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The Virtual Barber Shop is a series of ASMR videos by a channel by the name of Listening Point on YouTube, dedicated to ASMR haircuts. Each video usually follows a pattern: Manwell, the owner of the shop, greets the customer, the viewer, before introducing the person giving the haircut (save for a few cases where he'll give the hair cut himself). However, the majority of the videos also have the barber of the video interacting with Manwell (sometimes other people as well).

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Inspired by this video, the channel can be found here


This channel provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil: "Mister Jay" cuts the listener's hair in one video, doing so because he lost a bet with Bane. Interestingly, the one that visits isn't the Heath Ledger one (who is from the same universe as Bane), but rather, the Mark Hamill onenote .
  • As Himself: Nate, who voices Manwell, has also portrayed himself a few times.
  • Blatant Lies: Bane claims the viewer will pay good money for the hair cut he gives them in his first appearance. Which won't happen unless the user donates on Patreon.
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  • Captain Ersatz: Manwell is one to, well, Manuel from the original Virtual Barber Shop video. So far, no word on if Luigi from the same video has a counterpart in this series.
  • Character Development: Bane (yes, THAT Bane) goes from psychotic to rather friendly over the course of the 3 videos.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Er, not a comic book movie, but still. Averted in Bane's casenote , but played straight for the case of "Mister Jay" and "Holly".
  • Distaff Counterpart: Manwella, Manwell's sister.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Initially, the spelling of Manwell's name was spelled as "Manuel". It eventually settled on the current spelling, possibly because people assumed it was the same Manuel from the video that ins.
    • In canon, the reason Manwell's name is such is when asked to name Manwell, his father started to think of a name, and said "Man, well...", trying to think of a name, which the person recording his name on the birth certificate assumed was the name he was giving him.
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  • Even Evil Has Standards: Bane dislikes the style of men cutting hair short on the sides and leaving the hair on top long, calling it the 21st century equivalent of the mullet.
  • Exact Words: "Mister Jay" agreed to do a haircut, but since the wording of the bet only stated that he had to do a haircut, not cut all the listener's hair, so he only snips one strand of hair on the listener's head.
  • First-Name Basis: All the videos that refer to the barber of week by their name use this trope (. Heck, Manwell also falls under this trope.
  • Inn Between the Worlds: So far, three Batman villains, Ulfberth, GLaDOSnote , and Elmo have appeared and given at least 1 hair cut each. It's either this trope or Manwell is a Dimensional Traveler...or both.
  • Land Downunder: Cooper, who not only has the accent, but also has the image on his 2 videoes upside down.
  • Non-Specifically Foreign: It's never stated what country Manwell is from, only that he's not American. It's been hinted that he's European - while how his name is pronounced seems to indicate that he's Spanish, the unusual spelling of his name, combined with the fact that his accent sounds both French and Spanish (and he is only shown to be able to speak English), doesn't really give any clear indication.
  • Noodle Incident: The bet "Mister Jay" lost.
    • invokedApparently this incarnation of Bane had a mullet in 1992note , which he views as an Old Shame.
  • Shout-Out: Quite a few.
  • The Stoner: Mike.
  • The Tease: Clarise, in the flirty sense.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Bane says that, as a result of winning his bet with "Mister Jay", he had two choices: either "Mister Jay" would come into the Virtual Barber Shop and cut the listener's hair, or Bane would "get to ride Jay's Harley"note . Bane somewhat regrets not choosing the latter.


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