Adding a touch of mystery by a faceless character always does the trick of having the eyes of the audience glued to their television screens. With the ability of keeping the viewers guessing, the characters who are yet to be seen throughout the viewer engagement usually end up being the center of attention but eventually reveal themselves much to the delight of the audience. Take a look at some of the greatest face reveal scenes of all time:
15. Bozo (The Dark Knight)
The movie starts out with five thugs hired by the Joker robbing a mob bank of Gotham and each of them wearing a clown mask. The unexpected happens when each of them gets killed one by one by fellow thugs, apparently by the order of the Clown Prince of Crime himself.
When Happy and Bozo are the only remaining thugs, the latter speaks for the first time and lets his identity slip as his voice strongly resembled the Joker. Still, the audience are grabbed in a sense of mystery as they want to be sure.
As expected, Bozo takes off his mask and reveals himself as none other than the Joker while speaking one of the greatest opening lines in movie history:
“I Believe Whatever Doesn’t Kill You Simply Makes You…STRANGER!”
14. Smaug (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
The first non-human entry in the list is the fearsome dragon that exists in J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit. Described as “a most specially greedy, strong and wicked worm”, Smaug is discussed a lot in the first installment of The Hobbit franchise.
Though the audience can very well comprehend how dangerous the dragon is when the characters mention it throughout the movie, Smaug is not seen until the very last seconds of the movie as his head rises from the very treasure it guards.
The terrifying dragon makes his complete appearance in the sequels The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies, dying in the latter by the iron arrow from Bard the Bowman.
13. Ernst Stavro Blofeld (You Only Live Twice)
Though the apparently menacing James Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld appears in From Russia with Love and Thunderball, his face is never seen as the movies only show his lower body while he strokes his white cat.
Portrayed by Czech actor Donald Pleasence, the baddie finally revealed his face in his third appearance in You Only Live Twice when he personally meets Bond in his layer.
12. Ghostface (Scream)
Though the traditional unmasking scene doesn’t happen in this horror movie, the revelation is still as dramatic as any other entry in the list.
Carrying out several murders while wearing the iconic scream mask, Sidney Prescott is left in a state of shock after realizing that Ghost face is her very own boyfriend Billy Loomis.
11. Colonel Kurtz (Apocalypse Now)
Set during the Vietnam War, Apocalypse Now stars Marlon Brando as the renegade and insane Colonel Walter E. Kurtz though he hardly appears in the movie. Worshipped as a demi-god by his personal Montagnard troops in Cambodia, Kurtz is mentioned throughout the movie but never seen.
Making his first appearance in the last quarter of the movie, Kurtz is shown talking but his face is covered by shadows. Despite knowing very well that the character looks like Brando, the viewers still cannot help themselves from seeing his face as it was revealed to be looking exactly like you guessed it Brando.
10. Red Hood (Batman: Under the Red Hood)
Failing to save Jason Todd, the second Robin, from being killed by the Joker, Batman called the incident as his greatest failure. Years later, Gotham had a new vigilante going by the name of Red Hood.
Bent on controlling crime, Red Hood was very well aware about Batman to the point of his secret identity, leading the Dark Knight to believe that he is battling someone he personally knows. As it turned out, Red Hood took off his helmet and revealed himself to be Jason Todd, resurrected by Ra’s al Ghul.
9. Norma Bates (Psycho)
Arguably one of the greatest movies to magnificently incorporate the elements of suspense and thriller, Psycho adds a double twist to the unmasking scene.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the face of the apparent killer Norma Bates is eventually shown near the end of the movie but it soon turns out that it was actually her son Norman dressed like her.
8. Kane (WWE Monday Night Raw)
Fans of professional wrestling are well aware of the mystery that surrounded Kane’s face. After having his face physically burnt from the house fire that left parents dead but his brother Undertaker narrowly escaped, Kane became obsessed with guarding his face from a mask he always wore.
With the aim of creating history, Kane wrestled against Triple H with the World Heavyweight Championship on the line along with the stipulation being the former removing his mask if he lost. Due to the outside interference by Evolution, Kane was defeated and took off his mask for the very first time on WWE’s flagship show Raw.