Zatanna: [notices his stare] My legs are fine... as is the rest of me. [points to her face] Up here.
B'wana Beast: Whoa! She's got the fire of the cheetah in her! [snarls]
Zatanna: [to Batman, annoyed] Why are you doing this to me?
An almost Always Female Stock Phrase, especially if the woman has Gag Boobs or her outfit may as well be Vapor Wear. Of course if the woman purposefully dressed provocatively, she wants people to look, just not the person she is talking to. It is used to lampshade the Male Gaze, though occasionally a well-endowed man will utter it as well for laughs.
Can also be a good Fun T-Shirt print.
- Spoofed in an advertisement which featured an attractive sports reporter interviewing an athlete who kept leering down at her body, causing her to say, "And my breasts have one more question for you..."
- Another, much more famous, spoof: Marion Cotillard in FOREHEAD TITTAES!
- A commercial for Belvita Bites has a man going through his morning. As he sings quick lines for each activity, one has him meeting a female jogger. An arrow traces from his eyes down to chest level, only to angle back up to her eyes. "Didn't look!"
- Averted in this NBC4 news teaser when the camera zooms in on Wendy Rieger's chest.
- Miharu from B Gata H Kei says this to her best friend Yamada, after the latter laments over her relative flat-chested-ness (Yamada's a B) and observing how very well-endowed (Miharu's an F) the former is.
Yamada: What do you want, F-shita? [looks at Miharu's rack]
Miharu: [grabs Yamada's chin] My name's Takeshita. Look at my face.
- City Hunter: In the first arc, Ryo's eyes were glued to his client's cleavage when he met up with her for first time. When she realized, she growled: "What are you staring at? My eyes are up here!"
- Misaki says this in Excel Saga to the camera in her introduction.
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex:
- Subverted in 2nd Gig when Motoko encounters a street kid who's checking out her body, including staring directly at her breasts, but he's actually enthusiastic because she has a full prosthetic body. He later turns down an invitation to sleep with Motoko, showing he's not interested in her sexually.
- Lampshaded in the Man/Machine Interface manga where an operative warns his men not to be distracted by her microskirt, as it's just "eyepull".
- Ui Hirasawa from K-On! has something of an attitude like this towards Sawako-sensei because the latter's pointing out the former's greater endowment (when compared to her older sister) ruins her Twin Switches.
Ui: Good morning to my chest?!
- Hadzuki Nouge from Koe de Oshigoto! is not aware that boys are looking at her breasts unless she is told so.
- In Nightschool, Sarah uses this line on a coworker and old college friend who's flirting with her. Since he's a vampire, however, he's staring at her neck instead of the usual area.
- Gender Inverted in Seitokai Yakuindomo, where it's almost all of the female characters who are perverts. Their eyes often wander down to The One Guy's crotch, which leads to him telling them to look up.
- Played for Laughs in one of the official 4-koma strips for the anime adaptation of Run With The Wind, where Haiji looks at and talks to the guys' legs as if they're their faces. At first his comments are fairly normal remarks based on their legs (eg. staring at Musa's and declaring he looks fine) but then quickly get ridiculous:
Haiji: (waves at Nico-chan-senpai's leg) Oh, Nico-chan-senpai! Good morning~!
Nico-chan-senpai: At least look at my face while greeting me, Haiji...
- Parodied by an Israeli stand-up comedian once.
"I don't get women who say, 'My eyes are up here!' Cool, and your breasts are down here."
- Also parodied by Jim Gaffigan, who stated that he'd just gotten a stomach implant, but he wasn't some piece of flesh to be oogled at.
- Played somewhat straight with ventriloquist Jeff Dunham in a Halloween Special, in which one of his puppets, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, is dressed like a woman for Halloween — an American woman. At one point, Jeff looks over Achmed's dress and Achmed says this very phrase to him word for word, then adds...
"My hoochers do not talk. But of course, you could make them talk if you wanted to, couldn't you?"
- In the Tom Strong story introducing Jonni Future, the niece with Gag Boobs related to Science Hero Johnny Future says this when she meets Johnny's male felinoid sidekick. To be fair, Johnny's own outfit was ridiculously beefcake and he didn't expect to be succeeded by a girl. He even had a Cleavage Window to show off his muscular, hairy chest!
- Sachs from the Sachs and Violens comic book has a T-shirt with that phrase printed on it.
- This might as well be Power Girl's Catch-Phrase, as seen here◊. Of course, it might be a little hypocritical when you're wearing a Cleavage Window...
- One Justice League of America comic, featuring a meeting between Lex Luthor, The Joker, and Cheetah with this problem.
Cheetah: Quit staring! My eyes are up here!
The Joker: I know where your eyes are.
- Subverted and Lampshaded in Identity Crisis, which Green Arrow notes Slipknot's eyes aren't on Wonder Woman's rack, but on her hip — where her Magic Lasso is located.
- In the second issue of the 2011 reboot of Teen Titans, we get this exchange between Tim (Red Robin) Drake and Cassie (Wonder Girl) Sandsmark:
Cassie: Yo! Up here. [points at eyes] And before you ask — Yes, they're real.
