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->'''Butt-head:''' Huhuh, look at his face!\\
'''Beavis:''' Heh, look at that crack in his chin!\\
'''Butt-Head:''' I think it's a '''butt'''crack!\\
'''Beavis:''' Well I guess that would make sense, since like, there's just a bunch of diarrhea coming out of his mouth.\\
'''Butt-Head:''' Yeah. Uhuhuhuhuh, it's like when God was passing out buttcracks, this guy got in line twice.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' (riffing on Sam Harris)

A square jawline. A protuberant chin. A manly cleft. Somewhere along the line (possibly around {{Franchise/Superman}}'s time), artists decided that these, more so than anything else, were ''the'' defining facial feature of [[KnightInShiningArmor really heroic]] (or [[DumbMuscle really strong and dumb]]) characters. Perhaps to an even greater extent than [[HeroicBuild broad shoulders, barreled chest, and absurdly large biceps,]] the surest sign of a character's strength and manliness lies in his chin.

[[TheAce Parodies of superheroes]] will take this trope to its [[{{Flanderization}} illogical extreme]], giving heroes jawlines large enough to logically prevent them from ''looking down''--and possibly, a ridiculous "butt chin". Some artistic conventions also render the cleft as a "swirl" on the chin. While the gluteus chinnimus can affect non-heroic, not-so-strong characters, "chin swirl" is generally reserved for only the ''[[TestosteronePoisoning manliest]]'' of manly.

If a character with a jawline like this crops up in an American WesternAnimation production, there's a really good chance he'll be voiced by Creator/PatrickWarburton. Also common in CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth.

This has some TruthInTelevision, as scientists have noted that there is a definite correlation between jaw size and testosterone production (though cleft chins are very much unisex). Which is why it is AlwaysMale.

This is mostly a hero trope, but villains occassionally have chins like this.

Compare BeautyEqualsGoodness, TopHeavyGuy. Contrast VillainousCheekbones (where angular faces characterize a bad guy).
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''
** Major Alex Louis Armstrong of has a mighty chin ''[[CatchPhrase that has been passed down the]] ♥♥♥ [[CatchPhrase Armstrong line for GENERATIONS!]]'' ♥♥♥
** Alphonse actually has one built into his armor if you look closely.
* Gaav from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''. He is a BadassLongcoat, he has the Heroic Chin... but he is a villain! Well he's a villain because he's trying to kill Lina. When Amelia accuses him of being a villain, he's quick to turn the tables and point out Lina is technically a villain, and so is Amelia by association, causing a short HeroicBSOD on Amelia's part.
* Bonaparte, Leona's ''tank'' from ''Anime/DominionTankPolice''.
* Bean Bandit from ''Manga/GunsmithCats'' features a truly massive jaw. It's not just aesthetic though. One might notice that Bandit NEVER leaves any bones left over after a meal. And he eats walnuts with the shells on.
* ''Characters/LupinIII'':
** Inspector Zenigata is drawn with a squarish face, befitting his role as HeroAntagonist.
** [[Manga/LupinIII In the Manga,]] his opponent, the titular thief, is at times depicted with one of these, as is Goemon. Chalk it up to artistic EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, because they're more commonly depicted with pointed chins.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Though an antagonist, Bartholomew Kuma is decidedly on the side of [[KnightTemplar "Justice,"]] and appropriately has a very, very manly jawline, as Sanji finds out the hard way when he attempts to kick it and nearly breaks his leg. [[spoiler:Of course, it ''is'' made of metal...]]
** Meanwhile, [[WorldsStrongestMan Whitebeard]] has one of the most impressive jawlines ever, and while being a pirate supposedly puts him on the side of more chaotic-minded free spirits opposed to the law, he's definitely one of the most [[HonorBeforeReason honorable]] and [[PapaWolf dedicated]] characters in the series.
** Interestingly enough, Shiliew of the Rain has a massive chin, and while he once served as TheDragon to Magellan in the defense of Impel Down, he eventually joins Blackbeard as his new Dragon after his AxCrazy tendencies go a little too far.
* Inverted in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', where the character with the huge cleft chin is the BigBad, Fae Wong Reed.
* Goh of ''Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar'' is a rare SuperRobot pilot example.
* Wide Load in ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'', though he isn't as heroic as he thinks he is.
* Takahata and Gateau from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', highlighting Asuna's preference for masculinity over [[{{Bishonen}} boyish charms and androgyny]].
* Kamina from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
* The eponymous Anime/CaptainHarlock.
* Sleggar Law from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''.
* Tooru Rikishi from ''Manga/AshitaNoJoe''.
* Ivica Tanović from ''Anime/EurekaSevenAO'', though he's unusually slender for a BigGuy.
* ''Manhua/RavagesOfTime'': Lu Bu has what can only be described as chin buttcheeks.
* Subverted in ''IrresponsibleCaptainTylor''. The gung-ho and by-the-book Lt. Yamamoto has a formidable chin, yet his superior officer, a MildlyMilitary goofball with a chin barely half his size, is the hero of the series.
