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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. [[SchizoTech Bonus points if the technology to do this shouldn't have been invented yet]].

For all we know (unless we've [[POVCam 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 [[WTHCostumingDepartment a rather major design flaw]].

When used [[RuleOfSymbolism symbolically]], it can show that the character [[DarkAndTroubledPast has an aspect he wants to hide]] ([[RedRightHand sometimes physically]]) or [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} isn't all there to begin with]]. Sometimes used in tandem with SamusIsAGirl.

Usually used with FacelessGoons.

Separate lenses [[NotAnExample don't count]], they go on OpaqueLenses. Compare SinisterShades, TheBlank, EyelessFace, TheFaceless. Contrast InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''{{Manga/Bakuon}}'': Both Raimu and Rin's father wear their motorcycle helmets 24-7, with the latter going as far as doing so while at home and in his undies. Oddly enough, the latter wasn't that way when Rin was a child, but seemed to have started doing so in the wake of his accident.
* Kaname Tōsen from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' initially wears clear goggles that are later replaced by [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100922004544/bleach/en/images/thumb/b/bf/Tosen_Profile_289.png/250px-Tosen_Profile_289.png band-like goggles.]]
* Zero from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' wears one as part of his disguise. A perfect balance between visual cues for maximum handiness, and for keeping yourself anonymous.
* From ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' we have Kazemon/Fairymon's really cool-looking visor that looks more like a piece of hardware wrapped across her eyes.
* Arc Ail snipers from ''Manga/ElementalGelade''.
* At various points throughout the ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' [[TheMultiverse multiverse]], Motoko is seen using one sooner or later.
** She wears one in "Cash Eye" as part of a thief's disguise in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''.
** She has one during her fight against the giant SpiderTank at the end of [[Anime/GhostInTheShell the first movie]].
** [[Manga/GhostInTheShell The manga series]] also shows her using one every now and then.
* The Earl's {{Mooks}} from ''Anime/{{Interstella 5555}}''
* Keel Lorenz from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' and [[spoiler:Gendo Ikari]] from ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion Q''.
* The spacesuits in ''Manga/{{Planetes}}'' are equipped with protective opaque visors incorporating a heads-up-display to provide the wearer with vision.
* Female Saints of Athena from ''Manga/SaintSeiya''.
* Crimson Scorpion's henchmen in ''Manga/SteamDetectives''.
* The Uruk Army commanders from ''Anime/TheTowerOfDruaga'' anime (the regular, {{BFS}}-weilding footmen don't count, however). One is also seen in the background when Jil gets his armor fixed.
* The Pluto colonists from ''Anime/{{Vandread}}''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', In the comics, the upper part of Dredd's face is never seen. Normally it is hidden behind the fixed visor of his helmet, and on the one occasion that his helmet was removed, his face was hidden by bandages. It's supposed to be a reference to "Justice is blind".
* ''Moon Man'', a pulp mag character who came out when one-way glass was invented.
* Originally, the Red Hood, a ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' villain had this. Later, it was changed to the standard superhero opaque eyepeices.
* ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} from ''ComicBook/XMen'', in his case a needed guard against his PowerIncontinence.
* Mysterio, a ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' villain.
* Red Hook Asylum guards from ''ComicBook/{{Neonomicon}}''
* Yorrick's gas mask in ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan''
* SpaceMarines from ''ComicBook/WonTonSoup''
* In ''Franchise/GIJoe'', Cobra Commander's battle helmet featured a completely mirrored facemask. Many varieties of Cobra [[EliteMooks Vipers]] wore such masks as well.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Dave in ''ComicStrip/SafeHavens'' 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).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Orbit Smurf from ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' wears shiny mirrored wraparounds due to the fact that he's light-sensitive.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The Baron from ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie''.
* Julie's scan visor from ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal2000''.
* The toxic waste cleanup crew from ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* LampShaded in ''Film/BackToTheFuture''. Doc Brown wears one, and Marty waves his hand in front of them to make sure Doc can see him. Later on, Doc specifies that it's a "rear-view visor"--remember that the time-machine hardware which sits upon the engine makes an ordinary rear-view mirror impractical.
* Snake Eyes from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'', as well as the Mantis Fighter-Sub pilots.
* Cool Rider from ''Film/{{Grease 2}}''
* The Mouth of Sauron from Peter Jackson's ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* ''Franchise/RoboCop'', as seen in the page image.
* Jango[=/=]Boba Fett's helmets, as well as Clone Troopers from ''Franchise/StarWars.''. 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 RoboCam.
* The sunproof spacesuits from ''Film/{{Sunshine}}''

