"I know a girl who's got eyes on her feet
So when she starts dreaming she roams
And she'll know where she's going"
— The Cat Empire, "So Long"
Eyes in places where they just don't belong are a good way to creep people out
. The palms of your hands are a particularly frequent place to put them, but they can be anywhere on the body.
Subtrope of Body Horror
See also Eyeless Face
, Faceless Eye
and The Walls Have Eyes
. May overlap with Eldritch Abomination
. Contrast Third Eye
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- Think about this the next time you see anthropomorphic food, be it vegetable, fruit, or animal part. Are those eyes on a chicken leg? Or a cut of steak? The implications of that are somewhat... disturbing.
Anime and Manga
- The Espada Zommari Leroux's released form has FIFTY eyes all over his body.
- One of Aizen's many forms after fusing with the Hogyoku has his regular eyes move onto his wings.
- The hollow Ayon is created when the Arrancars Appaci, Mila Rose and Sung-Sun combine their left arms. He can form an eye anywhere on his head, such as to look as things behind him.
- In the manga Parasyte, the parasites can, as part of their total transformation skills, create eyes on any part of their body (that is, the actual parasite flesh — they can't do it with the human body they've taken over). While parasites normally replace the head of their host, main character Shinichi and supporting character Uda have parasites in their right hand and neck/upper chest respectively. Shinichi's parasite, Migi, is particularly fond of putting out long tentacle-like stalks with eyes on the end to look at things Shinichi can't see.
- In End of Evangelion, Lilith/Rei gets a third eye technically on her forehead. This in and of itself isn't that odd. What makes it qualify for this trope is that it's also in the middle of a giant vagina. For that matter, Gendo Ikari ends up with a third eye in his hand, where the embryonic Adam has been grafted in place; in the manga version, Gendo has actually swallowed Adam, and it manifests as a large eye in the middle of his left hand.
- In Hell Teacher Nube, a beautiful yet kleptomaniac Lonely Rich Kid named Ai Shinozaki suddenly starts growing an additional eye on the back of her hand whenever she steals something, because even if no one sees her steal, her heart does, and now everyone will know she's a thief. Poor Ai tries stabbing it out (to no small amount of pain, and not to mention she's a violinist) but it doesn't just keep growing back, it brings friends all over her body. She seeks Nube's aid, and he warns of someone who became nothing but a giant mess of eyes and flesh; she almost suffers the same fate until her only friend Makoto's affection redeems her (the eyes would disappear as soon as the culprit confessed their actions out of their own will; once Ai told Makoto that she was a thief, they were gone).
- After a major Power-Up, Naraku from InuYasha aquires eyes on the back of his hands and in the middle of his chest.
- Alucard from Hellsing has a tendency to sprout eyes whenever his powers are released - on his chest, or a floating wall of eyes in the room.
- Hiei from YuYu Hakusho turned green and gained eyes all over his body and arms when he transformed to kick Yusuke's ass. Ironically, he has no eyes on his back which is also his Achilles' Heel.
- Also, Itsuki's shadow hands are covered in eyes.
- Played with in Pani Poni Dash!: Rebecca was annoying everyone beyond the breaking point, and being 11, is easily frightened. Rei goes up to her and opens her hand to reveal an eye (sticker), scaring her to go hide behind a curtain.
- Played for laughs in a chapter/episode of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, where the eponymous sensei must avoid eye-contact to avoid an Arranged Marriage; his butler thwarts his plans by bringing in a guy who is entirely covered (or made) of eyeballs.
- Nico Robin from One Piece, thanks to her devil fruit, can make any part of her body "pop" anywhere like a flower. This includes, on at least one occasion, making eyes appear on her arms and hands. Or on the walls... or the ceiling... or the floor... or her opponents...
- In Naruto, we have a disturbing example with Danzo's whole arm. He not only has ten Sharingan eyes taken from dead Uchiha grafted into his arm and palm of his hand, but his shoulder has a human face from Orochimaru's genetic experimentation on infants.
