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Makeup has existed for a very long time, to hide imperfections, but also for ritual and religious purposes. In AncientEgypt, both high-class men and women would wear eyeliner and nail polish to protect themselves against curses (and flies, and the glare of the Sun). And in the court of Versailles everyone was in thick layers of make-up and perfume (mostly to hide the smell).

Nowadays, makeup is considered a mostly feminine thing to wear, and men only wear it for cultural reasons, as a fashion statement, or if they're on stage.
In fiction, makeup is either an indication of religious figures, [[MonsterClown insane psychopathic clowns]] or people with a screw loose, the more emo-tastic brand of [[TroubledButCute Bad Boys]], and generally mysterious dudes. It also acts as FetishFuel; just ask any fan of [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Jack Sparrow]].

So yeah, makeup on dudes in a context other than {{Crossdresser}}, CampGay or PaperThinDisguise. Leaves one prone to YourMakeupIsRunning.

See also ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow and RealMenWearPink.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Cedre from '' Manga/{{Toriko}}'' wears eyeshadow and seemingly a lot of eyeliner, specially under his eyes.
* A notable subversion is [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Gaara]]. It ''looks'' as though he has copious amounts of eye makeup (probably in keeping with his {{Goth}} style), but it [[NotWhatItLooksLike is actually]] a mark showing he's a Jinchuuriki, like Naruto's "whiskers". Which would make more sense, considering Gaara still has the rings, despite [[spoiler:having the Shukaku removed.]]
* Bookman in '' Manga/DGrayMan'' has two massive black facepaint circles around his eyes, leading his protege and future successor Lavi to call him a panda ([[BerserkButton which he]] ''[[BerserkButton hates]]''.)
* ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' gives us ''two''. Kurama may be wearing it since he performs onstage as an idol, but Tomoe? Perhaps guyliner is just standard issue to all bishounen demons...
* L from ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[SubvertedTrope looks like he has this, but doesn't]]. They're actually dark circles from lack of sleep.
* Judar of ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' wears thick kohl, probably as an indication that he's up to no good. Then again, the series is based on the ''Literature/ArabianNights''.
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', many males, especially the villains, have ''extremely'' long hair and/or lipstick.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Pariah in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' looks like he has used too much guyliner on his eyes, which in his origin story appears after he accidentally destroyed his parallel universe.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Draco Malfoy in ''FanFic/MyImmortal''. (AN: A lot fo kewl boiz wer it ok!).
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[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Jafar seems to be wearing eyeliner.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' makes a specific point to show guyliner being applied when donning the [[SuitUpOfDestiny Black Mamba]].
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[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* Pretty much every SilentMovie star ever. This was partially because of the demands of the format, but also because the shadowy-eyed gent was the male ideal at the time. In the 20s, plenty of young men would don guyliner in order to look like RudolphValentino or Creator/ConradVeidt.
* Xerxes in ''Film/ThreeHundred''.
* Captain Jack Sparrow in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. It's actually to reflect sunlight.
** Blackbeard and Jack's father also wear black kohl, but not as thickly as Jack.
* Robert Downey Jr. in ''Film/IronMan'', whenever it shows him in the suit talking with the AI. Because so much of the film is an extreme close-up on his face, the director wanted it to be well outlined.
* One of the Sheikh's men in ''Film/{{Taken}}'' wears this, and he puts up a [[VillainousValour surprisingly valiant fight]] against Bryan, even managing to wound him, before he gets taken out.
* [[BigBrotherBully Rodrick]] whenever he's playing with his band or partying in ''Film/DiaryOfAWimpyKid.'' He even asks his mom for some on a short-notice gig.
* Peter O'Toole sports it as [[Film/LawrenceOfArabia El-Auruns]]. What do you expect from a movie about an AmbiguouslyGay {{Badass}} in an Arabian setting?
* Jareth in ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''.
* Alex in ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' wears false eyelashes on one eye when with his [[FutureSlang droogs]].