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[[folder:Arts]]
* The [[EenieMeenieMinyMoai Moai]] of Easter Island.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Superman}}, as stated above, has had one for such a long time that he may well be the TropeMaker.
** Superman's chin is taken to a ridiculous extreme in Grant Morrison's ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'' artwork, in which the Chin of Steel becomes ludicrously inflated.
* But, if anything, Franchise/{{Batman}}'s is even ''more'' dimpled and protuberant. It's certainly more prominent, at any rate, given that it and the lips are all we actually see of his face.
** In ''ComicBook/{{Joker}}'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker rants about this. He demands to know why Batman leaves that tiny window of manly perfection for all the world to see when he tries so hard to cultivate his image as a TerrorHero. Batman's glorious ShutUpHannibal response: "To ''mock'' you."
* [[{{ComicBook/Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] has sported an absolutely enormous and manly chin since his conception, due in part to his being modeled after [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0f/Fred_MacMurray_-_publicity.JPG period actor and real-life example Fred MacMurray]].
* ComicBook/JudgeDredd's suitably heroic chin is [[TheFaceless the only part of his face ever seen.]]
* Gladiator from the MarvelUniverse, who is a sort of half-TakeThat and half-AffectionateParody of Superman.
* Side-character Arcadio in ''ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer'' had one of these chins, and female characters would occasionally swoon over it.
* ''ComicBook/{{normalman}}''
** Captain Everything. As a parody of Superman and [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], it's to be expected, but he takes it to new levels as the series progresses and his appearance becomes more exaggerated. The same goes for the even more exaggerated MegatonMan.
** And Sergeant Fluffy. Of course, the villainous Ultra-Conservative also has a very strong chin....
* British comic hero ''ComicStrip/{{Bananaman}}'', as a parody of the genre, naturally possesses one of these.
* Even as a gangly teenager, Steve Rogers had a bit of this going on. As Marvel's foremost [[TheCape Cape]], CaptainAmerica tends to have a strong chin no matter who was drawing him. Lampshaded a little when a new love interest, Bernie Rosenthal, was introduced in the '80s -- she had a chin cleft, and the first thing she said to him was that he had one too.
* Ironically enough, the ComicBook/{{Green Lantern}}s tend not to have prominent jaws, [[http://www.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/uploads/8194/newhalwog.jpg Kilowog]] aside.
* ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'': The Saint of all Killers. His lantern jaw rivals that of Clark Kent's, but there's nothing good about him.
* From the Swedish comic ''Illustrerad Djävulskap'' we have [[MadScientist Dr. Alabander Modul]]. He is also the local VillainProtagonist.
* ''TheTick'', naturally, has such a heroic chin. Even more heroic a chin is possessed by his ally Paul the Samurai, who actually cites his chin to convince a guard that he is a hero and should be allowed in. The guard accepts this argument.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ComicStrip/DickTracy ''invented'' the heroic chin.
* ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}: Popeye's chin is colossal and he fights for justice all the time!
* ComicStrip/SuskeEnWiske: Tante Sidonia has a GagNose and a huge chin, which make her look unattractive, but she does have a heart of gold.
* ComicStrip/{{Nero}}: Subverted with Ricardo, the main antagonist, who has a hook nose and brawny big chin.
* ComicBook/{{Agent327}}: IJzerbroot's chef of the Dutch Intelligence Service has a huge jawline.
** Subverted by the villain Boris Kloris has a huge lower jaw, literally bigger than his face.
* ComicStrip/DeKiekeboes: Firmin Van De Kasseien, Kiekeboe's corrupt boss, has a brawny chin, symbolizing his arrogance.
* ComicStrip/{{Jommeke}}: Subverted with Kwak, a villain, who has a long, pointy chin. Implied with Arabella, a good character, who also has a huge chin.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Lawyer Brom Bones in the ''Wind In The Willows'' segment in ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfMrIchabodAndMrToad''.
* Kronk from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' also has a lantern jaw too.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': Mr. Incredible, as yet another [[{{Troperiffic}} purposefully archetypal]] superhero. Syndrome has one as well, but he's evil.
* Even the more obscure films out there subscribe to this notion. Superhero-in-training Rod Rescueman from ''WesternAnimation/TwiceUponATime'' had his career pretty much determined by genetics -- he has a [[HeroicBuild barrel chest]] and a LanternJawOfJustice.
* Buzz Lightyear in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' (and the [[{{Defictionalization}} defictionalized]] ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'') has one of these, replete with "chin swirl". Which is actually ''there,'' considering that he's an intentionally stylized toy.
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''
** Prince Naveen has one to match his cocky personality, though it's less exaggerated than the other examples.
** Facilier has one too, though that's probably because he was partly modeled on Captain Hook.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'', most prominently with Captain Sternn, on trial for twelve murders, fourteen armed robberies, twenty-two counts of piracy, eighteen counts of fraud, thirty-seven rapes, and to top it off... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking one moving violation.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'': Gobber the Belch.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' featured an automobile version of Jay Leno named Jay Limo, who is a large limousine with an oversized bumper.
