"Okay, new rule: If the Ghost Wizard's eyes start to shimmer... DON'T LOOK INTO THEM. YOU ARE SO DENSE SOMETIMES."If the eyes are the windows to the soul, this person has a very... persuasive... compelling... even possessive soul. With little more than a few words intoned in their deep, Compelling Voice, any fool gazing into their eyes will be hopelessly hypnotized. The mind control victim who has gazed too long into this abyss will likely develop Mind-Control Eyes. High power Hypnotic Eyes (or when broadcast) may function like a Hypno Ray and work on several onlookers at once. If the hypnotist is using glasses, then it's likely a Mind-Control Device instead of this trope.
— Mitzi McNinja (to her unconscious husband), The Adventures of Dr. McNinja
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Anime and Manga
- Code Geass:
- Lelouch has something akin to this; his 'Geass' (a power closely connected to eyes and sight) allows him to issue 'absolute orders'. Lelouch geasses you to do something, you do it. Not fully this trope (there are enough differences to distance it), but certainly closely related. Especially when it becomes permanently active.
- Rolo's Geass from R2 is more hypnotic in nature than Lelouch's (it freezes everyone's perception of time) and is centered on his eye, but it doesn't require eye contact to take effect (it works within a radius).
- Saralegui from Kyou Kara Maou!
- Kurumu from Rosario+Vampire seduces the main character with these (Justified Trope: she's a succubus), though she calls the ability "Charm." She only really uses it in one episode, though, after her Heel–Face Turn.
- She has also used it once in the manga after her introduction. But here there is a explanation for this as she wants to catch Tsukunes heart with fair play and not with her powers, not only for her love for him but also her love for the rest of the girls in the harem. This turns into a tear jerker when she accidently charms Tsukune and spends the rest of the day with him in her room, ending with her trying to make him saying that he likes her until it's instead her who breaks down to tears and says that she likes him
- Sakura in Kämpfer.
- Naoi plays these almost entirely for gags in Angel Beats!.
- The Sharingan from Naruto has hypnotic powers, ranging from subtly throwing off their perception of reality to outright mind control. A common piece of advice when fighting Uchiha is to read their actions by watching their feet and hands, as even casual eye contact can be fatal. When first introduced with Kakashi, the Sharingan's tomoes spun wildly around the pupil when this power was active.
- Hiei from YuYu Hakusho. His Third Eye gives him a number of psychic abilities. Although sadly, they are rarely, to never used.
- When Princess Buburina uses these in Catnapped!, her eyes change colors AND physically rotate around themselves rapidly. Whether it's hypnosis or it simply causes the victim to have a seizure is debatable.
- In the hentai Alien from the Darkness, when the eponymous alien is in its human female form and begins seducing a crew-member, its eyes flash green before revealing its unexpected appendages. Once this happens, the alien's victims' eyes go blank, and they seemingly become unable (or unwilling) to resist.
- Trigun: Dominique the Cyclops. When she opens her eye shutter, her Demon's Eye can dazzle all five of a victim's senses, making it seem like she teleports from place to place. Once he figured out what she was doing, Vash defeats the hypnosis by using intense pain to keep his senses awake.
- In Maid-Sama!, Soutaro Kanou has this. He attempted to hypnotize Usui by making him look into his eyes, but it didn't work. It's implied that he used the same technique on Yukimura and Misaki the second time.
- In Scrapped Princess, anyone who gazes into the eyes of a Peacemaker immediately falls under their control (called Providence). Their influence is so strong that entire cities can be made to submit to their will. One of the reasons they're after Pacifica is she's immune to Providence and can pass this onto others (she twice invokes involuntary magical outbursts—anyone caught within gains her immunity).
- Noroi, a white weasel in Ganba No Bouken. When his red eyes shine eerily, he can apply hypnotism. And he'd do a violent, cruel and villainous acts.
- Blade is resistant to vampire mesmerism, but cannot do it himself. However he was given said ability in the Ultimate universe.
- The fakir in the Tintin story "Cigars of the Pharoah"; even Tintin is unable to resist the power of his eyes and weird gestures. More so in the Animated Adaptation where his eyes are enough to hypnotize someone, and his pupils light up.
- Mezmerella of The Incredibles comic.
- The Skrulls have this ability as well.
- Non-Paperinik New Adventures Paperinik villains Spectrus and Sapphire have this ability. Sapphire can also shoot lightnings, but Spectrus can't... And compensates with a power so big he can hypnotize his victims through video tapes (that's how Paperinik got him the first time: he taped him and then tricked him into watching the tape. He later started doing this to others to steal). They become partners in crime (and get a lot of Ship Tease) when they finally meet in Ultraheroes.
