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A character's eyes reflecting what they see. A useful visual effect because it allows the audience to see the character's reaction at the same time as they see the action happening. It's a nifty effect that has not passed the notice of writers and has been used by them in various ways. Very much TruthInTelevision, although exaggerated for more visual effect.

May also be used with CoolShades, ScaryShinyGlasses, lenses, and other forms of eye coverings.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'', during the time when Aya and Tooya were living together, Tooya is reflected in Aya's eyes when she talks about her love for him.
* In ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', Gretel's eyes reflect the beautiful blue sky above after [[spoiler: she's shot in the head]].
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', this happens when Momo Hinamori discovered Aizen's (fake) corpse in the seireitei.
** Happen again in the Arrancar invasion, when Orihime was about to be smashed by Yammy Largo like a bug, right before Ichigo comes to save her.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', at one point during L and Light's fight, we see Light reflected in L's eye right before he punches him.
* Happens quite often in ''Anime/{{Free}}'', most frequently Rin being reflected in Haru's eyes.
* ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'' episode 3, City of Heresy. Edward is reflected in Rose's eyes, showing his automail arm on his left arm instead of his right.
* In ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'', there have been numerous times where Sousuke's eyes have reflected what he saw. One particular instance was when Sousuke was fighting Gauron for the first time inside the Arbalest, and Al started utilizing the Lambda Driver, and [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/s01e07x133.jpg Sousuke's eyes were shown to reflect what's on the screen]].
* In ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'', both the twins Kazuma and Takuma are reflected in each other's eyes when they are reunited after one of them got better from a cold.
* A tiny computer screen image is reflected in Albert's eyes in episode 16 of ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}''.
* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', there have been multiple times in which Kyon is reflected in Yuki's [[WhatBeautifulEyes beautiful eyes]], in close-ups. [[http://i44.tinypic.com/2zhkrye.jpg Example 1]] [[http://i43.tinypic.com/2qcqxvo.png and 2]].
* The climax of ''[[VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Maihitoyo]]'' includes a scene where a character actually sees his own reflection in the main heroine's eyes (shown to the audience from his point of view). He proceeds to [[WhatHaveIBecome dislike the reflection]].
* Chitanda Eru and Houtarou Oreki's first on-screen encounter in ''Anime/{{Hyouka}}''.
* The Hanged Man in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' takes advantage of this when fighting Polnareff and Kakyoin. His Stand can hide in any reflective surface - including the human cornea. There are a number of moments during the fight where his opponents look someone in the eye and see the Hanged Man appear in front of their reflection.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', we get to see the scene that triggers Subaru's UnstoppableRage through the reflections of her eyes [[spoiler: as they turn [[SupernaturalGoldEyes gold]]]].
** ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' also gives us a nice view of Nanoha's Divine Buster Extension from the extreme close-up of a very shocked Vita's eye.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' Shikamaru does this in the battle [[spoiler: where Asuma dies.]]
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', at one point Fakir pushes Mytho's face up into a mirror, angrily demanding him to look at himself. The camera then cuts to a shot of Mytho's own face reflected in his eyes.
** The creators of Princess Tutu really like this effect. We also see Tutu reflected in Mytho's eyes after he kisses her hand (and similarly for Kraehe in another scene), and in the promo, Fakir's face is reflected in Duck's eyes while they are dancing together.
** In a bit of a variation, Rue once sees Princess Tutu in Mytho's eyes, reflecting what he's ''thinking'' rather than what he sees.
* Played [[RuleOfScary for scares]] in ''Manga/SoulEater'', when [[TheHero Maka's]] [[OhCrap terrified face]] is reflected in one of [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Crona's]] eyes just before [[AmbiguousGender zhe]] tries to chop her up. [[spoiler:Soul [[TakingTheBullet takes the sword]] for her]].
* In the ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' anime series, we see the reflection of [[spoiler:Fuuma's hand coming towards Subaru to pluck out his eye.]]
