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The Grand and Unified Appearance Trope Clean Up (now on ThighHighBoots):

Currently on the table: Thigh-High Boots

There is on TV Tropes, a common bad habit that persists among editors of using appearance tropes, or names that sound like they could be appearance tropes, badly. They always suffer from the same problems and they tend to clog up the TRS like they're on a revolving door. As such I'm making a large scale special effort in order to address the common problems all of these tropes have.

Sometimes non-appearance tropes are mistaken for appearance tropes. Report them here and the clean-up will be handled.

We're going to search for the best ways to change the culture and make sure that the misuse stops. Tropes will be handled here and we'll likely have a fair number of crowners on this thread. Keep checking back for new developments.

For full details, including the to-do list and crowner list, check this post.

edited 8th Apr '14 9:23:55 PM by Madrugada

 326 shimaspawn, Sat, 19th Jan '13 11:29:28 PM from Here and Now Relationship Status: In your bunk
Unusual trait is unsettling is Red Right Hand. We might have some of the others as well.
Reality is that, which when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

-Philip K. Dick
 327 deathpigeon, Sun, 20th Jan '13 6:56:01 AM from Bread, It Is Bread that the Revolution Needs! Relationship Status: One True Dodecahedron
Kaspar the Friendly Spook
Is there already a trope for "Shared unusual trait indicates a connection" or "Unusual trait indicates magical aptitude or special nature" that we could move the examples from Mismatched Eyes that fit into those categories to?
My Blog.

ACAB.

"The great are great only because we are on our knees. Let us rise." - Max Stirner
Well, obviously we don't need to split those off. Or if we do, they'll be general appearance supertropes, rather than specific to mismatched eyes. As noted, [Unusual unsettling trait] is Red Right Hand, [unusual special trait] needs to be a supertrope, and same with [shared unusual trait]. The question is if the duality/madness/one eye is special parts deserve to be their own tropes.
 329 Ironeye, Thu, 24th Jan '13 3:40:00 PM from SoCal Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
Cutmaster-san
The "duality" and "special eye" associations both easily have enough examples to stand on their own, though "duality" may end up a lot shorter if we only count symbolic duality (e.g. Tsukiko's mismatched eyes corresponding to her being the only character who uses two types of magic) instead of the more literal sort of duality that can fall under "usual trait means magical/special" (e.g. every werewolf and demon-possessed character on the list). "Chaos/madness" doesn't have very many, but more importantly, it accounts for all other examples that aren't part of one of the more general tropes (or tropes to be launched).

If there were other ways the mismatched eyes were being used, sure, it'd be useful to have a trope for mismatched eyes having meaning, but if there are only three ways on a page with hundreds of examples, I think we can safely trope the three separate meanings.

Edit: And it turns out we have a trope for the hereditary link: Family Eye Resemblance.

edited 24th Jan '13 3:49:10 PM by Ironeye

I'm bad, and that's good. I will never be good, and that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be than me.
Can we call this?

@ captain: Probably. Crowner's been stable for a while.

On a side note: Everybody remember Windows to the Soul? That eye trope that seems like it wants to be a supertrope, but wasn't written or wicked properly? There's also Windows of the Soul, which is something completely different. So those need to be fixed at some point too.
 332 Ironeye, Thu, 24th Jan '13 8:35:29 PM from SoCal Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
Cutmaster-san
We're going to hold off on calling the crowner until it's clear what form Mismatched Eyes will exist in. The moment a rename crowner gets called, everyone jumps all over themselves to start brainstorming new names, and that'd be premature.

As for Windows to the Soul, it's already on the to-do list, thankfully. smile

edited 24th Jan '13 8:39:22 PM by Ironeye

I'm bad, and that's good. I will never be good, and that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be than me.
Definitely need to put Hot Mom on the to-do-list as well. It doesn't seem to be attracting any less creepy and zero context examples. If anyone can elaborate on some of those examples there please do because more than half of its examples need to be moved to the discussion.

edited 25th Jan '13 1:16:14 AM by captainpat

 334 deathpigeon, Fri, 25th Jan '13 12:37:43 AM from Bread, It Is Bread that the Revolution Needs! Relationship Status: One True Dodecahedron
Kaspar the Friendly Spook
Honestly, I think we should cut it. Hot Mom is no more a trope than, say, Mom Who Happens To Have Brown Hair is a trope.
My Blog.

ACAB.

"The great are great only because we are on our knees. Let us rise." - Max Stirner
 335 Septimus Heap, Fri, 25th Jan '13 12:44:38 AM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Puʻu ʻŌʻō
It has 1343 inbounds. And unlike brown hair, attractiveness is a pattern.

 336 Ironeye, Fri, 25th Jan '13 1:44:33 AM from SoCal Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
Cutmaster-san
We'll put it on the list and deal with it later. We're in the middle of figuring out another trope.
I'm bad, and that's good. I will never be good, and that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be than me.
 337 Septimus Heap, Fri, 25th Jan '13 1:57:42 AM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Puʻu ʻŌʻō
If we are going to split Mismatched Eyes, we'll need an example sorting. About half of the examples in the Anime & Manga section have some amount of context.

 338 Ironeye, Sat, 26th Jan '13 2:52:31 AM from SoCal Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
Cutmaster-san
Working on the list. Finished through animated films.

While going through the examples, I've noticed a new pattern. At least in the Japanese examples (haven't done many of the other categories yet), there's a strong connection between eyes and magic: one eye that changes color due to magic use, magical contracts etched in runes on eyes, etc. Has anyone seen examples of this on other eye tropes? (This seems like part of the intent of Windows to the Soul, and collecting such examples may be the one useful purpose that page can serve. When we get there, I guess.)

edited 26th Jan '13 3:00:55 AM by Ironeye

I'm bad, and that's good. I will never be good, and that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be than me.
Not sure on that one. I can only recall one example, and it was a kinda-sorta-parody (the Haruhi one, where she accidentally gives Mikuru Eye Beams whenever Mikuru is wearing a contact lens).

On a side note: Do we have a to-do-list sandbox somewhere?
 340 Septimus Heap, Sat, 26th Jan '13 8:15:32 AM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Puʻu ʻŌʻō
No, the OP serves that purpose.

eta: Now the 2nd post.

edited 26th Jan '13 8:16:03 AM by SeptimusHeap

 341 lu 127, Sat, 26th Jan '13 1:42:28 PM from the Capital of Light Relationship Status: Loves me...loves me not
We could shove the mismatched eyes = magic to Windows to the Soul and make this page into Mismatched Eyes Of Duality? Or does that not work?
迷子の足音消えた
代わりに祈りの唄
 342 Septimus Heap, Sat, 26th Jan '13 1:47:28 PM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Puʻu ʻŌʻō
Windows to the Soul needs a less schizophrenic description and less Zero Context Examples.

 343 Ironeye, Tue, 29th Jan '13 2:46:16 AM from SoCal Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
Cutmaster-san
I did a lot of this while half-asleep, so there are bound to be a lot of errors. In any case, it's a starting point.


Duality

    Anime & Manga 
  • Jio Freed from 666 Satan has one blue and one red eye, as well as half-and-half hair. This is mainly to symbolize the fact that he is a host to Demon 1i, Satan.
  • Nei in Avenger has heterochromia to indicate that she (or he, it ain't exactly clear, either) is both a Robot Girl and a real human. Well, actually, she/he is neither but has the potential to become one of the two.
  • The Count from Gankutsuou. This symbolizes not only his moral ambiguity and inner conflicts, but also the fact that he is part-human, part-monster, part-alive, part-undead and part-earthling, part-alien through his symbiosis with Gankutsuou. The duality symbolism is also present in some representations of his crest, a stylized heart divided into two clear compartments with different colours to represent his remaining human feelings and the fact that he is gradually turning into a cold-hearted monster.
  • Allelujah Haptism from Gundam 00 has a gray eye and a gold one. His hair always obscures one of the two, cluing any viewers into whether it is he or his evil Split Personality Hallelujah that is currently in control. In the end, he ends up pulling his hair back to reveal both eyes, allowing both personalities to simultaneously control his body, giving him the reflexes of two people.
  • Mika Ayanokoji from Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora, whose right iris is purple and the left, orange (though, the latter may be an implant). Her dual nature seems to be that she is simultaneously manipulative and scheming and dangerously passionate for Kaon.
  • The Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series has two examples:
  • The eponymous Hellhound of Nora; when in human guise, his right eye is red and his left is yellow.
  • The Count D from Pet Shop of Horrors has heterochromia, one eye being purple and the other, whom he hides under his hair, is golden. In the manga, it's explained that this is meant to be representative not only for his non-human nature, but also for his inheritance: his father and grandfather have golden and purple eyes, respectively. Since each one has a very different personality, and D has personality traits from both, his heterochromia symbolizes this dual nature.
  • Big Bad God of War Homura from Saiyuki has one golden eye, and one blue one, as a result of his father being a human.
  • In Sukisho, whenever Yoru takes over Sora's body, one of his eyes turns gold while the other remains blue.
  • Lord Darcia of Wolf's Rain has one blue eye and one golden wolf's eye, to show that he's found a way to turn himself into a wolf so that he can enter the Paradise forbidden to humans. Fortunately his plan is thwarted by Kiba and Cheza, but his evil wolf eye lives on...
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Yubel has one orange eye and one green eye. In Season 4, after Judai merges with Yubel, his normally brown eyes change to these when using his newly acquired Green Lantern Ring powers.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • In The Unborn, the 2009 film, one of Casey's eyes starts changing color to match that of her unborn twin brother around the time his soul—which is attached to hers—starts killing people.
  • In District 9 the iris of Wikus's left eye turns gold (and huge) at around the seventy-second hour of his transformation into a Prawn. By the end of the movie, his eyes match again due to his complete transformation.
  • In Dont Look Back, the characters' appearances slowly change over the course of the movie. Characters who are midway through their transformations often have mismatched eyes.
  • Lucie has them in Livid. Her heterochromia [[is described by another character as a sign of her having two souls.

