Real Men have Sideburns

90% of all betesticled anime characters look like girls. Many have six-pack abs yet act like complete pussies. Only one part of the body never lies: sideburns. In this dark age of androgyny and pedophilia, sideburns are the only reliable indicator of manliness. Thick, thin, long, short, neat, sloppy, straight, tapered—as long as you have sideburns, you are a man.

Rugged manly


Smooth manly

Suave manly

Gruff manly

Nabeshin manly

Progressively manlier from right to left

Award-winning manly

Speedo manly

Epic manly

The manliest sideburns in the universe

The only real-life Japanese man I’ve ever seen with sideburns just so happens to be their best baseball player. Coincidence? I think not.

But Baka-Raptor, what about beards?

Beards are manly, but sideburns are manlier. Just ask Peter the Great, who implemented a beard tax as part of his scheme to modernize Russia. Sideburns were exempt.

But Baka-Raptor, what about dinosaurs?

I present to you X. Drake, a badass dinosaur-pirate so manly I’m almost tempted to give One Piece a fourth chance.

But Baka-Raptor, what about lesbians?

Even lesbians recognize the vital contribution of sideburns to the human anatomy.

Of course, men don’t have to have sideburns. And of course, men could always end up looking like Watanuki.

Current Status: Just good enough to tap into my 108-post draft folder and finish off some of the quicker ones.

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  1. Scamp says:

    Needs more Watanuki-esque characters with no sideburns to make a completed argument

  2. I’ll admit it, you had me looking in the mirror after this post, thinking about what a nice pair of sideburns might do for me.

    • Baka-Raptor says:

      Here are but a few ways your life will change once you grow sideburns:

      – Women will adore you (though they may be too intimidated to approach you)
      – Men will respect you
      – Criminals and wild animals will avoid you, unless you’re hunting them, in which case they’d be honored to die by your hand
      – Withered plants will once again bloom as you walk past them
      – You’ll save on shaving cream

  3. digital boy says:

    I will now be putting every single sideburned anime character I see to the manliness test and consulting you with all outliers.

  4. digital boy says:


  5. Shinmaru says:

    Miles from FMA: Brotherhood has badass ‘burns as well. They’re more like deadly weapons than sideburns, actually.

  6. Omisyth says:

    Maes Hughes from FMA. Best character in the show. Has sideburns.

    I don’t need any more convincing than that.

  7. Hung says:

    As an Asian who would like to grow sideburns but can’t, I will say that I only wish I could be as manly. Too many bald spots though.

  8. nixx says:

    pfft, my dick has sideburns


    It’s hard to get it thicker and further down the jawline, but it certainly feels good to try.

  10. TJ says:

    True manliness is more about actions than appearances, although there seems to be correlation between manliness and sideburns.

    • Baka-Raptor says:

      That’s because sideburns do help you in battle. They’re scientifically proven to help with balance, camouflage, and impact absorption. A real man wouldn’t be vain enough to shave himself into a disadvantage.

  11. Kyoin says:

    I’m proud to say I have sideburns.

  12. mefloraine says:

    Some sideburns are just weird…actually, many sideburns are pretty weird. Especially in anime.

    However, since you used Isaac in this post, I will totally endorse it.

  13. digital boy says:


    Tokiha Takumi and Tate Yuuichi, BOTH of the most major male characters in Mai-HiME are the most worthless, bitchy, pussy-ass characters in the show, routinely dominated by the performances of the kick-ass babes. Takumi in particular is known for being the bitch in his relationship with Akira and Yuuichi is just a bitch all-around.


    • digital boy says:

      In addition, I can’t believe you did a post about manly guys with sideburns and didn’t include Lupin, the most famous pair of sideburns in anime history.

    • Baka-Raptor says:

      First of all, Takumi doesn’t have sideburns. The hair drooping in front of his ears clearly originates around eyebrow level.

      Now, Yuuichi, he definitely has sideburns. Very nice sideburns I must add. And yes, the girls are the stars of the show. But Yuuichi acts as a source of stability to Mai and Shiho while they turn emo. That’s a manly role. I never disliked Yuuichi. Whenever I get around to rewatching Mai Hime, I’ll take closer look at him to make sure he’s legit.

      • digital boy says:

        When I was rewatching the show about a year ago I couldn’t stand Yuuichi… he’s totally useless and whines a lot. But I didn’t finish that rewatch either…

  14. OBALLER says:

    this was a post that needed to be made. because all male characters without sideburns are usually vaginas. and look like women. side-burns are a great addition to any man.

    also… you should give one piece another chance.. i think its a really good show… well.. it also depends what arc you are on but i feel like the further you get the better the arcs get

    • Baka-Raptor says:

      I’ll be shocked if I don’t give One Piece another chance at some point. My best friend from college loves One Piece, and we usually share the same taste in anime. There are parts of the show I really like. It’s the parts where they clown around and do all kinds of stupid shit that keep me from taking the show seriously.

