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And yet, he's a damn good sheepdog...

Sophie: But speaking of heat, how's your face doing under all that hair?
Shigure: Uh... it's... fine? Why wouldn't it be?
Sophie: Huh. I guess I thought it would get super hot under there. And you don't ever trip or have problems seeing or anything? It's just that that hairstyle looks like it'd get awfully frustrating.
Shigure: No, it's not frustrating. And I can see just fine. Haha.

A character with Blinding Bangs has a mop of hair that completely obscures their eyes — and sometimes the whole face. The character's eyes are covered all the time, to the point we rarely, if ever, see them, and can even wonder whether this personage has eyes.

How such a character could see clearly through such a thick curtain of hair — as is usually the case — is most often completely ignored. It's a trope much more common in comics and animation than in live-action (since it's a bit hard for an actor to play while blinded by such a hairdo).

This personal appearance trope can be used to convey various things. In western works, a character with such a hairstyle is often a bit of a dumbass; you very rarely, if at all, see permanent Blinding Bangs on a personage with above-average intelligence. Since obscuring the eyes also obscures emotion, the character will usually seem a bit cool-headed, if not an outright stoic. Also frequently used in Anime and Manga to illustrate a shy one — girls with this hairstyle are called "maegamikko" or "mekakure" in Japan. On the other hand, by Memetic Mutation, boys with this hairstyle are jokingly referred to as potential Hentai protagonists.note  Unlike the temporary kind of face-concealing hair a character might have when depressed, Blinding Bangs are usually not a sign of depression, although perpetually mopey characters might also have them.


The Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl usually has these. Compare with Peek-a-Bangs, which cover only one eye. Contrast with Hidden Eyes, which is usually just temporary, but sometimes use blinding bangs to achieve that trope. Closely related is the Eye-Obscuring Hat.

Not to be confused with a flashbang grenade.


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  • In Banzi's Secret Diary, Banzi's boyfriend Hoyong has blonde hair that goes over his eyes, probably to represent his shy personality.
  • In Happy Heroes, one of the Planet Guling children has purple hair that obscures both their eyes.

