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[[caption-width-right:256:[-You better hope they ''[[LetsGetDangerous stay shut]]''.-] ]]

->'''Harry:''' I could do it with my eyes closed!\\
'''Tommy:''' You do everything with your eyes closed.
-->-- ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', "Same Old Song and Dick"

This describes a character who appears to have their eyes shut constantly, except, perhaps, for a few instances of surprise or shock. Nevertheless, they still give every indication of being able to see - which implies that this characteristic is actually more of a pronounced squint.

This is an old device to imply wisdom; more recently, it's been used as a device to show "wise guys." This device, when used as such, is called "''kitsune No me''" in Japanese ("fox eyes" or "shifty eyes" in English).

A common variation of this trope is to make the character close his or her eyes into an arc rather than a simple horizontal line. Characters whose eyes are fixed in that position are generally optimistic and almost always unconditionally happy, but more often down-to-earth instead of ditzy. These characters may be prone to comic obliviousness, but outright stupidity is rare. The exact way the closed eyes are drawn can add a lot to this trope - representing anything from serenity, dignity, smugness, humor, indifference or even someone trying to fake any of those.

Finally, closed eyes are sometimes used to depict people who are down and out with their lives as a sign of depression.

Where Eyes Always Shut and BewareTheNiceOnes overlap, the character's eyes may open when it's time to [[LetsGetDangerous get dangerous]], usually right before unleashing that LimitBreak or entering a state of UnstoppableRage. This is not uncommon among AffablyEvil villains; if the villain always puts up a happy facade, expect those eyes to open when the BerserkButton is activated, just before that [[OneWingedAngel final transformation]] or [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique ultimate attack]] is unleashed. Either way, the character's now-visible eyes may follow other various EyeTropes as well.

When this trope occurs as a result of the art style, it becomes "[[{{ComicBook/Youngblood}} Youngblood's]] Disease", according to [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]].

Not to be confused with the Creator/StanleyKubrick film, ''Film/EyesWideShut''.
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* Mao Yasaka in ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'', occasionally opens his eyes when he gets serious such as when he fires his Hyper Satellite Cannon.
* Gin Ichimaru in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. He has only been seen opening his eyes on very rare occasions, once when attacked, once when attacking, [[spoiler: and during his final confrontation with Aizen.]] Also, if artworks count, the cover of one of the manga issues depicts Ichimaru with his eyes open.
** Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto also keeps his eyes shut, except when he wants to show he's serious (or seriously surprised).
** Captain Unohana of the fourth division closes her eyes, and all smiley, utters a threat (as perceived by her victims), occasionally opening them to emphasize her scariness, when she is trying to intimidate them. Does it work? HELL YEAH!
* The flame dragon Setsuna in ''FlameOfRecca'' literally keeps his single eye closed. If he opens it, anyone who sees it is instantly annihilated.
* Chizuru in ''Manga/SquidGirl'' keeps her eyes closed constantly. She only ever opens them (revealing that yes, she does have eyes) to give Squid Girl a terrifying DeathGlare. This, along with Killer Whales and [[AbhorrentAdmirer Sanae]] are the only things Squid Girl is genuinely terrified of.
** However, later on (second season of the anime if you're watching that), Chizuru opens her eyes and smiles at Squid Girl perfectly normally because she wants her to be friends with them. It actually goes really well for once until Squid Girl off-handedly mentions [[NiceJobBreakingItHero that she can go back to being a monster now]]. The last thing we see of Squid Girl is her being dragged off for another "talk".
* [[http://kurokonobasuke.wikia.com/wiki/Imayoshi Imayoshi Shouichi]] in ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'' keeps both his eyes closed, and only opens them when he wants to emphasize his words. They're usually very biting against his opponents and condescending, at which point he allows the reader and the characters to glimpse the "worst personality" that characters like [[http://kurokonobasuke.wikia.com/wiki/Daiki_Aomine Daiki Aomine]] and [[http://kurokonobasuke.wikia.com/wiki/Hanamiya_Makoto Hanamiya Makoto]] have earlier commented that he has.
* Master Korin, Bulma's mother and the fat version of Majin Buu from ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}''.
** Goku once forces one of Korin's eyes open. All he sees is a fish swimming through water.
* Takeshi/Brock in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. As well as practically everyone in his family, except for his mother. There is one scene in the series' long, long history where we finally see them open, [[http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm302/Evolv3_2023/brocklol.jpg but it's not nearly as dramatic as one would think]].
** In ''The Ninja Poké-Showdown'', [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/3/3d/Brock_eyes_open.png Brock's eyes open when Ash's Charmander accidentally uses Flamethrower on him]].
** His eyes open for a single frame when he gets beaned in the back of the head by Jessie's Arbok in ''Who Gets to Keep Togepi?''.
** One of the few women to actually enjoy his constant flirting is the Frontier Brain Lucy/Azami. Upon returning home at the end of the episode, it is revealed that she keeps a group of Pokémon as pets, all with the same squinty eyes implying that her attraction to Brock was due to this feature.
** These days, his eyelids are likely to balloon in those situations you'd expect other characters' ''eyes'' to do so. A few times when he's being shocked and his body starts flashing, his skull shows the slits instead of circular eye sockets. Make of that what you will.
** His eyes also open when he's being bishounen, but all they ever show is basically a glistening squint.
** It's actually played with in the webcomic ''[[VGCats Super Effective]]''. The first time Brock appears, [[http://www.vgcats.com/super/?strip_id=24 another trainer hangs a lampshade]]. A good couple of issues later, [[http://www.vgcats.com/super/?strip_id=34 we finally see the punchline]] of this particular BrickJoke.
* Justified in ''BlackBloodBrothers'': Sei is so powerful that he has to keep his eyes shut at all times; the two times he opens them, he kills a bunch of vampires and opens the magical barrier protecting the Special Zone, respectively.
* Bunta Fujiwara in ''InitialD'' - even while drifting.
* In the original series of ''TheSlayers'', Rezo the blind priest. However, that's not because he's a trickster so much as [[spoiler:because if he opens his blinded eyes, he'll release the fragment of the supreme demon god, Shabranigdo, imprisoned within, a fact he remains unaware of until he heals his eyesight and does so.]] Another example is the appropriately-named Inspector Wizer.
** [[spoiler:Rezo's copy too. Why ''he'' doesn't open his eyes considering that the story says his eyes were healed is another question. He doesn't have a demon sealed in him like Rezo.]]
*** [[spoiler: The reason he kept his eyes shut in the anime is simply because Eris tried to fool the Slayers gang to think he's the real Rezo. In the original novel, however, he had a damn good reason to keep them shut even after the gig was up: he had been fused with a mazoku and it caused him to have [[EyeScream extra mouths where his eyes should have been.]] Yikes.]]
** Xelloss "the Trickster Priest" opens the eyes wide (displaying the vertical pupils) and stops smiling when he ceases his tomfoolery and becomes serious. Given that he's the most powerful [[TheLegionsOfHell Mazoku]] short of godlike Dark Lords, it's not a good sign. And of course, in this case we cannot write off eyes closed by the ''lower'' eyelid (sometimes it's clearly visible) as a stylistic choice.
* Chichiri in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' -- he opens his eyes only when speaking seriously.
** This is justified. He's just [[spoiler: wearing an Eyes Always Shut mask because he has a disfiguring facial scar, including one missing eye. He takes the mask off to speak seriously. (On the other hand, how he makes [[ExpressiveMask vivid facial expressions with the mask on]] the rest of the time, or is able to see, is never explained...)]]
* Koizumi Itsuki (although he opens his eyes much more frequently than most Eyes Always Shut characters), and in a few cases the narrator Kyon, in ''SuzumiyaHaruhi''.
