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"Don't be afraid - they're only eyebrows."

"Don't forget the eyebrows that hover mysteriously over my head!"
Ruff Ruffman, FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman
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In comics, webcomics and animation, eyebrows are very important to conveying expression, so it's important that they be seen. To this end, they sometimes actually float several inches above the character's head, or are otherwise clearly unattached. This may be a feature of the art at all times, or it may signify that the character in question is just that surprised. A subtrope of Unusual Eyebrows.

It doesn't have to be just eyebrows - watch enough animation and you'll eventually see disembodied whiskers and even entire body parts that appear to float separate from the main body.

If they're on the face but showing through the hair, that's Oddly Visible Eyebrows.


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    Advertising 
  • The M&M's' "spokecandies" all have disembodied black eyebrows.
  • The Trix Rabbit, more obviously noticeable at some times than others, depending on which angle he's shown from.
  • Cap'n Crunch. They're on his hat. Friends gives us this exchange:
    Joey: Man, this is weird. Ever realize that Cap'n Crunch's eyebrows are actually on his hat?
    Chandler: That's what's weird? Joey, the man's been captain of a cereal for the last forty years.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Lampshaded in FLCL, where it turns out that Commander Amuro's eyebrows are actually fake, and made of nori [dried seaweed]. Amuro's eyebrows even work as a shield to protect the wearer from the head-pulling thing Haruko does. They're not even fake, inked eyebrows. They are actual seaweed, scanned and inserted into the anime, making the whole shebang look even more wrong.

    Asian Animation 
  • The King from Season 8 of Happy Heroes has eyebrows that can be seen in front of his crown.
  • In the Motu Patlu episode "Alien Patlu", Patlu is given a pair of extra eyes through an injection from Dr. Jhatka. The resulting eyestalks have eyebrows that float above them.
  • Dhokla and Vada of Simple Samosa both have eyebrows that float above their eyes.
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    Comedy 
  • A Paul Merton routine had him explaining to a potential job applicant that interviews always measure a person by the height of their eyebrows on their head, and thus the ideal candidate would have eyebrows floating five inches above their head (in true Paul Merton style, this escalated into a discussion of someone's eyebrows being so high they got attached to the front of a train passing over his head).

    Comic Books 
  • Comic artist Phil Foglio is rather fond of these.
  • Amulet has Miskit, prominently featured on the cover (and the page image).
  • Drawn in a similar style to Miskit from the Amulet example are the Bone cousins, from Bone. Fone Bone in particular will sometimes be drawn with several sets of eyebrows; all of them disembodied.

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    Films — Animation 
  • Not the film itself, but most illustrations of Finding Dory for advertising would have disembodied eyebrows on the characters. This is mostly done, due to the fact it'll be difficult to illustrate emotion.
  • Fear in the Disney / Pixar film Inside Out has these pretty much out of necessity, as the character doesn't have any head above his huge eyes. The movie subtly makes some fun of this at one point when Anger knocks Fear to the ground, leaving Fear's eyebrows to slowly float down after him.

    Literature 
  • In some scenes in the picture book Hanna Hippo's Horrible Hiccups, a book in the Animal Antics A to Z series, the title character is depicted as having disembodied eyebrows. Other characters are depicted with these as well.
  • In the children's picture book Are We There, Yeti?, the yeti, who is a bus driver, has these. So does at least one of the young yeti later in the book, while another has the eyebrows on the face and still others appear to have no eyebrows whatsoever.
  • Disembodied whiskers are seen on the mouse character in the children's picture book Such a Little Mouse, written by Alice Shertle and illustrated by Stephanie Yue.

