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A normally peaceful or serene character wears a serious frown after getting quite a pummeling. Or maybe a fighter stops the common trash-talking chitchat.

If an enemy is unlucky, the camera will focus on the character's expression changing in a significant way, indicating they're about to go all out on them or die trying. If it's accompanying a physical transformation or costume change, it pretty much indicates the enemy is about to get owned.

Named after the very noticeable and atypical angry contorted face on an otherwise-normal character when this occurs.

See also American Kirby Is Hardcore.

Examples of Angry Eyebrows include:

Anime and Manga

  • Natsumi from Keroro Gunsou sometimes does the Angry Eyebrows.
  • Goku from Dragon Ball, especially in Dragonball Z.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - He even gets his face stuck in the "Angry" position because he'd been Obfuscating Stupidity and hadn't had the chance to glare at people for a while.
  • Luffy from One Piece plays this trope completely straight in his fight with Bellamy.
  • In the not very well known anime Shin-Hakkenden the main character, and for that matter all the jewel bearers, aren't noted so much for their facial expressions, but when one of their jewels away and you MIGHT survive.
  • In Flame of Recca when Recca fights the monk with the "Oni" artifact. "Hit me three times." After the third hit, mister placid buddha-face becomes mister I own your ass.
  • Kenshiro of Fist of the North Star has Big Ol' Eyebrows to begin with, but when he gets mad and glares, you know someone isn't walking away from the next fight.
    • Heaven help you if his Aloof Older Brother Raoh does it. He might just punch your head clean off, and that's being merciful.


  • A rare example in Toy Story 2, with Mr. Potato Head. When they encounter the other Woody's Roundup Toys,

 Mr. Potato Head: Prepare to meet... MR. ANGRY EYES! AAAAAH!

    • Subverted in that he actually puts on his spare shoes by mistake.

Live-Action TV

  • A rare live-action version is Sylar of Heroes. Whenever he's especially annoyed or pissed off, his eyebrows take on a life of their own. Of course, this is Zachary Quinto's eyebrows we're talking about.

Video Games

Web Animation

  • Strong Bad from Homestar Runner specifically added Angry Eyebrows to his dragon creation Trogdor to heighten his "majesty".

Web Comics

Western Animation

  • Western example: Aang in Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Samurai Jack was a master of Angry Eyebrows, but they weren't always angry. Sometimes, they were just resolved, and always, always shown in close up. In addition, the eyebrows were sometimes shown after his gi had been shredded once again, combining the eyebrows with a costume change. Followed by ass-kicking.
  • Often used in South Park to express anger given the limitations of the animation.
  • Parodied in The Fairly Odd Parents. Timmy's Dad is mad at DINKLEBERG as a kid and wants to glare. Crocker comes by and pushes his eyebrows down into an angry face for him.
  • Ben 10 Alien Force - Ben does this right before transforming into some alien form to own whoever poses a significant danger to his friends and comrades.
  • An episode of Blue's Clues had Blue wanting to express an emotion (anger). One of the clues was a pair of "angry" eyebrows, and since the clues now sing for some reason, it lead to the hilarious image of some cartoon eyebrows singing enthusiastically "I'm scrunched-up eyebrows~"
  • Angry Eyebrows serve as Mooks in an episode of The Cartoon adventures of Larryboy. Seroiusly.
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