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->''"I will employ some manner of surveillance so that when I leave a room and a traitorous comrade gives me the Malicious Scowl or Wicked Leer to my back, I will have ample warning of his impending betrayal."''
-->-- [[http://www.thalia.org/hero.html "The Things I Will Do If I Am Ever The Hero"]]

So, you've got this character, Alice. Seems like a nice enough person, interacts pleasantly with the heroes, maybe offers them some help or advice. And then the heroes leave the room, or just turn their backs. The camera however, hangs around watching Alice for a few seconds. And sure enough, as soon as no one's watching, Alice starts [[CheshireCatGrin looking shifty]], or even [[SlasherSmile downright evil]]. This is the Traitor Shot, a close-up on a character for no apparent reason, which is practically a guarantee that at some point, that person will betray the heroes in some way.

The Traitor Shot is a way to let [[DramaticIrony the audience know]] that they should be suspicious of a particular character before that character has done anything to earn this suspicion. Depending on exactly how the character behaves during the few seconds that [[WhatYouAreInTheDark no one but the audience is watching them]], it can either be a subtle clue or a [[ObviouslyEvil giant, blinking "This Person is Evil" sign]].

There are a few common ways to set up a Traitor Shot: [[RevealingHug changing from a side view of a hug to the front of one person's face]]. Changing from medium distance group shots to a close up of someone looking at the camera. The camera moving from a group of people in ensemble then moving across landscape and then settling on one person.

This trope is so common that a director can set up a RedHerringMole just by giving them a few Traitor Shot moments, and then ''not'' making them evil. It also appears in [[Creator/RogerEbert Ebert's]] ''Bigger Little Movie Glossary'' under the heading "Unmotivated Close-up."

RevealingHug is one way of employing this trope. Not to be confused with what happens when a character is RewardedAsATraitorDeserves. For another way to find the guilty party before TheReveal, see NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize.

'''NOTE: Since this trope deals with betrayals, this page will contain spoilers.'''




