[[quoteright:286:[[ComicBook/PowerGirl http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/power_girl.jpg]]]]

Alice and Bob are planning an Undercover Mission. They need someone who knows about fine art or looks good in a bikini. Or perhaps they need someone to be TheBait. They reach the conclusion, but don't say it out loud, that Cate is the person for this. The audience knows this.

At this point, Cate enters the room. Alice and Bob look at her.

The next phrase out of Cate's lips:

"Why are you looking at me like that?"

SisterTrope to GotVolunteered. Often followed by a GilliganCut.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the first episode of the anime for ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Shinichi brags about all the fan mail he gets from girls and Ran tells him that while it might be fun getting so much attention, it's best to just pick one girl and stick with her. Shinichi promptly has an ImagineSpot in which he passionately declares his love to Ran. In reality, he's staring at Ran with a sort of dazed expression on his face, while she gives him a look and asks why he's staring her like that.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', while nothing was explicitly said, it was pretty obvious this is what Matsuda [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/death_note/v06/c049/17.html was thinking]] the moment he GotVolunteered to be the bait in the plan to catch [[spoiler:Higuchi.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'' story "The World's Finest" (compiled as Public Enemies), the heroes discuss how to approach the new Toyman who happens to be a teenage boy. They decide they need a distraction. Among the heroes is ComicBook/PowerGirl, and the heroes all look at her pointedly before she realizes [[MostCommonSuperPower what they mean]].
--> '''Katana''': But…The kid made it clear he wants to talk to Superman.
--> '''Batman''': He is also thirteen years old. Find a way to distract him.
--> '''Power Girl''': What’s everyone looking at me for? How am I supposed to distract…Oh.
* In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, C-3PO enters a room just after a technician mentions that there's a bunch of combat shuttles down there, but they can't use them without a translation droid....

