"What's that, shopkeep? Out of eyeshadow you say? Not if you want to live."
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
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 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 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.
- Munchkin has a card called Evil Eyeshadow. It gives +1 bonus, too.
Films — Animated
- Disney examples:
- Ludmilla from Bartok the Magnificent.
- Invoked with Megamind; he's not really evil, but he certainly tries hard; and he does not leave off the eyeliner. It's not the most excessive of eyemakeup, but it was emphasized more than usual (because of the deconstructive nature of that movie): he was deliberately shown putting it on when he's getting into his outfit.
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.
Live Action TV
- Angel when he becomes Angelus on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Also Wishverse Buffy. She's not evil, but definitely Darker and Edgier (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.
- Sherri Martel would usual use face paint but would sometimes substitute eyeshadow.
- 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.
- 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.
- Actually worn by the heroine of Velvet Assassin, and she's not evil... sort of. Does violently stabbing Nazis to death count as evil?
- 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.