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->'''Servo''': And, his eyes open.\\
'''Crow''': ''An-n-n-nd'' his eyes open.\\
'''Mike''': His eyes open.\\
'''Servo''': Eyes open, yeah, yeah, big surprise, he's still alive-\\
'''Crow''': Eyes open.\\
'''Mike''': ''His EYES open.''\\
'''Servo''': -can we just move it along here-\\
'''Crow''': ''Come ON!''\\
''(His eyes open)''
-->-- ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' commentary of ''Film/SpaceMutiny''.

Finally, after deadly fighting and clever tactics, the SerialKiller, monster, alien, or what-have-you is down for the count. The hero turns to leave... and the monster's eye opens.

Typically used as part of a TheEndOrIsIt ending, but just as often used whenever a hero dismisses a "[[NotQuiteDead corpse]]" as inanimate and either walks off or gets too close. A favorite is to have the hero deliberately get within striking distance to retrieve a weapon or item near or lodged in the creature... only to have their eyes open and arms come up and grab them. Also frequently happens with [[FingerTwitchingRevival hands twitching]], especially after the coroner's already pulled the sheet over the supposed corpse's head; that [[OlderThanRadio goes clear back]] to ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}''.

An interesting minor variation involves beings in PeopleJars or [[HarmlessFreezing who are frozen]] moving ''just'' once they're out of the hero's field of vision. Combines nicely with GlowingEyesOfDoom and EyeLightsOut. Compare to FingerTwitchingRevival. See also PivotalWakeup, and TheEyesHaveIt for when the eyes belong to [[MalevolentArchitecture something]] [[DemonicDummy which is not]] [[PerversePuppet actually alive]]. Contrast with DiesWideShut, which precludes this trope for reasons that should be easy to see.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* During Zorin Blitz's horrific assault on the {{Hellsing}} headquarters, Seras' eyes are slashed out. Then she [[spoiler:drinks Pip's blood, thus becoming a "true" vampire]], and her eyes open again... looking like the eyes of the unholy horror she has become. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Asskickery ensues]].
* In ''ChronoCrusade'', our heroes manage to kill a Pursuer with a big enough boom to cause its "corpse" to get buried in rubble. As they pull themselves out of the wreckage to try to regroup, the demon bursts out from the rubble and attempts to attack again--only to be [[TheCavalry hit by a barrage of gunfire from backup from the Order, who arrived just in time]].
* The behelits in ''{{Berserk}}'' just look like weirdly carved little stones (possibly made by Picasso) until you look at 'em real hard, and they blink. Or look back. Somewhat subverted in that they can't really ''do'' anything except blink, and fairly rarely [[TearsOfBlood weep blood]]. Of course, the weeping of blood ''causes'' all sorts of horrible things to happen, but the behelits themselves don't do much, besides act as creepy little blinking doorbells.
* Members of the Uchiha clan in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', when revealing new eye-based powers they've gained.
* IAmAHero: [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/i_am_a_hero/v06/c059/4.html Here]], after Hirumi became victim to the zombie virus.
* A HumongousMecha variant occurs in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Gundam AGE]]'' with [[spoiler:the unpiloted mobile armor, [=SID=].]]
* Done by Gemini Paradox not too long after being defeated by Dragon Ryuhou in episode 33 of ''Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega'', just as Ryuhou and Pegasus Kouga are leaving the Gemini Temple. Since she's one of the most psychotic villains in their RoguesGallery, it's played as a JumpScare.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', [[spoiler:when Wall Sina cracks and reveals Titans embedded in it, the Survey Team initially thinks they might be dead. Then one of them opens its eyes and looks straight at them.]]
* After Shinji's first battle in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', he sees his damaged Eva in the reflection of a nearby skyscraper. The eye doesn't just open, it reconstructs itself from a gory pulp, then focuses on him. Shinji passes out screaming.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the final issue of ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', the genocidal Anti-Monitor appears to be finally dead after a mass attack by the heroes of five Earths. As they turn to leave, Kid Flash says it's all over, and they're finally going home. This is said over a series of panels zooming in on the Anti-Monitor's black, empty eye sockets. In the final panel, the eye has a tiny spark of light within...
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[[folder:Film]]
* Parodied in ''[[Film/TheNakedGun Naked Gun 2 1/2]]'' just before Frank Drebin shoves a firehose into Hector Savage's mouth. Yes.
