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->''"The eyes are the groin of the head."''
-->-- Dwight K. Schrute, Series/TheOfficeUS
%% One quote is enough. For more, use Quotes/GoForTheEye.

No matter how thick the hide, hard the chitin, or magically impervious the body, the eyes are a natural weak spot for any creature that has them.

If you ever encounter a monster in a video game with a single, enormous, {{glowing eye|sOfDoom}}, you can bet dollars to donuts that said eye will be that monster's ''only'' [[AchillesHeel weak spot]]. The rest of its body will be MadeOfIron, and even the InfinityPlusOneSword won't damage it. Often, part of the [[PuzzleBoss strategy to beat the boss]] will be figuring out how to make it open its eye so you can hit it for massive damage.

Compare EyeScream, AHandfulForAnEye. For more human characters getting their eyes whacked, see MoeGreeneSpecial.

Although it [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant might sound like it]], EyesAreUnbreakable is not an {{inver|tedtrope}}sion of this trope. Also, do not confuse with FingerPokeOfDoom.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Near the beginning of ''Anime/NinjaScroll'', Jubei confronts Tessai, a bad guy with the ability to harden his body like stone. Jubei casually mentions that he can't be invulnerable ''everywhere'', right before throwing a needle into his eye.
* The manga adaptation of ''Manga/KingdomHeartsI'', in a break from the game's events, has Sora use a quote from Battle of the Bengal Tiger (When you encounter a giant enemy, aim for the eye. No one can train one's eyes...) against the giant Heartless.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Gumbina M5 armor was completely impervious to Mazinger-Z's weapons. Kouji not even was capable to scratch it or dent it. Its weak point were its large eyes located on the chest. Sayaka ended up the battle when Aphrodite-A's TorpedoTits managed to hit them. Ouch.
** In the "Mazinger-Z vs Great General of Darkness", Kouji was sword-dueling against a clearly superior ''[[Anime/GreatMazinger Warbeast]]'' had pinned Mazinger-Z on the ground and was trying run its sword through it. Kouji shot Mazinger's drill missiles and managed hit one of its eyes. The Warbeast crumbled down due to the missiles boring into its head and exploding. Double ouch.
** Ozones B3 subverted the trope. It had a huge, glowing, single eye on its head... but it was not its weak point, and Kouji did not try to destroy it.
* Partially subverted in the first chapter of ''Manga/ShanghaiYoumaKikai'', where Jack uses his last bullet to shoot the demon in the eye. The demon tells him that even that won't work. [[spoiler:Turns out Jack's real intention was to create a blind spot do some other really cool stuff which I shan't mention here.]]
* In a particularly badass moment from the Eclipse from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', [[spoiler:Guts uses the broken-off horn of a demon this way to devastating effect on several of the horde of monsters trying to eat him alive]]. In the ''Advent'' movie, [[spoiler:after freeing himself from the jaws of a demon by chiseling off his own arm, Guts is ''[[HopeSpot this close]]'' to doing the same thing to Femto as he's having his way with Casca before the bastard hurls him away telekinetically and lets his minions dogpile him and [[ForcedToWatch make him watch]]]].
** This trope also sets up [[spoiler:Casca's only Apostle kill during the Eclipse before she's overtaken, when Judeau puts out one of its eyes with his last throwing knife, just before Casca slices the demon in half]].
* This is one of the only ways that the title cyborg girls from ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' can be killed due to their extensive cybernetic enhancement. [[spoiler: And they ''know'' it too. One committed suicide this way, another used it in her [[MercyKill mercy death]].]]
* In one episode of ''Manga/InuYasha'', while [[ShapeshifterModeLock trapped in]] [[BroughtDownToNormal human form]] and fighting ([[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown losing horribly]]) against a plant demon, Inuyasha snaps off one of the demon's thorns and [[EyeScream stabs him in the eye]] with it. [[spoiler: Subverted as it doesn't actually kill him.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'', Silver's body is rubber-like everywhere, but his eye do bleed and is his weak spot. His brother Gold, however, avert this by having a rubbery eye too.
* In the second episode of ''Manga/FutureDiary'', Yukiteru uses one of his signature darts to stab and completely ruin Minene's eye. Fortunately she gets a badass eyepatch from this event and all is well. (She almost blocked the dart with her phone, but seeing as if the phone is damaged she ''will'' be killed, it was a smart move to drop her guard.)
* Early in ''Literature/HalfPrince,'' the main character's party runs into a giant high-level monster with very tough skin. They eventually realize that the eyes aren't protected, just very difficult to hit with melee weapons.
* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'': Kenpachi Zaraki {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this trope during his fight with Nnoitra Gilga. [[spoiler:The trope itself, however, ends up being {{subverted|Trope}}. Kenpachi fails to cut Nnoitra's eye (his blade passes harmlessly through Nnoitra's [[TorsoWithAView hollow hole]] which is hidden behind his EyepatchOfPower). Also, in the end, Kenpachi manages to get through Nnoitra's [[MadeOfIron Hierro]] by other means.]]
-->"I've had several encounters with guys who wouldn't shut up about how my sword couldn't cut them. But... I have yet to meet someone whose throat or eye I couldn't cut!!!"
* This is how Toboe kills the giant walrus in his CrowningMomentOfAwesome from ''Anime/WolfsRain'', the other factor being his [[{{Determinator}} utter refusal to let go]].
