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Facepalming in animated movies.
  • Done by The Carpet, of all characters, in Aladdin; especially impressive, as it doesn't have a face nor a palm. Immediately followed by Aladdin himself, as he's trying to explain to Jasmine why he lied to her about the first time they met. Even Genie does it in the same scene. Well he hits his head, but still, it counts.
  • Towards the end of Disney's adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, during Alice's trial, unbirthdays are brought up, which causes a whole new party, and of course the Mad Hatter and the March Hare have to sing "A Very Merry Unbirthday to You" for the Queen of Hearts.
    Alice: Oh no, not this again! [facepalm]
  • Before they meet Anya, Dimitri and Vlad are holding an audition for girls to play Anastasia. One prospect is a middle-aged woman, who says in a sultry voice, "Granmama! It's me, Ana-STASIA!" Their reaction is a combination Head Desk and Facepalm.
  • Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods:
    • Asterix is facepalming on the poster in reaction to the idiocy of his fellow Gauls falling for the appeal of the Mansions of the Gods.
    • The Centurion double-facepalms as Cacofonix is singing and causing a panic among the civilians, and he can't even command his legionaries over the sound.
    • Caesar pinches the bridge of his nose when a beaten-up Squareonthehypotenus welcomes him to a banquet in the middle of the chaos.
  • Beauty and the Beast:
  • Hiro adopts this pose at the end of the first trailer for Big Hero 6 after his attempt to suit up Baymax ends in failure.
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  • In Bolt, one of the mooks gets zapped when trying to facepalm while wearing an electric glove.
  • Brave has Merida pulling her wimple over her eyes when Lord Macintosh presents his son as one of her suitors, clearly disgusted by his macho show-off routine and the situation in general. She facepalms directly when the brawl starts for the second time and her father joins the fray.
  • Brother Bear:
    • Kenai facepalms when he realizes he has no choice but to escort Koda to the Salmon Run. But he goes with it so he could become a human again.
    • Tuke does it in the sequel with his hoof, when Rutt goofs up his attempts to flirt with the moosettes.
  • Chicken Little:
    • The coach of the baseball team the title character is on does this when Chicken Little swings the bat when he was just told not to.
    • Kirby also does this after trying to explain to Buck Cluck multiple times where his parents are, of course it doesn't help that all he speaks is gibberish.
    • After when She says "Oh, Ace, NOOO!!!". Ace Does That.
  • Despicable Me has Gru pinching the bridge of his nose upon seeing Dr. Nefario's "boogie robots". Gru holds up his palm when Nefario is about to say something and then quietly tells him that he asked for "cookie robots". He then walks away wondering why Nefario is so old.
  • The Emperor's New Groove:
    • Yzma does this. Pacha also does this and massages his head.
    • Kronk does this also in Kronk's New Groove.
  • The matador in Ferdinand the Bull delivers an epic one.
  • In Finding Nemo, Crush does this when Marlin says he needs to get to the East Australian Current. "You're ridin' it, dude!"
  • Frozen:
    • Frozen: During "Fixer Upper", Kristoff facepalms when the trolls tell him that he should get Anna's "fiancé out of the way" so that he can be together with her.
    • Frozen II: When the group is introducing themselves to the Northuldra people, Elsa facepalms as Olaf starts detailed recap of how they got there.
      Olaf: I got this! It began with two sisters...
  • The Great Mouse Detective. Basil has a particularly pained one when Dawson gets drunk and makes a fool of himself onstage when they're supposed to be undercover.
  • Kung Fu Panda:
    • Done in Kung Fu Panda 2 whenever Po makes an idiot of himself. A notable version is Crane who, lacking hands, pulls his hat down over his eyes instead (it's the scene where Po destroys the toy cannon thinking it's the BFG).
    • In Kung Fu Panda 3, when another panda named Li Shan who has arrived in the noodle shop tells Po that he's come looking for his long lost son. Po sympathizes, telling Shan that he's also looking for his long lost father. The two then wish the other luck in looking for their family before wandering off. Cue a mass facepalm from the crowd watching the exchange.
  • In Lilo & Stitch, after Stitch escapes from his confinement and goes to hyperdrive, Captain Gantu does this while saying, "Get me Galactic Control..."
  • The Lion King:
    • Scar massages his forehead softly as he utters, "I'm Surrounded by Idiots."
    • Rafiki does a depressed one in the sequel after he sees Simba exiling Kovu.
  • The Little Mermaid:
    • Ariel during Scuttle's "little romantic stimulation".
    • King Triton does a rather sad one during his My God, What Have I Done? moment.
    • Sebastian after Flotsam and Jetsam foil his plan to have Ariel and Eric kiss.
  • Pete in Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, after putting up with the Beagle Boys' cluelessness.
  • Mulan: Mulan does this along with saying "Oops..." after the matchmaker calls her name and she yells "Present!" leading to the matchmaker saying "Speaking without permission..."
