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Red Eyes, Take Warning in comic books.


  • Batman:
    • It depends on the artist, but The Joker sometimes has red eyes.
    • One of the first signs that something is up in Flashpoint and its cartoon adaptation is that Batman's got red eyes/visor lenses instead of white... because Bruce died that night in Crime Alley, the Batman in Flashpoint is his father Thomas.
    • Once he switched to the various armors he'd use during his time as Batman in Knightfall, Azrael sported red eyes or, Depending on the Artist once he donned the helmet, a red visor.
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    • Bane's mask has red lenses.
  • In The Brute #1 (Atlas Comics, February 1975), the eponymous creature's eyes glow red when a man knocks his friend, Dr. Turner, unconscious. He then kills the man by throwing him against a wall.
  • Captain America had these at the end of a What If issue. He was pretty pissed at that moment.
  • In The DCU the Demon Etrigan is sometimes presented as evil and sports a pair of red eyes.
  • Donald Duck and his uncle Scrooge McDuck get the red eyes and very scary expressions whenever they get really angry.
    • Case in point. The creaking sound is Scrooge starting to tear apart a goddamn steamboat with his bare hands when the owner and his mooks trapped him aboard and read out letters revealing his family was broke and his mother had died. The aftermath was likened to being caused by a tidal wave.
  • In Max Ride: First Flight, the Erasers — genetically engineered wolf-men sent to capture the protagonists have glowing red eyes. Notably in close up panels, their eyeballs, irises and pupils are shown to be entirely red.
  • The Copy Robot in Mega Man issue 4.
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    • Mega Man himself as he was infected by Wily's malware.
  • The Flash's various Reverse Flashes are sometimes portrayed with red eyes.
  • Heroic version: In Last Days of the Justice Society, The Spectre in 1945 has red eyes with skulls as pupils when he tells Harry S Truman that what's going on with the "rip in the sky" may affect the whole universe.
  • Lampshaded in the second story-arc of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW); when Applejack spots a group of cute Nightmare creatures, the nearest of which have sparkly red eyes, she asks Fluttershy for her opinion on their significance:
    Fluttershy: Possible inherent evil?
  • Jesse Custer of Preacher gets red eyes when using The Word.
  • A trick of the lighting gives Frank Castle red eyes during the events of "Up is Down, Black is White" in The Punisher MAX, moments before he guns down a party of mafiosi. Typically such an act from him wouldn't justify the symbolism, but in this case it represents the Tranquil Fury mixed with Unstoppable Rage that consumes him after Nicky Cavella dares defile his long-dead family's remains on national television.
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  • Shakara: Shakara's eyes glow a bright red, and he's an unstoppable killing machine on a revenge-driven quest of death and destruction.
  • Star Wars Legends: Star Wars: Legacy has Cade Skywalker, whose eyes turn red when he uses his healing ability. At first, he has to tap into The Dark Side to do it, and every time he does, he gets the red flash.
  • The New 52 version of Superboy, when using his telekinetic abilities.
  • Supergirl is more short-tempered and hot-blooded than her cousin. If she gets angry and her eyes glow red, she's about to show why pissing her off is a terrible, suicidal idea. Some examples:
    • In the beginning of the Red Daughter of Krypton story arc, Supergirl's eyes' red glow intensified during her fight against Lobo as she got angrier. At the beginning their eyes give off a faint red light. At the end they pour red fire.
    • The cover of the first issue of Supergirl (Rebirth) subverts this: Kara's eyes are glowing red, but she looks happy.
    • In Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl Supergirl's eyes glow red when Lex Luthor finally pushes her over the edge.
    • Played with in the start of Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade. Kara is harassed by reporters as soon as she arrives on Earth. Her eyes give a red glow, which usually is a sign that she's about to blast something. However it is her X-ray vision which starts acting up.
    • In ''Bizarrogirl, Supergirl's eyes glow red when she faces a monster which has just eaten Bizarro Luthor, telling it better spits his victim out... or else.
  • Superman, big time. Granted, his eyes nearly always glow red just before he uses his heat vision in any context, but Superman with BIG glowy red eyes and an angry expression fits this trope and means that someone's about to get seriously hurt.
    • Notable examples include For the Man Who Has Everything (to Mongul: "Burn"), JLA/Avengers (in his fight against Thor), and Kingdom Come, where he had to be talked down from murdering the entire UN Assembly in the final chapter.
