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If a character is deranged, or has just lost it for a moment, one eye is drawn as being very different than the other. Commonly, the Mad Eye (or its iris/pupil) is much larger than the other. Can also double as an unspoken OhCrap moment. For extra effect, may be paired with TwitchyEye.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Revy in Manga/BlackLagoon has clear white irises, to accentuate her inner turmoil.
* Whenever someone is emotionally broken in Manga/ElfenLied (which is ''often'') they get these, along with a KubrickStare.
* Just about everyone in the ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' manga.
* ''Solf J. Kimblee'' in a late chapter of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' when he's telling Pride about how [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming screams are soothing to him]].
* A favorite shot of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''' resident MadScientist, [[BigBad Jail Scaglietti]], when he's taunting the [[TheFederation Time-Space Administration Bureau]] via broadcast.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' has a lot of "emo-distortion" expressions, Mad Eye being just one of the effects. Rika busting this out in the second season is truly a sight to behold.
* [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v29/c264/15.html Kurt Godel]] from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' (possible spoilers)
* Marik of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' did this from time to time, though he was crazy all the time, and this was because it was his dark side.
** In ''Manga/YuGiOhR'', Yako Tenma has this going on at least once in just about every one of his appearances after his StartOfDarkness. He's not quite right in the head, in case you couldn't tell.
* The entire cast of ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' exhibits this, sometimes as their default expression. It fits, since most of them are clinically insane to some degree.
* Ryuga does this quite often in ''Anime/MetalFightBeyblade''. It succeeds in making him appear quite off his rocker (and he is).
* 86 from ''Managa/{{Vassalord}}'' has this as his default expression. And when 86 gets serious somehow his eyes [[UpToEleven get even more crazy looking!]]
* Chuck from ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' has one large white eye and a smaller black one.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' has two variations of this.
** Protagonist Kaneki Ken has one, as a result of being a HalfHumanHybrid. His right eye remains normal, but his left is prone to [[BlackEyesOfEvil giving away]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning his Ghoul]] nature. He frequently wears an eye-patch to conceal it. (It turns out to be a tell-tale sign of any HalfHumanHybrid, known as One-Eyed Ghouls.)
** Kureo Mado, a sadist CCG Investigator obsessed with killing Ghouls to produce new anti-Ghoul weapons, has one lazy eye and one that is almost always bulging.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac.'' Quite a lot of the time, really. But then, he's insane quite a lot of the time.
* Anything by Creator/JhonenVasquez has this.
* ''ComicBook/TheMask'': [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/the_mask_comic_cover.jpg]]
* Falling under the "Deranged Character" subset are ComicBook/TheJoker's eyes as drawn in ''Batman: RIP''. There, one of his pupils is drawn slightly larger than the other, giving him a dangerous and mentally off-kilter look. The effect is so slight that it's only noticeable in close-up shots of the character, but it's definitely there. Then again, he is a MonsterClown with enough crazy to fill Arkham Asylum's halls ten times over.
* Most Returners in ''ComicBook/DeadEyesOpen'' seem to have one eye permanently open with a shrunken pupil.
* A specialty of Creator/AlanDavis. In the classic [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Detective Comics]] story "Fear for Sale", he combines this with an ExpressiveMask.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'', [[WaifProphet 6]] has one eye slightly larger than the other as a permanent feature, confirming his {{Cloudcuckoolander}} status.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'', Wiley Burp teaches Tiger how to intimidate someone using "The Laaaayyyyzzzzyyy Eyyyyye!" which is essentially an intentional evocation of this trope.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheNewGuy'', [[MagicalNegro Luther]] teaches [[NaiveNewcomer Dizzy]] his "Crazy Eye" which consists of squinting one eye and opening the other wide.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''
** Ragetti's wooden eye has this effect. It's too big for his socket, the wrong color, and always pointing away from his real eye.
** Many of Davy Jones' crewmen also have mismatched human and sea-creature eyes, notably Maccus the shark and Koleniko the puffer fish.

