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Ah, faces. The very thing that makes our heads look special, and one of the most important things in showing emotion, or even communicating. The eyes, cheeks, mouth, nose, etc. all help make us all unique. So naturally, there will be many tropes about faces.

Sub Index of Anatomy Tropes.

There are so many trope faces:

  • Ash Face: Someone's face gets covered in ash for comedic effect.
  • Bandaged Face: A character's face is covered in bandages.
  • Beast with a Human Face: A monster has a human face, despite their body.
  • The Blank: Lack of a face.
  • Blackface: A racist performance done by having Caucasians wear make-up to look like stereotypical depictions of black people.
    • Brownface: The same thing as above, but replace black people with Native Americans or Hispanics.
    • Yellowface: The same thing as above, but replace black people with Asians.
  • Butter Face: A character's appearance ticks all the right boxes...but their face.
  • Eyeless Face: A face that lacks eyes and eye sockets.
  • Eyepatch of Power: A character who has an eye patch on his/her face to show how tough or evil he/she is.
  • Eyes Always Shut: A character always has closed eyes.
  • Face-Design Shield: A shield with a design that is or resembles a face.
  • The Faceless: The face of a character is never shown.
  • The Face of the Sun: The Sun is depicted with a face.
  • Face of a Thug: A normally good-aligned character has a naturally intimidating face.
  • Face on the Cover: The cover art prominently features a portrait of the creator(s).
  • Facepalm: A character puts a hand on their own face to express exasperation or humiliation.
  • Facepalm Of Doom: Grabbing a character by the face and blasting/crushing them at point-blank range.
  • Face-Revealing Turn: A character's true nature is seen by them turning their face and showing how distorted it is.
  • Faceship: A ship resembles someone's face.
  • Facial Horror: Body Horror focusing in the face.
  • Facial Markings: Powerful beings have marks on their faces.
  • Facial Profiling: In which characters of different ethnicities are drawn with more exaggerated facial features to tell them apart.
  • Floating Head Syndrome: The cover art features portraits of the ensemble cast, who are reduced to disembodied heads floating against a blank background.
  • Flying Face: A disembodied flying head.
  • Frozen Face: A character cannot move their face, let alone emote. At all.
  • Game Face: A supernatural entity reveals their true form through showing their horrifying face.
  • Ghostly Gape: Hollow eye sockets, and a gaping, hollow mouth.
  • Glasgow Grin: A character's face is mutilated in such a way that it seems like they always have a wide smile.
  • The Grace Face Pose: A girl puts the backside of her hand under her chin, either elegantly, nervously, or simply out of habit.
  • It Kind of Looks Like a Face: An object unintentionally resembles someone's face.
  • Lascivious Beauty Mark: A facial beauty mark is used to characterize someone as flirtatious, seductive, generally sexually forward, and/or highly desired In-Universe.
  • Many-Faced Divinity: Multiple masks or faces as divine symbolism.
  • Musical Squares: Cover art is a collage of individual portraits, typically four and typically arranged in a grid.
  • Nightmare Face: An extremely terrifying face.
  • No Face Under the Mask: A character's face under a mask is actually horribly deformed, and doesn't qualify as a face by most people's standards.
  • No Poker Face: A character is completely unable to conceal the emotions on their face.
  • Not a Mask: A character's face is so unusual it's thought to be a mask, and someone tries to pull it off, only to find out the truth.
  • Not in the Face!: A character begs not to be struck in the face.
  • Only Six Faces: There is little variation in the faces of characters.
  • Scary Stitches: A character's face is covered in stitches as a way to scare or unnerve the audience.
  • Shadowed Face, Glowing Eyes: A character's face is obscured (or is) shadow, but has glowing eyes in contrast.
  • Sky Face: The face of someone being remembered by a character is shown in the sky.
  • Symbol Face: A character has a symbol for a face.
  • Tear Off Your Face: A character has their face ripped off.
  • There Will Be Toilet Paper: A character, usually male, deals with shaving cuts on their face by putting toilet paper on them.
  • The Trees Have Faces: Trees have structures that resemble faces, usually scary ones.
  • Tribal Face Paint: When a native tribe, group, anything similar is shown, they always have face paint.
  • Two-Faced: A character's face has two halves. A normal, even good-looking side, and an abnormal, scary side.
  • Villainous Face Hold: A villain grabs or holds a character's face while said character is incapacitated, usually while gloating at or threatening them.
  • Young Face, Old Eyes: A character's eyes and face are dissonant with what age they appear to be.