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A subtrope of {{Cephalothorax}}, a character's body is primarily an eyeball. Common variants include a character made of several smaller eyes (which may or may not be [[EyeOnAStalk on stalks]]) around one giant center eye or a single eyeball at the center of the body above a wide mouth. A third common variation is a single disembodied eye with a pair of demonic wings. These creatures will generally move by simply floating in the air like a bubble if wingless. If they have limbs, they tend towards tentacles or wings rather than arms and legs. May attack using special eye-related attacks such as [[TakenForGranite petrifying]] gaze or EyeBeams. Because of the symbolism between [[FacelessEye disembodied eyes and creepiness]], creatures like this tend to be evil more often than not. At any rate it is a good way to make something appear [[StarfishAliens truly alien]].

The name comes from the latin: "Oculus" meaning eye and "Thorax" [[CaptainObvious for the... well, thorax]].

See also (and please do not confuse with) {{Cyclops}} and FacelessEye.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Suezo from ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'' is this.
* Medama-Oyaji from ''Manga/GeGeGeNoKitaro''
* One of ''Demon Detective Neuro's'' 777 Tools of Hell is Evil Friday, a swarm of little eyeballs with legs that he can see through. While most commonly used for research, reconnaissance, and tracking, they're shown to have lives and personalities of their own, and one memorable aside shows that they enjoy participating in racing. Why Evil Friday? [[WordSaladTitle Who knows?]]
* In the ''Manga/{{Tokko}}'' manga, Kureha keeps a little pet phantom in her jacket pocket that is basically just an eyeball with legs.
* Dark Schneider from ''Manga/{{Bastard}}'' at one point encounters a beholder, which is virtually identical to the page image.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/DoctorStrange'': Dr. Strange's enemy Shuma-Gorath has no true form, but he prefers a six-tentacled, starfish-like form with a single giant eye.
* Shuma-Gorath's ancient creation, Quoggoth, appeared in Wolverine:First Class. It appears as a six-tentacled, starfish-like form with MANY eyes.
* Similarly, Starro, a JusticeLeagueOfAmerica foe, is a starfish with one big eye in the middle [[spoiler:or at least, post-retcon, his drones are]].
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* From ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'': Mike Wazowski, who is mostly a giant eyeball, with a small mouth and spindly arms and legs.
** Wazoski may be the only monster on this page who [[PlayedForLaughs wears a contact lens]].
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' had a Beholder-like monster.
* The aliens in ''Film/ItCameFromOuterSpace''.
* One of the monsters in ''Voyage into Space'' is a giant floating eyeball.
* The MadScientist in ''Film/{{Freaked}}'' has, as his trusty lieutenants, a pair of Rastafarian, machine gun-using eyeballs the height of a normal person. The inherent flaw of such a guardian became apparent when the hero discovers how well AHandfulForAnEye works on someone who is all eye.
* The 1958 BMovie ''The Crawling Eye'' (aka ''The Trollenberg Terror'')
* One of the creature's in Max's menagerie of specimens in ''Film/FlightOfTheNavigator'' appears to be this. All that is seen is a round "shell" that opens like an eyelid to reveal a single giant eye, but there could be more to the creature that is unseen.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'': The Discworld has Bel-Shamharoth, the fact that he has the giant eye [[BlindingCameraFlash bites him on the tentacled butt.]]
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Early ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' monster Eye Guy is built entirely out of eyeballs. His "Core" form is a single Eyeball floating in the air, making him this.
* The Atraxi in ''Series/DoctorWho'' "The Eleventh Hour" is nothing except a giant eye. Check it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAWr0Hajo3k out.]]
* Beljoxa's Eye in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is a... thing made of several eyes.
* ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse'' once hosted Roger the Monster, a big eye with a mouth underneath, all attached to a foot-like body. Although friendly, it made few appearances, probably due to the prop's cumbersome nature.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** The Beholders are the TropeCodifier for this type of monster in fantasy settings.
** The Eye of the Deep: An underwater Beholder-like creature with a large central eye that sends out a blinding flash of light that dazzles and stuns its victims.
** Floating Eye: A fish with a single large eye that hypnotizes its target.
** Eyewing: A creature of the Abyss with bat wings and an 8 foot long rat's tail. Has a 4 foot wide eye that weeps an [[PoisonIsCorrosive acidic, poisonous]] blue liquid. The liquid forms into a 1 foot diameter sphere when the Eyewing drops it on its target below.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has the [[http://magiccards.info/ts/en/107.html Evil Eye of Urborg.]] The [[http://magiccards.info/tsts/en/42.html Evil Eye of Orms-by-Gore]] appears to be related, but the artwork is zoomed in too closely to see its full body.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Beholders of ''VideoGame/{{Scrapland}}'' are a mechanical version. They're basically floating robotic eyes with one arm on the side of their bodies.
* The Floating Eyes of ''VideoGame/NetHack'' that stuns you for a long time if you strike it.
* One of the monsters in ''Conan: Hall of Volta'' was a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GTkRXKPXq4#t=4m50s large floating eyeball.]]
