Big Ol' Unibrow

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That baby is plotting something.

"...Ganondorf has an exceptionally unique case of unibrow, in which his eyebrows connect clearly with his hair, thus forming one very long eyebrow. This puts the typical unibrow (one that connects in the middle of one's face above the nose) to shame..."
The Urban Dictionary

Ah, the Unibrow. Not generally considered the most attractive kind of facial hair on the market. So like most kinds of unfashionable/unattractive appearance, characters sporting one are mostly consigned to being either evil, or comical.

  • Type I: If a character has a unibrow, they're either evil, conniving, scummy, or have some defining negative trait.
  • Type II pretty much just boils down to "unibrows are funny".

A Subtrope of Unusual Eyebrows (more particularly, Evil Eyebrows), Good Hair, Evil Hair, and Big Ol' Eyebrows.


Examples of Type I:

Examples of Type II:

  • Fran Stalinovskovichdavidovitchsky from Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
  • The man whose eyebrows are connected and who has a gold tooth, in EarthBound. Granted, he's also invisible, so you have to take his word for it.
  • Gary Larson, when he wasn't giving his characters glasses, was generally drawing their eyes simply as a thick line.
  • This Super Bowl ad.
  • Both Bert and Oscar from Sesame Street.
  • Vakama in BIONICLE: The Mask of Light.
  • Una Brau, Frau Farbissina's seen-once lesbian lover in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
  • Ed and Rolf from Ed, Edd n Eddy.
  • Ed Generic from Everyday Heroes.
  • The Todd gets one for a one-off visual joke in Scrubs. His waxer was in the Bahamas.
  • Satoshi Horio, The Chew Toy from The Prince of Tennis.
  • Henchman 24 from The Venture Bros. is described by 21 as "Jerry Seinfeld with a unibrow".
  • Groundskeeper Willie from The Simpsons.
  • King Bob from Recess.
  • Daggett in The Angry Beavers.
  • Spanky Ham in Drawn Together.
  • Wallace & Gromit: Gromit, being a dog, has no (extra) hair on his brow, but its constant animation can give him this appearance. It conveys everything he feels, more effectively than words could, really.
  • Ryotsu from Kochikame.
  • One of Ponty's roommates in the novel Mike Nelson's (yes, that Mike Nelson) Death Rat! is described as having a prominent one:
    Scotty only had one eyebrow. It covered both eyes, luckily, but its deviation from a straight line was very minute, dipping only slightly above the bridge of his nose.
  • Major Monobrow Monogram from Phineas and Ferb, and his son, Monty.
  • Francine has one in American Dad!. Typically she waxes it, save for one episode where she let it grow in.
  • WWE's Santino Marella sports one, and he's one of the funniest guys on the roster, Face or Heel.
  • There's a superhero in Empowered who's even named Unibrow. Of course, this trope applies to him. We don't learn much about him, except that he's a Superdead.
  • Both the Irish cop and the hot-iron salesman in the Disney short Duck Pimples.
  • Tad in Planet Tad. He tries to shave it off but ends up shaving off his entire eyebrows.
  • An episode of Night Court features a girl on the run from a forced marriage. She describes her prospective husband's hideousness by indicating that he has a unibrow.
  • Brick in Total Drama Revenge of the Island.
  • Parodied in Night Court. A Russian woman is described as having only one eyebrow. When one of our heroes sees a picture, he exclaims, "I thought you meant over both eyes!"
  • Tim Lockwood, the main protagonist's dad in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. It also works as Blinding Bangs, obscuring his eyes most of the time. When we do see his eyes, it's Played for Laughs.
  • Rick and Morty: Rick Sanchez has a single bushy unibrow across his face.
  • Pokémon: Farfetch'd is a duck with a marking on its forehead that resembles a unibrow.
  • One of the potential villagers who can move into your town in Animal Crossing is an Uchi Squirrel with a unibrow named Hazel. She even has "Uni-wow" as her initial catchphrase!
  • Brobee in Yo Gabba Gabba!

Other:

  • Real Life example: Frida Kahlo is famous for her self-portraits that emphasize her large bushy unibrow. Rare in that it is not villainous or comical, but rather is valued for its artistic value and redefinition of beauty.
  • Poppy from Lola and Virginia. Instead of being evil or comedy, she's one of the main character's two best friends. Visually the unibrow is played as part of her tough, tomboy image. But plotwise it's not really an issue and isn't even pointed out by the other characters.
  • Akaishi in Cross Game. Neither evil nor funny, his unibrow is just there.
  • Chi McBride. He usually plays likable characters though.
  • Brazilian writer Monteiro Lobato.
  • Anthony Davis, a member of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball championship team, the University of Kentucky Wildcats, is known for his unibrow. So much so that there is merchandise relating to it ("Bow to the Brow"; "Fear the Brow") and they have even redecorated the mascot to give it a unibrow.
  • The Gallagher brothers from Oasis.
  • Hugh Acheson, regular judge on Top Chef, is well-known for his unibrow. In fact, he's often called "Hughnibrow."
  • Gromit of Wallace & Gromit isn't strictly modeled with eyebrows at all, but his forehead is so flexible and expressive that it almost acts as a unibrow.


Alternative Title(s): Big Ol Monobrow

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