Created By: Earnest on July 16, 2011 Last Edited By: Earnest on July 26, 2011
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Animal Eyes

A character has the eye structure of an animal

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"It's, like, such a bummer that Snakeyes was already taken. I bet 'Black Mamba' isn't taken!"

I'm pretty sure we don't have this. Do we?

This character doesn't have normal human eyes, for any of various reasons their eyes are like those of an animal. They may have slit cat eyes, compound insect eyes, glossy and bulging fish eyes, or piercing bird's eyes among an animal kingdom of possibilities.

They may be just for show, a mere cosmetic difference brought about through a Partial Transformation, genetic alterations, or a spell. Frequently, and especially for bird's eyes, they carry Super Senses related to sight.

The Beast Man and some Kemonomimi will have eyes matching their particular choice of animal. In Sci-Fi settings, characters who are Human Aliens (including some Rubber-Forehead Aliens) may also have unusual eyes. In these two cases, this is to silently remind the audience that the character in question is not actually human.

See also Hellish Pupils, which may be shaped like a cat's, goats, or reptiles. See also Eyes of Gold, when golden eyes show a supernatural connection. Not to be confused with Fish Eyes, Puppy-Dog Eyes or Animal Eye Spy. The inverse of this would be Cartoony Eyes, in which animals have eyes that are human-like (although very exagerated or simplified).

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  • July 17, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Eyes Of Gold does not mean "wolflike", just that the character has some supernatural connection.
  • July 17, 2011
    TonyG
    The inverse of this would be Cartoony Eyes, in which animals have eyes that are human-like (although very exagerated or simplified).
  • July 17, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Some Kemonomimi will have eyes matching their particular choice of animal.

    In Sci Fi settings, characters who are Human Aliens (including some Rubber Forehead Aliens) may also have unusual eyes.

    In these two cases, this is to silently remind the audience that the character in question is not actually human.

  • July 18, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Mercy Thompson: the werewolves have human eyes that become more wolflike if they're stressed, or if they're close to a full moon.
    • The Joe Ledger Series book The Demon Factory has one of the Creepy Twins having genetically augmented herself to have cat eyes -- along with other animalistic traits.
    • Big Al in The Hollows has goat eyes in his human forms.
  • July 20, 2011
    erforce
    Didn't one of the teachers in Harry Potter (well, the films at least) have cat eyes?
  • July 20, 2011
    Shnakepup
    I think Tonks from Harry Potter had animal eyes, but that was for show; she could selectively transform parts of her body.

    Then again, I think maybe Professor Mc Gonnagol (however you spell that) had cat eyes in the book, since she could transform into a cat. Not in the movie though.
  • July 23, 2011
    Antigone3
    An'desha from the later Valdemar books retained the cat eyes he'd gotten when Mornelithe magically modded his body.
  • July 26, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Hawkeye Mihawk from One Piece
  • July 26, 2011
    Earnest
    Bolt has the Show Within A Show villain Doctor Calico, who has a single cat eye and a normal human eye.

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