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[[caption-width-right:280:The non-verbal BigWhat.]]

->''"In front of him just above the camera was a huge clock which, as the minutes passed and guests turned boring, he tended to stare at, waiting to be released from his role. One performance, when he wasn't looking, a member of the crew pushed back the hands of the clock fifteen minutes. Carson's momentary look of despair when he saw the clock got a laugh even though the audience had no idea why."''
-->-- '''Creator/GoreVidal''' on Creator/JohnnyCarson, ''Point to Point Navigation''

Occurs in a ReactionShot. The character reacting to the outrageous whatever says nothing, but their eyes widen in a "these people are crazy" kind of way.

Compare AsideGlance when directed at the fourth wall, FascinatingEyebrow when directed at the characters in question and EyePop for surprised cartoon character's eyes. May make use of {{Eyedscreen}}. Could be considered a subtrope of FacialDialogue. Sometimes related to OhCrap. [[JustForFun/IThoughtThatWas No relation to]] EyeScream.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' features a lot of these.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' contains quite a few of these.
* ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'': Quite a bit of the {{Reaction Shot}}s are like this.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion:''
** Shinji does one in Episode 8 when Asuka sleepwalks and lies down next to him, placing her cleavage a couple of inches from his face.
** He also does a less comedic one in Episode 16, when [[spoiler:Rei drops a WhamLine by [[MeaningfulEcho repeating a line]] he just recently recalled his mother saying to him in a half-forgotten memory]].

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* This is the third-greatest standby of {{political cartoon}}s, next to illuminating the topic with convenient newspapers and labeling every available surface whether it needs it or not. StrawmanPolitical will give a proposal while an average Joe, or a member of the affected group (e.g. a child for school policy) looks on in goggle-eyed horror.
* Happens a lot in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''.
* A standard element in ''ComicStrip/{{Shoe}}''. If there are two characters in the final panel, the one who isn't saying the punchline will frequently react with this trope.

* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': Let's just say if you tried playing a DrinkingGame while reading this story in which you take a drink every time the words "eyes widened" or similar appeared, you would be knocked out ''cold''.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega'': Eve's tends to get this reaction. Not so much the fact she's threatening someone with death, it's she does it with a happy, cheery voice. The third time, however, she's totally serious and everyone takes her as such.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'': It's very quick and rather small, but in one of the portals leading to Equestria, background pony Shoeshine has a wide-eyed reaction straight toward the audience upon seeing an opening in the fabric of reality.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Batman}}'': Jack Napier does this [[OhCrap in shock]] when he finds out that all of the information at Axis Chemicals he was sent to obtain had been destroyed. He then declares that [[LuredIntoATrap he was set up]].
* ''Film/OurMissBrooks'': Miss Brooks does this from time to time. One example is early in the film, when Mrs. Davis greets her with an apparent non sequitur.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': Elijah Wood seems to have made a career out of this.
* ''Film/WithnailAndI'' has a positively heart-wrenching Eye Take, showing the precise moment where Withnail and Marwood's friendship breaks down forever:
* ''Film/GoldenEye'': General Ourumov gets one of these after witnessing [[DarkActionGirl Xenia]] gunning down the staff of the Severnaya bunker and [[CombatSadomasochist having a bit]] [[OrgasmicCombat too much fun]] [[PsychoForHire in the process]].
* ''Film/HotFuzz'': Nick Angel's [[http://deeperintomovies.net/journal/image08/hotfuzz4.jpg reaction]] to the town's version of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', specifically the [[AdaptationDecay upbeat song and dance number following Juliet's suicide]].
* ''Film/InTheLoop'' features a positively epic Eye Take as Malcolm figures out a way to avert his impending VillainousBreakdown.
* ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' theatrical shorts were full of these, especially when other characters were confounded by the stooges' antics.
* ''Film/SpiderMan'': Peter Parker does one when he sees pro wrestler [[Wrestling/RandySavage Bonesaw McGraw]] beating a wrestler.
* ''Film/TheProducers'': The reaction shot of the audience after the opening number of "Springtime for Hitler". (They paid to see a Broadway musical titled "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Springtime for Hitler]]"! What did they expect?)
* ''Film/TheKilling'': George's reaction to [[spoiler: his wife cheery claim that she was raped by the crew leader, which successfully made George confirm to her that it was the day of the rubbery]].
