Playing With: Red Eyes, Take Warning

Basic Trope: A character with red eyes has a high probability of being evil.
  • Straight: Lord Bloodstone has red eyes and is the villain of the story.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Lord Bloodstone has bloodshot eyes.
    • The character with red eyes is a Jerk Ass but not outright evil.
  • Justified:
    • Lord Bloodstone is an Evil Albino.
    • Alternatively, all those who are granted power from a sinister source, such as a demon, have their irises stained red by it.
    • Everyone has Elemental Eye Colors, and pretty much everyone who gets firenote  is guaranteed to either become corrupt or just be a pyromaniac.
    • Lord Bloodstone is so angry that he actually burst a couple of blood vessels!
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • A character with red eyes claims/tries to be dangerous, but is just too incompetent to pull it off.
    • A character with red eyes is established as dangerous, but turns out to be the hero.
  • Double Subverted: But it turns out that the hero is actually The Man Behind the Man.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Lord Bloodstone is initially established as a pyromaniac Blood Knight, but he also has Hidden Depths, being a Good Samaritan who would give you the shirt off his back. Just don't get on his bad side.
  • Averted:
    • No-one has red eyes.
    • A character has red eyes, but they do not really signify a certain trait.
  • Enforced: "Let's give the Big Bad red eyes so he can be identified as the villain."
  • Lampshaded: "So you're behind this all? I should have known since the moment I looked in your evil red eyes."
  • Invoked: Albinism is fairly common in the setting. The Big Bad spreads a rumor that any child with the trait is destined to become evil; that way, he ensures that he will always have a supply of hated and feared minions with nowhere else to go.
  • Exploited: Prince Strongheart needs to pass for evil, so he gets himself a pair of red contact lenses.
  • Defied: "My eyes may be red, but my heart is pure!"
  • Discussed: "So, are red eyes a requisite for villainy?"
  • Conversed:
    • "Why do such a high proportion of evil-doers have red eyes?"
    • "He must be the bad guy. Just look at those eyes."
  • Deconstructed: Lord Bloodstone was hated and feared ever since he was a child because of his sinister-looking eyes. The abuse he suffered twisted him into the villain that he is today.
  • Reconstructed: Lord Bloodstone was hated and feared ever since he was a child because the power of the Demon King that dwells within him, and people felt inherently afraid of him. As he grew more twisted and bitter, his eyes became redder, a sign of the Demon King gaining control. The hero has the same power, but maintains his heroic nature, and so his eyes are an untainted blue.

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