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'', film version:
-->'''James:''' And we'll need bait: bird bait.\\
'''Mr. Earthworm:''' Bird bait?! Where d'you expect we'll find ''bird bait'' out here in the middle of the... of the... (''The other bugs surround him; Ms. Ladybug pulls out a cowbell'') Oh no...no, no...have you lost your minds?!
* Prince Naveen in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' causes this to happen to a redneck that captures Tiana. He places himself on the guy's head, and lets the other two rednecks in the canoe see him. As the two raise their clubs...
-->'''Pa:''' What choo two gawkin' at?\\
(''[[HilarityEnsues cue blunt force trauma]]'')
* ''Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves'': Sa'luk asks this before he realizes that he's holding Midas' Hand [[OhCrap by the]] [[TakenForGranite hand]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/DogSoldiers'' example: The main characters need a distraction to divert the werewolves.
-->'''Cooper:''' We need a diversion. Something fast and loud.\\
(''everyone looks at Spoon, who wasn't listening'')\\
'''Spoon:''' What? You what?
* In ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'', the team want to set their victim up with a blind date to steal his identity, and they're trying to figure out which of the women they know would be appropriate. Liz says, based on his trash, that he's looking for someone "meticulous; refined; anal", and everyone looks at ''her''.
-->'''Liz:''' What?
* In the movie ''Film/{{Tremors}}'', the characters are trying to figure out a way to get out of town now that the only road is blocked. "Who's best on a horse?" Heroes Val and Earl glumly realize everyone's looking at them.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Happens to Walter Denton in the episode "Two Way Stretch", when he walks into Mr. Conklin's office. Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin choose him to imitate student athlete Stretch Snodgrass (and foil a rival principal's plan to trick Stretch into transfering to another school).
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] (or is it [[AvertedTrope averted?]]) In ''Series/That70sShow''. Hyde has left the [[SarcasmMode group]] [[StatusQuoIsGod forever,]] and Eric yells that he has to do something stupid ''right now!''
-->'''Eric:''' Well, if you don't do something stupid... I'll have to do something stupid!\\
(''brief silence in which no-one looks at anyone else'')\\
'''Kelso:''' (''waving his hand frantically'') Hey, I know something stupid we can do!
* ''Series/TheBill'': DCI Jack Meadows, who knows about antiques.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Subverted in "The Train Job". The crew mention they need to send someone respectable, and everyone looks at Simon, who seems nervous about it...cut to [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Inara]], the ambassador of the ship, putting the plan into action.
* ''Series/TheWire'' sees this happen when the police need a decoy to infiltrate a brothel. [[DumbMuscle Herc]] isn't subtle enough, Carver is out because he's too handsome to look like someone who'd pay for sex, [[LesbianCop Kima]] and Bunk both have domestic issues. Then [=McNulty=] walks in.
-->'''[=McNulty=]:''' (''sees everyone staring at him'') What?\\
'''Kima:''' Takes a whore to catch a whore. (''everyone starts chuckling'')\\
'''[[ReallyGetsAround McNulty]]:''' [[CatchPhrase What the fuck did I do?]]
* On an episode of ''Series/{{Taxi}}'', Alex and Louie have a bet going on who can make the most money in a night of cabbing. Louie brings in more money, but Alex makes enough in tips to make slightly more than Louie. The question of the winner comes down to whether the tips Alex has collected count towards the total. They decide to let a person who didn't bet make the decision, but only one person in the entire garage didn't do so. Cue everyone staring at Latka as he eats a bucket of chicken. Oblivious, he looks up and says, "Would anyone like a bite?"
* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "White Hole", the ship has shut down and the crew need to get through all the sealed doors:
-->'''Lister:''' Look, they're only interior doors. They're only a light alloy. Maybe we could get through them if we use a battering ram. All we need is something, say, I dunno, six foot long, fairly sturdy, with a flat top.\\
(''everyone looks at Kryten the android'')\\
'''Kryten:''' 53 doors?! You can't [[GilliganCut be serious]]!
* In the ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' episode "Grime and Punishment". Al is forced to live in his basement as punishment for being a "slumlord". While trying to get him to make repairs, Bud encourages Marcy and Kelly to torture Al with feminist poetry and bad acting. When Al still refuses, Peg asks Bud and Kelly what they can still use against Al. They both turn and look at her, causing her to ask the question. [[spoiler:Al is notorious for not wanting to have sex with Peg.]]
* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''The Magic Voyage of Sinbad'', Sinbad and his crew are being tossed in a storm and decide the only way they can appease Poseidon (whom Sinbad has angered) is with a sacrifice.
-->'''Servo:''' (''as Sinbad'') Why's everyone looking at me?
* In the ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'' episode "Princess", the gang needs to rescue Kahlan. Through a complicated series of events, they need to complete their disguise with a princess (or someone posing as one). Subverted slightly because most of the main characters in the show ''think'' before talking on at least a semi-regular basis, so the "why are you looking at me" bit is implied.
-->'''Richard:''' All we need is a princess!\\
'''Zedd:''' Mhm.\\
'''Cara:''' (''beat, then jaw drops'') Oh no.
** To fully understand this, remember Cara is a Mord-Sith. The Mord-Sith are the warrior-protector-women that serve the Lord Rahl. They're his (magically imbued) bodyguards, expert (and magical) torturers, consorts if the Lord Rahl asks of them, and feared throughout D'Hara and the Midlands. They wear blood-red, skintight leather so that the blood won't stain their similar brown or white leather outfits. They have been known to kill squads of enemies on their own, are fanatically loyal, and frighteningly resourceful. Richard and Zedd are asking her to put on a dress.
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Series/{{Community}}''.
