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-->-- '''Domon Kasshu''', ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''

Sometimes, you need to let the BigBad have it right where it hurts. Sometimes, you just gotta burn that smirk off of {{The Dragon}}'s face in the most direct and painful manner possible. Sometimes, TheHero deserves to know just how powerful you are when you're DrunkOnTheDarkSide.

Sometimes, you just need to give them the Face Palm of Doom for massive damage.

The Face Palm of Doom, named so because it ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is]]'' a FacePalm... [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom of Doom]], is basically when you grab someone by the face, or sometimes just by the head, but usually the face, and proceed to unleash the pain by [[PowerPalms releasing some kind of energy]], [[PileBunker activating a weapon contained in the hand]], or in a more [[{{Gorn}} bloody]] series, crushing it. As you can imagine, such a move is probably extremely painful and is usually pretty high up there in terms of power. Due to the [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty nastiness]] inherent in [[NotInTheFace assaulting someone's visage]], as well as the frightening potential for EyeScream, this trope is generally indicative of TheUnfettered, an {{Anti|hero}}- or UnscrupulousHero, the ObviouslyEvil, or someone who has had their BerserkButton mashed ''extremely hard'' or otherwise reached their RageBreakingPoint. It is essentially the bare-handed equivalent of [[CoupDeGrace shooting an opponent executioner-style,]] and carries many of the same connotations.

Compare NeckLift.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Franchise/{{Gundam}} works:
** This is one of the {{Signature Move}}s of the School of Touhou Fuhai (''The Undefeated of The East'') in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', represented by protagonist Domon's [[FinishingMove Shining and God Finger attacks]] and Master Asia's Darkness Finger. The novelization explains its function and origin a bit, saying that it was made to adhere to Buddhist tenets of ThouShaltNotKill, and works by sending {{Ki|Attacks}} into an opponent's head via the palm and the three central fingers, shorting out their motor functions and disabling them[[note]]And yes, this means it can be used outside of Gundams[[/note]]. ''VideoGame/SDGundamGGeneration'' even retroactively gave "Finger" attacks to Master Asia's previous Gundams, Kowloon and Shuffle Heart. Similar attacks have appeared elsewhere in the franchise as homages to ''G'':
** The [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Destiny Gundam's]] MMI-X340 "Palma Fiocina" palm beam cannon; despite the name, Shinn never used it as a ranged weapon in the series[[note]]The ''G Generation'' spin-off ''Generation of C.E.'' depicts the ranged version as part of the Destiny's [[AlphaStrike Full Weapons Combination]] attack[[/note]].
*** In-universe it's based on the [[Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray Astray Red Frame]], which can channel its battery power through its weapon-powering handplugs, generating a "lightning ball". In his first battle with Gold Frame, Lowe uses a super-charged version that blows up Gold's head, but also takes out Red's right arm.
** The [[Anime/TurnAGundam Turn X's]] weld-off/destruction manipulator, which [[BigBad Gym]] even calls Shining Finger. Naturally, crossover games have him and Domon fight all the time.
** ''Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry'' normally averts this since [[TheHero Sekai]] uses an entirely different fighting style (and since he initially isn't familiar with ''Gundam'', he wouldn't consciously try and mimic the attack the way most of the show's {{Otaku}} cast would). However, he does use the attack on two specific occasionsk: in episode 4 he uses the Musha Godmaru (a SuperDeformed, samurai-styled God Gundam) and performs its version of the God Finger, and in episode 20 [[spoiler:during his showdown with his FallenHero [[SempaiKohai sempai]], the "Jigen Haoh Innermost Secrets" attack he uses to end the fight ends with an unnamed Shining Finger-like attack.]]
* Guts from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' does this to a scummy knight of the Holy Iron Chain during the "Retribution" arc, actually lifting him off the ground by his face despite his heavy suit of armor. After interrogating him, he then '''throws the knight''' at a horse-riding enemy, still gripping him by the face.
* [[ActionGirl Kallen's]] Guren [=Mk-II=] and its derivatives from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' come equipped with a right-handed Radiant Wave Surger which she uses to blow up any Knightmare Frame in contact. There's a reason why people call her the [[Memes/CodeGeass daughter of Domon]].
* [[BadassLongcoat Hei]] of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' uses this to [[ShockAndAwe fry people's brains]] so often that it's practically his signature move.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'': [[spoiler: This is how [[WorthyOpponent Falco]] executes [[EvilChancellor Jakoh]]. More exactly, he ''melts his face off'']].
