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"Look, when I came here, my eyes were big blue question marks. Now they're big green dollar marks."

For animated characters, the eyes are the windows to the soul—literally. So literally, that their eyes become their innermost thoughts projected in very clear symbols for all to see.

Some common eye symbols:

  • X or +: Dead or asleep without dreaming. Comical depictions of corpses or ghosts will have their tongues sticking out as well as this. Sometimes, both eyes will combine into a single, longways X. May also be a feature in depictions of clowns.
  • Spirals: Dazed, confused, terrified, dizzy, or knocked out (See also Mind-Control Eyes). Often accompanied with Circling Birdies.
  • Currency signs, usually dollar ($), yen (¥), pound (£), or euro (€): Greedy. Often accompanied with a cash register sound. Can also just be used as a sign of shock at discovering or seeing truly incredible amounts of money.
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  • Hearts: Lovesickness. Or — depending on what you're readingan orgasm.
  • Daggers/Fire: Extreme anger and/or intent to kill someone for something unforgivable. Fire could also be used for passion.
  • No Sale: Used in western cartoons after a blow to the head.note  TILT can be used if the character's a robot.note 
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  • Stars: Excitement, determination, or dreaming of fame and fortune
  • Circles around pupils and nothing else: shock, insanity, or rage. Frequently used by American comic strips.
  • Deep shaded irises with no pupils to speak of: Drugged or under mind control. The character is being forced to act against their will; alternately, it can mean despair. Spinning swirls often convey a similar effect.
  • Inverted hashtags: Brief moments of intense emotion (of any kind), exertion, or pain.
  • Upside-down U's: "Yay" moments. They could also indicate that the character is Happy, Joyous, or Blissed. Right-side-up U's can indicate sleeping. Used mostly in anime, but has fallen mostly out of favor by now.
  • Copies of an item the character is looking at: Impressed, or wants the item.

This trope is named for Wingdings, a "dingbat" typeface created by Microsoft which comes pre-installed on most modern personal computers, consisting of assorted symbols.

Compare Glowing Eyes, Fireball Eyeballs, Henohenomoheji, Reflective Eyes, and Mind-Control Eyes. If a character's pupils are an odd shape normally, you're dealing with Exotic Eye Designs. If the eyes change color depending on mood, that's Living Mood Ring.


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  • There was a commercial for sport shoes with Don King (or a lookalike). When an athlete who didn't want to make commercial stuff finally sort of agrees, King's eyes turn into... guess what.
  • In both commercials from the Mexican anti-drug campaign Vive Sin Drogas, the boy's eyes turn into X's when he dies from a drug overdose.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Area no Kishi, the spiral type is sported by protagonist Kakeru after his Handsome Lech teammate Kouta puts him through several wrestling holds trying to find out more about Kakeru's childhood friend, Seven.
  • Downplayed as the second chapter of Asteroid in Love is adapted as part of the first episode. When Ao gets overwhelmed by Mira's messages, exclamation marks are drawn over her eyes with a layer of transparency filter.
  • Maya from Ace Attorney briefly gets excited star-eyes when looking at a naughty magazine.
  • A somewhat stealthy example in Ayakashi Triangle: Matsuri once ended up staring dumbfounded at Suzu's bare chest. While his pupils don't look blatantly out of the ordinary, closer examination shows they're drawn exactly like nipples.
  • At the cliffhanger of episode 1 of The Big O, arcane symbols appear in Dorothy's eyes as she looks up at her Humongous Mecha "sister" Dorothy One. It's possible the mecha was somehow taking control of her (since she's next seen wired into it), but it's not really clear.
  • Black Clover: Asta's eyes turn into sparkles when he gets excited about something. Julius Novachrono as well whenever he sees cool magic.
  • In Black★Rock Shooter, whenever a character is being affected by their "Otherself", their irises become gear-shaped.
  • Bleach: The time skip leading to The Lost Agent Arc reveals that Orihime has practiced making face gags; Orihime can now make her eyes look like the number 3.
  • In Cells at Work!, bacteria and other infections get X eyes when they are killed.
  • Misaki Shokuhou in A Certain Scientific Railgun is known as the Queen of Tokiwadai and possesses mind control powers. Those under her powers usually (but not always) display small stars in their eyes. Her own eyes have massive stars in them and when Misaka finally calls her out on her appearance she says she was just born like that. For a while, fans speculated that the blonde girl we see was just another puppet of the real Misaki, but it seems not.
  • Galaxy Angel: In one episode, Ranpha's eyes turn into male units upon first meeting a male android. A nude male android.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers:
    • When visiting Japan, America's eyes turned into spirals when he saw how small a large order of fries was.
    • Germany's eyes once turned into stars when a ninja randomly appeared in a movie.
  • Kamichama Karin often uses spiral eyes to show confusion.
  • In the Kingdom Hearts manga some of the characters will get the X-eyes when they get knocked out. Especially we will see them most on more cartoony characters like Donald Duck, Goofy, Mickey Mouse, or Pete. But also the humans for example Sora, Roxas, Olette, or Aladdin will get those X-eyes when they get attacked by an enemy or get knocked out.
  • Although it happens a few times, this also happens to Kirby in this episode of Kirby: Right Back at Ya! where, in one scene, Kirby tries to unsuccessfully jump over the rope, thus getting hit in the face, getting the + type in the process.
  • Lucky Star: Characters' eyes are known to display themselves as hashtags, vertical lines, or tiny rings around white. Sometimes, they can become a sideways X, too.
  • Subaru of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS expresses her great appreciation for good ice cream by having her eyes turn into sparkly hearts. After Hayate first summons the Wolkenritter in a flashback in the sixth episode of A's and faints from the shock, her eyes turn into spirals by the time Vita approaches her.
  • March Comes in Like a Lion: When Momo meets Nikaidou for the first time while mistaking him for one of her beloved cartoon characters, Bodoro, her irises are filled with flower symbols as she's introducing herself, reflecting her excitement.
  • My Hero Academia: Mei Hatsume's eyes look like reticles: probably a quirk of her Quirk (Zoom, which lets her focus on things in the distance).
  • Mysterious Joker makes use of this trope. Whenever Hachi or Joker are particularly happy about something, usually a MacGuffin, their eyes take on this appearance.
  • Negi Springfield in Negima! Magister Negi Magi gets the Spirals version when he's knocked out by a flying door, as shown on YouTube here at about 2:40.
  • Similar to the comic example below, Mako from Nerima Daikon Brothers has heart-shaped reflections in her sunglasses.
  • Episode 5 of Nurse Witch Komugi features the heroine with the yen sign in her eyes.
  • One Piece:
    • Nami's eyes occasionally change to the symbol for Beri when there's a potential profit to be made, Sanji's eyes change to hearts whenever he's swooning over one of the girls, and in one chapter Luffy's eyes changed to takoyaki to show just how much he craved the food. And recently he seems to have expanded to meat eyes.
    • Luffy, Usopp, and Chopper are also especially prone to starbursts when they see something sufficiently awesome. When Luffy heard of Chopper's seven transformation power, even his Speech Bubbles got sparkly.
    • The characters even point this out sometimes!
    • If a character shows angular spirals, it tends to mean the character is not of sound mind. Such as in Alabasta when Luffy ate something he shouldn't have and started angrily lashing out at everything he saw.
    • The Reverie arc has a mild but cute example: when Vivi correctly guessed Luffy had saved Dressrosa, Rebecca teared up so much, her eyes turned into puddle shapes.
    • When the Straw Hats entered Wano via Luffy grabbing onto two giant carps to climb a giant waterfall, Carrot was so excited that her eyes turned into stars.
  • The PaRappa the Rapper anime has a ton of these. Also, since some of the characters have a few of those, the main character, known as the rapping dog who always believes, gets those a lot of times, Once per Episode. It can also be a running gag also in some episodes.
  • Pokémon: The Series:
    • Spirals = KO. Otherwise, they're probably down but not out. Pokémon as well humans will often get those spiral eyes, especially in later seasons.
    • Sometimes they'll get X-eyes when they get knocked out or shocked. For the humans, X-eyes are usually used when someone is comically beaten up; as such, they are commonly seen on James.
    • Also, heart eyes are used in the anime, sometimes when a Pokemon is hit by Attract. There are also fire-eyes, star-eyes, you name them.
    • Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl introduced an open + symbol to denote the Sleep status.
    • Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon had one occasion as a reference; when Ash’s Rowlet gets the idea to find a replacement for Meltan’s stolen nut, its eyes turn into Game Freak logos (complete with a star as portrayed when the Game Freak logo appears in some of the Pokémon games), and while that occurs, a Nintendo Game Boy also appears above Rowlet’s head.
    • Pokémon movies, on the other hand, tend to drop this after the first couple minutes in favor of more serious effects.
  • Lilie from Princess Tutu often gets hearts in her eyes when Ahiru does something she deems 'cute'.
  • Rurouni Kenshin has our main hero get swirly-eyed in the more lighthearted scenes.
  • Happens in Sailor Moon on many occasions, most noticeable with the Heart Eyes Usagi displays when meeting Tuxedo Mask and then again when seeing Rei for the first time.
  • Sakura no Ichiban!: Asami has swirls in her eyes in the first chapter when she gets knocked out by the guys kidnapping her and Misao.
  • One panel of Sgt. Frog featured Keroro with a yen symbol in one eye and an American dollar sign in the other. Giroro's eyes sometimes go up in actual flames.
    • In one episode of the anime, Momoka's eyes have little flames in them as she thinks of her determination to get close to Fuyuki on an upcoming trip, which then turn to little rainclouds when he mentions it might rain.
    • On the merchandise side, a sticker book of Wingding Eyes for all the model kits has been released.
  • One notable case from Slayers: The last episode in Slayers Next when Gourry and Lina reappear hugging after disappearing into the Sea of Chaos and Lina clocks Gourry, giving him the X-eyes.
  • All the humanoid aliens in Space Pirate Mito have starbursts for pupils. Aoi, who is half-alien, half-human, has one normal pupil and one starburst.
  • Super Milk Chan will often have yen signs appear in her eyes in slot-machine style whenever the topic of making money comes up; other, oddball symbols have been known to appear as well.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann:
    • Extremely high levels of blood heat are indicated by spirals in the characters' pupils. Not at all related with confusion, but spirals show up as a symbol of determination many times throughout the series how Everything's Better with Spinning.
    • One fairly unique example of this trope occurs late in the series when Kittan's eyes momentarily transform into stars upon seeing the giant stars on Yoko's latest outfit. Guess where they are.
    • Simon demonstrates the "insanity/rage" eyes — pupils with nothing but empty circles around them — for a few episodes following Kamina's death.
    • The "Spiral eyes" are, like a significant portion of Gurren Lagann, a reference to Getter Robo, where one of the signs of a human being supercharged by Getter Rays was their irises becoming spirals.
  • Tamagotchi: Nine times out of ten, Himespetchi's eyes will turn into red-colored hearts at the climax of her daydreams about her crush, Mametchi. It often concides with her saying her Catchphrase "gigakyun".
  • In one chapter of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, Yugi curses a TV producer to expose his greed on television, and the producer gets the kanji for "greed" in his eyes (the translated version by Viz Media uses yen signs).