    Anime & Manga 
  • The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You: Meme has these, due to being desperate to avoid having people pay attention to her.
  • Haruichi from Ace of the Diamond has bangs long enough to cover his eyes, yet has no apparent problem with seeing the ball in play, judging by his strong defensive skills and how well he bats. His hairstyle usually switches to Peek-a-Bangs during dramatic moments though, such as crucial at bats where he's a pinch hitter. Interestingly, his older brother Ryosuke doesn't show his eyes much either by always keeping them shut.
  • The stage chief Sakura in AKB49 – Renai Kinshi Jourei has them by default, which disappear when she gets serious.
  • Ryuunosuke Chiba from Assassination Classroom has black bangs covering his eyes at all times, save for a single shot during his spotlight moment where one of them can be seen peeking through. Rather than handicapping his sight, they actually work to improve his aim when sniping as they divide his field of vision into separate areas, making it easier to get an accurate shot.
  • Collot from Beastars is an anthropomorphic sheepdog with his eyes obscured by his bangs. It's said that any girl who sees his eyes (either on purpose or by accident) will fall madly in love with him.
  • Beyblade:
    • Kyōju from the BBA Team in Bakuten Shoot Beyblade. His hair always covers his eyes and predictably, he is the somewhat shy and certainly nerdy brain of the entire team. There is literally only one time when his eyes are visible and that is in S1E30 in a split second of shock.
    • Metal Fight Beyblade offers quite a different example in the form of Reiji. He's a sadist. We do see his eyes occasionally, but that only means more trouble for his victims...
  • Undertaker from Black Butler. Serves as a plot point later in the manga, as his Blinding Bangs obscure his Shinigami Eyes
  • Although Chad from Bleach sometimes appears to have Peek-a-Bangs, he'll occasionally have Blinding Bangs.
  • Nihiru from Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo; turned into a Ringo Starr parody in the dub.
  • Bungou Stray Dogs's Edgar Allan Poe has this, to emphasize his shyness. One eye tends to show through during his more intense moments, though.
  • Mitsuru Sano from Captain Tsubasa has them for most of the time we see him. Occasionally Peek-a-Bangs, but we do see both of his on rare occasions.
  • Gin from Case Closed is often drawn this way. It only serves to make it more intimidating when his eyes peek out from under his hair and hat.
  • Daya the dwarven warrior from Delicious in Dungeon has them.
  • Ochibana Ame from Denpa Teki na Kanojo. This leads to a Beautiful All Along moment when Juu sees her with her bangs slicked back.
  • Joker from Flame of Recca usually covers his eyes with a hat, but he's got blinding bangs underneath as well. Not shy at all, although he does love to play at Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • Keita Ookami from Manga/Chinchikurin has long purple bangs that cover his eyes, since he wants to hide his beastly nature.
  • Shun Ibusaki of Food Wars! has his eyes always obscured by his messy hair, which is fitting given that he's the quietest and less energetic member of the Polaris dorm. Only once in both the anime and manga do we get a peek at one of his eyes to express his shock.
  • Berg-Katze from Gatchaman Crowds has bangs that hide his eyes most of the time in the first season. Eventually, he's revealed to have disturbing red eyes with Exotic Eye Designs when they're actually shown. In the director's cut to the season finale, he ends up losing the blinding part of his bangs along with most of his long, messy hair when Hajime gives him an impromptu haircut with her scissors. As a result, in the sequel Insight, his eyes are always visible now thanks to his cropped hair whenever he is shown talking from within Hajime's Mental World after getting merged with her.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler pokes fun at this trope for being a telltale sign of the Dating Sim protagonist (see below) when Hayate spies upon a one-shot character with the textbook appearance of such a character.
  • Heaven's Lost Property:
    • The Master of Synapse has bangs that always cover his face.
    • Daedalus's eyes are always covered by her hair.
  • I Had That Same Dream Again: When Minami is first introduced, her bangs completely cover her eyes, but as Nanoka slowly draws her out of her shell, her eyes are revealed and stay that way.
  • Kageno from Inazuma Eleven has long V-shaped bangs that always cover his eyes. They also make him look like a ghost and has been mistaken for one a couple of times. Doesn't help that he often comes out of nowhere and his aura is dark.
  • Tensou from Inukami! has these bangs, which are indicative of her shyness.
  • Early on in Kaiju Girl Caramelise, Kuroe Akaishi is shown with bangs covering her eyes when she's still in her "who needs friends" phase. As she starts opening up to Arata Minami, though, her eyes are more frequently visible, only occasionally getting obscured afterward when she's feeling particularly upset.
  • Hazumu has this initially in Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl until he becomes a girl and his/her eyes are revealed.
  • Geronmino Jr. from Kinnikuman; turned into a Ringo Starr parody in the dub.
  • Kirby: Right Back at Ya!: Tuff is known to sport this look. You never see his eyes... So it can sometimes be hard to tell if he's hypnotized or not...
  • Ritsu Tainaka from K-On! is known among her bandmates for her large forehead. They don't recognize her in Episode 4 of Season 1 when she takes off her hairband and reveals that her natural hairstyle is actually this trope.
  • Shinichi Akiyama in Liar Game features this a majority of the time. Combined with the fact he keeps a distance from others, it serves to help add to his aloof nature.
  • In Lucky Star, Kou asks Yama-san if her bangs don't get in the way, and she admits they're a little hard on the eyes. The reason she doesn't cut them is that she considers her face "hard on the eyes".
  • Magic Knight Rayearth has young villain Ascot. He retains them after his Heel–Face Turn, but his eyes become visible more often.
  • In Mission: Yozakura Family, Kengo sports these, emphasizing his silliness and shifty nature. It also hides half of his face most of the time, highlighting his talent as a Master of Disguise.
  • In My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!, flashbacks of "the Monkey girl" usually show her with this hairstyle to keep her featureless.
  • Urabe's eyes are pretty much always obscured by her bangs in Mysterious Girlfriend X... and it's actually one of the ways she's mysterious. When a friend does her hair and gets her bangs out of her eyes, she complains that everything seems so... bright.
  • From Naruto, young Nagato alias Pain, to hide his Rinnegan pupils until The Reveal. Quickly switches to Peek-a-Bangs.
  • Nodoka of Negima! Magister Negi Magi started with Blinding Bangs, though she switches between this and Peek-a-Bangs after the first chapter. (In some parts of the manga, she switches so often between visible eyes/hidden eyes, it looks like her hair keeps growing/shortening between panels.)
  • One Piece: Sadi-Chan from Impel Down. A huge mane of blonde hair and Blinding Bangs, emphasizing her sadistic nature.
  • Kirin from O-Parts Hunter has this. Then again, there's a good reason for that...
  • Nekozawa has bangs that cover his eyes, while wearing his cloak, adding to his shady nature. One of the lackeys of the Newspaper Club has this hairstyle in Ouran High School Host Club.
  • Nfirea Bareare from Overlord has them. Occasionally, one eye will peek out.
  • Brief from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. Once they're out of the way, though...
  • Pokémon:
    • The ghost girl in the episode "Ghoul Daze!" has her eyes covered by her bangs, adding to her creepiness. One of them shows for an instant when she uses her Hypnotic Gaze on a person.
    • Lana's Eevee initially had these as it traveled to Alola. They actually seemed to get in the way enough that after being captured, its new trainer cut its bangs.
  • Reborn!:
    • Belphegor. Not so much "shy" as "completely batshit insane".
    • Also, his twin brother Rasiel and Pantera who works for Longchamp.
  • Yūichirō in Sailor Moon has a moderate case of this (along with Perma-Stubble). We get to see his eyes a lot more than most of the other characters listed here; however, he usually is shown as having Blinding Bangs. Although in defiance of the standard versions of this trope he is neither shy nor an idiot (most of the time). It's to make him look unkempt and rough to contrast with his sweet personality.
  • In Saint Seiya, one of the most noticeable physical traits of Garuda Aiacos and Gryphon Minos is their hair covering their eyes, although it happens only when they are wearing their Surplice's headpiece.
  • Kiri Komori of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei is known for her forelocks which either partially or completely cover her eyes.
  • Luna Inverse, Lina Inverse's older sister, from Slayers, has eyes hidden by her bangs. Though it doesn't make her look that threatening, Lina is certainly scared of her.
  • Kijimunaa of Stitch! has two small eyes above his prominent nostrils, but his bushy red hair covers them almost all the time. His eyes are only ever seen when he gets particularly scared and is in close-up.
  • Hiroshi Sotomura in Strawberry 100%. The only time his eyes ever become visible is a case of Glowing Eyes of Doom. As the resident pervert, it probably helps him hide where his gaze wanders...
  • For some reason, while this is not true in the anime, the official artwork of Tenshi no Shippo depicts Goro Mutsumi with long bangs over his eyes. Though the bangs aren't as long as most on this list, his bangs and the shadow cast by them completely obscure his eyes. When Goro's father's face is finally revealed, he is shown to have such bangs as well.
  • After five years (or a one-month hiatus in real time), Tower of God returned with its second season, in which a greatly changed Bam has this hairdo. This gives us little to no insight into his emotional state, which greatly intensifies the mystery around him and the time gap between seasons.
  • Beezle the son of the devil of solitude from Unico has a long mane of hair that covers his eyes, the few times they're seen they're tiny black beads.
  • Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!: Hana's younger sister Yanagi. Unlike her mother who has Eyes Always Shut but has opened them a couple times, her eyes have yet to be seen in full.
  • When They Cry: In Episode 7 of Umineko: When They Cry, Yasu is drawn with his/her eyes covered by his/her hair (manga only, since s/he doesn't have a sprite in the Visual Novel).
  • Tenri from The World God Only Knows has thick bangs that cover her eyes initially, representing her shyness (her eyes are visible when she is being possessed by Diana). After her arc, however, she cuts her bangs.
  • Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs: Harumu has these in order to prevent people from being affected by her succubus powers.
  • M1/En from YuYu Hakusho has Blinding Bangs. When Genkai uses her Fist of Cleansing technique to purify him, his eyes are revealed to be VERY effeminate.

