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To put it quite simply, a character or creature that only has one eye.

Monocular vision is symbolic of metaphorical narrow vision and lack of depth perception. As such, many human villains have one eye as an indication of their simplistic worldview. This also provides an excuse for an Eyepatch of Power. Characters who lack perspective on a temporary basis might sport Peek-a-Bangs or some other ocular obtrusion.

It should be noted that "cyclops" more accurately translates to "circle-eye" or "wheel-eye", referring to the eye's size. Therefore, "cyclopean" technically means huge, and not one-eyed (not to mention that the Cyclopes themselves were giants).

Not to be confused with the Faceless Eye, cyclopes have a recognizable facial structure, with at least a mouth or One-Eyed Shot which is just a camera shot of a person's eye.

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For other deviations from normal eye structure, see Eyeless Face, Third Eye, Oculothorax, and Extra Eyes. Compare to the robotic version, the Cyber Cyclops, and Eyepatch of Power.

Oh, wait, were you looking for That Guy With The Visor?


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Dr. Hitomi's Infirmary: The title character is a school doctor with a single large red eye. Her name even means "pupil".
  • In The Voynich Hotel, one of the three devils that are minor antagonists is a cyclops who keeps her eye hidden under a plate-like mask. She freaks out the one time she's seen with her eye uncovered...which is when she had just gotten out of the shower, so she covers her eye instead of her body.
  • Yaiba: Gold and Silver. In the latter case, it's also his weakpoint. (Gold's eye is just as bouncy as everything else).
  • The anime of Yo-Kai Watch has Insomni, a small, Cute Monster Girl youkai with only one eye. There's actually a large number of one-eyed yokai, including the ones mentioned under Japanese Mythology below.
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    Card Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering: There are quite a few cyclopes in the setting's various worlds.
    • Dominaria, the closest the game has to a "main" setting, hosts cyclopes in the Ekundu Mountains. They're noted to have a very simple language — their tongue has only fifty words, ten of which mean "kill".
    • Ravnica's cyclopes are horned, towering brutes often employed by Red-aligned guilds. Most live among the Gruul Clans, but they also serve as fortress guards in the Boros Legion and in the Izzet League as heavy lifters.
    • In Theros, a plane heavily based off of Classical Mythology, cyclopes are animalistic, aggressive brutes who live in the wilderness and attack anyone they come across. They don't feel pain, and are capable of razing villages on their own. Some even wield lightning.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! has a few, such as the Hitotsu-Me Giant (simply "Cyclops" in the Japanese version) and the Opticlops.

    Comic Books 
  • Copperhead: The Sewell family are from a species with only one large, centered eye among other alien qualities.
  • Dark Horse Monsters: A huge reptilian beast with one eye shows up in one of the stories.
  • Kull the Destroyer: The comic has Gasshga, a giant blue cyclops.
  • Marvel Comics:
    • Psyklop, a The Avengers and Incredible Hulk supervillain, has one giant red compound eye. He can use it to fire energy beams and to hypnotize people.
    • New X-Men: Basilisk, in his second incarnation, is a mutant with an abnormally large physique, no hair and a single eye in the middle of his forehead from which he can shoot paralyzing Eye Beams.
  • Saga: D. Oswald Heist is a cyclops who writes romance novels.
  • In Supergirl story Demon Spawn, Supergirl fights off Nightflame and her demonic minions. One of them is a short, wrinkled, bald, purple-skinned cyclops dressed in red robes. He attempts to suck out Supergirl's powers and life essence and transfer them to Nightflame.
  • Farmer Palmer in Viz is very proud of his cyclops grandson, the result of generations of first-class in-breeding.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Diana and Wonder Girl once had to deal with Cyclon, the giant, one-eyed progeny of Polyphemus and Medusa. Fortunately, he turned out to be friendly.
    • In Wonder Woman (1987) Diana and Hippolyta had to deal with Polyphemus, who was imprisoned in the underworld behind Dooms Doorway and has spent centuries starving in a cave still blinded from his encounter with Odysseus. He is further agitated because he ate the god Pan and god flesh doesn't take being eaten very well.
    • Another example from Wonder Woman is Slaughter, one of the Children of Cronus. He's a big, blue, 12-armed cyclops centaur with a single, red eye.

    Fairytales 
  • "One-Eye, Two-Eyes, and Three-Eyes": One-Eye has one eye in the middle of her forehead.

