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->''"What do yooooooou think, fourth wall?"''
-->-- '''Podcast/RiffTrax''', ''Film/{{Troll 2}}''

A form of [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall fourth wall breakage]], an Aside Glance occurs when an actor gives a brief, silent glance to the camera as [[LampshadeHanging a way of acknowledging]] that their current situation, or the person they're speaking to, is stupid, weird or otherwise unusual. Alternatively, it is also utilised as a form of MediumAwareness that the characters know they're in a show.

It's generally used as a way to acknowledge the audience's assumed reaction and show that the glancing character is just as smart as them and just as aware of the absurdity of the situation. Importantly, the glancer should never speak to the audience, nor should the other characters (if it is fiction) acknowledge that the person just glanced away.

The glance can be either a normal look or an EyeTake.

The trope has its roots in the "aside", a trope in European dramatic tradition that had characters making one-line comments to one another which are unheard by the other characters. Originally this was used to undercut dramatic tension but was turned around over time to allow for serious usage, in plays such as ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. Characters also began to make remarks to the audience or to themselves rather than to other characters, akin to [[SpeechBubbles thought balloons]] in comics. This was modified into the silent glance, which was used in stage comedy routines and subsequently found its way into the films of ''Creator/LaurelAndHardy'' and other movie comedians, thus making it OlderThanTelevision at least. The speaking version still exists, too, in various contexts, including comics; see AsideComment. Compare FourthWallPsych and MeaningfulLook.

Used a lot in ThisIsReality situations.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'', Tokine is discussing with Tokiko about bridges to dimensions, Tokiko then makes a out of the blue comment that Tokine should not be so hyperactive, when she was acting normally the entire time, Tokine then proceeds to make an Aside Glance to the audience complete with the transitional FaceFault.
* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', the main character throws an aside glance at the screen after Mako and her sibling make a scene in the first episode.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}''
** Kyou and Tomoyo both do this after teasing [[ButtMonkey Sunohara]] into another outburst.
** Kyou gives Tomoyo one when Tomoyo gives Nagisa her GracefulLoser line, ''"So you're why he's doing this... I'm so glad it's for someone like you."''
** After telling Sunohara that since Kappei kept talking to him about Ryou, it means he trusts him, right? And therefore he must be interested in him right? So it's OperationJealousy riiiight? He doesn't actually give an aside glance, since he doesn't have a sprite. But he does say briefly '...what?' to the reader before continuing on.
* The page image is Kyoya doing this in the first episode of ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' after Tamaki gets [[HighPressureEmotion red-faced]] when he FINALLY realizes Haruhi [[SweetPollyOliver is a girl]].
* The title character of ''Manga/LupinIII'' does this at least ''constantly''.
* Kaname throws us one in the second episode of ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' after Sōsuke buys into a very obvious con to force him into garbage duty.
* In the second episode of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', Kamina makes an exceptionally [[HotBlooded boisterous boast]], causing Yoko to look at the camera momentarily and wonder aloud where he gets his confidence. This is immediately lampshaded by panning out to show that she was talking to thin air.
* ''Anime/LuckyStar''
** When Tsukasa found out Konata's dad can tie the sash of a yukata.
** Konata herself does this frequently, sometimes to take a jab at Kagami.
* ''Manga/KOn'': "I thought I'd [[TakeThatAudience try to do my best in life.]]"
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** In a relatively early episode, Chopper starts to yell at Nami when she wakes up from her sickness at Dr. Kureha's place, and then he acts awkwardly all of a sudden, prompting Nami to look directly into the camera and ask aloud if he can't hide his feelings.
** Sanji does this twice in the beginning of the sixth movie when one of the island's champions, Muchigoro, is introduced. First time, he tells the audience that Muchigoro's definitely an idiot. The second time he does this is after Muchigoro is tricked by Usopp saying, "See? He's an idiot."
** Usopp does this multiple times after meeting the Barbar sand pirates during the Alabasta arc in a filler episode.
* In the anime adaptation of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' Kyon does one following one of Haruhi's many, many enthusiastic rants.
* In an episode of ufotable's adaptation of ''Anime/FateStayNightUnlimitedBladeWorks'', Lancer gives a particularly smarmy version of this when Rin tries to claim that [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend there is nothing going on between her and Shiro]].

* The only character in [[Creator/RaphaelSanzio Raphael]]'s ''The School of Athens'' who seems to see the viewer is an Italian pretty boy who looks suspiciously like Raphael himself.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
** Through much of the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]], he would end a story by giving the reader a wink, usually when one of his supporting cast made a clueless remark about his SecretIdentity.
** ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'' would be the last time the Pre-Crisis Superman does it.
** In ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'', we discover the ultimate fate of Superman: [[spoiler:In the distant future, he spends 100,000 years hibernating in the sun, and emerges in the 853rd century as an unstoppable super-god. After bringing Lois and the entire planet Krypton back to life with a wave of his hand, his final act is to give the reader one last knowing wink.]]
** Several Silver Age ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} stories ended with the Girl of Steel glancing to the reader and winking.
* ComicBook/IronMan and Franchise/SpiderMan gave a prominent Aside Glance prior to the ComicBook/CivilWar. In the previous issues, Mary-Jane had suffered a broken arm, then shown up shortly after without a cast or anything. When fans pointed out the mistake, the writers added a discussion between Parker and Stark, revealing that Stark had fixed her up with some kind of injected bone glue. The panel immediately after the explanation shows both characters looking straight at the reader.
* In an issue of ''Marvel Knights: Spider-Man'', Peter and Liz Allan get talking during a high-school reunion. Liz reflects on how weird their lives have been, from the Living Brain attacking the school to Harry Osborn (and his dad) both being the Green Goblin, and concludes that sometimes, it feels like Peter's [[DramaticIrony the only normal person she knows.]] Peter's reaction is priceless.
* ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}'s insanity often has him doing this. After all, he is one of the few Marvel characters who realizes he's fictional, and uses it to his advantage regardless of medium (for example, [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 beating up enemies with his own]] [[LimitBreak Hyper Combo]] [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 gauge]] or asking the narrator if they can help).
* ComicBook/TheJoker tends to do this, due to him being one of the only [[Franchise/TheDCU DCU]] characters who is self-aware of his status as a comic book character. Meta-awareness is frequently part of the Joker's toolbox. Near the end of the "Emperor Joker" comic storyline, he actually yells at the comic's ''artist''.
* Done in the Disney Comics Beagle Boys story "Short Order Crook". After being instructed to by "Cousin Half-Pint" (a short Beagle Boy), the Beagle Boys have torn off their numbers so they can't be identified but then become confused about which of them is which, not even remembering their own numbers and as two of them are discussing it, Cousin Half-Pint looks out of the comic at the reader and scowls while jerking a thumb at the other two, as if to ask "can you believe how stupid they are?"
* Often frustrated by her apocalypse-survivor-buddy Ace and his foolish beliefs and behaviors, Gwen occasionally glances at the reader with a kind of "do you believe this?" stare. ''ComicBook/LesbianZombiesFromOuterSpace''

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' featured this quite a few times.
* Just about every single strip of ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' or ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId'' has a character doing this.
* Huey Freeman of ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' does this regularly, making just his ''reactions'' to the stupidity of those around him just as funny as any of his rants.
* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} does this in many of its strips, usually Jon while Garfield is thinking a snarky comment, despite his seeming inability to hear Garfield.
* In ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', after Opus's mother has been kidnapped by the Mary Kay Commandos, he vows to track her down. Milo Bloom tells him that it's "all beginning to sound like... like a ''bad comic strip''!" This is predictably followed by a BeatPanel with both of them facing straight forward.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Used frequently by [[ComicBook/TheJoker the title character]] in ''WebVideo/TheJokerBlogs'', but justified in the fact that there actually is a cameraman for the Joker to Aside Glance at, and that the Joker already has Medium Awareness and regularly breaks the fourth wall in the comics. One of the funnier uses:
-->'''Joker:''' (''to a bum on the street'') Do you wanna ''die''?\\
'''Ted the Bum:''' Uh... Well... Uh... ''kind'' of...\\
'''Joker:''' (''incredulous look at camera'')
* Discord manages to pull this off in ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman''. ''Though text''.
* In ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'' Shinji does this at least twice:
** In chapter 3: after Asuka says she'll be keeping an eye on him, Shinji throws an aside glance and wonders: "Why can't a normal, well-adjusted girl ever say that to me...?"
** In chapter 17: during his friend's bachelor party, Shinji does this while he thinks that it's as if Las Vegas exists to piss off certain specific groups of people.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Frodo in Creator/RalphBakshi's ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* Disney's ''Disney/PeterPan''. Captain Hook is taking Tiger Lily to be drowned. As the Crocodile follows them, he turns and looks directly at the viewers.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''
** Jessica Rabbit makes at least 3 of these. There's a subtle one during her singing number right before she sits on Eddie, then another after knocking out Roger with a frying pan and dumping him in the trunk of a car, and a very quick one as she's getting into Benny the Cab in Toontown.
** Roger looks into the camera at the end of the film, right after Jessica tells him she'll bake him a carrot cake after they get home.
* ''WesternAnimation/MickeyDonaldGoofyTheThreeMusketeers'' has Pete doing this thanks to the RunningGag of the same music playing every time the opera poster is shown.
* It's a bit hard to tell in ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', but when the fat, penitent, diaper-clad "Baby" Brent tries to convince Sam and Flint to let him come along on their attempt to stop the food machine, putting his arm on Sam's shoulder for emphasis, she briefly turns and gives an uncomfortable look to either Flint, the camera, or both.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'', Red Puckett practically is a master of this, as there are at least four or five that she gives during her story.
** Red throws a magazine from the treehouse -- which lands on a passing car's windshield and blinds the driver, who immediately drives into a tree. [[OffscreenCrash We cut back to a close-up of Red right before the crash]], and when we hear the impact, [[ReactionShot she silently tenses up]] and shoots a glance at the camera.
** When Red is taking the recipe book from behind the ConcealingCanvas in Granny's store, the woodpecker she is with asks if the Bandit will get the book. Red turns to the bird and replies, "Not today," with the camera angle positioned such that it looks like she's speaking to the camera.
** When Red encounters Japeth and he denies having spoken normally instead of singing for a brief second, she pauses to give the camera an exasperated stare.
** Two others happen with Red during "Be Prepared", the song in Japeth's shack: she does an indirect Aside Glance when she says "[[SarcasmMode Oh, good. More singing]]," after pleading to Japeth for help causes him to break out in song. Also, when the line "I got horns that open pickle jars.." comes up, Red holds out a pickle jar for Japeth to pop the lid off of, then gives a bemused look at the camera.
