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Skintone Sclerae

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Except for Scooby.

You may notice that some cartoon characters don't have to have whites to their eyes. Well, they're certainly not white.

Skintone Sclerae are just that: As opposed to the irises being surrounded by white space, a character's skin will apparently go on into the eyeball.

Compare Black Bead Eyes — you could alternately describe this trope as Black Bead Eyes but with a small line to indicate the upper eyelid, sometimes eyebrows, and no more detail than that.



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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • In Gaspard de la Nuit, an obscure French comic book series, all characters are drawn like this.
  • This was the norm in the earlier volumes of Valérian.
  • Tintin and supporting characters are all drawn like this. Herge' popularized the Ligne Claire (clear line) style of European comics and as a result, skintone sclerae and Ligne Claire are more often than not seen together.

    Comic Strips 
  • The characters from Peanuts, human and animal alike. Particularly noticeable when they made a "troubled" face.
  • While drawn in a relatively realistic fashion, the characters in Funky Winkerbean have black-and-skintone eyes.

    Films — Animation 
  • In The Rescuers, the mouse characters have sclerae the same color as their fur, to give the illusion of having the black eyes of real mice without sacrificing the expressiveness of traditional Cartoony Eyes. Averted in the sequel. Seeing this trope as laziness was ultimately what made Don Bluth quit working at Disney.
  • The automobile version of Hamm the piggy bank seen at the end of Cars, his windshield is colored pink like his paint instead of white like everyone elses.
  • Yellow Submarine plays this straight with the Beatles themselves, except for John, who wears glasses.
  • The Animated Adaptation of Batman: Year One and the DC Showcase: Catwoman features every character with these.
  • The characters in the Disney Winnie-the-Pooh films have button eyes, occasionally drawn with eyelids but no sclerae for the sake of an expression. This is justified in the case of the stuffed characters, but the same style was used on Christopher Robin as well, perhaps to match the simple pen-and-ink illustrations of the original books.note 

  • Everyone in the Mr. Men series, except Mr. Sneeze. When glasses-wearing characters are seen without their glasses, they count as well; when they are wearing their glasses, they have Eye Glasses.
  • In the Rainbow Magic books, all of the characters have these, but it's most prominent in the movie.

    Live-Action TV 

    Video Games 
  • Pokémon:
    • Cilan of Pokémon Black and White is the first human in the Pokémon franchise to have them, although his very pale skin in official art means it's not immediately apparent. Not even his brothers have it. This is appropriate, as he replaced Brock in the anime.
    • Togepi is born with sclerae that matches its skin. Its evolved forms just have beady black eyes.
    • Pokémon X and Y has a few Trainer Classes with this type of eye.
    • Lana of Pokémon Sun and Moon is another person who has this eye style.
  • You can make a Mii with this quality.
  • This is also one of the eye types you can have in Animal Crossing.
  • A few characters in Persona 3 have this quality.

    Web Animation 

    Web Original 
  • On The Funday Pawpet Show, while watching an episode of "The Dukes" Lisel mentioned that this practice freaked her out.

    Western Animation 
  • This was common on Hanna-Barbera shows of the 1960s and '70s. Most of the human characters in the various Scooby-Doo shows, for instance. No doubt this was motivated by the low budgets of the shows, as not having to paint the eyes saved a bundle on paint.
    • Despite having a higher budget, coming after several series that did feature white sclerae, and it not really saving any money with digital coloration in use, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated returns to the skintone look to make the cast look more like their 1969 selves.
    • Several Scooby-Doo direct-to-DVD movies beginning with "Abracadabra Doo" followed the aforementioned show by giving the characters their original designs and giving them skintone sclerae.
      • In "Moon Monster Madness", the human characters have white sclerae when wearing their space helmets.
    • Penelope Pitstop had skintone sclera in Wacky Races, but later got white sclera in her own show.
    • Hanna-Barbera continued this practice into the early 1980s. In the animated series of The Little Rascals, only Buckwheat and Darla have white sclerae.
  • This trope sees plenty of use in the DCAU, most famously for Superman (except in closeups and in Static Shock) and Billy Batson/Captain Marvel (this also applies to non-DCAU production Batman: The Brave and the Bold). It's also used just shy of consistently for Asian characters.
  • Unlike most of the other characters, which have well detailed eyes, the platypodes in Kulipari: An Army of Frogs have Hanna Barbera type sclerae.
  • Mickey Mouse in his earlier appearances in the Classic Disney Shorts. Later depictions of him portray him as having normal-looking eyes.
  • Almost every character in Daria. The most notable exceptions were Brittany, Stacy, Jodie, Mr. O'Neill, and Mr. DeMartino. Ms. Barch, the man-hating divorced science teacher, had skintone sclerae from seasons 1 to 3. When the show's animation changed in seasons 4 and 5, she was redesigned to have whites around her eyes.
  • The characters in Xiaolin Showdown.
  • Eileen from Regular Show. Justified as she's a mole.
  • Miss Finster from Recess.
  • Human characters in Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series. Most noticeable with Uhura, of course.
  • Monique from Kim Possible had these in the first season. In other seasons she has the same eyes as everyone else.
  • Everyone in Mike Tyson Mysteries has these to parody the artstyle of the original Scooby-Doo.
  • The Archie Comics animated adaptations produced by Filmation (another company that, like Hanna-Barbara, utilized low budgets for their shows), including The Archie Show and Sabrina and The Groovie Goolies.
  • Babies in Steven Universe, unlike adults and children, have flesh-colored eye.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: Alan is a balloon whose face is entirely drawn, and his eyes are the same color as his "body".


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