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1[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/thumbnail_1.jpg]] ˛ [[caption-width-right:350:Don't let [[FaceStealer them]] see your face.]]˛˛->''"You're got a long journey ahead, Rex . . . and that journey begins in Glory City."''˛-->-- '''Mikiah Kelman'''˛˛From the official summary:˛˛In a world where ghostly Blanks can steal your face–– and your life–– at any moment, a young boy named Rex hunts for his brother's killer. Cursed with the unique power to physically touch Blanks, Rex starts to uncover darker secrets at the city's center and in his own past. Will Rex unmask the killer, or will he become just another faceless victim in the City of Blank?˛˛A webcomic which recently moved from [[TapasMedia Tapastic]] to [[https://cc.naver.com/cc?a=sch.akw&r=&i=&bw=1440&px=1170&py=116&sx=1170&sy=116&m=1&nsc=decide.me&g=en_en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2FepisodeList%3FtitleNo%3D1895 Webtoons.]] Updated every Thursday.˛˛----˛!!This webcomic provides examples of:˛˛* AndIMustScream: When a person's face gets stolen, their face turns into a cohesive slab of flesh, covering their eyes, nose and mouth.˛* AwesomeButImpractical: One of the top Blank Hunters wields a combination axe/flamethrower/club. Fully developed blanks are just normal people, [[spoiler: but a select few hybrids can change their shapes to make their limbs act as weapons]]. While it's true that the only things that can seriously damage the blank space is fire, water, and special weapons with hooked ends to scoop out the blank space, it's hard to see how one could direct the flame well on something like a large battle axe. ˛* BlessedWithSuck: [[HalfHumanHybrid Half-Blanks]] are fully sentient and tangible, but as [[spoiler:Rex]] can attest to, they’re still drawn to unmasked humans like normal Blanks. Even if they detest the very thought of trying to steal someone’s face, their body reacts by itself.˛* BizarreAlienSenses: The Blanks, despite not having eyes or ears, are able to navigate. It's made easier by their {{Intangibility}} to most people, but it's still unclear how they're able to find unmasked humans so quickly.˛* CanineCompanion: Shnee gets a belly rub for every like on an episode. He's also trained to warn Rex about Blanks before they bump into him.˛* CoincidentalBroadcast: For both establishing Mikiah as a fugitive, and demonstrating face-stealing as a real threat.˛* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: WordOfGod is that the color of a Blank's Blank Space is dependent on the region said Blank is from; for example, Glory City Blanks are purple, the ones from Rex's hometown up north are green, etc. [[spoiler:Rex and Jericho's Blank Space color, reddish, is apparently rather significant]].˛* CoverBlowingSuperpower:˛** Part of why Rex views his ability to touch Blanks as CursedWithAwesome is that it's so unusual that it draws the immediate attention of whoever notices it (though a lot of people in Glory City assume that he's just a Blank Hunter with cutting-edge gear), and Shnee's been trained specifically to detect blanks to avoid this, though it doesn't always work.˛** If someone has their mask off and a Blank ''doesn't'' try to steal their face, they're a Blank themselves. Thus, to hide, Blanks wear masks in public. Similarly, developing Blanks have incomplete physiologies with patches of Blank space that can allow them to shrug off injuries not caused by fire or water to those spots, but if anyone sees them do that...˛** [[spoiler:Jericho and Rex can heal serious injuries with Blank Space instead of scar tissue, but whatever happened to the former resulted in him having so much exposed Blank space, including half of his ''face'', that even with a mask and bandages going out in public is risky.]]˛* CursedWithAwesome: Rex doesn't like his ability to touch Blanks, even if it enables him to fight off Blanks without using special equipment.˛* EvilDetectingDog: "Evil" is a matter of perspective, but Shnee is trained to detect Blanks for Rex so he doesn't bump into them, though he doesn't always do so in time.˛* ExpressiveMask: The masks which all the characters wear tend to move along with their facial features, especially their eyes. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], because ''everyone'' wears a mask, making it hard to convey expressions otherwise.