Death Glare

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Aeron gave him a baleful look, the look that had been known to sour wells and make women barren.

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 B.S.O.D., 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 Killing Intent, 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.


Examples

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  • 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. Subverted in the case of Revy though; a death glare is more or less her normal expression. It's when she starts smiling that the problems begin. If she looks sleep-deprived and remote, don't bother to run, you'll only die tired.
  • 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.
  • Shiina of Gourmet Girl Graffiti does this towards a random couple leaving the train station at the end of episode 5 after having eaten too much of Ryou's food and feeling a little sick from it. As they talk about what to eat that night, she doesn't seem too comfortable listening to it and glances their way with this look.
  • 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 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.
  • Naruto:
    • 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.
    • In chapter 502 Minato gives one to Tobi after saving Kushina from the released Kyuubi.
    • 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. These two are the First and Second Hokages. It's no wonder that Orochimaru, Sasuke, Suigetsu and the Third Hokage freaked out.
    • In The Sunny-Side Battle! OVA as a Played for Laughs moment Itachi gives a death glare to Sasuke when he attempts to pick up one of the plates containing a failed egg Itachi made after he asked Sasuke if he wanted some eggs not realising that Itachi is only going to settle with giving him a flawlessly made egg. Adds frosting on how Itachi had his Sharingan activated.
  • 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.
    • Luffy adopted a non-haki version of this in his Tranquil Fury after Charloss shot Hachi. The World Noble was very understandably frightened when he saw Luffy's face and opened fire on him in panic.
    • 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.
  • Toradora!: 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.
  • Corporal Randel Oland from Pumpkin Scissors gets this whenever he goes into his equivalent of "berserk mode".
  • Light pulls off a few of these at the end of Death Note. Nobody cares.
  • Vita of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's is usually glaring angrily during combat. Those are all trumped by the genuinely murderous look she gives Nanoha (who's frozen in terror) during a surprise hospital visit to Hayate...
  • Bleach:
    • Played for Laughs with Captain Unohana who's Yamato Nadeshiko personality makes her scary expression all the more jarring. She tends to use it to bring into line those who aren't normally scared of anything such as members of the 11th division or Ichigo.
    • Played straight with Byakuya. When Zommari informs Byakuya that he intends killing Rukia, Byakuya's eyes narrow. And, yes, Zommari dies.
    • Yamamoto semi adopts this as his default expression after his lieutenant's death. In his fight against the fake Juha Bach, he whips out one that is about everything a Death Glare should be. He's clad in his Bankai's reiatsu which radiate a 15 million degree heat, his blade obliterates anything that touches the blade's edge, can summon the corpses of those he's killed, and can discharge the full power of his Bankai into one compressed blast. And then he puts on this expression. At this point, normal people would be beyond relieving their bowels and would be shrieking for any shred of conceivable mercy from Yamamoto.
  • School Rumble. Eri did this to Harima when he bought her the wrong brand of tea.
  • Seto Kaiba of Yu-Gi-Oh!, according to Fanon, uses this all the time. In reality, he doesn't use it so much... unless your name is something other than Mokuba. Unsurprisingly, Kaiser Ryo has a very potent one of his own.
  • Berserk
    • Theresia, a girl of about 12 years old, gives one of the scariest death glares of all time to Guts. He is unaffected since he was deliberately trying to invoke this trope to keep Theresia from committing suicide. And given what she's just gone through prior to this, one cannot blame the girl at all.
    • Griffith. All of the characters who have met with his cryptic death glare have met with some unfortunate events.
    • Guts too, as this is his most visible post-Eclipse expression next to his scowl.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • A Super Saiyan is prone to give quite the death glare when pushed too far. Especially Goku and his eldest son Gohan. Actually, their expression seems locked into this when they use it during a fight. The only time when a Super Saiyan is seen using other expressions while in its mode is while Goku and Gohan are living in their Super Saiyan forms to increase their power.
    • Gohan's ultimate form in his fight with Buu is made of death glare, as part of his anger fueled power-up he always looks pissed in this form. Piccolo even commented about it.
    • The Super Saiyan Three Death Glare is worse, because Goku looks truly murderous when transformed, and there's no hint of humanity behind it, as he looks like a primitive, wild hedgehog/human hybrid. Gohan's Super Saiyan II transformation has a similar effect, same as Goku's when he fought Majin Vegeta. Not having eyebrows makes it all the more effective.
    • Vegeta's eyes are permanently locked into this expression. No matter how wide he opens his eyes, his eyebrows don't lift and the furrow above his nose never relaxes.
  • Lawrence, from Spice and Wolf, in episode 4 of the second season. While he probably didn't intend to kill the stranger he rudely bumped into, he gave him a glare that made the much taller and tougher-looking guy back off instantly.
  • Kenshiro and Raoh of Fist of the North Star are masters of this trope.A simple frown of them is downright scary (especially if you know what they are capable of).
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion. This trope + Scary Shiny Glasses = Gendou Ikari. Since his wife's death, he appears to be stuck into a permanent death glare he only lets up when he's looking at his virtual daughter Rei.
  • Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru. Hotori insists that Kon add ridiculous ingredients to her cooking. Kon snaps, prompting a terrified Hotori to stand down.
  • Pokémon:
    • Grings Kodai from Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions is such an evil, horrible person that he awakens to find himself on the receiving end of a mass Death Glare from the cast, including two characters who are just now discovering what an evil person he is. The only sounds in the whole scene are his Evil Gloating playing in the background over the TV network.
    • Misty also tended to be a master of these. Especially when meeting Melody in Pokemon the Movie 2000.
    • Pikachu gave Meowth a particularly hate-filled one when Meowth revealed himself to be a Heel–Face Mole in Best Wishes!.
    • Before that, "Dues and Don'ts" had him give one to Team Rocket after he was unintentionally healed by the Delibird kicking its butt minutes before.
    • Meowth himself gave a one-off villain a hilariously furious one before slashing the crap out of him, to the point of shredding the guy's clothes off.
    • James is normally submissive and timid, but when Jessie and Meowth refused to help the heroes save some endangered baby Pokemon, he responded by glaring a hole through them until they agreed to help.
    • Pokémon the Movie: Black/White has Iris giving Emolga one after the latter used Volt Switch.note  As this is a single-elimination tournament, this got Iris disqualified.
    • Mewtwo from Pokémon: The First Movie has a bowel-voidingly terrifying one as a default expression, and general rule of thumb is that whoever it's aimed at is screwed.
    • From the same movie, Ash gives one to Mewtwo as he emerges from a cloud of smoke with the original Pokemon in tow.
  • Ah! My Goddess:
    • Hild can cow even first-class goddesses with one meaningful look. Seemingly hereditary as her half-goddess/half-demon daughter Urd seems to be able to do it as well.