Tim: I wasn't looking at, um... them, Cassie. I was trying to figure out how those war bracelets you're wearing are invisible.
- Subverted with minor Gold Digger character Ayane, a mixed martial artist. She actually doesn't mind people looking at her chest. It keeps them from looking at the unfortunately permanent Death Glare she has.
- In Hawkeye #8, Penny says this this to Clint after she takes off her coat to reveal the stripper outfit she had on underneath.
- Justice League of America #2 (2013) has this exchange as the new team meet each other for the first time:
Catwoman: My eyes are up are, sweetheart.
Vibe: Huh? I know.
- From Batgirl (2009):
- Subverted when Blue Beetle met Supergirl and did not immediately realize who she was. When she points out the logo on her shirt, he replies that he was "raised not to stare."
- Humorously inverted when Cat Grant tries desperately to get Clark Kent to notice her breast augmentation, but Clark would always look her in the eyes instead, much to her annoyance◊. Amusingly, at one point Cat looks down at her own chest, as if to check that it's working properly.
- Taken Up to Eleven when Supergirl, who's still a bit new to Earth, meets her.
Supergirl: ...Well, that's strange.
Cat Grant: What's strange?
Supergirl: My X-ray vision is picking up some weird plastics in your—
- In Issue 5 of Harley Quinn Volume 3, Harley says this to the Police Chief that is distracted from her legs.
- A Crown of Stars: During a conversation with Rayana Shinji can not help to be distracted by her breasts. After a few exchanges Rayana remarks "Im up here, Shinji", prompting him to look up to her face.
- Advice and Trust: In chapter 4 Shinji was sitting down when he realized someone was looming over him. He looked up to find a pretty big bossom. Quickly he looked further up to meet that girl's face.
- HERZ: In chapter 1 Shinji turns around to face who had greeted him only to see a female chest in front of his eyes. Blushing, he looked upwards.
Pulling the hands away from his face and turning around, he found himself facing a chest. It was not particularly well-endowed but it definitely belonged to a female. Blushing, he corrected his gaze and saw her.
- In the Hunger Games fanfiction Some Semblance of Meaning, Vale uses this in her first conversation with District One's Obsidian, who had been admiring the sparkly necklace her sister gave her. He calls her "sparkle girl" and tells her that it's shiny and pretty, and she responds, "Yeah, my eyes are pretty, too, One—not that you're looking at them." (This may have been the first indication that Vale was a Type B Tsundere. Also, Obsidian actually was just looking at her necklace.)
- The aptly-titled, NSFW website Rule 34 (and with a name like that...) has a funny (and only mildly NSFW) featured image (image only◊) about a Gorgeous Gorgon that combines this trope with Shmuck Bait. In case you haven't already figured it out, click on a link and see what I mean.
- The Last Kiss Goodbye by Odon. Private eye Jane Kates hands around a photograph of the dame she's been hired to find.
It was actually a close-up of her breasts — that's the only part guys look at anyway.
- Farce Contact, a Star Trek: Enterprise Parody Fic. T'Pol's Future Spandex is explained as a Secret Test of Character designed by the Vulcan Science Directorate. She would know humanity had achieved true sentience when the crew stopped talking to her chest.
- Ezreal: a True Champion, a League of Legends fanfic, brings us a rare gender-flipped example from Malcolm Graves.
- Girl On Fire, a Lost Girl The Hunger Games mashup, Bo winds up staring at Lauren's breasts when they are both stripped while waiting for their stylist.
Lauren: [tilting Bo's head back to eye level] It was uh...flattering for the first thirty seconds but I'm getting worried about you.
- Although to be fair, what attracts Bo's attention in the first place are actually the scars just under Lauren's breasts.
- A Rare Male Example occurs in Colors and Capes when a Naked on Arrival Xander says this to Batgirl.
- In the X-Men fanfiction X-Men: The Early Years, Scott Summers and Jean Grey are attending an anger management seminar. Unfortunately their shrink is a lecher. After catching him leering at her chest still again, Jean says:
Jean: I have no patience for all forms of male stupidity. I really have no patience for men who forget that women do exist from the shoulders up. That's why I take pride in the fact that I put Will Anderson's head through the wall. Dr. Tom, my eyes are a few inches further up my body.
- The Marriage Contract:
"Harry language, and Harry I'm up here," [Hermione] said as he stared at her almost fully uncovered breast.
- In Escape Hermione stares at Harry's tight T-shirt.
Harry: Hermione, my face is up here.
- In HP Halloween Padma Patil lets her more outgoing twin pick a costume and ends up wearing a Princess Leia slave girl outfit.
Padma: Eyes up here Finnegan or I'll hex you.
- Slight variant by Joe Gravel: "Fangs are up here!" (Tame compared to his usual gags and hereby declared as SFW.)
- In Chrysalis Visits The Hague, this said by the human male Estermann to the pony mare Lyra when she - being her human-obsessed self - can't stop ogling his hands.
- This fanart has Dr. Manhattan saying it to Power Girl, who of all people should really know better.
- Parodied in Sword Art Online Abridged with the leader of a level 20 guild trying to recruit the level 40 Kirito.