* Gaston from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' has a chin to match his brawn and penchant for boasting. It's even mentioned in his VillainSong (No-one's got a swell cleft in his chin like Gaston!).
* Brad in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' -- just a little exaggerated. Particularly noteworthy in the flashback sequence. The title character has one too.
* Ronin from ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'' has one. Lampshaded by Grub.
* Dracula in ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Possibly the main reason why Aaron Eckhart was cast as Harvey Dent in ''Film/TheDarkKnight.'' A subtle nod to the standard heroic archetype? Or maybe he's just a damn good actor. Possibly both. Nolan ''did'' comment on Eckhart's facial features making him look like a movie hero from the '50s, after all.
** ''Podcast/RiffTrax'' mocks this mercilessly:
-->'''Bill:''' His hatchet-jaw cuts through any crowd!
* While we're at ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movies: Many fans protested when MichaelKeaton was cast, for his lack of this trope.
** Given that Keaton was known for his work as a comedic actor and utterly lacked ''any'' of the physical characteristics suggesting "superhero", most people, if asked to list the reasons Mr. Mom was not a truly ''inspired'' choice to play the Dark Knight, would have tired themselves out long before getting to his chin.
* In the heart-warming (?) ending of ''MeMyselfAndIrene'', it is revealed that Jim Carrey's alternate personality had one of these surgically implanted on him. Everyone is amused.
-->''"Look here, Daddy; now you can blow your nose and wipe your ass at the same time!"''
* Don't forget Creator/BruceCampbell, especially in ''Franchise/EvilDead''. His (hilarious) autobiography is even called ''If Chins Could Kill''.
* Parodied in ''Film/{{Bullshot}}'' (1983) where the hero is always walking around with his jaw stuck out. Lampshaded in the trailer: "There was a time when heroes were straight-limbed, lantern-jawed, well-bred, and British!"
* The comic-book ComicBook/IronMan was never drawn with chin on his helmet but the [[Film/IronMan movie version]] from the Mark II armor up has a protruding chin that does make him look more heroic.
* Johnny in ''Film/StarshipTroopers''. Seriously, his jawline steals half the scenes in that movie.
* ''Film/JudgeDredd''. Love him or hate him, but Sly Stallone had the perfect chin for the title role.
* Comic book expert Elijah Price discusses this trope at some length in ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}'' when going over some of the finer details in the concept artwork for a comic book cover.
* Josh Brolin's character Sergeant O'Mara in ''Film/GangsterSquad'' has a jaw of granite and a stare to match.
* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', once he loses the beard, the audience is treated to Superman's very strong jawline. Gen. Swanwick's is even more impressive.
** And now, in stark contrast to Michael Keaton and Christian Bale, [[Film/BatmanvSupermanDawnofJustice Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice]] will finally give us a [[https://s.yimg.com/cd/resizer/FIT_TO_WIDTH-w499/8e87cd82ecbad79e9ac89f993f342e14fb33efb5.jpg worthy Batman chin]], provided by [[Creator/BenAffleck Ben Affleck.]]
* While still on the comic book heroes, JossWhedon explains in his commentary on ''Film/TheAvengers'' why ChrisEvans' [[http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g412/barretxiii/ScreenShot2014-03-19at11132PM_zps5ae8675f.png jaw]] is the reason that he is a super hero, and Joss is not.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Me, by Jimmy (Big Boy) Valente'', a parody of the life of [[LargeHam Jesse Ventura]], [[Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion Garrison Keillor]] makes reference to a part of Navy SEAL training where "a Naval Surgeon gave us cleft chins."
* In ''TourOfTheMerrimack'', dim-witted Vice-President Sampson Reed is described as having one so dramatic that his nickname is "The Chin".
* A rare female example: [[CoolBigSis Eldest Whistler]] is described as tall, lean, broad-shouldered, and iron-jawed.
* Commissar Literature/CiaphasCain's ('''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!''') chin [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/File:Emperorsfinest.jpg accounts for a good 15%]] [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/File:Cainslaststand.jpg of the heroism his posters exude]].
* Joked about in ''[[TheWheelOfTime A Memory of Light]]'', where Mat observes that the [[PraetorianGuard Deathwatch Guards]] have all traded their senses of humor for oversized chins.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Christopher Meloni, who plays Elliot Stabler on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', nicknamed "The Chin of Justice". (He also has the habit of thrusting said chin towards a suspect while questioning them.) The same goes for Olivia Benson.
* Dr. Clayton Forrester, villainous MadScientist of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' had a chin cleft and was quite proud of it. He even invented "chinderwear" in one episode. Interestingly, after Clay's departure, Mike and the bots would mock the male leads of films like ''Film/DevilDoll'' and ''Film/TimeChasers'' for their chin clefts: "Ugh, his chin-butt is engulfing her!"