* The aptly-named Mad-Eye Moody from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has a magical replacement eye. It's bright blue, the size of a golf-ball, has 360 rotation and can see through just about anything. It's also virtually never looking in the same direction as his other eye.
* The unnamed old man in Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's classic ''The Tell-Tale Heart.'' One eye, due to some deformity, is described as a "vulture eye" with a film over it. However, the eye drives the old man's ''roommate'' to insanity (whether this roommate is his servant, his apprentice, a caretaker or even his spouse is never mentioned).
* The Scarecrow from ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' is described as having one eye larger than the other (accompanied by mismatched ears) due to poor artistry on his creator's part. He [[TheStoic never really loses his cool]] at any point in the book, and he is never depicted as any more crazy than [[{{Cloudcuckooland}} the rest of the Ozians]], so it might be considered Subverted.
* The RedRightHand of the mercurial SerialKiller [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Karkas]] in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' is that he has one "crushed" eye.
* ''Literature/ScorpionShards'': Everyone maddened by Dillon gets one dilated pupil and one pinpoint pupil.
* From the Literature/{{Discworld}}:
** ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' brings us Jonathan Teatime, an AffablyEvil and thoroughly insane member of the Guild of Assassins, whose GlassEye is the ''less'' scary one. The one that still works has an abnormally tiny pupil; he's described as "[looking] at the world through a pinhole". Even his boss Lord Downey, a man who in the prologue accepts a contract on the local equivalent of ''Father Christmas'' from a mysterious hooded spectre, finds him rather unnerving.
** Carcer, a particularly violent armed robber who Sam Vimes was pursuing at the start of ''Discworld/NightWatch'', doesn't stop at just ''one'' Mad Eye. At one point he's encountered by a cavalry officer who immediately and correctly pegs him as a dangerous madman:
--> He'd seen eyes like that on the battlefield.

* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Roger Delgado's portrayal of the Master is very handsome and charming but has strikingly different eyes. One is always much wider than the other, which is unfocused and almost squinted. The effect is very disturbing.
** The Fourth Doctor's eyes do not quite ever point in the same direction, which is a really big part of how mad he looks. (The actor is perfectly capable of pointing both his eyes in the same direction when not in character.) His pupils are also noticeably off-centre.
** The Tenth Doctor also has slightly asymmetrical eyes. When one fan gave David Tennant's mother a painting they'd done of him with SelfFanservice strongly averted, she commented that it was a bit boss-eyed, to which Tennant replied, "Face it, Mum, I ''am'' a bit boss-eyed."
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E3TheInvasion The Invasion]]'', [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Vaughn's]] right eye is half-closed through most of the serial, until he turns against the Cybermen; after that, it's wide open.

* Having a literal Mad Eye is OlderThanPrint: Cuchulain, the [[Myth/CelticMythology Irish]] folk hero. Whenever he went into one of his unstoppable rages, one of his eyes would get smaller and the other would get bigger. " ... he sucked one eye so deep into his head that a wild crane couldn't probe it onto his cheek out of the depths of his skull; the other eye fell out along his cheek." Now ''thats'' a Mad Eye.

[[folder: New Media ]]
* This guy: [[{{Emoticon}} o_O]]

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Bill the Cat from ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty''.
* Cartoonist Steve Bell depicted Tony Blair with an increasingly [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/cartoons/stevebell/0,,922269,00.html mad eye]].
* Sometimes used in ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', often when characters have had [[http://blog.flickerbox.com/wp-content/uploads/garfield.gif really strong]] [[http://img4.photobucket.com/albums/1103/susanweise/garfield_coffee.gif coffee]].

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/BrianPillman, [[SanitySlippage after he became a loose cannon]]. Though it was more like madman with a lazy eye, rather than anything exaggerated.
* Cibernético has a split right pupil. And though he has had his bouts with madness, this is more a sign of, well, being a {{cyborg}}.
* Wrestling/{{Kane}} had one on Monday Night Raw after unmasking. One eye was an icier blue with a smaller pupil.
* Kzy of Wrestling/DragonGate seems to have the same affliction Kane does. More noticeable in fact because Kzy's other eye is brown.
* As seen in the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance, Wrestling Is, Wrestling/{{Chikara}} and such, Sinn Bodhi's right pupil tends to become an X.
* Cedric Pain in Reality OF Wrestling has a tiny left pupil.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* One ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' mission has a GeneralRipper who "glares at his subject with one bulging and one squinting eye: paranoid fear and clinical suspicion".

