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[[caption-width-right:329:[-[[Literature/LittleHouseOnThePrairie Nellie Olson's]] [[RegalRinglets ringlets]]? Check. Evil Blonde? Check. Sleep Mask? You're a RichBitch.-] ]]
->'''Mom:''' ''(wearing mask)'' What's my present?\\
'''Dad:''' OPEN YOUR EYES!\\
'''Mom:''' ''(blink)'' OOH, A blindfold!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{The Fairly OddParents}}''

A mask without eye holes worn when a character is sleeping somewhere with too much light. Often they're seen on planes or trains; oddly enough, though, in fiction, they can appear in perfectly dark private bedrooms.

The Sleep Mask is used to give the audience clues about the personality of the person wearing one. It can signify:
# High "class"
# Vanity
# An effeminate nature
# A huge love for sleeping
# A strong dislike of having to sleep with lights on
# Having sleeping troubles

The third is more often used for a man, but can also be used for women. For example, a woman with a Tomboy personality during the day might for contrast wear a sleep mask at night, or one might be used to emphasize one character's girly nature [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl in comparison with another female cast member]]. The fourth, fifth, and sixth examples are often used for those who either love to sleep or have a huge preference to how they sleep, or indicate that they have difficulty sleeping without the masks.

Tropes that may apply: SpoiledSweet, SpoiledBrat or RichBitch. Often but not always worn by the villainess.

Bonus points if the mask has painted eyes.


* One of Toyota's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2euG5tt1D7k Corolla]] commercials [[CharacterCelebrityEndorsement featuring]] [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Hatsune Miku]] has her taking a nap in the said car while wearing a purple sleep mask.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The first time Sougo Okita is seen in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', he's wearing one of these with eyes drawn on it, using it to sleep while he's supposed to be on duty. It's become iconic of his character.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' [[AnIcePerson Admiral Aokiji]] wears one at all times, as he spends a good deal of his spare time [[BrilliantButLazy sleeping]].
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' has one complete with eye decorations, worn by a pet monkey of all creatures.
* Goku can be seen wearing one during the first end credits theme to ''Anime/DragonBallGT''
* In ''Anime/LoveLive'', when they are on the plane in the movie, Rin has one with a cat face design.
* At least in Season One of the ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' anime, Hinagiku Katsura wears one of these on a plane ride. Not as a class symbol (even though her family is quite well off), not showing vanity (she's rather insecure), and not even as a girly trait (she's a tomboy who's still developing her girly side). It's because she's utterly terrified of heights. She's not even sleeping, she just uses the mask so she doesn't have to see how high up she is...along with being wrapped in a blanket with at least six seat belts strapping her down.
* Chibiokami from ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'' always has one on, mostly worn on his forehead, but he pulls it on during nighttime...not because he wants to or anything, but the fact that the full moon turns the cute wolf pup in to a rampaging monster with no recollections of who he truly is.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Charlotte from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.
* In ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', Rourke's crew sleep with these on because Lt. Wilhelmina Packard sleeps in the nude and has a tendency to sleepwalk. We don't actually see this of course ([[BrainBleach thank goodness]]), rather, Sweet informs Milo of this when handing him a mask.
* Pirate Captain of ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesInAnAdventureWithScientists'' wears one, that has skulls and crossbones over each eye.
* [[http://imageshack.com/a/img203/8987/71gl.jpg Darla can be seen wearing one briefly]] at the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' Why yes, she is a SpoiledBrat...and a RichBitch...and the antagonist.
* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': While sleep masks were never seen in the actual films, some of the characters wear them in "The Series".
** Pleakley in the "Fibber" episode, was seen wearing a modified black colored one over his single eye. This does highlight his effeminate nature.
** Gantu was caught wearing a magenta colored one in the "Mrs. Hasagawa's Cats" episode despite the fact that he is an alien that is brutal and manly.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Matilda}}'', her mom (Mrs Wormwood), a fake blonde who concentrates on her manicure rather than listen to her daughter, sleeps with a mask. It has two eyes drawn on it and has plot repercussions as wearing it means she doesn't notice what antics Matilda is up to in her bedroom.
* Albin wears one in the sequel to ''Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles'', ''La Cage aux folles 2''.
* Used in ''Film/ThirteenGoingOnThirty''.
* Literature/AuntieMame is wearing one when Patrick bursts into her room to show her his new toy airplane.
* In ''Film/{{Overboard}}'', the main character's mother is wearing one of these when the yacht is turned around in the middle of the night.
* Holly has one in ''Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys''.
* Courtney Rawlinson wears one in ''Literature/AmericanPsycho''.
* Claus von Bulow wears one (and maybe earplugs, too) in ''Film/ReversalOfFortune''.