    Literature 
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe: Villainess Ysanne Isard, main antagonist of the X-Wing books has mismatched eyes. The right is blue, and the left is red. They're often symbolically attached to the cold efficiency (her nickname is Iceheart) and fiery anger she's known for.
  • In the Roger Zelazny book This Immortal, protagonist narrator Conrad Nomikos has Mismatched Eyes, among other odd features. But then he is probably a mutant and is definitely hundreds of years old. His unique appearance is an important plot point.
—>I glare at people through the cold blue one on the right side when I want to intimidate them; the brown one is for Glances Sincere and Honest.
  • In Jostein Gaarder's philosophical novel Maya, the character Laura has one brown eye and one green eye. The narrator thinks of this as somehow connected to her dual nature - one side of her seems to care for all living things and the planet as a whole, while the other side seems to care about everything in the world except human beings.
  • Hnick from Dmitri Yemets's book series Methodius Buslaev has one blue eye and one black eye according to Book 3. His body is stitched from at last two different corpses.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Lieutenant Aiden Ford of Stargate Atlantis has one eye turn completely black due to an accident during a Wraith attack on the city. This same accident also got him hopped up on and addicted to Wraith enzyme, causing him to go AWOL and hunt down the Wraith on his own.

    Video Games 
  • Yuna from Final Fantasy X has heterochromia to indicate that she's half Al-Bhed. She has a green eye and a blue one.
  • The vampire sisters in Castlevania: Portrait Of Ruin have heterochromia to indicate they aren't full vampires yet. Each of them has one eye of the other's normal colour, creating a creepy impression that they've switched eyes.
  • Levi Tolar, on-again off-again Dragon, originally from Super Robot Wars Alpha, has one red and one golden eye, to match her mecha Judecca. Her eye color changes fairly regularly though, depending on game and whether her Levi personality or her Mai Kobayashi personality is dominant.
  • Ragna the Bloodedge of BlazBlue has these to indicate that he is half-Vampire. However, this only applies in one particular instance of the Stable Time Loop: in all others, including the one covered by the story, his changed eye, the red one, is linked to the function of his arm, the fake Azure Grimoire. When it stops working, so does his arm.
  • The main character in Homura has these in order to symbolise his half-human half-angel blood.

    Web Comics 
  • Most of the Val'Sullisin'rune family in Drowtales have mismatched eyes, a fact that is commonly known in the setting and referred to as "devil eyes" in the case of the Ill'haress Ash'waren. It is not clear that they have any sort of "dual nature" aside from the case Ash's daughter Faen: the dual personality Blue = Innocent / Purple = Mysterious or Badass fits.
  • Kade from Eerie Cuties has a yellow/gold left eye and a blue right eye. Of course, he is a Werecat...
  • The chimera boy Archie from Ellen's second life dreams in El Goonish Shive, although he hasn't been drawn in colour yet, appears to have heterochromia, given that one of his eyes is filled, and the other has a pupil and a gap between the pupil and the outline of the iris.
  • Homestuck: Sollux has one eye that's completely red and one that's completely blue, thus making him an example of both Mismatched Eyes and Monochromatic Eyes. However, this wasn't immediately obvious because he wears a pair of red-and-blue 3D glasses almost all the time. This duality is symbolic of his bipolar disorder. It continues after he "half-dies" (he's got two dreamselves): he gets one white eye (from his dead self in the dream bubbles) and one black eye for his blinded realself. The "half-alive" Sollux with Aradia has the same eyes but reversed.
  • Sudoku (Jigsaw's sister) in Last Res0rt also has heterochromia, with no special explanation attached other than her father (Cypher) having green eyes and her mother (Meridian) having blue. She's the only one in the family with this trait though.
  • Tsukiko from The Order of the Stick has one dark blue eye and one light blue eye. This represents her status as a Mystic Theurge who can cast both divine and arcane spells. The magic that emanates from each of her hands is the same color as the eye on the opposite side, and when she casts Dominate Person, the victim gains her heterochromia as well. She's also from a country built on East Asian stereotypes, so it's possible that the trope's presence in anime was a factor in character design (and her otherwise East Asian coloring makes the mismatched blue eyes particularly striking). Her slippers also match her eye color. Apparently she's just decided to go with it.
  • Charlie of The Zombie Hunters, a Half-Human Hybrid Zombie. has one normal, pale blue right eye, while the left eye has a black sclera and a glowing white iris, like those of most other Zombies. He easily conceals it with a special contact lens.
  • Berri in Fiyora Nya has one red eye and one green eye. Though they apparently change colors due to her other souls.

     Web Original 
  • In Survival of the Fittest, Dominica Shapiro , who was dual in nature (displaying both a thoroughly villainous and surprisingly heroic side), has mismatched eyes.

    Western Animation 

Chaos/Madness

    Anime & Manga 
  • In SHUFFLE, Mayumi Thyme's mismatched eyes add to her general sense of being an oddball. The difference is more pronounced in the visual novels than in the anime.

    Comic Books 
  • Delirium of The Endless, from The Sandman. It's part of her overall chaotic look. This disappears when she pulls herself together to be serious. She hates doing this as it is hinted it actually causes her physical pain. Both lampshaded and subverted, as one line specifically states she can't remember which eye is supposed to be green, which one is blue and where the silver sparkles go. If you watch carefully, they do reverse from time to time. At one point, after realizing she can't remember which eye the flecks are in, they aren't in her eyes for the rest of the story.

    Film — Animated 
  • A nonhuman/humanlike appearance example: in Shane Acker's 9, the rims of Mad Oracle 6's lense eyes are mismatched in color (one is more gold-ish, while the other is a gray color.) They're also different sizes.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Discussed in Vicky Cristina Barcelona: Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz) tells her ex-husband that she doesn't trust his new girlfriend Christina because her eyes are of different colors. Then again, she's a tad crazy.
  • The protagonist of Shutter Island describes Andrew Laeddis, the madman who killed his wife, as having mismatched eyes. Subverted in that the description is a fabrication dreamed up by the protagonist, who is Laeddis but is in complete denial of that fact.
  • In Terry Pratchett's Hogfather, the most distinguishing trait of the unhinged assassin Jonathan Teatime is his mismatched eyes: one has been replaced by a black (grey in the original novel) magical glass eye (in a world where muggles playing with magic is considered nigh-on suicidal), and the other is yellow-white with a pinpoint pupil.

    Literature 
  • ''Discworld
    • Nanny Ogg's cat, Greebo, has mismatched eyes, one's a normal yellow cat's eye, and the other is pearly white and blind, presumably due to one of the many fights he's had with animals much bigger than him. It contributes to the air of off-kilter danger that he has to him.
    • In Hogfather, the most distinguishing trait of the unhinged assassin Jonathan Teatime is his mismatched eyes: one has been replaced by a grey (black in The Film of the Book) magical glass eye (in a world where muggles playing with magic is considered nigh-on suicidal), and the other is yellow-white with a pinpoint pupil.

