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Death Glares in anime and manga.


  • Ah! My Goddess:
    • Hild can cow even first-class goddesses with one meaningful look. Seemingly hereditary as her half-goddess/half-demon daughter Urd seems to be able to do it as well.
    • Yamato Nadeshiko postergirl Belldandy has a chilling one ready in the rare case someone is seriously abusing one of the people close to her. You need to try really hard to get her to make one though. When she thinks her Father is toying with Keichi about him passing or failing the final judgement about their ability to be together, she glares and the avatar of his form sweats and hides near Keichi.
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  • It's the default expression of the main lead of Angel Densetsu. You do not want to see him actually glaring.
  • In Akatsuki no Yona, the titular princess has been known to terrify grown men with a single look. When the corrupt Lord Kumiji begins to abuse his prisoners and followers alike, Yona's furious glare causes him to drop her and recoil in shock. He's surprised to find his hands trembling, with just a look from a girl.
  • Attack on Titan:
    • Eren has an especially creepy one as a young child. He pulls this face before killing two grown men with a knife to save a girl from being kidnapped.
    • Hurt or threaten Eren in any way, and Mikasa will give you a terrifying one. Levi must really be Humanity's Strongest soldier, if he survived this, and Bertholt in turn earns his status as the Colossal Titan when he somehow survives this, though he did flinch from it - but who could blame him?
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    • Annie has a glare that could kill at 20 paces.
    • This appears to be Reiner's default reaction to an attack by a human. Right before transforming into the Armored Titan, Mikasa attempted to assassinate him along with Berholdt, and both Mikasa and Reiner exchanged glares when this occured. He also reacted like this against Levi, who of all people was disturbed.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia has Sweden, whose facial expression is thought as a death glare by the other countries. However, he's not angry at anyone — that's just how he always looks.
  • Baki from Baki the Grappler is a master of intimidating Death Glares. He can throw one even while kissing (and without letting his girlfriend notice that something is not right).
  • Gennosuke and Hyoma from Basilisk take this trope a little too literally, as they have to power to look at people and turn their killing intent against them, causing them to commit suicide on the spot. Naturally, using this power causes them to glare angrily at their victims while they're at it.
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    • Theresia, a girl of about 12 years old, gives one of the scariest death glares of all time to Guts. He is unaffected since he was deliberately trying to invoke this trope to keep Theresia from committing suicide. And given what she's just gone through prior to this, one cannot blame the girl at all.
    • Griffith. All of the characters who have met with his cryptic death glare have met with some unfortunate events.
    • Guts too, as this is his most visible post-Eclipse expression next to his scowl.
  • In Black Butler, Sebastian gives the servants one of these after they laughed when Elizabeth placed a frilly pink bonnet on his head.
  • The majority of characters in Black Lagoon can do this, with Roberta being the most notable of the bunch. Subverted in the case of Revy though; a death glare is more or less her normal expression. It's when she starts smiling that the problems begin. If she looks sleep-deprived and remote, don't bother to run, you'll only die tired.
  • Bleach:
    • Played for Laughs with Captain Unohana, whose Yamato Nadeshiko personality means her disapproving expression doesn't even look scary— and yet it instantly subdues even those who aren't normally scared of anything, such as members of the 11th division or Ichigo. Justified because in her past, she was the most dreaded Blood Knight in the Soul Society's history.
    • Played straight with Byakuya. When Zommari informs Byakuya that he intends killing Rukia, Byakuya's eyes narrow. And, yes, Zommari dies.
    • Yamamoto semi adopts this as his default expression after his lieutenant's death. In his fight against the fake Juha Bach, he whips out one that is about everything a Death Glare should be. He's clad in his Bankai's reiatsu which radiate a 15 million degree heat, his blade obliterates anything that touches the blade's edge, can summon the corpses of those he's killed, and can discharge the full power of his Bankai into one compressed blast. And then he puts on this expression. At this point, normal people would be beyond relieving their bowels and would be shrieking for any shred of conceivable mercy from Yamamoto.
  • In Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Kodaka has the Face of a Thug, so sometimes he inadvertently does this to people, such as when he first arrives to class late and exhausted, and in episode 2, when he asks 2 classmates who are playing a game he's playing if they'd be willing to trade items with him. He does occasionally utilize this trope intentionally too, such as in episode 3 when Sena is getting hit on by 3 guys and is clearly uncomfortable around them.