    Asian Animation 
  • Akis: In "Talent Show", the girl performing in the talent show has X's for eyes when she faints from Akis shocking her.
  • It's common in Happy Heroes for characters' eyes to become certain symbols in a given situation, such as spiral eyes when they are dazed or heart-shaped eyes when they fall in love (the latter is especially true for Doctor H. when he's around Miss Peach).
  • Lamput:
    • In one episode, Fat Doc's eyes become X's when Slim Doc hits him with a bat, mistaking him for Lamput since he accidentally covered himself in orange paint.
    • In another episode, Lamput's eyes are represented as heart shapes as he is admiring a woman sitting in front of him on the bus.
  • Mechamato: Rubika's eyes turn into a question mark when Mechamato's missile attack seems surprisingly underwhelming.
  • Motu Patlu: In a New Years 2019 commercial, Motu's eyes turn into hearts.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: In the first episode of Mr.Wolffy, Mr.Right!, Wolffy has hearts in his eyes when he sees a girl that he loves.

    Comic Books 
  • Billy Dogma creator Dean Haspiel does a twist on this: Billy's girlfriend often has heart-shaped reflections on her sunglasses.
  • Condorito and related comics use swirly eyes for lunatics, whether they are in a madhouse or whether the punchline that reveals them as loonies has just been delivered...
  • Green Lantern often shows people with Lantern Corps symbols in their eyes when strongly feeling the corresponding emotion (the Green Lantern symbol when channelling Heroic Willpower, Red Lantern symbol when consumed by rage, etc.)
  • In Supergirl story Bizarrogirl, a newspaper depicts the Girl of Steel after being curbstomped by Godship with "x"'s for eyes to show that she's knocked out.
  • In the 111 issue of "W.I.T.C.H." the characters Will Vandom and Martin Tubbs will both get the X-Eyes. Will gets hit by a soccer ball in her face and Martin will get kicked around by Uriah.
  • In Sonic the Comic Super Sonic has Spiral eyes which make him look even more psychotic. (They're actually repeating circles, not spirals, but the effect is much the same.)
  • Tangle the Lemur from the Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW) comics often gets stars in her eyes when she is excited.
  • The X-for-dead variation appears in The Superman Adventures short story "While You Were Sleeping", in which Luthor is dreaming of finally killing Superman.
  • Several times in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW), notably:
    • Rarity gets a watch-shaped eye, accompanied by a few gears popping out, at the sudden appearance of the spiders in issue #2.
    • When Twilight and AJ are fighting over leadership in #2, AJ gets a dagger in hers, and Twilight a grenade.
    • At the very end, Spike has heart eyes when meeting up with Rarity, as usual.
  • The Spectre is occasionally depicted with skulls for irises for dramatic effect, often when he's inflicting Cruel and Unusual Death.
  • Stormer from Jem and the Holograms (IDW) got hearts in her eyes when she saw her girlfriend Kimber dressed up in a cute shark costume during a Halloween party.
  • Mdga Man gets stars in his eyes in Mega Man (Archie Comics) when Hard Man punches him in the face.
  • Parodied in The Unbelievable Gwenpool. When Gwen learns how much she'll make for taking a job, she pulls out a marker and physically draws dollar signs on the lenses of her mask, to the consternation of her tailor.
  • This is enforced by Executive Meddling in the Warrior Cats comics. Too much violence is not allowed, so prey animals are depicted perfectly intact with "x"'s for eyes to show that they're dead.
  • In the Wonder Woman Vol 1 story arc Judgment In Infinity, the Adjudicator's eyes look like multi-faceted, multicolored crystals.
  • In some of the Warrior Cats graphic novels, such as Winds of Change, dead prey animals occasionally have X's for eyes.
  • Emilka Sza - Whenever titular character Emilka is fame-struck, her eyes turn into stars while she walks around smiling in almost a "sleepwalking like" trance.

