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B'wana Beast: B'wana Beast. How you doin'? Zatanna:(notices his stare) My legs 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?
Hirasawa Ui from K-On! has something of an attitude like this towards Sawako-sensei because the latter's pointing out the former's greater endowment (when compared to her older sister) ruins her Twin Switches.
Ui: Good morning to my chest?!
Hadzuki Nouge from Koe de Oshigoto! is not aware that boys are looking at her breasts unless she is told so.
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.
Cheetah: Quit staring! My eyes are up here! The Joker: I know 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.
Also parodied by Jim Gaffigan, who stated that he'd just gotten a stomach implant, but he wasn't some piece of flesh to be oogled at.
Played somewhat straight with ventriloquist Jeff Dunham in a Halloween Special, in which one of his puppets, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, is dressed like a woman for Halloween — an American woman. At one point, Jeff looks over Achmed's dress and Achmed says this very phrase to him word for word, then adds...
"My hoochers do not talk. But of course, you could make them talk if you wanted to, couldn't you?"
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
A gender-switched example occurred in New Moon. Whenever Bella talks to Jacob, her eyes are almost always on his almost-always bare chest. (Didn't he even say something like "My eyes are up here" once?)
Bridget Jones has a coworker called Mr Fitzherbert that she had nicknamed "Tits Pervert" for this very reason.
1939 version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame has sexually frustrated villain Frollo staring at Esmeralda's breasts when they meet first time.
A Knight's Tale: When William is bludgeoning his way through a love letter to Jocelyn, Roland and Wat mention that he should mention that he "misses her breasts", after which Chaucer says, "I would tend to look above her breasts, William."
Inverted in Where The Truth Lies, when Lanny tells a female audience member "I think you have the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen. Now you notice I say 'I think you've got the most beautiful eyes I've ever seen'; that's because I haven't actually seen them yet. I've been too busy staring at your cans."
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".
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.
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.)
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.
On the Folsom Prison live album, Johnny Cash introduces June Carter to sing the duet "Jackson" with him, and they talk a bit, leading to this exchange:
Johnny Cash: Well, I like to watch you talk. June Carter: I'm talking with my mouth. It's way up here.
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.)
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 relichunter, 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.
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.
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...)
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.