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->'''Wonderella:''' [[LampshadeHanging Th' hell is that]] '''[[LampshadeHanging blue slug]]''' [[LampshadeHanging on my face?]]\\
'''Businesswoman:''' That is a '''sweatdrop'''. In Japan it means you are either ''embarrassed'' or you are about to ''climax''.
-->-- ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'', "[[http://nonadventures.com/2008/09/20/once-nippon-a-time/ Once NIPPON A Time]]"

Confusion, exasperation, embarrassment and similar emotions manifest as an unusually large sweat drop that appears on the temple or the back of the head. Sometimes the "drop sweat" symbol can even apply to a group of people as well. Either a gigantic sweat drop appears somewhere in the middle of the crowd, or a few big drops are scattered around (the latter variation is also common in comic books).

Usually limited to comedic anime, but even some serious ones indulge. A common sight in a DeadpanSnarker or OnlySaneMan when [[SurroundedByIdiots surrounded by idiocy]].

The Sweatdrop is also appearing in [[{{Animesque}} anime-influenced American animation]]. The exaggerated version of this is practically a DiscreditedTrope; most shows nowadays use much smaller, more modest sweatdrops instead.

See "Plewds" in the BriffitsAndSqueans article for the Western equivalent. Also see CrossPoppingVeins.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
Prevalent to the point where it's easier to list examples that don't have this. The size decreases the more serious and realistic the work is. Following are the more notable mentions:
%%* The ''Manga/BlueSeed'' anime has quite a few instances of this trope.
* Occurs frequently in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', often without regard for which way a character is [[http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb161/NGR_album/137.jpg facing]].
%%** Also, even [[AnimatedArmor Alphonse]] gets these often.
* Lampooned in ''Anime/OhEdoRocket'', where the drops appear ''hovering above'' the characters' heads.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', this is also what the Cascade Badge looks like. Quite a few characters do this, usually when CasanovaWannabe Brock tries again to get [[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals a Nurse Joy or Officer Jenny]].
* Lampshaded in ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}''. Lina smacks Gourry over the head with her own sweatdrop for endangering her life without warning her first.
%%* In ''Yotsuba&!'', on everyone around Yotsuba herself. A lot.
%%* ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}'' does it often.
* Notable in episode 66 of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' when... the Duel Academy sign does it. Yes, a piece of wood. And then it does a FaceFault.
* Sweat Drops appear regularly in the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' anime. TheNineties dubbed version sometimes cut them out, but these edits were inconsistent, occasionally even having one instance of it removed and another one left intact within the same episode.
* This pops up in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' on occasion, including on things that shouldn't be able to sweat...like knives.
* ''[[VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Hachiyou Shou]]'' sometimes employs this for comical scenes. One instance in particular, in the {{OAV}} episode "Kokoro no Yukue", has the drop appear during a SuperDeformed scene at the end of the pictured dot-by-dot VisibleSilence. It then falls to the bottom of the screen. As a solid object.
%%* Used fairly regularly on ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}''.
%%* Used on ''Manga/OnePiece'' quite frequently, including on objects which ''aren't even alive''.
* Often appears in ''Manga/GhostHunt,'' once again without any regard for which direction the character is facing.
* [[Manga/SeitokaiYakuindomo Shino]] at one point managed to cause ''a pair of deer'' to SweatDrop.
* Done regularly in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', usually to show exasperation.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': The one character who is never given a sweat drop moment (not even once) is Sesshoumaru.
* Happens often in ''Anime/DragonballZ'', especially the anime, with not even serious characters like Piccolo and Vegeta being immune. There are at least two inanimate-object variants, as well--once when Gohan blows a whole cake into his relatives' faces when trying to blow out his birthday candles, we get an outside shot of their house with a sweat-drop on the building itself; and much later on, when Mr. Satan is bragging about how he'll defeat Majin Buu, his house, a cactus and a rock all get ever-enlarging sweat-drops the more he brags.
* Frequently happens during silly situations in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''. Among the main cast, Aoshi and Saitou are the only ones who don't experience this (although Saitou makes up for it by being a [[TheComicallySerious comically serious]] DeadpanSnarker).
* ''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'': Tanukichi's reaction in chapter 10, after he wrestles Oboro to the floor and ends up with his foot between her legs. Except feels [[spoiler: a bulge]], so he uses his foot [[CrotchGrabSexCheck to double-check]], [[DudeLooksLikeALady confirming his suspicion.]] Two smaller sweatdrops appear next to the first one.
* In the episode "The Steel Bison", ''Anime/ZoidsChaoticCentury'' has the ''Blade Liger'' of all things doing this with a JawDrop when it's accidentally targeted by the [=DiBison=] along with the enemy targets before firing a BeamSpam.
* Madoka and her brother Shion of VisualNovel/AoNoKanataFourRhythm both demonstrate sweat drops in the first couple of episodes.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Used frequently in ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}''. It's part of the {{animesque}} package.

[[folder: Fan Works]]

* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', Mikuru {{Sweat Drop}}s whilst explaining to Haruhi about taking Kyon with her to buy cloth and a sewing machine.
* This is one of the symptoms of SILAS (Sue-Influenced Localized Anime Syndrome) from the WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum. Agent Lapis (who was originally from a fanfic of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime) also does this a lot, complete with the sweat drop getting her shirt wet.
* In ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'' Asuka does this in one of the bonus scenes when the author reveals his discarded ideas:
-->Asuka's sweat drop grew larger.


