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"I had a little accident, but my insurance covered half of it."

Bond: Hence "Janus", the two-faced Roman god come to life.
"Janus": It wasn't God who gave me this face.

A specific type of Red Right Hand and Evil Scar, this occurs when a character (almost always a villain, usually but not always male), has a normal, generally handsome face on one side, but a disfigured, scarred face on the other side. To hide this they'll sometimes stand with their Face Framed in Shadow, and if they're feeling dramatic they'll greet the heroes with a Face-Revealing Turn. Can be accentuated with a Two-Headed Coin.

A variant is for a character to literally have two faces, one in front and one in back. The two faces will typically have different expressions and are used to represent different moods on the character's part. The Trope Codifier for this version is Janus from Classical Mythology.

May also indicate a Split Personality. Sometimes, as in the trope namer, used to represent a Duality Motif. Fashionable Asymmetry may be involved if this kind of character also wears clothes that are different on both sides. Note, villains that have this have a high chance of dying via being sliced in half along the line between the two halves.

See Juxtaposed Halves Shot for the symbolic version.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Black Jack had a partial facial transplant on his right side. The discolored skin is interpreted as blue in manga form but is canonically brown as seen in the anime, as it was from an African-Japanese friend.
  • Balalaika of Black Lagoon has extensive scarring on the right side of her face as a result of a war injury during her time in Afghanistan. Despite the scarring, she's actually still beautiful, but the gangsters of Roanapur still take to calling her "Fry Face" behind her back (though not to her face — she tends not to like that).
  • In Case Closed, we have the novelist Hideomi Nagato. He had the left half of his face horribly burned when, as a teenager, he rescued a little girl from her burning home. (A fire that he and his friend Mitsuaki caused as a Deadly Prank, and Hideomi never forgave himself for it). Ever since then he became a Reclusive Artist, and the few time he left his studio he wore bandages on his face. And we only saw Hideomi's whole face when his lifeless body was found inside the Nagato mansion's fountain, hours after he committed suicide.
  • Rosemarie from Claudine is a rare heroic example. She ends up like this after the horrible incident where her teacher Louis kills both Claudine's father and the old man's lover Cecilia (who is Louis's older sister) via burning down the place they were staying in.
  • Claymore: Dae, the Organisation's Mad Scientist, has a facial disfigurement that's very revealing of his personality. His healthy right side is that of an old man with drooping eyelids, who addresses people with oily Faux Affably Evil politeness and regards everything with quiet amusement. His left side is exposed muscle and bone stripped of all flesh including the lips and eyelids so that his saucer-like eyeball never blinks and his teeth resemble a skeletal grin. This is the side of him that shows his morbid glee in watching the results of his manipulations.
  • Wei in Darker than Black ends up like this after Hei zaps him half to death.
  • Mello in Death Note ends up with a scar over half his face after blowing up a building while he was still inside. One splash page in the manga also shows the scarring to extend down his neck, however the burn scar only covers his face in the anime.
  • In Dragon Ball Z, the right side of Freeza's face, and most of his body, is replaced with cybernetics after he's horizontally bisected by his own ki discs, disintegrated by Goku, and then caught in the explosion of Namek. He doesn't have much opportunity to show off the power of his mechanical enhancements before Trunks chops him in half once again (this time vertically, which splits his face down the middle).
  • Kariya Matou from Fate/Zero has a hideously disfigured left side of his face as a result of the crest worms in his body. The anime adaption toned it down a bit, however, making him look almost normal save for some odd lines on that left side.
  • Jagi from Fist of the North Star has the left side of his face fitted with a metal brace then hidden with a helmet to keep his head from exploding after an encounter with his younger brother Kenshiro.
  • Frank Archer of Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) gets half his body blown off and replaced with automail.
  • In Fushigi Yuugi: Byakko Ibun, the mage-knight Nirusha has tiger-like marks on one half of his body, implied to come from a curse that he was inflicted on the past.
  • Kazundo Gouda in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is a semi-example. The right side of his face is badly disfigured, the left side not quite so badly. His left side is quite normal apart from the lack of hair caused by the scarring on the top of his head while the right side is not only scarred with heavily stretched skin, his skull is somehow oblong on that side. He actually lives in a world where the plastic surgery to fix his face would be a piece of cake, or he could even buy himself a completely new face, but he chooses not to since he believes his horrible scars give him presence and charisma he never used to have as a bland bureaucrat before his accident.
  • Jiraia from Gintama, though his whole face is burned.
  • The former stage actress, now acting teacher Chigusa Tsukikage from Glass Mask lost her career when a stage-light snapped and fell on her, badly scarring half her face. She covers part of it with her bangs.
  • The maritime leader of the Kokuboro in Kekkaishi, Byaku, has one half of his face being a Bishōnen, but the other side of his face is horror and disgust, particularly because of what he can do to you with the worms and bugs he summons out of it.
  • Chikage Kushinada in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple fulfills this humorously as she displays a visage of sinister calm at the angle her master sees her to keep face (pun not intended), while on the other side, her frustration for the current scene shows through a contorted eye, furrowed eyebrow, gritting teeth, and massive sweating. Yes, she is only sweating on one side of her face!
  • Mazinger Z:
    • Baron Ashura / Ashler takes this a step further. His entire left half is male, while her right half is female. This is carried over into Ashura's voice, which is male or female when only one half is shown but speaks in both simultaneously when both halves are visible.
    • Marquis Janus and Gandal, two villains from the sequels (Great Mazinger and UFO Robo Grendizer) also had two faces: Yanus had a human face she used to blend among humans, and her true, demonic-looking face was on the "back" of her head, covered with strands of hair; on the other hand, Gandal had two personalities, and his face switched to reflect what personality was the dominant one in the time.
  • Naruto: When we finally got to see the face of Big Bad Tobi/Madara/Obito, it looks like this. Specifically, Obito ended up with half his body crushed under boulders in his youth. The right side of his face is full of scars to this day, while the left side is untouched.
  • Yubel from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is halved by male and female sides of the body, though in the English dub they are referred to as female as their face is mostly feminine with two differing eyes rather than actual facial halves, and more importantly because the dub would rather have a full-blown woman loving the male protagonist Judai, rather than a hermaphrodite, in order to avoid setting off the Moral Guardians.
  • Tron/Vetrix in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL has a minor case of this with his mask, which has openings for his eye and mouth on the right side, but covers his mouth and has a red eyepiece on the left. Then he takes the mask off, and it becomes abundantly clear why his mask was designed that way. To wit, there isn't much of a face left on his left side, only a dark swirling void.
  • Mukuro of YuYu Hakusho, whose body had been completely stripped of flesh on one side with strong acid. Though Mukuro is different from most examples, being a not-so-evil demon (given a choice between Yomi and Mukuro, Raizen told Yusuke to side with Mukuro) and being female. Besides, said scars were self-inflicted, as she figured that uglifying herself would be the only way to escape her abusive rapist of a caretaker.

    Asian Animation 
  • Necati from King Shakir is involved in one of the few non-villain examples; in "Very Remote Shopping Mall", he sticks his head out of the window of a bus while it's driving in hyperspeed, causing one half of his face to become like a senior citizen's while the other half remains unchanged. Since this series has a status quo to keep to, he goes back to normal in the next episode.

