A scar tells you a lot about a movie character. It’s a quick and easy way to divulge information about the character’s past or their personality. There are always going to be exceptions or inversions to this rule, but scars usually even tell us if the character is going to be good or bad, depending on the attractiveness of the scar. If a scar disfigures the face completely, they are almost certainly going to be evil, or at least read as evil initially. Good guy scars are used strategically to say something about why that person is who they are. It is usually a nice looking scar, big enough to see but not making the character ugly, per se. With evil guy scars, anything goes, the uglier the better, the more deformed, the more evil. Next time you watch a movie and see a character with scars, write down your first impressions. There are really only two options for that character. Either their personality can be a direct contrast to the physical nature of the scars, or the scars are their true nature, despite what they seem at first. So basically you don’t know anything. You know, you probably shouldn’t write down your observations either. People might look at you weird. I apologize for suggesting that.
We’ve been programmed to see scars as imperfections. The worse the imperfection, the more imperfect a character is or was, you follow me? Most characters explain their scars right away, using them as a backstory device. This is an effective way for the screenwriters to give away some of the character’s history without them just opening up about it for no reason. In some cases, however, the scar is simply a marker of strength, survival, danger, you name it. If they don’t talk about it, its meaning will be obvious enough for you to grasp without needing any additional information. Since the beginning of film, scars have been essential to character development. In silent films, scars were the easiest way to signify an evil person. Sure, things have become a bit more complicated than that today, but these tropes are still used. One thing is for sure: scars look badass. Some are more badass than others and that’s why this list exists. Here are the 15 most badass scars in the movies.
15 Marv – Sin City
14 Quint – Jaws
13 Tony Montana – Scarface
12 Inigo Montoya – The Princess Bride
11 Scar – The Lion King
10 Kakihara – Ichi the Killer
9 Ernst Stavro Blofeld/Dr. Evil – You Only Live Twice/Austin Powers
8 Mason Verger – Hannibal
7 Lieutenant Aldo Raine – Inglourious Basterds
6 The Toxic Avenger – The Toxic Avenger
5 Staff Sergeant Barnes – Platoon
4 Edward – Edward Scissorhands
3 The Joker – The Dark Knight
2 Freddy Krueger – A Nightmare on Elm Street
1 Harry Potter – Harry Potter Franchise
Harry Potter’s scar is a good scar. Perfectly clean and nice looking, shaped like a pleasant lightning bolt, it’s a nice one. J.K. Rowling admitted that she chose the scar because it looked cool, and boy does it ever. The scar is Harry’s identifier. Everywhere he goes, he’s known by it. Early on, he has that huge mop of hair covering it, which makes him anonymous, but as soon as he lifts that goofy hair, everyone gasps. That has to be Harry Potter, who else could have such a beautiful scar? Harry’s not ashamed of his scar like many are, but that’s because he knows it’s a good guy scar. You go Harry.
Sources: Wikipedia; Rotten Tomatoes; IMDB; Youtube; IFC
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