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A basic building block of cartoon character design, one of the most common ways of drawing characters' pupils in Comic Strips and Western Animation is to make them little black dots, completely black and iris-free, with no discernible eye color or often no gloss. Left on their own, they're Black Bead Eyes; put them in a couple of white circles and you get Sphere Eyes; add some eyelids and brows without the whites and you have Skintone Sclerae. Take a slice out of the side of any of the above and the character becomes Pie-Eyed.

It has its roots in a simple shortcut for ease of animation and cranking out multiple panels of a comic day after day, yet having become so entrenched in cartoon art, it shows up even now in long-form works and on occasion it even crosses dimensions into CGI.

Contrast this with the more realistic eyes of most Superhero Comic Books, or the huge, shining eyes of Anime and Manga. Extreme close-ups could result in a temporary Sudden Eye Color; Art Evolution and a move into 3D could make it permanent.

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Not to be confused with Black Eyes of Evil or Black Eyes of Crazy.

As this is an Omnipresent Trope in certain styles of art/animation, this page only lists cases where the trope is somehow played with.


No Straight Examples, Please.

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  • A CGI example would be Blaze and the Monster Machines, where all the vehicle characters' eyes are black, with the only exception being the eponymous monster truck whose are blue.
  • Bunsen Is a Beast is a rare Technicolor Eyes example; while some characters' eyes are colored, characters like Mikey and Amanda have standard black eyes.
  • In Dora the Explorer, all animal characters and anyone who has Sphere Eyes are given black eyes with no pupils. Most human characters have colored eyes with no irises, but they're usually a color close to black, like brown.
  • In a CGI example, Every character on Fanboy and Chum Chum: has standard black eyes. Janitor Poopatine averts this, having Supernatural Gold Eyes, and Man-Arctica has Blank White Eyes.
  • Most of the characters in Gravity Falls have these, with exceptions being the some of the creatures, such as members of Sev'ral Timez and the cursed wax figures.
  • Most characters of Looney Tunes have black ovals for eyes. The sole exceptions would be Granny and Tweety, whose are blue.
  • Snips, Snails and Featherweight on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic have black eyes, while all the other pony characters' eyes are colored.
  • Lampshaded on one episode of The Simpsons, where Marge is angry at Homer for not remembering what color her eyes are, despite the fact that, like all characters in the show, her eyes are just black pinpoint dots. When the camera finally zooms in on her eyes, her irises are just a thin hazel ring around the pupil, invisible from a distance. Simpsons characters in general seem to have eye colors in-universe; Homer's driver's license in "Duffless" lists his eye color as blue, and Lisa is also established as having blue eyes in "Bart Carny." Very occasionally, a guest character is drawn with colored eyes: Lurleen in "Colonel Homer" has brown eyes, while Paul and Linda McCartney have brown and blue eyes, respectively, in "Lisa the Vegetarian."
  • Some characters on SpongeBob SquarePants, such as Patrick, Sandy, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, as well as other minor fish characters. SpongeBob, Squidward and Gary are exceptions, and Mr. Krabs has a variant of these with pale green sclerae. Patrick also often has a Sudden Eye Color in certain events (they turn blue, for example, when cleaned off in "The Battle of Bikini Bottom").
  • Wander and Sylvia in Wander over Yonder, have regular black eyes, with the former's sometimes changing color depending on the scene (they turn green when hypnotized by Little Bits, for example). Peepers and the Watchdogs avert this with red faceless eyes, and Lord Hater has a variant with sickly green sockets.
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