No matter how tough you may look regularly, an eye patch is bound to make you look even tougher. This black fabric is synonymous with rogue, hard and brute force for men and women alike. In this list, I’ve rounded up the 31 best characters with eye patches. Believe it or not, only a couple of them are pirates! To spice things up even more, I’ll count them down by toughness, because they are all tough as nails.
31. Claus Von Stauffenberg from Valkyrie, movie
Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg of the German army is one of the toughest there is! Well, he has to be, trying to assassinate Adolf Hitler at the wolf’s lair and all. Throughout the story, Von Stauffenberg exhibits nerves of steel as he keeps his dual identity as a loyal colonel and conspirator and overcomes the most stressful circumstances you can imagine. While serving as a staff officer in Tunisia, Von Stauffenberg lost his left eye and right hand in an Allied attack.
30. Carl Grimes from The Walking Dead, TV series
Yeah, I could have chosen The Governor for this list, but for obvious reasons, I like Carl better. And even Negan said Carl is a badass and that he has, and I quote: “giant man-size balls Carl lost his right eye when he was shot through the head. Actually, it was unclear at the time whether or not Carl would survive the horrible injury. Once he was well again, Carl started wearing a rag over his head at all times.
29. Ragetti From Pirates of the Caribbean, movie
A member of Captain Jack Sparrow’s crew, Ragetti is known for his wooden eye which he sometimes covers with an eye patch. He is quite superstitious and believes in ghosts and monsters. This leads him to be easily scared, which causes him to get on Jack’s nerves at times. Despite his fearfulness, Ragetti is a usually brave pirate who stands up to anyone who threatens his friends or crew mates. He is fiercely loyal to Jack Sparrow and will do anything to help him achieve his goals. He always hangs around with his partner in crime, Pintel.
28. Number Two from Austin Powers Trilogy
Number Two – or: “my cycloptic colleague“, as he was once referred to by Doctor Evil – is one of Doctor Evil’s main henchmen. His job is to help Doctor Evil to take over the world, but he tends to argue a lot with his boss, due to his monopolistic views. Number Two is a fine businessman and is frankly much better at it than Doctor Evil, who would rather plot unprofitable evil plans. In fact, while Doctor Evil was cryogenically frozen for thirty years, Number Two managed to turn Dr. Evil’s front company, Virtucon, into a multi-billion dollar organization. Although a nefarious villain, Number Two is not really that tough and even cried a few times when Doctor Evil humiliated him.
27. Seamus from Family Guy, Animated series
For some reason, Cartoon characters with eye patches are rare, but here’s one of the best: Seamus is a tough fisherman who, for some reason, tends to emerge out of the shadows to warn Peter about possible dangers at sea. Seamus wears a black eye patch over his blind right eye. He also has giant pegs for both arms and legs, making him some kind of wooden cyborg.
26. Steve Johnson from The Days of Our Lives, TV Series
Steve “Patch” Johnson is a private investigator and an ISA agent in the soap opera The Days of Our Lives. He is known for wearing an eye patch on his left eye, which he lost in a knife fight with Bo over Britta Englund, a woman they both fell for.
25. Marie Colvin from A Private War, movie
Being a journalist who covers civil wars in the most dangerous countries in the globe certainly demands a lot of character. Marie Colvin is always determined to look for new stories about conflicts in war-torn places, like Syria and Iraq. Her philosophy is that: “You’re never going to get to where you’re going if you acknowledge fear.” That spoken like a true badass! Colvin lost her left eye in an RPG attack by the Sri Lankan Army. Ever since she wore an eyepatch.
24. Danger Mouse from Danger Cartoon
One of the coolest cartoon characters with eye patches Danger Mouse is a top secret agent who works for the Danger agency. Aka The White Wonder, Danger Mouse spoils the many criminal schemes of the toad Baron Silas Greenback. As his name suggests, Danger Mouse doesn’t panic at the sight of danger and remains calm, collected, and vigilant of his surroundings, making him the ideal agent for any mission.
23. Colonel Saul Tigh from Battlestar Galactica, TV series
Saul Tigh is one of the most interesting characters in Battlestar Galactica. He’s a tough, no-nonsense military man who always puts duty first. But he’s also got a deep, dark secret: he’s a Cylon, one of the robotic beings that have been at war with humanity for generations. Tigh is a complicated man, and it’s that complexity that makes him so fascinating to watch. He’s brave and loyal, but he’s also capable of great brutality. He loves his wife, Ellen, but he’s not above using her as a pawn in his games with the other Cylons. He’s a survivor, but he’s also haunted by his past. All of this comes together to make Colonel Saul Tigh one of the most compelling characters on television. Whether you love him or hate him, there’s no denying that he’s a fascinating figure. Saul lost his eye after the Cylons torture him during their occupation of New Caprica, and has worn an eye patch ever since.
22. Beidou from Genshin Impact Video Game
A video game character with an eye patch, Beidou is the captain of the Crux Fleet and one of the Eight Honored Defenders. Beidou is a tough character. Her stats are Health – 2261, Attack – 112, Defense – 91, and Critical Rate – 5%. She has the following skills: Electro-Charged Stormbreaker, Tempest Buster, Overloaded Cannon, and Thundering Fury. Her ultimate skill is Oceanborne. Beidou’s weapon is a claymore and her element is Electro. It is unclear if Beidou is actually missing an eye under her eyepatch.
