Black Bead Eyes
Lucy: Do you think my eyes are beautiful, Charlie Brown?A fairly common trait amongst works with a simplistic art style is that the characters' eyes will be nothing more than a black dot on their faces. Many fans of animated works will be openly familiar with this particular trope since it shows up in both Western and Eastern animation, the latter of which is usually in the form of Super Deformed Chibis. In some cases the characters may get Skintone Sclerae or Cartoony Eyes when a shocked expression is needed. Could end up causing Only Six Faces or in some cases, the exact opposite. The only eyes to show up in a more detailed Stick Figure Comic. Might be a way to add a pinch of cuteness to the series. See also Pie-Eyed for an old-school variant.
Charlie Brown: Yes, they look just like little round dots of India ink.
Charlie Brown: Yes, they look just like little round dots of India ink.
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Comic Books and Newspaper Comics
- Peanuts, which lampshaded it once (see quote above).
- Dennis the Menace (US)
- Little Lulu
- Captain Marvel / Billy Batson in the Golden Age.
- Akbar and Jeff in Lifein Hell
- The Family Circus
- Calvin and Hobbes zig-zags this. Characters' eyes are bigger and have visible sclera when surprised, angry, etc.
- Cathy. Played with in that the title character is the only one who doesn't have them.
- Most of the characters in Dilbert.
- The Adventures of Tintin
- Some characters in Pearls Before Swine, including the main characters, though their eyes often change to Sphere Eyes in order to show emotion.
- Little Nemo
- Johan from Johan and Peewit, and The Smurfs and the Magic Flutenote
- Most of the characters in Pooch Cafe
- Knives Chau from Scott Pilgrim.
- Marrina from Alpha Flight has big black glassy eyes.
- Captain Underpants
- Practically all characters in Clifford the Big Red Dog, with the giant version of the title character being the only exception.
- Curious George
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid
- The Berenstain Bears generally avert this, but when drawn from a distance they are drawn with this.
- Most of the characters in Winnie-the-Pooh
- Illustrator Nick Sharratt, well known for illustrating most of Jacqueline Wilson's books, draws his characters with these eyes.
- 2-D From Gorillaz has these because his eyeballs are fractured.
- Every LEGO minifigure until the mid-2000s.
- All of the Funko POP! toys have these.
- Professor Layton, but only for a few characters (including Layton himself).
- The Mario & Luigi series uses this style for some supporting characters.
- Paper Mario
- Bowser Jr, the Toads, Boos, Piantas, Lumas, etc.
- Features in all of the MOTHER series games, but it's a more obvious stylistic choice in EarthBound and MOTHER 3. This also carries over when characters from the games appear in Super Smash Bros..
- A good variety of Pokémon have this sort of eye. Up until Generation II, a lot of humans had a style similar to this. It took a while for the other adaptations to catch up.
- Many Kirby characters.
- Katamari Damacy: The Prince and his many, many cousins have these.
- Peacock of Skullgirls is the only character in the game to have these, as she is a parody of almost every old cartoon trope in existence. Though in reality, they're not eyes: they're her empty eye sockets, and her real "eyes" are the six metal peacock-feather-shaped ones on her prosthetic arms that also shoot lasers.
- All the livestock in the Harvest Moon games, as well as the overworld sprites of characters.
- The first few eyes that your Sackboy gets in LittleBigPlanet are these. Justified in that his eyes really are only black beads or buttons. However, later on you get eyes that go beyond this, such as the cartoon eyes and the neon eyes.
- The Coconut Crew, a group of koala NPCs from Sonic Rush Adventure, had these.
- Humans and once-humans in They Bleed Pixels have very large, oval black eyes, often with light shining off the center.
- Bomberman in most of his appearances, but there are some games where his eyes have a less-rounded, longer, "stick"-like shape.
- In Don't Starve, it's a common trait among male characters to have beady eyes. The only exception is Webber, who has white Monochromatic Eyes.
- Most characters created by Edmund McMillen will have these.
