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A subtrope of Cephalothorax, a character's body is primarily an eyeball. Common variants include a character made of several smaller eyes (which may or may not be on stalks) around one giant center eye or a single eyeball at the center of the body above a wide mouth. A third common variation is a single disembodied eye with a pair of demonic wings. These creatures will generally move by simply floating in the air like a bubble if wingless. If they have limbs, they tend towards tentacles or wings rather than arms and legs. May attack using special eye-related attacks such as petrifying gaze or Eye Beams. Because of the symbolism between disembodied eyes and creepiness, creatures like this tend to be evil more often than not. At any rate it is a good way to make something appear truly alien.

The name comes from the Latin: "Oculus" meaning eye and "Thorax" for the... well, thorax.


See also (and please do not confuse with) Cyclops and Faceless Eye.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Suezo from Monster Rancher is this.
  • Medama-Oyaji from GeGeGe no Kitarō
  • One of Demon Detective Neuro's 777 Tools of Hell is Evil Friday, a swarm of little eyeballs with legs that he can see through. While most commonly used for research, reconnaissance, and tracking, they're shown to have lives and personalities of their own, and one memorable aside shows that they enjoy participating in racing. Why Evil Friday? Who knows?
  • In the Tokkô manga, Kureha keeps a little pet phantom in her jacket pocket that is basically just an eyeball with legs.
  • Dark Schneider from Bastard!! at one point encounters a beholder, which is virtually identical to the page image.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: The true, original form of the entity referred to as 'Father of the Homunculi' or 'The Dwarf In The Flask' is this; a spherical cloud of black smoke with one eye. It occasionally manifests a mouth and a pair of arms as well.

    Comic Books 
  • Doctor Strange: Dr. Strange's enemy Shuma-Gorath has no true form, but he prefers a six-tentacled, starfish-like form with a single giant eye.
  • Shuma-Gorath's ancient creation, Quoggoth, appeared in Wolverine:First Class. It appears as a six-tentacled, starfish-like form with MANY eyes.
  • Similarly, Starro, a Justice League foe, is a starfish with one big eye in the middle or at least, post-retcon, his drones are.

    Films — Animation 
  • From Monsters, Inc.: Mike Wazowski, who is mostly a giant eyeball, with a small mouth and spindly arms and legs.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Big Trouble in Little China had a Beholder-like monster.
  • The aliens in It Came from Outer Space.
  • One of the monsters in Voyage into Space is a giant floating eyeball.
  • The Mad Scientist in Freaked has, as his trusty lieutenants, a pair of Rastafarian, machine gun-using eyeballs the height of a normal person. The inherent flaw of such a guardian became apparent when the hero discovers how well A Handful for an Eye works on someone who is all eye.
  • The 1958 B-Movie The Crawling Eye (aka The Trollenberg Terror)
  • One of the creature's in Max's menagerie of specimens in Flight of the Navigator appears to be this. All that is seen is a round "shell" that opens like an eyelid to reveal a single giant eye, but there could be more to the creature that is unseen.


    Live-Action TV 
  • Beljoxa's Eye in Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a... thing made of several eyes.
  • Doctor Who: "The Eleventh Hour" has the Atraxi, which are nothing except a giant eye. Check it out.
  • Early Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers monster Eye Guy is built entirely out of eyeballs. His "Core" form is a single Eyeball floating in the air, making him this.
  • Pee-wee's Playhouse once hosted Roger the Monster, a big eye with a mouth underneath, all attached to a foot-like body. Although friendly, it made few appearances, probably due to the prop's cumbersome nature.
  • The popular Ultraman Gaia kaiju Gan Q is essentially just a giant eyeball with limbs (that are also covered in eyes). Appropriately, his name is a pun on the Japanese word for "eyeball", gankyuu

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • The Beholders are the Trope Codifier for this type of monster in fantasy settings.
    • The Eye of the Deep: An underwater Beholder-like creature with a large central eye that sends out a blinding flash of light that dazzles and stuns its victims.
    • Floating Eye: A fish with a single large eye that hypnotizes its target.
    • Eyewing: A creature of the Abyss with bat wings and an 8 foot long rat's tail. Has a 4 foot wide eye that weeps an acidic, poisonous blue liquid. The liquid forms into a 1 foot diameter sphere when the Eyewing drops it on its target below.
  • Magic: The Gathering has the Evil Eye of Urborg. The Evil Eye of Orms-by-Gore appears to be related, but the artwork is zoomed in too closely to see its full body.

