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"Well, it looks like they just couldn't handle...
*puts on glasses* purple eyes."
Lelouch vi Britannia, Code MENT - Episode 1

Purple Eyes, also called "violet", "lavender/lilac" or "amethyst" (depending on the shade) are a type of Technicolor Eyes used in fiction as an indicator that a character is very special, rare, unique, and/or somehow possessed of strange or mysterious talents or heritage. These connotations mean that it's mostly possessed by characters that are either key to the plot, or need to stand out from the background.

Albinos in fiction are also likely to have these, though being albino is generally special in its own way as the condition is quite rare.

Technically 'purple' eyes are possible in real life, though extremely rare, due to pigmentation deficiencies. The lack of pigment in the irises creates a translucent blue color through which the underlying blood vessels are visible. However, the 'purple' is barely distinguishable unless under bright light and the eyes appear more dark blue than anything else. Bright purple or pale purple eyes are not found in humans. Let's also note that Alexandria's Genesis, the condition in which a human is born with purple eyes, no body hair (and no periods for women) is not real.


Compare Graceful Ladies Like Purple, Purple Is Powerful, Supernatural Is Purple. See also Occult Blue Eyes, which has similar connotations but with the color blue instead of purple.

It should be noted that this trope is NOT just for characters who have eyes of this color, but when the color actually indicates the character is special somehow. Please do not add characters who just happen to have eyes of this color without the proper reason behind it.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Mai Minase, who shares some mysterious connection with The World in .hack //Liminality.
  • Many nations in Axis Powers Hetalia have these, some of which are connected to the supernatural or magical:
  • Tama-chan, the quiet, innocent, yet super-skilled kendo girl from Bamboo Blade.
  • Takashiro-sensei in Bible Black has purple eyes with red hair, and is a magic user with great significance to the backstory.
  • Bleach: Yumichika has wisteria-coloured eyes. Zanpakutou represent their shinigami's true nature and his hates the colour of wisteria-purple...which itself raises questions about Yumichika's true personality, as his true strength and nature is a mystery. Superficially narcissistic, he's hiding the fact he's sacrificing everything he is to adhere to his division's martial philosophy. The very few times his true abilities have been used, he's won in a single strike, meaning his full strength has never been tested or even acknowledged. And he's working hard to keep it that way.
  • Certain Code Geass characters, specifically the Royal Family of Britannia have unique variants of purple eyes. The purple eyes are in fact a trait of the Royal Family. Several royals (Schneizel, Euphie, Nunnally) and several non-royal characters (Nina and Leila - the latter also fits the special trope due to her Geass) have them but true amethyst purple eyes are much rarer - Lelouch has them; it's worthwhile noting he could be considered the most "special" of them all as the lead character and all he does. Notably, Rolo's eyes are also amethyst purple - adding weight to the fan theory that he might have actually been Nunnally's twin, separated at birth, or the idea he's a illegitimate member of the royal family.
  • Mewtwo in Pokémon: The First Movie has purple eyes and is not only one-of-a-kind, but has psychic powers far greater than those of any other pokémon, (with the possible exception of Mew).
  • Shinigami Asato Tsuzuki from Descendants of Darkness. Interestingly not a Variant Visage; they really are purple, with the implication Tsuzuki was shunned in his hometown by superstitious people.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, while all the homunculi except for Gluttony, Sloth, Wrath and Pride have red eyes, in "Brotherhood," Envy and Pride have purple eyes; the latter originally has black eyes which turn purple after he eats Gluttony. All of the homunculi in the 2003 anime version (except for Gluttony) have purple eyes.
  • Florian from the manga Gorgeous Carat has amethyst eyes that are commented on quite frequently, and are pretty much the sole reason so many people lust after him.
  • "Oni no Fukuchou" Hijikata in Hakuouki has purple eyes to display his strength and charisma as the vice commander of The Shinsengumi.
  • Chaos from Heaven's Lost Property has distinctly purple eyes; and as time goes on, she just keeps on becoming more and more alien when compared to the other angeloids. Also another thing to note is that when other angeloids fight seriously, their eyes turn red. However, Chaos' eyes stay the same color, and the only thing that changes is the pattern on them.
  • Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss has them. Since he's a Kitsune, he kind of qualifies as special and mysterious.
  • Laughing Under the Clouds:
    • A good part of the main cast belongs to the Fuma clan, known for their white hair and purple eyes. They are not albinos from birth, however. The hair and eyes are a result of the rigorous training they go through to become full members of the clan.
    • A more straight example of this trope is Botan, who is a shikigami conjured for the sole purpose of sealing the Orochi 600 years prior to the story.