    • Yamato Nadeshiko postergirl Belldandy has a chilling one ready in the rare case someone is seriously abusing one of the people close to her. You need to try really hard to get her to make one though. When she thinks her Father is toying with Keichi about him passing or failing the final judgement about their ability to be together, she glares and the avatar of his form sweats and hides near Keichi.
  • In Black Butler, Sebastian gives the servants one of these after they laughed when Elizabeth placed a frilly pink bonnet on his head.
  • Kenta Usui of Karin has a face that scares people even when he's not trying to, similar to the Sweden example above. When he gets angry, though...
  • InuYasha: Sesshoumaru is good at this. He can scare away a ravening pack of youkai-wolves with a glare and once used it to terrify Kagome and Shippou into silence when he overheard them discussing healing his wounds.
  • Digimon:
    • In Digimon Savers, ShineGreymon gives Kurata one after assuming Burst Mode. It's filled with so much hate that you can practically hear ShineGreymon saying "I'm going to kill you". The Unflinching Walk as he delivers the Death Glare combined with Kurata's Oh Crap! reaction to this only adds to it.
    • We have one before that back in Digimon Tamers: when Beelzemon starts hammering home his Face–Heel Turn, Takato gets angry enough that his glare becomes identical to Guilmon's when he's fighting, complete with Hellish Pupils.
  • Kaoru of ...Virgin Love has one at his disposal for general use.
  • Sengoku Basara:
    • Oda Nobunaga in the anime. He paralyses Masamune to the spot just by staring at him.
    • This is Ishida Mitsunari's default expression.
  • Tenchi Muyo!:
    • In episode 4, after Ryoko and Ayeka each trade an Armor-Piercing Slap with each other (Ryoko giving two to Ayeka) in the Hot Springs Episode, Tenchi tries to break it up, only to met with a Death Glare from both.
    Tenchi: Excuse me, ladies...
    (Ryoko and Ayeka GLARE)
    Tenchi: (retreating back behind the rock) Never mind.
    • This is also what Airi Masaki uses to break the will of RYOKO. Washu states that it is part of the Neo-Academy fighting style, a martial art often employed during discussions and negotiation.
    • Tenchi in Tokyo: Those four ghosts in the first episode learned much too late about threatening the life of Tenchi Masaki. All SIX women and Ryo-Ohki did not hesitate in displaying one en masse before an onslaught of ass-kicking ensued. The ghost that looked like a Shinto Priest tried to call their bluff... only to end up eating Ryoko's Megaton Punch.
  • Medaka Box:
    • Kumagawa, when he was a villain, had a really twisted look on his face when he got pissed off about Zenkichi retrieving his vision.
    • Also, when he recovers his original Minus. He couldn't look more calm....and more murderous.
  • In Zetman, Jin gives Akemi's pimp ex-boyfriend the definitive death glare. It's so scarily furious it borders on horrifying.
  • In Umineko: When They Cry, you certainly don't want to be a servant of someone who can deliver a glare like this,at the end of the page.
  • Soul Eater:
  • Parodied in Daily Lives of High School Boys in which Kiyotaka's sister does this because she lost her contacts and was squinting real hard in an attempt to see.
  • Invoked in Midori Days (pictured above) when Seiji trying to teach Kouta how to be tough. Kouta tries to imitate it, with... less sucessfull result.
  • In Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, it's generally referred to as using "Killing Intent". A prime example, is the meeting between Kenichi and his masters. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Hiei from YuYu Hakusho is really good at these along with being a hostile Perpetual Frowner. However, what is truly impressive is that when really pissed off, both Yusuke and Kurama managed to pull Death Glares that make any of Hiei's look like fluff in comparison.
    • Put simply, if Hiei or Yusuke give you a Death Glare, prepare for a severe ass-kicking. If Kurama gives you a Death Glare, run.
  • Also by Yoshihiro Togashi, Gon from Hunter × Hunter can give one of the scariest death glares in anime history if you manage to piss him off.
  • Attack on Titan:
    • Eren has an especially creepy one as a young child. He pulls this face before killing two grown men with a knife to save a girl from being kidnapped.
    • Hurt or threaten Eren in any way, and Mikasa will give you a terrifying one. Levi must really be Humanity's Strongest soldier, if he survived this.
    • Annie has a glare that could kill at 20 paces.
  • Sailor Moon: Tomoe Hotaru has a hell of a strong one, capable of sending lesser abominations into terror-paralysis. Which makes sense, as she's the current vessel of Sailor Saturn, who may have invented this trope in a past life.
  • Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle has Kurogane and his death glare which he normally directs against Fai and Mokona. Where enemies shake with fear, well... while Mokona at least seems slightly affected, Fai shows absolutely no indication of fear or uneasiness at all. Could be because Kurogane would never really hurt him but he would definitely hurt Mokona.
  • Gennosuke and Hyoma from Basilisk take this trope a little too literally, as they have to power to look at people and turn their killing intent against them, causing them to commit suicide on the spot. Naturally, using this power causes them to glare angrily at their victims while they're at it.
  • In The Circumstances Leading To Waltraute's Marriage, the Valkyrie Waltraute has a glare that frightens anybody who sees it, even Odin. When she meets her future husband Jack Elvan, the first thing that impresses her is that he is completely unaffected by it.
  • Judau Ashta of Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ throws one of these at Haman Kahn after Haman shoots his little sister. This is notably the first time in the series we actually see real hatred in Judau's face, and this, backed up by his raw Newtype powers, causes the normally Iron Lady Haman to break down and flee in sheer terror, while every Newtype around for miles suddenly feels Judau's intense fury.
  • Justified in Parasyte where all animals (including humans) have an "instinct" that warns them when they're facing a stronger enemy. When Shinichi, who is host to a deadly parasite in his arm, glares at you, he can convey "You want me to eat you?" clearly with a single glance.
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. While Strapped to an Operating Table by a Deadly Doctor, this is all Major Kusanagi can do. The doctor lampshades the trope, then shuts off the vision to Kusanagi's eyes.
  • In episode 5 of The Devil Is a Part-Timer!, Satan is so pissed off at the possibility of being late for work that his glare alone smashes Olba into the side of a building and reduces Lucifer to a gibbering mess.
  • In Fairy Tail, Gildarts takes it to a whole new level by breaking Natsu's will to fight with a look.
  • An episode in the first season of Hell Girl, Villain of the Week Gil de l'Enfer on the receiving end of one from the normally extremely stoic Ai Enma herself. It's the most emotion she ever shows until the last three episodes. Gil had been bragging about how he took bloody revenge from beyond the grave after he was killed by his family for having supernatural powers. A later episode revealed that Ai did the exact same thing to her village when the villagers used her and her family for Human Sacrifice and the second season reveals the her being the Hell Girl is actually an Ironic Hell for having done so, so she had a pretty good reason to be angry.
  • In Haikyuu!! manga, Karasuno's captain, Sawamura, has a death glare that's really scary. It might be a sports-focused manga, but that doesn't mean you can't have a nice character with a frightening trait.
  • In Akatsuki no Yona, the titular princess has been known to terrify grown men with a single look. When the corrupt Lord Kumiji begins to abuse his prisoners and followers alike, Yona's furious glare causes him to drop her and recoil in shock. He's surprised to find his hands trembling, with just a look from a girl.

