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"Here's (Insert weapon here) In Your Eye!"
— A running gag in DOTA 2

Playing it may just be worse than seeing it. Here are examples of Eye Scream from video games.

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Cross my heart and hope to die. Stick a needle in your eye.


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  • In 7 Days a Skeptic, Dr. William Taylor has been forced to construct a body for a ghost out of the murdered crew. The ghost possesses the body, but it needs eyes (the only intact head Taylor got needed glasses), so it takes a pair. From Dr. Taylor.
  • Kaname Date of AI: The Somnium Files lost his left eye before the events of the game; he doesn't remember how. Aiba was put into its socket. It's eventually revealed that this is the result of him being subjected to the prototype Psync machine and switching bodies with Saito Sejima. On the Resolution route, he is forced to Psync in the same machine, causing him to go through this again with the same eye. Saito even takes Aiba with him for good measure, though it ends up being his undoing.
  • One of the endings of Alpha Protocol has Mike shooting Leland at point-blank range through his eye. And it's definitely not one of the game's normal Pretty Little Headshots.
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  • A major plot point in Amea. As part of their attempts to escape life's hardships and begin a new, false life, the Master Eye's cult have all ritualistically removed their eyes and replaced them with artificial ones (likely of the Master Eye's own design) that wipes their memories beyond the bare essentials, thus letting them begin a new "life" as the Master Eye's slave. When Amea, who had initially joined the cult due to Parental Abandonment, learns this, she decides that she's not going to run away anymore and face whatever life throws at her, and shows this by ripping out her fake eyes.
  • In Amnesia: The Dark Descent, there is a particularly disturbing text passage upon discovering the Iron Maiden in the Choir.
    Excerpt from text: His knee jerked and he felt blood trickle down his leg. In pain his head fell slightly forward. It took him a while to realize his eye had ruptured and begun to leak.
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  • In the Animal Crossing series, shaking trees sometimes results in a beehive falling out, leading to the pissed-off bees chasing you. If they catch you, they'll sting your eye, leaving it puffy and swollen. Fortunately it's not permanent. Taking a rest (read: saving and quitting) or using some medicine will fix it.
  • The Assassin's Creed franchise:
    • Assassin's Creed II:
      • This game took the counter kills from the first game and jacked the brutality level up to eleven. Countering with Ezio's hidden blade will occasionally result in both blades being jabbed through a guard's eyes. You can't really make out much, but really the dark red spurts of blood from both sockets are enough.
      • There's also the fact that Mario Auditore (Ezio's uncle) is blind in his left eye, with a scar around said eye. The injury itself is only elaborated on in the Facebook spinoff Project Legacy. In one mission (before the events of Assassin's Creed II), Mario was cut in the face by a bladed pendulum, causing his eventual blindness. To make it worse, there is even a picture showing Mario with the newly acquired injury, because we needed to see that.
    • There is a unique Assassination move done by the Footpad (from the Brotherhood multiplayer) where said Footpad slashes the target in the eyes with his weapon before stabbing the target in the throat. The move's nickname? "Blinded and Helpless". Quaint.
  • Several power-up items in The Binding of Isaac do this to Isaac, but since his main weapon is his tears, doing this is actually beneficial.
  • In Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Nupraptor sews his own eyes and mouth shut during his descent into madness.
  • One of the artifacts you're supposed to collect in Bloodrayne is a demon's eye which forcibly implants itself upon collecting. From Rayne's reaction to this, it's... not pleasant.
    • Borderlands 2:
      • During the introductory mission, Robot Buddy Claptrap gets his eye ripped out by the game's first boss, a bullymong named Knuckle Dragger, and he tasks you with helping him get it back.
      • At some point in the game, Handsome Jack talks to the player about the time a man tried to attack him with a spoon. He then proceeds to laugh about how he then took the spoon and gouged out said man's eyeballs in front of his children.
    • Tales from the Borderlands:
      • An early QTE sequence in "Atlas Mugged" has Fiona digging out the eyeball of a general in order to access a retinal scanner. Rhys startles her by screaming, so that she slips and cuts one eye in half. By the time she succeeds and accesses the retinal scanner, it turns out the general was alive all along, in suspended animation. And he was possibly a last hope for the universe.
      • Rhys ripping out his ECHO eye in Episode 5 in order to free himself of Handsome Jack's control is milked for all it's worth.
  • Brain Dead 13:
    • At the beginning of the game, Lance pokes Fritz's eyes, prompting him to cover them... too bad that he has Hook Hands.
    • Also, in one death scene, Fritz will approach Lance from behind, poke him in both eyes with his hooks, and proceed to rip him apart vertically, putting new meaning to the words "splitting headache".
