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A character undergoing emotional stress may be shown from a head-on view or directly from the side with their head bowed and their eyes covered by their bangs or forelocks. (Sometimes the shot starts from one angle and cuts midway to the other.) Even if they have no bangs at all, it's their brow ridge that covers them. Their eyes are not drawn, even when they should be at least partially visible through the shadow, giving the impression of a blank face above the bridge of the nose. This usually symbolizes a person driven by events to a point of unpredictable action; when you see this on any cuties, [[BreakTheCutie you know they've been thoroughly broken]].

This could also be used to show how remorseless and intimidating a monster is, particularly when it is attacking some poor, innocent creatures.

If not temporary and the character's eyes are hidden all the time by the hair, then it is a case of BlindingBangs.

In some cases, it's simply caused by the character's hairdo or headwear and has nothing to do with emotional stress. For when it's the hair, see BlindingBangs; EyeObscuringHat is for the doings of hats; OneWayVisor is for it's due to helmets or visors; eye-obscuring hoods go under InTheHood; and when it's caused by glasses, it's OpaqueNerdGlasses. Only emotional moments qualify for Hidden Eyes.

See also TheFaceless, FaceFramedInShadow and KubrickStare. Sometimes, the eyes are hidden behind a pair of ScaryShinyGlasses. It's possible to hide them just enough to appear to have BlackEyesOfEvil or a GhostlyGape. When the eyes are hidden because of exposed or hidden character, see BlankFaceOfShame. For characters that literally and permanently lack eyes, see EyelessFace. See also PeekABangs.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/KotouraSan'': Kumiko momentarily possesses these as she crosses over the DespairEventHorizon.
* ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' - Pretty much every member of Night Raid does this at least once every other episode, [[spoiler: usually right after they head back to their HQ after someone else has inevitably died.]]
* ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'' uses this effect a few times, usually as a sign someone is falling into a trap laid by Taichi or Neo and they're trying not to give it away.
* In an episode of ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', Juri falls suspect to this during an emotional MindRape period. The funny part is that the English dub ended up ''drawing eyes for her'', not only ruining the effect of the scene, but also causing the animation to clash horribly.
* Common in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
* In the anime of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', if arranged chronologically, Haruhi is seen stalking out of the clubroom in the 4th episode. If you look carefully, you can see that she's eyeless. The viewers/the ones that read the novels would guess that something bad involving Haruhi is gonna happen. They're right. 2 episodes later, Haruhi almost destroys and recreates the universe.
* Extremely common in the ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' anime, in a blatant case of LazyArtist.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' has Sousuke and Kaname display Hidden Eyes at times.
* ''Manga/FutureDiary'': Considering the amount of insanity and BreakTheCutie moments among the main cast this happens ''a lot''. Yukiteru and Yuno are ''huge'' victims of this in particular.
* Himeko from ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' has one of these after a dress, given to her by Chikane for a date with Souma, is destroyed when they were attacked by Tsubasa. It wasn't really her fault, but being [[ApologisesAlot Himeko]] she still thinks it is.
* Sekai and Kotonoha repeatedly in ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays''.
* Among many characters in ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Most notably with Rolo, Suzaku, Shirley, and Lelouch.
** One example of this occurs when Lelouch attends the funeral of [[spoiler:his friend Shirley's father]] - whose death he inadvertently caused.
%%* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' has used this on occasion.
%%* As has ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.
* Kirika, from ''Anime/{{Noir}}''. More and more as she slowly rediscovers her past.
* When she's feeling particularly angsty, Nadia from ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'' is shown with her head bowed and her eyes hidden from view.
* Jittery and depressed AntiHero Shinji Ikari from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' demonstrates this trope quite frequently, along with BlueWithShock.
** Also subtly in play with Asuka's reaction to her and Shinji's AwkwardKiss, while she makes a big show afterwards of storming to the bathroom under the excuse of wanting to rise out the taste, her eyes is notably hidden. And, indeed, when the scene is played OnceMoreWithClarity in a later episode, it is made clear that Asuka misinterpreted Shinji's awkward reaction to the kiss as a rejection, and her trip to the bathroom was an attempt to hide how deeply hurt she was by this perceived turndown.
