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[[caption-width-right:218:You could say she's... [[IncrediblyLamePun cross eyed!]] ''[[NoblewomansLaugh Oh-hohoho!]]'']]

-> ''"Your eyes can deceive you. Don't trust them."''
-->-- '''Obi-Wan Kenobi''', ''Film/ANewHope''

The self-imposed version of being a BlindSeer or BlindWeaponmaster. A sighted character who has [[TitleDrop Blindfolded Vision]] can see just as well, [[YourEyesCanDeceiveYou if not]] ''[[YourEyesCanDeceiveYou better]]'' than if they weren't blindfolded. The reasons for this vary, a {{mentor}} teaching their student that YourEyesCanDeceiveYou may take it to the next level, {{invok|edTrope}}ing DisabilitySuperpower and complementing it with [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Charles Atlas training]] to grant SuperSenses, freeing the student from the tyranny of sight. Another possibility is the character's PsychicPowers and ThirdEye are enhanced with sensory deprivation, or the blindfold is itself a [[RingOfPower powerful]] [[AmplifierArtifact artifact]] that confers [[AuraVision sight]] [[CrystalBall beyond sight]] a la XRayVision.

Perhaps the most terrifying option is that [[PowerLimiter the blindfold is a self imposed handicap]] to keep an [[EyeBeams eye-related]] [[MagicalEye power]] [[PowerIncontinence under control]]. When the [[IAmNotLeftHanded blindfold comes off]], people fall down. Most importantly, Blindfold Vision provides [[RuleOfCool copious]] quantities of [[EyepatchOfPower cool]].



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Kaede the ninja in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' wears one while taking down a ''dragon''. Then again, [[EyesAlwaysShut she rarely uses them in the first place.]]
* Aria from ''Manga/FairyTail'' uses the PowerLimiter variant but gets {{Curb Stomp|Battle}}ed regardless.
* ''Anime/RagnarokTheAnimation'': The party wizard has a blindfold on "to see the truth" relying instead on hearing/second sight to fight. She later wears it on her arm to remind her that the "truth" she believed was actually a deception by her master.
* Koyo Aoba from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' has completely blacked out sunglasses that function as a PowerLimiter, but only manages to fight [[HotBlooded Ryohei]] to a draw.
* In ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' ninja Hyoma keeps his eyes closed at all times because he possess the Dojitsu, an ability that could kill anyone he makes eye contact with. He taught disciple Gennosuke to also fight without his eyes.
* [[TheRival Himuro]] [[TheStoic Hikaru]] of ''Manga/DragonDrive'' does this in the second half of the manga.
* In a filler episode of the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' Fourth Ninja War, Kakashi is temporarily blinded but is able to fight hand-to-hand by listening to the movements of his Eternal Rival and friend Guy. The moment the baddies are defeated, his eyesight returns. [[UnexplainedRecovery No explanation is given as to why he lost it or why it came back.]]
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya's'' Virgo Shaka deliberately keeps his eyes closed at all times to make his already huge Cosmo even more powerful.
* There is a competitor in the Genkai Tournament Arc of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' that wears a helmet to block out most of his senses to improve his ability to see mystical auras. It is ultimately used against him in his defeat.
* In ''Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew'', Lucario can see without his eyes thanks to Aura. This comes in handy when he gets [[AHandfulForAnEye sand in his eyes]].
* Galatea from ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' has such incredible talent at [[SensorCharacter sensing yoma energy]] that she earned the [[RedBaron title]] "God-Eye". When she abandoned The Organization and went into hiding, the biggest thing she did to change her appearance was to ''[[EyeScream slash her own eyes]].'' Her sensor powers [[DisabilitySuperpower only increased]] after this, letting her see even ''better'' than she could when she still had eyes.
* Many of the humanoid youkai from ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends'' wear paper masks which cover their eyes and Sasago keeps her eyes bandaged.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} of the ''Comicbook/XMen'' has edged into this on occasion, usually after losing his [[PowerLimiter visor]] in circumstances where [[PowerIncontinence "blast everything in sight"]] is not a viable option. Notable examples include the occasion when he beat up six men with his eyes shut... while counting every step he took so he could find his way back to his fallen glasses, and his first confrontation with Cassandra Nova.
* The Veni-Yan monks in ''Comicbook/{{Bone}}'' wear hoods that cover their faces, allowing them to concentrate on their [[ThirdEye Dreaming Eye]] - giving them the ability to locate things without them being in sight.
* Blindshot from ''ComicBook/TopTen'' is a "Zen taxi driver" in a city where EveryoneIsASuper, and he drives blindfolded.

