Butt-head: Huhuh, look at his face! Beavis: Heh, look at that crack in his chin! Butt-Head: I think it's a buttcrack! Beavis: Well I guess that would make sense, since like, there's just a bunch of diarrhea coming out of his mouth. Butt-Head: Yeah. Uhuhuhuhuh, it's like when God was passing out buttcracks, this guy got in line twice.
Alphonse actually has one built into his armor if you look closely.
Gaav from Slayers. He is a Badass Longcoat, he has the Heroic Chin... but he is a villain! Well he's a villain because he's trying to kill Lina. When Amelia accuses him of being a villain, he's quick to turn the tables and point out Lina is technically a villain, and so is Amelia by association, causing a short Heroic BSOD on Amelia's part.
Bean Bandit from Gunsmith Cats features a truly massive jaw. It's not just aesthetic though. One might notice that Bandit NEVER leaves any bones left over after a meal. And he eats walnuts with the shells on.
Inspector Zenigata is drawn with a squarish face, befitting his role as Hero Antagonist.
In the Manga, his opponent, the titular thief, is at times depicted with one of these, as is Goemon. Chalk it up to artistic Early Installment Weirdness, because they're more commonly depicted with pointed chins.
Though an antagonist, Bartholomew Kuma is decidedly on the side of "Justice," and appropriately has a very, very manly jawline, as Sanji finds out the hard way when he attempts to kick it and nearly breaks his leg. Of course, it is made of metal...
Meanwhile, Whitebeard has one of the most impressive jawlines ever, and while being a pirate supposedly puts him on the side of more chaotic-minded free spirits opposed to the law, he's definitely one of the most honorable and dedicated characters in the series.
Interestingly enough, Shiliew of the Rain has a massive chin, and while he once served as The Dragon to Magellan in the defense of Impel Down, he eventually joins Blackbeard as his new Dragon after his Ax-Crazy tendencies go a little too far.
Subverted in Irresponsible Captain Tylor. The gung-ho and by-the-book Lt. Yamamoto has a formidable chin, yet his superior officer, a Mildly Military goofball with a chin barely half his size, is the hero of the series.
Superman, as stated above, has had one for such a long time that he may well be the Trope Maker.
Superman's chin is taken to a ridiculous extreme in Grant Morrison's All-Star Superman artwork, in which the Chin of Steel becomes ludicrously inflated.
But, if anything, Batman's is even more dimpled and protuberant. It's certainly more prominent, at any rate, given that it and the lips are all we actually see of his face.
In Joker, The Joker rants about this. He demands to know why Batman leaves that tiny window of manly perfection for all the world to see when he tries so hard to cultivate his image as a Terror Hero. Batman's glorious Shut Up, Hannibal! response: "To mock you."
Captain Everything. As a parody of Superman and Captain Marvel, it's to be expected, but he takes it to new levels as the series progresses and his appearance becomes more exaggerated. The same goes for the even more exaggerated Megaton Man.
And Sergeant Fluffy. Of course, the villainous Ultra-Conservative also has a very strong chin....
British comic hero Bananaman, as a parody of the genre, naturally possesses one of these.
Even as a gangly teenager, Steve Rogers had a bit of this going on. As Marvel's foremost Cape, Captain America tends to have a strong chin no matter who was drawing him. Lampshaded a little when a new love interest, Bernie Rosenthal, was introduced in the '80s — she had a chin cleft, and the first thing she said to him was that he had one too.
The Tick, naturally, has such a heroic chin. Even more heroic a chin is possessed by his ally Paul the Samurai, who actually cites his chin to convince a guard that he is a hero and should be allowed in. The guard accepts this argument.
Prince Naveen has one to match his cocky personality, though it's less exaggerated than the other examples.
Facilier has one too, though that's probably because he was partly modeled on Captain Hook.
Parodied in Heavy Metal, most prominently with Captain Sternn, on trial for twelve murders, fourteen armed robberies, twenty-two counts of piracy, eighteen counts of fraud, thirty-seven rapes, and to top it off... one moving violation.
