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Sister trope to BackingAwaySlowly, which is about backing away from an awkward or crazy situation, and tends to be more comedic in nature. Also related: BehindTheBlack.

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Sister trope to Contrast BackingAwaySlowly, which is about backing away ''away'' from an awkward or crazy situation, and tends to be more comedic in nature.situation. Also related: BehindTheBlack.


Related: BehindTheBlack.

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Related: Sister trope to BackingAwaySlowly, which is about backing away from an awkward or crazy situation, and tends to be more comedic in nature. Also related: BehindTheBlack.


The most common way for this trope to be PlayedForLaughs is to have two people ''both'' doing this, and ending up colliding with each other; cue ReactiveContinuousScream. You know, like [[ScoobyDoo Scooby and Shaggy]] did at least OnceAnEpisode.

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The most common way for this trope to be PlayedForLaughs is to have two people ''both'' doing this, and ending up colliding with each other; cue ReactiveContinuousScream. You know, like [[ScoobyDoo [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Scooby and Shaggy]] did at least OnceAnEpisode.


* A not uncommon behavior of genre savvy players anticipating the reveal of a MonsterCloset or TeleportingKeycardSquad "behind" them. A prime source of ParanoiaFuel when dealing with developers who ''know'' this and make sure to throw enemies at the player from fiendishly unpredictable directions.

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* A not uncommon behavior of genre savvy players anticipating the reveal of a MonsterCloset or TeleportingKeycardSquad "behind" them. A prime source of ParanoiaFuel when dealing with developers who ''know'' this and make sure to throw enemies at the player from fiendishly unpredictable directions.



* In the various ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'' games mooks will often do this in stealth sections in an OhCrap reaction when they realise you're about to treat them to a MookHorrorShow. However, they usually don't do it for very long, and will instead start moving erratically and changing from this trope to facing forwards at random intervals, which actually does make it harder to sneak up on them. [[GenreSavvy Sometimes they will even move in pairs, with one looking forward and the other looking back]], showing that even Batman mooks are smarter than the average horror movie victim.

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* In the various ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'' games mooks will often do this in stealth sections in an OhCrap reaction when they realise you're about to treat them to a MookHorrorShow. However, they usually don't do it for very long, and will instead start moving erratically and changing from this trope to facing forwards at random intervals, which actually does make it harder to sneak up on them. [[GenreSavvy Sometimes they will even move in pairs, with one looking forward and the other looking back]], back, showing that even Batman mooks are smarter than the average horror movie victim.


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* In ''Literature/EdenGreen'', the title character explores an abandoned church in search of a harmless, herbivorous alien monster, and finds something terrifying. Then, while backing away from it down a dark hallway, she bumps into something even worse.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', Ducky walks backward right into an angry [[TyrannosaurusRex Sharptooth]].

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* In the various BatmanArkhamAsylum games mooks will often do this in stealth sections in an OhCrap reaction when they realise you're about to treat them to a MookHorrorShow. However, they usually don't do it for very long, and will instead start moving erratically and changing from this trope to facing forwards at random intervals, which actually does make it harder to sneak up on them. [[GenreSavvy Sometimes they will even move in pairs, with one looking forward and the other looking back]], showing that even Batman mooks are smarter than the average horror movie victim.

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* In the various BatmanArkhamAsylum ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'' games mooks will often do this in stealth sections in an OhCrap reaction when they realise you're about to treat them to a MookHorrorShow. However, they usually don't do it for very long, and will instead start moving erratically and changing from this trope to facing forwards at random intervals, which actually does make it harder to sneak up on them. [[GenreSavvy Sometimes they will even move in pairs, with one looking forward and the other looking back]], showing that even Batman mooks are smarter than the average horror movie victim.



* Parodied in ''TheSimpsons'' where Homer sees Apu and "the Squishee girl" having sex in the stockroom of the Kwik-E-Mart. He walks backwards out of the stockroom, the store, all the way home, opens the front door backwards, up the stairs before finally getting into bed backwards. And then dreams the entire experience over again.

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* Parodied in ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where Homer sees Apu and "the Squishee girl" having sex in the stockroom of the Kwik-E-Mart. He walks backwards out of the stockroom, the store, all the way home, opens the front door backwards, up the stairs before finally getting into bed backwards. And then dreams the entire experience over again.



* In ''TheLandBeforeTime'', Ducky walks backward right into an angry [[TyrannosaurusRex Sharptooth]].