    Comic Strips 
  • Foxtrot:
    • Jason has had money signs in his glasses.
    • Parodied in one strip where we see Jason with a number of odd symbols, before going to harass his sister Paige ("Your's mesmerizing!" he says with spirals in his eyes). Paige yells at him to stop drawing on his glasses.
    • One strip had Peter's eyes turn into "A+++" when he gets teamed up with Morton Goldwaith on a school project.
  • My Cage: Apparently in this universe, such pupils are medical conditions. When Maureen learns her date makes 500K a year, her eyes bug out with dollar signs, and she has to be taken to the emergency room for treatment.
  • Both Calvin and Hobbes and Garfield use a rather western-centric technique of putting rings around their beady eyes as a shorthand for rage or insanity.
  • Good old Charlie Brown had these too, of course.
    • One distinctive Peanuts example was using commas instead of full stop eyes to indicate eye-rolling reactions or sarcasm.
  • The women in the Norwegian comic "M" all have stars instead of eyes. The author says this is because it's harder to read the mood of women. Other explanations include mixing pills with alcohol.
  • Beetle Bailey: Though apparently just eyes is not enough.
    • Spirals and such have been spotted.
    • In one strip, the characters notice that a passed-out character's eyes really do turn into X's, even though they say that's supposed to only happen in comics.
    • Chip Gizmo has once been spending too much time on the computer, as evidenced by his right eye having turned into a :), left eye into a @, and mouth into ----.
    • Cosmo has Wingding Ears, as seen in one strip — fitting his personality, from close up, his ears contain a dollar sign (instead of the slightly similar squiggle usually drawn inside ears).

    Fan Works 
  • In Aki-chan's Life -the sequel to The Second Try- we have this scene where Shinji and Misato are blinded by a camera's flash and their eyes turn into tiny spirals.
  • Evangelion 303: Here, when Asuka learns Jessika likes Rammstein. Her eyes turn into giant hearts.
  • Most Pokémon fanfictions are bound to have these, replicating the anime.
  • Happens in the Animal Crossing fanfic Rocky Road, where Kid Cat ends up with spiral eyes after he tries (and fails) to break a rock that Suter was trying to smash with an elbow drop.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, All Might isn't sure if the stars in Izuku's eyes are showing up out of admiration or a side effect of his Kryptonian Super-Vision.
  • My Hero Playthrough:
    • In chapter 5, Izuku sees the kanji 孫note  is his mom's eyes after he tells her Tsuyu wants to practice swimming with him. Alone. In the forest.
    • In chapter 15, Izuku sees the kanji 肉note  in the study group's (six of his female classmates) eyes when he enters the room. Including invisible Hagakure.

    Films — Animation 
  • In All Dogs Go to Heaven, Charlie's pupils become dollar signs—complete with a "cha-ching!"—when he realizes how much money he can make betting on animal races by having Anne-Marie talk to the animal participants.
  • The audio commentary to Disney's Beauty and the Beast notes that Gaston has skulls visible in his eyes as the camera zooms in on his face while he's falling to his death. (It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment — try going through the scene frame-by-frame.)
  • Cats Don't Dance:
    • Darla Dimple is so infuriated at the animals trying to get attention that her eyes fill with fire and (cat) Skull and Crossbones at the same time.
    • Earlier, when Danny's offered the chance to be in a film with the above-mentioned Dimple, he gets stars in his eyes (pun not intended).
  • The Emperor's New Groove: Kuzco's pupils are replaced with tiny spirals to signal that he is going "Oh, Crap!" when he sees that the hole he has gotten his head stuck in is full of bats who don't look happy.
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox has several variations. The opossum has spiral eyes when he zones out. Dogs and humans get asterisks for pupils when they eat drugged blueberries. The dead poultry have their eyes X'd out.
  • In Shrek 2, if you look very closely during the scene where Puss in Boots shows Shrek and Donkey his Puppy-Dog Eyes, you can actually see two little Re/Max hot-air balloons reflected onto his pupils.
  • In The LEGO Movie, Vitruvius gets Xs in his eyes after he dies.
  • In The Aristocats, Edgar gets dollar signs in his eyes when plotting the cats' demise.
  • At the end of Ice Age: The Meltdown, Scrat's pupils become acorns for a moment when he sees the giant acorn in his acorn heaven.
  • In Dingo Pictures productions such as Wabuu, the Cheeky Raccoon, characters sometimes "shut" their pupils to horizontal slits while their eyelids remain open.
  • Monsters University: When the belief that human children are toxic creatures that can kill monsters with a mere touch is first mentioned, the viewers are shown a picture with a child doing it and the monster having X-shaped eyes.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Will Ferrell's eyes burst into flame when his hair is insulted.
    • This is repeated in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues when Ron gets angered again. This time, in his eyes is shown a man screaming, which could possibly be one of the contestants from the cock fight that he went to with his son, Walter.
  • In A Christmas Story, when Ralphie fantasizes about defending his family from a band of clearly delineated bad guys with his official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle, said villains end up with X's drawn over their eyes after they're dispatched.
  • In Velvet Goldmine, when Brian Slade and his manager Jerry Devine discuss a collaboration project with Curt Wild and Curt responds not only favorably but flirtatiously, we zoom in on Brian's eyes to see pink hearts, then zoom in on Jerry's to see green dollar signs.
  • A Running Gag in Hot Rod, where the titular pseudo-daredevil will "summon" the essence of some animal, followed by an image of said animal appearing in each iris.
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit:
    • Judge Doom's eyes literally stare daggers. And not get daggers in them mind, they actually extend from his skull and get pointy! They also display spiraling swirls, starbursts, etc. in brilliant red and yellow. Shudder.
    • Also from this film, Lena Hyena demonstrates the "heart eyes" variation.
      • As does Roger, while watching Eddie and Dolores about to kiss.
  • Discussed sarcastically by Saunders in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, saying that while her eyes used to be "big blue question marks, now they're big green dollar marks."