Possibly the main reason why Aaron Eckhart was cast as Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight. A subtle nod to the standard heroic archetype? Or maybe he's just a damn good actor. Possibly both. Nolan did comment on Eckhart's facial features making him look like a movie hero from the '50s, after all.
While we're at Batman movies: Many fans protested when Michael Keaton was cast, for his lack of this trope.
Given that Keaton was known for his work as a comedic actor and utterly lacked any of the physical characteristics suggesting "superhero", most people, if asked to list the reasons Mr. Mom was not a truly inspired choice to play the Dark Knight, would have tired themselves out long before getting to his chin.
In the heart-warming (?) ending of Me, Myself & Irene, it is revealed that Jim Carrey's alternate personality had one of these surgically implanted on him. Everyone is amused.
"Look here, Daddy; now you can blow your nose and wipe your ass at the same time!"
Don't forget Bruce Campbell, especially in Evil Dead. His (hilarious) autobiography is even called If Chins Could Kill.
Parodied in Bullshot (1983) where actor Alan Shearman is constantly thrusting out his jaw whenever his Comedic Hero appears on the scene. Lampshaded in the trailer: "There was a time when heroes were straight-limbed, lantern-jawed, well-bred, and British!"
The comic-book Iron Man was never drawn with chin on his helmet but the movie version from the Mark II armor up has a protruding chin that does make him look more heroic.
Johnny in Starship Troopers. Seriously, his jawline steals half the scenes in that movie.
Judge Dredd. Love him or hate him, but Sly Stallone had the perfect chin for the title role.
Comic book expert Elijah Price discusses this trope at some length in Unbreakable when going over some of the finer details in the concept artwork for a comic book cover.
Josh Brolin's character Sergeant O'Mara in Gangster Squad has a jaw of granite and a stare to match.
In Man of Steel, once he loses the beard, the audience is treated to Superman's very strong jawline. Gen. Swanwick's is even more impressive.
Lampshaded in Unbreakable. When showing off a piece of comic book art to a prospective client, Elijah Price explains how the square jaw is common to superheroes, while supervillains have more pointed facial features. Later when David Dunn does an anonymous act of heroism, the newspaper the following day shows a sketch artist's rendering of the mysterious rescuer with a jawline to rival Dick Tracy.
In Me, by Jimmy (Big Boy) Valente, a parody of the life of Jesse Ventura, Garrison Keillor makes reference to a part of Navy SEAL training where "a Naval Surgeon gave us cleft chins."
In Tour of the Merrimack, dim-witted Vice-President Sampson Reed is described as having one so dramatic that his nickname is "The Chin".
A rare female example: Eldest Whistler is described as tall, lean, broad-shouldered, and iron-jawed.
Christopher Meloni, who plays Elliot Stabler on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, nicknamed "The Chin of Justice". (He also has the habit of thrusting said chin towards a suspect while questioning them.) The same goes for Olivia Benson.
Dr. Clayton Forrester, villainous Mad Scientist of Mystery Science Theater 3000 had a chin cleft and was quite proud of it. He even invented "chinderwear" in one episode. Interestingly, after Clay's departure, Mike and the bots would mock the male leads of films like Devil Doll and Time Chasers for their chin clefts: "Ugh, his chin-butt is engulfing her!"
Both futuristic journalist Edison Carter and his A.I. counterpart Max Headroom have lantern jaws, though given Max's preference for snark and mischief over heroism, the "justice" part usually only applies to Edison.
The X-Files: Agent Fox Mulder's prominent cheekbones definitely fit the trope.
Sheriff Hartwell appearing in the episode "Bad Blood" counts as well. However, considering that he's a vampire, albeit of the friendly kind, he's a borderline example among this trope and the Villainous Cheekbones.
Agent Doggett, a rugged manly-man type from season 8 and 9, has an angular face as well.
