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Magical Eye
aka: Magic Eye

"You don't know of the illusion that the whole world could perish in an instant.
That is what it means to see death.
These eyes, this power isn't something you can boast about like you did."
Shiki Tohno, Tsukihime (game)

A character's eye has great supernatural power. Usually, the eye grants the user power over perception, either the target's (illusion, mind control) or the user's (telepathy, premonitions, clairvoyance, etc). In most cases, direct eye contact or at the very least line-of-sight is required. Other restrictions may apply.

If only one eye has magical abilities, an Eyepatch of Power is very likely, especially if this eye possesses a distinct look, like color or shape (which might only appear during active use). The Magical Eye is often used as an excuse to apply certain patterns or symbols to a particular power, therefore making it Cool and Symbolic. Even more symbolic, the eye possessing the power is almost always the character's left eye (the left eye is considered the "sinister" eye, as "sinister" was once a word for "left"). Closely related to the Red Right Hand.

Magical eyes can be any color, but are usually glowing unusual colors like Red Eyes, Take Warning or two colors at once.

See also Eye Beams for a more directly offensive use of eyes. If the magical eye can cause hypnosis, its a Hypnotic Eye. Do not confuse with Faceless Eye or the more mundane Death Glare. Compare Excessive Evil Eyeshadow. The technological equivalent is an Electronic Eye. No relation to Magic Eye, that autostereogram thing where if you look at it just right, you can see a cat or a dolphin or whatever.


