To put quite simply, a character or creature that only has one eye naturally.
Monocular vision is symbolic of metaphorical narrow vision and lack of depth perception. As such, many human villains have one eye as an indication of their simplistic worldview. This also provides an excuse for an Eyepatch of Power
. Characters who lack perspective on a temporary basis might sport Peek-a-Bangs
or some other occular obtrusion.
It should be noted that Cyclops more accurately translates to "circle-eye" or "wheel-eye", referring to its size. Therefore Cyclopean technically
means huge, and not one-eyed (not to mention Cyclopes themselves were giants).
Not to be confused with the Faceless Eye
, cyclopes have a recognizable facial structure, with at least a mouth.
For other deviations from normal eye structure, see Eyeless Face
, Third Eye
, and Extra Eyes
. Compare to the robotic version, the Cyber Cyclops
, and Eyepatch of Power
Oh, wait, were you looking for That Guy With The Visor
Anime and Manga
- Psyklop, a The Avengers and Hulk supervillain, has one giant red compound eye. He can use it to fire energy beams and to hypnotize people.
- The comic of Kull the Destroyer had Gasshga, a giant, blue cyclops.
- Basilisk from New X-Men.
- A couple appear, as minor characters, in Preacher. They're the kids of an isolated family living in the swamps of Louisiana, after generations of in-breeding.
- Farmer Palmer in Viz is very proud of his cyclops grandson, the result of generations of first-class in-breeding.
- Wonder Woman and Wonder Girl once had to deal with Cyclon, the giant, one-eyed progeny of Polyphemus and Medusa. Fortunately, he turned out to be friendly.
- Another example from Wonder Woman is Slaughter, one of the Children of Cronus. He's a big, blue, 12-armed cyclops centaur with a single, red eye.
Films - Animated
Films - Live Action
- One-Eye from the Brothers Grimm's "One-Eye, Two-Eyes, and Three-Eyes" has one eye in the middle of her forehead.
- The cyclopes in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, which looked like a giant one-eyed satyr with a horn on its head. A second one also in that film is easy to spot—it has two horns.
- The terrible 2008 Sy Fy Channel Original Movie Cyclops centers around one.
- In Dasepo Sonyo, there is a Butt Monkey named Cyclops, who only has one eye in the center of his forehead.
- The Golden Voyage of Sinbad had a one-eyed centaur.
- The monster in the opening and ending scenes of Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer is one.
- The 1962 B-Movie Journey to the Seventh Planet has a giant one-eyed alien.
- Rell in Krull. The backstory is that his people sacrificed one eye (apiece, duh) to the Beast in exchange for being able to see the future, but were only given the ability to foresee their own deaths.
- The 1961 Italian film Maciste nella terra dei ciclopi, also known as Atlas in the Land of the Cyclops, has one.
- One of the combatants in Monster Brawl is a Cyclops, who works as a blacksmith in his spare time and enters the ring with a hammer. He can also shoot Frickin' Laser Beams out of his eye.
- One of the puppets in the 7th Puppet Master film is a cyclops.
- The monster from Purple People Eater is naturally one, considering that the movie is based on the song of the same name.
- There's a two-headed, hairy cyclops in The Three Stooges Meet Hercules.
- They make an appearance in Wrath Of The Titans.
- The title creature in Bert I Gordon's The Cyclops is one. Kinda.
- "The Purple People Eater" from the 1958 novelty song of the same name.
- Balor from Celtic Mythology combined this with Deadly Gaze and Eye Beams.
- The Trope Namers are the original three cyclopes of Greek Classical Mythology: Arges, Steropes and Brontes. They were master craftsman and giants of considerable size and power (and prone to fits of rage); the Greeks coined the term "cyclopean" to refer to ancient, precusor structures that they presumed could only have been built by mighty giants. Their father Uranus was so afraid of their power and fits of rage that he imprisoned them in Tartarus. When their nephew Zeus finally freed them to help in overthrowing their brother Cronus, they worked together to forge Zeus' lightning bolt (each contributing one third of the weapon's elements; the blinding light, lethal heat, and deafening thunderclap, respectively). They also created Poseidon's trident and Hades' helmet of invinsibility. Eventually, the brothers were surpassed by Zeus' son, Hephaestus, to whom they and their descendants became assistants. They also created the solar and lunar bows and arrows of Apollo and Artemis.
