Created By: lu127 on August 16, 2012 Last Edited By: lu127 on August 17, 2012
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Feline Green Eyes

Green eyes are associated with feline creatures in fiction

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This one's splitting off Green Eyes.
See these eyes so green
I can stare for a thousand years"
--David Bowie, Cat People (Putting Out Fire)

Despite the fact that cats can have a wide variety of eye colors, green is especially associated with them. In fiction, green eyes are often found in characters with feline Animal Motifs, Cat Girls, shapeshifters who turn into cats or Kindhearted Cat Lovers.

This association comes from a variety of superstitious beliefs about cats. Because All Witches Have Cats, a witch will most likely have a black cat with green eyes as her Familiar. There's just something mysterious and eerie about green eyes glowing in the dark. The colour also helps underline the association with magic and the supernatural or untrustworthiness.

Examples:

Comic Books
  • Catwoman has always had green eyes canonically, though she has been played by non-green-eyed actresses; she fits the concept to a "T", being mysterious and associated with cats.

Film
  • In Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland the not-so-trustworthy Cheshire Cat has unnervingly huge green eyes.
  • Doctor Calico, the villain of the Show Within a Show from Bolt has green, catlike eyes. Not only is his name a reference to cats, but he's never seen without his Right-Hand Cat.
  • Irena Gallier in Cat People, for which David Bowie's eponymous song was written (see quote at top of page), has green eyes and is a werepanther.
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  • August 16, 2012
    ccoa
    From Green Eyes:

    "See these eyes so green I can stare for a thousand years"
    --David Bowie, Cat People (Putting Out Fire)

    • Irena Gallier in Cat People, for which David Bowie's eponymous song was written (see quote at top of page), has green eyes and is a werepanther.
    • In Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland the Cheshire Cat has unnervingly huge green eyes.
    • Doctor Calico, the villain of the Show Within A Show from Bolt has green, catlike eyes. Not only is his name a reference to cats, but he's never seen without his Right Hand Cat.
  • August 17, 2012
    troacctid
    Cat eyes are often brightly-colored, but they're yellow as often as green, and they're better known for their reflectivity and shape than their color. If we're going to have a trope about feline eyes, I think that's okay, but I don't see why it should be restricted to green eyes specifically.

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