Butt-Head: Huhuh, look at his face!A square jawline. A protuberant chin. A manly cleft. Somewhere along the line (possibly around Superman's time), artists decided that these, more so than anything else, were the defining facial feature of really heroic (or really strong and dumb) characters. Perhaps to an even greater extent than broad shoulders, barreled chest, and absurdly large biceps, the surest sign of a character's strength and manliness lies in his chin. Parodies of superheroes will take this trope to its illogical extreme, giving heroes jawlines large enough to logically prevent them from looking down—and possibly, a ridiculous "butt chin". Some artistic conventions also render the cleft as a "swirl" on the chin. While the gluteus chinnimus can affect non-heroic, not-so-strong characters, "chin swirl" is generally reserved for only the manliest of manly. If a character with a jawline like this crops up in an American Western Animation production, there's a really good chance he'll be voiced by Patrick Warburton. Also common in Captain Space, Defender of Earth!. This has some Truth in Television, as scientists have noted that there is a definite correlation between jaw size and testosterone production (though cleft chins are very much unisex). Which is why it is Always Male. This is mostly a hero trope, but villains occasionally have chins like this. Compare Beauty Equals Goodness, Top-Heavy Guy. Contrast Villainous Cheekbones and Thin Chin of Sin (where angular faces characterize a bad guy).
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.
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.
— Beavis and Butt-Head (riffing on Sam Harris)
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- Fullmetal Alchemist
- Major Alex Louis Armstrong of has a mighty chin that has been passed down the ♥♥♥ Armstrong line for GENERATIONS! ♥♥♥
- Alphonse actually has one built into his armor if you look closely.
- Hohenheim also has a pretty big chin, which admittedly is mostly blocked by his beard. On the flip-side, so does Father.
- 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 B.S.O.D. on Amelia's part.
- Bonaparte, Leona's tank from Dominion Tank Police.
- 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.
- Lupin III:
- 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.
- One Piece:
- 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.
- Inverted in Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-, where the character with the huge cleft chin is the Big Bad, Fae Wong Reed.
- Goh of Shinkon Gattai Godannar!! is a rare Super Robot pilot example.
- Wide Load in Transformers: Robots in Disguise, though he isn't as heroic as he thinks he is.
- Takahata and Gateau from Mahou Sensei Negima!, highlighting Asuna's preference for masculinity over boyish charms and androgyny.
- Kamina from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
- Ivica Tanović from Eureka Seven AO, though he's unusually slender for a Big Guy.
- Ravages Of Time: Lu Bu has what can only be described as chin buttcheeks.
- 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.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V:
- Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon has a long, thin-shaped and pointy chin that is described as the fang of rebellion. Dark Rebellion charges electric power in its chin and pierces or slices the opponent's monster with it, the attack being called Hangyaku no Lightning Disobey. The dragon also represents Yuto's will to revolt against Academia, which invaded his homeland.
- Dark Requiem Xyz Dragon, the evolved form of Dark Rebellion, has also the same chin and attacks in the same manner, with its attack being called Shinkon no Disaster Disobey. The dragon represents Yuto's grief over the "deaths" of his comrades he left behind and his growing hatred of Academia.
- Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon, the combined form of Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon and Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon, has even two chin fangs that look edgier than Dark Rebellion's chin. Like Dark Rebellion, Odd-Eyes Rebellion attacks with its double chin fang, but is far more aggressive while doing this, usually cracking the floor or the wall with the chin before hitting the opponent, the attack being called Hanki no Gekirin Strike Disobey. Despite its overall brutal appearance and its crazy attack behaviour, Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon represents Yuya and Yuto's bond and their wrath against evil.
- "House Cricket" Hibiki and "Sia ferox" Riock.
- The Moai of Easter Island.
- 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.
- Captain Marvel has sported an absolutely enormous and manly chin since his conception, due in part to his being modeled after period actor and real-life example Fred MacMurray.◊
- Judge Dredd: Judge Dredd's suitably heroic chin is the only part of his face ever seen. He inherited his chiseled features from Chief Judge Fargo, his clone father. His mutant relatives in the Cursed Earth have developed even more exaggerated chins after the fall-out.
