Carpet of Virility

"...and every last inch of me's covered with hair!"

In essence it describes a man with a hairy upper body. Generally shown during a Shirtless Scene or when a guy walks around in a tank-top or an opened shirt. Usually indicates rugged masculinity when shown on a hero, especially when contrasted against a clean chested Sissy Villain.

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 manliness or Badassery. Alternatively, it may mark a mature man (ie 35 and older) in contrast to a cast of younger men note .

Type 2) When combined with an overweight body, it is generally to mean a boorish and/or unhygienic character. If used on Stout Strength, it usually indicates a Boisterous Bruiser. Often accompanied by copious amounts of back hair.

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 attractive or not.

Hairy chests can be seen as Fetish Fuel, especially in The Seventies, when it was quite common for men to show off their chest hair with open shirts and plunging necklines. The gay "bear" community also finds hairy, hyper-masculine men to be extremely desirable. It is also common in the Bara Genre. On a woman, this is almost universally considered to be prime-grade Squick material, sometimes comically associated with a Brawn Hilda.

See also Shirtless Scene, Walking Shirtless Scene, Rated M for Manly.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Bleach: Kyoraku Shunsui and Isshin Kurosaki are both examples of Type 1, being buff, muscular, MANLY, Badasses. They're also both very sexual, even perverted, characters.
  • Lord Genome from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has a spiral-shaped carpet.
  • Freddie from Cromartie High School, partly because he might or might not be Freddie Mercury.
  • Blackbeard in One Piece is pretty much the epitome of Type 2.
  • France in Hetalia is the only character with body hair when naked, to emphasize his lecherous tendencies.
    • As such, his doppleganger from an Alternate Universe (Parallel!France 23) has no body hair.
    • Turkey too, and in fanon, Australia.
  • In an episode of the Dirty Pair 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 he has no chest hair.
  • Ogami Itto from Lone Wolf and Cub sports a VERY Badass Type 1 whenever he goes without a shirt.
  • Mr. Satan of Dragon Ball.
  • The Village Elder in Jungle wa Itsumo Hare nochi Guu has a literal afro sticking from his chest!

    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 X-Men was usually depicted as being covered from chest to ankles in body hair in his human form.
  • Judge Dredd: 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.
  • The Incredible Hulk was occasionally shown to have chest/body hair, Depending on the Artist. Damn brave, whoever waxed him.
  • The Incredible Hercules is a hairy guy.
  • Superman, during the John Byrne/Dan Jurgens era.
  • The titular character of The Savage Dragon... and Barbaric, Mace, the Devil, Hellrazor and various other male characters drawn by Erik Larsen.
  • The Neal Adams 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 Atari Force second series was Type 1.
  • Beast Boy AKA Changeling in The New Teen Titans when George Perez drew him.
  • Flex Mentallo, anyone?
  • Vartox has one, easily seen because he wears an open vest with no shirt.


    Film - Animated 
  • Gaston's Villain Song in Beauty and the Beast has the line "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.)
    • There were most likely unforeseen (by Disney) circumstances with Gaston's brag. Get the Brain Bleach out after you really think about it - Gaston just said every last inch of him is covered with hair. ...EW.

    Film - Live-Action 

  • Bailey School Kids: Mr. Jenkins
  • In Everworld, Hercules apparently has two Austin Powers movies' worth of chest hair.
  • Esau in The Bible.
  • In the Star Trek: The Next Generation 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 here and the second exchange here.
  • The Elenium: While patching up a sword cut he's received, Sephrenia compares Kalten to a blond rug.