  • Brütal Legend unsurprisingly has a good one. Go ahead and lose the RTS battle with Doviculus. The resulting losing animation quickly switches to Eddie's point of view just as the emperor tells you he is going to make a necklace with your eyes, then thrusts his fingers into the screen as it turns to black.
  • Call of Duty:
  • Castlevania:
    • Curse of Darkness has an alluded-to near-miss of this. See that scar over Trevor's left eye? Dracula got testy. Judgment made him lose the eyeball (thus making him look more like a pirate than Faust-VIII-lookalike zombie Grant).
    • The cyclops is only vulnerable to headshots. But it's a cyclops, so we know they're actually eyeshots.
    • Balore's weak spots are his eyes. Always. And Dawn of Sorrow makes him way less pretty.
  • One of the ghost children in Corpse Party has had her left eye stabbed out. And if you get caught by her? She takes yours!
  • In Crusader Kings II, characters in the Byzantine culture group can blind prisoners. This inflicts them with a malus to stats and gives their character portraits black, gaping holes in their sockets.
  • Alighiero, Dante's father in Dante's Inferno, puts up a good fight with an assassin. He only loses when said assassin grabs a nearby cross and plunges it deep into Alighiero's eye, killing him.
  • In Dead Rising a Psychopath meets his end when a statue tips over onto him. The statue is holding a real sword. Guess where that sword goes.
  • The Dead Space franchise:
    • In Dead Space, the Captain of the ship has gone mad and the doctor declares him unfit for duty. He picks up a needle with a sedative, but the Captain jerks as he tries to get free, and the needle is jammed into his eye.
    • In Dead Space 2, this happens twice. Once to Ellie at the hands of Dr. Stross ("You owe me an eye, you bastard!"), and once to Isaac if you fail to get the needle in the right place in a minigame near the end of the game. (It's still a nasty case of Eye Scream if you do get the needle in the right place. You just don't die.) It's made worse by the fact that you're in control of it the whole time. Both of these are preceded by the rather nightmarish little chant "Cross my heart and hope to die... stick a needle in your eye..."
    • Dead Space 3 tops them all; you kill the Final Boss by throwing things into its eyes. Seems mundane, but the final boss is a post-Convergence Necromorph the size of a moon, its eyes are several hundred feet wide, and the things you throw into its eyes are Red Markers about 30 feet tall. Upon impact, the eyes burst open into a tidal wave of blood and fluid. Here, you make the closest thing to an unrelenting, timeless Physical God feel pain.
  • In Demon's Souls, the Maiden in Black has her eyes covered by wax that's melted into her skin, blinding her. It's unclear that if she was born this way due to her being an incredibly powerful demon or if the wax was more of a result of her being the keeper of the Nexus. If the latter is the case, it's also unclear if she lost her eyes before coming to the Nexus, if she still has her eyes under the wax, or if she lost them due to the waxing.
  • In the original Diablo's intro, you see a close up of a crow picking out the eye of a decaying body. While not looking too realistic by today's CGI standards, that was a pretty unpleasant scene at the time of release.
  • In Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches, if you manage to land a deathblow on Edgar Wakefield from the front, Daud pulls him closer and plunges his sword into Edgar's left eye. And then Daud slowly pulls it out.
  • In the Donkey Kong games, King K. Rool is depicted as having one eye that's constantly bloodshot.
  • The Doom franchise:
    • DOOM Game Mod Brutal Doom has executions, available through use of the Berserker Pack. The one-eyed Cacodemons can be executed by the Marine reaching into its face and tearing out its eye with his bare hands.
    • DOOM (2016) and Doom Eternal made execution moves a mechanic to get health back during the Doom Slayer's rampages. Most of the Cacodemon executions involve the Slayer stabbing, punching, or ripping that eye from its socket in a squall of gore.
  • Pops up a few times in Dragon Age II, usually with throwing knives.
    • The best one is the conclusion of the Orsino!Harvester battle. Hawke leaps onto the beast and stabs it in the eye again and again. Then Hawke rips out its head and stomps it to death.
    • Zevran gets a Moment of Awesome when an Antivan Crow runs at him from behind, sword raised. Barely turning, he flicks Murder Knife at the man, who slows to a stop and keels over, revealing the hilt protruding from his left eye.
  • At the end of the third episode of Duke Nukem 3D, Duke kicks the eye right out of the Cycloid Emperor's head. This part was recreated in the prologue/video-game-within-a-video-game level of Duke Nukem Forever, only in this case the Cycloid Emperor's eyeball is on the ground, but still connected to his head.
  • In Dwarf Fortress, eyes are damageable (and, in some cases, targetable) organs. However, in the current version, bugs mean they can't be removed and will rapidly recover any damage they receive. Still, not fast enough that gouging out something's eyes won't let you kill it at your leisure, or at least massively improve your chances of it. There's a reason why it's one of the two ways to make Wrestling a viable skill.
