Purple Eyes

Purple Eyes, also called "violet", "lavender/lilac" or "amethyst" (depending on the shade) are a type of Technicolor Eyes used in fiction as an indicator that a character is very special, rare, unique, and/or somehow possessed of strange or mysterious talents or heritage. These connotations mean that it's mostly possessed by characters that are either key to the plot, or need to stand out from the background. It is also a popular Mary Sue eye color for the same reasons.

Albinos in fiction are also likely to have these, though being albino is generally special in its own way as the condition is quite rare.

Technically 'purple' eyes are possible in real life, though extremely rare, due to pigmentation deficiencies. The lack of pigment in the irises creates a translucent blue color through which the underlying blood vessels are visible. However, the 'purple' is barely distinguishable unless under bright light and the eyes appear more dark blue than anything else. Bright purple or pale purple eyes are not found in humans.

Compare Graceful Ladies Like Purple, Purple Is Powerful, Supernatural Is Purple.

It should be noted that this trope is NOT just for characters who have eyes of this color, but when the color actually indicates the character is special somehow. Please do not add characters who just happen to have eyes of this color without the proper reason behind it.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Mai Minase, who shares some mysterious connection with The World in Dot Hack .hack//Liminality]].
  • Russia, Latvia, Austria, Iceland and Finland from Axis Powers Hetalia, with Finland's eyes representative of him being Santa and Iceland's possibly being representative of the Northern Lights.
  • Tama-chan, the quiet, innocent, yet super-skilled kendo girl from Bamboo Blade.
  • Takashiro-sensei in Bible Black has purple eyes with red hair, and is a magic user with great significance to the backstory.
  • ''Bleach: Yumichika has wisteria-coloured eyes. Zanpakutou represent their shinigami's true nature and hishates the colour of wisteria-purple which itself raises questions about Yumichika's true personality, as his true strength and nature is a mystery. Superficially narcissistic, he's hiding the fact he's sacrificing everything he is to adhere to his division's martial philosophy. The very few times his true abilities have been used, he's won in a single strike, meaning his full strength has never been tested or even acknowledged. And he's working hard to keep it that way.
  • Certain Code Geass characters, specifically the Royal Family of Britannia has unique variants of purple eyes. The purple eyes are in fact a trait of the Royal Family.
    • Though rare in other individuals, Nina Einstein also has them, as does Leila Malkal in the "Akito the Exiled" OVA. This may or may not be meant to indicate their descent from a cadet branch of the royal family, which would make sense given the staggering number of wives each emperor weds and these characters' status as members of the nobility. However, Marianne vi Britannia is more difficult to explain, as we are told the emperor's marriage to a commoner caused difficulty in court. Despite her noble status coming from marriage and not from birth, she also displays the purple eyes.
  • Shinigami Asato Tsuzuki from Descendants of Darkness. Interestingly not a Variant Visage; they really are purple, with the implication Tsuzuki was shunned in his hometown by supersitious people.
  • Surprisingly common in Donten ni Warau, though that is due to a good part of the main cast being of the Fuuma clan, known for their white hair and purple eyes (not albinos by birth, however). A more straight example of this tropeis Botan, who is a shikigami conjured for the sole purpose of sealing the Orochi 600 years prior to the story.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, while all the homunculi except for Gluttony, Sloth, Wrath and Pride have red eyes, in "Brotherhood," Envy and Pride have purple eyes; the latter originally has black eyes which turn purple after he eats Gluttony. All of the homunculi in the 2003 anime version (except for Gluttony) have purple eyes.
  • Florian from the manga Gorgeous Carat has amethyst eyes that are commented on quite frequently, and are pretty much the sole reason so many people lust after him.
  • "Oni no Fukuchou" Hijikata in Hakuouki has purple eyes to display his strength and charisma as the vice commander of The Shinsengumi.
