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- Darker Than Black: Hei as the Black Reaper is of the completely black variety. It seemingly has no eyeholes and just have eyes and mouth seemingly painted on it, making it perfect for concealing his Secret Identity and adding to his "Black Grim Reaper" persona's mystery.
- Gundam: A standard but not guaranteed property of the assorted Char Clones' masks. The page image should give an idea.
- Haunted Junction: Red Mantle, being an expy of Tuxedo Mask, has a mask that has this effect.
- Sailor Moon: Tuxedo Mask wears a mask that whites out his eyes in the anime adaptation. In the manga (and by extension Sailor Moon Crystal, the artist averted this by giving him fully visible eyes.
- Zigzagged with Sailor V: in (In-Universe) promotional images of her and the very first time the other senshi meet her, she plays this straight, yet the A Day in the Spotlight episode focusing on Minako's past as Sailor V has her with with visible eyes (as does a video game version of her). Again, Crystal and the predecessor manga Codename: Sailor V averts this altogether.
- Tiger & Bunny: As this is an Affectionate Parody of superheroes, inevitably a few characters (those being Fire Emblem, Origami Cyclone and Mr. Legend) have this as part of the design of their superhero alter egos.
- Suiren from Battle Spirits Shonen Toppa Bashin wears this kind of mask.
- In Star Driver, all members of Kiraboshi wear this kind of masks.
- The most notable hero to have this trope as part of their design is Batman. He has this feature in all other adaptations as well, with the exception of live-action ones and recent video games.
- For most Batfamily members, this is explained by the fact that the cowls contain special lenses for Goggles Do Something Unusual purposes. This is a generally accepted fan theory, however in close ups we can see that there isn't anything in Batman's eyeholes. Either its artistic expression, or its just the way criminals see him because he's so damn scary.
- Batman has always been depicted like this (except when portrayed by Alex Ross, who averts this trope), but a few artists (such as George Perez) have drawn Robin and Nightwing with proper eyes under their masks.
- Usually (but not always) averted in Batman '66, as fitting the way Adam West and Burt Ward looked in costume.
- Usually (but not always) averted in historical Elseworlds, which adds credence to the theory there's some kind of lens in there that a 19th century Batman wouldn't have.
- Other DC Comics examples who are usually designed this way are Atom Smasher, Aztek, Crimson Avenger, Doctor Fate, Firestorm, Green Arrow and Arsenal/Speedy (Roy Harper), Green Lantern (with a couple exceptions such as John Stewart and Kilowog, who don't wear masks), Grifter, Hawk and Dove, Hawkman, Orion, Steel, Wildcat, and various other Batfamily characters (Catwoman being a notable exception).
- Watchmen: All the masked characters play this trope straight with the exception of Rorschach, whose mask completely obscures his face, and Ozymandias, who (perhaps unintentionally) borders on Expressive Mask (complete with the mask wrinkling when he frowns- in the original comic, at least. He's pointedly this trope in Before Watchmen).
- Averted and occasionally lampshaded by The Spirit, who has big blue expressive irises to show.
- The Flash is an extremely rare subversion — his eyes have always been drawn normally under that mask, and this has been consistent between the various Legacy Characters who have taken up the Flash mantle, as well as Wally West's kid sidekicks Jai and Iris. However, Wally had iris-less masked eyes during the period between issues 50 and 130 and would return to this for awhile in 2010, just a year before The New 52 but has since averted this trope when he returned to the main comics in DC Rebirth.
Flash: Those white Batman eyes were never really me anyway.
- Some Marvel superhero examples:
- Captain America averts this, though Bucky Barnes zigzags this by being depicted with irisless eyes and normal eyes at other times.
- Daredevil: Though possibly justified as the character is blind.
- It's often implied that the eye holes in Daredevil's mask are opaque, due to the fact that Depending on the Artist (Joe Quesada, for example), Matt Murdock's eyes are plainly non-functional.
- Deadpool is an interesting case. During his earlier appearances, when unmasked, his eyes were really blank-white (seemingly also result of Weapon X treatment along with bad skin condition). Since character's popularity skyrocketed, though, he's been usually drawn as much less hideous and having normal human eyes underneath the mask.
- The original Ms. Marvel, though it was also zigzagged: in some stories, it did appear like this; in others, Carol's eyes were fully seen (in such cases, the mask didn't completely cover the area around her eyes). Averted with Kamala.
- Wolverine: Plays this trope straight when in costume, though his first appearance subverted this trope, with some panels depicting with and without iris-less masked eyes.
- Iron Man's older armors are aversions of the trope because the helmets didn't have computerized lenses. This is mostly seen in flashbacks in more recent issues, however.
- In all its forms, the mask of the Fantastic Four archenemy Doctor Doom constantly averts this trope. Doom's mask has a heads-up display both within the lenses and surrounding them. Not only are Doom's irises visible whenever Doom is roughly facing the viewer, but also some of the damaged tissue around his eyes, an allusion to his brash action with that same metal mask that left Doom's face badly disfigured.
