My major issue with a Rugged Scars
-type trope is potential overlap with Covered In Scars
. The meaning is essentially the same: a character's physical scars demonstrate that they've survived significant trauma. It's arguably The Same But Less
, but I think notable enough in terms of examples to deserve its own trope (often times a character has a single prominent scar whose story is never fleshed out, other than to indicate the character's been through some stuff).
In a narrative sense, comparing it to Every Scar Has A Story
, ESHAS is about the scar itself having a story. Rugged Scars
wouldn't be about the scar having a story, but instead being a narrative shorthand. For example, you look at a group of marines. Who do you think is the toughest one there? The cleanfaced guy or the guy with a healed gash across his face? In this case, the story behind the scar is irrelevant and he's not necessarily covered in scars, he just happens to have a single, aesthetically acceptable scar that denotes that he' a survivor.