21. Luz from Machete, 2010 Movie
20. Madame Kovarian from Doctor Who
The leader of the Kovarian splinter faction of the Silence, Madame Kovarian is the main antagonist of the Eleventh Doctor’s tenure. She is a cruel, and psychotic woman who deeply hated the Doctor because she believed that he would bring about the end of the universe. This drives her to do whatever it takes to stop him, even if it means aligning herself with his enemies. Madame Kovarian is also a skilled strategist and manipulator, which makes her a dangerous opponent for the Doctor. She was credited as “Eye Patch Lady” until the mid-series finale of series six.
19. Vernon Schillinger from Oz, HBO TV series
Played by J.K. Simmons, Schillinger is a ruthless, sadistic, and violent man who is serving a life sentence in prison for rape and murder. He is the leader of the Aryan Brotherhood and is involved in numerous illegal activities within the prison. He has a large tattoo of a swastika on his chest and often uses racial slurs when speaking to others. Despite his vicious nature, Schillinger is also intelligent and cunning, able to manipulate those around him to do his bidding. He is considered to be one of the most dangerous inmates at Oz. Schillinger lost his eye when Tobias Beecher, after taking some PCP from O’Reilly, tossed a chair at Schillinger, shattering the cell glass and hitting him in the eye.
18. Lily Charles from Pushing Daisies
Allegedly Charlotte Charles’ aunt, Lily raised Charlotte with her sister Vivian, after Charlotte’s dad died. However, it is later revealed that Lily is actually Charlotte’s mom. Because of her social phobias, Lily rarely hangs out with other people. However, she used to be a member of synchronized swimming with her sister, until she lost her eye. How did that happen? Well. Lily lost her eye when she unintentionally got dust in her eyes while cleaning the cat’s litter box. But when life gives you lemons, make lemonade! So, Lily has her eyepatch switched out and coordinated for each of her outfits.
17. Evil Morty from Rick and Morty
Although a version of the good-hearted Morty Smith, Evil Morty is notably immoral, ruthless, and displaying intelligence rivaling that of Rick. This is reflected by tricking and murdering dozens of Ricks across the multiverse and capturing, torturing, and enslaving hundreds of Mortys. Obviously, if you’re going after Rick Prime it means you must be tough as a nail. Evil Rick isn’t really missing an eye. His eyepatch is a transmitter he used to control “Evil Rick”!
16. The Deacon from Waterworld, movie
Played by Dennis Hopper, The Deacon is the leader of the Smokers, who believe The Deacon to be a messianic figure who will lead them to the mythical Dryland. The Deacon is a survivor who has been through a lot and has the battle scars to prove it. He’s a skilled fighter and knows how to use his environment to his advantage. He’s also not afraid to take on anyone or anything, no matter how big or powerful they may be. In short, The Deacon is one tough character that you wouldn’t want to mess with. He lost his right eye after the explosion of his war barge. At first, he tried a glass eye to replace the one he lost, but later he settled for an eyepatch.
15. Elle Driver from Kill Bill, movies
Elle Driver from the Kill Bill movies is one of the most well-known characters with an eye patch. The driver is a skilled assassin who is a fearsome opponent and is known for her deadly accuracy with a blade. She lost her right eye when, at some point in her training, she called her master Pai Mei a “miserable, old fool.” In retaliation, furious Pai Mei ripped out her eye. Although it must have really hurt, the eye patch certainly adds to Driver’s badass aesthetic.
14. Commander Franky Cook from Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, movie
A Royal Navy officer, Commander Franky Cook is an Ace Pilot. She is the commanding officer of the Mobile Airstrip and an old comrade of Joseph Sullivan, aka Sky Captain, who is the commander of the Flying Legion army. It is known that the two used to date for a while. Franky helps Sky Captainsave the world from evil robots.
13. Kove from NTSF:SD:SUV: TV Series
The eyepatch-wearing female boss of the strike force team, Kove tries to lead the other members to fight the bad guys. Kove is a woman of many talents, including running a very informative podcast about movies.
12. Emilio Largo from James Bond: Thunderball
In the film series James Bond, Emilio Largo is considered to be one of the tougher villains. He is a board member of SPECTRE terrorist organization, and head of extortion operations, considered to be the successor to Ernst Stavro Blofeld. In addition to his black eye patch, which he wears over his left eye, Largo also has a scar on his face, which he received during a fight with Bond.
11. General Chang from Star Trek
Chang is a Klingon, which already says a lot about how tough he is. Also, he is a military strategist and the head instructor at the Klingon Elite Command Academy. General Chang was the leader of the Khitomer Conspiracy, which aimed to sabotage peace talks between the Klingon Empire and the United Federation of Planets. Can you even imagine the balls it took to plan such a thing? Chang lost his eye in a blood duel against the usurper Kaldor, who attempted to gain control of the Klingon Empire.
