Probably the most common use of POVCam. These are camera shots of the heroes from an angle that ''obviously'' is someone's point of view, presumably a stealthy attacker. To ensure that the audience realizes this, the shot is often taken at a strange angle, through shrubbery or shelving or some other form of cover. Also, we can frequently hear the attacker breathing. But the hero remains oblivious.

See also JawsFirstPersonPerspective.

Compare the related tropes MurdererPOV, {{Robocam}}, ShakyPOVCam. Sometimes overlapped with BizarreAlienSenses using thermographic or other non-standard imaging techniques.



[[folder: Fanfiction]]
* The Mighty Oz's [[ Nine Lives One Love]]. The chapter posted on April 30th, the first part is told in Dartz's perspective as he [[spoiler: stalks Kurloz and Meulin as they attend her parent's funeral.]]

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* Subverted in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'', where Indy and Mutt are in a tomb, shot from what seem to be assailant's [=POVs=], but no one attacks.
** Similar use in ''Film/RedEye'', to trick us into thinking the bad guy is hiding in the shower.
* ''Film/HollowMan'', though the assailant is [[VillainProtagonist the main character]].
* ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', of course. It became a TropeCodifier for using this with maneating creatures - specially sharks, as ''Film/DeepBlueSea'' shows.
* ''Film/{{Predator}}'', combined with [[NightVisionGoggles different visor]].
* ''Franchise/EvilDead'', with the magic of ShakyPOVCam.
** ''Film/ForeverEvil'' did this one too, ad nauseam.
* A number of classic slasher movies used this, most notably the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' movies (complete with VaderBreath) and the original ''Film/BlackChristmas1974''.
* ''Film/KingdomOfTheSpiders'' gives the viewer Tarantula-Vision.
** ''Film/BigAssSpider'' has a couple of similar examples, quite possibly in a deliberate homage to the above film.
* ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane'' uses a bunch of distorted green-monochrome shots to represent the snakes' rather poor eyesight.
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Film/MidnightMovie'' madness during a viewing of the ShowWithinAShow.
* ''Film/{{Anaconda}}'':
** Played straight in the opening, with the Anaconda pursuing Danny Trejo's nameless character around his boat shown from its own POV.
** Played with in a later scene, as the looming creature coming after Owen Wilson and Kari Wuhrer [[spoiler:turns out to be a wild boar, not the snake. She'd turn up later.]]
* In ''Film/{{Triangle}}'', some shots on board of the GhostShip are done this way, presenting the POV of Jess secretly observing the other passengers.
* ''Film/TheTerminator''. Sarah Connor's vision goes red as the Terminator puts his LaserSight right between her eyes.

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* The final shot of ''Film/TheStoneTape'' [[spoiler:is the camera zooming in on the screaming face of the research team's leader, as he sees whatever ancient evil killed his colleague.]]
* A favourite of ''Series/DoctorWho'', particularly the old series, as a way of delaying the expensive and possibly [[SpecialEffectsFailure slightly naff]] creature shots until later in the story.
* Before we saw ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s smoke monster, we saw its POV looking at Locke and Eko.
* Back in the 80's, USA Network had a weekend movie host named Commander USA. During an airing of the film ''Film/MonsterInTheCloset'', he starts to discuss this technique, and the camera shot cuts to the POV of someone sneaking up behind him with a large knife. But then the Commander makes some comment to the effect "but often, it's all just a big fake-out and nothing actually happens", and the knife-wielder promptly vanishes.
* If you're watching ''Series/StargateSG1'' and you see one of these shots through the cover of bushes and leaves, chances are there's a lurking Unas.
* Used in season three of ''{{Series/The Walking Dead}}'' as someone watches Carol practicing her C-Section technique on a zombie. The next episode, that character is revealed as [[spoiler: Andrew, the convict Rick had left to die.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.
** In "Macrocosm" Captain Janeway tries to access the bridge controls while something stalks her from behind. Subverted as when it strikes it's not some huge slavering monster, but an alien infection too small to see.
** Also used in "Basics, Part II". MauveShirt Hogan is killed by a rampaging camera dolly that moves a lot faster than the cave-lizard that's later shown to be the culprit.
* ''Series/ThePunisher2017'': During the gunfight that Frank and Gunner have with the [=PMCs=] sent by William Rawlins to kill them, we see the action through the perspective of the [=PMC=]s' helmet-mounted camera feeds which Rawlins is watching live on a computer from the comfort of his office.
* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'': While Mike is spying on Hector Salamanca's operations, there are multiple times where the camera is subtly implying that there's another party watching him, foreshadowing Gus's introduction in season 3.

* The "Battlescope" in ''Pinball/StellarWars'' flashes during the game to indicate critical hits on enemy spaceships.

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* ''VideoGame/Rayman3HoodlumHavoc'' has one of the few uses of this in gameplay that is ''not'' a JawsFirstPersonPerspective. Enter the wrong rooms in a particular mansion, and you'll see through the crosshairs of the owner's gun, with only a few seconds to duck behind furniture.
* Used in the ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' intro when we see Louis through a hunter's eyes. Notably, the game creators changed the cut scene to use this trick to make the attack on Louis seem scary, when it'd previously been comedic. It worked.
* Throw an enemy onto the subway tracks in ''[[VideoGame/DefJamSeries Def Jam: Fight For New York]]'', and the last thing before the GoryDiscretionShot is their look of panic as the train comes down.
* ''[[{{TabletopGame/BattleTech}} Mech Warrior]] 3''. During the intro the view shifts to being in one of the LRM's launched from Lance Leader's Mad Dog as they strike a Summoner Mech's cockpit.
* In ''VideoGame/CallOfCthulhuDarkCornersOfTheEarth'', the protagonist's psychic powers occasionally kick in; sometimes, this results in the player seeing through the eyes of an incoming monster.
* During [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Madison's dream sequence]] in ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', there are several shots like this, particularly if you have her take a shower.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', the Unknown Heartless (AKA [[FanNickname Red]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning Eyes]]) stalks Aqua [[spoiler: in the realm of darkness]] in this manner. It even does this during the first phase of the battle, and the player must use the POV to avoid its attacks.
* The boss Crayk's POV in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass Phantom Hourglass]]'' is shown on the upper screen of the Nintendo [=DS=].
* One ''VideoGame/SDGundamGGeneration'' game has a {{Cutscene}} that {{Homage}}s ''{{Franchise/Predator}}'', with [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Deathscythe]] taking the Predator's place and stalking a team of [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Hizacks]] using thermal vision.

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* [[]] has two early flash videos using this technique, based on the famous "Missile-Cam" technology; one, titled S.A.M., depicted the missile homing in on someone [[TheCanKickedHim sitting on the John]], while the other, title F.A.D., for Final Act of Defiance, has the unlucky target giving the missile [[FlippingTheBird double deuces]].

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'': the "attacker" is really Susan's bridesmaids waking her up on her wedding day (The scary breathing we hear? One needs an inhaler).
* We get several P.O.V. shots from the Medusa Bug in the ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' episode of the same name.
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Guy", which opens on a P.O.V shot of something attacking various students. The attacker turns out to be Anais, who took Gumball's advice to go "hunting for friends" too literally.