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Dope Slap

Paulie: WHAT WAS THAT FOR!?
Tony Pajamas: For being an idiot!
Paulie: Okay.

A corrective action that consists of the following:

  1. Take open palm.
  2. Deliver slap directly to the back of the skull.
  3. Optional: Ask some variant of "What are you, stupid or something?"

The Dope Slap is a (generally) lighthearted slap (or knuckle tap) to the back of the skull that is intended as a disciplinary move by one character when another character does, says, or even thinks something that is uniformly stupid, or just to shut them up. The slap is almost always in some way played for laughs; think of it as an attempt at Percussive Maintenance on somebody's brain, and thus occasionally overlaps with Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!. Another variation is a "shut up" poke to the ribs with the elbow.

It could be considered a subtrope of Slapstick. In a Boke and Tsukkomi Routine, it's most often done with a Paper Fan of Doom.

Also known as a Gerber Slap, since, when properly applied, the recipient's expression should resemble the "goo-goo" face on the eponymous brand of baby food; and the Gibbs Slap, in honor of the NCIS character having a propensity to do this.

Not to be confused with a Pimp/Bitch slap, which is a hard, either-handed (both backhand and front) slap directly applied to the cheeks in order to assert one's Authoritah. The difference is explained, naturally, by Gibbs himself in an NCIS episode: "A slap in the face would be humiliating. Back of the head's a wake-up call."

Truth in Television, obviously. Which one of us hasn't been on the giving or receiving end of this at least once?

The complete inverse of Face Palm. See also Percussive Prevention.


Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • The "Could Have Had a V8" line of commercials typically feature one character dope-slapping the other in the forehead, complete with a hollow "doink" sound.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Kogoro does this to Conan in Detective Conan/Case Closed quite often when he catches the boy snooping where he shouldn't. More often than not he uses his fist (and sometimes even gives Conan a full noogie), resulting in a painful-looking lump.
  • Used in Onegai My Melody, when a mother thought her young son's apology to the Victim of the Week wasn't heartfelt enough.
  • InuYasha: Inu-Yasha chastises Shippo by conking him on the head (Inu-Yasha sometimes does this to Totosai, too). But since Shippo and Totosai are spirit monsters, it's a closed fist smack from the front, hard enough to raise a comical bump.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
  • Soul Eater:
    • Tsubaki unexpectedly do this to Black☆Star after he makes Maka run off crying during their training for Chain Resonance.
    • Maka has done this herself... with a book. Particularly to her dad.
    • Shinigami hits people who irritate him with his Shinigami Chop. He's very tall and his hand is very large. Especially funny when he does it to Medusa.
  • In Sorcerer Hunters, Tira does this to Carrot more than once.
  • Azumanga Daioh:
    • As punishment for forgetting her homework, Osaka is brought up before the class to do a Boke and Tsukkomi Routine with Miss Yukari. When Osaka suggests that Yukari be the boke, she is rewarded with a thwack from a rolled-up book.
    • During the Okinawa trip, after Tomo nearly drops Chiyo-chan over a cliff (albeit accidentally), Kagura does this to Tomo, even asking the "What are you, stupid or something?" question.
  • Bleach:
    • Ichigo's teacher gives him the karate-punch variant after a long absence, when he tries to small-talks her and mentions that she changed hairstyle — which was three weeks ago.
    • Rukia and Renji deliver a tag-team Dope Punch to Ichigo for running off into Hueco Mundo carelessly, without telling them.
    • Anime episode #160: During a Flash Back, Kaien Shiba gives Rukia one while they're in a forest in the Soul Society. She wasn't paying attention to him and even yelling and shaking her didn't work.
  • Quite common in One Piece, and usually administered by Nami. Of note is the fact that her dope-slaps even cause Amusing Injuries to Luffy, whose powers explicitly include being able to more or less ignore blunt force.
  • Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: Jinpei got a few of these, usually after saying something stupid or smart-alecky.
  • Macross Frontier has an odd twist on the old concept, where Klan (in her macronized state) delivers a dope-slap to Mikael's Humongous Mecha's head, causing him to rattle around in the cockpit.
  • Sengoku Basara:
    • The Tiger of Kai isn't content to deliver a simple dope-slap to Idiot Hero Yukimura Sanada. When he says something truly dumb, he delivers a dope PUNCH, usually sending Yukimura through the nearest door, or into a wall. He's always up again a second later though.
    • Magoichi also whacks Motochika on the skull like this to bring him to his senses. It stings, but doesn't send him flying.
  • Futaba-kun Change! The wrestler sisters Karin and Anzu regularly give each other a karate chop on top of the head... or a dope punch... or a dope kick in the face... usually berating the other for her stupidity — or blaming her own on her sister. Yes, they're a pair of dumbasses.
  • Hanaukyō Maid Tai:
    • Episode 2: The maids use a bright light to cover up their assisting Taro in solving a math problem in class. When one of the maids tries to explain the light as a U.F.O., another maid gives her one of these and tells her to think of a better excuse.
    • Konoe does it to various maids in both series (particularly Ikuyo Suzuki). Whenever she does, she hits so hard that it causes a lump on their heads.
  • Infinite Stratos. Chifuyu Orimura does this to her younger brother Ichika thrice in the first few minutes of the first episode.
  • The karate chop version is Kakeru's trademark move in Fruits Basket. One time Yuki tried it... with three times the power.
  • Pandora Hearts:
    • In "Retrace 49", Liam punches Break in the back of the head when he complains about telling Sharon about his blindness and calls him an idiot.
    • "Retrace 65": Oz punches Leo in the face for talking about how the two can be enemies now that the one person keeping them friends, Elliot, is now dead.
  • Light, humorous moments are pretty rare in the manga Parasyte. However, there's that one time a classmate of Shinichi dope-slaps another, after the latter accidentally revealed Shinichi's large scar in the chest by horsing around in the lockers room.
  • Mio from K-On! does this a lot, usually to Ritsu. Her preferred method of application is a fist to the top of the head. In one episode, Mugi tries very hard to get Mio to hit her like this, because she sees it as an important part of bonding with friends.
  • Popotan: Mai has a tendency to press her fists against her younger sister Mii's head whenever she finds her irritating, which mimics this trope in spirit.
  • Alex does this to Worick quite often in Gangsta.
  • Naruto:
    • Naruto receives one from Hinata in Chapter 615, breaking him out of his borderline Heroic BSOD. Cue a Heroic Second Wind from Naruto.
    • Itachi had a variation for dealing with his younger brother Sasuke. It involved jabbing Sasuke's forehead with two fingers.
  • In Sakura no Ichiban!, Misao often slaps Asami across the face or slams Asami's skull with her fist whenever the latter does something reckless or stupid.
  • In Air, Haruko instructs Yukito to do this to Misuzu each time she says "Gao!"
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Winry frequently dope-slaps Ed for damaging his automail arm. She's also the only person who has ever dope-slapped Al without injuring herself as she uses her trusty wrench to knock some sense into him.
    • Izumi tends to prefer judo throwing Ed and Al when they do something stupid as opposed to slapping them.
  • In Gintama, Tsukuyo frequently uses a variant of this by throwing a kunai at Gintoki's head if he does or says something stupid in her presence.
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu: Often delivered by Kaname to Sōsuke by way of Paper Fan of Doom, whenever Sōsuke uses overkill military answers to end mundane problems (i.e.: telling a cab driver to wait for him and Kaname by threatening to shoot him if he doesn't cooperate).

