So don't just sit there, slack-jawed, buggy-eyed...
"I've achieved 'exasperating,' and I've achieved 'eye-popping'.
(THONK!) All right!!! 'Jaw-dropping'!!"
, reacting to Jon Arbuckle doing this, after seeing Garfield had torn up his furniture
Most frequently observed in Western Animation
, though it also occurs in other media as well. A character becomes surprised or shocked, and their jaw drops comically. This is done to ridiculous extents in some cases (where the jaw drops to the floor and sometimes even an Overly Long Tongue
rolling out, as seen with Genie in the image on the right), but also sometimes within a reasonable human limit. (as seen with Jafar)
On occasion, another character will reach over and close the dropping character's jaw.
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- An add for mobile phone plans that would "really make your jaw drop" was accompanied by a man's jaw dropping to ever-increasing CGI-lengths as he listened to each new benefit.
Anime & Manga
- Azumanga Daioh has Kimura, a teacher with a permanently dropped jaw.
- In Bakemonogatari, Araragi takes a moment to really look at the Bakeneko (who is possessing Hanekawa). As he takes in all the details — the long white hair, the twitching cat ears, the bare shoulders, the large breasts bulging out of the half-unbuttoned pajamas, the cat-like way she licks the back of her hand — his draw drops so hard it cracks the concrete. You may have the same reaction.
- Hideki of Chobits drops his jaw in four stages, each time making a sound like a squeaky hinge, when Chi points at a want ad for a dominatrix and asks whether it's a job she could do.
- In Digimon Tamers, Jenrya (Henry), Ruki (Rika), and their partners do this when they realize that Dukemon (Gallantmon) is Takato fused with Guilmon, though compared to other anime, their expressions are much tamer (no pun intended).
- Dragon Ball Z: It happens to Krillin after being dumped by his ex-girlfriend (in one of the anime fillers).
- Back in the original Dragon Ball era's second arc, Master Roshi/"Jackie Chun" had a pretty good one when Goku avoided a ringout by helicoptering in with his tail.
- Ditto for Fairy Tail.
- Fullmetal Alchemist
- The addition of one of these to a scene near the end of Brotherhood manages to make a moment that is already awesome in the manga even more awesome. Because the jawdropper is Truth.
- Greed after Edward decides to 'work' for him.
- Alex and Olivier Armstrong also do this after witnessing Izumi toss Sloth around like a ragdoll.
- Gurren Lagann has this in episode 13. Everyone on the team does this when they see Simon and Boota ravenously devouring the vast array of food prepared by Lethal Chef and otherwise perfect girl Nia, having just sampled the food themselves.
- Dedede and Escargon from Kirby of the Stars does this after catching a glimpse of Fumu-tan of the Stars.
- Chamo the ermine from Mahou Sensei Negima! does this when he sees Negi run out of magic, the Giant Oni is standing in front of him, and the powerhouse mage behind him gets out of his bind.
- Occasionally done in Naruto when Kishimoto briefly uses the "comedic" wacky art style instead of his more realistic one.
- One Piece has enough to justify its own page.
- In the first half of the series, this is the general reaction when Luffy reveals his Gum-Gum powers: Coby, Zoro, Nami, Buggy and crew, Carrot, Pepper, Onion, Usopp, Kaya, the Black Cat Pirates, Sanji, Don Krieg's crew…the list goes on.
- Some of Alvida's pirates have this reaction when Luffy bursts out of a wine barrel, and then casually asks who they are.
- Alvida, Coby, and all of her crew do this when Luffy calls Alvida fat (or rude, or ugly, depending on the translation): her Berserk Button.
- Axe-Hand Morgan, Helmeppo, and all present Marines when Luffy accidentally breaks Morgan's giant statue of himself.
- Also done by Buggy's crew and Nami when Luffy presses his Berserk Button: "BIG NOSE!"
- When Nami leaves her hometown to go with the Straw Hat Pirates, she rushes through the crowd, assembled to see the Straw Hats off, without stopping or giving anyone a decent opportunity to bid her farewell, and leaps from the port all the way to the ship, which had already gotten some distance away. Then she lifts her shirt, and countless wallets fall to the ground…yeah, she pick-pocketed the entire village. Cue their Jaw Drop.
- Every single member of Buggy's crew after Luffy's miraculous rescue.
