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-->-- '''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Domon Kasshu]]'''

Sometimes, you need to let the BigBad have it right where it hurts. Sometimes, you just gotta burn that smirk off of {{The Dragon}}'s face in the most direct and painful manner possible. Sometimes, TheHero deserves to know just how powerful you are when you're DrunkOnTheDarkSide.

Sometimes, you just need to give them the Face Palm of Doom ForMassiveDamage.

The Face Palm of Doom, named so because it ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is]]'' a FacePalm... [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom of Doom]], is basically when you grab someone in the face, or sometimes just by the head, but usually the face, and proceed to unleash the pain by [[PowerPalms releasing some kind of energy]], or in a more [[{{Gorn}} bloody]] series, crushing it. As you can imagine, such a move is probably extremely painful and is usually pretty high up there in terms of power. Due to the [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty nastiness]] inherent in [[NotInTheFace assaulting someone's visage]], as well as the frightening potential for EyeScream, this trope is generally indicative of the [[TheUnfettered Ruthless]] {{Antihero}} or the ObviouslyEvil. It is essentially the bare-handed equivalent of [[CoupDeGrace shooting an opponent executioner-style,]] and carries many of the same connotations.

Compare NeckLift.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* This is one of the {{Signature Move}}s of the School of Touhou Fuhai (''The Undefeated of The East'') in ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'', represented by protagonist Domon's [[FinishingMove Shining and God Finger attacks]] and Master Asia's Darkness Finger. The novelization explains its function and origin a bit, saying that it was made to adhere to Buddhist tennets of ThouShaltNotKill, and works by sending [[KiAttacks ki]] from the palm through the three central fingers and into an opponent's head, where it shorts out their motor functions and disables them[[note]]And yes, this means it can be used outside of Gundams[[/note]]. It even get two {{Shout Out}}s in its franchise:
** The [[GundamSeedDestiny Destiny Gundam's]] MMI-X340 "Palma Fiocina" palm beam cannon.
*** In-universe it's based on the [[GundamSEEDAstray Astray Red Frame]], which can channel its battery power through its handplugs, generating a "lightning ball". In his first battle with Gold Frame, Lowe uses a super-charged version that blows up Gold's head, but also takes out Red's right arm.
** The [[Anime/TurnAGundam Turn X's]] weld-off/destruction manipulator, which [[BigBad Gym]] even calls Shining Finger.
** Though ''Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry'' normally averts this (since TheHero's Gundam uses an entirely different fighting style), there have been two instances of this type of attack: in episode 4 he uses the Musha Godmaru (a SuperDeformed, samurai-styled God Gundam) and performs its version of the God Finger, and in episode 20 [[spoiler:during his showdown with his [[SempaiKohai sempai]]-slash-CoolBigBro, he ends the fight with this kind of attack.]]
* Guts from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' does this to a scummy knight of the Holy Chain during the "Retribution" arc, actually lifting him off the ground by his face despite his heavy suit of armor. After interrogating him, he then '''throws the knight''' at a horse-riding enemy, still gripping him by the face.
* [[ActionGirl Kallen's]] Guren [=Mk-II=] and its dervatives from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' come equipped with a right-handed Radiant Wave Surger which she uses to blow up any Knightmare Frame in contact. There's a reason why people call her the [[Memes/CodeGeass daughter of Domon]].
* [[BadassLongcoat Hei]] of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' uses this to [[ShockAndAwe fry people's brains]] so often that it's practically his signature move.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'': [[spoiler: This is how [[WorthyOpponent Falco]] executes [[EvilChancellor Jakoh]]. More exactly, he ''melts his face off'']].
* Scar from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' kills his victims in this manner; he grabs them by the head and [[FullContactMagic makes their bodies disintegrate]]. Somewhat justified in context, however, as the arm he uses is covered in alchemic symbology tattoos that is used to "deconstruct" the matter of an object (or creature), but because it is alchemy-based he can only use it on things that he understands at least some of the material makeup of, and as his religious faith forbids the study and practice of alchemy, he is only able to use it in the most, well, ''direct'' manner.