    Comedy 
  • Bill Engvall talks about getting these from his father, especially at church. His father would sit with his children on both sides of him, with his arms stretched out behind him on the pew, "like he was huggin' the whole family." And if one of the kids misbehaved, he would be in easy smacking range. "'Brain dusters,' that's what we called 'em."
  • Japanese Manzai comedy employs dope slaps as part of its Boke and Tsukkomi Routine, with the Boke's incompetence and idiocy driving the Tsukkomi to reprimand the Boke, often physically and violently.

    Comic Books 
  • In the last issue of Kingdom Come, Magog gives one of his fellow metahumans a Dope Smack for being disrespectful during the ceremony where Wonder Woman is welcomed back into the Amazons.
  • A particularly hilarious one in Ultimate Spider-Man. After a mutant's powers activate, Spidey and Iceman are trying to convince her to use her powers responsibly. After Iceman makes a particularly stupid comment about her powers (control of fire: "Or, we could get some marshmallows..."), Spidey delivers a quick slap to the back of the head.
  • Superboy (Conner Kent) received one from Batgirl (Cassandra Cain) during a team-up. Superboy, being the Casanova Wannabe that he was at the time, continuously showed off his tactile-telekinesis in order to impress her. When she simply ignores him and uses his Nigh-Invulnerability as a Human Shield to protect her from an explosion, he finally gets angry and snaps back with a "What the Hell, Hero?" rant. Cassandra calmly slaps him across the forehead and says, "Focus." And Superboy is shocked that it hurt.
    Superboy: She got past my force-field. My impregnable force-field. I feel so... pregnable.
  • IDW's Ghostbusters: Ongoing:
    • Peter gives one to Ray in issue 11.
      Peter: And how did you know telling the aliens they weren't aliens would work, Ray?
      Ray: That? Oh, I didn't. I just guessed.
      Peter: ...*THWACK*
    • And Egon gives a rather ironic one to Peter in the first issue of the continuation, The New Ghostbusters after all four of them have been kidnapped and sent into limbo:
      Peter: And the first person to make a "Peoplebuster" comment gets a whack to the back of the—
      Egon: *THWACK*
      Peter: —Hea-OW!

    Comic Strips 

    Fan Works 
  • Calvin does this to his dad in Calvin & Hobbes: The Series for putting them in danger.
  • Escape from the Hokage's Hat has Tsunade give Naruto a gentle bop on the head as a "Be Quiet!" Nudge, when Naruto does something stupid or is too forward and direct.
  • Tony's usually on the receiving end, courtesy of Pepper — though she usually settles for a withering look — after he's said or done something particularly stupid in Child Of The Storm.
  • Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox has Ino do this to Naruto whenever he does something completely moronic.
  • In A New World, A New Way sidestory Swarm Inti the Heliolisk does one with her tail when Apocalypse the Tyrunt tries to run her tail over with a rock and fails.

