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Facepalming in western animation TV.

  • Stanley does this a few times in The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan comics. Surprisingly, his easily-exasperated partner Henry only does this once (in episode 9 of the cartoon).
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: "The Brain" reveals that Anais has done this in response to her family's antics so many times, she'll get permanent brain damage if she does it again.
  • A common reaction to the antics of the Warner siblings in Animaniacs, especially from Dr Scratchansniff.
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  • Carl from Aqua Teen Hunger Force will find himself many times engaging in this act, especially as a result of the actions of Master Shake.
  • At the end of the Arthur episode "Is There a Doctor in the House?", D.W. does this when Arthur starts sneezing.
  • The Avatar universe:
    • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
      • "The Cave of Two Lovers":
        Katara: Why is your forehead all red?
        Chong: Nobody react to what I'm about to tell you. I think that kid might be the Avatar.
        Sokka: [forehead smack]
      • In fact, Sokka does this a lot, leading many to speculate that doing it so many times resulted in the hardening of his forehead, which was why Ty Lee hurt her hand trying to strike it in "The Chase".
      • Zuko does it when Iroh flirts with an unattractive woman in "The Drill".
      • Zuko's nose pinch in "The Western Air Temple", when he remembered how much of a dork he was when he began his search for the Avatar.
      • Zuko appears to have a tendency to do this, especially in the comics.
      • Zukodoes variations on this alot, especially when he's exasperated with himself.
      • Suki does it too in "The Boiling Rock" when Sokka tries (and fails) to cover-up the fact that they're hatching an escape plan. "The only thing we're hatching is... an egg?"
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    • The Legend of Korra:
      • This is Mako's reaction to Korra messing up in her first pro-bending match.
      • The writers posted a picture of Toph doing this (with six fingers) after fans informed them that an animation error resulted in Toph having six fingers slipped through and got aired.
      • Asami also does this when Bolin pays the wrong people to reverse the Kangaroo Court Korra's parents are in.
      • Bolin himself does a forehead smack when Varrick ruins what is supposed to be a touching reunion between him and Zhu Li when he orders her to do some work.
  • At the end of The Beatles cartoon "Money," John facepalms when he finds out the money he kept in his pocket was Stage Money when he meant to keep the group's concert take in a plot to fool Ringo.
  • On the PBS animated version of The Berenstain Bears, this is Mama Bear's reaction in "The Green-Eyed Monster" when she explains the Green-Eyed Monster to Sister Bear after she wants to ride Brother's bike and she just whines "But Mama, it's such a beautiful bike."
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  • Toa Tahu does this in BIONICLE: Mask of Light during a Kohlii match after Jaller dives right out of the way rather than blocking the oncoming Kohlii ball. Amusingly, shortly after, Jaller hits himself in the head with his Kohlii stick. It's an incredibly dramatic double-facepalm.
  • Code Lyoko:
    • In Garage Kids, the short pilot for the series, Ulrich is basically mute, but he does a great facepalm when confronted with Odd's antics.
    • In the series itself, Odd is the resident facepalmer.
  • Numbuh Five and Numbuh One of Codename: Kids Next Door are fond of doing this. Especially Numbuh One — fitting, as he's essentially a kid version of Picard.
  • DC Animated Universe:
  • The Dreamstone: Big Bad Zordrak does this fairly often in response to the incompetence of his mooks, the Urpneys.
  • From Ed, Edd n Eddy, when they break Jonny's house:
    Edd: I'm Melting!, It's become a sauna in here!
    Eddy: Sauna?! That's it! A SPA! Why fix THINGS, when we can fix PEOPLE?!
    Edd: [facepalms]
    • Edd facepalms again (this time with both of his hands) in the episode "Brother Can You Spare An Ed" when Ed gives into Eddy's badgering to spend Sarah's money on jawbreakers rather than fudge.
  • On The Fairly OddParents, when Timmy is sleep-deprived ans making wishes.
    Wanda: It's only a matter of time before he wishes for something really dangerous.
    [Fairies facepalm and then raise their wands]
  • Family Guy: This is the preferred response to Buzz Killington.
