This is where a character has very unique, "beautiful" eyes. These eyes are one of their main defining characteristics, and many people become enamored with them because of it. Maybe their eyes are an unusual color, or perhaps it's a very piercing, striking hue of a color. Or possibly, their eyes have very pure, untainted emotion inside that other people can clearly see. Whatever the reason, these eyes will be known for being gorgeous and special. In fact, characters will many times come out and tell them that their eyes are beautiful. Occasionally, the character themselves will hate their own eyes because it makes them "different."
"The eyes are the window to the soul" may be a factor.
Warning: Possible sign of a Mary Sue. Be very careful if you want to make that a character trait for one of your own creations.
See also Gaussian Girl, a type of picture that emphasizes the eyes. This trope is the bolder cousin to When She Smiles. The page name isn't meant to imply a threat.Probably.
This is why Nanoha decided to befriend Fate. She was fascinated by her "beautiful sad eyes" and wanted to help her. But Fate being the bad guy meant she wasn't going to open up and start chatting, so Nanoha decided she would get powerful enough to beat her so that she would tell her why she's sad so Nanoha could fix it.
Their daughter Vivio seems to be going down a similar route in ViVid with a sparring session that had Vivio commenting to herself about Einhart Stratos' eyes, except they're not quite as aggressive against each other as Nanoha and Fate were... yet. Einhart's disappointed when Vivio doesn't try her hardest during their fight.
Yuki Nagato. Kyon does mention her eyes at times, often saying they look like liquid helium. In the anime, no other character has so◊ many◊ close ups◊ of their eyes as Yuki.
Kyon himself, according to Kuyoh. In fact, the first thing she says in the whole story is remarking on how gorgeous his eyes are.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann doesn't bring attention to Kamina's eyes, but instead his long, beautiful eyelashes, which are gushed over by Kittan's sisters in Episode 4, and arguably parodied in Parallel Works 2.
Mihoko of Saki, whose Mismatched Eyes Hisa mentioned to be very pretty when she saw them. "Did you know? Red rubies and blue sapphires are made from the same element".
It's very heavily implied that Undertaker's eyes (which he hides underneath his long bangs) are pretty. Before Grell Sutcliff sees them, she calls Undertaker "dull" and shows very little interest in him. However, after actually looking into them... she gets clingy and asks Undertaker to hug her.
Apparently, William Spears eyes as well. Considering how enamored Grell is by them, saying that they send chills up her spine.
In episode 5 of the second season Alois comments that Ciel's eyes are the same pretty blue color as his ring, which leads to much Foe Yay.
Drocell gazes deep into Elizabeth's eyes and says "Your eyes have such tremendous depth and sadness in them. They're incredibly melancholic."
In the manga, the Viscount of Druitt comments to an audience when he is trying to auction off a disguised Ciel: "Her eyes are bright and beautiful, the color of the sea, yet with a deep contrasting color of the forest."
Ahiru: Wow, what pretty eyes. It's like they're sucking me in. But, they look so...empty.
In ×××HOLiC, Watanuki remarks on one of his customer's eyes. She's blind, but he still finds her eyes very pretty. When she jokingly asks him if only her eyes are pretty, he politely tells her that the rest is pretty too, of course.
On that note, at some instances Hisoka referred to Kurapika's blue eyes as "delicious" and Kurapika's scarlet eyes as "exciting".
Recent Naruto manga chapters have some Kisame/Killerbee Foe Yay which includes the two enemies getting really close to each other's faces and Killerbee telling Kisame that he has "pretty eyes". And it's too bad they're pretty because "they'll soon be pretty dead!"
Naoe of Mirage Of Blaze once comments on the shining brilliance of Kagetora's eyes.
In Sensual Phrase much mention is given to how startling some people find Sakuya's blue eyes. In chapter 2, Aine tells Sakuya "under the glare of the lights, your blue eyes look incredibly beautiful." She then thinks to herself "his eyes are just like the burning stamp of sin." Later in chapter 7 when Sakuya reveals to Aine how his blue eyes are connected to his Dark and Troubled Past ( as he's a Child by Rape and his rapist "father" was a blue-eyed American male), Aine hugs him and reassures him "I love your blue eyes! Beautiful, clear, straightforward...I love them!"
In the Jyu-Oh-Sei manga, Tiz gives Thor's beautiful blue eyes as the reason for why she claimed him as her husband.
The thing that makes Tamaki want Haruhi for the Host Club is when he takes off her glasses and sees her eyes.
