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Leroy Jethro Gibbs does not approve.

Tony Pajamas: For being an idiot!
Paulie: Okay.

A corrective action that consists of the following:

  1. Take open palm.
  2. Deliver slap directly to the back of the skull.
  3. (Optional) Ask some variant of "What are you, stupid or something?"

The Dope Slap is a (generally) light slap (or knuckle tap) to the back of the skull that is intended as a disciplinary move by one character when another character does, says, or even thinks something that is uniformly stupid, or just to shut them up. The slap is almost always Played for Laughs in some way; think of it as an attempt at Percussive Maintenance on somebody's brain, and thus occasionally overlaps with Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!. Another variation is a "shut up" poke to the ribs with the elbow. Finally, it may also be performed simply by making a slapping motion in the direction of the target, without any actual physical contact occurring.


It could be considered a subtrope of Slapstick. In a Boke and Tsukkomi Routine, it's most often done with a Paper Fan of Doom.

Also known by two other names: the Gerber Slap (since, when properly applied, the recipient's expression should resemble the "goo-goo" face on the eponymous brand of baby food), and the Gibbs Slap (in honor of the NCIS character who does this a lot to another regular who's a bit full of himself).

Not to be confused with a Pimp/Bitch slap, which is a hard, either-handed (back or front) slap applied directly to the cheeks in order to assert one's Authoritah. The difference is explained, naturally, by Gibbs himself in an NCIS episode:

"A slap in the face would be humiliating. Back of the head's a wake-up call."
— "The Bone Yard"

The complete inverse of Facepalm. Compare Zen Slap, when a Zen master does this to a disciple for the purpose of enlightening them, and also compare/contrast to Bitch Slap, which is a slap to the face meant to humiliate. See also Percussive Prevention. See "Silly Me" Gesture for when a character does a similar gesture to themselves.



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  • The "Could've Had a V8" line of commercials typically feature one character dope-slapping the other in the forehead, complete with a hollow "doink" sound.
  • One commercial has a guy get an especially heavy one from a relative while he's fast-forwarding to get to the only part he wants to see... of a video will.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Air, Haruko instructs Yukito to do this to Misuzu each time she says "Gao!"
  • Azumanga Daioh:
    • As punishment for forgetting her homework, Osaka is brought up before the class to do a Boke and Tsukkomi Routine with Miss Yukari. When Osaka suggests that Yukari be the boke, she is rewarded with a thwack from a rolled-up book.
    • During the Okinawa trip, after Tomo nearly drops Chiyo-chan over a cliff (albeit accidentally), Kagura does this to Tomo, even asking the "What are you, stupid or something?" question.
  • Bleach:
    • Ichigo's teacher gives him the karate-punch variant after a long absence, when he tries to small-talks her and mentions that she changed hairstyle — which was three weeks ago.
    • Rukia and Renji deliver a tag-team Dope Punch to Ichigo for running off into Hueco Mundo carelessly, without telling them.
    • Anime episode #160: During a Flash Back, Kaien Shiba gives Rukia one while they're in a forest in the Soul Society. She wasn't paying attention to him and even yelling and shaking her didn't work.
  • Kogoro does this to Conan in Case Closed quite often when he catches the boy snooping where he shouldn't. More often than not he uses his fist (and sometimes even gives Conan a full noogie), resulting in a painful-looking lump.
  • Food Wars!: The dope slap is Kouijiro Shinomiya's favored way of dealing with people who annoy him. His reasons for deploying the dope slap are many and varied, from calling him out on bullying staff to bringing out a too-cheap wine to serve with something he cooked.
  • Fruits Basket:
    • The karate chop version is Kakeru's trademark move. One time Yuki tried it... with three times the power.
    • Kyo overhears two guys checking out Tohru and does the Boyfriend Bluff to get them to leave her alone. During the time they were expressing interest in her she looks like she's spacing out and afterwards Kyo gives the Dope Slap to her and says "See what happens when you stand there like a space cadet?"
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Winry frequently dope-slaps Ed for damaging his automail arm. She's also the only person who has ever dope-slapped Al without injuring herself as she uses her trusty wrench to give him some sense.
    • Izumi tends to prefer judo throwing Ed and Al when they do something stupid as opposed to slapping them.
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu: Often delivered by Kaname to Sōsuke by way of Paper Fan of Doom, whenever Sōsuke uses overkill military answers to end mundane problems (i.e.: telling a cab driver to wait for him and Kaname by threatening to shoot him if he doesn't cooperate).
  • Futaba-kun Change!: The wrestler sisters Karin and Anzu regularly give each other a karate chop on top of the head... or a dope punch... or a dope kick in the face... usually berating the other for her stupidity — or blaming her own on her sister. Yes, they're a pair of dumbasses.
  • Gangsta.: Alex gives Worick a slap on the head if he is being too much of a Chivalrous Pervert or she feels his Obfuscating Stupidity got out of hand. The strength of said slap depends on how annoying he is at the moment.
  • In Gintama, Tsukuyo frequently uses a variant of this by throwing a kunai at Gintoki's head if he does or says something stupid in her presence.
  • Hanaukyō Maid Team:
    • Episode 2: The maids use a bright light to cover up their assisting Taro in solving a math problem in class. When one of the maids tries to explain the light as a U.F.O., another maid gives her one of these and tells her to think of a better excuse.
    • Konoe does it to various maids in both series (particularly Ikuyo Suzuki). Whenever she does, she hits so hard that it causes a lump on their heads.
  • Kale from Sayuri Tatsuyama's Happy Happy Clover Manga series does this twice. He first does this when Clover starts falling asleep while Shallot is explaining the type of books he likes which she considers boring. Kale notices and slaps her behind the head and tells her it's rude to do that in front of a person they just met. The second time is when Shallot tells Clover that she's a "Busy Body" which makes Kale quickly slap his head to not make things worse for her.
  • Infinite Stratos. Chifuyu Orimura does this to her younger brother Ichika thrice in the first few minutes of the first episode.
  • Inuyasha: Inuyasha chastises Shippo by conking him on the head (Inu-Yasha sometimes does this to Totosai, too). But since Shippo and Totosai are spirit monsters, it's a closed fist smack from the front, hard enough to raise a comical bump.
  • Jujutsu Kaisen: Yuji tends to be on the receiving end of one from his teammates. Notably, Kugisaki once delivered this trope in the form of a flying kick. Megumi has much more patience than her, but have conked Yuji's on the head on the occasion too. It's not a real problem because Yuji is a self-admitted dumbass and also Made of Iron, so it doesn't him phase at all.
  • In the Kiniro Mosaic anime Beach Episode, Karen is impressed when she sees Yoko's "nice body" and starts feeling around her chest area to find out what makes her body so different, threatening to take off her bikini top. Yoko is naturally uncomfortable with this attention and punches her in the head. Karen exclaims that not even her father had ever hit her.
  • Mio from K-On! does this a lot, usually to Ritsu. Her preferred method of application is a fist to the top of the head. In one episode, Mugi tries very hard to get Mio to hit her like this, because she sees it as an important part of bonding with friends.
  • Emilia of Lapis Re:LiGHTs delivers these to her Robot Maid, α (Alpha), when she irritates her. This can range from the latter's having No Social Skills with other people, her being incredibly blunt and snarky with Emilia, or her intentionally riling her up for kicks.
  • Macross Frontier has an odd twist on the old concept, where Klan (in her macronized state) delivers a dope slap to Mikael's Humongous Mecha's head, causing him to rattle around in the cockpit.
  • A Running Gag in My Hero Academia has Monoma from Class 1-B act snotty towards the characters in Class 1-A, only for Kendo to smack him (usually a karate chop to his neck, which knocks him out) then apologize to 1-A for his rudeness.
  • Naruto:
    • Itachi had a variation for dealing with his younger brother Sasuke. It involved jabbing Sasuke's forehead with two fingers.
    • Sakura frequently punches or slaps Naruto when he says or does something he shouldn't have, or if he pisses her off.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi:
  • There's a scene in Nichijou where a teacher paps Yuko over the head with a book, repeated 46 times, before asking her to come see him after class.
  • Used in Onegai My Melody, when a mother thought her young son's apology to the Victim of the Week wasn't heartfelt enough.
  • Quite common in One Piece, and usually administered by Nami. Of note is the fact that her dope slaps even cause Amusing Injuries to Luffy, whose powers explicitly include being able to more or less ignore blunt force.
  • PandoraHearts:
    • In "Retrace 49", Liam punches Break in the back of the head when he complains about telling Sharon about his blindness and calls him an idiot.
    • "Retrace 65": Oz punches Leo in the face for talking about how the two can be enemies now that the one person keeping them friends, Elliot, is now dead.
  • Light, humorous moments are pretty rare in the manga Parasyte. However, there's that one time a classmate of Shinichi dope-slaps another, after the latter accidentally revealed Shinichi's large scar in the chest by horsing around in the lockers room.
  • Persona 5: The Animation: Ryuji, of all people, does this to Ren for attempting to unmask a costumed student in the school festival as if she was a shadow.
  • Popotan: Mai has a tendency to press her fists against her younger sister Mii's head whenever she finds her irritating, which mimics this trope in spirit.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • When the Sailor Guardians arrive at Hotaru's house to rescue her and Chibi-Usa, Usagi gives her usual introduction speech to Hotaru's confused father and caps it off with the "In the name of the Moon, I'll punish you!" towards him. Rei immediately slaps her from behind and tells Usagi heroes aren't suppose to say that to the people they've come to help, while Usagi claims she's has to say it because it's her catchphrase. None of them realize Hotaru's father is actually a villain, meaning Usagi's accidental threat was actually pretty apt.
    • Usagi once gave one to Shingo while trying to take away his Chanela and once gave one to Mamoru for allegedly forgetting her birthday (not realizing she never told him her birthday). Both instances, she is remorseful over it.
  • In Sakura no Ichiban!, Misao often slaps Asami across the face or slams Asami's skull with her fist whenever the latter does something reckless or stupid.
  • Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: Jinpei got a few of these, usually after saying something stupid or smart-alecky.
  • Sengoku Basara:
    • The Tiger of Kai isn't content to deliver a simple dope slap to Idiot Hero Yukimura Sanada. When he says something truly dumb, he delivers a dope PUNCH, usually sending Yukimura through the nearest door, or into a wall. He's always up again a second later though.
    • Magoichi also whacks Motochika on the skull like this to bring him to his senses. It stings, but doesn't send him flying.
  • Seraph of the End: Yuu gets this sometimes from Kimizuki and Mitsuba. Guren has also kicked Yuu for being an idiot.
  • In Sorcerer Hunters, Tira does this to Carrot more than once.
  • Soul Eater:
    • Tsubaki unexpectedly do this to Black☆Star after he makes Maka run off crying during their training for Chain Resonance.
    • Maka has done this herself... with a book. Particularly to her dad.
    • Shinigami hits people who irritate him with his Shinigami Chop. He's very tall and his hand is very large. Especially funny when he does it to Medusa.
  • Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs: Leon's Sarcastic Devotee Robot Buddy Luxion occasionally gives him one of these in the form of an electric shock.
  • Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! does a slightly different variant. Uzaki starts trying to hypnotize Sakurai to force him to call her by her first name. At first he plays along, but then she starts making silly demands like buying her a new VR game, causing him to get mad and chop her in the head so she knocks it off.

