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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 [[Creator/SteveMartin most]] [[Creator/ChevyChase physical]] [[Creator/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]].



* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drmeHg2VuTo this]] Diet Rite commercial, a female reporter [[FemaleGaze sees a naked football player]] and [[HeadTiltinglyKinky smiles at]] [[RagingStiffie his erection]].

[[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.
* If you rewatch ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', you will notice that Homura gets many reaction shots. Some of these are extreme closeups on her mouth. The shots don't make sense the first time you watch, because you don't know about Homura's backstory yet.
* A Type 2 occurs at the end of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} XYZ'', when Serena bids Ash farewell with a kiss. We [[KissingDiscretionShot don't actually see]] the act in question, but their friends' collective LuminescentBlush instantly gave it away.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' story "Pastoral", when Cammie [[FollowTheWhiteRabbit follows the kitten into the barn]], we get a shot of her face, half in shadow, showing her shock; then we get her back in the house working on a new email that shows she's decided [[spoiler:to become a SecretKeeper for Roustabout's SecretIdentity]]. Only after her finishing it do we we get the RevealShot [[spoiler:that shows Roustabout and her cousin kissing]].
* During ''ComicBook/{{Siege}}'', the Void tears Ares in half '''vertically''' in a splash page. Below that, you see the horrified reactions of ComicBook/TheAvengers, Dark Avengers, and civilians.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/OurMissBrooks'': We see Miss Brooks' reaction to the wackiness of the characters around her, especially in the first part of this [[TheMovie theatrical]] [[GrandFinale series finale]] as we see her arrival in Madison retold in cinematic form.
* ''Film/StreetAngel'': Gino paints a portrait of Angela. Before we see the painting, we watch for almost half a minute Angela's reaction to it.
* The final moments ''Film/TheyMightBeGiants''. Creator/GeorgeCScott (playing a man who thinks he's Franchise/SherlockHolmes) 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 ''Film/{{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 Creator/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 its humor from this.
* ''Film/TheToxicAvenger'': Each fight scene is intercut with reaction shots of the people the Toxic Avenger is rescuing. Our hero is so brutal to the villains that even their former victims react with shock and horror at what he does to them.
* During the church fight in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', the camera pans away to show [[TheAce Eggsy]] and [[BigBad Valentine]] separately reacting in horror and disgust.

* The Crossroads of Twilight from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series is basically just this whole concept spread out over 700+ pages. Essentially, the major plot twist of the previous book is shown to many different groups of characters just so the reader can see how each of them react.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* 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."
* ''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.
* 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.
* ''Series/CharliesAngels'': In one scene from the "Toni's Boys" episode the trope is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfDUtO3PGLE#t=13m31s inverted]] and then [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfDUtO3PGLE#t=15m00s played straight]] when Kris [[EatingTheEyeCandy sees]] Bob Sorenson with [[ShirtlessScene his shirt off]] and watches [[ChippendalesDancers Arnie the male stripper]] rehearse.
* The last shot of ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' (as a regular series) with Patrick Duffy saying "Oh my god".
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': At the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords"]], after Jack reveals his old nickname, Martha and the Doctor's faces slowly change from grinning to "No freaking way" ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny simultaneously]]''.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In "[[Recap/GameOfThronesS1E5TheWolfAndTheLion 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 "[[Recap/GameOfThronesS3E2DarkWingsDarkWords 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 "[[Recap/GameOfThronesS3E8SecondSons 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 "[[Recap/GameOfThronesS4E1TwoSwords 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 "[[Recap/GameOfThronesS4E2TheLionAndTheRose 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.
** During the wildfire explosion in "Blackwater", the view switches between the carnage itself and the expressions of the onlookers: Sandor looks genuinely fearful, Tyrion looks remorseful, Joffrey almost smirks, and Pyromancer Hallyne is ''giggling''.
** PlayedForLaughs during Tyrion's OverlyLongGag dragging his chair around the table to face off with his father. The other councillors range from amused, bemused, outraged, or worried about Tywin's reaction, while Tywin himself just glares.
** During a mocking version of the "War of the Five Kings" with dwarfs, the view switches between the action and a polarized party. Joffrey, Tywin, Cersei, Tommen, Pycelle and the smallfolk find it amusing, while Tyrion, Sansa, Oberyn, Varys and the Tyrells are quietly disgusted or appalled by it. Loras dispenses with the pretension and leaves early on.
** When Joffrey starts abusing Tyrion during his wedding reception, the mood of the entire audience turns stiff and awkward, even including those who were amused by Joffrey's earlier cruel jokes. Tywin in particular is visibly enraged.
** During the TrialByCombat in the "The Mountain and the Viper" reaction shots are shown of Tyrion, Tywin, Cersei, Jaime, and Ellaria, all of whom have crucial stakes in the outcome.
** During Edmure's wedding, the Starks and Tullys are visibly surprised by how attractive Roslin Frey is.
* 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/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.
* When the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' crew reviewed the trailers for ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' they made the claim that the reaction shot is Creator/StevenSpielberg's trademark. They showed all the reaction shots together; the sheer volume was a compelling argument.
** In fact, the Spielberg Reaction Shot or "Spielberg Face" is the subject of a brilliant video essay by Kevin Lee. [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2011/12/14/the_spielberg_face_a_brilliant_video_essay_by_kevin_b_lee.html See and read about it here.]]
* Based on [[FemaleGaze her body language and eye contact]], the reporter thinks the New Year's Eve reveler [[{{Mooning}} who's mooning her]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqAIsmBZbOU#t=0m28s this live report]] has a nice butt.
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Miss Brooks' reactions are something to see. One notable example is her look of horror in "Home Cooked Meal", as Mr. Conklin's about to light a match in a gas-filled kitchen...
* ''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.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' based a well-known sketch around this, as Creator/SteveMartin 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 ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', Creator/MartinFreeman's 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.
* One explanation for the abrupt cut-to-black ending of ''Series/TheSopranos'' is that the final scene builds up a pattern of reaction shots establishing that we are seeing Tony being whacked, from Tony's point of view.[[https://masterofsopranos.wordpress.com/the-sopranos-definitive-explanation-of-the-end/]]
* In the final episode of ''Series/WolfHall'', the camera cuts away from Anne Boleyn to the crowd just as the executioner swings his sword. Even Cromwell, who orchestrated the whole thing, has a brief look of horror on his face.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* 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.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' gives us some [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/storyfiles/hs2/03583.gif of]] [[http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13790475/Vriska.gif the]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/storyfiles/hs2/02719.gif best]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/storyfiles/hs2/03184.gif reaction]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/storyfiles/hs2/02757.gif shots]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/storyfiles/hs2/03346.gif ever]], courtesy of a few trolls.
* ''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.]]
* In ''WebComic/RustyAndCo'' [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-30/ level 8-30,]] there is the audience's reaction to a bloody dismemberment when a troll is lured into a saw blade trap.

