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Basic Trope: Hand meets forehead.

  • Straight: Bob, after hearing a dumb comment, places his hand on his forehead.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob places his head in both his hands, then more hands somehow show up and cover his face.
    • Multiple people cradle their foreheads with their hands after seeing/hearing something dumb.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob rests his head on his index finger.
    • Bob rubs the side of his head in annoyance.
  • Justified:
    • Bob wants to hide his look of disdain from whoever made the dumb comment.
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    • Bob's exasperation is giving him a headache, and rubbing his forehead is the natural response.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob has a hand on his desk, he hears a dumb comment and rests his head on it.
    • Alternatively, he leans back with his hands on his seat's head rest as he takes in the dumb comment.
  • Subverted: Bob hears a dumb comment, raises a hand near his head, then puts his hand down.
  • Double Subverted: ...then he puts his hand in his head after a beat.
  • Parodied: After hearing a dumb comment, his hand launches from his wrist on a spring into his head.
  • Zig-Zagged:
  • Averted: Bob hears a dumb comment and simply shakes his head, he doesn't move his hands at all
  • Enforced: "He's got to put his hand on his head or how do we know he's flabbergasted? "
  • Lampshaded: "Bob's doing the hand on his head thing, he must think what you said was dumb"
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  • Invoked: "If we were face-to-face, I'd be doing that thing where I sigh and put my head in my hand right about now."
  • Exploited: Bob unknowingly has a poison needing inhalation on the palm of his hand, his assailant says something low-key stupid and he facepalms, killing himself.
  • Defied: "I'm just going to stare at you until you realise what an idiot you are".
  • Discussed: "If he says something stupid, I won't respond. I'll just put my head in my hand and deal with it that way."
  • Conversed: "Captain Bob is the type to just put his head in his hands if someone says something stupid."
  • Deconstructed: Bob, after a life of doing this as a go-to response to dumb comments, just gets more stressed rather than less when he facepalms.
  • Reconstructed: Bob learns other methods to deal with stress while he facepalms.

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