10. Beric Dondarrion from Game of Thrones
In his battles against the Lannisters, Beric was killed multiple times. Now, how about that for toughness? However, each time was brought back to life by the red priest Thoros. Beric lost his eye when he was captured by Lannister soldiers who stuck a dagger through his eye and hanged him for treason.
9. King Bradley from Fullmetal Alchemist Anime Series
I know this isn’t an anime list, but Fuhrer King Bradley has such a distinctive eye patch over his left eye, I sure couldn’t keep him out of this list. King Bradley is the leader of the country of Amestris and is a very powerful alchemist. Bradley is also known for being a very tough character, both physically and mentally. In fact, he is so strong that he was able to defeat the main protagonist, Edward Elric, in a one-on-one battle. His eye patch conceals King Bradley’s “Ultimate Eye” which allows him an extra-sensory vision of his general surroundings, and precognition.
8. Alastor “Mad-eye” Moody from Harry Potter movies
Alastor is an Auror, or dark wizard catcher, for the Ministry of Magic and is considered one of the best in his field. He is hired by Dumbledore to protect Harry Potter during the Triwizard Tournament and teach Defense against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts. He is a very brave and skilled fighter, which is why he is such a good Auror. Alastor lost his eye fighting for the Order of the Phoenix during the First Wizarding War, together with a leg, and part of his nose.
7. Goro Majima from Yakuza Video Game
Aka “The Mad Dog of Shimano”, Goro Majima became famous for being the captain of the Shimano Family Yakuza organization. Majima is an unpredictable, fierce fighter, capable of taking on multiple opponents at once. He lost his left eye after he refused to step down from a hit he had planned, and was tortured and had his eye gouged out by a blade as punishment. Ouch!
6. Sagat from Street Fighter Video Game
Now, this was a list of who LOOKS most badass, and Sagat would probably be my top pick. A video game character with an eye patch, Sagat is a large and muscular man, who wears an eye patch over his right eye. Sagat is a skilled fighter, able to take on multiple opponents at once and come out victorious. He has a strong sense of honor and fighting spirit, which makes him a formidable opponent. Even though he may be down, he always gets back up and keeps fighting. This tenacity is what makes Sagat one of the most respected characters in the Street Fighter universe.
5. Odin from Thor: Ragnarok Movie
Well, being the King of Asgard and the Allfather of the Gods, would obviously make Odin the toughest guy on almost any list. However, since it’s easy to be a badass when you have Asgardian physiology, Cosmic Awareness, and Dark Magic, I will only give him the fifth spot on this list. However, Odin is a battle-hardened god, who has managed to conquer the Nine Realms and fought countless battles. He lost his eye in the Battle of Tonsberg with the Frost Giants and their leader Laufey.
4. U.S. Marshal Reuben J. Cogburn from True Grit, a 2010 movie
Well, I could easily have picked John Wayne’s version of Marshal Reuben J. Cogburn, but sue me – I like Jeff Bridges’ depiction of the character better. Cogburn is one of the most badass federal marshals in Arkansas, not to say the most ruthless. He is hired by a fourteen-year-old girl to go after outlaw Tom Chaney who has murdered her father. It is mentioned that Coburn lost his eye in a Civil War, but not much is known besides that.
3. Deathstroke from DC Comics
Deathstroke is one of the most feared and respected characters in the DC Universe. A master assassin and mercenary, he has been involved in some of the most high-profile missions and conflicts over the years. Real name Slade Wilson, Deathstroke is known for his ruthlessness, efficiency, and lack of remorse. He was once a member of an elite military unit known as the Suicide Squad and later worked as a bodyguard for Lex Luthor. It was during this time that he first encountered Batman, and the two have been bitter enemies ever since. Deathstroke is an incredibly skilled fighter, with peak human strength, speed, agility, and durability. In the comics, Deathstroke lost his eye when he was shot by the person who was closest to him –his wife Adeline! She tried to kill him when she found out about a true line of work and his endangerment of their son, but only managed to shoot his right eye, forcing him to wear an eye patch.
2. Snake Plissken from Escape from New York, movie
As a former Special Forces operator in World War III, Snake Plissken has been through a lot of tough situations. Actually, He has two Purple Hearts, and is said to be the youngest soldier to be decorated by the U.S. President for bravery, so that should give you an estimate of how badass he is. Furthermore, he’s got an eye patch, which makes him look even tougher. So, when it comes to toughness, Snake Plissken is definitely up there, and therefore he takes the second spot in this list of 31 characters who wear eye patches.
1. Nick Fury from Avengers, movies
Fury is one of the most badass people in the MCU, and he doesn’t even need superhuman powers to do it. I mean, this guy went up against Loki with an infinity stone, with only his service pistol! That’s right, he told a god he could crush him like an ant! He took on all of the agents sent to go kill him by himself with one car that increasingly got closer to not functioning. As for the story of how Fury lost his eye – I would say that it is the most unique on this list. He lost it when Goose – apparently an ordinary house cat – scratched him! However, Goose is actually a fierce alien creature that resembles an Earth cat. Anyway, for both his toughness and unique eye story, Nick Fury is my top pick for this list of 30 best characters with eye patches.