  • Nodoka Miyazaki in Mahou Sensei Negima!, in going with her violet motif and hair color, contrasting the lead heroine's lighter blue and green. Having darker and more mysterious eyes may be some metaphor for inner strength or a type of enigmatic, hidden bravery, since she (despite being seen as meek otherwise) often enters such a state when pulling her hair away. After she enters the magical world Nodoka makes it clear she belongs in this trope as of chapter 280. "I am Nodoka Miyazaki, and from here I begin my counter attack." Badass.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Shouta has purple eyes (along with purple hair), which fits with him being the only major magic user among the human cast. He inherited them from his father.
  • Marii Yukari of Murasakiiro no Qualia has purple eyes and because of this odd feature it makes sense that she sees everyone as a robot. The fact that this seems to also give her insight into other people's personalities and abilities makes it seem more than just a weird quirk though.
  • Naruto:
    • Suigetsu and Hidan who are certainly special (one can turn into water, and the other is immortal respectively), but go against the trope by both being rather violent, with the first being something of a Blood Knight and the other flat-out Ax-Crazy.
    • The Rinnegan, the strongest of the eye based powers in the series, are bluish purple. They were possessed by the Sage of the Six Paths, let you use any element, let you use the Six Paths of Pain powers (gravity blasts, energy absorbing, soul ripping, Summon Magic, turn into a cyborg, and heal), can raise the dead, and by combining with the Heretic Statue's chakra receivers can allow you to control anyone, including the Tailed Beasts. Super Power Lottery might be it.
  • The apptly-named Yami No Purple Eyes has any human with the ability to transform into an animal gain purple eyes in said form. Their eyecolor also changes to purple seconds before transforming.
  • Pandora Hearts has Alice, also known as the Blood-Stained Black Rabbit, who is one of the most powerful Chains in the manga. In the anime, the protagonist's eyes also turn violet when Alice briefly takes over his body after their Magically Binding Contract. There is also the Will of the Abyss, Alice's twin sister, who combines the trope with Mystical White Hair. She inherited both traits from their father Levi, a.k.a. Glen Baskerville, who controls five incredibly powerful Chains and is in charge of protecting the Abyss.
  • Pet Shop of Horrors: Count D's father, and one half of the Count's own. As the Count is the mysterious protagonist descended from a powerful like and runs a unique pet shop that sells supernatural pets, well, he certainly ticks all the boxes.
  • When the Prétear manga was made into an anime, Sasame went from having blond hair and brown eyes to white hair and purple eyes. Considering the connotations of both tropes, it was probably an intentional hint that in this version Sasame would betray the knights.
  • In RG Veda, purple eyes are a sign of demon heritage, which is why Yasha doesn't trust Kujaku, and he tends to receive a bad welcome among people.
  • Saiyuki:
    • Genjo Sanzo has violet eyes which have been described as both like those of a god and a youkai. Appropriately enough, he was a god, specifically the nephew of the Bosatsu of Mercy in his previous life.
    • Word of God is that all kami have purple/violet eyes.
    • Kougaiji also has them, in addition to being a Dark-Skinned Redhead. Understandable, since he is a youkai.
  • Certain characters from Sorieke! Anpanman. As stated in Purple Is Powerful, characters who have these are often either magical or powerful in some way. Nandobatto since he's magical, Azami-chan since she's a plant person, and Peekaballoon since he's a balloon.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl Reina from Sound! Euphonium is one of the few characters with an unnatural eye color. Her eyes are given quite a bit of focus. It's possible Reina has purple eyes instead of something more common like Icy Blue Eyes to distinguish her due to her need to be different.
  • Kouta Otoyama, the "chosen one of the universe", in Stellvia of the Universe.
  • Haru, Koko, and Urara from Tsuritama. It's a sign of them being aliens.
  • Barunn of Tweeny Witches has purple eyes to match her status as a witch.
  • Shoukei of The Twelve Kingdoms has violet eyes, which go well with her blue hair and suited her when she was a princess. Because these colours are not as rare in her world, her appearance went unremarked when she had to live among peasants.
  • Michiru from Uta Kata has purple eyes, which match her hair, underlining her mysterious aura.
  • In The World God Only Knows, Keima's teacher, Nikaido has them. In the Heart of Jupiter arc, Keima travels back in time and meets a girl named Dokuro, who is the human incarnation of Chief Dokuro of the Runaway Spirit Squad, who also has them. It is later revealed that Nikaido is the adult present day Dokuro.
  • Kamui in the X1999 manga has blueish purple eyes (they are hazel in the anime for some reason) and certainly fits the very special and mysteriously badass criteria.
  • Both Yugi and Yami Yugi have purple eyes in Yu-Gi-Oh!. More characters in this anime have normal eye colours than hair styles/colours, so it seems notable and may or may not be indicative of both their statuses as the Chosen One. Likely an intentional sign of supernatural power on Yami Yugi's part, especially in season 0, when they were actually red.
  • Hyouka has Eru Chitanda who sports a very vibrant pair of these that are seen to get very sparkly when she's curious. While not possessing any magic powers per say, they do signify her uniqueness in belonging to a very prestigious family of wealthy farmers, she also has Super Senses.

