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The ability to perceive normally invisible LifeEnergy of others, often [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience colour-coded]] for [[GoodColorsEvilColors good/evil]], [[ColourCodedEmotions emotions]], amount of life, PowerLevel, etc. This can be presented as FunctionalMagic, PsychicPowers, [[ThirdEye related to spirituality]], a biological gift, or even technological.

Auras can be seen as a glowing outline or colouring on a characters skin. For extra clarity the character[=/=]monster of week's vision may be shown in black and white to make the auras more distinctive.

{{Supertrope}} of DetectEvil. SubTrope of PsychicPowers. SisterTrope of EnemyScan and TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne. When the Aura is representative of something else, see EditorialSynaesthesia, PowerGlows, FluorescentFootprints or BattleAura.

Not to be confused with ''actual'' auras, which are visual or neurological aberrations that occur before the onset of a migraine.

For other information displays within a person's field of view, see {{HUD}}, StatOVision and InfraredXrayCamera.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/CastleTownDandelion'', this is the king's RoyaltySuperpower, which allows him to see ColourCodedEmotions.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': The main cast has the ability to sense ki. Many enemies, on the other hand, require Scouters to detect PowerLevels.
* Yuuto in the manga ''Hands Off!'' has this ability.
* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', a person's aura is normally invisible to everyone save for Nen practitioners, who gain the ability to see it as part of their basic training. Nen practitioners in turn have developed techniques that mask their aura from their peers, as well as to bypass such countermeasures.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has a curious example in Part 5. [[spoiler: After the battle with Secco, it is revealed that Buccierati's body has deteriorated, deteriorating his sight and hearing. However, he had an ability to see the spirits of the people around him (For example, he was about to be run over by a car, but he could only see the car's driver). Diavolo exploits this by masking his spirit with that of his daughter, who joined with Buccierati.]]
* ''Manga/MakenKi'': People naturally assume Minerva is blind because she [[EyesAlwaysShut can't open her eyes]] and carries a walking stick. But she can "see" just fine, due to her ability to see Element which exists in all things. [[BigBad Ouken Yamato]] possesses the same ability; making him the only other person, besides Minerva, who's capable of seeing what Himegami [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c049/23.html actually looks like.]] And it's how they both knew she was [[spoiler: DeadAllAlong]].
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** The Hyuga clan's Byakugan is both X-Ray Vision and AuraVision: it sees the [[LifeEnergy chakra]] networks inside people.
** The Uchiha clan's Sharingan grants a weaker version of this ability, allowing the viewer to see the general flow of chakra in an individual rather than the specific network.
* Users of Observation Haki in ''Manga/OnePiece'' can perceive he presence of living things around them in the form of brightly colored auras. They can't make out any physical characteristics though, only a general form.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Riolu and Lucario can sense auras to read people's emotions and see when blindfolded.
** And there's [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Ash's]] power, as shown in the ''Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew'' movie. Interestingly, it is called "the wave" in the original version. Some would say Rui from ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' and Yellow from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' manga have similar powers (despite appearing first).
** Ash has been shown to still have the power twice or thrice. It's just that he doesn't train them and has no special equipment to channel them (he probably left Aaron's gloves behind after the movie) so they are rather underdeveloped and not really good for anything, except finding runaway Riolus.
** Sir Aaron, the movie Lucario's master, can do this as well.
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'' several characters are able to do this by having an ability to see another person's soul (which is typically several times the size of their body if they have any level of power) called "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Soul Perception]]". One of the protagonists, Maka, can even use it to track people. As others can do it (some of the kids, and common amongst the staff) it's not what makes Maka a special case; that would be the fact she can possibly use it to see through witches' Soul Protect. One other character had that ability, and he died because of it.
* Coco from ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'', due to his special eyes which can see a greater variety of light spectrums than normal humans, has the ability to see the electromagnetic waves around living beings, which are artistically depicted as an aura. As a fortune teller uses this to foretell the future fate of that person by interpreting it's shape, volume, colour, etc.
* In ''Anime/UmiMonogatari'', Kanon has an "evil aura" that everyone can see and comment on. It tends to flare up when she's nervous.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Briefly, Franchise/{{Superman}} had this power.
** It, and all of Superman's vision powers, are given quite the spotlight in the Superman origin graphic novel ''ComicBook/SupermanBirthright''. Whether another form of the many frequencies of light Clark can see or something else entirely, all living things emit an ethereal glow that tragically fades as soon as they die. The aura is equally strong for all animals, and is mentioned as influencing Clark's decision to become a vegetarian.
** He had this power in Creator/ElliotSMaggin's novel ''Literature/MiracleMonday''.
* In Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} story ''Comicbook/DemonSpawn'' villain Nightflame can sense the titular heroine because Supergirl's aura guides Nightflame towards her.
