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Some characters just need a way to show off how [[DarkIsEvil undeniably evil they are]]. Unfortunately, [[BlackEyesOfEvil pure black eyes]] just seem too monochrome and don't allow said character to show off an extra spark of insanity. Cue the Black Eyes Of Crazy. In these cases, the sclerae or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sclera sclera]] (the whites of the eyes) [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin are black]], as are the pupils, but the irises themselves retain their colour, [[TechnicolorEyes which can vary]]. Generally an indication that the character is not above going on a rabid, murderous rampage, and, as such, usually coincides with AxCrazy, though this rule is not [[DarkIsNotEvil absolute]].

Subtrope of UhOhEyes.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', anyone who becomes a Dark Signer has their sclerae darken to black and goes rather insane.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Hollows (normal ones, i.e. excluding Menos and the hybrid Arrancar) have this as a defining characteristic and tell-tale sign of their now inhuman nature. The group of Soul Reaper-Hollow hybrids known as Vizards, of which the male protagonist becomes an unofficial member, gain this feature as part of their HourOfPower-limited "Hollowfic" or "Hollowfication" mode - as well as when their SuperpoweredEvilSide manages to take over their bodies, as pictured.
** In the protagonist, Ichigo Kurosaki, the black and gold eyed evil side (pictured above) is indeed AxCrazy to an extreme and even acts as an internal [[TheStarscream usurper]] at times.
* In ''[[DotHackGU .hack//GU]]'', characters who are possessed by AIDA will often gain these eyes, particularly during AxCrazy moments.
* ''KeroroGunsou'': the assassin Zoruru has this combined with [[RedEyesTakeWarning red pupils]], along with [[HollywoodCyborg a half-cybernetic body]] covered in SpikesOfVillainy and a BladeBelowTheShoulder. Despite this, nobody can ever remember who he is...
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' uses this quite a lot, along with BlackEyesOfEvil. In fact, Akamatsu notes that Shinmeiryu users can tap into something that's basically the dark side for extra power. While this is [[DarkIsNotEvil not actually evil in itself]], it does appear to cause a great deal of bloodlust along with turning the eyes completely black.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', using the second stage of Orochimaru's cursed seal turns the sclerae of your eyes black and the irises gold. Sasuke gets bonus points by using the Sharingan with the black sclera for bonus creepiness.
** And Jugo by proxy.
** Shukaku and Gaara, when transforming into his partial form, have black sclera and golden cross-shaped irises.
** In the manga, Hanzo and the 3rd Raikage both inexplicably have black sclera (but they still have irises and pupils), though, in the anime, Hanzo's eyes are normal.
** A specific variant of this color scheme, which also functions as MindControlEyes, is seen in those [[spoiler:brought back to life by [[{{Necromancer}} Kabuto]]'s version of Impure World Resurrection (which, oddly, includes the aforementioned two, who look exactly the same).]]
*** [[spoiler: Kabuto himself has these when he uses his version of Sage Mode.]]
* In ''ScrappedPrincess'' episode 3 or 4, when everybody besides Pacifica gets put under mind control, this is expressed by turning all of their sclerae black (and their irises red). Whenever anybody is snapped out of it, their eyes return to normal.
* Masane from the Japanese ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'' gets these when transformed.
* Because of a curse, [[spoiler: Darcia]] of ''Anime/WolfsRain'' [[spoiler: has [[MarkOfTheSupernatural one normal eye and one wolf eye]]. He hides it under a mask or eye patch. People who see it fall unconscious. By the series end, it is clear that he is more than a little AxCrazy.]]
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' brings us Jinei Udo. His eyes are black with golden irises and pinpoint pupils which are capable of paralyzing you if he so chooses.
* Subverted with Renamon from ''DigimonTamers'': she has IcyBlueEyes with black sclerae, but is a LadyOfWar with NervesOfSteel and a member of the core TrueCompanions.
* In ''Manga/DragonBallZ'', Majin Buu in his Super Buu and Kid Buu forms has the RedEyesTakeWarning variation of this trope.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Manga/FairyTail''.
* [[TheSociopath Haguro]] from ''WolfGuyWolfenCrest'' is perhaps THE scariest looking ninth grader because of his eyes.
* Christopher Shouldered from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' has [[RedEyesTakeWarning red sclerae]] rather than black (as the result of an extreme and perpetual case of red eye), but nonetheless matches all the connotations of the trope.
* ''CodeBreaker'': The five "Angels" (plus [[spoiler: Sakura when she was a child]]), a five-bad-band of PowerNullifier[=s=] whose eyes go jet-black when they suck the life out of power-users, in this case [[ForTheEvulz just for fun]]. [[spoiler: Fortunately the power-users' masters anticipated that and made one of them Magneto: an iron beam in of itself isn't a power.]]
* The ghouls of ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' have eyes with black sclera and red pupils.