  • In the ''Dragonlance book, Raistlin's pupils are hourglass-shaped.
  • House of Robots: Robots Go Wild!: E has swirl eyes during most of the illustrations of his rampage.
  • A lot older than you might think: The "Medieval Housebook", a manuscript from ca. 1480, features the "X eyes = dead" variant for a horse in one picture (at the bottom).
  • A plot point in Moving Pictures, where eyes are windows of the soul. Those touched by the "Holy Wood" bug have actual stars in their eyes, a small golden star in each pupil.
  • Samurai Santa: When the snowball war is over, some of the Snowlems have Xs in their eyes.
  • All the animals that pile upon the title character's antlers in Dr. Seuss' Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose (which he breaks off for some approaching hunters who mount them upon a wall) end up with the fate of plus-eyes, all still perched upon them and "stuffed, as they should be".
  • Time To: When the blonde girl in "Time to Say, 'Please!'" wants a cookie, her eyes turn into cookies.

    Live-Action TV 
  • "No Sale" eyes were used in the "boxing" episode of Police Squad!.
  • The Basil Brush Show: Dave gets pound-sign pupils in one episode when Anil mentions he'll give anything to have his plumbing fixed.
  • In the Sabrina the Teenage Witch episode "Five Easy Pieces of Libby", both Hilda and Zelda show dollar signs in their eyes when they realize how profitable Zelda's cleaning formula is.
  • Penn & Teller did a card trick on the Today Show and revealed the chosen card by having Teller open his eyes wearing scleral shells that appeared to replace his pupils with a 3 and a club. They repeated the trick on Hollywood Squares, during the infamous "You Fool!" episode.
  • In many episodes of The Monkees, whenever lovesick Davy locks eyes with a beautiful girl, both he (the Chick Magnet) and the girl get starry-eyed.
  • The dollar sign version happens in an episode of Mr. Show with several characters (including a firefighter after seeing a burning house), as part of one of the show's many "links" that connect the sketches.
  • Usagi got these in the fourth episode of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon. Despite being Live-Action, it was well done since the heart she displayed in her eyes looked like reflection in the same way that certain types of lighting give circular reflection in the eyes, but heart-shaped.
  • Referenced by Jack in Midnight Caller: "I've heard so much about money lately, I could puke. You know, multi-million dollar ballplayers, multi-million dollar business deals... What the hell is wrong with this country? It's like everybody's wearing contact lenses shaped like dollar bills or something."

  • The oddly titled "Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But..." by the Arctic Monkeys, advocating art for art's sake:
    Well I ain't got no dollar signs in my eyes
    It might be a surprise but it's true
  • Billy Talent's anti-consumerism song "Pocketful of Dreams" contains the line "Still when I look into your eyes they're full of dollar signs".
  • Lupe Fiasco's character "The Streets" constantly has glowing green dollar signs in her eyes. "The Game" has glowing red dice.
  • Primal Scream - "Swastika Eyes". A reference to Weimar Republic political cartoonists who drew Nazis with swastika Wingding Eyes.
  • Nirvana's logo has the X-eyes version.
  • Pepe Deluxé's ''Go Supersonic" video uses X-eyes for death. Glowing, neon X-eyes.
  • Referenced in the lyrics for "Rhythm Section Want Ad" by They Might Be Giants:
    For every one with dollar signs in his eyes
    There must be hundreds that look at you as if you're some kind of
    Rhythm section want ad
  • The original design for Deadmau5' Mau5head (seen on the cover of Get Scraped) featured X-eyes. This was abandoned for most subsequent incarnations.


    Puppet Shows 
  • In Muppet Treasure Island, upon discovering Billy Bones' treasure map, Gonzo gets dollar signs in his eyes as he says "We're gonna be rich!" Meanwhile, the nervous Rizzo has X-eyes as he says "We're gonna be dead."
  • In the Sesame Street sketch Beginning, Middle, and End, which is one of many sketches animated by Sally Cruikshank, when Seymour gets on a pterodactyl who acts like a taxicab, his neighbor Mrs. Bazini gets X's in her eyes from hitting the side of her head with a trash can lid due to complete and utter shock of witnessing it right next to her backyard.