    Comic Books 
  • Age of the Wolf: Rowan has burned half the face of a female Neo-Nazi in a previous encounter.
  • Jacqueline Hyde in All-Ghouls School. One side of her body is a normal schoolgirl, while the other is a twisted Mr. Hyde style monster.
  • The 2008 series of The Authority has Jack Hawksmoor suffer a deformity that gives him an asymmetrical appearance for a great portion of it.
  • In Barracuda, the evil pirate captain Morkham had his right cheek laid open by a sword slash fro Flynn during a duel. A bungled job of stitching left him with the entire right side of his face puckered in by a wicked scar.
  • Two-Face from the Batman Rogues Gallery is probably the oldest modern example. Harvey Dent was Gotham City's district attorney until he had acid thrown at him, permanently disfiguring his face and giving him a split personality, between Harvey Dent and Two-Face. He now has a fixation on duality and chance, committing crimes revolving around the number two and making all of his decisions by tossing a Two-Headed Coin that is scarred on one side. When faced with a moral decision he flips the coin; if it comes down scarred side up, he commits an evil act, if clean side up, he does not. In DC Comics Bombshells, Harvey Dent suffers severe freeze burns on one side of his face after being hit with a cold blast by Killer Frost. Reflecting the comic's general intention of avoiding traditional elements of DC Comics that have Unfortunate Implications, the disfigurement does not cause him to go mad or evil. Some Elseworlds stories follow a similar path but with him being a nasty piece of work even before the disfigurement.
  • Batman vs. Bigby! A Wolf in Gotham: Near the end of the series, it's revealed that the main villain of the comic, the Bookworm, is being used as a host by another creature, whose face is hidden under the Bookworm's hat.
  • In Chassis, Chassis' rival driver, the icy and calculating Covergirl, had the right-hand side of her face hideously scarred in an aero-car crash.
  • He-She, a one-shot Crimebuster villain, had this. Like Baron Ashura above, He-She was also a male/female split, with their left half looking like a standard thug and their right half looking like a gorgeous woman. Their entire M.O. was that the woman-half would seduce men by standing sideways and flirting, then the man half would beat them up when they were vulnerable. Yeah, this was made in the '40s.
  • In one EC Comics story, a man's wife gives birth to twin girls, Penelope and Olga. He is only ever allowed to see one at a time, since Olga is a face growing out of the back of Penelope's head.
  • Downplayed but present in Eternals (2021). The Eternals' Omnicidal Maniac patriarch Uranos "the Undying" has the right side of his face cracked, scorched and damaged. It's the consequence of a century or more of interrogation that tried to defuse his Load-Bearing Boss plans. The interrogation wasn't successful, so he can't be killed and rebooted and, 600,000 years later, he still hasn’t healed.
  • A horizontal example occurs in Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash; Jason gets all the flesh between his neck and his nose blown off, leaving the entire bottom half of his skull exposed.
  • Green Lantern: Scar, the undead Guardian of the Universe and member of the Black Lantern Corps, takes her name from the huge scar on her face where the Anti-Monitor touched her.
  • Mob boss Vin Caruso (after his scarring) in The Green Hornet: Year One.
  • Iron Man (2020, Ongoing) features Hellcat getting an "insane fractal burn" (halfway between lightning and a cracked wall) on half her face after suffering an electrical discharge by a villain.
  • Marvel's Jack of Hearts had the left side of his body turn dark purple and his left eye turn white after a Freak Lab Accident. Eventually it is revealed that he is a Half-Human Hybrid whose mother's entire race has this trait; the mutagenic accident just made this aspect of his heritage assert itself.
  • Jonah Hex is a rare heroic example. A gunslinger resembling Clint Eastwood, he got a red-hot tomahawk pressed to the side of his face, giving him a very ugly disfigurement similar to Two-Face's.
  • The Legion of Super-Heroes villain Tharok is a cyborg who is split exactly down the middle. He wears clothes that cover his human side, but not his robot side (however that works).
  • The Marvel Universe villainess Madame Hydra/Viper was scarred across one side of her face in undisclosed circumstances, and generally hides this with bangs.
  • The Mighty Thor: Hela qualifies... but it's only visible if you steal her cloak. Her appearance (although not the cloak) is from the source mythology (Hela is an alternate spelling of Hel), which had her as this trope some of the time.note 
  • The Janus variety of two-facedness happens to Batman in the future in The New 52: Futures End. Batman had been captured by the Brother Eye system and had brain surgery done to extract the blueprints of Bruce Wayne's home-made time machine. Brother Eye still had use for him: Bruce is turned into a Terminator and to fill the hole in the back and top of his head, Brother Eye removes Joker's face (perhaps some brain tissue too) and grafts it onto Batman's head.
  • Sister Mary, one of Stryker's Purifiers, in New X-Men: Academy X and X-Force has a pair of scars marring one side of her face she got from a run-in with X-23 during Stryker's attack on the Xavier School.
  • Herr Starr from Preacher, who was blinded in one eye and scarred by a particularly vicious school bully who wanted his face to reflect his name.
  • Mazikeen from The Sandman (1989), who has no skin on the right half of her face, and is not a villain (although she is a demon). She might have annoyed Delirium, but it's not entirely clear.
    • In Lucifer, a well-meaning individual with newly-found magical powers turns Mazikeen's face symmetric and conventionally beautiful while she's unconscious, mistaking her appearance for horrible deformation. Mazikeen, who considered herself beautiful before, swears bloody revenge. The practical reason for the change was probably to get rid of her idiosyncratic speech pattern caused by having only half a mouth, allowing her character to develop without extreme annoyance to the reader.
  • Superman: Cyborg Superman, in a probable reference to the Terminator.
  • The Transformers (Marvel): Megatron at one point ended up having half of his face removed, exposing the inner workings.
  • A version in Transmetropolitan: Fred Christ is human on one half of his body and one of The Greys on the other half, due to an incomplete genetic alteration.
  • Enigma in Trinity (2008), who conceals the scarred half with a metal mask resembling a stylised question mark because he's the Mirror Universe counterpart of the Riddler.
  • In the second-to-last issue of The Twelve, Captain Wonder's face is half burned off in his ultimate confrontation with Dynamic Man. He later starts wearing a helmet to hide his disfigurement. It covers up the scarred part of his face but leaves the other half exposed, no doubt because Helmets Are Hardly Heroic.
  • Vincent Doonan, former employer and sometimes-antagonist of The Unbelievable Gwenpool, is revealed to be an escaped self-aware Doombot when Gwen Poole blows the human skin disguise off of the left side of his face. He's had the left side of his head exposed ever since.
  • Dwight from The Walking Dead had the left half of his face burned off by his boss, Negan. The eyelid on that side is completely gone, and he often has to use drops on his eye.
  • The Comedian from Watchmen could arguably qualify: his face is quite handsome, but the right side has a hideous scar running from his mouth to his cheekbone, making him appear to be constantly leering (echoing both his name and the infamous stained smiley face logo of the comic).

    Comic Strips 
  • The Batman Sunday comic strip of the 1940s features its own version of Two-Face as well. Handsome but small-time actor Harvey Apollo just happened to witness the killing of a policeman by gangster Lucky Sheldon. When Apollo testifies against the murderer, Sheldon throws vitriol at him. Batman (also in the courtroom as a witness) is only quick enough to disrupt, not block, the throw. Thus, Apollo acquires his disfigurement, his psychosis, and his hatred of Batman in one fell swoop. Apollo also gets his Two-Headed Coin from Sheldon, though not willingly. It was evidence in the trial, dropped in the chaos of the acid attack, and acquired afterwards (somehow) by Apollo, who of course scars one side to match his own profile. When the scarred side later stops a cop's bullet, Apollo takes it as further confirmation that he is fated for a long life of crime. Oh well, one out of TWO isn't bad.
  • Dick Tracy foe Haf-and-Haf, who resembles Two-Face to the point that some readers have thought Two-Face was a knock-off of Haf-and-Haf. Two-Face actually predates Haf-and-Haf by more than two decades (although it is possible that Chester Gould was unaware of the Batman character as he never read the work of other cartoonists). Haf-and-Haf was later brought back with increased Two-Face elements; he now calls himself Splitface (previously the name of a villain in the 1945 Dick Tracy movie with a diagonal scar) and has multiple personality disorder.