  • Bill Engvall talks about getting these from his father, especially at church. His father would sit with his children on both sides of him, with his arms stretched out behind him on the pew, "like he was huggin' the whole family." And if one of the kids misbehaved, he would be in easy smacking range. "'Brain dusters,' that's what we called 'em."
  • Similarly, Carlos Mencia's mother would deliver these when he acted up — and sometimes preemptively.
    Carlos: [rubbing his head in disbelief] Did you just hit me for something I might do?
  • Japanese Manzai comedy employs dope slaps as part of its Boke and Tsukkomi Routine, with Straight Man and Wise Guy in Boke's incompetence and idiocy driving the Tsukkomi to reprimand the Boke, often physically and violently.

    Comic Books 
  • IDW's Ghostbusters: Ongoing:
    • Peter gives one to Ray in issue 11.
      Peter: And how did you know telling the aliens they weren't aliens would work, Ray?
      Ray: That? Oh, I didn't. I just guessed.
      Peter: ...*THWACK*
    • And Egon gives a rather ironic one to Peter in the first issue of the continuation, The New Ghostbusters after all four of them have been kidnapped and sent into limbo:
      Peter: And the first person to make a "Peoplebuster" comment gets a whack to the back of the—
      Egon: *THWACK*
      Peter: —Hea-OW!
  • Kingdom Come: In the last issue, Magog gives one of his fellow metahumans a Dope Smack for being disrespectful during the ceremony where Wonder Woman is welcomed back into the Amazons.
  • Superboy (Conner Kent) received one from Batgirl (Cassandra Cain) during a team-up. Superboy, being the Casanova Wannabe that he was at the time, continuously showed off his tactile-telekinesis in order to impress her. When she simply ignores him and uses his Nigh-Invulnerability as a Human Shield to protect her from an explosion, he finally gets angry and snaps back with a "What the Hell, Hero?" rant. Cassandra calmly slaps him across the forehead and says, "Focus." And Superboy is shocked that it hurt.
    Superboy: She got past my force-field. My impregnable force-field. I feel so... pregnable.
  • A particularly hilarious one in Ultimate Spider-Man. After a mutant's powers activate, Spidey and Iceman are trying to convince her to use her powers responsibly. After Iceman makes a particularly stupid comment about her powers (control of fire: "Or, we could get some marshmallows..."), Spidey delivers a quick slap to the back of the head.

