A subtrope of He Who Must Not Be Seen
and The Faceless
, Eyes Only Showing (Needs a Better Name
) is when a characters face is hidden, with the exception of the eyes.
This could be acheived in several ways:
- The Character wears a mask with the eyes only showing.
- The Character is wearing some kind of clothing that leaves the eyes visible. eg a Niqāb (not a Burqa. They cover the entire face), a Ninja Costume, a Balaclava.
- The face is blocked by shadows (possible from wearing a hood)
This is often used in a similar way to The Faceless
; to hide a characters identity
or to dehumanize
them. Sometimes the face may be shown in The Reveal
, or in a casual manner.
May overlap with TheVoiceless
- Characters like these feature in the artwork of Ursula Vernon; her stated reason is that they are nondescript (thus the viewer can identify with them) yet still able to show emotion.
- A good example is the temple guards in Digger, who combine face veils with shaved heads and topknots to create this effect.
In the film Copacabana
Carmen (Carmen Miranda
) gets two sumultaneous gigs at the eponymous club: as her Brazilian self in the main room and as the French "Madamoiselle Fifi" in the caberet. As Fifi she wears a full face veil, showing only her eyes.
- In The Wheel of Time, the Aiel wear modified scarves called shoufa that they pull across their faces when they expect a fight.
- Many kinds of sports helmets give this look.
- Eresh from Suikoden V. Despite her age, she's still a child and wears loose-fitting cleric's robes which includes a hood and veil. As such, all that can be seen are her eyes.
- The Black Mages from Final Fantasy series have their faces overshadowed by their iconic hats with only their yellow eyes being visible.
- The thieves from Spyro the Dragon are like this most of the time, touth their mouths are sometimes shown as well.
- The player character in Spiral Knights. No matter what helmet it's wearing, it's always shows only the eyes.
- The main character, his family and his clone in The Adventures of Dr. McNinja. It's explained that his clan of ninjas are masked at birth so as a final resort they can remove their mask and disappear forever. Although since he saw the Doctor's clone before putting a mask on it Franz Rainer knows what he looks like under his mask. Morgo the Uberninja and the mook ninjas who were dosed with a ninja power inducing drug also count.
- The Monster in the Dark featured in The Order of the Stick is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Kenny from South Park is (almost) always shown wearing a hood that blocks his face and muffles his speech.
- Looney Tunes' Marvin the Martian. Whether the rest of his face is in shadow or if it's even there at all is open for speculation.
- Duck Dodgers offers a different explanation--his face was never obscured, his head really is a black sphere with only eyes.
- A real life example is the Muslim Niqāb, which is often mistakenly called a Burqa. The Burqa covers the whole face including the eyes (they can see through the fabric around the eyes).