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* Frank-n-Furter of ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' does this in his "I Am" song, establishing his showy over-the-top personality (and the movie's campiness) by looking directly at the camera and throwing a glass of water at the lens.
19th May '17 11:06:02 PM nombretomado
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* British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is known for doing this a lot during his television appearances, prompting {{Twitter}} comparisons to Creator/TomBaker's [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor]] (above) - or, more sinisterly, Francis Urquhart's {{Aside Glance}}s from ''Series/HouseOfCards''.

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* British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is known for doing this a lot during his television appearances, prompting {{Twitter}} Website/{{Twitter}} comparisons to Creator/TomBaker's [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor]] (above) - or, more sinisterly, Francis Urquhart's {{Aside Glance}}s from ''Series/HouseOfCards''.
10th Jan '17 5:09:11 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* In ''Film/LoveActually'', Creator/KieraKnightly's character looks at the camera as the boat she's on is pulling out of the dock. Of course, it's a film taken by an in-story amateur on her wedding day, so the slip is more forgiveable. The director commented on it, because the character filming is in love with Kiera, and so by looking at the camera, it's like she's looking straight at him.

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* In ''Film/LoveActually'', Creator/KieraKnightly's Creator/KeiraKnightly's character looks at the camera as the boat she's on is pulling out of the dock. Of course, it's a film taken by an in-story amateur on her wedding day, so the slip is more forgiveable. The director commented on it, because the character filming is in love with Kiera, Keira, and so by looking at the camera, it's like she's looking straight at him.



** Soldeed in "The Horns of Nimon" accidentally makes eye contact with the camera while overacting his way through the script in one scene. Likely an artifact of the serial's [[BottleEpisode cheap production]] and a side effect of HamAndCheese.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. In "Checkpoint" a VictimOfTheWeek who's {{Mind Rape}}d does this, but as he's rambling "I know you're always looking at me" at the time it's likely a LeaningOnTheFourthWall gag.

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** Soldeed in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E5TheHornsOfNimon The Horns of Nimon" Nimon]]" accidentally makes eye contact with the camera while overacting his way through the script in one scene. Likely an artifact of the serial's [[BottleEpisode cheap production]] and a side effect of HamAndCheese.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. In "Checkpoint" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E12Checkpoint}} Checkpoint]]" a VictimOfTheWeek who's {{Mind Rape}}d does this, but as he's rambling "I know you're always looking at me" at the time it's likely a LeaningOnTheFourthWall gag.
10th Jan '17 5:06:58 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ''Film/HotFuzz'': Timothy Dalton looks into the camera for a second in a bar scene. Instead of using a different take, the director actually put a cash register ring on it, to draw ''even more'' attention to it.

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* ''Film/HotFuzz'': Timothy Dalton Creator/TimothyDalton looks into the camera for a second in a bar scene. Instead of using a different take, the director actually put a cash register ring on it, to draw ''even more'' attention to it.



* In ''[[Film/LoveActually Love, Actually]]'', Kiera Knightly's character looks at the camera as the boat she's on is pulling out of the dock. Of course, it's a film taken by an in-story amateur on her wedding day, so the slip is more forgiveable. The director commented on it, because the character filming is in love with Kiera, and so by looking at the camera, it's like she's looking straight at him.

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* In ''[[Film/LoveActually Love, Actually]]'', Kiera Knightly's ''Film/LoveActually'', Creator/KieraKnightly's character looks at the camera as the boat she's on is pulling out of the dock. Of course, it's a film taken by an in-story amateur on her wedding day, so the slip is more forgiveable. The director commented on it, because the character filming is in love with Kiera, and so by looking at the camera, it's like she's looking straight at him.



* In ''SurfsUp'', Nani brings an injured Cody to his uncle the Geek [[spoiler:, really Big Z in hiding]], who is shocked at seeing the documentary crew following them, staring at the camera with suspicion and indignation.

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* In ''SurfsUp'', ''Film/SurfsUp'', Nani brings an injured Cody to his uncle the Geek [[spoiler:, really Big Z in hiding]], who is shocked at seeing the documentary crew following them, staring at the camera with suspicion and indignation.



* Obi-Wan appears to do this in ''StarWars'' just after scaring the Tusken Raiders off and ensuring that Luke is alive. He turns to the camera, doffs his hood and says "Hello there!" The very next shot shows that we have been looking through R2-D2's eyes.