** The Wolf does one himself, after his hyperactive assistant and photographer Twitchy claims he doesn't drink coffee -- while talking so fast it's hard to understand what he's saying.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones The Man Called Flintstone]]'', Fred looks at the audience during the song "Spy Type Guy".
* In ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega'', Eve tries to tell her daughter how to handle her date if he gets out of line. Being [[AxCrazy Eve]], her advice was to "take those beautiful teeth of yours, go for the throat, and don't stop until the body stops shaking". Kate's response was wide-eyed shock, during which she gives an Aside Glance.
* Esmeralda from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' actually winks at the viewers for a few seconds during her dance at the Feast of Fools before poledancing with a spear.
* Ray from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' does one when Louis has an overblown reaction to being pricked by a thorn.
* Seta from ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' gives a mildly scolding look at the audience near the end of the film, specifically juvenile delinquents of Japan in 1980s. Takahata specifically made the film for the delinquents to appreciate what they have while understanding what their parents would have suffer from the war.
* A great moment in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}} 2000'' where WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck as Noah's assistant sees [[FurryConfusion a pair of realistic ducks]] boarding the ark and turns to the audience with a baffled expression.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'', segment "Den". After Ard gives his ultimatum ("..you die, she dies, ''everybody'' dies!"), Den turns to the camera and thinks/narrates "Sounded reasonable to me!"

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the film of ''Music/{{Evita}}'', [[InteractiveNarrator Che]] does this frequently, most notably at the end of "Good Night and Thank You".
* ''Film/OurMissBrooks'': Miss Brooks does this a few times in the [[TheMovie the theatrical]] [[GrandFinale series finale]], i.e. her confused expression upon meeting Mrs. Davis. However, her expressions were very much testament of her feelings rather than an attempt to break the fourth wall.
* Critics noticed this in ''[[Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg Meet The Spartans]]'', seemed aimed at the audience for watching the movie.
* Tyler looks at the camera in ''Film/FightClub'' after Marla's particularly disturbing pillow talk [[spoiler:My God, I haven't been fucked like that since grade school.]]
* Common in Creator/BusterKeaton's short films.
* [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy Oliver Hardy]] was a master of this. While uproariously funny in itself, it was often used to pad out a gag to give the audience time to finish laughing so they wouldn't miss the next bit of dialog.
** In order to get a ''really'' exasperated expression on Oliver Hardy's face, these scenes would be shot at the end of the day when he was itching to finish up and get to the golf course.
* Used [[RuleOfThree thrice]] in ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'';
** One early example has Jay and Silent Bob talking to Holden [=McNeil=] about their plans to stop the Jay And Silent Bob ShowWithinAShow from being made. Holden tries to tell them that the project won't go anywhere anyway, saying "A Jay and Silent Bob movie? [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs Who would pay to see that]]?", which is immediately followed by all three of them looking at the camera. Silent Bob smiles.
** A cop tells Federal Wildlife [[PunnyName Marshall Willenholly]] that someone may have arranged a breakout of animals to draw attention away from a jewelry robbery. He says that sounds like something out of a bad movie, and all the characters turn to look at the camera. An angle change reveals that they all just happened to look along the road at the same time.
** And when Jay and Silent Bob finally get to the Hollywood filmset, they come across Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as they argue about their current roles in ''Film/GoodWillHunting 2: Hunting Season''. They take pot shots at various movies both have done, until finally Affleck says, "What do I keep telling you? You gotta do the safe picture, ''then'' you do the art picture. And then sometimes you gotta do the payback picture because your friend says you owe him." [Both look at camera.]
* During the massive argument that breaks out at the climax of Creator/BlakeEdwards' ''Film/AShotInTheDark'', Clouseau vainly tries to restore order but winds up staring helplessly into the camera.
* ''Film/TheNakedGun'' series of movies contains these regularly.
* A chase sequence in the classic Burt Reynolds film ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'' sees Bandit outwit a police vehicle by quickly driving behind a building and turning off the lights, then slowly driving away when the policemen leaves. The Bandit stops to look back, then smiles to the camera before he roars off.
** Burt Reynolds' character does this again in ''Film/StrokerAce'' when [[BlackComedyRape contemplating ravishing a woman while she's asleep]].
* Kevin of ''Film/HomeAlone'' acknowledges the audience a couple of times, usually for expository purposes; "I made my family disappear!" But the best example of this trope occurs in ''Home Alone 2''. He addresses the man next to him on a plane, who then begins babbling extensively in French. Kevin slowly turns and gives a good long "Why me?" look at the camera.
* In ''Film/DeathProof'', Stuntman Mike smiles at the camera before getting in his car.
* Creator/EddieMurphy does this in ''Film/ComingToAmerica''.
* Eddie Murphy also does this in ''Film/TradingPlaces'', when the Duke brothers condescendingly explain that you might find bacon in a bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich.
* Eddie Murphy also does this in ''Film/TheNuttyProfessor'', when Jason is trying to snap him out of the Buddy Love mode.
* Creator/JohnBelushi in ''Film/AnimalHouse'' turns to give the camera his trademark single raised eyebrow after he climbs the ladder to look into the sorority house window and discovers the girls in the midst of a semi-nude pillow fight.
* All three examples above were directed by Creator/JohnLandis, so it's part of his SignatureStyle.
* Done at least twice in the first ''Film/InspectorGadget'' movie.
-->"''[[YouWatchTooMuchX Somebody's]]'' [[YouWatchTooMuchX been watching too many Saturday morning cartoons!]]"
* An unintentional example in ''Film/HotFuzz'': Timothy Dalton's eyes, for a split second, stare right down the barrel of the camera. Director Edgar Wright apparently found it amusing enough to leave in the finished film, also timing the faint sound of an old-style cash register in the background to coincide with it.
-->'''Danny:''' What was it like being stabbed?\\
'''Angel:''' It was the single most painful meeting of my life.\\
'''Danny:''' What was the second most painful?\\
'''Angel:''' (''stares directly at the camera'')
* At the end of ''Film/PrettyInPink'', ButtMonkey Duckie is so shocked on discovering a girl's interest in him that he looks right out the fourth wall.
* ''Film/UndercoverBrother''
** While the title character is flying through the air toward some enemy {{Mooks}}, he briefly turns his head and looks at the camera.
** In the end credits. After Undercover Brother takes his car through a car wash and several female attendants are flirting with him he turns his head and broadly winks at the camera.
* At the end of ''Film/ImagineMeAndYou'', the male lead Heck meets a beautiful girl on a plane and gives the camera a quick smirk.
* Film/AustinPowers mugs to the camera from time to time.
* Justified in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'': When [[MamaBear Sarah Connor]] fails to get out of the asylum due to good behavior, she attacks the doctor who doesn't believe she's actually changed. After she's restrained, the doctor looks at the screen (that is, the camera that they set up to film the interview) and makes an aside: "Model Citizen..."
* Like the above example in Comic Books, the ''Film/{{Superman}}'' movies starring Creator/ChristopherReeve ended with Superman flying in space and giving a wink to the camera.
* In ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'', Peter is sent on a frantic run out to a garden shed to get an axe. Arriving there, he finds a padlock on the shed door. Fortunately, there's an axe lying nearby! He picks up it and... starts to whack at the lock. Belatedly, he realizes what he's doing, shoots an embarrassed look at the camera, and runs back inside.
* ''Film/TopSecret''
** While Nick Rivers is riding a motorcycle, he turns his head and winks at the camera.
** Earlier on, after describing Nick describes their situation verbatim, Hillary says 'I know, it all sounds like some bad movie.' They both then look very slowly in the direction of the camera.
* Taj in ''National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj'' does this at least twice, on both occasions because he's pleased a woman is paying attention to him.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' movies:
** Yuri glances at the camera twice in ''Film/{{Werewolf}}''. Given the context of both scenes, it's likely that neither Aside Glance was intentional, but the crew treat them as such for the sake of their jokes.
-->(''Yuri, disguised as a doctor, examines a patient and then looks at the camera'')\\
'''Tom Servo:''' Audience, what's ''your'' diagnosis?
** They do this a lot. In ''[[Film/TheBladeMaster Cave Dwellers]]'' the elder and his daughter are having a conversation about what to do with the MacGuffin when the elder steps away as if lost in thought but is accidentally looking straight at the camera:
-->'''Tom Servo:''' What do you, the viewers at home, think?
* During the TrainingMontage in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'', the villagers are demonstrating their complete lack of skill while trying to draw arrows from their quivers. Robin just looks to the camera with a look of amused despair, then back to his pupils with a snort.
* In ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'', besides [[AudienceMonologue narrating to the camera]] several times throughout the film, Ferris gives a few silent acknowledgments to the audience.
* In the ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' movies, Guttenberg's character would often do this -- without actually looking at the camera. He'd just turn and stare disbelievingly in a vaguely camera-like direction.
* ''Film/FatalInstinct''. Lola Cain turns and looks at the audience after Ned Ravine turns her down.
* Aslan (very briefly) while he is being executed in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia: Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe''.
* Harold has a ''huge'' one in ''Film/HaroldAndMaude'' after [[spoiler:convincing his arranged date that he's set himself on fire in the backyard, causing her to run away screaming]].
* ''Film/HotShots'': Almost the same glance at us, after Ramada tells him that she [[ReallyGetsAround "can go all night like a lumberjack"]].
* ''Film/HotShotsPartDeux'':
-->'''Topper:''' Do you have any idea what would happen if you stay here with me?\\
'''Ramada:''' Of course I do. Sex. Wild, free, passionate, unbridled sex. I would fondle you in ways you can't imagine. I would pleasure you at any time, in any place, in any way, for as long as you could possibly desire.\\
'''Topper:''' [aside glance, complete with arched eyebrow]
* ''Film/ThisIsEngland'' ends with one of these from Shaun.
* In both versions of ''Film/FunnyGames'', this is how Paul first breaks the fourth wall. Just before Ann/Anna discovers the where he's hidden the dog, he turns around and gives a SlasherSmile to the camera.
%% * In ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine'' Nick gives one to lampshade his incredibly obvious TitleDrop.
* Done several times in ''Film/YoungFrankenstein''.
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', we get this from a goat that Jack Sparrow's putting the moves on (no, it doesn't make sense in context).
** Later on, Davy Jones does this while smirking at the camera and quirking an eyebrow. He doesn't exactly have eyebrows, but he pulls it off.
* ''Film/Wishmaster2EvilNeverDies''. After taking several scenes to get a prison guard to doom himself with a wish, the Djinn finally succeeds, and shoots a PsychoticSmirk at the audience.
* In ''Film/WereTheMillers'' David gives one during Rose's stripping scene, with a big smile.
* ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'' ends with Creator/SeanConnery winking at the audience.