    Fan Works 
  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): A couple non-villainous examples occur. In Chapter 3, San manifests within the Nightmare Sequence as a duplicate of Vivienne's lost human form but with one half disfigured into a Ghidorah-like Humanoid Abomination. Later, San and Vivienne are mutilated to the point where half of either of their heads are destroyed, although they get better.
  • Brainbent: Calliope's appearance is one of the very few Moe examples of this trope. She's an adorable little girl with serious burns on the lower half of her face, which she covers up with a decorated surgical mask.
  • The Confectionary Chronicles: Hel is described as this, although where she was born with such decay in the myths, here it is the result of her being banished to Hell by Odin and suffering from her time there until she was able to make a deal with Death to rule that realm on his behalf. Despite her twisted appearance, Gabriel still finds his daughter beautiful, and even Hermione focuses on Hel’s kindness when they meet even if Hel takes care to hug Hermione so that her flesh side is the side closest to Hermione as it’s more comfortable that way.
  • Equestria Divided: Rainbow Dash had half her face burned off due to one of Twilight's experiments going wrong and half of Rarity's face is covered in crystal due to an illness.
  • Destiny Intertwined: Jhordinn has a very noticeable split appearance, being a fairly regular Earth dragon on his left side but having dark scales and long, twisted horns and spikes on his right, as a result of his failed transformation into a dark dragon.
  • Hivefled contains two examples. Aradia was less severely injured than in canon and is now a cyborg instead of a ghost in a robot body. Gamzee's Spirit Advisor Sennir Lilura appears as he did at the moment of his death, with half of the flesh on his head and neck torn off.

    Films — Animation 
  • Adam West's version of Batman fights not only the already famous Two-Face in Batman vs. Two-Face, but also a toxin full of evil that will turn Gothamites into two-faced creatures like him.
  • At the end of BIONICLE when Takanuva and Makuta merge, the resulting colossus Takutanuva has half of the former's benevolent Mask of Light and half of the latter's evil Mask of Shadows.
  • The Mayor from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas who is a two-faced politician — one face is happy and skin-colored while the other is sad and grey, with the situation Played for Laughs.
  • Chunk from Toy Story 3 has a face that can flip between a smiling one and a frowning one by pressing a button on top of his head. During most of the movie, Chunk will always show his frowning face to show his affiliation to Lotso, but at the end of the film due to Lotso being removed from the daycare center, Chunk actually now decided to show his smiling face.
  • White Snake (2019): The Fox spirit has a female human face and a fox face on the back of her head. She can turn her head 180 degrees to use the other face and speaks in a much older and deeper voice. She also acts more animalistic, such as starting to crawl instead of walking, like a fox.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 300: One of the concubines in Xerxes' harem has massive scarring on only one half of her face. She actually looks normal until she turns her head to look at the traitor Ephialtes.
  • Asylum: At the end of "Frozen Fear", Bonnie pushes back her hair to reveal to Dr. Martin that the right side of her face is crisscrossed with deep scars where she used the hatchet to hack the crawling hand of her face.
  • Batman Forever has the only Two-Face without bulging eye and exposed teeth - but the Camp tone makes him paint the injured half a bright pink. He'll also flip his coin repeatedly if he really wants to do something, usually something particularly evil.
  • Blade II: After the UV bomb badly burns half his face, Reinhardt is Two-Faced for the short remainder of his life.
  • In The Box, the messenger with his disfigured left cheek.
  • Child's Play 3: During the final chase through an amusement park horror ride, Chucky gets a good chunk of the left side of his face painfully sliced off by a grim reaper animatronic that swings an actual scythe, ending up resembling a doll version of Aaron Eckhart's Two-Face.
  • Half of Josiah's face in Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering bear burn-scars from the time when people tried to burn him at the stake.
  • Roy Neary (played by Richard Dreyfuss) ends up like this in the opening of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, on account of the UFO giving him sunburn. Half of his face was protected from the shade of his automobile. This results in a later scene where Roy and the female lead laughingly compare burns.
  • The Dark Knight features an allusion to the first origin story of Two-Face in Harvey Dent's first scene, when Dent is overseeing the prosecution of Sal Maroni and a witness tries shooting him from the stand with a pistol, only to fail because it's a Chinese carbon-fiber weapon. Here, Harvey's transformation into Two-Face is when he is tied up in a warehouse on the orders of the Joker. Trying to break loose of his restraints, he ends up getting the left side of his face soaked in diesel fuel. In the subsequent explosion, despite Batman's efforts to pat out the flames, all of the skin on the left side of Dent's face gets burned away, which, coupled with Rachel's death, becomes the catalyst for Dent's Sanity Slippage, which coupled with a visit by the Joker and some further mind games leads to his Face–Heel Turn.
  • In a terminal Body Horror example, Billy from Deep Rising got swallowed alive by a sea monster, then expelled again when the tendril that engulfed him was shot up by another character. One side of his face is droopy and wet with digestive juices, but the other is revealed to be melted away down to the teeth, eyeball, and exposed brain.
  • In Dick Tracy, Detective, Splitface's face is bisected by a vicious, jagged scar.
  • The character Abby in Dread has a port wine birthmark that covers most of the right side of her body, including part of her face. Considering that the film is about a Psycho Psychologist conducting experiments on fear, the similarity to Harvey Dent is very likely intentional.
  • The Big Bad from Dr. Wai in "The Scripture with No Words" have half of his face missing due to being overwhelmed by the powers of the titular scripture.
  • Former child actor turned global superstar Ricky Coogan from Freaked is turned into a half-man, half-goblin by an evil freakshow ringmaster. "I wonder if Gremlins 3 is casting..."
  • By Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Jason has decayed so much that about half his face is just bare bone.
  • Halloween Kills: After escaping the fire he was trapped in at the end of the previous movie, Michael's iconic mask is now burned on one side, with the brief glimpse we get of his face when Karen steals the mask from him at the climax showing fresh burn scars all over that side of his actual face.
  • Another non-villain example is Orlando Bloom's character in Haven after acid is thrown in his face.
  • Voltan, the villain of the camp Heroic Fantasy Hawk the Slayer, has facial scarring from an infected wound that refuses to heal. In a subversion, this trope is achieved via an open-face helmet with the injury covered by a visor and cheekpiece on one side.
  • In Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, King Thranduil of the Wood Elves. While he's trying to convince Thorin for a share of Erebor's treasure in exchange for supporting him on his quest, he shows him the left side of his face with a heavy burn scar down to the bone, complete with missing cheek and a blind eye, suggesting him that he knows perfectly what the fire of a dragon can do. It's not stated if the scar is covered with a magical illusion or the scar itself was a magical illusion to show Thorin how badly damaged his face was before.
  • HOUBA! On the Trail of the Marsupilami: When the effects of the elixir of youth start to wear off, half of Hermoso's face ends up old and wrinkled while the other half is still young-looking. He is even described as "the two-faced man" in The Prophecy, and Pablito identifies him thanks to this.
  • James Bond:
    • Alec Trevelyan in GoldenEye, although not nearly as badly disfigured as the above. The right side of his face was scarred in an explosion. Interestingly, he uses Janus as a code name, referencing a Roman god with two faces (one on the back of his head). Also a reference to his status as a double agent while working for MI-6.
    • A low-level mook in Casino Royale (2006), Mollaka, has a melted earlobe caused by handling chemicals for use in bombs.
    • Raoul Silva in Skyfall looks like this with his prosthesis removed. A dodgy Cyanide Pill left him disfigured instead of actually killing him; without his dentures, his left cheek is sunken and his eyelid droops.
    • Ernst Blofeld as portrayed in Spectre has the left side of his face disfigured after Madeleine throws Bond's explosive watch at him. Blood can be seen flying off his face as he falls. When the scar is seen later, it's clear that Blofeld can no longer see out of that eye. He simply shrugs as if nothing unusual happened.
  • The shark in Jaws 2 has its face horrifically burned early in the film after a boat it's attacking catches fire and explodes.
  • Charlie Houk from Land of the Dead has burn scars on the right side of his face, however, he got a strong moral compass and Undying Loyalty to the man who pulled him out from the fire that disfigured him, putting him on the good side in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse.
  • In The Last Rites of Ransom Pride, Maria La Morena, the witch who runs the local brothel, is a beautiful woman with hideous burn scars across one side of her face.
  • Near the end of Machete Kills, Luther Voz gets shot in the face with a flamethrower, burning half of his face. He angrily hides it with a mask.
  • The villain from MacGruber survives the explosion of his lair, at the cost of his groin, right hand, and a good chunk of the left side of his head, now burned off.
  • Mel Gibson as the title character in The Man Without a Face.
  • Lady Vampire in Monster Brawl gets such a look when Mummy's pendant that shoots solar energy rays hits her.
  • In a non-villainous example, Mr. Nobody has a timeline in which the protagonist and his wife are involved in a freak road accident that kills her and leaves him burnt on the left side of his face.
  • Freddy Krueger of A Nightmare on Elm Street was originally supposed to have half of his face being a bare skull, but it couldn't be done due to the special effect limitations at the time. The planned look is still used on some of the original posters, which carried to those of the sequels.
  • The juvenile hitman "Blue Face" from The Nice Guys earns this nickname after getting permanent security ink splattered on the right side of his face.
  • The Omen (1976): Father Spiletto is left like this thanks to his burns in a fire.
  • The monster of Prophecy is a mutated bear with half of its body fleshy and hairless.
  • Officer Vickers gets such a look at the end of Psycho Cop Returns when the Final Girl attacks him with the Aerosol Flamethrower.
  • One of Dr. Rochelle's mutant creations in The Return of Swamp Thing has a half-gator face.
  • At the end of Scream (2022), the Ghostface killer Amber Freeman turns out to be Not Quite Dead after getting set on fire, and charges the survivors with half her face burnt off. Tara finishes her off by shooting her.
  • She Freak, a weak 1960s remake of Freaks, ends with the villainous main character turned into a sideshow attraction, half her face somehow turned to a cartoony monster face.
  • In Silent Tongue, Awbonnie's ghost has white 'T' painted on her face. One side of the 'T', her face is youthful and beautiful, and on the other it is twisted, withered and sagging.
  • Due to an accident involving a combination of acid and fire, Marty from Slaughter High ends up like this. It gets worse at the very end when he randomly rips off the scarred portion of his face.
  • In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the antagonist is fatally injured during the final battle by an explosion in the bridge of his ship, which leaves the right side of his face horribly burned and bloody.
  • In A Study in Terror, Angela has had half her face scarred by acid. When she first meets Holmes, she sits in profile so he can only see the non-scarred half of her face.
  • In the movie Surf Ninjas, Leslie Nielsen plays Colonel Chi, who had half of his face repaired with cybernetics after having it crushed. When you first see him, he's looking to the side, showing only the flesh half of his face. He then does a Face-Revealing Turn to show his metal half.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's original Terminator cyborg ends up like this after taking battle damage in just about all of the movies that he's in. Even the poster for Terminator Genisys alludes to this. Behind the scenes, the actor has joked that he's "so handsome" naturally that filmmakers must cover up at least part of his face or the ladies would swoon at him too much.
  • Thir13en Ghosts: Two of the ghosts, the Withered Lover and The Torn Prince, manifest this way because of the mutilating causes of their respective deaths; a house fire and a car accident respectively.
  • In Timber Falls, the right side of Deacon's face is a twisted mass of scar tissue that leaves his mouth gaping open on that side. He is also The Speechless.
  • There's a specific point in Tucker & Dale vs. Evil when Chad goes from crazy but functional to just plain crazy, and it begins with him getting horribly burned on the left side of his body. As the protagonists frantically try to start their car, he comes at them with an axe, looking an awful lot like one of the slasher-movie villains he constantly equates them to.
  • The Stinger of Vigilante Diaries reveals that Andreas survived the explosion but is now disfigured. While his entire face is messed up, the left half is essentially a mass of solid scar tissue.
  • When Evil Calls: After a girl wishes she was prettier than Victoria, Victoria gets acid splashed in her face; hideously scarring the right-hand side of it.
  • A Woman's Face: Burnt as a child, Anna Holm's face is like this and a rare female example. It helps that one side is Joan Crawford (and in the Swedish version, it's Ingrid Bergman).
  • Wonder Woman (2017) has Doctor Poison who wears a mask to hide her Glasgow Grin.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse: One of Apocalypse's original horsemen has scarring covering the left half of her face and is apparently blind in one eye.
  • In Zardoz, speed-aging is used as punishment for the Eternals. One character is aged on only one side of his face, for no real reason (well, other than The '70s).
  • Non-disfigurement example: In a scene from Zorro, the Gay Blade, George Hamilton has one side of his face made up like powdered-and-primped Ramon de la Vega and the other, like manly Diego de la Vega with a painted-on mask. He changes his vocal pitch and accent each time he turns his head.

