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Sweat Drop
aka: The Sweat Drop

Businesswoman: 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 One Half, 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).

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     Video Games 
  • The Tonberry summon in Final Fantasy VIII goes like this:
    Tonberry slowly walks towards the enemy
    Enemy sweatdrops
    *DOINK!*
  • In Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes if you're using Tron Bonnes throw assist and she misses, a message bubble will appear with a sweat drop in it.
  • Message bubbles with sweat drops inside them also appear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
    • In Mario Party 7, there's a mini gamed called "Apes of Wrath" which starts out with a cutscene depicting the 2 competing characters eating apples. The camera pans up to some monkeys who are angry at the characters for eating their apples. Both participating characters get sweatdrops.
  • These also appear in Tales of Symphonia.
  • The Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series uses this along with numerous other commonly seen emotion indicators.
  • In Breath of Fire III' and IV hitting NPCs and a few objects with some characters' on map abilities can make them react in this way.
  • Shadow Hearts and its sequels do this in little bubbles that appear above a character's head. Others include squiggly lines (for exasperation), ? or ! marks, heart symbols and even internet emoticon-ish faces. Ditto the Golden Sun series.
  • Displaying this and displaying Cross-Popping Veins are among options for speech balloon emotion built into RPG Maker VX.
  • Characters in Disgaea occasionally do this.
  • Prier from La Pucelle does this so many times she has her own Sweat Drop animation.
  • Happens fairly often in Persona 3. Notable examples are during SEES's reaction to Junpei's melodramatic "Believe It Or Don't" flashlight-under-face ghost story attempt, or in the Persona 3: FES rerelease, Elizabeth misguidedly offering one million yen coins to the "fountain god" at the mall, to which a nearby young couple sitting on a bench let out two huge sweatdrops.
    • Its successor, Persona 4, has this, as well. Copious sweatdrops are doled out in rapid succession in the infamous "King's Game" scene.
  • Video Game/Dragonfable has Artix get one when you're trying to enter Necro U with Zorbak's ID, but of course, the guard are undead so...

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     Web Original 

     Western Animation 

     Other 
  • 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.


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alternative title(s): The Sweat Drop; Anime Sweat Drop
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