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->''He had the blackest eyes - the devil's eyes.''
-->--'''Dr Loomis''' in Creator/JohnCarpenter's ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'', about Michael Myers.

Traditionally, a cheap and easy way to show that a character is evil is the use of coloured contact lenses in live action, or coloured or {{glowing eyes|OfDoom}} in animation. Since the 1990s, however, a new trend has emerged - the Black Eyes of Evil.

These days, when someone is [[DemonicPossession possessed by demons]], [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow dabbling in the dark arts]], psychically dominated by evil aliens, or gone evil in some other way, their eyes will go perfectly black with no whites at all.

Presumably this perfect blackness indicates the purity of the evil within them and their total lack of humanity. Even if a person's eyes are weirdly coloured, there is still a possibility of human connection, but if his/her eyes are gaping wells of nothingness...

One interesting feature of this trope is that these black eyes will return to their normal state if the demon is exorcised/psychic link is broken/etc.

Alternately, a character's face can be shadowed in such a way that their eyes are completely {{hidden|Eyes}}, or at most reflecting back a glint. Typically, these characters don't actually have black eyes and it's a temporary thing. This version can show up in characters who aren't the ultimate evil, merely sinister or mysterious.

This can be surprisingly hard to tell apart from normal eyes in photos, because if a person has normal-colored eyes that happen to be deep-set or narrow to the point of looking squinty, then there won't be that much light hitting their sclera from most angles. It's easier to pick up on when the actor is in motion, and a lot more obvious in drawn art.

This is a subtrope of UhOhEyes, which, in turn, is a subtrope of TechnicolorEyes. These are also a specific type of MonochromaticEyes; sometimes related to ProphetEyes, which can also be used to indicate a supernatural or evil character, as well as MindControlEyes, which are dull and flat-colored.

Compare EvilWearsBlack.

Now in RealLife, scleral lenses worn by persons with light sensitivity will render a person's eyes completely black, but that doesn't tell you if they are evil or not.

Contrast with BlackBeadEyes, where the eyes are simply black dots done as an artistic style. Compare BlackEyesOfCrazy, where black sclera plus [[TechnicolorEyes technicolor irises]] equals AxCrazy, although both heavily overlap with one another. Compare also ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow. Overlaps with GhostlyGape.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' for the (former) page image, of course. The eyes change depending on the media, though. The anime goes for cat eyes, as do the sound novels. The manga artists change between this trope and cat eyes.
* Creator/KenAkamatsu, rare in most anime and manga, which opt for RedEyesTakeWarning, prefers black eyes to make his characters in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' look scary. He's also quite fond of BlackEyesOfCrazy, too.
** Evangeline, in particular, does this whenever she wants to scare people.
** [[spoiler: Negi]] does it too, once his BlackMagic kicks in.
** And [[PsychoLesbian Tsukuyomi]] fits both tropes at once.
* Majin Buu (specifically Super Buu, Evil Buu and Kid Buu) of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' fits both this and BlackEyesOfCrazy to a T.
* Risotto Nero, the leader of the rogue Squadra Esecuzioni of the Passione gang in Part 5 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', has these.
* [[spoiler:Lilith (a.k.a. [[FanNickname Giant Naked Rei]])]] develops this in ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]''. Prior to that, in episode 23, Armisael had developed a Rei-like protrusion at one end, which also had Black Eyes of Evil.
* Combining Dou (anger) and Sei (calmness) ki in ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' causes severe damage to the body, which notably causes a temporary blackening of the eyes. [[spoiler:One of Ryuto's eyes is now permanently black and he is also wheelchair bound because of this technique. Shou Kanou's right eye also turned black and he implied that the damage wouldn't be as severe in his case. It's unknown if this is actually true or not.]]
* In the manga version of ''Anime/TheBigO'', Beck gets this after attacking Roger with the Gigadeus and getting blown away by a Chrome Buster. It's especially creepy as the chapter is structured in such a way that it's hard to tell if it's AllJustADream or not (the imagery is ''trippy'' for the series), and [[spoiler: the part with Beck's eyes turning black is just a line and a full shot of Beck's head taking up a whole page. The last page. Which you have to ''turn the page for''. And comes out of nowhere, but was hinted at as Beck kept asking Roger what Big O was showing him.]]
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', when Gemini takes the form of a human, sometimes, one or both of its eyes transform back into Gemini's original solid black eye. Although not particularly disturbing on Gemini itself, when the eye is on a human...man, it's scary! In the anime, in the scene when Gemini is posing as Gray cackling evilly and transforming into Lucy, Gray's transformation face could qualify as a NightmareFace.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Aizen's chrysalis stage of his OneWingedAngel form resulted in jet black eyes - no irises, no pupils, not even any visible eye sockets. Nothing. Just black eye shapes on top of a flat face-like surface that didn't even look like it could have eyes (it had no nose or mouth or ears, for example).
** As Nodt's black eyes are creepy and black and seem to gain a strange pale sheen at the edges when he uses his power to give them an even more alien look. [[spoiler:It turns out to be a clue to the basis of his power which, in Vollstandig, targets the eyes of his victims.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[spoiler:Naruto's inner darkness]] has a constant SlasherSmile and eyes that are completely black.
