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Thin Chin of Sin

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The number one example.

"They escape the crocodiles, and immediately stumble across the path of this lady. You can tell she's a bad guy because she's pointy. Only bad guys are pointy."
Coded Lock Films in regards to Zira, Disney Direct DVDs: The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

A Sister Trope to Villainous Cheekbones and Sinister Schnoz. Like those two, this trope is about pointy facial features for villainous characters. While the Lantern Jaw of Justice is used to denote heroes, villains are more likely to have skinny, pointy chins. They may be short and skinny, or exaggeratedly long, extending past the face and maybe even curling upwards a little.

A pointy Beard of Evil can be used to similar effect. Bonus points if the two are combined.

This is mainly seen on Lean and Mean characters. It is usually seen on a Dastardly Whiplash, a Wicked Witch, or a Villainous Harlequin. It's also a frequent feature of Classical Movie Vampires and characters who Look Like Orlok, though neither Bela Lugosi's Dracula nor Max Schreck's Count Orlok possessed the feature themselves.note 

Villainous chins usually are limited to male characters and elderly female characters, because of the higher demand for female characters to be conventionally aesthetically pleasing, whether good or evil. Nonetheless, if a villainess's chin is exceptionally lean compared to the other women, she still fits the trope.

Contrast Lantern Jaw of Justice.


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    Comic Books 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter is described as having a pointy chin in the books. He's a cruel, classist bully and Voldemort supporter (until he gets a dose of reality in book six).
  • Opinion is divided as to whether Lord Vetinari in the Discworld classes as good or evil, or in some way transcends both. But both in writing and in pictorial descriptions, he is long, thin and angular, and has a prominent chin with goatee beard. note 

    Live-Action TV 
  • LazyTown:
    • Played straight with Robbie Rotten, who has an extended chin aided by prosthetics. While the chin isn't as pointy as other examples on this entry, it's made to look more realistic, but it is still very long and sharp. Robbie is the main villain in the show and he is focused on making the inhabitants of lazy town as gluttonous and lazy as possible.
    • Subverted with Sportacus; he has a really big and sharp chin, but he's a main good guy in the show and he is focused on making the inhabitants of Lazytown as healthy and active as possible.
  • The Master in Doctor Who certainly conformed to this trope; battling Tom Baker's Doctor, he was renowned for his long prominent chin, accentuated by a thin goatee beard.

    Video Games 
  • Gruntilda from Banjo-Kazooie has an exaggeratedly long chin, which is just one of the many ways in which she is a parody of the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • The Marvelous Chester in the Dark Souls DLC is a mysterious merchant in the Royal Wood who sports a Joker-like pointy chin and mad grin. As you descend in to the ruins of Oolacile, he will ambush you as a Dark Spirit and try to kill you.
  • Validar from Fire Emblem: Awakening has a pointy chin, as well as a long and pointier beard coming from the bottom.
  • The Super Mario Bros. character Waluigi has a long pointy chin that accentuates his Lean and Mean appearance.
  • Maligula of Psychonauts 2 has a very noticeable one to go with her Villainous Cheekbones. Notably, while she still this as Lucrecia Mux, she's almost always depicted at angles that make her chin look shorter and broader before her Face–Heel Turn.

    Web Original 
  • Invoked by I Hate Everything where his avatar is an angry man with a pointy chin. While not villainous, he is cynical, negative, and hates, well, almost everything.

    Western Animation