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Lelouch of Code Geass possesses a "Geass" in one eye that allows him to compel absolute obedience to his commands. Requires direct eye contact (can be blocked by visors or bounced off mirrors) and can only be used once per person. Eventually, he ends up with the Geass in both eyes and can no longer turn it off, which is the standard evolution of a Geass. Other characters in the series have magical eyes that let them read minds, paralyze people, see the future, rewrite memories, steal bodies... Later on, Jeremiah Gottwald gets an "anti-Geass" that allows him to cancel the effects of ANY Geass in a certain radius. It even looks like an inverted version of the standard Magic Eye. Given that he was given this eye during his second cyborg upgrade, Jeremiah's Geass Canceller can probably be most accurately described as a Magitek Eye.
  • Pegasus of Yu-Gi-Oh! was given the Millennium Eye, previously owned 3,000 years ago by the Turn Coat Akunadin. It granted him the power to read minds, steal souls and (like the other Millennium Items) probably possessed other sinister powers if one knew how to tap into them.
  • In Death Note, characters with a Death Note could make a deal with Shinigami haunting the book — granting them Shinigami Eyes, which have the ability to know both the true name and the date of death of anyone whose face they can see. This makes it much easier to kill using the note — and all for the low, low price of half of one's remaining lifespan. Several characters made the trade (one of them twice), but Light steadfastly refused, trusting his skills as The Chessmaster to see him through.
  • Fuhrer King Bradley in Fullmetal Alchemist possesses the "Ultimate Eye". This is his left eye, which holds his Ouroboros that gives him the foresight to see all possible outcomes of a given situation, allowing him to predict the moves of any opponent before they happen. It only grants that foresight with regard to things within a direct line of sight of the Ultimate Eye, but given that he also has Super Speed, good luck trying to exploit that flaw. His original eye rotted out when he was turned into a Homunculus and is covered by an Eyepatch of Power.
  • Soul Eater has an immortal werewolf named Free (original name long since forgotten) who stole the Witch Queen Mabaa's eye and replaced one of his own with it, granting him the ability to use spatial magic.
  • Hiei of YuYu Hakusho had a "jagan" (lit. "evil eye") eye in the middle of his forehead, which bestows vaguely-defined psychic powers and a huge power boost when activated. The trauma of this implantation actually made him vastly weaker at first, but over the next few arcs recovers all of his old power and can use the jagan on top of it. His Eyepatch of Power came in headband form.
    • In what might be a case of Early-Installment Weirdness, as it only happened once near the start of the series and in a movie of questionable canonicality, he can also turn green and sprout more Jagan-lookalikes all over his body to amplify its power.
  • A couple exist in Naruto: the Sharingan, the Byakugan, and the Rinnegan.
    • The Sharingan grants the user enhanced vision, precognition, eidetic memory and the ability to perceive chakra patterns. The upgraded form, the Mangekyo Sharingan, has so far only been unlocked by seeing one's best friend die and grants the user Story Breaker Power in the forms of Amaterasu, black flames that cannot be quenched by conventional means, Susano'o, a nigh-invincible spectral armor, and Tsukuyomi, a hard-to-break, time distorting illusion technique. The protagonist's sensei, Kakashi, has one of these, as his Sharingan is constantly active and depletes his chakra supply rapidly when uncovered. Some of the Sharingan's other tricks (typically unique to a specific pair of Sharingan) are varied upon the user and very extravagant, such as Kamui, which can send the victim into another dimension and Kotoamatsukami, which inflicts powerful but subtle to the point of being nigh-undetectable brainwashing.
    • The Byakugan gives three-hundred-fifty-nine-degree telescopic x-ray vision, allowing the user to perceive everything around him and see chakra points on a ninja and strike accordingly. The Byakugan has a one-degree blind spot that can be exploited, but doing so requires massive amounts of skill.
    • The Rinnegan is a Superpower Lottery that enhances vision to the point where anything can be seen, grants the ability to use all five elemental chakras, kill liars and resurrect the dead, absorb chakra at will, summon Animalistic Abominations, read minds and rip out souls, access an Anatomy Arsenal, deflect attacks and enemies with Gravity Mastery and warp reality. A great deal of the late story's plot revolves around the villains attempting to get their hands on the Rinnegan. As it turns out, the Rinnegan is merely an upgraded Sharingan.
    • The above magical eyes all come from the same source: Kaguya, the first person who wielded chakra. She possessed the Byakugan and a third eye in her forehead with the Rinnegan. One of her sons would inherit the Byakugan and became the ancestor of the Hyuga clan. Her other son inherited the Rinnegan and fathered two sons who became the ancestors of the Senju and Uchiha bloodlines. The Uchiha possessed the Sharingan (which turns out to be a degraded Rinnegan), but needed to mix their blood with that of the Senju to upgrade it into the Rinnegan.
    • Orochimaru can project his Killing Intent specially well though eye contact, which can paralyze his enemies, if they're not strong enough to resist it. Probably that's why it is never seen again after its initial use.
  • Mido Ban of Get Backers inherited his jagan (see above) from his grandmother. If he makes direct eye contact with someone, he can induce a hallucination (most often in the form of Mind Rape) that lasts for exactly one minute of real-world time. Limited by the fact that he can only use it three times a day, once per person per day.
  • Lucia in Venus Versus Virus inherited an evil left eye from her demonic father but hides it under an Eyepatch of Power.
  • In Rurouni Kenshin, the man-slayer Udô Jin-e uses a sword style that possesses a technique unique to it known as Shin no Ippô, in which he uses his ki to immobilize people with a glance of his eyes. He can even use his Blade Reflection to perform the Hyoki no Jutsu, in which he hypnotises himself to bring out his full strength.
  • Dominique the Cyclops from Trigun has a demonic-looking eye, complete with snake pupil, behind a mechanical eyepatch/shutter that allows her to distill her opponent's senses, paralyzing them temporarily to give the false impression she's using a Flash Step technique.
  • In the Nasuverse several characters possess Mystic Eyes, with abilities ranging from "Suggestion" to the famous Eyes of Death Perception which is shown in both Kara no Kyoukai and Tsukihime. By extension, this also includes Hellish Pupils. Most are quite colorful when activated.
  • Itsuki in Rental Magica has Glam Sight in his right eye. When his eyepatch is removed, he can see through anything magical and command very competently...at the cost of his sanity.