  • Chaos from Heaven's Lost Property has distinctly purple eyes; and as time goes on, she just keeps on becoming more and more alien when compared to the other angeloids. Also another thing to note is that when other angeloids fight seriously, their eyesturn red. However, Chaos' eyes stay the same color, and the only thing that changes is the pattern on them.
  • Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss has them. Since he's a Kitsune, he kind of qualifies as special and mysterious.
  • Nodoka Miyazaki in Mahou Sensei Negima!, in going with her violet motif and hair color, contrasting the lead heroine's lighter blue and green. Having darker and more mysterious eyes may be some metaphor for inner strength or a type of enigmatic, hidden bravery, since she (despite being seen as meek otherwise) often enters such a state when pulling her hair away. After she enters the magical world Nodoka makes it clear she belongs in this trope as of chapter 280. '"I am Nodoka Miyazaki, and from here I begin my counter attack."' Badass.
  • Naruto:
    • Suigetsu and Hidan who are certainly special (one can turn into water, and the other is immortal respectively), but go against the trope by both being rather violent, with the first being something of a Blood Knight and the other flat-out Ax-Crazy.
    • The Rinnegan, the strongest of the eye based powers in the series, are bluish purple. They were possessed by the Sage of the Six Paths, let you use any element, let you use the Six Paths of Pain powers (gravity blasts, energy absorbing, soul ripping, Summon Magic, turn into a cyborg, and heal), can raise the dead, and by combining with the Heretic Statue's chakra receivers can allow you to control anyone, including the Tailed Beasts. Super Power Lottery might be it.
  • Pandora Hearts has Alice, also known as the Blood-Stained Black Rabbit, who is one of the most powerful Chains in the manga. In the anime, the protagonist's eyes also turn violet when Alice briefly takes over his body after their Magically Binding Contract. There is also the Will of the Abyss, Alice's twin sister, who combines the trope with Mystical White Hair. [[spoiler:She inherited both traits from their father Levi, a.k.a. Glen Baskerville, who controls five incredibly powerful Chains and is in charge of protecting the Abyss.
  • Pet Shop of Horrors: Count D's father, and one half of the Count's own. As the Count is the mysterious protagonist descended from a powerful like and runs a unique pet shop that sells supernatural pets, well, he certainly ticks all the boxes.
  • When the Pretear manga was made into an anime, Sasame went from having blond hair and brown eyes to white hair and purple eyes. Considering the connotations of both tropes, it was probably an intentional hint that in this version Sasame would betray the knights.
  • In RG Veda, purple eyes are a sign of demon heritage, which is why Yasha doesn't trust Kujaku, and he tends to receive a bad welcome among people.
  • Manga/Saiyuki:
    • Genjo Sanzo has violet eyeswhich have been described as both like those of a god and a youkai. Appropriately enough, he was a god, specifically the nephew of the Bosatsu of Mercy in his previous life.
    • Kougaiji also has them, in addition to being a Dark-Skinned Redhead. Understandable, since he is a youkai.
  • Certain characters from Sorieke! Anpanman. As stated in Purple Is Powerful, characters who have these are often either magical or powerful in some way. Nandobatto since he's magical, Azami-chan since she's a plant person, and Peekaballoon since he's a balloon.
  • Kouta Otoyama, the [["chosen one of the universe"]], in Stellvia of the Universe.
  • Shoukei of The Twelve Kingdoms has violet eyes, which go well with her blue hair and suited her when she was a princess. Because these colours are not as rare in her world, her appearance went unremarked when she had to live among peasants.
  • Michiru from Uta Kata has purple eyes, which match her hair, underlining her mysterious aura.
  • In The World God Only Knows, Keima's teacher, Nikaido has them. In the Heart of Jupiter arc, Keima travels back in time and meets a girl named Dokuro, who is the human incarnation of Chief Dokuro of the Runaway Spirit Squad, who also has them. It is later revealed that Nikaido is the adult present day Dokuro.
  • Kamui in the X1999 manga has blueish purple eyes (they are hazel in the anime for some reason) and certainly fits the 'very special and mysteriously Badass' criteria.
  • Both Yugi and Yami Yugi have purple eyes in Yu-Gi-Oh!. More characters in this anime have normal eye colours than hair styles/colours, so it seems notable and may or may not be indicative of both their statuses as the Chosen One. Likely an intentional sign of supernatural power on Yami Yugi's part, especially in season 0, when they were actually red.