  • In The Circumstances Leading to Waltraute's Marriage, the Valkyrie Waltraute has a glare that frightens anybody who sees it, even Odin. When she meets her future husband Jack Elvan, the first thing that impresses her is that he is completely unaffected by it.
  • Parodied in Daily Lives of High School Boys in which Kiyotaka's sister does this because she lost her contacts and was squinting real hard in an attempt to see.
  • Light pulls off a few of these at the end of Death Note. Nobody cares.
  • In episode 5 of The Devil Is a Part-Timer!, Satan is so pissed off at the possibility of being late for work that his glare alone smashes Olba into the side of a building and reduces Lucifer to a gibbering mess.
  • Kanda's death glare in D.Gray-Man. Complete with Slasher Smile, no less.
  • Digimon:
    • In Digimon Savers, ShineGreymon gives Kurata one after assuming Burst Mode. It's filled with so much hate that you can practically hear ShineGreymon saying "I'm going to kill you". The Unflinching Walk as he delivers the Death Glare combined with Kurata's Oh, Crap! reaction to this only adds to it.
    • We have one before that back in Digimon Tamers: when Beelzemon starts hammering home his Face–Heel Turn, Takato gets angry enough that his glare becomes identical to Guilmon's when he's fighting, complete with Hellish Pupils.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • A Super Saiyan is prone to give quite the death glare when pushed too far. Especially Goku and his eldest son Gohan. Actually, their expression seems locked into this when they use it during a fight. The only time when a Super Saiyan is seen using other expressions while in its mode is while Goku and Gohan are living in their Super Saiyan forms to increase their power.
    • Gohan's ultimate form in his fight with Buu is made of death glare, as part of his anger fueled power-up he always looks pissed in this form. Piccolo even commented about it.
    • The Super Saiyan Three Death Glare is worse, because Goku looks truly murderous when transformed, and there's no hint of humanity behind it, as he looks like a primitive, wild hedgehog/human hybrid. Gohan's Super Saiyan II transformation has a similar effect, same as Goku's when he fought Majin Vegeta. Not having eyebrows makes it all the more effective.
    • Vegeta's eyes are permanently locked into this expression. No matter how wide he opens his eyes, his eyebrows don't lift and the furrow above his nose never relaxes.
  • Lucy from Elfen Lied, as well as any diclonius in Kill All Humans mode.
  • In Fairy Tail, Gildarts takes it to a whole new level by breaking Natsu's will to fight with a look.
  • Kenshiro and Raoh of Fist of the North Star are masters of this trope.A simple frown of them is downright scary (especially if you know what they are capable of).
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Better not threaten to hurt Winry in front of Ed. You try and harm his automail mechanic, and you'll need an automail mechanic!
    • Also Ed and Al's teacher. Just her normal gaze is enough to make them Blue with Shock, and her actual death gaze, well...
    • And don't get on the bad side of Alex Louis Armstrong. If he looks at you that way, it's already too late. Enjoy the beating.
    • Though he is nothing compared to his sister, General Olivia Armstrong. Her normal look has shades of this. When she gets angry, well... let's just say that she doesn't need her sword to kill you.
    • If you harm one of Roy Mustang's subordinates, or worse, friends (though they are often the same), prepare for the death glare to end all death glares... if you can even see it while burning alive. Envy learned this the hard way.
    • Aside from Rose, any character showing up for more than two episodes provides various examples.
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. While Strapped to an Operating Table by a Deadly Doctor, this is all Major Kusanagi can do. The doctor lampshades the trope, then shuts off the vision to Kusanagi's eyes.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse Katyusha, in Girls und Panzer der Film, normally takes crap from no one. When the newly-expanded high school team is shaking down, she raises a fuss because she's not a platoon leader...and Maho Nishizumi gives her a Death Glare that has her subsiding, fast.
  • Shiina of Gourmet Girl Graffiti does this towards a random couple leaving the train station at the end of episode 5 after having eaten too much of Ryou's food and feeling a little sick from it. As they talk about what to eat that night, she doesn't seem too comfortable listening to it and glances their way with this look.
  • In Haikyuu!! manga, Karasuno's captain, Sawamura, has a death glare that's really scary. It might be a sports-focused manga, but that doesn't mean you can't have a nice character with a frightening trait.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Kyon is in fact a Deadpan Snarker, receiving the Death Glare by Haruhi. Subverted in that Haruhi's intention was actually to give him a Care-Bear Stare.