- Several of the Homunculi from Fullmetal Alchemist qualify for this. The manga version of Envy turns into a monster-thing with screaming faces randomly scattered across its body. Pride has a Living Shadow full of eyes. And mouths. And he's based on Father's original form, a blob of shadow with a single eye and mouth. Father himself eventually turns into a walking, eye- and mouth-covered man made of shadows. He doesn't even bother to form a normal face, having a single enormous eye and a too-wide mouth where his head would be.
- Natsume Zange of Inu X Boku SS is a descendant of a Hundred-Eyes monster, and thus has eyes all over his body that he keeps mostly hidden under layers of clothes, along with an eyepatch.
- Soul Eater: The Big Bad Kishin uses this as a motif. His face has three eyes, and his bangs are shaded in such a way as to look like eyes as well. Even his pupils double back and look like another set of eyes.
- The set of three eyes turn up on people who are either hallucinating due to proximity to Asura, or are in someway associated with madness (see Justin's Madness/Evil Makeover).
- Mosquito briefly grows a bunch of extra eyes in the same socket when between transformations. While his next form mostly crossed the Bishonen Line, close-up occasionally show it with five pupils in a line.
- Maximillion Pegasus of Yu-Gi-Oh! uses a certain monster in his final duel with Yugi, a part of which is the Thousand-Eyes Idol.◊ The monster itself is a more grotesque form, the Thousand-Eyes Restrict◊, whose eyes cover a majority of its body.
- Yubel's final form in GX has eyes and faces everywhere.
- Duskmon◊ from Digimon Frontier has a number of extra eyes all over his body. And one of his attacks is to fire lasers from them.
- Runa from Fairy Navigator Runa has one on the back of her neck.
- Because D.Gray-Man is apparently trying to set a record with the "Most types of terror in a series" they've recently introduced the Noah "Fiddler," who has a large number of eyes on his tongue which can pop out and be placed inside other people's bodies.
- Many of the demonic once-human apostles in Berserk but special mention goes to the "Idea of Evil", the God of Evil responsible for the world being such a cesspool of crap and suffering. It basically looks like a colossal misshapen heart with its valves spewing out webs of causality to manipulate humanity's fate and lined on all sides with countless eyes upon closer inspection.
- The giant Sea God has dozens of eyeballs covering its heart. Each one was staring at Guts the entire time he was trying to destroy it.
- Samurai Deeper Kyo has Hishigi, who has kept himself alive by implanting Devil Eyes in the left side of his body.
- There was once a minor DC villain called the Ten-Eyed Man. His only power was having an eye on each of his fingers (he was blinded, so his optic nerves were 'rerouted' to his hands.) Hilariously, the story tried to play this straight as a real threat, with police officers noting "He could easily escape from jail if we didn't constantly keep his hands in a dark box!" The concept has recently been reincarnated by an author who was a fan of the original character; now, however, it is an entire group of "Ten-Eyed Men" with actual mystical powers. The freaky eyes seem to grant them supernatural sight (and are magic tattoos instead of actual eyeballs). Batman encountered them in 52.
- Amusingly, the Ten-Eyed Man never overcame the reflex to shield his face with his hands. He was defeated when someone threw a cactus at his head.
- It didn't even take something really pointy like a cactus. Getting him to grab things was the standard means of defeating him.
- Nineyes from Float (by Yi.magination) has, as her name indicates, nine eyes spread out over her body (head, hands, feet, belly button...) Unlike most other examples here, they are tasteful rather than horrifying; they can only be seen by people with advanced karma, and represents various virtues. Yes, she have eyes on her feet and make it look good.
- Argos (mentioned below in Mythology) makes a brief appearance working for his old boss Hera in The Incredible Hercules.
- The Anti-Christ in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 2009 develops eyes all over his body, and he's pissed off about it. He's also strongly implied to be Harry Potter.
