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-->-- '''Pretty much anyone who does this'''

A variation on TheTake. If TheTake is reaction, the Wild Take is massive over-overreaction.

For example, say a mouse ran across the kitchen floor. A take would be to jump back, startled. A SpitTake would be to drop the roast on your feet while shouting. A wild take would be to scream at the top of your lungs with your eyes popped out and duplicated many times and with a giant mouth and jump high enough to leave a [[ImpactSilhouette you-shaped hole]] in the roof.

Most characters who engage in this behavior tend to be high-strung at the best of times. Don't ask about the worst of times.

Mostly an {{Animation Trope|s}}, though it can be [=CGI'd=] into live-action shows (most often, but ''not'' exclusively, those intended for a younger demographic and "live-action cartoons"). See also EyePop.

Compare with SuperDeformed.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Almost constantly in the comedy scenes in ''Anime/SailorMoon''. In general anime has a lot of this.
* Brief does one at the end of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' when he discovers [[spoiler:Panty's chopped-up remains]].
* '''Everywhere''' in ''Franchise/OnePiece''. You'd be hard-pressed to find a chapter that doesn't have one. Bonus points to Usopp for doing this so much it might as well be his regular face. [[spoiler:Especially once he dons the persona of Sniper-King and a mask. The mask completely averts the ExpressiveMask, but Usopp's jaw sticks out from below the bottom of the mask so you can still see his wide take.]]
** Best examples? Falls. Especially [[https://youtu.be/6cMTtFgTRoc?t=78 in Skypiea]], when Luffy half-seriously suggested the coming InevitableWaterfall only for the others to dismiss the idea.
*** When falling back down to the Blue Sea, even the ''[[RuleOfFunny boat]]'' does a Wild Take.
** Averted by Nico Robin for the longest time. Since her introduction in Chapter 114 of the manga, ''she never had a single wild take''. When she and her crewmates see something surprising, they'll have their eyes popping and jaws dropping (Zoro and Nami sometimes have more composed expressions, but they've had their fair share of wild takes), all while Robin has an unexaggerated shocked expression... or even better, [[TheComicallySerious she'll keep her composure]]. However, in Chapter 728, [[NotSoAboveItAll she]] ''[[NotSoAboveItAll finally]]'' [[NotSoAboveItAll performed one along with Usopp and Franky]]!
*** Here's another one. This is when Luffy says he picked a fight with [[spoiler:''Big Mom'', '''''one of the Four Emperors''''']]. Everyone reasonably freaks out, but what does Robin do? ''She calmly smiles'', most likely because she expected nothing less from Luffy.
** Tony Tony Chopper, a [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter reindeer who ate the Human-Human Fruit]] and the crew's doctor, occasionally has a Wild Take where his hat pops off of his head... along with his antlers. Of course, [[OhCrap it's always for good reason]].
** [[TheStoic Dracule Mihawk]] averts this trope. He takes surprising news in stride, such as Sengoku revealing the identity of Luffy's father. Most of the people around him are dumbfounded by the news. Mihawk's reaction?
---> '''Mihawk:''' It's hardly surprising at this point.
** In fact, most of the Warlords of the Sea were relatively unfazed. As some of the strongest pirates in existence, they need to be able to keep a clear head... though most likely due to Luffy's influence, Jimbei proves in the Fishman Island Arc that he's NotSoAboveItAll.
** The Z's Ambition Arc, a filler at the start of the New World Saga, [[JustifiedTrope justifies]] this trope to the point where it can be lampshaded by giving it to a SizeShifter.
** While Usopp is the Wild Take king in ''One Piece'', Camie the mermaid is definitely the queen. Her expression whenever she's surprised about something... let's just say that if ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had Wild Takes, the characters from said show would definitely have [[http://images.wikia.com/onepiece/images/1/11/Keimi%27s_Face_Fault.png Camie's expression]]. Which finally reaches its obvious end [[http://i.imgur.com/Kgi3bLI.gif here.]]
** [[spoiler:[[UpToEleven This trope is even made a ''plot point'' in this series,]] when Usopp's agonized expression after eating a [[BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce Tatabasco ball]] actually scares unconscious the linchpin to [[TheChessmaster Doflamingo's]] entire plan for keeping control over Dressrosa. ''And then he '''[[Awesome/OnePiece weaponizes]]''' it, sending an image of his wild take to the same target!'']]
** When Eneru realizes that Luffy is immune to his powers, the resulting OhCrap face [[http://nsa13.casimages.com/img/2010/02/26/100226064330959721.jpg takes up an entire page in the manga.]]
** Oda even listed in Volume 81, just for laughs, how many times the Straw Hats (Plus [[LaughablyEvil Buggy]] and [[GuestStarPartyMember Vivi]]) had performed a wild take or other shocked expressions up until that point. in descending order, they are:
*** Usopp: 428 times
*** Nami: 295 times
*** Zoro: 263 times
*** Sanji: 246 times
*** Chopper: 129 times
*** Luffy: 112 times
*** Franky: 92 times
*** Buggy: 57 times
*** Vivi: 40 times
*** Robin: 16 times
*** Brook: 15 times
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has the occasional Wild Take in comedic moments, espcially in regards to Al and Winry's interactions.
* ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'':
** Happens often but Yukko's reaction to stabbing herself with a pen results in a Galactic piercing scream.
** Also Yukko again and Mio as well after being bit by Mai's dogs.
** The Professor actually installed this onto Nano '''as a feature'''.
* Beauty from ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'' often does this because she's the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Girl]] in a {{Cloudcuckooland}}, though the other characters do this occasionally.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Scott Adams sometimes illustrates wild takes in ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}''. One particular 1996 strip had the PointyHairedBoss informing the main characters that the company had just been bought out by their rival. When he mentions that the new company already has engineers who are doing the same jobs as their department for less pay (which he thinks is supposed to reassure them that they won't get laid-off), the panicked reactions of the cast to that news include Alice's hair jumping off her head, Wally's skull flying out of his mouth, and Dilbert's head [[Film/TheExorcist spinning in circles]].
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' has some wild takes from the title characters, particularly in one SundayStrip where Calvin manages to sneak up on Hobbes from behind when he comes home (only to get mauled by tiger anyway).

