When you find a friend in a state of great emotional distress, the appropriate response is a three-step process: Hug her, kiss her forehead, then press your forehead against hers. Murmuring soothing words or wiping away her tears is optional. Both males and females are welcome to take part in this trope, but it's rare for a male character to be a recipient from a female, probably because he's usually taller
. This pose is also handy so two can be close to each other without obscuring faces from the camera.
Also known to less trope-savvy folk as "(doing) the forehead thing."
See Headbutt Thermometer
for when foreheads touch to check temperature. Compare Anywhere but Their Lips
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Anime And Manga
- Eureka and Renton of Eureka Seven headbutts with love quite often, since their First Kiss is saved for the final episode.
- Lovely Complex: Koizumi and Otani share a headbutt of love after Otani passes his entrance exam.
- Done literally in Mahou Sensei Negima! from Nagi to Arika, when the latter was caught up in Heroic Self-Deprecation and needed to be reminded that Nagi loved her.
- Medabots has one. When Ikki's about to head out to face Big Bad of Season 1, Erika closes in... Everyone is shocked and wondering if she'll kiss him, but instead she delivers a Headbutt Of Luck. Given that she's a Tsundere (albeit type B) this may or may not express the kiss itself.
- Naruto: Itachi lovingly headbutts Sasuke at the end of chapter 590.
- A male-to-male version appears in Ouran High School Host Club, between the twins. Sometimes this is acting to play up their twincest appeal; other times it's genuine.
- Shown in a more violent way in Soul Eater. Justin gives a headbutt to Giriko, while yelling, "Headbutt of love!"
- Toradora!: Taiga interrupts Ryuuji during the final scene of the series with a tactical application of the skull. He was confessing.
- Mekakucity Actors: Shintaro and Mary are shown sharing one during Episode 11, when we are shown Queen version of Mary and Shintaro promising to never forget the tragedy they've witnessed, and Mary gifts Shintaro with the "Retaining Eyes" snake, so he truly can never forget.
- Medabots: In the anime. Despite her misgivings, Erika decides to show her support for Ikki challenging Space Medafighter X by leaning in close... and then smashing her forehead against his.
Erika: For luck.
- Daken: Daken twice in the #8 issue of his comic, thought it's not romantic. The power of using his pheromones to control people's emotions works best when he's in close contact, and that's as close as he can get without kissing.
- Used frequently in ElfQuest, mostly since elves don't kiss.
Film - Animated
- Aladdin: "I choose you, Aladdin." It brings both Jasmine and Aladdin's desires together: she gets the freedom to choose, he's loved for being himself, and there's nothing preventing them from being together. And then they bop heads.
- Hercules: Megara and Hercules share one.
- Hiccup and Toothless share one towards the end of How to Train Your Dragon 2. It shows that Hiccup really has forgiven Toothless for killing his father while mind-controlled and that their relationship is stronger than ever.
- The Lion King:
- Sarabi and Mufasa bump their heads at the beginning of the film when their cub Simba is being presented.
- Simba and Nala headbutt lovingly during their reunion. Cute and sexy.
- Simba and his mother Sarabi greet each other with this gesture when they meet after being separated.
- In Spirited Away, Chihiro and the boy formerly known as Haku perform a Headbutt of Love during freefall. Up to Eleven.
- The two brothers in Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War do this right before parting for the last time right in the middle of a brutal Korean War battle.
- In Tangled, the Queen presses her forehead on Rapunzel's.
- WALL•E: EVE and Wall-E, two robots in love, share one of these. It's almost too cute◊.
Film - Live Action
- In Star Trek : after sharing a kiss in front of Kirk (and Scotty) on that transport pad, Spock tenderly leans his forehead to Uhura's and it's adorable because it speaks volumes about his affection and the closeness and intimacy between them.
- A villain version occurs in Thor: The Dark World between Malekith and Algrim, when the latter shows his Undying Loyalty by becoming Kursed.
- The M/M crime/romance series Cut & Run by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban has Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett headbutt with love a lot, once they achieve their Relationship Upgrade.
- Piper bumps Annabeth's forehead in The Blood of Olympus to comfort her when Annabeth thinks they're going to die.