* Robbie Rotten from ''Series/LazyTown'' has a really big chin that he's quite proud of, but he's [[CampStraight not at all "manly" in other ways]]... and he's the villain. [[ObviouslyEvil But you knew that]].
* Flabber from ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}'', who some people think was based on Jay Leno.
* Helo, who provides both the strongest jaw and strongest morals on ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': under Pentothal, Chuck tells John Casey, "Your jaw was sculpted by Michaelangelo himself."
* Seeing as Creator/AdamBaldwin plays John Casey, that means Jayne Cobb of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' also has a LanternJawOfJustice, although it is partially obscured by his [[BadassBeard Badass Goatee.]]
* Both futuristic journalist Edison Carter and his A.I. counterpart Series/MaxHeadroom have lantern jaws, though given Max's preference for snark and mischief over heroism, the "justice" part usually only applies to Edison.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** A RunningGag with [[TheNthDoctor The Eleventh Doctor]]. Apparently it's the inspiration for [[EenieMeenieMinyMoai the Easter Island Statues.]]
-->'''The Doctor:''' ''(feeling his face after regenerating)'' Chin... ''blimey!''
** In an introduction to the ThreeDMovie of "The Day of the Doctor", Tenth Doctor can't resist getting in a dig at how Eleven's chin will be enhanced accordingly.
** Captain Jack Harkness from his appearances on the show and on ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.
* ''Series/TheFlash'', who had a lantern jaw that was the only thing that showed when he was in his supersuit.
* [=McGarrett=] (Jack Lord) from ''Series/HawaiiFiveO''.
* Series/TheMiddleman has a particularly spectacular one of these, nicely complimenting his broad shoulders and washboard abs.
* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' actor [[http://pics.livejournal.com/shocolate/pic/004whyy9 Iwan Rheon]] is a very attractive example of this trope. A pretty pertinent one too, [[spoiler: as his character ultimately [[TakeALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] and becomes TheHero of the series, despite spending the first two seasons as a [[ButtMonkey put-upon]] [[HollywoodNerd nerd]].]]
* ''Series/BurnNotice'''s Sam Axe. The guy's played by ''Bruce Campbell''.
** In ''BurnNoticeTheFallOfSamAxe'', the Columbian rebels even nickname him "The Chin" in Spanish.
* Nick Stokes, ''Series/{{CSI}}''.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Agent Fox Mulder's prominent cheekbones definitely fit the trope.
** Sheriff Hartwell appearing in the episode "Bad Blood" counts as well. However, considering that he's [[spoiler: a vampire, albeit of the [[FriendlyNeighbourhoodVampire friendly kind,]]]] he's a borderline example among this trope and the VillainousCheekbones.
** Agent Doggett, a rugged manly-man type from season 8 and 9, has an angular face as well.
* Series/SpittingImage: The puppets of UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini, Creator/QuentinTarantino, Creator/JohnCleese, Prince Philip, Bruce Forsyth, Brian Mulroney were all depicted with large chins.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/ToshimitsuDeyama, vocalist of Music/XJapan.
* [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]]
* Peter Steele of Music/TypeONegative fame had one, as he looked rather like the Gothic Metal version of Gaston.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Unsurprisingly, ''Pinball/JudgeDredd'' features the character's jaw prominently featured all over the cabinet and playfield.
* ''Pinball/DrDude''. While his chin is not particularly wide, it's ''definitely'' prominent.
* "Elvis" in ''Pinball/{{Earthshaker}}'' has a prominently protruding jawline with cleft chin.
* Captain B. Zarr of ''Pinball/ThePartyZone'' has an impressively large chin, complete with heroic cleft.
* Dudley Do-Right in ''Pinball/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkleAndFriends''
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/AntonioInoki has a weapons-grade lantern jaw.
* The Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s Great Khali.
* A running joke that crops up every time Sargent Slaughter appears is a commentator reference to his chin always preceding him. This is more of an InformedAttribute, seeing as his chin is actually pretty normal.
* Wrestling/JohnCena always does the right thing, borders on BoringInvincibleHero, and has [[http://www.johncena4u.com/chain-gang/2007/09/john-cena79.jpg a chin that borders on cartoonish.]]
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Creator/BruceCampbell is such a good example that it's a feature of Ash's character in the ''Franchise/EvilDead 2'' RPG rulebook.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Captain Falcon of ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}'' and [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros FALCON PUUUUUNCH]] fame.
* Captain Qwark of ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank''--FakeUltimateHero, [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor onetime]] [[TheDragon Dragon]] and [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor onetime]] BigBad--has one of these. Ratchet even mentioned it when eulogizing him.
* ''Freddie Hardest'' from the obscure self-titled MSX games had as his only distinguishing feature a chin the size of a pair of melons.