    Films — Animated 
  • Despicable Me: Many of the minions have a single eye in the middle of their foreheads.
  • Hercules:
    • There is a giant cyclops as one of the Titans.
    • The Fates share one eye between the three of them, with the one currently holding onto it consequently having only one eye herself. One even has only one eye socket in the middle of her face.
  • Lilo & Stitch: Agent Wendy Pleakley is an alien with a single large eyeball.
  • Monsters, Inc.:

    Films — Live Action 

    Literature 
  • The Bailey School Kids book Cyclops Doesn't Roller-Skate has Dr. Polly, who may or may not be a cyclops.
  • The Crimson Shadow: The cyclopean race. Due to having only one eye, their depth perception is very bad, so they are generally poor at using ranged weapons. One that we see though makes up for this by having a crossbow equipped with small mirrors on each side to help him aim.
  • The Divide: There's a female cyclops by the name of Turpsik in the second book, who writes extremely depressing poetry.
  • Discussed in The Girl The Dog And The Writer In Provence, when it's mentioned that even someone who was nearsighted and had one eye and dirty glasses could see that Vivi and Tobias were in love.
  • The Lost Years of Merlin: Balor from The Seven Songs of Merlin, the second story in the series. It's made worse by the fact that his gaze can kill you.
  • The Odyssey: The most well-known cyclopes today, Polyphemus, was the son of Poseidon and a sea nymph, a shepherd and a man-eater. Depending on the Artist he's either shown with a single eye where a person's eyes would be or — worse — his eye sockets are covered skin and a single eye rests in his forehead.
  • Percy Jackson:
    • Tyson — Percy's half-brother on the divine side of the family — is a heroic example.
    • Polyphemus appears as an antagonist in The Sea of Monsters.
  • Time Out Of Time: Balor's true face only has one eye, which has magical powers.
  • The Wandering Inn: One of the races, called Gazers, are basically cyclopes. They have one huge eye, although unlike the usual ones they have four more smaller ones.

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  • Xena: Warrior Princess: Conjunctivus, also known as Flyer, from "Sins of the Past".
  • Yo Gabba Gabba!: Muno has one large eye. The episode "Family" reveals that his parents, his older sister Gibo, and his younger brother Gobbo all have one eye as well.

    Music 
  • Daniel Amos: In the short story that accompanies the ¡Alarma! album, the narrator gets threatened by a one-eyed giant.

    Mythology 
  • Celtic Mythology: The Fomorians have many descriptions, but one of them is as weird creatures with one eye, one arm, and one leg. Balor was their leader and combined this with Deadly Gaze and Eye Beams.
  • Classical Mythology:
    • The Trope Namers are the original three cyclopes of Greek myth: Arges, Steropes and Brontes. They were master craftsman and giants of considerable size and power (and prone to fits of rage); the Greeks coined the term "cyclopean" to refer to ancient, precursor structures that they presumed could only have been built by mighty giants. Their father Uranus was so afraid of their power and fits of rage that he imprisoned them in Tartarus. When their nephew Zeus finally freed them to help in overthrowing their brother Cronus, they worked together to forge Zeus' lightning bolt (each contributing one third of the weapon's elements; the blinding light, lethal heat, and deafening thunderclap, respectively). They also created Poseidon's trident and Hades' helmet of invincibility. Eventually, the brothers were surpassed by Zeus' son, Hephaestus, to whom they and their descendants became assistants. They also created the Solar and Lunar bows and arrows of Apollo and Artemis.
    • There's also the arimaspi, a race of one-eyed humans and the archenemies of griffins.
  • Odin from Norse Mythology is depicted as having one eye.
  • Japanese Mythology is full of one-eyed creatures, including the Hitotsume Nyuudo (one-eyed monk), the Aobozu (Blue Monk), the karakasa (an umbrella come to life) and the Ippondatara (a giant with one eye and one leg).
  • Sinbad the Sailor has met a Cyclops in the Polyphemus mold before.
  • Slavic Mythology had the terrifying Likho, an embodiment of evil, fate, and misfortune.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • Call of Cthulhu: Supplement Pursuit to Kadath, adventure "The All Seeing Eye of the Alskali". The title Alskali monsters, whose single eye can hypnotize their victims.
  • Changeling: The Lost: One of the Ogre kiths is the Cyclopean. They almost always have a missing eye and their mien makes it look like one central eye. They do come in other varieties though.
  • Dungeons & Dragons has had a variety of cyclopes, though they've never been terribly prominent until later editions:
    • The Greek Mythology version appears in the 1st Edition Deities and Demigods Cyclopedia.
    • In 4th Edition, Cyclopes are the Servant Race of the deformed subterranean giants called Fomorians. In 5th edition, they're shepherds similar to Hill Giants in nature, but much less malevolent.
    • We also have the Cyclopskin (who are blue Cyclopes!) in the 1E Monster Manual 2, and Zargon, the "god" of the Lost City (B-4).
  • Earthdawn: The supplement Scourge Unending has cyclopean ghouls.
  • Pathfinder: Cyclopes are the degenerate descendants of an ancient civilization that once ruled much of the continent of Garund. There are also great cyclopes, which are even bigger and resemble the Ray Harryhausen Cyclops, and kabandhas, cyclopes with no heads and their eye and mouth on their chests.
  • Shadowrun: Cyclopses are a metavariant / subspecies of the troll player race, native to the Mediterranean. They're notable for largely avoiding the Fantastic Racism that baseline trolls face and having been mostly accepted into Mediterranean society, finding steady work at dockyards as labor and security.
  • Warhammer: Most one-eyed creatures have the ability to perceive the Winds of Magic. The Fimir are one-eyed, skull-faced amphibious creatures whose superior perception of the Winds of Magic allows them to roll six dice to channel instead of one, although they're too greedy to share the power dice produced by this channelling, and the Beastmen creature known as a Cygor — essentially a hybrid of a cyclops, a minotaur, and a giant — has a degree of magical perception that it uses to find, kill, and usually eat enemy spellcasters.
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    Toys 
  • GoGo's Crazy Bones: A few of the Gogos have one eye. Examples include Satori, Garin, Uyu, and Goomi.

    Videogames 
  • Age of Mythology:
    • Cyclops appear as Myth Units if you progress to Classical Age with Ares.
    • Another Cyclops, Gargarensis, is the main antagonist.
  • In Animal Jam, the Phantoms (evil blob creatures) have one eye in the middle of their bodies.
  • Basketball Nightmare: You can play against a team of cyclopes.
  • Battle Monsters has Drethdock, a cyclopean monster who comes from the "Monocle" tribe, which is most likely a reference to his one eye.
  • Castle Crashers: You must defeat a cyclops to rescue the Green Princess. He's revived by the Necromancer as part of the final Boss Rush.
  • Castlevania: There are several cycloptic creatures in the series, but two of them serve as bosses in Castlevania III and Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance. They seem similar to the one from the Golden Voyage of Sinbad, except that they're blue skinned instead of red and carry enormous hammers.
  • Cuphead: A grey-skinned cyclops with a single centrally-positioned horn appears in Rugged Ridge as an Advancing Boss of Doom, starting to chase the player halfway through and destroying any platform in its way.
  • Dark Souls:
    • Kalameet, the one-eyed black dragon from the Artorias of the Abyss DLC.
    • More traditional cyclopes are relatively tough enemies in Dark Souls II, hippo-like Ogres you can encounter within the first minute of gameplay. Late game dungeons heavily imply they are an artificial creation of Aldia.
  • In Day Dreamin' Davey, there is a cyclops that Davey has to destroy by attacking his eye in one Greek mythology stage. Of course, that "cyclops" in his imagined state turns out to be a girl whom he just hit in the eye in class! Oh, Crap!!
  • Don't Starve has the Deerclops, a giant, one-eyed humanoid deer.
  • Doom: Massmouth, from the Game Mod series The Adventures Of Massmouth. He was originally a Quake II skin. He also appears as a bot in Skulltag, a source port focused on multiplayer, where one of his lines is a complaint about his lack of peripheral vision.
  • Dragon Quest: Cyclopes are pretty common enemies.
  • Dragon's Crown: Big, blue cyclopes appear as boss monsters, and you fight them two at a time.
  • Dragon's Dogma: Giant, tusked cyclopes can be found as enemies.
    • Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen introduced the "Gorecyclops", which are darker, evil versions of the normal cyclops.
    • On top of that, the "Condemned Gorecyclops" is also introduced in Dark Arisen. This one is a gigantic enemy boss chained to a wall. It's one of the largest enemies in the game, and far larger than any other Cyclops.
  • Dragonvale: It's possible to breed a Cyclops Dragon.
  • Duke Nukem 3D:
    • The Cycloid Emperor boss. Duke even makes a field goal with its eye.
    • Also there's Zero from Duke Nukem: Zero Hour.
  • Earth Eternal has Cyclopes as a playable race.
  • Final Fantasy:
  • Ghosts 'n Goblins: The strangely-named Unicorn Demon is a somewhat traditional-looking cyclops.
  • Gigantic: Cyclopes are a type of creature the players can summon. They can create stone walls around the control point they're summoned on to prevent enemy heroes from taking certain pathways.
  • The God of War Series, being based on Greek Mythology, has these as recurring enemies in a few varieties.
  • Might and Magic: Cyclopes have appeared in almost every game, either as enemies or as units.
  • Moshi Monsters:
    • Fishlips the Glump has one rather large eye.
