TV is full of characters that wear eyepatches for various reasons, usually to signify some sort of trauma in the past. It’s also an easy way for a character to visibly show a badge of suffering without losing mobility or requiring complicated CGI or other effects.
The eyepatch also sets a character apart in some way to give them a dangerous, rakish or even quirky air. Beloved by stereotypical pirates, the eyepatch has also been used to indicate that someone is a seafaring person.
Take a look at the characters in the slideshow to see if you can remember how that person came to wear an eyepatch before clicking to see the answer in the next photo.
[Editor’s Note: The following gallery contains spoilers from the respective shows featured.]