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16th Dec '12 2:29:34 PM Willbyr
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!'''Black eyes themselves are ''NotATrope'' and as such should not be listed on any page.''' If you find any links to BlackEyes, please delete them, or see if they fall under one of the actual tropes instead.

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12th Nov '12 8:55:06 PM Willbyr
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* DarkIsEvil: Characters are given dark colouring to indicate that they're bad guys in some way.

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* DarkIsEvil: Characters are given dark colouring to indicate that they're bad guys in some way.way.

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5th Nov '12 2:01:15 PM shimaspawn
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* BlackEyesOfEvil: All black eyes, iris, pupil, and sclera that indicate a character is evil.

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* BlackEyesOfEvil: All black eyes, iris, pupil, and sclera that indicate a character is evil.evil.
* DarkIsEvil: Characters are given dark colouring to indicate that they're bad guys in some way.
5th Nov '12 12:00:15 PM shimaspawn
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5th Nov '12 11:59:40 AM shimaspawn
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[[caption-width-right:242:Black ''and'' sleep-deprived.]]

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[[caption-width-right:242:Black ''and'' sleep-deprived.]]
5th Nov '12 11:58:15 AM shimaspawn
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5th Nov '12 11:56:23 AM shimaspawn
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'''Black eyes:'''
# Black being a negative color, these tend to show up on characters who are sinister, gritty, mysterious or not-entirely-honest. There is something unnerving about not being able to distinguish the pupil, as that makes them hard to read.
# Sometimes, the black means deep sadness instead of danger, the color of grieving.
# Black being an "empty" color, it may signify [[TheStoic lack of emotion]].
# Hirsute and poorly groomed characters, for some reason. They may just be lacking in [[IncrediblyLamePun eyegeine]].
# Or it could just be how the art style represents BrownEyes in order to reduce animation costs.

The Hero almost never has these, but anyone else in the FiveManBand can, and they're down-right common among villains and antiheroes.



This trope has nothing to do with AmusingInjuries.

If they're black and [[MonochromaticEyes monochromatic]], they're BlackEyesOfEvil. If they're nothing but just black dots, they're BlackBeadEyes.
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Izzy and Joe from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''. Joe is the worry-wart and Izzy is the TVGenius. Izzy also fits the part of this trope dealing with hiding things, since he's actually [[spoiler:adopted, and knows it, though he doesn't want his parents to know that he knows]].
* Quite a few characters from ''DragonballZ'' appear to have these, but you can tell (albeit by looking closely) that everyone but Piccolo has very (VERY) dark BrownEyes, with thin irises that make it hard to discern their color. Vegeta fits the "black eyes = gritty" personality, but most of the rest of the cast have these too and many of them are nice and cheerful.
* L from the ''Manga/DeathNote'' manga (they are grey in the anime) has muted, dull black eyes, which when paired with his dark shaggy hair and the shadows under his eyes, add to his mysterious and melancholy appearance. His supposedly tragic past and the fact that many aspects of him are shrouded in mystery make L a worthy owner of black eyes.
** Near also has the same eyes, but has white hair instead of black.
** Mello has solid black eyes in the manga, but they're blue in the anime.
* The Uchihas from ''{{Naruto}}''. Except [[RedEyesTakeWarning when they're not]].
** Rock Lee has them too, although they're more prominent due to Lee's eyes being almost perfect circles. Subverted due to him being being honest and at times noble to a fault.
** Kakashi's normal eye is black bordering on dark grey, and not very emphasised, but he also tends to be a "dark" character [[GenerationXerox (and was the "Sasuke" of his team)]].
* The first President of the Genshiken in ''{{Genshiken}}'' has these. He can come off as a bit creepy sometimes with how he is seemingly omniscient of what goes on around the College.
* Both [[TheHero Luffy]] and [[EvilCounterpart Blackbeard]] have them in ''Manga/OnePiece''. Oddly, Luffy has brown eyes during one of Boa Hancock's [[ImagineSpot fantasies]].
* Yukishiro Tomoe of ''RurouniKenshin'' is described as having black eyes (the animated adaptation of the story arc she appears in makes them dark brown bordering on [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]] in a few shots), and she is indeed mysterious and grieving, though she warms up eventually.
* Yuri in ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' has black eyes. The demon country he's now in charge of view this combination as a sign of his power and/or royalty. He's totally normal, and is nonplussed that what is fairly normal for him (since most people in Japan have naturally dark hair and eyes) is seen as such. He's cheerful, friendly, and not really mourning anything.
* [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Karasuma]] from ''SchoolRumble'' has these, but he's not evil, just really weird.