In Natsume Yuujinchou, one of the first things Hinoe does when Takashi Natsume summons her is gush about his eyes... only to immediately retract the compliment and all others when she realizes she's got thewrongNatsume.
Yoh of Starry Sky is told that his eyes are beautiful in a flashback during the first episode and in the second episode.
In one of the many Ho Yay moments that have Yuki thinks that Luka has pretty eyes in chapter 1 of the Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru manga. Also, Shuusei thinks that Hotsuma's eyes are as fascinating as sparkling gemstones in chapter 9.
In Heat Guy J, Giovanni (then a lonely 12-year-old Street Urchin) is found by Don Lorenzo Leonelli and told he has "good, strong eyes" (and thoroughly confused by that statement even into his adulthood). Lorenzo then takes Giovanni home to be a friend/big-brother-figure for his lonely, depressed 4-year-old son.
No6: In the novels, Shion almost cannot mention Nezumi without talking about how beautiful his stoic, grey eyes are.
Märchen Awakens Romance: Said exactly like this to Phantom who is obsessed with Alviss mainly because his eyes remind him of a certain someone. Alviss' blue eyes are very similar to his girlfriend's Alma, which explains why he gets complimented so much.
Reimei No Arcana: In chapter 23 Gouda touches Nakaba's face and tells her "Even these lively looking eyes are lovely."
In episode 3 of D.N.Angel Risa fangirls over Dark "Dark-san's eyes are very captivating. It's like being pulled into his eyes that sparkle like amethysts."
And in episode 9 Daisuke thinks about Riku "What beautiful eyes. Harada-san had eyes like that."
In Berserk, while sick with a fever from his first encounter with Griffith and the Band of the Hawk, Guts became delirious from a nightmare about his dark childhood trauma, only to be soothed from the nightmares through Casca's (who he did not formally meet other than a brief clash of swords) Intimate Healing. He didn't remember much from this sequence, other than whoever was warming him had "black eyes." When Guts and Casca "formally" meet the next morning (with a punch from her), he instantly recognizes her eyes.
In Fate Zero, one of the things that keys Irisviel in about Lancer's identity (Diarmuid Ua Duibhne of the Love Spot) is the "impressive brilliance" of his eyes seems to be accentuated a little too well by that Beauty Mark of his, as if magic had some hand in it.
Beauty and the Beast: The first thing Belle notices about Beast is his blue eyes. This is brought up again about two times later on in the movie.
Jokingly told to Manfred by Sid in the first Ice Age movie.
Sid: You have beautiful eyes. Manfred: Get off my face!
Parodied in Short Circuit 2. Benjamin attempts to use this line (on the advice of his self appointed business partner) but gets it wrong since she has brown eyes and he uses a stock line which specifically mentions blue.
Bambi's big, innocent eyes. In fact, it managed to spur the creation of the phrase "Bambi Eyes," which describes someone's eyes as being huge and innocent.
In Escape From LA, the freaky Surgeon General of Beverly Hills looks deep into Snake Plissken's eye and says breathlessly: "What a beautiful blue eye - a pity there's only one..." Granted, since Snake Plissken is where Naked Snake was made an Expy from, it makes sense that this would be something they have in common.
In the 2007 remake of 3:10 to Yuma, Ben Wade tells this to Dan Evans' wife while flirting with her. She ends up becoming rather... bewitched by him after he says this to her, which ends with Dan pretty much coming over and getting alarmed about WTF Ben Wade is doing with his wife.
"I know a girl there. She's the daughter of a sea captain. She had the most beautiful, Green Eyes. The greenest eyes I ever saw. Like yours. When I stared deep into them, they'd just change color in front of me. All the colors of the sea."
In Memoirs of a Geisha, Sayuri's eyes are what captivates many other characters. When the Chairman asked her where she got them, she explained that she got them from her mother.
During the song "Topsy Turvy" from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Esmeralda, during her dance on the stage, actually turns toward the camera and winks at the viewer, providing a brief glimpse of her Green Eyes.
Roland Deschain's eyes are described as preternaturally blue, clear and murderous. They're also too finely tuned to see the picture on a TV screen.
Sayuri/Chiyo's blue-grey eyes in Memoirs of a Geisha are given a lot of focus. Many characters describe them as rather startling, that they're the first thing that captures your attention. That they're like "the color of a mirror" and that you could easily see yourself in them.
Besides the lightning shaped scar, Harry Potter's most notable and frequently commented on physical trait is his Green Eyes, which he got from his mother, Lily. Pretty much everyone remarks about it.
In the epilogue Harry's middle child and youngest son, Albus Severus Potter, is the only one who inherits Lily's eyes.
