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Blinding Bangs
And yet, he's a damn good sheepdog...

A character with Blinding Bangs has a mop of hair that completely obscures his or her eyes — and sometimes the whole face. The character's eyes are covered all the time, to the point we rarely, if ever, see them, and can even wonder whether this personage has eyes.

How such a character could see clearly through such a thick curtain of hair — as is usually the case — is most often completely ignored. A trope much more common in comics and animation than in live-action (since it's a bit hard for an actor to play while blinded by such a hairdo).

This personal appearance trope can be used to convey various things. In western works, a character with such a hairstyle is often a bit of a dumbass; you very rarely, if at all, see permanent Blinding Bangs on a personage with above-average intelligence. Since obscuring the eyes also obscures emotion, the character will usually seem a bit cool-headed, if not an outright stoic. Also frequently used in Anime and Manga to illustrate a shy one — girls with this hairstyle are called "maegamikko" or "mekakure" in Japan. Unlike the temporary kind of face-concealing hair a character might have when depressed, Blinding Bangs are usually not a sign of depression, although perpetually mopey characters might also have them.

The Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl usually has these. Compare with Peek-a-Bangs, which cover only one eye. Contrast with Hidden Eyes, which is usually just temporary. Closely related is the Eye-Obscuring Hat.

Not to be confused with a flash grenade.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Nodoka of Mahou Sensei Negima! started with Blinding Bangs, though she switches between this and Peek-a-Bangs after the first chapter. (In some parts of the manga, she switches so often between visible eyes/hidden eyes, it looks like her hair keeps growing/shortening between panels.)
  • Urabe's eyes are pretty much always obscured by her bangs in Mysterious Girlfriend X... and it's actually one of the ways she's mysterious. When a friend does her hair and gets her bangs out of her eyes, she complains that everything seems so... bright.
  • Hazumu has this initially in Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl until he becomes a girl and his/her eyes are revealed.
  • The ghost girl in the Pokémon episode "Ghoul Daze!" had her eyes covered by her bangs, adding to her creepiness. One of them shows for an instance when she uses her Hypnotic Gaze on a person.
  • Yūichirō in Sailor Moon has a moderate case of this (along with Perma Stubble). We get to see his eyes a lot more than most of the other characters listed here; however, he usually is shown as having Blinding Bangs. Although in defiance of the standard versions of this trope he is neither shy nor an idiot (most of the time). It's to make him look unkempt and rough to contrast with his sweet personality.
  • Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
    • Belphegor. Not so much "shy" as "completely batshit insane".
    • Also, his twin brother Rasiel and Pantera who works for Longchamp.
  • Hiroshi Sotomura in Ichigo 100%. The only time they ever were visible was a case of Glowing Eyes of Doom. As the resident pervert, it probably helps him hide where his gaze wanders....
  • Joker from Flame of Recca usually covers his eyes with a hat, but he's got blinding bangs underneath as well. Not shy at all, although he does love to play at Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • Tensou from Inukami! has these bangs, which are indicative of her shyness.
  • Ochibana Ame from Denpa Teki na Kanojo. This leads to a Beautiful All Along moment when Juu sees her with her bangs slicked back.
  • From Naruto, young Nagato alias Pain, to hide his Rinnegan pupils until The Reveal. Quickly switches to Peek-a-Bangs.
  • Undertaker from Black Butler. Serves as a plot-point later in the manga, as his Blinding Bangs obscure his Shinigami Eyes
  • M1/En from YuYu Hakusho has Blinding Bangs. When Genkai uses her Fist of Cleansing technique to purify him, his eyes are revealed to be VERY effeminate.
  • Kiri Komori of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei is known for her forelocks which either partially or completely cover her eyes.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler pokes fun at this trope for being a telltale sign of the Dating Sim protagonist (see below) when Hayate spies upon a oneshot character with the textbook appearance of such a character.
  • After five years (or a one-month hiatus in real time), Tower of God returned with its second season, in which a greatly changed Baam has this hairdo. This gives us little to no insight into his emotional state, which greatly intensifies the mystery around him and the time gap between seasons.
  • Ritsu Tainaka from K-On! is known among her bandmates for her large forehead. They don't recognize her in Episode 4 of Season 1 when she takes off her hairband and reveal that her natural hairstyle is actually this trope.
  • Kirin from Six Six Six Satan has this. Then again, there's a good reason for that...
  • Beyblade
    • Kenny from the Bladebreakers team. His hair always cover his glasses and predictably, he is the nerdy brain of the entire team.
    • Beyblade's spin-off series, Metal Fight Beyblade, gives us quite a different example in the form of Reiji. He's actually quite the sadist. We do see his eyes occasionally, but that only means more trouble for his victims....
  • Brief from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. Once they're out of the way, though...
  • In Lucky Star, Kou asks Yama-san if her bangs don't get in the way, and she admits they're a little hard on the eyes. The reason she doesn't cut them is because she considers her face "hard on the eyes".
  • One Piece: Sadi-Chan from Impel Down. A huge mane of blonde hair and Blinding Bangs, emphasizing her sadistic nature.
  • Shinichi Akiyama in Liar Game features this a majority of the time. Combined with fact he keeps a distance from others, it serves to help add to his aloof nature.
  • Nihiru from Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo and Geronmino Jr. from Kinnikuman, both of whom were turned into Ringo Starr parodies in the dub.
  • The stage chief Sakura in AKB49 - Renai Kinshi Jourei has them by default, which disappear when she gets serious.
  • Luna Inverse, Lina Inverse's older sister, from Slayers, has eyes hidden by her bangs. Though it doesn't make her look that threatening, Lina is certainly scared of her.
  • Nekozawa has bangs that cover his eyes, while wearing his cloak, adding to his shady nature. One of the lackeys of the Newspaper Club has this hairstyle in Ouran High School Host Club.
  • For some reason, while this is not true in the anime, official artwork of Tenshi no Shippo depicts Goro Mutsumi with long bangs over his eyes. Though the bangs aren't as long as most on this list, his bangs and the shadow cast by them completely obscure his eyes. When Goro's father's face is finally revealed, he is shown to have such bangs as well.
  • Tenri from The World God Only Knows has thick bangs that cover her eyes initially, representing her shyness (her eyes are visible when she is being possessed by Diana). After her arc, however, she cuts her bangs.
  • Although Chad from Bleach sometimes appears to have Peek-a-Bangs, he'll occasionally have Blinding Bangs.
  • Magic Knight Rayearth has young villain Ascot. He retains them after his Heel-Face Turn, but his eyes become visible more often.
  • In Episode 7 of Umineko: When They Cry, Yasu is drawn with his/her eyes covered by his/her hair (manga only, since s/he doesn't have a sprite in the Visual Novel).

