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A character's eyes reflecting what they see. A useful visual effect because it allows the audience to see the character's reaction at the same time as they see the action happening. It's a nifty effect that has not passed the notice of writers and has been used by them in various ways.

May also be used with CoolShades, ScaryShinyGlasses, lenses, and other forms of eye coverings.

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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* In the ''{{X1999}}'' anime series, we see the reflection of [[spoiler: Fuuma's hand coming towards Subaru to pluck out his eye.]]
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', we get to see the scene that triggers Subaru's UnstoppableRage through the reflections of her eyes [[spoiler: as they turn [[SupernaturalGoldEyes gold]]]].
** ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' also gives us a nice view of Nanoha's Divine Buster Extension from the extreme close-up of a very shocked Vita's eye.
* In ''AyashiNoCeres'', during the time when Aya and Tooya were living together, Tooya is reflected in Aya's eyes when she talks about her love for him.
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', at one point Fakir pushes Mytho's face up into a mirror, angrily demanding him to look at himself. The camera then cuts to a shot of Mytho's own face reflected in his eyes.
** The creators of Princess Tutu really like this effect. We also see Tutu reflected in Mytho's eyes after he kisses her hand (and similarly for Kraehe in another scene), and in the promo, Fakir's face is reflected in Duck's eyes while they are dancing together.
** In a bit of a variation, Rue once sees Princess Tutu in Mytho's eyes, reflecting what he's ''thinking'' rather than what he sees.
* The Hanged Man in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' takes advantage of this when fighting Polnareff and Kakyoin. His Stand can hide in any reflective surface - including the human cornea. There are a number of moments during the fight where his opponents look someone in the eye and see the Hanged Man appear in front of their reflection.
* In ''[[SuzumiyaHaruhi The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', there have been multiple times in which Kyon is reflected in Yuki's [[WhatBeautifulEyes beautiful eyes]], in close-ups. [[http://i44.tinypic.com/2zhkrye.jpg Example 1]] [[http://i43.tinypic.com/2qcqxvo.png and 2]].
* In ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'', there have been numerous times where Sousuke's eyes have reflected what he saw. One particular instance was when Sousuke was fighting Gauron for the first time inside the Arbalest, and Al started utilizing the Lambda Driver, and [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/s01e07x133.jpg Sousuke's eyes were shown to reflect what's on the screen]].
* A tiny computer screen image is reflected in Albert's eyes in episode 16 of ''{{Gankutsuou}}''.
* The climax of ''[[HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Maihitoyo]]'' includes a scene where a character actually sees his own reflection in the main heroine's eyes (shown to the audience from his point of view). He proceeds to [[WhatHaveIBecome dislike the reflection]].
* Chitanda Eru and Houtarou Oreki's first on-screen encounter in ''{{Hyouka}}''.
* In ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'', both the twins Kazuma and Takuma are reflected in each other's eyes when they are reunited after one of them got better from a cold.
* In ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', Gretel's eyes reflect the beautiful blue sky above after [[spoiler: she's shot in the head]].
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', at one point during L and Light's fight, we see Light reflected in L's eye right before he punches him.
* In ''{{Naruto}}'' Shikamaru does this in the battle [[spoiler: where Asuma dies.]]
* Played [[RuleOfScary for scares]] in ''Manga/SoulEater'', when [[TheHero Maka's]] [[OhCrap terrified face]] is reflected in one of [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Crona's]] eyes just before [[AmbiguousGender zhe]] tries to chop her up. [[spoiler:Soul [[TakingTheBullet takes the sword]] for her]].
* Happens quite often in ''{{Anime/Free}}'', most frequently Rin being reflected in Haru's eyes.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Used by Alan Davis in the first issue of ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'', way-back-when. He had Rachel (one of the Phoenixes) staring into a campfire, and in her eyes you can see the Flaming Phoenix reflected. A commentary by Claremont mentioned that he didn't write that into the script, it was just something Alan Davis (the artist) tossed in that Claremont loved.
* [[http://bullyscomics.blogspot.com/2006/10/ten-of-kind-in-your-eyes-i-see-doorway.html The subject of many comic covers]]
* One early issue of ''{{Elfquest}}'' shows Cutter and Leetah reflected in Rayek's eyes, expressing his blazing jealousy.
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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* Used in ''Film/{{Spider-Man}}'', twice: [[SadisticChoice Mary Jane in one eye, the tram car in another]], and as a pumpkin bomb is thrown at Spider-Man - but Peter's eye is shown instead of Spidey's lens-eye.
