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An eyecatch, or commercial bumper, is a short blurb displayed when a series goes to or comes back from commercial. Anime eyecatches tend to be either humorous, with a little musical sting played over them, or simple representative pictures with the series' name; they are often an opportunity for gratuitous FanService. Series that run for more than [[TwelveEpisodeAnime one quarter]] frequently will have several eyecatch styles over their run, sometimes with a small set of choices that rotate from episode to episode.

Saturday morning cartoons in North America frequently had one generic set of "we'll be back after these messages" AdBumpers per ''network'', played at breaks for all of the series running on that network. Generally in the west, the term "bumper" applies more to this kind of EC, and bumpers are usually done by the broadcaster, rather than as part of the show itself. In the days of syndication, some syndicated cartoons would come with their own eyecatches, but these were typically rather generic (a still from the theme sequence and a voice saying, "We'll be right back" was usually the extent of it).

''[[IThoughtItMeant Not]]'' a subtrope of EyeScream, though a poorly done eyecatch may make you ''want'' to.



* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has ''Information Available For Public Disclosure'', which are often diagrams and blurbs of information on the world. For instance, the fact that nearly killing trainees is a special training exercise for the military, or that the {{Absurdly Sharp Blade}}s used by the protagonists are created with closely guarded secrets by the most prominent blacksmiths.
* A three-part series of eyecatches, for various anime, can be found on Youtube using links [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBJmEcuZUvQ 1]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ugEX6UQg4o 2]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49uvn-IRM5U 3]].
* There is a trend among magical girl anime in Japan of using the eyecatches to show the heroine having fun with some gadget or toy, such as those featured in ''Anime/PrettyCure''. The item featured is then made into merchandise and sold. Thus, the eyecatch both creates a product and provides it with free advertising.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' had new catches for each season, usually involving the team jumping around inspirationally. A few of the eyecatches were also recrated for the video games. Noteably the first part of R's eyecatch is recrated in one of the first games, unless Chibi-usa mode is selected, where-in she drops into the eyecatch ontop of the Sailor Senshi.
* ''[[BubblegumCrisis Bubblegum Crisis 2040]]'' has a pretty standard logo display eyecatch.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has an eyecatch with white lettering on a black background, preceded by Japanese kanji shown with startling rapidity.
* ''Anime/{{Planetes}}'' has one where the show's title shifts from one language to another.
* ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'' has one where the show's title is at the bottom of the screen and portraits of the crew are put up with startling rapidity. The process is reversed when the break is over.
* The first season of ''Anime/BloodPlus'' had a shot of Saya's sword as the blood runs through the blade, with a loud noise in the background. The later seasons had a shot of several Shif weapons thrown in the viewer's direction, each making a pretty loud noise when hitting the screen.
* ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'' features eyecatches that sort out which members of the LoveDodecahedron are an OfficialCouple. In addition, you can always tell which characters will be featured in the second half of the episode by which ones are shown/come out on top in the EyeCatch.
* The eyecatches in ''Anime/ChouKuseNiNarisou'' feature the UnknownRival hamming it up, and the series lead not noticing.
* ''Anime/{{Simoun}}'' is rare in that it never reuses an eyecatch -- each one is a beautifully detailed drawing of a character in a pose related to the episode. Postcards of the eyecatches, and an eyecatch art gallery, were used as DVD bonus material.
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' has "Amefuto Clinic", where Mamori and the Devil Bat give the audience a trivia question about the rules of American football in each episode's eyecatch.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'' places a rule for using the Death Note in each of its eyecatches, much the same way the manga uses a page at the end of each chapter. The exceptions are episodes 25 and 26, in which only "Death Note" is shown.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' had two different eyecatches, one in the first season, one applied to all of the remaining six seasons, and the first one might not have been a proper eyecatch. The differences between the two could be chalked up to the fact that the series was produced by first one studio, then dropped and picked up by a second.
** The first season had a single eyecatch that played in the middle of the episode, and a second one that played just before the end-credits. The former consisted of Genma, in panda form, juggling three pieces of fruit and eating them on the second rotation before washing them down with a cup of tea. The second consisted of Ranma, in girl form, nonchalantly juggling first P-chan (Ryoga's cursed form), then Shampoo's cursed form, then looking horrified and barely managing to catch Genma's panda form.
** The latter seasons had a two-parter proper eyecatch, using SuperDeformed artstyle. When the episode ended for its commercial break, Ranma-boy would come running in from the right side of the screen as an angry Akane pursued with swings of a broom, flipping over her and, to the horror of both, unintentionally landing on P-chan, who had followed Akane. When the episode returned, Ranma-boy would back in from the right as Akane, with P-chan sitting on her head, tried to strike Ranma, who backflipped away and pulled a face -- only to land in a tub of cold water as Genma-panda suddenly rushed onto the scene, emerging with a dumbstruck, exasperated expression in female form.
