This is the unsettling variety of blue eyes given to particularly degenerate and creepy characters. They tend to be either sort of light and watery, extremely pale, or the type that seems to be too open
, to the point where one starts to hope they'll blink soon.
This may overlap with Icy Blue Eyes
, for certain types of creeps. Compare Occult Blue Eyes
, contrast Innocent Blue Eyes
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- Johan Liebert from Monster, and given the kind of man Johan is, they're very creepy.
- There are several blue-eyed characters in Baccano!! who are completely off their rocker (Ladd, Lua, Graham, Christopher).
- Bleach: Gin Ichimaru has very pale blue eyes that he rarely opens. Combined with his pale skin and general aura of creepiness, opening his eyes indicates something nasty is about to happen.
- Also, Kamui, in the same vein as Gin, and his is combined with Creepy Shadowed Undereyes.
- Griffith from Berserk has pale blue eyes, and while he will sometimes deliberately use the Innocent Blue Eyes trope to his advantage, they can turn very creepy when he wants them to.
- Many Amestrians in Fullmetal Alchemist have blue eyes and blonde hair to emphasize the whole Nazi-expy thing. Most obvious in Scar's flashbacks, where the glowing blue eyes of the Amestrian soldiers and Winry's parents are the only colored things in the whole sequence.
- Diva from Blood+ has blue eyes that sometimes glow.
- Kaoru Kiryuu from Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star has vacuous blue eyes. Her twin sister Michiru has vacuous red eyes. Both of them get better with their Heel-Face Turn.
- Attack on Titan: Mikasa. During Episode 24 of the anime, when she asks a series of piercing questions, she is even chillier than normal (particularly considering it's Eren she's talking to), and her eyes - which are normally black/dark grey - look distinctly blue.◊
- Once Upon a Time in the West plays this trope with Frank's eyes. He is an extremely sadistic and terrifying villain to the point that his eyes seem to combine with the personality.
- The Big Bad from Beverly Hills Cop had the watery blue.
- Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange has blue eyes of the "Grade-A psycho" variety◊. They look even creepier/cooler now that his hair's turned pure white and his face has gotten all craggy◊.
- While he's a good guy in the Halloween films, Donald Pleasence has eerily pale blue eyes, and some films where he plays villains or skeevy characters take advantage of this (You Only Live Twice, among others).
- The vampires and lycans in the Underworld series.
- Cillian Murphy exhibits these in some of his roles
- Some viewers found that Loki's eyes were bluer in The Avengers than they were in Thor (where the posters even gave him green eyes), which would express his upgrade to supervillain.
- In the same film, characters possessed by Loki gain clouded blue eyes. The effect is unsettling.
- Gollum in The Lord of the Rings films has these, to contrast with Frodo's Innocent Blue Eyes. (In the books, he has creepy green eyes.)
- Gríma Wormtongue as well, though only one of his eyes is blue. They are, however, both creepy.
- The Boys from Brazil: Mengele's experiments give blue eyes to people who shouldn't have them. His compound is filled with Paraguayans with unnatural blue eyes. His clones of Hitler also have creepy blue eyes, even though Hitler's eyes weren't actually blue.
- Roy Batty from Blade Runner.
- As depicted on the page image, in Warm Bodies, R has eerie light blue eyes that highlight his zombie nature.
- The blind nun on the cover of The Devil Inside, who adorns our Nuns Are Spooky page, has a major case of Creepy Blue Eyes. However, she's merely a background character with no plot significance.
- The Hessian from Tim Burton's version of Sleepy Hollow.
- Instead of the Red Eyes, Take Warning of the book, Harry Potter's nemesis Voldemort keeps Ralph Fiennes' blue eyes on screen. With slight alterations to look more snake-like.
- Dick Jones in RoboCop (1987)
- Eddie Morra, when on his smart drug, in Limitless.
- One of signs of the effect on the title character's brain in Lucy.
- Vic in the 1981 Dan Aykroyd/John Belushi vehicle Neighbors, courtesy of some very light blue contact lenses to cover up Aykroyd's brown/green heterochromia.
- Jonathan Teatime in Hogfather has one blue eye. With a pinpoint pupil. And he's completely Ax-Crazy.
- The last Kingpriest of Istar from the Dragonlance series of novels is a Knight Templar and is described as having watery blue eyes.
- Kell Tainer in the X-Wing Series is mentioned to have very pale blue eyes, very slightly too dark and narrow to make him look like a madman. If this actually meant anything, the author was fairly subtle about it, but it does seem odd. Hardly anyone in the series has eye colors mentioned.
- Ter Borcht in Maximum Ride has "pale, watery blue eyes"...and repeatedly states that the flock are overdue to be terminated.
- Professional Killer Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men has eyes that are described as the color of Lapis and are supposedly very unsettling.
- Roose and Ramsay Bolton in A Song of Ice and Fire are described as having pale blue eyes.
- Kennit of Robin Hobbs's Realm of the Elderlings has very pale blue eyes. He thinks they make him look weak; others find them unsettling.
- In Empire Of The Petal Throne, blue eyes are considered this by definition, due to being highly uncommon and to being associated (at least in legend) with witchcraft. That said, Tlayesha in The Man of Gold subverts the trope.
- Felix's right eye in Doctrine of Labyrinths is a pale, cloudy blue. Even the people who don't think it's of the occult variety think it's more than a little creepy. Though as it turns out, it's almost completely blind.