- Gladiator from the Marvel Universe, who is a sort of half-Take That! and half-Affectionate Parody of Superman.
- Side-character Arcadio in Groo the Wanderer had one of these chins, and female characters would occasionally swoon over it.
- 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....
- 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.
- Ironically enough, the Green Lanterns tend not to have prominent jaws, Kilowog◊ aside.
- Silver Age Green Lantern Hal Jordan is another exception — he was supposedly drawn to resemble actor Paul Newman.
- Played straight with Hal in the animated series◊.
- Preacher: The Saint of all Killers. His lantern jaw rivals that of Clark Kent's, but there's nothing good about him.
- From the Swedish comic Illustrerad Djävulskap we have Dr. Alabander Modul. He is also the local Villain Protagonist.
- 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.
- Suske en Wiske: Tante Sidonia has a Gag Nose and a huge chin, which make her look unattractive, but she does have a heart of gold.
- Subverted with Kwak, a villain, who has a long, pointy chin.
- Implied with Arabella, a good character, who also has a huge chin.
- Agent 327:
- I Jzerbroot's chef of the Dutch Intelligence Service has a huge jawline.
- Subverted by the villain Boris Kloris has a huge lower jaw, literally bigger than his face.
- De Kiekeboes: Firmin Van De Kasseien, Kiekeboe's corrupt boss, has a brawny chin, symbolizing his arrogance.
- Discussed in MAD's "Superheroes" special: it has a foreword by Adam West which revolves around nothing but this trope.
Films — Animation
- Lawyer Brom Bones in the Wind In The Willows segment in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
- Kronk from The Emperor's New Groove also has a lantern jaw too.
- The Incredibles: Mr. Incredible, as yet another purposefully archetypal superhero. Syndrome has one as well, but he's evil.
- Even the more obscure films out there subscribe to this notion. Superhero-in-training Rod Rescueman from Twice Upon a Time had his career pretty much determined by genetics — he has a barrel chest and a Lantern Jaw of Justice.
- Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story (and the defictionalized Buzz Lightyear of Star Command) has one of these, replete with "chin swirl". Which is actually there, considering that he's an intentionally stylized toy.
- The Princess and the Frog
- 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.
- How to Train Your Dragon: Gobber the Belch.
- Cars featured an automobile version of Jay Leno named Jay Limo, who is a large limousine with an oversized bumper.
- Gaston from Beauty and the Beast has a chin to match his brawn and penchant for boasting. It's even mentioned in his Villain Song (No-one's got a swell cleft in his chin like Gaston!).
- Brad in Wreck-It Ralph — just a little exaggerated. Particularly noteworthy in the flashback sequence. The title character has one too.
- Ronin from Epic has one. Lampshaded by Grub.
- Dracula in Hotel Transylvania.
- Manolo Sanchez from The Book of Life has one. A given because he's the hero.
- Hercules in Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus.
Films — Live-Action
- 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.
Bill: His hatchet-jaw cuts through any crowd!
- RiffTrax mocks this mercilessly:
- 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.
- Inverted with George Clooney's turn. Keaton, as mentioned above, lacked the trope, Val Kilmer had a somewhat pointed chin where as Clooney looked like he could chisel granite.
- 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 character 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.
- Played for Laughs when Fergie encounters an unmasked Dredd on the prison shuttle; he confirms the identification by covering Dredd's face and comparing his chin with the one he remembers.
- Josh Brolin's character Sergeant O'Mara in Gangster Squad has a jaw of granite and a stare to match.
- DC Extended Universe:
- 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.
- And now, in stark contrast to Michael Keaton and Christian Bale, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will finally give us a worthy Batman chin,◊ provided by Ben Affleck.
- While still on the comic book heroes, Joss Whedon explains in his commentary on The Avengers why Chris Evans' jaw◊ is the reason that he is a super hero, and Joss is not.
- 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.