    Live Action TV 
  • Sam Malone of Cheers
  • Tom Selleck in Magnum, P.I.
  • Frank Lapidus in LOST
  • Jim Halpert of all people in The Office was shown to have an incredibly hairy chest. and there was much rejoicing. As did Steve Carell in an earlier episode.
  • Lee Majors as Heath Barkley in The Big Valley.
  • Trailer Park Boys: Randy, the always shirtless assistant is a Type 2.
  • MythBusters: Jamie Hyneman is a Type 1.
  • Dirty Jobs: Mike Rowe is also a Type 1.
  • Don Draper of Mad Men.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: 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 Star Trek: The Original Series, Spock's one and only Shirtless Scene 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 Soap Opera Marron Glace: El Regreso, Supreme Chef Pierre gains a rival in Ciro, who has a huge carpet of chest hair and is insanely proud of it. 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 Kavorka Man himself
    • Elaine's boyfriend David Puddy, played by Patrick Warburton
  • Luke Danes from Gilmore Girls
  • Doggie Kruger from Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger sports one, which is visible whenever he puts on his suit. Yeah, this dog has white chest fur. Obviously, he is a Type 1.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    • 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 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.
  • Owen Sleater from Boardwalk Empire, in shocking contrast to his baby face.
  • Discussed on Frasier. During the episode "Slow Tangle in Seattle," Daphne makes fun of Frasier. "You refer to your chest hair as your 'Rug of Love'." Although, it being Daphne, she pronounces it "roog."
  • Of all the male cast members present on SCTV, one in particular got plenty of shirtless scenes and peeks at his chest carpet: Eugene Levy. See almost any appearance as Bobby Bittman or "Earl's Travel Tips," where Earl Camembert takes a trip to St. Lucia and is seen shirtless on the beach. Good lord, it's like a shag rug.


  • 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. Oh yes.
  • Freddie Mercury of Queen liked showing off his hairy chest during performances: think sequined jumpsuits transcending normal limits on scooped necks.
  • X Japan and Ra:IN guitarist Pata
  • David Lee Roth of Van Halen. Chest hair and neon singlets.
  • The one and only Tom Jones, of course.
  • Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson.
  • Damon Albarn of blur, which is a great contrast to his fairly girly face.
  • Michael Bolton in "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.
  • While Josh Groban's record company was trying to figure out how to initially market him before the release of his first album, they did a photoshoot by a pool that was an attempt to make him appear as a Boy Band member. Apparently, he fits this trope to a T. Or, considering the photoshoot being discussed, T shirts weren't being applied. Although when the images were discovered, there were quite a few jokes along the lines of "So, ma'am, would you like me to check your oil?", it's pretty hard to find a fan who saw them that minds that at all.

    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.
  • George "The Animal" Steele may be the definitive example.
  • Scott "Razor Ramon" Hall rocked a hairy chest back in the day, as he was, of course "oozing machismo, mang" Also, Shawn Michaels 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.

    Video Games 
  • Zangief and Blanka in Street Fighter II. 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 Final Fantasy XII.
  • Team Fortress 2 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 Testosterone Poisoning (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.
  • Star Fox: Who'd think someone like Wolf O'Donnell would get one in his Super Smash Bros. Brawl appearance? He's the Type 1 variety, too, when judged by his whole costume!
  • Vamp in Metal Gear Solid 4 has type one of these, distinguishing from and adding to the subtext between him and his Bishōnen 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 Shadow the Hedgehog and Silver the Hedgehog from the Sonic 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?
  • Nathaniel "Rock" Adams from the Soul Calibur 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 Dragon Quest VIII.
  • Varric from Dragon Age II. Type 1 variety. This is frequently commented upon by the other characters; Fenris mentions that the traditional dwarven beard seems to have fallen onto his chest.
  • Detective Inspector Grosky of the Professor Layton 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 Averted in Jade Empire with the player characters, but very present on The Black Whirlwind.
  • A mighty weird example from popular DOS era fighting game One Must Fall 2097. No, not on any of the humans in the game (including more than a few likely suspects), but one of the robots. The Thorn is the game's Zangief, a slow but powerful grappling specialist, and possessed of a prominent pattern on its chest shaped exactly like thick chest hair.
  • Punch-Out!! - As befitting a Canadian logger, Bear Hugger has one in the shape of a pine tree.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Todd and Detective Winters of Where The Bears Are have hairy chests. Wood's chest is less dense, but he has much more body hair to make up for it.

    Western Animation 
  • The surprisingly manly-looking tennis pony Ace in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Call of the Cutie", who comes with this, sideburns, and a Badass Mustache. Some fans have noted a resemblance between him and Andre Agassi.
  • Averted in The Venture Bros.. 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.
  • Gravity Falls has Grunkle Stan. When Mabel tries to shave his hairy chest in "Dipper vs. Manliness", it comes back almost immediately.
  • The Scotsman from Samurai Jack.
  • The Popeye cartoon "Be Kind to Aminals" has Popeye grow chest hair when he eats his spinach.

    Real Life 
  • Averted with most bodybuilders, as they shave and wax away unwanted body hair in order to reveal their muscular physique.

Alternative Title(s):

Virility Carpet