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->''It was horrible. No words can describe the framework of a face when the face itself is gone. Two living and beautiful brown eyes looking sadly out from that grisly ruin did but make the view more awful.''
-->-- '''Creator/ArthurConanDoyle''', [[Literature/SherlockHolmes "The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger"]]

The anti-EyeScream. When even though in all likelihood one's eyes would be harmed during a fight, or in a nasty accident etc., the eyes remain, remarkably, unharmed. This is seen often in works trying to avoid being {{Squick}}y. All the same, eye damage is rarely seen in modern works, as it has become something of a taboo.

This is the case pretty much whenever you see a character with a big, deep scar over his eye.

Sometimes, this can be TruthInTelevision, thanks to the rather nifty design of the human skull, with the eye set back and largely surrounded by bony prominences in the shape of the brow, nose, and to some extent the cheekbone. This makes it often possible to receive damage around the eye with little or none to the actual eyeball.

Characters who aren't so lucky may end up sporting an EyepatchOfPower.

Related to TheDeadHaveEyes. The opposite of EyeScream.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* A certain ''Manga/{{Uzumaki}}'' chapter has a bit of this. A character's face is slowly turning into a spiral funnel, and at certain point her eye isn't affected, though most of the head around it ''is''.
** Which makes it nightmarish when [[spoiler:her eye [[SubvertedTrope finally detaches from her remaining face]], rolls around and goes spiraling in the funnel like it was going down a drain.]]
* In the ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' movie, you get to see the nukes drop. There is a closeup of one unlucky soul caught in the explosion, and everything but his eyes disintegrates.
* Scar from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has a huge scar over both his eyes from an explosion, but then the one who did blow up his face could control the explosion very precisely and probably wanted him to suffer, not to die.
* Mello from ''Manga/DeathNote'' had the entire left side of his face burned off in an explosion, yet his eye is completely intact and able to blink.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', several characters have scars over their eyes (such as Shanks and Rayleigh) but their eyes are perfectly functional. After the TimeSkip, [[spoiler:Zoro]] subverts this trope by having his scarred eye permanently closed. He can still [[{{Badass}} kick ass]], though.
* Claw from ''KimbaTheWhiteLion'' is a {{Subversion}}. He has a scar across his left eye, but unlike most characters with eye scars, his left eye is always closed.
* Subverted with Kakashi from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. When we first see his left eye unmasked it looks like this is the case, as he has a long deep scar over it but his eye is in perfect condition. But later we learn that his eye actually ''was'' destroyed. He just got a new one transplanted by his ninja medic teammate.
* Balalaika from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' had half her face torn up by a frag grenade. At first, her eye on that side appears to be fine but it subsequently turns out to be glass.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/XMenForever'' Perfect Storm is slashed across the face by Kitty Pryde ([[spoiler:who accidentally gained one of Wolverine's claws]]), a slash which goes over her eye. The eye still functions perfectly.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* Reconstructed in the ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10229324/1/What-s-In-A-Name What's In A Name]]''. Weiss' scar was caused by a falling icicle, which would have been fatal if not for a sudden change in the wind. She believes that her mother's spirit saved her.
-->''Once, she told him how she had seen the trajectory of the icicle before it had struck her, how it should have hit her between the eyes and killed her. But the wind had shifted almost impossibly at the last second.''
-->''He smiled gently, and she did as well.''
-->''They both knew what had happened.''

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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Scar from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' has a deep scar running down his face. Whilst it goes directly through his left eye socket, his eyeball is perfectly fine.
** In the sequel Kovu gets an identical scar, but in this case it's justified since he clearly blinks at the swipe.
* Wolf from ''ChirinNoSuzu'' has a scar across his eye.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Vampires in ''Film/NearDark'' repeatedly take third degree burns from sunlight, but their eyes never take damage.
* A ''very'' jarring example occurs in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' with Two-Face (pictured above). The left side of his face is burnt off completely, but for his huge unblinking eye, which still seems to work just fine, despite having no way of keeping moist and the fire clearly having been burning right next to it. Although one could assume that he was at least blind in that eye.
** Original concepts called for the eye to show some form of disfigurement or discoloration as well, but the taboo against (shown) EyeScream stopped that.
** Speaking of Batman, the charred body of Max Schreck at the end of ''Film/BatmanReturns'' has creepily intact eyes.
* ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'': Jack, David's dead friend, becomes more and more decayed but his eyes are just fine.
* In ''Film/{{Darkman}}'', the explosion that get the titular hero disfigured is actually shown by a close up refection in his eye. However when we next see him his eyes are pretty much the only part of his face left.
