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->'''Archer''': Watch out! Behind you!
->'''Geralt''': ''(completely unfazed)''... There's nothing behind me. I'm a [[SuperSoldier Witcher]], [[SuperSenses I'd have heard it]]. Just like I can hear your heart. Which is pounding. Like a liar's.
-->-- ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt''

Alice is in a tight situation involving Bob. Maybe Bob wants money from her, or has a gun pointed at her head, or is just plain annoying.

Alice points past Bob's shoulder and yells, "Hey, what's that over there?!?", or "Look! A [insert improbable thing here]!" Bob looks. Alice [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere legs it]].

In the subversion, Bob doesn't look, but instead mocks Alice: "You'll think I'll fall for that?" or "That's the oldest trick in the book!" Unfortunately for Bob, deciding not to look [[TemptingFate drastically ramps up the probability]] that the thing Alice described ''is'' there, and it'll be something he's not going to like.

A variant is for Alice to just look past Bob with a quizzical expression, or to duck herself--this latter being an almost certain guarantee of Bob mocking Alice and then getting brained by the oncoming low bridge.

One of TheOldestTricksInTheBook; quite possibly ''the'' oldest. Telling the target his shoelace is untied or his fly is down are similar tricks, and are usually grouped with this one.

Related to WeNeedADistraction. Also in the process of becoming a DiscreditedTrope (if not an outright DeadHorseTrope). Note, however, that just the two last words ([[spoiler:BEHIND YOU]]) are pure ParanoiaFuel on their own. Compare SnapToTheSide. If the method involved deliberately having them look somewhere just in time to be killed/heavily injured by something, see DeathByLookingUp.

Not to be confused with ''Series/LookAroundYou'', RightBehindMe, or the {{Viewer Stock Phrase|s}} yelled at [[NoPeripheralVision blinkered horror movie victims]]. Compare and contrast with ScaredOfWhatsBehindYou.

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* LookBehindYou/ComicBooks
* LookBehindYou/{{Film}}
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* LookBehindYou/LiveActionTV
* LookBehindYou/VideoGames
* LookBehindYou/WebComics
* LookBehindYou/WebOriginal
* LookBehindYou/WesternAnimation
* LookBehindYou/RealLife



* Advertising/{{GEICO}} did this with their "Did You Know" series, which featured character A telling character B that GEICO saves you money on car insurance. Character B knows that already, so character A asks "Did you know that there ''is'' an [[TheOldestTricksInTheBook oldest trick in the book]]?" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMx87mez14M The oldest trick is revealed to be this.]]

* EddieIzzard's monologue on beekeeping depicts the process of honey-harvesting as walking into a hive and then saying "Look, there's a Ferrari over there!" so you can steal all the honey.
** Also part of his Supermarket routine.
--->Oh, look over there, there's a badger with a gun- NEW QUEUE!!

* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic ''A Black Comedy'':
-->'''Sirius:''' Wait.
-->'''Remus:''' What?
-->'''Sirius:''' Don't interrupt them.
-->'''Remus:''' Why not?
-->'''Sirius:''' Because I'm supposed to stall you.
** And then, later: "You know telling someone you're stalling them," Harry criticized, "is poor stalling technique."
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': At one point, [[CrazyAwesome Sir Unimpressive]] pulls this off on some [[{{Mooks}} Puppets]]. Since the Puppets are mindless, it works.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7594305/6/Triwizard-Tales Triwizard Tales]]'' Harry points behind Voldemort with a look of terror and yells "What the hell is that?" then takes off when ''everyone'' in the graveyard turns to look. When Fudge and the Tournament officials refuse to believe Harry's (edited) account of having "distracted" Voldemort he uses the same technique on them.
* In ''Fanfic/MakeAWish'' Harry and Ron are dueling each other in Defense Against the Dark Arts.
-->"Hey look," Harry said pointing over Ron's shoulder. "Parkinson's in the nip."\\
"What?" Ron asked as he turned to look.\\
Needless to say, Harry's first and last spell ended the match.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10256543/5/Nymphadora-s-Beau Nymphadora's Beau]]'' Tonks uses this to spring Harry from Privet Drive.
-->Arthur dropped the cloak hood, revealing his face. "Oh good it's you Tonks, for a moment I was worried. Why are you back? Did something come up?"\\
"In a way Arthur, hey, what's that?" Nym pointed to his back. Arthur turned quickly... then felt a spell hit him in the back and things went dark.

* In the song "I Ran Away" by Music/TheArrogantWorms, the DirtyCoward narrator escapes {{Satan}} with this trick.
-->I'm hopin' that the devil smokes two packs a day, 'cause my day of reckoning is here and I ran away!

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' had Paige invoking this trope on an ice cream vendor at the zoo, claiming that there is an escaped lion, tiger, and bull elephant in that order. By the time he even turns around, he notices that the ice cream cone he prepared for Paige had far too many swirls (about 16, with some drooping over the cone). He also mentioned that she did something similar the previous summer.
* In the ''ComicStrip/PoochCafe'' [[http://imgsrv.gocomics.com/dim/?fh=4844b91b2768d15a67258648d49232df comic for March 9, 2011]], Chazz uses "Look! Halley's Comet!"
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': Calvin once pulled this at dinner. His parents turned to look while Calvin quickly pushed his own dinner off his plate and onto theirs.
* The ''very first time'' {{Garfield}} stole Jon's dinner, he used this trick. (And it wouldn't be the first time Jon would fall for it.)

* When cheating in ''Pinball/JackBot'', Pin*Bot says something to this extent.
--> "Look over there."\\
"Look, Halley's Comet."\\
[[MythologyGag "Look, there's]] [[Pinball/FunHouse Rudy."]]

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Sakura Hirota distracted Luscious Latasha at a REINA show by pointing and shouting "OBAMA!"[[/folder]]

* ''Radio/BleakExpectations'': In the series 1 finale, as Pip Bin and BigBad Mr. Benevolent are fighting in a church, Pip does this. Only he claims there's a penguin flying behind the altar. In ''Victorian London''. Mr. Benevolent falls for it anyway, with a massive dose of LampshadeHanging.
-->'''Mr. Benevolent''': What? A penguin, ''flying''? But they're supposed to be flightless! Such an ornithological curiosity I have to see, even if it leaves me perilously off-guard for even a second!

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In 4th edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', the bard power "Timely Distraction" is made of this trope. It's even lampshaded in the flavor text:
--> "Look! An [[HybridMonster owlbear]]!"

* In ''Theatre/SherlockHolmes'', Holmes uses this trick to handcuff Moriarty after getting him to place his hands within convenient reach.
* In {{Pantomime}}, a standard AudienceParticipation line: "It's behind you!" is often [[LampshadeHanging triggered not by a spoken line]] but by [[GenreSavvy most of the panto audience knowing what's expected of them]].
* In ''Theatre/TheCompleteHistoryOfAmericaAbridged'', Jo Chi Minh tells Spade Diamond to look at a monk [[SelfImmolation setting himself on fire]], SlippingAMickey into Spade's drink while he looks away.
-->'''Spade''': A monk on fire? I don't see a monk on fire.\\
'''Jo''': Oh, he must have gone out. They don't make monks like they used to.

* Played around with in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'': Krika tells Tahu, who has him cornered, to look behind him. Tahu asks Krika if he really thinks that Tahu is stupid enough to fall for that. Krika tells Tahu that he's ''counting'' on that, since there actually ''is'' something behind him. Tahu chances the look, [[spoiler:and sure enough, four of Krika's allies are charging straight into the battle.]]