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[-[[caption-width-right:323:Whenever a new character joined [[RagtagBandOfMisfits my party,]] I ended up dreading the [[TropesAreNotGood extra thirty seconds of "I SEE"]] that were going to be added to every conversation.]]-]

Reaction Shots are... well, they're pretty self-explanatory. They tend to happen in two distinct ways:

'''1.''' When a character says or does something and the camera cuts away to another character to show them react in some way. Used in every sort of show around. In interviews, the reaction shot will simply show the interviewer nodding wisely (so that the audio could be edited - [[Series/{{Screenwipe}} Charlie Brooker did a take on this]]). In a SitCom, the other character is often doing an EyeTake.

See also: DoubleTake, EyeTake, LoudGulp, ShrugTake, SpitTake, SplitScreenReaction. An extreme form of this, usually reserved for SequentialArt with all but the [[SteveMartin most]] [[ChevyChase physical]] [[JimCarrey of comedians]], is the FaceFault.

'''2.''' When a character (or characters) are shown reacting to something 'off camera.' Either precedes or precludes a RevealShot. In the latter case it becomes a TakeOurWordForIt. Can be used for laughs as the characters describe what they're seeing. One of the more clever forms of censorship (if you can't show something unspeakable, show people reacting to it and let the audience picture it for themselves!) HeadTiltinglyKinky is an example. The effect can give the offscreen event [[NothingIsScarier more impact]] [[TakeOurWordForIt than a direct depiction]].