  • Some characters from Father of the Pride tend to do this, such as Larry, Kate, Sierra, Sarmoti, Siegfried, and Roy. It is most commonly seen with Sierra due to her easily annoyed nature.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: When Mac and Bloo head to test out their wooden car with Cheese on board, Cheese hysterically screams every time they try to go at full-speed. Mac immediately facepalms, which ends up for him and Bloo to drag the entire car down the hill for the entire duration of their time.
  • The eponymous turtle has done this at a least a couple of times in the various animated incarnations of Franklin.
  • In Futurama's "Why Must I be a Crustacean in Love", Bender does this to Amy after she releases a crazed Zoidberg... for the 8th time.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Mandy often pinches the bridge of her non-existant nose when the situation calls for it.
  • Helga from Hey Arnold! does this in response to the antics of her alcoholic mother.
  • On Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes, this is Carrie's reaction when the Hey Girls are coming up with ideas to help the Deegans have some Christmas cheernote  and Amy suggests that they could organize their sock drawer.
  • Peppermint Patty does this at the end of It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown when Marcie eats her Easter egg without taking the shell off. This is after Marcie asked for egg-eating instructions and got them. "Tastes terrible, Sir."
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes has the title character doing this after Beezy once again fails to fail.
  • Kaeloo: Mr. Cat does this quite a lot. In Episode 105, he uses the "pinching the bridge of the nose" variant of it several times.
    • Kaeloo herself does this on occasion when Stumpy does something stupid.
  • Doktor Frogg does this quite a lot in League of Super Evil when Voltar comes up with ridiculous and childish "evil" schemes. This is actually quite a talent, considering he doesn't actually have hands...
  • In The Looney Tunes Show, this is Bugs Bunny's response to Porky Pig always falling for upsells. In fact, he does this three times before realizing his forehead's starting to bruise. After Porky had refused an insurance offer, an upsell that was considered practical, and gets his car wrecked, Bugs is about to facepalm again until he stops halfway... and slaps Porky upside the head afterward.
  • Looney Tunes, Duck, Rabbit, Duck! Elmer goes gunning for Bugs, and blasts a snowman-rabbit to pieces. Bugs floats down in a poor-quality angel costume, and Fudd falls for it. Cue angry, exasperated facepalm from Daffy.
    • Egghead does this in 1938's Daffy Duck and Egghead after Daffy and the ambulance driver duck give him the onceover.
    • In 1969's Rabbit Stew and Rabbits Too!, Quick Brown Fox does this while watching Rapid Rabbit trying to retrieve a carrot from his trap.
  • Kiva's reaction in Megas XLR to a fair number of events, such as Coop and Jamie letting out all the imprisoned aliens in "Breakout".
  • Done several times in Mr. Bogus:
    • Ratty does this at the end of the first act of the episode "Meet Mr. Bogus", in response to Bogus trimming the hedges in record time.
    • Tommy does this in the second act of the episode "Hipster Tripster", after learning that Bogus was responsible for letting the monkeys loose in the zoo.
    • Bogus does this in the first act of the episode "Computer Intruder", after he loses the space game that he was playing on Tommy's computer.
    • Near the end of the episode "Kung Fu Campout", Bogus actually does this when Mrs. Anybody takes away the cake before he and Brattus could take the first bite.
    • Tommy does this with his baseball mitt in the first act of the episode "Baseball Bogus", in response to Mr. Anybody's embarrassing cheer routine.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Twilight's typical response to the strange happenings around her, though some other ponies get one in now and then, too.
    • The other Ponies get in on it too, with Rainbow Dash doing a Double Facehoof at times. Behold fanart of a quadruple facehoof.
    • Angel Bunny does a facepaw whenever he finds Fluttershy frustrating.
    • One of the Diamond Dogs facepaws when Rarity is aggravating him.
    • Spike faceclaws from time to time.
    • In "Inspiration Manifestation", Owlowiscious simulates this with his flight feathers when Spike reads the cover page of the book and says "I'm likin' the looks of this one!" Even more impressive in that he uses one of his wings to do it while in mid-flight, and still remains airborne.
    • In "Equestria Games", Spike's cringe-worthy attempt at the Cloudsdale anthem naturally induces this to much of the audience (both in and out of universe).
    • "Bloom & Gloom": This is Octavia's reaction in Sweetie Belle's dream when the latter gets a broom-and-bucket cutie mark. Then Rarity does a double-facehoof when she has to score her sister's performance.