-->'''Britta:''' There's only one solution. Someone has to go to Chang and talk to him.\\
'''Annie:''' I vote we all look at Jeff at the same time. (''they do'')\\
'''Jeff:''' (''not paying attention'') In a way, all of you are right... Okay, what was I tuning out?
* Double example in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Bride of Chaotica!" Tom Paris explains that, due to the latest round of holodeck issues, somebody has to go into the ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon''-esque ''Captain Proton'' holoprogram and take on the role of seductive villainess Queen Arachnia. Everyone in the room looks at a nonplussed Seven of Nine... except Paris, who's looking straight at Janeway. Janeway's amusement with this idea fades immediately.
* In ''Series/TheMagnificentSeven'' episode "Working Girls", Vin decides they [[WeNeedADistraction need a distraction]]. His eye lands on Ezra, who is for reasons of his own presently demonstrating how to walk like a lady. Ezra looks up to see an alarming smile on Vin's face, and we GilliganCut straight to Ezra DisguisedInDrag.
* The ''Series/GilligansIsland'' episode where the women mysteriously disappear. The Professor thinks doing Gilligan up in drag to be bait for whoever is kidnapping the ladies is a good idea. Gilligan protests as the other men eye him:
-->'''Gilligan:''' I'm not gonna dress up like a girl and you can't make me! (''GilliganCut to him in drag'') You can't make me, you can't make me!
* In the ''Series/{{Leonardo}}'' episode "A Wing and a Prayer", Lorenzo is nattering on about the expensive falcon his dad just bought, and isn't really listening to Leo lamenting that he can't get his glider to work without a proper look at real wings. Then he realizes Leo is looking at him...
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'':
** In "Victor, Victorian", Brackenreid and Murdoch need someone to infiltrate a women's basketball team. They first glance at Crabtree, who promptly tells them he's not gonna wear a dress (again). Then Dr. Ogden comes in.
-->'''Murdoch:''' Julia, have you ever played basketball?\\
'''Dr. Ogden:''' Yes, as a matter of fact, I have. Why do you ask?
** In "Murdoch Au Naturel", Brackenreid and Murdoch are discussing the difficulties they're having with getting information from a group of naturists (whose private nudist colony is where a corpse turned up). They have the bright idea to send someone undercover, and since the naturists have already met Murdoch, he and Brackenreid turn to Constable Crabtree, who objects. [[GilliganCut Cut to Crabtree entering the colony ''sans'' clothing]].
* On an episode of ''Series/{{Bones}}'', a young woman who worked at a fan convention is murdered, and the team decides they need someone to go undercover at the convention. All of a sudden, Colin Fisher starts singing along to a Music/BrightEyes song that he's listening to, and the others look at him.
-->'''Fisher:''' What's wrong now?
* In the ''Series/EnemyAtTheDoor'' episode "No Quarter Given", two inhabitants of German-occupied Guernsey (a businessman who has had his house and business confiscated by the Germans and a fisherman who's struggling to man his boat after his offsider was jailed for publicly questioning Hitler's sanity) are drowning their sorrows with a sympathetic German NCO (who is in the sights of the SS, who regard him as being too sympathetic to the locals). The businessman asks the fisherman if he's ever considered making a break for England, and the fisherman replies that he has done so, frequently, but he's not allowed to take the boat out without a German soldier on board. Their gazes turn to the German, who looks from one to the other, then remarks that he wouldn't say no to a day's fishing.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': Snarky-Hawke, during Sebastian's personal quest.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** When the Blues need one of them to distract Sheila the Tank.
--->'''Church:''' If only we knew someone who Sheila trusted... and it would have to someone kind of dumb.. so that we could fool them into betraying that trust for our purposes...\\
'''Caboose:''' Hey, everyone is looking at me. I love when they do that. Hi everybody!
** Also, in Season 8, when Sarge convinces Grif, Simmons, Tucker, and Caboose to go with him to help Tex and Church, they find a Pelican that they can use to get to their destination.
--->'''Grif:''' Who the hell's gonna drive ''that''? Why is everyone looking at ''me''?
** The best part about the above? Grif didn't even see anyone looking at him, [[ButtMonkey he just knew everyone pointed their eyes at him.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'', [[TalkingAnimal Spark]] [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-05-05 gets one of these moments]] when the orcs around him realize he might be useful as a magical link to Dominic.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** O-Chul and Vaarsuvius vanish from Xykon's grip just as the Monster in the Darkness says, "You need to -- '''ESCAPE.'''" As Xykon screams about his stolen kills, the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0661.html Demon-Roaches look expectantly at the Monster.]]
--->'''[=MitD:=]''' ...What? Why are you all looking at '''me''' like that?
** When the Linear Guild is being reconstituted in the Empire of Blood, they only have five members. It feels like something is missing, then [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0822.html Kilkil shows up]].
--->'''Kilkil:''' Why are you all looking at me like that?
* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', Marten [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=861 realises]] that for his band's drummer he needs someone he already knows, with enough money to buy their own kit, and obsessive enough to learn quickly.
-->'''Marten''': Hanners! What's up?
-->'''Hannelore''': Hi Marten. What's that look on your face mean?

