Excessive Evil Eyeshadow


The Chick: You're wearing lipstick!
Dark Nella: I know, and eyeliner.
The Chick: Where are your glasses? *Gasp!* You're evil!
The Nostalgia Chick reviews.

Villains and evil characters tend to wear excessive, dark colored makeup on and around their eyes. The key word here is "excessive", as in "singlehandedly keeps a cosmetics company in the black" (no pun intended). There's a few ways for the character to apply the Evil Eyeshadow: there's always some on the eyelid accompanied with mascara to darken and lengthen the eye lashes, and the "excessive" extra can be applied as upper or lower eyeshadow... or both to go the extra villainous mile. The color isn't restricted to just black, but just about any color as long as it's sufficiently dark.

Considering villains tend to go overboard, this is usually also accompanied with lots of extra creepy makeup, and some pale foundation and a dark wig or hair dye to make the character really look like Cesare. Finishing this fearsome facial are Evil Eyebrows, either natural or (probably) plucked and stenciled on.

By now the villain has so much product on their face (and hair too, probably) that they will have a very real aversion to water...not because it's their Weaksauce Weakness, but because a good splash means Your Makeup Is Running. Heroes are advised to avoid making them cry or splashing them, as the resulting fury won't be pretty (Pun intended).

This is a favored feature of makeup in Daddy's Little Villain. Usually accessorized with Femme Fatalons. Compare Black Eyes of Evil. Compare/contrast with Ghostly Gape. See also Paint It Black and Evil Costume Switch.

Despite the Trix girls being the page pic, guys can wear Excessive Evil Eyeshadow, usually in the form of Guy Liner. They also tend to be a lot...quirkier...than other guy villains. It's also worth noting that this Sub-trope of Obviously Evil is so exclusively villainous that it's rare to see even Anti Heroes use Excessive Evil Eyeshadownote . If the character also wears a lot of makeup in addition to the excessive evil eyeshadow, expect him/her to be a Monster Clown. When the darkness is natural, rather than from cosmetics, it's Creepy Shadowed Undereyes.


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     Anime and Manga 
  • Yuda from Fist of the North Star.
  • Kodachi Kuno in Ranma ˝ wears a lot of eyeshadow, and while not being evil per se, she is certainly the one of suitors that is least likely to play fair or be rational (and in that series, that is saying something) and is certainly treated as one of the bad guys.
  • Orochimaru from Naruto.
  • Sesshomaru and Naraku from InuYasha, also indicating their nobility (as typical of Heian period Japan).
  • Drocell Caines from Black Butler (anime only).
  • In Bleach, Filler Villain Muramasa has large fields of purple eyeshadow in a fancy shape. He is fairly reserved, but definitely bold, mysterious, and unsettling. Although being the spirit of a zanpakuto weapon, it could just be part of his anatomy.
  • Zorin Blitz from Hellsing.
  • Given a rather sad spin in Rurouni Kenshin. Anji Yukyuzan uses ashes to his eyelids and make himself look scarier... and the first time he did it, he used ashes taken from the lifeless, burned body of one of his murdered adoptive children.
  • Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! eventually does this to Kinshirou Kusatsu.
  • Sailor Galaxia in Sailor Moon wears heavy purple eyeshadow.
  • Kill la Kill's Ragyo Kiryuuin is a very nasty piece of work and also the only character to wear prominent makeup. Later, when she is brainwashed and dons Junketsu, Ryuuko dons prominent red eyeshadow and, much like Ragyo in some shots, it makes her look very crazed.

    Card Games 
  • Munchkin has a card called Evil Eyeshadow. It gives +1 bonus, too.

    Comic Books 
  • Marvel Comics' villainess The Enchantress.
    • Emma Frost is a dual example. She's the trope played straight during her White Queen of the Hellfire Club days, but she subverts it now that she's one of the X-Men, but still wears the silver-white eyeshadow and lipstick.

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 

  • In Wyrd Sisters gives us our Trope Namer, although it's not an example: Magrat is a kind-hearted witch whose personal aesthetic is something of a Discworld hippie. But when she wants to look scary and "witchy," the cosmetics come out and take action...
    You're not a witch, are you? He said, fumbling awkwardly with his pike.
    Of course not. Do I look like one?
    The guard looked at her occult bangles, her lined cloak, her trembling hands and her face. The face was particularly worrying. Magrat had used a lot of powder to make her face pale and interesting. It combined with the lavishly applied mascara to give the guard the impression that he was looking at two flies that had crashed into a sugar bowl. He found his fingers wanted to make a sign to ward off the evil eyeshadow.
  • In Another Note, Beyond Birthday wears copious amounts of theatrical makeup, including heavy eyeshadow and eyeliner, so he can look more like his senpai, L.

    Live Action TV 

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Sherri Martel would wear typical wrestling warpaint, but sometimes substitute eyeshadow.
  • Cheerleader Melissa went through a heavy bright eye shadow phase, though it didn't stop when she turned.
  • Sara Del Rey apparently mistook "eye shadow" for "war paint". If you see her smearing it around, keep your distance. If you're unfortunate to be her scheduled opponent when she's shadowed up, brace yourself and keep an eye out for fowls.
  • A lot of eye shadow went into Tetsuya Naito's transformation of Takaaki Watanabe into "Lord Of Darkness" EVIL when the latter returned to New Japan Pro-Wrestling from a learning excursion.

    Video Games 

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Prince Jazan subverts this in the Neopets Ancient Egypt-themed "Lost Desert" plot. For most of the plot, he's played as a villain, with heavy guyliner. (That is, heavier than other characters.) Later on, he's revealed to have been controlled by the real Big Bad and makes a Heel–Face Turn. He never stops wearing the guyliner.
    • The Neopets Team was asked about this anomaly in their Editorial, with someone wondering whether it was the result of the curse or just Guyliner. Their response? "It's cursed guyliner!"
  • Dark Nella from The Nostalgia Chick reviews. It even gets lampshaded.
    The Chick: You're wearing lipstick!
    Dark Nella: I know, and eyeliner.
    The Chick: Where are your glasses? *Gasp!* You're evil!
  • Sara Waite of the Whateley Universe isn't a villain, but she has this as part of her "scary goth girl" character design. Lampshaded in her introduction; the narrative describes her as "wearing enough make-up to deflect low caliber projectiles at close range". It's not actually makeup, though — her face just looks that way.
  • Mocked in "Marik's Evil Council of Doom nº 2".

    Western Animation 
  • Pictured above, the Trix Girls from Winx Club.
  • Master Cyclonis from Storm Hawks wears a ton of eyeshadow and eyeliner. Then again, with the liner, it's hard to tell whether or not that's just the animation style...
  • Wuya in her human form from Xiaolin Showdown appears to have eyeliner, as does Jack Spicer.
  • Ember from Danny Phantom
  • The Joker has this in Filmation's version of Batman, which was produced in 1968.

Alternative Title(s): Evil Eyeshadow