* A {{Franchise/Terminator}} never loses its red eye, but always loses the eye covering. In this case, their eyes likely ARE unbreakable, or very near so.
* In ''Film/AKnightsTale'', Count Ademar explains in detail how dangerous eye slits are, and how knights usually tilt their chins to avoid getting shrapnel in their eyes.
* In the Japanese horror classic ''Film/{{Audition}}'', the killer loves to sew eyes shut and poke needles under the eyes, but never harms the eye directly.
* Happens twice to the same guy in ''Film/{{Constantine}}''. When the [[HalfHumanHybrid half-demon]] Balthazar is sprayed with holy water, the left side of his face is eaten away but his left eye is O.K. Later on, after Constantine blows his face off his body with dragon fire, [[FridgeLogic his right eye is still in perfect condition]].
* Partial aversion: [[StarWars Darth Vader]]. Lord Vader's eyes still function, but his corneas were burned away. This is why, when his mask is lowered onto his face in Episode III, the lenses have a red-tinted HUD.
* Literally true in ''Film/SupermanReturns'' where after failing to kill him with hundreds of rounds to the chest, a thug shoots the title character in his eye. ''The bullet is crushed on impact''.
* In ''Film/AnyGivenSunday'', to demonstrate the violence of football, in one scene, someone's eye is torn out and is lying on the field. While on the surface, this might seem to be a subversion of this trope, the eye itself is actually completely undamaged other than being removed from the socket (e.g., it's not crushed or even bloody). It's packed into a resealable plastic bag for (presumably) re-attachment.
* The film ''Film/EyesWithoutAFace'' is about, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOntheTin well...]].
* Even though Niki Lauda's face gets burnt pretty badly in [[{{Rush2013}} Rush]] his eyes aren't damaged. Very close to truth in television as the real Niki Lauda didn't damage his eyes either but his eyelids burned off.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Literature/SherlockHolmes story which provides the page quote, "The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger", involves a woman whose face was swiped away by an African lion. It's lampshaded that her "living and beautiful brown eyes" merely throw the effect of the ruined face into horrible relief.
* At the end of ''Literature/TheDarkTower'', the Crimson King [[spoiler: [[UpToEleven is erased from existence]]]], but his eyes remain on the balcony of the titular tower (as [[spoiler:the RealityWarper artist who did this had to color his eyes with red paint on his pencil drawing, and thus couldn't erase them]]).
* Double subverted in MatthewReilly's ''Scarecrow'' books, with regards to the eponymous character's EyeScream scars. Schofield's eyes were in fact badly damaged when the scars were inflicted, but his sight was saved and his eyes fully repaired. [[ScarsAreForever Nothing could be done about the scars themselves]], however, so Schofield wears reflective glasses almost all the time because people find the sight of them very unnerving.
* Averted with Hester Shaw in ''Literature/MortalEngines'' - frequent attention is brought to a horrifyingly extensive facial scar that rid her of her nose, one eye, and caused permanent lip and jaw disfigurement. Much of Hester's mood swinging in the first book is explained by herself as seeing the monster she has become, thinking of the man who caused it, and becoming bitter and spiteful again. Also, she's constantly afraid that Tom will abandon her for a more refined, more conventionally beautiful girl.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{House}}'', patients come in with all sorts of horrible conditions, and treatment has ranged from amputations, removal of one hemisphere of the brain, to death. However, not one single patient has yet lost an eye. The most severe damage eyes take is eyes turning red or yellow, or temporary blindness. Interestingly, when blindness has occurred, never has it been because of eye damage, but because of pressure to the optic nerve, a brain parasite, or brain damage. Blood may pour from every single orifice in the body, except eyes.
** [[spoiler:However, that's only if you don't count the Season Two Finale. Even if it [[AllJustADream never really happened]], we still saw a guy's eye burst out of its socket.]].
* Hardly any corpses in ''Series/{{CSI}}'' have ever had damaged eyes. They are usually either intact or gone completely. One season 9 episode features a woman whose eyes have been gouged out by her killer's thumbs, but thankfully this was mostly left to the imagination and not shown directly on screen.
* ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' poke each other in the eyes so much, it's a wonder they all can still see.
* The original LifeMeter in ''Series/{{Knightmare}}'' is a slowly disintegrating head. The eyes remain when all the other flesh has gone, and then outlast the skull. When they're all that's left, they look at each other before spinning away out of shot.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' the victim of the week was missing an eye. He had apparently gouged it out and swallowed it. During autopsy, the eye was recovered and found to be fully intact.