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* The Ghost Galaxy in ''Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy'' has one skeletal-eye-socket and one giant blue nebula-eye.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* King K. Rool from the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' game series.
* ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'': Jim himself.
* In the re-render of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'', Vexen gains one of these.
** Master Xehanort seems to have a rather nasty case of one in the [[http://khinsider.tumblr.com/image/92033374618 2.5 remix cover art.]]
* Laverne from ''VideoGame/DayOfTheTentacle'' has one eye bigger than the other permanently. [[AmbidextrousSprite Which one depends on what side of her head you're looking at.]]
* Similarly, Doug Rattmann from the ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' games has one pupil permanently larger than the other. He's also a paranoid schizophrenic.
* Whenever Glottis from ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' gets excited about cars, or customizing something else with a motor or wheels, or gambling, he goes crazy-eyed, rapidly switching from one side to the other.
* In the Creepy and Cute pack for ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'', one of the added emotes [[CaptainObvious (for the creepy side of things)]] is a version of this. HilarityEnsues when ''[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments your creature is covered entirely in]] [[EyesDoNotBelongThere eyes.]]''
* In ''[[VideoGame/KunioKun Nintendo World Cup]]'', characters would get this when stunned by a tackle.
* ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies'':
** Crazy Dave. He's craaaaaazy.
** All the zombies in the game also have larger left eyes.
** The Strawburst plant in the second game has a staring right eye.
* For some reason, Liara in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series is often shown with one eye squinting slightly more than the other, prompting many a joke along this line.
* Chris Redfield on the cover of the original Resident Evil portrays this trope. Curse those zombie dogs.
* The [[ActionBomb Agents of Doom]] from ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' sport mismatched eyes, to go with their [[SlasherSmile slasher smile]] and [[LaughingMad tendency to giggle]].
* Incorporated into the designs of several of the animatronics from ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys''. In the first game, Foxy has one normal eye under his eyepatch and one drooping eye; in the second, the Mangle has one eyeball and one tiny glowing light on each head.
* When you face off against [[spoiler:Sans]] in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}, his left eye changes from its normal "all black with a tiny iris of blue light" appearance to the blue expanding to give him the appearance of a glowing blue iris set against black sclera and a pinprick pupil, whilst his right eye remains normal. [[spoiler:Given the fight only takes place if you're undergoing the Genocide route, it emphasizes just how hard you pushed him over the edge.]]

* Black Mage, from ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'' does this a lot, and was stuck for a while after a particular bit of frustration. As he put it after listening to one of Red Mage's "plans", "That's so stupid I can't even see straight."
* The titular amorph from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' has one eye that is literally larger than the other, and the cartoonist is consistent about which is which, and what side each is on. Since Schlock can move his eyes around it doesn't really matter though.
* Several characters in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' do this sometimes... and there's one, a [[FrankensteinsMonster construct]], who really ''does'' have one eye bigger than the other.
* Bob from ''Webcomic/BobTheAngryFlower''. When Bob's scorching feral mania comes to the fore, he gets the Mad Eye.
* Vatsy, the insane journalist from ''Literature/VatsyAndBruno'', is always drawn with one eye in shadow to accentuate his wrong-ness.
* [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic_plus/series.php?view=archive&chapter=37339#strip6 Helen Narbon]] of ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' gets this occasionally.
* Kano of ''Webcomic/{{Kagerou}}'' is frequently seen with pupils of very different sizes, though his actual ''eyes'' are the same size. The effect is halfway between Mad Eye and heterochromia.
* Nova from ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'', especially when in MadScientist [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0136.html mode]].
* Used in ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' to show [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/08/23/obedience/ intense pain]], or to illustrate the [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2012/08/05/whos-the-crazy-one-here/ sudden, terrifying feeling]] of being the OnlySaneMan amongst a crazy crew that insists you get a costume change.
* In [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2003-03-30 this]] ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' sketchbook strip, [[AuthorAvatar Dan]] gets this while explaining his "master plan".
* ''WebComic/{{Drowtales}}'': One cameo character, [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/20120627Cacbolg-news.jpg Cac'bolg]], has eyes like these. This emphasizes the fact that he's a member of Vel'Vloz'ress, [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores the most messed up and chaotic faction]] in all of Chel'el'Sussoloth. Also, he seems to have some kind of obsession with poisons.