* Clementine, in true psycho fashion, tries this in her attempt to finish off Ainz in their duel in ''LightNovel/{{Overlord|2012}}''. Unfortunately for her, Ainz is a lich disguised as a warrior, and there are no eyes there to stab out.
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', Kaneki is told that even [[OurGhoulsAreDifferent ghouls]] are vulnerable to eye injuries......which Yamori promptly demonstrates by stabbing a needle into his eye. He keeps this lesson in mind, and later jabs for [[LightningBruiser Shachi]]'s eyes when normal attacks don't seem to work. Shachi [[SubvertedTrope anticipates this]] and counters by smashing his forehead into Kaneki's fingers, breaking them in the process. In the sequel, [[LadyOfWar Matsumae]] is defeated when a clever opponent shoves his fingers into her eyes, blinding her.
* In ''Anime/YuYuHakusho'' Kurama throws blood in Hiei's Jagan eye (or ThirdEye) in order to help Yusuke win. It works. Subverted because no one dies.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'': This is pretty much the only way to hurt the Thing.
* In ''Comicbook/GhostRider'', the All-New Orb (whose entire head is a giant eyeball) is taken out by a trap that flung a board with a nail in it into his eye. He survived, but was temporarily blinded and gravely hurt.
* In ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', this was the way they killed Madcoil.
* In one crossover, ComicBook/SilverSable stopped ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}} by knocking him to the ground and aiming a gun at his eye, saying that she was willing to bet that his eye wasn't as bulletproof as the rest of him.
* ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'': Ultimate Falcon does the same to Colossus in ''Ultimate Nightmare''.
* This is Spike's tactic against the construction company in issue #28 of ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'':
-->'''Spike:''' Go for the eyes, Tina.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/TiberiumWars'', the PoweredArmor-wearing Black Hand soldiers are ImmuneToBullets, except for their optics. The [[HumongousMecha Avatars]] have a similar weakness.

* In the original ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}'', Perseus instructs this of his mechanical owl Bubo.
* Subverted in ''Film/SupermanReturns'': as always, ShootingSuperman fails. Played straight when the scene is parodied in ''[[Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg Epic Movie]].''
* The opening of ''Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla'' has Maser pilot Akane aim for Godzilla's eyes during a BattleInTheRain. It only pisses Godzilla off and leads to the deaths of several people in her squad.
* In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', R2-D2 spars against a buzz droid with his electric prod. A few zaps don't kill it, but Obi-Wan recommends R2 aim for the droid's "eye" and thus it's instantly fried.
* ''Film/TheSpecials'': "Tell your brother the next time he wife-beats her, hit her in the eye. Her eyes are normal."
* Parodied in ''Film/GalaxyQuest''. "Go for the eyes!" "It doesn't have any eyes!" "Then the nose, the throat, its vulnerable spots!" "It's ''rock'', it doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"
* ''Film/KillBill'': This is how The Bride defeated [[spoiler: Elle Driver, who had bad luck when it came to this trope]].
* In ''Film/DemonKnight'' this is one of the only ways to kill a demon, the other being to use the blood in the Key. This only works on weaker demons though -- the Collector is only mildly annoyed after Jeryline ''stabs him in the eye''. [[spoiler:Splashing the special blood into his eyes does the trick.]]
* What the human snipers do exactly against several Decepticons in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' during the climatic battle in Chicago, allowing [[BadassArmy NEST]] to take down a couple of them without Autobot aid. It's not just the Decepticon mooks that fall victim to this. [[TheStarscream Starscream]] is killed by having his eyes taken out and a grenade dropped inside his head through one of his now-empty eyesockets.
* ''Film/PacificRim''. After the [[HumongousMecha Jaegers]] Striker Eureka is immobilised, the two surviving pilots climb out onto its hull and take potshots at the {{Kaiju}}'s eyes with {{flare gun}}s because it's the only weapon they've got left. The creature has six eyes though, and getting hit in one only pisses it off.
* ''Film/{{Gunhed}}'' instructs Brooklyn to "go for the eyes" to defeat the enemy Aerobot, which has three red eyes in a triangular array. Once Brooklyn has shot out all three eyes, Aerobot explodes.
* Deliberately averted in the Franchise/{{Alien}} series of films. Making the Xenomorphs eyeless not only heightened their highly bizarre appearance, but it also removed a ''massive'' weak point that could be targeted when fighting them. You can't go for the eyes if the threat you're facing ''doesn't have any.''
* ''Film/{{Hulk}}''. Glenn Talbot wants a sample of the Hulk's DNA, but the drills won't penetrate his skin. So Talbot gets his mooks to trap the Hulk in sticky foam and prepares to jab a nasty-looking drill-syringe in the Hulk's eye.
-->'''Talbot:''' [[YouWontFeelAThing This might give you a bit of a sting here, Bruce.]]
* In ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', the Black Knight defeats his enemy by driving his sword through the poor bastard's eyeslit. (See below under "Real Life".)

* The Bloodbeast found in a number of Literature/{{Fighting Fantasy}} books, perhaps most notably ''Literature/DeathtrapDungeon'', is described as a loathsome creature with blisters, which burst to reveal fake eyes, all over its body. It is utterly invulnerable (to attack by a sword, at least) unless they player intentionally or luckily hits one of its real eyes, in which case it dies immediately. The 'fake eyes' evolved as protection against this weakness.

* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series:
** The eyes are a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon's weak point]]. In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire the fourth book]], Viktor Krum distracts the dragon he needs to steal an egg from by hitting it with a curse in the eye. It doesn't entirely help, though; the dragon is blinded, but tramples some of its own eggs in its agony, costing Viktor some points.
** While not a fatal move in itself, Harry is greatly aided at the end of [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets the second book]], when [[spoiler: the basilisk he is facing gets its eyes plucked out, rendering it unable to use its OneHitKill ([[UnblockableAttack and even still petrifying when reflected]]) gaze]].
* ''[[Literature/EndersGame Ender's Game]]'': [[spoiler:How Ender finally gets past the Giant's Drink in the fantasy game]]. This is homaged in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing''. [[spoiler:The Giant now wears a steel-reinforced eyepatch.]]
* In ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'', the Hermit (remotely watching a battle) observes that one of the Narnian Giants is down, "shot through the eye, I suppose."
* ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'': Did this to [[spoiler: Bel-Shamharoth]] just before it could devour Rincewind, the camera that Rincewind was holding flashed into its giant eye causing enough pain for it to retreat to the chthonic planes.
* Brought up by a Klingon hunter in one ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel: while hunting a particularly large and aggressive beast as part of a contest with a just-discovered warrior race, he muses on how it's good sense to aim for the eye. Best-case scenario, your shot goes straight into its brain. If you hit, then you've at least partially blinded it, giving yourself an advantage.
* Similar to the Real Life spitting cobra example below, Pip of Creator/AlanDeanFoster's [[Literature/HumanxCommonwealth Pip and Flinx]] novels prefers to aim at the eyes for her one-hit kill venom.
* In ''Literature/DragonQueen'', dragons can only be killed by shooting out their eyes.
* Lampshaded and averted in ''Literature/CodexAlera'', where it's noted that if the Vord hulks ''had'' eyes, attacking them would be a good way to take them down.
* In ''Literature/TheWarOfTheFlowers'' the preferred goblin method of killing dragons is to shoot them in the eyes with poisoned arrows.
* The only way to reliably take down a Mûmak in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' was to aim for its eyes. The skin of the great elephant ancestor was thick and extremely tough, deflecting arrows and blunting swords.
* This is how [[spoiler:Kaladin managed to kill a Shardbearer]] in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', he rammed a spearpoint through the visor slit in his armour.
* The only exposed point on the monster Wyrm in ''Literature/TheBookOfTheDunCow'' is his enormous eye. [[spoiler:Mundo Cani]] manages to defeat him by jumping onto this eye and slashing at it with a cow's horn until Wyrm is blinded.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The Nigerian masked zombie-demon in the episode "Dead Man's Party". Buffy didn't know it was the monster's only weak point but you'd be surprised how many thing don't like having their eyes gouged out.
** This could be applied somewhat to Xander as well. Sure he's had an arm broken here and there, and has been beaten with a Troll God's Hammer, but all to little actual effect. It was only an attack on his eye that really harmed him. Right after telling his fighters to "go for the (...) eyes. Everything's got eyes." Ouch. Also... their opponents didn't have eyes.
** AT one point Buffy lectures potential Slayers about dealing with monsters. She says to avoid things like tentacles and go for the brain, heart and eyes. It is then pointed out to her that Bringers don't have eyes.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Averted in "Apocalypse Nowish". Team Angel find themselves in a melee with the Beast, an unstoppable demon covered in impenetrable bone-plate armour. There's a HopeSpot where Angel jabs a wooden stake at one of its eyes, only for a close-up to show the Beast has grabbed Angel's wrist, stopping the point an inch from his eye.
* In ''Series/{{Brimstone}}'', the eyes of the fugitives from Hell are their only weak spot (because eyes are the windows to the soul), thus Zeke has to shoot their eyes to send them back. Interestingly enough, he's also immune to everything except the eyes. As the Devil points out, that's because Zeke is also a damned soul himself.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Daleks' [[CyberCyclops eyepiece]] is the most susceptible to gunfire, though only comparatively. On more than one occasion, Daleks have been incapacitated by damaging or covering their single eyestalk: "My vision is impaired!! I can not see!!" The show parodied this once in ''Remembrance of the Daleks''. After the Doctor repeatedly tells soldiers to shoot the Daleks in the eyepiece throughout the story, Ace ends up blowing one up entirely with a rocket launcher.
--->'''The Doctor''': You destroyed it!
--->'''Ace''': [[Awesome/DoctorWho I aimed for the eyepiece.]]
** Parodied and subverted in ''The Stolen Earth''. Wilf attempts to blind a Dalek with a paintball gun, only for the paint to burn off in seconds. "[[SubvertedCatchphrase My vision is NOT impaired.]]"
* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' episode "Mr. Ferguson Is Ill Today," when Cameron is [[spoiler:confronting Cromartie]], she aims shotgun slugs at his eyes, and manages to damage him enough to disable him.
* Eye Guy, from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. His only weak spot was the giant eye (his "Main Eye") that made up his face.
* In ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', this is Selina Kyle's go-to attitude towards fighting, since she's a 13-year-old girl fending for herself on the streets of [[WretchedHive Gotham City]]. Shown to disturbing effect in the second episode of the first season, where she attacks one of the guards of the kidnappers trying to abduct her and ''[[EyeScream claws his eyes clean out of his head, leaving only bloody sockets]]''.

