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->''"You don't know of the illusion that the whole world could perish in an instant.\\
That is what it means to see death.\\
These eyes, this power isn't something you can boast about like you did."''
-->-- '''Shiki Tohno''', ''{{Tsukihime}}'' ([[VisualNovel game]])

A character's eye has great supernatural power. Usually, the eye grants the user [[PsychicPowers power over perception]], either the target's (illusion, mind control) or the user's (telepathy, premonitions, clairvoyance, etc). In most cases, direct eye contact or at the very least line-of-sight is required. Other restrictions may apply.

If only one eye has magical abilities, an EyepatchOfPower is very likely, especially if this eye possesses a distinct look, like color or shape (which might only appear during active use). The Magical Eye is often used as an excuse to apply certain patterns or symbols to a particular power, therefore making it Cool and Symbolic. Even more symbolic, the eye possessing the power is almost always the character's left eye (the left eye is considered the "sinister" eye, as "sinister" was once a word for "left"). Closely related to the RedRightHand.

Magical eyes can be any color, but are usually glowing unusual colors like RedEyesTakeWarning or two colors at once.

See also EyeBeams for a more directly offensive use of eyes. If the magical eye can cause hypnosis, its a [[HypnoticEyes Hypnotic Eye]]. Do not confuse with FacelessEye or the more mundane DeathGlare. Compare ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow. The [[MagicVersusTechnology technological equivalent]] is an {{Electronic Eye|s}}. [[IThoughtItMeant No relation to Magic Eye]], that autostereogram thing where if you look at it ''just right'', you can see a cat or a dolphin or whatever.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Lelouch of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' possesses a "Geass" in one eye that allows him to compel absolute obedience to his commands. Requires direct eye contact (can be blocked by visors or bounced off mirrors) and can only be used once per person. Eventually, he ends up with the Geass in both eyes and [[spoiler:[[PowerIncontinence can no longer turn it off]]]], which is the standard evolution of a Geass. Other characters in the series have magical eyes that let them read minds, paralyze people, see the future, [[spoiler:rewrite memories, steal bodies...]] Later on, [[spoiler:Jeremiah Gottwald gets an "anti-Geass" that allows him to cancel the effects of ANY Geass in a certain radius. It even looks like an inverted version of the standard Magic Eye. Given that he was given this eye during his second {{cyborg}} upgrade, Jeremiah's Geass Canceller can probably be most accurately described as a {{Magitek}} Eye.]]
* Pegasus of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' was given the Millennium Eye, previously owned 3,000 years ago by the TurnCoat Akunadin. It granted him the power to read minds, steal souls and (like the other Millennium Items) probably possessed other sinister powers if one knew how to tap into them.
** Dartz, the BigBad of Season 4, had an eye that turned green from the power of the Orichalcos.
** [[AwesomeAussie Jim "Crocodile" Cook]] of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' had a magical eye covered by a bandage.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', characters with a Death Note could make a {{deal|with the devil}} with {{Shinigami}} haunting the book -- granting them Shinigami Eyes, which have the ability to know both the true name and the date of death of anyone whose face they can see. This makes it much easier to kill using the note -- and all for the low, low price of [[DeadlyUpgrade half of one's remaining lifespan]]. Several characters made the trade (one of them ''twice''), but Light steadfastly refused, trusting his skills as TheChessmaster to see him through.
* [[spoiler:Fuhrer King Bradley]] in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' possesses [[spoiler:the "Ultimate Eye". This is his left eye, which holds his Ouroboros that gives him the foresight to see all possible outcomes of a given situation, allowing him to predict the moves of any opponent before they happen. It only grants that foresight with regard to things within a direct line of sight of the Ultimate Eye, but given that he ''also'' has SuperSpeed, good luck trying to exploit that flaw. His original eye rotted out when he was turned into a Homunculus and is covered by an EyepatchOfPower.]]
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has an immortal werewolf named Free (original name long since forgotten) who stole the Witch Queen Mabaa's eye and replaced one of his own with it, granting him the ability to use spatial magic.
* Hiei of ''YuYuHakusho'' had a "jagan" (lit. "evil eye") eye in the middle of his forehead, which bestows vaguely-defined psychic powers and a huge power boost when activated. The trauma of this implantation actually made him vastly weaker at first, but over the next few arcs he recovers all of his old power and can use the jagan on top of it. His EyepatchOfPower came in headband form.
** In what might be a case of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, as it only happened once near the start of the series and in a movie of questionable canonicality, he can also turn green and sprout more Jagan-lookalikes [[EyesDoNotBelongThere all over his body]] to amplify its power.
* A couple exist in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': the Sharingan, the Byakugan, and the Rinnegan.
** The Sharingan grants the user enhanced vision, precognition, eidetic memory and the ability to perceive [[{{Ki}} chakra]] patterns. The upgraded form, the Mangekyo Sharingan, has so far only been unlocked by seeing one's best friend die and grants the user StoryBreakerPower in the forms of Amaterasu, black flames that cannot be quenched by conventional means, Susano'o, a nigh-invincible spectral armor, and Tsukuyomi, a hard-to-break, time distorting illusion technique. The protagonist's {{sensei}}, Kakashi, has one of these, as his Sharingan is constantly active and depletes his chakra supply rapidly when uncovered. Some of the Sharingan's other tricks (typically unique to a specific pair of Sharingan) are varied upon the user and very extravagant, such as Kamui, which can send the victim into another dimension and Kotoamatsukami, which inflicts powerful but subtle to the point of being nigh-undetectable brainwashing.
