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In much the same way that Blind People Wear Sunglasses, characters with strange eyes often wear some form of covering to disguise them in public: villains might use them to conceal their "Uh-Oh" Eyes, cyborgs may wear them to hide ocular prosthetics from squeamish civilians, and the subtler breeds of magical beings can use them to pass as human - especially in settings where there's some kind of Masquerade in place.

Among the most popular variations on this theme involve dark sunglasses and wraparound shades - justifying the use of Sunglasses at Night - but in truth, the coverings can include almost anything so long as they conceal the inhuman elements of their eyes: spectacles, contact lenses, blindfolds, domino masks, glass eyes, illusions, or even Blinding Bangs.

In live-action works, this often doubles as Obscured Special Effects.

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A subtrope of Hide Your Otherness.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Black Butler:
    • The eccentric Undertaker is always seen with Blinding Bangs whenever he appears. During "Book of Atlantic" we discover they hide his phosphorescent green eyes, which mark him as a Grim Reaper.
    • Ciel Phantomhive of has an eypatch to hide his Magical Eye pentagram, a sign of his Deal with the Devil contract.
  • The title warriors from Claymore are Half Human Hybrids nicknamed "silver-eyed witches" for their uniform, supernaturally-induced eye color. Despite their usefulness in fighting the monstrous yoma, they face prejudice from regular humans and are, among other things, barred from entering the Holy City of Rabona. When Clare has to enter it on an undercover mission, the Organization provides her with special contact lenses that conceal her eye color from the locals and the city guard.
  • In Ghost Stories, replicants made by the mirror spirit have no eyes, and commonly disguise them by wearing glasses with illusory eyes projected onto the lenses.
  • In Jujutsu Kaisen, Satoru Gojo wears a blindfold or dark shades to hide his Six Eyes, a genetic trait passed through the Gojo family line that helps him control their Curse Technique, Limitless. They're shockingly blue, and Gojo hides them to blend in among normal people, though he didn't bother as a teenager, earning him plenty of admirers among his peers for his Bishōnen looks.
  • Naruto: Kakashi's left eye has a red iris and is adorned with tomoe symbols, which denotes he has a Sharingan, a unique genetic anomaly that grants him amazing abilities, but cannot be turned off and leaves him exhausted if used for too long. As a result, he always covers it with his forehead protector, only revealing his abnormal eye to surprise his opponents in battle.
  • Lucia Nahashi of Venus Versus Virus wears an eyepatch to hide her glowing left eye.
  • Lord Darcia III from Wolf's Rain has an eye patch to hide his gold-coloured left eye, apparently the result of a family curse and being descended from wolves.

    Comic Books 
  • During the time that she was living with Animal Man as a live-in babysitter for his kids, Starfire wore green-tinted sunglasses in order to hide her solid-green glowing eyes.
  • Probe from Jaime Reyes' Blue Beetle has psychic powers and an Eyeless Face, which she disguises with sunglasses.
  • In Charles Soule's Daredevil, Blindspot loses his eyes, until a Deal with the Devil gives him glowing Creepy Blue Eyes with the white parts turned black. He hides them under opaque black sunglasses.
  • In Preacher, the vampire Cassidy always wears sunglasses; it's revealed close to the end of the series that his eyes are extremely bloodshot and have red irises.
  • The Sandman: The Corinthian, a nightmare being created by Morpheus, wears dark glasses to obscure the fact that his "eyes" are actually small mouths with sharp teeth.
  • X-Men: Cyclops wears either sunglasses with ruby-quartz lenses as a civilian, or an adjustable visor in the field. It's necessary to contain the uncontrollable energy blasts his eyes project.