    Comic Books 
  • Tempest, the former Aqualad, young partner of DC Comics' Aquaman. His eye color was actually a plot point for a while, since it hints at his genetic ancestry, and it was considered a bad omen around that same time.
  • In Sword of Sorcery featuring Amethyst, Princess Amaya's blonde hair and purple eyes indicate that she is Royal Blood of House Amethyst.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: While on the tv show his eyes were more of an occult blue shade, in the canon comic "Antique" and the non-canon "Spike vs. Dracula" series Dracula's eyes are purple. Dracula, besides being of course the most well-known vampire, is unique amongst Buffyverse vampires. He is able to easily hypnotize people and put them under his thrall, he can shapeshift into various forms (wolf, bat, panther, bees, mist), he can come back from being staked, and he does not have the bumpy face of common vampires but does always have fangs.
  • Raven from Teen Titans. This is one of the signs of her half-demonic heritage.
  • In Violine, Violine's eyes have this color, thanks to her telepathic powers.

    Fan Fiction 
  • Wei Ming in the Azula Trilogy has dark purple eyes. Like Princess Yue's white hair in the show, the unusual color is the result of having been touched by a spirit. Her natural eye-color was green.
  • The Fiersome Chronicles:
    • In a How to Train Your Dragon story (written by Guardian Dragon 98), an original character named Zenna has violet eyes. When she turns twenty-two she finds out she's an Elemental, an ancient power she got from her ancestor. (Everything will be clear after you read the story.)
  • For Good:
    • Ricki Sunflare as a green-skinned alien, possesses prominent violet eyes. She is depicted as the wunderkind of the cadets and performs a Sherlock Scan on the protagonist.
    • The enigmatic Fringe woman Zomega also has one violet eye - her other eye was lost and replaced with a cybernetic red eye. She is half human, but her eye color is actually one of her human traits, as her alien heritage possesses red eyes.
  • Zack is often given violet eyes in fanfics, most likely due to the non-canon OVA Last Order. He fits, in that he's The Ace and one of the strongest people in the world without having been the product of prenatal experiment, but his canon eye color is blue. His theme on the Crisis Core soundtrack is even called Sky Blue Eyes.
  • Avance Wars 3: Yelow Commet Defence gives one to the main character, Dusk. It's said that his purple eye is a product of his Mind Control Geass.