* The "Eyeball" costume in the ''VideoGame/CostumeQuest'' DLC "Grubbins on Ice".
* The [[{{God}} Wise One]] in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''.
* Mr I from ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' is just an eyeball. It constantly faces Mario the only way to defeat one is to run around it fast enough so it get's dizzy.
* The Ahriman in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games.
* The [[http://doomwiki.org/wiki/Pain_elemental Pain elementals]] and [[http://doomwiki.org/wiki/Cacodemon Cacodemons]] from ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}''. While both are sturdy Pain Elementals are even worse because they can take a beating and spawn Lost Souls on death (along with the Lost Souls they spawn as an attack). In ''VideoGame/{{Brutal Doom}}'' and ''Project Brutality'' add different variants that are meaner and stronger. Fortunately the brutal finishers you can do on them is both painful and satisfying: Doomguy rips a Cacodemon in half by tearing apart by the jaws or rips out their eye in the case of both. This actually ''prevents'' Pain Elementals from spawning Lost Souls ''because'' they don't pop.
* ''VideoGame/EverQuest I'' and ''II'' have the "Evil Eyes".
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' has several, like Ichimokuren.
* A betentacled floating eyeball early boss in ''RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy''.
* Ameno-Sagiri, a giant laser eyeball boss from ''VideoGame/Persona4''.
* The Feyesh in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' is a flying eyeball fish with tentacles. Yuck.
* [[http://runescape.wikia.com/wiki/Stalker Stalkers]] in ''VideoGame/RuneScape''.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'': The DarkWorld's GoddamnedBats are eyeballs with bat wings. Vitreous, the boss of the Misery Mire, is a giant eyeball surrounded by smaller eyeballs.
** ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' has some flying eyeballs. Incredibly annoying flying eyeballs. Some of which are invisible without the right item.
** Wart is a mini-boss in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' that consists of an eyeball surrounded by heavily-armored frog-like scales. It is invulnerable while the eye is closed, and starts out surrounded by bubbles which must be separated and dispatched in order to attack it cleanly. Wart is related to Arrghus, a giant-eyed jellyfish that appears in some other games.
** The "Ocular Parasite" boss in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'', which is four giant eyeballs on stalks, and a fifth giant eyeball with a mouth and wings, also on a stalk.
** Vaati, the boss of the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords'' games, generally takes the form of a giant eyeball with 4-6 bat wings.
* Suezoes from ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'' are naught but eyeballs and mouths on a single tiny tail/foot-like appendage.
* Charade, of ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur]]'', is a humanoid with an eyeball for his thorax. He still has a faceless "head" too.
* ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' has beholders that [[EnemySummoner teleport enemies into combat]], as well as projecting an energy field directly below them that vaporizes [[TheMinionMaster minions]] and inflicts heavy damage on the Overlord.
* The (''very'' low-level) Aibatt mobs in ''VideoGame/FlyFF''.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Mardek}}'' series has several floating eyeball monsters, most of them {{Palette Swap}}s based on element, but in a bit of a twist they each usually have a "polyp" form as an eyeball stuck to the ground with a stem that is [[AllThereInTheManual explained]] to eventually grow into the floating eyeball form.
* Many of the enemies and bosses in the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series are like this. In no particular order, there's Waddle Doo, Kracko, [[spoiler:Dark Matter, Dark Nebula, Zero, Zero-Two, Drawcia Soul, Dark Mind's second form, Dark Crafter, and Star Dream's first and second form.]]
* The '''[[MeaningfulName MONOCULUS!]]''' from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
* The [[MeaningfulName Oculons]] in ''VideoGame/{{Ascendancy}}'' (although unlike most of the other examples here, they're a [[PlanetOfHats race]] of chivalrous astronomers, rather than being evil or otherwise disturbing.)
* Unown, Magnemite, Magneton and Magnezone from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. Duskull plays with this in that it wears a skull mask to hide it's single eye visable through the eyeholes.
** Subverted with Roggenrola, what looks like its eye is actually an ear. Since it lives deep underground it is completely blind.
* The old ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' verse had Evil Eyes[=/=]Beholders, who are heads with a single giant eye floating on tentacles, optionally with additional eyes on eyestalks. They were created by a mad mage to serve as living weapons, and do well in that role, even if they hadn't entered service by the time the war they were made for ended.
* ''VideoGame/DevilWorld'' has Medaman, who thanks to a Japanese VisualPun turns into a fried egg when defeated by fire breath.
* "Floating Eye" demons in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. (The model's file name is "beholder.") The Throne of Thunder raid added the boss Durumu the Forgotten, whose fight revolves around various eye-themed attacks.
* Monoeyes from the ''VideoGame/KidIcarus'' series are [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what they say on the tin.]]
* A common enemy in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series are "flying eyes" (which sometimes have tails).
* The Killer Eye viruses in the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' series. They stay perfectly still and attempt to zap anything that enters their line of sight with a paralyzing beam.
