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->''"...and every last inch of me's covered with hair!"''
-->--'''Gaston''', ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''

In essence it describes a man with a hairy upper body. Generally shown during a ShirtlessScene or when a guy walks around in a tank-top or an opened shirt. Often indicates evil or an AntiHero.

Fuzzy chests or torsos can have different meanings depending on what body type they are used:

'''Type 1)''' When combined with a buff, muscular physique, it's usually to emphasize [[TestosteronePoisoning manliness]] or [[{{Badass}} Badassery]]. Alternatively, it may mark a mature man (ie 35 and older) in contrast to a cast of younger men [[note]]A case of RealityIsUnrealistic since most men grow chest hair during puberty, if they grow any at all[[/note]].

'''Type 2)''' When combined with an [[FatBastard overweight]] body, it is generally to mean a boorish and/or unhygienic character. If used on StoutStrength, it usually indicates a BoisterousBruiser.

No matter the type, in fiction, a Carpet of Virility almost always goes hand in hand with a very sexual, if not utterly lecherous, personality, be the bearer [[HandsomeLech attractive]] or [[CasanovaWannabe not]].

Hairy chests can be seen as FetishFuel, especially in TheSeventies, when it was quite common for men to show off their chest hair with open shirts and plunging necklines. The gay "[[TheBear bear]]" community also finds hairy, hyper-masculine men to be extremely desirable. It is also common in the BaraGenre. On a woman, this is almost universally considered to be prime-grade {{Squick}} material, sometimes comically associated with a BrawnHilda.

