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At this point, either you quickly and contritely correct yourself, or you just. Shut. Up.

"Aeron gave him a baleful look, the look that had been known to sour wells and make women barren."

There are times even the Deadpan Snarker should know better and just shut up. This is especially true if the person being snarked at is giving him the Death Glare.

The Death Glare is a "calm", murderous look often coupled with a tensed and menacing posture, others with a deadly stillness, but (with the rarest of exceptions) is served with deathly silence. The Death Glare is hard to pull off, but, done right, can convey a depth of anger and potential violence that no Badass Boast or Pre-Asskicking One-Liner can hope to top.

This can be used by any character (yes, even that Deadpan Snarker) under Break the Cutie, Heroic BSoD, Icy Blue Eyes, or other highly trauma/emotion causing pressures. Again, someone who's gently (or violently) pressing their Berserk Button may get this as a warning to stop before some Unstoppable Rage or Disproportionate Retribution is let loose.


Yeah, you really should Beware the Nice Ones (or the quiet ones).

See also Killing Intent, Lightning Glare, Determined Expression, and Disapproving Look. Frequently executed with a Kubrick Stare. This can also be a silent version of Give Me a Reason if the person giving this is known for reacting violently to mistakes. Not to be confused with Eye Beams or Deadly Gaze, which can literally kill with a look. If someone glares down something way bigger or more dangerous than them, they are Staring Down Cthulhu. May be inflicted unintentionally by characters who unfortunately have the Face of a Thug.



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  • In the first Blue Collar Comedy Tour film, Bill Engvall recalls how he met Lucy, a goth friend of his daughter. He accidentally calls her "Lucy...fer", and was promptly given one of these.
    Engvall: She looked at me like, "I will set you ablaze right now."

    Comic Books 
  • Comics and strips would often indicate a Death Glare with daggers.
  • Batman is one of the undisputed masters of these in comic book fandom, despite being a Technical Pacifist.
    • A good example was during the "Contagion" arc. Other members of the Bat-family are trying to disperse an angry mob, to no effect. Cue Batman appearing, pointing a finger, giving a Death Glare to the mob, and stating: "Disperse. NOW." It worked.
  • Superman:
    • In All-Star Superman, our Man of Steel visits Lex Luthor in prison and implores him to put "that mind of [his]" to the good use of mankind, rather than insane schemes to kill Superman. What does Luthor do? Walks up the glass wall separating the two of them and hocks the mother of all lugies on it and just stares at Superman. Yikes.
    • Hell, once Superman was able to make Mxyzptlk go back to his own dimension just by giving him the look.
    • Often, Superman uses this look in concert with his heat vision, giving him red eyes.
  • Supergirl is just as good-natured as her cousin, but being a teenager, she is more fierce and more short-tempered than Superman. If she is giving you one of these -often accompanied with glowing red eyes-, then you have pissed her off for real, and you last resort is praying.
  • Usagi Yojimbo: The same applies to Miyamoto Usagi.
  • In the Asterix album Asterix in Corsica, this is a talent shared by every Corsican male, and they're not shy about using it on pesky foreigners.
    Corsican: You can't tell the difference between a wild pig and a Corsican clan leader?
    Obelix: I don't know, I've never eaten Corsican leader and please stop looking at me like that, it's giving me a headache.
  • Preacher. The Saint of Killers' glare goes right past scary and into Bring My Brown Pants territory:
    Cassidy: (re: Jessie) If that were me, I'd be turning them white jeans brown.
  • The Punisher MAX #19. A group of mobsters have just dug up the remains of Frank Castle's family and filmed themselves pissing on the bones in an attempt to get the Punisher angry. Cut to a shot of him watching it on TV in a diner that shows it definitely got him mad.
    • Hell, it's easier to point out when Frank Castle is NOT giving one of these. He's really not that big on talking to lowlife scum...
  • In Body Bags, Mack and Panda Delgado do this right before an off-panel ass beating, or when they are especially angry and plan to do something violent. Their angry green eyes fill up a panel when this happens.
  • Dwight McCarthy caught a death glare from Miho in Sin City: The Big Fat Kill. He was trying to stop her from torturing Jackie Boy to death (to give a good idea as to how brutal she was being). Once she gave him the look, he took a step back. Scaring a guy like Dwight is no easy task.
  • The Sandman is also very good at the Death Glare. It probably helps that a) he can look like anything he wants, and b) his eyes usually look like bottomless holes of night. Which turn red when he's angry.
  • Daredevil's look sent chills down The Punisher's spine during their earlier encounters. The Punisher narrated it as being impossible to maintain eye-contact with Daredevil due to this trope. Eventually, the Punisher learned that Daredevil's tendency to stare straight through him wasn't a psych-out as much as Daredevil simply being blind.
  • Deadpool has a really good one too, and when he shows it, you know shit's about to go down.
  • Ghost Rider's Penance Stare is a literal death glare. Backed up by being forced to feel every sin you've ever committed all at once. Its effects can range from 'emotional devastation' to 'dead on the spot from agony,' with the one caveat that people without the emotional capacity to feel guilt for anything or anyone are unaffected.
  • Scrooge McDuck has the most terrifying red-eyed scowl, memorably seen when he tore a steamboat apart. The glare is shown on pictures hung around walls in his employees' offices, as a reminder he's not to be trifled with. His nephew has also used this ability.
  • This is X-23's default setting.
  • In Gold Digger, Ayane "Mistress" Anno has eyes that perpetually give this effect... only heightened if she's actually serious about it.
  • Talia from Brody's Ghost is particularly skilled at making these. played for drama when Brody confronts her over all her lies, and she gives him an especially intense death glare while admitting to everything. Brody also tends to make this kind of face if someone really crosses a line with him.
  • Dani Moonstar of the New Mutants acquires a literal Death Glare when she is adopted as a Valkyrie. She manages to terrify a hall full of Asgardian warriors, who recognize the Valkyries as harbingers of death, by staring and telling them to mind their own business.

