Don't get too close — you might poke your eye out.
"Now go... And never mock my sideburns again!"
isn't reserved just for people. It can be applied to many things — hair, for example. Large sideburns, muttonchops or earlocks are a variation on the Badass Beard
, giving a character an especially grizzled appearance.
In the East, a short, fiery pair of earlocks is typically found on passionate Super Robot
pilots and Sentai
team leaders. While they don't have to be huge (though they usually are), they are always
spiky and noticeable. Usually, they're paired up with some equally fiery eyebrows
for added effect. Its inherent association with Super Robot
shows of the 70s and 80s, this is also a form of Seventies
or '80s Hair
, and its appearance on female characters to show how badass they were has nearly died out. Its modern appearance on male
characters is often in Homage
to these earlier heroes.
In the West, larger sideburns and muttonchops have been considered fashionable during various times in history, including the 19th century, early 20th century, and the 1970s. Like the Badass Beard
, the extra hair conveys strength and masculinity, indicating that the character is a hot-blooded and powerful individual. In modern times, particularly large muttonchops are considered retro or "scruffy," so expect wearers to be more than a little irreverent and wild.
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Anime and Manga
- Everyone created by Go Nagai. Everyone. Yes, even Cutey Honey. Let's just say that there's a reason this trope was originally known as Go Nagai Sideburns.
- Kouji Kabuto from Mazinger Z.
- Tetsuya Tsurugi from Great Mazinger.
- Duke Freed and his sister Maria Grace from UFO Robo Grendizer.
- Akira Fudoh from Devilman. And then his Violence Jack incarnation.
- Ryo Utsugi from Mao Dante.
- Hiroshi Shiba from Kotetsu Jeeg and Kenji from the sequel.
- The titular heroine from Cutey Honey wears a female version of this, she has short side locks with a certain square shape as Honey Kisaragi, but they turn into somewhat longer, messy wild locks that really simulates sideburns as Cutey Honey.
- Pretty much every single Super Robot pilot from the good ol' days. In the 70's, this was mostly because it was a pretty popular hair style, but by the 80's it pretty much became a pre-requisite of being a badass pilot. The most iconic example has to be Ryoma of Getter Robo (Which, in a bit of irony, was not written by Go Nagai as is widely believed, but Ken Ishikawa. He just pitched the concept, although he was a heavy influence on the art style). Armageddon Ryoma, pictured here, sports a pair so huge that they probably warp space-time.
- Robot Romance Trilogy:
- Hyoma Aoi from Combattler V also sports a fine pair.
- And the sideburns of Kenichi Go from Voltes V are bigger.
- The third pilot of the Nagahama Trilogy, Kazuya Ryuuzaki from Daimos also counts. In fact, a domestic robot comments his hair is absolutely unruly and he only combs it down if he is going to meet a girl.
- EVERY SINGLE ONE of the five main Bronze Saints in Saint Seiya. Seiya himself is one of the most iconic hot-blooded characters in anime, and has the bushiest ones. So bushy, they poke from out of his tiara-helmet!
- Every single member of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, Condor Joe being the most hot-blooded.
- Ronin Warriors has a few characters with these. Ryo's are pretty low key, but Syu/Kento's more than make up for them.
- Gai Daigoji of Martian Successor Nadesico sports a pair of chops that nearly rival Ryoma's, though clearly as an homage to Getter Robo. And Gai probably got the idea from Ken Tenku of Show Within a Show Gekiganger 3.
- Meito Anizawa (aka Anime Tenchou) from Lucky Star, who befittingly is a parody of Hot Bloodedness.
- Not one to let a Super Robot homage get past them, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha has Zafira sporting these in his human form.
- Hikaru Ichijou from Macross (and therefore Rick Hunter from Robotech) is occasionally drawn with a small pair of these, depending on which installment you're watching. Other times, he merely has a small, straight whisp of hair in front of his ears.
- His mentor, Roy Focker sports a very strong pair of sideburns, as befits his status as an Ace Pilot.
