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Nat Peterson: (angrily at Plankton) "You think this is funny?"
Plankton: "In a cosmic sort of way, yes."
Nat Peterson: "Well, Mr. Funny Man, is this how you get your sick kicks?" (Nat shows Plankton a normal-looking Krabby Patty)
Plankton: "What? It's just an ordinary Krabby-" (Then the scene zooms in to show the patty made with gross-out items) "....OH, MY GOODNESS!"

An Extreme Close-Up of something disgusting. For some reason, these pop up most in comedy and horror, though in practice, it's more Nausea Fuel than anything else. If done in an animated series, the close-up is usually drawn in a much more detailed style than the rest of the show.

Trope codifier is The Ren & Stimpy Show as it was used extensively in the show, but the trope can be considered older than dirt in the sense that looking at something up close is bound to reveal its imperfections. John Kricfalusi, the creator of Ren & Stimpy says he drew the inspiration from Fleischer Popeye cartoons, though it was co-creator Bob Camp who coined the term "gross up." The phenomenon spawned many copycats of both the Gross-Up Close-Ups, the original show's disgustingly revolting aesthetics and the revived Deranged Animation. Currently, this trope can be spotted in a number of shows and usually leads to visual Memetic Mutation.


Essentially the opposite of a Discretion Shot. Compare Nightmare Face, a trope that gets a lot of these kind of close-ups. Frequently occuring in many a Grossout Show. Also a staple of Sensory Abuse. See also Too Much Information.


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  • An early example of one of there can be found in the famous "Yuck Mouth" PSA, in which Yuck Mouth discovers a new cavity in his mouth and the camera zooms in on the rotting, holey tooth.
  • A European advert for the first Playstation depicted a family having a conversation at the dinner table, but they only communicate through video game SFX. It then zooms in on their mouths to show that their uvulas are in the shapes of the PS buttons!
  • This commercial for the Wuv Luv dolls shows the toy giving birth close-up in great detail. It's actually pushing a plastic egg containing its "baby" out of a pouch, but still, it looks very much like actual birth...

    Anime and Manga 
  • Junji Ito loves these. There are many reasons Uzumaki, The Enigma of Amigara Fault, and Gyo are infamous for nightmarish images, and this is one of them.
  • In the Haruhi Suzumiya anime, there was a brief scene after the Locked Room Mystery with Koizumi observing a disgusting mole on Kyon's head, while Kyon was talking. The mole had hairs.
  • In Spirited Away, Studio Ghibli spared no expense on the scene where Chihiro's parents turn into pigs. There's a very detailed closeup on the food dripping out of their pig mouths and the flying spittle.
  • In an example which takes the page out of the usual Western cartoons, the 23rd episode of Pani Poni Dash! features two gross closeups of Kurumi (who was suffering from a cold) and Becky (getting paint dropped on, smearing her makeup).
  • Unfortunately the anime Death Note chooses to give us a close view of some of the Yotsuba members' corpses, particularly Midou, who either fell or jumped off a building onto the sidewalk.
  • Even Sailor Moon has its moments: The SuperS episode "Dentist of Horrors? Palla-Palla's House" treats the audience to a lovingly detailed close-up of Chibiusa's rotting, cavity-filled teeth. Grody.

    Comic Books 
  • Violine, has a mild example, where sometimes characters' eyes are shown closeup, in more detail and with red veins visible.
  • In the defictionalized Creepshow comic book, Nathan Graham comes back as a skeleton rather than a zombie. We get an Eyed Screen after he strangles Bedelia that shows his skull is full of worms.

    Fan Fiction 
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: After zooming in on a wounded eye, Usagi has to throw up:
    Ami saw her friend jump up from her chair and sprint toward the kitchen sink with a hand in front of her mouth before the crystal ball went black. About half a minute later, the image returned.