  • Anne of Green Gables books by L. M. Montgomery have an in-universe example: Anne writes a story in which one of the ridiculously beautiful heroines has purple eyes; she says she never heard of anyone actually having them but wanted something out-of-the ordinary.
  • The Black Jewels trilogy has a brief mention of Alexandra Angelline's eyes being the color of Purple Dusk Jewels. Unusually, such an eye color does not mark her as anything special or heroic.
  • The Children Of Man, purple eyes mark those who use purple magic, which grants teleportation and time-travel talents.
  • In Dragon Bones, most members of the Hurog family have purple eyes. Probably because they're descended from dragons. They are special in that their family is associated with dragons ... and they have a chained dragon skeleton in the basement, which is kind of embarassing as they should be protecting dragons.
  • In Chris D'Lacey's Literature/Dragons series, violet eyes show someone isn't all that s/he seems. The Pennykettles normally have green eyes, but they go violet whenever they use magic, and Liz's dragons have violet eyes whenever they aren't in disguise. Other characters' eyes flash violet as they perform magic as well.
  • Emily Starr by L.M. Montgomery in the cycle of Emily books has purplish-grey eyes and she's more than a little odd.
  • A young man known only as 'Red' in the Philip Marlowe novel Farewell, My Lovely has violet eyes. Marlowe describes them as 'the eyes you never see, that you only read about.'
  • Members of House l'Envers in Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy novels, particularly Queen Ysandre. Something of a twist in that every member of House l'Envers comes under suspicion at some point, whether deserved or not.
  • Purple eyes have very dark connotations in House of Many Ways. Offspring between a lubbock (an evil, magical creature that can change its size and is purple with the body of a man, fuzzy wings and the grotesque head of an insect, which either tears people apart or lays its eggs inside them depending on the season) and a female human are distinguishable often only by their purple eyes and violent tempers.
  • In Death series: Innocent In Death has a little girl named Rayleen Straffo, who is noted to have such eyes as these a few times. This turns out to be Foreshadowing for the fact that she's the murderer the police are looking for.
  • The people of the Human Empire capital world of Mithra (including the Villain Protagonist, among others) in Yulia Latynina's Inhuman tend to have violet eyes, because of their incredibly bright sun; apparently it greatly reduces light sensitivity, which allows the character to carry out an over-the-top version of Perp Sweating.
  • It's a Good Life: This is one of the only clear features mentioned about Anthony Fremont, though it really describes him as having a "wet, purple gaze" — so make of that what you will.
  • The title character of R. A. Salvatore's The Legend of Drizzt has lavender eyes, which represents the fact thathe's a living subversion of his entire race.
  • Aurelia Cotta, mother of Caesar, is described in the Masters of Rome series as having not dark blue eyes but purple making her a "living, breathing omen." Like maybe the woman destined to be the mother of the greatest Roman of all time?
  • In My Ántonia, a Scandinavian beauty and Dude Magnet Lena Lingard has deep violet eyes. She's one of the four immigrant hired girls who work in town and who are considered great beauties. Jim the narrator is of the opinion that the eldest daughters in the first generation of settlers like Ántonia Shimerda or Lena were extraordinary and actually the most interesting people of thefamily, even though their families often favoured younger daughters. Later in the story, Jim and Lena are in an implied sexual relationship.
  • The ruling Queens in the Septimus Heap series mostly have violet eyes. It is very distressing to Princess Jenna that her eyes never turn green to match her (adopted) brothers'.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Purple eyes are a sign of Valyrian ancestry in general and associated with the royal Targaryen family. The Targaryens go so far as resort to Brother-Sister Incest to preserve this trait. Word of God has stated that purple Valyrian eyes resemble Elizabeth Taylor's.
    • House Dayne has also got this trait. The most notable member being Ashara Dayne, the rumoured lover of Ned Stark.
  • Stardust: The woman at the fair (also known as Princess Una) has violet eyes and furry ears to show that she's from Fairy. Oddly, none of her brothers seem to have these traits.
  • Female protag Arianna from the Stravaganza book series has violet eyes, as does the Duchessa of Bellezza. For a while Lucien believes it must be a common trait in Talia.
  • A major plot point in the Through Violet Eyes series, where purple eyes are genetically linked to the ability to communicate with the dead. The book-jargon even calls these people "Violets."
  • Tortall Universe:
    • Both Alanna and her brother Thom have distinctive purple eyes. Alanna is The Hero and becomes a chosen to the Goddess while Thom is an extremely powerful sorcerer. Their magical Gifts present as the same color.
    • Pounce/Faithful the Cat in the has purple eyes whenever he shows up, indicating his divine nature. Lamp Shaded by a few characters who are startled to see that eye color in a cat.
  • The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, in its dissertation on colour-coding in Fantasyland eye colour, says people with violet eyes may be royalty, or just destined to lead "uncomfortably interesting lives."
  • Twilight Eyes by Dean Kuntz. The main character has blue-violet eyes. It is hypothetically connected with its ability to recognize «goblins» in a human mask.
  • The Underland Chroniclesv Underland humans are basically a race of albinos, so this trope is justified here.
  • The book Violet Eyes is named for the eyes of the protagonists, Angel Eastland and Michael Vallant.
  • In Roald Dahl's The Witches movie, all Witches have violet eyes. In the book, it was the witches' pupils that were unusual, with rainbow-like colors appearing in them.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Kamen Rider Drive, Mashin Chaser's human form has purple eyes. He'salso the protagonist's main rival and former predecessor.
  • The Vorta of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, complete with the vision problems associated with Real Life albinism. As the Vorta are genetically engineered Henchmen Race, this was by design.
  • In Tin Man, the Queen's lavender eyes are her best-known feature. So much to the point that when the Mystic Man mentioned that DG's mother had "lavender eyes," both Cain and Glitch are left with their jaws on the floor.

