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[[caption-width-right:134:"I've let you down, professor..."]]

* The "Look Skyward" [[EmoteAnimation gesture]] from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' is [[NonIndicativeName by no means about gazing upon the sky]], it's actually a facepalm. You can even do a facepalm while carrying a {{BFS}} without the worry of weight.
* Franchise/DonkeyKong does this after losing a minigame in the first ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry1''.
* Squall Leonhart of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has a facepalm as one of his [[GoingThroughTheMotions stock gestures]], and he uses it often. The mannerism is iconic enough that it was carried over into the ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' games as well.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''
** The opera Impresario, who's very sensitive about his operas, does this when an act goes wrong or when it may go wrong. It is probable, though, that his "face palm" is more of a corny, theatrical and/or dramatical gesture of distress, (you know, that old cover-your-face-with-your-arm/hand-whilds-wistfully-going-"Oh" thingy,) rather than the common, slightly more humorous usage of the gesture. This would make sense seeing as he is, well, the impresario of an opera.
** A straight example of this occurs when Gau leads Sabin and Cyan to a cave, to show them a "shiny shiny". Once they arrive... he forgets where it is, cuing a facepalm.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Tidus applies PercussiveMaintenance to an ancient computer console. Rikku responds in tried and tested fashion.
** Lulu responds to a ''lot'' of Tidus's and Wakka's shenanigans by burying her face in her hand.
** When Yuna emerges from an Al Bhed ship, having beaten up its crew - rendering your party's rescue pointless - Lulu, Kimahri and even Tidus are shown doing this at once. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Then the normal victory music plays]].
** Wakka does it when the party arrives in Luca and Tidus grabs a megaphone and starts shouting trash at the Luca Goers.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'': Kent, whenever [[ChivalrousPervert Sain]] starts making his moves on a girl. See on the right hand side [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/04.png here]].
* In ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'', the main character does a facepalm after he [[spoiler:learns that his girlfriend, who he thought was alive, was DeadAllAlong.]] A sad facepalm indeed.
* In the ''ProfessorLayton'' series, both Layton and Luke do this if they get a puzzle wrong. Layton pulls the brim of his tophat over his eyes, while Luke does the classic forehead slap.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}'' This is Eruruw's default expression for when Hakuoro does something stupid -- but not stupid enough to get seriously angry over (which he does often).
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' added a /facepalm emote in patch 3.0.2, although it only produces a predefined text message and not animated. It's also one of the few emotes the game's statistics page will track on your character; they expect you to use it that much.
** ''Anarchy Online'' as well added a similar command, and animated it.
** ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' also has a facepalm emote, though the command for it is /doh.
** In 2011, players who liked the ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' Facebook page on July 21 or between August 17-31 received the /facepalm emote ingame.
** And on a related note, [[http://www.halolz.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/halolz-dot-com-worldofwarcraft-forums-hotkeyfail.jpg one of the ''[=WoW=]'' forum moderators demonstrates the fitting response for truly epic failure.]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' gives the second-most-intelligent character in its opening sequence (namely: a monkey) one of these right before everything goes to hell.
* It was only logical that the facepalm became an emote in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''
** The Spy class on a losing team can be seen face palming if he is still alive during the aptly named "Humiliation" phase. He also does this in one of the official comics: In "A Smissmas Story", he face palms and [[HeadDesk rests his head on the desk]] when Soldier (acting as Spy and Scout's lawyer) encourages Scout to go with a completely ludicrous testimony.
** The Sniper does the hat version in his "Meet the Sniper" video when he's trying to talk to his father on the phone.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' Jin and Hakumen facepalm if they lose to Time Up.
* In another Arc System Works example, this is Baiken's taunt in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''.
* ''VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga'': Kyle Katarn will do this when he gets [[strike:[[MemeticBadass bored]]]] game-over due to some reason other than his own death.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'': If you're romancing Liara, she will do this when Joker [[MomentKiller interrupts]] your AlmostKiss on the mess deck.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' features a few:
** You met the fanboy from the first game, [[LoonyFan Conrad Verner]], [[EpicFail trying]] to terrorize an [[CoolOldLady asari bartender]].
-->'''Conrad:''' ... Yeah, my wife was really supportive of this whole thing. She even paid for my shuttle ticket offworld!\\
'''[[FunnyBackgroundEvent Bartender]]:''' ''(facepalm)''
** Also seen on the Migrant Fleet when, against Tali's ''earnest'' [[SchmuckBait request not to ask Admiral Zaal'Koris vas Qwib Qwib about his name]], you ask Admiral Zaal'Koris vas Qwib Qwib about his name.
-->'''Shepard:''' You have a ship named Qwib Qwib?\\
'''Tali:''' ''(facepalm)'' Oh, here we go...
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': Shepard has this reaction to seeing Conrad Verner yet again.
** In the ''Citadel'' DLC, this is Miranda's response to Shepard suggesting that she sleep with Jack, Liara's response to James's attempt to claim that physical conditioning trumps [[GravityMaster biotics]], and EDI's response to Joker replying to [[ICantDance Shepard's offer to dance with her]] when Joker won't by laughing his ass off [[OverlyLongGag for 30 seconds straight]].