* The Creator/MarvelComics ''ComicBook/TheNewUniverse'' character Justice could read auras to determine if people were good or evil.
* The graphic novel ''Walk In'', where everyone has a different colored aura.
* Linda Tavara from the ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' graphic novels can also absorb people auras, killing them and giving her their power.
* ''Franchise/GreenLantern'': The Black Lanterns can apparently see where individuals fall on the emotional spectrum at any one time; in order to harvest a person, that individual must be driven entirely towards one emotion or another (given that we're talking super zombies here, it's more often than not fear). Failing that, the Black rings often try to [[MoralEventHorizon possess the bodies and mimic the memories of friends and loved ones of their victims]] to screw with their heads before ripping out their hearts.
* ComicBook/{{Madman}} can do this as well, it seems. "Bad vibes" is a phrase he often uses.
* In the French Comics ''ComicBook/LesLegendaires'', one of the heroes uses it as a vision substitute after the BigBad ripped her eyes.
* Blackjak of ''ComicBook/AtariForce'' temporarily had this ability with the organic eye that the Tazlings had given him.
* Vyking, leader of ''ComicBook/StrikeforceMorituri,'' was able to detect nearby lifeforms.
* Thomas from the "Bride and Groom" arc of the ''Comicbook/{{Nightwing}}'' series can see auras and can [[PeoplePuppets control people]] by manipulating them. He mostly uses his powers to find victims that are suitable for his beloved Violet to [[LifeDrinker drain the life force]] from.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/AdviceAndTrust'': Unsurprisingly, Rei, her being a HalfHumanHybrid. The special thing about her Aura Vision is that it allows her to [[spoiler:''see everyone's bonds.'' For example, Asuka and Shinji's loving relationship is like a blazing fire to her eyes]].
** Kaworu can do something similar, [[spoiler: except he hears bonds rather than just seeing them.]]
* Lavender Lace, the protagonist of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' story ''Fanfic/AWorldOfIllusions'', can see ''imaginativeness.'' The Great And Powerful Trixie glows like a beacon to her perceptions.
* Trixie Lulamoon has a spell to let her see magic in ''FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse''. Especially useful because her primary way of learning spells is [[PowerCopying seeing others cast them and copying what they're doing]].
* Shows up in the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''/''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' {{crossover}} story, ''FanFic/SayItThrice''. Distinctively different than Danny's [[SpiderSense Ghost Sense]], some ghosts can sense things about other ghosts and supernatural stuff. According to Betelgeuse's narrative, ectoplasm-based ghosts practically have a spotlight on them while humans have faint aura (though the ones who get involved with the supernatural are a little brighter). Apparently Danny, being half-human and half ectoplasm-based ghost, is really distinctive.
* [[PhysicalGod Daniel]] from ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'' can see other people's auras, their colors and perceive how damaged they are. When he meets Asuka he says that her soul is "radiating pain like a city on fire".
* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'', Shinji is capable of seeing souls due to his ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Tzeentchian]]'' training. When he met Asuka, he could see -and taste- her soul before seeing her physically: "She was bright and active and so filled with beautiful rage and pain and confidence and so many delicious emotions to experience."
* In the ''Fanfic/{{Domoverse}}'', BlindSeer Caroline sees emotions and uses that to substitute for her sight.
* In ''FanFic/TheBridge'', an alicorn spell can make one's aura visible to the spell user or others. The transformed kaiju [[spoiler: and Azusa Gojo]] still have an aura shaped like their true form, instantly cluing Celestia in to they not being normal Equestrians. Element of Harmony Bearers and Alicorns have a much brighter aura than normal Equestrians.
* In the Literature/{{Worm}} x Videogame/{{Dishonored}} crossover fanfic, ''FanFic/AChangeOfPace'', Taylor gets a version of Dark Vision that allows her to see through Grue's Darkness and through walls with this effect.
* In the ''Videogame/{{Undertale}}'' FanFic [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Fanfic/Visiontale Visiontale,]] [[https://archiveofourown.org/works/8779618/chapters/20125687 posted on Archive of Our Own,]] monsters and humans use this to check each other's stats.
* In the work ''Strandpiel'' by Creator/AAPessimal, eight-year old Ruth Smith-Rhodes-Stibbons has a terrifying "dream" where she revisits a desperate fight from many years before she was born; she is forced, by a malevolent external agency, to spectate the depserate fight her mother had[[note]]Her mother, normally a lethal weapon, was handicapped by being heavily pregnant, with Ruth's oldest sister: go to the tale ''Hyperemesis Gravidarum''[[/note]] with a brutal psychopathic killer intent on murder. Despite being terrified, Ruth - who has a streak of magic inherited from her father, Ponder Stibbons - realises everybody has an aura and can be seen as enclosed in a halo of coloured light. A gifted artist, she resolves to try and paint this later. Ruth watches as the angry and evil colours surrounding the killer gather themselves. And then send out lightning flashes of scarlet light aimed at that part of her mother where her unborn sister is. She also sees her mother's BattleAura put out everything it can to deflect this. She realises, then, that fights are not just conducted on the physical level with swords. Being the daughter of an Assassin, she grasps this too.


