"She stopped, because she saw, for the first time in her life, by what sort of look one learns that a man is capable of killing."
There are times even the Deadpan Snarker
should know better and just shut up. This is especially true if the person being snarked at is giving him the Death Glare.
The Death Glare is a "calm", murderous look
often coupled with a tensed and menacing posture, others with a deadly stillness, but (with the rarest of exceptions) is served with deathly silence. The Death Glare is hard to pull off, but, done right, can convey a depth of anger and potential violence that no Badass Boast
or Pre-Asskicking One-Liner
can hope to top.
This can be used by any character (yes, even that Deadpan Snarker
) under Break the Cutie
, Heroic BSOD
, or other highly trauma/emotion causing pressures. Again, someone who's gently (or violently) pressing their Berserk Button
may get this as a warning to stop before some Unstoppable Rage
or Disproportionate Retribution
is let loose.
Yeah, you really should Beware the Nice Ones
(or the quiet ones
See also Lightning Glare
, Determined Expression
, and Disapproving Look
. Frequently executed with a Kubrick Stare
. Not to be confused with Eye Beams
or Deadly Gaze
, which can literally
kill with a look. If someone glares down something way
bigger or more dangerous than them, they are Staring Down Cthulhu
. May be inflicted unintentionally by characters who unfortunately have the Face of a Thug
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Anime & Manga
- Axis Powers Hetalia has Sweden, whose facial expression is thought as a death glare by the other countries. However, he's not angry at anyone — that's just how he always looks.
- In Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Kodaka has the Face of a Thug, so sometimes he inadvertently does this to people, such as when he first arrives to class late and exhausted, and in episode 2, when he asks 2 classmates who are playing a game he's playing if they'd be willing to trade items with him. He does occasionally utilize this trope intentionally too, such as in episode 3 when Sena is getting hit on by 3 guys and is clearly uncomfortable around them.
- Anak from Tower of God who sports this when she realizes she is facing her parent's murderer. Who just took her keepsake out of his mouth.
- Baki from Baki the Grappler is a master of intimidating Death Glares. He can throw one even while kissing (and without letting his girlfriend notice that something is not right).
- The majority of characters in Black Lagoon can do this, with Roberta being the most notable of the bunch.
- Kanda's death glare in D.Gray-Man. Complete with Slasher Smile, no less.
- Lucy from Elfen Lied, as well as any diclonius in Kill All Humans mode.
- Fullmetal Alchemist:
- Better not threaten to hurt Winry in front of Ed. You try and harm his automail mechanic, and you'll need an automail mechanic!
- Also Ed and Al's teacher. Just her normal gaze is enough to make them Blue with Shock, and her actual death gaze, well...
- And don't get on the bad side of Alex Louis Armstrong. If he looks at you that way, it's already too late. Enjoy the beating.
- Though he is nothing compared to his sister, General Olivia Armstrong. Her normal look has shades of this. When she gets angry, well... let's just say that she doesn't need her sword to kill you.
- If you harm one of Roy Mustang's subordinates, or worse, friends (though they are often the same), prepare for the death glare to end all death glares... if you can even see it while burning alive. Envy learned this the hard way.
- Aside of Rose, any character showing up for more than two episodes provides various examples.
- Zatch Bell!: Gash uses a Death Glare that inexplicably stops the far stronger Vincent Bari in his tracks. Other characters have also exhibited death glares, but not to the extent that Gash does.
- Chikane Himemiya of Kannazuki no Miko will gladly Death Glare anyone who tries to bully Himeko Kurusugawa behind her back.
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn!:
- Hibari, near constantly.
- Tsuna whenever he's in Hyper Dying Will Mode.
- This seems to be Xanxus' default expression. Even Tsuna is still terrified of it.
- Kenshin of Rurouni Kenshin is the absolute master of this. And at one point he faces Kurogasa, who has a literal death stare — by glaring at an opponent with his ki, he paralyses them. It takes a strong-willed person to resist it.
- Legend of Galactic Heroes has a serious clash between two military troops stopped by a single Death Glare from Admiral Wahlen. Reinhard von Lohengramm is a master of this, too.
- In Mahou Sensei Negima!, Negi, after showing off his new powers by totally worfing a group of Bounty Hunters, manages to scare their boss into submission with one. Late in the series, Negi seems to throw these around frequently, especially in his aged-up form.
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Kyon is in fact a Deadpan Snarker, receiving the Death Glare by Haruhi. Subverted in that Haruhi's intention was actually to give him a Care Bear Stare.
- Captain Yamato often gives one of these whenever Naruto and Sai are arguing.
- During his earlier appearances, it was usually mentioned that Gaara seemed to have this expression all the time. Complete with a horrific Slasher Smile. The slasher smile is under his mask of sand that he wears during his fight with Rock Lee.
- If they are not frowning, Sasuke and Neji are giving someone the death glare.
- Sasuke, in fact, has been known to hold entire conversations simply by holding a steady death glare and letting the other guy talk. This is amazingly effective, and he has driven opponents to the point of recklessness simply by doing this. It doesn't hurt that he has a literal death glare.
- Naruto gives one on chapter 538, one so damn potent and downright terrifying that even the GODDAMN KYUUBI was frightened.
- Chapter 599 reveals that Tobi is in fact Obito Uchiha. Not only is there not a trace of Kakashi's teammate's former personality left, he also glares maniacally throughout chapter 560 as he rebukes Naruto and Kakashi's comments.
- Tobirama and Hashirama give one each in rapid succession in chapter 620. The former's Berserk Button was pressed when Sasuke threatened Konoha and the latter gave the former a Death Glare to calm him down. Keep in mind, these two are the First and Second Hokages. It's no wonder that Orochimaru, Sasuke, Suigetsu and even the Third Hokage freaked out.
- In One Piece, this actually counts as a superpower that only the strongest pirates can use, called Conqueror's Haki.
- Luffy began developing the ability unconsciously. During the timeskip he has fully mastered it, along with the other two types...to the point where he can now use it to knock out 50,000 enemies in three seconds.
- Shanks was the first shown user, right in the beginning episodes . He used it to make a giant sea snake (that just bit off his freaking arm) shit itself and run away.
- Silvers Rayleigh uses it to make an entire room of attacking guards collapse. He then went on to train Luffy in it's use.
- Aside from Haki users, some people use non-superpowered versions:
- Roronoa Zoro has been accused on several occasions of having a "scary face". As we can see from this one example◊.
- Nami has also made some very scary faces. You do NOT want to make her angry. More often than not, Nami falls under the category of Demon Head.
- Boa Hancock gave Jinbe one when he started looking hungrily at a buffet Hancock made for Luffy. He was only allowed a few bites. Though she has not yet been seen using it, she is also said to have the Conqueror's Haki.
- Dracule "Hawk eyes" Mihawk. It has been said that the one thing that all his victims remember are his eyes.
- Robin gave Sanji a frightening one in Thriller Bark complete with Glowing Eyes of Doom when he started daydreaming about Robin's docking which she had refused to do.
