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Palm-on-Cheek Pose

A body language, specifically for face and hands. Often a sign of cuteness. It conveys many of the following things:

  • Shock and Awe — open palms on both cheeks with mouth wide open.
  • Embarrassment — covering the face with both their hands.
  • Annoyance — when sitting down, pushing the fists or wrist on their cheeks to pout their lips.
  • Pleasure — putting one open palm on their cheek when they just ate something good.
  • Excitement — using both open palms to cover their cheeks.
  • Affection — caressing another person's cheek(s) with either one or both hands to show affection. A more playful variant is to push their cheeks together and rub them to pout their lips. Usually done on kids.

Compare Face Palm, which deals with stupidity and humiliation (whether your own or other people's). See also Faux Paw, which is also often used for cuteness.

Examples

Anime & Manga
  • Yuno Gasai from Future Diary does this in the first episode while saying “Don’t worry, Yukkii… I will (ahn♡) protect you.” This example is popular for not being cute, but creepy instead - in fact this leads to an internet meme called "Ecstatic Yandere Pose" or "Yandere Trance".
  • Mio Akiyama of K-On! has been known to do this. One example: when she's embarrassed when it's discovered that the idea of wearing high school outfits in the band were hers.
  • In the climax of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, Hayate cups the Will of the Book of Darkness' face as she declares herself her master and gives her a new name—Reinforce.
  • Non Non Biyori has Ichijo Hotaru, who tends to put her hand on her cheek when pleased. she also does the other poses apropos to the situation as a Character Tic.
  • Kin-iro Mosaic: Karen does the "embarrassed two handed" version when Tsundere Aya confessed that she looks up to her.
  • In the Mayo Chiki! anime, Kanade does the "embarrassed two handed" version when someone praised her.
  • Sena and Rika of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai notably do the "excited" variation of the pose... when it comes to indulging on their fetish. Notably, Rika is particularly interested in Not-EVAs engaging in Orgasmic Combat...
  • In The Idol Master, Makoto had her fangirls going gaga over her and doing variations of the "Excited" version of this trope during a live show in episode 15.
  • In the Nurarihyon No Mago anime, Yura does the "shocked" variation after seeing someone No Sell a fear based attack.
  • The anime for Fortune Arterial has Iori getting various "excited" reactions from his fangirls upon going shirtless (and sparkling)
  • Fairy Tail. Juvia often does the excited version, if it involves Gray Fullbuster, that is.
  • Pinoko Hazama from Black Jack often does this when she is surprised that's it practically her signature gesture.
  • In an obvious Shout-Out to Pinoko Hazama of Black Jack, Mako from Kill la Kill makes the exact same face and gesture as Pinoko whenever something shocking happens.

Art
  • The famous painting "The Scream" by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch uses this pose for the screaming figure on the bridge.

Film
  • Home Alone:
    • Kevin's version of putting his hands on his cheeks as his reaction to aftershave when he's acting grown up in the mirror. It's featured prominently in the box art. It's so well known that this is often cited as a Stock Parody by way of Kevin doing this.
    • The Statue of Liberty does the pose in the trailer for the sequel Home Alone 2: Lost In New York.

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • The Owner from Kamen Rider Den-O does this whenever something upsetting happens.
  • Square One TV. In the Mathnet story "The Calpurnian Kugel Caper", Benny cups his face in mock shock when Pat shows him the new computerized "Wheel of Jeopardy" board game. "Golly jeepers, what will those computer geniuses think of next?"
  • The Brady Bunch. When Marcia gets a surprise visit from Desi Arnaz Jr., he kisses her on the cheek. After he leaves, she puts her hand over her cheek and says, "I'm never washing this cheek again." Later in the same episode parodied by her mother: When Mike kisses Carol on the cheek, she puts her hand to her cheek and says, "I'm never washing this cheek again!"

Video Games

Webcomics

Web Video
  • Freddie Wong homages Kevin's famous expression in his parody Home, Alone when his last anti-robber trap sets off a shotgun.

Western Animation
  • On The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, Clyde assumes this pose, rather than a Face Palm, when Dum Dum does something especially stupid, such as having to figure out how to answer a ringing telephone.

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