I saw the final episode of The Mandalorian the other day. There's a scene in which the main character, who never removes his helmet, removes his helmet, which reminded me of this thread. We should never see Mando's face, especially not in the way it was handled in that episode, since it didn't contribute to the story at all. It's just fan service.
Anyways, that reminded me of this thread. There are some characters that never should show their face to the audience. I think Mando and Masterchief from Halo fit into this category. Their identity should be a mystery. Does this apply to the Beagle Boys? Kind of yes, but since their design is so simple and cartoony, compared to Mando or Masterchief, you know directly what the Beagles look like underneath by just looking once at them. There could literally be anything under the helmets of Mando and Masterchief. But if you have a strong enough magic marker, you could remove the mask of the Beagles, and everyone would agree with you that that is indeed what they would look like. So the reason to not show them can't be to preserve some mystery about them.
I guess the fact that their masks don't really hide anything from us readers is why I don't feel like showing their faces is a super-big deal. The only real reason I can see for them to absolutely always keep them on is because of principle.
*...Actually, how do the Beagles handle the supermarket? Do they pay for their pasta or do they rob the store every time they run low?
Depends on if they're on duty or not.
Real-life "professional" criminals cannot steal what they need all the time. After all, if they steal money... it's to spend it "honestly". Repeatedly breaking the law gets one too much heat, and it's important for them to lay low.
Even pirates of the golden age of piracy, contrary to popular belief, didn't hoard stolen money/jewels in chests that they'd bury and hide. They usually spent it as soon as they hit shore.
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