Created By: CaveCat on May 7, 2012 Last Edited By: CaveCat on February 14, 2014
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Manly Cleft Chin

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A cleft chin, otherwise known as a chin dimple, is the term that describes the dimple on the chin. In media, people that have cleft chins are often depicted as The Hero or maybe even The Ace.

Often exaggerated in animation, such as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, and several Seth MacFarlane male characters such as Stan Smith, and probably countless others.

Compare: Lantern Jaw of Justice

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Community Feedback Replies: 35
  • May 7, 2012
    peccantis
    Just a reminder that real people having physical characteristics is Not A Trope. In other words, the RL section needs to go.
  • May 8, 2012
    Omeganian
    Frodo.
  • May 8, 2012
    Koveras
  • May 8, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^^^At least this trope is a bit more descriptive than the trope I tried making about people that had diastema.
  • July 3, 2012
    NimmerStill
    Often exaggerated in animation, such as Gaston in BeautyAndTheBeast, and several Seth Mac Farlane male characters such as Stan Smith, and probably countless others.
  • July 3, 2012
    planswalker
    um... they have cleft chins... so what?
  • July 12, 2013
    XFllo
    Is this a mark of being a hero? Or manly?

    I agree with the above that it sounds a bit chairsy.
  • July 12, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    I don't think this is People Sit On Chairs. Certain type of characters have a lot better chance of having a cleft chin, which means it's used to convey something.

    Firstly, it would seem to invoke the look of a classic hero, probably because of characters like Superman. Especially when the classic superhero is parodied or satirized, they have a good chance of having a cleft chin.

    Secondly, cleft chin is often connected to overly manly characters, like Alex Louis Armstrong (from Fullmetal Alchemist,) and smug and conceited characters, like Gaston, or Captain Quark (from Ratchet And Clank), or Robbie Rotten (from Lazy Town).

    There's definitely a trope here, though in case of characters like Frodo it's simply a cleft chin and nothing more.
  • July 12, 2013
    Koveras
    To me, this looks more like a potential addition to Lantern Jaw Of Justice than a separate trope.
  • January 29, 2014
    XFllo
    Bump.
  • January 29, 2014
    StarSword
    If this is tropeworthy (we have problems with the existing Appearance Tropes as it is), I would advise restricting or not allowing live-action examples unless it's a result of the actor wearing rubber makeup. Having it be an intentional part of the character design may be tropable, if the trope is patrolled to keep out "X character has a cleft chin" examples. Having a cleft chin for no other reason than the actor has a cleft chin is Chairs.
  • January 30, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Conversely it could be argued that having a cleft chin makes a given actor more likely to be cast in this kind of role.
  • January 30, 2014
    DAN004
    Definitely Needs A Better Description.

  • January 30, 2014
    Chabal2
    Lantern Jaw Of Justice has a considerable RL section though.

  • January 30, 2014
    gallium
    People Sit On Chairs. Having a cleft chin is not a storytelling device and does not have specific meaning.
  • January 30, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    It's a character design trope like Sideboob.

    which doesn't have a story meaning but says something about the character.

    What it says, however, is the mystery here.

    Though i'd say it's more of an Internal Subtrope to Lantern Jaw Of Justice, unless OP can find non LJOJ examples.
  • January 31, 2014
    gallium
    ^"What it says, however, is the mystery here"

    Well, nothing, that's why it's a mystery, and why it's chairs. Sideboob is fanservice.
  • January 31, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ It does have a meaning - that is, dudes with cleft chin are usually manly.

    That said, title and description needs to be fleshed out.
  • January 31, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^^ sideboob implies confidence. a Shy Girl will never be caught flaunting her assets.
  • January 31, 2014
    Someoneman
    A cleft chin signifying manliness is already covered by Lantern Jaw Of Justice.
  • February 2, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ isn't that trope about the lantern shape of the jaw, which may or may not have the cleft on it?
  • February 2, 2014
    Tuckerscreator
    • Actor Aaron Eckhart has one, which is constantly parodied by Riff Trax during their riffing of The Dark Knight.
      RiffTrax: His chin ass is obscene! [...] Bet his chin butt raises food safety issues. [...] (Bruce: I believe in Harvey Dent) and his chin of Gibraltar.
  • February 3, 2014
    gallium
    ^That's a good example of why this isn't a trope. Aaron Eckhart is an actor, who is in movies, and has a cleft chin. We could list every movie Kirk or Michael Douglas ever made.
  • February 3, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ lol. good point though. still, Non-live action examples may still be a trope, not that Lantern Jaw Of Justice doesn't already imply this.
  • February 3, 2014
    DAN004
    Someone up there already mentioned that for live-action examples, actors with cleft chin would be notable for playing manly guys.
  • February 5, 2014
    xanderiskander
    Lantern Jaw Of Justice already talks about chin-clefts in it's description numerous times so it basically covers this. And no that page is not literally about lantern shaped jaws. But characters with these chin-clefts do tend to have a certain "squareness" of the jaw.
  • February 5, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Not when it's in animated media, anyway (where face shape often goes wild) :P
  • February 12, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    this is still getting bumped? will you explain, Cave Cat? seems there's a consensus against this one...
  • February 12, 2014
    DAN004
    Maybe change the title to Manly Cleft Chin
  • February 14, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ better, still doesn't change the fact that this is covered of Lantern Jaw Of Justice. ("...a manly cleft" right there in the first sentence)

    though really it won't help when cavey herself doesn't come here and explain how this is different, if it even is.
  • February 14, 2014
    xanderiskander
    I'd motion that this should just be discarded. We have a consensus that this is already covered by Lantern Jawof Justice, and Cavecat isn't even giving a reason for how it's different. There's no reason to keep this.
  • February 14, 2014
    DAN004
    True, but then that page should list cleft chin examples. Unfortunately, we have only a few of them there.

    At least we can keep this ykttw to mine examples and then we push it to LJOJ.
  • February 14, 2014
    xanderiskander
    ^ Where did you get the idea that it doesn't list cleft chin examples? There are tons of examples on Lantern Jaw Of Justice mentioning them having (or averting having) a cleft chin in some way, while there are only two here. We surely should move the examples currently here to there, but that page hardly needs example mining.
  • February 14, 2014
    DAN004
    My One Piece example isn't there... o_O
  • February 14, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ then add it there. add to the fact that the majority of the comments here is saying we already have this.
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