    Fan Works 
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    Film - Live Action 
  • Humma Kavula of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy wears very thick glasses with welding goggle-like rims that completely hide his eyes when in profile. In the middle of a conversation with Zaphod, he very casually begins cleaning them, revealing that his "eyes" are actually holograms projected onto the lenses; to Zaphod's shock, Kavula's real eyes are just sunken black pits in his face.
  • Hollow Man: after being made invisible, Sebastian Caine is given a mask in order to make him easier to talk to, complete with a set of wraparound shades. As it becomes clear, this isn't just to hide the mask's hollow-looking eyeholes, but also to protect his eyes from the ambient light his transparent eyelids can't keep out. Later, after Caine breaks out of the lab, this becomes part of a proper disguise.
  • In Men in Black 3, Boris the Animal sports weird, goggle-like protrusions vaguely reminiscent of Black Eyes of Evil. While his present self commonly leaves them uncovered, his past self keeps them hidden behind aviator shades. The finale reveals that the goggles themselves are another layer of the disguise, for when Boris goes One-Winged Angel, the goggles slide off him, unveiling empty sockets.
  • Ms Norman of Pokémon Detective Pikachu wears opaque sunglasses at all times to hide the fact that she's actually a Ditto and sports the Pokémon's distinctive Black Bead Eyes - apparently the only thing that a Ditto can't change.
  • During The Terminator, the T-800 is damaged in a car crash and has to remove one one of his synthetic flesh eyes, exposing the glowing red cybernetic optic beneath. To conceal this, he wears sunglasses for the remainder of the movie - up until he loses them and a sizeable chunk of his face during the climatic road pursuit.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: On top of wearing dark glasses, Judge Doom wears glass eyes to conceal the fact that he's a toon and has the shapeshifting eyes to prove it. If that wasn't creepy enough, those glass eyes are the only part of his disguise to come off during the final battle, leaving the rest of his appearance up to the viewer's imagination.
  • In X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, as Dr Xavier continues taking the X-Ray Vision eyedrops, his eyes begin to deform. By the halfway mark, he's forced to wear heavy wraparound shades, both to shield himself from the Sensory Overload and to conceal his unearthly Supernatural Gold Eyes. In the end, he's degenerated into full-blown Black Eyes of Evil and deprived of his shades, forcing him to walk around with his eyes clenched shut - which he can manage because he can see through his own eyelids.