    Comic Books 
  • Tempest, the former Aqualad, young partner of DC Comics' Aquaman. His eye color was actually a plot point for a while, since it hints at his genetic ancestry, and it was considered a bad omen around that same time.
  • In Sword of Sorcery featuring Amethyst, Princess Amaya's blonde hair and purple eyes indicate that she is Royal Blood of House Amethyst.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: While on the TV show his eyes were more of an occult blue shade, in the canon comic "Antique" and the non-canon "Spike vs. Dracula" series Dracula's eyes are purple. Dracula, besides being of course the most well-known vampire, is unique amongst Buffyverse vampires. He is able to easily hypnotize people and put them under his thrall, he can shapeshift into various forms (wolf, bat, panther, bees, mist), he can come back from being staked, and he does not have the bumpy face of common vampires but does always have fangs.
  • Raven from Teen Titans. This is one of the signs of her half-demonic heritage.
  • In Violine, Violine's eyes have this color, thanks to her telepathic powers.

    Fan Fiction 
  • Wei Ming in the Azula Trilogy has dark purple eyes. Like Princess Yue's white hair in the show, the unusual color is the result of having been touched by a spirit. Her natural eye-color was green.
  • The Fiersome Chronicles:
    • In a How to Train Your Dragon story (written by Guardian Dragon 98), an original character named Zenna has violet eyes. When she turns twenty-two she finds out she's an Elemental, an ancient power she got from her ancestor. (Everything will be clear after you read the story.)
  • For Good:
    • Ricki Sunflare, as a green-skinned alien, possesses prominent violet eyes. She is depicted as the wunderkind of the cadets and performs a Sherlock Scan on the protagonist.
    • The enigmatic Fringe woman Zomega also has one violet eye - her other eye was lost and replaced with a cybernetic red eye. She is half human, but her eye color is actually one of her human traits, as her alien heritage possesses red eyes.
  • Zack is often given violet eyes in fanfics, most likely due to the non-canon OVA Last Order. He fits, in that he's The Ace and one of the strongest people in the world without having been the product of prenatal experiment, but his canon eye color is blue. His theme on the Crisis Core soundtrack is even called Sky Blue Eyes.
  • Avance Wars 3: Yelow Commet Defence gives one to the main character, Dusk. It's said that his purple eye is a product of his Mind Control Geass.
  • Many Welcome to Night Vale fan works give Cecil purple eyes, not unlike the podcast's logo.
  • In RWBY: Reckoning, there's a mysterious figure on the side of Cinder. All we really know about them is they have purple eyes, and are immensely powerful, able to beat Darrel both physically and mentally.
  • The eyes of Kathryn, the main heroine of The Heart Trilogy, became permanently purple when she had her first vision as a Seer. When her link to her magic is broken thanks to her death and resurrection, her eyes lose their purple color until the link is fixed.
  • Princess Zelda has purple eyes in Blind Courage. Ganondorf has Past-Life Memories of various lives but has never seen a purple eyed Zelda before. Zelda's unusual eye colour, hair colour, and friendly personality signifies her as different from the previous incarnations of Zelda who all feared him from the start.
  • Aurora from Somnium is a seer with abnormal purple eyes. She gained her powers after she awoke from Maleficent's curse.