* Double H from ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' has one of these. Funnily enough, his original, DummiedOut (still visible in one [[FictionalDocument MDisk]]) model had an even ''more'' dramatic, neck-engulfingly huge chin, but it was replaced with a more "normal" one. [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v46/Freezair/Chin1-Big.jpg Not by]] [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v46/Freezair/Chin3-Sideways1.png much]], though.
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''
** And now we present you your regular mention of '''''[[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Captain Gordon, Possessor of Lantern Jaw!]]'''''
** The Wood Golem monster type also has an impressive jaw line.
* The title character of the AppleMacintosh game ''VideoGame/PowerPete''[=/=]''Mighty Mike'' possess a chin nearly the size of the rest of his head
* All three main characters on the TV show-within-a-game ''Republican Space Rangers'' from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''.
* All of classes in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' (except [[TheFaceless Pyro]]) have one of these, further exaggerated by their underbites--yes, even BrattyHalfPint Scout has a hatchet chin that can kill. The Soldier class epitomizes this, being a great, big, yelling, murderous chin. [[http://www.geekologie.com/2010/06/03/tf2-cosplay-9.jpg THIS MAN'S CHIN WAS SCULPTED BY GOD.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{World of Warcraft}}''
** King Varian Wrynn is famous for having one, earning him the moniker "King Varian Chynn"
** Neltharion/Deathwing from the upcoming Cataclysm expansion is an inversion -- his lower jaw would not be out of place at a construction site, yet he is going to ''break the world'' when he shows up. Also, [[OurDragonsAreDifferent he's a dragon]]. Slightly justified: Deathwing needs his armor plating because his body is being torn apart. Without his massive chin, his lower jaw would eventually ''fall off.''
** The unnamed human from the opening cinematic for ''Mists of Pandaria'' has one complete with a BadassBeard.
* The Knight unit in VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} 3 has a very large chin. There's no cleft, but there is [[PermaStubble manly stubble]].
* VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein}}: B.J. Blazkowicz has [[http://media.giantbomb.com/uploads/0/1302/179380-bj_wolfenstein_3d_large.jpg a truly]] ''[[http://static.gamesradar.com/images/mb/GamesRadar/us/Features/2009/03/Week%20of%20Wolfenstein/Wolfenstein%20made%20Lucy%20Liu%20Cry/ART/Finished/030609_wolfensteing_obs04v2--article_image.jpg colossal]]'' [[http://static.gamesradar.com/images/mb/GamesRadar/us/Features/2009/03/Week%20of%20Wolfenstein/Wolfenstein%20Retro/ART/Finished/Wolfen3DEnding--article_image.jpg lantern jaw]].
* ''VideoGame/PunchOut'': Super Macho Man sports an impressive jawline, but Glass Joe [[AchillesHeel doesn't]]. Soda Popinski is only slightly less impressive in this area, but still boasts some serious chin cleft. Mister Sandman has one in all his appearances, being the game's token AngryBlackMan, and it's a chin of iron, too--he'll take punches to the jaw all day if you let him.
* [[RunningGag Ash]] in the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' games.
* Playable character from ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters 2'', Hank Nova is described in his gallery info as having "the squarest jaw the galaxy has ever seen."
* For a nonhuman counterpart, ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter Tri'' has the Uragaan, whose chin is its most prominent feature. The chin can even be broken, but don't expect it to go quickly.
* ''VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper'': Joe Chin is never an outright hero -- or an outright villain, for that matter -- but he is ''definitely'' aptly named.
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' gives us the astounding and noble BadAss Honda Tadakatsu, whose in-game model gives him quite a square jaw to go with his powerful physique. ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', of course, then cranks this UpToEleven by giving Tadakatsu a chin so pronounced ''it gets its own armor covering.''
* ''VideoGame/FullThrottle'', '''Full Stop.''' You can see that chin from the tiny, tiny page art.
* ''VideoGame/TheLostVikings'': Baleog the Fierce, being the offense class out of the trio, has a particularly large chin.
* ''VideoGame/WarriorsOfMightAndMagic'': In cutscenes Alleron is shown to have a huge chin.
* VideoGame/DukeNukem is a parody of the generic musclebound action hero. Which means he, of course, sports a LanternJawOfJustice in addition to his trademark BallsOfSteel.
* ''Videogame/DeathSpank''
* ''Videogame/MetalSlug'''s Marco Rossi and Tarma Roving have pretty impressive chins.
* 'Guts Man', both in ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'', quite literally has the squarest chin in existence. It's so square as to be perfectly rectangular and often looks like a box attached to the bottom of his face, giving him an enormous underbite. Whether he's actually ''heroic'' or not depends largely on the universe and circumstances, but there are at least two instances of Guts Man being on Mega Man's side.
* Guard-Captain Aveline of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is a rare female example.
** Hawke's younger brother, Carver is another example. There are several jokes about his chin, mostly from Isabela.
* Virtually any game that allows customization of the player character's face can prompt this. Some can take it to absolutely preposterous if not [[NightmareFuel deeply]] [[BodyHorror unsettling]] levels.
