B'wana Beast. How you doin'? Zatanna: (notices his stare)
are fine... as is the rest of me. (points to her face)
Up here. B'wana Beast:
Whoa! She's got the fire of the cheetah in her! (snarls) Zatanna: (to Batman, annoyed)
Why are you doing this to me?
An almost Always Female Stock Phrase
, especially if the woman has Gag Boobs
or her outfit may as well be Vapor Wear
. Of course if the woman purposefully dressed provocatively, she wants people to look, just not the person she is talking to. Used to lampshade
the Male Gaze
, though occasionally a well-endowed man will utter it as well for laughs.
Can also be a good Fun T-Shirt
Truth in Television
. Compare Distracted by the Sexy
. See also: Male Gaze
, which often prompts this reaction.
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- In the Tom Strong story introducing Jonni Future, the niece with Gag Boobs related to Science Hero Johnny Future says this when she meets Johnny's male felinoid sidekick. To be fair, Johnny's own outfit was ridiculously beefcake and he didn't expect to be succeeded by a girl. He even had a Cleavage Window to show off his muscular, hairy chest!
- Sachs from the Sachs and Violens comic book has a T-shirt with that phrase printed on it.
- This might as well be Power Girl's Catch Phrase, as seen here◊. Of course, it might be a little hypocritical when you're wearing a Cleavage Window...
- One Justice League of America comic, featuring a meeting between Lex Luthor, The Joker, and Cheetah with this problem.
Quit staring! My eyes are up here! The Joker:
where your eyes are.
- Subverted and Lampshaded in Identity Crisis, which Green Arrow notes Slipknot's eyes aren't on Wonder Woman's rack, but on her hip — where her Magic Lasso is located.
- In the second issue of the 2011 reboot of Teen Titans, we get this exchange between Tim (Red Robin) Drake and Cassie (Wonder Girl) Sandsmark:
Cassie: Yo! Up here. (points at eyes) And before you ask — Yes, they're real.
Tim: I wasn't looking at, um... them, Cassie. I was trying to figure out how those war bracelets you're wearing are invisible.
- Subverted with minor Gold Digger character Ayane, a mixed martial artist. She actually doesn't mind people looking at her chest. It keeps them from looking at the unfortunately permanent Death Glare she has.
- In Hawkeye #8, Penny says this this to Clint after she takes off her coat to reveal the stripper outfit she had on underneath.
- Justice League of America #2 (2013) has this exchange as the new team meet each other for the first time:
My eyes are up are, sweetheart.
Vibe: Huh? I know.
- From Batgirl 2009:
Stephanie: Now stop looking at my chest.
- Subverted when Blue Beetle met Supergirl and did not immediately realize who she was. When she points out the logo on her shirt, he replies that he was "raised not to stare."
- Humorously inverted in Superman. Cat Grant tried desperately to get Clark Kent to notice her breast augmentation, but Clark would always look her in the eyes instead, much to her annoyance.
- In the Hunger Games fanfiction Some Semblance of Meaning, Vale uses this in her first conversation with District One's Obsidian, who had been admiring the sparkly necklace her sister gave her. He calls her "sparkle girl" and tells her that it's shiny and pretty, and she responds, "Yeah, my eyes are pretty, too, One—not that youï¿½re looking at them." (This may have been the first indication that Vale was a Type B Tsundere. Also, Obsidian actually was just looking at her necklace.)
- The aptly-titled, NSFW website Rule 34 (and with a name like that...) has a funny (and only mildly NSFW) featured image (image only◊) about a Gorgeous Gorgon that combines this trope with Shmuck Bait. In case you haven't already figured it out, click on a link and see what I mean.
- The Last Kiss Goodbye. Private eye Jane Kates hands around a photograph of the dame she's been hired to find.
It was actually a close-up of her breasts — that's the only part guys look at anyway.
- Farce Contact, a Star Trek: Enterprise Parody Fic. T'Pol's catsuit is explained as a Secret Test of Character designed by the Vulcan Science Directorate. She would know humanity had achieved true sentience when the crew stopped talking to her chest.