[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' uses this very effectively early on. In the ''Cotton Drifting'' Chapter, closeups are used in the first episode to make identical twins [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Mion and Shion]] ''[[CreepyTwins both]]'' look suspicious to the audience, although one of them is completely innocent. Also applied to Mion and Rena in the ''Spirited Away by the Demon'' Chapter, with HiddenEyes combined with dangerous smiles to tip off the audience before Keiichi has any reason to suspect them. [[spoiler:This turns out to be a subversion, as Mion and Rena really were harmless, and every Traitor Shot they were given was a product of [[UnreliableNarrator Keiichi]]'s [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness escalating paranoia]], which wasn't explicitly revealed until episode 25, a full 24 episodes after the series started treating the two girls suspiciously.]]
* Minor case in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' with Admiral Gil Graham. The close-up of his discomfited expression after a conversation with Chrono is the first hint that he's up to something. Later on, it turns out that he is responsible for the actions of the [[MalevolentMaskedMan masked men]] who keep screwing things up for Team Nanoha.
* Sayaka from ''Manga/UltraManiac'' gets several of these in the manga. She usually gets these after striking up seemingly innocent conversations with other people, but especially with Nina and Ayu. [[spoiler:Sayaka was planning on scaring Nina back to the Magic Kingdom by sending her anonymous letters, and when that failed, Sayaka confronted Nina herself, but to no result, since she befriended Nina and her group later on anyway.]]
* An extremely subtle one in an episode of ''Manga/BlackLagoon.'' A minor mob boss, out of his element in the pirate city of Roanapur, is spazzing out that he needs Florida to send him more men after he got all his own men killed by Lagoon Company and other Roanapur denizens. The local expert on Roanapur keeps trying to tell him that things just don't work the same here and that it's not their turf, but the minor boss won't listen to reason. The advisor leaves the room, sighs, and as he leans we see a concealed gun in his coat. Another character strongly implies later that the advisor is probably just going to [[YouHaveFailedMe shoot the minor boss]] to clean up the mess rather than let him create a bigger one.
* In ''Anime/MaiOtome'', Tomoe is given one of these after everyone finds out about Erstin's snake-bite injury during their [[HorribleCampingTrip "survival exam" expedition]]. After expressing her concern, Tomoe turns around and gives an evil smirk...[[DevilInPlainSight while Chie is still looking in her direction, albeit not at her face]]. [[spoiler:Even though she actually confesses to (and brags about) doing it in a later episode, the [[ImprobableHairstyle hairstyle]] in the silhouette of the person that entered the tent the previous night to sabotage Erstin's emergency signal beacon only makes it more obvious that she was the perpetrator, even before the Traitor Shot.]]
* Anthy Himemiya gets one in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWkg1slJDR4 first ending theme]] of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' (around :46).
* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime episode "[=UnBEARable=]", the Teddiursa has five separate ones.
** Iris's Emolga has a healthy supply of her own. Ash's Snivy is quick to catch on, though.
* Light of ''Manga/DeathNote'' gets these a lot, even though it's kind of a given that he's a mass murderer who doesn't really care about anything except his own success. His most famous one is when his MemoryGambit succeeds "exactly as planned".
* [[spoiler:Tanya]] from the second season of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' gets one of the hug variety, though it's pretty predictable.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has a variation early on. It's aimed at [[EvilerThanThou another, smaller-time villain]] as a DeathGlare, but [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/4439/421317-kabuto_super.jpg this]] still clues us in that [[TheMole Kabuto]] is not the MauveShirt he sells himself as.
* In ''Anime/MaiHime'', very little seems to be out of the ordinary in how Shiho reacts to news of [[spoiler:Takumi going missing from his hospital room]], but then Yuuichi mentions that Mai must be worried, and the last shot before the scene transitions is Shiho glaring angrily. [[spoiler:Shiho then goes out and destroys Akira's Child, killing Takumi, out of spite toward Mai]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' anime episode #311: After [[spoiler:Michel]] defeats a hollow and makes Kon (Karakurizer) look weak, Kon walks away in dejection. As he does so, [[spoiler:Michel]] has a nasty smile, because it's all part of his nefarious plot!
* In ''Manga/FushigiYugi'', just when it looks like all the Suzaku Senshi are gathered and all is right with the world, we see an ominous closeup of Chiriko playing his flute. Anyone who's seen the intro knows he is not Chiriko, but Amiboshi, a Seiryu Senshi.
* ''[[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid]]'' has several with [[ObviouslyEvil Vincent Bruno]]. Not only does he look suspiciously menacing when he's first introduced without the protagonists present, he also offers up a self-satisfied smirk just after they do meet him.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog
