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Playing With: Black Eyes of Evil
Basic Trope: An evil character who has black eyes.
  • Straight: The villain has black eyes.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Every villain we run into has a shade of black eyes, and none of the heroes do.
    • The more evil a villain is, the blacker his eyes are.
  • Downplayed: ???
  • Justified: He's a demon or an alien.
  • Inverted:
    • The only character with black eyes is the hero.
    • None of the villains have black eyes.
  • Subverted:
    • We catch a glimpse of a black eyed character, but he turns out to be on the good guy's side.
    • The character isn't evil after all, although he is very dangerous when slightly crossed.
  • Double Subverted: ...Until we find out he was The Mole all along.
  • Parodied:
    • The villain laments his eyes for not being black, and eventually goes to dye it. He becomes an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
    • A brand of contact lenses is advertised as fighting crime by keeping away evil black eyes.
    • The villain dyes his eyes to a different color, and instantly becomes a good guy.
  • Zig Zagged: The suspicious looking character with black eyes is actually on the good side, but he turns out to be The Mole. However, as soon as he reveals this, he dyes his eyes. After which he goes back to the side of good because the black eye color actually shows that he is mind-controlled by the Big Bad, and it's rendered useless by the dye.
  • Averted: Who has black eyes and who doesn't has nothing to do with whether they're good or bad.
  • Enforced: We need a way for audiences to tell apart a villain from his heroic counterpart — let's give him black eyes so they can notice right away.
  • Lampshaded: "Fear me and my black eyes!"
  • Invoked: A villain makes his eyes black for the sole purpose of making himself look more evil.
  • Exploited: A hero, who is disguised as an enemy soldier, dyes his eyes black to emphasize his facade.
  • Defied:
    • After making his Face-Heel Turn, a character makes sure to prevent his eyes from becoming black, as he doesn't like the idea of how he'd look with black eyes.
    • An Evil Vizier refuses to make his eyes black because he knows having one will make people know he's evil.
  • Discussed: "Maybe we should stay away from that guy. Look at the eyes! It just spells evil!"
  • Conversed: "Why do they give the bad guys black eyes?"

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