  • In Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, Asher went through some torture involving holy water. Holy water acts as fairly serious acid on vampires. He ends up like this, complete with the hidden in shadow entrance.
  • K. A. Applegate seems to like this trope - she did it with Hel in Everworld, Taylor in Animorphs (although her ruined side was covered by artificial parts), and again with 2Face in Remnants. Though Hel being beautiful on one side and decayed on the other is true to the ancient Norse myths.
  • Isaac Asimov's The Rest of the Robots: The original cover had a stylised figure with skin/veins on the right and natal bars/springs/wires on the left, making it half-man and half-machine from their head to their legs (and presumably lower).
  • Isaac Asimov and Janet Asimov's The Norby Chronicles: Norby is a short barrel-like robot built with telescoping arms that can bend in either direction, his feet attach to his telescoping legs in the middle rather than at one side, and an expressive pair of eyes both in front and in back. Essentially, he doesn't have a back, just two fronts. If he really wants to concentrate while he's looking at something, he closes the eyes looking away from it.
  • Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg's The Positronic Man: The 1993 Doubleday cover has a small portrait representing Andrew Martin, with a half-human, half-robot face. The robot side of his face is much darker than the human half, the better to emphasize his glowing red eye.
  • Maya Banks: In Highlander Most Wanted, part of the Montgomerys and Armstrongs series, the main heroine, Genevieve is stunningly beautiful, apart from the left side of her cheek which was hideously scarred by her abusive psychopath captor who also raped her viciously.
  • Clive Barker's Cabal: A deranged character literally peels off the skin from the lower half of his face in an attempt to reveal his "real face" underneath. Hey, it's Clive Barker.
  • In Dean Koontz's Frankenstein tetralogy, one half of Deucalion's face was destroyed by the device that was meant to kill him for attacking his maker. A friend gives him a tattoo over it to help distract people from the extent of the damage. He is not a villain, however.
  • Earthsea has two examples, neither villainous:
    • Ged from A Wizard of Earthsea has a half-scarred face from an encounter with a vaguely defined creature that he accidentally summoned. (It later turns out to be, appropriately, his own dark doppelgänger.)
    • Therru in Tehanu provides a full-body example of this trope, having been horribly burned by her parents prior to the events of the book.
  • David Eddings's The Belgariad: Torak has this affliction to a large extent, although he covers it with a living mask. Half his face was set on fire by a pissed Artifact of Doom, and because the gods don't have a built-in ability to heal (since they aren't generally capable of being injured) it's still burning after several millennia.
  • While it's never stated if Quirrell's good-looking, there's a reason why the last chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is called "The Man with Two Faces". The back of his face is the horrendously ugly, snake-like Voldemort.
  • Heart of Steel has Alistair Mechanus, whose face was burned so badly while trapped in a burning car wreck that he lost his ear, eye, and much of the soft tissue on that side of the face. He replaced everything with metal plates and mechanical organs, and his Face-Revealing Turn startles the heck out of Julia.
  • H. P. Lovecraft's short story "Under the Pyramids" (ghost-written for Harry Houdini): The Egyptian Queen Nitokris, described as the following; "By his side knelt beautiful Queen Nikotris, whom I saw in profile for a moment, noting that the right half of her face was eaten away by rats or other ghouls.
  • James Bond:
    • In Moonraker, the left side of Hugo Drax's face was burned during World War II. Plastic surgery managed to fix it somewhat, but it still has some noticeable puckering. Also a metaphorical reference to his dark past as a Nazi saboteur seeking revenge against England for the destruction of his fatherland.
    • The left side of Kobus' face in Solo (James Bond) got shot twice in the past, which removed the cheekbone and parts of upper jaw from it and as a side-effect, he now has a steady stream of tears falling from his left eye. This condition gave him the nickname "the man with two faces".
  • Ari Marmell's The Goblin Corps: Morthûl, the Charnel King, is a lich variant who is literally caught between life and death: one half of his body is a skeleton, while the other half is... still pretty unpleasant to look at, judging by the artist renditions of him, but at least it has flesh.
  • George R. R. Martin:
    • Dying of the Light: Half of Bretan Braith Lantry's face is scarred for some unknown reason, he is known for being dangerous, duel-happy, and touchy. The narration draws attention to just how dissonant he looks when he paces: one side is a normal if high-strung young man, the other a scarred black wasteland with a glowstone for an eye.
    • A Song of Ice and Fire: Sandor "The Hound" Clegane received his wounds at age six when his brother Gregor found him playing with one of his long-discarded toys and shoved his face into a brazier. However, while you probably wouldn't call him heroic, he's not really evil either — his face often makes people automatically assume he's a monster, but he ultimately subverts the villainy associated with this trope. Also subverted with Brienne of Tarth (as far from a villain as you can get) and princess Myrcella (an innocent nine-year-old girl), who were both disfigured in "A Feast For Crows." Myrcella's cheek was slashed to the bone by Gerold Dayne and she lost an ear on the same side of her head and half of Brienne's cheek was chewed off by Biter.
  • In the Matthew Hawkwood novels, Hawkwood's ally the Handicapped Badass Colonel Lomax is a heroic example. Pinned under a dead horse and caught in a grass fire, the left side of Lomax's body was badly burned; crippling his left arm, destroying his left eye and badly scarring the left-hand side of his face.
  • Mind to Mind: The 1974 cover to this Anthology has a Janus-head, representing how telepathy can merge two minds together.
  • The Mortal Engines series presents Hester Shaw, scarred as a child by the man who killed her parents or so she thinks . She isn't ''quite'' evil, but is shown to be possessive and vengeful.
  • Nightside:
    • Shotgun Suzie wound up like this for a while after being struck in the face with a mace, then burned so that her werewolf blood transfusion couldn't fully repair the damage. Unusual not only in that she's not male or a villain but in that she chose to keep it like that rather than using magic to fix it, as it suited her Bounty Hunter image.
    • A One-Scene Wonder named La Belle Dame Sans Merci had half her face a slightly different skin tone, due to her replacing bits of her body with powerful beings she kills.
  • The Phantom Tollbooth: The Dodecahedron just rotates whichever face he needs to show his current emotional state.
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies:
    • The character Selendri exhibits this. The entire right side of her body is burned horrifically due to a moisture-activated contact poison that was coated inside the right half of a masquerade costume she wore by an exceptionally cruel would-be assassin. Her hand was burned so badly it had to be replaced with a brass prosthetic, which hides bladelike claws within the fingers.
    • Her boyfriend, none too pleased, then decides to do this to the guy who took out the hit. By putting half his body in concrete, so it necrotizes and rots.
  • Redwall's Slagar the Cruel has one side of his face mutilated and paralysed by adder venom, and wears a silk harlequin mask to hide it. (The mask also helps since he runs a travelling show that's a front for a child slavery ring.) In a later book, Riggu Felis gets the lower half of his face ripped entirely off and hangs a strip of chain mail from his helmet to hide it. What with the mask and the fact that missing his nose and lips makes his voice sound really weird, he comes across as the Furry Fandom's answer to Darth Vader.
  • Young Sherlock Holmes: In Red Leech, half of Booth's face is normal, even handsome, with a moustache and goatee. The other half is a shiny mass of scar tissue from where he was burnt in the barn fire.