* Zero Mostel made a career of this, especially in ''Film/TheProducers''. The opening credits even freeze frame on one of them.
* Ben Turpin made a living playing a cross-eyed doofus. He even had insurance on his eyes in case they ever ''un''crossed!
* A rare live-action example in ''Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles''. Del and Neal end up driving on the wrong side of a freeway at night, completely unaware of it until two huge trucks come barrelling towards them. Their car scrapes between the two semis and the pair scream. There is a series of fast cuts between the outside and inside of the car, and at one point we see that both Del and Neal have been replaced by google-eyed skeletons just to elevate the sheer cartoonish shock. This is followed by Neal looking over at Del and seeing him dressed as the devil himself, laughing maniacally. The two end up on the other side, hit the brakes and their suitcases fly off the back of the car and land on the road. Neil's fingertips are embedded in the dashboard and Del has bent the steering wheel.
* ''Film/TheMask'', being a live-action cartoon, gets off several, the most extreme probably coming when he exits a city park and turns to find himself confronted with the entire Edge City police department, which involves his ''entire skull'' popping out of his mouth.
* The "Large Marge" scene in ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' features one done in Claymation.
* The title character in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' is prone to wild takes. Other Toon characters get at least one, including the weasels, Jessica and [[spoiler:Judge Doom]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The RPG ''TabletopGame/{{Toon}}'' includes these as part of playing its characters. A character who is "Boggled" (stunned for a round or two) by a shocking event will pull one of these off.

* On ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', [[OnlySaneMan Kermit the Frog is]] (in)famous for the wild takes he does when the craziness on the show gets to be too much, with hands waving in the air screaming. It's rather funny.
* An episode of Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway featured a game of Unlikely Superheroes, where Colin was Horribly Frightened Of Everything Man. Priceless.
* ''Series/SisterSister'' once had a character do this as a one-off visual gag utilising CGI effects. When Tamera first sees her romantic interest in the opening of the episode "Boy From The Hood", [[EyePop her eyeballs cartoonishly bug out of their sockets]]. She also contorts her mouth into the shape of a stretched out Klaxon horn to produce the archetypal "aooga" noise that typically accompanies Wild Takes. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVKT-vLnVyw&feature=youtu.be It can be viewed here.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games, witnesses will do a Wild Take if you manage to put a particularly large hole in their testimony. [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/aceattorney/images/8/81/Phoenix-ohshit.gif/revision/latest?cb=20130111111439 Some]] [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/aceattorney/images/e/e1/AA_Miles_Edgeworth_Court_Shocked.gif/revision/latest?cb=20140624152235 notable]] [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/aceattorney/images/0/05/Von_Karma_Breakdown_1.gif/revision/latest?cb=20100321210542 ones]] [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/aceattorney/images/5/5a/Redd-breaks.gif/revision/latest?cb=20071119125349 from]] [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/aceattorney/images/1/14/Jake_Breakdown.gif/revision/latest?cb=20100319022931 the]] [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/aceattorney/images/6/6e/Meekins_Shocked.gif/revision/latest?cb=20120824204714 first]] [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/aceattorney/images/0/01/Gant_Breakdown_1.gif/revision/latest?cb=20140629114844 game]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'', the titular 'toads do a Wild Take when they encounter a boss, also losing whatever weapon they may have been holding.
** This is the same case for ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest''.
* One dream in ''VideoGame/TomodachiLife'' features the dreaming Mii reacting by having his/her face pop off (including the outline of his/her nose) and fly into space.
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' and [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2 its sequel]] are pretty light on the {{Wild Take}}s outside of {{Gonk}} characters like Yamada and Hanamura, but Souda in the second game manages one when he hears [[GenkiGirl Mioda]] sing for the first time, and discovers that her music of choice is death metal, resulting in a shocked face in a ''[[ArtShift completely different art style]]''.
* In the ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' series, human {{mooks}} freak out and scream whenever a player character respawns.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalSlugDefense,'' your army is represented by a single Rebel Soldier on the mission select screen, who does this when encountering a boss.