** During and after her MindRape Asuka gets into this trope as well.
** Appears in ''Rebuild 2.0'' as well.
*** Asuka gets jealous when she sees Shinji making advances on Rei.
*** Asuka asks Rei about her opinion on Shinji.
*** From Rei's response, Asuka deduces that Rei actually loves him.
*** Therefore, Asuka is on the losing edge of the LoveTriangle.
*** Cue Asuka invoking this trope before storming off.
* Normally cheerful and spastic Sana Kurata from ''Manga/KodomoNoOmocha'' will sometimes hide her eyes in her bangs when she's thinking about depressing things, usually involving her foil and best friend Akito.
* Nyuu of ''Manga/ElfenLied'' exhibits Hidden Eyes when she switches to her Lucy persona.
** And Lucy has [[GoodEyesEvilEyes different eye shapes]] even. Its a mark of the berserk state, as Nana does this the few times she loses control.
* Ururu Tsumugiya from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' (pictured above) does this when she enters Hollow-killing mode, much to the horror of some of the people she hunts.
** Ichigo does this in chapter 397.
* The one time viewers get to see the wrath of Miyazawa Yukino of ''Manga/KareKano'', she gets truly frightening. The fit begins with an application of this trope, [[spoiler:progresses to a wild chase after the transgressor, Shibahime Tsubasa, and climaxes with Yukino's transformation into a [[{{Youkai}} youkai-faced]] avenger.]] Never again does a student dare provoke her fury.
* The villain Legato Bluesummers from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', constantly keeps a Hidden Eyes (or technically eye) expression, though occasionally both eyes are hidden.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' does this a hell of a lot. Even when they're in a good mood.
** The most emotional example was in Luffy vs Usopp. Luffy of course won, but at the cost of [[TrueCompanions a good friend]], and walked away with his straw hat on, [[ManlyTears trying to keep the waterworks from running]].
** Called back later when Luffy and Usopp made up. When Luffy reached out, his hat covered his eyes, seemingly stoic and calm... until he lifted his head and revealed he was weeping tears of joy the entire time
** Gold Roger is always shown like this. His eyes weren't seen until over ''500 chapters'' into the manga.
** Zunisha, the island-carrying elephant, is [[TimeAbyss so damnably old]] its eyes have receded into their sockets out of sight, making it look like it has none; very rarely do its eyes get shown in shots from the front; ironically enough, despite this Zunisha's eyesight is excellent still.
* Used on just about [[ThereAreNoTherapists everyone]] in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' at least once.
* Kuroudo Akabane from ''Manga/GetBackers'' tends to keep one or both of his psychotic eyes hidden in his bangs or hat.
* The ''Franchise/DotHack'' series uses this trope in a slightly different way: almost all scenes in the "real world" (as opposed to the cyber-world that is the setting for most of the series) featured characters without eyes. As these scenes were frequently done in monochrome, as well, it was potentially used to make reality seem much more soulless, and much less visceral, than the fake world the characters indulged in.
* Ueki does it while fuming down a corridor in episode 5 of ''Manga/TheLawOfUeki''.
* Kan'u Unchou from ''Manga/IkkiTousen'' (especially ''Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny'') displays this (though in a manner similar to Chad's).
* Used on the Wolkenritters in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' during their final battle against Nanoha and Fate, after the identity of their master had been discovered by the two and they're forced to kill them to prevent the TSAB from finding out.
** Also Nanoha in ''[=StrikerS=]'' when releasing Raising Heart, just before her BarehandedBladeBlock on Subaru and Teana. This coupled with some OffModel animation in the TV version, caused some viewers to doubt whether she was emotionally sound at the time.
*** Of course, ''how'' unsound is up for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bqPRLfVB0I hilarious speculation.]]
* Sanzo and Gojyo in ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}''.
** Not just Sanzo and Gojyo. But pretty much the entire cast of the series whenever they are in a moment of badass-ery.
* Anime/{{Madlax}} gets these when she falls victim to Enfant's MindRape "Elda Taluta" attack.