Also of note is the fact that Harry finds Ginny's brown eyes to be very beautiful.
Griet's eyes from Tracy Chevalier's book Girl with a Pearl Earring appear to have an entrancing affect on a few characters, all who say something along the lines of: "You have very wide eyes." They're given a lot of attention in the book, also being described as "quite luminous", like "liquid were spilling into them". In the movie version, Scarlett Johansson plays Griet, and her bright green eyes are shown often in close up. They really are very beautiful eyes, to be honest. Justified trope in that the book is a fictional account of how this painting came to be.
Bella makes much of Edward Cullen's eyes in Twilight. They're an especially good example because they change color (gold to black) according to how HUNGRY he is...and since his vampire thirst for blood is conflated with his lust for Bella, it sometimes has to do with how turned on he is too.
Also, Bella herself is insecure about her big, beautiful, chocolate brown eyes though Edward finds them fascinating. She loses them when she becomes a vampire, but not before she passes them on to baby Nessie.
Bella's actress actually did that same thing in Zathura, when their house flying in space picks up a stranded astronaut, and she spends a moment or so gazing into his eyes. Then she finds out later it's her kid brother grown-up from the future. Absolute Squickapalooza.
One of the two eugenically-created breeding lines in the Lensman series (run by Sufficiently Advanced Aliens to breed the perfect human) is distinguished by their auburn hair and "gold-flecked, tawny eyes."
Darryl in the Young Wizards series has eyes so innocent that it hurts the first time you see them. Granted, he IS an abdal, and being a direct channel for The One would do that to you.
David Munger's blue eyes in A.J. Quinnell's Snap Shot not only are described as penetrating but also are responsible of his sex appeal.
He's not described as beautiful, but Grand Admiral Thrawn, who is only ever portrayed through the eyes of others, gets his intimidatingglowingred eyes mentioned a lot by the Imperials working under him. His eyes and blue skin, both standard for his species, set him very much apart from the almost exclusively human Empire, and they certainly don't hurt his reputation.
Flim, the Con Man who impersonates Thrawn in the Hand Of Thrawn duology, mostly uses makeup, but imitates his eyes using "self-powered surface inserts". Just like with the real thing, he is never the viewpoint character and his eyes get mentioned more often than any other feature.
In Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy slowly finds himself being more and more attracted to Elizabeth, starting with her beautiful eyes. "No sooner had he made it clear to himself and his friends that she hardly had a good feature in her face, than he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes." Along with mentioning them yet again in his conversation with Miss Bingley: "I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow."
Anne from Anne of Green Gables. Countless times, her grey eyes have been described as "shining" and "glowing" through the eyes of other people. And in Gilbert's case, he immediately got a crush on her when he first saw her during her first day at school, wanting that girl with "the big eyes that weren't like the eyes of any other girl in Avonlea school" to pay him some attention instead of ignoring him.
In The Snow Goose, Fritha is utterly ordinary except for her violet eyes. She is the only one to befriend a crippled artist.
Subverted somewhat in Dostoevsky's The Idiot with the character of Mrs. Epanchin — "her gray, rather large eyes sometimes had a most unexpected expression. She had once had the weakness of believing that her gaze produced an extraordinary effect; that conviction remained indelible in her", and she carries on melodramatically flashing her eyes when she tries to have influence over someone.
Also in A Song of Ice and Fire, the Targaryen dynasty in general are famous for their beautiful violet eyes, and for just being generally gorgeous.
Garath Bryne chased after an oath breaking Siuan Sanche in The Wheel of Time, ostensibly because he wanted to know why she had broken such a strong oath, but his narration includes several references to her pretty blue eyes which suggest another reason.
Many characters in J. R. R. Tolkien's Legendarium are notable for their clear, light filled grey eyes. The fact that Edith Tolkien was a dark haired grey eyed beauty may have had something to do with this.
Emma: Emma maintains that neither Robert Martin nor any man on Earth is good enough for sweet, perfect, tender-hearted Harriet with her beautiful blue eyes.
In the Song of the Lioness series (by Tamora Pierce) much attention/detail is given to Alanna's wide purple eyes.
In the Dragon Lance: War Of Souls trilogy, Mina has amber eyes that are referenced quite often as her most striking feature.
DrizztDo'Urden's purple eyes fascinate others from the moment of his birth, including his sister, who gets a little toofascinated. They remain one of his most distinctive and remarked-upon traits; even when he's disguised as a surface elf, his eyes stay the same colour.
An extra drow example would be Liriel Baenre, whose golden/amber eyes are commented upon - she even catches a ball of faerie fire and turns it a matching colour for fun as a child, to her father's surprise.