  • Lord Darcia in Wolf's Rain is cursed with a yellow wolf's eye (his left) which can render people unconscious. Usually covered by a mask. After he attempts to enter paradise and is destroyed, his yellow eye is all that's left of him. While the world's ecology is regenerated by the lunar flowers, his eye turns some of them black, tainting the world with its evil.
  • Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle - Fay D. Fluorite's blue eyes are the source of his magical powers; he gives the color up after becoming a vampire and gaining an Eyepatch of Power.
    • Earlier, Syaoran eats Fay's left eye in order to gain the magic inside it.
  • In Project ARMS, Kei Kuruma's nanomachine implant "Queen of Hearts" is a sensor array in her eyes that allows her to see in Bullet Time.
  • Sven Vollfied's Vision Eye in Black Cat has the power to see a few seconds in the future, although this is apparently severely fatiguing. It later upgrades into the less energy consuming "Grasper Eye" that slows down what he looks at, enabling him feats like avoiding bullets fired at him (though from the point of vue of the others, he seems to be the one whose movements are being accelerated).
  • Rokudo Mukuro of Katekyo Hitman Reborn! has a red eye with kanji as the pupil, ranging from one to six. Each kanji represents a different "state" in the Buddhist Samsara cycle of reincarnation, and gives him a different power. His spirit medium/possessed girl/Morality Pet/etc., Chrome Dokuro, wears an Eyepatch of Power on the same eye Mukuro does, and when it's removed, it's implied that he materializes through the power of illusions and takes over for her.
  • In Dragon Ball, General Blue has evil eyes which paralyze anyone who looks into them, glowing blue in the process. Like Medusa, but without the petrification.
    • Blue's powers are more akin to Psychic Powers, given that at one point he was able to tie Goku and his friends by manipulating several ropes with psychokinesis. On the other hand, he apparently needs to focus said powers thru his eyes; something which Goku took advantage of with his "JanKenPon" technique.
  • In Steel Ball Run, after Gyro Zeppeli gains the Saint AKA Jesus corpse's right eye, he gains X-Ray vision and the ability to see with his steel ball weapons.
    • And Diego gets the corpse's left eye and gains the ability to transform into a were-raptor.
  • Mihoko's blue eye in Saki, which allows her to perfectly analyze a game to the point of clairvoyance and seems to have a side-effect of disrupting other people's abilities, as Jun found out.
  • In Moon Phase, vampires can "charm" (read: enslave) people with their eyes.
  • Contractors in Darker Than Black have their eyes glow red when activating their abilities. One of the Contractors can violently kill a person when looking at them.
  • Black Butler has Ciel whose right eye has a pentagram on it. The design makes his eye lighter and more of a purple color than his normal blue eye. He wears an Eyepatch of Power to cover his eye unless its power is needed. The pentagram is proof of his contract with Sebastian, his demon butler.
  • Wisely, one of the Noahs of D.Gray-Man, has three evil eyes in his forehead. In his first appearance, he makes heads explode.
    • Of course, let's not forget the hero whose left eye can see the souls powering Akuma.
  • Unsurprisingly, Kakeru, the protagonist of of 11eyes, has a golden eye that gives him precognition.
  • Ryner Lute of The Legend of the Legendary Heroes possesses the Alpha Stigma, strange eyes that give him incredible magic skill.
  • In 666 Satan are the Cyclops who have a birthmark in the middle of their forehead. This is, in fact, a closed third eye which grants them the ability to "program" movement into inanimate objects. They can make, for example, projectiles miss the Cyclops, have lying debris suddenly hurl itself at an opponent, turn about any sharp objects into deadly projectiles, etc. Shown Cyclops using this ability are: Kirin, Mei, Tsubame and Kirin's father.
  • The Raijin Tribe in Fairy Tail all have this ability. Evergreen has can turn you into stone, Bixlow has the ability to take people souls and put them into dolls and Fried's ability hasn't been explained yet.
    • Erza is another example. Her artificial eye lets her ignore illusions and such, and also lets her turn back from stone.
    • Hades has one hidden under his Eyepatch of Power that amplifies his magic to terrifying levels and allows him to create demons from rubble.
  • Iris Zero's titular Irises are powers that 99% of kids are born with that allow kids to see things others don't. For example, Asahi sees devil tails grow out of people when they are lying, and Hijiri/Hiziri sees black butterflies gathering around people/animals that will soon die.
  • The hero and heroine of Basilisk both have magic eye abilities, hence the Market-Based Title of the series. The hero can turn the murderous impulses of others against them, filling them with pain and fear and driving them to suicide. The heroine's eyes give her an Anti-Magic ability that disables the powers of anyone she looks at.
  • In Strike Witches, Mio's right eye allows her to see the core of a Neuroi. She covers it with an eyepatch when not in battle.
  • In Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!, Rikka was under the delusion that she has that for the right eye, explaining her eye patch.
  • A rather mundane example by comparison appears in Gamaran: According to Toujo Shungaku, both Gama and his father Jinsuke have the "Eyes of Divine Sight". As he puts it, said eyes are far more keen and perceptive than those of other warriors, allowing them to "read" the opponent's body language and anticipate their moves.
  • Tsubame Akifuji of Cat Paradise has the "Eyes of the Symbol", which allow him see every detail of anything he observes, even the ones that normal humans couldn't see, whether he wants to or not. They also allow him to remain aware of his surroundings even while he's possessed.
  • In The Unlimited Hyoubu Kyousuke, Andy has an impressively (implied-to-be-) multi-tasking one. It allows him to block out others' psychic powers as well as contact via pseudo-video his boss to report on his infiltration of Kyousuke's mafia-like group, PANDRA.
  • In Murasakiiro No Qualia, Yukari's purple eyes see the world differently than everyone else. She sees all living beings as robots, and as a consequence, her perspective is imposed on the world, leading to humans working as robots to her - she's able to fix them using mechanical parts, dismantle them (which would be the equivalent of cutting someone up for anyone else's eyes) without even any bleeding and change the programming in their brain.
    • Yukari isn't the only one. Alice sees equations as pictures, which makes it possible for her, an 11-year-old child, to quickly understand and solve university-level mathematical problems.
  • The titular Jewelpets' magic comes from their eyes, called Jewel Eyes.
  • Mekakucity Actors (the anime-adaptation of The Kagerou Project) is about a group of teenagers with abilities related to their eyes, dubbed 'Eye-Powers'. This includes the ability to become invisible, read minds, change others' perception of you, freeze-people in place (or go the full gamut and turn them to stone), attract other peoples' attention (or, their eyes), immortality, telescopic sight and, perhaps most importantly, the ability to 'Combine-Eyes', an ability inherited from her full-gorgon grandmother.