* A variation is done in ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer''. The innocent[[note]] Though it turns out he's already committed murder ''before'' he starts killing the main characters.[[/note]] victim does this after he's thrown in the water because the assholes who hit him with their car don't want to go to jail. The JerkJock dove in to see if the victim would sink and he ''sees the victim open his eyes''! This means that he's the only one ''who knows that the victim is still alive''! He crosses the MoralEventHorizon when he swims away (They all do, really, but he totally crosses the line more than they do).
* ''Film/{{X-Men}}'':
** Not involving a death, but something similar happens at the end of ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''. [[spoiler:Magneto, who has lost his power, reaches a hand out toward a metal chess piece, which twitches ever so slightly just before the credits roll.]]
** This trope is featured in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' when [[spoiler:Deadpool, who is believed to have died in a tower collapse, is revealed to be alive as his decapitated head is shown in the rubble as the eyes ominously open, while the head whispers "Shhhhhh..." to the audience.]]
* Done in a marvelously over-the-top fashion in Trey Parker and Matt Stone's ''Film/CannibalTheMusical''.
* The first best example coming to mind being, of course, the hand coming out of the grave in ''[[Creator/StephenKing Carrie]]''.
* The 1978 Australian film ''Patrick'' is a perfect example of this trope. The title character is in a coma with his eyes eternally open. The only time they're closed is at the end when he's believed to be dead, just so he can open them again (and remain open during the end credits).
* The first zombie encountered in the ''Film/ResidentEvil'' [[TheMovie movie]] is of the PeopleJars variety.
* ''Film/SpaceMutiny'', much to the delight of the ''MST3K'' crew. Their riffing provided the original trope name (now the page quote).
* ''Film/DangerDiabolik'', the feature film of the final episode of ''MST3K'', ends on a variation of this theme.
* This happens so frequently in the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' films that in the third film Ash, who seems to be otherwise dumb as a post, actually catches on!
** He also gets a great OneLiner from the situation: "It's a trick. Get an axe."
* Used ''and'' subverted in the second ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' movie. At the start of the film, Shredder does the "hand bursting from rubble" variant to show he survived his fate at the end of the previous movie. At the climax, Super Shredder's hand bursts from the wreckage of the docks he brought down on himself, leading the Turtles to exclaim "NoOneCouldSurviveThat!" A second later, the hand goes limp, proving them right.
* The [[FingerTwitchingRevival hand-twitching version]] happened, followed shortly by the eyes opening, in ''Film/IndependenceDay'' as a captured alien is being "dissected" (whoops, turns out that's just its containment suit).
** After it's taken down properly, one of the soldiers - clearly wary of this trope by now - approaches and puts several more shots into the alien, and is rewarded with its death screams.
* The end of ''Film/{{Crank}}'' has a variant. At the end of the movie, after [[spoiler: being injected twice with a poison that will kill him when his adrenaline runs down, being shot, ''and'' being dropped a few thousand feet out of a helicopter to land on a car, bounce fifty feet in the air, and smash to the ground]], the camera focuses on Chev's open eye. Which ''blinks''. And now we have ''CrankHighVoltage''.
** The creators mention in the commentary that everything that happens after Chev drinks the "plant shit" drug may not have actually happened, at least not the way the viewer sees it. Given the ridiculous premise of the second movie, this could be them dropping hints, or just giving a secondary interpretation of the more impossible parts of the film and its upcoming sequel.
** Not to be outdone, the end of ''CrankHighVoltage'' features this as well. [[spoiler: After a ridiculous final showdown that ends with Chev severely disfigured by burns, Doc Miles manages to reinsert his real heart, but fails to get it pumping. After Chev's friends leave the room in tears, the camera focuses on Chev's face for several seconds, and his charred eyelids snap open.]]
* All three of the original ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' movies did this. In ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines,'' this comes after a ''[[NuclearWeaponsTaboo Terminator Core meltdown]]''.
* In ''Film/VanillaSky'', Tom Cruise's character does this but with only one eye.
* In the Baz Luhrmann film version of ''WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'', at the climax, Romeo gives his speech over what he ''thinks'' is Juliet's corpse. As he tilts his head back to drink the poison, her eyes blink open, and she reaches up to touch his cheek. Cue the OhCrap look on his face seconds before his death.
* ''Film/AliGIndahouse''. The Acting Prime Minister is knocked out by Ali G's swinging gold chain. He comes to as Ali leaves the room.
* Horrifically well done in ''Film/{{Misery}}'' when Sheldon finally attacks Annie Wilkes.