Keita: Let me assure you, we could certainly use someone with your... [gazing at the health and stat block above Kirito's head] assets.... mmhhhhmmm.
Kirito: Hey! Hey! My eyes are down here!
- A Witch and an Amazon Walk Into a Bar:
Diana: You like strong women, I take it?
Rose: I've, uh, never seen anyone like you before. But yeah, I sure do.
Diana: My eyes are up here.
Rose: Yeah, they sure are.
- In Harry Potter and the Well Intentioned Friends Ron and Ginny walk in on Harry and Tonks having sex.
Tonks: OI! My eyes are up here Weasley!
- In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, Hilda's response to a boy glancing at her shorts: "My eyes are 44.7º up, boy."
- In the Barbarella/Star Trek: Voyager mashup B'Elannarella, astrometrix Anna Seven makes First Contact with a man who keeps speaking to her breasts. Assuming this is the cultural norm, she addresses all her own comments to his chest as well.
- Bridget Jones has a coworker called Mr Fitzherbert that she had nicknamed "Tits Pervert" for this very reason.
- 1939 version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame has sexually frustrated villain Frollo staring at Esmeralda's breasts when they meet first time.
- In Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Norah says this to Nick the first time he sees after his gay friends give her a more flattering bra to wear.
- The truck stop waitress in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny wears a shirt which reads "My Face Is Up Here".
- A Knight's Tale: When William is bludgeoning his way through a love letter to Jocelyn, Roland and Wat mention that he should mention that he "misses her breasts", after which Chaucer says, "I would tend to look above her breasts, William."
- Inverted in Where the Truth Lies, when Lanny tells a female audience member "I think you have the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen. Now you notice I say 'I think you've got the most beautiful eyes I've ever seen'; that's because I haven't actually seen them yet. I've been too busy staring at your cans."
- In Kung Pow! Enter the Fist, The Chosen One is frequently distracted by Whoa's (single) breast.
- In the monster movie Sharktopus, this is said by a reporter (Stacy) to the boatman she's trying to hire (Pez) when he ogles her breasts.
- From High School High
Girl: You know, you're different from everybody else. Most of the boys here just want to stare at girls' breasts. You know what I mean?
Guy: [quickly looking up from her breasts] Sorry... what?
- Snake Eyes. Navy officer Kevin Dunne admits that when the Defense Secretary was about to be assassinated, he had been Distracted by the Sexy sight of a buxom redhead. In a POV flashback to when Dunne was talking to her, the camera keeps dropping to the woman's cleavage.
Dunne: I was three feet away from a known terrorist, and I had my eyes buried in some broad's tits.
- Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. The gasoline station attendant stares directly at Varla's Boobs of Steel when he states he wants to see America. She quips, "You won't find it down there, Columbus."
- Soap Dish inverts this. When Jeffry says Ariel has beautiful eyes, she says they're nothing compared to her tits.
- Lampshaded in the 1994 film adaptation of The Puppet Masters. A female agent notes that some teenaged boys should have been trying to look down her blouse, as an indication they are being controlled by the Puppeteer Parasites. She contrasts this with how her male partner greeted her. "Hi, I'm Sam!" (downward eye movement). When Sam denies ever doing this trope, she replies, "You're still doing it."
- In Happy Death Day 2U, Danielle wears a tailored shirt with an Impossibly-Low Neckline which downright hypnotizes Samar (in the novelization, Ryan comments on the situation with "is he actually drooling?") as he tries to introduce himself. She slaps him and then says "Hey, Samosa. My head's the middle one."
- Averted by the young king in Masques, he looks Aralorn straight in the eyes. This comes back to bite him, as he shouldn't have been able to see her - if he wasn't resistant to magic, he would have seen the illusion of a snow falcon. Aralorn even told him how the illusion he was supposed to see looks, but the fact that, during the entire conversation, and afterwards, when he pretends to be talking to/ looking at a bird, he looks to where Aralorn's eyes are, not where the illusion falcon should be, gives him away, leading to an Oh, Crap! moment when the villainous mage he tried to fool mentions this. Ironically, ogling her breasts might have been safer.
- Special Circumstances:
- Throughout the series, the buxom heroine, Barbara, often has to remind men that her bosom is not where to find her eyes.
- In Queen of Wands, Janea, in the metaphorical version of DragonCon, has to remind Kelly Lockhart of where to find her eyes. His response: "I've made my decision."
- In the 1632 novel, once Gretchen (who is very attractive and very well endowed) marries, she affectionately teases her husband Jeff "Stop looking at mein tits! What scandal!"
- In her own inimitable style, Irene Adler says to Colonel Moran in The Hound Of The D Urbervilles:
"That's better. Look me in the lamps, Colonel."
- In Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, this is Tej's reaction on first meeting Ivan.
"Hi, there" — with difficulty, he dragged his gaze from her chest to her face — "Nanja."
It didn't take that long to scan her nametag. Slow reader, are you? Why, yes, I get a lot of those.
- Swellhead. When they first meet DS Stacey Cotterill, Richard Jeperson looks at her face while Adam Onions looks at her body.
- Avengers of the Moon by Allen Steele. Inspector Joan Randall keeps telling off Captain Future for doing this. He doesn't mean to be rude, but as a young man raised in isolation from female company, he doesn't know how to act and keeps getting Distracted by the Sexy.
