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When [[HeroicBSOD shocked or stunned emotionally, mentally or physically]], the character's eyes are briefly replaced by blank white disks with sloppily-scrawled black "borders" around them. Functionally equivalent to the American CirclingBirdies. Can be combined with BlueWithShock for extra impact. Glasses-wearing characters sometimes use (Not So) ScaryShinyGlasses instead. Note that because the pupils and iris allow light to enter the eyes, characters with blank white eyes should be blind.

This is a [[NewestOnesInTheBook relatively recent trope]], with all shows using it having shown up within the past decade. In even more recent media, this trope has seen a much wider range of uses, ranging from the function of making a character look funny, to simply depicting eyes on a character too far away to be drawn in detail.

See also ProphetEyes for characters whose eyes are ''always'' [[MonochromaticEyes completely white]], and ColorFailure for when they lose color all over. In some cases, it can also overlap with DiesWideOpen.

You can sort of do this if you roll your eyes into the back of your head.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' is filled with BlankWhiteEyes displayed in response to all manner of shock and surprise.
* ''ArakawaUnderTheBridge'' Ric does this a lot. In a very ''Creator/StudioSHAFT'' way. 'Nuff said.
* In ''Manga/ExcelSaga'', the emergency food supply [[EatTheDog Menchi]] often expresses BlankWhiteEyes (sometimes in combination to BlueWithShock) whenever Excel or another character jokes about eating her.
* This happens a lot in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'', especially to England.
* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', Negi is reduced to BlankWhiteEyes several times by the end of the first proper episode.
** Chamo-kun gets them several times.
** Happens a lot in the manga too; Negi gets them in Chapter 29 when Setsuna attempts a rather... ''hands on'' variation of a GroinAttack.
*** Negi get this again, along with LuminescentBlush and JawDrop [[spoiler:a few hours after receiving Nodoka's love confession]].
** Quite a few uses of blank ''black'' [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v20/c180/12.html eyes]] in the manga as well.
** This is pretty much the default expression of anyone who sees [[CrazyAwesome Rakan]] do ''anything''.
** We have a more serious (and frightening) example in Chapter 265, when [[spoiler:Negi is completely consumed by [[UnstoppableRage r]][[RoaringRampageOfRevenge a]][[BewareTheNiceOnes g]][[BlackMagic e]] and transforms into a [[OneWingedAngel monstrous demon]]. Though, considering that the manga is black-and-white, his eyes ''could'' have been glowing a different color, for all we know, but until then it fits here]].
** [[TheHighQueen Arika]] of all people gets those when Nagi [[spoiler: gives her HeadbuttOfLove while rescuing her from her execution.]]
* The 2005 TV series of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' has at least one instance of BlankWhiteEyes in its very first episode.
* Happens a ''lot'' on ''BoboboboBobobo'', where confusing your opponent into submission is a valid form of martial art.
* Also seen on ''ShamanKing'', when Yoh witnesses Hao (Zeke in the US dub)'s malicious acts, and once by Anna, near the finale. (She's usually the least emotional character in the show, usually only displaying quiet anger and a deadpan.)
** This is actually employed quite a bit throughout the series to show extreme shock/surprise/fear/anger in various characters.
* Shiratori Ryuushi in ''{{Mahoraba}}'' has BlankWhiteEyes after receiving his off-screen punishment for not finishing his homework.
* Every time something goes wrong in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. Especially when Sakura [[TheUnfairSex smacks him upside the head for no reason]].
** Hinata, while already having ProphetEyes, often gets these in embarrassing situations with Naruto in the anime.
** Lee gets these when [[spoiler:Sakura confesses that she loves Naruto]], and looks fairly upset afterward.
** Also in Shippuden, right after Sakura reveals how much she's learned with Tsunade. After Kakashi goes into hiding, she smashes her chakra-infused fist into the ground, causing it to tear up. The first time this happens, Naruto gets it as he's falling over (complete with a strangled "''Huh?''" noise.) When the smoke clears, Kakashi has these too, which shows that Sakura actually took him by surprise by doing that.
** Sasuke very rarely gets these, but when he does, it's [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious.]]
* Used to great effect in most of ''FruitsBasket'', especially by mild mannered characters shocked with the insanity around them.
* ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' uses a slight variant, where the eyes are half-closed, making the eyes look like a sideways "P:.
* Subversion: On an anything but humorous note, most of Scar's victims in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' exhibit this trait.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' a character's eyes will go blank when they are finally defeated (or defeated until it's convenient for them not to be anymore). It is virtually the only sure-fire way to tell a character has been removed from the current fight.
** Subverted with Gedatsu, Chopper's opponent in Skypiea. He's so stupid that he keeps his eyes rolled up into his head constantly, even though he can't see a thing while doing it.