    Films — Animation 
  • In My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Legend of Everfree, Snips asks Gloriosa Daisy if she has a spare toothbrush, as she's forgotten his, and there is a close-up of his buckteeth with some food stuck in-between.
  • The bit in Toy Story 3 where the little kids are playing rough with the toys and we see a shot of a kid sticking his/her tongue on Buzz's helmet from Buzz's point of view. Yuck.
  • The Emperor's New Groove: We get a loving closeup of villainess Yzma's very old face, complete with a bit of greenery stuck in her teeth. And (blergh) the result when a transformed Kuzco attempts to eat grass like a normal llama.
  • In Aladdin, Jafar who is disguised as an old man bares his teeth after saying "Whoever has the gold makes the rules."

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Live-Action Adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!; We would rather not have seen the Grinch's "termites in [his] smile"...
  • Serenity has a number of zooms on and flashes to the semi-decomposed remains of people who died on Miranda. Not to mention the close ups of people who survived on Miranda, before venturing out for a spot of raping and pillaging.
  • There's Something About Mary, at least in some edits, features a rather gratuitous scene showing the hero's Beans above his Franks.
  • The mole scene in the third Austin Powers movie. Moley moley moley moley moley!
  • The closeup of Lt. Aldo Raine carving a swastika into Landa's forehead in Inglourious Basterds.
  • Rob Zombie seems to like these. In his Halloween II (2009), we're treated to close views of Laurie having her head sewn shut, a man's face after he's mutilated by a crash, a guy having his head sawn off with broken glass, Big Lou Martini getting his arm snapped...
    • There's plenty in the original series as well. For example, in Halloween II (1981) (which is where the gorier trend of the series began), Micheal kills a nurse by repeatedly dunking her head into scalding water. Every time he pulls her out, we get an up close look at the effect this has on her skin. Suffice it to say, it's horrifying.
    • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers shows a close-up of Michael tearing a man's throat out with his bare hands.
    • Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, which shows Jamie being impaled on a corn thresher.
  • The toilet in Mystery Team as Duncan put it:
  • The lovely closeup of Denethor eating a tomato in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King after he commands Pippin to sing him a song.
  • In Female Trouble by John Waters, we get a whole screen full of the diseased-looking penis of the man who is raping Divine's character.
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle has the creepy tow-truck driver's pustulatent boils shown close up.
  • Carry On... Up the Khyber. The Brits have been thrown into an Afghan prison, awaiting horrible torture.
    Brother Belcher: Let me out! You can't do this to me! I'm a man of the cloth!
    [Afghan guard charges up so close we can only see his blackened teeth]
    Guard: What do you want, Engleesh PEEG?!
    Brother Belcher: Err, I was going to ask you for the name of a good dentist, but I don't think I'll bother.
  • Daybreakers has lots of these shots.
  • You're watching Hereditary? Have fun with the extreme close-up shot of a child's severed head being eaten by ants!
  • Vampire's Kiss has a close-up of Peter eating a cockroach. To make matters more disturbing, Nicolas Cage actually ate a real cockroach. It took three takes before the scene was finished.
  • Possibly the granddaddy of them all, Un Chien Andalou (1929), by Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali. A man holds a straight razor up to the eye of a woman seated passively. Cut to the moon with a thin cloud passing in front of it, then to a close-up of an eye cut with a razor. It's the eye on a butchered calf's head, but it's too close in to tell
  • Happens in The Sweeper when Mark's mom gets shot, an closeup shot of the blood splatter on the TV can be seen.
  • The first time we see Ingrid in Ingrid Goes West it's just her eyes as she desperately looks through the Instragram feed of a girl she's stalking, ignoring the dirty and yellow reality around her to immerse herself in the life of someone she doesn't even know.
  • In Hellboy (2019), we get lots of unnecessary insert shots of close-ups on gross things, including Baba Yaga's missing eye and the necrotic flesh of the hag who reassembles Nimue. The camera virtually pushes the viewers' face into it.
  • In the spoof film Epic Movie, the main character Peter is seduced by Mystique, a sexy shapeshifter who is portrayed by Carmen Electra, a very attractive woman who says she'll change into whatever he wants. His first few requests are quite nice, at first being bigger breasts and a larger ass size, followed by the request of a badonkadonk...and then he takes the last request back for a Monobrow (or as he calls it, a "mamabrow"). We get a disturbing close up of her growing a monobrow which is already gross... and then he then follows it up with "Big Flabby Grandma Arms/Bingo Wings like a fat blue Britney Spears"...and we get a close up of her face after the transformation. She's incredibly fat and chubby, has yellow dotted eyes, is crosseyed, has a gross looking blue wart on her chin, has a noticeable hairline, and wiggles her tongue obviously turned on. It's followed by her falling on Peter, starting to get it on with him which thankfully fades to black...
  • The ABCs of Death: In the "X" segment, the main character ravenously chows down on slop she takes out the fridge, with close shots of her mouth as she chews.
  • Poor Pretty Eddie has an extreme close-up of a guest putting food in his mouth and chewing.
  • Leo the Last: During a party at Leo's mansion, rich people eat food in various disgusting ways while the camera focuses on their mouths.