  • In the Dynasty Warriors series, Xiahou Dun's Eyepatch of Power stems from him getting hit in the eye by an arrow. Unlike King Harold in the Battle of Hastings however, who simply dropped dead, he remained standing, pulled the arrow out, and ate the lost eyeball. Not only does this prove that Xiahou Dun is Made of Iron, but it also provides a defining (if disgusting) moment in Dynasty Warriors.
  • In EarthBound, one of the earlier enemies (yes, early in the game), a crow, have their attack read as a peck to the eyes.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, one of the finishing moves against dragons involves the Dovahkiin jumping onto the dragon's head and stabbing it in the eye. Possibly Fridge Brilliance since the eyes are sometimes a dragon's Achilles' Heel in literature.
  • Throughout the first three levels of Eversion, there are gems hidden in Mario-esque floating blocks with happy faces on them. Level 4 lets you know exactly where the game is headed when you are forced to jump into one and its eyes pop out of its sockets as you instantly evert from Sugar Bowl World 4-1 to the completely terrifying World 4-5.
  • Fable:
    • In Fable I on the Xbox, the main character's sister has her eyes cut out by bandits when she refuses to tell them where you are.
    • In Fable III, during your first encounter with the Crawler, when you find Walter after his disappearance, he is covered by a dark goo, and his eyes seem to be bleeding said goo. More creepy than Squick-inducing, though.
  • Fallen London:
    • Sorrow-spiders, which are spiders that bite out the eyeballs of sleeping people (or people who're drunk enough to fall over). They get their name from the tears that flow from the remaining eye.
    • The Correspondence can make your eyes bleed if you read it.
    • The body tends to react rather badly when exposed to plentiful Irrigo, for very good reasons, and will grow bone over the eye sockets to try and block it out.
  • In the first two Fallout games, aiming for the eyes is not only possible but one of the most effective ways to dispatch enemies — not only does a critical hit to the eyes typically inflict extra damage, it also bypasses the damage resistance of any armor the target might be wearing and has a chance of automatically killing them outright. In the later ones you can, at most, target the head, but the fact that it just about kills Perception when a target's head is crippled tends to imply that some of this is still going on. Can't shoot someone in the face with a laser/shotgun and not have a bit of that get in their eyes, after all.
  • In the opening scene of Far Cry 5, the Junior Deputy watches a video in which Joseph Seed gouges out the eyes of a man he caught spying on one of his cult's church services.
  • Fatal Frame:
    • One of the items you can find in the first game is a mask with large spikes in the eyes. It's revealed that girls are blinded with this device for a horrific ritual to close hellgates. What's worse is you can try to use the mask yourself, though many never have the courage to find what happen if you press the "Use" button.
    • The sequels also have cases of Eye Scream, including the Mourners in II, whose eyes were sewn shut, the Needle Women in III, who had their own eyes gouged out, and the Shrine Maidens in Maiden of Black Water, whose eyes were slashed out. Also, there's a text in II that warns you not to look into the local Hell Gate, for obvious reasons, as Mio finds out in one of the game's Multiple Endings.
  • In Fate/stay night, inflicting one of these on Enfant Terrible Illyasviel fully cements Gilgamesh's status as the Big Bad of the Unlimited Blade Works scenario. Particularly vicious, as he slashes her across the face with a sword, but only so she'll be blinded while he continues to torment her.
  • Fear Effect has this in the Sedna release. Hana, the resident Ms. Fanservice, can get shot in the chest, then gets a bullet right through her eye, leaving her blood and brains on the wall behind her.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Final Fantasy X:
      • In a flashback, we see how Auron gets blasted into the face/left eye by Yunalesca when trying to avenge Jecht's and Braska's deaths. Well, at least he got his Eyepatch Sunglasses of Power after that.
      • During the attack on the Blitz Stadium, you can see that the aeon Anima's Pain ability is based on this. In a surprisingly gory cutscene for the series, blood can be seen coming out of her eye every time she uses it, culminating in a close-up of her bleeding eye socket.
    • In Final Fantasy XV, Ignis Scientia receives a hideous eye injury at one point during the Leviathan trial. He's left blind in both eyes, and has a massive burn-like scar around his left eye socket. He may or may not have lost the left eye completely; he never opens it again after that except in (possibly glitched) photos after the time skip.
  • Fire Emblem has four cases, in three different continuities:
    • Nergal from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, in its not-torn-out, googly-eyed twitchiness. The Archsage Athos gave it to him in the past, after they went from best friends to Cain and Abel.
    • Saizo from Fire Emblem Fates is blind in his right eye due to a scar obtained while attempting to kill the ruler of the Principality of Mokushu for the death of his father, the previous Saizo. In his critical animation, he actually opens his right eye wide so the player can see its milky whiteness, probably due to cataracts forming.