- Every character in Peacemaker Kurogane has done this at least once.
- It's the default expression of the main lead of Angel Densetsu. You do not want to see him actually glaring.
- Tora Dora: Ryuuji, due to having the Face of a Thug, tends to deliver these by accident. At one point he looked at Taiga while trying on some makeup for the role of a villain in a play and frightened her so badly she hit him. It gets even worse on the few occasions that Ryuuji is actually trying to look scary. The school festival race stands out in this regard.
- Comics and strips would often indicate a Death Glare with daggers.
- Batman is one of the undisputed masters of these in comic book fandom, despite being a Technical Pacifist.
- A good example was during the "Contagion" arc. Other members of the Bat-family are trying to disperse an angry mob, to no effect. Cue Batman appearing, pointing a finger, giving a Death Glare to the mob, and stating: "Disperse. NOW." It worked.
- In All-Star Superman, our Man of Steel visits Lex Luthor in prison and implores him to put "that mind of [his]" to the good use of mankind, rather than insane schemes to kill Superman. What does Luthor do? Walks up the glass wall separating the two of them and hocks the mother of all lugies on it and just stares at Superman. Yikes.
- Hell, once Superman was able to make Mxyzptlk go back to his own dimension just by giving him the look.
- Often, Superman uses this look in concert with his heat vision, giving him red eyes.
- The same applies to Miyamoto Usagi.
- In the Astérix album Asterix in Corsica, this is a talent shared by every Corsican male, and they're not shy about using it on pesky foreigners.
Corsican: You can't tell the difference between a wild pig and a Corsican clan leader?
Obelix: I don't know, I've never eaten Corsican leader and please stop looking at me like that, it's giving me a headache.
- Preacher. The Saint of Killers' glare goes right past scary and into Bring My Brown Pants territory:
Cassidy: (re: Jessie) If that were me, I'd be turning them white jeans brown.
- The Punisher MAX #19. A group of mobsters have just dug up the remains of Frank Castle's family and filmed themselves pissing on the bones in an attempt to get the Punisher angry. Cut to a shot of him watching it on TV in a diner that shows it definitely got him mad.
- Hell, it's easier to point out when Frank Castle is NOT giving one of these. He's really not that big on talking to lowlife scum...
- In Body Bags, Mack and Panda Delgado do this right before an off-panel ass beating, or when they are especially angry and plan to do something violent. Their angry green eyes fill up a panel when this happens.
- Dwight McCarthy caught a death glare from Miho in Sin City: The Big Fat Kill. He was trying to stop her from torturing Jackie Boy to death (to give a good idea as to how brutal she was being). Once she gave him the look, he took a step back. Scaring a guy like Dwight is no easy task.
- The Sandman is also very good at the Death Glare. It probably helps that a) he can look like anything he wants, and b) his eyes usually look like bottomless holes of night. Which turn red when he's angry.
- Daredevil's look sent chills down The Punisher's spine during their earlier encounters. The Punisher narrated it as being impossible to maintain eye-contact with Daredevil due to this trope. Eventually, the Punisher learned that Daredevil's tendency to stare straight through him wasn't a psych-out as much as Daredevil simply being blind.
- Ghost Rider's Penance Stare is a literal death glare. Backed up by being forced to feel every sin you've ever committed all at once.
- Scrooge McDuck has the most terrifying red-eyed scowl, memorably seen when he tore a steamboat apart. The glare is shown on pictures hung around walls in his employees' offices, as a reminder he's not to be trifled with. His nephew has also used this ability.
- This is X-23's default setting.
- In Gold Digger, Ayane 'Mistress' Anno has eyes that perpetually give this effect... only heightened if she's actually serious about it.
Films — Animation
- "Glaring daggers" was, of course, taken to a twistedly literal degree in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
- Dory gives an epic one to the crab near the end of Finding Nemo when he refuses to tell her and Nemo where Marlin is. Watch the following Gilligan Cut, and learn why Dory is not a fish to mess with.
- Treasure Planet:
Jim Hawkins: If I'm not back in five minutes, leave without me.
Ben: I am not leaving my buddy Jimmy!
Ben: ... Unless he looks at me like that. Bye Jim!
- The sparks jumping between the cables Jim was holding at the time really helped to accentuate the glare.
- Astro Boy (2009 movie): Tenma has this one down. Employed several times against Stone, but the deathiest of all was against Orrin. It's amazing he didn't burst into flame.
- An American Tail: Fievel Goes West: The laaaaaaaaazy eye!
- The Nightmare Before Christmas: When Jack arrives at Oogie Boogie's place, he's pretty pissed already, but when Jack hears Sally scream (therefore finding out that she was down there), he gives a Death Glare that pretty much signed Oogie's death warrant.
Jack: (coldly) Hello, Oogie.
- Astrid gives one to Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon when he wins out in dragon training over her.
- In Cinderella, Lady Tremaine does one when she realizes Cinderella was at the ball and got the prince. The shadows even darkened on her face.
- In A Goofy Movie, when Bobby mentions that Max isn't on stage at the Powerline concert, thus implying that Max lied to Roxanne (which he did), Stacey gives him a big nasty one. However, that didn't stop them from hooking up afterwards once Max did end up on stage.
- Kung Fu Panda: Comedic Hero Po is on the receiving end of plenty of glares. In the second movie, Po has balked at killing Lord Shen so Tigress forbids him to come with them. When Po insists otherwise, Tigress turns suddenly and hits him with a glare so intense the collected kung fu badasses present all get an Oh, Crap look. It seems to cause a small circle of dust to kick up for a brief second, and we never get to see the expression, making the intention and thought of it that much more powerful.
- Corpse Bride: Emily is normally very kind and free-spirited but she gives a rather terrifying one towards Victor upon finding out that he lied to her simply so he can get back to Victoria.
Films — Live-Action
- Thor: Loki stares menacingly at Sif in the throne room while he leans slightly forward in her direction. His eyes and body language seem to say, "I dare you to talk back to your king."
- Braveheart shows us how it's done a whole bunch of times. Literally, even: There's no way to read that glare William gives the closest guy, moments before his rebellion begins, as saying anything other than a very emphatic and determined "I'm going to kill you now."
- Clint Eastwood's iconic Clint Squint usually takes the form of a Death Glare. There's a reason he's been referred to as the "father of the murder eyes."
- Lee Van Cleef usually wears a perpetual sneer while playing villains that is enhanced by his narrow eyes and hawkish face.
- The Princeton pot dealer receives one from Kumar in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle after first overcharging him for weed and then trying to hone in on his hot British twin action.
- Jack Nicholson is another career Death Glarer, such that he's one of the Trope Codifiers for the Kubrick Stare. If he hit his personal best in The Shining, it's not for lack of competition. Sometimes he pairs it with a Slasher Smile for added effect.
- Jonathan, the obsessive/traumatized Scottish soldier in Joyeux Noël who had his brother killed earlier. He looked very much about to kill a German soldier who was offering him champagne, before the German wisely walked away.