** Harima has them as well. He does have the gritty looks to him, but he's really a nice guy.
* Hei from ''DarkerThanBlack''. They even provided his CodeName (It's Chinese for "black"). He falls under a ''lot'' of the personality traits, too: [[{{Badass}} dangerous]], [[TheCowl mysterious]], [[SecretIdentity not very honest]], [[TheStoic hard to read]], and [[ShellShockedVeteran traumatized]] [[DeadLittleSister and grieving]]. It's also partially responsible for giving him a permanent DullEyesOfUnhappiness effect.
* Osaka from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''. Like Karasuma, though, she isn't evil, just [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} weird]] and [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant a bit creepy]].
* Colonel Roy Mustang from ''FullmetalAlchemist''. Check on "not-entirely-honest": he appears to be a HandsomeLech who wants to become Fuhrer so he can make all female soldiers wear [[MemeticMutation tiny miniskirts!]] [[ObfuscatingStupidity In reality,]] [[spoiler:the girls he "dates" are his spies and he wants to become Fuhrer so he can make the country a democracy]]. Otherwise, he doesn't fit the personality type too well.
** He changes to blue eyes sometimes in the manga, probably to help emphasis his expressions more.
* ''SoulEater'''s Crona has eyes that change from pale blue to black, although they're most often black. Chances are the black helps to represent [[AmbiguousGender his/her]] inner sadness... when he/she isn't being controlled and going crazy.
* Guu from ''JungleWaItsumoHaleNochiGuu'' has these in her standard CreepyChild / DeadpanSnarker mode.
* The anime version of Sailor Saturn/[[SailorMoon Hotaru]] has charcoal-black eyes, part of what makes her scary in her darker moods. Sailor Mars can also seem to have these, though they're really [[PurpleEyes purple]] in most shots.
* Quite a few ''WanderingSon'' characters have this, mostly the black haired ones.
* Casca from ''{{Berserk}}'' is described as having "dark eyes" by Guts, the first physical trait that he comments about her upon their [[spoiler:first IntimateHealing encounter]]. Her eyes are most likely just dark brown, or it could represent the conflicting emotions she has concerning [[TriangRelations Guts, Griffith, and herself]].
* [[spoiler:Leo]] from PandoraHearts has these. If anything, he's definitely a [[MessyHair messy-haired kid]] [[spoiler:with a lot of issues, most notably dead parents and, recently, a dead best friend.]] [[spoiler:The specks of gold Abyss lights reflected on these eyes make for [[WhatBeautifulEyes great effect]].]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* Ian Holme's eyes change from blue to black in ''FromHell'' at the moment when it becomes clear that he is Jack the Ripper. A truly chilling moment.
* Both Pinhead and the Female Cenobite have black eyes in the ''Film/{{Hellraiser}}'' movies, though, what with their mutilated features and black leather suits stitched to their skin, it's simply one drop in the NightmareFuel bucket. Both of them (along with the rest of the cenobites, some of whom don't have visible eyes) started off as humans, but the process that changed them also gave them their black irises.
* Jack Sparrow of ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' often appears to have these. It's actually said to be due to the fact that JohnnyDepp wore contact lenses which functioned as sunglasses to prevent his squinting in the tropical sun, but it goes with the fact the character is a SelfProclaimedLiar. It also creates a rather AmbiguouslyBrown effect, rather than him looking like a white guy with a great tan.
* Helena Bonham-Carter appears to have this effect too, especially in ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''.
* Sabretooth in the original ''Film/XMen1'' (the irises are also big enough for the sclera to be nearly invisible).
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Hagrid from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has small beady black eyes that are described as ''"glinting like black beetles"''. He is, of course, quite hairy.
** According to the very first description of [[Creator/JKRowling Jo Rowling's]] one true AntiHero, Severus Snape, his eyes "were black like Hagrid's, but they had none of Hagrid's warmth. They were cold and empty and made you think of dark tunnels."
** Though once you've read ''[[HarryPotter/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', you realize [[spoiler:Snape was revealed to have loved Harry's mother; his eyes were black for the second reason listed above.]]
* The book ''Seventh-Grade Weirdo'' had a bully who was initially said to have black eyes, but when the protagonist grew a pair and kicked his ass, he got a closer look and saw that they were actually dark brown.
* Vorbis, the villain of Terry Pratchett's ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Small Gods]]'', has black eyes,even [[MonochromaticEyes including the whites as well]].
* {{Dragaera}}'s Sethra Lavode, a ridiculously powerful vampire sorceress, has an all-black color scheme extending to her eyes. In Dragaera, black symbolizes magic, so it's possible Sethra changed he eye color for that reason. Or it may be because she's undead.
* From ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', Aramis's beautiful black eyes are often remarked on. He's the sneaky ruthless one among d'Artagnan's TrueCompanions.
* Vampires in the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' universe, most notably the Cullen family, have black eyes when they are thirsty for blood.
* Angels of the ''DeepgateCodex'' books have KaleidoscopeEyes, with each color signifying a different emotion, but Carnival's eyes are nearly always black. This is supposed to be indicative of murderous rage.
* In the original JamesBond novels, Blofeld has black eyes. Oh, those freaky black eyes...