    • Niles, also from Fates, wears an Eyepatch of Power over his empty socket. In one of his skinship lines in the Japanese version, he tells Corrin that his eye was taken from him by an "unworthy person", probably a thief since Niles once was a Street Urchin.
    • After the Time Skip in most routes of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Dimitri ends up losing his eye. Considering his behavior after the timeskip, it's safe to say that he lost it due to his recklessness in battle.
  • In First Encounter Assault Recon, after Jankowski's disappearance in the second level, you will occasionally see a "phantom" image of him... with his eyes gouged out. Whether or not he's actually dead, though, is up in the air.
  • God of War:
  • In Grim Fandango, you have to use your scythe against the eye of an octopus. Granted, it's protected by a crystal, but the fact that it breaks and shows blood afterwards...
  • NES game The Guardian Legend has earned the Fan Nickname Eyeballs: The Game because of the sheer number of bosses that play this trope straight. Notable examples include the Eyeball Growths, giant masses of eyeballs growing out of the ground that you have to shoot until they pop, and Grimgrin, a giant monster covered in eyes, which explode as you damage him.
  • In the Nightfall campaign for Guild Wars, the mad god of secrets Abbadon and his servants have a thing for eyes. His favorite minion begins growing extra eyes on her forehead in imitation of her master, and her favorite threat/curse is "Abbadon will eat your eyes." This is what happens to Kormir when she's taken prisoner after the rout at Consulate Docks — her eyes are fed to the Hunger and she's blind for the rest of the game, even when she ascends to become the new Goddess of Truth.
  • In Heavenly Sword, this happens to King Bohan very close to the end of the game, after the Raven God pecks his eyes out as a punishment for Bohan failing him.
  • Norman Jayden of Heavy Rain will start bleeding from the eyes if he uses the ARI for too long at a particular point in the game. If the player persists in using the ARI, he'll eventually start bleeding from the nose as well, which is a sign that his time is almost up.
  • One of the Warrior Dream-bosses from Hollow Knight is a woman aptly named "No Eyes". After she was infected by the Radiance's light, she couldn't sleep due to fear of the light taking over her mind through her dreams. She and many other bugs tore their eyes out to protect themselves, before dying of the infection. Her in-game sprite shows her with a black substance dripping from her empty eyesockets like tears.
  • Yuri's unfortunate first encounter with Valantin in Infinite Space ends in tragedy as he finds himself with a 5-foot blade in his left eye. He gets better.
  • In Injustice: Gods Among Us, when Shazam calls out Regime!Superman for planning to destroy Gotham and Metropolis, Supes responds by grabbing Shazam by the throat and firing Eye Beams directly into his eyeballs.
  • In the Hunt features a giant living statue as a Puzzle Boss. Your submarine has to make floating blocks of stone drop on its head. Once damaged enough, the stone covering the statue's face is destroyed, showing the flesh and bones underneath, and its eyeballs dangle out of their sockets. It doesn't help that it gains an attack where it spits out four homing eyeballs.
  • I Wanna Be the Guy: After the Guy goes One-Winged Angel and breaks through the background, his eyes become weak points; shooting them repeatedly causes them to degenerate from black dots into red blotches.
  • In Just Shapes & Beats, when the Big Bad overdoses on power from the third Triangle, its eyes explode, leaving blood-oozing empty sockets. The next song/battle, "Annihilation", begins with dodging the drops of blood. Then more mutations begin...
  • One of the dead girls in Kara no Shoujo had her eyes cut to get tears of blood in order to mimic something from The Divine Comedy.
  • In Killzone 3's "Brutal Melee System", you can do this in two very fun ways: stabbing an opponent in the eye and (somehow) gouging out a Helghast's eyes through his goggles.
  • Kindergarten:
    • The Cyclops Duckling Monstermon card got its name by getting its eye pecked out by a bigger duckling.
    • Almost all the laser guns in the sequel seem to have the odd property of always aiming for the eye.
  • Done in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep of all places, where Braig's fight with Terra ends with Terra firing a blast of dark energy right into his eye. Well, now we know where he got that eyepatch.
  • The Disco Bandit in Kingdom of Loathing has an attack called Disco Eye-Poke.
  • The King of Fighters:
    • This happened in Clark Still's past. His partner and best friend Ralf was practising with some knives, he carelessly threw one around... ouch. That's why he has a scar on the left side of his face.
    • Rugal Berstein has been on both sides of the trope. In KOF 94 we learn that he not only killed Heidern's family and squad, he also plucked out one of his eyes. And on the other hand, in KOF 96 it's explained that Goenitz sliced out Rugal's eye when trying to kill him. Impressed that Rugal survived a fatal attack, Goenitz then gave him some of the Orochi power. Which would later kill him for real.