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  • 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.
  • Superman:
    • 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.
  • Supergirl is just as good-natured as her cousin, but being a teenager, she is more fierce and more short-tempered than Superman. If she is giving you one of these -often accompanied with glowing red eyes-, then you have pissed her off for real, and you last resort is praying.
  • Usagi Yojimbo: 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.
  • Deadpool has a really good one too, and when he shows it, you know shit's about to go down.
  • 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.

    Fan Works 
  • A Crown of Stars:
    • Trying to hit on Asuka is not a good idea when Shinji is around. His deadly glare is alarmingly similar to his father’s.
      It was still funny watching Shinji of all people imitate his father’s dead-eye stare at the guys who tried to worm their way next to me. Who’d have thought Baka-Shinji could scare anyone?
    • Asuka’s mastered the art of death-glaring. If she is glaring at you, you better run away as Touji found out.
  • Advice and Trust:
    • In chapter 4, Asuka glares at Shinji after learning that he touched Rei's chest accidentally. Her glare was so heated that it could have set his clothes on fire.
      Asuka directed a stare at Shinji that should have set his shirt on fire.
    • Shortly after in that chapter Shinji, Asuka and Rei were leaving the school when they found several girls clustered at the gate, blocking the exit. One of them approached to Shinji and Asuka glared daggers at her.
    • In chapter 6 Asuka rescues Shinji from their female classmates. Afterwards Asuka and her classmates exchanged death glares:
      Asuka hung behind to give Tanaka and the other girls a death glare, which they returned.
    • In chapter 7 when Gendo fired them, Asuka -whose self-worth depended hugely on being a Pilot- almost collapsed on the spot. Shinji -who was used to get hurt by his father but could not stand when someone hurt Asuka- aimed at Gendo an incensed glare could melt titanium.
    He'd shot his father a look of burning hatred before slinging one of Asuka's arms over his shoulder and practically carrying her out of the room.
  • Lampshaded by the Lemony Narrator in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series:
    My goodness, that face Miss Wormwood had would've made trees burst into flame.
    • Calvin gives one much later in "Nocturnals" that "would've chilled a six-pack."
  • The Child of Love:
    • In chapter 2 Shinji congratulates Asuka for keeping her score. She glowers at Shinji with a threatening look for a few seconds, pretending being angry, before grinning and saying “Thank you”.
    • In chapter 4 Shinji asks Kaji if he will come to Asuka's birthday party. Misato, who did NOT want him coming, hurls at him a flaming angry glare.
    • In chapter 5 Misato wants Shinji and Asuka going together to the Obon festival. Asuka tries to object… and Misato silences her with a glare:
      Misato (with a look in her eyes that could turn an entire fanatic army into a bunch of chickens):"There's no 'but.' That's an order!"
      Shinji and Asuka:"Yes, ma'am!"
      Misato:"Now, get out there and enjoy yourselves!"
      Shinji and Asuka:"Yes, ma'am! Right away, ma'am!"
  • Children of an Elder God: In chapter 4, when Asuka wraps her arm around Shinji and both walk away together, Rei hurls at her a jealous, angry glare could melt steel, combined with glowing red eyes.
    Rei was staring at Asuka, intensely, her face twisted in anger. Her fists were clenched, shaking slightly. It was hard to tell in the sunlight, but they thought they saw her blood red eyes glow brightly for a moment.
  • Evangelion 303:
    • In chapter 15 Asuka hurls at Mari a "Keep your filthy claws away MY man!" scary glare
    • On the other hand, this example is humorous not at all.
  • HERZ: Asuka deploys this –together with a menacing twitch from her eye and brow- when another woman stalks her husband.
  • Higher Learning: Gendo gives Ritsuko a very subtle one after she betrays him and spills secrets to Maya.
    That small frown instilled more pure terror in her heart than she had ever known in her life.
  • Last Child of Krypton: In chapter 2 Kaji ensures Misato he regards Asuka as a daughter. Asuka shot a furious glare at him.
    Shinji didn't need fifteen kinds of vision to see the girl glare at the older man with a look so fierce it could cut glass.
  • The One I Love Is: During the first half of the story Asuka and Rei were very hostile to each other due to be in love with the same boy. They constantly crossed heated, angry glares. Shinji was also recipient of many Asuka's incensed glares. An example of this happened in chapter 5:
    This was something I had not expected. I had not even chosen yet one of them and Rei was already assuming that I'd ask her to marry me... and with the way Asuka was glaring at me... I probably looked as white as a ghost.
  • Adelle gave one to Hurdy in The Tainted Grimoire when he was about to mention something that contradicted her claims.
  • Shows up occasionally in Turnabout Storm, most of the time directed at protagonist and professional Butt Monkey Phoenix Wright. As for characters themselves, one of Sonata's main traits is using these.
  • Clash of the Elements: All of the heroes give this to Joe Dark after he finished killing all of the Genesis Samurai.
  • In chapter 7 of Ace Combat The Equestrian War, Mobius, upon his first appearance, stares down Razor, much to his shame.
  • In Sekirei canon, Miya have such a powerful death glare it creates illusions of hanyas. In Flight uses this for humor, with Shirou trying to learn (and eventually being succesful) her technique. Wordof God says it can leave a Dead Apostle terrified.
  • Quite a common trend in Diaries of a Madman, particularly by the protagonist, Nav, who often does it when annoyed.
  • In the Godzilla and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic crossover, Shadows of Giants, this is basically Godzilla's default face. Fluttershy is able to use the Stare to cow others into submission even as a human.
  • In the Back to the Future fanfic Homecoming, Doc glares Biff into submission after the latter protests his punching Needles.
  • In the Blake's 7 parody Bizarro 7 Avon's father, imagined as an Edward James Olmos clone, is described as having a stare capable of penetrating solid neutronium and setting small bushes ablaze.
  • Several instances in Thousand Shinji:
    • Shinji glared daggers at his father during their reunion.
    • Asuka threw several incandescent glares at Shinji during their first meeting.
    • Hikari glared at Touji when he was about to insult Asuka. Touji shut up inmediately.
    • Later on, an Asuka's death glare convinced Shinji that running away right away was a good idea:
      Asuka’s glare went from an intensity of ‘targeting radar on a modern destroyer’ to ‘capable of getting into a beam duel with Ramiel’ in about two seconds, and Shinji wisely decided that an exit strategy, namely running for all he was worth, was in order.
  • In chapter 9 of Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide, Asuka glares heatedly at Ritsuko when the older woman introduces the newest pilot to Asuka and her teammates:
    Asuka glared frozen blue daggers at her. Had she thought she could get away with it, she would have slapped her.
    • In turn, Asuka gets one from Ritsuko after she decides to play more than a little too rough with Keiko during a training exercise. It is notable for actually making Asuka actually shut up for a moment, where Misato was unable to do the same.
  • Wonderful: When Emma visited Taylor after the Leviathan's attack, she gave her brunette friend a heated glare because Taylor didn't even call to let her know if her mother and she were fine.

