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18th Mar '17 8:49:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* A vast majority of LEGOSpace minifigures have transparent visors, to the point where the ClassicLEGOSpace minifigures simply [[ExaggeratedTrope don't have visors at all]]; appropriately enough, this trope is averted primarily with sets which intend to portray space travel as it stands today, where the minifigures accordingly have opaque visors.

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* A vast majority of LEGOSpace Toys/LEGOSpace minifigures have transparent visors, to the point where the ClassicLEGOSpace Toys/ClassicLEGOSpace minifigures simply [[ExaggeratedTrope don't have visors at all]]; appropriately enough, this trope is averted primarily with sets which intend to portray space travel as it stands today, where the minifigures accordingly have opaque visors.
15th Mar '17 9:14:35 PM AthenaBlue
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* Averted in ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' during Dave Bowman's spacewalk. His face is briefly illuminated by sunlight, until he adjusts the polarization of his helmet visor.
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* ''Film/{{Outland}}'' Helmets have a whole ring of lights round the visor, used in one case for a a dramatic reveal of TheMole when their lights are suddenly switched on.
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* Averted in ''Film/DeepImpact'', as the astronauts worked on the dark side of the comet their face shields were open, only closing them as the Sun approached the horizon. This scene also attempts to portray the effects of failing to use face shields as one astronaut fails to close his shield in time. The exposure of only a few seconds results in immediate permanent blindness and severe sun burn. Unfortunately this is a case of SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay; solar radiation in space at that distance is only about 20% stronger than in the desert at Earth's surface, and space suit helmets block both IR and UV, eliminating the major sources of heat burns and sunburn from solar radiation, respectively.
* The lights are averted in ''Film/DestinationMoon'' (1950), leaving the actors' faces partly in shadow (to help tell them apart they wear coloured spacesuits). No reflective helmet visors, though, as the movie was made even before Sputnik, it's forgivable.
* ''Film/DoomsdayMachine'', a film featured on ''WebVideo/CinematicTitanic'', actually averts this trope in the end, where the two astronauts who board the Russian spacecraft have black, reflective visors on their helmets. Unfortunately, this was mostly an attempt to (not particularly successfully) cover up the fact that the last part of the movie was filmed with different actors and different sets due to budget constraints.
* ''Film/EventHorizon'' -- as every ship appears to have different models of space suits, both straight and averted [[spoiler: in the case of the aversion, to allow a horrifying DreamSequence Reveal as someone flips up a visor.]]
* In ''Film/FrauImMond'' (''The Woman in the Moon''), the 1929 silent sci-fi movie by Fritz Lang, the explorers actually walk round without spacesuits, despite the high degree of technical accuracy (for the time) of the rest of the film. Although it was known the Moon has no atmosphere, silent film actors depended greatly on facial expressions and body language, which would have been obscured by bulky spacesuits and helmets.



* In ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'', the ship's crew all wear clear domed helmets with lights on them.
* ''Film/EventHorizon'' -- as every ship appears to have different models of space suits, both straight and averted [[spoiler: in the case of the aversion, to allow a horrifying DreamSequence Reveal as someone flips up a visor.]]
* Averted in the ''Film/IronMan'' films. Tony's face is completely obscured in the the suit. The film has to cut to interior shots of the helmet to see Tony's expressions.

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* In ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'', ''Film/{{Gravity}}'', the ship's crew least realistic aspect of an otherwise [[ShownTheirWork thoroughly researched]] movie is probably this trope--it's so you can get a good look at stars Creator/SandraBullock and Creator/GeorgeClooney.
* In ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'',
all wear clear domed helmets crew's visors are transparent with lights on them.
* ''Film/EventHorizon'' -- as every ship appears to have different models of space suits, both straight and averted [[spoiler: in the case of the aversion, to allow a horrifying DreamSequence Reveal as someone flips up a visor.]]
no protective coating.
* Averted in the ''Film/IronMan'' films. Tony's face is completely obscured in the the suit. The film has to cut to interior shots of the helmet to see Tony's expressions.



* The Kryptonian spacesuits seen in Zod's flashback in ''Film/ManOfSteel'' are equipped with in-helmet lights to keep everybody's faces visable.
* In ''Film/TheMartian'', all the EVA suits have broad visors and face-floodlights.
* ''Film/{{Outland}}'' Helmets have a whole ring of lights round the visor, used in one case for a a dramatic reveal of TheMole when their lights are suddenly switched on.
* ''Film/Passengers2016'': Jim's helmet is lit up as usual so that the audience can view his face while he goes on a space walk.
* In ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'', the ship's crew all wear clear domed helmets with lights on them.