[[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 ''WebVideo/YuGiOhGXTheAbridgedSeries''. One of their running gags is saying "Reaction Shot!" whilst doing said reaction shot.
* Half the point of the web series ''WebVideo/ReactionAndReview'' by Emer "[=Hellsing920=]" Prevost and ''WebVideo/{{React}}'' by the Fine Brothers.
** Speaking of that, Website/YouTube has generated a whole genre of "reaction videos", where people record themselves while watching stuff.
* 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, Website/FourChan 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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* 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. It's also early {{Foreshadowing}} that Azula is ''seriously cruel and messed up''.
* On ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' you get to see the effect of Derek Powers mutagen on a plant (which withers and dissolves in ''seconds'') and the man witnessing it is quite impressed. Then Powers shows it's effects on livestock: we don't get to see ''that'', but we get to see the reaction of ''sheer horror'' to whatever it did to the poor cow. Then we get to see the effects of it on a human one day after infection, and two hours after that; we only get to see the horrified reaction to ''three'' hours later.
* 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 "[[Recap/TheLooneyTunesShowS2E2YouveGotHateMail You've Got Hate Mail]]" has reaction shots from the characters that WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck accidentally sent insulting e-mails to.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/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.
* This type of shot may be used to hide "unsuitable" content: in Creator/KidsWB's short-lived ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers'', many episodes featured shots of the Rovers reacting to Muzzle siccing some villains. Alternatively used to hide the other kind of "unsuitable" content. Often a ToplessnessFromTheBack shot is seen in the foreground.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** ''WesternAnimation/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 "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E23BartsFriendFallsInLove 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."
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E19LisasSubstitute Lisa's Substitute]]", Bart brings a video of his cat giving birth for Show and Tell. We only see the class' squicked-out reaction, and then Bart says "If I hit rewind, I can make them go back in!". Cue ScreamingAtSquick.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SitaSingsTheBlues'', during Sita's short speech after Ravana has kidnapped her, every sentence is interspersed with the same dramatic cut to Ravana reacting in shock and anger.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E11CallToAction "Call to Action"]] [[GoryDiscretionShot cuts away]] from the [[OffWithHisHead beheading]] of [[spoiler:Aresko and Grint]] by immediately switching to CoDragons Kallus and Tua's horrified reactions the second the blade touches their necks.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
** The second type occurs in ''[[ 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 occurs in the first few Aftermaths. Often it cut to a shot of the non-participating contestants giving an EyeTake or responding nonverbally (i.e.: crying at Trent's love song or laughing at Owen) to whatever was happening onstage.
* ''WesternAnimation/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.