    Comic Books 
  • The Emerald Empress & the Emerald Eye of Ekron, in Legion of Super-Heroes. In one memorable scene, she grows to giant size, tears out her own eye, and sticks the Emerald Eye in the socket.
  • The Justice League of America villain Despero gets vast Psychic Powers from a third eye. It was even removed once by surgery, but it grew back.
  • Wildguard: Casting Call featured the literally evil eye Wandering Eye, who attempted to use his hypnosis powers to force his was onto the team. Failing that, he hypnotized to other rejected applicants and forced them to serve his agenda of enslaving the entire world to his will, allowing him to finally be somewhat accepted by society. He was accidentally killed when Exploding Girl went critical.
  • Rayek in ElfQuest can paralyze with his stare - elves, trolls, animals - nobody's immune. Fortunately he turns out to be an Anti-Hero rather than an outright villain.
  • Tommy Monaghan from Hitman had solid black eyes (no pupil, iris, or white, just black). His powers were x-ray vision and mind-reading anyone in his line of sight (he didn't mind-read too much - it gave him migraines). This made him very difficult to sneak up on.
  • Ghost Rider's Penance Stare is an eye socket variant.

    Fan Fic 

    Film 
  • Richard B. Riddick, the Anti-Hero of Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick has surgically-enhanced hypersensitive eyes which require him to wear special goggles during daytime. They allow him to see in the dark, and when he takes off his goggles his eyes are shown to glow.
    • The video game suggests his special eye powers may actually be a result of being the last surviving Furyan.
  • In the 2009 film Push, mind-influencing telepaths need to make eye contact with their targets. The so-called "pusher's" pupils dilate drastically when they use their powers
  • The Dark Side in the Star Wars movies is usually represented by yellow eyes, starting with Emperor Palpatine in Return of the Jedi and continued by Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace. Anakin's change with his mood in the last act of Revenge of the Sith (probably because they were still blue after his Heroic Sacrifice in Jedi).
  • In Shinobi Heart Under Blade, Oboro has a technique called Hagen no Do—literally "pupil of annihilation", and also translated as "Piercing Eyes". She only uses it once. It basically let her do something to the effect of causing her foe's nervous and circulatory systems to break down and explosively hemmhorage, leaving him bloody and helpless on the ground, by just looking at him.
  • In the anthology film Body Bags in the "Eye" segment, Brent, a star baseball player, gets a new right eye after he loses his original one in a car accident. He subsequently becomes plagued by nightmarish visions of murder and rape and finds out that it belonged to an executed serial killer named John Randall, whose personality is starting to overtake his own.

    Folklore 
  • A widespread European folk belief was that envy physically changed the eye and caused it to inflict misfortune on those whom the person envied. Note that this was held to be out of the person's control.