    Video Games 
  • The Beholders of Scrapland are a mechanical version. They're basically floating robotic eyes with one arm on the side of their bodies.
  • The Floating Eyes of NetHack that stuns you for a long time if you strike it.
  • One of the monsters in Conan: Hall of Volta was a large floating eyeball.
  • The "Eyeball" costume in the Costume Quest DLC "Grubbins on Ice".
  • The Wise One in Golden Sun.
  • Mr. I from Super Mario 64 is just an eyeball. It constantly faces Mario, so the only way to defeat it is to run around it quickly until it gets dizzy. A bigger version appears as a Mini-Boss in Big Boo's Haunt.
  • The Ahriman in Final Fantasy games.
  • The Pain elementals and Cacodemons from Doom. While both are sturdy Pain Elementals are even worse because they can take a beating and spawn Lost Souls on death (along with the Lost Souls they spawn as an attack). In Brutal Doom and Project Brutality add different variants that are meaner and stronger. Fortunately the brutal finishers you can do on them is both painful and satisfying: Doomguy rips a Cacodemon in half by tearing apart by the jaws or rips out their eye in the case of both. This actually prevents Pain Elementals from spawning Lost Souls because they don't pop.
  • EverQuest I and II have the "Evil Eyes".
  • Shin Megami Tensei has several, like Ichimokuren.
  • A betentacled floating eyeball early boss in Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army.
  • Ameno-Sagiri, a giant laser eyeball boss from Persona 4.
  • The Feyesh in Super Smash Bros. Brawl's single player mode is a flying eyeball fish with tentacles. Yuck.
  • Stalkers in RuneScape.
  • The Legend of Zelda
    • A Link to the Past: The Dark World's Goddamned Bats are eyeballs with bat wings. Vitreous, the boss of the Misery Mire, is a giant eyeball surrounded by smaller eyeballs.
    • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link has some flying eyeballs. Incredibly annoying flying eyeballs. Some of which are invisible without the right item.
    • Wart is a mini-boss in Majora's Mask that consists of an eyeball surrounded by heavily-armored frog-like scales. It is invulnerable while the eye is closed, and starts out surrounded by bubbles which must be separated and dispatched in order to attack it cleanly. Wart is related to Arrghus, a giant-eyed jellyfish that appears in some other games.
    • The "Ocular Parasite" boss in Skyward Sword, which is four giant eyeballs on stalks, and a fifth giant eyeball with a mouth and wings, also on a stalk.
    • Vaati, the boss of the The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords games, generally takes the form of a giant eyeball with 4-6 bat wings.
  • Suezoes from Monster Rancher are naught but eyeballs and mouths on a single tiny tail/foot-like appendage.
  • Charade, of Soul Calibur, is a humanoid with an eyeball for his thorax. He still has a faceless "head" too.
  • Overlord has beholders that teleport enemies into combat, as well as projecting an energy field directly below them that vaporizes minions and inflicts heavy damage on the Overlord.
  • The (very low-level) Aibatt mobs in Fly FF.
  • The MARDEK series has several floating eyeball monsters, most of them Palette Swaps based on element, but in a bit of a twist they each usually have a "polyp" form as an eyeball stuck to the ground with a stem that is explained to eventually grow into the floating eyeball form.
  • Many of the enemies and bosses in the Kirby series are like this. In no particular order, there's Waddle Doo, Kracko, Dark Matter, Dark Nebula, Zero, Zero-Two, Drawcia Soul, Dark Mind's second form, Dark Crafter, and Star Dream's first and second form.
  • The MONOCULUS! from Team Fortress 2.
  • The Oculons in Ascendancy (although unlike most of the other examples here, they're a race of chivalrous astronomers, rather than being evil or otherwise disturbing.)
  • Unown, Magnemite, Magneton and Magnezone from Pokémon. Duskull plays with this in that it wears a skull mask to hide it's single eye visable through the eyeholes.
    • Subverted with Roggenrola, what looks like its eye is actually an ear. Since it lives deep underground it is completely blind.
  • The old Might and Magic verse had Evil Eyes/Beholders, who are heads with a single giant eye floating on tentacles, optionally with additional eyes on eyestalks. They were created by a mad mage to serve as living weapons, and do well in that role, even if they hadn't entered service by the time the war they were made for ended.
  • Devil World has Medaman, who thanks to a Japanese Visual Pun turns into a fried egg when defeated by fire breath.
  • "Floating Eye" demons in World of Warcraft. (The model's file name is "beholder.") The Throne of Thunder raid added the boss Durumu the Forgotten, whose fight revolves around various eye-themed attacks.
  • Monoeyes from the Kid Icarus series are exactly what they say on the tin.
  • A common enemy in the Castlevania series are "flying eyes" (which sometimes have tails).
  • The Killer Eye viruses in the Mega Man Battle Network series. They stay perfectly still and attempt to zap anything that enters their line of sight with a paralyzing beam.
  • Chantelise and Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale from the same universe, have the bat-winged Eyebats.
  • The Mogal and its upgraded form, as part of the Demon Hordes of Fire Emblem Sacred Stones.
  • The Ultima series has Gazers, which look like the D&D creature but aren't called that for trademark reasons. When killed, they release insects, making them Bee Holders.
  • Orbs — the aliens that conquered Earth in Manhunter series. Especially the variety holding New York in the first game — just carnivorous floating eyes.
  • Gazers and eyebeasts from Geneforge series are for all intents and purposes renamed beholders with a smaller main eye.
    • Another series by the same author, Avernum, originally had monsters with the same names that looked like shapeless floating blobs with many eyes. But in the recent remake they became just like their Geneforge namesakes.
  • Evil Eyes, Vile Eyes and the Gazer from Dragon's Dogma are similar to beholders, save for the "eyestalks" having mouths on the end.
  • Vel'Koz, a champion in League of Legends.
  • Eye Brawl in Skylanders: Giants has a large monstrous body with a single giant eyeball for a head. Among his powers is the ability to launch his eye/head, which flies around the screen damaging enemies. His catchphrase is "I've got my eye... on you!"
  • Evil Islands: The three varieties of Evileyes (regular, red and green) are big, floating eyes that shoot powerful fireballs at you.
  • Wheatley and the other Personality Cores in Portal 2.
  • One of the bosses in the arcade game Gate Of Doom resembles a large eye surrounded by many smaller eyes.
  • Evil Eyes in Deadly Rooms of Death. They face a particular direction, and wake up when you step into a square in their line of sight. However, once woken, their behaviour is identical to roaches.
  • In the second Touhou game, Story of Eastern Wonderland, flying eyes with bat wings are a common enemy in the first couple stages. The game's Bonus Boss is a giant mechanical version called "Evil Eye Sigma", built by the stage 1 boss Rika.
  • Shantae and the Pirate's Curse has the Cyclops Plant boss, which is a giant, floating, laser-shooting, slime-dripping eyeball protected by an equally large plant.
  • In the world "Spooked" of Monkey Shines, there are mooks which are just eyeballs that jump, float or roll around.
  • Subnautica has a few examples of this, most prominently the Eyeye and its Lava Zone equivalent. The Peeper and the Oculus also follow this trope to a slightly lesser degree.
  • The Breach: One of the more common (and annoying, due to their tendency to approach from an angle) enemies are floating brain-like aliens with a single huge eye at the front.
  • Zombidle: The Swarm of Bats mook is a swarm of bat-winged eyeballs with a disturbingly chipper personality.
  • Tallbirds in Don't Starve are basically a giant eyeball on long, skinny legs, plus a beak and wings of middling size. They spend all their time in their nests guarding their eggs, and are hostile to anything that approaches them including other tallbirds. Adult tallbirds are flightless, but baby ones (known as smallbirds) can hover a little. Smallbirds eat seeds and berries at first and then become voraciously omnivorous as adolescents, but adults don't seem to eat anything. Maxwell describes them as a failed experiment.