    Animated Movies 
  • A villainous example exists in The Little Mermaid,
  • Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty has violet eyes, which are meant to symbolize rare beauty along with her sunshine golden hair and rose red lips. She's the only Disney Princess with an abnormal eye color.
  • Princess Odette from The Swan Princess has purple eyes as well, as a Shout-Out to the above, as well as adding to her own beauty and her swan motif.
  • A villainous example exists in The Little Mermaid, as Vanessa has violet eyes. This also is one of the first signs that she isn't what she appears to be.
  • Dr. Facilier in The Princess and the Frog has purple eyes. They match his belly shirt. Word of God says that of the three Mardi Gras colors, purple was chosen for him because it's the most "unnatural".
  • Amalthea, the human version of the titular The Last Unicorn, has purple eyes when she becomes human; they are seen as being extremely rare and beautiful.
  • Megara in Hercules has violet eyes, and wears a violet dress to match - they also go well with her Femme Fatale charms.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Drizzt from the Forgotten Realms setting of Dungeons & Dragons has purple eyes - and even the drow, whose eyes are usually a sinister red, think it's a strange color.
  • In the primary world of Pathfinder, Golarion, the Azlanti were a now-extinct race of humans with distinctive dark purple eyes. The Azlanti were in every way superior to average humans — mechanically, this means they got a bonus to every stat, as opposed to the standard bonus to one stat normal humans get. In addition, they constructed a magnificent empire and made great advances in both mechanical and magical invention, though they did have a little help.
  • Given a dark twist in Warhammer 40,000, where violet eyes are seen as a minor mutation, casting a shroud of suspicion over any purple-eyed character. In addition, the planet Cadia, a planet where the entire population takes to The Spartan Way, is known for a large percentage of its population having violet eyes. In spite of this, Cadia and its military forces are recognized around the Imperium as consummate examples of the Imperial Guard. It turns out the purple eyes of the Cadians is a side effect of living on a planet right next to the Eye of Terror, a Negative Space Wedgie from which the forces of Chaos launch attacks against the physical universe.

