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-> "A J-Jedi doesn't... need ''eyes!''"
-->-- '''Luke Skywalker''', immediately after being temporarily blinded, ''Vader's Quest''.

They hold their staff (or other WeaponOfChoice) like they know what they're doing, but since they're completely without sight surely they aren't that dangerous, right? Wrong. The Blind Weaponmaster is one of the most deadly adversaries a character can face. In possession of [[DisabilitySuperpower supernatural senses born from blindness]] or just BadassNormal enough to compensate for their loss with other natural senses, the Blind Weaponmaster will surprise any overconfident character and make a hero push their skill to its limits. A BlindWeaponmaster may invoke YourEyesCanDeceiveYou by fighting in a visibly challenging location such as fog or total darkness which would even out the drawback or even reverse it on their opponent instead. Their weapon of choice is stereotypically a staff, but other blunt weapons have been used as well. Blades are rare but not unheard of.

A subtrope of HandicappedBadass. See also the aforementioned YourEyesCanDeceiveYou for when a normally-sighted character having to fight without the use of their eyes.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* DownplayedTrope in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Guts has only lost his right eye, [[RealityEnsues which still affects his depth perception and leaves him with no field of vision on his right side]]. Guts has learned to use his [[http://www.mangareader.net/berserk/14/38 hearing to compensate]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Kaname Tousen, [[spoiler:up until his hollow transformation. Ironically, it was gaining sight that led to his downfall.]]
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'': [[spoiler:Uzu Sanageyama]] sews his own eyes shut when he finds himself relying too heavily on them, becoming even more badass in the process. He gains HyperAwareness and becomes virtually impossible to hit or to dodge.
** In the penultimate episode, [[spoiler:he has them reopened. His intentional handicap has been taken away, AND he's still got his proficiency with his other senses, making him insanely dangerous. Thankfully, the Devas have well undergone a HeelFaceTurn by this point.]]
* ''Anime/NinjaScroll'': One of the QuirkyMinibossSquad is a blind swordmaster. He can feel out the location of the sun and reflect it off his sword as a blinder, turning the tables on his seeing enemy. [[spoiler:He loses when his attack is deflected by a knife that got stuck in bamboo earlier in the fight which he can no longer track by hearing, giving Jubei an opening.]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Issho, a.k.a. Admiral Fujitora is a blind swordsman and clearly based on ''Franchise/{{Zatoichi}}''. On top of his swordsmanship and Haki, he's a GravityMaster.
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts'': [[spoiler:Xerxes Break]] eventually loses his eyesight. Doesn't stop him from being (arguably) the most badass character in the entire manga/anime.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Mousse is not blind, per se, but so short sighted that even with coke-bottle glasses he cannot distinguish between people and objects, fights with a range of deadly bladed weapons. Interestingly enough, while he's been known to mistake a ''bicycle'' for a long-haired Chinese girl, he has absolutely no problem fighting even deadly, fast-moving adversaries in the night and without his glasses.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Usui, literally known as "The Blind Sword".
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': Shiryuu, at least for part of the series.
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'': [[spoiler:Sara]] turns out to be an extremely skilled ninja.
* ''Manga/{{Shigurui}}'': Irako Seigen.
* ''Teiden Shoujo to Hanemushi no Orchestra'': Haibane.
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul[=:Re=]'', [[spoiler: Kishou Arima]] turns out to be a downplayed version of this trope. Glaucoma has robbed him of the sight in his right eye, and his left is beginning to fail as well....but he manages to conceal this from all but the most observant enemies. Other than a slowing in his movements and a slight favoring of that side when fighting, he seems to have compensated enough to remain a nigh-unstoppable killing machine.
* ''Manga/UntilDeathDoUsPart'': Mamoru is a master of the katana to the point that he uses it as his only weapon IN ACTUAL [[CrazyAwesome MILITARY COMBAT]] and owns everyone's asses. And yes, he's blind without the special glasses that Igawa made which show him where objects are as wire frames on a perspective grid. He's almost as skilled without them, though.
* ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}:
** Gennosuke's uncle and BigBrotherMentor Hyouma Muroga has severe eyesight problems, though the exact source and effects vary per media. In any case, he's still not to be trifled with.
** Koushirou Chikuma falls victim to EyeScream halfway through the series, but learns to use his hearing to compensate. [[spoiler: That lets him defeat and kill the aforementioned Hyouma, a man who can only open his eyes briefly to use his poersd... which ''don't'' work on blind opponents like Koushirou.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* King Snake, in the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' family of comics, was blinded by gunfire at an early age, but became one of the best martial artists in the 'verse in spite of it. He's so good that on one occasion where his sight was restored, it actually threw him off his game enough that Tim Drake's Robin could hold his own against him.
* The title character in ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'', fighting with his [[SwissArmyWeapon cane/Escrima Stick/grappling hook]].
** Also his teacher, Stick.
*** And Stick's teacher, Master Izo ("Master" seems to be part of his name, he's that badass).
* The Blind Master from Creator/MarvelComics' ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' series.
* Best Tiger from ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' is a subversion...he can see perfectly well, but chooses to fight blindfolded because that's the only way combat is any kind of challenge to him.
* In ''ComicBook/OldManLogan'', an elderly ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} has lost his sight. However, as long as he can hear his target, his aim is just as deadly as ever.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** In ''Vader's Quest'', Luke is [[TemporaryBlindness blinded, temporarily]], but that doesn't slow him down, at least at first - a dozen or so people immediately try to kill him, and he beats them all without killing any of them. It's only later, when he's not fighting, that he has trouble.
** A variant in the Expanded Universe are the Miraluka species who, at best, have vestigial eye sockets. Their "sight" is entirely Force-based. They're usually pacifists, but if you see [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords one]] [[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic packing]] [[VideoGame/JediKnight a lightsaber]], you're better off running the other direction.
* Zato Ino, "The Blind Swordspig", in ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'', can "see" things thanks to his sense of smell.
* ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} of the ComicBook/XMen has two options when he loses his [[SunglassesAtNight glasses]]: Keep his eyes open and [[EyeBeams kill]] [[PowerIncontinence everything in sight]], or keep them shut and ''beat the living hell out of his opponents'' while counting his footsteps so he can find his way back to where his glasses landed.
* ComicBook/XMen villain Destiny was a BlindSeer who fought with a crossbow, her precognitive power giving her perfect aim.

* ''Fanfic/ThoughABirdCantFly'' chronicles Kuina's struggles with becoming this.
* ''Fanfic/RWBYReckoning'' has this in one of the story's original characters, Professor Kor. He's the teacher of weaponry at Beacon Academy, and is described as having bandaged eyes. It's later revealed that he was blinded due to a [[WarElephants Goliath]] attack.

* Ray Charles in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers''. Fires a couple of warning shots at a would-be guitar thief.
* Rutger Hauer's character in ''Film/BlindFury'' is a blind modern day swordsman who manages to singlehandedly destroy a crime syndicate. It's essentially a Western take off on ''Zatoichi''.
* [[spoiler:The titular Eli]], from ''Film/TheBookOfEli''.
* Being blind himself Matt Murdock in ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' uses this trope through out this movie, though he technically cheats by using echolocation to see.
* Parodied in ''Film/DinnerForSchmucks'', where one of the eponymous "schmucks" fancies himself a blind MasterSwordsman. He isn't.
* The titular ''Film/MasterOfTheFlyingGuillotine,'' who's also an ImprobableWeaponUser.
* [[spoiler:Sheldon Sands]] in the last third of ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico''.
* In ''Film/ScentOfAWoman'' blind retired Army Ranger Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade shows his nephew Randy that you don't insult Slade's caretaker Charlie. When Randy does so, Slade manages to get up from the dinner table, grab Randy by the throat, and slam him against the nearest wall and demonstrate a chokehold he learned in the Army.
* ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/RogueOne'': Former Guardian of the Whills Chirrut Îmwe is blind, but takes down stormtroopers five at a time with his staff. How?
-->''"I'm one with the Force, and the Force is with me."''
* One of the title characters in the Wuxia film ''The Warrior and The Blind Swordsman''.
* Ichi from ''Franchise/{{Zatoichi}}''.

* See No Evil in ''LightNovel/ALullabySinister.'' His eyes are closed shut by rusty cables but he somehow manages to maneuver through the halls of the Surrogate School with little difficulty as he slaughters his way through students. Furthermore, trigger him by making the slightest noise and he will make a beeline straight towards you.
* Drizzt in ''Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy'' meets and learns from Montolio "Mooshie" Debrouchee, who is an expert with the sword, shield, and bow (His pet owl helps him aim).
* In ''Literature/EaCycle'' [[spoiler:Atara becomes a combination of this and BlindSeer after she gets blinded by the BigBad.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}},'' [[spoiler:Hideo the ninja is this, though not actually blinded until very late in the story. ]]
* Maestro Killian, the trainer of Cursors in the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' book ''Academ's Fury''. He compensates for his blindness through his furycrafting.
* Two of them in ''Literature/{{Swordspoint}}''. One of them Richard is regretfully forced to kill, the other one [[spoiler: ''is'' Richard. Later in life, anyway]].
* One of the stories in ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' details the life of a blind Japanese gardener who becomes a one-man zombie-killing army.
* ''Literature/StarWarsLegends'' had the Miraluka. They appeared human, but living on a planet with infrared light had left them blind. They could use the Force to sense and 'see', but were otherwise blind and usually wore dark glasses or a blindfold. Inquisitor Jerec was one notable character who fits this trope. A Jedi turned Dark Jedi, he was referenced first as a blind human, but was retconned to being Miraluka. There were a few Miraluka Jedi, but they also had their own Force tradition.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Blind assassin girl on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' "Blind Faith". She made herself blind living in a cave, but her infrared ability will still let her kick your ass.
* On ''Series/CovertAffairs'', Auggie is a former Special Forces soldier who was blinded on a mission in Tikrit. He can also fight better than any sighted person in the entire series.
* When not smilingly speaking wisdom, Master Po from ''Series/KungFu'' swings a pretty mean staff.
* Subverted by an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' where Worf blindfolds a martial arts student as part of a test and tells her to anticipate his attacks. He kicks her ass until she quits, saying that the test is unfair. Worf admits ''of course'' you'll lose a fight if you're blind. [[SecretTestOfCharacter The real test was getting the nerve to say that to his face.]]

* The Knight in Leslie Fish's "Cripple's Shield Wall." He cannot see, and must know his ground in a fight, but that's compensated for, he is scary good with the sword and unhampered by "dark, fog, or rain"
* The Pinball Wizard from Music/TheWho's rock opera ''Tommy'' was a deaf dumb and blind kid who was the champion pin baller.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Most fantasy or martial arts settings will have some way to build this character type.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' invokes this trope with the Swordmaster's Blindfold, which blinds the wearer to everything beyond weapon's reach, but does nice things for critical hits.
* In ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'', Phoenix Champion Shiba Tsukimi is blinded by the sunlight off her opponent's blade in a duel toward the end of a war between her clan and the Scorpion. However, her connection to the Soul of Shiba and, possibly more importantly, to the Void allows her to see without seeing. As a result, she's still a powerful fighter and skilled duelist.
* Eltharion the Grim from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' was briefly (c. 2001-2006) changed from his usual "grim Griffon-riding High Elf hero" persona and turned into a blind sword master (after Malekith, the Witch King of the Dark Elves, had his eyes put out as punishment for his unprecedented success in leading armies against Dark Elf cities). His original stylings were eventually reinstated, however, and the blinding incident retconned out of existence.

* Sirhan Dogen from VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth is a blind [[ProfessionalKiller assassin]]. It helps when you've [[RightHandAttackDog trained your seeing-eye dog to kill for you]], but he is also quite deadly with a knife.