  • Happens twice in Gulliver's Travels: the six-inch-tall Lilliputians call the average-looking Gulliver exceptionally ugly, to his consternation; when he meets the giants of Brobdingnag, their enormous size makes all the tiny imperfections of their faces revoltingly obvious to him. Also inverted, since Gulliver thinks the Lilliputians are very handsome and receives the same praise himself in Brobdingnag.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Graphic closeups of dead body parts are common on CSI. Television Without Pity calls it "TMI Cam".
    • Bones also seems to like "TMI Cam".
  • Graphic closeups of internal structures are common on House.
    • "Resignation", where when the patient was having an MRI, she started saying that her head hurt. The camera zoomed in on her head... her scalp and skull were split open, showing her brain!
    • "Big Baby", where they were testing the patient by attaching electrodes to her brain, first by cutting the top of her skull off.
    • Let's not forget (though anyone who watched it wishes they could) the eyeball popping out in "No Reason".
  • Name an episode of Bar Rescue that involves an infestation, a dirty kitchen, or any shoddy equipment, and chances are something is going to be zoomed in on.
  • Dexter's morning routine, shown in extreme close-up and shot to be reminiscent with his hack-n-slash murders.
  • In 30 Rock when NBC gets High Def cameras, Liz Lemon walks in front of one revealing her horrible complexion, much to the disgust of the viewers.
  • The contents of pretty much any gross stunt on Fear Factor will get zoomed in on.
  • Young Blades: Oliver Cromwell's fabled mole in "The Exile" has close-ups complete with dramatic music and gives King Louis some surreal nightmares.
  • In the Supernatural episode "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One" (S02, Ep21), there is a close up of an arm with the skin burnt off to show the muscle in the forearm among the debris of the burnt down Roadhouse.
  • One of the earliest cases comes from The Jack Benny Program of all things. In the opening of one episode, Jack explains that the reason he hasn't aged too much is he has the camera move back every season so it's harder for it to see what he looks like. He then has the camera do a zoom in on him. His face suddenly becomes horribly wrinkled and shriveled, making him look like Pruneface from Dick Tracy.
  • In Arrow at the end of The Promise we get a nice close up on Slade Wilson's face where we can clearly see his empty eye socket.
  • Orphan Black uses this almost routinely from its early episodes. Anytime a character gets wounded, operated on, sick, we're bound to see it briefly filling the screen.
  • Breaking Bad would do this often; sometimes it would turn out to be something mundane, sometimes what looks like a strawberry up close would actually be an extreme close-up of Walt shaving his head.