*** Also subverted with Kaku, as a show of how he was GracefulLoser unlike most villains, he doesn't get these, instead looking serene like he's sleeping when he's defeated.
** Luffy grabs a pair after [[spoiler:Ace gets killed in front of his eyes]].
** So do [[spoiler:the children from Punk Hazard, when the effects of the drug Caesar Clown fed them take their toll]].
** An example of Blank White Eyes PlayedForLaughs in the filler Warship Island arc: a Marine soldier gets them after Apis [[GroinAttack accidentally kicks him in the nuts]].
* Nanoha gets this a few times as she's being introduced to magic in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', then occasionally later, such as when she first sees Yuuno out of ferret form.
** Or Yuuno himself, during the hot springs episode when he realises he's going to be in there with the girls and PANICS.
*** Yuuno also gets these once when Chrono refers to him as a "ferret-changeling" as a joke.
** Nanoha also pulls those when Vita forgets her name in the ''A's'' series
-->'''Vita:''' Takamachi Nantoka! ("This and That")\\
'''Nanoha''': IT'S NANOHA! NA-NO-HA!
*** Also when seeing Lindy drink her Japanese tea English-style with milk and sugar in one eyecatcher.
** Fate gets BlankWhiteEyes in MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid after seeing Vivio transform [[spoiler:into her Adult Mode, which looks just like the Sankt Kaiser mode]], and when Vivio reminds her that she and Nanoha were quite reckless at her age.
* In ''{{Genshiken}}'', Saki goes BlankWhiteEyes with her ArtShift rage.
* BlankWhiteEyes appear frequently in ''NodameCantabile''.
* The first episode of ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' has Naota run over by the "Vespa-woman", thereby needing [[KissOfLife mouth-to-mouth resuscitation]].
* Happens to Kon and a few other characters (Mostly during {{filler}}) during comedic moments in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
* Nishizawa in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', after a hawk lands on her precious candy apple. ;_;
** Hibino Fumi. ''Much more often than she looks normal.''
* One of Tsukasa's default expressions whenever Konata and Kagami start talking about things she's too innocent to know, like fanservice or dating games, in ''Anime/LuckyStar''. But mostly she gets those small black oval blank-stare eyes.
* Happens to everybody in the manga ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'', most often in response to the eponymous [[CheerfulChild Cheerful]] GenkiGirl.
* Happens in ''ElfenLied'' when [[spoiler:Lucy gets her right horn knocked off by Number 35]]; she appears to be in shock/comatose (complete with white eyes) for several minutes.
* ''KamichamaKarin'' uses this a lot.
* ''ChronoCrusade'' features this several times, particularly in cases involving poor Chrono. Two examples: In the manga, this is Chrono's reaction when Rosette (in response to his urging Rosette to give an intelligent argument) calls Sister Kate an "ugly old hag". This is also Azmaria's reaction to [[SlapSlapKiss Chrono and Rosette's dance turning into a near-brawl]] in the anime.
* In ''Manga/HidamariSketch'', Yuno does that all the time; while Hiro does that when the paranormal is involved.
* This happens to Mikuru Asahina in the manga of ''[[SuzumiyaHaruhi The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'' when her rack is grabbed by Haruhi.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' is using this more in recent episodes, particularly with Dawn's [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Piplup]].
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', Ryuk's eyes go completely white when he [[spoiler: kills Light.]]
** Though this is definitely not comedy-related and used differently than most other examples.
* An interesting example of this exists within ''{{Dragonball}}'', where it usually denotes an UnstoppableRage. Often accompanied by a BattleAura if one was previously absent, and may be invoked by a SuperpoweredEvilSide.
** The most notable example of this being Broly, who has this happen to him when he goes [[UnstoppableRage Legendary Super Saiyan]]
** Trunks gains these only as he becomes an Ascended Super Saiyan(or [[FanNickname Ultra Super Saiyan]]), and regains his irises after he's done. Conveniently, this transformation makes him resemble Broly.
** However, in ''Dragon Ball Z'', blank white eyes on an inert character means they're dead. Before Z, he simply used DiesWideOpen.
* In SaitamaChainsawShoujo, Kaoruko Odagiri gets these whenever she starts [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} cloud cuckoolanding.]]
* Turns up in Manga/SoulEater, where Kid is a curious example; it's used when he is fighting 'properly' (not bothered by symmetry), as when he fought Black Star, and when fighting Mosquito.
* It is the ''default'' expression for ''GAGeijutsukaArtDesignClass'''s {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Nodamiki.
* Satou and Misaki get these sometimes in the ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' manga.
* In ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', Guts' eyes (or his good eye post-Eclipse) going completely white is as much of a danger sign as the GlowingEyesOfDoom. Guts has two berserk modes: TranquilFury (rarely seen) and the White Eyes. [[UhOhEyes When the white eyes appear]], it means that he is completely consumed by UnstoppableRage, and that anything within the reach of his {{BFS}} is going to die very, very messily.
