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MarqFJA
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05:21:17 PM Oct 30th 2012
If a character qualifies for or shifts between three or more of the Blue Eyes subtropes in the same story, would it be appropiate to just give their Character Sheet profile a Blue Eyes entry whose description notes those subtropes and they apply?
Oreochan
08:29:50 AM Nov 7th 2012
No, Blue Eyes is a disambiguation now so it shouldn't be used as a trope.
Stoogebie
topic
02:39:31 PM Apr 2nd 2012
edited by Stoogebie
This seems to be a kind of "land mine" in terms of Faux Symbolism; as in, I couldn't give this to literally any character* in my in-the-making series without them fitting one of the subtropes.
Stealthy
topic
03:12:45 PM Feb 10th 2012
I'm trying to figure out where one character's specific eye colour would fall.

She has very vivid blue eyes, a bit on the darker side of the scale, with a couple hints of other colours scattered throughout that seems to warp and shift. It's kind of trippy-looking. They seem to be a bit too open, like with Creepy Blue Eyes, but that seems to describe a very light eye colour.

Personality-wise, she could give Johan a run for his money.
magnum12
topic
05:29:17 PM Dec 24th 2011
edited by magnum12
We seem to be missing a blue eyes archtype; Storm Blue eyes. Storm Blue Eyes like Icy Blue Eyes, seem to pierce through you. However, the connotations are different.

1. Storm Blue Eyes are physically dark blue (much like how a storm is preceeded by dark skies). 2. Typically on heroes or a lighter Anti-Hero (types 2 and 3), but most likely in front lines combat style heroes. 3. Associated with danger, but not due to malice. More akin to "piss this guy off/provoke him and you'll regret it" as he'll most likely curb stomp you (see 2). Characters with this eye color tend to be pretty competent at what they do. Think wrath of the storm. 4. Most likely elements to be used by this character are ice or lightning. 5. More likely to be Good Is Not Nice or Good Is Not Soft in comparison to Innocent Blue Eyes

Examples:

Animeand Manga:
  • The Blue Eyes White Dragon in Yu-Gi-Oh!. Very powerful and has lightning powers.

Table Top Games
  • Bahamut from Dungeons & Dragons can shift between Innocent Blue Eyes and Storm Blue Eyes depending on his mood (the later when he's angry). You don't want to be around when they turn dark blue.

Video Games:
  • Adell and Yukimaru are both combat characters. The later has ice powers. The former is so dangerous that by Disgaea4 he drove out practically every demon from Veldime.
  • Zero from Mega Man X and Mega Man Zero matches all five of the traits (elements come through special attacks).
HerrBlitzDiktator
09:46:47 AM Nov 4th 2014
This.... this is a pretty cool concept actually. And fits very well with the Prince Of Persia and The Crow too.
FOPTroper
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07:25:31 AM Oct 29th 2011
I had added the example of Doc Hudson of cars and originally put he was type 1, innocent blue eyes, however I removed the edit because I was uncertain if he was type 1 or type 2. So I guess the question is does Doc have the innocent blue eyes or the icy blue eyes?
shimaspawn
moderator
topic
06:51:56 PM Dec 9th 2010
edited by shimaspawn
The following examples are X Just X. Please explain the symbolism of the blue eyes and don't just list names. This folder is not just anyone who has blue eyes. It's about the symbolism behind it.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion has Shinji Ikari, Asuka Langley, Gendo Ikari, and Ryouji Kaji.
  • The titular Naruto.
  • As is Diva, Saya's Evil Twin from Blood+.
  • From Dragon Ball, Bulma and her children, Trunks and Bra, and all the Androids from #16 up (excluding Cell in his original and final form), Hercule, Videl and Marron (Krillin and #18's daughter).
  • Several of the heroes in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha have this type of eye, with the childlike Reinforce Zwei possessing the bluest ones of them all.
  • The animated version of Ranma ˝ gives grayish blue eyes to its main lead, and dark blue to his female side. This is in contrast to the manga, where, after running every single character through the whole color spectrum (both in eye and hair color), male Ranma settled more towards steel-gray and the female ended up with red.
  • Sir Integra Wingates Hellsing has steel-blue eyes.
  • Milly Ashford from Code Geass. She's a VERY, VERY Hot Cool Big Sis.
    • Also Clovis and Lloyd.
      • Quite a few Code Geass characters have Blue Eyes if you include blue-green (including Kallen) and purple-blue (including most of the royal family; Nina; Diethard Reid; Rawkshata Chawla; Cécile Croomy).
      • Don't forget Nunnally.
    • Most of the heroic characters in Sailor Moon have some shade of blue: Venus, Mercury, Human (and in the manga, feline) Luna, Tuxedo Mask, Sailor Star Fighter, Uranus...it would be easier to list who doesn't.
  • Can't forget Johan and Nina from Monster.
  • Nakago from Fushigi Yuugi is so blue-eyed that his Character Song is called Blue Eyes Blue.
  • Ken Washio's baby blues are a hit among the Mr. Fanservice.
  • Both Seras and Rip van Winkle in Hellsing.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! gives us Kisara, accompanying her White-Haired Pretty Girl status. The Blue-Eyes White Dragon counts as well, except it's more a White Scaled Pretty Girl.
  • Due to Oda's art style, most One Piece characters don't have set eye colors in the manga, but the anime brings us Vivi, Robin (whose eyes are brown in the manga) and Sanji (revealed when he turns Okama).
  • The Hero in Kimba the White Lion.

