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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.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''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.
* 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 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 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.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* 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?!]] In regards to the above spoiler.
** When Eddie first lays eyes on Jessica Rabbit, his own eyes look as if they're about to do that.
* The title character in ''Film/TheMask'' does it three times: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oiMPKvxQzs once in his apartment building]], once in the Coco Bongo club ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRjUzKf9zuI at about 2:00]]), and finally when confronted by a lot of cops with guns [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPLHQCCGnsI at 1:00]].
* A strange live-action variant occurs in ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'' when John Lithgow 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.cinematical.com/2007/10/17/retro-cinema-twilight-zone-the-movie/ here.]]
** Earlier in the third act, a {{Toon}} briefly does this before blowing up.
* Happened in ''Film/DropDeadFred'', when Fred slid under a lady's skirt.
* Played straight in Horton Hears A Who as Horton is being roped and caged, a Wickersham in the cake has this happen to him as Horton accidentally sits on him.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Odd Joe, the comedian [[spoiler: aka 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.]]

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* A woman who could do this in RealLife demonstrated it on DavidLetterman's "Stupid Human Tricks" segment. She ended up doing it for a living in T.V. commercials, popping her eyes out at a competitor's prices and etc.
* A common gag in ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', usually performed by Ryan while playing the "Props" game whenever he had objects that could even vaguely mimic the effect.
* Jess from ''NewGirl'' imitates it by moving her glasses back and forth, complete with [[SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud sound effects]].

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* ''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 SuskeEnWiske album "De Dolle Musketiers" when he first sees Jerom.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The characters in the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' game do this when bosses arrive.
** The ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' characters do this, too.
** 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]].

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' has [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1568/ bluntly deconstructed]] the trope.
* 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.menagea3.net/strips-ma3/sonya_was_sexting her eyes pop in the shape of boobs.]]

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[[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''.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* 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 ''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 "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 ''[[HouseOfMouse Mickey MouseWorks]]''.
* In one episode of ''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. 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.
* Used on ''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 ''AWishForWingsThatWork'' repeated the gag from ''BloomCounty'' above, only with Opus rubbing his eyes saying "Ooh! Ow!" instead of commenting.
* 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 ''{{Gumby}}'' would occasionally do this, but especially [[LovableCoward Pokey]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' has begun to use these in many episodes since it's revival in 2008.
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