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"Has anyone ever noticed that Sonic doesn't have two eyes, but one hideously malshapen eye with two pupils? Seriously, look at it! There's nothing dividing his eyes, it's like two egg whites that have fused together."
Linkara, Atop the Fourth Wall

Eyes say a lot about a character. Color, size, and even placement can tell you if the character's built for a certain genre. For example, eyes set very close together tend to belong to characters destined for cartoon fantasy.

Sometimes artists go overboard and draw eyes where the sclerae meet in the middle, with the two pupils still occupying their own sides, never crossing into the other. With this particular physiology, the character actually has "pupula duplex", or one gigantic eyeball in their head with two pupils on it.

Funnily enough, this passes as an Acceptable Break from Reality as the eyes, strangely constructed as they are, still do the job of conveying emotion just as well as separate eyes do. Although nobody in-universe ever seems to point out how strange it is.

Compare Sphere Eyes, which uses two giant eyeballs that have either tiny little dots for pupils or just normal pupils.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Tensai Bakabon has one of the oldest and most famous examples in Japan, Mr. Cop. Since that's not very distinct, he is officially referred to as Mentama Tsunagari no Omawari-san, or "Eye-joined Mr. Cop." There's probably a catchier translation.

    Comic Books 
  • Cerebus the Aardvark has no division between his eyes, this is even drawn attention to when he has to have one eye bandaged for a while. In contrast, the other two aardvarks who appear, Suenteus Po and Cirin, have separate eyes.
  • The Smurfs, especially in the animated series. Although this probably isn't intentional, as a division between their eyes is implied.
  • Dennis the Menace (UK), Depending on the Artist.
  • The Super-Deformed style in the comic adaptation of Le Donjon de Naheulbeuk shows most characters as this, though the shading implies a separation most of the time.
  • The main and most recurring characters in Monica's Gang.
  • Phil DeLara would give Daffy Duck conjoined eyes in the Gold Key stories of him, which is odd since DeLara was a layout artist at Warner Bros. under the Robert McKimson unit.

  • Many characters in the Disney/Pixar Cars franchise. Justified, as it's basically their windshields. This was even applied to characters whose bases in real life do not have windshields, such as Francesco Bernoulli, and characters whose bases otherwise have asymmetrical cockpits (such as the dump truck Mater knocked over in the prologue, whose cockpit is actually moved to the center of his body, and the double-decker buses in London, whose cockpits are changed into monocles). Also, for some reason there are no convertibles (they all have their roofs down) in this universe, with their windows being completely opaque, implying that they all may not be hollow.
  • The Voyages Of Young Doctor Dolittle has the two-pupil eyeball variant on a lot of animal characters.
  • The Adventures of the American Rabbit: Vultor, The Penguins and some of the animal citizens have these eyes.
  • In a creepy variant, Sutter Cane's agent in In the Mouth of Madness goes berserk after reading the manuscript for Cane's latest work, and a close-up shows that each of his eyes has acquired overlapping double pupils.
  • Interestingly (but for obvious reasons), Sonic's movie self actually averts this trope, having two separate eyes (albeit with a small patch of white fur between them to give the illusion of his eyes being conjoined). Ditto for Shadow, as can be seen in The Stinger of the second movie.
  • In The Super Mario Bros. Movie, for stylistic purposes, the Koopa General loses the border between his eyes when expressing overly sadistic glee during the Rainbow Road ambush.

    Live Action Television 
  • Just about every character in BJ and the Dirty Dragon Show/Gigglesnort Hotel.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Several characters in Bloom County and its follow-ups, particularly Opus. When the strip was rebooted as Opus, the title character had a line drawn between his eyes.
  • The default style for Tumbleweeds.
  • Wanda from Baby Blues, even though the default style is two eyes.

    Video Games 
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: The hedgehogs (Sonic, Amy, Shadow, Silver) appear to have eyes that are connected, but almost none of the other characters with some exceptions like Mighty, Ray, Vector and Charmy. Word of God confirms that Sonic does have two separate eyeballs; the 2020 film depicts Sonic with visibly separate eyeballs, albeit with a little white spot of fur between them to give the illusion that they're conjoined.
  • Bubble and Squeak: Due to the games art style, a great many of the characters in the game, including Bubble and Squeak, have their eyes like this.
  • Nearly everybody in Club Penguin has eyes designed like this, with the bonus of the eye depicted as a single arc from one side of the head to the other—in other words, everyone really IS drawn as a cyclops with two pupils.
  • In the Donkey Kong series, you have Diddy and Dixie. It's also rather hard to tell behind his specs, but Cranky also has this going on. More obscure examples include Donkey Kong Jr., Kiddy Kong, and (oddly) Swanky Kong.
  • In Toki Tori, the titular egg-shaped chick has large eyes connected so close together that they seem to be one big eye with two pupils.
  • In Eversion, the cute monsters' eyes gradually become like this as you evert from World X-1 to X-3. Evert to X-4 and beyond, and their eyes fuse into one eye.
  • Inverted with Duskull from Pok√©mon: It has two eye sockets sharing a pupil!
  • Shantae and the Seven Sirens: Crabs have one black eye hole that holds a fused pair of yellow scalera eyes with two black dot pupils.
  • The squid form of Inklings in Splatoon have conjoined eyes. This is somewhat reflected in their humanoid form, with their eyes being connected by one black marking. Their sister species, Octolings, avert this trope by having two separate eyes even in octopus form, which is reflected by having disconnected black markings around their eyes in humanoid form.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • The Nintendo 64-era 3D models of Koopa Troopas and Yoshi had this quirk.
    • The Broodals in Super Mario Odyssey all have different styles for their eyes, with Spewart having a subtle case of this trope. His eyes are clearly delineated by an arch, but it doesn't quite connect to form the bridge of his nose, and there is no apparent division between the eyes that can be seen in the gap.
  • Sonic Dreams Collection takes this too far. During the "My Roommate Sonic" segment, as you look into Sonic's eyes, the pupils move closer together until they merge into a swirling vortex that sucks you in.
  • In Mole's World, the lahms that are kept as pets by the moles have eyeballs that are fused together.
  • Mega Man (Classic): Turbo Man, Astro Man, Galaxy Man, and Bounce Man are justified examples: they each have a single digital display with twin pupils where the eyes should be.
  • Ty the Tasmanian Tiger: Ty and his brother Sly have these eyes.