** This is how Ed beats [[spoiler: Pride]]: by grabbing his face, physically and metaphysically, and ''ripping his soul out of his body''.
** In addition, [[MadBomber Kimblee]] does this as well in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], making his victims [[StuffBlowingUp explode]]. As a matter of fact, the former's eponymous injury is the result of the latter performing a Face FingerPokeOfDoom on him.
* Sachiel does this to Shinji in Unit 01 in the second episode of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* ''Anime/TheBigO'': The eponymous mecha's signature attack (Sudden Impact) can work like this by it grabbing an opponent's head and retracting the pressurized pistons inside the arms and subsequently releasing them ForMassiveDamage.
* In ''Manga/GhostInTheShell'', the SpiderTank grabs [[spoiler:the Major]]'s head and crushes it.
* In ''AliveTheFinalEvolution'', the normally IdiotHero protagonist goes LetsGetDangerous on a powerful enemy and does this using his heat powers. The formerly {{bishounen}} enemy is left with [[ScarsAreForever permanent]] scars on [[TwoFaced half of his face]] and later adopts a rather large EyepatchOfPower.
* Grimmjow Jaggerjack, of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', kept trying to use this as a finisher, unleashing his Cero blast at point blank range against Ichigo and Rukia; but a third party kept jumping in and interrupting him. By the time he does catch Ichigo with one of these, he's [[TookALevelInBadass taken enough levels in badass]] to shrug it off without any real harm.
** Ichigo himself does this ''[[spoiler:to Aizen]]'' before literally pulling him across a whole town in a matter of seconds.
** Ulquiorra does this to Ichigo in his [[spoiler:[[OneWingedAngel Segunda Etapa form.]]]]
*** [[spoiler:[[SuperpoweredEvilSide Hollow Ichigo]] promptly returns the favor.]]
** During their fight for control, Ichigo's inner Hollow grabs him by the face and throws him into a building.
* In ''OnePiece'' [[SuperStrength Miss Monday]] attempts to punch Zoro's face into the ground at one point. He is completely unfazed, and responds by casually pulling this on her until she passes out.
** Whitebeard did the same thing at several points, but using his Quake Quake powers, resulting in a mini earthquake limited to the victim's head. Needless to say, nobody really got back up from that one.
** The first thing that [[spoiler: Bellamy]] is shown doing post-timeskip is [[spoiler: crushing a man's skull with one hand]].
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' Tsuna does this to Mukuro at the end of their fight.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', in which the immortals, most notably [[BigBad Szilard]], "consume" one another by placing their right palm on someone's forehead and essentially vacuuming up their entire body in an exceptionally grisly manner...
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', [[spoiler: Seras gives one to Zorin Blitz during their fight, intending to crush her face. Zorin retaliates by giving a Face Palm Of Doom of her own, attempting to MindRape Seras. This totally backfires, allowing Seras to move ahead with her previous plan, albeit with the addition of utilising a wall as a kind of makeshift cheese grater.]] Suffice to say the results are quite [[{{Gorn}} messy]].
* Broly of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' absolutely loves this, as well as several villains in the ''Manga/DragonBall'' series.
** Goku does the top of the head variation during his fight with Kid Buu. He combines it with a ki attack that goes right through the Planet of the Kais.
** Syn Shenron, in Tenkaichi, grabs people by picking them up by the face and unleashing a volley of ki blasts straight into the face of whichever unlucky schmuck stupid enough to challenge him.
* In Session #5 of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', "Ballad of Fallen Angels", Vicious does this to Spike after the latter disarmed him with a bullet in the shoulder (thus using his still good arm). And then Vicious use this grip to throw Spike through a stained glass window.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** Showing surprising strength in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha TheMovie First'', [[BigBad Precia]] grabs one of [[TheFederation the Adminitration Bureau]] mages in this manner and bodily lifts him off the ground [[GrievousHarmWithABody before throwing him at one of his fellow Bureau mages]] when they [[spoiler:entered the room [[{{Necromantic}} containing Alicia's body]]]]
** In ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'', [[spoiler:Diego]] attempts to crush the head of [[spoiler:Veyron]] in this manner. Keyword being "attempts". Then the latter rips out the former's arm and returns the favor [[YourHeadAsplode much more successfully]].
