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Common in modelling as well as fiction, this is when a person's hair intentionally covers one of their eyes. Sometimes it's just for style, while other times it might function as an Eyepatch of Power, or cover a disfigurement such as horrible scarring or a blind eye (in which case its removal may serve as The Reveal).

It frequently serves as some kind of symbol:

  • To show that the character is sexy and seductive.
  • To show that the character is shy and demure.
  • To show deception or concealment (more prosaically, it could be literally covering up something the person doesn't want to be seen such as a Magical Eye).
  • To show vulnerability, by acting as a fragile shield or barrier, i.e. the character is an asocial loner.
  • To represent a veil:
    • Wedding veils: as a signal that this is the serious Love Interest, particularly when the male lead is a The Casanova, this combined with a stunned look on the Casanova often means that he has finally fallen, and wedding bells are in his future - if he doesn't die first that is.
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    • The veil separating God from Man (see the Jewish Temple): implying the person behind it is mystical or supernaturally knowledgeable, maybe even a messenger from God.

In real life, the style is called "peek-a-boo", or, more recently, "emo bang", and was popularized by actress Veronica Lake in the 1940s (who was asked to change it when it proved impractical for women working in factories during the war).

It may only happen for one scene, or it may be a permanent feature of a character. May be a consequence of Slipknot Ponytail. If the style sticks through all sorts of action, it veers into Improbable Hair Style territory.

A person with this hairstyle may also be victim to some of the same jokes as characters who actually have only one eye, such as lacking depth perception. A common emo hairstyle for males also features this and calls it emo fringe.


Contrast Hidden Eyes, where a character's eyes are temporarily in shadow to indicate a change in emotional state — this is usually a more permanent effect and can mean many things.

