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He's the Big Boss, the EvilOverlord, or some other higher-up either good or bad. When he receives people in his office, instead of looking at them directly, he talks with his back to them while looking out the window, probably with his [[ReverseArmFold arms folded behind him]].

Usually intended to convey that the character is so badass he can't be bothered to look at his audience, this is sometimes used to indicate an internal conflict of some sort (depending on his facial expression). Also has the bonus of keeping his identity a secret, up until the ChairReveal or [[EmergingFromTheShadows Shadow Reveal]].

If the other character is a trusted lieutenant or [[TheConfidant confidant]], the senior figure may ask them to look out the window and "Tell me what you see" in order to segue into making a point.

This may be part of TheFaceless.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Ikari Gendo.
* Director Kakuzawa from ''Manga/ElfenLied''.
* Prime Minister Athena in ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}''.
* A favorite pose of Dr. Nambu a.k.a. Chief Anderson, Dr. Brighthead, Dr. Keane of the much dubbed ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' franchise. He was usually looking at fish out the window (porthole?) of the team's underwater headquarters.
* Akito from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' seems to do this sometimes.
* The minister of the interior does this while conversing with the head of Section 9 in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''.
* [[BigBad Frieza]] in ''Anime/DragonballZ'' is seen doing this on occasion, [[LikeFatherLikeSon as is his father]], King Cold.

[[folder:Comics -- Books]]
* ComicBook/TheKingpin (Creator/MarvelComics and related media) is prone to doing this in his various forms when in his Penthouse of Evil.
* ComicBook/LexLuthor has done this in the ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics. Many times.
** A lot of the time he's implied to be trying to catch a glimpse of [[ArchEnemy Superman]]. He's a little obsessed that way.
** In the page picture, from ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', he's watching dozens of people plummet to their deaths from the skies of Metropolis. [[MoralEventHorizon He caused it to happen.]]
* On the cosmic end of the scale, ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} frequently does this in his throne room, gazing out at his dystopian kingdom. Case in point, [[http://comicsalliance.com/files/2013/04/darkseid02.jpg this]] one-page story from ''ComicBook/TheSupermanAdventures'':
-->'''Desaad:''' What do you think about when you see everything you have accomplished on Apokolips, great Darkseid? What monumental thoughts pass through your head?\\
'''Darkseid:''' It's not enough.
* [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' proves he's CharlesAtlasSuperpower incarnate by doing this ''while fighting two superheroes''. When his RightHandCat joins the scene and the fight ends, he continues while walking his corridors.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* One ''Fanfic/HauntedMansionAndTheHatboxGhost'' comic by Emma Mosier ([[http://haunted-mansion-fandom.wikia.com/wiki/EMM_ASK_056 here]]) has the Phantom do this.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Similar to a Greatroom scene, where the higher-up gazes into the fire instead of looking at the protagonist, à la ''Film/TheBigLebowski''.
* ''Film/BrightLightsBigCity'': Jamie's boss at the magazine he works for strikes the pose before lecturing him about a sloppy job he did.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Elizabeth}}'', where Walsingham (the queen's spymaster) instructs his disciple to look out the window as to start a discussion as per the trope, and in mid-conversation slits his throat.
* ''Film/{{Fearless 2006}}'': Huo Yuanjia's long-estranged friend strikes the pose when turning down a request to lend him money. On a later encounter, their reconciliation is illustrated by his turning from the window to face him as Huo enters the room.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. Aragorn is in this pose in Arwen's flashforward vision on the road to the Grey Havens.
* ''Film/MajorPayne'': The eponymous character once enters his office while Stone is sitting at his desk. Payne putters around for a few seconds without apparently seeing him, then stands with his back to Stone and shouts, '''''"WHAT''' the hell are you doing in my office?!"''
* ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'': Captain Von Trapp.
* ''Film/SpaceCowboys'': Bob Gerson, after Hawk crashes a third expensive, experimental rocket plane.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'', Darth Vader onboard the ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Executor]]''.
** Tarkin and Krennic both strike this pose in ''Film/RogueOne''
* ''Film/TronLegacy'': Clu when he has Sam Flynn brought to him.
* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'': Ozymandias, while receiving corporate tycoons in his office.
* ''Film/TheMatrix'':
** Morpheus looks out of a window in this pose right before meeting Neo.
** Agent Smith oversees the City before interrogating Morpheus.
* ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'': [[BigBad Simon]] walks like this when entering the Federal Reserve Bank vault he's about to rob.
* The opening shot of ''Film/{{Dodsworth}}'' has the protagonist, a BenevolentBoss, lost in thought, looking out of the window of his office upon the factory buildings.
* In ''Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey'', this is the way in which Mr. Grey receives visitors in his office.