* From ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'':
-->'''Black Mage:''' Hey, Fighter. You've got... ''a giant spider on your face!''
* Jean, being rather temperamental (often with reason), does a lot of these in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' such as [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20060926.html here,]] [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20071113.html here,]] [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20071006.html here,]] [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20090110.html here,]] and [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20090314.html here.]]
** And [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20100209.html here!]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'' has a lot of exaggerated facial expressions, including a fair share of wild takes.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* One Website/YouTube channel, under [[http://www.youtube.com/user/TheWildtake the same name]], has set out to collect media examples of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin wild takes]]. It's even made a music video collage of them.
* During the WebVideo/{{Nostalgia Critic}}'s ''Film/SonOfTheMask'' review, Citic's reaction to the [[{{Balloonacy}} Balloon-head baby]] is incoherent screaming terror, complete with bugged-out eyes.
** His reaction to the Arnold Baby from ''Film/{{Junior}}'' is much the same, except he charges off to the bathroom, arms a-flailing and vomits for 24 hours straight.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Creator/TexAvery largely [[TropeCodifier codified this trope]]. The short ''WesternAnimation/RedHotRidingHood'' is the likely codifier, but WesternAnimation/NorthwestHoundedPolice is more imaginative, [[http://www.toontube.com/video/342/Droopy-Dog-Northwest-Hounded-Police as seen here]].
* The titular dog of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''. He does these whenever he's scared, i.e. every thirty seconds. These are often cut too quickly and make the occasional surreal things on the show even scarier.
** In "Night of the Weremole", early in the episode, when he sees a snarling Muriel raiding the refrigerator, he starts screaming, then clutches his chest with a yelp, and collapses. Then it cuts to an ambulance racing across Nowhere, followed by Courage recovering in Dr. Vindaloo's office. Of all the insane things he would go through during the series, that is the one thing that literally gave Courage a heart attack.
** This trope was done to the point that it became a ChekhovsSkill in one of the last episodes - [[spoiler: Courage's wound up defeating the villains by screaming so powerfully that it caused the ground beneath them to split from the force.]]
* Wade, the paranoid duck on the "U.S. Acres" segments of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', had this as his primary character trait. ''Everything'' elicited a Wild Take from him.
* The Planet of Easily Frightened People on ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' was a PlanetOfHats based around constantly having Wild Takes.
-->'''Easily Frightened People:''' "AAAH! Something green! AAAH! Something ''not'' green! AAAH! Air!"
* In one ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode Plucky Duck tries an "advanced" Wild Take, the "[[http://s3.amazonaws.com/auteurs_production/post_images/5471/vlcsnap-2011-06-14-11h10m39s225.png?1308054144 Clampett Corneal Catastrophe]]". Unfortunately he gets stuck in it, leaving him as a giant eyeball with legs for the bulk of the cartoon, and on School Picture Day no less.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', Slappy Squirrel was fond of pointing these out while watching her old cartoons; "Ah, wild take no. 32, regular as clockwork. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Wish everything was as regular as clockwork around here]]."
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': "Excuse me sir, I hope my horrible ugliness won't be a distraction to you." "Not at all, boy-[[MemeticMutation DEUUEAUGH!"]]
** In fact, wild takes are a good source of [=SpongeBob=]'s humor.
* On ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents Fairly Odd Parents]]'', Mr. Crocker would frequently do wild takes when ranting to himself about Timmy's ''"[[PunctuatedForEmphasis FAIRY-GOD-PARENTS]]!"''
* Ren often did this in ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy''; such examples include after making fun of their drill sergeant only to realize he's standing right next to him when he sees this he screams, his eyeballs pop out of their sockets, his brain pops out of his skull, his skin melts off his head, and his bones connecting to his neck pop off, and when he is under the influence of Stimpy's happy helmet he makes a different and wackier expression after each word as he says "I MUST GO DO NICE THINGS!".
** Most of Creator/JohnKricfalusi's works are pretty much built around this trope.
** Heck, if the page image is to be believed, Ren is the reigning king of this trope!
* WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld: Larry 'Cheatsy' Koopa does a wild take in the episode 'Gopher Bash' after Mario, Luigi and Yoshi defeat his Monty Moles, thus foiling his plans to steal the vegetables.
