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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. Lugosi had a broad chin bordering on being lantern jaw with slight but noticeable jowls, and Schreck's chin was round and somewhat underdeveloped, though it appeared slightly more pointed than it was in some shots due to being accented by his sharply angled Villainous Cheekbones.

This usually, but not always, only applies to male characters, as women in fiction are often thin-faced, good or evil. However, if a villainess' chin is exceptionally lean compared to the other women, she can still be listed here.

Contrast Lantern Jaw of Justice.


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    Literature 
  • 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).

    Live-Action TV 
  • LazyTown:
    • Robbie Rotten 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.
    • Sportacus 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.

    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 I 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.

    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.

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