Unusual Eyebrows

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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.


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple:
    • Shigure Kosaka has kinked eyebrows. Damn, are they squiggly.
    • Shio Sakaki has fiery eyebrows.
    • Akisame has lightning eyebrows.
  • One Piece:
    • Rob Lucci. 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.
    • Sanji's right eyebrow is not only swooped, but twirly. We do not ever see his left eyebrow — or eye, for that matter. As of the timeskip his other eye is revealed... it swirls on the end that is near his nose making a @_ @_ face.
  • 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.
  • Eyeshield 21:
    • Kid has eyebrows that are squiggly at the ends. In fact Hiruma's nickname for him is "Fucking Eyebrows".
    • Daigo Ikari 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.
    • Raimon "Monta" Taro has your standard Big Ol' Eyebrows, except for the fact that they somehow go through over his hairline in Captain Crunch-like fashion.
  • While not as emphasized as most examples, Fangfang from Rosario + Vampire has kinked eyebrows.
  • In Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Domon Kasshu's fiery 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 Catalonia has a pair of the most prominent fiery eyebrows ever (just look up above again). Her possible idol was Victory Gundam's Katejina Loos, 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.
  • Mazinger Z: Kouji sports a pair of very prominent, very thick fiery eyebrows.
  • The majority of characters from Outlaw Star have fiery eyebrows — Gene, Jim and Aisha in particular.
  • Maiza Avaro and Szilard Quates from Baccano! has fiery eyebrows.
  • Ryoma Nagare in any incarnation of Getter Robo has fiery eyebrows.
  • 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.
    • Guy gains literal Fiery Eyebrows in his Eighth Gate.
  • Inspector Runge from Monster has swooped eyebrows.
  • Abarai Renji from Bleach, with whom it's hard to tell where the tattoos start and his eyebrows begin.
  • Hughes from Fairy Tail has arrows for eyebrows.
  • Hoover Kippenburg from the Area 88 manga has thin, violently 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.
  • In Code:Breaker, if you look under Masaomi Heike's hair, he actually has no eyebrows.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 

  • The Stormlight Archive: The Thaylen people have foot-long white eyebrows, whether male or female and whether they have any other hair on their head or not. Many Thaylens style the eyebrows, like starching them into spikes or fan-shapes, but others just keep them brushed behind their ears, giving the appearance of a Skunk Stripe.

    Live Action TV 
  • 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.
  • Spock and other Vulcans in Star Trek have swooped eyebrows. Also Romulans, and the proto-Vulcan Mintakan people in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Who Watches the Watchers".

    Theatre 
  • 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.

    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 
  • Shirou Emiya from Fate/stay night. They're actually a rather subtle hint as to the identity of Archer, the only other character drawn with such eyebrows.
    • Kirei Kotomine sports kinked variation.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney:
    • Phoenix Wright himself has kinked eyebrows.
    • Apollo Justice has fiery eyebrows. Not to mention he is fittingly red, young and passionate.

    Webcomics 

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Amanda Palmer paints them on in fancy patterns, and has joked that they're actually alien barcodes.
  • Lynn Gunn of PVRIS often has her left eyebrow partially shaved, making a distinct striped pattern. It also matches her shaved-sides hairstyle.


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