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->''"In front of him just above the camera was a huge clock which, as the minutes passed and guests turned boring, he tended to stare at, waiting to be released from his role. One performance, when he wasn't looking, a member of the crew pushed back the hands of the clock fifteen minutes. Carson's momentary look of despair when he saw the clock got a laugh even though the audience had no idea why."''\\
--'''Creator/GoreVidal''' on [[TheTonightShow Johnny Carson]], ''Point to Point Navigation''

Occurs in a ReactionShot. The character reacting to the outrageous whatever says nothing, but their eyes widen in a "these people are crazy" kind of way.

Compare AsideGlance when directed at the fourth wall, FascinatingEyebrow when directed at the characters in question and EyePop for surprised cartoon character's eyes. May make use of {{Eyedscreen}}. Could be considered a subtrope of FacialDialogue. Sometimes related to OhCrap.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]

* ''SerialExperimentsLain'': Quite a bit of the {{Reaction Shot}}s are like this.
* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' contains quite a few of these.
* ''FushigiYuugi'' features a lot of these.

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[[folder:Comics]]

* Happens a lot in ''{{Foxtrot}}''.
* This is the third-greatest standby of {{political cartoon}}s, next to illuminating the topic with convenient newspapers and labeling every available surface whether it needs it or not. StrawmanPolitical will give a proposal while an average Joe, or a member of the affected group (e.g. a child for school policy) looks on in goggle-eyed horror.

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[[folder:Film]]

* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': Elijah Wood seems to have made a career out of this.
* ''Film/WithnailAndI'' has a positively heart-wrenching Eye Take, showing the precise moment where Withnail and Marwood's friendship breaks down forever:
-->"Congratulations..."
* ''Film/GoldenEye'': General Ourumov gets one of these after witnessing [[DarkActionGirl Xenia]] gunning down the staff of the Severnaya bunker and [[CombatSadomasochist having a bit]] [[OrgasmicCombat too much fun]] [[PsychoForHire in the process]].
* ''HotFuzz'': Nick Angel's [[http://deeperintomovies.net/journal/image08/hotfuzz4.jpg reaction]] to the town's version of RomeoAndJuliet, specifically the [[AdaptationDecay upbeat song and dance number following Juliet's suicide]].
* ''AlphaAndOmega'': Eve's tends to get this reaction. Not so much the fact she's threatening someone with death, it's she does it with a happy, cheery voice. The third time, however, she's totally serious and everyone takes her as such.
* ''InTheLoop'' features a positively epic Eye Take as Malcolm figures out a way to avert his impending VillainousBreakdown.
* ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' theatrical shorts were full of these, especially when other characters were confounded by the stooges' antics.
* ''Film/TheProducers'': The reaction shot of the audience after the opening number of "Springtime for Hitler". (They paid to see a Broadway musical titled "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Springtime for Hitler]]"! What did they expect?)

