List of one-eyed creatures in mythology and fiction

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This page lists one-eyed creatures in mythology and fiction.

In mythology, folklore and religion[edit]

  • Arimaspi, legendary people of northern Scythia, "always at war with their neighbours" and stealing gold from griffins. They had a single eye in the centre of the forehead.
  • Balor, giant in Irish mythology, with one eye in his forehead that would wreak destruction when opened.
  • Bungisngis, giant cyclops of Philippine folklore.
  • Cyclops (plural: cyclopes or cyclopses), a race of giants in Greek and Roman mythology, including Polyphemus. They likewise had a single eye in the centre of the forehead.
  • Dajjal, the anti-christ in Islamic religion, has one eye.
  • Duwa Sokhor, ancestor of Chingis Khan, according to The Secret History of the Mongols, who had one eye in his forehead.[1]
  • Fachan, creature from Celtic mythology with one eye, one arm and one leg.
  • The Graeae, the three witches (or sisters) that shared one eye and one tooth between them; often depicted as clairvoyant. They were forced by Perseus, by stealing their eye, into revealing the location of Medusa.
  • Hagen or Högni, a Burgundian warrior in German and Norse legend, depicted as one-eyed in some accounts.
  • Hajnjeri, man-eating giant in Albanian mythology, has one eye in the middle of his forehead.
  • Hitotsume-kozō, monsters (obake) in Japanese folklore, with a single giant eye in the center of the face.
  • Jian, a bird in Chinese mythology with only one eye and one wing. A pair of such birds were dependent on each other and inseparable.
  • Kabandha, a demon with no head or neck with one large eye on the breast and a mouth on the stomach. Kabandha appears in Hindu mythology as a character of Ramayana.
  • Kasa-obake, one-eyed sentient umbrella yokai of Japanese folklore.
  • Katallan, man-eating giant in Albanian mythology, lives in a cave and has one eye in the middle of his forehead.
  • Likho, an embodiment of evil fate and misfortune in Slavic mythology.
  • Mapinguari, giant sloth-like cryptic of Brazil and Bolivia often described as having one eye.
  • Odin - norse god
  • Ojáncanu, one-eyed giant with ten fingered hand, ten toed foot, long beard and red hair of Cantabrian mythology who embodies evil, cruelty and brutality.
  • One-Eye, one of three sisters in the Brothers Grimm fairy tale One-Eye, Two-Eyes, and Three-Eyes.
  • Popobawa, Tanzanian shetani (evil spirit) that often takes the form of a one-eyed bat creature.
  • Psoglav, one-eyed dog-headed monster in Serbian mythology.
  • Snallygaster, one-eyed dragon-like creature said to inhabit the hills surrounding [Washington, D.C. and Frederick County, Maryland.
  • Tepegoz, one-eyed ogre in Oghuz Turkish epic Book of Dede Korkut.
  • Vy, in Serbian myth a one eyed giant similar to the celtic Balor.[2]

In fiction[edit]

Science fiction[edit]

Comic books[edit]

Historical and mythological fantasy[edit]

Animation and puppetry[edit]


  • Lord Boros, from One-Punch Man, the alien leader of the Dark Matter Thieves, self-proclaimed subjugator of the universe, and the first antagonist to give Saitama a "serious fight".
  • Norman Burg, the butler and weapons specialist to Roger Smith in The Big O.
  • Darklops Zero, prototype of Darklops in the film Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial.

Video games[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History of the Mongols: From the 9th to the 19th Century", p.36, at Archive,org
  2. ^ Quote : ".. an Aged One, whose appearance is that of the mythical being whom the Servians call the Vy. He 'lies on an iron couch, and sees nothing ; his long eyelashes and thick eyebrows completely hide his eyes', but he sends for 'twelve mighty heroes', and orders them to take iron forks and lift up the hair about his eyes, and then he gazes at the destroyer of his family." in Ralston, W.R.S. (1873), Russian Folk Tales, p. 72, cited by Krappe, p 4