* Captain Walker of ''Videogame/SpecOpsTheLine'' - a grizzled veteran with a prominent square jaw and heroic PermaStubble - enters Dubai to try to save as many people as possible after the [[AfterTheEnd world left it for dead]], though it's inverted when he [[spoiler: begins committing atrocities [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope left and right]] for "[[IDidWhatIHadToDo justice]]" and vengeance as he [[HeroicBSOD breaks down]]]].
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Prince Ossomer of ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' has one by necessity since his appearance is a ShoutOut to Superman. His brother Ansom has a less pronounced (but still pretty manly) chin. Their brother Tramennis has the cleft, but his chin is quite narrow, so it's not as noticeable. Their father King Slately probably has one as well, underneath that King-of-Hearts beard.
* Mimic in ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo''
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''
** One character takes a missile in his chin, and when it's rebuilt he has one of these. Legs remarks that it looks heroic, like it belongs in a comic book... and then the narrator insists that, for the sake of the FourthWall, the chin has to go.
** Surgical reconstruction and [[BreakingtheFourthWall Fourth Wall damage]] aside, there's a ton of lantern-jawed heroes in the comic: Kaff, Nick, Shep, Andy, Hob, Brad (after bulking up), Pranger, Doyt Gyo/Doythaban, hell, even ''Kerchak'' has the gorilla version...
* ''Webcomic/{{Tweep}}'' brings us [[http://www.tweep.com/comic/?date=07-21-08 Captain Stone]] from the [[ShowWithinAShow Show Within a Comic]] ''Space Force''.
* Art from ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' is drawn with about half his face being square jaw and chin. He had also saved the planet a minimum of 3 times. The trope is played with here because he's just a graphic artist, and is often dragged into these situations against his will; he's pretty much {{Resigned To The Call}} because it's either the only way he can survive when these problems pop up, or one of his friends gets involved and he has to go and help. He would call the police, but he knows they would never believe the story (he gets involved in some weird shit).
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}'', occasional mention is made of [[TheHero Derek's]] "strong chin."
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', this is one of Brian's more prominent features -- although, entertainingly, he is actually the super''villain'' Grue.
* In the ''WhateleyUniverse'', this is common, going along with the HeroicBuild of many Exemplars. An extreme example is 'Captain' Bravo, who has this to a laughable degree.
* In the podcast ''{{Podcast/Welcome To Night Vale}}'', [[HotScientist Carlos]] is continuously described by [[StalkerWithACrush Cecil]] as having, among other attractive qualities, a "strong, square jaw". He is also kind, brilliant, and uncommonly brave, if a bit awkward and anti-social. Since it's supposed to be a community radio broadcast, we never actually get visual confirmation, although the [[http://cnhgirl.tumblr.com/post/83762036511/ladyzolstice-guys-you-really-need-to-warn-poor fans are more]] [[http://shiloheart.tumblr.com/post/83639178750/welcome-to-night-vale-episode-25-one-year than content]] [[http://monstersanosa.tumblr.com/post/83537397260/my-contributions-for-the-wtnv-table-top-role to reinforce]] [[http://bitterbrokenbones.tumblr.com/post/79416528195/please-open-them-in-a-new-tab-theyre-tiny-in-the this]].
* In the ''WebVideo/VideoGamesAwesome'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aYIgZ11qKA&list=PLGxCL8JAojAPGKv05UFJVpHXPaACv8CqQ LP]] of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', Becky and Fraser end up [[PlayerCharacter making]] a female dwarf noble with a ridiculously large and square jaw who they name 'Chinderella'.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}: His jaw line is very huge and he fights for justice all the time.
* Parody: Captain Kremmen of the Space Corps (animated shorts) from ''The Kenny Everett Video Show.''
* The Crimson Chin, from ''WesternAnimation/{{The Fairly OddParents}}'', takes this trope to ridiculous new heights. Just look at the picture. Seriously -- the man has ''chin-based superpowers.'' And on top of that, he's voiced by Jay Leno!
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether's'' Captain Hero, another superhero parody, also sports one.
* Buck Tuddrussel from ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad,'' who is both super-heroic and [[DumbMuscle super-dumb]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'', people!
* Pretty much all the guys in the Franchise/{{DCAU}} have these, except the Flash. They're not pronounced, but they're there. Thank Bruce Timm's drawing style for this.
* From ''WesternAnimation/TheSuper6'', only five of them ([[ApparentlyHumanMerfolk Super Scuba]], [[HollywoodMagnetism Magneto Man]], [[LivingStatue Granite Man]], [[SizeShifter Elevator Man]] and [[NominalHero Captain Zammo]]) sport Lantern Jaws of Justice. The only one who doesn't is the scrawny Super Bwoing.