    Comic Books 
  • Cubitus: This used to be the case with Cubitus when he was still a dog walking around on all fours. His eyes were hidden beneath his body hair.
  • In the comic book version of Le Donjon de Naheulbeuk, the Dwarf wears a helmet fully covering his eyes, and even without it he still has Blinding Bangs to hide them. Later albums reveal it is a generic feature of the dwarf race.
  • Animal from Go-Go and Animal. Definitely the western, dumbass version.
  • Jan, Jans en de Kinderen: Jeroentje's eyes are seldom seen because they are hidden beneath all his facial hair.
  • Koma from Kunskapens Korridorer sports long hair that will almost always cover up both of his eyes.
  • Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman: In "Wonder World", Riley's silent tall thin friend has bangs that completely cover her eyes, showing her teenage awkwardness and shyness.

    Comic Strips 
  • Beetle Bailey's old but since disappeared army buddy Bammy had these, making him a little like Beetle in having eyes that are never shown.
  • Moe The Bully in Calvin and Hobbes. Watterson originally drew Calvin this way (prior to publication), but his editor sensibly pointed out that it might be useful for the main character to be able to emote.
  • Dick Tracy:
    • Ugly Christine, the sister of Mr. Bribery, had long dark hair that she wore brushed down over her eyes, which were set uncommonly wide on her face.
    • Her daughter Crystal (she used to call herself Ugly Crystal, then she decided to stop for obvious reasons) has a Hereditary Hairstyle which also covers her eyes, but otherwise resembles the pompadour of her father, Lafeyette Austin.
  • Chip Flagston from Hi and Lois. He's canonically Beetle Bailey's nephew, although this is almost never mentioned.
  • Brian van Hoose and Newt Forager in Knights of the Dinner Table.
  • Eva Rose, the neighbor girl whom the title character from Liō has a crush on, has Cousin Itt bangs.
  • In one FoxTrot strip, Paige combs her fringe over her forehead, causing it to cover her eyes, in order to cover up a zit.
  • Kyle from Crabgrass.