One Special Eye

    Anime & Manga 
  • In 11eyes, Kakeru has a golden, blind right eye, covered by an an overly large eyepatch and a completely normal blue left eye.
  • Tokidoki from Amatsuki has one brown eye and one red eye; the red one indicates that his vision was stolen from it by a nue.
  • Sven from Black Cat has one eye (his left) that's orange and one eye (his right) that's green. It's rather surprising that the green eye (which is a normal color for a human to have) is the special foreseeing eye, whereas the unusual orange colored eye doesn't have any powers. His mismatched eyes are also justified in a flashback — he lost an eye in a fight years ago, the green one is a transplant.
  • Jeremiah Gottwald in Code Geass ends up as this after he is made into a cyborg, with one orange eye and the replacement one being green.
  • Spike's eyes on Cowboy Bebop are slightly different shades of brown. It's very hard, but possible, to notice this before he brings it up to Faye. The reason is that one is a cybernetic replacement for an eye he lost in a very symbolic and personal tragedy. Spike's Mismatched Eyes serve something of a plot function as well. Besides reminding us what he's gone through prior to his bounty hunting career, that cybernetic eye might explain why he's such an excellent shot with a handgun, at least when he's standing still. This feature was brought up rather explicitly in the climax of episode 20, "Pierrot le Fou", where it is revealed that the cat that was present during the title character's horrific experiments (and was responsible for his ailurophobia), had heterochromia, leading to him freezing up at a crucial moment during the final showdown with Spike due to the light making his cyber-eye glow in a similar fashion to the cat's, allowing Spike to defeat him.
  • Allen Walker from D.Gray-Man has one gray eye and one red cursed eye. Note that his eye is only red when an Akuma is around, otherwise it is the same gray as the other.
  • Kamichama Karin has Michiru, a brunette with one purple eye (his natural color) and one blue eye (which was implanted by Professor Kujyou after his eye was crushed beyond repair in a car accident when he was a kid).
  • Rosario from Lupin III: The Columbus Files has different colored eyes for plot-relevant reasons. Her left eye was discolored by the laboratory explosion that killed her mother and the peculiar red-brown color allows her estranged Mad Scientist father to identify her as his child.
  • Naruto
    • Kakashi Hatake has a singular Sharingan eye, which he keeps hidden under his askew headband. Ditto for Danzo. One of the other Kage's bodyguards has a Buyakugan in same setup.
    • As of chapter 514, Tobi has been confirmed to have implanted a Rinnegan in his left eye, while his right remains a Sharingan.
  • Hakkai from Saiyuki has mismatched eyes when removing his power limiters, proving to many fans that the Eye Scream in his past was real and one of his eyes is artificial. The real one turns into an gold eye.
  • In the second novel of Suzumiya Haruhi, Haruhi gives Mikuru one colored contact to wear during their filmed home movie, because "different colored eyes give an air of mystery". Hey, if anyone knows her tropes, it's Haruhi. Though anyone watching the first broadcast episode alone won't know why it was there for one shot only. Other than continuity issues Haruhi did it, it's a case of All There In The Manual Light Novels light novels or second season. In the context of the film, Mikuru had the ability to shoot laser beams from that eye. Then [[spoiler: Haruhi's Reality Warper powers kick in and actually bestow this power on the contact lens. That sudden flash of black after Mikuru fires the "Mikuru Beam" is Yuki catching the laser with her hand before it can impale the cameraman (Kyon). She then tackles Mikuru to remove the lens and inject her with nanomachines so that it doesn't happen again. (It does. At least three times).
  • Watanuki in Xxx HO Li C loses his eyesight in one eye and eventually eats/shares one of Doumeki's eyes to "fix" this, changing one of his eye colors. This is shown in the black and white manga by one of his pupils being incompletely inked. If you think this is coincidence that it resembles Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Yuuko would like a word with you.
  • CLAMP loves this trope. In Tokyo Babylon and later X1999, Subaru has one green eye and one brown eye that once belonged to Seishirou.
  • The Yu-Gi-Oh! villain Dartz has one golden eye (his natural eye color) and one that was turned pale blue by the whole Orichalcos incident. And Maximillion Pegasus has one brown eye and one Millennium Eye.
  • Yakumo in Psychic Detective Yakumo has one normal brown eye and one red eye which he usually conceals with a colored contact lens. The red eye can see the spirits of the dead.
  • In Rental Magica, Itsuki was in an incident that turned his right eye into something demonic looking. Before that, said eye was still an unnatural red.
  • In Another, there's the reverse-boatlights variant, when we find out that under Misaki's Eyepatch of Power, hides a green clairvoyant glass eye (from a doll), in contrast to her right normal red.
  • Masato Kadowaki from Arata Kangatari gets these later on in the story after one of his original eyes is torn out.
  • Bootsvorz from Future GPX Cyber Formula has a normal eye on his right and a cybernetic eye on his left that replaced the eye that was lost in a test drive accident. In SAGA, he gets a more-natural looking transplant, giving him a blue and gold eye.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Supernova: A device meant to protect a single user from the stresses of light-speed travel is used by the two main characters despite warnings that such misuse can result in a merged Body Horror. (The others were busted.) Of course, that'd have been a major Downer Ending, so only some minor merging takes place, resulting in their exchanging an eye, each now having one blue and one brown.
  • In District 9 the iris of Wikus's left eye turns gold (and huge) at around the seventy-second hour of his transformation into a Prawn. By the end of the movie, his eyes match again due to his complete transformation.
  • In Terry Pratchett's Hogfather, the most distinguishing trait of the unhinged assassin Jonathan Teatime is his mismatched eyes: one has been replaced by a black (grey in the original novel) magical glass eye (in a world where muggles playing with magic is considered nigh-on suicidal), and the other is yellow-white with a pinpoint pupil.

    Literature 
  • ''Discworld
    • Nanny Ogg's cat, Greebo, has mismatched eyes, one's a normal yellow cat's eye, and the other is pearly white and blind, presumably due to one of the many fights he's had with animals much bigger than him.
    • In Hogfather, the most distinguishing trait of the unhinged assassin Jonathan Teatime is his mismatched eyes: one has been replaced by a grey (black in The Film of the Book) magical glass eye (in a world where muggles playing with magic is considered nigh-on suicidal), and the other is yellow-white with a pinpoint pupil.
  • The Chosen One in the old fantasy magazine series The Ancestral Trail had one green and one grey eye. The green eye saw only good, the grey eye only evil.
  • Artemis Fowl:
    • In the third book, The Eternity Code, Artemis has one blue and one hazel eye because of an iris cam.
    • In the fifth novel The Lost Colony, this happens more permanently when he gets one of his eyes switched with another character as a result of interdimensional travel.
  • In Sarah Monette's Doctrine of Labyrinths, the wizard Felix Harrowgate has one blue eye and one gold eye. The blue(?) eye is a result of an injury, so mostly blind. The colors give him no specific powers, but it does freak people out.
  • Evil Diogenes Pendergast from the Agent Pendergast novels by Doug Preston and Lincoln Child, has one hazel eye and one pale blue eye. It's revealed late in the series that pigment loss in the blue eye is due to an injury which blinded him.
  • Ace Diamond from Double Crossing by Meg Mims has one blue eye and one green eye, the green being the result of an old injury as a child in Texas.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Babylon 5's later seasons, G'Kar loses an eye to Centauri torture; when he receives the replacement, it is blue instead of red (due to supply shortages), giving him no end of consternation and a singularly unbalancing countenance. He's quite relieved when a second replacement, of the right color, arrives.
  • Lieutenant Aiden Ford of Stargate Atlantis has one eye turn completely black due to an accident during a Wraith attack on the city. This same accident also got him hopped up on and addicted to Wraith enzyme, causing him to go AWOL and hunt down the Wraith on his own.

    Music 
  • 2D of the virtual band Gorillaz temporarily had this during his coma year, as one eye was normal and the other fully black due to a fracture.
  • David Bowie, possibly the most famous real life example, doesn't actually have true heterochromia. His left eye has a permanently dilated pupil, the result of being in a fight, that gives him the appearance of having two different colored eyes, making one look to be darker (sometimes dark blue, sometimes brown) than the other. For a clear view, look closely at the cover of 'Black Tie White noise'

    Pro Wrestling 
  • WWE wrestler Kane has one light-blue eye and one brown eye, with the pupils being slightly different sizes (an effect achieved by the wrestler wearing non-matching contacts, like Marilyn Manson). Early in his run, it was implied that the blue eye was actually damaged by the fire which had "scarred" him and that the eye was actually a false eye. This was ignored as the years went on, and now the mismatched eyes aren't even commented on at all, but because it's such a well known feature of the character, it has remained despite no longer even seeming to matter in the character's admittedly screwed up history.