    Films — Animation 
  • Cinderella II: Dreams Come True has a non-human example: Pom-Pom has purple eyes. Especially remarkable for a cat, and they seem to be a symbol for her evilness. Also fits nicely in how she is Lucifer note 's white-furred, purple-eyed, female counterpart; he being black-furred, green-eyed, with yellow sclerae indicating his evilness. Interestingly, Pom-Pom has the very rare feline eye color (violet) that symbolizes evil in Disney works, while Lucifer has the very common feline eye color (yellow with green) that symbolizes evil in the Disney works. She also accentuates them with purple eye-shadow, and mascara.
  • Hercules: Megara has violet eyes, and wears a violet dress to match - they also go well with her Femme Fatale charms. Interestingly, in hindsight they are a clue to her allegiance to the bad guy Hades, since in the Disney universe purple mostly stands for evilness and she turns out to work for Hades. She turns out good / good-hearted in the end though, reversing the trope of purple eyes representing evilness in Disney.
  • The Last Unicorn: Amalthea, the human version of the titular unicorn, has purple eyes when she becomes human; they are seen as being extremely rare and beautiful.
  • The Little Mermaid: Another example of purple eyes representing evilness in the Disney world: Vanessa (Ursula's human alter-ego) has violet eyes. This also is one of the first signs that she isn't what she appears to be.
  • The Princess and the Frog: Dr. Facilier has purple eyes. They match his belly shirt. Word of God says that of the three Mardi Gras colors, purple was chosen for him because it's the most "unnatural".
  • Rise of the Guardians: Toothiana, a powerful wealth-bringing fairy, has pinkish-purple eyes with a crystalline pattern in the iris.
  • Sleeping Beauty: Princess Aurora has violet eyes (though in the actual film it is sometimes brown or black), which are meant to symbolize rare beauty along with her sunshine golden hair and rose red lips. She's the only Disney Princess with an abnormal eye color. An exception / subversion of the trope in the sense that in the Disney universe, violet mostly indicates evilness, but Aurora of course is as good / innocent as a person can be. Her beauty was a gift from one of her fairy godmothers at her christening, so presumably the violet eyes are supernaturally given.
  • Odette from The Swan Princess has Innocent Blue Eyes in the original film but purple in the sequels. She fits the "special" interpretation as she spends a good chunk of each film as a Baleful Polymorph who transforms into a swan. According to A Royal Family she is also The Chosen One. This is possibly a Shout-Out to the above, as well as adding to Odette's own beauty and her swan motif.
  • Zootopia: Judy Hopps has purple eyes, distinct from all other members of her rather large family. She, too, is an exception to the typical Disney purple eyes = rare or special evil.