- In Alabasta, Luffy performs a Gum-Gum Rocket to get to a restaurant, because he's hungry…as usual. He flies into Smoker, knocking him and Portgas D. Ace through at least fifteen walls before he asks the chef for food. Everyone in the restaurant has this expression, not just because of his Dynamic Entry, but because he just sent Ace flying, and Ace is a very high-ranking member of the Whitebeard Pirates. And their fear probably would have been justified if Ace wasn't his brother.
- God Enel (Eneru) is always calm and composed...until he realizes his powers don't work on Luffy. Cue FULL PAGE Jaw Drop◊.
- The reaction of the entire Franky Family and the Galley-La Foremen when Luffy and Zoro create a gaping hole in the Aqua Laguna (a tsunami) large enough for their sea train to go through, when their best efforts only made splashes.
- A bit later, they have this reaction again when Zoro bisects a pair of train cars in front of them. The government agents in said train cars join in the Jaw Drop and the Big "WHAT?!".
- Oimo has one after he's been tricked into hitting Kashi with his club, knocking him out.
- Done frequently with Spandam, in his equally frequent Oh, Crap moments.
- The reaction of everyone present when Robin uses her powers to squeeze Franky's testicles.
- Although it wasn't on a full page, Perona pretty much had a very similar expression as Enel when she realized her powers (which makes people feel extremely negative about themselves) can't work on Usopp.
- Luffy, and later Zoro, Usopp, Chopper, Brook, and Nami to a lesser extent have this reaction when they see Duval's face.
- When Luffy attacks Saint Charloss for shooting Hachinote the only ones in the entire building who don't have this reaction are the other Straw Hats, the other World Nobles (though they're stunned, too), and Trafalgar Law and Eustass Kid, both of whom smirk.
- Everyone in the Kuja Tribe except the leader, Boa Hancock, does this when Luffy one-shots Bacura.
- Ivankov, Buggy, Galdino (Mr. 3), and hundreds of Marines and pirates have this reaction when Luffy starts talking back to Whitebeard, and then shouts at his face, "I'M GOING TO BE KING OF THE PIRATES!" For dozens, if not hundreds, of the pirates and Marines, this justifies A Truce While We Gawk.
- In Chapter 731, Luffy mimics the audience's reaction with a huge, Enel-like jaw drop that once again fills the entire page. We don't see what he sees, but we're told what it is: Sabo, who is actually still alive.
- Rocinante, a.k.a. Corazon, does this when Law first refers to him as "Cora-san".
- Ash does this when he realizes that he's won against Sabrina in their gym match when Haunter gets her to laugh, which, due to a telepathic bond with her Kadabra, makes it laugh, too.
- Brock's Ludicolo has an epic jaw drop after his Mawile crush dumps him for a Psyduck.
- Jaden Yuki on Yu-Gi-Oh! GX does this while turning his face square.
- Koizumi in the Haruhi Suzumiya fanfic Kyon Big Damn Hero after Kyon commented he (that is, Kyon) was set in an Arranged Marriage with Tsuruya.
- Lady Silvermane does this in Whispers after learning of Princess Luna's betrayal, apparently needing her hoof to close it.
- Calvin's mom does this in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series when she realizes that the canoe (the only way off their camping island) has drifted away.
- In Death Battle, this is Starscream's reaction to Rainbow Dash's Sonic Rainboom.
- In Dragon Ball Abridged, Krillin does this just like in the original anime as mentioned above. However, this time it isn't because Maron is dumping him, but because she reveals that she's actually an undercover government agent who pretended to be his girlfriend so she could investigate suspicions of Krillin being guilty of insurance fraud.
- Mirrors Image has one for Rainbow Dash mixed with Stunned Silence when Chrysalis signs a copy of the latest Daring Do book, revealing herself as the author of the Daring Do series.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- Throughout the Aunt Dimity series, Lori is very apt to do this when given unexpected or astonishing information. Humourously related to her inability to conceal her feelings.
- Horrid Henry's jaw drops in one story after noticing a coin while shaking Perfect Peter's moneybank.
- Happened near the end of the season 4 episode of Blackadder, "Corporal Punishment", when Blackadder returned to the dugout when George and Baldrick thought he was dead, whereupon Blackadder took the opportunity to make use of his trademark snarkery: "Still the striking resemblance to guppy fish at feeding time."