    Music Videos 
  • Aphex Twin's "Rubber Johnny" does this.
  • Don't Speak by No Doubt has long, detailed shot of rotting, wormy orange.
  • The music video to Natural by Imagine Dragons involves close ups of milipedes in rotting debris and decaying food, but they're gone so quickly, it's actually fairly tame compared to other examples on this page.
  • While not exactly disgusting, several of the closeups in Nine Inch Nails' video for "Into The Void" are pretty... disturbing, to say the least...
  • Shitty G's girlfriend gets one in Your Favorite Martian's cover of Bartender Song

    Video Games 
  • In general, this can happen in games when an enemy or other character which is ugly, disgusting, etc., gets too close to the in-game camera, such as zombies getting right in your face in a game with first-person perspectives.
  • Played for horrors in Snatcher when Gillian and Metal discover the Snatchers' morgue. They go down... and then the player sees the digitised but otherwise photorealistic face of a rotting corpse, dripping with wriggling maggots, and its eye drops out. Squick.
  • Used for horror in Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, with the infamous "bathtub scare" that features a vision of Alexandra Roivas's mutilated corpse in a bathtub of blood.
  • In The Binding of Isaac, this is given to pretty much everything involving Isaac's abusive mother, save the opening cinematic.
  • The cutscenes from The Legend of Zelda CD-i Games, due to their hideous and awful animation.
  • Metal Slug 2/X/3 all use the same character selection screen with four characters in their creepy expressions on standby and selected. Metal Slug 5 adds this with Scary Flashlight Face.
  • The attract mode for the second Dragon's Lair has Daphne's hand undergo some Body Horror after the Death Ring is placed upon her finger, with her hand transforming into a claw-like thing as boils form all over it.
  • Final Fantasy VII combines this with Art Shift for our first look at Jenova. In the game's bold, bright, cartoony graphics, Cloud notices a container and peers through the porthole. The scene cuts to what he sees - a photorealistic closeup of a huge pair of skinless tits with an eyeball for one of the nipples.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • asdfmovie has these during the lines "YOU'RE DEAD TO ME!" and "I AM PUNCHING YOUR SALAD!".
  • The Bravest Warriors season four episode "The Crowd I'm Seeing" features disgusting close-ups of the Upta Gals' ulcers and bunions.
  • Don't Hug Me I'm Scared makes frequent use of this:
    • "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared": As the camera zooms in on one of the characters cutting a cake, it's evident it's actually made of organs on the inside.
    • "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 2 - TIME": The camera is placed close to Yellow Guy's hears as they begin bleeding while Tony screams directly into them, and it goes right into the characters' face as they rot rapidly in end.
    • "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 3": The camera centers on the egg as the bloody maggot pops from it and gets smashed by Duck Guy.
    • "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 4": Colin's "digital mind", which is really more a collection of gore, pops out of his head as the camera cuts closer to him.
    • "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 5": The can eating Duck Guy's organs is right in focus.
  • This is a staple of Image Macros, especially of the Rage Comic variety. Several of the more artistically complex ones can get truly disgusting in this regard.
  • One can only wonder what was done to "that poor sink."
  • Homestar Runner:
  • In Vaguely Recalling JoJo, A gross picture of Cursed Devo is shown whenever he says, "Damn you, Polnareff!" The only time where that didn't happen is the time he fell off the Singapore hotel balcony.
  • A dermatologist, Dr. Sandra Lee (aka Dr. Pimple Popper), posts close-up videos of her work extracting yucky stuff out of peoples' skin.