* [[LightningGun Tesla Cannon]] gunners from ''Literature/{{Leviathan}}'' novel ''Behemoth''.
* Dolores "Clockpunk" Garza wears one in tandem with a hoodie in "Literature/ClockpunkAndTheVitalizer."
* Lotus Guild Artificers form ''Literature/TheLotusWar''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* A mercenary gunman from ''Series/BabylonFive'' sports one.
* The {{mooks}}, and the heroes' PoweredArmor in ''Series/CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture''.
* Bekhesh from ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Production notes indicates that it's a cybernetic replacement for the top of his head.
* Emperor Ming's guards (a.k.a. "Patriots") from ''Series/{{Flash Gordon|2007}}''.
* Wraith soldiers from ''Series/StargateAtlantis.''
* Geordi laForge's VISOR from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' is a subversion; he's [[BlindWithoutEm 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 (''Franchise/PowerRangers'', ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', ''Franchise/KamenRider'', the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'', 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 ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' 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 ''Series/TopGear''.

* Music/DaftPunk has one of these.
* The SWAT team from the AnimatedMusicVideo for Chage and Aska's ''On Your Mark''
* ''Music/NinjaSexParty'''s cover of ''The Heat of the Moment'' has two performers wraring these; one guy whose hat looks like a traffic cone has a black visor over his eyes and another wears a spaceman costume with a fanciful rebreather helmet.