    Fan Works 
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: Olon invokes it, possibly as a response to being flirted at in Abandon Ship (Part 2):
    "It has to be so amazing, working directly under the Avatar," the orange-haired fairy continued, batting her eyelashes at him. "Have you known him for long?"
    Olon inclined his head, causing his black mane to fall over his eyes.
  • In the Sonic the Hedgehog fanfic Fallen Angel, Sarah hides her scarred eyes behind her bangs.
  • Touhou Project fan-artist Onikobe Rin tends to draw Koishi with these, as seen here and here. Of course, given one piece of his fan-art involving Koishi, some fans would take that as an implication that she no longer has eyes. Don't think about that.
  • Risk It All: Due to being in a coma for six months, Ren's hair has grown to the point that it drapes over his eyes. He keeps it out of his face with a hair clip, but he complains about how inconvenient it is and intends to get it cut as soon as he can.

    Films — Animation 
  • One of the scarers from Monsters, Inc. is a green tentacled monster who for some reason has his face completely covered by his long, shaggy purple mane.
  • One of the male background students in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls. Only in the short "Photo Finished" do his (purple) eyes are glimpsed.
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (2017): Songbird Serenade has her two-color mane completely cover her face above the nose. This is, naturally, in reflection of her voice actress, Sia. Her backup dancers in the final song number also share the same hairdo.
  • Stella the Skunk from Over the Hedge has these, up until the part where the other animals disguise her as a cat.
  • In Winnie the Pooh, the Backson (an imagined monster the friends believe kidnapped Christopher Robin) has its eyes and the upper half of its nose obscured by "a mop of hair that's red".

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Class: The one Goth kid in the class completes his look with blinding bangs that completely obscure his eyes. How he avoids running into things is not explained.
  • Alice, one of the mental patients in The Scribbler. Coupled with her Cool Shades, they not only cover her eyes but almost completely obscure her face and her true identity as a murderer.
  • Ned the mopey handyman from The Toolbox Murders remake. It might be one of the reasons why he seems to be not very good at his job.
  • Malignant has them with antagonist Gabriel, because he's popping out from the back of the protagonist's head.

  • BlazBlue: Phase Shift 1, one of the prequel novels to the fighting game series, has a protagonist with this hairstyle, Kazuma Kval. Hazama has a blinding fedora in some official artworks — turns out they're both the same body.
  • Discworld:
    • In the novel Soul Music, wizard student Skazz has a hairdo that completely covers his head — with only the tip of his nose hinting which way he's facing.
    • In The World of Poo, Geoffrey encounters some Wooly Goats at the Ankh-Morpork menagerie, which have such long hair that their keepers can only tell which end to feed by waiting for them to break wind or defecate.
  • Helen Haras-Uquara from The Homeward Bounders has apparently been cultivating blinding bangs for most of her life, to the extent that the main character is convinced that she has got her back to him.
  • Gary from In Two Worlds grows his hair like this because he feels invisible and ignored from all the attention Anthony gets.
  • In Race to the Sun Nizhoni's younger brother Mac quite often hides his face behind his long hair, usually to hide the fact that Adrien Cuttlebush has given him a black eye... again.
  • In the Warrior Cats Ravenpaw's Path graphic novels, the sheepdog is almost always depicted with its hair completely covering its eyes, with only one or two examples of its eyes becoming visible to indicate its surprise or anger.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Cousin Itt from the various versions of The Addams Family is certainly the Exaggerated Trope of this. It is unsure whether he actually has eyes... or a face... or anything under all that hair, yet he has no trouble seeing.
  • Didi, the drummer for the jukebox band from Shining Time Station always has her eyes covered by her bangs.