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    Fan Works 
  • Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: Let's just say Germany and Japan gave each other a lot of death glares over the span of one night because of their shared feelings for Italy.
  • In The Parselmouth of Gryffindor, Snape remains a master of this, but let's not forget Hermione and Grindelwald in Chapter 43:
    Of course, noticing that she was staying, a few curious students had wanted to stay too and see what would happen; but Hermione Granger and Gellert Grindelwald, both glaring — well, it would have taken no less than Professor Snape to top that.
  • A Crown of Stars:
    • Trying to hit on Asuka is not a good idea when Shinji is around. His deadly glare is alarmingly similar to his father’s.
      It was still funny watching Shinji of all people imitate his father’s dead-eye stare at the guys who tried to worm their way next to me. Who’d have thought Baka-Shinji could scare anyone?
    • Asuka’s mastered the art of death-glaring. If she is glaring at you, you better run away as Touji found out.
  • Advice and Trust:
    • In chapter 4, Asuka glares at Shinji after learning that he touched Rei's chest accidentally. Her glare was so heated that it could have set his clothes on fire.
      Asuka directed a stare at Shinji that should have set his shirt on fire.
    • Shortly after in that chapter Shinji, Asuka and Rei were leaving the school when they found several girls clustered at the gate, blocking the exit. One of them approached to Shinji and Asuka glared daggers at her.
    • In chapter 6 Asuka rescues Shinji from their female classmates. Afterwards Asuka and her classmates exchanged death glares:
      Asuka hung behind to give Tanaka and the other girls a death glare, which they returned.
    • In chapter 7 when Gendo fired them, Asuka -whose self-worth depended hugely on being a Pilot- almost collapsed on the spot. Shinji -who was used to get hurt by his father but could not stand when someone hurt Asuka- aimed at Gendo an incensed glare could melt titanium.
    He'd shot his father a look of burning hatred before slinging one of Asuka's arms over his shoulder and practically carrying her out of the room.
  • In Power Girl fanfic A Force of Four, villainess Badra doesn't appreciate to be called a "one-shot wonder" by Wonder Woman.
    Badra stepped forward. Fire was in her eyes, and Fury was certain that her mother hadn't been wise in her choice of words.
  • Lampshaded by the Lemony Narrator in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series:
    My goodness, that face Miss Wormwood had would've made trees burst into flame.
    • Calvin gives one much later in "Nocturnals" that "would've chilled a six-pack."
  • The Child of Love:
    • In chapter 2 Shinji congratulates Asuka for keeping her score. She glowers at Shinji with a threatening look for a few seconds, pretending being angry, before grinning and saying “Thank you”.
    • In chapter 4 Shinji asks Kaji if he will come to Asuka's birthday party. Misato, who did NOT want him coming, hurls at him a flaming angry glare.
    • In chapter 5 Misato wants Shinji and Asuka going together to the Obon festival. Asuka tries to object… and Misato silences her with a glare:
      Misato (with a look in her eyes that could turn an entire fanatic army into a bunch of chickens):"There's no 'but.' That's an order!"
      Shinji and Asuka:"Yes, ma'am!"
      Misato:"Now, get out there and enjoy yourselves!"
      Shinji and Asuka:"Yes, ma'am! Right away, ma'am!"
  • Children of an Elder God: In chapter 4, when Asuka wraps her arm around Shinji and both walk away together, Rei hurls at her a jealous, angry glare could melt steel, combined with glowing red eyes.
    Rei was staring at Asuka, intensely, her face twisted in anger. Her fists were clenched, shaking slightly. It was hard to tell in the sunlight, but they thought they saw her blood red eyes glow brightly for a moment.
  • Evangelion 303:
    • In chapter 15 Asuka hurls at Mari a "Keep your filthy claws away from MY man!" scary glare
    • On the other hand, this example is humorous not at all.
  • HERZ: Asuka deploys this –together with a menacing twitch from her eye and brow- when another woman stalks her husband.
  • Higher Learning: Gendo gives Ritsuko a very subtle one after she betrays him and spills secrets to Maya.
    That small frown instilled more pure terror in her heart than she had ever known in her life.
  • Last Child of Krypton: In chapter 2 Kaji ensures Misato he regards Asuka as a daughter. Asuka shot a furious glare at him.
    Shinji didn't need fifteen kinds of vision to see the girl glare at the older man with a look so fierce it could cut glass.
  • The One I Love Is: During the first half of the story Asuka and Rei were very hostile to each other due to be in love with the same boy. They constantly crossed heated, angry glares. Shinji was also recipient of many Asuka's incensed glares. An example of this happened in chapter 5:
    This was something I had not expected. I had not even chosen yet one of them and Rei was already assuming that I'd ask her to marry me... and with the way Asuka was glaring at me... I probably looked as white as a ghost.
  • Adelle gave one to Hurdy in The Tainted Grimoire when he was about to mention something that contradicted her claims.
  • Shows up occasionally in Turnabout Storm, most of the time directed at protagonist and professional Butt-Monkey Phoenix Wright. As for characters themselves, one of Sonata's main traits is using these.
  • Clash of the Elements: All of the heroes give this to Joe Dark after he finished killing all of the Genesis Samurai.
  • In chapter 7 of Ace Combat: The Equestrian War, Mobius, upon his first appearance, stares down Razor, much to his shame.
  • In Sekirei canon, Miya have such a powerful death glare it creates illusions of hanyas. In Flight uses this for humor, with Shirou trying to learn (and eventually being succesful) her technique. Wordof God says it can leave a Dead Apostle terrified.
  • Quite a common trend in Diaries of a Madman, particularly by the protagonist, Nav, who often does it when annoyed.
  • In the Godzilla and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic crossover, Shadows of Giants, this is basically Godzilla's default face. Fluttershy is able to use the Stare to cow others into submission even as a human.
  • In the Back to the Future fanfic Homecoming, Doc glares Biff into submission after the latter protests his punching Needles.
  • In the Blake's 7 parody Bizarro 7 Avon's father, imagined as an Edward James Olmos clone, is described as having a stare capable of penetrating solid neutronium and setting small bushes ablaze.
  • Several instances in Thousand Shinji:
    • Shinji glared daggers at his father during their reunion.
    • Asuka threw several incandescent glares at Shinji during their first meeting.
    • Hikari glared at Touji when he was about to insult Asuka. Touji shut up inmediately.
    • Later on, an Asuka's death glare convinced Shinji that running away right away was a good idea:
      Asuka’s glare went from an intensity of ‘targeting radar on a modern destroyer’ to ‘capable of getting into a beam duel with Ramiel’ in about two seconds, and Shinji wisely decided that an exit strategy, namely running for all he was worth, was in order.
  • In chapter 9 of Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide, Asuka glares heatedly at Ritsuko when the older woman introduces the newest pilot to Asuka and her teammates:
    Asuka glared frozen blue daggers at her. Had she thought she could get away with it, she would have slapped her.
    • In turn, Asuka gets one from Ritsuko after she decides to play more than a little too rough with Keiko during a training exercise. It is notable for making Asuka actually shut up for a moment, where Misato was unable to do the same.
  • In Superman story Superman of 2499: The Great Confrontation, Sybilla gives one to Lorile after picking a fight with her and getting soundly trashed.
    Beams of hate as hot as heat-vision went from Sy’s eyes to Lori’s as she lay there, gasping, on the floor.
  • Wonderful!: When Emma visited Taylor after the Leviathan's attack, she gave her brunette friend a heated glare because Taylor didn't even call to let her know if her mother and she were fine.
  • This Bites!: Remembering his vow when he came to Little Garden, Cross gives one to Sanji when he objects to Cross stopping him from attacking a T-Rex for their hunting contest. He then turns his gaze on said T-Rex…who begins sweating.
  • Gobel the knight gives one of these to John in The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World... but since he's buried up to his neck in mud and utterly helpless, John just grins and turns away.
  • In Three Badasses In Westeros:
    • After Sansa almost dies of alcohol poisoning because of Joffrey and the latter says it is Sansa's fault, Robert notes that, if glares could start fires, Audie Murphy's glare at Joffrey could have started a continent-wide inferno.
    • Simo Häyhä gets to practice his on Littlefinger - who is quite shaken by it.
  • Fates Collide: Bazett Fraga McRemitz and Medb give these to each other and to Glynda Goodwitch due to their jealousy over Cu Chulainn. Bazett's glare manages to terrify the normally unflappable Glynda, who quickly leaves the room.
  • In X-Men: The Early Years, Jean Grey has a lot of practice at glaring thanks to her teammates.
    Jean shot Hank a murderous look and shook her head in a manner that said 'don't do it.'
  • Suspicious of Charming's motives, Anya in To Belong gives him a glare and tells him "You hurt my brothers... and you are dead".
  • In Fantasy of Utter Ridiculousness, Reimu gives Coop one of these after he accidentally infuriates Yuuka. He's too distracted by the flower-loving youkai to notice, though.
  • In Kara Of Rokyn, Jara hurls an absolutely murderous glare at Kara after her amorous advances are turned down by the latter.
    The woman looked at Kara with the air of a butcher wondering which part of a carcass to start on.
  • In Hellsister Trilogy, Lucian throws a venomous glare at his teammate Mal Duncan after he has made still another stupid "Use the Force" joke.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Aladdin, Jasmine gives a serious stare down when her father, Jafar, and Prince Ali when they try to all talk about Jasmine like some prize. Even Jafar looks away nervously!
  • An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. Weaponized with "The Laaaaaaaaazy Eye!", the eye-popping glare that Wylie Burp teaches to Tiger.
  • "Glaring daggers" was taken to a twistedly literal degree in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
  • Dory gives an epic one to the crab near the end of Finding Nemo when he refuses to tell her and Nemo where Marlin is. Watch the following Gilligan Cut, and learn why Dory is not a fish to mess with.
  • Treasure Planet:
    Jim Hawkins: If I'm not back in five minutes, leave without me.
    Ben: I am not leaving my buddy Jimmy!
    (death glare)
    Ben: ... Unless he looks at me like that. Bye Jim!
    • The sparks jumping between the cables Jim was holding at the time really helped to accentuate the glare.
  • Astro Boy (2009 movie): Tenma has this one down. Employed several times against Stone, but the deathiest of all was against Orrin. It's amazing he didn't burst into flame.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: When Jack arrives at Oogie Boogie's place, he's pretty pissed already, but when Jack hears Sally scream (therefore finding out that she was down there), he gives a Death Glare that signed Oogie's death warrant.
    Jack: (coldly) Hello, Oogie.
  • Astrid gives one to Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon when he wins out in dragon training over her.
  • In Cinderella, Lady Tremaine does one when she realizes Cinderella was at the ball and got the prince. The shadows even darkened on her face.
  • In A Goofy Movie, when Bobby mentions that Max isn't on stage at the Powerline concert, thus implying that Max lied to Roxanne (which he did), Stacey gives him a big nasty one. However, that didn't stop them from hooking up afterwards once Max did end up on stage.
  • Kung Fu Panda: Comedic Hero Po is on the receiving end of plenty of glares. In the second movie, Po has balked at killing Lord Shen so Tigress forbids him to come with them. When Po insists otherwise, Tigress turns suddenly and hits him with a glare so intense the collected kung fu badasses present all get an Oh, Crap! look. She turns so fast that it kicks up a little cloud of dust, and we never get to see the expression, making the intention and thought of it that much more powerful.
  • Corpse Bride: Emily is normally very kind and free-spirited but she gives a rather terrifying one towards Victor upon finding out that he lied to her simply so he can get back to Victoria.
  • Shark Tale.
    • Sykes does one to Oscar at the track after Lucky Day trips and loses the race, costing all the money Oscar bet
    • Lola gives a rather frightening and sudden one to Oscar before slamming him against the windows after he dumps her..
  • In Despicable Me, Gru is prone to these at a few points in the story, the most notable, and funniest one is when he finds the girls and two of the Minions playing and messing about with rolls of toilet paper in the living room. He also briefly gives one to an unscrupulous theme park employee before destroying a rigged game stall to get a fluffy unicorn prize for Agnes, which is the start of his Heel–Face Turn as he begins to care about the girls. His death glares are amplified when he later on goes to rescue the girls from Vector. Mr Perkins, the owner of the Bank of Evil gives some pretty menacing ones.
  • Big Hero 6: Tadashi gives one to Hiro when they get arrested. Put into context, it was Hiro hustling a thug at an illegal bot-fighting gambling ring that led to them getting arrested, and Hiro's status as a minor gets all the other criminals AND Tadashi thrown into another cell together so Hiro can have a cell to himself. Tadashi is justifiably pissed at Hiro and silently makes it clear.
  • In Home, Tip gives a pretty nasty glare to Oh when he tries to ditch her at the gas station to flee to Antarctica.
    Oh: What is the purpose of your face?
  • In The Good Dinosaur, Arlo fools Thunderclap's cronies into finding a different spot from where his pet human, Spot, is hiding. But Thunderclap stays behind and stares at him. He's just standing there. Menacingly. It turns out he's waiting for Arlo to accidentally reveal where Spot is hiding, and he's proven right when Arlo glances briefly to the side.
  • Rameses does this in The Prince of Egypt as he grieves over the death of his Son.
  • In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Frollo sports this one and this one, as he blames Quasimodo for Entering the Feast of Fools and being pelted by the Citizens. Later in the last third of the film, Frollo gives Quasimodo another one before ordering his guards to take him back to the bell tower after discovering the court of miracles.
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman: Penny does this as she and his parents visits Peabody and Sherman's Apartment.
