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Ahem... This is a common technique in movies and television shows, Extreme Close-Ups ("ECU" or "XCU") are used when cameras zoom up to the face of the character in focus, sometimes zooming right in their eyes or any other part of their face. Often time it's used to emphasize drama, and other times it's used for comedy. Maybe even add a hint of mystery.

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Ahem... This is a common technique in movies and television shows, Extreme Close-Ups ("ECU" or "XCU") are used when cameras zoom up to the face of the character in focus, sometimes zooming right in their eyes (with [[{{Eyedscreen}} some letterboxing]] for good measure) or any other part of their face. Often time it's used to emphasize drama, and other times it's used for comedy. Maybe even add a hint of mystery.
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[[Film/WaynesWorld "Extreme Close-Up! WWOAAAAAAAHHH!!!" "WWOAAAAAAAHHH!!!"]]

Ahem... This is a common technique in movies and television shows, Extreme Close-Ups ("ECU" or "XCU") are used when cameras zoom up to the face of the character in focus, sometimes zooming right in their eyes or any other part of their face. Often time it's used to emphasize drama, and other times it's used for comedy. Maybe even add a hint of mystery.

Often used in moments of ThousandYardStare, or the MexicanStandoff. Compared to GrossUpCloseUp.

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!!Examples:

[[AC:Comic Books]]
* This is given a TakeThat on ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', where Calvin's dad ''so thoroughly disgusted'' by the overuse of this {{trope}} that he feels the need to watch his show from the other side of the room.
* Hopelessly narcissistic reporter Roland Hedley from Creator/GarryTrudeau's strip ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' tends to hog the camera lens, especially since he's been reduced to vlogging. It's gotten worse since the development of high-definition broadcasting: "Oh, God, you can see every pore!"

[[AC:Film]]
* PlayedForLaughs (along with everything else) in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' -- the camera zooms in for a closeup on Dark Helmet and runs into him.
* Many of the major Franchise/LooneyTunes from ''Film/SpaceJam'' get an extreme closeup, as do Michael Jordan and Stan Podolak. These closeups are noted by ''WebOriginal/TheNostalgiaCritic'' in his review of the movie, triggering yet another spate of mouth-foaming histrionics.
* A staple of spaghetti westerns -- the climax of "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly," for example, features extreme close ups of Blondie, Angel Eyes, and Tuco's eyes, hands, and guns. Tarantino used similar shots as a way of paying homage.

[[AC:Live Action TV]]
* The TropeNamer of this is ''Series/SaturdayNightLive's'' Wayne's World segment.

[[AC:Video Games]]
* Done in the first remake of ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar'' in which the camera zooms on Luna's face during her HeroicBSOD [[spoiler:just seconds before she is kidnapped.]]

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', where the camera zooms on Ed's face as he screams this trope.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short ''WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck'', Daffy finds himself a wide distance away from the camera and asks for a close-up. What he gets is a small frame around him, then he spazzes out before the camera zooms at his DeathGlare eyes.
--> ''"This is a close-up? A CLOSE-UP, YOU JERK!'' '''''A CLOSEUP!!!"'''''
* Many 80's cartoons had a tendency to do this. Filmation was notorious for abusing extreme close-ups.
* In ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' we get an extended closeup on Aang's face in the Air Temple scene.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' is notorious for its use of GrossUpCloseUp, but also includes other extreme close ups a lot.

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