* Happened a few times in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', along with just about every other way to convey insanity.
** It even happened with Rena when Keiichi brought her ''back'' and even when she lifted her head, her eyes were closed for a little longer before revealing her eyes were clear again when they had been dull since the end of the episode before.
** Also happens pretty often in its SpiritualSuccessor, ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' (at least, the anime adaptation).
* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' has this crop up occasionally, in particular with Aion in Chrono's nightmares and flashbacks.
** In the manga, Chrono himself has this happen for a few panels in the Marionette Train arc.
* Shizuru from ''Anime/MaiHime'' hides her eyes beneath her hair when confronted by Haruka and Yukino [[spoiler:after they believe she may have raped Natsuki in her sleep]]. Mere seconds later, she [[spoiler:[[FaceHeelTurn turns against them]] and attacks Yukino, destroying her CHILD in one stroke]].
* Hayate from ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'' has these in the first episode when told that the Knights will have to find the [[MagicalGirl Pretear]] (which he objects to), and later in the series when he is about to reveal the {{backstory}} to Himeno.
** Sasame also gets this as he questions his motives [[spoiler:right before his HeelFaceTurn]].
* Rakka from ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'', on at least two occasions.
* Ascot from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''. He unhides them briefly in the second season when [[spoiler:he admits that he loves Umi]].
* Gokudera from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' does this very frequently, especially in the daily life arc. As does Tsuna.
* When exposed to ''extreme'' cuteness, Sakaki in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' exhibits this. She also turns into this, for different reasons, when she happens to think of Chiyo-Dad.
* Fuyuki from ''Manga/SgtFrog'' is normally a cheerful, polite, weak middle-schooler. When [[BreakTheCutie pushed too far]], he shows [[BrokenSmile a truly terrifying rage]] and [[BewareTheNiceOnes a fair share of ability to get physical]]. Normally this is represented by a dark cloud surrounding him and Hidden Eyes -- and then a GilliganCut to the (comedic) results (usually Keroro looking terrified and Fuyuki looking cheerful).
* ''Manga/PeacemakerKurogane'': As the main characters {{Wangst}} for a good portion of the series, Hidden Eyes are common, as are their eyes widening in shock and their pupils narrowing into tiny pinpricks.
* Ditto with ''Manga/FruitsBasket''.
* ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' does this from time to time, particularly when someone has to give up a Pokemon for one reason or another. Though it's almost exclusively Ash.
** Sabrina's young half spends most of its time with her eyes hidden. Along with a creepy-looking smile.
** Just about every main character in ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' has had their Hidden Eyes moment or two.
* Konoka from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' displayed this in sadness [[spoiler:after Asuna's death]] in the first Anime's GeckoEnding.
* Ryoma Echizen from ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', when his opponent belittles him or his team or physically hurts him in a match.
* Happens to Light Yagami from ''Manga/DeathNote'' whenever he's feeling particularly evil. Coupled with his EvilLaugh Perhaps it's to hide those GlowingEyesOfDoom.
** Not just evil by any means - most of his genuine emotional responses get hidden behind his hair. After all, when Light actually ''reveals'' his emotions, it's the stuff that the titles of pivotal chapters are made of.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'':
** Yusuke manages to pull this off several times in the series, despite having his hair slicked back in such a manner as to make it impossible. Apparently, his eyebrows cast huge shadows.
** Kurama has such a moment after he's forced to kill a kid, and again in the final episode when Keiko [[spoiler:gives her "I"m done waiting for you" speech.
* Pretty much every episode of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', wherein Kogoro/Richard is rendered unconscious so that Conan can imitate his voice to solve the crime without revealing his secret identity. Apparently, no one minds that Kogoro/Richard stares at his feet and doesn't move during his flashes of insight...
** ...instead, they decide it's his signature crime-solving pose and dub him "Sleeping Kogoro."
* Whenever Rozen himself shows up in ''Manga/RozenMaiden'', his hair always seem to cover his eyes. Later stops once [[spoiler:Enju is revealed to be Rozen]], since we now know his identity. [[spoiler:Or not, considering that Enju actually isn't Rozen, but just a jealous apprentice. Rozen himself eventually appears afterwards with his eyes still hidden by his hair]].