** And everyone but Churuya and Ashakura in ''{{Nyoron Churuya-san}}''.
* Yakumo Fujii in ''Manga/SazanEyes''. By default, he has his eyes shut. Only rarely does he opens them.
* Cho Hakkai in the first ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' Gensomaden anime.
** More so, Shien (part of the Homura Trio) in the non-manga anime arc.
** And [[StalkerWithACrush Chin Yisou]] too.
** Koumyou Sanzo as well.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''
** Vato Falman, an officer in Roy Mustang's circle. There's also Ling Yao, who chooses to do this voluntarily, along with always trying to smile, due to the fact that, although he's a pretty nice guy at heart, he happens to have "shifty eyes."
** Well/interestingly played with Ling, in that when his eyes aren't closed, you know either he means business or there's something seriously wrong. [[spoiler:For instance, when he merges with Greed, when Greed is in control his eyes are always open, but when Ling's in control his eyes are often closed except in serious situations.]]
** There's also Fuhrer King Bradley, who keeps his eyes (though one is hidden behind an eye patch) closed the vast majority of the time.
*** When Bradley opens his visible eye [[spoiler:it means he has dropped his friendly persona and let his true, aggressive, vicious self shine through. And if you can see his ''[[RedRightHand other]]'' eye, start running. ''Fast.'' Not that it will help, since the {{Magical Eye|s}} makes him a nearly invincible/unstoppable fighter.]]
*** Also Creator/FritzLang, Bradley's AlternateUniverse Double from TheMovie of [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]].
* Richard Wong/Mr. Utsumi, ''{{Patlabor}}'''s sneaky recurring antagonist.
** Captain Goto exhibits this trope frequently as well. He fits the trope quite well as he is both wise and cunning, being on top of a situation well before others clue into it.
* Vincent Law in ''Anime/ErgoProxy''. Here, the closed eyes seem to indicate passivity and/or weakness, although he opens them with increasing frequency over the course of the series. Early on though, they tend to open in LetsGetDangerous moments.
** Also pays homage to Plato's 'Theory of Forms'. Once Vincent leaves the dome, he opens his eyes to the truth of the outside world once again.
** Coincidentally, Vincent Law and the above mentioned Gin both share the same Japanese [[KojiYusa voice actor]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' makes special use out of this trope; Professor Daitokouji/Professor Banner usually has his eyes shut, to go with his friendly, approachable, somewhat goofball teacher persona. He eventually reveals himself to be Amnael, one of [[QuirkyMinibossSquad the Seven Stars]], whereupon he opens his eyes - which are ''[[RedEyesTakeWarning Blood Red]]''. They remain open until his defeat, whereupon they close again for the last few minutes before his death. His spirit, when manifest as himself and not a ball of light, still has him with his eyes shut in later seasons.
** Wasn't his hair white when he had red eyes? His eyes could've been another color when he had black hair. However, we might have to go to the HairTropes for another story.
** His oddly-colored hair and eys likely all had something to do with the disease (or curse, maybe) that was killing him (which eventually did).
* Both Mitsune Konno (appropriately nicknamed "Kitsune") and Kaede Nagase (from ''LoveHina'' and ''MahouSenseiNegima'', respectively) do this; the latter is legitimately wise (although BookDumb) while the former is more of a "wise guy". Also, Kitsune usually appears with only one of her eyes open, and very rarely opening both (if surprised, for instance, like when she learns from Keitaro that he confessed his feelings to Naru).
** Kaede opens her eyes to a gleaming slit during the Mahora tournament. The effect is unsettling.
** She also has them open in the Chapter [=305=] during her fight against [[spoiler:Dynamis]], and she looks ''pissed''.
* Mokona used to have its eyes always closed in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth,'' so it came as a bit of a shock when one of the Mokona Modokis suddenly opened them in ''Manga/TsubasaChronicle'' after sensing one of Sakura's feathers.
* Ohno from ''{{Genshiken}}'' is another passive example - except when she's in otaku mode. Then you get the scary BlankWhiteEyes. She has normal eyes in the manga.
** However, Ohno's fellow cosplayer [[spoiler:and later boyfriend]] Tanaka plays this trope straight, both in the anime and manga. His face is constantly drawn with very little expression except for the closed eyes and slight smile.
* I-pin from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', though only in her standard child form.
* Hap from ''Anime/EurekaSeven''
** Also Gonzy. [[spoiler: Turns out this is because he's actually a Coralian who was sent to observe the crew of the Gekko, and opening his eyes would reveal his true nature (Coralians having distinctive rings in their irises, and usually odd coloration as well).]]
* Subverted somewhat in the first episode of ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet''. A wealthy socialite with Eyes Always Shut appears to have them LITERALLY shut - he sweeps in unannounced in a scene, plucks the wrong lady from the dressing room amidst declarations of love for "my honey", and proceeds to take her to a ball...all without being aware that he's dating the wrong girl.
* The eponymous {{Zatoichi}} (both old version and new) is a blind swordsman who walks around with his eyes closed all the time. At the end of the new version, he does open his eyes briefly for an interesting exchange with a mob boss.
** Also, there is a comic scene in the new Zatoichi in which he has eyes drawn on his eyelids - so much so, one of the characters gets flustered, thinking he is staring at her.
* ''{{Ichi}}'' is also a blind assassin [[spoiler: it's hinted that she's Zatoichi's daughter; at the very least she's trying to find him]].
* Shusuke Fuji and Renji Yanagi from ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis''. They only open their eyes when they're ''really'' serious about something.
** Yanagi's case is even more extreme than Fuji's; when he fully opens his eyes during a match, his teammates say they had ''never'' seen him like that, unlike Fuji who opens his own eyes more or less often. It's even lampshaded in the manga: Kirihara asks him directly how come he can see if his eyes are like that, and [[BerserkButton Yanagi is so offended]] by such a dumb question [[CorporalPunishment that he slaps him.]]
* Heihachi in ''SamuraiSeven''.
* Wanyuudou in ''Anime/HellGirl'', but only in his human form; in his wheel form, he appears with both his eyes open.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'''s Neemon frequently has his eyes closed. The Japanese card game suggests that he is lazy or frequently sleepy, but in the show he is perfectly energetic. Previous seasons had Gennai for the wise variation.
** No, Neemon's fallen asleep at times in ''[[Anime/DigimonFrontier Frontier]]''. He's also not very smart, in contrast to Bokomon.
* ''Manga/{{InuYasha}}'' has this with the Soul Piper, a {{youkai}} that serves as a {{psychopomp}} to deceased children, playing with and entertaining their souls until they are prepared to accept death and move on. Its eyes are usually closed, but every time a child's soul does wrong, the Piper's eyes open a bit more, and when they open completely, the child will be DraggedOffToHell.
* Watari from ''Manga/DeathNote''. Also simultaneously ''inverted'' with L who never closes his eyes, even when he sleeps according to one character. [[spoiler:And then, in their joint death scene, Watari opens his eyes and L closes them.]]
* Takashi Yamazaki from ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', although he does open them [[spoiler:when someone steps on his foot]]. Chiharu has apparently noticed this, as she remarks at one point that his eyes "are just lines".
** Also from CCS, the anime version of Clow Reed, though he had them open in the manga.
* The kindly old scientist and inventor Dr. Mayzel from the ''Manga/{{Spriggan}} OVA'' anime movie (Japan 1998). Although you can clearly see his eyes behind his glasses, they're constantly closed and drawn as upturned curves. In contrast, the character looks rather different in the print manga where he wears ScaryShinyGlasses.
* Like many classic examples, Zange Natsume of ''InuXBokuSS'' is a tricky character who, when his eyes are shut, generally comes off as silly, only to open them when he's being serious. He actually takes this UpToEleven because [[spoiler: due to his demon heritage he actually has ''one hundred'' eyes all over his body which he usually keeps shut and hidden under his clothes, only opening them all when he needs to use his powers to gather information.]]