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''
** Scar kills his victims in this manner; he grabs them by the head and [[FullContactMagic makes their bodies disintegrate]]. Somewhat justified in context, however, as the arm he uses is covered in alchemic symbology tattoos that is used to "deconstruct" the matter of an object (or creature), but because it is alchemy-based he can only use it on things that he understands at least some of the material makeup of, and as his religious faith forbids the study and practice of alchemy, he is only able to use it in the most, well, ''direct'' manner.
** This is how Ed beats [[spoiler:Pride]]: by grabbing his face, physically and metaphysically, and ''ripping his soul out of his body''.
** In addition, [[MadBomber Kimblee]] does this as well in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], making his victims [[StuffBlowingUp explode]]. As a matter of fact, the former's eponymous injury is the result of the latter performing a Face FingerPokeOfDoom on him.
* ''Anime/TheBigO'': The eponymous mecha's signature attack (Sudden Impact) can work like this by it grabbing an opponent's head and retracting the pressurized pistons inside the arms and subsequently releasing them for massive damage.
* In ''Manga/GhostInTheShell'', the SpiderTank grabs [[spoiler:the Major]]'s head and crushes it.
* In ''Manga/AliveTheFinalEvolution'', the normally IdiotHero protagonist goes LetsGetDangerous on a powerful enemy and does this using his heat powers. The formerly {{Bishonen}} enemy is left with [[ScarsAreForever permanent]] scars on [[TwoFaced half of his face]] and later adopts a rather large EyepatchOfPower.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': A sign that there's a large imbalance of power is when one combatant grabs their opponent by the head and violently throws them away. Grimmjow does this to both Rukia and Ichigo, while unleashing a Cero at point-blank range. Ichigo's inner Hollow does this to Ichigo during their BattleInTheCentreOfTheMind and the inner Hollow later does this to Ulquiorra, a tit-for-tat response to Ulquiorra having earlier performed the same move on Ichigo. [[spoiler:Ichigo eventually becomes powerful enough to grab Aizen by the face and drag him to a battlefield of Ichigo's choice; the man-handling and violence of being thrown to the ground doesn't hurt Aizen anywhere near as much as the damage Ichigo does to his pride.]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** [[SuperStrength Miss Monday]] attempts to punch Zoro's face into the ground at one point. He is completely unfazed, and responds by casually pulling this on her until she passes out.
** During the Water 7 arc, Blueno attempts this on [[{{Cyborg}} Franky]], unfortunately for him he only succeeds in pissing him off and prompting Franky to give a much more effective Face Palm of Doom ''right back at him''.
** Whitebeard did the same thing at several points, but using his Quake Quake powers, resulting in a mini earthquake limited to the victim's head. Needless to say, nobody really got back up from that one.
** The first thing that [[spoiler: Bellamy]] is shown doing post-timeskip is [[spoiler: crushing a man's skull with one hand]].
** [[spoiler:Sabo, after proving himself to be alive after all]], proves his strength by taking out a vice-admiral by crushing his head, complete with the ''iron mask'' he was wearing. He seems to be a fan of the move in general, as he puts it to good use later on Jesus Burgess (Blackbeard's right-hand man), complete with some sickening crunching sounds.
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' Tsuna does this to Mukuro at the end of their fight.
* In ''[[Anime/{{K}} K: Memory of Red]]'', Mikoto Suoh, the Red King, does this to Eric Surt, a {{Yakuza}} assassin who's tried to kill him and his followers several times. But it's subverted in that, instead of killing Eric (as he and everyone around expected), Mikoto [[SuperEmpowering makes Eric his Clansman]], giving him powers and rescuing him from the yakuza group that's held him captive and forced him to kill for them for almost his whole life. Eric appears in the anime as a member of Mikoto's Clan, HOMRA.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', in which the immortals, most notably [[BigBad Szilard]], "consume" one another by placing their right palm on someone's forehead and essentially vacuuming up their entire body in an exceptionally grisly manner...
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', [[spoiler: Seras gives one to Zorin Blitz during their fight, intending to crush her face. Zorin retaliates by giving a Face Palm Of Doom of her own, attempting to MindRape Seras. This totally backfires, allowing Seras to move ahead with her previous plan, albeit with the addition of utilising a wall as a kind of makeshift cheese grater.]] Suffice to say the results are quite [[{{Gorn}} messy]].
