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When designing a creature of some sort, a very good way to make them look weird is to mount their eyes (or eye) atop a pair of stalks.

As many other Eye Tropes have proven, messing with the eyes in any way is a sure-fire way to attract a few cocked eyebrows. Eyestalks tend to be very long and tentacle-like, and given the association between tentacles and Eldritch Abominations, it's no surprise that sticking some eyes on top of them would have that effect. It certainly helps that eyestalks in Real Life are associated with such 'icky' creatures as Slugs and Crabs. If a monster or a character has eyestalks and isn't antagonistic in some way, odds are they're Creepy Good, or at least quirky. Of course, some may just consider them Ugly Cute.

Is exceedingly common in clip art. Look up 'Cartoon Alien' on Google images, and you'll see eyestalks a-plenty.

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Is a Sub-Trope of Eyes Do Not Belong There, as the weirdness factor comes from putting eyes in a place people aren't used to seeing them. May often overlap with Cyclops or Extra Eyes. Contrast with Oculothorax, in which the eye is so deep within the creature that it makes up the near-entirety of their body (though these are not mutually exclusive). See also Sensory Tentacles.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • The aliens in Parasyte have stalk eyes and pseudopods that they can retract and extend at will.
  • Wicked City. Black Guard member Taki Renzaburou is attacked by two demons at an airport. One of the creatures detaches its head from the rest of its body and attacks him. He shoots it, but its eyeballs pop out of the head on stalks and it continues to approach him.

    Comic Books 
  • The Great Power of Chninkel: Volga the oracle is basically nothing but multiple eyes and mouths on stalks, attached to a blob-like body. She's a nice person, though.
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    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Star Wars:
    • The Phantom Menace introduces the podracer Mawhonic, a member of the Gran, a species of stocky goat-like aliens with three eyes on stalks arranged in a pyramidal fashion. Several other members of the species have been seen throughout the expanded universe.
    • Gungans, including Jar Jar Binks, have eyes on short stalks.
    • In A New Hope, the creature lurking in the trash compactor (the Dianoga) has an eye on a stalk, which lets it see above the surface while the rest of its body remains submerged.
  • The Thing (1982): The spider-like thing that splits off from a duplicated body grows eyestalks to see with.
  • Numerous aliens throughout the Men in Black series have eyestalks, along with just about every other alien design trope, seeing as though they run the gamut from Human Aliens to Starfish Aliens.
  • An excellent example in Monty Python's Life of Brian. Yes, eye stalks in a movie set around 1 A.D.
  • A Discussed Trope in Queen of Outer Space with the astronauts speculating that they're about to make First Contact with Little Green Men with eyes on stalks (which they admit would be handy for looking behind you). Instead they encounter a Lady Land of gorgeous dames in miniskirts.

    Literature 
  • The many Eldritch Abominations of the Cthulhu Mythos are often depicted with plenty of writhing eyestalks, amidst all the tentacles and extra mouths. In fact, just about all of them besides Cthulhu himself will be seen with these in some artwork, given that their appearances are not too clearly defined, being Things Man Was Not Meant to Know and all.
  • Animorphs: The Andalites are centauroid aliens with no mouths, two large eyes where a human's would be, and two eyes on flexible stalks on top of their heads which give them 360-degree vision.
  • Goosebumps: The Monster of the Week in the book The Girl Who Cried Monster has pitch black eye stalks in his true form (along with green skin) when he is not posing as a Human being.

    Live-Action TV 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The Forgotten Realms introduced us to Beholders, giant floating ball creatures with a huge central eye and numerous writhing eyestalks all over their head.
    • The Eye of the deep is similar to the beholder: it has one large central eye in its body and two smaller eyes on long stalks. These small eyes can create an illusion while acting together and cast Hold Person and Hold Monster when acting independently.
    • The Flumph has two 4-inch-long eyestalks sticking out of the sides of its mouth.
    • The Froghemoth has three eyes on three-foot long retractable eyestalks. While hiding underwater it uses them to peek out above the surface to find prey.
    • Giant crabs have eyestalks sticking out of their heads like normal crabs.
    • The gorbel has six small eyes on short retractable stalks equally spaced around its spherical body.
    • Hordlings have random body parts. They have a 16% chance of having eyes on stalks.
    • The Otyugh and Neo-Otyugh each have a stalk with multiple eyes on it that rises out of their bodies.
    • Spectators are beholder-like creatures with four small eyes on stalks. The eyes have the magical powers of Create Food and Water, Cause Serious Wounds, Paralyzation Ray and Telepathy.
    • The Wolf-in-Sheep's-Clothing is a plant that looks like a tree stump with tentacles. It has two or three eyestalks that it uses to target its prey.
    • In the 2nd Edition Monstrous Manual, Crabmen were changed to look like giant crabs walking on their hind legs and given eyes on stalks.