Live Action TV
- Ally McBeal: Ally and her big love Larry clutch their heads together while they dance at the end of the episode where Larry's ex-girlfriend and mother of his son tried to get get back together with him. He chose Ally.
- Annie and Mitchell on Being Human when Annie is about to leave through her Door in S1 and they're saying a tearful goodbyeas a bit of Ship Tease. He also did a desperate, passionate variation with Lauren at some point.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- When Willow tearfully asks, "Don't you love me?" Oz vows "My whole life, I've never loved anything else," and gives her a textbook Headbutt of Love, complete with hug and kiss.
- Willow and Tara made use of this comforting technique often, mostly because of the WB's policy of no kissing between the same sex.
- Spike and Drusilla when they're first introduced, establishing Spike's protectiveness and Dru's fragility.
- At the end of the pilot episode of Defiance, Christie and Alec bump their foreheads when Alec proposes.
- Degrassi, the Torres brothers headbutt after Adam is shot.
- Dexter affectionately headbutts Rudy AKA his biological brother Brian before he kills him in Season One finale. It's a very poignant scene and emotions simply gush. It's very telling because Dexter claims he doesn't feel anything and has to pretend in every human interaction, but he definitely feels this moment deeply.
- Dexter's girlfriend Rita is an almost broken, extremely vulnerable woman because she was in an abusive relationship (her ex repetedy raped her and beat her nearly to death). Once she gets more comfortable with touching and being touched again, she sometimes clutches her forehead on Dexter's to show her emotional support.
- Doctor Who:
- The Tenth Doctor has one with his archnemesis, the Master, in "The End Of Time". Then the Master goes back to trying to kill him. It's very deliberately done to show that they could love each other if the Master wasn't stark raving mad.
- In "Flesh and Stone", the Eleventh Doctor and Amy have a sweet moment in the woods, as he asks her to trust him one more time and tells her to remember what he told her when she was seven. Which becomes an important plot point when the universe is rebooted in "The Big Bang".
- The X-Files was a repeat offender, usually between Mulder and Scully. When one of them got out of the hospital (which was often), when one of them had to deal with Skinner/Krycek/CSM/any government representative, when they affirmed their trust in only each other, when one of them almost died (which was practically every episode)... they clutched their heads together. And it was awesome. UST at its best.
- Lady Gaga and her sidekick/Makeup artist, Tara Savelo◊. Why yes, they do have a shipper following. Why do you ask?
- The platonic and routine headbutting between victorious hockey teams and their goaltenders.
- Possible in Gamecube game Beach Spikers: If the relationship with your partner is high, they might share this gesture after scoring a point.
- Mass Effect:
- In Xenoblade, when Shulk and Fiora reunite, they share a loving headbutt.
- Given their complex relationship, it's unclear if it's "love", but during their final fight in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Solid Snake and Liquid Ocelot end up so exhausted they wind up leaning on each others' foreheads, slowly sinking till they're both kneeling on the ground.
- Rule of Rose: The opening FMV shows Wendy and another girl doing this in amongst the roses. The girl is Jennifer, who made a knightly vow to Wendy to love her eternally. Unfortunately for Jennifer, who later promised the same thing to her Canine Companion Brown, Wendy's interpretation of the vow was mutually exclusive...
- Non-romantic example in Little Busters!: at the end of Haruka's route, she does this with Kanata when they make up and pledge to be friends again, where it serves the added bonus of showing clearly how similar they look.
- Cats might rub their heads together with each other or their owners, partially because they have scent glands in various places on their heads. Thus, the cat is marking its territory (because he likes you, bear in mind).
- Emperor penguins. They are cute birds.
- The real Wesley Willis was fond of this, with both male and female fans. Rock over London; rock on, Chicago.
- Try dating somebody with glandular fever, or another disease spread by saliva. This becomes a hell of a tool.
- When you want to show affection to a relative (or someone you're not romantically interested in), this is very useful.
- Also useful when dating someone with a greater oral ensitivity than the average person who finds kissing to be Sensory Overload. Even those whose senses are not overloaded may appreciate their date "dialing it down" while still making their affection known.