** The Byakugan gives three-hundred-fifty-nine-degree telescopic x-ray vision, allowing the user to perceive everything around him and see chakra points on a ninja and [[TouchOfDeath strike accordingly]]. The Byakugan has a one-degree blind spot that can be exploited, but doing so requires massive amounts of skill.
** The Rinnegan is a SuperpowerLottery that enhances vision to the point where anything can be seen, grants the ability to use [[ElementalPowers all five elemental chakras]], [[LieDetector kill liars]] and [[{{Necromancer}} resurrect the dead]], [[EnergyAbsorption absorb chakra at will]], [[SummonMagic summon]] {{Animalistic Abomination}}s, [[MindManipulation read minds]] and [[YourSoulIsMine rip out souls]], [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal access an]] AnatomyArsenal, [[AttackReflector deflect attacks and enemies]] with {{Gravity Master}}y and [[RealityWarper warp reality]]. A great deal of the late story's plot revolves around the villains attempting to get their hands on the [[StoryBreakerPower Rinnegan]]. As it turns out, the Rinnegan is merely [[spoiler:an upgraded Sharingan.]]
** The above magical eyes all come from the same source: [[spoiler:Kaguya, the first person who wielded chakra. She possessed the Byakugan and a third eye in her forehead with the Rinnegan. One of her sons would inherit the Byakugan and became the ancestor of the Hyuga clan. Her other son inherited the Rinnegan and fathered two sons who became the ancestors of the Senju and Uchiha bloodlines. The Uchiha possessed the Sharingan (which turns out to be a degraded Rinnegan), but needed to mix their blood with that of the Senju to upgrade it into the Rinnegan.]]
** Orochimaru can project his KillingIntent specially well though eye contact, which can paralyze his enemies, if they're not strong enough to resist it. Probably that's why it is never seen again after its initial use.
* Mido Ban of ''GetBackers'' inherited ''his'' jagan (see above) from his grandmother. If he makes direct eye contact with someone, he can induce a hallucination (most often in the form of MindRape) that lasts for exactly one minute of real-world time. Limited by the fact that he can only use it three times a day, once per person per day.
* Lucia in ''VenusVersusVirus'' inherited an evil left eye from her demonic father but hides it under an EyepatchOfPower.
* In ''RurouniKenshin'', the man-slayer Ud˘ Jin-e uses a sword style that possesses a technique unique to it known as Shin no Ipp˘, in which he uses his [[KiAttacks ki]] to immobilize people with a glance of his eyes. He can even use his BladeReflection to perform the Hyoki no Jutsu, in which he hypnotises ''himself'' to bring out his full strength.
* Dominique the Cyclops from ''{{Trigun}}'' has a demonic-looking eye, complete with snake pupil, behind a mechanical eyepatch/shutter that allows her to distill her opponent's senses, paralyzing them temporarily to give the false impression she's using a FlashStep technique.
* In the Nasuverse several characters possess Mystic Eyes, with abilities ranging from "Suggestion" to the famous [[KaraNoKyoukai Eyes of Death Perception]] which is shown in both KaraNoKyoukai and ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''. By extension, this also includes HellishPupils. Most are [[GlowingEyesOfDoom quite colorful when activated]].
* Itsuki in ''RentalMagica'' has Glam Sight in his right eye. When his eyepatch is removed, he can see through anything magical and command very competently...[[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity at the cost of his sanity]].
* Lord Darcia in ''WolfsRain'' is cursed with a yellow wolf's eye (his left) which can render people unconscious. Usually covered by a mask. [[spoiler:After he attempts to enter paradise and is destroyed, his yellow eye is all that's left of him. While the world's ecology is regenerated by the lunar flowers, his eye turns some of them black, tainting the world with its evil.]]
* ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' - Fay D. Fluorite's blue eyes are the source of his magical powers; he gives the color up after [[spoiler:becoming a vampire]] and gaining an EyepatchOfPower.
** Earlier, [[spoiler:Syaoran eats]] Fay's left eye in order to gain the magic inside it.
* In ''ProjectARMS'', Kei Kuruma's [[{{Nanomachines}} nanomachine implant]] "Queen of Hearts" is a sensor array in her eyes that allows her to see in BulletTime.
* Sven Vollfied's Vision Eye in ''Manga/BlackCat'' has the power to see a few seconds in the future, although this is apparently severely fatiguing. It later upgrades into the less energy consuming "Grasper Eye" that slows down what he looks at, enabling him feats like avoiding bullets fired at him (though from the point of vue of the others, he seems to be the one whose movements are being accelerated).
* Rokudo Mukuro of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' has a [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eye]] with [[HellishPupils kanji as the pupil]], ranging from one to six. Each kanji represents a different "state" in the Buddhist Samsara cycle of {{reincarnation}}, and gives him a different power. His spirit medium/possessed girl/MoralityPet/etc., Chrome Dokuro, wears an EyepatchOfPower on the same eye Mukuro does, and when it's removed, it's implied that he [[spoiler:materializes through the power of illusions and takes over for her.]]