  • Daesung of Big Bang often has Peek-a-Bangs or bangs over both eyes such as in most of the music videos for the MADE album like in "Bang Bang Bang" and "Let's Not Fall in Love."
  • Noodle of the Gorillaz band has Blinding Bangs after her age shift to a teenager in Phase 2. Before that, she had Eyes Always Shut. (Intermediate pictures between the two phases do show a gradual change.) She occasionally wears them as an adult, although they’re not nearly as prominent as Phase 2. Cyborg Noodle, on the other hand, consistently have the Blinding Bangs.
  • Slash from Guns N' Roses can occasionally cover his face with his wild hair.
  • Great White guitarist Mark Kendall is often referred to as "Cousin It", due to his stage persona of keeping his face hidden completely behind long hair.
  • One of the most popular examples: Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, with her signature look of bangs trimmed right at eye level.
  • Brian Jones' fringe went all the way down to his eye line.
  • In another fictional band example, Evangeline D'isco of Savlonic almost always has her eyes covered. Subverted in the "Wandering Eye" music video, in rather unpleasant circumstances.
  • Since 2015, Sia had been wearing a two-toned wig that covers most of her face as a sign of her disillusionment to fame.

    Myths & Religion 

    Pro Wrestling 

    Puppet Shows 
  • Fraggle Rock: Boober Fraggle's eyes are usually covered by his hat. He lost his hat in one episode, revealing messy red Blinding Bangs underneath.
  • The short-lived series The Hanna-Barbera Happy Hour stars two puppet sisters, Honey and Sis. Sis has blinding bangs, and she is described as being timid on stage.
  • On The Hoobs, another Henson show, Groove has bangs then completely cover his eyes and even hang over his nose.
  • Sesame Street:
    • A 1980s skit has a Muppet completely covered in hair who goes to the barber because "I hadn't seen my body since 1962".
    • Also from Sesame Street, Barkley the dog.

    Video Games 
  • Bebedora from Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits has a large hat covering the top half of her head. Sometimes it goes up a little, and it looks like she has no eyes at all!
  • Beans, the Demolitions Expert of Contra Force.
  • Deltarune features two characters with blinding bangs - Susie, the stressed-out bully, and Kris, the protagonist. In the case of the former, the bangs are used for much the same reason as Hidden Eyes, save that her eyes sometimes appear when she's being particularly sinister. Susie develops Peek-a-Bangs when she undergoes Character Development, but Kris's eyes remain hidden the whole game, and while it first comes off as shyness, the game later implies that something sinister may be lurking underneath the surface.
  • The male Clerics introduced in Disgaea D2 wear pigtails with eye-concealing bangs, as a counterpart to their Eyes Always Shut female versions.
  • Lowen from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade (i.e. the first Fire Emblem game to come to the West) is an example. We never see his eyes. And yet it's revealed in support conversations that he's actually not bad at cooking. How can he cook without seeing? How can he fight without seeing? We will never know. Incidentally, Lowen's skill growth (the stat controlling his aim) is one of the lowest in the game, as well as having pretty low skill to start with. Could his hair be doubling as a lampshade?!
  • Baby Eoleo in Golden Sun: The Lost Age has an always-confused look that's only amplified by the bangs in his face. Awwwwww! He grew his hair out and tied it back by Golden Sun: Dark Dawn.
  • Venom from Guilty Gear wears his hair like a literal veil and has a creepy painting of an eye superimposed on it. However, depending on the artwork, sometimes you can see a small portion of his face by looking around the hair-veil (but sometimes not), and it does flip up and leave his face completely exposed and visible in his in-match falling animation.
  • The bassist in Guitar Hero III has Blinding Bangs and a massive beard that covers everything but his nose.
  • Inaba, the Player Character of Iru has a hairdo that covers his eyes.
  • Saori Shirosaki of Judgment has thick bangs that cover most of her eyes, an odd departure from the rest of the Yakuza games that normally have more realistic character models.
  • Shermie from the The King of Fighters series always has her eyes completely covered by her bangs. It's more than a little creepy, especially when you consider that she spends all her time hanging around Cheerful Child Chris.
  • Layer, one of the three members of Mission Control in Mega Man X8. Her eyes can be seen while she blushes (especially when around Zero, to whom she is a Hopeless Suitor).
  • Mother: In EarthBound/Mother 3, Pokey/Porky Minch has a big messy blond mop that completely obscures his eyes, and remains that way despite his many, many physical and cosmetic changes over the course of the games. His younger brother Picky has these bangs as well, though they are far neater than Porky's.
  • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, two of the Shadow Sirens have Hidden Eyes; Vivian has a curl of hair covering one of her eyes, while Beldam just wears an Eye-Obscuring Hat.
  • Pokémon: Piloswine, Ralts, Woobat, Hattena, and Hisuian Growlithe. Deino and Zweilous would be this, except they seem to be blind already, hence justifying their Hustle ability (increases Attack, lowers accuracy).
  • Maguro from Puyo Puyo 7 has nose-long, neatly cut bangs that completely cover his eyes. In its sequel Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary, it is revealed by Ringo (after a subverted Double Entendre) that "Maguro's face is so beautiful that if girls look it squarely they fall in love with him so he usually hides it with his bangs." Amitie responds with a Big "WHAT?!". It doesn't just affect girls either; it worked on Klug and SUKETOUDARA.
  • Rachael Foley from Resident Evil: Revelations. You never see her eyes because the top portion of her face is completely covered by her bangs. Oddly enough, she does complain about having poor vision but it's because she lost an eye during her mission.
  • Kuroda Kanbe from Sengoku Basara has two small bangs that seem to be permanently attached to his eyes.
  • Shigure from Suikoden V is another example. Lampshaded when one of Oboro's notes mentions that Fuyo wants to "fix" his hair.
  • Tesse, a Ninja Maid from Waku Waku 7, has blonde bangs over her upper face. We only see her eyes very briefly during her Hara Hara attack.
  • In World of Warcraft, tauren player characters as of the Shadowlands expansion have this as a customization option.

