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.
Note that these eyes are connected
to each other. If you want to add examples that include separate eyes, then do so on the inversions list.
Compare Conjoined Eyes
, which uses just one eyeball with two pupils.
Not to be confused with Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises
Comic Books, Newspaper Comics and Webcomics
- Garfield is an example, since he (and most other characters in the strip) has huge eyes.
- Jim Davis always uses this trope on his strips like U.S. Acres.
- Surprisingly, despite practically being a trademark of Jim Davis, the sphere eyes were gained through Art Evolution, as the characters originally had normal circle eyes.
- Most characters in Heathcliff have these too.
- Mother Goose, Grimm and Attila in Mother Goose and Grimm.
- Opus from Bloom County.
- And don't forget Bill the Cat.
- Most of the characters in Buckles, such as the title character.
- Sherman's Lagoon is also an example of this.
- The characters in Pearls Before Swine usually have these too.
- This is also used in FoxTrot. It was even parodied in one strip where Paige cuts ping-pong balls in half and puts them over her eyes to give the impression that she's not falling asleep in class.
- Exactly the same happens in Calvin & Hobbes, but since the characters are not normally drawn with Sphere Eyes it looks a bit creepy.
- Adam@Home is another example.
- Citizen Dog also uses these eyes.
- A lot of the characters from Dogs Of C Kennel.
- Plus, it was used for characters in Matt Groening's comic strip Life in Hell.
- The Groening-inspired character designs of Isaac Baranoff's Horndog and Here, Wolf.
- Sergeant Schlock from Schlock Mercenary. Justified as he's a Blob Monster, and the eyes are both discontiguous with the rest of his body, and interchangable.
- Also Uniocs, such as Lt. Ebbirnoth, whose entire head is one giant sphere eye. With two eyebrows.
- Bob from The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!
- Some species in The Mansion of E.
- The Jak & Daxter games usually have this, but everyone's eyes were significantly smaller in Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier.
- 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 3 are rather conspicuous for this, in contrast to most other units whom are modeled with regular 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.
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
- Roger Rabbit.
- The main cast of VeggieTales.
- 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.