˛* FaceStealer: Blanks, which are the reason masks are so common. Upon sensing an unmasked human, they congregate around the hapless victim in hopes of stealing a face.˛** There are also ''animal'' Blanks, but they're relatively rare, in part because animals don't usually wear masks, so they get their faces stolen before they can multiply. They also don't seem to ever develop their bodies beyond the stolen faces, and definitely don't get the memories, either.˛* FantasticRacism: Blanks who have successfully stolen faces are reviled by society, since it seems like most people don't know that Blanks can't control their desire to steal faces. ˛** [[spoiler: Rex's mother was a rare subversion of the trope, who accepted the Blank who stole her husband's face as her husband still.]]˛* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:There are a few hints of Rex being a [[HalfHumanHybrid half-blank]] besides his ability to touch normal Blanks; like how his face wasn't shown when he took his brother out of a burning house in the first chapter, etc.]]˛* FreudianExcuse: We don't know exactly what happened, but at some point Lyss suffered a very traumatic experience involving Blanks. Specifically Blanks associated with organized crime. Now she's dead set on getting revenge on the gang's leader. ˛* HalfHumanHybrid: If a human and a blank who's developed enough after taking someone's face procreate, it's possible for their children to be human-blank hybrids. Hybrids are corporral, have sentience and can communicate via sign language, retaining their own ego after stealing a face if they end up doing so, while still gaining their face's memories. Unfortunately, as [[spoiler:Rex]] can attest to, they still feel physically compelled to steal an unmasked face even if they find it morally comprehensible (and it's noted that if they ''don't'' find it abhorrent, since they're tangible, they can just walk up to someone and rip their mask off manually).˛* IWantThemAlive: Blan Co. goes out of their way to kidnap Rex for his memories.˛** Blank Hunters apparently prioritize capturing live Blanks.˛* KillItWithFire: Fire ''is'' particularly effective at destroying Blank space, but Lyss is rather ''obsessed'' with the idea of setting Blanks on fire, she nearly failed the written portion of the Blank Hunter exam because she put this down as her answer for ''every'' question regarding social interactions with Blanks for example.˛* TheMole: [[spoiler:Jay is a Blank operative for "Masque", an underground Blank organization run by Rex's godmother with the purpose of making it as hard as possible for new Blank Hunters to get licensed in Glory City.]]˛* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Blanks can't control their urges to steal faces, so this is a common response amongst Blanks who have successfully do so to normal people. ˛* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Jericho was supposedly murdered by Mikiah, but later turns out to be alive.]]˛* TheImmune: Blanks who've stolen a face don't have to worry about their faces being stolen. They still wear masks in order to not give away the fact that they're blanks, as blanks with stolen faces are at best sent to special prisons.˛* TheBlank: This is what happens to people whose faces are stolen. What's worse, their faces can never be given back, and the victims usually die from suffocation.˛* ThereIsAnother: [[spoiler:Jericho can also interact with normal Blanks as if they were solid.]]˛* TitleDrop: Said by Rex at the end of the first episode. "Looks like we finally made it, huh, Shnee? We made it to Glory City . . . better known as the City of Blank!"˛* UndeadTaxExemption: Unless they're lucky and no one notices their victim's face was stolen, developing Blanks need to have identification documents forged. [[spoiler:Rex, being a HalfHumanHybrid, actually has his own legitimate identity thanks to his family setting things up, though for obvious reasons he only got it recently.]]˛* WeaksauceWeakness: Blanks melt in water, so bathrooms come equipped with special water curtain showers which allow people to safely wash their faces and bathe. ˛* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Blanks that successfully steal faces, despite not being sapient until they do and get the memories of the person whose face they took, are treated as subhuman by most and jailed if caught simply for existing.˛----

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