[[folder:Myth And Legend]]
* Despite being primarily a video game trope nowadays, this is actually OlderThanFeudalism. How does [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Odysseus]] defeat the Cyclops Polyphemos? By shoving a burning stick in his eye.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* A very common {{heel}} tactic is to rake or poke his opponent in the eyes.
* In his commentary, Jesse Ventura regularly pointed out that no matter how tough someone is, a finger to the eye will stop anybody.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the Tyrant Guard species of Tyranid lack eyes completely, in order to avoid this trope.
* In several (though not all) editions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', beholders are among the few monsters with special-case rules for targeting individual body parts -- which in their case means their various eyes that are both more vulnerable than the main body and thanks to [[EyeBeams the varied magical effects they generate]] also the primary reason why what's otherwise a slowly floating big ball with a mouth is actually a major ''threat''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Minsc from ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' has this in one of his attack quotes- he orders his ''pet miniature giant space hamster'' to, [[TropeNamers well....]]
-->"Go for the eyes, Boo! GO FOR THE EYES! EYYAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!"
** In the Legends of Baldur's Gate comic book by IDW, Minsc and Boo finally pull this off. [[spoiler: After losing his sword fighting a dragon, Minsc hurls Boo at its head, who then kills it by biting it in the eye.]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games use this trope often. Most of the examples are different iterations of Gohma.
** This is so common in the series that they incorporated it into puzzles, starting in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', in which a statue of a cyclopean monster acts as a switch when shot in the eye. In the first 3-D games, an ornate eye on the wall would act similarly.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', all of the Fused Shadow-created bosses have giant eyes that must be attacked, as do two of the Mirror Shard bosses. The devs even have some fun with this. The boss of the Temple of Time is Armogohma, a giant spider with an eye on its back, which also serves as a weak point and a weapon. [[spoiler: Hilariously, the eye is revealed to be ''a smaller spider that was controlling the bigger spider!'' Even [[HeroicMime Link]] has a stunned look on his face.]]
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'' :
*** The Phantoms, which are invulnerable except for the eye in their back, and even that can only be used to stun them for most of the game.
*** It's not just the Phantoms. Bellum himself has many, many eyes in octopus form which you must attack; when he [[spoiler: possesses Linebeck]] and becomes a superpowered version of the Phantoms, and, like the Phantoms, has an eye on his back (albeit a much bigger one).
*** Most of Bellum's monsters have the same eye as Bellum. For the big blue cyclops monster, you can't go near them at all unless you fire an arrow in its eye first, thus stunning it.
** Shockingly subverted with Vaati from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'', whose entire villain motif [[EyeMotifs revolves around eyes]]. Vaati is a GlassCannon who can be hurt anywhere on his body once you take down his defense. Said defense usually consists of eyes, however.
** The Misery Mire boss [[PunnyName Vitreous]] from ''A Link to the Past'' is nothing but a giant eye, surrounded by innumerable smaller ones. What else are you going to hit?
** The Gohma in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' has an eye as its weak point, but it also has an armored lid that comes down every time you try to hit it at least, until you drop a huge rock on its head enough times to break its armor.
** Rocktites and the Ocean Temple boss Phytops in Spirit Tracks
** A ''lot'' of bosses in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''. Scaldera, Moldarach, Tentalus, Levias, Bilocyte...
** Gohma shows up again in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors''. Guess which strategy you have to use to defeat it? [[spoiler: This game's version of Ganon also gains properties of every giant boss except The Imprisioned, and as part of the package gains Gohma's eye on his gauntlet. Again, you have to strike it to beat him. ]]
** For the 3DS remake for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', all the bosses were redone with this trope in mind. All of them now sport an eye similar to ones on Majora's mask. Weakening the boss exposes this eye as a weak point.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', Hinoxes and Guardians are particularly vulnerable to being shot in the eye.
*** Hinoxes eventually catch on - once their health has been reduced by half, if they see Link draw his bow when they're not in the middle of an attack, they use a hand to shield their eye.
*** For Stalnoxes, [[DemBones the undead version of Hinoxes]], the eye is their only vulnerable part. Link has to hit the eye enough to knock it loose (to then attack with melee) to defeat them unless Link has a lot of patience, arrows, or a very strong bow. Similar to their living counterparts, they will start to guard their eye at around half health if Link draws his bow and the Hinox isn't attacking.
*** Guardian lasers can only be aborted by shooting them in the eye or leaving their sight (either by taking cover or through [[TimeStandsStill Stasis]]). Fire an Ancient Arrow in the eye, however, and they [[OneHitKill break down]]. A shot in the eye will also stun any guardian for a few seconds, allowing the player time to either get closer or hide as they see fit.
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'':
** In [[Videogame/SuperMetroid both his]] [[VideoGame/MetroidOtherM appearances]], Phantoon can only be damaged when his eye is open.
** The second type of boss in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeHunters'', which are almost nothing ''but'' huge, floating eyes.
** In ''Fusion'', some doors are blocked by giant eyes. Absorbing their Core-X restores a large heap of energy, so they are actually there to help the player [[SuspiciousVideogameGenerosity (the next room usually contains a boss)]]. These doors are similar to ones found before bosses in ''Super Metroid'', and in both cases the doors are capable of shooting EyeBeams.
