(口裂け女, "Slit Mouth Woman ") is a malevolent figure appearing in Japanese ghost stories, possibly dating back to the Edo period. She takes the form of a masked woman who approaches people and asks them if they believe she is pretty. If they say "no", she kills them with scissors. If they say "yes", she would take the mask off and ask again. If they say "yes" again, she cuts their mouths just like hers, but if they say "no" she cuts them in half. But there are ways to trick her; for example, when she asks "Am I pretty?", saying "so-so" or "you're average" will confuse her, giving one the chance to run away.