* Earthbound example: In ''Film/TheSignal2014'', Damon wears a hazmat suit with lighting inside the helmet.
* Lights are included in otherwise bog-standard NASA spacesuits in ''Film/SpaceCowboys''.



* Averted in ''Film/DeepImpact'', as the astronauts worked on the dark side of the comet their face shields were open, only closing them as the Sun approached the horizon. This scene also attempts portray the effects of failing to use face shields as one astronaut fails to close his shield in time. The exposure of only a few seconds results in immediate permanent blindness and severe sun burn. Unfortunately this is a case of SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay; solar radiation in space at that distance is only about 20% stronger than in the desert at Earth's surface, and space suit helmets block both IR and UV, eliminating the major sources of heat burns and sunburn from solar radiation, respectively.
* The lights are averted in ''Film/DestinationMoon'' (1950), leaving the actors' faces partly in shadow (to help tell them apart they wear coloured spacesuits). No reflective helmet visors, though, as the movie was made even before Sputnik, it's forgivable.
* In ''Film/FrauImMond'' (''The Woman in the Moon''), the 1929 silent sci-fi movie by Fritz Lang, the explorers actually walk round without spacesuits, despite the high degree of technical accuracy (for the time) of the rest of the film. Although it was known the Moon has no atmosphere, silent film actors depended greatly on facial expressions and body language, which would have been obscured by bulky spacesuits and helmets.
* In ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', the astronauts on the 1969 Moon landing have their iconic reflective visors at first, but while examining the crashed Ark up close, actually slide them up to reveal face-illuminating lights inside their fishbowl helmets.
* ''Film/DoomsdayMachine'', a film featured on ''WebVideo/CinematicTitanic'', actually averts this trope in the end, where the two astronauts who board the Russian spacecraft have black, reflective visors on their helmets. Unfortunately, this was mostly an attempt to (not particularly successfully) cover up the fact that the last part of the movie was filmed with different actors and different sets due to budget constraints.



* Averted in ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'', where the suits have only a narrow viewing slit, but substituting claustrophobic shots of the actors from within the bulk helmets.
* In ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', the astronauts on the 1969 Moon landing have their iconic reflective visors at first, but while examining the crashed Ark up close, actually slide them up to reveal face-illuminating lights inside their fishbowl helmets.



* In ''Film/{{Gravity}}'', the least realistic aspect of an otherwise [[ShownTheirWork thoroughly researched]] movie is probably this trope--it's so you can get a good look at stars Creator/SandraBullock and Creator/GeorgeClooney.
* Averted in ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' during Dave Bowman's spacewalk. His face is briefly illuminated by sunlight, until he adjusts the polarization of his helmet visor.
* In ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'', all crew's visors are transparent with no protective coating.
* Averted in ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'', where the suits have only a narrow viewing slit, but substituting claustrophobic shots of the actors from within the bulk helmets.
* In ''Film/TheMartian'', all the EVA suits have broad visors and face-floodlights.
* Lights are included in otherwise bog-standard NASA spacesuits in ''Film/SpaceCowboys''.
* Earthbound example: In ''Film/TheSignal2014'', Damon wears a hazmat suit with lighting inside the helmet.
* The Kryptonian spacesuits seen in Zod's flashback in Film/ManOfSteel are equipped with in-helmet lights to keep everybody's faces visable.
* ''Film/Passengers2016'': Jim's helmet is lit up as usual so that the audience can view his face while he goes on a space walk.



* Averted in the early SpaceOpera where spacemen and women would wear bubble-top helmets, especially on the covers of lurid pulp magazines where you wanted to show the straight-jawed hero and his redheaded female companion to advantage.
* ''Literature/Discworld'': In ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', the {{Steampunk}} spacesuit worn by Leonard of Quirm is specifically designed with a transparent bubble-helmet. In this case, it's because Leonard wanted to be able to see ''out'' of it as easily as possible.



* Averted in Literature/TheMartian. It's mentioned when Watney is gonna get his picture taken that his face wouldn't be visible through his helmet. Played straight in [[Film/TheMartian the movie]], though.

