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Eye color means many different things in fiction. Sometimes, they mean someone is special, or has powers, or perhaps just innocent. One of the common uses of eye color is to indicate a person's elemental affinity. The actual colour correspondence to elements varies depending on the work as different colours align with the elements depending on the work. It's more important that the colour lines up In-Universe than to any out of universe list.

This trope is frequently paired with its Sister Trope, Elemental Hair Colors.

Also, compare Color-Coded for Your Convenience, Color-Coded Elements, Color-Coded Eyes, Technicolor Eyes, and Elemental Powers.



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    Fan Fiction 
  • Like the Legend of Korra example below, similar colors crop up frequently in the fanfic Book Five: Legends, but particular mention needs to go to the albino Temuji, whose red eyes play this straighter than any previously seen firebender in either series.

  • Nicholas St. North and Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians have icy blue eyes with frost patterns in them to symbolize their associations with winter. Bunny has grass-green eyes with grass patterns in them to match his association with spring.
  • Takanuva, Toa of Light has yellow eyes in BIONICLE: Mask of Light, representing his light-based powers. His first toy also came with yellow eyes, though later incarnations changed them to lime green.

  • The Tales of the Branion Realm series by Fiona Patton combines this with a variant of Fireball Eyeballs. It focuses on a royal family who channels a fire god, the Living Flame, and has fiery eyes. When an opposing religion based loosely on Catholicism takes religious champions, they have white light in their eyes. Characters in one book are heretics to the Flame trying to give the other three Elemental Powers their own avatars, and their eyes swim with light as well — gray for Wind, blue for Sea and green for Oaks.
  • In The Children of Man, a person's eye color indicates which of the six colors of magic he can access. Blue mages have blue eyes, green mages green eyes, etc. Those who can access multiple colors of magic have brown eyes, while Grays have reflective silver eyes as a Red Right Hand to mark the fact that they are magically colorless.
  • Percy Jackson of The Camp Half-Blood Series is described several times as having sea-green eyes, which he inherited from his father Poseidon. He has Making a Splash powers to match.
  • The Reynard Cycle: Most of the inhabitants of the frigid North (including Isengrim and Hirsent) are depicted as having icy blue eyes.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire
    • Melisandre has red eyes, befitting her status as a Red Priest of (the fire-associated) R'hllor. And befitting her status as creepily wrong in subtle ways, since the shade of red is the same as that of her hair, which is not a natural colour for either hair or eyes.
    • Some characters have noted that Cersei has "wildfire eyes", bright green and beautiful, yet dangerous and possibly unstable. She develops a liking for using wildfire after the Battle of the Blackwater and she has a knack for destruction, but can rarely control the damage.
  • In The Irregular at Magic High School, the cryokinetic Miyuki has very pale blue eyes (Depending on the Artist). No one else in her family has eyes that shade, just as they don't have her ice magic.

  • BIONICLE certainly attempted to do this by associating eye colours with specific elements, but failed mainly in its inconsistency — the eye colour arrangement was changed in 2002 and 2004 with only Earth remaining the same, and again in 2006-2007 when all characters were given green or orange (or later blue) eyes regardless.
    • For clarity:
      • Air are Lime Green, then Red.
      • Ice are Pale Blue, then Cyan.
      • Fire are Pink, then Lime Green.
      • Water are Yellow, then Orange.
      • Earth are Green.
      • Stone are Orange, then Blue.

    Video Games 
  • Galuf and Krile in Final Fantasy V, albeit Depending on the Artist. Galuf does consistently have brown eyes to match his representation of the Earth element. Krile's ingame appearance gives her Innocent Blue Eyes, but her Amano outfit (and some spinoff games that use her ingame design) keep her eyes brown like her grandfather's.
  • Dragon eye color in Flight Rising is determined by the element of the lair they were born in. Because of this, "nest lending" is fairly common on the site in order for players to own a dragon with a desired eye color.
  • Most Adepts in Golden Sun follow this, but there are a few aversions.
  • The Striation trio in Pokémon Black and White. Cilan, the Grass-type user, has green eyes; Chili, the Fire-type user, has red eyes; and Cress, the Water-type user, has blue eyes.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog's eponymous hero has green eyes, and many of his abilities involve wind manipulation, including (among others) Sonic Wind, Blue Tornado, and Whirlwind. He's also often associated with the wind element, being described as being "free like the wind" in several character profiles, gaining the title "Knight of the Wind" in Sonic and the Black Knight, and so on.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY:
    • Weiss is aloof, cool and connected with ice and snow powers. She has the Icy Blue Eyes to go with both her personality and her powers. While Weiss can use other elements, she defaults to ice as her preferred ability.
    • Cinder has golden eyes and a strong affinity for fire. Her eyes can glow like fire whenever she wants, especially when she's using her fire magic. While Cinder can use other elements, she almost always uses fire because she has an affinity for it.
    • Ruby has silver eyes, an extremely rare trait that are possessed by so few people that there are very ancient myths about what people with silver eyes can do. Silver-eyed warriors possess the ability to produce a blinding white light from their eyes that can destroy the Creatures of Grimm by turning them to stone or blasting them to dust, depending on how strong the Grimm opponent is. Ruby's mentor, Maria, who was born with silver eyes but lost them in battle with an assassin that was hunting down silver-eyed warriors, figures out that the Light has a mysterious connection to the God of Light, who possessed silver eyes and the ability to vaporise the Grimm.
    • Vernal, the Spring Maiden, has light blue eyes the exact shade as a perfect spring sky. She tends to use lightning attacks, too, which are often associated with blue. Subverted when it turns out she was never the Spring Maiden, just a decoy. The real Spring Maiden has eyes that don't match her preferred powers at all, being bright red.
    • Fria, the Winter Maiden, has blue eyes that fit her use of ice magic. This is averted with her successor Penny, whose eyes are bright green.

  • Drowtales:
    • Sil'lice Val'Sharen is a blue-eyed Ice Sorceress and one of the few remaining untainted Nether Summoners.
      You know, blood contains water. And water freezes so well.
    • Nishi'kanta, her sister, was also an example before she was tainted, since she had orange eyes and a fire affinity.
    • The Val'Nal'sarkoth Clan also has this, since they tend to have green eyes and are some of the only people in the Underworld who have an affinity with wood.
  • Homestuck 's four main kids have their eye colors match their associate element. John's eyes are light blue, Rose's eyes are purple note , Dave's eyes are red, and Jade's eyes are light green.

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    Western Animation 
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, people from the elemental nations (and thus what element they can bend), for the most part, have their eye colors Color-Coded for Your Convenience. Blue for the Water Tribe, green or brown for the Earth Kingdom (Toph has Prophet Eyes), gold/amber or gray for the Fire Nation, and gray for the Air Nomads.
    • The Legend of Korra breaks from its predecessor's elemental eye color coding with the residents of Republic City, a mecca of multiculturalism and mixed marriages. The firebender on the pro-bending team the Rabbiroos has green eyes, for instance; and a metalbending cop from the first episode has amber eyes. Asami looks like she's from the Fire Nation and her dad looks like Theodore Roosevelt and Hayao Miyazaki had a baby and her names are Japanese (what the Fire Nation is based on) but her eyes are green. Most of the main characters still play this trope straight, though.
  • Linka on Captain Planet and the Planeteers, who possesses the power of wind, had blue eyes in seasons 1-3. They later got changed to green.
  • Stella, Flora, and Aisha from Winx Club have eye colors pertaining to their elements: Sun, Plants (or Earth, to some extent), and Water/Fluids, respectively. And also Icy, with control over ice.

Alternative Title(s): Elemental Eye Colours


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