Created By: EEplayer on June 24, 2011 Last Edited By: EEplayer on January 25, 2012
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Eyes of Death

Killing someone by looking at them, often in the eyes.

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Death Glare, but literal. Often done through some kind of magic. Older Than Feudalism, because of the basilisk. May require No Eye in Magic to work

Examples:
  • The basilisk in Classical Mythology
  • Damien Thorn to his adopted brother in The Omen.
  • A version of Clayface, and Spectre in "DC Comics".
  • In Jedi Knight, there's a Force power called Force Deadly Sight that is basically this. One of the bosses, Sariss, can use it against you in battle, and there's a way -- if you play as a bad guy, that is -- to become capable of using it yourself later in the game.
Tabletop RPG
  • 1st edition Dungeons & Dragons.
    • Meeting the gaze of the catoblepas causes death.
    • If you're on the Astral Plane, looking a basilisk in the eyes will kill you.
    • The beholder has two small eyes which cause death or disintegration to any creature they look at.
Comics
  • Ghost Rider's Penance Stare, which redirects all of suffering and pain inflicted on others by its target back onto the victim themselves. It can be downright fatal depending on who Ghosty is performing the move on. LOOK INTO HIS EYES.
  • Judge Dredd has Judge Fear, one of a group of undead Judges from a parallel universe, who can scare people to death by letting them see his face. He always gives his catchphrase "Gaze into the face of fear" just before exposing people to it.
Not to be confused with Death Glare, compare and contrast Taken for Granite. Unrelated to Gorgon Gazing.
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • June 24, 2011
    Deboss
    Recommend a different name to keep it from getting confused with Death Glare.
  • June 24, 2011
    EnemyMayan
    Seconded. I suggest Deadly Sight, in light of the example I'm providing.

    Video Games
    • In Jedi Knight, there's a Force power called Force Deadly Sight that is basically this. One of the bosses, Sariss, can use it against you in battle, and there's a way -- if you play as a bad guy, that is -- to become capable of using it yourself later in the game.
  • June 24, 2011
    lalalei2001
    How about Glare Of Death? It sounds like the Dn D spell Finger of Death.
  • June 24, 2011
    Deboss
    Killing Stare might work better.
  • June 24, 2011
    Earnest
    See also/not to be confused with Evil Eye, which is a character's Power Source.

    • The Cockatrice could also kill with a look by turning the victim to stone.

    I'd suggest Gorgon Gaze, but that would probably get confused with Taken For Granite or Gorgon Gazing. Maybe just simply Kill With A Look?
  • June 24, 2011
    dalek955

    See also Eye Beams.
  • June 24, 2011
    LordCrayak
    One version of Clayface could dissolve people into goo just by looking at them.
  • June 24, 2011
    SKJAM
    Looking directly at the Spectre's eyes and the little skulls in them will do this.
  • June 25, 2011
    Arivne
    Death Gaze?

    If the target must meet the creature's gaze for the power to work, it's No Eye In Magic.

    Tabletop RPG
    • 1st edition Dungeons And Dragons.
      • Meeting the gaze of the catoblepas causes death.
      • If you're on the Astral Plane, looking a basilisk in the eyes will kill you.
      • The beholder has two small eyes which cause death or disintegration to any creature they look at.
  • June 25, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Wild Cards: If it's Demise, don't look in his eyes! Demise's Wild Card allowed him to channel his own death experience into another person's by locking gazes with them. The experience was always fatal for the other person.
    • And while the myth says that anyone who looks upon Medusa's face will turn to stone, the way it is usually presented is that one has to be able to see her eyes. So if she's wearing sunglasses, you're still safe.
  • June 25, 2011
    X2X
    Comics
    • Ghost Rider's Penance Stare, which redirects all of suffering and pain inflicted on others by its target back onto the victim themselves. It can be downright fatal depending on who Ghosty is performing the move on. LOOK INTO HIS EYES.
  • June 25, 2011
    Bisected8
    • Judge Dredd has Judge Fear, one of a group of undead Judges from a parallel universe, who can scare people to death by letting them see his face. He always gives his catchphrase "Gaze into the face of fear" just before exposing people to it.
  • June 27, 2011
    dalek955
  • June 27, 2011
    SKJAM
    The Judge Death example also includes one of Judge Dredd's classic Asskicking One Liner moments: "Gaze into the Fist of Dredd!"
  • July 2, 2011
    Generality
    Subtrope of Evil Eye.
  • July 3, 2011
    MiinU
    Comics

    Scott Summers maybe? I mean, it's fine if he has his shades or his visor, but still....
  • January 23, 2012
    Prfnoff
  • January 24, 2012
    Synchronicity
    Medusa can turn people to stone just by looking at them.
  • January 24, 2012
    Ryuuma
    • In Basilisk, Gennosuke and Hyoma can kill people by glaring at them. Specifically, it's an eye power that reflects the killing intent of an attacker back on him, forcing him to kills himself with his own weapons.
    • In Fairy Tail, Black Wizard Zeref kills Zancrow after looking at him. Not surprisingly, his magic kills everything around him.
  • January 24, 2012
    TwoGunAngel
    The Eye of Balor from Celtic mythology was said to be able to do this.
  • January 25, 2012
    Ryuuma
    ^ Specifically, it was said it could char people to ashes.
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