    Visual Novels 
  • NekoMiko: The Player Character has these in the scenes he appears.
  • Princess Evangile: This is Masaya Okonogi's default hairstyle. As such, in official art, his open eyes, which are revealed to be brown like his hair, are only shown a total of once.
  • A common feature in Dating Sims (especially those made in The '90s) which want to show the main protagonist, but want to maintain a degree of anonymity so that the player can identify himself as the character. The Tokimeki Memorial series and its Spiritual Successor Mitsumete Knight are two good (non-H) examples of this.
  • Tsukihime is unique in that it is one of the only examples where the original game followed this trend but was abandoned in all follow-up spin-offs and related medias. The series and the universe in which it took place had expanded to the point where it is impossible for the protagonist to remain faceless.

    Web Animation 
  • Esmeralda from MGT School had these for a moment, but she moved them out of the way.
  • Mystery Skulls Animated: Lewis's prankster little sister Cayenne's bangs hide her eyes from view.

    Web Comics 
  • When Alex is introduced in Between Failures, she has a haircut of this kind, and her eyes are rarely seen with few exceptions. The most notable exception is in the exchange between her and Jo seen here and a few pages after that.
  • Mopey of The B-Movie Comic has this as a definite characteristic: two large bangs cover her eyes and most of her face all the time. The mystery of her true appearance is heavily parodied in one strip inspired by The Phantom of the Opera.
  • Subverted in Everyday Heroes, where Carrie has a huge head of hair that covers most of her face. Oddly, she wears her glasses over her hair, through which her eyes are visible. How exactly this works is not explained, but Carrie is one of the more intelligent and outgoing characters.
  • June from Granitoons' "April, May & June" almost always has her eyes obscured by her hair.
  • In The Handbook of Heroes, the Thief is a female tiefling with thick bangs over her eyes. In one strip re-imagining the characters as Star Wars-inspired, she becomes a Twi'lek, with a cranial tentacle still obscuring her eyes. A later strip reveals the reason why: She has six eyes under the bangs.
  • Homestuck: An easy-to-miss sprite in the Act 6 Intermission 3 Ministrife reveals that when he takes his helmet off, Mituna has Messy Hair that totally covers his eyes.
  • Eryl from Ignition Zero is a Cute Monster Girl whose hair covers up her eyes. She's been blinded in all but one of her six eyes.
  • League of Super Redundant Heroes: Lazer Pony has hair covering his eyes the very rare times we see him out of costume. As he's blind it's hardly a hindrance, though he would fit in the dumbass category too. And since his Eye Beam power had burned out his eyes five years ago, it's probably best that they aren't visible.
  • Delkin in Lightning Made of Owls, in keeping with his defining feature being Hidden Eyes.
  • Broom Girl and Martha in Never Satisfied have thick bangs covering their eyes.
  • Medusa has these in Nightmarish to avoid petrifying anyone.
  • In Rusty and Co., the Pixie Chicks (a female elves music group helping the Princess) have such bangs. Used to great effect to hide the fact that one of them is really Roxanne.
  • Taisei from Sakana, most of the time, sometimes you can see one eye or both. Apparently, he wears his hair like that because his eyes have a naturally crazed expression, and he doesn't want to put people off.
  • Kenta from Sexy Losers — a very NSFW comic! — has his eyes hidden as a parody of this common trait in Hentai. When the artist did a character portrait for him, he didn't even have eyes, as the artist was too used to doing him with Blinding Bangs and couldn't figure out how they should look.
  • Dave Gold from Supernormal Step initially has Blinding Bangs to emphasize his lack of grooming and nineties grunge style. He tucks them into a hat later.
  • In Weak Hero, Gerard's thick fringe covers his eyes most of the time. It's commented that he has nice eyes and would look much better with a haircut. He's shown in the past to have had a different hairstyle; his reason for changing it has yet to be seen.
  • The recurring detective character in Wonder Weenies has eyebrows that completely hide his eyes, something that the characters in the comic occasionally point out.
  • In Yokoka's Quest, Kalliv's eyes aren't visible beneath his hair while in demon form, though Copycat notes after copying Kalliv that his eyesight is awful, even without hair in the way. His eyes are uncovered while in mouse form.