* When Fumio's classmates inexplicably charge the blood-drenched heroine who is ''wielding a chainsaw'' in ''Manga/SaitamaChainsawShoujo'', their eyes are rarely visible.
* Heero and Zechs have both done this in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''. Usually, this means some poor mook(s)' about to die...
* Happens quite often to Minami in ''Manga/LuckyStar''.
** PlayedForLaughs with Tsukasa in Episode 6 after she saw a bug crawl out of the shell she heard the sound of the ocean in.
* Used on occasion in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', most notably in NEXT's opening.
* A somewhat less serious instance of this happens in ''[[VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Hachiyou Shou]]'' episode five, when Tenma tells Akane how much he cares for her, wants to protect her, doesn't want her to cry... and Akane replies that she won't cry anymore and will do her best... together with everybody -- [[ObliviousToLove completely failing to realize that Tenma likes her]]. Cut to the speechless Tenma with Hidden Eyes.
* Both in manga and anime, ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' mastered this. It happens many many times in each chapter/episode. All characters do this, especially Hayate. Though usually there are some vertical lines instead of shadow on their faces.
** A notable example is [[spoiler: Hayate's big brother, whose eyes remain hidden up until little Athena finally reveals the dream she's been refusing to let herself believe - meeting Hayate again.]]
* ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'': Albert does this a lot in the later half of the series.
* There are various times in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' where eyes are obscured by hair or by shadow. For example, in the Orichalcos arc, Yami's eyes are first obscured after losing Yugi's soul to Rafael, as well as the darkness inside him. The second time reverses that, where he conquers his darkness and saves Yugi.
* In ''OtoXMaho'', Kanata's eyes vanish when you hit one of his {{Berserk Button}}s. It generally leads to a laughably one-sided beatdown.
* Hazumu of ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'' has these for almost all of episode 1. We don't see them until he [[ItMakesSenseInContext gets whacked by a spaceship and becomes a girl]].
** Anytime the show flashes back to her previous gender, his eyes are always hidden.
* [[spoiler: Mikael]] from ''Anime/ImGonnaBeAnAngel'' has his eyes obscured for a brief moment [[spoiler: during the revelation in the rain in episode 23 when he decides to become a demon]].
* Hino of ''VideoGame/KiniroNoCorda'' gets these during her BreakTheCutie process.
* ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'' it happens several times, from the most different reasons. Chihaya gets one when she [[GreenEyedMonster jealous]] of the other girls bust sizes. Iori, Mami, Ami, Yayoi and the Producer get like this when they found out that the 765Pro hadn't managed to place a single idol in the next auditions, etc.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' could have an entire subpage of this:
** Sesshomaru goes through one of these [[spoiler: when Rin dies a second time, and he can't just revive her again with his sword]].
** During ''The Final Act'', [[spoiler:Midoriko]]'s eyes are never actually shown.
* From ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'', Souren Araya's eyes are never unhidden. Hell, he's the [[Pantheon/PersonalAppearance God of this trope]].
* In ''Anime/DotHackSign'', You only ever see the full faces of any of the characters actually inside "The World" game. The characters' players are sometimes seen in the real world, but their eyes are always intentionally missing to emphasize the dramatic events that happen to them. DeepImmersionGaming is used to show that the character avatars look exactly like their real life players's faces anyway. The only time real world people's eyes are shown are for when two of the main characters finally meet each other in real life at the end of the series.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'''s protagonist frequently uses a subversion - he briefly does this and appears to be [[SeriousBusiness metaphorically or literally hurt by a particularly strong attack]], and often seems to be sobbing or trembling, but then is revealed to be laughing in joy from his passion for the game, and enjoying the close match.
** And then played fully straight during his {{Deconstruction}} in the third season, likely to highlight the change in his character as he crosses the DespairEventHorizon.
* Used to disturbing effect in ''Manga/{{MAR}}'' when inside Snow's mind during her DespairEventHorizon. She's also not entirely shaded in this scene which provides a starting contrast to how bright and cheery she usually is. She shows her eyes again when Ginta delivers a CooldownHug.
