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Big Ol' Eyebrows

Naota: Those eyebrows...
Amarao: What about eyebrows?
Naota: ...Never mind.
FLCL, episode 4

An extremely old Japanese artistic convention is giving men bushy eyebrows. The manly oyaji usually has them, and it makes his expressions more imposing and tougher. A lot of older shonen manga use this style to great effect. Unless it's specifically part of the art style, Big Ol' Eyebrows are a common Art Shift gag when a character is being overdramatic.

Women tend to get very thin eyebrows. Thicker eyebrows are usually just a convention to make their faces more noticeable or make their facial expressions funnier. But in a few anime, woman have thicker eyebrows which resemble long commas. It's the case of Momoko from Ojamajo Doremi and Honoka, Saki and Kurumi from the Pretty Cure franchise.

Usually related to Evil Eyebrows. Hot-Blooded Sideburns is a Sister Trope, and often shows up along side this one. See also Big Ol' Unibrow. A Subtrope of Unusual Eyebrows. Contrast with No Brows.


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    Literature 
  • Gandalf in The Hobbit is described as having gigantic eyebrows.
    'Good morning' said Bilbo, and he meant it. [...] But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out further than the brim of his shady hat.
    • The Rankin/Bass animated versions of The Hobbit and The Return of the King took this maybe too literally, and gave Gandalf a titanic, impossibly bushy unibrow that, along with his similarly oversized beard, completely frames his (also huge) nose and eyes. His freaky appearance is used to great effect when he introduces himself with an extreme closeup shot.
  • Ogier in The Wheel of Time are described to all have very large eyebrows.
  • In P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories, nerve specialist Rodrick Glossop is described as being bald with enormous eyebrows.
  • In the Rainbow Magic series, King Oberon has these.
  • Jonathan Harker in Dracula notes that the Count's eyebrows are
    "very massive, almost meeting over the nose, and with bushy hair that seemed to curl in its own profusion."

    Puppet Shows 
  • A lot of the male characters found in Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation shows have pretty large eyebrows, but none win better than Mike Mercury of Supercar, seriously!
  • Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham has a puppet, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, who has gigantic eyebrows despite being a skeleton. They're used to convey his emotions, since he has no other facial features to do so with — and they work surprisingly well.
  • The Muppets
    • Sam the American Eagle has an impressive unibrow, giving the impression of a perpetually frowning face.
    • The Swedish Chef appears to have nothing but big ol' eyebrows that can challenge his mustache for facial hair supremacy.

    Web Animation 
  • Danny from Bravest Warriors has an epic pair of big eyebrows. More noticeable, cause he's the the only team member who even has eyebrows in the first place.


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