Created By: CaveCatSeptember 4, 2011 Last Edited By: CaveCatOctober 17, 2011
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Eye Poke

Poking another character in the eyes is a great way to distract them in a fight.

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You have just gotten into a fight with another character, resulting in punches, kicks, brawls, half-nelsons, and any other fighting move you can think of. Just when the enemy has you held up, what's the best way to counter back? Poke him in the eyes, and while he's holding his eyes in pain, you make your getaway.

Essentially, this is a type of fighting style that can be used in about any form of media. The only defense to an Eye Poke is holding your hand vertically in front of your nose to block it.

Compare: Eye Scream

Contrast: Eye Pop

See also: A Handful For An Eye


Examples

Film
  • In Its A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, J. Russell Finch (Milton Berle) does this to Col. Algernon Hawthorne (Terry-Thomas) during a dispute.
  • Moe Howard's signature move.
  • Used against Dick Steele in Spy Hard. He blocks them successfully but he's punched out immediately after anyway.
  • Susan does this to Gallaxhar in Monsters Vs Aliens. He attempts to block, but that is complicated by the fact that he has four eyes.
  • Used in the climax of Dracula Dead And Loving It by Mel Brooks against the titular vampire (who had just tempted fate.)
  • The Water Boy, because "Captain Insano shows no mercy."
  • Ash, in Army Of Darkness, gets a number of these in the cemetery scene.
  • Taken to the max in Kill Bill. Beatrix Kiddo plucks out Elle Driver's eye, to win their fight. Since Elle Driver only had one eye, and plucking must hurt a lot, this is very effective. We don't actually see Elle Driver being killed, but she is left thrashing around in a trailer containing a black mamba. The conclusion is obvious.

Newspaper Comics
  • This Garfield strip featured a televised face-slapping tournament that ended with one of these from one of the athletes.

Professional Wrestling

MMORPG
  • The "Disco Eye-Poke" is one of the first moves you can learn as a Disco Bandit in Kingdom Of Loathing; it lowers the opponent's attack and defense power by a small amount. It's later surpassed by the more effective "Disco Face Stab".

Video Games
  • In Banjo Kazooie, repeated eye-poking is the method needed to defeat a giant hermit crab in Treasure Trove Cove.

Web Original
  • In Suburban Knights, during the first fight against the Cloaks, Brad pokes a Cloak in the eyes and runs away.

Web Comics
  • A variation in Rusty And Co: Prestige Perkins tries this on the Illithid door-keeper Handsome D'an, who has enough good sense to step back. Too bad she still use the extended fingers to cast "Melf's Acid Arrow" right in his face.

Western Animation
  • In an episode of Aladdin, a magic disembodied hand is sent to attack Al. Inevitably, it pulls this move on him, but Aladdin is Genre Savvy enough to use the hand block on it.
  • In a Robot Chicken spoof of Star Trek, Spock tries to knock out Scotty with a Vulcan nerve pinch. When that doesn't work, he goes for the eye poke.

Real Life
  • This is actually a recommended method for surviving a shark attack.
Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • September 4, 2011
    JonnyB
    Moe Howard's signature move.
  • September 4, 2011
    Merlo
    Used against Dick Steele in Spy Hard. He blocks them successfully but he's punched out immediately after anyway.
  • September 5, 2011
    randomsurfer
    One of Ric Flair's signature moves.
  • September 5, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Real Life:
    • This is actually a recommended method for surviving a shark attack.
  • September 5, 2011
    archie
    The "Disco Eye-Poke" is one of the first moves you can learn as a Disco Bandit in Kingdom Of Loathing; it lowers the opponent's attack and defense power by a small amount. It's later surpassed by the more effective "Disco Face Stab".
  • September 5, 2011
    dalek955
  • September 11, 2011
    JonnyB
    Susan does this to Gallaxhar in Monsters Vs Aliens. He attempts to block, but that is complicated by the fact that he has four eyes.

    The only defense to an Eye Poke is holding your hand vertically in front of your nose to block it.
  • September 11, 2011
    TonyG
    In an episode of Aladdin, a magic disembodied hand is sent to attack Al. Inevitably, it pulls this move on him, but Aladdin is Genre Savvy enough to use the hand block on it.
  • September 12, 2011
    CaveCat
    Anyone got anymore examples?
  • September 12, 2011
    Ryuuma
    Used in the Climax of Dracula Dead And Loving It by Mel Brooks against the titular vampire (who had just tempted fate.)
  • September 18, 2011
    CaveCat
  • September 20, 2011
    Xelloss08
    Web Original
    • In Suburban Knights, during the first fight against the Cloaks, Brad pokes a Cloak in the eyes and runs away.
  • September 20, 2011
    Ryuuma
    • A Variation in Rusty And Co: Prestige Perkins tries this on the Illithid door-keeper Handsome D'an, who has enough good sense to step back. Too bad she still use the extended fingers to cast "Melf's Acid Arrow" right in his face.
  • September 23, 2011
    CaveCat
    Bump again.
  • October 6, 2011
    JonnyB
    In a Robot Chicken spoof of Star Trek, Spock tries to knock out Scotty with a Vulcan nerve pinch. When that doesn't work, he goes for the eye poke.
  • October 14, 2011
    surgoshan
  • October 17, 2011
    3niner
    Taken to the max in "Kill Bill". Beatrix Kiddo plucks out Elle Driver's eye, to win their fight. Since Elle Driver only had one eye, and plucking must hurt a lot, this is very effective. We don't actually see Elle Driver being killed, but she is left thrashing around in a trailer containing a black mamba. The conclusion is obvious.
  • October 17, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
    Video Games: In Banjo Kazooie, repeated eye-poking is the method needed to defeat a giant hermit crab in Treasure Trove Cove.

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