As per this TRS
thread,the eye color tropes are being split into subtropes. This is just one of the tropes being split off of Gold Eyes
. So, I'm also snagging some examples from that page.
In fiction having gold eyes is often a symbol of supernatural origin or powers. They are also associated with shape shifters such as genies and witches as a sign of their identity if they shapeshift.
Gold eyes are harder to distinguish from "normal" colored-eyes, and hence can add more of an element of surprise if The Reveal
shows a character to be something other than what they initially appear to be. They're also sometimes indicative of having a Superpowered Evil Side
Anime & Manga
- Chrno/Chrono in Chrono Crusade has golden eyes while in his demon form, although, when he's in his more common, human-like form, they're red. He's not evil, but obviously supernatural, and does have a bad temper when provoked.
- In Claymore, the titular "Silver-Eyed Witches" have them change color (and form Hellish Pupils) when they release a certain amount of their power. On occasion, a Claymore who's really pushing it will combine this with iris-only Glowing Eyes of Doom.
- Likewise, the demons they hunt (and have been implanted with) always have golden eyes.
- Morgan Le Fay, the shape shifting fairy from the Ah! My Goddess movie, is shown with golden eyes.
- Ryoko from Tenchi Muyo!, tying into the demonic/supernatural aspect of her character. Her name is even stated to mean "spirit caller" at one point. She's even earned the Fan Nickname "Ol' Yellow Eyes" in some circles.
- Gold-Eye in the Garth Nix story Shade's Children. He has the ability to foresee and predict near-future events.
- In Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle the Pooka is a shapeshifter who can always be identified by his slanted yellow eyes.