    Literature 
  • Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody of Harry Potter has a glass eye that can spin in its socket to face any direction, has x-ray vision, and can see through most illusions.
  • In the Deryni works, these are attributed to Barrett de Laney by a panicky human priest. After Barrett surrenders himself in exchange for twenty-three children, the priest hisses, "His eyes! Evil! Evil! Beware his eyes my lord!" The gathered crowd takes up the cry and his captors take the hint; they blind Barrett with a hot iron as a precaution, despite their intention to kill him anyway.
  • Mr. Teatime of Terry Pratchett's Discworld has a grey glass eye—which some of his associates claim is in fact a scrying crystal—that seems to give him the ability to perform such feats as moving faster than the normal human eye can see and doing backflips on thin air. Also interesting is that the other characters refer to his remaining eye as the scary one. His pinprick pupil is said to see into one's soul. If the crystal rumor is true, it might explain his Ax Craziness: Discworld magic is slightly less reliable than the Winds of Chaos, and hie implanted some in his head.
  • Demise from the Wild Cards series has the power to inflict the experience of his own death (he got better) on anyone by making eye contact with them, killing them.
  • The Girl With Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts gets telekineses and some sort of vision-at-a-distance from her silver eyes.
    • Sort of... Her eyes are just an outward manifestation of the mutation that occurred when her mother and four others took an experimental anti-nausea drug while pregnant. She still has an unusual eye color, but it isn't quite the same thing as this trope.
  • Boris Dragonasi, the big bad in Brian Lumley's Necroscope gains the power of the evil eye in the second half of the story. Earlier there was a legend told of the evil eye and how it can backfire on the user with gruesome results if it is used on someone who is already dead. Guess what happens to Dragonasi at the end of the book.
  • In A Wrinkle in Time, when Charles Wallace stares into the eyes of The Man With Red Eyes, he goes under the telepathic mind control of IT.
    • Just to make things creepier, Charles Wallace's own eyes change so that his pupils are swallowed up by the iris, giving him disturbing all-iris eyes.
  • The title Anti-Hero of William Beckford's Gothic novel Vathek is described as "pleasing and majestic; but when he was angry one of his eyes became so terrible that no person could bear to behold it, and the wretch upon whom it was fixed instantly fell backward, and sometimes expired." The History was first published in 1782.
  • Jagang, the main antagonist of most of the Sword of Truth series, has eyes which have been describes as "twin windows into nightmare". It is not surprising that his powers are essentially mind reading and possession.
  • In Poul Anderson's Operation Chaos, the narrator hears of a technique used on infection: they culture some of the bacteria, and then get a man with the Evil Eye to look at them through a microscope. Later, he mentions the wonders a corporation has produced, including contact lenses that allow people with the Evil Eye to live normal lives.
  • Some Warhammer 40,000 psykers use eye contract in Mind Probe.
    • In Graham McNeill's Ultramarines novel The Killing Grounds, Uriel meet Leodegarius's ice-blue eyes and finds them filling his sight as the Mind Probe overwhelms his mental defenses.
    • In James Swallow's novel Deus Sanguinius, when Rafen subjects himself to Mephiston's Mind Probe, it seems to him that the light behind his eyes overwhelms him.
  • In Edgar Rice Burroughs's The Chessmen of Mars, the kuldane's mind control depends on it; Tara learns if she looks away, she can not be controlled.
  • Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion series includes Corum Jhaelen Irsei, who for the first portion of his career wields the eye and hand of a god in place of his own. By lifting the eyepatch he wears over this eye, he can see into a spectral place, where a creature dwells. He can then draw it out, where it will fight for him. Then the next time he lifts the eyepatch, whatever was killed by the creature has taken its place, and now IT can be summoned to fight, apparantly at a greater power level than it possessed before.
  • In Robert E. Howard's The Phoenix on the Sword, it is looking in the monster's eyes that lets it attack Conan the Barbarian's soul; fortunately for Conan, this makes it angry.
  • The Sibyl, in the Doctor Who New Adventures novel Time's Crucible, steals the eye from a decapitated sphinx and substitutes it for one of her own, in order to regain her waning prophetic powers.
  • Euron Crow's Eye of A Song of Ice and Fire is strongly hinted to have one. What's under his Eyepatch of Power hasn't been revealed yet, but judging by the reactions of his fellow Ironborn (and these are Rated M for Manly Viking expies), the fact that his regular eye is known as his "smiling eye", he's been known to consort with warlocks, and that he flies a personal standard that shows a red eye, it's a fair bet.
  • In the Psalms of Isaak, the ancient wizard-king Ahm Y'Zir had one of his eyes replaced by a magical one that (supposedly) allowed him to see into the underworld, and thereby aided him in making bargains for his Blood Magic. He was known to history as the "One-Eyed Wizard King" and Vlad Li Tam is able to identify the monstrous magitek cyborg that has projected itself into his dreams as Ahm via this feature.
  • In Susan Dexter's The Prince of Ill-Luck, the protagonist has mismatched eyes; his left eye is magical, and allows him to see through spells. Unfortunately, the fact that his eyes show him different things also creates a magical imbalance that turns him into The Jinx.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Farscape Nooranti had a third eye that changed color and intermittently opened when she used her powers.
  • In The Lost Room miniseries, the Glass Eye is a powerful artifact that can restore/heal or destroy all flesh. Karl Kreutzfeld had to take his own eye out to use it, as the Glass Eye must be inside the eye socket of the wearer to function.
  • Statler did this to Waldorf in one skit.