- X-Men student Eye Boy is, naturally enough, covered in eyes. He can see things like magic, though it's hard to say that's really worth having eyeballs on your hands.
- In Death Vigil, when a necromancer activates their powers, glowing eyes appear inside sigils on their bodies.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians has the minor character Argusnote , the camp security director, who is a monster with a hundred eyes all over his body. There is an Urban Legend among the campers that he never speaks because he has an eye on his tongue.
- In one of Diane Duane's Young Wizards novels, the hero briefly encounters an alien who looks like a berry bush, except the berries are all eyes. A member of the same species later becomes a supporting character. Quite a nice guy, really, with a fondness for baseball caps.
- The Doctor Who novel The Eyeless has an alien race which frequently takes "trophies" from the worlds it visits. It's not actually meant to be quite as grotesque as that word makes it sound, though it's pretty close; they're more ruthlessly logical than brutal; it's a cultural thing amongst them that when they encounter something new, the one who makes the discovery gets to keep a piece of that something... like a young girl's eyes, for example.
- In the Stephen King short story "I Am the Doorway" (found in the collection Night Shift), a former astronaut develops eyes in his fingertips. Then things get much worse from there....
- In Dan Abnett's Eisenhorn novel Malleus, they must infiltrate muties. One mutant woman, a many-armed prostitute, winks at them — with an eye on her tongue.
- In Madeline L'Engle's A Wind in the Door, the "singular cherubim" Proginoskes is depicted as composed of nothing but eyes and wings, and the occasional jet of fire. (In this, he resembles The Bible's descriptions of angels, which are a long way from modern depictions of "cherubs".) Charles Wallace is apparently the only character who doesn't have a minor brain-BSOD upon first seeing him.
- Wilbur Whateley in HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos novella The Dunwich Horror has two extra eyes on the sides of his pelvis, with a creepy organ for sucking blood in between them. Lovecraft called it a 'tail', but we all know what he meant...
- The Bible describes some angels as having eyes on all sides of their bodies, making this Older Than Feudalism.
- Among these angels are angelic beings who, while not named in the Bible, are sometimes referred to as Ophans or Ophanim. They make an appearance in the book of Ezekiel and are described as looking like beryl colored wheels within wheels with rims full of eyes.
- Probably in reference to Argos (mythology, not catalogue), the Discworld god Blind Io is usually drawn with an Eyeless Face but surrounded by a cloud of floating Faceless Eyes.
- Emily Eyefinger is a series of children's books about a girl who is born with an eye on the end of her finger.
- In R.A. Salvatore's novel Siege of Darkness a misfiring teleportation spell results in only the casting wizard's eyes arriving at their destination. This is played mostly for slightly squicky humor — the wizard can still see with them and make himself heard at their location, they're just not in the same place as the rest of his body. The same thing is mentioned in one of the Harry Potter books, where it's referred to as being "splinched". It's apparently painful and inconvenient, but not permanently harmful. When treated and fixed properly. Ron's splinching in Deathly Hallows was definitely not funny.
- The short story "Tonsil Eye 'Tis" by Paul Jennings involves a boy growing an eye on one finger as a result of a garden gnome-related accident.
- A guard in the first book of The Bartimaeus Trilogy is described as having one of his eyes positioned so that it would be difficult to sneak up on him from behind, while he was touching his toes.
- One of the many weird adaptations of Henders Island creatures in Fragment is an extra set of eyes near the middle of the back.
- In the short story "The Muse" by Anthony Burgess, an astronaut literary scholar imagines he sees extra eyes in weird places on the inhabitants of another planet. The people actually look entirely human.
- In Paul and Hollace Davids's series of Star Wars novels, Emperor Palpatine's long-sought-after heir is reputed to have a third eye. A pretender to the throne appears, who has an extra eye on his forehead and feigns Force sensitivity. Later the true heir emerges, and his third eye is on the back of his head.
