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During [[UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation the 1920s]] and going into the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1930s]], animated characters were sometimes drawn with eyes or pupils that were black and circular, but shaped like a pie that's had one slice removed from it, with the missing slice being an oversimplified representation of a radial light reflection. It is remembered today as one of the most iconic features of the InkblotCartoonStyle. Pie-eyes were widespread until around the time color became the standard for most cartoons in the early 1940s, by which time the InkblotCartoonStyle had fallen out of favor, and WesternAnimation as a whole had undergone significant ArtEvolution. The style sometimes appeared in comics as well, particularly the Disney ones, and others based on characters that first appeared in animation.

When it shows up in modern media, it's usually as [[{{Retraux}} an homage or throwback]]. Parodies of the InkblotCartoonStyle will almost always employ this along with RubberHoseLimbs and the like.

Another variation is Crescent Moon Pupils, where the characters are drawn with [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin pupils shaped like crescent moons]].

See also BlackBeadEyes, which were also employed in black and white cartoons, and SuddenEyeColour, which happens when a character who was once pie-eyed gets more "standard" looking eyes in redesigns. Not to be confused with a slang term for being drunk, or with the results of a PieInTheFace.

!!Classic Examples:
* WesternAnimation/BettyBoop, and most of her supporting characters.
* ''{{ComicStrip/Popeye}}'' characters in the cartoon sometimes had them, usually only during close-ups.
* WesternAnimation/DinkyDoodle
* WesternAnimation/PorkyPig, in the 1930s.
* WesternAnimation/BoskoTheTalkInkKid, DependingOnTheArtist.
* WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse occasionally sported these eyes (as seen in the above image) in his early days, when he didn't just have BlackBeadEyes. It sometimes went between the two within the same exact short. He had them more consistently in the comics.
* The characters in the ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]]'' short ''WesternAnimation/ILoveToSinga'', a rare color example.
* WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat in some shorts.
* Foxy from ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]]''.
* The Coachman's NightmareFace from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' has a variant-- he has black pupils and green irises, but the white highlight is the pie style.
* Not a cartoon, but many characters from Creator/CarlBarks' ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse stories are pie-eyed.
* Buddy from ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]]''. When brought back in ''{{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}}'' in the 1990's as an overly dull parody of his former self [[{{Retraux}} he maintained them]].
* WesternAnimation/FlipTheFrog
* Mascot example: The Cleveland Indians' [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/52/Cleveland_Indians_logo.svg/791px-Cleveland_Indians_logo.svg.png Chief Wahoo]], whose design has undergone slight revisions since its 1951 introduction, has always been pie-eyed.
* Creator/DrSeuss uses the crescent pupil variation on his illustrations.