    Video Games 
  • In Quintessence: The Blighted Venom, Kardian (Alden) performs an operation on Lunair using Reivier's eye to cause her right eye to turn green whenever Shanti takes control, as a warning.
  • Bitores Mendez, the village chief from Resident Evil 4, sports one blue eye and one red. The red eye is a falsie, though.
  • Ragna the Bloodedge of BlazBlue has these to indicate that he is half-Vampire. However, this only applies in one particular instance of the Stable Time Loop: in all others, including the one covered by the story, his changed eye, the red one, is linked to the function of his arm, the fake Azure Grimoire. When it stops working, so does his arm.
  • Kogasa Tatara in Undefined Fantastic Object, as a humanoid version of a karakasa (a one-eyed one-legged demonic umbrella) has one red and one eye the same color as her hair and outfit, as an alternative to merely giving her one eye.It adds to her moe factors, maybe.
  • Atsuki from Lux-Pain has a gold eye (his right), and a black eye (his natural color). Justified, in that in the power of Lux Pain made his right eye gold.
  • Mass Effect 2's DLC has Zaeed Messani, who has one brown eye and one pale grey eye. The paler eye is implied to be a cybernetic replacement installed after he survived a shot to the face.
  • Sting Chameleon, from the Mega Man X series, has an odd version of this. Being a robot, one of his eyes looks normal, but the other looks metallic and appears to have an irising lid. The irises, however, are the same color. He has one normal eye and one chameleon eye.
  • In Deadly Premonition, Zach is eventually revealed to have different-colored eyes, his left eye having been damaged in a childhood trauma.
  • Johnny Powell in The Darkness 2. They're both blue, but his left eye's abnormal.
  • Handsome Jack, the primary antagonist from Borderlands 2 appears to have heterochromia. His left eye is green and right eye blue. This serves as foreshadowing that Jack's face isn't real. The blue eye is his actual eye while the green is part of the mask. His actual left eye is scarred and appears to have no pupil.

    Visual Novels 
  • Mary's normally blue eye right turned to gold six months before the story started in Shikkoku No Sharnoth. The golden eye is somewhat magical and a macguffin throughout the story. Near the end, Charlotte's left eye also turns gold, but it changes back eventually.

    Web Comics 
  • Skye from Far Out There has one green eye and one purple one. In her case, the difference is quite practical: the purple one has x-ray vision.
  • Kimiko of Dresden Codak has one brown natural eye and one blue mechanical eye as of the "Dark Science" arc, though originally her natural eye color was blue and thus the synthetic one matched when it originally showed up. Aaron Diaz retconned it so the synthetic one would stand out more.
  • Feral from Strays. His green eye is natural, the red one was caused by something else. Feral, being mute, can't tell us what.
  • Continuum justifies this with a character with one blind, discolored eye, best seen here.

    Web Original 
  • Achmed the Snake from the Rhapsody Chronicles has eyes that are not only mismatched in color, but also in size, shape, and quite probably, species. Also, a face that looks like scar tissue, apparently.
  • Techno-Devil of the Whateley Universe has one eye that's a solid red cybernetic implant. He's only fourteen. He's a mutant too, so his other eye doesn't look normal either. In his case, it signifies that he's the son of the notorious supervillain Dr. Diabolik, and darn proud of it.

    Western Animation 
  • Cyborg from Teen Titans has one cybernetic red eye and one normal eye, which is dark blue.

[Unusual Trait] Means Special

    Anime & Manga 
  • Urumi Kanzaki from Great Teacher Onizuka is heterochromatic and was conceived via artificial insemination.
  • In Yami No Matsuei, gate keepers can be identified by their different colored eyes. Wakaba has an orange right eye and a brown left eye.
  • In the manga Enchanter by Izumi Kawachi, if you become an enchanter, one of your eyes changes, turning deep red with a pinpoint pupil. Oddly, long-time friends don't seem to notice the change.
  • In the Distant Finale of Gurren Lagann, Simon has developed one spiral-shaped eye similar to Lord Genome's, likely to convey that he has mastered Spiral Energy.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • In 28 Weeks Later, the mother and her son have heterochromia. When she becomes a vector for The Virus, it serves as a clue to her and her son's shared biological resistance to the virus, and an indicator of when they become exposed but remain unturned: one eye becomes bloodshot like a normal zombie's infected would, the other remains clear.
  • Inverted and Downplayed in X-Men: First Class when Charles Xavier flirts with a (normal human) co-ed with one bright green eye and one blue eye by pointing out her "groovy" mutation—her eyes don't mark her as special, they are themselves what make her special. Then Charles' jealous shape-shifting pal Raven AKA Mystique alters one of her "brown" eyes to the golden yellow of her natural form, reminding the audience just how un-special a heterochromia mutation is in this world.

    Literature 
  • Chip, the hero of Ira Levin's novel This Perfect Day, has one brown and one green eye. This causes him some embarrassment, since [[Justified Trope he lives in a world where genetic engineering and restrictions on who may reproduce have produced a world of near-identical people, all of whom have brown eyes]]. He eventually has the green eye replaced by a brown one, as part of a scheme to lull the Big Bad into thinking he was finally accepting his role in society.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Euron "Crow's Eye" Greyjoy hides a black eye behind an eye patch. His other one, called his smiling eye, is blue. There's an implied connection between his eyes and his magic.
    • Minor character Shiera Seastar has one blue eye and one green eye, supposedly due, in part, to her rumoured black magic.
  • In Kristin Cashore's Graceling, all "Gracelings" have this as a distinguishing characteristic. It becomes important to the plot when you find out that one of the kings is missing an eye, and it later turns out that he is Graced with a very effective version of Charm Person, as it can work even second- and third-hand, via rumors.
  • In the Roger Zelazny book This Immortal, protagonist narrator Conrad Nomikos has Mismatched Eyes, among other odd features. But then he is probably a mutant and is definitely hundreds of years old. His unique appearance is an important plot point.
—>I glare at people through the cold blue one on the right side when I want to intimidate them; the brown one is for Glances Sincere and Honest.
  • In Nancy Springer's I am Morgan Le Fay, Morgan has one violet eye and one emerald green one, which marks her as a fay. They're also described as very dark, so people actually have to look right into her eyes to see the difference.

    Radio 
  • In the world of Marus, as depicted in Adventures in Odyssey's Passages tie-in episode, different-colored eyes are recognized as a sign of prophecy. Interworldly interloper Alice physically goes from having brown eyes to blue and green, then loses them again when her time as The Unseen One's messenger is up.

    Video Games 
  • In the Soul Series, Zasalamel has one normal-colored eye and one golden eye, possibly as a result of his immortality curse.
  • In Ragnarok Online, the pope of Arunafeltz and her twin brother has opposite-color heterochromia. Apparently, this was one of the reasons she was chosen as pope. The other reasons was her hair and skin color.

    Web Comics 
  • Among the Cubi of Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures , one reclusive, mysterious clan all have different-coloured eyes, along with wings that are both feathered and leathery. The trait can appear in other clans, and is regarded as a good omen. Since Cubi can shapeshift, this applies only to their default forms. Abel, a central character, has both traits, and his father considers them important to his plans.
  • In Doomsday My Dear the main character has one blue and one green eye because this is a trait of a carrier of the Blood Plague. Several other characters turn out to have this undesirable trait as the comic progresses
  • All the Ravens (servants of the Raven) in Archipelago are inflicted with a left eye with a black sclera and a glowing red pupil, regardless of species. At least some of them can hide this to pass in normal society.

    Western Animation 
  • The main character of Ann Downer's Spellkey Trilogy has one green eye and one blue (which is a sign of magical power in that world).

[Shared Unusual Trait] Means Connection

This has significant overlap with Family Eye Resemblance, but can also be used for things like possession.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Nenene and Toki from Code:Breaker both have one blue and one brown eye. This almost gets Nenene killed when fire bender controller Oogami mistakes her for his despised teammate Toki who is Nenene's long-lost brother. Nenene does not seem to notice the resemblance, even when Toki is standing in front of her while Sakura says "This is your brother!"
  • Oskar von Reuentahl from Legend of Galactic Heroes has one blue and one brown eye, which is the bane of his life — it reminded his mother of her illicit affair and drove her to suicide, which caused his father to hate him with a passion.
  • The Count D from Pet Shop of Horrors has heterochromia, one eye being purple and the other, whom he hides under his hair, is golden. In the manga, it's explained that this is meant to be representative not only for his non-human nature, but also for his inheritance: his father and grandfather have golden and purple eyes, respectively. Since each one has a very different personality, and D has personality traits from both, his heterochromia symbolizes this dual nature. (In this case, it's the particular color, not the mix, that indicates the link. I've already listed the duality part in the appropriate section.)
  • In Rozen Maiden, Suiseiseki has red and green eyes, and was originally nicknamed "Boatlights-chan" by fans before she became known as simply "Desu". Her twin sister Souseiseki, introduced later, has the same eye colors but reversed. Appropriately, they are foils for each other.
  • Big Bad (of at least one arc) Rido Kuran of Vampire Knight has one blue eye and one crimson eye, a trait that shows up in the people he possesses. This is the first clue to Rima Touya that something's not quite right about Shiki...

    Film — Live-Action 
  • X2: X-Men United: Jason Stryker has differently-colored eyes, as does the illusory little girl he creates.