- Ollivander from Harry Potter has pale blue eyes that never seem to blink.
- Clairvoyant detective Mick has these in the short stories A Night in Electric Squidland and Impostors, from the compilation Somewhere Beneath Those Waves.
- Mason Verger, the antagonist in the novel version of Hannibal is described as having intense, piercing, creepy blue eyes(which he inherited from his equally malevolent father).
- Matthew Swift, the primary protagonist of the Matthew Swift Mysteries and the secondary protagonist of the spin-off Magicals Anonymous series. His eyes—like the blue electric angels that share his body, mind and soul—are electric blue. They even glow in the dark. Most people have a hard time looking at Matthew's eyes for very long.
- The title character of the Beka Cooper trilogy is noticeable for her icy blue eyes. Beka, unlike many protags, is very aware of how uncomfortable her eyes make people, and will often use a long unblinking stare to break people down. It is briefly discussed that her eye color might have something to do with her ability to talk to ghosts, but it's never truly confirmed.
- Castiel from Supernatural has the pretty-but-scary variety. Would you just fricking blink, already?
- In The Vampire Diaries, Damon Salvatore has startling blue eyes, which further adds to his creepiness.
- The Mentalist has the blind Rosalind, whose pale almost unblinking blue eyes definitely fall into the creepy category.
- John Barnett from The X-Files episode "Young at Heart". His blue eyes are glassy and glazed over, and they appear dead. Even the pupils are blueish.
- While in Game of Thrones Ramsay Snow / Bolton has been subject to Adaptational Attractiveness, the actor playing him has the requisite eerily pale blue eyes.
- The White Walkers have terrifying eyes of an unnatural electric blue.
- As do dead bodies touched by a White Walker (wights), regardless of their original eye colour. This is the easiest way to tell if someone is back from the dead.
- The raub-condor from NBC's Series/Grimm.
- The Fourth Doctor in Doctor Who has a variation. They're generally Innocent Blue Eyes when he's in his more easy-going, cute moods, but when he starts getting scary, homicidal or intense they would start to bulge out of his head just a bit too much, to an extent that looks almost painful. This was often exaggerated in the original series with Mood Lighting (usually red) that would strike the bulging surface of them in precisely the right way to make him look like some kind of horrible bug-eyed demon. The far-future regeneration that takes the form of the Fourth Doctor in "Day of the Doctor" does this trick too, making him look extremely alien. Spoofed contemporarily in mostly forgotten 70s sketch show End Of Part One, which did a skit called "Doctor Eyes" in which the Fourth Doctor was represented by a cosplayer with two halves of a ping-pong ball glued to his face.
- The Caretaker of Halloween Horror Nights has blue eyes that are rather scary. The Director and the Storyteller sport these as well.
- Grand Theft Auto IV introduces a Psychopathic Man Child Serial Killer named Eddie Low as this. His eyes are a piercing blue and creepy.
- Alex Mercer from Prototype has very pale, very creepy blue eyes. They're his most noticeable characteristic. Indeed, early teasers and concept art indicate that piercing, creepy blue eyes were part of Alex's design from the first iterations onward. A trailer depicts his irises glinting from beneath his hood's shadow and his shapeshift sequence changing every aspect of his body, leaving his eyes until last.
- In BlazBlue, the eyes of Robot Girl Mu-12. Especially in contrast to the red eyes of Nu-13 (who was an Emotionless Girl but became a Yandere if Ragna was about) and the hidden eyes of their predecessor, Lambda-11 (who was treated as an Empty Shell), but most of all, compared to Noel's green eyes, until she was Mind Raped and forcefully converted (or finished being built by some arguments) into Mu-12.
- Both Saren Arterius◊ and The Illusive Man◊ of the Mass Effect series have these. The Illusive Man's are Electronic Eyes he gained from a run-in with Reaper tech in his backstory. Saren's might be natural, at least until he let Sovereign implant him. Both of them turn out to be indoctrinated Reaper agents convinced they're doing the right thing.
- Ser Alrik in Dragon Age II has blue eyes so pale they're practically glowing, and embodies everything wrong with the Kirkwall Templars. He's a torturer and rapist who makes mages Tranquil on a whim, and his one scene consists of him threatening an (underage) mage girl with this fate.
- Ironically, his archenemy, party member Anders, develops creepy glowing blue eyes (as well as glowing blue Volcanic Veins) whenever his demonic possessor, Vengeance, takes full control over him.
- Captain Martin Walker of Spec Ops: The Line starts with Icy Blue Eyes, but they turn into this as the game progresses. Visually, they get creepy when he suffers a burn injury to a large portion of his face, coinciding with the situation getting even worse than it already was. Symbolically, they get creepy after the horrors in Dubai cause him to lose it and start hallucinating. It's even mentioned in-game; if Walker survives to the epilogue, one of the soldiers sent to pick him up comments, "Look at his eyes."
- The Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha As Portable games has Stern the Destructor, who possesses Icy Blue Eyes with Hellish Pupils, making them seem unnaturally bright when she gives her seemingly emotionless stares.
- The G Man from Half-Life has icy blue eyes that feel strangely out of place with the rest of his face. The character is designed to look like something pretending to be a human.... but not putting a lot of effort into it.
- The titular character of Happy Appy has these whenever he does his death smile.