- The title character has them, but isn't too good with it and people can realize what he'd doing and break eye contact. Hence why he once used a shining monocle as a help.
- In the story "I Am Diabolik", Diabolik was at the receiving end of this, having been captured by Clerville's queen of the mob Natasha Morgan and resisted the Truth Serum only to find out her underling Victor was an hypnotist and spill out some of his secrets before recovering and beating the crap out of him. As Diabolik and Natasha later teamed up, it's likely he learned the trick from Victor.
- In Violine, Violine's (and presumably, her father's) eyes sometimes have this effect on people. In the climax, Marushka is revealed to have these, along with actual hypnotic powers.
Films — Animated
- In Disney's The Jungle Book, Kaa the python has these type of eyes, as shown in this clip, starting at 0:20.
- Jafar's cobra-headed cane in Aladdin.
- In Disney's Robin Hood, Sir Hiss at least once did this to Prince John, which made him mad. And is stated to have hypnotized King Richard into going off on crusade.
- My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Sunset Shimmer gains a variant after stealing power from The Element of Magic.
- One of The Twelve Tasks of Asterix involves being able to resist the hypnotic gaze of Iris the magician. Iris tries to hypnotize Asterix into believing he's a boar, but keeps getting distracted by the Gaul's comments about his Glowing Eyes like "Can you make them light up one at a time?" and "They must be handy for reading in bed." Eventually Iris becomes so confused he ends up hypnotizing himself.
- In Kubo and the Two Strings, the guardian of the Breastplate Impenetrable is an enormous sea monster with many eyestalks. These eyes can put victims in a trance, revealing truths to the victim to keep them still while guiding them to its gaping mouth.
Films — Live-Action
- The eponymous Dr. Mabuse in Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler .
- The villain of the B-movie The Thing That Couldn't Die (another fine Mystery Science Theater 3000 experiment) is the undead head of devil-worshipper Gideon Drew, which is still able to instantly enslave anyone who looks at him without protection.
- Played for laughs in the comedy Love at First Bite; when Dracula and Jeffery attempt to do this to each other, a luckless waiter sticks his head between them and instantly keels over.
- Followed by the entire restaurant, other than the two in question and the love interest that they're busy fighting over.
- The glowing eyes of the children in Village of the Damned (1960) and its 1995 remake.
- Montag of The Wizard of Gore is implied to have this, generally modeled by the camera going to an extreme closeup of his eyes as he stares for several seconds, following by a member of the audience doing what he wants.
- The Big Bad of Conan the Barbarian (1982), Thulsa Doom, has hypnotic eyes that can put anyone who stares at them long enough under a spell - winning that person to his side. He does so to Conan's mother, long enough to behead her once she dropped her guard. He does it again to Conan at the end of the film, but Conan is able to break the spell and behead him.
- In the 1981 film Looker, a company called Digital Matrix creates computer-generated actors that have hypnotic eyes that cause the viewers to fall into a trance so that they would be receptive to whatever message the producers want to communicate through the TV commercials.
- Caiphas from The Bible Miniseries.
- Rumpelstiltskin sports these in Avengers Grimm when he's putting a mind whammy on his enemies.
- One of the witches in Hansel Vs Gretel is able to control peoples' minds through eye contact. After Gretel consumes the witch, she gains the same power. The visual effect is dilated pupils on the controller.
- The Demon Headmaster, although he uses his catchphrase along with it;
"Funny you should be so sleepy so early in the day... your eyelids are getting heavy... you...are...asleeep."
- In Rudyard Kipling's short story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", Darzee's wife must avoid looking into the cobra Nagaina's eyes, because doing so would leave her paralyzed with fear.
- The Animated Adaptation kept the trope.
- In the Night Huntress books, vampires can brainwash humans if they look at the vampire's eyes. A small percentage of the human population is immune to this ability.
- In the fantasy series Redwall, snakes, primarily adders have this ability. The only (known) non-snake example would be the pine marten Ublaz Mad Eyes. The name says all.
- In A Wrinkle in Time, the Man with Red Eyes has powerful Hypnotic Eyes which he uses to bring Charles Wallace under the control of IT.
- The Shadow was known for this in most of his incarnations.
- Manfred, the Headmaster's son in Children of the Red King, has these as his gift.
- In his political satire Rabbits and Boa Constrictors, Soviet writed Fazil Iskander plays with this. The titular boa constrictors have Hypnotic Eyes that completely incapacitate any rabbit who gazes into them, making them easy prey. Except there's actually no such thing as hypnosis - what actually paralyzes rabbits is their own fear of the serpents.