- Japanese Mythology is full of one-eyed creatures, including the Hitotsume Nyuudo (one-eyed monk), the Aobozu (Blue Monk) and the Ippondatara (a giant with one eye and one leg).
- Sinbad the Sailor has met a Cyclops in the Polyphemus mold before.
- Slavic Mythology had the terrifying Likho, an embodiment of evil, fate and misfortune.
- Call of Cthulhu supplement Pursuit to Kadath, adventure "The All Seeing Eye of the Alskali". The title Alskali monsters, whose single eye can hypnotise their victims.
- In Changeling: The Lost one of the Ogre kiths is the Cyclopean. They almost always have a missing eye and their mien makes it look like one central eye. They do come in other varieties though.
- Dungeons & Dragons has had a variety of cyclops:
- Greek Mythology version in the 1st Edition Deities and Demigods Cyclopedia
- Cyclopskin (cyclops kin) in the 1E Monster Manual 2.
- Zargon, the "god" of The Lost City (B-4).
- The Cyclopean Ghoul in the Earthdawn supplement Scourge Unending.
- There are quite a few cyclops in Magic: The Gathering.
- Warhammer: Most one-eyed creatures have the ability to perceive the Winds of Magic. The Fimir are one-eyed, skull-faced amphibious creatures whose superior perception of the Winds of Magic allows them to roll six dice to channel instead of one, although they're too greedy to share the power dice produced by this channelling, and the Beastmen creature known as a Cygor - essentially a hybrid of a cyclops, a minotaur, and a giant - has a degree of magical perception that it uses to find, kill, and usually eat enemy spellcasters.
- Warhammer 40,000:
- The YUGIOH card game has a few, such as the Hitotsu-Me Giant and the Opticlops.
- Massmouth, from the Doom Game Mod series The Adventures Of Massmouth. (He was originally a Quake II skin.) He also appears as a bot in Skulltag, a source port focused on multiplayer, where one of his lines is a complaint about his lack of peripheral vision.
- Cyclops appear as Myth Units in Age of Mythology if you progress to Classical Age with Ares.
- Another Cyclops, Gargarensis, is the main antagonist.
- You can play against a team of cyclopes in the Sega Master System game Basketball Nightmare.
- The Sega Saturn game Battle Monsters has Drethdock, a cyclopean monster who comes from the "Monocle" tribe, which is most likely a reference to his one eye.
- The Cyclops in Castle Crashers, whom you must defeat to rescue the Green Princess. He is revived by The Necromancer as part of the final Boss Rush.
- There are several cycloptic creatures in the Castlevania series, but two of them serve as bosses in Castlevania III and Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance. They seem similar to the one from the Golden Voyage of Sinbad, except instead of reddish hue, they're blue skinned and carry enormous hammers.
- Dark Souls has Kalameet, the one-eyed black dragon from the Artorias of the Abyss DLC.
- More traditional cyclopes are relatively tough enemies in Dark Souls II, hippo-like Ogres you can encounter within the first minute of gameplay. Late game dungeons heavily imply they are an artificial creation of Aldia.
- In the NES game Day Dreamin' Davey, there is a Cyclops that Davey has to destroy by attacking his eye in one Greek mythology stage. Of course, that "Cyclops" in his imagined state turns out to be a girl whom he just hit in the eye in class! Oh, Crap!
- Don't Starve has the Deerclops, a giant, one-eyed deer.
- Cyclopes are pretty common enemies in the Dragon Quest series.
- Giant, tusked cyclopes can be found in Dragon's Dogma.
- Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen introduced the 'Gorecyclops', which are darker, evil versions of the normal cyclops.
- On top of that, the 'Condemned Gorecyclops' was also introduced in Dark Arisen. This one is a gigantic enemy boss chained to a wall. It's one of the largest enemies in the game, and far larger than any other Cyclops.
- Big, blue cyclopes are boss monsters in Dragon's Crown, and you fight them two at a time.
- It's possible to breed a Cyclops Dragon in the iOS park sim Dragonvale.
- The Cycloid Emperor boss from Duke Nukem 3D is one. Duke even makes a field goal with its eye.
