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19th May '18 6:01:02 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': In "A Single Pale Rose", the Pearl in the war memories has a thousand yard stare.
15th May '18 11:03:06 AM TompaDompa
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* Jason in ''Film/AprilShowers'' has one of these on his face a lot of the time after the school shooting.
8th May '18 12:36:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/{{Maus}}'': Vladek recounts one young guard in the Auschwitz work camp who was unusually friendly (most guards wouldn't even be willing to talk to the prisoners), but was gone for a few days because he pulled a few shifts in the Birkenau extermination camp. When he returned, he looked pale and kept staring into the distance because of what he had seen.
5th May '18 3:20:43 PM CnHGirl
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** A side comic has Rocky doing this after drinking his "special coffee" that apparently induces hallucinations. He also does this as a child when he gets a sugar high from syrupy pancakes.


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* Jared is prone to this in his ''WebVideo/HotPepperGaming'' reviews, usually a sign that he's in extreme pain. His ''VideoGame/Destiny'' review with the Szechuan peppers has him do this randomly as the more...interesting side effects of the pepper kick in.
26th Apr '18 11:28:33 AM Pale_Crusader
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A character who has just gone through some sort of trauma, learned something they [[GoMadFromTheRevelation probably didn't need to know]], or seen something they really shouldn't have had to, will often have an unfocused, vacant stare into a vast abyss of nothingness, slipping into a [[ShellShockedVeteran shock and weariness]] from which it is very hard to escape.

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A character who has just gone through some sort of trauma, learned something they [[GoMadFromTheRevelation probably didn't need to know]], or [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow seen something they really shouldn't have had to, to]], will often have an unfocused, vacant stare into a vast abyss of nothingness, slipping into a [[ShellShockedVeteran shock and weariness]] from which it is very hard to escape.
5th Apr '18 5:02:21 PM dodderbugs
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Compare EmptyEyes. Not related to the "[[FlashbackBackBack Thousand Yard Stare of Impending Flashbacks]]", an affliction near universally shared by the characters of ''Series/{{Lost}}''.

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Compare EmptyEyes. Not related to the "[[FlashbackBackBack Thousand Yard 900 Meter Stare of Impending Flashbacks]]", an affliction near universally shared by the characters of ''Series/{{Lost}}''.



** Nothing emphasizes his isolation from humanity better or more tragically than a sad-Vash thousand-yard-smile, especially if he's doing something like hugging Miss Elizabeth while she breaks down over his not being evil, after trying to blow up the town to kill him.

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** Nothing emphasizes his isolation from humanity better or more tragically than a sad-Vash thousand-yard-smile, 900-meter-smile, especially if he's doing something like hugging Miss Elizabeth while she breaks down over his not being evil, after trying to blow up the town to kill him.



* ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'': In a FictionalDocument, the soldier who was the first to find Frank Castle in the middle of hundreds of dead Vietcong and Marines mentioned thousand-yard stares as common enough in Vietnam, so you can imagine what he felt like when describing Franks as a [[UpToEleven million-mile stare.]]

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* ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'': In a FictionalDocument, the soldier who was the first to find Frank Castle in the middle of hundreds of dead Vietcong and Marines mentioned thousand-yard (900 meter) stares as common enough in Vietnam, so you can imagine what he felt like when describing Franks as a [[UpToEleven million-mile stare.]]



* In the ''Anime/{{Free}}'' fic [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/919045 seen everything there is to be shown]], Seijuurou walks in on Rin and Haru having sex in the pool office and runs out "sporting a thousand-yard-stare more commonly seen in war veterans than in swim team captains."

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* In the ''Anime/{{Free}}'' fic [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/919045 seen everything there is to be shown]], Seijuurou walks in on Rin and Haru having sex in the pool office and runs out "sporting a thousand-yard-stare 900-meter-stare more commonly seen in war veterans than in swim team captains."



-->'''Payback:''' The thousand-yard stare. A marine gets it after he's been in the shit for too long. It's like... it's like you've really seen beyond. I got it. All field marines got it.

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-->'''Payback:''' The thousand-yard (900 meter) stare. A marine gets it after he's been in the shit for too long. It's like... it's like you've really seen beyond. I got it. All field marines got it.



