You may notice that some cartoon characters don't have to have whites to their eyes. Well, they're certainly not white.
Skintone Sclerae are just that
: As opposed to the irises being surrounded by white space, a character's skin will apparently go on into the eyeball.
See also Black Bead Eyes
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- For some reason, Asian characters in western animation tend to be drawn like this despite other (non-Asian) characters having normal eyes.
- Any character who wears Eye Glasses will have this kind of eye if his glasses are removed.
- This is zigzagged with Milhouse Van Houten on The Simpsons. There are some episodes in which Milhouse has dots for eyes when his glasses are removed (making him look like Akbar and/or Jeff from Matt Groening's comic strip series, "Life in Hell") and other episodes (such as season 7's "Radioactive Man" and season 9's Lord of the Flies parody "Das Bus") where Milhouse has rounded cartoon eyes with whites around the sclerae.
Anime & Manga
- Many background or ugly/gonk characters in anime will have this.
- Krillin and Yajirobe of Dragon Ball (them having this is, along with their Japanese voice actors, in common leads to Goku comparing them when he meets Yajirobe), as well as many of the Funny Animals like Puar. Averted in the video games.
- Cilan in Pokémon. Made even weirder by Cilan being the only main character afflicted with the condition.
- Lenora's husband, Stephan, and a few other background characters in the Black and White season also have this.
- The title character of Yotsuba&!, her father, and possibly the other characters are examples of this.
- Several Azumanga Daioh characters got changed to this design in the manga remake.
- Nanami Kiryu of Revolutionary Girl Utena, although she occasionally has white sclerae during the first arc.
- Shichika in Katanagatari.
- Some characters in the original Mobile Suit Gundam have these, notably Bright Noa and Mirai Yashima. (Other characters are drawn with eye whites.) Mirai can start to look odd when she's placed next to characters drawn in other styles.
- More than one female character in Cyborg 009 like Arisu, Princess Ixquic, and the Pu-Awak sisters.
- Subverted with Cain and Von Bogoot, since they seem to have this but they're actually shades.
- Tsubasa Yuuki from Mawaru-Penguindrum.
- The characters from Peanuts, human and animal alike. Particularly noticeable when they made a "troubled" face.
- In Gaspard de la Nuit, an obscure French comic book series, all characters are drawn like this.
Films — Animation
- In The Rescuers, the mouse characters have sclerae the same color as their fur, to give the illusion of having the black eyes of real mice without sacrificing the expressiveness of traditional Cartoony Eyes. Averted in the sequel.
- The automobile version of Hamm the piggy bank seen at the end of Cars, his windshield is colored pink like his paint instead of white like everyone elses.
- Everyone in the Mr. Men series, except Mr. Sneeze. When glasses-wearing characters are seen without their glasses, they count as well; when they are wearing their glasses, they have Eye Glasses.
Live Action TV
- Cilan of Pokémon Black and White is the only human in the Pokémon franchise to have them, although his very pale skin in official art means it's not immediately apparent. Not even his brothers have it.
- This is appropriate, as he replaced Brock in the anime.
- Togepi is born with sclerae that matches its skin. Its evolved forms just have beady black eyes.
- Pokémon X and Y has a few Trainer Classes with this type of eye.
- You can make a Mii with this quality.
- This is also one of the eye types you can have in Animal Crossing.
- This was common on Hanna-Barbera shows of the 1960s and '70s. Most of the human characters in the various Scooby-Doo shows, for instance. No doubt this was motivated by the low budgets of the shows, as not having to paint the eyes saved a bundle on paint.
- Despite having a higher budget, coming after several series that did feature white sclerae, and it not really saving any money with digital coloration in use, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated returns to the skintone look to make the cast look more like their 1969 selves.
- Recent Scooby-Doo direct-to-DVD movies like Legend of the Phantosaur and Music of the Vampire followed the aforementioned show by giving the characters their original designs and giving them Skintone Sclerae.
- Hanna-Barbera continued this practice into the early 1980s. In the animated series of The Little Rascals, only Buckwheat and Darla had white sclerae.
- The characters in the Disney Winnie the Pooh films have button eyes, occasionally drawn with eyelids but no sclerae for the sake of an expression. This is justified in the case of the stuffed characters, but the same style was used on Christopher Robin as well, perhaps to match the simple pen-and-ink illustrations of the original books.note
- This trope sees plenty of use in The DCAU, most famously for Superman (except in closeups and in Static Shock) and Billy Batson/Captain Marvel (this also applies to non-DCAU production Batman: The Brave and the Bold). It's also used just shy of consistently for Asian characters.
- Mickey Mouse in his earlier appearances in the Classic Disney Shorts. Later depictions of him portray him as having normal-looking eyes.
- Almost every character in Daria. The most notable exceptions were Brittany, Stacy, Jodie, Mr. O'Neill, and Mr. DeMartino.
- Ms. Barch (the man-hating divorced science teacher) had Skintone Sclerae from seasons one to three. When the show's animation changed in seasons four and five, she was redesigned to have whites around her eyes.
- The characters in Xiaolin Showdown.
- Eileen from Regular Show.
- Justified as she's a mole.
- Miss Finster from Recess.
- Human characters in Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
- Star Trek: The Animated Series. Most noticeable with Uhura, of course.
- Monique from Kim Possible had these in the first season.◊ In other seasons she has the same eyes as everyone else.