* ''RecordOfLodossWar'' features another case of the white-eyed berserker in Orson. He is normally TheStoic and one of the nicest characters of the anime, but when the white eyes appear -- usually when someone's hurt his partner Shiris or anyone else he cares about -- it is generally not advisable to be anywhere in his general vicinity.
* Bjorn in ''VinlandSaga'' whenever he goes berserk, his eyes turn blank white and he tears people apart with his bare hands. Happens to Thorkell now and then too.
* "Eyes rolled up, quivering mouth" has become so ubiquitous in {{Eroge}} that is now has its own term, ''ahegao.''
* Whenever [[LittleMissBadass Tamaki]] gets flustered in ''Manga/BambooBlade'', her art style goes SuperDeformed (rounder, her mouth and other facial features vanish), she shuffles and fidgets nervously, and her eyes go completely white. [[ImTakingHerHomeWithMe And it's ADORABLE.]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', when Bakura imagines taking Yugi-as-the-Dark-Magician over with Change of Heart, his eyes are pictured as this... along with a very disturbing look on his face.
** PlayedForLaughs in ''Manga/YuGiOhR'' when Jounouchi does this. It actually happens often enough to count as a RunningGag.
* Shows up on Kina in the first chapter of ''Manga/WifeAndWife'' when Suu-chan declares that they need to buy "Essentials" before they buy a bed together.
* In ''PrincessNine'', this shows up in a rather unexpected (and scary) way near the end.
* ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]'' - Haruka gets this when the Futami twins are trying to discover who stole the pudding.
* In ''GlassMask'', characters get this look when they're surprised, but also in moments of intense concentration.
** This was parodied in ''PaniPoniDash''.
* In ''Manga/KiniroMosaic'', Alice often has Blank ''[[PhenotypeStereotype Blue]]'' Eyes.
* In the ''Manga/{{Nana}}'' anime, Hachi gets these when [[spoiler:Takumi brings her shoes for "a tiny person" (their future daughter), and she misinterprets him and remembers [[NeverSayThatAgain Sachiko]]]].
* Episode 21 of ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' has everyone in the battle arena sporting these during the latter moments of [[FieryRedhead Reiji]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Aila's]] battle.
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn!'', the main protagonist Tsuna had blank white eyes in one scene and the anime artists took it one step further by adding black shading around his eyes.
* In the first episode of the Creator/{{Madhouse}} [[Anime/XMen X-Men anime]], Dr. [=McCoy=] is presenting a lecture to his students about recent experiments he's performed in enhancing cephalopod intelligence, and has brought one of his test subjects, a squid, to demonstrate. Receiving a call from the X-Men, he declares he's leaving, but will give the class over to the squid he brought while he's gone. The students laugh it up... until the squid activates a vocalizer and calls them all to order, whereupon they sprout these.
* Though it typically lacks comedic {{Art Shift}}s, in ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal,'' TheKlutz Usagi exhibits these briefly while suffering AgonyOfTheFeet, after her "Sailor V Kick" meant for her AnnoyingYoungerSibling Shingo instead hits their shutting front door.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{The Goon}} - Frankie
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Oddly enough, ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'' has an example of this [[http://www.dilbert.com/strips/2010-07-22 here]].
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' features every character with these, unless they have glasses or if they are shocked.
* ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie, one of the oldest examples.
** [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in a "Two A-Holes" sketch on ''SaturdayNightLive''.
--->'''Adoption Agent''': So why adoption?\\
'''Female A-Hole''': I love the movie ''Annie''.\\
'''Male A-Hole''': You ever heard of Little Orphan Annie?\\
'''Adoption Agent''': Yes, I know it.\\
'''Male A-Hole''': Yeah, it was an old comic strip. Annie had no eyeballs. Then they did the movie version - guess what? She had eyeballs!\\
'''Adoption Agent''': And your point is?\\
'''Female A-Hole''': We want a baby with eyeballs.
* Poncho from ''ComicStrip/PoochCafe''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', Phoenix and Edgeworth frequently do the BlankWhiteEyes when caught by surprise.
** Look closely at Phoenix's sprite, and you can ''sorta'' make out the pinhole pupil, though.
* On a non-humorous partial example, Ganondorf's eyes go white when he dies.
** A terrifying example from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'': The Zora Elegy of Emptiness statue, along with its [[TheScream screaming expression]]. Also, Fierce Deity Link from the same game.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', one of the Dark Interlopers (represented as Link) in the infamous Fused Shadow cutscene has these.
