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Wingding Eyes are extremely common in Western Animation Television Series.

  • 101 Dalmatian Street: Dolly gets heart eyes after her crush Hansel strokes her chin with his tail in the episode Snow Day.
  • Lampshade Hanging in The Amazing World of Gumball: "Why are your eyes shaped like hearts?" "Allergies..."
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 various episodes of Face's Music Party, the highlights in Face's eyes change shape from circles to stars and even music notes.
  • 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".
    • Anyone hit with Jorgan's memory-erasing device will have dizzy ripples for eyes. In "Fairy Idol", this effect strangely does not happen on Timmy when his memory is erased for real, however.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • In the Heathcliff & 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.
  • 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.
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: Whenever Harmony's craziness gets out of control, she gets spinning green and yellow spirals in her eyes.
  • A Hollywood Hounds Christmas: When Vic Vicious proposes he be the manager of the Hollywood Hounds, he gets dollar signs in his eyes when he says he'll make them stars.
  • 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 in "Make a Fish" 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.
  • 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).
  • Lampshaded in the Johnny Bravo episode "Ape is Enough". 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."
  • In the KaBlam!'s Life with Loopy short "Larry's Girl", both Larry and Stacey get hearts in their eyes upon meeting each other.
  • In "Sweet (Truck) Ride", from Littlest Pet Shop (2012), Zoe gets the stars variation when she thinks about making a movie.
  • Looney Tunes cartoons did this countless times, with money signs and hearts.
    • 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.
    • 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. The other two outcomes being getting stuck on "and the deer and the antelope pl-pl-..." while singing "Home on the Range" just before he could get in the shower and the traditional Cranial Eruption.
      Porky: Oh, give me a home, where the buffalo roam, and the deer and the antelope p-p-p-pl- [BONK!] [semi-comatose] And the deer and the antelope p-p-p-pl- And the deer and the antelope p-p-p-pl- And the deer and the antelope p-p-p-pl-...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (2023): In addition to imitating her eye movements, Lunella's goggles also show up different wacky designs dependent on what she's feeling, like a loading circle when figuring something out or question marks when confused.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Oh Yeah! Cartoons short "The Feelers" has light bulbs appear in Mitzi Moth's eyes during the titular insect rock band's performance of "100 Watts of Love".
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pokerface from SilverHawks will lift his shades to reveal slot machine-like eyes that spin to reflect various emotions, usually excitement or greed.
  • 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.
    • One must pay close attention in the Treehouse of Horror XIX. After Krusty is flung off the swings at a daycare playground, he lands on the merry-go-round and his belly hits the handlebars a bit too hard. He gains spiral eyes for a split second upon this event.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In "Naughty Nautical Neighbors", Squidward's eyes display the text "K-O" just before he faints.
    • 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 "Prehibernation Week", SpongeBob has skull-and-crossbone eyes when Sandy catches him out in the open.
    • In "The Algae's Always Greener", when Plankton hears of SpongeBob ordering two deluxe krabby patties in the Alternate Universe, his eye is replaced with an image of a Krabby Patty.
    • 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."
    • In "Squidtastic Voyage" when SpongeBob and Patrick mess with Squidward's brain, it causes Squidward's eyes to spin uncontrollably like slot machines.
    • 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 "Graveyard Shift", SpongeBob's pupils briefly become screaming mouths when he freaks out from Squidward's scary story about the Hash-Slinging Slasher.
    • In "Krusty Love", Mr. Krabs has little hearts in his eyes when he gives Mrs. Puff flowers and chocolates.
    • In "All That Glitters", when Mr. Krabs suggests SpongeBob get a new spatula, his eyes are briefly filled with red spirals.
    • In "Goo Goo Gas", SpongeBob's eyes display "3, 2, 1, LAUNCH" as he prepares to blast Plankton back to the Chum Bucket.
    • In "The Other Patty", Plankton's eye displays a countdown from 3 when he eats the Flabby Patty.
    • 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."
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Underdog:
    • A Once per Episode occurrence for the titular caped canine when he takes his Super Energy Vitamin Pills to power himself up again; each time Underdog takes one of his pills, stars flashing, the American flag waving, fireworks exploding and small letter "U's" will display in his eyes.
      Underdog: The secret compartment of my ring I fill with an Underdog Super Energy Pill.
    • Anyone who entered Simon Bar Sinister's Phoney Booths will display spiral eyes due to being under Simon's control, including Underdog himself when he was called into action, but he was able to break free from Simon's control when he was ordered to attack Sweet Polly.
  • 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 resolves to conquer the new galaxy.

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