- Early on in Mike's tenure as host of Mystery Science Theater 3000, he decides to call down to Deep 13 on his own initiative to complain about the movie (Beginning of the End). When Mike and The Bots learn what the Mads get up to when they think no-one is looking, it is so horrifying that Crow's jaw drops and Mike has to close it up for him.
- Star Trek: Voyager. Captain Janeway has this reaction when Q says he wants her to be the mother of his child. It's not quite visible as he's got her bent over in a Gone with the Wind pose. In another episode Neelix is communicating with an alien race that speaks partially through body language. He adopts a number of postures while speaking to their consul, ending with him tilting his head and standing with his mouth open. Match Cut to Janeway watching this in amazement, mouth open and head tilted to the side.
- On Married... with Children, Marcy's jaw was stuck in the drop position for a long time after she and Steve came home one night to find their house gone.
- The Big Bang Theory has Sheldon do this after he tempts Amy to try and ruin one of his favourite movies with him lampshading this at first by telling her to take his jaw and drop it, and then playing it straight. After this Amy does the jaw closing honors.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In "A New Man", Giles holds a feather duster in his mouth while searching through a Tome of Eldritch Lore. It falls out during a subsequent Oh, Crap exclamation.
- Molly Holly did a lot of this in 2002 when she was in her prude persona, usually after one of the Fanservice Divas removed her top to flaunt her own sexuality at her.
- On GLOW, during Ashley Cartier's "Asking Ashley" segments, there would always be a letter from a guy named Tim. Tim would mention some item, then what he'd want to do with it - namely use it as a Noodle Implement for sex. Ashley's jaw would drop as she continued reading silently, ending with her tearing up the letter and chastising Tim for his lewd thoughts.
- When Mike Adamle was named GM of Raw, John Cena and Batista could produce nothing but genuine expressions of complete confusion◊.
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- Wario humorously does this after seeing King Dedede being assisted by Luigi and Ness, both of whom Wario had previously turned into trophies.
- He also does it briefly for a taunt.
- King Dedede also gets one when Kirby suddenly appears on the trophy carrier he's driving.
- Dedede hilariously does it again in Kirby's Return to Dream Land when the Big Bad shows his true colors.
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- Link's jaw drops when he sees Armogohma's wimpy second form.
- Also when he sees Midna's sexalicious true form. Lampshaded by Midna; she makes fun of him for being stunned speechless.
- Speaking of Midna, she gets an at least somewhat serious one when she discovers that Zant has broken the Twilight Mirror.
- Actually, Link does that about every time he sees a Princess or somebody turning into one. Except the 2D games, where he has no visible mouth, duh.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Link's jaw drops when he sees the combined form of Twinrova.
- Link does this when Groose skydives into Faron Woods, and crashes into Link in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
- The Evil Chancellor in Chrono Trigger.
- Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy and Dixie do this before every boss fight. Considering that Donkey Kong Country 2 was made by Rare which also did Battletoads, this is not surprising.
- This is comically exaggerated when the final boss of Rayman 3 goes One-Winged Angel. Rayman's jaw literally hits the ground. Not entirely surprising, considering how freaking huge the boss is.
- In Pocket Fighter this befell on anyone who gets hit with Akuma or Dan Hibiki's special throw command, which is either Akuma giving a speech or Dan's horrid singing. As the context of the game is comedy, it's always a good kick to see the usually Comically Serious Akuma get hit with it.
- In Battletoads, the Toads do a combination of this and Eye Popping when a boss makes his/her entrance. This carried on into the Cross Over game Battletoads & Double Dragon, with the Lee brothers doing the same thing.
- Vincent does an impressive one when he first wakes up and sees Catherine in his bed.
- In the Bad Cheater ending, Vincent runs out of the Stray Sheep hallucinating that Catherine is just waiting for him outside after rejecting his marriage proposal to her, and promptly gets run over by a car. Orlando pulls a wonderful Jaw Drop at the sound of his friend getting squashed.
- Happens again in both Freedom Endings (seeing as the True one is the same as the Good one but with an additional scene after the credits) when Jonny confesses to having asked Katherine out. Both Vince and Orlando pull a magnificent, in-tandem dual Jaw Drop.
- One of the stills during the credits of the Freedom True ending also shows Boss completely astonished (and with a proper Jaw Drop) at the fact that Feather won her wrestling match.
- Nihlus in Mass Effect gets a very bizarre equivalent when he first sees Sovereign. His side mouth mandibles twitch in an utterly alien gesture, which, however, leaves very little room to interpretation.