  • Junior in 1/0 is literally a sapient eyeball.
  • Cosmic Dash: Wots (Guugel's species) are roughly two heads tall, and most of their head/torso is a single big eye (they don't even have a mouth, as according to supplemental material, they feed through their extremities).

    Web Original 
  • Neopets formerly had the Fleye, which was eventually redesigned into a dragonfly-like Neopet called the Buzz.
  • Mortasheen has the Oculapus, an octopus creature that can transfer what it sees to its creator over a distance of miles. It's also severely agoraphobic, and uses and old-timey diving helmet to shield itself from the outside world.

    Western Animation 
  • Jonny Quest
    • Dr. Zin's Robot Spy is a Spider Tank composed of a giant eye in a ball, set on spider legs.
    • Several more of them appear in the Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures episode "The Robot Spies".
    • The title creature in "The Invisible Monster". It's a tear-drop shaped mass of energy with one large eye in the center of its "forehead".
  • In The Venture Bros., Doctor Venture builds a robot that's almost identical to the Robot Spy as one of the series' many Shout Outs to Jonny Quest. It is later used as a new body for H.E.L.P.eR.
  • ReBoot features this as a sprite in one of the games. A single eyeball that uses its nerves and veins as limbs, like an octopus.
  • The Eye from 12 oz. Mouse is a giant eye with legs and a mouth. Other characters comment on how gross he is.
  • On an episode of Regular Show, Benson hires one of these named Peeps to watch Mordecai and Rigby to ensure that they don't slack off, but he didn't read the fine print that said Peeps will watch over everyone in the park till they die.
  • William, a character from The Amazing World of Gumball, is an eyeball with wings.
  • Futurama: The crew comes across the beholder from the 1st Edition AD&D Monster Manual, acting as a sentinel in the Central Bureaucracy HQ. It's sleeping, they slip past it, and the thing starts whining about its supervisor.
  • The Powerpuff Girls fought a beholder-like creature made up almost entirely of eyes in the Season 3 episode "The Mane Event".
  • The Monster of the Week in My Life as a Teenage Robot is an invisible eyeball stealing eye-based items (like glasses) that fools people into thinking he's an invisible man with a coat and hat dangled on one of its tentacles. After reluctantly wearing the super sensory (but embarrassing looking) new eyes her mother made, Jenny exploits its weakness by kicking sand into the eye... which it then humorously subdues itself by picking up all the wrong things to help the burning (hot sauce, a magnifying glass, and a pointy stick).
  • In Gravity Falls, Ford studied "eye-bats", which are literally giant eyeballs with bat wings.
  • A Friendly Neighborhood Spider version appears in Pocoyo in which spiders are seen with one eye, but they're all nice, specially Baby Spider from "Pato's Egg" episode.

Alternative Title(s): Eye Ball Body