"My eyes are up here, not on my knees!"
- The Patchwork Girl. When the protagonist encounters Luna Fair Cop Laura Drury, the first thing he notes is that she has big boobs. He then apologises to the reader and says that thanks to her tall skinny body (from growing up in a low gravity environment), they're rather prominent.
- An awkward moment in iCarly, which is a kids' show:
Carly: I'm not a twig. I'm getting curvier everyday!
Freddie: [turns at Carly] I know.
Carly: [sternly] Eyes up, dude.
- There was a Saturday Night Live (guest host Kirstie Alley) where they had female aliens who had evolved their eyes in their breasts, because that's where all the men were looking.
- Done by Sally in an episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun. A professor at Dick's university is staring at her chest. She says, "I'm up here." He responds, "A lot of women like to think that."
- When Troy and Britta accidentally discover that the other is taking dance classes in Community, Britta can't help but have her eyes drawn downwards — twice — to a certain spot in Troy's tights.
"I know it's tempting to sneak a peek, but I'm gonna need for you to keep your eyes up here."
- Also shows up when Troy, Abed and Annie are trying to find evidence that Alan got Jeff fired. Annie is incensed that all she is used for is bait. Abed and Troy have no idea what she said.
- How I Met Your Mother
- Show up when Ted and Marshall were at a gay bar looking for Barney's gay brother; they were constantly getting hit on by guys.
- Happens with Ted and Robin in Atlantic City — with Robin wearing a bikini T-shirt. "Are you staring at my shirt boobs?"
- In one episode Stella accuses Ted of staring at her breasts and he replies with "In my defense, they were staring back at me."
- Kate says this to Sawyer in the Lost episode "Catch-22" after he walks in on her dressing.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- In the Musical Episode, the "I'll Never Tell" number has Anya in a bra and petticoat, where Xander says he loves her "firm yet supple...tight embrace" and takes his eyes off her chest after a stern look.
- The trope is lampshaded when Anya first asks Xander out to the prom, saying she knows he finds her attractive because she's caught him looking at her breasts. Xander replies, "Nothing personal, but when a guy does that, it just means his eyes are open."
- Done by the subject herself in "Doppelgangland" when Willow puts on her vampire alter ego's tight leather corset. Upon noticing the effect it has on her boobs, she says "gosh, look at those" - and all the males awkwardly look away.
- Angel. After a trip overseas, Angel gives Cordelia a necklace.
Cordelia: Oh my gosh, it's gorgeous! And look how it brings out my breasts!
[Wesley, Gunn, and Angel glance around awkwardly]
Cordelia: You know you were all thinkin' it.
Molly: Hello there.
- In an episode, J.D.'s daydream involves Dr. Cox wetting himself out of nervousness. J.D. is staring at Cox's crotch for a good several seconds before Cox has to whistle and repeat the name of the trope several times to get J.D. back to reality.
- Also inverted when J.D. and Elliot are in the locker room together. J.D. says they need to talk about the sexual tension, Elliot wheels around wearing only a bra and tells J.D. that there is no sexual tension. J.D. desperately tries to keep looking at her face until Elliot tells him to just look down before his neck snaps. Which he does. "Awesome".
- And in another episode...
[all looks at her chest]
Molly: Yep, those are my boobs.
[all looks at her face]
- As well in one of the Ben episodes, where Carla talks to J.D. alone about trusting his instincts — Carla teases him by asking him if he wants her body. J.D is flustered at first but gives in to the Male Gaze and Carla replies with a simple "Up here, Bambi".
- Kitty of Arrested Development says this to Michael repeatedly, regardless of whether he's actually looking at her breasts. And sometimes while flashing him.
- Discussed in House, season 4 episode 2. When the fake breast enhancement surgery they plannednote is threatened to be cancelled, the title character exclaims: "Would you condemn this woman to a life where people look at her face when they talk to her?"
- Alan ends up doing this in Two and a Half Men... and at a really bad time, as Jake had just got suspended from school after drawing an offensive picture of a big breasted girl (daughter of the woman he was staring at).
- To be fair to Alan, the woman in question was not only very well-endowed, but she was also showing a lot of cleavage, and given that their discussion was keeping his mind on the subject of ogling breasts, it would have been strange if his eyes hadn't wandered a few times.
- A terrific subversion/lampshading happens in The X-Files episode "Humbug" in which Scully catches a sideshow freak staring at her chest through her unbuttoned shirt just as said freak notices Scully staring at his deformed conjoined twin through his opened robe. Both cover up immediately in embarrassment.
- In Doctor Who Rory is told off twice after staring a bit too long at a naked statue (the Venus de Milo) and then at older Amy.
The Doctor/Older Amy: Eyes front soldier.
- The line gets repeated when the Doctor meets his next companion Clara, though in that case it's to prevent the Doctor looking up her skirt while climbing a ladder. Our Celibate Hero indignantly denies he's perving, only for Clara to casually admit she's checking him out instead.
- On The Drew Carey Show, Kate mentions trying to get a drunk Mr. Bell to stare at her face instead of her chest. They wound up compromising on the neck.