If both eyes are covered by the locks, then those are Blinding Bangs. For the real use of hair in a Scenery Censor situation, see Godiva Hair. Compare Oddly Visible Eyebrows.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Joe Shimamura/009 of Cyborg 009 has the angsty version. Occasionally, however, both of his eyes are shown.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pegasus's hairdo hides the Millennium Eye that allows him to steal souls and read minds. He still has it that way after losing the eye; it fills in for an eyepatch.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: José's one very long eyebrow covers his right eye.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL: In his human form, Alito's right eye is covered by his hair. He's kind of a Casanova Wannabe.
  • Nyx from Queen's Blade.
  • Both Gourry and Zelgadis of Slayers; Zelgadis is the classic case of being less-than-social, while the kind yet airheaded Gourry is, surprisingly deceptive.
  • Trowa from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing. Noin has a slightly smaller case.
  • Lin from Ghost Hunt has one of these, which seems to signify that he's being standoffish and reclusive from the others, although it doesn't go away after he warms up.
  • Koyomi from Bakemonogatari is sometimes depicted in this way. Only his left eye gets covered.
  • Allelujah Haptism of Gundam 00. The eye covered switches sides when his Superpowered Evil Side takes control. With each personality, it takes on a different meaning. Nice Allelujah gets the emo style, and psycho Hallelujah gets the deceptive style. When both sides agree to work together, he slicks back his hair and becomes a total badass.
  • Fakir's hair in Princess Tutu sometimes appears this way. It was combined with a Slipknot Ponytail moment in the first season finale.
  • Richard from Requiem of the Rose King wears his hear like this.
  • Fruits Basket:
    • Hatori has this because he's blind in one eye.
    • Another example is Arisa Uotani, or at least when she was younger.
  • Gintama: Takasugi has bangs over his damaged left eye, which is also covered in bandages.
  • Naruto:
    • Deidara hides a scope on his left eye used for long-range observation, although he loses his "power" during his final battle after his plan with the C2 Dragon backfired.
    • Kakashi used to have this as a child. His bangs covered his left eye as if to foreshadow the trauma conga line that eye would eventually be exposed to: First getting it cut up in Gaiden, then years of over exertion through use of the Sharingan, and finally Madara pulling it out of Kakashi's skull in a single move. Fortunately for Kakashi, the eye Naruto gave him to replace the Sharingan seems to be a keeper.
    • Ino has this in after the Time Skip.
    • And the Mizukage has one as well, for sexy value.
    • Nagato had Blinding Bangs up until Jiraiya trained him, and after that point had the shy/emo version of these.
    • Also, the Raikage's bodyguard Darui.
    • As an adult, Sasuke's bangs cover the left side of his face in order to conceal his Rinnegan.
  • Chad from Bleach has the shy variety. Kira Izuru has the emo variety.
  • Graham Spector from Baccano!, complete with his Improbable Hairstyle.
  • Kan'u Unchou from Ikki Tousen.
  • Seiji / Sage from Ronin Warriors.
  • In .Hack//Legend of the Twilight Bracelet the Vagrant A.I. Morté has this to conceal her left eye which reveals her to have heterochromia as well as facial discoloration from The Virus.
  • One Piece:
    • Sanji has his left eye hidden behind his hair even in his childhood flashbacks. Whether he actually had a left eye had been the subject of debate until Word of God stated that he does, in fact, have a perfectly functional eye hidden beneath his hair. After the Time Skip, said left eye is revealed, but now his right eye is covered. It turned out both of his spiral-shaped eyebrows curl to the right (so they look like "@_ @_"), hence why he'd want to cover one of them. Sanji's eye being covered has actually become a Running Gag in the series. For example, he was once held upside down, where his hair would not be able to cover his eye. The speech bubble covered it instead.
    • In chapter 826, Sanji's older sister Reiju is revealed to have the same hairstyle.
    • Played in an unusual way in regards to Pudding, who's hair is actually hiding a Third Eye. In her case is the deceptive type.
  • Leiji Matsumoto's Captain Harlock both has an Eyepatch of Power and has his hair covering said eyepatch. It's two eye-covering tropes for the price of one.
  • In the Gungrave anime, Grave sometimes adopts this look in order to hide the nasty mess of scars where his left eye used to be.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann's Viral has the emo variant.
  • André from The Rose of Versailles loses the use of one eye roughly halfway through the series, and subsequently covers it up with his hair for the remainder of the series. Perhaps unusually, he does experience problems with his sight as a result of this, which becomes a plot point later on.
  • D from Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure has one long lock of hair that covers her right eye. This is sort of intentional, as her right eye doesn't look anything like a normal eye (and is possibly non-functional), and it would seriously creep people out to look at it all day.
  • Iroha Tsuchiura from Onii-chan no Koto nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!
  • Lucy of Elfen Lied has one eye covered by her hair, though not when she's in her alternate personality Nyu, and not during flashbacks either.
  • Lily C. Sherbert from Galaxy Angel II.
  • Ichimoku Ren from Hell Girl. Of course, he does this because his covered-up eye can be transplanted anywhere, essentially giving him the ability to see anything at any time. For extra badass points, the eye can be visible or invisible at his whim, so in addition to being able to see whatever he wants he can scare the everliving hell out of whoever he needs to scare. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view), Ren appears to have little desire to abuse his abilities, this doesn't stop the Fan Fiction writers.
  • Ginko from Mushishi. He's got an empty/black eye under it. This is a secondary result of his transformation into a mushishi.
  • Similarly, the title character of GeGeGe no Kitarō lost his left eye as a baby, and combs his hair over the empty socket.
  • Elizabeth from the series The Seven Deadly Sins hair covers her right eye and show more toward the shy side.Also, it hides her Magical Eye.
  • Shin Kazuyama from Area 88 pretty much borrowed his hairdo from Harlock (Kaoru Shintai started out as a Matsumoto assistant).
  • Speaking of pilots with peek-a-bangs, Rei Fukai from Sentou Yousei Yukikaze has this. This befits his attitude and his slightly unhealthy obsession with CO his own fighter jet.
  • Chimera from MÄR has hair covering the conglomeration of eyes on the side of her face.
  • Nodoka from Manga Negima Magister Negi Magi started out with Blinding Bangs during the first chapter, but eventually moved into this.