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* Worn by Harry Kim in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' in the episode "The Cloud". He got into the habit of wearing one because his roommate at Starfleet Academy used to stay up all night studying. He also claims that it helps remind him of being in the womb, but Paris is sceptical of that assertion.
* London Tipton uses one of these in ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody''.
* Worn by Lucille Princesse on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''
* In ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Charles Emerson Winchester wears one to bed; it's not an unreasonable thing considering the Officer's Tent's flaps are usually up in warm weather and wounded could come any time so they have to get sleep anytime they can off duty.
** In the early episodes, Col. Blake was often shown wearing one while he slept.
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon wears one in a hotel room (episode "The Love Car Displacement").
* Marie Schrader wears one in ''Series/BreakingBad''.
* In ''Series/TheSentinel'', Jim wears one, but his is probably justified as he has heightened senses and sometimes sleeps during the day when he's been out on stakeout.
* Reuben Kincaid wears one in the pilot episode of ''Series/ThePartridgeFamily''.
* Phil from ''Series/ModernFamily'' sleeps with one, which his wife loves to make fun of.
-->'''Phil:''' Or maybe he's photosensitive, which is a real medical condition!

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Chica and her friends on Creator/{{Sprout}}'s ''The Chica Show'' wear sleep masks.

* All the dolls of the Dead Tired line of ''Franchise/MonsterHigh''.
* There is a piece of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' official merchandise that is one of these, with Lelouch's [[MagicalEye eyes]] (and bangs) on it.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Peacock from ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' wears ''six'' of them over on her arms when she sleeps... but given that her real eyes were gouged out and she sees mostly out of the mechanical eyes on her artificial arms, it almost [[JustifiedTrope makes sense]].
* Ryuji Sakamoto from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' was seen sleeping with one of these on in an anime cut scene that that focused on his class trip to Hawaii. He gets bonus points for this because his sleep mask has painted eyes on it.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Ruby from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' wears a [[AnimalMotif wolf-themed one]]. Rather surprising since [[TheOjou Weiss]] is the one that fits the character archetype.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Phix of ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' wears one of these. It is less about representing an aspect of her character, and more about the fact that [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/wise-words/ a sphinx with a sleep mask is hilarious.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInAChristmasCarol'' pictured above. Eden Starling is the GenderFlip version of Ebenezer Scrooge in a [[YetAnotherChristmasCarol Charles's Dickens novel]] adaptation. So, instead of a greedy man, we have a self-centered lady. Not surprising the three Christmas spirits find her asleep with such a mask.
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAFashionFairytale'' shows a rare realistic use of it- in a plane. But, being Barbie, her mask is pink and her dog wears one too.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Marge's {{jerkass}} sisters Patty and Selma have been seen wearing these while sleeping, as has Reverend Lovejoy.
* Jimmy from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' wears one, at least in the episode "A Glass of Warm Ed".
* Heloise on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''.
* [[TheFashionista Rarity]] in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is seen using one in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial "Sisterhooves Social"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E20ForWhomTheSweetieBelleToils "For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils"]].
* Linda wears one in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', but usually it's to keep her from seeing anything the boys might be up to at night.
* Squidward from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' wears one one of these. It even gets set on fire while he is sleeping with it in one episode due to all night lights in [=SpongeBob=]'s house illuminating through his window.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'': Milan Stilton, ( a ParisHilton expy) in the episode "Evil Heiress Much?" wears one at night.
* Leni from ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' wears one at night, in place of the sunglasses she wears as part of her regular outfit.
* On ''WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter'', Walter Raccoon sometimes sleeps with one on, as he operates the recycling boat by night and therefore must sleep during the day.
* Dukey in the ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' episode "Green Johnny" was seen wearing a pink sleep mask while sleeping despite the fact that he is a dog.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperNoobs'': Zenblock is seen in multiple episodes wearing one in his sleep despite that fact that he is an alien with an aggressive and manly personality. His sleep mask is red colored with a yellow Z on it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
** Justin, a contestant on the show is seen wearing a blue colored one in several episodes of the "Action" season
* On ''WesternAnimation/BeatBugs'', Katter wears one in "In My Life" while in her chrysalis, changing into a butterfly. Unlike a normal caterpillar changing into a butterfly, the chrysalis covers everything ''but'' her head, which is left outside of it.