!!Modern Examples and Homages
* It was used in the ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' short "Hobo Hounds", which was made to look like an old silent cartoon.
* Appropriately enough, when Namco's VideoGame/PacMan is pictured in his mascot form (as having arms and legs) he usually has these eyes. It shows up on the arcade cabinet art, and in later games such as ''VideoGame/PacMan2TheNewAdventures'' and ''VideoGame/PacManWorld''. ''VideoGame/PacManAndTheGhostlyAdventures'' also features this for most characters, while '80s American Pac-Man art such as the Hanna-Barbera cartoon avoided it.
* Most characters in ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'', which uses a {{Retraux}} style, has most of the characters with a small "slice" taken out of their eye, though [[RobotGirl Jenny]] has eyes like Philips-head screws.
* In ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'', Don Patch sometimes has these eyes.
* Toot Braunstein from ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', who is a parody of WesternAnimation/BettyBoop.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': In "Truth or Square", Patchy shows a [=SpongeBob=] short in a 1920s style, where everything has this eye style.
** Also, [=SpongeBob=] is comically pie-eyed when he learns that he will be the cashier in "Squid's Day Off".
* The animated segment in ''Film/JohnnyDangerously'' uses them, as it's done in a 1930s art style.
* Cat clocks with moving eyes often are pie-eyed.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Silent Treatment", the girls gain these when they get trapped inside a silent cartoon.
* Mostly everyone in the ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' cartoon has this feature, a rare modern usage not meant as a throwback.
* ''VideoGame/MOTHER1'' clay models had these kind of eyes on Ninten and Ana. Loid and Teddy's aren't apparent because they wear OpaqueNerdGlasses and CoolShades respectively. This is another rare modern usage that is not a throwback. However, the characters in the [[VideoGame/EarthBound two]] [[VideoGame/MOTHER3 sequels]] feature BlackBeadEyes instead.
* Mr. Hankey and his family from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. Also, in the episode "Red Sleigh Down", proximity to Christmas presents caused children to briefly morph into old-fashioned pie-eyed cartoons.
* The song "The Ghost of Stephen Foster" by the SquirrelNutZippers had an AnimatedMusicVideo that paid homage to the Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer cartoons of the 1930's. Every character in the video is pie-eyed.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Reincarnation," which parodies several animation styles, [[http://media.avclub.com/images/articles/article/61/61404/reincarnation_jpg_627x325_crop_upscale_q85.jpg gave these to the cast]] in the 1930s-style segment.
* The characters in ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends''.
* ''Webcomic/GastroPhobia'' has a [[http://gastrophobia.com/index.php?date=2009-10-22 Western storyline]] drawn in this style.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre'' by almost every character.
* The Brownie from the animated segment in the ''Film/ReeferMadness'' musical.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Coach Z's Old-Timey counterpart.
* Most characters in ''WebComics/{{Tony Comics}}'' have these eyes.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' uses this for the {{Retraux}} segment, where Sora and company travel to the time of Steamboat Willie to help out Mickey Mouse.
* The rebooted ''WesternAnimation/{{Mickey Mouse|2013}}'' cartoons (2013-present) such as "[[Recap/MickeyMouseS1E1NoService No Service]]" have these eyes on everyone, with more consistency than the original black and white shorts.
* Doggy D. Dachshund in ''Webcomic/TheCartoonChroniclesOfConroyCat'', whose shtick is being a JadedWashout from the appropriate era, has these.
* Tony the Alp from ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' [[http://www.charbythevampirate.com/comic/334/comic_archive has them]] when deprived of his hat (which kind of depowers him).
* The characters' models in some seasons of ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine & Friends'' have these.
* In the first season of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', nearly all the characters are drawn with these.
* Most of the male Toon characters in the webcomic ''Webcomic/LoveMeNice'' are pie-eyed, possibly as an homage to the old Inkblot style. One character, Roger, essentially is an Inkblot cartoon character.
* Being based on old-timey silent-era cartoons, the characters of ''Webcomic/SilentSillies'' have this as part of their designs.
* Mr. Sparkle, the Japanese detergent mascot that happened to look like Homer in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "In Marge We Trust", had them.
* A Playmobil set with two vampire figures features these on the female vampire.
* The Japanese version of ''Videogames/CrashBandicoot'' had characters with these eyes.
* In ''Film/TheLorax'', the cartoony version of the Once-ler depicted on advertising banners has pupils like this.
* In the VideoGame/LegoAdaptationGame series, minifigs evolved from having BlackBeadEyes in the earliest games to being PieEyed in the later ones (as well as designing such a variety of minifigs that some averted this trope and had unique eyes.)
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' ShowWithinAShow ''Meet the Fatheads,'' a [[ScoutOut Girl Scout]] approaches Mr. Fathead to sell him some cookies. She is drawn in this fashion, and when he eats her and she's "rescued" by his wife, her pupils are dilated.
* The characters from ''WesternAnimation/MaxAndRuby'' have pie-shaped pupils.
* The characters in the 2017 video game ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'' have these kind of eyes (fitting, since the entire game is a giant homage to animation circa the 1930s).
* The [[{{Toon}} Toons]] from ''VideoGame/BendyAndTheInkMachine'' have these.
* In ''Toys/TheGrosseryGang'' webseries, characters from "back in the day" are portrayed with this style of pupil instead of the standard round ones for an old-fashioned feel.
* The silent cartoon webcomic ''Webcomic/SilentSillies'' is set in the 1930's and naturally pie eyes are apart of the character's design.
* Piri Piri from ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'' has these.
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'' characters have thin slices in their eyes as a nod to Creator/CarlBarks' style.
* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' has Mirio Togawa, whose appearance is supposed to be a reference to the Vault Boy of ''Videogame/{{Fallout}}''.