-> '''Mordecai''': Hey! No laser pointers! That's not regulation!
-> '''Rigby''': Street rules, man!
-->-- '''''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''''', ''Peeps''

A Staring Contest is a competition where a number of players (usually two) must lock sights with each other's eyes and stare as for as long as possible. The first player to look away or blink loses.

As an optional rule, the players may do anything they want (without touching the other player) to try to get the other player to look away or blink.

Compare StaringDownCthulhu, which is a bit more extreme.




[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]
* In episode 12 of ''Manga/{{Rinne}}'', Rokumon incorrectly recalls this event happening between Sakura and Ageha when the former sees the latter holding hands with Rinne. The narrator, and in this example, Rinne himself, state that this is not what happened.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* In ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'', as of 2134, competitive staring is a professional sport in Mega-City one with a relatively small but growing following.
* Issue #39 of ''ComicBook/ThePowerpuffGirls'' ("Stared Straight," DC run) had Blossom and Buttercup in a staring contest. They are oblivious to Mojo Jojo's usual hijinks, so it's Bubbles who sets them right.

[[folder: Comic Strips ]]
* A ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip has the titular character initiate a staring contest against a goldfish. Then Jon informs him that fish don't have eyelids.
** In another strip, after beating Jon and Odie, he notices his reflection in a mirror. He says that it will be a tough challenege.
* ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'': Sarge and Beetle are having one. Beetle gains an advantage because he falls asleep during it.

[[folder: Fan Works ]]
* A more serious example in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]''.
--> No one else is allowed to claim him; that thought ran through both of their minds as they glared at each other with a renewed vigor, orbs filled with raging jealousy and intense possessiveness.
* Socrates attempts to have one with a duplicate of Andy in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''. Since the clone doesn't blink, he loses.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', Granny Weatherwax is challenged to a staring contest with a twist by up-and-coming witch Diamanda. They won't be staring at each other, but at ''the sun''.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Weeping Angels ability (they can't move but can't be hurt, as they lock themselves out of time, when being looked at) forces you to get into these for your life. If you so much as blink, the Angel is going to FlashStep next to you and kill you before your eyelids have time to open again. They also have a second sneaky trick in that if you look them directly in the eye, they will animate the image of the angel in your retina, which will [[EyeScream claw it's way out of your eye and kill you anyway]]. To be safe, you have to look at them, but [[SubvertedTrope NOT]] in the eye.
** Then along comes the Silence, which if you look away you'll forget they ever existed. You must maintain contact with one of them, otherwise they'll kill you when you fail to remember them.
* ''Series/BigTrain'' had a poorly drawn cartoon sketch of the World Stare-out Championships. A streaker even interrupted one of the matches.
* The sketch comedy show ''Series/AlmostLive'' once did a bit where two guys get into a staring contest that goes on for ''years'', with one of them even getting married in the process, with the other guy being his best man. His wife finally gets fed up and storms out, her slamming the door behind her causing both men to blink simultaneously. They immediately start in on a "holding your breath" contest...

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* 1st Edition Advanced ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. The original ''Oriental Adventures'' supplement has the Psychic Duel. When two opponents meet, they stare at each other, each testing their respective willpower and courage against the other. Normally, the loser of the duel acknowledges the other character as the winner and turns away. If combat occurs after the duel is over, the loser has a -1 penalty to their initiative, saving throws and "to hit" rolls.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* The fourth case in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' reveals that Edgeworth once won a glaring contest against his own reflection. Somehow.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 2: The Siege of Spinner Cay'', Guybrush places Hardtack and Trenchfoot into a staring contest, into which our hero can distract the pirate duo into looking behind them so he can place the [[ChekhovsBoomerang Pyrite Parrot]] into the treasure chest, in hopes that he can find where they'll bury it along with one of the {{Summoning Artifact}}s later.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'', Eye-Brawl is a two-man team of a flying eyeball and a headless giant. Their backstory starts with them having a staring contest, but since neither was capable of blinking, things escalated.
* In Chapter 4 of ''VideoGame/KingsQuest2015'', King Graham is goaded into one with his daughter, Princess Rosella. He doesn't really want to have one, but she reminds him that there's actually a ''law'' in Daventry which states that no one can refuse a staring contest when challenged by a member of the royal family - including members of the royal family.

