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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:
* EyeLightsOut
* GlowingEyesOfDoom
** GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath
* GlowingMechanicalEyes
* ThroatLight

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.


[[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.
* ''Manga/InterviewsWithMonsterGirls'': Hikari gets these in any sort of flash photography. Takahashi speculates that vampires have the same additional reflective membrane in their eyes hat most wildlife with nightvision have, leading to this effect. That said, she's a FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire, and there's no suggestion that she's in any way evil.
* ''Anime/{{K}}'': The Red King, [[spoiler: at least the one in season 2]].
** In the last episode of season 1, Rikio's sunglasses come off and his eyes glow as he uses his powers. None of the other Clansmen and Kings, Red or otherwise, show this, although some (e.g. the Silver King) glow all over. Though, Kusanagi could be hiding it under his CoolShades, like Rikio.

* {{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.
* In ''ComicBook/PoetAndersonTheDreamWalker'', whenever Poet's powers activate, by his own will or otherwise. Also shows up prominently in [[WesternAnimation/PoetAndersonTheDreamWalker the short film the comics are a prequel to]].

* 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.
* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', Doctor Strange tends to have these when he wants to appear more eldritch and otherworldly.
** Harry's eyes have been known to glow gold and Thor's have been known to glow electric blue/white. In both cases it is a very good idea to start running.
* ''Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse:'' The cultists in ''Nightmares Yet to Come'' have glowing golden eyes, though not all the time, allowing their members to pass for normal.

* 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]].
* In ''Film/TheScribbler'', the main character - who suffers from SplitPersonality syndrome - uses an experimental electroshock device (the "Siamese Burn") to systematically erase her excess personalities. Trouble is, it also causes blackouts - during which she upgrades the device with whatever scrap electronics she can find. [[spoiler:By film's end, using the device gives the user near-superhuman powers, of which GlowingEyes are but a side effect.]]
* ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' Bruce Banner sports these when he transforms into the title character.
* In ''Film/WarCraft2016'', whenever a magic user casts a spell, their eyes glow in appropriate color.
* In ''Film/GhostbustersII'', a possessed character finds this trope handy for [[MundaneUtility walking down a corridor with the lights out]].

* In ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', ComicBook/DoctorFate gets glowing golden eyes during this transformation sequence and dimmer red eyes in other times.
** Clark's eyes tend to flash red when he's using his heat vision or blue when he's using his X-Ray vision.
* 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.

* The original 1982 cover of the Music/{{KISS}} album ''Music/CreaturesOfTheNight'' had all four members of the band with glowing eyes.

* 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.

* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** The eponymous [[ArtifactOfDoom Majora's Mask]] of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has glowing yellow eyes in contrast to the inert eyes of the other masks in the game.
** 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/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.
* 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.)
** The Death Knight Hero Class has glowing blue eyes, to signify their [[GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath reanimation by the Scourge]]. If you play a race that already has glowing eyes, the Death Knight eyes will overwrite them.
** 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 ''VideoGame/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.)
* ''VideoGame/TheDeerGod'' has eyes that glow blue. Combined with the God's bright white avatar, the effect is unsettling.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', the hallmark of someone who has been infused with Mako energy and [[TheVirus Jenova cells]] is permanently glowing irises. Downplayed in the visuals of the original game and in the ''Compilation of Final Fantasy VII'', where the glowing eyes are just rendered as an unusually bright eye colour, but ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIIRemake'' makes Cloud's glowing eyes ''very'' obvious and disturbing.
* A costume item in ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet 2''.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', glowing [[SupernaturalGoldEyes golden eyes]] are a trait of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampires]], as revealed in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'''s ''Dawnguard'' DLC. It's implied that this is a trait which is InvisibleToNormals, and can only be seen by certain other supernatural beings (such as the [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]], who has a draconic [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Aedric]] soul).

* 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 ''Webcomic/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://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/2133674/ch13-34/ 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]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Marooned}}'' if a Mindstone [[TouchedByVorlons chooses you]], you get these, along with PowerMakesYourHairGrow and PowerDyesYourHair.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}'', Corrick's eyes glow golden with magic all the time, but truly flash when he uses his powers.
* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': Lalli, from time to time. Since it tends to show up in his nightime scouting scenes, it is possible that it is some kind magical night vision.
* ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'': Demons eyes glow to augment their [[InnateNightVision already good night vision]] to the point where they can see in total darkness (extremely useful since total darkness is what Hell has at night) but they're eyes also glow when [[GameFace angry or about to kill]]. The demon's eye color also determine what color the eye glow is, so far there have been seven colors ([[RedEyesTakeWarning Red]], [[SupernaturalGoldEyes Yellow]], [[IcyBlueEyes Blue]], [[SupernaturalIsPurple Purple]], [[ProphetEyes White]], [[TechnicolorEyes Orange]] and [[GreenEyes Green]]).

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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': Mystery Woman, mentioned in [[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/274 Steel Ribbon]], has "glowing green eyes".
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'': The only visible indication of Codex's power -- besides the brain damage and amnesia -- is the glowing eyes of her victims.
* ''Literature/MageLife'': Every magical being of enough power or skill eventually gain a pair.

[[folder: WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Princess Luna will occasionally have glowing silver eyes as well, usually when she's being especially spooky or dramatic. It's GlowingEyesOfDoom if she's angry.
* ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'': Almost every single character has glowing eyes.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ninjago}}'': When the Ninja reach their full potential their eyes glow.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'' has two cases of this for the protagonist:
** "Adventures in Babysitting" shows Juniper gaining her powers accompanied by this. Her little brother Ray Ray gets these when some of the power is accidentally transferred to him too.
** In "Out of the Past", when trying to defeat the [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels ex-protector]] Kai Yee, both June and her grandma tap into the natural magic of the realm of the Magical Elders for a power boost.
*** There's also the time when the MonsterOfTheWeek made evil photocopies of June and her friends. Cue the green GlowingEyes whenever them being evil is pointed out.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': The Nightbrothers, Darth Maul's kin, all have [[EyesOfGold golden irises]] that glow in the dark.
* WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}' eyes glow red or white when they come out of stone sleep. It's GlowingEyesOfDoom when they're making threat displays.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': When channeling especially powerful magic (such as [[spoiler:to overpower Toffee's AntiMagic prison in "Storm the Castle" and to cast magic without her wand in "My New Wand!"]]), Star Butterfly's eyes glow bright blue. As do her heart-shaped BlushStickers.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}'': The titular Inhuminoids eyes will sometimes [[GlowingEyesOfDoom glow when they are attacking]] and [[NightmareFuel it's a legitimately terrifying image]], the ones who do it the most are [[PlantPerson Tendril]] and [[NonhumanUndead D'compose]].