* In ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'', Mahiro has to play TheBeard for someone, all while Nyarko watches and has typical ClingyJealousGirl reactions (like mentally wishing for [[Manga/DeathNote a notebook that kills people]]). When they go to a restaurant, Nyarko pulls Mahiro aside and begs him to end the charade; rather thoughtlessly, he tells her [[WhamLine "If it bugs you that much, just go home."]] At that point, Nyarko develops Hidden Eyes and doesn't say another word for the rest of the day, making it painfully obvious that we're not supposed to be laughing anymore.
* Genzo Wakabayashi from ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'', given that he wears [[NiceHat a cap]] which makes this trope occur frequently.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica:'' Happens to [[http://thoughteclipse.blog.com/files/2011/02/madoka07-1-300x168.jpg Sayaka]] when [[spoiler:she goes LaughingMad]] in episode 7. She also spends the majority of [[spoiler:the scene where she becomes a witch]] with these.
* Kinshirou Kusatsu gets the briefest moment of this in the ''Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubLove'' manga, just after [[spoiler:finding out that his [[EvilFormerFriend Good Former Friend]] Atsushi Kinugawa belongs to the opposing FiveManBand of [[MagicalGirl Magical Boys]].]] He gets over it in about a heartbeat.
* The ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'' OVA uses a variant on the trope for dramatic embellishment. Seras arrives to the aid of Sir Integra (and revealing to Father Anderson that she is now a true vampire). Anderson warns Iscariot not to engage her since she's now vastly more powerful. He then comments on her change, noting how her eyes look like windows into the abyss. At this time, only one of her glowing red eyes is visible behind her bangs but covered in shadow. He then notes how human she still appears. She lifts her head out of the shadow, and her bangs shift to cover her other eye and emphasize Anderson's words about her dual nature.
* In episode 12 of ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'', Aya does this when she relays the WhamLine regarding Uesugi's situation ([[spoiler:that is, Uesugi's vision has deteriorated to the point that he can't read; treatment has only a 40% chance of success and failure may cause total blindness]]) to Kuroki and Kozuka. The latter two responds with QuiveringEyes.
* Natsu in ''Manga/{{Fairy Tail}}''. [[spoiler: After seeing Igneel get killed by Acnologia, his eyes are hidden when he cries.]]
* Yuu of ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'' does this occasionally when faced with a reality he can't ignore or when confronted by an illusion of his beloved family member Mika.
* ''Tail Chaser'': In Chapter 1, the main CatGirl has these during her PottyEmergency.

* This happens to ComicBook/{{Raven}} quite a bit in ''[[Comicbook/TeenTitans Teen Titans]]''.
* [[ComicBook/XWingSeries Wedge Antilles]], when the man who [[YouKilledMyFather killed his parents]] locks him up and starts [[http://img372.imageshack.us/img372/1069/blz05dt3.jpg taunting him,]] gets his eyes hidden in shadow for a moment.
* This is standard form for ThePunisher, especially when drawn by [[http://i.imgur.com/jllN7.jpg Tim Bradstreet.]]
* A common way ''[[ComicStrip/ThePhantom The Phantom]]'' is depicted, whenever he's not wearing his mask or some kind of sunglasses. Expect some rather bizzare shadows whenever he lies in bed talking with his wife.

[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* Flint's dad in ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' has a furrowed unibrow that covers his eyes throughout the movie, save two or three instances it raises to reveal his eyes, usually signifying his surprise or befuddlement.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SausageParty'', Camille has these when she eats the baby carrots.

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* Batman's eye-makeup has this effect, especially in the '89 movie and ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''--his eyes seem to completely disappear behind the cowl. Edward Nygma kinda-sorta gets one in ''Film/BatmanForever'', when he says, "I'll ''make'' you understand." Granted, it's not quite carried across visually, but Jim Carrey more than makes up for it with just an ever-so-slight forward tilt of his head, a subtle change in his eyes, and that menacing, determined tone; his eyes might as well be hidden in shadow.