- In Twilight, Edward scares off four thugs with lecherous intents with nothing more than a death glare... and a healthy dose of Drives Like Crazy. And an almost animal-like snarl. And, given the fact that he IS a vampire, perhaps a bit of Magic as well.
- Meryl Streep in Doubt, about seventy-three times, all terrifying.
- Meryl Streep glares at everyone within range in The Devil Wears Prada.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark. The first reveal of Indy.
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- The big, hulking Thuggie guard is about to beat the living snot out of the slave child... when the mining cart rolls up and the lantern illuminates a very pissed-off Indiana Jones. We next get the cutaway of the guard sliding to a stop about 20 feet away.
- And let's not forget Mola Ram himself, with his bulging eyes of epic doom. There was a reason they cast Amrish Puri in the role after all....
- The Death Glare is the Weapon of Choice for the Antichrist in The Omen, capable of brainwashing or downright scaring people to death. It can also be used by proxy via animal familiars like crows or dogs.
- Mrs. Baylock, Damien's nanny, seems to have a knack for this as well, as seen with her moments before she kills Kate Thorn.
- Uma Thurman pulls off some truly amazing ones in Kill Bill. Particularly notable is the one directed at O-Ren Ishii in the scene where she's about to fight the Crazy 88.
- Juan Miranda in A Fistful of Dynamite actually directs a death glare to the heavens themselves, no doubt piercing paradise and burning a hole through God in it's wake.
- In Avatar, Jake Sully gets hit with an entire Na'vi tribe's worth of glare during his first night at Hometree.
- The Sound of Music: Captain von Trapp delivers some of these towards anyone who has opposed him.
- Get Shorty: "Look at me." Plays with the trope, because the point is that when "Chili" Palmer says it, he doesn't look particularly intense or angry. From the book:
"I'm thinking, You're mine, I fuckin own you. What I'm not
doing is feeling anything about it one way or the other. You understand? You're not a person to me, you're a name in my collection book, a guy owes me money, that's all... It's nothing personal, it's business
. The guy misses, he knows what's gonna happen."
- At the end of the 3:10 to Yuma remake, Ben Wade gives his gang a hateful stare, after the death of Dan, a man he had come to respect and like. They realize what that means and reach for their guns. It doesn't help.
- Subverted in the fourth Rambo movie. Rambo gives some loud-mouthed mercenary called Lewis the Death Glare. The mercenary, however, just points out that he has seen this look a million times and isn't impressed at all. This example is also interesting in that both characters, Rambo and the mercenary, retain their badassness.
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
- Kim Pine more or less has this as her default expression. One notable instance is when Scott insists she's over their breakup. Pan to Kim's glare, complete with Audible Sharpness.
- Todd, Envy, and Julie all simultaneously give Knives one when she speaks, complete with "GLARE" written over their heads.
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- In Curse of the Black Pearl, Jack Sparrow delivers a formidable one when he shoots Barbossa to death. It's all the more effective since, up 'til that moment, the generally-cheerful pirate hadn't sported any expressions remotely like it.◊
- Sparrow's dad, 'Keeper Of The Code' Teague (Keith Richards) may have taught Jackie his stuff. At a particularly noisy point during the Brethren Court meeting, it was suggested the Pirate Code would not be honored. Teague snapped a guitar string & bestowed a glower that silenced the whole rowdy lot.
- Davy Jones can also do a killer stare. When he snarls "Do ya fear death?", everybody takes him seriously.
- The look one of Sao Feng's bath attendants gives Beckett's Dragon after he shoots the other should've incinerated the man, by all rights.
- Daniel Day-Lewis is well known for his ability to perform these. One of his most intense ones is directed at the character of Eli Sunday in There Will Be Blood during his humiliating confirmation at the Church of the Third Revelation.
- Played literally straight in the Puppetmaster movies, as Blade, the apparent "leader" of the puppets, has daggers set in his eye sockets which are only able to be clearly seen when someone is guaranteed to die.
- Blind Mag gives two of these to Rotti Largo in Repo! The Genetic Opera: Once, when he jokingly tells her that she 'belongs to Gene Co', and the second is less subtle during Chromaggia, where she sings the line, "I would rather be... blind!" and then she rips out her eyes in a final act of defiance, rather than have her eyes repossessed by Nathan.
- Both superhero/angel beings in Hancock have these, right after their Berserk Button is pushed. It's quite humorous.
- Hermione Granger lays down some scathing eyebeams o' doom throughout the Harry Potter film series.
- Edward James Olmos' character pulls a pretty good Death Glare on his girlfriend in American Me.
- Matsu, the protagonist of the Joshuu Sasori series, is largely silent, but has a superb line in Death Glares, producing fear, anger and insecurity in whoever they're directed at. Particularly when repeatedly stabbing people, but most effectively when bound hand and foot, lying in a puddle, in solitary, having just been covered with a sopping wet blanket; her abuser laughs in her face...until she sees Matsu stare back — and grin.
- Every single Bruce Lee film is famous for this. The scary part about it is even when he is not pissed at anyone he still stares like that. It's more frequent in Enter the Dragon, when he confronts Ohara and Han.
- Just about every carnivorous dinosaur in the Jurassic Park movie trilogy has this ominous glare. Special mention goes to the velociraptor in the kitchen in the first movie and the pterodactyl in the third.
- Iron Sky: Klaus gives a genuinely frightening glare to Kortzfliech when the latter begins the invasion of Earth. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Klaus kills Kottzfleich shortly afterwards and takes command of the invasion fleet himself.
- Glory: Trip (played by Denzel Washington) gives a death glare to his commanding officer (played by Matthew Broderick) while the latter's order of punishment by whipping is being carried out on him. And given that as a slave Trip was whipped many times before, Trip doesn't flinch while being whipped; he just stares down Shaw.
- A literal example gives the title to The Men Who Stare at Goats. George Clooney's character stares at a goat for a few seconds. It keels over a few seconds later.
- Two examples from Superman:
- The Fast and the Furious: The look Dom gives Brian during the Undercover Cop Reveal. Brian is clearly very nervous under the glare.
- In Upstream Color, a mysterious man has the supernatural ability to remotely spy on the lives of certain people. While spying, he's presented as if physically beside his victims. In the end, one of his victims suddenly levels a death glare directly at him, revealing that she's become aware of his intrusions.
- A Running Gag in Age of Treason has Marcus Didius Falco hiding his face every time he encounters a statue of the deceased emperor Nero, while thinking in panic The eyes! It's implied that Nero caught Falco in bed with one of his mistresses. Presumably Nero caught a good look at Falco before he ducked out the window, and so Falco lives in constant fear of Nero's gaze falling on him again, even after the emperor is long gone.
- Paddington's "hard stare". It has to be seen to be believed.
- Pretty much every member of The Flock in "Maximum Ride" has one, with Max's being particularly powerfull, at times even working on Fang, Erasers and grown men.
- Kristy's "Look" in The Baby-Sitters Club.
- In The Heroes of Olympus series, it is used by Percy in Son of Neptune.