- The human characters on the educational website Brain POP, most notably Tim.
- Also, the animal characters.
- How It Should Have Ended
- Several characters from Homestar Runner such as The Cheat, Strong Mad, Homsar, Trogdor, and most of the Old-Timey cast.
- Tom, from Eddsworld. At times it's suggested that he doesn't actually have eyes, just eye sockets.
- Joel from Bonus Stage had these up until his final art design. The first few characters introduced (except Elly, who had Eye Glasses) also had black eyes, but of differing shapes.
- The Order of the Stick
- MS Paint Adventures: Everyone in Jailbreak and Bard Quest, almost everyone in Problem Sleuth, and pretty much everyone except the trolls in Homestuck(at least in the standard art style).
- Arthur, King of Time and Space, with variants: Arthur's own eyes are heavily lidded; Nimue's have visible whites, perhaps because she's a Wide-Eyed Idealist.
- Our Little Adventure, except for elves. And reactions that can't be drawn easily on a bead, like eyerolls.
- PreTeena: Only the central character, or those closest to the "camera", are drawn with detailed eyes: most of time the characters just have black dots.
- Some of the characters in Sakana.
- The Loch Ness Monster in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!.
- In the Doctor Who fan comic The 10 Doctors (as well as other Doctor Who fan comics by the same artist), the Fifth Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe (and the Eleventh Doctor in a DeviantArt sketch) all have black bead eyes. Due to the art style, other characters have it from time to time — mostly when drawn in the background.
- Everypony in The Daily Derp. (Ironic, since Derpy is otherwise a character famous for her distinctive eyes.)
- Also seen on everypony in Slice of Life, though the beads are colored differently for each character.
- Mountain Time
- Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse zigzag between this and Pie-Eyed in their classic designs, sometimes within the same short.
- Everyone in Clifford The Big Red Dog except Clifford himself has bead eyes. They are generally black, although a skunk that appeared once had blue eyes.
- Everyone on the Saveums except for B.B. Jammies, Olena, the crabs, and the grubs.
- Stimpy of The Ren & Stimpy Show was given one of these as an animation error (in the "Breakfast Tips" bumper). However, John Kricfalusi thought it was funny so he left it in.
- Brother Bear: Koda's mother is this, although her spirit notably has sclera. Probably used to show emotion, considering it's the only time the viewer gets to see her be affectionate.
- Stickin' Around does this, since its art style takes after the traditional Stick Figure Comic.
- George Shrinks: Everyone.
- Yoyo Dodo of the Looney Tunes, as well as some background humans.
- The pilot of Megas XLR had Coop drawn with half outlined eyes without any color to them or even whites. The part of his eye that would have been white was the same color as his skin.
- Some characters in The Flintstones, most notably Barney and Wilma.
- In the earlier cartoons Barney even had empty circles for eyes. Does Barney have Prophet Eyes ?
- Most of the cast of Winnie-the-Pooh, which consists of plush toys with actual black beads for eyes.
- Also, Christopher Robin himself in any of his pre-2011 appearances.
- Everyone on Rolie Polie Olie except the Grandpa and Gloomius Maximus.
- Elroy on The Jetsons
- Practically all the characters in Doug, such as the title character.
- Jim Jinkins also used this eye style in his other shows PB&J Otter, Stanley, Jo-Jo's Circus, and Pinky Dinky Doo; however, it was rather inconsistent—-some characters would have it, while others wouldn't. For example, on PB&J Otter, Peanut and Jelly have normal eyes, but their sister, Butter, has dots for eyes.
- Stanley actually used this fairly consistently by giving most humans dots for eyes but animals (which the show taught kids about) normal ones.
- Most of the cast of Pepper Ann.
- Many characters on Adventure Time, especially humanoid characters. They often change in order to show emotion, though- most commonly to Sphere Eyes, similar to the Pearls Before Swine example above.
- Several minor characters in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Certain characters in Top Cat, such as Officer Dibble.
- The cast of Popeye has these.
- Boomhauer and Cotton on King of the Hill.
