When a character is able to use a PsychicLink or similar to see what another character is seeing, particularly when at a distance. Basically, a form of clairvoyance using a host character as an on-site medium.

Control may be with either the owner of the eyes/host, or the observer. Either way, this usually requires the [[WillingChanneler cooperation of the host]], although it is not essential. It is also frequently mentioned by the passive observer to be strange having their view change unexpectedly. Particularly if the observer is in control, the host may experience an EyeColourChange.

This skill can be useful in a variety of situations but is [[LivingBodysuit particularly suited to spying]]. It means that only one character needs to be in the (presumably dangerous) situation, while the other character – who may have more knowledge but fit in less well – can watch from safety. It is also necessary (among other senses) for remotely operated PeoplePuppets.

This skill can sometimes be used as replacement vision by a character who suffers from [[TemporaryBlindness Temporary (or not so temporary) Blindness]]. Even they are not blind, a character may use it for a similar reason if the host has a [[SensoryIndex different type of vision]] and [[SuperSenses can see other things the viewer]] [[TrueSight normally can't]], although this is normally more temporary.

In a more humorous application, when used short-range this can even serve double-duty as a mirror.

This can also occur during DreamSpying if the POV is that of a character at the location. One of the more common host/viewer pairings is with MindlinkMates; in cases where the host is an animal (particularly non-sapient), this is AnimalEyeSpy. It is often closely associated with {{Telepathy}}, particularly in cases where the observer asks permission first.

Contrast EyeSpy where it is the viewer's own detached eye.

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* Throughout the whole ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' franchise, Motoko makes common practice out of hacking into the cyberbrains of bystanders so she can see what the situation is through their point of view (If not also taking control of their bodies in the process). Among some of the people she hacked into were terrorists, androids, and even other policewomen.
* Pain from ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'' has 6 bodies, each having [[MagicalEye a pair of Rinnegan]]; one of its functions being a "shared link of vision" between them, allowing him to look at many directions at once.
** Variation: One of [[SelfDuplication Shadow Clone Jutsu]]'s ability is to transfer any experience the clone had to the original's. Kakashi demonstrated it by making a clone, then have it look at the right and himself at the left, then deactivates the clone. The result: he'll know what's to the left and right of him.
* In the fifth ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' movie, Latias and Latios are shown to possess the power of "sight-sharing".

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* [[http://mrmenoc.wikia.com/wiki/Little_Miss_Visual Little Miss Visual]] is pretty much based on this. Her hat acts like a camera when she closes her eyes, and she is able to see what it "sees". This only works if she is not wearing her hat.

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* {{Film/Eragon}} does this with his dragon Saphira, using magic to be able see through her vision. (He doesn't do this in the book.)
* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', Ursula is able to spy on others through her pet eels Floatsam and Jetsam. Each of them has an EyeBeam that beams a stereo image to her CrystalBall.
* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', Charles' telepathy allows him to perceive an event through the eyes of another person.

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* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' has a technological version in the Iris Cam, a micro-camera in a contact lens. At different times, we see it used by both Holly and Artemis.
* In ''Literature/TheObernewtynChronicles'' Elspeth is able to link with Mathew and see through his eyes, particularly useful [[spoiler: while he is playing bait for the slavers]]. Once he is [[spoiler: taken]], she is unable to find anyone else with a suitably compatible mind, relying instead on relayed images.
** In ''The Sending'' Elspeth has several dreams where she views scenes through Rushton's eyes, [[spoiler: thanks to their golden MindlinkMates bond.]]
* This is used several times in the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, mostly between Heralds and their Companions (horse-shaped, but not actually animals).
** ''Collegium Chronicles''. In a humourous example, Mags and Dallen briefly use this method as a mirror; also while Dallen is borrowing Mag's body to weave braids as Midwinter gifts. In another instance, Mags is undercover disguised as a blind beggar and navigates and watches for his quarry by skimming the surface thoughts of people passing by.
** ''Brightly Burning'': After he is blinded in an attack, [[spoiler: Pol]] is able to use his Companion's eyes to read maps and help direct the battle.
** ''Mage Storms'': This is reversed at one point with Karel and Florian; Florian looking through Karel's eyes during a function and prompting him to help keep track of who's who among the dignitaries. Also unusual in that Karel is not actually a Herald or Florian's Chosen.
*** Also, after [[spoiler: Karal's]] sight is burned out during the Final Storm, [[spoiler: Altra]] lets him see through his eyes.
** ''Arrows of the Queen'': Talia appears to do this at one point when testing the strength of her bond with Rolan. Noticeable in that their bond is one of the few where [[{{Telepathy}} communicating with words]] is difficult.
** ''Arrows of the Queen'': In a non-Companion example, Farseers often use their Talent to act as host and guide to other Heralds, allowing those with Talents such as Fetching and Firestarting to work at a greater distance. Kris and Dirk are particularly good at working together in this way.
* Several times in the second book of Isobelle Carmody's ''Literature/TheLegendsongSaga'', Glynn has dreams where she is inside [[spoiler: Solen's]] mind, seeing and hearing what he sees and hears. This is due to [[spoiler: the feinna bond making them MindlinkMates]].
* In ''Threshold'' by David Palmer, the [[MindlinkMates protagonists]] also use this method as a mirror, while {{Shapeshifting}}.
* In the short story ''The Four-Hour Fugue'', the protagonist is blind and "sees" by telepathically accessing the eyes of those around her. She doesn't believe it at first (would you?) but a man she talks to proves it by demonstrating that she's using his own vision, which is colorblind.
* When Granny Weatherwax from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' needs a mirror, she instead uses one of her [[AnimalEyeSpy Borrowing]] techniques to access the eyes of either Nanny Ogg or a handy animal, and then just having them look at her.
** This also happens to Maurice in ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'' when the [[spoiler: Ratking]] tries to locate him, only to fail since Maurice keeps his eyes shut during the chase under the city.
* Skinchangers and wargs in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' can brainjack animals. One in particular frequently uses his ability on birds to scout out territory ahead of his party. When the ability is first used on another human, one states he had thought the feat impossible.
* ''Literature/{{Dune}} Messiah''. Emperor Paul Atreides' eyes are destroyed by a stone burner, leaving him blind. When the Face Dancer Scytale threatens to murder Paul's two children, Paul is able to see through the eyes of his son Leto (who also has the power of prescience) and throw his crysknife at Scytale, killing him.
* Creator/RayBradbury's short story ''The Homecoming''. One member of a family of magical creatures (vampires, werewolves, etc.) is Cecy, who has the ability to (among other things) look through the eyes of other people.
* A variant is used in ''The Darkness On Diamondia'' by A.E. van Vogt. The planet has a psychic influence on everyone who lives there for more than a short time, allowing them to effectively share another person's body although normally only to the extent of experiencing what the host is experiencing and to communicating with the host. They cannot control the host's body or mind, and the host is always aware of the presence of the other person so it's useless for covert spying. This ability is so common that the concept of holding a person incommunicado never occurs to the planet's natives.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', Jayfeather's powers normally include [[DreamWalker dream walking]], viewing the memories of others, and feeling their emotions. There's one instance, however, where he unintentionally sees through his brother Lionpaw's eyes while he and Breezepaw are having a hunting contest, and the ground collapses under him, burying Lionpaw and Breezepaw alive. Thanks to Jayfeather (then Jaypaw) seeing this, he is able to get help and save their lives.