See also ShirtlessScene, WalkingShirtlessScene, RatedMForManly.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Kyoraku Shunsui and Isshin Kurosaki are both examples of Type 1, being buff, muscular, MANLY, {{Badass}}es. They're also both very sexual, even perverted, characters.
* Lord Genome from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' has a ''spiral-shaped'' carpet.
* Freddie from ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'', partly because he might or might not be Freddie Mercury.
* Blackbeard in ''Manga/OnePiece'' is pretty much the epitome of Type 2.
* France in ''[[Manga/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]]'' is the only character with body hair when naked, to emphasize his lecherous tendencies.
** As such, his doppleganger from an AlternateUniverse (Parallel!France 23) has no body hair.
** Turkey too, and in fanon, Australia.
* In an episode of the ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' TV Series, Yuri and Kei spend an episode debating whether their male co-agent has chest hair or not, and how 'disgusting' chest hair is. At the end of the episode, he reveals [[spoiler:he has no chest hair]].
* Ogami Itto from ''LoneWolfAndCub'' sports a '''''VERY''''' {{Badass}} Type 1 whenever he goes without a shirt.
* Mr. Satan of ''DragonBall''.
* The Village Elder in ''JungleWaItsumoHaleNochiGuu'' has a literal ''afro'' sticking from his chest!
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* {{Wolverine}} is a hairy son of a... gun, so his chest hair is more like just one part of his general fuzzy covering. That is, when artists don't decide to give him a full body wax. This has become alarmingly more common since the films, despite Hugh Jackman being fairly hairy himself.
* Even before he was covered in blue fur, Beast of the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' was usually depicted as being covered from chest to ankles in body hair in his human form.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Dredd has been shown to have plenty of hair on his chest. Possibly it's a remnant of the time he was a werewolf, given that he's completely hairless in early stories.
* TheHulk was occasionally shown to have chest/body hair, DependingOnTheArtist. Damn brave, whoever waxed him.
* {{Superman}}, during the John Byrne/Dan Jurgens era.
* The titular character of ''TheSavageDragon''... and Barbaric, Mace, the Devil, Hellrazor and various other male characters drawn by Erik Larsen.
* The Neal Adams Franchise/{{Batman}} of the 1970s gained the sobriquet of "Hairy-Chested Love God" for strictly adhering to Type 1 of this trope in his depiction.
* Blackjak of the ''ComicBook/AtariForce'' second series was Type 1.
* Beast Boy AKA Changeling in ''TheNewTeenTitans'' when George Perez drew him.
* Comicbook/FlexMentallo, anyone?
* Vartox has one, easily seen because he wears an open vest with no shirt.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* Papa Smurf gets a man rug in [[HulkingOut Hulked Out]] mode due to "pheromone cologne" in the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story "Papa's Big Crush".
* In ''Fanfic/BlindMansBluff", [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Nick]] has a Type One version of this. Ellis seems to like it.
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* Gaston's VillainSong in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' has the line "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar And every last]] inch of me's covered with hair!" sung as he rips open his shirt. In the theatrical release, it was subverted in that there wasn't ''much ''there. (Chest hair is remarkably difficult to animate unless you stylize it into a solid mat like Zangief's, which wouldn't have worked here.)
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[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* Film/JamesBond films:
** Creator/SeanConnery
** Pierce Brosnan
** Creator/PeterSellers as James Bond in the 1967 ''Casino Royale.'' ([[http://www.agonyboothmedia.com/images/articles/Casino_Royale_1967/casino_royale083.jpg Here's the visual]], if you're curious.)
** Lampshaded in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' when the Japanese massage girls are giggling over Bond's hairy chest.
-->'''Bond:''' Japanese proverb say, 'Bird never make nest in bare tree'.
* Parodied in ''AustinPowers'', as it was the Connery-era movies they were pastiching. [[ViolentGlaswegian Fat Bastard]] as well.
* Leonard Nimoy.
* SeanConnery in ''{{Zardoz}}''.
* Creator/EliRoth, particularly as the [[http://13.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kp60u7eFMH1qa0z8lo1_400.jpg Bear]] [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_xIIZH3vQ75I/SvBYgILdnLI/AAAAAAAAA7k/LpojhOoQ498/s400/bear+jew.jpg Jew]].
* [[http://www.wired963.com/blog/afternoons/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/burt_reynolds_cosmo31.jpg Burt Reynolds]]. Slightly NSFW.
* ChuckNorris proudly displays one during the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLO1YIWQuXE climactic fight]] with BruceLee in ''WayOfTheDragon''. It becomes a liability for him, though, as Bruce is able to grab onto it as a combat move.
* Creator/RobinWilliams, although he doesn't really fit into either type. Instead he's pretty much a category all his own.
--> ''I need science to ''help'' me! '''Look at this.''' I've had people say to me, "Don't wear fur," and I have to tell them "Fuck off, lady, it's '''me!!'''" I'm a fucking Chia Pet!''
* Sam Elliot.