* In the second ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movie this is the Tar Monster's response to the Pterodactyl Ghost flying into him and getting stuck after the latter fails to steal the MacGuffin from Scooby.
* Wade Wilson in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' is constantly sneaking in looks to the camera.
* Like his comic book counterpart, the title character of ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'' is a FourthWallObserver who does this often when speaking to the audience.
* In ''Film/WeirdScience'', Wyatt gives the camera a glance when Chet says, "Next thing you know, you'l be wearin' a bra on your head."
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'': When Anakin and Obi-Wan first meet Padme at her apartment, Jar-Jar gives a quick one with a grin, as if he's saying to the audience "Meesa still here!"
** ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'': While none of the major characters do it, one of the AT-STs does one just before it loses its balance on a bunch of logs as if to go "Oh common, really?". It then falls over, and explodes.
* ''Film/{{Airplane}}''
** In the last scene, after Otto the Autopilot gets a female companion he turns to the audience and winks.
** Victor the navigator smiles at the camera when Randy sings "River of Jordan".
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Haymitch sends Katniss some soup to feed Peeta with. Enclosed is the note, "You call that a kiss?", referring to a kiss on the cheek she gave Peeta earlier. Katniss promptly pulls this trope, though in the context of the film this doesn't break the fourth wall as she's aware her every action is being televised.
* ''Film/InLikeFlint''. At the end, the three leaders of the feminist conspiracy assure the President that they accept that the world is better in male hands. They then turn to the audience and give knowing looks, indicating that they have no intention of giving up on their plans of world domination.
* ''Film/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'': At one point Maurice Gibb looks directly into camera and smirks.

* In the first chapter of ''[[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Please, Jeeves]]'', Bertie shoots a defiant glance at the reader, asking (via the narration boxes) if we think he's weak for giving in to Jeeves so easily.
* In the twelfth ''[[Literature/CaptainUnderpants Captain Underpants]]'' book, George and Harold wonder why their future selves don't remember some of their past adventures. They blame bad writing as they shoot a glance at the reader.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''CrazyExGirlfriend'', OneShotCharacter and [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Person]] Cornelia gives one when her storyline reaches the breaking point and her dysfunctional coworkers start competing for her attention like a group of middle schoolers -- right before breaking into her own musical number (which, [[WordOfGod as the creators previously confirmed]], is a sign of Rebecca's craziness creeping into someone's mind).
* In the final season of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', [[spoiler:an alternate version of Lionel Luther]] gives a meaningful aside glance, basically telling the audience he's pumped for the series finale.
-->[[spoiler:Lionel]]: I wouldn't miss this for the world. Can't wait to see how it all turns out.
* Used almost OncePerEpisode by The Skipper on ''Series/GilligansIsland'' whenever he reacts to whatever goofy thing Gilligan's done this time. As Gilligan and the Skipper were more or less created as being modern day {{exp|y}}ies of Creator/LaurelAndHardy, this is to be expected.
* In the title sequence of ''Series/TheCosbyShow'', Creator/BillCosby almost never ''doesn't'' give one.
* Right after Kaylee says "It's real simple," in the pilot episode of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', Jayne flicks his eyes up. May be unintentional. The camera has come around to face him as he gives a "you gotta be kidding me" look, but Jayne is looking at Kaylee, not the camera.
* Felix does this several times on ''Theatre/TheOddCouple''. Once after Oscar draws a mustache on Felix with a marker in an episode titled "You Saved My Life".
* Used frequently (and hilariously) on ''Series/ModernFamily''.
* Jonathan Ross uses this pretty much constantly in his TalkShow, ''Friday Night with Jonathan Ross''.
* In ''Series/HarryHillsTVBurp'', a particularly awful clip or line of dialogue is often followed by Harry giving a pained glance to the camera. (This is one of the weirder uses, since most of the show is Harry talking to camera, only to Aside Glance to a ''different'' camera...)
-->(''featured clip of battery hens'')\\
'''Voice:''' What animal, of any description, want to live in here?\\
'''Harry Hill:''' A fox?
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** A ''Dalek'' manages to do this in "The Daleks' Master Plan" - Mavic Chen is spiralling into a VillainousBreakdown and a Daleks confronts him about his incompetence. Chen rants impotently at it and then [[ArmorPiercingSlap slaps the Dalek in the eyestalk]]. The Dalek flails around in confusion for a second, briefly fixing the camera with its eyestalk as if to ask 'can you believe he did that?' It's a real testament to the skills of the Dalek operators that they could pull this off.
** Some unintentional ones are done by the First Doctor. The actor had [[VerbalTic a bit of a habit of flubbing lines]] and occasionally, after catching himself completely mangling a sentence, would glance over at the director as if to ask if there'd be a retake.
** In "Spearhead From Space", when the Brigadier and the other members of UNIT leave the Doctor alone and unguarded in his hospital bed, he gives the camera a short, conspiratorial look.
** In "The Brain of Morbius", after Solon tells the Doctor "What a magnificent head", the Doctor glances over at the camera. Later, when Solon makes a hideous pun and Morbius bellows "[[LamePunReaction FOOL]]!", Solon quickly glances at the camera with wry amusement.
** "Invasion of Time": After the Fourth Doctor fails to operate his sonic screwdriver, he announces "even the sonic screwdriver won't get me out of this one," presumably to himself, and fixes the camera with a brief stare.
** In "The Creature from the Pit", the Doctor forces a villainess's hand onto Erato's larynx machine and the creature starts speaking through her. As she goes through her VillainousBreakdown, we can see the Doctor lurking at the edge of the shot, looking straight at the camera out of the corner of his eye and smirking.
** The MadeForTVMovie: after the Eighth Doctor acts oddly, Grace gives a baffled glance at the camera.
** The fourth series finale also has Martha grin out at the camera during the big celebration scene, although the context is that she is [[FourthWallPsych looking at one of the Doctors]].
** In "Day of the Moon", Nixon is allowed to boggle briefly at the camera after learning about Delaware's sexuality.
** Near the end of "Asylum of the Daleks", [[spoiler: Oswin casts a brief glance directly into the camera after she says, "and remember", which is seen as a direct message to the viewers since the actress (and possibly the character) would return later in the season.]]
** The Eleventh Doctor does this [[spoiler:during his [[FinalSpeech pre-regeneration speech]]]] in "The Time of the Doctor".
** The Twelfth Doctor does it at the end of his premiere episode, "Deep Breath", and again while striding past the camera in "Heaven Sent".
** This is easier to spot in HD due to the dim lighting, but Clara Oswald flicks her eyes at the camera in "Hell Bent" when she states that whatever it was she just told the Doctor in a private moment is something she won't tell the Time Lords "or anybody else" (cue the glance at us).
* Used by several characters in both the US and UK version of the faux-documentary ''[[Series/TheOfficeUK The]] [[Series/TheOfficeUS Office]]''. Characters who are "allowed" to shoot nonplussed or aside glances at the camera tend to be the most self-aware (Jim Halpert from the US series uses this device most often, often several times an episode; for the UK version, it's usually David Brent or Tim).
** This trope is also subverted once by having one of the usually-oblivious characters, Dwight Schrute, imitate Jim's mannerisms by sarcastically mugging for the cameras (complete with an eye roll).
** Karen also [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it once when Jim moves to the branch in Stamford, asking "What is that?" after imitating Jim looking into the camera.
** In the UK series, this is subverted when Neil notices that a janitor is staring at the film crew and glances camera-wards to see what he's staring at.
** In one episode, Jim is hiding in a car from Karen. Karen does not see Jim, but does notice the camera in the car with him. Jim pushes the camera out of sight and shoots an angry look above the camera, at what is assumed to be the cameraman.
* Frequently used on ''Series/{{Bottom}}'': Richie occasionally blurts out something so awkward that Eddie will shoot an Aside Glance at the camera. Granted, this is one of their more subtle instances of BreakingTheFourthWall, but still...
* In an episode of ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' where Eddie develops psychic powers and becomes popular because of it, one of his new friends comments that he should have his own TV show. This prompts Raven to cynically question [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs who would wanna watch a show about a teen psychic]] and look deviously at the camera. Obviously the writers were very proud of the joke.
* Happens from time to time in ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide''. On one occasion, Ned and Cookie's reasons why Moze shouldn't do a volcano (specifically) for extra credit included "Plus it's been done on every show ever" followed by a ''s-l-o-w'' turn towards the camera.
* In ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Will has a habit of doing this in a more obvious way than most examples of this trope (often looking directly into the camera). At one point, his aunt asks him exasperatedly, "''[[LampshadeHanging Who]]'' [[LampshadeHanging are you looking at?!]]"
** Another example happens at the start of the fifth season, when Jazz comes to visit, complaining about why he's the last to know Will's back from Philadelphia before asking who's playing the mother that season. A boy comes out to tell it's the same actor confusing Jazz who he is. Will reveals it's Nicky who was last seen as a baby in the previous season. While Jazz looks on bewildered, Will looks to the camera and makes a "growth spurt" motion.
* Mike Rowe of ''Series/DirtyJobs'' does this a lot.
* Stanley Roper does this very often, combined with a silent chuckle, on ''Series/ThreesCompany'', generally after making a DoubleEntendre at his wife Helen's expense.
* In ''Series/TheDailyShow'', many of the field reporters will do this when their interviewee is talking about something absurd.
* A Finnish TV show called ''Frank Pappa Show'' did this with the character of "the milk maid", a blonde dressed in a traditional outfit, who would interview various celebrities of the time and occasionally shoot an aside glance with a blank expression towards the camera as they happened to say something unintentionally (on the interviewee's part, at least) comical.
* Since the character was not milked enough during ''Frank Pappa Show'', she also appeared in every ''Iltalypsy'' episode.
* New [[Creator/TheBBC BBC3]] series We are Klang! has this as a common staple for two of the three main characters, when they {{lampshade|Hanging}} an easy ''crack'', like talking to a pair of [[{{Pun}} buttcheeks]].
-->"Where are the hidden agendas?"\\
"I can't find them ''anywhere''."\_
* The Stonem siblings on ''Series/{{Skins}}'' occasionally get to do this.
* In the Discovery Channel game show ''Series/CashCab'', Ben Bailey (the host) frequently does this in response to answers from the contestants.
** A contestant was once asked the name of a certain tattoo dye (henna) and blurted out "{{Hentai}}!" This prompted a long, knowing aside glance from the host.
* [[Radio/TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny]], of course. Frequently accompanied by a well-timed {{Beat}} for maximum impact. A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JA_r1Ynl4Ls few]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M68b2yww32A good]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUd1-_91YTk examples]]. There's ''plenty'' of LampshadeHanging in the last one. And, as that last clip shows, Johnny Carson knew his way around this trope as well.