A Wrinkle in Time: The first time Calvin O'Keefe sees Meg Murry without her glasses, he tells her to go right on wearing them because he doesn't want anyone else to see what "dreamboat eyes" she has. The characters wind up married (although not in that specific book).
In The Bible, Leah is described as having "weak" eyes. The word, however, may more accurately be translated as "delicate," "lovely," or "gentle," to present her greatest asset before comparing her to her younger sister Rachel.
In The Red Tent (sort of a Biblical Fanfiction), she is described as having one blue eye and one green eye, which cause her to be dismissed by most people outside of her immediate family as a "freak."
The first thing that Fernanda notices when she sees Mauricio Babilonia is how he possesses deep and soulful Brown Eyes (which the narrative points out as a hint of him being a possible descendant of the Roma groups that often pass by Macondo.) Subverted in how the effect lasts just for a second and she throws him out of the Buendia home.
In Tales of Kolmar, Akhor the Lord of the Kantri has Green Eyes which aren't seen as particularly remarkable by his own Kindred, but humans find them fascinating and hypnotic - "the eyes of a dragon are perilous deep". When he becomes human at the end of the first book he keeps the eyes, and it's repeatedly remarked on that they are still startling, and can show the weight of his long life.
When Jerin Whistler meets Cira /Halley in A Brother's Price, he first notices the prominent scar on her face, then the fact that without the scar she'd be very plain and unremarkable, and then she gets close enough that he meets her gaze.
Her eyes were green, green and changing as summer wheat, one moment dark as velvet, next light as silk, with long thick dark eyelashes. Gorgeous eyes. How could he have thought her plain with such eyes?
The Princess Bride: Buttercup tells Westley his eyes are like the sea after a storm when declaring her love for him.
Since Clare's main change in Season 10 of Degrassi was losing her glasses, most compliments to her have had to do with her eyes. First from Alli when Clare was thinking about getting the eye surgery, later that same story her first meeting with future boyfriend Eli was punctuated with him telling her that "she had pretty eyes." Fiona uses the same line when she shows up drunk to lunch with Clare. Aislinn Paul has very distinctive blue eyes.
Suzanne Sugarbaker (Delta Burke) of Designing Women has really blue eyes with a catlike shape to them.
According to Burke's biography, when her mother first saw her eyes, they reminded her of her pet cat, Delta, and thus Delta came to be named Delta Ramona Leah Burke.
Parodied in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody when Cody is dating a French girl, with Mr. Moseby as his translator. They're at a loud club, and Cody tells Mr. Moseby to tell his date that her eyes are beautiful. He can't hear, so Cody says it again. Mr. Moseby still can't hear, so Cody says, with the entire club watching, "YOUR EYES ARE BEAUTIFUL!!" Being the Deadpan Snarker he is, Mr. Moseby reacts as so...
Mr. Moseby: Why, thank you. I like your sweater!
In Wizards of Waverly Place, Harper (that is in Alex's body and has a huge crush on Justin) tells Justin that she might faint because he is staring at her with those eyes.
In the Haven episode "Fear & Loathing", Jackie Clark's Trouble is that anybody who looks at her sees their greatest fear instead of her, which she can't turn off and absolutely hates. At the end, when she is cured, Nathan looks at her and says, "You have beautiful eyes."
Taylor Swift's song "Beautiful Eyes." The narrator never actually says what makes the eyes beautiful. However, she does repeatedly call them beautiful, and says she'll dream about them.
Another Taylor Swift song, "Teardrops On My Guitar," mentions this. The narrator mentions that she hopes the girl Drew likes "Look[s] in those beautiful eyes and know[s] she's lucky..."
The very first line of "Stay Beautiful" likens a boy's eyes to a jungle. Evidently, Ms. Swift likes this trope. When you're really looking for it, a lot of her songs mention boys' eyes.
LeAnn Rimes Light In Your Eyes. While most of her other songs don't actually use the trope, they well imply such.
The song Your Eyes by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
''Her Eyes" by Pat Monahan.
The song If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful, a duet by Jermaine Jackson and Whitney Houston, implies this between two lovers.
Beautiful Eyes by Glenn Lewis. As a matter of fact, he repeats the title innumerable times throughout the song. The narrator says that the beautiful eyes hypnotize him, and make him cry every time he sees them.
"In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel; the pure, untainted emotion version: "In your eyes/The light, the heat/In your eyes/I am complete..."
The song "Pretty Green Eyes" by Ultrabeat, which describes them both as full of "sparkle and light" and "wonder and despair".
