Bright Eyes

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For the Jujutsu Kaisen zine, see Bright Eyes: A GoYuu Zine.
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Name(s): Bright Eyes
Scope/Focus: Conor Oberst and related musicians
Date(s): 1995–2011, 2020–present
See also: Bright Eyes (band) at Wikipedia
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Bright Eyes is an American indie rock/emo band founded in the late nineties, originally as a solo project of singer-songwriter and guitarist Conor Oberst.[1]

Bright Eyes RPF is primarily slash pairing Conor Oberst with a variety of musicians broadly associated with bandom.

Fanworks were most common in the early and mid 2000s on sites such as LiveJournal and Fandomination, which had a Bright Eyes category with 99 fics as of 2007.[2] On Archive of Our Own, there are only 18 Bright Eyes works as of 2023, with the most common pairing Conor Oberst/Reader.

One popular ship is Conor and fellow Omaha musician and ex-bandmate Tim Kasher, who also played on several Bright Eyes records. The Conor Oberst/Tim Kasher pairing was featured in a Survival of the Hottest RP 'Ship 2009 poll at rp_manifesto (a short-lived offshoot of ship_manifesto), but lost to Trent Reznor/Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails).[3]

There is also some het fanfiction pairing Conor with Winona Ryder and Phoebe Bridgers, both of whom have had rumored romantic links to him in real life.[4][5]

Fansites and Communities

Example Fanworks

External Links


  1. ^ Bright Eyes Introduction at, archived 18 February 2001 by the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ FanDomination.Net. Category /Musicians, archived 17 July 2007 by the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ rp_manifesto at LiveJournal. Round 1 - Poll #1, posted by shipm_mod on 6 September 2009.
  4. ^ SPIN, July 2003 via Google Books.
  5. ^ Conor and Phoebe Bridgers are boyfriend and girlfriend (Guitar World interview with Bright Eyes yesterday), posted by u/endtimesfun in r/brighteyes, 7 October 2020, and Phoebe called out Conor Oberst during Moon Song?!?!?!, posted by u/diagon-alison in r/phoebebridgers, 6 September 2021, on Reddit.
  6. ^ Previously (archived 17 November 2003).