* In ''SaintSeiya'' Virgo Shaka, one of the most powerful Golden Saints, maintains his eyes shut to actually keep his power under control. [[spoiler: When Phoenix Ikki finds out, after sorta recuperating from MindRape inflicted by Shaka himself, he tricks him into cutting off ''all'' of his senses and overpowers him in a [[TakingYouWithMe suicidal maneuver]], winning their fight and earning Shaka's respect for outsmarting him.]]
** Shaka's Lost Canvas counterpart Asmita, however, ''is'' blind.
* Saemon Kisaragi, the MasterOfDisguise from ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}''. He's only seen with his eyes open after killing his foes, and even then...
** Another big example is Saemon's friend and superior, Hyouma Muroga. Similarly to Shaka, he's not blind per se, but [[DisabilitySuperpower his special powers]] (reversing people's murdering instincts on themselves, making them commit suicide instead) are so strong that he can't turn them off, therefore he'd rather keep his eyes closed to avoid hurting his allies and loved ones too. His nephew and pupil Gennosuke also has the same power, but is able to keep it at bay so he doesn't need to close his eyes.
*** Also, there's a small variation in the original novel. [[spoiler: Hyoma ''is'' able to control his powers, but can't open his eyes unless it's at night because they're light-sensitive to the point of pain.]]
** Another variation, in both manga and anime: the Igas possess a special cream named "Seven Days Ointment" that seals the user's eyelids completely for at least seven days, ''forcing'' them to keep their eyes closed. ''Both'' Gennosuke and Oboro are affected by it: [[spoiler: Gennosuke has a dose of it thrown at him by Hotarubi, whereas Oboro rubbed some on her own eyes to not use her abilities on her own clansmen.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** Naruto usually closes his eyes when he's concentrating his chakra or thinking (for some reason, he has them closed for nearly all of the second episode!). It also adds to his fox-like appearance. Perhaps as a result of CharacterDevelopment or just ArtEvolution, he does this less and less as the series goes on.
** When Sai is first introduced in Shippuden, he is constantly wearing a phony smile with closed eyes. Despite the fact that he is repeatedly called on it, he doesn't actually stop until he has had sufficient character development.
** Akamaru is a dog with always-shut eyes, which succeeds in giving him a somewhat mischievous appearance. This disappears when he takes on human form for the "man beast clone" jutsu, or in very rare moments of extreme surprise.
** Chouza Akimichi is another example - until very recently, his eyes have never been shown open - although he's more of a down-to-earth GentleGiant than a mischievous type like Naruto.
* Fujita Goro/[[spoiler:Hajime Saitou]] of ''RurouniKenshin''. He actually has naturally squinty eyes (which Sanosuke notes when first meeting him), and they appear closed while Saitou is "acting" as Fujita, which makes him look more like a "nice guy". Once Kenshin recognizes him at the Kamiya dojo, however, this is dropped completely for the rest of the series.
** Also, Chou the Sword-Hunter keeps one eye closed at all times except from when starting to lose the upper hand in a fight. Seeing as this is in a ''somewhat'' realistic swordsmanship manga, it could be a shout-out to the practice of closing one eye when trying to piss off an opponent. He's basically saying: "You'd be too easy to beat if my perception was normal."
** Soujiro Seta's eyes are ''always'' closed, except during his freakout due to one of Kenshin's many TalkingTheMonsterToDeath speeches. After he appears to be better, they are again closed.
** Tae Sekihara's eyes are often closed, although she sometimes opens them when she is distressed. This seems to happen more in the animated version than the comic. Apparently Watsuki really likes this trope.
* Ezra from ''{{Vandread}}'' has these, obviously to emphasize her wise, motherly persona.
* Taro from the first season of ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''.
* Serpico from the ''{{Berserk}}'' manga. On the few occasions you see his eyes, almost always during a fight, it marks his LetsGetDangerous moment where he drops the foppish persona. Though in somewhat of a subversion, his motives are always clear and he sometimes goes out of his way to state them.
** Pippin had this trademark way before Serpico entered the story, though, and only ever opened his eyes once.
** Sort of half-played with Guts. After the events of the Eclipse, his right eye is permanently closed. He seems to still have perfect depth perception, though, considering how accurately he uses knives, his crossbow, and various attacks that require perfect precision.
* [[TheLegendOfTheLegendaryHeroes Luke Stokkart]] second in command in squad that very uneffectualy chasing after protagonists, seems to be nice, but when one of most dangerous guys in show start threating his captain he [[AlmightyJanitor show what he is made from.]]
* Kuroudou Akabane from ''GetBackers'', usually accompanied by a small smile, though he will open them when he's in a [[BloodKnight ''truly'' good mood]].
* Media from ''PaniPoniDash''.
* From ''IkkiTousen Dragon Destiny'', the incarnation of Zhao Yun, Chou'un Shiryuu, is practically like this. Apparently, while almost every characters always had their clothes torn one way or another, she manages to keep her clothes clean and never torn from attacks, all when she's fighting with eyes closed. She rarely opens them, if she did, it's probably for a brief of time and in a non-combat situation.
* Howdy from the TV show ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}''.
* Lee Linho in ''[[Anime/ReadOrDie R.O.D the TV]]''.
* Professor Go in ''GiantRobo''. He only opens his eyes when learning something that horrifies him.
* Kabapu's assistant, Ms. Momochi, in ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' never opens her eyes.
* Higsby/Higure from ''[[MegamanBattleNetwork Megaman NT Warrior/Rockman.EXE]]''.
* Maiza from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' always has his eyes closed, even while being shot.
** Additionally, there's Tick, Elmer and Nick (not to be confused Nicholas). Goose ''looks'' like his eyes are always shut, but closer inspection shows that they're just really, really narrow.
* Benitora of ''SamuraiDeeperKyo'' has his eyes shut most of the time, except when he's shocked by something. The English translation of the manga [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on it, but in the Japanese, he's talking about getting laid.
* Yasaburo, retainer to House Saotome in ''MacrossFrontier''.
* Mokona in ''XxxHOLiC'' almost always has its eyes shut, as noted above. Also Mugetsu.
* Ranger in ''TransformersSuperGodMasterforce''
* Wolfgang Grimmer in ''Anime/{{Monster}}''.
* Italy in ''AxisPowersHetalia'' is usually drawn with eyes that resemble equals signs.
** Aside from some of the official art advertising the manga/anime, he only opens his eyes TWICE in the course of eighty-some episodes. They even make fun of it in one strip, in which he wakes up, opens his eyes, and gasps. A caption underneath states "'I tried opening my eyes today!' - Italy".
** Made even better during Bloodbath 2011, when one of the requests was that he keep his eyes open. After about ten seconds, all the other characters were freaked out, and Germany ended up covering Italy's face (because he thought it was "[[WhenSheSmiles too]] [[HoYay limpid]]").
* Minoru Shiraishi in ''Anime/LuckyStar''. That is, [[BewareTheNiceOnes until Akira abuses him one time too many...]]
** [[OtakuSurrogate Konata.]] I dare you to find a single comic or episode where her eyes open for a whole scene.
* Fujisawa from ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld''
* Kinko from ''BinbouShimaiMonogatari'' has these, probably to emphasize that she is the older and thus more mature one of the Echigoya sisters.
* ''{{Kinnikuman}}'': Ramenman. Opens his eyes occasionally, but they're usually closed.
* Shouka from SaiunkokuMonogatari. His perpetually closed eyes seem to indicate his wise and easygoing personality. [[spoiler: On the rare occasions he's seen with his eyes open, it typically means very bad things for ''someone,'' since it indicates that Shouka is appearing in his role as the deadly assassin known as the Black Wolf.]]
* Haruka's and Akane's mom in ''VisualNovel/RumblingHearts''.
