* In one episode of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', after a long car chase and shootout, Revy and Roberta are convinced to settle things with an old-fashioned fistfight. Robert tells her that her shoelaces are untied. Revy seems skeptical, not to mention smart, to fall for such an old trick. However, the very second she ''does'' decide to look down, Roberta delivers the first punch (or uppercut, in this case).
* In the first episode of the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' OVA series, Tenchi pulls this trick on Ryoko. He's quite surprised when it works. He figures that since she's been sealed for 700 years, maybe she predates the invention of the trick.
** And in the third movie, he does the same to both Ryoko and Ayeka. It is, again, alarmingly effective.
* In one episode of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', an undercover cop posing as a prostitute distracted Mugen on two separate occasions by shouting, "Look! A naked woman!" To be [[JustifiedTrope fair]], Mugen had a swollen bruise the size of an egg on his forehead at the time, so he probably didn't have his wits about him. To be also fair, Mugen has by then a track record of being taken in by women.
** She then followed up by performing a quite respectable GroinAttack, which, unfortunately for her, only turned Mugen on. (I like a woman with some fight in her).
*** Or perhaps not so unfortunately, given that by the end of the episode [[spoiler: she has decided that when she finally settles down she will find Mugen and marry him]].
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Genma Saotome would often use this trick to cheat in games of Shogi or Go. The tables are turned on him, though, as Genma can be distracted by someone shouting "Look! A 100 yen coin!" (that's about $1). In fact, Genma has gone as far as to create a "fighting style" based entirely on pointing up, down, to the side, or behind the opponent (all of these are different techniques, even) before moving in with a surprise attack while the opponent is distracted.
** Also used by Ranma to distract Akane when she noticed he had P-Chan with him instead of Ryoga. When Akane looks back P-Chan has been replaced by Ryoga (thanks to a handy thermos of hot water) and Akane wonders where he has gone. [[SelectiveObliviousness Also, all this takes place while the characters]] [[IdiotBall are swinging on vines]] [[RuleOfFunny through mid air]].
* In the third episode of the ''Manga/IchigoMashimaro'' anime, this trope is subverted when Matsuri tries this, but is not very good at it, failing miserably. Miu, the {{Jerkass}}, not fooled by Matsuri's feeble attempt, does a LookBehindYou of her own back on her, which given Matsuri's vague TheDitz tendencies, is played straight, working very well. In episode 8 Miu tries it on CoolBigSis Nobue with "Look! A UFO!", but is confused when Nobue just agrees. Then laughs at her. But then Miu launches into WeNeedADistraction...
* Cui, a minor underling of Frieza in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', distracts Vegeta by looking over his shoulder and gasping, "Lord Frieza?!". This later became his Ultimate move in the video game adaption, ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokaiTenkaichi 2''. The most amusing thing about this, is that in ''Tenkaichi 2'', ''[[TooDumbToLive even Frieza himself falls for it!]]''
** Krillin uses this move successfully on Goku in their Tenkaichi Budokai fight.
** In the first Tenkaichi Budokai we see in the series, Goku falls for this yet again, By way of his opponent pretending to be holding something, and asking if Goku wanted to see what it was. When he peered in to look, the enemy smacked him.
** Subverted in the Frieza Saga: Goku tells Frieza to look out behind him, and Frieza ignores it. Unfortunately for Frieza, Goku was actually being very serious about telling him to look behind him, and his ignoring him [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe resulted in his being horizontally vivisected by his own attack, which was what Goku was referring to]].
** The next true example is in the Imperfect Cell arc, right as Cell manages to sneak up behind Android 17. Tien sees him, and warns 17, who had been monologuing and believed 16 had destroyed Cell, in spite of his saying otherwise. Even though he turns around to see Cell, he's too late to react, [[spoiler:and it costs him his life.]]
** Played for laughs in ''Yo! Goku And His Friends Return''. When Goku and Vegeta proceed to attack Aka, Goku asks Vegeta "What's that" to their left (which he fell for) so that he can make his final attack. Vegeta then tells him it's not fair.
** During the fight for the [[MagicFeather Sacred Water]], Goku tries this on Karin, his opponent. It fails, and Karin berates Goku for thinking a stupid trick would fool someone who can read minds.
* ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'' opened the series with this. Natsumi tries to get her paranormal-obsessed brother Fuyuki out of bed by pointing and shouting, "Look! An alien!" Suddenly, a section of the wall where she was pointing peels away, revealing a surprised Keroro who, thinking his cover had been blown, asks "How did you know I was here?!"
* Used a few times in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', most memorably when Miaka distracts Tasuki by shouting, "Look! Nakago's doing a strip-show!"
** And he ''immediately'' [[HoYay whirls around to look.]]
* Played with in an episode of ''Manga/KodomoNoOmocha'': Sana, trying to distract a child, [[MediumAwareness points at the "camera" and says "Look! Some people watching TV!"]]
* Parodied in ''Manga/ToLoveRu'''s [[RPGEpisode RPG Arc]]. When the "stun" spell is used...all the female characters' boobs pop out of their clothes, while the enemies (and Rito) gawk.