He'd perfected his wolf stare over the last few months - a look that said: However bad you think you are, I'm worse.
- The Lord of the Rings
- In The Return of the King, Aragorn and army meet up with Sauron's "ambassador" at the Black Gate. While the "ambassador" rants on and on, Aragorn just glares at him, never saying a word, never moving a muscle. He is so taken aback by Aragorn's spiteful gaze that he eventually shudders and exclaims that he has been practically assaulted at parley (a BIG no-no) before riding off. Of course, in the novel continuity sufficiently pure-blooded Númenóreans have psychic powers, so it could have been more than just staring. In the extended cut of The Movie, a death glare wasn't deemed quite enough, and Aragorn does indeed assault the ambassador at parley, hacking his head off. Gimli tersely observes "I guess that concludes negotiations."
- When Éowyn kills the Witch-King's flying beast and sends it falling to the ground with him still on the saddle, he stands back up and gives her an epic death glare without even having a face or eyes. He was about to kill her anyway, but now it's personal!
- The most impressive one comes from Gandalf, however. Of course, when he did it to Bilbo, it was accompanied by special effects going for the more than ordinary effect described in the book.
- A Song of Ice and Fire
- Tywin Lannister has perfected the glare into a downright artform. At one point a story is recounted in which a lord repeated an old joke about how Tywin was so rich he "must shit gold." Tywin's only response was to look at the man. Long after the laughter had died down, and throughout the rest of the feast, Tywin didn't look away. Eventually the lord had to flee the room to escape his gaze.
- Aeron Greyjoy is also well-known for his death glare, which has an in-universe reputation for souring wells and rendering women infertile.
- Lord Havelock Vetinari. Just him looking at you may count as a Death Glare. Not to mention when he raises his eyebrow. Ooh, you don't wanna be in the same room when he does that...
- Sam Vimes freezes.
"The chill radiated off him. The lines of his face locked like a statue."
- In The Fifth Elephant after Vimes frightens the ambassador of a hostile state into pulling his/their armies back till they're practically in the next country:
Vetinari: Apparently you also looked at the ambassador in a very threatening way.
Vimes: It was only the way I usually look.
Vetinari: To be sure.
- Granny Weatherwax is fond of these Death Glares, and may use magic to augment them. (One usage in Wyrd Sisters is described explicitly as a "thousand-kilowatt diamond blue stare." She stares down a theater patron all the way to the ground.) At one point she and another witch get into a duel that consists of them both performing a Death Glare on the sun. And when someone came close, he got instantly sunburned. Granny lights fires by tossing some logs into the fireplace and staring at them until they burst into flames. You do not get much more deadly than that.
- Mr. Slant, a zombie lawyer, manages to pull one these off on opposing lawyers in Making Money. Knowing 200 years worth of law and precedent because you were there to make it can be quite intimidating.
- A favourite weapon of Keldas to keep the Nac Mac Feegle in line, to the point where the mere thought of it can terrify them.
- Dios of Pyramids has one that's so effective people are honestly surprised that he doesn't have Eye Beams. When looking for an escaped prisoner, one finds oneself looking for lines of molten rock as he scans the room and walls.
- Charles Morgan from Witch Week, while not always meaning to glare at anyone, is described as having a "blank and nasty" look which is generally magnified by his thick glasses.
- Richard from The Sword of Truth throws these around fairly frequently. It's apparently a trait common to the Rahl family. The novel Blood of the Fold has a scene where Richard silences a near-riotous crowd by glaring at them.
- In the Everworld series, the witch Senna Wales often uses these, to good effect; no outburst ever intimidates the others the way a flat stare from her Gray Eyes does. Her confrontations with her half-sister(the two hate each other) often consist of April being passionately, furiously angry, and Senna staring back all cold and contemptuously. Christopher states that Senna's glare basically says, "I'll crush you in my own good time."
- Harry Potter:
- Molly Weasley has been described as a short, plump, motherly woman, and generally doesn't look very threatening, but if you piss her off, you will know about it. Her glare is capable of terrifying even her twin sons Fred and George (both of whom have otherwise never shown any signs of cowardice), and even scares innocent bystanders (such as Harry himself in book 2). Even her own husband, also a brave and courageous individual, is reduced to nervous mumbling under her glare.
- Professor Minerva McGonagall is also capable of giving students "the sort of look that scorches."
- Hermione Granger can do it too — when Ron teased her in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire about her self-enforced fast in protest of Hogwarts's employment of house-elves, she "gave him a look so reminiscent of Professor McGonagall that he gave up."
- And Harry too. After he suffers another horrible vision in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Hermione berates him for not learning to block it and then makes the mistake of asking if he liked it. The glare he gives her for that makes her apologize quickly.
- In Joes World books by Eric Flint, Greyboar's glare is referred by several names, such as "The Mirror of Imminent Mortality," "Basilisk," or "Time to reconsider."
- The Dresden Files:
- In Changes, Harry meets Agent Tilly. One word and a look from Tilly is able to send Smug Snake Rudolph running from the room. Quite impressive, as the only other things that have been able to accomplish this were a loup-garou and a scourge of Red Court Vamps. Harry's narration mentions that some people have one hell of a glare, that just the way they look at you gives you a little glimpse into the eyes of Death himself. Tilly is one of those people.
- Harry himself probably posseses a seriously deadly glare, which he wouldn't know being behind it. But when he looks at Cowl and Kumori in Dead Beat they visibly sway backward (Or maybe that was just the wind).
- Charity Carpenter, as a mother of a large family, has an impressive glare. Molly has inherited it.
- Paddington Bear's infamous "hard stare."
- In Lord of Light, Yama's eyes can cause attacking men to drop their weapons and run. Being a Master Swordsman and the god of death could have something to do with it, though. Except that Yama does in fact have Eye Beams, too, which is why he's the god of death.
- Miles Vorkosigan has, through a combination of osmosis and deliberate study of his near legendary grandfather and parents (as well as interactions with several veteran military personnel and senior government officials), learned to project quite an intimidating glare of his own, as his cousin Ivan discovers in A Civil Campaign.
- The Count of Monte Cristo. This, along with the occasional Psychotic Smirk, has various characters outright terrified of him.
- Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird, in true So-Called Coward fashion, deploys a death glare now and then.
Atticus turned his head and pinned me to the wall with his good eye.
- Stephanie Plum manages one in To The Nines as she's repeatedly being pulled aside for random security checks at an airport, calmly imagining murdering every annoying person around her in a particularly violent way. She doesn't let on what she's thinking, but Lula comments on how creepy Stephanie's suddenly gotten.
- In the Warrior Cats graphic novel After the Flood, Leafstar proves herself very capable of giving death glares. One of them is enough to make her mate drop the prey he's carrying.
- In Inanna's Descent to the Netherworld, Ereshkigal uses a Death Glare on her sister Inanna that actually causes Inanna to die. Later, when she comes Back from the Dead and needs to find someone to take her place, and sees her husband Dumuzi living it up instead of mourning, she uses it on him.