** Lutecia performs this as well in ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', making [[spoiler:[[WickedWitch Fabia]]]] eat an energy blast to the face at point blank range.
* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' TheMovie , everyone is fighting the mooks: [[BoisterousBruiser America]] is boxing, [[InscrutableOriental Japan]] is wielding a stick [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]], and [[PsychopathicManChild Russia]]....you guessed it.
* Simon in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' does this in the crushing variety in a giant robot TO a giant robot. Considering the series, it and everything around it explodes spectacularly.
* After a [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown vicious beating]], [[BigBad Suitengu]] [[SpeedGrapher Chouji]] grabs a scumbag's pulped face and utterly shreds his body with his superpower.
* Happens in a flashback in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' when [[spoiler: a young Yuri Petrov activates his NEXT power and sets his father's hand alight. Rather than screaming in pain, his dad (who arguably deserved it, [[DomesticAbuse incidentally]]) starts to ''laugh'' and puts his hand over his son's face, leaving a massive palm-shaped burn. This is not enough to save him, however.]]
* While being attacked by a teacher, Tsukune from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' does this. The look on the dude's face is [[http://www.mangapanda.com/320-22368-42/rosario-vampire/chapter-19.html priceless]].
* In the second ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' OVA, Terry has a nightmare of Krauser doing this to him.
* The Third Angel in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' does this to Unit-01 in the second episode. It uses the laser lances [[BladeBelowTheShoulder hidden in its arms]] to pierce the skull and disable Unit-01.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=180115 Disfigure]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=41136 Swat]] in ''MagicTheGathering''.

* ''SpiderMan'' {{antihero}} Kaine uses this as his preferred method of murder. He grabs the poor victim's face, then makes their cells explode, leaving them dead and with a scorched on handmark as a souvenir. Ouch.
** In a more recent issue of ''Amazing Spider-Man'', Pete remembers that he has RequiredSecondaryPowers and ''tears off'' the face of a villain that was dogging him through most of the arc.
* [[InfiniteCrisis Black Adam]] to Psycho-Pirate: "[[BondOneLiner No more silly faces]]."
* TheHulk does this to ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} in WorldWarHulk to block his eye-beams. Takes Scott out for the rest of the fight.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfic ''Time Braid'', during one of the [[GroundhogDayLoop loops]] Sakura kills [[HealingFactor Kabuto]] by creating a [[EnergyBall Rasengan]] [[{{Squick}} inside his brain]].
* Mokou grabs [[spoiler: a mental representation of Eirin Yagokoro]] like this before [[KillItWithFire reducing her to ash]] in [[Fanfic/ImperfectMetamorphosis Rhapsody Of Subconscious Desire]].

* ''Film/KungFuHustle'': The hero uses this as a ranged attack. It first makes a crater in the ground, then creates a palm-shaped hole in a building.
* Seen in the film ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', see Literature (and it was more gruesome, beside -- [[spoiler: instead of merely burning Quirrel, Harry's touch actually caused him to ''crumble into ash.'']]
* This is what happens to one of the last victims of ''Film/TheThing1982'': it grabs his face, digs its finger into him, then starts absorbing his body from there.
* The T-101 does this to a female guard in ''Terminator2JudgmentDay'', though since he had been instructed not to kill, it is not as {{Squick}} as it could have been.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Bane ([[GoryDiscretionShot presumably]]) does this to [[spoiler:[[CorruptCorporateExecutive Daggett]]]] after he [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlives his usefulness.]]
* The preferred FinishingMove of the Blanks in ''Film/TheWorldsEnd''.

* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'': [[spoiler: [[TheChosenOne Harry Potter]] + {{The Power of Love}} + Face Palm of Doom = [[TheMole Quirrell's]] face blistering and burning.]]
