to [[spoiler: The Specter]] during the climax of ''ComicBook/BlackestNight''.
* Vos from ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' is a bizarre inversion-- he removes ''his own'' face, which is actually more like a mask lined with numerous spikes, drills, and other painful implements, and forces it over someone else's face as a means of torture.
--> '''Vos''': Wear my faaace.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' featured a clown with a tear-away face.
* The Gingerbread Man in ''WesternAnimation/ShrekFourD'' at one point smashes into a tree, causing his face to become attached to the tree.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The obvious example is ''Film/FaceOff'', in which Sean Archer and Castor Troy, for contrived reasons, end up surgically switching faces (and taking each other's places). After Castor wakes up and finds himself missing his face, when his cronies abduct Dr. Walsh and bring him to the Walsh Institute, Castor is briefly shown walking around without a face (literally, briefly - for the most part we only see Castor's shadow or shots of him from behind where the damage can't be seen, until Castor claps and says "Bra-fucking-vo!" upon seeing the conclusion of the videotape of the surgery.
* ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', Hannibal Lecter. [[spoiler: He does this to a guard and [[FaceStealer wears his face]] as part of his legendary escape.]] In the {{backstory}} to ''Hannibal'', he talked Mason Verger into cutting his own face off. Admittedly Verger was high at the time.
* In ''Dead Alive'' (aka ''Film/{{Braindead}}''), one of the victims of the zombie outbreak has his face torn completely off.
* Jason Mewes' character gets his face torn off early in ''Film/{{Feast}}''.
* In ''Film/{{NightBreed}}'', one character starts to cut his own face off as part of his passage into Midian.
* Mike Strauber, the lunatic psycho in the low-budget flick ''Truth or Dare: A Critical Madness'', cuts a chunk of his own face off because one of his hallucinations dares him to.
* The "Pride" victim in ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' has her face mutilated and nose cut off by John Doe.
* In ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', [[GoodIsNotSoft Optimus Prime]] shouts "[[BewareTheNiceOnes Give me your FACE!]]" at The Fallen. This quickly became a meme in the Transformers fandom.
* In ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'' one of the scientists investigating the Freelings' house hallucinates that he pulls off his own face.
%%* Happens in ''Film/TheDevilsRejects''.
* Lamon Cranston does this in a dream in ''Film/TheShadow'', revealing the face of [[NotSoDifferent Shiwan Khan]] underneath.
* In ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984'', [[DeathBySex Tina]] rips off Freddy's face as she struggles with him. But he allowed that to happen to scare her even further.
* In ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2'', a character gets his face cut off with an electric carving knife.
* ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' with Amber Sweet during her "Blame Not My Genes" song, thanks to a botched surgery.
* One guy has his face slashed off by a trap in ''[[Film/WrongTurn Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead]]''.
* Preston in ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'' kills a dude by slicing his face off with a katana.
* Inverted by ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'': A character gets everything ''except'' his face destroyed.
* In ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', Barbra pulls her own face off in an attempt to frighten off the Deetzs. Unfortunately they can't see her.
* This is the MO of the killer in ''Wrestlemaniac''.
* Angela rips a girl's face off with her bare teeth in the ''Film/NightOfTheDemons'' remake. When the victim returns as a demon, she's still faceless.
* ''Film/GoingOverboard'': Dickie Diamond does this to his face at the end of Shecky's nightmare, when he [[MediumBlending becomes animated]] in a BigLippedAlligatorMoment.
* A JerkAss farmer named Edgar gets his face ripped off along with the rest of his skin by a cockroach-like alien in ''Film/MenInBlack''. It tears the "suit" off so it can fight properly.
* In ''Film/{{Surrogates}}'' done as a RoboticReveal.
* The killer from the half-comedic SlasherFilm ''Film/UnmaskedPart25'' rips the first victim's face off, and then [[AndShowItToYou pulls his heart out]], all with his bare hands. Later killings are not nearly as brutal.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/ThursdayNext'': Acheron Hades took the face from his dying {{Mook|s}} Felix and applied it to a succession of abducted and brainwashed replacements. He later threatened to make Thursday the next Felix.