- At the start of Galaxy of Fear, Uncle Hoole is a Resentful Guardian to the point where when one of his charges comes into his room after knocking, he scares the kid with shapeshifting, tells him off in a threatening way, and turns a "gaze like a blaster bolt" on him. ...He warms to the kids, but it takes a while.
- Late in Dr Franklins Island Semi tries to give one of these to Doctor Skinner, to enhance the She Was Once A Girl effect that seeing her has on him.
I stayed where I was, staring up at him as meanly as I could. Manta rays are not very mean by nature, but I did my best to look nasty and accusing.
- Game of Thrones: Brienne of Tarth gives Ser Jaime Lannister a very menacing one in "Dark Wings, Dark Words" when he goes way overboard with the gay jokes about Lord Renly Baratheon, whom she harboured unrequited feelings for. Brienne also shoots daggers from her eyes when the Kingslayer insults her for being unable to protect her king in "Kissed by Fire."
- Tywin's televised self lives up to his reputation from the books. Somehow, the idea of Tywin Lannister simply glaring at you is worse than the thought of him sicking The Mountain on your ass. Only a few people have been able to match him: young Arya Stark and Tywin's son Tyrion. Bonus points for his actor being Charles Dance, whose other roles have given him ample practice.
- Sherlock pulls off a truly epic one in A Scandal in Belgravia. Upon arriving back at Baker Street to discover evidence of Mrs. Hudson being held by CIA agents, he fingers the scratches in the wallpaper, plays out what happened in his mind... and then quietly looks up the staircase with eyes that say “People are going to DIE.”
- Surprisingly, this is what we saw during the fight with the Golem in the planetarium when Sherlock is in a headlock in an attempt to strangle him or snap his neck-and to make matters more scary? John's DOING it.
- Battlestar GalacticaReimagined:
- Adama is known for his glare. He prefers to get right in people's faces when he does so for maximum intimidation, although when he is further away it isn't much of an improvement. Notable instances include toward Starbuck in "Act of Contrition" and Athena in "Sine Qua Non". Olmos' glare in "Act of Contrition" was reportedly so terrifying that Katee Sackhoff, who plays Starbuck, thought Olmos was actually going to hit her! Heck, the Adama Glare has its own page on the Battlestar Wiki. It's like a punch to the soul. The effect of Adama's death glare is also well illustrated in this comic...
- Special props to Dr. Cottle, the only character in the series to withstand an Adama Glare without side effects. Dr. Cottle is just THAT awesome. In the words of the BSG wiki: "So far, the only Colonial immune to the Adama Glare is Doctor Cottle, who is able to scowl intensely himself while making important medical decisions. Helena Cain resisted a Glare once, but the strain resulted in permanent back problems, exacerbated psychotic tendencies, and future vulnerability to the Adama Growled Ultimatum, a much weaker psychological weapon that fails to affect even D'Anna Biers on a later occasion."
- Notably, in the mutiny episodes, Gaeta proves to be, if not completely resistant to the Adama Death Glare, then at least able to stonewall it for a good while. Adama really should have respected Gaeta a bit more...
- Helo kills Athena, his wife, because as an Artificial Human who gets better if killed, she will resurrect near their kidnapped daughter to rescue her. President Roslin berates Helo for possibly compromising the fleet's security, at which point he just stands up... and being much, much taller than her, and given she had faked their child's death earlier in the series which made the little girl's kidnapping possible, he gives her a glare that makes it look like he might very well double his homicide count for the day. Roslin wisely pipes down and hides behind Adama while talking to him for the rest of the scene.
- In the episode "Out of Gas", where Mal slams Wash into the wall and gives him a vicious glare while ordering him back onto the bridge. The sheer force of personality in this scene is so powerful that it makes Jayne recoil defensively.
- Jayne is constantly under fire from these. In "Objects in Space", Jayne makes an offhand comment about not wanting River on the ship. Mal, who'd already tried to throw him out the airlock at the end of "Ariel" for ratting her and Simon out to the Alliance, leans in real close and asks Jayne if that's the direction he wants this conversation to go, complete with a seriously scary Death Glare.
- Simon can stare deadly when he thinks River is threatened. In "Safe" he does this to his father; in "Ariel", Jayne is on the receiving end in the "back off" scene. And a few times he and Mal have a mutual glare. Simon's glares don't exactly look death-like because of his fragile appearance. However, they certainly look awesome.
- River delivers one of these, coupled with a Kubrick Stare, at Jayne in "Trash". Later in Serenity, River gives these to the wall of Alliance commandos as she prepares to do to them what she just did to the Reavers.
- Also happens in the Big Damn Movie when Jayne is ripping into Mal's leadership abilities by talking about how Mal got all the men in his unit killed back in the war. Zoe, the ship's second in command and only other survivor of Mal's unit, just gives Jayne a calm look and says "You wanna leave this room." Jayne, who is usually a muscle bound oaf without a clue, mutters, "Damn right I do," and does just that.
- David Palmer is the master of the Death Glare. He's scarier than Jack at times, and that's hard to pull off.
- Jack himself is no slouch when it comes to the Death Glare either; at one point, he completely subverts the Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique, breaking President Charles Logan by simply staring at him.
- Stargate SG-1:
- Teal'c is the master. In one episode, even though a suspect knew that Teal'c was only present to intimidate him, he was babbling everything he knew within a minute without a word of questioning being uttered. The scene goes like this: the prisoner is sitting in an interrogation room, handcuffed. Teal'c sits at the table across from him and simply begins glaring at him without ever saying a word. The prisoner immediately catches on that they think Teal'c will intimidate/bully him into talking, saying it won't work. A few more minutes of silent staring later and the guy snaps. (Entering the room whilst subtly reminding his victim that he is probably the strongest person on base simply by flexing his jaw muscles also helps.)
- Daniel has been turned into a Prior, and is understandably considered very dangerous. Woolsey informs SG-1 that he's recommended to the President that they kill him. Mitchell stands up and gives him a look, and Woolsey steps behind Landry and stays there for the rest of the scene.
- In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Die Is Cast", Garak reminisces with his former boss on how he once broke a prisoner during interrogation by simply staring at him from across the table for some lengthy period of time.
Tain: And afterwards he just kept saying "his eyes... his eyes..." I'd never seen anything like it!
- Aeryn Sun off Farscape is very prone to these. Often followed by lots of gratuitous violence.
- Captain Janeway of the Star Trek: Voyager has her own Glare of Death which is the opposite of Janeway's other favorite expression: the Gooey Look.
- Star Trek: The Original Series:
- Captain Kirk shoots off a pretty good one at Dr. McCoy in the episode "The Trouble with Tribbles". Doubly impressive in that he's buried up to his chest in dead tribbles at the time. It probably helps that they had to drop those tribbles on Shatner something like 38 times.
- Charlie from "Charlie X" sports one when he's about to whisk someone into oblivion or perform some other horrific act of reality warping.