    Literature 
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe: Gaeriel Captison has mismatched eyes. They're constantly referred to in the book in which she's Luke's Love Interest, possibly indicating that Luke finds this an attractive feature. Her's daughter, Malizna, inherits the eye colors. Whether this has to do with genetics, The Force, or simple coolness isn't really clear.
  • The horribly inbred Martense clan from The Lurking Fear by H.P. Lovecraft all have this as a distinguishing mark. They have brown-and-blue eyes apparently. This is the tip-off that the swarm of Humanoid Abominations haunting the area actually consists of their offspring.
  • All the clone "shatterlings" of Gentian Line in "House of Suns" by Alastair Reynolds have one green eye and the other a "wintery jackdaw blue", since they're all male and female "facets" of Abigail Gentian. it is noted that since they have a bit of leeway from Abigail's exact appearance, in some shatterlings the mismatched eyes are toned down so much as to be unnoticeable.
  • One Goosebumps book has the main character's best friend be a girl with Mismatched Eyes. This becomes a plot point when she mysteriously disappears and he starts seeing a dog with Mismatched Eyes around the neighborhood.

    Live-Action TV 
  • "Ian Moone", a villain on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, has one blue and one brown eye. In this case, it's presumably done to make him recognizable to the audience, as he wears a skin-tight bodysuit and full-face mask.

    Theater 
  • The play Redwood Curtain is centered on a young Vietnamese girl who was adopted by an American family. She has "eyes like a husky dog" (one blue, one dark). When she meets a homeless Vietnam vet who has similarly mis-matched eyes, she starts wondering if he could be her biological father. He's not, but he knows who is.

    Video Games 
  • An updated artwork of Louis Cyphre from Shin Megami Tensei II shows that he has a red pupil on the right, and blue on the left to indicate that he's no he: he's Lucifer.
  • Lady and Arkham from Devil May Cry 3 have heterochromia. It doesn't actually mean anything... but it serves as an early clue that they're father and daughter. It also serves as a visual hint that Arkham is Jester.
  • In Tales of Graces, this is a sign that Lambda is inside somebody's body. It happens to Richard and later Asbel, and this carries into Tales of Graces F. When lambda is inside Richard, his other eye is red, but when it happens to Asbel, it's actually purple, signaling that Lambda has a different relationship with Asbel than Richard.
  • GLaDOS from Portal is almost always given Mismatched Eyes of various colours when she's drawn as a human, to reflect how her personality cores all have different eye colours.

    Web Comics 

Red Right Hand

    Anime & Manga 
  • Luki and Noki from DOGS Bullets And Carnage have very weird eyes (gold with a black iris, black with a gold iris, with the actual which-eye-is-which swapped between twins). They're enfants terribles.
  • In Rosario + Vampire, the trope is played with for the villainous Kiria, who, not only have a green and a red eye, but also sports eyes with rectangular pupils, completely perpendicular to the other.
  • Deliberately invoked by Rikka in Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!. She has a perfectly normal pair of blue eyes, but frequently uses yellow contacts on her right eye (which she in turn covers with a medical eyepatch) as part of her "Evil Eye" gimmick.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Brad Dourif's Wormtongue in The Lord of the Rings was meant to wear two pale blue contacts until the costumers discovered he looked creepier while wearing only one to contrast with his natural medium-blue eye.
  • In Terry Pratchett's Hogfather, the most distinguishing trait of the unhinged assassin Jonathan Teatime is his mismatched eyes: one has been replaced by a black (grey in the original novel) magical glass eye (in a world where muggles playing with magic is considered nigh-on suicidal), and the other is yellow-white with a pinpoint pupil.

    Literature 
  • Subverted by Tyrion Lannister in A Song of Ice and Fire has, in addition to several other congenital defects, either heterochromia or partial aniridia, with one green eye and one black one, and he hardly acts the part of a hero, but all things considered, he's actually a decent person.
  • In Hogfather, the most distinguishing trait of the unhinged assassin Jonathan Teatime is his mismatched eyes: one has been replaced by a grey (black in The Film of the Book) magical glass eye (in a world where muggles playing with magic is considered nigh-on suicidal), and the other is yellow-white with a pinpoint pupil.
  • In one Flashman novel, the fairly nasty Russian villain Nicholas Pavlovich Ignatiev has one blue eye and one eye which is half-blue and half-brown. Notably, Ignatiev is an actual historical figure, but his eye colour is not recorded in history, allowing the author to take a few liberties.
  • As an allusion to Flashman, the villain of The Peshawar Lancers, one Count Ignatieff, has a blue eye and a brown eye.
  • In the Matthew Reilly novel Scarecrow, Big Bad Jonathon Killian has a green and a brown eye.
  • In the Inheritance Cycle, Morzan, the first of the evil Forsworn, is described by Jeod as having one blue eye and one black one.
  • In The Master and Margarita, Bulgakov's novel, Woland's left eye is green, and right is black. Justified because he appears differently for different people, but always has abnormalities. This aspect was omitted in the 2005 TV adaptation. Cue the outcry...
  • The evil sorceress Xayide has one red eye and one green in The Neverending Story.
  • Evil Diogenes Pendergast from the Agent Pendergast novels by Doug Preston and Lincoln Child, has one hazel eye and one pale blue eye. It's revealed late in the series that pigment loss in the blue eye is due to an injury which blinded him.
  • Giulia in Mika Waltari's The Wanderer has different-coloured eyes. She's an evil bitch, though, like most female characters written by Waltari.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The 1999 ITV miniseries adaptation of Oliver Twist gave Edward "Monks" Leeford one brown eye and one blue eye. Funnily enough he was played by Marc Warren, who went on to play Jonathan Teatime — another character with mismatched eyes — in the film adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Hogfather.
  • "Ian Moone", a villain on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, has one blue and one brown eye. In this case, it's presumably done to make him recognizable to the audience, as he wears a skin-tight bodysuit and full-face mask.
  • Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, episode 43, features this and Red Eyes, Take Warning with Fuwa Juzo, the half-monster semi-villain. Can be seen at 6:24 here.
  • The Chief in Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left has these, as well as a mechanical monacle.
  • Murdoch Mysteries, "Belly Speaker": The murder victim and his son both had one brown eye and one blue eye. The son's puppet which looked just like him had mismatched eyes as well, only blue and dark grey. They were all very creepy.

    Music 
  • Marilyn Manson sometimes wears non-matching contact lenses to look as if his eyes don't match.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • WWE wrestler Kane has one light-blue eye and one brown eye, with the pupils being slightly different sizes (an effect achieved by the wrestler wearing non-matching contacts, like Marilyn Manson). Early in his run, it was implied that the blue eye was actually damaged by the fire which had "scarred" him and that the eye was actually a false eye. This was ignored as the years went on, and now the mismatched eyes aren't even commented on at all, but because it's such a well known feature of the character, it has remained despite no longer even seeming to matter in the character's admittedly screwed up history.
  • Similar to Kane, there was Glacier from WCW, though he had a martial-arts gimmick and dressed to look like Sub-Zero. He wore a blue contact lens over one eye; when his gimmick had been run thoroughly into the ground, he "sold" the contact lens along with his mask and "armor" he wore during his entrance, to another wrestler. The fact that he gleefully hawked off the garb that had BEEN his character for over three years was just one of the first instances which showed which direction the newly arrived Vince Russo was planning to take the company.

    Video Games 
  • An updated artwork of Louis Cyphre from Shin Megami Tensei II shows that he has a red pupil on the right, and blue on the left to indicate that he's no he.
  • Bitores Mendez, the village chief from Resident Evil 4, sports one blue eye and one red. The red eye is a falsie, though.
  • Ballos from Cave Story has one eye stark white, one eye stark red, neither with any visible pupil. It's probably less about his biology and more about making him look even more otherworldly than he already is, though. The Demon Crown has one eye set in it, that is the same color as his remaining red eye. Fanon suggests that he set one of his eyes in his crown.
  • In the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series, the Big Bad Vladimir Makarov has one green eye and one blue eye, though in 3, his models seem to lose the trait.
  • Dr Betruger from Doom 3 has one eye that is not only a different colour, but has no pupil. Creepy, eh?
  • Handsome Jack, the primary antagonist from Borderlands 2 appears to have heterochromia. His left eye is green and right eye blue. This serves as foreshadowing that Jack's face isn't real. The blue eye is his actual eye while the green is part of the mask. His actual left eye is scarred and appears to have no pupil.

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 
  • The Batman's version of Tony Zucco (the guy that killed Dick Grayson's parents) actually has a blue right eye, and a brown left eye.
  • Two-Face, particularly in Batman: The Animated Series, where the white of one eye has been stained yellow.

