Rudy: Is everyone gonna be mad at me?The protagonist has just done something stupid that he shouldn't have done. Everyone who knows what he did has abandoned him. The protagonist looks to his faithful Fido for validation — dogs love their owners unconditionally, right? No, the dog lowers its head and leaves the room. In comedic examples the dog, or another pet, may instead put its paws over its eyes and whine, as the animal equivalent of a Facepalm. In live action, this trick is accomplished by placing the animal's paws over its eyes, filming it removing them, and then reversing the film to make it look as though it is covering its own eyes. A sub-category of the Animal Reaction Shot. An animal who pulls this trick often is probably a Silent Snarker.
[Coney dope-slaps him]
[Coney dope-slaps him]
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- The "Good Ol' Boys" arc of Preacher has Butt-Monkey Cal Hicks, a painfully wannabe police detective whose only role is to be shown up by Jody and T.C. He has a Canine Companion in Doofus, but loses even that (along with the supermodel he was escorting, the McGuffin he was transporting, and his dignity for good measure), taking a dump in front of him when he calls it to play fetch.
Films — Animation
- In The Book of Life, the bull shakes his head sadly after Manolo refuses to kill him in the bullfight. (It's worth noting that Manolo has done what he thinks is right; it's just that the others disapprove.)
- In Aladdin, both Abu and Carpet are disappointed in Aladdin after he refuses to free the Genie.
- The Little Mermaid: Upon Prince Eric's cluelessness over whether or not the now mute Ariel is the one he's been looking for, his dog Max rolls his eyes and blows hair out of his own face in annoyance, which Ariel mimics.
- In Toy Story, this happens when everyone thinks Woody killed Buzz. All the toys turn away from him while he's at Sid's, even Slinky the dog. Sort of downplayed, as Slinky is treated like an equal rather than a pet.
- The Onceler's mule in The Lorax joins the animals in their exile from the forest and refuses to come back to the Onceler because of what he did. Even a little bear he befriended sadly refuses to return to him.
Films — Live-Action
- In Legally Blonde, the protagonist was showing off her first day of Harvard outfit and her dog ducked his head in shame.
- In Swing Time, when Fred Astaire misses his wedding, he faces the anger of his fiancee's dog and cat. (And a glare from her ancestor's portrait.)
- In Funny People, Seth Rogen tells Adam Sandler's character that "Even the dog can tell you had sex!" as the dog skulks away.
- Village of the Giants features a moment where the dog buries its face under its paw as two teenagers make out. The Mystery Science Theater 3000 version of the film has Crow Lampshade this:
Crow: Even the dog's grossed out...
- Used in one description of a "Three-Bagger" hookup prospect: a girl so ugly you need three paper bags — one for her, one for yourself in case hers breaks, and one for your dog so he'll respect you in the morning.
- The Dresden Files: Harry Dresden experiences this occasionally after being adopted by his Big, Friendly Dog, Mouse.
- The most notable example thus far probably comes from Turn Coat:
"I can't believe I'm about to say this," I said. "So think real careful about where this is coming from. Have you people ever considered talking when you've got a problem?"
That didn't please anybody, and they gave me looks with varying degrees of irritation mixed with chagrin.
Except for Mouse, who sighed and said something like, "Uh-woof."
"Sorry," I told him at once. "Four-footed nonvocalizing company excepted."
- Even better, in the short story It's My Birthday Too Mouse flees the room after Harry is cleaning up after a fight with a slime golem.
- The most notable example thus far probably comes from Turn Coat:
- Married... with Children:
- Buck once walked in wearing a paper bag with eyeholes after Al was accused of planting an overdue library book to make it look like he returned it years ago.
- While Al was on a 'Dr. Shoe' commercial, he was begging for someone to call and Buck had his paw over his eyes while looking away from the camera.
- An episode of Suddenly Susan has Todd and Luis see a portrait of Susan from when she was a (nerdy-looking) teenager with the family dog. Todd whispers to Luis, "Is it just me, or does that dog look embarrassed?"
- On The Waltons when Olivia got her hair permed and everyone in the family said they didn't like it—her husband, her in-laws, even her kids—she was walking in the woods and met the family dog—who didn't want anything to do with her! (Possibly the smell from the chemicals?)
- Used several times on Frasier with Eddie the Jack Russell Terrier, who was so good at this he could reduce Frasier to delivering eloquent attempts at backpedaling...to a room with no human beings in it.
- Played for Laughs on Full House during the episode "Day of the Rhino", in which DJ gets a bad haircut that is so awful even the family dog, Comet, runs away from her!
- Horrible Histories' "Twit Light" sketch:
Narrator: Warning! Some scenes may contain romantic poetry. Crummy.
Lord Byron: And let thy gentle fingers fling its melting murmurs... [Byron's pet wolf howls] Everyone's a critic, aren't they?
- Invoked by Warren Zevon in "Disorder in the House."
Disorder in the house
It's a fate worse than fame
Even the Lhasa Apso seems to be ashamed
- Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" implies that even his pets can tell how "sick" and "obscene" he is:
My dog bit me on the leg today,
My cat clawed my eyes.
- Older Than Feudalism: In the collection of 5th-2nd century BC Chinese poems and lyrics, The Book of Songs, one song is about a young couple meeting in the wild, laying down deerskin on the ground, and then...
Try not to tear my underwear apart,
And tell your dog to be quiet
- From "Weird Al" Yankovic: Whoever is being targeted in "You're Pitiful" (parody of "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt) must be a bad case of this, if the following lyrics are anything to go by:
our dog would much rather
Play fetch by itself.
