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  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game, Krang's mechanical body had them.
  • Bejeweled Blitz has the Cat's Eye rare gem. At the end of the game, Snackers the cat destroys some gems with Flame Gem-like explosions fired from her eyes... if you paid 200,000 blitzcoins for the gem...
  • World of Warcraft
    • C'thun, Final Boss of the Ahn'Qiraj raid dungeon from is a stock Eldritch Abomination boss with a particular affinity for eye beams. During the first phase of the encounter, you're fighting an enormous eyeball (the "Eye of C'thun"), which uses an attack called — you guessed it — Eye Beam. During the second phase, C'thun will spawn so-called Giant Eye Tentacles. I'll give you three guesses as to what kind of attack these have...
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    • While the game hasn't seen another Cthulhu Shout-Out since, demons suspiciously similar to Dungeons & Dragons Beholders and more eye tentacles uphold the Eye Beams quota.
    • The game now has another Cthulhu shout out with the Secrets of Ulduar patch — the final boss is named Yogg Saron and is very much an Eldritch Abomination. In the instance leading up to Yogg Saron is a boss named Kologarn. He guards the bridge (well, he is the bridge) to further areas of the instance. He has a particularly nasty attack called Focused Eyebeam that he uses occasionally. (He is a construct and part of the strategy to defeat him involves destroying his arms. When he loses an arm he will yell "Just a scratch" or "Only a flesh wound!" among others, but that's another article.)
    • In the Plague Quarter of the Naxxramas instance, there is a gauntlet through trash mobs with Eye Stalks that have a kind of eye beam attack. I'm not sure what the attack does as the guild with which I run Naxxramas makes every effort to not stay around them long enough to find out.
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    • Players finally get their own in Legion as Demon Hunters.
  • The Injustice series, naturally the Kryptonians: Superman and Zod in Injustice: Gods Among Us as well as Supergirl in Injustice 2 have heat vision and it's cheap as hell. Superman has full screen heat vision that can also be performed in midair, a trait that allows Supes to ignore armor and can easily corner trap you. Martian Manhunter and Darksied also have it and it's annoying to deal with. Regime Superman infamously uses his heat vision in the first game to murder Shazam when he calls Supes out on his Villainous Breakdown driven plan to destroy Metropolis and Gotham and then do the same to the regular universe.
  • A number of powersets in City of Heroes and City of Villains include laser eye beam attacks.
  • Champions Online has the power Eye Beam with the optional modification 20/20 Fission. Some major bosses will also use a devastating eyebeam attack, as do the MegaDestroids.
  • ROB from Super Smash Bros. Brawl has these, and his Final Smash turns them into a whirling laser helix of death. They also bounce.
    • Tabuu uses them, as well, though they're probably the least effective out of all the attacks in his arsenal.
  • In the Kirby series, Waddle Doo's got... one of these. Makes you wonder about its biology, considering it is nothing but a huge eye on a tiny circular body with nubby arms and feet.
  • A microgame from WarioWare: Smooth Moves gives you laser eyes and instructs you to "Destroy them all". It's a blast, pardon the pun.
    • Other microgames earlier in the series employ this trope, starting with Dr. Crygor's boss game, "Alien Laser Hero."
  • If you lose a stage in Katamari Damacy, it cuts to a scene of the King of All Cosmos doing the Looming Silhouette of Rage thing while lecturing The Prince (or whichever Cousin you're playing as in the sequels) and shooting Eye Beams at them.
  • The King Oni Humongous Mecha from Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 has these.
  • Viy, one of the bosses of La-Mulana, has a Wave Motion Gun version of this from his single eye that he can use as his most powerful attack.
    • The character himself is based on Viy - a monster from a horror story by Nikolai Gogol. While the Viy did not have eye beams per se, looking at his face is what breaks the holy protection circle the protagonist uses to keep the demons away when he is forced to spend several nights in a haunted church.
  • Zetta from Makai Kingdom has his GETTER ZETTA BEAM! eye lasers, which is about the only way he can actually hurt someone following his unfortunate transformation.
    • They've become one of his signature moves in all of his appearances in other Nippon Ichi games, where they're shown to be a lot more destructive, creating mushroom clouds or blowing up the moon depending on the game.
    • Zetta taught his daughter Petta to fire beams out of her eyes when she was just five years old.
  • Vince Carter from Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden has two forms of these.
  • Archmages in Warhammer Online get them.
    • Specifically, the ability is called Radiant Gaze. See here for pictures.
  • In the Sengoku Basara Battle Heroes opening movie, hundred-foot-tall versions of antagonists Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi are given eye beams, for no other reason except that it looks awesome.
  • Oh, Super Robot Wars... Mazinger did it, so of course they did it. The Grungust series' Eyesolid Laser, RyuuKoOu's Rastaban Beam, the SRX's Gaun Genocider and the Rushbird's Maser Eye, for example.
