One-Way Visor

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A visor is a piece of eyewear that covers at least both eyes and the bridge of the nose. It's like a pair of goggles, but with temple-arms. Visor also refers to the faceplate of a helmet, the part that can be raised or lowered. This is about both kinds, specifically, ones that are opaque on one side (although, for all we know, it's opaque on both sides, so it doesn't have to be confirmed to be one-way), which is often—but not necessarily—connoted by a gold, silver, or obsidian mirror effect. Opaque, spherical helmets also count. Bonus points if the technology to do this shouldn't have been invented yet.

Separate lenses don't count, they go on Opaque Lenses. Compare Sinister Shades, The Blank, Eyeless Face, The Faceless. Contrast In Space Everyone Can See Your Face.

Examples of One-Way Visor include:

Anime and Manga[edit | hide | hide all]

Comic Books[edit | hide]

  • Judge Dredd
  • Moon Man, a pulp mag character who came out when one-way glass was invented.
  • Originally, the Red Hood, a Batman villain had this. Later, it was changed to the standard superhero opaque eyepeices.
  • Cyclops from X-Men.
  • Mysterio, a Spider-Man villain.
  • Red Hook Asylum guards from Neonomicon
  • Yorrick's gas mask in Y: The Last Man
  • Space Marines from Wonton Soup
  • In G.I. Joe, Cobra Commander's battle helmet featured a completely mirrored facemask. Many varieties of Cobra Vipers wore such masks as well.

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Tabletop Games[edit | hide]

  • Warhammer 40,000 unsurprisingly features many such helmets. The Dark Eldar are especially fond of these, with mirrored full-face masks common among Reaver jetbike pilots, and most of the Haemonculi "creations" such as Wracks and Grotesques have blank visors surgically implanted over their faces.

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Western Animation[edit | hide]

  • G.I. Joe: Cobra Commander's mask. The Movie shows that it's a rare fully opaque version.
  • Played With in Static Shock with Richie (AKA Gear). Other characters act as if it's this, but the audience can see through it just fine.
  • Most goggles in the Dilbert cartoon.

Real Life[edit | hide]

  • Space Suits have these.
  • Welding helmets and goggles have heavily smoked glass to protect one's corneas from the light generated by plasma arcs and metal-melting flames.
  • Hazmat Suits
  • Some sports eyeshields (including motorbiking helmets).
  • Air force pilots sometimes wear these (as seen on almost every air-force movie, usually on Mooks).
  • Mirrored, wraparound sunglasses.
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