Created By: Grandy on April 12, 2011 Last Edited By: Grandy on October 22, 2012

Unimportant Shadowed Eyes

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"Biggs. Or Wedge. At any rate no more important than unnamed mooks."

There are Red Eyes, to signal evil, there are glowing eyes, to signal power, there are even eyes which never open, to signal wisdom or trickery, there are even Blue Eyes, which can signal lots of things depending of who you ask. Then there are characters whose eyes are covered to the point it seems they have none, to signal... that they don't have anything to signal at all.

A good way to define a soldier as being "another mook" or "someone who is not important to the plot" is to have the shadow from their helmet cover their eyes, to the point where it seems they don't have eyes at all.

This is due the fact eyes are usually the most expressive part of a character, which is why cartoons usually make them bigger than they would be in real life. Taking away this expression, it's easier to convey that the character doesn't have a very significant personality.

Of course, there are exceptions.

Compare Faceless Goons for when the whole face is covered. See also Blinding Bangs

Do We Have This? Seen it millions of times.

Also, if someone can make the captions work go ahead.


Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • April 12, 2011
    Faceless Goons, more or less.
  • April 12, 2011
  • April 12, 2011
    The Phantom Stranger has his eyes always obscured in a shadow.
  • April 13, 2011
    As does Sandman, but both would be subversions as they are anything but unimportant.
  • April 13, 2011
    See also Blinding Bangs. Actually, maybe call this Blinding Helm.
  • April 13, 2011
    The guards in Fable wear hats with eye-concealing brims.
  • April 13, 2011
    The Phantom Stranger doesn't count really, because even if there are shadows over his eyes, you can still see them glowing. I don't know about Sandman, though.
  • April 13, 2011
    Homestuck. Dave, the cool kid who wears sunglasses at all times. He even has a Flash Step trick to retrieve his sunglasses and put them on instantly upon being woken up; this was shown and remarked upon when he was startled awake from a sound sleep by a rifle being fired next to his head by a friend who probably hadn't realised he was there. IIRC, some of the trolls have shades too, concealing utterly bizarre things.
  • April 13, 2011
    ^^ Sandman also has "stars" in the black pits of his shadowed eyes.

    I'm starting to think that either there are two tropes here, or the trope is inverted if the character pairs this with Glowing Eyes Of Doom.
  • April 13, 2011
    Fire Emblem uses this for both Mooks and Red Shirts.
  • October 22, 2012
    This is a duplicate. Discarding.