* The Aiel ethnicity from ''TheWheelOfTime'' are said to have black eyes, and described as such disparagingly, to indicate they are soulless or wicked. In fact, most of them have hazel eyes.
** In fact, this phrase ('as mad as a black-eyed Aiel') is uttered by a character completely ignoring the subject. It even might be just a slip of pen and not a trope because the Aiel are called black-veiled much more often that black-eyed. Also, the eyes of the non-Aiel and non-Seanchan Randlanders are more often black, brown and hazel than not (with the notable exceptions of Elayne, Morgase and Gawyn).
* Eyrik van Erlik in Yulia Latynina's ''Inhuman''. He is an AntiHero SpacePirate WarriorPoet WellIntentionedExtremist; quite ruthless, but not all that evil by [[CrapsackWorld the setting's]] standards. Not [[spoiler:knowingly]] deceptive. He is somewhat bitter and sorrowful over the destruction of [[DoomedHometown his home settlement]], though.
* The Angel Islington in Neil Gaiman's ''{{Neverwhere}}'' has pure black irises. [[spoiler:He turns out to be the BigBad.]]
* In the first [[TortallUniverse Beka Cooper]] book, a lady's maid who turns out to be nothing of the sort has these - she was a mage helping in the murders of a case - is black-eyed. So is Rosto the Piper, the Scanran rusher who kills the Rogue and flirts with Beka. This falls under the 'exotic' type, as he also has white-blond hair.
* Esmeralda from ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is described in the book as having beautiful black eyes with long lashes. In [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame the Disney movie]] they were changed to green.
* [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/728104.html Harrandatha Estillo]], a CreepyChild of the royal family from a flashback in the ''XWingSeries'', has black eyes. He's RoyallyScrewedUp, a "thing from the deepest pit of the Sith."
* In the poem ''The Highwayman'', the titular character's lover, Bess, is described as "the landlord's black-eyed daughter". She is of the second type, and [[spoiler:kills herself, so her boyfriend won't come see her the night that the red coats waited for him to show up.]]
* Master John in Elizabeth Marie Pope's ''ThePerilousGard'', is described as having black eyes that are "watchful and extraordinarily cold".
* In Howard Pyle's version of ''The Story of King Arthur and His Knights'', Arthur meets the lady Nimue of the Fay and sees "that her eyes were perfectly black, and that they were as bright and glistening as though they were two jewels set in ivory."
* Oholibamah in MadeleineLEngle's ''ManyWaters'' has black eyes and pale skin, but they're positive: a sign of her exotic nature and her beauty.
* Johnny Cade from ''TheOutsiders'' is mentioned many times to have big, black eyes. He also happens to be abused by his parents, and is the quietest one of the gang. Sad and tragic is an understatement for this "little dark puppy that has been kicked too many times and is lost in a crowd of strangers".
* Cimorene from Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles is described as having black eyes, although she has none of the above characteristics.
* Joy from "Shanghai Girls" is described as having deep black eyes.
* Georgia Mason of the ''{{Newsflesh}}'' trilogy ''appears'' to have black eyes. They started out brown, but as a child she developed a medical condition that left her pupils permanently dilated. This causes her all kinds of headaches and vision problems.
* Many characters in RobinHobb's novels are described as black-eyed. Entire families share that trait, usually the main characters and their relatives. However, this is often described as a part of how good they look to other characters.
** FitzChivalry, and most of the Farseer line in the ''Farseer'' trilogy, except for [[spoiler:Chade Fallstar, his great-uncle, who has green ones.]]
** Althea, Wintrow, and the rest of the Vestrit family in the ''Liveship Traders'' books.
* Merrin Meredith in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' has deep black eyes and [[spoiler: becomes the major antagonist in ''Queste'' and ''Darke''.]]
* Ivy Carson, in Zilpha Keatley Snyder's ''The Changeling'', has eyes that are "dark grey, a kind of smoky black". She also has coal-black hair and dark skin, described as typical Carson family traits. Snyder based Ivy on a childhood friend, so this may be TruthInTelevision for her.
* In Wolf Hall Anne Boleyn is described as having black eyes like an abacus.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''{{Jekyll}}'', Dr. Jackman's eyes change from brown to black when he becomes Mr. Hyde.
* Black eyes are a racial trait of Betazoids in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series. In an inversion of the above description, they're perfectly decent people. However, they can read you like a book without showing the visual cues we non-telepaths are used to, which makes them plenty unnerving.
** Lon Suder, the reluctant but compelled psycho-killer in two episodes of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', fit the trope. (The eyes were because he was also a Betazoid--and, ironically, couldn't sense his own emotions.) Combined with his performance, the black eyes sort of gave the impression that you were looking into his soul.
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[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* ''{{Bionicle}}'''s Karzahni and Tren Krom are described having these. Though in the former's case, [[UnreliableIllustrator his book illustration disagrees]], and his eventual toy was given read eyes.
