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->''"I've seen starers in my time, many of them, but never one that came within a mile of putting up the performance which Chuffy did then. The eyebrows had shot up, the jaw had fallen, and the eyes were protruding from one to two inches from their parent sockets."''
-->-- '''[[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Bertie Wooster]]''', ''Thank You, Jeeves''

Happens when a cartoon character is so shocked (shocked!) that his eyes stretch far from his eyesockets or even pop from their sockets, connected only by a thin muscle, or not stay connected at all and fall to the floor, or a myriad of things. Blowing up is optional. Often accompanied by an aooga horn.

Subtrope of WildTake. Compare EyeTake, the realistic and more characterizing form of this. If you're looking for the effect of being exposed to a vacuum, see ExplosiveDecompression. Not to be confused with EyeScream.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'', Don Patch and Jelly Jiggler do this in shock after seeing Giga's true form, as well as Beauty most of the time, when being shocked by everything Bobobo does
* Most of the cast of ''Manga/OnePiece'' do this very frequently, more often than not in conjunction with the JawDrop.
* Chisame of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' did this when she saw Negi and Kotarou innocently checking out a {{Yaoi}} {{doujinshi}}. Her eyes smashed the lenses of her glasses along the way.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' are quite famous for this trope (with the exception of [[EyesAlwaysShut Xellos]]). One notable example from the second season was when the crew were hunting for a lake dragon. Zelgadis emerges from the lake, covered in barnacles, and Amelia invokes this trope.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' has an example with Master Roshi when his eyes popped out through his sunglasses upon seeing Goku and Krillin budging a giant rock late in their first martial arts training.
* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', Ochaco's eyes pop out when her parents surprise her at her own apartment. Her mother proceeds to push them back in.
* In one episode of ''Anime/NerimaDaikonBrothers'', when Mako sings of the expensive champagne she wants to drink, seeing the price makes Hideki's eyes bug out so far, they tower above the buildings in town. He even sings "My eyes are bugging out!" ("Medama [[SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud booon]]!") as this happens.
* In ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', Brief has this reaction after [[spoiler:Stocking chops Panty into piece at the end of the series.]]
* In one chapter of ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'', Rei's eyes pop slightly out of his glasses once he learns that Nikaidou composed his own, extremely elegant, introductory shogi book.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* During ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'', ComicBook/BlackPanther has this reaction to seeing [[spoiler:a completed Infinity Gauntlet in storage with the deceased Doctor Strange's gear]]. [[http://www.multiversitycomics.com/wp-content/themes/zillionlabs/images/timthumb.php?src=http://multiversitystatic.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2015/10/secretwars6-8.jpg&q=95&w=459&zc=1&a=t See here.]]

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' likes to show several extra pairs of eyes jumping out of shocked characters' heads.
* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'s Law of Cartoon Physics: "The size of one's eyeballs is directly proportional to the weight of the anvil landing on one's tail."
* Subverted in a ComicStrip/BloomCounty strip where Opus does this in response to a high phone bill. The next panel is him sitting down, holding his eyes while saying to the audience "Do you have any idea how painful that sort of thing is?" And subverted again in another strip where Opus has received some shocking news, and it shows him "not taking it well" by cutting to him with his eyes popped and bowties spinning around. Milo then points out "You know, when Roger Rabbit does that, he usually goes back to normal in a second or two..."
* Occurred at least once in ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'' (and even wound up on the cover of a collected volume), when Jeremy's eyes not only popped out but then rolled into the next room. His father, seeing them, thought, "That must have been a ''really'' stupid question!" just as Jeremy's mom shouted, "Don't you roll your eyes at me, young man!"
* Lambik's eyes do this in the ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske album "De Dolle Musketiers" when he first sees Jerom.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In Chapter 25 of ''FanFic/ThisBites'', many of the [[spoiler:octopi]] do this after Luffy defeats their leader, doing it rather than the more expected JawDrop because [[spoiler:they don't have jaws to drop.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Happens often in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' with Roger. Other characters do it as well, including the weasels and [[spoiler:Judge Doom. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADrojCw6amM Remember me, Eddie?!]]]] When Eddie first lays eyes on Jessica Rabbit, his own eyes look as if they're about to do that.
* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/HortonHearsAWho'' as Horton is being roped and caged, a Wickersham in the cake has this happen to him as Horton accidentally sits on him.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The title character in ''Film/TheMask'' does it [[RuleOfThree three]] times: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oiMPKvxQzs once in his apartment building]], once in the Coco Bongo club (followed by the HeartBeatsOutOfChest example/TropeCodifier), and finally when confronted by a lot of cops with guns.
* ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'':
** A strange live-action variant occurs when Creator/JohnLithgow's character reacts to the monster staring at him through the window of the plane. While it's pre-CGI, his eyes bug out in a completely inhuman way. Just five frames long, and you can see a screencap of the most extreme eye-bugging [[http://www.ericdsnider.com/images/twilightzonelithgow.jpg here.]]
** Earlier in the third act, a {{Toon}} brought to real life briefly does this before blowing up.
* Happens in ''Film/DropDeadFred'', when Fred slid under a lady's skirt.
* In ''Film/DonJon'' we see this happening to a cartoon character while lusting after a hot MsFanservice in a brief scene at the start of the film.
* Happens in ''Film/Critters2TheMainCourse'' when a crite sees it's friend get blown up in the restaurant.
* ''Film/TankGirl''. After Tank Girl and Jet Girl escape from Water And Power, there's a animated interlude with the two girls driving in Tank Girl's tank. At one point Jet Girl's eyes bug out of their sockets at Tank Girl's antics.
* In ''Film/MadMax1'', this is Nightrider and [[BigBad Toecutter's]] reactions [[spoiler:before their deaths.]]