- Star Trek: Enterprise:
- Scott Bakula can be VERY good at the "Death Glare". In the episode where where religious fundamentalists take over the Enterprise and have killed at least one of his crewmen, Captain Archer gave a very deadly glare at the religious leader sitting in his chair in the Captain's quarters. As the fundamentalist religious leader makes demands to Archer, the glare got even DEADLIER.
- A blooper scene showed Jolene Blalock (playing The Spock-like T'Pol) forgetting her line and breaking down in nervous giggles when Scott Bakula (playing an evil Mirror Universe Archer) moves menacingly towards her with his glare on Full Power.
- Hilariously Parodied and otherwise Played With in Scrubs, with the Janitor giving J.D. the Death Glare with the song "Koyaanisqatsi" by Philip Glass played. When someone walks in between them, he briefly pauses to politely ask him to move out of the way. He later organizes a "group-glare" aimed at Carla, and rebukes Ted because the best Ted can manage is a sad glare. See both examples here.
- The Sarah Connor Chronicles:
- In "Dungeons & Dragons", Charley has a talk with Cameron, and compares her to Vick, a deactivated Terminator who she has been casually skinning and bagging. Once he calls her a "very scary robot," the normally emotionless and stoic Cameron gives him a sudden Death Glare, sets Vick's "corpse" on fire, and tells him "It's not safe for you here." Charley, understandably, runs the hell away.
- Her death glare is very good for intimidating fellow students as well, though one nerdish boy on Pizza Day seems rather turned on by the experience. "Hectic!"
- John gives his fair share of death glares later in the series as well; two that come to mind are to the Terminator attempting to kill Bedell and to Jesse.
- Gibbs does this in almost every interrogation. His is so powerful you can feel it aimed at the back of your head. Even worst, DiNozzo is once forced to refuse a call from Gibbs, and he says he can feel the death glare through his phone.
- Ziva also does a fantastic one near the end of the season five episode "Stakeout".
- Tobias Fornell has an entirely adequate death glare of his own, usually aimed at DiNozzo. One time when he and Gibbs tag-team for an interrogation, the subject of their mutual glare starts spilling the beans in seconds.
- Leon Vance is one of the few people immune to the Gibbs Glare, mainly due to having one of his own. When the two of them get into a Glare Down, the backscatter literally has other characters fleeing the room.
- In Noah's Arc Malik taunts Wade at the wedding about Noah cheating on Wade with him. Wade delivers several death glares before giving him a solid punch to the face.
- Criminal Minds. Given the kind of scum they deal with on a regular basis, most of the BAU has done this at one time or another. However, Hotch's is the most frequently seen, and the most legendary. Often precedes or follows the subspecies of Awesomeness by Analysis known as a Hotchalanche. E.G. (from 4x03, "Minimal Loss"):
Colorado AG: Who the hell are you?
Hotch: I'm Aaron Hotchner, Unit Chief. I'm the guy who's going to tell the attorney general of the United States whether to charge you with obstructing a federal investigation or negligent homicide. (pause) Get off my crime scene. (DEATH GLARE)
- DCS Foyle from Foyle's War is a master of the cutting remark, especially against those who garner his contempt rather than his sympathy. But his most effective riposte was to a British pro-fascist politician in "The White Feather". Annoyed that this upstart detective is refusing to let him leave merely because a murder has been committed, the politician asks Foyle if he's Jewish. Foyle just stares coldly at him for a long moment, then walks out without bothering to reply.
- Delenn assumes such a look for seemingly her entire journey from Minbar to Babylon 5 in the episode "Severed Dreams". She chases off an assault fleet from Earth with the stare and the words "Why not? Only one Human captain has ever survived battle with a Minbari fleet. He is behind me. You are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else!" (Note that when the B5 CMOA page was put to crowner, this moment won.)
- Her death glare reappears in "Atonement" when she figures out how to prevent her inquisitor from forcing her to leave Sheridan.
- And again, with the phrase "end this," when first contact with the Drakh ends in her killing every one of them in sight.
- The when she is well over 130 years old, on the anniversary of the formation of the Inter Stellar Alliance, two "historians" and a political pundit gloss over facts and embellish lies to cover the wide gaps in their knowledge of history. They are on Earth. Delenn traveled from Mimbar just to say her husband was a good man and then when they tries to get her to stay, she made each one turn with an impressive glare the likes of which they had never seen.
- G'Kar gives Vir the mother of all death glares before delivering his deathly chilling "dead...dead...dead..." monologue. It was chilling, at least in part, because G'Kar also sliced open his own hand, and was intoning "dead...dead...dead..." as each drop of blood fell to the floor.
- In one episode Sheridan manages to piss of Kosh so much, that he manages to give him a death glare with just the single camera eye of his robot suit.
- One Home Improvement episode, appropriately titled "The Look", revolved around the evil glare that wives give their husbands whenever they screw up big time. Or, in Al's case, mothers to their sons.
- In Heroes Season 1, Nathan Petrelli often deployed a priceless Death Glare against his little brother Peter when the latter was saying or proposing to do something especially dumb.
- The Death Glare is back in "Shades of Gray", after Danko defenestrates Nathan from the n~th floor of a high rise building. Nathan glares a whole catalogue of insults at him before booming off.
- Claire Bennet uses the Death Glare for more defensive purposes. Once activated, she becomes immune to all forms of psychological warfare. She can also force a Heel-Face Turn in her adoptive father, Noah "HRG" Bennet.
- In Rome Lucius Vorenus... just about all the time.
- Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It: "Have I got my Bollocking Face on? No no, this is my Bollocking Face".
- Gossip Girl: Chuck Bass has a knack for it.
- An exaggerated example in the How I Met Your Mother episode "Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap", the audience is treated to Lily's "you're dead to me" look. The camera zooms in on her face, she starts breathing heavily, her hair starts swirling around her, and her eyes get a fiery glow to them. Of course, this should come as no surprise.
- Doctor Who:
- The Tenth Doctor gave MANY of these. Perhaps the most frightening of them are in "Human Nature"/"Family of Blood" and "Waters of Mars". He also glared a fair bit when he went into Tranquil Fury mode.
- John Simm's evil Master squint is legendary.
- The Ninth Doctor was fond of doing this to badly misbehaving Companions. (Adam in "The Long Game", Rose in "Father's Day", and Jack in "The Doctor Dances") He also managed to stare down some villains this way, at least temporarily. Usually it was just a bluff, though, done when he really had no weapons or way out.
- And now Eleven seems to be carrying on the tradition: he's normally a happy-go-lucky guy who likes his fez and Jammy Dodgers, but if you cross him - well, you'll be wishing a time crack would eat you.
- Back in the old series, the Fourth Doctor would occasionally break out the Death Glare if circumstances warranted. In "Genesis of the Daleks", the look he gives the Time Lord who stole his TARDIS and dropped him on Skaro should have made the guy regenerate on the spot.
- Michael from The Office busts out the glare from time to time, for example when Dwight went to Jan saying that he should be Regional Manager and then lied, saying he was at the dentist. Michael is usually a complete buffoon, but when he does that glare...he is pretty creepy looking.