    Western Animation 
  • Rocko's Modern Life didn't actually resort to this as often as other Grossout Shows at the time, but the early episode "Bedfellows" had a few in the scene where Rocko tries to get dry after a cold shower. He doesn't find a towel, but he is treated to Heffer's used deodorant stick and toothbrush.
  • In the only two episodes of ¡Mucha Lucha! where they are shown, the Flea's rotten teeth get excruciating detail shown.
  • The Fairly OddParents frequently makes use of close-ups on disgustingly detailed things.
    • When Chip Skylark distresses over disappointing his fans by not showing up at the concert he's supposed to perform in "Boys in the Band", his appearance starts to deteriorate and we see shots focusing on his unkempt hair and his teeth becoming yellow and nasty.
    • There are unsettling zoom-ins on Cosmo, Wanda and Timmy's sleep deprivation-induced deformities in "Beddy Bye".
    • "Fairy Oddlympics" has a scene where Anti-Cosmo and Head Pixie dress up like women to deceive Jorgen. A shot from Jorgen's perspective consists of a grotesquely detailed close-up of Anti-Cosmo and Head Pixie's makeup-wearing faces.
  • In the Danny Phantom episode "Forever Phantom", we get a nice close up of some teenage boy's pussing ingrown/cyst. Not surprising since this series is another one of Butch Hartman's works...
  • Very frequent in SpongeBob SquarePants. They're sometimes accompanied by the sound of someone screaming in terror offscreen.
    • "Nasty Patty" is a memorable example with the detailed shot of the disgusting patty SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs make under the belief that the health inspector at the Krusty Krab is the phony reported on the news who's only pretending to be a health inspector to get free food.
    • Tea at the Treedome features some rather disturbing close-ups of dehydrated SpongeBob. This is the first example of this trope in the series, since it is in the first episode (which used a Three Shorts format rather than a Two Shorts one).
    • Yet another close-up on a disgusting krabby pratty is used in "The Algae's Always Greener" when it is shown to Plankton, who had used one of his inventions to switch lives with Mr. Krabs, by an unsatisfied customer.
    • "To Love a Patty" has some particularly nauseating shots focusing on the rotting krabby patty SpongeBob forms a romantic relationship with.
    • In "Just One Bite", SpongeBob asks Squidward if he's sure he is immune to the krabby patty's tasty charms. Squidward responds by pointing to his own face and asking "Does this look unsure to you?" We then see a close-up of Squidward's face, wrinkly and scowling.
    • A shot focusing on the bags under Squidward's eyes appears when he complains that even the bags under his eyes have bags in "Fear of a Krabby Patty", complete with him putting on an extremely dour expression to match.
    • "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?" was infamous for a scene where SpongeBob asks a bystander if there's something wrong with him and a shot of SpongeBob's face being grotesque and disturbing was shown. It's no wonder the guy then runs off screaming.
    • In the episode "Wormy", the titular caterpillar turns into a butterfly, and upon seeing the photorealistic closeup, Patrick and SpongeBob are so terrified they think it's a monster. (Fun fact: the close-up is of a horsefly, not a butterfly.) This one actually managed to get the episode banned in multiple countries due to scaring children.
    • "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy VI: The Movie" features very disturbing close-ups of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy after makeup artist Squidward is done preparing them for their SpongeBob-directed fan movie.
    • SpongeBob's face is given a close-up revealing zits, stubble and ghastly-looking teeth in "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. the Big One" when he tells Squidward that he shouldn't judge people based on how they look.
    • SpongeBob's face is shown to be a wrinkled and stubbly mess in "SpongeBob, You're Fired" when he goes to Sandy after being laid off.
    • Squidward's nose gets a zoom-in revealing unsightly and sickening blemishes in "Code Yellow".
    • Gary's food in "Bunny Hunt" has a disembodied finger and ear inside of it.
    • "Kwarantined Krab" ends with nauseating gross-ups of all the main characters being extremely sick.