* In ''Anime/YuYuHakusho'' Hiei does this with his [[ThirdEye]] or Jagan Eye to Bui before he defeats him.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Used by Alan Davis in the first issue of ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'', way-back-when. He had Comicbook/RachelSummers (one of the Phoenixes) staring into a campfire, and in her eyes you can see the Flaming Phoenix reflected. A commentary by Claremont mentioned that he didn't write that into the script, it was just something Alan Davis (the artist) tossed in that Claremont loved.
* In Franchise/{{Superman}} story ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'', as third-rate villain Ferlin Nyxly is playing piano, his right eye reflects the Devil's Harp, an artifact which steals powers and abilities from other people.
* [[http://bullyscomics.blogspot.com/2006/10/ten-of-kind-in-your-eyes-i-see-doorway.html The subject of many comic covers]]
* One early issue of ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' shows Cutter and Leetah reflected in Rayek's eyes, expressing his blazing jealousy.
* A variation in ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'': when Violine reads someones mind, the content of their thought bubble appears reflected in her eyes. Francois' eyes work the same way.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'': When [[VillainProtagonist the Horned King]] reveals his identity to his future MoralityPet Avalina and is in the process of [[WouldHurtAChild choking her to death]], he sees his own reflection in her eyes. Seeing [[WalkingWasteland the death he represents]] actually makes him flinch before he stops.
* ''WebVideo/SuperPowerBeatDown'': In "Spider-Man vs. Darth Maul", when Darth Maul lights up his double-lightsaber, the red laser blades reflects into Spidey's white eyepieces.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* This is actually a plot point in ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'' (as well as the original book) and the basis of one of the best soliloquies in animation. Unlike normal people, Lady Amalthea's eyes do not reflect light; instead they show a forest view. The author/screenwriter uses this to play on the idea that regular people often simply reflect others rather than dealing with them as people. As Amalthea becomes more human and forgets herself, her eyes begin to show reflection.
* Happens too many times in ''WesternAnimation/WereBackADinosaursStory''.
* In Shane Acker's ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'', [[spoiler:this is how 6's death is shown, reflected in 9's lenses]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNimh'', the Great Owl's huge eyes reflect Mrs. Brisby as he leans to her; a strong effect, as his eyes are almost as large as her entire body.
* The poster for ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'' shows a prehistoric landscape being reflected onto a reptilian eye.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'':
** In the prologue, the PillarOfLight caused by Sunset Shimmer (from the first movie) reflects into Adagio's eyes when she catches sight of it.
** In the prequel short "Guitar Centered", when Rainbow Dash see the double-necked guitar, it reflects in her eyes.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'':
** Used in ''Film/SpiderMan1'', twice: [[SadisticChoice Mary Jane in one eye, the tram car in another]], and as a pumpkin bomb is thrown at Spider-Man -- but Peter's eye is shown instead of Spidey's lens-eye.
** One of the posters for ''Film/SpiderMan2'' shows Doctor Octopus in the reflection of Spider-Man's eyes.
** This trope is also used in the film itself. At one point we see in Doc Ock's wife's eyes shards of glass flying towards her--right before they tear through her and she falls dead to the ground.
** And again a short while later, when the surgeon about to cut off the mechanical limbs sees the tentacle reflected in the other surgeon's protective goggles.
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** In ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', Bond dodges an attack when he sees his attacker reflected in a woman's eyes.
** Bond uses the attacker reflected in girl's eye trick again in ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' and ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''.
%%* Parodied in ''Film/AustinPowers''.
* In ''Film/InLikeFlint'', Flint hypnotizes Lloyd Cramden with a watch that blinks in a circular pattern. The dots appear on Cramden's eyes as he's looking at it.
* In the final fight scene of ''Film/DrunkenMaster'', Jackie Chan's eyes was able to keep up with the speed of the fast fists of his opponents as shown from the eyes' reflection.