* In the film of ''Film/{{Matilda}}'', the scene near the end where Ms. Trunchbull is lying seemingly unconscious on the floor uses this trope. When a boy gets too close to her, her eyes flick open and she reaches up to grab him.
* In ''Film/{{Stealth}}'', EDI's core relights after [[spoiler: its body is destroyed via HeroicSacrifice]].
* This happens at the end of ''Film/{{Avatar}}''... [[spoiler: but they're Jake's eyes opening, not following a near-fatal injury, but after his rebirth instead.]]
* At the end of ''[[Literature/{{Twilight}} Breaking Dawn Part 1]]'', [[spoiler: Bella opens her red eyes as a newborn vampire.]]
* Inverted in ''Film/DungeonsAndDragonsWrathOfTheDragonGod'', in which the hero discovers that the title dragon god is slumbering inside a mountain, and ''parts its eyelid with his bare hands'' to prove its nature to his skeptical companions. The dragon is too deeply asleep to be disturbed by this manhandling and doesn't awaken until later.
* In ''Film/HowToTrainYourDragon'', Toothless the dragon pulls this when Hiccup examines his prone body.
* Something like this happened in ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'' when the main character's '''iris''' suddenly transforms to reveal that she is alive.
* A rather horrific example happens in the Creator/ValLewton film ''Bedlam''. Creator/BorisKarloff's character is said to be dead, and is being bricked up in a wall to hide the evidence. Then suddenly his eyes flicker open, he opens his mouth - and the last brick is put in place before he has time to scream.
* A variation is done with the crushed block of metal that used to be a '57 Plymouth in ''Film/{{Christine}}.''
* In the beginning of ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives'', Tommy Jarvis goes psycho on a maggot ridden Jason corpse after flashbacking to their [[Film/FridayThe13thTheFinalChapter previous encounter]]. He leaves the fence post used to impale him in the corpse and lightning strikes that fence post twice bringing Jason back to life. To add more {{Squick}} to it a maggot falls off his rotten eyebrow seconds after the eye opens.
* In ''Film/{{Battleship}}'', the alien our heroes have captured [[spoiler: wakes up as they're trying to examine it. We get a close-up of the pupil contracting before it starts throwing people across the room.]]
* In ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', the Lizard is [[MoreDakka mowed down]] by a squad of [=SWAT=] officers. They go to check on him, [[HealingFactor his wounds heal]], followed by an EyeAwaken.
* ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney'' ends with [[spoiler: the awakening of Smaug the dragon. The last shot of the film is his giant eye opening up]].
* Done at the beginning of ''Film/TheSmurfs2'', when Smurfette was first created as a Naughty by Gargamel.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', just as Carrot [[ByTheBookCop attempts to arrest an unconscious dragon]] lying under the remains of the buildings it fell into;
-->"The rubble heaved, and opened one eye. One big back pupil floating in a bloodshot glow tried to focus on them."
* It happens a few times in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''. ''City of the Dead'' has Zak wake up paralyzed and remain paralyzed for some time, enough to start thinking of his dead parents, and only realizes he's starting to be able to move again when tears sting his eyes and he blinks. Later, ''Ghost of the Jedi'' has it happen along with FingerTwitchingRevival to a villain.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* A similar thing happened on an episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'' when they extracted an Ancient who'd been frozen in the ice for a very long time; after being halfway thawed, her eye contracts.
** Except that one of the doctors was shining a light in her eye at the time, noticed the pupilary contraction, and then checked it again to confirm it, which immediately tipped off everybody that the Ancient was still alive.
* Though not a villain per se, a deranged, concussion-ridden Basil Fawlty does this before making good his escape from the hospital in a classic episode of ''Series/FawltyTowers''. What happens next? [[HilarityEnsues Well...]]
* Iké Dubaku in the ''Series/TwentyFour'' after his target [[ISurrenderSuckers surrender-suckerpunches]] [[LandmineGoesClick with a landmine]] in the special episode "''Redemption''". Since the audience already knew that the character was returning for the seventh season, it was not much of a twist, however.
* On ''OneLifeToLive'', after being shot several times and then locked in the trunk of a car that was then pushed off of a cliff into the ocean, Todd Manning's body washed up on shore. The last shot of him was of his eyes opening.
* In the first episode of ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'', a suicide bomber's [[spoiler:head is detached to see if it can still live. It seems to be dead... and then the eyes open.]] Keep in mind that [[spoiler:the suicide bomber's bomb has gone off. With him still attached.]]