* Every (male) Cybertronian in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has a ''giant'' chin, even [[CyberCyclops Shockwave]], who ''doesn't have a face''. [[{{Jerkass}} Sentinel Prime]] is probably the most prominent example. He was an {{Expy}} of WesternAnimation/TheTick, [[ActorAllusion modeled after Townsend Coleman was cast as his voice actor]]. Lead character designer Derrick J. Wyatt lampshaded this on [[http://derrickjwyatt.blogspot.com/2008/10/tfa-s3-chin-on.html one of his blog-posts]] (titled "[[Anime/TransformersHeadmasters Chin On!]]") where he assured us the characters in season three will have no lack of chins:
-->'''Wyatt:''' These new chins could even be so unstoppably huge and heroic, they may have even the simplest of Cybertronians [[StealthPun bellowing out the names of common Earthen table utensils]].
* WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack started out with a prominent chin...that grew bigger and bigger as the show progressed. Eventually it took up exactly half the length of his entire face.
* Hacker from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}'' had a huge chin for no good reason. Inverted in that he is a villain character (but not a [[HarmlessVillain very good one]]
* The North Wind from ''A Miser Brothers Christmas'' has the chin but is the villain of the piece.
* Commander Feral of ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'' has the lantern jaw as well, though he is not the primary heroic figure on the show.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'': Major Glory of ''The Justice Friends'' clearly invokes this in his DCAU-style design.
* "Simon Belmont" from ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster''.
* JayWard gave archetype hero characters ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'' and ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' prominent chins -- while making them dumb as fenceposts.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** Averted with Glen Quagmire. His head is mostly chin, but the rest of him is rather lanky. [[LoveableSexManiac He does have a lot of testosterone, though.]]
** [[HandicappedBadAss Joe]] plays it pretty straight, though.
** Peter Griffin has the cleft, but that's about it; it makes his chin look more like a scrotum than anything else. Chris Griffin takes after his father in this regard.
** Another subversion is Herbert the Pervert, a creepy paedophile with a huge chin.
* Stan Smith from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''.
* Aquaman has an OUTRAGEOUS one in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''. In fact, most of the characters in the show have one. Including the women. It's kind of weird.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman''
** Fan outcry at Batman being drawn with a pointed chin was so great that it was squared off starting in the fourth season.
** Superman has one, and MartianManhunter has [[http://tvmedia.ign.com/tv/image/article/782/782754/the-batman-20070423011830449.jpg a huge one]] as part of being a RubberForeheadAlien.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'': Space Ghost once advised Creator/MikeJudge that he should draw BeavisAndButthead with "large, lantern-like jaws... like mine!"
* Launchpad [=McQuack=] of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' and ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' has a lantern ''bill'' of justice.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'': POWDERRRED TOOOOOAST MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!
* Perry the Platypus of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' also has a lantern ''bill'' of justicee.
* Jim Gordon in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', but not quite so much as Batman himself.
* Freddie in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryInc'' -- he's not a superhero, but the chin fits the bill.
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'': Eustace Bagge, even though he's a complete [[{{Jerkass}} jerkface]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/VoltronForce'', it's [[TheBigGuy Hunk's]] ''lion'' that has this. Recall that the lion is a ''robot''. This is part of an overall trend of the lions looking more individual, rather than {{Palette Swap}}s of each other.
* Harvey from ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine''.
* Frosty superhero Man Arctica from ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumchum''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10 Omniverse}}'''s design of Alien X feature this. So does Paradox. So do the Galvan (especially when they are fat), despite their species being clearly portrayed as lacking a chin in the previous installments. And Kevin's chin, who was already tall in ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Alien Force]]'', is even more prominent now. In fact, so many exemples can be listed that somebody [[http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2013/045/f/c/big_chin_party_by_silverlady7-d5uxjmo.jpg made a meme about it]]. Then again, Derrick J. Wyatt of the aforementioned ''Transformers Animated'' is the art director.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}''
** Very fittingly, the Justice Knight, another parody of superhero, sports a square jaw.
** The Mmmmmmmmmporpg has a monumental chin. He's more of an antagonist, but he's certainly manly [[spoiler:(if you disregard his girly true name)]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' episode "Pig of Action", the Eager Young Space Cadet (WesternAnimation/PorkyPig) is turned into a muscle-bound action hero by GreenRocks, with an exaggerated "butt cheeks" chin.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyHercules'' basically played Herc as an ancient Superman and gave him this treatment. It's every bit as bad as it sounds, and only worth mentioning because it's [[LargeHam so]] [[ArtisticLicenseHistory hilariously]] [[{{Camp}} bad]] that it's absolutely ''[[SoBadItsGood wonderful]]''.
* Alfred Pennyworth sports one in ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'', to go along with his stronger, street-though characterization.
* Zilla Jr from ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'' has a ''very'' prominent chin. Which is odd, considering he's a [[{{Kaiju}} giant lizard monster]].
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* ''First'' on this list should be [[Creator/BruceCampbell Bruce "If Chins Could Kill" Campbell]].
* Michael Schumacher.
* Creator/JayLeno, who does the voice for [[TheFairlyOddparents The Crimson Chin]]. He may not necessarily be heroic, but his chin ''is.'' His autobiography is even titled ''Leading With My Chin''. And his Battle Bot (occasionally trotted out for an exhibition match) was called Chinkilla.