** In another episode a serial killer specifically leaves the team an intact eye and they figure he cut it out from a dead or unconscious victim. It turns out that the eye was taken out during a violent struggle but remained intact.
* ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'' has two examples. When the world is cursed by not being able to die (though not heal), one man gets blown up, and his body is charred and most of his flesh is ''gone'', but his eyes are still there and functioning. And yet another lady gets [[spoiler: put into a car crusher IN A CAR]], and a zoom in reveals a single eye bopping back and forth.
* Averted in ''Series/BreakingBad'' when [[spoiler:Gustavo Fring]] gets half their face blown off by [[spoiler: Walter's booby trap on Hector Salamanca's wheelchair]]. While the eye socket is shown mostly intact, it is completely empty.
* Averted in ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' [[spoiler:Michonne stabs the Governer in the eye with a shard of glass. There are even graphic close-ups of the mangled and oozing wound]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In VideoGame/DeadSpace2, Isaac Clarke has to have a needle jammed in his eye near the endgame. Despite it being ''really'' painful ([[EyeScream with blood coming out of the eye]]), Isaac still sees perfectly, and WordOfGod says that any damage that was received was fixed within 24 Hours of the game's end.
* Franchise/CrashBandicoot's explosive-death animation leaves only his [[SmolderingShoes shoes]] and his eyes.
* This is one of the concessions to taste in ''VideoGame/CarnEvil'', along with your opponents' lack of internal organs. The unintentionally humorous result is that an opponent with no remaining face has its eyes bulging out of its ruined flesh. (Yes, this game has {{Gorn}} by the bucketload.)
* Semi-example: Sir Daniel Fortesque, the protagonist of ''VideoGame/MediEvil'', is a living skeleton reanimated after 100 of lying still in his crypt, and despite having lost all of his skin, muscle tissue and a jawbone, he still has one functional eye left. His other eye [[EyeScream wasn't quite so lucky]], seeing as he died by catching an arrow with it.
* In the ''Day of Sigma'' OVA for ''VideoGame/MegaManX'', after Sigma [[KickTheDog launches a missile barrage on Abel City]], X charges his hand until it glows white-hot and tries to gouge Sigma's eyes out. This gave Sigma his trademark scars, but did nothing whatsoever to his eyes.
* In ''KingdomOfLoathing'', hitting a hobo with too much cold damage causes it to shatter, leaving behind nothing but its eyes.
* In the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' "Meet the Spy" video, the Soldier [[BoomHeadshot gibs the Blu Spy's head,]] and the latter's eyes go flying off.
* ''VideoGame/PacMan'' makes this OlderThanTheNES: When he [[ExtremeOmnivore eats a ghost]], its eyes remain.
* Keldorn and Imoen from ''BaldursGate II'' both have visible scars over one eye, but the eyeball itself is perfectly fine. Imoen's may be justified by being surgery scars from Irenicus' '[[StrappedToAnOperatingTable treatments]]'.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', [[YourHeadAsplode blowing an enemy's head apart]] causes intact eyeballs to fly hither, thither and/or yon. This is almost certainly an application of the RuleOfFunny.
* If you throw a bundle of TNT sticks to an enemy with low energy in the ''CadillacsAndDinosaurs'' arcade game, he will explode, leaving only his eyeballs flying away.
* Initially played straight in VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay, where fooling Franky The Pitchfork into attacking animate piles of hay causes them to disintegrate and only leave their eyeballs behind, which then keep staring at Conker. Subverted right afterwards by running over them, which causes them [[EyeScream to be squashed.]]
* In ''RiseOfTheTriad'', the player routinely [[LudicrousGibs gibs]] enemies, blasting them into chunky kibbles, but very often, a perfectly intact eyeball will slide down the screen.
* ''PrehistorikMan'' has the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes version in [[RiseToTheChallenge the first tree level]].
* The Facebook game "Zombie Lane" features sentry guns, powerful twin-barrelled cannon that blow zombies of all sizes to shreds if they come too close. One of the few bits large enough to land is an eyeball that bounces on the ground, and it is the last part of a killed zombie to fade.
* In ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' Peep's detached eyes will float around the room, invincible and damaging anything they touch. Eye enemies that are fastened to the floor can be killed though.
** Picking up the "Peeper" item causes Isaac's left eye to pop out and attack enemies, leaving an empty, bloody socket in Isaac's face. Eyes are unbreakable. Eye sockets, not so much.