    Video Games 
  • The Gran aren't the only Star Wars race to have these. Knights of the Old Republic features the Rakata, an ancient race with a pair of frog-like eyes sticking out the sides of their ludicrously tall foreheads.
  • World of Warcraft takes this trope to its logical conclusion, featuring an enemy in Naxxramas that is literally a giant eyestalk sticking out of a hole in the ground. This game also features the Makrura, a race of humanoid Lobsters with eyestalks to match.
  • Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal has the Tyhrranoids, the principal Mooks of Dr. Nefarious' army. The 'Noids have a varying number of prominent eyestalks, ranging from one to nine. The more eyes they have, the stronger they are. The Big Momma Tyhrranoid, pictured above, is the strongest of 'em all.
  • One of the bosses from Space Channel 5 has these, which also serve as its weak point during the latter half of the battle. The Morolians might have these as well; it's not clear whether they see out of the television screens on their chests or not.
  • From Pokémon, we have Sigilyph and some species of Unown. Sigilyph is a three-eyed winged totem with an eyestalk that looks like a head, while some of the Unown exaggerate this trope by being an eyestalk and nothing else (sometimes upside-down, though).
  • Martians in the Commander Keen series have eyes on stalks.
  • The Orz of the Star Control series have eyestalks, which only adds to their general weirdness.
  • The literal Mooks (as in, that's what they're actually called in-game) from the MOTHER series have eyestalks along with a regular eye and multiple tentacles.
  • Spore has some eye parts like this that you can put on your creature if you want to.

    Web Original 
  • The Flying Spaghetti Monster is typically depicted with these. Although the eyestalks in this case are technically strands of spaghetti, which only serves to highlight its absurdity even more.
  • The Monster Girl Encyclopedia has the Gazer monster, the Cute Monster Girl version of the Beholder and is simultaneously a cyclops (what with the big eye in their head and all) and not (what with all those eyes on their stalks and all). Much like beholders they are extremely dangerous and can use something More Than Mind Control on the man that captures their fancy... as well as mind control. Hey, gotta get that guy to look past the great big yellow eye in the middle of her head somehow!

    Western Animation 
  • Stinkfly of Ben 10 has four eyestalks arranged around its head, with the Omnitrix symbol in the middle resembling a single large eye; possibly an allusion to insects with patterns designed to mimic another creature.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Meebur Gascon's species, which resemble humanoid Snails, fittingly possess these.
  • The Nibblonians from Futurama have third eyes on stalks.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • Gary and Mr. Krabs have eye stalks, appropriate for their respective species (snail and crab, respectively). In Krab's case, the eyeballs are stalk-shaped, which is true of some crab species. In Gary's case, the eyes are at the ends of tentacles. Interestingly enough in real life, the only snails to have eyestalks are terrestrial pulmonate snails. Both can still blink like a human.
    • Spongebob himself gets his eyes on stalks in the Face Freeze episode, as a result of gurning too much.
  • Slinkman from Camp Lazlo, being a banana slug, has eye stalks.
  • The creepy Brain-Eating Meteor from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy has one long eyestalk, which functions as a throat when his eye briefly splits open as a mouth.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: The Alien Brain Visitor from "Car Broke, Phone Yes" has two eyestalks jutting from his brain-like head.
  • Wilt from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, though one of them doesn't work due to an accident from long ago.

    Real Life 
  • Truth in Television for mollusks and crabs, as mentioned in the description. They give animals a wider field of vision, and often have scent organs mounted on them alongside. Depictions of animals with eyestalks in fiction often tend to exaggerate them or remove them entirely.
  • Some of the most exaggerated eyestalks in nature can be found on the aptly-named Stalk-Eyed Flies. Notably, they form them after emerging from their pupae to ingest air and pump it to their eyestalks to make them as long as they are, essentially inflating them.

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