    Films — Animation 
  • Ice Age:
    • Proving that you don't even need a hand to give a dope-slap, Manfred the mammoth delivers one to Sid with his trunk in Ice Age 2.
    • And the more egregious example from Ice Age 3: Ellie is going into labor; when Crash asks if she can just hold it in for a while, Ellie (being a long distance away and unable to reach him with her trunk) yells down: "Can somebody slap him for me?" Needless to say, Eddie obliges immediately and delivers a resounding smack to Crash's head.
    • Continued in Ice Age: Continental Drift. Captain Gutt is working some island locals to the bone, whipping them as they carry supplies on their backs (note: they are about the size of guinea pigs). Sid's comment?
      Sid: Two words: Anger. Management.
      (Manny slaps Sid upside the head with his trunk)
  • In Balto, Kaltag has a habit of hitting Star on the head whenever he interrupts one of his rants as their Running Gag. Star is well aware of this and on one occasion does it to himself and at the end of the film he expects to receive one, only for Kaltag to actually agree with him.
  • In the end of Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, Raven does this to Beast Boy after he made his last and somewhat awkward comment: "Okay, next time, we're going to Mexico!" She then coldly slaps him senseless off the stage, the camera fades after that, then the credits roll.
  • It goes by pretty quickly, but in How to Train Your Dragon, Gobber gives Hiccup a light one on the back of the head after the boy's father tells him to go home after screwing up (and, heavily suggested, not for the first time). Hiccup also gets one from Toothless after nearly crashing them into a cliff during flying practice.
  • Tulio does this to Miguel at least three times in The Road to El Dorado, in addition to many death glares and elbow nudges.
  • Even fishes can get into it. In Finding Nemo, Bloat (the porcupine-fish) gives once a dope slap to Gurgle (the royal gramma) with his fin.
  • In The Lorax, after the Once-Ler cuts down the first tree, two Humming Fish go near it, and one knocks on the stump with its fin to indicate nothing has really changed, only for the sky to suddenly turn black and begin to rumble (indicating the summoning of the Lorax). The other fish then slaps the first one in the back of the head for apparently causing the current thing.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Three Stooges often feature an Overly Long Gag where Larry, Curly, and Moe take turns dope-slapping each other, escalating into bigger and bigger acts of violence.
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Eddie Valiant and Roger Rabbit are hiding from the police in a movie theater. Roger is talking loudly and Eddie hits him on the head while saying "What's wrong with you?"
  • In the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie, Hermione Granger explains to Harry about the girls trying to slip him love potions. When Harry doesn't seem to mind the attention, she reminds him that they only want him because they think he's "The Chosen One".
    Harry: But I am the chosen one.
    Hermione: (smack)
    Harry: Sorry. Um, kidding.
  • The iconic scene from the movie Moonstruck is Cher responding to Nicholas Cage's declaration of love by slapping him and yelling "Snap out of it!".
  • In Back to the Future Part II, Old Biff dope-slaps Young Biff for mangling a joke after giving him the Gray's Sports Almanac. And no, they don't explode (specially since Young Biff is too stupid to recognize himself).
    Young Biff: Why don't you make like a tree and get out of here?
    Old Biff: (smack) IT'S "LEAVE", YOU IDIOT! Make like a tree and LEAVE! You sound like a damned FOOL when you say it wrong!
  • Clue, in the second ending. The first one was a dope-slap, the second was to his face.
    Mr. Green: Mrs. Peacock was a man?!
  • Repeatedly to resident Butt Monkey of Cutthroat Island, William Shaw.
  • Undercover Brother
    Lance: (entering a room filled with black people) Holy moly, looks like the Source Awards in here.
    Conspiracy Brother: (hits the back of Lance's head)
    Lance: Ow!
    Conspiracy Brother: It does now!
  • Avatar. When Neytiri is trying to teach Jake the word "nari" (eye), he keeps saying "nadi" (which is not even a possible word in the Na'vi language), earning him an irritated (and ad-libbed) whack to the forehead.
  • Dogma's main characters deliver one to Jay after he goes on a rampage and shoots the wings off an angel, which was exactly what that angel needed.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail:
    • After Sir Bedevere fails with the Giant Wooden Rabbit idea, he comes up with a Giant Wooden Badger idea and king Arthur slaps him on the side of his helmet.
    • Prince Herbert and his father are standing next to an open window talking.
      Father: One day, lad, all this will be yours. (gestures toward the window)
      Herbert: What, the curtains?
      Father: (hits him on the back of the head) No, not the curtain, lad!
  • In S.W.A.T., a random gangbanger gets one from a cop while Street and Hondo are going to visit Sanchez. Said gangbanger had been beat-up by Sanchez during the arrest.
    Street: Bad day, huh?
    Gangbanger: Kiss my ass, ese.
    Cop: (dope slap)
  • Happens twice in Ghostbusters.
    • Peter Venkmann gives one to Ray Stanz when Ray interrupts his attempt to charm a beautiful female experimental subject.
      Venkmann: I'm right in the middle of something, Ray!
    • Ray Stanz gives one back to Peter Venkmann while he and Egon are explaining the nature of Dana Barrett's apartment building.
      Venkmann: So what? They don't make them like they used to.
      Stanz: No! Nobody ever made them like this.
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. Whorfin gives one to the guard who couldn't turn on the TV to show Penny's torture.
  • Waterworld:
    • After Enola waves at a plane of "Smokers" flying above them, the Mariner dope-slaps her and yells, "What are you thinking about?!?"
    • Enola, again, gets one from the Deacon for mouthing out while they're confronting the Mariner on the deck of the tanker. (The Nostalgia Critic liked this part so much, he asked to watch it in loop.)
  • The Kentucky Fried Movie segment "A Fistful of Yen". Loo gives one to one of his martial arts students after the student performs a lackluster kick.
  • The original Arthur gives us a great one in the beginning, while Arthur is in the bath and ponders whether fish ever get tired of seafood. Hobson walks over, lifts off Arthur's hat, and smacks him.
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: Dingy Bell (Mickey Rooney) does this three times to Benjy Benjamin (Buddy Hackett).
  • John Carter: John Carter receives one from his Thark ally Tars Tarkas after they realize that they just invaded the wrong city.
  • In The Mummy (1999), when the executioner about to hang Rick O'Connell asks him what's his last wish, the answer is to remove the rope and let him go. All this earns Rick is a dope slap.

