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[[caption-width-right:350:[-[[SurroundedByIdiots I take my eyes off you people for five minutes...]]-] ]]

->''"Why's your forehead all red?"''
-->-- '''Katara''', ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''

So you're the OnlySaneMan, and the lunatics around you are ''once again'' doing [[WhatAnIdiot something]] to make you question your faith in humanity. ''*sighs*'' It may not solve anything, but raising your hand to your forehead will have the dual benefit of temporarily obscuring your vision of the idiocy as well as cradling the on-coming headache. Variations occur, from pinching the bridge of one's nose to slapping one's forehead. One may also slap the forehead, sliding the palm of the hand down the face, possibly with a look of exasperation. If they're wearing a hat, expect them to pull the brim of the hat over their eyes in disgust. If they're wearing a cloak or a hoodie, then they're pulling the cowl before their face.

Sometimes there is a distinction between the forehead facepalm (for irritating moments) and the full-face version (humiliation). There's also the Double Face Palm, which is grasping one's head with ''both'' palms, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13eDfrMgFQM as Picard did]] in "The Offspring"; this one is far more commonly associated with embarrassment. Some people even have gone meta, inserting "*picture of French ''Enterprise'' captain*" in their forum posts.

Needless to say, it's also [[TruthInTelevision prevalent in]] RealLife. And it's [[UniversalTropes universal]]; a wide range of cultures, and even animals capable of reaching their faces with their arms/forelegs, seem to have some variety of this.

It may be accompanied by the line "That's the StupidestThingIveEverHeard!" It may also be combined with INeedAFreakingDrink. Applying a DopeSlap is often a form of ready relief for the headaches that cause a Face Palm.

A SisterTrope to {{Headdesk}} (in particularly extreme cases, these actions can also be combined to perform a ''*facepalmheaddesk* '' maneuver), FaceFault, DisapprovingLook, (which is also known as the [[Literature/NoCountryForOldMen "Implied Facepalm"]]).

Compare SurroundedByIdiots, OnlySaneMan, TheTake.

See also AsideGlance, StunnedSilence.

Not directly related to FacePalmOfDoom, in which you attack by placing your palm on ''someone else's'' face.

[[AscendedMeme Now]] in Webster's Dictionary [[https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/face%20palm here!]]
!!Example subpages

* FacePalm/AnimeAndManga
* FacePalm/ComicBooks
* FacePalm/ComicStrips
* FacePalm/FanWorks
* [[FacePalm/AnimatedFilms Films Animation]]
* [[FacePalm/LiveActionFilms Films Live-Action]]
* FacePalm/{{Literature}}
* FacePalm/LiveActionTV
* FacePalm/VideoGames
* FacePalm/WebComics
* FacePalm/WebOriginal
* FacePalm/WesternAnimation
* FacePalm/RealLife

!!Other Examples


* ''Jack in the Box''. Jack and others facepalm themselves and/or massage their heads in various commercials.
* V-8 vegetable juice used a campaign for quite a while that involved people dealing themselves the forehead slap version when they realized "Duh, I could have had a V-8!" The campaign was later revived with other people delivering a forehead variant of the DopeSlap to the person who didn't eat their vegetables and the tagline changed to ''You'' could have had a V-8!".
* The Discover Card Advertising/{{Peggy}} commercial "Transfer" ends with the caller standing bent over a planter, her face buried in her hands in frustration.
* Advertising/{{GEICO}}:
** The Gecko, when the company briefly considers using a campy cartoon version of him.
--> "So you've turn me into a cartoon. Lovely."
** Also, with the Gecko, Rocky and Bullwinkle. Rocky is the one who does the facepalm first. The Gecko just catches on to it.
--> '''Rocky:''' Aww, come on, Bullwinkle. They're named after-
--> '''Bullwinkle:''' First president George Rockington!
--> *Rocky looks at Gecko*
--> '''Gecko:''' That doesn't even make any sense, Mr. ...uh... Winkle.
** There's also a print ad that talks about saving money with GEICO being no laughing matter. The ad depicts an iguana stating "I-guana save you money" and the Gecko standing next to him, facepalming.