  • Chicken Run: Ginger does these several times. So does Mrs. Tweedy as her default expression, she even does this towards her husband mostly. Mr Tweedy also gives some of these to Ginger whenever he catches her in an escape plan.
  • The Iron Giant: Happens quite a lot:
    • Annie gives one to Dean and then Hogarth in the diner after the squirrel is let loose.
    • Mansley does one to Hogarth when he is on a yelling rant.
    • Mansley to Hogarth "Where's the giant?!"
    • A long one from Hogarth to Mansley during their standoff. By the end of it, he's asleep.
    • The Giant after the car he was about to eat is taken away, immediately before the first scene in the junkyard.
    • Rogard to Mansley a few times, like when Rogard is yelling at Mansley for wasting both his time and the government's money.
    • An almost literal example, with the Giant's eye-beams.
    • The Giant as he is shot after thinking Hogarth is dead and he goes into his Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
    • The Giant to Mansley right before Mansley yells for the missile to be launched.
  • Quest for Camelot: Ruber at times whenever his plans fail. Earlier in the film, King Arthur gave Ruber one after rebounding his attack with Excalibur.
  • The Land Before Time: Sharptooth, who's expression in the whole film is nothing but pure rage and persistence, especially towards the main characters, particularly Littlefoot and Cera.
  • The Little Mermaid: Occurs quite often:
    • Ariel to Flounder when he accidentally revealed to Triton what she was doing.
    • King Triton is definitely the master of those (he even does this trope in the TV Series as well):
      • Earlier in the beginning, he has one when he discovers that Ariel didn't show up in the concert. It doubles as his Nightmare Face during a close-up.
      • Later on, he gave a nasty one to Sebastian when the latter triggered his Berserk Button.
      • He then has a pretty sharp and menacing one when he confronts Ariel in her grotto about the rescue of Eric.
      • In the climax, Triton gave Ursula a meaningful one when he finds her holding Ariel captive.
  • Ice Age 2: The Meltdown: The vultures all have sharp menacing looks to the group before they start singing their version of "Food, Glorious Food."
  • Alice in Wonderland:
    • The Carpenter (with his face turning red as well), just before he chases the Walrus for eating all the oysters behind his back.
    • The Queen of Hearts may also qualify, especially when discovering red paint on the white roses plant.
  • Shrek 2: When Shrek and Fiona and her parents sit down to a dinner, Harold starts off giving one to Shrek, completely disapproving of his marriage to Fiona. After an argument and food fight, Shrek and Harold are glaring at each other as they get up and each tries to take the pig in the center of the table, sending it flying in the air. Fiona then gives them both one after the dinner is ruined and storms off, upset at the terrible meeting of her parents and Shrek.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Thor: Loki stares menacingly at Sif in the throne room while he leans slightly forward in her direction. His eyes and body language seem to say, "I dare you to talk back to your king."
  • Braveheart shows us how it's done a whole bunch of times. Literally, even: There's no way to read that glare William gives the closest guy, moments before his rebellion begins, as saying anything other than a very emphatic and determined "I'm going to kill you now."
  • Clint Eastwood practically invented the Death Glare with his iconic Clint Squint. There's a reason he's been referred to as the "father of the murder eyes."
  • Lee van Cleef usually wore a perpetual sneer while playing villains that was enhanced by his narrow eyes and hawkish face. He also employed it to great effect in his rare heroic roles, most notably For a Few Dollars More, where he combined his usual glare with a look of grief and rage in the final duel that had the Big Bad quickly go from cocky to terrified— and for damned good reason.
  • The Princeton pot dealer receives one from Kumar in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle after first overcharging him for weed and then trying to hone in on his hot British twin action.
  • Jack Nicholson is another career Death Glarer, such that he's one of the Trope Codifiers for the Kubrick Stare. If he hit his personal best in The Shining, it's not for lack of competition. Sometimes he pairs it with a Slasher Smile for added effect.
  • Jonathan, the obsessive/traumatized Scottish soldier in Joyeux Noël who had his brother killed earlier. He looked very much about to kill a German soldier who was offering him champagne, before the German wisely walked away.
  • In Twilight, Edward scares off four thugs with lecherous intents with nothing more than a death glare... and a healthy dose of Drives Like Crazy. And an almost animal-like snarl. And, given the fact that he IS a vampire, perhaps a bit of Magic as well.
  • Meryl Streep in Doubt, about seventy-three times, all terrifying.
  • Meryl Streep glares at everyone within range in The Devil Wears Prada.
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark. The first reveal of Indy.
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
    • The big, hulking Thuggie guard is about to beat the living snot out of the slave child... when the mining cart rolls up and the lantern illuminates a very pissed-off Indiana Jones. We next get the cutaway of the guard sliding to a stop about 20 feet away.
    • And let's not forget Mola Ram himself, with his bulging eyes of epic doom. There was a reason they cast Amrish Puri in the role after all....
  • The Death Glare is the Weapon of Choice for the Antichrist in The Omen (1976), capable of brainwashing or downright scaring people to death. It can also be used by proxy via animal familiars like crows or dogs.
    • Mrs. Baylock, Damien's nanny, seems to have a knack for this as well, as seen with her moments before she kills Kate Thorn.
  • Uma Thurman pulls off some truly amazing ones in Kill Bill. Particularly notable is the one directed at O-Ren Ishii in the scene where she's about to fight the Crazy 88.
  • Juan Miranda in A Fistful of Dynamite actually directs a death glare to the heavens themselves, no doubt piercing paradise and burning a hole through God in it's wake.
  • In Avatar, Jake Sully gets hit with an entire Na'vi tribe's worth of glare during his first night at Hometree.
  • The Sound of Music: Captain von Trapp delivers some of these towards anyone who has opposed him.
  • Get Shorty: "Look at me." Plays with the trope, because the point is that when "Chili" Palmer says it, he doesn't look particularly intense or angry. From the book:
    "I'm thinking, You're mine, I fuckin own you. What I'm not doing is feeling anything about it one way or the other. You understand? You're not a person to me, you're a name in my collection book, a guy owes me money, that's all... It's nothing personal, it's business. The guy misses, he knows what's gonna happen."
  • At the end of 3:10 to Yuma (2007), Ben Wade gives his gang a hateful stare, after the death of Dan, a man he had come to respect and like. They realize what that means and reach for their guns. It doesn't help.
  • Subverted in Rambo IV. Rambo gives some loud-mouthed mercenary called Lewis the Death Glare. The mercenary, however, just points out that he has seen this look a million times and isn't impressed at all. This example is also interesting in that both characters, Rambo and the mercenary, retain their badassness.
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
    • Kim Pine more or less has this as her default expression. One notable instance is when Scott insists she's over their breakup. Pan to Kim's glare, complete with Audible Sharpness.
    • Todd, Envy, and Julie all simultaneously give Knives one when she speaks, complete with "GLARE" written over their heads.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • In The Curse of the Black Pearl, Jack Sparrow delivers a formidable one when he shoots Barbossa to death. It's all the more effective since, up 'til that moment, the generally-cheerful pirate hadn't sported any expressions remotely like it.
    • Sparrow's dad, 'Keeper Of The Code' Teague (Keith Richards) may have taught Jackie his stuff. At a particularly noisy point during the Brethren Court meeting in At World's End, it was suggested the Pirate Code would not be honored. Teague snapped a guitar string & bestowed a glower that silenced the whole rowdy lot.
    • Davy Jones can also do a killer stare. When he snarls "Do ya fear death?", everybody takes him seriously.
    • The look one of Sao Feng's bath attendants gives Beckett's Dragon after he shoots the other should've incinerated the man, by all rights.
  • Daniel Day-Lewis is well known for his ability to perform these. One of his most intense ones is directed at the character of Eli Sunday in There Will Be Blood during his humiliating confirmation at the Church of the Third Revelation.
  • Played straight in the Puppetmaster movies, as Blade, the apparent "leader" of the puppets, has daggers set in his eye sockets which are only able to be clearly seen when someone is guaranteed to die.
  • Blind Mag gives two of these to Rotti Largo in Repo! The Genetic Opera: Once, when he jokingly tells her that she 'belongs to GeneCo', and the second is less subtle during Chromaggia, where she sings the line, "I would rather be... blind!" and then she rips out her eyes in a final act of defiance, rather than have her eyes repossessed by Nathan.
  • Both superhero/angel beings in Hancock have these, right after their Berserk Button is pushed. It's quite humorous.
  • Hermione Granger lays down some scathing eyebeams o' doom throughout the Harry Potter film series.
  • Edward James Olmos' character pulls a pretty good Death Glare on his girlfriend in American Me.
  • Matsu, the protagonist of the Joshuu Sasori series, is largely silent, but has a superb line in Death Glares, producing fear, anger and insecurity in whoever they're directed at. Particularly when repeatedly stabbing people, but most effectively when bound hand and foot, lying in a puddle, in solitary, having just been covered with a sopping wet blanket; her abuser laughs in her face...until she sees Matsu stare back — and grin.
  • Every single Bruce Lee film is famous for this. The scary part about it is even when he is not pissed at anyone he still stares like that. It's more frequent in Enter the Dragon, when he confronts Ohara and Han.
  • Cody Linley (yes, that Cody Linley) is surprisingly adept at these. It's especially on display in Hoovey, where at one point he gives his teammates a death glare that screams "I will rip your head off".
  • Every carnivorous dinosaur in the Jurassic Park movie series has this ominous glare. Special mention goes to The Big One in the first movie, the Pteranodon in the third, and the Indominus rex in the fourth movie.
    • Owen has one permanently painted on his face whenever Smug Snake Hoskins is anywhere near him or his raptors. And he looks positively murderous when Hoskins tries to take the raptors on a field test against the I. rex without his permission. Owen even punches him for it.
    • Delta the Velociraptor throws a snarling fit and also directs one of these towards Hoskins whenever he comes near her or Owen. She eventually rips him to bloody pieces.
  • Iron Sky: Klaus gives a genuinely frightening glare to Kortzfliech when the latter begins the invasion of Earth. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Klaus kills Kottzfleich shortly afterwards and takes command of the invasion fleet himself.
  • Glory: Trip (played by Denzel Washington) gives a death glare to his commanding officer (played by Matthew Broderick) while the latter's order of punishment by whipping is being carried out on him. And given that as a slave Trip was whipped many times before, Trip doesn't flinch while being whipped; he just stares down Shaw.
  • A literal example gives the title to The Men Who Stare at Goats. George Clooney's character stares at a goat for a few seconds. It keels over a few seconds later.
  • Two examples from Superman: The Movie:
    • After crashing Luthor's lair, Superman gave Otis one when he tries to get his cape.
      "I don't think he wants me to, Mr. Luthor."
    • Jor-El got one from Ursa before he sentenced General Zod and company to the Phantom Zone.
  • The Fast and the Furious: The look Dom gives Brian during the Undercover Cop Reveal. Brian is clearly very nervous under the glare.
  • In Upstream Color, a mysterious man has the supernatural ability to remotely spy on the lives of certain people. While spying, he's presented as if physically beside his victims. In the end, one of his victims suddenly levels a death glare directly at him, revealing that she's become aware of his intrusions.
  • A Running Gag in Age of Treason has Marcus Didius Falco hiding his face every time he encounters a statue of the deceased emperor Nero, while thinking in panic The eyes! It's implied that Nero caught Falco in bed with one of his mistresses. Presumably Nero caught a good look at Falco before he ducked out the window, and so Falco lives in constant fear of Nero's gaze falling on him again, even after the emperor is long gone.
  • Paddington's "hard stare". It has to be seen to be believed.
  • Rocky gives one to Drago after Drago kills Apollo in Rocky IV.
  • Henry Cavill as Superman tends to give these out whenever confronted by Jerkasses, since he's resisting the urge to beat them senseless.
  • John gives a pretty good one to Iosef in the bathhouse of the Red Circle club in John Wick, to the point that Iosef has a gun but is too terrified to aim at John. For bonus points, John's pinning down a mook during this and, without breaking his glare with Iosef, shoots the mook in the head.
  • Prince Leopold spends much of The Illusionist glaring at someone, but especially notable is the look he gives Eisenheim after his stunt with the Excalliber trick.
  • Deepwater Horizon: When they see each other again after the explosion, Jimmy gives Don the coldest glare ever, made more intense through only one eye.
  • Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) gives one in No Country for Old Men, which has been memetically mutated into the "Implied Facepalm", i.e. when something is so stupid that an actual facepalm is not necessary.
  • In Forty Guns, Griff Bonnell has a stare so intense that, when he fixes Brockie with it during a showdown, Brockie freezes up and is unable to draw; enabling Griff to walk right up to him and pistol whip him.
  • In No Name on the Bullet, Audie Murphy's character at one point intimidates a lynch mob into backing down with one of these. (And the threat of going for his gun, but still.)
  • Shaun of the Dead: Shaun's mother levels one of these at Shaun when he tries to claim that her husband/his stepfather abused him as a child. He immediately recants.
  • Daredevil: Elektra gives Bullseye one during the entire time they fight, to the point where she never even says a word to him. Her most venomous is when he gives her a non consensual kiss when he gets the upper hand on her.
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: When Koba starts getting a little too uppity with his objections to the humans working in the dam, Caesar gives him a downright terrifying glare. Koba realizes he’s crossing the line and immediately backs down.

