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->''"He [Big Bird] can't get the courage to even ''start'' skating, at which point this little girl ''stares'' at him. Just stares. Stares at the sad, hollow shell of a bird he's become."''
-->-- '''WebVideo/ObscurusLupa''', reviewing ''Christmas Eve on Series/SesameStreet''

Something unusual happens, and the camera pans out, revealing a small child staring intently at the subject in blank amazement. The context of this can vary widely. In romantic comedies, the staring children will be present any time the main couple argue or have an awkward romantic moment. In action movies, they can show up anytime [[StuffBlowingUp something explodes]] or the hero does something cool. This can be PlayedForLaughs by highlighting the absurdity of the moment, or PlayedForDrama to emphasize the horror of the event. BonusPoints if accompanied by a "What are you looking at, kid?" or a dropped ice cream cone.

Using one of these is a good way to toy with breaking TheMasquerade, since a child who reports seeing an unusual event [[NotNowKid may not be]] [[AdultsAreUseless believed by adults.]]

If the child's staring is just a little too eerie for comfort, then it's a CreepyChild. May overlap with DeerInTheHeadlights and ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight. Related to InnocentBystander.
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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* Erza gets a whole group of them in ''Manga/FairyTail'' when she accidentally breaks into a men's public bath, complete with CornerOfWoe.
** In the manga, all the grown-up men are terrified and cover up with towels or steam, while a young boy with wide eyes just stares at her curiously and [[MaleFrontalNudity doesn't care to cover up]].
* In ''LovelyComplex'', Otani gathers a small crowd of these after making a scene during the BeachEpisode.
* The kids watching Yukiho dig a hole in the sand in the anime adaptation of ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]''

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The kid on the tricycle from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. After [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTX51OzGndw seeing Mr. Incredible lift his car]] in a fit of rage, he starts regularly coming to the Incredible family's driveway in hopes of seeing such feats again. [[spoiler:He's there to witness the family defeat Syndrome and have their house blown up.]]
-->'''Staring Kid''': '''''THAT WAS TOTALLY WICKED!!!'''''
* In ''{{Innerspace}}'', a child stares at Mr Igoe after he shoots a scientist with his gun hand.
* There's a little kid in ''BadTeacher'' that sits there with his jaw hanging open in two scenes.
* In the first ''{{Film/Transformers}}'' movie, a little girl sees Ironhide in her pool. Another kid later witnesses the fight between Optimus and Bonecrusher.
* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Up}}'' a kid sees the house fly away.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', a kid in the dentist's waiting room reacts in horror at the commotion heard inside the office when Nemo escapes.
* In the original ''Film/IronMan'', when Tony takes the Mark II armor for a test flight, the first person to spot him is a gawking little boy on a ferris wheel who licks the ice cream right off his cone at the sight.
** The little kid in ''Iron Man 2'' who stands up to a runaway "Hammeroid" while wearing an Iron Man costume. The kid points his (fake) Repulsors at the behemoth, and it targets him as it would the real deal. Then the real Iron Man flies in, stands next to the kid and blasts it and flies away after offering a congratulatory "Nice work, kid!"
* The first ''[[Film/{{Spider-Man Trilogy}} Spider-Man]]'' flick showed a kid gawking at falling debris while Spider-Man fought the Green Goblin. Spidey saved him right after shouting, "C'mon, move, kid!".
* The boy on the beach stabbing the jellyfish in ''[[Film/XMen1 X-Men]]'' stares at the mutated Senator Kelly when he emerges from the water and his gill slits disappear into his back. Of course, nearly everyone else on the beach stares too (including StanLee in his usual cameo appearance).
* The little girl at the end of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.
* The kid in ''[[Franchise/JurassicPark The Lost World: Jurassic Park]]'' who sees a T-Rex in his window. "Mom, Dad, there's a T-rex in our backyard."
* In the first Film/{{Superman}} movie, a teenaged Clark Kent runs along side of a train- and keeps up with it. The only person who seems to notice is one little girl on the train. Her name just happens to be Lois....
* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' has an age inversion. Lilo (Who is a 6 year old girl) is hurrying to her hula class, trying to change into her costume on the run when a rather large adult (recent tourist, going by the farmer's tan) stares at her. For bonus points, he's carrying an ice cream cone. Lilo snaps a picture of him before she hurries on her way.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the [=TARDIS=] disappearing is sometimes accompanied by a child bystander looking on in awe, such as the group of children in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E12ClosingTime Closing Time]]".
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Jayne gets his own personal one in ''Jaynestown''.
* ''{{Fringe}}''. ''Fringe. Fringe. Fringe. Fringe.'' You could actually make a drinking game out of this if you watched only the teasers.
* Used in the teaser of ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Fearful Symmetry."

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The little girl in ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' who won't stop talking about the "skelington with all bones on."
* The kid from ''CaptainUnderpants'' who always tries to point out the titular superhero's antics to his mum, but she never believes him. He doubles as CassandraTruth.
* Cindy Lou Who from ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas''.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''Music/TheUltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny'' flash video has a little kid with an ice cream cone standing there.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* This kid was a recurring character in ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', standing around, drinking a Mega Slush or something, and proclaiming "''cooooooool''" at all the destruction going on in the episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'': When [[RobotBuddy Octis]] changes his holographic face to avoid recognition by the police, a little kid standing next to him notices and tries to get his mom's attention, who [[NotNowKid brushes him off]].
* In a ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode, Dexter gets a little girl stalker, who just stares at him all the time with huge eyes.
* The ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' episode "The Frycook What Came From All That Space" has a staring alien kid gawking in horror at all the bizarre stunts Zim gets up to. [[AdultsAreUseless No one else notices, not even the kid's mom]].
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