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Family Eye Resemblance
"You have your mother's/father's eyes."

In media, characters frequently have a Strong Family Resemblance to other members of their family, often down to a Hereditary Hairstyle. But sometimes creators go for a more subtle hint of relation: and since Eyes Never Lie, what better thing to do that than by giving the whole family very distinctive peepers?

Frequently, people who knew the parent in question will remark that the character has their mother's/father's eyes. In some cases, people can figure out who the family is from their eyes alone! Oddly, this occurs as often (if not more so) with Common Eye Colors as it does with Technicolor Eyes; this is usually justified by the eyes exhibiting some kind of expression or intensity that the parent shared.

Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Black Butler, Ciel has his mother's blue eyes. It's mentioned occasionally how much Ciel looks like his mother (even by his father).
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Ed has his father's eyes. It's eventually revealed that it is a mark of Hohenheim being ethnically Xerxian; i.e., belonging to a lost civilization.
    • When Armstrong is introducing his tiny little sister, who claims that she has the same eyes he does. It's the ONLY thing she has in common with him, appearance wise.
  • The Hyuga clan in Naruto all have the same large white/grayish pupil-less eyes.
  • Dragon Ryuhou from Saint Seiya Omega was once said by Libra Genbu to have the same honest eyes as his father Shiryu.

    Comic Books 
  • Batwoman has a Long-Lost Relative Reveal heralded by the words "You have our father's eyes". Said by the villain Alice, who is actually Batwoman's twin sister.

    Fan Fic 

    Film 
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera. Blind Mag tells Shilo that she has her mother's eyes.
  • Hot Shots!!. People often tell Topper Harley that he has his father's eyes. Actually, he does. Literally. He keeps them in a little velvet case and all.
  • Rosemary's Baby. One character says of the title spawn of the Devil that "He has his father's eyes".
  • In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, when Indy meets Dr. Elsa Schneider:
    Elsa: Dr. Jones?
    Indy: Yes?
    Elsa: I knew it was you. You have your father's eyes.
    Indy: And my mother's ears. But the rest belong to you.
    Elsa: (smiling) Looks like the best parts have already been spoken for...
  • In the remake of Fright Night, the vampire tells a certain character, "You have your mother's eyes... and your father's aim." That's not a compliment.
  • In Super Mario Bros., the evil Koopa lady says this about Princess Daisy.
  • In What a Girl Wants, it's mentioned in dialogue that Daphne has Henry's eyes. The actors have different eye colors and no one bothered to give one of them contact lenses or something.
  • Beatifully subverted in Addams Family Values.
    Gomez: He has my father's eyes.

    Literature 
  • Harry Potter is often told he has his mother's eyes, so often that he can finish the phrase himself.
    • Harry's second son is mentioned in the epilogue as the only one of his three children to have inherited the green eyes.
  • In one of Mercedes Lackey's Dragon Jousters novels, one character is able to identify the hero as the long lost son of her friend because his eyes looked so much like hers.
  • It is often pointed out that all members of the Heap family in Septimus Heap share Green Eyes.
  • In the 13th century Saga of the Volsungs, all the Volsungs have unusually bright, piercing eyes.
  • In the Sherlock Holmes Canon, both Holmes brothers are said to have keen Gray Eyes (the only resemblance Watson can see between the two).
  • The Hunger Games: Katniss' and Peeta's daughter has his eyes while their son has her eyes.

    Live-Action TV 
  • A Blackout Sketch on The Benny Hill Show: A vicar is looking at a couple's new baby.
    Vicar: He has your husband's nose.
    Wife: Yes. But he has his father's eyes.
  • An interesting version in Kamen Rider Double's movie that also works as Foreshadowing. Daidou Katsumi has the same eyes as his mother but only when they're transformed into Kamen Rider Eternal and the Cyclone Dopant.
  • Once Upon a Time:
    • Emma, her son Henry, and her mother Snow White all have blue-green eyes.
    • Red Riding Hood, her mother, and grandmother all have green eyes.
  • In Smallville, General Zod comments that Clark Kent has Jor-El's eyes.

    Music 
  • The Queen song '39 has the line: "Your mother's eyes from your eyes cry to me."

    Tabletop RPG 
  • Call of Cthulhu supplement Cthulhu Companion, adventure "The Secret of Castronegro". The Cthulhu Mythos-worshipping de Diaz and Vilheila-Pereiras families have vivid green eyes.

    Theatre 
  • This is the subject of the song "Lily's Eyes" in the theatrical version of The Secret Garden.
  • In Die Walküre, Hunding notices the resemblance of his wife's eyes to Siegmund's. This observation, and the Leitmotif quietly underscoring it, is the first clue they're related to each other and to Wotan.

    Video Games 

    Webcomics 
  • Gunnerkrigg Court: One astute reader realized that Anthony was Annie's father when they noticed that she had his eyes.
  • In The Order of the Stick, Durkon claims he can tell that Julia is Roy's sister because they have similar eyes. This is odd as Roy has the semi-unique feature (his Palette Swap Thog, every member of the identical Azure City Army and a few nameless characters share it) that the eye farther from the camera is the bigger one, which Julia lacks.
  • In Schlock Mercenary, both Tagon and his father both have Conjoined Eyes. A flashback shows that his brothers, sisters, and paternal grandfather all shared the same eyes.
  • In Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki, Freya and Yuuki are the only ones with their exact shade of blue eyes. On its own, probably not worth mentioning, but combined with Yuuki noticing that he's "seen those eyes before" (in the mirror) and his Missing Mom, it's widely believed Freya is his mother.

    Web Original 
  • In the final episode of Season 10 of Red vs. Blue, we find out that the Director's eyes are green, just like his daughter Carolina.

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