A running joke that crops up every time Sargent Slaughter appears is a commentator reference to his chin always preceding him. This is more of an Informed Attribute, seeing as his chin is actually pretty normal.
Freddie Hardest from the obscure self-titled MSX games had as his only distinguishing feature a chin the size of a pair of melons.
Double H from Beyond Good & Evil has one of these. Funnily enough, his original, Dummied Out (still visible in one MDisk) model had an even more dramatic, neck-engulfingly huge chin, but it was replaced with a more "normal" one. Not by◊ much◊, though.
King Varian Wrynn is famous for having one, earning him the moniker "King Varian Chynn"
Neltharion/Deathwing from the upcoming Cataclysm expansion is an inversion — his lower jaw would not be out of place at a construction site, yet he is going to break the world when he shows up. Also, he's a dragon. Slightly justified: Deathwing needs his armor plating because his body is being torn apart. Without his massive chin, his lower jaw would eventually fall off.
The unnamed human from the opening cinematic for Mists of Pandaria has one complete with a Badass Beard.
Punch-Out!!: Super Macho Man sports an impressive jawline, but Glass Joe doesn't. Soda Popinski is only slightly less impressive in this area, but still boasts some serious chin cleft. Mister Sandman has one in all his appearances, being the game's token Angry Black Man, and it's a chin of iron, too—he'll take punches to the jaw all day if you let him.
Playable character from TimeSplitters 2, Hank Nova is described in his gallery info as having "the squarest jaw the galaxy has ever seen."
For a nonhuman counterpart, Monster Hunter Tri has the Uragaan, whose chin is its most prominent feature. The chin can even be broken, but don't expect it to go quickly.
Parappa The Rapper: Joe Chin is never an outright hero — or an outright villain, for that matter — but he is definitely aptly named.
Samurai Warriors gives us the astounding and noble Bad Ass Honda Tadakatsu, whose in-game model gives him quite a square jaw to go with his powerful physique. Sengoku Basara, of course, then cranks this Up to Eleven by giving Tadakatsu a chin so pronounced it gets its own armor covering.
Full Throttle, Full Stop. You can see that chin from the tiny, tiny page art.
The Lost Vikings: Baleog the Fierce, being the offense class out of the trio, has a particularly large chin.
Metal Slug's Marco Rossi and Tarma Roving have pretty impressive chins.
'Guts Man', both in Mega Man and Mega Man Battle Network, quite literally has the squarest chin in existence. It's so square as to be perfectly rectangular and often looks like a box attached to the bottom of his face, giving him an enormous underbite. Whether he's actually heroic or not depends largely on the universe and circumstances, but there are at least two instances of Guts Man being on Mega Man's side.
Prince Ossomer of Erfworld has one by necessity since his appearance is a Shout-Out to Superman. His brother Ansom has a less pronounced (but still pretty manly) chin. Their brother Tramennis has the cleft, but his chin is quite narrow, so it's not as noticeable. Their father King Slately probably has one as well, underneath that King-of-Hearts beard.
One character takes a missile in his chin, and when it's rebuilt he has one of these. Legs remarks that it looks heroic, like it belongs in a comic book... and then the narrator insists that, for the sake of the Fourth Wall, the chin has to go.
Surgical reconstruction and Fourth Wall damage aside, there's a ton of lantern-jawed heroes in the comic: Kaff, Nick, Shep, Andy, Hob, Brad (after bulking up), Pranger, Doyt Gyo/Doythaban, hell, even Kerchak has the gorilla version...
Art from Sequential Art is drawn with about half his face being square jaw and chin. He had also saved the planet a minimum of 3 times. The trope is played with here because he's just a graphic artist, and is often dragged into these situations against his will; he's pretty much Resigned to the Call because it's either the only way he can survive when these problems pop up, or one of his friends gets involved and he has to go and help. He would call the police, but he knows they would never believe the story (he gets involved in some weird shit).
In the web-novel Domina, occasional mention is made of Derek's "strong chin."