  15. keikakudoori says:

    “Progressively manlier from right to left”
    The show even lines them up for us. It’s like an evolution chart with Golgo 13 at the very far end of the line.

  16. Kairu says:

    LOL sideburns post, Baka-raptor? wwwwww

    Yes. Sideburns are manly. But sometimes they tend to be TOO manly for me that it turns out to be TOO gay.

    Also, beards are more manly. I wouldn’t mind having a beard when I grow up.

  17. Laguna Loire says:

    If you used sideburns your eyes would be too much of intimidated of you to get strained.

    Although not an anime review, it is an ok flashback filler. ( because i remember reading something about this topic elsewhere in your site )

    • Baka-Raptor says:

      This is what I call a foundational post. If there’s a topic I bring up fairly often, like mountain training or robots with feelings, I’ll write a post about it to explain my position. That way I can just link back to the post if anyone ever bitches about it. “Baka-Raptor, what’s so great about sideburns?” Read the post.

  18. Dez691 says:

    Holy shit, I just noticed I have sideburns. I guess that’s why I have been able to insult almost everybody I see and still get away with it…

  19. Glo says:

    By this standard, shouldn’t Inuyasha be the manliest off all? you could braid his fuckin sideburns!

    This was a great post, because I have sideburns. Had I not had sideburns, I probably would’ve cried from this posts (after all, I’d be a huge pussy). Time to go eat a raw steak and drink a large, dark beer.

  20. Koji Oe says:

    I guess I need to stop shaving my sideburns.

  21. Hellomotto says:

    Excuse me, but Sam from Terra e… had sideburns, and I regard him as a retarded douche bag who–wait, never mind, he fits the criteria of a true man.

  22. Zantetsu says:

    You think X. Drake is something? Franky uses his as weapons.

  23. Shin says:

    I replaced my sideburns with a neckbeard, what does it say about me?

  24. Yi says:

    There, I have just made you so much manlier. Thank you.

  25. kluxorious says:

    You raised a valid point. I have never think of it this way before. Now I have a measuring stick. Thank you Baka-Raptor. You are a life saver

  26. lolikitsune says:

    Keep getting better, Baka-Raptor.

  27. Salsk says:

    So, the magical power of sideburns healed your eyes enough to write another post?

    brb growing sideburns

    • Baka-Raptor says:

      There’s no magic involved. Sideburns are an excellent repository for Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as zinc, copper, and omega-3 fatty acid. If your eyes are deficient, the nutrients slide over.

  28. My hypothesis is that growing a sideburns while training in the mountains results in a multiplicative effect to one’s manliness. Is this true? If so, I am in good hands.

  29. Blowfish says:

    I endorse Sideburn Endorsement Posts.
    As much as I love my Sideburns the Shaving them symmetrically part took a real learning curve. I cant remember how long I ran around with crappy sideburns after I ditched the Golgo-Style and went advanced.

  30. Alejo says:

    Yammy has sideburns

    Are you saying that his super sideburns cancel out the fact that he’s shit?

  31. sniffits says:

    Truer words have not been spoken. It’s a well known fact in character design that if you want to make any character seem more “manly” or “rugged” sideburns will do the trick. Maybe even a little stubble and a wider set jaw.

  32. Snark says:

    Cutey Honey also has badass manly sideburns.

    But then again, she was the manliest character in Re: Cutey Honey, so it’s pretty much par for the course.

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  34. ~xxx says:

    I remembered that there is a very famous actor in the Philippines, because of his sideburns and his OverAct action…… Harharhar!

  35. Chrisa says:

    I like sideburns because of my older man fetish. Pissy whiny teenage heroes never have sideburns because they can’t handle those manchops of glory!

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  37. jerry says:

    My barber cut off my sideburns before I could even realise what’s happening – now I feel like I’ve only got 1 of my balls left. Today I have been robbed of my manhood. This must be the worst day of my life untill now Q.Q

  38. Jim the Bearded One says:

    I call Bullshit on side burns being more manly than beards, for any man can grow side burns but it takes a true manly man to grow a beard. I’ve had side burns, I do admit that sideburns complement your manliness but only a beard states “I am MAN Fear my Manliness!!!” As an experiment I decided to shave my beard completely off after having it for two years. The results: My chin felt cold and naked as though I needed a sweater for my head to warm my face and to hide the shame of wronging my beard. Have you ever noticed that whenever sideburns connect to your beard it’s still referred to as just a beard? I rest my case… next topic where did all the mustaches go!!!

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  40. Sakurai_Hideru says:

    0.o I’m asian, and I have long sideburns. In fact, my friend was so jealous that he wanted to cut my sideburns off and take them for himself…

    Oh, and I recognize the speedo man. He’s that teach from Toradora right? Lol X)

  41. Golgo13 says:


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