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls:
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: Jack facepalms himself after Lock, Shock and Barrel bring back the Easter Bunny instead of Santa (who Jack calls "Sandy Claws") and start fighting over it.
  • Open Season:
    • In the first film, Beth groans and facepalms herself while in Gordy's police station to confront Shaw.
    • In Open Season 3, Gisela and Giselita do this sometimes (and at the end, they do a two-handed facepalm together as the ladies are starting to dance with Ian, who is their coach). Stanley also does this after Roger says, "It's destiny!" when the pets come to save Boog from the Maslova Family Circus.
  • In The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!, the Pirate with a Scarf does one during the Pirate Captain's, sorry, the Scientist Captain's "scientific" presentation. Interestingly it starts off as a forehead facepalm, and steadily progresses into a full double-facepalm as the scene goes on.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls Movie, Mitch does this before explaining Tag to the girls.
  • The Princess and the Frog:
    • Mama Odie covers her face with her other hand when Tiana misses the entire point of the Aesop song "Dig a Little Deeper".
    • Dr. Faciller pinches his nose after his gang of evil shadows takes a severe beating from a firefly.
  • Maleficent in Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty facepalms when she realizes her minions have been looking for a baby... for 16 years.
    Maleficent: Oh, they're hopeless. A disgrace to the forces of evil.
  • In Shark Tale, Don Lino does this and says "Oy vey." in annoyance at his henchman Luca putting the record on the wrong song, which was "Baby Got Back (I Like Big Butts)" by Sir Mix-a-Lot. Frankie also does this.
  • Shrek:
    • In the first movie, Lord Farquaad does one when Shrek is easily defeating his knights.
    • In Shrek 2, Fiona does one while Shrek and her father are arguing over each other's parenting skills while messily tearing apart food.
    • In Shrek the Third, Prince Charming does one when Pinocchio is taking too long to explain Shrek's whereabouts.
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse:
    • As Miles Morales attempts to unstick himself from the ceiling by singing "Sunflower", Peter Parker initiates a double facepalm that rivals those of Jean-Luc Picard.
      Peter: Teenagers are just the worst.
    • Gwen Stacy has her palm firmly glued to her face while watching Peter Parker makes a fool of himself before this universe's Mary Jane (who believes he's just a waiter).
  • Strange Magic: The Bog King does this when his bodyguards fall into sleep in front of him.
  • A mass one occurs in The Swan Princess. Princess Odette and Prince Derek are expected to go through an Arranged Marriage but because the idea was formed while they were kids they started to hate one another after being forced to spend multiple summers with another. However, upon seeing one another as adults they instantly fall in love and Derek announces to start the wedding. Odette isn't too keen on this and asks Derek why the rush. Derek responds it's because he thinks Odette's beautiful. Odette is flattered by the compliment, but wants to know if that's the only reason Derek wants to marry her. Derek responds "what else is there?" His mother promptly started crying and everyone else groaned at Derek's sheer lack of tact.
    Lord Rogers: You should write a book. How to Offend Women in Five Syllables or Less.
  • In Tarzan II, Kago does this gesture after his brother Uto says that if their bones were hollow and they were able to fly, they'd be the "biggest birds in town".
  • Toy Story 3:
    • A 17-year-old Andy does one of these when he believes his slightly aged mother has thrown out his toys.
    • Woody does one when he finds out Buzz thinks he's a Space Ranger again.
  • Disney apparently likes this trope; it happens thrice in Treasure Planet. The best one is Silver and Jim doing one simultaneously, then just... looking at each other.
  • Wallace & Gromit
    • Gromit does this frequently.
    • An example from The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (even funnier when everyone else says stuff along the lines of, "THAT'S BRILLIANT!"):
      Lord Victor Quartermaine: How on earth would those tiny-minded buffoons ever catch such a big rabbit?
      Lady Tottington: Mr. Wallace?
      Wallace: Um... with a big trap!
      Gromit: [facepalm]
    • There's also Victor doing this after PC Mackintosh says "the beast [were-rabbit] isn't actually dead yet?!" with a megaphone. It's even funnier while said character is doing the gesture, the said officer said "oops" with a megaphone.
  • One is shown in Wreck-It Ralph when Vanellope learns how to drive. Ralph is trying to keep a safe distance from her so her car doesn't hit him (again). When Vanellope's car hits a stalagmite, Ralph does a facepalm as it falls down on him.
  • Paul does this in Yellow Submarine after Ringo cracks a pun regarding the sub's broken engine:
    John: Maybe we should call a road service.
    Paul: Can't, no road!
    Ringo: And we're not sub... scribers.
    John, Paul and George: "Sub scribers"... ooh. [Paul facepalms]
  • Zootopia:
    • Judy's mother does this gesture during the opening talent show when Judy is dying melodramatically on stage.
    • Bogo also does one after Bellwether texts the Mayor that Judy is taking the Otterton case.
    • Nick facepalms when Judy declares that she's a cop to Mr. Big, despite his best efforts to convince her to keep her mouth shut.


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