* Adkin Chambers in ''Videogame/{{Arcanum}}'', despite having had his [[EyeScream eyes cut out]] by [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Garrick Stout]] after losing a duel with him, remains a competent martial artist and the continent's foremost expert on dodging and defensive techniques.
* Augus from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' is apparently one of these. Albeit hard to notice at first because he and Asura tend to have white glowing eyes regardless, Asura's threat to "Rip out those blind eyes" and his lack of pupils makes it obvious.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsI'' has the legendary Hawkeye Gough, one of Gwyn's Four Knights who shot down countless dragons with a bow and arrow (it helps that he's a giant as big as a house and his bow is as big as he is). When you meet him in ''[[DownloadableContent Artorias of the Abyss]]'', he has gone blind and [[RetiredBadass now spends his days making wood carvings]], but is still a good enough shot that he can snipe the dragon Kalameet out of the sky on his first attempt, incapacitating him enough so that you can finally have a ([[BonusBoss somewhat]]) fair fight with him.
-->'''Gough:''' [[BadassBoast Now watch... and see how Gough hunts dragons.]]
* The Asura subclass of the Slayer from ''DungeonFighterOnline''. Purchases powerful SwordBeam spells by selling his eyes to a demon parasite in his left arm.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'': The Moth Priests - monks who read the Elder Scrolls, going blind as a result - are the only faction in the game to use [[KatanasAreJustBetter Akaviri Dai-Katana]] other than the Blades.
* Riku spends the majority of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' (and an uncertain amount of time between ''Chain of Memories'' and II) wearing a blindfold. He wore it for so long, he ''forgot he was wearing it!''
* Xiao Long from ''VideoGame/MaceTheDarkAge''.
* Kenshi from ''VideoGame/MortalKombat''. However he makes up for it by using telekinesis to manipulate objects he can't physically see (including his sword).
* Hangan in ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]''
--> '''Hangan:''' Though my eyes don't reflect, my heart feels.
* Gaichû in ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns: Hong Kong'' is a [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier ghoul]], and therefore blind. He was also a highly accomplished swordsman before his ghoulification, and being suddenly struck blind slowed him down for a few weeks at most before he was able to compensate with his new senses.
* Voldo from the ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul]]'' series is a blind man who wields a pair of katars with great skill.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** Visas Marr from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII''; since the Miraluka are all blind but "see" with the Force, any Miraluka could be this. Also, Kreia has let her eyes "atrophy from disuse", using [[SentientCosmicForce the Force]] to see instead. This does not limit her combat abilities.
** Master Rahm Kota in ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', once he snaps himself out of his HeroicBSOD enough to rouse himself from his drunken stupor, that is. He shows this more in the sequel.
* Haborym, from ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre''.
* Demon Hunters in the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' franchise, the most notable of which is Illidan (seen in the page picture), don't just wear blindfolds - their eyes are ''burned away by demonic energy'', and they use AuraVision instead. In the expansion pack ''Legion'', they are set to become a playable hero class.
* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Hunter]] from ''VideoGame/ZenoClash'' is a crack shot with a sniper rifle and explosive squirrels. Later, when you fight him in hand-to-hand combat, he starts the fight [[IAmNotLeftHanded literally holding one hand behind his back]]. When he gets bored of that and starts using both hands, the fight turns into a HopelessBossFight.

* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''[='=]s Terezi is very handy with her [[CaneFu cane]]. Though she's not entirely blind (she can see synaesthetically via smell and taste).
* Dame Goodlaw from ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'' always closes her eyes when she's fighting. Nobody's really sure why.