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* The vampire [[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering planeswalker]] Sorin Markov apparently has [[http://www.wizards.com/mtg/images/daily/ftl/ftl78_sorin.jpg black sclerae and golden irises]]; in the actual card, this is hard to notice, since the image, obviously made smaller, doesn't focus much on the eyes.
** Actually, he's not exactly crazy as the rest of the entries in this page are, but the vampire clans he descended from used to be normal humans, and the blackening of the sclera happens when they turn into vampires.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-heroes}}'', where two members of the Legion, Superman X and Timber Wolf, have eyes like this.
* ComicBook/{{Gambit}} of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}} has these, and his irises exemplify RedEyesTakeWarning, but he is neither evil nor crazy. Usually.
** It should be noted that, despite the fact that he's usually a good guy, he did have a reputation in his hometown as "Le diable blanc"-- people saw him as a demon because of his red-on-black eyes.
* Another counterexample is Jericho of the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans''. When he's about to possess someone, he makes eye contact with the victim and the whites of his eyes go black. (Mind you, he was crazy for a ''little'' while, but hey, that happens to everyone in comics [[strike:sometimes]] at least once.)
** Similarly, In ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo'', the Tie-in comic with [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans the TV Show]], the evil version of Aqualad was shown to have black eyes with red irises. Regular Aqualad just had solid black eyes.
* Doctor Robotnik/Eggman and Doctor Finitevus from ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog''. Interestingly enough, Robotnik's crazy red-on-black-eyes were first revealed in [[MilestoneCelebration issue #200]], [[VillainousBreakdown when he was]] [[FreakOut defeated by Sonic]] [[VillainousBSOD one too many times]].
* The RedSkull, DependingOnTheArtist. Carried on to the ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' animated series and the ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' animated series.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Shan Yu from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}''.
* Santi from Guillermo del Toro's ''Film/TheDevilsBackbone'' has black sclerae and pale bluish irises.
* In the film version of ''FilmThe/LordOfTheRings'', Frodo gets them after being corrupted by the cursed Nazgūl blade.
* People turned into vampires by the eponymous Count in ''Film/{{Dracula 1979}}'' have black eyes with hellish red pupils.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Valentine Morgenstern from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[spoiler: King Dynal]] in ''FossilFighters'' has these, and despite being an [[spoiler: alien]], he's the only one, even among the other [[spoiler: aliens]]. He's the BigBad...[[spoiler: until a Giant Space Flea From Nowhere pops in and he does an abrupt HeelFaceTurn.]]
* In ''[[DotHackGUGames .hack//G.U.]]'' this happens to players that get completely overtaken by AIDA.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', the [[LonersAreFreaks more reclusive]] vampires have these, usually indicating that they do not care about trying to blend in with normal society.
** As well as Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness. Can't get much crazier than that.
* Overlord Pram from ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'' has them, though she's more [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] than crazy. In the same game, the legitimately AxCrazy [[TheBerserker Berserker]] class has them as well, even carrying over into Disgaea 3.
** In ''Disgaea 2'', the Real Overlord, Zenon [[spoiler: Rozalin]], has them, and, like the Berserkers from ''MakaiKingdom'', is legitimately AxCrazy.
** In ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'', [[spoiler: Super Hero Aurum's OneWingedAngel form]] has them, and he's definitely messed up in the head.
* The game-breaking Gideon class from ''VideoGame/SoulNomad'' have them, minus Heroman.
* Akuma/Goki from ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' sometimes has these, when not being depicted with fully red eyes. It depends on the artist.
* Both subverted and played straight in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': black scleras are rather common, but they don't necessarily mean anything about the owner's behavior. While some bearers of them are described in the Pokedex as being violent and dangerous (Most notably Hydreigon), it's never shown to be a consistent trait among their species [[InformedAttribute (If it's even shown at all)]].
* The Thwomps from the ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' series originally had these, before shifting over to RedEyesTakeWarning in ''Super Mario 64''.
* Subverted with most asari in ''Franchise/MassEffect'', whose eyes turn black when they meld their minds with another, an action done to not only share information with others, but for lovemaking and procreating as well. If the asari is an [[DeathBySex Ardat-Yakshi]], though, it's played straight.
* ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'' has these with [[TheBigGuy Azul the Cerulean]], a huge StoneWall of a villain, whose black-and-yellow eyes show he's not one to be trifled with.
* The Kelari race in ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}'' have black sclerae, but they're a case of DarkIsNotEvil.
* The Sabbat in ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' combine this with RedEyesTakeWarning by having completely black eyes except for the blood-red irises.
* In AzureStrikerGunvolt all of the bosses sport such eyes.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''{{Drowtales}}'', Asira'malika Val'Jaal'darya has darkened Sclerae (believed to be the result of a failed medical experiment). It's not clear if she's this trope played straight, averted, or subverted, but she does have [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=917&overview=1&chibi=1&cover=1&extra=1&page=1&check=1 an evil laugh]].
