—Pretty much anyone who does this
A variation on The Take
. If The Take
is reaction, the Wild Take is massive over-overreaction.
For example, say a mouse ran across the kitchen floor. A take would be to jump back, startled. A spit take would be to drop the roast on your feet while shouting. A wild take would be to scream at the top of your lungs and jump high enough to leave a hole in the roof.
Most characters who engage in this behavior tend to be high-strung at the best of times. Don't ask about the worst of times.
Mostly an Animation Trope
, though it can be CGI'd into live-action shows (most often, but not
exclusively, those intended for a younger demographic and "live-action cartoons"). See also Eye Pop
Compare with Super-Deformed
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Anime and Manga
- Almost constantly in the comedy scenes in Sailor Moon. In general anime has a lot of this.
- Brief does one at the end of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt when he discovers Panty's chopped-up remains.
- Everywhere in One Piece. You'd be hard-pressed to find a chapter that doesn't have one. Bonus points to Usopp for doing this so much it might as well be his regular face. Especially once he dons the persona of Sniper-King and a mask. The mask completely averts the Expressive Mask, but Usopp's jaw sticks out from below the bottom of the mask so you can still see his wide take.
- Fullmetal Alchemist has the occasional Wild Take in comedic moments, espcially in regards to Al and Winry's interactions.
- Nichijou: Happens often but Yukko reaction to stabbing herself with a pen result in a Galactic piercing scream.
- Also Yukko again and Mio as well after being bit by Mai's dogs.
- The Professor actually installed this onto Nano as a feature
- Beauty from Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo often does this because she's the Only Sane Girl in a Cloudcuckooland, though the other characters do this occasionally
- A rare live-action example in Planes Trains And Automobiles. Del and Neal end up driving on the wrong side of a freeway at night, completely unaware of it until two huge trucks come barrelling towards them. Their car scrapes between the two semis and the pair scream. There is a series of fast cuts between the outside and inside of the car, and at one point we see that both Del and Neal have been replaced by google-eyed skeletons just to elevate the sheer cartoonish shock. This is followed by Neal looking over at Del and seeing him dressed as the devil himself, laughing maniacally. The two end up on the other side, hit the brakes and their suitcases fly off the back of the car and land on the road. Neil's fingertips are embedded in the dashboard and Del has bent the steering wheel.
- The Mask, being a live-action cartoon, gets off several, the most extreme probably coming when he exits a city park and turns to find himself confronted with the entire Edge City police department, which involves his entire skull popping out of his mouth.
- The "Large Marge" scene in Pee-wee's Big Adventure features one done in Claymation.
- The title character in Who Framed Roger Rabbit is prone to wild takes. Other Toon characters get at least one, including the weasels, Jessica and Judge Doom.
- The RPG Toon includes these as part of playing its characters. A character who is "Boggled" (stunned for a round or two) by a shocking event will pull one of these off.
- On The Muppet Show, Kermit the Frog is (in)famous for the wild takes he does when the craziness on the show gets to be too much, with hands waving in the air screaming. It's rather funny.
- An episode of Whose Line Is It Anyway? featured a game of Unlikely Superheroes, where Colin was Horribly Frightened Of Everything Man. Priceless.
- Sister Sister once had a character do this as a one-off visual gag utilising CGI effects. When Tamera first sees her romantic interest in the opening of the episode "Boy From The Hood", her eyeballs cartoonishly bug out of their sockets. She also contorts her mouth into the shape of a stretched out Klaxon horn to produce the archetypal "aooga" noise that typically accompanies Wild Takes.
- From 8-Bit Theater:
Black Mage: Hey, Fighter. You've got... a giant spider on your face!
Fighter: AUGH, GET IT OFF! IT'S IN MY HAIR, IT'S IN MY HAAAAAIIIIR!!! RUN FOR THE HILLS! YOUR SWORDS, AS SHINY AS THEY MAY BE, ARE POWERLESS AGAINST THE SPIDER'S WRATH! THE INVISIBLE SPIDER GOD WILL SMITE US ALL! NO ONE IS SAFE! ALL IS DOOMED! THE BLACK APOCOLYPTIC SKIES RAIN WITH SPIDERY DEATH! WHY HATH YE GODS FORSAKEN US! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! Spiders... all over... can't get them away... (THUD!)
- Jean, being rather temperamental (often with reason), does a lot of these in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, such as here, here, here, here, and here.
- Paranatural has a lot of exaggerated facial expressions, including a fair share of wild takes.
- One YouTube channel, under the same name, has set out to collect media examples of wild takes. It's even made a music video collage of them.
- During the Nostalgia Critic's Son of the Mask review, Citic's reaction to the Balloon-head baby is incoherent screaming terror, complete with bugged-out eyes.
- His reaction to the Arnold Baby from Junior is much the same, except he charges off to the bathroom, arms a-flailing and vomits for 24 hours straight.