  • Precia Testarossa from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Flashbacks show that she only had this after she went evil and insane trying to revive her daughter.
  • Izumi from Martian Successor Nadesico (shy type; afraid of relationships due to tragedies in her past).
  • Count D and his grandfather from Pet Shop of Horrors.
  • Ryoko Takeuchi from Blue Seed (probably to make her look cool because it makes her look like a one-eyed sharpshooter).
  • Nagomi in Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka.
  • Ikumi Kaidou from GaoGaiGar has his hair covering half of his face at all times. This foreshadows the fact that he's much more important to the plot than he initially lets on. Since Palus Abel has the same hair, presumably Kaidou's fa- er, moth- parent Abel has it too. Given that Soldato J also is afflicted with this trope after his helmet is broken and his eyes revealed one could argue that it's a trait of everyone from their homeworld.
  • Seras Victoria spends so much time in volume 7 of the manga Hellsing with one of her eyes covered by her hair that she looks like a cyclops. This, of course, occurred at the same time that she Took a Level in Badass and makes her look even scarier. Since she was also recovering from a double dose of Eye Scream at the time, it is quite possible that the concealed eye hadn't healed yet while hidden...
  • Tower of God:
    • Kang Horyang. He has something that he hides: He is in fact the real Devil of the Right Hand.
    • Jue Viole Grace is the "solitary" type. His eyes are seen more often in later chapters as he begins to open up more and is eventually reunited with his friends from the second floor.
  • Um Jina from My Heart Is Beating has a huge fringe that completely covers one eye and almost the other one. This is because she's still not living life the way she wants to. When she comes to terms with her problem(s) she starts tying it back.
  • Dr. Black Jack. Oddly enough, it's not there to cover the nasty-looking scar on his face. Normally it happens when he's pretending to be greedy and extort money from someone in order for them to come to some kind of realization.
  • Suzushiro Isuzu from The Miko's Words and the Witch's Incantations.
  • Miata from Claymore. It accentuates her Ax-Crazy status.
  • Kirche from The Familiar of Zero combines this trope with Dark-Skinned Redhead.
  • Hazuki from Ojamajo Doremi, obviously showing shyness.
  • Xerxes Break from PandoraHearts is missing his left eye under his hair. Cheshire also has this kind of hair. Cheshire's hair covers his right side. His left eye is really Break's.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
  • Van Fanel from The Vision of Escaflowne is a partial/borderline example: his hair isn't styled in any way and often just falls over his eyes in general, but it tends to cover one eye completely more often than not. Where it really fits, though, is in meaning, as Van hits both the "vulnerability" and the "serious Love Interest" categories
  • Lag Seeing from Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee hides the spirit amber that replaces his left eye with one of these; also functions as a hair version of the Eyepatch of Power.
  • Black Butler:
    • Ciel Phantomhive's bangs are more dense over his right eye which usually has an Eyepatch of Power over it to conceal his Deal with the Devil contract with Sebastian.
    • In the manga, Freckles aka Doll has bangs that fall over a majority of one side of his her face to cover some sort of disfigurement or scarring and a very damaged eye.
  • Muraki in Descendants of Darkness, possibly to mask his glass eye.
  • Sheer/Mihasa, the female space pirate from Dinosaur King's time travel arc, has this over her left eye.
  • Buso Renkin:
    • The homunculus Washio has multiple blond bangs covering his left eye, giving him a predatory look that fits with his hawk Animal Motif.
    • The ninja Alchemist Warrior Shinobu Negoro has a large, triangular bang covering his left eye that symbolises his fighting style that relies on concealment, dirty tricks and his Extra-Dimensional Shortcut powers.
  • Mikoto Urabe in Mysterious Girlfriend X is sometimes this way, and sometimes has Blinding Bangs, and is more antisocial than shy.
  • In Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, Kiri Komori has one, and it is often played for comic effect: "I've only been opened by Sensei before," and ''Don't open it!''
  • Maze Megaburst Space has Gorgeous.
  • James in From Eroica with Love is an example of this. His bangs do not consistently cover a particular eye. While one may point out that his hair may signify his emotional behavior and duplicitous nature, his hair style is also supposed to be reminiscent of the hairstyle worn by Jimmy Page in his younger years.
  • Tobias, Nando, and Sir Aaron from Pokémon, as well as the game characters listed below.
  • Vicious from Cowboy Bebop. Interestingly, besides making him look pensive and brooding (and, ok, sexy as hell), his bangs usually flop over his left eye—the same eye Spike lost in an accident.
  • Mikael from I'm Gonna Be an Angel! has his left side of face always covered with bangs, even though his left eye is still oddly visible. But a translucent hair is kinda a standard in this series. Also, his bangs covering half of his face may serve to underline his ambiguous nature. Or just add to his overall bishiness
  • Taki in Captain Tsubasa. Levin and Pascal as well. Sano when he does not have Blinding Bangs.
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  • Chaos, the evil second-generation Angeloid from Heaven's Lost Property, has this hair style (until she is defeated and becomes good).
  • Leon Earnhardt from Future GPX Cyber Formula SAGA and SIN, although both of his eyes are shown.
  • Gilbert from Kaze to Ki no Uta.
  • Casca's and Serpico's bangs do this from time to time in Berserk, since they have the most pronounced bangs.
  • Played for Laughs in Vandread. The resident Bishōnen Duero wears long hair covering his right eye at all times. In the second season finale, Parfeit sneaks up on him and briefly brushes his hair aside, exclaiming "I knew it!" with a content smile. Too bad the audience only sees him from behind in that shot.
  • Lingyu Bao of Cynthia the Mission's hair covers his left eye or rather the scar where it used to be.
  • In Saint Beast, many characters have the style, but Cassandra's bangs are the likely the only meaningful version, obscuring his face and represent his guardedness.
  • Atori in Noein has long blond hair covering half his face. The dub's Hilarious Outtakes poke fun at it:
    "Why is this banana on my head?"
    "I'm in luck! This gel keeps my hair pointing upwards!"
  • Yuzuru Otonashi from Angel Beats! had this over his left eye when he was alive. He chopped them off when he decided to go back to school.
  • Tsubaki from Future Diary.
  • Hilda from Beelzebub. It's to cover her super-sensitive left eye.
  • In Date A Live, Kurumi Tokisaki's bangs cover her left eye. Doubles as an Eyepatch of Power. The first four bullets (sexy, shy, deception and vulnerability) all apply to her.
  • In Brothers Conflict, the Asahina twins, Azusa and Tsubaki, have perfectly specular bangs covering respectively the left eye and the right eye.