* The original ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' series had no eyecatch. ''Next'' had a quick montage of the main characters ending with two of them in a couple pose; amusingly, when Gourry and Zelgadis (both men) ended together the screen would shatter. In ''Try'' the montage showed the main characters as children and ended again on a couple pose, but this one seemed to represent possible pairings as they would be at the end of the main story arc (and the series). Both series reused a set number of eyecatches but had unique ones for the last few episodes. For the first time in the series, ''{{Slayers}} Revolution'' has the post-break eyecatch showing events directly connected to the current episode.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' uses a Kabuki stage with ''[[KabukiSounds tsuzumi]]'' and ''[[KabukiSounds okawa]]'' sounds in its EyeCatch.
* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' parodied this trope in one episode, as it has [[ThreeShorts 11-minute episodes]] and thus no commercial breaks.
* ''Anime/CosplayComplex'' also parodied this trope, since it was an {{OVA}} and had no commercials. Rather, each EyeCatch showed off the cast cosplaying characters from another anime.
* The NonIndicativeFirstEpisode of ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'' featured a hand-drawn EyeCatch, done in crayon, halfway through the amateur video that the main characters produced. This was the only episode with an eyecatch, which KyotoAnimation tends to discard in favour of spending more time on the story. If anything, this is a commentary on Haruhi's personality since she's putting an eyecatch on a movie where there's no commercial interruption. Why? Because she wanted one!
* ''Anime/LuckyStar'' has the round little cat (The AuthorAvatar) from the episode card to the left of the logo with two variations; the first commercial eyecatch is on a green background with the cat yawning; the eyecatch before the [[ShowWithinAShow Lucky Channel]] segment is on a pink background with the cat sleeping and snoring. Both eyecatches conclude with the four main girls saying "Lucky Star!" or "Lucky Channel!" respectively.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** The "Who's That Pokémon" segment, in which viewers are asked to identify a Pokémon by its silhouette (and, in more recent episodes, some information about its behavior). The Japanese version eventually dropped this, replacing it with normal eyecatches, but the American dub kept it. Then, the dub replaced it with "Trainer's Choice", a quiz on Pokémon knowledge until The Pokémon Company International took over the dub.
-->''Okay, trainers! Which of these Pokemon[[note]] Arbok, Sableye, and Suicune[[/note]] evolves into Seviper?\\
If you chose Arbok, you're right!''
** After 5 seasons without eyecatches, the dub brought back Who's That Pokémon for the ''Black & White'' series. Eventually, the Japanese version added it back as well after spending Hoenn and Sinnoh with generic eyecatches.
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'''s eyecatch at the beginning of a break had a distinctive guitar fill; the one at the end of the break had the same riff played backwards.
* In the Creator/ToeiAnimation version of ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', two different characters, the arrangement changing each time, would [[TitleDrop say the show's name]] while standing beside the logo.
* ''Tsuyokiss Cool X Sweet'' also had a guitar riff, played backwards at the end of the break.
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' had a cute eyecatch featured SuperDeformed versions of the protagonists, and then a cute slider puzzle eyecatch.
* ''Anime/JungleWaItsumoHaleNochiGuu'' would just show Guu saying "Eyecatch", sometimes featuring other characters.
* ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'' changed the eyecatch mid-season from just Misaki to Misaki and Hatoko. In the English voice actors' audio commentaries, someone would often announce "Commercial!" when the eyecatch showed up.
* The first ''Main/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' eyecatch was composed of pictures of Lucia and Hanon in glowing stars (apparently ignoring Rina, even though the show is focused on the three as a PowerTrio). Once the [[AnimeThemeSong OP]] changed for the first time, Lucia would draw a card from a deck of playing cards, with Hanon and Rina around her. She smiled if the card bore a hero and gasped at a villain; the character on the card was usually a character that had a big role in the episode, and if not, it was Lucia. The second season's eyecatch was one of the mermaids (or [[http://www.jpfankelly.com/Series%20Summaries/PDVD_4731.jpg Hippo]]) surrounded by a bubble border; again, if no specific character [[ADayInTheLimelight held the spotlight]], Lucia or Seira appeared. Caren, Noel and Coco each appeared in this eyecatch a total of ''[[OutOfFocus one time]]''.
* ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'' used them constantly, not just for commercial breaks. For some reason, the early ones were of local MagicalGirl Behoimi.''Negima!?'' was much the same, probably because it was by the same studio. The use could be excessive -- the last episode of ''Pani Poni Dash!'' felt like it was half eyecatches.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' has the various characters with a comic balloon (usually filling most of the screen) saying simply the letter ''A''.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' uses different eyecatches for every episode. These range from action shots to humorous snippets to {{Shipping}} fuel.
* ''Anime/BurstAngel'' usually features Meg and Jo in some sort of badass pose, and occasionally, they feature Amy, Sei and Kyohei.
* ''Manga/MidoriNoHibi'' features the eponymous character waving a wooden sign around.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' and ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren'' have the characters playing shiritori (a Japanese word game) across the eyecatches for the entire show. In ''Hayate's'' case, the eyecatch sometimes contains [[ShoutOut shout outs]] to other anime.
* The boys love anime ''VisualNovel/GakuenHeaven'' had two. One had the student council president (called the King) approaching the treasury president (called the Queen) as if flirting or asking for a date. The next eyecatch is The King on the floor devastated after being rejected and the Queen walking away nonchalantly. The eyecatches in this series also tend to have action of another sort -- including one in the first episode of the token CreepyTwins with each other.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' initially has eyecatches showing off the Gundam. Once Lacus is introduced the post-break eyecatch instead switches to a scene with Lacus and Athrun. Later in the series when [[spoiler: Lacus becomes Kira's love interest, he replaces Athrun in that scene]]. The eyecatch in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'' is similar to that last scene.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'' has an evolving eyecatch that advances two frames per episode.