  • Kirby:
    • Some of the bosses in the Kirby games have very large and prominent eyes, and some are little more than just eyes, so attacking these bosses becomes this, especially if you do it with the Master Sword. And then, there's Zero. To elaborate, Zero rips out his own eye in a fountain of blood. In a later game, you fight Zero Two, and dealing damage to his eye results in puffs of more blood.
    • Recurring enemy Waddle Doo's Dummied Out "appearance" in Kirby's Block Ball has its eye blown off in its death animation.
  • The Last Door has lots of this.
    • In Anthony's manor house, you find a cat trapped in the basement that's had its eyes gouged out by a bird.
    • At the Catholic hospice, you meet Father Ernest, your old teacher. He's burned his eyes out.
    • At various points in the game, the Eye of the Bird appears in nightmares, windows, and keyholes, always accompanied by a literal scream.
  • The Hunter of Left 4 Dead has a character design that suggests some kind of eye damage; his eyes are thickly crusted with blood. The character model has no eyes at all, but it's possible that they just aren't rendered because his hood would obscure them from any in-game camera angle. In Versus mode, you can see fine while playing as him, but this could just be for the player's convenience.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • In many of the games there are enemies that can only be killed by hitting their eyes. There are especially a lot of them in the 3D games.
    • Some games feature switches resembling eyes that are activated by shooting them with arrows.
    • It's implied that the Link of Ocarina of Time eventually loses an eye - as the Hero's Shade in Twilight Princess, one eye is dimmed out, and his wolf form has the same eye scarred shut.
    • In Hyrule Warriors, poor, poor Gohma gets smashed in its eye with a wide variety of weapons.
  • Liar Jeannie In Crucifix Kingdom: Marta's left eye is always shut, though it's not clear if the two marks on his eyes are stitches or scars.
  • The second Life and Death game during a patient's examination. You can do the humane thing and give them a normal exam, or be totally sadistic and click on the patient's eye while holding the pin. Of course, your boss will call you out for it afterward.
  • Luxaren Allure: Greater Evils can use an attack called "Eye Gorge".
  • In Mad Father, there is a puzzle that requires you to retrieve a girl's missing eyes.
  • A few weapons in Manhunt involve gouging out eyes. The Gruesome execution with the glass shard (stabbing the right eye, then slashing their throat), and the Violent execution with the pliers (where the player removes both eyes before knocking the victim out, complete with throwing the eyeballs away) are but two examples.
  • Mass Effect 2:
    • In the DLC Overlord, when you finally get to the cause of all the trouble, David Archer, you find him suspended in some kind of harness with probes sticking out of, among other things, his eyes and holding them open. Think this picture, only with more focus, lingering, and different angles in the course of the ending cinematic.
    • According to Mordin, a batarian religion considers this act deeply insulting. Since they believe souls exit through the eyes when the body dies, removing or destroying the eyes is a terrible act of desecration. Which gives some extra chilling factor to Renegade Shepard's payback on a racist batarian bartender who tries to kill him or her with a poisoned drink — he or she forces the bartender in question to drink his own nasty concoction, and threatens to "blind him one eye at a time" if he doesn't follow through.
  • From Mechwarrior 4: Vengeance: "[If they escape] then I shall find the men responsible and feed them their own eyes!"
  • This is how Sir Daniel of Medievil met his end a century before the events of the first game: killed during the very first charge of the very first battle via an arrow to the eye. Practically everybody is quick to remind him of this.
    Canny Tim: I used it in the Battle of Gallowmere. After you were slain, I killed Zarok's champion, Lord Kardok! A clean kill! Through the eye at some 1000 yards!... Not that there's anything funny about shooting someone in the eye, sir.
  • Metal Gear:
    • Solidus loses his eye after the Harrier fight in Metal Gear Solid 2.
    • In Metal Gear Solid 3, Naked Snake (AKA Big Boss, who is well known for only having one eye in the present day) has been captured, and Volgin tells the Boss to cut out his eyes. She doesn't. He loses his eye when Ocelot, doing his Russian-roulette-juggling thing, is about to shoot EVA. Snake tackles him, and the gun goes off right by his eye, damaging it irreparably.
    • In the prologue chapter of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Raiden's eye is stabbed out during the encounter with Jetstream Sam.
  • Metroid:
    • Subverted in Metroid Fusion with Nightmare; when he increases the gravity, it seems his eyes are bleeding. That is, until the mask pops off and it turns out his face is melting.
    • Samus herself gets an Eye Scream in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, when her face becomes increasingly scarred as the Phazon corruption progresses. By the time you hit 50% corruption or so, not only are her eyes glowing blue, but the pupils have turned radioactive green. It's even squickier in the trailer video, when you see the Phazon flowing into her eyes from the inside. This can be seen in-game too if you go into Hyper Mode and let yourself get corrupted, or stay in Phaaze too long. It'll probably be the last thing you see, though.
