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->''Psycho therapy, psycho therapy, psycho therapy!,''
->''That's what they wanna give me!,''
->''Psycho therapy, psycho therapy, psycho therapy!,''
->''All they wanna give me...''
->''I'm a teenage schizoid, the one your parent despise,''
->''Psycho therapy, '''now I got glowing eyes...'''''
-->--[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VRiTUyQiQk "Psycho Therapy", the Ramones]]

Glowing eyes are a character designer's shorthand for power. Want to show that someone is about to unleash a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown? Give them GlowingEyesOfDoom. Has a robotic creature been activated? Better turn on their GlowingMechanicalEyes. We all know that PowerGlows; presumably since eyes are the WindowsOfTheSoul, glowing eyes are a good way to show off someone's LifeEnergy. May be an indication that someone's just triggered their SuperMode.

This is a supertrope of:
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* EyeLightsOut
* GlowingEyesOfDoom
** GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath
* GlowingMechanicalEyes
* ThroatLight
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Other related tropes:
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes has eyes visible in otherwise complete darkness -- presumably because they glow just a little bit?
* TheDarknessGazesBack is a sister trope to the former.
* FireballEyeballs can glow, since fire does anyway.
* RedEyesTakeWarning often glow ominously for added effect.
* ScaryShinyGlasses aren't actually eyes, but serve much the same purpose.

But not all glowing eyes are necessarily one of these.

!!Examples

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Alphonse Elric is forced to exist for several years as AnimatedArmor. The eyes glow to show that he's "in there." During the few instances when his consciousness is separated from the armor, or he is possessed by another force, the eyes cease to glow.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* {{Franchise/Superman}}'s eyes [[GlowingEyesOfDoom glow red when angry or about to fire his heat vision]], but sometimes it glows blue or white when using XRayVision.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* One of ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveTasksOfAsterix'' involves being able to resist the hypnotic gaze of Iris the magician, who has glowing eyebeams he can switch on like car headlamps. Iris tries to hypnotize Asterix into believing he's a boar, but keeps getting distracted by the Gaul's comments about his eyes. ("How do you do that?", "Can you make them light up one at a time?" and "They must be handy for reading in bed.") Eventually Iris becomes so confused [[DuckSeasonRabbitSeason he ends up hypnotizing himself]].

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', DoctorFate gets glowing golden eyes during this transformation sequence and dimmer red eyes in other times.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''Recap/DoctorWhoS10E4PlanetOfTheDaleks'', the animals surround the fire with glowing eyes. The eyes go out when the people frighten them off.
* In ''Series/SapphireAndSteel'', Sapphire's eyes glow bright blue when she's using her powers. Interestingly, the same is ''not'' true of Steel, or indeed any of their colleagues.
* In ''Series/{{Helix}},'' Doctor [[spoiler:Hiroshi Hatake]] hides glowing silver irises behind brown-tinted contacts, suggesting ProfessorGuineaPig hobbyism apart from the unregulated viral research Arctic Biosystems is conducting.

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[[folder: Fan Fiction ]]

* In the Buffy/Stargate crossover fic ''FanFic/AllYourBaseAreBelongToHer'', Dawn's eyes glow emerald whenever she activates her link to the [[PortalNetwork Stargate Network]]. In an effort to maintain a low profile, she obtains a pair of designer sunglasses to wear whenever she's forced to do so in a public situation.

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[[folder: Pinball ]]

