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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    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • RoboCop
  • Lamp Shaded in Back to the Future. Doc Brown wears one, and Marty waves his hand in front of them to make sure Doc can see him.
  • The Mouth of Sauron from Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings.
  • Jango/Boba Fett's helmets, as well as Clone Troopers from Star Wars.. Also, other bounty hunters like Boushh.
    • Darth Vader's helmet doesn't have a visor per se, but fits the spirit of the trope because he can see while wearing it but his face is masked. However, this may be a subversion because he technically can't see through the eyepieces; instead there is a HUD inside the helmet that looks like Robo Cam.
  • Cool Rider from Grease 2
  • The sunproof spacesuits from Sunshine
  • Snake Eyes from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, as well as the Mantis Fighter-Sub pilots.


    Live-Action TV 
  • Geordi laForge's VISOR from Star Trek: The Next Generation is a subversion; he's literally blind without it. It isn't actually transparent from the other side, but a sensor array that relays data to neural implants to give a blind person vision. It's also not a solid visor, but made up of several alternating "teeth" extending from the upper and lower frames (and was based on a popular hair accessory in the 80's/90's). This is so actor Levar Burton could see through it in order to move around on set.
  • All heroes in Toku series (Power Rangers, Super Sentai, Kamen Rider, the Ultra Series, and many more.) Interestingly, some heroes' visors or eyepieces look like they'd be very hard to see through because they are. Suit actors have more skill than you think.
    • A net movie produced for the Kamen Rider Decade movie revealed that they typically have two versions of a character's helmet: one used for close-ups that looks more solid, and one that has better visibility and is used for action scenes. Even so, while the close-up mask is very blinding, the action mask is still pretty blinding. Kamen Riders' eyepieces are a completely opaque reflective material; the action mask gets a few tiny slits where the closeup mask doesn't, and it's where the eyepieces connect to other parts of the mask (ie, not where your eyes are.) Think of that next time you're watching a Kamen Rider on a motorcycle, especially with the kind of bike stunts you see in Kuuga.
  • The Stig from Top Gear.
  • Bekhesh from Farscape. Production notes indicates that it's a cybernetic replacement for the top of his head.
  • The mooks, and the heroes' Powered Armor in Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future.
  • Wraith soldiers from Stargate Atlantis.
  • Emperor Ming's guards (a.k.a. "Patriots") from Flash Gordon 2007.
  • A mercenary gunman from Babylon 5 sports one.


    Newspaper Comics 
  • 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.
  • Many of the male warriors in Laser War wear various face-concealing visors.

    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.

    Video Games 
  • Riot police in Deus Ex have one.
  • Terran Marines from StarCraft have this. In StarCraft II, Banshee and Viking pilots have this when their ships are invisible or transformed, respectively.
  • Mass Effect
    • Quarian masks outside of conversations. However, during conversations you can clearly see eyes and a nose.
    • Turian Spacesuits.
    • In the first Mass Effect if Commander Shepard or one of their squadmates in human armor (Kaidan, Ashley, or Liara, who's humanoid enough to also wear a set) uses a defensive ability while they have their helmet on, the normally clear visor on the helmet darkens for several seconds, turning it into this. This only occurs in the Playstation 3 version; in the Xbox 360 version when this happens the visor instead completely disappears for a brief period of time instead.
  • RIG helmets from Dead Space, although this is more from being glowy than mirrored; in the Anime we can see the wearer's faces just fine. The Astronaut Suit from DS 3 plays this straight; a mirrored section folds down over the face when entering Vacuum.
  • Dawn of War
    • Sanctioned Psyker helmets. Their helmets are probably all opaque, as it's heavily decorated with imperial religeous ioconography to keep them from exploding or being possessed.
    • Khorne Berserkers.
  • Command & Conquer
  • Combine Elites from Half-Life 2.
  • Halo
  • The Assassin Cyber from Space Siege
  • Jeanne's Soul Armor from Jeanne D Arc.
  • BioShock
    • The Big Daddies from BioShock 1
    • The Boys of Silence from BioShock Infinite are a fully-opaque version. They have primitive hearing aids-namely, a pair of ear trumpets-and work by sound to catch you.
    • Firemen from same.
  • Haze
    • Mantel Corporation soldiers.
  • The Nanosuit from Crysis.
    • Subverted with the CELL forces in the second game. While their visors appear to be opaque from a distance, getting up close allows you to see their eyes.
  • Mega Man Geo-Omega from Mega Man Starforce is usually an aversion. Both the Visualizer and Visualize Visor are generally transparent enough to show his eyes. Double Subverted in the official artwork for Operate Shooting Star, however, where he plays Kid from the Future.
    • The Visualizer goes opaque for one panel in the manga to highlight the Manly Tears trickling down from beneath its lens.
  • Komuso from Ōkami.
  • Metroid
  • Zig-Zagged in The Breach. The Security (staring) and Prototype (ending) suits appear to have this, but the cutscenes show us Sergei's expressions through it.
  • The "Assassination" mission in Bulletstorm has all members of the Dead Echo team wearing these.
  • Security guards from Doom3.
  • Several outfits from Fallout (the entire series, not just the original). Most prominently, the T-51b Powered Armor (it's on the front of the box for the original and the third game, after all). It's got a sort of squinty, angry-eyes look to it.
    • The Sierra Madre Security Armor in Fallout: New Vegas Dead Money has this somewhat oddly, considering that it is a Palette Swap of the vanilla game's Vault Security Armor, which has a normal transparent visor.
  • Sam's ARS Powered Armor from Vanquish.
  • The Purple Bird in Angry Birds in Space.
  • Authority Doom Troops and Shrouded Mooks from Rage.
  • Zer0 from Borderlands2.

    Visual Novels 
  • 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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    Web Comics 

    Web Originals 

    Western Animation 

    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.