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Sleep Mask
Nellie Olson's ringlets? Check. Evil Blonde? Check. Sleep Mask? You're a Rich Bitch.

Mom: (wearing mask) What's my present?
Dad: OPEN YOUR EYES!
Mom: (blink) OOH, A blindfold!

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:

  1. High "class"
  2. Vanity
  3. An effeminate nature

The third is more often used for a man, but can also be used for women. For example, a woman with a Tomboy personality during the day might for contrast wear a sleep mask at night, or one might be used to emphasize one character's girly nature in comparison to another female cast member.

Tropes that may apply: Spoiled Sweet, Spoiled Brat or Rich Bitch. Often but not always worn by the villainess.

Bonus points if the mask has painted eyes.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Goku can be seen wearing one during the first end credits theme to Dragon Ball GT
  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • 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.
  • Albin wears one in the sequel to La Cage aux folles, La Cage aux folles 2.
  • Used in 13 Going on 30.
  • Auntie Mame is wearing one when Patrick bursts into her room to show her his new toy airplane.
  • In Overboard, the main character's mother is wearing one of these when the yacht is turned around in the middle of the night.
  • Holly has one in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
  • Courtney Rawlinson wears one in American Psycho.
  • Claus von Bulow wears one (and maybe earplugs too) in Reversal Of Fortune.

    Live Action Television 
  • 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, which Paris is sceptical of.
  • London Tipton uses one of these in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
  • Worn by Lucille Princesse on Arrested Development
  • In Mash, 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.
  • 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 The Sentinel Jim wears one, but his is probably justified as he has heightened senses and sometimes sleeps during the day when he's been out on stakeout.

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  • 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.

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    Western Animation 

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