Connecting Eyes to Active Use of Magic or Magical Contracts

In some cases, the mismatch is actually a symbol inscribed on the eye rather than the eyes not matching in color. Whatever the form it may take, all of these examples feature a connection between the eye and either the use of magic or a magical contract of some kind. The uniting theme is "magic shows in your eyes", making these have more to do with Aang's eyes glowing while he's in the Avatar state than with half-human characters having mis-matched eyes.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Yubel has one orange eye and one green eye. In Season 4, after Judai merges with Yubel, his normally brown eyes change to these when using his newly acquired Green Lantern Ring powers.
  • Naruto
    • Kakashi Hatake has a singular Sharingan eye, which he keeps hidden under his askew headband. Ditto for Danzo. One of the other Kage's bodyguards has a Buyakugan in same setup.
    • As of chapter 514, Tobi has been confirmed to have implanted a Rinnegan in his left eye, while his right remains a Sharingan.
  • In the manga Enchanter by Izumi Kawachi, if you become an enchanter, one of your eyes changes, turning deep red with a pinpoint pupil. Oddly, long-time friends don't seem to notice the change.
  • In the Distant Finale of Gurren Lagann, Simon has developed one spiral-shaped eye similar to Lord Genome's, likely to convey that he has mastered Spiral Energy.
  • Kanade from Asura Cryin' normally has blue eyes, but when she uses her powers, one of them turns to green.
  • In Code Geass, when Power Incontinence hits Geass users, it's usually only in one eye at first, meaning one eye will be its normal color, and the other will have the Geass symbol permanently imprinted on the iris.
  • In Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Rokudo Mukuro has a red right eye with kanji in it and a normal, blue left eye. His right eye changes the kanji to suit the number of which path's (six paths of hell) powers he is using at that moment.
  • Black Butler features two characters with mismatched eyes
    • Ciel Phantomhive has a normal blue eye and a purple eye that holds the mark of his contract with Sebastian. By the rules of demon contracts, the more visible the spot you put the mark, the more power you get - and what's more visible than your eye?
    • Alois later gets these when he makes a contract with Hannah, Claude, and Sebastian.

    Literature 
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Euron "Crow's Eye" Greyjoy hides a black eye behind an eye patch. His other one, called his smiling eye, is blue. There's an implied connection between his eyes and his magic.
    • Minor character Shiera Seastar has one blue eye and one green eye, supposedly due, in part, to her rumoured black magic.

    Radio 
  • In the world of Marus, as depicted in Adventures in Odyssey's Passages tie-in episode, different-colored eyes are recognized as a sign of prophecy. Interworldly interloper Alice physically goes from having brown eyes to blue and green, then loses them again when her time as The Unseen One's messenger is up.

    Visual Novels 
  • Mary's normally blue eye right turned to gold six months before the story started in Shikkoku No Sharnoth. The golden eye is somewhat magical and a macguffin throughout the story. Near the end, Charlotte's left eye also turns gold, but it changes back eventually.

Other

    Anime & Manga 
  • The clone Rezo the Red Priest, Big Bad of Season 1 of Slayers has one blue eye and one yellow. Since he is blind, he has his eyes closed throughout most of the season. His magic clone thingy gets mismatched eyes after bonding with a vaguely defined 'demon-beast' that doesn't seem to actually fit into the hierarchy of evil in the world's mythology. Copy Rezo was shown with mismatched eyes from the start, although when he first shows up, he's keeping them closed on purpose, even though he can see, because he's posing as the original Rezo. In the original light novels that the anime was based on, Copy Rezo kept his eyes closed for a different reason altogether.
  • In the second novel of Suzumiya Haruhi, Haruhi gives Mikuru one colored contact to wear during their filmed home movie, because "different colored eyes give an air of mystery". Hey, if anyone knows her tropes, it's Haruhi. Though anyone watching the first broadcast episode alone won't know why it was there for one shot only. Other than continuity issues Haruhi did it, it's a case of All There In The Manual Light Novels light novels or second season. In the context of the film, Mikuru had the ability to shoot laser beams from that eye. Then [[spoiler: Haruhi's Reality Warper powers kick in and actually bestow this power on the contact lens. That sudden flash of black after Mikuru fires the "Mikuru Beam" is Yuki catching the laser with her hand before it can impale the cameraman (Kyon). She then tackles Mikuru to remove the lens and inject her with nanomachines so that it doesn't happen again. (It does. At least three times). (The part about it shooting lasers is clearly the eye being special, but perhaps there's something to what Haruhi says...)
  • Syaoran of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle has differently shaded eyes to signify how one is blind. This further symbolizes how he only has half a soul, donated to him by the real Syaoran, of whom he is a clone. When the real Syaoran awakens, the Syaoran we've been seeing not only turns evil, but rips out Fai's eye (containing his magic) and eats it, turning his blind eye blue. By the last chapter of the manga, it's possible (although not confirmed by a color image) that Fai has this too, with one golden and one blue eye: he gave up the magic -thus the blue color- contained in his remaining eye, turning it permanently gold, then got his blue eye back from the Syaoran clone. However, it seems implied that the gold color came from his vampire blood, which Yuuko said might be overridden once he got his magic back, so maybe this would make both his eyes blue again, or possibly one blue and one a neutral color, but since he gave up the other half... yeah, TRC is complicated. (Yes, this one's actually clasifiable—the parts will just need to be split up, and it's going to be awfult to rewrite it before we know the names of the new pieices.)
  • Yu Gi Oh Zexal uses these as a recurring visual motif. Most people get the effect from the Augmented Reality eyepieces they wear while dueling, but Astral has them naturally (one eye's gold, the other glows white along with that entire side of his body) and most major antagonists seem to have their actual eyes change color instead of wearing an eyepiece.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • In Practical Magic, young Sally Owens cast a love spell for a man she thinks can't exist, by giving him very uncommon traits. One of these is that he'd have "one green eye, and one blue". Twenty years later, guess what color eyes Detective Hallet has?

    Literature 
  • In the Anne of Green Gables sequel Anne's House of Dreams, a pair of cousins have identical Mismatched Eyes, resulting in a longtime case of mistaken identity.
  • "Mirror twins" Eleda and Adele in The Truth-Teller's Tale by Sharon Shinn have these. Adele has a left blue eye and right green eye and Eleda has a left green eye and right blue eye.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In one chapter of Goosebumps TV adaptation, there is a girl, best friend of the protagonist of that episode who has different coloured eyes, one blue and one in a darker greenish tone. That's because she is in fact a husky dognote , and all the kids in town, protagonist included, were puppies genetically modified to become human.
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Lady Heather's daughter has one brown and one blue eye. This becomes a horrific plot point when the daughter becomes a victim of an insane Mengele wannabe who prefers his women with two blue eyes.
  • Luther. Alice Morgan puts in a single colored contact lens when carrying out her Sickbed Slaying, presumably so the police officer she speaks face-to-face with will remember this unusual detail rather than her actual features.
  • An episode of Medical Incredible had an episode that included this. While one could not tell by looking at the boy, if you looked in photographs, he had Mismatched Eyes. His mother thought this was very strange because it kept showing up in every single photograph, and only in photographs. Everyone else thought it was just a trick of the light or a camera flaw, but she knew something was up, so she finally insisted that doctors check his eye in case there was something wrong. Turns out, this was because of a rare eye cancer. You can rest easily - because they caught it early, they could cure it, and the boy is alive.

    Video Games 
  • Vanessa of Luminous Arc has one grey/purple eye and one red one, but this doesn't seem to indicate anything beyond being just as loud and noticeable as the rest of her.

    Web Comics 
  • Wally in Zebra Girl. One reason for this may be pragmatic — it makes him much easier to tell from the other wolves when shifted. (Possible trope for main characters having unusual traits to make them stand out?)

Insufficient Information or Incorrect

    Anime & Manga 
  • Arios, the White-Haired Pretty Boy from Angelique (golden/green). Might or might not be another clue that something is not quite right about him...
  • In Black Lagoon, Balalaika is occasionally shown with her right eye glowing yellow-ish.
  • Invoked in Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Kobato Hasegawa appears to have a red and a blue eye. However, the red eye is actually just a colored lens which she uses to cosplay as "Reisys V. Felicity Sumeragi", a vampire in her favorite show. She is seen occasionally without it on, revealing blue eyes in both of her eyes. (Which variation does the vampire fit?)
  • Kirie in Ai no Kusabi has very rare heterochromia which unbeknownst to him, made him a target.
  • A minor Contractor from Darker Than Black has red and green eyes.
  • Vetti Svorza of Glass Fleet has one purple eye and one shiny gold one. It's one of the early indicators that he's a little unusual.
  • Albireo from .hack//AI Buster has one blue eye and one gold, which has to do with his name — a binary star, one of which is blue, the other gold. Kamui has the same eye color, in dedication to him. Both characters' eye colors in the real world however are unknown.
  • Heterochromia becomes an important clue in one of the extremely difficult mysteries Kindaichi is forced to unravel.
  • Asuna from Mahou Sensei Negima! has heterochromia. The exact significance is unknown, but it's especially notable for its absence in adaptations that don't get into her Back Story. Volume 26's cover has revealed that Arika Entheofushia — Asuna's relative and Negi's mother — has/had this as well.
  • In Rosario + Vampire, Tsukune get mismatched eyes after being put through a body modification by Tohofuhai.
  • One of the characters of Saki has this, and if Mihoko opens her right eye to reveal it to you during a Mahjong game, you could kiss your chances of winning goodbye.
  • The perpetually-bandaged Abiru Kobushi from Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei has one brown and one blue eye, though we don't find out until a trip to a bath-house temporarily removes the eyepatch.
  • A lot of characters in Kiddy Girl-and have oddly colored eyes, but they get outmatched by Letuchaia and Pauki, who have eyes with a very clear horizontal split in them and the lower halves have differently-colored internal half-rings (sectoral heterochromia x2). Geacht'er has a slightly less conspicuous version of this, for some reason.

