Not Really Blind
Injured character thinks they have gone blind, but they just have something over their eyes.
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.
Infirmities other than blindness:
- Used in a Garfield from September 1989:
Garfield: I can't see! I can't see!Jon: Garfield, your blanket is over your eyes.Garfield: I knew that.
- In the Teen Titans fanfic BB's Birthday Bash (NSFW) Beast boy screams "I'm blind!" after an undressing Raven throws her shirt at his head.
- In FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Batty crashes into another tree.
Batty: I'm blind! Oh, no! [takes his wings off his face and opens his eyes] I can see! It's a miracle!
- In "B.O.B.'s Big Break", a short for the Monsters vs. Aliens DVD, B.O.B. is told to keep his one eye closed. When told to open it again, he says it is open and that he's gone blind. Then he's reminded that it's his mouth that's open, since he always confuses the two.
- In A Christmas Story, when the recoil from the BB gun knocks Ralphie's glasses off, he's afraid he's lost an eye as everybody has been warning him he will.
- It's 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.
- In Stalag 17, Animal thinks the still liquor has made him blind, but he just has his hat over his eyes.
- 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 scene in the Cheech and Chong film Up in Smoke, Cheech gets so high he can be convinced he's blind just by Chong pulling his hat down over his eyes.
- 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.
- 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.
- In the Enterprising Engines episode "Greg and Lars", Greg thinks he's gone blind when he starts wearing sunglasses. As Lars points out, Greg probably could see better if he took his sunglasses off, but Greg thinks he won't look stylish without his sunglasses.
- In the Super Mario Logan episode "Jeffy's Mistake!", Jeffy falls asleep while Mario convinces Black Yoshi to babysit Jeffy while he and Rosalina go on a date. When Jeffy awakens, he thinks he's gone blind, but Black Yoshi informs him that his helmet is covering his eyes.
- The 1956 Herman and Katnip cartoon "Mouseum" concludes with Katnip getting launched from the museum onto the sidewalk, along with part of an exhibit. The exhibit piece has two glass eyes set in its sockets, which pop out upon impact. Katnip, seeing these eyeballs and being Too Dumb to Live, thinks these eyeballs are his, and tries to remount them in his eye sockets. When Katnip can no longer see, he wails that he's gone blind, and runs off in a panic, smacking into every obstacle en route.
- In the The Ren & Stimpy Show episode "Hair of the Cat", Ren suffers from allergy, and thinks he is blind upon waking up with crusty eyes.
- 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.
Infirmities other than blindness:
- The Simpsons: After a long bus trip, Homer can't feel his legs under the covers and starts hitting them. Marge points out they're not his legs, they belong to the Very Tall Man behind him. Said man then retracts his legs and bends over so he can give Homer an upside-down Death Glare.
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