** ''VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'' has Mother Brain sporting both EyeBeams and the eye weakness.
* The Cyclops in ''VideoGame/GodOfWarII'', although rather than being shot, the eye is ripped out as a FinishingMove.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' expansion ''Opposing Force'' :
** The end boss Gene Worm. The boss itself is invulnerable but hitting the eyes makes the boss' belly open and briefly reveal the only vulnerable area, accompanied by the boss teleporting in a {{Mook|s}} to keep the attacker occupied while regenerating its eyes. While blind, the boss is unable to attack but blindly thrashes around.
** The earlier Pit Worm PuzzleBoss had this trope as well; while not actually inflicting any damage, shooting it in the eye causes the worm to shriek in pain and protectively cover the eye for a moment, making it unable to use its {{Eye Beam|s}} for a short while.
* The Yellow Devil and its different incarnations in the ''Franchise/MegaMan'' series. There are also a huge number of minibosses and fortress bosses that can only be damaged in the eyes (if they lack a glowing spot).
* The Brain boss in the first stage of ''[[VideoGame/{{Gradius}} Life Force]]''.
* In ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'':
** A miniboss, Nipper, is a GiantEnemyCrab, and you defeat it by attacking its weak point, for massive damage.
** Lord Woo Fak Fak in ''Banjo-Tooie'', once he's opened his eyes (apparently his eyelids are grenade-proof).
* Many of the bosses in ''VideoGame/{{Stinkoman 20X6}}''.
* In both ''VideoGame/StarFox'' and ''64'', you must shoot Andross's eyes in order to reveal his brain [[spoiler:or the robot duplicate on ''VideoGame/StarFox64'''s Easy route]]. In ''64'' you first had to destroy Andross's hands, but shooting the eyes would stun him momentarily, making that far easier. Additionally, the Bacoon from ''Star Fox 64'' is a giant one-eyed clam, prompting Peppy to call out this trope verbatim.
* A variation is played in several ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' games:
** ''VideoGame/SuperMario64:'' one of the enemies is simply a huge eye, and you defeat it by running around in circles.
*** Thres's also the pyramid boss with two hands, having an eye each; you have to punch the eyes to win.
** One of the mini games in ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' does this exactly the same as well.
** It's ''also'' played straight with the boss of ShiftingSandLand, two giant stone hands with eyes in the palms. Whacking 'em in the eye causes damage, but only when the eye is open.
** ''VideoGame/MarioKartDS'' has the same hands as one of the bosses in mission mode and just like in ''Super Mario 64'', you can't damage the eyes unless they're open.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' (but not ''3''), it's possible to aim specifically for the eyes of your opponent (or appropriate sensory organ). It's usually the most difficult shot to connect with, but landing a critical hit to the eyes will almost always kill or blind a creature, making it mostly harmless or dead.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'', Harold mentions that a Deathclaw's eyes might be its weakness. It's true. Using this knowledge you can actually go kill one at a low level. However, since it's still so tough you need to hit it dozens of times even so, this leads to perhaps the most ridiculous DeathOfAThousandCuts ever. Deathclaws have incredibly sharp senses of smell and hearing, but rather weak eyesight. So blinding them is only a minor annoyance, but it's still the softest part of their surface and has a possibility of piercing to the brain. Damaging them anywhere else generally requires anti-tank weaponry.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', the Chosen One can do this to Rose's domesticated Mother Deathclaw in Modoc, ending the B&B's serving of Deathclaw Omelettes. [[ContinuityNod This is canon according to Jas Wilkins(Rose's grand-niece)]] in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''
** A character in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' claims to have [[BeyondTheImpossible done the impossible]] and shot a Brotherhood of Steel Paladin through the eye hole of their PoweredArmor. If you've met the Brotherhood and gotten in their good books you can challenge these BlatantLies by pointing out that their eye protection is bullet proof. He also claims to have killed a Deathclaw (misidentified as "Deathjaw") this way, earning him the nickname "Dead Eye". As with ''3'', however, it's not actually possible to target the eyes.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil''
** The final boss from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' is an extremely odd creature with eyes on its articulated limbs. While you do have to shoot it to keep the fight moving, you kill it with the staple Resident Evil anti-boss weapon: a rocket launcher. Not to mention the fact that if you do shoot the eyes on the limbs, it gives you the opportunity to shove your ubiquitous knife into its main eye. ''Repeatedly.''
** The G-Mutant from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' and ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheDarksideChronicles Darkside Chronicles]]'' gets ''even more eyes every time it mutates''.
* The miniboss Eyeclops in ''VideoGame/CarnEvil'' has seven eyes which must be shot out before you can get past him.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'':
** Final Dracula in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaCircleOfTheMoon Castlevania: Circle of the Moon]]''.
** Eligor from ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia Order of Ecclesia]]''. Easier said than done as Eligor is a gargantuan stone centaur armed with a massive sword, mounted crossbows, harpoon tail and powerful kicks and his eyeball is located on the back of his head.
** ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow]]'' has the demon boss Balore, who protects his eye with his right hand while trying to punch/squash Soma with his left. The only vulnerable spot is the eye, which also occasionally fires a laser.
* ''[[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]'':
** In ''[[VideoGame/SonicStorybookSeries Sonic and the Secret Rings]]'', one of the bosses is an enormous, purple scorpion with four eyes (two on its tails, one on its back, and another [[{{Squick}} in its mouth]]). Of course, Sonic must use the Homing Attack on the scorpion's eyes to defeat it.