  • Warrior Cats: Brightheart had half of her face ripped off by dogs in A Dangerous Path. This left her with one beautiful part and one horrifically scarred part. However, she is not evil in the slightest.
  • On of the Djelibeybian gods in Pyramids is Khefin the Two Headed God of Gateways, who is presumably the Janus version.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Larry Harvey on American Horror Story: Murder House had half his face burnt when his girlfriend's son Tate set him on fire.
  • Space Commander Travis, The Dragon from the first two seasons of Blake's 7 who relentlessly pursues our heroes, seeking revenge for the injury Blake inflicted in their Back Story that cost him an arm and half his face, the latter covered with a molded black skin-like mask doubling as an Eyepatch of Power. Facial surgery could fix the damage, but he keeps it as a Red Right Hand to remind Blake of what he's done, and to set himself apart from the deskbound staff officers he despises.
  • Boardwalk Empire has a rare (anti-)heroic example in Richard Harrow. He's a handsome ex-World War I vet, who, in battle, lost the left half of his face, including his left eye. He covers up the injury with a tin mask (meant to duplicate the intact right side of his face before the injuries, though the effect is unsettling to anyone who doesn't know him). However, he's a charming, loyal and just man, albeit a merciless and very efficient killer when he needs to be. His mask and deformities are based on actual injuries and masks used by soldiers, with Anna Coleman Ladd famously making these kinds of masks.
  • Serial Killer Pelant from Bones was an average-looking guy who could pass as a harmless member of the general public through the first half of his arc, but after Booth shoots him in the side of his face... not so much. The scarring is particularly gruesome because he was forced to sew up his own wounds, and luckily for the audience, we get to watch.
  • Breaking Bad: This happens to Gus Fring after Walt's bomb explodes. Gus strolls out of the room and straightens his tie, apparently unharmed. Then the camera pans around to the other side and we see that the right side of his head has been utterly destroyed, and he drops dead a couple seconds later. The camera focuses first on the intact side of Gus's face, which symbolizes the legitimate fast-food mogul that everyone sees Gus as, and then the camera pans over to the destroyed part of his face, which is symbolic of the cold-blooded meth dealer that he secretly is.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Adam has three, if you count that metal portion.
  • The killer in the Criminal Minds episode "Devil's Night" had exactly half his face covered in burn scars caused by a car crash.
  • CSI: In ""The Chick Chop Flick Shop", one of the suspects is a Stalker with a Crush who used to work as a stage hand at the studio where the actress was murdered, until a malfunctioning prop set the right side of his body alight: gnarling his right hand and turning the right side of his face into a mass of scar tissue.
  • Doctor Who has a few villains like this.
    • The classic series gave us Magnus Greel — the right side of his face was melted and looked like soggy noodles.
    • The revival series gave us a few more examples. The Smiler robots in "The Beast Below" have three faces, one for happiness, one for displeasure, and one for rage. Since their heads turn 180 degrees and not 120 degrees, they apparently have a hidden arm in the back that switches whichever faces are not in use. (They are humanoid automatons in booths, like [[Film/Big Zoltar]].)
    • In "Nightmare of Silver", when the Doctor is partially converted into a Cyber-Planner, half his face is covered in metal to signify his Split Personality. And in the season after that, the Half-Face Man is a clockwork droid whose face is half covered in human skin.
    • "The Haunting of Villa Diodati"/"Ascension of the Cybermen"/"The Timeless Children" feature Ashad, the Lone Cyberman, whose mask is either broken or incomplete, exposing half his face.
  • Used a lot on Face/Off, when contestants maximize the asymmetry of their makeups. During the Torture Cellar challenge, one Frankensteinian creation had two faces, one male and one female, fused together at the midline of the head.
  • Farscape:
    • Xhalax Sun: her appearance isn't as grotesque as some examples on this page, but still counts: the left side of her face has been badly burned from the cheekbone back, leaving her with a missing ear and a ton of mangled scar tissue from her hairline to her neck.
    • Stark wears a leather half-mask that covers one side of his face. The side of his face covered by the mask is Pure Energy, due to him being only semi-corporeal, and the mask is to stop the energy from leaking out.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • One half of Sandor Clegane's face was horribly burned by Gregor, and though it doesn't look as horrible in the show as the books indicate, it's still pretty visible.
    • Shireen Baratheon has the look in the form of scars from her Grayscale affliction in infanthood, but it's otherwise thoroughly averted since she's probably the sweetest character in the series.
  • In episode eight of House of the Dragon, the right side of Viserys's face has become discolored, is missing an eye, and most of its right cheek due to What his actor calls "a form of Leprosy"
  • Heroes: This happens to Nathan when he stops Peter from exploding and saves New York. He gets better.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: Adar's left side has many malformations, scars, and Sauron's mark branded on his face, while his right side is more fair.
  • In Nikita, the title character splashes Roan with his own body-dissolving liquid, giving him this look.
  • Another non-villainous example is Major Sholto, John Watson's old military commander and the near-murder-victim in the Sherlock episode "The Sign of Three".
  • Star Trek:
  • In one Tales from the Crypt episode, the Villain Protagonist does this to himself to avert the curse he brought upon himself when he betrayed his friend to obtain a life-preserving serum. Symbolically destroying his "evil" half was the only way to survive.
  • A victim of one Monster of the Week on the Tremors series wound up looking like this, with half his face and one arm reduced to a mummified condition.
  • Pam on True Blood, as a result of a witch's curse early Season 4. She only actually fits the trope for a few episodes, after which the skin on the other half of her face sloughs off as well.
  • Ultra Series
    • Dada from Ultraman is referred to as the "Three-Faced Kaijinnote ", but in a very weird twist, he doesn't have three faces all at once. His head switches between the three faces without any apparent pattern or reason for it. In fact, Science Patrol thought they were dealing with three different Dada when they investigated because of this bizarre trait.
    • Pandon, originally the final opponent of Ultraseven, has this depending on the series. In some appearances, it has a singular neck with the two faces pointing out sideways, while in others, it's more of a Multiple Head Case.
    • Ultraman Leo did this twice with its Monsters of the Week Ashuran and Blizzard, both of whom had a red face and a blue face. The former's design choice was inspired by demons in Buddhist myth, while the latter had different elemental powers depending on which side Leo was facing, with icy mist coming from the blue side and searing fire from the red.
    • Sakuna Oni from Ultraman Tiga had a second face hidden underneath its hair that Tiga discovered unpleasantly. While the main face breathes fire, the back face blasts gusts of wind capable of knocking Tiga off his feet and allowing Sakuna Oni to gain an upper hand.
    • Garaon from Ultraman Dyna takes it a step further by having three faces; one happy, one angry, and one sad. Each one possesses a different set of Eye Beams and is separately controlled by one of its three alien creators; not to mention that the happy face has a laughing gas Breath Weapon.
    • Ultraman Cosmos featured a race of Dada expies called Gigi, who aren't normally this but can turn into a three-faced giant through a Fusion Dance. In this form, Gigi can swiftly spin its head on its shoulders to fire Eye Beams at rapid speed in all directions.
  • Vera: In "Little Lazarus", Vera arrests a psycho who has been terrifying a woman and her son for years. Half of his face is covered in horrific burn scars, leading to the boy's nickname for him of 'the Shiny Man'. However, he turns out not to be the murderer.