- Molly Moon has a hypnotic gaze as her main (and original) power.
- Olga Barcova (also known as "The Green Terror"), one of the two arch-nemesises of Norwegian police inspector Knut Gribb, can use her brilliant green eyes to hypnotize any man. A few men are immune — most notably Knut Gribb himself — and it heavily depends on the story whether the hypnotic powers work on women.
- The snake in the Indiana Jones styled section of Sonic The Hedgehog In Castle Robotnik attempts this unsuccessfully; eventually getting out a watch and trying to still no avail.
- The eponymous goldfish in the My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish series has this power.
- In The Golgotha Series, chupacabras have glowing hypnotic eyes. However, they only seem to work on goats.
Jim: I think... it's trying to... hypnotize us, Mutt. I don't think it's working.Mutt: It'd have a damn sight better chance if it wasn't so backside ugly. Now vampires, there are some hypnotisers, I'll tell you what.
- This is how hypnosis works in Gordon Korman's "The Hypnotists" series.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. "Buffy vs. Dracula". The Count has hypnotic Occult Blue Eyes that can enthrall even Buffy.
- Drusilla uses them on Kendra to distract her long enough to slit her throat with her FREAKIN' FINGERNAIL!. The next episode she uses them to hypnotize Giles into believing she's Jenny Calendar
- Doctor Who:
Fourth Doctor: Sarah, I want you to look into my eyes.Sarah Jane: OH NO, NO THAT'S NOT F__ (falls into trance)
- The Master of Doctor Who fame has a long history of hypnotizing people by staring into their eyes and telling them to obey him.
- The Fourth Doctor is the only Doctor with this trait - most other Doctors have to use a pendulum or physically touch people they hypnotise, but as Tom Baker naturally possessed very wide, pale blue eyes and a mesmerising stare, no other visual aids were necessary.
- All vampires in Young Dracula but Vlad takes the cake. He's so good that he mind-wiped an entire crowd, including several slayers and Renfield, into forgetting about vampires. It was so strong that Renfield's memory was still being re-wiped every time he re-learned about vampires four years later.
- All vampires in the series True Blood possess this power (assuming their maker taught it to them). It seems to get more powerful with age, like most vampire abilities in the True Blood universe: while most vampires can put you in a trance while looking into their eyes and affect your perception, older vampires (or possibly just Russell Edgington) seem to be able to be able to look into your eyes once and then subsequently leave you in a trance even after eye contact is broken.
- Ryutaros in Kamen Rider Den-O. He will be able to manipulate freely people while he's possessing Ryotaro by his purple eyes. While he's doing a hip-hop dance, the boys hypnotized to come from somewhere and dance with him.
- Psychokinetics in Psionics: The Next Stage in Human Evolution can Push people into seeing things (or not seeing things) and following commands, but they have to make eye contact with them first.
- In Vampire: The Masquerade/ Vampire: The Requiem, this is any vampire with the Dominate discipline, which generally requires that the user make eye contact with the target to implant suggestions.
- Also oWoD Setites with Serpentis 1, Eyes of the Serpent, could freeze someone in place by making eye contact.
- The Tiki Tak tribe from Donkey Kong Country Returns aren't much of body, so they invoke this trope into hypnotizing various animals into doing their labor for them. Beings of higher thought capacity are proofed against this power, but since this is an animals-only universe, that limits it to the Kongs. The first level literally starts with Donkey Kong demonstrating this fact to one of them the only way he knows how.
- Agent Superball in the second season of Sam & Max does this through his Secret Service shades if Sam insists in believing in Time Travel. In the future. With the time travel machine only 4 meters away.
- Black Mage of 8-Bit Theater has on two occasions used Hypnovision on his
allies enemiesallies. Both occasions did little to no good, as the first target (Fighter) was too dumb to be affected by it (even though he actually kinda was), and the second (Red Mage) was wearing mirrored shades for "no apparent reason".
- Count Antonie the vampire tries this on Meryl in Minion. She of course sees right through it and clobbers him.
Meryl: "I'm a dark witch, you moron! Did you honestly think I wouldn't know about that stupid 'Hypno-Eye' of yours?!"
- The Kingfisher features vampires with the Hypnotic Eyes, to varying degrees. Vitus early on puts Marc to sleep with the look, but goes to Helen for help rewriting his memories.
- Ball And Chain's Silver has this ability, but so far it's only been shown to work on animals.
- In Rusty and Co., the vampire, while dominating.
- In Sluggy Freelance, a stick-figure Filler Strip has Torg accidentally get mind-control eyes when his swirly eyes caused by sudden exposure to light get combined with a top hat and a chocolate milk moustache, making him look like a sinister hypnotist.