- The groundhog/gopher in The Lion King.
- Some ground lizards that are occasionally seen in the Land Before Time films have these.
- The Cast of The Mr. Men Show may also qualify.
- Any animated character that wears Eye Glasses. Some retain this when they take the glasses off:
- Gus on Recess (Though it's averted by Gretchen, Miss Grotke, and Miss Finster (Depending on the Artist))
- Milhouse and his dad on The Simpsons
- Arthur: Arthur averted this in the first season, but fell victim to it starting in the second. note
- Also on Arthur, Prunella and Rubella (unless they're surprised) and some "real" animal characters such as Pal and Killer.
- Rugrats: Chuckie Finster and his father (when they're not wearing glasses).
- Same applies to Didi and Grandpa Lou sans glasses.
- Sniz and Fondue
- Ike and every other person from Canada on South Park.
- Rufus from Kim Possible, which is Truth in Television, considering that naked mole rats don't have sclera.
- Curious George notably caused controversy for averting this, seeing as the books portray the characters like this. Interestingly, when George dreams on the show, characters are shown in the "classic" style of the books.
- The cat seen in Whitmore's mansion at the very beginning of Atlantis The Lost Empire for some reason actually drawn with these type of eyes, but when we see the same cat again at the end of the film, it has the eyes of an actual cat!
- Hamm the piggy bank from Toy Story. The Cars version of him has Skintone Sclerae instead.
- Billy and his father from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.
- Codename: Kids Next Door, though there are a few exceptions.
- An unusual CGI case is in many of the kid characters in the Scary Godmother film adaptations. It looks especially bizarre with the way they blink in some scenes.
- Total Drama: Chris Mclean, DJ, and his mother.
- Clerks: The Animated Series: Dante Hicks (when he isn't shock by something)
- Most characters on Johnny Bravo. Johnny himself is shown to have them when he accidentally puts on Velma Dinkley's glasses.
- Some of the background children and some of the Dumb Muscle in Batman: The Animated Series have these kind of eyes.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Several non-sentient animals, and pony foals (excluding Pound Cake and Pumpkin Cake, whose eyes are respectively colored brown and blue).
- Played with in American Dragon: Jake Long: With human characters: Asians have these eyes and other races have more detailed eyes.
- If you live (or have lived) in Spain, you may or may not remember "La Familia Telerín", a series of bumpers that announced that family programming was done for the day and that it was time to go to bed. All of the characters except Cleo (who has sclera), and Pelusin (who's eyes we never see) have these.
- In The Fantastic Four (1967), Doctor Doom's eyes look like this most of the time. In close up shots, they look blue with black pupils.
- Little People cast
- Some of the characters in The Amazing World of Gumball, including Idaho, Penny, Masami, and Carmen, though given the varying degrees of anthromorphism in facial structure it can be hard to tell which ones are Black Bead Eyes and which are Skintone Sclerae. Masami and Penny are both unusual examples in that their eyes and mouth both appear to actually be flat-edged holes in their bodies.
- When Billy Batson showed up in Justice League Unlimited he sported these. While this makes him look like the way he was portrayed in the comics, it does come off strangely odd when he's the only person in the show with that look.
- In the The Lego Movie, Emmet and Benny have the classic solid black dot eyes of older LEGO minifigs, while the rest of the cast have the more recent white dots in the middle.
- Baymax from Big Hero 6 has these for optical sensor devices, which is part of his cute design.
- Bobby's older brother Derek from Bobby's World.
- Winslow and Rancid Rabbit from CatDog.
- In We Bare Bears, the bear trio, Grizzly, Panda, Ice Bear. As well as Nom Nom.
- Carl Wheezer from Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius has beady eyes behind his glasses; which actually, is kind of...weird for a CGI Cartoon show where every other character is designed with more realistic eyes with irises colors.
- Pretty much everyone in Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
- Many animals have this, notably rodents. In some animals, this is due to the fact that their sclerae are the same color as their irises. In others, it is simply due to large, dark colored irises.