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* ''{{Newsradio}}'': Often demonstrated by Dave Foley's character.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Gillian Anderson's eyebrows got a regular workout.
* ''TheOffice'': Jim Halpert (as played by John Krasinski) has elevated this into an art form on the U.S. version, as did his counterpart, Tim Canterbury in the original.
* Creator/HughLaurie could be king of this trope. He basically [[ChewingTheScenery eats the scenery with his eyes]]:
** Bertie from ''Series/JeevesAndWooster''
** Doctors are meant to be unshockable, but ''Series/{{House}}'' still finds plenty of excuses to be at the centre of an Eye Take.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'': Peter Capaldi is a sufferer of ocular ChewingTheScenery. His character [[MagnificentBastard Malcolm Tucker]] gets several Eye Takes per episode, but the longest is probably the one of his eyes scanning the headline "[[WhamEpisode MALCOLM TUCKER RESIGNS]]".
* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'''s Saul Tigh does this an awful lot, especially [[spoiler:after losing one of his eyes in the third season.]]
** And so does Laura Roslin, who has her [[http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/The_Battlestar_Galactica_Drinking_Game Stare of You-Gotta-Be-Frakking-Kidding-Me]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Cantor Eddie]].[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InTuAeGjr4M Cantor]]. Rumor has it that he used stunt eyes.
* ''Series/TheApprentice [[Creator/TheBBC (UK)]]'': [[ThoseTwoGuys Nick and Margaret]] make [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVsuQCqKBUI#t=1m5s fantastic use]] of Eye Takes, along with {{Aside Glance}}s, {{Fascinating Eyebrow}}s and [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarks]], to punctuate the more... ''questionable'' antics of the contestants.
* ''TheXFactor'' is punctuated with Eye Takes. Most of Simon Cowell's expressions say more than words ever could. In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM2UPyeTOsI this clip]] Simon didn't even need to describe "the worst guitar solo I have ever heard in my life" as his eyes did it for him.
* NathanBarley was known for its liberal use of reaction shots.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': In one hilarious scene, this is Ben's only reaction when Hurley attacks him... with a hot pocket.
-->'''Ben''': Hello Hugo.
-->'''Hugo''': AAAHHH! ''[hurls hot pocket at him]''
-->'''Ben's eyes''': ''...did that just happen?''
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Cam Saroyan does this a lot. It's all a part of being the OnlySaneEmployee...
* ''Series/YesMinister'': Sir Humphrey Appleby would do this when Jim Hacker introduced something that threatened his interests.
* In Series/BabylonFive, Centauri Ambassador Londo Mollari announces in council that under his people's new laws for the recently conquered Narn, the penalty for the murder of any Centauri by any Narn will be the execution of 500 Narns. The pak'ma'ra Ambassador features in an Eye Take, managing to pull off the look of shock despite the pak'ma'ra being {{Cthulhumanoid}}.
* [[Series/DoctorWho The Tenth Doctor]] does this when the Face of Boe [[ArcWords tells him]] "YouAreNotAlone".
** Clara does this after [[spoiler:watching the Eleventh Doctor regenerate]].
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* [[Wrestling/ShaneDouglas "The Franchise" Shane Douglas]].
** In Fall 1997, [[Wrestling/RickRude "Ravishing" Rick Rude]] had been acting as an adviser to [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-h.html ECW World Heavyweight Champion]] Shane Douglas, specifically picking Douglas' challengers for him.[[note]]The storyline was that Douglas had basically pimped out his valet/manager Wrestling/{{Francine}} in exchange for Rude's advice.[[/note]] On the October 24, (taped October 16), 1997 episode of ''Wrestling/{{ECW}} Hardcore TV'', Rude told Douglas that he had found him an opponent who had run roughshod over [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} the WWF]], over Wrestling/{{WCW}}, Japan and everywhere else that he had been. Music/GunsNRoses' "Welcome to the Jungle" hit, bringing out Douglas' Triple Threat [[PowerStable stablemate]] [[Wrestling/BamBamBigelow "The Beast from the East" Bam Bam Bigelow]], revealing that Rude had double-crossed Douglas. When the music hit, Douglas had a true Eye Take. Bigelow won the title, his only singles World Title, that night.
** Douglas called out Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} on the September 4, 2000 ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro''. As soon as Goldberg's music hit, Shane's eyes popped in a true OhCrap[=/=]MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment. Shane recruited the Natural Born Thrillers (Shawn Stasiak, Chuck Palumbo, Mike Sanders, Mark Jindrak, Sean O'Haire, Reno [Rick Cornell] and Johnny the Bull [John "Johnny Stamboli"/"[[{{SdrawkcabName}} Rellik]]" Hugger] doing a weak UrExample of what Wrestling/TheNexus would be ten years later) to help him, and, even with '''8 GUYS''' against him, Goldberg was still able to win the match.
* It is common for televised shows to cut to a close-up of audience members doing that during a particularly shocking moment.

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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' : Dr [=McNinja=] heavily relies on this to show emotion -- but then his eyes and eyebrows are all you can see when he's wearing his mask, which is ''all the time.'' You know... ninja and all.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''
** [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Kanaya's]] reaction on [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004620 this page]].
** [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004658 Same expression, different character.]]
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005087 This seems to be a running gag.]]
** It started with John in the previous arc. Every character except maybe Dave has done it at least once, and several (Jade especially) have pulled it multiple times.
* In ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'', [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=784 Kat when she realizes that her old arch-enemy was affably hanging out with a roommate.]]
* In ''Webcomic/SuperEffective'', ''[[EyesAlwaysShut Brock]]'' of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' does this after [[http://www.vgcats.com/super/?strip_id=34 Red's Charmander defeats his Onix]].
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Raven does [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-12-22 this]] when he [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-12-20 first sees Grace's Omega form]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''[[WebVideo/{{React}} Kids React]]'': Morgan, 7 years old, does this during the "''le Internet Medley''" video. She was laughing at the Nyan Cat, and suddenly went "O_O ''what the heck''?!" when the ''ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US'' part barges in.
* Creator/DougWalker is very talented at this, putting it to great use for WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses and even with [[WebVideo/BumReviews Chester]].
* The ending of ''WebAnimation/JimmyNeutronHappyFamilyHappyHour'' has Jimmy doing one as he says the final line: [[BlatantLies "Just another day in the life of Jimmy Neutron!"]]
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': Done memorably in the premiere, when Optimus Prime [[http://images.wikia.com/transformers/images/d/d1/Sariprime.jpg learns]] [[TheTalk where little organics come from]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'':
** Characters tend to this in response to Chris mentioning something particularly dangerous about a challenge.
** During the Aftermath segments of ''Total Drama Action'' after a particularly odd or unexpected moment (Eg- when a clip shows Trent [[spoiler: sobbing hysterically and singing depressing heartbreak songs]] backstage) the camera would pan over to Noah and Cody either exchanging, '...Did we just see that?' glances or doing Eye Takes.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Spike at Your Service", Rainbow makes a throwaway comment about Applejack's unfinished novel. As Rainbow continues talking about her own novel, Applejack's eyes are clearly saying "How does she know about that?!"
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