  • Disturbed likes to do this with the band members' faces and their Mascot The Guy on much of their merchandise (MAAW IV seems to be the only place the shirts were available though).
  • The album artwork for Tankard's Two-Faced (unsurprisingly) depicts such a character.
  • The cover art for Spanish metal band Zarpa's album ¿Ángeles o Demonios? features a barbarian-esque character whose entire left side is that of a lizard-man's.

    Music Videos 
  • In the Monster Mash clip for the Backstreet Boys' "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)", Kevin Richardson has half of his face normal, and the other half deformed/reptilian, since he's portraying Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
  • Gemini, the character played by Prince in the "Partyman" and "Batdance" music videos, has the hair and makeup of the Joker on one side of his face, with the other half being Bruce Wayne or Prince himself. (These videos were tie-ins for the 1989 movie Batman, in which Harvey Dent has not yet become Two-Face.)

    Myths & Religion 
  • Older Than Print, the goddess of birth and death is depicted this way in many cultures, including many Native American and Central American legends. Hel from Norse Mythology may be the most famous. She was half beautiful maiden and half either crone or skeleton, Depending on the Writer (although sometimes she's depicted as withered from the waist down instead of two-faced).
  • Classical Mythology:
    • The spirit Melinoe is described as being colored half white and half black, which could be interpreted this way.
    • Janus, the Roman god of transitions, has a face on the back of his head so he can always see where he was (the past) as well as where he's going (the future). Though, again depending on the myths you read, Janus was sometimes depicted as having a face on the right side of his head and a face on the left side.
  • The Book of Ezekiel in The Bible. The prophet Ezekiel has a vision in which he sees four "living creatures", each with four faces: that of a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle.
  • African Mythology: In the African country of Angola, there is a type of evil spirit called the Kishi, which resembles a handsome man with a hyena's face on the back of its head. They use their human faces to seduce women they come across and then use their hyena face to eat them.

  • Naturally, Two-Face in Sega's Batman Forever. It's even invoked in the rules; there is a target for each half of Two-Face's face, and hitting two of them consecutively (both good, both bad, or one good and one bad) gives a reward according to what pair was scored.

  • Survival of the Fittest:
    • Subverted: While "Badass Johnny" Lancer's face is horribly scarred on the left side, he's actually a rather swell guy.
    • Played straight with Melina Frost, after getting a Molotov cocktail in her face, though. Even comes complete with Eye Scream.

    Tabletop Games 
  • BattleTech:
    • Happens to Thomas Marik, where he manages to escape an assassination attempt that claims the lives of his brothers but leaves him with terrible scarring across half his face (and it's implied the rest of his body on that side as well). He doesn't have a split personality but it turns out that he's been a fake, and that the real Thomas Marik became the Master of the Word of Blake and its Jihad.
    • Star Captain Trent of Clan Smoke Jaguar gets the right half of his face blown off on Tukayyid and has to have it reconstructed piecemeal, including growing a new eye and getting a metallic socket implanted to keep it in place in his skull. Despite the effects this has on his looks he's the Token Heroic Orc of Clan Smoke Jaguar, representing the not-suicidally-insane parts of the Clan which had kept it alive. Though from the Jaguars' perspective he's still quite the villain as he ended up selling the location of the Smoke Jaguar homeworld, Huntress, to Comstar, allowing a coalition of Inner Sphere forces to invade it and destroy the Jaguars.
  • Champions villain Halfjack is a cyborg who is human on one half and robot on the other, much like Tharok of DC Comics' Fatal Five.
  • In Exalted, the Big Bad "Mask of Winters" wears a helmet with two masks on opposite sides, one smiling, one frowning. When he wishes to change moods, he turns around, and all the joints in his body reverse.
  • Scion goes with the two-faced version of Hel for its version of the Aesir. It doesn't show if she takes on a physical form in the World, but you still feel it on some level.
  • Desmond LaRouche, a minor NPC from the Ravenloft setting, was rebuilt as a half-golem after one side of his body was destroyed in a laboratory accident.
  • In Pathfinder, Nethys (God of Knowledge, Magic, Duality, and Balance) is typically portrayed in this way.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Because of the nature of the 40K universe, battle scarring and cybernetic replacements are commonplace. So much so that listing every instance all of them would create quite a wall of text, and it's simpler to just stick with this trope as a theme. However, groups that tend to have this incredibly often are the Adeptus Mechanicus, Iron Hands Chapter of Space Marines and their successor chapters, and Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marine Legion, with most usually done with half their face being augmetics (in fact it's rarer to find one, art or model-wise, without any tech on their face). The Mechanicus have this as their logo; one half bare skull and the other half mechanical.

  • In Cirque du Soleil's Mystere, there is a group of creatures known as the Double Faces who perform the Chinese poles act. What the character description and picture at the official site don't note is that they wear their masks on the back of their heads; in passing the performers' actual faces are visible, but as the act is staged the creatures "prefer" to present only the mask side (all the masks are identical and creepy, verging on Uncanny Valley).
  • Erik of the musical version of The Phantom of the Opera... how scarred he actually is once the mask comes off seems to change based on who is doing the makeup.
  • The title character in Verdi's opera Rigoletto.

    Theme Parks 
  • The Raven Twins from Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream event are horrifically disfigured on one side of their faces, due to being conjoined twins that were very crudely split apart.
  • The Haunted Mansion's Withering Man character, normally depicted as a man suffering from Rapid Aging in his changing portrait, is depicted with a half-skull face in the artwork for Tokyo Disneyland's "Ghost Registry" campaign.