- Ezreal: a True Champion, a League of Legends fanfic, brings us a rare gender-flipped example from Malcolm Graves.
- Girl On Fire, a Lost Girl The Hunger Games mashup, Bo winds up staring at Lauren's breasts when they are both stripped while waiting for their stylist.
Lauren: (tilting Bo's head back to eye level) It was uh...flattering for the first thirty seconds but I'm getting worried about you.
- Although to be fair, what attracts Bo's attention in the first place are actually the scars just under Lauren's breasts.
Films — Animation
- Played straight in Antz. When Weaver meets the lovely Azteca on his first day as a worker ant, he spends a bit too much time during their introduction staring at her legs.
Films — Live-Action
- An awkward moment in iCarly, which is a kids show:
Carly: I'm not a twig. I'm getting curvier everyday!
Freddie: (turns at Carly) I know.
Carly: (sternly) Eyes up, dude.
- There was a Saturday Night Live (guest host Kirstie Alley) where they had female aliens who had evolved their eyes in their breasts, because that's where all the men were looking.
- Done by Sally in an episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun. A professor at Dick's university is staring at her chest. She says, "I'm up here." He responds, "A lot of women like to think that."
- When Troy and Britta accidentally discover that the other is taking dance classes in Community, Britta can't help but have her eyes drawn downwards — twice — to a certain spot in Troy's tights.
"I know it's tempting to sneak a peek, but I'm gonna need for you to keep your eyes up here."
- Also shows up when Troy, Abed and Annie are trying to find evidence that Alan got Jeff fired. Annie is incensed that all she is used for is bait. Abed and Troy have no idea what she said.
- How I Met Your Mother
- Show up when Ted and Marshall were at a gay bar looking for Barney's gay brother; they were constantly getting hit on by guys.
- Happens with Ted and Robin in Atlantic City — with Robin wearing a bikini T-shirt. "Are you staring at my shirt boobs?"
- Kate says this to Sawyer in the LOST episode "Catch-22" after he walks in on her dressing.
- In an episode, J.D.'s daydream involves Dr. Cox wetting himself out of nervousness. J.D. is staring at Cox's crotch for a good several seconds before Cox has to whistle and repeat the name of the trope several times to get J.D. back to reality.
- Also inverted when J.D. and Elliot are in the locker room together. J.D. says they need to talk about the sexual tension, Elliot wheels around wearing only a bra and tells J.D. that there is no sexual tension. J.D. desperately tries to keep looking at her face until Elliot tells him to just look down before his neck snaps. Which he does. "Awesome".
- And in another episode...
Molly: Hello there.
(all looks at her chest)
Molly: Yep, those are my boobs.
(all looks at her face)
- As well in one of the Ben episodes, where Carla talks to J.D. alone about trusting his instincts - Carla teases him by asking him if he wants her body. J.D is flustered at first but gives in to the Male Gaze and Carla replies with a simple "Up here, Bambi".
- Kitty of Arrested Development says this to Michael repeatedly, regardless of whether he's actually looking at her breasts. And sometimes while flashing him.
- Discussed in House, season 4 episode 2. When the fake breast enhancement surgery they planned is threatened to be cancelled, the title character exclaims: "Would you condemn this woman to a life where people look at her face when they talk to her?"
- Alan ends up doing this in Two and a Half Men... and at a really bad time, as Jake had just got suspended from school after drawing an offensive picture of a big breasted girl (daughter of the woman he was staring at).
- To be fair to Alan, the woman in question was not only very well-endowed, but she was also showing a lot of cleavage, and given that their discussion was keeping his mind on the subject of ogling breasts, it would have been strange if his eyes hadn't wandered a few times.
- A terrific subversion/lampshading happens in The X-Files episode "Humbug" in which Scully catches a sideshow freak staring at her chest through her unbuttoned shirt just as said freak notices Scully staring at his deformed conjoined twin through his opened robe. Both cover up immediately in embarrassment.
- In Doctor Who Rory is told off twice after staring a bit too long at a naked statue (the Venus de Milo) and then at older Amy.
