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In the world of commercials, shaving equipment is right there next to rocket science. This is all part of a general trend in male grooming adverts, desperately trying to rescue their product from the implication that hygiene is un-masculine -- [[RatedMForManly moisturizer "refuels" your face, deodorant "combats" sweat]], and so on. Common imagery includes [[CoolPlane fighter jets]] and [[CoolCar sports cars]]. Often an adoring woman will walk on screen to [[SexForProduct stroke or kiss the smooth chin]].

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In the world of commercials, shaving equipment is right there next to rocket science. This is all part of a general trend in male grooming adverts, desperately trying to rescue their product from the implication that hygiene is un-masculine -- [[RatedMForManly moisturizer "refuels" your face, deodorant "combats" sweat]], and so on. Common imagery includes [[CoolPlane fighter jets]] and [[CoolCar sports cars]]. Often an adoring woman will walk on screen to [[SexForProduct stroke or kiss the smooth chin]].


In the world of commercials, shaving equipment is right there next to rocket science. This is all part of a general trend in male grooming adverts, desperately trying to rescue their product from [[TheDandy metrosexuality]] -- [[RatedMForManly moisturizer "refuels" your face, deodorant "combats" sweat]], and so on. Common imagery includes [[CoolPlane fighter jets]] and [[CoolCar sports cars]]. Often an adoring woman will walk on screen to [[SexForProduct stroke or kiss the smooth chin]].

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In the world of commercials, shaving equipment is right there next to rocket science. This is all part of a general trend in male grooming adverts, desperately trying to rescue their product from [[TheDandy metrosexuality]] the implication that hygiene is un-masculine -- [[RatedMForManly moisturizer "refuels" your face, deodorant "combats" sweat]], and so on. Common imagery includes [[CoolPlane fighter jets]] and [[CoolCar sports cars]]. Often an adoring woman will walk on screen to [[SexForProduct stroke or kiss the smooth chin]].

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* In the 1970s, shortly after the Trac II came out, ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' featured the Trac LXXVI, a 76-blade razor.


Newer shaving companies like Harry's are bucking this trend in recent years, Going for a more retro luxury style. (They do still have 5 blades, however.)

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Newer Other shaving companies like Harry's are bucking this trend in recent years, trend, Going for a more retro luxury style. (They do still have 5 blades, however.)

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* One ''ComicBook/DamageControl'' issue had a scientist mention that he was constructing a razor using adamantine blades for ComicBook/SheHulk- it was apparently the only thing that was effective against her leg hairs.

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* One ad parody by French stand-up comedian trio ''Les Inconnus'' began with a man moaning in pain, who then turned toward the audience to reveal that his whole shirt was dripping with blood. The announcer then proudly revealed this was the work of their 12-blades razor.


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* French NewsParody puppet show ''Series/LesGuignolsDeLInfo'' did a parody of razor ads featuring a then-popular news anchor. The ad described how the first blade avoided hair, the second pulled it and the third dyed it black, allowing people to be "constantly impeccably badly shaved".


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* It's not just for razor blades anymore: Oral-B toothbrush commercials are quite simply, ludicrously epic. OminousLatinChanting is involved. What more can I say?
** Rembrandt goes in the opposite direction; [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYBu7G3kKMA they turn brushing into vaguely German-impressionist film with "sciencey" elements]].
* Brilliantly parodied in [[http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=znC_bI-djiA this advert]] for The Zyliss Multi-Peeler -- ''The Best A Potato Can Get''.

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* It's not just for razor blades anymore: Oral-B toothbrush commercials are quite simply, ludicrously epic. OminousLatinChanting is involved. What more can I we say?
** * Rembrandt goes in the opposite direction; [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYBu7G3kKMA they turn brushing into vaguely German-impressionist film with "sciencey" elements]].
* Brilliantly parodied in [[http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=znC_bI-djiA this advert]] for The Zyliss Multi-Peeler -- ''The Best A a Potato Can Get''.



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* Dara O'Briain:
** He has a bit in his last stand-up show where he suggested that Blade Five had to be "unlocked", by defeating a boss on Blade Four.
** Not to mention his "Does the 4th blade actually REMOVE a layer of epidermis while the 5th blade instantly cauterizes the wound ensuring that no hair will ever grow there again!?"
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*** There was an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' where he did the whole bouncing his laser vision off of a mirror to shave.

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*** ** There was an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' where he did the whole bouncing his laser vision off of a mirror to shave.



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* Parodied in [[http://www.thehungergamesmovie.com/capitolads/seneca/ this]] [[ViralMarketing viral ad]] for the ''[[Film/TheHungerGames Hunger Games]]'' [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie]], which features Seneca Crane advertising a razor with seventeen blades. An ''electric'' razor.

