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Look at the eyes of your typical [[TalkingAnimal cartoon animal]]. More often than not they will not resemble those of the animal they are based upon. Instead, they have generic bright cartoony eyes placed forward on the head. These are vaguely humanlike with scleras, pupils, and ''sometimes'' colorful (often blue) irises. Sometimes the scleras will be a different colour, like yellow or green, (possibly to suggest 'wildness',) but since few animals other than humans have easily visible sclera ''at all'', it's no more natural.

The sclerae on cartoon animals (including cartoon humans) will ''usually'' be much more easily visible than on real vertebrate animals and even real humans. The reason, of course, is to [[MostWritersAreHuman humanize]] the critters and make their facial expressions readable.

Of all animals, cats and snakes are most often exceptions to this rule, both having eerie green or yellow eyes with slit pupils. This absolutely has something to do with the CatsAreMean and ReptilesAreAbhorrent tropes.

This can look downright weird where animals with eyes that are even less human-like are concerned. Where have you ever seen insects with recognizable pupils outside of cartoondom? Other than [[http://www.animalwebguide.com/Praying-Mantis.htm praying mantises]], which actually do seem to have pupils.

A variant of this trope is to draw animals which would have sideways-facing eyes in real life, with frontally placed eyes. This makes it easier to animate the otherwise laterally placed eyed character's eyes and facial expressions.

Most vertebrate animals' eyes (including rabbits' eyes) are placed on both sides of their heads. Predators tend to have forward-facing eyes, while the predated animals have their eyes sideways (for optimized 360-degree view). Most animals with forward-facing eyes, such as dogs, bears, hawks and eagles, have eyes a little more laterally placed than those of humans. Only owls, cats and primates (especially haplorrhine, or dry-nosed, primates) have eyes as forward facing as human eyes.

This seems to be related to ToothyBird and FeatherFingers, in that it is a ''relatively'' slight AnthropomorphicShift. The thing is, the vast majority of vertebrate animals in real-life have eyes that contain roughly the same anatomy as a human's. They just [[TechnicolorEyes look somewhat different]] due to different specializations. Some artists are of the opinion that their animal characters should have more realistic (within reason) eyes, as many animal eyes simply [[RuleOfCool look beautiful and cool]].

See also AnimalEyes.

Not to be confused with SphereEyes or ConjoinedEyes.

As this is such a UniversalTrope, instead of listing every cartoon character ever, we will list the...

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* Averted, naturally, in the ''WatershipDown'' film where the rabbits have realistic red eyes with oval-shaped pupils. And then played with in Efrafa where every rabbit has blue, almost-cartoony eyes, lending them a semi-UncannyValley look.
* Averted in the Creator/{{Pixar}} film ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'', as horses and bears both lack visible sclerae. [[spoiler:This is also used to indicate when Merida's mother Elinor is succumbing to her bear form's primal instincts, as her sclerae disappear whenever she goes feral.]]

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* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rtam.JPG One cover illustration]] of ''[[{{Redwall}} Rakkety Tam]]'' depicts Tam, an anthropomorphic squirrel, with a fairly realistic face shape and eyes. It's actually far creepier than the slightly more cartoony illustrations in the chapter-headings and on most of the other cover art, which show the animals with human-style eyes.

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* [[TheMuppets Kermit the Frog]] has obviously cartoony eyes, but he has pupils more appropriate for an actual frog. Many other Muppet characters have eyes appropriate for their species -- a few even use taxidermy eyes!

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* [[BetterDays Jay Naylor]] used to avert this with some dedication. His works have consciously leaned towards this trope recently. It used to be that his cat's eyes had their sclera (the "whites" of the eyes) be a solid color like blue or yellow, but now he does them with white sclera and more human-like eyes. The reason he gave for this was that it allowed him to show expression better, and that drawing them the other way was starting to creep him out.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron'' features otherwise natural-looking horses with distractingly humanlike ''eyebrows'' in addition to their cartoony eyes.
** Also seen on the horses in ''RoadToEldorado'' and ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' to allow for [[AnimalReactionShot Animal Reaction Shots]].

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* The illustration of an umber hulk in the 1st Edition D&D ''Monster Manual'' shows it with one pair of large, wide-set insectile eyes, along with a smaller, close-set pair of cartoony eyes in between the bug-eyes. This actually turns out to be a clever effect, as attempting to "meet the gaze" of this sketch leaves your brain confused about which eyes are the "real" ones, much like in an optical illusion (vase or faces? bunny or duck?). Justified, in that the umber hulk's gaze ''in-game'' causes people to become confused.

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* In ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'', animals have irises and eyeshine, while the human characters have simplified black eyes.

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* ''MissSpidersSunnyPatchFriends'' let us find out what happens when you give characters realistic insect-like eyes ''and'' cute cartoony eyes at the same time. Greatly dissettling? Oh, you betcha.
* Squidward in ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has dark red pupils that are shaped like vertical bars.
* Dug in ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' has CartoonyEyes with distinct scleras-- but the other dogs' eyes are much closer to the look of actual dog eyes (with far less white).

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heidi_(opossum) Heidi the cross-eyed opossum]] had prominent sclerae from fat deposits in her eyes, as a result of being malnourished as a juvenile. While many find opossums to be the world's ugliest marsupial, she was considered adorable.

