History Main / PortraitPaintingPeephole

23rd Aug '16 12:29:32 PM Gideoncrawle
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->''"If you're peering out from one of those it's a safe bet that [[YouMeddlingKids meddling kids]] [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo will soon cause you not to get away with something.]]"''

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->''"If you're peering out from one of those it's a safe bet that [[YouMeddlingKids meddling kids]] [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo kids will soon cause you not to get away with something.]]"''"''
4th Aug '16 12:55:22 PM Morgenthaler
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** ''TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'' episode "Never Koop a Koopa" has Mario seeing these on a portrait of Bowser.

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** ''TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'' episode "Never Koop a Koopa" has Mario seeing these on a portrait of Bowser.
9th Mar '16 7:01:40 PM Arivne
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* Done in the most recent Aflac commercial... the duck watches some people who appear to be parodying ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'' through a portrait.

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* Done in the most recent an Aflac commercial... the duck watches some people who appear to be parodying ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'' through a portrait.
9th Mar '16 6:55:48 PM Arivne
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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' episode "That A Ghost" has homestar seeing a suspicious portrait in a haunted house, but removes it to see a pair of one-eyed crows.



* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' episode "That A Ghost" has homestar seeing a suspicious portrait in a haunted house, but removes it to see a pair of one-eyed crows.
9th Mar '16 6:50:39 PM Arivne
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* Used in Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''[[Film/TheHauntedMansion Haunted Mansion]]''.

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%% * Used in Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''[[Film/TheHauntedMansion Haunted Mansion]]''.Mansion]]''.
%% * Happens with a statue in ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' as well.
%% * Used in 1963's ''Film/{{Cleopatra}}''.



* Happens with a statue in ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' Randall (who has chameleon powers) blending into a painting, with the eyes lined up with his own.

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* Happens with a statue in ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' Randall (who has chameleon powers) blending blends into a painting, with the eyes lined up with his own.



* Used in 1963's ''Film/{{Cleopatra}}''.



%% * And there was an episode of ''Series/{{Soap}}'', though it's been a while and I'm fuzzy on the details so another troper might want to fill in the blanks there.



* And there was an episode of ''Series/{{Soap}}'', though it's been a while and I'm fuzzy on the details so another troper might want to fill in the blanks there.



* In a ''Series/KenanAndKel'' TV movie, Kel stares at a painting with eyes looking at him through the peepholes. He whispered Kenan to come look at it while the peephole closes. However, Kel only noticed how the man in the portrait looks ugly.

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* In a ''Series/KenanAndKel'' TV movie, Kel stares at a painting with eyes looking at him through the peepholes. He whispered to Kenan to come look at it while the peephole closes. However, Kel only noticed how the man in the portrait looks ugly.



%% * Happens in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI''.



* Happens in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI''.



* ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' - Played with - The clown picture has two small holes to see through, but they're too close together to look through properly. But you're looking into the painting, into the other room where the eyeholes are also hidden in a portrait, but in a pig's nostrils.

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* ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' - Played with - in ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth''. The clown picture has two small holes to see through, but they're too close together to look through properly. But you're looking into the painting, into the other room where the eyeholes are also hidden in a portrait, but in a pig's nostrils.



* Any given episode of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo''.
** A Cartoon Network ad promoting ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' once had the characters lampshading the trope and Fred jokingly asking why weren't there any haunted houses with landscape paintings.

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%% * Any given episode of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo''.
** * A Cartoon Network ad promoting ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' once had the characters lampshading the trope and Fred jokingly asking why weren't there any haunted houses with landscape paintings.



** Also in "Goo Goo Gai Pan" there's a large portrait of UsefulNotes/MaoZedong with peepholes in the nostrils.

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** Also in In the episode "Goo Goo Gai Pan" there's a large portrait of UsefulNotes/MaoZedong with peepholes in the nostrils.
9th Mar '16 6:38:26 PM Arivne
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* In episode 11 of ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty'', Sugata uses this to spy on the girls bathhouse.

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* In episode 11 of ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty'', Sugata uses this to spy on the girls girls' bathhouse.