In Worm, this is one of Brian's more prominent features — although, entertainingly, he is actually the supervillain Grue.
In the Whateley Universe, this is common, going along with the Heroic Build of many Exemplars. An extreme example is 'Captain' Bravo, who has this to a laughable degree.
In the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, Carlos is continuously described by Cecil as having, among other attractive qualities, a "strong, square jaw". He is also kind, brilliant, and uncommonly brave, if a bit awkward and anti-social. Since it's supposed to be a community radio broadcast, we never actually get visual confirmation, although the fans are morethan contentto reinforcethis.
Popeye: His jaw line is very huge and he fights for justice all the time.
Parody: Captain Kremmen of the Space Corps (animated shorts) from The Kenny Everett Video Show.
The Crimson Chin, from The Fairly OddParents, takes this trope to ridiculous new heights. Just look at the picture. Seriously — the man has chin-based superpowers. And on top of that, he's voiced by Jay Leno!
Drawn Together's Captain Hero, another superhero parody, also sports one.
Ben 10: Omniverse's design of Alien X feature this. So does Paradox. So do the Galvan (especially when they are fat), despite their species being clearly portrayed as lacking a chin in the previous installments. And Kevin's chin, who was already tall in Alien Force, is even more prominent now. In fact, so many exemples can be listed that somebody made a meme about it◊. Then again, Derrick J. Wyatt of the aforementioned Transformers Animated is the art director.
Jay Leno, who does the voice for The Crimson Chin. He may not necessarily be heroic, but his chin is. His autobiography is even titled Leading With My Chin. And his Battle Bot (occasionally trotted out for an exhibition match) was called Chinkilla.
Another real life example: David Hayter, who did act, very briefly, in live-action film once upon a time. And cosplays as Solid Snake.
American History in general presents George Washington in this manner. Washington sat for a ton of portraits to get his image out to the general public. According to the History Channel's Death Masks program, Washington often times convinced (bribed?) the artist to give him the Lantern Jaw of Justice. The most famous example that doesn't feature his Lantern Jaw of Justice, was a portrait was done by Gilbert Stuart. Of all of the portraits done, Washington detested this portrait... and the reason? It doesn't feature his trademark Lantern Jaw of Justice - Gilbert Stuart refused to paint the manliness, so instead gave us one of the most accurate representations of his real chin. See? Even back then, he realized the importance of giving the impression that you're a hero and ooze responsibility, leadership and trustworthiness - all by the power of his chinny chin chin. The portrait is most prominently featured on the $1 bill.
Ol' Georgie didn't help his case any by not putting his dentures in for that portrait, but reconstructions of his face show that his chinny chin chin was indeed quite strong when his teeth were in his head. Besides, this is George Washington we're talking about; his chin could have been on backwards and he'd still be seen as a hero. This is particularly strange, as the dour expression in this particular portrait is usually attributed to how firmly George had to hold his mouth to keep in the dentures he wore at the time (which had, among other awkward features, springs to help them open, so he had to bite down to keep his mouth closed, and they had a tendency to slip about if he didn't keep his lips held firm).
This is one of several reasons everyone agrees that, whatever one might think of his personality or politics, Mitt Romney looks "presidential": his jaw and hair look like they came right out of a '50s superhero comic.
Ben Affleck. Parodied in a South Park episode where he's supposed to be the long lost son of a couple who literally have butt faces. And Cartman nicknames him "Ben Assfleck".
Abraham Lincoln told the painter of his presidential portrait: “As a painter . . . you should be a judge between this unknown correspondent and me. She complains of my ugliness. It is allowed to be ugly in the world, but not as ugly as I am. She wishes me to put on false whiskers, to hide my horrible lantern jaws. Will you paint me with false whiskers?” The man refused Lincoln’s request
The Habsburg lip is arguably a Real Lifedeconstruction of this—taking the Lantern Jaw of Justice to the point of outright deformity. This is what you get when you have the most inbred line of royalty in European history.