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    Fan Works 
  • Calvin does this to his dad in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series for putting them in danger.
  • The Child of Love: During an emergency Misato orders the pilots’ friends hurry to the nearest shelter as she takes the three Eva pilots with her. Kensuke says there are only two pilots only because Asuka is an inactive pilot, disregarding she is very sensitive about the issue. Asuka hit him on the back of his head.
  • Child of the Storm has a few examples, usually Pepper doing it to Tony. Other examples include Sean Cassidy doing it to Warren when he was overdoing the angst, then Warren doing it to Sean when he was overdoing the angst. And while the other two examples have normal human strength, Warren is considerably stronger. When he smacks, whatever he smacks stays smacked.
    • Harry also does one to Ron at the latter's Uranus joke, and Thor gets one from his mother when he swears.
  • Evangelion 303: In chapter 6 Asuka flicks Shinji's top of head after he said that he did not care much whether he lived or died. Then she angrily tells him that she could never go into combat with someone who would not fight to save his own life and reminds him that there are people like herself that depend on him to live.
  • HERZ: In the epilogue, Asuka smacks Shinji on the head because he did not manage to find their daughter among a crowd even though she had told him where she was several times.
  • Scar Tissue: In episode 12 Asuka and Shinji are having a bonding moment when Shinji ruins it with a smartass comment. In reaction, Asuka bopped him on the head.
  • Shinji and Warhammer 40k:
    • Administered several times by the Farseer.
    • Invoked in chapter 33 when the narration states that Yui should be there to give both her husband and her son a good headslap.
  • In chapter 38 of Supergirl (2015) story Survivors, Alex slaps the back of Kara’s head when her adoptive sister decides on a whim to erase her late birth mother’s hologram.
    "I must follow..." the robot started before Alex struck Kara in the back of her head.
    "Tell it stop now! If you never want to see it again that is fine but you aren't destroying it!
    Kara took a breath and hoped Alex hadn't broken her hand. Alex knew Kara hated it when she slapped the back of her head.
  • Escape from the Hokage's Hat has Tsunade give Naruto a gentle bop on the head as a "Be Quiet!" Nudge, when Naruto does something stupid or is too forward and direct.
  • Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox has Ino do this to Naruto whenever he does something completely moronic.
  • In A New World, A New Way sidestory Swarm Inti the Heliolisk does one with her tail when Apocalypse the Tyrunt tries to run her tail over with a rock and fails.
  • In Peace Forged in Fire the tactical officer of the ch'R Maens does this to the sensor officer after he tries to laugh off a tachyon burst. This is a Call-Back to Red Fire, Red Planet, written by one of the authors, where it turned out to be a side effect of a cloaked warship dropping to sublight.
    Subcommander t'Ihaimehn: Better wake the leih.
    Sensor Officer: That could mean any number of things, rekkhai. (t'Ihaimehn whacks him) Ow!
    t'Ihaimehn: Yes, "any number of things", and most of the list consists of things I would not wish to face without Riov t'Khellian on the bridge.
  • In chapter 8 of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Dragon, Ron comes in for a double dose of this from Ginny and Tracy.
    Hermione: Harry, I think we just found the Room of Requirement. I read about it in Hogwarts, a History. It's supposed to change its form to suit the needs of whoever finds it.
    Ron: So if you really needed to use the—OW!
  • Kid Icarus Uprising 2: Hades Revenge has Pit be on the receiving end of this once, due to a Captain Obvious moment where he warns Cloud of Teem Khaos, right after Teem Khaos had finished their motto.
  • In the thirteenth chapter of Thousand Shinji, Asuka whacks Shinji upside the head when he's poking fun at her and being a bigger pervert than usual:
    Whacking him playfully upside the head, Asuka says, "Stupid pervert."
  • This Bites!:
  • In chapter 17 of Mortem Cantor, Harry does it to a S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist who's playing Space Invaders instead of trying to locate Loki.
  • The fanfic A Newspaper Solves Everypony's Problem (Link) practically runs on this trope, the only sane mare rolls up a newspaper and thwarts harebrained ideas by whacking the newspaper against her friends' heads.
  • In Harry Potter and the Rune Stone Path Alicia does it to Fred when he suggests skipping Astronomy to get his beauty sleep.
  • In Cooking Lesson Lucius and Snape do it to Draco when he calls Harry a poof.
  • In Harry Potter Three to Backstep, Daphne and Hermione do it to Harry and Matthias when they groan at the mention of clothes shopping.
  • In Ninja Wizard Book 2 Dean does it to Ron when he derisively describes soccer as "Run around, kick the ball."
  • In Ninja Wizard Book 5 Lavender and Parvati do it to Ron when he comments that Harry's owl Hedwig, who'd been missing for two weeks, probably got eaten by something.
  • In Harriet Potter: What it is like to be a witch Hermione does it to Ron when he complains about Harry quitting the Quidditch team to concentrate on training to fight Voldemort.
  • In Thanks to a Snake Daphne does it to Harry for making a remark that prompts a recuperating George to try to sit up, while Amelia does it to Sirius for complaining about receiving couple presents the first Christmas after their wedding.
  • In Amicus Protectio Fortis Fay does it to Ron when he deprecates his Quidditch skills.
  • In The Forgotten Daughter Melinda does it to Ron and Neville simultaneously right before fleeing Fluffy the Terrible.
    Melinda: See, this is why we don't do stupid impulsive things.
  • In Crimson Ink Bellatrix does it to Barty when he gets bored of looking for Voldemort's spirit and starts narrating what the search party is doing.
  • In The Problem With Purity: Remus Lupin is in a meeting where he has to be polite to Severus Snape. When Lupin's first reaction to Snape's entrance is a growl, first Hermione then Tonks slap the back of Lupin's head to remind him to behave.
  • In Whispers in the Night, to avoid ruining the mood during the anniversary celebration of Harry Potter's adoption, any attempts at asking him if he's prepared for the Tri-Wizard Tournament dragons are met with slaps to the back of the asker's head and reminders to relax and let things happen as they would.
  • Nearly every other interaction between Andrea and Bentley23, in Marvel Nextgen consists of this, with Bentley on the receiving end.
  • In Harry Potter and the Horcrux Hunt Tonks does it to Harry for suggesting they use a thermonuclear device on Voldemort after all the Horcruxes have been destroyed.
  • In Beyond the Outer Gate Lies...' unpublished fourth chapter, Rias does this to Azazel and Harry, using a Paper Fan of Doom, to demonstrate her displeasure with their ideas for the Oppai Dragon show.
  • In Dragon Chronicles 2: Harry Potter, Dragon Whisperer Daphne does it to Harry after hearing that he ran into a cave full of dragon poachers without his wand.
  • Unbreakable Red Silken Thread: Emma does this whenever Kitty starts Saying Too Much.
  • In Abandon Hermione does it to Draco when he says that she might have a mood swing if Voldemort decides to be insulted by her comment that he's "not such a bastard."
  • In Shazam! fanfiction Here There Be Monsters, Dr. Sivana slaps the back of his son's head when Thaddeus Jr. whines that they will be done if Sivana's contingency plan fails.
  • In Harry Potter and the Four Heirs Susan does it to Harry when he says he deserves to be "tried for his crimes" after draining Voldemort's magic caused the unintentional death of every marked Death Eater except Snape.
  • In The Videus Charm Harriet does it to Ron when he says that they don't make girls like Fleur at Hogwarts.
  • In Evangelion/Street Fighter crossover Neon Genesis Evangelion Senshi No Michi, Misato playfully smacks Asuka on the back of the head when the younger girl is rolling her eyes at Shinji and their master Gouken getting all emotional. When Asuka protests, Misato reminds her that she got all teary-eyed when they left their master's dojo.
  • Read the Fine Print (Evangelion): Shinji starts screaming when a (literally) flame-haired demon teleports into Misato's kitchen, and Asuka gets him to stop by slapping the back of his head.
    Before Shinji could get too carried away, Asuka reached out and slapped him across the back of the head. He stopped screaming and winced, bringing a hand up to where he was slapped, and gave her a confused look.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Balto, Kaltag has a habit of hitting Star on the head whenever he interrupts one of his rants as their Running Gag. Star is well aware of this and on one occasion does it to himself and at the end of the film he expects to receive one, only for Kaltag to actually agree with him.
  • Even fishes can get into it. In Finding Nemo Bloat gives a dope slap to Gurgle with his fin.
  • It goes by pretty quickly, but in How to Train Your Dragon, Gobber gives Hiccup a light one on the back of the head after the boy's father tells him to go home after screwing up (and, heavily suggested, not for the first time). Hiccup also gets one from Toothless after nearly crashing them into a cliff during flying practice.
  • Ice Age:
    • Proving that you don't even need a hand to give a dope slap, Manfred the mammoth delivers one to Sid with his trunk in the first three films.
    • And the more egregious example from Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: Ellie is going into labor; when Crash asks if she can just hold it in for a while, Ellie (being a long distance away and unable to reach him with her trunk) yells down: "Can somebody slap him for me?" Needless to say, Eddie obliges immediately and delivers a resounding smack to Crash's head.
    • Continued in Ice Age: Continental Drift. Captain Gutt is working some island locals to the bone, whipping them as they carry supplies on their backs (note: they are about the size of guinea pigs). Sid's comment?
      Sid: Two words: Anger. Management.
      [Manny slaps Sid upside the head with his trunk]
  • In The Lorax, after the Once-Ler cuts down the first tree, two Humming Fish go near it, and one knocks on the stump with its fin to indicate nothing has really changed, only for the sky to suddenly turn black and begin to rumble (indicating the summoning of the Lorax). The other fish then slaps the first one in the back of the head for apparently causing the current thing.