- Castle has a moment of this in a season 2 episode where the Body of the Week was reported while coroner Lainie was out clubbing. Turns out she's surprisingly buxom when not wearing scrubs.
Lainie: [to Beckett] Well, unlike you, I don't stand around all day waiting for a body to drop. Quit lookin' at the girls, Castle.
- And she says it without missing a beat, making it all the funnier. Poor Castle has so much trouble not staring that he simply looks away.
- Stargate Universe: Lt. James does this to McKay at one point. In a previous episode, she implies she's done it before.
- He then attempts to ogle her butt, she is however well aware of his intentions and makes him walk in front of her.
- The Big Bang Theory: In an effort to help Leonard get tenure, Penny dresses in a tight, low-cut dress and plans to flirt with the tenure committee...at a funeral. Raj stares at her chest, looks away when he notices Penny looking at him, then immediately looks back at Penny's cleavage the instant she looks away.
- Inverted in 30 Rock when Hazel comes to work wearing only a bra underneath her page jacket and irritably demands, "Eyes down here, boys. I have breasts, you know!"
- An outtake of Happy Endings (included in the second season DVD) had Elisha Cuthbert saying this to Zachary Knighton. (She was wearing a bikini top at the time.)
- Believe it or not, it happens on Reality Television, too. Just ask Jupiter (Pirate Master).
- When Caroline imagines getting a boob job on Caroline in the City, she first loves the attention they...uh, she gets. Then she realizes guys are staring only at her chest so she starts arguing she is "more than just a pair of breasts." As she argues, they start getting larger and larger, until she can't put her arms down.
- Said word by word by Tina Cohen-Chang in the Glee episode "The Power of Madonna", during a fit of feminist rage against Artie.
- This happens between Rosalind and Coulson in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., except Coulson is looking at Rosalind's car, which she points out is a "he".
- In the pilot episode of Sledge Hammer!, Dori Doreau turns away from a room full of men and bends over a table. Her skirt rides higher up her thighs. All four men in the room stop talking and visibly bend forwards to get a better look. As she turns back they hurriedly resume their previous posture. she then bends over the table again and everyone cranes his neck to look at her legs...
- The Shannara Chronicles: Wil finds Amberle bathing, and she tells him this in no uncertain terms - while holding a sword to his throat, no less. Gets a Call-Back in the next episode when he strips down to his underwear to swim, and Amberle is... visibly enjoying the view.
Wil: (uncomfortable) "What happened to 'eyes up here'?"
- A rather...overcome Hayden Panettiere inverted this on The Graham Norton Show. She gleefully said she wasn't wearing a bra and stretched her chest out to allow the audience to look - so as not to have the other guests constantly looking down at her boobs the whole night.
- Babylon 5. An Invoked Trope with Miss Chambers in "The Lost Tales" who wears a camera pinned to her blouse, right next to a Cleavage Window to make sure her interviewees look into it.
- When discussing the Hide Your Pregnancy trope, Person of Interest actress Sarah Shahi mentioned that a Badass Longcoat and a lot of close-ups were used, but as her breasts were also growing the audience might not have been looking upwards like they wanted.
- CSI: In "You Kill Me", Greg is looking at Wendy's naked body on the autopsy table. As his gaze starts to wander down her chest, Wendy's eyes snap open to remind him that she died from a neck wound. (It Makes Sense in Context as this is all taking place in a thought experiment of Hodges', and Wendy is not really dead.)
- Lois & Clark features the male version: After trying out a variety of costumes, Clark ends up in the classic outfit.
Clark: What do you think?
Martha: Well, one thing's for sure, nobody's going to be looking at your face!
Clark: [slightly mortified] Mom!
Martha: [laughing] They don't call 'em tights for nuthin'!
- Frontier: At one point Mary has to remind the drunk town priest to keep his gaze focused on her face instead of her cleavage. He finds her blue eyes no less beautiful.
- In the Friends episode "The One with the Boobies", Chandler accidentally sees Rachel topless. In a later scene, she notices that he's staring at her chest while she's talking:
Rachel: Why can't parents just stay parents? Why do they have to become people? Why do they have- (notices Chandler) Why... can't you stop staring at my breasts?Chandler: (still staring) What? (looks up) What?
- Appears in the lyrics to "American Dreamgirl" by Joydrop:
Hey Mr. Music
My name's not honey
And don't call me dear
My eyes are up here
- On the Folsom Prison live album, Johnny Cash introduces June Carter to sing the duet "Jackson" with him, and they talk a bit, leading to this exchange:
Johnny Cash: Well, I like to watch you talk.
June Carter: I'm talking with my mouth. It's way up here.
- From the intro to Psychostick's "Because Boobs":
Girl: Um, excuse me! My eyes are up here!
Rawrb: Yeah, but your boobs are down there.
- Played straight and subverted by Toyfare magazine. Female toys will have word balloons saying this. Sometimes other toys you don't expect will have this as well. (Ex: the Bomarr Monk from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.)
- A one-panel comic had a Mensa convention with two guys enraptured with a woman's large head, and she is saying "Ahem, guys — my breasts are down here."