    Film - Live Action 
  • The Witches portrays the eponymous witches as having eyes that flash purple as an indicator that they are supernatural. The book said that their pupils changed colours, which presumably was harder to do in film.
  • Elizabeth Taylor as the titular heroine in Cleopatra 1963 - possibly as a reference to the Alexandria's Genesis legend. It was achieved with lighting tricks, but it started a myth that the actress's eyes were that colour in real life (there was even a perfume named 'Elizabeth Taylor's Violet Eyes').

  • Anne of Green Gables books by L. M. Montgomery have an in-universe example: Anne writes a story in which one of the ridiculously beautiful heroines has purple eyes; she says she never heard of anyone actually having them but wanted something out-of-the ordinary.
  • The Black Jewels trilogy has a brief mention of Alexandra Angelline's eyes being the color of Purple Dusk Jewels. Unusually, such an eye color does not mark her as anything special or heroic.
  • The Children of Man, purple eyes mark those who use purple magic, which grants teleportation and time-travel talents.
  • Cradle Series: Every member of the Akura clan that rules the continent has striking violet eyes. They might have something to do with the bloodline ability passed down by their Matriarch; stronger members of the family have more striking eyes.
  • In Chris D'Lacey's Dragons series, violet eyes show someone isn't all that s/he seems. The Pennykettles normally have green eyes, but they go violet whenever they use magic, and Liz's dragons have violet eyes whenever they aren't in disguise. Other characters' eyes flash violet as they perform magic as well.
  • Emily Starr from L.M. Montgomery's Emily of New Moon books has purplish-grey eyes and she's more than a little odd.
  • A young man known only as 'Red' in the Philip Marlowe novel Farewell, My Lovely has violet eyes. Marlowe describes them as 'the eyes you never see, that you only read about.'
  • Purple eyes have very dark connotations in House of Many Ways. Offspring between a lubbock (an evil, magical creature that can change its size and is purple with the body of a man, fuzzy wings and the grotesque head of an insect, which either tears people apart or lays its eggs inside them depending on the season) and a female human are distinguishable often only by their purple eyes and violent tempers.
  • Hurog: In Dragon Bones, most members of the Hurog family have purple eyes. Probably because they're descended from dragons. They are special in that their family is associated with dragons ... and they have a chained dragon skeleton in the basement, which is kind of embarassing as they should be protecting dragons.
  • In Death series: Innocent In Death has a little girl named Rayleen Straffo, who is noted to have such eyes as these a few times. This turns out to be Foreshadowing for the fact that she's the murderer the police are looking for.
  • The people of the Human Empire capital world of Mithra (including the Villain Protagonist, among others) in Yulia Latynina's Inhuman tend to have violet eyes, because of their incredibly bright sun; apparently it greatly reduces light sensitivity, which allows the character to carry out an over-the-top version of Perp Sweating.
    • Which is ironic, because people with lighter eyes (which include blue and grey variants) tend to be more light sensitive than people with darker eyes.[1][2]
  • It's a Good Life: This is one of the only clear features mentioned about Anthony Fremont, though it really describes him as having a "wet, purple gaze" — so make of that what you will.
  • Members of House l'Envers in Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy novels, particularly Queen Ysandre. Something of a twist in that every member of House l'Envers comes under suspicion at some point, whether deserved or not.
  • In David Gemmell's Legend, the warlord Ulric is mentioned several times as having striking violet eyes.
  • The title character of R. A. Salvatore's The Legend of Drizzt has lavender eyes, which represents the fact that he's a living subversion of his entire race.
  • Aurelia Cotta, mother of Caesar, is described in the Masters of Rome series as having not dark blue eyes but purple making her a "living, breathing omen." Like maybe the woman destined to be the mother of the greatest Roman of all time?
  • In My Ántonia, a Scandinavian beauty and Dude Magnet Lena Lingard has deep violet eyes. She's one of the four immigrant hired girls who work in town and who are considered great beauties. Jim the narrator is of the opinion that the eldest daughters in the first generation of settlers like Ántonia Shimerda or Lena were extraordinary and actually the most interesting people of the family, even though their families often favoured younger daughters. Later in the story, Jim and Lena are in an implied sexual relationship.
  • Audrina Adare of My Sweet Audrina has the same unusual hair color and violet eyes as her deceased sister. Both these traits are said to be a sign of psychic powers in her mother's line, and it appears that Audrina does have the gift of precognition. The real significance is that Audrina has her sister's eyes because Audrina is her "dead" sister.