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', General Blue has evil eyes which [[TheParalyzer paralyze]] anyone who looks into them, glowing blue in the process. Like Medusa, but without the petrification.
** Blue's powers are more akin to PsychicPowers, given that at one point he was able to tie Goku and his friends by manipulating several ropes with psychokinesis. On the other hand, he apparently needs to focus said powers thru his eyes; something which Goku took advantage of with his [[EyeScream "JanKenPon" technique]].
* In ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Steel Ball Run]]'', after Gyro Zeppeli gains the Saint [[spoiler:AKA Jesus]] corpse's right eye, he gains X-Ray vision and the ability to see with his steel ball weapons.
** And Diego gets the corpse's left eye and gains the ability to transform into a were-raptor.
* Mihoko's blue eye in ''Manga/{{Saki}}'', which allows her to perfectly analyze a game to the point of clairvoyance and seems to have a side-effect of disrupting [[PowerNullifier other people's abilities]], as [[CombatClairvoyance Jun]] found out.
* In ''[[Anime/TsukuyomiMoonPhase Moon Phase]]'', vampires can "charm" (read: enslave) people with their eyes.
* Contractors in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' have their eyes glow red when activating their abilities. One of the Contractors can [[DeadlyGaze violently kill a person when looking at them]].
* ''Manga/BlackButler'' has Ciel whose right eye has a pentagram on it. The design makes his eye lighter and more of a purple color than his normal blue eye. He wears an EyepatchOfPower to cover his eye unless its power is needed. The pentagram is proof of his [[MagicallyBindingContract contract]] with Sebastian, his [[DealWithTheDevil demon]] butler.
* Wisely, one of the Noahs of ''DGrayMan'', has ''three'' evil eyes in his forehead. In his first appearance, he makes [[YourHeadAsplode heads explode]].
** Of course, let's not forget the hero whose left eye can see the souls powering Akuma.
* Unsurprisingly, Kakeru, the protagonist of of 11eyes, has a golden eye that gives him precognition.
* Ryner Lute of ''TheLegendOfTheLegendaryHeroes'' possesses the Alpha Stigma, strange eyes that give him incredible magic skill.
* In ''Manga/SixSixSixSatan'', the Cyclops who have a birthmark in the middle of their forehead. This is, in fact, a closed third eye which grants them the ability to "program" movement into inanimate objects. [[spoiler:They can make, for example, projectiles miss the Cyclops, have lying debris suddenly hurl itself at an opponent, turn about any sharp objects into deadly projectiles, etc. Shown Cyclops using this ability are: Kirin, Mei, Tsubame and Kirin's father.]]
* The Raijin Tribe in ''Manga/FairyTail'' all have this ability. Evergreen has can turn you into [[TakenForGranite stone]], Bixlow has the ability to take people souls and put them into dolls and Fried's ability hasn't been explained yet.
** [[spoiler:Erza]] is another example. Her artificial eye lets her ignore illusions and such, and also lets her turn back from stone.
** [[spoiler:Hades has one hidden under his EyepatchOfPower that amplifies his magic to terrifying levels and allows him to create demons from rubble.]]
* ''IrisZero'''s titular Irises are powers that [[EveryoneIsASuper 99% of kids are born with]] that allow kids to see things others don't. For example, Asahi [[LivingLieDetector sees devil tails grow out of people when they are lying]], and [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Hijiri/Hiziri]] sees [[spoiler:black butterflies gathering around people/animals that will soon die.]]
* The hero and heroine of ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' both have magic eye abilities, hence the MarketBasedTitle of the series. The hero can turn the murderous impulses of others against them, filling them with pain and fear and driving them to suicide. The heroine's eyes give her an AntiMagic ability that disables the powers of anyone she looks at.
* In ''Anime/StrikeWitches'', Mio's right eye allows her to see the core of a Neuroi. She covers it with an [[EyepatchOfPower eyepatch]] when not in battle.
* In ''LightNovel/ChuunibyouDemoKoiGaShitai'', Rikka was under the delusion that she has that for the right eye, explaining her eye patch.
* A rather mundane example by comparison appears in ''Manga/{{Gamaran}}'': [[spoiler: According to [[TheDragon Toujo]] [[BladeOnAStick Shungaku]], both Gama and his father [[BigBad Jinsuke]] have the "Eyes of Divine Sight". As he puts it, said eyes are far more keen and perceptive than those of other warriors, allowing them to "read" the opponent's body language and anticipate their moves.]]
* Tsubame Akifuji of ''Manga/CatParadise'' has the "Eyes of the Symbol", which allow him see every detail of anything he observes, even the ones that normal humans couldn't see, whether he wants to or not. [[spoiler:They also allow him to remain aware of his surroundings even while he's possessed.]]
* In ''Anime/TheUnlimitedHyoubuKyousuke'', Andy has an impressively (implied-to-be-) multi-tasking one. It allows him to block out others' psychic powers as well as [[spoiler:contact via ''pseudo-video'' his boss to report on his infiltration of Kyousuke's mafia-like group, PANDRA]].