* The ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' OVA gives us Kvar. Once thought to be [[EyesAlwaysShut permanently squinty-eyed,]] Kvar was shown in the OVA to have [[RedEyesTakeWarning red pupils]] in his otherwise wholly-black eyes. With that combination, it's no surprise that Kvar is one of the most despicable villains shown in ''Symphonia''.
* {{Evil Twin}}s in ''Oto x Maho'' have these.
* Jaki from ''Manga/{{Gamaran}}'' has heterochromia: one is normal, the other is black with a white iris. Later, Ryuho Kibe's sclerae turns black when he uses Juugan, a battle drug.
* All of the vampires in ''Manga/{{Shiki}}'' have black sclera and red eyes when their HorrorHunger takes over. The older vampires, namely Shizuru and Sunako, take this further and have solid black eyes. They still have pupils and what not, you just can't see them unless they glow.
* Alluka Zoldyck from ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' gets this when she turns into Nanika.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'':
** The Dark Signers from the anime.
** Kiryu from the manga.
* Downplayed in ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}''. The Occult Research Club President has ''almost'' entirely black eyes, with just a sliver of white at the outer edges. They still signify her Evil nature, which is more a case of being unholy than malicious.
* Averted with the ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' character that [[AscendedExtra would become Dr. Emil Lang]] in ''Anime/{{Robotech}}''. Although Dr. Lang owes his black eyes to [[TouchedByVorlons being touched by Vorlons]], he remains a personable character. In the aborted ''Sentinels'' animation, they did away with them and actually gave him normal eyes. They returned in recent comic book stories. In the original ''Macross'', Lang was a minor unnamed background character and his all black eyes was simply one of the trademark quirks of Haruhiko Mikimoto's character designs.
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* ''Comicbook/XWingSeries''
** [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Baron_Soontir_Fel Baron Soontir Fel]] was, after Vader's death, the best Imperial pilot. He's not evil, though, and the solid black eyes only show up in [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/367889.html one panel]], when his eyes are in shadow. But it's a panel where he looks ''very'' sinister.
** [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Paltr_Carvin General Carvin]], who, in a B-plot in those comics, is part of the Imperial Tribune, which briefly ruled the Empire after ousting Sate Pestage, and served to command and obstruct [[ManipulativeBastard Ysanne Isard]] until she dealt with them, was always, ''[[http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/1229/swrsmr212.jpg always]]'' shown with shadowed eyes...until Isard's plans culminated, the other two tribune members were killed, and he was [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:Isards_plaything.jpg brought before her]], beaten and bloody, but {{defiant|ToTheEnd}} enough to tell her he wouldn't be her plaything, and she smiled and told him he might become all manner of things once he reached the Lusankya facility.
* Dream, a.k.a. Morpheus, eponymous protagonist of the Creator/NeilGaiman comic ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]]'', also has completely black eyes, in which, at times, pinpricks of light like distant stars can be seen, as it is said that, by staring into his eyes, you can see the vast emptiness of eternity. He isn't evil, however, or not a typical villain at least, but he can be uncaring (to the point of cruelty) and takes very long to forgive a perceived slight.
* Marvel Comics Comicbook/TheSentry as [[SuperpoweredEvilSide The Void]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* The vampires from ''Film/ThirtyDaysOfNight''.
* During the first exploration of Carl Stargher's mind in ''Film/TheCell,'' he manifests as a pale king with gaping black voids in place of eyes.
* In ''Film/TheCovenant'', the four members of the eponymous covenant as well as the villain, a descendant of a covenant member, all get these at some point in the film. Subverted for the four members, who are all "good guys". Played straight for the villain.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', when Bruce the shark gets the taste of blood, his pupils grow to the point where his eyeballs become completely black, like that of a real shark. Up until this point, he lacks irises, but the pupils are surrounded by white, like a common animated character.
* Pinhead and the rest of the cenobites from ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' movies always have either black, shark-like eyes or more subdued black eyes with white sclera, depending on the director and makeup artist.
* Possibly one of the earliest examples in film was in ''Film/TheMummysHand'' (1940), in which the mummy's eyes are completely black - an effect achieved by laboriously painting over the film in post-production.
* ''Film/{{Krull}}''
** When the Seer is killed and replaced with a doppelganger, his duplicate has pure black eyes (not as much of a giveaway as you might think, since he usually keeps his eyes closed).
** Another creature from the same film, this one a female shapeshifter, is a subversion of sorts, as she finds herself unwilling to go through with her mission of killing the main character and gets quite a sympathetic speech before the BigBad eliminates her for her betrayal.
* In ''Film/{{Push}}'', whenever the evil pusher uses his powers, his pupils stretch so his eyes turn entirely black. The good pusher, by comparison, will only stretch her pupils so the irises are barely visible.
* Though technically literature at one time, the script of Creator/StephenKing's ''StormOfTheCentury'' -- sold in book form, before it was made into the film it was designed to be (and likely afterward, depending on the director) -- had a BigBad whose eyes, upon [[DemonicPossession possessing]] others, turned swirly black.
