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


* Vicious from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' definitely has these.
* Hiruma of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' probably has these on purpose, given how genre savvy he is.
* Subverted as Sasako from ''Manga/ShirokumaCafe'' is so sweet, that it starts to annoy her when people point out that that she still smiles even when she tries to be angry. So she decides to wear fake evil eyebrows to let people know when she's angry. It fails.

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

* Even if you knew nothing about Creator/JackNicholson 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.
* [[https://40.media.tumblr.com/f45aaed34a58ff678dffb818146d7003/tumblr_nak0r8Pc0o1sfx88eo1_500.jpg The Gardener]] from ''Film/AdeleHasntHadHerDinnerYet'' has them.

* 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.

* 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 ''Film/TheAdventuresOfCaptainProton''
* 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.

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

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

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* 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}}.

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* Seymour Guado from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''.
* The Administrator from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.

* 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}}''.

* 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.
* [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars 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.