    Literature 
  • In Stephen Baxter's Manifold: Space, Malenfant is repeatedly smacked on the head by superstrong Neanderthals for speaking at all. Turns out that nearly all of their language is sign, with a few super-special vocal words. The Neanderthals give him a sign-name that means "Stupid".
  • Belisarius Series: As dawazz to Prince Eon, it was part of Ousanas' job to deliver one of these whenever Eon needed correcting in his behavior.
  • H.P. Lovecraft's The Fungi from Yuggoth:
    "I am his messenger," the daemon said,
    As in contempt he struck his master's head.
  • Discworld:
    • This extract from Small Gods:
      "It can only be that, master. The keepers of the labyrinth are unbribable."
      Didactylos clipped Urn across the back of his head with his lantern.
      "Stupid boy! I've told you about that sort of statement."
      "I mean, they are not easily bribable, master..."
      "That's more like it."
    • Lu Tze (by being a wise old monk) does this occasionally.
  • In Tanya Huff's Keepers Chronicles trilogy, Hell gets into an argument with itself, and somehow manages to pull off a dope-slap (to itself... more or less)
  • Several characters in Malazan Book of the Fallen are fond of this, notably Kalam to Quick Ben.

    Live-Action TV 
  • This is Gibbs' favorite form of discipline in NCIS, especially to Tony, who reminds Gibbs of himself in his younger days. He does it regularly enough that the other characters have called it the Gibbs-slap.
    • Honorable mention to Gibbs' reaction to catching Tony looking at "Page 57" of a men's magazine — since Gibbs was too far away to deliver a dope-slap, he caught Tony on the back of the head with a scrunched-up ball of paper. Certainly got his attention.
    • Tony, for his part, has at least gotten smart enough to dope-slap himself on occasion, and once got offended that Gibbs ordered Ziva to administer when Gibbs wasn't within arm's reach.
    • However, it also conveys a sense of family — only Team Gibbs gets Gibbs-slapped. When Ziva is assigned to Team Gibbs in "Silver War", she says, "I know, when we get out there you start kicking my butt." Gibbs replies, "I don't kick butts." She looks at him in confusion — in response, he dope-slaps her, and she beams, knowing that he's essentially saying, "Welcome to the family."
    • Furthermore, after being injured in an explosion, Gibbs suffers from amnesia and can't remember anyone or anything that happened after the end of his Marine career. Ziva manages to restore his memory by grabbing his hand and dope-slapping herself with it.
    • In one episode, Gibbs dope-slaps himself after tampering with evidence (which was for a good cause).
    • On at least two occasions, Abby dope-slaps McGee, saying "I was just doing what Gibbs would have done if he were here." On one occasion after discovering a solution that they hadn't considered earlier, she slaps McGee on the arm, claiming, "We should have thought of that." She then bares her arm and insists that McGee slap her. Hilarity Ensues along those lines for the remainder of that episode ("Bait").
    • Kate does this to Tony once. He angrily tells her that she's not allowed to do that because she isn't Gibbs.
    • Kate and Tony dope-slap McGee simultaneously after he joins the team and thinks that they'll stop hazing him.
    • At yet another time, Gibbs dope-slaps both Tony and Ziva simultaneously, but Tony complains that he's not hitting her as hard as him.
    • Gibbs once dope-slaps a cardboard cutout of Tony, and Tony reacts as if he'd been hit.
    • Another time, Tony tries to slap McGee; he dodges it while Tony gets one from Gibbs.
    • Of course, we see in flashbacks that when Gibbs first joined NIS, Mike Franks used to dope-slap him.
    • A flashback in the episode "Baltimore" shows Gibbs giving Tony his first dope slap, when Tony is uncertain about being any kind of cop. Tony indignantly asks, "Did you just physically assault me?" After Gibbs says he thinks Tony is too good to waste, Tony replies, "Don't make a habit of doing that."
    • In a Halloween-based episode, Abby has to return to the lab from a party still wearing her Marilyn Monroe costume. Every time Tony and McGee are around her, they can't keep their eyes off her, with McGee's leering being particularly amusing. Gibbs finally has to give the duo a simultaneous head slap before saying, "Yeah. On it, Boss," for them before they finally leave the lab.
    • Gibbs once even gives a slap to Mr. Mass Spectrometer to stop it from growling. (When Abby isn't around, thankfully.)
    • It's been revealed during many different interviews that the origin of The Slap came about during the filming for one of the first episodes of the series. Mark Harmon (a.k.a. Gibbs) thought that Michael Weatherly (a.k.a. DiNozzo) was goofing around too much while filming a scene and proceeded to pop him one on the back of the head. Instead of breaking character, Weatherly continued on as if nothing had happened even while most everyone else was in a bit of shock. After reviewing the dailies, the production staff thought it was hilarious, thus the Gibbs Slap was born.
  • On NCIS: Los Angeles, Kensi will regularly gives one to Deeks (as part of their Unresolved Sexual Tension).
  • Hyde doing this to Kelso is a Running Gag in That '70s Show. Red did this to Eric on occasion too.
  • Often used in the Britcom Coupling. Actor Richard Coyle (who plays Jeff Murdock) once was on the receiving end of a dope-slap that was so forceful he got angry over it. Crybaby.
  • Similarly, actor Andrew Sachs once asked John Cleese to tone down the dope slaps while filming Fawlty Towers.
  • On The Golden Girls, Dorothy is constantly hitting Rose with a newspaper whenever she says something stupid.
  • Titus would do this to Dave frequently on Titus, to the point that in one episode when Titus was unconscious in the hospital, Dave was slapping himself with Titus's hand, and weeping "It's just not the same!"
  • The Band of Brothers episode "Why We Fight" features this exchange while the soldiers are patrolling a forest in Bavaria:
    Frank Perconte: Hey, George.
    George Luz: Yeah?
    Frank Perconte: This kind of remind you of Bastogne?
    (comedic pause, including bemused look)
    George Luz: Yeah... now that you mention it. Except, of course, there's no snow, we got warm grub in our bellies, and the trees aren't fucking exploding from Kraut artillery, but yeah... Frank... other than that, it's a lot like Bastogne.
    Frank Perconte: Right?
    George Luz: Bull, smack him for me please?
    (thump)
    George Luz: Thank you.
  • Repeatedly applied to Henry in You Rang, M'Lord?, generally after he's made an accurate but unflattering observation about one of the other characters. It happens often enough that on one occasion, he hits himself preemptively to save someone else the bother. It doesn't seem to stop him being snarky, though.