- Eggsy from Kingsman: The Secret Service has a jawline sharp enough to be considered a weapon in its own right.
- 12 to the Moon. While the other eleven astronauts pass quickly through the checkpoint to their rocketship, the American captain stops to give us a profile shot of his classic hero looks and impressive chin.
- James Bond: While all of the actors who play Bond have fairly impressive jawlines, George Lazenby's chin is the most exaggerated.
- 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.
- Commissar Ciaphas Cain's (HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!) chin accounts for a good 15%◊ of the heroism his posters exude◊.
- Joked about in A Memory of Light, where Mat observes that the Deathwatch Guards have all traded their senses of humor for oversized chins.
- Warren the 13th notes that his father, Warren the 12th, had a strong jaw. It serves to perpetuate his kindly-but-strong appearance.
- Game of Thrones: Brandon Stark was a heroic character with a jaw like an anvil.
- 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 and Alex Cabot.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000
- Dr. Clayton Forrester, villainous Mad Scientist, 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!"
- Mike himself has a rather large face that has also been commented on by the Bots. He plays more to the dumb aspects of the trope, though.
- Robbie Rotten from LazyTown has a really big chin that he's quite proud of, but he's not at all "manly" in other ways... and he's the villain. But you knew that.
- Flabber from Beetleborgs, who some people think was based on Jay Leno.
- Helo, who provides both the strongest jaw and strongest morals on Battlestar Galactica.
- Chuck: under Pentothal, Chuck tells John Casey, "Your jaw was sculpted by Michaelangelo himself."
- Seeing as Adam Baldwin plays John Casey, that means Jayne Cobb of Firefly also has a Lantern Jaw of Justice, although it is partially obscured by his Badass Goatee.
- 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.
- Doctor Who:
- A Running Gag with The Eleventh Doctor. Apparently it's the inspiration for the Easter Island Statues.
The Doctor: (feeling his face after regenerating) Chin... blimey!
- In an introduction to the 3-D Movie of "The Day of the Doctor", the Tenth Doctor can't resist getting in a dig at how Eleven's chin will be enhanced accordingly.
Tenth Doctor: Here it comes...get ready to duck.
- Captain Jack Harkness from his appearances on the show and on Torchwood.
- A Running Gag with The Eleventh Doctor. Apparently it's the inspiration for the Easter Island Statues.
- The Flash, who had a lantern jaw that was the only thing that showed when he was in his supersuit.
- McGarrett (Jack Lord) from Hawaii Five-O.
- The Middleman has a particularly spectacular one of these, nicely complimenting his broad shoulders and washboard abs.
- Misfits actor Iwan Rheon is a very attractive example of this trope. A pretty pertinent one too, as his character ultimately takes a level in badass and becomes The Hero of the series, despite spending the first two seasons as a put-upon nerd.
- Burn Notice's Sam Axe. The guy's played by Bruce Campbell. In Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe, the Columbian rebels even nickname him "The Chin" in Spanish.
- Nick Stokes, CSI.
- 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.
- Spitting Image: The puppets of Benito Mussolini, Quentin Tarantino, John Cleese, Prince Philip, Bruce Forsyth, Brian Mulroney were all depicted with large chins.
- David Boreanaz, who plays Agent Booth from Bones and any number of other roles (as in Angel) has an absolutely fabulous chin and jaw in general. Anyone who thinks it looks weird could be right considering he had his jaw wired shut once.
- America Unearthed: Scott Wolter.
- Almost Human: DRN, a detective, who's also known as Dorian, has a prominent one◊,
- Unsurprisingly, Judge Dredd features the character's jaw prominently featured all over the cabinet and playfield.
- Dr. Dude. While his chin is not particularly wide, it's definitely prominent.
- "Elvis" in Earthshaker! has a prominently protruding jawline with cleft chin.
- Captain B. Zarr of The Party Zone has an impressively large chin, complete with heroic cleft.
- Dudley Do-Right in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends
- During the 1950s NWA Texas and Florida Champion ladies champion Mars Bennett was known as "The Girl With The Iron Jaw".