  • The first wave of Beast Wars action figures had a gimmick of each figure having two faces in robot mode, one a normal robot face and the other being a "mutant" face.
  • From LEGO's action-figure lines:
    • BIONICLE's Kongu in his Toa Inika form wore a half-corroded Mask of Power.
      • The Kraahkan, Mask of Shadows worn by Makuta Teridax and later Makuta Icarax has an extra face molded on the scalp, representing their shape-shifting abilities. When Vezon tried to steal the Mask of Life, it also fused on the back of his head, giving him a second face.
    • In the ReBoot BIONICLE (2015), the Mask of Time was depicted as the top half of a mask to contrast it with the original 2001 Mask of Time that was a mask without a top. However, this top-half mask was only shown in a comic and not sold as a LEGO piece, and the idea of combining the two mask-halves from the two timelines was not addressed in the story, though it was flaunted in early concept work.
    • Spitface from Hero Factory, whose entire body is divided into different-styled halves, both with its own personality and voice. His shtick is that their constant squabbling always gives the heroes enough time to defeat him.
    • Nurp-Naut from Mixels. On one side of his head is the two-eyed baby Nurp, while the other side is the Cyclops elder Naut. They treat each other as separate entities, with others doing the same. They also have a tendency to argue with each other on various things.
    • Blaster from Slizer inherits half his face from Amazon/Jungle and the other from Jet/Judge. In the story, he's probably these two beings fused into one.

    Video Games 
  • Two-Face himself has made a few appearances in video game adaptions, though not nearly as many as more popular rogues such as the Joker. His two major appearances have been in a pair of Batman Forever BeatEmUps, which are based on Tommy Lee Jones' portrayal, and in the Arkham Series which (like most of the series' rogues) combines aspects of The Dark Knight Trilogy with Bruce Timm's animated universe:
    • In the Megadrive/Super NES versions of Forever, Two-Face eschews an Ambidextrous Sprite, with different movesets depending on which side he's facing. The "Harvey" side packs a Tommy gun, while "Two-Face" is a Psycho Knife Nut and close-range fighter. He is also capable of restoring his health with the "coin of fate." Like in the film, Two-Face's gimmick is based around Acid Pools which decorate his hangout, and he plays second fiddle to the Riddler.
    • Arkham City focuses more on Harvey's background as an attorney: He's holed up in Gotham's courthouse where he conducts a Kangaroo Court proceeding on Catwoman, which doesn't turn out quite as intended. Catwoman uses her claws to slash the immaculate half of poor Harvey's face, then leaves with precisely half of his loot. This version of him also has a burned arm. In Batman: Arkham Knight, the Joker hallucination unsubtly inquires if the burns extend to Harvey's penis as well.
    "Color me insensitive, but I've always been curious. Did everything get split down the middle?"
    • True to fashion, this fate can befall Harvey in Batman: The Telltale Series during his campaign for mayor. It's possible to save him from getting his face scarred, but he still ends up becoming Two-Face anyway, and it's arguably even creepier to see him act like a lunatic with a perfectly intact face.
  • The "living" Alice Angel in Bendy and the Ink Machine has two sides to her face, both equally bad. The left half is distorted like it's been badly burned, with tumorous bumps where her ear should be, a rent-open cheek that exposes her teeth, a mad, staring eye, and a lopsided halo visibly growing out the left side of her skull. Meanwhile, the right side of her face so smooth and toony that it hits the Uncanny Valley. Aside from that, she's really quite the beauty.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Tong Si Hung, the local Triad boss in Hengsha, has some awful looking burn scars covering the left side of his face, as well as his upper torso. He's also quite shady and manipulative, and loves using lies and disinformation to toy with people.
  • The corrupted council in Act III of Diablo II are half-human and half-demon, split vertically.
  • In Diablo III, Belial, the Lord of Lies, is (fittingly) shown to have two mouths, one on each side of the face. He makes the phrase "talking from both sides of the mouth" almost literal.
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands: One of the Santa Blanca Cartel's buchons is an ex-pyrolucite miner turned lab technician named "El Wey", who burned up half his face in a lab accident trying to improve the cartel's pyrolucite for cocaine production. Cracking jokes about his face is a major Berserk Button for him, otherwise he's apparently pretty chill.
  • Rtas 'Vadum, the Sangheili Spec-Ops Commander and later Shipmaster in Halo, lost his two left mandibles and gained several nasty scars from a duel with a Flood-infected Master Swordsman.
  • Gauldoth Half-Dead in Heroes of Might and Magic IV, half living human and half undead zombie following an Emergency Transformation gone wrong, is an Anti-Hero example.
  • In Hitman: Blood Money, we have ex-FBI Director and Unreliable Narrator Jack Alexander. An undisclosed 'accident' left him wheelchair-bound and flayed the skin from half his face.
  • Ariel, the ghostly Guardian of Balance from Legacy of Kain, sports bare skull on the left side of her face.
  • Zaeed in Mass Effect 2, the resident Anti-Hero of Shepard's team, has gruesome scars and a blind eye on the right side of his face, having survived a shot to the head when his fellow Blue Suns leader betrayed him.
  • Sheltem from Might and Magic. He wears a mask to hide that.
  • New Destroyman, one of the opponents in No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle is cyborg right down the middle. After Travis bisected him in NMH, his halves were augmented and he came back in two bodies. One half is outwardly polite and favors ranged attacks, while the other is crude and favors melee.
  • Melting from Nuclear Throne is half skeleton and half, well, melting flesh.
  • Pilot Kids has a ceramic gnome boss who starts off smiling while throwing projectiles at you from his flower pot, until you managed to reduce his health to more than half. When that happens, the gnome then spins around, obscuring his face for a split-second, and now he's frowning, with a Gatling gun coming out of his flower pot.
  • In the notoriously bad biker game Ride to Hell: Retribution, The Dragon of the evil biker gang, Pretty Boy, has most of the flesh on the left half of his face and upper torso flayed off. He ups the ante by also having a bolted-on metal eyepatch over his left eye.
  • Giacomo, the protagonist from Rise of Legends gets this look in the third and final campaign.
  • Maero in Saints Row 2 after you put radioactive waste in his tattoo ink.
  • In Spec Ops: The Line, Walker's face is nearly burnt off on one side after surviving the destruction of Dubai's water transport trucks.
  • In Team Fortress 2, the cosmetic item "Second Opinion" does this to the Medic, giving him a crude, half-discolored face graft that seems to have a mind of its own even more psychotic than the regular Medic.
    Second Opinion: Kill zhem all!
    Medic: Hmm, are you sure?
    Second Opinion: Yes.
    Medic: Vell, I'm convinced!
  • The Twofaces and Double Talkers of Toontown Online. A rather odd example, as the fronts of their heads are blank, but they have two identical faces on each side, looking left and right.
  • CATS, the main villain of Zero Wing, is a cyborg with a half-robotic face.

    Visual Novels 

  • El Goonish Shive: Mrs. Verres turns out to have severe scarring on one side of her face, and be blind in the eye on that side. She covered this up with magic for many years.
  • Dellyn Goblinslayer, an evil human ranger from Goblins, has part of his face and body made out of living wood. A Wizard Did It is implied to have been involved. It gets worse when it's soaked in high-proof alcohol and set on fire, turning half his body into charcoal.
  • The Order of the Stick: In strip #1226, Lien and O-Chul's mysterious captor finally reveals themself as Serini Toormuck, the last living member of the Order of the Scribble, also revealing that the left side of their body has been turned a sickly green, with a red eye.
    Sirini: Xykon? I know all about Xykon. I have firsthand experience... as in, he's the reason I don't have my first hand.
  • Siobhan Pattinson in Outsiders. After rescuing Ebony, who had been beaten senseless by a pair of homophobic bar patrons, Siobhan is glassed when one of their tormentors throws a bottle at her; which leaves her face permanently scarred on the left-hand side. In order to hide this disfigurement, she wears face powder.
  • Relatively low-key example: Remus's Marcus Laurent, a CIA agent, has skin grafts all over the left half of his face, is missing that eyebrow, and has had a chunk taken out of his ear.
  • The Black Brick Road of O.Z. has Quadling with a second face on the back of his head. And the rest of his body just kinda grows from the mouth of that face.
  • Unsounded: Captain Hetr got burned on one side of his face while razing Ethelmik to the ground, to hide his own group's involvement in buying and moving a super-weapon. Thereafter his mustache and hair were a mess on that side in addition to his scar and blood red eye.
  • White Rooms: Cool Rits lacked skin over much of the left side of his body, most notably his face. However, rather than being scarred he was born/created this way, as “they didn’t finish [him]”.