* In ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'':
** When Hei adopts his "unassuming nice guy" persona, Li Shengshun, he has a broad smile and his eyes are either closed or wide open; but when being his actual self, he has open MindControlEyes and a [[TheStoic stoic]] personality.
** Amagiri has one ''Eye Always Shut'', which gives him a cheerful appearance and fits his personality fairly well.
* Lau in ''Manga/BlackButler''. Who is ''also'' voiced by KojiYusa (the same person who voices [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Gin]] and [[Anime/ErgoProxy Vincent]]). Is there a pattern here?
* Mocked in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' with the sumo wrestler Omosadake, who everyone knows has Eyes Always Shut, because he's literally too lazy to open them. They also look nothing like the usual versions, being extremely swollen.
** There's also Yamabushi from the Shinryuuji Nagas, whose eyes aren't even slightly cracked when he ''cries''.
* One recurring villain from ''{{AIKI}}'', a poison user, has her eyes perpetually half-lidded at best. [[spoiler:Until Chapter 39 - when Kageyusu knocks her syringe out of her hand, her eyes pop open and remain open.]]
* Saburo Watanuki in ''PenguinRevolution,'' another instance of the trope being used to indicate a wise and good-natured character.
* In the ''{{Area 88}}'' TV anime, Roundell not only has an eyepatch but his one good eye is always shut...until he suffers a flashback at in inopportune time and it snaps wide open. Watch out for that cliff!
** In the ''{{Area 88}}'' manga, Hoover and Ryoko's father are also drawn with their eyes always shut.
* Angel chara Eru from ShugoChara.
* Kamui from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' is shown with his eyes closed more often than not.
** Also Ayumu, who never opens them except when he's angry (and even then they [[GlowingEyesOfDoom glow red/green/purple/whatever]]). And once again, he's voiced by KojiYusa. Hmm.
* Saku, the drummer in ''Manga/{{BECK}}'' always has his eyes shut to the point where they are even joked about in the dub (a life guard refers to him as the one with the "squinty eyes").
* Shino from ''{{Kannagi}}'', despite having her eyes closed all the time, still manages to be the hottest character in the series. According to her best friend, something bad apparently happens when she opens them.
** She opens her eyes when singing, which is stated as the reason why she doesn't sing in the karaoke episode.
* Neko-san, from ''ShinobiLife'', is Beni's minor-character-{{Meido}}. She never opens her eyes, regardless of when the situation obviously calls for it.
* IGPX: Team Black Egg's frontman Ricardo Montazio. One can wonder how he can pilot one of those mechs without having his eyes visibly open.
* Toyama Sachi from ''{{Jubei-chan}}''.
* Tamami from ''ChocottoSister''.
* Koma from ''{{Hyakko}}''--not surprising, since she can be seen as an {{expy}} of Tamami.
* ''CodeGeass'': Nunnally Lamperouge/vi Britannia has her eyes permanently closed. Her blindness is said to be psychosomathic, and it's believed it comes from the trauma of witnessing (and being caught in the crossfire of) her mother's bloody assassination, which also left her confined to a wheelchair. [[spoiler:Telling truths, the specific cause of Nunners's blindness is a [[MindRape Geass-induced trauma]], given to her by her father. She eventually regains her sight just in time for her climactic confrontation with [[{{Irony}} Lelouch]].]]
* Variation in ''Manga/{{Saki}}'', Fukuji Mihoko rarely opens her right eye, partly because she's sensitive to how it's a different color from her left, and partly [[spoiler:since her heterochromatic eyes that can activate her [[strike:[[CodeGeass Geass]]]] AwesomenessByAnalysis techniques]]. However, she often opens her right eye in moments when she's [[OutOfCharacterIsSeriousBusiness shocked enough that she forgets to keep it closed]], such as when Hisa outplays her in a tournament three years ago, [[LesYay prompting Hisa to call her right eye beautiful]], and after Hisa remembers her, she starts keeping her right eye open when around Hisa.
** Bundou from her team is a straighter example.
** Ikuno Akasaka, interim coach for Himematsu, has her eyes shut most of the time, since her typical expression is a somewhat ditzy smile.
* Brother Matthew from ''TrinityBlood''. He only opens his eyes once or twice when he is being exceptionally evil.
* From ''Anime/DotHackSign'', A-20. It shows that even though all the characters are drawn the same way, hers is much more cartoony-looking than most others.
* Kuran, a leakage girl in ''FightIppatsuJuudenChan''
* Balladbird Lee in ''{{Gungrave}}''. [[spoiler: When he actually opens them... it ain't pretty]].
* Konoha in ''Anime/PleaseTeacher''
* July, the sword wielding {{robot|Girl}} assassin from ''CoyoteRagtimeShow'' always has her eyes closed.
* Nonohara Kaede from ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' was never seen opening his eyes. In addition to his Eyes Always Shut, he's always smiling.
** Izumi Segawa's eyes are often shut as well.
* Futugami, the Series/{{Columbo}}-esque reporter in ''RahXephon'' has his eyes shut most of the time, and generally opens them at moments indicating that his seemingly bumbling persona is ObfuscatingStupidity. He also fits the wise and kind elder version.
* Woon-suk/Ah-dol or ''{{Yureka}}''
* Chiffon Fairchild from ''{{Freezing}}''. Perhaps one of the few genuinely kind, sane people among the crazed, blood-thirsty AmazonBrigade that is West Genetics...and is apparently also the ''strongest'' among them, having the nickname "Matchless Smiling Monster".
** Chapter 86. She finally opened them.
* Jinroku, the third teacher at [[SayonaraZetsubouSensei Itoshiki-sensei's]] [[TwoTeacherSchool three teacher school]] is almost always shown with a heavy squint and a smile on his face, seemingly making him the nice and wise version. On the other hand, there's some evidence including a [[TattooedCrook rather large tattoo]] on his back and his ability to avoid the scrutiny of cameras, that he had a rather dark past, likely in the {{Yakuza}}. In the scene with the tattoo reveal, he exhibits the BewareTheNiceOnes[=/=]ObfuscatingStupidity version, as his eyes open slightly, giving him [[GoodEyesEvilEyes slitted, evil-looking eyes]].
* Walker Yumasaki from ''{{Durarara}}'' keeps his eyes closed constantly. He does open them very briefly in episode 18 though.
** ...and it's hinted that, whenever he does, [[spoiler: it's a [[BewareTheNiceOnes very]], ''[[TranquilFury very]]'' [[KillItWithFire bad thing]].]]
* In ''DetectiveConan'', Ayako, Sonoko's older sister, is never seen with her eyes open. (Also, "Sleeping Kogoro's" eyes are always shut when he is "solving the case," though granted this is because he literally is asleep.)
** Another prominent character with eyes always closed it Okiya Subaru. When he opens his eyes, [[spoiler: he's revealed to be Akai.]]
** Some guest characters are also fox-faced.
* In ''HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'', Kimiyoshi almost always has his eyes closed. It's a subject that even his English VA, Kyle Hebert, joked about at an anime convention, comparing him to Brock from Pokémon.
* In the manga ''EtCetera,'' Baskerville's eyes are almost always closed...it's a [[OhCrap very bad sign]] if he has them open. However, he [[spoiler:almost always has them open while he's BrainwashedAndCrazy.]]
* Like the character {{S|tepfordSmiler}}ai from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', the character Ren Tsugura from [[Manga/SkipBeat Skip-Beat!]] will occasionally smile with his eyes closed. It is these smiles that [[GenkiGirl Kyoko]] identifies as a smile that says, [[TranquilFury "I'm really mad at you but I'm able to hide it"]], with no one but Kyoko being able to recognize it. Further supporting this, it's only the [[WhenSheSmiles smile he makes with his eyes open]] that is genuine.
