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Facepalming in live-action movies.

  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Loki has an awesome one near the beginning of Thor when Thor decides to journey to Jotunnheim.
    • In Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket does a double-facepalm when Groot goes Leeroy Jenkins on their prison escape plan.
    • Avengers: Endgame:
      • When Thor rambles about his experiences with the Aether, everyone aside from Scott (who is enthralled by it) is just waiting for him to finish, with about half the team facepalming.
      • Bruce claps a hand to his face after witnessing past-Hulk throwing a temper tantrum, jumping up and down on a car and hurling debris.
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  • The Great Dictator shows mr Jaeckel facepalming in the background when he is a helpless witness to a bunch of storm troopers trying to lynch the Barber.
  • In Hellboy II: The Golden Army, a flashback detailing the backstory of the title golden army has a group of pseudo-stop motion wooden puppets acting it out. Whenever the elf king is described as being upset, he declines into a facepalm.
  • In The History Boys, Timms performs an admirable Head-Desk in exasperation with his schoolwork.
  • Used in Naked Gun 33 1/3, which had the audience members of the Academy Awards all doing this when Frank gives the Big Bad a bomb.
  • In the RoboCop series, the President of OCP does this at least once in every movie. He does it after ED-209 malfunctions in RoboCop, and again in RoboCop 2 after viewing the suicidal RoboCop prototypes.
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  • Natural Born Killers: Scagnetti does this over his own stupidity when Mickey says, "I was out of shells." Scagnetti combines the Face Palm with "D'oh!" as much as that fork in his throat will allow.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail: King Arthur and Lancelot do this when they realize the Epic Fail of Sir Bedevere's "Trojan Rabbit" plan — what with none of the knights having gotten into the contraption before they rolled it up to the French castle.
    Arthur: Who leaps out?
    Bedevere: Well... Galahad, Lancelot, and I... Leap out of the rabbit.
    Arthur and Lancelot: (facepalm)
  • Annie Hall: Alvy Singer does this in a flashback to his childhood:
    Alvy Singer: (voice-over) And Ivan Ackerman. Always the wrong answer. Always.
    Ivan Ackerman: Seven and three is nine.
    Alvy Singer: (facepalm)
  • The 1939 Screwball Comedy It's a Wonderful World note  features back-to-back scenes with facepalms, first from Jimmy Stewart's wrongly-accused fugitive, then from the police chief leading the manhunt for him; both are reacting to disastrous "help" they are getting from other characters.
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  • In Groundhog Day, Phil does a head-pillow variant when he tells a shrink his problem and the shrink answers, "Can you come back tomorrow?"
  • In Back to the Future, Doc Brown does this right after Lorraine asks Marty to the dance, suddenly realizing that Lorraine (Marty's mother) has developed romantic feelings for Marty.
  • Apollo 13
    • Flight Director Gene Kranz reacts with a subtle one and some exasperated snarking on learning that the only available spare carbon-dioxide scrubbers on the stricken spacecraft (from the dead Command Module) are square, and the receptacle for the only working scrubber system (in the Lunar Module) is round.
      Gene Kranz: (facepalm) Tell me this isn't a government operation... I suggest you gentlemen invent a way to put a square peg in a round hole. Rapidly.
    • Another one happens a little later on, when Mission Control MacGyvers a solution, which includes using their spare urine bag. Which leads to this exchange:
      Fred Haise: Shit, I tore it.
      Jack Swigert: Shit.
      Fred Haise: Houston, what do we do if we rip the bag? Can we tape it?
      Andy (CAPCOM - WHITE): They just tore the bag.
      Technician: (facepalming) Oh, no.
  • Nathan Lane's character Max Bialystock in The Producers has a record number of these throughout the movie.
  • Ian Hawke does this in Alvin and the Chipmunks when the Chipmunks start going crazy from drinking coffee.
  • Beta does one when he sees a Zandozan ship land in the distance in The Last Starfighter. It's a rather unusual example, as his head isn't attached at the time.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is advertising the Turkish film Last Stop: Salvation with a screencap featuring a Face Palm.
  • In Sidekicks, Mr. Lee (Mako) face-palms when Barry starts training with nunchucks and hits himself in the groin.
  • Jesus Of Nazareth - even there: First, Judas Iscariot does a double one when Jesus insults pretty much everyone in the Sanhedrin (Judas had hoped for dialogue, Jesus spoiled every chance of it). Later, Pontius Pilate is seen rubbing his forehead when encountered by people from said Sanhedrin discussing how to deal with Jesus. He even asks himself how it is possible to govern such people.
  • In Tintin and the Blue Oranges, Captain Haddock is trying to explain to the hard-of-hearing Pr. Calculus that the eponymous orange has been stolen, and has to resort to yelling. Finally, Calculus exclaims that if the orange has been stolen, he needs to be told clearly and without circumlocution. Cue Haddock facepalming in exasperation.
  • In Independence Day, President Whitmore and General Grey both facepalm while Julius is scolding them for doing nothing to prevent the alien invasion, bringing up Roswell and Area 51. This is before they learn that it's all true.
  • Willy Wonka in the 1971 film adaptation facepalms while standing and watching Veruca make a mess out of the Golden Goose room.
  • One scene of Beverly Hills Cop features a variety where a cop pinches the bridge of his nose and looks down dejectedly as Axel is talking about him to the boss. (this is actually so he can disguise how Eddie Murphy is making him laugh)
  • In Why Did I Get Married Too?, Troy does a sad variant of this after he argues with Sheila.
  • John does this when his mother, Sarah, goes on a rant about men and creation after Dyson talks about Skynet in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.


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