  • Minecraft: Story Mode:
    • During the boss fight with the Wither Storm, Jesse stabs one of the heads the Wither Storm manifests inside itself to defend its heart right in the eye.
    • In season two, you have to pick between recovering Petra's sword or helping Jack fight Prismarine Golems. Should you choose the former, Jack will be stabbed in the eye. Of course, he was already blind in that eye, but...
  • Mortal Kombat:
    • Several characters in Mortal Kombat 9 have Eye Screamy X-Ray attacks, particularly Reptile (who pokes his opponent in the eyes), Kitana (who stabs her opponent in the eyes with her fans), Baraka (who stabs his opponent clean through the head through the eyeball), and Skarlet (who kicks her opponent in the eye with the heel of one of her Combat Stilettos).
    • Mortal Kombat 9 was pretty cringe-worthy, right? Mortal Kombat X takes Eye Scream to a whole new level. Examples include Sub-Zero, whose X-Ray move and fatality involve the opponent's eyes and icicles (in the latter case, complete with the impaled eyeball detached from the socket and looking around), Kung Jin, who shoots arrows in the eyes, then grabs the arrows and smashes you against the ground, and Cassie Cage, who punches your opponent's nuts so hard they explode, then Pistol Whips them, then shoots them in the eyes for good measure. And just like he did in Mortal Kombat 9, Reptile also goes for the eyes in his X-ray. After breaking his opponent's jaw, he pushes his thumbs into their eye sockets until his thumbs break into their skull.
    • In Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe one of the Joker's close combat moves is to poke his opponents in the eyes.
  • Mr. Nutz has a grimacing giant as one of the more memorable bosses in the game among players. One of his methods of attack is to ooze the eyes out of his head, although new eyes will grow in place of the old ones each time he does it.
  • No More Heroes:
    • Travis Touchdown blinds Harvey Moiseiwitsch Volodarskii by throwing his beam katana at him, cutting out both of his eyes.
    • Very rarely in the sequel, the Tsubaki Mk III will slice an enemy's head in half, right about eye level. Least of their worries, but still...
  • In Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus, the Mudokon slaves being used to mine the bones of their ancestors for SoulStorm Brewery are blind — because they've had their eyelids stitched shut. This is evidently to keep them from learning they're desecrating their species' ancient burial ground and remain docile.
  • In Office Zombie, depending on the item, you can hit the Zombie in the eye or knock his right eye out of his skull.
  • In Ōkami, the locks on doors in dungeons take the form of a demonic-looking face, with a large singular eye and the pupil shaped liked a keyhole. It doesn't react/end well when Amaterasu brings a key along.
  • The game over screens of One Night at Flumpty's feature this. In the first game, your eyes are being cooked in a frying pan while the sequel has your eyes being diced. Veers into Crosses the Line Twice territory rather than Nightmare Fuel, as they are both done so in a manner of preparing eggs.
  • At the beginning of Overlord II, shortly after the frozen Overlad arrives in the Netherworld, Quaver gets his eye stuck to the ice. And when Gnarl orders that the ice be thawed by fire, Quaver pulls away fast enough to leave the eyeball behind. Ouch.
  • Part Time Job features a very surprising and bloody one (well, surprising considering it's based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) when Pastel slashes Fluttershy's eyes while being held down.
  • In Pikmin 3, you can have Pikmin attack Bulborb eyes to render them incapable of attacking, and attacking the eyes of a Bugeyed Crawmad will make them stop eating any Pikmin currently in their mouth, in addition to making them vulnerable.
  • Planescape: Torment:
    • The Nameless One has a special equipment slot called "eyeball". Its default contents are, well, what you'd expect, and you can replace it by... Well... You can connect the dots yourself. At no fewer than three occasions in the game can you also lose the other eye for story reasons.
      • The first time you tear out your eyeball by hand and replace it with an old eyeball a previous incarnation of you tore out and stored somewhere.
      • The second time you have Ignus pluck it out (again, by hand, and this time, said hand is on fire) to use it as a repository for magic you can learn.
      • If you take the right dialogue options with Ravel Puzzlewell, she'll stab you in the eye with a claw and hook it out, then stuff a black-barbed seed in the eyeball and pump it full of magic before giving it back to you. This is one of the many statistic boosting choices in the game. Planescape Torment: The game where having your eyes poked out gives you stat bonuses.
    • One time used for humor. One of the sensory stones contains the mind-numbing tedium experienced by a student in what was apparently the most boring lecture of all time. At one point, the student considered jamming his quill into his eye for a change of pace (though if he had actually done it it would have been a completely different sensory experience in the stone).
  • Briefly played with in Psychonauts.
    Den Mother: Enough! It is time for me to pluck out your eyes!
    Raz: You can't — that is the purpose of the goggles!