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* Parodied in [[http://www.thehungergamesmovie.com/capitolads/seneca/ this]] [[ViralMarketing viral ad]] for a ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9utIhYvQM8o fan video]], where Suika worries about the ''[[Film/TheHungerGames Hunger Games]]'' [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie]], which features Seneca Crane advertising a razor with seventeen blades. An ''electric'' razor.suction of her black holes.



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* Parodied in [[http://www.thehungergamesmovie.com/capitolads/seneca/ this]] [[ViralMarketing viral ad]] for the ''[[Film/TheHungerGames Hunger Games]]'' [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie]], which features Seneca Crane advertising a razor with seventeen blades. An ''electric'' razor.
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* A Russian joke came out ''before'' there were three blades. It ended with "the 24th polishes the jawbone."
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* Parodied in a ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9utIhYvQM8o fan video]], where Suika worries about the suction of her black holes.

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* Parodied It's [[http://www.grumer.org/lj_images/razors.gif estimated that]] at the rate razor blade technology has expanded in the past century, we will soon have razors with infinite blades.
* Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}'s article on technological singularities used to predict this would happen in 2015, illustrated by
a ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9utIhYvQM8o fan video]], where Suika worries picture of the Schick Infini-T. Then [[StopHavingFunGuys some humorless bastard]] [[SeriousBusiness got hold of the article, obviously]]. Then someone went and actually made a documentary about all this. (Modern Marvels, maybe?)
* Apropos of not much, there was for a while an unofficial measure of laser power based on how many Gillette razor blades
the suction beam could cut through. Between the fact that it was difficult to measure the power of her black holes.the first ruby pulsed lasers, and the wonderful uniformity of Gillette razors, it was a natural measurement unit. Thus, proud scientists could brag about their 4 Gillette laser as compared to their colleagues' wimpy little 2 Gillette unit.



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* Dara O'Briain had a bit in his last stand-up show where he suggested that Blade Five had to be "unlocked", by defeating a boss on Blade Four.
** Not to mention his "Does the 4th blade actually REMOVE a layer of epidermis while the 5th blade instantly cauterizes the wound ensuring that no hair will ever grow there again!?"
* A Russian joke came out ''before'' there were three blades. It ended with "the 24th polishes the jawbone."
* It's [[http://www.grumer.org/lj_images/razors.gif estimated that]] at the rate razor blade technology has expanded in the past century, we will soon have razors with infinite blades.
** [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki's]] article on technological singularities used to predict this would happen in 2015, illustrated by a picture of the Schick Infini-T. Then [[StopHavingFunGuys some humorless bastard]] [[SeriousBusiness got hold of the article, obviously]].
* Then someone went and actually made a documentary about all this. (Modern Marvels, maybe?)
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWSTE6WLB0Y This fellow]] goes low-tech and probably gets the cleanest shave EVER.
** That's it, that man is going in the [[TestosteronePoisoning Mantheon]] as the god of shaving.
* Apropos of not much, there was for a while an unofficial measure of laser power based on how many Gillette razor blades the beam could cut through. Between the fact that it was difficult to measure the power of the first ruby pulsed lasers, and the wonderful uniformity of Gillette razors, it was a natural measurement unit. Thus, proud scientists could brag about their 4 Gillette laser as compared to their colleagues' wimpy little 2 Gillette unit.

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* Dara O'Briain had a bit in his last stand-up show where he suggested that Blade Five had to be "unlocked", by defeating a boss on Blade Four.
** Not to mention his "Does the 4th blade actually REMOVE a layer of epidermis while the 5th blade instantly cauterizes the wound ensuring that no hair will ever grow there again!?"
* A Russian joke came out ''before'' there were three blades. It ended with "the 24th polishes the jawbone."
* It's [[http://www.grumer.org/lj_images/razors.gif estimated that]] at the rate razor blade technology has expanded in the past century, we will soon have razors with infinite blades.
** [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki's]] article on technological singularities used to predict this would happen in 2015, illustrated by a picture of the Schick Infini-T. Then [[StopHavingFunGuys some humorless bastard]] [[SeriousBusiness got hold of the article, obviously]].
* Then someone went and actually made a documentary about all this. (Modern Marvels, maybe?)
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWSTE6WLB0Y This fellow]] goes low-tech and probably gets the cleanest shave EVER.
**
EVER. That's it, that man is going in the [[TestosteronePoisoning Mantheon]] as the god of shaving.
* Apropos of not much, there was for a while an unofficial measure of laser power based on how many Gillette razor blades the beam could cut through. Between the fact that it was difficult to measure the power of the first ruby pulsed lasers, and the wonderful uniformity of Gillette razors, it was a natural measurement unit. Thus, proud scientists could brag about their 4 Gillette laser as compared to their colleagues' wimpy little 2 Gillette unit.
shaving.