* In ''Manga/MurasakiiroNoQualia'', Yukari's purple eyes see the world differently than everyone else. She sees all living beings as robots, [[spoiler: and as a consequence, her perspective is imposed on the world, leading to humans working as robots to her - she's able to fix them using mechanical parts, dismantle them (which would be the equivalent of cutting someone up for anyone else's eyes) without even any bleeding and change the programming in their brain.]]
** Yukari isn't the only one. Alice sees equations as pictures, which makes it possible for her, an 11-year-old child, to quickly understand and solve university-level mathematical problems.
*** Subverted with the [[SerialKiller culprit to the Tokyo Dismembering Murders.]] She claims to see people as lumps of meat, but as pointed out by Yukari, she's apparently just a [[TheSociopath sociopath]], fitting the definition almost to perfection.
* The titular ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}s''' magic comes from their eyes, called Jewel Eyes.
* ''Anime/MekakucityActors'' (the anime-adaptation of The ''{{Kagerou Project}}'') is about a group of teenagers with abilities related to their eyes, dubbed 'Eye-Powers'. This includes the ability to become invisible, read minds, change others' perception of oneself, freeze people in place (or go the full gamut and [[TakenForGranite turn them to stone]]), attract other peoples' attention (or, their eyes), immortality, clairvoyance, remaking one's body, [[spoiler: photographic memory]] and, perhaps most importantly, [[spoiler: the ability to 'Combine-Eyes', used to attract other ability holders to the [[Hive Queen 'Queen']].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Emerald Empress & the Emerald Eye of Ekron, in ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}. In one memorable scene, she grows to giant size, tears out her own eye, and sticks the Emerald Eye in the socket.
* The JusticeLeagueOfAmerica villain Despero gets vast PsychicPowers from a third eye. It was even removed once by surgery, but [[HealingFactor it grew back]].
* ''{{Wildguard}}: Casting Call'' featured the literally evil eye Wandering Eye, who attempted to use his hypnosis powers to force his was onto the team. Failing that, he hypnotized to other rejected applicants and forced them to serve his agenda of enslaving the entire world to his will, allowing him to finally be somewhat accepted by society. He was accidentally killed when Exploding Girl went critical.
* Rayek in ''ElfQuest'' can paralyze with his stare - [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/OQ/OQ02/DisplayOQ02.html?page=23 elves]], [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/OQ/OQ16/DisplayOQ16.html?page=20 trolls]], [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/OQ/OQ03/DisplayOQ03.html?page=10 animals]] - nobody's immune. Fortunately he turns out to be an AntiHero rather than an outright villain.
* Tommy Monaghan from ''Comicbook/{{Hitman}}'' had solid black eyes (no pupil, iris, or white, just black). His powers were x-ray vision and mind-reading anyone in his line of sight (he didn't mind-read too much - it gave him migraines). This made him very difficult to sneak up on.
* ''Comicbook/GhostRider'''s Penance Stare is an eye ''socket'' variant.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In the ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''Fanfic/MovieMagic'', Twilight Sparkle gets TrueSight and super-vision in her right eye after a FreakLabAccident involving a rainbow-powered rocket and a {{magitek}} movie camera.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Richard B. Riddick, the AntiHero of ''Film/PitchBlack'' and ''Film/{{The Chronicles of Riddick}}'' has surgically-enhanced hypersensitive eyes which require him to wear special goggles during daytime. They allow him to see in the dark, and when he takes off his goggles his eyes are shown to glow.
** The video game suggests his special eye powers may actually be a result of being [[spoiler:the last surviving [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Furyan]].]]
* In the 2009 film ''{{Push}}'', mind-influencing telepaths need to make eye contact with their targets. The so-called "pusher's" pupils dilate drastically when they use their powers
* The Dark Side in the ''StarWars'' movies is usually represented by yellow eyes, starting with Emperor Palpatine in ''ReturnOfTheJedi'' and continued by Darth Maul in ''ThePhantomMenace''. [[spoiler:Anakin's [[KaleidoscopeEyes change with his mood]] in the last act of ''RevengeOfTheSith'' ([[ContinuityNod probably because]] they were still blue after his HeroicSacrifice in ''Jedi'')]].
* In ''Shinobi Heart Under Blade'', Oboro has a technique called Hagen no Do--literally "pupil of annihilation", and also translated as "Piercing Eyes". She only uses it once. It basically let her do something to the effect of causing her foe's nervous and circulatory systems to break down and explosively hemmhorage, leaving him bloody and helpless on the ground, by just ''looking'' at him.
* In the anthology film ''Film/BodyBags'' in the "Eye" segment, Brent, a star baseball player, gets a new right eye after he loses his original one in a car accident. He subsequently becomes plagued by nightmarish visions of murder and rape and finds out that it belonged to an executed serial killer named John Randall, whose personality is starting to overtake his own.
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[[folder:Folklore]]
* A widespread European folk belief was that [[GreenEyedMonster envy]] physically changed the eye and caused it to inflict misfortune on those whom the person envied. Note that this was held to be out of the person's control.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has a glass eye that can spin in its socket to face any direction, has x-ray vision, and can see through most illusions.
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%% * The red, lidless Eye of Sauron in ''TheLordOfTheRings''. (Sauron's eye is strongly suggested to be [[http://tolkien.slimy.com/faq/Creatures.html#SauronForm a metaphor for his will]]. The movies establish him as nothing more than a disembodied eye. Either way, the Eye is not a source of power.)
