A Random TFC Headcannon
So I’ve been thinking about Virgil’s (the TFC Sniper’s) mechanical eyes.
I’m fairly convinced that they operate using sonar. And that’s the balls themselves just hold machinery– they don’t actually process any input.
We know Virgil can see through a Spy’s disguise. We also know (from hitboxes) that these disguises are only illusions. A Spy’s body doesn’t change. This means that somehow, Spy’s shmancy cigarette case affects reflected light. Reflected sound, on the other hand, might continue to bounce off the Spy’s body, allowing Virgil to “see” what’s actually there.
This could also explain how Virgil can see through his eyelids. If his prostheses use sonar, input is probably hooked up to his ears. He doesn’t close his ears to sleep, so he continues to “see.”
So congratulations, Fred. You basically made your team’s sniper into a bat.