* One of the posters for ''Film/{{Spider-Man}} 2'' shows Doctor Octopus in the reflection of [[SpiderMan Spider Man's]] eyes.
** This trope is also used in the film itself. At one point we see in Doc Ock's wife's eyes shards of glass flying towards her--right before they tear through her and she falls dead to the ground.
** And again a short while later, when the surgeon about to cut off the mechanical limbs sees the tentacle refleced in the other surgeon's protective goggles.
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** In ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', Bond dodges an attack when he sees his attacker reflected in a woman's eyes.
** Bond uses the attacker reflected in girl's eye trick again in ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' and ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''.
* And parodied in ''AustinPowers''.
* In ''Film/InLikeFlint'', Flint hypnotizes Lloyd Cramden with a watch that blinks in a circular pattern. The dots appear on Cramden's eyes as he's looking at it.
* In the final fight scene of ''Film/DrunkenMaster'', Jackie Chan's eyes was able to keep up with the speed of the fast fists of his opponents as shown from the eyes' reflection.
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', when Morpheus is giving Neo the RedPillBluePill choice, there's a shot where the lenses of his CoolShades each reflect one of the two pills, as well as Neo looking at them.
** Bit of trivia: the filmmakers didn't expect to have to digitally add the reflection in; when they did, they had to have someone do a storyboard for it (otherwise it wouldn't be covered by their budget, due to regulations).
* Creator/DannyBoyle seems to like this trope; there's reflective eyes in ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'' and in ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'' when the Jamal and Salim discover Latika in the hotel.
* ''Film/StrangersOnATrain'' has a variation of this. As Bruno begins strangling Guy's wife Miriam, her glasses fall from her face and onto the ground; we then get a closeup of one of the lenses, in which the completion of the murder is reflected.
* ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' has a couple of shots where one of the astronauts is reflected in HAL's red eye.
* The Executioner's report to The Council of Elders ("The energy input to Jor-El's quarters is now in excess." where the two characters he addressed are reflected in his helmet's lenses) in ''{{Film/Superman}}'', as well as a deleted scene of him flying around a crumbling Krypton, ending with the reflection of a giant shard of crystal caught in his bare eye just before he dies.
* In ''Film/AlanPartridgeAlphaPapa'', Alan's glasses reflect what he is ''really'' looking at on his laptop.
* In ''Film/{{Clockers}}'' Detective Klein leans in close to look at Victor's eyes, saying "I want to see what you see." The camera focuses on Klein's reflection in Victor's tired, bloodshot eye, and when Klein dismisses his testimony as a lie, he slowly closes both eyes in resignation.
%% * ''Film/TheWolfman2010'': "''Gwen...''"
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* This is actually a plot point in ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'' (as well as the original book) and the basis of one of the best soliloquies in animation. Unlike normal people, Lady Amalthea's eyes do not reflect light; instead they show a forest view. The author/screenwriter uses this to play on the idea that regular people often simply reflect others rather than dealing with them as people. As Amalthea becomes more human and forgets herself, her eyes begin to show reflection.
* Happens too many times in ''WereBackADinosaursStory''.
* In Shane Acker's ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'', [[spoiler:this is how 6's death is shown, reflected in 9's lenses]].
* In ''TheSecretOfNimh'', the Great Owl's huge eyes reflect Mrs. Brisby as he leans to her; a strong effect, as his eyes are almost as large as her entire body.
* The poster for ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'' shows a prehistoric landscape being reflected onto a reptilian eye.

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[[folder:Literature]]
* According to the book ''[[TheSilenceOfTheLambs Red Dragon]]'', yes, this is [[SerialKiller somebody's]] sexual fetish. [[EyeScream Which is why he has to collect all those shards of broken mirror.]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Feet of Clay'', the Watch finds a vital clue when the old myth about your last sight being burned into your eye turns out to be true.
* Most of the Chronicles of the Last Dragon books have reflective dragon eyes on the covers, generally reflecting something plot significant. Fire Star has...well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a Fire Star]]. Dark Fire has a Darkling being reflected. Fire World has a Fire Bird being seen.
* Mentioned briefly in [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Diplomatic Immunity]]: the small cabin Miles is using on a fast cruiser doesn't have a mirror, so he has to use his wife's eyes instead.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''{{Smallville}}'', "Arrival", the [[CoolHouse Fortress of Solitude]] is seen as reflection in Chloe's eyes.
