Created By: CaveCat on December 1, 2013 Last Edited By: CaveCat on March 10, 2014
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Reverse Telescopic Vision

Looking through a telescope or a pair of binoculars through the wrong end.

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When you're looking through a pair of binoculars, or even a telescope, expect a Binocular Shot through the character's perspective. However, when a character who is a Cloudcuckoolander or The Ditz looks through the binoculars, expect to see him looking through the wrong end, which results in a faraway view through that character's perspective. Generally shows up in Comedy.

See also Had the Silly Thing in Reverse.


Examples:

Film - Animated
  • Happens to Scuttle in The Little Mermaid:
    Scuttle: Woah! Mermaid off the port bow! Ariel! How you doin', kid?!? [lowers his telescope to see Ariel right in front of him] Woah, what a swim.

Film - Live-Action

Live-Action TV
  • On an episode of Radioactive: The local Cloudcuckoolander has recently acquired a new pair of binoculars, so he's looking through them at every opportunity he has. Eventually, he is looking at someone he knows in close-range! He raises his voice and waves:
    "Hey! Over here!"
    • When they lower his binoculars, he responds with
    "Woah. How did you get here so fast??"

Fan Works
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Sparkle's Law, Pinkie Pie thinks she's a Hardboiled Detective. Her magnifying glass only works one way for some reason (don't ask) and she spends the entire investigation looking through it the wrong way. She even notices that it's making everything looks smaller, but she just thinks someone sabotaged it, and she keeps using it.

Art

Video Games
  • Done as a Jump Scare in The Lost Crown, when Hardacre catches Nigel using his theodolite without permission, and looks through its viewing end to startle him with a sudden extreme close-up of an eye.

Web Comics
  • In Turn Signals on a Land Raider, tank commander Kren is looking through binoculars and comments that he can juuuust make out an enemy Titan in the horizon. Turns out that he had the binoculars on backwards (and the titan was from an Epic 40,000 army with reduced-scale models), and the thing's actually less than 20 scale feet away.

Western Animation
  • Happens in the 3-2-1 Penguins! episode "The Doom Funnel Rescue" to Captain Zidgel, when Fidgel tries warning the rest of the crew about a gas tank at the gas station. Zidgel looks through the wrong end of Fidgel's binoculars and thinks that the tank is miles away, until Fidgel turns them around to which Zidgel then starts freaking out about it.
  • In the Adventures from the Book of Virtues episode "Loyalty", Socrates takes his turn in looking through Zack's binoculars, but he looks at them through the wrong end.
  • Likewise, at the beginning of the Mr. Bogus episode "Good Sport Bogus", Bogus does this, with a camera lens, before Tommy turns the lens around, to which when Bogus looks through it again, he freaks out upon seeing a close-up of Tommy's eyes.
  • The Legend of Korra: in the episode "Endgame", Bolin uses a telescope backwards before quickly correcting himself.
  • The Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy episode "Avast Ye Eds" has Ed look through a telescope to spot the Kanker sisters dressed as pirates. He looks through the wrong end, so Eddy tells him to throw it down to him and he looks to see the Kankers are close to him.
  • Happens in at least one episode of The Simpsons:
    Mr Burns: There he is! Far away in the distance!

Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • December 2, 2013
    DracMonster
    Astern Look Through The Binoculars

    It's a bit long and I'm not sure if it passes the clarity test, but what the hell, tossing it out there.

