Eye Beams / Comic Books

  • Cyclops of the X-Men, who has a drawback in the fact that he can't turn it off, requiring him to constantly wear a protective visor, or ruby sunglasses for more casual occasions. Unlike most such characters, his Eye Beams are of concussive (pushing) force instead of heat (though some writers seem unaware of this), affectionately referred to as PUNCHES FROM THE PUNCH DIMENSION by fans. As a result he is one of the few eye-beam heroes who can choose to merely knock you out by looking at you, as well as having the option to put holes in you.
    • And ever since then, there's been plenty of Shout-Out whenever an actual Cyclops shoots Eye Beams of one type or another.
  • The appropriately named The Vision does this.
  • Superman's famous heat vision, which he usually uses as a "utility power" for things like escaping something, freeing someone, or other uses. If he ever uses it as a weapon against an enemy, it's usually against a robotic or other nonliving enemy (because Superman adheres to Thou Shalt Not Kill). Him using this power is also usually a sign that you've truly pissed him off.
    Superman (to Mongul): Burn.
    • In the Silver Age, Superman had to wear glasses made from Kryptonian glass in order to use his heat vision while disguised as Clark Kent (otherwise the glasses would melt); Post-Crisis, this power was reinvented as pyrokinesis and thus that's not necessary anymore. Naturally, the TV versions tend to simply discreetly move his glasses out of the way.
    • Originally, the heat effect was just supposed to be his X-Ray vision turned up full blast, so during the 1950s and early 1960s, it was always described as using "the heat of my X-ray vision." Heat vision finally became a separate power in 1961's Action Comics #275, and has stayed such since. (Some Silver Age and Bronze Age reprints of stories using the earlier phrase would awkwardly reword it as "the rays of my heat vision" or similar.)
    • Post-Crisis, Superman's use of heat vision changed markedly, as he was now a solar-powered superhero. Using heat vision came out of the same energy bank that all his other powers used, but at a very steep cost. Now heat vision was used sparingly or only once a battle. Really cutting loose with the beams now means that Supes is NOT in his happy place.
    • Remember that bit in the cinematic trailer of DC Universe Online? He MELTED Black Adam's face off with only a guttural yell. Scene in question
  • Power Girl isn't quite as restrained in her use of heat vision as Big Blue. When Satanna (mad scientist / surgeon) kidnaps her best friend to experiment on her, PG blasts her arm off. She then tells the horrified Satanna that she can pick it up and reattach it after telling her where to find Terra.
  • The Homelander, The Boys' Captain Patriotic Expy of Superman has them, which he uses to discipline fellow superheroes and take down airliners. Billy's wife died when a superfetus used its Eye Beams to get out of her womb, killing her (and making the Homelander the most likely candidate for Billy's wife's rapist).
    • Black Noir has these as well since he's an even stronger clone of the Homelander. He's also the one who really raped Becky.
  • Martian Manhunter has his Martian Vision. The effect of which depends on the writer, ranging from heat, disintegration or concussive force.
  • The extreme end of the trope may be the The DCU's Darkseid, whose "Omega Effect", at full power, removes anything it hits from existence, and can travel any path he desires to hit something, including warping through space and time. Darkseid can however use the Omega Effect for a multitude of different purposes. In Final Crisis, he uses a variation of the "Omega Effect" called the "Omega Sanction", which he uses to condemn Batman to be trapped in a cycle of death and rebirth, with each life worse than the last.
    • On the Marvel side with a similar character, Thanos of Titan has eye beams that seem to be similar to but more powerful than the energy blasts he shoots from his fists.
  • An example from Grant Morrison: in his 2000 series Marvel Boy, employees of Hexus the Living Corporation would sacrifice their own body heat to fire lasers from their eyes—becoming desiccated corpses in the process.
  • Apollo, from The Authority, has these—makes sense as he's a Superman homage. In the story where he's introduced, writer Warren Ellis tries to Hand Wave this as saying he's got "weird eye structure" which can cause light to lase.
  • The eye beams of the 1990s Marvel character Sleepwalker, known as his "warp beams", can be used to alter the physical shape, and to a lesser extent the physical characteristics, of anything he hits with them. Ironically, living entities are the only things Sleepwalker tries not to use his warp vision on, because of the horrible effects his beams can have on them.
  • Painfully deconstructed in the comic Archaic: it kills the character's enemies but also destroys his eyes.
  • The Emerald Eye Of Ekron...obviously.
  • Vermin the Cybernik of Sonic the Comic has them, and even calls them Eye Beams, Super Sonic also has eye beams and Robotnik when he has the power of Chaos Emeralds has Eye Beams as one of his powers.
  • Redglare of No Hero can use heat vision to burn.
  • Masked Marauder in Daredevil.
  • The titular superhumans of Über can generate powerful "disruption halos" from their eyes. For standard Ubers, these halos manifest as webs of crackling energy, and are extremely powerful but short-ranged. The most powerful Ubers, however, can fire continuous beams of destruction to wipe out whole armies at kilometer ranges.
  • In Strikeforce: Morituri, this was the ability that Woodrow Green of the first group of Morituri subjects received.
  • Slightly deconstructed in Gold Digger with D'ebra. As a Platinum Dragon, she can fire eyebeams, but trying to do so in her human form hurts her eyes because, surprisingly, Human eyes are not made to channel concentrated Ether. If she has to do eyeblasts in human form, she usually uses a spell to cover her eyes with magic lenses that can focus the energy better.