[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Ivy Walker from ''Film/TheVillage''. She's blind, but she can see some people's auras.
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'' sequels, Neo can see Smith's aura [[spoiler:when Smith hitches a ride into the real world.]] Neo retains this ability even after [[spoiler:he becomes blind, allowing him to see the Machines.]]

* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Oreg can do this, to an extent. (It is of limited usefulness, as some people, like Ward, had their magical talent deactivated by extreme violence, and can't access it; such things Oreg can't see.) Ward is able to sense magic, too, but in his case, he can only sense magic he ''knows''. Oreg (who is bound to, and something like the GeniusLoci of the castle Ward grew up in) doing magic feels to him like something filling the empty spaces in his soul where his home used to be.
* Adam R. Brown's ''Literature/AstralDawn'' features ethereal beings with many abilities. The high spirits can perceive a mortal's aura. Caspian can go even further and perceive a spirit's aura outside of a body. The Aash Ra can perceive auras at this level as well.
* Wizard's Sight in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is this, but has the catch that ''the memory of it never fades''. Wizards who overuse their Sight go insane as a result. Nonhumans can have an aura that can actually drive wizards insane - this is one reason to make and use creams that penetrate Glamours.
* Aura vision is generally the first sign that someone has magical talent in Literature/TheFarsideTrilogy. If you learn to use it properly, it can tell you what sort of person you're looking at, and their emotional state. It's used to guide therapy in the right direction, and can even be used to see ghosts when they want to be seen.
* Others in the ''Literature/NightWatch'' books are able to see and read people's auras. The Others' auras reflect their allegiance. The Light and the Dark ones have their auras' primary colors reflect this. Uninitiated Others have grey auras. Humans have fairly simple, smooth auras, almost like an eggshell. One of the first things the Other initiates are taught is reading and remembering auras. In ''Last Watch'', Anton uses a computer database to search for auras. Since magic and technology don't exactly work together, he has to use a search function to filter the results based on key parameters (e.g. is there a sharp curve at the top?). To actually enter an aura into the database, the Night Watch employs a low-level Other who's a professional painter. It frequently takes up to 3 days to get a detailed image of an aura that can then be scanned into the computer. When the Watch equivalent of an APB is sent out, the patrolmen memorize the aura image and compare it with the passerbys.
* From ''Literature/GoodOmens'', Anathema Device, occultist and professional descendant, is psychic enough to see auras. She unfortunately misses the Antichrist's, "for the same reason that people in Trafalgar Square can't see England."
* In ''Literature/ThievesWorld'', [[http://www.thievesworld.info/characters/people_n.htm#nikodemos Nikodemos]] once demonstrated that a [[PsychicPowers Bandaran Adept]] can not merely see aura, but reliably track known individuals by traces of aura left on the environment through the city (i.e. mess of spurious signals). Then again, Niko "Stealth" is spec.op. guy in the elite company, so it's one of powers he ''needed'' to refine.
* In the novel ''Golden'' by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Lissy not only sees auras, she has the ability to manipulate them. She can matchmake people, thwart a bad guy, and disentangle a siren from her prey if necessary.
* Emily from ''Literature/AvalonWebOfMagic'' can see the "magical auras" of people with, well, magic.
* Luna and Orlene from ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality''.
* This is one of the powers of vampires in Mario Acevedo's ''Felix Gomez'' novels.
* Dragonbait has this power in ''[[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Azure Bonds]]'' instead of the paladin's traditional "detect evil" ability.
* One of the characters in ''Literature/DeepSecret'' is a new-agey woman who claims to be able to read auras and keeps button-holing people and telling them their aura is in a terrible state. After spending some time with her, the protagonist (who has real magical ability and training) determines that she really does have AuraVision, but her ''own'' psyche is so messed up that she can't see through it when she tries to read other people.
* The character Morning Star from the ''Noble Warriors'' Trilogy by William Nicholson is able to read peoples "colors", an aura that hangs around them that can tell her what they are feeling.
* There's an equivalent for this in some of Creator/TimothyZahn's ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' books. Jedi can feel someone's presence or "sense", which is like a second face which changes to reflect emotions and mental states - if someone has a sudden idea or comes to a resolution, a Jedi will notice. It's an ''equivalent'' because it's not really visual - Luke talks about "listening" and feeling someone's sense, though he does mention a few times that it's dark.