* In the {{Deryni}} works, these are attributed to Barrett de Laney by a panicky human priest. After Barrett surrenders himself in exchange for twenty-three children, the priest hisses, "His eyes! Evil! Evil! Beware his eyes my lord!" The gathered crowd takes up the cry and his captors take the hint; they blind Barrett with a hot iron as a precaution, despite their intention to kill him anyway.
* Mr. Teatime of Creator/TerryPratchett's Literature/{{Discworld}} has a grey glass eye--which some of his associates claim is in fact [[CrystalBall a scrying crystal]]--that seems to give him the ability to perform such feats as moving faster than the normal human eye can see and doing backflips on thin air. Also interesting is that the other characters refer to his remaining eye as the scary one. His pinprick pupil is said to see into one's soul. If the crystal rumor is true, it might explain his [[AxCrazy Ax Craziness]]: Discworld magic is slightly less reliable than the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Winds of Chaos]], and hie ''implanted some in his head''.
* Demise from the ''WildCards'' series has the power to inflict the experience of his own death (he got better) on anyone by making eye contact with them, killing them.
* ''The Girl With Silver Eyes'' by Willo Davis Roberts gets telekineses and some sort of vision-at-a-distance from her silver eyes.
** Sort of... Her eyes are just an outward manifestation of [[spoiler:the mutation that occurred when her mother and four others took an experimental anti-nausea drug while pregnant]]. She still has an [[MilkyWhiteEyes unusual eye color,]] but it isn't quite the same thing as this trope.
*** This is not to be confused with the Creator/DashiellHammett [[Literature/TheContinentalOp Continental Op]] story of the same title, where the silver eyes are just an especially striking feature of TheVamp.
* Boris Dragonasi, the big bad in Brian Lumley's ''{{Necroscope}}'' gains the power of the evil eye in the second half of the story. Earlier there was a legend told of the evil eye and how it can backfire on the user with gruesome results if it is used on someone who is already dead. [[spoiler:Guess what happens to Dragonasi at the end of the book.]]
* In ''{{A Wrinkle in Time}}'', when Charles Wallace stares into the eyes of The Man With Red Eyes, he goes under the telepathic mind control of IT.
** Just to make things creepier, Charles Wallace's own eyes change so that his pupils are swallowed up by the iris, giving him disturbing [[MindControlEyes all-iris eyes]].
* The title AntiHero of William Beckford's Gothic novel ''Literature/{{Vathek}}'' is described as "pleasing and majestic; but when he was angry one of his eyes became so terrible that no person could bear to behold it, and the wretch upon whom it was fixed instantly fell backward, and sometimes expired." The ''History'' was first published in 1782.
* Jagang, the main antagonist of most of the SwordOfTruth series, has eyes which have been describes as "twin windows into nightmare". It is not surprising that his powers are essentially mind reading and possession.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/OperationChaos'', the narrator hears of a technique used on infection: they culture some of the bacteria, and then get a man with the Evil Eye to look at them through a microscope. Later, he mentions the wonders a corporation has produced, including contact lenses that allow people with the Evil Eye to live normal lives.
* Some TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} psykers use eye contract in Mind Probe.
** In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's Literature/{{Ultramarines}} novel ''The Killing Grounds'', Uriel meet Leodegarius's [[IcyBlueEyes ice-blue eyes]] and finds them filling his sight as the Mind Probe overwhelms his mental defenses.
** In JamesSwallow's novel ''[[Literature/BloodAngels Deus Sanguinius]]'', when Rafen subjects himself to Mephiston's Mind Probe, it seems to him that the light behind his eyes overwhelms him.
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''[[JohnCarterOfMars The Chessmen of Mars]]'', the kuldane's mind control depends on it; Tara learns if she looks away, she can not be controlled.
* Creator/MichaelMoorcock's Eternal Champion series includes [[{{Corum}} Corum Jhaelen Irsei]], who for the first portion of his career wields the eye and hand of a god in place of his own. By lifting the eyepatch he wears over this eye, he can see into a spectral place, where a creature dwells. He can then draw it out, where it will fight for him. Then the next time he lifts the eyepatch, whatever was killed by the creature has taken its place, and now IT can be summoned to fight, apparantly at a greater power level than it possessed before.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/ThePhoenixOnTheSword'', it is looking in the monster's eyes that lets it attack ConanTheBarbarian's soul; fortunately for Conan, this makes it angry.
* The Sibyl, in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Time's Crucible'', steals the eye from a decapitated sphinx and substitutes it for one of her own, in order to regain her waning prophetic powers.
* Euron Crow's Eye of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is strongly hinted to have one. What's under his EyepatchOfPower hasn't been revealed yet, but judging by [[TheDreaded the reactions]] of his fellow Ironborn (and these are RatedMForManly Viking expies), the fact that his regular eye is known as his "smiling eye", he's been known to consort with warlocks, and that he flies a personal standard that shows a [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eye]], it's a fair bet.
