: That is a sweatdrop
. In Japan it means you are either embarrassed
or you are about to climax
Confusion, exasperation, embarrassment and similar emotions manifest as an unusually large sweat drop that appears on the temple or the back of the head. Sometimes the "drop sweat" symbol can even apply to a group of people as well. Either a gigantic sweat drop appears somewhere in the middle of the crowd, or a few big drops are scattered around (the latter variation is also common in comic books).
Usually limited to comedic anime, but even some serious ones indulge. A common sight in a Dead Pan Snarker
or Only Sane Man
when surrounded by idiocy
The Sweatdrop is also appearing in anime-influenced American animation
. The exaggerated version of this is practically a Discredited Trope
; most shows nowadays use much smaller, more modest sweatdrops instead.
See "Plewds" in the Briffits and Squeans
article for the Western equivalent.
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Anime and Manga
Prevalent to the point where it's easier to list examples that don't have this. The size decreases the more serious and realistic the work is. Following are the more notable mentions:
- The Blue Seed anime has quite a few instances of this trope.
- Occurs frequently in Fullmetal Alchemist, often without regard for which way a character is facing◊.
- In Pokémon, this is also what the Cascade Badge looks like. Quite a few characters do this, usually when Casanova Wannabe Brock tries again to get a Nurse Joy or Officer Jenny.
- Lampshaded in The Slayers. Lina smacks Gourry over the head with her own sweatdrop for endangering her life without warning her first.
- In Yotsuba&!, on everyone around Yotsuba herself. A lot.
- Dragon Ball does it often.
- Notable in episode 66 of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX when... the Duel Academy sign does it. Yes, a piece of wood. And then it does a Face Fault.
- Sweat Drops appear regularly in the Sailor Moon anime. The Nineties dubbed version sometimes cut them out, but these edits were inconsistent, occasionally even having one instance of it removed and another one left intact within the same episode.
- This pops up in Mahou Sensei Negima! on occasion, including on things that shouldn't be able to sweat...like knives.
- Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Hachiyou Shou sometimes employs this for comical scenes. One instance in particular, in the OAV episode "Kokoro no Yukue", has the drop appear during a Super-Deformed scene at the end of the pictured dot-by-dot Visible Silence. It then falls to the bottom of the screen. As a solid object.
- Used fairly regularly on Hamtaro.
- Used on One Piece quite frequently, including on objects which aren't even alive.
- Often appears in Ghost Hunt, once again without any regard for which direction the character is facing.
- Shino at one point managed to cause a pair of deer to Sweat Drop.
- Done regularly in Ranma ˝, usually to show exasperation.
- InuYasha: The one character who is never given a sweat drop moment (not even once) is Sesshoumaru.
- Happens often in Dragon Ball Z, especially the anime, with not even serious characters like Piccolo and Vegeta being immune. There are at least two inanimate-object variants, as well—once when Gohan blows a whole cake into his relatives' faces when trying to blow out his birthday candles, we get an outside shot of their house with a sweat-drop on the building itself; and much later on, when Mr. Satan is bragging about how he'll defeat Majin Buu, his house, a cactus and a rock all get ever-enlarging sweat-drops the more he brags.
- Frequently happens during silly situations in Rurouni Kenshin. Among the main cast, Aoshi and Saitou are the only ones who don't experience this (although Saitou makes up for it by being a comically serious Deadpan Snarker).
- Misfile: Used almost constantly in early strips, and although its use has been toned down in recent strips even Rumi's T-shirt can develop one.
- Appears from time to time in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!.
- Used here in Corner Alley 13.
- Yahtzee Takes on the World: Derek, the Anime girl, can have one. And later, Ludo in Derek's body.
- Questionable Content: The anime-style AnthroPCs have this as a feature (read the text below the comic).
- Has appeared in 8-Bit Theater. This strip, for example.
- Buttlord GT: "Dude, see this huge sweatdrop? It means that I'm totally grossed out."
- In Erstwhile, the prince, when his bride mentions his true love, Maid Maleen, on their wedding day.
- In Sinfest, when wondering what their offense is, the enlightened Illuminati drones.
- In Sandra and Woo, Cloud gets a huge one when his entire family teases him by urging him to marry Sandra.
- Waterworks: Slick gets it when he thinks about giving flowers to a girl to make amends.
- A regular occurrence in Toki No Tanaka.
- Characters established to be anime fans in Gap are sometimes given versions of these. Tom's somewhat fluid preferences regarding anime result in him having these only when discussing the subject.
- The icon for shipping on Bulbapedia shows Buneary with a heart over her head and Pikachu with a Sweat Drop over his.
- BIONICLE: Hewkii did this in one of the early web animations as Macku was dragging him away for a swimming lesson (he hates water), despite the Matoran's apparent absence of sweat glands.
- Project Wonderful adds a sweat drop to the face icon when a bid is about to expire.