    • In "Parental Glideance", Rainbow Dash is seen doing both a facehoof and a facewing while watching her Amazingly Embarrassing Parents' antics.
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    • For the background ponies, this seems to be Bon-Bon's default reaction to Lyra's antics when portrayed by the fandom. Octavia and Vinyl Scratch get in on it whenever the other tries to listen to their preferred music genre. In fact, the only real common pairing of ponies that doesn't have a facehoof specializer (regularly, at least) is Derpy and Doctor Whooves. Probably because they both have their antics at the same time.
  • Ned from Ned's Newt does this if Newton is acting unintelligible to him.
    • An example is in "Broken Record" where Newton gets the idea to jump off a cow in an attempt to break a world record for Ned, much to the latter's disappointment.
  • Pat and Mat alternate as the face-palmer and the one who does something dumb several times an episode — don't count on the face-palmer's idea being actually better than that of his friend's, though.
  • Facewing by Connie Crane in "I'll Be Your Best Friend" on PB&J Otter when her husband falls into the lake after craning to get a look at Bucky Spacebeaver's showboat; Flick later on in the same story after Munchy brings Peanut a chocolate-and-tuna flavored cake and he realizes he's just been outclassed.
  • Paul Terry's The Three Bears had Papa Bear do this a total of five times. One of these five times he does this is when he delivers the quote that became a meme:
    Papa Bear: Somebody toucha my spaghett!
  • Pixar Shorts: In Mike's New Car, Mike facepalms himself after the windshield wipers went off when he put his seatbelt on.
  • Frequently used by Nesmith of Planet Sheen in regards to something the title character has said. And if you're familiar with Sheen at all, you can understand why.
  • The stallholder in Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls episode "Meet the Beat-alls", Princess does this in response to Mojo Jojo's lame pun
    Princess: So tell us again why we're only stealing toilet paper, light bulbs, milk, flour, and eggs.
    Mojo: Well, Moko's idea is that stealing items that are all white isn't against the law. So it's okay to take them.
    Princess: Huh?
    Mojo: It's alright, 'cause they're all white!
  • This happens in all the time in Ready Jet Go!. For example, in "My Fair Jet", Sean facepalms after Jet says that he's from Bortron 7, not Earth.
  • The Real Ghostbusters episode "Devil in the Deep":
    Alice Johnson: This will make for an interesting story. Especially the part where Dr. Venkman forgets the ghost traps.
    Peter Venkman: My mother reads Celebrity! [cue facepalm]
  • Vince from Recess often uses this trope.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power season 4 teasers contain this wonderful moment:
    Mermista: There is a Horde spy!
    Frosta: Who are the suspects?
    Mermista: EVERYONE! [Dramatic Thunder]
    Frosta: ...How are you doing that?
    Mermista: I PRACTICE AT HOME! [Dramatic Thunder]
    Glimmer: (buries face in hand)
  • The Simpsons: Homer Simpson sometimes combines this with his Catchphrase "D'oh!", though it's when he does something stupid.
  • South Park:
    • Stan is a big fan of the "pinching the bridge of one's nose" type. It makes sense, as, thanks to Flanderization, he has a Liz Lemon Job. Often accompanied by a muttered "Oh goddamnit..." Apparently this is because series co-creator Trey Parker (on whom Stan is based) does this a lot in Real Life.
    • In one episode, we see his mother doing it along side with him, implying that he picked it up from her. Given to who she's married to, that may, very well, be the case.
    • Cartman does this in the third part of the Black Friday trilogy when Princess Kenny breaks up a blockade of ships trying to keep a shipment of PS4s out of America just by being cute.
  • Space Ghost does it a lot on his talk show, Space Ghost Coast to Coast.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • Squidward does this occasionally, and will add to it by sliding his tentacle slowly off his face, causing his face to sag and then spring back into shape.
    • Plankton does this after telling SpongeBob to be more assertive and SpongeBob misunderstands.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
    • "Rookies": This is Commander Cody's reaction to Captain Rex's plan to fool the commando droids who've taken over the Rishi Moon outpost into opening the door (namely, impersonating one of the droids).
      Cody: This is never gonna work.
    • "Dooku Captured": Seeing Anakin smiling at the antics at the celebration, and sensing Hondo trying to walk up discreetly behind them, Obi-Wan shakes his head and briefly tilts his forehead into his palm.
