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10th Mar '18 5:06:30 PM thekingofpillowland
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', when a wizard looks directly into someone else's eyes, they can see the essence of that person's soul. This ability is called a "soulgaze." Unfortunately, this is an automatic effect, once it's activated it can't be stopped, and since it's eye-to-eye it's very much reciprocal, so the other person sees into the wizard's soul as well. Harry himself spends most of the series avoiding direct eye contact with people, unless he has a good reason for it, or has already soulgazed them, since it can only happen between two people once (however, personhood in this setting is somewhat mutable-- so that if a person has undergone an experience that has fundamentally changed them, a new soulgaze is possible). That said, should Harry look at a being who didn't have a soul, like a fairy or demon, he doesn't have to worry about that.

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', when a wizard looks directly into someone else's eyes, they can see the essence of that person's soul. This ability is called a "soulgaze." Unfortunately, this is an automatic effect, once it's activated it can't be stopped, and since it's eye-to-eye it's very much reciprocal, so the other person sees into the wizard's soul as well. The other downside is that no matter what you see, it cannot be forgotten. The memory will always remain just as fresh and clear in your head as when it happened, and its all too easy to see some very traumatic things in a soulgaze. For this reason, Harry himself spends most of the series avoiding direct eye contact with people, unless he has a good reason for it, or has already soulgazed them, since it can only happen between two people once (however, personhood in this setting is somewhat mutable-- so that if a person has undergone an experience that has fundamentally changed them, a new soulgaze is possible). That said, should Harry look at a being who didn't have a soul, like a fairy or demon, he doesn't have to worry about that.
27th Feb '18 9:13:34 AM ultimomant
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* In ''Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians: The Lightning Thief'', Percy, Grover and Annabeth encounter Medusa, much like they do in the book. Percy uses an iPod Touch to glimpse ahead before turning corners because reflection is the only safe way to see Medusa without getting {{Petrified}}.
** Medusa also wears sunglasses when in public to prevent turning others to stone.

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* In ''Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians: The Lightning Thief'', Percy, Grover and Annabeth encounter Medusa, much like they do in the book. Percy uses an iPod Touch to glimpse ahead before turning corners because reflection is the only safe way to see Medusa without getting {{Petrified}}.
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{{Petrified}}. Medusa also wears sunglasses when in public to prevent turning others to stone.



* Warehouse 13 has an episode where a talisman that animated the Golem of Prague unwittingly animates the computer virus a hacker heir used to peep on women through their webcams. The virus only animated because the webcam served as an eye to channel the magic. Subsequently any victim that sees their webcam gets infected, and eventually dies from a slow transformation into clay. An anti-virus needs to be coded and animated to solve the problem.

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* Warehouse 13 ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' has an episode where a talisman that animated the Golem of Prague unwittingly animates the computer virus a hacker heir used to peep on women through their webcams. The virus only animated because the webcam served as an eye to channel the magic. Subsequently any victim that sees their webcam gets infected, and eventually dies from a slow transformation into clay. An anti-virus needs to be coded and animated to solve the problem.
14th Jan '18 11:46:29 PM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Spirits corrupted by [[ThePlague the Rash]] are able to lure [[ISeeDeadPeople those who can see and hear them]] into a trap via a CompellingVoice that requires intial eye contact with the target to work. Onni hints that a strong enough mage can shield themselves from it, but weaker mages (Reynir) and non-mages Sharing a Body with a mage (Emil in later chapters) need to avoid eye contact with Rash-corrupted spirits at all costs.
14th Nov '17 7:21:12 PM wingedcatgirl
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' brings back Gaze Attacks, but now they ''do'' require eye contact -- if you're facing away from the enemy, they'll whiff. They tend to have an unreasonably wide area of effect and fast cast time, to make sure that turning away is the best or only option.
30th Oct '17 5:10:48 PM darkemyst
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** In Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone, the main villain put a spell on Harry's broom during a Quidditch game to make him fall off. Hermione stops the spell by [[spoiler:accidentally knocking over the caster]], which causes him to lose eye contact with Harry.