** In the ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' tie-in storyline, Mayor Bullyani, the man in charge of the city, had a malicious Traitor Shot expression in literally every other panel in which he appeared (even when the main characters should have been able to see his villainous expression-not so much on the subtlety there, guy). [[SubvertedTrope Strangely]], nothing ever came of it and he betrayed no one.
** Fiona gets one in Issue #160 after the cast fight off Bean and Bark when they attack Sonic's birthday, getting shifty eyed when she holds down Bean at one point when she demands they leave. The fact the duo suddenly retreats also throws in suspicion.
* [[PsychoForHire Cheshire]] has one in the Villains United miniseries, while Deadshot and Catman discuss the possibility of a traitor in their team. [[PsychoPartyMember Given who we're talking about,]] [[ObviousJudas it wasn't much of a surprise.]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* During the Empress episode in ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo'', Nena is shown doing this, because she plans on killing Joseph.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'': During Qui-Gon's funeral, Mace Windu confirms that Darth Maul was a Sith. Yoda states that "Always two there are: a master and an apprentice," and Mace wonders which one Maul was. The camera then [[AnswerCut cuts and focuses]] directly on Chancellor Palpatine. Given that this was a ''prequel'' for one of the most popular and financially successful movies ''ever'' (and also that the actor playing Palpatine was the same actor who'd played him in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''), this was not so much "a reveal the hidden traitor" shot as a "fanservice for everyone on the planet, who already knows ''exactly'' who the traitor is" shot.
** However, in the context of the movie the audience is technically ''not'' supposed to know who Palpatine really is. The original 1977-1983 had him referred to simply as "The Emperor" (or occasionally "My Master" by Darth Vader), never as Palpatine or even as his black-robed, Sith Lord alter ego, Darth Sidious. The original Kenner action figure also doesn't list his real name, although George Lucas's screenplay for ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' and novelization (ghostwritten by Lucas) certainly do. And of course, younger viewers who watch the films on video in (in-universe) chronological order and have not been exposed to any of TheMerch or the ExpandedUniverse will not have a clue as to Palpatine's true identity until they see ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.
** Assuming, of course, that they didn't notice that Chancellor Palpatine and Darth Sidious are played by the same person. Even though Ian [=McDiarmid=] is not credited as Sidious, his hood does not cover the lower half of his face and they clearly have the same voice. Nevertheless, there actually ''were'' people who were shocked at the reveal that Palpatine was Sidious at the time of the movie's release in 2005.
* In the horror movie ''Vacancy'', the hotel manager (who turns out to be the main villain) gets a long, drawn out shot after the main characters check in, which he spends looking both evil and smug.
* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' has a subtle example. [[spoiler:You won't notice it the first time through, but Adrian Veidt looks impatiently at his watch right before his own [[BatmanGambit self-scheduled assassination attempt]], as though he's wondering what's keeping the gunman so long.]]
* A subversion of this trope would be Bishop in ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. You get the traitor shot effect as he stares intently through the microscope at a facehugger. But it turns out later to be false alarm as he proves to be firmly on the heroes' side. Firstly [[spoiler:coming back with the second drop ship and secondly saving Newt [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe after getting halved]].]]
* Pretty much any close-up of Creator/JoePantoliano, in any movie or television show he appears in, is a Traitor Shot unless it's from ''Film/TheFugitive'', its sequel ''Film/USMarshals'', or ''The Handler'', the only three times in his career he ever plays good guys.
* In the beginning of ''Film/{{Cube}}'', Worth gets a fairly extreme and suspicion-raising closeup. About halfway through the movie, he confesses that he helped design the cube the characters are trapped in.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Ramirez gets perhaps the shortest traitor shot in history. Only a small MeaningfulLook coupled with a camera push in as Harvey Dent is driven away after the Joker is captured, but she doesn't look as happy as you'd think she'd be, [[HopeSpot seeing as the good guys have apparently won]]. Many first-time viewers might not even have noticed it.
* An example from Creator/AlfredHitchcock's film ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' is actually one of the more complicated uses of this trope. It's true that Eve is working for the villain, [[spoiler:but she turns out to be a {{double agent}} who is actually working for the US government, and she tries to balance betraying Roger with keeping him safe]].