* Of all places, a Western literary reference comes from the Creator/ErnestHemingway book ''Death in the Afternoon'', where he describes bullfighters "sweating the big drop"[[note]]a translation of the Spanish idiom ''"sudar la gota gorda"''[[/note]] on realizing they [[OhCrap have to face the really big, really angry bull in today's match]].

[[folder: Video Games]]
* The Tonberry summon in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' goes like this:
-->''Tonberry slowly walks towards the enemy''
-->''Enemy sweatdrops''
* In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'' if you're using Tron Bonnes throw assist and she misses, a message bubble will appear with a sweat drop in it.
* Message bubbles with sweat drops inside them also appear in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]''.
** In Mario Party 7, there's a mini gamed called "Apes of Wrath" which starts out with a cutscene depicting the 2 competing characters eating apples. The camera pans up to some monkeys who are angry at the characters for eating their apples. Both participating characters get sweatdrops.
* These occasionally appear in the VideoGame/TalesSeries.
* The ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' series uses this along with numerous other commonly seen emotion indicators.
* In ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII''' and IV hitting [=NPCs=] and a few objects with some characters' on map abilities can make them react in this way.
* ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' and its sequels do this in little bubbles that appear above a character's head. Others include squiggly lines (for exasperation), ? or ! marks, heart symbols and even internet emoticon-ish faces. Ditto the ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' series.
* Displaying this and displaying CrossPoppingVeins are among options for speech balloon emotion built into VideoGame/RPGMaker VX.
* Characters in ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' occasionally do this.
* Prier from ''VideoGame/LaPucelle'' does this so many times [[UpToEleven she has her own]] SweatDrop animation.
* Happens fairly often in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''. Notable examples are during SEES's reaction to Junpei's melodramatic "Believe It Or Don't" flashlight-under-face ghost story attempt, or in the ''Persona 3: FES'' rerelease, Elizabeth misguidedly offering one million yen coins to the "fountain god" at the mall, to which a nearby young couple sitting on a bench let out two huge sweatdrops.
** Its successor, ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', has this, as well. Copious sweatdrops are doled out in rapid succession in the infamous "King's Game" scene.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', any time characters are suddenly worried, their character model will have 3 little drops of water pop out from their forehead. any time they're embarrassed, an oversized drop of water pops up on the side of their temple instead.
* ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' has Artix get one when you're trying to[[spoiler: enter Necro U with Zorbak's ID, but of course, the guard are undead so...]]
* The eponymous character of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' is very prone to this during trials, although it appears in a more realistic manner and is frequently lampshaded how he actually breaks into cold sweat.
* This is seen quite often in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'', pretty much whenever the characters are embarrassed or confused by something.

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'': Used almost constantly in early strips, and although its use has been toned down in recent strips even Rumi's T-shirt can develop one.
* Appears from time to time in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''.
* Used [[http://corneralley.comicgenesis.com/d/20040827.html here]] in ''Webcomic/CornerAlley13''.
* ''Yahtzee Takes on the World'': Derek, the Anime girl, can have one. And later, [[spoiler:[[http://yahtzee.comicgenesis.com/d/20011221.html Ludo in Derek's body]]]].
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'': The anime-style Anthro[=PCs=] have this [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1440 as a feature]] (read the text below the comic).
* Has appeared in ''WebComic/EightBitTheater''. [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/11/28/episode-098-it-was-in-the-best-interests-of-the-patient/ This strip]], for example.
* ''Webcomic/ButtlordGT'': "Dude, [[LampshadeHanging see this huge sweatdrop? It means that I'm totally grossed out.]]"
* In ''Webcomic/{{Erstwhile}}'', [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/maidmaleen-21/#.T297T9m6SuI the prince]], when his bride mentions his true love, Maid Maleen, on their wedding day.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-06-15 when wondering what their offense is, the enlightened Illuminati drones.]]
* In ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'', [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2012/12/13/0437-cloud-under-pressure/ Cloud gets a huge one]] when his ''entire family'' teases him by urging him to marry Sandra.
* ''Webcomic/{{Waterworks}}'': Slick [[http://www.mspfanventures.com/?s=43&p=368 gets it]] when he thinks about giving flowers to a girl to make amends.
* A regular occurrence in ''Webcomic/TokiNoTanaka''.
* ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'': done with, of all things, [[http://www.bogleech.com/awfulhospital/124.html an azure drop-shaped slug]].

[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''Literature/TheImpossibleMan'' throws a few of them around.
* [[http://www.collegehumor.com/post/6903378/if-real-life-were-more-like-anime If Real Life Were More Like Anime]], courtesy of Website/CollegeHumor.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Even ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has done this once or twice.
* Happens a lot on ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', being an {{animesque}} show and all.
* Ditto for the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' TV series.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' does it quite frequently. As does many of Marathon's shows
* ''WesternAnimation/AKindOfMagic'' does it quite frequently.

[[folder: Other]]
* Characters established to be anime fans in ''Gap'' are sometimes given versions of these. Tom's somewhat fluid preferences regarding anime result in him having these only when discussing the subject.
* The icon for {{shipping}} on ''Bulbapedia'' shows Buneary with a [[SayItWithHearts heart]] over her head and Pikachu with a SweatDrop over his.
* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'': Hewkii did this in one of the early web animations as Macku was dragging him away for a swimming lesson (he hates water), despite the Matoran's apparent absence of sweat glands.
* [[http://www.projectwonderful.com/ Project Wonderful]] adds a sweat drop to the face icon when a bid is about to expire.