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19th Sep '16 10:01:59 PM PaulA
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* In Piers Anthony's ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' novel ''With a Tangled Skein'', there is a pair of glasses that allows the wearer to actually see the wages of sin people are piling on themselves in [[strike:Purgatory]] Hell. {{Satan}} was trying to get people into Hell on the installment plan: for each level, you had to sacrifice 1% of your good. (There are hundreds of levels.) These looked tempting to live people and Incarnations without the glasses; with them, not so much.

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* In Piers Anthony's ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' novel ''With a Tangled Skein'', ''Literature/WithATangledSkein'', there is a pair of glasses that allows the wearer to actually see the wages of sin people are piling on themselves in [[strike:Purgatory]] Hell. {{Satan}} was trying to get people into Hell on the installment plan: for each level, you had to sacrifice 1% of your good. (There are hundreds of levels.) These looked tempting to live people and Incarnations without the glasses; with them, not so much.
19th Jul '16 9:43:14 AM Veanne
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* ''Webcomic/PennyBlackfeather'' has spirit glasses that let you see snow spirits and whatnot.
2nd Jul '16 10:29:28 AM nombretomado
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* The [[MaskOfPower Mask of Detection]] in ''{{Bionicle}}''.

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* The [[MaskOfPower Mask of Detection]] in ''{{Bionicle}}''.''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''.
25th May '16 4:43:16 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' has Detective Mode, which has functions including X-ray, forensic tracker, vital sign monitoring, weapon detection, and point-of-interest detection. This is treated as a combination of a scanner in Batman's cowl, and "seeing the world through Batman's eyes". The Joker, in the PS3-exclusive content, has X-ray specs which have that function and nothing else.

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* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' has Detective Mode, which has functions including X-ray, forensic tracker, vital sign monitoring, weapon detection, and point-of-interest detection. This is treated as a combination of a scanner in Batman's cowl, and "seeing the world through Batman's eyes". The Joker, in the PS3-exclusive [=PS3=]-exclusive content, has X-ray specs which have that function and nothing else.
20th May '16 7:11:07 AM erforce
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* On the pseudo-scientific side, ecto-goggles allowed the Film/{{Ghostbusters}} to detect invisible ghosts and other psycho-kinetic anomalies visually. They turn up in the film, the sequel, and much of the spinoff media. [[http://www.freewebs.com/gbta/weapons&playsets/goggles.jpg There was even a toy.]]

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* On the pseudo-scientific side, ecto-goggles allowed the Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} to detect invisible ghosts and other psycho-kinetic anomalies visually. They turn up in the film, [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} original film]], the sequel, [[Film/GhostbustersII sequel]], and much of the spinoff media. [[http://www.freewebs.com/gbta/weapons&playsets/goggles.jpg There was even a toy.]]
30th Mar '16 8:21:10 PM ultimomant
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* The movie ''Film/TheyLive'' is built around this trope: the main character played by RoddyPiper finds a box of sunglasses and when he puts one on, he can see the hidden aliens among them, as well as signs saying "Consume," "Marry and Reproduce," and money printed with "This is your God" on it.

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* The movie ''Film/TheyLive'' is built around this trope: the main character played by RoddyPiper Wrestling/RoddyPiper finds a box of sunglasses and when he puts one on, he can see the hidden aliens among them, as well as signs saying "Consume," "Marry and Reproduce," and money printed with "This is your God" on it.
4th Mar '16 7:59:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/WilliamSleator's ''TheBoyWhoReversedHimself'' had a set of glasses created by four-dimensional creatures that allowed you to see around clothes (and everything else) by giving you 4D vision, somehow.

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* Creator/WilliamSleator's ''TheBoyWhoReversedHimself'' ''Literature/TheBoyWhoReversedHimself'' had a set of glasses created by four-dimensional creatures that allowed you to see around clothes (and everything else) by giving you 4D vision, somehow.



* In ''ThePhantomTollbooth'' Milo is given a magical spyglass that allows him to see things as they really are.