* At the goth-style wedding in ''Film/TwentySevenDresses'', the groom is wearing eyeliner.
* Unintentional: Stage actor Laurence Olivier insisted on wearing the kind of heavy makeup that emphasizes the actor's features so they can be seen from the back of the theater, even when he was in a movie -- this looks odd in a close-up.
* Cinna in ''[[Film/TheHungerGames Catching Fire]]'', as in the book. Contrasted with the bizarre get-ups everyone else in the Capitol wears, he actually looks quite understated, but at the same time a little unusual, which was the intended effect.
* ChanningTatum's character Caine in ''JupiterAscending''.
* All movie incarnations of {{Batman}} use dark eyeshadow to extend the black mask (though at least once it leads to a blooper, as before the DramaticUnmask in ''BatmanReturns'' [[http://www.moviemistakes.com/picture851 the makeup disappears]]).
* [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier The film version of]] [[BuckyBarnes Winter Soldier]] replaces the DominoMask with black eye shadow (when they're not ScaryShinyGlasses).
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The {{mooks}} in ''[[TheLaundrySeries The Jennifer Morgue]]'' are forced to wear eyeliner by their boss, as it's a necessary component for his magical surveillance system. They are less than enthused, hiding it with SunglassesAtNight because, as one mook puts it, "Cosmetics don't go with ''Franchise/GIJoe''."
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Cinna, Katniss' personal stylist, always wears gold eyeliner.
* The world of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' features inversions of almost every gender role and has MasculineGirlFeminineBoy as the default, but that's ''almost''. Even at court, [[LongHairedPrettyBoy Jerin]] is not put in makeup other than penciled chalk under his nails. When makeup does come up in the story, it's worn by women - specifically whores, women who sometimes dress as men to attract other women. They wear lip paint to draw attention to their mouths and suggest that they know how to use them. Jerin ends up [[RecursiveCrossdressing disguised as a whore]], and his companion has to apply the makeup herself.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Sinbad}}'' presumably uses this for eye protection.
* Nestor Carbonell's character, Richard Alpert, on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' was given the name "Guyliner" before it was officially mentioned. This is actually a subversion, as Nestor Carbonell just naturally looks like he's wearing makeup at all times- WordOfGod states that no makeup was actually applied. This did not stop [[TheNicknamer Sawyer]] from giving him an eyeliner-related nickname.
** According to a special feature on the Season 5 DVD, they actually apply concealer to make his eyelashes ''lighter''.
* The comedy series ''{{Hyperdrive}}'' features a (male) character who likes to wear "mank-up", which includes such products as "guyshadow" and "guyliner".
* On ''That70sShow'', Jackie puts makeup on Kelso to give him the "androgynous DavidBowie look".
-->"Kelso. Your mascara's running."
* [[RobinHood The Guy of Gisbornes]]'s [[HurricaneOfPuns got guyliner]] in the BBC series.
* Samuel on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' - again, eyeliner.
* In the ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' episode "The Enemy Within", the evil Kirk is given eyeliner to make him look more EVIL!!! Later, he applies makeup to his face to hide scratches on his face that distinguish him from the good Kirk.
* The Hatter (Andrew Lee Potts) in ''Series/{{Alice|2009}}''.
* Creator/DavidTennant gamely put some on for a Catherine Tate Christmas special as a CampGay [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV56DJO6pH4 Ghost of Christmas Present]]. And the fangirls rejoiced.
* Eliot of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' uses this (and a rather fruity scarf) to blend in at a fashion show. Hardison, predictably, gives him a hard time about it.
* ''Series/TheAddamsFamily''. Gomez rocks it, though it isn't commented on in-series.
* ''GenerationKill'': Seriously, Captain Patterson either has the most luxurious eyelashes ever seen on a man, or he's wearing eyeliner. [[spoiler:It's probably not eyeliner. But WOW.]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'': Ankh, in his "possessing Hina's brother" form. He looks so Bishonen that his deep voice is really weird...
