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Disapproving Look
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Sometimes, when you need to show your disapproval, you don't need to speak. All you need to display your disapproval is that look.

It's not quite an angry or tense look; it's more of a look that says "really?" Generally, the one giving the glance has his or her brow lowered a little bit, with either a flat face or very slight frown with pursed lips. Often, the glancer has arms folded for extra disapproval effect.

This expression is commonly found on two types of characters. One is priests, clerics, or other religious figures. The other is the housewife, generally the long-suffering variety, who tends to give this to both her bumbling husband and her misbehaving children.

In manga, this is accompanied with the Japanese onomatopoeia jii~ or jiro jiro.

Compare its "edgier" counterparts, Death Glare and Kubrick Stare. Facepalm has a nearly identical effect.



  • During the weighing of the wands in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry gets this from Fleur as he hastily tries to clean his wand, accidentally shooting some sparks in the process.

Live-Action TV
  • One Saturday Night Live sketch had its humor revolve around the shots of several coworkers giving disapproving glances to an employee who mistakenly submitted "You're the One that I Want" from Grease.
  • In Home Improvement, "The Look" is discussed by Tim and his coworkers after Tim gets basketball season tickets and Jill gives him "The Look". Later in the same scene, Harry's wife gives him The Look, and all of his coworkers react in horror.
  • In the Mamas Family show (and its predecessor sketches on The Carol Burnett Show), both Eunice (Carol Burnett) and Mama (Vicki Lawrence) often did this when they were angry with another character.
  • This was practically Shepherd Book's default expression whenever he was around Mal on Firefly.
  • In Lois and Clark, Superman frequently gave this look to lawbreakers, though usually minor ones. His glares were reserved for the likes of Lex Luthor and others like him.
  • On Dinosaurs Earl was on the receiving end of one more than once from his wife, Fran.
  • In The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will often gave this to Carlton when he was acting particularly childish.

Video Games
  • In several games in the Rhythm Heaven series, some of the characters will give the player character a disapproving look if you mess up the rhythm.

Western Animation
  • In the Sponge Bob Square Pants episode "MuscleBob BuffPants", Sandy gives Spongebob a well-deserved look of disapproval once it's exposed that he used fake rubber muscles.

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