* In the ''Psalms of Isaak'', the ancient wizard-king Ahm Y'Zir had one of his eyes replaced by a magical one that (supposedly) allowed him to see into the underworld, and thereby aided him in making [[DealWithTheDevil bargains]] for his BloodMagic. He was known to history as the "One-Eyed Wizard King" and [[spoiler: Vlad Li Tam is able to identify the monstrous magitek cyborg that has projected itself into his dreams as Ahm via this feature]].
* In Susan Dexter's ''The Prince of Ill-Luck'', the protagonist has mismatched eyes; his left eye is magical, and allows him to see through spells. Unfortunately, the fact that his eyes show him different things also creates a magical imbalance that turns him into TheJinx.
* ''[[Liteature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'': ''Evil Eye'' is a spiritual technique that can paralyze the target through eye contact. Unlike magic it cannot be taught, only be developed through periods of intense fear, hatrd, and/or sorrow. [[spoiler: When Eric sees that Tahart has restrained and is about to rape Annala, he develops this ability.]]
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' Nooranti had a third eye that ''changed color'' and intermittently opened when she used her powers.
* In ''TheLostRoom'' miniseries, the Glass Eye is a powerful artifact that can restore/heal or destroy all flesh. Karl Kreutzfeld had to take his own eye out to use it, as the Glass Eye must be inside the eye socket of the wearer to function.
* [[StatlerAndWaldorf Statler did this to Waldorf in one skit.]]
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* IrishMythology: As told in ''Literature/TheBattleOfMaghTuireadh'', Balor "of the Evil Eye" absorbed the poison of his father's druids as they were casting spells. This gave him an eye of death, which killed whoever he looked at. His eye was harnessed to bow strings so that he could open his eye properly and used it as a weapon.
* The evil eye goes far back in the mythology of several countries in the Middle East, though that evil eye has more in common with a DeathGlare that simply brings whoever it is given to bad luck and misfortune. Evil eye charms which ward off the effects of the evil eye are still popular in Armenia, Israel, Turkey, and a host of other countries.
* There are legends of an Armenian king who was able to break boulders with his evil eye.
* In Ancient Rome either a bulla or a fascinum would be worn as a ProtectiveCharm to ward off the malevolent evil that could arise from the jealousy of men, sometimes literally called "Evil Eye".
* Shiva, the Lord of Destruction, was forever blasting things out of existence with his third eye. Usually it was EyeBeams.
* This trope is goes back to at least the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt, when the EldritchAbomination serpent Apopi/Apep (Apophis) was believed to have a destructive or harmful gaze. People wore and recited charms and spells to protect themselves from him. The Pharaoh also performed a ritual in which he whacked at a ball that symbolized Apopi's eyeball.
* In GreekMythology the gaze of witches could bring harm to chosen victims due the solar power in them. As the granddaughter of the sun god, Theatre/{{Medea}} had it so powerful that she could [[BeyondTheImpossible kill the unkillable bronze giant Talos]], hypnotizing it into pulling the nail that kept his [[AlienBlood ichor]].
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* ''LilAbner'' featured the character "Evil Eye Fleegle", a zoot-suited New Yorker whose eyes could zap people with destructive whammies of varying degrees of power. He turned up in the movie adaptation of the strip as well.
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* The Eye of Vecna, from the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'' setting, is a powerful ArtifactOfDoom that requires the would-be user to remove his own eye and insert it into the socket.
** D&D also has the beholder monsters, which possess many eyes with various powers (including at-will telekinesis to make up for their lack of limbs). Certain variants had a class for cultists of various monstrous races that started to take on characteristics of the races they worshiped, and the beholder-worshipers grew eye stalks of their own.
** 4e D&D has Cyclopes and Fomorians that both use their Evil Eyes for various purposes, such as paralysis, mind domination, eye beams, etc.
* In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' the vampire clan Salubri derived healing, fighting, and perception based supernatural powers from their third eye. Naturally it made them stick out like sore thumbs, and being the least evil group of vampires they were almost all wiped out because it couldn't be easily hidden. One of the survivors decided "Enough is enough!" and joined up with the Sabbat. His branch of the bloodline follows a different set of powers than the others, and their third eye looks angrier as a result. And since they aren't nearly as nice as the rest, they aren't so easily killed, so they don't care about hiding it.
* Urza's powerstone eyes, from MagicTheGathering.
* ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' has the Cheiron Corporation and it's [[BodyHorror thaumatechnology.]] It involves [[OrganTheft taking]] bits and pieces of supernatural creatures and implanting them into humans. Among other things, there is a pair of eyes stolen from some sort of [[EldritchAbomination otherworldly creature]]. The're [[MonochromaticEyes yellow]], faceted, and provide the owner with AuraVision.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe has Navigators: mutants with a Third Eye, called the Warp Eye in the middle of their forehead. Apart from letting them steer ships through the Warp, these eyes kill anyone who looks into them. As a result, they have to wear a [[EyePatchOfPower bandana]] when not navigating.
** In addition, most Eldar tabletop psychic powers require line of sight. Mind War comes to [[IncrediblyLamePun mind]]; it's essentially a Farseer staring down an opponent with such intensity that it can literally wound and even ''kill'' them. On the tabletop this is translated as the opponent taking unsaveable wounds.
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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'''s Nailah has a covered eye and an exclusive skill called "Glare" which immobilizes an enemy for the whole chapter. Seems she's got her own MagicalEye.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' has enemies called Mogalls, [[FacelessEye which are big, floating eyes]]. Their basic attack is fittingly called 'Evil Eye'.