* In ''Manga/GetBackers'', Emishi is hiding in a maneki neko figure. He gives a fake meow, which of course doesn't faze [[SpeaksFluentAnimal Shido]], who actually asks if Emishi ''really'' expected that to work. So Emishi points behind him and yells, "Look! It's [[LoveInterests Madoka!]]" Shido spins around, yelling "Where?! ♥"
* Appears in ''WebVideo/YuYuHakushoAbridged.'' Subverted, as Yusuke forgot to run while his opponent was distracted.
** '''Yusuke:''' Aw, [[SoundEffectBleep **** ]]! I don't suppose you would fall for that again, would you?
* Used in ''Manga/OnePiece'' to wake [[BigEater Luffy]], [[BloodKnight Zoro]], and [[HandsomeLech Sanji]] out of a coma that was supposed to last three days, just by Usopp shouting "A BEAUTIFUL LADY SWORDSMAN just brought some MEAT!"
** Franky uses this to trick Nero, a trained assassin. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny He falls for it]]. Franky promptly hits him when he's not looking.
* Used in slightly more subtle (and funny) way in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''. "[[AlienSky The stars are pretty]]", indeed.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', while Ed is fighting the Slicer, he mentions that Al is much stronger in a fight then he is. Halfway through the fight, he yells out for Al to attack, at which Slicer turns around to stop Al... only for it to be a hastily transmuted statue, which is all the distraction Ed needs.
** Also happens in an early chapter of the manga (episode five [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist of the first anime]], not adapted for ''Brotherhood''), when Ed confronts some of the train-jackers. He points dramatically and shouts "LOOK!" before kicking the idiot who fell for it in the jaw.
* [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Yukari]] uses it in the first sports fest episode to get out of giving her class juice.
* In ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'', this is one of Aoki's most effective techniques - he feigns surprise during the bout and slowly turns his head as if to look at something. More often than not, his opponent is so taken in by the act that they are almost forced to look away from him, leaving them totally open for a free punch.
* Phantom Renegade from ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}'' used this tactic after falling into the Rubber Robo hideout and found himself surrounded. After being told not to try any tricks he bows his head saying the Rubber Robos were clearly the pinnacle of evil geniuses. In the same breath he immediately pointed behind them and shouted "LOOK! IT'S THE PHANTOM RENEGADE!" successfully tricking everyone in the room.
* In the "Odd One Out" segment of ''Anime/HaloLegends'', Spartan 1337 does this to Pluton.
--> '''1337:''' Oh, hey! What the heck is that?
--> '''brother:''' As if he'd ever fall for that!
--> (Pluton looking behind)
--> '''sister:''' He did fall for it!
--> '''1337:''' He did? He did! Now let's get out of here!
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai La Verite'' episode 4. While Taro is out on the town, security maid Konoe shows up with her sword. When the passersby see the sword and become afraid, Taro distracts them by yelling "What is that giant furry seal doing there!" When the passersby look where he's pointing, Taro leads Konoe away.
* Kenji does it to Love Machine, a super-advanced AI, in ''Anime/SummerWars'' to save Kazuma's avatar. He doesn't even say anything; he just points over the bot's shoulder and acts shocked. Hilariously, it works.
* Usagi and Chibiusa try this on a Snow Dancer chasing them during the second ''Anime/SailorMoon'' movie. The Snow Dancer falls for it completely, and looks genuinely puzzled when she turns around and they aren't there anymore.
** Played [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming adorably]] in the last episode of [=SuperS=], where Chibi-Usa wants her private discussion with Helios while the rest of the girls watch them. She screams "LOOK! A UFO!" and every one of them turns while she gives him a huge hug and says her goodbye.
* There's sort of a variation in ''Manga/BlackButler''. There's a mass murderer on the roof of a train, along with Sebastian, and the mass murderer tricks Sebastian into not hurting him for a bit before ducking for a bridge. Sebastian, however, [[spoiler: is totally unfazed by the rocks that hit his back and proceeds to literally throw said mass murderer off the roof]], because he is, after all, [[BattleButler one hell of a butler]].
* A RunningGag in ''Anime/BombermanJetters'' is that any given character at any given point could say "Look, a Komodo dragon!" as a distraction.
* In ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}'', as Shiho evaluates Arika and Erstin's cooking results, she refuses to even try the "food" they made because of how disgusting it looks. Arika tells her that there's a spiral in the sky before putting a morsel in her mouth while she's distracted. Shiho finds the food disgusting and gets angrier.
* Parodied in an episode of ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}''. There's this scene in which Nano prevents the Professor from having candy. The Professor tells Nano to turn around. Nano does so, and the Professor has the chance to take the candy, which follows an epic chase scene.
* In the manga of ''Manga/DeathNote'' Light walks out on a [[ObliviousGuiltSlinging family meeting]] by [[ManipulativeBastard railroading the conversation to]]:
--> '''Light:''' Is that all the help you needed on your homework, Sayu?
--> '''Souichiro:''' Was your brother helping you with your homework ''again?''
--> '''Sayu:''' Gee, Light! Thanks for blabbing!
* ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'': Kuroko is lecturing Saten about how she needs to stop chasing after urban legends, so Saten (truthfully) yells that Misaka is on the big screen in her gym clothes.
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