    Literature 
  • Armageddon Force: Adam has an eye completely made up of pulsing energy as a result of the experiments that turned him half-Reaper. To hide this and blend in, he wears an eye patch, though his power allows him to see through the covering.
  • In Edgar Allan Poe's short storty "Bon-Bon" the Devil, when visiting a French restaurateur, wears a "pair of green spectacles, with side glasses", seemingly to "protect[] his eyes from the influence of the light". In the course of their conversation, the Devil takes off his glasses, revealing to his astonished host that he has no eyes at all.
  • The Monks of the The Electric Church all wear wraparound shades to hide their creepy-looking mechanical eyes. As they're quite up front about being cyborgs, this is mainly to avoid freaking out potential converts: apparently, eyes are the one thing that their technology can't replicate without plummeting into the Uncanny Valley. This is actually an early hint that Richard Marin is actually an independent cyborg avatar, as he's never seen out of sunglasses; in the finale, he makes this clear by doffing his sunglasses to reveal his mechanical eyes.
  • In Ghost Finders, JC Chance acquires brilliantly-shining eyes from the mysterious Light after his near-death experience; from then on, he has to wear heavy dark sunglasses to go out in public.
  • In Good Omens, the demon Crowley wears Cool Shades to hide his snakelike Hellish Pupils from humanity - and also because he has a fantastic sense of style. They melt away during his climactic charge across the burning M25, leaving the snake eyes unmasked.
  • The eponymous villain of The Invisible Man usually augments his Bandaged Face with dark glasses in order to conceal his invisible eyes - either so he can hide his true nature while in public or so he can make himself easier to talk to in private conversations. This is usually the case in adaptations of the story as well.
  • Early in The Magician King, Julia Wicker casts a spell that turns her eyes pitch-black as a side-effect. All well and good up while she's in the magical land of Fillory, but when Quentin and Julia end up accidentally returning to Earth, she's forced to acquire a pair of sunglasses so unexpecting Muggles aren't freaked out by the Black Eyes of Evil.
  • In Brian Lumley's Necroscope series, the Wamphyri often sport vivid scarlet eyes, though most are able to conceal them while dealing with mortals. In the first book Boris Dragosani doesn't learn how, and thus spends several of the later chapters concealing his increasingly inhuman eyes behind sunglasses.
  • The One Who Eats Monsters: Ryn has eyes with matte black sclera and rings of blue fire for irises; as they're an immutable and unmistakable sign of her divinity, she wears dark sunglasses most of the time and claims they're prescription.
  • Ares of Percy Jackson and the Olympians wears sunglasses to cover his Fireball Eyeballs, in keeping with his Badass Biker image. However, this doesn't always work, as the fire in his eyes grows hotter as he gets angrier, at one point melting his sunglasses through sheer wrath.
  • In the Sonja Blue series, red eyes are one of the symptoms of vampirism, which makes sunglasses very popular with the vampires - hence the title of the first book of the series, Sunglasses After Dark.
  • In the Star Wars Legends Expanded Universe, there is an alien race called the Miraluka, Human Aliens who are so Force Sensitive that they evolved to the point of no longer needing physical eyes. This leaves them born with only vestigial eye sockets, which they cover with cloth wrappings for the sake of not unnerving other sapient life.
  • The Twilight Saga:
    • In New Moon, the Volturi Heidi is responsible for procuring prey and bringing them to Volturi tower by pretending to be a tour guide. Bella notes that she has unusual violet eyes, from wearing blue contact lenses over red vampire eyes.
    • In Breaking Dawn, the newly-turned Bella needs to bluff out her father when he unexpectedly visits. Part of this involves wearing brown lenses to cover her bright-red eyes.
  • The Witches: Witches wear glasses to conceal their unique eye colors. The book describe this as "like fire and ice dancing together", while the live-action adaptations instead depict witch eyes as having a purple tinge to them. For good measure, the first witch Luke encounters in the 1990 film wears sunglasses, being instantly given away when the well-informed Luke notices her eyes.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie, the Master wears wraparound shades to cover up his slit pupils - apparently a remnant of the Cheetah virus that he caught during "Survival".
  • Farscape
    • Captain Durka lost his right eye in battle many years prior to the series, and is immediately distinguished by the silver mechanical replacement he wears. However, when he reappears as a Mind-Cleansed servant of the Nebari in "Durka Returns," he has taken to covering the prosthetic with an Eyepatch of Power as part of his efforts to disconnect himself from his past. When the Cleansing is undone, Durka quickly discards everything that connected him to his earlier pacifism, including his long hair and the patch.
    • Noranti sports a visible Third Eye that opens and glows when she's using her mystical powers. In the episode "Kansas", when the crew end up on Earth in the 1980s, Noranti takes to hiding her eye with a bandanna so none of the locals will know she's actually an alien.
  • As with the original novel, Crowley of Good Omens (2019) sports yellow snakelike eyes, and takes care to hide them with a very stylish pair of sunglasses - in sharp contrast to other demons, who don't even bother hiding their own "Uh-Oh" Eyes. For added comedy, Crowley can be seen wearing sunglasses as early as Imperial Rome, before the invention of glasses.
  • M.A.N.T.I.S.: In one episode, Miles is confronted by a group of mysterious, extradimensional Men in Black sunglasses who claim to want to make our world a peaceful utopia. A skeptical Miles asks to see their eyes (reasoning that "the eyes are the windows to the soul"), and flees in horror when one reveals his are pure, glistening black.