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
** Broly loves doing this, as do several villains in the ''Manga/DragonBall'' series.
** Goku does the top of the head variation during his fight with Kid Buu. He combines it with a ki attack that goes right through the Planet of the Kais.
** Syn Shenron, in Tenkaichi, grabs people by picking them up by the face and unleashing a volley of ki blasts straight into the face of whichever unlucky schmuck stupid enough to challenge him.
* In Session #5 of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', "Ballad of Fallen Angels", Vicious does this to Spike after the latter disarms him with a bullet in the shoulder (thus using his still good arm). Then, Vicious uses this grip to throw Spike through a stained glass window.
* Araya Souren from ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' absolutely loves this trope. Even losing his arm afterwards won't stop him from subsequent attempts.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** Showing surprising strength in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha TheMovie First'', [[BigBad Precia]] grabs one of [[TheFederation the Adminitration Bureau]] mages in this manner and bodily lifts him off the ground [[GrievousHarmWithABody before throwing him at one of his fellow Bureau mages]] when they [[spoiler:entered the room [[{{Necromantic}} containing Alicia's body]]]]
** In ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'', [[spoiler:Diego]] attempts to crush the head of [[spoiler:Veyron]] in this manner. Keyword being "attempts". Then the latter rips out the former's arm and returns the favor [[YourHeadAsplode much more successfully]].
** Lutecia performs this as well in ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', making [[spoiler:[[WickedWitch Fabia]]]] eat an energy blast to the face at point blank range.
* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' TheMovie , everyone is fighting the mooks: [[BoisterousBruiser America]] is boxing, [[InscrutableOriental Japan]] is wielding a stick [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]], and [[PsychopathicManChild Russia]]....you guessed it.
* Simon in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' does this in the crushing variety in a giant robot TO a giant robot. Considering the series, it and everything around it explodes spectacularly.
%%* After a [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown vicious beating]], [[BigBad Suitengu Chouji]] of ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'' grabs a scumbag's pulped face and utterly shreds his body with his superpower.
* Happens in a flashback in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' when [[spoiler: a young Yuri Petrov activates his NEXT power and sets his father's hand alight. Rather than screaming in pain, his dad (who arguably deserved it, [[DomesticAbuse incidentally]]) starts to ''laugh'' and puts his hand over his son's face, leaving a massive palm-shaped burn. This is not enough to save him, however]].
* While being attacked by a teacher, Tsukune from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' does this. The look on the dude's face is [[http://www.mangapanda.com/320-22368-42/rosario-vampire/chapter-19.html priceless]].
* In the second ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' OVA, Terry has a nightmare of Krauser doing this to him.
* Obito, from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', uses this against the Edo-Tensei Third Hokage after having absorbed the Juubi, by latching his hand onto his face and releasing a black omni-element material through his hand as a spear. It obliterates the Third's entire upper body. He later attempts to use it on Sasuke and Naruto [[spoiler:but is saved by Minato and Naruto's quick thinking]].
* In ''Anime/TigerMaskW'', Red Death Mask uses the Iron Claw (see the Pro Wrestling folder for info) as a finishing move; his large, powerful hands enable him to easily draw sickening amounts of blood with the hold. Failing that, he has the Red Death Drop, a leaping windmill-motion Iron Claw Slam -- he manages to ''kill'' a minor character with a Red Death Drop off a cliff.
* In ''Manga/MobPsycho100'', Dimple tries this against Mob as a last resort to brainwash him into laughing. Mob, being an extreme [[TheStoic Stoic]] and powerful [=ESPer=] himself, is able to resist and use his [[TranquilFury repressed anger]] to lay the smackdown on Dimple.
* This is the basis of Genthru's Little Flower attack in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'': He has the ability to convert his Nen (life force) to take on explosive qualities, and by channeling it through his arms, he can then expel it through his palms. The most common thing for him to do is this trope, grabbing someone by the face and detonating his Nen (but also creating Nen armor for his hands prior, or else he'll blow them up too).
* Actually discussed in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' when it's used by All-Might. His narration explains that when you grab someone's face people's natural response is to frantically try to pull your hand off. Being able to predict their next move means the move helps you take control of the fight.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=180115 Disfigure]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=41136 Swat]] in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the Franchise/{{Superman}} story ''Comicbook/SupermanBrainiac'', Comicbook/{{Brainiac}}'s androids grab their victims’ heads and pierce their skulls with spiky, extensible tentacles hidden inside their hands.
* ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** In story arc "[[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Who Is Superwoman?]]", villain Reactron clutches a cop's head as burning him.
** ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'': When confronted by Gangbuster, Bizarrogirl grabs his head and starts to ''squeeze''. She cracks his helmet and almost crushes his skull.
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'':
** AntiHero Kaine uses this as his preferred method of murder, the "Mark of Kaine". He grabs the poor victim's face, then rips it off, leaving them dead and with a gruesome handprint as a souvenir. Ouch.
** In story arc Grim Hunt, Peter does something similar to one of the villains that was dogging him through most of the arc. Fittingly, it was to avenge Kaine, who was dead. Again. He got better.
** It should be noted that the Mark of Kaine is simply a stronger version of Peter's "[[WallCrawl stick-em powers]]" that Kaine has thanks to his CloneDegeneration.
* In ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] enemy Black Adam to Psycho-Pirate: "[[BondOneLiner No more silly faces.]]"
* Franchise/IncredibleHulk does this to ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} in ''ComicBook/WorldWarHulk'' to block his eye-beams, which takes Scott out for the rest of the fight.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the first chapter of Franchise/{{Sueprman}}/Evangelion crossover ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'', Sachiel attacked Unit 01 like this when Rei was piloting it: the monster grabbed the robot's face and slammed an energy spike through it.
* In the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfic ''Time Braid'', during one of the [[GroundhogDayLoop loops]] Sakura kills [[HealingFactor Kabuto]] by creating a [[EnergyBall Rasengan]] [[{{Squick}} inside his brain]].
* Mokou grabs [[spoiler: a mental representation of Eirin Yagokoro]] like this before [[KillItWithFire reducing her to ash]] in [[Fanfic/ImperfectMetamorphosis Rhapsody Of Subconscious Desire]].

* ''Film/KungFuHustle'': The hero uses this as a ranged attack. It first makes a crater in the ground, then creates a palm-shaped hole in a building.
* Seen in the film ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', see Literature (and it was more gruesome, beside -- [[spoiler: instead of merely burning Quirrel, Harry's touch actually caused him to ''crumble into ash.'']]
* This is what happens to one of the last victims of ''Film/TheThing1982'': it grabs his face, digs its finger into him, then starts absorbing his body from there.
* The T-800 does this to a female guard in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', though since he had been instructed not to kill, it is not as {{Squick}} as it could have been.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Bane ([[GoryDiscretionShot presumably]]) does this to [[spoiler:[[CorruptCorporateExecutive Daggett]]]] after he [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlives his usefulness]].
* The preferred FinishingMove of the Blanks in ''Film/TheWorldsEnd''.
* This is how Norah Astor aka The Black Widdow kills her victims in ''Film/TheGrief''.

* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'': [[spoiler: [[TheChosenOne Harry Potter]] + {{The Power of Love}} + Face Palm of Doom = [[TheMole Quirrell's]] face blistering and burning.]]
* In a ''Franchise/StarWars'' novella, a condescending hotel clerk offended a highly intelligent droid working for a powerful Dark Jedi. The droid asked the man to lean closer because he couldn't hear him, then grabbed his face and slowly crushed it.
* Ser Gregor Clegane of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' kills [[spoiler:Oberyn Martell]] this way, described in gory detail. Apparently, he'd killed Elia Martell the same way.
* The last creature that Molly encounters in ''Literature/TheTaking'' is one of three that do this [[spoiler:to steal souls]]. Their touch is described as cold and greasy.
* In the backstory of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', the elven king Gil-galad met this fate by Sauron, who grabbed him by the head and ''lit him on fire.''

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Essentially how The Master dies in Season 8.
* ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'': In "The ''Enterprise'' Incident", Spock uses the infamous "Vulcan Death Grip" to kill Kirk. [[spoiler:However, there's no such thing as a Vulcan Death Grip. [[FakeDefector It's a trick.]]]]
* You know how Daleks have those plunger-arms in ''Series/DoctorWho''? In the new series, they can ''crush a man's skull'' with them.
** "[[TemptingFate What are you gonna do? Sucker me to death?]]"
** Later on four of them do it again, the resulting head is '''smoldering'''!
* In ''Series/TaiyouSentaiSunVulcan'', Vul Shark's Shark Jaws attack consists of grabbing the enemy's head with both hands several times.