** Matthew Stover's ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith'' novelization has a genuine version, however. Count Dooku looks upon everyone present during his final duel with the Force, and sees Obi-Wan as a window into a sunlit meadow, Anakin as a thunderstorm, and Palpatine as a black hole.
* [[spoiler:Michael]]'s ability to feel magic in things develops into this at the end of the first book in the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries''. He treats this new, incredibly convenient power like [[CursedWithAwesome the end of the world]].
* In ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity: Detective]]'', Finch's resident Wiccan Miranda Morrow says she reads auras; she says this ability showed her that [[spoiler: Nicholas Fox, Lilian Bunting's nephew, was a police officer]]. In ''Aunt Dimity Goes West'', local Colorado psychic Amanda Barrow says much the same [[spoiler: and actually sees the ghost of Cyril Pennyfeather standing behind Lori in her shop]].
* Oakelves in ''Literature/TheEdgeChronicles'' have this.
* Characters with powers in ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'' series have Aura Vision. As well as Aura Smelling.
* Some players in a Literature/DreamPark game (Creator/LarryNiven) can request a visible status check hologram to be displayed around each character and NPC: "check auras".
* The Tila in Creator/RobertReed's ''Literature/GreatShip'' universe have extremely fine structures in their optical nerve which are so small that they are effected by quantum changes; the Tila perceive this as a faint aura or haze around objects, which they interpret as being glimpses into [[TheMultiverse thousands and thousands of alternate planes of reality.]]
* The basic ability of magic users in the ''Literature/{{Deverry}}'' series. All magic comes from life-force, so if you can't see auras, you can't see magic.
%% * Shaylin from ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'' has this ability.
* Some magic-users in ''Literature/TheBoneSeason'' have this ability, which allows them to identify other magic-users and gives them an idea of what their powers are.
* In ''Literature/TheLegendsongSaga'' soulweavers gain this when they give up their regular sight during their final initiation.
* ''Literature/{{Pact}}'' has an interesting variation-rather than auras, the Sight allows practitioners to see the connections that tie people together, which can be cut to create a PerceptionFilter, or manipulated as a form of EmotionControl.
* In the ''Literature/ParadoxTrilogy'', Novascape Starchild's plasmex power allows her to perceive auras.
* Nearly all spirit users in the ''Literature/VampireAcademy'' series demonstrate the ability to see auras.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'':
** Mages can learn the spell "Magic Sight" which enables them to see {{mana}} in the world around them. This is useful for spotting hidden runes, magical amplifiers, and other supernatural things like invisible people.
** The "Third Eye" technique practiced by Retina and Tiza turns their own aura into an additional eye with which to see the world. It also works on ambient {{mana}} instead of reflected light like a physical human eye.
* In ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'', every magical can see magic auras of people, with an aura being specific to a person. Some, like Bogna, start to see it only when a person having an aura is about to die.
* In Creator/StephenKing novel ''Literature/{{Insomnia}}'', as the protagonist's titular insomnia gets worse he begins to see auras coming from everything, from plants to people, and can even see when they're about to die. Eventually he realizes he can siphon aura from people to replenish himself.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Tara in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' sensed that Buffy [[NotHimself wasn't really Buffy]], after Faith did the [[FreakyFridayFlip body switch]] in ''Who Are You?'' because her aura was "fragmented", as if someone had forced something into it that didn't belong.
* ''Series/ChappellesShow'': PlayedForLaughs in Dave Chappelle's infamous Rick James sketch, when Charlie Murphy mentions that Rick James had a "kind of aura" around him. Cue shot of James surrounded by an orange glow.
* Auras in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' are seen only by demons who steal the sight of children. They then use their new-found AuraVision to seek out people who are supposed to do great good, and kill them before they do.
* In ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Daphne claims to be a bit psychic, and can see auras around people.
* Referenced in the first episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', when Ross tells Phoebe to "stop cleansing my aura". Whether Phoebe can see auras or not is never made clear, since it's never brought up again.
* Bo from ''Series/LostGirl'' found an invisible fae using this. Given that she is a [[HornyDevils Succubus]], its probably Sex Aura Vision.
* Bridge Carson in ''Series/PowerRangersSPD''. With his gloves off, he can wave his hands and see auras, which of course correspond to their character. Once he described a suspect as "burnt umber."
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Geordi La Forge can see an electronic aura around his friend Data, and it is suggested than he can see similar things around people.
* ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'' TOS episode "The Purple Testament" is about a soldier who can see the auras of men who are about to die. At the end of the episode he happens to glance at a mirror...
* Leena in ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' had this ability.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** The game has a bit of everything, so it should not be surprising that ''The Complete Psionic's Handbook'' of ''AD&D'' 2 ed. has Aura Sight power working as a limited range life detector and allowing to appraise level and discern [[CharacterAlignment alignment]] and Aura Alteration, to make a fake aura disguising the same traits or remove curses and similar effects.