* In a ''StarWars'' novella, a condescending hotel clerk offended a highly intelligent droid working for a powerful Dark Jedi. The droid asked the man to lean closer because he couldn't hear him, then grabbed his face and slowly crushed it.
* Ser Gregor Clegane of ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' kills [[spoiler:Oberyn Martell]] this way, described in gory detail.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Essentially how The Master dies in Season 8.
* ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'': In "The ''Enterprise'' Incident", Spock uses the infamous "Vulcan Death Grip" to kill Kirk. [[spoiler:However, there's no such thing as a Vulcan Death Grip. [[FakeDefector It's a trick.]]]]
* You know how Daleks have those plunger-arms in ''Series/DoctorWho''? In the new series, they can ''crush a man's skull'' with them.
** "[[TemptingFate What are you gonna do? Sucker me to death?]]"
** Later on four of them do it again, the resulting head is '''smoldering'''!
* In ''Series/TaiyouSentaiSunVulcan'', Vul Shark's Shark Jaws attack consists of grabbing the enemy's head with both hands several times.
* In ''{{Series/Sherlock}}'', the assassin known as 'The Golem' puts one of his massive hands over a target's face and crushes the life out of them.
* This is the preferred method of the angels of {{Series/Supernatural}} for killing demons. It's usually accompanied by a flash of light.
* In ''{{Series/Game of Thrones}}'', this is The Mountain's way of [[spoiler: killing Oberyn Martell]]

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* The clawhold submission, commonly called the Iron Claw.
* WWE sometimes plays this trope for laughs, such as when TheBigShow once eliminated a jobber from the RoyalRumble by facepalm-shoving him backwards over the ropes.
* Since his late 2011 return, Wrestling/{{Kane}} has added this to his arsenal, clamping his hand over his foe's nose and mouth to suffocate them into unconsciousness. This even works on JohnCena.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'': [[spoiler: According to the Day of Sigma OVA, [[BigBad Sigma]] gets his signature scars on his eyes when [[AllLovingHero X]] pulls off of these off on him]]. It should be noted that [[spoiler:X's attack looks a lot like Shining Finger, due to X being voiced by Domon Kashu's dub actor at the time.]]
** In ''X4'' it's shown that [[spoiler: Zero gives him those scars.]] Gotta love [[{{RetCon}} Retcons.]]
*** The above might not count as [[spoiler:we never saw just ''how'' Zero put those scars there.]]
** Sigma pulls this on your character in the hard mode of ''X8''.
* In ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'', Mao has the Blast Finger attack, which is probably a ShoutOut to the [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Shining Finger]], considering [[ReferenceOverdosed the nature of the series]].
* From ''VideoGame/BloodyRoar'' (At least in the Primal Fury installment), one of Gado's Beast Drives is exactly this. He grabs his opponent by the face and lifts them into the air before letting off a one-handed [[KamehameHadoken Kamehame Hadoken]] and slamming them head-first into the ground.
* Mage!Hawke pulls this in the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII Destiny'' trailer, despite the fact that [[NeverTrustATrailer you can't actually do that in-game]] and it was definitely not the climactic move of the fight.
* Lü Bu's Ex Attack in ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' 7 is to grab his opponent in the face and slams him/her to the ground.
* [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Yoshimitsu]] in all of his ''{{Tekken}}'' appearances, and his [[LegacyCharacter predecessor]] in his ''SoulCalibur'' appearances too... basically, a life-drain attack that consists of grabbing the opponent by the face and sucking out their life-horse. [[InvertedTrope An alternate version, however, allows you to ''heal'' them by channelling your own life-horse into them]]... nice way to show off.
** Though, in some games, if the oppononent blocks it the effects are istantly reversed. Yes, this means that if the opponent reverses the healing version, he heals ''you''.