    Films — Animation 
  • "Glaring daggers" was 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!
    (death glare)
    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 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. She turns so fast that it kicks up a little cloud of dust, 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.
  • Shark Tale.
    • Sykes does one to Oscar at the track after Lucky Day trips and loses the race, costing all the money Oscar bet
    • Lola gives a rather frightening and sudden one to Oscar before slamming him against the windows after he dumps her..
  • In Despicable Me, Gru is prone to these at a few points in the story, the most notable, and funniest one is when he finds the girls and two of the Minions playing and messing about with rolls of toilet paper in the living room. He also briefly gives one to an unscrupulous theme park employee before destroying a rigged game stall to get a fluffy unicorn prize for Agnes, which is the start of his Heel–Face Turn as he begins to care about the girls. His death glares are amplified when he later on goes to rescue the girls from Vector. Mr Perkins, the owner of the Bank of Evil gives some pretty menacing ones.
  • Big Hero 6: Tadashi gives one to Hiro when they get arrested. Put into context, it was Hiro hustling a thug at an illegal bot-fighting gambling ring that led to them getting arrested, and Hiro's status as a minor gets all the other criminals AND Tadashi thrown into another cell together so Hiro can have a cell to himself. Tadashi is justifiably pissed at Hiro and silently makes it clear.
  • In Home, Tip gives a pretty nasty glare to Oh when he tries to ditch her at the gas station to flee to Antarctica.
    Oh: What is the purpose of your face?
  • In The Good Dinosaur, Arlo fools Thunderclap's cronies into finding a different spot from where his pet human, Spot, is hiding. But Thunderclap stays behind and stares at him. He's just standing there. Menacingly. It turns out he's waiting for Arlo to accidentally reveal where Spot is hiding, and he's proven right when Arlo glances briefly to the side.

    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 (1976), 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 Rambo IV. 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 The 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 in At World's End, 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 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.
  • Cody Linley can go from charming to a caged tiger at the drop of a hat. It's especially on display in Hoovey, where at one point he gives his teammates a death glare that screams "I will rip your head off".
  • Every carnivorous dinosaur in the Jurassic Park movie series has this ominous glare. Special mention goes to The Big One in the first movie, the Pteranodon in the third, and the Indominus rex in the fourth movie.
    • Owen has one permanently painted on his face whenever Smug Snake Hoskins is anywhere near him or his raptors. And he looks positively murderous when Hoskins tries to take the raptors on a field test against the I. rex without his permission. Owen even punches him for it.
    • Delta the Velociraptor throws a snarling fit and also directs one of these towards Hoskins whenever he comes near her or Owen. She eventually rips him to bloody pieces.
  • 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 Movie:
    • After crashing Luthor's lair, Superman gave Otis one when he tries to get his cape.
      "I don't think he wants me to, Mr. Luthor."
    • Jor-El got one from Ursa before he sentenced General Zod and company to the Phantom Zone.
  • 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.
  • Rocky gives one to Drago after Drago kills Apollo in Rocky IV.
  • Henry Cavill as Superman tends to give these out whenever confronted by Jerkasses, since he's resisting the urge to beat them senseless.
  • John gives a pretty good one to Iosef in the bathhouse of the Red Circle club in John Wick, to the point that Iosef has a gun but is too terrified to aim at John. For bonus points, John's pinning down a mook during this and, without breaking his glare with Iosef, shoots the mook in the head.
  • Prince Leopold spends much of The Illusionist glaring at someone, but especially notable is the look he gives Eisenheim after his stunt with the Excalliber trick.
  • Deepwater Horizon: When they see each other again after the explosion, Jimmy gives Don the coldest glare ever, made more intense through only one eye.

    Literature 
  • Every member of The Flock in Maximum Ride has one, with Max's being particularly powerful, 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. 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. 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.
  • Discworld
    • 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. Not for nothing is he known as "Old Stoneface".
      "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 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 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 Joe's 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.
  • Vorkosigan Saga: 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. Franklin's 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.
  • In Shaman Blues, this is the default expression of Gardiasz when dealing with Witkacy.
  • In Wolf Hall, Thomas Cromwell can knock men back with just a look when he's pissed off. It helps that he has a Face of a Thug, everyone knows his mysterious past includes mercenary work, and that he's fully capable of knocking them back in a more physical way if he chooses to do it.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.” Cue Extreme Melee Revenge.
  • Battlestar Galactica:
    • 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". Edward James 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.
  • Firefly:
    • 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.
  • 24:
    • 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.
  • Aeryn Sun off Farscape is very prone to these. Often followed by lots of gratuitous violence.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
    • In "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!
    • Worf's glare has become legendary, as demonstrated by his descendants in "Children of Time":
    Gabriel: Are you the Son of Mogh?
    Worf: Yes, I am.
    Gabriel: Is it true you can kill someone just by looking at them?
    Worf: (beat) Only when I am angry.
  • 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.
  • 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. This is arguably best shown when he uses it on his grandson, King Joffrey Baratheon, who had before been a completely uncontrollable psychopath, and Joffrey is all but squirming under the gaze. Bonus points for his actor being Charles Dance, whose other roles have given him ample practice.
  • Terminator: 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.
    • Played for Laughs when John weasels out of doing laundry after making cracks about Cameron being made to do it by handing the basket back to her. Her look says it all.
  • NCIS:
    • 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 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.
    • Subsequently, Nathan demonstrates the Death Glare well in Trust And Blood when Danko threatens his daughter, Claire, with a gun - Nathan skins Danko alive with a glare and tells him to stay the hell away from his daughter before sending Claire back home.
    • 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... 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. This should come as no surprise.
  • Doctor Who:
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Eleven carries 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.
    • The very first glimpse audiences had of the Twelfth Doctor's face was a tight close-up of his eyes delivering one of these beneath Big Ol' Eyebrows (currently, it's the page image for that trope's Live Action TV subpage). Thanks to his perpetually downcast face, broody Creepy Good nature, disdain for authority in general, and those "attack eyebrows" (as he puts it), it's not just villains who are "treated" to this look when things go awry.
  • 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 B.S.O.D. 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 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. 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.
    • Sarah Walker sometimes sends one Chuck's way if he so much as makes a joke about another attractive woman's appearance. The typically happy and jovial Chuck wisely gets quiet really fast.
  • 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 whenever he's talking.
    • Lampshaded in "Demons" when Ryan gets one from Beckett after offering to help Castle investigate the so-called "haunted house":
      Castle: Ooh, that's a look.
      Ryan: Yeah.
      Castle: I get these a lot. Just start walking. Faster. [They scurry off]
  • 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 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: Margaret.
    Margaret: Yeah.
    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.
  • Monk:
    • 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.
  • Patricia from House of Anubis tends to give these, which is actually a relatively tame response from her when she's angry. It still scares people though, because she's not the sort of person someone wants to mess with, and she doesn't get over her anger fast. One good example is the look of absolute hatred she wore when Nina passed her initiation.
    • Nina gave them out a lot in the second season due to her newly acquired jealous nature, most usually directed at Joy. Fabian also received them a few times.
    • Fabian himself has some rather scary one whenever someone manages to make him legitimately angry. It's always a bad sign, due to him being a normally kind and quiet person, as it usually means he's about to blow up He even spent the entire Season 1 finale glaring at Rufus Zeno, while everyone else was justifiably terrified instead.
  • In Monty Python's Flying Circus, John Cleese could be relied upon to deliver one of these from time to time, notably in one sketch as a self-defence instructor with a mortal fear of fruit.

