The ability to [[EyeScream remove one's eye]] (real or false, magical or mechanical) and use it to view hard-to-see areas during certain situations after placing it somewhere. The eye is not in any way connected to the owner, yet it operates just as well as it was. Apart from the creepiness value, it can also work as a SurveillanceDrone.

Compare DetachmentCombat, HelpingHands, LosingYourHead.

A SubTrope of FacelessEye. Can be used for SinisterSurveillance. Compare AnimalEyeSpy.

[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Gaara in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' can make a floating eye out of sand and connect his optic nerve to it to scout around.
* There's one Noah in ''Anime/DGrayMan'' who possess this ability, implanting his eye into his victim to spy on them. Thing is, [[ExtraEyes he has more than two eyes]]...
* In ''HellGirl'', Ichimokuren can use his left eye to both spy on and frighten people. He can also use it to communicate. Or he can just appear as the eye.

* The Emerald Empress, enemy of the ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' has a big giant eyeball that floats around and does her bidding. She can see what it sees.

[[folder:{{Film}} - Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' series, the Potato Heads are often seen holding their eyes above their heads to see, etc., as a gag.
** ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'': He took out his eyes and used them to see over the other toys at the windowsill who were watching Sid destroy his Combat Carl action figure.
** He did it again in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' to see inside the room where Woody was being held.
** It becomes a plot point in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', when Mrs. Potato Head loses an eye before leaving Andy's room, and later finds that she can still use it to see Andy's room from under the dresser where she left it.

[[folder:{{Film}} - Live Action]]
* ''[[ Spy in Your Eye]]''
* The alien does this in ''Brother From Another Planet''.
* That [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Beholder-like]] eyeball creature the heroes encounter in ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''. "What it sees, Lo Pan knows!"
* Aughra in ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' had this.
* The Black Queen uses these in ''Film/MirrorMask''. For added creepiness, they have spider legs.
* The 3rd sequel to ''Film/ReAnimator'', ''Film/BeyondReAnimator'', has this happen to one of the prison junkies who unknowingly injected himself with multiple revival serums belonging to the MadDoctor Herbert West until he exploded (he reanimated himself) causing one of his eyeballs to pop out of his head. For reasons the movie doesn't explain, the doctor takes the eyeball and keeps it around until at the end of the movie when he discard the eyeball outside the front lawn of the chaos-infested prison, while it struggles to move.
* Eden makes effective use of one of these several times in ''Film/{{Doomsday}}''.
* In both versions of ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'', the trio of hags who advise Perseus share a single disembodied eye that they pass back and forth.
* In ''Film/TheBeastmaster'', one of the BigBad's witches implants her eye in a piece of jewelry, then allows the heroes to acquire it so she can spy on them. When a hero spots it "opening", he jams a burning stick into it; miles away the witch clutches her face and screams, indicating it didn't just convey messages of vision to her, but pain as well.

* Blind Io from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has dozens of remote eyes.
* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, Mad-Eye Moody's magical eye. Also, it's used by Dolores Umbridge as a spycam.
* Randall Flagg in ''TheStand'' sends his eye to spy on the good guys in one scene.
* In a UsefulNotes/WW2 novel set in Italian-occupied East Africa (can't remember the title), a British soldier takes out his GlassEye and tells the natives he'll leave his eye behind to make sure they don't get up to mischief. It doesn't work because one of them is a former sailor and knows about glass eyes.

* A MonsterOfTheWeek on ''Series/TheXFiles'' was able to order his body parts about to act independently, including his eyes.
* G'Kar picks up this ability on ''Series/BabylonFive'': after [[TheCaligula the deranged Centauri emperor]] [[EyeScream gouges his eye out,]] it is later replaced with an artificial eye that can function even when removed from his eye socket. Being [[DirtyOldMan G'Kar]], he exploits the PowerPerversionPotential for all it's worth.
* Aughra from ''TheDarkCrystal'' has only one eye, but she can remove it from her head and hold it up to get a better look at things.
* A first season episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' featured a creepy Doctor who could do detach and levitate his eyes, his hands, etc (pretty much take himself apart and put himself back together again at will). He used his powers to stalk eventually try to kill a nice young lady, providing her with some horrific moments (like disembodied hands crawling in her bed, up her legs...)
* During the Wizards challenge from season 6 of ''Series/FaceOff'', one contestant chose a wand with an eye mounted at its tip, so crafted a blind witch who used her wand to see.

* In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'', Belial's Brood has an investment called Flesh Spider that lets the detach body parts but still use them. This includes their eyes.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' you have the option to replace one (or both) of your eyes with a [[IProduct Lone Star iBall]]. They are like normal cybereyes, until you take it out. Then they act as [[SurveillanceDrone recon drones]], which can roll around on the floor.

* ''EverQuest'' has the ability with some spells, an item, and a monk disciple to send out an eye to investigate for you.
* The Eye of Kilrogg spell in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} 2'' summons a floating eye that works like this.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Blood}} II'', when Caleb picks up an eye, he can use this way.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', a Billymong steals Claptrap's eye from its socket. The following quest has the player and Claptrap finding said Bullymong, during which the blind Claptrap mentions he can see what his eye is seeing when he's within range.

* Schlock from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' can move his eyes to any point of his [[BlobMonster amorphous body]] and has used this to spy around corners and in other tactical situations. Or to [[ get a good stereo base]].
* Golgo (aka Angel Eye) from ''RiceBoy'' has a mechanical eye that's capable of functioning autonomously, acting as a flying video camera. He prefers it over his biological eye, referring to the mechanical one as "my good eye" at one point.
* Pages of the all-seeing lexicon in ''Webcomic/{{Bibliography}}''.

* The whole point of Krumm's character design from ''AaahhRealMonsters''. He doesn't even ''have'' eye sockets -- he carries his eyeballs around in his hands. They get thrown around or rolled into places where he wants to see quite a bit.
** Krumm's father looks almost identical, except that he's lost one of his eyes somehow. Lampshaded by having him wear a black glove on one hand.
* Bender from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Although how his eyes function varies based on the RuleOfFunny.
* In ''GodzillaTheSeries'', one of [[TheChewToy the N.I.G.E.L. robot's]] eyes is a mobile microcamera.
* One of Gumball and Darwins' classmates in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' is a flying eyeball who acts as the SadistTeacher's personal snitch.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTrapDoor'', Berk manages to lose one of the Bad-Tempered Thing's (detachable) eyeballs. After he's spent most of the episode recovering it:
-->'''Berk:''' Oh yes, I found it. But it's a good job Him Upstairs didn't see what happened to it.
-->'''Thing:''' But I did see, Berk. ''[The eyeball rotates.]'' I saw everything!
-->'''Berk:''' [[OhCrap Oh, globbits.]] I hates eyeballs.