* The male warrior shown in Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/{{Gladiators}}'' wears one of these.
* The astronaut on the backglass for ''Pinball/{{Apollo 13}}'' has his face entirely covered. Probably done because Creator/TomHanks' likeness wasn't available.
* All the astronauts in ''Pinball/BlackHole'' have these.
* Many of the male warriors in ''Pinball/LaserWar'' wear various face-concealing visors.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' 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 [[TheRenfield Wracks]] and [[WasOnceAMan Grotesques]] have blank visors surgically implanted over their faces.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Warframes in VideoGame/{{Warframe}} run the gamut from completely inhuman, flat surfaces to more visor-like...sensors? A recurring enemy in-game references the player having "no eyes".
* Riot police in ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' have one.
* [[SpaceMarines Terran Marines]] from ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft}}'' have this. In ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft II}}'', Banshee and [[TransformingMecha Viking]] pilots have this when their ships are invisible or transformed, respectively.
** Highlord Mal'ash in ''Legacy of the Void'' has a blindfold helmet.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
** 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 ''Franchise/DeadSpace'', 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 ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3'' plays this straight; a mirrored section folds down over the face when entering Vacuum.
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar''
** 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.
** [[GodOfEvil Khorne]] [[AxeCrazy Berserkers]].
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer''
** Nod Chem Warriors from ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade''.
** {{Cyborg}} Commando from ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun''
** Most GDI units from ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars''
* [[EliteMooks Combine Elites]] from ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The UNSC's Spartan {{Super Soldier}}s.
** And the [[ItsRainingMen Orbital Drop Shock Troopers]], but ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' shows that they can make theirs transparent.
** The Jackal [[JumpJetPack Rangers]], who are the only Covenant Ranger unit to play this 100% straight.
* The [[ActionGirl Assassin]] [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul Cyber]] from ''VideoGame/SpaceSiege''
* Jeanne's Soul Armor from ''VideoGame/JeanneDArc''.
* ''VideoGame/BioShock''
** The Big Daddies and Big Sisters from ''VideoGame/BioShock1'' have an old-fashioned diving helmet on their head, with small portal-style windows, but you can't see through them.
** The Boys of Silence from ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' 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 ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' start showing up far earlier than the Boys of Silence but they can still see. Their masks appear to be re-purposed stove doors due to their theme of being "a man who tends fires" and "a ManOnFire".
* ''VideoGame/{{Haze}}''
** Mantel Corporation soldiers.
* The Nanosuit from ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}''.
** Subverted with the [[PrivateMilitaryContractors 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 ''VideoGame/MegaManStarforce'' is usually an aversion. Both the Visualizer and Visualize Visor are generally transparent enough to show his eyes. DoubleSubverted in the official artwork for ''Operate Shooting Star'', however, where he plays KidFromTheFuture.
** The Visualizer goes opaque for one panel in the manga to highlight the ManlyTears trickling down from beneath its lens.
* Komuso from ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}''
** Samus Aran, although she can make hers transparent. It was surprisingly well-used in ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM''; there, turning her visor opaque [[LetsGetDangerous signified that she was done talking.]]
** Federation SpaceMarines
* ZigZagged in ''VideoGame/TheBreach''. The Security (starting) and Prototype (ending) suits appear to have this, but the cutscenes show us Sergei's expressions through it.
* [[RobotBuddy Alpha]] and the Supervisors in ''VideoGame/RobotCity'' have this for optics.
* Some of the civilian programs in ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'' wear these.
* The "Assassination" mission in ''VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}'' has all members of the Dead Echo team wearing these.
* Security guards from ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}3''.
* Several outfits from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' (the entire series, not just the original). Most prominently, the T-51b PoweredArmor (it's on the front of the box for [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}} the original]] and the [[VideoGame/{{Fallout3}} third game]], after all). It's got a sort of squinty, angry-eyes look to it.
** The Sierra Madre Security Armor in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas Dead Money'' has this somewhat oddly, considering that it is a PaletteSwap of the vanilla game's Vault Security Armor, which has a normal transparent visor.
* Sam's ARS PoweredArmor from ''VideoGame/{{Vanquish}}''.
* The Purple Bird in ''[[VideoGame/AngryBirds Angry Birds in Space]]''.
* Authority DoomTroops and Shrouded {{Mooks}} from VideoGame/{{Rage}}.
* The character [[CyberNinja Zer0]] from ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands2}}'' has a variety of head cosmetics that feature one way visors, to the extent that few people actually know who [[TheFaceless it actually is]], and the only way you'll ever get a reading of it's emotions is through projected emoticons.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Godot from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'' wears a visor consisting of three horizontal, red, glowing lines. [[spoiler:It allows him to see since he lost his vision due to poison, but he can't see red on a white background.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' usually puts characters in these when the game being reviewed is SciFi.