* Higher-end versions of the ''Pinball/{{ACDC}}'' pinball have the Underworld, a mini-playfield that is shaped like a [[WreathedInFlames flaming head]] with glowing white LED eyes.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'', the spirit form of Princess Zelda accompanies Link on the adventure and has the ability to possess Phantoms, who are suits of AnimatedArmor in the service of the BigBad. When she possesses one, the normally gray suits turn pink, complete with pink GlowingEyes.
** Crossed with GlowingEyesOfDoom, the HD remake of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' adds in a new graphical effect where enemies have a noticeable glow in their eyes.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', when Samara is using her biotics in some cutscenes her eyes will glow blue.
** And, starting from ''Mass Effect 2'', all quarians get glowing eyes that can be seen through their faceplate, though it's possible that they've always had them but you couldn't see them through the opaque faceplates that you saw in the first game.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'''s [[spoiler:synthesis]] ending gives glowing eyes to [[spoiler:''everyone in the galaxy'']].
** ''Mass Effect 3'' also added a faint blue glow to the iris any time a biotic uses his or her powers.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'':
** The [[MagicKnight Paladins]] of ''Warcraft II'' have glowing yellowish-orange eyes.
** The [[TheMedic Priests]] of Warcraft III have growing blue eyes as well, presumably because they're high elves.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' sure loves its glowing eyes. A lot. Lots of races have glowing eyes. (See also GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath and GlowingEyesOfDoom.)
** All members of the Draenei race have glowing blue (or white, depending on the artist) eyes. Their fellow Eredar who made a DealWithTheDevil to turn into demons have their eyes turn glowing yellow as well as gaining [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience red skin]] and SpikesOfVillainy.
** Male Night Elves have glowing golden eyes and female Night Elves have glowing silver eyes in-game. In the original cinematic for ''World of Warcraft'', a night elf's eyes reflect light like a cat's, not glow. This makes sense, as the night elves live up to their name by living where it's always night. Still, almost all official art shows their eyes as glowing like in the game graphics, which also makes them like the other elves, below.
** In the ''Burning Crusade'' expansion, Blood Elves had their eyes retconned from [[ProphetEyes ghostly white]] to glowing green eyes that are a side-effect of their addiction to demonic magic. High Elves also had their eyes changed from white to glowing Blue. This was probably related to ColorCodedCharacters.
** And, for all races, several headpieces (usually tier set headgear) confers glowing eyes, especially Rogue and Warlock sets, but found in the odd Paladin and Hunter sets too. The exceedingly odd hunter Tier 6 Gronnstalker set, is covered in glowing, '''moving''' eyes. [[http://www.wowhead.com/?item=31006]] (Click on the screenshot.)
** Virtually all the epic mounts in the game have glowing eyes, even the common ones that can be purchased. How did all these beasts of burden get these glowing eyes? No one in-universe seems to notice or care.
** The five (six counting Malygos) Dragon Aspects all have glowing eyes. [[spoiler: Once they lose their Titan gifted powers at the end of ''Cataclysm'', after Deathwing's death, the four remaining Aspects lose their eye glows. In a cinematic, too, so it's definitely not a model quirk.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'', there is a whole set of auras that produce the purely cosmetic effect of glowing eyes in your choice of black, orange, white, red, purple, yellow, blue, or green.
* The Glukkons from the ''VideoGame/{{Oddworld}}'' series have glowing eyes. It's explained that Glukkons developed them after shutting themselves away, so they didn't have to see the moon with the Mudokon pawprint on it. [[FantasticRacism Which opens a whole 'nother can of fish...]]
* The Little Sisters in ''Franchise/{{BioShock}}'' have green glowing eyes. The Big Daddies' helmets, meanwhile, also glow for some unknown reason, though glowing eyes are the most likely explanation, and it has the same effect either way. (They're also ColorCodedForYourConvenience.)

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'', [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter003/ib017.html normally hidden by ]] OpaqueLenses. They can glow red as well as blue, [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Issue4PAGES/ib082.html when she's annoyed]].
* The White Spirits of OffWhite have glowing blue eyes and the Black Spirits have glowing red eyes.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Remus}}'', everyone has these as a part of the art style.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', [[http://endstone.net/2011/10/20/6-38/ the angel statue.]]
* In ''Webcomic/BlueYonder'', [[http://www.blueyondercomic.net/comics/1316065/blue-yonder-chapter-1-page-31/ Jared's eyes start to glow]].
* In ''Webcomic/FarOut'', [[http://kimiq.com/farout/en/2012/11/28/farout-page-15/ a lizard's glow in the evening.]]
* In ''Webcomic/DragonMango'', [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter04/dm04-14.htm the princess vanishing is complicated by a phantom dragon with glowing eyes haunting the castle.]]
* In ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=210795 Summer doesn't quite have full control over her eye beams.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', the character that goes by the screen name "Tengu" has them as seen [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2013-07-11 here]].

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the only visible indication of Codex's power -- besides the brain damage and amnesia -- is the glowing eyes of her victims.
* Every magical being of enough power or skill eventually gain a pair of these in ''Literature/MageLife''.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', glowing eyes are featured as part of the powerup whenever the Mane Six invoke the Elements of Harmony--first the five supporting members of the group, then, lastly Twilight Sparkle opens her eyes to show a fierce and eerie glow just as the magic explodes from their gestalt.
** Twilight's eyes also glow when she exhibits extremely powerful, uncontrolled magic.
** Princess Luna will occasionally have glowing silver eyes as well, usually when she's being especially spooky or dramatic.
* For ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', all the avatars when they enter the Avatar State. An Airbender's tattoos will glow too, as they are a part of them spiritually.
* Almost every single character in ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}'' has glowing eyes.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ninjago}}'': When the Ninja reach their full potential their eyes glow.
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