** Previously, there were the Black Bull and Devil Doom in ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'', with the unskippable obvious hint "The eye is its weak spot" in both fights. Thanks, Einstein.
** Finally, [[spoiler:Dark Gaia]] in ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed''.
* The final boss in ''[[VideoGame/LegacyOfKain Legacy of Kain: Defiance]]''. [[spoiler: Not surprising as he seems to be composed entirely of eyes and tentacles - you attack both, but only the eye counts for the Life Bar.]]
* The [[GiantEnemyCrab King Crabber]] boss in ''[[VideoGame/SummonNight Summon Night Swordcraft Story]]'', whose only weak points are its eye stalks.
* Notably subverted in ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus''. While the entire game is made up of boss battles against giant creatures, most of whom have glowing eyes, they are almost never a weak point. Even when facing the one where you actually are supposed to aim for the eye, it's only a preliminary attack and not what actually kills him.
* The stage 6 boss of the GBA game ''[[VideoGame/{{Gradius}} Gradius Galaxies/Generation]]'' is simply a giant eyeball. Naturally, the off-screen announcer that usually tells you to "Destroy the core!" when a boss shows up will instead tell you to "Shoot it in the eye!"
* The first boss in ''VideoGame/LightCrusader'' consists of a meteor with a ton of craters and an eye that pops up in random craters. Aiming for the eye is the tactic to defeat him.
* ''[[Franchise/DevilMayCry Devil May Cry 3]]'' has the boss Beowulf. While it's not compulsory to hit him in the eye to damage him, and he does have a [[LightIsNotGood light-blast]] to try and deter your doing so, striking him in the eye does more damage and causes him to flail about for a bit, allowing one to get a bit more distance from him. More importantly however, striking him in the eye for the hit that causes his TurnsRed response will cause him to fall to the ground briefly, allowing for some more hits to be delivered against him. You will need those hits.
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' has the Core [[spoiler:and the Undead Core]] who is only vulnerable at the little opening in its shell where the eyes peek out. [[spoiler:The BonusLevelOfHell (literally) also has Ballos, who in his [[OneWingedAngel second and third forms]] can only be harmed by shooting his eyes.]]
* "This fucker has to have eyes...or something!" in ''[[VideoGame/{{Crysis}} Crysis Warhead]]'', although the boss in question doesn't actually have eyes as a weak spot.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' The final boss in has to be shot in one of three misshapen eyes. Or in the mouth. The stomach weak point isn't as easy, as it only rarely appears and is really hard to hit.
** Also, the Oculus at the beginning of the final mission is essentially a giant floating eyeball that shoots laser beams.
** One of Tali's lines to her combat drone is "[[ShoutOut Go for the optics, Chiktikka! Go for the optics!]]"
* Completed Reapers in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' are mostly impervious to weapons under dreadnought-grade, ''except'' for the firing chamber of their FrickingLaserBeams, which sits in the center of each Reaper's "face" and happens to resemble a [[CyberCyclops single giant, baleful red HAL eye]]. Of course, the Reapers aren't totally stupid, so they cover this weak point with thick armor plates when not firing, meaning anyone hoping to get a lucky shot off will generally have to do it while dodging laser beams that can cut through warships with ease.
** The Cerberus Guardian enemy carries a large riot shield to protect itself from attacks from the front. To kill them, you need to either neutralize the shield somehow (use a forceful attack to stagger the Guardian, use Biotic Pull to rip the shield out of their hands, attack them from the flank where the shield doesn't protect them, or bring a weapon with enough cover penetration to bypass it) or carefully aim a shot through the narrow slit that they look through. You even get an achievement for killing 10 Guardians by shooting them through the shield's view-slit.
* In ''VideoGame/PacManWorld'', King Galaxian has four eyes. You defeat it by destroying its eyes, but it becomes faster, uses more shots, and summons more difficult enemies after each eye is destroyed.
* In ''VideoGame/{{World of Warcraft}}'', one of the final bosses of the old world was the EYE of EldritchAbomination Cthun. Merely defeating Cthun's eye was for a long time considered more difficult and hardcore than any of the raids that followed it.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}}: Dark Legacy'', if you found the Javelin of Blinding, your character would throw it into the Plague Fiend's eye, temporarily reducing his near-perfect accuracy.
* Oddly enough, the Whomping Willow in the ''VideoGame/HarryPotter and the Chamber of Secrets'' game.
* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}''
** This is the most obvious weak spot on the final form of Dark Mind from ''VideoGame/KirbyAndTheAmazingMirror''. However, you can actually cause more damage by attacking the mirrors it periodically summons for attacks, as they lack MercyInvincibility.
** In ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'', the eye is the first part of O2 that you need to aim for, in order to stun it. Afterward, its halo needs be destroyed, which then exposes a spiky growth that can be attacked to cause lasting damage.
** In ''VideoGame/KirbyStarAllies'', the FinalBoss has five eyes on various parts of his body which act as his only weak points. Interestingly, only one eye is present at the time, one appearing only when the previous one is destroyed.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Kingdom Hearts|I}}'', the [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Cave of Wonders]] gets possessed, and the only spot you can hit and do actual damage is its eyes.
* The second form of the final boss in ''VideoGame/{{Purple}}'' can only be hurt by throwing a frisbee on his pair of enormous eyes.
