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[[caption-width-right:350:[-[[SurroundedByIdiots I can't 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 your hand to the 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". 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.

A variation is "''{{headdesk}}''", in which the character is sitting behind a desk or table and slams his forehead down onto it. In particularly extreme cases, these actions can also be combined to perform a ''*facepalmheaddesk* '' maneuver.

See: SurroundedByIdiots, OnlySaneMan, and TheTake. Also look at AsideGlance. May be combined with INeedAFreakingDrink.

Closely related to {{Headdesk}} and FaceFault, and may be accompanied by the line "That's the StupidestThingIveEverHeard!" Not directly related to FacePalmOfDoom, in which you attack by placing your palm on ''someone else's'' face. Also closely related to DisapprovingLook, which is also known as the [[Literature/NoCountryForOldMen "Implied Facepalm"]].

Applying a DopeSlap is often a form of ready relief for the headaches that cause a Face Palm.
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* FacePalm/AnimeAndManga
* FacePalm/ComicBooks
* [[FacePalm/NewspaperComics Comic Strips]]
* FacePalm/FanWorks
* FacePalm/AnimatedFilms
* FacePalm/LiveActionFilms
* FacePalm/{{Literature}}
* FacePalm/LiveActionTV
* FacePalm/NewMedia
* FacePalm/VideoGames
* FacePalm/WebComics
* FacePalm/WebOriginal
* FacePalm/WesternAnimation
* FacePalm/RealLife
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* ''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!".
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[[folder:Arts]]
* 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.
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[[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).
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[[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]].
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[[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]].
** the Muppets have an [[http://stannisisthefury.tumblr.com/post/16864830888 expression]] for this trope.
* Parker on ''Mr. Meaty'' does this gesture in the episode "Hamish" in annoyance at Josh talking to Goth Girl.
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[[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.
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[[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.
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[[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''.
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