* In ''X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes'', as the main character continues using the x-ray eyedrops, his eyes begin changing colour: at first, they're only silver irises on black, but by the end of the film, they're entirely black.
* The Dark Queen in ''Film/MirrorMask'' sports pitch-black eyes, as does her daughter. When Helena is used as a replacement for the Princess and given an appropriate makeover, her eyes turn black as well.
* Although it seems to take a while after the onset of zombification, the titular ''Film/ZombieStrippers'' eventually develop pure-black eyes. Their flesh also begins to rot and their fingers turn black and sharpen into claws. Because the virus in the film affects men and women differently, this only seems to happen to female zombies.
* Michael, vampire-werewolf hybrid from ''Film/{{Underworld}}'', has black eyes whenever he loses control. It's probably pupils stretching so far whites and irises are invisible, as is shrinks down to pupil size when he calms down.
* [[Film/{{Jaws}} You know the thing about a shark, he's got... lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eye.]]
* In the 2009 ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' film, a temporary version is used when Lord Blackwood is talking to Holmes in his cell. He's standing just out of the light, so that the areas around his eyes are completely shadowed and all that is visible is the evil glint.
* In ''Film/{{Ink}}'' (2009), the Key Master Incubus has eyes that are pure black and they occasionally flare white with interest.
* In Oliver Stone's ''Film/{{Nixon}}'', CIA director Richard Helms' eyes appear to turn completely black for a second due to a coincidentally-timed light reflection, right after Nixon muses that there are things worse than death, and right before Nixon continues that there's such a thing as evil. Needless to say, Helms' real-life relatives had some issues with that scene. Although Helms definitely was a ruthless bastard in real life, implying he was a soulless force of pure evil may have been pushing it. The scene was removed for the theatrical release and [[ReCut only viewable in the Director's Cut.]]
* In ''Film/FromHell'', when Sir William Gull realizes [[spoiler:he has been found out as Jack the Ripper by Inspector Abberline]], his eyes turn black as he goes berserk and attacks [[spoiler:the Inspector]]. Seeing as Sir William is a normal (if deranged) human being, this seems to be just for shock value. Possibly a reference to the comic, when during [[spoiler:his death]] Sir William has a long out-of-body-experience that carries him all over the world and across time.
* The first ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'' has a quote that directly details the antagonist's eyes - and this is before Michael Myers dons ''that'' mask, which has nothing more than the two black, gaping, deathly holes for eyes.
* Shivers the Clown from the ''Fear of Clowns'' duology has a disorder that causes his eyes to appear almost completely black.
* [[Film/TheThing1982 Bennings-Thing]] had pitch black eyes. This is commonly used in fannon and fan art involving Jed.
* Katherine Ross' doppelganger in ''Literature/TheStepfordWives'' (they're supposed to be empty eye sockets, but there was a minor SpecialEffectFailure).
* ''Film/XMen'':
** In ''Film/XMen1'', Toad's irises are so big they look black from a distance.
** Jean Grey as the Phoenix in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'' has the Other Mother, who has Black ''Button'' Eyes of Evil, along with all of her minions. They can actually be any color in the film, but apparently, black is "traditional."
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** Subverted with Severus Snape whose eyes are consistently described as black - despite his unpleasant manners, behaviour and history, Snape is firmly on Dumbledore's side.
** Inverted with Hagrid ("a giant of a man with beetle-black eyes"), perhaps the most benevolent person in the series.
* The Ra'zac and Lethrblaka from the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''.
* ''Literature/ProphetsHouse'' has the incestuous, theocratic Rassianus family who sport black eyes when exercising their prophetic powers.
* The BigBad of Creator/TerryGoodkind's ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' books has these as part of being a Dream Walker. If that wasn't creepy enough, everyone knows when he's looking at them, even though his eyes are effectively black spheres. It's never explained.
* In Creator/GarthNix's early novel ''Literature/TheRagwitch'', the eponymous villain is described as having "black, black pupils." The horror.
* In ''Literature/TheElderScrolls'' novels, Sul describes [[spoiler: Umbra as having eyes "like holes into nothing."]] However, Vuhon's eyes are pure white, instead.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** The god Fate, except, in his case, they aren't actually eyes, but rather openings into a boundless void.
** The eyes of Trymon, the villain of ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', after reading seven of the eight spells of the Octavo.
** Vorbis, the villain of ''Discworld/SmallGods'', has completely black eyes.
** Mr. Teatime from ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' has an artificial eye that is portrayed like this in the live action adaptation.
* A sign of possession by some kind of alien superweapon in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''The Fall of Yquatine''.
* Subverted by the Harshini in ''The Hythrun Chronicles''-- they have obviously inhuman, solid black eyes, but are pretty much the nicest people you could possibly meet and, with the exception of {{Half Human Hybrid}}s, utterly incapable of so much as contemplating the thought of violence or malice. [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters Hence why they're almost extinct at the start of the trilogy...]]