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hODwTzUcmfA#t=3m24s this]] Diet Rite commercial, a female reporter sees a naked football player and she clearly [[FemaleGaze likes what she sees]].
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[[folder:Anime/Manga]]
* About half of the anime ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' seems to be reaction shots (both kinds). When it isn't setting up a RevealShot, it's usually a reaction shot chain -- Lain reacts to a friend, the friend reacts to Lain's reaction, Lain reacts to the reaction to the reaction, and so on.
* ''Manga/RockLeesSpringtimeOfYouth'': Tenten, being the OnlySaneMan, gets these a lot.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has these in droves: a scene will usually have two characters talking with one another, backs turned to the viewer, before cutting to a reaction shot. This was common due to the series' issues with money: not animating the characters talking stretched the budget.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The final moments of the 1971 TV movie ''They Might Be Giants'' (yes, from which [[TheyMightBeGiants the band]] took its name). George C. Scott (playing a man who thinks he's Sherlock Holmes) and Joanne Woodward (as his psychiatrist, Dr. Mildred Watson) are about to come face-to-face with what may or may not be a very real Professor Moriarty; the film ends with a ReactionShot from them as they apparently see Moriarty for the first time.
* The director of ''{{Once}}'' [[WordOfGod has said]] that although the film is meant to be focused on the two main characters, it's helpful for the audience to occasionally show the reactions of other people to their music.
* In ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries'', Creator/AnneHathaway and JulieAndrews [[ThrowItIn improvised]] some of Mia's princess lessons. Cutaway reaction shots of the Queen's secretary Charlotte were so often used to break up the improvisations, that the credits give her full name as "Charlotte [[LampshadeHanging Kutaway]]".
* In both versions of ''Film/TheProducers'', the theater audience watching the premiere of "Springtime For Hitler" is a gold mine of these.
* The Gondola Scene from ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' derives much of it's humor from this.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In "The Wolf and the Lion," Lord Renly Baratheon stands up and gasps after the Mountain hits an unarmed Ser Loras Tyrell with a sword for the second time. Renly is terrified at the prospect that his boyfriend might die.
** After Renly reveals that his brothers consider him to be a spoiled child, Loras' facial expression and his silence strongly indicate that he agrees.
** After King Joffrey informs Margaery Tyrell that he plans to put all homosexuals to death in "Dark Wings, Dark Words," her facial expression betrays her nervousness for a split second, as she is now worried for the safety of her gay brother.
** In "Second Sons," Loras lowers his head after King Joffrey chuckles at Tyrion Lannister for being too short to place a cloak over [[spoiler:Sansa's]] shoulders, unable to hide his exasperation over the boy-king's immaturity.
** When Tyrion tells Prince Oberyn Martell in "Two Swords" that he no longer partakes in whores because he's now married, Oberyn has a puzzled frown, as if to say, "Huh? What does marriage have to do with it?"
** In "The Lion and the Rose," after Joffrey makes a cruel comment to Sansa [[spoiler:Lannister]] about her [[spoiler:dead father]] at the wedding breakfast, Lord Mace Tyrell lowers his head in sadness; he plainly feels bad for the girl.
** It's subtle, but Loras does sigh as the septon is speaking during Joffrey and Margaery's wedding ceremony. Loras is understandably upset that his sister is marrying a PsychopathicManChild, and is probably thinking how this union is so much worse than Margaery's marriage to Renly.
** After [[spoiler:King Tommen]] is crowned, the only two guests in the crowd who don't immediately applaud are Queen Cersei and Loras. Cersei is still in deep pain after [[spoiler:Joffrey's death]], and is in no mood to celebrate. Loras begins clapping after a few seconds to maintain decorum, but he's obviously distracted by his own emotional turmoil. His expression is fairly severe when we get a close-up of the Tyrells, especially in comparison to his smiling sister and his exhilarated father. (Most likely, Loras is still furious over the way Joffrey had dishonoured him and Renly's [[spoiler:memory]] at the wedding banquet.) And of course, both the Queen Regent and the Knight of Flowers are ''dreading'' their upcoming wedding.
* The last shot of ''{{Dallas}}'' (as a regular series) with Patrick Duffy saying "Oh my god".
* In an episode of ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'', the employees pass around a box containing a birthday present, each in turn reacting and saying what a wonderful gift it is. Mr. Humphreys finally steps through the [[NoFourthWall fourth wall]] and admits, "We're not going to show you what it is."
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' based a well-known sketch around this, as Steve Martin led a group of yokels staring in befuddled awe at an unseen ''something''. Each in turn tries to guess at what it is, eventually falling back to "What the heck ''is'' that?"
* In the fourth season finale of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Xander's dream sequence involves heavily tarted-up versions of Willow and Tara kissing... but because girl-on-girl kissing couldn't be shown, we only see Xander's expression, as he's unsure of whether he's more disgusted with himself for looking or turned on by the show, in a very, very long reaction shot with smoochy noises playing on the soundtrack.
* When the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' crew reviewed the trailers for ''Jurassic Park: The Lost World'' they made the claim that the reaction shot is Spielberg's trademark. They showed all the reaction shots together; the sheer volume was a compelling argument.
* HigherGround 's CrowningMomentOfFunny, when Peter and the Cliffhanger girls attempt to make Sophie a birthday cake without a recipe. The cake isn't shown when they first take it out of the oven.
-->'''Kat:''' Oh dear lord.
-->'''Daisy:''' It's ''hideous''.
-->'''Shelby:''' ''*grabs a cleaver knife*'' We must kill it.
* Occurs occasionally on ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', most notably on the episode where Nancy Zerg [[spoiler:defeated Ken Jennings, who at that point had won an unprecedented 74 games in a row]] and the camera cut instantly to her surprised reaction. This reaction shot is dubbed the "Zerg Cam" both by fans and by the show itself.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', after Jack reveals his old nickname, Martha's and the Doctor's faces slowly change from grinning to "No freaking way" at the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny exact same time]].
* Creator/MartinFreeman's [[Series/{{Sherlock}} John Watson]] is the ''king'' of these.