  • Several episodes of The Amanda Show features skits involving Tony Pajamas (Drake Bell) and his lackey (Josh Peck). Josh would frequently say or do something stupid, get hit and ask, "What was that for?!" To which Tony would reply, "For bein' an idiot!" which Josh would accept with an "Okay."
  • Friends:
    • Chandler manages to earn a five-person dope-slap (or at least two or three plus some stuff thrown at him...) after a particularly flagrant bit of Hypocritical Humor when he criticizes a Girl of the Week for being "desperate" — after he's spent the whole episode literally watching the phone.
    • Monica gives one to Chandler and Joey in "TOW The Morning After" after she finds out the two knew that Ross had slept with the copy girl.
  • The dope slap is a Running Gag on My Wife and Kids. Junior, not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, often said or did dumb stuff, leading to a dope slap from another character, usually Michael or Jay.
  • In Brazil, comedic show Pânico na TV gave the dope slap a Memetic Mutation, with a skit where a parody of a sports show host slapped two dwarves nicknamed after soccer players, along with the phrase "Pedala, Robinho!" and "Samba, Tevez!"
  • Happens so often Gilligan's Island that some refer to it as a "Gilligan Slap".
  • In Stargate Atlantis, Sheppard has dope-slapped McKay on two occasions: once in the second season for doubting Ronon's tracking skills, and again in the third season for telling too much to the still-imprisoned and therefore Mind Probe victims O'Neill and Woolsey. Note that in the second case, it was all part of a ploy to feed them false information before they'd be interrogated by the Asuran Replicators.
  • A major point of Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars is Aeryn giving birth during a firefight and demanding to be married to John before she finishes. Stark begins uttering some majestic sounding gobbledygook which Chiana recognizes as a Sheyang prayer for the dead. Cue SLAP! from Aeryn. Stark tries something else, which turns out to be a Delvian puberty rite. Cue BITCHSLAP!! from Aeryn. He finally just asks them if they want to be married, they say yes, and he declares them married. Then Aeryn gives birth and they shoot their way out. Whew!
  • It happens at least Once per Episode in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
  • The Big Guy in Sanctuary does this to Will and Henry a lot. However, in Big Guy's case, it's only occasionally a dope slap. Usually it's just his way of demonstrating affection. Once in a while, Will or Henry will return the favor, either in dope slap or Bromance context.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Spike pulls off a memorable one when, due to a spell, he has to explain a crucial plot point to Xander for roughly the 37th time. Note that Spike has a chip in his head which causes him extreme pain if he hurts a human.
      Spike: This... is gonna be worth it.
      (smacks Xander)
      Both: OWWWW!
    • When the Trio start arguing about who the best James Bond was in the middle of their scheme, Andrew gets smacked for sticking up for Timothy Dalton.
  • Happens in the bloopers for Angel, after it is revealed that Wes, while making an ad for Angel Investigations, put down the wrong phone number.
  • The dope slap became one of the best character signatures of Soledad from the Spanish sitcom 7 Vidas.
  • Stiles gives one to Scott in Teen Wolf when Scott says he might go to Derek for help about being a werewolf.
  • Leo does this to Josh in The West Wing after Josh mocks a sentimental tradition of Leo's: "First of all, that (OW!) is for 'total crackpot day'."
  • Supernatural: In the pilot episode, Dean reprimands Sam by slapping him in the back of the head. Strangely, this is the dope slap's only occurrence, although Pam gives Dean one as revenge for getting her killed.
  • Bones:
    • Hodgins does this to Zach in "Intern in the Incinerator".
      Zack: You're married, and you sleep with men besides your husband.
      (cue dope slap)
      Zack: Ow.
    • Camille gives one to Hodgins for asking Arastoo some stupid questions. To be fair, they were both a bit inebriated.
  • Arrested Development: While in prison, George Bluth does this to his son GOB after he reveals that he enlisted his fourteen-year-old nephew to break into a permit office and plant evidence, despite the prison's "very strict 'no touching' policy." According to George, "it's worth a week in the hot box."
  • El Chavo del ocho:
    • Taken to an extreme in this Mexican sitcom, where it's one of the show's many Running Gags.
      Don Ramón: (hits Chavo on head with usual kung foley) ˇToma!
      Chavo: Pipipipipipipipipipi...
    • El Chavo has also been known to give Quico a triple dope slap.
      Quico: No me simpatizas...note  (Non Sequitur Thud)
  • This happens to Royal Brat Juan in The Borgias after he brutally curb stomps his stepfather Theo. Rodrigo is not amused and delivers one hell of a Reason You Suck Speech, orders him to apologize and threatens to disinherit him if he does anything of the sort again. Juan agrees to do as he's told, but just when it looks like all is forgiven, he gets an almighty slap just to drive the point home.
  • In "The Duchess and the Devil" from Horatio Hornblower, sailor Styles keeps dope-slapping Oldroyd because he joined Hunter's gang and tried to escape with them from prison without a good plan, which caused Mr Hornblower's torture in a Punishment Box. He deserved them, but he probably Styles probably compensated for the fact that he couldn't be smacking Mr Hunter.
  • In Code Lyoko: Evolution episode 16, "Confusion", Odd gets slapped twice while driving the Megapod, after Jérémie asked the team to be "his eyes and ears".
    Odd: Okay, next to me is William, and behind... I don't know what those two are doing, probably holding hands.
    (Yumi stands up and dope-slaps him)
    Odd: Ouch!
    Yumi: Jérémie doesn't need anything but the basic essentials!
    Ulrich: And nothing else! (he rises and slaps Odd too)
    Odd: Ah-ouch! You're worse than Krabes...
  • Done towards the end of an otherwise depressing episode of Criminal Minds:
    Morgan: (on the phone with Garcia) Leave it alone until I get there. Hey, hey, hardhead... don't make me spank you when I get back.
    Reid: Don't listen to him Garcia, he's all talk. (Morgan dope-slaps him) Ow! JJ, he just hit me.
    JJ: (without looking up) Boys, behave or I will ground you both.
  • Giovanni is a frequent target of this in Rizzoli & Isles. In "Built for Speed", he is dope slapped multiple times in rapid succession by Jane and her mother.
  • Merlin, episode "Goblin's Gold": The first thing Gaius does after getting possessed by a Goblin is give a dope slap to Merlin, to the latter's surprise.
  • Zoey 101: Zoey, Lola and Quinn simultaneously each give one to Chase, Micheal and Logan for letting Dustin watch a scary movie they knew he wouldn't be able to handle.