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    Mythology 
  • 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.

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    Poetry 
  • "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
    Shrivelled
  • Egil's Saga: In his poem "Arinbjarnarkviða" ("Praise of Arinbjorn"), Egil recalls his last meeting with his deadly enemy Eirik Bloodaxe, when Egil, as a castaway, delivered himself to Eirik's mercy in Eirik's royal hall:
    You weren't safe looking him straight
    In the eye. No kindness there!
    It glittered like a snake's, grew
    Ever more snake-like the more you stared.

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • 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."

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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
  • 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.
  • In the 1951 French board game Long Cours, the first two combat cards, by ascending order of power,note  are respectively "a mean look" and "a terrible look". Fittingly, the next two involve giving the offender black eyes.

    Theater 
  • 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.
  • In the 1977 made-for-TV version of Ghosts for Norwegian Broadcasting Company (NRK), Helen Alving gives Engstrand a scolding look when she realises what he is up to.
    • Similarly, in the 1970 version of The Wild Duck, Gina Ekdal gives Gregers a similar look when Hjalmar has rejected Hedvig as his daughter. Mona Hofland, the actress who did that part, was particularly good at death glares, by the way.
    • In The '70s, this TV theatre made a number of political docu-dramas on behalf of ongoing activism in Norway - and the trope was used in full by five mothers with carriages, guarding a threatened turf in Oslo from "development interests". A man trying to park his car is calmly stared down by the five women for almost sixty seconds, and decides to leave without discussion. CMOA if ever there was one.