* Infected people transforming into the monstrous [[spoiler:vampires]] in Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro's novel ''Literature/TheStrain'' gain "dead black" eyes, among other things. In the case of a Goth-Metal singer, people didn't even notice at first, they thought he still wore his pale make-up and black contact lenses...
* Though the most prominent character with black eyes in the Literature/ModernTalesOfFaerie books, Kaye Fierch is not evil. A lot of the other [[TheFairFolk Fair Folk]] have black eyes and evil traits.
* The villain of Creator/JoeHill's ''Literature/HeartShapedBox'' has eyes that look like they were scribbled out with a black Sharpie; another character refers to the black blotches as "sunglasses of the living dead".
* Used in the short story [[http://www.creepypasta.com/that-night-in-the-mirror/ "That Night in the Mirror"]].
* Eyes of the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Red Court vampires]] in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' turn black when they are hungry. It's a glimpse of their true forms (humanoid bat-creatures) under the human disguises.
* In Lawrence Watt-Evans' ''Lords of Dus'' series, the eyes of the King in Yellow are always hidden in shadow by the hood of his robe, although, occasionally, a brief glint is seen.
* In ''Literature/TheDemonsLexicon'' and the books that follow it, the eyes of demon-possessed people turn black. Nick also has black eyes, [[spoiler:because he's a demon who's been possessing a human body since its birth]], but he's an AntiHero.
* The nameless [[PowerOfTheVoid unmagic mage]] in ''[[Literature/CircleOfMagic Magic Steps]]''. Unlike the people who removed his legs and got him hooked on a powerful drug in order to make him help them with their crimes, he's not ''evil'', but he's certainly no longer sane and has become very inhuman.
--> "When had all the white vanished from his eyes? Now it was like staring into two vast pits. She turned dizzy, as if she might fall, when she met his gaze."
* The evil creatures in David Nickle's ''Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism''. The cover is especially creepy.
* [[spoiler: Gaithim]] in ''Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned'' gets these as a side effect of [[spoiler: becoming a hoshek]].
* Arpazia and Coira in ''Literature/WhiteAsSnow'' have "cold water eyes" normally, a color that's not quite blue or gray, but when their pupils dilate, their eyes appear to be black. With Arpazia in particular, this is taken as a sign of witchcraft, or at least insanity.
* Valentine Morgenstern from ''Literature/MortalInstruments''.
* The Nightmare Queen in ''Literature/TerraMirumChronicles'' is recognized as a Nightmare for having these eyes.
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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' was one of the first to use this trope, although the characteristic came from the Vorlons, which until the end of the Old Ones MythArc were generally viewed as the good guys, if misguided. When telepath Lyta Alexander makes psychic contact with the BigBad Shadows, her eyes turn pure black, but return to normal when contact is broken. After prolonged contact, she also began to weep black tears.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' has this occur in a deleted scene of the episode "The Farm". Starbuck has a nightmare where she sees [[spoiler: Anders]] with black eyes. Considering [[ArtificialHuman what]] he is revealed to be, it is interesting.
* ''Series/BeingHuman'' has the vampires using all-black eyes as a GameFace.
* Averted with Henry Fitzroy in ''Series/BloodTies'', whose eyes go black for his GameFace and during hypnosis, as he is a FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire (more or less).
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** This seems to be one of the standard side effects of using powerful BlackMagic, as primal energy fills up the body of the caster and then is released through the spell. When the black eyes don't fade after the spell is done, [[SuperpoweredEvilSide something's generally wrong]].
** When Willow Rosenberg goes overboard with magic, she gets these, most notably in her Dark Willow phase. In season seven, she gets these when she invokes powerful magic. They fade when the spell in question ends. The dark arts also darkens her hair, causing to complain that she can't get any work done without getting dark roots. Interestingly, she also becomes a {{Jerkass}} while she is using such magic. In one scene, while using a powerful barrier spell to stop a demon, she tells the woman she is protecting to stop whining. After the demon leaves, she apologizes.
** Catherine Madison, the first witch actually seen on the show, got these as she casts a powerful spell. As does her daughter, Amy.
** Oz's eyes turn solid black as part of his transformation into a werewolf and are usually one of the first things to change. Black eyes are not a standard werewolf trait per se though, as Veruca's turn [[GlowingEyesOfDoom bright blue]].
** Caleb's eyes turn black when he is merged with the First, which also turns his blood an oily black.
* ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'': Brother Justin, Henry Scudder, and [[spoiler: Sofie]] all have obsidian orbs when they tap into their innate evil.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}''
** Demons sometimes sport these. The Source of All Evil adds licks of hellfire in them for effect.
** Beings possessed by the Nexus or the Hollow also sport black eyes, though these powers are technically neutral (in the same way that an EldritchAbomination doesn't care about the struggles of morality).
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In "Tooth and Claw", the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolf virus' host body]] had completely black eyes when human.
** In the 2008 Christmas special, the FemmeFatale gains pure black eyes when [[spoiler: the Cybermen forcibly "upgrade" her to be their new Cyberking (noun/gender agreement notwithstanding)]]. As befits the trope, her eyes return to their normal colour when The Doctor [[spoiler: talks her into looking as a human at what she has become, leading her to suicide explosively and take the Cybermen with her]].
* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', the mysterious representative of the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Ancients]] (nicknamed "Einstein" by Crichton) appears to others as a tall, impeccably-dressed human with pitch-black eyes. However, Einstein and the Ancients remain [[TrueNeutral neutral throughout the series]].
* Inverted in ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', where it's the titular monster hunters who are seen this way by the [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Wesen]] when they [[GameFace woge]] in front of them. The Wesen see the Grimm's black eyes reflect their nature back at them.
* On an episode of ''Series/AHaunting'', a devil or demon is shown to look like a regular man, except for the black eyes...which made the actor look [bleep]ing scary.
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Maya's eyes turn pure black with tar-like tears running down her face when her powers activate. While she's not really evil, her ability--to kill everyone around in a matter of about a minute using what amounts to some sort of psychic poison--''is''.
* The BBC's ''Series/{{Jekyll}}'' uses this as one of the warning signs that Hyde is about to show up, and they're one of the few cosmetic changes made to show the difference between the main character's two personalities.
* ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga''. When protagonist, Yuusuke Godai, first receives visions of his Ultimate Form, Ultimate Kuuga, the coloring of his eyes are pitch-black, symbolizing the risk of his becoming evil should he transform into Ultimate Kuuga. [[spoiler: In the penultimate episode, Yuusuke does, in fact, transform to Ultimate Kuuga, but due to his self-control, manages to retain the red-eye coloring of his normal Mighty Form. The risk of slipping into 'Black-Eyed Ultimate Kuuga' is not entirely eliminated, however, and Yuusuke, in fact, tells his partner, Ichijou, to shoot him should it happen.]]
** In ''Series/KamenRiderDecade,'' we got to meet black-eyed ''Rising'' Ultimate Kuuga. You can say OhCrap now.
* ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker''
** It's not presented as evil (at least insofar as stealing a person's soul and free will is [[ValuesDissonance presented as]] "not evil"; the show's basically taken the route of "types of magic aren't evil, it's what you do with them"), but whenever a Confessor uses her power, there is a close up of her eyes (and the eyes of her victim) turning pure black for a few moments. Can somebody confirm whether this is also the case in the original books?
** There's no mention of eyes changing when the Confessor power is used in the book, but [[BigBad Emperor Jagang's]] eyes are noted as being black and swirly portals...or something. Point is, they're weird eyes and he's '''bad'''.
* In ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', solid black eyes represent possession by His Divine Shadow.
* In ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'', when Nikola Tesla's plans to rebuild the vampire species go awry, all of his former patients who have been killed turn into vampires way before schedule and exhibit completely black eyes.
* ''Series/SapphireAndSteel'': This happened to Sapphire when she was channeling the Darkness in the second serial.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', whoever is possessed by Bizarro gets black eyes. Also occasionally the case for Comicbook/{{Brainiac}}'s or Comicbook/{{Darkseid}}'s victims.
* The obscure (but apparently cult-ish) 1988 SF-horror miniseries ''Something Is Out There'', starring ex-BondGirl Maryam D'Abo. Those who are being controlled by the evil alien cannibal parasite are shown to have pure black eyes.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** Most of the lower-ranking demons, although more powerful demons with yellow, or white eyes have also been seen. [[DealWithTheDevil Cross Road Demons]] have red eyes.
** Sam Winchester can get these when using his powers to telekinetically drive demons out of their human hosts. [[spoiler: Justified since getting the power to do that requires ''drinking demon blood...'']]
** In Season 8, a demon named Abaddon appears. While she does have black eyes, she is also a [[EliteMooks Hell Knight]] and unbelievably powerful.
* Not quite the same thing, but a body modification-centric episode of ''Taboo'' featured a man [[EyeScream injecting black tattoo ink into the whites of his eyes]].
* Shortly after his [[spoiler: resurrection]], Owen Harper of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' experienced moments when TheGrimReaper possessed his body: during these moments, his eyes would turn black and he would start chanting "I shall [[WalkingTheEarth walk the Earth]] and my hunger will know no bounds."
* In ''Series/TrueBlood'', people under [[spoiler:Maryann]]'s control have totally black eyeballs.
* Windom Earle gets this for a brief moment in ''Series/TwinPeaks''.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** In one of the most effective applications of this trope, the show had the black oil. This living substance violated your organism through various orifices. Eyes turning black meant the substance took over.
** It was used with the surprisingly sympathetic MonsterOfTheWeek in the episode "Hunger".
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[[folder:Music]]
* "Blackest Eyes" by Music/PorcupineTree is a song about serial killers with the lyrics "''Swim with me into your blackest eyes''".
* 2D from Music/{{Gorillaz}} has these, although this case would be some sort of subversion, since he's generally nice and often a source of comic relief. Also, the trope is {{justified|Trope}}, because they're apparently not really black eyes, but [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyphema eight-ball fractures]], caused by having them dented into 2D's eye sockets, which gave him his nickname (2 Dents).