- Antonio Inoki has a weapons-grade lantern jaw.
- 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.
- The All Pro Wrestling\WWE's Great Khali.
- John Cena always does the right thing, borders on Boring Invincible Hero, and has a chin that borders on cartoonish.◊
- Bruce Campbell is such a good example that it's a feature of Ash's character in the Evil Dead 2 RPG rulebook.
- Warhammer 40,000:
- Space Marines tend to be designed this way...which, given their enhanced skeletons, wouldn't be that surprising.
- Orks already have massive underbiting jaws that would shame a Neanderthal, but take it even further via Iron Gobs, a great big piece of curved and jagged metal that gives them an even more impressive jawline.
- The titular Tin Star. It's even addressed in-game, with Maria saying that "no one with a chin like Tin Star's could be a bad guy!"
- Captain Falcon of F-Zero and FALCON PUUUUUNCH fame.
- Captain Henry Fleming of Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. sports one of these. Quite fitting for a patriotic war veteran.
- Captain Qwark of Ratchet & Clank—Fake Ultimate Hero, onetime Dragon and onetime Big Bad—has one of these. Ratchet even mentioned it when eulogizing him.
- 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.◊
- And now we present you your regular mention of Captain Gordon, Possessor of Lantern Jaw!
- The Wood Golem monster type also has an impressive jaw line.
- The title character of the Apple Macintosh game Power Pete/Mighty Mike possess a chin nearly the size of the rest of his head
- All three main characters on the TV show-within-a-game Republican Space Rangers from Grand Theft Auto IV.
- All of classes in Team Fortress 2 (except Pyro) have one of these, further exaggerated by their underbites—yes, even Bratty Half-Pint Scout has a hatchet chin that can kill. The Soldier class epitomizes this, being a great, big, yelling, murderous chin. THIS MAN'S CHIN WAS SCULPTED BY GOD.◊
- World of Warcraft
- 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.
- The Knight unit in Warcraft 3 has a very large chin. There's no cleft, but there is manly stubble.
- Wolfenstein: B.J. Blazkowicz has a truly◊ colossal◊ lantern jaw.◊
- 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.
- Ash in the Evil Dead games.
- Playable character from Time Splitters 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 badass 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.
- Warriors of Might and Magic: In cutscenes Alleron is shown to have a huge chin.
- Duke Nukem is a parody of the generic musclebound action hero. Which means he, of course, sports a Lantern Jaw of Justice in addition to his trademark Balls of Steel.
- Fire Emblem Fates has Arthur, whose square jaw goes hand-in-hand with his pursuit of justice!
- 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.
- Guard-Captain Aveline of Dragon Age II is a rare female example.
- Hawke's younger brother, Carver is another example. There are several jokes about his chin, mostly from Isabela.
- Virtually any game that allows customization of the player character's face can prompt this. Some can take it to absolutely preposterous if not deeply unsettling levels.
- Captain Walker of Spec Ops: The Line - a grizzled veteran with a prominent square jaw and heroic Perma-Stubble - enters Dubai to try to save as many people as possible after the world left it for dead, though it's inverted when he begins committing atrocities left and right for "justice" and vengeance as he breaks down.
- In Five Nights at Freddy's 3, we're shown that the Murderer has a cleft chin. In fact, it's the only thing that's identifiable about him inside the Spring-Bonnie suit. Very obviously an Inversion.
- Blasto (no, not that one) is a third-person shooter on the PS1 starring the late Phil Hartman. It stars the eponymous Captain Blasto, a Top-Heavy Guy, Casanova Wannabe, Idiot Hero, and overall dim bulb (imagine Johnny Bravo with a laser gun and you're most of the way there). He has a jaw that can easily be described as mostly neck, but it's actually so huge that when his mouth is closed, his chin qualifies as half of his face.
- Very noticeable on the Xbox port of Serious Sam and any version of Serious Sam 2, both of which have a more cartoony art style than the rest of the series. His chin's size and squareness toned down in the more realistic games in the series, though it could still qualify as a more grounded example.
