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Our top 10 favorite movie scars, from “Harry Potter” to “The Dark Knight”

Our top 10 favorite movie scars, from “Harry Potter” to “The Dark Knight” (photo)

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“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” officially concludes the adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s multi-volume story about a little wizard boy who didn’t quite know what to make of a jagged lightning bolt scar on his forehead. Harry’s not alone, though. Scars are great conversation starters for anyone who’s ever lived through a fight in a film.

In “Jaws,” “Sin City” and “The Dark Knight,” scars have completely altered the ways we understand the main characters. Sometimes they get us interested in someone’s personal history, and other times, such as in “Ichi the Killer,” the less that gets said the better. Here’s a roll call of the hacks, slashes, bumps and gashes that piqued our interest the most, based on their shapes, stories and in some cases special abilities.

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10. Marv’s body, “Sin City” (2005)
Everybody who’s anybody in “Sin City” has a scar with a story behind it. Mickey Rourke’s character Marv just happens to have a whole body’s worth. It’s possible that he got them during combat in the military, but given his penchant for jumping out of windows and into police squad cars through their windshields, it’s more likely that he just collects them like lint wherever he goes. Guys like Marv have to deal with enough building escapes and dangerous revenge missions that scar tissue and bleeding don’t rank very high on their lists of day-to-day concerns.

9. Inigo Montoya’s face, “The Princess Bride” (1987)
The case of Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), the scars on the sides of his face are merely punctuation marks when he tells the story of how he intends to seek revenge against a man with six fingers for the death of his father. Even if he doesn’t go into detail in the film about how he received them, they’re still there as ominous evidence of his battle wounds on his quest to track the evil fellow down.

8. Alyssa Jones’ love scars, “Chasing Amy” (1997)
Sometimes the story behind a scar is far more entertaining than the mark itself. In the case of Banky (Jason Lee) and Alyssa’s (Joey Lauren Adams) wound chat in “Chasing Amy,” that is definitely the case. As homage to Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws,” the two go at it trying to top each other with story after story about injuries they sustained during sex acts. Unfortunately for Banky, his lost tooth and dysfunctional neck can’t top Alyssa’s heel mark from falling asleep while pleasuring another girl and her scandalously sliced-up knee. (Always be careful while getting it on in a parked car on a hill.)

7. Quint’s arm, “Jaws” (1975)
The scene Kevin Smith tipped his backwards cap to in “Chasing Amy” likewise leaves the impact of its scars to the storytelling. During a male bonding session at sea, Matt Hooper (Richard Drefuss) and Sam Quint (Robert Shaw) immortalized the phrase “I got that beat.” Quint breaks out a lump on his head, which Hooper attempts to one-up with a moray eel bite. An arm wrestling injury and a shark scratch eventually lead to a question about a tattoo removal scar on Quint’s left arm, though. Quint then explains that the tattoo was of the USS Indianapolis and that he served on the ship when it delivered the Hiroshima bomb and was torpedoed during World War II.

6. Tony Montana’s face, “Scarface” (1983)
We don’t get all of the juicy details about the scuffle that resulted in Tony’s (Al Pacino) childhood memento, but when he gets interrogated and asked if he got it while providing oral pleasure to a woman (he and Alyssa Jones could start a club), Montana explains that the kid he had the dispute with is currently unrecognizable.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

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Cancel it!

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Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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