- The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were designed this way in the original comics. The only other media to retain this look from the comics was the 2003 cartoon (though later seasons give them irises, and the 2012 show uses them whenever things get serious). The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles originally had Irisless eyemasks to simulate Glowing Eyes of Doom, without actually making their eyes glow. When they gave the turtles visible irises? They looked cute instead, regardless of how menacing they make their faces look. In the 2012 show this is justified as their nictitating membrane, a quality independent of their masks also present in Leatherhead when he goes into an Unstoppable Rage.
- Empowered has Empy herself and a few other heroes.
Films — Live-Action
- The Dark Knight Saga: These films usually avert this trope, but on one occasion in The Dark Knight he acquires this look via a Sonic imager in his mask.
- Averted with Batman's main suit in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but played straight with his armored suit.
- Averted with the first battle suit constructed by Tony Stark in Iron Man, which had open eyeholes in the helmet. Subsequent constructions of the Iron Man armor have this trope in play, as Stark prefers a heads-up tactical display to peeking out eyeholes. As a practical matter, eyeholes tend to funnel debris, shards and sharps toward the wearer's eyes, rather than deflect them like the rest of the headpiece. Preferable is a resilient, transparent material that blocks the eyeholes and shields the eyes; the blankness can be Hand Waved as gloss from the shield's outer surface.
- Partly done in Green Lantern, where it's by design, as the mask's purpose is to hide Hal's identity (however poorly). The eyes are still visible, but are covered by a whitish glow. Additionally, the mask isn't real, being merely a Ring construct.
- BlazBlue: Relius Clover always wears an opera mask that makes him seem to have Monochromatic Eyes.
- Captain Falcon from F-Zero has these.
- Tizoc (AKA Griffon Mask) from the SNK-produced games Garou: Mark of the Wolves and The King of Fighters series always wears a mask that gives him this look.
- Mortal Kombat: Scorpion is a unique example. His mask doesn't just blank out his eyes, it's responsible for making him look like he has a face at all; when he removes it, all that's left of his head is a skull. Which is on fire.
- Viewtiful Joe
- This is The Wonderful 101's signature.
- In Flying Sparks, Chloë Anderson's mask has this effect when she is Meta-Girl.
- So does the mask worn by Meredith, the hooded black-haired woman who fought Meta-Girl.
- Magick Chicks: Tiffany's mask typically has the effect of whiting out her irises whenever she wears it, as her MMAA disguise (which makes her look similar to Spinnerette) The mask itself is still expressive, which is best seen here, though there was one occasion where her irises were visible while she wore it.
- The Ambiguously Gay Duo from the animated Saturday Night Live segments of the same name wear masks that white out their eyes.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: Zuko's alter ego of the Blue Spirit wears a mask of the completely black variety. His mask presumably has black glass covering its eyeholes, since they appear black even when fully illuminated. This, of course, helps hide his Secret Identity, since major characters tend to be very good at seeing through disguises in this universe.
- Darkwing Duck: The eponymous character's design generally averts this. However, in one episode in which he became a Knight Templar '90s Anti-Hero in a Bad Future after Gosalyn disappeared, he was given a design with a mask to fit his Darker and Edgier outlook and appearance.
- DuckTales (1987): Scrooge McDuck, during a brief stint as costumed vigilante in "The Masked Mallard", donned a mask that had this effect.
- Gargoyles: All of the Hunters of the present time of Gargoyles wore masks that have this effect. The Hunters of the past, however, were shown to avert this.
- Hong Kong Phooey averts this. In the cartoon, the eye holes follow his eye movements (furrowed brow, etc.) but in the Charlton comics, the eye holes stay inert regardless of Phooey's eye movements.
- Justice League: Some characters who don't have this design in the comics, most notably The Flash (who is an aversion in the comics with visible and detailed eyes) in the original series and Unlimited, have this design.
- Loonatics Unleashed: When first unveiled to the public, the six Loonatics had irisless eyes while in uniform, as an indicator that these characters derived from Looney Tunes were being recast as Darker and Edgier superheroes, and when fighting villains, they would no longer play nice. However, fan backlash compelled Warner Bros. to modify the Loonatics' styling to include irises, except when using their Magic Meteor superpowers.
- Space Ghost: Though the character was never shown unmasked on-screen, artwork by Alex Toth shows what he looked like without his cowl.
- In the 2016 comic series Future Quest, this becomes averted when we see a young Space Ghost with glowing eyes before he had the cowl.
- Static Shock: While the character's irislessness is from Glowing Eyes of Doom via electrokinesis in the comics, but in the television adaptation this design is averted by giving the eponymous hero visible irises behind his mask. However, his older self as shown in Justice League Unlimited plays this trope straight by having white eyes without the Glowing Eyes of Doom.
- The eponymous character of Stripperella.
- Jake Clawson and Chance Furlong have normal irises while working in Megakat City's scrapyard. However, when villains threaten Megakat City, they become the SWAT Kats Razor and T-Bone. They wear bandannas tied around the tops of their heads that make their eyes seem irisless, an understandable precaution to prevent Commander Feral or any of his Enforcers from recognizing them.