* ''[[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame Ghostbusters 2009]]'' does this at least twice. The first time is with the Collector (and it's a VERY SMALL eye), and the second is the Juvenile Slor. The JS is a ''double'' example, as you must slime the single eyeball on its head ''and'' contend with the four orbiting "eyes" which threaten you and the others. Naturally there are about a hundred eye-puns throughout. The Sega Genesis game does this a few times, too. There's a One-Hundred-Eye Centipede, which is nothing but eyes, and a floating egg with an eye/mouth (!) that can shoot lasers.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' headshots result in large amounts of critical damage. For enemies that have armored heads you need to aim for the eyes.
** In ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' critical hit locations can be anywhere depending on the monster - headshots for most humans, joint shots for Gun Loaders, abdomen shots for bug monsters - but threshers and the nastiest Loader variants, such as SGT and ION Loaders, are mostly vulnerable to eye shots.
* This is how you have to defeat the [[GiantEyeOfDoom Eyebot]] in ''VideoGame/HeavyWeapon'', by attacking the eye when it is open.
* In ''VideoGame/LaMulana'', Viy is only vulnerable when the lid of his eye opens, which is also when he can unleash his most powerful attack.
* Overlapping with EyeScream, one of the finishing moves against dragons in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' is for the Dovahkiin to jump onto the dragon's head and stab or slash it in the eye.
* The [[http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs41/f/2009/026/f/b/World_holding_up_the_Atlas_by_simplejay.jpg Atlas]] Assault [[HumongousMecha Battlemech]] in ''VideoGame/MechWarrior 4'' has the cockpit occupying only one eye (with a [[EyeBeams laser cannon in the other]]. Trying to [[SnipingTheCockpit kill the pilot]] requires you to try and core through the eye armor with your weapons. In several games, the [[GlowingEyesOfDoom eyes also glow]] a [[RedEyesTakeWarning bright red color]].
** Ironically averted by the ''VideoGame/MechWarrior 4'' version of the [[http://members.shaw.ca/Wandering_samurai/pics/MW4/MP2_stuff/cyclops02.jpg Cyclops]], which boasts an incredibly obvious red eye on its head. Unlike its mythological namesake, however, shooting out the eye isn't going to do more than inconvenience the 'Mech somewhat, as the 'eye' is actually an isolated and ultimately expendable weapon pod. The actual cockpit and sensors are hidden deep in the chest.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Metro 2033}}'', the best way to kill a human opponent is to shatter his gas mask, encouraging yout to aim the eyes. [[EyeScream Or melee him]].
* The Dribble Fountain boss in ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}'' is a giant, floating, horned, tentacled... thingie with a prominently large eye at the center of its huge head. Make three guesses where its weak spot is.
* In ''VideoGame/ChimeraBeast'', this is the weak spot of the second boss (a GiantSquid) and the FinalBoss (a bigger, meaner version of the VillainProtagonist [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Eater]]). Of course, like other Eaters, the final boss has ''multiple'', and you must destroy all four of them to defeat it.
* The Final Boss of ''VideoGame/EpicBossFighter'' can only be hurt in it's eye.
* An atypical example in ''VideoGame/StarTrekBridgeCommander''. While it's not necessary, any enemy ship can be rendered harmless by disabling or destroying its sensors, making it incapable of firing back.
* The Wall of Flesh in ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' can be attacked in the eyes or the mouth, but the eyes have no DamageReduction and hence take much more damage from attacks.
* In the first ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' game the first boss is an enormous hydra with three eyes. When it opens an eye you have to target the eyes so your yokai will attack it and do more damage.
* Bolly, one of the hardest bosses from ''VideoGame/JazzJackrabbit'', is a hovering machine that is MadeOfIron. The boss can't take any damage unless you shoot its only weak spot, the eye (and even that needs a lot of shoots to take damage, especially if your blaster isn't powered up).
* Ishgardians in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' are trained to target the eyes of their mortal enemies [[OurDragonsAreDifferent the Dravanians]]. A dragon's MagicEyes are the source of their power and longevity, so it is one of the sure-fire ways of killing a dragon.
* In ''{{Portal}}'', you fight [[spoiler:[=GLaDOS=]]] by shooting missiles to knock off and incinerate the cores attached to her, all of which look like eyeballs.
** Inverted in ''{{Portal 2}}'' when you have to ADD cores to [[spoiler:Wheatly]] in order to defeat him.
** It should also be noted that even though both [[spoiler:Wheatly and [=GLaDOS=] both have cores that look like eyeballs,]] they can be hit anywhere to knock cores off/add new ones.
* In ''Videogame/FromTheDepths'', ships and aircraft need sensors such as cameras, radar domes, and infrared viewers to detect targets and get ''accurate'' firing solutions. Typically, as on real ships, they are mounted on a single big fragile antenna as high as possible for maximum field-of-view. Knock out that antenna, and even the most heavily armored battleship is left blindly firing its guns in every direction. However, more advanced and damage-resistant designs also have supplemental sensors, such as narrow field-of-view cameras on gun turrets.

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* ''Webcomic/HitmenForDestiny'' attempted this, but the attack was a feeble punch that didn't do much damage on the monster.
* Done against the Mind Wedgier in [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/030601 this]] ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' strip.
-->'''Zoe:''' I threw Bun-Bun right into that thing's eye! ''That's so cool!''