    Mythology 
  • Irish Mythology: As told in The Battle of Magh Tuireadh, Balor "of the Evil Eye" absorbed the poison of his father's druids as they were casting spells. This gave him an eye of death, which killed whoever he looked at. His eye was harnessed to bow strings so that he could open his eye properly and used it as a weapon.
  • The evil eye goes far back in the mythology of several countries in the Middle East, though that evil eye has more in common with a Death Glare that simply brings whoever it is given to bad luck and misfortune. Evil eye charms which ward off the effects of the evil eye are still popular in Armenia, Israel, Turkey, and a host of other countries.
    • Speaking of which, there are legends of an Armenian king who was able to break boulders with his evil eye.
  • In Ancient Rome either a bulla or a fascinum would be worn as a Protective Charm to ward off the malevolent evil that could arise from the jealousy of men, sometimes literally called "Evil Eye".
  • Shiva, the Lord of Destruction, was forever blasting things out of existence with his third eye. Usually it was Eye Beams.
  • This trope is goes back to at least the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt, when the Eldritch Abomination serpent Apopi/Apep (Apophis) was believed to have a destructive or harmful gaze. People wore and recited charms and spells to protect themselves from him. The Pharaoh also performed a ritual in which he whacked at a ball that symbolized Apopi's eyeball.
  • In Greek Mythology the gaze of witches could bring harm to chosen victims due the solar power in them. As the granddaughter of the sun god, Medea had it so powerful that she could kill the unkillable bronze giant Talos, hypnotizing it into pulling the nail that kept his ichor.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Li'l Abner featured the character "Evil Eye Fleegle", a zoot-suited New Yorker whose eyes could zap people with destructive whammies of varying degrees of power. He turned up in the movie adaptation of the strip as well.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Eye of Vecna, from the Dungeons & Dragons Greyhawk setting, is a powerful Artifact of Doom that requires the would-be user to remove his own eye and insert it into the socket.
    • D&D also has the beholder monsters, which possess many eyes with various powers (including at-will telekinesis to make up for their lack of limbs). Certain variants had a class for cultists of various monstrous races that started to take on characteristics of the races they worshiped, and the beholder-worshipers grew eye stalks of their own.
    • 4e D&D has Cyclopes and Fomorians that both use their Evil Eyes for various purposes, such as paralysis, mind domination, eye beams, etc.
  • In Vampire: The Masquerade the vampire clan Salubri derived healing, fighting, and perception based supernatural powers from their third eye. Naturally it made them stick out like sore thumbs, and being the least evil group of vampires they were almost all wiped out because it couldn't be easily hidden. One of the survivors decided "Enough is enough!" and joined up with the Sabbat. His branch of the bloodline follows a different set of powers than the others, and their third eye looks angrier as a result. And since they aren't nearly as nice as the rest, they aren't so easily killed, so they don't care about hiding it.
  • Urza's powerstone eyes, from Magic: The Gathering.
  • Hunter: The Vigil has the Cheiron Corporation and it's thaumatechnology. It involves taking bits and pieces of supernatural creatures and implanting them into humans. Among other things, there is a pair of eyes stolen from some sort of otherworldly creature. The're yellow, faceted, and provide the owner with Aura Vision.
  • The Warhammer 40,000 universe has Navigators: mutants with a Third Eye, called the Warp Eye in the middle of their forehead. Apart from letting them steer ships through the Warp, these eyes kill anyone who looks into them. As a result, they have to wear a bandana when not navigating.
    • In addition, most Eldar tabletop psychic powers require line of sight. Mind War comes to mind; it's essentially a Farseer staring down an opponent with such intensity that it can literally wound and even kill them. On the tabletop this is translated as the opponent taking unsaveable wounds.