  • Megrez Alberich from Saint Seiya's Asgard Arc. In his case, it's meant to represent deception and concealment - namely, the fact that he's the only one aware of Hilda's brainwashing.
  • Annie Leonhart from Attack on Titan. Her bangs often conceal her right eye, symbolizing her closed-off and secretive nature. She's actually a Titan agent sent to infiltrate the military. Her long bangs help conceal her face during her rampage as the Female Titan.
  • If Her Flag Breaks: Mei has this hairstyle, representing her desire to remain emotionally aloof and guarded.
  • Tail Ashford from Tokyo Underground.
  • Touka from Tokyo Ghoul. Her bangs often conceal her right eye. She's actually a Ghoul and a member of Anteiku.
  • One-off character Rei Kinoshita in Sgt. Frog.
  • One of Gen's friends from Barefoot Gen uses her hair to cover half of her face; in this case, that half is burnt by the atomic radiation from the Hiroshima Bombing and the eye on that side is sealed shut.
  • Kyoko and Kana have this hairstyle in Re-Kan!. However, due to the art style, their hidden eye is still visible.
  • In Guardian Fairy Michel, Salome's hair covers her right eye.
  • Urushihara from The Devil Is a Part-Timer! has hair covering his right eye. This has a double meaning showing his untrustworthy nature and his lack of social skills.
  • Decim the Arbiter in Death Parade hides his right eye.
  • Shouko Aizawa from Jewelpet Sunshine; a solitary type who doesn't have many close friends, except for her delinquent group. There's also a concealment metaphor, as she acts extremely tough, but turns very mushy when she falls in love, much to her embarrassment.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Erza, on occasion. It always covers her right eye, which is false and magical.
    • Freed, all the time, because like Erza, his right eye is weird. It only uncovers when he uses his darkness magic to transform.
    • Alzack, until the Time Skip. Could be a sign of shyness which he grows out of when he marries his longtime partner Bisca during the skip.
    • Rogue, all the time as well, probably due to aloofness. Less so with his future counterpart.
  • Megumi from Komori-san Can't Decline! used to have Blinding Bangs, but she started pulling her hair back at Komori's suggestion. She keeps one side covered because it looks cool.
  • Butch in Powerpuff Girls Z has hair going over one of his eyes. Unlike his brothers, his design is based off his pre-redesign version from The Powerpuff Girls. Butch is the Evil Counterpart (and Spear Counterpart) to Kaoru.
  • In Brave10, Jinpachi's dreads cover up one eye, adding to his mystery, whereas Rokuro and Nanakuma's takes emphasize their distant personalities.
  • A few characters in Bungo Stray Dogs have this, for varying reasons. In Kouyou it seems to give a sultry look, while a minor character who sported this named Ace was hinted to be sneaky and untrustworthy.
  • Shirasaka Koume in THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls has this in the mysterious and shy girl variety. It raises the shock value when her Creepy Child side shows itself to anyone for the first time.
  • Victor Nikiforov and Yuri Plisetsky from Yuri!!! on Ice both have this hairstyle; Victor's hair covers the left side of his face while Yurio's covers his right. Yurio fits the "asocial" type due to his brash and hot-tempered personality preventing him from being friendly with anyone, while Victor nails the "seductive" type and seems to fit the "deceptive" type at first glance but it turns out that he's not as deceptive as the early episodes make him out to be.
  • Saya from Tanaka-kun is Always Listless has bangs that cover her eye, even though her hair is of short length.
  • Ram and Rem, the twin maids from Re:Zero, have bangs that are just enough to cover their left and right eye, respectively.
  • Luxembourg, the calm, polite and elegant Princely Young Man from Hetalia: Axis Powers, has bangs that cover his right eye completely.
  • Angelica from Superior wears her hair this way to hide her demon eye.
  • Musashino Animation's manager Yuka Okitsu from Shirobako is a very reserved lady. Only when she's serious (more so than usual, at that) does she sweep her bangs out of the way.
  • Sucy in Little Witch Academia has bangs over one eye, as she's the creepiest of the protagonist.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena: Vulnerabiltity and Drama variant. (Warning: MAJOR SPOILER): Anthy, whose hair is always in a Prim and Proper Bun, is shown late in the series Letting Her Hair Down in situations where she's especially broken or vulnerable due her status as the Rose Bride. During the final battle between Utena and Akio, Anthy's hair briefly takes this look to show just how utterly broken she is.
  • Inazuma Eleven:
    • Kazemaru has bangs over his left eye. At first they don't really seem meaningful, besides making him more attractive than he already is, but later it's revealed he has serious insecurities under high pressure due to his inabillity to catch up with the rest of his teammates, which leads him to go mad for power at the end of the second arc.
    • Haizaki and Yagihara from Ares. The latter is the biggest Shrinking Violet in the franchise, while the former is an Aloof Ally who wants to take revenge over an educational programme which changed his friend for the worse. He used to be more cheerful in his childhood, when he didn't have peek-a-bangs.
  • Venoct/Orochi from Yo-Kai Watch has bangs over his right eye. He's a very powerful ninja-like Yo-kai who seeks for powerful opponents to fight. Although he seems edgy at first because his description of the powerful Rubeus J matches Jibanyan's description perfectly, it turns out Rubeus J was a completely different Yo-kai after all and defeats him.
  • Ishigami from Kaguya-sama: Love is War has this in the present, but flashbacks show that his hair was much shorter in middle school. His profile states that they represent his fear of others and are a way to block anything he doesn't want to see.
  • In Battle Spirits Shonen Toppa Bashin, both Number Nine and Smile have their hair like this. It's likely to show that they're both villains with a hidden agenda.
  • Tomoko Kuroki in It's Not My Fault I'm Not Popular! has them. Her other eye becomes less obscured when excited or emotional and she has it less often in general in later chapters
  • Gauche from Black Clover is deceptive/concealing. His left eye is normally covered. It isn't real and instead contains a magic mirror that accumulates magic so he can augment his mirror spells.
  • Reiko Yanagi from My Hero Academia has peek-a-bangs over the left side of her face. The trope in this case best accentuate her tendency to be "strange" (her Quirk is named Poltergeist, so her appearance takes cues from Japanese portrayals of ghosts and spirits).
  • Kengan Ashura: Retsudo Katahara has bangs that completely cover his right eye. As the Commander of his father's personal army, his distinctly asymmetric hairstyle sets him apart subordinates and marks him as as a top-notch fighter among his already unbelievably strong peers, as this means that he has to fight with one eye closed.