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[[folder:Music]]
* "Black Eyes" by Atlanta band Snowden
* "Black Eyes" is the English translation title of the Russian song "Очи чёрные" (Transliterated: "Ochi chyornye")
* "Ebony Eyes" is a popular song title. Different songs, with this same name, have been released by; StevieWonder, Bob Welch, The Everly Brothers, Rick James, John D. Loudermilk and The Stylistics.
* "Eyes of Obsidian" by Cage.
* Chaos Divine song "Obsidian Eyes".
* "Black Eyes" by British hardcore group Gallows.
* 2-D of the Music/{{Gorillaz}} has hyphema (blood-pooling) in both his eyes due to past trauma, making them appear black.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. Rinoa has these, and she is quite a nice girl.
* Present in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'': [[HeelFaceTurn Leon]] has these, fitting for a broody BlackKnight who's committed many atrocities. His sister Maria has them too...considering her [[ChaoticGood alignment]] vis-a-vis [[LawfulEvil her brother's]], likely they function as an indicator of grief and sadness as well as family relation.
* Subverted with [[PollyWantsAMicrophone Pecker]] in the ''JakAndDaxter'' series. While he's generally obnoxious (bordering on {{Jerkass}} sometimes) and cowardly, there's nothing sinister or mournful about him.
** Again subverted with [[BigGood Samos]], who fits the SternTeacher type if anything else.
* The characters of ''SonicTheHedgehog'' all used to have black pupils until the ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' games came out.
** Classic Sonic and Classic Tails have them for this reason in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''.
* Sasuke and Oichi from ''SengokuBasara'' have these. The former is a nice guy, but he's also cunning and a dangerous enemy, with enemies describing his eyes as "cold". Oichi on the other hand is a depressed, tragic woman and her eyes show it. Both have darkness as their element.
* ''Mass Effect'': whenever an asari uses the race's "mind meld" ability their eyes turn black. Can be either sexual, invasive or purely informational, but no overtones attach from the ability itself, only from the character using it and their intent.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Kat Donlan and her mother, Anja, from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' both have black eyes owing to their Romani descent. (Anja also has small eyes, giving her the appearance of EyesAlwaysShut.) They're easily the two most cheerful, pleasant characters in the entire comic.
** Jones, on the other hand, is black-eyed, of [[DarkSkinnedBlond indeterminate ethnicity]], and [[EmotionlessGirl a complete cypher]].
** Most characters in ''Gunnerkrigg Court'' have their eyes rendered as black whenever they're shown from more than a certain distance away, with the real eye color being revealed in closeups. Sometimes. (The exception being the ex-fairies, whose eyes are consistently grey.) Often they'll still be black at close range, but this doesn't necessarily mean anything; Gamma's eyes were revealed to be hazel when they went [[MindControlEyes flat-colored]] from sleep deprivation, but she's otherwise depicted with black eyes.
* Penny in ''[[http://redshine.comicgenesis.com/ Starcommand]]'' has black eyes, instead of inheriting her mother's blue eyes.
* All of the characters in ''{{Goblins}}'', though this is just from the art style.
* Likewise with ''[[http://www.allegedwhiskey.com/ Alleged Whiskey]]''.
* Gharsena, the BigBad of ''{{Garanos}}'', has these, and she's deliberately drawn with [[NonstandardCharacterDesign no light reflections in her eyes]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Typically, western animated cartoon characters have these as a rule. Has more to do with cutting animation costs than characterization.
* Most minor animated WaltDisney characters qualify.
* Bruce from ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' has black eyes, due to him being a [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks shark]].
* {{Batman}}/Bruce Wayne in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', being the ReasonableAuthorityFigure and BigGood for the team.
** The ChaoticEvil CreepyChild Klarion also has them. [[spoiler: [[GameFace most of ]][[HumanoidAbomination the time]]]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' version of Aqualad has black eyes instead of purple for some unexplained reason. Possibly to show how unnatural they are.
** In ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo'', FishPerson Gill Girl has black eyes as well. Presumably, it's an [[{{Atlantis}} Atlantean]] trait.
* Everyone in ''{{Recess}}'' are drawn with these, except for a select few with BlackBeadEyes (Gus) and SkintoneSclera (Miss Finster). In the pilot, T.J. was given GreenEyes (making him the only character on the show at the time with a shown eye color), until the characters were re-designed. According to WordOfGod, T.J. has blue eyes, while Spinelli and Gretchen have BrownEyes.
* An episode of BeavisAndButthead had the boys watching a Danzig music video. Beavis expresses a wish to have "black eyes like Danzig". (Referring to the band's dark eyed front man, Glenn Danzig) Butthead grants his wish, by slapping him silly!
* Saint Walker from GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries has them. Subverted in he's actually very nice, kind, hopeful, and insightful.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Suetonius tells us that Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar had "keen black eyes".