    Video Games 
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Radiant Dawn's Nailah has a covered eye and an exclusive skill called "Glare" which immobilizes an enemy for the whole chapter. Seems she's got her own Magical Eye.
    • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones has enemies called Mogalls, which are big, floating eyes. Their basic attack is fittingly called 'Evil Eye'.
    • In Fire Emblem Awakening, the Brand of the Exalt/Mark of Naga is inherited by the Halidom of Ylisse's royal family, and it serves as an indicator to who can wield Falchion and awaken its true powers via the Awakening ritual. While the brand normally appears on a mundane body part (Chrom and his nephew Owain have the brand on their arms, while Chrom's sister Emmeryn has the brand on her forehead), Lucina's brand is on her left eye, and it appears as a lighter shade of blue.
  • Zasalamel in Soul Calibur 3 has one gold eye, which contains his soul.
  • Some Pokémon attacks, such as Mean Look and Miracle Eye, qualify.
    • Generation V introduces a move actually called Evil Eye (which was translated as Hex in the English version).
  • The main character in Planescape: Torment, being a regenerating immortal, can equip magical eyes in place of one of his original eyes. There is also a bar, at which the barkeep is holding for you an eye removed by one of your past incarnations that you don't remember-replacing one of your eyes with that one gives you an experience bonus and lets you remember part of his life.
  • Reisen Udongein Inaba of the Touhou series is a moon rabbit whose eyes can cause lunacy.
  • Jade in Tales of the Abyss has fonic sight, which allows him to use upper-level spells with ease. He got it by applying an extremely dangerous forbidden spell on his eyes back when he was still a kid, if the picture of his bespectacled childhood self is an accurate indication.
  • Seiken Densetsu 3 has a villain specifically named "The Earl of the Evil Eye".
  • In Meteos, the planet Meteo is basically a giant yellow space eye. Now, guess where all the planet-destroying meteors that you fend off in the game are coming from.
  • Jubei Akane Yagyu and her uncle Munonori of the Onimusha series both have the Oni-eyes, complete with the Eye Patch Of Power. When activated, allows extremely hightened reflexes (to the extent that time feels slowed down), illusion control (the ability to both use and see through illusions) and lethal counter-techinques (especially useful with heightened reflexes).
  • In Deus Ex it is strongly implied, if not outright stated that the otherwise relatively normal looking JC Denton wears sunglasses because he has Evil Eyes.
    • But most of the game is set at night and he's completely fine with sunglasses, because his vision is augmented.
    • In the character creation scene, you can see he has blue glowing eyes.
  • Lieselotte of Arcana Heart has her Crimson Gaze move, where she looks straight into the eyes of her opponent to smack them with a confusion status that switches up their controls.
  • GoldenEye from the James Bond game Goldeneye Rogue Agent has a cybernetic eye upgraded with powers over the course of the game, with powers like seeing through walls and hacking electronics.
  • In the first Jedi Knight game, dark Jedi can learn a force power called Force Deadly Sight. With it activated, anyone the player sees in his vision takes damage and dies.
  • Alma in F.E.A.R. seems to be able to do this at will (that is kill them by bleeding them to death and blowing up everything all around her). It isn't necessarily an eye related ability, but it may as well be.
  • In Final Fantasy X, Seymour's aeon, Anima, has an attack where she gives an enemy an instantly fatal dose of this trope.
  • While 99% of its moves just scream Fist of the North Star, the Apotheosized form of Ialdabaoth from Super Robot Wars Original Generations has one move that starts with this, leaving even the most humongous of mecha frozen in terror before being pummeled into dust. (Even zanier: this is its weakest attack.)
  • In Dark Souls, there are special "Eye Orbs" used to invade other players and engage in PvP. The Red Eye Orb allows players to invade and kill others, while the Eyes of Death let players curse others' worlds and generate stronger versions of typical enemies. The Ring of the Evil Eye is also said to contain a demon of the name. It lets you heal by killing people.
  • In Heroes of Might and Magic V and VI, the Cyclops units can be upgraded with Evil Eyes that grant them ranged attacks. Worse, unlike most ranged units, upgraded Cyclops don't suffer a melee penalty — on the contrary, they deal even more damage in melee. In the fifth game, their Evil Eyes also reduce their targets' luck.