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    Comic Books 
  • Marvel Comics villainess Viper wears her hair over one eye. Like Dr. Blight (see below), this is to cover scarring on that part of the face.
  • Talia al Ghul, a love interest of Batman. Spoofed in "Batsman: Swarming Scourge of the Underworld", a comedic story in Batman Black and White, which depicts her shooting repeatedly at Batsman and missing because having one eye covered means she has no depth perception.
  • Throughout her numerous looks, one of the stable features of Joseph Michael Linsner's Dawn is her hair always covering her right eye. To the point where, when her lover brushes her hair out of her face, he's genuinely surprised that she has a right eye.
  • X-Factor's Oracular Urchin Layla Miller. After escaping from a future mutant concentration camp where prisoners get an M branded over one eye, she steals a wig to cover her brand.
  • Jane in Insane Jane has this sort of hairstyle in scenes that take place in the present day, to hide the fact that she practically burned half of her face off trying to give herself superpowers, though it's difficult to say whether she styles it deliberately for this reason (she's kind of extremely delusional).
  • In Australian comic Platinum Grit, Nilson Kerr's right eye is never seen.
  • Oyuki from the Archie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures has this. The only time she ever showed both eyes was in a flash-forward to her in her twenties.
  • Moon from Pocket God has her left eye covered by a large bang. It's very rare to see even a glimpse of her eye.
  • Nightwing is often portrayed with these to the point that they are practically his trademark. That is when he is not in full badass mode.
  • Hack/Slash gives us Cassandra Hack with a generous helping of Perky Goth.
  • Aarik of White Sand has hair covering one of his eyes to drive home the point that he's a Tall, Dark, and Snarky master swordsman.
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1: Pris wears her long wavy blond hair in a sultry loose style swept mostly over her left eye and cheek, which hides the Beauty Mark that's visible when she's dressed as Cheetah.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW), Whisper the Wolf has her hair cover the right side of her face. It's also where she places her mask when not in use.