* Chizuru from ''ShinryakuIkaMusume''. Every single time she opens her eyes, terror sweeps whoever she looks at, regardless of species, sex, or age.
** It turns out she's just squinting because of bad eyesight. She spends a chapter with them open after she gets contacts, but gives them up when she realizes that having her eyes open all the time makes everyone else nervous.
* Yuji's mom from ''ShakuganNoShana'' has her eyes closed most of the time.
* Paz in ''GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' keeps his eyes as narrow slits almost all the time, probably to emphasize his vaguely hostile gangster-look.
* Gabal from ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
* Tamako from ''Manga/{{Rinne}}'' always has her eyes closed in a cheerful expression.
* Minerva in ''MakenKi''. She at first tells that she does this because it makes her look "older and wiser". Later we discover that the real reason for this is to [[spoiler:limit and hide away her inter-dimensional teleporting ability.]]
* Nekoyashiki in ''Anime/RentalMagica'' very rarely open his eyes. This is one thing that makes him appear more mysterious.
* Dappa-oh Kuya from TenkuuSenkiShurato.
* Saikawa from ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'', probably to fulfill the regal butler stereotype. Aside from one early instance in the first chapter where his eyes are ''slightly'' open, the series hides what he looks like with his eyes open (along with any other expression outside of "neutral"), with one of the characters lampshading this in Chapter 24
* In the ''AceAttorneyInvestigations'' manga, Henry Biden, who plays "Detective White" of the Othello Detectives, typically has his eyes shut most of the time, except when he's surprised, such as when Edgeworth figured out that he wears platform shoes.
* Hayami from ''MinamiKe'' is usually seen with her eyes closed, most likely to highlight her cunning and mischievous nature.
* [[OlympusMons Amil]] [[BlowYouAway Gaoul]] of {{Kiba}} actually has a reason for its eyes being closed, [[spoiler:at least in its first form]]: it's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:until changing into its second and then third form,]] when it opens its eyes, [[spoiler:Amil Gaoul had been [[PowerLimiter asleep]], even as it [[CurbStompBattle easily defeated]] Zed's enemies.]]
* Mr. Handa from ShirokumaCafe is this.
* Izumi from Anime/HaoTaikeiRyuKnight has this.
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[[folder: ComicBooks]]
* The Western ur-example is [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] (the one who [[IAmNotShazam is not Shazam]]). He's been drawn with normal eyes lately, but for the great majority of his history they were always closed.
** The early Joe Shuster illustrations of {{Superman}} were also very squinty, which predate Captain Marvel.
*** Alex Ross continues to draw Superman with squinty eyes. He says its not to give off an attitude or look wise, its just to make him look like he's doing actual work when performing feats of strength.
* Jughead, of the ''{{Archie|Comics}}'' comic books and [[TheArchieShow television show]] typically has his eyes closed. It's referred to on-panel by other characters often, even down to the fact that this should render him blind. (A case of either LampshadeHanging or GenreSavvy.)
** Let's not forget the time when the gang convinced Jughead to open his eyes, upon which he couldn't see a thing due to bright light...
** In some stories, though, he has his eyes partially open, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jugopeneye1.gif like]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jugopeneye2.jpg so]]. As is often the case, it's not as dramatic as you'd think.
** And don't forget once he was coaxed into opening his eyes for a group photo, only to have ''everyone else in the shot'' blink once the photo was taken.
** Averted with the animated series ArchiesWeirdMysteries in which his eyes are always open.
* Both Grandma Ben and Lucius Down from ''{{Bone}}''.
** Except when Grandma is talking ''very'' seriously.
* Before the time-travel flashback thing, Lynn Johnston of ''ForBetterOrForWorse'' started drawing Japanese character Dawn Enjo with permanently squinted eyes, which she hadn't done before. No one is entirely sure why.
* V in ''ComicBook/VForVendetta''. His "face" is a mask and the tiny eye slits serve to prevent anyone getting so much as a glimpse of his face.
* RobLiefeld's artwork depicts characters so they look like they're always squinting. It is referred to by reviewer [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] as "{{Youngblood}}'s Disease".
* Ironically, of all characters to have their eyes closed most of the time, you'd think this would never apply to a character who's entire schtick, his whole reason to exist as a character, is to keep an eye on multiple universes and watch over all of them. But nope, TheMonitor from ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' seems to spend most of his time in an expression of frustrated lamentation, or thinking, Or, hell, just tired. [[spoiler: [[{{Synchronization}} He IS connected to every single atom of every single universe that the Anti-Monitor is destroying, which means The Monitor gets weaker as each universe dies.]]]]
* Igrath of ''{{Dreamkeepers}}''. Justified as he is blind.
* The Saint of Killers from ''{{Preacher}}'' has fairly permanently closed eyelids.
* Jon's mother from ''{{Garfield}}''; she does open them when startled or surprised though.
* BeetleBailey always has his hat (or his helmet) over his eyes -- even when showering.
** It's lampshaded in one strip, where the chaplain gently admonishes Sarge to see things from Beetle's perspective. The final frame shows Sarge with his hat covering his eyes down to his nose:
-->'''Sarge''': Here's half of Beetle's problem, right here.
** Also lampshaded in one comic which Beetle is shocked and his helmet in cartoon fashion flies off his head only for a second helmet to be under it. The funny thing is, that wasn't even the intended punchline, it was just bonus silliness.
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'': Zatoichi parody Zato-Ino, the blind swordspig. Several other characters like Gen, Katsuichi-Sensei, and Priest Sanshobo are "squinty".
* The nameless Thief of Abelagot from ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' story "The Jewel Smurfer".
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'': When Snoopy and Woodstock are put into a three dimensional form, like in toys, statues, etc. their eyes will always be closed. This doesn't apply when they're 2D.
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[[folder: Fanworks]]
* In [[Fanfic/Gensokyo20XX Gensokyo 20XXV]], we have Reimu, who is near-blind, making that justified, as she cannot really see, as well as the fact that she sleeps most of the time. It is noted they cannot remember the last time she's had them open, as she opens them rarely.
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[[folder: Film]]
* The Sphynxes in ''The Neverending Story'' are two gigantic statues whose eyes remain closed until "someone who doesn't feel his own worth" tries to pass between them, then they ominously open and shoot lasers at the person. Luckily Atreyu our hero jumps through quickly enough to avoid getting fried.
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[[folder: Literature]]

* The ''Franchise/WarcraftExpandedUniverse'' novels wrote by Richard A. Knaak feature the green dragons doing this, both in drakanoid and humanoid form. in this case it not only symbolizes their wisdom, but also their ability to see through the ''[[AnotherDimension Emerald Dream]]''. Specifically, they view their presence in the world of Azeroth as them dreaming. Ysera, queen of the Green flight, has opened her eyes three times in recorded history. She can apparently still see though.
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[[folder: LiveActionTV]]
* Harry from ''ThirdRockFromTheSun''. French Stewart, the actor who plays him, is naturally "squinty" and rarely has his eyes open more than slightly. This is particularly pronounced when he smiles, and he plays it up for comic effect. Parodied in the first episode:
-->'''Harry'': I can't see through my eyelids!\\
''Dick''': Open them!\\
'''Harry''': Oh, they're manual!
* GilbertGottfried is also "squinty" in most of his live-action performances.
** He started doing this to overcome stage fright. Now he doesn't feel comfortable ''not'' doing it.
* Ditto the late Dennis Wolfberg.
* And Jimmy Kimmel.
* And Renée Zellweger.
* Joel on ''MysteryScienceTheater3000''. In the first episode filmed, he actually showed up extremely tired, but the cast and crew liked the result on film; for the rest of the series, Joel was portrayed in a relaxed, almost sleepy demeanor with half-shut eyes and a relaxed, calm voice.