- Army Men: Sarge. As ever, lampshaded in the PlayStation versions' cutscenes.
Plastro: Well, well, well, if it isn't Sergeant Hawk. How very nice of you and your jaw to join us.
- 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.
- Mimic in Rusty and Co.
- Schlock Mercenary
- 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...
- Tweep brings us Captain Stone from the Show Within a Comic Space Force.
- 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.
- 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. As said in VAMP:
The guy was tall, with broad shoulders, a barrel chest and powerful arms, and a long handsome face with a powerful chin. Yet for all that, he was frickin’ ridiculous. He was like a live–action version of a cartoon parody of the ‘All–American Hero’, with a chest that was too large for his frame, bulging arms that would have been impressive on a man six inches taller and a hundred pounds heavier, and his CHIN! It must have taken up at least a quarter of his face!
- 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 more than content to reinforce this.
- In the Video Games Awesome! LP of Dragon Age: Origins, Becky and Fraser end up making a female dwarf noble with a ridiculously large and square jaw who they name 'Chinderella'.
- 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.
- Buck Tuddrussel from Time Squad, who is both super-heroic and super-dumb.
- The Tick, people!
- Pretty much all the guys in the DCAU have these, except the Flash. They're not pronounced, but they're there. Thank Bruce Timm's drawing style for this.
- From The Super 6, only five of them (Super Scuba, Magneto Man, Granite Man, Elevator Man and Captain Zammo) sport Lantern Jaws of Justice. The only one who doesn't is the scrawny Super Bwoing.
- Every (male) Cybertronian in Transformers Animated has a giant chin, even Shockwave, who doesn't have a face. Sentinel Prime is probably the most prominent example. He was an Expy of The Tick, modeled after Townsend Coleman was cast as his voice actor. Lead character designer Derrick J. Wyatt lampshaded this on one of his blog-posts (titled "Chin On!") where he assured us the characters in season three will have no lack of chins:
Wyatt: These new chins could even be so unstoppably huge and heroic, they may have even the simplest of Cybertronians bellowing out the names of common Earthen table utensils.
- Samurai Jack started out with a prominent chin...that grew bigger and bigger as the show progressed. Eventually it took up exactly half the length of his entire face.
- The Hacker from Cyberchase had a huge chin for no good reason. Inverted in that he is a villain character (but not a very good one).
- The North Wind from A Miser Brothers Christmas has the chin but is the villain of the piece.
- Commander Feral of SWAT Kats has the lantern jaw as well, though he is not the primary heroic figure on the show.
- Dexter's Laboratory: Major Glory of The Justice Friends clearly invokes this in his DCAU-style design.
- "Simon Belmont" from Captain N: The Game Master.
- Jay Ward gave archetype hero characters Dudley Do-Right and George of the Jungle prominent chins — while making them dumb as fenceposts.
- Family Guy
- Averted with Glen Quagmire. His head is mostly chin, but the rest of him is rather lanky. He does have a lot of testosterone, though.
- Joe plays it pretty straight, though.
- Peter Griffin has the cleft, but that's about it; it makes his chin look more like a scrotum than anything else. Chris Griffin takes after his father in this regard.
- Another subversion is Herbert the Pervert, a creepy paedophile with a huge chin.
- Stan Smith from American Dad!.
- Aquaman has an OUTRAGEOUS one in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. In fact, most of the characters in the show have one. Including the women. It's kind of weird.
- The Batman
- Space Ghost Coast to Coast: Space Ghost once advised Mike Judge that he should draw Beavis And Butthead with "large, lantern-like jaws... like mine!"
- Launchpad McQuack of DuckTales and Darkwing Duck has a lantern bill of justice. Also, Recurring Character Comet Guy. It's subverted with "Major Courage" — He has a heroic beak, but he's really a Dirty Coward.
- Subverted with Major Man in The Powerpuff Girls. He has the jaw right, but he's a big phony.
- The Ren & Stimpy Show: POWDERRRED TOOOOOAST MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!
