Created By: EmbracingShadows on August 21, 2011 Last Edited By: EmbracingShadows on October 20, 2011

Underlashes

Extremely prominent lower eyelashes

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Lower eyelashes are rarely if ever as prominent as upper ones in Real Life, but in animation, most especially in Anime, this is a semi-common phenomenon. When they appear on a male character, expect him to be Hot-Blooded and Crazy Awesome. They are somewhat less indicative of a female character's personality, unless she has brothers. It almost always runs in the family.

Examples

Manga and Anime
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • August 21, 2011
    Webby
    Fumu of the Kirby Of The Stars anime is only drawn with lower eyelashes.
  • August 21, 2011
    pokedude10
    Out of curiosity, How is this a Trope?
  • August 21, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    I see this sometimes in Anime, generally when they attempt to portray Western homosexual males. No examples off the top of my head though; I guess they don't tend to be named characters.
  • August 21, 2011
    EmbracingShadows
    ^^ It's a trope in the same way as Purple Eyes, only a little subtler.
  • August 21, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    ^^^ In the case of Rock Lee, I believe it's used to make him seem wide-eyed and optimistic. Though I could be wrong. In the example I claimed to see, but didn't list examples of, I imagine the intent is to show that the man is wearing mascara, or other form of make up in a way that contrasts the intended female use, and as a "foreigners are weird" moment. Though I could be wrong on that one too. (And I still don't have examples.)
  • August 22, 2011
    TonyG
    I haven't seen this a million times, or even ten times. Most artists omit the lower lashes, so I guess adding them in is rare enough to be of note. Having only lower lashes is most likely Too Rare To Trope, but could be a sub-category.
  • August 22, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
  • August 22, 2011
    smashingmelons
    I've seen this plenty of times, although I can't think of where at the moment.
  • August 23, 2011
    SquealingSandry
    Alex Louis Armstrong from Fullmetal Alchemist has these, as well as his younger sister Catherine.
  • August 24, 2011
    EmbracingShadows
    ^ After examining a picture of him (Alex), I don't see it. Catherine does seem to have them, but I'm not sure whether it counts since her upper eyelashes are still quite prominent. Well, Tropes Are Flexible, so we'll see. At any rate, you forgot Olivier.
  • August 24, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    Weird how this seems to run in families.
  • August 25, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    Whichever of the titular Panty And Stocking has purple hair
  • August 29, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    We have sufficient examples for now, should probably get back to what about this trend is tropable, if anything.
  • October 20, 2011
    NoirGrimoir

    Weirdly, for anime it seems like really boisterous male badass characters have underlashes, possibly as an extension of Realmen Wear Pink
  • October 20, 2011
    Routerie
    Those cases where it's "less indicative of the character's personality" aren't tropes. Hot Blooded Underlashes may be a trope; if the character isn't hot-blooded, it's not that trope. Crazy Awesome probably doesn't mean what you think it does. Read that page.

    Purple Eyes also isn't a trope. There's a TRS discussion about fixing the eye color pages into tropes.
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