  • An episode in the first season of Hell Girl, Villain of the Week Gil de l'Enfer on the receiving end of one from the normally extremely stoic Ai Enma herself. It's the most emotion she ever shows until the last three episodes. Gil had been bragging about how he took bloody revenge from beyond the grave after he was killed by his family for having supernatural powers. A later episode revealed that Ai did the exact same thing to her village when the villagers used her and her family for Human Sacrifice and the second season reveals the her being the Hell Girl is actually an Ironic Hell for having done so, so she had a pretty good reason to be angry.
  • Hori from Horimiya is very good at these. In chapter 27, she gives a glare at some girls flirting with Miyamura that is so cold that the temperature around her actually drops to -20 C.
  • Also by Yoshihiro Togashi, Gon from Hunter × Hunter can give one of the scariest death glares in anime history if you manage to piss him off. To elaborate, between Gon and Killua, the latter is more than likely to give a murderous Kubrick Stare. All the same, you'd expect that from an assassin. However, Gon is usually a very cheerful kid. But then, he'll get pissed off and his Death Glare ends up looking more intimidating then Killua's! It's very jarring seeing his bright eyes become completely glintless and darken as he practically stares through his enemies.
  • InuYasha: Sesshomaru is good at this. He can scare away a ravening pack of youkai-wolves with a glare and once used it to terrify Kagome and Shippou into silence when he overheard them discussing healing his wounds.
  • Jun Koshinae from I"s will glare at you if you push his buttons.
  • Chikane Himemiya of Kannazuki no Miko will gladly Death Glare anyone who tries to bully Himeko Kurusugawa behind her back.
  • Kenta Usui of Karin has a face that scares people even when he's not trying to, similar to the Sweden example above. When he gets angry, though...
  • Katekyō Hitman Reborn!:
    • Hibari, near constantly.
    • Tsuna whenever he's in Hyper Dying Will Mode.
    • This seems to be Xanxus' default expression. Even Tsuna is still terrified of it.
  • In Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, it's generally referred to as using "Killing Intent". A prime example, is the meeting between Kenichi and his masters. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Legend of Galactic Heroes has a serious clash between two military troops stopped by a single Death Glare from Admiral Wahlen. Reinhard von Lohengramm is a master of this, too.
  • Vita of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's is usually glaring angrily during combat. Those are all trumped by the genuinely murderous look she gives Nanoha (who's frozen in terror) during a surprise hospital visit to Hayate...
  • In Mahou Sensei Negima!, Negi, after showing off his new powers by worfing a group of Bounty Hunters, manages to scare their boss into submission with one. Late in the series, Negi seems to throw these around frequently, especially in his aged-up form.
  • Medaka Box:
    • Kumagawa, when he was a villain, had a really twisted look on his face when he got pissed off about Zenkichi retrieving his vision.
    • Also, when he recovers his original Minus. He couldn't look more calm....and more murderous.
  • Invoked in Midori Days when Seiji trying to teach Kouta how to be tough. Kouta tries to imitate it, with... a less successful result.
  • Judau Ashta of Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ throws one of these at Haman Kahn after Haman shoots his little sister. This is notably the first time in the series we actually see real hatred in Judau's face, and this, backed up by his raw Newtype powers, causes the normally Iron Lady Haman to break down and flee in sheer terror, while every Newtype around for miles suddenly feels Judau's intense fury.
  • Shota Aizawa in My Hero Academia has this as his Quirk. Nullifying or "Erasing" the quirk of someone else by keeping a constant unbroken gaze on them. With his eyes glowing red, and his hair raising up ominously.
  • Naruto:
    • Captain Yamato often gives one of these whenever Naruto and Sai are arguing.
    • During his earlier appearances, it was usually mentioned that Gaara seemed to have this expression all the time. Complete with a horrific Slasher Smile. The slasher smile is under his mask of sand that he wears during his fight with Rock Lee.
    • If they are not frowning, Sasuke and Neji are giving someone the death glare.
    • Sasuke, in fact, has been known to hold entire conversations simply by holding a steady death glare and letting the other guy talk. This is amazingly effective, and he has driven opponents to the point of recklessness simply by doing this. It doesn't hurt that he has a literal death glare.