* ''Film/ANewHope'' has Obi Wan putting a helmet with the blast-shield down on Luke to teach him to see with the Force.
** The [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse EU]] also has the Miraluka, who have exceptional talent to see through the Force but are born without eyes.
** In ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', we see Yoda teaching some Jedi younglings the same thing.
* Ty Webb in ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'' demonstrates this with a blindfolded golf shot across water onto the tee. Danny Noonan, the protagonist, then attempts the same shot and hits into the water.
* In the sudden death round of ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory''.
-->'''Cotton [=McKnight=]''': In 23 years of broadcasting I thought I'd seen it all, folks. But it looks like Peter [=LaFleur=] has actually blindfolded himself.
-->'''Pepper Brooks''': [[CaptainObvious He will not be able to see very well, Cotton.]]

* Paul Atreides at the end of ''Literature/DuneMessiah''. He was able to see in the present by using the ability to look (a very short distance) into the future.
* The seeresses of Kell in David Eddings' ''Literature/TheMalloreon'' must be blindfolded at all times. Removing the blindfold also robs them of all their powers.
* Spook in the final book of the ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' trilogy. Roughly two years of using his {{Super Sense|s}} powers non-stop had actually warped his body that he needed it to simply function during the day because his vision was just that good. He isn't even rendered blind, he can see ''through'' the tiny holes in the fabric and still assemble a picture with better vision than normal people.
* The titular character in ''Literature/TheWonderfulStoryOfHenrySugarAndSixMore'' was taught to see through things by a guy who did this for a living.
* Near the end of ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'', taciturn ninja Hideo gets blinded by Rivera blasting him in the face with laser vision. Hideo then calmly states that Rivera will not be able to fool him with his projected hologram illusions anymore while retracing his steps to pick up his bow and arrow.
--> '''Case''': "Hideo'll get him...even blind?"
--> '''3Jane''': "When I was a child, we loved to blindfold him. He put arrows through the pips in playing cards at ten meters."

