When you're looking through a pair of binoculars, or even a telescope, expect a Binocular Shot
through the character's perspective. However, when a character who is a Cloudcuckoolander
or The Ditz
looks through the binoculars, expect to see him looking through the wrong end, which results in a faraway view through that character's perspective. Generally shows up in Comedy
See also Had the Silly Thing in Reverse
Film - Animated
Film - Live-Action
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Sparkle's Law, Pinkie Pie thinks she's a Hardboiled Detective. Her magnifying glass only works one way for some reason (don't ask) and she spends the entire investigation looking through it the wrong way. She even notices that it's making everything looks smaller, but she just thinks someone sabotaged it, and she keeps using it.
- Done as a Jump Scare in The Lost Crown, when Hardacre catches Nigel using his theodolite without permission, and looks through its viewing end to startle him with a sudden extreme close-up of an eye.
- In Turn Signals on a Land Raider, tank commander Kren is looking through binoculars and comments that he can juuuust make out an enemy Titan in the horizon. Turns out that he had the binoculars on backwards (and the titan was from an Epic 40,000 army with reduced-scale models), and the thing's actually less than 20 scale feet away.