* "Sparky" Mortimer, then-10-year-old sports reporter seen on ''The Late Show With David Letterman'', would squeeze his eyes closed for the first few words of anything he said.
* David Puddy of ''{{Seinfeld}}''.
** When Jerry asks if Elaine had noticed an irritating habit of his (David had been overusing the "high-five"), among the several things she lists is "...that squinting thing he does?".
* Both Janice and the Swedish Chef from ''TheMuppetShow''.
* The Old Man on ''Series/PawnStars.'' Although you can catch a glint of his eyes every once in a while, for the most part, his eyes do seem to be almost-closed frequently.
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[[folder: Manhwa]]
* Chiffon Fairchild from ''{{Freezing}}'' has this as her most notable physical feature. She is also one of the more sane [[BloodKnight Pandoras]]
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[[folder: Music]]
* Milo from the animated musical group Prozzäk.
* Noodle from the animated musical group Music/{{Gorillaz}}. One eye is seen open in a closeup at the beginning of the TearJerker-combined-with-terror video of "El Manana".
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[[folder: Other]]
* Every proper depiction of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddha_(disambiguation) the Buddha]].
* A Japanese camera maker (Nikon) is running afoul of this trope in RealLife: [[http://www.jozjozjoz.com/2009/05/13/racist-camera-no-i-did-not-blink-im-just-asian/ No, I did not blink, I'm just Asian]]. (Note that Nikon is headquartered in Japan.)
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/PokemonTheMewsical'', Brock's actor closed his eyes for the entire show, since Brock in the anime and games always had his eyes shut.
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[[folder: VideoGames]]
* Formerly pictured alongside Gin used to be his {{Expy}} Hazama from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''. When we are first introduced to him, he seems like a very minor character in Noel's story, but then he starts revealing his true, more psychopathic nature and by the story's true end he's revealed as the BigBad, real name Yuuki Terumi. And in the 2nd game we learn that not only is he a MagnificentBastard, but also a ManBehindTheMan as well. He also opens his eyes much more frequently than his predecessor. Still doesn't stop him from being a [[MemeticSexGod sexy]], {{Badass}} [[MichaelJackson Smooth]] [[MemeticMutation Criminal]].
* Kliff Undersn in ''GuiltyGear'' (he has one eye open in his VS portrait in [=GG1=]).
* Moogles, frequently, in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' and ''KingdomHearts'' series. Though some recent games, such as ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' and the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' series have Moogles with their eyes open. [=MiniMog=] from ''Final Fantasy VIII'' was the first ever Moogle to have its eyes open... But it didn't have a pom-pom either.
** This makes perfect sense though since Moogles are supposed to be winged moles, an animal known for having its eyes closed.
** And despite that moogles from the ''IvaliceAlliance'' has their eyes opened, Horne from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' has his eyes always closed, along with [[NerdGlasses a pair of glasses]].
* Speaking of Ivalice Alliance, the Seeq Head Editor for the Bonga Bugle newspaper in Final Fantasy Tactics A2 is this.
* Juno in ''MegamanLegends''.
* Dr. Noel Chandler in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory''. He is shown as being an animal researcher which is appropriate to the wisdom stereotype.
** Dorne Murtough from the original ''VideoGame/StarOcean1'' also has his Eyes Always Shut.
* Wendolo from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars3'' and ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration''.
* The "Aisha" and the "Chia" species in ''Neopets''.
** Interestingly, in the Aishas' profile, they are clearly shown blinking, implying that the "shut" look is what their eyes actually look like.
* Ini Miney from ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' always has her eyes shut. Even in her driver's license photo. [[spoiler: The Ini we see, however, is actually Mimi Miney, who's impersonating her sister and keeping her eyes shut to fit the role (hers have a very distinctive look). When her facade cracks later in the case, she opens her eyes.]]
** Shelly [=DeKiller=] is also another Eyes Always Shut.
*** Frank Sahwit, Marvin Grossberg, and Winfred "Big Wins" Kitaki (whose BigOlEyebrows look like ScaryShinyGlasses because of it) also follow this trope.
*** Both ambassadors in the fifth case of ''Investigations'' as well. On Alba they signify age and wisdom, on Palaeno they mark him as a cheerful, if a little ditzy person. [[spoiler:Of course, in Alba's case, it's a front.]]
* Natsume in the four first four ''[[VideoGame/DotHackR1Games .hack]]'' games also displayed this characteristic, in addition to referring to herself in [[ThirdPersonPerson third person]] at seemingly random points.
** [[TheCameo Natsume]] also appears as an [[BonusBoss after game character]] in the third ''VideoGame/DotHackGU'' game. In this game, there is one way to get her to open her eyes. Not that you want to do that...
* Captain Olimar in ''{{Pikmin}}''. Along with just about every other Hocatatian.
* Crazy Redd in ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing''. He fits the Japanese view of "fox eyes" perfectly (especially since he's an actual fox)--he operates a black market that sells goods for an outrageous price, although you can occasionally find treasures only available in his shop. In addition to high markup, the games from ''Wild World'' onward make him the only outlet for paintings... which are frequently counterfeit.
* The Happy Mask Salesman from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' He also opens his on occasion, but only when he's ''not'' happy. This, combined with his general creepiness and un-movements (everyone else in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' and ''Ocarina of Time'' moves normally. He shifts from one position to another instantaneously.) make him the source of much terror, but he's not presented as being very wise ''or'' very mischievous. However, he is well-traveled and a normal guy doesn't carry around quite that many magical masks (then again, ''Link'' winds up with a large collection of them throughout ''Majora's Mask'', so maybe he just goes through Termina often and keeps his eyes open...well, figuratively, anyway.) In the end, we don't know much about him.
** Also in ''Majora's Mask'' are Sakon the thief, who makes off with Kafei's Sun Mask and the Bomb Shop owner's Blast Mask, and Keaton, a cunning, riddle-telling fox.
** Speaking of ''The Legend Of Zelda'', Tingle never opened his eyes in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''.
** And neither has Fado, the wind sage.
* The Miis on the Wii/Wii U and 3DS can also have these.
* Then entire cast of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', due to the limits of PS1 graphics.
* Wang Koh-San from ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting 3''
* All green dragons in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' are described as always having her eyes shut, and even if they're up and moving they see the world through the Emerald Dream. In particular, their leader Ysera the Dreamer only opens her eyes for very important occasions, and has only done so a handful of times in all of history. The first known time was when her beloved friend Malorne died in the War of the Ancients. Recently Ysera has kept them open at all times in order to focus on the threat of the Cataclysm and Deathwing, but the rest of the green dragons still keep their eyes shut.
* Kelvena from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''
** Mentioned in ''Xenogears'' [[AllThereInTheManual Perfect Works]] as being what she does in order to keep her high Ether power in check. She can be seen with them open [[spoiler: during the out-of-Gear battle against all four of the Elements]].
* There are typically a couple for every game in the ''HarvestMoon'' franchise. The trope usually sticks upon those of characters at old age, or apparently girls who are meant to be represented of beauty.
** Then there's Toby/Tao from Tree of Tranquility that is neither, but he ''does'' fit the "always cheerful" type. However, in his case, eyes that are always shut appear to be a genetic trait: His uncle and cousin have them too, and if he marries Renee, their son Matt has them too. "They say he's got my eyes."
** Lyla only opened her eyes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVNNiqjadJs once]], for like 6 seconds. Go figure, she has PurpleEyes.
* Many ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': Wobbuffet, Wynaut, Skitty, Snorlax, Makuhita, Cyndaquil, Abra, Swinub, Uxie...
** {{Justified|Trope}} for Uxie: anyone who has seen its eyes doesn't remember it. [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Or anything that]] ever happened before that in their life.