- In 1997, shortly after Chyna got her breast implants, Shawn Michaels did a promo where he was talking to her breasts and Chyna pointed two fingers to her face to remind him that she was "up here".
- Jillian Hall had this instruction for the fans of WWE Smackdown. The fans were looking a little closer to her eyes than most examples in that case though, specifically at a rice cake sized tumor right beneath them.
- Bruce Santee picked on a woman heckling him at an All Aggression Pro event by repeatedly reminding her he did not have eyes down there. Thing is, she most of the women were wildly cheering for him when he demanded it until he finally found the right buttons to push.
- Eve Torres was interviewing Triple H and he was staring at her chest the whole time. He asked if 'they' were real and complimented them on their shape, before asking to touch...the pearls around her neck. And when they were briefly interrupted by Vladimir Kozlov, Triple H had this to say.
"See, Eve? He couldn't keep his eyes off them either."
- Santino Marella of all people pulled this line.
"I am not a piece of meat."
- Halo: With the IWHBYD skull on, marines and army troopers of both genders respond with something to this effect when the player looks at them for an elongated amount of time.
- Fallout 3. Sydney, a relic hunter, will say phrases like "Eyes up here, please," and "Less gawking, more walking," when you speak to her if you decide to team up with her to retrieve and split the loot you're both after.
- Fallout 4: Cait, one of your companions, will sometimes say "We'd get on a lot faster if you kept your eyes on the road and off me arse."
- Fusionette from City of Heroes has been known to say this a time or two.
- Ruby from Gaia Online used to say this in her shop dialogue. Since the shops have been revamped, the line is now immortalized by the bonus pose of a collectible doll of her... blue eyes like hers.
- A PA in Star Ocean: The Last Hope has Edge walking in on Reimi in the shower while searching for Sarah's glasses. Reimi catches him while he's still partially stooped over, causing him to get eye level with her chest. He comments on her growth. She demands to know who he's talking to. Cue the Armor-Piercing Slap.
- This exact phrase is one of the dialogue option for the female protagonist (who starts the game only in her underwear) during the first dialogue with Atton Rand in Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords.
- An inversion occurs in the fan-made Neverwinter Nights 2 mod "Dark Waters". In the first chapter, in which you learn about the memories/personality quirks/etc. that were implanted into you and your party at the beginning, a female player has to remind Daniel that she has breasts when he starts treating her like the person whose memories she has.
- A very silly inversion occurs during one piece of random dialogue in Dragon Age II, where Varric reminds Isabela where his eyes are when she starts examining his chest hair.
- In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) there were scenes where they tried and succeeded to get this past the radar. In said game, Shadow repeatedly glances at Rouge's breasts, although you only notice if you pay close attention to where he's looking. But in one scene, he trails off and just stares until she looks at him and he looks nervously to the side.
- Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix has Hana talking to this male Jerkass and she states the trope.
- In Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail! when talking to the nudist Drew Barringmore, she'll chide Larry as his gaze gradually drops. Unless you found the earplugs.
- Played with in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater... sort of. EVA's introduction scene features her partly unzipping her motorcycle jumpsuit, giving Snake (and, by extension, the audience) an excellent shot of her assets. Snake makes no move whatsoever to hide the fact that he's enjoying the view, and EVA doesn't seem to care — possibly just for the sake of comedy and fanservice, but it's hard to doubt that EVA was fully aware of what she was doing.
- Smite: One of Aphrodite's jokes played this straight, and this game actually has an inversion: Xing Tian, a headless deity who has his face on his belly, tells others that his eyes are... well, down there on his pecs...
Accha: And what does someone who likes romance novels look like, I ask?
Loa: My eyes are up here, mister.
- Catwoman, in Batman: Arkham City, says so in mockery to an unflappable Hugo Strange in one of her interview tapes.
- This is said word-for-word in Fate/Grand Order by Altria Pendragon (Alter) (Lancer) in the Go West Event. As for why — well, she's in her third ascension outfit, which is charitably described as a Breast Plate with a Cleavage Window that also shows her underboobs.
- SMG4's Mario Bloopers: One of the Trope Namers of this trope is in "Mushroom Wars", where Mario is distracted by Peach's breasts (or boobs) while R2-D2 is giving a holographic speech of her to the former.
Peach: AND STOP STARING AT MY BOOBS! MY EYES ARE UP HERE!
- A "The Diva" series made with The Movies had an actress being forced to do reality TV. Episode 2, 'The Diva Stuffed' has her opening a box of worms on pizzas. After she screams, it cuts to a zoom in on her boobs.
[cut to shot of her angry face]
Myshe: Camera up here, buddy.
- Wulffmorgenthaler: Dick Bird proposes a practical way to avert this trope.
- Inverted and Played for Laughs in one strip. Lucretia, a succubus, has three eyes. Being summoned by a guy who keeps staring at her Third Eye pisses her off.
Lucretia: HEY! What do you think you're staring at!?! My boobs are down here, buster!
- Also played with in a later strip; apparently, demons consider succubi's horns to be attractive, leading to a "I'm down here" remark.
- Inverted and Played for Laughs in one strip. Lucretia, a succubus, has three eyes. Being summoned by a guy who keeps staring at her Third Eye pisses her off.
