For the book of the same name, see Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones.
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The Faceless Ones were evil gods, and the rivals of the Ancients. The Sceptre of the Ancients and the 4 other God-Killers (spear, bow, dagger and sword) were the only known weapons able to destroy them. However, it is said in the fifth book that one who knows their True Name has the power to take on a Faceless One without the weapon. In the sixth book it is also mentioned that the Death Bringer could fight a Faceless One without the Sceptre. It has been implied that the Faceless Ones are based on Howard Phillips Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos series, although it is said Lovecraft based his dark gods on the Faceless Ones (most likely a reverse of the actual truth, especially given the fact he passed away in 1937).[1] During Kingdom of the Wicked when Valkyrie travelled to the alternate reality the Sceptre of the Ancients and one of the God Killers was present, meaning that in that reality there were Faceless Ones as well. Meaning that there are trillions more banished to other realities, so it was extremely lucky that they have not been invaded by alternate reality Faceless Ones then.


Playing With Fire

The Grotesquery was a hybrid of a Faceless One (the torso) and other magical creatures. When Valkyrie destroyed the Grotesquery, at the battle at Clearwater Hospital, Mr Bliss attempted , and failed to destroy the parts which came from the Faceless One. He did, however, succeed in burning the parts that were not made from a Faceless One. At the end of this book, all that remained of the Grotesquery was its Faceless One torso.

The Faceless Ones


The Grotesquery, part Faceless One

In the third book, the Faceless Ones were finally seen. In The Battle of Aranmore Farm, Fletcher Renn was forced to open the portal. Only three Faceless Ones escape out of the portal as Fletcher escapes when Jaron Gallow loses his grip on him. Valkyrie feels an incredibly powerful shock wave when the Faceless Ones are released through the portal. The three escaped Faceless Ones took over the bodies of Batu, Murder Rose, Gruesome Krav. Jaron Gallow was potentially one of the offered vessels for the Faceless Ones, however he diverted attention from him when he slices off his arm with the "invitation" branded on. The Gruesome Krav-Faceless One was destroyed by Valkyrie using the Sceptre of the Ancients. The Murder Rose-Faceless One destroyed the Sceptre and in result destroyed itself as the crystal powering it crumbled. Lastly, the Batu-Faceless One was tricked back into the portal, but took Skulduggery Pleasant along with it.

Dark Days

In Dark Days, Valkyrie went into the Faceless Ones' realm. In there, the Faceless Ones took turns possessing the body of Batu to torture Skulduggery by slowly pulling him apart and leaving him to put himself back together. He also has constant nightmares where illusions become reality - one of which is Valkyrie when she comes into the reality to rescue Skulduggery. Because of this, Skulduggery does not believe that it is Valkyrie, and does not follow her to the portal. However, when they are attacked by Riders and the Faceless One commandeering Batu's body, China Sorrows comes through the portal additionally, takes Skulduggery and Valkyrie out whilst fighting numerous Riders.

Kingdom of the Wicked

In Mevolent's dimension, Mevolent is seen worshipping and praying to the Faceless Ones.

The Dying of the Light

In the finale of the book, while trapped inside an illusion which made her believe that she had been victorious, Darquesse opens a portal to the Faceless Ones' dimension and heads inside to kill them. However, the illusion made her believe she was stronger than she actually was, so when she entered the dimension it is implied she only had a very slim chance of surviving against the Faceless Ones. Skulduggery Pleasant states that, while Darquesse could perhaps kill a Faceless One, or maybe even two, she wouldn't be capable of defeating an entire race. This, incidentally, is how Valkyrie, Skulduggery and the Irish Sanctuary rid themselves of potentially the greatest threat the world had ever faced.


While a direct description has never been given, Valkyrie described one as being five times taller than trees. Its appearance is said to not make sense and that it couldn't be real, as it had no weight or substance. It is said to have mass, but behind it is a depth.

However, while facing off against the Faceless One who had taken over Gruesome Krav, the narration indicates that the vessel the Faceless One had commandeered was the same size and shape as Krav had been before he was taken over - just without features This is because they can only be observed by humans when they have taken over a body. It is possible that this is not completely accurate, however - a direct reference was never mentioned in the book. Because their true forms are abstract, and impossible for a human mind to comprehend, if someone looks at a Faceless One they lose their mind. This is the reason why no one knows what their true form looks like. Remus Crux glimpsed a Faceless One and lost his mind, as they can only be observed by humans when they have taken over a body.

When a Faceless One possesses someone that person becomes featureless: the person's hair falls out and their eyeballs, mouth and nose melt away.

They are so evil that their shadows shy away from them.


When a Faceless One possesses a body, the host is immediately killed. The eyes melt out of their sockets, the nose and mouth seal, the ears melt and all of the hair falls out, resulting in a featureless head. In their host body, Faceless Ones are extremely powerful. It is hinted by Valkyrie that The Faceless Ones are also powerful in their true form, as she says that they only posses bodies because they enjoy torture in a human form.

The Faceless Ones possess extremely powerful telekinesis, being able to pull apart or invert bodies without effort. The Faceless One that possessed Gruesome Krav turned Mr. Bliss inside out with a small hand movement. They are also shown to have the ability of super strength and shown to be virtually invincible, as Mr. Bliss was unable to destroy the Grotesquery's torso and the Faceless Ones were unharmed by The White Cleaver's scythe.

In the alternate dimension seen in Dark Days, the Faceless Ones repeatedly possessed the used body of Batu and slowly pulled Skulduggery apart, again and again, sadistically using him as long-lasting entertainment, as dismantling him wouldn't kill him.


Throughout the series, and before, many followers of the Faceless Ones have tried to bring them back to the world, the most notable probably being Mevolent, who sparked War between the Sanctuaries and the followers of the Faceless Ones. All the followers of the Faceless Ones believe that if they bring the Faceless Ones back, the Gods would spare them and only kill those who didn't follow them. But some followers, such as China Sorrows and Jaron Gallow found out this wasn't true, and stopped following the Faceless Ones. Some followers of the Faceless Ones operate at the Church of the Faceless.

After Mevolent lost the War, Nefarian Serpine, a General of Mevolent's had tried to bring back the Faceless Ones by using the Book of Names to control someone who would know how to bring them back. After Serpine failed, another of Mevolent's general, Baron Vengeous tried to bring back the Faceless Ones using the Grotesquery (part of a Faceless Ones) to open a portal for them to return. However, Vengeous also failed, but only partly. The Grotesquery's death cry was able to alert the Faceless Ones the location of Earth.

The Diablerie were the next to attempt to bring back the Faceless Ones using an Isthmus Anchor (the Grotesquery) and a Teleporter, (Fletcher Renn). The group managed to bring three of the Gods into the world. However, the Gods possessed most of the group and the rest fled. Valkyrie Cain, using the Sceptre of the Ancients, managed to kill two of the Faceless Ones, and the third was forced back into Faceless Ones' universe.

Despite the disaster the Diablerie created, the Church of the Faceless still plans to bring the Faceless Ones back. Eliza Scorn, a follower of the Gods, is currently planning to bring the Gods back through unknown methods. Eliza has a list of twelve names that will help bring back the Church of the Faceless. She was also blackmailing China, until she revealed China's secret to Skulduggery and Valkyrie.


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  1. Skulduggery Pleasant, p.300