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"Halflings of my village carry lead sheets to prove our manhood."
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A way to counter True Sight is to be covered in material that cannot be penetrated by such vision. Other ways of achieving this include being in an area full of something that interferes with True Sight, or having an artifact that has the same effect. See also Anti-Magic.

Commonly it's lead for X-Ray Vision, much like in Real Life, though it can be Applied Phlebotinum in other cases.

Contrast Kryptonite-Proof Suit and See the Invisible. Compare No-Sell and Fantastic Radiation Shielding. See also Poke in the Third Eye, Psychic Block Defense, and Interface Screw.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Naruto: In the "Sasuke Retrieval" Arc, Sasuke was put inside a coffin that had some sort of magical barrier surrounding it. This barrier made it difficult for Neji to see inside the coffin with his Byakugan.
  • Space Adventure Cobra: Cobra's prosthetic left arm, which hides his deadly Psychogun, doesn't just look normal at casual glance: it contains highly sophisticated countermeasures that can fool even the advanced metal detectors and X-ray scanners equivalent of this Space Opera setting. Any such scanner would just show a perfectly normal bone-and-flesh arm upon scanning, allowing Cobra to come and go undetected even in highly secured areas.
  • Psycho-Pass: Kirito Kamui is completely invisible to the Sibyl System. It's because he's a Walking Transplant who has so many foreign organs implanted in him that the overload of clashing biometric data renders Sibyl unable to get any kind of read on him.
  • In Uchi no Musume ni Te o Dasu na!, Blowjob's Invisible Scout Tank can turn invisible and even elude Eighth Wonder's x-ray vision.

    Comic Books 
  • Superman
    • Superman and Supergirl cannot use their X-Ray Vision to see through objects covered in lead or sufficiently dense materials.
    • In Superman Vol 2 #9, Superman actually made that work to his advantage when facing The Joker. Joker claimed that he had imprisoned a number of hostages in lead-lined coffins in various locations throughout Metropolis and told Superman about them, anticipating that the superhero would have to spend at least a day frantically looking for them while Joker fled the city with the hostages. It turns out that all Superman has to do is a wide X-ray vision scan above the city from the air and the coffins instantly stand out as opaque objects to him. Thus, Supes is able to check the coffins quickly and has plenty of time to track down the Joker.
      • Superman lampshades how the Joker was making what's a common misconception that just because Superman can't see through lead, it means he can't see lead. More than one criminal makes the same mistake of lining a warehouse in lead which might as well be putting up a neon sign something shady is going on.
    • In Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man, Lex Luthor's giant mecha has a lead shield to protect itself from Superman's X-Ray Vision.
  • Supergirl:
    • In Supergirl Vol 2 #4 a gang boss wears a lead helmet to hide his real identity from Supergirl.
    • In Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl, Dr. Emil Hamilton found a way to circumvent the auto-tracking system that monitored each vehicle on Gotham and make the Luthor's limo disappear from Batgirl's "vehicular grid". Batgirl worked around it by setting the system to visual scan and deleting anything with a working auto-trace. Her target was the one left.
    • In the "Way of the World" arc, Supergirl breaks into a federal detention center and makes off with an inmate who might help her save an ill boy. As they were standing in a secret lab, she lined the ceiling with lead sheets so Superman would not find them too soon.
    • In Supergirl (vol. 5) #23 someone has sent a sound-proofed, lead-lined gift box to Kara. Since her Super Senses cannot scan it, she opens it. It was actually a test by Batman, who calls her and admonishes her for opening it.
    • In Bizarrogirl, it's revealed Kara installed mass-loaded vinyl throughout the walls of her room to block the city's noises.
    • Superwoman's cowl and suit are impervious to both Kryptonian X-Ray and microscopic visions. In Who is Superwoman? it's revealed it's because the discs attached to her costume emit some kind of disruptive force field.
  • Marvel Comics' Secret Wars (1984) has most of Earth's mightiest heroes transported to an alien battleworld. Another transport holds many of Earth's most dangerous villains. Professor X tries using his psychic powers to identify which villains are aboard, but Enchantress mystically shields her party from Professor X's psychic powers. This sort of thing happens to the X-Men a lot since a large number of members have psychic powers. Usually, a villain will bring along some sort of device or magic to shield them from their telepathy. It's hard to Take Over the World when Charles, Jean, Emma, or Betsy can instantly sense you and shut you down the moment you get within range.
  • In The Mighty Thor, the wedding dress of Heimdall's wife, Siri, is the only thing his near omniscient Super Senses can't see through.
  • In Legion of Super-Heroes story The Great Darkness Saga, not even Ultra Boy's super-vision can pierce through the darkness Darkseid enshrouds himself with.
  • In Knights of the Old Republic, Haazen wears a Sith artifact called the Yoke of Seeming, which alters the flow of the Force around him. Jedi who try to sense his intentions will perceive whatever he wants them to perceive and nothing else, leaving them oblivious to his true, evil nature.

