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"I may have a burnt face, but that doesn't mean I can't fight crime!"

Crime is a shit that needs wiping up!

From the creator of Salad Fingers and Spoilsbury Toast Boy comes a (far less creepy) Flash cartoon about the adventures of the epynonmous hero, who possesses a badly burnt face, some superpowers, and... not much else. His life is miserable, and (with the exception of one crazy stalker) most everybody hates him. His foes consist of the equally ineffective Bastard Man and Man-Spider, and much of the cartoon follows our hero as he battles the forces of "evil".

Burnt Face Man provides examples of:

  • All Just a Dream: An alternate ending for an episode reveals that the hero's real name is Burt Faceman and that he works at a boring office.
  • Affably Evil: Parodied with Have a Nice Day Man. Despite, or rather because of being a villain in name only, his idea of a specific theme for his crimes is literally just him being a polite and pleasant person to just about everybody he meets, as he has a pleasant, albeit one-sided conversation with our eponymous hero.
  • Art Evolution: The 10th episode has more detailed and fluid animation, as well as having more "cinematic" camera work, due to David Firth improving as an artist and as an animator in the 11 year gap between episode 9 and 10, as well as him changing to After Effects as well.
  • Animal Wrongs Group: PETA tries to kill Burnt Face Man soon after the introduction of Burnt Face Dog, who was mutilated by the cartoon's narrator in an inexplicable attempt to frame Burnt Face Man.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies:
    • In one episode, Burnt Face Man kills a giant snail that turned out to be sacred.
    • There's also Man-Spider who is literally a man's head on the body of a giant spider.
  • Berserk Button: Don't call Burnt Face Man gay.
  • Butt-Monkey: Burnt Face Man.
  • Continuity Nod: Several crop up from time to time in the later episodes. Have-A-Nice-Day Man and Taps Man are seen playing Barcode Battler in Bastard Man's base, and Rockhead Rumple is seen bothering people in Episode 9. Episode 8 features the man who requested piping hot grape juice in Episode 5 going insane and shooting people when recruited by Burnt Face Man to use the knockback from a pistol to move Burnt Face Man's car.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Burnt Face Man briefly turns evil and decides to "swear up a fucking storm!"
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Common gag in early episodes (the Flash version, of course), where bodies of text too small to be readable without pausing and zooming in are hidden in odd spots, or Bastard Man's name tag.
    "Text that is too small to read without zooming in. This will probably be very important and should be reported to your local 'BFM hidden meanings group' If you want a free bag of David Firth's piss then email him with the following phrase: 'I don't smell of vinegar you big prick!' Chips and chithers"
  • Harmless Villain: Pretty much every villain in the series is either completely harmless like Have A Nice Day Man, who merely has polite conversations with other people, or a nuisance, like Bastard Man and Man-Spider, who go around annoying and pestering other people, with their favorite target being Burnt Face Man himself. Some of the notable exceptions are Rockhead Rumple, who point-blanks a man in the face for crossing his path, and Taps Man, who somehow manages to kill Slightly Bruised Man.
  • Hot-Blooded: Literally - Burnt Face Man cures himself of AIDS by setting his bloodstream on fire, simultaneously gaining the (otherwise useless) power of Really Hot Blood.
  • Interactive Narrator: In one episode, Burnt Face Man manages to kill the narrator. Too bad he already released a tape of prerecorded snark.
  • Lighter and Softer: When compared to Salad Fingers and other David Firth's works. Don't worry! There's still plenty of weirdness and black comedy to go around.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Burnt Face Man doesn't seem fussed about the fact his leg was shot off, as well as having his skin stolen.
  • Meaningful Name: Bastard Man. His "crimes" are simply being a massive jerkass to everybody as well as bullying Burnt Face Man.
  • Medium Awareness: Burnt Face Man is aware that he's in fiction (at the least), and comments on the events of the episode. He even attemtps to exploit this by trying to write his own episode and requesting the animator to cut the scene back to his house, and leave behind Observation Boy, who was annoying him.
  • Mistaken for Gay: A running gag in the series is Burnt Face Man being mistaken for a homosexual, which he always denies.
    Burnt Face Man: "I am not gay! I've got a calendar with naked ladies on home."
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: In Episode 10, Burnt Face Man goes back in time and sees a young Bastard Man and Man Spider bullying their classmates. He tries to intervene, but because he's an adult manhandling children, everyone thinks he's molesting them and he gets sent to prison. 35 years later, he gets out, goes back in time again, and gets arrested for the same crime.
  • Nice Guy: Have A Nice Day Man, whose idea of a specific theme for the crimes he pulls off is to merely go around being a pleasant and polite person to everybody.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Taps Man manages to kill Slightly Bruised Man
  • Pac Man Fever: The washing machine video game.
  • Pædo Hunt: By Episode 10, Burnt Face Man has taken to setting up To Catch a Predator-style stings to catch pedophiles...with himself as the underage decoy. One of them travels back in time to molest his younger self, and Burnt Face Man follows him to stop him, but unfortunately there’s no actual law against molesting one's past self.
  • Planet of Hats: Bastard Man tries to sell Earth's air to a Planet of Shifty Characters.
  • Precision F-Strike: "I don't have a fucking sidekick!"
  • Rage Against the Author: It's clear that Burnt Face Man does not like the jabs the Announcer makes at his expense.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: God does this to Burnt Face Man after he indirectly causes the deaths of several people.
  • Shout-Out: Anger Man's introduction references the intro screen for the robot masters in Mega Man 2.
  • Super Zero: While his intentions are genuine, Burnt Face Man effectiveness at super-heroic chores leaves a lot to be desired.
    Woman: Help! Help! My baby is falling from that tall building over there!
    Burnt Face Man: Fear not, for my laser eyes will catch her!
    (the baby hits the ground and gets spattered across the pavement)
    Burnt Face Man: Wait, no, I don't have that power. I don't...have many powers. Well, bye! (flies off)
  • Words Can Break My Bones:
    Bastard Man: Now that we've made you weak with fear, we shall call you NAMES UNTIL YOU BLEED!
    Burnt Face Man: Nooooo!