** According to ''[[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Azure Bonds]]'', saurial holy warriors mostly resemble paladins but instead of DetectEvil they got much better "shen sight" that allows to discern not merely "all the myriad types of evil" or absence thereof, but subject's spirit strength as well as attitude and motivations up to which emotion or influence suppresses which. In a [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience color coded]] form. The obviously downside of sensitivity is that a city gives too much noise: in ''Masquerades'' Dragonbait was overwhelmed by a crowd so that even detecting thugs seeking to murder him among the relaxing and drinking folk was hard.
** Some ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' spells have similar side effects: [Stavros's] Life Bolt makes [[CastFromHitPoints from the caster's lifeforce]] a bolt [[ReviveKillsZombie harming]] TheUndead and colored by Chaos-Law part of the caster's alignment; Rainbow Shield applies another spell to those attacking the caster in melee[[note]]one fireball is used to fry the attackers repeatedly, instead of blowing up the whole room once[[/note]] and is colored by the caster's current emotions.
* All magicians (and some "physical adepts", a.k.a. Superpowered Martial Artists) in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' get this for free.
* A power common, in one way or another, to all supernatural beings in the TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness. It comes with an extensive chart of colors relating to emotions. Supernatural auras have their own modifiers (a vampire's colors are pale, a werewolf's is frantic, a ghost's flickers like a dying candle...).
** In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', a vampire can learn to do this. This can be used for various purposes, from reading emotions to identifying a vampire who has commited diablerie (stole another vampire's power by sucking out his soul -- a vampire equivalent of cannibalism, considered the most heinous crime).
** Again in the TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness almost every sort of supernatural character has some form of aura perception. ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' offers the most, since Mages can not only perceive someone's nature and emotional state but can also falsify auras or completely erase an aura.
* The Detect power in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' can give any character this power, mages get a minor version for free with Magery.
* [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Daemonic creatures]] [[DemonicPossession (including the ones hiding inside people)]] see this way all the time. Because of this, they are never affected by low light situations.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'': This is how [[{{Cyclops}} Cygors]] see the world, with spellcasters glowing particularly brightly. This often ends badly for the spellcaster, since the Cygors do so enjoy killing them.
* ''TabletopGame/PsionicsTheNextStageInHumanEvolution'':
** The Power Vision talent allows espers with osmoses to see if a person has power points and, if so, roughly how many.
** Scryers with the Psychometry talent will see a glow around objects and locations that were part of distinctly emotionally charged events.
* The spell ''Deathwatch'' in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' lets the caster see auras around other beings that shows whether they're healthy, wounded, fragile (5 hitpoints or lower), dead, undead, or none in the case of constructs.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': Lucario, at least in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl''. [[VideoGame/MetalGear Snake's]] box just wasn't enough...
** Rui, from ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum''. She's the only character able to see the dark purple glow Shadow Pokémon give off. Or, she was until Michael gets his [[Anime/DragonBallZ scouter]]-esque Aura Reader in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness Gale of Darkness]].''
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', at the cost of making him nearsighted, Link's senses can be honed so he can see spirits, insects of darkness, and digging spots when in wolf form.
** It's just a visual representation of his keen sense of smell while in wolf form, though, not a true Aura Vision.
* The title superpowered psychopath from the ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' mod ''VideoGame/TheHidden'' has an "aura view" vision mode, letting him easily spot other players in the dark or even through obstacles and walls.
* In the ''VideoGame/AlienVsPredator'' FPS games, Xenomorphs have the passive ability to see life forms' auras: humans are surrounded by a blue glow, other Aliens with a red one, while Predators have a green aura. However, [[ArtificialHuman Synthetics]] have no such glow, which occasionally allows them to get the drop on what is otherwise an apex predator.
** Although the manual suggest they are perceiving pheromones.
*** The Predator's vision modes are similar in that humans give off body heat while synthetics and xenomorphs have detectable electrical fields.
* In ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'', you can see outlines of your team-mates that tell you of their status.
** In Versus mode, members of the Infected team can also see the survivors' auras, which clues about their health.
** Realism mode in the sequel removes the aura visions for an added challenge.
* Altair and, later, Desmond from ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' both have this ability. (referred to as Eagle Vision) You can use it to tell if people are hostile (red), friendly/ have important information (bright blue), neutral (white) or an assassination target (gold)
** Expanded on in the [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII sequel]], where in addition to the above uses, it now highlights hiding spots, reveals secret glyphs, and plot relevant NPC's you need to tail leave a glowy trail.
** Expanded further in [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations Revelations]], in which Ezio can see where important enemies have ''been'' making it easier to figure out where they ''are''.