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', when Morpheus is giving Neo the RedPillBluePill choice, there's a shot where the lenses of his CoolShades each reflect one of the two pills, as well as Neo looking at them.
** Bit of trivia: the filmmakers didn't expect to have to digitally add the reflection in; when they did, they had to have someone do a storyboard for it (otherwise it wouldn't be covered by their budget, due to regulations).
* Creator/DannyBoyle seems to like this trope; there's reflective eyes in ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'' and in ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'' when the Jamal and Salim discover Latika in the hotel.
* ''Film/StrangersOnATrain'' has a variation of this. As Bruno begins strangling Guy's wife Miriam, her glasses fall from her face and onto the ground; we then get a closeup of one of the lenses, in which the completion of the murder is reflected.
* ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' has a couple of shots where one of the astronauts is reflected in HAL's red eye.
* The Executioner's report to The Council of Elders ("The energy input to Jor-El's quarters is now in excess." where the two characters he addressed are reflected in his helmet's lenses) in ''{{Film/Superman}}'', as well as a deleted scene of him flying around a crumbling Krypton, ending with the reflection of a giant shard of crystal caught in his bare eye just before he dies.
* In ''Film/AlanPartridgeAlphaPapa'', Alan's glasses reflect what he is ''really'' looking at on his laptop.
* In ''Film/{{Clockers}}'' Detective Klein leans in close to look at Victor's eyes, saying "I want to see what you see." The camera focuses on Klein's reflection in Victor's tired, bloodshot eye, and when Klein dismisses his testimony as a lie, he slowly closes both eyes in resignation.
%% * ''Film/TheWolfman2010'': "''Gwen...''"
* In ''Film/WildWildWest'', West spots a potential assassin through the reflection in Ms. East's eyes.
* Used repeatedly with the villains in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', first with General Hux in closeup looking on at [[spoiler:Starkiller Base opening fire at the New Republic, with his eyes reflecting the plasma pouring out of the ground]] and then Kylo Ren looking at essentially anything during the finale ([[Creator/AdamDriver his actor]] has dark eyes that reflect light very well, causing some dramatic shots with [[spoiler:his father inside Starkiller Base as it's being charged again, then afterwards when the lightsabers come out]]).

* According to the book ''Literature/RedDragon'', yes, this is [[SerialKiller somebody's]] sexual fetish. [[EyeScream Which is why he has to collect all those shards of broken mirror.]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Feet of Clay'', the Watch finds a vital clue when the old myth about your last sight being burned into your eye turns out to be true.
** In ''Interesting Times'', Lord Hong spots the reflection of the tea-girl/would-be assassin in a messenger's wide staring eyes.
* Most of the Chronicles of the Last Dragon books have reflective dragon eyes on the covers, generally reflecting something plot significant. Fire Star has...well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a Fire Star]]. Dark Fire has a Darkling being reflected. Fire World has a Fire Bird being seen.
* It's not intentional, but on [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/uglies/images/1/15/Tally.jpg the cover]] of ''Literature/{{Uglies}}'', Tally's eyes reflect the image of the cameraman.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', "Arrival", the [[CoolHouse Fortress of Solitude]] is seen as reflection in Chloe's eyes.
* In ''Series/TwinPeaks'', Agent Cooper sees the reflection of a motorcycle in Laura Palmer's eye ''while watching a video of her dancing with her friend''.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' used this one to establish the setting for a work of... amateur photography. (After much use of the EnhanceButton, a port hole can be seen in the subject's eye, establishing the shot as having been taken on a boat.)
* The first episode of ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' uses this to help establish Col. Truman's ColonelBadass credentials as distant explosions reflect off his CoolShades while he stoically leads his men in the front lines.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': When Lumen watches the DVD of her own rape/torture, this is used in a mercifully discreet way.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode: "The Beast Below", Amy's eyes reflect the information she is seeing in the Voting Stall.