* In general, ''Anime/ExcelSaga'''s eyecatches are nondescript -- except that the characters often talk over them, sometimes [[NoFourthWall about the fact that a break is happening]].
** During the bowling episode, the events happening over the eyecatch take longer than the catch did, so the catch was repeated several times. Naturally, the characters then wondered why the catch was being repeated so many times.
** During the "survival" episode, Excel accidentally shoots Menchi, with a lot of drama in it. In the "be right back" eyecatch, she tosses Menchi's corpse into the Great Will of the Macrocosm, asking her to reset it. In the "back to the show" eyecatch, the Great Will tells her it's done, and Excel pulls a revitalized Menchi back out.
* Instead of full-screen eyecatches, some shows just display the logo in the corner before going to commercial. ''Anime/MaiHime'' and ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' do this. Alternatively, the "logo in the corner" version may appear ''after'' the commercial break, as done, for example, in ''[[VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Hachiyou Shou]]''; in this particular case the logo is also accompanied by falling [[CherryBlossoms sakura petals]] (just like it does in the opening).
* ''Anime/OnePiece'' uses these, and they're downright charming. Each one features a different character;
** Originally they simply involved a WantedPoster of the character blowing by while a snippet of that character's theme music played ([[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness although early episodes would mix the posters with different theme music, so one episode might have Zoro's poster with Nami's theme, etc]]). Heck even Vivi got one during her tenure with the Straw Hats.
** When the anime had reached the Foxy arc, they were changed to viewing one of the Straw Hats through a telescope, them reacting to it and then panning down to objects related to them (Luffy's Straw Hat and Vest, Zoro Swords, Ussop's Goggles and a Dartboard, etc). The music stayed the same save for the new themes for Franky and Brook.
** After the TimeSkip, two new eyecatches were developed. The one before the commercial break features an object related to one of the crew on a table in the foreground as shadows of Straw Hats run by in the background. The Straw Hat related to that object would pass by and pick up the object before it cuts to a picture of the crew walking toward the Sunny with the title imprinted in the middle. When it came back from break, we see an red silhouetted image of Luffy trying to catch his hat and goes off screen as the title forms. He jumps down and forms the "i" of the title.
* Every episode of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' has a different eyecatch, usually related to the plot of the episode (with the pre-break eyecatch displaying the episode's heroes, and the post-break eyecatch displays its villains), and always done in a heavily contrasted and exaggerated style with a giant lens flare. Fans took it upon themselves to make high-resolution vectorized images of them to use as wallpaper. After the timeskip, the hiphop-ish BGM of the eyecatches is accompanied by a [[MemeticMutation memetic]] [[{{Earworm}} chant]] of "ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWAH!"
* In ''Anime/SonicX'', a card would appear with data about one of the characters -- usually one relevant to the plot. That is how the name of Cream the Rabbit's mom Vanilla was revealed. Sometimes they double as TrailersAlwaysSpoil, especially in the case of [[MonsterOfTheWeek the weekly robot]] that hasn't shown up yet. This, however, is averted in Episode 26, where the featured robot, E-99, was shown in silhouette. For that extra-special effect, it took up both of the usual spots of the eyecatch (still in silhouette), and Dr. Eggman even popped up in front of the second occurrence.
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'''s eyecatches are accompanied by the same loud fanfare (Da-dun-da-dun dada-da-dun, dadadada da-dun), causing SoundtrackDissonance several times. For the second season, they usually reflected the events or characters of that episode. The Shana-tan DVD specials had eyecatches between each short skit.
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu''
** The first season has an eyecatch of the main character's mentor [[spoiler:and the eventual villain]], Drosselmeyer, spinning on a cog while the Nutcracker March (his {{leitmotif}}) plays in the background. The second season originally didn't have an eyecatch, since each episode was split up into two parts and joined with another show--but when they were put back together for the DVD, they added an eyecatch in which a clock spun around to the same tune, then opened to show Drosselmeyer drinking a cup of tea.
** One of the episodes in the first season also replaced the normal eyecatch with a special one in one episode. The marriage-obsessed Mr. Cat believed the main character was going to meet him for a date at the pizza parlor, and the eyecatch shows him waiting patiently for her while humming the Nutcracker March.
* One very odd example can be seen in the second set of ''Franchise/{{Angelique}}'' {{OVA}}s. The artwork consists of fairly standard images of characters posing on Tarot cards. The ''background'' however contains some [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/s-chan/pink.jpg suspicious background text]] which English-speaking fans figured out came from an article about ''QueerAsFolk''. Remember now -- this is supposed to be a very chaste series of {{Dating Sim}}s for girls... but it does have a very large fanbase of {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s due to the sheer amount of slash-worthy guys involved, making this a rather funny occurrence.