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''
** In ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' (Wii version), Sonic does a facepalm in the cutscene where Tails is attempting to figure out what the Wisps are saying. ("He says his name is Talks-a-lot and he's from a far off soda...") Yacker (the Wisp Tails was trying to translate for) also facepalms. At the exact same time as Sonic does.
** Sonic facepalms up to twice more throughout ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''. First time is if Chemical Plant Act 2 is the second act of that level to be completed--after Amy speaks her line, Modern Sonic facepalms. He facepalms once more during the Reveal.
* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}''
** If you're watching him, Raz pulls this off during the boss fight in Black Velvetopia. It's not the main focus, but not easy to miss, either -- just pay attention to him while [[spoiler:Edgar reverts to El Odio.]]
** While we're on the topic, Sasha gets the chance at the end of the game, when [[spoiler:Ford's psitanium wears off]] and Chef Cruller returns.
* Also done in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' (which is from the creators of ''Psychonauts''). During the intro, the band Eddie was a roadie for starts their new song with a really badass and edgy guitar riff...only to transition into sissy pop singing. Eddie then facepalms.
--> '''Eddie''': I can fix anything...except ''that''.
--> '''Unnamed roadie''': Metal is dead.
* As of ''[[Franchise/RatchetAndClank Tools of Destruction]]'', Clank seems to be prone to this -- it's usually aimed at Qwark... or, on one [[CrowningMomentOfFunny memorable occasion]], the Plumber.
* In the pre-release trailer for ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron'' showing off the exclusive preorder character, Shockwave, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctkjNF9JSPE Starscream gets one when Shockwave has "The Touch" playing during his scene]].
-->[[CrowningMomentOfFunny "When your hit percentage exceeds mine, you may choose the soundtrack."]]
* If you play the game ''In the 1st Degree'' right, Tobin will do this shortly after having a meltdown in the courtroom. This is probably due to him realizing that he just effectively hanged himself.
* In ''VideoGame/DotHackGU'', Haseo does this so often it's one of his standard animations.
* One of [[PlayerCharacter Hawke's]] recurring animations in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''
-->'''Jansen the drunken miner:''' My farm supplied eggplant to half of South Reach!\\
'''Other drunken miner:''' Oh yeah? Well, my [[UnusualEuphemism eggplant]] supplied half the bastards in South Reach!\\
''(drunken laughter)''\\
'''Hawke:''' ''(facepalm)''
** Sarcastic Hawke pulls another one during the quest where he/she looks for an escaped prisoner in Act 1.
-->'''Lia the kidnappee:''' He didn't mean to hurt me! There are demons who made him do all these horrible things!\\
'''Hawke:''' ''(facepalm)'' I should remember this one. "A demon made me do it."
* Ken does this in ''Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo'' when his playfield his halfway full of gems.
* IF frequently facepalms in ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2''.
* Seen in the UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 UpdatedRerelease of ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' in the Lament Mirror dungeon. Frederic Chopin is stuck alone with the eight-year-old Salsa, who is whining about a lack of food, and asks him to use his magic powers to create a steak. He tells her that [[ComesGreatResponsibility magic is not a tool of convenience]] and she throws a full-on tantrum, causing him to facepalm.
* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', on one of the Sith Warrior missions you have the option of [[spoiler: sleeping with Lord Grathan's wife.]] Later you can brag about it to Darth Baras, prompting a facepalm from Vette.
* ''VideoGame/TalesSeries''
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'', Cheria double facepalms after her attempt at seducing Asbel at the [[BeachEpisode Beach Resort]] fails.
** One of Kratos's stock skit animations in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' is a very dainty facepalm.
** Jade from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has a several variants in his skit animations as well (unsurprisingly, given [[DeadpanSnarker his personality]]).
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' has [[ActionGirl Milla]] place her fingers on her forehead while slowly shaking her head back and forth when [[HeroWorshipper Ivar]] shows up making an ass of himself.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'', this is a fairly common gesture of hers, generally placing it on her forehead. For example, in a skit...
-->'''Rokurou''': I've got it. You hate spinach, don't you?
-->'''Eleanor''': (''facepalming'') I suppose there's no point in denying it.
* The lose screen of the ''VideoGame/SilverSurfer'' NES game is the Surfer himself kneeling and facepalming. [[NintendoHard You'll be seeing this screen a lot.]]
* ''VideoGame/PokerNight2'': [[Franchise/EvilDead Ash]] will do a dramatic double facepalm if he's not pleased with the hand he's dealt. [[WhatAnIdiot He'll then proceed to try to bluff his hand after that.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheGrayGarden'': During an early scene, [[CuteClumsyGirl Yosafire falls down a hole]]. [[SugarAndIcePersonality Froze responds]] by burying her cheek in her palm and chewing her out.
* It's easy to miss in ''VideoGame/CarriesOrderUp'', but should you lose a life while Calcia is on screen, she'll faceclaw at Carrie's clumsiness.
* In ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'', Edge can't help but do this after a strange conversation between Sarah and the King of Astral in which she gives him the "gist" of an official letter that she's apparently had for more than three years and had forgotten to give him up until then. (She says she was fifteen when she got the letter. The game's dictionary gives her age as 19.)
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', Link does this when Vilia's [[DisguisedInDrag drag disguise]] is partly uncovered by a gust of wind and the latter tries to brush it off. [[ShrinkingViolet Paya]] also tends to cover her face with both of her hands when getting flustered while talking to Link.