  • Sanjay and Craig used to use this at least once per episode, though Season 2 dialed it back a bit.
  • Yin Yang Yo! had one when Carl turned the twins ugly with a spell.
  • Dexter's Laboratory:
    • In the episode "Fantastic Boyage," Dexter went into his pet dog to get rid of a disease.
    • Another episode had Dexter trying to improve his eyesight by giving himself laser eye surgery. Everything goes Gone Horribly Right when he finds out his vision is TOO clear, his family's smallest physical flaws and imperfections are magnified a thousand fold by his vision. Through his eyes, his mother, father, and sister look like disgusting, malformed mutants.
  • Drawn Together plays this trope quite a few times. The third episode, "Gay Bash", has an especially effective one when Xandir retrieves his ring.
  • The cartoon short "Tales of Worm Paranoia" from the What A Cartoon! Show is full of these.
  • Dr. Satan in his huge, monstrous form in The Haunted World of El Superbeasto provides a lot of these.
  • Happens semi-regularly on Jimmy Two-Shoes. A good example is "The Racing Bug", which features a large number of these in shots of the Racing Fleas.
  • One episode in Time Squad has the trio appear in the American Revolution to help Betsy Ross, who was going to make the US flag. Instead, the troops and Betsy were all acting like hippies. One of the guys says he's "made his own soap". Cue the camera closing in on his "soap" to show it's actually done from dirt among... other things.
  • This trope is employed in a rare, non-comedic fashion note  when Two-Face is unmasked after his surgery in Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Used in the 90's Looney Tunes short "Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers" when the Daffy clone is talking to Bugs at one point it cuts to a closeup of his face showing that he has a live action human's mouth on his beak.
  • In Ed, Edd n Eddy, Edd is looking at Ed's face through a microscope for clues and is rather disturbed by his uncleanliness.
    Edd: Oh, my... Ed, there's this new invention called soap; have you heard of it?!
    • There was also the episode where Edd stuffs lint into his belly button.
  • Used once (and thank the Lord) in Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM). The quote alone is enough to make viewers cringe:
    Dr. Ivo Robotnik: Snively, what color is my heart?note 
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic gets these a few times:
    • "A Bird in the Hoof" features a close up of the sickly bird Philomena's blood-shot eyes.
    • "Green Isn't Your Color" has a brief shot of Rarity's pruny hoof.
    • In "Secret of My Excess", Spike claims that he wouldn't wash the cheek on which Rarity kissed him. When it cuts to one week later, it turns out he meant it.
  • My Little Pony: Pony Life features two examples: In "Sick Day", we get a close up of Pinkie Pie's hairy hoof when she holds up a book of instructions and in "Whoof-Dunnit", Twilight gets one when she claims to Rarity she doesn't look good in a visor. She's right.
  • The Futurama episode "The Thief of Baghead" features on of these when Bender tries to get a good picture of the gang together at the aquarium, one of the shots he takes is a closeup of Professor Farnsworth's wrinkled warty face.
    • "Benderama" has a teenage giant picking up the Planet Express ship and holding it up to his pimply face.
      Bender: Oh God, shield your eyes! It's like Edward James Olmos on IMAX!
  • The Disney Channel show Fish Hooks uses this regularly with Shellsea.
  • In Frankenweenie, the cat feces in the shape of letters. They made sure to zoom in on each one real good, so you can see all the tiny details, and hairs on the feces too.
  • Happens with Alice at points in Superjail!, with special attention paid to body hair, scabs, and mucus in different close up shots. One example in the first episode even depicts lice crawling on her bared abs.
  • Shows up in an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures with Ralph the guard (before Animaniacs aired) having a close up of his hand. Doesn't sound gross, until you notice the knuckle hair and discoloration of his fingernails. Yeesh.
  • Used from time to time on Animaniacs such as Wakko's special salad he gives to the mobster in "Mobster Mash" and the plate of cockroaches and dung beetles Slappy gives Daniel Boone in "Frontier Slappy".
  • Mickey Mouse (2013):