    • "Secret Weapons": Commander Neyo's exasperated reaction to WAC-47's antics upon arriving at the briefing.
    • "A Distant Echo": Keeping a watch outside the barracks while Anakin is inside making a holo-call to Padmé, a clearly impatient Rex does this at one point.
    • "Gone With a Trace": Trace Martez does one after her sister Rafa makes a shady deal to build three droids, expecting her to do the actual work.
  • Star Wars Rebels:
    • "Droids in Distress": Minister Tua's reaction when protocol droid C-3PO starts loudly taking offence to being referred to as an "astromech".
    • "Fighter Flight": Kanan's reaction to discovering that Ezra and Zeb stole a TIE fighter.
    • "Empire Day": Kanan, again, when Tseebo walks into a door and falls down.
    • "Legends of the Lasat": Zeb's reaction when Chava and Gron kneel before him.
    • "The Mystery of Chopper Base": Sabine, when Kanan doesn't get her hints about Hera's feelings about him going on a dangerous mission without her.
  • Star Wars Resistance:
    • "The Recruit": Yeager, and several other people standing in the area, do this when Naïve Newcomer Kaz, unwillingly signed up for a solo race, picks Torra Doza as his opponent, the engine proceeds to blow out.
    • "The High Tower": Kaz has his first opportunity to facepalm, when the Literal-Minded Neeku decides to approach some visiting First Order personnel and straight-up ask them what they're doing on the Colossus. Fortunately for Neeku, they just brush him off.
    • "Bibo": Yeager facepalms upon seeing Bibo for the first time.
      Yeager: No pets!
  • Steven Universe: Amethyst facepalms during "Earthlings" when Peridot tries to use her magnetic powers to fight Jasper, to no effect. Until Peridot actually pulls it off.
  • Mac Mange, the Metallikat of SWAT Kats, has a metal face palm in "A Bright and Shiny Future" when his wife (with whom he co-ruled the city in a Bad Future) kept insisting that their robot servants were hers. Complete with metal clang.
  • In Sym-Bionic Titan, Octus' attempts at freeing Lance and Ilana from the Monster of the Week's movement-halting ability by trying to form Titan and provoking a reaction by electrocuting them only makes himself give a facepalm of discontent.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), Donatello facepalms when Michelangelo remarks on what a coincidence it is that a van has crashed into the Kraang's lair whilst the Turtles are sneaking in. Unfortunately, Donny is wearing spiked climbing-knuckles at the time. Ouch!
  • On Timothy Goes to School, Nora facepalms in "My Family" after realizing that what she thought was butterscotch pudding she brought from home as her lunch at dessert is actually her little brother Jack's baby food.
  • On ToddWorld, a facepaw is Benny's reaction in "Benny and Sam" upon discovering that Sam (short for Samantha) is a girl, and not a boy dog like he thought. He gets over it fairly quickly though.
  • On Toot & Puddle, Puddle does it in "Desmond's First Snow" when Toot says he can feel for sure in his ears that it's going to snow after already having been wrong once before.
  • Transformers Animated's Prowl, in the first episode, faceservos to Optimus' speech.
  • Undergrads features a collective facepalm at a mixer in the first episode.
  • In the Wacky Races Forever pilot, Muttley slaps himself as his partner declares his intent to cheat, while they are sitting three feet in front of the finish line.
  • Wakfu:
    • Sadlygrove often inspires this to his friends — usually along with calling him a "Iop brain". Eva goes for the two-handed facepalm in episode 19 when Grovy gets himself into a duel with Prince Armand.
    • Jay the Iop also spurs Kriss Krass to facepalm during the Bontarian Gobbowl match.
    • Rushu facepalms when he thinks Anathar has just crushed his precious Eliatrope prisoner.
  • On Wonder Pets!, Ming-Ming does a facewing in "Help the Easter Bunny" after Linny asks what the song and dance routine he just made the group do had to with hiding eggs and he replies with "What eggs?" This episode being late in the show's run and her being the Little Miss Snarker of the group, it's probably not the first time she did it.
  • In Xiaolin Showdown Chase Young uses one of the magical Shen Gong Wu objects to talk to animals and tell an army of monkeys to obey the every command of Jack Spicer. He facepalms when Jack tests the monkeys' loyalty by having them all do the robot dance.


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