- Yuji Kaido from Blue Gender
- Black Jack from well, Black Jack, has a pairs of these so thick that while Tezuka sometimes forgets to properly draw his hair, body, nose, eyes, and sometimes even his facial scar, he's never forgotten the sideburns.
- Taiki Kudou from Digimon Xros Wars. Daisuke Motomiya from Digimon Adventure 02 looks like he has the start of some potentially epic ones.
- Van from GUN×SWORD
- Subverted in Mobile Fighter G Gundam: Argo Gulski has the largest Hot Blooded Sideburns and eyebrows, but is the calmest cast member. Not to say that G Gundam doesn't also play this straight (See: Kyoji "I stole my hair from the 70s" Kasshu and Master Asia). Although it's interesting that the reigning king of Hot Bloodedness himself is conspicuously missing such epic sideburns.
- Jamil Neate, the Amuro/Char/Bright Composite Character from Gundam X, has a rather impressive set of sideburns himself. He's kind of a subversion, as he's more The Stoic than Hot-Blooded. Except when he overcomes his piloting phobia and returns to the battlefield.
- Guy Shishioh from The King of Braves: GaoGaiGar sports a pair made of batteries. By pulling on them, he temporarily gains a huge boost in speed and agility, as well as turning gold. Pulling on them and headbanging, what's more.
- Leiji Matsumoto is a bit fond of this look. Interstella 5555, for example, has these on about half of the main cast. Susumu/Derek of Uchuu Senkan Yamato/Star Blazers doesn't normally have them, but he looks like he does when he puts his helmet on.
- Kagura from Azumanga Daioh, despite not being so Hot-Blooded, is a Boisterous Tomboy that sports a pair of Nagaideburns. Likewise Fuuka Ayase from Yotsuba&!.
- An omake of Kekkaishi features prototype designs for the main character, one of which sports a rather magnificent set of Hotblooded Sideburns.
- Heinkel Wolfe of Hellsing. Her (or is it his?) partner Yumie's might normally be considered too long to be true Nagaideburns but their sheer fieryness, not to mention her
psychotic berserker rage Hot Bloodedness, are more than enough to make them count.
- A common trait in characters designed by Kazuhiko Shimamoto. You might recognize him as the character designer for G Gundam and Anime Tenchou.
- Mikuni from Duel Masters. They are so noticeable, the third season dub renamed his character "Johnny Coolburns".
- Ryo of Project ARMS
- In a villainous example, Full Metal Panic!'s Gates sports a pair of these. He seems to believe they afford him some sort of protection. Just before he dies in the final episode, he fiddles with his hair and muses that maybe he had it trimmed a little too short.
- You would think that a story in the firs love genre, specifically Hatsukoi Limited would not have something like this. You'd be wrong, Gengoro Takei, has these as well as the required Hot Blood.
- Lordgenome from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, who's so badass his sideburns point sideways. It's probably because he might have been based off of Gendo Ikari, whose sideburns extend all the way to his beard like Lordgenome, and who might or not fit this trope too.
- Everyone in the movie and OAV designs of Ranma ˝. While the manga art gives them only thin lines to separate the ear from the cheek, and Atsuko Nakajima's early anime designs made them slightly more noticeable, her revamped designs for later seasons, movies, and OAVs blew up their sideburns into enormous puffs of hair with intricate detail.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: Gozaburo Kaiba's 'burns◊ are only matched by his Big Ol' Eyebrows and his Badass Moustache.
- Takashi Kawamura from The Prince of Tennis. He's not that Hot-Blooded tho, mostly a Nice Guy... most of the time.
- Jouji Gouda from Akane Maniax, though he's an Affectionate Parody of Kouji Kabuto and Go Nagai characters in general.
- Shin from Space Carrier Blue Noah is an early example.
- Lee Bailong from Shaman King.
- Charles Beams from Eureka Seven.
- Impulsive, tomboyish Utena from Revolutionary Girl Utena has them; see this image, for example.