** That's because he's the king of them [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr0vARFXzlg in real life]] as well.
* If Creator/MartinFreeman is the king, then Creator/BeaArthur was the queen. According to Creator/NormanLear, "Bea could get more laughs raising her eyebrow than any other actress could with three page of dialogue." Her time on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' used this for all it was worth.
* ''Series/{{Passions}}'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT306gVZizA#t=0m22s The look]] on Sheridan's face when she sees Luis naked after he gets out of the shower.
* ''Average Joe: Hawaii'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlJQOo20rNQ#t=7m23s the first type]] of reaction shot when Larissa Meek [[EatingTheEyeCandy watches]] the Hunks [[ShirtlessScene take their shirts off]] for the Shirts vs. Skins dodgeball game.
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* As the comic that the page image comes from parodies, the ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' games have a lot of these, but as smileys that pop up above people's heads. In fact, [[SilentProtagonist Matthew]]'s part in conversations usually isn't a simple yes/no response, but a smiley whose mood the player gets to choose: satisfaction, joy, anger, or sadness.
* A panel of the character panicking appears above the special gauge upon being knocked down and taunted or running low on hp in ''VideoGame/JojosBizarreAdventureAllStarBattle''.
* [=KOing=] a character with a super move in ''VideoGame/JoJosBizarreAdventureHeritageForTheFuture'' ends the match with the usual super finish background but with a slight twist: an image of the shocked and bloodied opponent will flash on screen as well, even showing appropriate damage as well (Such as being cut-in half when killed by Chaka or Black Polnareff's Dimension Slash super, full of holes when killed by Hol Horse's Gun super or DIO's knife throw or bloody when killed by DIO's blood drain super.) The same image also appeas when the opponent falls victim to Kakyoin's Punishment Time super or DIO's blood drain super.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'' spoofs ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' for its [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=082712 overuse of these]].
* Junko has some nice reaction shots in [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/1164 these]] ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/1165 strips]].
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' illustrates Gary's (frankly incomprehensible) appeal to three different women through their reactions [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/did_you_guys_you_know here.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheSpecialists'', [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/page-120/ Hartmann is presented to the Specialists. The bottom of the comic is no less than six reaction shots.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/{{Hadriex}}'': Many reaction shots in his LetsPlays and Reviews, but his most extreme is probably [[http://youtu.be/z5pmxOXixf4?t=1m49s this one]].
* The online viral video of the prairie dog turning dramatically to the camera is an example of this, complete with fitting music.
* Parodied in darksideincorprorated's ''YuGiOhGXTheAbridgedSeries''. One of their running gags is saying "Reaction Shot!" whilst doing said reaction shot.
* Half the point of the web series ''[[WebVideo/ReactionAndReview Reaction & Review]]'' by Emer "Hellsing920" Prevost and ''WebVideo/{{React}}'' by the Fine Brothers.
* Most of the, uh, fun of {{shock site}}s comes from watching Website/YouTube videos of people's {{squick}}ed-out reactions.
* Many websites where you can add images into a user comment or post (e.g. Imgur, 4chan and other {{imageboard}}s, etc.) fall prey to the ubiquitous "reaction image"--a picture or animated gif cropped from some media that effectively shows the reaction of the user that posted it. Mostly posted without accompanying text for full effect.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''TheWeekenders'', "Pru": Pru shows the main characters a room for popular kids. We only see them peering into the room, but also hear them say that there's a tennis court and waterfall in there.
* This type of shot may be used to hide "unsuitable" content: in WB's short-lived ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers'', many episodes featured shots of the Rovers reacting to Muzzle sicking some villains.
** Alternatively used to hide the other kind of "unsuitable" content. Often a ToplessnessFromTheBack shot is seen in the foreground.
* In one episode of ''{{Reboot}}'', a game character is faced by a Binome in a trenchcoat. The Binome flashes the player (seen from over the Binome's shoulder), and a second after he opens the coat there's a wet, meaty ''thump'' of something hitting the ground. The player's eyes bulge in horror, he screams and runs away, and the Binome looks over his shoulder to wink at the camera.
* ''TheSimpsonsMovie'', after the [[FriendToAllLivingThings woodland creatures help Marge and Homer]] undress. Although nothing is heard or seen, the aghast expressions on their faces tell us more about the Simpsons' love life than we needed to know.
** Including the young deer's father shielding his child's eyes as a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
** In the episode "Bart's Friend Falls In Love," Bart's class watches a sex-ed film, ''Fuzzy Bunny's Guide to You-Know-What''. In it, Fuzzy marries his girlfriend Fluffy, and the film graphically shows what happens on the honeymoon. We only see the reaction of the students, who all shout "EW!", and Mrs. Krabapple, who snarks, "She's faking it."
* The second type occurs in ''[[TotalDramaIsland Total Drama Action]]''. In order to try on a special boot, Lindsay takes off her shoes and the camera immediately cuts to the other characters looking horrified, followed by dozens of big feet jokes, and Chris saying that the shoe ''only fits on one toe.''
** The first type occurred in the first few Aftermaths. Often it cut to a shot of the non-participating contestants giving an EyeTake or responding nonverbally (ie: crying at Trent's love song or laughing at Owen) to whatever was happening onstage.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender,'' this combines with [[ScreamDiscretionShot three]] [[GoryDiscretionShot different]] [[ShadowDiscretionShot kinds]] of DiscretionShot to show us how Zuko got his scar. [[http://piandao.org/screencaps/ep12/ep12-834.png We see]] Iroh [[PapaWolf looking horrified]], Zhao looking [[SmugSnake Smug]], and Azula looking oddly triumphant.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Calculon tells his crew to "edit in some reaction shots of [him]" and the shots used are blatantly out of context. One has Bender, indoors, saying something; Calculon somehow reacts to this while lounging on a beach.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'': The episode "You've Got Hate Mail" has reaction shots from the characters that Daffy accidentally sent insulting e-mails to.
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