Created By: RonnieR15 on May 7, 2017 Last Edited By: RonnieR15 on June 16, 2017
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Eye Of Horus Means Egypt

Using the symbol the Eye Of Horus to symbolize Egypt, its mythology and other things affiliated with it.

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You can tell it's Egyptian just by looking at it.

The Eye Of Horus is a symbol from Ancient Egypt. In Ancient Egypt it served as a symbol for good health, protection, sacrifice and royal power. The symbol is also associated and can be seen with numerous gods, in particular Horus; the Trope Namer, Wadjetnote  and Ra. It's also sometimes called the Eye Of Ranote ; even though the Sun Disk was just as likely to be used to represent Ra's "Eye" in Ancient Egypt, and has been used as a title for various goddesses who worked with Ra in some fashion. Aside from the temples of the after mentioned gods it was also commonly found on the bow of ships and as funerary amulets for mummies in an attempt to protect them. It also may have been the inspiration for the Eye Of Providence and the RX symbol, but there's little evidence to support this.

Nowadays, what it originally stood for is all but completely forgotten and now simply serves as a way to show that something is in some way related to Egypt, its history and mythology; beyond said symbols existence of course. Naturally if the Eye Of Horus can be easily be a affiliated with any of the above paragraph it is a Subverted Trope, with the only exceptions being with royal power a.k.a. the pharaoh and Ra. The pharaoh is excepted from this because it wasn't a symbol they used every day, you'd probably be lucky to even see it in the form of eyeliner. The god Ra is excepted because his "eye" can be the Wadjetnote  or the Sun Disk, meaning when the Wadjet is used it's likely a Invoked Trope or the creator simply didn't know about the Sun Disk.

Compare and contrast with Build Like an Egyptian where it's the architecture that's Egyptian, though the two may overlap.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Millennium Puzzle has the Eye Of Horus on it. It's ultimately a Subverted Trope though since the puzzle contains the soul of Pharaoh Atem, which the Eye is meant to protect. The Millennium Symbol or Eye Of Anubis though are clearly still based off the Eye Of Horus.

Comicbook
  • Smite: Ra's throne (for everything else see Video Games below).
  • Zatanna: When the Mummy Hassan speaks his Speech Bubbles are filled with Egyptian Hieroglyphs which include the "Eye" and even Ra's sun disk, with neither one actually being words in the Egyptian language just religious symbols.
  • Blue Beetle: Being a superhero based on Egyptian Mythology, The Eye of Horus appears as an evil deitynote  that fights this superhero in the Charlton era, but also appears in DC era pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths as described below:
    • Charlton Comics: The Eye of Horus is an ancient entity that takes on the appearance of a stylized Egyptian green eye. It comes from Egypt and desires to enslave the entire world. Those it enslaves become hawk-headed creatures who do its bidding. The Eye battled the former wielder of the Blue Beetle Scarab and thus was imprisoned for millennia to come. In the 20th century, Dan Garrett the first Blue Beetle encountered this weapon and defeated it by speaking its true name in vowels - The Eye of Ra.
    • DC Comics: The Eye returned when it was excavated from an ancient pyramid by Helen Rock, the reincarnation of Hawkman's eternal enemy Hath-Set, and was used against Infinity, Inc.
  • Doctor Fate: Sometimes the "Helmet Of Fate"note  is depicted with them over the helmet's eyeholes. This makes sense because it's creator Nabu was Egyptian, and without them you wouldn't know of it's relation to Egypt with it looking more like a Greek helmet.

Film
  • Night at the Museum: The "Eye Of Horus" can sometimes be seen on the Tablet Of Ahkmenrah, which likely make it a example of this trope, unless the "good health" symbolism is being used to mean bring everything to life at night. Though the third film make this even more unlikely with the reveal that the tablet's power comes from the god Khonsu, the moon god.

Literature
  • The Kane Chronicles: In the series' title the word "Kane" is heavily stylized to resemble to the Eye Of Horus; true Horus is a major recurringCharacter, but it's still being used to symbolize the stories roots is Egyptian Mythology.
  • Theodosia: Though the third book Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus doesn't follow the trope all of the other ones do often having various letters like the "Js" and "Ss" stylized to resemble the Eye Of Horus.
  • Reignited: A companion book to the Reawakened Series; which is itself is based on Egyptian Mythology, has a Eye Of Horus on it's cover.
  • The Kings Man Trilogy: It's present on each book's cover.
  • The Queue: It's present on the book's cover.
  • The Ancient Egypt Series: The cover of The Quest has the "Eye Of Horus" present on it.
  • The Mummy, Or Ramses The Damned: The page labeled part 1 has the "Eye" on it. Though it could be there to remind the reader that the Mummies were pharaohs, this is unlikely though since the fact that Ramses and Cleopatra were pharaohs has little to do with the story.
  • Soul Eater Series: The first book in the series Hidden Blade possess the "eye" on it's cover, which likely serves as a way to quickly alert the reader to this series' use of Egyptian Mythology.
  • Fall Of Egypt Series: On some covers of the first book Cleopatra's Shadows the "eye" present.
  • Numerous history books such as Pyramid Builders.