    Web Original 
  • DeviantArt:
    • Vladimira (AKA Visceraline) has these and the reason she has them is to cover her eyes, that of which if seen, means someone's screwed. It is a safe assumption that she can see through them though. Also justified, as Visceraline is an angora rabbit, which is a longhaired rabbit that is known for having these as can be seen here [1]
    • We also have this with Test Subject 001892300012, although, given how she's drawn, it's possible Amoridere didn't have room to draw her eyes.
  • Gaia Online:
    • You can have a hairdo like this.
    • Before he was turned into that lovable clam in our Aquariums, The Overseer's hair was like this, both as a "child" and presumably as an "adult" without that large but Nice Hat of his. A bit ironic given what his name is and what he does after being turned into said clam. He then gets his powers removed forcibly by Jack, and now his eyes can be seen quite visibly both in the Aftermath manga and as the "Hoboverseer." His doll also has a wig like this for your avatar.
  • Monster Girl Encyclopedia: The Werebat's picture shows bangs covering her light-sensitive eyes.
  • The Neopets character Sandro, otherwise known as the Smug Philosopher, has hair that covers the top half of his face.
    Sandro: Pah! Do you think I can't see you?
  • Taken Up to Eleven with Pablo, an Ambiguously Human being from Bogleech's Nightmare Beings series, who resembles an Emo Teen with hair covering his whole face.
  • Whateley Universe: An example with Slash:
    The boy's hair was too long, a shaggy dirty blonde that hung into his eyes so badly it was a wonder he could see; certainly no one knew what color his eyes were.

