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The Eyebrow Waggle is a gesture in which a character quickly raises and lowers their eyebrows a few times, used as a way to self-lampshade what they have just said or done. This generally shows up after a lecherous comment or Double Entendre, after a wisecrack, or when the Fourth Wall is being leaned on or even broken (often accompanied by an Aside Glance and/or half-closed eyes to show slyness). The first use is something of a Dead Horse Trope, as the style of humor in which this shows up isn't seen much anymore, although it hasn't gone away completely.

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Not to be confused with Fascinating Eyebrow, which only uses one eyebrow and has a completely different intent. Also see Character Tics.


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    Comedy 
  • Jeff Dunham's character Achmed the Dead Terrorist does this sometimes when he's making a wisecrack, especially during the Spark of Insanity special. Walter could do this, since his eyebrows are also articulated, but it would clash with his sarcastic style of humor.

    Fan Works 
  • A Diplomatic Visit: In the sixth chapter of the fourth story, The Diplomat's Life, Pinkie waggles her eyebrows during a discussion of when they can expect Queen Scolopidia to lay her first eggs, saying that she thinks Octavia (one of Scolopidia's wives) is looking forward to being a mommy.

    Films — Animation 
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    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Animal House, Bluto climbs up a ladder to spy on sorority girls, then turns to the camera and waggles his eyebrows.
  • This was Groucho Marx's signature way to lampshade his Double Entendres.
  • Chevy Chase's Emmitt Fitzhume in Spies Like Us does this after telling his colleague that he has an "intimate" lunch meeting with the (female) supervisor.
  • The Dark Knight features a malicious instance. Near the end of the interrogation room sequence, the Joker does a brief one after he tells Batman "[...] you'll have to play my little game if you want to save one of them.", as if to highlight how he knows he's got Batman right where he wants him.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The White Queen: When George of Clarence inquires as to what his younger brother's intentions are for Anne Neville, Richard of Gloucester answers, "Well, what do you think they are?" and performs this gesture as a silent "I dare you to figure me out, because I know you've never really tried to understand me."
  • World's Dumbest...: Dustin Diamond does this for the camera during the Hilarious Outtakes of an early episode.

    Video Games 
  • Dr. Wily does this in all of the classic Mega Man games before you go to his castle stage.
  • Ganryu in Tekken has a victory pose where he does this at the camera. He's noted by Lili for his Big Ol' Eyebrows.
  • Crash Bandicoot does this before jumping on the warthog in the game of the same name. Many have noted how it makes him look like he's about to do...something else.
  • Piston Honda in the NES version of Punch-Out!! does this often - it's one of his punching tells. The Wii game changes it to him waggling one eyebrow at a time.
  • Jean in Breath Of Fire 2 does this, directly at the player, accompanied by a smug smile, whenever he attacks.

    Web Comics 
  • In Homestuck, Karkat has a "mental breakdown" after "Troll/Human sloppy makeouts" are mentioned one time too many. In this state, he sees Rose and Kanaya waggling eyebrows at each other...
  • In Devil's Candy, Ace does this at Rowan to make a suggestive joke when Rowan says that their relationship is platonic.

    Web Original 
  • Done in a couple of Vines:
    • Vincent Marcus does this in his Vine "If Frank Sinatra had Tinder" as he sings "Start sending me nudes..."
    • In one of Thomas Sanders' Vines:
      When you and your crush like a bunch of each other's photos on Instagram... [waggle]
      [cut to scene from Napoleon Dynamite of Pedro saying "I think things are getting pretty serious."]
  • Bennett the Sage, in his Suave character, does this during the review of Eiken on Anime Abandon after making a rather suggestive comment about one particular scene.
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    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons:
    • Milhouse manages to pull this off so well that Principal Skinner considers it a violation of school etiquette.
      Milhouse: Oh, Lisa! I've got an extra seat, and you've got an extra lunch. [chuckles] Catch my drift? [chuckles, waggles eyebrows]
      Principal Skinner: Milhouse! Lower those eyebrows! [Milhouse lowers one eyebrow] And the other one! [Milhouse does so]
    • In a later episode, when some fishermen explain that they use the (horrible-looking) fish they're captured to make an oil used for the wellkeeping of strippers' dancing poles, the fish smiles and waggles the eyebrows at Homer.
  • A stock move of Bugs Bunny and, later, Yakko Warner, usually accompanying an Aside Glance. Serves as a Shout-Out to Groucho Marx.
  • In the Adventure Time episode "Bad Little Boy," both the Ice King and Marcelline do this at various points. The Ice King's is meant to have a lecherous tone, but considering who it is and how it's done it's more funny than anything. Marcelline's is purely for humor as she's poking fun at the Ice King.
  • The opening animation for Hanna-Barbera's The Perils of Penelope Pitstop show the Card-Carrying Villain the Hooded Claw doing this when the announcer mentions him. It's likely done as a Fourth Wall vanity pose, but also qualifies as Lecherous, since Penelope has yet to suspect his true identity as Sylvester Sneekly, despite Sneekly being the one character who'd profit most from her demise.
  • Muttley does this to close out many episodes of Wacky Races and Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines.
  • In the Family Guy episode "Brian the Bachelor", after Chris takes his shirt off and begins dancing around, John Herbert appears in the window standing on a ladder. The view cuts to over his shoulder, and he turns to the viewer and does a slow waggle before turning back to ogle Chris.
  • Steven Universe: In the episode "Future Vision", Steven does this to coerce Garnet into going with him to Big Donut. He actually waggles his eyebrows three times, each in a different way.


 
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Milhouse, lower those eyebrows

Upon seeing Lisa deserted by her friends, Milhouse coyly invites her to sit with him. Skinner sees his teasing body language as misconduct.

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