- Kunio Okawara in Gundam Sousei has a mean pair. He's not, however, even closely comparable to Yoshiyuki Tomino in his hot-bloodedness, and Tomino is entirely bald.
- Mobile Suit Gundam Age gives us Second Generation!Woolf..
- Space Dandy sports a pair of particularly impressive ones to go along with his pompadour.
- Axis Powers Hetalia
- Lithuania has this hairstyle (in the Japanese fandom, "Sideburns" is one of his Fan Nicknames) but he's such a sweet, patient Nice Guy that he could be the ultimate aversion - except◊ for◊ when he's not◊.
- Greece, similarly. He has prominent, fiery earlocks, but he's usually laid-back to the extreme. Unless you're Turkey.
- Subverted with Hoover Kippenburg in the Area 88 manga. Hoover has long sideburns that fall past his face, but he's one of the most level-headed pilots at Area 88.
- Burt Renyolds' character in Deliverance has a pair of these that are like tusks, seriously. Not surprisingly, he's the tough guy of the group.
- Gutsy Smurf in The Smurfs has some pretty long sideburns for a Smurf his age.
- "Joliet" Jake Blues in The Blues Brothers.
- Eddie from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
- In the X-Men films, Wolverine has some rather prominent muttonchops to go along with his rash personality. The Perma Stubble brings it even further.
- Dom Hemingway: The title character is prone to vulgar outbursts and sports a pair of friendly muttonchops.
- In all his official portraits (rumoured to be pretty accurate in appearance, if not the situation) COMMISSAR CIAPHAS CAIN, HERO OF THE IMPERIUM! always has a pair of pretty impressive 'burns. And quite fitting, him being largely an expy of Harry Flashman, a fictional Victorian officer, given that Victorian times were the peak of the 'burns popularity. On the other hand, Cain isn't in the least bit hotblooded (at least officially), being in fact a calm, calculating Guile Hero.
Live Action TV
- The Tenth Doctor from Doctor Who.
- In Oz: When the mild-mannered Beecher takes a level in Badass, he indicates his newfound strength by growing a pair of friendly muttonchops, giving him a much more fierce appearance.
- Men's hair in the Federation of Star Trek favors pointed sideburns. Not exactly hotblooded, but slightly warm.
- Wolverine's trademark chops are prominent on Stern Pinball's X-Men, especially in the Wolverine Limited Edition table.
- Both good guy Katsuya Suou and one of the major villains sport these in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, and we do see that even in Innocent Sin they both had a pair of these as well.
- Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon: Raidou Kuzunoha XIV. His sideburns are so ridiculously long and pointy they haven't been able to escape being joked about in fanart, fanfiction, or even their own game.
- Kazuma Kaneko seems to have some giant sideburn fetish or something. His character designs for the older Persona games and Digital Devil Saga have some pretty large ones. Including Elly and Ulala... not even the women are spared.
- In fact, one possible conversation while recruiting demons has one personality type ask if he could pull off Raidou's awesome sideburns to impress girls.
- The King of Fighters subverts it twice with teenage soldier Leona Heidern and Mighty Glacier Maxima. The former is an emotionally repressed Little Miss Badass. The latter is a stoic, well-mannered Cyborg, The Lancer and Foil to his Jerkass partner K'.
- Disgaea 2's Adell has a pair large enough to obscure his ears entirely, probably to hide the fact that they're pointed.
- Played for humor in one Super Robot Wars Yonkoma where Shinji grows sideburns like Kouji in an attempt to make himself look tougher. (Did it work? Judge for yourself.◊).
- Xaldin from Kingdom Hearts II has some rather large sideburns. Parodied to hell and back in this legendary fic.
He is easily recognized by his muscular frame, his sharp blue eyes, his braids (don't ever call them dreadlocks; do you know what you have to do to your hair to get dreadlocks?), but most people instead choose to pick him out by his sideburns, which are rumored to think and act independently of him.