** But subverted in that it didn't actually work. Which is all right, because that was necessary to set up Riff's CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/091207 this]] one. And then played straight immediately after.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', when a human sniper hits the massively exposed eyeball of Ebbirnoth, member of a cyclopean species called Unioc. BizarreAlienBiology proves him wrong, as the Unioc eyeball is ''just'' an eye, and although the attack blinds Ebbirnoth (and probably hurts ''a lot''), it has less effect on him than an attack in a similar location would have done to a human (Unioc brains are located in their pelvis). Later played straight when the sniper tries to shoot Schlock, whose eyes really ''are'' his only vulnerable point.
* [[http://faultylogic.comicgenesis.com/d/20070409.html Referenced]] in ''WebComic/FaultyLogic''. When asked for advice on a ''Zelda'' boss, Jalyss recommends shooting it in the eye without bothering to look. She then provides a surprisingly reasonable-sounding explanation of why (apart from [[EyeScream the obvious]]) Zelda bosses work that way.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Hadriex sees an [[https://youtu.be/TvANZRUvmWM?t=7m4s eyeball monster]]. He immediately invokes this trope, as seen in Zelda, and shoots it with a bow. ...Too bad arrows have hardly any effect on it.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In one episode on ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', [[KidHero Finn]] defeats an EldritchAbomination by stabbing it in its [[CallBack crystal eye]], and throwing it in a pit.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Agents Doe and Cardholder try to tranq-dart [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Thing]] expy Ned Impossible.
-->'''Cardholder''': I bet his eyes are as gooey as the next guy's.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', when Steven and the Gems are battling a giant crab monster, Garnet tells Pearl to attack its eye.
** Also in "Laser Light Cannon"; the enemy is a Red Eye. It's literally [[spoiler:a scout ship/drone sent from homeworld/Peridot]] shaped like an eyeball.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', this is the only weakness of the spider-like creatures on Atollon.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* While it may just decide to bite its attacker with venomous fangs, the spitting cobra will usually target a spot where its projectile venom will be easily absorbed (and thus disable the opponent). [[EyeScream Guess where that spot is.]]
* The eye is usually a good weak point in real life. It's soft, easily damaged, very painful, and causes a loss of vision. It's one of the first places you're taught to aim for in a self defense class. And on a similar note, "When someone stares at you, don't be intimidated. Eyeballs are soft, sensitive and filled with goo. They cannot hurt you."
* On a similar note as above, at least one worst-case survival guide has this little number: "When fighting an alien creature, go for the eyes. [[UniversalTropes It's the only vulnerable point you can be sure of.]]"
* This trope is sufficiently widespread in nature that many species of insects, and a few small vertebrates, have evolved markings that resemble false "eyes." These markings are a decoy for predators, ensuring they'll direct their attacks towards the marked animal's tail or other less-essential body part, rather than its actual eyes. It also doubles in usefulness as it's intimidating as hell; at least one species of moth can flash its wings outwards, making it suddenly look like an angry owl is glaring at you.
* In medieval plate armor the eye slit of the helmet was a very vulnerable spot. If it was too small the fighter would be almost blind. If it was too big, an arrow or crossbow bolt could pass through it and kill the fighter. During a battle a knight might lift his visor to get a better look at what was happening around him only to get shot right in the eye.
** "Lucky" lance hits to the head during cavalry charges or jousting tournaments could also go through the visor and the eye at times; the results were not pretty. Just ask [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_II_of_France#Death King Henry II.]]
** The usual method for dealing with a mounted knight in the Middle Ages: A) stop the horse and pull him off B) dogpile him C) slot a dagger through the eyeholes.
** Remains symbolically true of armored vehicles: any sort of viewing slit provides a gap in the armor, whereas a camera or other remote system is itself vulnerable to being shot off.
* Several surfers and swimmers attacked by sharks have managed to get away after landing a lucky punch in their eye. In fact, this is exactly what you have to do in order to repel a shark: punch it in the eye or the gills (which is like punching a person in the throat). Punching a shark in the nose will simply make it angry.
* In fiction, trained hawks and falcons are often shown [[ParrotPetPosition perching on their owner's shoulder]]. In RealLife, one of the first things a budding falconer is taught is, keep the bird away from your face unless you ''really'' like eye-patches. This is why more ''accurate'' depictions of falconry have the falcon perching on a thick, padded glove that covers the falconer's entire hand, as well as most of his forearm.
* Many advanced weapons systems, from long-range artillery to guided missiles, can be rendered useless if their radar guidance system is disabled. During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, more than a few warships were rendered blind and unable to effectively return fire when a lucky hit took out their radar.
** This was the primary goal of the beginning of the first Gulf War - completely knock out the Iraqi radar net at the border in order to blind them, allowing the Coalition to move in unimpeded. Denial of enemy radar continued to be a top priority during the entire operation.
* Wrestling in the south didn't always involve {{Kayfabe}}. It used to be nastily brutal, with fighters growing their thumbnails long for the purpose of gouging eyes. They also bit off ears [[http://www.cracked.com/article_23046_6-terrible-realities-past-that-would-ruin-time-travel.html]].
* Not the eye, but a potential giveaway for snipers using the old-school type of optical gun-sight is the flash of sunlight off a lens. Mess up and position such a device where light can strike it at an angle, and the lens becomes your ''enemy's'' target.