* In the Ingmar Bergman adaptation of ''Die Zauberflöte''/''Trollflöjten''/''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'', the Queen of the Night has one of these in her first aria. She's singing about the horrible abduction of her daughter, and in the midst of the supposed mourning throws the hero a glance to check if he's buying it.
* The close up on the cook, as they're taking the political officer's body from the wardroom in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober''.
* In ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'', two of Joe's guides look at each other while standing under Joe's plane and sinister music plays.
* In ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', after Bond leaves Miranda in bed to investigate, the camera lingers on her as she watches him leave while putting her earrings back on. Although her expression doesn't change much, it's little surprise when she's revealed to have been working with the villain all along and was in fact responsible for Bond's capture in North Korea.
* ''Film/HeavenlyCreatures'' is full of Pauline glaring psychotically at her mother, but it's really only this trope at the end, when [[spoiler:she and Juliet have decided to murder her, and are acting pleasant and friendly to her face]].
* One of the most famous examples was in ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII''. Fredo comes back to Michael after a falling out. The two hug and for one brief moment it seems like they've reconciled...[[RevealingHug until Mike makes a gun sign behind his back to his hitman Al.]]
* There are two examples in ''Film/SwitchbladeSisters''. The first one is when Maggie is saying "Dominic's dead because somebody tipped Crabs off about the roller rink and I'm gonna find out who,"[[note]]after [[spoiler:both Dagger Debs and Silver Daggers devised an ambush on Crabs's men at a local roller rink, but the effort proves disastrous when Crabs' men show up heavily armed and Dominic is killed,]][[/note]] watch [[spoiler:Patch's face]]. Another instant is when [[spoiler:Maggie, Lace and Patch have a defenseless Crabs cornered, Patch shoots Crabs [[KilledMidSentence before he has a chance to squeal]]]].
* ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' is a good example of this trope being set up as a RedHerring. Gareth Mallory is repeatedly shown lurking in shadows, or having the camera linger significantly on his face in scenes where he isn't otherwise important. In the end, he isn't a MoleInCharge, but [[spoiler:M's replacement after she's shot.]]
* In the Disney film ''The Strongest Man In the World'' there's a scene in a company boardroom where it is discovered there is a mole. The camera pans across the table of worried board members, past a not-worried Dick Van Patten, then backs up to center on Van Patten and then he gets a close-up.
* In ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', Princess Vespa hears her father, King Roland, coming to take her back to her home planet. After she asks him, "Daddy! Is it really you?", he answers, "Yes, my dear. I guarantee it. Would I lie?" The camera lingers on long enough to show Roland making a suspicious glance to his right. Then, as Vespa runs into his arms, he reveals himself to actually be the evil Dark Helmet in disguise. (Although, this betrayal doesn't surprise many viewers, as the film shows Dark Helmet plotting a trap for Vespa right before this whole scene begins.)
* In ''Film/RoboCop1987'', there's an early one where we hear a klaxon blaring on the soundtrack as the camera pushes in on Dick Jones after the Old Man decides to back Bob Morton's proposed [=RoboCop=] project, following the disastrous ED-209 demonstration.
* ''Film/TheKingOfKings'' establishes Judas Iscariot as the villain (if not necessarily a traitor) by showing him scowling ''all the time''.
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{Suspicion}}'' has Creator/CaryGrant carrying a glass of milk up some stairs that's ''glowing'' to tip off the audience it was poisoned, in case the actor's expression was too subtle (It's not).
* Played with in ''Film/ItFollows''. When Jay and [[spoiler:Greg]] are having sex, Jay looks off to the side, toward the camera, with a sad look on her face, since she knows she's passing her impending doom on to her friend. Slightly subverted in that [[spoiler:Greg]] also knows and just doesn't think that it's real.
* The first ''Film/CountYorga'' ends with with Micheal warding off his vamprizied friend Erica and her fellow vampire bride with a cross and forces them back downstairs with Donna behind him. The camera does a close up of Erica's face as she looks on Donna before the camera lingers on her as she has a blank expression. [[spoiler:Not long after Michael chases the two vampires off, Donna sprouts her fangs and attacks him.]]
* ''Film/{{Anthropoid}}:'' After Reinhard Heydrich has been assassinated in Prague, the Germans offer a large sum of money and immunity from prosecution to anyone with information. One of the Resistance cell is in the crowd looking at the poster, and the camera zooms in on their face. Guess who talks?
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII'': Film critic [[http://www.davidbordwell.net/essays/anatomy.php David Bordwell describes the moment as follows:]]
-->"The familiar double-bluff of spy films locks in. [[spoiler:Musgrave, not Brassel]], is the mole. You could argue that this twist was planted [...] when [[spoiler:Musgrave turned away from Brassel]] and stared gravely offscreen as the camera lingered on him—the classic shot of a Suspect."