    Comic Books 
  • As does Wonder Woman (Bats/Supes/Wondy, Trinity, black-haired, blue-eyed, three out of three!). And Lois. And Black Canary. And Oracle. Blue-eyed characters are rather popular in the DC Universe.
  • Blue eyes were easier than any other normal color with old coloring processes.
  • Barry Allen has blue eyes, which serve to differentiate him from his nephew and successor Wally West, who has green eyes.
  • Captain America combines this with Hair of Gold. Making him, ironically enough, the epitome of the Nazi ideal he was created to defeat.
  • Oddly enough, José Carioca's eyes are clearly a reddish-brown in the movies he appears in, they're usually blue in the comics he appears in.
  • Spider-Girl, and later on, Baby Ben. Heaven knows where they got 'em between Peter's brown and MJ's green.
  • Oyuki, from the Archie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures comics had blue eyes, even though she was Japanese. No explanation was given for them, though one Fan Fiction offered up a suggestion.
  • There was an Archie comic a while ago where the characters were drawn more realistically than the usual cartoony art style. Amusingly, EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER had blue eyes, regardless of how unlikely that would be.
    • To be fair, there are several stories over the years which point to Betty Cooper having blue eyes. Even when the artwork doesn't support it.

    Film 
  • Don't forget the hero of Inception himself, Leonardo DiCaprio. While Cillian has piercing icy blues, Leo's are a clear blue-green variety. His blue eyes are made even more noticeable in Romeo + Juliet, during the fishtank scene.
  • Jude Law was there first, though.
    • Oddly enough, while watching Road to Perdition, this troper's mother found Daniel Craig's pale blue eyes spookier than Jude Law's.
    • This Troper agrees that Daniel Craig's eyes are creepy, having a kind of reptilian quality to them.
    • Taken up to eleven in the Title Sequence of Casino Royale, which ends with a desaturated closeup of Bond — except for his icy blue eyes.
      • Brad Dourif has the piercing, icy variety of eyes, too. It helps that they're also very expressive and sad-looking, and since he frequently plays woobies, well... it's very fitting.
  • Elijah Wood's light blue eyes are downright mesmerizing—in a good way. Like Cillian Murphy, they give him a very little-boyish look, but it's also amplified by his wholesome features. This troper is pretty sure that his eyes helped get women into the theater for Lord of the Rings (though Orlando Bloom and Viggo Mortensen did their share, too).
    • Also, CGI Gollum's eyes were colored blue with the obvious intention of offsetting the similarities between himself and Frodo.
  • In the film of Lawrence of Arabia, the title character has extremely blue eyes. This is Truth in Television: the real T. E. Lawrence's eyes were strikingly blue. One Englishman recounted being able to tell at a glance that the man in Arabic clothing was Lawrence because of the blueness of his eyes.
  • In Ben Hur (1960 version), Stephen Boyd (playing Messala) had to wear contacts over his baby blues because the director didn't want both main characters to have the same eye colors; these contacts ended up scratching the lens, necessitating breaks between takes.
  • There is a reason the phrase "Paul Newman blue" exists. And a fantastic blue it is, too.
  • The titular Ladyhawke, when in human form, has unbelievably blue eyes.
  • Paul Bettany ends up getting close-up shots of his baby blues quite a lot. In the audio commentary of "A Knight's Tale", the director even comments on them. In "Firewall" they could almost endear the audience to a frightening, greedy, family-napping blackmailer.
  • Chris Pine has very blue eyes. The lighting in Star Trek sometimes seems almost like it was designed around showing this.
  • Daniel Radcliffe. Full stop.