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* In ''ThePhantomTollbooth'' ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth'' Milo is given a magical spyglass that allows him to see things as they really are.



* In ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', magicians possess magical glasses which allow them to see into the second and third planes. Djinn and other magical creatures can be invisible/disguised in this plane, and the glasses enable a human to see them in a true(r) form.

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* In ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', magicians possess magical glasses which allow them to see into the second and third planes. Djinn and other magical creatures can be invisible/disguised in this plane, and the glasses enable a human to see them in a true(r) form.



* The ''AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' episode "Tale of the Super Specs," partially inspired by ''They Live''.
* The gozarian glasses in ''TheMiddleman'' allow people to see (but not hear) ghosts.
* One episode of ''{{Reaper}}'' has Sam get a pair of glasses which will supposedly allow him to see the true forms of demons. This effect has not been shown, though.

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* The ''AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' episode "Tale of the Super Specs," partially inspired by ''They Live''.
* The gozarian glasses in ''TheMiddleman'' ''Series/TheMiddleman'' allow people to see (but not hear) ghosts.
* One episode of ''{{Reaper}}'' ''Series/{{Reaper}}'' has Sam get a pair of glasses which will supposedly allow him to see the true forms of demons. This effect has not been shown, though.
16th Dec '15 6:35:22 PM Berrenta
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* This is how Kazumi learned the truth about Yuuji's [[MacGuffinGirl status as a Torch]] in ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'', after she was given an eyepiece that allowed normal humans like herself to see the waning flame of a human-turned-Torch (which, under normal circumstances, would mean that said human would soon [[RetGone retroactively vanish from existence]]).

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* This is how Kazumi learned the truth about Yuuji's [[MacGuffinGirl [[MacGuffinSuperPerson status as a Torch]] in ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'', after she was given an eyepiece that allowed normal humans like herself to see the waning flame of a human-turned-Torch (which, under normal circumstances, would mean that said human would soon [[RetGone retroactively vanish from existence]]).
26th Oct '15 2:16:08 PM Willbyr
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* ''{{Tsukihime}}'' reverses this. Its main character wears special glasses that ''hide'' the "lines of death" [[CursedWithAwesome which he is otherwise forced to see]].
* ''FrankenFran'' took this trope and applied it to a pair of eyes that the title character created and implanted in a painter. The eyes allowed him to see light and color spectra that normal humans couldn't see. Unfortunately, this caused him to see all sorts of EldritchAbomination that are usually invisible to humans. [[spoiler:He ends up falling in love with one of them]]. It is not insignificant to note that this is one of the ''happier'' endings in the series.
* One chapter of ''ToLoveRu'' has Rito put on a special pair of glasses that Lala uses to work on her inventions. As this is ''[[{{Ecchi}} To Love Ru]]'', the glasses just happen to make him see through women's clothing.
* It's not quite the glasses that does it in ''{{Arago}}'' - it's rather the cream that Joe applies to them that gives him the ability to see the monsters and ghosts in London otherwise invisible to the naked eye.
* This is how Kazumi learned the truth about Yuuji's [[MacGuffinGirl status as a Torch]] in ''ShakuganNoShana'', after she was given an eyepiece that allowed normal humans like herself to see the waning flame of a human-turned-Torch (which, under normal circumstances, would mean that said human would soon [[RetGone retroactively vanish from existence]]).