  • In the Night World series, many members of the Harman family, a prestigious witch clan, (as well as their relatives) are known to have violet eyes or blue/gray eyes with hints of violet. For a few characters who don't realize they're related to the Harmans and that they're actually witches, their eye color can serve as a clue or identifying feature to their true heritage. Lamia Ash Redfern also sometimes has this eye color...among various others.
  • The ruling Queens in the Septimus Heap series mostly have violet eyes. It is very distressing to Princess Jenna that her eyes never turn green to match her (adopted) brothers'.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Purple eyes are a sign of Valyrian ancestry in general and associated with the royal Targaryen family. The Targaryens go so far as resort to Brother–Sister Incest to preserve this trait. Word of God has stated that purple Valyrian eyes resemble Elizabeth Taylor's.
    • House Dayne has also got this trait. The most notable member being Ashara Dayne, the rumoured lover of Ned Stark.
  • Stardust: The woman at the fair (also known as Princess Una) has violet eyes and furry ears to show that she's from Fairy. Oddly, none of her brothers seem to have these traits.
  • Female protagonist Arianna from the Stravaganza book series has violet eyes, as does the Duchessa of Bellezza. For a while Lucien believes it must be a common trait in Talia. Actually, it's foreshadowing that they're mother and daughter.
  • A major plot point in the Through Violet Eyes series, where purple eyes are genetically linked to the ability to communicate with the dead. The book-jargon even calls these people "Violets".
  • Tortall Universe:
    • Both Alanna and her brother Thom have distinctive purple eyes. Alanna is The Hero and becomes chosen by the Goddess, while Thom is an extremely powerful sorcerer. Their magical Gifts present as the same color.
    • Pounce/Faithful the Cat has purple eyes whenever he shows up, indicating his divine nature. Lampshaded by a few characters who are startled to see that eye color in a cat.
  • The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, in its dissertation on colour-coding in Fantasyland eye colour, says people with violet eyes may be royalty, or just destined to lead "uncomfortably interesting lives."
  • Twilight Eyes by Dean Kuntz. The main character has blue-violet eyes. It is hypothetically connected with its ability to recognize «goblins» in a human mask.
  • The Underland Chronicles - Underland humans are basically a race of albinos, so this trope is justified here.
  • Every time Yennefer from The Witcher is described, her purple eyes get a mention, highlighting either her being a sorceress of considerable power or the fact the protagonist finds her a Hot Witch. Possibly both. Nobody else (save Geralt himself, whose eyes are also unusual) gets a description of their eyes.
  • In Roald Dahl's The Witches movie, all Witches have violet eyes. In the book, it was the witches' pupils that were unusual, with rainbow-like colors appearing in them.
  • In The Zombie Knight, Field Marshal Sanko has violet eyes (her only feature that's visible behind her gargoyle mask), along with being one of the Vanguard's nine oldest and strongest servants and quite possibly the most powerful integration-type servant in the world.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Kamen Rider Drive, Mashin Chaser's human form has purple eyes. He'salso the protagonist's main rival and former predecessor.
  • The Vorta of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, complete with the vision problems associated with Real Life albinism. As the Vorta are genetically engineered Henchmen Race, this was by design.
  • In Tin Man, the Queen's lavender eyes are her best-known feature. So much to the point that when the Mystic Man mentioned that DG's mother had "lavender eyes", both Cain and Glitch are left with their jaws on the floor.
  • In Good Omens, the Archangel Gabriel has purple eyes, to emphasise his unearthly beauty.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Drizzt from the Forgotten Realms setting of Dungeons & Dragons has purple eyes - and even the drow, whose eyes are usually a sinister red, think it's a strange color.
  • In the primary world of Pathfinder, Golarion, the Azlanti were a now-extinct race of humans with distinctive dark purple eyes. The Azlanti were in every way superior to average humans — mechanically, this means they got a bonus to every stat, as opposed to the standard bonus to one stat normal humans get. In addition, they constructed a magnificent empire and made great advances in both mechanical and magical invention, though they did have a little help.
  • Given a dark twist in Warhammer 40,000, where violet eyes are seen as a minor mutation, casting a shroud of suspicion over any purple-eyed character. In addition, the planet Cadia, a planet where the entire population takes to The Spartan Way, is known for a large percentage of its population having violet eyes. In spite of this, Cadia and its military forces are recognized around the Imperium as consummate examples of the Imperial Guard. It turns out the purple eyes of the Cadians is a side effect of living on a planet right next to the Eye of Terror, a Negative Space Wedgie from which the forces of Chaos launch attacks against the physical universe.
  • In Rocket Age this is a trait found in some Martians. They are typically only seen in the higher castes and the only castes to have exclusively purple eyes are the royalty and priests.