  • Detective Falconer in This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It.
    David: He gave me a look that would have made cancer apologize, then ran like hell.
  • Every member of The Flock in Maximum Ride has one, with Max's being particularly powerful, at times even working on Fang, Erasers and grown men.
  • Kristy's "Look" in The Baby-Sitters Club.
  • In The Heroes of Olympus series, it is used by Percy in Son of Neptune.
    He'd perfected his wolf stare over the last few months - a look that said: However bad you think you are, I'm worse.
  • The Lord of the Rings
    • In The Return of the King, Aragorn and army meet up with Sauron's "ambassador" at the Black Gate. While the "ambassador" rants on and on, Aragorn just glares at him, never saying a word, never moving a muscle. He is so taken aback by Aragorn's spiteful gaze that he eventually shudders and exclaims that he has been practically assaulted at parley (a BIG no-no) before riding off. In the novel continuity sufficiently pure-blooded Númenóreans have psychic powers, so it could have been more than just staring. In the extended cut of The Movie, a death glare wasn't deemed quite enough, and Aragorn does indeed assault the ambassador at parley, hacking his head off. Gimli tersely observes "I guess that concludes negotiations."
    • When Éowyn kills the Witch-King's flying beast and sends it falling to the ground with him still on the saddle, he stands back up and gives her an epic death glare without even having a face or eyes. He was about to kill her anyway, but now it's personal!
    • The most impressive one comes from Gandalf, however. When he did it to Bilbo, it was accompanied by special effects going for the more than ordinary effect described in the book.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire
    • Tywin Lannister has perfected the glare into a downright artform. At one point a story is recounted in which a lord repeated an old joke about how Tywin was so rich he "must shit gold." Tywin's only response was to look at the man. Long after the laughter had died down, and throughout the rest of the feast, Tywin didn't look away. Eventually the lord had to flee the room to escape his gaze.
    • Aeron Greyjoy is also well-known for his death glare, which has an in-universe reputation for souring wells and rendering women infertile.
    • Ned Stark is said to have a powerful one, and almost without trying. For example, when he arrived to the throne room to see Jaime Lannister had killed Aerys the Mad (thus (a) slaying the man he was sworn to protect and (b) robbing Ned of his vengeance) he glared at Jaime. A decade and a half later, Jaime Lannister still sees that terrifying glare in the eyes of anyone that looks down at him.
  • Discworld
    • Lord Havelock Vetinari. Just him looking at you may count as a Death Glare. Not to mention when he raises his eyebrow. Ooh, you don't wanna be in the same room when he does that...
    • Sam Vimes freezes. Not for nothing is he known as "Old Stoneface".
      "The chill radiated off him. The lines of his face locked like a statue."
    • In The Fifth Elephant after Vimes frightens the ambassador of a hostile state into pulling his/their armies back till they're practically in the next country:
      Vetinari: Apparently you also looked at the ambassador in a very threatening way.
      Vimes: It was only the way I usually look.
      Vetinari: To be sure.
    • Granny Weatherwax is fond of these Death Glares, and may use magic to augment them. (One usage in Wyrd Sisters is described explicitly as a "thousand-kilowatt diamond blue stare." She stares down a theater patron all the way to the ground.) At one point she and another witch get into a duel that consists of them both performing a Death Glare on the sun. And when someone came close, he got instantly sunburned. Granny lights fires by tossing some logs into the fireplace and staring at them until they burst into flames. You do not get much more deadly than that.
    • Mr. Slant, a zombie lawyer, manages to pull one these off on opposing lawyers in Making Money. Knowing 200 years worth of law and precedent because you were there to make it can be quite intimidating.
    • A favourite weapon of Keldas to keep the Nac Mac Feegle in line, to the point where the mere thought of it can terrify them.
    • Dios of Pyramids has one that's so effective people are honestly surprised that he doesn't have Eye Beams. When looking for an escaped prisoner, one finds oneself looking for lines of molten rock as he scans the room and walls.
  • Charles Morgan from Witch Week, while not always meaning to glare at anyone, is described as having a "blank and nasty" look which is generally magnified by his thick glasses.
  • Richard from The Sword of Truth throws these around fairly frequently. It's apparently a trait common to the Rahl family. The novel Blood of the Fold has a scene where Richard silences a near-riotous crowd by glaring at them.
  • In the Everworld series, the witch Senna Wales often uses these, to good effect; no outburst ever intimidates the others the way a flat stare from her Gray Eyes does. Her confrontations with her half-sister(the two hate each other) often consist of April being passionately, furiously angry, and Senna staring back all cold and contemptuously. Christopher states that Senna's glare says, "I'll crush you in my own good time."
  • Harry Potter:
    • Molly Weasley has been described as a short, plump, motherly woman, and generally doesn't look very threatening, but if you piss her off, you will know about it. Her glare is capable of terrifying even her twin sons Fred and George (both of whom have otherwise never shown any signs of cowardice), and scares innocent bystanders (such as Harry himself in book 2). Even her own husband, also a brave and courageous individual, is reduced to nervous mumbling under her glare.
    • Snape is described as narrowing his eyes malevolently at Harry in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix while saying "This may not be an ordinary class, Potter, but I am still your teacher and you will therefore call me 'sir' or 'Professor' at all times." when Harry addresses him casually and then keeping the glare for a while afterwards.
    • Professor Minerva McGonagall is also capable of giving students "the sort of look that scorches."
    • Hermione Granger can do it too — when Ron teased her in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire about her self-enforced fast in protest of Hogwarts's employment of house-elves, she "gave him a look so reminiscent of Professor McGonagall that he gave up."
    • Harry too. After he suffers another horrible vision in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Hermione berates him for not learning to block it and then makes the mistake of asking if he liked it. The glare he gives her for that makes her apologize quickly.
    • Dumbledore may be a kindly Eccentric Mentor, but when Barty Crouch, Jr. tries to kill Harry while disguised as Mad-Eye Moody, the look on his face shows exactly why he's the only wizard that Voldemort ever feared.
  • In Joe's World books by Eric Flint, Greyboar's glare is referred by several names, such as "The Mirror of Imminent Mortality," "Basilisk," or "Time to reconsider."
  • The Dresden Files:
    • In Changes, Harry meets Agent Tilly. One word and a look from Tilly is able to send Smug Snake Rudolph running from the room. Quite impressive, as the only other things that have been able to accomplish this were a loup-garou and a scourge of Red Court Vamps. Harry's narration mentions that some people have one hell of a glare, that just the way they look at you gives you a little glimpse into the eyes of Death himself. Tilly is one of those people.
    • Harry himself probably posseses a seriously deadly glare, which he wouldn't know being behind it. But when he looks at Cowl and Kumori in Dead Beat they visibly sway backward (Or maybe that was just the wind).
    • Charity Carpenter, as a mother of a large family, has an impressive glare. Molly has inherited it.
  • Paddington Bear's infamous "hard stare."
  • In Lord of Light, Yama's eyes can cause attacking men to drop their weapons and run. Being a Master Swordsman and the god of death could have something to do with it, though. Except that Yama does in fact have Eye Beams, too, which is why he's the god of death.
  • Vorkosigan Saga: Miles Vorkosigan has, through a combination of osmosis and deliberate study of his near legendary grandfather and parents (as well as interactions with several veteran military personnel and senior government officials), learned to project quite an intimidating glare of his own, as his cousin Ivan discovers in A Civil Campaign.
  • The Count of Monte Cristo. This, along with the occasional Psychotic Smirk, has various characters outright terrified of him.
  • Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird, in true So-Called Coward fashion, deploys a death glare now and then.
    Atticus turned his head and pinned me to the wall with his good eye.
  • Stephanie Plum manages one in To The Nines as she's repeatedly being pulled aside for random security checks at an airport, calmly imagining murdering every annoying person around her in a particularly violent way. She doesn't let on what she's thinking, but Lula comments on how creepy Stephanie's suddenly gotten.
  • In the Warrior Cats graphic novel After the Flood, Leafstar proves herself very capable of giving death glares. One of them is enough to make her mate drop the prey he's carrying.
  • In Inanna's Descent to the Netherworld, Ereshkigal uses a Death Glare on her sister Inanna that causes Inanna to die. Later, when she comes Back from the Dead and needs to find someone to take her place, and sees her husband Dumuzi living it up instead of mourning, she uses it on him.
  • At the start of Galaxy of Fear, Uncle Hoole is a Resentful Guardian to the point where when one of his charges comes into his room after knocking, he scares the kid with shapeshifting, tells him off in a threatening way, and turns a "gaze like a blaster bolt" on him. ...He warms to the kids, but it takes a while.
  • Late in Dr. Franklin's Island Semi tries to give one of these to Doctor Skinner, to enhance the She Was Once A Girl effect that seeing her has on him.
    I stayed where I was, staring up at him as meanly as I could. Manta rays are not very mean by nature, but I did my best to look nasty and accusing.
  • In Shaman Blues, this is the default expression of Gardiasz when dealing with Witkacy.
  • In Wolf Hall, Thomas Cromwell can knock men back with just a look when he's pissed off. It helps that he has a Face of a Thug, everyone knows his mysterious past includes mercenary work, and that he's fully capable of knocking them back in a more physical way if he chooses to do it.
  • Journey to Chaos: Retina Corison is said to have a glare potent enough that it can be sensed through his blindfold. When his wife tells him that Nolien is the one "taking care of our Tiza", the glare makes Nolien shiver.
  • In the novelization of The Fugitive, it's mentioned repeatedly that Gerard has cultivated one of these, known as The Look. So much so that he can't get rid of it, leaving him unable to play "Good Cop". It also leaves him genuinely impressed with those who aren't intimidated by it.
  • Who Goes There?. Even though frozen in a block of ice for millennia, the alien creature's face has such an expression of inhuman, cosmic hatred and malice, that the most steel-nerved of the crew run out of the room terrified after just looking at it briefly.

