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When you find a friend in a state of great emotional distress, the appropriate response is a three-step process: Hug her, kiss her forehead, then press your forehead against hers. Murmuring soothing words or wiping away her tears is optional. Both males and females are welcome to take part in this trope, but it's rare for a male character to be a recipient from a female, probably because he's usually [[OneHeadTaller taller]]. This pose is also handy so two can be close to each other without obscuring faces from the camera.

Also known to less trope-savvy folk as "(doing) the forehead thing."

See HeadbuttThermometer for when foreheads touch to check temperature. Compare AnywhereButTheirLips.

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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]
* Eureka and Renton of ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' headbutts with love quite often, since their FirstKiss is saved for the final episode.
* LovelyComplex: Koizumi and Otani share a headbutt of love after Otani passes his entrance exam.
* Done literally in ''MahouSenseiNegima'' from Nagi to Arika, when the latter was caught up in HeroicSelfDeprecation and needed to be reminded that Nagi loved her.
* ''{{Medabots}}'' has one. When Ikki's about to head out to face BigBad of Season 1, Erika closes in... Everyone is shocked and wondering if she'll kiss him, but instead she delivers a Headbutt Of Luck. Given that she's a {{Tsundere}} (albeit type B) this may or may not express the kiss itself.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Itachi lovingly headbutts Sasuke at the end of chapter 590.
* A male-to-male version appears in ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', between the twins. Sometimes this is acting to play up their {{twincest}} appeal; other times it's genuine.
* Shown in a more violent way in ''Manga/SoulEater''. Justin gives a headbutt to Giriko, while yelling, "Headbutt of love!"
* ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'':
** A somewhat violent version of this trope is used here but it is still heart-warming.
** It also happens to be [[spoiler: the very final scene of the anime series. And yes, Ryuuji and Taiga do hook up at the end.]]
* ''Anime/MekakucityActors'': Shintaro and Mary are shown sharing one during Episode 11, when [[spoiler:we are shown Queen!Mary and Shintaro promising to never forget the tragedy they've witnessed, and Mary gifts Shintaro with the "[[PhotographicMemory Retaining Eyes]]" snake, so he truly can never forget]].
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ''{{Daken}}'': Daken twice in the #8 issue of his comic, thought it's not romantic. The power of using his pheromones to control people's emotions works best when he's in close contact, and that's as close as he can get without kissing.
* Used frequently in ''ElfQuest'', mostly since elves don't kiss.
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Alyx and [=D0G=] (characters from ''VideoGame/HalfLife'') bumps their foreheads in ''FanFic/BetweenMinds''.
* Since the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'' takes place following their RelationshipUpgrade, it shows Danny and Sam headbutting lovingly often.
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[[folder: Film - Animated]]
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': "I choose ''you'', Aladdin." It brings both Jasmine and Aladdin's desires together: she gets the freedom to choose, he's loved for being himself, and there's nothing preventing them from being together. And then they bop heads.
* ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'': Megara and Hercules share one.
* Hiccup and Toothless share one towards the end of ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2''. [[spoiler: It shows that Hiccup really has forgiven Toothless for killing his father while mind-controlled and that their relationship is stronger than ever.]]
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'':
** Sarabi and Mufasa bump their heads at the beginning of the film when their cub Simba is being presented.
** Simba and Nala headbutt lovingly during their reunion. Cute and sexy.
** Simba and his mother Sarabi greet each other with this gesture when they meet after being separated.
* In ''SpiritedAway'', Chihiro and [[spoiler:the boy formerly known as Haku]] perform a Headbutt of Love ''during freefall''. UpToEleven.
* The two brothers in ''[[Film/{{Taegukgi}} Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War]]'' do this right before parting for the last time right in the middle of a brutal Korean War battle.
* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', the Queen presses her forehead on Rapunzel's.
* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'': EVE and Wall-E, two robots in love, share one of these. [[http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/7400000/Eve-and-Wall-E-disneys-couples-7400087-720-480.jpg It's almost too cute]].