- This happens a lot to The Nostalgia Critic.
- He jaw-drops during his Neverending Story 3 review, when the the Rockbiter starts singing Born to be Wild. About a 1 feet drop. It's a simple special effect, but quite effective.
- From the Captain Planet review:
Critic: So, Captain Planet. What other issues are you going to talk to grade-school kids about?
Todd Andrews: AIDS?
(drum beat as the Critic's jaw drops)
- And in Return of the Nostalgic Commercials:
Critic: I mean, can you think of any other commercial that can be taken the wrong way so easily?
Man in the next commercial: Just wait'll you see what I've got. (fishes out a box) It's the Wunder Boner!
(dramatic sting as the Critic's jaw drops)
- When Brad Jones reviewed Too Smart for Strangers on DVD-R Hell, his jaw dropped when Pooh started singing a song about kids getting molested. He was joined in by his wife, his cat Lloyd, and ROB the robot. In an interview, Brad said that this was his reaction in real life. He paused the DVD and called Jillian in to watch the rest of it.
- A decidedly non-comedic version with the Internet meme OMG Cat, featuring a cat whose jawbone had been dislocated. The image resulted from her owner putting out an urgent call for help to 2chan, asking them what to do since this happened at night, when the animal hospital was closed.
- Markiplier's jaw dropped when he played the sixth night of Five Nights at Freddy's 2 and learned the big deal Plot Twist:
"It is a prequel!
- A large number of Looney Tunes shorts feature these.
- Tex Avery also favored them in his MGM work. See the Droopy cartoons, for example.
- Done a lot on Tom and Jerry too, for instance in the short Quiet Please! when Tom reveals to Jerry that he's given Spike the bulldog "knock-out drops", foiling Jerry's plan to get Tom in trouble by waking the dog up. Also in "Mouse Cleaning", in when Tom does a wild double take as he sees a mess Jerry causes him to make.
- In one episode of Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, one character's jaw drops all the way down from a helicopter.
- The Super Mario World episode "Mama Luigi" had Bowser/King Koopa drop his jaw after seeing all the furniture in his room is gone thanks to Baby Yoshi.
- Ron does this in the Kim Possible episode "Emotion Sickness" on seeing Kim wearing a sexy black dress. Kim's dad even closes his jaw for him.
- Transformers Animated does this twice to Bulkhead. First time was in the premiere episode "Transform and Roll Out", where Prowl pushes Bulkhead's jaw up after Optimus pulls a few stunts they didn't know. The second time was in "Along Came a Spider"; Blackarachnia strokes Bulkhead's jaw while flirting, and it literally falls partially off.
- Tiny Toon Adventures uses this fairly often. In one episode, Montana Max is so shocked that his jaw goes right through the floor and lands on the floor of the basement below him. When his mouth closes again, his body gets pulled down to where his jaw was sitting.
- Animaniacs uses this a lot, too. In the episode "Meet Minerva", this is a squirrel's reaction to seeing the title character clad in nothing but a towel.
- At one point in the Pinky and the Brain short "The Brain's Apprentice," not only does Pinky's jaw drop, but also his nose and his eyes.
- Justice League
- A subtle joke in the episode "In Darkest Night": Green Lantern is accused of destroying a planet and killing its three billion inhabitants. (To be fair, it was an accident. And a hoax.) At the trial, a video is shown of Green Lantern's ring blowing the planet to smithereens. Superman, The Flash, and J'onn Jonnz all drop their jaws in horror. Hawkgirl, however, is not fazed in the slightest.
- And it happens again when the League proves that the planet was never destroyed and the entire court is agape at being played for fools.
- The Simpsons
- In The Movie, Scratchy's jaw drops at the sight of a whole heap of rockets flying at him, which promptly fill his gaping mouth.
- A similar scenario occurs with Bart and a rat during an episode wherein Skinner expels him.
- A reporter does this when Mr. Burns spits out a piece of a mutant fish that he contaminated.
- Parodied in Family Guy. In order for the others to believe that Peter's new friend is actually Jesus, he increases Lois' bust size several sizes and Brian's jaw literally drops to the table. note
- One episode started with the Griffin family watching an episode of Eight Is Enough which shows the father slapping his daughter eight times and another one of the daughters stops him and tells them that "eight is enough" and they all laugh. Cut to the whole family (except Stewie, who has a big smile on his face)looking at the TV with their jaws dropped.