  • The cover of U2's ''War'' album.
  • The singing group Heart had one implied for a cheating lover in an appropriately named song called "If Looks Could Kill".
  • Country singer Rodney Crowell also has a song called "If Looks Could Kill" about being on the outs with one's significant other.
  • Ninja Brian of Ninja Sex Party is pretty much always sporting one of these in every single one of the group's music videos.

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Cockatrice and Basilisk are both good examples of creatures in mythology with literal death glares. Legends say a single glance from either creature can kill (or petrify) a man.
  • Evil eye beads, found throughout Greece, Turkey, Armenia and parts of the Middle East, stem from ancient beliefs that they can protect the wearer from any ill karmic effects given by a death glare.
  • Poetic Edda: In "Hymiskvida", Thor and Tyr go to the hall of the giant Hymir to borrow his cauldron. When they arrive, Hymir is not at home, and Hymir's mother asks them to hide behind a pillar, because Hymir does not like guests and might especially get angry if he sees Thor. When Hymir comes home, his mother gently instructs him who has come to visit him, and that Thor and Tyr are presently behind the pillar. Hymir turns to the pillar and glares at it so sharply that it splinters, and the cross-beam above it comes down. (Note that Hymir does not normally have a magical gaze.)


  • "The Laboratory", by Robert Browning, in which the speaker has resolved to Murder the Hypotenuse in a love triangle.
    For only last night, as they whispered, I brought
    My own eyes to bear on her so, that I thought
    Could I keep them one half minute fixed, she would fall
  • Egil's Saga: In his poem "Arinbjarnarkviða" ("Praise of Arinbjorn"), Egil recalls his last meeting with his deadly enemy Eirik Bloodaxe, when Egil, as a castaway, delivered himself to Eirik's mercy in Eirik's royal hall:
    You weren't safe looking him straight
    In the eye. No kindness there!
    It glittered like a snake's, grew
    Ever more snake-like the more you stared.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Death glares are naturally quite popular in pro wrestling, as a way to respond with disapproval and/or an implication of impending violence to an opponent or antagonist's actions. Among the best/most famous are Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Triple H, and Kane.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The game Adventure! has this as a Heroic Knack, Steely Gaze, which allows you to win all staredowns against non-Inspired characters and offers a bonus against Inspired characters, though the second-level Psychic knack, Cloak of Dread, might be a combo of this and a general aura of terror.
  • Similarly, Deadlands has an edge called The Stare that gives a bonus to intimidation rolls.
  • Warhammer 40,000
  • In Vampire: The Masquerade, kindred with Presence learn this at level 2. Higher level versions are even more potent. Then again, all vampires come off as the predators they are to mortals, making this sometimes unintentional.
  • GURPS has the Fearsome Stare perk that lets you make Intimidation checks without saying a word.
  • In Aye, Dark Overlord any player who fails to convince the Dark Overlord that he/she is not responsible for the failed mission (by shifting the blame to another player) receives a Withering Look. Three Withering Looks and you are out of the game.
  • In the 1951 French board game Long Cours, the first two combat cards, by ascending order of power,note  are respectively "a mean look" and "a terrible look". Fittingly, the next two involve giving the offender black eyes.

  • As the title character in Hamlet, David Tennant delivers the Death Glare to Claudius several times, and at least once to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
  • Subverted in As You Like It, where Phebe protests against Silvius slandering her eyes thus.
    ...but now mine eyes,
    Which I have darted at thee, hurt thee not,
    Nor, I am sure, there is no force in eyes
    That can do hurt.
  • In the filmed version of Into the Woods, the Witch delivers a quite hilarious and frightening one to the Baker.
  • A particularly terrifying one in this version of The Mikado, especially since it appears to be directed at the audience.
  • In the 2012 arena tour version of Jesus Christ Superstar, Annas shoots a truly murderous one at Judas after he strikes Caiaphas and makes him bleed.
  • In the 1977 made-for-TV version of Ghosts for Norwegian Broadcasting Company (NRK), Helen Alving gives Engstrand a scolding look when she realises what he is up to.
    • Similarly, in the 1970 version of The Wild Duck, Gina Ekdal gives Gregers a similar look when Hjalmar has rejected Hedvig as his daughter. Mona Hofland, the actress who did that part, was particularly good at death glares, by the way.
    • In The '70s, this TV theatre made a number of political docu-dramas on behalf of ongoing activism in Norway - and the trope was used in full by five mothers with carriages, guarding a threatened turf in Oslo from "development interests". A man trying to park his car is calmly stared down by the five women for almost sixty seconds, and decides to leave without discussion. CMOA if ever there was one.