    Literature 
  • Ron also has blue eyes.
  • Nancy Drew has blue eyes. So does Joe Hardy.
  • In God of Clocks, last volume of the Deepgate Codex series, Carnival is revealed to have blue as her standard eye color when she is temporarily transformed into a human. The Alternate Universe version of her who's living an ordinary life also has blue eyes when we see her.
  • Murphy in The Dresden Files.
  • Polgara from David Edding's Belgariad has blue eyes, but they change colors depending on her mood.
  • Indigo's eyes match her Meaningful Name.

    Live Action TV 
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch
    • Oddly enough, his companion Leela started out with brown eyes, until the episode "The Horror at Fang Rock", which ended with an explosion. The explosion briefly blinded her, and after she regained her vision, the Doctor noticed that her eyes had turned from brown to blue. In real life, actress Louise Jameson has blue eyes and wore tinted contact lenses in her role as Leela, but the contacts proved to be very uncomfortable, so the writers created this explosion to explain the color change.
    • The brown-eyed David Tennant broke the blue-eyed Doctor streak, and Matt Smith's eyes are more grayish than outright blue.
      • Really? I always thought Matt Smith's eyes were green. Another trend breaker.
  • It's entirely coincidental, but almost all the cast of the BBC's Robin Hood has blue eyes. Robin Hood/Jonas Armstrong, Maid Marian/Lucy Griffith, Will Scarlett/Harry Lloyd, Guy of Gisborne/Richard Armitage, Much/Sam Troughton, Isabella/Lara Pulver and (especially) Allan-a-Dale/Joe Armstrong all have large, expressive, beautiful "baby blues." Again, it's coincidental, but the characters with brown eyes (Little John, Tuck, Djaq and the sheriff) are less likely to show their vulnerable side than those with the blue eyes.
  • DeForest Kelley's bright baby blues certainly helped skyrocket Dr. McCoy's popularity, and are still much swooned over by new and old fans alike.
    • In Star Trek XI, Kirk's and McCoy's eye colors are reversed — Kirk has bright blue eyes, while McCoy has hazel.
  • NCIS's Leroy Jethro Gibbs has blue eyes.
    • LOST The Man in Black has blue eyes in his original form, as well as Jacob.
  • The X-Files' Scully, and subsequently Baby William, have very blue eyes.
  • All of the main male cast of CSI:NY with the exception of Hill Harper have blue eyes.
  • The Lorelais, but especially Rory. Oddly enough, the actress who played Lorelai as a teenager had brown eyes while Lauren Graham's eyes are in fact, blue.
  • John Crichton has beautiful baby blues of which he is very proud.
    John: I got great eyes. They're better than 20/20 and they're blue!
  • Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter) had blue eyes.
  • On Bones, Temperance Brennan has light blue eyes. Hodgins also has blue eyes, though his are darker.