** In ''FireEmblemAwakening'', the [[BirthmarkOfDestiny Brand of the Exalt/Mark of Naga]] is inherited by the Halidom of Ylisse's royal family, and it serves as an indicator to who can wield [[ForgottenSuperweapon Falchion]] and [[spoiler:awaken its true powers via the Awakening ritual]]. While the brand normally appears on a mundane body part (Chrom and his nephew Owain have the brand on their arms, while Chrom's sister Emmeryn has the brand on her forehead), [[spoiler:Lucina's]] brand is on her left eye, and it appears as a lighter shade of blue.
* Zasalamel in ''SoulCalibur 3'' has one gold eye, which contains his soul.
* Some ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' attacks, such as Mean Look and Miracle Eye, qualify.
** Generation V introduces a move ''actually called'' Evil Eye (which was translated as Hex in the English version).
* The main character in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', being a regenerating immortal, can equip magical eyes in place of one of his original eyes. There is also [[spoiler:a bar, at which the barkeep is holding for you an eye removed by one of your past incarnations that you don't remember-replacing one of your eyes with that one gives you an experience bonus and lets you remember part of his life.]]
* Reisen Udongein Inaba of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series is a [[LittleBitBeastly moon rabbit]] whose eyes can cause lunacy.
* Jade in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has [[RedEyesTakeWarning fonic sight]], which allows him to use upper-level spells with ease. He got it by applying an extremely dangerous forbidden spell on his eyes back when he was still a kid, if the picture of his bespectacled childhood self is an accurate indication.
* ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'' has a villain specifically named "The Earl of the Evil Eye".
* In ''VideoGame/{{Meteos}}'', the planet Meteo is basically a giant yellow space eye. Now, guess where all the planet-destroying meteors that you fend off in the game are coming from.
* Jubei Akane Yagyu and her uncle Munonori of the ''{{Onimusha}}'' series both have the Oni-eyes, complete with the EyePatchOfPower. When activated, allows extremely hightened reflexes (to the extent that time feels slowed down), illusion control (the ability to both use and see through illusions) and lethal counter-techinques (especially useful with heightened reflexes).
* In ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' it is strongly implied, if not outright stated that the otherwise relatively normal looking JC Denton wears sunglasses because he has Evil Eyes.
** But most of the game is set at night and he's completely fine with sunglasses, because [[MemeticMutation his vision is augmented.]]
** In the character creation scene, you can see he has blue glowing eyes.
* Lieselotte of ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' has her [[RedEyesTakeWarning Crimson Gaze]] move, where she looks straight into the eyes of her opponent to smack them with a confusion status that [[InterfaceScrew switches up their controls]].
* [=GoldenEye=] from the ''Franchise/JamesBond'' game ''VideoGame/GoldeneyeRogueAgent'' has a cybernetic eye upgraded with powers over the course of the game, with powers like seeing through walls and hacking electronics.
* In the first ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jedi Knight]]'' game, dark Jedi can learn a force power called Force Deadly Sight. With it activated, anyone the player sees in his vision takes damage and dies.
* Alma in ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R.]]'' seems to be able to do this at will (that is kill them by bleeding them to death and blowing up everything all around her). It isn't necessarily an eye related ability, but it may as well be.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Seymour's aeon, Anima, has an attack where she gives an enemy an ''instantly fatal'' dose of this trope.
* While 99% of its moves just scream ''FistOfTheNorthStar'', the Apotheosized form of Ialdabaoth from ''VideoGame/{{Super Robot Wars Original Generation}}s'' has one move that starts with this, leaving even the most [[HumongousMecha humongous of mecha]] ''frozen in terror'' before being pummeled into dust. (Even zanier: this is its weakest attack.)
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', there are special "Eye Orbs" used to invade other players and engage in PvP. The Red Eye Orb allows players to invade and kill others, while the Eyes of Death let players curse others' worlds and generate stronger versions of typical enemies. The Ring of the Evil Eye is also said to contain a demon of the name. It lets you heal by killing people.
* In ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' V and VI, the Cyclops units can be upgraded with Evil Eyes that grant them ranged attacks. Worse, unlike most ranged units, upgraded Cyclops don't suffer a melee penalty -- on the contrary, they deal even more damage in melee. In the fifth game, their Evil Eyes also reduce their targets' luck.
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* Mary's golden eye in ''VisualNovel/ShikkokuNoSharnoth'' gives her the ability to detect lies and see the truth, no matter how it is being hidden. It also gives her amazing intuition.
* In the {{Nasuverse}} these are typically referred to as "Mystic Eyes", resulting from a mutation of the [[MagicAIsMagicA magic circuits]] around a person's eyes. Most vampires naturally possess a variant while skilled magi can artificially create them. Other naturally occurring examples tend to be rare but with more powerful and varied abilities.
** As demonstrated in the page quote, Shiki Tohno has these in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''. They enable him to see the lines that represent a person's or object's lifespan, and he can cut along those lines to make that thing "die". Ciel has eyes that can make you accept whatever she's saying unless you know it isn't true. Arcueid and Satsuki have hypnotic eyes. Sidestories introduce more eyes, such as ones that see the past or future.