- Also there's Zero from Duke Nukem: Zero Hour.
- The free-to-play MMORPG Earth Eternal had Cyclopes as a playable race.
- Final Fantasy:
- The strangely-named Unicorn Demon from Ghosts N Goblins is a somewhat traditional-looking cyclops.
- God of War, being based on Greek Mythology, has these as recurring enemies in a few varieties. A common method of finishing them off is to rip their eyes out, which you can trade in for goodies.
- God Of War: Ascension has Polyphemus as an especially gigantic cyclops boss on the multiplayer map "Desert Of Lost Souls".
- The Red & Blue Fleepas and the Final Boss in The Guardian Legend.
- Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu: Nyudo Monster, the fourth stage boss.
- The Eggplant Wizard from the Kid Icarus series is a cycloptic, purple wizard with the power to turn Pit into an eggplant. He's been in every Kid Icarus game to date, and also was a recurring villain on Captain N.
- Eyedol from Killer Instinct is a two-headed cyclops.
- The Balor from Kingdoms Of Amalur is a gigantic Lord of destruction with powerful claws and a single massive eye that shoots beams of light.
- The Legend of Zelda:
- Majesty features a single cyclopes named Dirgo, who sports a single enormous eyepatch. According to his Backstory he was blinded by an unnamed sailor, and is roaming the land seeking revenge.
- The monster Evil Eye from MapleStory.
- Cyclopes have appeared in almost every Might and Magic game, either as enemies or as units.
- The game Muffin Knight has one who casts black holes.
- The Blue Monk boss from Muramasa The Demon Blade is a large cyclops with a big head.
- Stinkeye from Orcs Must Die: Unchained is a cyclops hero class who uses arcane magic.
- Several Pokémon have only one eye, but the most cyclops-like ones are Duskclops and Trevenant.
- The Rampage series has Kyle, Myukus and Eyegore as playable monster Cyclopes.
- Jano from Rayman 2 has one eye.
- Cyclopes in Rift seem to be denizens of the Plane of Earth. They're built along the same large and solid lines as bahmi (although they tend to be even taller), but have ivory-yellow skin, vaguely bestial features, and the definitive single, centrally-positioned eye.
- The Skylanders series has a number of them.
- Space Harrier had one-eyed woolly mammoths.
- One of the unlockable spelunkers in Spelunky is a "goofy cyclops"◊.
- The Kyororo from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins are cyclops monsters in the Pumpkin Zone.
- Mother Brain's alternate form from Super Metroid. It's seen again in a flashback in 3D at the beginning of Metroid: Other M.
- In the Genesis version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighters, the "Magma Ocean Planet" stage has a gigantic cyclops lava monster in the background.
- In Titan Quest, Polyphemus the Cyclops from the Odyssey appears as a boss. You also meet some other cyclops while ascending Mount Olympus.
- The one-eyed cavemen called the Trogs of Trog
- Ogre magi in the Warcraft universe have two heads, one with two eyes and another with one eye. Cyclopean ogres of the single-headed variety also exist in the Warcraft Expanded Universe. The latter category rarely appear in World of Warcraft (although ogre magi are common enough), but WoW did introduce their kin the Gronn, who bear a resemblance to the cyclopes from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.
- A Cyclops appears as the first boss in Will Rock, capable of hitting you from far away by spitting stones at you. It becomes a Degraded Boss soon enough.
- Wizard 101 has an area called Cyclops Lane, which has quite a few of the creatures.
- In the Xena: Warrior Princess game for the PlayStation, a cyclops guards King Valarian's island stronghold in the Isle of Kronos stage. In a Shout-Out to The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, he has one horn on his forehead and if the player uses the "chakram-cam" feature it can be seen he has satyr-like legs similar to Harryhausen's cyclopes.
- Axe Cop has King Evilfatozon, the ruler of evil Evil EVIL PLANET TINKO!
- The Beast Legion has Gorgorath.
- Boozle is a webcomic centered around a grumpy old wizard and a large female cyclops named Bitsy.
- Splashmaster the giant squid from Cucumber Quest.
- The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! has the annually appearing Halloween Monster, who only has one eye.
- The Mansion of E features a similar-shaped species called Eyebolts.
