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[[caption-width-right:350:[-We can see in the dark!... OhCrap, it's {{Franchise/Batman}}!-] ]]

->''"A blackout? Oh, Perry the Platypus, isn't this wonderful? Now people can't see anything but my pitiful eyes!"''
-->-- '''Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz''', ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''

Whenever it is pitch dark, characters' open eyes are always visible.

The same applies, eventually, to [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily any great big teeth]] which something lurking in the darkness may possess. A common shot is to have a nervous character scared in the dark as a variety of seemingly glowing teeth gather around them.

In live action, it is usually used to spooky effect.

By the Lights of Their Eyes seems like it should always go with GlowingEyes, but it really doesn't.

This is generally a form of HollywoodDarkness, and may immediately precede a NuclearCandle as part of TheReveal.

Depending on how it is drawn, can be LazyArtist. While drawing the scene in the page image takes as long as normal, when a cartoon simply shows the character's eyes in pitch black it saves a lot of animation time.

A SisterTrope of TheDarknessGazesBack and supertrope to FadeAroundTheEyes. Not to be confused with SeeTheWhitesOfTheirEyes, which is a figurative expression for getting close to your enemy. Nor EyeLightsOut, which is a death trope.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'': In Episode 2, when the eponymous character trips on a car while giant and flies face-first into a subway entrance.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'' has [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20080913 mysterious creatures that talk to the hero in the dark]]. Given ''what'' those critters turned out to be, may be but a minor side effect of their physiology.
* Laura at the end of Issue #5 in ''ComicBook/TheWickedAndTheDivine''. [[spoiler: Because Luci gave her her powers, and her eyes glow faintly red with her cigarette]].
* ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons:'' Just like the show (see Western Animation), character's eyes tend to be the only thing visible in the darkness. Like in the show, this is frequently mocked, for example in issue #100, Bart asking Lisa how that's even possible.
-->'''Lisa:''' That's what you get when you're exposed to radiation for years.
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Marsupilami}}'' book "The temple of Boavista", a pair of kids notice a pair of eyes under a bush. The marsupilami punches, only for the eyes to ''spread apart'': A few seconds later, the two eyepatch-wearing henchmen jump out of the bush and run away.
* ''Comicbook/{{Saga}}'' uses glowing red eyes to foreshadow the Horrors behind Marko and Alana at the end of the first issue.
* The alien Natives of ''ComicBook/{{Copperhead}}'' are revealed by their eyes seconds before they attack Zeke and Annie. Possibly justified by the Natives' alien biology.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/SnarfQuest'' in Dragon magazine #105. When Telerie, Snarf and Aveeare are exploring a cave in the dark, you can see their eyes in the darkness. Then another pair of eyes appears and a growling noise comes from them. Snarf starts stabbing at them, and when Telerie lights a torch they see that he has killed a monster.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** The monsters under Calvin's bed usually are only heard and not seen, but in a few strips their eyes were visible this way.
** Hobbes occasionally has his eyes glow in the dark when hunting Calvin, crossing this over with GlowingEyesOfDoom. (Vaguely justified in Hobbes's case, as feline eyes actually have a layer of shiny reflective cells to help them see in the dark -- see Real Life below.)
* An entire week of ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strips took place during a blackout once, with only Jon's and Garfield's eyes visible.
* ''ComicStrip/FredBasset''. In [[http://assets.amuniversal.com/880519d085c90132c101005056a9545d the strip for February 19, 2015]], Fred is in the dark with his eyes showing, looking for his friend Yorky. Another pair of eyes appears and Fred says worriedly "That isn't you, is it Yorky?" (He knows it isn't Yorky because Yorky is shorter than he is but the other eyes are above his).

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Although common enough in Disney short cartoons, this trope is rarely used in the [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon feature films]], perhaps because they generally try for a more realistic tone. A few exceptions:
** ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', when Yzma and Kronk are locked in a closet.
** ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'', when B.E.N. accidentally cuts off the power on the ship. ({{Justified|Trope}} in that his eyes are actually light displays.)
** ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'' (1951). When Alice is looking at the Tulgey Wood sign, a number of eyes appear in the dark above it. One pair is revealed to be a "glasses bird", which hops onto Alice's head.
** ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' has a rather scary example. When the title princess runs in panic in the forest, some yellow glowing eyes seems to stare at her. They actually belong to friendly cute animals but Snow White's imagination makes them look like evil and demonic.
* In the CGI feature ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'' the characters have actual headlights for eyes -- possibly a {{Reconstruction}}, although it may not have been intentional.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'': The end scene where Zig-Zag [[spoiler:is eaten by crocodiles]] is a wonderful example of playing with this trope, especially [[spoiler:the final scene, where Zig-Zag's eyes are first encircled then blacked-out by white teeth]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTailFievelGoesWest'', Fievel is chased into a hole by a hawk, and we only see his eyes... accompanied by evil glowing eyes that belong to a scorpion.
* [[MegaNeko The Catbus]] from ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'', whose eyes serve as headlights, and has small mice on its roof and lower body whose eyes serve as the destination sign backlights and taillights, respectively.
* Justified in ''WesternAnimation/WallE'', as the robots' eyes are actual lights.
* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck does this in ''WesternAnimation/MickeyDonaldGoofyTheThreeMusketeers''.
* As does Ratigan in ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoxtrolls'' eyes glow in the dark.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveTasksOfAsterix'', Asterix and Obelix spend some time as eyes in the Beast's lair. At some point another pair of eyes appears, only to pop when they look at it.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' when the animals wake up in crates being shipped to Africa.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'': During "Under Your Spell", the Crusaders are shortly back-lighted as dark silhouettes, but their eyes stay visible.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'':
** During his song, Capper cuts a rope that close several shutters above the narrow street they are in, putting the whole place into darkness until only Capper's green cat eyes stay visible.
** The alternate opening scene would have introduced Tempest this way, her eyes (including the scar over her right eye) and sparking horn being the only things visible among an otherwise dark screen.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* When in the sewers in the ''Film/{{Doom}}'' movie, Goat approached a set of eyes in a dark corner after his flashlight dies, while looking for a scientist. When he asks "Doctor Willets?" [[ExtraEyes several other eyes]] [[EyesDoNotBelongThere appear around the main set]], revealing not that there are more of them, but that the transformed Dr. Willets [[BodyHorror has grown several more eyes all over his head]]. The creature then leaps and attack Goat.
* Also done in ''Film/PitchBlack'', where it was a character point.
* When Pee-Wee Herman ends up abandoned in the desert in ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'', after Micky drives off, leaving him in pitch black with only his eyes visible. When he gets his flashlight on, he's not met with [[MatchlightDangerRevelation the happiest sight.]]
* In ''Film/ThreeHundred'', the emissary of Xerxes bribes the priests of the oracle, then fades to a silhouette with only his eyes remaining.
* Emperor Palpatine from ''Franchise/StarWars'' usually keeps his hood pulled forward enough to cast a dark shadow on the upper half of his face, but occasionally the light glints off his eyes creating a very spooky effect.
* In ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'', when Manco is creeping around the room where El Indio hid the [[MacGuffin cabinet]], this effect is achieved by painting Eastwood's face dark brown, so his eyes glow out.
* The second ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' movie has a sequence with the main characters stuck in one of the Pyramids of Gizah. When their torches go out, they suddenly turn into cartoon eyes floating in the dark (and stay that way until the dog leads them out).
* In the 1974 ''Film/{{Black Christmas|1974}}'', the "Prowler" is never truly seen out of shadow. The only scene in which you view him, is where he is peering from behind a door. Ominously, all you see is an eye, the rest hidden in shadow.
* In ''Film/ScaryGodmother'', Jimmy and his friends hide in a closet after being scared inside the haunted house.
* In ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'', Oscar, Finley and China Girl are spied on by a whole lot of pairs of gleaming eyes when they enter [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Dark Forest]]. Several times they turn around suspiciously, but are an instant too late to spot the eyes [[spoiler: until the snappy animated plants they belong to are ready to attack]].
* ''Film/TheIncredibleMrLimpet', in the animated portion of the film. After Henry Limpet goes into a cave, his eyes can be seen in the dark. The hermit crab Crusty is introduced when his eyes appear.
* In ''Nightlight'' (2015), the dog's eyes reflect as twin circles of light whenever the flashlight glints off them in the dark. [[spoiler: That's all we see of it - points of light being violently yanked off-camera in the blackness - when it dies.]]

* ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' describes the Cheshire Cat appearing first as a pair of eyes and a gigantic grin, which disappear last when he leaves.
* The alien ''atevi'' of the ''Literature/{{Foreigner}}'' series have reflective retinas (just like real-life cats), causing their pupils to shine in dim light; this unnerves a lot of humans. Conversely, the fact that the eyes of humans ''don't'' shine in dim light unnerves a lot of atevi.
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' manga "Shattered Peace", Ravenpaw and Barley go underground into the Moonstone cave. All that is visible is their silhouettes in the tunnel and their eyes glowing white.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Done rather creepily in the (live-action) ''Series/{{Dune}}'' miniseries: all the Fremen have '''glowing''' blue eyes. In the sequel miniseries the brightness is pulled back a little. (In the books, the eyes of spice addicts are so dark-blue they appear nearly black.)
* The South-African episode of ''Series/TheGoodies''.
-->'''Tim:''' Look at those stars. They look like hundreds of tiny little eyes.\\
'''Graham:''' They ''are'' hundreds of tiny little eyes...
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. A Cylon Heavy Raider crashes into Galactica. We see the [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red eye]] of a Centurion in its dark interior, then it and several other Centurions [[{{Cliffhanger}} step out onto the hanger deck]].
* Done rather creepily on ''Series/TheXFiles'' with Eugene Victor Tooms, the liver-eating mutant whose eyes glow a dull yellow.
* The Goa'uld of ''Series/StargateSG1'' do GlowingEyesOfDoom. It is done in the dark on occasion, and once by a villain as he stepped ''into'' the dark, so his eyes are the last thing to go into the shadows.

* A rather unsettling number of examples come from Chromeo's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkbpfPmqqbw music video for "Don't Turn the Lights On,"]] at the end culminating in the lights coming back on showing [[spoiler: ''just'' the lead singer's floating eyes.]] Which, given the rest of the video, is a bit more humorous.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* When night falls on ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', the characters' eyes glow. As do the eyes of the wild boar tribesmen sneaking up behind them...
* ''Series/SesameStreet''
** When Maria has to go into Oscar's [[BiggerOnTheInside trash can]], in order to hide what the actual interior looked like. Oscar's glowing eyes were identical to his normal ones, though Maria's were clearly Muppet approximations. Done in another episode when Abby Caddaby magics herself into the trash can.
** In one classic sketch, Ernie and Bert run so many appliances in their apartment that it blows a fuse, and the blackout is presented with their eyes floating around in complete darkness.
* In TheMovie ''Film/ElmoInGrouchland'', when Elmo enters a dark cave.

* The "Nocturnes" screensaver included on some editions of ''[[VideoGame/AfterDarkBerkeleySystems After Dark]]'' depicted many pairs of eyes popping up on a black background.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* During one of the animated sequences in the show ''Theatre/{{Fantasmic}}'', a late night performance at one of the Ride/DisneyThemeParks, the character Mickey, during a voiced version of the sequence from "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", goes down a whirlpool, after which you see his eyes appear in a dark place for a couple seconds as he tries to figure out where he is.

* One of the early ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' animations showed this when a bunch of Onu-Matoran were trapped by a cave-in. Possibly a JustifiedTrope, since most incarnations show the characters' eyes having some sort of glow, even in daylight.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' has the Glowkies. As they are nocturnal and themed around bioluminescence, their eyes have glow-in-the-dark abilities, both in-show and in toy form.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'': Midna tends to attract these, when the lighting is poor enough.
** In the FinalBoss battle of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', the battlefield has very low lighting, yet Ganon's eyes are always visible.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' you can see the eye of the Hinox while fitting him in the pitch black forest.

* Occurs a few times in the ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' series.
** In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIV'', Rosella at one point must navigate a pitch-black cave with a resident troll and a chasm opening into a BottomlessPit ... all without any light for the player to see by.
** In the large labyrinth of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI'', one room is so dark that all the player can see of Alexander is his white eyes against the black surroundings. If the player doesn't have a source of light, rumbling noises and a growl are heard as the Minotaur enters the room, while Alexander's eyes are lifted up, shaken, and... well, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN8_cUuSaSU that's gotta be painful]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Rayman|1995}}'':
** In ''VideoGame/{{Rayman 2}}'', there are several instances in which there are inaccessible pitch-black rooms, holes in the walls and half-closed coffins where if you look into them, you're sure to see a pair of eyes looking back at you.
** ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins'' and ''VideoGame/RaymanLegends'' also use this trope: The former in the introduction to the game, and the latter on the silhouetted loading screens.
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftII'' uses this in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CRawxPZNbk the Tomb of Sargeras scene.]]
* In the ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft: [[ExpansionPack The Burning Crusade]]'' trailer, the first thing you see of Vindicator Maraad is his eyes. However, that's [[GlowingEyesOfDoom justified because he's a draenei]].
* This is utilized during the final battle of ''VideoGame/{{Okamiden}}'' in that one of the attacks of the BigBad is to cloak the battlefield in darkness, and his glowing eyes are the only way to find him, attack him until he's stunned, and then bring the light back.
* In ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}: Shadow of Chernobyl'', ALL of the mutant's eyes glow. No matter what. Even AFTER they're dead.
* ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim''. The secret level Who Turned Out the Lights?
* Taokaka from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' has her face concealed in a hood, showing only nondescript red eyes and a crescent grin with dagger teeth.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 4: The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood'', one of the buttons on De Singe's Auto-Trepanation Helmet causes the entire "laboratorium" to go dark temporarily, with only Guybrush's eyes visible when he says, "Ack! I'm blind!" Thankfully the lights turn back on.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfKyrandia'':
** Stepping into an unlit room in the caves will cause Brandon's death by a horde of glowy-eyed monsters.
** Parodied in ''Malcolm's Revenge''. Leaving Darm's Hut at nighttime will cause red eyes to appear behind Malcolm... and step out of the shadow to reveal squat imp-like creatures holding signboards depicting glowing red eyes. They smack Malcolm in the head with a signboard.
* ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet'' and its sequel have a few eye choices that do this.
* The player in the 1982 UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} game ''VideoGame/HauntedHouse'' is only visible by his eyes and a lit match.
* ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}'' is infamous for Grues -- creatures that will kill you in the darkness, yet you never ever see or hear a description of what they look like as they seem to only exist within darkness. In ''VideoGame/ZorkZero'', though the game is still all text like previous games, you get snippets of images now and then. Such as you can play a card game with The Jester, one of the cards is "Grue" which shows nothing more than a pair of eyes in the darkness).
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has this in the Tomb of the Giants, in which there is a supernatural darkness that severely limits your sight range. If you look, though, you can see the skeleton enemies' GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath in the darkness. There is also Manus in the ''Artorias of the Abyss'' DLC, whose (many) eyes can be seen in the distant dark from outside the boss room if you look in ''just'' the right place.
* In the first ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' game, if Freddy isn't on stage or at your door, he's only visible by this on camera.
* In both ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' games, the [[{{Mooks}} regular zombies]]' eyes glow in the dark. It's generally not noticeable because [[{{Chiaroscuro}} the environments as reasonably well lit up]] and any idle ones that can be observed are at a distance away, but it gets very noticeable when you're swarmed in a dark area and you can see the eyes of those in your field of view that aren't being lit by your flashlight. It helps a lot since it tells you where to shoot to break free.
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom 3}}'' does this a lot. Zombies and melee-oriented demons who tend to appear in especially dark areas have glowing eyes, both for RuleofScary and as a gameplay trait that, as in the ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' example above, marks the thing that you want to unload on without forcing you to illuminate it with your torch.
* In ''VideoGame/JimmyAndThePulsatingMass'', monsters in dark areas are obscured on the first turn of battle -- except for their eyes.
* At one point in the third trial of the third ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' game, there is a power outage, and you can see Phoenix's and Godot's eyes (though, given the fact that Godot's "eyes" are an illuminated visor, it's probably justified). In fact, this is foreshadowing of the fifth case, in which [[spoiler:Godot's illuminated visor becomes vital testimony for a murder which took place in pitch darkness. Phoenix's eyes, not so much.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Shows up on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' in the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail197.html your edge]], providing an unusually detailed look at Strong Bad and The Cheat's eyes.
-->'''Strong Bad:''' Whoa, where are we? I suddenly feel so... easy to animate.
* In the ''WebAnimation/BarbieLifeInTheDreamhouse'' episode "Closet Princess", when Teresa and Nikki slide through a dark passageway, they look like eyeballs floating against a dark backdrop.
