The Eye is one of The Entities. It is the manifestation of the fear of being watched, exposed, followed, of having secrets known, but also the drive to know and understand, even if your discoveries might destroy you.

The Eye is one of the main entities of the series, being the power behind the Magnus Institute, influencing its members and granting some powers. 

It is the entity that grants the Archivist, a position currently held by Jonathan Sims, the ability to ask a question and compel the listener to answer. Being in the presence of an Archivist also allows statement givers to speak coherently about their supernatural experiences.  


Technically every episode deals with the Eye as its influence is felt throughout the Institute and its employees, so this list should be limited to when the contents of the statement itself concern the Eye. Episodes that only mention or take place in the archives or the institute do not belong on this list, and episodes related to powers of avatars of The Eye (Such as John's compulsion or Elias's memory insertion) are listed under 'other appearances'.

Other Appearances Edit


  • The Archivist: An avatar of the Eye that has the power to take statements, compel people to answer their questions, and sometimes randomly 'know' things they otherwise would not have known.
  • Jonah Magnus, founder of the Magnus Institute and an avatar of the Eye with the ability to view any events or thoughts at will, as well as the ability to place information into other peoples' minds. By placing his eyes into the head of someone else, he takes control of their body, ensuring that he is always the 'heart of the institute'.
    • Richard Mendelson, previous body of Jonah Magnus
    • James Wright, previous body of Jonah Magnus
    • Elias Bouchard, current body of Jonah Magnus
  • Archival assistants, who do not seem to receive powers but are bound to the Institute and would supposedly die if the Head did. Anyone who signs an employment contract is bound to the institute and cannot leave, until the death of the Archivist they are working for.
  • Gerard Keay: Son of Mary Keay and Eric Delano, he was an assistant to Gertrude Robinson, though it is unknown whether he was actually an employee of the archives. He painted a mural of an eye,[1] eye tattoos that seem to provide some protection against the effects of other powers,[2] and occasionally seems to demonstrate knowledge he should not naturally have[2][3] in a way similar to that of the Archivist.
  • Mary Keay: She states that she could never be loyal to just one entity,[4] however, she grew up connected to The Magnus Institute through her mother and still appears to enjoy eye symbology (MAG 4). Her family has historically funded the institute, and her constant search for books, knowledge and power is reminiscent of The Eye's drive for knowledge.
  • Albrecht von Closen: Ancestor of Mary Keay and friend of Jonah Magnus, owned a manor and library in the Schwartzwald.

Artefacts Edit

  • A hand mirror that, when looked at, shows a creature right behind the holder. Even after dropping the mirror and breaking its glass, the presence of that creature can still be felt.[5]
  • An instruction manual for a security camera that had images of its readers within it. After reading it extensively, the reader becomes part of the security system, every camera feeling like an eye of the reader looking back at them.[6]


Ritual Edit

The Eye's ritual is called "The Watcher's Crown." Using the Panopticon in Millbank Prison, Jonah Magnus attempted the ritual at some point during the 19th century. The ritual ultimately failed but granted him semi-omniscience in the process.

Connections to other entities Edit

Other characters and avatars in the world, such as Jude Perry, have criticised the Eye, seeing it as an entity of great power that does very little and seems content only with feeding its thirst for knowledge. Perry even states it cannot stop the Desolation from winning and will leave it a burned out blind eye by the end.

  • Gertrude Robinson, the previous archivist, had a streak of stopping the other entities' rituals. She was known and even sometimes feared by the entities and their followers, putting a lot of negative attention on the institute. Many other entities dislike The Eye for this reason, with agents of The Corruption,[7] Dark,[8] Flesh[9] and Web[10] all been noted to be watching the archives, with some even making direct assaults upon it.
  • The Eye is somewhat allied with the Lonely, with Elias Bouchard and Peter Lukas being close friends. Elias later leaves the position of 'head of the institute' to Peter.

References Edit

  1. MAG 4: Page Turner
  2. 2.0 2.1 MAG 12: First Aid
  3. MAG 48: Lost in the Crowd
  4. MAG 62: First Edition
  5. MAG 60: Observer Effect
  6. MAG 148: Extended Surveillance
  7. MAG 39: Infestation
  8. MAG 125: Civilian Casualties
  9. MAG 131: Flesh
  10. MAG 147: Weaver
  11. MAG 130: Meat
  12. MAG 97: We All Ignore the Pit
  13. MAG 129: Submerged
  14. MAG 101: Another Twist
  15. MAG 159: The Last
  16. MAG 139: Chosen
  17. MAG 145: Infectious Doubts
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