* At the end of Episode 5 of ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space]]'', [[spoiler:the Soda Poppers have a portal opened on them (which was one of the Bermuda Triangle portals from Episode 2, ItMakesSenseInContext) that pours gallons and gallons of lava on them, and Peepers' eyeballs can be seen floating around in the lava after he and the other Soda Poppers are killed.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Loadout}}''[='s=] damage model, being the mix of cartoonish and grotesque gore that it is, allow players to land a headshot and not instantly kill the enemy - leaving him with a big hole in the face (or no face at all) with only eyes intanct.
* In ''VideoGame/MudAndBlood 2'', soldiers killed by fire will be charred to bones - minus the eyes. With which they continue to stare at the player in "you bastard" manner.
* While eyes in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' are the easiest part to destroy with heat, it is almost impossible to totally destroy them with other type of damage. However, the reason they qualify to this trope is... If you manage to butcher dead creature and get eyeballs as a result, you can throw them at other enemies - possibly breaking bones and caving in skulls. With a bag of water and nerves.
* In ''VideoGame/AtomicBomberman'', blown-up bombers are reduced to a pile of ashes except for their eyes, which remain suspended in mid-air for a moment before dropping.
* For some reason, in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'', along with your teeth the eyes are the only things that survive when you die.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', [[ShrinkingViolet Hanako]] has right side of her body (and face) covered with burn scars from a childhood tragedy. But according to the WordOfGod, her right eye is not damaged, and in one scene in the game, it shows that Hanako's scars reach up her neck and onto her cheek, but don't quite reach the eye. She was originally meant to have more serious and extensive scarring, including being blinded in one eye and have mobility issues from muscle damage to the leg (similar to ''Series/{{House}}'s'' limp). However, this was changed in the final version.
* ''{{Shuffle}}'' had [[spoiler:Kaede]] drop a cut cutter over [[spoiler:Rin's]] face and had it positioned just so that it cut his eye. He has no issues seeing and didn't need to get a replacement of any sort.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Averted in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' by York. After a grenade went off near his face, he not only was badly scarred on most of one side of his face, but he lost vision in that eye. Further, his eye is usually [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m703pgSCQe1rab0ado1_1280.png depicted as being a ruined, iris-less void]].
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'''s Weiss has a small, jagged scar across her left eye, yet her vision seems entirely normal.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Common in WesternAnimation, when characters' faces have something blow up in front of their face, [[AshFace turning their entire face chalky black]]. But not their eyes.
** The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cast can actually do more than [[NonFatalExplosions "entire face chalky black"]]. A character can be ''[[SweepingAshes burned to ashes]]'', and his eyes will stay in the air a few seconds, [[SqueakyEyes audibly blink]] a few times even though there are no eyelids left, then fall onto the little pile of ashes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', Master Shake has undergone nearly every single possible injury with intact eyes. The one time his eyes were damaged, he received prosthetic eyes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' a man shoots himself in the head, turning his face in a blackened splatter, but leaving his two, blinking eyes intact.
* Averted by Zuko in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has a scar running across most of one side of his face, from his nose to his ear. His eye is surrounded by damaged tissue and looks unharmed, but Zuko lacks peripheral vision and has damaged tear ducts under it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Hudson has a scar across one eye. The eyeball itself is intact, but he is blind on that side.
* {{Averted}} in ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' Panthro has a scar over his right eye, but the eye is milkier than his left, drawn matte and pupilless. WordOfGod is that he can still see, but [[http://crewofomens.tumblr.com/post/9608528030/why-did-you-guys-choose-to-make-pantho-blind-of-one-eye has glaucoma in that eye.]]
* Combined with SmolderingShoes for an ImagineSpot in ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot''. [[StalkerWithACrush Sheldon]] steals Jenny's blueprints to see what makes her tick, but then [[BigBad Vexus]] gets a hold of them, and Sheldon realizes he'll have to tell Jenny how Vexus has them. But in the ImagineSpot, when he does tell her, Jenny vaporizes him, leading to the above combo.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The cat [[http://chasenoface.blogspot.com/ Chase No-Face]], who lost her nose and eyelids in a car accident but lives a normal life, needing only a dash of eyedrops twice a day and a dark room to sleep in. If you feel slightly queasy now, brace yourself before looking at this link.
* Accepted wisdom is to [[GofortheEye jab at an attacking shark's eyes]]. And while this method has a well documented success rate, sharks not only have protective eyelids, but surprisingly hard eyeballs.
* Sort-of example with Niki Lauda. He crashed during a race in 1976 and was trapped in his burning car for over a minute, suffering severe burns to his face. [[http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/rush/ldrld.jpg His eyes did not sustain significant injury]], however his eyelids burned off. The only reconstructive surgery he has undergone is to get new eyelids.
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