* In addition to the page quote above, Bertie Wooster also describes this in ''Literature/JoyInTheMorning'', when remarking on how Stilton Cheesewright's eyes bug out of his head when he's enraged.
--> "There was a pause, during which he tried to catch my eye and I tried to avoid his. Stiltonís eye, even in repose, is nothing to write home about, being a sort of hard blue and rather bulging. In moments of emotion, it tends to protrude even farther, like that of an irascible snail, the general effect being rather displeasing."
* Odd Joe, the comedian [[spoiler:a.k.a. the psychic vampire Dandelo]] can do this in the [[Literature/TheWindThroughTheKeyhole last book]] of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series by Creator/StephenKing, just by smacking his head in a certain way. [[spoiler: Because of his psychic influence, Susannah and Roland take a good long while to realize just how impossible this should be for a human.]]
* The only creature from Wayne Barlowe's ''Literature/{{Expedition}}'' to have a sense of vision is the rimrunner, a one-legged polar animal that can extend a single eye from the front of its head in the manner of this trope. Its ability to detect light is very poor by Earth standards, but the rimrunner's degenerate eye has been repurposed to [[BizarreAlienSenses enhance the sonar]] by which most Darwin IV animals navigate.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* A common gag in ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', usually performed by Ryan while playing the "Props" game whenever he had objects that could even vaguely mimic the effect.
* Jess from ''Series/NewGirl'' imitates it by moving her glasses back and forth, complete with [[SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud sound effects]].
* An episode of ''Series/SisterSister'' makes use of this trope by having [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVKT-vLnVyw&feature=youtu.be Tamera's eyes bulge out of her head when she first sees Tia's old friend, Darnel]].