* We watch in Naevia's eyes as [[spoiler:her lover Crixus]] is beheaded in ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand''. It's less about showing her reaction-- she's mostly frozen at this instant-- and more about giving one of the longest running characters a suitably dignified and meaningful end.
* ''Series/UltraSeven'': Dan Moroboshi's superior from M-78 appears this way.
* Parodied in ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'': The council are trying to remember what the design of a recently broken stain-glass window looked like so they can replace it, and when asked if anyone has a photograph of the window for them to work from, Jim offers a photograph of his dog, claiming that, as the dog was outside the church when the photo was taken, they might be able to see the window reflected in his eye.

* The music video for Robert Miles and Maria Nayler's version of "One & One" does this in four different scenes, with a different person being reflected in Robert's eye each time. The third time it is done, it is actually Robert being reflected in another man's eye, and the second occurrence shows a different person being reflected in Robert's eye, depending on which version you're watching.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Apollo Justice of ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney Dual Destinies'', in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-iHk7P6VvM opening]]. We get to [[http://i518.photobucket.com/albums/u341/Iris-Ciel44/Ace%20Attorney/ApolloDramaticWind_zpsc79023b8.png see]] [[http://i518.photobucket.com/albums/u341/Iris-Ciel44/Ace%20Attorney/ApolloReflectiveEyes_zps270ad097.png the]] [[RhymesOnADime sky in his eye]]!
* The box cover on ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'' featured advancing Zombies reflected in Claire's eyes.
* In the secret ending to ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII Final Mix+'', when Ven is caught at the helmet by Master Xenahort and his helmet is getting crushed open, he catches a glimpse of Aqua staring at him in horror, her face briefly reflected in Ven's eyes before Xenahort freezes Ven and tosses him aside.
* The ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' series, really, ''[[RunningGag really]]'' loves this trope:
** Used in [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/34/Command_%26_Conquer_1995_cover.jpg the box cover]] of ''VideoGame/TiberianDawn'', with a lone soldier watching a battle that we see through the reflections of his goggles.
** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun'': [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/be/Cncts-win-cover.jpg Same motif, but one lens is covered with a tactical scope]].
** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'': [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/cnc/images/9/91/RA_Red_Alert_Cover.png/revision/latest?cb=20091221210518 This time the reflection was in the tactical lens]].
** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'': [[http://www.cncnz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/red-alert2-cover-2000-2001.jpg This iteration originally had an American flag reflected in the lens, but was changed to a mushroom cloud]] due to TheWarOnTerror sensibilities.
** {{Averted}} for ''[[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d2/Cncyr-cover.jpg Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge]]'' as Yuri doesn't wear any sort of eyepiece.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MctUWQsl33Q Vent]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paq6S7WwUfI Aile]] in ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' Advent.
* Used in the ending scene of ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' when [[spoiler: AZ's Floette finally returns to him.]]
* The box cover of ''VideoGame/SpyroEnterTheDragonfly'' has Ripto reflected in Spyro's eye.
* Scarletta the Scarlet Sorcerer of ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' has mirror-like silver eyes, [[EyeScream which then start to crack]]...
* Used in the reveal trailer for ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' for the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch, when the girl Inkling sees the flaming Smash Bros icon.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheFoxSister'': When Alex and Yun Hee find the [[{{Understatement}} little mess]] the Kumiho left at Yun Hee's house, the scene is shown reflected.
* [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030721 This strip]] of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' gives us a nice reflection of the frightened Agatha from Von Pinn's [[HighClassGlass monocle]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', the wreckage of the alpha kids' incipisphere is shown reflected in Dirk's CoolShades while he angstily blames himself for allowing it to happen.
* In ''Webcomic/UncommonAnimals'', [[http://uncommonanimals.thecomicseries.com/comics/8/ Terry's eye]] shows her computer shutting down.
