Powers and abilities, whether specific to any character or not, are linked with their eyes many times in anime. While some characters reveal themselves to be born with the strongest of eyes with such unique and Godly anime abilities, others have to give up something in return or train like hell to achieve these powers.
No matter whether the character is a villain or a hero, or a Shōnen or Seinen, these anime characters with unique eyes and all-powerful abilities sit on top of the food chain in their respective anime series. With some trapping opponents in a time loop, some simply annihilating them with a single look or viewing the future to plan their advance, these mighty strong eyes with their unique abilities are some of the most fearsome weapons in combat.
10 Shinigami Eyes (Death Note)
Deadly, But Useless Without The Death Note
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- Release Date
- October 21, 2007
- Mystery, Thriller
- Reveals names and lifespan of people in visual range
- Cuts the user’s lifespan in half
- Doesn’t show the user’s own lifespan or that of others with Shinigami eyes
Shinigami Eyes from the world of Death Note is arguably one of the most powerful eye abilities to arise from the anime world. The red-colored eyes bestowed upon a user by a Shinigami allow them to see the name and age of everyone on top of their heads. It is precisely like seeing the world with a set of AR glasses.
While the information provided by the Shinigami Eyes might not seem like a big deal at first, it is still a destructive force in the hands of those possessing a Death Note. The information allows the user to have easy access to the information needed to kill any individual they see. Simply writing their name in the Death Note and letting the dance of death begin as the Shinigami do their dirty work to kill the person is something not to be taken lightly.
9 Stone Eyes (Fairy Tail)
Can Turn Anyone Into Stone, But Can Be Dodged With A Pair Of Glasses
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- Release Date
- October 12, 2009
- Adventure, Fantasy
- A-1 Pictures Satelight, Clover Works
- Can turn anyone into stone
- Only Evergreen can undo the spell
- Doesn’t work on artificial eyes
- Doesn’t work if the target is wearing glasses
- Only works on humans
Stone Eyes, as the name suggests, is a rather simple but powerful eye ability of Fairy Tail Guild’s mage Evergreen. Using Stone Eyes, Evergreen can turn anyone to stone with a single gaze. Evergreen’s visual prowess is similar to that of the Greek legend Medusa. However, unlike Medusa, Evergreen has control over her ability.
When turned to stone with the Stone Eyes, a victim will eventually turn to dust if Evergreen doesn’t undo the spell. That being said, there are certain conditions that can save anyone from becoming a victim of her stone eyes. If another character is wearing glasses or has artificial eyes, then Evergreen’s Scarley Eyes can’t turn them into stone.
8 Byakugan (Naruto: Shippuden)
Good For Defence, Lacks Offensive Techniques
- Has an almost X-ray-like vision, penetrating most matter
- Gives the user near 360-degree vision
- A blind spot behind the head
- Doesn’t pair well with offensive jutsu
The Byakugan is another one among the formidable Dojutsu from the Naruto universe. Belonging to the Otsutsuki and Hyuga Clan, Byakugan allows a user to see the Chakra network of targets and grants an enhanced field of vision, which can penetrate solid objects to reveal enemy locations. It also allows the user to have a near 360-degree vision with one dead spot.
Apart from detecting hidden enemy locations and seeing Chakra pathways, Byakugan also gives the users the ability to see through Genjutsu. However, its usage also depends on its wielder. In the anime, Momoshiki claimed that he could see the future of another person with his Byakugan. At the same time, Kaguya Otsutsuki demonstrates the ability to take over other’s minds with her Byakugan, as she did to her son Hamura.
7 Geass (Code Geass)
Can Manipulate Anyone, But Only Once!
- Release Date
- October 6, 2006
Strengths (Lelouch’s Geass):
- Commands with Geass can last a lifetime
- Can sow commands in a target’s mind
Weaknesses (Lelouch’s Geass):
- Overuse leads to the eye becoming discolored, revealing the Geass to unsuspecting people
- Can only be used once on a person
As addressed in the anime, Geass is the “Power of the Kings.” Those who lack the determination to control it will get consumed by its power. In Code Geass, C.C. is among the few notable characters who can bestow this power onto other characters.
