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->''"Hey it's that one Peter jerk again. And this time, he's accompanied by another Peter, Creator/PetePostlethwaite and his killer cheekbones."''
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''' - [[Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark The Lost World:]] [[http://channelawesome.com/nostalgia-critic-the-lost-world-jurassic-park/ Jurassic Park]]

Look around the room you're in. Notice anyone with particularly prominent, exaggerated, or high cheekbones? Yes? Chances are, he or she is the one out to get you.

Villains seem to have a tendency toward quite noticeable cheekbones. It's far more common in animated works, as facial features are often exaggerated. This trope is quite often seen on TheBaroness or the DragonLady. It's perhaps because sharper cheekbones lend a face a sharper, more angular look, which can convey intense emotion more easily sometimes, or (as with LeanAndMean) because of the unsettlingly skeletal, deathly appearance it can give you. It's also the opposite of the kind of smoother, softer face known as "baby-faced"--and since a baby-faced person looks like an innocent child, it follows that the prominent bone structure will look like the opposite of this.

Compare LeanAndMean and EvilIsSexy, if you so desire. SisterTrope to SinisterSchnoz and ThinChinOfSin. Contrast with the LanternJawOfJustice, for the good guys.



[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* Kycilia Zabi and M'quve in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. Kycilia's especially, since her cheekbones are so sharp and more pronounced.
* Sebastian Michealis in ''Manga/BlackButler''.
* Prandine/Fallow in ''Anime/DeltoraQuest''.
* All of [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/The_Big_Five The Big Five]] in the ''Anime/YuGiOh'' anime save Otaki\Crump, who is more chubby-cheeked. Extra points go to Daimon\Leichter, whose cheekbones could probably score sheet metal.
* Yoshikage Kira from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable'' sports a prominent set [[spoiler: and is an unrepentant serial killer with a bizarre hand fetish. He also has them after switching faces with Kosaku Kawajiri, probably due to sheer coincidence.]] As fans have noticed, he also has resemblance to the late Creator/DavidBowie with his swept back blonde hair, strong jaw, prominent cheek bones.
* [[Anime/DragonBallZ Dr. Gero of the Android Saga]] has just huge cheekbones that not even his big bushy mustache can cover.
** Recoome and Dabura have a set but is overshadowed by their lantern jaws.
** Mr. Satan is an inversion as while he's a greedy coward and an arrogant showboat he's still the strongest non-ki-using-human who genuinely cares about helping people and can see the best even in the worst of people (such as [[spoiler: Majin Buu]]).
* [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} Myotismon]] has some sinister cheekbones when looking up close, Although his VideoGame/DigimonWorld [[DarkIsNotEvil counterpart]] subverts this.

[[folder: Films -- Animated]]
* Very common for Disney villains, many of whom also have the LeanAndMean trope going. These include:
** Yzma from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''.
** Cruella de Vil of ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians''.
** Frollo from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.
** Jafar from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''
** Chernabog from ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''.
** Chef Skinner and Anton Ego from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''. Ego is a subversion though, as he's less a villain than a jaded CausticCritic, and when something actually is good he steps up as a friend of it. And he has a truly heartwarming flashback.
** Maleficent in ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''
** Ursula from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''--she may have a rotund face, but her cheeks could jab out your eyeballs.
* Thrax from ''Film/OsmosisJones'' has dangerously pointy cheekbones. Then again, being a virus, he doesn't really have cheekbones so much as a capsid.
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'' and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''. Perhaps the most so in ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood Under the Red Hood]]''.