* ''WebComic/NoNeedForBushido'' has Ryoku, a blind swordsman, (he's essentially an evil version of Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, if Daredevil was a samurai assassin) and Cho, a blind martial arts master with a preference for using a SimpleStaff who claims to be guided by the Tao itself and may be the best fighter in the series despite being not only blind but also a first class CloudCuckoolander. The unlikeliness of there being more than one man like this is parodied at one point, when Ken, one of the main characters, is knocked out, and while he's unconscious Ryoku kidnaps Ina. When he comes to Ken is told that "the blind fighter guy" took Ina, and immediately turns on Cho and demands to know why Cho betrayed them. When told that it wasn't Cho but someone else, Ken is completely dumbfounded at learning that there are (at least) ''two'' such "blind fighter guys" in the country.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Toph is blind and fights using the power of earthbending to 'see' via the vibrations she feels through her feet. She's only 12, yet she is regarded as [[ChildProdigy the greatest earthbender of her era]], to the point of improving on the art by ''inventing'' metalbending.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' with Stinkmeaner. In his first confrontation with granddad he kicked Robert's butt and Huey assumes it's because of this trope. Turns out he just got lucky and wasn't a good fighter at all. He literally died due to this misunderstanding.
** Played straight in the same episode with Huey's dream of "The Blind Nigga Samurai".
** Averted, afterward [[spoiler: he went to hell, and learned [[TookALevelInBadass martial arts and weapons combat becoming a master]] in both, from the devil himself just so he could kill the Freeman family. Though really he was just doing it for ForTheEvulz.]]
* In the BadFuture episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Broadway is blind but can "see" using an echolocation collar invented by Lexington, allowing him to fight.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' contained three blind, dog-like demons [[spoiler: or rather men who were possessed by a magic well]] who were able to use arrows with supernatural accuracy due to their incredible hearing. Jack trains himself to fight blindfolded in order to combat them.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
** Inquisitor [[TheBrute the Fifth Brother]] is implied to be this, as he looks like he has cataracts. WordOfGod confirmed it.
** In the [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E19TwilightOfTheApprentice second season finale]], [[spoiler:Kanan gets blinded by Darth Maul. He proceeds to hand Maul's ass to him in a lightsaber duel and [[DisneyVillainDeath casually toss him off a tall building]] (which he survives).]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'': In the 2003 series, there is one episode where Donatello is sent to a ''BadFuture'' where the [[BigBad Shredder]] has enslaved the earth. This future Leonardo is heavily-scarred and wears dark, round shades instead of his mask, implying that he is blind. It doesn't stop him from being an excellent swordsman and [[spoiler:nearly killing Karai]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles2012}}'' Shredder's right hand man, Hattori Tatsu, is a blind ninja swordsman and an expert at combat. He is able to hold his own against seven opponents at once. The turtles and crew are only able to beat him by taking away the only thing that lets him fight, his hearing. Leo, Raph, and Donny use Casey Jones's explosive pucks to cover Karai's footsteps as she runs towards Tatsu and deafens him with a head strike before taking him down. When Tatsu is deafened the entire world looks like a WhiteVoidRoom.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,504854,00.html This guy,]] a champion of blind judo who beat up a mugger.
* One of ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20653_5-people-whose-major-disabilities-only-made-them-stronger.html 5 People Whose Major Disabilities Only Made Them Stronger]] is a blind sharpshooter.
** That he's not a ''rara avis'' but just a very noticeable example of a whole sport (carbine shooting for the blind, using acustic "sights") doesn't make it ''less'' but '''''more''''' awesome.
* King [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_the_Blind John the Blind]] of Bohemia - blind (or almost blind) for a decade - lost eyesight in 1336 but was still fighting in tournaments - before being killed in the [[UsefulNotes/TheHundredYearsWar battle of Crécy]].
* The ''whole'' point of the Spanish-origin martial art [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFLV1oqH_FI [=DisFiSen=]]] (from ''Dis''minuidos ''Fís''icos y ''Sen''soriales, "physical and sensory disabled persons"), taylor-designed for people with disabilities, specifically blindness.
* The (Spanish) description of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtudRct2Rjw this video]] states it's a sparring session of a blind woman fighting with ''medieval flail'' before her actual combat at a reenactment event. [[spoiler:It also states ''she won'' the actual fight, to the surprise of some {{jerkass}} in the public who thought the fight was a comedic one.]]