  • Near the end of Monsters, Inc., as the MI workforce watches Mr. Waternoose being arrested and hauled away in a CDA van.
    Smitty: I bet we get the rest of the day off.
    Needleman: [smacks him] You idiot! They're gonna shut down the factory!
  • An off-screen case happens in Mulan after Yao replies to "Any questions?" with "Does This Make Me Look Fat?"
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Spike hits the back of Twilight's head with his paw when she says "everypony" instead of "everybody" while talking with human Fluttershy.
  • In My Neighbor Totoro, Kanta's mother raps him on the head with her knuckle while chastising him for seemingly forgetting his umbrella at school during a thunderstorm and ruining his school clothes (he'd actually given it to Satsuki since she'd forgotten to bring hers to school in the first place).
  • Tulio does this to Miguel at least three times in The Road to El Dorado, in addition to many death glares and elbow nudges.
  • In Shrek 2, when the heralds show up to deliver an invitation to Shrek and Fiona to see Fiona's parents, one herald keeps trumpeting after the others stopped, so the lead herald hits his rolled-up scroll on the back of his head to shut him up.
    Lead Herald: Enough, Reggie.
  • At the end of Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, Raven does this to Beast Boy after he makes his last and somewhat awkward comment: "Okay, next time, we're going to Mexico!" She then coldly slaps him senseless off the stage, the camera fades after that, then the credits roll.
  • Yellow Submarine: Max gets more than a dope slap from the Chief Blue Meanie several times, especially after the Beatles revive Pepperland. The Chief rasps "The hills are alive..." to which Max replies in sing-song "with the sound of music!" The Chief punches him.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. Whorfin gives one to the guard who couldn't turn on the TV to show Penny's torture.
  • In Against All Flags, the non-nonsense Molvina MacGregor does this to Princess Patma when the Princess threatens to have her cast into the cobra pit.
  • The original Arthur (1981) gives us a great one in the beginning, while Arthur is in the bath and ponders whether fish ever get tired of seafood. Hobson walks over, lifts off Arthur's hat, and smacks him.
  • Avatar. When Neytiri is trying to teach Jake the word "nari" (eye), he keeps saying "nadi" (which is not even a possible word in the Na'vi language), earning him an irritated (and ad-libbed) whack to the forehead.
  • In Back to the Future Part II, Old Biff dope-slaps Young Biff for mangling a joke after giving him the Gray's Sports Almanac. And no, they don't explode (specially since Young Biff is too stupid to recognize himself).
    Young Biff: Why don't you make like a tree and get out of here?
    Old Biff: [smack] IT'S "LEAVE", YOU IDIOT! Make like a tree and LEAVE! You sound like a damned FOOL when you say it wrong!
  • An amusingly inverted version in The Black Hole, with Mad Scientist Dr. Reinhardt triple-slapping his own forehead when rebuking Maximilian for the Sentries' failure against V.I.N.CENT. and Old B.O.B.
  • Flavio repeatedly dope slaps Santiago for not answering Longara's questions fast enough in Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman.
  • In Chai Lai Angels: Dangerous Flowers, Crown of Thorns repeatedly dope slaps Hibisicus when Hibiscus keeps making stupid and thoughtless comments when Rose recieves a Finger in the Mail.
  • Clue, in the second ending. The first one was a dope slap, the second was to his face.
    Wadsworth: You see? Like the Mounties, we always get our man!
    Mr. Green: Mrs. Peacock was a man?!
  • Repeatedly to resident Butt-Monkey of Cutthroat Island, William Shaw.
  • In The Day After Tomorrow, Jason earns one from Frank when he hits on Janet Tokada instead of focusing on the global apocalypse at hand.
  • In the film Defiance there's a scene which shouldn't be funny (but is) wherein Zus confronts his Soviet commanding officer about one of the other Soviets for beating one of Zus's men for using the wrong latrine and for being a Jew. The soldier being complained about is also in the tent, and his CO looks at him and asks, while very drunk "Comrade, is this true?" "Of course, Comrade. He is a Jew." Cue the soldier getting an immediate dope slap and an exasperated glare from his CO.
  • In Dogma, Rufus and Serendipity deliver one to Jay after he shoots Bartleby's wings off, which was exactly what he needed in order to become human and re-enter Heaven.
  • A variation in Down Periscope: The first time Dodge orders Stingray to dive, Nitro asks, "Underwater?" Stepanek waves his finger in front of Nitro's face before jabbing him between the eyes in annoyance. Later in the film, Nitro can be seen doing it to himself and trying to dodge.
  • Bruce Lee does this to a Shaolin student in Enter the Dragon after teaching him how to kick with feeling.
    Lee: How did that feel?
    Lao: Let me think...
    Lee: [slaps him] Don't think! Feeeeeel. [points to the sky] It is like a finger pointing a way to the Moon. [sees Lao looking at his finger and slaps him again] Don't concentrate on the finger, or you will miss all that heavenly glory.
  • Happens twice in Ghostbusters:
    • Peter Venkman gives one to Ray Stanz when Ray interrupts his attempt to charm a beautiful female experimental subject.
      Venkmann: I'm right in the middle of something, Ray!
    • Ray Stanz gives one back to Peter Venkman while he and Egon are explaining the nature of Dana Barrett's apartment building.
      Venkmann: So what? They don't make them like they used to.
      Stanz: No! Nobody ever made them like this.
  • Harry Potter:
    • In the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie, Severus Snape keeps catching Harry Potter and Ron Weasley whispering about the Yule Ball during a test. One of Snape's attempts to get them to stop involves grabbing a book and whacking it against the backs of Harry and Ron's heads.
    • In the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie, Hermione Granger explains to Harry about the girls trying to slip him love potions. When Harry doesn't seem to mind the attention, she reminds him that they only want him because they think he's "The Chosen One".
      Harry: But I am the chosen one.
      Hermione: [smack]
      Harry: Sorry. Um, kidding.
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: Dingy Bell (Mickey Rooney) does this three times to Benjy Benjamin (Buddy Hackett).
    Benjy: [after the third time] You hit me!
  • John Carter: John Carter receives one from his Thark ally Tars Tarkas after they realize that they just invaded the wrong city.
  • The Kentucky Fried Movie segment "A Fistful of Yen". Loo gives one to one of his martial arts students after the student performs a lackluster kick. This a parody of one of the opening scenes in "Enter the Dragon" where Lee does this to his own disciple. Later he does it to an Angry Guard Dog.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail:
    • After Sir Bedevere fails with the Giant Wooden Rabbit idea, he comes up with a Giant Wooden Badger idea and king Arthur slaps him on the side of his helmet.
    • Prince Herbert and his father are standing next to an open window talking.
      Father: One day, lad, all this will be yours. [gestures toward the window]
      Herbert: What, the curtains?
      Father: [hits him on the back of the head] No, not the curtain, lad!
  • The iconic scene from the movie Moonstruck is Cher responding to Nicholas Cage's declaration of love by slapping him and yelling "Snap out of it!".
  • In The Mummy (1999), when the executioner about to hang Rick O'Connell asks him what's his last wish, the answer is to remove the rope and let him go. All this earns Rick is a dope slap.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: When in need of his Piece of Eight, Barbossa asks it from Ragetti, to whom he entrusted it. It happens to be his wooden eye, and Barbossa makes it pop out of his eye socket with a dope slap.
  • Star Wars:
    • Rogue One: In Jedha City, when K-2SO is pretending before a squad of Stormtroopers that his rebel teammates are his prisoners, the droid gives Cassian a slap on the side of the face for speaking out of turn. He later apologizes for doing this. Note that this was a Throw It In by Alan Tudyk.
    • A New Hope: When R2-D2 refuses to display the rest of Princess Leia's holographic message to Luke, pretexting a dysfunction, C-3PO slams the top of his dome and tells him to stop fooling around.
    • The Last Jedi:
      • Happens during Rey's first lesson with Luke. Telling Rey to close her eyes, and reach out, Rey literally reaches out with her hand much to Luke's annoyance. Her eyes closed, he decides to mess with her by tickling her fingers with a blade of grass, leading her to believe she's actually feeling the Force, right before giving her a nice smack.
      • During the confrontation in Supreme Leader Snoke's throne room, Rey tries to grab her lightsaber with the Force, only for Snoke to easily overrides her pull and claim it back with his own power, smacking the back of Rey's head with it on the return trip.
  • In S.W.A.T., a random gangbanger gets one from a cop while Street and Hondo are going to visit Sanchez. Said gangbanger had been beat-up by Sanchez during the arrest.
    Street: Bad day, huh?
    Gangbanger: Kiss my ass, ese.
    Cop: [dope slap]
  • The Three Stooges often feature an Overly Long Gag where Larry, Curly, and Moe take turns dope-slapping each other, escalating into bigger and bigger acts of violence.
  • Undercover Brother:
    Lance: [entering a room filled with black people] Holy moly, looks like the Source Awards in here.
    Conspiracy Brother: [hits the back of Lance's head]
    Lance: Ow!
    Conspiracy Brother: It does now!
  • Waterworld:
    • After Enola waves at a plane of "Smokers" flying above them, the Mariner dope-slaps her and yells, "What are you thinking about?!?"
    • Enola, again, gets one from the Deacon for mouthing out while they're confronting the Mariner on the deck of the tanker.
  • Weird Science. When the two girls Gary and Wyatt are interested in ask what they're doing in the bathroom, Wyatt blurts, "Oh, we're just taking a shit!" Gary gives him a glare and in a separate shot, gives him an epic slap to the face, then cuts back just as quickly.
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Eddie Valiant and Roger Rabbit are hiding from the police in a movie theater. Roger is talking loudly and Eddie hits him on the head while saying "What's wrong with you?"

