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Excessive Evil Eyeshadow
"What's that, shopkeep? Out of eyeshadow you say? Not if you want to live."

The Chick: You're wearing lipstick!
Dark Nella: I know, and eyeliner.

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-tope of Obviously Evil is so exclusively villainous that it's rare to see even Anti Heroes use Excessive Evil Eyeshadow. 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.

Examples:

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     Anime and Manga 
  • Yuda from Fist of the North Star.
  • Kodachi Kuno in Ranma ½ 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.
  • 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.

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

    Comic Books 

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • In Wyrd Sisters:
    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.

    Live Action TV 
  • Angel when he becomes Angelus on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Also the Darker and Edgier Wishverse Buffy (it shows off her Dull Eyes of Unhappiness).
  • Mimi from The Drew Carey Show. As I recall, Drew considered her evil. So evil, she's the page picture for Uncanny Valley Makeup.
  • Robbie Rotten from LazyTown, a kids' show, wears an excess of eyeshadow.
  • Dr. Renfro/Madame X from Dark Angel.
  • Caroline from The Vampire Diaries gets this upon first becoming a vampire. Dropped after a few weeks when writers realized it was ridiculous, as Caroline isn't evil and nor is she trying to look different, and other vampires don't have this effect.
  • "Evil" Kirk in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Enemy Within".
    • Justified in that he wears makeup to conceal the scratches on his face that distinguish him from real Kirk.
    • Also Ensign Hoshi and T'Pol in the Mirror Universe episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, given their roles as more sensual, sexually manipulative characters. It also adds to the Original Series look though, once they board the USS Defiant, which has been brought to their universe from Kirk's time.
  • Along with a new black wardrobe in series 4 of Merlin, Morgana also gets dark green eyeshadow.
  • The Evil Queen Regina in Once Upon a Time.
  • Horrible Histories has a sketch in which Vikings use eye makeup to make themselves appear more intimidating. Ivan the Terrible also sports some extreme eyeshadow, and Dick Turpin wears eyeliner (even if it does heighten his sexiness more than the evilness the song is trying to emphasize).
  • In the Supernatural episode "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One" (S02, Ep21), this is a Subverted Trope where Lily with lots of eyeliner and dark eye shadow is made to appear to be the villain. However, it is another one of the Special Children who actually starts killing the others.

    Video Games 
  • This distinguishes the more evil of the two consorts in Overlord.
  • Morrigan of Dragon Age: Origins wears tons of purple eyeshadow around her gold eyes.
  • Tira in the Soul Series wears heavy make up.
  • Jaryn and Kerith, resident jerkasses in Dance Central 3, have these.
  • In Cinders, the Queen endings make blatant use of this trope. Of the varying Queen endings, the Evil Queen has the most eyeshadow, the Machiavellic Queen has slightly less, the Fair Queen has a normal amount, and the Good Queen is wearing no eyeshadow at all.
  • In Disney Princess Enchanted Journey, Zara has excessive teal eyeshadow.

    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 nş 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.


Drugged LipstickCosmetics TropesGuyliner
Evil Wears BlackVillainous Fashion SenseFashion-Victim Villain
Evil Wears BlackEvil TropesExotic Entree
Evil Wears BlackObviously EvilFangs Are Evil
Winx ClubImageSource/Western AnimationW.I.T.C.H.
Evil EyebrowsEye TropesExhausted Eye Bags

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