* In ''{{Barbarella}}'', Ugo Tognazzi [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_iBuNz7Kv1jk/TJfxpzLaj1I/AAAAAAAAA50/Ev4dMH_dUWQ/s1600/Mark+Hand2.jpg is only slightly less hairy than his fur coat.]] And considering that ''[[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_iBuNz7Kv1jk/TJfxuAPRhJI/AAAAAAAAA58/ZM1zHizh11E/s1600/Mark+Hand+3.gif this]]'' is the fur coat...
* Creator/SteveCarell's character Andy in ''Film/TheFortyYearOldVirgin'' although this was derided by his friends and led to the infamous chest waxing scene.
* MichaelSheen.
* Almost every character in ''TheNailGunMassacre'' is covered by a thick layer of fur.
* Alec Baldwin. ''[[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-m--ce20UyPI/Tg0S_Gn1m5I/AAAAAAAAAKc/Vul2llgQ0Ek/s1600/whitepantsalec.jpg A lot]].''
* Quite a few ''{{Bollywood}}'' actors.
* In ''TheManWithTwoBrains'', Steve Martin's new gold-digging wife comments that she likes smooth chests just as Martin reveals his hairy chest. She quickly corrects herself.
* Inverted in ''DistrictNine''. Wikus starts out as an ObstructiveBureaucrat PunchClockVillain who happens to have a good amount of chest hair. The KarmicTransformation that causes him to turn into an ActionSurvivor and [[TookALevelInBadass take a level in badass]] also makes him gradually lose his hair--including his chest hair.
* Creator/ChrisEvans.
* RyanReynolds.
* Fangirls were ''very'' appreciative of this in the scene involving a [[NakedPeopleAreFunny completely naked]] (but for a [[SceneryCensor conveniently-placed hunk of cement]]) Mark Ruffalo in ''Film/TheAvengers''.
* ManOfSteel shows this off not only during his ShirtlessScene but during close up shots it noticeably sticks out from under his superman suit.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* BaileySchoolKids: [[WolfMan Mr. Jenkins]]
* In ''{{Everworld}}'', Hercules apparently has two ''AustinPowers'' movies' worth of chest hair.
* Esau in Literature/TheBible.
* In the ''StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' [[StarTrekExpandedUniverse novel]] ''Imzadi'' Will Riker is attending a Betazoid wedding. As is traditional, everyone is naked. The woman next to him asks why human men are so hairy, referring to his chest. Will smiles and quips "traction." Apparently this story gets around (telepathic culture and all that), as after Will and Deanna have sex for the first time she fools around with said chest hair and repeats the quip. Read the first exchange [[http://books.google.com/books?id=mTJ3IUvX6eIC&pg=PA103&dq=imzadi+traction&hl=en&sa=X&ei=8VWZUbCEKInIyAHsuoDIBg&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=imzadi%20traction&f=false here]] and the second exchange [[http://books.google.com/books?id=mTJ3IUvX6eIC&pg=PA103&dq=imzadi+traction&hl=en&sa=X&ei=8VWZUbCEKInIyAHsuoDIBg&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=imzadi%20traction&f=false here]].
* ''Literature/TheElenium'': While patching up a sword cut he's received, Sephrenia compares Kalten to a blond rug.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Sam Malone of ''{{Cheers}}''
* Tom Selleck in ''{{MagnumPI}}''
* Jim Halpert of all people in ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' was shown to have an incredibly hairy chest. and there was much rejoicing. As did Creator/SteveCarell in an earlier episode.
* Lee Majors as Heath Barkley in ''The Big Valley''.
* ''TrailerParkBoys'': Randy, the [[WalkingShirtlessScene always shirtless]] assistant is a Type 2.
* ''Series/MythBusters'': Jamie Hyneman is a Type 1.
* ''DirtyJobs'': Mike Rowe is also a Type 1.
* Don Draper of ''MadMen''.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Commander Riker shows off a particularly thick man rug in the season one episode "Angel One," much to the amusement of Troi and Yar.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', Spock's one and only ShirtlessScene in "Patterns of Force" reveals a good deal of chest hair. It's made more obvious by the contrast with Kirk's smooth and hairless chest.
* In the Chilean SoapOpera ''Marron Glace: El Regreso'', SupremeChef [[EnsembleDarkhorse Pierre]] gains a rival in Ciro, who has a ''huge'' carpet of chest hair and is insanely proud of it. [[spoiler: It's a fake, though.]]
* ''{{Seinfeld}}''
** One of Jerry's girlfriends prefers guys with smooth chests. Despite being a neat freak, Jerry can only shave his chest hair for a short while before it becomes too much.
** George Costanza
** Kramer, ''the'' KavorkaMan himself
** Elaine's boyfriend David Puddy, played by Creator/PatrickWarburton
* Luke Danes from ''GilmoreGirls''
* Doggie Kruger from ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'' sports one, which is visible whenever he puts on his suit. Yeah, this dog has white chest fur. Obviously, he is a Type 1.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
** Warren Mears, revealed when Willow opens his shirt to torture him with that bullet.
** Another member of the nerd Trio, Jonathan, complains of Buffy grabbing his chest hair.
-->'''Buffy:''' Jonathan? [beat] You have chest hair?
* Brazilian actor [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ChkcZ4KYPbg/TUGZfZb0iQI/AAAAAAAADvk/nLXyOpMDeLE/s1600/tony.jpg Tony Ramos]], whose hairy body is frequently parodied by local comedians.
* Jayne Cobb in ''{{Firefly}}''.
* Doug and Danny Heffernan in ''{{King of Queens}}'', type II.
* Spanish actor Eduardo Capetillo, whose incredibly hairy chest is somewhat (in)famous among telenovela fans.
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[[folder:Sports]]
* In the [[{{tennis}} tennis world]], [[{{Main/RogerFederer}} Roger Federer]] has this trope down to the T. [[http://gototennis.com/2009/05/30/french-open-shocker-roger-federer-shirtless/ Christ, that's a lot of chest hair]].