    Music Video 
  • In Michael Jackson's Ghosts, a running bit has a little boy's older brother smack him this way for revealing stuff about the mysterious Maestro that he was supposed to keep secret. Their mother then does the same to the older brother, usually with the comment "Don't hit your brother!" After the third go-round of this, the mother is smacked by an unseen force, implied to be the Maestro's doing.

    Radio 
  • Car Talk is the Trope Namer. Hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi — better known as Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers — claim to have been at the receiving end of many a dope-slap from their mother. (And according to each brother, the other brother stayed just as dumb.)

    Video Games 
  • Mother 3 has a pair of NPCs who are practicing a Boke and Tsukkomi Routine. The shorter one gives the dope-slap to the taller one as the "punchline" of every gag. He's also shown to do it when they're not practicing their jokes... Even better? Their names are Bud and Lou.
  • At various points in Final Fantasy IV, Porom will walk around behind her twin brother Palom and clonk him on the head for his stupidity with an adorable "Do-PANK!" sound effect.
  • In Endless Frontier, Suzuka asks Reiji to give one of these to his partner Xiaomu after she makes a particularly bad observation/joke. This being at least in part a Namco game however, he spanks her instead. (At about 5:50 here)
  • Towards the end of Halo: Combat Evolved, Cortana figures out how to use Halo's teleportation system in order to rapidly move the Chief to Keyes's position. Unfortunately, she teleports him in after mixing up the ceiling of the ship with its floor, leading to the Chief landing on his head once he phases in. He proceeds to knock his helmet, since Cortana is an AI program that was currently housed inside it.
  • Jak and Daxter: Jak does this to Daxter at least once in each of the original three games. Daxter then slaps Jak twice in the racing spin-off.
  • In Psychonauts, this is Ford Cruller's response if Raz decides not to accept the call to adventure.
  • World of Warcraft has the emote "/smack", which, when used, will smack whomever the player is targeting upside the head. This is purely text however, as nothing actually happens with the characters.
  • LEGO Adaptation Game:
    • LEGO Indiana Jones: Dr. Jones Sr. dope-slaps Indy at least twice.
    • LEGO Star Wars. In "The Empire Strikes Out" Darth Vader uses the Force to make his admirals dope-slap each other instead of choking them to death.
      Vader: Muttonheads...
  • In the trailer for Army Of Two, one of the main characters hits the other main character on the back of the head and says "What the F*** are you doin'!" Watch it here, at about 30 seconds in.
  • King of Fighters XIII: King deilvers one to Yuri, during the Kyokugen Team's ending, when she unintentionally makes it sound as if she'd like to marry King, when asked to describe her ideal husband.
    Interviewer: I see. And, what would your ideal husband be like?
    Yuri: (thinking aloud) Hmm... Let's see... That's a tough one... I think they would have to be someone who was nice and polite...
    (Aha! pose) Oh, I know! Someone like King!
    (King whaps Yuri on the back of the head)