* The Armenian first name "Sevag" literally translates to "black eye".
* [[TheVirginQueen Queen Elizabeth I]] was often described as having black eyes, despite having pale skin and red hair.
** Those black eyes are one of the few physical traits Elizabeth inherited from her mother Anne Boleyn.
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This trope has nothing to do with AmusingInjuries.

If they're black and [[MonochromaticEyes monochromatic]], they're BlackEyesOfEvil. If they're nothing but just black dots, they're BlackBeadEyes.
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Izzy and Joe from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''. Joe is the worry-wart and Izzy is the TVGenius. Izzy also fits the part of this trope dealing with hiding things, since he's actually [[spoiler:adopted, and knows it, though he doesn't want his parents to know that he knows]].
* Quite a few characters from ''DragonballZ'' appear to have these, but you can tell (albeit by looking closely) that everyone but Piccolo has very (VERY) dark BrownEyes, with thin irises that make it hard to discern their color. Vegeta fits the "black
'''Black eyes = gritty" personality, but most themselves are ''NotATrope'' and as such should not be listed on any page.''' If you find any links to BlackEyes, please delete them, or see if they fall under one of the rest other tropes instead.

* BlackBeadEyes: A simplified drawing
of the cast have these too and many of them are nice and cheerful.
* L from the ''Manga/DeathNote'' manga (they are grey in the anime) has muted, dull
eyes as black eyes, which when paired dots.
* BlackEyesOfCrazy: Characters
with his dark shaggy hair and the shadows under his eyes, add to his mysterious and melancholy appearance. His supposedly tragic past and the fact that many aspects of him are shrouded in mystery make L a worthy owner of black eyes.
** Near also has the same eyes, but has white hair instead of black.
** Mello has solid black eyes in the manga, but they're blue in the anime.
* The Uchihas from ''{{Naruto}}''. Except [[RedEyesTakeWarning when they're not]].
** Rock Lee has them too, although they're more prominent due to Lee's eyes being almost perfect circles. Subverted due to him being being honest and at times noble to a fault.
** Kakashi's normal eye is black bordering on dark grey, and not very emphasised, but he also tends to be a "dark" character [[GenerationXerox (and was the "Sasuke" of his team)]].
* The first President of the Genshiken in ''{{Genshiken}}'' has these. He can come off as a bit creepy sometimes with how he is seemingly omniscient of what goes on around the College.
* Both [[TheHero Luffy]] and [[EvilCounterpart Blackbeard]] have them in ''Manga/OnePiece''. Oddly, Luffy has brown eyes during one of Boa Hancock's [[ImagineSpot fantasies]].
* Yukishiro Tomoe of ''RurouniKenshin'' is described as having black eyes (the animated adaptation of the story arc she appears in makes them dark brown bordering on [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]] in a few shots), and she is indeed mysterious and grieving, though she warms up eventually.
* Yuri in ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' has black eyes. The demon country he's now in charge of view this combination as a sign of his power and/or royalty. He's totally normal, and is nonplussed
sclera that what is fairly normal for him (since most people in Japan have naturally dark hair and eyes) is seen as such. He's cheerful, friendly, and not really mourning anything.
* [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Karasuma]] from ''SchoolRumble'' has these, but he's not evil, just really weird.
** Harima has them as well. He does have the gritty looks to him, but he's really a nice guy.
* Hei from ''DarkerThanBlack''. They even provided his CodeName (It's Chinese for "black"). He falls under a ''lot'' of the personality traits, too: [[{{Badass}} dangerous]], [[TheCowl mysterious]], [[SecretIdentity not very honest]], [[TheStoic hard to read]], and [[ShellShockedVeteran traumatized]] [[DeadLittleSister and grieving]]. It's also partially responsible for giving him a permanent DullEyesOfUnhappiness effect.
* Osaka from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''. Like Karasuma, though, she isn't evil, just [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} weird]] and [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant a bit creepy]].
* Colonel Roy Mustang from ''FullmetalAlchemist''. Check on "not-entirely-honest": he appears to be a HandsomeLech who wants to become Fuhrer so he can make all female soldiers wear [[MemeticMutation tiny miniskirts!]] [[ObfuscatingStupidity In reality,]] [[spoiler:the girls he "dates" are his spies and he wants to become Fuhrer so he can make the country a democracy]]. Otherwise, he doesn't fit the personality type too well.
** He changes to blue eyes sometimes in the manga, probably to help emphasis his expressions more.
* ''SoulEater'''s Crona has eyes
indicate that change from pale blue to black, although they're most often black. Chances are the black helps to represent [[AmbiguousGender his/her]] inner sadness... when he/she isn't being controlled and going crazy.
* Guu from ''JungleWaItsumoHaleNochiGuu'' has these in her standard CreepyChild / DeadpanSnarker mode.