    Comic Books 

    Comic Strips 
  • Eva Rose, the neighbor girl whom the title character from Liō has a crush on, has Cousin Itt bangs.
  • Beetle Bailey's old but since disappeared army buddy Bammy had these, making him a little like Beetle in having eyes that are never shown.
  • Chip Flagston from Hi and Lois. He's canonically Beetle Bailey's nephew, although this is almost never mentioned.
  • Brian van Hoose and Newt Forager in Knights of the Dinner Table.
  • Moe The Bully in Calvin and Hobbes. Watterson originally drew Calvin this way (prior to publication), but his editor sensibly pointed out that it might be useful for the main character to be able to emote.

    Fan Works 
  • Played for laughs in episode 26 of Naruto The Abridged Series, at 4:52, where such a hairdo actually obscures vision.
  • Touhou fanartist Onikobe Rin tends to draw Koishi with these, as seen here and here. Of course, given one piece of his fanart involving Koishi, some fans would take that as an implication that she no longer has eyes. Don't think about that.

    Films — Animation 
  • One of the scarers from Monsters, Inc. is a green tentacled monster who for some reason has his face completely covered by his long, shaggy purple mane.
  • Stella the Skunk from Over the Hedge has these, up until the part where the other animals disguise her as a cat.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Ned the mopey handyman from The Toolbox Murders remake. It might one of the reasons for why he seems to be not very good at his job.

    Literature 
  • Discworld
    • In the novel Soul Music, wizard student Skazz has a hairdo that completely covers his head — with only the tip of his nose hinting which way he's facing.
    • In The World of Poo, Geoffrey encounters some Wooly Goats at the Ankh-Morpork menagerie, which have such long hair that their keepers can only tell which end to feed by waiting for them to break wind or defecate.
  • Helen Haras-Uquara from The Homeward Bounders has apparently been cultivating blinding bangs for most of her life, to the extent that the main character is convinced that she has got her back to him.
  • BlazBlue: Phase Shift 1, one of the prequel novels to the fighting game series, has a protagonist with this hairstyle, Kazuma Kval. Hazama has a blinding fedora in some official artworks — turns out they're both the same body.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Cousin Itt from the various versions of The Addams Family is certainly the Exaggerated Trope of this. It is unsure whether he actually has eyes... or a face... or anything under all that hair, yet he has no trouble seeing.

    Music 
  • Noodle of the Gorillaz band has Blinding Bangs after her age shift to teenager. Before that, she had Eyes Always Shut. (Intermediate pictures between the two phases do show a gradual change.) Maybe she still has some by phase 3, but it's hard to tell since she's usually wearing a mask. Cyborg Noodle, on the other hand, consistantly have the Blinding Bangs.
  • Slash from Guns N' Roses can occasionally cover his face with his wild hair.
  • Great White guitarist Mark Kendall is often referred to as "Cousin It", due to his stage persona of keeping his face hidden completely behind long hair.
  • One of the most popular examples: Crissie Hynde of The Pretenders, with her signature look of bangs trimmed right at eye level.
  • In another fictional band example, Evangeline D'isco of Savlonic almost always has her eyes covered. Subverted in the "Wandering Eye" music video, in rather unpleasant circumstances.
  • Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon.