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** In Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone, ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', the main villain put a spell on Harry's broom during a Quidditch game to make him fall off. Hermione stops the spell by [[spoiler:accidentally knocking over the caster]], which causes him to lose eye contact with Harry.



** There is also Legilimency, the ability to extract emotions and memories from a person's mind, which usually works via eye-to-eye contact. Dumbledore, Snape and Voldemort are expert Legilimentes, and scattered through the series (even before we knew what Legilimency was) we can find instances where Harry felt they could "read his mind". Almost a "missed" example, but once or twice Harry does look away from their gaze; initially the reader would just assume he felt uncomfortable under scrutiny -- [[{{Foreshadowing}} now we know better]].

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** There is also Legilimency, the ability to extract emotions and memories from a person's mind, which usually works via eye-to-eye contact. Dumbledore, Snape and Voldemort are expert Legilimentes, and scattered through the series (even before we knew learned what Legilimency was) was in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'') we can find instances where Harry felt they could "read his mind". Almost a "missed" example, but once or twice Harry does look away from their gaze; initially the reader would just assume he felt uncomfortable under scrutiny -- [[{{Foreshadowing}} now we know better]].
16th May '17 2:56:25 AM MadSpy
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* The Nerualizer in ''Film/MenInBlack'' fits this trope, albeit technological rather than magical. They flash in someone's eyes to erase a period of memories and can be protected against by normal looking sunglasses.

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* The Nerualizer Neuralizer in ''Film/MenInBlack'' fits this trope, albeit technological rather than magical. They flash in someone's eyes to erase a period of memories and can be protected against by normal looking sunglasses.
29th Apr '17 9:40:10 PM ultimomant
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* In WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender, the malevolent spirit Koh has the ability to steal your face, but only if he looks at you while you express any form of emotion. Aang barely survives his encounter, because Koh was looking away when Aang gets excited by a revelation. Koh desperately turns to face him, but by the time he does, Aang is back to his blank face, and blandly tells him [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "I have to go now."]]

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* In WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender, ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the malevolent spirit Koh has the ability to steal your face, but only if he looks at you while you express any form of emotion. Aang barely survives his encounter, because Koh was looking away when Aang gets excited by a revelation. Koh desperately turns to face him, but by the time he does, Aang is back to his blank face, and blandly tells him [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "I have to go now."]]"]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'', Snake Face has the power to turn whoever looks at his transformed face to stone. It has no effect on Skeletor, since even though Skeletor can see, he doesn't have physical eyes.
31st Mar '17 5:12:25 PM theknack101
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* One example of this in ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'' is one character you get is blind. This doesn't really affect gameplay at all except he is the only character who is immune to Medusas' stare attacks.
29th Mar '17 12:27:44 AM WillBGood
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* The Navigators of ''''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'''' are mutants with a ThirdEye that lets them see the Warp. Anyone catching its gaze dies instantly and horribly, so they always wear blindfolds that do little to improve their UncannyValley appearance.

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* The Navigators of ''''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'''' ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are mutants with a ThirdEye that lets them see the Warp. Anyone catching its gaze dies instantly and horribly, so they always wear blindfolds that do little to improve their UncannyValley appearance.
16th Mar '17 10:03:37 AM Dvandemon
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** Another has the Trouble of transforming those she looks at into their insecurities. A bodybuilding friend is turned back into the 90 pound weakling he used to be and her bigoted mother into a frightened child. Her overweight girlfriend is immune because she's long since come to terms with her appearance, which is the cure for the already afflicted.
* Warehouse 13 has an episode where a talisman that animated the Golem of Prague unwittingly animates the computer virus a hacker heir used to peep on women through their webcams. The virus only animated because the webcam served as an eye to channel the magic. Subsequently any victim that sees their webcam gets infected, and eventually dies from a slow transformation into clay. An anti-virus needs to be coded and animated to solve the problem.
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