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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. See also OneEyedShot.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/{{Canaan}}'': Canaan
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Saber
** And again in ''Literature/FateZero''.
* In ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion The End of Evangelion]]'', after a trippy Instrumentality sequence, we're treated to a live-action close-up of an eye opening. In the movie proper that shot is as disconnected as the rest of the live-action part, but a longer live-action sequence was shot where that would've been Asuka waking up.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* This is the very first shot of ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'' when the titular character is introduced.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* 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.
* ''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]].
* In ''Film/ThePresidentsLastBang'', Korean CIA director Kim Jae-kyu is introduced with a tight shot of his eye while he's at the doctor. Later that evening, he will assassinate President Park Chung-hee.
* 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/StarTrekFirstContact'' opens with a close-up on Picard's eye as things flash back to when he was the Borg's prisoner.
* ''Film/{{Strike}}'' includes a title card announcing that the authorities are "searching for subversives", then cuts to a tight closeup of a spy's eye. The film is a Soviet propaganda piece set in Tsarist Russia, and the spy is hunting for subversive workers.
* ''Film/{{Cube}}'': The film opens with a tight close-up of a man's eye when he wakes up to find himself in the Cube.
* ''Film/EventHorizon'' close-up of William's eye.

[[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.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** In the episode "Mystery Spot", 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.
** Season 9 ends with a close up of Dean's eye lids popping open to reveal demon-black eyes.
* 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''.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "The Deadly Assassin" does a DreamWithinADream variant, where an extreme closeup of the Doctor's brilliant purple-blue eye flickering open is used to indicate that we've passed from the world outside while ThoseTwoGuys talk over his sleeping body to inside his {{Cyberspace}} NightmareSequence. Only within the dream-world, he is waking up. With an anaesthetic mask on his face. As a surgeon prepares to perform MeatGrinderSurgery on him. [[NightmareFuel Aaaagh.]]
* The ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode "The Final Problem" opens with a close-up on a little girl's eye opening.
* [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x320552]]''Series/{{the adventures of pete and pete}}'' episode last laugh starts with Big Pete's eye opening.

[[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.
* Games published by the company Virgin Interactive Entertainment from 1995-1999 feature a logo animation of an eye opening with the company logo appearing in it. [[NightmareFuel It usually scared the crap out of anyone unprepared for it]].
* Sega debuted a new logo animation in May 2017 as part of their "Amazing Sega" corporate image, and it's of a eye with the Sega logo inside the pupil. Feels like they couldn't find anything original and copied the Virgin logo.