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"Silly Me" Gesture

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A self-inflicted version of the Dope Slap, this is when a character hits herself softly on the head, winks, and sticks her tongue out after tripping, dropping or doing some other mistake in acknowledgement of her blooper. As it is considered a childish and endearing mannerism, this gesture is most often employed by a klutz, the overly cute, or The Ditz; though it may also be used ironically, to feign innocent clumsiness. Though the female pronoun is used throughout this article, this trope is not Always Female and can be found, for instance, in many a Keet's repertoire or someone deliberately going for the dissonance factor between appearance and behavior.

Sticking the tongue out is sometimes forgone from the gesture, but other variants are also possible. This is referred to in Japanese anime fandom circles as tehepero, which was coined by voice actress Yōko Hikasa. Another gesture that is used in similar circumstances but conveys a somewhat different image is the Hand Behind Head.



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     Anime & Manga  
  • Haruhi Suzumiya:
  • Yui and Sawako-sensei combine this with Hand Behind Head in episode 5 of K-On!, in an apparent shout-out to a candy mascot.
  • Retasu does this when explaining why she lets her friends boss her around in Tokyo Mew Mew.
  • Harumi does this to herself in the Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei episode centering on Never Heard That One Before. She comments how it doesn't make sense that Shōnen manga isn't about boys, and then does this gesture, to indicate that this is something everyone has probably thought of a million times. However, she then gets blank looks from the rest of the class, and ends up Blue with Shock when she realizes no one else shares her tastes.
  • Nena Trinity in Mobile Suit Gundam 00, after "pressing the wrong button" and blowing up a wedding.
  • Eri Shinoda, vice-president of the Plamodel Club in Gundam Build Fighters Try, does this when she charges her Hobby Hizack into battle only to get shot down in seconds. Afterwards, Fumina wonders if she threw the match on purpose.
  • In the Nue Arc of Mononoke, the Medicine Seller does a very subdued (but extraordinarily sarcastic) display of this when he "realizes" he "accidentally" used poisonous oleander in a concoction that he gave to someone.
  • Mai does this in her introduction episode in Darker Than Black when explaining why she isn't isn't going to her friend's house.
  • In a NEEDLESS side story, Mio knocks herself out with her own Super Strength by making this gesture.
  • So, I Can't Play H!:
    • Mina does this after saying, "I can be pretty clumsy. Tee, hee!" This is after she said she accidentally washed Ryosoke's cell phone and computer.
    • Ryosuke himself does this, including the "tee, hee," line after he's caught cheating at strip poker.
  • In the Little Busters! anime, Kud does this when Riki reminds her about Mio.
  • Masuzu does this over the phone in episode 8 of Oreshura after realzing her plan of taking an embarrassing picture of Ai and Eita couldn't be done very well in a dark movie theater.
  • Kanade does this in episode 7 of Mayo Chiki! towards Jiro after he wakes up at the hotel resort they're staying at. He at first is annoyed at having to be brought here, along with Kanade's cover up story that they're lovers and fled there since their parents refuse to recognize their relationship. In reality, they went there because Subaru, Kanade's butler, wanted to visit her mother's grave on the anniversary of her death, and wouldn't of been able to come if Kanade had to travel with her parents overseas.
  • Maken-ki!: Done by Celia, in chapter 49, after she almost forgets to tell the others that her Inversion would wear off the islanders after 30 minutes.
  • Nozaki does this in Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun when he deliberately makes too much lunch while trying to gain an understanding of Mamiko. Nozaki being Nozaki, he does it with a flat voice and no expression.
  • Ayu from Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V does this when she forgets that she cannot attack in her first turn.
  • In A Certain Scientific Railgun, Mugino scolds Frenda for leaving behind her bombs. Frenda apologizes and does the gesture, only for Mugino to kick her in the shin.
  • In Potemayo's opening, Mikan bops herself on the head and sticks her tongue out after falling over.
  • In No Game No Life, Feel does this after admitting that her country, which she dislikes for, among other reasons, its system of slavery, "can up and vanish" for all she cares.
  • In Pokémon Sun and Moon Anime, Suiren does this from time to time after playfully telling a lie.
    • During the Hoenn series, May would occasionally do this, such as when her little brother Max chastised her for not knowing Pelliper's type.
  • In Danganronpa: The Animation, Junko Enoshima does this at one point. The real one, and it’s meant to accentuate her creepy cheeriness.

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     Live Action Film 
  • The New Daughter: John hits himself in the head a few times when Sam has to remind him to leave the door to his room open a crack, a self-deprecating gesture against his failure as a parent.

     Live Action TV 
  • Grange Hill: Played for laughs when Stern Teacher Mr Mitchell slaps his own wrist when talking to Tucker Jenkins, with whom he has a love-hate relationship.
    Mr Mitchell: How is the model coming along?
    Tucker: Don't touch it, sir, it's still wet!
    Mr Mitchell: (slaps himself) Oh! Jenkins, I'm sorry, good gracious!

     Video Games  
  • Selphie's introductory FMV in Final Fantasy VIII shows her trying to climb down a hill, followed by her tripping and almost falling down. Her reaction leaves out the head-hitting, but it leaves the tongue-stickout and wink intact.
  • Kingdom Hearts: Sora and Ven do this a lot, but sheepishly laugh instead of sticking their tongue out and winking.
  • Tsuruhime from Sengoku Basara does this in her standard stage ending video while giggling. It makes bubbles appear.
  • Anji Mito of Guilty Gear does a variant with his fan at the end of his Destroyer.
  • Colette Brunel of Tales of Symphonia and its sequel can be seen doing this (minus the head-hitting) in the anime-style cut-in that appears when she messes up the incantation for Holy Song. This results in her Holy Judgement Mystic Arte.

     Visual Novel  
  • Trucy Wright of Ace Attorney uses the gesture occasionally (hitting the top of her hat instead of her head, but the overall effect is the same). Ini Miney also uses the hat variation in Justice for All. Or rather, Mimi Miney does. It's very much the "feigning innocence" type.

     Web Original 
  • The Winking Face With Tongue Emoji (😜).

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     Western Animation  
  • Young Justice: Miss Martian's catch-phrase, "Hello Megan!", goes with the little forehead slap. No tongue or wink, but sometimes she rolls her eyes.

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