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* Bubs, from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', definitely looks like this, but is no more crazy than the rest of the cast.
* The eponymous character from ''WebAnimation/SpoilsburyToastBoy'' [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/toastboy.png has this permanently]], as does his sister.
* ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' will sometimes show these, usually of the OhCrap variety, having a character with one eye as a ring and the other as a circle.
* Nutty from ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' has this for ''both'' his eyes, each in a different variety: one with a constantly contracted pupil and one lazy green eye, the latter as a result of his [[SweetTooth sugar addiction]]. Interestingly, when he is cured in one episode, the differing colour remains while the lazy eye disappears, suggesting that part to be natural heterochromia rather than madness-related.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Bumi from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is a CrazyAwesome BadassGrandpa with exceptionally refined [[DishingOutDirt earthbending powers]], surprising wisdom, and an asymmetrical stare.
* Many characters from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', including the titular invader on occasion.
* Mr. Demartino from ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}''.
* Blitzwing from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has asymmetric eyes in ''one'' of his three faces. He's definitely crazy, having [[SplitPersonality three personalities]] and all, but the odd-sized are on the most calm and calculating face. Really, it's mostly there to make it look like a [[HighClassGlass monocle]], as an {{homage}} to [[Series/HogansHeroes Colonel Klink]].
* Shado the Brain Thief from ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw''. His mad eye alternates from right to left.
* Uncle Ruckus in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' (pictured at the top).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' -- the title character, who is never entirely straight.
* Vince from ''WesternAnimation/RexTheRunt'', one of the more random oddballs in claymation: given to random fits of Pavarotti and tangential one-word sentences.
* The starring spider in the (still unfinished) Art Institute of Portland student production ''Tangled Web'', sometimes. Then again, he's decided to become a vegetarian and is desperate to avoid the delicious, delicious fly that's just landed in his web, so can you really blame him?
* The Vigar puppet on ''WesternAnimation/BRATSOfTheLostNebula'' was the first one with different sized eyes to be approved by Brian Henson.
* VERY evident on ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy.'' "Boy Double D. Eddy never stares at ME like that."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', Duke Phillips once answered a reporter's question by telling him to "stare deep into the hypnotic powers of my [=EEEeeevil=] eeeye!" [[HypnoticEyes It apparently works.]]
* Discord of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has red eyes with two irises of different sizes to illustrate his...discord!
** More commonly used on the show as a brief, unspoken OhCrap moment on the part of the rest of the cast.
** Also happens to Mane Cast members when they suffer SanitySlippage, often combined with TwitchyEye.
* Two-Face gets this treatment as an effect of stylization in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', as does Jonah Hex in the episode "Showdown." Characters that aren't completely human, such as Man-Bat and Clayface, sometimes do this.
* Dr. Mystico on ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'', as if his introductory speech weren't enough of a giveaway.
* Icarus from ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'', with a permanent red eye (possibly bloodshot, [[IcarusAllusion given he flew too close to the sun]]).
* Débora from the ''Clanners'' shorts has a big left eye with a red iris as opposed to the right eye being smaller and black outlined white. In eating form, both eyes are colored like the right eye but the left eye is still bigger.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Anisocoria, or asymmetric pupil dilation, can be a sign of serious neurological problems. This is also one of the first things [=EMTs=] and Paramedics check for when they suspect a concussion. Most carry penlights specifically to test this by shining it on the pupil and seeing if it reacts.
* It can also merely be a byproduct of [[EyeScream severe past injury to the eye]], such as with Music/DavidBowie, who owes his distinctively mismatched eyes to being nearly blinded in a childhood fight.