- In the novel The Dark Half by Stephen King, surgery reveals an eyeball inside the protagonist's brain. It's a remnant of his identical twin, who was absorbed in utero.
- HP Lovecraft short story "At the Mountains of Madness". The shoggoths are a huge mass of protoplasm with eyes that temporarily form and disappear all over its body.
- Grendel's mother of Beowulf has eyes in her breasts.
- In The Outer Limits (1995) revival episode "The New Breed", a man whose body is being involuntarily upgraded by injected Nanomachines finds that the source of the sudden pain on the back of his head is a new pair of eyes.
- An old episode of The Twilight Zone had an otherwise Human Alien who covered his third eye to pass as an Earthling for sinister purposes. (It's on his forehead, in the original short story it was on the back of his head and normally covered by hair.)
- The Dick Van Dyke Show has a dream sequence episode where Laura Petrie had eyes in the back of her head, much to Rob's horror.
- Angel has something very similar with the victims of the Skilosh demons, who got an extra eye in the back of the head.
- Eye Guy, one of the monsters of the week in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers was a creature which was completely made out of eyes.
- Retinax, from Power Rangers Wild Force has eyes all over his body, even inside his main eye! His fellow general Mandilok has what appears to be a glowing red eye in his mouth.
- A Saturday Night Live sketch from 1991 (hosted by Kirstie Alley) featured female aliens who looked like humans, only their eyes were on their breasts.
- Madonna's video for "Bedtime Story" ends with a shot of her singing, but her face has two mouths where her eyes should be, and one eye in the place of her mouth. When she closes her eye, the positioning of it makes it look like a bizarre mouth.
- In the music video for Tool's "Vicarious" there are eyes all over the place, most notably on the backs of the transparent-skinned humanoid creatures' hands. And this is still one of the less disturbing things in this video.
- Argos, or Argus Panoptes, of Greek myth, had eyes all over his body, and he kept a constant watch by sleeping only some of them at a time. He was pretty Badass too. Argos was the one who slew Echidna, the mother of all monsters.
- Argos is also apparently the mythological origin of the peacock. After he was slain by Hermes (he pulled it off by putting all of his eyes to sleep at once before beheading him), Argos' master Hera took his eyes and put them on the feathers of a bird. Thus the peacock was born.
- There's a Japanese Obake / youkai called a Shirime which has an Eyeless Face and a single giant eye...in its anus. Which it delights in showing off to passers-by by stretching its cheeks wide. Yes. The Japanese, in fact, have a Goatse monster. Oh, Japan.
- Another one, Tenome, wears its two eyes on the palms of its hands.
- Plenty of Hindu deities have eyes in the wrong places; most notably, a third eye in the forehead represents mystical sight and wisdom.
- The Grey Sisters of Greek myth were three old hags that shared between them a single eye and a single tooth, making this an example of Faceless Eye and Eyeless Face. Perseus got information about Gorgons from them by stealing the eye and holding it hostage. After getting what he needed, he threw the eye into the cave so that the sisters would be too preoccupied "looking" for it to chase him down.
- Metatron, the Face of God, is said to have a million eyes (and mouths) all over his body.
- Several Angels and other celestial beings have strange number or placement of eyes, such as hundreds covering their wings.
- In Dungeons & Dragons:
- The otyugh has eyes on three tentacles that surround its gaping, toothy mouth.
- Beholders have ten eyes growing from the top of them, plus a big one in front. Other Beholderkin have even weirder arrangements. One is essentially a slimy tree covered in eyes.
- In the Cthulhu Mythos section of the original 1st Edition Deities and Demigods Cyclopedia, the shoggoth is shown as having multiple eyes all over its ameoba-like body.
- Gibbering Mouthers are human-sized ameoba-like monsters covered with eyes and mouths.
