Eye Beams


"Staring contest! You lose!"

A Stock Superpower (and also a classic Super Robot weapon) that allows characters to shoot blasts out of their eyes. Blasts of what, you ask? Sometimes the generic, all-encompassing term of "energy." Sometimes "heat," in which case it is (logically) known as Heat Vision. Sometimes "lasers," in which case it is known (again, with excessive logic) as Laser Vision. The point is, they hurt. These are the real Glowing Eyes of Doom.

This is the stock power of the Mecha Mook and those with powers beyond mortal men. Also, a stock joke about "laser eye surgery" fad.

(Seldom is it explained how a beam which can burn or injure just about anything else is contained when trapped behind the character's eyelids, but let's not think about that....)

Compare X-Ray Vision, Deadly Gaze, Magical Eye, Breath Weapon, and Hand Blast. Often The Glasses Come Off for this. A favorite attack for the Oculothorax. Not to be confused with I-beams, the architectural element, although those too can be used as weapons.

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    Card Games 
  • At one point, the silver golem Karn in Magic: The Gathering vaporizes a Phyrexian who has latched onto his arm with,"A blinding light from his eyes".
  • One of the powers in Super Munchkin. Users risk accidentally destroying their own headgear with it.

    Fan Works 

  • Ok Go song Invincible have this in lyrics:
    When they finally come to destroy the Earth
    They'll have to deal with you first
    And now, my money says they won't know about
    The thousand Fahrenheit hot metal lights behind your eyes
  • "CNR" by "Weird Al" Yankovic includes the lyric:
    Ninja warrior, master of disguise
    He could melt your brain with his laser beam eyes
    Oh yeah
    Oh yeah
    • Weird Al also offers "Slime Creatures from Outer Space:"
      They'll zap you with their death ray eyes/and blow you up real good
  • This was one of Paul Stanley's powers in their TV movie, KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park. Afterwards, the band spent $250,000 trying to come up with a way for Paul to appear to shoot laser beams from his eye during their concerts.
  • In the music video for "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons has the teddy bear, after defeating the champion vaporize two of the boss's Mooks with its eyes.
  • In They Might Be Giants "The Lady and the Tiger", the Lady from Frank Stockton's "The Lady, or the Tiger?" claims to have laser eyes that she plans to use to escape, but the Tiger doesn't think that's such a good idea:
    The Lady said "I'm busting out of this prison,
    I got laser vision
    And I'm burning a hole in the wall!"
    The Tiger said "Wait, you'll start a fire
    Destroy the entire
    Lady and the Tiger hall!"


    Theme Parks 

  • In BIONICLE, Heat Vision is one of the 42 Makuta powers. Other users include Rahkshi of Heat Vision and Tahu.
    • Most Skakdi, including the Piraka, have some variant of this as well.

    Web Animation 
  • Burnt Face Man from the flash animation series by the same name, attempts to use "his laser eyes" to catch a falling baby. He does not have said power. Baby go splat.
  • X-Ray & Vav has this as X-Ray's main weapon, a pair of glasses that also give him X-Ray Vision. However, X-Ray is such a horrible shot, he'll end up destroying the city before he hits his target.

    Real Life 

Alternative Title(s): Eye Beam, Heat Vision, Optic Blast, Eye Laser, Laser Eyes