What's the opposite of eye candy?

I heard someone say, "Eye broccoli," but that's not very accurate to those of us who love broccoli. Any other ideas?

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    "Scratch-your-eyes-out ugly"
    – Jim
    Commented Jan 2, 2015 at 2:29
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    Surely you wouldn't have a problem with "eye okra"?
    – Sven Yargs
    Commented Jan 2, 2015 at 8:42
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    Or "eye scream"?
    – Erik Kowal
    Commented Jan 2, 2015 at 9:30
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    Opposite in what sense? Are we simply talking about something especially ugly, or a feature (of software for example) that is unceremoniously functional?
    – Nefrubyr
    Commented Jan 2, 2015 at 12:05
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    Ear ipecac? (The question is somewhat underspecified.)
    – keshlam
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 2:27

7 Answers 7


Eyesore? Affront to all that is holy? Mirror-cracker?

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    +1 for the colourful 'mirror-cracker'.
    – Erik Kowal
    Commented Jan 2, 2015 at 7:46
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    my 10 year old read this and immediately said eye-poop...
    – GMasucci
    Commented May 16, 2016 at 8:46

"Eye Candy" is most often applied to people. In that case, the opposite is "Double Bagger".

Paraphrasing the Urban Dictionary entry (vulgar) -- which the term predates by up to 60 years:

Double Bagger:
A (person) so ugly that (making love to) (him or her) is only possibly(sic) with the use of two bags: One over (his/her) head, and a second bag over your own head in case (his/her) bag falls off.

In the general case, "Eyesore" is common, as idunno answered.
But I prefer: "A blight for sore eyes" (^_^)

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    "Eye candy" is frequently used within the design community to denote something that has no other purpose other than making thing appear prettier. Personally, I have heard "Eye candy" applied to interface elements much more than to people.
    – Izhaki
    Commented Jan 2, 2015 at 19:10
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    In the first person shooter game community, all the best graphics are known as "eye candy". If you don't have the latest and greatest video adapter, you might need to turn off some of the eye candy to make your system run the game faster.
    – TecBrat
    Commented Jan 2, 2015 at 20:30

The term "eyesore" is well established. It is usually applied to buildings, but it could be used do describe pretty much anything that is unpleasant to look at.

That old office block is a real eyesore.


Like many terms, this could have many opposites, depending on the sense you have in mind.

"Eye candy" can simply mean a person or object that is pretty, or it can mean a person or object that serves no purpose other than to be pretty.

In the first case, "opposite" could mean someone who is not particularly pretty or attention getting, e.g. "plain". Or it could mean someone incredibly ugly.

In the second case, "opposite" could again mean something ugly. Or it could mean something that is pretty but also serves a useful purpose. Or it could mean something that is not pretty but instead serves a useful purpose.


Butt Ugly is normally considered the opposite of eye candy.

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    It's fine as an adjective, but the questioner seems to be asking for a noun.
    – Erik Kowal
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 2:36

EyeScream works perfectly opposite EyeCandy ----Eyes are visual both are treats --but one does not leave a good taste in the mouth ;

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    What are you talking about?
    – DCShannon
    Commented Jan 2, 2015 at 16:28
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    @DCShannon It's a pun. "EyeScream" -> Ice Cream
    – asteri
    Commented Jan 2, 2015 at 17:16
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    -1, I don't think a joke with a made-up word really counts as an answer. Have you ever heard anyone use this word in any context?
    – DCShannon
    Commented Jan 2, 2015 at 17:32
  • @DCShannon: Not as a word (neither is "eye candy" a single word), but it might be a reference to tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EyeScream, although I note that the trope refers to something completely different from what the question is asking.
    – BoltClock
    Commented Jan 3, 2015 at 6:07
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    Also, I don't know about you, but on a site like English Language & Usage I'd expect reviewers to know what an answer to a question is. This is very obviously an answer, not a critique or a request for clarification. Whether it's a serious answer or a flippant one is probably a separate matter entirely.
    – BoltClock
    Commented Jan 3, 2015 at 6:09

Beer goggles. The problem doesn't lie with the other person, it lies with your perception of that person. Therefore, drinking an intoxicating beverage that lowers your inhibitions changes your perception of that person.


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