[[caption-width-right:300: We've been watching you.]]

Eyes do a lot of things. [[WhatBeautifulEyes Act as windows to the soul]], [[GlowingEyesOfDoom let you know when it's time to run]], [[{{Eyedscreen}} give appropriate drama]], [[EyeBeams summon and expulse blasts of energy]], and [[GoForTheEye provide appropriately squishy targets]], but what do they do the most?


And when eyes start opening up out of the walls or out of thin air to start staring at you, there's nothing that can't be seen. Whether it's a singular eye or legions upon legions of eyes, there's no body or flesh that they're attached to, and yet they still are there. Somehow existing.

Looking at you.

''Staring at you.''

When this happens, it's usually a sign of two things. Either one: The character is experiencing [[DrivenToMadness a mental breakdown]] (usually due to [[KeepingSecretsSucks hiding something]]) and is terrified of it being found out, or two: Someone is accessing a different realm of existence because this sure as hell ain't possible in ours. Regardless of whichever reason, floating or hanging disembodied eyes are a surefire way to indicate that something is not all natural.

Compare EyesDoNotBelongThere (for when the eyes are on a human body), GiantEyeOfDoom (for when it's just a single eye and may in fact belong to something), PortraitPaintingPeephole (for when they're in a painting and definitely belong to something), WallpaperCamouflage (when the eyes belong to a person disguised as wallpaper) and WallMaster (for when the eye is more than capable of popping out and maiming you). May be a feature of a LivingStructureMonster.

In Japanese, there is a similar expression, "kabe ni mimi ari, shouji ni me ari" (literally "the walls have ears and the doors have eyes").


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* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'''s Manga and related anime series, this is a common element of the vampire Alucard when he enters his more powerful stages of NightmareFuel and appears more as an EldritchAbomination.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' supplies [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cit_to_aru_majutsu_no_index_-_the_walls_have_eyes_-_o_o.jpg the picture]] for EyeTropes.
* "The Truth" in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is mainly darkness made up of lots of peering eyes - punctuated by incredibly creepy grins. The same goes for the homunculus Pride, and Father's true form.
* Somewhere in ''Anime/TheCatReturns''.
* One of the stories in ''Manga/FuanNoTane'' is about a bunch of disembodied eyes on a freeway, disguised as Botts' Dots. They look creepy, but they're easily squashed by speeding cars.
* A (mainly) harmless example can be found in ''Manga/OnePiece''. Nico Robin's Devil Fruit powers enable her to grow parts of her body on any surface, including, yes, ''eyes''.
* In ''Death Trance'', eyeballs appear growing out of every available surface (even [[EyesDoNotBelongThere the sides of birds]]) when the heroes approach the Hatena's lair, to indicate the demonic presence.
* In ''Anime/HellGirl'', Ichimokuren can spy on people by projecting an eye onto any surface. He usually uses walls and ceilings.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', when As Nodt goes into his [[OneWingedAngel Vollstandig, Tatar Foras]], he can create walls covered with eyes to surround his opponent. This ensues his opponent cannot escape his DeadlyGaze of [[EmotionBomb Fear]]. Byakuya quickly destroys them all with his Shikai.
* In ''Manga/YuGiOh'', Bakura uses the card [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Sanctuary Dark Sanctuary]] to change their surroundings into a bloody, horrific world where the sky itself is covered with giant eyes and mouths. Or, as WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries puts it,
-->'''Yami Bakura:''' Look, we're in Hell, okay?! Did the giant bloody eyeballs not tip you off!?

* Somewhere in ''ComicBook/TheSandman''.

* The Hitchcock film ''Film/{{Spellbound}}'' features a dream sequence, designed by none other than Creator/SalvadorDali, that includes this [[http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/theclog/files/2009/10/daliSpellbound.jpg wall of eyes.]]
* ''Film/ThePresidentsAnalyst'' - in deleted footage, Dr. Schaefer, in the throes of paranoia, rambles out his anxieties that he's a target for spies to his girlfriend in a hotel lounge. He then puts it to the test, loudly faking getting shot, and sees everyone in the lounge is on their feet with guns trained on each other - then sees that [[spoiler: his girlfriend is too.]] He starts hallucinating disembodied pairs of eyeballs looming out at him until he [[AllJustADream falls out of bed.]]

[[AC: Folklore]]
* From a list of ''{{obake}}'' (Japanese demons), there's the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mokumokuren mokumokuren]], a wall of eyes that appears on a paper screen door.

* In ''Literature/TheCandyShopWar'', the main characters are constantly stalked by a strange, floating, disembodied eye-like thing. When they realize who it belongs to, they shoot at it to destroy it... [[spoiler: ...when they quickly realize they ''[[EyeScream shot out the bad guy's actual eye.]]'']]
* ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'':
-->"But the Shadow is growing and your journey is long. It is best to begin at once, in the night. The Enemy has eyes everywhere." As he spoke, a large, hair-covered eyeball rolled ominously from its perch in a tree and fell to the ground with a heavy squelch.

* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E6TheAlmostPeople The Almost People]]", there's a substance called the Flesh which is "fully programmable matter" - ''living'' matter. Jennifer, who was Flesh, once uses some in the raw form to paint eyes on a wall. When others pass by the wall, it's studded with huge lidless eyes which turn to track each person who goes by. One of them thinks the eyes are there to accuse.

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTl3IFgRr20 The video for "Torture" by The Jacksons]]. One scene features one of the brothers making his way along a wall covered with giant eyes. He accidentally sticks his hand in one of them, draws it out, and discovers that [[BodyHorror there is now an eye in his palm,]] looking up at him.
* Music/{{Tool}}'s video for "Vicarious". Look around the 7 minute mark.

* The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' sourcebook "Book of Vile Darkness" provides with a {{squick}}tastic example in the Spell [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Wall of Eyes"]] - if you try to force your way through it, it will dissolve and absorb you, your eyes added to the wall.

* ''Theatre/{{Pippin}}'' has a scene where a backdrop full of eyes is watching Fastrada and Pippin conspiring to kill Charles. When Fastrada tells Pippin where and when Charles will be alone and unguarded, the eyes roll.


* Ride/TheHauntedMansion at the Ride/DisneyThemeParks has wallpaper with eyes in the design. The Disney world version introduces it with a dark space full of [[ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes glowing eyes]] that becomes the wallpaper as you move to a place with better lighting. Even creepier, some of the eyes in the dark section are closer than other nearby ones, and a few are even moving in 3D space.

* In most Mario games from [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 3]] onwards, the hills have eyes!
* ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa 3'': The final boss, The Destroyer, in his temporary ultimate form during that battle. The background begins to consist of semi transparent bloodshot eyes fading in and out of existence.
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' has some eyes acting as switches.
* The aptly-named Mansion of Terror from the NES version of ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon II'' features a large, sinister and disturbingly well-drawn pair of eyes that open up in the wall and stare directly at the player. [[https://gamesthatiplay.files.wordpress.com/2001/10/14.jpg THERE IS EVIL IN THE AIR.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series, Yukari Yakumo's extradimensional portals consist of innumerable eyes gazing from the other side.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/TheMatrixOnline'' open beta, the sky turned red and was absolutely filled with these.
* The end of the ([[TheProblemWithLicensedGames surprisingly good]]) FPS ''KISS: Psycho Circus'' has the final boss in a room covered in these. They shoot shuriken at you.
* Lar in ''VideoGame/AeroFighters'' is a giant floating disembodied eye.
* One of the bosses in ''VideoGame/{{Turok}} 2'' is a giant eye protected by smaller eyes stuck on the wall.
* ''VideoGame/CommanderKeen 6'' has a few eyes on the background of some stages, and the final stage involves a part where you have to use giant eyes hanging from the roof by their optic nerves as platforms.
* In ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' and ''Metroid Prime 2'', there are hallways where the walls are covered in eyeball enemies that shoot lasers as they look around. ''Prime 2'' also had numerous decorations on the wall that resembled eyes, and when scanned, said that they were ParanoiaFuel biological cameras transmitting images to U-Mos on Aether.
* There are eye-switches all over the walls in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. You have to shoot them with arrows or a slingshot. Ow.
** ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' brings this to [[http://www.brawlinthefamily.com/?p=227 its logical conclusion.]]
** The FinalBoss in a linked game of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'' is preceded by a hallway containing a bunch of eye statues, which begin to point in every direction but one. They're called Eyes of Deceit. Guess which way you need to go?
* The final boss area in ''VideoGame/PuLiRuLa'' is a dark room, which sometimes lightens up to show lots of twitchy eyes on the walls.
* Barkhang Monastery in ''VideoGame/TombRaiderII'' has areas with eye details on the walls. They just look like paintings at first sight, but closer inspection reveals that [[ParanoiaFuel some of them move]].
* In TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon in ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII: Shadows of Amn'', also referred to as just [[spoiler: hell]], there is a giant gate surrounded by unnatural-looking eyes on the wall, which all need to be closed with tokens earned by completing tests elsewhere in the area. Once they close, the gate opens to reveal the FinalBoss.
* ''VideoGame/{{Abadox}}'', which is set inside a [[PlanetEater planet-eating]] EldritchAbomination, has wall-eyes all over the place.
* Some of the evil spirits in ''VideoGame/{{Tsukumogami}}'' fall under this, most notably the Hundred-Eye Screen Door.
* ''{{Wadanohara}}'' features the [[spoiler:Sea of Death]], which has large, realistic eyes on its walls and in its floors.

* Early on in ''Webcomic/TheMansionOfE'', Sylvester has to deal with [[http://mansionofe.comicgenesis.com/d/20030719.html a collection]] like this.

* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'', the Netherworld features countless giant eyeballs sitting everywhere. [[spoiler:The Blind King turns out to have been able to take over the Netherworld because he has the ability to see through those eyes, and thus see everything that goes on in the Netherworld.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' "Nightmares and Daydreams", one of Aang's hallucinations involves a wall of eyes.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Hurricane Fluttershy", [[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]] must take part in a physical challenge, but flashes back to when everyone tormented her for her weakness during flight training as a filly. As part of her mental breakdown, she sees herself surrounded by a wall of giant eyes.