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9th Apr '16 11:44:20 PM LordGro
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'''[[OracularHead Murray:]]''' How can ''you'' walk around without a brain? Some things no-one can answer.

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'''[[OracularHead Murray:]]''' '''Murray:''' How can ''you'' walk around without a brain? Some things no-one can answer.
9th Apr '16 11:43:12 PM LordGro
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This manifests in different ways in different media. Decades old zombies fresh out of their graves will have gorgeous (or more likely horrifying) functional eyes despite [[SlidingScaleOfUndeadRegeneration the rest of their body being a decayed mess]], as demonstrated by the gentle-person in the picture. On the other extreme, lacking sensory organs is no impediment for animated skeletons, who will be able to see and hear humans as if they still had those fleshy bits. At times, they will have GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath in their eyesockets.

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This manifests in different ways in different media. Decades old zombies fresh out of their graves will have gorgeous (or more likely horrifying) functional eyes despite [[SlidingScaleOfUndeadRegeneration the rest of their body being a decayed mess]], as demonstrated by the gentle-person in the picture.mess]]. On the other extreme, lacking sensory organs is no impediment for animated skeletons, who will be able to see and hear humans as if they still had those fleshy bits. At times, they will have GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath in their eyesockets.



Interestingly, the undead may even develop SuperSenses in the form of superior smell, hearing, or even "[[VeinOVision living radar]]". The page image, specifically, of skeleton/zombies [[EyesAreUnbreakable with still-intact eyes]], is probably a modern trope. As modern horror movies and CGI have blurred the line between rotting zombie and skeleton with bits of flesh and organs still hanging on, for increased "yuck" factor. So while it makes sense for recently deceased zombies to have functioning eyes, and older stop motion polished skeletons not to, there are now those that toe the line. Historically, this may have to do with the SpecialEffects and makeup needed for eyeless sockets being difficult or impractical to use, since it would potentially blind the actor and remove some of their ability to emote[[note]] (well, emoting that they don't emote, anyway)[[/note]].

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Interestingly, the undead may even develop SuperSenses in the form of superior smell, hearing, or even "[[VeinOVision living radar]]". The page image, specifically, of skeleton/zombies skeleton/zombie [[EyesAreUnbreakable with still-intact eyes]], eyes]] is probably a modern trope. As modern horror movies and CGI have blurred the line between rotting zombie and skeleton with bits of flesh and organs still hanging on, for increased "yuck" factor. So while it makes sense for recently deceased zombies to have functioning eyes, and older stop motion polished skeletons not to, there are now those that toe the line. Historically, this may have to do with the SpecialEffects and makeup needed for eyeless sockets being difficult or impractical to use, since it would potentially blind the actor and remove some of their ability to emote[[note]] (well, emoting that they don't emote, anyway)[[/note]].
7th Oct '15 10:05:53 AM PanLeopard
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** Now now, there's a few that have [[http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b300/spacemonkey_fg/More%20Random%20Pics/Nights3.jpg one]] or [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jVdgPXcKK0Y/ToK40-cQ99I/AAAAAAAAAV4/alvJVV_rP-4/s1600/Burial+Ground+3.jpg both]] eyes.
15th May '15 9:54:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subversion: The movie ''Tombs of the Blind Dead'', they hunt you by sound alone.
** Also played straight, in that it doesn't bother to explain how their eyes managed to rot away while leaving their eardrums perfectly intact.
*** The zombies in that movie are the Knights Templar. Their eyes were pecked out by crows after they were accused of heresy by the church.

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* Subversion: The movie ''Tombs of the Blind Dead'', they hunt you by sound alone.
** Also played straight, in that it doesn't bother to explain how their eyes managed to rot away while leaving their eardrums perfectly intact.
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''Film/TombsOfTheBlindDead'': Subversion. The zombies in that movie are the undead Knights Templar. Their Templar, whose eyes were pecked out by crows after they were accused of heresy by the church.church. They hunt you by sound alone.
15th May '15 4:56:39 AM erforce
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[[quoteright:232:[[Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDead http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/BlueZombEyes.jpeg]]]]

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[[quoteright:232:[[Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDead [[quoteright:232:[[Film/TheReturnOfTheLivingDead http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/BlueZombEyes.jpeg]]]]



* The pic is from ''ReturnOfTheLivingDead'', by the way. ''It's time to paaaaaaaaaaaarty!''

