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I feel I saw these creatures somewhere (in a movies or a TV series...) but I can't remember a single detail. Can anyone identify what they are?

Here's a drawing representation.
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This is the 'Garden of Eyes' scene from Kubo and the Two Strings.

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  • So @omgtheykilledkenny the tick means that it was the eyes from Kubo that you were thinking of? – lly Jul 23 '18 at 10:03
  • @lly - I would assume so. They created an account specifically to accept this answer – Valorum Jul 23 '18 at 16:20
  • I never saw the movie but I somehow "recognized" the music... where else is it or s.th. similar used? I think it was also underwater... – Albin Jul 23 '18 at 18:36
  • @Albin - ask that as a new question, perhaps – Valorum Jul 23 '18 at 18:50
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    @Valorum just remembered: Star Wars: when they dive to the Gungan city... amazing how the mind works! :D – Albin Jul 23 '18 at 18:53
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The classic form of this monster is D&D's

Beholder,


“The body of these creatures is a great globe about 3′ in diameter. Atop it are ten eye stalks, while in the center of the spherical body is a great eleventh eye. The body can sustain 40 points of damage, each eye stalk 10 points, and the central eye can withstand up to 20 points...”

which is so important to its mythos that it's one of the few baddies specifically claimed by Wizards of the Coast as their IP. That obviously hasn't stopped imitators like this guy:


“Greet with warm compassion; they will embrace our generosity. Revisit with stern warning; they will heed our genuine concern. Annihilate with great prejudice; they will serve as an example for others.”



They were presumably inspired, however, by monstrosities like H.P. Lovecraft's

Old Ones,


“Those in shallow water had continued the fullest use of the eyes at the ends of their five main head tentacles, and had practiced the arts of sculpture and of writing in quite the usual way—the writing accomplished with a stylus on waterproof waxen surfaces.”

described in At the Mountains of Madness.



Apparently, long before that, Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay "Nature" included a section about a

"transparent eyeball"

that caused Christopher Pearse Cranch to draw this


“I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or parcel of God.”

c. 1837, apparently based on a misunderstanding of what transparent means.



That said, especially in reference to film, any gentleperson of taste and sophistication would more quickly recognize it as

the Guardian


“A Guardian. What it sees — Lo Pan knows!”

from Big Trouble in Little China.

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    I think a floating ball with a big central eye & a number of smaller eyes on stalks is sufficiently different from a humanoid with a single eye on a stalk as a head, that Breachworld will be safe from WotC's lawyers. – Adeptus Jul 23 '18 at 7:29
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    @Adeptus: Oh, sure. I included that guy just because the art is so good, honestly. Even Big Trouble in Little China's Guardian is different enough because it has two eyes. All the same, I think the Beholder's importance to D&D role-playing popularized the creepy-eye monster more than anything else. You're welcome to find earlier horror-movie-of-the-week examples, though, if you can. – lly Jul 23 '18 at 10:01
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    Heroes of Might and Magic III has a great version of Beholders too. – ell Jul 23 '18 at 15:54
  • @ell beat me to it. heroes3towns.com/towns/dungeon/NWC_11.jpg – DickieBoy Jul 23 '18 at 16:51
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The core of the planetary parasite Axos from Doctor Who ("The Claws of Axos," 1971) resembles a floating eye on a stalk.

Axos core

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Could this be The Floating Eye of Death from The Aquabats?

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It also reminds me of Omi the Dianoga from Star Wars.

Omi the little cutipie

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The Aquabats vs. the Floating Eye of Death! is the third studio album from American band The Aquabats, released on October 26, 1999. Here's the cover album:

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It also reminds me the alien twins Bwelelyang and Bob from the movies Men In Black, but they don't shoot beams, as I remember.

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There's also an animated serie, but the design is not the same enter image description here

Note that the movie version looks like Elder Things from HP Lovecraft, but with no wings.

Six feet end to end, three and five-tenths feet central diameter, tapering to one foot at each end. Like a barrel with five bulging ridges in place of staves. Lateral breakages, as of thinnish stalks, are at equator in middle of these ridges. In furrows between ridges are curious growths – combs or wings that fold up and spread out like fans. . . which gives almost seven-foot wing spread. Arrangement reminds one of certain monsters of primal myth, especially fabled Elder Things in the Necronomicon. —H.P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness

They are a lot of different interpretations of the creature. You maybe have seen one with a big eye ... Here is one illustratuon, but each artist delivers something different from this description : enter image description here

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This is possibly the monster from Cybersix, episode 9: "The Eye" (1999):

In this episode, Von Reichter sends José one of his newest creations to test out, a small floating eyeball which grows larger as it sucks out people's souls. José nearly takes over the entire city until he loses control of it, leaving it up to Cybersix to save the city and take the monster down.

Cybersix giant floating eye monster

The visual effects in the episode are similar to the drawing.

Shooting destructive beams (at 137 seconds):

Absorbing souls (at 269 seconds):

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They’re Demon Eyes from Terraria. They fly around bombing you and shooting you, etc

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They may also be the Atraxi from Doctor Who, from "The Eleventh Hour" episode with the Eleventh Doctor.

Atraxi

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Could be the aliens from the Moonstone episode of the original Outer Limits.enter image description here

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