- Genevieve "George" Tinsley from Monster Pop is a college freshman and cyclops.
- Madras from The Property of Hate.
- The appropriately named Uniocs in Schlock Mercenary have one basketball-sized eye on top of a stalk on their shoulders above the mouth, their brains are apparently down in the pelvic area. Depth perception isn't a problem because their one big eye can rapidly shift focus and they can see on the microscopic scale as well. There's also a comic where it's mentioned that there was a Unioc dressed as a Cyclops at a physics convention.
- Arges from Wayward Sons.
- Behemoth of Worm is a massive monster with only one eye.
- The aliens from the Eddsworld cartoon "Space Face".
- Cyclopes aren't uncommon in Adventure Time. One plays a major role in the episode "Another Way".
- The General from Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers.
- Fasir from Aladdin: The Series is eventually revealed to be one.
- Also, there's his brother, Fashoom.
- The Arthur episode "D.W. Tale Spins" has Buster (a rabbit) as a cyclops who also only has one ear.
- The Churl from Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.
- Eyemore from the Biker Mice from Mars 2006 reboot episode "Manchurian Charley", who can hypnotize people with his one, massive eye.
- Zatar the Alien, a green alien in the MTV series Celebrity Deathmatch.
- Biclops on ChalkZone only had one eye before Rudy drew him his second one.
- Polyphemus, along with Brontes, Steropes, and Arges from Class of the Titans.
- Courage the Cowardly Dog has Carmen, a serpentine sea monster from the episode "Serpent of Evil River".
- Leela of Futurama, who initially was presented as a member of an unknown alien race, but turned out to be a human mutant. Both of her parents are cyclopes as well.
- The Cyclops Creature from The Godzilla Power Hour episode "The Horror of Forgotten Island" is a mutant cyclops kaiju.
- Saffi from Jimmy Two-Shoes, the Cute demon cyclops.
- There are several other cycloptic characters from the same show, such as Dorkus, Butley and Mrs. Molotov, as well as the pet monsters Cerbee and Lovey.
- The Draken from the Jumanji episode "Eye of the Sea" is a one-eyed sea monster.
- A glitch in an episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic caused part of a pony's face to disappear for a second, giving him a strange, cyclops-like appearance◊. "Cyclops Pony" has since become a minor meme.
- On The Powerpuff Girls, Billy from the Gangreen Gang is revealed to be a cyclops under his Blinding Bangs.
- Iris from Ruby Gloom.
- Grim Creeper from Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School.
- Scooby-Doo as a whole has had several cyclops as monsters, including the Tar Monster and the Creepy Heap from the Deep.
- Uni-cyclops from Sidekick, so named because she's a cyclops who rides a unicycle.
- Kang and Kodos from The Simpsons Halloween Specials.
- Loomis from The Smurfs Season 9 episode "The Smurf Odyssey".
- Plankton on Spongebob Squarepants.
- One episode had him figure out this was detrimental to his plans because he lacked depth-perception. He spends the episode trying to grow a second eye through experiments, finally getting one via Spongebob's DNA...but Spongebob's naturally good personality begins to take over Plankton's and he ultimately has to get rid of it so he can continue his plans.
- One appears in Xiaolin Showdown.
- Flaviour from Yin Yang Yo.
- Cyclopes aren't restricted to mythology — a number of defects in fetal development can result in birth of one-eyed creatures, although the severity of these defects and related disorders means these creatures usually die soon after. Exposure to natural or man-made poisons is often to blame nowadays.
- Cy, the internet-famous one-eyed noseless kitten, who was born December 2005 and died a day later.
- A cyclops goat was also born in Nigeria. It caused quite a stir - they even accused the owner of an act of bestiality.
- A one-eyed piglet with a severely deformed nose was also born in China in 2005.
- Cyclopia, as it's known, can manifest in humans as well. You can Google it, but the pics can be rather squicky, so be warned. Most cyclopia babies don't survive.
- The cyclopes from Greek legend are thought to have been based on a misconstrual of fossilized mammoth or other prehistoric elephant skulls. If there were no tusks present, the trunk hollow could easily be mistaken for a single eye socket (It's actually the nasal cavity). You'd even have tourist travel guides telling travelers where they could see a cyclops's remains.