The Doctor/Older Amy: Eyes front soldier.
- On The Drew Carey Show, Kate mentions trying to get a drunk Mr. Bell to stare at her face instead of her chest. They wound up compromising on the neck.
- Castle has a moment of this in a season 2 episode where the Body of the Week was reported while coroner Lainie was out clubbing. Turns out she's surprisingly buxom when not wearing scrubs.
Lainie: (to Beckett) Well, unlike you, I don't stand around all day waiting for a body to drop. Quit lookin' at the girls, Castle.
- And she says it without missing a beat, making it all the funnier. Poor Castle has so much trouble not staring that he simply looks away.
- Stargate Universe: Lt. James does this to McKay at one point. In a previous episode, she implies she's done it before.
- He then attempts to ogle her butt, she is however well aware of his intentions and makes him walk in front of her.
- The Big Bang Theory: In an effort to help Leonard get tenure, Penny dresses in a tight, low-cut dress and plans to flirt with the tenure committee...at a funeral. Raj stares at her chest, looks away when he notices Penny looking at him, then immediately looks back at Penny's cleavage the instant she looks away.
- Inverted in 30 Rock when Hazel comes to work wearing only a bra underneath her page jacket and irritably demands, "Eyes down here, boys. I have breasts, you know!"
- An outtake of Happy Endings (included in the second season DVD) had Elisha Cuthbert saying this to Zachary Knighton. (She was wearing a bikini top at the time.)
- Believe it or not, it happens on Reality Television, too. Just ask Jupiter (Pirate Master).
- When Caroline imagines getting a boob job on Caroline In The City, she first loves the attention they...uh, she gets. Then she realizes guys are staring only at her chest so she starts arguing she is "more than just a pair of breasts." As she argues, they start getting larger and larger, until she can't put her arms down.
- Angel. After a trip overseas, Angel gives Cordelia a necklace.
Cordelia: Oh my gosh, it's gorgeous! And look how it brings out my breasts!
(Wes, Gunn, and Angel glance around awkwardly)
Cordelia: You know you were all thinkin' it.
- Said word by word by Tina Cohen-Chang in the Glee episode "The Power of Madonna", during a fit of feminist rage against Artie.
- Played straight and subverted by Toyfare magazine. Female toys will have word balloons saying this. Sometimes other toys you don't expect will have this as well. (Ex: the Bomarr Monk from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.)
- A one-panel comic had a Mensa convention with two guys enraptured with a woman's large head, and she is saying "Ahem, guys - my breasts are down here."
- In 1997, shortly after Chyna got her breast implants, Shawn Michaels did a promo where he was talking to her breasts and Chyna pointed two fingers to her face to remind him that she was "up here".
- Jillian Hall had this instruction for the fans of WWE Smackdown. The fans were looking a little closer to her eyes than most examples in that case though, specifically at a rice cake sized tumor right beneath them.
- Fallout 3. Sydney, a relic hunter, will say phrases like "Eyes up here, please," and "Less gawking, more walking," when you speak to her if you decide to team up with her to retrieve and split the loot you're both after.
- Fusionette from City of Heroes has been known to say this a time or two.
- Ruby from Gaia Online used to say this in her shop dialogue. Since the shops have been revamped, the line is now immortalized by the bonus pose of a collectible doll of her... blue eyes like hers.
- A PA in Star Ocean The Last Hope has Edge walking in on Reimi in the shower while searching for Sarah's glasses. Reimi catches him while he's still partially stooped over, causing him to get eye level with her chest. He comments on her growth. She demands to know who he's talking to. Cue the Armor-Piercing Slap.
- This exact phrase is one of the dialogue option for the female protagonist (who starts the game only in her underwear) during the first dialogue with Atton Rand in Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords.
- An inversion occurs in the fan-made Neverwinter Nights 2 mod "Dark Waters". In the first chapter, in which you learn about the memories/personality quirks/etc. that were implanted into you and your party at the beginning, a female player has to remind Daniel that she has breasts when he starts treating her like the person whose memories she has.