* When Vivi, Arthur and Mystery first enter the dark haunted mansion in ''WebAnimation/MysterySkullsAnimated'' their eyes are visible in the otherwise black darkness watching as a single magenta flame floats by and starts lighting the candles.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Project 0}}''. Cleverly coupled with GlowingEyesOfDoom [[http://centralcitytower.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d5miak2 when Ciro and Kareem go into shadow mode]].
* ''Dreamleak'' (which appears to have been taken down) subverted it: what looked like the protagonist's eyes in the dark turns out to be a "novelty torch" shaped like eyes.
* ''Webcomic/FeyWinds'': In episode 180 [[http://www.feywinds.com/feywinds/fw180/the gang enters a dark place and the fire goes out.]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': In the flashback showing Zeetha destroying her pirate captors her eyes are the only thing visible in the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20041103 dark behind the bars where she was kept imprisoned.]]
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': Reynardine's eyes in his wolf form. Not only glow in the dark but [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=414 act as a light source if he wants them to.]]
* Shows up in ''Webcomic/BreakpointCity''. During a [[http://www.breakpointcity.com/archives/2005/02/20/twenty-two/ power outage]], Sofia's eyes are visible as usual. Ben's glow blue, which he explains is because of lights in his glasses. Then Dan comes in, with regular eyes -- and glowing green teeth.
-->'''Ben:''' For the love of God, Dan, brush your teeth.
* Done and lampshaded in the ''Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}''. This causes confusion at once point, where Tarantulas mistakes the snake-handed Quickstrike for being two mechs because he sees two pairs of optics.
* ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' makes use of this trope [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1990911/alls-well-until/ in a flashback]] with the bad guys sneaking in the dark.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', this is one of Thunt's favourite effects. When a character is seen in silhouette, you can generally see their eyes, mouths, significant scars, and occasionally magical effects. In general, their major identifying marks -- you see Chief's tattoo, for instance, or Kore's helm's eye-hole.
* [[http://www.sdamned.com/2008/12/12142008/ Used]] in ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' -- switching on the eye glow improves a Demon's night vision ([[MST3KMantra do not think about it too much]]).
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', this is all that is ever seen of the Monster in the Darkness. Because he's in the darkness.
* {...} of ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'' can read books by the light of his eyes.
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/020305c Cool! I'm just a pair of glowing floating eyeballs!]]
* ''WebComic/RustyAndCo'' [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-4-3/ Monsters]] sneaking behind Stabbs Doogan are hinted by their eyes (some of them multiples), and the occasional weapon, tentacle of fang-filled mouth.
* ''Webcomic/{{Underling}}'': Done for effect [[http://underlingcomic.com/page-one/ in the intro]] or with the Lilitus [[http://underlingcomic.com/page-one-hundred-seventy/ in a dark cave]].
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'':
** This was used in [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2046 comic #2046]] albeit unexpectedly, as the power had gone out on the Northeast coast of the U.S. and Jeph wasn't able to draw more.
** Also occurs in the last panel [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1236 here.]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' uses this [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-02-23 to avoid revealing the appearance]] of villains too soon.
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/02-30.html the Beast and November]] get this treatment in his shadow.
* In ''Webcomic/BlueYonder'', [[http://www.blueyondercomic.net/comics/1510611/blue-yonder-chapter-2-page-7/ Jared's eyes are still bright when his face is shadowed.]]
* Done with [[http://mansionofe.comicgenesis.com/d/20070729.html this strip]] in ''Webcomic/TheMansionOfE''.
* [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/page-120/ Hartmann's]], in ''Webcomic/TheSpecialists''.
* In ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'', [[http://www.rhjunior.com/QQSR/00006.html Quinn's eyes as he lurks in the underbrush.]]
* In one ''Webcomic/RankAmateur'' filler strip, [[http://rankamateur.thecomicseries.com/comics/25/ Sekhmet's eyes]] are the only thing visible in the background. Possibly subverted, as A-001 is fully lit, and Sekhmet has black fur.
* In ''Webcomic/FauxPas'', [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?666 it shows that something is under the brush while they speculate about possibilities.]]
* Webcomic/{{Precocious}}: This is the only way Myra [[Main/TheFaceless is ever seen]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] and played straight as an example by the WebOriginal/AngryVideoGameNerd during his ''Halloween'' review when discussing ''Boo! Haunted House''.
