The List: Top fictional barbers

Jim Fischer

This week'scover story is a collection of profiles of local barbers - a perfect read while you're waiting for your next trim and shave. It's no wonder we've got such sharp-looking dudes here in Columbus.

I'll go so far as to stack Columbus' hair-cutting community up against any, including this fascinating slate of fictional barbers.

Sweeney Todd

"The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" first appeared in Victorian penny dreadfuls, and got a musical theater treatment courtesy of Stephen Sondheim (currently playing at OSU - see our Arts Previews). There is speculation this is an actual historical figure, but I (and barbers everywhere) say it's just an urban legend.


Classic TV's take on the proprietor of a small-town barbershop was played by actor Howard McNear as a bit of a dim bulb. Floyd's notoriety also got a musical boost thanks to Kurt Cobain.


As a member of Katniss' prep team, Flavius helped the poor, dingy District 12 representative become suitably beautiful for the Quarter Quell. "Excellent! You almost look like a human being now!"


Cedric the Entertainer's character in the "Barbershop" movie franchise is not just a barber but also a "counselor, fashion expert, style coach, pimp… just a general all-around hustler." He's also the conscience of the community.

Truvy Jones

Portrayed by Dolly Parton in the film version of "Steel Magnolias," Truvy hears stories and shares gossip and, sometimes, a pearl of wisdom. What else would you expect from a beautician? The character mirrors in many ways the same archetype as Eddie in "Barbershop."

Brutus "the Barber" Beefcake

The '80s/'90s vintage professional wrestler is perhaps not truly fictitious, but I'm pretty sure he wasn't actually a barber. He did have a giant pair of scissors, though, and took to cutting off locks of his defeated opponents' hair.

Bill Dauterive

Hank's neighbor on "King of the Hill" may have been a failure at many things in his adult life, but not at barbering, a skill learned in his military days.

Edward Scissorhands

Johnny Depp makes his second appearance in this list (he also portrayed Sweeney Todd in the film version). And really, what else, was poor Edward going to do?

Bugs Bunny

Bugs takes on the role in a number of shorts, perhaps most notably in the operatic send-up "Rabbit of Seville." Elmer Fudd's baldness didn't stop the wascally wabbit from giving him a shave and a haircut.


The actual name of the clever and witty barber in the original "Barber of Seville," the opera later spoofed by Bugs and friends. Rossini's work remains a quintessential piece of Italianopera buffa.