* In the Literature/SpaceWolf novel ''Sons of Fenris'', as Ragnor is leaving him, Commander Cadmus whispers that the Space Wolf will serve their purpose.
* In the end of ''Literature/TheGoodEarth'', a dying Wang Lung asks his sons to continue farming his land, and they seemingly agree, but the final sentence has them looking over his eyes and smiling at one another, indicating they are insincere.
* To go along with the ''Franchise/StarWars'' example above, the novel ''Literature/{{Shatterpoint}}'', set during the Clone Wars, features a short scene at the very end where Mace Windu, Yoda, and Chancellor Palpatine are discussing the novel's events. Chief among them is the realization that [[WarIsHell the nature of galaxy-wide war]] is having a corrupting influence on the Jedi, causing some of them to fall to the Dark Side and the others to be uncertain and less able to see the future. Mace wonders aloud if anyone could have predicted that kind of reaction and Palpatine pauses for a second before saying "Yes... who indeed?"

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Very'' oftenly used to highlight Emily's SignatureMove, the RevealingHug, in ''{{Series/Revenge}}''. Though since she IS the main character, calling her a "traitor" seems a little...
* Two examples from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Once in "For The Cause", with Commander Eddington, just before he reveals that he's working for [[LaResistance the Maquis]], and once in "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges" with Admiral Ross, who is, at the time, working with [[KnightTemplar Section 31]]. Both of these are fairly subtle, showing the characters looking slightly suspicious just after some event significant to their betrayal.
** After knowing about the betrayal and rewatching episodes where he appears, Commander Eddington was given quite a few of these, possibly the longest running case of this trope.
* From ''Series/{{Lost}}'' is the WholeEpisodeFlashback showing how the Tailies are doing on the island; one of them turns out to be an Other, and immediately after TheReveal (to the audience), the camera lingers on him being all shifty-eyed.
* In ''Series/TwentyFour 24'', season 7, FBI analyst Sean Hillinger is set up as a potential bad guy from the very first time the audience is introduced to him. A dozen Traitor Shots, a KickTheDog moment and a few episodes later, it is revealed that Hillinger is indeed TheMole.
** Most episodes of Season 1 started with a recap of the seasn, including "and people that I work with may be involved in both." This is immediately followed by a shot of Nina. And yet it still comes as a shock when she revealed to be TheMole in the penultimate episode.
** ''24'' is ''made'' of this trope, to the extent that they would intentionally add shots of just about every character, mole or not, doing it to ratchet up suspicion.
* ''Series/JonathanCreek'' does this for almost every RedHerring suspect.
* Subverted in the first episode of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'', where Simon is [[RedHerring lovingly showered]] with these in the first half of the episode, but TheMole turns out to be another passenger who came onto the ship at the same time, and spent the episode [[BeneathSuspicion being inconspicuous and sharing other peoples' shots]]...including right in front of Simon in his very first traitor shot.
* In the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "The Illusion of Truth," a human journalist comes to the station - then in rebellion against Earth - to record a news segment that he ''swears'' won't be [[TwistingTheWords biased propaganda]] (hint: he's lying). Every time somebody says or does something that could look bad taken out of context, the reporter's camera gets a Traitor Shot.
* A common staple in BBC soap series ''Series/EastEnders''. A kids' sketch show [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] it by having a third character show up and proclaim: "You're doing that thing where you say something you don't mean, and then you look awkward, and the theme music starts playing!", the three argue, and in a second take the music started playing again and the third character caught the first.
** Taken to a sillier level still by the fact the guy of the scene gets upset that his girl was lying to him and asks the other woman to hug him and be sincere about it. She proceeds to do so... And the theme music starts playing and the woman looks awkwardly from side to side.
* ''Series/NoahsArc'': This is one of the clues that [[spoiler:Guy]]'s motivations aren't what they appear. Interestingly, he gets far more of these after he's revealed to be the bad guy.
* In ''Series/{{V 2009}}'', ''every single scene'' featuring Anna ends with this. It's been long since established that she's the villain, but just in case anyone forgot...
* In the third season of ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' [[FaceHeelTurn newly evil]] [[FallenHero Morgana]] has at least five of these an episode, some of which will be [[RevealingHug revealing hugs]] with the characters [[TheMole she's planning]] [[DisproportionateRetribution on destroying.]] At first it seems absurd just how [[DevilInPlainSight obvious she's being]], but no-one notices her blatantly inappropriate reactions to good/bad news. [[spoiler:Until Gwen sees her [[PsychoticSmirk smiling]] about her being sentenced to [[KillItWithFire burn at the stake]].]]
* ''Series/CoronationStreet'' uses this so much with Tracy Barlow's smug smirks whenever no one is looking that it'll make you want to punch the writers.
* Overlaps with ItWasHisSled in ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}'': Lancelot gets an unbelievable amount of smug-looking close-ups when he's talking about the queen and/or anything relating to her being kidnapped.
* ''Series/SleepyHollow'': [[spoiler:Captain Irving]], who otherwise shows no signs of being involved in the larger conspiracy and treats FishOutOfTemporalWater Ichabod Crane as a madman for most of the pilot, gets one of these while looking over deceased Sheriff Corbin's office. [[spoiler:Seems to be {{Foreshadowing}} for a future [[TheReveal reveal]] about his complicity]].