* [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Ganondorf's]] side-B special move in ''SuperSmashBrosBrawl'' utilizes this. In addition to the "energy attack" part of this trope, he also literally picks his opponent off the ground by the face before exploding their face with dark fire (if the two of them are on the ground), or grabs their face and them ''slams them back down into the ground'' (if done in the air) Ouch.
* One of Testament's throwing moves in ''GuiltyGear'' is to grab his opponent's face and impale the victim with spikes extending from his palm.
* ''{{Knights of the Old Republic}}'': Darth Sion leads with this and eventually moves on to a NeckLift in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-pEG1JnDsM an unusually visceral beating for the StarWars universe.]]
* In the ''StreetFighter'' series, one of T. Hawk's specials is grabbing his opponent by the face, leaping into the air while windmilling them around (still by the face) and slamming them to the ground.
** Sagat gets a simpler one starting from his first ''Zero'' appearance - no leaping or windmills, just grab and knee as many times as you can buttonmash in.
** Now, M. Bison/Vega/[[FanNickname Dictator]] does it as his 2nd Ultra, right before he gives you [[FanNickname "The Psycho Abortion."]]
** Seth's forward throw does this as well, picking the opponent up by the face, and smashing them face first with a heel kick.
* Happens at the end of ''DevilMayCry 4''. [[spoiler:Except instead of grabbing the face of the False Savior and then releasing the energy, Nero uses the [[RedRightHand Devil Bringer]] to project an even ''bigger'' hand which is closer to the Savior's scale. Then he just crushes its face]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: VideoGame/CrisisCore'' has Genesis do this to Angeal and set off a point blank magical explosion. It seems to only knock him out for a minute, as he turns up soon after looking no worse for wear.
* ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' has a pretty impressive one in Jecht's "Triumphant Grasp" HP attack ([[ShoutOut known as]] [[Anime/GGundam "Jecht Finger"]] in Japan). He charges, '''ON FIRE,''' down at you, ''GRABS. YOUR. FACE,'' and then causes an explosion in his hand. This causes him to shake out his hand from the pain, and this is the guy who ''kicks a meteor into your face ''and can plant his huge sword half-way into the ground ''with one hand!''
* ''KingdomHearts {{Birth By Sleep}}'': Master Xehanort does a back-of-the-head version of this to Ventus at one point. In the CG version of that scene, he grips Ven's head hard enough to ''crack his whole helmet'' before freezing and dropping him to the ground. Ouch.
** He'll also rarely try it on you while you're fighting him with Terra, though you can escape with button mashing before you get frozen.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', Ragna's immensely [[{{Narm}} narmy]] defeat of [[spoiler:Mu-12]] happens like this.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'''s Separate Ways campaign, one of Saddler's attacks involves grabbing Ada's face and slamming her head into the ground. Fail the QuickTimeEvent, and it crushes her skull.
* The last scene of the prologue in ''[[DotHackGUGames .hack//GU//rebirth]]'' features [[spoiler:not]]-Tri-edge doing this to the main character during their {{curb stomp battle}}, complete with Haseo's first-person view of it. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSb6ammdAfY]]
* One of Chuck Greene's special moves in ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' can involve this. Chuck grabs a zombie's head (whether it's a Face Palm of Doom or not depends on whether the zombie is facing Chuck) and viciously slams its head into a nearby surface, usually resulting in YourHeadAsplode.
* If Adam Jensen from ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' grabs your face, he's about to [[NeckSnap break your neck]].
* One of the consumes for the claw power in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}'' involves Mercer or Heller grabbing the victim's head, and shoving it into their torso.
* In ''Videogame/StarCraftII:Heart of the Swarm'' [[spoiler:Kerrigan]] uses one to turn [[spoiler:Mensk's]] face into a psionic bomb, which inevitably explodes, killing him.
* Gwyn, Lord of Cinder has this as a move in ''DarkSouls''. He'll grab your character by the face and lift you up before blasting you across the room.
* At the end of ''Videogame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', [[spoiler:if you let Lilith kill Handsome Jack. She grabs him by the face and kills him with her Siren powers.]]
