No Brows

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"Charisma oozes out of people without eyebrows, you know! Hot damn! I don't have eyebrows either!"
Second Mizukage, Naruto

A Subtrope of Unusual Eyebrows, this is when a character has no eyebrows.

Typically, this is used to give the individual a more brutish, Neanderthal look. Alternatively, they deliberately throw the character into the Uncanny Valley, which can create an ethereal or alien appearance. In these cases, the brow ridges will tend to be fairly prominent and well-defined, so that the character can still make appropriate facial expressions. Occasionally, however, the artist simply doesn't draw them with eyebrows, and they have to find other ways to emote.

Contrast with Big Ol' Eyebrows.


Examples

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     Anime and Manga 
  • Subverted with Amarao in FLCL. While he is almost always known for having Big Ol' Eyebrows (even giving some to Naota at one point), on the occasions where they pop off he's shown to be completely hairless where his eyebrows would normally be.
  • Gustavo Ragetta and Keith Gandor from Baccano!!
  • Gaara from Naruto doesn't have any. Probably to make him look unnerving. His father, the Fourth Kazekage, didn't either.
    • Zabuza usually has eyebrows, except in a few scenes in the anime, but they're incredibly thin and short, which was enough for Naruto to call him "eyebrowless freak" a couple times.
    • The Second Mizukage didn't have any either, which he claims are a sign of charisma.
  • L doesn't have any in Death Note; this was carried over in the live action movies, though it's not that noticeable until he goes outside into the wind. The manga artist said it was intended to make him look "dead-eyed." A couple of minor characters (like Ide) are also browless without any apparent justification.
  • Level 3 Super Saiyans in Dragon Ball Z. It gives them a distinctively Neanderthal-like look.
    • Android 20, Dr Gero.
  • Elfman and Gajeel from Fairy Tail.
  • The sinister Yokoya from Liar Game.
  • Kenpachi from Bleach. Also, As Nodt, for the second reason. Eeep.
    • Renji also technically doesn't have any. His tattoos work as his eyebrows.
  • Reiner Braun from Attack on Titan, according to design notes. However, most of the time it looks like he's merely got very thin (blond) ones.
  • In Fruits Basket, Kyoko honda nèe Katsunuma had such small eyebrows that her husband Katsuya teased her about not having any.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, the lack of explanation of Jean Pierre Polnareff lack of eyebrows is disturbing.
  • Jin and Jin's Mom from Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku.
  • Aur the Villain Protagonist from Maou no Hajimekata in his novels design, it gives great focus to his great frown.

     Film  
  • David Lynch likes this trope:
  • Grí­ma Wormtongue in Lord of the Rings.
  • The titular character in The Terminator starts out as a young, good-looking Arnold Schwarzenegger pushed into the Uncanny Valley by a pointed lack of emotion. The attractive appearance falls away quickly over the course of the movie, culminating in the creepy skeleton. The first thing to go, however, are its eyebrows, giving it a more brutish appearance.
  • Dracula's old form in Bram Stoker's Dracula completely lacks eyebrows, in odd contrast to the book where bushy eyebrows are one of his most noticeable features.
  • In Die Another Day, The Dragon Zao has no eye brows which underpins his Red Right Hand status.
  • Bernie Rose in Drive. Albert Brooks shaved off his eyebrows himself in order to make character look less expressive and emotional.
  • In The Movie of the Pink Floyd album, The Wall, Pink shaves off pretty much all of his body hair, including his eyebrows, as he descends further into insanity.

     Literature  
  • In the second book of The Pendragon Adventure, all of the characters residing in the eponymous underwater city lack eyebrows. Bobby mentions that it's quite unsettling, and that one doesn't normally consider eyebrows carefully (unless one is One of Us, naturally,) until they're not there.
  • Grim Tuesday of Keys to the Kingdom had his eyebrows blown off. One of them became a monster.
  • Abenthy, Kvothe's first mentor in The Name of the Wind, usually doesn't have eyebrows because he keeps burning them off in the course of his various experiments as an arcanist. Kvothe comments in his narration that this made Abenthy look perpetually surprised.

     Live Action TV  
  • The Observers of Fringe lack any sort of hair, including eyebrows.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Eleventh Doctor. It actually varies between this and very pale eyebrows, but it seems that Matt Smith has no eyebrows, and the makeup department is inconsistent in penciling them on. Lampshaded when someone makes fun of his lack of eyebrows and he sensitively responds that his eyebrows are 'delicate'.
    • The Fifth Doctor is also known for his lack of eyebrow.
    • The Fourth Doctor also has very fine, pale eyebrows that the makeup department often covered up further (although, like the Eleventh Doctor, he has eyebrows in some scenes thanks to an inconsistent makeup department). Between his lack of eyebrows and his unusually large Creepy Blue Eyes, he looks very alien indeed.
    • Karlton, Mavic Chen's advisor in "The Daleks' Master Plan", and the rest of his people. His entire head and eyebrows were shaved to make him look more alien, but it's unclear whether he's a Human Alien or a human from a culture that just does that.
    • Professor Sondegard in "The Mutants" has neither eyebrows nor hair, possibly a side effect from being around an environment constantly teeming with radiation.
  • Victor Zsasz on Gotham goes for the completely hairless look, like the aforementioned Observers on Fringe but twitchier.

     Video Games  

     Western Animation  
  • Cheetara from ThunderCats (1985). Or at least they're completely hidden by her facial markings. Some of the villains as well - Tugmug (or possibly they're hidden in the black circles around his eyes), Slythe and Vultureman of the mutants (of course, neither of them are mammals, so lack of hair is to be expected), and Mumm-ra.
  • Matt Groening's art-style does not draw eyebrows for most of the characters in The Simpsons and Futurama, although some like Milhouse have huge eyebrows.
  • Henry and June on KaBlam!.
  • Ash from Superjail! due to the fact that his face is horribly burnt and deformed.
  • Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender is a half example, as his left eye does not have a brow due to a burn inflicted by his father Ozai.
  • Adventure Time is another show where most characters have no eyebrows by default, but may suddenly gain them for use in facial expressions.
  • Most of the Crystal Gems in Steven Universe have no eyebrows (Steven and Rose being the exceptions), though in some episodes they gain thin eyebrows for certain expressions and eye movements. All the human character except Onion have eyebrows visible at all times.

     Real Life  
  • The Mona Lisa originally did have eyebrows, but all the cleaning and restoration works scrubbed the eyebrows (and a lot of details) out.
  • Many redheads and some blonds have pale eyebrows that vanish into their pale skin. These include:
    • Queen Elizabeth I
    • Former US Speaker of the House Richard Gephardt
    • Tilda Swinton
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Martin Luther McCoy
  • David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust phase.
  • The WWE's current World Heavyweight Champion Kane has no eyebrows.
  • Amanda Palmer has tattoos on her eyebrow region, which is usually hairless.
  • Shaving off someone's eyebrows is a popular prank, and is sometimes done as part of a hazing ritual.

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