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    Western Animation 
  • The Big Dog of 2 Stupid Dogs. His eyes, which are simply dots, have been seen in "Las Pelotas" (When he gets turned into a ball by a tennis ball machine).
  • Eugene Meltsner of the animated version of Adventures in Odyssey has these bangs... and wears glasses over them. Judging from the artwork for the most recent episode album, this appears to be coming to an end.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: Jamie has a giant head, covered mostly in hair. As of season 3, her eyes are covered by her hair.
  • Molly McDonald from Arthur. We see her eyes from time to time, though, and in "The Last Tough Customer" it's revealed that she changed her hairstyle in preschool or kindergarten because she was bullied for having "muffin-top hair".
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Toph's eyes in the series are only slightly obscured by her hair, but her entire eyes are covered by her bangs in the Super Deformed Shorts and some of the comics. (It is not as if she uses them anyway.)
    • In "The Ember Island Players", both the actors for Toph and Mai exaggerate the hairstyles of their basis to the point of covering their eyes entirely.
  • Captain Underpants: Bo from The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants has long brunet hair that covers his eyes.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • Numbuh Four's eyes are usually covered by his hair.
    • Mr. Wink as well. His eyes were seen far less than Numbuh Four's eyes were in his appearances.
    • Also, the tallest of the Delightful Children from Down the Lane.
  • Klunk from Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. It's a wonder he could invent a plane, much less fly it, with his eyes covered.
  • From Dexter's Laboratory, we have Valhallen, the Norse God/Van Halen parody, whose long blond hair not only covers his eyes but is kept in place by a headband that makes sure it won't move from the spot.
  • The Dick Tracy Show villain Oodles has a blue mop to match his pale blue pallor.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: Lee's eyes are covered by her hair. In The Movie, there's a split-second shot of her hair flipping back at one point, revealing she has three eyes, though this may only be an animation error.
  • Breach from Generator Rex, over her whole face. Though we do get to see her face in at least one episode.
  • Square Bear of The Hair Bear Bunch has removed his eye-covering hat a couple of times to show he has a tuft of hair covering his eyes still.
  • Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats: The other occupant of the music store, alongside Cleo, is Bush the sheepdog. Unlike Sam (mentioned above), his Blinding Bangs work against him. Ur-Example was in the episode "Soccer Anyone" when Bush was placed as a substitute goalie, no thanks to the opposing team who had Leroy Bound and Gagged.
  • Ongo from Jelly Jamm has his eyes covered by his hairstyle.
  • Kaeloo: Quack Quack's girlfriend, Eugly, has orange hair that covers her eyes. The only time we see them is when she looks at Quack Quack.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • Sam Sheepdog has a mop of red hair completely covering his eyes. He's still perfectly able to see, as Ralph Wolf can attest from several painful confirmations. Sam subverts this trope on at least one occasion: when the wolf looks through his binoculars, he sees a pair of angry, blood-shot red eyes staring back at him before being beaten to a pulp. And Ralph does lift those Blinding Bangs at one time, too!
    • The Abominable Snowman also has a tuft of fur that always obscures his eyes. It just adds, along with his voice and general demeanor, to the big doofus characterization.
  • Lou's mom's eyes in Lou! are covered by her hair, even though her glasses aren't.
  • The Loud House:
    • Lucy Loud; her parents let her hair grow out over her eyes because they were creeped out by her staring at them, and even then, she can still see out of her bangs.
    • Aside from Lucy, Luna's bandmate Mazzy has them, as well as several other supporting characters.
  • Penny Plasm from the Mighty Magiswords episode "Flirty Phantom" has her eyes hidden by her hair. So does recurring character Füd.
  • Chuck from Motorcity. Though unlike most examples, we regularly see his eyes.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In the episode "Bridle Gossip", Rarity gets shaggy hair completely covering her face as part of her affliction by the Poison Joke.
    • The pegasus bullies in "Sonic Rainboom" share this trait; it sure doesn't make them look smart.
    • The Hooffields (from "The Hooffields and McColts") are all quite hairy ponies, and one even has his frizzy mane entirely covering the eyes.
    • Most of the yak characters have their eyes obscured by their long fur. Yona is an exception because she wears her hair in braids.
  • Phineas and Ferb: The lead singer for the Bettys, Crash, has a spiked afro with the bangs covering her eyes.
  • Reggie in Pig City has orange hair that covers his eyes.
  • PJ Masks: Kevin is a naive werewolf with his long shaggy hair covering his eyes.
  • Big Billy in The Powerpuff Girls. And for good reason — he briefly lifts his bangs while attending the girls' school to scare the living hell out of the kindergarten kids with his unique eye.
  • Shag from Road Rovers is another sheepdog example.
  • Pi from Sabrina: The Animated Series. His eyes are always covered by his hat, on at least one occasion his hat came off and his eyes are still covered by his hair.
  • On Samurai Jack, one of the dancers at the club that Jack goes to when he arrives in the future has these, then parts her hair to reveal that she has three eyes.
  • Oskar Greason from Star vs. the Forces of Evil initially has these that hide his shiny blue eyes. When he shaves them at the end of the second season, Star initially doesn't recognize him.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Sapphire only has one eye, as revealed in "Keystone Motel", and her eye is usually covered by her hair. Though since she has Future Vision, she may not need to see.
    • Padparadscha, a defective orange Sapphire, also has blinding bangs.
    • Found on Blue Diamond's personal Pearl, whose hair resembles Sapphire's; fittingly, Blue Diamond herself has her eyes covered by a veil in her first appearance.
  • Wakfu:
    • Princess Lela from season 1 episode 4, at least in her cursed form. Used to accentuate the brutish appearance.
    • Chamberlain Thickdruft of the Sadida kingdom. It actually hinders his vision, which makes him mistake someone else for Amalia all the time, even if it's a guy. However, he is not conscious of this and will accuse said person of impersonating the princess.
  • Bumpus Wobbleworks in Weebles is a sheepdog who delivers the mail. He's occasionally seen blowing his bangs to get a better view.
  • Mitch, one of the titular character's friends from Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?, has his eyes covered up by his hair.
  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum: A one-off character named Tyler from "I Am Marie Owens" has his eyes covered by his hair.

    Real Life 
  • Can be invoked by not cutting your bangs on your forehead. Additionally, use a hair iron to cover up your face even more.
    • Notably, the "fringe" haircut popularized by the Emo movement. Note that in Real Life, bangs that close to the eyes don't obscure vision much, the hair ending very blurry; they just somewhat filter bright lights.
  • Sam Sheepdog's look is based on Truth in Television. Many dog breeds, old English sheepdogs among them, naturally get this kind of hairfall. It's called a fau and serves to protect their sensitive eyes. Other breeds with it include the Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, and Bouvier des Flandres. At least in the Lhasa Apso's case, they can still see because they have super-strong eyelashes that hold the fau just ahead of the eyes.
  • In The '70s, comedian Patti Deutsch had long thick bangs that came down to the level of her eyes, and could completely obscure them depending on what angle she was looked at from.

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