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* The Toralii boarders in ''{{Literature/Lacuna}}'' have opaque visors, but one raises it to gloat to a wounded, fallen Captain Liao. [[spoiler: That proves to be his undoing.]]
* Averted in Literature/TheMartian.''Literature/TheMartian''. It's mentioned when Watney is gonna get his picture taken that his face wouldn't be visible through his helmet. Played straight in [[Film/TheMartian the movie]], though.



* In Melinda Selmys' SteamPunk short story "The Virginal Seas of the Moon," the would-be astronauts have helmets with faceplates made of stained glass in their likenesses. Presumably this is because of [[FridgeLogic gaps in their technical expertise]].



* The Toralii boarders in ''{{Literature/Lacuna}}'' have opaque visors, but one raises it to gloat to a wounded, fallen Captain Liao. [[spoiler: That proves to be his undoing.]]
* Averted in the early SpaceOpera where spacemen and women would wear bubble-top helmets, especially on the covers of lurid pulp magazines where you wanted to show the straight-jawed hero and his redheaded female companion to advantage.
* In ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', the {{Steampunk}} spacesuit worn by Leonard of Quirm is specifically designed with a transparent bubble-helmet. In this case, it's because Leonard wanted to be able to see ''out'' of it as easily as possible.

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* The Toralii boarders in ''{{Literature/Lacuna}}'' In Melinda Selmys' SteamPunk short story "The Virginal Seas of the Moon," the would-be astronauts have opaque visors, but one raises it to gloat to a wounded, fallen Captain Liao. [[spoiler: That proves to be his undoing.]]
* Averted in the early SpaceOpera where spacemen and women would wear bubble-top helmets, especially on the covers of lurid pulp magazines where you wanted to show the straight-jawed hero and his redheaded female companion to advantage.
* In ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', the {{Steampunk}} spacesuit worn by Leonard of Quirm is specifically designed
helmets with a transparent bubble-helmet. In faceplates made of stained glass in their likenesses. Presumably this case, it's is because Leonard wanted to be able to see ''out'' of it as easily as possible.[[FridgeLogic gaps in their technical expertise]].



* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' does something very similar with the crew's helmets, although it's not in space. The helmets have no face plates, which might cause a problem if the windows ever shattered. They have visors, but they're only used for firing certain weapons.



** In "The Impossible Planet" and "The Satan Pit", the Tenth Doctor spends much of his screen-time gallivanting around a pit-and-cave-system wearing a pressure suit and helmet. The helmet features four tiny lights which are pointed directly at the corners of the Doctor's mouth and eyes.
** "Silence in the Library" features helmets with blue lights shining into the face around the mouth area.

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E8TheImpossiblePlanet "The Impossible Planet" and Planet"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E9TheSatanPit "The Satan Pit", Pit"]], the Tenth Doctor spends much of his screen-time gallivanting around a pit-and-cave-system wearing a pressure suit and helmet. The helmet features four tiny lights which are pointed directly at the corners of the Doctor's mouth and eyes.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary "Silence in the Library" Library"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead"]] features helmets with blue lights shining into the face around the mouth area.



** Averted, however, in the Series 6 "Impossible Astronaut" arc, presumably because it was important that the astronaut remain anonymous until TheReveal.

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** Averted, however, in the Series 6 "Impossible Astronaut" arc, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut "The Impossible Astronaut"]], presumably because it was important that the astronaut remain anonymous until TheReveal.



* ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. The lights in the helmets are on even on when the crew is on the surface of [[spoiler:Miranda]] ''in broad daylight''. This could be explained by their needing to be able to see each other's faces in case the radios cut out. The reason they left the lights on planetside was because they're cheap suits, and the gloves can't work the switches to turn them off.
* An Earthbound example in ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': the team sometimes wear full-coverage suits to protect against chemical and biological hazards. These have lights inside the helmets, so the audience can see who's who.
* Averted in ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Thanks For The Memory", though that's largely due to the fact that Craig Charles isn't in the spacesuit due to his wife giving birth on the day of the shoot.
* Especially ridiculous in ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' as the lighted helmet interior would have proved a wonderful aiming point for chig soldiers when fighting in the dark.



* ''Series/StargateSG1'' and ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' have had this, though rarely.



