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The theme song ends, or TheTeaser starts, or we return from a commercial break, or we simply change scenes. What do we see but a close-up of a character's eye?

This is an Eye Open, a device sometimes used to show that a character is waking up. Of course, sometimes it's just used to show off an actor's good-looking eyes.

Not to be confused with EyeAwaken, which is when a character's eyes suddenly open, but the shot doesn't open with an image of them.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Anime/{{Canaan}}'': Canaan
* ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/Stay Night]]'': Saber
** And again in [[Literature/FateZero Fate/zero]].
* Shows up a lot in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The movie ''Film/AeonFlux'' opens with the title character's eye catching a fly.
* ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' does this with Marilyn Lovell after showing her nightmare of losing Jim in space.
* Used in the opening [[spoiler: and closing]] of ''Film/{{Avatar}}''.
* The opening to ''Film/BladeRunner'' centers on the Blade Runner Dave Holden's eye viewing the neon skyline of 2019 Los Angeles.
* The movie ''Film/CatsEye'' opens with (what else?) a close-up on one of General's eyes. Serves also as a visual TitleDrop.
* One of the more disturbing in movie history has to be the closeup of Marion Crane's eye in ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' after she flops over onto the bathroom floor.
* ''Film/{{Heathers}}'' has a close-up on Veronica's wide eye as she wakes from a nightmare.
* ''Film/{{Next}}'' does this with Nicholas Cage's eye twice, [[spoiler:once before and once after his character's long vision of a possible future]].
* ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' opens with a close-up on Picard's eye as things flash back to when he was the Borg's prisoner.

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "The Big Wheel" starts with a shot of the killer's eye opening when he wakes up in the morning.
* ''Series/{{House}}'' milks Creator/HughLaurie's very blue eyes for all they're worth.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}''. [[http://lostpedia.wikia.com/wiki/Eyes Quite a lot, in fact]].
** The finale ends with [[spoiler:Jack closing his eyes in a reversal of the pilot's first scene]].
* The opening sequence of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' features a close-up of Merlin's eye as it changes from blue to gold.
* The opening credits to ''Series/RobinHood'' had an image of a bright green eye; causing some confusion among viewers considering no one in the cast had green eyes. (According to WordOfGod, it was meant to be Robin's eye).
* Another backwards one in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''. During Lex's first appearance in season 3, we zoom in on his eye.
* In the episode "Mystery Spot" of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', many times when [[GroundhogDayLoop the loop resets]], the camera is focused on Sam's eyes as [[EarWorm Heat of the Moment]] plays in the background.
* A first-season episode of the original ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' does this.
* The pilot of ''Series/{{V 2009}}'' does a backwards one: instead of opening on Erica's eye and zooming out, we open on Erica and zoom in to her eye.
* Seen in the opening credits of ''Series/TheXFiles''.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' opens on the G-man's eye.
* The opening of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' focuses on Tidus' eye while he lies on his back just before some rock music kicks in and [[DoomedHometown his hometown is doomed]].
* At the end of the credits in ''VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus'', [[spoiler:a dead [[BigBad Clockwerk]] is seen with one of his eyes lighting up again]].
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'': In the opening cutscene, and the next one after that.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

%%* ''WesternAnimation/HighlanderTheAnimatedSeries''.

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