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9th Mar '16 6:35:43 PM Arivne
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See Also StandInPortrait

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See Also StandInPortraitStandInPortrait.



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* In issue #121 of ''[[ComicBook/TheSimpsons Simpsons Comics]]'', after revealing that he and Smithers were eavesdropping on Homer behind motivational posters, Mr. Burns states "I wanted one of those old paintings with the eyes missing, but Smithers thought it was too ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo''!"

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* In issue #121 of ''[[ComicBook/TheSimpsons Simpsons Comics]]'', after Comics]]''
** Issue #121. After
revealing that he and Smithers were eavesdropping on Homer behind motivational posters, Mr. Burns states "I wanted one of those old paintings with the eyes missing, but Smithers thought it was too ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo''!"



* Thrice in NeilSimon's ''Film/MurderByDeath'': first with a portrait of a baby ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_Vay9t1-A0 starting at 8:25)]], then with one of a ''dog'' ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZIOiU-xtyQ starting at 0:20]]) and once more not through a portrait, but in the eyes of a stuffed moose head.

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* Thrice in NeilSimon's ''Film/MurderByDeath'': first with a portrait of a baby ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_Vay9t1-A0 starting at 8:25)]], baby, then with one of a ''dog'' ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZIOiU-xtyQ starting at 0:20]]) ''dog'', and once more not through a portrait, but in the eyes of a stuffed moose head.



* ''Randy Rides Alone'' (Starring JohnWayne) uses this trope during it's opening scene. The Portrait is of Ulysses S. Grant

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* ''Randy Rides Alone'' (Starring JohnWayne) uses this trope during it's its opening scene. The Portrait is of Ulysses S. GrantGrant.



* Roy freaks out when he sees the eyes move on a portrait in ''Film/ShanghaiKnights''.
** Earlier in the scene, Chon noticed the eyes. But Roy dismisses it as paranoia and insisted that its a trick of the painting.

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* Roy freaks out when he sees ''Film/ShanghaiKnights''
** Chon notices
the eyes move on in a portrait in ''Film/ShanghaiKnights''.
** Earlier in the scene, Chon noticed the eyes. But
move, but Roy dismisses it as paranoia and insisted that its it's a trick of the painting.



** Roy later freaks out when he sees the eyes move in the portrait.



* An interesting variant: in ''Film/TheGoonies'', Mouth uses a rip in the painting of a naked woman(conveniently placed at the mouth), to stick his ''tongue'' through for a quick laugh.

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* An interesting variant: in ''Film/TheGoonies'', Mouth uses a rip in the painting of a naked woman(conveniently woman (conveniently placed at the mouth), to stick his ''tongue'' through for a quick laugh.



* Some paintings in the Patrician's palace in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' have eyeholes for spying, but it's stated in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' that Vetinari doesn't use them, they are just a relic from a previous ruler's tenure, like the Ho-ho (like a ha-ha only deeper - it's a landscape gardening thing).
** Also, references are made to paintings in which other body parts (e.g. a ferret's nose) seem to follow you around the room.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
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Some paintings in the Patrician's palace in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' have eyeholes for spying, but it's stated in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' that Vetinari doesn't use them, they are just a relic from a previous ruler's tenure, like the Ho-ho (like a ha-ha only deeper - it's a landscape gardening thing).
** Also, references References are made to paintings in which other body parts (e.g. a ferret's nose) seem to follow you around the room.



* ''TheTwoRonnies''. The heroine sees the eyes of a portrait moving as she is undressing for bed and flings a mug of cocoa at it. The next morning one of the male characters is seen with an eyepatch on one eye. A few moments later, another male character enters with an eyepatch on the other eye.
* ''TheMonkees'' when they visit a creepy house to play a gig.
* ''TheAndyGriffithShow'' "Haunted House" A con man uses a haunted house as a cover for his still, he scares off Andy and Barney using the peepholes in a portrait to move the eyes. Upon discovering this Andy looks through the peepholes to spook the con right back.
* ''GilligansIsland'' "The Friendly Physician" While in the mansion of the mad scientist, Gilligan tells the Skipper that he's have trouble following the eyes in the hall portrait. The Skipper tells him he's just imagining it. Presumably they were being watched this way.