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* The pic is from ''ReturnOfTheLivingDead'', ''Film/TheReturnOfTheLivingDead'', by the way. ''It's time to paaaaaaaaaaaarty!''


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* In ''Dawn of the Mummy'', the mummy and its zombie followers have normal eyes upon awakening in the present day (of the eighties).
17th Mar '15 6:17:23 PM intastiel
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* Justified in ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'' with undead Duane's eyes actually being pyramic replacements. The eyes he was born with were actually stabbed out before he died.

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* Justified in ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'' with undead Duane's Duane: his corpse decomposed as usual despite his soul still walking it around, but he has pymaric eyes actually being pyramic replacements. The made of glass and gemstones. [[spoiler:His original eyes he was born with were actually stabbed out before he died.died, anyway.]]
2nd Mar '15 8:25:08 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Anyone who has seen ''TalesFromTheCrypt'' can never forget the Crypt Keeper's beautiful blue eyes... and spleen, and liver, and collection of hearts.

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* Anyone who has seen ''TalesFromTheCrypt'' ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' can never forget the Crypt Keeper's beautiful blue eyes... and spleen, and liver, and collection of hearts.



* The 3.5 ''DungeonsAndDragons'' supplement ''Libris Mortis'' stated that skeletons and other undead without normal visual sensory organs have "Lifesense". That is they can see as if living creatures gave off light in a 20 foot radius that illuminates the environment for them and everything else is total darkness.
** Also from ''DungeonsAndDragons'', the Demiliches don't have eyes per se but instead, two large red jewels that [[RedEyesTakeWarning work just as well]].
** Another ''DungeonsAndDragons'' example: the 1st edition adventure L1 ''The Secret of Bone Hill'' had two undead skeletons with eyes: the skelter and the remains of a high level magic user.

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* The 3.5 ''DungeonsAndDragons'' ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' supplement ''Libris Mortis'' stated that skeletons and other undead without normal visual sensory organs have "Lifesense". That is they can see as if living creatures gave off light in a 20 foot radius that illuminates the environment for them and everything else is total darkness.
** Also from ''DungeonsAndDragons'', ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', the Demiliches don't have eyes per se but instead, two large red jewels that [[RedEyesTakeWarning work just as well]].
** Another ''DungeonsAndDragons'' ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' example: the 1st edition adventure L1 ''The Secret of Bone Hill'' had two undead skeletons with eyes: the skelter and the remains of a high level magic user.
22nd Feb '15 2:24:16 PM TheUnsquished
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* The zombies in ''SluggyFreelance'' have human intelligence and who can pass for humans... under medium/heavy zombie makeup. One even mentions they need to eat the tissue they want to repair/maintain for it to stay "healthy". So most zombies who only eat muscle go blind and deaf (and very dumb) after the first few years.

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* The zombies in ''SluggyFreelance'' ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' have human intelligence and who can pass for humans... under medium/heavy zombie makeup. One even mentions they need to eat the tissue they want to repair/maintain for it to stay "healthy". So most zombies who only eat muscle go blind and deaf (and very dumb) after the first few years.
6th Jan '15 1:43:17 PM TVRulezAgain
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* [[TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Jack Skellington]] can see and hear just fine without eyes and ears. In the commentary, Creator/TimBurton mentions that Disney wanted him to add eyes for more expression, [[AvertedTrope but]] [[UncannyValley luckily]], Jack's eyesockets were expressive enough to not need them.

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* [[TheNightmareBeforeChristmas WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas: Jack Skellington]] Skellington can see and hear just fine without eyes and ears. In the commentary, Creator/TimBurton mentions that Disney wanted him to add eyes for more expression, [[AvertedTrope but]] [[UncannyValley luckily]], Jack's eyesockets were expressive enough to not need them.
31st Dec '14 11:25:55 AM nombretomado
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* One of JeffDunham's characters, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, has [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] (and eyebrows, and a [[BeardOfEvil goatee]]), even after being reduced to a skeleton.

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* One of JeffDunham's Creator/JeffDunham's characters, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, has [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] (and eyebrows, and a [[BeardOfEvil goatee]]), even after being reduced to a skeleton.
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