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[[caption-width-right:360:Hair is transparent in the world of Gaea, apparently.]]

This is not strictly speaking wholly limited to anime and manga, but one of the most noticeable artistic conventions--after the big eyes and small mouth--is the fact that most characters' eyebrows are always visible, even when hair, a hat, or a bandage ought to cover them up. It's not quite as extreme as the American cartoon breakfast cereal spokesman Cap'n Crunch, [[DisembodiedEyebrows whose eyebrows are on his hat]], but sometimes it does approach that level.

This is a borderline example of AcceptableBreaksFromReality, since it would be [[NintendoHard very hard]] to animate a part of the face and not touch the others when you can put the entire facial expression on the front-most layer and edit away to save a lot of time. Of course, [[AvertedTrope averting]] this trope simply means the artist is DoingItForTheArt. However, this trope makes it easier to convey emotions.

Not to be confused with UnusualEyebrows, which are oddly visible for other reasons.


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* The title character of ''Manga/InuYasha''. Especially jarring since they appear to be ''a different color''.
** Applies to many characters, particularly because nearly all eyebrows seem to be black -- and hair, especially on demons, is not.
* Most everybody in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''.
* Raimon "Monta" Taro of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' takes it to nearly Captain Crunch-like levels. It's not that his hair is transparent, it's that his eyebrows simply go OVER his hair.
* ''Manga/ShoukokuNoAltair'' after ArtEvolution happened, particularly since the protagonist has PeekABangs.
* Arashi from ''Anime/GadGuard's'' eyebrows are visible from her hair.
* ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}''
* ''LightNovel/{{MM}}''
* ''Anime/{{K}}'', particularly on Munakata and Weismann (when he has short hair, not so much when his hair is longer and combed back in the first season).
* ''VideoGame/KimiKiss''
* ''VideoGame/{{Amagami}}''
* ''Anime/UtaKata''
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead''
* ''LightNovel/TheLegendOfLegendaryHeroes''
* Everyone in ''Anime/ImGonnaBeAnAngel''.
* Not only does ''Manga/KOn'' Tsumugi Kotobuki have unusually thick eyebrows, but the manga omake gags say they're takuan pickles!
* ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]''
* Present in ''Manga/SevenSeeds'', especially in the case of Mozu, whose baseball cap visor will sometimes become transparent so that his eyes and eyebrows can be clearly seen.
* In ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'', this is only noticeable with light-haired people, like Smith; everyone else's hair is usually inked completely black. Eventually, the same effect is also done with Rei's eyes whenever they're covered by the frames of his glasses; the covering sections of the frames will be transparent/omitted from the art to leave his eyes visible.
* In ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'', particularly on A-drei, a white-haired {{Bishonen}} who wears his long bangs over his GlassEye and scar from when his [[GrandTheftMe possessed]] friend shot him in the second episode.

* It is very rare to ''not'' see this in the VisualNovel genre since a single picture of one character repeated at least twenty or so times for different facial expressions can get very frustrating. It is indeed much easier to put one facial expression on the top layer and then paste and modify the expression for new ones.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' sets Link's eyes to be visible in front of his hair.
* Ken of ''StreetFighter'' is generally drawn with his black eyebrows visible in front of his blond hair.
* Though generally not a problem in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series, some sprites with lighter hair display this trait.
** Most notably [[http://www.court-records.net/animation4/klavier-forwardnormal%28a%29.gif Klavier Gavin]], with his dark eyebrows clearly visible behind his platinum blonde hair.
** Also evident with [[http://www.court-records.net/animation4/olga1-normal%28a%29.gif Olga Orly's]] eyebrows, which are surprisingly large for a female, and are able to be seen clearly through her hair.
** Though not as obvious, this happens on both sets of Ema's sprites, her [[http://www.court-records.net/animation/ema-normal(a).gif 16 year-old]] self and her [[http://www.court-records.net/animation4/skye-normal%28a%29.gif adult]] self.
** Maya's eyebrows can be seen in two of her sprites. In her [[http://www.court-records.net/animation/maya-confident(b).gif confidant/cheeky sprite]] and temporarily in her [[http://www.court-records.net/animation/maya-shock.gif shock sprite]].
* Axel from the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series has eyebrows that float over his hair. It's especially noticeable because A) they are a completely different color from the rest of his hair, and B) they are shaped ''[[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100723085539/disgaea/en/images/8/81/Axel_d3p.jpg like lightning bolts]]''.