  • Red Dead Redemption II has multiple:
    • In Chapter 4, when Kieran Duffy's corpse is found riding on a horse, his eyes have been gouged out of his decapitated head. Hopefully it happened after he was killed, but given how psychotic Colm O'Driscoll is...
    • If Arthur Morgan has high honor when he goes for Dutch's loot, he will give Micah Bell a slash across his left eye during their knife fight. By the time of the final epilogue mission, he's still got a scar from it. And you can blow his eye socket clean open as John Marston.
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider: Konstantin was dissatisfied with his deputy.
  • In Robinson's Requiem, this can potentially happen to the hero: One or both of his eyes can be damaged by various hazards, leaving him partly or completely blind in that eye. Or both.
  • A frequent source of squicky laughs in the Sam & Max games.
  • Serious Sam 3: BFE has Melee Grabs, a type of Action Command One-Hit Kill that generally affects weaker enemies. Performed on a Gnaar, Sam will grab it, shove his hand into its eye socket, and rip out its single large eyeball, which can then be thrown at other enemies.
  • Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments: Sir Rodney Bentcliffe, the murder victim in the Blood Bath case, gets killed by being stabbed in the eye.
  • In Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, after the world goes kablooey, you wake up, getting a first person view of a kid holding a bug... and then he drops the bug, right into your character's eye (and with the first person view, it's like it went into your own eye).
  • In Shinobido, Zaji the Blackhawk has only one eye left and wears an eyepatch. Gamuran took out his other eye during the attack on the Asuka village by throwing a sharp wooden piece at it.
  • Suoh stabs Lucia's father right in the eye in Sickness, driving the knife into the back of his skull through the socket.
  • In Silent Hill 3, the hint for the Hard Mode hospital keypad puzzle is a poem about poking out someone's eye, drinking the blood from the crushed eye, and biting off their tongue and left ear.
  • Skullgirls has a momentary but haunting example in Peacock's individual storyline. A short flashback from Patricia's perspective shows us one of the slave traders who captured her, his thumbs reaching for her eyes. Then, they close in — suddenly, the screen goes red as a sickening squelch is heard.
  • In Snatcher, the game's iconic Gross-Up Close-Up of a rotting corpse involves its yellowed, shriveled eye dropping out of the socket.
  • In the Wii version of Sonic Unleashed's final battle, Super Sonic damages Dark Gaia by slamming into the beast's giant eyeballs. Before that, in the PS3/Xbox 360 version, he uses repeated homing attacks in its eyes. With a twinkly smile.
  • In Spooky's House of Jump Scares, dying to the puppeteer around room 310 shows a cutscene of one of your eyes being held open with a knitting needle being lowered into it.
  • Street Fighter:
    • In Super Street Fighter II, there's Zangief's defeated portrait... What the hell did happen to Zangief's left eye?! Whatever it was, it looks horrible.
    • Juri Han from Street Fighter IV lost her eye in the incident that killed her mother and got her and her father captured by Shadaloo, with her dad being publically executed later. Said missing eye is replaced by the Feng-Shui Engine, made by S.I.N., which greatly boosts her strength. Street Fighter V reveals that Bison ultimately ripped Juri's enhanced eye, but when she joined the Illuminati, they gave her a new one.
  • Depending on the player's choices in Sunrider Mask of Arcadius, Ava Crescentia can lose her right eye (along with her right arm) when a console blows up in her face. The sequel reveals that she survived, and was given a state-of-the-art bionic eye to replace the one she lost.
  • Super Danganronpa 2 has this happen to Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu during the punishment of Peko Pekoyama, his personal hitman and bodyguard. Monokuma puppeteers her to start chopping down a bunch of robotic samurai left and right. He charges towards her to try and save her, but this just results in him getting his eye slashed. He wears an Eyepatch of Power for the rest of the game.
  • Team Fortress 2 has the boss MONOCULUS!, a Faceless Eye who is actually the Demoman's eye, magicked out of his head by Merasmus the Magician after the young Demoman got it haunted by reading a cursed book.
  • Terraria has quite a bit of this with Faceless Eyes. All of them explode into Ludicrous Gibs when beaten, the Eye of Cthulhu sheds its pupil in favor of a toothy maw when it Turns Red, and the Twins, Retinazer and Spazmatism, shed theirs in favor of a laser cannon and a Hellfire-breathing mouth, respectively. At least the last two are partially robotic to lessen the horror.
  • In Thief: The Dark Project, Garrett's eye is torn right out of his head. The empty socket is even shown later on, albeit briefly.
  • Timeslaughter has an intro where the man who becomes the final boss has an eye removed with a drill — although that's not too much in such an already Gorn-tastic game.
  • In Treasure of the Rudra, shortly into Sion's scenario, one of the Jades gets lodged right in his skull via his right eye.