    Video Games 
  • The Boss of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater throws a few of these at her former apprentice, most notably during their second encounter when she manages to lull him into dropping his guard, despite the fact that she broke a couple of his bones and threw him off a bridge just a week or two before.
    • She also throws one at the Big Bad when he questions her loyalty to him. Despite the fact that he towers over her and power with electricity, it immediately causes him to back away and soften the accusation as just being caution.
  • City of Heroes has this as a superpower called "Fearsome Stare", which strikes paralyzing terror into the foes before you.
  • Lampshaded in the PS2 Punisher video game.
    Frank: Out of the way, Bullseye.
    Bullseye: Or what? You'll scowl me to death?
  • Charlotte Aulin from Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin lets out a comical Death Glare everytime that someone presses her Berserk Button by calling her a kid.
  • Several Pokémon have the "Glare" move, which paralyzes the target.
    • There's also "Mean Look", which prevents your opponent from escaping, "Leer", which lowers Defense, and "Scary Face", which sharply lowers Speed.
    • The ability "Intimidate" could also be an allusion to this trope, seeing as it takes effect (lowers the opponent's Attack) when all the battling Pokémon have done is merely look at each other, occurring before a single command is even given. Gets a bit weird though when the Olympus Mons are also intimidated. You could almost make a case for something like Jirachi being scared of Gyarados, but then how do Arceus and Palkia get scared? For that matter, how is Hitmontop even close to intimidating?
    • Uxie likely has one of these, as its eyes always remain mysteriously closed. The reason for this is because if the eyes do open, anyone who meets them will have their memory wiped.
    • Cyrus gives you, the player, a death glare during the opening credits of Platinum Version.
    • Professor Rowan's dialogue indicates these with a "...". He's so good at it that he can even stop Barry in his tracks.
    • Cobalion, a Generation V Legendary Pokémon, can command other Pokémon to do its will simply by glaring at them.
    • Many mascot Pokémon from Generation 2 and beyond could be said to be exhibiting this trope based on their artwork.
    • In Pokemon X and Y, a lot of Pokemon will give you one of these in Pokemon Amie if you start petting them on a spot they're not fond of.
    • In Pokémon Sun and Moon, Team Skull Admin Plumeria's battle intro has her giving one of these, which with her yellow eyes manages to be quite unsettling.
  • Several characters have them in Tokimeki Memorial.
    • Shiba Katsumi from Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 2 has one that he'll flash at the heroine if she bugs him too much before he warms up to her.
    • Ryukochi Kai from Tokimeki Memorial 4 flashes you one when you originally see her, but before you are officially introduced. She chases off some thugs who were gonna beat her up with one in her actual introduction scene. And if you happen to ignore her, to the point that she'll like bomb you, she will throw one at you if you meet her at the school gate after classes.
  • Shinja from Battle Realms, whose death glare is an activated ability that intimidates all nearby enemies into dealing less damage. A popular folk tale claims that his glare can even block oncoming magic (in-game, Shinja is near-immune to magic attacks).
  • Niko Bellic in Grand Theft Auto IV pulls of a terrifying one late game when Jimmy Pegorino threatens him.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2006): During her Mama Bear moment, Amy gives Silver a look that essentially says "take one step forward and I'll kill you right here and now." This becomes an awesome moment when you realize that she, a mere Badass Normal, made a powerful psychokinetic back off with that look.
  • The floating eye enemies named Mogalls in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones try to kill your units by looking at them, but they often miss.
  • Mass Effect:
    • In Mass Effect 2, Tali'Zorah is a Quarian, whose race was almost annihilated when they accidentially created a race of sentient robots, with the few survivors having been forced to live in space on ancient dreadnoughts for several hundred years. When she is recruited to the Normandy SR2, she makes it very clear that she think it's a crazy idea to work with the human-supremacist group Cerberus and they can't be trusted a single bit, despite Jacob's best attempts to assure her that this group didn't have anything to do with the crimes and devastating experiments other chapters have commited. When she is about to leave the room, Jacob tells her to introduce herself to the ship's sentient AI, causing her to freeze in her tracks. She doesn't say anything and just stares back over her shoulder for a few very long seconds; if looks could kill, Jacob would have been vaporized along with the entire aft bulkhead.note  The fact that she manages to do this through a near completely opaque/reflective helmet makes it all the more frightening.
      • Shepard's no slouch at delivering such glares him/herself, and at one point is even able to outstare a freaking Krogan in Afterlife, leading to one of the funniest scenes of the game.
      Krogan: I was just trying to have a drink here! No need to get all excited!
    • In Mass Effect 3, Wrex delivers one of these to the Salarian Dalatrass after she insults the Krogan one too many times.
      • Wrex gets one, himself, from a salarian STG soldier when he tells a biting joke after mentioning that the STG is always listening in on him.
      Wrex: I like my salarian livers served raw. Hehe...
      Salarian STG soldier: (silently shoots Wrex an ugly look)
  • Mario Is Missing: After the internet got to him, Weegee began to do this frequently.
  • Kingdom Hearts example: Most of Organization XIII practices this frequently. A few (most notably Xemnas, Zexion and Saïx) have this as their default expression.
  • The portrait for Jaheira from Baldur's Gate could be interpreted as giving a Death Glare; at any rate, knowing her character, it's easy to imagine her dealing them out to everyone. (The second portrait on this page, if you're wondering.)
  • This is Bass' default look towards us in Rockman.EXE 4.5 (and the series in general, actually). Glowing Red Eyes of Doom included!
  • After beating the final boss in Mega Man Star Force 3, it gets up for more. After a short cutscene, the hero goes One-Winged Angel... stands there for a few seconds... and then glances over his shoulder at the boss. Cue unloseable boss fight.
  • In FEAR 3, the Point Man delivers a truly terrifying example of this in the intro when he realizes one of the Armacham soldiers is possessed by Paxton Fettel, and expresses his feelings toward him by slicing his throat.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • In Final Fantasy X, this and Hulk Speak make up the entirety of Kimahri Ronso's interpersonal skills (although he's actually quite the Gentle Giant when he warms up to you).
  • Dragon Age:
    • Dragon Age II - At the end of Act II, Meredith throws one at Hawke when she realizes Hawke has just saved every noble in the city and she now has no choice but to name them Champion. It says a lot about how willingly she shares power, especially if Hawke is a mage.
      • At the end of Act III, should Hawke have sided with the mages, s/he gives the Templars surrounding them a withering Death Glare, causing them to immediately back off and let Hawke and their companions go free. Again, if you're playing as a Mage this carries an additional subtext. After mopping the floor with Knight-Commander Meredith, the Templars clearly know better than to test Hawke's patience.
    • In Dragon Age: Inquisition, Cullen delivers an absolutely epic one to an unfortunate scout who interrupts his and the Inquisitor's first kiss.
  • In the Persona games from Persona 3 onward, whenever a Persona-user is about to get a critical hit or strike at an elemental weakness of their enemies, it activates a Super Move Portrait Attack focusing on the Persona-user's eyes striking an angry expression. Persona 5 takes it even further, with the character's 3d model sporting a spooky Face Framed in Shadow along with the standard angry eye cut in (and the portraits themselves often supporting sinister Slasher Smiles as opposed to the more determined looks from 3 and 4.)
  • In Persona 2, one of Tatsuya's negotiation options is actually called "Death Stare".
  • Katherine of Catherine is nerve-wrackingly good at this.
  • In a moment of O.O.C. Is Serious Business, Kirby gives Queen Sectonia one after inhaling her Wave Motion Gun, right before he shoots said Wave Motion Gun right back at her. This is the only time Kirby looked actually angry at the villain, rather than determined. Given what kind of person Queen Sectonia is, this seems rather fitting.
    • In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby gives Susie an epic glare when told that the people of Pop Star have been considered 'obstacles' to the Haltmann Works Company's business plans. He also glares at Haltmann during his fight. In fact, Kirby has a few extra glares in this game, appropriate considering its Darker and Edgier status.
  • In Mario Kart 8, some of the characters do this whenever they pass another racer. Luigi's strangely sinister stare even became a meme!
  • Gehn in Riven does this when he becomes annoyed or outraged by you. Make some specific choices in the game and he stares you down and will promptly shoot you with his musket, leading to a bad ending. Gehn is especially prone to a Death Glare if one were to keep wasting his time by pressing his call button without a good reason.
  • The Borderlands series has Athena. While she does look very friendly and almost cute when she actually cracks a smile, the rest of the time she has a truly terrifying glare that would probably be enough to kill every one she looks at if it could.
  • In Tomodachi Life, fighting Miis will often give each other these if they momentarily stop throwing things in either apartment. The camera will show their staredown in close-ups during the cutscene of a third Mii intervening, complete with a dramatic Sting to match.
  • Tyranny has the ever-useful and memetic "[glare silently]" option. Depending on the context, it either terrifies people, serves as an appropriate reaction to various forms of idiocy, infuriates Tunon, or just earns a quip from those who are more tired of than intimidated by such efforts. Overuse may lead to extra snark.
  • In Cuphead, the final fight with the Devil begins with a one-eyed glare so thorough, his pupil briefly transforms into an axe and a teacup and plays out what he will do to the sibling protagonists Cuphead and Mugman. It seems to work; this intro is the only one in the game where the boys react by screaming in terror instead of getting hyped up for battle.

    Visual Novels 
  • Tohsaka Rin of Fate/stay night. Do NOT, just do NOT get her angry. Be prepared to be killed, er, I mean, amazed.
  • Tsukihime: Tohno Shiki is usually quite gentle, doesn't particularly enjoy fighting and absolutely despises killing. However, if something truly angers him, The Glasses Come Off, and his glare has more often than not completely terrified his foes. Of course, his Magical Eyes help. In the Melty Blood manga, the majority of his expressions can be summed up into three categories: Exasperation, shock and tranquil fury. It should be noted that he hasn't gone Nanaya at all since the first game, so his terrifying glare is limited mostly to his normal persona.
  • Damon Gant's Epic Stare of Death from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is the embodiment of this trope.
    • There was a flash parody which took Gant's sprite from the game, and used the audio from the above-mentioned Death Glare scene from Scrubs.
    • Miles Edgeworth from the same games is legendary for this.
    • And very proud, too. At one point, when he breaks one of his first Psyche-Locks, he is wondering whether it was the power of his glare that broke it. Also he is capable of glaring back at the detention center camera.
      Edgeworth: "If someone glares at you, it's only polite to return the favor," is what I was taught.
    • And in case I-4, he accidentally glares at his reflection. He wins.
    • Morgan Fey throws off some particularly vicious glares when provoked, as does Dahlia Hawthorne. Like mother, like daughter.
    • In Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, when Kristoph Gavin is upset, he gains Scary Shiny Glasses. When you perceive him in the fourth case, you get to see through them. What you see is incredibly unnerving...
    • In Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, Tyrell Badd gives one that makes Franziska back off. 'Nuff said.
    • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, Dhurke, like Edgeworth, is famous for these. They got the nickname of "Dragon's Glare". Since he was an attorney before his time as a rebel, it seems to be his version of the "Objection!" pose.
  • Jett in SC2VN will do this to you if you ask stare at her for too long, ask embarrassing questions, or play bad Starcraft.
  • Miyako from the Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!! series may have the most terrifying glare in all of fiction.
  • Grisaia no Kajitsu: Protagonist Yuuji tends to show off these involuntary when his thoughts revolve around darker subject matters, or when the situation gets serious. We only get to see it on Makina's route when he gets fed up with Irisu Kiyoka's scheming and holds her at gunpoint, deliberatig wheter to kill her.

    Web Animation 
  • In The Most Popular Girls in School, Episode 51; when Cameron Van Buren flirts with Darren Darabond, his wife, Pamela Darabond, gives her this trope:
    Darren: I think we should probably keep this uh, appropriate. After all, I am a United States Senator, and a Happily Married man. Also, my wife is looking directly at you. Very aggressively.
  • The Youtube Poop series Allison Won Derland made by YouTube user Geibuchan uses this trope thousands of times. Whenever Alice becomes angry at someone, she will do this. It is a red-tinted, zoomed in scene from the original movie that shows her angrily glaring at something. This is the fourth video of the series, which introduced the red-tint Death Glare.
  • RWBY: During her clash with Neo in "No Brakes", Yang's expression is locked into this. Quite uncharacteristic of her considering how she's Hot-Blooded.
  • Gilda the chicken in Knights Of All Realms has a glare so intense she was able to light a barrel on fire with it.
  • In Inanimate Insanity, Baseball gives a downright evil one at Suitcase in the episode "Alternate Reality Show", due to the fact that she destroyed his alliance with him, her, and Nickel via voting Nickel, his best friend no less, off last episode.
  • Early in No Evil, when Huey utterly fails at his job of keeping Kitty's pumpkin patch free of birds and weeds, Kitty gives Huey a look of such fury that he bolts immediately.