    • Lefty, Captain Buck's assistant, has one eye. He jokes about this fact by saying, "Eye, eye, captain!".
    • Zommers are a species that are born with one detachable eye. Later on, they grow an empty eye socket that never has an eye in it.
  • Video Game/Muffin Knight has one who casts black holes.
  • Muramasa: The Demon Blade: The Blue Monk is a large cyclops with a big head.
  • Neopets has the Meowclopses, one-eyed cats.
  • Orcs Must Die!: Stinkeye from Orcs Must Die: Unchained is a cyclops hero class who uses arcane magic.
  • Several Pokémon have only one eye, but the most cyclops-like ones are Dusclops and Trevenant.
  • The Rampage series has Kyle, Myukus and Eyegore as playable monster Cyclopes.
  • Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal has two examples.
    • The lowest-ranked Tyrrhanoids have only one eye. A few times in the game, Ratchet will use a Tyrrhaguise to turn himself into one to get through locations guarded by them.
    • The monkeys found in the Florana Jungles also have just one eye. One of them, Skrunch, is adopted by Captain Qwark and becomes a partner for Clank during his three segments in the game.
  • Rayman 2: Jano has one eye.
  • Rift: Cyclopes seem to be denizens of the Plane of Earth. They're built along the same large and solid lines as bahmi (although they tend to be even taller), but have ivory-yellow skin, vaguely bestial features, and the definitive single, centrally-positioned eye.
  • The Skylanders series has a number of them.
  • Space Fury: A cyclopean alien head comes onto the screen to antagonize you throughout the game. A Distaff Counterpart appears in the homebrew sequel game Ms. Space Fury.
  • Space Harrier had one-eyed woolly mammoths.
  • Spelunky: One of the unlockable spelunkers is a " goofy cyclops ".
  • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins: The Kyororo are cyclops monsters in the Pumpkin Zone.
  • Super Metroid: Mother Brain's alternate form. It's seen again in a flashback in 3D at the beginning of Metroid: Other M.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters: In the Genesis version, the "Magma Ocean Planet" stage has a gigantic cyclops lava monster in the background.
  • In Titan Quest, Polyphemus the Cyclops from the Odyssey appears as a boss. You also meet some other cyclops while ascending Mount Olympus. One last one is shown turned to stone prior to the fight with the Gorgon Sisters.
  • Trog: The one-eyed cavemen called the Trogs.
  • Warcraft: Ogre magi have two heads, one with two eyes and another with one. Cyclopean ogres of the single-headed variety also exist in the Warcraft Expanded Universe. The latter category rarely appear in WoW (although ogre magi are common enough), but WoW did introduce their kin the Gronn, who bear a resemblance to the cyclopes from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.
  • Will Rock: A cyclops appears as the first boss, capable of hitting you from far away by spitting stones at you. It becomes a Degraded Boss soon enough.
  • Wizard 101 has an area called Cyclops Lane, which has quite a few of the creatures.
  • In the Xena Warrior Princess game for the PlayStation, a cyclops guards King Valarian's island stronghold in the Isle of Kronos stage. In a Shout-Out to The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, he has one horn on his forehead and if the player uses the "chakram-cam" feature it can be seen he has satyr-like legs similar to Harryhausen's cyclopes.

