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Why do the villains always have facial scars?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by glock_19guy1983, May 30, 2012.

  1. glock_19guy1983

    glock_19guy1983

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    Seems like in alot of movies facial scars equate to a sinister character. Why is this? Does this assumption transfer into regular society? I ask this because I was in a pretty bad roll over 3 weeks ago. I wear my seat belt 99% of the time but the one time I didnt saved my life. I was thrown through the windshield instead of having my head crushed by the roof. I had an 8" long lasceration from my earlobe to my chin and my forehead was cut loose from my skull in sort of a V pattern from the top of my nose to my hair line. An artery and several nerves were severed, I nearly bled to death waiting on the helocopter. I also had smaller lascerations around my eyebrows and the length of my nose on the right side. My scar on my cheek and nose is noticeable to say the least. The ones on my head and eyebrows can be covered by a hat and sunglasses. Before my wreck I was just an average looking guy that rarely got a second look from anyone. Now I notice people staring out of the corner of my eye and I have to wonder what they are thinking. I have had 2 complete strangers wander up and ask me If I had been in a Knife fight????? What is your first assumption when you see a guy with a large scar across his face?
     
  2. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Chicks dig scars.
     

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    Hef Stop Obammunism

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    I wear my scars like trophies from conquests past.
     
  4. Detectorist

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    Tell them if they think this is bad, they should see the other guy.
     
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    Angry Fist Dehumanizer® Lifetime Member

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    Its a tough life being a villain.
     
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    janice6 Silver Member

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    I don't feel like a villian, but I have facial scars on the left side from a beer bottle bar fight in Malta. I didn't lose........



    But I'm a nice guy.
     
  8. Fox

    Fox Varmit Control

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    Being tough is a requirement for a villain.

    If they ain't strong, then there is no conflict worthy of a hero.
     
  9. Toyman

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    Because for most people, they are "Stupidity Marks".

    Edited to add: I have a few myself from when I was younger.
     
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  10. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

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    Scars are tattoos with better stories.
     
  11. frank4570

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    Because people who do bad things to other people find themselves in in bad situations, and there are sometimes consequences.

    The reason the nice old grocer at the corner grocery store doesn't have a scar is because he does not make a practice of ripping people off.
     
  12. series1811

    series1811 Enforcerator. CLM

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    :rofl::rofl:

    I guess that's why I never got a tattoo. All the good spots are already taken on me. :supergrin:
     
  13. deputy tom

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    Back in the early days of motion pictures the bad guys were usually Europeans with scars on their faces from fencing injuries. I guess the idea stuck. ( fearless leader from rocky & bullwinkle come to mind). That's my take on it. tom.:supergrin:
     
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    There are a variety of contributing factors that make your average 'bad guy' in movies have scars...

    - Scary factor. Scars are scary. (okay, not really, but perception is what counts here...) ((think: "on a dark and stormy night..."))

    - Contrast. The protagonist usually is unmarred and 'perfect' looking, otherwise known as 'pretty boy spotlight'. The 'bad guy' having scars helps differentiate them, and makes either the 'good guy' or 'bad guy' stand out - depending on how you look at it.

    (caveat: unless the hero of the story needs an injury to tell the story, then the 'bad guy' won't usually have scars - again, contrast.)

    Confusing the audience when you don't mean to is not a good goal.

    - Scars are the 'diploma' from the school of hard knocks.

    Yea, he grew up on the street and had a hard life. Life has already tried to take him out, scars are proof of that.

    Mr. Good Guy, you are gonna have to try harder to succeed where Murphy failed.

    ( So, harder to take out, and 'street smart' )

    - Scars add character. This isn't some pretty-boy off the shelf, but a rough dude who's been there and done that. Hints at a backstory, or can be expanded on to create a history of the character with something unique or rare as an experience.

    This depth to the particular character can be hinted at (scars) and then more time can be focused on developing the main character - or can be used as a segue into more info about the 'bad guy'.

    ...damn, had more to add, but have to run. Studied this one from an authors perspective, and there are another 5 main points or importance and a handful of minor ones.

    Check back when I can.
     
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    In Florida???

    :shocked:
     
  16. Model19

    Model19 Typical GnG

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    I'm guessing facial scars turn you into a villain.
     
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    In answer to the original question, it's a cliché... just like any movie scene in a saloon, the bartender is going to be polishing a glass with a towel or his apron.
     
  18. Travelin' Jack

    Travelin' Jack Misinformed

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    I've got a really cliche Disney villain-esque burn scar on my left eye. I have been asked if I was in a sword fight by strangers three or four times. :rofl:

    At first I was a little self conscience about it. But after a while I do have to admit, it's a little awesome (especially when wearing sunglasses). And chicks DO seem to dig it. :dunno:

    Nowadays I tend to see how obnoxious of a story I can make up when a stranger or associate asks about it. I've had a few people on the hook for some really ridiculous tales. I don't think I have any pictures of it since it healed up. I'll take one in a bit and post it.
     
  19. crossfade

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    Welcome to the club brother.
     
  20. Travelin' Jack

    Travelin' Jack Misinformed

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    As promised:

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    I'm trying to look menacing, but I don't think I do it very well. :embarassed: