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"What's a giant eye going to do — pick you up and wink you to death?"
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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 chest.

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See also (and please do not confuse with) Cyclops and Faceless Eye. Often combined with Giant Eye of Doom.


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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.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes villain Emerald Empress has control over the Emerald Eye of Ekron, a eye a couple of feet tall with the same amount of power as a Green Lantern power ring. As it turns out, it was created by the Green Lanterns and/or belonged to a Green Lantern named Ekron, whose eye(s) got removed.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Monsters, Inc., Mike Wazowski is mostly a giant eyeball, with a small mouth and spindly arms and legs. Wazowski may be the only monster on this page who wears a contact lens.
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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Big Trouble in Little China had a Beholder-like monster.
  • The aliens in It Came from Outer Space.
  • 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.

    Literature 

    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.
  • Ganmons/Opticorn from Giant Robo is an early example of this in the tokusatsu genre.
  • 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 
  • Scrapland: The Beholders are a mechanical version. They're basically floating robotic eyes with one arm on the side of their bodies.
  • NetHack: The Floating Eye, which stuns you for a long time if you strike it.
  • Conan: Hall of Volta: One of the monsters a large floating eyeball.
  • Costume Quest: The "Eyeball" costume in the DLC "Grubbins on Ice".
  • The Legend of Zelda
    • The very first game The Legend of Zelda has Digdogger. Its not clear from the old in game graphics this is what it is but concept art and Oracle of Seasons show it more clearly.
    • 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.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the Keese are reimagined as being essentially gigantic orange eyes with eyelids, ears and wings.
  • Monster Rancher: Suezoes are naught but eyeballs and mouths on a single tiny tail/foot-like appendage.
  • Soul Series: 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.
  • Kirby: Many of the enemies and bosses in the 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.
  • Team Fortress 2: The MONOCULUS.
  • Ascendancy: The Oculons, although, unlike most of the other examples here, they're a race of chivalrous astronomers, rather than being evil or otherwise disturbing.
  • Pokémon:
    • Unown, Magnemite, Magneton and Magnezone are made up of floating metal spheres with a single eyeball in their centers. Duskull plays with this in that it wears a skull mask to hide the single eye visible through the eyeholes.
    • Subverted with Roggenrola — what looks like its eye is actually an ear. It lives deep underground, and as such is completely blind.
  • Might and Magic has Evil Eyes/Beholders, which 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.
  • World of Warcraft: "Floating Eye" demons. (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.
  • Castlevania: "Flying eyes" (which sometimes have tails) are common enemies in the series.
  • Mega Man Battle Network: The Killer Eye viruses. 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.
  • Fire Emblem Sacred Stones: The Mogal and its upgraded form, as part of the Demon Hordes.
  • 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.
  • Manhunter: Orbs — the aliens that conquered Earth. Especially the variety holding New York in the first game — just carnivorous floating eyes.
  • Geneforge: Gazers and eyebeasts are for all intents and purposes renamed beholders with a smaller main eye.
  • Avernum originally had gazers and eyebeasts resembling shapeless floating blobs with many eyes. In the recent remake, however, they became just like their Geneforge namesakes.
  • Dragon's Dogma: Evil Eyes, Vile Eyes and the Gazer are similar to beholders, save for the "eyestalks" having mouths on the end.
  • 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.
  • Portal 2: Wheatley and the other Personality Cores are spherical entities resembling disembodied mechanical eyes.
  • Gate Of Doom: One of the bosses resembles a large eye surrounded by many smaller eyes.
  • Deadly Rooms of Death: Evil Eyes. 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.
  • Touhou: In the second 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.
  • The Oculi in Mass Effect resemble giant mechanical eyes that the reapers use to disable starships.

    Webcomics 
  • Junior in 1/0 is literally a sapient eyeball — he was made by Tailsteak removing and animating another character's left eye.
  • 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. In order to make him leave, Mordecai challenges him to a staring contest (which he wins when Rigby uses a laser pointer on him after he cheats by growing extra eyes.
  • 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

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