    Music 
  • In the music video to "Spectrum" by Zedd, a (presumably alien) woman arrives on Earth, human to all appearances except for her pitch-black eyes. Naturally, she has to disguise them with sunglasses.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Vampire: The Masquerade:
    • Members of the Salubri clan all sport a Third Eye, which are usually disguised as a scar when not active; however, one possible Flaw causes it to always remain open, forcing the character to hide it lest they be hunted down and killed by fellow vampires inspired by the Tremere clan's propaganda campaign. This comes back to bite the Tremere clan in the Gehenna scenario "Fair Is Foul:" thanks to Lord Tremere's diablerization of Saulot, the entire Tremere clan has inherited a bit of Salubri blood... and as the Withering sets in, the clan begins manifesting third eyes of their own, effectively branding them as pariahs and presumably forcing them to hide their new eyes lest they end up on the receiving end of their own pogrom.
    • In the revised Followers of Set clanbook, the Setite vampire Renenet wears wraparound shades to hide her hypnotic, snakelike eyes - either because she's suffering from a rare clan flaw causing her to manifest reptilian traits, or just because she's secretly using the Serpentis Discipline.
    • Gangrel archaeologist Cuthbert Beckett sports cat-like red eyes, an animal trait leftover from a past Frenzy (commonly known as a Beast Mark). Given the need to protect the Masquerade, he usually covers them with a pair of sunglasses.
    • Another Gangrel example: the Protean ability "Eyes Of The Beast" allows Gangrel vampires to manifest glowing red eyes that can see perfectly in darkness; unfortunately, this can freak out mortals very easily, so Gangrel players are advised to wear sunglasses if they have to interact with anyone while this power's active.
    • The Necromancy ritual "Occhio d'Uomo Morto" requires the practitioner to rip out one of their own eyeballs and replace it with a ritually-preserved substitute taken from a corpse. Though this ritual grants them the Shroudsight ability, it also results in the necromancer looking pretty disturbing unless they cover up the new eye with sunglasses.
  • In Warhammer 40,000, the mutants known as Navigators have a Third Eye in the middle of their foreheads that they use to perceive the Warp in order to direct Imperial ships (relatively) safely through its currents. When they interact with non-Navigators, they cover this third eye with a shawl, hood, metal cover, or some other means of protection, as it's believed that anyone who sees this third eye will be driven mad.