* The anime version of Sailor Saturn/[[SailorMoon Hotaru]] has charcoal-black eyes, part of what makes her scary in her darker moods. Sailor Mars can also seem to have these, though they're really [[PurpleEyes purple]] in most shots.
* Quite a few ''WanderingSon'' characters have this, mostly the black haired ones.
* Casca from ''{{Berserk}}'' is described as having "dark eyes" by Guts, the first physical trait that he comments about her upon their [[spoiler:first IntimateHealing encounter]]. Her eyes are most likely just dark brown, or it could represent the conflicting emotions she has concerning [[TriangRelations Guts, Griffith, and herself]].
* [[spoiler:Leo]] from PandoraHearts has these. If anything, he's definitely a [[MessyHair messy-haired kid]] [[spoiler:with a lot of issues, most notably dead parents and, recently, a dead best friend.]] [[spoiler:The specks of gold Abyss lights reflected on these eyes make for [[WhatBeautifulEyes great effect]].]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* Ian Holme's eyes change from blue to black in ''FromHell'' at the moment when it becomes clear that he is Jack the Ripper. A truly chilling moment.
* Both Pinhead and the Female Cenobite have black eyes in the ''Film/{{Hellraiser}}'' movies, though, what with their mutilated features and black leather suits stitched to their skin, it's simply one drop in the NightmareFuel bucket. Both of them (along with the rest of the cenobites, some of whom don't have visible eyes) started off as humans, but the process that changed them also gave them their black irises.
* Jack Sparrow of ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' often appears to have these. It's actually said to be due to the fact that JohnnyDepp wore contact lenses which functioned as sunglasses to prevent his squinting in the tropical sun, but it goes with the fact
the character is a SelfProclaimedLiar. It also creates a rather AmbiguouslyBrown effect, rather than him looking like a white guy with a great tan.
crazy and/or dangerous.
* Helena Bonham-Carter appears to have this effect too, especially in ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''.
* Sabretooth in the original ''Film/XMen1'' (the irises are also big enough for the sclera to be nearly invisible).
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Hagrid from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has small beady black eyes that are described as ''"glinting like black beetles"''. He is, of course, quite hairy.
** According to the very first description of [[Creator/JKRowling Jo Rowling's]] one true AntiHero, Severus Snape, his eyes "were black like Hagrid's, but they had none of Hagrid's warmth. They were cold and empty and made you think of dark tunnels."
** Though once you've read ''[[HarryPotter/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', you realize [[spoiler:Snape was revealed to have loved Harry's mother; his eyes were black for the second reason listed above.]]
* The book ''Seventh-Grade Weirdo'' had a bully who was initially said to have
BlackEyesOfEvil: All black eyes, but when the protagonist grew a pair iris, pupil, and kicked his ass, he got a closer look and saw sclera that they were actually dark brown.
* Vorbis, the villain of Terry Pratchett's ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Small Gods]]'', has black eyes,even [[MonochromaticEyes including the whites as well]].
* {{Dragaera}}'s Sethra Lavode, a ridiculously powerful vampire sorceress, has an all-black color scheme extending to her eyes. In Dragaera, black symbolizes magic, so it's possible Sethra changed he eye color for that reason. Or it may be because she's undead.
* From ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', Aramis's beautiful black eyes are often remarked on. He's the sneaky ruthless one among d'Artagnan's TrueCompanions.
* Vampires in the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' universe, most notably the Cullen family, have black eyes when they are thirsty for blood.
* Angels of the ''DeepgateCodex'' books have KaleidoscopeEyes, with each color signifying a different emotion, but Carnival's eyes are nearly always black. This is supposed to be indicative of murderous rage.
* In the original JamesBond novels, Blofeld has black eyes. Oh, those freaky black eyes...
* The Aiel ethnicity from ''TheWheelOfTime'' are said to have black eyes, and described as such disparagingly, to
indicate they are soulless or wicked. In fact, most of them have hazel eyes.
** In fact, this phrase ('as mad as a black-eyed Aiel') is uttered by
a character completely ignoring the subject. It even might be just a slip of pen and not a trope because the Aiel are called black-veiled much more often that black-eyed. Also, the eyes of the non-Aiel and non-Seanchan Randlanders are more often black, brown and hazel than not (with the notable exceptions of Elayne, Morgase and Gawyn).
* Eyrik van Erlik in Yulia Latynina's ''Inhuman''. He
is an AntiHero SpacePirate WarriorPoet WellIntentionedExtremist; quite ruthless, but not all that evil by [[CrapsackWorld the setting's]] standards. Not [[spoiler:knowingly]] deceptive. He is somewhat bitter and sorrowful over the destruction of [[DoomedHometown his home settlement]], though.
* The Angel Islington in Neil Gaiman's ''{{Neverwhere}}'' has pure black irises. [[spoiler:He turns out to be the BigBad.]]