* ''Anime/SkyGirls'' has one halfway through the episode. It will feature closeup (often {{Fanservice}}) of one member of the Sky Girls and a picture of said member piloting their [[MiniMecha Sonic Diver]]. It managed to spoil the [[spoiler: appearances of new members of the Sky Girls team by showing them piloting a new Sonic Diver before they were even introduced as a pilot.]]
* ''Anime/KiddyGrade'' has a different pair of eyecatch images for each episode, often depicting the main characters Éclair and Lumière in similar situations in each image of the pair (e.g., Éclair sitting on a couch with a Lumière doll in one and Lumière sitting on a couch with an Éclair doll in its corresponding image). Each episode featured a different guest artist and some image pairs also sported...unusual art styles.
* ''Anime/KiddyGirlAnd'' continued the trend -- however they were all done by the one artist, Dr. Moro, in how own... unique style.
* ''Anime/StellviaOfTheUniverse'' has a unique pair for each episode, too. The pre-commercial eyecatch is also often (but not always, especially when it doesn't fit) accompanied by light-hearted jingle (which is identified in the soundtrack). The post-commercial eyecatch is always accompanied by a more heroic jingle (which is also identified in the soundtrack).
* ''Manga/SlamDunk'' has several of them, usually featuring Sakuragi, Rukawa and Haruko, or Sakuragi being disciplined by Akagi.
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' would show technical data on various robots and tools; two per episode. These could get pretty in depth sometimes. It goes to show you how many robots, mechs and machines showed up in ''[=GaoGaiGar=]'', that despite the series running for 57 episodes (with two eyecatches per episode) it never used the same eyecatch twice. (That said, sometimes devices were introduced in the episode for the specific purpose of being an eyecatch.)
* ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'''s eyecatches always feature Nobue, rather than the younger girls -- though they do sometimes appear in the form of key-chain/cell-phone fob type dolls. They are always against a white background, and usually, in the TV series, from odd angles, such as an extreme closeup of her bottom. The [=OVA=]s also have eyecatches in approximately the middle of the episode (ranging from 8 to 23 minutes into a 24-27 minute episode), despite, obviously, not having to break for commercials. The [=OVA=]s also change them from episode to episode, rather than reusing them as the TV series did.
* ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'' has this in the form of pictures of characters appearing in the episode as someone yells "Fullmetal Alchemist!", but the tone of voice often changes with each episode. During certain dramatic parts of the plot, such as character deaths, the speech would be omitted. Some eyecatches can be downright disturbing. It sounds like some of them are done by native English speakers, but others are done by people who know how to pronounce the title but not what tone of voice to use when doing so. And at least one that was the verbal equivalent of CampGay.
* ''S.A.'' has eyecatches featuring the couple of the week starting at the latter episodes.
* ''Manga/OutlawStar'''s involved going from, first, white to black, with gunshots firing individual letters of "OUTLAW," followed by "STAR," then with one [[DramaticGuncock gun cock]], the logo appears with a black background. Returning from commercial, the backgrounds go from black to white, complete with a musical stinger and the sounds of a chain gun firing the letters, then a flash to the logo once more.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' makes use of two, but switched rather early: The first is more light-hearted, showing Miaka against a backdrop of food and being pummelled by Tama (who wasn't yet known by non-readers of the manga), who then sits on her head as Yui looks on from behind. This is, of course, complete with bubbly music. After [[spoiler:Yui's FaceHeelTurn]], which takes place in Episode 11, it is changed into Miaka, Tamahome and Yui appearing sequentially against a starry backdrop. The music used for the new eyecatch is more dramatic.
* ''Anime/WandabaStyle'' used the same image for the eyecatch each episode (the first, an image of the girls of [[IdolSinger Mix Juice]], and the second, TeenGenius Susumu and [[RobotGirl Satellite Girl]] Kiku#8), but featured the girls saying something different each time.
* The eyecatch of ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' shows the chair of the currently selected pilot. And it has all of the pilots [[spoiler:who haven't died yet]] saying "bokurano" together.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'''s first season has Happy doing a little dance, then him with a BalloonBelly, having apparently consumed a lot of fish. This is accompanied by a cute little jingle, which can be a moment killer when it follows a serious moment. Notably, who appeared in the eyecatches for the [[spoiler:S-Class Exam]] arc in season 3 changed usually depending on who was the focus of the episode.
* In ''Manga/SgtFrog'''s first season the eyecatch is Keroro holding a sign... with the word eyecatch in giant letters in the background. In season 2, he crashes into the camera while swinging.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' has a cute one with Super Deformed versions of the main characters killing some demons, which then form the show's title. Then Botan flies in and Koenma falls on Kuwabara's head. It never changes though, and it does get a bit annoying after seeing it over one hundred times.
* ''Manga/PrincessPrincess'' uses an eyecatch with one of the boys in both their normal clothes and then their princess outfits.
* The first season of ''Manga/IkkiTousen'' featured Hakafu kicking the camera for the "going to commercial" eyecatch, followed by her skirt lifting, giving us a panty shot for the "back to show" eyecatch. 2nd-4th seasons feature still images of suggestive poses and revealing attire on the female characters while rock music plays.
* The eyecatch for ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' featured Lala removing her towel.
* The eyecatches for ''Manga/{{Amaenaideyo}}'' almost always featured revealing attire worn by the ladies. The exception was Jotoku Kawahara, the old lady who ran the temple: She was always fully clothed (thank God).
* ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'' was an interesting case. The first half of the series had light-hearted eyecatches with upbeat ditties, but when the show got more serious, the eyecatches in turn got more dramatic-sounding.
* Spoofed in ''Manga/DNAngel''. In one episode, the eyecatch is used to transition between scenes instead of cut to commercial. This causes it to pop up about once every three minutes. Eventually the characters get sick of it and scream "Knock it off!" when the eyecatch appears.
* ''Manga/GetBackers'' shows one of the characters.
* ''Anime/LastExile'' has a chrome version of the logo with the voice of a random character saying the title. The latter part is kept in [[Anime/LastExileFamTheSilverWing the sequel]], but averted for the most part.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is an interesting case. It's not aired on television and is instead aired through cellphones and the internet, and the episodes are only about 5 minutes long, so the eyecatches are used to switch scenes instead. The eyecatches themselves have the logo with a [[MoeAnthropomorphism chibi nation-tan]] popping out from behind the logo and saying the title in a slightly more high-pitched voice.
* ''Anime/TenshiNiNarumon'' is an interesting case in that throughout the whole series its eyecatch featured always [[TheHero Noelle]] and Yuusuke - the main couple, but [[spoiler: in the last episode, it was switched to one with Mikael and Raphael, implying that THEY were the main couple, because Mikael was the real main character]].
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' has the screen cracking and breaking like glass to reveal the show title; a short musical piece plays in the background as soon as the screen cracks, a different one in each season.
* ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' has a white/orange screen with the show's title on the white (right) half and the episode number and title on the orange (left) half of the screen, both written in the other half's color.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' featured two different eyecatches in each episode, usually cute pictures of the characters' cursed animal forms. The final handful of episodes just use somber black ones. The DVD has a complete gallery of them on the bonus features.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh''
** The Japanese dub of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' has a spinning Millenium Puzzle and the word "Yu-Gi-Oh!" appear on the screen.
** ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' has a different one every episode, generally of a character and monster relevant to the plot for that episode.
** ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' has Yusei summoning Junk Warrior or Stardust Dragon. Near the end of the series, they did away with this entirely. [[Anime/YuGiOhZexal Zexal]] is the only series to totally avert this.
* ''Anime/LupinIII'':
** ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' had some funny ones, such as Lupin's gun firing while he [[JugglingLoadedGuns twirls it on his finger]], or jumping into his car, only for the steering wheel to break off and causing Lupin to roll out the other side.
** ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'' uses greyscale images, usually combined with the English text, "Lupin the Third".
* Along with the rest of its [[RolePlayingGameVerse nods to the game's]] [[VideoGameInterfaceElements gameplay system]], ''[[Anime/{{Persona 4}} Persona 4: The Animation]]'' has eyecatches which show the hero's character stat growth.
* ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' uses a map of Tokyo's Marunouchi subway line with each stop representing the current episode. This is a rare case where the eyecatch isn't just a reference to the plot but an important clue in itself since [[spoiler: Marunouchi was targeted in two of Aum Shinrikyo's gas attacks]].
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''
** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': Cards of the seven (at the time) partner Digimon pile up before reforming into a picture of their evolved forms posing as a team.
** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'': V-mon does incredibly silly things with chocolate eggs, spontaneously spawning the other partner Digimon to pose as a team.
** ''Anime/DigimonTamers'': [[BuiltWithLego Vaguely LEGO-like]] renditions of Guilmon, Renamon and Terriermon pop around for a bit before evolving. Meanwhile, Impmon bonks Culumon on the head, making them evolve again.
** ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'': Pictures of the five heroes surrounded by hexagons flash around before focusing on one, turning into a picture of the hero and his Human-spirit form posing with the logo.
** ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'': Cards from the Super Digica Taisen game are demonstrated, with cartoony renditions of the heroes popping up. The first half had one of its two eyecatches feature ghostly images of [[CallBack Agumon, Garurumon, V-mon and Guilmon]] popping out of Taiki's X Loader and laughing at him.
** ''Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime'': Pictures of one of the six Heroes posing with their unevolved partner, then flicks around into a silhouetted image of them posing with their evolved partner, enclosed in a circle.
* The ''Manga/YuruYuri'' anime has a separate, rather long and elaborate, EyeCatch for each of the main cast, complete with individual themes.
* ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends'' has Nyanko-sensei doing something slightly different with each eyecatch (yawning, trying to catch a butterfly, etc.).
* ''Manga/RozenMaiden'' had a few, always accompanied by two distinctive classical jingles. They usually showed the characters [[SpotOfTea drinking tea]].
* ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure''[='=] eyecatch has a hand placing a Cure Decor in the shape of the Smile emblem, [[spoiler:or the same decor into the Royal Clock]] into the Smile Pact. It causes it to show a random character, usually a Cure for the first eyecatch and Candy in a different outfit [[spoiler:or in the sky with Pop]] for the second one. Four times, the second was an Akanbe. Rumor has it that some prints of episode 9 had this eyecatch when it actually was supposed to premiere on episode 10.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'' has the "Intermission" screen, complete with jazzy background music. Considering the theme of the show and the timing that this thing tends to appear, it often creates a good level of SoundtrackDissonance.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Most British broadcasters use a static caption with the show's title and sometimes a superimposed channel logo, sometimes accompanied by a snatch of the theme tune, at the start and end of each break. In the past there were a few shows that used animated bumpers, notably ''Series/ThePrisoner'' with an animated pennyfarthing bike disassembling before the break and reassembling afterward. (These are not included in the main body of the remastered DVD episodes, but appear as extras.)\\\
As Creator/TheBBC doesn't carry any adverts, this can cause issues when BBC programmes are repeated on commercial channels such as UK Gold, which do. Early on it was common to have eyecatches specific to the programme (usually a screencap with the programme title and channel logo) but more recently they tend to use generic eyecatches which just have the channel logo.
* Live-action shows with network content warnings sometimes have additional content warnings in place of where an eyecatch would go. Not really an eyecatch, but they can "catch your eye" if you're fast forwarding through the commercials.
* Syndicated {{Rerun}}s of programs will occasionally feature eyecatches with an announcer, usually one of the cast, saying that "(Show) will be right back." Then during the final commercial break, there will generally be another one, this time announcing that "(Show) is brought to you by the following sponsors."
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' uses them as well.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' uses X-ray pictures that form a [[http://fringe.wikia.com/wiki/Cypher code]] when put together.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''
** The eyecatch usually displays the show's trademark "spaghetti ball" spinning for a few seconds before commercials, with an instrumental snippet of the ThemeTune.
** Seasons 2 through the Joel episodes of season 5 would also have eyecatches featuring close-up shots of Gizmonic Institute.
** Starting with Mike episodes of 5 and running through the end of the show's ComedyCentral run, some of the eyecatches would be shots of various experiments in [[MadScientistLaboratory Deep 13]].
* The Sci-Fi Channel used to have interesting eyecatches used on most shows they played. Normally they depicted something absurd or nonsensical, and then the SciFi logo would fade out partially, leading the word "IF" behind.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}''
** Starting around the 2nd season or so, ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' lets its viewers know when a commercial break is starting or ending with a grayscaled half-second snippet overlaid with a soft thump. It can also serve as a sneak peek and even potential (yet minor) spoiler, as 99.9% of the time, the eyecatch from the start of a segment will be a quick view of the end of that same segment (which will also serve as an eyecatch). Partially subverted in that these also happen right before the end credits.
** The spinoff ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' is a bit more frenetic with its version of this, with several connected grayscaled snapshots of past and/or future events, with the sound of a camera taking a photograph.
* A very interesting example on ''[[Series/{{PersonOfInterest}} Person of Interest]]''. The show's premise involves [[BigBrotherIsWatching a Machine that spies on everyone]]. When the show comes back from commercials, [[VisualEffectsofAwesome the Machine's point of view of many of the security cameras around New York (and often audio feeds, articles and other means of surveillance) are seen moving across the screen]], the Machine then focuses on one of them, taking us into the scene.
** When the first scene after commercials is a flashback, a similar screen is shown, with a timeline overlay of years (and sometimes months, days and hours) which then scroll back to the year the flashback takes place in. Sometimes, the Machine recaps data straight from the commercial too, in which case, this is an SubvertedTrope.
*** The only exceptions to this as of Season 3 are in the Season 3 finale "Deus Ex Machina" and its precursor "A House Divided" where we are shown the [[spoiler:StartOfDarkness of Peter Collier]] often straight from the commercial. We just enter the scene as with any other TV show, except "2010" is featured prominently on the screen. It's pretty jarring, considering viewers are accustomed to hearing the incoherent slur of thousands of voices straight from the commercial.
* ''Series/DirtyJobs'' uses eyecatches based on the opening credits, with bugs, [[CoveredInGunge unidentified gooey stuff]] and squishy noises present.
* ''Series/GoodEats'' uses a rejoin eyecatch (the title card and a quick snippet of the theme) starting with the third-season episodes.
* The Australian series ''{{Spellbinder}}'' used the "Logo in the corner" version for both entering and exiting the break--quite unusual on Aussie TV of the time. Usually, kids' shows would simply go to commercial, sometimes with an eyecatch that may have simply been a freeze-frame of the title card, and then they came out, the network would superimpose a card across the bottom of the screen showing the network logo, the name of the show, and the rating.
* The different ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series will sometimes have the logo shown with a background of empty space (''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]''), the station (''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]''), space with nebulas, solar flares, etc. (''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]''), or the CoolShip (''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'') while a snatch of the theme music plays. The remastered ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' got ones with various scenes from the show.
** In a similar vein, ''BabylonFive'' would invariably show a shot of the eponymous station, or whatever planet or ship the action was taking place on at the moment, when returning from commercial. (Which incidentally makes it very obvious where the commercial went when watching on DVD.)
* ''Series/MythBusters'' shows their title as letters welded on a rusted steel plate (or sometimes cut out of one) with some action occuring either to or near it (like being shot with a [=BB=] gun or moved through their building, M5, on the front of a forklift), usually before and after each commercial break. They use one that reads "Warning: Science Content" sometimes, too. This all fits in with their theme, since they use similar plates reading "Busted," "Plausible," and "Confirmed" at the conclusion of each myth.
