Created By: DAN004 on July 6, 2013 Last Edited By: DAN004 on March 6, 2014
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Palm On Cheek Pose

Putting both hands on your cheeks to show embarrassment, surprise or excitement.

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AUTHOR'S NOTE: I tried finding something like this in The Other Wiki and Google, but infos are really scarce.

Needs a Better Name, Needs a Better Description, Is This Tropable?? (Needs a better picture, btw)

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A body language, specifically for face and hands. Often a sign of cuteness. It conveys many of the following things:

  • Shock and Awe — girls often put their open palms on both their cheeks with mouth wide open.
  • Embarrassment — girls would cover their face with both their hands.
  • Annoyance — when sitting down, some girls push their fists or wrist on their cheeks to pout their lips. others simply pout.
  • Pleasure — girls would put one open palm on their cheek for when they just ate something good.
  • Excitement — they will use both open palms to cover their cheeks. presumably this is to hide blushing. (?)
  • Affection — caressing another person's cheek(s) with either one or both hands to show affection.
    • A more playful variant is to push their cheeks together and rub them to pout their lips. Usually done on kids.

Compare Face Palm which deals with stupidity and humiliation (whether your own or other people's). See also Faux Paw which is also often used for cuteness.

Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Yuno Gasai from Future Diary does this in the first episode while saying “Don’t worry, Yukkii… I will (ahn♡) protect you.” This example is popular for not being cute, but creepy instead - in fact this leads to an internet meme called "Ecstatic Yandere Pose".
  • Mio Akiyama of K-On! has been known to do this. One example: when she's embarrassed when it's discovered that the idea of wearing high school outfits in the band were hers.
  • In the climax of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, Hayate cups the Will of the Book of Darkness' face as she declares herself her master and gives her a new name—Reinforce.
  • Non Non Biyori has Ichijo Hotaru (The girl in the Trope Image). who tends to put her hand on her cheek when pleased. she also does the other poses apropos to the situation as a Character Tic.
  • Kin-iro Mosaic: Karen does the "embarrassed two handed" version when Tsundere Aya confessed that she looks up to her.
  • In the Mayo Chiki! anime, Kanade does the "embarrassed two handed" version when someone praised her.
  • Sena and Rika of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai notably do the "excited" variation of the pose... when it comes to indulging on their fetish. Notably, Rika is particularly interested in Not-EVAs engaging in Orgasmic Combat...
  • In The iDOLM@STER, Makoto had her fangirls going gaga over her and doing variations of the "Excited" version of this trope during a live show in episode 15.
  • In the Nurarihyon No Mago anime, Yura does the "shocked" variation after seeing someone No Sell a fear based attack.
  • The anime for Fortune Arterial has Iori getting various "excited" reactions from his fangirls upon going shirtless (and sparkling)
  • Fairy Tail. Juvia often does the excited version, if it involves Gray Fullbuster, that is.
  • Pinoko Hazama from Black Jack often does this when she is surprised that's it practically her signature gesture.
  • In an obvious Shout-Out to Pinoko Hazama of Black Jack, Mako from Kill la Kill makes the exact same face and gesture as Pinoko whenever something shocking happens.

Art
  • The famous painting "The Scream" by Norwegian painter Evard Munch uses this pose for the screaming figure on the bridge.

Film
  • Kevin's version of this from Home Alone as his reaction to aftershave when he's acting grown up in the mirror. It's even featured prominently in the box art. It's so well known that this is often cited as a Stock Parody by way of Kevin doing this.

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • The Owner from Kamen Rider Den-O does this whenever something upsetting happens.
  • Square One TV. In the Mathnet story "The Calpurnian Kugel Caper" Benny cups his face in mock-shock when Pat shows him the new computerized "Wheel of Jeopardy" board game. "Golly jeepers, what will those computer geniuses think of next?"
  • The Brady Bunch. When Marcia gets a surprise visit from Desi Arnez, Jr. he kisses her on the cheek. After he leaves she puts her hand over her cheek and says "I'm never washing this cheek again." Later in the same episode parodied by her mother: when Mr. Brady kisses Mrs. Brady on the cheek she puts her hand to her cheek and says "I'm never washing this cheek again!"

Video Games

Web Video
  • Freddie Wong homages Kevin's famous expression in his parody Home, Alone when his last anti-robber trap sets off a shotgun.

Indexes: Body Language, Hand Tropes, Stock Poses

Community Feedback Replies: 88
  • July 6, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Needs a better picture. Yours is watermarked.
  • July 6, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ I'm trying to find one, but I'd like it if someone suggest me one.
  • July 7, 2013
    DAN004
    YKTTW Bump and added picture
  • July 7, 2013
    tachyonTrail
    Kevin's version of this from Home Alone. It's practically archetypal, and it's Exactly What It Says On The Tin. It's even featured prominently in the box art.
  • July 7, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Not sure what this would go under:

    • The famous painting "The Scream" by Norwegian painter Evard Munch uses this pose for the screaming figure on the bridge.