    Music 
  • The page quote comes from "Behind Blue Eyes", by The Who. (also covered by Limp Bizkit)
  • The Elton John song "Blue Eyes" from the album "Jump Up" (1982)
  • "Blue Eyes" by Cary Brothers, found on his debut EP "All The Rage" (2004) - also found on the "Garden State" soundtrack
  • "Blue Eyes" by Mika from the 2009 album "The Boy Who Knew Too Much"
  • "Grey-Blue Eyes" is a song from Dave Matthew's first solo album "Some Devil" (2003).
  • Lou Reed wrote "Pale Blue Eyes," played by both his band Velvet Underground and many many others.
  • Eric Clapton wrote "Pretty Blue Eyes," released on the 1975 album "There's One In Every Crowd"
  • The popular 1920s song "Has Anybody Seen My Gal?" is often mis-identified by its first lines, 'Five foot two, eyes of blue'.
  • "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" is a Crosby, Stills & Nash hit from their self-titled debut album (1969).
  • "Indigo Eyes" by Peter Murphy.
  • "Sapphire Eyes" by Lisa Michell.
  • Ol' Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra.

    Other 
  • Jesus is usually portrayed as the ethnicity of the target audience. You can find portraits of "black Jesus", "hispanic Jesus", etc. It just so happens a lot of movies are made by white people (Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ is a significant exception, in which, Jesus had hazel eyes).
  • Very common in mammals (predators especially) native to cold climates. Blue eyes are associated with a defect in a regulatory gene that limits how much light they can absorb. While this increases the likelihood of being damaged from harsh light, blue eyes give a significant advantage in low light conditions such as the northern parts of the world. A real life example of Cursed with Awesome.
  • In Finnish language, "blue-eyed" is practically synonymous with "naive and easy to cheat". So much, actually, that if you describe someone as blue-eyed, people will think of the "naive" meaning first.
    • The same is true in German language. So much so that you better use constructions like "X has blue eyes", because the word "blue-eyed" would be a mild insult.

    Puppet Shows 

    Video Games 
  • Link and Zelda: light and dark blue respectively. In later games (Twilight Princess), Zelda's have darkened almost to a midnight shade.
  • Pit: dark blue.
  • Marth, Ike: light and dark blue, respectively.
  • Kirby: midnight blue.
  • Lip: light blue.
  • Fox McCloud had blue eyes in both the original Smash Bros and Melee (as well as the unreleased Star Fox 2), but a close look at his eyes in 64 shows that they're really more of a green colour, which is the colour they are in other games, including Brawl.
  • Mario, Luigi, Peach and Daisy: All have bright blue eyes.
  • When (original) Mega Man and Roll are depicted with an eye color, it's usually blue.
    • Not surprising, since their creator, Dr. Light, has blue eyes as well.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog's ridiculously cute sidekick, Tails, has a one-two combo of bright blue eyes and Fur of Gold.
  • Sora, the Kid Hero with the Clingy Macguffin in Kingdom Hearts, has bright sky blue eyes. So does his girlfriend, Kairi, though hers have a very slight purple hint to them.
    • As do Roxas and Namine, who also get to have Hair of Gold, especially since they're Sora and Kairi's Nobodies. Xion, who looks like a young Kairi with black hair, follows suit. Marluxia is one of the few villains to have them in the series.
    • Ven, Aqua and Terra also all have blue eyes.
  • The Harvest Moon protagonist, "Pete", originally had blue eyes. They eventually changed them to brown, however his Magical Melody counterpart, "Tito" sports blue eyes for an obvious reason. Other characters, have blue eyes too.
    • Pete has blue eyes in 64, too.
  • Many characters in the Jak and Daxter universe have blue eyes: the titular characters both have cerulean eyes; Torn has teal, Tess has baby blues, and Veger has dark blue-green eyes.
  • Solid Snake and his predecessor Naked Snake both have pale blue-gray eyes.
    • Naked Snake merits special mention for his, as they serve a plot element in Metal Gear Solid 3. When infiltrating Volgin's base, Snake adopts a mask of Raiden Raikov as a form of disguise, but he gets caught partially because Volgin noticed Snake's piercing blue eyes. Things take a turn for the worse when Volgin asks The Boss to cut out his eyes. Since Naked Snake is Big Boss, this scene becomes quite frightening to watch, as Big Boss is well known for only having one piercing blue eye. However, by a stroke of truly awful luck, it's Ocelot that ends up accidentally shooting Snake's eye out.
  • Keiichi from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni has blue eyes which match his personality well. However in the anime they were changed to purple. They are kept in every non-anime incarnation of him though.
  • Ivy Valentine from Soul Calibur has beautiful, light blue eyes, even though its probably one of the last things you'll notice about her...
  • A few Pokémon protagonists. Kris, Ethan, May, Lucas, Dawn, and Touko.
  • Of the in-game character models for the classes in Team Fortress 2, six have blue eyes. Engineer's eyes are shown to be blue in the supplemental material, Pyro's eyes (and entire body) are covered, and Demoman is a black, Scottish cyclops, whose remaining eye is brown. who has them mainly because she's meant to be gorgeous — which she is. On the rare occasions that they're shown up-close, they're drawn with a deeper, richer blue than Rune's pale blue, Kyra's grey-ish blue, or Rika's sky blue, and with a slightly more delicate shape than most.