Live Action Series
  • Stargate: Ra's symbol is the "Eye Of Horus" instead of the sun disk. This could simply be a mistake on the producers part though with the "Eye" sometimes being mistaken as the "Eye Of Ra"note .
  • House of Anubis: Downplayed, the "Eye Of Horus Locket" is not the proper symbol.

Toys

Video Games
  • Overwatch: Pharah and Ana, the two playable Egyptian characters, have an eye of Horus tattoo. However, Ana subverts the trope since she had it for being a symbol of "protection". Ana's daughter Pharah though seems to zig-zag this trope having the symbol to honor her mother's passingnote  (as opposed to something else), she does; however, also associate the symbol with protection and later being a protector.
  • Civilization: In Civilization IV and V the icons for the Egyptian Empire are the "Eye Of Horus".
  • Smite: Aside from being present with some of the gods (see below) it's also part of the Egyptian Pantheon icon and present on many of the Egyptian gods attack icons.
    • Ra's staff has the "Eye" present on it; possibly due to being mistaken as the "Eye Of Ra", his eyes also have marking around them making his eye's resemble it.
    • Isis has it present in her design.
    • Thoth's Hieroglyphic Assault attack.
  • Immortal Cities: Children Of The Nile: The "Eye" is on the games cover.
  • The Sims 3: In the World Adventures explansion pack, two of the most useful relics that can be found in Egypt are the "Eyes of Horus". They don't seem to have any relationship with its classic use.
  • Tomb Raider: Several times, see below.
  • Assassin's Creed Origins: The franchise's usual logo is merged with the Eye Of Horus.

Western Animation
  • Mummies Alive!: Presley Carnovan has it on his amulet, which makes sense since he's the reincarnation of a Egyptian prince. A better example would be the Hot-Ra.

Real Life
Community Feedback Replies: 31
  • May 8, 2017
    CactusFace
    Video Game
    • In Overwatch Pharah and Ana, the two playable egyptian characters, have an eye of Horus tattoo. The symbol itself is more identified with Pharah, as she is Horus themed.
  • May 8, 2017
    Arivne
    • Corrected spelling (Now a days).
    • Corrected punctuation (added commas and periods).
    • Added the word "it" to "and instead serves as a way".
    • Examples section
  • May 8, 2017
    RonnieR15
    ^^ Thank you!
  • May 11, 2017
    RonnieR15
    Removed Overwatch from the list since I found out in Pharah and Ana's story that they took the symbol due to due to it symbolizing protection and not simply because it's Egyptian.
  • May 11, 2017
    Getta
    ^ But then again, the symbol works in an out-of-universe way: they're Egyptian, and that's enough for it to be a good example.
  • May 11, 2017
    RonnieR15
    ^ I'm not sure if that should count.
  • May 11, 2017
    Getta
    ^ People use symbols in their works exactly like how I describe it, right?

    You even wrote "it instead simply serves as a way to show that something is in some way related to Egypt."
  • May 11, 2017
    RonnieR15
    ^ Still not to sure if it should count.
  • May 11, 2017
    Getta
    Try reading Rule Of Symbolism page, you'll understand
  • May 11, 2017
    RonnieR15
    ^ I still disagree about allowing the whole "out-of-universe", but regardless after rereading the character profiles of Ana and Pharah, I think that Pharah at least zig-zags this trope, so I'll add Overwatch back.
  • May 14, 2017
    Getta
    ^ Symbolism by default is used to show that something really belongs to a certain something, even without it being discussed in universe.
  • May 16, 2017
    AmourMitts
    Does the title sound like a stock phrase?
  • May 16, 2017
    Getta
    ^ Is that even a "phrase"?
  • May 16, 2017
    AgProv
    Real Life
    • Because of a long imperial association with Egypt, it became unofficial practice for British tanks in North Africa to have a protective Eye of Horus painted on the turret side next to the main weapon. This device has traditionally been painted on ships for millenia, so it wasn't a great stretch for the latest imperial power running Egypt to adapt this to their "landships". The Guards Armoured Division took this to Europe with them after D-Day as its official divisional insignia, and the Eye of Horus was adopted again (informally) for British armour fighting more recently in the deserts of Kuwait and Iraq.
  • May 16, 2017
    RonnieR15
    ^ Thank you.
  • May 16, 2017
    RonnieR15
    ^^ Wait, where on that page does it say that their insignia is the ''Eye Of Horus""?
  • May 16, 2017
    AgProv
    It's called the "All-Seeing Eye" which in my understanding is in direct line of descent from the Eye of Horus. There's stuff out there about it but it's getting late. iu'll sketch out the links and add references later.