    Fan Works 
  • In Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, against Moody's all-seeing Eye of Vance, Harry asks Flitwick for a charm to summon a large number of brightly colored ethereal objects, then make them invisible. It works.
  • A major part of The Keys Stand Alone. After the four return to C'hou, Ringo quickly discovers that quite a lot of things, and most people, are masked and completely invisible to his mindsight. Worse, when he enters a masked area, his mindsight is cut off completely, which causes him great distress because he's become addicted to it. To add insult to injury, even the weakest scryers can get flashes through masks, but he can't.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supergirl story The Vampire of Steel, Zol-Am manages to avoid being detected by Supergirl's X-Ray Vision thanks to a lead-lined coffin. He remarks how convenient it is.
    But not tonight. That would be excessive. Besides, he had much more to learn. But that was all right. He was a fast learner.
    Such as: how convenient it was that Terrans sold coffins with lead lining in them.
    How convenient, indeed.
  • In Equestria Divided Rarity can No-Sell Applejacks True Sight powers.
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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Predator:
    • In Predator, Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer camouflages himself (the first time by accident) from the titular creature by covering his body in mud. The cool mud blocks the heat his skin radiates, thus making him seem invisible to the predator's thermo cam.
    • In the sequel Predator 2, DEA uses actual heat-blocking suits, though in the end, the predator's True Sight is revealed to be a little bit "too true" for the good of the agents, since it has a whole lot of vision modes to choose from besides infrared.
  • In After Earth the alien monsters can detect humans by smelling the pheromones released by fear. Ghosting is a technique in which the subject feels no fear and becomes invisible to the monster.
  • Apparently, a number of beings can hid themselves from/using the force in the Star Wars universe. Force stealth Jensaarai.
  • Superman: The Movie: Lex uses it to his advantage, tricking Superman into thinking that there's something important encased in a lead lined box. There is: Kyptonite.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • In Smallville, lead can be used to block kryptonite's effect on Clark. It can also be used to counter his x-ray vision.
  • In Supernatural, angel warding can be drawn to keep angels from being able to see or hear what's going on in a specific location or from being able to enter that location. Demons use it to protect their safe houses from angelic interference. The Winchesters rarely use it because it blocks all angels, including their ally, Castiel, but they have had to use it a few times when they suspect that Castiel has gone rogue or is being controlled.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Most detection spells are blocked by a thin sheet of lead. In some editions, gorgon's blood has a similar effect.
    • A Ring of X-Ray Vision allows the wearer to see through varying thicknesses of most substances, but the user's view is blocked by lead, gold and platinum.
    • A variety of spells interfere with Aura Vision. Nondetection masks your signal, while magic aura creates fake ones, allowing for a Needle in a Stack of Needles situation. Both of these have a chance of failure, however, depending on how strong the person reading the auras is.
    • From the Eberron setting, the spell cloak of Khyber enhances magical disguises that have been in effect for at least 6 hours, allowing them to fool true seeing.
    • The sequester spell makes an item (or a creature that is put in stasis) invisible and prevent any divination spell from locating or detecting it. Most form of see invisibility or true seeing are divination spells, thus blocking them also.
    • The spell superior invisibility includes a number of bonus features that normal invisibility magic doesn't have, being able to fool multiple senses and even protect against creaky floors or bags of flour thrown at the user. Among these, it is capable of blocking the basic see invisibility and invisibility purge spells, but not the stronger true seeing.
    • A popular trick in Edition 3.5 is to use the metamagic feat "Invisible Spell" to make the effects of a fog cloud or similar spell invisible. Thus, creatures that can't See the Invisible are unaffected, but those that can now have their vision impaired.
  • In Champions, X-Ray vision was blocked by lead. The more general N-Ray vision had to be defined as having a specific substance that blocked it. In 6th Edition a Sense with Penetrative works the same way.
  • Shadowrun: It is possible to create barriers that block out Astral Viewing and other magical means of searching, on top of alloys existing that block X-Ray and magnetic scans.
  • Warhammer 40,000 has psykers, those who are sufficiently powerful or specialized in divination or detection are able to detect events or other living beings. However, Blunters are humans that give off a null "aura" that cancel out psychic powers, and clever individuals have used it to render themselves invisible to psychic detection. Oddly enough, Blunters' nastier cousin, the Pariah is described as not unlike a person-shaped psychic black hole, rendering them fairly visible in that regard.
  • Ars Magica: Demonic deceptions, including illusions and shapeshifting, can't be detected by True Sight or any other conventional magic. As beings of pure evil, the concept of Truth is completely alien to them and can't be imposed on them.
  • Demon: The Descent: Coming with their specialty as spies, Demons have the ability to "Spoof" powers meant to detect their supernatural nature, using their Cover to be registered as regular humans.

