Geek Proud, GeekOut.

Top 10 – One-Eyed Characters

Top10 Banner

I think we all need to gain a little perspective here, maybe try and see things from both sides. Having lost an eye doesn’t mean you can’t be an effective team member, nor does being born with only one mean that you absolutely have to be the villain, or rather that you can’t be the best damn baddie you can be. You’re more than just your disfigurement, you have depth… of character.

Let us celebrate the differently eyed, those with singular focus and vision to-

Ah. Sorry, Top 10 one eyed characters. Let’s get on with it shall we.


Top 10

10) Waddle Doo – Kirby

KSS_Waddle_Doo

LOOK AT IT! It’s so cute!!

Sadly, this is an enemy but hey, I’m sure you’re also awe-ing in exasperation at the cuteness of the Waddle Doo’s. These standard enemies are pretty deadly to the even cuter Kirby, as they can not only walk about, but often they’ll use powers, such as a powerful eye-laser zapper. But just because these are enemies doesn’t mean they’re all bad: In fact, you play Kirby to get these guys out of the evil control of whoever is being evil these days… Usually King Dedede, but he’s not really that bad a guy either.

However, let’s not kid ourselves. Kirby is a game that’s meant to be played for the cute factor, with very shallow story because you’re not in it for story of the year. You’re in it to play the damn game and we love it for it. Sometimes, a Waddle Doo will appear with a parasol as well, which ups that cute factor a little bit more. Kirbster, if these are your enemies, I’d love to meet your friends. Oh, they’re just differently coloured versions of you, aren’t they?

9) Gruumsh – Dungeons & Dragons

tumblr_m097u0i2ic1qehhjho1_500

Pretty much the oldest grudge match in D&D history. God of violence and patron of the entire orc species, Gruumsh One-Eye actively encourages his mightiest followers to gouge out one of their own eyes in his image to receive his blessing. Not that he was given the choice of whether or not to loose an eye, his was lost to an arrow from one of the patron gods of elves, Corellon Larethian, during an almighty war. The two were never friends, but there has been bitter rivalry between the two, and all elves and orcs ever since.

Depending on what version you find in which setting, Gruumsh is often depicted as having moved his eye to the middle of his head so that it looks more “natural”, taking his other eye as the symbol that religious orcs should wear.

8) Garrett – Thief

background-9250ce1d96dd10604ccfed99a78dc989

What can really set a character apart is not the eye that’s lost, or the eye that remains. Isn’t it so much more awesome to replace the slot with something cool?

We’ve discussed Garrett before, the anointed thief of prophesy, a free agent in a world where seemingly all time is directly affected by a few powerful individuals. He’s gifted by the Keepers with exceptional training in mysticism, and a replacement eye from the Hammerite mechanists that has zooming functions to make life easier spotting shiny things on people’s belts or shooting out the lights from across a busy courtyard.

In fact the entire story of the first game pivots on Garrett losing his real eye to a powerful gem called – wait for it – The Eye, as part of a divine scheme to make the world primal once again. The eye talks to you from the moment you pick it up, one of the sentient artifacts that would form the culmination of the trilogy’s finale, so Garrett’s cool little upgrade actually came about as part of his pretty twisted story.

7) Homunculus – Full Metal Alchemist

Homunculus

The perfect being. That’s what Homonculus strives to be. He’s the embodiment of a created spirit, a perfect entity that wants to be nothing more than the best creation ever. It doesn’t like the Truth in the series and will state its dissatisfaction with anything less than perfection, his own created perfect reality. Yes, I’ve said perfect a lot, but that’s basically the entire premise of this little bundle of fun.

He’s destructive, but he turns into a character later on called Father (Who isn’t one-eyed). Homonculus is this forms official name, however Father is the one we see most throughout. However, when Father is ultimately defeated (Oh come on, that’s not even a spoiler), this one returns to be face to face with the Truth. Unable to accept reality for what it is, because Homonculus wants to be free from all of the laws of the universe.

6) Deathstroke – DC

Deathstroke_Vol_2_8

One of DCs biggest villains, Deathstroke has fought and beaten them all. He’s a conqueror, but more importantly, he’s had a bit of a strange history. His mask shows that he only has one-eye hole which makes you think about if he really is one-eyed. Apparently, he once fought Batman and lost his right-eye in a fight with the caped crusader. It’s no wonder then that Deathstroke is always a little bit ticked off.

