Back in some small towns in the old west, the barber was the only person who had experience handling a very sharp knife (and the [[ association between barbers and surgeons]] [[TruthInTelevision goes back centuries]].) The town might not be big enough to have a physician, so in addition to cutting your hair and shaving you, he might also do some "minor" surgeries, or any major ones where you either didn't have enough time to get to a real doctor, or would probably die from the rigors of the trip. Sometimes was also the mortician since he had to shave the corpses, too. This type of Barber might show up in a "realist fantasy" that has done the research.

In fictional Westerns however Barbers are used primarily as sources of gossip, and a local gathering place outside of the Saloon. Expect the villain to show up and demand a shave before he confronts TheHero, thus allowing the Barber to send a warning to TheSheriff. Occasionally can be reversed.

By ancient tradition, the Barber tends to be extremely talkative, often taking advantage of having a captive audience who can't reply because they've either got a hot towel on their face or a cutthroat razor at their throat.

See also ChattyHairdresser.



* Gunther the barber in ''ComicStrip/{{Curtis}}'' is basically a male ChattyHairdresser.
* Part Three of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has a barber named Khan, who's a largely normal person... until he accidentally unsheathes [[EvilWeapon Anubis]].
* Jolyon Wagg from ''ComicStrip/{{Tintin}}'' has a barber uncle. [[MotorMouth That would explain where he got it from...]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Barber Smurf in ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'', who like his cartoon counterpart has a limited clientele of customers to work with (in this case, including Duncan [=McSmurf=], the adapted version of Gutsy from ''Film/TheSmurfs'' live-action film series). He is mostly seen with fellow Smurf Sweepy and Tapper {{the bartender}}.

* Billy Bob Thornton's character in the Coen brothers' ''Film/TheManWhoWasntThere'' is a subversion of the stereotypically friendly, chatty barber: he's a simple, [[DullSurprise dull fellow]] who leads a life of quiet desperation that abruptly gets loud.
* ''Film/TheGunfighter'' uses the barbershop first as a place for TheGunfighterWannabe to learn that TheGunslinger has come into town. The barber then warns TheSheriff, allowing him to intervene.
* Documentary ''Film/ATimeForBurning'' has Ernie Chambers, a barber and black radical and civil rights activist who delivers some unvarnished home truths to reformist white minister Rev. Youngdahl ("Your laws are a farce") while cutting hair the whole time.
* The eponymous ''Film/SweeneyTodd'' is this by trade, serial killer by inclination and practice.

* "The Tale Of The Barber" in the ''Literature/ArabianNights'', in which a barber tells several stories about his family and chatters endlessly while swearing up and down that he is a man of few but wise words, despite his penchant for chatter and meddling only causing trouble wherever he goes. The end result (depending on the translation) is hilarious.
* Little Benjamin in Henry Fielding's ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTomJonesAFoundling''.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* While more of the "chatty captor" than the "surgeon on the side" type, ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' had Floyd the Barber, [[ShoutOut referenced]] in the opening song for ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}!''
* Archie Campbell's barber on ''Series/HeeHaw'' was a similar character.
* The townsfolk of Colorado Springs, Colorado relied on their barber for all their medical needs until ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman'' came to town -- and for quite a while afterwards too, [[StayInTheKitchen since they didn't hold no truck with wimmin doin doctorin]].
* In ''Series/TheArmandoIannucciShows'', [[ Armando's barber]] is definitely more of a Chatty ''Barber'' than a ChattyHairdresser, nonetheless his chattiness is excessive.
* Starting with the Candy Store series, some later [[TheGospelBillShow Gospel Bill]] videos (a Christian [[TheWildWest Western]] series) introduce a barber [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep called "Lefty"]]. True to form, he doubles as an undertaker.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. The crew of the starship Enterprise have to [[ChattyHairdresser suffer the attentions of the talkative]] Mr Mott, who ironically enough is Bolian, an alien species with no hair on their head at all.

* The chatterbox style of barber appears in an episode of ''Radio/TheSixShooter'' RadioDrama delivering an info dump on the goings-on in the town as the hero Britt Ponsett (Creator/JamesStewart) struggles to get a word in edgeways.

* ''Theatre/ManOfLaMancha'', which actually features a journeyman barber who still loves the sound of his own voice.
* [[Theatre/TheBarberOfSeville Figaro, The Barber of Seville]].
* ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' is a zig-zagged case. Decades prior to the story, Benjamin Barker was a friendly, well-liked town barber, easily fitting the trope. He returns from exile a brooding, sullen man, though depending on the version he remains friendly and talented enough to ensure a stream of satisfied customers and victims. The musical version of the Demon Barber plays up his OddFriendship with his partner in crime and landlord Mrs. Lovett, [[AffablyEvil gleefully plotting]] their crime spree.
** ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' (2007) largely does away with the trope, in favor of playing up [[Creator/JohnnyDepp this Sweeney]] as a melancholy, withdrawn force of vengence to match [[Creator/TimBurton the tone of the film.]] Here, the Demon Barber remains introverted and meticulous, rarely talking with other characters, while they have one-sided conversations near him, instead preferring to talk to his razors. He only really breaks this reverie before brutally murdering somebody plot-relevant.
** In [[Film/BBCSweeneyTodd the 2006 [=BBC=] version]], one of his customers remarks—as a compliment—that Sweeney Todd's barbershop is "the quietest in London", appreciating that he's not "chittering on like the rest of 'em".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' has Cousin Fred, a parody of ''Theatre/SweeneyTodd'' that while equally creepy and psychotic merely has an obsession with cutting hair (in excess) rather than throats.
* Doctor Barber from ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'', who also dabbles in WeirdScience.
** He's also a Candyologist.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/VeggieTales Minesota Cuke and the Search For Sampson's Hairbrush]]'', when Cuke goes to Seville, Italy looking for the titular brush, guess who he hits up for information?
* Barber Smurf in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'', though he has a rather limited clientele as few Smurfs in the village have hair.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Played with in the Transformation Story Saga aptly titled ''Literature/TheBarber''; the main character not only takes care of his customers' hair, but also of their physical wellbeing... by making them become somebody else (always a very attractive, gay man).

[[folder: Real Life]]
* This "Medieval-style" hairdresser from Spain can give you a [[ smoking hot haircut]], literally.