I really don’t get why so many anime characters wear eye patches (and there are a lot of them when you start looking) but I do know that some of these characters are pretty cool. Some of them it is clear why they need the eye patch, for others it is an unexplained mystery. Here are my top 5 anime characters that wear eye patches. Share yours below.
Please Note – There are spoilers below. You have been warned.
Honourable mentions this week go Misaki Mei (Another), King Bradley (Full Metal Alchemist), Valmet (Jormungand), Ciel Phantomhive (Black Butler), Nice Holystone (Baccano), and all of the Data Masamune’s out there (though special mention to Sengoku Basara). That’s a lot of honourable mentions and that is only a fraction of the list I started with. Too many characters with eye patches.
Number 5: Sven Vollfied (Black Cat)
So with so much competition, how did down and out sweeper Sven find his way onto this list? Probably because he was one of my first eye patch wearing anime characters and his eye patch served a purpose. Sven can see a few minutes into the future but using that power takes a great toll on his body so most of the time he keeps his eye covered. However, when things are at their worst, he will lift the eye patch and use that power to his full advantage. Besides, Sven is more unlucky than incompetent.
Number 4: Kaneki Ken (Tokyo Ghoul)
This was an obvious choice but a necessary one. The way the eye patch and mask are used to show Kaneki’s dual nature is actually quite clever and a critical plot device throughout the story. Basically, he keeps his ghoul eye covered when he is human and his human eye covered when he’s a ghoul and slowly we see the divide between these two existences disappear.
Number 3: Rikka Takanashi (Chyunibyo)
After the last two serious entries, I really wanted to include Rikka. Rikka is a fantastic character who suffers from 8th Grade Syndrome and so believes that she has super powers which she cleverly conceals by wearing an eye patch, among other things. She get’s some very cool moments when she reveals her eye and at first it appears magical but then it’s revealed she is wearing a coloured contact in the eye under the eye patch. While her eye patch is definitely an affectation, Rikka is a fantastic character and the eye patch is almost inseparable from her as a character so I felt she deserved a spot on the list. It’s such a fundamental part of her character that when she gives up her ‘delusions’ she removes the eye patch and essentially becomes a different person. However, that transformation is short lived.
Number 2: Worick Arcangelo (Gangsta)
This one is included because unlike a lot of these characters, Worick isn’t hiding a super power but rather is covering an injury. One that the memory of haunts him and when we flash back and see the injury it actually makes the audience wince. This is a physical and emotional scar on the character and is definitely a symbol of the events that have shaped who he is.
Number 1: Lavi (D Gray Man)
Yes, some of the other characters have more dramatic stories and more purpose behind their eye patches. I’m not going to argue that this choice is anything but my own preference. Lavi is awesome. I loved him as a character and like Sven, Lavi was one of the first eye patch wearing characters to catch my eye. And while it isn’t fully explained, the eye patch is a part of who Lavi is and the thought of Lavi without an eye patch is just kind of strange.
So who would you have listed? Share your favourites in the comments below.