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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 around one giant center eye or a single eyeball 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 evil]] creatures like this are more often evil than not. It is also a good way to make them appear truly alien.

The name comes from the latin: "Oculus" meaning eye and [[CaptainObvious "Thorax" well, for the 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.
* A post-2000 pre-2010 ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' comic book introduced us to a disciple / cousin of Shuma-Gorath which is a six-tentacled, starfish-like form with MANY eyes. They have a fight. [[TheyMightBeGiants Triangle wins.]]
* 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'')
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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.
* TabletopGame/{{Mortasheen}} has the [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/oculapus.htm Oculapus]], an octopus creature that cantransfer what it sees to its creator over a distance of miles. It's also severly agorophobic, and uses and old-timey diving helmet to shield itself from the outside world.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* 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.
* The Ahriman in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games.
* The [[http://doom.wikia.com/wiki/Pain_elemental Pain elementals]] and [[http://doom.wikia.com/wiki/Cacodemon Cacodemons]] from ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}''.
* ''VideoGame/EverQuest 1 and 2'' and has 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/{{Persona 4}}''.
* 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.
** And ''Adventures of Link'' has some flying eyeballs. Incredibly annoying flying eyeballs. Some of which are invisible without the right item.
** 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 ''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 bosses in the ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' series are like this. In no particular order, there's Kracko, Dark Matter, Dark Nebula, Zero, [[spoiler:Zero-Two, Drawcia Soul, and Dark Mind's second form.]]
* Small, medium, and large in ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'': Servants of Cthulhu, Floating Eyes, and the Eye of Cthulhu.
* The '''[[MeaningfulName MONOCULUS!]]''' from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
* The [[MeaningfulName Oculons]] in ''VideoGame/{{Ascendancy}}'' (although like most of the other examples here, they're a [[PlanetOfHats race]] of chivalrous astronomers, rather than being evil or otherwise disturbing.)
* Subverted with Roggenrola from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. What looks like its eye is actually its ear.
* 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/{{World of Warcraft}}''. (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/RecettearAnItemShopsTale'' has the bat-winged Eyebats.
* The Mogal and its upgraded form, as part of the Demon Hordes of FireEmblemSacredStones.
* The ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' series has Gazers, which look like the D&D creature but aren't called that for copyright 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/{{Dragons Dogma}}'' are similar to beholders, save for the "eyestalks" having mouths on the end.
* Vel'Koz, a champion in ''VideoGame/{{League of Legends}}'' is an example of this.
* Eye Brawl in ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}: Giants'' has a large monstrous body with a single giant Eye Ball 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 Portal 2.
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[[folder: WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest''
** Dr. Zin's Robot Spy is a robot composed of giant eye on spider legs.
** Several more of them appear in the ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' episode "The Robot Spies".
** The title creature in "The Invisible Monster".
* 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 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).
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[[folder: Webcomics]]
* Junior in ''Webcomic/OneOverZero'' is literally a sapient eyeball.
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