* Tamaki of ''VisualNovel/ToHeart2'' has a toned down version, the [[WrestlerInAllOfUs classic wrestling move]] the "Iron Claw". It leaves her victim (generally [[BromanticFoil her younger brother]]) unconscious, after an unsettling cracking noise.
* ''Videogame/DwarfFortress'', being ''Dwarf Fortress'', allows your adventure character to pull one off. On top of the usual take-downs or throwing them by the head, it brings the additional joy of allowing you to follow it up with [[FacialHorror gouging and pinching off bits and pieces of their face]], [[EyeScream including eyeballs]]. In fact, if you want a viable wrestling character, it's either this or chokeholds. Regular dwarves occasionally do it as well, but usually just snap limbs, [[RedShirt or die trying]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Occurs in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', and is one of the first warnings that things are going to get [[CerebusSyndrome serious]]. A cleric grabs a goblin by the face and casts the level 1 spell Inflict Light Wounds. The results are [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/12192005/ not pretty...]]
* In ''Webcomic/BearNuts'' Death Bear does this to Evil [[http://www.bearnutscomic.com/2009/07/10/99-bear-nuts at one point]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/CodeMENT'': "Laser arm!"
** "Laser arm?"
*** "Laser arm."
* In ''ThereWillBeBrawl'' Ganondorf does this to [[spoiler: Link, by ramming his arm ''through'' Zelda as she went to protect him, and ''explodes Link's head'' while Link was at full health.]] Quite a HeelFaceDoorSlam.
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', this is how the fight between [[spoiler:Weiss and the White Fang Lieutenant]] ends. [[spoiler:He grabs her by the face and slams her head into the ground hard enough to knock her clean out. Then, still holding her face, he throws her up in the air and smashes her through to the next train compartment with his chainsaw. What a brute.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''StarWarsCloneWars'', General Grievous uses a variation where he grabs an opponent's head with his clawed foot, smashes it into the ground and then throws the corpse into the ceiling.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Pantha has a move called "Pantha's Claw" that leaves a red burn on the victim's face.
* In the GrandFinale of ''SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Superman wins the climactic fight against Darkseid using this move defensively: while Darkseid is charging his [[EyeBeams Omega Effect]], Superman holds his hands to Darkseid's eyes, causing a massive explosion which blackens his eyes and opens up massive, red-glowing wounds on his face. (As his next appearance in TheDCAU would show, [[ScarsAreForever they scarred permanently]].) And Darkseid is ''a god''. Pretty good move, that.
** Interestingly, the exact same thing with the roles reversed happens in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanApocalypse''. Superman attempts [[EyeBeams heat vision]] at point-blank range only for Darkseid to facepalm him. Cue Disco-Ball-of-Lasery-Doom effect.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "Zuko Alone," when Zuko is fighting the thuggish soldiers. He knocks one of the soldiers' weapon out of the way and then grabs his forehead and knocks him down.
** Also, although there was a GoryDiscretionShot, it's very likely that this is how Ozai gave Zuko his scar. Examine it closely, and the burn is a clear impression of a hand.
* In ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'', Amon takes people's bending away by grabbing their foreheads.
* [[WalkingWasteland Blight]] does this against [[AnIcePerson Mr. Freeze]] in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', almost melting through Freeze's glass-dome helmet in the process.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* There is an [[EyeScream eye gouging]] technique which involves placing the palm on the forehead to gain leverage, and ramming the thumb into the above mentioned target. Its a fairly dirty move, but there is no denying it gets results when things deteriorate that far.
* Also a method of throwing your opponent to the ground in Sambo, by pressing the base of your fingers onto your opponent's nose from beneath.
* Jujitsu and the related disciplines have a throw which consists of placing your hand on your opponent's face, rotating the head back, and pushing down. It's amazingly effective on most people and looks practically effortless.
** Some monkey-influenced styles of Kung Fu and Silat go one step further by having you continue the Face Palm Of Doom all the way to the floor and bouncing your victim's head off whatever surface happens to be avaliable - such as concrete, tarmac, or your own knee.