    Toys 

    Video Games 
  • Metroid Prime: Samus' thermal visor works poorly in superheated areas. Also, Thardus can summon a dense snowstorm to flood the arena to shroud himself from Samus, coupled with the innate ability of his Phazon ore to overload Samus' thermal visor when exposed.
  • Batman: Arkham City: late-game enemy encounters and high-difficulty challenge rooms will occasionally have one or more foes amongst the pack carrying jammer systems that block Batman's "Detective Mode" vision.
  • Dota 2:
    • Slark's Shadow Dance is immune to true sight unlike every other ability that grants invisibility. Invisibility from the item Smoke of Deceit is likewise immune to true sight.
    • Aghanim's Scepter-upgraded Minefield Sign will prevent any mines under it from being detected by any form of True Sight. Additionally, Proximity Mines cannot be seen by True Sight, but do become visible when standing in the blast radius.

    Web Comics 
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Belkar carries around a sheet of lead just in case someone tries to use Detect Evil on him. The sheet is later appropriated by Niu, who uses it against Detect Good.
    • Girard's Gate also turns out to be hidden behind a lead-lined stone wall. It completely fools the Linear Guild (mostly because of Nale's impatience).
  • In the Superhero arc of Arthur, King of Time and Space, a gang of crooks paint their HQ with lead paint, seal the doors with lead and so on, and then realise all Kingman has to do is look for a building he can't see through that wasn't like that the day before, just as he crashes through the wall.
  • In Our Little Adventure: Brian Souballo invokes this, creating an enhanced Disguise Self spell that's undetectable to True Seeing so he can frame an enemy for a massacre. Discussed at the ensuing trial, where the judge admits that they didn't know such a spell existed but that it's an entirely feasible feat for an Epic-level wizard.

    Western Animation 
  • Superman: The Animated Series:
    • In "My Girl", an arms dealer puts Lana Lang in a Death Trap inside an old processing plant with lead residue coating the walls. However, he takes time to gloat, and Superman hears him just fine.
    • In World's Finest, Superman mentions to Batman that Lex uses led in his buildings' walls to ward off his X-Ray vision. This ends up working to Superman's advantage later on. Joker sics a robot on them with kryptonite strapped to it, so Superman rips off one of the walls and slams it into the robot, since the lead also blocks kryptonite radiation.

    Real Life 
  • Stealth technology sometimes involves material that absorbs radar to prevent detection.
  • One of German Intelligence's few successes during the last war was to get the British to believe a rumor that U-Boats were routinely finished in a paint rendering that baffled both acoustic and radar detection, thus making their submarines harder to find when submerged. This was principally spread to additionally demoralize British sailors who suspected they were losing the war at sea. In reality, Germany had no such paint, but the Admiralty took the story so seriously that it tied up British naval research establishments in attempting to replicate this miracle paint so as to reproduce it on British submarines. However, spurred on to meet a threat which in reality did not exist, the Royal Navy had limited success during the war using surface coatings that dampened and dispersed German sonar detection (but not to the point where HM Submarines effectively became "invisible" — nowhere near, but it was a start). A German deception contributed to the actual creation of something that was originally intended only to be a a propaganda fable. It is possible this wartime research paved the way for more sophisticated post-war developments, that eventually found fruition in the latest-generation American stealth planes.

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