    Video Games 
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • When Mario dies or gets burned by fire/lava in Super Mario 64, his eyes become Xs.
    • In Mario Party 2 there is a 1-vs-3 minigame called "Look Away". When the characters lose this minigame, their heads will shrink, spin and disappear in the background. Also, their eyes will change to show their defeat. Mario for example will get the X-eyes, Donkey Kong will get spiral-eyes and Princess Peach will have black stars instead of pupils in her eyes.
    • In the intro to Super Mario Sunshine, Mario gets hearts in his eyes when the advertisement in the plane shows a bounty of food.
    • In Mario Kart: Double Dash!! some characters like Yoshi, Birdo, Koopa, and Paratroopa will get X-eyes when they get hit by an item or get their kart backflipped by a Blue Shell, Bob-Omb, or Bomb-Car.
    • The Tostarenans in Super Mario Odyssey have different-shaped glowing eyes depending on their mood, such as pink flowers when happy and yellow starbusts when hurt.
    • In Mario Power Tennis, during a cut scene, Princess Peach blows a kiss to Mario and Luigi, and their eyes become heart-shaped.
  • Bomberman commonly uses these, because his eyes are the -only- facial feature on his computer screen-like face.
  • Claws of Furry: The rat Mooks' eyes will turn into Xs upon defeat. defeated hamster ball enemies will gain Xs in their eyes. Also, if you lose a level, your Cat Ninja will have Xs in their eyes in the level result screen.
  • Cooking Mama gets stars in her eyes when you succeed at a task, and they become flame if you should miss one of her instructions. "Don't worry! Mama will fix it!"
  • Glam: Glam's eyes will turn into Xs upon death.
  • Wario's eyes have dollar signs in the intro to most WarioWare games whenever he stumbles upon a new money-making scheme. Except for WarioWare: Snapped in which coins are in Wario's eyes rather than the dollar signs, and WarioWare: Smooth Moves, in which the dollar signs did not appear at all.
  • Disgaea: Princess Sapphire has naturally star shaped pupils. Flonne's eyes occasionally change to flames whenever she gets fired up.
  • Lemina in Lunar: Eternal Blue has the dollar sign version any time she makes money off something, or is thinking of a way to do so.
  • Gaia Online has a series of glasses accessories that have this effect on your avatar. The track-invading Yaoi Fangirl from the '08 Olympics had a pair with swirlies, if I remember correctly.
    • An equally absurd example comes from the later levels of zOMG! There your character is, at the bottom of the ocean looking for the Big Bad's lair, when you notice a heap of apparent rocks has an eye in it. An eye bigger than your avatar. And it blinks. And every time it blinks, its pupil changes shape. And nobody on either the zOMG! forum or the GCD knows what it is, aside from weird.
    • The Hidden Ace evolving item has four pairs of eyes with pupils shaped after card suits — diamond, heart, spade, and club.
  • In Chulip, the protagonist gets X's in his eyes whenever he gets hurt...and with Everything Trying to Kill You, this is quite often.
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day:
  • Platinum the Trinity of BlazBlue has naturally heart-shaped pupils. They go away whenever the Trinity personality takes over. Hilariously, her eyes can also turn into different things such as actual hearts when she's in love with something, as well as X's when she's lying on her back after being knocked down by certain attacks.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Team Chaotix in Sonic Heroes get the $ eyes since they care about money. Espio doesn’t get this trope as he is suspicious about the payment promised.
    • When attacked with Sonic special move Dizzy Spin in Sonic the Fighters, characters will become just that; Dizzy. Cue the spiral eyes and falling on their backs.
  • In one of the FMVs for Worms 2, a lone worm plays with a slot machine until three dynamite pictures line up. Thinking he won, dollar signs appear in his eyes until he hears the sound of fuse burning and the dollar signs becomes question marks... at which point he realizes that the slot machine is dropping out lit sticks of dynamite instead of money. Cue screaming and a truly massive explosion.
  • In one of the World Heroes Arcade endings, Janne gets heart-eyed. Use this link, and go to 1:40 of the video to view it.
  • Ripper Roo from Crash Bandicoot , depending on the game in the series, has the swirling spiral variety or circles around the pupils to show his mental instability and Ax-Craziness. Although as Dr. Roo, he has normal eyes hidden underneath his glasses.
  • The spiral eyes show up quite often in the Starfy series, and Starly gets the heart eyes in the 4th game. Moe also gets heart eyes when interacting with Ruby.
  • Spinda of the Pokémon series naturally have spiral eyes, which are meant to tie in with their tottering, confusing movements. Other examples include Chinchou's plus sign eyes, Wynaut's carets, and Whismur's plus sign. Many Pokémon have dot or line eyes too.
  • The Bubble Bobble games have a unique exaggerated variant of + eyes: characters' eyes get crossed out by a literal black line. In Bubble Memories, a sequel, dying player-characters end up with Blank White Eyes instead.
  • When you lose in Minesweeper, the Yellowface's eyes become little X's.
  • In the Puyo Puyo series, some of the characters like Amitie or Arle Nadja will get the X-eyes when they lose a game while some get the spiral eyes.
  • Brain Dead 13 uses this in the final scene. Fritz gets so angry that he uses this as a slot machine to think of the many methods to kill Lance, including a high-heeled shoe, until finally, the word "Jackpot" appears, in which Fritz unleashes ALL of the weapons he has at Lance.
  • In the original Super Smash Bros. 64, when Kirby is dazed, he becomes swirly-eyed. This was dropped in later games. However, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U does this to another character in the form of Pikachu; when Pikachu is dazed, it becomes swirly-eyed. In Ultimate, the swirly-eyes got carried over, and with Pichu added to the mix, Pichu also gets swirly-eyes similar to Pikachu when it is dazed. Pichu also becomes swirly-eyed briefly when it does its third taunt where it charges electricity similar to Pikachu. Pichu also briefly becomes swirly-eyed during one of its victory animations, though it quickly recovers and winks.
  • Neptunia:
    • When a CPU or a CPU Candidate activates their HDD mode, their pupils are replaced with power symbols during the transformation.
    • Among other eyeball oddities, the character MarvelousAQL from the Rebirth remakes has musical note-shaped pupils.
  • Some of the costume items in LittleBigPlanet are like this, such as the Dizzy Eyes, which actually spin around while being swirly.
  • From the opening of the Arcade Game Go! Go! Mile Smile:
    Fairy: If you can rescue the young and beautiful princess, you will get a great reward.
    Mile: [dollar signs in eyes] Reward!!
    Yard: [Heart Symbols in eyes] A beautiful princess!!
    • Yard’s eyes also become hearts in the ending when he meets the princess that he and Mile just saved. Too bad the princess doesn’t like men, as she knocks Yard away.
  • Dead units in Totally Accurate Battle Simulator will have X eyes when they die. Otherwise, they walk around with googly eyes rolling in their heads.
  • Persona 5: The eyes on Funny Animal Morgana will turn into yellow, four-pointed stars whenever he starts plotting something.
  • Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People: After Strong Bad gives Homestar a Tap on the Head, Homestar's eyes become X's as he falls over.
  • The Maid of Fairewell Heights: Marshmallow's eyes turn into hearts when in her car, saying:
    Mmm! This wind feels great!
  • Miitomo: When speaking about love or moolah, the Mii's eyes are turned respectively into hearts and coins.
  • Miitopia: The Miis’ eyes turn into hearts upon their relationship level reaching Level 30 or higher, or if the Pop Star uses Love Song on them.
  • Many characters use these in Cuphead. For example, at the beginning of the game, Cuphead's eyes show dollar signs when he plays the dice game against Mugman's warning, unaware that the dice turn out to be snake eyes. All of Hilda Berg's constellation forms have stars for pupils (this extends to her second-phase Game Over card). Djimmi the Great blows out some smoke that forms a teacup with X's for eyes and a frowning mouth at the beginning of the fight. And finally, the Devil casts a Death Glare on Cuphead and Mugman at the beginning of the final battle when his pupil turns into a cup getting cleaved into mincepottery; in the second phase, he weaponizes an axe and a flying bomb from his pupil (sometimes pink-colored and easy to parry).
  • In the video game version of Gregory Horror Show, when Roulette Boy's game starts, Gregory and The Guest (either male or female) will land, and after that, The Guest's eyes become X's while Gregory's eyes becomes dizzied without any wingding eyes.
    • Also, when landing on the return space, The Guest will get the same X eyes like at the beginning of Roulette Boy's game.
    • The Guest will also get the X eyes when they land on an Event space and get a harmful event.
  • In Mega Man 11, Bounce Man's eyes will turn into X's if he is hit by the Pile Driver.
  • Friday Night Funkin':
    • The little icons on the UI bar gain Xs for eyes when their side of the bar nears the edge - the exceptions to this are The Girlfriend, The Father, and The Senpai, who don't have lose icons, and Monster, who instead has an X for one pupil and a circle around the other.
    • The girls in the background of Week 6 have hearts for eyes to indicate how head over heels they are for The Senpai.
    • The Game Mod Vs Whitty has Whitty absolutely snapping by song 3, with his eyes turning into crosses, X's, triangles, and circles in rapid sequence to demonstrate how he's out of his mind with pure rage.
  • In Them's Fightin' Herds, predator mooks will have spirals for eyes when hit and defeated. The playable characters will also have spiral eyes in their defeated portrait and on their overworld sprite when beaten.
  • Trails of Cold Steel normally has a realistic art style, but Millium's eyes change to > < when she gets excited, and to blank white circles when she is puzzled. Roselia gets the same treatment in the fourth game.
  • Cirno from Touhou Project is occasionally depicted with 9-balls in her eyes.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • In the opening cutscene of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, Athena and Widget get swirly eyes after Athena trips and falls down a staircase.
    • In the first case of the same game, Juniper Woods' "damage" animation has her pull her pigtails so hard that they snap back and deck her in the eyes, leaving Xs.
    • A Dummied Out sprite for the first game shows Phoenix with heart eyes. This was originally used to show his reaction to seeing April May for the first time in court, but after the script was rewritten so that Phoenix first meets April in an investigation segment, where the player character's sprite isn't visible, the sprite went unused as there was no need for it anymore.
    • Still regarding Phoenix, his eyes turn into a large X whenever he sneezes in the first case of Trial and Tribulations.
  • Danganronpa:
    • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc: When the Mastermind eventually appears, several images show said mastermind with spiral eyes, apparently as a signifier of the lunatic obsession with despair that drives their actions.
    • In the sequel, Komaeda Nagito gets them once or twice due to a parallel fanatical obsession with hope.
  • Finley from Hustle Cat gets literal stars in her eyes when she is excited, frequently about something adorable that another character is doing.
  • Claude Trilleo from Sunrider occasionally gets hearts in her eyes when she’s feeling particularly... amorous towards Kayto Shields.