* [[TheSoup Joel Mchale]] would wear eyeliner whenever he was paroding Bruno from the Novela La Madrastra.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'' Khal Drogo wears makeup to darken the area around his eyes, similar to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kohl_(cosmetics) kohl]]. It's apparently acceptable for men in his culture, though no other Dothraki are seen wearing it. At any rate, questioning the masculinity of the undefeated leader of a BarbarianTribe would probably be unwise.
** [[HeroicBastard Gendry]] appears to be wearing it in the second series.
* The CrissAngel {{Expy}} in the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Criss Angel Is a Douchebag". This is commented on by the aging magicians, all wearing suits.
* Guyliner is very prevalent in Asian entertainment, especially KoreanSeries and KPop. Notable TV Live Action:
** Lead singer Joo Byung Hee of the ficticious band Eye Candy in ''Series/ShutUpFlowerBoyBand''. It's also {{lampshaded}} because the actor, Lee Min Ki, is also a singer.
** Min Tae Yeon in ''Series/VampireProsecutor'', who investigates homicides in Seoul.
* Floki in ''Series/{{Vikings}}''.
* Being an {{Expy}} of Jack Sparrow from ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', Hook rocks some guyliner.
* Teal'c, in the first several seasons of ''Series/StargateSG1''. This vanished around the same time as he let his hair grow out.
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[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', Judge Dead's real life style could be used for the EmoTeen page, guy liner is both mentionned in his novel description and seen in his weberies apperances. The latter also includes it on his old gaming avatar and his current InTheHood one.
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[[folder:Music]]
* VisualKei
* Musical comedian TimMinchin wears eyeliner to emphasize his face, because when he plays the piano he can't gesture with his hands and can show emotion only with his face.
* [[SystemOfADown System of a Down's]] guitarist, songwriter and occasional vocalist Daron Malakian regularly wears eyeliner when performing on stage and when posing for photos.
* Often featured on the members of {{emo}} bands such as Music/MyChemicalRomance, Music/{{AFI}}, Music/TheUsed, and Music/FallOutBoy (and their followers)...at least until they lost interest, which hasn't really stopped non-fans and fans alike from still strongly associating guyliner with them long after they've stopped using it heavily.
* GreenDay frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has had a similar aesthetic since the video for "Longview" off of ''Dookie'' and in subsequent works.
* MarilynManson wears guyliner.
* DavidBowie may be the only man who could rock the guyliner both in his [[http://s1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc367/martiansailor/?action=viewĄt=eyeliner.jpg 20s]] and his [[http://s1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc367/martiansailor/?action=viewĄt=eyeliner2.jpg 50s.]]
* Tuomas Holopainen of Music/{{Nightwish}}, leading to jokes that the ''real'' reason Tarja left was him stealing her makeup.
* Michael Stipe. Kind of invented this.
* [[MrFanservice Ville Valo]] of {{HIM}} as featured in the trope picture.
* Dero Goi, lead singer, drummer, and a keyboarder of the German goth metal group Oomph! often wears this. [[MrFanservice And he wears it very well]].
* Music/ThirtySecondsToMars, back in the days of their second album, A Beautiful Lie. Despite frontman Jared Leto being more commonly associated with it, the drummer (and his brother) Shannon actually wore it the most out of everyone.
* Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench. One of the best examples is the music video for the song "Good To You."
* Robert Smith, frontman of Music/TheCure.
* Gary Numan. In an interview, he mentioned an incident prior to a performance early in his career, where the makeup artist had applied so much foundation to cover up his problem skin that his eyes looked like the proverbial "pissholes in the snow". To rectify this, they added plenty of black eyeliner, and his trademark look was born.
* Baekhyun of Exo is famous for this.
* Music/{{Voltaire}} does this often. It works for him ''incredibly'' well.
* Music/LouReed on the cover of ''Music/{{Transformer}}''.
* Music/BrianEno when he was with Music/RoxyMusic.
* DannyElfman in his OingoBoingo days.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker wears eyeliner on a regular basis.