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[[folder:Music]]
* {{KISS}}: Hairy chests very much on display in their stage costumes, notably Paul Stanley with the jumpsuit split to the waist and a truly luxurious carpet. [[http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/22300000/Paul-Stanley-kiss-22397645-755-1023.jpg Oh]] [[http://quizilla.teennick.com/user_images/I/IL/ILO/ILOVEPAULSTANLEY/1259782927_9508_full.jpeg yes]].
* Freddie Mercury of {{Queen}} liked showing off his hairy chest during performances: think sequined jumpsuits transcending normal limits on scooped necks.
* XJapan and [=Ra:IN=] guitarist [[TomoakiIshizuka Pata]]
* David Lee Roth of VanHalen. Chest hair and neon singlets.
* The one and only [[http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/wysiwyg/image/Tom_Jones_in_speedo.jpg Tom Jones]], of course.
* Music/IronMaiden's Music/BruceDickinson.
* Damon Albarn of Music/{{Blur}}, which is a [[http://i55.tinypic.com/muxzih.jpg great]] [[http://i54.tinypic.com/x6bplt.jpg contrast]] to his fairly girly face.
* MichaelBolton in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv5vMJKBAbo "Said I Loved You But I Lied."]] His shirt is open down to three buttons, showing off his chest hair while he sings from the top of a goddamned mountain and white horses run through fire on the beach below him.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* In an industry that's always been about being as tough and manly as possible, this trope has been largely averted with professional wrestling since some time in the 1980s. Like bodybuilding (which many a wrestler have a professional background in), the presentation of muscularity is a huge deal in professional wrestling, especially in the mainstream. So, wrestlers take a cue from the sport of bodybuilding by shaving and waxing away body hair to reveal their chiseled physiques.
* [[Wrestling/GeorgeSteele George "The Animal" Steele]] may be the definitive example.
* [[Wrestling/ScottHall Scott "Razor Ramon" Hall]] rocked a hairy chest back in the day, as he was, of course "oozing machismo, mang" Also, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels had one in the mid-late 1990s, and Albert, who might as well be a real life Wolverine in the hairy chest department. Albert would often get chants of "Shave your back!" from the crowd. Unfortunately, this was often the ''only'' reaction he'd get.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Zangief and Blanka in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII''. Zangief's chest hair is so iconic, that ''his Mecha costume'' has the equivalent in the form of a metal plate. And just in case you were concerned it isn't thick enough, they've also got a good growth of shin hair.
* Al-Cid from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' has Saxton Hale, CEO of Mann Co, the company producing gear used in the game. He is always depicted bare chested and his chest hair grows in the shape of Australia. He's also the hero of ''Saxton Hale's Thrilling Tales'' as a pastiche of Steve Irwin: "You Will Believe a Shark can Cry". According to a comic about the Engineer Update, chest hair is a quality shared by all Australian men, implied to be brought about by Australium, a mineral that not only is responsible for their hyper-advanced technology but brings about literal TestosteronePoisoning (even Australian women have bushy mustaches). Hidden images in the update indicate that the Engineer's grandfather, Radigan Conagher, also developed a patch of chest hair (in the shape of Texas) and a bushy mustache in response to Australium exposure.
* ''VideoGame/StarFox'': Who'd think someone like Wolf O'Donnell would get one in his ''[[SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'' appearance? He's the Type 1 variety, too, when judged by his whole costume!
* [[DepravedBisexual Vamp]] in ''MetalGearSolid4'' has [[MrFanservice type one]] of these, distinguishing from and adding to the subtext between him and his {{Bishonen}} opponent, Raiden.
* ''{{Tekken}}'': Marduk is the only male character by default to have chest hair in the games, a departure from all of the other guys, who look like they have waxed chests.
** Until Miguel joins the cast in 6
* Both [[http://ui12.gamespot.com/2379/shadow_2.png Shadow the Hedgehog]] and [[http://www.firstcomicsnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/chara_silver.gif Silver the Hedgehog]] from the Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}} games have a notable "chest fur".
** In Silver's case, this is an odd example of the trope, since he's the youngest male hedgehog in the cast - how many 14 year-olds do you know with that much chest hair?
*** [[FurryReminder He is a hedgehog.]] [[MST3KMantra Don't think about it too hard.]]
*** Some people speculate that he gets it from his father...
* Nathaniel "Rock" Adams from the ''SoulCalibur'' series is a Type 1, and part of his customizable outfit in ''Soul Calibur IV'' allows any other man to have chest hair, as well.
* Yangus is a type 2 in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''.
* Varric from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. Type 1 variety. This is frequently commented upon by the other characters; Fenris mentions that the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame traditional dwarven beard]] seems to have fallen onto his chest.
* Detective Inspector Grosky of the ''ProfessorLayton'' series has a rather large amount of chest hair protruding from his overly tight suit. He'd like to be type 1, but occasionally shows shades of type 2.
* Generally [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' with the player characters, but very present on [[BoisterousBruiser The Black Whirlwind.]]
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Commander Badass from ''ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' has the Type 1 variety. He once challenged Varric from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' to a contest to determine who had the manliest chest hair.
** His nemesis, Canadian Guy, also has one.
* ''{{Erfworld}}'': Stanley, in his ''{{KISS}}''-inspired war outfit.
* One webcomic (whose name is lost to the depths of time) featured a KavorkaMan who chalked up his luck with women to having chest hair that grew in the shape of the ''Superman shield.''
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has General Tarquin showing off his after a night of conquest with his future wife [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0749.html here]].
* ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld''':
** Canada: [[http://satwcomic.com/canada-the-bishie The hairiest Bishonen EVER]].
** And [[http://satwcomic.com/sports-are-not-for-sissies Turkey]], as well.
* From the same artist, ''[[Webcomic/{{Niels}} Niels]]'s'' Agent 300. So much that EvenTheGuysWantHim.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The surprisingly manly-looking tennis pony [[FanNickname Ace]] in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Call of the Cutie", who comes with this, sideburns, ''and'' a BadassMustache. Some fans have noted [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed a resemblance between him and Andre Agassi.]]
* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''. Brock Sampson has every other over-the-top manly stereotype going on, but they couldn't give him the Carpet of Virility because it over-complicated his animation. Jackson and Doc lament this during at least one commentary track. Occasionally in early episodes, you can still see evidence of it around his clothes.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has Grunkle Stan. When [[CheerfulChild Mabel]] tries to shave it off, it comes back almost immediately.
* The Scotsman from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''.
* The ''{{Popeye}}'' cartoon "Be Kind to Aminals" has Popeye grow chest hair when he eats his spinach.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Averted with most bodybuilders, as they shave and wax away unwanted body hair in order to reveal their muscular physique.
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