    Fan Works 
  • It's mentioned that as a teenager, Rio wore this style in the Jem fic Deception Unveiled. Kimber thought it was just for fashion but it was actually because he was hiding bruises (presumably from Abusive Parents).
  • Amir, Zelda's bully in Zelda and the Manacle of Cahla, has long bangs that cover his left eye. Like his namenote , the hairstyle is a nod to Sheik. It's really to hide his heterochromia, the proof of his mixed heritage.
  • In Cabinet Man [COMPLETE Evil!Spottedleaf MAP], Spottedleaf is a cat with head fur that acts this way. Originally, it could either fit the "shy and demure" version or "religious veil" versions due to her status as a nice medicine cat. However, for most of the animation, it represents the "deceptive" variant. Spottedleaf is ruining everyone's lives while pretending to be heroic.

    Films — Animation 
  • Violet in The Incredibles did this for most of the movie (showing shyness in her case). The last few scenes show her with her hair back, symbolizing the fact that she's come to terms with herself and is more open now.
  • Astrid in How to Train Your Dragon. They're over her left eye when she's the toughened Viking, and away from her face when she starts warming up to Hiccup, most notably when she kisses him.
  • Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit is considered the epitome of sultry peek-a-bangs. There's only one time that we see her other eye, and that's when she reacts to the sight of the Dip.
  • Mehitabel from Shinbone Alley has the furry variety.
  • Kate's sister Lilly in Alpha and Omega is an example of the "shy and demure" variety. Like the Violet example, her hair is gradually pushed back to symbolize her growing confidence.
  • Sasha La Fleur in All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 during her song "Count me Out" stands at a strange angle, giving her one of these. In this case, it's a wedding veil.
  • Monsters, Inc.:
    • Smitty, a four-armed slug-like monster serving as one of the two janitors.
    • Monsters University: Claire Wheeler, the Cute Monster Girl announcer for the Scare Games, as part of her overall goth allure. Note that she has three eyes, though, and two are usually visible, reducing the effect of the Peek-a-Bangs.
  • Peg from Lady and the Tramp, probably since she's meant to represent The Chanteuse.
  • In The Book of Life, Goth Kid's hair covers his eyes. Sanjay's hair covers his left eye.
  • The eponymous Kubo and the Two Strings has his hair usually covering his Eyepatch of Power, which in turn covers his empty left eye socket.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • When Peter Parker gains the evil symbiote costume in the film Spider-Man 3, one of the first things he does is brush his hair down over one eye. Oh sure, he does lots of other mean stuff — like telling Ursula to make him cookies, with nuts! — but that's your first big clue that he's going over to the dark side.
  • Angel Terminators: The sequel has the character Bullet, whose hairdo constantly obscures her right eye, even during her fight scenes. This is to date the only film starring Yukari Oshima where she sports this hairdo.
  • Xia from the kung-fu film The Bastard is a male example, a kickass fighter and martial arts expert, but also a naive everyman and Nice Guy. Some DVD covers puts his style right on the front.
  • Mui from Shaolin Soccer starts out as a shy girl with hair covering most of her acne-ridden face. Towards the end, she shaves her head when she joins as a replacement goalkeeper and turns out to be Beautiful All Along.
  • The Ring: Sadako for the Nightmare Fuel variant.
  • "The Bad" in The Good, the Bad, the Weird, who is The Dandy and has an anachronistic "J-pop" look.
  • Star Spangled Rhythm ridiculed Veronica Lake's hairstyle in song, along with Paulette Goddard's sweater and Dorothy Lamour's sarong. The musical number's punchline was a "peek-a-boo bang" on the face of Adolf Hitler, who is blamed for dictating the fashion.
  • Velanka, the Big Bad's lover in Casino Royale (2006) has her bangs cover her left eye, marking her as a ruthless Dark Chick.
  • Lee Weathers in Morgan indicating deception. She's revealed to be a Super Soldier like Morgan.
  • Done extensively on the heroine of MirrorMask as she spends much of this artsy film looking through her bangs for essentially everyone. Also serving to contrast with her alternate universe counterpart, who has pulled back hair.
  • Newt Scamander in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, in particular in the first film, whose long bangs highlights his great shyness and solitary behaviour, especially as he also avoids eye-contacts most of the time.
  • In Jack the Reaper, Shrinking Violet Jessie (who is implied to be being abused) usually has her hair hanging over half her face so she can hide behind it.

  • Shadowy Severus Snape, in the Harry Potter books, often hides all or part of his face behind his "curtains" of long black hair.
  • Asher in the Anita Blake books has beautiful long golden hair that usually covers most of the right side of his body as that side is covered in burn scars from a long-ago torture session with holy water.
  • Ciri from The Witcher series starts wearing her hair like this in Tower of the Swallow to conceal an extremely messy shuriken-inflicted scar on her cheek. Most men interpret it as simply sexy.
  • Mahiro Yasaka from Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! has the shy version, but only in the light novels; the Anime adaptations parted his hair to shift it out of his face.
  • In The Bartimaeus Trilogy, John Mandrake (Nathaniel) has a long hairstyle in the second book, The Golem's Eye, that includes this, and is often mercilessly ribbed about it by Bartimaeus. By the third book, Ptolemy's Gate, he has abandoned it in favor a cropped military hairstyle modeled after that of the British soldiers that helps him to win favor with the public.
  • Steel Crow Saga: Xiulan uses either her bangs or a rakishly tilted hat to hide that her pact mark from binding a Shade manifested on her left eyeball.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Chandler from Friends has this look in a 80's flashback, probably spoofing Mike Score from A Flock of Seagulls.
  • Peter Petrelli from Heroes, in the first season, before chopping it off in Season 2 and letting it grow back in a slightly shorter fashion in Season 4. His haircut had to be written in because Milo Ventimiglia hated the long hair so much that he buzzed it all off after filming.
  • Cameron of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles uses this sometimes; Summer Glau said that she had to deliberately train herself to not do "human" actions like brushing her hair out of her face during fight scenes, which sometimes leads to one side of her face being obscured after a battle or action sequence.
  • This was also deliberately invoked in certain scenes in Firefly and Serenity where River's hair was used to obscure parts of her face during some of her less-than-lucid scenes.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise. The Mirror Universe Hoshi Sato, as befits her Femme Fatale character. Later T'Pol after she's captured, presumably to show vulnerability.
  • Velvet: Cristina adopts this hairstyle once she does her Face–Heel Turn.
  • Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: Taiga Hanaya doesn't sport it usually, but when he transforms into Kamen Rider Snipe, he has a neon-green bang in front of his right eye.