    Video Games 
  • In Catherine Boss the bartender wears sunglasses to hide his unusual red eyes, a sign of his true identity: Thomas Mutton, the man giving Vincent nightmares.
  • JC Denton of Deus Ex wears sunglasses all the time to disguise his only visible augmentations - namely his glowing blue eyes.
  • Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening depicts the Architect as outwardly near-human except for his disfigured eyes, one of which is lopsided and mangled shut, while the other is pitch-black. For most of the game, he hides the upper half of his face behind a golden domino mask.
  • In Fate/Grand Order, Ophelia Phamrsolone wears an eyepatch to cover her Mystic Eye of Prolongation, a Jewel-class Mystic Eye that allows her to reverse strengths and weaknesses by culling all possibilities to a single course.
  • In Final Fantasy X, the Al-Bhed are labelled heretics by the luddite Church of Yevon due to their use of technology, as Yevon insists that reliance on advanced technology led to the downfall of humanity and the creation of the Eldritch Abomination Sin, which has been ravaging the land for the last thousand years. While Al-Bhed mostly look human, their eyes have a distinctive spiral shaped iris, and as such often wear goggles to hide their eyes when traveling among Yevonites. This explicitly comes up when the Al-Bhed character Rikku asks to join the party as one of Yuna's guardians; Auron asks to see Rikku's eyes to confirm that she's an Al-Bhed, and the latter reluctanly agrees.
  • In Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Visas Marr is a Miraluka and thus had no eyes to begin with. However, Darth Nihilus took it a step further after recruiting her: he gouged out the flesh where her eyes would have been, leaving two ragged empty sockets. Ever since then, Visas has worn a veil over the upper half of her face to conceal her wounds.
  • Persona 2 Eternal Punishment: Takahisa Kandori wears sunglasses at all times to hide the Black Eyes of Evil he gained after he was brought Back from the Dead.
  • Albert Wesker of the Resident Evil series commonly wears Sunglasses at Night; however, since since the events of Code Veronica, he has worn the shades to hide his eerie red eyes - the only visible mutation induced by his virus.
  • The Secret World:
    • Orochi Group security operative Dragan Dzoavich always wears the uniform wraparound shades, even at night; however, in close-ups it's clear that his eyes are actually scarlet in colour - adding to his mysterious nature.
    • Said the Mummy completes his expensive ensemble with a pair of aviator shades, both to look cool and to hide his empty eye sockets. Of course, it's pretty obvious from the look of him that he's a reanimated corpse, so the shades are mainly there because Said prefers not to upset his clients more than necessary.
  • As with his counterpart in the original tabletop game, Beckett of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines wears sunglasses to hide the fact that he has glowing red eyes.
  • Demon Hunters in World of Warcraft have spectral eyes in the same fashion as their founder Illidan Stormrage. Their physical eyes are gouged out and replaced with balls of magic fel fire. Most Demon Hunters, Illidan included, wrap their eyes to hide the fireballs and the burnt flesh around them.
  • In XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the "Thin Man" is an enemy that at first glance appears to be a human wearing a fancy suit. Closer inspection reveals scale-like marks on the neck and reptile eyes. To hide their inhuman eyes, Thin Men always wear sunglasses. The game loves showing them from dramatic angles, such that their eyes can be seen peering over their glasses.
  • In XCOM 2, the Advent Speaker appears to be an updated version of the Thin Man from XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The neck marks are less prominent, and the camera angles ensure his eyes are never seen directly, thanks to continuing to always wear sunglasses. When Jake Soloman was asked whether the speaker was a Thin Man, Jake only sarcastically joked about the weird neck markings the Advent Speaker has.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ikki in Amnesia: Memories has eyes that look perfectly normal, but they actually exert a supernatural force that causes women to fall for him, so he usually keeps them covered by sunglasses for everyone's convenience.

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    Web Video 
  • When the Entity is finally unveiled in Atop the Fourth Wall, it's found to have taken a human form in order to hide itself from Lord Vyce and (later) to toy with Linkara. Until the big reveal, it wears opaque shades at all times to conceal the fact that its eyes are just empty sockets filled with glowing grey static. Plus, it's stolen the form of 90's Kid, who always wears shades anyway.
  • Jacksfilms: A common gag in "Fix Your Pix" videos is that he'll "remove" hair or glasses that are hiding someone's eyes to get a better look at them...only to discover they're not at all human. Then he'll promptly close them again.
  • In SF Debris' playthrough of Star Wars: The Old Republic, his first character is an Imperial Agent by the name of Rex Dart. Rex is a Miraluka - an eyeless Human Alien with the power to "see" through the Force - and given that the Empire is conscripting any Force sensitives they can get their hands on, Rex is careful to hide his true nature in order to avoid being sent to the meatgrinder that is the Sith Academy. To that end, he wears clunky cybernetic implants over his face to make it look as if he's just a blind human. Much to his annoyance, though, everyone in the game seems to already know that he's an alien no matter how carefully he tries to hide it.

    Western Animation 
  • At one point in the Batman Beyond episode "Meltdown", Derek Powers has to put sunglasses on and cut a meeting short due to the artificial skin over and around his eyes starting to crack.
  • Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures: In "New Girl In Town", Betrayus has one of his ghosts possess his and President Spheros' niece so she can get info about the repository and the Tree Of Life out of Pac. Since people can tell when someone is possessed by looking at their change in eye colour and shape, Doctor Buttocks invents special contact lenses so that the victim's eyes will still resemble that of a normal Pacworld citizen.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: Big Billy only has a single eye, which he conceals behind his Blinding Bangs.
  • Steven Universe: Garnet has a Third Eye due to being a fusion between Ruby and Sapphire. She wears a visor to cover it up, possibly because humans could find it weird.


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