Disapproving Look

Ed Tom Bell demonstrates what's called the "Implied Facepalm."

"You can always count on Frances McDormand to show up in the background and make a face that fully expresses your thoughts."
Michael K.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. Particularly effective if the character in question is wearing glasses and specifically looking over the tops of them as in the page image.

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, which indicates a long stare.

This look is also sometimes synonymous with the "Is Not Amused" meme.

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


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    Anime And 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 Books 

    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.

    Fan Works 

  • The famous implied facepalm of No Country for Old Men. This often seems to be Tommy Lee Jones's default expression.
  • Kronk's New Groove: The whole reason Kronk does everything to avoid this. It is called "The Nostril Flare of Total Rejection".
  • The banker in Being Homer Simpson, when Philippe continues to discuss his shares in Homer's voice.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Peter keeps being haunted by visions of the dead Captain Stacy giving him this look.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse: This is Xavier's expression throughout the rocky ledge scene. He takes a dim view of Apocalypse's plans for planet-wide devastation and Magneto letting himself be used as a pawn in this mad man's schemes.

  • 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.
  • In Divergent, Beatrice mentions her brother has one that she's memorized.
  • In Discworld people often get these from Granny Weatherwax. A particularly good description of one comes from the tax gatherer in Wyrd Sisters. When he was small, he'd gotten caught with his hand in the cookie jar by his aunt and the look that Granny gave him was like that look, only worse.
  • The Dresden Files book Cold Days has Mab give Harry a brief look "somehow conveying layers of disapproval toward multiple aspects of my appearance, conduct, and situation".

    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 Mama's 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.
  • On Firefly, this was practically Shepherd Book's default expression whenever he was around Mal.
  • In Lois & 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. Uncle Phil also had a tendency to give on to anyone who was acting silly around him.
  • 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.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Renly Baratheon gets one from his wife as he announces Brienne of Tarth's appointment to the Kingsguard. He's also been known to give them himself.
    • This is pretty much Roose's facial expression the entire time during 'Kill the Boy' when Ramsay is parading Theon/Reek around in front of Sansa and also when Robb helps Talisa take care a Lannister footsoldier.
  • NCIS: The Gibbs Stare.
  • 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.
  • In the Supernatural episode "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part Two" (S02, Ep22), Bobby gives Dean a scolding stare which verges on a Death Glare when Dean turns up with Sam.
  • The Muppets: Any time Mahna Mahna starts improvising scat passages (rather than just saying his name, like he's supposed to) during his signature song, his singing partners the Snowths give him these until he falls back in line.

  • 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.
  • The iDOLM@STER: Sachiko's default expression: she's noticiably more "sinister looking" than most of the others, even when she's honestly smiling.
    • Tokiko Zaizen, the dominatrix idol, has an angrier variant of it. Given her very vocal comments about the worthlessness of men, it becomes more readily obvious to everyone around.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Muzu aims one of these toward Link when the latter first enters the throne chamber of Zora's Domain, both due to Muzu's prejudice against Hylians and his resentment of Link in particular.
  • 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.
  • The Memetic Mutation of "Son, I am disappoint." usually had the father in question use this expression when able.

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Alternative Title(s): Implied Facepalm