- One memorable piece of artwork for the Warhammer 40,000 Chaos god Slaanesh has an eye instead of a nipple on its exposed breast. The Forgeworld model for the Keeper of Secrets (a greater daemon of Slaanesh) has multiple breasts, several with eyes in place of nipples.
- From Magic: The Gathering, Kozilek, Butcher of Truth◊ has eyes peppered on its arms.
- Call of Cthulhu.
- In the main rules, shoogoths are noted as being covered with eyes.
- Supplement The Asylum and Other Tales, adventure "The Asylum". The proto-shoggoth can create organs anywhere on its body whenever it likes. One example given was creating an eye in the palm of its hand.
- Mutant Future. Yhe Eyedog has eyes all over its body. Some can see heat, some can see in ultraviolet, and others can give off light, radiation or energy blasts.
- In BIONICLE, Tren Krom has the ability to sprout an extra eye on his back. And it shoots laser beams.
- Coyote from Gunnerkrigg Court has an eye on his chest and one on each of his shoulders and thighs. They appear to be stylized eye designs, but in the last panel here, they are clearly turning to look at Antimony. He also has a slightly less conspicuous pair behind each of his ears.
- Roger Pepitone from College Roomies From Hell mutated an eye in his hand, which is much less frequently referred to compared to the more useful mutations of his roomies.
- Sgt. Schlock from Schlock Mercenary usually keeps his eyes above his mouth, but since he's an amorphous blob and they aren't actually part of his body, he can put them anywhere, such as on tentacles to look around corners. At one point, he had four eyes, and kept two in his mouth, to "watch what he ate!"
- Drowtales had one or more extra eyes being standard for the heavily tainted once their seed starts taking them over, as demonstrated by Kes'sen, or a scar where a third eye should be for one character - but Naal'suul gains an eye on someone else's tongue as part of a massive random fusion of demon-tainted bodies. And it's implied there's more where that came from hidden in the shadows.
- Parodied in the last panel of this VgCats strip on Spore.
- Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures has Cindy, who was born with an eye on the palm of her hand as a result of excessive exposure to magic. Other than that she's perfectly normal. She eventually commits suicide, several years after Abel left the town due to prejudice about his wings. It's implied that Cindy may have killed herself due to discrimination, and being unable to make friends after Abel's family left.
- In WolfPearl's comic Wurr, Iralbe the hell hound has two eyes set into his tongue, which open when he pants and close when he retracts his tongue. His empty eye sockets are covered in heat-sensing pits instead.
- Homestuck gives us the Ugly Cute Vodka Mutini, a mutant kitten with four eyes.
- This Brawl in the Family comic looks deeper in what daily life would mean for the aforementioned Phantoon above. "Phantoon has it Rough", indeed.
- In Goblins spin-off comic Tempts Fate, the title character has a demonic eyeball on the sole of one of his feet, as a result of being cursed by a demon lord.
- Carmilla from the Whateley Universe. She's the child of Gothmog and often has eyes on stalks in horrible places. One time she grabbed Shadowwolf and her face split. Down the middle. Inside were more tentacles, with eyes on stalks. And other Body Horror tropes. Shadowwolf screamed and wet himself.
- In Ruby Quest, Ruby enters a dark room to speak with Subject Six. At first he doesn't seem to have any eyes at all; but as Ruby speaks to him, more and more luminous eyeballs begin opening in the darkness around her. Then Tom turns on the lights... suffice to say, all the eyeballs are attached to Subject Six. In one way or another.
- And this isn't even considering Ruby's supernatural third eye either.
- The Lickitung in this horrific Pokémon drawing.
- Weapon Brown: Similar to the Shelley thing, Mistress Van Pelt has some interesting ideas for C.A.L.v1N.
- Zalgo mutations, although the ones on the face liquify into Bloody Tears.
- Cyriak's online animated video "Something" features 1950s people with excess eyes and mouths.
- Crawler from Worm has eyes all over his torso. He doesn't look even remotely human anymore.