* In ''[[http://churchof.poisonedminds.com/ The Church of Poisoned Minds]]'', the author-avatar has hair that always covers his eyes - but this doesn't stop his eyebrows from showing up whenever they're [[http://churchof.poisonedminds.com/d/20070411.html needed to convey an expression]].
* A strip in ''Webcomic/OkashinaOkashi'' parodied this. They were stuck in a {{shojo}} manga, and one of the guys was trying to make his eyebrows show through his bangs, like a {{Bishonen}}.
* ''Webcomic/{{EVIL}}'': Several characters have this, but it's especially noticeable on Gabriel, whose black hair results in their being outlined in white and [[DisembodiedEyebrows seeming to hover over his hair]].
* Artist Creator/PhilFoglio does this a lot; Agatha from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is a good example.
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Princess Voluptua's [[HairAntennae antenna eyebrows]] are usually visible despite her big pompadour of hair.
* Remarked upon in [[http://antoinebruce.deviantart.com/art/I-Steal-Anime-Eyebrows-140059190 this comic]].
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', this was originally averted but the trope was gradually brought in as part of the ArtEvolution.
* Most characters in ''Webcomic/EarsForElves'' with a fringe have these, though the brows are just a single line, but it's particularly noticeable on Myari. In order for her hair in its high tails to cover the same amount of face as it does on other characters, she has almost no forehead. However, her eyebrows [[http://www.earsforelves.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Myaricolor.jpg can still be seen]] the right distance above her eyes -- in the middle of her scalp.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' sometimes uses them. It tends to be only for specific reactions though, e.g. in [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2295 #2295]] Marigold has them only in panel 1 and Faye only has them in panel 2.
* Done Throughout ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'', it can be seen on both the first page and the latest.
* Brooksie in ''Webcomics/BetweenFailures'' is usually drawn this way
* ''Webcomic/DangerouslyChloe'' does this quite a lot, particularly Pandora
* ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' has Becky, whose floppy undercut is drawn this way

* Creator/HannaBarbera's WesternAnimation/YogiBear also had eyebrows that could be seen jutting up across the brim of his hat, and indeed, even his eyeballs followed suit, overlapping where a normal hat would clearly have covered part of them up.

!!Examples in which all facial features can be seen

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* Umi Rengaya from the ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' manga has hair which shows not only her eyebrows, but also her eyes, chin, and sometimes ears, to highlight both how transparent her attempts to flirt with Shiouji are, and how invisible she is to him.
* Count D in ''Manga/PetShopOfHorrors'' has bangs that sometimes fall over his face, without affecting his eyes or brows in any way.
* Most of the characters (Van in particular, as he usually has borderline-PeekABangs) in ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'', as pictured above.
* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch''
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', loads of characters have PeekABangs, leading to both eyebrows and eyes showing through their hair.

* Ebbirnoth from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' has (weirdly, two) eyebrows which seem to float independently of his single, giant eyeball. They remain external even when his 'head' is armored, and remain even when his eye [[EyeScream has been blown off]] and is regenerating in a giant fishbowl…
** Just some {{WMG}} to liven your day, but it's possible that the eyebrows are some kind of prosthesis to facilitate Unioc-Human communications. Nonverbals must be a pain in Tagon's Toughs.
* ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'''s main character has huge bangs that frequently cover large sections of [[GenderBender his/her]] face. [[FourthWallMailSlot Ash hasn't noticed any problem from it.]]