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Vetinari does this a lot as part of his "Evil" Overlord trappings. He particularly likes the "tell me what you see" line while looking over the city, which generally leads to his companion saying something like [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "fog?" or "a very large bird?"]] or "a small dog watching a man take a piss in an alley. Sorry, but you chose the wrong moment".
-->'''Vetinari:''' Had I been taken ''less literally'', you would have said...
* There's a scene in ''Literature/BulldogDrummond'' where Drummond and the villain Peterson have a conversation where Peterson is looking out his window with his back to Drummond; Drummond considers trying to jump him, but realises in time that Peterson is only pretending to look out the window, and is actually watching Drummond's reflection in the glass.
* There's a brief instance in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' where Tywin Lannister goes over to the window and does this. However, it's subverted because Tyrion realises that [[TheStoic Tywin's]] only doing this because [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness he has actually been rattled by what's just happened]], ([[spoiler:it's finally been driven home to him just [[TheCaligula how dangerously inept and uncontrollable Joffrey has become]]]]) and is trying to hide this while he regains his composure.
* Dracula does this in the epilogue of ''Literature/TheHistorian'' in Snagov's flashback.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** [[MagnificentBastard Palpatine]] does this in the {{Novelization}} of ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith'', even telling Anakin to look upon the city.
** The titular BigBad of ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' does this almost religiously, often asking his [[TheDragon Dragon]], Pellaeon, to observe alongside him.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''
** Scorpius would occasionally do this with the bay windows overlooking the hangar on his command carrier. A variation occurs during Scorpius' exile aboard Moya: in this case, whenever Crichton bothered to speak to him face-to-face, Scorpius would almost always be lying on his bunk, staring at the ceiling.
** Grayza did this as well at the climax of "La Bomba".
** Natira also did this while torturing Crichton, inviting him to take in as much of the view as possible before... [[EyeScream well]]...
* Michael Scott attempted something along these lines in ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'', but it was more confusing than intimidating.
* Catherine Weaver displays all the classic signs of this trope in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', launching into long, philosophical monologues while in her office. Most of the time she doesn't even seem to notice the other person is there, and appears to just be rambling to herself. Odd behavior for a [[spoiler: T-1001 terminator.]]
* An episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' featuring Al Gore had a sketch involving the former vice-president visiting the set of ''Series/TheWestWing''. He gets caught up pretending to be president, at one point telling Creator/MartinSheen to walk up to him as he's staring out the window of the faux-Oval Office and say "Mr. President, the Joint Chiefs need an answer."
-->'''Al Gore:''' ''(Turns from window)'' Tell them... ''(dramatic pause)'' ...we're going in.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' did this occasionally in the show's fifth season. He wasn't incinerated by the sun thanks to the building's UV-proof, vampire-friendly window glass.
* Parodied in ''Series/NewGirl'' when Schmidt and Nick are talking about their invention, [=RealApps=]. When they begin their "business meeting," Schmidt is staring out the window of the loft, while they're talking about their item that's just a bunch of utensils glued together.
* Peter Allen does this in his one scene when cast as (yes) the BigBad in one episode of ''Series/MiamiVice'', and Crockett and Tubbs walk in on him.
* Rachel, when we first see her, in ''Series/OrphanBlack''.
* Rare good example: Birgitte Nyborg, the show's protagonist, does this at the end of the credit sequence of ''Series/{{Borgen}}''.
* This is a signature of Jack Donaghy on ''Series/ThirtyRock''. Usually with a glass of Scotch. Later in the series, he even directs Lemon to the other window- where guests stare. At one point, he stares out the window of a recreation of his office on a movie set...at nothing.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [=LeChuck=] is introduced doing this in ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland''. He's still doing it when Guybrush sneaks into his cabin later in the game. Must be a nice view.