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* When the woman enters in the music video for Music/{{Pitbull}}'s "Fireball," the reactions include a man's eyes popping out of his head to stare at her.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The playble characters in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest'' do this when bosses arrive.
** The ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' characters do this, too.
** [[DemBones Spinal]] does a totally ridiculous one if Orchid uses her Breast Flash No Mercy finisher on him in the first ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct''.
** VideoGame/{{Conker|sBadFurDay}} as well. Rare seem to like this trope
* In certain ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' games, in addition to an exclamation point appearing over their heads, a guard's eyes will bug out of their head when they see Snake.
* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'', this is Alexander's reaction [[spoiler:to the hunter's lamp bubbling and boiling for the perfection of the Make Rain Spell... while locked in a cage over the druids' bonfire]]!
* In ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'', Fritz gets this reaction [[WheresTheKaboom when he sees that Lance is still alive,]] [[TooDumbToLive unaware that he has been tricked into looking into the cannon]].
* Done quite unpleasantly in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' during Raiden's FinishingMove, as well as Johnny Cage and Cassie Cage's Brutalities.
* In the Sega Saturn and Playstation versions of ''[[VideoGame/CoolSpot Spot Goes To Hollywood,]]'' this happens to Spot in the Pirate level cutscene as he is moving forward toward the Pirate level.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' has [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1568/ bluntly deconstructed]] the trope.
** In two [[http://explosm.net/comics/4750/ recent]] [[http://explosm.net/comics/4755/ strips]], it was combined weirdly with BlackBeadEyes.
* As has ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2002-06-06 Eyes aren't meant to pop out that way.]]
* In ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'' this happens to [[CreepyDoll Blair]] almost every time he [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/d/20090713.html sees Chloe]], the {{succubus}} schoolgirl.
* In ''Webcomic/MenageA3'', when [[ACupAngst Kiley]] sees Sonya's sexy (and well-endowed) MMS to Gary, [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/miss_there her eyes pop in the shape of boobs.]]
* Webcomic/MonsterSoup has a [[DownplayedTrope more realistic version]] [[JustifiedTrope with a physical cause]] [[http://monstersoupcomic.com/?comic=chapter-2-page-31-thonk here]].
* Happens to Bob at [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20060601.html his first sight of Princess Voluptua]] in a [[ArtEvolution very early]] ''[[Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob Inexplicable Adventures of Bob]]'' strip.
* ''Toon Hole'' has [[http://toonhole.com/comic/the-cartoon-take/ this comic]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Roy's eyes pop out of his head when he sees [[spoiler:the cartoonified Karen]] at the end of the ''WebVideo/TheCartoonMan''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/HomeOnTheRails'', the rabbit does this when it comes into the house as usual and sees the man lying on the tracks preparing to kill himself.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', Buster dreams about aliens, and when he sees them his eyes pop out.
* Early use by Creator/TexAvery in the MGM wolf cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/RedHotRidingHood'' (1943), in reaction to a beautiful woman.
* There is an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' where Plucky practices an over-the-top version of the trick but loses control and gets stuck as a giant eyeball.
** The EyeTake in question is from the classic ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon "WesternAnimation/BookRevue". The more seasoned Daffy, of course, is able to snap back to normal after a second.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' regularly, usually to Spongebob, Patrick, or Squidward.
* WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes does this, especially as an UnusualEuphemism for SomethingElseAlsoRises.
* Happens in one of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' Halloween specials where Bart and Lisa are caught in Itchy & Scratchy's show. While their eyes are still out of their sockets they run away causing their eyes to follow up only later.
** In another Treehouse of Horror episode Bart becomes Stretch Dude and is able to stretch everything, including his eyes.
** {{Deconstructed|Trope}} in the episode "The Scorpion's Tale" where a drug overlubricates the eyes of Grampa Simpson, causing them to pop out. Gruesomely.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', naturally.
* Not frequently used in Disney's canon, but it does happen to DonaldDuck in ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouseWorks''.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' Weasel and Baboon are AnimatedActors and one of the things their director makes them to do is have this reaction to mundane objects. ie. "Oh look, an egg" * Eyes pop out of sockets*
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' has used this at least a few times.
* A standard of {{Saturday Morning Cartoon}}s.
* No discussion of the Eye Pop would be complete without mentioning Creator/TexAvery, who, although he may not have originated it, [[TropeCodifier certainly developed it into an art form.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' features a version of this with Bender, who is able to telescope his eyeballs, complete with ''whirr'' sound effect. Not used so much to indicate shock, but rather to get a better view of something (usually a shapely fembot). In one occasion, he extends them too far and they fall off.
* Done often in ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''; one memorable example involved an eye doctor intentionally provoking this by frightening Rocko and then making him hold the pose while he examined them.
* A version of this happens to [[WesternAnimation/ReBoot Enzo]] in the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' game, but it only happens to his right eye. This is used to foreshadow the fact that Enzo [[spoiler: ''loses'' that eye three episodes later]].
* Wylie Burp from ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'' weaponized the Eye Pop, referred to here as "the Laaaaaaaaaaaaazy Eye". By the end of the movie, Fievel, Tiger, and even Wylie [[MoreDakka take it to the extreme]].
* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' would react with this, sometimes with some atypical twist on the classic gag.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGoofs'' had a devil make several characters, including Candy, Etno and Gorgious, sign their souls to him. When Candy and Gorgious disguised as doctors first arrive at the devil, the latter offers them a refrigerator full of food and a complex vaccum cleaner called the [=SuckMaster=] 40000. When Gorgious sets his eyes on the refrigerator, his eyes pop out this way and, as he's wearing glasses in his doctor form, they fall off by the time.
* Used on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', when a CreepyCrossdresser is discovered.
* Use in the pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeachersPet'' when Leonard discovers that Scott is actually his dog Spot.
** It's actually one the most frequently used tropes in the show.
* The Opus and Bill Christmas special ''WesternAnimation/AWishForWingsThatWork'' repeated the gag from ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' above, only with Opus rubbing his eyes saying "Ooh! Ow!" instead of commenting.
* In ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'', this happens to Junior upon hallucinating the family photo turning into monsters.
* This has happened quite frequently to ''WesternAnimation/{{Mr Bogus}}''.
* {{Subverted}} [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilariously]] in ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' in an episode where Eddy's eyes grow enormously large with rage. They stay that way leading Ed to poke them and Edd [[DiscussedTrope wondering how they got that big]].
* Most of the cast from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gumby}}'' would occasionally do this, but especially [[LovableCoward Pokey]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' has begun to use these in many episodes since its revival in 2008.
* This was a specialty of ''WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts'' and Creator/HannaBarbera animator Hugh Fraser, often when the characters he animated were scared or shocked their eyes would pop out and stretch to absurd lengths for a split second.
* "Franklin is Messy" from ''Literature/{{Franklin}}'' has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it visual gag in which while Franklin is digging through the stuff in his room he accidentally chucks a play block inside his fish Goldie's fishbowl, causing her eyes to bug out really wide, then dart behind her castle.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' provides a rare justified example in "See No Evil". XJ-9, aka Jenny, is given a new pair of eyes that can extend out of her head to "zoom in" on things and have multiple vision settings. When she first looks in a mirror with these eyes on and realizes how they look on her in "normal vision", her eyes instantaneously extend to their fullest extent.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Goodman Kim Goodman]] can pull this trick off in real life. She discovered her talent when she got hit on the head by a hockey mask, making her eyes pop out. She holds the Guinness World Record for farthest eyeball protrusion since 1998 and demonstrated the trick in the "Stupid Human Tricks" segment of ''Series/TheLateShowWithDavidLetterman'' in 1997. She even made a living out of it by appearing in commercials and popping her eyes out in surprise at, for example, a competitor's prices.