[[caption-width-right:250:Yep, these guys are baaaad.[[note]]top: [[Series/LazyTown Robbie Rotten]]; middle: [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar]]; bottom: [[Film/TheShining Jack Nicholson]][[/note]]]]

Nothing says "villain" more than a pair of dark, high-arching eyebrows!

It doesn't matter if a villain is smiling, laughing, crying, or frowning, Evil Eyebrows will remain at a permanently high arch on his or her forehead, giving the character a constant expression of menace or disdain.

Evil Eyebrows are usually darker and curve higher than any other character's eyebrows. The level of thickness varies - if the hero has thick eyebrows, the villain usually has razor thin ones to counter this. But if the hero has thin eyebrows, the villain's will usually be ''[[BigOlEyebrows thicker than the fuzziest of caterpillars]]''. Either way, they will still have the trademark "evil arch" that every bad guy seems to be born with.

Will sometimes have a [[GoodScarsEvilScars scar]] crossing through one of the eyebrows to emphasize the evil.

Usually related to UnusualEyebrows and BigOlEyebrows. Frequently paired with ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow.



[[folder: Anime ]]

* Vicious from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' definitely has these.
* Hiruma of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' probably has these on purpose, given how genre savvy he is.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. Naturally.
* In Paul Murry's ''MickeyMouse'' comics, you could always tell the bad guys by their eyebrows.


[[folder: Film ]]

* Even if you knew nothing about Jack Nicholson before seeing ''Film/TheShining'', you'd still be able to guess what's going to happen to him just by looking at his eyebrows alone.
* Dr Evil from the ''Film/AustinPowers'' series.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Lord Vetinari from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books is able to terrify people just by raising his eyebrow.
* Snape from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is often described as arching his eyebrows. He's played in the films, naturally enough, by the master of evil-eyebrow-raising, Creator/AlanRickman. Subverted in that Snape turns out to be a good guy.
** But he's still a [[JerkAss jerk]].
** [[spoiler:And a double agent, which puts him squarely into AntiHero position.]]
* Queen Etheldredda from ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', to the point that she even uses them to express a face of permanent disapproval.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Robbie Rotten from ''Series/LazyTown'' has thick, arched eyebrows to emphasize that he is, in fact, the villain.
* Sylar from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has very impressive and thick eyebrows that are more of the "low and menacing" variety. He is far from nice.
* Subverted with [[Franchise/StarTrek Mr. Spock]]. Though Dr. [=McCoy=] often [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] that his high eyebrows, pointed ears, and green-tinted complexion made him look satanic.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Homaged with Dr Chaotica, the Ming the Merciless expy in the holodeck program ''The Adventures of Captain Proton!''
* After Uncle Leo [[ItMakesSenseInContext gets his eyebrows singed off]] in ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Elaine draws some crude ones in place. They look so hostile that a doctor starts to interpret everything Leo says as being laced with anger and hostility.


[[folder: Newspaper and Web Comics ]]

* Emperor Ming from ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon''.


[[folder: Pinball ]]

* Buzz the gofer, as seen on the backglass for ''Pinball/NoGoodGofers''.
* The Devil in ''Pinball/DevilsDare'' has evil brow ridges.


[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* Wrestling/SaraDelRey is prone to painting on a second set of eye brows when she's in "Forget athletic competition, I just want to hurt someone." mode and yes, she does often pair this look with {{excessive evil eyeshadow}}.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Scar from ''Disney/TheLionKing''. He even has an [[GoodScarsEvilScars evil]] [[MeaningfulName scar]] over one of them.
** Frollo from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.
** Let's face it, every Disney villain fits this trope.
* Jenner from ''TheSecretOfNIMH'' has eyebrows that arch [[DisembodiedEyebrows all the way out of his head]].
* [[WellIntentionedExtremist Jet]] of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has some crazy [[http://piandao.org/screencaps/ep10/ep10-470.png eyebrows.]]
* Laird and Hildegard from ''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndThePea''.
* Abraham Kane from ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}''.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Seymour Guado from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Creator/AlanRickman, as mentioned before.
* Actor JackNicholson is well known for his trademark EvilEyebrows.
* Creator/SkandarKeynes has prominent, dark eyebrows, which make him look like he frowns a lot. It's combined with a KubrickStare when he smiles at the same time. [[Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Edmund Pevensie]] was especially described as a PerpetualFrowner, just because of this.
* Any picture of Leona Helmsley shows that she had EvilEyebrows.
* The otherwise incredibly {{Moe}} David Archuleta has eyebrows like this.
* [[NapoleonicWars Marshal Oudinot]] was noted for having unusually high eyebrows. Although he was not particularly evil, he did have a tendency to kill horses that did not obey quickly enough - his facial expression apparently remaining the same all the way.