* The title character of ''Series/MagnumPI'' does this frequently, particularly when something ridiculous has occurred or he's done something mischievous.
* "NAZI GOLD!" from ''Series/TheColbertReport''.
* Creator/BennyHill does this quite a bit on ''Series/TheBennyHillShow''. Often with accompanying LaughTrack.
* ''Series/BurnNotice''
** In one scene, Michael's mother gives him a look and then indignantly walks out the door. A few seconds later, Fiona (his partner in {{UST}}) does the exact same thing, causing Michael to give a truly freaked out look right at the audience, silently asking "Did you just see this shit?".
** He has also done it at least twice when the job involved religion. No, not at the audience, ''at {{God}}''.
** Sam gives us one of these at the end of [[Film/BurnNoticeTheFallOfSamAxe his movie.]]
* This happens in many episodes of ''Series/TheMightyBoosh''. The series 3 episode "Party" has two particularly good examples:
** When Howard Moon sputters that he's a mere ten years older than Vince Noir, both characters turn to the camera, silently acknowledging that they are contradicting previous canon (an earlier episode stated they were the same age) and reality (Julian Barratt is only ''five'' years older than Noel Fielding).
** Later, Tony Harrison (also played by Fielding) tells Howard, "Wow, you're older than me!" and then smiles right at the camera.
** Another prime example, the Crack Fox rather terrifyingly shushing the audience.
* ''Series/LasVegas'': Danny [=McCoy=], the lead, is trying to track down an ex-thief. He finds her at a strip club-gold bikini, heels, sits in front of her, and offers her a Benjamin. She takes it, says she's taking him someplace private, and leaves the room. When he catches her outside, in her car, she says she thought he was a bill collector. When they've ascertained that she didn't steal the jewel, [[FanService she stands up and puts one leg on Danny's doorframe]], saying she owes him a lap dance. Danny asks if he can get his money back. She says no refunds. Danny looks at her legs for a second, then turns and grins at the camera and wiggles his eyebrows. End scene.
* ''Series/{{Stella|US}}''. Constantly. Lampshaded over the hill and back again, ironic since it's already a Lampshade Trope. Characters will look at the camera, smile at it, wave at it, notice that other characters are looking at the camera and awkwardly change their positions to look too. Sometimes all four in a row. In at least one case, a character is looking at the camera, the shot changes, and they're ''still'' looking at the camera despite being in mid-word during the cut.
* ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'': Bruce Willis frequently broke the fourth wall.
* Creator/ConanOBrien
** ''Series/TheTonightShow'' had a recurring skit called "Noches de Pasión con Señor O'Brien", which takes the form of a Spanish telenovela in which Conan is the star and hero. Whenever his character would announce his name, he would stare into the camera and shout his name. In this instance, the trope is used to display a character's [[RuleOfCool badassery]].
** That sounds almost exactly like when Conan guest hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and starred in a sketch about a superhero, "Moleculo the Molecular Man". People would say his name, and he would turn to the camera and bellow, "THE MOLECULAR MAN!" Including when he was disguised as his Alter Ego, which is how they figured out he was Moleculo (THE MOLECULAR MAN!).
** He did this occasionally on his edition of ''Series/LateNight'', particularly when he would take a camera crew along with him on excursions. In one bit, during a visit to the doctor, he very slyly winked at the camera as the very attractive female physician lifted his shirt in order to listen to his heartbeat, while in another, he almost panicked when dealing with a nutty pedestrian.
* Bud Bundy does this a couple of times on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', looking slyly at the audience on those very rare occasions when he was about to get some action from a girl.
* T.J. from ''Series/SmartGuy'' does this in an episode where he succeeds in finding a new drummer for the band in which his older brother, who claims to have tough standards for the candidate, is the lead singer. The one who makes the cut is a girl around his brother's age.
* ''Series/{{Hustle}}'': The crew often give aside glances while they're in the middle of a con, as one of the series' trademarks was its breaking of the fourth wall.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock''
** In a variation of this trope, Alec Baldwin's character is under pressure to join his acting crew and say a few lines on live TV. Unfortunately, he's a horrible actor and has no idea what he's doing in front of a camera, also having an amateurish tendency to stare directly into one. At one point a friend reminds him to avoid doing this, after which Baldwin looks directly into ''our'' camera.
** The show has done some more straightforward ones. A [[TheTeaser Cold Open]] begins with Pete saying, "So we're agreed. [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong Assuming nothing goes wrong in the next eight hours...]]," and Liz gives a knowing look over his shoulder. And in the flashback that shows the last time she slept with Dennis, she asks him to come up to her apartment to "change a couple lightbulbs," and he turns to smirk at the camera.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. Members of the troupe would often turn and look directly at the camera/audience, usually to register their disbelief in the situation.
** In the Fish License sketch, Creator/JohnCleese does this right after he asks to buy a fish license for the first time and the clerk gestures for him to move down to the next window.
-->'''Cleese:''' The man's sign must be wrong. I have in the past noticed a marked discrepancy between these post office signs and the activities carried out beneath. But soft. Let us see how dame fortune smiles upon my next postal adventure.
** In the Hungarian Phrasebook sketch the tobacconist (Terry Jones) rolls his eyes after a fireman (Michael Palin) breaks character.
* ''Series/RutlandWeekendTelevision'' had a sketch which featured an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THrJrBR0S7Y&feature=related entire group staring into the camera]]. {{Justified|Trope}}, as they had [[MediumAwareness become aware]] they were trapped by the writer, and, in an act of protest, decided to be silent. [[YouCantFightFate They failed]] upon realizing he had written that silence in as well.
* In ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', Dorothy gives these a lot, especially after [[CloudCuckoolander Rose]] says something stupid.
* Frequently used on ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', particularly by Ben.
** What's really interesting about ''Parks and Rec'' is that it shows the wide variety of emotions that can be conveyed by this trope. [[ThePollyanna Leslie's]] aside glance normally means "I'm so fucked," [[DefrostingIceQueen April's]] means "I am uncomfortable," and [[OnlySaneMan Ben's]] means "Are you seeing this shit?"
* In an episode of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' called "Best Man for the Job", Kim and Tommy are having an intense running argument about their respective campaigns for class president. This extends to when they're morphed, to the point that they're delivering {{Offhand Backhand}}s to Putties while arguing instead of concentrating on the fight. One of the Putties goes down, looks at the Rangers, and then looks right at the camera with a look of "You've got to be kidding me, right?" (According to Jason David Frank, a lot of the times the actors for the Rangers would dress up as Putties to help pad scenes. Gotta wonder if it was one of them.)
* In a first season episode of ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel'', uber-Christian Robin is commencing a group prayer when the (openly) gay atheist Ebony turns to the camera and rolls her eyes mid-prayer, in a rare example of a reality TV show personality acknowledging the camera during a non-talking head sequence.
* ''Series/{{Community}}''
** Troy and Abed In The Morning! Notably, one instance where Jeff berates someone for appearing on this non-show, pointing out the lack of cameras: Abed looks directly into the camera.
** The second documentary episode has Abed putting together a documentary with the help of a couple extra cameramen. The last shot of the episode before TheTag is Abed giving one of the other cameras a pointed look, making it a curious example, since it applies both to his in-universe documentary and the episode itself.
* Fran Fine does this a lot on ''Series/TheNanny'', often accompanied with a FascinatingEyebrow.
* ''Series/MadTV'''s Jordan Peele, playing as R. Kelly in "Trapped in the Cupboard," is in a grocery store and looks toward the camera during a line. Another customer notices this and looks in the same direction quizzically.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' does this when his mother asks in bewilderment, "You haven't heard of the ''Serenity''?" in reference to a spiritual retreat she plans to attend. There have been a few ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' references in the show to date; it is unclear if Nathan Fillion asks for them or if the writers are just big fans.
* ''Radio/TheBurnsAndAllenShow'': George -- too many to catalog.
* In ''Series/{{Miranda}}'', the title character. ''All the time''. And once hilariously done by her mother Penny when she's imitating her daughter.
* The late Bob Holness in a famous ''Blockbusters'' out-take when a contestant meaning to say "organism" accidentally offers the answer "orgasm" instead.
* In the ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "The Mermaid Theory", Future Ted is trying, in voice-over, to explain why Barney and Lily were arguing. As he is retracting various reasons but still not getting the story right, the two of them glance at the camera, and then Barney glances at his watch. They are, in fact, breaking the ''interior'' fourth wall with Future Ted. In other words, Barney and Lily are breaking Future Ted's fourth wall, not Creator/NeilPatrickHarris or Creator/AlysonHannigan breaking the ''actual'' fourth wall. Simple, huh?
* Bear of ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse'' was an absolute master of these in the form of Eye Takes in response to the craziness that sometimes occurred around him.
* Johnny Carson of ''Series/TheTonightShow'' was particularly known for delivering bewildered aside glances to the audience whenever the guest did something particularly humorous or surprising. Most other talk show hosts do the same.
* Happens amusingly on ''Series/{{Glee}}'' when one of its voiceovers appears to be from [[CloudCuckoolander Brittany]]...until it turns out that she's actually speaking, and Blaine has no idea who she's talking to or what she's staring at.
* Occasionally used in ''Series/HorribleHistories'', notably in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67r2Q_rWYGo&feature=related Stone Age Dragons Den]] skit, when the inventor pitching the concept of 'beer' seems suddenly to [[MediumAwareness remember what show he's really on]] and stare straight at the camera: "It grown-up drink. Not for children."
* ''Series/ImpracticalJokers''' Joe Gatto is particularly fond of this when the challenge gets particularly absurd.
* Used a lot by Francis Urquhart/Underwood (especially when he's feeling particularly clever) in ''Series/{{House of Cards|UK}}'' and its [[Series/HouseOfCardsUS American remake]].
* In the ''Series/HomeImprovement'' episode "Unchained Malady", Tim has been having a string of bad luck which he starts to believe is from his not forwarding a chain letter that he had scoffed at earlier. One of the warnings at the end of the letter was that "a naval officer in Borneo disregarded this letter and three days later he was decapitated". Tim talks to Wilson for reassurance later, and has this exchange with him:
-->'''Wilson:''' Well, personally, Tim, I place no credence in chain letters. Of course, I did have a friend once who didn't return a chain letter, and he disappeared mysteriously.
-->'''Wilson:''' [[BrickJoke He was a naval officer in Borneo.]]
-->''*Tim looks up at the camera with a shocked expression*''
* [[TheCaptain Captain Sisko]] of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has done this a few times. One notable example was in "Trials and Tribble-ations," when [[TheNthDoctor Dax]] mentioned having met [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Dr. McCoy]] in a previous form and commented that he "[[{{Squick}} had the hands of a surgeon]]."
