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 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 scar crossing through one of the eyebrows to emphasize the evil.
- Vicious from Cowboy Bebop definitely has these.
- Hiruma of Eyeshield 21 probably has these on purpose, given how genre savvy he is.
- Subverted as Sasako from Shirokuma Cafe 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.
- The Joker. Naturally.
- In Paul Murry's Mickey Mouse comics, you could always tell the bad guys by their eyebrows.
- Even if you knew nothing about Jack Nicholson before seeing The Shining, 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 Austin Powers series.
- The Gardener◊ from Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet has them.
- Lord Vetinari from the Discworld books is able to terrify people just by raising his eyebrow.
- Snape from Harry Potter is often described as arching his eyebrows, and is a former Death Eater and current Sadist Teacher. He's played in the films, naturally enough, by the master of evil-eyebrow-raising, Alan Rickman. After a lot of uncertainty about his true allegiance, he ends up being a Nominal Hero.
- Queen Etheldredda from Septimus Heap, to the point that she even uses them to express a face of permanent disapproval.
- Game of Thrones: Along with her constant smirking, Cersei also usually has one or both eyebrows raised. They don't match her hair colour, which by contrast makes them all the more sinister.
- Robbie Rotten from LazyTown has thick, arched eyebrows to emphasize that he is, in fact, the villain.
- Sylar from Heroes has very impressive and thick eyebrows that are more of the "low and menacing" variety. He is far from nice.
- Subverted with Mr. Spock. Though Dr. McCoy often lampshaded that his high eyebrows, pointed ears, and green-tinted complexion made him look satanic.
- Star Trek: Voyager. Homaged with Dr Chaotica, the Ming the Merciless expy in the holodeck program The Adventures of Captain Proton
- After Uncle Leo gets his eyebrows singed off in Seinfeld, Elaine draws some crude ones in place. They look so sinister that a doctor starts to interpret everything Leo says as being laced with anger and hostility.
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- Emperor Ming from Flash Gordon.
- From ‘’InSecurity’’ we have Gabby, Roy and Charlene’s baby daughter whose Big Ol' Eyebrows make her look creepy and evil . . . Particularly to Roy’s Cloudcuckoolander Genki Girl cousin Sedine.
- Buzz the gofer, as seen on the backglass for No Good Gofers.
- The Devil in Devil's Dare has evil brow ridges.
- Ox Baker had unusually thick, black pointed eyebrows.
- Sara Del Rey 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.
- Seymour Guado from Final Fantasy X.
- The Administrator from Team Fortress 2.
- Bowser from Super Mario Bros.
- Shimano of Yakuza1 has Big Ol' Eyebrows that form a nasty glare.
- Scar from The Lion King. He even has an evil scar over one of them.
- Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
- Jenner from The Secret Of Nimh has eyebrows that arch all the way out of his head.
- Jet of Avatar: The Last Airbender has some crazy eyebrows.◊
- Laird and Hildegard from The Princess and the Pea.
- Black Hat from Villainous has them, befitting his sinister personality and Humanoid Abomination status.
- Abraham Kane from Motorcity.
- Alan Rickman, as mentioned before.
- Actor Jack Nicholson is well known for his trademark Evil Eyebrows.
- Skandar Keynes has prominent, dark eyebrows, which make him look like he frowns a lot. It's combined with a Kubrick Stare when he smiles at the same time. Edmund Pevensie was especially described as a Perpetual Frowner, just because of this.
- Any picture of Leona Helmsley shows that she had Evil Eyebrows.
- The otherwise incredibly Moe David Archuleta has eyebrows like this.
- 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.