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One-Way Visor

1: My legions of terror will have clear, plexiglass visors, not face-concealing ones.

A visor is a piece of eyewear that covers at least both eyes and the bridge of the nose. It's like a pair of goggles, but with temple-arms. Visor also refers to the faceplate of a helmet, the part that can be raised or lowered. This is about both kinds, specifically, ones that are opaque on one side, which is often—but not necessarily—connoted by a gold, silver, or obsidian mirror effect. Opaque, spherical helmets also count. Bonus points if the technology to do this shouldn't have been invented yet.

For all we know (unless we've seen out from the wearer's POV), any of these could be opaque on both sides, but unless the wearer is blind this would be a rather major design flaw.

When used symbolically, it can show that the character has an aspect he wants to hide (sometimes physically) or isn't all there to begin with.

Usually used with Faceless Goons.

Separate lenses don't count, they go on Opaque Lenses. Compare Sinister Shades, The Blank, Eyeless Face, The Faceless. Contrast In Space Everyone Can See Your Face.


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  • Dave in Safe Havens almost always wears one, because he functions best with a certain amount of distraction. Ming was introduced wearing one before she switched to shades (and later ditched even those).

  • The male warrior shown in Gottlieb's Gladiators wears one of these.
  • The astronaut on the backglass for Apollo 13 has his face entirely covered. Probably done because Tom Hanks' likeness wasn't available.
  • All the astronauts in Black Hole have these.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000 unsurprisingly features many such helmets. The Dark Eldar are especially fond of these, with mirrored full-face masks common among Reaver jetbike pilots, and most of the Haemonculi "creations" such as Wracks and Grotesques have blank visors surgically implanted over their faces.

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  • Godot from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations wears a visor consisting of three horizontal, red, glowing lines. It allows him to see since he lost his vision due to poison, but he can't see red on a white background.

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  • G.I. Joe: Cobra Commander's mask. The Movie shows that it's a rare fully opaque version.
  • Played With in Static Shock with Richie (AKA Gear). Other characters act as if it's this, but the audience can see through it just fine.
  • Most goggles in the Dilbert cartoon.
  • Most of the Skysurfer Strike Force, subverted in that their eyes can be seen.
  • Both Prowl and Jetstorm have these in Transformers Animated. Prowl's looks like sunglasses and something he's wearing over his Optics, Jetstorm's looks like it should be able to be lifted.

    Real Life 
  • Space Suits have these, though this is more of a practical need than to make astronauts look badass. (Of course, they do that, too.) They need to filter out direct sunlight since it's kinda bright.
  • Welding helmets and goggles have heavily smoked glass to protect one's corneas from the light generated by plasma arcs and metal-melting flames.
  • Hazmat Suits
  • Some sports eyeshields (including motorbiking helmets).
  • Air force pilots sometimes wear these (as seen on almost every air-force movie, usually on Mooks). Truth in Television, because when pilots fly that high, the sun is really bright, and they need to see what they're doing.
  • Mirrored, wraparound sunglasses.
  • Invoked by the Nintendo Virtual Boy.

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