- Charlie Harper from Two and a Half Men is really good at giving these to his brother Alan.
- Reba Hart from Reba is also good at this.
- With a healthy dose of Papa Wolf, Ed Lane of Flashpoint gave one to a cop who was trying to stop him from reaching Parker and subsequently warn him about the investigator who appeared to targeting Parker with her questions and trying to pin the blame of the mission on him.
- This exchange from Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
Willow: It's horrible! That's me as a vampire? I'm so evil and... and skanky. And I think I'm kinda gay.
Buffy: Willow, just remember, a vampire's personality has nothing to do with the person it was.
Angel: Well, actually—
Buffy: (death glare)
Angel: —that's a good point.
- A particularly powerful, non-comedic, angst-filled one in Supernatural when Dean comes to realize that Castiel was working with Crowley. Let's just say that he takes it quite personally: after a quick Heroic BSOD he pulls one of these at Castiel. Made even worse by the fact that Castiel does not notice it and that it was induced, more than by simple, generic anger, by desperation over Castiel's betrayal, which means you basically have to stare at a seemingly angry Dean knowing he's actually broken-hearted.
- The Horseman Death himself has a pretty good glare. Although, it's more icy and filled to the brim with the knowledge that he is better than you than it is angry.
- Deadwood: Timothy Olyphant is a master of these. One of his stares can leave a smoking hole in you.
- Chuck: The Death Glare is John Casey's default face, even when he's happy. Assuming he ever is, it's kinda hard to tell. Basically as long he's not growling he probably won't kill you within the next five seconds.
- The Greta agent in "Chuck Versus the Fear of Death" has a few of these, accompanied by her waving around a wickedly sharp knife. She and Casey even trade glares in a face-off at the end of the episode.
- Beckett has one of these on permanent standby for whenever Castle gets snarky about their relationship... or when his theories go too far off the wall.... or when he tries her patience.... or pretty much whenever he's talking.
- Sons of Anarchy enforcer Happy sends a bone chilling glare to Ethan Zobelle and A.J. Weston in the first episode of season 2. The fact that the actor who plays him, David LaBrava, is a real Hells Angel only makes it more terrifying.
- Glee: Kurt Hummel has a pretty impressive one of these at the best of times. It's been called the "Kurt Hummel Bitchface" on more than one occasion. Combine it with a barely-arched eyebrow and a serial-killer head tilt and even Rachel Berry will get the message and back off, eventually. In a rather chilling example: When Kurt and Blaine dance at the end of "Prom Queen," it's a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming — except for the part where everyone who isn't the New Directions is dead silent and stone-faced.
- Press Gang's Lynda Day has a Death Glare as her default expression.
- Both the male leads in Chinese Paladin 3 break out the glare when they're seriously pissed off. It's not actually easy to get them them, considering that one of them is a Guile Hero and the other is The Stoic...but sometimes people do. Common reasons include harming Jing Tian's nakama, trying to make Changqing break his Heroic Vow, or bringing about the end of the world.
- Breaking Bad's Walter White turns out to be a master of this. At least once a season he breaks out a mean one. It turns almost to horror when coupled with Bryan Cranston's deep, growling voice.
- Near the end of Season 4, Hector "Tio" Salamanca gives one hell of a death glare to Gustavo Fring before he sets off a pipe bomb tied to his wheelchair, killing himself and taking Gus with him.
- Eliot Spencer from Leverage has this down to an art form. One character describes it as "that thing with [his] eyes that scares people."
- Katsumi Daidou does this in the prequel movie Kamen Rider Double Returns: Kamen Rider Eternal. The villain of the movie tries to mentally break Katsumi by killing someone whom he cared about. After the kill, Katsumi delivers one hell of a death glare, signifying the audience its ass-kicking time.
- Abed pulls off a particularly awesome one in the Community episode A Fistful of Paintballs. In fact, it's so awesome it's accompanied by an eagle's scream and hellfire vfx. The recipient drops his gun and runs in terror.
- Leo on The West Wing is very capable of these. In the episode "The Lame-Duck Congress", there's a running gag about Donna trying to get first Josh and then Leo to pay more attention to OSHA safety standards in the White House, and Leo's response to her is it costs too much, and she should just "type slower." Later, Margaret, Leo's assistant, is typing a report for him at a snail's pace, and when Leo calls her on it, Margaret reminds him of what he told Donna, and tells him she and the rest of the secretaries are taking that advice to heart:
Leo: Look at my face right now.
(Margaret looks, sees Leo's death glare, goes back to typing normally)
- President Bartlet was also capable of these, as shown in the episode "Guns Not Butter":
Bartlet: Hey, Zoey's growing up very nicely, isn't she?
Josh: Man, I'll say. (off Bartlet's death glare) You know, I go for kiss-ass today and the ball goes in the gutter.
- The Impractical Jokers presents Klepto Buffet. People take food being stolen off their plate very seriously.
- Rear Admiral A.J. Chegwidden from JAG is a master of this trope. The fact that he is a former Navy SEAL reinforces the validity of this beyond any formal authority.
- Horatio Hornblower:
- Horatio Hornblower's eyes are quite expressive when he's seething, and it's very lucky for some sailors, including his superiors, that his look cannot kill. For example, he did not take lightly when Captain Sawyer indirectly caused a lethal accident of one seaman from Horatio's division, and then forced his crew to throw him overboard without a proper funeral.
- Archie Kennedy pulls off a convincing Death Glare when his Berserk Button is pressed. He really doesn't like seeing Midshipman Wellard disrespected or treated badly. When common sailors are at fault, he berates them properly, but he cannot do much but stare deadly when the Captain starts showing his insanity or when Mr Bush is reluctant to speak up for Mr Wellard.
- Ruby in Once Upon a Time hands one out whenever her being a werewolf is brought up. Whether it's Charming making a off color comment, Leeroy scared of outsiders finding out about her or Regina insulting her, Ruby reacts all "oh bring that up" and gets...sorry, huffy.
- Regina is the master of these.
- Edward James Olmos in general is excellent at this. Having had plenty of practice employing the Death Glare during his time as Lt. Castillo on Miami Vice (and during a guest starring appearance on The West Wing). Fans of Miami Vice have nicknamed this the "Castillo staredown". A fanfic once described this actor as having a stare capable of melting solid neutronium at fifty paces — and causing small bushes to burst into flame.
- In "Mr. Monk Is Someone Else," there is the scene where Monk has a staredown with a refrigerator delivery man....twice. The first time, when it comes to wheeling in a new refrigerator and having an argument over a lip in the floor, Monk loses. But in the end, after the case is solved, Monk wins a staredown over a broken part (albeit some help from Natalie).
- In "Mr. Monk Is on the Air," when Monk's Berserk Button (Trudy) is pressed by Max Hudson (who makes tasteless jokes about Trudy's death on the air), Monk starts with a Death Glare and then proceeds to physically attacking him.
