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16th Jan '18 12:56:29 PM infernape612
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[[caption-width-right:224: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: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]] .Theatre]].[[/note]]]]
13th Jan '18 5:41:28 AM MetroidPeter
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The lights are on, but nobody home.

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The lights are on, but nobody nobody's home.
13th Jan '18 5:40:41 AM MetroidPeter
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[[caption-width-right:224:The lights are on, but there's nobody home. 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:The lights are on, but there's nobody home. He's [[caption-width-right:224: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]]]]



Lights on, but nobody home. 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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Lights The lights are on, but nobody home. home.

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.
21st Dec '17 3:21:38 AM JackG
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* The very first shot we see in ''Film/{{Melancholia}}'' is Justine in her wedding dress, giving the audience a disconcerting stare [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt while dead birds fall from the sky]] in super slow-motion.
17th Dec '17 10:25:57 AM the-furry-railfan
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* ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaOccupationalHazards'': Twintails develops a nice healthy case after the second battle of Pripytrot, after charging across the enemy trench lines he'd only just had strafed with high-velocity White Phosphorous shells.
** ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaEmptyQuiver'': The years haven't been kind to him following the finale of Occupational Hazards, either, as while looking north towards where NEAMO was he falls silent, and when Night Strike prompts him to come back to his senses he jumps about and levels both of his automatic rifle barrels upon her. Mercifully, he refrains from opening fire on his own daughter.
*** Night Strike's no stranger to this either, especially following a harrowing moment wherein she ends up stuck in the middle of a tunnel as the entrance is struck with a fuel-air bomb. When a song comes over the radio that happens to feature a jet engine roar followed by an explosion, she ends up screaming and trying to save herself from the lack of danger, much to the worriment of her friends.
10th Dec '17 8:00:57 AM ajbit26
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* BillBurr has a similar joke, about old men. In it, he claims that look not because of anything truly traumatic, but because they've become so old and feeble, they can no longer get away from their annoying wives.
-->Bill Burr:'' Oh shit! Dude, I can't get up! You mean I gotta listen to this the rest of my life!? (old man face)
5th Dec '17 5:24:31 AM thatmadork
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', done [[TearJerker heartbreakingly]] by [[spoiler:Yang]] at the end of "Fall" when [[spoiler:she is arrested by Atlesian army troops after being goaded into breaking Mercury's leg... [[DeliberateInjuryGambit seemingly]].]]
1st Dec '17 5:40:08 PM JackG
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* ''Film/{{Dredd}}''. Judge Anderson's reaction the first time she executes a criminal. She snaps out of it on catching Judge Dredd [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan staring at her]].
13th Nov '17 5:58:55 AM MadManCity
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* In ''VideoGame/Battlefield1'', Daniel Edwards, the Main Character, is pictured in a cutscene where he is in the driving seat of a car. He looks at his hands, which are covered in clean white gloves. The gloves suddenly turn bloody and the scenery changes to a WWI battlefield. The camera then zooms out from his face, and he initiates a KubrickStare, then lifts his head, looking ahead of him.
12th Nov '17 9:53:09 AM 64SuperNintendo
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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.

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* WWII veteran and b-movie 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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