* ''Series/StargateSG1'' and ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' have had this, though rarely.
* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' does something very similar with the crew's helmets, although it's not in space. The helmets have no face plates, which might cause a problem if the windows ever shattered. They have visors, but they're only used for firing certain weapons.
* Especially ridiculous in ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' as the lighted helmet interior would have proved a wonderful aiming point for chig soldiers when fighting in the dark.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. The lights in the helmets are on even on when the crew is on the surface of [[spoiler:Miranda]] ''in broad daylight''. This could be explained by their needing to be able to see each other's faces in case the radios cut out. The reason they left the lights on planetside was because they're cheap suits, and the gloves can't work the switches to turn them off.
* Averted in ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Thanks For The Memory", though that's largely due to the fact that Craig Charles isn't in the spacesuit due to his wife giving birth on the day of the shoot.
* An Earthbound example in ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': the team sometimes wear full-coverage suits to protect against chemical and biological hazards. These have lights inside the helmets, so the audience can see who's who.



* In ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', Gear's face mask, while hiding his identity, allows the viewer to see his face.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', Gear's face mask, while hiding his identity, allows the viewer to see his face.


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18th Jan '17 4:03:57 PM XBrain130
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* Averted in the ''VideoGame/{{X}}-Universe'' games. Spacesuit helmets have opaque reflective visors.

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* Averted in In ''X-Tension'' and ''X2 The Threat'', the first two ''VideoGame/{{X}}-Universe'' games. Spacesuit games to feature the possibility of getting out of a ship, the spacesuits have transparent helmets with a face visible under it (though not it is illuminated by the suit itself). But as said face is just a low-res render applied to a flat surface, it can look pretty UncannyValley. Averted from ''X3 Reunion'' onwards, where spacesuit helmets have opaque reflective visors.
6th Jan '17 7:43:36 PM MCE
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30th Dec '16 9:21:11 AM Fireblood
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* ''Film/Passengers2016'': Jim's helmet is lit up as usual so that the audience can view his face while he goes on a space walk.


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* Webcomic/CrimsonDark: It's used on Kari's space suit when she goes outside ''Wraith'' to investigate [[spoiler: ''Scar'''s]] wreckage. The writes notes this is unrealistic, but says it's necessary or else [[RuleOfDrama you'd be looking at nothing except blackness]].


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21st Dec '16 3:38:54 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' have [[http://www.cracked.com/article_24068_6-dumb-background-details-you-now-see-in-every-sci-fi-movie.html complained about this]].

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18th Dec '16 10:23:34 AM dotchan
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* In ''Anime/MillenniumActress'', the spacesuits have helmets without reflective coating, so the faces are nicely showing.

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* In the ShowWithinAShow of ''Anime/MillenniumActress'', the spacesuits have helmets without reflective coating, so the faces are nicely showing.
4th Dec '16 3:02:33 AM upupandaway42
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* The Kryptonian spacesuits seen in Zod's flashback in Film/ManOfSteel are equipped with in-helmet lights to keep everybody's faces visable.
29th Nov '16 1:27:25 AM Diask
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* Justified in the ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978''--it was the emitters of a force field that kept the pilot's air in.

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* Justified in the ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978''--it was the emitters of a force field that kept the pilot's air in.in. Played straight in [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 the reimagined series]] where the pilots wore much more practical helmets that nonetheless included lighting whose only purpose was to make actors' faces visible.



** Further, most helmet fronts don't even look like a face, consisting instead of a green light layer upon which armour plates are mounted in various patterns. In any other game, the helmet would mark its wearer as a perfect FacelessGoons to be slain guilt-free.

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** Further, most helmet fronts don't even look like a face, consisting instead of a green light layer upon which armour plates are mounted in various patterns. In any other game, the helmet would mark its wearer as a perfect FacelessGoons {{Faceless Goon|s}} to be slain guilt-free.



** The sequel keeps the same design for the most part, but also includes several alternative bonus armors with full face visors that play it straight. It also has characters that forgo space suits entirely. Though some are justified and truth in television.

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** The sequel keeps ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' the same design for the most part, but also includes several alternative bonus armors with full face visors that play it straight. It also has characters that forgo space suits entirely. Though some are justified and truth in television.



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17th Nov '16 2:00:09 AM GojiBiscuits
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* In ''Film/Godzilla2014'', Ishiro Serizawa is wearing a chemical suit with lights that illuminate his face when he discovers the Godzilla skeleton in the cave.
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