    Web Comics 
  • Virus from Exterminatus Now, explicitly based on the Sonic look. Example (last panel)
  • Captain Kaff Tagon from Schlock Mercenary, as well as his father, Gen. Karl Tagon (ret), and both his brother and grandfather (all male members of Tagon family).
  • All characters in Breakpoint City have these to begin with. Minor characters began showing up with separate eyes in late 2002, and the main characters gained them one by one over time. So far, Dan is the only one of the main and minor characters who still lacks separate eyeballs.
  • Dummy Duck all three main characters' eyes when fully opened.
  • In The Whiteboard, the "generic" anthro furries that have more or less replaced the featureless "bubblehead" no-neck humans all tend to have conjoined eyes, although much of the older, more regular cast have eyes that are separate from one another.
  • Lampshaded in Brawl in the Family #487 Sonic's Eyes. Tails finds a single conjoined contact lens.
  • And a rather horrifying version here.
  • In this comic of Awkward Zombie, Pac-Man eats several Super Smash Bros. characters including Sonic, leaving only their eyes. Eating Sonic leaves behind a big eye with two pupils.
  • Subverted in one webcomic, where Sonic reveals that his "eye" is a pair of goggles, and what people assume are his irises are actually his full eyes.

    Web Original 
  • Unskippable remarked on this trope during one of the episodes on a Sonic game. They also noted that, with more modern graphics and pre-rendered cinematics, it makes Sonic's eyes (eye?) look particularly creepy, as the more "realistic" detailing from the CGI clashes with this otherwise cartoonish design.
  • Cordie from Cliffside is a Spider/Scorpion Cute Monster Girl who technically has four eyes in each of her eyesockets that only look like she's Pie-Eyed. It also helps her do Wing Ding Eyes for comic effect.

    Western Animation 
  • When Beany and Cecil meet the Wildman of Wildsville, he paints TV knobs on Cecil's nostrils. He turns one which causes Cecil's eyes to conjoin and the pupils to form the CBS eye.
  • The "puppies" are the only characters in Blue's Clues and Blue's Clues & You! to have this type of eyes compared to the other characters who have Black Bead Eyes. This is one of the signs that they come from another world rather than being native to the Storybook World as revealed on "The Legend of the Blue Puppy" story arc.
  • Zipper from Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers.
  • Goofy, Pluto the Pup, Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horsecollar, and Pete from the Classic Disney Shorts.
    • Mickey Mouse is an interesting example. In his first two cartoons he has large googly eyes with a clear separation, but by "Steamboat Willie" the outlines disappear and the pupils become the eyes, while the rims become eyebrows. Occasionally, however, the "eyes" would move around the face, and if it's dark the whole eye-brow area lights up. As animation became more realistic, Mickey's design began to seem weird and unnatural, so he was redesigned with eyes that have pupils. To complicate the issue, in early cartoon shorts and 2013 revival Mickey's face the same colour as his sclera would be, hinting that he has conjoined eyes that simply blend into the rest of his face due to them both being white. When he's depicted with glowing eyes it becomes more explicit.
  • Many Looney Tunes characters have these during wild takes, even characters like Bugs Bunny, whose eyes are usually not that close together.
    • Tasmanian Devil (a.k.a Taz) is a straight example for the most part regardless rather it's Wild Take or not.
  • The Disney animated short Suzie the Little Blue Coupe, which apparently inspired the character designs for Cars.
  • Similar to many Looney Tunes characters, Oggy from Oggy and the Cockroaches normally does not have any conjoined eyes, but he gains a pair on a few shots.
  • Brain and a few MAD henchmen from Inspector Gadget had them from time to time (usually in episodes with lower budgets).
  • In the Steven Universe short "Fusion", Ruby is drawn with these. Since her design normally has two separate eyes, fans found this hilarious and nicknamed this design "Ruby the Hedgehog".
  • Not only do The Snorks have these, they take up over 50% of their faces.

    Real Life 
  • In some cases of the congenital abnormality cyclopia, which is caused by the failure of the forebrain to split into two hemispheres, there is what appears to be two eyes fused together in a single socket. Google image search at your own risk. Babies with cyclopia don't survive more than 10-13 hours.
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not! once showcased a man who had two pupils per eye, except he had two normal-sized eyes, making for four pupils on his face.

Alternative Title(s): Windshield Eyes, Goggle Eyes, Pupula Duplex