* In the first [[TortallUniverse Beka Cooper]] book, a lady's maid who turns out to be nothing of the sort has these - she was a mage helping in the murders of a case - is black-eyed. So is Rosto the Piper, the Scanran rusher who kills the Rogue and flirts with Beka. This falls under the 'exotic' type, as he also has white-blond hair.
* Esmeralda from ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is described in the book as having beautiful black eyes with long lashes. In [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame the Disney movie]] they were changed to green.
* [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/728104.html Harrandatha Estillo]], a CreepyChild of the royal family from a flashback in the ''XWingSeries'', has black eyes. He's RoyallyScrewedUp, a "thing from the deepest pit of the Sith."
* In the poem ''The Highwayman'', the titular character's lover, Bess, is described as "the landlord's black-eyed daughter". She is of the second type, and [[spoiler:kills herself, so her boyfriend won't come see her the night that the red coats waited for him to show up.]]
* Master John in Elizabeth Marie Pope's ''ThePerilousGard'', is described as having black eyes that are "watchful and extraordinarily cold".
* In Howard Pyle's version of ''The Story of King Arthur and His Knights'', Arthur meets the lady Nimue of the Fay and sees "that her eyes were perfectly black, and that they were as bright and glistening as though they were two jewels set in ivory."
* Oholibamah in MadeleineLEngle's ''ManyWaters'' has black eyes and pale skin, but they're positive: a sign of her exotic nature and her beauty.
* Johnny Cade from ''TheOutsiders'' is mentioned many times to have big, black eyes. He also happens to be abused by his parents, and is the quietest one of the gang. Sad and tragic is an understatement for this "little dark puppy that has been kicked too many times and is lost in a crowd of strangers".
* Cimorene from Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles is described as having black eyes, although she has none of the above characteristics.
* Joy from "Shanghai Girls" is described as having deep black eyes.
* Georgia Mason of the ''{{Newsflesh}}'' trilogy ''appears'' to have black eyes. They started out brown, but as a child she developed a medical condition that left her pupils permanently dilated. This causes her all kinds of headaches and vision problems.
* Many characters in RobinHobb's novels are described as black-eyed. Entire families share that trait, usually the main characters and their relatives. However, this is often described as a part of how good they look to other characters.
** FitzChivalry, and most of the Farseer line in the ''Farseer'' trilogy, except for [[spoiler:Chade Fallstar, his great-uncle, who has green ones.]]
** Althea, Wintrow, and the rest of the Vestrit family in the ''Liveship Traders'' books.
* Merrin Meredith in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' has deep black eyes and [[spoiler: becomes the major antagonist in ''Queste'' and ''Darke''.]]
* Ivy Carson, in Zilpha Keatley Snyder's ''The Changeling'', has eyes that are "dark grey, a kind of smoky black". She also has coal-black hair and dark skin, described as typical Carson family traits. Snyder based Ivy on a childhood friend, so this may be TruthInTelevision for her.
* In Wolf Hall Anne Boleyn is described as having black eyes like an abacus.
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* In ''{{Jekyll}}'', Dr. Jackman's eyes change from brown to black when he becomes Mr. Hyde.
* Black eyes are a racial trait of Betazoids in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series. In an inversion of the above description, they're perfectly decent people. However, they can read you like a book without showing the visual cues we non-telepaths are used to, which makes them plenty unnerving.
** Lon Suder, the reluctant but compelled psycho-killer in two episodes of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', fit the trope. (The eyes were because he was also a Betazoid--and, ironically, couldn't sense his own emotions.) Combined with his performance, the black eyes sort of gave the impression that you were looking into his soul.
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[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* ''{{Bionicle}}'''s Karzahni and Tren Krom are described having these. Though in the former's case, [[UnreliableIllustrator his book illustration disagrees]], and his eventual toy was given read eyes.
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[[folder:Music]]
* "Black Eyes" by Atlanta band Snowden
* "Black Eyes" is the English translation title of the Russian song "Очи чёрные" (Transliterated: "Ochi chyornye")
* "Ebony Eyes" is a popular song title. Different songs, with this same name, have been released by; StevieWonder, Bob Welch, The Everly Brothers, Rick James, John D. Loudermilk and The Stylistics.
* "Eyes of Obsidian" by Cage.
* Chaos Divine song "Obsidian Eyes".
* "Black Eyes" by British hardcore group Gallows.
* 2-D of the Music/{{Gorillaz}} has hyphema (blood-pooling) in both his eyes due to past trauma, making them appear black.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. Rinoa has these, and she is quite a nice girl.
* Present in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'': [[HeelFaceTurn Leon]] has these, fitting for a broody BlackKnight who's committed many atrocities. His sister Maria has them too...considering her [[ChaoticGood alignment]] vis-a-vis [[LawfulEvil her brother's]], likely they function as an indicator of grief and sadness as well as family relation.