- Jade of PvP has a City of Heroes character named The Titillator, with a Power Girl-esque costume and the battle cry "Eyes up here, buddy!"
- Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures:
- Notably averted in this strip, where Dan is clearly looking at his succubus grandmother in the eyes despite her being way taller than him.
- Not to mention lampshaded beautifully in this earlier one about hypnosis.
- Inverted in this strip where a shirtless guy doesn't like the attention.
- They even invert it on occasion.
- In Freefall, Winston has a different reason for potentially saying that: squeaky shoe covers.
- Keychain of Creation has a hilarious inversion in one of the extra strips◊, with Marena trying to divert Misho to her other pair of eyes.
- In Applegeeks, one of Alice's signature shirts is a black T-shirt with an arrow pointing up on her chest.
- A male example occurs in Penny and Aggie when Karen deliberately walks in, naked, on her boyfriend Marshall while he's showering in the gym.
- This strip from Toon Hole combines this with Implausible Deniability.
- In one comic of Cheer!, Kevin actually finds himself physically unable to pull his eyes from Karen's chest after she gets her new (and rather revealing) cheerleader uniform. A few comics later, he gets sunglasses, apparently with the sole intent of making Karen unable to tell where his eyes are pointed.
- This Concerned strip has Gordon Frohman eying Dr Mossman's chest.
- Sluggy Freelance:
- Torg gets it from Aylee after she shed her old form for a more female-looking one. She thinks it's an honest mistake though, since her head indeed used to come that low.
- Torg and Riff get this response from another player in a MMORPG.
- Torg also gets this reaction from Sasha. Who is wearing a shirt with a row of "i"s on it.
- In "Anima", Torg complains about a female character looking down at the melons he's carrying in a basket so that there are two right in front of his chest.
- The (im)proper response to this comment is demonstrated by Rayne in Least I Could Do, who is banned from entering a particular restaurant due to a combination of this trope and his Jerk Ass ways.
Subway Employee: My eyes are up here.
Rayne: But your breasts are down there. [Continues ogling her breasts]
Subway Employee: My eyes-
Rayne: Are up there. Yes, I know. I'll get to them in a minute, I'm sure they're lovely. [Positions himself at chest level to get a better look]
- Implied in the introductory strip of DiDi in Ménage à 3.
- This strip of Cyanide & Happiness.
"Yes, but your tits are down there."
- This strip of Loserz lampshades it.
Adam: Yeah. And so is your hair. What's your point?
- This is the well-endowed Lady Germany's Berserk Button in Scandinavia and the World.
Lady Germany: YOU WILL LOOK ME IN THE EYES OR DESPAIR!
- We don't know exactly what is done to this trope in this (probably NSFW) Ow, my sanity chapter cover, but something is done to it.
- While it has yet to happen on-panel, Darby of TRU-Life Adventures has implied she has to say this. A lot.
- This distraction saves an adventurer's life in Oglaf, as without it he would have gazed on a medusa's hideous face rather than its less-than-hideous body. (Though it turns out looking at either makes him rock-hard...)
- Exiern: "I know where your eyes are".
- Parodied in Hark! A Vagrant with John Paul.
- In Nip and Tuck, Hortence wears a wig rather than falsies to establish that she's female because she is quite aware of this trope's existence and would rather have people looking at her face.
- Cordless: Venia gives Alfonso this remark, not for the first time it seems, but he immediately points out the hypocrisy of saying that while dressed in stripperiffic garb.
Venia: And we've been over this. My face. Up here.
Alfonso: Soz. Even with your extremely modest duds Al somehow can't help himself, you know?
Venia: Point taken.
- In Our Little Adventure, Angelika exploits this to hide something under her shirt.
- In a Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal strip, a statitican's response is "I have no data to support that conclusion."
- Faye of Questionable Content wears a shirt with an upward arrow over her chest in at least one strip. Marten once mentioned that she "punches [him] if [his] eyes stray south of her jawline."
- Played with in Times Like This, as this exchange takes place in an online virtual chatroom.
- Philip78TX: Long time no see! How's things with you?
NanoCassDFW: I'm holding up.
Philip78TX: I can see that. ;)
NanoCassDFW: Eyes up here, pervo. :P
Philip78TX: Can't a man compliment a woman on how well-built her virtual form is?
- Played straight in The Dreadful when Poe is trying to persuade Lucas that she's Kit's twin sister. After Lucas fails to look closely at her face as she instructed, Poe gets angry. Lucas, having only seen Kit angry, instantly spots the likeness.
- Hilariously inverted by Junior Scientist Power Hour here.
- A male example happens in Manly Guys Doing Manly Things between Sten and the Warden after the Warden hid Sten's armor for kicks.
Sten: Warden, my eyes are up here.
Warden: Sure is too bad mine are down here.
- Castlevania RPG has another Medusa joke in the Island Honeymoon storyline.
Medusa: Speaking of, why aren't you two stone already? Everyone who looks in my eyes is turned to stone!
Angel: I've been staring at your breasts.
Princess: ...You have eyes?
- Yet another Medusa joke with The Bard's Tail by Fredrik K.T. Andersson, where this trope saves the pervy bard from being turned to stone◊.