* Wrestling/JimmyJacobs, post Lacey's Angels, and especially after Lacey was injured and he became ''really'' {{emo| teen}}.
* Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels wheres guyliner for religious reasons. (Daniels used to think he was God)
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Cecil of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' seems to be wearing black lipstick. That said, a lot of Amano's male designs wear make-up.
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Firion]] appears to wear it quite thickly, given his middle-eastern style look. Particularly prevalent in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''.
* Vossler in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' seems to be wearing pretty heavy kohl. Of course, this makes sense since the man lives in a desert and dark around the eyes is a good way to prevent glare.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' allows this as a choice during character creation.
* In the ''[[RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha]]'' novel, the narration mentions that Raidou looks as if he's wearing eyeliner and lipstick, though it doesn't say that he actually ''is''.
* ''VideoGame/TheSims 2'' and ''3'' will allow you to put this on your male Sims if you wish.
* Wolf O'Donnell in the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' series.
* Demon Lord Ghirahim of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''.
* In ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'', Juliet actually calls the Punk Rock Zombie, Zed, this. "That makes Guyliner here like the most uncoolest guy ''ever!''"
* The improved graphics in later games have revealed that MagnificentBastard extraordinaire Matsunaga Hisahide from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' wears ominous (yet extremely stylish) cat-eye liner.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Creator/DougWalker wore a lot of eyeliner to do his ''Melvin, Brother of the Joker'' skit. Right after he filmed the the "Top 11 Dumbest Superman Movie moments" episode of WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic and he didn't take it completely out.
* Prince Jazan from {{Neopets}} wears guyliner, since he's from a FantasyCounterpartCulture to Egypt. Amusingly, one of the prizes given out for The Faeries' Ruin Plot is Jazan's Guyliner, a marking-type wearable for your Neopet.
* In ThaliasMusings, Thalia magically puts gold eyeliner on Apollo as a [[BelligerentSexualTension prank]]. [[AgentPeacock He decides he likes it]] and leaves it on.
* WebVideo/TheCineMasochist wears it on three occasions. Once as "Todd Haynes' in [[WebVideo/InfamousSphere Infamous Sphere's]] review of glam movie VelvetGoldmine, once for the whole duration of his review of Keoma, and finally as his performance as [[WalkingShirtlessScene "Random Naked Serbian Indian"]].
* In episode "A New Age of Aluminium" from ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'', Warren Danton and Mr Rochester both wear eye liner because the party (Thornfield Exports Visual Art Festival, a rebranding event) has circus for its theme. Mr Rochester is dressed up as a clown. Warren points out that ladies find Guyliners very attractive, though [[ObnoxiousSnarker he migh be snarking]]. Here is a [[http://youtu.be/wyHJrMe2Wus?t=1m34s link]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' [[EmoTeen Robbie]] is ''not'' wearing make-up in his band's poster, he's wearing [[InsistentTerminology "eye paint for men." ]]
* Jack Spicer of ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' and ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinChronicles'' wears some, as part of his [[PerkyGoth 'wannbe goth']] motif.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Male actors in theater do this all the time.
* Adam Lambert was known during ''Series/AmericanIdol'' just as much for his [[http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee136/suwarnaadi/adamLambert-emohair.jpg guyliner]] as his singing.
* Nestor Carbonell is often believed to be wearing eyeliner, but his eyelashes are just that dark.
* An Islamic convention called [[http://perfectmuslimhusband.blogspot.com/2010/07/sunnah-of-wearing-kohl.html "Sunnah"]] features men applying paint around the eyes (known as "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kohl_(cosmetics) kohl]]"). Since ''sunnah'' means "things the Prophet did habitually", it's probable that this originates with its use as eye protection, and it makes sense in much if not most of the Muslim world. This is why so many Arabic characters in movies appear to be wearing eye make up. Also has the added effect of making Muslim villains [[UnfortunateImplications look more sinister]].
* JohnnyDepp, and it looks ''awesome''.
* For a short while, Ma'a Nonu of the ''All Blacks rugby team'' wore mascara.
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