  • Belisarius Series: As dawazz to Prince Eon, it was part of Ousanas' job to deliver one of these whenever Eon needed correcting in his behavior.
  • Discworld:
    • This extract from Small Gods:
      Urn: It can only be that, master. The keepers of the labyrinth are unbribable.
      [Didactylos clips Urn across the back of his head with his lantern]
      Didactylos: Stupid boy! I've told you about that sort of statement.
      Urn: I mean, they are not easily bribable, master...
      Didactylos: That's more like it.
    • Lu Tze (by being a wise old monk) does this occasionally.
  • H. P. Lovecraft's The Fungi from Yuggoth:
    "I am his messenger," the daemon said,
    As in contempt he struck his master's head.
  • Journey to Chaos: A quick smack to the back of the head is how Basilard Bladi shows his disaproval of whatever his novice mercenaries have just done.
  • Kate Shugak: Dinah does this to Bobby and Jim to get them to stop arguing in Less Than a Treason. For those not familiar with the series, Bobby and Jim are massive muscular men and Dinah is a petite flower child.
  • In Tanya Huff's Keepers Chronicles trilogy, Hell gets into an argument with itself, and somehow manages to pull off a dope slap (to itself... more or less).
  • Several characters in Malazan Book of the Fallen are fond of this, notably Kalam to Quick Ben.
  • In Stephen Baxter's Manifold: Space, Malenfant is repeatedly smacked on the head by superstrong Neanderthals for speaking at all. Turns out that nearly all of their language is sign, with a few super-special vocal words. The Neanderthals give him a sign-name that means "Stupid".
  • Somewhither:
    • Ilya (disguised as a slave) is slapped by Pally (a higher-ranking slave) when he mouths off about (not to, about) a non-slave.
    • Foster slaps Ilya upside the head when the latter ignores a warning.
      Foster: When the witchy wise-bird says "Beware", you stop and say, "Of what, please?"
  • Sylvester in Twig often receives these from his friends as a result of his affectionate attempts at annoying them.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The dope slap became one of the best character signatures of Soledad from the Spanish sitcom 7 Vidas.
  • Several episodes of The Amanda Show features skits involving Tony Pajamas (Drake Bell) and his lackey (Josh Peck). Josh would frequently say or do something stupid, get hit and ask, "What was that for?!" To which Tony would reply, "For bein' an idiot!" which Josh would accept with an "Okay."
  • Happens in the bloopers for Angel, after it is revealed that Wes, while making an ad for Angel Investigations, put down the wrong phone number.
  • Arrested Development: While in prison, George Bluth does this to his son GOB after he reveals that he enlisted his 14-year-old nephew to break into a permit office and plant evidence, despite the prison's "very strict 'no touching' policy." According to George, "it's worth a week in the hot box."
  • Arrowverse: At the end of Part 4 of Crisis on Earth-X, after Sara and Alex share a parting hug and say goodbye to each other, Mick Rory asks Sara "You hit that?" To which she responds by dope-slaping him. "Shut up."
  • The Band of Brothers episode "Why We Fight" features this exchange while the soldiers are patrolling a forest in Bavaria:
    Frank Perconte: Hey, George.
    George Luz: Yeah?
    Frank Perconte: This kind of remind you of Bastogne?
    [comedic pause, including bemused look]
    George Luz: Yeah... now that you mention it. Except, of course, there's no snow, we got warm grub in our bellies, and the trees aren't fucking exploding from Kraut artillery, but yeah... Frank... other than that, it's a lot like Bastogne.
    Frank Perconte: Right?
    George Luz: Bull, smack him for me please?
    George Luz: Thank you.
  • A frequent occurrence on Blackadder. Primarily in the third season, with Blackadder as the slapper and Baldrick the slappee, usually to stop the latter from talking or whenever the former was annoyed and needed something to hit.
  • Bones:
    • Hodgins does this to Zach in "Intern in the Incinerator".
      Zack: You're married, and you sleep with men besides your husband.
      [cue dope slap]
      Zack: Ow.
    • Camille gives one to Hodgins for asking Arastoo some stupid questions. To be fair, they're both a bit inebriated at the time.
  • This happens to Royal Brat Juan in The Borgias after he brutally curb stomps his stepfather Theo. Rodrigo is not amused and delivers one hell of a "Reason You Suck" Speech, orders him to apologize and threatens to disinherit him if he does anything of the sort again. Juan agrees to do as he's told, but just when it looks like all is forgiven, he gets an almighty slap just to drive the point home.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Spike pulls off a memorable one when, due to a spell, he has to explain a crucial plot point to Xander for roughly the 37th time. Note that Spike has a chip in his head which causes him extreme pain if he hurts a human.
      Spike: This... is gonna be worth it.
      [smacks Xander]
      Both: OWWWW!
    • When the Trio start arguing about who the best James Bond was in the middle of their scheme, Andrew gets smacked for sticking up for Timothy Dalton.
  • El Chavo del ocho:
    • Taken to an extreme in this Mexican sitcom, where it's one of the show's many Running Gags.
      Don Ramón: [hits Chavo on head with usual Kung-Foley] ¡Toma!
      Chavo: Pipipipipipipipipipi...
    • El Chavo has also been known to give Quico a triple dope slap.
      Quico: No me simpatizas...note  [Non Sequitur, *Thud*]
  • In Code Lyoko: Evolution Episode 16, "Confusion", Odd gets slapped twice while driving the Megapod, after Jérémie asks the team to be "his eyes and ears".
    Odd: Okay, next to me is William, and behind... I don't know what those two are doing, probably holding hands.
    [Yumi stands up and dope-slaps him]
    Odd: Ouch!
    Yumi: Jérémie doesn't need anything but the basic essentials!
    Ulrich: And nothing else! [he rises and slaps Odd too]
    Odd: Ah-ouch! You're worse than Krabes...
  • Often used in the Britcom Coupling. Actor Richard Coyle (who plays Jeff Murdock) once was on the receiving end of a dope slap that was so forceful he got angry over it. Crybaby.
  • Done towards the end of an otherwise depressing episode of Criminal Minds:
    Morgan: [on the phone with Garcia] Leave it alone until I get there. Hey, hey, hardhead... don't make me spank you when I get back.
    Reid: Don't listen to him Garcia, he's all talk. [Morgan dope-slaps him] Ow! JJ, he just hit me.
    JJ: [without looking up] Boys, behave or I will ground you both.
  • Doctor Who: In "Amy's Choice", the Doctor bonks Rory on the head with a telephone handset while pointing out why they can't just call for help (space is really big).
  • A major point of Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars is Aeryn giving birth during a firefight and demanding to be married to John before she finishes. Stark begins uttering some majestic sounding gobbledygook which Chiana recognizes as a Sheyang prayer for the dead. Cue SLAP! from Aeryn. Stark tries something else, which turns out to be a Delvian puberty rite. Cue BITCHSLAP!! from Aeryn. He finally just asks them if they want to be married, they say yes, and he declares them married. Then Aeryn gives birth and they shoot their way out. Whew!
  • Actor Andrew Sachs once asked John Cleese to tone down the dope slaps while filming Fawlty Towers.
  • On Frasier, Fras gives his brother Niles a thunderous one when Niles kept screwing around with a novelity helmet while Frasier was trying to find a last minute Christmas gift for his son Freddie, the last straw coming when he squirted Frasier with water twice. Frasier nearly drops Niles to his knees from the force of the blow.
  • It happens at least Once per Episode in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
  • Friends:
    • In "TOW the Boobies", Joey earns one from his mom after making his dad fess up to an affair with another woman. She just wanted the situation to stay the same because the dad was nicer during the time.
    • Chandler manages to earn a five-person dope slap (or at least two or three plus some stuff thrown at him...) after a particularly flagrant bit of Hypocritical Humor when he criticizes a Girl of the Week for being "desperate" — after he's spent the whole episode literally watching the phone.
    • Monica gives one to Chandler and Joey in "TOW The Morning After" after she finds out the two knew that Ross had slept with the copy girl.
  • Invoked by Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones after he personally unshackles the dragons Viserion and Rhaegal, either of whom could have killed him on a whim. Clearly shaken by the experience, he tells Varys, "Next time I have an idea like that, punch me in the face." Varys nods in curt agreement.
  • Happens so often on Gilligan's Island that some refer to it as a "Gilligan Slap".
  • On The Golden Girls, Dorothy has a tendency to hit Rose with whatever's on hand whenever she says something stupid—and, since Rose is The Ditz, it happens a lot. The humor was often amplified by Dorothy asking Rose to hand her something like a newspaper in the middle of a conversation; Rose would happily agree and get slapped for her trouble. In one instance, she tried to be Genre Savvy and made Dorothy promise not to hit her if she did pass her the newspaper. Dorothy agreed...and promptly handed the paper to Blanche, who followed through.
  • Hannah Montana:
    • Miley and Lily enjoy doing this to Oliver on a regular basis.