* In the ''Literature/LauraCaxton'' books, when a vampire brings a victim BackFromTheDead, the psychological trauma of the event causes the revived person to rip their own face to shreds.
* Creator/TomClancy is rather fond of this. Multiple books feature somewhat graphic descriptions of a well-placed headshot plastering someone's face against a wall.
* This happens to several people in one of the stories in ''The Further Adventures of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker''.
* In ''[[Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo 1635: The Eastern Front]]'', an explosive trap set to take out the John George blows the face of his wife off her skull, the face winding up plastered onto the hindquarters of one of the horses hauling their carriage.
* In ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Changes]]'', [[spoiler: Murphy]] slices the front of a Red Court noble's skull off with one of the Swords of the Cross. Not as horrific as some examples, as the vampire in question was wearing a mask, so the actual face is fully covered as it falls to the ground.
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfArrowOdd'': When the half-trollish Ogmund and Odd fight at Geirrodsgard and Ogmund once again realizes it is looking bad for him, he tries to escape from Odd by diving into the earth (as trolls can). As Ogmund sinks into the ground, Odd gets hold of his beard, and rips his entire face off. As Ogmund is nigh-indestructible, he survives and takes to permanently wearing a mask.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The first and only victim of the villain in the ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "About Face" is killed this way.
* Inverted in the [[BLAM/PuppetShows "Operatic Orange"]] sketch from ''Series/SesameStreet''. "L'AMOOOOOUUUUURRRRR-" (face explodes).
* An underground pit fighter in ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' does this to defeated opponents, then wears their faces as masks.
* A MonsterOfTheWeek in ''Series/TheXFiles'' conducts a ritual that will allow him to change his face by [[HumanSacrifice killing hospital patients as sacrifice]]. In the end, he cuts his face with a scalpel and rips it off, revealing the new one underneath it. Mulder later finds the old one lying on the floor.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The {{Trope Namer|s}} is "Pirahna", by Exodus.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' supplement ''Terror Australis''. The Mimi are creatures from Australian Aboriginal {{mythology}}. When angry at a human they may eat all the flesh from his face, leaving the victim alive but horrendously disfigured.
* This is why Iuchi Karasu of ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' wears a mask. Being forced to cut off his own face was one of many tortures inflicted on Karasu by Moto Tsume.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* A bunch of disembodied hands do this to the titular character of ''VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns'' during the introduction.
* In ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'', the special attack "Face Melter" (originally a generic term for a particularly powerful guitar solo in HeavyMetal) literally melts the faces off any nearby enemies who have one.
* The [[PuppeteerParasite headcrab]] zombies in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' can be seen to have had their face eaten away (and what's left of it set in a scream) if you shoot off the headcrab.
* One of Reptile's ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'' [[FinishingMove fatalities]].
* One of ''VideoGame/PocketGod's'' more nightmarish sacrifices.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil''
** A few enemies in the series can do this (for example the [[BigCreepyCrawlies novistators]] from ''4'' if they kill Leon with an acid-to-the-face attack).
** [[TragicMonster Lisa Trevor]] ripped the faces off several Umbrella employees who tried to pose as her mother.
* This is the M.O. of [[SerialKiller the Identity Thief]] in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''. First he paralyzes the victim's vocal chords, then removes the face while they're still alive.
* In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow2'', Guido Szandor, the final acolyte you need to fight, gets [[YouHaveFailedMe "rewarded"]] with this by [[BigBad Satan]], who's very unhappy that he never took notice of the fact that Dracula has been tailing him. Noticeably, either due to Guido's or Satan's endurance, Guido's face is ''still moving'' as Satan's holding it in his hand.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Jacob from ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan''.
* In [[http://www.aorange.com/?p=177 this]] ''Webcomic/{{Femmegasm}}'' strip, Grimlock tears off [=Fizzy McBeer=]'s face to prove he's as good as Optimus Prime.
-->"Oh well. At least my breasts are okay. No one looks at my face, anyways."
* Happens in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcbazH6aE2g this]] excerpt from the ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' movie.
* Happens to one unfortunate woman in ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}''.