    • In chapter 502 Minato gives one to Tobi after saving Kushina from the released Kyuubi.
    • Naruto gives one on chapter 538, one so damn potent and downright terrifying that even the GODDAMN KYUUBI was frightened.
    • Chapter 599 reveals that Tobi is in fact Obito Uchiha. Not only is there not a trace of Kakashi's teammate's former personality left, he also glares maniacally throughout chapter 560 as he rebukes Naruto and Kakashi's comments.
    • Tobirama and Hashirama give one each in rapid succession in chapter 620. The former's Berserk Button was pressed when Sasuke threatened Konoha and the latter gave the former a Death Glare to calm him down. These two are the First and Second Hokages. It's no wonder that Orochimaru, Sasuke, Suigetsu and the Third Hokage freaked out.
    • In The Sunny-Side Battle! OVA as a Played for Laughs moment Itachi gives a death glare to Sasuke when he attempts to pick up one of the plates containing a failed egg Itachi made after he asked Sasuke if he wanted some eggs not realising that Itachi is only going to settle with giving him a flawlessly made egg. Adds frosting on how Itachi had his Sharingan activated.
    • Deidara gave Tobi one of these on several occasions while partners in the Akatsuki, usually triggered by Tobi doing/saying something stupid or offensive to Deidara's art.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion. This trope + Scary Shiny Glasses = Gendou Ikari. Since his wife's death, he appears to be stuck into a permanent death glare he only lets up when he's looking at his virtual daughter Rei.
  • In One Piece, this actually counts as a superpower that only the strongest pirates can use, called Conqueror's Haki.
    • Luffy began developing the ability unconsciously. During the timeskip he has fully mastered it, along with the other two types...to the point where he can now use it to knock out 50,000 enemies in three seconds.
    • Luffy adopted a non-haki version of this in his Tranquil Fury after Charloss shot Hachi. The World Noble was very understandably frightened when he saw Luffy's face and opened fire on him in panic.
    • Shanks was the first shown user, right in the beginning episodes. He used it to make a giant sea snake (that just bit off his freaking arm) shit itself and run away.
    • Silvers Rayleigh uses it to make an entire room of attacking guards collapse. He then went on to train Luffy in it's use.
    • Aside from Haki users, some people use non-superpowered versions:
    • Roronoa Zoro has been accused on several occasions of having a "scary face". As we can see from this one example.
    • Nami has also made some very scary faces. You do NOT want to make her angry. More often than not, Nami falls under the category of Demon Head.
    • Boa Hancock gave Jimbei one when he started looking hungrily at a buffet Hancock made for Luffy. He was only allowed a few bites. Though she has not yet been seen using it, she is also said to have the Conqueror's Haki.
    • Dracule "Hawk eyes" Mihawk. It has been said that the one thing that all his victims remember are his eyes.
    • Robin gave Sanji a frightening one in Thriller Bark complete with Glowing Eyes of Doom when he started daydreaming about Robin's docking which she had refused to do.
  • Justified in Parasyte where all animals (including humans) have an "instinct" that warns them when they're facing a stronger enemy. When Shinichi, who is host to a deadly parasite in his arm, glares at you, he can convey "You want me to eat you?" clearly with a single glance.
  • Pokémon:
    • Grings Kodai from Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions is such an evil, horrible person that he awakens to find himself on the receiving end of a mass Death Glare from the cast, including two characters who are just now discovering what an evil person he is. The only sounds in the whole scene are his Evil Gloating playing in the background over the TV network.
    • Misty also tended to be a master of these. Especially when meeting Melody in Pokemon the Movie 2000.
    • Pikachu gave Meowth a particularly hate-filled one when Meowth revealed himself to be a Heel–Face Mole in "Best Wishes!"
    • Before that, "Dues and Don'ts" had him give one to Team Rocket after he was unintentionally healed by the Delibird kicking its butt minutes before.
    • Meowth himself gave a one-off villain a hilariously furious one before slashing the crap out of him, to the point of shredding the guy's clothes off.
    • James is normally submissive and timid, but when Jessie and Meowth refused to help the heroes save some endangered baby Pokemon, he responded by glaring a hole through them until they agreed to help.
    • Pokémon the Movie: Black/White has Iris giving Emolga one after the latter used Volt Switch.note  As this is a single-elimination tournament, this got Iris disqualified.
