Sometimes, cartoon characters are given large (or small), round/bulging eyes shaped like a geometric sphere or oval, often with tiny little dots for pupils.
Alternatively, if a character with separate eyes has an excited or scared expression, his/her eyes will change into this style.
This trope comes in two forms: one where the the eyes touch on the border between or slightly overlaps and one where the eyes are separate from each other.
Compare Conjoined Eyes
, which uses just one eyeball with two pupils.
Not to be confused with Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises
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- The Jak & Daxter games usually have this, but everyone's eyes were significantly smaller in Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier.
- The Mobian characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog series certainly count
- Rayman and other characters in his series have sphere eyes.
- Present in pretty much any Rareware-made game you could care to name.
- And by extension, Donkey Kong and his pals in Nintendo's post-Rare games.
- FurFighters on the Dreamcast appeared to be heavily inspired by Rareware's games in both it's gameplay and it's visuals, so many of the characters there, such as Rico and Bungalow, apply.
- Human Peasants (as well as Sheep) in Warcraft III are rather conspicuous for this, in contrast to most other units whom are modeled with regular eyes.
- Koume and Kotake from The Legend of Zelda games have creepy bulging eyes.
- Matt Groening uses this trope often by doing this to the majority of characters in The Simpsons and Futurama.
- Spongebob Squarepants also has huge sphere eyes.
- Most characters in South Park.
- In the Disney Animated Canon, some of the comic relief/cartoony characters, most notably Sebastian in The Little Mermaid and Mushu in Mulan, have sphere eyes.
- Even animal characters in some non-Disney hand-drawn animated films, such as Batty Koda from FernGully, have these too.
- Lampy from The Brave Little Toaster, though it is inverted with Toaster and Kirby.
- Roger Rabbit.
- The main cast of Veggie Tales.
- Eek! The Cat also has huge eyes, similar to Garfield.
- Human characters in Adventure Time, if an emotion calls for them.
- Rocko's Modern Life (however, it is inverted with the title character)
- Buddy from Animaniacs.
- Norbert from The Angry Beavers.
- Regular Show
- Mr. Bogus
- Most of the character designs on Phineas and Ferb have this. Of note is the fact that they tried to transition the look over into their live stage show, with... unfortunate results.
- Pokey the horse from Gumby.
- Many of Seth McFarlane's works like Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show.
- The Fairly OddParents: The eyes on these characters are actually somewhat of an inversion. Their eyes are large ovals but they are not connected together.
- Many of Aardman Animations' characters.
- Almost everyone in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends'' has spherical eyes. Most of them, including all the humans, have the eyes separate from each other, but a few (including Bloo, Coco, and Cheese) have connected eyes.
- The Watterson family in The Amazing World of Gumball have unconnected eyes. In the first two seasons they switched between ovular and spherical depending on the expression. From the third season on, they're always spherical.