* "Spectrum" by Zedd features a music video that shows a woman (presumably from outer space) with pitch black eyes who falls in love with a man from Earth. They have a romantic relationship and wear sunglasses in order to hide the [[UncannyValley uncannily human]] alien woman's black eyes from the public. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsuVMdnF8A0 Here, watch it for yourself.]]''
* The "Mother Maiden" Character from the eponymous music video by Dutch rock/metal band Within Temptation is revealed to have eyes just like this.
* The music video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdXc-GxKrDE Ov Fire and the Void]]" from Polish DeathMetal band Music/{{Behemoth}} has one in the main female character.
* The woman on the cover of Diary of Dreams' ''Elegies in Darkness''.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* Dark Fantasy and Modern Horror roleplaying games from the 1990s onwards love this trope, from ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' to the German game ''Arcane Codex'' (where this is actually a trait buyable at character creation called "Eyes of Hell" that indicates the character is a half-breed who has demonic blood).
* The Excrucians of ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' have a variant on this. Falling stars drift through their otherwise-black eyes.
* This was a symptom (along with greasy black tears) of the [[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering Phyrexian oil]] in ''Time Spiral''. Naturally, the people living in black-aligned places got the worst of it.
* Used with the Literature/NightLords of the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' 'verse. Each original member of the Legion has enormous pupils, along with irises and scleræ that are totally black. It gives them nearly perfect night vision: bright lights can cause tissue damage to their eyes along the lines of TearsOfBlood. {{Justified|Trope}}, since the Legion recruited all of its members from its homeworld of [[WretchedHive Nostramo]], where the human population lived in thousands of years of isolation and adapted to Nostamo's state of [[AlwaysNight perpetual darkness]] [[note]]Almost the entire population were also {{Eerie Pale Skinned Brunette}}s, for the same reason[[/note]]. Within canon, this is a ZigZaggingTrope (being the only army in the Imperium who [[ColdBloodedTorture extensively utilized]] [[TheDreaded terror tactics]]), but played straight after their Primarch declared "ThenLetMeBeEvil". Generally averted in the tabletop game, where they all wear helmets, and [[FridgeLogic probably need them in most conditions]].
** This is also averted with normal Space Marines descended from the Raven Guard. A defect in their gene seed causes most of them to become [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunettes]]. Also notable are the Cacharadons whose eyes are also completely black, and tend to be a bite more... [[AxCrazy violent and brutal]] than the other loyalist chapters.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' The vampires of Innistrad - most notably, Sorin Markov has [[http://www.wizards.com/mtg/images/daily/ftl/ftl78_sorin.jpg black sclera and golden irises.]]
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* Karzahni from Franchise/{{Bionicle}} was first described as having empty, black eyes. Later, a book illustration gave him brightly glowing yellow eyes (and took other liberties with his colors), and his eventual figure sported red eyes. The change is somewhat justified in the figure's case, as it represented his mutated form, which didn't look anything like what his original description suggested. There's also the fact that Karzahni constantly rebuilds himself, so he may have possibly changed his eyes...
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* Artwork of the [[AmericanKirbyIsHardcore American/European style]] of [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Dr. Robotnik]] usually depicts him with [[http://eggmanempire.sonicworld.net/downloads/images/official/soa/chaosartwork.png no eyes at all, with two pitch black eye-sockets instead.]] In ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', the Boom Boos from the [[BigBoosHaunt haunted stages]] have a pair of black eyes which blinks every few seconds. When you hit them once, however, they will turn into the creepy, yellow-eyed, {{slasher smil|e}}ing Attack Boos.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', the boss "Hell Orcha" has black eyes with [[RedEyesTakeWarning red pupils]].
* A few of the character designs for the mutant enemies in ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'' feature black eyes.
* When [[spoiler: Kreia unveils herself as a Sith Lord]] in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'', her eyes turn from [[ProphetEyes milky white]] to pitch black. [[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic The Sith Emperor]] has pitch-black eyes from birth. It is a sign of his great evil and power. Vector Hyllis also has completely black eyes, though, while he is part of the Imperial Agent's entourage, he's not evil so much as following BlueAndOrangeMorality.
* Inverted with the [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Asari]], Liara, from ''Franchise/MassEffect''. If you choose to have her as your romance partner, her eyes will turn black while you're having a roll in the sack with her. Her eyes also turn black when activating telepathic linking powers - something observed in another Asari, [[spoiler: Shiala, an Asari Commando, who links with your character during the Feros mission]]. If you look closely, they aren't solid black, but have faint star-like lights in them.
** Played straight when Morinth does it - that an Asari's eyes turn black just before sex has a whole new effect when the Asari in question is an [[SexEqualsDeath Ardat-Yakshi]], especially since they lack the faint lights seen in other asari.
* [[VideoGame/MegaManZX Master Albert]] combines this with RedEyesTakeWarning. No, really.
* Mitsuo Kubo from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', a really creepy {{loner|sAreFreaks}} whose most prominent feature is his black fish eyes. [[spoiler: He eventually killed resident SadistTeacher Mr. Morooka over a grudge and attempted to claim the murders currently taking place in Inaba.]]