    • Used in the cartoon "Ghoul Friend" with the close ups of the zombie Goofy's rotting flesh, teeth, the fungus growing out of his body, and the slime dripping from his mouth.
    • Used again in the short "Goofy's First Love" when Goofy asks what is wrong with how he looks and we see a close-up of Goofy that exaggerates his buck teeth and has stink lines coming from his armpits.
    • Used again in "Couple's Sweaters" when Mickey suffers the effects of the dry, itchy sweater he's wearing, including chapped lips and rashy skin.
  • The Baby Huey Show uses this pretty much every time Baby Huey accidentally hurt someone, it was animated by Carbunkle Cartoons who worked on The Ren & Stimpy Show so it shouldn't be a surprise.
  • Used occasionally in Duck Dodgers, a few instances include in the episode "Samurai Quack" when Dodgers complains of his aching feet followed by a close up of his foot covered in blisters and in another episode Dodgers tells the Eager Young Space Cadet that he has perfect teeth which then shows a close up of his rotten cavity-filled teeth.
  • The Daltons has one episode where Averell becomes a Transhuman and we get to see the lovely image of the internal anatomy of Averell's ear so that we can see the hearing-enhancing device scientists put inside him in action. The show usually portrays even potentially fatal (and actually fatal) injuries as Amusing Injuries.
  • This was used a couple of times in the short-lived John Kricfalusi helmed revival of Beany and Cecil a few examples included Dishonest John seeing a hideously deformed closeup of Cecil's face when he looks into his telescope, and as Dishonest John is talking to a mob boss who is clipping his fingernails we cut to a closeup of the infected and blackened fingernail.
  • This was used a couple times on Codename: Kids Next Door. In one episode where the school is infested with pinkeye, it shows a closeup of the kid's eyes and the gunk oozing from underneath, and in another where Numbuh Five's sister Cree gets a zit she can't pop, she shows it to her and it shows a closeup of it swelling, pulsating, and oozing with pus, some of which is dripping on the ground.
  • Steven Universe
    • In the episode "Chille Tid", Steven notes that the other Crystal Gems look exhausted after spending all night combing the ocean for Lapis Lazuli and Jasper,. The camera suddenly cuts to Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl looking unusually haggard, with messed-up hair, drool and age lines.
    • In the episode "Message Received", Peridot gets into a heated argument with Yellow Diamond. The argument escalates to the point where Peridot insults her to her face, prompting an insanely detailed look at what Yellow Diamond looks like when she's truly pissed.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In one Treehouse of Horror skit, Krusty's audience get to see his face in HD and he has wrinkly skin and bloodshot eyes.
      Krusty: That's right, look at your hero!
    • In "New Kid on the Block", Bart declares he'll never wash his hand again when the girl who moves in next door spits on it as a prank. The scene fades to later, and we see Bart meant every word of that statement—his hand is now covered in dirt, grime, and chewing gum, and has an old band-aid stuck to one finger.
    • In the episode "Children of a Lesser Clod", we get a close-up of Homer's knee after he gets ACL surgery. [The real kicker is when it heals over Ralph's hand.
    • During the song "Wouldn't It Be Adequate" from "My Fair Laddy", Groundskeeper Willie mentions his rotten teeth. Cue him holding a magnifying glass to his teeth, showing that they're coated with puke-green plaque.
  • Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production:
    • In "Leaf It Alone" at the beginning when Bugs is raking leaves he mentions that his fingers hurt and he needs an extra pair of hands, we then see a closeup of his hands with his fingers covered in blisters.
    • In "The Game Is A Foot" when Bugs tries to convince the leprechaun as to why he can't have his foot, he tells him he has athlete's foot, ingrown toenails, fallen arches, and gout, which is then followed by a closeup of his disgusting looking foot.
  • In the CatDog episode "Back to School", Mr. Sunshine gets one while giving Cat a Death Glare.
  • In Baby Looney Tunes, Taz gets one while giving Bugs a raspberry in "Things That Go Bugs in The Night". He gets another one when Daffy made him cry in "Mother's Day Madness".