* It's happens a few times on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. One example: in the episode featuring Theatre/{{Hamlet}}, Tom Servo decides to change his name. At first, there's nothing wrong as he uses [[MyNaymeIs the last name "Sirveux"]]. However, when he reveals that his first name shall be "Htom" (pronounced "Hhh-tom") and not "Thom", Crow does an AsideGlance, then quickly replies "Well, then, Htom, why don't you "hlick me"?"
* One episode of ''Series/TheMillers'' ends with Nathan's father Tom, sister Debbie, and brother-in-law Adam wondering if people saw his just-finished newscast:
-->'''Tom:''' They will [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall if the]] ''[[Series/TheBigBangTheory Big Bang]]'' [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall audience stuck around long enough to watch it]][[labelnote:*]]''The Big Bang Theory'' was on just before them at the time it was shot[[/labelnote]].\\
'''Debbie:''' They ''are'' the smartest audience on TV.\\
''[Camera cuts to a side view and they all turn to stare into the camera for a few seconds]''
* Done a few times on ''Series/{{SCTV}}'', largely by Floyd Robertson reacting to his dimwitted co-anchor Earl Camembert's antics or by cast members actually breaking character (such as Harold Ramis looking off-camera and grinning during a parody of Ben Hur where [[ItMakesSenseInContext John Candy as Curly Howard as Ben Hur]] goes off-script and ''barks'' at him or when Ramis was given real rum to drink instead of a stand-in during a sketch where a home dentist shows his viewers how to anesthetize themselves with alcohol in lieu of novocaine, which he was unaware of until he actually started drinking it).
* ''Series/FamilyFeud'': Count on Steve Harvey to make a perplexed glance at the camera whenever someone gives a strange answer in regular play.
* For a series that has so thoroughly destroyed its fourth wall, ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has surprisingly few of these. However, there's an epic one in the 200th episode, the aptly named "Fan Fiction". In it, Dean has just noticed that the girls playing him and Castiel ([[ItMakesSenseInContext in the musical of his life]]) are a real couple, and the director says that she's OK with the subtext this brings to their performances because "you can't spell subtext without S-E-X." Creator/JensenAckles gives the camera a long, flat look in the beat before the scene cuts.
* In the ''[[Series/TheXFiles X-Files]]'' episode "Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man", the title character electronically eavesdrops on people who activate a counter-surveillance system that disrupts the audio. He flips a switch that disrupts the counter-surveillance system and smirks towards the camera when the people he's spying on say that their conversation is secure.
* ''Series/TheGreatBritishBakeOff'': Mel briefly side-eyes the camera by way of underlining her puns.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* Performed several times by members of the Music/BlueOysterCult in the video for ''Joan Crawford Has Risen From The Grave''. Guitarist Eric Bloom performs the action when he discovers a carelessly discarded pair of panties which appear to have been thrown from an upstairs window; he turns to camera and raises an eyebrow with an expression that says "Well, what do ''you'' think is going on here?". A little later, a procession of almost-innocent looking [[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule Catholic Schoolgirls]][[note]] who have indeed thrown away their mascara, indeed for now[[/note]] emerge from an upstairs room and trek downstairs past most of the band while they perform. they are followed after a discreet interval by keyboards player Allen Lanier (looking, for the video, like the sort of very seedy individual who ''would'' be in an upstairs room with a bunch of schoolgirls), who slinks downstairs trying to look inobtrusive, but registers very obvious alarm on realising the camera is watching him before taking his place, hurriedly, at the keyboards. Lanier's guilty aside glances at the camera recur throughout the video, as do one or two knowing grins from the girls.
* Devin Townsend does this himself in the video for ''Juular''. ''Twice''. At the same time. A minute into the song, just before the second verse kicks in (''"Lady Vagine..!"''), both Devin and Juular (played by Devin in heavy make-up) [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-DKs0qfdEk&t=60s glance out through the window of the train carriage]]. While Juular simply looks out, then back at his "handler", Devin goes one step further, waving his right hand to conduct the backing chorus of his own song before looking back in Juular's direction, just in time to start singing.
* In the video for "Without Me" by Music/{{Eminem}}, Music/DrDre raises his sunglasses and gives the camera a very confused look in response to Eminem's over-the-top dance moves as Rap Boy (a parody of [[Series/{{Batman}} the 60s Batman's]] Robin) while the two are riding along in Dre's car.

* Done by various characters on the backglass art for Bally's ''Pinball/EightBall'' and ''Eight Ball Champ.''
* Two of the characters in the backglass for ''Pinball/SharkeysShootout'' give sidelong glances to the viewer.
* The human woman on the backglass of ''Pinball/BigBangBar'' cocks her head backwards to look at the player.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* In a summer 2011 episode of ''Wrestling/WWERaw'', Wrestling/CMPunk gives the hard camera an unimpressed glance when met with verbal threats--including being called "a skinny-fat ass" from Wrestling/TripleH during a promo. This gave birth to the "CM Punk Is Not Impressed" meme. He would later turn to the camera with the same glance in early 2012 when Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis was trying to brag about himself and convince Punk to forgive and forget everything he had done.
* Gene Okerlund would do this constantly during a particularly [[CloudCuckoolander odd interview]], particularly with Wrestling/HulkHogan, Wrestling/UltimateWarrior, and Wrestling/TheUndertaker. The look on his face basically read, "I hope you people understand this because I'm lost."
* [[Wrestling/BlackRose La Rosa Negra]] did them whenever the Ring Warriors crew seemingly ribbed her by periodically cutting out her themes to unfitting music.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Often done by Franchise/{{the Muppet|s}} characters on ''Series/SesameStreet'', ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', etc. In one scene in ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'', after getting thrown about in a bar brawl, Kermit mutters to the audience "I hope you appreciate that I'm doing my own stunts," and the piano player gives the camera a "who are you talking to?" sort of look.
* Happens in an episode of ''Series/{{Mongrels}}'' that had numerous [[DudeNotFunny jokes surrounding the September 11th attacks]]. The characters lampshade it by repeatedly saying that the events in the episode had nothing to do with religion, then glance at the camera.
* In one episode of SugarWiki/CandleCove, Janice asks the Skin Taker why his jaw moves back and forth, he looks at the camera, not her to give his answer "to grind your skin".

* In the opening of the first act of ''Theatre/SundayInTheParkWithGeorge'', Georges is painting Dot and is disappointed with her bad concentration. The end of the first act involves all the characters freezing into the positions of [[http://www.achievement.org/achievers/son0/large/son0-012.jpg the people in the famous painting.]] When the second act opens, the cast is still stuck in the positions in which they were painted. Jules tells Dot "[she has] excellent concentration." Dot breaks character for a moment and gives the audience an Aside Glance.
* Alice Ripley, who originated the role of Diana in Theatre/{{Next To Normal}} was known to give the audience a knowing glance anytime something funny happened onstage.
* Live productions of ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' occasionally have Trekkie Monster give the audience an exasperated aside glance when Kate confidently claims that "Normal people don't sit at home and look at porn on the internet." Much laughter ensues.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The main character of ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'', especially the original trilogy, in SPADES. On a side note, he even has separate stance animations depending on whether you turn him to the camera or sideways: straight brings a smirk on his face (he SEES you!), turning him sideways makes him look derpy.
* ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter''
** In ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'', in order to sign up for the races, Jak and Daxter must sign a contract. One of the stipulations is giving away rights to almost any use of their likenesses. When he gets to the final entry ([[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs "Game rights?!"]]) he and Jak glance at the screen.
** Similarly, at one point in ''VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander'', a young monk in Spargus City tells our heroes "[[ThisIsReality This isn't a game!]]", and the two look at the camera with befuddled expressions on their faces.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'', Herman Toothrot frequently does this. Guybrush has the option to ask him what he's looking at, and Herman responds "The people watching at home, of course!"
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'': Dodo will glance out at the player several times during his appearances, mostly when he's confused, annoyed, or feeling especially put upon.
** ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'': Luvbi shoots an exasperated look at the "camera" whenever she is bored or unimpressed.
** ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' (the first one): On the Rainbow Castle board, when Bowser sells you the useless black star for 40 coins, the character turns around and looks into the camera. As expressed in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC32RMzYzpg this video]]. Mario's expression just says "Can you believe this shit?".
** It also happens in Luigi's Engine Room, when Bowser activates his "Make As Many Coins As You Want Mecha" to create a coin for the player (at the cost of 20 coins).
* During the first dinner scene in ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'', York looks straight into the camera ''while talking to his split personality Zach.'' The fourth wall has a hard time in this game.
* During the intro to the fight with Psycho Mantis in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid: The Twin Snakes''. While said boss is flaunting his impressive psychic abilities, he boasts the ability to move things with his mind and offers to demonstrate. He then tells the player to put the controller on the ground. The camera suddenly shifts to a side-view of Snake, who turns to the camera and nods, gun still trained completely on Mantis.
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank''
** ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando'', as the villain escapes the area they just arrived in:
-->'''Ratchet:''' We're late again.\\
'''Clank:''' We always seem to be a bit late. Why is that?\\
(''both look at the camera with puzzled expressions'')
** In both the [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 first]] and second games, Ratchet will turn his head to look at the player questioningly if he hasn't moved recently, even ''while firing a weapon''. The interval can be disconcertingly short.
* The intro to ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}} 2: The Tribes'' ends with the elder telling the little lemming that the tribes will have help from "the ones who saved us before", whereupon they both turn their heads towards the screen and look directly at you.
* The Bard from the 2004 version of ''VideoGame/TheBardsTale'' does this in several cut scenes, even talking back to the {{narrator}}.
* This is the default stance the Turtles have in ''[[VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTheArcadeGame Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game]]'' for the UsefulNotes/{{NES}}, which is a bit annoying as they are constantly staring at you whenever they are standing still. They would do this in the actual arcade game, too. Though at least there the Turtles would face forward for a second or two and ''then'' look at the player as if saying, "Still there?"
* ''VideoGame/TheSims''
** Characters in ''VideoGame/{{The Sims 2}}'' often channel this trope: they will occasionally just glance up at you, the player, positioned in the sky looking down upon them. This is particularly amusing when you pause while they are doing this, making them freeze staring at that spot in the sky, move the camera elsewhere, and then unpause to watch them shift their gaze to the camera's new position.
** With the ''University Expansion'' pack, you could tell any sim to look at you and smile on demand for photos. You could even have them pose in various ways while looking at you.
* During a created wrestler's Road to Wrestlemania in ''[[VideoGame/{{WWE}} Smackdown Vs. Raw 2010]]'', Wrestling/SantinoMarella does this and winks at the player after commenting that the created wrestler "[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall looks like something some loser would make in a video game]]."
