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The Best Comic Book Characters Who Have Red Eyes

Updated September 23, 2019 370 votes 44 voters 2.4k views20 items

Red eyes in real life might be cause for alarm, but in the world of comic books, characters have red eyes all of the time, and they don't seem worried in the slightest. Comic book creators have a lot of freedom, and red eyes are an easy way to reveal insight into a character's personality. With red eyes, it typically means the character is evil, like in the case of Mr. Sinister, Omega Red, and Lobo (though characters like Gambit and Martian Manhunter would prove otherwise). Check out these villains and superheroes who have sported red eyes at some point over the years. Who do you think rocks the look best? 

Some of the most dangerous and evil villains in comic book history have been drawn with red eyes. A great example of this is Steppenwolf from DC. His glowing red eyes are often drawn to indicate a sinister motive. From Marvel, we see some heroes with red eyes. It may not technically be his eye, but Cyclops is best known for the red visor he uses to shoot laser beams, so we've included him here, too. 

After reading through this list of male and female superheroes (and supervillains) with red eyes, vote your favorite characters up to the top. And if your favorite red-eyed character is missing, add them to the list below.

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  • Gambit is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, commonly in association with the X-Men. The character was created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Jim Lee. Drawn by artist Mike Collins, Gambit makes his full first appearance in Uncanny X-Men #266, weeks after a brief cameo appearance in Uncanny X-Men Annual #14. As of 2013, there have been three attempts at an ongoing title starring the character. Gambit has also had two miniseries and starred prominently in Gambit & the X-Ternals, the X-Force replacement title during the Age of Apocalypse. Gambit belongs to a subspecies of humans called mutants, who are born with superhuman abilities.... more on Wikipedia
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    • Ultron
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      Ultron is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is most recognized as a nemesis of the superhero group the Avengers and has a quasi-familial relationship with his creator, Hank Pym. He was the first Marvel Comics character to wield the fictional metal alloy adamantium. Ultron has been voiced by Tom Kane and by Jim Meskimen in several media adaptations. The character was played by James Spader in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).... more on Wikipedia
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      • Doomsday
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        Doomsday is a supervillain who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. Doomsday first appeared as a cameo in Superman: The Man of Steel #17 with his first full appearance in Superman: The Man of Steel #18. He was created by writer-artist Dan Jurgens, who wanted to create a villain who could be a physical challenge for Superman in a straight fight as most of his current foes relied on technology and intellect to oppose the Man of Steel. Imagine Games Network's list of the Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time ranked Doomsday as #46. He is best known as the character who "killed" Superman.... more on Wikipedia
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        • Cyborg
          Photo: DC Comics
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