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Eyepatches are cool. They're an immediate shorthand for a rugged, dangerous, and experienced character. In some cases, they even lend supernatural power.
Given this, many characters attempt to exploit this... despite having both eyes fully working. They just pull an eyepatch on, and then claim they lost the eye (traditionally in as over-the-top a manner as possible). Oftentimes, they don't even keep it consistent which eye, and switch the eyepatch around by accident. Expect jokes about their lack of depth perception, or characters pulling and snapping the patch.
This is almost always a sign that the character in question is childish, a bit of a loser, or a Paper Tiger. It's also a common trait of Chuunibyou characters or characters Dressed to Plunder. It's also sometimes used to subvert the Eyepatch After Time Skip.
- Patchy the Pirate from Spongebob Squarepants, has an eyepatch due to being a...well, pirate. In one episode, he accidentally gives himself a black eye and covers it with the eyepatch, revealing that the eye underneath it is perfectly fine. Additionally, his segments often show his eyepatch switching eyes at random.
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