- In Garfield:
Jon: One nice thing about confiding in pets is that they are non-judgmental. Garfield, I got a speeding ticket today.
Garfield: [smacks him on the head] That was a stupid thing to do.
- Peanuts: Snoopy do this to Charlie Brown many times. And in one of Snoopy's novels:
He began to feel uncomfortable with others in the family. He knew it was important for those who share a home to have similar values. So the dog left.
- In one issue of Sad Sack, Sad Sack is being chewed out for being a doofus by everyone at base camp, even people who don't specifically outrank him. He hopefully goes to pet the camp dog, saying: "There's still Betsy...." - but Betsy, too, growls at him. He puts on a comical "crybaby" face and moans: "I haven't got a friend in the world!"
- Downplayed in a promo package for SHINE 12, as Kimberly's maniac obsessive was shown to be disturbing to one of her dogs but the other two paid her no mind.
- A literal example occurs in Peter Pan when Mr. Darling tricks Michael into taking his medicine by saying he will take his own medicine alongside Michael (and then reneges). The children and Nana (the nanny dog) are all ashamed by this.
- If you fart or belch in Fable II your dog can cover its face.
- In Duck Hunt the dog laughs at you when you fail to shoot a duck or a pair of ducks depending on the mode. He will also giggle at you on the Game Over screen.
- There's a few times in Shadow Hearts: Covenant that Blanca turns his head away or just walk off if Yuri did something stupid.
- Tales of Vesperia: When Yuri mercilessly executes a man for putting him and his hometown through a lot of grief, his dog Repede flashes a look at him that isn't quite shame, but also isn't one of approval.
- Taken to its logical conclusion in Ace Attorney Investigations 2 when the Big Bad is finally brought down. The circus animals of the Berry Big Circus beat the crap out of him, including a gorilla and an elephant.
- Hans the porcavian in Valkyria Chronicles does this pretty frequently, usually over Welkin doing or saying something clueless.
- A short online platformer game called The Visit portrays a humorous deconstruction of the Goomba Stomp in platformer games, with multiple endings. Pick enough "bad" options throughout the game and your girlfriend will throw you out in the rain as you return to your house, after which your cat will come and slap you in the face.
- In Kevin & Kell, Coney performs a Dope Slap on Rudy after he confesses to not sending Kevin and Kell's marriage documents out of anger over a rabbit being his alpha male. Of course, Coney's not a pet; she's his baby half-sister, but the same principle applies.
- Questionable Content: After Angus (once again) displays his talent at putting his foot in his mouth, Momo-chan (an anthropomorphic personal computer) lets him know she does not approve.
- Lessons Of Dog World: since the characters are anthropomorphic dogs, they too take jabs at the embarrassment others.
- Gargoyles, "Upgrade": Bronx reacts like this to Brooklyn, Broadway, and Lexington bickering.
- The Simpsons:
- In episode "You Kent Always Say What You Want," a dog shows its shame by covering its eyes with its ears when Kent Brockman looks at it.
- Another episode justifies this, and actually the cat and the dog are the most ashamed: Bart sold his soul, and animals have a sharper perception about this, apparently.
- In "Old Yeller-Belly", a group of dogs show their contempt at Santa's Little Helper for not rescuing Homer from a fire.
- In "The Yellow Badge of Cowardage", Santa's Little Helper shows his disapproval when Bart chickened out of stopping Milhouse from getting beat up during a school race. He finally forgives him when Bart makes it up to Milhouse.
- All Grown Up!, "Bad Aptitude": Spike (and everyone else) is disappointed at Tommy Pickles' latest film Gesundheit.
- Fillmore! "Even my dog is looking at me funny!"
- Wallace & Gromit: Gromit does it all the time with Wallace.
- Likewise Brian is often berating Peter for his behaviour.
- In Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Scooby laughed at Shaggy when he revealed that he used to play role playing games.
- The Talking Dog in The Powerpuff Girls Rule! doesn't join in the gasping the people make when the girls fight over the Key to the World. Instead, he scoffs "I have nothing to say to you" and walks off.
- In the Tiny Toon Adventures episode, "Toons Take Over", a boy, a girl, and their dog are watching TV when Babs pirates the signal to show the world an adventurous, romantic, and dramatic cartoon that she, Buster, and Plucky made. The dog, along with the boy and girl, are disgusted by the cartoon.
- In Garfield and Friends episode "Cutie and the Beast", Garfield played a trick on Nermal to make him think he wasn't cute anymore, for which Odie continuously gave Garfield an angry growl, even when he tried to sleep, until he made it right.
- Similarly, the 1989 special Garfield's Thanksgiving has a quick shot of Garfield covering his eyes in embarrassment after Jon (who waited until the last moment to even begin preparing for his Thanksgiving dinner date with Liz), instead of rubbing butter on the turkey skin, rubbed it on his ''own'' skin.
- In the opening of "Madeline and the Treasure Hunt" from Madeline, Genevieve the dog whimpers and whines each time the girls give obviously wrong answers to questions being asked of them regarding geography.
- Towards the beginning of "Is There a Doctor in the House?" on Arthur, when Arthur and D.W. and even Mr. Read are being particularly rambunctious at dinner and Mrs. Read is getting a cold, she imagines them as clowns and then shouts out "Can't we just have a little peace and quiet for once?!" Everyone looks shocked, even Arthur's dog Pal, when whimpers and scampers out of the room.