He was designed as a villain for the Teen Titans and he’s definitely one of DCs most dangerous. But just because he’s a big baddie, doesn’t mean he won’t do things for good, as he’s sometimes been shown to be a bit of an anti-hero.

5) Mad Eye Moody – Harry Potter

Madeye_Moody

Here’s one to out-do Garret.

Alastor “Mad Eye” Moody adopts the doomed role of Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts during Harry’s fourth year (The Goblet of Fire). Sadly kidnapped and held in a crate for the duration, not even his battery of scrutinizing and scrying devices like foe-glasses, secrecy sensor, and his ever famous glass eye could keep that from happening.

The enchanted prosthetic seems to have independent control over its actions, swivelling back and forth, seeing through most mundane obstacles like walls, furniture, the back of Moody’s own skull as easily as if they were made of glass themselves. What need has he of eyes in the back of his head when the one he’s fixed to the front is doing a fine job of covering all the angles? It homes in on major threats or things Moody finds truly fascinating, zooming, focussing, and even penetrating invisibility that fooled Death itself. The legendary Auror may be suspicious in the extreme, but he’s earned it over the years, and that eye is the pinnacle of his paranoia.

4) Kakashi Hatake – Naruto

KakashiHatake

Kakashi may seem like someone who just has a bad David Bowie complex, but don’t be fooled by his incredible eccentric hairstyle and his covered eye. He does only have one eye (sort of, but more on that shortly). He’s a prodigy who has risen quickly through the Ninja Ranks and is one of the most capable fighters in the series. He’s a great teacher who teaches Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura well.

His eye was destroyed in a war, but in its place, he was given a replacement eye with a Sharingan. These are given to Uchiha who have experienced something incredibly emotionally charged. They affect the optic nerves of the wielder, but Kakashi’s was eventually replaced once more with an even more powerful one: But at the cost of his vision.

3) Turanga Leela – Futurama

Turanga_Leela

What needs to be said about the mutant from space? Futurama is a series filled with many little jokes, plenty to make geeks and non-geeks alike laugh out loud. From Benders catchphrases to Fry’s general incompetence, it’s great fun. Plus, it caters nicely to geek culture, able to keep up with internet jokes and more. So, what can we say about Turanga Leela that hasn’t been said before? I mean, she has very striking features, such as her purple hair, her athletic build and her very plain fashion sense.

Oh I guess, the eye is a little bit off-putting, but this ass kicking lass knows how to deliver a beating to anyone who would try to berate her, or insult her based upon her looks. She eventually met her own people, who were living in the sewers. Her mum and dad watching her proudly from beneath the streets, but at least she has her companion Nibbler to keep her company when she needs some extra comfort.

2) Polyphemus – Mythology

1134457241_fullres

Here’s the real OG when it comes to having one eye. Ok, so the species is descended from a titan who had only one eye, but not one of them is more famous than the man-eating giant of Sicily. Son of Poseidon and a nymph named Thoosa, bested only by another half-god, and even then Odysseus had to cheat and get the beast drunk, then shoot right for the Achilles Heel (phnar, mythology joke) and blind Polyphemus with a wooden steak.

The name means “abounding in song and legend” (approx. many spoken) and certainly he’s named more commonly than any other cyclops, and there have been many. The storm kings, Brontes, Steropes and Arges forged the weapons of the Olympian gods to help overthrow the titans, Zeus’s lightning bolts, Poseidon’s trident, Athena’s and Apollo’s bows, and Hades helm of darkness. And yet the one we all remember is the shepherd of Sicily who’s downfall led to Poseidon cursing Odysseus’ journey.

1) Director Fury – Marvel

Nicholas_Fury,_Jr._(Earth-616)

Right, what has Fury done? I mean he’s some dude who hangs about underground, pretending to be dead, only letting a few select people know about his whereabouts and even his status. He was in the US Army as an officer, who went on to way greater things.

He spearheads the S.H.I.E.L.D, the Earth’s greatest peacekeeping organisation. But he’s also worked on other, even bigger projects. As director and leader of the S.H.I.E.L.D, he’s been able to help lead the Avengers to defeat enemies as big as Ultron. He’s a great spy, which means that even when he’s amongst friends, he’s really hard to read. You can never really tell what he’s thinking or planning, but there’s one thing we can rest easy about: He’s one of the most honourable men in Marvel. Plus, he’s been able to help more of the heroes than they would ever believe, bringing them all together to work to bring peace to the world.


Honourable Mentions

Maybe we’ve lost sight of what matters here.

