Black Bead Eyes

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Lucy: Do you think my eyes are beautiful, Charlie Brown?
Charlie Brown: Yes, they look just like little round dots of India ink.

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.


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    Comic Books 

    Comic Strips 

    Films — Animation 
  • 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.
  • The groundhog/gopher in The Lion King.
  • Some ground lizards that are occasionally seen in The Land Before Time films have these.
  • 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!
  • A whole lot of characters from Toy Story. Justified, since they are toys. Hamm the piggy bank has Skintone Sclerae instead.
  • Also by Pixar, Peach the sea star and the seagulls from Finding Nemo.
  • One of Ms. Nesbitt's students from Monsters, Inc. (a blue sluglike monster who bites Mike Wazowski in the arm).
  • 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.
  • The main character and the other ducklings in The First Snow of Winter.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The killer, after his face mysteriously turns into a mask, in Bruiser.


  • 2-D From Gorillaz has these because his eyeballs are fractured.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Bear, Ojo and the otters in Bear in the Big Blue House. (That's more than half the main cast.)
  • The bunnies in Jim Henson's The Tale of the Bunny Picnic, most notably Bean Bunny, who went on to be part of the regular cast of The Muppets.

  • Every LEGO minifigure until the mid-2000s.
  • All of the Funko POP! toys have these.

    Video Games 
  • 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 artwork for Harvest Moon 64 had the characters with this style, mixed with Super-Deformed, probably to match the previous games' style. In-game artwork was more detailed though.
  • 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.
  • In Haunt The House, the ghost has them, as do the ghosts of the people you kill.

    Web Animation 
  • Brain POP:
    • The human characters on this educational website, 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.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • The famous (or infamous depending on your point of view) "Have a Nice Day" smiley face has these. Moreover, many basic "smiley faces" or "frowny faces" (including "smilies" used in online forums or chat rooms [also known as emoticons]) will often have these.

    Western Animation 
  • 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.
  • 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 Western Animation Top Cat, such as Officer Dibble.
  • The cast of Popeye has these.
  • Boomhauer and Cotton on King of the Hill.
  • 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.
  • Mitch Mitchelson from The Powerpuff Girls.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 The Adventures of 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!

    Real Life 
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s):

Black Dot Eyes