- Porkchop from Doug does one of these when he found out that Stinky the cat is a girl and had kittens.
- An episode of The Critic features a costume party with the main character's father dressed as The Mask. After he sees a woman, his jaw drops. Jay tells him to control himself until he sees the dessert cart and his jaw drops.
- In an episode of Timon & Pumbaa, the two are looking for treasure. During a fight, Timon places a dividing line and states that whatever one finds on their side of the line, they can keep for themselves. Pumbaa promptly unearths a gold nugget, to which a shocked Timon's jaw drops to the ground.
- Parodied in Chowder, when Mung, Chowder and Gorgonzola wouldn't stop dropping their jaws several times to the floor.
- In the Johnny Bravo episode "Johnny Meets Farrah Fawcett", Johnny's jaw drops progressively lower and lower as he watches Farrah Fawcett leave her car, and finally drops all the way to the ground as she's completely revealed.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender
- Zuko has this reaction when he walks into Sokka's tent (after bumping into Suki), and finds him Ready for Lovemaking.
- Sokka himself has had a number of these moments throughout the series, one of the most memorable being his reaction in "The Headband" to Aang enrolling in a Fire Nation school.
- In the Sequel Series The Legend of Korra, episode "A Breath of Fresh Air", everyone present is completely shocked by the fact that Bumi can now airbend, despite not previously being an airbender. Bolin, Meelo and Ikki's faces are especially hilarious.
- Sadlygrove at the sight of his master, Goultard, vanquishing Rubilax in one blow.
- Amalia◊, when Grovy gets himself into a duel by defying her brother Armand. Followed by Eva doing a double Face Palm.
- Ruel, when learning that Sadlygrove had seen Evangelyne naked, and not in a dream.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, and Pinkie Pie go for the jawdrop when Rainbow Dash does the Sonic Rainboom in the episode of the same name. Fluttershy, amusingly enough, goes for a different kind of reaction, made funnier by her earlier attempts at cheering on Rainbow Dash.
- Princess Celestia, of all ponies, gets in on this in the first episode of the second season, after finding out Discord has already stolen the Elements of Harmony.
- Cue a similar reaction from the Mane Six...except Pinkie Pie of course.
- Twilight after seeing the normally reserved Fluttershy seemingly take down a bear by kicking its back and snapping its neck; likely making viewers gave the same reaction as well.
- In My Little Pony Equestria Girls, Twilight Sparkle and Spike both have this reaction when Human!Pinkie Pie accurately sums up the plot of the movie based on "a hunch".
- Raimundo from Xiaolin Showdown when he sees a group of green monkeys jumping through the air to attack him. His jaw literally hits the floor.
- A surprisingly dramatic version happens when Jacob Marley visits Scrooge in Richard Williams's version of A Christmas Carol. His jaw is literally unhinged from his skull, and has a cloth to keep it shut.
- The episode "Betrothed" of Teen Titans has a particularly extreme example given by Robin, where his jaw drops off the screen, loops back around, and drops onto his head.
- In the House of Mouse short "Rollercoaster Painters", Mickey and Donald do this when Goofy wins the lifetime pass.
- Cellbound: The protagonist, a prisoner trying to escape jail inside a TV, is joyously pondering all the wonderful places in the world he's going to visit... then he slowly realizes that the TV has been delivered into the jail warden's office. Cue him baring his fangs and doing one heck of a jaw drop.
- In the Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes episode "Zoned Out", Reed does a rather impressive one upon seeing the large crowd of Negative Zone bugs after Ben's energy pack.
- In one episode of Arthur, Arthur and Buster each decide that their group of friends prefers the other character, and so essentially switch personalities in an attempt to seem more likeable. When the two each enter The Sugar Bowl behaving exactly as the other would, all of their friends are completely mind-screwed and the Brain's mouth falls open in shock. Francine closes it for him.
- In the episode "Arthur's Substitute Teacher Trouble," when the class finds out that their substitute teacher will be Mr. Ratbutn's sister, Miss. Ratburn, Buster's jaw drops. He closes it back up only for it to drop again.
- In the team finals of the 2012 Olympic Games, American gymnast McKayla Maroney, the reigning world champion on the event, hit a vault so astronomically spectacular that it has simply been known forever after as "McKayla's perfect vault". But the audiences weren't the only ones impressed — one of the judges actually did this at what she had just seen.