Created By: Planish on March 9, 2007
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Do we have the trope of the "blind seer"? (Not to be confused with Waif Prophet.) This is when a person with psychic abilities will have either some or complete vision impairment, or else brings attention to their eyes. Examples: - Meg Foster played a blind psychic in some (cop show? movie?). Her eyes (real, not contacts), of course, are an amazing silver-blue colour. - Some psychic characters will wear sunglasses indoors. If not sunglasses, then very thick prescription lenses. - Donald Sutherland's character was a consulting psychic in "Murder By Decree". He was not exactly blind, but he was frail and his caretaker kept the curtains closed and the lights dim. (okay, that's a lot like Waif Prophet) - Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove wears round dark glasses. He's not psychic, as such, but he makes predictions as to how things will play out. - Can't remember the show, but I'm pretty sure there's one where a totally blind guy was driving a car (or truck?) at high speeds. - The Oldest Ones in the Book example - Tiresias, in The Odyssey, Antigone, Oedipus Rex, etc. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiresias
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  • March 9, 2007
    Ununnilium
    No, but we need one.
  • March 9, 2007
    Tanto
    Disability Superpower encompasses this, I think.
  • March 9, 2007
    Duckluck
    This seems to be a recurring theme in mythology. Justice is blind, Odin plucked out an eye to gain knowledge, the Fates only had one eye between them all, etc.

    These days the Blind Seer (and that's totally the name we should use) is a frequently used cliche in Fantasy. Let's see how many instances I can find: -Terry Pratchet's Discworld series has at least one witch that is blind, but can see using her second sight (the name of said witch and the twist Pratchet included both escape me). -Neo from The Matrix eventually becomes one of these in the third movie. It's never explained how he's able to see, but by then he had basically morphed into a metaphor for Jesus, so... -Daredevil is blind but he can see anyway through super-hearing. It was basically just a ploy to have him be blind without not being able to see (as are most of these actually). -The video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2: the Sith Lords (Longest. Title. Ever)had not one but two Blind Seers -- both core party members, and both female. -The sister in Fable is a Blind Seer as well.

    There are way more than just these ones, but I'm blanking on them.
  • March 9, 2007
    Tabby
    There have been a couple blind witches mentioned in Discworld, but I'm guessing that you're thinking of Mother Dismass, who has a detached retina in her second sight and may at any second respond to something you said six weeks ago or four years in the future.
  • March 9, 2007
    DarkSasami
    No, he's thinking of Desiderata Hollow, Magrat Garlick's predecessor and part-time fairy godmother. She was blind but learned to see into the present.
  • March 9, 2007
    Planish
    What I was thinking of didn't necessarily require that the Blind Seer actually had any extraordinary psychic powers. In some cases, it might even be someone who was known to be a con artist, but they want to reinforce their persona. The dark glasses thing could be an affectation.

    "Odin plucked out an eye to gain knowledge, the Fates only had one eye between them all, etc." - I did not know that.

    It does seem very closely connected with Disability Superpower though. A subset perhaps. And Blind Seer does seem to be a good name.

    Oh. Just now I was reminded of Paul Muad'dib in Dune, with the blue-where-white-should-be eyes, from consuming melange. Again, not blind, but still something unusual with his eyes. (Now I'm just confusing myself.)
  • March 9, 2007
    Seth
    Ahahaha he did go blind though. In children of dune he lost his sight in an assasanation attempt but his strength of "Vision(Prophecy)" was so strong he could still see.
  • March 9, 2007
    DarkSasami
    It wasn't the Norns that had one eye (at least, I can't find a reference to that effect), it was the Gorgons. Oddly, in Clash of the Titans, this trait is given to the "Stygian Witches" -- Perseus has Bubo steal theirs. In the same vein, there's the wise but creepy Aughra from The Dark Crystal, who kept taking hers out. And Matoya from the original Final Fantasy couldn't see without her crystal. Talk about Blind Without Em.

    I keep wanting to call this one The Eyes Have It.
  • March 10, 2007
    robert
    It was the Graeae who had one eye between them, and one tooth. Perseus got his mirror shield from them.

    Blind Seer is much older than any recorded Disability Superpower, and specific. I'd split.
  • March 11, 2007
    Grev
    There is actually a main character in one of Magic The Gathering storylines called the Blind Seer, so...
  • March 11, 2007
    Ununnilium
    Actually, that's a subversion, since that's just a disguise used by a super-powerful character.
  • March 12, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    Re: Discworld; there was also, more recently, Miss Treason, who was blind and deaf but Borrowed the minds of various animals to see and hear through them.
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