    Video Games 
  • Karliah from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrimhas purple eyes, whereas all other dunmer in the game have red eyes. Her ancestry might be the reason, as she's the granddaughter of Queen Barenziah.
  • Final Fantasy II has main antagonist The Emperor, with very pretty purple eyes (he's always had them, but considering the graphical format of the game, it's been hard to tell until Dissidia). In both games he is a very powerful sorcerer and chessmaster, so it fits the trope...but it's also likely to have been chosen simply because of how well it goes with the rest of his mostly-golden-with-purple-accents character design.
  • Golden Sun associates the color purple and extrasensory powers with the wind element, so Jupiter Adepts tend to have purple eyes (or purple hair). Ivan, his sister Hama, and his daughter Karis all have them. Sheba has purple eyes in-game, but they're green in official artwork.
  • Damas from Jak and Daxter has purple eyes. While appearing only in Jak 3, he had a major role and ruled Haven before Baron Praxis. And he's Jak's long-lost father.
  • As revealed with his Cutpurse skin, Twisted Fate in League of Legends has bright violet, slightly glowing, eyes. Fitting for a mage with limited precognition powers.
  • Persona 2: Maya Amano has these, to some extent. They appear to be more pink than purple. This is likely symbolism for the fact that everyone on the party thinks of her like a 'goddess' and the portrayed Maia is purple.
  • In Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, there's even a guy named Purple Eyes. He turns out to be the real leader of the Pokémon Pinchers, a backstabbing traitor, and there's a fan speculation on a different page that he could be the last living descendent of Sabios, the Big Bad of the past missions, which might explain why he says the Golden Armor chose him and he knows how to use it...
  • Charme the Thief in Recettear combines this with Curtains Match the Window (and possibly You Gotta Have Blue Hair). In keeping with other examples, she's royalty.
  • Rose, the heroine of Sword of Mana, is the only character in the game with eyes this color. She's The Chosen One.
  • In Tales of Graces, people possessed by the Big Bad Energy Being usually have one red eye. When Asbel is possessed, his eye turns purple instead, signifying that Lambda has become dormant, and is on the way to a Heel-Face Turn.
  • Taigong Wang from Warriors Orochi has a -2010-08-04-00h42m27s43.png?1280879075 bewitching pair, as he's a mystic and demi-god. His rival, Da Ji, also has these, with similar origins.
  • Yoshiya "Joshua" Kiryu from The World Ends with You. He's the "Composer" which makes him a god or some form of divine being.
  • World of Warcraft has several characters. Pride is one of the most important, although he has gold eyes most of the time. His entire body is made of purple shadow as well.
  • A certain character in Xenogears has purple eyes. This is an important plot point. Whoever is being 'possessed' by Miang tends to get purple hair and eyes.

    Visual Novels 
  • Sakura Matou in Fate/stay night. This is revealed to be because of the "conditioning" imposed upon her by Zouken in order to make her into the successor of the Matou brand of magecraft.
  • Several characters in Hakuouki have purple eyes, most notably Hijikata Toshizo, for whom purple is a signature color. Other examples include Yamazaki Susumu (who is a ninja, or at least styled after one), Shiranui Kyo (who is an oni), and Kimigiku (who is both).
  • In Shall We Date?: Wizardess Heart, purple eyes apparently run in the famous Goldstein family. Elias Goldstein and his older brother Klaus - both very talented wizards who are considered the "royalty" of the school - have them.

  • In Agents of the Realm, three characters:
  • In Ava's Demon, the two assassins have violet eyes.
  • Blindsprings: Ms Thorne, who is an orphic witch, has purple eyes. Her daughter Deirdre inherited them.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Nioi has them and, by extension, so does Kaoli. Nioi is the only character seen to travel between universes and pulled off a Deus ex Machina with her saving of Grace.
  • This trope is taken to a whole other level in FreakAngels where not only do the twelve Midwich Cuckoos style psychic main characters have purple eyes, but about half of them also have purple hair (including one who had purple hair before going bald, thanks to a little drugfest one time.
  • GastroPhobia uses purple eyes to indicate Amazonian ancestry along with brown skin. Three of the main characters have them, Phobia, Gastro, and Philia.
  • Homestuck's Rose has violet eyes, and a general Supernatural Is Purple theme going on.
  • According to the colored pages/panels the Erlking's Daughter in Roommates has monochromatic purple eyes (and hair, and make up, and clothing). She is one of The Fair Folk so very much supernatural and a graceful lady. Her father and brother have Occult Blue Eyes.
  • Sorcery 101 deconstructs the Mary Sue stereotype [[spoiler:when it becomes a plot point by making purple eyes a sign of magic potential. A human with too much power to be normal but not enough to be a mage will have purple eyes, giving them extraordinary focus and the ability to learn very quickly. This essentially allows them to be good at everything. However, without proper training their magic lashes out at them, causing headaches and seizures; and their talents often lead to arrogance ranging from just being stuck-up to an outright god complex.

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