* In ''Webcomic/TheZombieHunters'' a MauveShirt gets his face eaten off. He is [[AndIMustScream alive and paralyzed]] during this process. He shows up in the next couple pages as a faceless zombie.
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* The "Don't eat my face" meme, although it has a GoryDiscretionShot and ends with someone incredulously asking "You ate his ''face?''"
* Do you know why Strong Bad from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' never removes his "mask?" Too bad we don't get to see him without the mask on because of that armchair he got in the email where he actually took off his mask.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
** Peter does this to Chris in a CutawayGag when telling his friends about how he is better than Chris at everything, even magic tricks. This is his response to Chris' NoseNabbing.
** In "Grumpy Old Man" Peter thinks that one of the residents of the retirement home is [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Old Man Withers, owner of the amusement park, and tries to unmask him and find out who he really is]]. After finding a skeleton, Peter refuses to give the man his face back and tells him he is going to jail.
* A [[DreamWeaver dream-controlling villain]] in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueS2E5And6OnlyADream Only A Dream]]" rips off ''his own'' face in a nightmare as part of embracing his new abilities. (This isn't his own nightmare, incidentally, and he does this while announcing that he's going to "perform some surgery" on the victim. It's probably for the best that we're not shown what happens to her, instead simply being told that she died in her sleep.)
* Roll does this in the ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon to a cosmetics robot.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', all locomotives have faces, but this is how one of the Scottish Twins actually kills the Spiteful Brakevan (a bullying caboose) at the end of the episode "Brake Van", by ramming into him [[{{Pun}} face-on]], smashing the caboose to bits, and tearing off his face.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KorgothOfBarbaria'', Korgoth does this to a thug who spends too much time monologing about the "Whole new spectrum of pain" he's going to introduce to Korgoth.
* A mountain lion does this to Chef as part of his death scene in his final episode in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' episode "Courage the Fly", Eustace accidentally rips off Muriel's face while trying to grab Courage with flypaper. When she orders him to put it back, he puts it on upside down then adjusts it, and predictably she [[RunningGag hits him with her rolling pin]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''
** [=SpongeBob=] has had his face ripped off a few times, the first and most memorable example being in "Squid on Strike" where after getting fired from the Krusty Krab, the third time Squidward prys him off of the doors his entire front is gone [[ArtisticLicenseBiology revealing his skeleton and circulatory system]].
** In "Doing Time" when [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick come up to Mrs. Puff revealing themselves to be disguised as prison guards, they walk away and two real guards appear. Mrs. Puff accuses them of being "[=SpongeBob=] and that guy who likes the chili" then rips off their faces, at which point they decide she's gone completely insane.
** In "Spy Buddies" when everyone is revealing themself to be someone else in disguise, [=SpongeBob=] rips off Squidward's face revealing his flesh. He then angrily takes his face back and walks away.
** In "Don't Look Now" when Squidward is stalking [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick dressed as the fisherman from the slasher film they saw, Patrick gets the hook from Squidward's fishing rod stuck in his face. When he goes into [=SpongeBob=]'s house and the fishing line gets caught in the door, Patrick tries so hard to break free that his face comes off, revealing his skull underneath. He grows a new one by simply stretching the skin on his forehead over his skull.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Peeling the skin downwards from the forehead, exposing the frontal bone, is one of the first steps in accessing the brain during an autopsy.
* At least one surviving victim of an attack by a pet chimpanzee (Charla Nash) had her face torn off. She's had a facial transplant since.
* Many, many anatomy textbooks have diagrams of the skinless human face at the beginnings of their chapters on skeletal muscles. Some even use such illustrations as cover art.
* One man had his face shredded when his rider mower overturned. Others have had their face ripped off when their hair got caught in machinery.
* Many victims of bear attacks, such as Dan Bigley.
* Rudy Eugene did this to homeless man Ronald Poppo while on a drug trip, before being shot to death by the police.
* This happened to a Russian grenadier at the [[NapoleonicWars battle of Eylau]]. He was trying to stab Captain Marbot with his bayonet, but he was so drunk that he hit Marbot's horse instead, and the horse in question (a ferocious mare called Lisette) bit his face off.
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