* In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', Robert the Bruce's eyes widen creepily when he sees Lochlan with a slit throat lying on his dinner table.
* ''Film/TheDevilAndMissJones'' has Mary Jones' EyeTake of her realizing that Thomas Higgins is actually a detective.
* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', when Harry and Ron are flying the car and wondering where the train is, the one that notices the train first is Harry's owl, Hedwig, and this is her reaction. The boys instead have a [[OhCrap minor freak out]].
* ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'': Probe!Ilia reacts this way when Kirk refuses to tell her why the Creator V'Ger has been seeking is not responding to it. Probe!Ilia cannot comprehend why the "carbon units" would withhold such vital information, and her Eye Takes correspond with V'Ger lashing out at the ''Enterprise''.
* In ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', Newt Scamander does a hilarious one upon discovering his niffler posing as a mannequin inside a jewelry store. You can practically hear him thinking "''really?!''"

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Joey has one when he finds out that Chandler and Monica are together.
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Miss Brooks does this from time to time.
* ''Series/{{Newsradio}}'': Often demonstrated by Dave Foley's character.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Gillian Anderson's eyebrows got a regular workout.
* ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'': Jim Halpert (as played by John Krasinski) has elevated this into an art form on the U.S. version, as did his counterpart, Tim Canterbury in [[Series/TheOfficeUK the original]].
* Creator/HughLaurie could be king of this trope. He basically [[ChewingTheScenery eats the scenery with his eyes]]:
** Bertie from ''Series/JeevesAndWooster''
** Doctors are meant to be unshockable, but ''Series/{{House}}'' still finds plenty of excuses to be at the centre of an Eye Take.
* ''Series/AliasSmithAndJones'' has a nice example of an Eye Take in the pilot film, when Wheat Carlson encounters Heyes in the ''last'' place he ever expected.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'': Peter Capaldi is a sufferer of ocular ChewingTheScenery. His character [[MagnificentBastard Malcolm Tucker]] gets several Eye Takes per episode, but the longest is probably the one of his eyes scanning the headline "[[WhamEpisode MALCOLM TUCKER RESIGNS]]".
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'':
** Saul Tigh does this an awful lot, especially [[spoiler:after losing one of his eyes in the third season.]]
** And so does Laura Roslin, who has her [[http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/The_Battlestar_Galactica_Drinking_Game Stare of You-Gotta-Be-Frakking-Kidding-Me]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Cantor Eddie]].[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InTuAeGjr4M Cantor]]. Rumor has it that he used stunt eyes.
* ''Series/TheApprentice [[Creator/TheBBC (UK)]]'': [[ThoseTwoGuys Nick and Margaret]] make [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVsuQCqKBUI#t=1m5s fantastic use]] of Eye Takes, along with {{Aside Glance}}s, {{Fascinating Eyebrow}}s and [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarks]], to punctuate the more... ''questionable'' antics of the contestants.
* ''Series/TheXFactor'' is punctuated with Eye Takes. Most of Simon Cowell's expressions say more than words ever could. In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM2UPyeTOsI this clip]] Simon didn't even need to describe "the worst guitar solo I have ever heard in my life" as his eyes did it for him.
* Series/NathanBarley was known for its liberal use of reaction shots.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': In one hilarious scene, this is Ben's only reaction when Hurley attacks him... with a hot pocket.
-->'''Ben:''' Hello Hugo.\\
'''Hugo:''' AAAHHH! (''hurls hot pocket at him'')\\
(''Ben's eyes go "...did that just happen?"'')
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Cam Saroyan does this a lot. It's all a part of being the OnlySaneEmployee...
* ''Series/YesMinister'': Sir Humphrey Appleby would do this when Jim Hacker introduced something that threatened his interests.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', Centauri Ambassador Londo Mollari announces in council that under his people's new laws for the recently conquered Narn, the penalty for the murder of any Centauri by any Narn will be the execution of 500 Narns. The pak'ma'ra Ambassador features in an Eye Take, managing to pull off the look of shock despite the pak'ma'ra being {{Cthulhumanoid}}.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Fourth Doctor has [[CreepyBlueEyes really striking eyes]] and a tendency towards ComicalOverreacting, so he does this almost constantly, usually getting a really big one as the lead-in to the {{Cliffhanger}}.