* Gillette parodied their own "science of shaving" adverts with an ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' {{Dualvertisement}} that showed razors based on Thor's hammer, Cap's shield, Hulk's fists and Iron Man's armour while the voice over explained "You could make a razor with Avengers technology," and then, as the bathroom was destroyed, "but you clearly shouldn't."

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* Gillette parodied their own "science of shaving" adverts with an ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' {{Dualvertisement}} that showed razors based on Thor's hammer, Cap's shield, Hulk's fists and Iron Man's armour while the voice over voice-over explained "You could make a razor with Avengers technology," and then, as the bathroom was destroyed, "but you clearly shouldn't."



* ComicBook/IronMan:
** Tony's morning routine once involved a [[OurShowersAreDifferent sonic shower]], and a hovering robotic coat hanger. Of course, he is a billionaire genius inventor.
** Similar to the Gillette example above, there was a promotional solo comic that was about Tony Stark presenting cutting edge razors using technology based on Avengers' superpowers that A.I.M. attempted to steal.
* Whatever's going on in that [[OurShowersAreDifferent sonic shower]] [[ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}} Spider Jerusalem]] steps into, it moves him from "hirstute mountain man" to "permanent hairlessness" in about ten seconds.



** It's been surmised that he '''has''' to. Although there's that episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark'' where Clark shows up at the ''Daily Planet'' with multiple cuts on his face after being depowered.
*** This was repeated in the comics when Clark was depowered for a year during ''52''.

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** It's been surmised that he '''has''' to. Although there's that episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark'' where Clark shows up at the ''Daily Planet'' with multiple cuts on his face after being depowered.
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depowered. This was repeated in the comics when Clark was depowered for a year during ''52''.



* Whatever's going on in that sonic shower [[ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}} Spider Jerusalem]] steps into, it moves him from "hirstute mountain man" to "permanent hairlessness" in about ten seconds.
* ComicBook/IronMan's morning routine once involved a sonic shower, and a hovering robotic coat hanger. Of course, he is a billionaire genius inventor.
** Similar to the Gillette example above, there was a promotional solo comic that was about Tony Stark presenting cutting edge razors usibg technology based on Avengers' superpowers that A.I.M. attempted to steal.



*** In another Heinlein novel the main character laments the loss of his diamond bladed razor as it had comfortably dulled over the decades.

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*** ** In another Heinlein novel the main character laments the loss of his diamond bladed razor as it had comfortably dulled over the decades.



*** Heinlein introduced this substance in ''Literature/FarmerInTheSky'' already in the 1950s; the extraterrestrial pioneers grow beards because the depilatory cream, imported from Earth, is hideously expensive.

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*** ** Heinlein introduced this substance in ''Literature/FarmerInTheSky'' already in the 1950s; the extraterrestrial pioneers grow beards because the depilatory cream, imported from Earth, is hideously expensive.



** In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' shaving is just for Barrayaran nobles who have the free time and inclination (and because they are so macho, that holding a blade to one's face holds certain appeal). Rest of the nexus uses depilatory cream, or permanently stun the hair follicles.

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** In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' shaving is just for Barrayaran nobles who have the free time and inclination (and because they are so macho, that holding a blade to one's face holds certain appeal). Rest of the nexus uses a depilatory cream, or permanently stun the hair follicles.follicles.
** [[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Kyle Katarn]] ''does'' [[IdleAnimation use it as a shaving implement]]!
* The young adult ScienceFiction story, "Junior Achievement", has a child of a biochemist come up with a form of depilatory cream that causes the hair to grow brittle. He calls it "before-shave".



** Well it ''does'' remove unwanted beard hair, mustache hair, etc. It just has a minor side effect of removing the rest of your head along with it.
** [[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Kyle Katarn]] ''does'' [[IdleAnimation use it as a shaving implement]]!
* The young adult ScienceFiction story, "Junior Achievement", has a child of a biochemist come up with a form of depilatory cream that causes the hair to grow brittle. He calls it "before-shave".



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* Comedian Mark Weiner did a skit on an episode of ''America's Funniest People'' where he advertised a razor with six blades. The first five didn't so much cut the hair as rip it out of its follicle, and the sixth was actually a tiny roll of tissue paper for staunching the blood.



* A favorite of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''.
** A classic ''SNL'' faux-commercial described a razor named the Platinum Mach 14. The patented fifth razor actually removes the follicle!
** In the first season of ''SNL'', when two-bladed razors were apparently just coming out, they had a faux-commercial mocking the absurdity of a hypothetical [[OlderThanTheyThink three-bladed razor]].
*** The Triple-Trac: Because You'll Believe Anything.



