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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, Oculothorax, 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

Comic Books
  • Psyklop, a Hulk and The Avengers supervillain, has one giant red compound eye. He can use it to fire energy beams and to hypnotize people.
  • 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.

Fairy Tales
  • One-Eye from the Brothers Grimm's "One-Eye, Two-Eyes, and Three-Eyes" has one eye in the middle of her forehead.

Films - Animated

Films - Live Action


Live-Action TV

  • "The Purple People Eater" from the 1958 novelty song of the same name.

  • The trope namers are the original three cyclopes of Greek Classical Mythology: Arges, Steropes and Brontes. They were master craftsman and giants of considerable side 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 descendents became assistants. They also created the solar and lunar bows and arrows of Apollo and Artemis.
  • Sinbad the Sailor has met a Cyclops in the Polyphemus mold before.
  • 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).
  • Balor from Celtic Mythology combined this with Deadly Gaze and Eye Beams.
  • Slavic Mythology had the terrifying Likho, an embodiment of evil, fate and misfortune.


Tabletop Games
  • 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.
  • In Warhammer 40,000 the Primarch of the Thousand Sons was Magnus the Red, whose defining features were coppery red skin, being a giant and having just one eye. However, it is no longer known for certain wether he was a Cyclops, had only one orbit or simply lacked one eye. However, now that he is a Demon Prince of Tzeentch, it is probably quite hard to say if this still applies or if it is something special.
  • The YUGIOH card game has a few, such as the Hitotsu-Me Giant and the Opticlops
  • 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.

Video Games

Web Comics
  • The Beast Legion has Gorgorath.
  • Genevieve "George" Tinsley from Monster Pop is a college freshman and cyclops.
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! has the annually appearing Halloween Monster, who only has one eye.
  • 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.
  • The Mansion of E features a similar-shaped species called Eyebolts.
  • Splashmaster the giant squid from Cucumber Quest.
  • Madras from The Property Of Hate.
  • Arges from Wayward Sons.
  • Boozle is a webcomic centered around a grumpy old wizard and a large female cyclops named Bitsy.
  • Axe Cop has King Evilfatozon, the ruler of evil Evil EVIL PLANET TINKO!

Web Original
  • Behemoth of Worm is a massive monster with only one eye.
  • The aliens from the Eddsworld cartoon "Space Face".

Western Animation

Real Life
  • 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.
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