* Another real life example: Creator/DavidHayter, who did act, very briefly, in live-action film once upon a time. And cosplays as [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Solid Snake]].
* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ec/Corporal_Patrick_Tillman.jpg Pat Tillman.]] An NFL football player who became a soldier.
* Creator/PatrickWarburton. When combined with his ''manly'' voice, he's become ch more heroic.[[PigeonholedVoiceActor the go-to guy]] for characters like this (as noted in the description).
* Ditto Craig T. Nelson (voice of Mr. Incredible). Though the years seem to be slowly eating away at his chin cleft.
* Creator/JohnBarrowman
* Robert Z'Dar has a lantern ''face''.
* It's mentioned in ''Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt'' that Adam West only got the part of Batman because he fit this trope more than another (better, apparently) actor.
* Creator/SigourneyWeaver is foremost amongst the female exemplars.
* Creator/MattSmith
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Urijah_Faber_2008.jpg UFC Bantamweight Urijah Faber]]
* UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini, demonstrating that not everybody with one is a good guy.
* American History in general presents GeorgeWashington in this manner. Washington sat for a ton of portraits to get his image out to the general public. According to the History Channel's ''Death Masks'' program, Washington often times convinced (bribed?) the artist to give him the Lantern Jaw of Justice. The most famous example that doesn't feature his Lantern Jaw of Justice, was a portrait was done by Gilbert Stuart. Of all of the portraits done, Washington detested this portrait... and the reason? It doesn't feature his trademark Lantern Jaw of Justice - Gilbert Stuart refused to paint the manliness, so instead gave us one of the most accurate representations of his real chin. See? Even back then, he realized the importance of giving the impression that you're a hero and ooze responsibility, leadership and trustworthiness - all by the power of his chinny chin chin. The portrait is most prominently featured on the $1 bill.\\\
Ol' Georgie didn't help his case any by not putting his dentures in for that portrait, but reconstructions of his face show that his chinny chin chin was indeed quite strong when his teeth were in his head. Besides, this is [[BadAss George Washington]] we're talking about; his chin could have been on ''backwards'' and he'd still be seen as a hero. This is particularly strange, as the dour expression in this particular portrait is usually attributed to how firmly George had to hold his mouth to keep in the dentures he wore at the time (which had, among other awkward features, springs to help them open, so he had to bite down to keep his mouth closed, and they had a tendency to slip about if he didn't keep his lips held firm).
* Related to the above, portraits of AndrewJackson [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bustofandrewjackson.jpg suggest he had one of these]]. Given the man was [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President]] and a FourStarBadass who had one foot knee-deep in CrazyAwesome and the other [[KickTheDog planted squarely up someone's ass, deserving or otherwise,]] he was probably entitled to the chin.
* Formula One racing driver David Coulthard, whose jawline is so square it has to be [[http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01515/davie_1515062c.jpg seen]] [[http://answers.bettor.com/images/Articles/thumbs/extralarge/David-Coulthard-replaces-Jonathan-Legard-as-a-commentator-at-BBC-52445.jpg to be]] [[http://www.formula1latest.com/wp-content/Coulthard02b.jpg believed.]]
* [[Creator/{{Nintendo}} Reggie Fils-Aime]], as amusingly exaggerated in [[http://i.imgur.com/Enqpb.jpg his official Mii]].
* This was known as the Habsburg Lip or the Habsburg Chin -- and, as [[RoyallyScrewedUp Charles II]] proved, in real life, there are limits to its appeal.
* Creator/NikolajCosterWaldau of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' fame.
* This is one of several reasons everyone agrees that, whatever one might think of his personality or politics, Mitt Romney ''looks'' "presidential": his jaw and hair look like they came right out of a '50s superhero comic.
* Creator/BenAffleck. Parodied in a WesternAnimation/SouthPark episode where he's supposed to be the long lost son of a couple who ''literally'' have butt faces. And Cartman nicknames him "Ben Assfleck".
* LeoMajor.
* UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln told the painter of his presidential portrait: “As a painter . . . you should be a judge between this unknown correspondent and me. She complains of my ugliness. It is allowed to be ugly in the world, but not as ugly as I am. She wishes me to put on false whiskers, to hide my horrible lantern jaws. Will you paint me with false whiskers?” The man refused Lincoln’s request
* RichardOfGloucester was recently found to [[http://www.soglos.com/showimage.ashx?name=admin%2F08+culture%2Fculture_richardiiitourcomingtogloucester.jpg have had one]].
* The Habsburg lip is arguably a RealLife ''deconstruction'' of this--taking the LanternJawOfJustice to the point of outright deformity. This is what you get when you have the most inbred line of royalty in European history.
* Creator/QuentinTarantino also has a huge chin, often exaggarated in caricature.
* Creator/JohnCleese's chin is also a main target for caricature.
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