* ''Series/BeakmansWorld'' had the famous catch with the robotic-voiced bumpers. BKN infamously overlaid them with their own AdBumpers when they ran the series in 2000. And the Netflix version also leaves them off, what with no commercials to be cutting to.
* {{Toku}}satsu
** Of course it's not just anime in Japan what uses eyecatches. ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' has them too, and the one for ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'' was kept in the later episodes of ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' -- the ''Power Rangers'' one, of course, removed the ''Carranger'' name.
** Averted with ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'', ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'', and ''Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger'', which don't have them -- it's just the animated logo popping up at a corner of the screen. Episode 29 of ''Gokaiger'', which had cameos from ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'' characters, did an exception with a proper eyecatch of the "what will happen after the commercial break? Stay tuned!" kind, as a nod to ''Abaranger'''s ones. ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'' uses a different eyecatch every episode on both seasons.
** Showa Era ''Franchise/KamenRider'' shows have this too. The Heisei ones don't have any, just cutting to Ad breaks.
** The Japanese ''[[Series/SpiderManJapan Spider-Man]]'' series has eyecatches too, used as page images on the article.
** Many if not all UltraSeries shows, beginning with ''ReturnOfUltraman'', use their logos this way.
* On Michael Moore's series ''TV Nation'', commercial breaks were preceded by the results of humorous opinion polls. (The polling, done by the firm of Widgery and Associates, was legitimate, though the questions were preposterous.)
* ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' had a unique method of doing this. The last frame of the sequence before the commercial (usually a cliffhanger) was transformed into a comics-style illustration (in the pilot and from sometime during season two onwards) or alternatively a black and white (in season one)/tinted colour (in the first several season two episodes) and placed into one of five panels that resembled a comic strip, with each sequence being placed in a different panel.
* Some ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' and ''Series/BigTimeRush'' episodes have Customized Eyecatches featuring their recent songs, but that depends if they're using their customized CreditsPushback ending credits.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' has its signature ticking clock both immediately before, and right after any commercial break.
* ''Series/BetterOffTed'' has a fake ad for Veridian Dynamics (the show's fictional company) before the first commercial break. May be something of an inversion, as it looks so much like an authentic commercial for a generic faceless corporation that it's very easy to tune out (or skip over if you're watching via DVR.)
* The French "shortcom" (short sitcom) format has episodes around 3-5 minutes long. Since they are so short, at least two are usually broadcasted, one just after the other. Even though there's usually no commercial break, the equivalent of eyecatches are used between the episodes.
** ''Series/CameraCafe'' features playing around with the coffee machine and a coffee goblet sporting the series' title. The goblet can fill normally, it can topple, it can fall after the coffee, or something absurd can happen, like the goblet filling with concrete instead of coffee.
** Early seasons of ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}'' have short gags or scenes from the pilot episodes, showing the knights {{Power Walk}}ing or [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere fleeing]], or [[IneptMage Merlin]] misfiring a {{Fireball|s}}. One was original, though: KingArthur pulling [[ExcaliburInTheStone Excalibur from the stone]] and stumbling into a pond as a result.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' has more stages per "episode" than its predecessors. In keeping with the spirit of the series, this was {{Lampshaded}} by running eyecatches about halfway through the plot of each episode, using the battle close-ups of the cast. Instead of running fake commercials, they led into a brief skit featuring "Today's 10 Gents", [[spoiler:a.k.a. the Diez Gentlemen]].
* ''[[VideoGame/AtelierIris2TheAzothOfDestiny Atelier Iris 2]]'' had something similar to this when transitioning between Felt and Viese.
* Being [[{{Homage}} what it was]], ''VideoGame/TechRomancer'' had eyecatches for each Mecha's Story Mode between the dialogue and fight in each stage.
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' does this intenionally, with the Eyecathes being just like anime ones, and is episodic like a real anime.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rusty}}'' has a different splash screen at the end of each level showing the game's title and FanService of the heroine.
* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' remakes ([=FireRed=], [=LeafGreen=], [=HeartGold=], and [=SoulSilver=]) featured eyecatches that would be displayed when the player entered certain locations, usually caves, forests, and special buildings. [=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=] actually featured four different eyecatches for each area, which were displayed depending on the time of day.
* ''[[VideoGame/StarSoldier Star Parodier]]'' has a humorous splash screen at the end of each Scene, accompanied by a TitleScream.
* ''[[VideoGame/TwinBee Detana!! Twinbee, Twinbee Yahoo! and Pop'n Twinbee]]'' have these, after every level is completed. ''Yahoo'''s has great eyecatches, with one character per eyecatch (Except Twinbee, oddly enough) saying "Yahho!" at the end.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The now-defunct ''Webcomic/LifeOfRiley'' used to do this ''in a webcomic''! This was one way they handled filler strips.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Being a WebVideo, and thus not having scheduled advertising, ''WebVideo/FranceFive'' doesn't ''need'' eyecatches. It is, however, also a parody of {{Sentai}}, and since {{Toku}} shows usually feature one, so does this amateur series.
** Episodes 2-4 have the camera turning around the {{Cel Shad|ing}}ed heroes in a SuperSentaiStance. In the "return" eyecatch, though, they screw it up and fall in a heap, save for Red Fromage who {{facepalm}}s.