    Visual Novels 
  • Mary's golden eye in Shikkoku No Sharnoth gives her the ability to detect lies and see the truth, no matter how it is being hidden. It also gives her amazing intuition.
  • In the Nasuverse these are typically referred to as "Mystic Eyes", resulting from a mutation of the magic circuits around a person's eyes. Most vampires naturally possess a variant while skilled magi can artificially create them. Other naturally occurring examples tend to be rare but with more powerful and varied abilities.
    • As demonstrated in the page quote, Shiki Tohno has these in Tsukihime. They enable him to see the lines that represent a person's or object's lifespan, and he can cut along those lines to make that thing "die". Ciel has eyes that can make you accept whatever she's saying unless you know it isn't true. Arcueid and Satsuki have hypnotic eyes. Sidestories introduce more eyes, such as ones that see the past or future.
    • Servant Rider of Fate/stay night has the Mystic Eyes of Petrification, as her true identity is Medusa. They are exactly what they sound like, though enemies with high magic resistance can temporarily resist the effect.
  • In Dra Koi a dragon's eyes are called enchanting and the protagonist slowly seems to fall under the dragon's control. Not really. He's just falling in love with her.

    Webcomics 
  • Intensely evil glowing eyes are joked off as having "cooties" in this Charby the Vampirate strip.
  • While not a evil eye, per se, Miranda Deegan from Dominic Deegan has a glare that has been referred to as an "evil eye". It basically makes someone's willpower erode and derails trains of thought. Given what others in the comic have experienced, she is capable of giving someone the eye from nearly half a mile away, as well as around corners, and even from another dimension. Latest example is giving the evil eye to the The King from an unknown distance. ''
    • Dominic himself may have an example of this, shown early on, when Gregory first refers to their brother, Jacob.
  • What does Joey Von Krause from Mortifer hide behind his Eyepatch of Power? Glad you asked.
  • In Sinfest, Lil' E tries to do this.

    Web Original 
  • In The Gamers Alliance, the mage Dante's eye can control a person and put a geas on his victim which forces the victim to subconsciously obey his orders. Leon learned this the hard way when he found out that all his actions during the Yamatian Invasion arc had in fact been Dante's all along.
  • One of the main symbols of Broken Saints is a circular red eye with a black cat-like slit for a pupil—basically, it's a simplified version of the Eye of Sauron from the Lord of the Rings movies, although the series started before the first film was released. However, in keeping with the multi-layered nature of the series, the eye is not just an eye. Take a look at the symbol and how it is used in the series, and think of what else it looks like...
    • Also, in terms of literal eyes, this trope is played with. In actuality, it seems to be a lack of eyes that represents evil. See: Lear, corrupted Shandala.
  • Taken quite literally here.
  • The play-by-post forum Fate Nuovo Guerra, which is basically an Alternate Universe of Fate/stay night, has quite a good number of Mystic Eyes users.
  • The superpowered character Sahar (literally 'Evil Eye' in Arabic) in the Whateley Universe. Her main psychic power is the ability to make a person believe that he has been cursed. Her secondary psychic power is WAY scarier. Her eyes have red rings: the folklore sign of one with the Evil Eye. Her original reputation was that of a hated and feared villain on the Whateley Academy campus, but she appears to be trying hard to become a good guy.
  • Kris from We Are Our Avatars has multiple ways of seeing the world around him, which is his gift from Guertena, at the cost of making him paranoid.

    Western Animation 
  • Duke Phillips, Jay Sherman's boss in The Critic has an evil eye that hypnotizes people into his willing servants. It's only seen once, and played for laughs (Duke was launching a Presidential campaign at the time, and used it to get out of one reporter's question.) He even uses the trope name:
    Duke: Gaze into the hypnotic power of my Evil Eye!
  • Professor Screweyes from We're Back. True, its actually a screw buried deep on his eye socket, but it pretty much acts as a magical eye, as he seems to be able to make magic with it (not to mention that the screw's slit is in a vertical position, giving it a Hellish Pupils look). In a deleted scene where he learn he lost his left eye thanks to a crow that pecked it out, he claims he can "watch" his biggest fear, the crows, with a "real eye and a steel eye", implying that his screw eye is far from being just a scary decoration.
  • One episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic features a cockatrice, a resident of the Everfree Forest with the power to turn living things to stone by making eye contact with them. Not to be outdone, the same episode reveals that Fluttershy possesses an unconscious ability called "the Stare" that forces animals to obey her. The conflict is resolved via a supernatural staring contest between the two, which Fluttershy manages to win despite having already been half-turned to stone at that point.

    Real Life 
  • The common Robin can see magnetic fluctuation with its right eye. Its left eye however, functions as an ordinary eye. It uses this to navigate much like homing pigeons do.


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