[[folder: Films -- Live-Action]]
* Jareth from ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''. Inevitable when you're played by David Bowie, and it's appropriate that the villain in a child's fantasy would have such a classically evil-looking trait.
* [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Jackson]] [[Creator/CillianMurphy Rippner]] in ''Film/RedEye'' has cheekbones made more prominent by shadows and lighting effects.
* Creator/CillianMurphy and his cheekbones also make an excellent Scarecrow in ''Film/BatmanBegins''.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** The unpredictable, barely-trustworthy Captain Jack Sparrow has high cheekbones despite being an AntiHero, not a full villain.
** Played straight with Creator/BillNighy as Davy Jones. What's he even need a sword for with those things?
* Grand Moff Tarkin of ''Film/ANewHope'' [[EstablishingCharacterMoment first appears]] in a position of authority over ''Darth Vader'', so his villainous credentials would be pretty clear already, but he's still got this trope going in spades. [[MeanCharacterNiceActor Happily averted with]] Creator/PeterCushing himself.
** Played straight all the other times Cushing played the villain, but averted with many of his roles in the Hammer Horror series; he would often play the hero, opposite Creator/ChristopherLee's villain.
* {{Discussed}} in ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}'', where Elijah notes the fact that comic-book villains tend to have [[ThinChinOfSin sharp and pointy feature]], whereas [[LanternJawOfJustice heroes are lantern-jawed]].
* The Red Skull from ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', especially after he loses his LatexPerfection. [[CaptainObvious He looks like a skull]] so it's not all that surprising that he lacks much flesh to smooth them.
* ''Film/HarryPotter:''
** [[AlphaBitch Pansy Parkinson]] sports them in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallowsPart2,'' courtesy of her lovely actress Creator/ScarlettByrne.
** Bellatrix Lestrange, Voldemort's number two, who is played by PerkyGoth Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter. It is mentioned in the books that she has the look of someone who used to be very beautiful before she got too emaciated, so sharp cheekbones can be expected.
* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', the villain is played by Creator/BenedictCumberbatch.
* In Sam Raimi's first ''Film/SpiderMan'' film, the Green Goblin is played by Willem Dafoe, who is able to pull off some truly disturbing leers in no small part because of this trope.
* Joseph Goebbels in ''Film/{{Downfall}}''. He's one of Hitler's closest associates - need we say more?
* Loki in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. Creator/TomHiddleston's already prominent cheekbones are further emphasized with makeup, leading his face to go from "friendly and lanky" to "skull-like".
* The T-1000 in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' makes good use of Robert Patrick's cheekbones to make him look sinister.
* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', both Sebastian Shaw and Erik Lehnsherr have defined and hard facial features compared to Charles Xavier's soft baby face.
* Angelina Jolie as the title character in ''Film/{{Maleficent}}''. [[spoiler:Subverted in that she's not ''really'' a villain for the most part, just [[WomanScorned really pissed off]].]]
* Creator/CateBlanchett and her epic cheekbones as the villainesses in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'', ''Film/{{Hanna}}'', ''[[{{Film/Cinderella2015}} Cinderella]]'' and ''Film/ThorRagnarok''.
* The sinister Slugworth in ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' has visible cheekbones, emphasized by a [[GoodScarsEvilScars prominent scar on his cheek]] to boot -- though we eventually find out that [[spoiler:the guy we thought was Slugworth was actually an actor hired by Wonka]].

[[folder: Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** All illustrations of Lord Vetinari, the not quite benevolent ruler of Ankh-Morpork, portray him with very sharp features, including these.
** Some of the elves from ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'' made themselves appear to have high cheekbones.
* Crowley from ''Literature/GoodOmens''. But he's only ''technically'' evil, and given his position in the universe's moral spectrum, lacking a certain villainous appearance would be unbecoming. Not that it's stopped him being considered MrFanservice by many fans.
* Averted by [[Literature/TheRailwaySeries Duck the Great Western Engine]]. He has high cheekbones, but he's in no way shape or form evil.
* Averted in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''. Hoole has a gaunt face, and while he acts highly suspect in the first few books he's really [[spoiler: TheAtoner]]. The BigBad, who is of the same species as Hoole, has a noticeably rounder, softer face.

[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho:''
** Kate O'Mara as the Rani in old-school ''Who''.
** The Weeping Angels, from the new series, have faces that look like traditional angel statues when they're relaxed, but their features become sharper and more savage when they attack.
** Missy, aka [[spoiler: the Mistress]] from the 2014 series, as played by Michelle Gomez.
* Spike from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' (although he makes a HeelFaceTurn). Most of the characters that Creator/JamesMarsters plays are villainous, and his cheekbones are very, very sharp.
* Thomas from ''Series/DowntonAbbey''.
* [=NBC=]'s ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'':
** The title character is a cannibalistic SerialKiller played by Creator/MadsMikkelsen.
** Freddie Lounds, an amoral tabloid blogger, has some pretty severe cheekbones of her own.
* Any villainous character played by Creator/NoelFielding on ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'', such as the Hitcher, Old Gregg and the Spirit of Jazz.
* Master blackmailer and all-around JerkWithAHeartOfJerk Charles Augustus Magnussen in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' has a face you could cut yourself slapping. He's played by Creator/LarsMikkelsen, so it's not surprising as VillainousCheekbones seem to run in the family.
* While not a straightforward villain, Death in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' is played by Julian Richings, whose cheekbones really help sell the idea that this is [[TheGrimReaper THE Grim Reaper.]]

[[folder: Music]]
* Music/DavidBowie put his high cheekbones, which were further accentuated by his bony frame at the time (due to all the cocaine), to good use for the sinister stage persona of the [[NaziNobleman Thin White Duke]] in TheSeventies.

* The Devil in ''Pinball/DevilsDare'' has these.

[[folder:Role-Playing Games]]
* Zed Provhezor from ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG''.

* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil examples, often accomplished with the help of makeup or masks, include Fleur and some of the Nostalgic Old Birds in ''Theatre/{{Alegria}}'' and the Counselor and his equally wicked son in ''Theatre/{{KA}}''. However, in Cirque prominent cheekbones are not exclusively for the evil, but sometimes used for {{Tricksters}} (''Theatre/{{KOOZA}}'') or similarly mysterious-but-good characters (the Great Chamberlain in ''Theatre/NouvelleExperience'').
* Voldemort in ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'', via lots of makeup.
* Lady Macbeth in the 2010 television version of ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''.