    Video Games 
  • The Boss of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater throws a few of these at her former apprentice, most notably during their second encounter when she manages to lull him into dropping his guard, despite the fact that she broke a couple of his bones and threw him off a bridge just a week or two before.
    • She also throws one at the Big Bad when he questions her loyalty to him. Despite the fact that he towers over her and power with electricity, it immediately causes him to back away and soften the accusation as just being caution.
  • City of Heroes has this as a superpower called "Fearsome Stare", which strikes paralyzing terror into the foes before you.
  • Lampshaded in the PS2 Punisher video game.
    Frank: Out of the way, Bullseye.
    Bullseye: Or what? You'll scowl me to death?
  • Charlotte Aulin from Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin lets out a comical Death Glare everytime that someone presses her Berserk Button by calling her a kid.
  • Several Pokémon have the "Glare" move, which paralyzes the target.
    • There's also "Mean Look", which prevents your opponent from escaping, "Leer", which lowers Defense, and "Scary Face", which sharply lowers Speed.
    • The ability "Intimidate" could also be an allusion to this trope, seeing as it takes effect (lowers the opponent's Attack) when all the battling Pokémon have done is merely look at each other, occurring before a single command is even given. Gets a bit weird though when the Olympus Mons are also intimidated. You could almost make a case for something like Jirachi being scared of Gyarados, but then how do Arceus and Palkia get scared? For that matter, how is Hitmontop even close to intimidating?
    • Uxie likely has one of these, as its eyes always remain mysteriously closed. The reason for this is because if the eyes do open, anyone who meets them will have their memory wiped.
    • Cyrus gives you, the player, a death glare during the opening credits of Platinum Version.
    • Professor Rowan's dialogue indicates these with a "...". He's so good at it that he can even stop Barry in his tracks.
    • Cobalion, a Generation V Legendary Pokémon, can command other Pokémon to do its will simply by glaring at them.
    • Many mascot Pokémon from Generation 2 and beyond could be said to be exhibiting this trope based on their artwork.
    • In Pokemon X and Y, a lot of Pokemon will give you one of these in Pokemon Amie if you start petting them on a spot they're not fond of.
    • In Pokémon Sun and Moon, Team Skull Admin Plumeria's battle intro has her giving one of these, which with her yellow eyes manages to be quite unsettling.
  • Several characters have them in Tokimeki Memorial.
    • Shiba Katsumi from Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 2 has one that he'll flash at the heroine if she bugs him too much before he warms up to her.
    • Ryukochi Kai from Tokimeki Memorial 4 flashes you one when you originally see her, but before you are officially introduced. She chases off some thugs who were gonna beat her up with one in her actual introduction scene. And if you happen to ignore her, to the point that she'll like bomb you, she will throw one at you if you meet her at the school gate after classes.
  • Shinja from Battle Realms, whose death glare is an activated ability that intimidates all nearby enemies into dealing less damage. A popular folk tale claims that his glare can even block oncoming magic (in-game, Shinja is near-immune to magic attacks).
  • Niko Bellic in Grand Theft Auto IV pulls of a terrifying one late game when Jimmy Pegorino threatens him.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2006): During her Mama Bear moment, Amy gives Silver a look that essentially says "take one step forward and I'll kill you right here and now." This becomes a Crowning Moment of Awesome when you realize that she, a mere Badass Normal, made a powerful psychokinetic back off with that look.
  • The floating eye enemies named Mogalls in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones try to kill your units by looking at them, but they often miss.
  • Mass Effect:
    • In Mass Effect 2, Tali'Zorah is a Quarian, whose race was almost annihilated when they accidentially created a race of sentient robots, with the few survivors having been forced to live in space on ancient dreadnoughts for several hundred years. When she is recruited to the Normandy SR2, she makes it very clear that she think it's a crazy idea to work with the human-supremacist group Cerberus and they can't be trusted a single bit, despite Jacob's best attempts to assure her that this group didn't have anything to do with the crimes and devastating experiments other chapters have commited. When she is about to leave the room, Jacob tells her to introduce herself to the ship's sentient AI, causing her to freeze in her tracks. She doesn't say anything and just stares back over her shoulder for a few very long seconds. The fact that she manages to do this through a near completely opaque/reflective helmet makes it all the more frightening.
      • Shepard's no slouch at delivering such glares him/herself, and at one point is even able to outstare a freaking Krogan in Afterlife, leading to one of the funniest scenes of the game.
      Krogan: I was just trying to have a drink here! No need to get all excited!
    • In Mass Effect 3, Wrex delivers one of these to the Salarian Dalatrass after she insults the Krogan one too many times.
      • Wrex gets one, himself, from a salarian STG soldier when he tells a biting joke after mentioning that the STG is always listening in on him.
      Wrex: I like my salarian livers served raw. Hehe...
      Salarian STG soldier: (silently shoots Wrex an ugly look)
  • Mario Is Missing!: After the internet got to him, Weegee began to do this frequently.
  • Kingdom Hearts example: Most of Organization XIII practices this frequently. A few (most notably Xemnas, Zexion and Saïx) have this as their default expression.
  • The portrait for Jaheira from Baldur's Gate could be interpreted as giving a Death Glare; at any rate, knowing her character, it's easy to imagine her dealing them out to everyone. (The second portrait on this page, if you're wondering.)
  • This is Bass' default look towards us in Rockman.EXE 4.5 (and the series in general, actually). Glowing Red Eyes of Doom included!
  • After beating the final boss in Mega Man Star Force 3, it gets up for more. After a short cutscene, the hero goes One-Winged Angel... stands there for a few seconds... and then glances over his shoulder at the boss. Cue unloseable boss fight.
  • In FEAR 3, the Point Man delivers a truly terrifying example of this in the intro when he realizes one of the Armacham soldiers is possessed by Paxton Fettel, and expresses his feelings toward him by slicing his throat.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • In Final Fantasy X, this and Hulk Speak make up the entirety of Kimahri Ronso's interpersonal skills (although he's actually quite the Gentle Giant when he warms up to you).
  • Dragon Age:
    • Dragon Age II - At the end of Act II, Meredith throws one at Hawke when she realizes Hawke has just saved every noble in the city and she now has no choice but to name them Champion. It says a lot about how willingly she shares power, especially if Hawke is a mage.
      • At the end of Act III, should Hawke have sided with the mages, s/he gives the Templars surrounding them a withering Death Glare, causing them to immediately back off and let Hawke and their companions go free. Again, if you're playing as a Mage this carries an additional subtext. After mopping the floor with Knight-Commander Meredith, the Templars clearly know better than to test Hawke's patience.
    • In Dragon Age: Inquisition, Cullen delivers an absolutely epic one to an unfortunate scout who interrupts his and the Inquisitor's first kiss.
  • In the Persona games from Persona 3 onward, whenever a Persona-user is about to get a critical hit or strike at an elemental weakness of their enemies, it activates a Super Move Portrait Attack focusing on the Persona-user's eyes striking an angry expression. Persona 5 takes it even further, with the character's 3d model sporting a spooky Face Framed in Shadow along with the standard angry eye cut in.
  • In Persona 2: Innocent Sin, one of Tatsuya's negotiation options is actually called "Death Stare".
  • Katherine of Catherine is nerve-wrackingly good at this.
  • In a moment of O.O.C. Is Serious Business, Kirby gives Queen Sectonia one after inhaling her Wave Motion Gun, right before he shoots said Wave Motion Gun right back at her. This is the only time Kirby looked actually angry at the villain, rather than determined. Given what kind of person Queen Sectonia is, this seems rather fitting.
    • In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby gives Susie an epic glare when told that the people of Pop Star have been considered 'obstacles' to the Haltmann Works Company's business plans. He also glares at Haltmann during his fight. In fact, Kirby has a few extra glares in this game, appropriate considering its Darker and Edgier status.
  • In Mario Kart 8, some of the characters do this whenever they pass another racer. Luigi's strangely sinister stare even became a meme!
  • Gehn in Riven does this when he becomes annoyed or outraged by you. Make some specific choices in the game and he stares you down and will promptly shoot you with his musket, leading to a bad ending. Gehn is especially prone to a Death Glare if one were to keep wasting his time by pressing his call button without a good reason.
  • The Borderlands series has Athena. While she does look very friendly and almost cute when she actually cracks a smile, the rest of the time she has a truly terrifying glare that would probably be enough to kill every one she looks at if it could.
  • In Tomodachi Life, fighting Miis will often give each other these if they momentarily stop throwing things in either apartment. The camera will show their staredown in close-ups during the cutscene of a third Mii intervening, complete with a dramatic Sting to match.
  • Tyranny has the ever-useful and memetic "[glare silently]" option. Depending on the context, it either terrifies people, serves as an appropriate reaction to various forms of idiocy, infuriates Tunon, or just earns a quip from those who are more tired of than intimidated by such efforts.

    Visual Novels 
  • 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 of 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.
    • And in case I-4, he accidentally glares at his reflection. He wins.
    • 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.
  • Jett in SC2VN will do this to you if you ask stare at her for too long, ask embarrassing questions, or play bad Starcraft.
  • Miyako from the Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!! series may have the most terrifying glare in all of fiction.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • In The Most Popular Girls in School, Episode 51; when Cameron van Buren flirts with Darren Darabond, his wife gives this trope:
    Darren: I think we should probably keep this uh, appropriate. After all, I am a United States Senator, and a Happily Married man. Also, my wife is looking directly at you. Very aggressively.
  • 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.
  • Laina 622 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 a red-tinted, zoomed in scene from the original movie that shows her angrily glaring at something.
  • ''RWBY: During her clash with Neo in "No Brakes", Yang's expression is locked into this. Quite uncharacteristic of her considering how she's Hot-Blooded.
  • As The Nostalgia Critic found out the hard way, Don Bluth has a pretty good one. Hell, he practically weaponized it in both the 'Conquest of the Commercials' and 'Dragon's Lair' episodes.
    Don Bluth: Hey, do I need to do a Death Glare again?
    Critic: You know what, try me. I bet I've gotten used to it by now.
    Don Bluth: [Death Glare]
    Critic: Daaaaah, you're like the shaming disapproval of every morbid grandparent!

