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8th Jun '16 4:40:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* Conrad Kurze, the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Night Haunter]], has good reasons for viewing himself as his [[GodEmperor father]]'s terror weapon, and is scary enough that even his brother [[SuperSoldier Primarchs]] have trouble meeting his gaze. In the HorusHeresy novel ''The Unremembered Empire'', [[SilkHidingSteel Tarasha Euten]], the woman who largely took care of the actual work of raising Roboute Guilliman, one the other aforementioned Primarchs, faces Kurze down when he's in the middle of a rampage through Guilliman's stronghold, looks him dead in the eye and tells him to go to hell. [[spoiler:And thanks to the very timely intervention of a squad of Space Marines, manages to actually survive it.]]

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* Conrad Kurze, the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Night Haunter]], has good reasons for viewing himself as his [[GodEmperor father]]'s terror weapon, and is scary enough that even his brother [[SuperSoldier Primarchs]] have trouble meeting his gaze. In the HorusHeresy Literature/HorusHeresy novel ''The Unremembered Empire'', [[SilkHidingSteel Tarasha Euten]], the woman who largely took care of the actual work of raising Roboute Guilliman, one the other aforementioned Primarchs, faces Kurze down when he's in the middle of a rampage through Guilliman's stronghold, looks him dead in the eye and tells him to go to hell. [[spoiler:And thanks to the very timely intervention of a squad of Space Marines, manages to actually survive it.]]
18th Apr '16 10:59:41 AM Grudgeal
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* Downplayed at the end of ''Anime/FateZero'', Waver Velvet (an IneptMage) stands his ground and faces down Gilgamesh (a near-PhysicalGod) eye-to-eye, [[spoiler:explaining to Gilgamesh that he won't try to fight him since it would be suicide, and Rider (another near-PhysicalGod and Waver's 'master', who Gilgamesh just killed) had told him to live on and bear witness.]] Despite Gil being a SocialDarwinist and Jerkass supreme, he appreciates Waver's loyalty and conviction enough to let him live. Once Gil has left, [[HeroicBSOD Waver breaks down]].

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* Downplayed at the end of ''Anime/FateZero'', ''Literature/FateZero'', Waver Velvet (an IneptMage) stands his ground and faces down Gilgamesh (a near-PhysicalGod) eye-to-eye, [[spoiler:explaining to Gilgamesh that he won't try to fight him since it would be suicide, and Rider (another near-PhysicalGod and Waver's 'master', who Gilgamesh just killed) had told him to live on and bear witness.]] Despite Gil being a SocialDarwinist and Jerkass supreme, he appreciates Waver's loyalty and conviction enough to let him live. Once Gil has left, [[HeroicBSOD Waver breaks down]].
18th Apr '16 10:59:12 AM Grudgeal
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* Downplayed at the end of ''Anime/FateZero'', Waver Velvet (an IneptMage) stands his ground and faces down Gilgamesh (a near-PhysicalGod) eye-to-eye, [[spoiler:explaining to Gilgamesh that he won't try to fight him since it would be suicide, and Rider (another near-PhysicalGod and Waver's 'master', who Gilgamesh just killed) had told him to live on and bear witness.]] Despite Gil being a SocialDarwinist and Jerkass supreme, he appreciates Waver's loyalty and conviction enough to let him live. Once Gil has left, [[HeroicBSOD Waver breaks down]].
** Later on, Gilgamesh himself pulls this off [[spoiler:against Angra Manyu, a GodOfEvil. Angra Manyu, who in this universe is created by human sin (rather than being the origin of it like in [[UsefulNotes/{{Zoroastrianism}} Zoroastrian teachings]]) asks Gilgamesh who shall take responsibility for humanity's sin and bear their burdens. Gil essentially answers that he will, [[IncorruptiblePurePureness because he's just that awesome]]. Angra Manyu backs off.]]
20th Mar '16 9:30:09 AM Chabal2
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* ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' (the ''book''!).

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* ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' (the ''book''!).''book''!): Crossing over with HumansAreCthulhu, wild animals can't hold Mowgli's gaze.



* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', the Luggage successfully stared down a Basilisk. And Discworld Basilisks have supposedly-fatal stares. And the Luggage [[FridgeLogic doesn't even have eyes.]]

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* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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Luggage successfully stared down a Basilisk. And Discworld Basilisks have supposedly-fatal stares. And the Luggage [[FridgeLogic doesn't even have eyes.]]



** The Luggage once battered down the gates of Hell. Except it didn't even have to, after staring them down for a while and backing up the gates threw themselves open. Didn't stop the Luggage from giving it a contemptuous kick on the way in.