* In an episode of {{ER}}, this, paired with the hand-twitching, is how a hungover Doug ROss awakens after one of his random one-night stands.

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[[folder: Music video]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeNNfS0ZTnU&ob=av3e Goodbye Mr A]] by The Hoosiers, Even after sending Mr A into space (and blowing him up) his eyes open at the end.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* TheUndertaker usually does this when it looks like he's down and out, before he sits up suddenly.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Happens at the end of ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime''. Interestingly enough, the eye in question is [[EyesDoNotBelongThere on the back of a hand.]]
* At the climax of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', King K. Rool has hit the canvas after losing a fight to the entire Kong family. As a triumphant Chunky Kong waves to the crowd, we see a closeup of K. Rool's inert face. And then, his eye (the hypertrophied, bloodshot one, of course) pops open.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', [=GLaDOS=] does this, in a room of spare eye parts. Then starts to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome sing]].
** She does it again in the ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' E3 trailer, with the "eye" light on her head turning on just before she starts to move.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'', after the player defeats [[ImplacableMan Mr. X]] for the first time and leaves the room, we are treated to an ingame cutscene of him standing up again, apparently unharmed. The low texture resolution prevents us from seeing his eyes open per se, but it still fits the trope.
** In Leon's opening cinematic, a female zombie prone at Leon's feet does this just before waking up and latching onto his ankle.
* A variation of this happens in ''VideoGame/TombRaiderUnderworld''. On Jan Mayen Island, Lara Croft comes across a yeti-like beast sprawled on the floor, apparently dead. She comments on how it and its kind may have been the inspiration for the frost giants in Norse mythology, then starts to walk away...whereupon the creature lurches to its feet while her back is turned and attacks her.
* In ''{{Contra}} III: The Alien Wars'', the final boss is a giant brain with an eye in the center. Once it's defeated, the player characters grab onto the missile hanging from a support helicopter and fly away. Playing on Easy or Normal difficulty leads to the brain reviving, the eye opening, and a deafening roar [[LoadBearingBoss as the base explodes]]... Playing on Hard means the brain gets a brand new metallic PoweredArmor and ''chases the heroes out of the base''.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', after you shut down the Ultimate Chimera, and [[AllIsWellThatEndsWell everyone leaves the place thinking their nightmare is over]], the bird sitting on its head pushes the button and the monster is once again activated.
* In one of the ''Transformers'' games Starscream does this with his eye lighting up followed by the camera zooming into it (you fight him again in the same game).
* The ending to ''VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus'' pans over the burning wreckage of Clockwerk, and one of his eye panels flicker back on.
* One of [[VideoGame/EternalDarkness Alexandria Rovias']] sanity effects during the main game has her playing some notes on a piano and then inspecting a man that seems to be hanging on a noose. The corpse then opens its eyes suddenly before a raspy voice shouts "The Darkness is Coming!", a voice that sounds very similar to that of Xel'latoth.
* This is the first action Ganon does after possessing Zelda in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess.''
* At the end of ''VideoGame/AlphaPrime'' the protagonist [[spoiler:who is dead - and, at this point, possibly no longer the original character at all]] is in a sort of transport pod in the BiggerBad's ship. Cue blood-red eyes suddenly opening...
* The first cinematic to open ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has Tidus inside, resting on a bench as if he was asleep, the camera zooms in on a close-up on his face, and his eye opens as the opening bars to a heavy metal piece begin.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* In ''TheLandBeforeTime'', Sharptooth opens his menacing eye at Cera after she charges at his face, believing him to be dead.
* The Firebird in ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}'' at first looks like an inert lump of igneous rock, until the Sprite places her hand on it, and then... '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oSTyWYGJ6E wham!]]'''
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge 2'' had one of the two frozen alligators' eyes do this after Mannie is persuaded to ignore his SpiderSense.
* The chicken in ''FamilyGuy'' does the eye-opening variant.
* A variant of this happens in the [[TransformersGenerationOne G1]] ''{{Transformers}}'' cartoon. Megatron and a bunch of Decepticons got chucked into lava as a DisneyDeath and assumed dead. They can't shut their eyes being robots and whatnot, but a closeup on Megatron's face has his eyes [[GlowingEyesOfDoom light up as if he were to wake]].
* Dragon in ''TheSecretOfNIMH''. Fortunately, he's drugged, so that's ''all'' he does.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' features a giant doing this after Sunni and Cubbi botch up a ritual to keep him asleep.
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