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* ''TheTwoRonnies''.''Series/TheTwoRonnies''. The heroine sees the eyes of a portrait moving as she is undressing for bed and flings a mug of cocoa at it. The next morning one of the male characters is seen with an eyepatch on one eye. A few moments later, another male character enters with an eyepatch on the other eye.
* ''TheMonkees'' ''Series/TheMonkees'' when they visit a creepy house to play a gig.
* ''TheAndyGriffithShow'' ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' "Haunted House" A con man uses a haunted house as a cover for his still, he scares off Andy and Barney using the peepholes in a portrait to move the eyes. Upon discovering this Andy looks through the peepholes to spook the con right back.
* ''GilligansIsland'' ''Series/GilligansIsland'' "The Friendly Physician" While in the mansion of the mad scientist, Gilligan tells the Skipper that he's have trouble following the eyes in the hall portrait. The Skipper tells him he's just imagining it. Presumably they were being watched this way.



* In ''TheSmellOfReevesAndMortimer'', Ozzy Osborne has one that lets him spy on his neighbours, Slade.
* In a ''KenanAndKel'' TV movie, Kel stares at a painting with eyes looking at him through the peepholes. He whispered Kenan to come look at it while the peephole closes. However, Kel only noticed how the man in the portrait looks ugly.

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* In ''TheSmellOfReevesAndMortimer'', ''Series/TheSmellOfReevesAndMortimer'', Ozzy Osborne has one that lets him spy on his neighbours, Slade.
* In a ''KenanAndKel'' ''Series/KenanAndKel'' TV movie, Kel stares at a painting with eyes looking at him through the peepholes. He whispered Kenan to come look at it while the peephole closes. However, Kel only noticed how the man in the portrait looks ugly.



* Two variations in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' module I6 ''Ravenloft''. Inside [[strike:Dracula's]] Strahd's castle is a portrait with eyes that shift to look at the characters. It's actually magical and can attack the {{PC}}'s. In another part of the castle are ''statues'' whose eyes seem to watch the characters. However, it's just an optical illusion.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
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Two variations in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' module I6 ''Ravenloft''. Inside [[strike:Dracula's]] Strahd's castle is a portrait with eyes that shift to look at the characters. It's actually magical and can attack the {{PC}}'s. In another part of the castle are ''statues'' whose eyes seem to watch the characters. However, it's just an optical illusion.



* There's one of these in almost every room in the first ''LauraBow'' game, and Laura herself can use them to spy on the other guests and gather clues.

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* There's one of these in almost every room in the first ''LauraBow'' ''VideoGame/LauraBow'' game, and Laura herself can use them to spy on the other guests and gather clues.



* Used in ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew Message In A Haunted Mansion]]'', where a secret room allows covert observation of a suspect. An inversion, in that Nancy finds the hidden room first, then uses its peepholes herself; she never actually catches the painting's "eyes" watching her.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' with the examine text for a "creepy painting" in [[RoomFullOfCrazy Melzar's Maze]]: "Disturbingly, its eyes look everywhere in the room but at you." Also played straight (albeit as a mundane optical illusion) with the painting itself, whose eyes appear to follow the camera.
** [[FridgeBrilliance The camera that's almost always positioned somewhere other than the player character's line of sight...]]
* The InteractiveFiction game ''Videogame/{{Anchorhead}}'' allows the protagonist character to look through the eyes of a SpookyPainting to spy on [[spoiler:[[DemonicPossession her possessed husband]]]].
** FridgeHorror and ParanoiaFuel kick in if you recall that, when in the same room as the painting, it sometimes seems to look directly at the protagonist.