- In "Mr. Monk Goes to a Rock Concert," Monk informs Trafalgar roadie Kendra Frank that her deceased boyfriend, a rehabbed addict afraid of needles, saw an acupuncturist that morning. He hands her a map of the concert grounds that shows the acupuncture tent circled with a time written on it. After a moment, she looks up and glares at him, visibly pissed.
- That's Just Me: Monica does this after being informed by Tsering the current Biology Honors students don't have to do a super hard project her class did last year. She even grabs a butcher knife and points it at her.
- Elizabeth has these whenever her 'demon self' comes out, which is ironic because normally she can't do them.
- Monica usually has this as her default face, usually when Elizabeth's bugging her. One example was when Elizabeth hid Monica's trumpet and didn't tell her where it was. Monica glares and says: "If you don't find it I'll use your dead body as a baseball bat."
- "That poster is going to be there, haunting you guys." *GLARE* "You know, I've never killed someone by ripping out all of their hair and forcing them to swallow it, but first time for everything!"
- Cam Woolley breaks these out on a regular basis on Canada's Worst Driver.
- The singing group Heart had one implied for a cheating lover in an appropriately named song called "If Looks Could Kill".
- "The Laboratory", by Robert Browning, in which the speaker has resolved to Murder the Hypotenuse in a love triangle.
For only last night, as they whispered, I brought
My own eyes to bear on her so, that I thought
Could I keep them one half minute fixed, she would fall
- In the first Blue Collar Comedy Tour film, Bill Engvall recalls how he met Lucy, a goth friend of his daughter. He accidentally calls her "Lucy...fer", and was promptly given one of these.
Engvall: She looked at me like, "I will set you ablaze right now."
- The game Adventure! has this as a Heroic Knack, Steely Gaze, which allows you to win all staredowns against non-Inspired characters and offers a bonus against Inspired characters, though the second-level Psychic knack, Cloak of Dread, might be a combo of this and a general aura of terror.
- Similarly, Deadlands has an edge called The Stare that gives a bonus to intimidation rolls.
- Warhammer 40,000
- The Chief Librarian of the Blood Angels, Mephiston, has one of these. He's known as the Lord of Death. Bad enough, but when you consider just how much death is involved in 40K...
- Also the Nightbringer, whose glare can also function as an attack.
- Also for the imperium Commissar Yarrick, same deal. Currently it is an Eye Beam attack but he used to just be rumored to kill orks at a glance. That's the point: when he heard the rumor, he instantly plucked out his eyeball and replaced it with a laser to live up to his reputation.
- Also, in older pieces of fluff, Guardsman Pius, whom Horus killed with a mere glance for attempting to stand between him and the Emperor.
- In Vampire: The Masquerade, kindred with Presence learn this at level 2. Higher level versions are even more potent. Then again, all vampires come off as the predators they are to mortals, making this sometimes unintentional.
- GURPS has the Fearsome Stare perk that lets you make Intimidation checks without saying a word.
- In Aye, Dark Overlord any player who fails to convince the Dark Overlord that he/she is not responsible for the failed mission (by shifting the blame to another player) receives a Withering Look. Three Withering Looks and you are out of the game.
- As the title character in Hamlet, David Tennant delivers the Death Glare to Claudius several times, and at least once to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
- Subverted in As You Like It, where Phebe protests against Silvius slandering her eyes thus.
...but now mine eyes,
Which I have darted at thee, hurt thee not,
Nor, I am sure, there is no force in eyes
That can do hurt.
- In the filmed version of Into the Woods, the Witch delivers a quite hilarious and frightening one to the Baker.
- A particularly terrifying one in this version of The Mikado, especially since it appears to be directed at the audience.
- In the 2012 arena tour version of Jesus Christ Superstar, Annas shoots a truly murderous one at Judas after he strikes Caiaphas and makes him bleed.
- Tohsaka Rin of Fate/stay night. Do NOT, just do NOT get her angry. Be prepared to be killed, er, I mean, amazed.
- Tsukihime: Tohno Shiki is usually quite gentle, doesn't particularly enjoy fighting and absolutely despises killing. However, if something truly angers him, The Glasses Come Off, and his glare has more often than not completely terrified his foes. Of course, his Magical Eyes help. In the Melty Blood manga, the majority of his expressions can be summed up into three categories: Exasperation, shock and tranquil fury. It should be noted that he hasn't gone Nanaya at all since the first game, so his terrifying glare is limited mostly to his normal persona.
- Damon Gant's Epic Stare of Death from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is the embodiment of this trope.
- There was a flash parody which took Gant's sprite from the game, and used the audio from the above-mentioned Death Glare scene from Scrubs.
- Miles Edgeworth from the same games is legendary for this.
- And very proud, too. At one point, when he breaks one oh his first Psyche-Locks, he is wondering whether it was the power of his glare that broke it. Also he is capable of glaring back at the detention center camera.
Edgeworth: "If someone glares at you, it's only polite to return the favor," is what I was taught.
Edgeworth: "If something glares at you, it's only polite to return the favor," is what I was taught.
- Morgan Fey throws off some particularly vicious glares when provoked, as does Dahlia Hawthorne. Like mother, like daughter.
- In Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, when Kristoph Gavin is upset, he gains Scary Shiny Glasses. When you perceive him in the fourth case, you get to see through them. What you see is incredibly unnerving...
- In Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, Tyrell Badd gives one that makes Franziska back off. 'Nuff said.
- Lily, the human-hating fairy of Felarya has a truly frightening stare (mildly NSFW) with a generous helping of Ax-Crazy.
- The Lizzie Bennet Diaries:
- Lydia looks at Lizzie this way when she learns that she did not invite her to accompany her outside and that she — Lydia — is not going to have dinner at Netherfield house.
- William Darcy death-glares at Lizzie at the end when they got together when she keeps taking photographs of him at dinner with Lydia, Charlotte and Ricky Collins. It appeared on twitter accompanying the web series.
- Nocte Yin has a literal Death Glare, though she mostly just uses it to knock people unconscious.
- Laina622 does this in her stalking song videos. Talk about Yandere.
- Mithiriel from Protectors of the Plot Continuum takes the Death Glare to Fluttershy levels. And she's more assertive in general, so Ithalond is something of a Henpecked Husband.
- In the Official Fanfiction University of MREDURE, Marrim gives a student a Death Glare when said student starts professing her love for Eedrah—Marrim's husband in canon.
- The Youtube Poop series Allison Won Derland made by YouTube user Geibuchan uses this trope thousands of times. Whenever Alice becomes angry at someone, she will do this. It is basically a red-tinted, zoomed in scene from the original movie that shows her angrily glaring at something.
- The Cockatrice and Basilisk are both good examples of creatures in mythology with literal death glares. Legends say a single glance from either creature can kill (or petrify) a man.
- Evil eye beads, found throughout Greece, Turkey, Armenia and parts of the Middle East, stem from ancient beliefs that they can protect the wearer from any ill karmic effects given by a death glare.
Suppose two characters DeathGlare each other?