* In ''{{Series/Sherlock}}'', the assassin known as 'The Golem' puts one of his massive hands over a target's face and crushes the life out of them.
* This is the preferred method of the angels of {{Series/Supernatural}} for killing demons. It's usually accompanied by a flash of light.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', this is The Mountain's way of [[spoiler: killing Oberyn Martell]]
-->'''The Mountain''': Elia Martell. I killed her children. Then I raped her. ''Then'' I smashed her head, '''''IN LIKE THIS!'''''

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* The clawhold submission, commonly called the Iron Claw, popularized by the Wrestling/VonErichFamily and Baron von Raschke.
* There's a clawhold variant of the [[Wrestling/NaoyaOgawa STO]] (a judo-based legsweep takedown), notably used by Kensuke Sasaki, Kenzo Suzuki, and Lord Tensai.
* Bison Smith was known for his Iron Claw Slam, which is similar to a chokeslam (and therefore briefly incorporates the equivalent of a NeckLift).
* Devil Masami liked to smother Wrestling/{{A|llJapanWomensProWrestling}}JW rookies by clamping her hands over their noses and mouths, then bending their necks back in this hold. Face two palms of doom?
* One of Canadian Mafia Princess Tiffany's signature moves was to apply a reverse Indian death lock, grab the side of her opponent's head and then cover their nose and mouth with her other hand.
* Wrestling/{{WWE}} sometimes plays this trope for laughs, such as when Wrestling/TheBigShow once eliminated a {{jobber}} from the Wrestling/RoyalRumble by facepalm-shoving him backwards over the ropes.
* Since his late 2011 return, Wrestling/{{Kane}} has added this to his arsenal, clamping his hand over his foe's nose and mouth to suffocate them into unconsciousness. This even works on Wrestling/JohnCena
* During LLF's 2017 {{Halloween|episode}} show, Angélica outed [[CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown "Lady Steel" as the officially retired]] Bandida, who proceeded to attack luchadoras in this manner, Pricesa Maya for [[BestServedCold "retiring" her in particular]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'': [[spoiler: According to the Day of Sigma OVA, [[BigBad Sigma]] gets his signature scars on his eyes when [[AllLovingHero X]] pulls off of these off on him]]. It should be noted that [[spoiler:X's attack looks a lot like Shining Finger, due to X being voiced by Creator/MarkGatha (who also voiced Domon Kasshu) at the time.]]
** In ''X4'' it's shown that [[spoiler: Zero gives him those scars]]. Gotta love {{Retcon}}s, although [[spoiler:we never saw just ''how'' Zero put those scars there.]]
** Sigma pulls this on your character in the hard mode of ''X8''.
* In ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'', Mao has the Blast Finger attack, which is probably a ShoutOut to the [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Shining Finger]], considering [[ReferenceOverdosed the nature of the series]].
* From ''VideoGame/BloodyRoar'' (At least in the ''Primal Fury'' installment), one of Gado's Beast Drives is exactly this. He grabs his opponent by the face and lifts them into the air before letting off a one-handed KamehameHadoken and slamming them head-first into the ground.
* Mage!Hawke pulls this in the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII Destiny'' trailer, despite the fact that [[NeverTrustATrailer you can't actually do that in-game]] and it was definitely not the climactic move of the fight.
* Lü Bu's Ex Attack in ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' 7 is to grab his opponent in the face and slams him/her to the ground. In the eight game, his EX Musou attack has him drag an enemy on the ground by the head.
* [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Yoshimitsu]] in all of his ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' appearances, and his [[LegacyCharacter predecessor]] in his ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'' appearances too... basically, a life-drain attack that consists of grabbing the opponent by the face and sucking out their life-horse. [[InvertedTrope An alternate version, however, allows you to ''heal'' them by channelling your own life-horse into them]]... nice way to show off.
** Though, in some games, if the opponent blocks it the effects are istantly reversed. Yes, this means that if the opponent reverses the healing version, he heals ''you''.
** In some of the Soul series games, Astaroth was able to grab a prone opponent by the face, squeeze their head, then stand them upright. The attack was pretty weak, but it prevented your opponent from getting a wake-up attack.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'': [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Ganondorf's]] side-B special move utilizes this. In addition to the "energy attack" part of this trope, he also literally picks his opponent off the ground by the face before exploding their face with dark fire (if the two of them are on the ground), or grabs their face and them ''slams them back down into the ground'' (if done in the air) Ouch. It's one of the few things "Brawl" did to distinguish him from Captain Falcon, of whom Ganondorf is otherwise moveset clone and merely delivers an uppercut or overhead punch with the same command.