- In Think Before You Think, Julia imagines Becky with eyes like this.
- In Homestuck, staring into the eyes of Lil' Cal puts a person under the trance of Lord English himself and do his bidding, be that murder your friends or rip out your own eyes and replace them with the dummy's, thereby becoming one of English's avatars. It's explained that Lil' Cal is a Soul Jar for English, so staring into its eyes is effectively the same as staring into English's soul. And you wonder why the Striders wear Sunglasses at Night!
- In Lucid Spring, Pacem and Viktor deal with a bear that sends them into an intense hallucination through eye contact.
- Futurama has The Hypnotoad, whose penetrating gaze lulls you into a mindless catatonic state until ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD!
- A completely out-of-left-field example from The Critic, when Duke Phillips is running for President:
Reporter: What is your response to critics who say that this marriage is just an outrageous publicity stunt to help your campaign?Duke: I say, gaze into the hypnotic power of my Evil Eye![He leans forward...]
- In The Twelve Tasks of Asterix, Iris the Great Egyptian Magician has spotlight-like eyes he uses to hypnotize people.
Iris: "By Osiris and by Apis, look in my eyes. You have turned into a wild boar. Yes! A wiiillld boooaaarrr..."
- In the Looney Tunes short "Mexican Boarders", Slowpoke Rodriguez, the Slowest Mouse in all Mexico, uses Hypnotic Eyes to zap Sylvester into becoming his obedient slave, thus showing how he's been able to survive.
Slowpoke: Slowpoke may be pretty slow downstairs in the feets but is pretty fast upstairs in the cabeza.
- Super Bike in The Fairly OddParents.
- Tak in Invader Zim seems to possess these in the form of some sort of device in or near her eyes. While in disguise, a flash of her eyes allows her to erase short-term memories of her victims (unless their mind is too strong, like Dib's and Gaz's were) and, in one case, impose her will over others.
Girl: Looks like Zim has a girlfriend!Tak: It's not NICE...to embarrass people! You should apologize...and...[eyes flash] eat your eraser!Girl: (With Mind-Control Eyes) Yes, Tak! I'm sorry, Zim. [Takes a bite out of her eraser]
- My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic
- Fluttershy's "the stare" is compelling enough to put a cockatrice, a brood of chickens, or an entire colony of vampire fruit bats into a suggestible trance.
- The major villain Discord has this ability, which he uses to invert the personalities of most of the main characters. He usually uses this as the finishing touch after having worn down his victims the mundane way first, but when Fluttershy proves immune to this kind of persuasion, he skips straight to the magic.
- In Bridle Gossip Pinkie Pie claims that Zecora the Zebra has this ability, and shows the swirling eyes herself when she sings a song about it, but she is just imagining things/making things up.
- Skysurfer Strike Force villain, Dr. Five Eyes has this power, but oddly for just the eye in the center of his forehead.
- In the original Thunder Cats episode ''The Doom Gaze'', this is the power the evil Ta-She possesses. Tiny problem. It only works on men.
- Considering that Ta-She and Mumm-Ra seemed surprised when it didn't work on Cheetara, two possibilities came to this troper's mind: 1) Ta-She never tried it on women before and just (wrongly) assumed it would work on everyone; 2) She tried it on a woman before and it worked, possibly because the target was naturally susceptible to female charms, what's not Cheetara's case.
- The Godzilla Power Hour features a bipedal cobra-monster named "Axor", one of his superpowers is to hypnotize its victims by firing a grey laser from his eyes at the victim's eyes as well. He uses this on the Calico Crew (minus Pete and Godzooky) and multiple humans to serve him, having already forced them to build him his own castle. Strangely enough, not only does his hypnosis not work on those who are sick, but it also winds up being his own undoing.
- Sunil from Littlest Pet Shop (2012) has these. He uses them on the Biskit Twins in the episode "Gailbreak!".
- The Changewings from Dragons: Riders of Berk are stated to possess this ability, but they have not yet demonstrated this.
- In hypnosis, particularly in stage hypnosis and instant inductions, eye contact is essential. If you stare at someone without blinking long enough, many people naturally fall into a light trance attempting to keep eye contact with you. In stage hypnosis, the term is literally called the "hypnotic gaze".
- Cillian Murphy.
- Apparently, Wolf Messing as well.
- According to last Russian Empress Alexandra Feodorovna (Alix of Hesse), also Rasputin.
- Another Russian, Natalia Guseva.
- An interesting natural world variant—cuttlefish can use special pigment cells called chromatophores to cycle their entire bodies through multiple colors, hypnotizing their prey in a manner very similar to this trope.