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Facepalm / Comic Books

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Facepalming in comic books.

  • Preacher: Sheriff Root frequently does this in reaction to his son Arseface.
  • Supergirl:
    • In Krypton No More Linda does this when Clark reveals that he figured out her "Krypton never existed" story (which she had been coaxed into feed him. Long story) was a lie.
    • In Superman #713, Superman tells Supergirl and Superboy that he has been wondering whether there must be a Superman... and he realized the answer is "No". And then he takes off his costume. Supergirl finds the situation so stupid that she facepalms hard.
    • In Superman/Batman #62 Supergirl's enthusiastic self guided tour of the Batcave while Tim is in the middle of a sentence causes him to irritably drop his face into a hand. Perhaps she's giving him flashbacks to trying to corral Impulse:
      Tim: In the meantime feel free to give yourself a tour of the cave.
      Kara: Okay.
      Tim: Just dont touch—
      *Kara zips off and returns at Super Speed*
      Tim: -anything.
      Kara: That was fun! What's the giant penny for?
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  • Taskmaster has done this towards Deadpool, such as when Wade pays him via ATM.
  • The psychiatrist in Watchmen facepalms after a session with Rorschach.
  • Master Yoda on the cover of Tag & Bink: Revenge of the Clone Menace.
  • Brother Warth, a typically pacifistic member of the Blue Lantern Corps, facepalms in an issue of Green Lantern when people get into a fight despite his efforts.
  • In The Dresden Files prequel comic Welcome to the Jungle, Lt. Murphy does this after Dresden tells her something uselessly mystic and vague about the case. In the RPG rulebook, this panel is used with the side comment by Dresden: "I make her do this way too much."
  • An issue of SWORD, an X-Men spin-off, features a group of giant rock aliens seeking to avenge the deaths of four noble creatures whom humans had decapitated and put on display. At Mount Rushmore. Once they learn the nature of the error, this trope occurs.
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  • Papa Smurf does this a few times in The Smurfs comic book story "Bathing Smurfs".
  • PS238: Miss Kyle, a teacher at the eponymous Superhero School, facepalms frequently. Like when Zodon (a jerkass super-genius in a hoverchair) is supposed to pretend that a school bully's punch hurt, as part of The Masquerade.
  • M.O.D.O.K.'s body is a face. When he facepalms, you know you've failed.
  • Professor Scruples from Bazooka Jules does a face palm when he has to explain to Julie and Neil in even simpler terms than he's using one of julie's abilities.
  • The Savage Dragon did this when he realized why bar patrons fled from terror when he told them that he was looking for Amanda Love.
  • Kyle Rayner did this when Guy Gardner had the audacity to try Mooning Batman.
  • Nemesis the Warlock: Nemesis slaps his forehead during Torquemada's trial when the latter brings in Nemesis's great uncle Baal as a witness to "prove" that all aliens are evil and he was right to wage war on them. Baal is an enthusiastic Torture Technician of human beings (Nemesis had banished him for this), so this doesn't paint them in a very good light.
  • In Superman/Batman #62 Supergirl's enthusiasic self guided tour of the Batcave while Tim is in the middle of a sentence causes him to irritably drag his hand over his face. Perhaps she's giving him flashbacks to trying to corral Impulse.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: In "Micro Managing" (DC issue #68), Blossom seeks Mojo Jojo's help in defeating the Micro-Puffs (three tiny troublemaking avatars of the girls), who have negatively influenced Bubbles and Buttercup. Blossom facepalms when all Mojo can do is whine about why he doesn't have a micro version of himself.
  • Ultimate Marvel
    • The Ultimates: Nick Fury could not believe it when Captain America manipulated Hulk by telling him that the aliens called him a "sissy boy"
    • Ultimate X-Men: Ross can not believe that Wraith risked the secrecy of Weapon X by kidnapping the most famous mutants, the X-Men, and killed Charles Xavier, who was in good terms with the president.


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