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    Western Animation 
  • Atomic Betty has Minimus P.U, the sidekick of Maximus I.Q. His two faces switch around like those of the Mayor of Halloweentown to reflect which of his two different personalities - one of a snivelling toady, and the other of a sinister schemer - is dominant at the moment.
  • Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender has a large burn scar around his left eye thanks to his abusive father Ozai, though he later fixes it to appear more attractive when he pulls a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Two-Face, again in Batman: The Animated Series. In this continuity, he had the split personalities before he was disfigured that was created after years of repressing anger and called him "Big Bad Harv", but the trauma of the injury caused him to lose control. In one episode, the deranged Maxie Zeus thought that Two-Face was the god Janus (see the mythology section).
  • The titular ghost pirate from the Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! episode "The Curse of Half-Beard's Booty" was a glowing blue skeleton on the half of his body that didn't have a beard.
  • In the Beetlejuice cartoon series, there was Senator Doubletalk who had the same rotating head deal as the Mayor of Halloweentown. His two personalities were Reasonable Authority Figure and Knight Templar.
  • Big Hero 6: The Series: Obake can make half his face glow purple to intimidate people.
  • Vinnie from Biker Mice from Mars. Although we've rarely seen what the other half of his face looks like.
  • Dr. Blight in Captain Planet and the Planeteers is a rare female example. She hides her scarred face behind her hair, and was probably rather inspired by Two-Face.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: When minor villain Nurse Claiborne is hit with her own pinkeye-inducing weapons, one half of her face becomes coated in pinkeye crust— a look that sticks in her second appearance, "Operation: H.O.M.E."
  • A one-shot villainess in the Dungeons & Dragons (1983) episode "Child of the Stargazer" was like this — attractive on one side, with the reptilian half of her face hidden in shadow.
  • Filmation's Ghostbusters (and possibly He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983)) had Cy-Man, a half-man/half-cyborg who resembled Fullmetal Alchemist's Frank Archer.
  • Split Kit in the Garbage Pail Kids Cartoon, following his depiction on the original trading card. On his right half, he's a normal boy with brown hair and freckles who wears a blue and white striped shirt, a yellow jacket, jeans, and a sneaker. On his left half, he has messy hair dyed red and green, a red eye, a fang, garish markings on his face, and wears a leather jacket, black pants with a hole in the knee, and a black boot with cleats.
  • Coyote in Gargoyles was originally a replicant of Xanatos, but after it gets destroyed the first time, all other appearances show him with half the face of Xanatos and half android face.
  • G.I. Joe:
    • The DiC Entertainment continuation of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero featured a Cobra member named Cesspool, who had one side of his face horribly scarred after falling into a tub of toxic waste.
    • G.I. Joe: Renegades
      • Scrap-Iron ends up having half of his face horrifically disfigured from an accident in the episode "Rage".
      • Dr. Kurt Schnurr, aka Airtight, gets infected with the titular virus in "The Anaconda Strain". Before he is given the antidote, the infection causes half of his face to become grotesque and reptilian.
  • Tharok of the Legion of Super Heroes (2006) bears mentioning again: As in the comics, he's a cyborg who is human on one side of his body and robot on the other side.
  • The Mask has one episode where the titular mask is cropped in half, resulting in this effect when the protagonist and antagonist wear each half.
  • In Masters of the Universe, Man-E-Faces is a Heroic Warrior with three faces that rotate into place to represent a Man, a Machine, or a Monster. Man-E's mood and powerset would change depending on which face he wore.
  • The New Adventures of Jonny Quest has a couple of examples:
    • Zartan in "The Monolith Man." An accident while studying crystals giving off an unknown type of radiation turned part of the right side of his face to stone.
    • Skyborg in "The Scourge of Skyborg." Following an accident, the left half of his body, including much of his face, is robotic.
  • Morpho in Pirates of Dark Water. Half of his face is that of an octopus and he also has a tentacle for one of his hands.
  • Plastic Man had a villain named Half-Ape (one half of his body was human and the other half was gorilla's).
  • Herbert Landon in Spider-Man: The Animated Series is accidentally transformed into a giant monster in an attempt to destroy all mutants during an X-Men: The Animated Series crossover. While he is changed back, half his body stays mutated. His resemblance to the Trope Namer did not go unnoticed by fans.
  • All the villains in Spiral Zone have the faces partially deformed by The Plague, but probably Duchess Dire is the one with the most classic example.
  • Cyborg villain Metallo is depicted in Superman: The Animated Series as having the skeletal interior of his face exposed because half of the artificial skin covering it is peeled off. This is probably intended as a reference to the Terminator.
  • SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron: In "Mutation City," the mutated T-Bone's monster form is depicted this way. And it isn't just his face; the entire right half of his body is portrayed as having become slimy, lumpy, and grotesque.
  • Gemini from Thundarr the Barbarian. His head actually rotates 180 degrees and a visor pulls up from over one face and go down over the other.
  • Quintessons from The Transformers had five faces, each with a different expression, that would rotate as their moods changed.
  • The Transformers: Animated incarnation of Blitzwing has three faces, which likewise switch with his personalities Icy, Hothead, and Random.
  • The Venture Bros.:
    • The villain Radical Left is a parody of Two-Face. His demonic red left half is a raving anarchist. His more appealing right half just wants a nice home and a family.
    • A character named "Miss Many-Face" appeared briefly as the "partially-lovely assistant" to The Master. She has at least six faces atop her neck.
  • On Wishfart, the doorperson in Dez's apartment is a Gender Flipped version of Janus (see the Myths and Religion folder) named Janice, Goddess of Thresholds.
  • In WordGirl, Miss Power has bangs, that when moved reveal that the hidden part of her face looks reptilian with a snake-like eye.

    Real Life 
  • Al Capone only had his distinctive scars on one side of his face.
  • Jungle villagers in India sometimes wear realistic masks on the backs of their heads when they venture into the forest, believing that tigers are less likely to attack them if the cats can't tell which direction they're facing.
  • Peeling the facial skin halfway down from the forehead is a standard step in the performance of an autopsy, allowing unobstructed access to the cranium.
  • The best-known contemporary portrait of King Henry V of England unusually shows him in profile, and it's known that he took an arrow to the face at the Battle of Shrewsbury and was left with heavy scars, so some historians believe that he was an example.
  • Similar to the above example, King Philip II of Macedon was always portrayed in profile, from the left side. This was highly unusual, as the Ancient Greeks held the left side to be very unlucky. The story was that he had taken an arrow through his right eye at the battle of Thessalonike, but no one could confirm if this was true. Then his tomb was found, along with his burnt but still mostly intact skull (ancient cremations were usually not very thorough, so large thick bones like the skull often survived). His right orbital bone was in fact broken, consistent with a wound from an arrow through the eye. While the fact that he survived this injury was a testament both to his surgeon's skill and his own status as a Memetic Badass, showing it in a portrait would have been so taboo that showing his left side was considered preferable.
  • During Finland's Winter War, Simo Häyhä (nicknamed "the White Death", and probably the deadliest sniper of all time) took a 14.5mm explosive anti-tank round to the face. The bullet crushed his jaw and blew off his left cheek, leaving his face permanently lopsided, but he survived. And the best part? Immediately after being shot, Häyhä proceeded to kill the Red Army soldier who shot him.
  • The Jamaican musician Winston "Yellowman" Foster needed part of his jaw removed due to cancer, so the left side of his face sags like the aforementioned Simo Häyhä.


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Two-Faced Fox Demon

The Fox spirit has a female human face and a fox face on the back of her head. She can turn her head 180 degrees to use the other face.

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