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Fireball Eyeballs

Eyes filled with fire is a very strong image, and is a good way to convey that a character is demonic, possessed by demons, Comical Overreacting, really pissed off, or is in just a really excited mood.

Don't really expect the fire to actually affect things, unless this crosses over with Heat Vision.

This could be the next step after Red Eyes, Take Warning, if you don't heed the warning.

Compare Glowing Eyes, Hellish Pupils, Wingding Eyes, Burning with Anger.

Contrast Ocular Gushers.

Not to be confused with "Eyes of Flame".


Examples:

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     Anime  

  • A frequent visual cue in most anime, often employed by the Tsundere in a bad mood, or anyone in a towering temper. However, it's also most often used as a brief gag, and more realistic visual cues are used for "serious" anger.
  • In Ouran High School Host Club, the female customers gets flaming eyes when they're really fired up about something - usually a particularly adorable Moe moment involving the hosts. It turns into a somewhat bizarre plot-point during the episodes starring Ritsu Kasanoda, a young Yakuza Boss whose icy glare normally freezes anyone who comes near him. He winds up being Sweet on Polly Oliver, causing all the girls to get fired up about the perceived Yaoi romance, and even when he turns his icy glare on them, their fiery intensity melts it on the spot. "Don't underestimate the flames of MOE!"
  • In one episode of Sgt. Frog, Momoka's pupils turn into flames when she imagines using the next day's outing with Fuyuki as a chance to get close to him, but they turn into tiny rainclouds when Fuyuki mentions it's supposed to rain the next day.
  • Rock Lee in Naruto.
  • Chako gets a Rousing Speech in Cosplay Complex, and her eyes do this.
  • Video Girl Ai: In episode 3 of the anime, right before Ai spends all of Youta's immediate cash on a crane game.
  • Crosses over with Playing with Fire for Lunatic in Tiger and Bunny — and as Episode 16 confirms, the fire from his eyes can literally cause injury.
  • This is how we know Captain Gundam's Soul Drive is working in SD Gundam Force. Bakunetsumaru does it once in a hilarious fit of righteous fury, and Captain, Zero, and Baku do it at the same time at the end of the final battle.
  • Ranma ˝: Ryoga's eyes go entirely pink-red and glow with similar-coloured energy to his attack & aura when he's channelling a particularly powerful (or Perfected) Shi Shi Hokodan. More like Glowing Eyes of Doom, but overlaps with this because it represents the emotion too.
  • In one episode of Pokémon, Ash unknowingly messes up Jesse's hair with a flame attack, causing her to swear vengenance on him. Meowth and James note that she has fire in her eyes...and then point out that she has fire in her hair too.

     Fan Fic  

  • Evil Calvin gets these in Retro Chill after being pounced on by Hobbes.

     Film  

     Literature  

  • In Fiona Patton's Branion series, the royal family of an alternate Britain has literally fiery eyes, the flames growing brighter as one gets closer to the throne and culminating in the sovereign who is known as the Vessel of the Living Flame, the sacred avatar of a fire god.
  • Two examples from the Percy Jackson series. Ares, god of war, has creepy flaming eyes because he's a representation of violence and rage; he normally wears sunglasses to cover them up. Hestia also has flames for eyes, but hers are described as much warmer and less creepy; since she's goddess of the hearth, the literal "home fires," this makes sense.
    • We later get a third example when we meet Hyperion, who has eyes like the sun itself. Fitting, since he is Titan of Light itself.
  • In the Nightside series, Merlin Satanspawn has no actual eyeballs, instead having flames in their place. Whenever he appears, John mentions that they say he has his father's eyes...
  • Ba'alzamon in The Wheel of Time has fire appear in his eyes and mouth at random intervals. A side effect of overuse of the True Power.
  • Everworld: Hephaistos is described as having literal fire in his eyes.
  • The Wee Free Men, Tiffany runs into grimhounds, which have fiery eyes and razors for teeth. She manages to defeat a group of them by luring them out of the Queen's realm, which leads to exactly what you expect would happen if an animal actually had flaming eyeballs.

     Religion  

  • Jesus Christ is described in the Book of Revelation as having "eyes like flames of fire".

     Video Games  

  • Flonne of Disgaea: Hour of Darkness gets ticked off (or particularly enthusiastic), and her eyes turn into fireballs.
  • Prier in La Pucelle Tactics.
  • Anders' eyes burn with a Faux Flame when he is feeling particularly angry in Dragon Age II. It is a sign of his possession by the Warden's other companion, Justice, who has turned into a spirit of Vengeance under his influence.
  • All the Space Pirates, including the Phazon-mutated Elite Pirates have this in the first Metroid Prime.
    • Ridley had this in his first appearance Metroid Prime 3.
  • Cooking Mama does this in all of her games whenever you fail a task.
  • The Burning Eye in Dark Castle.
  • Though not seen clearly, Illidan's eyes in World of Warcraft were burned out and replaced with flames as part of Sargeras' "gift". They are hidden by a blindfold, though the glow can still be seen.
  • In Diablo III all the Prime Evils have this. In the previous games, their eyes glowed but didn't seem to be actual fire.
  • The "fired-up" version is seen in a few missions in the Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan series.

     Web Animation 

  • Cinder Fall, the current main villian of RWBY, manifests these when using her powers, which are themselves fire based.

     Web Comics  

     Western Animation 


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