    • Mewtwo from Pokémon: The First Movie has a bowel-voidingly terrifying one as a default expression, and general rule of thumb is that whoever it's aimed at is screwed.
    • From the same movie, Ash gives one to Mewtwo as he emerges from a cloud of smoke with the original Pokémon in tow.
  • Corporal Randel Oland from Pumpkin Scissors gets this whenever he goes into his equivalent of "berserk mode".
  • Kenshin of Rurouni Kenshin is the absolute master of this. And at one point he faces Kurogasa, who has a literal death stare — by glaring at an opponent with his ki, he paralyses them. It takes a strong-willed person to resist it.
  • Sailor Moon: Tomoe Hotaru has a hell of a strong one, capable of sending lesser abominations into terror-paralysis. Which makes sense, as she's the current vessel of Sailor Saturn, who may have invented this trope in a past life.
  • School Rumble. Eri did this to Harima when he bought her the wrong brand of tea.
  • Sengoku Basara:
    • Oda Nobunaga in the anime. He paralyses Masamune to the spot just by staring at him.
    • This is Ishida Mitsunari's default expression.
  • Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru. Hotori insists that Kon add ridiculous ingredients to her cooking. Kon snaps, prompting a terrified Hotori to stand down.
  • Soul Eater:
  • Lawrence, from Spice and Wolf, in episode 4 of the second season. While he probably didn't intend to kill the stranger he rudely bumped into, he gave him a glare that made the much taller and tougher-looking guy back off instantly.
  • Tenchi Muyo!:
    • In episode 4, after Ryoko and Ayeka each trade an Armor-Piercing Slap with each other (Ryoko giving two to Ayeka) in the Hot Springs Episode, Tenchi tries to break it up, only to met with a Death Glare from both.
      Tenchi: Excuse me, ladies...
      (Ryoko and Ayeka GLARE)
      Tenchi: (retreating back behind the rock) Never mind.
    • This is also what Airi Masaki uses to break the will of RYOKO. Washu states that it is part of the Neo-Academy fighting style, a martial art often employed during discussions and negotiation.
    • Tenchi in Tokyo: Those four ghosts in the first episode learned much too late about threatening the life of Tenchi Masaki. All SIX women and Ryo-Ohki did not hesitate in displaying one en masse before an onslaught of ass-kicking ensued. The ghost that looked like a Shinto Priest tried to call their bluff... only to end up eating Ryoko's Megaton Punch.
  • Toradora!: Ryuuji, due to having the Face of a Thug, tends to deliver these by accident. At one point he looked at Taiga while trying on some makeup for the role of a villain in a play and frightened her so badly she hit him. It gets even worse on the few occasions that Ryuuji is actually trying to look scary. The school festival race stands out in this regard.
  • Anak from Tower of God who sports this when she realizes she is facing her parent's murderer. Who just took her keepsake out of his mouth.
  • Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- has Kurogane and his death glare which he normally directs against Fai and Mokona. Where enemies shake with fear, well... while Mokona at least seems slightly affected, Fai shows absolutely no indication of fear or uneasiness at all. Could be because Kurogane would never really hurt him but he would definitely hurt Mokona.
  • In Umineko: When They Cry, you certainly don't want to be a servant of someone who can deliver a glare like this,at the end of the page.
  • Vampire Knight: A lot of characters will give you this, though Kaname and Zero especially.
  • Kaoru of ...Virgin Love has one at his disposal for general use.
  • Seto Kaiba of Yu-Gi-Oh!, according to Fanon, uses this all the time. In reality, he doesn't use it so much... unless your name is something other than Mokuba. Unsurprisingly, Kaiser Ryo has a very potent one of his own.
  • Hiei from YuYu Hakusho is really good at these along with being a hostile Perpetual Frowner. However, what is truly impressive is that when really pissed off, both Yusuke and Kurama managed to pull Death Glares that make any of Hiei's look like fluff in comparison.
    • Put simply, if Hiei or Yusuke give you a Death Glare, prepare for a severe ass-kicking. If Kurama gives you a Death Glare, run.
  • Zatch Bell!: Gash uses a Death Glare that inexplicably stops the far stronger Vincent Bari in his tracks. Other characters have also exhibited death glares, but not to the extent that Gash does.
  • In Zetman, Jin gives Akemi's pimp ex-boyfriend the definitive death glare. It's so scarily furious it borders on horrifying.


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