[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Xykon forces O-Chul to get in a staring contest... with a [[TakenForGranite basilisk]].
** Which O-Chul won. Technically, he never blinked.
* In ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'', Shelly [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/10102001/ cheated in a staring contest]] to get out of paying her bar tab.
* The [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar Cold War]] is sometimes portrayed as [[http://i.imgur.com/v67zUrG.png one]] in ''Webcomic/{{Polandball}}''.
** A staring contest between ''Polandball'''s resident [[EldritchAbomination eldritch abominations]], Omsk Bird and Reichtangle? [[http://i.imgur.com/jWR7jaq.png This isn't going to end well]].
* ''Webcomic/CrossTimeCafe'': The Neolithic [=CTC=] characters start a tournament on [[http://www.whiteponyproductions.com/neoctc/NEOCTC_502.htm page 502]].

[[folder: Web Videos ]]
* ''Webvideo/SMBCTheater'' offers us the ultimate StaringContest, which is quite extreme.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Featured in ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', Katz and Courage have an [[CookingDuel epic duel to the death]] in the form of a staring contest.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBrakShow'' had a whole episode revolving around a staring contest. Dad is a champion of staring contests. While he easily tricks Brak into blinking, Zorak's a much harder target. Unfortunately for Zorak, the juices of his eyes start attracting wasps, which sting his eyeballs (And he STILL doesn't blink). He's dragged away to the hospital under protest, because he still wants to win. At the end of the episode, Dad's old nemesis, The Eye (A giant anthromorphic eyeball) says up and offers a challenge. Dad quickly goes back to his paper and mutters for him to go to hell.
* A ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' short had Mac and Bloo having such a contest. It turned out Bloo wasn't blinking because he was hiding behind a cardboard cutout of himself.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', Patrick does one with himself. In another, both he and Spongebob have one.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AngryBeavers'' episode "Stare and Stare Alike" centers around this. Dagget and Norbert spend so much time trying to out-stare one another they forget what started the contest in the first place, [[spoiler: and end up missing out on a call-in contest.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'': As seen in "The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks!", old rivals Scrooge [=McDuck=] and Flintheart Glomgold apparently spend all their shared time in their Billionaires Club sitting in the middle of a room divided down the middle glaring hatefully at each other in "a vision-based battle of wills".
* Referenced in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths''. After Owlman gives a NotSoDifferent speech to Batman, Batman tells him that there is ''one'' difference between them: They both [[HeWhoFightsMonsters stared into the abyss, and had the abyss stare back at them]]... but [[StrawNihilist Owlman]] [[OmnicidalManiac blinked]]. [[TheFettered Batman]] [[ThouShaltNotKill didn't]].

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* In RealLife, the easiest (though admittedly underhanded) way to win a staring contest is to blow gently into your opponent's eyes so that they will be forced to blink due to dryness.
* Creator/DerrenBrown once challenged random passersby to a staring contest. Somehow, without saying anything, he would cause the other person to feel very uncomfortable and close their eyes. In one case, a guy actually screamed and grabbed his head, until Derren helped him. This only fuels Creator/DavidTennant's conclusion that Derren is a witch. See the contest [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEuKgEjwi6A here]].
* Viktor Suvorov described how, during his time in the SpySchool, he was taught that no man can be recruited unless you can win a StaringContest with him; otherwise, he has the stronger will. Suvorov spent quite a bit of time in the zoo, staring down tigers as practice.
* Invoked during the Cuban Missile Crisis to describe the tense situation between the USA and USSR. At the time the US government established a blockade of Cuba with Soviet ships en route and within site of the US Navy. The Soviets then turned around. The statement went "We've been eyeball to eyeball and I think the other guy just blinked."