  • Twisted Metal:
    • No-Face in Black got badly beaten in a boxing match. When he went to a back-alley surgeon to get his face put back together, he chose badly; the surgeon had lost $20,000 betting on him, and took out the man's eyes and tongue as revenge while he was out. We get to see his eyes falling onto a tray. Thankfully, in his ending, No-Face gets his revenge: punching the doctor in the face with a needle-loaded boxing glove.
    • The trope name describes what Needles Kane does in this webisode quite well.
    • Calypso in his later appearances has a missing eye, prominently showing off the gaping hole where it used to be.
    • Sweet Tooth's daughter escapes from him in the remake when she stabs his eye with a pair of scissors.
  • In Until Dawn, there are a couple cases of this.
    • Both Ashley and Emily can have the Wendigo violently shove its fingers into their eyes, killing them in a bloody mess.
    • Emily can get shot through the eye, leaving blood and brains on the wall behind her in horrifying detail.
  • The Valve logo from 1998 to 2006 depicted a man with a valve lodged in his eye socket.
  • The Walking Dead, Episode 2:
    • At one point when a zombie is attacking Lee, he gouges out its eyes with his thumbs while trying to fend it off.
    • In Episode 3, Carver brutally beats Kenny with a walkie talkie so badly that Kenny's skull caves in and destroys his eye.
  • Waxworks: Many of the standard deaths involve this. Examples include a spike pit's spike goring you right in the eye, or a plant mutant's seeds pushing your eye out of its socket as they grow inside you.
  • the white chamber... Hoo, boy. There's an FMV devoted to a decapitated head with its eyes missing, and said eyes open. And you find the eyes in a sealed box. Even with the eyes back in, it's not a pretty sight. There's also a console which the player must use to gain access to a room. It requires a color code that's acquired after a certain event, and if the player tries to use the code before they are supposed to, the aforementioned head appears, scowling and covering the screen, with the words "not yet" carved into its empty eye sockets.
  • The Witcher:
    • The Witcher 2 features Phillippa getting her eyes gouged out with a spoon. You see the aftereffects. Diminished a bit by the fact that the person in question can grow new eyes as mage, and seems to be able to function just fine without them anyway.
    • In the Hearts of Stone expansion pack to The Witcher 3, a clueless drunk makes the mistake of mildly irking Satanic Archetype Gaunter O'Dimm. O'Dimm simply claps to freeze time, and then plunges the handle of a wooden soup spoon all the way through the man's eye and into his brain, killing him.
      Gaunter O'Dimm: That was the last time you interrupted me while I was talking to someone.
  • In The Witch's House, there is a book you can read called "The Book of Death" that will cause the main character to scratch her own eyes out.
  • World of Horror has a few examples:
    • In the "Eerie Episode of Evolving Eels", the player has the option to inflict this themselves at the cost of 3 Reason. This includes a disturbing close-up as you plunge a needle into your neighbor's eye in order to release the baby eels inside.
    • If Goizo is your opponent, you can run into a woman who's carved her own eyes out, raving that if she can't see it, it can't see her.
  • World of Warcraft:
    • In the cinematic for "The Gods of Zul'Aman" that came with Patch 2.3, a High Elven soldier prepares to cut out one of Zul'jin's eyes as a way of adding insult to injury. The action fades to white just as the point of the dagger is a mere centimeter from Zul'jin's eye.
    • The icon for one of the Rogue abilities, Cheap Shot, is a knife about to plunge into an eyeball, implying that what is "cheap" is that you're stabbing them in the eyeball.
  • In a flashback scene at the end of Saejima's episode in Yakuza 4, we are treated to a very, very squicky scene where a bound Goro Majima refuses to bow down to a low-level yakuza that's in charge of restraining him, and the yakuza drives a foot-long knife into Majima's left eye. Ever since, he wore his characteristic eyepatch... and now wields that very same tanto in battle.
  • Yggdra Union:
    • When Milanor is rescuing Yggdra from the prison in which she's held captive by Gulcasa, Valkyrie Aegina cuts his escape. Elena, former assassin of the Bronquian Empire, sneaks behind her troops and fires her crossbow... hitting Aegina in the eye. Later on, when you meet Aegina again, she's wearing a bandage on her left eye.
    • In the backstory, this happened three separate times to poor Nessiah. First, his real body was blinded by the gods as part of his punishment for disobeying them and not fighting in Ragnarok. Second, his contract with the Yumel required him to sacrifice an eye to get their help in mastering his magic. And finally, he tore his remaining eye out in order to complete the Gran Centurio. Yes, he was that desperate at the time. And insane.
  • Zeno Clash: Helim is a corwid who wants to be invisible. Being invisible means people can't see you. People need eyes in order to see. Corwid logic leads him to decide that the best path to being invisible is ripping the eyes out of every living thing he encounters and can get a hold on.

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