    • Also one episode guest starring the Jonas Brothers with Kevin and Joe doing this to Nick twice.
  • In "The Duchess and the Devil" from Horatio Hornblower, sailor Styles keeps dope-slapping Oldroyd because he joined Hunter's gang and tried to escape with them from prison without a good plan, which caused Mr Hornblower's torture in a Punishment Box. He deserved them, but he probably Styles probably compensated for the fact that he couldn't be smacking Mr Hunter.
  • iCarly: Sam tends to do this to Freddie a lot.
  • A very unusual one in Jessie. Mrs Kibling swats Emma Luke and Ravi with her tail when they fail to realize that she could be the pet starring in Ravi's video.
  • Kamen Rider Revice: Aguilera, the face of the Deadman cult, hands these out to anyone who annoys her while within arm's reach. She even put in enough strength to knock people over at some points, making them the slap equivalent of Megaton Punch.
  • Law & Order: UK. After DS Matt Devlin makes a rather raunchy comment to CP Alesha Philips, partner DS Ronnie Brooks gives him a look that's basically the visual equivalent of this. At the very least, it strongly implies that he's thinking of doing it.
  • Merlin, episode "Goblin's Gold": The first thing Gaius does after getting possessed by a Goblin is give a dope slap to Merlin, to the latter's astonishment.
  • The dope slap is a Running Gag on My Wife and Kids. Junior, not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, often said or did dumb stuff, leading to a dope slap from another character, usually Michael or Jay.
  • Invoked in The Nanny episode "Shopaholic". As Fran is turning into a shopaholic, she tells Niles to give her one whenever she thinks about buying something again, which he obliges.
  • This is Gibbs' favorite form of discipline in NCIS, especially to Tony, who reminds Gibbs of himself in his younger days. He does it regularly enough that the other characters have called it the Gibbs-slap.
    • Honorable mention to Gibbs' reaction to catching Tony looking at "Page 57" of a men's magazine — since Gibbs is too far away to deliver a dope slap, he catches Tony on the back of the head with a scrunched-up ball of paper. Certainly gets his attention.
    • Tony, for his part, has at least gotten smart enough to dope-slap himself on occasion, and once gets offended that Gibbs ordered Ziva to administer when Gibbs isn't within arm's reach.
    • However, it also conveys a sense of family — only Team Gibbs gets Gibbs-slapped. When Ziva is assigned to Team Gibbs in "Silver War", she says, "I know, when we get out there you start kicking my butt." Gibbs replies, "I don't kick butts." She looks at him in confusion — in response, he dope-slaps her, and she beams, knowing that he's essentially saying, "Welcome to the family."
    • Furthermore, after being injured in an explosion, Gibbs suffers from amnesia and can't remember anyone or anything that happened after the end of his Marine career. Ziva manages to restore his memory by grabbing his hand and dope-slapping herself with it.
    • In one episode, Gibbs dope-slaps himself after tampering with evidence (for a good cause).
    • On at least two occasions, Abby dope-slaps McGee, saying "I was just doing what Gibbs would have done if he were here." On one occasion after discovering a solution that they hadn't considered earlier, she slaps McGee on the arm, claiming, "We should have thought of that." She then bares her arm and insists that McGee slap her. Hilarity Ensues along those lines for the remainder of that episode ("Bait").
    • Kate does this to Tony once. He angrily tells her that she's not allowed to do that because she isn't Gibbs.
    • Kate and Tony dope-slap McGee simultaneously after he joins The Team and thinks that they'll stop hazing him.
    • At yet another time, Gibbs dope-slaps both Tony and Ziva simultaneously, but Tony complains that he's not hitting her as hard as him.
    • Gibbs once dope-slaps a cardboard cutout of Tony, and Tony reacts as if he'd been hit.
    • Another time, Tony tries to slap McGee; he dodges it while Tony gets one from Gibbs.
    • We see in flashbacks that when Gibbs first joined NISnote , Mike Franks used to dope-slap him.
    • A flashback in the episode "Baltimore" shows Gibbs giving Tony his first dope slap, when Tony is uncertain about being any kind of cop. Tony indignantly asks, "Did you just physically assault me?" After Gibbs says he thinks Tony is too good to waste, Tony replies, "Don't make a habit of doing that."
    • In a Halloween-based episode, Abby has to return to the lab from a party still wearing her Marilyn Monroe costume. Every time Tony and McGee are around her, they can't keep their eyes off her, with McGee's leering being particularly amusing. Gibbs finally has to give the duo a simultaneous head slap before saying, "Yeah. On it, Boss," for them before they finally leave the lab.
    • Gibbs once even gives a slap to Mr. Mass Spectrometer to stop it from growling (while Abby has her back turned, thankfully).
    • In the episode "Doppelganger", as if Kate weren't already weirded out by how similar the civilian police team is to the NCIS team, seeing Not-Gibbs deliver one of these to Not-Tony cinches it.
    • Speaking of similarities, seeing CGIS Agent Abigail Borin give one of these to her probie is the first indication that she's a Distaff Counterpart to Gibbs.
    • Subverted in "The Bone Yard" when Tony expects a slap from Gibbs but doesn't get one, with Gibbs claiming that he does in fact have a sense of humor. Then it's Double Subverted when Gibbs slaps him anyway.
      Gibbs: It's not fun if you know it's coming.
    • It's been revealed during many different interviews that the origin of "The Slap" came about during the filming for one of the first episodes of the series. Mark Harmon (a.k.a. Gibbs) thought that Michael Weatherly (a.k.a. DiNozzo) was goofing around too much while filming a scene and proceeded to pop him one on the back of the head. Instead of breaking character, Weatherly continued on as if nothing had happened even while most everyone else was in a bit of shock. After reviewing the dailies, the production staff thought it was hilarious, thus the Gibbs Slap was born.
    • Gibbs once gave Palmer a slap. As a reward. Because Palmer likes that sort of thing. Palmer gets another one in "We Build, We Fight" after learning that his wife is going into labor, pulling him out of his Heroic BSoD.
  • NCIS: Los Angeles:
    • Kensi will regularly gives one to Deeks (as part of their Unresolved Sexual Tension).
    • In the crossover episode that sees DiNozzo visit the Los Angeles team, at the end Hetty Lange gets to "transmit a message" from Gibbs to Tony. Certainly the longest-ranged Gibbs Slap on record...
  • In Brazil, comedic show Pânico na TV gave the dope slap a Memetic Mutation, with a skit where a parody of a sports show host slapped two dwarves nicknamed after soccer players, along with the phrase "Pedala, Robinho!" and "Samba, Tevez!"
  • Giovanni is a frequent target of this in Rizzoli & Isles. In "Built for Speed", he is dope slapped multiple times in rapid succession by Jane and her mother.
  • The Big Guy in Sanctuary does this to Will and Henry a lot. However, in Big Guy's case, it's only occasionally a dope slap. Usually it's just his way of demonstrating affection. Once in a while, Will or Henry will return the favor, either in dope slap or Bromance context.
  • In Stargate Atlantis, Sheppard has dope-slapped McKay on two occasions: once in the second season for doubting Ronon's tracking skills, and again in the third season for telling too much to the still-imprisoned and therefore Mind Probe victims O'Neill and Woolsey. Note that in the second case, it is all part of a ploy to feed them false information before they'll be interrogated by the Asuran Replicators.
  • In the Supergirl episode "The Darkest Place", Alex gives Winn a Dope Slap when he reveals to her that James is National City's newest superhero, Guardian.
  • Supernatural: In the pilot episode, Dean reprimands Sam by slapping him in the back of the head. Strangely, this is the dope slap's only occurrence, although Pam gives Dean one as revenge for getting her killed.
  • Stiles gives one to Scott in Teen Wolf when Scott says he might go to Derek for help about being a werewolf.
  • Hyde doing this to Kelso is a Running Gag in That '70s Show. Red did this to Eric on occasion too.
  • Titus would do this to Dave frequently on Titus, to the point that in one episode when Titus was unconscious in the hospital, Dave was slapping himself with Titus's hand, and weeping "It's just not the same!" Bonus material even claimed that Dave had a soft spot on his head from all the times Titus smacked him.
  • Leo does this to Josh in The West Wing after Josh mocks a sentimental tradition of Leo's: "First of all, that (OW!) is for 'total crackpot day'."
  • Wizards of Waverly Place: In "Future Harper", the adult Harper reveals to the Russos that the existence of wizards has been revealed in the future, so Justin gives Max a preemptive slap, knowing that he'll be the one who will inevitably blab it to the world.
  • Repeatedly applied to Henry in You Rang, M'Lord?, generally after he's made an accurate but unflattering observation about one of the other characters. It happens often enough that on one occasion, he hits himself preemptively to save someone else the bother. It doesn't seem to stop him being snarky, though.
  • Zoey 101: Zoey, Lola and Quinn simultaneously each give one to Chase, Micheal and Logan for letting Dustin watch a scary movie they knew he wouldn't be able to handle.