* Comedian Mark Weiner did a skit on an episode of ''America's Funniest People'' where he advertised a razor with six blades. The first five didn't so much cut the hair as rip it out of its follicle, and the sixth was actually a tiny roll of tissue paper for staunching the blood.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' introduced a shaving device that used some suitably scientific-futuristic sounding term (futuristic for the 1980s). "Sonic", perhaps, or "laser". You just passed it over your skin, and the hair was gone. On the other hand, in ''Star Trek: Insurrection'', Troi shaves Riker with shaving cream and an old-fashioned razor.
** There's all sorts of symbolism in there about how letting a woman near your face with a naked blade is the ultimate sign of trust, intimacy and an intense desire to nail her.
*** They were in a bath together and were both naked. Draw your own conclusions.
*** How's this? She ''murdered'' the GrowingTheBeard {{Trope Namer|s}}!



* A favorite of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''.
** A classic ''SNL'' faux-commercial described a razor named the Platinum Mach 14. The patented fifth razor actually removes the follicle!
** In the first season of ''SNL'', when two-bladed razors were apparently just coming out, they had a faux-commercial mocking the absurdity of a hypothetical [[OlderThanTheyThink three-bladed razor]].
*** The Triple-Trac: Because You'll Believe Anything.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' introduced a shaving device that used some suitably scientific-futuristic sounding term (futuristic for the 1980s). "Sonic", perhaps, or "laser". You just passed it over your skin, and the hair was gone. On the other hand, in ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'', Troi shaves Riker with shaving cream and an old-fashioned razor.



* The general terminology for men's beauty products was parodied by Jeremy Hardy on ''Radio/TheNewsQuiz'', saying that men will only buy moisturiser if it's called all-weather sealant.

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* The general terminology for men's beauty products was parodied by Jeremy Hardy on ''Radio/TheNewsQuiz'', saying that men will only buy moisturiser moisturizer if it's called all-weather sealant.



* In 2004, ''Website/TheOnion'' ran a parody editorial attributed to the CEO of Gillette, entitled [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/33930 "Fuck Everything, We're Doing Five Blades."]] [[HilariousInHindsight The following year, Gillette actually introduced such a product.]]

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* ''Website/TheOnion'':
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In 2004, ''Website/TheOnion'' they ran a parody editorial attributed to the CEO of Gillette, entitled [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/33930 "Fuck Everything, We're Doing Five Blades."]] [[HilariousInHindsight The following year, Gillette actually introduced such a product.]]



** [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki's]] article on technological singularities used to predict this would happen in 2015, illustrated by a picture of the Schick Infini-T. Then [[StopHavingFunGuys some humourless bastard]] [[SeriousBusiness got hold of the article, obviously]].

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** [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki's]] article on technological singularities used to predict this would happen in 2015, illustrated by a picture of the Schick Infini-T. Then [[StopHavingFunGuys some humourless humorless bastard]] [[SeriousBusiness got hold of the article, obviously]].

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** Similar to the Gillette example above, there was a promotional solo comic that was about Tony Stark presenting cutting edge razors usibg technology based on Avengers' superpowers that A.I.M. attempted to steal.


* [[Radio/GTARadio Advertisements]] in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' feature a razor called the Excelsior Extreme 9, with "9 blades of glory." The DJ of the Tuff Going radio station (reggae) warns his listeners not to buy it. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "You might cut off ya' nose."]]

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* [[Radio/GTARadio Advertisements]] in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' feature a razor called the Excelsior Extreme 9, with "9 blades of glory." The DJ of the Tuff Going radio station (reggae) warns his listeners not to buy it. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "You might cut off ya' nose."]]"


Newer shaving companies like Harry's are bucking this trend in recent years, Going for a more retro luxury style. (Although they do still have 5 blades.)

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Newer shaving companies like Harry's are bucking this trend in recent years, Going for a more retro luxury style. (Although they (They do still have 5 blades.blades, however.)

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Newer shaving companies like Harry's are bucking this trend in recent years, Going for a more retro luxury style. (Although they do still have 5 blades.)


*** Heinlein introduced this substance in ''Farmer In the Sky'' already in the 1950s; the extraterrestrial pioneers grow beards because the depilatory cream, imported from Earth, is hideously expensive.

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*** Heinlein introduced this substance in ''Farmer In the Sky'' ''Literature/FarmerInTheSky'' already in the 1950s; the extraterrestrial pioneers grow beards because the depilatory cream, imported from Earth, is hideously expensive.

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** D.G. Baley from ''Literature/RobotsAndEmpire'' uses a laser instead. Permanent facial depilation isn't unknown either.

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