** In the multiplayer, the Templars have something similar called Templar Vision.
** It's eventually revealed that "Eagle Vision" is a product of [[spoiler:interbreeding between the [[AdvancedAncientHumans Isu]] and the primitive humans. Unlike the humans with out five senses, the Isu had a fully-developed sixth sense called "knowledge", allowing them to perceive things normally hidden to us]].
** Averted with [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedOrigins Bayek]], who doesn't have the ability. Instead, he uses an actual eagle to spot enemies for him, while seeing through the eagle's eyes with PsychicPowers. Connor's daughter Io:nhiòte has the same ability.
* A temporary ability in ''VideoGame/BattlefieldHeroes'' allows players to see an aura outline of other players through walls and buildings.
* The spell effect "Detect Life" in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' has a similar function, allowing you to see enemies as a vague, pink cloudy form, even in darkness or through walls.
** Although 'life' is fairly broadly defined, undead and non biological enemies like [[WillOTheWisp wisps]] are also detected.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has two spells (which are ColourCodedForYourConvenience) and a shout with this effect. "Detect Life" does just that (With blue for allies and neutrals and red for others), "Detect Dead" will show undead as well as dead creatures (Blue for (un)dead non-enemies and sleeping undead, orange for dead enemies) and the shout "Aura Whisper" which allows you to see all creatures which are not dead but display friend and foe alike as red.
* Rayne from ''VideoGame/BloodRayne'' can use this to assess health and if someone is aware of her presence.
** It returns in ''VideoGame/BloodRayne2'', sans awareness sense but with the added ability to see and access vampire gates, pinpoint objectives and indicate climbable surfaces.
* Nick Scryer from ''VideoGame/PsiOpsTheMindgateConspiracy'', allows him to see levels of awareness, the past, [[FaceHugger aura beasts]] and stealth mines.
* Nanaya Kiri in the ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' supplementary material had eyes that could detect the emotions and, apparently, humanity of people he was near. It's unknown how this really helped him apart from "this guy, Kishima Kouma, is immensely dangerous because his aura is bright red." Blue and silver were similarly inhuman but were noble and possessed by allies.
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' has Infected Vision, allowing you to see active/inactive infected, and water towers that are currently incubating hunters.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''; Batman has built-in lenses in his cowl that when activated give him an almost X-Ray like view of any nearby characters or surroundings. Enemies carrying guns are marked as entirely red. Anyone else, whether they be enemy or not; are marked as light blue. Objects that can be affected by one of Batman's tools are similarly highlighted. Every other playable character has a version of this, though the Joker in Arkham Asylum has to stand in place to use his X-Ray Specs as well as be in First-Person mode.
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'', your crewmate Visas Marr is a Miralukan, a Force-Sensitive species that due to the bizarre ambient lighting of their homeworld, evolved to see entirely by the Force and have only empty vestigial eye-sockets where a normal humanoid being's eyes would be.
** If the Exile gets on good terms with Visas Marr, she will teach you this ability. During the trip to Telos at the end of the game, she will ask to the Exile to meditate with her whilst using Force-Sight, so they can see each other as they really are.
** Your mentor Kreia likewise mentions that her own overuse of this ability is how she lost sight, although given her deceptive nature and her frequently telling of only half-truths, this might be taken with a grain of salt.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' uses this as an [[EnemyDetectingRadar IFF]] system.
** The Promethean vision in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' allows users to see through walls and identify enemies for a period of time before it has to recharge; [[EliteMooks Promethean Knights]] can also use this ability.
* Pyan Pau from ''VideoGame/TheSpiritEngine2'' claims to have this, though we must take his word for it. Mostly it tells him there's something wrong with Ionae, in case it wasn't already obvious.
* In ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls'', Jodie's [[{{Poltergeist}} poltergeist-like]] companion spirit Aiden can see glowing, [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience color-coded]] auras around people. Blue is the standard color, meaning that Aiden cannot directly affect the person in question. Red indicates that the person can be [[PsychicStrangle choked]], orange indicates that they can be [[DemonicPossession possessed]], and green indicates a sickness or injury that can be [[HealingHands healed]]. Purple is Jodie's color, and the color of the spiritual "umbilical cord" that connects the two. Additionally, memories connected to certain objects show up as glowing green wisps.
* In ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' an old Chinese herbalist is capable of [[AuraVision aura feeling]]. He, at first, says that because Neo's aura feels stronger than a humans, he must be a demon, he's not...minutes later the herbalist meets an [[EliteMooks Agent]] and gets set straight on who the metaphorical demon is.
* Rex's Cyber Eye in ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon'' tags, tracks, and identifies enemies and animals.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' has the Dark Vision ability, which highlights enemies through walls as well as showing their cone of vision.