    • But perhaps his best display is when Darkseid apparently killed Supergirl in the The Supergirl from Krypton arc, and Superman, after shedding some tears for his cousin, donned his red eyes of doom and gave Darkseid the beatdown of a lifetime.
    • In War World, Superman fights an Evil Twin whose eyes glow red permanently.
    • Subverted in Lex Luthor: Man of Steel. Superman is always presented with red eyes, but it's due to Luthor's Unreliable Narrator perspective. And the fact that whenever Superman and Lex Luthor are face-to-face with each other, the reason behind Superman's glowing, angry red eyes is usually because Luthor's just done something utterly monstrous and gotten away with it
    • Usually Superman's eyes heat up when he's justifiably angry or serious but at the other end of the spectrum when The Joker possesses Superman in Scott Snyder's Batman: Endgame the glowing red eyes and toothy smile make Clark absolutely terrifying to behold.
    • Doomsday's eyes are naturally red. As if all those Spikes of Villainy aren't enough to send you running.
    • Similarly Darkseid has naturally red eyes and when they glow it usually means he’s gonna Omega-Beam your ass.
  • Lover Boy in The Switch Electricia has eyes that glow red when he uses his hypnosis.
  • According to the Marvel handbook, this should be the case for Werewolf by Night: his eyes are yellow when he is transformed and fully in control of himself; when he transforms involuntarily and becomes a dangerous, wild animal, they are red. Unfortunately the colorists don't quite adhere to this and the two often get switched around.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman (1987): Ares' eyes are almost always glowing red, and in his iconic get up are the only part of him actually visible, glowing ominously from the dark shadows underneath his helmet. He is also incredibly dangerous even during periods when he's ostensibly allied with the good guys he's still an unrepentant killer on a global scale.
    • Wonder Woman (2006): Stalker's red eyes are a visible side effect of having traded his soul to a demonic entity ages ago for power.
  • X-Men:
    • Magneto is sometimes drawn with these, it either red eyes or Blank White Eyes fitting for the Anti-Villain.
    • Cyclops actually gets these eyes when is he depowered or actually in control of his power unlike most of the time. Though given the risk factor, Scott would still have to wear the shades anyway.
    • Wolverine is a trope codifier of this, he especially gets a lot of these under Jim Lee's penciling.
      • One of the best Wolverine examples is seen during flashbacks while wearing his red-visor helmet as Weapon X, when donning his more serious red-lensed X-Force uniform to 'get down to business', and most notably (albeit inconsistently) when entering into his infamous berserker rage. Once while Logan was guest instructing a group of young X-Men in a special Danger Room training session, he sensed the disturbing presence of a dark and malevolent wraith. Knowing that the children were in very real danger from this insidious entity, he told them that they needed to immediately run for the exit as soon as he gave the signal. After Wolverine quietly stalked and then confronted the vile geist in an explosive blood-haze, with his wild mane standing completely on end, and bellowing a furious primal roar, the kids bolted for the exit. At first looking over her shoulder and then stopping to witness the incredible scene taking place in the distance, the child narrator commented that Wolverine's anger was in fact so palpable that you could not only feel the savagery emanating from him, but also see it radiating in visible waves of enraged madness. In response, the now terrified evil spirit could not leave the Danger Room fast enough and in comedic haste, it flew out of the X-Mansion and disappeared into the distant forest. When questioned by the X-Kidies as to what exactly that was all about, Wolverine replied: "We was just dealin', ya know, and I guess he couldn't hack it."
    • Also from the Weapon X Program there's Omega Red and Maverick.
    • Mr. Sinister has these.
    • Depending on the Artist (or moment) Apocalypse and Cable's Evil Twin Stryfe have red eyes.
    • Gambit has got red irises as well as black sclera and it's the reason he was abandoned as a child. Though fortunately for him it's a very mild mutation compared to his fellow X-Men.
      • Gambit's red eyes only actually came in later as they were originally white and his kinetic energy was green before being turned magenta.
    • If X-23's eyes turn red, run. Run away very fast. It means she's under the effects of the trigger scent and you're about to die a horrible, meat confetti death.
  • Catwoman: Guardian of Gotham: The eyes on the evil Batman's suit are always blood red.
  • Philippe Druillet has the Lone Sloane series. His astronaut Sloane was originally a normal human from 800 years from now. Once he has been taken by the dark god He Who Seeks and dumped in another dimension, Lone Sloane now has incredible powers and red eyes. Living as a space pirate, Sloane is known as the "Red-Eyed Wolf".


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