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* One episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has a human psychic ninja assassin who is telekinetic and fights with a blindfold. ... and he's taken down like a chump by a gaggle of vampires during his big entrance.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Giles does this to Buffy while training her to fight in the dark.
-->'''Buffy:''' "Okay, you're just doing this to take funny pictures of me."
* In an episode of "Series/PowerRangersinSpace" called "Always a Chance", former Black Ranger Adam Park returns to help train the current Black Ranger, Carlos, after he accidentally hit and injured a teammate. The culmination of the training is a blind fight sequence, which only serves to shake Carlos' confidence further, and he storms off.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Lower Decks", Worf tells Ensign Sito that she can enter an advanced class by passing a test that involved fighting blind. After getting knocked down several times, she refuses to continue and tells Worf the test is unfair. Worf tells her she passed, and Sito realizes the test was never real, just Worf's way of nudging her into responding to an unfair dressing down earlier from Captain Picard (which itself was a test).
** Also, Will Riker has been fighting with his father Kyle Riker in a sport called anbo-jyutsu, which involves both combatants wearing helmets with opaque visors and using a staff that has a proximity sensor on one end (kind of like a theremin), which a trained practitioner could use to track his opponent.
* In "Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven" Cordelia loses "The Sight" when her eyes are restored. In an attempt to regain the power, she stabs them out with a knife. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' there is a magic blindfold that gives you 120ft blindsight.
** Also, there is a feat/skill for warriors that allows them to fight blindfolded at half the penalties they would normally suffer. It doesn't seem like an advantage at first, but to put it another way, in total darkness, a fighter with this feat would be a ''lot'' deadlier than those without it.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}:'' The Perfection of the Visionary Warrior. With this ultimate technique in melee combat, the Sidereal wraps a prayer strip around his eyes, which begin to bleed under the magic of the blindfold. The character takes damage and loses physical sight, but he is now able to ''see the immediate future'' of the battlefield. This allows him to defend against attacks that have not happened yet and attack during opponents' future openings.
** The Sidereals really love this one. In Glories: Maidens, a blindfold that lets you see magic, immaterial spirits, and get a very rough estimate of their power level.
* Some characters in ''TabletopGame/IronKingdoms'' have their eyes covered, such as The Harbinger of Menoth (a high-priestess of sorts) and Lylyth (a blindfolded archer).
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' an Oracle can be Cursed with Clouded Vision, limiting the range he can see but gaining darkvision and later blindsight.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Any ''VideoGame/NetHack'' character with telepathy can be one of these. In fact, intrinsic telepathy ''only'' works when you're somehow blinded, as if the developer team was trying to [[InvokedTrope invoke this trope]].
** Playing blindfolded even became an unofficial SelfImposedChallenge, the "Zen conduct". It is very, ''very'' hard to pull off.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'': Riku wears a blindfold during ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' and part of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' to suppress the darkness inside of him. He manages to be an excellent fighter regardless, and in some scenes acts like he can still see normally.
* Illidan Stormrage, an AntiHero''/''WellIntentionedExtremist''/''BigBad from the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' universe, has no eyes - a blindfold covers both the burned-out sockets where they were seared away. Nonetheless, he has magical vision that is actually superior to the naked eye, is quite happy with his new ability (despite its hideous adjustment to his appearance), and even appears to have a sense of humor about it - one of his default responses in the campaign is "I'm blind, not deaf."
** He also states in the opening cutscene of ''The Frozen Throne'', "Now my blind eyes see what others cannot!".
** It is revealed in [[AllThereInTheManual extra material]] that the other demon hunters, seeking to emulate Illidan's life, ritualistically bind a demon's soul into a knife and slice their eyes out with it to gain a magic-o-vision like him. Ouch.
** In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', one of the items on Illidan's loot table is his blindfold.
** Similarly, [[Literature/TheWarOfTheAncients in the novels]], the Highborne Lord Xavius traded his eyes for magic crystals which can see magical energies and other things normal eyes can't.
** As of ''Legion'', Demon Hunters are now a playable class, complete with (optional) blindfolds to cover their burned-out eyes.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' Ritualists are also blindfolded (or at least, have their eyes covered), to gain a better sense of surrounding spirits.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear's'' Zato-1 gave up his sight to gain a beast made out of his shadow. The asskicking he gave people seems to be unblinded. It appears that Eddie, the beast, does the seeing for him. [[spoiler:When Zato-1 dies and Eddie takes over his corpse, this is specifically the case.]]
* [[EvilMentor Kreia]] from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' actually is blind but it's self-imposed: she could fix her eyes any time she wanted, but feels she [[YourEyesCanDeceiveYou sees better without them]].
** Visas Marr is also blind, but it's because her entire race, the Miraluka, have atrophied eyes and "see" using The Force.
* Jerec from ''Franchise/StarWars: [[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jedi Knight: Dark Forces 2]]'' is much the same. No eyes, but he's such a strong dark Jedi that this doesn't slow him down at all. The Extended Universe explains that he's a Miraluka, who see with The Force.
* The EdutainmentGame ''Troggle Trouble Math'' has enemies like this on the sixth level.
* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' Uxie has the power to wipe the memory of anyone who looks into its eyes. As such, it keeps its eyes closed, being able to see things anyway given its psychic abilities.
* Kenshi from ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'': Deadly Alliance.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' subverts this when Raiden loses an eye and his Solid Eye System heads up display - he comes into the next battle wearing a blindfold over his former eye. Turns out that the blindfold is a mesh of nanomachine cameras hooked directly into his optic nerve giving him much better resolution than his former eye and also has integrated Heads-Up-Display, millimeter scanner, and telescopic vision features.
* The demon Sabe from ''VideoGame/WonderfulWorld'' either subverts this or takes it UpToEleven depending on how you see it: he can see and wears a blindfold, but the blindfold makes no difference since [[EyeScream his eyes were cut out]], and he can see without eyes.