* In ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'', [[DullEyesOfUnhappiness Yandere]] [[EmptyEyes Vision]] functions similarly to Eagle Vision. People Yandere-chan has taken pictures of and gotten info from Info-chan about show up in green, Senpai shows up in pink, rivals and those who have witnessed Yandere-chan do nasty things show up in red, and people who have seen Yandere-chan acting suspicious show up in yellow. Objects also show up in Yandere Vision, useful ones being outlined in cyan and parts of corpses being outlined in orange. Yandere-chan herself is outlined in black when she uses this power.
* Demon Hunters in ''{{VideoGame/Warcraft}}'', including fan favorite Illidan, have their eyeballs burned out of their sockets and replaced with magical demonic fire, usually covered with a blindfold. This lets them see magic and spellwork. In gameplay terms, it allows Demon Hunters in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' to see enemies that are invisible or on the other side of a wall.
* The Auspex power in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' reveals people's auras regardless of intervening barriers, distinguishing normal humans from supernaturals and showing whether they're alert or aggressive.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': The "Third Eye" ability lets you see the danger level of enemies, which receptacles are hiding treasure, and the identities of potential Confidants by displaying various color-coded auras around the person or item in question.
* Anyone with the right skills in ''VideoGame/NexusWar'' games can read the approximate [[KarmaMeter morality]] of others, though there are demonic powers that allow evildoers to blend in and [[DivinelyAppearingDemons appear saintly]]. Evildoers don't tend to care whether they attack good or evil enemies, so just ''learning'' morality-detecting skills is generally considered a sign that a character is seeking to be good.
* The monsters in ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'' can use their scent ability to see the outlines of various things through walls. It's also color-coordinated, wildlife are yellow, dangerous creatures and technological items are orange, hunters and their tracks are red, and map objectives are purple.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
** Dan Shive shows us how it's done in [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2008-08-04 one installment]], where a "Bloodgrem" gets a good look at Elliot's power level.
** Anyone [[PowerGlows powerful]] [[BattleAura enough]] glows from the perspective of the reader, so this is nothing new for Shive.
** The character Luke, introduced well after the "Bloodgrem", has a spell that allows him to use this trope to sense magical power. It is made explicit that this is how Luke sees it, and not just for the readers' benefit. He freaks out when he runs into Grace, who has an aura orders of magnitude larger than anything else he's seen (most of the time he just sees people "highlighted" by their aura, but hers fills half the room). And this was when she was in one of her less powerful forms.
** [[spoiler: Tedd can literally see magic if he concentrates hard enough. Unlike Luke, he can see the various subtle differences between spells and enchantments and make intuitive leaps on how it works. It even works on ''itself''.]]
** [[spoiler: Tara the Griffin can see auras, right down to family relationships and various types of arcane power. [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2124 It's how she new Elliot was Cheerleadra, for example.]]]]
* ''Webcomic/MagickChicks'': As an esper, the ability to [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/in_rags sense and read auras]] is but one, ''[[SuperpowerLottery among many]]'', of Faith's talents. However, her psychic acuity isn't without its drawbacks and [[SensoryOverload can act as a double-edged sword.]] Such as when she became the victim of a psychic assault from [[spoiler: Hecate]] which caused her to have seizures and briefly blackout. When she regained consciousness, [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/the_motion_carries she'd been left physically weakened]] [[BroughtDownToNormal and temporarily without her powers.]]
* Tina from ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'', who find reading emotions easier than figuring out expressions and body language.
* Vanity Thorn from ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' can apparently see Auras as well as ghosts.
* Flayer in ''Mindflayed'' began to [[http://mindflayed.0nyx.com/comic073.jpg see aura traces]] when he developed his mental powers... well, some of them.
* In ''Webcomic/MoonCrest24'', Lucy has this ability in the form of reading heat signatures, which enables her to see ghosts.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Widdershins}}'', [[http://www.widdershinscomic.com/wdshn/november-4th-2011 Gren]] can [[TheNoseKnows smell magic.]] Also, O'Malley can see the spirits that make up magic and emotion as physical entities.
* Too clarify that Baam from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' has a subconscious sense for Shinsoo, he sees a white, milky aura around Anak. Because of this, he picks her for a bet he had going on with Lero-ro and says his choice was based on intuition.
* Various updates of ''Webcomic/MorphE'' have "Mage Sight", a button in the corner of the panel which will alter it to see the comic with the eyes of a mage. So far it has been used for [[http://morphe.thewebcomic.com/comics/1784893/chapter-2-page-13-emotional-urging/ Mind Sight]] to show a character being mentally manipulated, [[http://morphe.thewebcomic.com/comics/1834107/chapter-2-page-50-analyze-life/ Life Sight]] to see living beings, [[http://morphe.thewebcomic.com/comics/1875512/chapter-2-page-77-fivesies/ Prime Sight]] to see the magical aura exuding from people and enchanted objects and [[http://morphe.thewebcomic.com/comics/1959061/chapter-3-page-55-second-sight/ Spirit Sight]] to see spirits which have latched on to people.