    Comic Books 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Max Zorin in A View to a Kill has this trait. He is played by Christopher Walken (see below) but it does serve as a Red Right Hand for the character. (The internet can't even agree what sort of heterochromia he has, with how close his eyes are in appearance. This just raises the question: it is really a Red Right Hand if almost no one notices?)
  • In Wayne's World 2, Wayne and Garth need to organise their concert with a guy who has partial ocular albinism (one eye has no pigmentation, i.e. is white). Hilarity Ensues when they get distracted by this while pretending they barely notice and make several Freudian slips.
—>Wayne: Well, we'll go through these forms with a fine toothed comb, cross the "t"s and dot the... lower case "j"s.
  • The film Redwood Curtain, based on the play by Lanford Wilson. (Unlike the theatrical production, there's no connection made between two characters because of their eye color. One guy just has mismatched eyes as an identifying trait.)

     Literature 
  • The cat in Jon, Flora and the Odd-eyed Cat (pink and blue).
  • Candy Quackenbush from Abarat.
  • In the book The Wild Road one of the characters, Mousebreath, is a male Tortoiseshell cat with an orange eye and a blue eye.
  • In The Hereward Trilogy, Hereward has one bright blue eye and one grey.
  • The Known Space novel Juggler of Worlds by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner reveals for the first time that Nessus, whom Niven created 41 years previously, has one red eye and one yellow eye. (Being a Pierson's Puppeteer, he has two heads with one eye each.)
  • In the Keys to the Kingdom series, The Old One has one gold eye and one black one.
  • In Julia Golding's Companions Quartet, several of the main characters have mismatched eyes, including Connie, the heroine (green and brown), her best friend Col (again, green and brown), and the villain Kullervo (green and gold).
  • In Jean Kerr's play King of Hearts:
—>Dunreath: My left eye is blue but the right one is brown. Didn't you really know that?
Larry: You're kidding. Good God, they are different!
Dunreath: (defensively) Well, it's not a disease!
  • In Quinn Fawcett's Mycroft Holmes novels, Paterson Erskine Guthrie, Mycroft's secretary and amanuensis, has mismatched eyes.
  • Methodius Buslaev Romasjusik is also described as having one golden eye and one orange eye as part of their artificial body.
  • In Skulduggery Pleasant (books 'dark days' and 'mortal coil') there's Davina Marr, who is discribed twice as having heterochromia, but the colours of her eyes are never specified. It's signficant to her role/character seeing as she does possess magic powers, although she is far from the only one in the series. (There's a connection to magic, but if there are other mages without heterochromia, what makes it special for her?)
  • Leah from The Red Tent.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Chief Inspector Derek Conway in The Bill had this condition, mainly because the actor who played him did as well (and they didn't want to bother mucking about with contact lenses trying to make his eyes the same colour).
  • Agent Kensi Blye on NCIS: Los Angeles has one dark brown eye and one hazel eye.

    Music 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Shelyn, the Goddess of love and beauty in Pathfinder sometimes appears with one blue eye and one silver eye.
  • Valerie Rose from the Fantasy Strike games (Flash Duel, Puzzle Strike and Yomi) has one blue eye and one green eye, and is canonly stated to have heterochromia.

    Theater 
  • In the Toronto production of We Will Rock You Commander Khashoggi has this, which may explain why he wears sunglasses for most of the production

    Video Games 
  • Marx from Kirby Super Star is frequently depicted in fan art as having one blue eye and one red eye, either matching or opposite the blue and red sides of his hat. However, in the official artwork and sprites, both of his eyes are purple.
  • In Final Fantasy XIV, Mi'qote characters can be created with offcolored eyes.
  • Katina Tarask in Super Robot Wars Original Generation. As of yet, no significance has been attributed to her character, but the fact that she was the winning design of a fan-submission contest may be explanation enough.
  • In Fallout 3, Dogmeat has one blue eye and one brown. So do all dogs with his character model, for that matter, continuing on into Fallout: New Vegas.
  • The GUN Commander from Shadow the Hedgehog, during the game's events and during flashbacks.
  • Ranulf in the 9th/10th Fire Emblem games has one Blue and one Pink/Purple colored eye. Though this is, plotwise, insignificant, a bit of reading implied that this led to potential blindness in cats, which may explain why he got his ass handed to him by every significant bad guy (and one good guy) despite being implied to be one of the strongest among Cat laguz... i.e. he keeps losing because he can't see worth a damn.
    • That's deafness rather than blindness that is connected with heterochromia in cats. Actually, it has to do with the genes that give cats white or white spotted coats. That genetic set up also allows for heterochromia and increased risk of deafness. Might still be a factor, though I only remember him getting really trounced by The Black Knight/Zelgius. He pretty much owns everyone else.
    • I always assumed it was a nice touch by the artist due to the fact that heterochromia is common in real life cats.
    • Also from the Fire Emblem games is Idoun one of the enemies in the 6th game, who has a red eye and a green eye. (It might actually be blue, but with sprites it's a bit difficult to tell.)
  • Psychonauts is full of people with mismatched eyes. Bobby Zilch as another one, as well as Coach Oleander and Linda.
  • Honoka Kawai from Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 has a green right eye and a gray left eye.
  • Michel from Pop N Music has a yellow right eye and blue left eye.
  • It's possible to create Orc and Goblin characters with Mismatched Eyes in Warhammer Online.
  • Yuber in Suikoden III has one red eye and one silver one. He's also not human.
  • The Iris twins from Rune Factory Frontier, just like Souseiseki and Suiseiseki, have opposite-color heterochromia.
  • Lee, an early boss from Sword of Mana, has one gold eye and one red one. It doesn't seem to be particularly indicative of anything, though.
  • The Wizard in Harvest Moon: Animal Parade has one gold eye and one green eye.
  • The Masked Man of MOTHER 3 is commonly depicted with these, while they're nowhere to be seen ingame. Even when he takes off his mask. It might be because his eye glowed before he attacked you at Chupichupyoi.
  • Resonance of Fate allows players to change the colors of the main characters' eyes individually, thus creating quite a few options for mismatched eyes.
  • Puyo Puyo has Sig, who has one red eye and one blue eye.
  • There's a few examples in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. The Voermen sisters have blue and green, Mister Ox has grey and amber, and the Malkavian and Nosferatu PCs have blue and brown.
  • The original Fighting Champions has Genzo's left eye blue in the portraits, but this is due to the low-res graphical ability of the ACS Madoka arcade board. Shogun has a red right eye.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the wizard professor Tolfdir has a blue eye and a brown eye.
  • The Tsukino siblings from Rumble! @ The Campus have a green left eye and a blue right one.
    • Kiyo, however, counters it by winking with her left eye the whole time.
  • Raging Fist: Ciel has a red left eye and a blue right eye. Ditto that with her Bicolored Hair
  • Earthworm Jim sports a strange variant of this trope. His left eyeball has a green iris and black pupil while his right lacks an iris and has just a black pupil.
  • Ironhead from Swim, Ikachan! has a right red eye and a blue left eye, although you couldn't tell the latter's colour in his cameo appearance in Cave Story, since it can only be seen when he's facing left.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney DS, Angel Starr has differently colored eyes, but it's hard to tell because the eyes are tiny and we only see one eye at a time. (When the hair covers the right side of her face, she looks nice, but when she's angry it covers the left, so we never see them both at once.) According to the creators, it's because she wears colored contacts.