Celine Dion's song "Falling Into You": "In your eyes/I see ribbons of color/I see us/Inside of each other..."
"Prettiest Eyes" by The Beautiful South, the untainted emotion version.
"Sparkle" by Cameo "When I first saw you/You Had sparkle in your eyes/Like the stars at night/In the sky..."
Zig Zagged by Elton John's Your Song: "You see I've forgotten if they're green or they're blue" but "Those are the sweetest eyes I've ever seen"
"Bette Davis Eyes" is all about a woman with beautiful eyes, although the song makes clear that this is just one of her attractive characteristics.
Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII. He's well known for having vivid blue eyes (which glow aqua-green because of his being injected with Mako). These Mako eyes are apparently also bewitching for men. As noted by one of Corneo's rapist lackeys that went chasing Cloud (in drag):
Lackey: "Oh your eyes. They seem to... glow. I'm all yours, baby!"
There's also Zack Fair , whose eyes literally glow blue. In particular Aerith at one point describes them as "wide and beautiful like the sky".
Laguna from Final Fantasy VIII. Julia even comes out and tells him: "You have beautiful eyes. Don't worry, I'm not going to pluck 'em and eat 'em." There's a reason that the love song he inspired her to write is called "Eyes on Me".
Big Boss (Naked Snake) from Metal Gear Solid 3, who has intense, aqua eyes◊. Brought up in-game by Volgin, who angrily orders The Boss to blind him. "Cut out his eyes! I don't like those blue eyes of his. There is nothing more important to a soldier than his eyes." The fact that Volgin notices that Big Boss' eyes are such an asset (to the point that he knows it would be the ultimate torture to take it away) says something. As are everyone else's horrified reactions to it.
In Fire Emblem 7, General Wallace decides to join Lyn on her quest to overthrow her usurper grand-uncle because her eyes are clear and free of deceit.
Many characters have commented on how beautiful eyes Atsuki have in Lux-Pain.
According to Isabela in Dragon Age II, Fenris has pretty eyes. The compliment is rather spoiled when she follows it up by saying she'd like to wear them on a necklace.
"You have pretty eyes" is Isabela's way of deflecting conversation when it goes in a direction she doesn't want (in the banter mentioned above, Fenris was asking about the relic she's searching for). It gets used against her by Hawke when she's complaining about Gamlen hitting on her.
A straighter version turns up in the first game: a romanced Zevran will mention in party banter with Morrigan that a female Warden has lovely eyes (and a male Warden has "strong hands").
In Kohaku's route of Tsukihime when Akiha goes yandere, Shiki has to fight her to save Kohaku and uses his Mystic Eyes of Death Perception on her. Her reaction? "What beautiful... blue eyes."
Which is actually rather disturbing, since when almost anyone else sees his eyes they're terrified. Which is understandable, because they look pretty much evil.
It's less obvious in Tsukihime, since you never get to see Shiki's eyes, but in Kara no Kyoukai, the "Mystic Eyes of Death Perception" are indeed, quite beautiful.◊
Joker: Did anyone ever tell you that you have lovely eyes? I mean, they go well with the rest of your face. It's not like I want to pop them out of your skull and carry them on a key-chain. [long drawn-out pause] It’s a compliment.
Family Guy: In the episode "Peter-assment" Peter wears contacts to work after his glasses break and his boss is shown looking at him in astonishment saying "I can see your eyes, and your eyelashes. They're beautiful!"
Many fans asked WETA how they digitally enhanced Elijah Wood's eyes in Lord of the Rings. They responded, "We didn't". Fangirl squeeing ensued.
Dominic Monaghan pranked Elijah by conducting a satellite interview posing as a German talk show host. Several times he discusses Elijah's big blue eyes, culminating with, "You have very big eyes, big blue eyes. Do you think this is the reason why you're successful?"
On the Fellowship cast commentary, Sean Astin brings up how his daughter was completely fascinated by them when they first met.
One contemporary of Alexander Hamilton stated that "These [Hamilton’s eyes] were of deep azure, eminently beautiful, without the slightest trace of hardness or severity, and beamed with higher expressions of intelligence and discernment than any others that I ever saw…"
Judy◊ Collins◊. Steven Stills wrote "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" about her and his break-up with her.
Elizabeth Taylor was known for her violet eyes and was rather commented about it during life and after her passing.
British actor Jamie Bamber has a stunning pair of blue eyes that have become a significant trait of virtually every character he's played—his most recent stint as a doctor on the TNT series Monday Mornings provided viewers with frequent close-ups of them.