    Web Animation 
  • The Watchmen parody "Saturday Morning Watchmen" shows the Comedian having the heart version... for Silk Spectre II.
  • In Happy Tree Friends:
    • In "Mime to Five", after finally getting enough money to buy the unicycle he wants, Mime gets the dollar sign version followed by a version with unicycles.
    • In "We're Scrooged!", Lumpy gets the dollar sign version. The annotated version says he should really see a doctor about that.
    • In "I Nub You", Petunia gets the heart version.
  • Vivi from Mystery Skulls Animated gets excited stars in her eyes when she sees that the mansion she just entered is unquestionably haunted.
  • In the RWBY episodes "The Shining Beacon (Part 1)" and "Players and Pieces", Ruby gets the spiral version.
  • Doki gets several over the course of There she is!!
  • Hazbin Hotel: Alastor's pupils turn into old-timey radio dials when he puts on his Game Face. The effect is horrifying.
  • MGT School:
  • The Father Tucker short "Death Do Us Part" has Father Tucker's pupils turn into Stars of David when he ogles at a Jewish boy.
  • Yahtzee's avatar on Zero Punctuation will get the inverted-U eyes on the rare occasion where he's actually enjoying some aspect of a game.
  • Minilife TV: In "A New Terror Arrives", after Baby Crotchrash causes a car crash between Wilkins and Jack, an unconscious Jack has X's for eyes, which is lampshaded by Wilkins.


    Web Original 
  • For Sesame Street's 40th anniversary, the Google logo has been different for each day. This one has Elmo on it... It seems they were attempting that Anime "Upside-down U" look on him, but... though it looks a lot more like Kermit The Frog's eyes. Maybe that's what they were shooting for?
  • This simulator for predicting circumstellar habitable zones has a model planet (icy, wet, or bone dry depending if it's too far from its sun, in the habitable zone, or too close, respectively), which develops a face with X's for eyes when the simulation has it ceasing to exist.

    Web Videos 
  • Bronies React: In the episode for the Season 5 Finale of MLP:FIM, when Deadpool shows up in Jaxblade's house (Makes Just as Much Sense in Context), he gets hearts over his eyes at the mention of My Little Pony, and then thin white stripes as he leaves, dejected.