** Episodes 5 and 6 have a very {{Animesque}} still frame of [[TheDragon Zakaral]] confronting the France Five.
* ''AtopTheFourthWall'', however, does have scheduled advertising in the form of a "mid-roll" ad. While other users tend to ignore the mid-roll (although the Nostalgia Critic sometimes lampshades it), Linkara has a set of specially prepared bumpers to put around it.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* One brand of animation where eyecatches are largely averted are with series made in France, for the simple reason they are not cut by commercial breaks when broadcasted in their country of origin. Attempts to put commercial breaks in twenty-minutes-long children cartoons or animes in the '80s resulted in very strong protests from the parents. As a general rule, the French have a much lower tolerance for advertising compared to other nations.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' has a variety of these, all featuring the ghost from the GB logo doing something funny and then saying "TRG will return after these messeges/ And now back to the RGB.". These include:
** Getting caught whistling outside the "No ghosts" symbol, then jumping back where he's supposed to be.
** Looking left, then ducking down as a bunch of ghosts run by.
** Finding himself upside down, then correcting his position.
** Getting caught trying to saw his way out of the logo's diagonal bar, then hiding the saw while blushing.
* The eyecatch for ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' is a VisualPun: a fly crawls closer and closer to a human eye seemingly without iris or pupil. The eyelashes close like a Venus Flytrap, imprisoning the fly, as the pupil of the eye rolls around to examine its catch.
* Unusually, ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' uses an eyecatch into, but not out of, a break.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''
** The [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 original cartoon]] had eyecatches before and after each break, each one showing off a different character's transformation and accompanied by the distinctive voice of Victor Caroli intoning, "''The Transformers'' will return, after these messages". The VHS release of some episodes kept these, and added sound effects for flying, transforming, etc. The [=DVD=]s don't have it.
** ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' would have a scene of Optimus posing dramatically for going to commercial, and Megatron for coming back.
** In fact, there's [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Commercial_bumper a whole list]] at the TF Wiki, covering both US and Japan.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' has five eyecatches in each episode, one for each member of the FiveManBand, in variable order, with an animation of the Lyoko avatar, name and face of the character in the XANA logo.
** Interestingly 3 of these eyecatches (Jeremie's, Aelita's and Odd's) use their signature colors (light blue, pink and purple respectively) as a background while the remaining 2 (Ulrich and Yumi) use red and green respectively. While Yumi's signature color of black not being used makes sense as it would make the eyecatch unpleasant to look at and the use of green could count as subtle ShipTease (since green is Ulrich's signature color), Ulrich having a red background is a bit confusing since red is the signature color of William Dunbar, Ulrich's [[TheRival rival]] for Yumi's affection.
* ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' had episode-specific eyecatches for its first few weeks.
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''. Dr. Claw: "Inspector Gadget ''may'' return after these messages."
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', and other rerun series have these for airings on Creator/CartoonNetwork's Boomerang channel in the United States.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': "Airport 07", parodying ''Series/WillAndGrace''.
* "''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' will be back after these messages. If I feel like it."
* ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''. "Hey Ka-Blammoids, keep your hiner in the recliner! Still to come, [Insert short], [insert short], and more ActionLeagueNow! Right here on [=KaBlam=]!"\\\
After the commercials ended, the announcer would say "[=KaBlam=]!" , while a picture of the logo would do something. Later seasons changed this to Henry trying to lift up the logo, it falls on him, and then June winks at the audience. Then the announcer would say "[=KaBlam=]!" again like previously, this was to start the next break.
* ''WesternAnimation/ArchiesWeirdMysteries'' has these, with the voice of any of the main characters shown saying variations of "don't go away", and even the opposite "we're back".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}''. The eyecatch is a slow-motion clip of something that happened earlier in the episode. A subversion occured when Daria and Quinn pick up a hitchhiker. After they drop him off, Daria freaks out that he stole their money. Cue the eyecatch, only for it to cut halfway through and go back to the show, as Quinn explains that she ''gave'' him the money.
* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'' has one with each member of the team making the team's symbol, a four in a circle.
* Coming Attractions, the ShowWithinAShow from ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', features these, usually as a joke at the expense of host Jay Sherman.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' has eyecatches that either use "we'll be back after this" messages or fake "Coming up, this will happen to the protagonists" announcements.
--> "Butt-Head pulls a muscle and Beavis pulls his finger, right after this."
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' uses several elaborate clips in rotation:
** Bullwinkle tries to pull a rabbit out of a hat but gets a lion or a rhinoceros, whereupon Rocky says to the audience, "Now here's something we hope you'll really like."
** Rocky delivers an urgent message to a battlefield.
** Swami Bullwinkle announces, "Eeny meeny, chili beany, the spirits are about to speak!" Rocky: "Are they friendly spirits?" Bullwinkle: "Friendly? Just listen!"
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Darkstalkers}}'' cartoon has these, one of Harry and his pals firing and another of Morrigan firing.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin'' has one that had Teddy's voice saying "My friends and I, will be right back!"
* When ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' was brought to Japan, in addition to new openings being made for it, new eyecatches were made as well. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=2rSw4Xl5qfs#t=100s See for yourself.]]