* ''WebAnimation/DoraleousAndAssociates''
** Sir Walken.
** King Callus' {{Mooks}}.
** Pyramite soldiers from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gU9RwMbDgM episode 13.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The Judicatrix and Pillar Security from ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}''.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** Othar Tryggvassen, ''[[GentlemanAdventurer GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER!]]'' wears a steal visor with a red lens.
** The Wulfenbach Stealth Fighters wear asymmetrical visors with a stripe of red lens across their left eye that extends across the face towards the right eye until it reaches the frame of the round lens over their right eye.
** The Jägermonster that gave Agatha a ride to the cave system that the Mechanicsburgers who weren't in town when the Baron attacked are living in after the time skip has a metal visor with a thin red strip that can presumably be seen through that appears to be [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20131009 permanently attached to his face.]]
* The alien cabbie from ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger''. It's just for show anyway, his eyes aren't behind the visor but on short tendrils around his head.
* Arbite helmets from ''Webcomic/ServantsOfTheImperium''.
* One WhatCouldHaveBeen strip for ''Webcomic/GoneWithTheBlastwave'', titled "GWTBW 250k", has Gunless and Sniperguy in helmets that are featureless save for the crosshair etched in the centre and some red detailing.
* Splink from ''WebComic/{{Zortic}}''. He likes weasring bizzarre makeup and[=/=]or prosthetics underneath so he can weird out people who make him take it off. The ContinuityReboot[=/=]{{Retcon}} introduces the Soykil, who have a pentagonal one as part of their uniforms.
* One human scientist from ''[[Webcomic/{{Drowtales}} Daydream]]'' wears one.
* ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan''
** [[spoiler:Lord Sigfreid]] wears one when he's claimed by the Demon Lord Karnak and made into his second-in-command.
** Part of the Callan Battlecaster uniform.
* Scarlet and her four sisters' PoweredArmor from ''Webcomic/SequentialArt''.
* ZigZagged with Mecha Maid from ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}''. About fifty percent of the time she has this.
* Greylock, the four-armed climber dude, and Gali-Leo from ''Webcomic/AmericanBarbarian''.
* [[FunWithAcronyms P-T.U.N.I.A.]][[note]]Plant-(at)Tuned Undead Named In Acronym[[/note]] from ''Webcomic/BeyondTheCanopy''.
* Callista of ''Webcomic/MagickChicks'' never seems to take hers off. It's made evident when Cerise removes it and it leaves lines on her face.
* "[[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Sarge]]", one of Nova's cyborg minions, from ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation''.
* The Emmissary from ''Webcomic/ChorusOfTheNeverborn''.
* In ''Webcomic/BeardyBastards'', when the radio areal on the ''Sasquatch'' is being repaired, it's shown that Dwarf space suits have blue ones.
* [[spoiler: Mituna Captor]] from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', who wears a helmet with a red/blue visor.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Squall Troopers from ''WebVideo/SpaceJanitors''.
* "[[http://nesgodzillacreepypasta.blog.com/2011/10/08/chapter-4-dementia-part-2/ Icemen]]" from ''Literature/NESGodzillaCreepypasta''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Most goggles in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'' cartoon.
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'': Cobra Commander's mask. ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie'' shows that it's a rare fully opaque version.
* Most of the ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce'', subverted in that their eyes can be seen.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
** Most of the RedShirts and other members of Phoenix Squadron wear them.
** Starting in season 3, Kanan wears a green mask with jaig eyes on it, after [[spoiler:getting [[EyeScream blinded]] by Maul in the season 2 finale]].
* PlayedWith in ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' with Richie (AKA Gear). Other characters act as if it's this, but the audience can see through it just fine.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Garnet wears a big mirrored visor. Not only does it [[CoolShades make her look incredibly cool]], it [[spoiler: helps keep her very literal ThirdEye from creeping out ordinary humans.]]
* Both Prowl and Jetstorm have these in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. Prowl's looks like sunglasses and something he's wearing over his Optics, Jetstorm's looks like it should be able to be lifted.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Virtual reality kits (Playstation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive) are basically centered around this kind of visor. As of 2016, you need at least a Playstation 4 Pro or an AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card to make them work.
* The Samsung Galaxy Gear VR, which turns your Samsung Galaxy S or Note into a VR kit, features a "pass-through camera" mode, so you can remove the light-shield from the front and actually walk around with a phone where your eyes should be.
* 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 without an atmosphere to absorb some of it.
* 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 Suit}}s
* Some sports eyeshields (including motorbiking helmets).
* Air Force pilots sometimes wear these (as seen on almost every Air Force movie, usually on {{Mooks}}). TruthInTelevision, 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 UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy. It certainly looked the part, but was so heavy it needed a stand.
* A paparazzi-deterring visor was frequently worn by [[http://nypost.com/2014/05/20/v-stiviano-is-loving-the-limelight/ V. Stiviano]] while she was involved in Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's scandal over racist comments.
* Many costumed "fur" characters at the Ride/DisneyThemeParks have their "eyes" be lenses for the performer inside to see out of, but the guests can't see in.