Created By: PaulA on December 26, 2011 Last Edited By: PaulA on February 12, 2012

Not Really Blind

Injured character thinks they have gone blind, but they just have something over their eyes.

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A comedy trope.

Bob is in a vehicle crash or some other dramatic accident, and when he comes to and starts checking for damage, he realises: "Oh no, I've gone blind!"

Alice, a more level-headed bystander, points out that actually he's just in a dark room/his headband has slipped down over his eyes.

  • Seen It a Million Times
  • In the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas special, the Doctor thinks he's gone blind; Madge points out that in his hurry to escape the explosion he's put the helmet of his spacesuit on back-to-front.
  • Used in a 1989 Garfield strip:
    Garfield: I can't see! I can't see!
    Jon: Garfield, your blanket is over your eyes.
    Garfield: I knew that.
  • Used deliberately in The Simpsons, when Homer puts tape over Bart's eyes while he's asleep. He wakes up thinking he's blind before Homer rips it off. "Ha ha! April Fool!"
  • Perhaps most absurdly used in Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy. Ed thinks he's gone blind after closing his eyes.
    Eddy: Open your eyes, Ed.
    Ed: Thanks, Eddy.
  • Used in a few The Three Stooges shorts.
    Curly: I can't see! I can't see!
    Moe: Wa'sa matter?
    Curly: I got my eyes closed. Nyuk-nyuk-nyuk!
  • In A Christmas Story, when the recoil from the BB gun knocks Ralphie's glasses off.
  • In the Regency segment of Blackadder's Christmas Carol, Lord Nelson, who has been lying drunk in a chair since the scene opened, suddenly wakes up and says "My God! I'm blind! Blind!" Blackadder smoothly steps over and moves his eyepatch to the correct eye, and he slumps back into unconciousness.
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  • December 26, 2011
    CaveCat
    Used in this Garfield strip.
  • December 26, 2011
    Psi001
    • Used deliberately in The Simpsons, when Homer puts tape over Bart's eyes while he's asleep. He wakes up thinking he's blind before Homer rips it off. "Ha ha! April Fool!"
    • Perhaps most absurdly used in Ed Edd N Eddy. Ed thinks he's gone blind after closing his eyes.
      Eddy: Open your eyes, Ed.
      Ed: Thanks, Eddy.
  • December 26, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Not just blindness. Other handicaps can get faked out for a cheap laugh (like a paralysis fake out in The Wedding Planner). Should this include those, or leave them for separate tropes?
  • December 26, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Used in a few The Three Stooges shorts.
    Curly: I can't see! I can't see!
    Moe: Wa'sa matter?
    Curly: I got my eyes closed. Nyuk-nyuk-nyuk!
  • December 27, 2011
    nlpnt
    In A Christmas Story, when the recoil from the BB gun knocks Ralphie's glasses off.
  • December 27, 2011
    DaibhidC
    • In the Regency segment of Blackadder's Christmas Carol, Lord Nelson, who has been lying drunk in a chair since the scene opened, suddenly wakes up and says "My God! I'm blind! Blind!" Blackadder smoothly steps over and moves his eyepatch to the correct eye, and he slumps back into unconciousness.
  • December 27, 2011
    PaulA
    DragonQuestZ, I'm willing to collect non-blindness examples as well and see how many we get. (I actually considered saying so in the OP, but couldn't think of any myself.)

    I haven't seen The Wedding Planner -- what happens in that scene?
  • December 27, 2011
    nman
    DQZ, When you say faked, do you mean Obfuscating Disability, or does someone actually convince someone else that they are paralyzed?
  • December 27, 2011
    AP
    • There was a Spider Man annual in the early 90's where he and the New Warriors fought a group of supervillains. At one point, Spidey covers a villains eyes with webbing and says, "Oh my gosh, you've gone blind!". The villain stupidly believes him and opens fire in different directions, hitting some of his own teammates.
  • December 28, 2011
    CaveCat
    Also, this exchange from Its A Mad Mad Mad Mad World:
    Tyler Fitzgerald: I can't see! Something's happened to my eyes! I can't see!
    Dingy Bell: You can't see? He can't see!
    Benjy Benjamin: Must be an eye cold.
  • February 11, 2012
    CaveCat
  • February 11, 2012
    Delphi
    • In one Cheech And Chong movies, Cheech gets so high he can be convinced he's blind just by Chong pulling his hat down over his eyes.
    • Wish we still had Troper Tales, cause this happened to my grandpa once. He thought he had been stricken with cataracts, but it was just hay dust all over his glasses.
  • February 12, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^I share your feelings about Troper Tales too, but like the rules state, they now moved the Troper Tales to its own archive page.
  • February 12, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    Happened in Stalag17, where Animal thought the still liquor had made him blind.

  • February 12, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    An old joke has a woman accidently turn off the light in the bathroom while her husband is straining himself on the toilet, causing him to scream in terror. When asked what happens he sais "All went black all of a sudden, I thought my eyeballs popped."
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