    Web Original 
  • Lily, the human-hating fairy of Felarya has a truly frightening stare (mildly NSFW) with a generous helping of Ax-Crazy.
  • The Lizzie Bennet Diaries:
    • Lydia looks at Lizzie this way when she learns that she did not invite her to accompany her outside and that she — Lydia — is not going to have dinner at Netherfield house.
    • William Darcy death-glares at Lizzie at the end when they got together when she keeps taking photographs of him at dinner with Lydia, Charlotte and Ricky Collins. It appeared on twitter accompanying the web series.
  • Nocte Yin has a literal Death Glare, though she mostly just uses it to knock people unconscious.
  • Laina622 does this in her stalking song videos. Talk about Yandere.
  • Mithiriel from Protectors of the Plot Continuum takes the Death Glare to Fluttershy levels. And she's more assertive in general, so Ithalond is something of a Henpecked Husband.
    • In the Official Fanfiction University of MREDURE, Marrim gives a student a Death Glare when said student starts professing her love for Eedrah—Marrim's husband in canon.
  • As The Nostalgia Critic found out the hard way, Don Bluth has a pretty good one. Hell, he practically weaponized it in both the "Conquest of the Commercials" and "Dragon's Lair" episodes.
    Don Bluth: Hey, do I need to do a Death Glare again?
    Critic: You know what, try me. I bet I've gotten used to it by now.
    Don Bluth: [death glare]
    Critic: Daaaaah, you're like the shaming disapproval of every morbid grandparent!
  • Tomska and the missing bwaybwee. It died.
    ... Thews the baybee!
  • Outside Xbox: In one episode of Show of the Weekend on the Xtra side channel, Luke Westaway has to justify the Anachronism Stew nature of For Honor while suffering under this kind of look from Andy Farrant, who gets really upset at historical inaccuracy.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Adventures from the Book of Virtues episode "Honesty", Plato does one to Socrates in response to a bad pun.
  • Galaxy Rangers: Piss off Captain Foxx and you'll get one of these. Even Gooseman backs off when the stare comes out. You will not get a second warning before the Arm Cannon warms up.
  • Batman:
    • He shows everyone in the Justice League why you listen to his orders and keep your mouth shut about it here.
    • If Superman does this... let's just say his look could kill. As Lex Luthor learned.
    • Many years later, Bruce Wayne still has it in Batman Beyond.
    • Talia al Ghul gives one to Terry for misspelling Ra's al Ghul's name, yet strangely does not give one for him calling Ra's al Ghul a psychopath, instead settling for a horrified look of shock. That's because it's Ra's al Ghul in Talia's body and would have every reason to be horrified by the notion of him being a psychopath as well as every reason to be annoyed at having his name mispronounced.
    • Batman gives the two bank robbers an epic one in the opening titles of Batman: The Animated Series.
  • A case of a near-literal Death Glare in Captain Planet and the Planeteers, during a trip back to World War II, a very badly rendered Hitler — sporting a bowl cut and handlebar mustache — once nearly took the titular superhero down with a cold, dispassionate stare fueled by the "pollution" of hate and bigotry in his heart. By contrast, remember that Superman looked Hitler in the eye and kicked his ass at least a dozen separate times in WWII-era comics. Hatred is considered Heart-flavored pollution, so Hitler is a walking block of kryptonite to Captain Planet.
  • Mr. Sunshine from CatDog gives everyone he meets this because of being a Grumpy Bear.
  • This was essentially Stewie's default facial expression in earlier seasons of Family Guy.
  • In "Franklin and Beaver's Show-and-Tell" from Franklin and Friends, Beaver has a magnificent one for Franklin after he asks why she didn't tell him a bee was chasing her, even though she had been trying unsuccessfully to communicate this through charades because she lost her voice.
    Franklin: Oh, a bee was chasing you?! ... Why didn't you say so?
    Beaver: gives Death Glare
    Franklin: That was just a joke.
  • Max and P.J. each give a nasty one in the Goof Troop episode "Waste Makes Haste", when Pete reveals his real objective during their recycling gig with Goofy: To scavenge for a pair of missing golden baby shoes that Pete intended to return to the owner... in exchange for a hefty reward he would keep for himself. (P.J.'s stare actually borders on something downright Kubrickian.) Goofy, however, appears unfazed by this revelation.
  • In Gravity Falls, everyone has had one of these at one point or another. Surprisingly, Soos, Mabel, and Wax Sherlock Holmes were among the first to do so.
  • Practical Pig gives everyone (including his brothers) this kind of glare in House of Mouse.
  • Kaeloo:
    • Mr. Cat has managed to give out some pretty terrifying ones to people who bother him, causing the other person to quickly back off.
    • Kaeloo gives one to Stumpy in the tea party episode when he won't stop annoying her. The glare is so scary that Stumpy immediately covers his mouth with both hands and stops talking.
  • Hank Hill of King of the Hill is a master of this. His trademark glare is the one warning belligerents get before his boot meets their ass. 9 times out of 10, they wisely back off.
  • In The Legend of Korra, Pema gives Tenzin one for reluctantly allowing Tarrlok to join them for dinner, especially after Tarrlok says that Air Nomads never turned away a hungry guest. Moments later, Ikki trumps her mother by giving Tarrlok a longer one, which isn't noticed by those at the table but noticed by the audience. Bonus points added for Ikki's glare looking like Pema's glare.
    • Bolin gets one from almost everyone for being Innocently Insensitive about Korra losing her bending.
    • P'Li gives a rather scary one right at the start of "In Harm's Way".
  • On Mission Hill, death glares are often accompanied by daggers coming out of the person's eyes.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Out of all the characters, Fluttershy has displayed this ability when sufficiently provoked, as seen in "Dragonshy" and "The Stare Master". It is notable that this is only used silently on mundane animals (or as mundane as animals get in Equestria), and when used on fantastic creatures is delivered in concert with the sort of dressing down a mother would give her misbehaving young child.
    • It's actually a plot element in "Stare Master". Fluttershy is somewhat renowned for this ability of hers, but she cannot control it. It may sound funny, but the Stare seems to possess nigh-hypnotic properties, able to break the will of any creature meeting it. This ranges from rounding up some disobedient chickens to staring down a cockatrice, a creature with the power of turning living beings to stone with a glare, until it folds and gives life back to its victims. That's right, Fluttershy's Death Glare reduced into submission a monster with an actual Magical Eye.
    • In "Keep Calm and Flutter On", Discord is shown to be immune to Fluttershy's Stare.
    • In "Party of One", Pinkie Pie also displays some scary glares during her episode-long Sanity Slippage.
    • "Green Isn't Your Color" has Rarity saying she wants to be left alone, and Spike repeating this to Pinkie and Twilight, only to try to sneak off to be alone with Rarity when it seemed like Pinkie and Twilight were gone. Twilight then bites down on Spike's tail and drags him out of the room, at which point she and Pinkie give Spike a more intense Death Glare than was ever given to any of the villains.
    • Twilight uses one to convince Applejack to help out in "Luna Eclipsed".
    • Then there's the look Princess Celestia gives Chrysalis, the Changeling Queen in "A Canterlot Wedding" shortly before trying to fry her with a magical beam. (Celestia is like a mother to all her subjects.)
    • In "Swarm of the Century" when the ponies have conveniently dealt with the problem at hand a solid ten minutes earlier than usual, only to learn Fluttershy couldn't help but keep one of the rapidly multiplying Parasprites for herself. Cue epic death glares from Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, and Rarity.
    • In "Family Appreciation Day", during a flashback to Granny Smith's youth, her mother angrily glared at her father after he kissed Princess Celestia's hoof in gratitude right in front of her.
    • In "The Mysterious Mare Do Well", Rainbow Dash rescues a baby, but she gets so caught up in the fame and congratulations she receives that she carelessly tosses the baby over her shoulder without noticing. The mother catches the baby and glares at her.
    • In "No Second Prances," Applejack gave Starlight Glimmer three death glares in a row after Starlight used her magic to turn Big Macintosh into a Motor Mouth.
    • The best one would probably be in the Season 6 finale, "To Where and Back Again", as after Queen Chrysalis erupts from the ruins of her destroyed Anti-Magic throne, ready to fight with her horn flaring and a murderous hiss in her throat, her anger quickly changes to fear when she sees what awaited her: All of her cocooned victims, including the Royal Family, the Elements of Harmony, the Master of Chaos, and Trixie, are free of their prisons, their magic fully accessible again, and joined by her reformed Swarm and their new King, Thorax, they all are giving her various looks of the utmost anger and fury over what she's put them through in the last few hours, if not days, just for her Revenge for the Royal Wedding defeat. Even Baby Flurry Heart looks outright angry at Chrysalis for what she's done.
  • ReBoot has one that breaks the fourth wall while Dot and Enzo are in a FPS based on the Evil Dead film series.
  • Rick and Morty: In "Meeseeks and Destroy" Rick Sanchez quickly and quietly realizes that Morty was nearly raped by King Jellybean. He doesn't say anything to upset or insult Morty, only giving a look that mixes horror and Tranquil Fury. In fact when Rick and Morty return to earth, Rick quickly grabs a gun and kills Jellybean through the portal. Rick didn't want to ruin Morty's adventure and made sure that it goes great for him without Rick ruining it but as soon as Morty's back is turned, Rick doesn't hesitate to murder his most deserving victim.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In episode "Lady Bouvier's Lover" (#1F21), Abe Simpson had his dance-party date (Marge's mom) usurped by a rival. Abe angrily declared "I'm gonna give him the frowning of a lifetime!" and proceeded to do so. Unfortunately, the rival was the pathologically ego-centric Mr. Burns, so Abe's efforts were completely ignored.
    • Mr. Burns is no slouch in the Glaring department either. (He calls it his "glower power.")
    • In the episode "Saddlesore Galactica", during the victory montage of Furious D. (A horse that Bart adopted, and turned into a racing horse), one section has the titular horse run first out of it's stable only to give a death glare towards the other horses, complete with a dramatic zoom. The other horses proceed to reverse into their start boxes and close themselves in.
    • Marge does this very frequently, almost always accompanied by her disapproving moan.
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man: Gwen Stacy doesn't quite have one of these, but she does have "the look" which has roughly the same effect on her (male) friends Peter and Harry. It also apparently works on her dad (though he may have been joking), which is pretty impressive considering he's voiced by Clancy Brown.
  • In the Star vs. the Forces of Evil episode "Monster Arm", the guy that sat next to Star on her right gave her one. Note he still gave her one when she's not sleeping on him.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: In "Carnage of Krell", Captain Rex and General Krell at one point briefly get into what can only be described as a "glare-off", and if they hadn't been interrupted by a conveniently-timed transmission things might have gotten very interesting in that control room.
  • Star Wars Rebels: Ezra Bridger pulls out a very lethal glare when he gets angry enough. A prime example is in "Gathering Forces", when he has a look of pure death on his face as he taps into The Dark Side to summon a giant fyrnock against the Inquisitor.
  • Steven Universe:
    • In the Wham Episode "Mirror Gem", Garnet gives one of the most terrifying death glares to Steven after he accidentally hits her face when she tried to take Lapis Lazuli's mirror.
    • Pearl also gives one to Steven when he tries to chase after her in "Rose's Scabbard".
    • Yellow Diamond's introduction has her back facing the audience, and then slowly turning around to give a terrifying one of these.
    • "Now We're Only Falling Apart" has Pink Diamond giving a chilling one as she transforms into Rose Quartz, after having her pleads to the other Diamonds to spare the Earth get brushed off one too many times.
  • Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!: You do NOT want Nova glaring at you. EVER. Likewise, while this occurs less often, Antauri has quite the death glare when it chooses to come out.
  • In an episode of the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leo, Donnie, and Raph do this to Mikey on several occasions.
  • Teen Titans: Raven has a Death Glare that will make you shit bricks. Ask Doctor Light. Beast Boy is apparently immune to it (probably through repeated exposure), as when she gave him one in the episode "Fear Itself", he was unfazed. Occasionally he does back off, it's just that it's not a death glare to him.
    • The episode "Betrayal" contains a Played for Drama example - just after getting a Heel–Face Door-Slam from Beast Boy, the last expression seen on Terra's face as she and Slade slip into the shadows together is an absolutely chilling glare in BB's direction.
  • In the CGI era of Thomas the Tank Engine, The Fat Controller has given these to the engines on occasions when they get out of line. One example includes in "Duck and the Slip Coaches" where he gave one to James after finding out that he stole Duck's idea on the Slip Coaches. Cue James' "Oh, Crap!" Smile.
  • In the ThunderCats (2011) episode "Berbils" gruff Old Soldier Panthro delivers one when he's caught openly hugging his new friend Ro-Bear Bill:
    Wilykat: Busted!
    Wilykit: Panthro's a big ol' softy!
    Panthro: Is that a problem?
    Wilykit: [stiffens nervously] Nope.
    Wilykat: It's cool.
  • Total Drama:
    • Courtney has a fearsome death glare which she regularly gives to both her enemies and her beloved bad boy boyfriend, Duncan.
    • Owen earns two of these from Noah in "I See London", the first is even accompanied with a Scare Chord.
    • Gwen had many of these over the course of the series.
  • Transformers:
    • Transformers Prime:
      • Despite not having a face, Soundwave manages to pull this off. Right before giving Airachnid an epic beatdown.
      • In "One Shall Fall", Optimus Prime,of all bots, pulls off a shocking Death Glare worthy of the Dark Knight himself. It's both awesome and terrifying all at once. You know the shit just got real folks when a bot like Optimus acts out of character like that. What caused it? Megatron on Dark Energon blasting Bumblebee while he took Raf home from the Autobots' base. What resulted is that Raf nearly died from toxic exposure to Dark Energon and Megatron was stupid enough to flash Prime a Slasher Smile while gloating over the matter. His Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Megatron for nearly killing Raf is full to the brim with hulk rage. His voice is controlled, absolutely calm and his pace methodical as he cuts down any Decepticon between him and Megatron. Although to see him express the intent to murder Megatron and (if Megatron wasn't powered up by Dark Energon beforehand) actually succeed in following through should make it quite clear Optimus was in a state of mind and fit to kill Megatron on sight.
    • The Transformers: Back in Generation 1, the Decepticons successfully framed the Autobots and made themselves look like the good guys. While Soundwave and his cassettes attended a teen dance, some guy asked "Laserbeak wanna cracker?" No. Laserbeak did not'' want a cracker.
    • Beast Wars sees Optimus Primal glare at Rhinox in "Code of Hero" when asked if he remembers the explosion from the end of season 1—an explosion that Optimus was at Ground Zero of, temporarily died as a result, and Rhinox had to resurrect him. Naturally, Rhinox conceded that it was a stupid question.
    • Whirl manages a pretty good one in The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, which is only made more impressive by the fact that Whirl is a Cyber Cyclops with no facial features other than one glowing eye; presumably he had eyelids installed at some point.
    Whirl: Word of advice, when my eye does this, clear the area.
  • Wakfu: Ruel's grandmother will give you a Death Glare if you ever say the word "borrow". Or "discount". Or "refund". Or... well, any suggestion you could maybe pay less than her tariff. Even... especially to her grandson — he should know better.
  • On Wonder Pets, Linny gives Ming-Ming one when, in "Save the Visitor!", Ming-Ming suggests of the Visitor, "Maybe he's a guinea pig. He sure eats like one." (Linny is a guinea pig.)