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[[folder: Film - Live Action]]
* Two Army Rangers headbutts after they have safely gotten back to base at the end of ''Film/BlackHawkDown'', presumably being both too manly and too freaking tired to hug. If done while wearing helmets, this is known as "[[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle Turtle Fucking]]".
* How Sidd and Hasini ''meet'' in ''Bommarillu''.
* ''Film/{{Clueless}}'': Cher gently bumps her head into Josh's forehead at the wedding party at the end of the movie.
* In ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' Ripcord bumps his suit helmet on Scarlett's motorcycle helmet after his DivingSave.
* Near the end of ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', once Maximus and Juba have become close friends, they bump foreheads before Maximus enters the ring.
* Done in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' between the male and female [=MUTOs=] when they meet up. It's surprisingly adorable.
* In ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney'', this was how Dwalin and Balin greet each other, although with dwarves, it's more of a full contact headbutting. A weary version occurs between them in Balin's flashback when they both discovered they survived the Battle of Azanulbizar, surrounded by a field of dead dwarves.
* In the film version of ''Film/TheHungerGames'', a platonic version occurs when Cinna headbutts Katniss as a way to comfort her seconds before she entered the stadium.
* In 2011 version of ''Film/JaneEyre'', Jane and Mr Rochester headbutt in a loving gesture in front of blooming trees.
* ''Film/LordOfTheRings'':
** Aragorn and Arwen headbutt in a sweet flashback.
** Théoden and Éowyn in ''The Return of the King''.
** According to the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXNqgA5jMXs&t=6m29s Making Of]], at least a few of the cast and crew. There's often a real emphasis placed on the 'headbutt' part.
--->'''Elijah Wood''': I don't know where that comes from. It's... I think it's like... it's spontaneous, violent love.
* Jamukha and [[GenghisKhan Temudgin]] headbutt in a friendly way in ''Film/{{Mongol}}'', partly because they're drunk.
* Happens at the end of ''Film/PacificRim'' between [[spoiler:Raleigh and Mako when you'd normally expect a BigDamnKiss. Despite some ShipTease earlier in the film, this throws some ambiguity into whether their relationship is romantic or platonic after they link their minds]].
* Will and Elizabeth share one in the end of ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End]].''
* Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth in the 2005 version of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' as an alternative to a kiss.
* ''SantaClausConquersTheMartians'': This is apparently how Martians greet each other. Poked fun at in the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' presentation:
--> '''Crow:''' ''[as Kimar, to Momar]'' Hey, what, no headbutt this morning? Honeymoon over?
* Shaun and Ed from ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' [[spoiler: when Ed [[IWillOnlySlowYouDown stays behind to let his friends escape.]]]]
* Suberted at the end of ''A Dirty Shame'', the crowd engages in headbutts of ... well not love, exactly.
* In ''Film/StarTrek'' : after sharing a kiss in front of Kirk (and Scotty) on that transport pad, Spock tenderly leans his forehead to Uhura's and it's adorable because it speaks volumes about his affection and the closeness and intimacy between them.
* A villain version occurs in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' between [[BigBad Malekith]] and [[TheDragon Algrim]], when the latter shows his UndyingLoyalty by [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique becoming Kursed]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Used in Jim Butcher's ''Turn Coat''.
* The M/M crime/romance series ''[[https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5199022-cut-run Cut & Run]]'' by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban has Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett headbutt with love a lot, once they achieve their RelationshipUpgrade.
* Piper bumps Annabeth's forehead in ''[[Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus The Blood of Olympus]]'' to comfort her when Annabeth thinks they're going to die.
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/AllyMcBeal'': Ally and her big love Larry clutch their heads together while they dance at the end of the episode where Larry's ex-girlfriend and mother of his son tried to get get back together with him. He chose Ally.
* Annie and Mitchell on ''Series/BeingHuman'' [[spoiler: when Annie is about to leave through her Door in S1 and they're saying a tearful goodbye]]as a bit of ShipTease. He also did a desperate, passionate variation with [[{{Yandere}} Lauren]] at some point.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** When Willow tearfully asks, "Don't you love me?" Oz vows "My whole life, I've never loved anything else," and gives her a textbook Headbutt of Love, complete with hug and kiss.