* ''Literature/{{Edenborn}}'': in-universe, Deuce uses this effect while he's confined by Vashti. He covers his face with his mop of hair to disguise his moving lips immediately before he goes [[ThrowDownTheBomblet ballistic.]]

* Matt Bellamy pulls a ''wicked'' real-life example in {{Music/Muse}}'s video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8KQmps-Sog Uprising.
* In the full video for Music/PoetsOfTheFall's [[https://youtu.be/xfvtPTvuFTA "Drama for Life,"]] the MoodSwinger "madman" occasionally lapses into a state of upset while having a FaceFramedInShadow, when not {{Kubrick Star|e}}ing into the camera with eyes concealed.
* Gerard Way in Music/MyChemicalRomance's video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bbTtPL1jRs "Famous Last Words,"]] which doesn't help the overall nightmarish vibe of the proceedings.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* You never see Jason's eyes in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''. The only exception is an early strip where you see his eyes closed when he's asleep. You never see Peter's girlfriend Denise's eyes either, justified because she's blind.
* ComicStrip/BeetleBailey's eyes are always hidden under his hat or helmet.
** In one strip, Lt. Fuzz wondered about that, so Sarge shouted "BOO!" behind Beetle to scare him and make his hat fly off so that Fuzz could see his eyes. Unfortunately, Beetle was wearing sunglasses.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* {{Eroge}} games tends do this in a different light -- ''usually'', the protagonist's face is never shown to keep them anonymous. [[FeaturelessProtagonist This can serve to create a "blank slate" for the player to project themselves into.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Lufia}}'' series: [[TheBrute Gades]], [[EvilGenius Amon]], and [[BigBad Daos]] of the Evil Gods known as Sinistrals have their top portion of their faces covered at all times in the original trilogy(Pictured [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/lufia/images/5/5b/Thesinistrals.png/revision/latest?cb=20120909124728 here]] in the second game). Sometimes [[GlowingEyesOfDoom glowing]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning red light]] can be seen illuminating from the shadows. The exception is in the reboot ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'', where the faces of the Sinistrals are visible.
* In a rare Western case, some ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' artwork has 47's eyes unrealistically shrouded in shadow.
* The Masked Hero class in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4| A Promise Unforgotten}}'' has these, the beak-shaped visor of his [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Prinny]]-themed costume providing the shadow.
* The ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series loves to do this to its rank-and-file goons, usually 'covering' the eyes with the unit's helmets.
* ''VideoGame/RivalSchools''' Roberto hides his eyes behind a blue visor. When he's not wearing it, he instead hides it under a hat or some other head covering.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', Ryder's eyes are always covered with his blacked-out sunglasses.
** Woozie also wears sunglasses that cover his eyesight, on the count of the fact that he's blind.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'': Tear Grants, in a similar fashion like [[PeekABangs Chad/Kan'u]].
* Mitsumoto from ''Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja'' always hides his eyes underneath his ninja hood.
* Maya when channeling a spirit [[spoiler:(actually, Mimi Miney)]] in the second case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll''.
** Played with in the fourth game, ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''. Were lead to believe the darkened spots on Winfred Kitaki's face are due to his eyes being hidden, but they're actually [[BigOlEyebrows Big Ol Furry Eyebrows]]. His eyes are actually small and puppy-like.
** Also in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', [[spoiler: [[TheRival Klavier Gavin]] gets these after discovering that his older brother is the killer of the game's final case.]]
* Happens in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' between sector completes, usually after something traumatic has happened to Iji: namely, [[spoiler:after it's revealed the hostile aliens have actually conquered the Earth, and not the facility, as Iji's brother tells her, and if Iji's brother dies, driving her crazy.]]
* Hector the BigBad from VideoGame/DeptHeaven always keep his eyes hidden with a nice hat. Probably to hide his [[GenericCuteness big cute eyes]].
* The Player's Character in the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' Tag Force series constantly wears a red baseball cap, which always shields his eyes. Even when the transition from 3 to 4 (and consequently, GX to 5Ds. The trademark red cap is still there, only with a different logo. The original cap (with the Duel Academy logo) is hanging on a coat rack in the character's house.)