- A very silly inversion occurs during one piece of random dialogue in Dragon Age II, where Varric reminds Isabela where his eyes are when she starts examining his chest hair.
- In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) there were scenes where they tried and succeeded to get this past the radar. In said game, Shadow repeatedly glances at Rouge's breasts, although you only notice if you pay close attention to where he's looking. But in one scene, he trails off and just stares until she looks at him and he looks nervously to the side.
- Fear Effect: Retro Helix has Hana talking to this male Jerkass and she states the trope.
- In Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail! when talking to the nudist Drew Barringmore, she'll chide Larry as his gaze gradually drops. Unless you found the earplugs.
- Played with in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater... sort of. EVA's introduction scene features her partly unzipping her motorcycle jumpsuit, giving Snake (and, by extension, the audience) an excellent shot of her assets. Snake makes no move whatsoever to hide the fact that he's enjoying the view, and EVA doesn't seem to care - possibly just for the sake of comedy and fanservice, but it's hard to doubt that EVA was fully aware of what she was doing.
- Wulffmorgenthaler: Dick Bird proposes a practical way to avert this trope.
Lucretia: HEY! What do you think you're staring at!?! My boobs are down here, buster!
- Also played with in a later strip; apparently, demons consider a succubus' horns to be attractive, leading to a "I'm down here" remark.
- Jade of Pv P has a City of Heroes character named The Titillator, with a Power Girl-esque costume and the battle cry "Eyes up here, buddy!"
- Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures
- In Freefall Winston has a different reason for potentially saying that: squeaky shoe covers.
- Keychain of Creation has a hilarious inversion in one of the extra strips◊, with Marena trying to divert Misho to her other pair of eyes.
- In Applegeeks, one of Alice's signature shirts is a black T-shirt with an arrow pointing up on her chest.
- A male example occurs in Penny and Aggie when Karen deliberately walks in, naked, on her boyfriend Marshall while he's showering in the gym.
- In one comic of Cheer, Kevin actually finds himself physically unable to pull his eyes from Karen's chest after she gets her new (and rather revealing) cheerleader uniform. A few comics later, he gets sunglasses, apparently with the sole intent of making Karen unable to tell where his eyes are pointed.
- This Concerned strip has Gordon Frohman eying Dr Mossman's chest.
- Sluggy Freelance
- The proper response to this comment is demonstrated by Rayne in Least I Could Do.
- Implied in the introductory strip of DiDi in Ménage à 3.
- This strip◊ of Cyanide and Happiness.
"Yes, but your tits are down there."
- This strip of Loserz lampshades it.
Adam: Yeah. And so is your hair. What's your point?
- This is the well-endowed Lady Germany's Berserk Button in Scandinavia and the World.
- We don't know exactly what is done to this trope in this (probably NSFW) Ow, my sanity chapter cover, but something is done to it.
- While it has yet to happen on-panel, Darby of TRU-Life Adventures has implied she has to say this. A lot.
- This distraction saves an adventurer's life in Oglaf, as without it he would have gazed on a medusa's hideous face rather than its less-than-hideous body. (Though it turns out looking at either makes him rock-hard...)
- Exiern: "I know where your eyes are".
- Parodied in Hark A Vagrant with John Paul.
- In Nip and Tuck, Hortence wears a wig rather than falsies to establish that she's female because she is quite aware of this trope's existence and would rather have people looking at her face.
- Cordless: Venia gives Alfonso this remark, not for the first time it seems, but he immediately points out the hypocrisy of saying that while dressed in stripperiffic garb.
Venia: And we've been over this. My face. Up here.
Alfonso: Soz. Even with your extremely modest duds Al somehow can't help himself, you know?
Venia: Point taken.
- In Our Little Adventure, Angelika exploits this to hide something under her shirt.
- In a Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal strip, a statitican's response is "I have no data to support that conclusion."
- Faye of Questionable Content wears a shirt with an upward arrow over her chest in at least one strip. Marten once mentioned that she "punches [him] if [his] eyes stray south of her jawline."
- Played with in Times Like This, as this exchange takes place in an online virtual chatroom.
Philip78TX: Long time no see! How's things with you?