* Dr. Rex during the FinalBattle of ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', as a homage to [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ganon]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* This happens all the time in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', though 90% of the time it is Batman himself doing it. He was often drawn so that the only thing visible in his silhouette is his eyes. The current trope picture is from the opening sequence, where a couple of {{mooks}} [[OhCrap see Batman arrive]].
* Virtually every ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon that includes a dark scene; the odds of them [[MatchlightDangerRevelation striking a match inside a dynamite shack]] are quite high.
** A particularly notable example is the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon ''Hyde and Hare'' (1955), where Bugs locks himself in a dark closet with Dr. Jekyll to protect them from "the maniac". Jekyll, naturally, transforms into Hyde -- and it's ''only'' seen by the animation of his eyes turning huge, red, and monstrous.
* Likewise virtually every episode of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo''.
* Spoofed in the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode "Gang Busters", where Buster and Plucky get put in "The Hole" while in prison. They pass the time by using their illuminated eyeballs [[SuddenVideoGameMoment to play Pong and Pac-Man]]. Then one of them lights a match, and when the room was lit ''all that remained were their eyeballs'', prompting them to escape before they get any more stir-crazy.
* Whenever ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' was in the dark you could see [[EyepatchOfPower his single, yellow eye]] (a bit creepy for a good character).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Lampshaded in "A Fish Called Selma" when Homer asks, "Marge, could you close your eyes? I'm trying to sleep."
** Spoofed in the final scene of "The Last Temptation of Homer". Homer and Marge are in a hotel room, and after he turns off the lamp for some happy time, a third set of eyes appears, those of the creepy bellman from earlier who starts cat-calling. Homer's eyes become angry and he punches the bellman, and one of his eyes disappears.
** In the ''Treehouse of Horror XIII'' segment "The Island of Dr. Hibbert": Two pairs of eyes peer out from under some bushes. One pair turns into a set of fangs and devours the other pair.
** In "Mother Simpson", after the power is cut from the house, Marge scolds Homer for faking his death, in pitch blackness. Her emotions and body language are wonderfully portrayed through only her eyes.
** There's another episode where not only Homer's eyes are visible in the dark but also his teeth.
** One CouchGag shows the family's eyes rushing to the couch in darkness, and then the lights turn on, revealing that they're all just eyes, and then the (eyeless) family joins in, at which their eyes immediately place themselves onto their faces.
** "A Test Before Trying" has one of the rare (or maybe not -- see pic above) examples where the scene isn't completely pitch dark.
** Lampshaded in "The Man Who Grew Too Much," when Marge tells Homer that the brightness of his eyes is keeping her up.
** The episode "The Springfield Connection" Marge tells Bart and Lisa to go to bed. The light from the bedroom turns off and as Marge resumes climbing the tree, Bart and Lisa's eyes become visible.
* ''WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts'': Mickey Mouse himself in his pie-eyed days. While at face value his eyes seem to be the two black inkblots on his face, in the dark (and in the way these inkblots move around his head and in some colorations of the comics) it's revealed that they're actually two pupils in a merged set of giant eyeballs that take up half his face. His design from ''Plane Crazy'' without the eyes outlined. That, or maybe they just couldn't think of any other way to make those black eyes to show up in the dark.
* Parodied in the WesternAnimation/{{Roger Rabbit|Shorts}} cartoon ''Roller Coaster Rabbit'', where at one point the eyes are running around on little legs.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' when the members of Dethklok sneak into a closet to eat food because they are supposed to be on diets.
* The eyes at the very end of the last ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' episode. True, they are only part of a cliffhanger that was never expanded upon outside of WordOfGod because the show was ScrewedByTheNetwork, but still...
* Seen also in the ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'' cartoon after Yoshi swallows Mario in the "Mama Luigi" episode. [[MemeticMutation "Ugh, now I know how a meatball feels."]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom'' has fun with the characters' distinctive eyes. They cheat a little with Misery's inverted eyes (white pupils, black sclera) by turning them gray.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids'' episode "The Lost Dorgyte": the eyes of the monsters of the Stone Forest.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', when Captain Hero and Unusually Flexible Girl have sex. The lights go off leaving just their eyes visible as they go through various positions. The positions start off reasonably enough, getting more and more unusual until their eyes are going through a Newton's Cradle type motion.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'':
** One episode of does this with the [[CreepyChild Delightful Children's]] eyes.
** In ''WesternAnimation/OperationZERO'', with Wally and Kuki hiding inside a closet.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' (1973/74) episodes.
