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Need a striking, original character design, but only know how to draw about six faces
? Why, give them a pair of Unusual Eyebrows, of course!
Apart from hair
, giving a character a pair of not-quite-standard looking eyebrows is an easy way to make them physically stand out without making them more difficult to draw. Best yet, there's an easy selection of potential eyebrow styles to choose from:
- Kinked/Squiggly Eyebrows - a pair of thin eyebrows with one or two "kinks" near the end. Usually used to make the character just eye-catching enough without being overly jarring. More extreme examples might resemble scythes.
- Fiery Eyebrows - usually found on Hot-Blooded characters, these eyebrows are thicker than normal (though not quite a big as the Big Ol' Eyebrows. Usually), and spiky or forked at the ends. They're often paired with Hot-Blooded Sideburns.
- Swooped Eyebrows - eyebrows that curve upwards rather than arch like normal eyebrows. Typically used for otherworldly or "alien" characters, though they do occasionally show up on normal (if often strange) humans. This is also the most likely example to appear on Live-Action TV characters.
- Lightning Eyebrows - Eyebrows shaped like lightning bolts; Exactly What It Says on the Tin, in other words. Have similar connotations as Fiery Eyebrows, but are usually found on secondary/supporting characters instead.
Some styles have become so common that they've earned their own tropes:
Make the character's eyebrows odd enough, and you might find fans obsessing over them as much as the Iconic Outfit
Not related to either Oddly Visible Eyebrows
or the Fascinating Eyebrow
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Anime and Manga
- Shigure Kōsaka from Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. Damn, are they squiggly.
- Rob Lucci from One Piece. Crosses over into a reverse of Swooped Eyebrows, and distinctly scythe-like.
- This is actually a rather common type of eyebrows in One Piece. The main character Zoro has them, too.
- Roger Smith from The Big O. They're sort of...windshield wiper-shaped.
- Shuda, the initial dragon from Rave Master. To show that his Dark Bring gave him a fire power not only did he get red hair that shot up like fire, he got eyebrows that did the same thing.
- Kid from Eyeshield 21 has eyebrows that are squiggly at the ends. In fact Hiruma's nickname for him is "Fucking Eyebrows".
- While not as emphasized as most examples, Fangfang from Rosario + Vampire has such eyebrows.
Anime and Manga
- In Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Domon Kasshu's eyebrows are a relatively subtle example (or at least more subtle than the rest of him, anyway). The real winner, however, is Argo Gulskii, who looks like he set his eyelids on fire.
- Kittan Bachika from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann — a show that overflows with Hot Blood and Rule of Cool — is easily recognizable by his Fiery Eyebrows and giant shock of two-toned hair.
- Mobile Suit Gundam Wing's Dorothy Katalonia has a pair of the most prominent eye brows ever (just look up above again). Her possible idol was Victory Gundam's Katejina, hers being not as weird but still kind of prominent.
- Go For It, Domon W!, a non-canonical 4-koma that ran as a backup feature in the manga (featuring characters from G Gundam and Gundam Wing), showed that she can change their shape at will, to imitate the V-fins of various Gundams. In another strip, Dorothy took Allenby's Nobel Gundam and customized it for her own use; the modifications included new V-fins to match her eyebrows.
- Her cousin Treize has the same kind of eyebrows, just not as prominent.
- The majority of characters from Outlaw Star — Gene, Jim and Aisha in particular.
- Maiza Avaro and Szilard Quates from Baccano!!
- Ryoma Nagare◊ in any incarnation of Getter Robo
- The Raikage from Naruto has forked eyebrows which go with his forked mustache, dagger-like beard, and pointy slicked back hair. Given his fighting style and title they're probably meant to be more like lightning than fire, but not lightning eyebrows because that wouldn't really fit with the art-style.
- Daigo Ikari of Eyeshield 21 is probably the most hot-blooded character in a series full determinators and manly men. As if to prove how hot-blooded he is, he has flame brows drawn where his eye brow should be, apparently using black eye grease.
- Shio Sakaki from Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple.
- The "Low" version of Cat in the Red Dwarf episode "Demons and Angels" has forked eyebrows that meet in the middle.
- Turlough in Doctor Who was deliberately given combed-up, sharp, ginger eyebrows to look more alien.
- From the same series, the Tenth Doctor has wild, spiky eyebrows that match his gravity-defying hair and Hot Blooded Sideburns.
Anime and Manga
- Abarai Renji◊ from Bleach, with whom it's hard to tell where the tattoos start and his eyebrows begin.
- Similarly to the above example, Paradox◊ from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tenth Anniversary Movie.
- Hughes from Fairy Tail has arrows◊ for eyebrows.
- Raimon "Monta" Taro of Eyeshield 21 has your standard Big Ol' Eyebrows, except for the fact that they somehow go through over his hairline in Captain Crunch-like fashion.
- Hoover Kippenburg from the Area88 manga has extremely arched eyebrows.
- Some characters in Dragon Ball, such as Vegeta, or anyone gone Super Saiyan, seem to have their eyebrows directly attached to their eyes. As a result they often look serious or angry, although causality of this is up for debate.
- Most of the characters from Cats have various types of Unusual Eyebrows, made even stranger by the obvious fact that cats don't HAVE eyebrows.
- Ai in Ronin Galaxy possesses the old-fashioned Heian eyebrows from Japan.
- In Nectar of the Gods, the protagonist, Bacchus Vindread, bares naturally lifted eyebrows in the shape of large arcs... or should I say unnatural lifted eyebrows, these eyebrows achieve such great heights that if they were any higher they'd be floating off of his face.
- The Monarch from The Venture Bros. has long, thin eyebrows that jut out from his face by half a foot and curl at the end. They actually resemble a butterfly's antennae, to complement his villainous theme.
- Tygra from Thundercats has extremely arched eyebrows. Latter Alluro shows up with even more dramatically arched brows (with blue eyeshadow, no less).
- Everyone on Total Drama Island has a different set of Unusual Eyebrows, ranging from dots, to straight lines, to unibrows, to dashes, to barely visible curls to perfect arcs.
- Starfire from Teen Titans has very strange ovals for eyebrows, as do other Tamaraneans.
- In Aladdin, Jafar has...very bizarre eyebrows; they're extremely thin and arched beyond the point of belief. (Iago has nearly matching ones, which may be even weirder, because, well, he's a parrot.)
- Before there was Total Drama Island, there was The Pirates of Dark Water, with a similar array.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender gives us Jet and his eyebrows; shaped like long, skinny tildes whose curves are slightly pointed. They're difficult to describe - you almost have to see them◊ to believe them◊ - and the completely unexplained contrast between him and every single other character on the show has led to his eyebrows becoming a Memetic Mutation within the fandom.
- Amanda Palmer paints them on in fancy patterns, and has joked that they're actually alien barcodes.