NanoCassDFW: I'm holding up.
Philip78TX: I can see that. ;)
NanoCassDFW: Eyes up here, pervo. :P
Philip78TX: Can't a man compliment a woman on how well-built her virtual form is?
- Played straight in The Dreadful when Poe is trying to persuade Lucas that she's Kit's twin sister. After Lucas fails to look closely at her face as she instructed, Poe gets angry. Lucas, having only seen Kit angry, instantly spots the likeness.
- Hilariously inverted by Junior Scientist Power Hour here.
- A male example happens in Manly Guys Doing Manly Things between Sten and the Warden after the Warden hid Sten's armor for kicks.
Sten: Warden, my eyes are up here.
Warden: Sure is too bad mine are down here.
- Castlevania RPG has another Medusa joke in the Island Honeymoon storyline.
Medusa: Speaking of, why aren't you two stone already? Everyone who looks in my eyes is turned to stone!
Angel: I've been staring at your breasts.
Princess: ...You have eyes?
- The Nostalgia Chick, as the Goblin King a.k.a. "Package!" says this in her review of Labyrinth.
- Said by Jesus' busty sister Tammi in this article by The Onion: "I saith unto thee: Look upon mine eyes, which dwell within mine head, and not upon mine bosom, wherein no wisdom dwells."
- In Eighties Dan, ROB is staring at Dolly's chest, and she says this.
- In the first episode of Metamor City, "Welcome to the City", rookie cop Michael Perelli gets a particularly shocking version of this from Lieutenant Kate Kitaen; when he checks out her breasts, two huge eyes suddenly form on them to stare back at him. At the end of the episode he gets the explanation for how Kate managed this; she is an illusionist — and a bit of a prankster.
- Quite common Whateley Universe (though not often worded as such), due to the prevalence of the Most Common Superpower, especially by Phase, who, being an exception to the Third Law of Gender Bending, is extremely displeased with the male attention she gets.
- Conversely, many of the characters like the fact that they draw the Male Gaze, which is probably at least in part due to the fact that most of them are teenagers - and many of the most notable cases were either significantly less attractive before, or else were Transsexuals who had the good fortune to have the Exemplar power to transform themselves to their true gender. Even those who are happy with their new-found beauty find it less than wonderful, though at least one has enough of a sense of humor about it to call herself 'Attributes'.
- A YouTube member pointed out Mass Effect 3's tendency to include Male Gaze shots with a video entitled "My Eyes are Up Here, Kasumi".
- Oscar Winner Marion Cotillard parodies the concept in this fake commerical.
- Parodied with this t-shirt from Teespring, which also points out other interesting body parts you might want to look at. Such as the lungs and gallbladder.
- Played with in The Simpsons episode, "The Frying Game":
Carmen Electra: Homer, my face is up here.
Homer: (completely deadpan) I've made my choice.
- The exchange between B'wana Beast and Zatanna in Justice League Unlimited, quoted atop the page.
- On Family Guy, Lois has to occasionally grab Peter's face by the chin to redirect his gaze. Peter, being who he is, he just goes right back staring at Lois' chest.
- Gender-inverted on South Park with Randy Marsh's testicles in "Medicinal Fried Chicken".
- Parodied on Home Movies, where Melissa tells Jason to stop looking at her fake boobs (a pair of balloons shoved into her top as part of her role in Brendan's latest movie). He insists that he can't.
- Inverted in Squidbillies where one of Early's hats has the phrase: "Tell your boobs to quit looking at my eyes" written on it.
- The Looney Tunes Show: In "The Shelf", Daffy (who doesn't wear clothes anyway) says this to Tina after he hands the towel he was wearing to Bugs. Later in the episode, Speedy says to Lola (holding his sombrero in front of himself) after Lola claims she has an x-ray eye.
- The Critic:
Jay: (openly staring at Valerie's breasts) Uh-huh... uh-huh... Ohh, yeah...
Valerie: (more amused than insulted) What are you doing?
Jay: (guiltily) Oh, I'm sneakin' a peek at your maguppies. It's my stumbling attempt at intimacy.