    • Subverted in the Grungust Types 2 and 3: their "Eye Lasers" are actually fired from a Power Crystal located above the eyes.
  • Kano from Mortal Kombat has an artificial eye that could shoot a laser in later games of the series.He kills Stryker with one in Armageddon's intro.
  • In a demonstration video for StarCraft II, Stone Zealots from the Terran campaign are seen firing energy beams from their eyes. (Originally, he was believed to have it in the first game, and it was added later.
  • Half-Life 2 features Stalkers, horribly disfigured and emaciated Combine slaves that use Eye Beams for some type of labor. You don't usually fight them but when they do turn hostile they can and will burn you with their beams.
  • Halo Has the AI 343 Guilty Spark who has a Wave Motion Gun in his singular "eye" which mortally wounds or can One-Hit Kill targets. He barely uses this whenever he shows up to 'help'.
  • Reisen of Touhou can fire these in the fighting games. Comes in different varieties too, from the garden variety straight blast, to expanding energy rings, to short range energy bursts.
    • Sekibanki fires lots of eye beams in Double Dealing Character. Since Sekibanki can detach her head, they can come from potentially any angle. It's entirely possible to dodge them by staying perfectly still since each set of eye beams is two separate bullets with a small gap in-between.
    • Yuugenmagan and Kikuri had eyebeams too during their boss fights.
  • This is one of the available monster powers in Crush, Crumble, and Chomp!
  • In I, Robot, the eye who's watching you, kills you with an eye beam if you're caught jumping.
  • A bit of a variation on this trope in Star Fox 64 when Andross shoots lasers from his eyes. Why is it a variation you ask? Because his eyes detach from his brain and chase after you, spewing red laser beams.
  • In a platformer video game adaptation of The Great Gatsby, they took the symbolic eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg and ran with it as far as they could, turning it into this craziness.
  • From Final Fantasy VIII, Quistis' Laser Eyes Blue Magic Limit Break.
  • Silent Hill 3's Heather Beam (Heather shoots lasers from her eyes while shouting HEATHER!) and Sexy Beam (shoots lasers from her eyes while whispering "sexy").
  • Killer7: As if creepy explosive Heaven Smile weren't bad enough, the Laser Smile variety can fire a long range beam as powerful as a normal smile's up-close detonation. Fortunately they are immobile and die after a single discharge.
  • The Praetorian from Mass Effect 2.
    • Reaper Destroyers in Mass Effect 3 have a persistent red beam they can use to cut through pretty much anything, fired from the distinctive central red eye.
  • Master of the Monster Lair: Ironsides uses them, as do the ogre cyclops and ogre triclops.
  • Liberty Prime from Fallout 3 fires twin eye beams from a visor slot in it's head, which can obliterate entire enemy platoons in one sweep.
  • The X-Bot boss from Heavy Weapon has these. Strangely, Eyebot does not have this- his eye only shoots out regular shots, it's his Combat Tentacles that have the beams instead.
  • Metatron, an optional boss in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne has these as his ultimate attack in the form of Fire of Sinai, in which he lets out an Evil Laugh beforehand. He's supposed to be the voice of God.
    • The Demi-Fiend can get some of his own near the end of the game with the Freikugel skill. It's one of the best endgame skills you can have, especially if you're going for the True Demon Ending.
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning takes a page out of Celtic Mythology by making one of the Tuatha's (here an army of evil Fair Folk) deadliest weapons a Balor (here a Greater Niskaru). The game's Balor is similar to the one from myth, right down to having one eye that unleashes a powerful Eye Beam when opened. The Balor also has a rider that keeps its eye shut with a harness to keep it from killing its own army with its gaze.
  • The World Ends with You has Shiki's third level fusion, which transforms Mr. Mew to a giant cat-godzilla thing that fires lasers from it's eyes.
  • KickBeat does this as part of its first boss fight, where the player protects his master from enemy mooks by jumping onto a nearby statue and firing lasers at them from the statue.
  • Dungeons Of Dredmor gives you this power when you take the final skill in the Perception skill tree, remarking "If you can see it, you can kill it".note 
  • The Killer Eye viruses in the Mega Man Battle Network series use this as their sole means of offense, only firing when something enters their line of sight. It pierces shields, paralyzes, and ignores Mercy Invincibility, which makes it extremely useful when utilized as a battle chip.
    • In the sixth game of the series, Mega Man can fire these as an extremely effective charged shot while utilizing the Killer/Erase cross.
  • Quake II has the Brain, an enemy that shoots red lasers from it's eyes.
  • In Borderlands 2 Loaders, Constructors, and Lab Rats all have these. The Loaders eye attack is slow-moving and not that strong, the eye beams of the Constructors and Lab Rats, much less so.
