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- Naruto is fairly fond of this.
- It happens multiple times in Gaara's fight with Rock Lee, after Lee removes his training weights.
- Bleach uses this fairly often as well, often during a CMOA.
- Raditz does this when Idiot Hero Goku manages to grab his tail.
- Hell, Dragon Ball Z lives off of this trope.
- Gohan does this when Videl starts following him.
- Zoisite seems fond of turning up behind Nephrite in The '90s Sailor Moon Anime, usually to spy on him and earn a sideways death glare when she announces her presence.
- This comes up often in the Fate/stay night Fate anime. Archer will not usually face Shirou when talking to him.
- A very definitely non-comedic example happens in Fate/Zero when Kirei betrays Tohsaka by stabbing him with the Azoth Dagger.
- In Soul Eater Eruka Frog pairs this with Oh, Crap! after realizing that 1) Black*Star has survived her barrage of bombs and 2) He's very, veeery angry about it.
- In Gamaran, the deadly martial artist of the Muhou School Kiyomori Yamanoue barely looks at Kashitarou when he arrives behind him, asking who's there. In this case, this is likely motivated by Kiyomori's massive hubris.
- Digimon Adventure, Myotismon does this when talking to Gatomon behind him—peering at her through his high collar.◊
- On the cover◊ of Half-Life 2: Episode Two, there is a pair of Hunters sneaking up on Gordon and Alyx. They seem to be aware of their presence, but are looking to the side instead of behind them.
- Alyx's head is slightly turned towards the Hunters, so it's possible that she can just barely make out the closest one peripherally. No such luck for Gordon, though. If anything, his head is turned slightly away, and his eyes aren't even nearly as far to the side as they could be; so it really just seems like he's looking at someone who's in front of him and 45 degrees to his left.
- In Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, the Demifiend does this when he fights Dante in the Labyrinth of Amala.
- This occurs several times in the cutscenes of the Ninja Gaiden NES Trilogy.