** Fi from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has these, as does [[spoiler:Ghirahim in his true form]].
* Practically ''everybody'' in the supporting cast of ''EliteBeatAgents'' has Blank White Eyes at some point in the game. Even in the TearJerker levels. (Ironically, the agents are some of the characters who ''don't'' get Blank White Eyes; because they're always wearing CoolShades).
* ''{{Ouendan}}'' probably did this even ''more''. Heck, half of the Ouendan themselves sport this expression at a few points! (Once when they get sucked into Ancient Egypt, and when you fail to stop the meteor.)
* ''Mother 3'' has one scrapped out frightening sequence where you fought what it could be described a nightmare incarnation of Lucas, one of their incarnation was his [[spoiler: brother Claus]] in blank white eyes.
* ''Bubble Memories'', a sequel to ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble'', uses Blank White Eyes for Bub or Bob instead of the unique [[WingdingEyes eyes-struck-out-by-a-literal-black-line]] upon death. The struck-out-eyes are still used when either of them touch ''bubbled'' lightning/fire.
** [-[[RecycledInSpace SPACE]]-] [[FakeDifficulty Puzzle Bobble]]: When Bob(blun) is used and the board is almost full, his eyes go blank and [[JawDrop his jaw drops]] before he pushes it back up and his eyes go back to normal (and the animation loops).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}} [[VideoGame/KirbySuperStar Super Star]] [[EnhancedRemake (Ultra)]]'', this happens with Lololo when you defeat him.
* In ''VdeioGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', some monster varieties like serpents and treants sport these whenever they get hit.
* One of [[LoveFreak Flonne's]] [[GoingThroughTheMotions stock poses]] in ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness''.
** Axel of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' and Fuka of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4| A Promise Unforgotten}}'' use them, as well.
* A constant for the Iop class in ''VideoGame/{{Dofus}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}''.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' does this in a very creepy manner. After Solidus drops his mechanical tentacles halfway through the battle with him, you get a codec call from the AI Colonel and Rose, and as Rose talks to you, her eyes suddenly go blank.
* In ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins'', Rayman's eyes go blank whenever he freaks out, gets hurt, or is in balloon-state (dead).
* When you [[BerserkButton find out his name]], [[spoiler:Doopliss]] in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''.
** Done a few times with Mario himself in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar''.
* In ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', Balrog does this whenever he is defeated by [[spoiler:Quote]].
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Occasionally happens in ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'', though it also pulls double-duty as a substitute for OpenTheIris.
* Happens nearly every episode in ''Catface''.
** Always happens in ''WeeblandBob''.
* ''ThereSheIs'' has this anytime people see Doki hanging all over Nabi.
* Although without characteristic impact, every person in the ''AwesomeSeries'' used to have those in older episodes. This made it a recognizable trait of the series which was also made use of in mostly every [[FollowTheLeader fan-made episode]]. Characters in Egoraptor's [[ArtEvolution newer works do have an iris]], though.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Also appears in western {{webcomic}}s, as in [[http://the-qlc.com/loserz/go/531 this strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}''.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' uses these, often when a character is [[FacelessMasses too far away to show the normal level of facial detail]]. They even pop up in a few scenes that would otherwise be completely serious.
* Done, along with most other {{Manga}}-esque effects, frequently in ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}''.
* Used often in SlightlyDamned.
* Happens to everyone in ''BittersweetCandyBowl'' at some point.
* When the Henchbot is upgraded in GirlsInSpace her eyes glow white.
* [[http://hiimdaisy.livejournal.com/ hiimdaisy's abridged video game comic strips]] use the blank eyes occasionally.
* Layla from ''FarOutThere'' experiences this when suffering from [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1071305/page-235-just-getting-her-up-there-must-have-been-really-awkward/ an exceptional amount of frustration]].
* Geisterdamen in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' have these. Hilariously turned into traditional use [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060804 here]].
* Discussed and lampshaded in ''Webcomic/TheCobraDays''
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* TheUndertaker is pro wrestling's TropeCodifier for this. He does this so often it's pretty much part of his gimmick. When Taker rolls his eyes back in his head, most people are running away really fast because when he gets to that point in a match where he decides this is appropriate, it generally means your ass is grass and he's the lawnmower. Ironically, Taker's eyes are ''always'' white in the comic book based on him done by Chaos Comics.
* Judas Messias did the same thing in TNA for awhile before he abruptly vanished from the company.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Done quite a few times on the {{Animesque}} show ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. Robin has them as a permanent part of his mask, presumably something he picked up from his [[{{Franchise/Batman}} mentor]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', this happens to Sadlygrove when he goes into 'berserker' mode.
* The WesternAnimation/SWATKats have them, as do many members of their RoguesGallery.
* Happens most frequently in earlier episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 Twilights Kingdom Part 1]]'', Tirek's victims have all the color removed from their eyes, leaving only a greyscale pupil.
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