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* Obi-Wan appears to do this in ''StarWars'' ''Film/StarWars'' just after scaring the Tusken Raiders off and ensuring that Luke is alive. He turns to the camera, doffs his hood and says "Hello there!" The very next shot shows that we have been looking through R2-D2's eyes.



** Creator/TomBaker was particularly prone to this, to the point where it's a bad-acting habit associated with him in the same way that Creator/WilliamHartnell is associated with line flubbing (though not to the same extent) - and since he has very unusual and piercing eyes it can suck you right out of a scene. See the scene at the start of Episode 2 of "Planet of Evil" where, in a scene focused on Sarah talking, Baker accidentally makes eye contact with the camera and breaks it off as soon as he realises what he's doing. A particularly painful example is when Tom Baker makes clear accidental eye contact with the camera in "The Deadly Assassin" during a sequence where the camera is doing a [[BinocularShot shot from the POV of a sniper scope]], making it seem like the Doctor has spotted the sniper and ''completely'' changing the intended interpretation of the scene. Of course, later on, sometimes it's intentional AsideGlance - a Fourth Doctor quirk that may have developed out of Baker's bad habit.

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** Creator/TomBaker was particularly prone to this, to the point where it's a bad-acting habit associated with him in the same way that Creator/WilliamHartnell is associated with line flubbing (though not to the same extent) - and since he has very unusual and piercing eyes it can suck you right out of a scene. See the scene at the start of Episode 2 of "Planet "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E2PlanetOfEvil Planet of Evil" Evil]]" where, in a scene focused on Sarah talking, Baker accidentally makes eye contact with the camera and breaks it off as soon as he realises what he's doing. A particularly painful example is when Tom Baker makes clear accidental eye contact with the camera in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin The Deadly Assassin" Assassin]]" during a sequence where the camera is doing a [[BinocularShot shot from the POV of a sniper scope]], making it seem like the Doctor has spotted the sniper and ''completely'' changing the intended interpretation of the scene. Of course, later on, sometimes it's intentional AsideGlance - a Fourth Doctor quirk that may have developed out of Baker's bad habit.
27th Oct '16 10:18:32 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied in a ''GreenAcres'' episode where a documentarian comes to Hooterville to shoot a film. Mr. Haney opens up a film acting class and the first thing he teaches is to not look at the camera. The others interpret this as covering their eyes or turning their back to the camera.

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* Parodied in a ''GreenAcres'' ''Series/GreenAcres'' episode where a documentarian comes to Hooterville to shoot a film. Mr. Haney opens up a film acting class and the first thing he teaches is to not look at the camera. The others interpret this as covering their eyes or turning their back to the camera.
8th Apr '16 9:45:53 AM JapaneseTeeth
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* British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is known for doing this a lot during his television appearances, prompting {{Twitter}} comparisons to Creator/TomBaker's [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor]] (above) - or, more sinisterly, Francis Urquhart's {{Aside Glance}}s from ''Series/HouseOfCards''.


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* British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is known for doing this a lot during his television appearances, prompting {{Twitter}} comparisons to Creator/TomBaker's [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor]] (above) - or, more sinisterly, Francis Urquhart's {{Aside Glance}}s from ''Series/HouseOfCards''.
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8th Apr '16 9:45:34 AM JapaneseTeeth
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Whether done intentionally or as the result of an animation error, a shot at the end of "Bridle Gossip" shows Pinkie Pie [[https://derpibooru.org/596339 staring at the camera]]. Naturally, this resulted in common {{Fanon}} that Pinkie is a FourthWallObserver.
1st Apr '16 6:03:31 AM pinkdalek
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[[folder:Real life]]
* British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is known for doing this a lot during his television appearances, prompting {{Twitter}} comparisons to Creator/TomBaker's [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor]] (above) - or, more sinisterly, Francis Urquhart's {{Aside Glance}}s from ''Series/HouseOfCards''.


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[[folder:Real life]]
* British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is known for doing this a lot during his television appearances, prompting {{Twitter}} comparisons to Creator/TomBaker's [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor]] (above) - or, more sinisterly, Francis Urquhart's {{Aside Glance}}s from ''Series/HouseOfCards''.
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1st Apr '16 6:03:18 AM pinkdalek
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', Krile's battle sprite has her eyes permanently fixed on the camera as opposed to facing the monsters like the rest of the party. Given that Krile is FriendToAllLivingThings with supernatural sensitivity, it might be that she's aware of the player.
20th Mar '16 7:04:14 AM pinkdalek
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