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* In ''Literature/TheBible'', there's the incident at the Last Supper where Jesus makes a special point of expressing affection and friendship for Judas Iscariot with a hug and a kiss. This is either a superb example of redemptive forgiveness, or else a subtle way of making Judas feel like an utter heel for what was, inevitably, to come next. There is also a classic Traitor Shot when St. Peter makes the SuspiciouslySpecificDenial that he would ''ever'' betray or deny Jesus.

* Music/BrunoMars describes one in song about a manipulative girlfriend in the song ''Grenade''.
-->"Should've known you was trouble from the first kiss had your eyes wide open...why were they open?"
* Music/MichaelJackson's music video of ''Thriller'' ends with such a shot of Michael himself.

[[folder:Other Sites]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1620 SCP-1620 ("Reflection Infection").]] During Infection Stage 2, the MirrorMonster SCP-1620-1 will act friendly when it is being viewed by other people. However, it will stare at its host in a hostile manner and make threatening gestures when it thinks it isn't under observation.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* A huge close up of a Traitor Shot was shown on the August 2, 2013 edition of ''Smackdown'', when Wrestling/{{Layla}} gives a RevealingHug to Wrestling/{{Kaitlyn}} in a segment that took place before Kaitlyn's title opportunity against Wrestling/{{AJ Lee}}. Layla praised Kaitlyn as a worthy competitor, after which, she gave a somewhat sinister gleam while hugging Kaitlyn. As expected, the evil Layla betrayed Kaitlyn during the title contest, and left with the victorious AJ.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', after the game informs the player there's someone who sold them out in [[HowWeGotHere the flashbacks]], it's revealed who it is after Sae Niijima leaves the interrogation room. [[spoiler:Goro Akechi says he's down there to question the Protagonist, but as Sae walks past, he chuckles and says "Foolish woman," with his in-game portrait looking very menacing.]]
* In the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' fangame ''VideoGame/MarioTheMusicBox'', look for anything out of the ordinary to spot the traitor, including GlamourFailure, hidden eyes, {{psychotic smirk}}s and/or slasher smiles, and ScaryShinyGlasses.
* ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon'' ends on one of these as a SequelHook. [[spoiler:After blowing up the missiles, Rex and Doctor Darling hold hands, with Darling looking at the camera, her eyes glowing a deep purple.]]
* In the first chapter of ''VideoGame/{{Quintessence}} - The Blighted Venom'', after Reivier supposedly 'saves' his wife Serai from the Aerian soldiers and everyone eats their dinner happily, a Traitor Shot of Serai with HiddenEyes and a PsychoticSmirk was shown.
* In the very ''first'' cutscene of the ''VideoGame/RollingThunder''-[[SerialNumbersFiledOff esque]] game ''VideoGame/CodeNameViper'', your superior officer gets a bizarre sinister facial expression as he says "Good bye, Mister Smith." It turns out he's the BigBad.
* Used in ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'' in its "[[MultipleEndings bad end]]." If you don't collect every piece of the game's MacGuffin, the fairy Queen will smirk evilly and have her [[ScaryShinyGlasses glasses flash]] as she turns to Ribbon while the rest of her subjects wave Kirby and friends off. She's possessed by Dark Matter; grabbing all the pieces of the aforementioned MacGuffin will exorcise her instead and open up the real final boss fight.
* Muppy from ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis''.
* ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile2Silmeria'' has quite a few. [[spoiler:Leone and Lezard]], once they join the party, seem to get at least one lingering close-up in each cutscene when the topic turns to something related to their ''real'' goals. It also plays with their facial expressions: [[spoiler:Leone's expression]] shows growing regret as it goes on, while [[spoiler:Lezard]]'s is just quiet satisfaction that things are going as planned.
* [[spoiler:Jenny]] at the end of the ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}}'' remake.
* Watch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjo-Sl5swU0 this video]] of Wei [[TheStrategist strategist]] Sima Yi smiling while watching his royal couple leave the military parade in ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors''.
* Partway through ''VideoGame/LastWindow'', [[spoiler:Dylan]] gets one of these while Kyle is busy looking at something else.
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'': Isador gets these a lot, verging into ObviouslyEvil. Particularly blatant when he mutters "[[TemptingFate I will suffer no trespass]]", is visited by hallucinations of a Chaos Sorcerer, or tells a squad of Marines to follow him up a secret path. "Don't tell anyone. It's a surprise".
* The last shot of [[spoiler:Alyssa]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' is one of these. Mog actually notices, but apparently doesn't know what to make of it, and doesn't warn the heroes.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', after a hearing on whether to accept Doman refugees into Ul'dah, [[spoiler:Teledji Adeledji, who vouched for the refugees, is seen alone in the dimly lit meeting hall for the Syndicate with an underling, grinning deviously as he speaks of "revolution".]]
* In the ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' DLC "Lair of the Shadow Broker," [[spoiler:Tela Vasir]] gets this look before it's revealed that [[spoiler:she was the one who tried to kill Liara, and Liara is still alive.]]
* An odd retroactive version happens in ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2''. During the "Climax Inference," a comic book scene narrating how the crime happened, for the third trial, toward the end, Hinata notes that the culprit (who has been conclusively identified at this point in the trial, but is presented as a gray figure) acted shocked upon finding the bodies, but was actually relieved that the plan had gone well; you can see the culprit with a shocked expression in the panel showing the bodies, but hiding a grin in the next panel.
* [[spoiler:Kor]] from ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'' is given a handful of these some time before his status as a villain - and the game's BigBad -- is revealed.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/HarkAVagrant'', [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=50 Richard III]] pulls a textbook Traitor Shot while preparing for party times. ([[DontExplainTheJoke And by "Party Times"]], [[{{Metaphorgotten}} he means "stabbing his nephews"]]).
* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', in [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p22 this comic.]]
* Done on [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/03/05 this]] ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' comic.
* The ''Webcomic/TeamFortress2'' comic originally sets it up so that it looks like the Medic is a traitor, by making the last thing that a dying Sniper sees is the Medic grinning psychotically down at him. Turns out, however, the Medic was simply happy to see him again; his default "happy" smile ''is'' a SlasherSmile.