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* Averted in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'', where Butler and an equally large bodyguard ''don't'' engage in this trope. Butler has previously shown that he has a very effective DeathGlare, but here the narration notes that both men are blinking normally so as to avoid dry eyeballs, sand that taring contests are for amateurs.
28th Feb '16 6:45:24 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'': In Crematoria, the guards release vicuous "{{Hellhound}}s" to feast on the prisoners. Riddick hides behind a waterfall until one of the hounds sniffs him out. Then he gets into a staring contest to assert his dominance, and because his silver eyes resemble those of the hound, it accepts him as one of the pack.

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** ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'': In On the prison planet Crematoria, the guards release vicuous "{{Hellhound}}s" to feast on the prisoners. Riddick hides behind a waterfall until one of the hounds sniffs him out. Then he gets into a staring contest to assert his dominance, and because his silver eyes resemble those of the hound, it accepts him as one of the pack.
28th Feb '16 6:43:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'': This seems to be a favorite of Riddick when he's faced with some alien monster.
** ''Film/PitchBlack'': Played with. Riddick realizes that the flying alien creatures have a "blind spot" right in the center of their echolocation-based vision. When he's confronted with one of them, he gets right up in its face so it can't see him. It does work, but then falls apart when a second one suddenly shows up.
** ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'': In Crematoria, the guards release vicuous "{{Hellhound}}s" to feast on the prisoners. Riddick hides behind a waterfall until one of the hounds sniffs him out. Then he gets into a staring contest to assert his dominance, and because his silver eyes resemble those of the hound, it accepts him as one of the pack.
16th Feb '16 12:18:55 PM VVK
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Fluttershy has subdued a dragon (whose eyes were larger than her body, so she lectured while pacing on his snout) and a cockatrice (whose gaze was ''turning her to stone'' as she did so, but who still gave up first) by staring them down and scolding them. {{Subverted|Trope}} (twice), however, when she tries to stare down [[MadGod Discord]] -- he only pretends to be horrified to mock her. She's also totally immune to his style of subtle emotional manipulation, so it's only fair.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Fluttershy has subdued a dragon (whose eyes were larger than her body, so she lectured while pacing on his snout) and a cockatrice (whose gaze was ''turning her to stone'' as she did so, but who still gave up first) by staring them down and scolding them. {{Subverted|Trope}} (twice), however, when she tries to stare down [[MadGod Discord]] -- he only pretends to be horrified to mock her. She's also totally immune She does manage to his style of subtle emotional manipulation, so it's only fair.scold him into backing down later on when the situation has changed.
10th Feb '16 9:18:14 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Fluttershy has subdued a dragon (whose eyes were larger than her body, so she lectured while pacing on his snout) and a cockatrice (whose gaze was ''turning her to stone'' as she did so, but who still gave up first) by staring them down and scolding them. {{Subverted|Trope}} (twice), however, when she tries to stare down [[MadGod Discord]] -- he only pretends to be horrified to mock her.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Fluttershy has subdued a dragon (whose eyes were larger than her body, so she lectured while pacing on his snout) and a cockatrice (whose gaze was ''turning her to stone'' as she did so, but who still gave up first) by staring them down and scolding them. {{Subverted|Trope}} (twice), however, when she tries to stare down [[MadGod Discord]] -- he only pretends to be horrified to mock her. She's also totally immune to his style of subtle emotional manipulation, so it's only fair.
19th Jan '16 11:44:24 AM Jasin_Moridin
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* Conrad Kurze, the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Night Haunter]], has good reasons for viewing himself as his [[GodEmperor father]]'s terror weapon, and is scary enough that even his brother [[SuperSoldier Primarchs]] have trouble meeting his gaze. In the HorusHeresy novel ''The Unremembered Empire'', [[SilkHidingSteel Tarasha Euten]], the woman who largely took care of the actual work of raising Roboute Guilliman, one the other aforementioned Primarchs, faces Kurze down when he's in the middle of a rampage through Guilliman's stronghold, looks him dead in the eye and tells him to go to hell. [[spoiler:And thanks to the very timely intervention of a squad of Space Marines, manages to actually survive it.]]
4th Jan '16 11:52:17 AM Generality
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* In ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'', staring is exactly how a Kirin, a creature of IncorruptiblePurePureness, gains the allegiance of [[OurMonstersAreDifferent youma]]. If the Kirin's will is strong enough, the youma will submit and protect it for the rest of its life; if the Kirin wavers, the youma will eat him. One young Kirin protagonist is told to start on very small and weak youma and work his way up to the dangerous ones; instead, he happens upon the most dangerous kind known, that has never been forced to submit- and wins.
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