* Franchise/{{LEGO}}:
** Lord Vladek, Karzon, and Dracus from ''[[Toys/KnightsKingdom2 Knights' Kingdom]]''.
** The Witch, Evil Knight from ''Toys/LEGOMinifigures''.
** The butler and zombie chef from ''Monster Fighters''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Klogg from ''VideoGame/TheNeverhood'', the BigBad who imprisoned the god-like ruler and creator of the game world.
* VideoGame/{{Diablo}}, [[http://www.diablo-movie.com/diablo-movie.jpg full stop]]
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock 2}}'': Sofia Lamb. Not cartoonishly exaggerated, but hers are by far the most prominent of the entire cast. All of Rapture hangs off those cheekbones.
* The G-Man from the ''Videogame/HalfLife'' series. He is an enigmatic man in a black suit who follows you around and watches you from obscure vantage points, making finding him a kind of dark EasterEgg hunt. From what the player can puzzle out from his sparse interactions with him, and from what other characters say, it is likely that he is neither human nor benevolent.
* Count Veger from ''[[VideoGame/JakAndDaxter Jak 3]]'' is very thin in general, so naturally he has very gaunt features.
* Cyrus, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'', has prominent cheekbones. They're one of his most noticeable features and emphasize his gaunt appearance.
* When the evil sorceress Mizrabel from VideoGame/CastleOfIllusion gets her beauty back, she has cheekbones like knife blades.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' has this as a facial option for most species, and gets a lot of mileage out of it in terms of [[TheEmpire Imperial]] [[LawfulEvil soldiers and politicians]]; this is of course a [[InternalHomage direct reference]] to Tarkin, above.
* Humanoid vampires in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' default to having high cheekbones when they're starving and their monstrous nature is especially clear, since it uses a pre-set face for them. This is especially clear with the Dark Brotherhood's Vicente Valtieri, who always looks that way.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/GrimTrigger'': Valamar, to the point that he looks like a skeleton. [[AntiHero Proxy]] also has these to a lesser extent.
* Xaphrael from ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' has gaunt cheeks, [[GoodScarsEvilScars eye-scar]], spiky antennae-like hair, and a range of facial expressions that range from cold disdain to amused detachment. He hasn't actually been "revealed" as a villain yet, but c'mon... just [[ObviouslyEvil LOOK at him!]]
* Dex of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', has [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking huge cheekbones, sunken eyes and]] BigOlEyebrows. He hasn't been explicitly confirmed as a villain but even if he isn't he [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-04-08 seems to be being controlled by one.]]
* N. Buffalo and Vodka Gorbalski from ''Webcomic/EveryButtonHurtsTheOtherGuy'' are both part of world conquest syndicate the Evil Eye and both have conspicuous, jutting cheekbones.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Creator/NeilPatrickHarris as Dr. Horrible in ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog''. In the commentary, during a GlovedFistOfDoom closeup, Creator/JossWhedon even notes, "But then underneath this light I was like, 'Ooh, look at Neil's cheekbones...'"

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Megatron from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' seems to have this going on. They even manage to stand out in a series where the good guys are also robots so have very angular features.
* Norman Osborn in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''. Tombstone also has them, in keeping with his generally cadaverous face, and making the contrast with his [[GeniusBruiser extremely bulky body]] more pronounced.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** ComicBook/TheJoker, as in virtually all of his appearances. The fact that he manages to have visible cheekbones even when the flesh of his cheeks has been stretched into his trademark smile is quite impressive.
** Mr. Freeze as well, especially after the show's revamp.
* During his introduction, Jeremiah Surd of ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' had ridiculously exaggerated cheekbones that made him look almost goofy. During later appearances, he became gradually more realistic (and more menacing).
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Ozai has some impressive cheekbones. Both his children have high cheekbones, but they're the somewhat softer kind of classical prettiness, while Ozai's are much sharper.
** [[BoomerangBigot Amon]] in the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' wears a mask that has these carved into it. And [[TragicVillain Tarrlok]], [[DarkShepherd Unalaq]], [[EnlightenedAntagonist Zaheer]], [[BloodKnight Ming-Hua]], and [[PersonOfMassDestruction Ghazan]] ''all'' come by the trait naturally.
* Oroku Saki in ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003''.
* The Duke from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gawayn}}''
* Thrawn from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels''
* Perhaps unsurprisingly for a Disney villain, Colonel Staquait from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan'' could probably put someone's eye out with his cheekbones.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* TruthInTelevision according to [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19383_5-physical-details-that-reveal-highly-personal-information.html Cracked.]]
* Almost every notable villainous actor. Creator/ChristopherLee, Creator/BasilRathbone, Creator/PeterCushing, Creator/LeeVanCleef...