* The Player Avatar in Pokemon Stadium does pretty much the same thing as above- hide behind a cap. (With a bit of a creepy smile, too. Why so mysterious, little kid?)
* Almost everybody in ''VideoGame/TheresiaDearEmile'' has something hiding their eyes, ranging from BlindingBangs to a large-browed cap. A few visual angles reveal that they weren't animated with eyes at all--they have indentations where the sockets would be, but there's smooth flesh covering the area. This seems to be an artistic conceit rather than the literal truth.
* The cover for the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' crossover [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091121002526/megaman/images/e/e7/OperateShootingStarCover.jpg Operate Shooting Star]] shows Mega Man Geo-Omega (the one from star force, on the left) doing this with his visor solidified (it is normally see through).
* The Hunter from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' (if you look under it's hood it doesn't even have eyes)
* In ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', Kamila gets these at one point [[spoiler: when she is possessed by Yomiel]].
* Several illustrations and renders of Kain Highwind from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' give him Hidden Eyes, due to his Dragoon helmet. [[AvertedTrope There are a few exceptions]], such as one of [[Creator/YoshitakaAmano Yoshitaka Amano's]] [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120706155846/finalfantasy/images/f/fb/Kain.jpg illustrations of him]], a couple of sprite illustrations, and as seen in [[spoiler:''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'', anytime he appears as the Hooded Man or in his Holy Dragoon armor]].
* [[DependingOnTheArtist It depends on the artist]], but a distinctive trait of [[VideoGame/FinalFight Hu]][[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII go]] is that the shading below his large brow ridge is dark enough that his eyes can only vaguely be seen. Sometimes, it's outright pitch-black. However, this trope is ''quickly'' [[AvertedTrope averted]] whenever he's [[WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises surprised]].
* Aya's mother from ''VideoGame/MadFather'' is seen sporting these while in her ghostly form towards the end of the game. This does a good job at [[TropesAreTools making her seem lifeless and creepy]].
* Used interestingly in the very beginning of ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'', when the main character [[LoveMakesYouCrazy James Sunderland]] is introduced staring intensely into his own reflection; his actual face is perfectly well-lit and visible, but his reflection's eyes are obscured by shadow. Though he seems, at this point, relatively reasonable and sweet, this shot effectively foreshadows [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness his truly unhinged mental state]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheComaCuttingClass'', this trope is the reason Youngho doesn't initially realize what Ms. Song has become. The shadow hides [[spoiler:eyes that are pupilless and pitch-black.]]
* As a stylistic choice, ''every'' human character in ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' has hidden eyes, framing them in shadow. The only ones who have visible eyes are the abominations that have too many, the Crimson Court vampires (who have giant mosquito eyes as a side effect) and the Gibbering Prophet (who [[EyeScream plucked them out and is carrying them in his hand]]).
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'''s [[FinalBoss Asgore]] uses a variant of this: during his battle, his head is always faced down, with his eyes in shadow. This achieves the effect of making him look more fearsome, [[spoiler:but also reveals another facet of his character: he cannot look you in the eye while he attacks you]].
* Almost every character in ''VideoGame/LittleNightmares'' covers their eyes in some way. Six has her hood and BlindingBangs, The Runaway Kid's hair covers his eyes, and the Lady, Chefs, and Janitor all wear masks. The only characters who ''don't'' wear masks are the Guests and the Granny (who you don't actually see for the most part).


* Zimmy from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' perpetually has [[TearsOfBlood black gunk]] where her eyes should be. ([[spoiler:Until her RedemptionInTheRain moment, fans weren't even sure that she ''had'' eyes.]]) The effect is really [[CreepyChild creepy]], but [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight none of the characters so far have commented on it]].
* Moss from ''Webcomic/{{Flipside}}'''s book 0 hid his eyes -- initially this was assumed to be because he was always so horribly depressing, {{emo}}, sarky, {{goth}}... whatever. It turned out that [[spoiler:he actually had magical eyes which caused him to only see the worst in people, causing both his BAD attitude and his hiding of his very weird-looking eyes.]]
* ''{{Webcomic/No Rest For The Wicked}}:'' several uses, such as [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/01-43.html here]] and [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/03-51.html here]].