    Western Animation 
  • A case of a near-literal Death Glare in Captain Planet and the Planeteers, during a trip back to World War II, a very badly rendered Hitler — sporting a bowl cut and handlebar mustache — once nearly took the titular superhero down with a cold, dispassionate stare fueled by the "pollution" of hate and bigotry in his heart. By contrast, remember that Superman looked Hitler in the eye and kicked his ass at least a dozen separate times in WWII-era comics. Hatred is considered Heart-flavored pollution, so Hitler is a walking block of kryptonite to Captain Planet.
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man: Gwen Stacy doesn't quite have one of these, but she does have "the look" which has roughly the same effect on her (male) friends Peter and Harry. It also apparently works on her dad (though he may have been joking), which is pretty impressive considering he's voiced by Clancy Brown.
  • Teen Titans: Raven has a Death Glare that will make you shit bricks. Ask Doctor Light. Beast Boy is apparently immune to it (probably through repeated exposure), as when she gave him one in the episode "Fear Itself", he was unfazed. Occasionally he does back off, it's just that it's not a death glare to him.
    • The episode "Betrayal" contains a Played for Drama example - just after getting a Heel–Face Door-Slam from Beast Boy, the last expression seen on Terra's face as she and Slade slip into the shadows together is an absolutely chilling glare in BB's direction.
  • Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!: You do NOT want Nova glaring at you. EVER. Likewise, while this occurs less often, Antauri has quite the death glare when it chooses to come out.
  • This was essentially Stewie's default facial expression in earlier seasons of Family Guy.
  • Batman
  • Many years later, Bruce Wayne still has it in Batman Beyond.
    • Talia al Ghul gives one to Terry for misspelling Ra's al Ghul's name yet strangely does not give one for him calling Ra's al Ghul a psychopath instead settling for a horrified look of shock. That's because it's Ra's al Ghul in Talia's body and would have every reason to be horrified by the notion of him being a psychopath as well as every reason to be annoyed at having his name misspronounced.
  • Batman gives the two bank robbers an epic one in the opening titles of Batman: The Animated Series.
  • In Gravity Falls, everyone has had one of these at one point or another. Surprisingly, Soos, Mabel, and Wax Sherlock Holmes were among the first to do so.
  • In the Wham Episode "Mirror Gem" of Steven Universe Garnet gives one of the most terrifying death glares to Steven after he accidentally hits her face when she tried to take Lapis Lazuli's mirror.
    • Pearl also gives one to Steven when he tries to chase after her in "Rose's Scabbard".
    • Yellow Diamond's introduction has her back facing the audience, and then slowly turning around to give a terrifying one of these.
  • Total Drama:
    • Courtney has a fearsome death glare which she regularly gives to both her enemies and her beloved bad boy boyfriend, Duncan.
    • Owen earns two of these from Noah in "I See London", the first is even accompanied with a Scare Chord.
    • Gwen had many of these over the course of the series.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • Out of all the characters, Fluttershy has displayed this ability when sufficiently provoked, as seen in "Dragonshy" and "The Stare Master". It is notable that this is only used silently on mundane animals (or as mundane as animals get in Equestria), and when used on fantastic creatures is delivered in concert with the sort of dressing down a mother would give her misbehaving young child.
    • It's actually a plot element in "Stare Master". Fluttershy is somewhat renowned for this ability of hers, but she cannot control it. It may sound funny, but the Stare seems to possess nigh-hypnotic properties, able to break the will of any creature meeting it. This ranges from rounding up some disobedient chickens to staring down a cockatrice, a creature with the power of turning living beings to stone with a glare, until it folds and gives life back to its victims. That's right, Fluttershy's Death Glare reduced into submission a monster with an actual Magical Eye.
    • In "Keep Calm and Flutter On," Discord is shown to be immune to Fluttershy's Stare.
    • In "Party of One", Pinkie Pie also displays some scary glares during her episode-long Sanity Slippage.
    • "Green Isn't Your Colour" has Rarity saying she wants to be left alone, and Spike repeating this to Pinkie and Twilight, only to try to sneak off to be alone with Rarity when it seemed like Pinkie and Twilight were gone. Twilight then bites down on Spike's tail and drags him out of the room, at which point she and Pinkie give Spike a more intense Death Glare than was ever given to any of the villains.
    • Twilight uses one to convince Applejack to help out in "Luna Eclipsed".
    • Then there's the look Princess Celestia gives Chrysalis, the Changeling Queen in "A Canterlot Wedding" shortly before trying to fry her with a magical beam. (Celestia is like a mother to all her subjects.)
    • In "Swarm Of The Century" when the ponies have conveniently dealt with the problem at hand a solid ten minutes earlier than usual, only to learn Fluttershy couldn't help but keep one of the rapidly multiplying Parasprites for herself. Cue epic death glares from Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, and Rarity.
    • In "Family Appreciation Day", during a flashback to Granny Smith's youth, her mother angrily glared at her father after he kissed Princess Celestia's hoof in gratitude right in front of her.
    • In "The Mysterious Mare Do Well", Rainbow Dash rescues a baby, but she gets so caught up in the fame and congratulations she receives that she carelessly tosses the baby over her shoulder without noticing. The mother catches the baby and glares at her.
    • The best one would probably be in the Season 6 finale, "To Where and Back Again", as after Queen Chrysalis erupts from the ruins of her destroyed Anti-Magic throne, ready to fight with her horn flaring and a murderous hiss in her throat, her anger quickly changes to fear when she sees what awaited her: All of her cocooned victims, including the Royal Family, the Elements of Harmony, the Master of Chaos, and Trixie, are free of their prisons, their magic fully accessible again, and joined by her reformed Swarm and their new King, Thorax, they all are giving her various looks of the utmost anger and fury over what she's put them through in the last few hours, if not days, just for her Revenge for the Royal Wedding defeat. Even Baby Flurry Heart looks outright angry at Chrysalis for what she's done.
  • On Mission Hill, death glares are often accompanied by daggers coming out of the person's eyes.
  • ReBoot has one that breaks the fourth wall while Dot and Enzo are in a FPS based on the Evil Dead film series.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In episode "Lady Bouvier's Lover" (#1F21), Abe Simpson had his dance-party date (Marge's mom) usurped by a rival. Abe angrily declared "I'm gonna give him the frowning of a lifetime!" and proceeded to do so. Unfortunately, the rival was the pathologically ego-centric Mr. Burns, so Abe's efforts were completely ignored.
    • Mr. Burns is no slouch in the Glaring department either. (He calls it his "glower power.")
  • Wakfu: Ruel's grandmother will give you a Death Glare if you ever say the word "borrow". Or "discount". Or "refund". Or... well, any suggestion you could pay less than her tariff. Even... especially to her grandson — he should know better.
  • Galaxy Rangers: Piss off Captain Foxx and you'll get one of these. Even Gooseman backs off when the stare comes out. You will not get a second warning before the Arm Cannon warms up.
  • Transformers Prime. Despite not having a face, Soundwave manages to pull this off. Right before giving Airachnid an epic beatdown.
    • Back in Generation 1, the Decepticons successfully framed the Autobots and made themselves look like the good guys. While Soundwave and his cassettes attended a teen dance, some guy asked "Laserbeak wanna cracker?" No. Laserbeak did not want a cracker.
  • In the Adventures from the Book of Virtues episode "Honesty", Plato does one to Socrates in response to a bad pun.
  • Max and P.J. each give a nasty one in the Goof Troop episode "Waste Makes Haste", when Pete reveals his real objective during their recycling gig with Goofy: To scavenge for a pair of missing golden baby shoes that Pete intended to return to the owner... in exchange for a hefty reward he would keep for himself. (P.J.'s stare actually borders on something downright Kubrickian.) Goofy, however, appears unfazed by this revelation.
  • In the ThunderCats (2011) episode "Berbils" gruff Old Soldier Panthro delivers one when he's caught openly hugging his new friend Ro-Bear Bill:
    Wilykat: Busted!
    Wilykit: Panthro's a big ol' softy!
    Panthro: Is that a problem?
    Wilykit: (stiffens nervously) Nope.
    Wilykat: It's cool.
  • In an episode of the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)'' Leo, Donnie, and Raph do this to Mikey on several occasions.
  • In The Legend of Korra, Pema gives Tenzin one for reluctantly allowing Tarrlok to join them for dinner, especially after Tarrlok says that Air Nomads never turned away a hungry guest. Moments later, Ikki trumps her mother by giving Tarrlok a longer one, which isn't noticed by those at the table but noticed by the audience. Bonus points added for Ikki's glare looking like Pema's glare.
    • Bolin gets one from almost everyone for being Innocently Insensitive about Korra losing her bending.
    • P'Li gives a rather scary one right at the start of "In Harm's Way".
  • Mr. Sunshine from CatDog gives everyone he meets this because of being a Grumpy Bear.
  • Practical Pig gives everyone (including his brothers) this kind of glare in House of Mouse.
  • In the Star vs. the Forces of Evil episode. Monster Arm, The guy that sat next to star on her right gave her one. Not he still gave her one when she's not sleeping on him.
  • On Wonder Pets, Linny gives Ming-Ming one when, in "Save the Visitor!", Ming-Ming suggests of the Visitor, "Maybe he's a guinea pig. He sure eats like one." (Linny is a guinea pig.)
  • An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. Weaponized with "The Laaaaaaaaazy Eye!", the eye-popping glare that Wylie Burp teaches to Tiger.