    Real Life 
  • NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, a.k.a. The Black Mamba, has a downright menacing one that you can usually catch once a game, especially in photos online (and abused hilariously in basketball memes). One of the most famous instances was during the 2012-2013 season when he gave one to then-coach Mike Brown while they were losing. Even though it was early in the season, the normally champion-level LA Lakers were on a losing streak, and that game was one another tally to the count... one week after the death glare was given, Mike Brown was fired. But seriously... does this look like the face of mercy to you?
  • Even animals can give the Death Glare, as indicated by this famous quote by Robert Ruark on the Cape Buffalo. The Cape Buffalo is perhaps the deadliest animal in Africa. Just do not mess with it.
    "I lurched up and looked at Mbogo, and Mbogo looked at me. He was 50 to 60 yards off, his head low, his eyes staring right down my soul. He looked at me as if he hated my guts. He looked as if I had despoiled his fiancé, murdered his mother and burned down his house. He looked at me as if I owed him money. I never saw such malevolence in the eyes of any animal or human being before or since. So I shot him."
  • Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop's stare has reached meme status.
  • Steve Jobs had a death glare that is infamous among Apple fans.
  • Surprisingly enough, pop country's sweeetheart and noted dork Taylor Swift has an excellent one, often seen when hitting a line in one of her Take That! songs. Most notable when she reaches the front of the stage during her performance of "Mean" at the 54th Grammy Awards.
  • Jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman would often glare at other band-members while playing a song, and would continue staring for minutes on end while they played the rest of the tune. It was infamously known as "The Ray".
  • Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott once spent a good minute of a one-on-one interview silently death staring the reporter after being asked a question.
  • Henry Rollins — His page image is more or less his default expression.
  • Any fighting event with a weigh-in, for example Mixed Martial Arts. Here's possibly the greatest staredown of all time.
  • Reportedly, Michael Bay was talking to USAF helicopter pilot Maj. Brian Reese when one of his subordinates walked by singing the theme song of Team America: World Police. The Death Glare he gave the other resulted in Bay casting him as the Moustache Man.
  • What happens when you drop your daughter to catch a foul ball in front of her mother? You get this.
  • Pat Summitt. Full stop.
  • The Transformer Owl, at Here's.
  • This possessive cat. Another cute little kitty here.
  • George Washington was famous for this, in a particularly funny moment with fellow founding father, Gouverneur Morris. Gouverneur made a bet that he could prove he was a good friend of George Washington by approaching him casually at a dinner party. The look Washington gave him after Morris slapped him on the back and shook his hand was apparently "not worth 1,000 meals" according to Morris.
  • Epic Teatime with Alan Rickman. 3:57.
  • Richard Pryor told the story of two of these. He was working a Las Vegas casino when he became angry at his pay and/or treatment. He burst into the boss's office and gave him what he called his "Wild [n-word]" stare guaranteed to terrify any white man. The casino boss laughed and embraced him with a "this guy", unafraid. However, one of his henchman displeased the boss and when Pryor saw the boss's expression he thought, "Oh, man, this guy is dead. He's still breathing and walking around, but he is dead."
  • Bill Gates, when IBM engineer David Bradley said that although he invented Ctrl-Alt-Delete, it was Bill that made it famous. Watch.
  • Saying guacamole wrong will cause Stephanie March to go full on Alex Cabot on you.
  • Dominant wolves and wild dogs will do this to assert their status toward pack members. They'll respond in kind when a human does this to them, too, which is why you should never make aggressive eye contact with a wolf or unfamiliar dog, lest they mistake it for a challenge and attack.
  • Grigori Rasputin had a pretty intimidating glare. Something you wouldn't expect from a faith healer...
  • Adolf Hitler had an evil glare to go with his equally evil nature.
  • There is a picture of Joseph Goebbels that was taken in the moment he was told that the photographer is a Jew.
  • If looks could kill, Jaz Coleman would be a mass murderer.
  • Remember the look that Mom gave you when you were acting up in public?
  • Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys did this a lot in his younger days. As did his younger brother, Carl Wilson. And here they are doing it at the same time. (Brian's in the top left and Carl's in the bottom right)
  • Legendary Canadian Kickboxer, Jean Yves Thériault was so well known for his ice cold stare during a fight -particularly the stare down — that he earned the nickname "The Iceman" because of it. You can hear commentators mention it during some of his fights. Seeing as he's considered one of the greatest kickboxers to ever live, one can imagine it wasn't a pretty sight for his opponents.
  • This Bangladeshi cricket fan received a lot of attention on the internet due to the downright disturbing look he gave the camera.
  • hide had an absolutely petrifying one that was even worked into plush dolls of his likeness.
  • Former chess world champion Mikhail Tal was known for doing this to his opponents during games. Eventually, his opponents took up the habit of wearing sunglasses to avoid it.
  • Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele was all about this trope. The fact that he was 6'8 and built like a tank definitely made it even more intimidating.
  • Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis had a truly haunting glare. It's like he's staring right into your soul.
  • Romanian actress Veronica Lazar had a penetrating death glare that was rarely utilized in films, but was often exploited by the press. Neither Dario Argento nor Lucio Fulci employed said death glare to full effect, but we do get a scowl as she first appears in The Beyond that suggests her character is up to no good. However, in press articles about her, there would often be pictures taken of her smiling and then for good measure, the glare (a milder form was last seen in Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered).
  • Roger Ebert is giving one hell of a glare on the cover of his book Your Movie Sucks.
  • Shoebill storks. They're pretty much harmless, but you wouldn't think so from looks like this.

Suppose two characters Death Glare each other? Best you get out of there quick!

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Alternative Title(s): Staring Daggers, Hairy Eyeball, Badass Glare, Shut Up Glare, Be Quiet Glare


Kong: Skull Island

Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) giving Kong a death glare waiting for him to run towards him.

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