* In ''VideoGame/BloonsTowerDefense 5'', one of the upgrades for the Dart Monkey allows them to target camouflaged Bloons and slightly increases their range. When purchased, the monkey puts on a blindfold.
* In ''VideoGame/GemsOfWar'', the Priestesses of Whitehelm go into battle despite wearing blindfolds. So do Dryads, who presumably have some sort of nature sense.
* Flameslinger in ''{{VideoGame/Skylanders}}'' wears one of these. At one point he dramatically removes it, only to reveal a second blindfold beneath it.
* Subverted with Percy the Incongruous in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime'', who tried to fight in the Battleplex with a blindfold on, only to be killed in eleven seconds after falling into a pool of molten lava.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Rider from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' wears a blindfold which is stated in the Status sheets to seal all properties of her eyes, including vision, so she relies on her other senses for everything. It works well enough that her blindness isn't noticeable at all.
* [[FutureBadass Satsujinki]], what [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Shiki]] might become in the future, has to bandage his eyes because his Mystic Eyes are so powerful his [[PowerLimiter glasses]] don't work anymore. ''He can assassinate Dead Apostles in seconds''.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' Sigfried currently.
** Also the infernomancer in the beginning, later on the blindfold was revealed to have [[spoiler:[[EyeScream inward spikes]].]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'':
** Male Kyorl'solenurn warriors who accompany a female Warden tend to work blindfolded to rely entirely on their AuraVision.
** Shan'naal even fires a bow while blindfolded... of course, said bow has an ''eye.''
** Kyorl inquisitors (like the one on the page picture) are basically magic radars on legs. Wearing blindfolds keeps them from being distracted by sight.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'''s Sangwaan wears a blindfold at all times. Her job is to act as Azure City's EnemyDetectingRadar by way of [[TrueSight True Seeing]], providing detailed intelligence on incoming enemy forces, and detecting invisibility. [[spoiler:Sadly, she is too slow to use her power to see [[BigBad Xykon]]'s DracoLich until he was right in front of her, and so is killed by being thrown off into the distance.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ThoseDestined'', members of the most powerful seer order wear blindfolds. They're also those who [[http://thosedestined.pensandtales.com/?date=20050616 react]] [[PsychicNosebleed the]] [[FaintingSeer most]] to the heroine's [[TheChosenOne Chosen One]] aura.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Terezi alchemizes a [[ScarfOfAsskicking red scarf]] to tie around her eyes in order to [[spoiler: regain the [[DisabilitySuperpower powers]] she lost when Aranea healed her blindness and Gamzee's influence dulled her other senses]].
* BareFistedMonk Thaco in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' gains a blindfold that slightly obstructs his vision but highlights incoming attacks [[SpiderSense just before they happen]].
* Dame Madeline Goodlaw from ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'' closes her eyes whenever she is actively fighting someone. There are a number of theories as to exactly why she does this, ranging from divine guidance to disliking the sight of blood.
** And when we meet her co-worker Derek the Cleric, he turns out to do the same thing. We still don't know why.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Mask of Justice from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' game has vision powers that only work when he has something opaque covering his eyes, such as his eyeholeless mask.
* Spoofed by [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] when reviewing the old FMV shooter ''Microcosm''. After getting frustrated with the game's NintendoHard-ness, he takes a page from ''Franchise/StarWars'' and blindfolds himself. Amusingly enough, doing nothing but dodging while blindfolded ''actually worked'' for him.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', when [=SpongeBob=] was forced to learn to drive blindfolded and succeeded, but was unable to drive without it.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' episode "Hidden" begins with the penguins training to fight blindfolded. The only one to fail was Kowalski, who, being TheSmartGuy, was unable to turn off his brain and use his instincts. He eventually gets it right after all the others are taken by mysterious captors hidden in the reptile house. [[spoiler:They turn out to be friendly chameleons, who were too shy to invite the others to their housewarming party.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' does this, when Jack is nearly killed by three blind archers with superhuman accuracy guarding a wish-granting well. Cue flashback to Jack as a young man learning to fight a group of monks based on hearing alone. After blindfolding himself and spending a minute or two listening to the forest, he's ready to 'fight on their level'.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "The Runaway," Aang invokes this trope because he's learning [[DisabilitySuperpower seismic sense]] from Toph so he uses his headband as a blindfold.
* In ''GIJoe'', Jinx was trained by a blind martial artist, so she fights better with her blindfold on than with it off. When she's not wearing her blindfold, her commanding officer(s) tend to yell at her to open her eyes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Spidey blindfolds himself when fighting Mysterio so he can properly dodge what the SpiderSense warns him about and ignore the illusions.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* RealLife martial artists sometimes do this in close contact combat training, working by sense of touch. A youtube search for "blindfolded chi sao" brings up numerous examples.
* Various orientation exercises done through sensory deprivation are standard practice for personal development coaches' lessons. Blocking one or more senses will force a person to more fully explore their others, in particular in the absence of sight and sound which we rely on for navigation and touch which we use for movement.
* Driving or doing other things while blindfolded is a standard magician's trick, though sometimes (especially the knife throwing trick) it's simply done using a fake blindfold (and in the knife throwing case, fake knives).
** For example, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuda_Bux Kuda Bux]]
** According to ''David Frost's Book of the World's Worst Decisions'', on April 13, 1977, some chick named Yvonne Whittlesham who billed herself as "The Psychic Escapologist" decided to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee with a 60 MPH "Blindfold Dash" using an iron blindfold. She crashed into a barn after about four hundred yards.
* If the part of the brain that handles the conscious experience of seeing is damaged, but the rest of the system is intact, something called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blindsight blindsight]] results: a blind person who is able to "see" obstacles in their path, objects being thrown at them, guess with higher than random accuracy what is being 'shown' them, and other parts of vision handled by intact parts of the brain.