    I don't think this trope is "more common" for women at all. Especially if used sarcastically. It's commonly used for surprise. This trope should just be gender neutral.
  • July 8, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ okay, deleting part about gender.
  • July 10, 2013
    DAN004
  • July 12, 2013
    DAN004
    Teh Bump
  • July 13, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    If you want to use the iconic gesture from Home Alone, here it is. It might be a good idea to use two pictures, one of which would have the "shocked" variation and the other the "cute" one.
  • July 13, 2013
    GKaiser
    A very iconic gesture of Owner from Kamen Rider Den O for when something upsetting happens: http://tinyurl.com/ppaeb3o
  • July 13, 2013
    XFllo
    BTW, you don't need to post YKTTW Bump all the time. It's better to "zero edit" the draft, which also puts the draft to the top of the list. And the discussion page stays more organized.
    For the description: Face Palm is more flexible than you indicate. It doesn't always deal with others' stupidity. Frequently once's own as well, although it's also connected to humiliation and embarrassment.

    Good trope, imho. Possible indexes: Body Language, Hand Tropes, Stock Poses.

  • August 2, 2013
    DAN004
    Sorry, but bump
  • August 23, 2013
    DAN004
    So is this a lost cause? D:
  • August 26, 2013
    Alucard
    Mio Akiyama of K On has been known to do this fairly often.

    Shana in The Legend Of Dragoon has also done this a various points.
  • September 6, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Maybe you can give both of them a context, at least for one case?
  • September 6, 2013
    Alucard
    Eh, whatever.

    Here and here.
  • September 13, 2013
    DAN004
    Bumpity.
  • September 13, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    is this trope about this? it's not "handcup", it's hiding one's face... according to google.
  • September 27, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Not exactly...
  • September 28, 2013
    BuckRivera
  • September 29, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ sounds more like a reaction to stupidity instead of embarassment/discomfort.

    ^^ huh?
  • October 19, 2013
    DAN004
    bump
  • November 17, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    needs to note variants(shock, embarassment, etc). as with the recently launched Hand Hiding Sleeves. Bisected8 did a great job here.
  • November 17, 2013
    Koveras
    Is the variation where a character cups another person's face in his/her arms included in the definition? It usually demonstrates a very intimate relationship between the two (like between parent and child or between two lovers), with the former character showing support and encouragement to the latter with that gesture.
  • November 17, 2013
    DAN004
    ^^ Maybe you could help me with the description writing? I allow you to edit it.

    ^ While that isn't originally my intention, I think that seems tropable.
  • November 17, 2013
    Koveras
    ^ In that case, here is an example of that:

    • In the climax of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha As, Hayate cups the Will of the Book of Darkness' face as she declares herself her master and gives her a new name—Reinforce.
  • November 17, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^^ done. I apologize for the horrible english. i was just listing the variants i'm familiar with. and it turned out something like an index. dunno, to me, while tropeable. it doesn't really have that deep a meaning compared to things like Head Butt Of Love or Head Butt Thermometer.

    btw, while each are Too Rare To Trope on their own. they seem to be all for playing up cuteness on a character type. i've seen certain characters do all of these, tougher girls are often made to do this to cute them up... Cute Hand Gestures? Cute Hand On Face Gestures?
  • November 17, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ That's why I don't split the trope.

    Yeah, all of them are cute in their own way. =P
  • November 18, 2013
    DAN004
    Hats? Examples?
  • November 20, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    if you're going by my edits, it could no longer be called "handcup". s cupped hand would at most cover the face from nose bridge to chin.
  • November 25, 2013
    DAN004
    How would you call it, then?
  • December 5, 2013
    DAN004
    Bump...
  • December 6, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
  • December 6, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Cute Hand On Face Gestures is close, but... I wonder if there's anything better. :P
  • December 8, 2013
    Tuckerscreator
    Web Video
    • Freddie Wong homages Kevin's famous expression in his parody Home, Alone when his last anti-robber trap sets off a shotgun.

    And yes, that comma is supposed to be there.
  • December 9, 2013
    arbiter099
  • December 10, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Sounds okay.
  • December 18, 2013
    JonnyB
    The Home Alone face slap is parodied in Robin Hood Men In Tights.
  • December 18, 2013
    Patachou
    The Home Alone face slap has been spoofed so often that you might give it a separate article as a Stock Parody.
  • December 18, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ At least I'll give Home Alone a note.

    ^^ Parodied by who?
  • December 25, 2013
    DAN004
    Bump...
  • December 26, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Square One TV: In the Mathnet story "The Calpurnian Kugel Caper" Benny cups his face in mock-shock when Pat shows him the new computerized "Wheel of Jeopardy" board game. "Golly jeepers, what will those computer geniuses think of next?"
  • December 27, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    uh, why the hats? DAN 004 aure you sure you're launching it in this condition?
  • December 27, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ No, I'm not.
  • December 28, 2013
    peccantis
    Palm On Cheek Pose is bad, there are other palm-to-cheek poses with different connotations. Quick, name one! The one-palm version that plays to nostalgia. "Oh my, they grow so fast."

