Eye Am Watching You

So there's something off about the new guy. You want to keep him on his toes, let him know that he can't be at home just yet. You want him to know that you'll be watching him.

The wonders of nonverbal communication make saying all this without wasting your breath possible. Just perform these three simple gestures:

1. Point to yourself: "I"

2. Point to your eyes, preferably using the backward V Sign: "AM WATCHING"

3. Point to your target: "YOU."

Details can vary from forgoing some of the steps (most often the first one, since technically you're pointing to yourself in step 2 anyway) to using different fingers when pointing at different things, but this is how you generally tell someone that Eye Am Watching You. Though generally a threatening gesture, it is known to have at times been used in a friendly or reassuring manner as well; communicating something to the effect of "I'll be seeing you", "I've got your back" or such. In many sign languages, the same gesture from one side of the face (not centered) translates as "see" or "I see you."


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  • The E-Trade Baby does this, possibly a reference to Meet the Parents.
  • The Burger King does this in one commercial during a news conference, while his spokeperson dismisses every question. The last question gets this response from the King.

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • One of the possum brothers gives Manny this in Ice Age 2: The Meltdown when they notice that he's growing interested in their "sister", Ellie.
  • A thug does this in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie during the "Baby Hunt".
  • Officer Devereaux Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs does a funny variant of this trope:
    Officer Devereaux: This contact lens represents you! And my eye represents my eye! (puts on contact lens) I've got my eye on you!

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Barney from How I Met Your Mother uses this gesture to encourage his friends to "focus on the prize". Which is usually casual sex and/or hijinks.
  • Shirley on Community does this when she and Annie are deputized to monitor April Fools' Day.
  • In Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Vice-Principal Crubbs does this to Ned from time to time.
  • Doakes does this to Dexter in Dexter.
  • Glee
    • Mike Chang does this to Coach Shannon Beiste after his girlfriend Tina mentions Beiste's name at an... inappropriate moment. While completely ignoring the fact that if he hadn't told Tina about how some of the other boys were using Beiste to, erm, cool off, she would never have used the method herself and therefore never mentioned the name...sometimes Mike's not all that bright, really.
    • Coach Sylvester does this too to Rachel after leaving Principal Higgins' office.
  • An episode of Saturday Night Live with Zachary Quinto promoting the new Star Trek had a Star Trek fan do this to him with his fingers in the Vulcan salute.
  • In Monty Python's Flying Circus, John Cleese does this to Terry Jones after he says the word mattress... twice.
  • On Some Girls, Holli does this at a school function to one of the nuns who had taken all the Hawaiian pizza slices. The nun repeats the gesture in kind.
  • A suspicious Clara does this to the Doctor on Doctor Who when he cancels their weekly adventure for something else he called needing deep cover for. Naturally, she turns out to be right when the Doctor shows up at her school posing as the new caretaker.

    New Media 
  • The I'm watching you rage face, which is of the third phase of the motions.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • On WWE's fifth NXT season, when Maxine tried to marry Derrick Bateman, Bateman's disapproving mother gave her this gesture.


    Video Games 
  • Drebin in Metal Gear Solid 4 does a variation of this to Snake called "EYE HAVE YOU", which starts at the "eye" step, then he clenches a fist, then points to Snake.
  • In Office Jerk and Office Zombie, the Jerk and Zombie both do this as taunts. The Jerk does the standard version. The Zombie takes his right eye out, points at it, points at you, and then sticks the eye back in the socket.
  • The Sniper has this as one of his taunts in Team Fortress 2.

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    Western Animation 
  • Happens a few times in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Apparently in the Avatarverse, instead of using the index and middle fingers to point to their eyes, they use the index and pinky fingers, which somehow looks considerably more badass.
    • Katara does this in "The Blind Bandit" episode of to the bully earthbender students.
    • Katara also does it to Jet in "Lake Laogai".
  • The Legend of Korra inherits the index-and-pinky version of the gesture from its predecessor. In particular, Chief Lin Beifong does this to Korra as she's leaving the police interrogation room. Korra does the same back, only with a much funnier face.
    • She later does this to some thugs in "The Stakeout", complete with the same "Water Tribe" gesture Sokka does in the previous series.
  • In Phineas and Ferb episode "No More Bunny Buisness", Perry the Platypus does this to Dennis the Bunny.
  • Family Guy: "Let's use our eyes...to see..."
  • Agent/Headmaster Phil Coulson to Spider-Man in Ultimate Spider-Man.
  • In various episodes of Sonic Boom, Sticks has a tendency to do this if she thinks someone is untrustworthy. For example, in Two Good To Be True, Eggman backspaces before he says outright that he's going to attack them next Tuesday, cuing this reaction from her.