This character doesn't have normal human eyes; for any of various reasons his eyes are like those of an animal. He may have slit cat eyes, compound insect eyes, glossy and bulging fish eyes or piercing bird's eyes, among a menagerie of possibilities.
These eyes may be just for show, a mere cosmetic difference brought about through a Partial Transformation
, genetic alterations or a spell. Frequently, and especially for bird's eyes, they carry Super Senses
related to sight.
The Beast Man
and some Kemonomimi
will have eyes matching their particular choice of animal. In Sci-Fi
settings, characters who are Human Aliens
(including some Rubber-Forehead Aliens
) may also have unusual eyes. In these two cases, this is to silently remind the audience
that the character in question is not actually human
See also Hellish Pupils
, which may be shaped like those of a cat, goat or reptile. See also Supernatural Gold Eyes
, when golden eyes show a supernatural connection. Not to be confused with Fish Eyes
, Puppy-Dog Eyes
or Animal Eye Spy
. The inverse of this would be Cartoony Eyes
, in which animals have eyes that are human-like (although very exaggerated or simplified).
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Anime and Manga
- Timmain and her half-wolf son Timmorn Yellow-Eyes in ElfQuest.
- Storm traditionally has blue eyes that are catlike, but many artists forget this.
- Madame Hooch in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has "yellow eyes like a hawk".
- Mercy Thompson: The werewolves have human eyes that become more wolflike if they're stressed, or if they're close to a full moon.
- Wolf from the Shadowrun Wolf And Raven stories gets "killer rings" in his increasingly-lupine eyes when he's about to transform, or when he draws on the Old One's power.
- The Joe Ledger Series book The Demon Factory has one of the Creepy Twins having genetically augmented herself to have cat eyes — along with other animalistic traits.
- Big Al in The Hollows has goat eyes in his human forms.
- An'desha from the later Valdemar books retained the cat eyes he'd received when Mornelithe magically modded his body.
- Magnus Bane of The Mortal Instruments is often described as having eyes like a cat.
- The titular character of Susan Gates' "Dusk" has hawk eyes instead of human ones.
- The Seroster of Robert Westall's The Cats of Seroster gets gold cat-eyes whenever he touches his magical weapons.
- In A Feast For Crows, another character says that Oberyn, a prince who was known as "the Red Viper", and his daughters all have eyes like snakes, but this case might be more metaphorical than some.
- Inverted in Dr Franklins Island. When the two teenagers are subjected to Involuntary Transformation, the last time Semi sees Miranda for a while the only part of her that still looked like Miranda was her eyes. When it's Semi's turn, she becomes a small manta ray-like creature with human-looking eyes.
Live Action TV
- In his last appearance on the old series of Doctor Who, The Master has glowing eyes with appearance of a catlike creature.
- The Visitors in the V (2009) remake are shown a few times with reptile eyes instead of human ones; in the original series, this would only happen if they flat out removed their human disguises.
- Kano from Shizen no Teki's (Jin) Kagerou Project has cat-like eyes that shine red when activating his power. He has a dark side that is considered creepy or suspicious. His special ability is to lie, or create illusions.
- The Gangrel clan weakness in Vampire: The Masquerade is that every time they give in to Frenzy, they gain some permanent animalistic aspect to their appearance. Animal Eyes are a popular option.
- Albert Wesker from Resident Evil's eyes look like a red cat's eyes, resulting from his use of a virus to fake his death.
- In the video game adaptations of The Witcher series of books, the titular protagonist Geralt of Rivia's eyes are snake-shaped. In the novels all Witchers have snake- or catlike eyes, but for some reason the first game only gives them to Geralt. The second game rectifies the matter, showing Letho with similar Hellish P Upils.
- ThunderCats (2011) employs this with the various Beast Folk and Petting Zoo People that comprise Third Earth's many Animals. The title Cats, being the most humanoid, have visible white sclera surrounding irises with slitted pupils that dilate in dark settings, (in contrast with Team Pet Snarf's fully animal eyes). Enemies the Lizards often have slitted fully yellow eyes, Fishmen fish eyes, and so on.
- Queen La from The Legend of Tarzan, being an evil leopard queen, has eyes like a leopard.
- And like in the books, La's also Atlantean as well.
- Atlanteans have leopard eyes?!
- Anything drawn by Disney animator Randy Haycock will look like a cat.
- Batman Beyond provides the trope picture from the episode "Splicers," when Chelsea Cunningham is revealed to have literal cat-eyes due to undergoing a trendy but controversial splicer treatment.
- Even though he's based off a wolf, Timber Wolf from Legion Of Superheroes has slitted cat-like eyes.