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Disapproving Look
I'd Facepalm, but I don't think it's worth it.

Sometimes, when you need to show your disapproval, you don't need to speak. All you need to display your disapproval is that look.

It's not quite an angry or tense look; it's more of a look that says "really?" Generally, the one giving the glance has his or her brow lowered a little bit, with either a flat face or very slight frown with pursed lips. Often, the glancer has arms folded for extra disapproval effect.

This expression is commonly found on two types of characters. One is priests, clerics, or other religious figures. The other is the House Wife, generally the long-suffering variety, who tends to give this to both her bumbling husband and her misbehaving children.

In manga, this is accompanied with the Japanese onomatopoeia jii~ or jiro jiro.

Compare its "edgier" counterparts, Death Glare and Kubrick Stare. Facepalm has a nearly identical effect.

Examples:

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Anime & Manga
  • Often accompanied by jii~ or jiro jiro (an onomatopoeia for staring) in many an anime & manga.
  • Kaitou Saint Tail: In the anime, when Sawatari switches his crush to Seira, the Only Sane Woman is Rina, who has this expression on her face.

Comic Strips
  • The Boondocks: Huey is famous for it. Particularly noticeable in the show, which is less dialogue heavy and has more moments of Huey just looking at people to get his skepticism or disapproval across, but even in the comic the Beat Panels of Huey just looking at someone who is being ignorant or foolish are common.

Film

Literature
  • During the weighing of the wands in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry gets this from Fleur as he hastily tries to clean his wand, accidentally shooting some sparks in the process.
  • Coraline: Cat will stare like this at those who disappoint him.
  • Divergent: Beatrice says she has her brother's look of disapproval memorized.

Live-Action TV
  • One Saturday Night Live sketch had its humor revolve around the shots of several coworkers giving disapproving glances to an employee who mistakenly submitted "You're the One that I Want" from Grease.
  • In Home Improvement, "The Look" is discussed by Tim and his coworkers after Tim gets basketball season tickets and Jill gives him "The Look". Later in the same scene, Harry's wife gives him The Look, and all of his coworkers react in horror.
  • In the Mamas Family show (and its predecessor sketches on The Carol Burnett Show), both Eunice (Carol Burnett) and Mama (Vicki Lawrence) often did this when they were angry with another character.
  • This was practically Shepherd Book's default expression whenever he was around Mal on Firefly.
  • In Lois and Clark, Superman frequently gave this look to lawbreakers, though usually minor ones. His glares were reserved for the likes of Lex Luthor and others like him.
  • On Dinosaurs Earl was on the receiving end of one more than once from his wife, Fran.
  • In The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will often gave this to Carlton when he was acting particularly childish.
  • On "Dave's Old Porn", Dave Attell brings in other comedians to discuss (heavily censored) 70's porn films. He then brings in a star from those movies. On one episode he had Kathy Griffin and Tom Byron. When Attell asked Byron if he was still working, he responded that he was going to play Obi Wan Kenobi in a porn Star Wars spoof. Griffin's "disapproving look" was hysterical alone, but she followed it up with a "slow clap" and the comment "Way to stay classy".
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • Sheldon is often on the receiving end of these Looks, mostly from his room-mate Leonard or Penny.
    • Amy got four Disapproving Looks simultaneously from Leonard, Penny, Raj, and Sheldon when they were all administering Bernadette and Howard's wedding together, and Amy said that she would be happy to be Bernadette's maid of honour again should their marriage fall apart.
  • Mike from Graceland is on the receiving of one from all five of his roommates when he says "marijuana" instead of its various street names. Needless to say, Hilarity Ensues.
  • Cheers: Diane gives them a lot, usually when someone—usually Sam—seems to be (often deliberately) Comically Missing the Point.
  • Doctor Who: The Doctor is on both ends of them in "The Family of Blood" It's his permanent emotion during the climax, sometimes edging into Death Glare. Doesn't help that he looks right at the camera more than once. Joan also adopts this look when the Doctor returns, cheerfully offering to let her travel with him, whilst completely overlooking all the mayhem and death he's left in his wake.
  • A Game of Thrones: Renly gets one from his wife as he announces Brienne's appiontment to the Kingsguard. He's also been known to give them himself.
  • On n'demande qu'à en rire: Catherine Barma, if she finds a joke in poor taste.
  • Finch in Person of Interest rocks at these.
  • Teen Wolf: Derek gives one to Isaac as he tries to talk to him about Derek's sister.

Roleplay
  • Interesting Times: After all the incentives, anger and/or discontent failed, Tybald simply falls on his trusty disapproving stare and/or facepalm whenever the team (usually Alvis) do something awfully stupid.
  • Pokemon Epoch: The moment Ronnie is up to her usual shenanigans, this look becomes Elliot's default expression.

Tabletop Games
  • In Dungeons & Dragons 3.5, this is the iconic cleric Jozan's default expression around the iconic rogue Lidda practically any time they're interacting, as she's kind of his Berserk Button person. Observe.

Video Games
  • In several games in the Rhythm Heaven series, some of the characters will give the player character a disapproving look if you mess up the rhythm.
  • Rhythm Heaven: In several games, the player character gets the look from other characters if you mess up the rhythm.
  • The Idolmaster: Sachiko's default expression. She's noticiably more "sinister looking" than most of the others, even when she's honestly smiling.
  • Warriors Orochi: Yukimura gives one to Yuan Shao for thinking his enemies are ghosts.

Web Original
  • The "ಠ_ಠ" emote, usually referred to as the "Look of Disapproval". The two "eyes" come from two letters in the Kannada language spoken in part of India.

Web Comic
  • Zebra Girl: Viv gives one to Sandra here as she is threatening to kill the assassin who tried to kill her. Though it's Viv caughting her off-guard with the following sentence that makes her stop:
    Viv: If that makes you happy.
    Sandra: O_O

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Western Animation
  • In the Sponge Bob Square Pants episode "MuscleBob BuffPants", Sandy gives Spongebob a well-deserved look of disapproval once it's exposed that he used fake rubber muscles.
  • Ben 10: Alien Force: Ben gave one to Kevin for stealing from a Forever Knight castle.
  • Kaijudo: Nigel gives The Choten one at the end of "Unmasked" and again at the end of "Dueling Partners". He also expressed his disapproval at poaching Rumbling Terrasaur horns. He doesn't seem to be agreeing with the The Choten lately.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012): Splinter frequently give these to his young charges.
  • Done a few times by Twilight Sparkle a few times on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

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