    Visual Novels 
  • In Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 2, Saeki Teru will give the heroine a "chop" with the side of his hand when he thinks she's being dumb. The new skinship system allows the heroine to do the same to Teru or any of the other guys.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Offhand example in this animated GIF.
  • SCP Foundation, SCP-572: Katana of Apparent Invincibility. Once the Katana is removed from the victim's grasp, "all psychological effects can usually be expunged by a single swift blow to the back of the subject's head."
  • In Suburban Knights, Group 2 battles the Cloaks on a playground. When a mother shows up with her kid and tells them to scram:
    Angry Joe: Oh, come on! She's too old to be on a playground, anyway! What, does she believe in Santa Claus, too?
    Little Girl: (looks shocked and begins to tear up)
    Cloak 2: (hits Joe on the back of the head)
  • Poor Phelous gets one in Kickassia Part 2:
    N. Bison: Phallus, send the signal to sound the charge!
    Phelous: Okay, first of all it's "Phelous", not "Phallus", and second of all, the guy is standing right there looking at you. Why don't you send the signal yourself?
    N. Bison: (chuckle) Phallus. (dope slap) Just do it.
  • Nearly every other interaction between Andrea and Bentley23, in Marvel Nextgen consists of this, with Bentley on the receiving end.
  • In Worm, Grue subjects Regent to a few of these when he won't stop wisecracking during the fight against Behemoth.
  • To name one example in Vaguely Recalling JoJo, Polnareff gets a Dope Punch when he mistakenly thinks Joseph was talking about Indian curry. note 
  • On Flander's Company, Cindy gives one to Caleb in season 3 for being one-upped by Nadčge.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003):
    • Annoying Younger Sibling Michelangelo gets these from Raphael on a regular basis.
      Raph: Woah, Donny, don't hit Mikey. That's MY job.
    • In one instance of particular annoyance, Leonardo restrained Raph from doing this... so he could smack Mikey himself.
    • An episode of the "Fast Forward" season had Splinter taking it to the extreme, tipping Mikey's chair over so he could hit him with the entire floor.
      Splinter: Someone had to do it. It was time.
  • Exaggerated in Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers. Dale gets conked on the head a lot by Chip. This was inherited from the original Classic Disney Shorts where they appeared.
  • Justice League:
    • In the episode "Kids Stuff", Wonder Girl does this to Superboy when he gets distracted by how cool GL's glasses look.
      Suberboy: Cool!
      Wonder Girl: (dope slap) Would you stop messing around?!
    • John Stewart is also fond of doing this to The Flash (who often earns it), as seen in "The Brave and the Bold" when Stewart gets Flash out of jail.
    • In the Cold Open of "Date Night", two goons argue over a scone recipe.
      Cecil: But how come when I make the scones, they don't got that good flavor like yours, Tony?
      Tony: (dope slap) Do I gotta tell you again how you gotta add the orange zest, Cecil?
  • Family Guy:
    • In one episode, Peter tells the family that their tax refund will let them buy something they've always wanted. Chris suggests a cat and gets dope-slapped by Brian. Meg suggests a stereo and gets dope-slapped by Stewie. Then Lois says "A pool?" and gets dope-slapped by Peter, who then realizes what she said and responds "Oh, sorry, it is a pool."
    • There's another early episode, where Peter loses his job and goes on welfare. When he tells Brian he got off subject by telling Lois she was getting fat, Brian rolls up the newspaper and whacks him twice saying "No. No."
    • Peter also re-enacts the "could've had a V8" dope-slap on himself in the middle of recalling various memories in the episode when he learned of his real father.
  • The Boondocks:
    • When Grandad gets the results of a DNA test that confirms Lando Freeman as his real son.
      Riley: (to grandad) You should've stuck with your story!
      Grandad: They took a DNA test—
      Riley: Well study next time!
      Huey: (dope-slaps Riley with a book)
    • Combined with Punctuated! For! Emphasis! after Riley, Gin and Ed's failed attempt to kidnap Oprah.
      Huey: YOU!
      Riley: OW!
      Huey: DO! NOT!
      Riley: OW!
      Huey: KIDNAP!
      Riley: OW! Stop hitting me!
      Huey: OPRAH!
  • "Mom" on Futurama frequently dope-slaps her children, occasionally all three of them at once. Being Expys of The Three Stooges, they often do it to each other as well.
  • As opposed to a full-handed slap, Uncle of Jackie Chan Adventures delivers a hard, two-finger hit to the forehead for anyone whose foolishness has earned his disapproval. Be they Jackie (many times — "One more thing!", even when he does something right), allies, enemies, or even himself.
  • Ren from The Ren & Stimpy Show does this to Stimpy on a semi-regular basis after he's said something really stupid.
  • Butt-Head from Beavis and Butt-Head does this to Beavis on a regular basis, which sometimes leads Beavis to retaliate.
  • Dick Dastardly to Muttley on Wacky Races. Usually, Dick's retaliation for Muttley snickering at him comes by a bop on the head, dumping water on him, or other variations.
