Created By: KZN02October 1, 2010 Last Edited By: KZN02October 10, 2010
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Eye Spy

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The ability to remove one's eye (real or false) and use it to view hard to see areas during certain situations after placing it somewhere. The eye is not in any way connected to the owner, yet it operates just as well as it was. Apart from the creepyness value, it can also work as a Surveillance Drone.

Compare Detachment Combat, Helping Hands, Losing Your Head.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Gaara in Naruto does this during the first stage of the Chunnin exams.

Film - Animation
  • In the Toy Story series, the Potato Heads are often seen holding their eyes above their heads to see, etc., as a gag. It becomes a plot point in Toy Story 3, when Mrs. Potato Head loses an eye before leaving Andy's room, and later finds that she can still use it to see Andy's room from under the dresser where she left it.

Film - Live Action

Literature
  • Discworld: Blind Io has dozens of remote eyes.
  • In the Harry Potter series, Mad-Eye Moody's magical eye. Also, it's used by Dolores Umbridge as a spycam.

Live Action TV

Live Action TV

Tabletop Games
  • In Vampire: TheRequiem, Belial's Brood has an investment called Flesh Spider that lets the detach body parts but still use them. This includes their eyes.

Video Games
  • In the second installment of the Thief series, Garret obtains a mechanical eye that he can see through, even when you take it out and throw over a fence or use it to look around corners. That's how it was explained to me, anyway.
  • Ever Quest has the ability with some spells, an item, and a monk disciple to send out an eye to investigate for you.

Western Animation
  • Arguably the whole point of Krumm's character design from Aaahh Real Monsters. He doesn't even have eye sockets -- he carries his eyeballs around in his hands. They get thrown around or rolled into places where he wants to see quite a bit.

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Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • September 29, 2010
    Augustine
    An example would be Gaara in Naruto during the first stage of the Chunnin exams.
  • September 29, 2010
    randomsurfer
    I don't think we have this specific one, but it might be part of Detachment Combat; or at any rate Autonomous And Artificial Appendage Index.
  • September 29, 2010
    Yongary
    I figured this would be about having a false eye that doubled as a camera, as seen in Spy in Your Eye.
  • September 29, 2010
    the grene kni3t
    In the Toy Story series, the Potato Heads are often seen holding their eyes above their heads to see, etc., as a gag. It becomes a plot point in Toy Story 3, when Mrs. Potato Head loses an eye before leaving Andy's room, and later finds that she can still use it to see Andy's room from under the dresser where she left it.
  • September 29, 2010
    Ryusui
  • September 30, 2010
    Koveras
    Does an extra organ for visual perception count? Cyborg Girl Sein from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS has a third eye built into her right index finger, so that she can see where she is going when she passes through solid objects.
  • September 30, 2010
    Umptyscope
    The alien does this in Brother From Another Planet.
  • September 30, 2010
    NativeJovian
    Arguably the whole point of Krumm's character design from Aaahh Real Monsters. He doesn't even have eye sockets -- he carries his eyeballs around in his hands. They get thrown around or rolled into places where he wants to see quite a bit.
  • September 30, 2010
    KZN02
    @ Koveras: not sure, this trope is about removing one's eye, not having one implanted into other body parts.
  • September 30, 2010
    randomsurfer
    @Koveras: I think that's Extra Eyes.
  • September 30, 2010
    TooBah
    In the second installment of the Thief series, Garret obtains a mechanical eye that he can see through, even when you take it out and throw over a fence or use it to look around corners. That's how it was explained to me, anyway.
  • September 30, 2010
    Vree
    I used to have this YKTTW: Remote Eye. If you wanna merge it, it's yours.
  • September 30, 2010
    KZN02
    Remote eye sounds interesting, anyone thinking of other titles to use?
  • October 1, 2010
    shimaspawn
    • In Vampire The Requiem, Belial's Brood has an investment called Flesh Spider that lets the detach body parts but still use them. This includes their eyes.
  • October 10, 2010
    AlexThePrettyGood
    Schlock from Schlock Mercenary can move his eyes to any point of his amorphous body and has used this to spy around corners and in other tactical situations.
  • October 10, 2010
    Bisected8
    Bender from Futurama. Although how his eyes function varies based on the Rule Of Funny.

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