    Western Animation 
  • Lampshaded in Johnny Bravo: in an episode that sent up King Kong, Carl expresses worry that the giant gorilla they captured might get aggravated and go on a rampage. Pops, who has dollar-sign pupils as he thinks about how much money this will make him, says "Sorry Carl, I can't hear you, I have huge dollar signs in my eyes."
  • Mamemo: In one episode, a cow carrying a turkey dinner slips on a skateboard and falls on her back. She gets Xs in her eyes as a result.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • Isabella pulls the hearts-for-eyes variation when she first greets Phineas in "Rollercoaster".
    • In "Isabella and the Temple of Sap", Phineas (in Isabella's daydream) has hearts in is eyes.
    • Played for laughs in the episode "Act Your Age", where Baljeet states that the hearts were visible in-universe.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • Eddy frequently has dollar-sign eyes whenever he thinks about money. In "Virt-Ed-Go" his entire head transforms into a "1½ Penny" and later in the same episode his eyes turn into dollar signs, leading to Double D actually peeling one off and examining it.
    • The show in general features the "circles around pupils" variant near-constantly whenever a character is excited.
    • Eddy gets the anime swirls from lack of sleep after Ed kept him up all night in "One Plus One Equals Ed".
  • In the Catillac Cats episode Search for a Star, Wordsworth crashes his Stilt-Mobile, leaving him dizzy with spiral eyes. Immediately after, a greedy stalker/talent agent, upon seeing Cleo, gets gold coins in his eyes.
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: Whenever Harmony's craziness gets out of control, she gets spinning green and yellow spirals in her eyes.
  • I ♥ Arlo:
    • In "Be the Turtle" when Alia is reaching for the fountain foundation during her "Slow Walk" number, her pupils turn into mini foundations.
    • Tony gets dollar sign eyes in "Community Garden" as he taste-tests a tomato during the titular song.
    • Marcellus gets coin eyes as he sees the Seasiders toss their coins into the fountain.
    • Arlo has heart eyes in "Tony Baloney" as he gushes over Tony's makeover.
  • In Total Drama Island, Harold gets heart ones when he reminisces about LeShawna. Later gets the circles around his pupils after Courtney threatens to post the poems he gave to her online (which, thanks to Chef, we can assume were steamy).
  • Spoofed on Drawn Together: When Ling Ling sees a money-making opportunity, his pupils become yen signs. When Foxxy sees one, her nipples become dollar signs.
  • Rocko's Modern Life:
    • Lampshaded in the "To Heck and Back" episode: "Heff, you've got Xs for eyes! What does that mean?"
    • When Heffer goes out with the milking machine, his eyes show stars, before he falls over. Originally they were supposed to be hearts.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In "Texas", when Sandy begins to chase after SpongeBob and Patrick - the latter of whom taunted Sandy more than was necessary - Patrick's eyes become giant X's as he screams, and both he and SpongeBob run faster to get away from her.
    • In "Krabs vs. Plankton", Mr. Krabs discusses a lawsuit with his lawyer. After mentioning that the lawyer won't charge Krabs unless they win, Krabs' pupils change to dollar signs. After mentioning counter-suing, Krabs' eyes turn into massive gold bars that slam into the floor with the weight. Lampshaded, as the lawyer asks if that normally happens, and SpongeBob states that "They're usually silver."
    • SpongeBob gets stars in his eyes in "Squid's Day Off" when Squidward, who is acting as his boss while Mr. Krabs is away, tells him that he's getting a promotion and in "As Seen on TV" when he gets the idea to pursue a singing career. "Solo record..." He gets them again in "Model Sponge" as he imagines himself becoming popular after signing up for a kitchen sponge commercial.
    • In "Just One Bite" SpongeBob gets hearts in his eyes when Squidward seems to enjoy tasting a Krabby Patty only for the hearts to explode when Squidward states it was terrible.
    • In "All That Glitters", when Mr. Krabs suggests SpongeBob get a new spatula, his eyes are briefly filled with red spirals.
    • In "Demolition Doofus", the flattened Mrs. Puff is so angry at SpongeBob for insulting her injury that her pupils become images of SpongeBob laughing, which then explode into mushroom clouds.
    • In "SpongeBob You're Fired", SpongeBob gets Krabby Patties in his eyes when he receives an order from Squidward.
    • In "SpongeBob's Bad Habit", SpongeBob's eyes turn into spinning tapes when recording what Squidward's life is about.
    • In "Krusty Love", Mr. Krabs has little hearts in his eyes when he gives Mrs. Puff flowers and chocolates.
    • In "Naughty Nautical Neighbors", Squidward's eyes display the text "K-O" just before he faints.
    • In "Squidtastic Voyage" when SpongeBob and Patrick mess with Squidward's brain, it causes Squidward's eyes to spin uncontrollably like slot machines.
    • In "Mr. Krabs Takes a Vacation" when Mr. Krabs invites SpongeBob to come on vacation with him and Pearl, SpongeBob's eyes turn into Magic 8 Balls which form the message "Yes, please."
  • The Simpsons:
    • Krusty the Clown invokes the dollar signs version when he hears "What's an 'agent'?" from someone he'd shown interest in, but immediately afterward spoofs it, saying they were gag contact lenses marked with dollar signs; it was something he always wanted to try.
    • Parodied in the Treehouse of Horror XV segment "The Ned Zone": When Homer hears about Flanders' ability to predict peoples' deaths, his eyes turn into skulls, then dollar signs, then American flags, and finally a dog chasing a cat before his normal pupils return.
    • A clever use of the trope in Treehouse of Horror XX: after Homer is killed in the intro, his "x" eyes are used as the Roman numerals to make the episode title card.
    • In the episode "Bart the General", we can see one dream sequence with Bart lying dead in a coffin after Nelson beats him up. In this scene, he had the X-eyes to show them in a cartoony way that he is dead.
    • In "Some Enchanted Evening", as Marge is angrily waiting for Homer at the door, her pupils turn into flames.
    • In "Opposites A-Frack", after seeing Patty and Selma's Wet Sari Scene, Homer's pupils shatter like glass and are swept away by a janitor inside his eyes.
  • Pokerface from SilverHawks will lift his shades to reveal slot machine-like eyes that spin to reflect various emotions, usually excitement or greed.
  • Looney Tunes cartoons did this countless times, with money signs and hearts.
    • One notable example is in "You Were Never Duckier" — Daffy Duck enters a poultry judging contest disguised as a rooster, confident he's a shoo-in for the $5000 prize, waiting with "dollar" signs in his eyes. When he loses, and the $5 prize for best duck is announced, he shrugs "Who am I to sneer at a fast fiver?", doffs the disguise, and waits with "cent'' signs in eyes.
    • In Claws For Alarm, yellow star-shaped pupils are one of the outcomes of the blow Porky received when Sylvester clobbered him with the butt of a shotgun.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • Montana Max and Plucky Duck are the most likely candidates for the dollar-sign version. Plucky also takes the stars version when he thinks there's a chance at getting some fame.
    • The spiral version also happens a couple of times, most notably with Fifi LaFume at the end of "Out of Odor" and Calamity Coyote in "Love Stinks". The heart version also occurs with Fifi in "Love Stinks" and "Aroma Amore".
    • In "The Weird Couple", when Dizzy is rooming with Hampton after his cave is flooded out, in one scene he begins jumping on Hamton's bed. A very angry Hampton watches him, with his pupils having taken the form of Dizzy's silhouette bouncing up and down.
  • Mission Hill did a variation of this: When someone was staring at something (like somebody's butt), dotted lines would come out of their eyes, ending at what they're looking at. These lines would turn into daggers when one character was mad at another.
  • In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, the Music Meister combines this with Expressive Mask: his wraparound shades have musical notes, but the connecting bar behaves like eyebrows and the note body placement corresponds to where he's looking.
  • Big City Greens:
    • In "Remy Rescue" when Cricket is entranced by Remy's mansion, his eyes have little stars in them.
    • Tilly gets hearts in her eyes in "Valentine's Dance" when she falls in love with a punching bag man. Gloria also gets heart eyes when she flirts with a French dude in her Imagine Spot in "Critterball Crisis".
    • Cricket gets little spirals in his eyes in "Sleepover Sisters" when he stops spinning after three straight hours of such.
    • In "Green Christmas", Cricket's eyes turn into slot machines that stop on presents at a few points of the episode to show his selfishness over Christmas presents.
    • Remy gets X eyes at the end of his planned future in "Time Crisis" as he predicts the time and date of his death.
    • In "Chipocalypse Now" when Chip tries to murder the Greens out of anger, his eyes are filled with red and white spirals.
  • When Heloise from Jimmy Two-Shoes gets angry, it's not uncommon to see fire in her eyes.
    • A variation in the Season 1 episode "The Product Tester". When Lucius is trying to come up with ideas for new Misery Inc. products, his pupils spin like a slot machine until it lands on two light bulbs. The bulbs then glow and Lucius smiles evilly.
    • Samy tends to get the stars variant whenever his dreams of showbiz are brought up. Other characters get it too when discussing Samy's hopes and dreams (or crushing them, in Lucius' case).
  • Tom and Jerry:
    • In "Baby Butch", after watching Tom put a ham into the fridge, the titular black cat's eyes balloon out into full refrigerators with open doors.
    • In "Quiet Please!!" , Tom gives Spike sleeping pills to keep him from waking up. He lifts one of his eyelids, and the eye has text reading "out cold". Later, Jerry looks into Spike's eye, which now reads "still out cold".
