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.
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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!"
- A somewhat violent version of this trope is used here but it is still heart-warming.
- It also happens to be the very final scene of the anime series. And yes, Ryuuji and Taiga do hook up at the end.
- Mekakucity Actors: Shintaro and Mary are shown sharing one during Episode 11, when we are shown Queen!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.
- 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
- The Dresden Files: Used in Jim Butcher's Turn Coat.
- 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
- 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.