* The trailer/opening for ''Film/TheMatrix'' MMORPG has Morpheus with his back to the camera at all times during the opening narration, looking out windows and rooftops, and jumping away when the camera gets close, ''at least'' three times.
* Lord Galcian from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' does this a lot.
* In ''RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'', when you encounter Munakata for the last time, he spends quite a length of time turned away from you as he speaks, only turning to you to pull off TheReveal.
* Colonel Halcyon and Commodore Tolwyn in ''VideoGame/WingCommander 1'' & 2, respectively.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''
** When he isn't looking at you with his creepy, creepy eyes, The Illusive Man does this a lot. Can't blame him though, his view is awesome. He's looking out at a dying star, which has to be seen to be believed. He continues this habit in [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 the third game]], [[spoiler: and is ''very'' annoyed when you're in his chair looking at the view]].
** Anderson is also fond of staring out over the Presidium, although in his case he's wearily leaning on his balcony railing rather than standing tall.
** Aria spends part of her initial conversation with Shepard like this, staring out over the Afterlife nightclub while s/he is getting scanned. Once Aria confirms Shepard's identity, though, she warms up (relatively speaking) and turns to face him/her.
* [[BigBad Lacroix]] once in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', before revealing he posted a bloodhunt on [[spoiler:Nines]].
* Entering Crime Boss Maximo's office in the High Roller Lounge in ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'', the player will him him standing at the window looking at the cat races. However, he will turn to face Manny if you start a conversation with him.
* Luke Skywalker in ''VideoGame/JediKnightIIJediOutcast''.
* ''VideoGame/JudgeDreddDreddVsDeath'': Dredd is introduced watching over the city from the balcony of the Grand Hall of Justice with his arms folded behind his back. Hershey and Anderson come to see him, but he doesn't turn to look at them throughout the conversation.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Rayne strikes the pose in [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20090226 this strip]], and Marcy in [[http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20091121 this one]], of ''LeastICouldDo''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'': The head angel in [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1680 this strip]].
* You'd think it would be hard for a non-humanoid, tentacled abomination to pull something close to this pose, yet [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2007-12-19 Orocular]] manages it in a ''{{ComicStrip/Nodwick}}'' strip.
* Xykon does it, briefly, in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0662.html this strip]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': Reverend Theo Phobius in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2010-12-14 this strip]].
* [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/090922 This strip]] of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': CanonImmigrant Grand Admiral Thrawn, just like his above-mentioned ''Legends'' counterpart, is almost-always in a ReverseArmFold stance while making observations -- and often in his private, art-filled chambers.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' does it all the time:
** Mr Burns lives on this. He once [[TemptingFate tempted fate]] by saying he'd donate a million dollars to the local orphanage "when ''PIGS FLY!''". Commence porcine air torpedo, and a snarky comment by Smithers. Burns just kept staring. And [[{{Jerkass}} kept the money]], too.
** Whenever Principal Skinner gets started on his time in the Vietnam War, he turns to the window and does this, while his voice drops in somber remembrance. About how a Vietcong elephant ate the rest of his platoon while they were trying to escape. Or that time he swore revenge on Principal Kahotek.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'': Nox at the end of season 1 episode 24, contemplating the Sadida kingdom he's about to attack from the window of his giant clockwork mecha.
* Lampshaded by Flame King in the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Red Throne", as he stares out over his kingdom from a window.
-->'''Flame King''': Man, I love staring out over things.

[[folder:Real life]]
* A photographer happened to show up early to the Oval Office [[UsefulNotes/CubanMissileCrisis one August day ]] for an interview with UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy and found him pulling off [[http://www.cubanmissilecrisis.org/post/gallery/jfk-in-oval-office/ a textbook example of this trope ]]