** Willow and Tara made use of this comforting technique often, mostly because of the WB's policy of no kissing between the same sex.
** Spike and Drusilla when they're first introduced, establishing Spike's protectiveness and Dru's fragility.
* At the end of the pilot episode of ''Defiance'', Christie and Alec bump their foreheads when Alec proposes.
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'', the Torres brothers headbutt after [[spoiler: Adam is shot.]]
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': Dexter affectionately headbutts Rudy [[spoiler: AKA his biological brother Brian before he kills him]] in Season One finale. It's a very poignant scene and emotions simply gush. It's very telling because Dexter claims he doesn't feel anything and has to pretend in every human interaction, but he definitely feels this moment deeply.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Rather endearingly, the Seventh Doctor to Mel.
** The Tenth Doctor has one with his archnemesis, the Master, in "The End Of Time". Then the Master goes back to trying to kill him. It's very deliberately done to show that they ''could'' love each other if the Master wasn't stark raving mad.
** In "Flesh and Stone", the Eleventh Doctor and Amy have a sweet moment in the woods, as he asks her to trust him one more time and tells her to remember what he told her when she was seven. [[spoiler:Which becomes an important plot point when the universe is rebooted in "The Big Bang"]].
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'':
** John and Aeryn engage in this, not just when either of them was in distress but when they showed affection in general. It was described by one reviewer as "more intimate than when they kiss".
** Subverted when Scorpius-possessed John does this gesture -- then slams Aeryn's head into the wall, fracturing her skull.
** John and Chiana also get a few of these. Two notable examples are the season one finale when when propositions him (and he lets her down easy) and later in the following season when Chiana finds out her brother is alive but she isn't allowed to see him.
* Happens a couple of times between Wash and Zoe (husband and wife) in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' and ''Film/{{Serenity}}''.
* In the second season finale of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', the warlocks of Qarth attempt to lure Daenerys with a [[LotusEaterMachine vision of her dead husband and stillborn son]] in the House of the Undying. Daenerys walks out of the vision, but not before exchanging a HBOL with her dream husband, presumably because [[AnywhereButTheirLips kissing him would tempt her]] into entering the fantasy permanently.
* The titular characters of ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' at the end of the episode "Mork's Mixed Emotions".
* ''Series/SilentWitness'' had one recently between Harry and Nikki when [[spoiler: he starts to leave soon after he reveals himself as NotQuiteDead]]
* On ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', this was the standard gesture of affection or business dealings, somewhere between a handshake and a kiss, for natives of the Pegasus galaxy, particularly the Athosians. Sheppard picked it up, usually doing it with Teyla.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Platonic example happens in episode "The Visitor" between Kira Nerys and Jake Sisko, with the former comforting the latter in an AlternateTimeline created by Benjamin Sisko getting stuck in subspace and being presumed dead.
** Odo tends to bump heads with his love interests, possibly because as a changeling he doesn't have an instinct towards kissing but does have an instinct towards physical closeness.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', one episode was about a human teenager who was adopted as a baby orphan by alien race who was at war with the Federation. The boy's culture was using headbutt as a form of greeting and sign of affection. He greeted his adoptive father with long pressing of foreheads.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'': Derek bumps Braeden's forehead after kissing her, when she expresses fear over the possibility of him dying.
--> '''Braeden:''' Do you really think you won't be coming back?
--> '''Derek:''' Not alive.
--> '''Braeden:''' You know I'm not okay with that.
* Logan from ''Series/VeronicaMars'' loves this one.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' was a repeat offender, usually between Mulder and Scully. When one of them got out of the hospital (which was often), when one of them had to deal with Skinner/Krycek/CSM/any government representative, when they affirmed their trust in only each other, when one of them almost died (which was practically every episode)... they clutched their heads together. And it was awesome. {{UST}} at its best.
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[[folder: Music]]
* LadyGaga and her sidekick/Makeup artist, [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/e62ce1e044e467d5e0083eb88e811c85/tumblr_mhgs3gjC5O1qfl3bpo1_500.jpg Tara Savelo]]. Why yes, they do have a shipper following. Why do you ask?