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    Western Animation 
  • Yin Yang Yo! and possibly ¡Mucha Lucha!.
  • FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman lampshades this when two of the second season contestants make a puppet of the host to use in a show. "Don't forget the eyebrows that float mysteriously above my head!"
  • CGI example: Characters in BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn have their eyebrows sitting on top of their helmets, rather than being attached to their faces.
  • Some characters (usually non-human) in Dora the Explorer.
  • Ed from Ed, Edd n Eddy.
    • Sometimes he also has a disembodied eye, though thats probably just a style thing.
      • Actually, if something large enough smacks him, it appears whatever eye was hanging off his head falls seperately of him.
  • Cyborg from the Teen Titans cartoon was often shown with an unattached eyebrow on the robotic side of his face.
  • Done subtly with Jenner in The Secret of NIMH: his eyebrows are never fully detached, but no part of them consistently stays on his face either.
  • The Snorks.
  • Most of the characters from Phineas and Ferb have these.
  • Many of the characters in WordWorld.
  • One Danger Mouse episode had DM negotiating with an alien. The alien agreed to leave in peace in exchange for Penfold's eyebrows. Penfold refused, but DM simply reached down and grabbed the floating eyebrows to hand them over. Penfold was very cross afterward, but DM assured him he'd grow a new pair.
  • The main character of El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera has this happen to him from time to time. At one point he raised them so high that they fell off and floated to the ground.
  • In My Friend Rabbit, not only do the characters' eyebrows float, but Mouse's whiskers float as well.
  • Used with several of the dinosaurs in Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs.
  • Seen with several of the animal characters on Will and Dewitt.
  • Al Alligator on the Playhouse Disney / Disney Junior short series Can You Teach My Alligator Manners?
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum. All of the characters. It's the most noticeable with Sigmund, whose eyebrows are pitch black and rather thick, while his complexion is pale and his hair is white.
  • Duckman sports a pair of these, along with eyes that are evidently attached to his glasses rather than his head.
  • Angel the bunny from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Well, his whiskers, but still…
  • A majority of the characters from Star vs. the Forces of Evil have these.
  • A number of Manny's tools have them on Handy Manny.
  • Several of the characters on Disney Junior's animated adaptation of Guess How Much I Love You exhibit disembodied whiskers, depending on what angle they're shown from.
  • Seen on some of the animals on Justin Time, a children's series on PBS Kids Sprout.
  • Seen on worms on the Disney Junior CGI animated series The Hive:
    • Most of the characters on that show have disembodied hands and feet, and it can be very distracting, once you realize These characters have no arms or legs attaching their hands and feet to their bodies! (NB: You can see this on the show's page photo of Buzzbee, the star character.)
  • The disembodied whiskers variant appears on TOTO (This One and That One) with all of the cat characters, including the title characters, This One and That One. They're all anthropomorphic cats. The series airs on an on-demand service in the United States called Kabillion Jr. and can also be watched officially and for free on YouTube.
  • Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies goes one step further— certain of the characters, most notably Karla, as a member of the main cast, appear to have a disembodied eye when shown in profile.
  • On Peg + Cat, Police Chief Toad has them.
  • In Leap FrogThe Letter Machine Rescue Team, many of the letters have these, so though sometimes the appearance of it depends on what angle they're shown at.
  • Wingnut in Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot.
  • Similar to the Inside Out example, on Kate & Mim-Mim, Tach's float well above his head, due to his large eyes themselves being placed right the top of his head.
  • Everyone on Kaeloo has these.
  • The characters of the Prime Video animated version of Pete the Cat have these, though they're generally only seen when the characters are actually using them for expression.
  • Fish possesses these on The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!.
  • In The Crumpets, the eyebrows of characters like Li'l One, Ditzy, and Cassandra sometimes float.
  • In Let's Go Luna!, all the characters' eyebrows float above their heads.
  • Futz!: The titular character has these.
  • On Rhyme Time Town, the train, Jaime, has these.
  • In The Loud House, Most of the characters' eyebrows can be seen through their hair.
  • Dukey the talking dog from Johnny Test has these.
  • The titular character of Courage the Cowardly Dog has these as well.
  • On Western Animation/Bluey, All the characters' eyebrows float over their head.
  • Some robots from Rusty Rivets has these.
  • All of the characters in Codename: Kids Next Door has these.
  • On both original show and reboot of The Powerpuff Girls, The Mayor of Townsville has these.

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