- Perry the Platypus of Phineas and Ferb also has a lantern bill of justicee.
- Jim Gordon in Batman: The Animated Series, but not quite so much as Batman himself.
- Freddie in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated — he's not a superhero, but the chin fits the bill.
- Courage the Cowardly Dog: Eustace Bagge, even though he's a complete jerkface.
- In Voltron Force, it's Hunk's lion that has this. Recall that the lion is a robot. This is part of an overall trend of the lions looking more individual, rather than Palette Swaps of each other.
- Harvey from Thomas the Tank Engine.
- Frosty superhero Man Arctica from Fanboy And Chumchum
- 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 examples can be listed that somebody made a meme about it.◊ Then again, Derrick J. Wyatt of the aforementioned Transformers Animated is the art director.
- Very fittingly, the Justice Knight, another parody of superhero, sports a square jaw.
- The Mmmmmmmmmporpg has a monumental chin. He's more of an antagonist, but he's certainly manly (if you disregard his girly true name).
- In the Duck Dodgers episode "Pig of Action", the Eager Young Space Cadet (Porky Pig) is turned into a muscle-bound action hero by Green Rocks, with an exaggerated "butt cheeks" chin.
- The Mighty Hercules basically played Herc as an ancient Superman and gave him this treatment. It's every bit as bad as it sounds, and only worth mentioning because it's so hilariously bad that it's absolutely wonderful.
- Alfred Pennyworth sports one in Beware the Batman, to go along with his stronger, street-though characterization.
- Zilla Jr from Godzilla: The Series has a very prominent chin. Which is odd, considering he's a giant lizard monster.
- The title character of Uncle Grandpa has one.
- It's hard to call him a hero in the traditional sense (maybe a schmuck protagonist at best), but Johnny Bravo has one, and he at least tries to do right. Sometimes. Even if he mostly spends his time being a Casanova Wannabe.
- Captain Atomic from Atomic Puppet had one. Even as a sock puppet, he still has a little bit of it.
- First on this list should be Bruce "If Chins Could Kill" Campbell.
- Michael Schumacher.
- 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.
- Pat Tillman.◊ An NFL football player who became a soldier.
- Patrick Warburton. When combined with his manly voice, he's become the go-to guy for characters like this (as noted in the description).
- Ditto Craig T. Nelson (voice of Mr. Incredible). Though the years seem to be slowly eating away at his chin cleft.
- John Barrowman
- Robert Z'Dar has a lantern face.
- It's mentioned in Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt that Adam West only got the part of Batman because he fit this trope more than another (better, apparently) actor.
- Sigourney Weaver is foremost amongst the female exemplars.
- Matt Smith
- UFC Bantamweight Urijah Faber◊
- Benito Mussolini, demonstrating that not everybody with one is a good guy.
- 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).
- Related to the above, portraits of Andrew Jackson suggest he had one of these◊. Given the man was President and a Four-Star Badass who had one foot knee-deep in Crazy Awesome and the other planted squarely up someone's ass, deserving or otherwise, he was probably entitled to the chin.
- Formula One racing driver David Coulthard, whose jawline is so square it has to be seen◊ to be◊ believed.◊
- Dylan Neal's jaw is less exaggerated but still gives Coulthard a run for his money.
- Reggie Fils-Aime, as amusingly exaggerated in his official Mii.◊
- This was known as the Habsburg Lip or the Habsburg Chin — and, as Charles II proved, in real life, there are limits to its appeal. If anything, it's a Real Life deconstruction—taking the Lantern Jaw of Justice to the point of outright deformity.
- Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of Game of Thrones fame.
- 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".
- Léo Major.
- 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
- Richard III was recently found to have had one.◊
- Quentin Tarantino also has a huge chin, often exaggarated in caricature.
- John Cleese's chin is also a main target for caricature.
- Morrissey's chin is as prominent as his Big Ol' Eyebrows.
- Satchel, lead guitarist of Steel Panther.
- Josh Hutcherson.
- Henry Cavill.