    Video Games 
  • Karliah from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has purple eyes, whereas all other dunmer in the game have red eyes. Her ancestry might be the reason, as she's the granddaughter of Queen Barenziah.
  • Final Fantasy II has main antagonist The Emperor, with very pretty purple eyes (he's always had them, but considering the graphical format of the game, it's been hard to tell until Dissidia). In both games he is a very powerful sorcerer and chessmaster, so it fits the trope...but it's also likely to have been chosen simply because of how well it goes with the rest of his mostly-golden-with-purple-accents character design.
  • Golden Sun associates the color purple and extrasensory powers with the wind element, so Jupiter Adepts tend to have purple eyes (or purple hair). Ivan, his sister Hama, and his daughter Karis all have them. Sheba has purple eyes in-game, but they're green in official artwork.
  • Damas from Jak and Daxter has purple eyes. While appearing only in Jak 3, he had a major role and ruled Haven before Baron Praxis. And he's Jak's long-lost father.
  • As revealed with his Cutpurse skin, Twisted Fate in League of Legends has bright violet, slightly glowing, eyes. Fitting for a mage with limited precognition powers.
  • Persona 2: Maya Amano has these, to some extent. They appear to be more pink than purple. This is likely symbolism for the fact that everyone on the party thinks of her like a 'goddess' and the portrayed Maia is purple.
  • In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, there's even a guy named Purple Eyes. He turns out to be the real leader of the Pokémon Pinchers, a backstabbing traitor, and there's a fan speculation on a different page that he could be the last living descendent of Sabios, the Big Bad of the past missions, which might explain why he says the Golden Armor chose him and he knows how to use it...
  • Charme the Thief in Recettear combines this with Curtains Match the Window (and possibly You Gotta Have Blue Hair). In keeping with other examples, she's royalty.
  • Rose, the heroine of Sword of Mana, is the only character in the game with eyes this color. She's The Chosen One.
  • In Tales of Graces, people possessed by the Big Bad Energy Being usually have one red eye. When Asbel is possessed, his eye turns purple instead, signifying that Lambda has become dormant, and is on the way to a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Mikleo of Tales of Zestiria has these. As a powerful water seraph, as well as the best friend of The Chosen One, it fits. It also is possibly a hint to the role he unwillingly and unknowingly played in starting the Age of Chaos and creating the Lord of Calamity.
  • Taigong Wang from Warriors Orochi has a bewitching pair, as he's a mystic and demi-god. His rival, Da Ji, also has these, with similar origins.
  • Yoshiya "Joshua" Kiryu from The World Ends with You. He's the "Composer" which makes him a god or some form of divine being.
  • World of Warcraft has several characters. Pride is one of the most important, although he has gold eyes most of the time. His entire body is made of purple shadow as well.
  • A certain character in Xenogears has purple eyes. This is an important plot point. Whoever is being 'possessed' by Miang tends to get purple hair and eyes.
  • When soldiers in XCOM 2 become Psi Operatives, their eyes turn purple and their hair turns white.
  • In Fallen London, Millicent Clathermont used to have blue eyes but they turned violet after her frequent trips to the Cave of the Nadir, a secret place that contains a lot of purplish radiation called "irrigo", purged away part of her memories/self and turned her into the Lady in Lilac.
  • Fortune in Metal Gear Solid 2, as noted in the artbook. Fortune was Born Lucky.
  • Knuckles the Echidna from Sonic the Hedgehog. They go with the fact he's the Last of His Kind, as well as a recluse who lives in a legendary floating island guarding the Master Emerald.