    Webcomics 
  • Antimony Carver from Gunnerkrigg Court.
  • Hanna from Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name has been shown to have electric blue eyes when they're not obscured by his glasses.
  • Main character Artreias of Shades of Veil has royal blue eyes, which are an indicator of his foreign origins — nobody else in the cast thus far has blue eyes, except the Magister. The rareness of the color has been remarked upon, and mention has recently been made of "blue-eyed demigods" who most certainly are not nice folks.

    Western Animation 
  • Dumbo has big baby-blue eyes.
  • The Beast from Beauty and the Beast retains his blue eyes even in beast form, which is how Belle knows it's really him after his transformation. Gaston also has very pretty blue eyes, which makes a nice contrast against the beast.
  • Jim Hawkins has a pair of blue eyes that look like they're a dark blue with a shadow over them, but you can see that they're light after Jim comes out of his "moody teenager" shell.
  • In The Little Mermaid, Ariel, Triton, Eric and Melody have blue eyes
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Hercules has been said to have his mother's beautiful eyes. It's true.
  • Cadpig from 101 Dalmatians: The Series qualifies. Same goes for Lucky and Rebecca.
  • Supposedly, Lisa Simpson has blue eyes.
    • As does Homer, according to a shot of his driver's license in an early episode.
  • In Hanna-Barbera's version of The Little Rascals, Darla's eyes were blue rather than hazel. A case of Did Not Do The Research, perhaps?
  • Patty Maloney's other H-B character, Tanis the (implied Egyptian) mummy girl in Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, also had blue eyes. This may be more a case of the Rule of Cute.
  • In Sit Down, Shut Up, Miracle has 'em..
  • Lots of examples from Danny Phantom. Danny himself has light blue eyes (at least in human form), but so does his archenemy Vlad Masters (albeit a darker shade—also in human form only). Jack has blue eyes. One could argue that Jazz and Tucker have blue eyes as well, but they're bordering on teal more than regular blue. And that's not counting the supporting cast!
  • Veronica in The Fairly Oddparents has "perfect baby blue eyes".
    • Timmy Turner, of the same program, also, has blue eyes.
  • Stan Marsh from South Park has blue eyes according "A Very Crappy Christmas" where Kyle states Stan has blue eyes.
  • Almost every character on Phineas and Ferb has blue eyes.
  • In Batman Beyond, Terry had sharp blue eyes while Bruce's are a little more faded but still sharp.
  • In The Real Ghostbusters, Egon has blue eyes unlike his movie counterpart, who has brown eyes.
KingZeal
04:25:07 AM Dec 10th 2010
Captain America and Jesus are two examples I think that should be allowed back.

As noted, Captain America's significance is that he is an ironic adversary against the Third Reich, who would otherwise consider him their complete ideal.

Jesus is listed as being portrayed in the style of any race which idolizes him. It's significant because Jesus was born in a region where having blue eyes would be next to impossible, if not outright so.
FreeRadical
02:00:15 PM Mar 21st 2011
As for listing Jesus as an example, I'm not too sure you should add Him. The reason is because although I have seen artwork where Jesus was given blue eyes, His ethnicity is Hebrew/Judaic, and therefore He would have inherited the genetic traits of His mother (whether you believe in the Incarnation or not, His genetic relation to Mary is still kind of undisputed. He would technically have brown eyes.
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