* PJ from ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'' looks at a violent spirit, and we see its reflection in his eyes... unfortunately, the spirit has the power to make reflections grow out of the reflecting surface. [[http://www.paranatural.net/comic/chapter-2-page-24 Poor PJ.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ470zHEhDI This review]] of ''VideoGame/MasterOfMagic'' starts off with a eye reflecting scenes from the game and then blinking them away. Reopening to reveal some sort of demon. The eye with the demon silhouette is actually from the box cover.
* The winner of ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s "[[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_735_30-unseen-dark-sides-famous-christmas-movies_p2/ 30 Unseen Dark Sides of Famous Christmas Movies]]" Photoplasty contest uses the glasses version of this trope to show what Ralphie of ''Film/AChristmasStory'' did after the movie.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Azula's eyes reflect [[http://screenshots.avatarspiritmedia.net/220/667.jpg the big wham of the second season finale]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' episode "Final Curtain", The Unmasked Green Goblin is reflected in Harry's eyes.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' episode "Ndovu's Last Journey," Jonny's image is reflected in Ndovu the elephant's eyes. This signifies that there's a bond between them and convinces Jonny to help the elephant.
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' episode "Pirates from Below". Hadji hypnotizes a guard by using the glints from his ruby. As he's doing so the glints are reflected in the guard's eyes.
* Used in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Party of One" as part of [[GenkiGirl Pinkie Pie's]] episode long SanitySlippage. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/PinkiePieDeathGlare_1210.JPG Observe.]]
** Also used in "Flight to the Finish" when Diamond Tiara gets the idea to mock Scootaloo's inability to fly, complete with an EyedScreen effect. [[http://cdn-img.fimfiction.net/story/qdlt-1432557586-177881-full Observe.]]
* Takua's eyes in ''WesternAnimation/{{Bionicle}}: Mask of Light'' had this, as [[spoiler:he watched his friend Jaller die in his arms]]. The directors on the commentary talked about how tricky this shot was to get right -- they wanted to use tears instead of a reflection at first, but were unsure whether the characters could produce them.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': [[AntiVillain Lapis]] [[MakingASplash Lazuli]], in her first appearance, had pupil-less, mirror-like eyes due to her cracked [[HeartDrive gem]]. When Steven fixes her Gem, this also gives her normal eyes like the rest of the cast.
* Used to great effect in ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'', where "Amalthea" (the unicorn changed into a human woman) does not show anything in her eyes but the green leaves and animals of her home forest. As her humanity becomes more evident, she gains ordinary eyes that reflect what she sees.
* In ''Disney/PlutosJudgementDay'', the cat prosecutor leans into the camera and images of Pluto are seen in each of his pupils. Both reflections [[MindScrew turn toward each other]] and do a DoubleTake.
* In the climax of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Octi Evil", Blossom and Buttercup, who had been at each other's throats for the entire episode, angrily stare at each other while the camera zooms further into each of their faces, with this kind of shot being the last. When their confrontation is interrupted by Bubbles screaming for help, the sequence repeats again with each wearing a quizzical expression, only now, during this kind of shot, they smile at each other, showing that they're burying the hatchet for Bubbles' sake.
* In the fourth season finale of ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'', as Julien looks back on [[spoiler:the kingdom that he has failed to protect from invading barbarians and is now being forced to flee]], its reflection is clearly visible in his sad eyes.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* There is an "Amazing but true" book that mentions a young boy who claimed to have psychic powers by getting people to read a book in front of him - he would then tell them what page of the book they had randomly turned to. The truth was that his eyesight was so precise that he could read the reflections off the corneas of his subject.
* A picture of Dick Cheney grinning at something reflected in his sunglasses popped up on the Internet. Speculation on the object's identity abounded, with some suggesting it was a naked woman and others claiming it was an illegal immigrant being abused. Cheney's people released a larger, clearer picture, revealing that it was in fact his own hand, holding a fishing pole.