    Tabletop Games 
  • Going by the beta release, Leonardo de Montreal is depicted with hair covering one eye in most of his art in Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine. Fits the Loner and possibly Mystical archetypes, sometimes the Secretive, but usually not the Seductive and definitely not the Shy.

  • Westeros: An American Musical: Sandor has a scar on part of his face in the original story. The fact the actor playing him doesn't have one is hidden by his hair covering part of his face, including one of his eyes.

    Video Games 
  • Rosalina in Super Mario Galaxy. She did not have one as a little girl in her storybook, however. Her iconic bangs start growing after the realization that her family is long dead.
  • Freya in Final Fantasy IX. The low resolution of the character models make it difficult to tell, but the CG cutscenes and her character artwork show that her hair does cover her right eye.
  • Lulu from Final Fantasy X.
  • Illua from Final Fantasy Tactics A2
  • Leon S. Kennedy from the Resident Evil series is pretty notorious for this. Alyssa Ashcroft also sports them.
  • Gannayev from Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer, possibly symbolic of his deep-seated and carefully hidden fear of letting someone see who he really is.
  • Onmyōji:
    • Yasha sports this style post-Awakening, possibly for further sexual appeal than he already has. This could also be viewed as the loner variety, seeing as he suffers from extreme loneliness.
    • Ichimokuren has his long bangs over his right eye, or the area where normally a right eye belongs.
  • Lumine and Layer in Mega Man X8. Layer has them over both eyes, but her eyes are visible during certain reaction shots.
  • Pandora from Guitar Hero has this in some of her outfits.
  • Angel Starr, Matt Engarde and young Mia Fey in Ace Attorney. In Angel Starr's case, she swishes her bang over to the other eye whenever her mood changes from sweet to bitter. In Matt Engarde's case, with his hair down, he seems enthusiastic and innocent. And then he slicks it back, revealing Evil Scars, grins an evil grin, and pulls A Glass of Chianti out of Hammerspace. Eeeeevil! Mia Fey meanwhile flicks the hair out her eye just before making a particularly effective point in court.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Karel in The Blazing Blade has this covering his right eye.
    • In Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, Lucia and Nailah have this. In the latter's case, it's because she is able to turn other people to stone from the eye's gaze.
    • In the Mystery of the Emblem remake, the thief Dahl sports long hair that covers his right eye, similar to Karel.
    • Female Avatars can invoke this in Awakening.
    • Fates introduces the retainers Kagero, Setsuna, and Peri; elder Nohrian princess Camilla, and Azura's son Shigure. A female Avatar in these games can again invoke this, but this time, so can a male Avatar.
  • Sialeeds from Suikoden V.
  • Lucia in Devil May Cry 2.
  • Tear Grants from Tales of the Abyss.
  • Sniper Wolf in Metal Gear Solid. This drew snarky comments in The Last Days Of Fox Hound.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Zexion. Not an example of vulnerability or being emo, like many seem to think. Instead, it's to show his deceptive and manipulative nature. This is also shown in his title: "The Cloaked Schemer"
    • Fuu(jin), replacing the eyepatch worn by the original version (which would probably look out of place on a kid).
    • Sora's right eye is concealed by his hair while in Monstropolis as a result of him becoming a werecat. This is actually the fourth form to conceal his eyes, the others being in Halloween Town, Christmas Townnote , and Space Paranoidsnote .
  • Alma from F.E.A.R.
  • This appears to be a hereditary trait of the Kurosu family in Persona 2, as both Jun Kurosu and his mother Junko have it.
  • Persona 3:
  • Pokémon:
    • Gym Leaders Falkner, Cress, and Flannery, and Champion Cynthia.
    • Some Pokémon may appear to be this way (Gardevoir, Staraptor, and Darkrai in particular), but they're perfectly symmetrical from the front.
    • In the 10th movie, in Pokémon: Battle Revolution, and in its trophy in Brawl, Darkrai's right eye is completely covered. Although, for some odd reason, in the handheld games its right eye can be seen clearly in its back sprite.
    • Litwick from Black & White has this with melted candle wax.
    • In the remakes of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Aqua Admin Shelly has this going on.
    • Absol sports this look in its Mega form.
    • Gladion from Pokémon Sun and Moon has them, likely reflecting his status as a loner.
  • Super Robot Wars:
    • Gilliam Yeager. He has something to hide in every appearance, although at this point his biggest secret is that he's had so many appearances in different continuities, all being the same Gilliam.
    • Lemon Browning sports this look, and sure enough turns out to be an Undead Alternate Universe Robot Clone of Excellen. Incidentally, the other UAURC, Wodan Ymir, manages a similar look by losing half of his mask in his final scene.
  • Certain hairstyles for female draenei and orcs, and for male draenei and blood elves, in World of Warcraft. The male styles are actually referred to in-game as the "emo".
  • Many hairstyles in City of Heroes cover one of your character's eyes.
  • Some of the hairstyles in Rock Band cover up one of the character's eyes, most obviously the Emover and the Femover.
  • Hanako from Katawa Shoujo hides the burn scars on her face behind her bangs.
  • The King of Fighters: Iori Yagami has this, as he's somewhat of a tribute to Yashiro Nightow's character designs. NOT Emo either, as he predates the fad by several years (his debut game was in 1995).
  • Tales of Symphonia:
  • Ōkami:
    • Rao. Perhaps with reason, her true form of a fox is missing her right eye.
    • When the spirit of the real Rao is leading you through the temple, both her eyes are visible and the prayer beads she wears are blue. There are blue beads on the corpse down there as well.
  • Drowned Ophelia from Brütal Legend. She avoids Blinding Bangs with the aid of a pink hairclip that holds the other half of her bangs in place.
  • Sakura Wars:
    • Maria Tachibana's left eye is always covered by her hair.
    • Cheiron Archer from Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love normally doesn't wear her hair like this, but during the mock trial in Chapter 2, you learn that she used to dress up this way when she was the leader of the Centaurs gang.
  • Marina Wulfstan from Valkyria Chronicles sports these, along with an Idiot Hair.
  • Mr. R from Boy Love Game Kichiku Megane only ever shows his right eye thanks to this trope, even in scenes where the camera angle changes. His usage of it qualifies as deception/concealment.
  • Sis from Alpha Protocol.
  • Yuina Himoo, the resident Mad Scientist of Tokimeki Memorial.
  • Lucia "of the Ice and Fire" Rinanore in Mitsumete Knight.
  • Pleinair from Disgaea.
  • Vincent in Catherine, though only for a time after Katherine breaks up with him.
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Falcon from Hot Shots Golf Fore!. Toshi from Hot Shots Tennis: Get a Grip has this as well.
  • Captain Schwann in Tales of Vesperia, in contrast to Raven.
  • Ashley's new look in Mass Effect 3 replaces her Prim and Proper Bun with this.
  • In Borderlands 2 the Guardian Angel's hair hangs down on the left side of her face, though it doesn't completely obscure that eye. This reflects her physical form, where her hair is pulled around to the left side of her head and tied off, completely covering that side of her face.
  • Skullgirls:
  • In A Witch's Tale, while in human form, Loue always has his hair covering his right eye.
  • Undertale has Mettaton EX, not only fitting his role as Mr. Fanservice but also keeping with the left eye motif. His NEO form reveals that his right eye is incomplete or missing.
  • The White Mage in Mario Sports Mix has her right eye covered by pink hair. This increases her sex appeal.
  • In ClockUp's Maggot Baits, the "Witch" Carol has these. She's a reserved, serious, stoic main character.
  • Shirasaka Koume in THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls has this in the mysterious and shy girl variety. It raises the shock value when her Creepy Child side shows itself to anyone for the first time.
  • KanColle has the shipgirls Hamakaze, Asashimo, Hayashimo, and Kako, although this only happens to Kako in her Kai Ni. On the Abyssal side, there are the Ka-class, Yo-class, and So-class submarines; Southern Demon, Southern War Demon, and Southern War Princess; Seaplane Tender Water Princess, and Summer Seaport Princess.
  • Shinobu from Ensemble Stars! appears to be of the mysterious variety, going with his ninja motif... until you find out he actually suffers from severe social anxiety. He even tries to claim sexual harassment when Yuta tries to see under his bangs once.
  • It tends to go unnoticed because she wears goggles that look like a blindfold most of the time, but if 2B from NieR: Automata were to uncover her eyes, her left eye would still be covered by her bangs. Fittingly, she tends to keep a lot of her true feelings hidden from those around her.
  • Rokurou from Tales of Berseria has the deceptive variety, though in the party's favor - it hides the corruption on his face that would easily out him as a Daemon. Appropriately for a Yaksha (war-Daemon), it tends to blow out of the way during battle, including his Mystic Arte cut-ins.
  • Azusa Takai from Corpse Party has bangs swept over her left eye, which hide that it's red. There's only one moment in the entire game series that it's visible, and that's one of the wrong endings.
  • October from Cthulhu Saves the World, as a part of her Goth design, has one eye covered with her bangs.
  • In Honkai Impact 3rd, Rita Rossweisse is the only Valkyrie with this hairstyle, which covers her left eye. This serves both to accent her beauty and mark her as an antagonist, as she's introduced late in the game's Story mode as an agent of the madman Otto Apocalypse and opposes the more heroic Valkyries multiple times.
  • PsyCard: The demon self's icon in Friend's Quest, has her left eye covered by her hair. The normal self has that eye covered by an eyepatch.