- Quite a few characters in Sengoku Basara have these, including Yukimura, Keiji, and Toshiie. The real winner is Hideyoshi, though: he has sideburns on top of his sideburns.
- BlazBlue's Hot-Blooded Ninja Bang Shishigami has them, but since he's partially a Captain Ersatz of Ryoma, it's to be expected.
- Ippongi Ryuuta and Doumeki Kai from Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan sport some magnificent, Hot-Blooded sideburns.
- There are a lot more than that. There are at least seven who have them in the series. This includes girls and Agent J.
- Though really, it's to be expected, considering so much of this series is a blatant, campy shoutout to the very concept of hot-bloodedness.
- Due to a bit of Off Model, one of Arcueid's sprites in Tsukihime has Nagaideburns and (more obviously) Nagaibrows.
- Rival Schools has Hayato Nekketsu (yes, his last name means ''HOT BLOODED'') who sports quite an impressive pair of Nagaideburns.
- Resident Sexist Pig Ninja Andrew◊ of Vanguard Bandits has some pretty nice sideburns of his own. But the real master of the Go Nagai style here is the mighty Duke Logan◊.
- Endou from Inazuma Eleven achieves this effect with two long locks of hair, one hanging down each side of his head in front of his ears. Each one curves forward a bit before ending in a spike. They're not exactly sideburns, though, in that they seem to only be attached to his head at around forehead height, since they flap around a lot whenever he moves. Another example is Rococo, whose locks curve around behind and under his ears, then end in a spike that somehow points up towards his eyes.
- Team Fortress 2: The very hot-blooded Soldier has a miscellaneous drop that gives him an epic sideburns-mustache combo that also comes with a pipe. And now, with the Mutton Mann, the Demoman, Engineer, Medic, and Sniper can get in on the awesome sideburns action.
- Papers, Please: When identity supplements come into play, the description field will sometimes say "killer sideburns" (and they are indeed very impressive looking).
- The Legend of Zelda: Link has them in The Wind Waker (and all other games using the Toon Link design, though not as noticeable in-game due to the 2D/primitive 3D graphics), Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword.
- Bro in Homestuck sports these, along with Cool Shades, a katana, and one of the most Crazy Awesome STRIFE techniques ever unleashed.
- In Girl Genius, The Unstoppable Higgs sports a lovely set.
- Jessie, Ed's sister, sports a classic set in Between Failures.
- Visarah from Uncreation has HUGE Ryoma-style chops… and she's a woman. Definitely a Shout-Out, given the Mao Dante and Getter Robo references in the comic.
- Johnny Yamamoto of Titanzer sports the customary 'burns, along with a hero mullet.
- Jason from Remus has these, although he seems to be lacking a bit in the Hot-Blooded department.
- Javert in Roommates even if he also lacking in the Hot-Blooded part (normally more Tall, Dark and Snarky but he has a passionate side, just also high self control, until someone angers him at least).
- Justin sports them in this El Goonish Shive sketchbook strip to herald the return of his regular sideburns in the future.
- In Futurama episode 'Reincarnation', Fry's got a pretty sharp pair of these in the animesque portion.
- Jackal of Gargoyles has these.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:
- Admiral Zhao sports a fairly epic pair of sideburns.
- Iroh's are pretty impressive, too, and are eventually incorporated into a Badass Beard. Spiky facial hair is a common Fire Nation trait.
- Lion-O of ThunderCats is occasionally drawn like this. Or at least it appears so, since you never see his ears.
- Control Freak of Teen Titans has a pair of long sideburns.
- DAAAAARK HEEEEAAAARRRT from the second Care Bears movie.
- Subverted by Spongebob Squarepants. Being a Man Child, when SpongeBob puts on (fake) sideburns to make him look grown-up, the results are ridiculous.
- Elvis Presley's iconic look◊ includes a large pair of muttonchops. Of course, Presley is remembered for his censor-defying hip-shaking and swaggering sex appeal.
- Muttonchops are a hallmark of the wild rockabilly musical genre, as well as its many equally wild offshoots, such as psychobilly.