* One of Testament's throwing moves in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' is to grab his opponent's face and impale the victim with spikes extending from his palm.
* ''Videogame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'': Darth Sion leads with this and eventually moves on to a NeckLift in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-pEG1JnDsM an unusually visceral beating]] for the Franchise/StarWars universe.
* In the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series, one of T. Hawk's specials is grabbing his opponent by the face, leaping into the air while windmilling them around (still by the face) and slamming them to the ground.
** Sagat gets a simpler one starting from his first ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Zero]]'' appearance - no leaping or windmills, just grab and knee as many times as you can buttonmash in.
*** An even earlier example from Sagat comes from his [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/4643726c117413e60b7216df2b665b75/tumblr_n7fbwikftN1ty71ejo1_500.jpg promo art in Street Fighter II]] where it would later be depicted as him killing Gou Hibiki, Dan's father.
** Now, M. Bison/Vega/[[FanNickname Dictator]] does it as his 2nd Ultra, right before he gives you [[FanNickname "The Psycho Abortion"]].
** Seth's forward throw does this as well, picking the opponent up by the face, and smashing them face first with a heel kick.
* Happens at the end of ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 4''. [[spoiler:Except instead of grabbing the face of the False Savior and then releasing the energy, Nero uses the [[RedRightHand Devil Bringer]] to project an even ''bigger'' hand which is closer to the Savior's scale. Then he just crushes its face]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: VideoGame/CrisisCore'' has Genesis do this to Angeal and set off a point blank magical explosion. It seems to only knock him out for a minute, as he turns up soon after looking no worse for wear.
* ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' has a pretty impressive one in Jecht's "Triumphant Grasp" HP attack ([[ShoutOut known as]] [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam "Jecht Finger"]] in Japan). He charges, '''ON FIRE,''' down at you, ''GRABS. YOUR. FACE,'' and then causes an explosion in his hand. This causes him to shake out his hand from the pain, and this is the guy who ''kicks a meteor into your face ''and can plant his huge sword half-way into the ground ''with one hand!''
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'': Master Xehanort does a back-of-the-head version of this to Ventus at one point. In the CG version of that scene, he grips Ven's head hard enough to ''crack his whole helmet'' before freezing and dropping him to the ground. Ouch.
** He'll also rarely try it on you while you're fighting him with Terra, though you can escape with button mashing before you get frozen.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', Ragna's immensely {{narm}}y defeat of [[spoiler:Mu-12]] happens like this.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'''s Separate Ways campaign, one of Saddler's attacks involves grabbing Ada's face and slamming her head into the ground. Fail "PressXToNotDie", and it crushes her skull.
* The last scene of the prologue in ''[[VideoGame/DotHackGUGames .hack//GU//rebirth]]'' features [[spoiler:not]]-Tri-edge doing this to the main character during their {{curb stomp battle}}, complete with Haseo's first-person view of it. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSb6ammdAfY]]
* One of Chuck Greene's special moves in ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' can involve this. Chuck grabs a zombie's head (whether it's a Face Palm of Doom or not depends on whether the zombie is facing Chuck) and viciously slams its head into a nearby surface, usually resulting in YourHeadAsplode.
* If Adam Jensen from ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' grabs your face, he's about to [[NeckSnap break your neck]].
* One of the consumes for the claw power in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}'' involves Mercer or Heller grabbing the victim's head, and shoving it into their torso.
* In ''Videogame/StarCraftII:Heart of the Swarm'' Kerrigan uses one to turn [[spoiler:Mensk's]] face into a psionic bomb, which inevitably explodes, killing him and taking out the entire room and parts of the (outer) walls. Good thing everyone else present either wears PoweredArmour or happens to be a psionic demi-goddess quite capable of ignoring little things like that.
* Gwyn, Lord of Cinder has this as a move in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''. He'll grab your character by the face and lift you up before blasting you across the room.
* At the end of ''Videogame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', [[spoiler:if you let Lilith kill Handsome Jack. She grabs him by the face and kills him with her Siren powers.]]