*** In "Robot", he goes over to a mirror to see his new face for the first time. His reaction is several seconds of boggle-eyed despair.
*** Also In "Robot", there's a scene where he scrutinises grass with a jeweller's lens wedged in his eye socket. When he's finished explaining to the Brigadier what his observations are, he takes the lens out without using his hands by bulging his eyes out so it drops into his hand.
*** For just one example, the five minute scene where he philosophises with Davros in "Genesis of the Daleks" contains ''two'' facial shots of him boggling with his eyes practically out on stalks, one after Davros tells him that he would [[OmnicidalManiac wipe out every living thing in the universe if he could]] and the other just before [[DirtyBusiness grabbing his hand and torturing him into ordering the destruction of the Daleks]]. This is considered to be a relatively subtle and dark scene.
*** One cliffhanger (from "The Deadly Assassin") gives us [[http://i.imgur.com/hzBYB9b.gif this]].
** The Tenth Doctor does this when the Face of Boe [[ArcWords tells him]] "YouAreNotAlone".
** Clara Oswald does this quite often when she's surprised or scared. She does a particularly distinct eye take after [[spoiler:watching the Eleventh Doctor regenerate]]. Lampshaded in "Dark Water", when the Doctor complains about it - "How do you do that with your eyes? It's like they inflate."
** The Twelfth Doctor does this from time to time. (Then again, he ''is'' played by the aforementioned Creator/PeterCapaldi.) He does a ''massive'' one at the end of "Dark Water" when [[spoiler:Missy reveals who she is]].
* ''The Late Show with Creator/DavidLetterman'': One edition of "Stupid Human Tricks" included a woman who could pop her eyeballs out of the sockets. She later had a brief career in commercials reacting to surprising things by popping her eyes.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/ShaneDouglas "The Franchise" Shane Douglas]].
** In Fall 1997, [[Wrestling/RickRude "Ravishing" Rick Rude]] had been acting as an adviser to [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-h.html ECW World Heavyweight Champion]] Shane Douglas, specifically picking Douglas' challengers for him.[[note]]The storyline was that Douglas had basically pimped out his valet/manager Wrestling/{{Francine}} in exchange for Rude's advice.[[/note]] On the October 24, (taped October 16), 1997 episode of ''Wrestling/{{ECW}} Hardcore TV'', Rude told Douglas that he had found him an opponent who had run roughshod over [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} the WWF]], over Wrestling/{{WCW}}, Japan and everywhere else that he had been. Music/GunsNRoses' "Welcome to the Jungle" hit, bringing out Douglas' Triple Threat [[PowerStable stablemate]] [[Wrestling/BamBamBigelow "The Beast from the East" Bam Bam Bigelow]], revealing that Rude had double-crossed Douglas. When the music hit, Douglas had a true Eye Take. Bigelow won the title, his only singles World Title, that night.
** Douglas called out Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} on the September 4, 2000 ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro''. As soon as Goldberg's music hit, Shane's eyes popped in a true OhCrap[=/=]MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment. Shane recruited the Natural Born Thrillers (Shawn Stasiak, Chuck Palumbo, Mike Sanders, Mark Jindrak, Sean O'Haire, Reno [Rick Cornell] and Johnny the Bull [John "Johnny Stamboli"/"[[{{SdrawkcabName}} Rellik]]" Hugger] doing a weak UrExample of what Wrestling/TheNexus would be ten years later) to help him, and, even with '''8 GUYS''' against him, Goldberg was still able to win the match.
* Wrestling/DaffneyUnger was supposed to be the crazy one but the WCW camera crew ended up focusing a lot more on [[Wrestling/DevonStorm Crowbar]]'s spontaneous bouts of wide eyed happiness.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'', Samus does this upon realizing that [[spoiler:the Adam AI who has been her MissionControl [[BrainUploading is the real Adam]].]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' : Dr [=McNinja=] heavily relies on this to show emotion -- but then his eyes and eyebrows are all you can see when he's wearing his mask, which is ''all the time.'' You know... ninja and all.
* The storyteller in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' stands still for a beat as Agatha is revealed to be a Hetrodyne with wide shocked eyes, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20061016 before fleeing]] since he'd just told his great-great grandfather Ognian that he'd get married when Ognian found a Hetrodyne thinking the search was a lot cause and not knowing that Ogie had already found one.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Raven does [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-12-22 this]] when he [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-12-20 first sees Grace's Omega form]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''
** [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Kanaya's]] reaction on [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004620 this page]].