** Servant Rider of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has the Mystic Eyes of [[spoiler: [[TakenForGranite Petrification]]]], as her true identity is [[spoiler: {{Medusa}}]]. They are [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what they sound like]], though enemies with high magic resistance can temporarily resist the effect.
** There are also what are referred to as 'Pure Eyes', which allow one to see what is otherwise invisible. Shiki Tohno's Mystic Eyes of Death Perception were originally Pure Eyes that could see demonic energy such as Akiha's Origami and ([[CanonDiscontinuity maybe]]) ghosts. They were forcibly set to seeing death[[note]]and causing, hence being Mystic rather than Pure[[/note]] after his near-death experience, although they retained their original abilities as well. His father, Kiri Nanaya, had Pure Eyes that could see ''[[{{Main/Telepathy}} thoughts]]''.
* In ''VisualNovel/DraKoi'' a dragon's eyes are called enchanting and the protagonist slowly seems to fall under the dragon's control. [[spoiler:Not really. He's just falling in love with her.]]
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* Intensely evil glowing eyes are joked off as having "cooties" in [[http://www.charbythevampirate.com/comic/672/comic_archive this]] ''{{Charby the Vampirate}}'' strip.
* While not a evil eye, per se, Miranda Deegan from ''DominicDeegan'' has a glare that has been referred to as an "evil eye". It basically makes someone's willpower erode and derails trains of thought. Given what others in the comic have experienced, she is capable of giving someone the eye from nearly ''half a mile away'', as well as ''around corners,'' and even ''from another dimension.'' Latest example is giving the evil eye to the [[BigBad The King]] from an [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2012-10-12 unknown distance.]] ''
** Dominic himself may have an example of this, shown early on, when Gregory first refers to their brother, Jacob.
* What does [[MagnificentBastard Joey Von Krause]] from [[http://mortifer.smackjeeves.com Mortifer]] hide behind his EyepatchOfPower? [[http://mortifer.smackjeeves.com/comics/672214/chapter-30-kain/ Glad you asked.]]
* In ''{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3128 Lil' E tries to do this.]]
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* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', the mage Dante's eye can control a person and put a geas on his victim which forces the victim to subconsciously obey his orders. Leon learned this the hard way when he found out that all his actions during the Yamatian Invasion arc had in fact been Dante's all along.
* One of the main symbols of ''BrokenSaints'' is a circular red eye with a black cat-like slit for a pupil--basically, it's a simplified version of the Eye of Sauron from the ''LordOfTheRings'' movies, [[OlderThanTheyThink although the series started before the first film was released]]. However, in keeping with the multi-layered nature of the series, the eye is [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything not just an eye]]. Take a look at the symbol and how it is used in the series, and think of what else it looks like...
** Also, in terms of literal eyes, this trope is played with. In actuality, it seems to be a ''lack'' of eyes that represents evil. See: [[spoiler:Lear, corrupted Shandala.]]
* Taken quite literally [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H4CtdoaLac here]].
* The [[PlayByPostGames play-by-post forum]] ''FateNuovoGuerra'', which is basically an ''AlternateUniverse'' of ''FateStayNight'', has quite a good number of Mystic Eyes users.
* The superpowered character Sahar (literally 'Evil Eye' in Arabic) in the WhateleyUniverse. Her main psychic power is the ability to make a person ''believe'' that he has been cursed. Her secondary psychic power is WAY scarier. Her eyes have red rings: the folklore sign of one with the Evil Eye. Her original reputation was that of a hated and feared villain on the Whateley Academy campus, but she appears to be trying hard to become a good guy.
* Kris from ''Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars'' has multiple ways of seeing the world around him, which is his gift from Guertena, at the cost of making him paranoid.
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* Duke Phillips, Jay Sherman's boss in WesternAnimation/TheCritic has an evil eye that hypnotizes people into his willing servants. It's only seen once, and played for laughs ([[spoiler:Duke was launching a Presidential campaign at the time, and used it to get out of one reporter's question.]]) He even uses the trope name:
-->'''Duke:''' Gaze into the hypnotic power of my Evil Eye!
* Professor Screweyes from ''[[WereBackADinosaursStory We're Back]]''. True, its actually a screw buried deep on his eye socket, but it pretty much acts as a magical eye, as he seems to be able to make magic with it (not to mention that the screw's slit is in a vertical position, giving it a HellishPupils look). In a deleted scene [[spoiler:where he learn he lost his left eye thanks to a crow that pecked it out]], he claims he can "watch" his biggest fear, the crows, with a "real eye and a steel eye", implying that his screw eye is far from being just a scary decoration.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' features a cockatrice, a resident of [[TheLostWoods the Everfree Forest]] with the power to [[TakenForGranite turn living things to stone]] by making eye contact with them. Not to be outdone, the same episode reveals that Fluttershy possesses an unconscious ability called [[DeathGlare "the Stare"]] that forces animals to obey her. The conflict is resolved via a supernatural staring contest between the two, which Fluttershy manages to win [[HeroicResolve despite having already been half-turned to stone at that point]].
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* The common Robin can see magnetic fluctuation with its right eye. Its left eye however, functions as an ordinary eye. It uses this to navigate much like homing pigeons do.
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