* Subverted with [[PollyWantsAMicrophone Pecker]] in the ''JakAndDaxter'' series. While he's generally obnoxious (bordering on {{Jerkass}} sometimes) and cowardly, there's nothing sinister or mournful about him.
** Again subverted with [[BigGood Samos]], who fits the SternTeacher type if anything else.
* The characters of ''SonicTheHedgehog'' all used to have black pupils until the ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' games came out.
** Classic Sonic and Classic Tails have them for this reason in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''.
* Sasuke and Oichi from ''SengokuBasara'' have these. The former is a nice guy, but he's also cunning and a dangerous enemy, with enemies describing his eyes as "cold". Oichi on the other hand is a depressed, tragic woman and her eyes show it. Both have darkness as their element.
* ''Mass Effect'': whenever an asari uses the race's "mind meld" ability their eyes turn black. Can be either sexual, invasive or purely informational, but no overtones attach from the ability itself, only from the character using it and their intent.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Kat Donlan and her mother, Anja, from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' both have black eyes owing to their Romani descent. (Anja also has small eyes, giving her the appearance of EyesAlwaysShut.) They're easily the two most cheerful, pleasant characters in the entire comic.
** Jones, on the other hand, is black-eyed, of [[DarkSkinnedBlond indeterminate ethnicity]], and [[EmotionlessGirl a complete cypher]].
** Most characters in ''Gunnerkrigg Court'' have their eyes rendered as black whenever they're shown from more than a certain distance away, with the real eye color being revealed in closeups. Sometimes. (The exception being the ex-fairies, whose eyes are consistently grey.) Often they'll still be black at close range, but this doesn't necessarily mean anything; Gamma's eyes were revealed to be hazel when they went [[MindControlEyes flat-colored]] from sleep deprivation, but she's otherwise depicted with black eyes.
* Penny in ''[[http://redshine.comicgenesis.com/ Starcommand]]'' has black eyes, instead of inheriting her mother's blue eyes.
* All of the characters in ''{{Goblins}}'', though this is just from the art style.
* Likewise with ''[[http://www.allegedwhiskey.com/ Alleged Whiskey]]''.
* Gharsena, the BigBad of ''{{Garanos}}'', has these, and she's deliberately drawn with [[NonstandardCharacterDesign no light reflections in her eyes]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Typically, western animated cartoon characters have these as a rule. Has more to do with cutting animation costs than characterization.
* Most minor animated WaltDisney characters qualify.
* Bruce from ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' has black eyes, due to him being a [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks shark]].
* {{Batman}}/Bruce Wayne in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', being the ReasonableAuthorityFigure and BigGood for the team.
** The ChaoticEvil CreepyChild Klarion also has them. [[spoiler: [[GameFace most of ]][[HumanoidAbomination the time]]]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' version of Aqualad has black eyes instead of purple for some unexplained reason. Possibly to show how unnatural they are.
** In ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo'', FishPerson Gill Girl has black eyes as well. Presumably, it's an [[{{Atlantis}} Atlantean]] trait.
* Everyone in ''{{Recess}}'' are drawn with these, except for a select few with BlackBeadEyes (Gus) and SkintoneSclera (Miss Finster). In the pilot, T.J. was given GreenEyes (making him the only character on the show at the time with a shown eye color), until the characters were re-designed. According to WordOfGod, T.J. has blue eyes, while Spinelli and Gretchen have BrownEyes.
* An episode of BeavisAndButthead had the boys watching a Danzig music video. Beavis expresses a wish to have "black eyes like Danzig". (Referring to the band's dark eyed front man, Glenn Danzig) Butthead grants his wish, by slapping him silly!
* Saint Walker from GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries has them. Subverted in he's actually very nice, kind, hopeful, and insightful.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Suetonius tells us that Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar had "keen black eyes".
* The Armenian first name "Sevag" literally translates to "black eye".
* [[TheVirginQueen Queen Elizabeth I]] was often described as having black eyes, despite having pale skin and red hair.
** Those black eyes are one of the few physical traits Elizabeth inherited from her mother Anne Boleyn.
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25th Oct '12 7:15:11 PM nombretomado
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** According to the very first description of [[JKRowling Jo Rowling's]] one true AntiHero, Severus Snape, his eyes "were black like Hagrid's, but they had none of Hagrid's warmth. They were cold and empty and made you think of dark tunnels."

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** According to the very first description of [[JKRowling [[Creator/JKRowling Jo Rowling's]] one true AntiHero, Severus Snape, his eyes "were black like Hagrid's, but they had none of Hagrid's warmth. They were cold and empty and made you think of dark tunnels."
28th Sep '12 1:44:34 PM madammina
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* Saint Walker from GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries has them. Subverted in he's actually very nice, kind, hopeful, and insightful.
27th Sep '12 1:35:35 PM Elenor
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* In Wolf Hall Anne Boleyn is described as having black eyes.

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* In Wolf Hall Anne Boleyn is described as having black eyes.eyes like an abacus.
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