** "The Power Pirate". When Wendy and Marvin are trapped in a dark room, initially all the audience can see is their eyes.
** "The Planet Splitter". When Doctor [=LeBon=]'s assistant closes the observatory's door and shuts off the outside light, we see Wendy's eyes floating in the darkness.
** "The Shamon U". While Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog are hiking up Mystery Mountain in the dark they see two pairs of glowing eyes approaching them. The eyes turn out to belong to Batman and Robin, who were following them.
* It happens in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' when Jimmy and Co. are stuck in a tomb. You could tell which pair of eyes belonged to which character because they all looked different.
* Used in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yH4FNWL-XQ an animated]] ''Series/SesameStreet'' sketch in which two people work together to turn on a light in a dark room. When the light is turned on, the first person sees that the second person is a repulsive-looking creature, and turns the light back off.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9dbAQJIu1o The opening]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheTrapDoor''.
* The lions in the ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' version of [[Literature/TheBible "Daniel and the Lions' Den."]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}''. Finn inside the sack being kidnapped by Reef, Broseph and Emma is depicted as her eyes.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', where his SUNGLASSES glow white in the [[SunglassesAtNight pitch dark]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' episode "Knock Knock", the Ghostbusters enter the lightless Place of Lost Souls. First we see the Ghostbusters' eyes...then we see the eyes of the dozens of beings surrounding them. We never do find out what any of them look like.
** Cleverly subverted in a sequence where they board a possessed underground train. The inside is pitch black, so only four pair of eyes can be seen. However, when the lights come back, we see that they were actually surrounded by a group of skeletal passengers with no eyes in their skulls.
* Done rather nicely on ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' when the Titans fight a bunch of machines in a dark sewer-like area. Starfire's green energy bolt is the only source of light. Beast Boy, in human form, is cornered by a machine. When the light goes away, his pupiless eyes remain. When the light comes back, it's revealed he turned into a gorilla and crushed the machine.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode "Lights Out" is based around this trope, granted that the episode takes place in complete darkness for a good chunk of the episode, with no filters whatsoever.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the episode "Blackout". The whole plot of the episode parodies this trope!
--->'''Phineas:''' Hey Ferb, isn't it cool how you can still see people's eyes in -- Ferb? Where'd you go?\\
(''Ferb opens eyes'')\\
'''Phineas:''' Oh-hoh, you prankster!
** Also appears during another episode, "One Good Scare Ought to Do It!"
** Played straight in "The Klimpaloon Ultimatum".
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/WhoKilledWho'' when the eyes visible beyond a door peephole are left shut out when the peephole closes abruptly, forcing them to knock on the door to be let back in.
* Done in ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow''.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' used it twice, with the family hiding in the closet in "Johnny Zombie Tea Party" and in "Johnny Trick or Treat" when Johnny, Dukey and Jillian fall into a pitch-dark basement, with their eyes visible.
* ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans'' has an example in "Better Off Undead".
* ''WesternAnimation/WestAndSoda'' by Italian animator Bruno Bozzetto uses it a few times... but just when the big shootout in the dark cave happens and one expects this trope, no eyes at all.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': In episode "The Six Million Dollar Mon", Hermes' new robo-eyes are glowing. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar (And not only them... Insert "third eye" pun here...)]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Downplayed in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon the first episode]]; Twilight and Spike, when they're standing in the near-total-dark library, have clearly visible eyes, although the rest of their bodies can still be seen in the obscurity.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters Boast Busters]]", when Snips and Snails enter the cave, only their eyes are visible until Snails lights up his horn.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E4OneBadApple One Bad Apple]]": In the beginning of the "Bad Seed" song, when the CMC try to sneak around.
** Briefly in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E3CastleManeia Castle Mane-ia]]", when Rarity is in the dark.
** Twilight, Fluttershy and Rainbow's eyes are seen in the dark before they discover Pinkie's secret room in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E11PartyPooped Party Pooped]]". "I can't tell if my eyes are open or closed," says Fluttershy. Oh, they're open, all right.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E15ScareMaster Scare Master]]": When Rarity and Spike venture into a very dark part of the corn maze, only their eyes stay visible in the darkness until Rarity lights her horn.