* ''VideoGame/{{Mass Effect|1}}'': Liara gives a warm one when Shepard refuses to hand her over to a Krogan mercenary.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': Joker looks at the camera when making the "Russian National Anthem" comment after engaging the stealth drive, in case you missed the ShoutOut to ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober''.
* ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' and its remake, ''Super Star Ultra'', does this during the tutorial. When the tutorial narration describes Kirby as "a pretty jolly guy," he [[WhoWritesThisCrap looks at the screen with a raised eyebrow.]] [[HeroicMime His expression tells the whole story.]]
* Used in a rather ''Looney Toons'' way in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'' in a couple places where Alexander can fall off cliffs. Instead of immediately falling, he stands in the air, looks at the player, and waves before falling to his death. In a similar scene where the fall is not fatal, he can be heard to yell "Hey, quit making me fall!". This is more of a generic fourth wall break, however.
* Quite a bit of ''VideoGame/StarTrekBorg'' might fall into this trope, but it's mostly justified since the player is seeing things entirely from the perspective of a character. Some of Q's reactions to "you" that the rest of the characters don't pick up on definitely count, however.
* Used by the title character in ''VideoGame/VoodooVince'', during his first meeting with Cosmo the Inscrutable -- in response to the latter's EvilLaugh.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''
** At the beginning of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', once Link has been turned into a Deku Scrub and Tatl "apologizes" he looks at the camera, and shrugs helplessly.
** Link's ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' incarnation also glances in your direction if you leave him standing in one place long enough. Presumably to check you're still there.
* Donkey Kong does this in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' when one of the Tiki Tak Tribe members tries and fails to hypnotize him.
* In ''[[VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon Spyro: A Hero's Tail]]'', Ember asks Spyro if the dark gem next to her would make a nice engagement ring, flirting with him. Spyro gives an OhCrap look directly to the camera in response.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''
** In ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'', when Amy is rescued by Classic Sonic, and she gushes over him, Classic Sonic gives [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments the most appropriate Aside Glance ever.]]
** In the [[UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis Genesis]] games, [[IdleAnimation if Sonic stood still too long he would look at the player and tap his foot impatiently]].
* The smiling CharacterPortrait of both protagonists of ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' and [[VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2 its sequel]] double as this, as if to tell player, "Nice choice!"
* In ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', if you ever get caught by [[spoiler:"Bad Sissel", a.k.a. Yomiel]], they react by freezing time, and then turning and looking directly at the camera. They then promptly tell you that you can't stop them, and cause an instant game over. It's somehow very unsettling and creepy.
* ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade'' by Creator/{{Vanillaware}} has the protagonists appear to give these glances periodically whenever they run for a period of time, [[SubvertedTrope but this can be interpreted]] as them looking out for enemies, who pop up out of nowhere when encountered (barring the locations where they're already in place on the map). More to the point, in an odd fashion, the [[GagBoobs extremely busty]] [[{{Kitsune}} Kongiku]] randomly gives an Aside Glance and sways her body ([[{{Gainaxing}} which also jiggles her breasts]]) for no apparent reason whenever she's idle.
** This is [[ShoutOut referenced]] in ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'', where one of the Sorceress's animations has her mimicking Kongiku's glance and swaying. Again for no apparent reason. At this point, it seems to be a subtle [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] on both characters' [[MsFanservice appearances]] and the fact that [[DistractedByTheSexy some players would stand there and ogle them anyway]].
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronophantasma'' gives us Hakumen - or should we say, Pakumen - after Amane's [[FinishingMove Astral Heat]]. After the [[BalefulPolymorph sudden transformation]], he turns to face the camera as if to say "What the eff?!" about what just transpired.
* In the supplemental video "Meet the Medic" for ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', the Heavy can be seen directing some concerned glances toward the camera.
* In the opening cutscene for "The Long Stretch" in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', [[OnlySaneMan Franklin]] has already been in an awkward situation, what with walking in on his aunt Denise and her friends in the middle of some intense, um, vagina clenching exercises. But then when he opens the front door to leave, only to see [[TheLoad Lamar]] and [[JerkAss Stretch]] coming to see him, he looks back to the camera with this irritated "Oh God... could this get any worse?" expression.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', after Cloud's hallucination, fainting and subsequent [[DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale encounter with Mukki]] in the "[[SymbolSwearing &$#%]] Room", he finishes the cutscene by turning towards the camera and shrugging.
* It's a bit of a RunningGag in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series, thus far happening OnceAnEpisode.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', in the village of Lothering, the Warden must persuade a priestess to give them the key to another character's prison. This is more easily accomplished if the Warden first recruits Leliana (who is in the same village), as she vouches for the Warden. When the priestess agrees, Leliana tells her in a reassuring voice that she will have no cause to regret doing this. As she finishes the statement, she outright ''glares'' at the camera.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII,'' Hawke can ask returning character Bodahn about his adventures with the previous game's protagonist. He turns and gives his praise of the Warden directly to the camera.
** Leliana does it again in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', when arguing with Chancellor Roderick. She reminds him that she and Cassandra "serve the Most Holy," then turns to the camera while adding, "As you well know." It's an interesting example, given that this is something that the player does ''not'' necessarily know about the two women.
* Carol of ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'' gives a "blegh!" face to the camera while [[TastesLikeDiabetes Milla plays with Lilac's hair]].
* At the end of ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'', specifically the Blood and Wine Expansion, in the final scene Geralt can comment on the long road he (and by extension, the player) took to get to this point. He then contemplates the fact that he deserves a rest, then gives the camera a warm, if tired look, acknowledging everything you've done to get him there. Especially heartwarming if you powered through the whole series start to finish rather than starting with the third game, and experienced as much of the side content as you could.
* ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'': During the results for the "Chicken vs Egg" Splatfest, Marina replies to one of Pearl's comments with "It's funny because [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall we're all living in a simulation and free will is a lie]]." Marina and Pearl then blankly stare at the screen. In the context of their news ShowWithinAShow, it could also count as them staring at the in-series viewers after saying such an existential thing.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Used at least once in ''WebAnimation/NeuroticallyYours''. In the "Jiggly Butt" episode, Germaine asserts that she doesn't have to stop shaking her rear because nobody can see her. Foamy glances knowingly at the audience.
* The characters in ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' will stop and look at the fourth wall if Yatzee says something particularly odd. The ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' review is probably the best example.
* Since [[MrFixIt Handy]] from WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends lacks hands, he does an [[DeathGlare annoyed glare]] into the camera whenever he has to do something that requires hands.
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' Episode 7, Volume 2, [[TheQuietOne Lie Ren]] delivers one regarding [[GenkiGirl Nora Valkyrie]]'s comment about Jaune asking [[TheAce Pyr]][[CannotSpitItOut rha]] to a dance.
* [[Creator/MaxGilardi Hotdiggetydemon]] tends to do this a lot in his animations. For example, in ''Fazbear & Friends'', Foxy does this ''twice'' in the space of a minute.
* In Daria Cohens WebAnimation/TheVampair Series the vampire Duke regularly gives these. This and other details hint that he has fourth wall awareness. For instance, in the second video hes apparently singing directly to the audience the whole time.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The Hulking Shyster of ''Webcomic/AMomentOfPeace'' made a somewhat traumatic aside glance in [[http://www.amomentofpeace.net/index.php?num=14 this comic]].
* ''[[Webcomic/DominicDeegan Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire]]'': Most major characters are guilty of it at one point or another. Mostly in response to a [[LamePunReaction really bad, off-beat joke]].
** This is a trademark move of the title character. Possibly lampshaded, considering he's a seer who cannot only see into other dimensions, but has actually BEEN to some of them.
** [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-01-15 Donovan pulls it off once as well.]] The humor being that the joke isn't explained until [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-01-12 almost a year later.]]
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': Schlock does this during [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2002-06-03 "The Teraport Wars II"]].
** Also one in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2008-09-02 "The Longshoreman of the Apocalypse II"]], though he's on camera that time and, admittedly, what he says next is about the cameraman.
** Ennesby, again in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20080716.html "Longshoreman"]].
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
** This is used heavily in the prequel books.
** Roy does it in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0209.html "Multiclass Discrimination"]] when Elan is annoying Miko while she transports them to Azure City.
* Savage Ladybird [[http://www.maliki.com/strip.php?strip=209 gives us a good one]] in ''Webcomic/{{Maliki}}''.
* Pete Abrams of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is fond of this move, especially when he's dissatisfied with the quality of previous strips.
-->'''Character One:''' So, X, Y and Z just happened, right?\\
'''Character Two:''' Why the exposition? You're acting like the last two strips were badly drawn and impossible to follow. (''followed by an aside glance'')
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''
** Penelope, sometimes the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]] in Coffee of Doom is staring [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1397 right at the screen]] during another of Dora's and Faye's escapades.
** [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1612 Marten moonlights as the]] OnlySaneMan.
* This happens in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' for [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031017 Agatha]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030924 Baron Wulfenbach]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080314 Moloch]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070907 Agatha again]]... and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111219 an epic one from Tarvek]]. And now Tarvek gets [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120606 another one]] though this time it's far more understated and bemused, and finally [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120217 Gil]].
* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'': [[http://grrlpowercomic.com/archives/317 This]] page, although it's technically not an ''aside'' glance. The author himself explained that in order for Sydney not to reveal the content of the tube too early while thinking about it in her head, this breakage of fourth wall is necessary.
** Also a variation of the trope [[http://grrlpowercomic.com/archives/1682 here]]: Sydney does speak to the camera, although whether she is speaking to the audience or to Harem is open to interpretation.
** Amusingly parodied in [[http://grrlpowercomic.com/archives/2262 this]] strip, where Sydney tries to do this but doesn't know which direction the forth wall is.
* ''Webcomic/NamirDeiter'': [[http://www.namirdeiter.com/comics/index.php?date=20050119 "It's like there's this big conspiracy bringing us all together..."]]
* In ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'', the goat head of the Chimera doesn't hesitate to [[http://yafgc.net/comic/0161-a-huge-helping-paw/ look straight at the audience.]]
* Done straining the FourthWall hard in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'': [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2010-05-08 "What Kind of Creator"]]
* ''Webcomic/TheDreamer'': Alexander Hamilton [[http://thedreamercomic.com/comic.php?id=256 give a jaunty smirk to the reader]].
* ''Webcomic/TheCartoonChroniclesOfConroyCat'': [[http://dtoons.com/conroy/2011/02/cougar-attack/ Doggy does it.]]
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=867 My what??]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' does this in a suspenseful way with [[http://www.erfworld.com/book-2-archive/?px=%2F2011-05-06.jpg Jojo]].
* ''Webcomic/DarkLegacyComics'' [[http://www.darklegacycomics.com/297.html asks]], "What do you think this is, some kind of badly written melodrama?!"
* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' [[http://missmab.com/Comics/Vol_306.php uses it too.]]
* ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo''
** Prestige, after seeing the capabilities of Stabs.
-->'''Prestige:''' I was just chased by brain-eating monster mobsters, and that was ''still'' the scariest thing I've seen all day.
** Mimic manages the exploit of doing an obvious one ''while lacking eyes'':
-->'''Madeline:''' Have you seen any monsters acting weird?\\
(''beat panel'')\\
'''Mimic:''' Yer gonna have t'be more specific than that.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'' uses this all the time ({{Justified|Trope}} in that the cameraman is an actual character), and [[CloudCuckoolander the other characters frequently have to react to him being extremely strange]].
* Used frequently in ''WebVideo/KateModern'', with the added bonus that the show's CharacterBlog format enables this while leaving the FourthWall intact.
* Done several times in ''WebVideo/DormLife'', justified due to its {{Mockumentary}} style.
* Used at the end of ''More Brawl Taunts'', a collection of jokes regarding ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'' written by Rina-chan and animated by Kirbopher. At the end of the main bit, the scene jumps back to the two watching it, Kirb sighing and saying "Great, now we just have to wait until people put this up on Website/YouTube without crediting us. To which Rina replies "Oh, come on Kirb, no one would do that." Both then look at the screen and simultaneously raise their eyebrows. Cue credits.
* The recurring character Santa Christ from ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'' does this while laughing.
* In Act III of ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'', Captain Hammer does one after the groupies claim to "do the weird stuff".
* Pointed out and laughed at in virtually every show spoofed by ''WebVideo/TheAnnotatedSeries'' (This is quite the predicament, [[CatchPhrase right viewers at home?]]).
* WebVideo/TheIrateGamer does this all the time. Seemingly as an indication for the viewers to laugh.
* Susan does a couple of these in [[WebVideo/TheTitleOfShowShow The [title of show] Show]] episode five.
-->'''Jeff:''' We're not going to Monkey Island and [[LampshadeHanging stop looking at the camera]].
* The meme "[[LampshadedDoubleEntendre If You Know What I Mean]]" could be considered a form of aside glance to the reader.
* In ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'', [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]] does this after [[spoiler: eating [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Starscream]]'s [[OurSoulsAreDifferent Spark]].]]
* In [[http://youtu.be/p2PvPwZBDQA episode 29]] of ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'', in response to fans commenting on how Deandra's robot arm reminds them of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
--> '''Tanya:''' Deandra, I didn't realize there was a Fullmetal Alchemist convention in town.
--> '''Deandra:''' [[SarcasmMode Oh funny.]] I've never heard that one before. Ever.
* Lampshaded in LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys[='=] LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/MarioParty'', when Bowser gives 20 coins to the completely broke DK (Chugga). "Even DK wants to know, 'What the hell was that crap?'"
* In the middle of his EstablishingCharacterMoment, Donnie [=DuPre=] from WebVideo/DemoReel half-guiltily side-eyes the camera after a picture of him wearing lipstick pops up.
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ0ZEpJRpAE music video]] for Bob Mould's "I Don't Know You Anymore" has an intro segment in which Colin Meloy of Music/TheDecemberists gives Bob advice on how to market his new single, including "you have to have at least one celebrity cameo in your videos." Immediately after he says this, they both pause, turn their heads and look directly into the camera.
* A frequent occurrence in ''WebVideo/LovelyLittleLosers'', occasionally from Ben, ''all the freaking time'' from Peter.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The most famous Aside Glance in the history of CGI came at the end of ''WesternAnimation/LuxoJr'' when Luxo Sr. turns his "face" to the camera and shakes his head. Luxo Jr. has done this in the opening credits of every film Pixar has made since.
* Turned up often in ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoons and other animated shorts. Pretty much a trademark of Creator/ChuckJones' work.
** For example, in ''WesternAnimation/RabbitFire'' Daffy does it after one of Elmer Fudd's bullets is imbedded in his scalp.
** Bugs has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it one in the same cartoon just as he's about to pull the DuckSeasonRabbitSeason switch on Daffy.
** Elmer even does one in ''WesternAnimation/RabbitSeasoning'' following Daffy's demand that he shoot him now.
* Turned up often in earlier episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', especially when Sheen was around. Generally performed by Jimmy himself.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''
** In the episode "Hello, Nice Warners", the Warner siblings pull a simultaneous aside glance after a Jerry Lewis caricature says something ridiculous. {{Deconstruct|ion}}ed when the character then asks them what they were looking at, and Wakko responds, "[[BreakingtheFourthWall The people watching on TV!]]" [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Dr. Director puts his face close to the TV to say "hello". But he doesn't see anyone.]] Of course, this was just a distraction.
** Another example is with the Slappy the Squirrel being very {{Medium Aware|ness}} in her first short.
-->'''Slappy:''' Oh, don't worry, kid. I've faced off against Doug the Dog before, I know all of his tricks. Haven't you watched my old cartoons? I've beaten him a thousand times.\\
'''Skippy:''' But those were just cartoons! [[ThisIsReality This is real life!]]\\
'''Slappy:''' (''looks dryly at camera'') Don't tell him, he might crack.
** Try and find an episode of ''Animaniacs'' where they ''didn't''.
-->'''Dot:''' I found Prince!\\
'''Wakko:''' No, no. Finger prints!\\
'''Dot:''' (''[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar knowingly looking at the camera]]'') [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar I don't think so.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' makes frequent use of this.
* As does ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''. Coupled with its frequent usage of SoundingItOut, at times it almost seemed as though Danny was conversing with the viewer, without any fourth wall breakage.
** In ''My Brother's Keeper'', Danny notices us after Jazz kisses his head. He then promptly becomes grossed out.
* In the DarkerAndEdgier (not to mention much better animated) Season 3 of ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', Dot and Enzo are trapped in a graveyard in a FirstPersonShooter while the player (looking exactly like Ash from ''Film/EvilDead2'') slaughters Binomes off camera playing the roles of zombies. They wince at the carnage, and Dot cries out "What kind of sick monster would want to ''play'' a game like this?" Both then turn and glare at the camera.
* The Joker did this several times in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. His breaking of the fourth wall was subtly treated as part of his characteristic insanity and also included such examples as occasionally whistling his own theme music.
* Used occasionally on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** On one episode, when Smithers catches on fire he calls out, "Help me Mr. Burns, [[HaveAGayOldTime I'm flaming]]!" Burns looks at the viewer and shakes his head with a "My, my" expression.
** In "Pygmoelian", after Carl fails at cheering Moe up, and ends up making the rest of the people at "Moe's Bar" depressed, he looks ''directly'' at the camera and says [[BreakingTheFourthWall "See, this I why I don't talk much."]]
** [[FourthWallPsych Made fun of]] in the first of the two-part episode when Burns is shot. Doctor Hibbert says "I can't figure this out! Can... you?" and points right at the "camera", holding the pose for a few seconds before the view switches and you see [[FourthWallPsych he was really pointing at Chief Wiggum]] (who could have been [[BehindTheBlack behind the viewers]]' point of view, or it would have even been Wiggum's point of view before the view-shift).
** They recycled it for their ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' parody: We come out of a commercial with Lisa basically saying "Have you figured it out yet?" and then revealing she was talking to Milhouse.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', after Spider-Man repeats verbatim dialogue that the Green Goblin has just heard from Tombstone, Goblin briefly turns to the camera and quips "Anyone else getting ''déjà vu?'' Oh well, let's run with it."
* The eponymous HeroicMime of ''Animation/{{Pucca}}'' does this after being told by Ching that she has a beautiful voice.
* Done often in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog''.
* Also done frequently in all three [[WesternAnimation/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow Super]] [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3 Mario]] [[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld Bros.]] series.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' featured Johnny and Dukey stuck inside a Creator/SteveMcQueenActor movie, [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed or its closest in-universe equivalent]]. At one point, about when they learn the main character is going to drive a car off a cliff, Dukey says, "Why couldn't you just have watched cartoons like a normal kid?" Both then turn to look at the camera.
** Another episode features a ShowWithinAShow that is clearly an {{Expy}} of Johnny and Dukey, leading the former to question, "[[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs Who would ever watch such a ridiculous cartoon?]]" Cue looking at the camera.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'': One episode features Ben and cousin Gwen trapped in a video game and [[WinToExit have to reach level 15 to get out]].
--> '''Grandpa Max''': Please tell me I'm in one of those hidden camera shows...
* Berk tends to do this quite a lot in ''WesternAnimation/TheTrapDoor''.
* Happens several times in ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''.
* In the old [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts Goofy cartoons]], especially the "How to" shorts, Goofy spends a great deal nodding, winking, smiling, gesturing, and staring in confusion at the viewer and/or invisible narrator. And to quote Art Babbit, "When something stupid befalls him, he mugs the camera like an amateur actor with relatives in the audience, trying to cover up his accident by making faces and signaling to them."
* ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'': Proto Man turns to the camera and mutters, "Boy, what's the world coming to when you can't trust your own brother?" after Mega Man tricks him and his cohorts in "Bot Transfer". [[HilariousInHindsight That episode came before "Bro Bots", mind you.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': You have to be concentrating, but in "Vault of Bones" Flame Princess does one of these when Finn is telling a skeleton to Do the Splits.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''
** In "Pressure" when Sandy dares [=SpongeBob=], Patrick, Mr. Krabs and Squidward to go on dry land and they encounter a seagull. When [=SpongeBob=] asks if it knows Sandy, it turns to the camera.
** In the episode "Missing Identity", [=SpongeBob=] tells some fish in a diner the story of how he lost his identity (to be exact, his name tag, [[spoiler:which was on his shirt the whole time, but he was wearing it backwards]]). Over the course of the episode, he does two of these glances, except he makes them particularly drawn-out, slowly turning and staring ''straight'' at the camera. The first is in response to one of Patrick's moments of incredible ignorance, and the second comes after the waitress in the diner says she's borrowing someone else's name tag. Both are {{Shout Out}}s to Jack Benny. The hand on the cheek is a trademark of Benny's.
** Another one crops up in "I'm with Stupid".
** In "Clams", Squidward looks right at the camera while Mr. Krabs is yelling at Spongebob to reel his millionth dollar in.
* Creator/HannaBarbera examples:
** ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' TOS episodes.
*** "Arctic Splashdown". Bandit the dog looks into the camera and winks at the audience.
*** "The Dragons of Ashida". One of the title dragons at the end of the episode.
*** "The Curse of Anubis". Bandit just looks into the camera.
*** "Monster in the Monastery". Bandit again.
** ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost''
*** Blip the monkey gives the audience one at the end of the episodes "The Drone", "Glasstor" and "The Sorcerer".
*** In "The Lizard Slavers", while Jace is telling Jan about the title creatures one of them turns its head and smiles at the camera as if it were pleased that Jan was talking about it.
** ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Birdman}} The Galaxy Trio]]''. At the end of the episode "The Eye of Time", Meteor Man looked into the camera and winked at the audience.
** ''Mighty Mightor''. Little Rock's bird pet Ork sometimes gives one to the audience when Little Rock did something stupid.
** ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' 1973/74 season
*** Wonder Dog does it on a regular basis, usually when Marvin says something stupid. He did it several times in "The Power Pirate" when Marvin made stupid puns and at the end of "The Weather Maker" when Wendy and Marvin did an EverybodyLaughsEnding.
*** In "The Power Pirate", Marvin tries to impress Wendy and Wonder Dog with his fake British accent. When he fails, he turns to the camera and shrugs.
*** At the end of "The Planet Splitter", Wendy and Marvin take away Wonder Dog's steak bone (he's on a diet) and leave. Wonder Dog pulls out another steak bone, takes a bite out of it and winks at the audience.
*** In "Too Hot To Handle" the alien agent Kobar does this after Wonder Woman delivers an iceberg to Dairyland (a farm area in the heart of America). He's a little smug because he's responsible for the heat wave that required Wonder Woman to obtain the iceberg in the first place.
** Reddy does this in the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheRuffAndReddyShow Ruff And Reddy]]'' story arc "The Treasure Of Skipper Kipper" when Ruff explains that the voice calling for help can help them get off the island on which they're stranded.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' makes use of this in a particular episode where Roger encounters a very blonde girl. Almost every other line she has provoked this response.
* This happens with relative frequency in ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements'', which '''loves''' subverting this trope (generally by having a cut reveal someone standing in the "camera" spot the characters were looking at).
** In the middle of one episode, Sheldon essentially summarizes everything that had happened thus far in the episode, after which he looks directly at the fourth wall and says "What do YOOUUU think [will happen]?" [[FourthWallPsych Cut to Buzz,]] who is standing right in front of him.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''
** Odd winks once or twice directly at the "camera" while in Lyoko -- notably in episode "Nobody in Particular", after devirtualizing Ulrich's body.
** The last episode of the animated series has the characters waving goodbye at the audience.
** "The Pretender" had an Aside Glance combined with a FourthWallPsych with Aelita. She was winking at Ulrich, but she winked into the "camera" on Lyoko.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''
** Perry the Platypus frequently does this after [[JustBetweenYouAndMe hearing the explanation]] of [[HarmlessVillain Dr. Doofensmirtz's]] more [[EvilIsPetty petty]] or inane schemes.
** Other characters pull this off from time to time, including Doofensmirtz himself in "Out of Toon". After his dancing ray hits both him and Perry the Platypus, causing the two to compulsively dance together, he glances at the camera with the remark "And to add insult to injury, ''the platypus'' is leading."
** From "Cheer Up Candace":
-->'''Phineas:''' Candace has a great sense of humor! Remember that time she got her face stuck in the sink?\\
'''Isabella:''' (''aside glance'')
** Perry gave the audience one when Dr. Doofenshmirtz unveils his latest plan to flood Danville and charge people ridiculous sums of money for the only form of transportation that he himself invented: the B.O.-A.T., which looks (and functions) exactly like a boat. Perry, despite being a SilentSnarker, seems to say to the audience "Leave it to Doofenshmirtz to 'invent' something that ''already exists!''"
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' tends to do this a lot. Usually after Peter has just pointed out something using his MediumAwareness.
-->'''Peter:''' And since you're black and I'm white, that makes it more a-special for the audience! (''aside glance'')
* Lampshaded to hell and back in ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'', where 1987 Raphael does this all the time -- to the utter confusion of everyone who isn't from his reality. At one point, the 2003 [[TheDragon Dragon]] Hun has had just about enough:
-->'''Raph:''' (''[[NoFourthWall to camera]]'') Some people just can't handle change.\\
'''Hun:''' (''follows his gaze'') Why do you keep doing that? Who are you talking to?! '''There's no-one there!'''
* Done in ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' a couple times, usually from Heloise.
* In the Nelvana cartoon of ''[[Literature/{{Redwall}} Martin the Warrior]]'', the searats give a rather creeped-out look to the camera when Clogg starts gushing about how awesome his "new friend" (actually a spy for the good guys) is. May be either because they're weirded out by "Tibbar the magic rabbit" or a case of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, implying even the characters can spot the HoYay ...
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** In "Applebuck Season", after the sleep-deprived Applejack falls asleep in the middle of accepting her trophy for saving the town from a stampede, Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie both look at the camera with baffled expressions on their faces.
** Twilight gives one in the vein of [[{{ComicStrip/Garfield}} Jon Arbuckle]] in "Boast Busters" when [[ItMakesSenseInContext Spike slams a door conjured in the middle of a room]].
** Pinkie Pie has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ4IjRsP7Qk somewhat exaggerated]] reputation for this. She gives an aside glance at the end of "Bridle Gossip" (though WordOfGod says it was unintentional), and one after sending off a picnic basket full of balloons in "Lesson Zero" (though she could also be said to be looking at Fluttershy).
** Pinkie Pie and Rarity give a shared aside glance in "Putting Your Hoof Down", after Iron Will introduces himself like he's giving one of his motivational lectures.
*** Which might instead be AudienceWhatAudience. Pinkie Pie and Rarity look more than a little confused, as if wondering "Who are you talking to?"
** Fluttershy gives one in "A Bird in the Hoof" adding "Always works." Obvious considering there is no one else in the room at the time.
** In "Wonderbolts Academy", Pinkie Pie rambles on how Rainbow Dash has forgotten about her friends, to which Applejack gives the audience a "Yes, this is happening" side glance.
** In "Simple Ways" Rarity complains that [[DoggedNiceGuy Spike]] cannot possibly understand the feeling of being in love with a pony who loves someone else. [[https://derpicdn.net/img/view/2014/2/8/546808__safe_solo_animated_spike_hub+logo_hubble_fourth+wall_hub_simple+ways_spoiler-colon-s04e13.gif Spike disagrees.]]
* WesternAnimation/MrMagoo does this in "Hotsy Footsy". Magoo thinks he is at a college reunion dance, but he has walked through the exit door, through a back alley, and is in a gym where wrestler Francis the Terrible is taking on all comers! Magoo sees the long line of wrestlers being carried off after being injured, turns to the screen and whispers "loaded!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', the Joker looks at the camera and says, "Admit it: you can't turn away," when the Injustice League is introduced.
** Keep an eye on Wally in the background of the penultimate scene of "Bloodlines." When Impulse delivers his "Gotta run" pun, Barry smiles, Jay {{Face Palm}}s with his tin hat, and Wally just turns this exasperated "Look at what I have to deal with" face towards the camera.
* ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas''. Both the Grinch and his dog Max both do this multiple times during the episode.
* WesternAnimation/DangerMouse has been known to do this after a bad Penfold joke.
-->'''DM:''' Out of the mouths of clots and half-wits...
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' does this '''a lot'''; Mandy being the most common.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}''
** In the "Happy Bake Oven" episode, Marco does a very obvious aside glance to the audience when Captain Murphy says he can't see the squid on the radar.
** The mouse controlling Captain Murphy's body actually gives a quick wave to the audience in the episode "I, Robot (Really)".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' gives us a rather hilarious example during The Trial with this exchange between Angelica and the twins as she tries her role as prosecutor:
-->'''Angelica:''' Do you swear to tell ruth, all ruth, and nothing but ruth so help you Bob?
-->(Phil and Lil look at each other confused)
-->'''Angelica:''' (whispering) Just say you do.
-->'''Phil and Lil:''' You do.
-->(Angelica casts Aside Glance directly at the camera)
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther'' goes the Groucho eyebrows at the end of the short "Dial P For Pink."
* In the dream sequence of the Bakshi ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' episode "Mighty's Wedlock Whimsy," our hero (doing a [[Series/TheHoneymooners Ralph Kramden]]) looks at us in silent ire as the Cow (doing Ed Norton) meticulously prepares, bakes and eats a rotten potato.
* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticVoyage'' episode "Revenge of the Spy". When Lisette Clochard shows up, she and Jonathan Kidd start flirting with each other. Doctor Erica Lane (who has a crush on Kidd) turns and gives the camera an annoyed look.
* At the end of the PBS animated version of "Double Dare" from ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'', when Mama Bear asks Brother Bear if getting Sister Bear's jump rope back from Too-Tall and his gang was really as easy as simply asking him for it, he admits "Well, it wasn't really ''that'' easy," then tosses a wink at the audience regarding the hijinks he went through in the story.
* WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack does this a few times when he is so perplexed that a simple confused stare wouldn't be enough.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' Sanders and Noah both do this a lot during the interview segments. Justified since both are the OnlySaneMan and voice of reason to their more exuberant partners.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' episode "Trouble on Planet Wait-Your-Turn", Jason does one after Zidgel says, "When I was your size, I was twice your size!"
* Creator/{{Filmation}}'s 1960s ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman''. Superman and Superboy turned and looked at the camera (usually winking as well) at the end of almost every episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'':
** [[SurroundedByIdiots Mr. Cat]] does this fairly often, usually after someone around him does something idiotic.
** In one episode, Pretty does this to the audience after she and Stumpy become victims of an internet scam and are sent a ''toilet'' instead of the promised reward.
** In Episode 105, Mr. Cat has an ImagineSpot of himself being massaged by numerous clones of Kaeloo. The real Kaeloo, standing right next to him, looks at the camera with an annoyed expression since all she sees is Mr. Cat [[CrushBlush blushing]] and [[PervertedDrooling drooling]].
* At the end of the ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' episode "The Bermuda Tangle," Punky winks to us.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' cartoon "Anytime At All," the boys are at a French museum exhibit of the Three Musketeers. As the curator tells the crowd about the Musketeers' derring-do and rescuing maidens in distress, John turns to the camera and does an EyebrowWaggle.
* The OnceAnEpisode ending of the ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons'' was Superman giving a wink at the audience.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Some people feel this even extends into RealLife, giving an aside glance upwards to heaven, to a random side, or to an onlooker. No examples needed.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLv1IcIdsms In an interview (starting at 2:00)]] with Creator/DarrenCriss for the ''Series/{{Glee}} 3D Concert'' movie, the interviewer makes a mention that since he is filling Creator/DanielRadcliffe's role in ''Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'', that there should be a "musical Potter" episode on ''Glee''. When he remarks "Someone should do that," she replies, "You heard it here first." Cue Darren looking right into the camera to all the ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'' fans out there.
* [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C-2IZpMXUAA-8iG.jpg This duck.]]