* Plate 10 of William Hogarth's ''Industry and Idleness'' series of prints shows industrious 'prentice [[MeaningfulName Francis Goodchild]], now Alderman of London, doing this as his idle counterpart [[MeaningfulName Tom Idle]] is brought before him on charges of highway robbery and murder.
* Across the street from the Oklahoma City National Memorial is a statue of Jesus Christ performing this gesture. The statue, "''And Jesus Wept''", depicts him averting his gaze and crying at the loss of life in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing that killed 168 people in 1995, in addition to severely damaging St. Joseph's Catholic Church, which used to be located where the statue now stands (the congregation of the church financed the statue's construction).

[[folder:Print Media]]
* Maclean's magazine columnist Scott Feschuk's author thumbnail has him doing this. Considering the fact that his column focuses on satirizing some of the most facepalm-inducing topics of the month, this is quite appropriate (it's also hilarious to imagine him doing it while typing out his article).

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/BookerT once did a variation of this in regards to ''himself'', after accidentally calling Wrestling/HulkHogan a [[NWordPrivileges "nigga"]] on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1o82BVKFp8 live national television.]]
* Wrestling/JohnMorrison's very understandable reaction on NXT Season 2 during his rookie Eli Cottonwood's infamous "moustache" promo.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'':
** Sam the Eagle is a frequent practitioner of the facewingtip, but he will often simply utter his signature phrase, "You are all weirdos."
** Others try them out now and then, such as Rowlf in the Rudolf Nureyev episode facepawing when Fozzie [[ItMakesSenseInContext cuts through a candle with a blowtorch]].
* Parker on ''Mr. Meaty'' does this gesture in the episode "Hamish" in annoyance at Josh talking to Goth Girl.
* Betty Lou does so on the ''Series/SesameStreet'' game show sketch "The Triangle Is Right" after Carl Mericana answers "A Circle".

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/ChuubosMarvelousWishGrantingEngine'': This is one of the standard XP Emotions, indicating a character who is hapless and goofy and thus can earn XP by inducing amused facepalms among the other players. Of the Glass-Maker's Dragon core characters, this honour goes to the Wishing Boy/Girl, a character whose use of the ability to rewrite the universe with few hard and fast restrictions largely boils down to "I wish seagulls were cooler" and failed attempts to get ice cream.

* In the 2000 production of ''Music/JesusChristSuperstar'', Jusas's reaction to Simon and his calls for armed revolution in the song "Simon Zealotes" is a series of continual face-palms, followed by continual glares at Jesus for allowing it to get this bad in the first place.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''
** Rin Tezuka has her own [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/facesole.jpg unique variation]].
** In Lilly's Act 1 ending, Hisao does this when Lilly responds to his asking about her being depressed over Akira's departure by saying that "Akira's taken."
--->'''Hisao:''' Lilly never sees how fast my palm meets my face at her sly accusation.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/facepalm_tokimemo2aa_1610.jpg Done in a single finger-way]] by Kotoko Minaduki in a concept art of ''[[VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial Tokimeki Memorial 2]]''; on the other hand, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/facepalm_tokimemo2bb_168.jpg the final art]] scratches this in favor of a "let's ignore those idiots" look.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Rin Tohsaka can often be found doing this, usually in response to something Shiro said.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In the "record book" sbemail on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', when Coach Z announces his record attempt, Strong Bad finds it so monumentally stupid that he skips facepalming entirely and ''repeatedly smacks himself upside the head''.
* Dr. Greg Converse does this in Episode 42 of ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'' when he tries to get Trisha to bitch him out... and discovers that she can only PokeThePoodle.
* The video announcing the return of the ''WebAnimation/TF2Analysis'' shorts concludes with the line "That is... if we can find enough headeache pills for the doc to cope...", and Dr. Wolf is seen facepalming.