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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. After Teyla discovers that she has Wraith DNA and can telepathically link with them the expedition attempts to use her to spy on the Wraith. She is able to briefly see through their eyes on the incoming invasion fleet before they notice and take control of her
* The hero of ''Series/FortuneHunter'' uses camera contact lenses and a two-way earpiece to transmit what he sees and ears to his MissionControl. In the French dub, it's mentioned in the OpeningNarration and alluded to in [[MarketBasedTitle the French title]], ''Dans l'Œil de l'Espion'' (''In the Spy's Eye'').
* [[TheBeastmaster Dar]] of ''Series/{{BeastMaster}}'' would often do this whenever he uses his power to communicate with his eagle.

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* Early editions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** There were a number of spells that allowed the caster to see through the eyes of another creature.
*** Living Link and See Through Other Eyes: see through the eyes of any living creature.
*** Corpse Link: See through the eyes of a corpse or zombie.
*** Nature's Eyes: See through an animal's eyes.
*** Spectral Senses: See through the eyes of an undead monster.
*** Spidereyes: See through a spider's eyes.
** Each skeleton warrior had its soul trapped in a golden circlet. Anyone who put the circlet on top of their head could see through that skeleton warrior's eyes as long as it was within 240 feet.
* This is an option for the Clairsentience power in ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}''. If it's the only way you can use the power, you save some points on it.
* In 6th Edition ''TabletopGame/{{WarhammerFantasy}}'', any Slann in a Lizardmen army could cast spells within range and line-of-sight of any Skink Shamans on the battlefield, with this as the explanation. This compensates for their different varieties of {{Squishy Wizard}}ness, as Shamans are fast and stealthy but cheap, weak casters, and Slann are ponderous, valuable and need protecting.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' the Clairvoyance ability allows Raz to see through the eyes of another being and see how they perceive him.
* In ''VideoGame/CallOfCthulhuDarkCornersOfTheEarth'', during the last bossfight, the player character has to control summoned Deep Ones to flip four switches so Mother Hydra's shield is deactivated.
** Also, at various point of the game, the view switches from the player character's to that of different creatures stalking him, although it's not made clear if he actually sees what they see or if he just feels their presence.
* Ashley in ''VagrantStory'' develops this form of clairvoyance as a result of being exposed to [[TheDarkSide The Dark]] during his time in Lea Monde, and can occasionally use it to spy on the Crimson Guard through one of their commanders, Samantha. On one occasion, Samantha's partner Guildenstern realises Ashley is doing this and gives Ashley a PokeInTheThirdEye.
* ''VideoGame/PsiOpsTheMindgateConspiracy'' has Jov Leonov, the QuirkyMinibossSquad's resident master of mind control. The same accident that gave him his powers also left him blind, and as a result he always has a [[SlaveMook meat puppet]] by his side to serve as his eyes.
* The Mind Vision spell usable by priests in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' switches your point of view to that of your target. You're also allowed to jump from one target to another, allowing you to potentially see things that are several zones away with enough patience and properly placed targets.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', robots' vision feeds are publicly accessible by default. This comes in handy if a group of robots all need a type of extra vision that only one of them has (like [[XRayVision backscatter X-ray]]), but it also means that, among other things, most robots must have built-in CensorBox software just in case.
* In ''Webcomic/ThinkBeforeYouThink'', part of Brian's telepathy is that he can see images in other people's minds, often what they happen to be looking at or have seen in the past.
* In the ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' prose prequel "Inner Peace (Through Superior Firepower)", Jack uses his [[MasterOfIllusion Foolamancy]] powers to allow a temporarily blinded Jillian to see through his eyes.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Raven does this to Robin to confirm whether or not he's just hallucinating fighting against Slade, and it affects her in the short moment she did. [[spoiler: though he really is hallucinating, YourMindMakesItReal so it really affects him and whoever is linked to him, just to hammer the point.]]

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* The mechanical variation on this is the idea behind the real-life concepts of security cameras, spy drones and similar devices.