The anime presents no definitive characteristic of the power of Geass, as it manifests differently in each individual, arguably bringing forward their innermost desires and reflecting their personalities. As stated, different characters have different Geass powers, the most prominent being Lelouch’s.
Lelouch’s Geass is called the “Power of Absolute Obedience,” which empowers him to manipulate another person simply through eye contact, with the only catch being that the same person can’t be influenced twice by Lelouch’s Geass. Throughout the story, Lelouch has displayed his ability on multiple characters, notably the Britannian nobles, when he makes his entry into the palace.
6 Scarlet Eyes (Hunter x Hunter)
Gives Immense Power, But Takes Away Life Form
Hunter x Hunter
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- Number of Seasons
- Debut Date
- October 2, 2011
- Nippon TV
- Boosts speed and physical strength
- Augments Nen abilities
- Susceptible to theft
- Shortens user’s lifespan (speculated)
Another set of distinctive eyes of the anime world hails from the wildly popular anime Hunter x Hunter. Scarlet Eyes are exclusive to the Kurta Clan in the Hunter universe and radiate a scarlet-colored glow when the character undergoes heavy emotions.
Similar to the eyes in the Naruto universe, these unique eyes are treasured and treated as jewelry by many in Hunter x Hunter, leading to the Kurta Clan’s massacre, leaving only Kurapika alive. Similar to how most eye abilities work, Scarlet Eyes are activated when the user is furious, that is, until they learn to control their emotions.
These red eyes, fumed by anger, are not only intimidating but give the user a boost in overall physical prowess, including, but not limited to, increased speed and strength. One such instance is when Kurapika activates his Scarlet Eyes and beats three grown men to their knees in mere minutes single-handedly.
5 Foresight (My Hero Academia)
Helps Time-Travel, But Only Once In A Day
My Hero Academia
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- Release Date
- April 3, 2016
- Action, Superhero
- Can see the future with minute details
- Gives a third-person perspective of the victim’s future
- Doesn’t give Mirai a precise date for future events
- Has a 24-hour cooldown
Foresight is one of the quirks wielded by Mirai Sasaki, aka Sir Nighteye, and is quite a handy tool for a brainiac character like Mirai. The quirk grants Sir Nighteye the ability to see an opponent’s future, even things far in the future. However, for Mirai to utilize Foresight, he first has to touch the said opponent and look directly into their eyes.
Once activated, Foresight allows Mirai to counter any moves the opponents throw at him for an hour, based on the years of information he has glanced at. Unlike many other powerful anime characters with great abilities under their belts, Mirai always used his Foresight while being mindful of it since he can only use this ability once in 24 hours.
4 Jagan Eye (YuYu Hakusho)
Gives God-Like Abilities, But It Takes Time To Grow
Yu Yu Hakusho
- Release Date
- October 10, 1992
- Action, Adventure, Supernatural, Martial Arts
- Bestows Telepathy and Telekinesis
- Heightens senses
- Amplifies energy manipulation
- Weakens the user temporarily when transplanted
The Jagan Eye is a third eye that is transplanted in the middle of the forehead and is both visually and practically different from normal eyes. Upon the success of the agonizing surgery to implant the Jagan in a user, the eye makes the user fleetingly weak, for it needs copious energy to grow.
However, as the Jagan stabilizes, it grants the user a myriad of abilities, including telepathy, telekinesis, and heightened senses, to name a few. In YuYu Hakusho, both Hiei and Raigo are in possession of the Jagan, but Hiei is in a class of his own, displaying the astounding abilities of the Jagan Eye multiple times during the story.
Hiei’s use of the Jagan Eye to manipulate energy, see things over long distances, and unlocking the Jaganshi Form by augmenting the powers endowed by Jagan are a few examples of how powerful this eye ability is. In the entirety of the franchise, Hiei has utilized the Jagan Eye to use Jiganshi only twice.