    Music Videos 
  • In Michael Jackson's Ghosts, a running bit has a little boy's older brother smack him this way for revealing stuff about the mysterious Maestro that he was supposed to keep secret. Their mother then does the same to the older brother, usually with the comment "Don't hit your brother!" After the third go-round of this, the mother is smacked by an unseen force, implied to be the Maestro's doing.

  • Doctor Javolt from Fallout Is Dragons is a common recipient of these. He has noted it's interesting to observe when he's not a recipient.

  • Car Talk is the Trope Namer. Hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi — better known as Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers — claim to have been at the receiving end of many a dope slap from their mother. (And according to each brother, the other brother stayed just as dumb.)

  • In the Tsukiuta stage plays, Kakeru to Mutsuki-kun, often with a slipper.

    Theme Parks 

    Video Games 
  • In the trailer for Army of Two, one of the main characters hits the other main character on the back of the head and says "What the F*** are you doin'!" Watch it here, at about 30 seconds in.
  • Devil May Cry 4: At the end of the second Dante boss fight, there is an Internal Homage to Dante's impalement attempt on Vergil in Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, which is mimicked exactly by Nero's lunging attack in this game. Dante easily dodges it and slaps him in the back of the head.
  • In Endless Frontier, Suzuka asks Reiji to give one of these to his partner Xiaomu after she makes a particularly bad observation/joke. This being at least in part a Bandai Namco Entertainment game however, he spanks her instead. (At about 5:50 here)
  • At various points in Final Fantasy IV, Porom will walk around behind her twin brother Palom and clonk him on the head for his stupidity with an adorable "Do-PANK!" sound effect.
  • Towards the end of Halo: Combat Evolved, Cortana figures out how to use Halo's teleportation system in order to rapidly move the Chief to Keyes's position. Unfortunately, she teleports him in after mixing up the ceiling of the ship with its floor, leading to the Chief landing on his head once he phases in. He proceeds to knock his helmet, since Cortana is an AI program that was currently housed inside it.
    Cortana: Oh, I see. The coordinate data needs to be— [SMACK] Right. Sorry.
  • In Hidden Expedition 14: The Pearl of Discord a ninja does it to his partner for tossing and catching the titular item as if it were a ball.
  • Jak and Daxter: Jak does this to Daxter at least once in each of the original three games. Daxter then slaps Jak twice in the racing spin-off.
  • King of Fighters XIII: King deilvers one to Yuri, during the Kyokugen Team's ending, when she unintentionally makes it sound as if she'd like to marry King, when asked to describe her ideal husband.
    Interviewer: I see. And, what would your ideal husband be like?
    Yuri: [thinking aloud] Hmm... Let's see... That's a tough one... I think they would have to be someone who was nice and polite...
    [Aha! pose] Oh, I know! Someone like King!
    [King whaps Yuri on the back of the head]
  • LEGO Adaptation Game:
  • Johnny Cage of all people gets to do this in Mortal Kombat 11... to his younger self, on account of time travel shenanigans. I Hate Past Me is in full effect, as the mature Earthrealm defender Cage clashes with the young egotistical diva Cage, especially when younger Cage doesn't show respect to either Sonya or their daughter Cassie.
  • Mother 3 has a pair of NPCs who are practicing a Boke and Tsukkomi Routine. The shorter one gives the dope slap to the taller one as the "punchline" of every gag. He's also shown to do it when they're not practicing their jokes... Even better? Their names are Bud and Lou. Also in this game, the item that specifically cures Strangeness happens to be a paper fan.
  • In Psychonauts, this is Ford Cruller's response if Raz decides not to accept the call to adventure.
    Raz: No, not yet.
    [Cruller smacks Raz]
    Cruller: How about now?
  • The Secret of Monkey Island: One of the Men of Ill Repute on Melée Island never talks, he just laughs at his partner's jokes until one of them shuts him up by bopping him on the head.
  • Raine in Tales of Symphonia gives out dope slaps quite often to Lloyd and Genis whenever they say or do something dumb.
  • World of Warcraft has the emote "/smack", which, when used, will smack whomever the player is targeting upside the head. This is purely text however, as nothing actually happens with the characters.
  • Yakuza:
    • Yakuza 0: In chapter 5, if you fail the Quick Time Event to give a client your business card, Kiryu will hand over his card incorrectly note  and also introduce himself as a Yakuza when he's supposed to be a perfectly legitimate real estate agent. Oda promptly slaps Kiryu upside the head.
    • One of Haruka's minigames in Yakuza 5 has her playing the tsukkomi half of a Boke and Tsukkomi Routine, so she'll slap her partner a lot. If you do very well, she'll pull out the Paper Fan of Doom.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Ever17, after Kid has a dream that's weirdly similar to what actually happened when he was sleeping, Sara suggests he had an out-of-body experience. When Kid unwisely mentions the Power Perversion Potential of said idea, Sara smacks him.
  • In Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 2, Saeki Teru will give the heroine a "chop" with the side of his hand when he thinks she's being dumb. The new skinship system allows the heroine to do the same to Teru or any of the other guys.
  • In Virtue's Last Reward there is a scene in Gaulem Bay when Sigma notices something and isn't sure what do do with it. After trying up almost anything he tries to eat it, which prompts Alice to smack him in the head.

    Web Animation 
  • Martha from DSBT InsaniT does this to Andy on a regular basis.
  • In Epic Rage Time: The Incredible Derp, Octavia Melody gives a good wallop to Vinyl Scratch when the latter calls for "more lasers" just as Derpy is calming down.
  • Madness Combat: In Aggregation, Deimos dons a slain Agent's mask and uses it to spook Sanford. Sanford proceeds to whack him.
  • RWBY:
    • Ruby does this to Blake in the first episode of RWBY Chibi after having read the "Ninjas of Love" book and declaring it "filth". Granted, Ruby enjoyed reading it.
    • Winter does this to Weiss in the main series when she doesn't get a straight answer to "How have you been?", and later when she's giving advice to Weiss about the Schnee summoning Semblance and Weiss tells her she can't do it. Jerk with a Heart of Gold 101.
    • The elderly Maria Calavera demonstrates that she teaches by the "hitting your pupil on the head with a stick" style of pedagogy when she bops Ruby with her cane for wanting to "laser-beam monsters" with her silver eyes.
  • In Sonic Shorts Volume 4, after Sonic fails at getting a chaos emerald before a goat-man swiped it, Knuckles smacks him in the head. Until he notices that he accidentally set the area on fire after tossing his cigarette.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Invoked in this Not Always Working entry by a manager who catches an employee smoking weed on the job.
  • Offhand example in this animated GIF.
  • SCP Foundation, SCP-572: Katana of Apparent Invincibility. Once the Katana is removed from the victim's grasp, "all psychological effects can usually be expunged by a single swift blow to the back of the subject's head."
  • Whateley Universe: Pucelle needs them from time to time, as said in Boston Brawl II:
    "Just another example of the blatant preference that this school gives to those who embody an arbitrary and pointless physical ideal of — " Pucelle stopped as Foxfire held a cupped hand in front of her and a bar of pale blue fire formed in the cup of her hand. It solidified into a crude 2x4 board, with which Foxfire tapped Pucelle none-too-gently on the forehead.
    "Believe me, this is the only way to get her to shut up, once she gets wound up," Foxfire said dryly. Slyboots rose up partially out of Foxfire's tote and stuck a pink tongue out at Pucelle. <nyeh!> Pucelle bridled and started to say something, but the 2x4 grew into a gnarled club with a long spike driven through the end, à la Li'l Abner.
  • In Worm, Grue subjects Regent to a few of these when he won't stop wisecracking during the fight against Behemoth.

    Web Videos 
  • Channel Awesome:
    • Poor Phelous gets one in Kickassia Part 2:
      N. Bison: Phallus, send the signal to sound the charge!
      Phelous: Okay, first of all it's "Phelous", not "Phallus", and second of all, the guy is standing right there looking at you. Why don't you send the signal yourself?
      N. Bison: [chuckle] Phallus. [dope slap] Just do it.
    • In Suburban Knights, Group 2 battles the Cloaks on a playground. When a mother shows up with her kid and tells them to scram:
      Angry Joe: Oh, come on! She's too old to be on a playground, anyway! What, does she believe in Santa Claus, too?
      [the little girl looks shocked and begins to tear up]
      [Cloak 2 hits Joe on the back of the head]
    • The Nostalgia Critic:
      • In the review of Waterworld, when the Deacon dope-slaps Enola, the Critic likes this part so much, he asks to watch it in loop.
      • In the Jem episode, the Critic gets one because of him saying a certain phrase from the analysts:
        Nostalgia Critic: I don't know... I mean the chart says...
        [Malcolm slaps Critic]
        Nostalgia Critic: Thank you.
  • Flander's Company:
    • Cindy gives one to Caleb in Season 3 for being one-upped by Nadège.
    • In Season 5, Henri Pottier and Caleb cannot help themselves giving repeated dope slaps to Jean Kevin Solo, a.k.a. Kylo Ren, because he looks so much like Severus Snape (Henri even ponders if he isn't Snape's hidden son).
  • To name one example in Vaguely Recalling JoJo, Polnareff gets a Dope Punch when he mistakenly thinks Joseph was talking about Indian curry. note 