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* Used in ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew ''VideoGame/NancyDrew Message In A Haunted Mansion]]'', Mansion'', where a secret room allows covert observation of a suspect. An inversion, in that Nancy finds the hidden room first, then uses its peepholes herself; she never actually catches the painting's "eyes" watching her.
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape''. Subverted in ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' with the examine text for a "creepy painting" in [[RoomFullOfCrazy Melzar's Maze]]: "Disturbingly, its eyes look everywhere in the room but at you." Also played straight (albeit as a mundane optical illusion) with the painting itself, whose eyes appear to follow the camera.
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camera. [[FridgeBrilliance The camera that's almost always positioned somewhere other than the player character's line of sight...]]
* The InteractiveFiction game ''Videogame/{{Anchorhead}}'' allows the protagonist character to look through the eyes of a SpookyPainting to spy on [[spoiler:[[DemonicPossession her possessed husband]]]].
**
husband]]]]. FridgeHorror and ParanoiaFuel kick in if you recall that, when in the same room as the painting, it sometimes seems to look directly at the protagonist.



* Any given episode of ''ScoobyDoo''
** A Cartoon Network ad promoting ''ScoobyDoo'' once had the characters lampshading the trope and Fred jokingly asking why weren't there any haunted houses with landscape paintings.
* Mister Burns used this to spy on Homer and Marge in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. It even has peepholes for the dog in the picture so Smithers could look too.

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* Any given episode of ''ScoobyDoo''
''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo''.
** A Cartoon Network ad promoting ''ScoobyDoo'' ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' once had the characters lampshading the trope and Fred jokingly asking why weren't there any haunted houses with landscape paintings.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
**
Mister Burns used this to spy on Homer and Marge in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.Marge. It even has peepholes for the dog in the picture so Smithers could look too.



* A variation occurs in the ''WallaceAndGromit'' short "The Wrong Trousers". Gromit is shadowing the villain in a box, he cuts some eyeholes from the inside and (by a lucky coincidence) they happen to be cut out of exactly the right spot of the box's exterior (a picture of a dog).

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* A variation occurs in the ''WallaceAndGromit'' ''WesternAnimation/WallaceAndGromit'' short "The Wrong Trousers". Gromit is shadowing the villain in a box, he cuts some eyeholes from the inside and (by a lucky coincidence) they happen to be cut out of exactly the right spot of the box's exterior (a picture of a dog).



* On the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Honking", a painting in the castle of Bender's late uncle Vladimir appears to watch him, but upon closer inspection...

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* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** In
the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Honking", a painting in the castle of Bender's late uncle Vladimir appears to watch him, but upon closer inspection...



** In the My Three Suns episode, an assassin first watches Fry through a portrait and then tries to drink him through a straw that was hidden behind the portrait.

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** In the My "My Three Suns Suns" episode, an assassin first watches Fry through a portrait and then tries to drink him through a straw that was hidden behind the portrait.



* In ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' episode "Count Koopula", Luigi notices the eyes moving on one of the hallway portraits. The eyes disappear as he's pointing it out to the others.

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* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
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In ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' episode "Count Koopula", Luigi notices the eyes moving on one of the hallway portraits. The eyes disappear as he's pointing it out to the others.



* Though no cases of this have been seen in real life, the "eyes following you" effect is often created when the subject of a painting is portrayed looking straight out of the frame.
** Like the Mona Lisa.

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* Though no cases of this have been seen in real life, the "eyes following you" effect is often created when the subject of a painting is portrayed looking straight out of the frame.
** Like
frame. One example is the Mona Lisa.
27th Jan '16 4:20:36 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' episode "Count Koopula", Luigi notices the eyes moving on one of the hallway portraits. The eyes disappear as he's pointing it out to the others.

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* In ''TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' episode "Count Koopula", Luigi notices the eyes moving on one of the hallway portraits. The eyes disappear as he's pointing it out to the others.
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* Subverted in ''RuneScape'' with the examine text for a "creepy painting" in [[RoomFullOfCrazy Melzar's Maze]]: "Disturbingly, its eyes look everywhere in the room but at you." Also played straight (albeit as a mundane optical illusion) with the painting itself, whose eyes appear to follow the camera.

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* Subverted in ''RuneScape'' ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' with the examine text for a "creepy painting" in [[RoomFullOfCrazy Melzar's Maze]]: "Disturbingly, its eyes look everywhere in the room but at you." Also played straight (albeit as a mundane optical illusion) with the painting itself, whose eyes appear to follow the camera.
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