  • Skipper's trademark in The Penguins of Madagascar. When Skipper is presumed dead, Private asks the others to slap him the way Skipper does; "Like you're disappointed, but you still care."
  • The Bugs Bunny Merrie Melodies cartoon Wackiki Wabbit features this trope with the two castaways.
  • Young Justice:
    • Aqualad prompts Robin to stop laughing outright at Superboy's failure with a sharp elbow to the ribs. One gets the feeling that it would have been a smack upside the head were Aqualad a less reserved person.
    • Artemis delivers one to Kid Flash when he won't stop flirting with Miss Martian.
  • In the final moments of the Transformers Animated episode, "Decepticon Air", Megatron does this to Starscream. This example is even funnier due to the fact that Starscream is just a disembodied head at this point so Megatron's slap ends up knocking him across the room.
    (Lugnut lands on the windshield of the space vehicle)
    Starscream: So, now we're picking up hitchhikers?
    Megatron: *SMACK*
  • Brain from Pinky and the Brain often does this to Pinky after he's said or done something particularly stupid, usually he pounds him over the head with his fist or an object.
    Brain: (to Pinky) I'm going to have to hurt you.
  • From SpongeBob SquarePants:
    Barnacle Boy: If you don't respect me as a hero, the you'll respect me as a villain. A villain who's EVIL!!
    SpongeBob: Evil?
    The rest: Evil?
    Mermaid Man: (blankly stares, then dope-slapped by Mr. Krabs) EVIIIL!!!
  • In Codename: Kids Next Door, Numbuh Five dope-slaps Numbuh Four after the latter ate some Coco Nut Logs despite being allergic to coconut.
  • Happens to Barry in American Dad! with the following quote:
    "Remember when I said being stupid was gonna start getting painful?"
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "Hurricane Fluttershy", Twilight Sparkle gives a dope slap to Spike (flattening the green fin atop his head) for being Innocently Insensitive to Fluttershy.
    • "Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1":
      • Applejack does one to Spike when he complains about the simple job Twilight does at the beginning of the episode, then tries to backpedal on his statement.
      • Rainbow Dash tossing Discord's "alicorn princess" crown from his head is also quite close to this.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man:
    • After defeating Green Goblin together, Spider-Man then proposes names for his and Venom's temporary team-up. Venom quickly tires of this, hits Spidey, and tells him to shut up.
    • White Tiger does it once to Nova. Since he's wearing his helmet at the time, it makes a nice KLONG sound.
  • Beast Wars has Rhinox smack Rattrap after making an Incredibly Lame Pun that Crosses the Line Twice.
    Optimus Primal: Silverbolt, what—? (sees the burnt husk of Optimus Prime's head and gasps) Well... that's just Prime...
    Rattrap: Or what's left of him, anyway. (dope slap) D'oh!
  • The Mighty Mouse cartoon "Law and Order" has three ne'er-do-well cats — a short one, a middle-sized one woth a crooked tail and the dense behemoth who is identified as Pinhead Schlabotka. As they carry out a plot:
    Schlabotka: Duh, hey boss... what's this all about? (Boss slaps him several times)
    Boss: Listen. Schlabotka. I do the thinkin' around here, see?
    Schlabotka: But, duh, boss... (Boss slaps him more) Duh... all right.
  • The Looney Tunes Show:
    • Bugs Bunny does this to Porky Pig once. When Porky keeps falling for upsells, Bugs face-palms so much that after Porky listens to him... and refuses to get insurance, he realizes that his forehead's starting to bruise. Finally, after Porky crashes the car, Bugs stops his face-palms and slaps Porky instead.
    • He also does this to Daffy when he freezes in shock. But Daffy being Daffy, he returns the slap until it turns into a slap fight.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • After their resurrection, Brick of the Rowdyruff Boys often hits Boomer after he interrupts him or says something stupid.
    • Ace of the Gangreen Gang also does this to Snake on a regular basis to shut him up. When Buttercup temporarily joined their gang, she started doing this to him.
  • In Ed, Edd n Eddy Eddy often slaps Ed to make him pay attention or when he makes him angry.

    Real Life 
  • Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers discusses various Korean Air plane crashes, concluding that a significant part of it was a hierarchical culture between pilots and co-pilots which led to poor communication. One egregious example came when the captain dope-slapped his co-pilot. Like most of Gladwell's theories, this idea has met with criticism from other academics.
  • An increasingly common variation nowadays is basically a whiffed dope-slap. Make all the motions and aim for the general vicinity of the back of the head without actually striking the person. This avoids actually physically contacting people's heads and the imagery ensures the message is clear. Sometimes, the quip ("what are you stupid?!" or, "you dumbass!") is also left out as receiving the action is indicator enough that the recipient is doing something inane.


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