Created By: harharhar on March 3, 2013 Last Edited By: Stratadrake on March 4, 2013

Gaze Of Death

A character can literally kill or at least maim people by merely looking at them

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Some characters can scare people away because they have Evil Eye. Some other characters scare people away because of their Death Glare. And yet there are some other characters who can harm people by merely looking at them. And not because of Eye Beams or such superpower; For these characters to merely stare at the other people means doom for the people being stared.

  • Common popular depiction of Medusa is like this; if she looks at you, you're stoned, although usually eye contact is necessary.
  • One mook in D.Gray-Man has the ability to turn humans into puppets by staring at them nonstop for a few seconds.

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Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • March 3, 2013
    "Evil eye" is a once common superstition that certain individuals can bring misfortune with their gaze.
  • March 3, 2013
    Don't we have Evil Eye?
  • March 3, 2013
    The mythological examples (the cockatrice and basilisk, and Medusa) are at Brown Note, where they don't really belong. (The cockatrice and basilisk are also at Death Glare and Evil Eye.)

    Are there many examples that aren't just reuses of these same monsters?
  • March 4, 2013
    There's an X Men villain named Gorgon who has this power, defeated when he sees his reflected gaze on Wolverine's claws.
  • March 4, 2013
    You turn to stone if you look at a Gorgon (The mythological creature, not Chabal2's mutant), not if she looks at you, IIRC, so that wouldn't be an example.

    I think the rest fall under Evil Eye without needing to be split out.
  • March 4, 2013
    I think this might be too specific to trope. Eye Beams should cover examples of glare that can literally kill. I see how Medusa doesn't fit here exactly, but Tropes Are Flexible. It might be better to extend that definition to include non-beams example.
  • March 4, 2013
    Basilisks count for this. While Medusa historically doesn't count, her depiction in most media definitely counts. I think there are enough examples of this out there to split this as, basically, "non-beam eye attacks." Considering there are a dozen subpages for Eye Beams it wouldn't hurt to take some of the strain off it, I think. The Real Life example from the same page would go here, I think.

    Anyhoo. Speaking of Basilisks...

    • Oboro from the Japanese live-action film Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (inspired by the same novel that inspired the Manga Basilisk) is a Yamato Nadeshiko with the power of brutally killing someone just by looking at them.

  • March 4, 2013
  • March 4, 2013
    In Naruto sharigan genjutsu can paralyze opponents, cast illusions, and in some cases, kill.