Created By: ginsengaddict on September 5, 2014 Last Edited By: ginsengaddict on March 21, 2017

Wonder Tilt

Wide-eyed and staring upward means something is pretty amazing or enrapturing.

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When a character tilts their head up and looks like a deer in head-lights, it means something pretty incredible has their complete and undivided attention. It could simply be the result of looking up at something so incredibly beautiful or unbelievable that the character can't help but stare, or there could be some element of mind control involved. Either way, the effect is the same - a character looks up and experiences a sense of wonder at what they are witnessing.


Examples:

Film
  • The cover for 2001: A Space Odyssey featured Dave Bowman having this reaction to the monolith.
  • The initial reaction to the aliens arriving in Independence Day of pretty much everyone who witnessed it.
  • At the end of of The Great Dictator the awestruck upward look is combined with Psychic Link, when Hannah looks up and says "Listen", to the people around her, as the Jewish barber gives his Balcony Speech from a faraway location that none of them can hear.

Webcomics
  • According to the Alt Text in one xkcd Randall's mother reports that his first word was looking up at the sky and saying "Wow!"
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • September 5, 2014
    DAN004
    Title should be Awestruck At The Sky or something.
  • September 5, 2014
    gallium
    Examples should be formatted by media. And you mean "deer", not "dear".

    Film

    • At the end of of The Great Dictator the awestruck upward look is combined with Psychic Link, when Hannah looks up and says "Listen", to the people around her, as the Jewish barber gives his Balcony Speech from a faraway location that none of them can hear.
  • September 6, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Webcomics: According to the Alt Text in one Xkcd Randall's mother reports that his first word was looking up at the sky and saying "Wow!"
  • September 6, 2014
    DAN004
  • September 6, 2016
    DAN004
    • The King Of Fighters XIV: Xanadu's Climax DM has him beating down his foe, when suddenly a bright light shines from above him and he looks up and stares it in awe. That bright light does massive damage to his foe while he wasn't looking.
  • March 20, 2017
    Snicka
  • March 20, 2017
    Leporidae
    You might want to watch Kevin B. Lee's short (10 min.) documentary on the "Spielberg Face," which is an examination of the use of the awestruck face (also horror-struck, wonderstruck, lovestruck, etc...) in cinema, particularly as it relates to the works of filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Here is a link to the documentary: https://vimeo.com/199572277

    And here is a transcription of the documentary, with a list of all films discussed: https://www.fandor.com/keyframe/essential-viewing-the-spielberg-face
  • March 20, 2017
    Snicka
    ^ Nice list. If we do mention the expression "Spielberg Face" in the Description, we can also mention that it shouldn't be confused with Dreamworks Face. However, I don't recommend renaming this trope "Spielberg Face", because that would be a bad Trope Namer Syndrome.
  • March 20, 2017
    ginsengaddict
    I'm tempted to rename it Spielberg Face now.
  • March 20, 2017
    Snicka
    ^ Use it as a redirect, and mention the name in the Description, maybe? But let's avoid a trope with a bad trope namer.
  • March 20, 2017
    ginsengaddict
    You've heard of Kubrick Stare, right?
  • March 20, 2017
    Getta
    ^ Uh, naming tropes directly after people is not cool nowadays, right?
  • March 20, 2017
    Skylite
    Title suggestion: Look Up, Awestruck

    And I know I've Seenit A Million Times but none of them are coming to mind. Watch this space.
  • March 21, 2017
    Leporidae
    ^^^ Doesn't Kubrick Stare only get a pass because it's an old trope? [The page info section says it was created in 2008.] I think it was grandfathered in when new trope naming guidelines were mapped out. Spielberg Face might not make it past the mods.
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