    Web Animation 
  • In Red vs. Blue, Project Freelancer agents Carolina, Connecticut, and South Dakota all have these — in South's case it borders on Blinding Bangs. Given that all three wear helmets with their Powered Armor on a regular basis, it's a mystery how they manage to avoid it blocking their vision or turning into helmet hair.
  • Kandee Flaus, from the fictional band Savlonic. The same band includes a girl with Blinding Bangs as well.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Killdra has bangs that hang over her right eye.
  • Dreamscape: Vampire Lord also has bangs that hang over his right eye, and Aseir does too.
  • RWBY: Cinder has bangs that cover her left eye either partially or totally depending on the angle, both to make her look more sultry and because as an archer it helps her aim. It also foreshadows the loss of her left eye in the Volume 3 finale, and after that volume, it's completely covered to hide the disfiguring scars.
  • SMG4's Mario Bloopers: Tari has short, blue hair that covers her left eye, representing her shy personality. She still has this hairstyle in Meta Runner.

    Web Comics 
  • ''Aqua Regia Daniel has his Barbarian Long Hair covering his left side of the face which has a huge X shaped scar.
  • Ardam from Adventurers!, as well as everyone from his hometown.
  • Faith from Alone in a Crowd wears her hair like this, although the reason for it (if any) has not yet been specified.
  • In Autumn Bay, Ghoul's devilock functions as this most of the time (though it is always the far eye that is hidden).
  • Bastard!!: The main character, Jin, has this hairstyle, covering his glass eye.
  • Agent 32 in Cheer!. When we finally see the covered eye, there's a nasty scar going over it.
  • Nimmel Feenix from Dominic Deegan had his right eye slashed to uselessness, so he combed his previously slicked-back hair in such a way as to cover it up. His hair also covers terrible facial scarring. It took two story arcs of Character Development for him to work through the issues connected to the scar; first the Survivor Guilt note , and then the Freakiness Shame note , ending with an Important Haircut that exposed his whole face.
  • The Operator in The Easy Breather also uses this hairstyle to hide a scarred face.
  • El Goonish Shive
  • This is Darren Blake's hairstyle in The Fan.
  • The Far Side Of Utopia has Tyler whose hair always covers his right eye. Naomi tends to gain this when fighting, it's more Hidden Eyes as it frequently switches which eye is visible.
  • Meredith the Goth from The Fuzzy Five sports this look, as lampshaded here.
  • Geilen from Garanos is shown with these after revealing that she's The Mole.
  • Ginger from Ginger's Bread.
  • Saves-a-Fox from Goblins.
  • Grim Trigger: Lodin's hair is like this to cover up his eye.
  • The Guide to a Healthy Relationship: Julian wears their long hair covering up as much of their face as possible without going blind due to having some serious psychological issues that have them prefer to not be seen by people all that much. Or avoid interacting with people.
  • Margo in chapter 34 of Gunnerkrigg Court.
  • Homestuck's Vriska Serket had her left eye covered by hair when we first see her. She also wears glasses with one grey lens. Previously she had a Magical Eye with seven pupils but she lost it and got scarred on half of her face when a cueball exploded in her face.
  • Sal Walters of It's Walky!, symbolizing her incapacity for introspection and subsequent lack of perspective. When she goes through a spurt of character development and learns to see things from other points of view, she goes back to having two eyes.
  • Lifolei of Juathuur, a scary, scary woman.
  • In Ladies In Waiting, Charlotte's right eye is always entirely covered by her hair.
  • Both eyes are visible through the hair, but Daisy Archanis in Last Res0rt often has one. It's not always covering her face, but it's there enough.
  • Ash from Misfile. In this case, the eye can be seen through the hair.
  • Mountain Time gives us Simone, whose left eye is never seen.
  • In Nerf NOW!!, Demogirl has this in place of Demoman’s eyepatch.
  • Never Satisfied has Lucy and Siobhan. Lucy's bangs occasionally hang over their right eye, which is also covered by an eyepatch. When their bangs cover their eyepatch, it's usually in a moment of vulnerability.
  • Orion of *The Noordegraaf Files has these.
  • Hiro of Overlord Academy has the entire right side of his face completely obscured by bright blue bangs, leading one to wonder how he can see well enough to use the scope of that sniper rifle.
  • Shan'rekk from Prophecy of the Circle.
  • Rain, from RAIN, has these.
  • Rebirth:
    • One of Neo’s eyes is always hidden behind his bangs. It makes him seem even more mysterious.
    • Siobhan, like her Riverside Extras counterpart, has bangs over her left eye.
  • Taisei of Sakana usually has Blinding Bangs instead, but sometimes one of them peeps out, depending on what makes the expression work. The reason for the concealment is that his eyes are naturally set in a particularly crazed expression at odds with his inherently friendly personality, so he grows his hair out to keep from putting people off.
  • Bay from Sailor Sun, likely symbolizing her discomfort with living as a girl.
  • Sister Iceland from Scandinavia and the World.
  • Sequential Art: Scarlet, Violet, and Jade of the Think Tank Quartet wear their head fur in various defining hairstyles that employ this trope (Amber has slicked-back hair with an ahoge). True to the anime-esque art style, their eyes and eyebrows are completely visible underneath their hair.
  • Conquest, daughter of Galasso, from Shortpacked! has this hairstyle.
  • Drummer and metalhead Ashley from Soul Symphony.
  • Deimos from Starfighter is a sneaky, socially impaired, and emotionally vulnerable example.
  • Star Impact's Buzz and Margo.
  • Maren from TwoKinds usually has her hair cover the left side of her face, this wasn’t the case at first but she started sporting it in later chapters, though not all the time.
  • One of the (as far as is known) unnamed regular customers in Unshelved. Dewey has made a few scathing remarks about it from time to time.
  • Monica of Wapsi Square has this style sometimes. it is quite noticeable in the first panel here.
  • In Weak Hero, Gray's hair often falls over his right eye, especially in moments that emphasise his aloofness or hostility.
  • Rage, from Wright as Rayne, sports some peek-a-bangs, serving to make him look slightly mysterious and stoic.
  • Sadako of YU+ME: dream .

    Web Videos 
  • Armand Trueman from Flander's Company has an eye covered by a lock about half the time. There are plenty of jokes about his "beautiful hair" in the series.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Most Emo fashion have hairstyles involving this.
  • Actress Veronica Lake, as mentioned above.
  • Sometimes Michael Jackson had this look.
  • Phil Oakey of the Synth-Pop band The Human League.
  • Singer Gabrielle has been known to do this as one of her many ways of hiding her lazy eye (she has also used sunglasses, hats, and an eyepatch to cover it).
  • Aaliyah. Rumor has it she had a lazy eye.
  • Asagi, vocalist for the Japanese band D, always has his right eye covered.
  • Ian Watkins of Welsh band Lostprophets wore an example for a while.
  • Bassist Alex James of Blur, sometimes.
  • Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin
  • Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead is known for having these.
  • Slash, best known for Guns N' Roses, is prone to this (often with added Cool Shades).
  • Llamas and alpacas sometimes have these.
  • Trent Reznor briefly had this look around the time the album With Teeth came out.
  • Michael Score of A Flock of Seagulls, as was famously spoofed by Chandler's 80's look in Friends.
  • Lisa Lisa (of & the Cult Jam fame) nailed down the sexy version in the music video for "I Wonder If I Take You Home".
  • Ann Margret was injured during a performance, and facial surgery left a scar on her forehead; since then she has worn long bangs or her hair brushed over one eye to hide it.


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