Created By: TiibaMarch 12, 2013 Last Edited By: ArivneAugust 31, 2015

Eye And Nerve

Someone\'s optic nerve is showing, with eye usually attached.

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Closely related to Eye Scream, but not a snug subtrope. An optic nerve becomes visible. This can be because his eye was pulled out, or maybe because the whole brain was.

  • Happy Tree Friends has this as one of its many methods of testing your squeamishness.
  • Episode 1 of Season 2 of The Venture Brothers. The mangled eye could still see.
  • Part of the stock response to the Hello Nurse trope involves eyes popping out of the skull, sometimes with the nerves still attached.
  • Occasionally spices the squick factor of a disembodied brain. Used in Battle Angel Alita, for instance. Say, is there a trope for pulling out brains? Alita had so many examples, it would be enough by itself.
  • In a Manatee Gag on Family Guy Peter's eyes pop out during decompression. Another person's eyes pop out too and during a Slap Fight their eyes get tangled up with each other.
  • Total Recall 1990. After Vilos Cohaagen is ejected onto the surface of Mars, the lack of atmosphere causes his eyes to bug out of their sockets, showing the optic nerves behind them.
  • * In Hostel, the girl that gets rescued and later commits suicide because she couldn't live with her disfigured face has one of her eyeballs hanging out with the nerve clearly visible. The protagonist severs the eyeball so she can at least flee with him.
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • March 13, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In a Manatee Gag on Family Guy Peter's eyes pop out during decompression. Another person's eyes pop out too and during a Slap Fight their eyes get tangled up with each other.
  • March 13, 2013
    Arivne
    Film
    • Total Recall 1990. After Vilos Cohaagen is ejected onto the surface of Mars, the lack of atmosphere causes his eyes to bug out of their sockets, showing the optic nerves behind them.
  • March 13, 2013
    Chernoskill
    • In Hostel, the girl that gets rescued and later commits suicide because she couldn't live with her disfigured face has one of her eyeballs hanging out with the nerve clearly visible. The protagonist severs the eyeball so she can at least flee with him.
  • March 13, 2013
    Larkmarn
    • In Ninjai The Little Ninja as part of his Sanity Slippage, the Big Bad pulls out his own (damaged) eyeball, looks at himself and swallows his eye, optic nerve still attached.
    • Part of the stock response to the Hello Nurse trope involves eyes popping out of the skull, sometimes with the nerves still attached.
  • May 2, 2013
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    • Monty Pythons Flying Circus. In one of Terry Gilliam's animations a man's eyes were abused by his television set. One of the things it did was to pull his eyes out of the sockets and allow them to bounce up and down while still connected by their optic nerves.
  • May 3, 2013
    Melkior
    Anime/Manga:
    • An especially horrific example occurs in Barefoot Gen when the atomic bomb hits Hiroshima. Whether the effect of radiation, heat or the blast wave, some people had their eyes literally knocked out of their sockets and sometimes the eye was left hanging by the nerve. Especially disturbing because the animation depicts something which actually happened in real life.
  • May 3, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    The comedic version of this is already covered by Eye Pop, so you should stick with the more serious examples.
  • May 3, 2013
    DracMonster
    Not sure if this counts:

    • In Star Craft I, the Zerg Overmind (which doesn't really have a physical body in the conventional sense) is represented on screen by a single large eyeball with several muscle stalks connecting to it from various directions.
  • May 3, 2013
    willthiswork
    Expansion on the VB example:

    • Episode 1 of Season 2 of The Venture Brothers Dr. Venture suffers an eye injury like this. Dr. Venture's POV was represented with a split-screen effect to inform us that the mangled eye could still see.
  • May 4, 2013
    m8e
    ^^^I think Eye Pop only cover examples where the Pop is caused by the characters reaction.
  • May 4, 2013
    astryll
    The film version of Dan Brown's Angels And Demons has physicist Leonardo Vetra' eye and optic nerves ripped out for use for the retina scanners to the lab. This action allows them now to possess the equivalent of a small nuclear bomb
  • May 4, 2013
    TonyG
    In The Simpsons episode "The Scorpion's Tale", a medication to make old people less cranky has the side effect of overlubricating the eyeballs, causing them to slip from their sockets and dangle by the optic nerve.
  • August 31, 2015
    Chabal2
    Calvin And Hobbes: According to Calvin's dad, the reason your eyes close when you sneeze is to prevent this from happening.
  • August 31, 2015
    Generality
    I don't see how this is a trope. Showing the optic nerve is just a natural result of having an eye pulled out.
  • August 31, 2015
    WalterSmith
    This trope is strongly related with Brain In A Jar. Conscious brains sometimes possess their preserved eyeballs and optical nerves.

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