Ok, I’m done, seriously this time. New year, no more puns. No, I’m not winking, I just look like this!

We kind of flew through the decisions in this list, and while we’ve left a few sightless souls behind we kept our eyes on the prize. Here are a couple of our favourites who fell short of making the list.

One Eyed Willy – The Goonies

one-eyed-willy-goonies

One of the greatest adventures ever told was the pursuit of the lost treasure of the pirate One Eyed Willy by a band of determined kids, who won out over the wily pirate’s deadly traps where countless treasure hunters had failed before them.

Long, long after Captain Willy’s death the kids find his treasure map, elevating the treasure hunt story into modern times, with rival gangs, gold, thrills and peril, all of which marking the end of the three century long legacy of that infamous buccaneer, captain of the Inferno, and proud sporter of a leather eyepatch that somehow stays perfectly preserved on his skeleton, One Eyed Willy.

Ragetti – Pirates of the Carribean

RagettiForkEye

So far as prosthetics go there are better choices than wood for material. Glass being the classic, fewer splinters I’d imagine. Well, the taller half to Pirate’s original comedy duo is still saving up for his glass eye, but in truth his wooden one is more valuable.

Aside from its’ value in comedy moments such as the fork incident (above) or watching Ragetti pop it back into place after the monkey has been chewing on it for a while, the eye is also one of the nine Pieces of Eight that bound Calypso into mortal form. Now that’s one hell of a burden for a lowly deckhand and pirate flunky to carry, especially in his eye socket, and it’s a burden that Ragetti carries with the grace and aplomb of a harp seal falling off a cliff.


And with that we leave this week’s list behind and all the foul word play with it for another week, but let us not be short sighted now! There is the future to look towards, one that your vision can help shape. Vote now to choose which Top 10 you want to see us put together next week.

Don’t be one-sighted in your vote this week folks, get voting and let us know which of next weeks lists you want to see. We’ll be looking to get some guests to help us write these in the near future, so please do watch this space. If you’d like to get involved, let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter.

11 responses

  1. What about Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) in Monsters, Inc.? He’s cute, cuddly, and sarcastic.

    Liked by 2 people

    January 9, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    • I considered Mike, but we already had a strong list that sadly didn’t have space for him. Although this may rank highly amongst our lists to expand upon one day

      Liked by 1 person

      January 9, 2016 at 10:08 pm

  2. No Shockwave? I would have thought he was the most logical choice for such a list?

    Like

    January 9, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    • Teeeechnically, he’d be a no-eyed character, as would all other Transformers. Unless it was a one-eyed organic being inside of Shockwave? Perhaps we should have specified organic..? Good call though, I’d never have known about Shockwave (I’m still learning about Transformers from you guys :D)

      Like

      January 10, 2016 at 12:31 pm

  3. … that last sentence should have been a statement, not a question, but I pressed S”Send” by mistake.

    Like

    January 9, 2016 at 7:34 pm

  4. I always think of manga group CLAMP when it comes to one-eyed characters, things happen to eyes quite often in their series. Mad-Eye Moody was a close second, though.

    And then there’s the creepy 7th Rozen Maiden doll, Kirakishou, the awesome Captain Harlock, real-life warlord Masamune Date (who shows up in more anime and games than I can count), Baccano!’s Nice Holystone… I could go on. :P

    Liked by 1 person

    January 10, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    • Please, DO go on! These are more things for me to study, haha!

      Liked by 1 person

      January 11, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      • Claymore’s Rafaela is pretty awesome, but that’s my opinion on virtually every character from that series. Mirai Nikki’s lovable terrorist Uryuu Minene. Optimistic, bug-hunting postman Lag Seeing from Tegami Bachi. Guts from the ever-stalled epic Berserk. Also-real-life samurai Yagyuu Juubei (who also shows up in more anime and games than I can count)… and Spongebob Squarepants villain Plankton, because I watch things that aren’t anime sometimes. :P

        Liked by 1 person

        January 11, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      • Out of all those, I can’t believe I forgot Plankton and Guts being one-eyed!

        Liked by 1 person

        January 12, 2016 at 9:20 pm

  5. One of the coolest, and often forgotten facts about Deathstroke, is that Deadpool is a ripoff of him. They actually played with this in a DC event where he meets an alternate version of himself that acts like Deadpool.

    Like

    January 22, 2016 at 1:14 pm

  6. Pingback: Top 10 – Eyepatch Wearers | GeekOut South-West

Drop us a line

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s