Trope Workshop:Cool Scars

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When a character gets a scar, it’s usually from a sword or knife fight (and the occasional fire), a childhood accident, or in rare cases born with that scar. But just because they have a scar doesn’t mean that it can’t be freakin’ awesome looking. Mainly it has to have a cool shape or be in a very noticeable place or have a cool back story. Sometimes it may be a Mark of Shame or a Distinguishing Mark.

Compare and contrast with Scar Tropes and Rule of Cool.

Examples of Cool Scars include:

Anime & Manga[edit | hide | hide all]

  • Zoro from One Piece had scars all over his body, though the prominent ones are on his left eye and a huge one in his chest, which goes down from his left shoulder to his right hip. These cool scars were from his many battles.
  • Tigrerra from Bakugan had a scar over her left eye but it’s assumed that’s natural for Tigrerras to have.
  • While they’re not exactly scars the tracer marks from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's look pretty cool, specifically Yusei’s.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist has Scar, who has an "X"-shape scar on his face, which he got from an encounter with Kimblee (anime) or an explosion, which Kimblee sets off to kill off the Ishvalan bystanders (manga).
  • Himura Kenshin, titular character of Rurouni Kenshin, has an 'X' shape scar on his cheek.
  • Both Kakashi and Iruka Umino from Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, but there's too many characters to make the list.
  • Nanaya has this trope, his scar runs down his face and uses an eyepatch.
  • Sosuke in Full Metal Panic has a scar on his left cheek. When he goes undercover and wears a cute animal mascot costume in Fumoffu, the costume gains the same scar.

Comic Books[edit | hide]

  • Batman's rogue gallery has Two-Face, who has half a scar running down one-half of his face.
    • Another Batman villain, Victor Zsasz, immortalizes each kill he makes by carving tally marks into his skin.
  • Dwight got his facial scars when Negan ironed him just to punish him.

Films[edit | hide]

  • Inigo Montoya has a pair on both sides of his face because he tried to fight the six-fingered man.
  • The colonel in Avatar has three on the right side of his face, their never explained but it’s assumed something scratched him.
  • In The Mask of Zorro, Diego Zorro cuts a Z into Raphael Montero’s neck, surprisingly twenty years later it still looks pretty fresh.
    • Also Alejandro Zorro cuts an M on Captain Love’s face.
  • Harry Potter’s lightning bolt shaped scar.
  • In The Dark Knight, the Joker relates where he got those scars.

Myths and Legends[edit | hide]

  • Kuchisake -onna's scar spreads across her whole mouth. Depending on the legend, it's a plastic surgery gone wrong, jealous husband slicing her with his sword, or she had an accident while crossing the street.
  • Star Boy, who is a legendary Blackfoot Indian warrior, was also called "Scarface"/"Poia". Because he was stuck down by a lightning-weapon.

Animated Films[edit | hide]

  • Cloud gets a scar in his face in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children when Loz shoots him in the face at point-blank range but Cloud’s goggles took most of the damage for him but still you can notice it several times later in the movie.
    • In Advent Children Complete Cloud gets cut in the face by Sephiroth during their Sword Fight scene, in several places including through the stomach.
    • Barret has two going down the side of his face.
    • Red XIII has one over his eye.

Video Games[edit | hide]

  • Odette from Rune Factory Tides of Destiny has one on her face, supposedly she got it from playing kitchen by cutting a rock with a knife, the knife supposedly broke and hit her in the face.
    • Gerard has one right under his left eye.
  • Squall from Final Fantasy VIII receives one from Seifer during their Gunblade fight, Squall returns the favor.
  • Xigbar got his cool scars when during his fight with Terra, the latter blasted his face out with a spell.
  • Metal Gear Solid's Solid Snake.
  • Baiken has a scar over her left eye.
  • Geralt of The Witcher series fame has some scars on his face, one runs down his left eye.

Web Original[edit | hide]

Western Animation[edit | hide]

  • Zuko’s burn scar from Avatar: The Last Airbender, even though he got it from his Jerkass dad and it looks like a rotting black eye and his eye can’t open all the way - it’s still pretty cool.
    • Despite surviving an explosion and getting cut on some ice the cuts he receives from the Northern Water Tribe heal up completely.
    • Song, a girl he meets, has a scar on her leg from getting blasted as well.
    • And then there’s Aang’s scar on his back from getting shot with lightning.
  • Panthro in the 2011 version of Thundercats has a scar over his eye and many, many scars on the rest of his body.