    Visual Novels 
  • Sakura Matou in Fate/stay night. This is revealed to be because of the "conditioning" imposed upon her by Zouken in order to make her into the successor of the Matou brand of magecraft.
  • Several characters in Hakuouki have purple eyes, most notably Hijikata Toshizo, for whom purple is a signature color. Other examples include Yamazaki Susumu (who is a ninja, or at least styled after one), Shiranui Kyo (who is an oni), and Kimigiku (who is both).
  • In Shall We Date?: Wizardess Heart, purple eyes apparently run in the famous Goldstein family. Elias Goldstein and his older brother Klaus - both very talented wizards who are considered the "royalty" of the school - have them.

  • In Agents of the Realm, three characters:
  • In Ava's Demon, the two assassins have violet eyes.
  • Blindsprings: Ms Thorne, who is an orphic witch, has purple eyes. Her daughter Deirdre inherited them.
  • In Charby the Vampirate King Malachai the last of the full blooded elves of Eldenlon's royal family, who has been drawing from a powerful magical source, is the only character with purple eyes.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Nioi has them and, by extension, so does Kaoli. Nioi is the only character seen to travel between universes and pulled off a Deus ex Machina with her saving of Grace.
  • This trope is taken to a whole other level in FreakAngels where not only do the twelve Midwich Cuckoos style psychic main characters have purple eyes, but about half of them also have purple hair (including one who had purple hair before going bald, thanks to a little drugfest one time.
  • GastroPhobia uses purple eyes to indicate Amazonian ancestry along with brown skin. Three of the main characters have them, Phobia, Gastro, and Philia.
  • Homestuck's Rose has violet eyes, and a general Supernatural Is Purple theme going on.
  • The Noordegraaf Files: Violet has violet eyes. And when I say Violet, I mean literally violet. (The hex code for violet is #7F00FF, for those of you who are curious.)
  • According to the colored pages/panels the Erlking's Daughter in Roommates has monochromatic purple eyes (and hair, and make up, and clothing). She is one of The Fair Folk so very much supernatural and a graceful lady. Her father and brother have Occult Blue Eyes.
  • Sorcery 101 deconstructs the Mary Sue stereotype when it becomes a plot point: a human with too much magical potential to be normal but not enough to be a mage will have purple eyes, extraordinary focus, and the ability to learn very quickly. This essentially allows them to be The Ace. However, without proper training their magic lashes out at them, causing headaches and seizures; and their talents often lead to arrogance that can verge on an outright god complex.
  • Kill Six Billion Demons: The immortal God-Emperor Solomon David has purple eyes, as do his 25 generations of descendants. It matches both his association with Pride and his Purple Is Powerful theme, which extends to his Holy Halo and speech bubbles. Flashbacks to his From Nobody to Nightmare sequence don't show his eyes, so it's uncertain whether it's a genetic trait or a manifestation of his Enlightenment Superpowers.
  • The eyes of Tally from The Weave start out as brown, but they become purple after Tally's contact with fairy magic.

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  • Jerrica Benton from Jem has Innocent Blue Eyes. Her Sexier Alter Ego Jem started out with the same blue eyes but later gained purple eyes instead. Jem is a holographic projection over Jerrica's real body.
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender: Keith's eyes are a shade of indigo that tend to appear either purple or dark blue depending on the lighting of the scene. No special attention is brought to them in-universe, but they are the viewer's first hint that Keith is not entirely human.


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