    Visual Novels 
  • Love at First Sight is about a romance between the two-eyed protagonist and Sachi Usui, an injury-ridden cyclops girl.

    Webcomics 
  • Schlock Mercenary: The appropriately named Uniocs have one basketball-sized eye on top of a stalk on their shoulders above the mouth, their brains are apparently down in the pelvic area. Depth perception isn't a problem because their one big eye can rapidly shift focus and they can see on the microscopic scale as well. There's also a comic where it's mentioned that there was a Unioc dressed as a cyclops at a physics convention.

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    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: Cyclopes aren't uncommon. One plays a major role in the episode "Another Way".
  • Aladdin: The Series: Fasir is eventually revealed to be one. Also, there's his brother Fashoom.
  • The Arthur episode "D.W. Tale Spins" has Buster (a rabbit) as a cyclops who also only has one ear.
  • ChalkZone: Biclops only had one eye before Rudy drew him his second one.
  • Class of the Titans: Polyphemus, along with Brontes, Steropes, and Arges.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog has Carmen, a serpentine sea monster with one eye from the episode "Serpent of Evil River".
  • Futurama: Leela, who only has one giant eyeball and is somewhat touchy about it. A couple episodes reference the fact that she has very poor depth perception. She was initially presented as a member of an unknown alien race, but turned out to be a human mutant. Both of her parents are cyclopes as well.
  • The Godzilla Power Hour: The Cyclops Creature from "The Horror of Forgotten Island" is a mutant cyclops kaiju.
  • Gravedale High: One of the students is a cyclops named Seymore.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes: Saffi, the Cute, Crazy demon cyclops. Tere are several other cycloptic characters in the show, such as Molotov's wife, Dorkus, Butley the butlernote , and various background characters. This frequently applies with animals as well, most prominently Jimmy's dog Cerbee.
  • Jumanji: The Draken from "Eye of the Sea" is a one-eyed sea monster.
  • Mixels: Very common. The toy sets use 2x2 discs for most of them, though some have started using minifigure heads instead. Some include Seismo, Teslo, and Vulk.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • A glitch in the episode "The Best Night Ever" caused part of a pony's face to disappear for a second, giving him a strange, cyclops-like appearance. "Cyclops Pony" has since become a minor meme.
    • "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone" has Arimaspi, a one-eyed goat monster seen in a flashback.
  • Mysticons: Doug Hadderstorm, an Acromancer Cyclops in episode 2.
  • In Numberjacks, the Problem Blob has one eye on the end of a stalk in his mouth.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: Billy from the Gangreen Gang is revealed to be a cyclops under his Blinding Bangs.
  • ReBoot: The one-binomes all only have one eye, in contrast to the two-eyed zero-binomes.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton, a small marine critter with a single eye.
    • Truth in Television too; there's actually a genus of microscopic crustaceans called Cyclops (see the Real Life folder for more).
    • One episode has him figure out that this is detrimental to his plans because he lacks depth perception. He spends the episode trying to grow a second eye through experiments, finally getting one via SpongeBob's DNA... but SpongeBob's naturally good personality begins to take over Plankton's and he ultimately has to get rid of it so he can continue his plans.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Sapphire is revealed to be one when her hair is moved out of her eye in the episode "Keystone Motel". The same applies to Padparadscha, an Off-Color orange Sapphire.
    • Centipeetle/Nephrite has her gem as a single, functional eye.
    • Emerald and Eyeball Ruby both have their gems where their eyes would otherwise be, thus giving each only one functional eye.

    Real Life 
  • Cyclopes aren't restricted to mythology — a number of defects in fetal development can result in the birth of one-eyed creatures, although the severity of these defects and related disorders means these creatures usually die soon after. Exposure to natural or man-made poisons is often to blame nowadays.
    • Cy, the internet-famous one-eyed noseless kitten, who was born December 2005 and died a day later.
    • A cyclops goat was also born in Nigeria. It caused quite a stir—they even accused the owner of an act of bestiality.
    • A one-eyed piglet with a severely deformed nose was also born in China in 2005.
    • Cyclopia, as it's known, can manifest in humans as well. You can Google it, but the pics can be rather squicky, so be warned. Most cyclopia babies don't survive.
  • The cyclopes from Greek legend are thought to have been based on a misconstrual of a fossilized mammoth or other prehistoric elephant skulls. If there were no tusks present, the trunk hollow could easily be mistaken for a single eye socket (it's actually the nasal cavity). You'd even have tourist travel guides telling travelers where they could see a cyclops's remains.
  • The famous anime blogger Danny Choo took a few pictures of someone dressed as a cute and fashionable little cyclops girl at the 2012 Wonder Festival. She (or he, with that body suit on it's impossible to tell) was also spotted at the Tokyo Design Festa of the same year, always clad in the latest Harajuku fashion. So far s/he never appeared again and nobody knows if s/he was a part of some publicity stunt or just a fan of unusual cosplays.
  • Cyclops is a common genus of copepods (tiny crustaceans that range from 0.5 to 5 millimeters in size) found in freshwater environments around the world; they are easily identified by (you guessed it) their single large eye. They are harmless in and of themselves and form an important link in many aquatic food chains, but they can serve as intermediate hosts to some pretty nasty parasites (such as tapeworms and guinea worms). Plankton from Spongebob is based on these guys.

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