* Tamaki of ''VisualNovel/ToHeart2'' has a toned down version, the [[WrestlerInAllOfUs classic wrestling move]] the "Iron Claw". It leaves her victim (generally [[BromanticFoil her younger brother]]) unconscious, after an unsettling cracking noise.
* ''Videogame/DwarfFortress'', being ''Dwarf Fortress'', allows your adventure character to pull one off. On top of the usual take-downs or throwing them by the head, it brings the additional joy of allowing you to follow it up with [[FacialHorror gouging and pinching off bits and pieces of their face]], [[EyeScream including eyeballs]]. In fact, if you want a viable wrestling character, it's either this or chokeholds. Regular dwarves occasionally do it as well, but usually just snap limbs, [[RedShirt or die trying]].
* A fairly low-level female [[CombatPragmatist Brawler]] grappling move in ''Videogame/DungeonFighterOnline'' involves using one hand to pull in a target on a (very short ranged) chained hook while loading the other hand with something gunpowder-based and converting the grab to a [[NeckLift face lift]]. Nasty, surprisingly hard for other foes to interrupt and can result in igniting multiple targets when the explosion hits.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Occurs in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', and is one of the first warnings that things are going to get [[CerebusSyndrome serious]]. A cleric grabs a goblin by the face and casts the level 1 spell Inflict Light Wounds. The results are [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/comic/12192005 not pretty...]]
* In ''Webcomic/BearNuts'' Death Bear does this to Evil [[http://www.bearnutscomic.com/2009/07/10/99-bear-nuts at one point]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/CodeMENT'': "Laser arm!"
** "Laser arm?"
*** "Laser arm."
* In ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'' Ganondorf does this to [[spoiler: Link, by ramming his arm ''through'' Zelda as she went to protect him, and ''explodes Link's head'' while Link was at full health.]] Quite a HeelFaceDoorSlam.
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', this is how the fight between [[spoiler:Weiss and the White Fang Lieutenant]] ends. [[spoiler:He grabs her by the face and slams her head into the ground hard enough to knock her clean out. Then, still holding her face, he throws her up in the air and smashes her through to the next train compartment with his chainsaw. What a brute.]]
** The final move in the Volume 5 'Maiden Fight' was [[spoiler:Spring Maiden Raven using an electrified palm strike to Cinder's face, knocking her into an abyss.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'', General Grievous uses a variation where he grabs an opponent's head with his clawed foot, smashes it into the ground and then throws the corpse into the ceiling.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Pantha has a move called "Pantha's Claw" that leaves a red burn on the victim's face.
* In the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Superman wins the climactic fight against Darkseid using this move defensively: while Darkseid is charging his [[EyeBeams Omega Effect]], Superman holds his hands to Darkseid's eyes, causing a massive explosion which blackens his eyes and opens up massive, red-glowing wounds on his face. (As his next appearance in the Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse would show, [[ScarsAreForever they scarred permanently]].) And Darkseid is ''a god''. Pretty good move, that.
** Interestingly, the exact same thing with the roles reversed happens in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanApocalypse''. Superman attempts [[EyeBeams heat vision]] at point-blank range only for Darkseid to facepalm him. Cue Disco-Ball-of-Lasery-Doom effect.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "Zuko Alone," when Zuko is fighting the thuggish soldiers. He knocks one of the soldiers' weapon out of the way and then grabs his forehead and knocks him down.
** Also, although there was a GoryDiscretionShot, it's very likely that this is how Ozai gave Zuko his scar. Examine it closely, and the burn is a clear impression of a hand.
* In ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'', Amon takes people's bending away by grabbing their foreheads.
* [[WalkingWasteland Blight]] does this against [[AnIcePerson Mr. Freeze]] in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', almost melting through Freeze's glass-dome helmet in the process.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* There is an [[EyeScream eye gouging]] technique which involves placing the palm on the forehead to gain leverage, and ramming the thumb into the above mentioned target. It's a fairly dirty move, but there is no denying it gets results when things deteriorate that far.
* Also a method of throwing your opponent to the ground in Sambo, by pressing the base of your fingers onto your opponent's nose from beneath.
* Jujitsu and the related disciplines have a throw which consists of placing your hand on your opponent's face, rotating the head back, and pushing down. It's amazingly effective on most people and looks practically effortless.
** Some monkey-influenced styles of Kung Fu and Silat go one step further by having you continue the Face Palm Of Doom all the way to the floor and bouncing your victim's head off whatever surface happens to be avaliable - such as concrete, tarmac, or your own knee.