Fireball Eyeballs

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Don't make this angel angry.

Eyes filled with fire is a very strong image, and is a good way to convey that a character is demonic, possessed by demons, really pissed off, or is in just a really excited mood.

Don't really expect the fire to actually affect things, unless this crosses over with Heat Vision.

Compare Glowing Eyes, Hellish Pupils, Wingding Eyes, Burning with Anger.

Contrast Ocular Gushers.

Not to be confused with "Eyes of Flame".

Examples of Fireball Eyeballs include:

Anime and Manga

  • In Ouran High School Host Club, the female customers gets flaming eyes when they're really fired up about something - usually a particularly adorable Moe moment involving the hosts. It turns into a somewhat bizarre plot-point during the episodes starring Ritsu Kasanoda, a young Yakuza Boss whose icy glare normally freezes anyone who comes near him. He winds up being Sweet on Polly Oliver, causing all the girls to get fired up about the perceived Yaoi romance, and even when he turns his icy glare on them, their fiery intensity melts it on the spot. "Don't underestimate the flames of MOE!"
  • In one episode of Sgt Frog, Momoka's pupils turn into flames when she imagines using the next day's outing with Fuyuki as a chance to get close to him, but they turn into tiny rainclouds when Fuyuki mentions it's supposed to rain the next day.
  • Rock Lee in Naruto.
  • Chako gets a Rousing Speech in Cosplay Complex, and her eyes do this.
  • Video Girl Ai: In episode 3 of the anime, right before Ai spends all of Youta's immediate cash on a crane game.
  • Crosses over with Playing with Fire for Lunatic in Tiger and Bunny—and as Episode 16 confirms, the fire from his eyes can literally cause injury.



  • Two examples from the Percy Jackson series. Ares, god of war, has creepy flaming eyes because he's a representation of violence and rage; he normally wears sunglasses to cover them up. Hestia also has flames for eyes, but hers are described as much warmer and less creepy; since she's goddess of the hearth, the literal "home fires," this makes sense.
  • In the Nightside series, Merlin Satanspawn has no actual eyeballs, instead having flames in their place. Whenever he appears, John mentions that they say he has his father's eyes...
  • Ba'alzamon in The Wheel of Time has fire appear in his eyes and mouth at random intervals. A side effect of overuse of the True Power.
  • Everworld: Hephaistos is described as having literal fire in his eyes.
  • The Wee Free Men, Tiffany runs into grimhounds, which have fiery eyes and razors for teeth. She manages to defeat a group of them by luring them out of the Queen's realm, causing about what having fireballs for eyes would do in real life.

Video Games

Web Comics

  • In El Goonish Shive, Ellen has them here and Susan has them here.
  • Girl Genius, when Agatha was in "god mode". Queen Albia later did the same, but most of the time she looks normal (other than the halo of floating golden stars and occasional shapeshifting) -- presumably she does not leave this state, but that's also why she had ages of experience controlling its manifestations.

Web Original

  • In RWBY, a tear-shaped aura of flame surrounding the eyes is the indication that a Maiden is using her power.