** [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004658 Same expression, different character.]]
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005087 This seems to be a running gag.]]
** It started with John in the previous arc. Every character except maybe Dave has done it at least once, and several (Jade especially) have pulled it multiple times.
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'': Rather beautifully demonstrated by Zii in [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/brainlocking the last panel here.]] One has to know the characters to appreciate quite how completely Zii's mind is being blown there.
* In ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'', [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=784 Kat when she realizes that her old arch-enemy was affably hanging out with a roommate.]]
* In ''Webcomic/SuperEffective'', ''[[EyesAlwaysShut Brock]]'' of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' does this after [[http://www.vgcats.com/super/?strip_id=34 Red's Charmander defeats his Onix]].
* Despite being, well, eight-bit, ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' has [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2006/03/23/episode-676-supernatural-selection/ this]], with Black Mage doing a rather extended one in response to Red Mage's crimes against nature.
* ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'': During the "Heaven on Earth" arc, after Jack asks if anyone else noticed that Sandra "looks sexier than she used to be", Crystal blurts out that [[HoYay she did]]. Cue the whole group immediately looking at her quite surprised, especially Wally.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/ComediansInCarsGettingCoffee'', on an episode with Sarah Jessica Parker, Jerry explains that he would do a check take with a friend of his, maintaining the conversation but glancing at the check for a meal and bugging his eyes out. He does it [[RuleOfThree three times]] and SJP finds it hilarious every time.
* ''[[WebVideo/{{React}} Kids React]]'': Morgan, 7 years old, does this during the "''le Internet Medley''" video. She was laughing at the Nyan Cat, and suddenly went "O_O ''what the heck''?!" when the ''ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US'' part barges in.
* Creator/DougWalker is very talented at this, putting it to great use for WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses and even with [[WebVideo/BumReviews Chester]].
* The ending of ''WebAnimation/JimmyNeutronHappyFamilyHappyHour'' has Jimmy doing one as he says the final line: [[BlatantLies "Just another day in the life of Jimmy Neutron!"]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': Done memorably in the premiere, when Optimus Prime [[http://images.wikia.com/transformers/images/d/d1/Sariprime.jpg learns]] [[TheTalk where little organics come from]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Island'':
** Characters tend to this in response to Chris mentioning something particularly dangerous about a challenge.
** During the Aftermath segments of ''Total Drama Action'' after a particularly odd or unexpected moment (Eg- when a clip shows Trent [[spoiler: sobbing hysterically and singing depressing heartbreak songs]] backstage) the camera would pan over to Noah and Cody either exchanging, '...Did we just see that?' glances or doing Eye Takes.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Spike at Your Service", Rainbow Dash makes a throwaway comment about Applejack's unfinished novel. As Rainbow continues talking about her own novel, Applejack's eyes are clearly saying "How does she know about that?!"
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''
** Peridot gets the most of this trope. The animators seem to have a lot of fun with her weird and over-the-top facial expressions, and bulging eyes are usually one of her features. This mostly applies in later episodes, as she suffers quite a bit of SanitySlippage, for a multitude of reasons.
** Steven, Pearl and Amethyst do this in the episode "Coach Steven, after Garnet tells Amethyst to [[FusionDance fuse]] with her. Steven and Amethyst bulge their eyes in utter joy and Pearl in complete shock.
** In the non-canon crossover episode "Say Uncle", the Gems get trapped in a [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext plot hole made by Uncle Grandpa]]. Garnet and Amethyst are relatively calm, but Pearl [[SanitySlippage completely loses it]], complete with bulging eyes and flailing arms.
** In "Cry For Help", Pearl's eyes grow significantly as Garnet asks her to fuse with her. The camera cuts away from her briefly, and when it cuts back, she's openly sobbing with joy.
---->'''Garnet:''' Don't cry, Pearl.
** In the episode "Message Received", we get a GrossUpCloseUp of [[spoiler: Yellow Diamond]]'s shocked/furious face after [[spoiler: Peridot insults her]]. Fans were VERY amused by this face, as it became a meme within hours of the episode airing.
* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'': Eye-takes are frequently done by [[TheStoic the otherwise-inexpressive]] Ice Bear.
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