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]
* Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s TripleH and ShawnMichaels are HeterosexualLifePartners and VitriolicBestBuds:
** Naturally, they had to do [[http://i42.tinypic.com/jaeu8p.jpg one of these]] when they reformed D-Generation X.
** And [[http://i40.tinypic.com/11t3f3k.jpg another one]] on the 3.30 Raw, the night of Shawn's retirement.
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[[folder: Sports]]
* The platonic and routine headbutting between victorious hockey teams and their goaltenders.
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[[folder: Theater]]
* Often seen between [[HeterosexualLifePartners close male friends]] in performances of Creator/WilliamShakespeare plays, for some reason. [[ThoseTwoGuys Mercutio and Benvolio]] often seem to [[HomoeroticSubtext need to get a room]].
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Possible in Gamecube game ''Beach Spikers'': If the relationship with your partner is high, they might share this gesture after scoring a point.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', because [[BizarreAlienBiology Turian biology]] is so different from human's and could be potentially harmful to humans who come into too much contact, this is how a Female Shepard and Garrus show their affection for one another.
--->'''Mordin Solus:''' So don't... *ahem* ''ingest''.
** Averted in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', where they have at least two [[TheBigDamnKiss big damn kisses]], as well as three shorter kisses if you so desire.
** If you ''didn't'' romance Garrus, then you can eventually walk in on him and Tali doing this as well (as necessitated by Tali's helmet).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', when [[spoiler:Shulk and Fiora reunite]], they share a loving headbutt.
* Given their complex relationship, it's unclear if it's "love", but during their final fight in ''MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', Solid Snake and Liquid Ocelot end up so exhausted they wind up leaning on each others' foreheads, slowly sinking till they're both kneeling on the ground.
* ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'': The opening FMV shows [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship Wendy and another girl]] doing this in amongst the roses. [[spoiler:The girl is Jennifer, who made a knightly vow to Wendy to love her eternally. Unfortunately for Jennifer, who later promised the same thing to her CanineCompanion Brown, [[{{Yandere}} Wendy's interpretation of the vow was mutually exclusive]]...]]
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[[folder: Visual Novels]]
* Non-romantic example in ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'': at the end of Haruka's route, she does this with [[spoiler:Kanata when they make up and pledge to be friends again, where it serves the added bonus of showing clearly how similar they look.]]
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Annie and Kat bump their heads together [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1289 complete with "clonk" sound effect]], in ''WebComic/GunnerkriggCourt''.
* Variation in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'': After Martin and Dora hook up, Faye decides to go home for a bit. Instead of hugging him goodbye, she gives him a "[[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=581 Wesley Willis style headbutt]]".
* [[http://satwcomic.com/mean-names Norway and Denmark]] do this in ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'' as a substitute for hugging, because hugs look awkward with their giant heads and tiny bodies.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Lemongrab and [[spoiler:Lemongrab's clone]] in the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "You Made Me!"
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** [[http://piandao.org/screenshots/fire/fire21/fire21-1151.jpg Zuko and Mai]], in their reunion scene during the GrandFinale.
** Hakoda and Bato [[HoYay appear to be]] doing this [[http://piandao.org/screenshots/fire/fire10/fire10-755.jpg right here...]]
* Danny and Sam in the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''.
* Kim and Ron share one in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossibleMovieSoTheDrama'' before their BigDamnKiss.
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* Cats might rub their heads together with each other or their owners, partially because they have scent glands in various places on their heads. Thus, the cat is marking its territory (because he likes you, bear in mind).
* Emperor penguins. They are cute birds.
* The real Music/WesleyWillis was fond of this, with both male and female fans. Rock over London; rock on, Chicago.
* Try dating somebody with glandular fever, or another disease spread by saliva. This becomes a hell of a tool.
* When you want to show affection to a relative (or someone you're not romantically interested in), this is very useful.
* Also useful when dating someone with [[SuperSenses a greater oral ensitivity than the average person]] who finds kissing to be SensoryOverload. Even those whose senses are not overloaded may appreciate their date "dialing it down" while still making their affection known.
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