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[[caption-width-right:263:"[[Memes/CapcomVsWhatever Behold!]] [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent Optic]] [[ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything Burn!]]"]]

->''"Staring contest! You lose!"''
-->-- '''GagSub''' of ''Anime/MazingerZ''

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A {{Stock Superpower|s}} (and also a classic SuperRobot weapon) that allows characters to shoot blasts out of their eyes. Blasts of what, you ask? Sometimes the generic, all-encompassing term of "[[PureEnergy energy]]." Sometimes "heat," in which case it is (logically) known as Heat Vision. Sometimes "lasers," in which case it is known (again, with excessive logic) as Laser Vision. The point is, they hurt. These are the ''real'' GlowingEyesOfDoom.

This is the stock power of the {{Mecha Mook|s}} and those with powers beyond mortal men. Also, a stock joke about "laser eye surgery" fad.

(Seldom [[RequiredSecondaryPowers is it explained]] how a beam which can burn or injure just about anything else is contained when trapped behind the character's eye''lids'', [[MST3KMantra but let's not think about that]]....)

Compare XRayVision, DeadlyGaze, MagicalEye, BreathWeapon, and HandBlast. Often TheGlassesComeOff for this. A favorite attack for the {{Oculothorax}}. Not to be confused with I-beams, the architectural element, although those too can be used as weapons.

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* EyeBeams/{{Anime And Manga}}
* EyeBeams/{{Comic Books}}
* EyeBeams/{{Film}}
* EyeBeams/{{Literature}}
* EyeBeams/{{Live Action TV}}
* EyeBeams/{{Tabletop Games}}
* EyeBeams/{{Video Games}}
* EyeBeams/{{Web Comics}}
* EyeBeams/{{Western Animation}}



* At one point, the silver golem Karn in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' vaporizes a Phyrexian who has latched onto his arm with,"A blinding light from his eyes".
* One of the powers in ''[[TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}} Super Munchkin]]''. Users risk accidentally destroying their own headgear with it.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Zeruel's optic beams are extremely powerful. He used them to pierce nearly all defensive layers of the cast's underground base and nearly vaporized Rei with them.
* In ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' fanfic ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour'', three Kryptonian criminals use their heat vision wantonly to burn places down and punish or even fry enemies.
-->The three outlaws of Krypton were standing in a circle about Power Girl, sending six beams of heat from their eyes at her caped back. One Kryptonian could cause pain. Two could injure. Three could destroy.
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': In chapter 7 the cast fights an [[{{Robeast}} Angel]] is armed with a wide beam of yellow light it shoots at regular intervals.
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': Shinji has heat vision thanks to his Kryptonian DNA. He uses it most memorably to [[spoiler:burn [[EldritchAbomination Leliel]] down when it tries to MindRape Asuka]] in a scene which is a homage to ''ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything''.
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': Asuka has heat eye-beams due to being half-[[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kryptonian]]. She discovers this when she is cooking and accidentally sets the eggs on fire.
* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', Alex Harris (being a Kryptonian trapped in the '"Franchise/MarvelUniverse'') uses her heat vision multiple times, most notably to disable ComicBook/CaptainMarvel.
* In the ''Fanfic/HauntedMansionAndTheHatboxGhost'' FanVerse, the One-Eyed Black Cat can project a laser-like red beam from his "missing" eye, which can destroy, reshape, mind-control, and a dozen other things.

* ''Ok Go'' song '''Invincible''' have this in lyrics:
-->''When they finally come to destroy the Earth''\\
''They'll have to deal with you first''\\
''And now, my money says they won't know about''\\
''The thousand Fahrenheit hot metal lights behind your eyes''
* "CNR" by Music/WeirdAlYankovic includes the lyric:
-->''Ninja warrior, master of disguise''\\
''He could melt your brain with his laser beam eyes''\\
''Oh yeah''\\
''Oh yeah''
** Weird Al also offers "Slime Creatures from Outer Space:"
--->''They'll zap you with their death ray eyes/and blow you up real good''
* This was one of Paul Stanley's powers in their TV movie, ''KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park''. Afterwards, the band spent $250,000 trying to come up with a way for Paul to appear to shoot laser beams from his eye during their concerts.
* In the music video for "Radioactive" by Music/ImagineDragons has the teddy bear, after defeating the champion vaporize two of the boss's {{Mook}}s with its eyes.
* In ''Music/TheyMightBeGiants'' "The Lady and the Tiger", the Lady from Frank Stockton's "The Lady, or the Tiger?" claims to have laser eyes that she plans to use to escape, but the Tiger doesn't think that's such a good idea:
-->The Lady said "I'm busting out of this prison,\\
I got laser vision\\
And I'm burning a hole in the wall!"\\
The Tiger said "Wait, you'll start a fire\\
Destroy the entire\\
Lady and the Tiger hall!"