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Inverted in ''Blog/ThingsMrWelchIsNoLongerAllowedToDoInAnRPG''.
--> 401. When a virgin sacrifice is demanded I will not look knowingly at the paladin, netrunner or Hermetic.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** In "The Drill", aimed at Sokka, because he's the idea guy.
** In the series finale, [[spoiler:aimed at Zuko, because he's the expert for tracking Aang.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** In the movie ''The Beast with a Billion Backs'', Bender suggests that an unmanned probe be sent to the transdimensional rupture. All eyes then turn to Bender, who goes, "What?"
** Also the episode "A Tale of Two Santas":
--->'''Bender:''' Santa's right. We need some sort of robot! ...Oh, crap! ''I'm'' some sort of robot!
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': Bumblebee tends to play the bait a lot, and eventually comes out with this:
-->'''Bumblebee:''' Why's everyone looking at me?... Why's everyone always looking at me?
* {{Averted}} on ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. The team concludes that Franchise/{{Batman}} would have tried every logical means to find [[MadScientist T.O. Morrow]], so they need to think outside the box with an idea [[CrazyEnoughToWork stupid enough to give them a lead]]. Everyone turns to Wally. He doesn't seem surprised.
-->'''Wally:''' Well, as a matter of fact...
* The ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'' episode "Jimmy For President" has a DoubleSubversion. When Ms. Fowl announces that one kid hasn't voted yet (who turns out to be Carl), nobody looks at anybody. However, when Carl says [[TemptingFate "Why is everybody looking at me?"]], the students immediately turn their heads at Carl.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Having secretly released Mr Burns's [[CaligulasHorse canary scapegoat]] (yes, really), Homer tells him the plant is undergoing a surprise inspection. Burns starts wracking his brains for a suitable patsy, with Homer repeatedly popping up in front of him and going "Hello!"
-->'''Burns:''' This moon-faced simpleton is continually interrupting my search for a patsy, why do.... Hello!\\
'''Homer:''' Why are you looking at me like that?
* Done in the ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010'' episode "Kennel Kittens Return": After it is suggested one of the team disguises themselves as a cat, the chihuahua Squirt asks who among them could make a believable cat. Cue the line...
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' episode "House of Crime", Professor von Drake says that the suspect holds a grudge. Donald says he doesn't have a grudge, but everyone gives him a dirty look, making him ask "What?". GilliganCut to him locked in the elevator. [[spoiler:Turns out he's innocent.]]
* The WesternAnimation/HeckleAndJeckle cartoon ''Blind Date'' has the news of a millionaire offering a reward for the return of his long lost girlfriend. Heckle envisions Jeckle dressed up as said girlfriend, and then Jeckle gets worried when he sees Heckle looking at him and eyes spinning like a slot machine, each [[WingdingEyes stopping on a "$" sign.]]
-->'''Jeckle:''' Oh, no you don't, old feather head! No you don't!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MonsterBusterClub'' episode where the LivingStatue of [[OurFounder Addison Single]] leaves its pedestal, Sam states that they need a stand-in for the statue before the ApatheticCitizens notice. Cue Cathy wondering, "Why are you looking at me?" One GilliganCut latter, she's (reluctantly) replacing the statue (covered by a drape) while [[RubberMan stretching her legs to appear taller]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk'', when Fishlegs suggests using dragon-root to lure a Whispering Death away from Berk, Snotlout reminds him that dragon-root acts as catnip to dragons. Fishlegs then comments that Boulder-class dragons like his Gronkle Meatlug are immune to dragon-root, and the other riders start staring at him intently.
-->'''Fishlegs''': And I've said too much...