* In ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', Season 2, a character named Rapdevil appears. Though not evil per se, he is strongly associated with demonic powers and his entire color scheme from his clothing to his shortly trimmed hair is black-yellow. So why shouldn't his eyes be that way, too?
** Then there's Season 1 character Rak Wraithraiser, [[PettingZooPeople a humanoid aligator]] with black sclerae and red irises.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', the very minor and not-particularly-crazy (but still likely Sparky) character Dr. Vg had red eyes with black sclera. Tinted glasses were used to hide this.
* Dr. Schtein from ''Webcomic/StringTheory'' gets prosthetic eyes after an accident. They're [[http://stringtheory.nfshost.com/comics/pagethree black]] with [[RedEyesTakeWarning red iris apertures]].
* Played straight and [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in ''TheZombieHunters''. [[OurZombiesAreDifferent All classes]] of TheUndead have black sclerae with [[GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath Glowing Irises Of Undeath]], though the Basilisk, a class with a [[MagicalEye paralyzing gaze]], has [[RedEyesTakeWarning red irises]]. Charlie, a [[HalfHumanHybrid partially]] [[HumanityEnsues revived]] zombie restored to sentience, is a subversion, sporting [[DualityMotif one human eye]] and one undead eye, which he [[RedRightHand hides]] with a contact lens.
* ''Webcomic/TwoKeys'' : Colin, the protagonist, gets these as opposed to his nomal, CreepyShadowedUndereyes look. He didn't go crazy, [[TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason just got really pissed off after]] [[MindScrew a guy he's fighting]] starts to touch on his DarkAndTroubledPast
* ''Webcomic/WaywardSons'': Kronos got these after the [[MassSuperEmpoweringEvent star core incident]], along with his powers.
* HeartCore: Some of the more powerfull demons in the series have this permanently and most other demons get this during fits of rage or when they go AxCrazy.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP-040]] [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-040 Evolution's Child]] is a subversion, having only one eye with a black sclera and defying the traditional roles of evil and insanity.
* The [[http://loonadventure.tumblr.com/ moon]] blog features an AlternateCharacterInterpretation of Princess Luna from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' who has gone insane from her 1000 years of isolation on the moon and now sports these kinds of eyes, along with the occasional black {{Tears of| Blood}}... something.
** The many {{Zalgo}}-fied Pinkie Pie/Pinkamena [[http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/File:11178_-_creepy_pinkamena_diane_pie_pinkie_pie_zalgo.png images]], some of which were used in the ''LunaGame'' {{creepypasta}}.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Black Wolf, the villain of the ChristmasSpecial ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightBeforeChristmas'', has black sclerae and an [[CarnivoreConfusion insatiable appetite for flying reindeer]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Coldstone has one mechanical eye with this effect, comprising of a red iris and black sclera.
* Shan Yu of ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' displays these. Add yellow irises and it's clear they were looking for [[AnimalEyes a falcon look]].
-->'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick:''' Is he suffering from jaundice or something?
* OlderThanYouThink: the 1949 WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short ''Bee-Deviled Bruin'' has Papa Bear develop these (white irises on black) after finding out all his attempts to get honey were for naught as Mama had a cupboard full. Actually pretty scary.
* In both ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' and ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'', Dr. Robotnik is shown with black eyes and red pupils (in contrast with the Japanese depictions of the character, whose eyes were almost always hidden by ScaryShinyGlasses).
* The Son from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of TheDarkSide, and he has [[GlowingEyesOfDoom glowing]], [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]] pupils, surrounded by [[BlackEyesOfEvil pitch-black sclera, without irises]], and he has a spectacular SanitySlippage through-out the Mortis-arc.
* In ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhgOAR4Xq4Y Allegro Non Troppo 1]]'', all the animals are brightly colored and cartoony except for those jerkass apes with red eyes and black sclera, [[HumansKillWantonly who are the only ones seen killing other animals on purpose and not for food]]. [[spoiler: They eventually ruin the planet after creating religion, war, and civilization for, despite evolving into humans, they're still vicious, greedy animals]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' this is {{Downplayed}} with RascallyRabbit the Drifter, who has white iris-pupils on black sclerae. He's merely a frustratingly opaque and {{eccentric|Mentor}} TricksterMentor.
* The redesigned Joker for ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The New Batman Adventures]]'' had black eyes with white pupils.
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', Match, who is a [[FlawedPrototype flawed]], [[PsychoPrototype insane]] [[CloningBlues clone]] of Superman, has black sclerae and blue irises. Apart from the black sclerae, he looks exactly like Superboy, the second clone of Superman.
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[[folder: RealLife]]
* Chimpanzees have a dark-pigmented conjunctiva, which makes their sclerae look black. Captive chimps that have been mistreated or poorly-socialized are notoriously prone to unpredictable outbursts of violence and destructiveness.
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