    Western Animation 
  • Happens to Barry in American Dad! with the following quote:
    Snot: Remember I told you being stupid was gonna start gettin' painful?
  • A variant appears in Archer, consisting of about a dozen rapid-fire slaps about the face with both hands, a Beat, then a single stronger whack to the back of the head.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
  • Butt-Head from Beavis and Butt-Head does this to Beavis on a regular basis, which sometimes leads Beavis to retaliate.
  • The Boondocks:
    • When Grandad gets the results of a DNA test that confirms Lando Freeman as his real son.
      Riley: [to grandad] You should've stuck with your story!
      Grandad: They took a DNA test—
      Riley: Well study next time!
      [Huey dope-slaps Riley with a book]
    • Combined with Punctuated! For! Emphasis! after Riley, Gin and Ed's failed attempt to kidnap Oprah.
      Huey: YOU!
      Riley: OW!
      Huey: DO! NOT!
      Riley: OW!
      Huey: KIDNAP!
      Riley: OW! Stop hitting me!
      Huey: OPRAH!
  • The Bugs Bunny Merrie Melodies cartoon Wackiki Wabbit features this trope with the two castaways.
  • Exaggerated in Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers. Dale gets conked on the head a lot by Chip. This was inherited from the original Classic Disney Shorts where they appeared.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • Numbuh Five dope-slaps Numbuh Four after the latter ate some Coco Nut Logs despite being allergic to coconut.
    • She does the same to Numbuh Two at the end of "Operation: R.A.B.B.I.T." after he makes yet another Incredibly Lame Pun, whipping off her Nice Hat and whacking him with it.
  • DC Animated Universe:
    • Justice League:
      • In the episode "Kids Stuff", Wonder Girl does this to Superboy when he gets distracted by how cool GL's glasses look.
        Superboy: Cool!
        Wonder Girl: [dope slap] Would you stop messing around?!
      • John Stewart is also fond of doing this to The Flash (who often earns it), as seen in "The Brave and the Bold" when Stewart gets Flash out of jail.
      • In the Cold Open of "Date Night", two goons argue over a scone recipe.
        Cecil: But how come when I make the scones, they don't got that good flavor like yours, Tony?
        Tony: [dope slap] Do I gotta tell you again how you gotta add the orange zest, Cecil?
    • In the New Batman Adventures Christmas Episode "Holiday Knights", Bullock and Montoya are staking out a department store in the guise of the store Santa and a Christmas elf. When one of the kids declares that Bullock isn't the real Santa, he responds, "Sure I am — wanna see my gun?", earning a smack from Montoya.
  • In Clone High, when Abe he realizes he loves Joan in the series finale, he proceeds to ask Gandhi whether his feelings could be reciprocated. This leads to a flashback montage of all the times Joan has blatantly shown interest in him, followed by an unamused Gandhi slapping him in the face.
    Abe: ...I see.
  • In Ed, Edd n Eddy Eddy often slaps Ed to make him pay attention or when he makes him angry.
  • Family Guy:
    • In one episode, Peter tells the family that their tax refund will let them buy something they've always wanted. Chris suggests a cat and gets dope-slapped by Brian. Meg suggests a stereo and gets dope-slapped by Stewie. Then Lois says "A pool?" and gets dope-slapped by Peter, who then realizes what she said and responds "Oh, sorry, it is a pool."
    • There's another early episode, where Peter loses his job and goes on welfare. When he tells Brian he got off subject by telling Lois she was getting fat, Brian rolls up the newspaper and whacks him twice saying "No. No."
    • Peter also re-enacts the "could've had a V8" dope slap on himself in the middle of recalling various memories in the episode when he learned of his real father.
    • Exaggerated in "If I'm Dyin', I'm Lyin'"; when an NBC board member suggests adding something new and original to the lineup, another one takes a poster frame off the wall and beats him to death with it.
  • "Mom" on Futurama frequently dope-slaps her children, occasionally all three of them at once. Being Expys of The Three Stooges, they often do it to each other as well.
  • Mandy and sometimes Grim from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy often slap Billy if his stupidity annoys them or majorly screws up.
  • As opposed to a full-handed slap, Uncle of Jackie Chan Adventures delivers a hard, two-finger hit to the forehead for anyone whose foolishness has earned his disapproval. Be they Jackie (many times — "One more thing!", even when he does something right), allies, enemies, or even himself.
  • On Kaeloo, Pretty does this to Stumpy whenever he does something stupid (which is quite often).
  • The Looney Tunes Show:
    • Bugs Bunny does this to Porky Pig once. When Porky keeps falling for upsells, Bugs facepalms so much that after Porky listens to him... and refuses to get insurance, he realizes that his forehead's starting to bruise. Finally, after Porky crashes the car, Bugs stops his facepalms and slaps Porky instead.
    • He also does this to Daffy when he freezes in shock. But Daffy being Daffy, he returns the slap until it turns into a slap fight.
  • The Mighty Mouse cartoon "Law and Order" has three ne'er-do-well cats — a short one, a middle-sized one with a crooked tail and the dense behemoth who is identified as Pinhead Schlabotka. As they carry out a plot:
    Schlabotka: Duh, hey boss... what's this all about? [Boss slaps him several times]
    Boss: Listen. Schlabotka. I do the thinkin' around here, see?
    Schlabotka: But, duh, boss... [Boss slaps him more] Duh... all right.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "Hurricane Fluttershy", Twilight Sparkle gives twice a dope slap to Spike (flattening the green fin atop his head) for being Innocently Insensitive to Fluttershy.
    • "Twilight's Kingdom -- Part 1":
      • Applejack gives one to Spike when he complains about the simple job Twilight does at the beginning of the episode, then tries to backpedal on his statement.
      • Rainbow Dash tossing Discord's "alicorn princess" crown from his head is also quite close to a dope slap.
  • Skipper's trademark in The Penguins of Madagascar. When Skipper is presumed dead, Private asks the others to slap him the way Skipper does; "Like you're disappointed, but you still care."
  • Brain from Pinky and the Brain often does this to Pinky after he's said or done something particularly stupid. Usually he pounds him over the head with his fist or an object.
    Brain: [to Pinky] I'm going to have to hurt you.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • After their resurrection, Brick of the Rowdyruff Boys often hits Boomer after he interrupts him or says something stupid.
    • Ace of the Gangreen Gang also does this to Snake on a regular basis to shut him up. When Buttercup temporarily joins their gang, she starts doing this to him.
    • Mrs Smith gives one to her husband about his reaction to being shown the newly modified family car to kill the Powerpuff Girls.
  • In Regular Show, Mordecai does this to Rigby whenever he says something stupid and/or dickish, though instead of a slap, it's a punch. In "The Power", Mordecai tells Benson that they sent Skips to the moon, and Rigby attempts to dope-punch him, but fails because he's too weak to send the message. Mordecai responds by dope-punching him back.
  • Ren from The Ren & Stimpy Show does this to Stimpy on a semi-regular basis after he's said something really stupid.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • From "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V":
      Barnacle Boy: If you don't respect me as a hero, the you'll respect me as a villain. A villain who's EVIL!!
      SpongeBob: Evil?
      The rest: Evil?
      Mermaid Man: [blankly stares, then dope-slapped by Mr. Krabs] EVIIIL!!!
    • After it's revealed near the end of "Squid Noir" that the jellyfish stole Squidward's clarinet, SpongeBob makes a joke that "crime doesn't play". Patrick promptly nails him with a hard slap.
  • Star Wars Rebels: Happens twice in "Ghosts of Geonosis":
    • At the beginning, Sabine gives one to Ezra when he asks about the secret mission, despite having already been told it's a secret.
    • Imperial Captain Brunson delivers one to her helmsman after he informs her their rocket troopers have suffered heavy casualties, and when she asks how many he sheepishly answers "All of them."
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
    • Annoying Younger Sibling Michelangelo gets these from Raphael on a regular basis.
      Raph: Woah, Donny, don't hit Mikey. That's MY job.
    • In one instance of particular annoyance, Leonardo restrains Raph from doing this... so he can smack Mikey himself.
    • An episode of the "Fast Forward" season has Splinter taking it to the extreme, tipping Mikey's chair over so he could hit him with the entire floor.
      Splinter: Someone had to do it. It was time.
  • Transformers:
  • Ultimate Spider-Man:
    • After defeating Green Goblin together, Spider-Man then proposes names for his and Venom's temporary team-up. Venom quickly tires of this, hits Spidey, and tells him to shut up.
    • White Tiger does it once to Nova. Since he's wearing his helmet at the time, it makes a nice KLONG sound.
  • Dick Dastardly to Muttley on Wacky Races. Usually, Dick's retaliation for Muttley snickering at him comes by a bop on the head, dumping water on him, or other variations.
  • Young Justice:
    • Aqualad prompts Robin to stop laughing outright at Superboy's failure with a sharp elbow to the ribs. One gets the feeling that it would have been a smack upside the head were Aqualad a less reserved person.
    • Artemis delivers one to Kid Flash when he won't stop flirting with Miss Martian.

    Real Life 
  • Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers discusses various Korean Air plane crashes, concluding that a significant part of it was a hierarchical culture between pilots and co-pilots which led to poor communication. One egregious example came when the captain dope-slapped his co-pilot.
  • An increasingly common variation nowadays is basically a whiffed dope slap. Make all the motions and aim for the general vicinity of the back of the head without actually striking the person. This avoids actually physically contacting people's heads and the imagery ensures the message is clear. Sometimes, the quip ("what are you stupid?!" or, "you dumbass!") is also left out as receiving the action is indicator enough that the recipient is doing something inane.
  • Montenegrin footballer Mirko Vucinic has a habit of celebrating goals by taking off his shorts and running around in his underwear. Originally believed to be a way to get around FIFA's rule that taking off one's jersey was punishable by a yellow card, they quickly caught on and translated it to this as well. When he did this while playing for Italian club Juventus after a penalty kick goal against Pescara on April 6, 2013, his manager, Antonio Conte, gave him several dope slaps, yelling at him the entire time. He got his yellow card. And scored a second goal six minutes later, though he did not take his shorts off the second time.
  • In American Sign Language, one way to point out a person is being stupid is to flick one's finger at the person's head, figuratively using the signal for the word "melon" to indicate the one flicked is being a melon-head. As a bonus, this is also an instantly recognizable signal to most hearing people even if they don't know any sign language, as it resembles how they might rap their knuckles on someone's head while asking "Hello! Anybody in there?"


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Alternative Title(s): Head Smack The Idiot, Gibbs Slap, Gerber Slap


Sailor Moon - Dope Slap

Rei slaps Usagi's head after she shouts "I'll punish you" towards Hotaru's father.

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