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* [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] enemy Mr Mind used to be [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_nJVS-KTlru0/ReWtPKqa3vI/AAAAAAAAAko/orrW7-fvvMI/s400/Mr%2BMind.gif a straight example]]; a Venusian "worm" with CartoonyEyes, who wore ''glasses''. PostCrisis he looked [[http://www.marvelfamily.com/images/MindCode/MisterMind.gif more like a realistic caterpillar]] and the "whites" of his eyes could be explained as a caterpillar's false "eyespots". The current Mr Mind (that version's [[LegacyCharacter offspring]]) [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_B50sW8kbxfA/TGA7F2o7MJI/AAAAAAAAAZs/sIW6ZEs4jUA/s1600/001.jpg attempts to maintain continuity with past versions, while giving him insectile compound eyes]], with a result that lies somewhere between UglyCute and terrifying.

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* Stitch and all the other experiments in ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' and ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' have eyes with no visible sclera. Same with Captain Gantu and Dr. Jacques von Hamsterviel.
** The two exceptions for the experiments are Mr. Stenchy and Snafu, who play the CartoonyEyes trope straight.
** The Grand Councilwoman has ''black'' scleras.

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* {{Kirby}} has eyes shaped like black ovals with white highlights and dark blue irises, but no visible sclera.
* SonicTheHedgehog has one giant wrap-around eye split into two lobes, and his pupils are shaded three-dimensional objects. this is a throwback to the kind of cartoony eye that was almost standard back in the olden day of animation. They are the kind of eyes that FelixTheCat and MickeyMouse have, and since studios liked to FollowTheLeader even back then...

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* Yakko, Wakko, and Dot Warner from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' have eyes shaped like black ovals with white highlights, but no discernible sclera.

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* Renamon from DigimonTamers has blue irises and black scleras.
* Most of the male Baikins from ''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}'', to heighten their alien origins. Baikinman's are pink, Aoikinman's are light blue, Akakinman's are orange-red, and Mushibaikinman's are light yellow. Also from the show is Kurayamiman, to show off his supernatural side. He has pink scleras with large red pupils.

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* Lucifer from Disney/{{Cinderella}} has green irides and yellow scleras.
* The lions from Disney/TheLionKing all have yellow scleras.

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* DonaldDuck and almost all the other ducks in ClassicDisneyShorts have blue scleras. Possibly to distinguish them from the white feathers that surround them.
* Fifi La Fume and Shirly The Loon from TinyToonAdventures have blue scleras.
* PinkyAndTheBrain from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' have blue scleras and pink secleras respectively.
** Larry and Precious have green scleras, Billie has blue scleras, and Romy and Snowball have pink scleras.
** That one white rabbit from "Of Nice and Men" with a black spot on its back has blue scleras, while the all-white rabbits from the same cartoon have red scleras.
* Tom from WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry has green irises and yellow scleras.
* Lucky and Tripod of ''[[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 101 Dalmatians: The Series]]'' have blue scleras, though the rest of the puppies have white. Spot, Lt. Pug, Sgt. Tibbs, and Mooch have yellow scleras.
* WesternAnimation/DangerMouse has eyes with mustard yellow sclera. As does Baron Greenback.
* The cockroaches from ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches''. Marky's are reddish-pink, Dee Dee's are green, and Joey has one reddish-pink, one yellow. One that really stands out is Kustl, the main cockroaches' cousin, who has pink scleras paired with blue pupils.

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* Most primates other than humans have orange or light brown sclerae.

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* Averted with the rabbits and parakeets in ''Manga/ChisSweetHome'' and ''Chi's New Address''

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* Marty, Melman, and Gloria from ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}''
* Donkey from ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}''
* Roger Rabbit from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''
* Kaa in ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' goes through some sort of AnthropomorphicShift between his first and second appearance. First he has sideway-facing eyes, appropriately for a snake, but in his second appearance he gets cartoony, forward-facing eyes.

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* Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks and the Chippetes

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* Cream and the Babylon Rogues in SonicTheHedgehog

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* Averted with a lot of, but not all, cartoon fish.
** Huge exceptions: ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', and the fish in ''SpongeBobSquarePants'' (One of the characters in the show has both of his eyes placed on one side of his head.)
*** Flounder from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', {{Jabberjaw}}, Misterjaw from the 90-minute ''PinkPanther'' show and Cleo from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' have 'em, too.
*** TheIncredibleMrLimpet even wears pince-nez glasses. (Although they're not pince-nez when he's human.)
* WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes: BugsBunny, Lola Bunny, DaffyDuck, Tweety, Buzz Buzzard (iffy, because he is a predator), Foghorn Leghorn, Road Runner, and Egghead. Not so much Henery Hawk though.
* Buster Baxter and all the other animals on ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', both the human-type animals and the animal-type animals.
* MickeyMouse, MinnieMouse, Daisy Duck, DonaldDuck, and ChipAndDale from ClassicDisneyShorts, although Donald's eyes were always a little farther apart (more noticeable in his early designs). Daisy's and ChipAndDale's eyes were always a little farther apart than Mickey's or Minnie's eyes too.
* Buster, Babs and Binky Bunny (no relation), Plucky Duck, Hamton J. Pig, Fowlmouth, and Shirly the Loon from ''TinyToonAdventures'' are examples of this trope, but one animation style makes the characters look like they are averting the trope (e.g., the pilot episode, "A Looney Beginning").
* The ''MyLittlePony'' series.
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