    Cheeck Palm Of Minor Agitation? Sorry it's the best I got /)>_>
  • December 29, 2013
    DAN004
    "The one-palm version that plays to nostalgia."

    The one-palm version can also be used while slouching, showing laziness.

    That said, I think that belongs to another trope.
  • January 7, 2014
    DAN004
    P'raps another suggestion for the name plz?
  • January 11, 2014
    KZN02
    Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Dual Destinies: Athena does this as her shocked expression.
  • January 12, 2014
    DAN004
    Literature
  • January 13, 2014
    DAN004
    Can I use Home Alone for the page pic? Whaddya think?
  • January 19, 2014
    DAN004
    more examples plz...
  • January 22, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^^ that be better. do it.
  • January 30, 2014
    DAN004
    Calling for more examples...
  • January 31, 2014
    arbiter099
    That image is already on Home Alone though. I felt the other ones better represented the variety of things this trope covered.
  • January 31, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Can you suggest one?
  • February 4, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    Here's your order of a suggestion. with extra sparkles.

    Anime and Manga
  • February 4, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ I'd like a pic with 2 palms on both cheeks, but I guess she counts.

    Better yet, though, I'd like multiple images instead. :P
  • February 4, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    bleh, picky bi— bastard. here, do as you please.

    I'll ID whatever you decide to use. at the moment there's no point naming their source.
  • February 4, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Nice, you added Yuno. :P

    Though I'd like examples from other media as well, if you can. (Not forcing you tho.)

    Speaking of which, from which anime do all of those image come from? They're definitely example-worthy.
  • February 4, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    those are... quite a lot. i'll give context later. gonna update grab throw move first.
  • February 4, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
  • February 4, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
  • February 5, 2014
    DAN004
    Sorry, when I say "examples", I was meant to say "pictures". I'm really sorry. ;_;
  • February 6, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    LOL, also, your first sentence is supposed to be past tense. not that me one to correct you.

    anyway, at least you got more examples. not sure how those fare as far context goes as the only recent one i've watched there is Kiniro Mosaic.
  • February 7, 2014
    DAN004
    At least you get enough contexts for them. :p

    Now more importantly, can someone give me non-anime pics?
  • February 10, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Would the moment in Hercules when Meg touches her cheek after Herc kisses her qualify?
  • February 10, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ I guess it counts, though if you're so kind I'd love a screenshot so I can see it. :p
  • February 10, 2014
    randomsurfer
    • The Brady Bunch: When Marcia gets a surprise visit from Desi Arnez, Jr. he kisses her on the cheek. After he leaves she puts her hand over her cheek and says "I'm never washing this cheek again." Later in the same episode parodied by her mother: when Mr. Brady kisses Mrs. Brady on the cheek she puts her hand to her cheek and says "I'm never washing this cheek again!"
  • February 11, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ "She puts her hand to her cheek..."

    Wait a sec, Mrs. Brady uses her daughter's hand? :O
  • February 14, 2014
    DAN004
    A little more bumps before I launch. Still thinking about changing the pic...
  • February 17, 2014
    Arivne
    Namespaced and italicized work names.
  • February 17, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^^ only thing i'd like removed there is the blonde girl caressing the redhead.

    it's from Seikon No Qwaser, which was cut for mods know what specific reason. course we could still keep it because it demonstrates a rare variant.

    Some say it was because it was "too perverted", yet we still have Maken Ki. must be the lolis.
  • February 17, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ gonna work it out tomorrow (I'm with my phone right now)
  • February 19, 2014
    DAN004
    Bump
  • February 19, 2014
    Elfkaiser
    • Pinoko Hazama from Black Jack often does this when she is surprised that's it practically her signature gesture.
  • February 20, 2014
    DAN004
    Can somebody fill in the ????s? ;_;
  • February 22, 2014
    DAN004
    Bump
  • February 23, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    Dude, why you lost two hats? o_O
  • February 23, 2014
    Elfkaiser
    • In an obvious Shout Out to Pinoko Hazama of Black Jack, Mako from Kill La Kill makes the exact same face and gesture as Pinoko whenever something shocking happens.
  • February 23, 2014
    DAN004
    @ Shanghai Slave: which anime does the top and bottom pic come from?
  • February 23, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
  • February 23, 2014
    DAN004
    Thanks! Now I'm waiting for my deseved hats :D
  • February 24, 2014
    XFllo
    Good trope. I'm not keen on the pic, though I like the idea of having a collage with several pictures. It can be resolved in Image Pickin' forum when it launches.

    However, I'm amazed by the number of Word Crufty "x does this" in this article. They're Zero Context Examples, too.

    If you fix it, I will hat the draft.
  • February 24, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ maybe you can specify which ones need more context?
  • February 26, 2014
    XFllo
    It looks improved now. *thumbs up* But still, the examples at video games cold use some tweaking.
  • February 28, 2014
    DAN004
    One more hats plz.
  • March 6, 2014
    DAN004
    Bump
  • March 6, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
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