  • December 2, 2013
    CaveCat
    ^I have to admit that the pun is is a little bit funny, but I'll have to pass on that title.
  • December 3, 2013
    KZN02
  • December 3, 2013
    TonyG
    ^There are some examples of this there. Maybe they can be relocated.
  • December 5, 2013
    randomtroper89
    Actually I only fond one.
    • The Legend Of Korra: in the episode "Endgame", Bolin uses a telescope backwards before quickly correcting himself.
    There were a couple example there about rocket launchers, but I don't know were they should go.
  • December 5, 2013
    DRCEQ
  • December 6, 2013
    KZN02
    ^^ Already have some rocket launcher examples in Had The Silly Thing In Reverse.
  • December 7, 2013
    SharleeD
    Video game example:

    • Done as a Jump Scare in The Lost Crown, when Hardacre catches Nigel using his theodolite without permission, and looks through its viewing end to startle him with a sudden extreme close-up of an eye.
  • December 8, 2013
    Pichu-kun
    Do meta examples count? I've seen a few series that accidentally have this happen.
  • December 11, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Such as?
  • December 16, 2013
    NateTheGreat
    A related phenomenon is found in the original Miracle On34th Street. A drunk character is handed a telephone handset, and holds it backwards (i.e. with the mouthpiece at her ear). Her husband tells her she's holding it backwards. She thanks him, then holds it upside down over her other ear. See this in action (I apologize in advance for the ugly "filming a TV set" quality) here.
  • December 16, 2013
    frosty
    I'm sure I've seen Cloud Cuckoo Lander examples before. Anyway:

    On an episode of Radioactive: The local Cloud Cuckoo Lander has recently acquired a new pair of binoculars, so he's looking through them at every opportunity he has. Eventually, he is looking at someone he knows in close-range! He raises his voice and waves:
    "Hey! Over here!"
    When they lower his binoculars, he responds with
    "Woah. How did you get here so fast??"
  • January 5, 2014
    Patachou
    This trope is as old as the telescope itself. Just look at this 18th century drawing, where a woman does this too: http://danforth.tumblr.com/post/24288094269/18th-century-hipsters-looking-down-the-wrong-end
  • January 14, 2014
    NateTheGreat
    Ignore.
  • January 15, 2014
    HellKillUsAll
    The Ed Eddn Eddy episode "Avast Ye Eds" has Ed look through a telescope to spot the Kanker sisters dressed as pirates. He looks through the wrong end, so Eddy tells him to throw it down to him and he looks to see the Kankers are close to him.
  • January 19, 2014
    MetaFour
    Fan works:
    • In the My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic fanfic Sparkle's Law, Pinkie Pie thinks she's a Hardboiled Detective. Her magnifying glass only works one way for some reason (don't ask) and she spends the entire investigation looking through it the wrong way. She even notices that it's making everything looks smaller, but she just thinks someone sabotaged it, and she keeps using it.
  • February 1, 2014
    Green5
    Jack Sparrow does this in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. He 'spies' Davy Jones from afar but realises that the spyglass was in the wrong way and when he corrects it, he realises that Davy Jones is right in front of him. Cue Oh Crap moment.

    EDIT: Thanks, frosty! Cave Cat, can you please remove my example from the original post? That example is wrong.

    For the title, I suggest 'Reverse Telescopic Vision'.
  • February 1, 2014
    frosty
    ^ Dead Man's Chest is the correct movie, but that's not what happened. He looked through the telescope correctly, but Davy Jones teleported onto the ship when Sparrow put the telescope down.
  • February 1, 2014
    dalek955
    • In Turn Signals On A Land Raider, tank commander Kren is looking through binoculars and comments that he can juuuust make out an enemy Titan in the horizon. Turns out that he had the binoculars on backwards (and the titan was from an Epic 40,000 army with reduced-scale models), and the thing's actually less than 20 scale feet away.
  • February 1, 2014
    Chabal2
  • February 15, 2014
    Telcontar
  • February 15, 2014
    DracMonster
    Thirding Backwards Binoculars

    Edit: Er, fourthing!
  • February 15, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Dude, this doesn't have to be binoculars. The small telescopes can be used for this, too...
  • February 22, 2014
    frosty
    ^But it's the most commonly seen variant and it's also got 4 votes so far.
  • March 4, 2014
    flamingcarrot
    Tele Nope?

    Happens in at least one episode of The Simpsons.

    Mr Burns: There he is! Far away in the distance!

  • March 10, 2014
    Lakija
    Crowner please.

    Also, my suggestion is Looking Through The Wrong End
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