** Lemmy also does one in 'A Little Learning' when he notices the volcano starting to erupt.
* Characters on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' have these in [[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horror episodes]] such as Bart and Lisa when they see Itchy and Scratchy about to fire weapons at them or Homer when he sees the hole in the third dimension.
** Wild Takes were also common in the original ''[[Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow Tracey Ullman Show]]'' shorts.
** According to Dr. Hibbert, the medical term for this is called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaPe8XFo9Zg Tex Avery Sundrome]]."
** Parodied in an episode regarding a film adaptation of Radioactive Man, when Principal Skinner announces that the film will be made in springfield and that they will cast kids from the city to star in the movie as Fall Out Boy, the kids hats fly from their heads, then Skinner says that they will fix the AC.
* The titular ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'' does these whenever he's scared.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'': Rocko often did the impressive brain-pops-out-of-the-skull ones, and was surpassed only by ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' at the time in terms of creative and somewhat gory wild takes.
** When Rocko went to get his driver's license, the eye test doctor actually ''[[InvokedTrope invoked]]'' the Wild Take ''[[ExploitedTrope intentionally]]'' (by leaving a terrorizing message) so Rocko's eyes would be big enough to examine easily. He then forced Rocko to hold the take pose until the test was complete. ([[http://www.teennick.com/videos/clip/rockos-modern-life-eye-doctor-clip.html Link to clip]])
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' did this at times, which is actually extremely unusual for a Disney cartoon. Also, whenever a Disney series was animated by Glen Kennedy's team, they would give the characters blink-it-or-miss-it wild takes which were quite extreme compared to how quick they went by.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' does this constantly with almost all the characters at some point.
* Happens to the titular character in ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'' during one of the Halloween episodes. In a very rare instance he's frightened in a haunted house and his skeleton practically tears through his skin and leaps out.
* In ''Once Upon A Girl'' Jack does this upon seeing the large breasted gypsy he was given in exchange for his cow.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' tended to do this at least OnceAnEpisode, almost always from Robotnik or his bots when they realize they're about to be on the receiving end of something painful. Sonic and Tails occasionally had some of their own though.
** [=AoSTH=] having wild takes is no shock, considering that some of its lead animators were veterans of ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy''.
* Happens a few times in the ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' cartoon "A Fine Feathered Frenzy".
** When Woody Woodpecker hears Gorgeous Gal's sexy voice on the phone and she invites him to come over to possibly marry him his eyes bulge out of his head and he jumps up and down all over the place with joy. His feelings change once he meets her and realizes she's an overweight and elderly crow. She in turn falls in love with him but her reaction intensifies once she holds him down and kisses him on the lips several times. After this Gorgeous Gal looks at the Woodpecker with a wild eyed expression, becomes ecstatic and her entire body flies at him with her giant red lips puckered like cupid's love arrow when he tries to escape. The cartoon is also filled with several other wild takes, but mostly Woody's horrified reaction to Gorgeous Gal's flirting and sexual advances. With his most extreme reactions occurring when he gets locked in a dungeon room and spots Gorgeous in a wedding dress with a priest ready to become Mrs. Woodpecker.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', being {{Animesque}} series, [[http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/318/197/740.gif occasionally indulge in this]].
* The Urpneys engaged in these frequently in ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' (Urpgor in particular would often pull multiple elaborate ones in a single casual sentence). The heroes were usually animated ''far'' more tamely, [[NotSoAboveItAll though weren't void of them completely]] (eg. their MassOhCrap in "The Dream Beam Invasion" or Amberley's in "Wildit's Whistle").
* Animator Creator/JimTyer came up with his own variation, the "shrink take", where the character gets smaller in anticipation to the big take. He first used it on the WesternAnimation/PopeyeTheSailor cartoon "Too Weak to Work".
* ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'' had some wonderful examples, usually as the gang's reaction to the MonsterOfTheWeek.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* From ''[[ParanoiaFuel The Paranoid's Pocket Guide to Mental Disorders You Can Just Feel Coming On]]'': Hyperexplexia, AKA Exaggerated Startle Reaction - "What if every time a door slammed shut, you jumped into the air and jerked your limbs wildly? [...] Hyperexplexia is a genetic neurological condition, which means that when you hear a door slam, even your DNA gets scared."
* [[LargeHam Ham among hams]] Creator/JimCarrey is pretty well capable of pulling off as close to a non-CG, non-special effect, real-life wild take as you can get.