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Yellow eyes show an animal-like nature or motif

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Twiddler on Jun 9th 2018 at 5:12:44 PM
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Yellow eyes are common among many species of animal but practically unheard of among humans. Therefore, giving a character yellow eyes is an easy way to show an animal-like nature or highlight an Animal Motif. It may or may not be indicative of a supernatural nature. If the character is an unsavory type, they may be Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness. See also Animal Eyes.



  • In The Hunger Games, the girl only known as "Foxface" is an ordinary human with a fox motif, which includes red hair and amber eyes.

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  • Storm Hawks uses bird-theming for many of its characters. The sharpshooter Ravess has yellow eyes and a swept-back hairstyle that evoke a hawk-like appearance. Characters in the setting have a wide palette of hair and eye colors, so her eye color isn't unusual in-universe.

Feedback: 14 replies

Jun 9th 2018 at 6:15:45 PM

Would Scutt Farkus from A Christmas Story count? He did have yellow eyes, and being a bully makes him a bit animalistic, right?

Jun 9th 2018 at 6:48:34 PM

This might be a good idea, but I don't think Personal Appearance tropes are getting launched right now. Save it for later?

Jun 9th 2018 at 8:04:23 PM

The Witcher: Witchers are marked by their cat-like yellow eyes. Additionally, each Witcher associates with the animal patron of their training school: The wolf, the cat, the griffin, the viper, the bear, and the manticore. Geralt, the franchise's main protagonist, is from the school of the wolf. His eyes are often commented on and because of his snow white hair and his training school, he is known as the White Wolf.

Jun 9th 2018 at 8:39:04 PM

  • Hazama of Blaz Blue has snakes as his Animal Motif, complete with yellow snake eyes. Terumi (the soul who resides in Hazama's body) also has the same eyes.

Jun 9th 2018 at 8:43:07 PM

Jun 9th 2018 at 11:03:43 PM

Warhammer 40 K: The Space Wolves gain lupine characteristics as they age, such as their hair going gray, fangs, and yellow eyes.

Jun 10th 2018 at 2:56:56 AM


  • In Harry Potter, Madam Hooch has a bit of a hawk motif, with the fact that she's the flying instructor, the sharp-eyed referee of Quidditch matches, and her yellow eyes, which are described as hawk-like.

Jun 10th 2018 at 3:47:32 AM

I believe we currently have this covered under Animal Eyes.

Jun 13th 2018 at 1:04:29 AM

  • Geralt from The Witcher series has yellow-colored irises as a result of the mutations that give him his animal-like strength, agility, and endurance. It also emphasizes his wolf motif.

Jun 14th 2018 at 8:04:52 PM

Yellow Eyes Of Sneakiness and Animal Eyes combined cover this I think. The appearance trope thread is currently working on eye color tropes if you want to jump in there.

Jun 27th 2018 at 8:30:51 PM

Wherever there's an animal trope, Edna Walker seems to be there...

Jun 28th 2018 at 10:13:55 PM