* In ''TwinPeaks'', Agent Cooper sees the reflection of a motorcycle in Laura Palmer's eye ''while watching a video of her dancing with her friend''.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' used this one to establish the setting for a work of... amateur photography. (After much use of the EnhanceButton, a port hole can be seen in the subject's eye, establishing the shot as having been taken on a boat.)
* The first episode of ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' uses this to help establish Col. Truman's ColonelBadass credentials as distant explosions reflect off his CoolShades while he stoically leads his men in the front lines.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': When Lumen watches the DVD of her own rape/torture, this is used in a mercifully discreet way.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode: "The Beast Below", Amy's eyes reflect the information she is seeing in the Voting Stall.
* We watch in Naevia's eyes as [[spoiler:her lover Crixus]] is beheaded in ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand''. It's less about showing her reaction-- she's mostly frozen at this instant-- and more about giving one of the longest running characters a suitably dignified and meaningful end.
* ''Series/UltraSeven'': Dan Moroboshi's superior from M-78 appears this way.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Apollo Justice of VisualNovel/AceAttorney Dual Destinies, in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-iHk7P6VvM opening]]. We get to [[http://i518.photobucket.com/albums/u341/Iris-Ciel44/Ace%20Attorney/ApolloDramaticWind_zpsc79023b8.png see]] [[http://i518.photobucket.com/albums/u341/Iris-Ciel44/Ace%20Attorney/ApolloReflectiveEyes_zps270ad097.png the]] [[RhymesOnADime sky in his eye]]!
* The box cover on ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'' featured advancing Zombies reflected in Claire's eyes.
* In the secret ending to ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII Final Mix+'', when Ven is caught at the helmet by Master Xenahort and his helmet is getting crushed open, he catches a glimpse of Aqua staring at him in horror, her face briefly reflected in Ven's eyes before Xenahort freezes Ven and tosses him aside.
* Used in the box cover of the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'', with a lone soldier watching a battle that we see through the reflections of his goggles.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MctUWQsl33Q Vent]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paq6S7WwUfI Aile]] in ''Videogame/MegaManZX'' Advent.
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[[folder:WebComics / WebOriginals]]
* ''Webcomic/TheFoxSister'': When Alex and Yun Hee find the [[{{understatement}} little mess]] the Kumiho left at Yun Hee's house, the scene is shown reflected.
* [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030721 This strip]] of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' gives us a nice reflection of the frightened Agatha from Von Pinn's [[HighClassGlass monocle]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ470zHEhDI This review]] of ''MasterOfMagic'' starts off with a eye reflecting scenes from the game and then blinking them away. Reopening to reveal some sort of demon.
** The eye with the demon silhouette is from the box cover actually.
* The winner of ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s "[[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_735_30-unseen-dark-sides-famous-christmas-movies_p2/ 30 Unseen Dark Sides of Famous Christmas Movies]]" Photoplasty contest uses the glasses version of this trope to show what Ralphie of ''Film/AChristmasStory'' did after the movie.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Azula's eyes reflect [[http://screenshots.avatarspiritmedia.net/220/667.jpg the big wham of the second season finale]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' episode "Final Curtain", The Unmasked Green Goblin is reflected in Harry's eyes.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' episode "Ndovu's Last Journey," Jonny's image is reflected in Ndovu the elephant's eyes. This signifies that there's a bond between them and convinces Jonny to help the elephant.
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' episode "Pirates from Below". Hadji hypnotizes a guard by using the glints from his ruby. As he's doing so the glints are reflected in the guard's eyes.
* Used in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Party of One" as part of [[GenkiGirl Pinkie Pie's]] episode long SanitySlippage. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/PinkiePieDeathGlare_1210.JPG Observe.]]
* Takua's eyes in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}: Mask of Light'' had this, as [[spoiler:he watched his friend Jaller die in his arms]]. The directors on the commentary talked about how tricky this shot was to get right -- they wanted to use tears instead of a reflection at first, but were unsure whether the characters could produce them.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* There is an "Amazing but true" book that mentions a young boy who claimed to have psychic powers by getting people to read a book in front of him - he would then tell them what page of the book they had randomly turned to. The truth was that his eyesight was so precise that he could read the reflections off the corneas of his subject.
* A picture of Dick Cheney grinning at something reflected in his sunglasses popped up on the Internet. Speculation on the object's identity abounded, with some suggesting it was a naked woman and others claiming it was an illegal immigrant being abused. Cheney's people released a larger, clearer picture, revealing that it was in fact his own hand, holding a fishing pole.
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