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* ''WebOriginal/DubbedByTaco: Anime/Danganronpa3'' lampshades each of the many, many times [[spoiler:Chisa]] has one.
-->"Hm, interesting time to have her look anxiously back at the camera. ''[[SarcasmMode I wonder who the traitor will end up being.]]''"

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* Creator/{{Disney}} uses this a lot, as many of their animated villains are deceivers. Most of they go with the "smiles malevolently when no one is looking" variation.
** ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' did this by having a portrait being partially covered up.
* Lampshaded on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode wherein Homer suggests changes to Creator/MelGibson's upcoming movie. Courtesy of [[http://www.snpp.com/episodes/AABF23 SNPP:]]
-->'''Gibson''': You want me to replace the villain with a dog? I mean nobody will know what's going on.\\
'''Homer''': They will if you set up that the dog is evil. All you do is have to show him doing this. [lowers eyelids and glances around in shifty-eyed fashion] ''[[TheDogWasTheMastermind The people will suspect the dog]].''
** And then at the end of the episode [[InvokedTrope they have an evil dog show up]]. [[BrickJoke You know it's evil, because of its shifty eyes]].
* A villainous version appears in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' when Cheetah fires one at the audience during the revelation that the Injustice Gang is going to blow up the Watchtower and kill the Justice League (she appears to have gotten smitten with Batman). It is further compounded by the Justice League receiving an anonymous tip shortly after that saves them. [[spoiler:It turns out to be a red herring -- there ''was'' a traitor in the Injustice Gang, but it was the Ultra-Humanite.]]
* In both ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'' movies.
** For a split second in the first movie, when Red falls from the cable car, watch closely when Boingo looks down - he's got an angry expression, not one of concern that you would expect in such a situation.
** In the [[WesternAnimation/HoodwinkedTooHoodVersusEvil sequel]], [[spoiler:Gretel]] to Red as the elevator door closes.
* One could argue some of Palpatine's scenes ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' come of as this. It's treason, then?
* A partly villainous version of this occurs in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. [[spoiler:When Azula interrupts Mai and Zuko's date, effectively dismissing the former, Mai is shown giving Azula a brief glare as soon as she's in a position where it won't be seen. Sure enough, before the season's end, Mai betrays Azula for Zuko's sake]].
* Kuvira and Bataar Jr. share a hug in ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'' that ends up focusing on her face. However, [[spoiler:her attempting to kill Bataar was a question of circumstance, as she had one shot at taking out all Republic City's defense in one shot in exchange for his life, whether or not she always intended to kill him is FanficFuel.]]
* Parodied in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'', where the EvilTwin who has taken Hoop's place slips into this mode for a second.. but does it where the other protagonists can easily see him, and they immediately call him out on it and turn around back to the prison just to be sure.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToadPatrol'': After supposedly giving directions to the Toad Patrol, Orpheus does this, complete with an EvilLaugh.
* ''Comicbook/TheAdventuresOfTintin'': By the time the Ellipse-Nelvana adaptation of "Recap/TintinCigarsOfThePharaoh" was made, [[LateArrivalSpoiler everybody knew]] [[spoiler:Rastapopoulos was the recurring BigBad]], so after "helping" Tintin, he makes a frowny face as Tintin departs and proceeds to send a letter ordering his death.