A subtrope of Body Paint
where, just before a conflict, a character will take some sort of paint — or improvise with something closer to hand like mud or ashes — and apply it just below the eyes. The effect is something like Tribal Face Paint
or army camouflage, and the implication is clear: The Gloves are Off
Sports players, especially in American Football
, often do this before matches. Ostensibly, this is to reduce glare from the sun (this was examined by the Mythbusters
, who deemed it plausible) but its hard to imagine that it's entirely
accidental that they're also making themselves look like warriors.
Compare Lipstick and Load Montage
, where ordinary makeup is applied as if
it were a preparation for battle, and Nose Art
, when this is applied to a Cool Plane
Anime And Manga
- In Princess Mononoke, just before the boars attack the mining town, there's a sequence of them using their snouts to warpaint each others' faces with mud.
- The Road Warriors made warpaint fashionable among pro wrestlers, inspiring many clones.
- For a match against the Road Warriors, the Fabulous Freebirds painted Confederate flags on their faces.
- Demolition, Ax and Smash (and later, Crush)
- The Ultimate Warrior
- The Powers Of Pain
- For the 1990 Survivor Series, Sgt. Slaughter's team all wore camouflage paint.
- In Assassins Creed III Connor puts on warpaint before going after Charles Lee for the last time.