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Finnish mages have this ablity. Actually, as most Finns can use spells to a degree in that universe, having enough innate power to see spirits in addition to this is necessary to be officially regarded as a mage.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Shroud of the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' has this, among other powers. She can't see normal light, but she can see the emotions people have, along with being able to 'see' magic and some mutant powers.
** There's also Cyberkitty, who can see electromagnetic waves, and Fey, who also sees emotions.
* Trayen from ''Literature/{{Phaeton}}'' gained this power between series, he uses it to see elemental forces, it can also be used for empthic forces but the elemental forces tend to engulf these before he sees them.
* Chevalier of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' can see the [[TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening trigger events]] of other parahumans when he looks at them, and sometimes aspects of their powers as well.
* The main character of ''Podcast/KakosIndustries'' develops this sort of ability due to what is called an "imbalance of Evil" in his system. He is able to see shadowy images of malevolent energy that follow people around and project their memories if he is to stumble into it. Also doubles as a case of DetectEvil as he is a CardCarryingVillain who finds the power to be a sign of him being a superior Evil being.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[GenkiGirl Ty Lee]] from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' claims to have this ability, as she occasionally makes reference to the colors of other people's auras. While at the circus, she remarks that her aura has "[[PinkMeansFeminine never been pinker]]!" One season later, in "The Beach", she says that Mai's aura is a "pale, dingy, gray...." Considering [[EmotionlessGirl Mai's personality]], this is hardly surprising. No word on what color the other characters' auras are, though, since it never really came up outside of those two instances. It's really ambiguous whether she really has this power. Mai doesn't believe her, and for what we saw, Ty Lee just makes obvious statement about the person's mood. Plus, she's [[UnreliableNarrator not exactly reliable]].
* Shirley from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' has this power, as seen in ''[[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventuresHowISpentMyVacation How I Spent My Vacation]]''.
* Dawn from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Revenge of the Island'' has this ability to read people's backstories.
* The dragons in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' have this power. Grougaloragran used it to find a suitable adoptive parent for [[TheHero Yugo]], and can also DetectEvil with it. [[spoiler:Eliatropes can learn to do this too, and Yugo is taught by Adamaï while they travel by themselves.]] Likewise for Nox's cube vision. Justified in that the cube is closely related to Eliatropes.
* In the first season of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' Bloom discovers that when she's on Earth, she can see people's auras. This power was shown again in an episode of season two, but it seems that the writers forgot that she had this power in season four...

[[folder:Real life]]
* There have been frequent claims that what [[http://www.google.com/webhp#hl=en&q=kirlian+effect&aq=f&oq=&aqi=&fp=bzg5UT93e2g Kirlian effect]] (a.k.a. Gas Discharge Visualization) allows to photograph are auras. Matter of naming convention, of course.
* Not auras, exactly, but many aquatic animals such as [[ThreateningShark sharks]], dolphins, and [[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi platypi]] are able to detect the electrical energy generated by the nervous system of living animals, effectively functioning as a "life-detector".
* Some other animals, including cats, snakes, and mosquitoes, can see infrared light, which radiates off of living animals. It might as well be AuraVision -- to one of these animals, you will appear to glow. Mosquitoes can even use it to find [[VeinOVision good spots for biting]].
* Creator/MichaelCrichton claimed he had this in his autobiography ''Travels''.
* Various psychics claim to possess this, and may also offer services to "improve" or "repair" your aura. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Whether or not there is any truth whatsoever to these claims is a subject best not discussed here.]]
* There is a medical condition related to migraine called ''hemicrania sine dolorosa'' (HSD). This is a disturbance to the visual field which, in a full-blown migraine, is suffered alongside a crippling headache. Luckier sufferers of HSD get only the visual disturbance and lightshow without the headache[[note]]Hence "sine dolorosa" - ''without misery''[[/note]], although there may be a "tightening" of the head and a sense of an alternate state of reality intruding. The visual disturbance takes the form of a growing circle of jagged-edged light radiating out from a single point. As it grows into a circular aura of dancing light, everything within it looks pale and washed-out. It is impossible in this state to drive a car, for instance, and rest is advised as with a migraine sufferer. The Magazine/ForteanTimes explored this phenomenon, and offered space for the suggestion that many visions suffered by Christian mystics might well have been due to HSD, trying to look at the world through an aura of dancing light, and the state of altered reality and hallucinatory perception engendered in the brain at the same time.
* Since sufficiently advanced living things emit all sorts of EMR, it's quite possible to extract all kinds of information from it, down to emotions and currect activity. Provided you can get a clear enough signal - which is currently a problem at any range practical for spying. Lie detectors and encephalograms work like this among other things - not to mention medical thermometers.