- One of Ben 10's many transformations is Eye Guy, a Captain Ersatz of Cyclops from X-Men in powers. Eyes cover nearly every inch of his body except his head.
- Krumm in Aaahh!!! Real Monsters carried his eyes around in his hands. His father did the same thing, but after one of his eyes was fired out of a rifle in the Revolutionary War, he started wearing a black glove on that hand. This was generally played for laughs, such as the episode where he lodges them into a mummy, then can't get them out before they have to retreat.
- An episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force has Carl being sucked into a jet powered toilet. Frylock makes several attempts to construct a new body for Carl, including one made entirely of eyes from a website specializing in medical waste.
Master Shake: Wait a minute. Before you turn him on...do you think he'll be able to see us?
Frylock: In ways you can only imagine.
Master Shake: But look, I mean...is he going to be able to chase us? 'Cause if I woke up lookin' like that, I would just run towards the nearest living thing and kill it.
- In an episode of Transformers Animated Prowl and Bumblebee get infected by space barnacles. They end up with eyes in quite a few places, but Prowl has one distinctly on his hand.
- Peek-A-Blue from She Ra Princess Of Power gets Psychic Powers by the eyes on her peacock tail.
- Ten-Eyed Man and Mutant Master in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
- Xavier: Renegade Angel: Along with being a bizarre humanoid with brown hair, mouth beak, six nipples, backwards legs, and a snake hand, Xavier also has a giant eye placed in the middle of his crotch which he calls his "pen-eye"
- In Lavender Castle, Captain Thrice has a third eye on his nose.
- Dr. Five Eyes of Skysurfer Strike Force has two normal ones, one in the center of his forehead, one on the back of his head and a giant eye on his chest.
- Morbulus in SWAT Kats, who has eyes in the back of his head.
- In the course of evolution eyes have apparently evolved multiple times, and sometimes in not-exactly-expected places. Box jellyfish have four sets of eyes on four sides of their body.
- Many insects have five eyes: two compound ones and three simple ones called ocelli.
- Spiders have six or, more often, eight eyes for 360 degree field of view.
- Jumping spiders have eight eyes: six smaller eyes for 360 degree view and a pair of huge anterior median eyes for high-magnification view of their potential prey, much like the field binoculars. The front sides of those eyes cannot move, but the retinas can.
- Barn owls, by the way, can't really move their eyes, either. Indeed, barn owl eyes are so big that if they were spherical they would have overlapped; it remains an open question whether some shoujo characters show the same evolutionary adaptation.
- Crayfish have an extra eye on their tails (that one does not form images though, but responds vigorously to a passing shadow).
- Tuatara has a third, parietal eye (lens, retina, and all) at the top of its head.
- Scallops have tiny eyes all over the edge of the mantle.
- The critter that takes the cake is Ophiocoma wendtii, a kind of a brittle star. The upper side of its whole damn body is covered with refracting crystals and interconnected photoreceptors, forming one huge eye. Think about it for a moment.
- Not a straight example, but many animals (especially insects) have false eyes used to startle enemies or fool them into attacking the wrong body part.
- Non-creepy, non-squicky version: Peacocks.
- Flounders are born with normally placed eyes, but as the fish mature, one eye moves to the other side of the head, making them look not unlike a Picasso painting.
- The aptly-named four-eyed fish, adapted to spot food right at the water's surface, has protruding eyeballs that are divided horizontally, giving it an upper set of pupils that see in air and a lower pair that see underwater. That's right: it's got its extra eyes in its eyes
- Genetic experiments on fruit flies have produced flies with up to sixteen functional eyes on various parts of their bodies.
- A mutant toad was found in Hamilton, Ontario that had functional eyes inside its mouth.
- It's been theorized that some labyrinthodonts (ancient amphibians) had the ability to rotate their eyeballs to look out the roof of the mouth, letting them directly watch for prey swimming past or into their jaws.