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* Used in ''BladeTrinity'', though rather than because of a jump-scare, Hannibal King just defeated some [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Reaper-strain-looking vampire dogs]] and was backwards-walking while FlippingTheBird. Then [[AmusingInjuries fell through a broken skylight]].

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* Used in ''BladeTrinity'', ''Film/BladeTrinity'', though rather than because of a jump-scare, Hannibal King just defeated some [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Reaper-strain-looking vampire dogs]] and was backwards-walking while FlippingTheBird. Then [[AmusingInjuries fell through a broken skylight]].



* In VanHelsing, upon realising there's a werewolf in the large armoury with her, Anna does this in true "horror movie idiot" fashion by walking through the middle of the room (leaving herself open to attack from all sides) while brandishing a pistol (which, being a ranged weapon, gives an even more compelling reason to look ahead and try and spot the monster from as far away as possible). She also commits the other stereotypical horror movie mistake of not looking up, despite knowing that [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves are capable of a]] CeilingCling.

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* In VanHelsing, ''Film/VanHelsing'', upon realising there's a werewolf in the large armoury with her, Anna does this in true "horror movie idiot" fashion by walking through the middle of the room (leaving herself open to attack from all sides) while brandishing a pistol (which, being a ranged weapon, gives an even more compelling reason to look ahead and try and spot the monster from as far away as possible). She also commits the other stereotypical horror movie mistake of not looking up, despite knowing that [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves are capable of a]] CeilingCling.


* In VanHelsing, upon realising there's a werewolf in the armoury with her, Anna does this while brandishing a pistol in archetypal "horror movie idiot" fashion. She also commits the other stereotypical horror movie mistake of not looking up, despite knowing that [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves are capable of a]] CeilingCling.

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* In VanHelsing, upon realising there's a werewolf in the large armoury with her, Anna does this while brandishing a pistol in archetypal true "horror movie idiot" fashion.fashion by walking through the middle of the room (leaving herself open to attack from all sides) while brandishing a pistol (which, being a ranged weapon, gives an even more compelling reason to look ahead and try and spot the monster from as far away as possible). She also commits the other stereotypical horror movie mistake of not looking up, despite knowing that [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves are capable of a]] CeilingCling.




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* In the various BatmanArkhamAsylum games mooks will often do this in stealth sections in an OhCrap reaction when they realise you're about to treat them to a MookHorrorShow. However, they usually don't do it for very long, and will instead start moving erratically and changing from this trope to facing forwards at random intervals, which actually does make it harder to sneak up on them. [[GenreSavvy Sometimes they will even move in pairs, with one looking forward and the other looking back]], showing that even Batman mooks are smarter than the average horror movie victim.



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* In VanHelsing, upon realising there's a werewolf in the armoury with her, Anna does this while brandishing a pistol in archetypal "horror movie idiot" fashion. She also commits the other stereotypical horror movie mistake of not looking up, despite knowing that [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves are capable of a]] CeilingCling.


* TheCoenBrothers' rom-com ''Film/IntolerableCruelty'' plays the Scooby-and-Shaggy version dead straight with two lawyers armed with pepper-spray stalking around a darkened house. The moment they enter the house you know [[DontSneakUpOnMeLikeThat what's going to happen...]]

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* TheCoenBrothers' Creator/TheCoenBrothers' rom-com ''Film/IntolerableCruelty'' plays the Scooby-and-Shaggy version dead straight with two lawyers armed with pepper-spray stalking around a darkened house. The moment they enter the house you know [[DontSneakUpOnMeLikeThat what's going to happen...]]


* Used in ''[[Film/{{Blade}} Blade: Trinity]]'', though rather than because of a jump-scare, Hannibal King just defeated some [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Reaper-strain-looking vampire dogs]] and was backwards-walking while FlippingTheBird. Then [[AmusingInjuries fell through a broken skylight]].

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* Used in ''[[Film/{{Blade}} Blade: Trinity]]'', ''BladeTrinity'', though rather than because of a jump-scare, Hannibal King just defeated some [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Reaper-strain-looking vampire dogs]] and was backwards-walking while FlippingTheBird. Then [[AmusingInjuries fell through a broken skylight]].

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* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode where Sam & Dean are TrappedInTVLand, the sitcomesque SpecialEditionTitle shows them walking backwards into each other while hunting. They jump, turn, and then laugh at each other.



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* TheCoenBrothers' rom-com ''Film/IntolerableCruelty'' plays the Scooby-and-Shaggy version dead straight with two lawyers armed with pepper-spray stalking around a darkened house. The moment they enter the house you know [[DontSneakUpOnMeLikeThat what's going to happen...]]

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