%%* Frequent occurrence in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': Happens in "The Nobody" when Gumball and Darwin stumble into a darkened basement [[FailedASpotCheck they didn't know they had]] while looking for an intruder. At first, Gumball apparently has a third eye but then the torchlight shows that it's just a reading lamp. Nevertheless, the apparent extra eye turns out to be a bit of {{Foreshadowing}} once they discover that [[spoiler: Rob, a {{Cyclops}}, is the intruder]].
** There is also a minor character which owns a van, and only his eyes can be seen from there. He has sold things like an evil turtle, a cursed console, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and Darwin]].
** A shadow person steals Gumballís wallet in the episode "The Comic", and tries to steal the Wattersons' car tire, but Nicole punches him. However, itís unclear if he is really a shadow person, or his real appearance is obscured. His eyes are different than the van ownerís, so it is known they are not the same person.
* This happens in the ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' episode "French Fry Falls" when Rudy, Penny, and Snap end up inside Biclops' mouth.
* Happens in the ''[[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 101 Dalmatians: The Series]]'' episode "Coup De Vil" when the main puppies and Spot are hiding in Rolly's "fritter hole".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' episode "Why June Refuses To Turn The Page", this happens with June when Henry leaves her alone on the set at the end of the episode as the lights get shut off.
* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' episode "Doug Out In Left Field", Doug is practicing batting in his room when he accidentally breaks his lamp, causing him to be surrounded by darkness except for his eyes. Interestingly, his typical BlackBeadEyes are swapped out for cartoony white eyes with a pupil for this one scene.
* Dr. Viper is introduced this way in the ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'' episode "The Giant Bacteria," with his glowing yellow eyes peering out of a drain pipe at Morbulus.
* Seeking shelter on a coral reef, Chris and Martin on ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'' are joined in a pitch-black rock crevice by a ''huge'' pair of eyes. This is all the more alarming in that they're miniaturized at the time, hence ''very'' vulnerable to predators. [[spoiler: Fortunately, it's just a harmless blowfish.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''
** In [[BizarroEpisode "One + One = Ed"]], following a transition to black, the Eds' eyes and teeth appear on the dark screen. The blackness then zooms out to reveal they're inside Kevin's pupil.
** Throughout "A Case of Ed", Ed and Eddy taunt Kevin from outside his house when he gets grounded. One moment involves a scene fading to black, followed by Kevin's eyes appearing in the dark; the scene then cuts to reveal that Ed and Eddy had built a brick wall around his house.
-->'''Kevin:''' Okay, ''now'' I'm mad.
* This happens in a Season 2 episode of ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender''. Keith and Lance get stuck in an elevator when the power goes out, and their eyes are still visible for a few seconds before the scene cuts away from them.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Moonbird}}'': The boys are shown this way, with only their eyes discernible, when they are huddled in their hole waiting to catch the moonbird.
* Any time on ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' where it gets dark, the only things that can be seen are a character's eyes and teeth.
* Briefly in the ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'' episode "Jet Can't Sleep". There was a brief black out, and only the Propulsions' eyes were visible.
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/BountyHamster''. In "Gone Fishin", Cassie and Marion are SwallowedWhole along with the VillainOfTheWeek who is trying to kill our heroes with a LaserBlade, the only thing visible except for their eyes. At one point the villain appears to have cut Cassie in half, but then two pairs of eyes appear in place of the two detached eyes. Turns out it was just two people standing together with one eye shut.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This can happen when using a webcam in a dark room, when the only light sufficient enough for the webcam to pick up is bounced off the person's eyes and teeth.
* Nightvision makes people's eyes seem to glow in the dark in an otherwise murky green haze.
* Many animals, especially deep sea and nocturnal animals (including felines and possums), have what is called the ''tapetum lucidum,'' a layer of tissue at the back of the eyeball that reflects light, improving the animal's vision in dim conditions. This can make the eye appear to glow if a light shines directly at it. The reflector "eyes" of a bike work and the "Cat's eye" for roads function about the same way.
* Possibly inspired by this is that it used to be believed that light came from someone's eyes and that was how they saw but this an old (500 BCE old) theory, discarded in Early Modern Age except as a poetic conceit.