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* ''{{Tsukihime}}'' ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' reverses this. Its main character wears special glasses that ''hide'' the "lines of death" [[CursedWithAwesome which he is otherwise forced to see]].
* ''FrankenFran'' ''Manga/FrankenFran'' took this trope and applied it to a pair of eyes that the title character created and implanted in a painter. The eyes allowed him to see light and color spectra that normal humans couldn't see. Unfortunately, this caused him to see all sorts of EldritchAbomination that are usually invisible to humans. [[spoiler:He ends up falling in love with one of them]]. It is not insignificant to note that this is one of the ''happier'' endings in the series.
* One chapter of ''ToLoveRu'' ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' has Rito put on a special pair of glasses that Lala uses to work on her inventions. As this is ''[[{{Ecchi}} To Love Ru]]'', the glasses just happen to make him see through women's clothing.
* It's not quite the glasses that does it in ''{{Arago}}'' ''Manga/{{Arago}}'' - it's rather the cream that Joe applies to them that gives him the ability to see the monsters and ghosts in London otherwise invisible to the naked eye.
* This is how Kazumi learned the truth about Yuuji's [[MacGuffinGirl status as a Torch]] in ''ShakuganNoShana'', ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'', after she was given an eyepiece that allowed normal humans like herself to see the waning flame of a human-turned-Torch (which, under normal circumstances, would mean that said human would soon [[RetGone retroactively vanish from existence]]).
17th Sep '15 12:44:01 PM Kadorhal
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* The Silph Scope in the first ''{{Pokemon}}'' games. It allowed to see the real form of wild ghost Pokemon.
** The games set in Hoenn have the Devon Scope, which allows the player to see invisible Pokemon. Though it only needs to be used once to progress, there are several other hidden Pokemon in the routes near Fortree and Lilycove.

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* The Silph Scope in the first ''{{Pokemon}}'' games. It ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' allowed the player to see the real form of wild ghost Pokemon.
** The [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire games set in Hoenn Hoenn]] have the Devon Scope, which allows the player to see invisible Pokemon. Though it only needs to be used once to progress, there are several other hidden Pokemon in the routes near Fortree and Lilycove.



* Much gameplay in ''SplinterCell'' revolves around using your military-grade goggles at opportune points. Night vision is easily explained away, otherwise you'd be playing a black screen half the time. A data stick provided by a neutralized enemy in the first game reveals that [[JustifiedTrope the mines around the compound Sam is infiltrating are designed to be visible to thermal cameras so that allies can see the mines and avoid them]].
* The premise of ''VideoGame/{{Flashback}}'' is that you created special glasses that allowed you to see the density of objects. As you walked around with them on, you noticed that [[AlienAmongUs some people]] were [[ShapeshifterBaggage much heavier than they should be]]...

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* Much gameplay in ''SplinterCell'' ''Creator/TomClancy's VideoGame/SplinterCell'' revolves around using your military-grade goggles at opportune points. Night vision is easily explained away, otherwise you'd be playing a black screen half the time. A data stick provided by a neutralized enemy in the first game reveals that [[JustifiedTrope the mines around the compound Sam is infiltrating are designed to be visible to thermal cameras so that allies can see the mines and avoid them]].
them]]. Thermal vision also gets more unique uses as the series goes on; from ''Pandora Tomorrow'' alone it's used to identify a man with a [[ArtificialLimbs prosthetic leg]] in one mission, then much later to identify a group of terrorists who [[spoiler:are planning to detonate a smallpox bomb in an airport, and are running a high fever because they've recently vaccinated themselves as a precaution]].
* The premise of ''VideoGame/{{Flashback}}'' is that you the protagonist created special glasses that allowed you him to see the density of objects. As you he walked around with them on, you he noticed that [[AlienAmongUs some people]] were [[ShapeshifterBaggage much heavier than they should be]]...



* ''QuestForGloryII'' has X-ray specs which can be bought at one point in the game and serve no purpose other than to [[EasterEgg let you see]] [[FanService pixelated boobies]]. And [[KarmaMeter take a bite out of your Honor]].

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* ''QuestForGloryII'' ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryII'' has X-ray specs which can be bought at one point in the game and serve no purpose other than to [[EasterEgg let you see]] [[FanService pixelated boobies]]. And [[KarmaMeter take a bite out of your Honor]].



* The Dark Visor in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2'' allows Samus to see objects and elements that are either invisible, or cross-dimensional (between the Light and Dark Worlds).

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* The Dark Visor in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2'' ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'' allows Samus to see objects and elements that are either invisible, or cross-dimensional (between the Light and Dark Worlds).
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