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During times of emotional stress, a character's eyes, or just the reflected highlights in them, will shake perceptibly. The aim is usually to show someone on the verge of tears; as in, their eyes are pricking, or tears are welling, or something difficult to show otherwise. This is not usually a comedy trope, and can in fact mean that things have turned very serious. It may presage a SparklingStreamOfTears if the situation gets worse. It can also indicate [[TenderTears extreme happiness or love]]. When the irises shrink ''and'' shake, it's usually to indicate great shock and/or fear. Pretty hard (but not impossible) to replicate in RealLife. [[SchmuckBait Best not to try, really]].
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', this almost always happens anytime Griffith gives his trademark beast-stare to anyone, or looks them in the eyes at all.
** Also happens a lot to Casca when she's feeling emotional (and that's almost always, as she's generally either raging or sobbing at all times).
* ''{{Manga/Naruto}}'' uses this trope, quite often PlayedForLaughs.
* Happens plenty of times in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', sometimes ending with the character breaking down.
* God knows how many times this happens in ''Manga/ElfenLied'', considering that nearly every female character has been [[BreakTheCutie broken]] at one point or another.
* Akane Tendo in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', every time Ranma does something that goes beyond their normal bickering and really hurts her feelings.
* Happens to Lelouch of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' when [[spoiler: Suzaku springs on him that Nunally will be the next Governor of Area 11.]]
* All of the girls in ''Anime/CandyBoy'' are prone to this, but Yukino really takes the cake.
* ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'':
** Sousuke does this, most noticeably in ''TSR'', when [[spoiler: Gauron]] tells him that he had Kaname killed.
** Gauron himself does this during the time when he hijacks the Tuatha de Dannan, when he realizes that [[spoiler: Kaname managed to regain control of the submarine]]. And in another instance, he ends up doing this in [[spoiler: ''The Second Raid'', on his death bed, while he's taunting Sousuke and yelling for Sousuke to hate him, in the hopes of Sousuke killing him]].
* In ''Manga/OutlawStar'', Professor Nguyen Khan has some impressively quivery eyes.
* Done regularly in ''[[VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Hachiyou Shou]]'', but a specific mention should probably go to the end of episode 22, where this happens to the [[TheStoic normally emotionless]] [[ArtificialHuman Yasuaki]] once he starts to consider himself useless.
* Happens to Faye Valentine in the last episode of ''Anime/CowboyBebop''.
%%* Very often in ''Anime/SailorMoon''.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''. Often occurs with PuppyDogEyes, particularly in the first series.
* This is used in emotional scenes in ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', such as Maya throwing a tantrum over Kira wanting to leave heaven and Rey and Luca promising to always fly together.
* Happens in the 2003 version of ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' when Ed [[spoiler:discovers the splattered remains of a [[BodyHorror chimera-fied]] Nina after she was [[MercyKill mercy killed]] by Scar.]]
* In ''Manga/KotouraSan'', [[{{Telepathy}} Haruka]] [[PowerIncontinence Kotoura]] falls apart every time she is called and/or [[PokeInTheThirdEye thought of as]] "[[YouMonster a monster]]" because of [[TraumaButton the associated memories]]. The second episode even combines this with WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises, DullEyesOfUnhappiness, and TearsOfFear for a truly horrifying effect.
* Happens quite often in ''Anime/ProjectK''- even to the normally cruel Fushimi when he hears about the death of a former clansman.
* In ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'', Aya, being the local NervousWreck, has this nearly OnceAnEpisode. Other members of the cast have them occasionally as well:
** In episode 11, when Aya learns from Uesugi the reason behind the latter's [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness strange behavior during the arc]]: [[spoiler:his eye are so bad that he can't even see text any more. And a moment later, ''both'' the speaker and the listener gets this, as Uesugi mentions any treatment for his condition has at most 40% success rate, and bears the real risk of ''a complete loss of vision''.]]
** In episode 12, as Aya relays the same news from above to Kuroki and Kozuka (with HiddenEyes), the latter two get this as well.

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* Creator/FrankLangella does this a couple times in the 1979 version of ''Film/{{Dracula|1979}}'' whe he gives more intensive stares to the ladies.

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* In the Kadambari of Bana (ca. A.D. 600), "thy twin eyes announce a cause of great joy, for they are dilated, their pupils are tremulous, and they are bathed in tears of joy,..."

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}:
** Combined with ExoticEyeDesigns on the sardine-like Wishiwashi to make it look like it's perpetually crying. It DOES start crying once it enters battle and it's Level 20 or higher though, which summons other Wishiwashi to school up with it. Then [[MagikarpPower it gets much more powerful]] and stops crying.
** Tapu Lele will start tearing up in this way in Pokémon Refresh if you touch its antennae.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Used by the cuter characters in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7PGKcikaGY Observe]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-Uc0YMZLTs&feature=related "Aren'tcha gonna stay for brunch...?]]
* [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Bubbles]] in the episode "Uh-Oh Dynamo"
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'': One-time character Red, Eduardo, Mac, and Bloo at various times used this.
* Dipstick does this briefly in the ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' episode "Twelve Angry Pups".
* Vince uses this trope in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' episode "Legend of the Big Kid".
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', Pizzazz's eyes tremble in fear during the "It Takes A Lot To Survive" music video when [[ItMakesSenseInContext she's stuck in a giant spiders web.]]
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