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Nicknames can say something about a guy. A deformity, a mask, or the looks of a person can give him a Name-Face Name. A Name-Face Name is when a character's nickname comes from a characteristic of his face.

Often leads to Only Known by Their Nickname.

Compare Captain Colorbeard.


Anime & Manga

Comic Books

  • Batman's foes include the Ventriloquist's puppet Scarface, Two-Face, Clayface and the less popular Baby-Face and False Face.
  • Goldface from Green Lantern.
  • Arseface from Preacher.
  • FuckFace (pictured above) from Fury (MAX) by Garth Ennis, writer of the aforementioned Preacher.
    Colonel Gagarin: A sad story, General. A gentle giant for most of his youth—then an unfortunate incident while shark-fishing—and now... Well. Still a giant, at any rate.
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  • Taserface, a little-known villain from the original version of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Film - Animated

  • The Lion King: Scar, and his heir, Kovu. (Kovu is Swahili for scar.)

Film - Live-Action

  • Ghostface from Scream, who is called that after the white mask that he wears.
  • Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre films. His own face is messed up, so he makes new ones from the skins of his and his family's victims. And since the dead skin goes bad fast, he's constantly looking for new material....
  • The eponymous Scarface, even though he is never called that in the film. He claims that he got the said scar in a fight when he was a kid, and the police questioning him about it try to piss him off by asking him if he really got it from performing cunnilingus (or from "eating apple pie", depending on the version you're watching).
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  • Babyface from The Hills Run Red. His name comes from the white baby mask made from porcelain and bones that he wears.
  • The killer in the Slasher Movie parody Dude Bro Party Massacre 3 is called Motherface, because she wears her dead mother's face as a mask.
  • Taserfase from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Nearly everyone else in the movie thinks the name is ridiculous.


  • Metal Beak from Guardians of Ga'Hoole. (Incidentally, he was *not* the same character as the Metal Beak of the movie. Nyra never was called Metal Beak in the books, only Kludd was.)
  • 2Face from Remnants.
  • Brightpaw from Warrior Cats has her name changed to Lostface after she got mauled by the dogs.
  • Babyface Marshall in Ruby Redfort, called this for his adorableness and inability to grow facial hair (but don’t be fooled - he’s a vicious murderer).

Live-Action TV

  • An episode of Saved by the Bell had a kid called Craterface for having acne all over his face.
  • Pizza Face from the "Earboy" sketches on All That.
  • On Person of Interest, Elias's right hand Anthony Marconi is nicknamed (and credited as) Scarface.
  • The Office: The villain of Michael's film (played by Jim) is Gold Face, a man whose face became coated in gold due to an industrial accident.

Newspaper Comics

Video Games

  • Metal Face (called "Black Face" in Japan) from Xenoblade Chronicles; so named because Mechon don't usually have faces. Other "Face" Mechon show up throughout the game as well.
  • The Twisted Metal series has Dollface, a woman who literally has a doll-like mask stuck to her face ("dollface" is also old-timey slang for an attractive woman) and No-Face, whose face was severely disfigured by a purposely botched surgery.

Web Animation

  • What's-her-face from Teen Girl Squad.
  • In The Grossery Gang webseries, Putrid Pizza gets renamed as "Pizza Face", while Grub Sub gets renamed "Meathead", and Rotten Egg is renamed as "Egghead".

Western Animation

Real Life

  • Baby-Face Nelson.
  • Boaty McBoatface was originally suggested via internet poll as a name for the RRS Sir David Attenborough. The name was instead used to name an AUV carried on said boat.
  • Al 'Scarface' Capone.
  • Pizza-face is a common insult for people that have acne all over their face.
  • Boaty McBoatface was itself a reference to a photo that went viral showing an owl enclosure in a zoo, with a sign listing the names people who had adopted owls had given them, including Hooty McOwlface.

Other Media

  • The Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Game has Necroface, a giant tentacled zombie baby head, and Birdface, a bird-man.


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