** Brock qualifies in the games as well
** [[spoiler:Drasna of the 6th generation Elite Four.]]
* It's amazing that Kenshin, one of the backup dancers in ''OsuTatakaeOuendan'', can dance so well considering that he always has his eyes closed. A Let's Play of the game jokes that he accidentally glued his eyelids shut.
* Just about everyone in ''FullThrottle'', though they do open their eyes wide in surprise now and then.
* ''VideoGame/ExitFate'': Angel's eyes are closed in both her portrait and all but one sprite, causing a common misconception among fans that she's blind.
* Goro Daimon and his son, Kogoro, in the ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series.
* Ayako Yuuki of ''VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo'' always has her eyes shut. She is TheDitz of the game.
* Oscar in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn]]'' has his eyes always shut and is always smiling. [[UnknownRival Kieran]] refers to him as a 'squinty coward!' in one of their support conversations... not that Oscar seems to care.
** Henry from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', though he opens his eyes all of once during the game.
*** From the same game, Kellam, though we never see his eyes open at all.
* Gretchen Hasselhoff in some ''BackyardSports'' games; her eyes are closed into an arc.
* Prosecutor Ito, [=JudgeMan.EXE's=] operator, in ''[[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork Mega Man Battle Network]] 6''
* Madotsuki, the protagonist of ''YumeNikki''. Probably because she sleeps nearly all the time.
* Ms. Accord and Lemres from ''PuyoPuyo'' never opens their eyes. In the case of Lemres, fan artists try to give him gold or red eyes.
* Both Male and Female Healers in ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' always have their eyes closed, with the females lampshading it in Disgaea 3.
--> '''Female healer''' (paraphrased): My eyes don't open very often. But don't worry. Even if our eyes meet, you won't [[TakenForGranite turn to stone.]] Hehehe.
** The only time one was seen with her eyes open was in an art piece for ''Videogame/MakaiKingdom'', which also activates one of the optional map events.
* In ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles''s, there's Leon Schmidt who never seems to open his eyes, not evening when he's piloting an aircraft...
* [[CoolTeacher Hubert Brixham]] from ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII'', although it is explained that one of his eyes was infected back when he was a sniper. Having both eyes closed doesn't seem to prevent him from catching one of his students turning around during a test. He only opens his eyes when he's shouting, which is rarely. There's also the clairvoyant Inghild from the same game who is never shown opening her eyes.
* Craftlord Tyram and {{A|lmightyMom}}mariss, the protagonist's mother, from ''[[SummonNight Summon Night: Swordcraft Story]]'' and Master Blaire from ''[[SummonNight Summon Night: Swordcraft Story 2]]''. Amariss and Blaire open their eyes occasionally.
* Richard Wong from ''PsychicForce''. Aside of having his eyes closed all the time, he pretty much controls TIME and is quite TheChessmaster as well.
* In ''Videogame/JablessAdventure'', most of the Squids.
* The goddess [[http://wiki.mabinogiworld.com/images/6/64/Morrighan.png Morrighan]] in [[MabinogiFantasyLife Mabinogi]]. When she opens her eyes, it means some [[http://wiki.mabinogiworld.com/images/8/86/Morrighan_G12.png serious shit is going down.]]
* Chester's battle and overworld sprites in Super Famicom version of ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' are drawn with his eyes perpetually closed ([[WideEyesandShrunkenIrises except when he takes damage]]). [[CharacterPortrait His portrait]] has his eyes merely squinted.
* Jiao from ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia''. He only opens his eyes briefly during dramatic moments, such as when he faces the party in combat for the first time.
* Raikoh, the hero of ''VideoGame/OtogiMythOfDemons'', and he never opens them, ever.
* The hero of the flash game ''Second Person Shooter Zato''. (As the name suggests, the hero can't see himself, but ''can'' see through the eyes of his enemies.)
* Ivoronus in ''Videogame/IMissTheSunrise''. [[spoiler:Until you recruit him, that is.]]
* Fo in ''VideoGame/BattleArenaToshinden''. His character select portrait shows him with this, but only for his original color palette and in-game model. Strangely, his alternate colors (each color set for first and second player had unique portraits) display him with his eyes open. The alternate color model still retains the shut eyes.
* In the [[GameBoyAdvance GBA]], [[PlayStationPortable PSP]], and [[IOSGames iOS]] versions of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'', the eyes of [[spoiler:the Light Emperor in the [[BonusDungeon "Soul of Rebirth"]] quest are always shut. The same goes for the Emperor whenever he wears his "Arubboth" [[DownloadableContent DLC]] costume (which is based off of the Light Emperor) in ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy]]''.]]
* The Batter from ''VideoGame/{{Off}}'' is intended to be this way in his dialogue-box sprite, though because of the way said sprite appears, it can be hard to tell if he isn't just wearing eye black or has ''four'' eyes.
* Teemo from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''.
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[[folder: Visual Novels]]
* Snake from ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors.'' In his case, the eyes aren't simply an artistic device--his eyes really ''are'' shut all the time, and it's one of the first things viewpoint character Junpei notices about him. He is, in fact, blind. He only opens them three times:
** In one of the puzzles, when Seven/Clover/Snake/Junpei spell "pipe" in a cheer-leading fashion. Snake has his eyes wide open as he shouts "Gimme a P and an E!"
** In the Safe Ending, [[spoiler:Ace tells Snake that he killed Clover - and exactly how he did it - and Snake snaps and his eyes open as he swears to kill Ace. It's actually pretty terrifying.]]
** When they're putting together what happened to Snake, his eyes are open in the still where he's going for the DEAD. [[spoiler:Though as it turns out, that wasn't Snake at all.]]
* ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'': Tatsuko is perpetually sleepy, and thus, her eyes are almost always shut. Unless her precious [[spoiler: Yamato-kun]] [[BerserkButton is missing]]. Then... UnstoppableRage.
* Two different characters from ''{{Morenatsu}}'' -- Kyouji and Tetsuya. EpilepticTrees notwithstanding, neither character has said or done anything all that treacherous.
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' has two examples. First we have the eccentric [[EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep Nurse]] who ''never'' appears onscreen with both eyes open, and only occasionally actually opens his left eye. The other example is Lilly Satou, who doesn't ''always'' have them closed, just about half of the time, such as when she's laughing or deep in thought. This is justified by the fact that she is completely blind and doesn't have much reason to open them.
* ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'''s Virgilia has this tendency. Her eyes do open a few times (just one eye in the original, both in the PS3 version), but [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m48c70jee41r35rp2o1_500.png the smile that always accompanies it]] is so creepy, it might just be better if she always kept them closed. For some obscure reason, the anime made her with [[http://subtlechaos.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/vlcsnap-00007.png?w=590 her eyes half-open]] as if she was always sleepy.
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[[folder: WebComics]]
* Michael the Missionary and test Administrator Noma from ''TowerOfGod''.
* Lt. Cmdr. Shodan from Webcomic/SchlockMercenary (the martial-arts instructor), which makes his look of shock in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2013-01-19 this strip]] all the more impressive.
* Esa from ''Handsome Fungus'' is almost never seen with her eyes open. [[http://www.savetinytim.com/handsomefungus/index.html?Blink=7 She talks about it a bit...]]
* Anja Donlan from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. Her eyes appear [[ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes white]] when she's seen in silhouette; apparently her usual appearance is just a stylized way to show she has small, dark eyes.
** Zimmy has her eyes [[{{Squick}} filled with black gunk]] most of the time, and the dark circles around them make it even worse by giving the appearance that she has no eyes. It's up to you to decide if she's creepier with them [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=197 closed]] or [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=198 open]] or [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=200 in-between]].
*** One of Tom's avatars is pretty much the male version of Zimmy's UglyCute appearance.
* Dante from ''AngstTechnology'' has permanently screwed-up eyes.
* Grant Kyokasho from ''Webcomic/AngelMoxie'', [[spoiler:until his HeroicSacrifice]].