  • In in League of Legends, the art for Galio's Resolute Smite shows him firing these, and Cassiopeia has a gorgon-esque technique Petrifying Gaze for her ultimate. The Void creature Vel'Koz takes it Up to Eleven, being comprised of one giant eye that unloads pure disintegration with three smaller eyes and three tentacles to aim and direct the Void energy.
  • In Intrusion 2 The giant robot boss MACE shoots massive lasers out of his eyes.
  • In Melty Blood, Mech-Hisui can use it to great effect. Neko-Arc and Neko-Arc Chaos too.
  • Cyclops in Marvel vs. Capcom can be summed up in three words: BEHOLD! OPTIC BLAST!
    • Shuma-Gorath originally didn't have an eye beam attack in past games, but he was given one (dubbed the Mystic Ray) for his Marvel vs. Capcom 3 appearance.
    • C. Viper was also given one in Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, which is named Optic Laser, possibly as a nod to Cyclops.
    • Although he doesn't appear in the game as a playable character (he's a card in Heroes Vs. Heralds mode), it's been joked by fans that Godot would have one in his moveset had he made it into the roster (considering the rest of the cast, as well as how Phoenix Wright was implemented, it actually wouldn't be too out of place in the game).
  • Luigi's Mansion has a ghostly grandmother who shoots lasers out of her eyes.
  • Jecht has one of these as HP attack in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy.
  • The later MechWarrior games often forbid weapons to be mounted in the battlemech's cockpit/head, but the Atlas (a towering, broad-shouldered mech with a skull for a head) in Mech 4 caries a single energy hardpoint on the head in its right eye, allowing players to fit pulse lasers into it for maximum eye-zapping. The Cyclops in the free re-release has an even larger energy slot for its vestigial "head" (the cockpit is in the chest), allowing it to shoot lightning beams from its glowing red eye.
  • In The Binding of Isaac, the "Technology" and "Technology 2" upgrades give Isaac cybernetic eyes that give him this.
  • Dead Rising 2: Off The Record introduced a Combo Weapon made from a cheap rubber alien mask combined with a handful of gems. It's called the Lazer Eyes, and is somehow able to fire functional laser beams from its eyes that scorch enemies. It's phenomenally effective against the infected hordes, since its beams are long ranged, reliably burn zombies to death, and sweep a wide arc in front of Frank West.
  • In the first Age of Wonders: the ability Doom Gaze was a power that Beholders had, but it was also available as a skill for a new player-created hero to start with. Doom Gaze was a powerful energy beam that came out of the Beholder or player hero's eyes and hit with a power that was comparable to a cannon.
  • Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn has the DLC character Beargguy, a reskinned Acguy based on a popular Gunpla model. Where the Acguy uses a common machine gun for its ranged attack, the Beargguy fires lasers from its teddy bear eyes. It even finishes its Limit Break with a sweep of its eye beams.
  • In TRON Maze-a-Tron for the Intellivision, the Master Control Program (MCP) fires eye beams at the player in the second half of the game where he tries to match pairs of numbers that are scrolling up the screen.
  • Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time:
    • The Plants have the Laser Bean, who uses his eyes fires a penetrating attack that hits all zombies in a lane.
    • On the Zombie side, we have the Gargantuar Prime, who periodically uses eye lasers to easily fry your plants in the rear columns.
  • Dragon's Crown:
    • Being a Beholder Expy, the Gazer boss from Route A of the Lost Woods naturally does this a lot, shooting lasers, magic missiles, and fireballs from its many eye stalks.
    • The Medusa Boss from Route B of the Ancient Temple Ruins will start shooting lasers from her eyes for a lot of damage after she Turns Red.
  • As the Cyclops Plant boss in Shantae and the Pirate's Curse has a giant, floating eyeball for a main body, it naturally shoots lasers from its eye to attack Shantae.
  • Archons from Nexus Clash have an Eye of Judgement that draws energy from any Elemental Powers the Archon has learned and focuses it on purging any evildoers that the Archon sees. Some Archons have a very broad definition of 'evildoers'.
  • The playable DLC Doctor Doom in Marvel Ultimate Alliance had a special attack that fired lasers from his eyes, called Mask of Doom. It was a serious Game-Breaker, as it could easily be pumped up to the point where its damage significantly exceeded his Ultimate Attack.
  • Body Blows: One newcomer introduced in Body Blows Galactic, who is fittingly named Lazer, can fire blasts from his cybernetic eyes. While they're not exactly beams as they come out as triangular shaped bursts, but it fits the trope for the most part.
  • In most The Legend of Zelda games, Bemos (and its variants) are mechanical enemies that shoot out a laser beam from their singular eye at Link if they spot him. They are impervious to most attacks, but some can stun them and bombs usually destroys them.


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