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"...Ganondorf has an exceptionally unique case of unibrow, in which his eyebrows connect clearly with his hair, thus forming one very long eyebrow. This puts the typical unibrow (one that connects in the middle of one's face above the nose) to shame..."
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Ah, the Unibrow. Not generally considered the most attractive kind of facial hair on the marketnote . So like most kinds of unfashionable/unattractive appearance, characters sporting one are mostly consigned to being either evil, or comical.

  • Type I: If a character has a unibrow, they're either evil, conniving, scummy, or have some defining negative trait.
  • Type II pretty much just boils down to "unibrows are funny".

If a female has one, it's typically meant to show that she's unattractive. These are a typical uncool feature of Nerd girls.

A Subtrope of Unusual Eyebrows (more particularly, Evil Eyebrows), Good Hair, Evil Hair, and Big Ol' Eyebrows.


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Examples of Type I:

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

Fan Works

Film- Animated

  • Sir Ruber from Quest for Camelot. Well, not really a unibrow, but his eyebrows are just so close to touching each other that whenever he scowls or smirks, it almost looks like he has a long red eyebrow.
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Film- Live Action

Literature

  • Dracula, although it's left out in most adaptations.
  • In Salman Rushdie's novel Midnight's Children, there's a scene in a Moslem neighborhood in Delhi, India, where an 8-year-old girl with one eyebrow starts a riot against a Hindu.
  • Mother Bruce series: Bruce the literal Grumpy Bear has a very thick unibrow.
  • Mutiny on the Bounty: Parkin, the excessively cruel guard aboard the Pandora who persecutes Byam and the other Bounty sailors arrested on Tahiti. He has "eyebrows that met in an irregular line over his nose."
  • Count Olaf, the Big Bad of A Series of Unfortunate Events, as we are reminded of every book. He's not the only one. Lemony Snicket's brother Jacques also has a unibrow, causing him to be mistaken for Count Olaf.

Live-Action Television

Mythology & Folklore

  • In some werewolf legends, one sign of a person being a werewolf was an abnormal amount of body hair, which could include a unibrow.

Music

  • The villain of Kate Bush's short film The Line, the Cross, and the Curve has a unibrow. She was played by Miranda Richardson.

Video Games

Pro Wrestling

Western Animation

Real Life

  • Marshal Marmont, considered by many to be the treacherous Marshal par excellence. Of course, after his 1814 betrayal, his contemporaries did not fail to comment on that particular feature.

Examples of Type II:

Advertising
  • This Super Bowl ad.

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

  • There's a superhero in Empowered who's even named Unibrow. Of course, this trope applies to him. We don't learn much about him, except that he's a Superdead.

Film - Animation

Film - Live Action

Literature

  • One of Ponty's roommates in the novel Mike Nelson's (yes, that Mike Nelson) Death Rat! is described as having a prominent one:
    Scotty only had one eyebrow. It covered both eyes, luckily, but its deviation from a straight line was very minute, dipping only slightly above the bridge of his nose.
  • Tad in Planet Tad. He tries to shave it off but ends up shaving off his entire eyebrows.

Live Action Television

  • Night Court
    • An episode features a girl on the run from a forced marriage. She describes her prospective husband's hideousness by indicating that he has a unibrow.
    • Parodied at one point. A Russian woman is described as having only one eyebrow. When one of our heroes sees a picture, he exclaims, "I thought you meant over both eyes!"
  • In Orange Is the New Black, Blanca Flores has one of these along with her disheveled hair. In season 5, she gets a makeover and gets her eyebrow separated into two, surprising Red.
    "Your eyebrows! They're plural!"
  • The Todd gets one for a one-off visual joke in Scrubs. His waxer was in the Bahamas.
  • Both Bert and Oscar from Sesame Street.
  • Brobee in Yo Gabba Gabba!

Newspaper Comics

  • Gary Larson, when he wasn't giving his characters glasses, was generally drawing their eyes simply as a thick line.

Pro Wrestling

  • WWE's Santino Marella sports one, and he's one of the funniest guys on the roster, Face or Heel.

Video Games

  • One of the potential villagers who can move into your town in Animal Crossing is an Uchi Squirrel with a unibrow named Hazel. She even has "Uni-wow" as her initial catchphrase!
  • The man whose eyebrows are connected and who has a gold tooth, in EarthBound. Granted, he's also invisible, so you have to take his word for it.
  • Pokémon: Farfetch'd is a duck with a marking on its forehead that resembles a unibrow.

Webcomics

Web Videos

  • Mint from Object Terror used to have a living unibrow. Unfortunately, the unibrow was mean to him, so he shaved it off in "P to the Fourth" and never had it since.
  • Rolanda from the YouTube channel, Wassabi Productions, has one to emphasize her gonky appearance.

Western Animation

Other:

  • Real Life example: Frida Kahlo is famous for her self-portraits that emphasize her large bushy unibrow. Rare in that it is not villainous or comical, but rather is valued for its artistic value and redefinition of beauty. However, Kahlo was considered classically attractive by many; she just Accentuated The Negative whenever it came to drawing herself due to a bad self-image.
  • Madonna gives a Shout-Out to this style on the cover of her album Madame X, in which her name is written across her brow in a manner that emulates Kahlo's unibrow.
  • This was actually considered a desireable feature on women in ancient Greece, if you can believe it, to the point where women with two eyebrows would sometimes give themselves a fake unibrow using wax and animal hair.
  • Poppy from Lola & Virginia. Instead of being evil or comedy, she's one of the main character's two best friends. Visually the unibrow is played as part of her tough, tomboy image. But plotwise it's not really an issue and isn't even pointed out by the other characters.
  • Akaishi in Cross Game. Neither evil nor funny, his unibrow is just there.
  • Chi McBride. He usually plays likable characters though.
  • Brazilian writer Monteiro Lobato.
  • Anthony Davis, a member of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball championship team, the University of Kentucky Wildcats, is known for his unibrow. So much so that there is merchandise relating to it ("Bow to the Brow"; "Fear the Brow") and they have even redecorated the mascot to give it a unibrow.
  • The Gallagher brothers from Oasis.
  • Hugh Acheson, regular judge on Top Chef, is well-known for his unibrow. In fact, he's often called "Hughnibrow."
  • Former Dodgers and Cardinals slugger Wally Moon. Not evil, unless you were an opposing pitcher who gave up one of his famed "Moon shots" (what fans called Moon's home runs).
  • Warden: Melody of the Undergrowth: Emperor Magulus has a huge unibrow. His could be considered more a "Badass Unibrow" since he can slice through vines with one swing of his sword.


Alternative Title(s): Big Ol Monobrow

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