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As visual shorthand for "this being is magical/powerful", the being will have streamers of magic, usually (but not always) glowing, trailing from the corner of at least one, if not both, eyes. Because this is a visual effect, it's primarily seen in CGI and hand-drawn animation, sometimes in live-action, and rarely in non-visual mediums like radio and literature. Almost always overlaps with Glowing Eyes, but it's hypothetically possible for the streamers to appear without the eyes themselves glowing. It's also hypothetically possible for the streamers to be black.

Can overlap with Fireball Eyeballs, if and only if the flames or smoke extend past the boundaries denoted by the eye sockets and face.

Compare Sparkling Stream of Tears, where someone who is moving fast while crying leaves a trail of star-like tears flowing from their eyes behind them.

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Eye streamers may occur when someone with Glowing Eyes moves fast enough to leave a motion blur.

Not to be confused with Eye Beams, which shoot forward from the pupils and usually deal damage.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Black★Rock Shooter has blue flames forming a long stream from one eye.
  • In My Hero Academia, Izuku's eyes glow and emit green lightning representing the power of One For All coursing through him when using Full Cowl.

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 
  • Petriculture Cycle: Pandelirium: As a sign of possession by Sombra, following the original work's depiction of him:
    "Trixie has been possessed by Sombra."
    "the physical evidence leaves little room for such doubts."
    The "physical evidence" that Celestia had mentioned was immediately obvious: a pale violet haze was seeping from her eyes, which were now had deep scarlet irises set against an unearthly bright green sclera.
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    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Avengers: Infinity War, when Thor (along with Rocket Raccoon and Groot) arrives in the battle of Wakanda, he starts to go on a rampage while his eyes emit lightning sparks (being a thunder god and all). It represents his fury as he's trying to find Thanos there.

    Tabletop Games 

    Video Games 
  • In Team Fortress 2, the Demoman's missing eye starts to trail bright green fire as he beheads enemies with the Eyelander. Professional killstreak weapons provide a similar effect for their class, with a number of different visual effects and colors.
  • In Street Fighter V, during Akuma's Critical Art Shun Goku Satsu, the screen gets darkened, and his Glowing Eyes of Doom creates streaks of light as he moves in high speed to beat his foe multiple times.
  • The nameless Grey Warden from an early promotional trailer for Dragon Age: Origins establishes himself as a Magic Knight when, before facing the Darkspawn Horde, he enchants his sword and his eyes briefly acquire mystic blue streamers.
  • In World of Warcraft, this is your first, and maybe only, clue that the one you're talking to is a dragon taking A Form You Are Comfortable With. Most pronounced with the Dragon Aspects, but in general - the older/more powerful the dragon, the more noticeable the magic eye stream.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY:
    • Creatures of Grimm have glowing red streamers from their equally red eyes.
    • Maidens manifesting their powers will have glowing eye flames extending a few inches past their eye sockets. Amber's eye flames were mostly golden, shaped like a pair of butterfly wings, with blue centers partially obscuring each eye. But once Cinder stole Amber's power and held onto it for a while, the corona lost its butterfly shape and changed to a narrower, orange stream that started at the corners of her eyes instead of obscuring them. The current Spring Maiden has red flames trailing from the outside corners of her eyes.

    Western Animation 
  • King Sombra from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has glowing purple streamers extending from the corners of his eyes, as does anyone using or under the influence of his magic.

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