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So there's something ''off'' about the new guy. You want to keep him on his toes, let him know that he can't be at home just yet. You want him to know that ''you'll be watching him''.

The wonders of [[BodyLanguage nonverbal communication]] make saying all this without wasting your breath possible. Just perform these three simple gestures:

'''1.''' Point to yourself: '''"I"'''

'''2.''' Point to your eyes, preferably using the backward VSign: '''"AM WATCHING"'''

'''3.''' Point to your target: '''"YOU."'''

Details can vary from forgoing some of the steps (most often the first one, since technically you're pointing to yourself in step 2 anyway) to using different fingers when pointing at different things, but this is how you generally tell someone that EyeAmWatchingYou. Though generally a threatening gesture, it is known to have at times been used in a friendly or reassuring manner as well; communicating something to the effect of "I'll be seeing you", "I've got your back" or such. In many sign languages, the same gesture from one side of the face (not centered) translates as "see" or "I see you."

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* The E-Trade Baby does this, possibly a reference to ''Film/MeetTheParents''.
* Advertising/TheBurgerKing does this in one commercial during a news conference, while his spokeperson dismisses every question. The last question gets this response from the King.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the ''ComicBook/TinyTitans''/''[[Franchise/ArchieComics Little Archie]]'' crossover, Robin speculates (correctly) that Mrs Grundy is married to Solomon Grundy. Later Solomon Grundy shows up and [[BlatantLies claims to have no idea what Robin is talking about regarding supervillainy]]. On his way out of the classroom he [[EyeAmWatchingYou gestures]] at Robin angrily.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia Belgium, Holland, and Ukraine]] collectively give America one when they think he's picking on Canada in the fan comic ''[[http://thelosthype.deviantart.com/art/APH-Ungrateful-Children-pg-19-283021786 Ungrateful Children]]''. Korea gets in on the act as well, just for fun.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* One of the possum brothers gives Manny this in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge 2'' when they notice that he's growing interested in their "sister", Ellie.
* A thug does this in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'' during the "Baby Hunt".
* Officer Devereaux ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' does a funny variant of this trope:
-->'''Officer Devereaux:''' This contact lens represents you! And my eye represents my eye! (''puts on contact lens'') I've got my ''eye'' on ''you''!
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Seen in ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' (latest version), with two soldiers.
* Robert De Niro's character does this to Greg Focker in ''Film/MeetTheParents'' and its sequels.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Barney from ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' uses this gesture to encourage his friends to "focus on the prize". Which is usually casual sex and/or hijinks.
* Shirley on ''Series/{{Community}}'' does this when she and Annie are deputized to [[AprilFoolsPlot monitor April Fools' Day]].
* In ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'', Vice-Principal Crubbs does this to Ned from time to time.
* Doakes does this to Dexter in ''Series/{{Dexter}}''.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}''
** Mike Chang does this to Coach Shannon Beiste after his girlfriend Tina mentions Beiste's name at an... inappropriate moment. While completely ignoring the fact that if he hadn't told Tina about how some of the other boys were using Beiste to, erm, cool off, she would never have used the method herself and therefore never mentioned the name...sometimes Mike's not all that bright, really.
** Coach Sylvester does this too to Rachel after leaving Principal Higgins' office.
* An episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' with Zachary Quinto promoting the new Film/StarTrek had a Star Trek fan do this to him with his fingers in the Vulcan salute.
* In ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', Creator/JohnCleese does this to Terry Jones after he says the word [[http://youtu.be/rGEeLtqtNvU mattress...]] '''twice.'''
* On ''Series/SomeGirls'', Holli does this at a school function to one of the nuns who had taken all the Hawaiian pizza slices. The nun repeats the gesture in kind.
* A suspicious Clara does this to the Doctor on ''Series/DoctorWho'' when he cancels their weekly adventure for something else he called needing deep cover for. Naturally, she turns out to be right when the Doctor shows up at her school posing as the new caretaker.
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[[folder:New Media]]
* The [[http://i1.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/007/195/im%20watching%20you%20-%20copia.jpg I'm watching you]] rage face, which is of the third phase of the motions.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Edward gives this gesture to Bella in ''TwilightTheMusical''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Drebin in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' does a variation of this to Snake called "EYE HAVE YOU", which starts at the "eye" step, then he clenches a fist, then points to Snake.
* In ''VideoGame/OfficeJerk'' and ''Office Zombie'', the Jerk and Zombie both do this as taunts. The Jerk does the standard version. The Zombie takes his right eye out, points at it, points at you, and then sticks the eye back in the socket.
* The Sniper has this as one of his taunts in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The trope image comes from [[http://www.theaterhopper.com/2005/12/05/im-watching-you/ a strip]] of ''Webcomic/TheaterHopper''.
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''
** A young Doctor [=McNinja=] does this to Frans Rayner when the latter is getting laughed at by the ninja guild for his neckbeard.
** And in a later arc, [[spoiler:in the BadFuture]], to King Radical.
* [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=547 Nicki to Philip]] in ''Webcomic/TimesLikeThis''.
* [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/10/25/im-watching-you-butterball/ Done by CK to Mittens]] in one ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' episode.
* After getting sussed out as a spy in ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'' Sara'hilana has this gesture directed at her by Sal'bara [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10014 here]] after they're forced to release her.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Happens a few times in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Apparently in the Avatarverse, instead of using the index and middle fingers to point to their eyes, they use [[WardingGestures the index and pinky fingers]], which somehow looks considerably more badass.
** Katara does this in "The Blind Bandit" episode of to the bully earthbender students.
** Katara also does it to Jet in "Lake Laogai".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' inherits the index-and-pinky version of the gesture from [[SequelSeries its predecessor]]. In particular, Chief Lin Beifong does this to Korra as she's leaving the police interrogation room. [[http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m12oemvw7L1qhapkxo1_500.jpg Korra does the same back]], [[CrowningMomentOfFunny only with a]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny much ]]'' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny funnier face]].
** She later does this to some thugs in "The Stakeout", complete with the same "Water Tribe" gesture Sokka does in the previous series.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "No More Bunny Buisness", Perry the Platypus does this to Dennis the Bunny.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': "Let's use our eyes...to see..."
* Agent/Headmaster PhilCoulson to Spider-Man in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}''.
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