  • Miss Turtle gets one while giving Mickey a Death Glare in the House of Mouse episode "Mickey vs. Shelby".
  • In "Halloweekend" on Scaredy Squirrel, Momma gets one of these while showing Scaredy her "Tree Sap Cookie Mouth".
  • Happens often w/ Mr. Heelo and Officer Bowls in The Goode Family.
  • The Turbo F.A.S.T. episode "Zoo Lander" gives one of Skidmark and White Shadow's greasy, sleep-deprived faces after they spend 37 straight hours playing a video game.
  • In the Bunnicula episode "Catula" when Harold tells Chester that Bunnicula's bite won't turn him into a vampire because he chews on his foot in his sleep, which is then followed by a closeup of his swollen, pulsating, blister-covered foot.
  • Shows up in Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood of all places during "Miss Elaina Gets Hurt", wherein we get a rather gratuitous shot of Miss Elaina's scraped elbow.
  • Used occasionally in The Powerpuff Girls (1998), an example being "Sun Scream", when we get seven closeups of Blossom's pulsating sunburn skin while she's crawling across the bed.
  • Kaeloo:
    • In Episode 34, Kaeloo informs Mr. Cat that he has a zit on his face. The audience is then treated to a close-up of the zit on Mr. Cat's face.
    • The same thing happens when Pretty gets a zit on her face in Episode 118.
  • The Addams Family (1992) episode "Ask Granny" features a grotesquely detailed close-up of Granny Frump puckering up her lips when she beats a wrestler by scaring him with the offer of a kiss.
  • In the Jelly Jamm episode "White Trainers", when Goomo shows the Queen his broken flip-flop, a close-up reveals there's mold growing on it. A few seconds later, when he's telling his flip-flop he'll miss it, he rubs it on his face and kisses it, which understandably disgusts Bello.
  • Family Guy:
    • In the episode "Herpe, the Love Sore", we get disgusting close-ups of herpes sores from Brian and Chris.
    • In "Road to the North Pole" during the "Christmas Time is Killing Us" number, we briefly see a grotesque close-up of Santa’s face while he's looking in the mirror.
      Santa: You may think I look great, but I'm 28!
    • In the sadly DVD-exclusive song "I've Got a Little List", Stewie holds up a magnifying glass to Bill O'Reill's face while including his ineffective dermatologist among the list of people he wants to kill.
    • In "Girl, Internetted", Meg becomes an internet icon who sponsors and eats high-fat foods, eventually becoming obese and contracting Type 2 diabetes. This causes her to lose the use of her feet, which turn black and pus-covered. Later, when Peter attacks Cleveland with an ax in a parody of The Shining, there's a close-up of said feet.
  • The Looney Tunes Show: In "Fish and Visitors", after Yosemite Sam takes a shower at Bugs's house, we get treated to lovely shots of a dirty toilet and a large wad of Sam's hair in the shower. Bugs reacts accordingly.
  • In the Looney Tunes Cartoons episode "Bathy Daffy", Porky wants to enter Daffy in a duck beauty contest but he hasn’t bathed in quite some time, at one point we see a closeup of his stinky feet covered in warts and blisters, toe jam, a piece of toilet paper attached to his heel, and long green toenails.
  • The Tak and the Power of Juju (2007) episode "This Bites" shows closeups of Jibolba's toothless gums and nose hairs as well as the Chief's navel.
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy:
    • The episode "Dog Dish" features grossly detailed shots of the rash on Dudley's behind.
    • When Snaptrap makes the Chameleon turn into a toothpick in "Really Big Mission", we see a grotesque close-up of Snaptrap's teeth when he starts using the toothpick.
  • Let's Go Luna!: In "Turkish Delight", we get a closeup of Leo's disgusting, poorly-made turkish delight, complete with "Psycho" Strings.
  • Jellystone!: In "Baby Shenanigans", there's a pretty nasty closeup of Snagglepuss' crow's feet.


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Ill Never Wash this Hand Again

Bart makes this declaration after Laura (the next-door neighbor girl whom he has a crush on) spits in his hand as part of a prank. He sticks with it until it's practically black and covered with band-aids and old gum, but decides to clean it after an attempt touch Lisa causes his hand to get stuck on the dog's fur.

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