    Web Comics 
  • Mannick from Charby the Vampirate has a red right eye, and grey (blue in some comics) left eye. It doesn't appear to mean anything in particular.
  • Sifris from Pink Black has a blue eye and a pink eye. This is never really noted or explained, so it is possibly normal.
  • Topaz from Monsterful; she has a two shades of the actual gemstone her name refers to, her left eye is light yellow and her right one is sky blue.
  • The Cyantian Chronicles: Syris has one yellow and one blue eye.
  • Ashley Freyja of Cry Havoc has one blue eye and one green, and while never actually mismatched, the werewolves eyes fluctuate between their natural color and yellow when angry or excited. Psychers eyes glow blue when they are using their powers. (Good example...for a different trope.)
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  • Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures : Graz, a character who's only shown up in one story arc so far has one blue eye, one red eye.
  • Vladic from Emergency Exit. This could be normal for his species for all we know...we've never seen both eyes of the only other Merf character.
  • Homestuck: ** Vriska also has one normal eye and one eye with seven pupils arranged in a hexagon.
  • Prism from Flaky Pastry has one violet eye and one cyan eye.
  • Aria, from In Wilys Defense and Fetch Quest: Saga of the Twelve Artifacts, has one purple and one red eye. It's more apparent in the latter work.
  • The title character of Kokiro has heterochromia and wings.
  • Maureen from A Modest Destiny. She hides her blue eye because blue eyes are considered evil. It disappeared though when she had her baby.
  • The Order of the Stick: Real-life game designer Keith Baker also has heterochromia, and is drawn with such when he makes a guest appearance in the prequel novel Start of Darkness.
  • Slightly Damned recently featured a Jakkai with mismatched eyes not to mention a suspiciously familiar long tail called "Mr. Moonshade".
  • Anibelle from The Wotch has one red eye and one green eye. Easiest to see in this filler comic done by a guest artist, but can easily be seen normally, too. Oddly enough, though, these clearly mismatched eyes weren't present in her appearances prior to that guest comic. Possible case of Ascended Fanon?
  • In a variant, Lilith/ Judy in Girl Genius has eyes that are mismatched in size, due to being a construct. She wears glasses that make them look like they're the same.
  • Chev from Papi Nyang has one blue/green and one yellow eye.
  • Patchwork And Lace features Sheol, who not only has different eye colours, but different-shaped eye slits.
  • In Pulse, while it seems completely natural, tall blonde super-heroine Tabitha "Bolt" Greene has one green eye and one blue eye.
  • Jolene Brooks of Between Failures reveals that she has this - while one eye is a light amber color, the other is nut brown. She wears color contacts to disguise it - sometimes just a dark brown one to cover the amber eye, but usually something more exotic, like purple. It's a major contributor to her shyness issues.
  • Bittersweet Candy Bowl has Lucy's older brothers Jordan and Sam, as seen here.
  • Dabbler of Grrl Power has mismatched cat-like eyes, the right one green and the left one blue. But that's not as unusual as the rest of her, given that she's a four-armed part-succubus superheroine.

    Web Original 
  • Chaz Villette from Shadow Unit has one brown eye and one greenish-hazel.
  • Longhorn (Moe Anthropomorphism of Windows Vista) of the OS-tans.
  • And Trope-tan.
  • Simon from My Life In Blue.
  • Survival of the Fittest
    • Hawley Faust has this, though outside of Epileptic Trees which might be true (most arguing that they symbolize Adam's nature pre-game and post-game) it has no actual significance.
    • In version four, Charlene Norris has one blue and one green eye, while Clio Gabriella has one green and one hazel. Dave Morrison in the same version has a minor form.
  • Arkada's avatar for his mailbag showdowns and the like has one green eye and one blue eye. Questions asking about whether he has this in real life (it's hard to tell in his live videos) gets you a Mathematician's Answer.
  • In The Masked Girl, Griffin has one brown-red eye and one blue eye.
  • Cigarettes the Cat, a creation by John Kricfalusi. Left eye red, right eye blue.
  • This verson of Hellsing: The Abridged Series uses it for a one-off gag.
  • Evolution's Child from SCP Foundation. In addition, sclera of one of her eyes is black.
  • Several characters from Homestar Runner such as Marzipan (one of her eyes is larger than the other), Bubs (one blue eye and one black eye), the Poopsmith (one black eye and one white eye), and Hyperactive Strong Sad.

    Western Animation 
  • Mr. Lee from A.T.O.M. spend most of the first season as blue-eyed... then suddenly he appears with different-colored eyes. No one (except viewers) seemed to notice. And the next thing we know, he's revealed as Evil All Along. He turns out to be a Corrupt Corporate Executive. and an Evilutionary Biologist to boot.
  • Gearhead from The Batman has the classic green/red combination.
  • A few characters from Steven Spielberg-produced Warner Bros. cartoons have one pink eye and one bluish-green eye, namely Dizzy Devil from Tiny Toon Adventures and Pesto from Animaniacs.
  • Dao long Wong in Jackie Chan Adventures.
  • Coldstone in Gargoyles is a slight variation — since irises aren't drawn, he has one red and one white sclera.
  • Botanica in Beast Machines has one yellow and one cyan eye while in plant mode.
  • Harry the tomcat from The Garfield Show has the red/green combination.
  • In Happy Tree Friends, Nutty has one black eye and one green lazy eye.
  • Fastidious on Yin Yang Yo has one purple eye and one blue eye.
  • Max the cat from The Penguins of Madagascar has one green eye and one blue.
  • Not official, but some fan art depicts Odd of Code Lyoko with mismatched eyes (usually a purple one).
  • Ned from Doug has one black bead eye and one round white eye with a black iris.
  • Skrawl from Chalkzone has one blue eye and one red eye.
  • Darkwing Duck's girlfriend Morgana's father has one regular eye and the other is red with a yellow iris.
  • Emery from Chuggington has one blue eye and one green eye. Pretty weird, considering he's a train...

edited 27th Feb '13 12:24:29 AM by Ironeye

I'm bad, and that's good. I will never be good, and that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be than me.
 344 Noaqiyeum, Tue, 29th Jan '13 7:45:40 AM from out of the night from pole to pole Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
Wow. Good work!

In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney DS, Angel Starr has differently colored eyes, but it's hard to tell because the eyes are tiny and we only see one eye at a time. (When the hair covers the right side of her face, she looks nice, but when she's angry it covers the left, so we never see them both at once.) According to the creators, it's because she wears colored contacts.
This example sounds like it belongs under duality symbolism.

edited 29th Jan '13 7:46:42 AM by Noaqiyeum

We dance around in a ring and suppose,
But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.
- Robert Frost
 345 Butterfinger, Tue, 29th Jan '13 9:38:19 AM Relationship Status: Sinking with my ship
To add information to Vriska from Homestuck for One Special Eye (unless it's something else, but I'm pretty sure it qualifies as that):

* Vriska from Homestuck has seven pupils in one of her eyes, allowing her to have "VISION EIGHTFOLD", going with her spider theme. Before the game, she uses a special lens to enhance the power of her vision, until her eye gets destroyed. When she ascends to the god tiers, her eye shows the Light symbol when she is invoking her powers as Thief of Light.
Call me Tex!

Vriskatime all the time.

  • Coldstone in Gargoyles is a slight variation — since irises aren't drawn, he has one red and one white sclera.
  • Botanica in Beast Machines has one yellow and one cyan eye while in plant mode.
As far as I can remember, there is no meaning attached to either of these. Coldstone is a cyborg and one eye is artificial. Botanica is a Transformer.

edited 29th Jan '13 9:47:13 AM by ArcadesSabboth

Oppression anywhere is a threat to democracy everywhere.
Conanian and Hirokian
Nominate Curtains Match the Window for Cleanup.

A few days ago (1/24) I raised on ATT about the potential for entries of this trope to be ZCE, as this is also a purely visual trope. Arcades Sabboth recommended me to nominate this trope for cleanup under this thread.

In my opinion, this trope describes an art style which may be able to stand on itself, but is still very liable to ZCE.

edited 29th Jan '13 10:13:17 AM by SamCurt

Hirokian Incident (December 8 2002-): Escapist Character deconstructed 5 minutes after declared as such, plus a 3-year long From Bad to Worse.
 348 Troacctid, Tue, 29th Jan '13 10:50:19 AM from California
For duality, we could just have a broader Duality Motif, since there's more ways to do it than mismatched eyes. (Mismatched hair being a prominent version, off the top of my head.)
Rhymes with "Protracted."
 349 RJ Savoy, Tue, 29th Jan '13 3:18:44 PM from Edinburgh Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
Reymmă
I think Curtains Match the Window should be considered an art style trait rather than a character trait; list on the main page if it applies to most characters, and then note only aversions, as they are likely to be the stand-outs. It's just a default way of colouring faces for many artists.
Conanian and Hirokian
[up]
That may be the case, but we should deal with ZCEs.
Hirokian Incident (December 8 2002-): Escapist Character deconstructed 5 minutes after declared as such, plus a 3-year long From Bad to Worse.
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