* WWII veteran and B-movie star Creator/AudieMurphy, who saw many of his comrades in arms killed and is credited with personally killing, wounding or capturing more than two hundred Axis soldiers, had a particularly bleak and distant stare, which director Creator/JohnHuston put to good use in ''Film/TheRedBadgeOfCourage''. Murphy developed a warmer and somewhat more animated screen persona around 1953, perhaps due to the birth of his beloved son Terry, but he never really lost the ThousandYardStare.

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* WWII veteran and B-movie star Creator/AudieMurphy, who saw many of his comrades in arms killed and is credited with personally killing, wounding or capturing more than two hundred Axis soldiers, had a particularly bleak and distant stare, which director Creator/JohnHuston put to good use in ''Film/TheRedBadgeOfCourage''. Murphy developed a warmer and somewhat more animated screen persona around 1953, perhaps due to the birth of his beloved son Terry, but he never really lost the ThousandYardStare.900 meter stare.



* Invoked in ''Film/RamboIV'' when an Australian mercenary informs Rambo that he's seen the thousand-yard stare before. He's not impressed, but his opinion changes after the shit hits the fan.

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* Invoked in ''Film/RamboIV'' when an Australian mercenary informs Rambo that he's seen the thousand-yard (900 meter) stare before. He's not impressed, but his opinion changes after the shit hits the fan.
5th Apr '18 4:58:54 PM dodderbugs
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' the eponymous sponge blanks out in the knowledge that a food critic is coming to the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs explains it as the thousand yard stare to Squidward, which he had once had himself.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' the eponymous sponge blanks out in the knowledge that a food critic is coming to the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs explains it as the thousand yard (900 meter) stare to Squidward, which he had once had himself.
5th Apr '18 4:57:55 PM dodderbugs
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[[caption-width-right:224:[[ShellShockedVeteran He's]] not staring right ''at'' you... he's staring right ''through'' you. [[note]]This famous painting by Tom Lea, originally titled the 2,000 Yard Stare, is set at the Battle of Peleliu - one of the bloodiest of the US's battles in the [[WorldWarTwo/WarInAsiaAndThePacific Asia-Pacific Theatre]].[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:224:[[ShellShockedVeteran He's]] not staring right ''at'' you... he's staring right ''through'' you. [[note]]This famous painting by Tom Lea, originally titled the 2,000 Yard Stare, Stare (1,800 meters), is set at the Battle of Peleliu - one of the bloodiest of the US's battles in the [[WorldWarTwo/WarInAsiaAndThePacific Asia-Pacific Theatre]].[[/note]]]]



The term [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thousand-yard_stare "thousand-yard-stare"]] is believed to have originated in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, and was coined for the faces of battle-weary soldiers. It was popularized in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and named for the perception that such stares really do seem to be able to see very far ahead. Eyes cross a little when focusing on something reasonably close, but eyes not looking at anything will behave like eyes looking at something very far away. DullEyesOfUnhappiness can look similar to this, but they're chronic while this trope tends to be transitory.

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The term [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thousand-yard_stare "thousand-yard-stare"]] "thousand-yard-stare" (900 meters)]] is believed to have originated in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, and was coined for the faces of battle-weary soldiers. It was popularized in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and named for the perception that such stares really do seem to be able to see very far ahead. Eyes cross a little when focusing on something reasonably close, but eyes not looking at anything will behave like eyes looking at something very far away. DullEyesOfUnhappiness can look similar to this, but they're chronic while this trope tends to be transitory.
30th Mar '18 9:13:01 PM JackG
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* ''The Sack of Rome'' (1993). After German mercenaries break into his home, rape his wife and kill her brother, then destroy his paintings, the artist and his young wife are shown starting listlessly while the mercenaries party in the ruins. He barely reacts when a sympathetic authority figure shows up to remonstrate them for [[MoralMyopia harming this famous artist]].

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* ''The Sack of Rome'' (1993). After German mercenaries break into his home, rape his wife and kill her brother, then destroy his paintings, the artist and his young wife are shown starting staring listlessly while the mercenaries party in the ruins. He barely reacts when a sympathetic authority figure shows up to remonstrate them for [[MoralMyopia harming this famous artist]].
30th Mar '18 9:10:50 PM JackG
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* ''The Sack of Rome'' (1993). After German mercenaries break into his home, rape his wife and kill her brother, then destroy his paintings, the artist and his young wife are shown starting listlessly while the mercenaries party in the ruins. He barely reacts when a sympathetic authority figure shows up to remonstrate them for [[MoralMyopia harming this famous artist]].
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