** Much before Mitsuo, [[VideoGame/{{Persona 2}} Takahisa Kandori]] used to wear SinisterShades. Why? [[spoiler: He has ''nothing'' behind them.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheSuffering: Ties That Bind,'' the Creeper has black, doll-like eyes.
* [[Franchise/JakAndDaxter Jak's]] SuperpoweredEvilSide has these, as do Daxter's and [[spoiler: Skyheed]]'s.
* [[spoiler:Chaos Havan]] in ''VideoGame/TheReconstruction''.
* The character creator in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' gives a few faces with black eyes as an option.
* ''VideoGame/XCom''. A seemingly human housewife has these in the E3 2010 trailer.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} 4'' mod Rise of Mankind, the leaderhead for Richleiu has, inexplicably, completely black eyes. While likely just a glitch, or an incomplete design, it does make him fairly creepy.
* OhCrap, it's the [[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations Proto]] [[http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t291/einprinz04_2007/wtfbadger.jpg Badger]]!
* Subverted with the Lady of the Forest from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. Although she possesses pitch-black eyes, she is not evil, only inhuman. In fact, she wishes to end the curse that has been placed upon the werewolves of the Brecilian Forest, even though doing so will require her death.
* [[BigBad M. Bison]] from ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' has all black eyes, except for the irises (normally black), which are white. That was in his early designs. {{Averted|Trope}} afterwards, when his eyes were changed to be completely white.
* In ''VideoGame/EmbricOfWulfhammersCastle'', this afflicts all those who [[spoiler: drink the demonic scotch.]] It also afflicts [[spoiler: Ecinacea, due to her having been replaced by an EldritchAbomination.]]
* Your father, [[GodOfEvil Bhaal]], has many forms in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', but one thing remains the same in all of them: his pitch-black eyes. In the same vein, [[spoiler:a couple of your [[DreamingOfThingsToCome prophetic dreams]] have you looking into a mirror or body of water and seeing your reflection with a PsychoticSmirk and the same black eyes]].
* If you are trying to reach the happy ending in ''VideoGame/AfraidOfMonsters'', you have to fight [[spoiler: your Doppelgänger]], who has completely black eyes.
* The [[http://www.cave.co.jp/gameonline/esprade/chara/alice.html Alice Clones]] from ''VideoGame/EspRaDe'' and the ''VideoGame/{{Espgaluda}}'' series
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' subverts this. Ammy is the hero, but has pitch black eyes. Can become terrifying if you look at her face when using the "Realistic Wolf" [[AndYourRewardIsClothes karmic transformer]].
* The Outsider, the resident EldritchAbomination of ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' has completely black eyes. However, he's not so much evil as simply a disinterested entity who enjoys observing humanity and the chaos they can create, occasionally granting powers to rare individuals that gain his interest.
* Most of the enemies in ''VideoGame/TheBreach''.
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* Celesto Morgan from ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' has a case of this whenever he uses his dark Seer powers.
* Found on Captain Vole of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', an ex-[[SuperSoldier Jagerkin]] (no, we're not sure how that works either) who is hell-bent on killing any Heterodyne that comes his way, including Agatha.
* Bloody Mary from ''Webcomic/{{Flipside}}'' has these, though she does still have visible pupils, allowing us to ''somewhat'' connect with her as she transforms into TheWoobie.
* All the titular characters in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' have this, whether hero or villain.
* Zimmy from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' is initially presented as this: she's antagonistic and seems to have dark holes where her eyes should be. However, subsequent chapters make her TheWoobie. DarkIsNotEvil, indeed. Also, it turns out she does have [[RedEyesTakeWarning eyes]]: they're just perpetually/stylistically covered by [[TearsOfBlood black gunk]].
* Despite being a benevolent entity, Caprice from ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'' gets totally black eyes and the VoiceOfTheLegion when [[HiveMind Mars]] is talking.
* Babi Rusa, a cannibal hag, has all black eyes, in ''Webcomic/{{Witchprickers}}''. Interestingly, the comic's hero, Ilemauzer the bat, also has black eyes at first.
* In ''Webcomic/PumpkinFlower'', all [[WitchSpecies Mancers]] have black eyes, including the [[TheWoobie main character]].
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. [[spoiler: Sollux winds up with these after a duel with Eridan goes badly, but he's actually much more relaxed now that he doesn't have to deal with his psychic powers anymore. As a half-ghost in the farthest ring, he has one eye that's solid black, and the other that's solid white, to indicate he's not entirely alive or dead.]]
** Later subverted again with [[spoiler: the incredibly kind Calliope, though [[NightmareFace the effect]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007512is a bit unnerving]]]].
* This was used in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' as part of the effects to show a particularly intense DeathGlare. It's also present on both [[EvilOverlord Lord Tedd]] and {{Te|enGenius}}dd when he activates his gauntlet.
* ''Webcomic/ATaleOfFiction'': Sneaky's eyes are always black, no matter how much shapeshifting he does. Subverted, though, because he's a nice guy and the protagonist. While shapeshifted into human form, he usually wears sunglasses to blend in.
