Mom: (wearing mask) What's my present?A mask without eye holes worn when a character is sleeping somewhere with too much light. Often they're seen on planes or trains; oddly enough, though, in fiction, they can appear in perfectly dark private bedrooms. The Sleep Mask is used to give the audience clues about the personality of the person wearing one. It can signify:
Dad: OPEN YOUR EYES!
Mom: (blink) OOH, A blindfold!
Dad: OPEN YOUR EYES!
Mom: (blink) OOH, A blindfold!
- High "class"
- An effeminate nature
- A huge love for sleeping
- A strong dislike of having to sleep with lights on
- Having sleeping troubles
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Anime & Manga
- Chibiokami from Anpanman always has one on, mostly worn on his forehead, but he pulls it on during nighttime...not because he wants to or anything, but the fact that the full moon turns the cute wolf pup in to a rampaging monster with no recollections of who he truly is.
- Goku can be seen wearing one during the first end credits theme to Dragon Ball GT.
- The first time Sougo Okita is seen in Gintama, he's wearing one of these with eyes drawn on it, using it to sleep while he's supposed to be on duty. It's become iconic of his character.
- At least in Season One of the Hayate the Combat Butler anime, Hinagiku Katsura wears one of these on a plane ride. Not as a class symbol (even though her family is quite well off), not showing vanity (she's rather insecure), and not even as a girly trait (she's a tomboy who's still developing her girly side). It's because she's utterly terrified of heights. She's not even sleeping, she just uses the mask so she doesn't have to see how high up she is...along with being wrapped in a blanket with at least six seat belts strapping her down.
- In Love Live!, when they are on the plane in the movie, Rin has one with a cat face design.
- One Piece: Admiral Aokiji wears one at all times, as he spends a good deal of his spare time sleeping.
- Revolutionary Girl Utena has one complete with eye decorations, worn by a pet monkey of all creatures.
Films — Animation
- In Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Rourke's crew sleep with these on because Lt. Wilhelmina Packard sleeps in the nude and has a tendency to sleepwalk. We don't actually see this of course (thank goodness), rather, Sweet informs Milo of this when handing him a mask.
- Darla can be seen wearing one briefly◊ at the beginning of Cats Don't Dance Why yes, she is a Spoiled Brat...and a Rich Bitch...and the antagonist.
- Pirate Captain of The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! wears one, that has skulls and crossbones over each eye.
- Charlotte from The Princess and the Frog.
Films — Live-Action
- Courtney Rawlinson wears one in American Psycho.
- Auntie Mame is wearing one when Patrick bursts into her room to show her his new toy airplane.
- Holly has one in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
- Albin wears one in the sequel to La Cage aux folles, La Cage aux folles 2.
- In Matilda, her mom (Mrs. Wormwood), a fake blonde who concentrates on her manicure rather than listen to her daughter, sleeps with a mask. It has two eyes drawn on it and has plot repercussions as wearing it means she doesn't notice what antics Matilda is up to in her bedroom.
- In Overboard, the main character's mother is wearing one of these when the yacht is turned around in the middle of the night.
- Claus von Bulow wears one (and maybe earplugs, too) in Reversal of Fortune.
Live Action Television
- Worn by Lucille Princesse on Arrested Development
- In The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon wears one in a hotel room (episode "The Love Car Displacement").
- Marie Schrader wears one in Breaking Bad.
- In M*A*S*H, Charles Emerson Winchester wears one to bed; it's not an unreasonable thing considering the Officer's Tent's flaps are usually up in warm weather and wounded could come any time so they have to get sleep anytime they can off duty.
- In the early episodes, Col. Blake was often shown wearing one while he slept.
- Phil from Modern Family sleeps with one, which his wife loves to make fun of.
Phil: Or maybe he's photosensitive, which is a real medical condition!
- Reuben Kincaid wears one in the pilot episode of The Partridge Family.
- In The Sentinel, Jim wears one, but he is probably justified as he has heightened senses and sometimes sleeps during the day when he's been out on stakeout.
- Fiona Gallagher, in ShamelessUS, wears one, with a very large "F*** OFF" written on it.
- Worn by Harry Kim in Star Trek: Voyager in the episode "The Cloud". He got into the habit of wearing one because his roommate at Starfleet Academy used to stay up all night studying. He also claims that it helps remind him of being in the womb, but Paris is skeptical of that assertion.
- London Tipton uses one of these in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
- The masks worn on What's My Line? for the mystery guest segment were actually these. In one installment of the 1955-1956 season, the final guest on one episode was the guy who manufactured the ones worn by the male panelists on the program.
- Chica and her friends on Sprout's The Chica Show wear sleep masks.
- Ryuji Sakamoto from Persona 5 was seen sleeping with one of these on in an anime cutscene that focused on his class trip to Hawaii. He gets bonus points for this because his sleep mask has painted eyes on it.
- Peacock from Skullgirls wears six of them over on her arms when she sleeps... but given that her real eyes were gouged out and she sees mostly out of the mechanical eyes on her artificial arms, it almost makes sense.
- Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale shows a rare realistic use of it—in a plane. But, being Barbie, her mask is pink and her dog wears one too.
- Barbie in a Christmas Carol pictured above. Eden Starling is the Gender Flip version of Ebenezer Scrooge in a Charles's Dickens novel adaptation. So, instead of a greedy man, we have a self-centered lady. Not surprising the three Christmas spirits find her asleep with such a mask.
- On Beat Bugs, Katter wears one in "In My Life" while in her chrysalis, changing into a butterfly. Unlike a normal caterpillar changing into a butterfly, the chrysalis covers everything but her head, which is left outside of it.
- Jimmy from Ed, Edd n Eddy wears one, at least in the episode "A Glass of Warm Ed".
- Heloise on Jimmy Two-Shoes.
- Dukey in the Johnny Test episode "Green Johnny" was seen wearing a pink sleep mask while sleeping despite the fact that he is a dog.
- Lilo & Stitch: The Series:
- Pleakley in the "Fibber" episode, was seen wearing a modified black colored one over his single eye. This does highlight his effeminate nature.
- Gantu was caught wearing a magenta colored one in the "Mrs. Hasagawa's Cats" episode despite the fact that he is an alien who is brutal and manly.
- Leni from The Loud House wears one at night, in place of the sunglasses she wears as part of her regular outfit.
- Rarity in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is seen using one in "Sisterhooves Social" and "For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils".
- On PB&J Otter, Walter Raccoon sometimes sleeps with one on, as he operates the recycling boat by night and therefore must sleep during the day.
- Linda wears one in Phineas and Ferb, but usually it's to keep her from seeing anything the boys might be up to at night.
- On The Simpsons, Marge's jerkass sisters Patty and Selma have been seen wearing these while sleeping, as has Reverend Lovejoy.
- Squidward from SpongeBob SquarePants wears one of these. It even gets set on fire while he is sleeping with it in one episode due to all night lights in SpongeBob's house illuminating through his window.
- Super Noobs: Zenblock is seen in multiple episodes wearing one in his sleep despite that fact that he is an alien with an aggressive and manly personality. His sleep mask is red colored with a yellow Z on it.
- Total Drama:
- Justin, a contestant on the show is seen wearing a blue colored one in several episodes of the "Action" season.
- Totally Spies!: Milan Stilton, (a Paris Hilton expy) in the episode "Evil Heiress Much?" wears one at night.