Where to Watch
October 10, 1992
3 Gojo’s Six Eye (Jujutsu Kaisen)
Allows To Manipulate Space At Will, But Takes A Heavy Toll On User
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- Release Date
- October 2, 2020
- Action, Thriller
- Lets the user visualize cursed energy
- Allows to see through any cursed technique
- Gives the user the ability to manipulate space
- Requires vast amounts of cursed energy
- Can’t be left uncovered for vast amounts of time
The rarest of eyes in the Jujutsu Kaisen universe, Satoru Gojo’s Six Eyes, is a rare phenomenon among the Gojo Clan, so much so, that the eye set appears hundreds of years apart in two users and no two users of the Six Eyes can exist at the same time. The blue set of eyes gives the beholder heightened senses, augmented perception, and the ability to use the Limitless technique, which allows the user to manipulate space. Satoru displayed this while fighting with Jogo when he put forward his hand and told the cursed spirit to try and touch him, which it obviously couldn’t.
All these things put the Six Eyes user, in this case, Satoru Gojo, a class above every other sorcerer in his universe. The Six Eyes, being deemed the most powerful set of tools in possession of any Jujutsu sorcerer, are quick to drain the cursed energy, which is why Satoru has been seen with his eyes covered most of the time. Even though his eyes remain covered most of the time, the Six Eyes’ ability allows Gojo to perceive everything around him.
2 Rinnegan (Naruto Shippuden)
Gives Control Over Life & Death, But Requires Enormous Amounts Of Chakra
- Bestows God-like powers to the user
- Allows to easily master all 5 chakra natures
- Allows control over life and death
- Requires vast amounts of chakra
Rinnegan is the advanced version of Mangekyo Sharingan and is exclusive to the Uchiha and the Otsutsuki Clan in the Naruto Shippuden universe. It is one of the unique sets of eyes among the three Dojutsu and is arguably the most powerful one among the three. With the Rinnegan, a user can perform a myriad of Jutsu, have full control of the five nature transformations, and even revive the dead, among other limitless abilities that the Rinnegan grants a user.
As demonstrated by Pain in Naruto Shippuden’s Pain’s Assault Arc, Rinnegan allows a user complete control over life and death through the Outer Path. While the Rinnegan gives immense powers to the user, it can as easily consume the person if the one wielding it is not fit or is not its original owner.
Interestingly, Rinnegan is shown to have given different abilities to different users. Sasuke was able to use Amenotejikara, allowing him to switch places with an object or a living being. In Boruto, Momoshiki’s Rinnegan allows him to absorb chakra-based attacks and launch them back in an enhanced form. Similarly, Madara and Pain have been shown to launch large rocks the size of meteors from the sky with their ocular eyes.
1 Yhwach’s The Almighty (Bleach)
Not Only Allows Virtual Time-Travel But The Power To Alter Future
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- Release Date
- October 5, 2004
- Adventure, Action
- Perceive and alter the future
- Allows the user to see multiple timelines in a single glance
- Can be destroyed when wielded by a weak user
The Almighty is a mighty ability from the Bleach universe, and, as the name suggests, it easily tops any other ability in terms of power and usefulness in the Bleach universe. As explained by Yhwach, the Almighty enables the user to peek into and tweak future events as the user deems fit.
While The Almighty is quite the ability to have, especially for a supernatural being, its details are a bit more intricate than simply looking into the future. For starters, Yhwach’s eye ability allows him to view not only a single future ahead of him but multiple timelines at a single glance and follow whichever he decides suits his agenda the most.
This allows Yhwach enough time to intricately manipulate future events to gain an upper hand against opponents and lay traps to outsmart those who undermine the son of the Soul King. Yhwach showed the anime fans a brief use of The Almighty against Hyosube Ichibei when he took the Soul King’s arm from the latter.