- Curtailed: Fox gets to flip this here.
- Fluffy Bunny Domination takes a shot at Foot Fetishists.
- The Nostalgia Chick, as the Goblin King a.k.a. "Package!" says this in her review of Labyrinth.
- Said by Jesus's busty sister Tammi in this article by The Onion:
"I saith unto thee: Look upon mine eyes, which dwell within mine head, and not upon mine bosom, wherein no wisdom dwells."
- In 80's Dan, ROB is staring at Dolly's chest, and she says this.
- Amusingly played with in a cartoon picture of a cute gorgon in a toga, one breast exposed, pointing at her face, with "Eyes up here, buddy" as a caption.
- In the first episode of Metamor City, "Welcome to the City", rookie cop Michael Perelli gets a particularly shocking version of this from Lieutenant Kate Kitaen; when he checks out her breasts, two huge eyes suddenly form on them to stare back at him. At the end of the episode he gets the explanation for how Kate managed this; she is an illusionist — and a bit of a prankster.
- Quite common Whateley Universe (though not often worded as such), due to the prevalence of the Most Common Superpower, especially by Phase, who, being an exception to the Third Law of Gender Bending, is extremely displeased with the male attention he gets. Conversely, many of the characters like the fact that they draw the Male Gaze, which is probably at least in part due to the fact that most of them are teenagers — and many of the most notable cases were either significantly less attractive before, or else were Transgender and had the good fortune to have the Exemplar power to transform themselves to their true gender. Even those who are happy with their new-found beauty find it less than wonderful, though at least one has enough of a sense of humor about it to call herself "Attributes".
- A YouTube member pointed out Mass Effect 3's tendency to include Male Gaze shots with a video entitled "My Eyes are Up Here, Kasumi".
- Oscar Winner Marion Cotillard parodies the concept in this fake commercial.
- Parodied with this T-shirt from Teespring, which also points out other interesting body parts you might want to look at. Such as the lungs and gallbladder.
- In Bad Machinery, thirteen year old Shauna laments the failings of thirteen year old boys to a sympathetic adult, or at least an Alternate Universe version of her:
They caught puberty. I have to fold my arms a lot,Gross.
- There's a picture of a naturally naked Dr. Manhattan saying that to Power Girl.
- The Critic:
Jay: [openly staring at Valerie's breasts] Uh-huh... uh-huh... Ohh, yeah...
Valerie: [more amused than insulted] What are you doing?
Jay: [guiltily] Oh, I'm sneakin' a peek at your maguppies. It's my stumbling attempt at intimacy.
- On Family Guy, Lois has to occasionally grab Peter's face by the chin to redirect his gaze. Peter, being who he is, he just goes right back staring at Lois' chest.
- Parodied on Home Movies, where Melissa tells Jason to stop looking at her fake boobs (a pair of balloons shoved into her top as part of her role in Brendan's latest movie). He insists that he can't.
- The exchange between B'wana Beast and Zatanna in Justice League Unlimited, quoted atop the page.
- The Looney Tunes Show: In "The Shelf", Daffy (who doesn't wear clothes anyway) says this to Tina after he hands the towel he was wearing to Bugs. Later in the episode, Speedy says to Lola (holding his sombrero in front of himself) after Lola claims she has an X-ray eye.
- The Simpsons:
Carmen Electra: Homer, my face is up here.
- Played with the episode "The Frying Game": Homer is furious that he was unwittingly participating in a reality show, where he was framed for murder and subjected to a mock trial and execution. He angrily calls one of the show's hosts, Carmen Electra, out on allowing him to suffer such anguish just for higher ratings, while staring into her cleavage.
Homer: [completely deadpan while he keeps staring] I've made my choice.
- One of the scenes cut from "Large Marge" (shown in FOX promos/commercials, but not in the episode) has Bart and Lisa run into Homer's and Marge's bedroom at night. Marge (who in the episode gets by mistake Gag Boobs) is in her robe and Bart stares at her cleavage. Marge frantically points to her face and tells Bart to "Just focus on Mommy's face", to which Bart replies, "I'm trying, Mom."
- Gender-inverted on South Park with Randy Marsh's testicles in "Medicinal Fried Chicken".
- Inverted in Squidbillies where one of Early's hats has the phrase: "Tell your boobs to quit looking at my eyes" written on it.
- Vixen: Mari invokes it when talking to Dr. Mc Callister. She came to see ask him about her necklace, which he started examining while she was still wearing it:
Mari: Normally, this is where I'd say "my eyes are up here."
- Because of Amy Adams wearing so many costumes with Absolute Cleavage on the set of American Hustle, this was inevitable. She describes the male co-stars as being "incredibly polite about it", but that Jennifer Lawrence was the one who kept staring — not helped by Amy having a habit of slouching when the camera wasn't on her. So she drew a smiley face on the area "so at least it would look friendly".
- Rose McGowan shares a story of a Charmed producer who would constantly stare at her chest. One day she said to him "You've seen my breasts for five years. Are they not boring yet?"
- Parodied by Alexandra Daddario, whose eyes are as distracting as her figure and thus she could wear this Fun T-Shirt.