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* Buddha (yes, the founder of Buddhism himself) was said, after being denied access to the scrolls at a temple, to have sat down and stared at the wall until a hole was burned into it. The monks caved in and gave him full access after that. Considering the realism in most of Buddha's stories, this stands out quite a bit, although it's nothing compared to most of too-{{Anime}}-for-''[[Manga/DragonBall Goku]]'' higher mythology.
* OlderThanPrint: Before the Tuatha De Danaan moved into Ireland in Myth/CelticMythology, the giant Fomor were led by Balor of the One Eye, whose deadly gaze could burn men "like leaves cast into a forge." When Balor was slain by his grandson Lugh, he fell face first to the ground with his eye still open, and burned a hole into the ground. It's still there today, as a lake.
** Another version of the above myth has Balor's eye bashed out the back of his head, casting its deadly gaze on his own army. Needless to say, they didn't win.
* Shiva got an extra eye when gods [[ASimplePlan tried to make him stop mourning for Sati and marry Parvati]] (he didn't know she was the reincarnation of his ex-wife, and no one thought to tell him). He opened his two eyes, noticed her, the god of lust Kama shot Shiva with a bow to stir up passion in him ([[Myth/ClassicalMythology sounds familiar]]?)... and then the plan [[IncrediblyLamePun backfired]]: to everyone's surprise he opened a ''{{third|Eye}}'' eye and incinerated Kama with an eyebeam (Parvati found another way to become his wife and asked him to resurrect Kama). Scorching gaze of annoyed ascetics is a recurring motif for Hinduism, but mortals' anatomy doesn't change.
* From Guanari mythology, [[AnimalisticAbomination Teju Jagua]], a [[MixandMatchCritters mix of a dog and a lizard with seven heads]] that guards caverns and fruits that's feared for his "''Fiery Gaze''". Essentially, a kind of [[OurDragonsAreDifferent South-American dragon]]. Fortunately, Teju Jagua is [[GentleGiant pretty friendly and tame]] [[DarkIsNotEvil compared to his siblings]] thanks [[TopGod to Tupã]].
* The basilisk was held to have eye beams of ''pure death'', causing instantaneous death to any caught in its gaze. Another take on the myth is that the victim is betrayed by their own vision, and dies when they behold the creature. Still others hold a combination of the two, and eye contact between monster and victim is required.
* In Myth/ClassicalMythology [[DeadlyGaze the gaze of a witch could cause some harm or bad luck]], but Medea, as granddaughter of Helios, could turn it up to AgonyBeam level, [[DrivenToSuicide driving the unkillable bronze giant Talos to suicide]] [[MuggingTheMonster for his unprovoked attack on the Argonauts and herself]] ([[DependingOnTheWriter at least in one version]]. In the other she simply [[HypnoticEyes hypnotized him into suicide]]). One wonders why Jason, knowing her [[{{Yandere}} unstable character]], [[TooDumbToLive thought he could get away with breaking up and trying to keep her away from their children]]...

* ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} is shown using his in ''Creator/SternPinball's'' ''[[Pinball/XMenStern X-Men]]''

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* The lava pit chamber in ''Ride/IndianaJonesAdventure'' at the Ride/DisneyThemeParks features a giant stone skull that fires green rays out of one of its eyes.

* In ''{{Toys/Bionicle}}'', Heat Vision is one of the 42 Makuta powers. Other users include Rahkshi of Heat Vision and [[spoiler: Tahu]].
** Most [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Skakdi]], including the Piraka, have some variant of this as well.

* WebAnimation/BurntFaceMan from the flash animation series by the same name, attempts to use "his laser eyes" to catch a falling baby. He does not have said power. [[BlackComedy Baby go splat]].
* ''WebAnimation/XRayAndVav'' has this as X-Ray's main weapon, a pair of glasses that also give him XRayVision. However, X-Ray is such a horrible shot, he'll end up destroying the city before he hits his target.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Robo-Wolf can fire powerful red laser beams from its eyes.
** Robo has eye beams, but they are really weak.
** Portica has 'eye laser rings', as Boo calls them.

[[folder:Web Original]]
%%* [[http://www.vimeo.com/1223566 This Russian music video]] grants this ability to... Mikhail Gorbachev.
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AN5KpUecBs This Youtube vid]] grants it to [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguins]].
%%* Whateley Academy in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse has one of these as well. A boy codenamed Fantastico has heat vision of a sort.
* "Recently we picked up a ''ComicStrip/{{Dennis The Menace|US}}'' storybook with charming Bob Paplow illustrations. What we didn't bargain on, however, was that the original owner had used a pencil and his or her imagination to turn a prosaic story of Dennis and Ruff into [[http://www.misterkitty.org/extras/stupidcovers/stupidcomics142.html an orgy of BLASTING MUTANT-STYLE EYEBEAMS]]!!!"
* The Griffon, a hero in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', can fire beams of pure mystic energy from his eyes. Victory can do the same but with a relatively undefined "cosmic" energy.
%%* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': The stolen Neutro is equipped with these. Used to blow Mechakara's right hand off.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'': Santa Christ "shoots lasers from his eyes", according to his theme song.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** In a ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' online ad from , Church tells a few legends about [[MemeticBadass Sergeant Johnson]]. One of them that his friend's cousin's neighbor told him, was that he has laser eyes. [[spoiler:He does.]]
** Church gets a powerful laser eye in ''Recreation'' when he's transported into a spherical body.
--->''"I am not a thing! My name is Leonard Church AND YOU WILL FEAR MY LASERFACE!"''
* ''WebOriginal/ThrillingIntent'' One of Markus' attacks involves shooting thin beams of fire from his eyes.
%%* ''LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonCrystal'': In Gen 2 this is Leer's animation, earning Totodile the nickname Lazergator.
* ''{{Wiki/Uncyclopedia}}'' articles judged to be "[[CrazyAwesome bat fuck insane]]" feature a photomanipulated [[http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/File:Popeeyebeams.jpg image]] of Pope John Paul II shooting eye beams while shouting "Eye Beams!"
* ''Literature/WorldDominationInRetrospect'':
** Amplitude applies his SizeShifter powers via eye beam.
** Captain Lightning has the more traditionally destructive type.
** Gecko [[{{Cyborg}} installs]] a laser eye for himself, though it will fry his brain if left on for too long.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Horned Lizard, or at least some species of same, has a defense mechanism whereby it can, to quote [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]], "[[BloodyMurder squirt an aimed stream of blood from the corners of the eyes for a distance of up to 5 feet.]]" The blood is caustic, foul-tasting, and a bit of a surprise for a would-be predator.