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/EmergencyExit'': the [[AffablyEvil villains]] are introduced like this--[[http://eecomics.net/?strip_id=104 and then the assistant turns on the light]], saying that the creepy lighting makes it impossible to get around.
* Dave's [[GoodAngelBadAngel evil conscience]] from ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell'' is always depicted with shadow hiding his eyes, though one was visible silhouetted in his first appearance. This has led to [[FanNickname fans nicknaming him]] "Shadow Dave" or "Shadave" for short.
* Seen in ''Webcomic/{{Juathuur}}'' [[http://oneway.juathuur.com/1/?strip_id=217 here.]]
* Used a lot ''Webcomic/{{Blip}}''. K, Liz, and Bishop seem to be the most commonly affected.
* Cho Teko from ''Webcomic/NoNeedForBushido'' has these. He's also blind.
* Webcomic/{{Shadownova}}[='s=] Iris Kolrick frequently features the "[[BreakTheCutie broken cutie]]" variant.
* Webcomic/RustyAndCo gives a rare non-depressed example, using this to conceal the identity of [[spoiler:Roxanne]].
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2011-04-08 this is used to hide Eric's expression just before he reveals the flame summon that just appeared behind him is not his]].
* Played with during one scene in ''Webcomic/ProphecyOfTheCircle''. When Shan'rekk gets angry in interlude one, the perspective only shows his face from the side that's completely covered by his mane, then immediately cuts to the other side (which was technically uncovered all the time) when he calms down.
* In ''[[Webcomic/VoldemortsChildren Voldemort's Children]]'', Voldemort and Dumbledore [[TheFaceless always have their eyes hidden]], and other characters do when they're doing something especially dark or intimidating.
* How the INDEPENDENT woman is depicted in ''Webcomic/{{Morphe}}''. She appears like this directly in front of the screen in the [[http://morphe.thewebcomic.com/comics/1901549/chapter-3-page-18-open-your-eyes/ second dream sequence]].
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' - Baam's eyes are only seen twice in the second season [[spoiler: after Rachel nearly killed him.]]
* In ''Webcomic/LightningMadeOfOwls'', Delkin's eyes are always hidden, sometimes by BlindingBangs, sometimes by opaque eyewear of some kind.
* The [[TheMenInBlack Majestic 12]] in ''Webcomic/TryingHuman'' have eyes hidden in various ways (BlindingBangs, SinisterShades, a cloth with an eye symbol etc.), except 6, who's an artificial lifeform, and 12, who's new.

* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Annie, an amnesiac street urchin that Robin helps out, uses these when she realizes [[spoiler: she's actually a part of Clayface]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', used on [[http://piandao.org/screencaps/ep26/ep26-1510.png Toph]] in her debut episode when her [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent overprotective parents]] refuse to let her go along with the gang. She then proceeds to take matters into her own hands and run away from home.
* Done a few times in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', particularly among both Raven and Terra.
* Out of the five main operatives in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', 4 usually have their eyes covered through various means. Numbuh 1 wears sunglasses, and Numbuh 2 goggles. Numbuh 4's eyes are [[BlindingBangs covered by his hair]], and Numbuh 5's by her hat. Numbuh 3, on the other hand, is an EyesAlwaysShut.
* Professor Farnsworth in ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' has eyes that are perpetually covered by thick green glasses. This becomes a running gag, with people referring to his eye color as "milky white", and him covering his entire face as he takes off his glasses to cry.
* The Drill Sergeant from ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' episode "In the Army" had a hat that covered his eyes.
* The Blue Falcon from ''WesternAnimation/DynomuttDogWonder'', due to his beak hood. Sometimes, it looks like he has empty ''eye sockets''!
* [[{{Emo}} Lucy Loud]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' has BlindingBangs that cover her eyes.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' gets a terrifying one from [[spoiler: Giffany]] when Soos tells her he's [[spoiler: breaking off their relationship for Melody, a human]].
* Eugly from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', as her BlindingBangs cover her eyes. They are seen for a few brief seconds in Episode 82, but usually kept covered.