    Real Life 
  • Barack Obama has become famous with White House reporters for his Death Glare, often after receiving a question he finds obvious and/or stupid. Though that may be more along the lines of "Implied Facepalm".
  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi gave one to Representative Joe Wilson when he interrupted Obama's healthcare speech by shouting "YOU LIE!" Hilariously pointed out by The Daily Show of course.
    Jon Stewart: Surprisingly, Joe Wilson survived that stare. Surprised everyone including myself, author of Nancy Pelosi: The Power of Her Peepers.
  • NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, a.k.a. The Black Mamba, has a downright menacing one that you can usually catch once a game, especially in photos online (and abused hilariously in basketball memes).
    • One of the most famous instances was during the 2012-2013 season when he gave one to then-coach Mike Brown while they were losing. Even though it was early in the season, the normally champion-level LA Lakers were on a losing streak,and that game was one another tally to the count...one week after the death glare was given, Mike Brown was fired.
    • But seriously...does this look like the face of mercy to you?
  • Even animals can give the Death Glare, as indicated by this famous quote by Robert Ruark on the Cape Buffalo:
    "I lurched up and looked at Mbogo, and Mbogo looked at me. He was 50 to 60 yards off, his head low, his eyes staring right down my soul. He looked at me as if he hated my guts. He looked as if I had despoiled his fiancé, murdered his mother and burned down his house. He looked at me as if I owed him money. I never saw such malevolence in the eyes of any animal or human being before or since. So I shot him."
  • Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop's stare has reached meme status.
  • Steve Jobs had a death glare that is infamous among Apple fans.
  • Jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman would often glare at other band-members while playing a song, and would continue staring for minutes on end while they played the rest of the tune. It was infamously known as "The Ray".
  • Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott once spent a good minute of a one-on-one interview silently death staring the reporter after being asked a question.
  • Henry Rollins — His page image is more or less his default expression.
  • Any fighting event with a weigh-in, for example Mixed Martial Arts.
    • Here's possibly the greatest staredown of all time.
  • Reportedly, Michael Bay was talking to USAF helicopter pilot Maj. Brian Reese when one of his subordinates walked by singing the theme song of Team America: World Police. The Death Glare he gave the other resulted in Bay casting him as the Moustache Man
  • What happens when you drop your daughter to catch a foul ball in front of her mother? You get this.
  • Pat Summitt. Full stop.
  • The Transformer Owl, at Here's.
  • This possessive cat.
    • Another cute little kitty here.
  • George Washington was famous for this, in a particularly funny moment with fellow founding father, Gouverneur Morris. Gouverneur made a bet that he could prove he was a good friend of George Washington by approaching him casually at a dinner party. The look Washington gave him after Morris slapped him on the back and shook his hand was apparently "not worth 1,000 meals" according to Morris.
  • Epic Teatime with Alan Rickman. 3:57.
  • Richard Pryor told the story of two of these. He was working a Las Vegas casino when he became angry at his pay and/or treatment. He burst into the boss's office and gave him what he called his "Wild [n-word]" stare guaranteed to terrify any white man. The casino boss laughed and embraced him with a "this guy", unafraid. However, one of his henchman displeased the boss and when Pryor saw the boss's expression he thought, "Oh, man, this guy is dead. He's still breathing and walking around, but he is dead."
  • Bill Gates, when IBM engineer David Bradley said that although he invented Ctrl-Alt-Delete, it was Bill that made it famous. Watch.
  • Saying guacamole wrong will cause Stephanie March to go full on Alex Cabot on you.
  • Dominant wolves and wild dogs will do this to assert their status toward pack members. They'll respond in kind when a human does this to them, too, which is why you should never make aggressive eye contact with a wolf or unfamiliar dog, lest they mistake it for a challenge and attack.
  • Grigoriy Rasputin had a pretty intimidating glare. Something you wouldn't expect from a faith healer...
  • Adolf Hitler had an evil glare to go with his equally evil nature.
  • There is a picture of Joseph Goebbels that was taken in the moment he was told that the photographer is a Jew.
  • If looks could kill, Jaz Coleman would be a mass murderer.
  • Three words: Hillary Rodham Clinton.
  • Remember the look that Mom gave you when you were acting up in public?

Suppose two characters Death Glare each other? Best you get out of there quick!

Alternative Title(s): Staring Daggers, Hairy Eyeball, Badass Glare, Shut Up Glare, Be Quiet Glare

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