    Professional Wrestling 

    Puppet Shows 
  • Fraggle Rock: Boober Fraggle's eyes are usually covered by his hat. He lost his hat in one episode, revealing messy red Blinding Bangs underneath.

    Video Games 
  • Shermie from the The King of Fighters series always has her eyes completely covered by her bangs. It's more than a little creepy, especially when you consider that she spends all her time hanging around Cheerful Child Chris.
  • Shigure from Suikoden V is another example. Lampshaded when one of Oboro's notes mentions that Fuyo wants to "fix" his hair.
  • Lowen from Fire Emblem 7 (i.e. the first one to come to the West) is an example. We never see his eyes. And yet it's revealed in support conversations that he's actually not bad at cooking. How can he cook without seeing? How can he fight without seeing? We will never know. Incidentally, Lowen's skill growth (the stat controlling his aim) is one of the lowest in the game, as well has having pretty low skill to start with. Could his hair be doubling as a lampshade?!
  • Venom from Guilty Gear wears his hair like a literal veil and has a creepy painting of an eye superimposed on it. However, depending on the artwork, sometimes you can see a small portion of his face by looking around the hair-veil (but sometimes not), and it does flip up and leave his face completely exposed and visible in his in-match falling animation.
  • Layer, one of the three members of Mission Control in Mega Man X8. Her eyes can be seen while she blushes (especially when around Zero, to whom she is a Hopeless Suitor).
  • The bassist in Guitar Hero 3 has Blinding Bangs and a massive beard that covers everything but his nose.
  • Pokémon: Piloswine, Ralts, and Woobat. Deino and Zweilous would be this, except they have no eyes to cover, hence justifying their Hustle ability (increases Attack, lowers accuracy).
  • Bebedora from Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits has a large hat covering the top half of her head. Sometimes it goes up a little, and it looks like she has no eyes at all!
  • Kuroda Kanbe from Sengoku Basara has two small bangs that seem to be permanently attached to his eyes.
  • Baby Eoleo in Golden Sun: The Lost Age has an always-confused look that's only amplified by the bangs in his face. Awwwwww! He grew his hair out and tied it back by Dark Dawn.
  • Rachael Foley from Resident Evil: Revelations. You never see her eyes because the top portion of her face is completely covered by her bangs. Oddly enough, she does complain about having poor vision but it's because she lost an eye during her mission.
  • Maguro from Puyo Puyo 7 has nose-long, neatly cut bangs that completely cover his eyes. In its sequel Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary, it is revealed by Ringo (after a subverted Double Entendre) that "Maguro's face is so beautiful that if girls look it squarely they fall in love with him so he usually hides it with his bangs." Amitie responds with a Big "WHAT?!". It doesn't just affect girls either; it worked on Klug and SUKETOUDARA.
  • EarthBound/Mother 3: Pokey/Porky Minch has a big messy blonde mop that completely obscures his eyes, and remains that way despite his many, many physical and cosmetic changes over the course of the games. His younger brother Picky has these bangs as well, though they are far neater than Porky's.

    Visual Novels 
  • A common feature in Dating Sims (especially those made in The Nineties) which want to show the main protagonist, but want to maintain a degree of anonymity so that the player can identify himself to the character. The Tokimeki Memorial series and its Spiritual Successor Mitsumete Knight are two good (non-H) examples of this.
  • Tsukihime is unique in that it is one of the only examples where the original game followed this trend but was abandoned in all follow-up spin-offs and related medias. The series and the universe in which it took place had expanded to the point where it is impossible for the protagonist to remain faceless.

    Web Comics 
  • Mopey of The B-Movie Comic has this as a definite characteristic: two large bangs cover her eyes and most of her face all the time. The mystery of her true appearance is heavily parodied in one strip.
  • Kenta from Sexy Losers — a very NSFW comic! — has his eyes hidden as a parody of this common trait in Hentai. When the artist did a character portrait for him, he didn't even have eyes, as the artist was too used to doing him with Blinding Bangs and couldn't figure out how they should look.
  • Subverted in Everyday Heroes, where Carrie has a huge head of hair that covers most of her face. Oddly, she wears her glasses over her hair, through which her eyes are visible. How exactly this works is not explained, but Carrie is one of the more intelligent and outgoing characters.
  • Dave Gold from Supernormal Step initially has Blinding Bangs to emphasize his lack of grooming and nineties grunge style. He tucks them into a hat later.
  • Taisei from Sakana, most of the time, sometimes you can see one eye or both. Apparently he wears his hair like that because his eyes have a naturally crazed expression, and he doesn't want to put people off.
  • In Rusty and Co., the Pixie Chicks (a female elves music group helping the Princess) have such bangs. Used to great effect to hide the fact that one of them is really Roxanne.
  • Homestuck: An easy-to-miss sprite in the Act 6 Intermission 3 Ministrife reveals that when he takes his helmet off, Mituna has Messy Hair that totally covers his eyes.
  • When Alex is introduced in Between Failures, she has a haircut of this kind. So far, her eyes have not been seen.
  • Delkin in Lightning Made of Owls.