* Rocko Sasquatch from ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' has enormous bushy eyebrows but no visible eyes.
* Harvoc from ''Webcomic/EmergencyExit'' wears a monocle, but his other eye is almost always closed, and [[http://eecomics.net/?strip_id=310 "whenever he opens his eyes it usually means death."]]
* For a long time Munchie Bear from ''CharbyTheVampirate'' was like this though in his case it was because someone had stiched his eye lids shut. Currently he has one eye always open and one eye always closed.
** There is a [[EyeBeams good reason]] someone sewed them shut.
* Mistress in ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' is usually depicted as having her eyes closed or narrowly open. She does fully open her eyes when amused or pissed off, though.
* Parodied in [[http://www.vgcats.com/super/?strip_id=24 this]] Super Effective strip.
** [[http://www.vgcats.com/super/?strip_id=34 And taken]] to its logical conclusion.
* Security from ''TheAdventuresOfWiglafAndMordred''.
* Flying Man from ''[[http://www.flyingmanandfriends.com/ Flying Man and Friends]]''. It is his only expression.
* Nario from SupahNarioBros
* One wonders where the anachronic [[ActionGirl Princess]] from ''[[http://rustyandco.com/comic/32/ Rusty & Co.]]'' gets all that eye-obscuring mascara.
* In [[http://www.drunkduck.com/Dragon_City/ Dragon City]], Rachel is not only known for her squint, but she also gets angry anytime anyone mentions it. Originally it was thought to be because dragons live underground, but later they figured out she was an Asian dragon. To add insult to injury, Rachel's eldest daughter Erin also has a squint, which might be why Rachel isn't the greatest mother to Erin.
* Meena's ex-boyfriend-cum-roommate in ''QuestionableContent''. Combined with his behavior, it gives him a beatific air.
* Reiko's mom Fumiko from ContemplatingReiko.
* Mia in ''UnintentionallyPretentious'' is blind and has her eyes closed about [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=137 half the time]].
* Simon from ''FruitIncest''. His mother wore glasses and always has her eyes half closed, so it could just run in the family.
* [[JerkAss Mr.]] [[PointyHairedBoss Kornada]] in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' seems to do it as a matter of arrogance and willful ignorance. Only a major alarm opens his eyes.
* The series {{Magician}} features a race of people with powers connected to their blood red eyes. One of the characters is a member of this race and keeps his eyes shut at almost all times, under the orders of his master. This is no problem for him since his race are able to see just fine with their eyes shut.
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* The King of Town from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''.
* [[Roleplay/RubyQuest Red]].
* The foxes in MudyQuest, too.
* The eponymous ''{{Pucca}}''.
* Dorroile in SomethingAwful's District Bulletin series. Eventually inverted--when he finally opens his eyes, they become constantly wide and unblinking, thus conveying as little expression as they did when closed.
* Yue from [[http://blog.livedoor.jp/keumaya-china/ Chuugoku Yome Nikki]].
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* A comical example from ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'': Flint's dad has a huge monobrow which obscures his eyes for most of the film, but which moves upwards to reveal them on a couple of occasions where he's shocked.
* Gaz in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''. She actually does open at least one eye when she [[http://images.wikia.com/zimwiki/images/5/5f/Invader_zim_Gaz.jpg needs]] [[http://images.wikia.com/zimwiki/images/4/40/Battle-dib_1.jpg to be]] [[http://images.wikia.com/zimwiki/images/d/d0/Dib_and_Gaz_pci_for_Zim_WIKI.png more]] [[http://images.wikia.com/zimwiki/images/6/6d/Gaz%27s_eyes_1.jpg expressive]] ([[http://images.wikia.com/zimwiki/images/3/31/Character_Gaz.png even in the intro]]). Other background characters play it more straight.
* [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] is often depicted like this in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.
* Shriek from ''WesternAnimation/CatDog''. Lampshaded on more than one occasion.
* The Nearsighted WesternAnimation/MrMagoo.
* [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Captain_Fanzone Captain Fanzone]] in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. He's been in a couple of episodes where he wasn't consistently drawn this way. It's apparently from the two different animation studios that make the show [[DependingOnTheArtist interpreting his character model differently]].
* Chef's mom and several Chinese people on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' have their eyes shut most of the time.
* A sentient basketball that only Shake could see from the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' episode "Hypnogerms".
* Gus Duncz from ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'' is drawn exactly like an aging [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], so much so that it's likely intentional.
* Mom Arbuckle, in the ''GarfieldAndFriends'' series
* Numbuh 3 in ''CodenameKidsNextDoor''. Considering that's she's Japanese, [[spoiler:it may also be a warning sign that she's [[StepfordSmiler not what she seems]].]]
* A partial example: {{Popeye}} always has his right eye shut, except when in shock. A common explanation is that it was injured in a fight. Wimpy usually walks around with his eyes shut as well.
* Cosgrove in ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' does this. He did open them three times in the series, in "The Cloud" presumably as an effect of the mountain air improving his mood, and in "The Island of Dr. Mystico" in shock at the actions between Freakazoid and Dr. Mystico at the dinner. No reason given why they opened in "The Wrath of Gutierrez", though. Unless food is that much SeriousBusiness (he opened them while ordering food).
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'', Sloppy always wears a Smurf hat completely over his eyes.
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* [[TruthInTelevision Many blind people literally do keep their eyes shut constantly]]. They don't need to have them open ([[CaptainObvious for obvious reasons]]), and it's often just more comfortable to have them closed. It's also often done for the comfort of others as some blind people have eyes that wander, cross, uncross, roll up, etc. because they've never needed to focus on anything or work together.
** The legally blind can be light ''sensitive''. Light changes can hurt.
* This trope is rarer in RealLife, of course, because ''artistic'' Eyes Always Shut always accentuates what is, in everyday life, just almost-closed-looking eyes.
* [[http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&q=French+Stewart&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=_VrhTOPlGoyisAOi3_3eCg&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CC0QsAQwAA&biw=1027&bih=709 French Stewart]], as made fun of in the quote at the top of the page, lampshading how less-than-open the actor's eyes usually look.
** [[FamilyGuy What are you squinting about? It's not even that bright!]]
* [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0714681/ Billy Redden]], the banjo player from ''{{Deliverance}}''.
* Comedian JimBreuer talks in one bit about how people think he's always stoned, because his eyes are always half-closed. Well, also, there's [[EruditeStoner the way he talks]]. And that one time [[HalfBaked he played a stoner]].
* Similarly, Music/SnoopDogg's eyes always have a half-closed, stoned look to them. Music/WeirdAlYankovic once {{Lampshaded}} this in a faux interview with the rapper, where he dared him to open his eye all the way. Snoop couldn't do it.
* UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush is often {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed to have this trait.
* ReneeZellweger has a perma-squint.
* Creator/ClintEastwood tends to be this, both on-screen and off-screen. [[ClintSquint It's even named a trope]]!
* Singer Andrea Bocelli always has his eyes either completly shut or almost shut due to being blind.
* GilbertGottfried, though according to him it's a result of having sex with Joan Rivers.
* As noted in the description, the concept of keeping your eyes always closed in Japan (as well as having that telltale grin) was in resemblance to the fox creature kitsune, and people used to believe it meant you were possessed by one. It used to be a common diagnosis for mental illness.
* Creator/HideoKojima has very squinty eyes that are [[http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--KGWrxIqE--/17irrpbgb74cfjpg.jpg very]] [[http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Hideo+Kojima+Spike+TV+2011+Video+Game+Awards+e3ivTZLCeqdl.jpg close]] to a real-life version of this trope.
* Creator/James Franco has very squinty eyes, especially when he smiles.
** "Did you bone Anne Hathaway? Squint once if yes. If James opens his eyes tonight we get six more weeks of summer." - Nick Kroll.
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