* In ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'', the heavy metal band Noosehead (which has 15 members) has several members with monochromatic black eyes of evil. This includes their front man, Sidney "the Sicko", and main guitarist, Nicole. As it turns out, when they end up taking the stage during the "roadies" arc, they are a subversion: all of them are really nice (if a little eccentric) people who treat the heavy metal life as a job.
* ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'': [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20100406.html Robert]]. While not evil, he admits his eyes make people feel ill and scare children.
* In ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' black eyes with red irises are an undeniable sign of being a Djinni-si, or "dead inside". Vampires are capable of hiding their "dead" eyes though. Also a bit of YMMV on whether that automatically makes one evil too.
* ''Webcomic/SpinaCage'' has a race of human eating faeries with completely blacked out eyes.
* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0270.html kobolds would be cute if their eyes weren't large, black, soulless eye sockets.]]
* ''Webcomic/MoonCrest24'': (Averted) Derek has what are basically black circles for his eyes with no sclera to speak of, but is far from evil.
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* The Lovercraftian [[http://grimreviews.blogspot.com/2008/12/zalgo-comic-chronicles.html ZALGO edits]], which originated on Website/SomethingAwful.
* The Dark Queen's true form in ''Literature/SailorNothing''.
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation presents [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-899 SCP-899]]: shrieking, black-eyed, bloodstained ghost children in a forest.
** But they also avert the trope with [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-134 SCP-134]]: a harmless young girl whose black eyes happen to be vistas into an uncharted region of space. SCP personnel have actually been reprimanded for getting too attached to "Stella".
** In the Foundation's sister site, Wiki/TheWanderersLibrary, they're [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/blackeyes alleged]] to be a symbiotic pairing of a spirit and a child that had a near-death experience.
* One of the symptoms of frequent exposure to the Void between worlds in ''Roleplay/{{AJCO}}''. While it remains to be seen if the Auditor has them due to her ScaryShinyGlasses, A_J certainly does. Partially due to the fact she's taken so many trips through it and partially due to the fact that in the years before her first trip she was in close contact with it every single day.
* [[BigBad Malachite]] from ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights''.
* [[TheNarrator Cecil]] in ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' describes [[EvilTwin Kevin]] as having black eyes and says "he must be ''wicked'', this man'', despite Kevin describing Cecil as having "eyes like mine"; though since Cecil's had all of his mirrors covered since he was fifteen, he might have similar eyes and not know it.
* In the {{creepypasta}} ''VideoGame/SonicExe'', the corrupted ''VideoGame/{{Sonic the Hedgehog|1}}'' title screen features a Zalgofied Sonic.
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* Feathers [=McGraw=], the sinister penguin in ''WesternAnimation/TheWrongTrousers'', has solid black eyes. Interestingly, his eyes are entirely natural.
* During a hallucination sequence in the ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' tie-in feature, ''Tales of the Black Freighter,'' the mariner's eyes turn an inky black.
* This is likely one of the things that makes the pink elephants in ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' so disturbing. Not only are their eyes black, they appear to be empty sockets.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'' had this cat...yeah.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. Aqualad's eyes are solid black, but he's a good guy. When under the influence of evil mind control, his eyes turn red.
* Subverted with Stitch from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch''. While he isn't evil, he is pretty nasty.
* Subverted with Jake in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. He's not evil, usually...When he thought he was evil, his eyes went swirly.
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker from ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The New Batman Adventures]]''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'', [[spoiler:[[FaceHeelTurn Anti-Monitor Aya]]]] has these.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'' has Yin's friends combining these with SupernaturalGoldEyes when they're turned into zombies.
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* Not so much "real" life, but a popular urban legend/modern day campfire tale: people have reported encounters with "black-eyed kids" (also known as "black-eyed beings" and "black-eyed children", or just BEK), which are pretty much [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what you would expect]]--creepy kids with pure black eyes who are said to mean humans no good at all. The original BEK tale can be found [[http://www.ufofreeparanormal.com/stories/viewstory.php?sid=210 here]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyphema Hyphema]], better known as an "eight ball hemorrhage", where blood pools inside the eye and blacks out one's vision.
* In 2007 the first case of scleral tattooing was reported. This procedure makes it possible to [[EyeScream tattoo the whites of your eyes black]]. Possible side effects include: a permanent black eye as the ink migrates into tissue surrounding the eyeball, terrible headaches, blurry vision, seeing black specks (basically [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floater floaters]] made of ink), extreme light sensitivity, glaucoma and even blindness.
* On a non-{{squick}}y note, it's a matter of light, shadow, and positioning to appear to have these, if only for a moment, with both eyelids and eyebrows shadowing the eyes themselves. This can look creepy, especially in non-flash photographs.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom%C3%A9o_Dallaire Roméo Dallaire]], FourStarBadass of the [[UsefulNotes/CanucksWithChinooks Canadian Forces]] mission in Rwanda, described the genocidal Interahamwe militia as having eyes so black, no light could be seen in them (or something along those effects).
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