* ''VideoGame/{{Chantelise}}'' and ''VideoGame/RecettearAnItemShopsTale'' from the same universe, have the bat-winged Eyebats.
* The Mogal and its upgraded form, as part of the Demon Hordes of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemSacredStones''.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' series has Gazers, which look like the D&D creature but aren't called that for trademark reasons. When killed, they release insects, making them [[{{Pun}} Bee Holders]].
* Orbs -- the aliens that conquered Earth in ''VideoGame/{{Manhunter}}'' series. Especially the variety holding New York in the first game -- just [[spoiler:carnivorous]] floating eyes.
* Gazers and eyebeasts from ''VideoGame/{{Geneforge}}'' series are for all intents and purposes renamed beholders with a smaller main eye.
** Another series by the same author, ''VideoGame/{{Avernum}}'', originally had monsters with the same names that looked like shapeless floating blobs with many eyes. But in the recent remake they became just like their ''Geneforge'' namesakes.
* Evil Eyes, Vile Eyes and the Gazer from ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'' are similar to beholders, save for the "eyestalks" having mouths on the end.
* Vel'Koz, a champion in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''.
* Eye Brawl in ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}: Giants'' has a large monstrous body with a single giant eyeball for a head. Among his powers is the ability to launch his eye/head, which flies around the screen damaging enemies. His catchphrase is "I've got my eye... on you!"
* ''VideoGame/EvilIslands'': The three varieties of Evileyes (regular, red and green) are big, floating eyes that shoot powerful fireballs at you.
* Wheatley and the other Personality Cores in ''VideoGame/Portal2''.
* One of the bosses in the arcade game ''Gate of Doom'' resembles a large eye surrounded by many smaller eyes.
* Evil Eyes in ''VideoGame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath''. They face a particular direction, and wake up when you step into a square in their line of sight. However, once woken, their behaviour is identical to roaches.
* In the second ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' game, ''Story of Eastern Wonderland'', flying eyes with bat wings are a common enemy in the first couple stages. The game's BonusBoss is a giant mechanical version called "Evil Eye Sigma", built by the stage 1 boss [[WrenchWench Rika]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}} and the Pirate's Curse'' has the Cyclops Plant boss, which is a giant, floating, [[EyeBeams laser-shooting]], [[FlunkyBoss slime-dripping]] eyeball protected by an equally large plant.
* In the world "Spooked" of ''VideoGame/MonkeyShines'', there are mooks which are just eyeballs that jump, float or roll around.
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[[folder: Webcomics]]
* Junior in ''Webcomic/OneOverZero'' is literally a sapient eyeball.
* ''Webcomic/CosmicDash'': Wots (Guugel's species) are roughly two heads tall, and most of their head/torso is a single big eye (they don't even have a mouth, as according to supplemental material, they feed through their extremities).
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Website/{{Neopets}}'' formerly had the [[http://i.imgur.com/7M5yrqh.jpg Fleye,]] which was eventually redesigned into a dragonfly-like Neopet called the Buzz.
* WebOriginal/{{Mortasheen}} has the [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/oculapus.htm Oculapus]], an octopus creature that can transfer what it sees to its creator over a distance of miles. It's also severely agoraphobic, and uses and old-timey diving helmet to shield itself from the outside world.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest''
** Dr. Zin's Robot Spy is a SpiderTank composed of a giant eye in a ball, set on spider legs.
** Several more of them appear in the ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' episode "The Robot Spies".
** The title creature in "The Invisible Monster". It's a tear-drop shaped mass of energy with one large eye in the center of its "forehead".
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Doctor Venture builds a robot that's almost identical to the Robot Spy as one of the series' many {{Shout Out}}s to ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest''. [[spoiler:It is later used as a new body for [=H.E.L.P.eR=]]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' features this as a sprite in one of the games. A single eyeball that uses its nerves and veins as limbs, like an octopus.
* The Eye from ''WesternAnimation/TwelveOunceMouse'' is a giant eye with legs and a mouth. Other characters comment on how gross he is.
* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', Benson hires one of these named Peeps to watch Mordecai and Rigby to ensure that they don't slack off, but he didn't read the fine print that said Peeps will watch over everyone in the park till they die.
* William, a character from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', is an eyeball with wings.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': The crew comes across [[ShoutOut the beholder from the 1st Edition AD&D Monster Manual]], acting as a sentinel in the Central Bureaucracy HQ. It's sleeping, they slip past it, and the thing starts whining about its supervisor.
* WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls fought a beholder-like creature made up almost entirely of eyes in the Season 3 episode "The Mane Event".
* The MonsterOfTheWeek in ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' is an invisible eyeball stealing eye-based items (like glasses) that fools people into thinking he's an invisible man with a coat and hat dangled on one of its tentacles. After reluctantly wearing the super sensory (but embarrassing looking) new eyes her mother made, Jenny exploits its weakness by kicking sand into the eye... which it then humorously subdues itself by picking up all the wrong things to help the burning (hot sauce, a magnifying glass, and a pointy stick).
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Ford studied "eye-bats", which are literally giant eyeballs with bat wings.
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