  • May 16, 2017
    RonnieR15
    Alright, thanks again.
  • May 27, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Comic Books:
    • Blue Beetle: Being a superhero based on Egyptian Mythology, The Eye of Horus appears as an evil deity that fights this superhero in the Charlton era, but also appears in DC era pre-Crisis On Infinite Earths as described below:
      • Charlton Comics: The Eye of Horus is an ancient entity that takes on the appearance of a stylized Egyptian green eye. It comes from Egypt and desires to enslave the entire world. Those it enslaves become hawk-headed creatures who do its bidding. The Eye battled the former wielder of the Blue Beetle Scarab and thus was imprisoned for millennia to come. In the 20th century, Dan Garrett the first Blue Beetle encountered this weapon and defeated it by speaking its true name in vowels - The Eye of Ra.
      • DC Comics: The Eye returned when it was excavated from an ancient pyramid by Helen Rock, the reincarnation of Hawkman's eternal enemy Hath-Set, and was used against Infinity Inc
  • May 27, 2017
    RonnieR15
    So wait the deity is simply called the Eye of Horus and it has no other relationship with Horus then it's name?
  • May 29, 2017
    REV6Pilot
    Minor nudge: "Nowadays, what it originally stood for is all but completely forgotten and it instead simply serves as a way to show that something is in some way related to Egypt. Making it a Rule Of Symbolism Sub Trope."

    Why not simplify the writing on the main body, like this:

    "Nowadays, what it originally stood for is all but completely forgotten and it instead simply serves as a way to show that something is in some way related to Egypt."
  • June 5, 2017
    Basara-kun
    @Ronnie R 15: Sorry for don't post here before, but yeah, the "Eye of Horus" in the Blue Beetle enemy is just In Name Only as you said it. Also, I found some other examples:

    Video Games:
    • Being the Adventurer Archaeologist as she is, Lara Croft from Tomb Raider series usually goes to Egyptian ruins, finding the Eye of Horus in various of her games. An exceptional case is one of her last games: Tomb Raider: Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris, game based on her pre-reboot appearances, in which one of the selectable characters is Horus himself.
    • There's a video slot game (even with a port for Android) literally called "The Eye of Horus", which is all-based on classic Egyptian icons, included the eye itself.
    • Eye of Horus is an old computer game created for Amiga and ported to Atari 2600 and MS-DOS. The story is about Horus himself who has to freed his father Osiris from the hands of evil Set.
    • The Eye Symbol is found in a number of The Legend Of Zelda games, and is often associated with the Sheikah tribe, appearing in the series in one way to another since The Legend Of Zelda A Link To The Past to the recent The Legend Of Zelda Breath Of The Wild. The Sheikah eye symbol was likely inspired by the Ancient Egyptian Eye of Horus or Wedjet symbol. This eye was sometimes used to represent the falcon god Horus, the serpent goddess Wadjet, or the mother goddess Hathor.
    • Note apart, there's a 90s video game company that uses the Eye of Horus as its own logo, but I can't remember the name of the company, sorry
  • June 5, 2017
    RonnieR15
    ^ Not a problem, but I'm afraid aside from Tomb Raider and maybe the slot game.

    The Eye Of Horus video game is about Horus so naturally the symbol is being using for its connection with Horus, instead of Egypt itself like this trope requires. The eye symbol in the The Legend Of Zelda; though possibly based off of the "Eye Of Horus", isn't the "Eye Of Horus" and to the best of my knowledge has no relationship with the Egyptian culture.

  • June 6, 2017
    Xemylixa
  • June 6, 2017
    AmourMitts
    ^ That looks like a better name for this trope.
  • June 12, 2017
    BearyScary
    The logo for Assassins Creed Origins merges the Eye of Horus with the franchise's usual logo.
  • June 12, 2017
    RonnieR15
    ^ Good one!
  • June 13, 2017
    hundredhectarewood
    There's that show House of Anubis which has a plot entirely revolving around Ancient Egyptian mythology and iirc the plot begins when the main character gets this necklace shaped like the Eye of Horus
  • June 14, 2017
    RonnieR15
    ^ Are you talking about the locket because despite the name it's not the Eye Of Horus. Though it might be a example of a Downplayed Trope.
  • June 14, 2017
    NightShade96
    You might want to remove the Web Comics and Western Animation sections, as they have no examples. Also, you might want to organise the other sections into folders.
  • June 14, 2017
    RonnieR15
    ^ I'll remove them before I launch it, right now I'm just giving it extra time since I've changed the description.
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