  • A disturbing example in Popeye: Popeye buys a parrot for Olive; a jealous Bluto leans in toward the cage, and in close-up, his pupils become images of his hand strangling the bird!
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "A Bird in the Hoof", Princess Celestia's sickly pet bird gets ice cube pupils when she has the chills, and later gets "X" eyes when she seemingly keels over dead.
    • In "Lesson Zero", ponies affected by Twilight's "Want it, Need it" spell get hearts in their eyes. (This also counts as Mind-Control Eyes.) For bonus points, Derpy Hooves remains Comically Cross-Eyed when the effect hits her.
    • In "Putting Your Hoof Down", this happens to one-time character Iron Will, whose eyes turn into "bits" (currency used in Equestria) when he succeeds in making Fluttershy assertive.
    • In "Magical Mystery Cure", when Twilight helps restore the true destinies of the other members of the Mane Six, memories of their original life flash through their eyes.
    • In "The Ending of the End-Part 2" Pinkie briefly gains cupcake eyes when she uses Discord's chaos magic.
  • In Totally Spies!, the main characters Clover, Sam, Alex, and also a few of the other characters will get often spiral eyes when they are dizzy, mind-controlled, or get knocked out. In the episode "S.P.I.", Alex and Sam get X eyes when they crash down on some boxes. Clover instead gets spiral eyes.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show in the episode "The Cat That Laid the Golden Hairball": Ren gets dollar sign eyes every time he stamps one of Stimpy's hairballs On the conveyor belt. However, when he stamps a furless Stimpy's butt,note  he gets "No Sale" signs instead.
  • In "Sweet (Truck) Ride", from Littlest Pet Shop (2012), Zoe gets the stars variation when she thinks about making a movie.
  • Lampshade Hanging in The Amazing World of Gumball: "Why are your eyes shaped like hearts?" "Allergies..."
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
    • In "Prank Call of Cthulhu", Grim gets mad and his eyes fill with fire. When Billy tells him his eyes are on fire, he starts screaming and tells Billy to out them out. He gives him coffee, hot sauce, acid, and rocket fuel until Grim puts them out in the toilet.
    • A non-lampshaded example appears in the episode "Complete and Utter Chaos"; When Mandy holds the Apple of Discord and thinks about the powers that it can give her, her pupils transform into the apple.
    • In the song sequence from "Keeper of the Reaper", Mandy's pupils become images of Grim's skull when she sings the lyric "Grim is the anger in my stare!"
  • Mr. Bogus: The first claymation short shown during the intro before the episode "Museum Madness" had this happen to Bogus after finding a treasure map in a bottle in the attic, his eyes taking on the shape of numbers before forming the shape of dollar bills.
  • In the Talkartoons short "The Robot", Bimbo is afraid to fight a round with One-Round Mike and, seeing that his opponent has a horseshoe in his boxing glove, his pupils turn into horseshoes that clang together.
  • Most of the robots in Futurama are noted for having square pupils (or the ones with visible pupils anyway). Bender took this a step further in Bender's Big Score, where when he was under mind control, his pupils turned into square spirals. The writers noted this ended up looking really creepy in the DVD commentaries.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • In "Star vs. Echo Creek", Star's eyes get blue spirals in them when she gets high from an overly sugary taco.
    • In "Deep Dive" when Star is entranced by the Realm of Magic, her eyes have pink sparkles in them.
  • Steven Universe:
    • The title character will get literal stars in his eyes when he's particularly amazed or excited.
    • Steven got this from his mother Rose Quartz, who also got star-eyed when amazed.
    • In "Back To The Barn", Pearl ends up with swirly eyes after the robot she is piloting is slammed back and forth Hulk-on-Loki style by Peridot's mech. Steven gets this variation in "Too Far" after jumping into a giant, out-of-control drill head to stop it and getting dizzy in the process.
    • In "Log Date 7 15 2", Peridot gets star-eyes while ranting that she's now one of the Crystal Gems after telling off Yellow Diamond and turning her back on the Homeworld.
    • Connie's eyes turn into diamonds when she's excited.
    • In "Say Uncle", after freaking out when the other crystal gems heads detach from their bodies, spin around planet Earth and reattach to their bodies, Pearl goes into shock and becomes in-cohesive, and for a split second, her eyes form Xs right when she passes out on the ground.
  • In the Life with Loopy short "Larry's Girl", both Larry and Stacey get hearts in their eyes upon meeting each other.
  • In the American Dad! episode "National Treasure 4: Baby Franny: She's Doing Well" when Roger's eyes turn into dollar signs, it causes him physical pain, and judging from his reaction has happened before.
  • Super Secret Secret Squirrel: The reflections on Morocco's shades often do this; the usual squiggle turning into an exclamation mark is a common one.
  • The Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy cartoon "Good Mouse Keeping" centered on a mouse filching the cheese in the kitchen. In one instance he's sleepwalking. Doggie Daddy wonders if the mouse is really asleep, so Augie lifts one of his eyelids. The iris is replaced with the word "Shhh!"
  • In the Sonic Boom episode, "Vector Detector", when Vector mentions he got into the TV business for the money, dollar signs appear in his eyes.
    Tails: You should probably see an optometrist about that.
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • The "stars" variant has occurred several times.
    • In "Home Wrecker", when Timmy's parents announce that they won't be needing Vicky's 24-hour babysitting service and take away her huge payload, her eyes read "NO SALE".
    • In the original Oh Yeah! Cartoons short, Vicky gets hearts in her eyes when pretending to be nice in front of Timmy's parents. In another short, she gets them again when a disguised Cosmo flirts with her.
  • Parodied in one episode of Glenn Martin DDS. When the girls see a moneymaking scheme, American Courtney gets dollar-sign eyes while Korean Wendy gets won-sign eyes.
  • In The Crumpets, characters display white hearts as eyes at some romantic moments.
    • The eyes of Fynartz are shown to be spinning rainbow spirals after his shades drop in "Taxidermama". In "Murder Everywhere", every hallucinating person gets the same effect to their eyes.
  • Classic Disney Shorts: In Donald Duck and the Gorilla, Donald tries to subdue an escaped gorilla by looking it right in the eye. As he does, the gorilla's pupil becomes a tombstone reading "HERE LIES A DEAD DUCK".
  • Ready Jet Go!:
    • Face 9000 gets heart eyes at the thought of pizza in "How Come the Moon Changes Shape?".
    • Sean gets fireworks in his eyes when he sees Ellen in "Astronaut Ellen Ochoa".
    • Jet gets stars in his eyes during the final song in "Lone Star 2 - Rocket Kids!".
  • A pair of variations where a character's mouth forms the letters of the word they're saying:
    • The Bugs Bunny cartoon "Half Fare Hare" has cartoon renditions of Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton see Bugs and say "FOOD!" with their mouths forming the letters.
    • At the end of season two story arcs of Tom Terrific, Mighty Manfred tells Tom "I'd rather stay at home and watch you on the TV," with Manfred's mouth forming the letters "T" and "V" as he says them.
  • Happens to XR the robot ranger from Buzz Lightyear of Star Command on occasion, like when he spots a get rich quick scheme his eyes become dollar signs, and when he altered the Tangean handbook so Mira didn't have to marry into royalty and could continue being a space ranger which caused her to kiss him out of joy, his eyes became hearts.
  • A variation in the Five-Episode Pilot of Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers: The first time Chip and Dale meet Gadget, Gadget herself is reflected in their eyes.
  • 101 Dalmatian Street: Dolly gets heart eyes after her crush Hansel strokes her chin with his tail in the episode Snow Day
  • The Powerpuff Girls (2016): one of the complaints of the series is that the main characters' eyes would do this way too often.
    • Occured a time or two on the original series. In "Him Diddle Riddle," Blossom asks which of the two Ms. Keanes suspended over a vat of sharks is the real one. Their individual responses cause Bubbles and Buttercup to go "X"-eyed in befuddlement.
  • Wander over Yonder:
    • In "The Egg", Wander's eyes turn into hearts as he mentions The Power of Love.
    • In "The Night", Wander's eyes become acorns as he sees one fall from a tree.
    • In "The Gift" and its P.O.V. Sequel "The Giftening", when the Watchdogs get a hold of the gifts Wander sends them, their pupils become hearts; when the gift is taken away, the heart morphs into a splat.
    • In "The Hole... Lotta Nuthin'", Wander's eyes turn into apples as he tries to get one loose from a tree.
    • In "My Fair Hatey", Wander's eyes turn into vacuum cleaners to suck up his Tears of Joy.
    • In "The End of the Galaxy", Peepers' eye turns into a heart when Lord Hater gives everyone else a Redemption Rejection.
  • In the Heckle and Jeckle cartoon "Blind Date," a ditzy playboy offers a reward for the return of his long-lost girlfriend. Heckle envisions Jeckle dressed as the girlfriend, then his eyes spin like slot machine windows stopping on "$" signs.
  • In the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! debut episode "What a Night for a Knight," Velma and Scooby are looking for Shaggy in a museum when they are followed by the Black Knight. When Scooby turns and sees him, his pupils become images of knight.

    Real Life 
  • In the Macintosh "Sad Mac" error message, the icon's eyes form an "X", which means that your computer has crashed. The Google Chrome "Sad Tab" error is a homage to this.
  • Unsurprisingly, there are novelty contact lenses out there that let you achieve this effect.
  • The stock Emoji available on most smartphones include smiley faces with heart eyes for love, with dollar eyes for greed, and with x eyes for shock.

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