    Web Original 
  • Gaia Online
    • You can have a hairdo like this.
    • Before he was turned into that lovable clam in our Aquariums, The Overseer's hair was like this, both as a "child" and presumably as an "adult" without that large but Nice Hat of his. A bit ironic given what his name is and what he does after being turned into said clam. He then gets his powers removed forcibly by Jack, and now his eyes can be seen quite visibly both in the Aftermath manga and as the "Hoboverseer." His doll also has a wig like this for your avatar.
  • The Monster Girl Encyclopedia: The Werebat's picture shows bangs covering her eyes. Justified, as she probably doesn't use sight at all.
  • Vladimira (AKA Visceraline) has these and the reason she has them is to cover her eyes, that of which if seen, means someone's screwed. It is a safe assumption that she can see through them though. Also justified, as Visceraline is an angora rabbit, which is a longhaired rabbit that is known for having these as can be seen here [1]

    Western Animation 
  • Codename: Kids Next Door
    • Numbuh Four's eyes are covered by his hair.
    • Mr. Wink as well. His eyes were seen far less than Numbuh Four's eyes were in his appearances.
    • Also, the tallest of the Delightful Children from Down the Lane.
  • Looney Tunes
    • Sam Sheepdog has a mop of red hair completely covering his eyes. He's still perfectly able to see, as Ralph Wolf could attest from several painful confirmations. Sam subverted this trope on at least one occasion: when the wolf looks through his binoculars, he sees a pair of angry, blood-shot red eyes staring back at him before being beaten to a pulp. And Ralph did lift those Blinding Bangs at one time, too!
    • The Abominable Snowman also has a tuft of fur that always obscures his eyes.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: Lee's eyes are covered by her hair.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Eugene Meltsner of the animated version of Adventures in Odyssey has these bangs... and wears glasses over them. Judging from the artwork for the most recent episode album, this appears to be coming to an end.
  • Pi from Sabrina: The Animated Series. His eyes are always covered by his hat, on at least one occasion his hat came off and his eyes were still covered by his hair.
  • Lou's mom's eyes in Lou ! are covered by her hair, even though her glasses aren't.
  • Breach from Generator Rex, over her whole face. Though we do get to see her face in at least one episode.
  • Wakfu
    • Princess Lela from season 1 episode 4, at least in her cursed form. Used to accentuate the brutish appearance.
    • Chamberlain Thickdruft of the Sadida kingdom. It actually hinders his vision, which makes him mistake someone else for Amalia all the time, even if it's a guy. However he is not conscious of this, and will accuse said person of impersonating the princess.
  • Shag from Road Rovers is another sheepdog example.
  • Big Billy in The Powerpuff Girls. And for good reason — he briefly lifts his bangs while attending the girls' school to scare the living hell out of the kindergarten kids with his cycloptic eye.
  • Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats: The other occupant of the music store alongside with Cleo, is Bush the sheepdog. Unlike Sam (mentioned above), his Blinding Bangs work against him. Ur Example was in the episode "Soccer Anyone", when Bush was placed as a substitute goalie, no thanks to the opposing team who had Leroy Bound and Gagged.
  • Chuck from Motorcity. Though unlike most examples, we regularly see his eyes.
  • Bumpus Wobbleworks in Weebles is a sheepdog who delivers the mail. He's occasionally seen blowing his bangs to get a better view.
  • Phineas and Ferb: The leader singer for the Bettys, Crash, has a spiked afro with the bangs covering her eyes.
  • Klunk from Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines.
  • Square Bear of The Hair Bear Bunch has removed his eye-covering hat a couple of times to show he has a tuft of hair covering his eyes still.

    Real Life 
  • Sam Sheepdog's look is based on a Truth in Television. Many dog breeds, old English sheepdogs among them, naturally get this kind of hairfall. It's called a fau and serves to protect their sensitive eyes. Other breeds with it include the lhasa apso, shih tzu, soft-coated wheaten terrier, and Bouvier des Flandres. At least in the lhasa apso's case, they can still see because they have super-strong eyelashes that hold the fau just ahead of the eyes.
  • The "fringe" haircut popularized by the Emo movement.


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