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15th Sep '17 8:29:31 AM Theriocephalus
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* This trope technically applies to humans, as we use ours not only for processing food - the default job for tongues in the animal kingdom - but also for the completely unrelated task of speech.

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* This trope technically applies to humans, as we use ours not only for processing food - -- the default job for tongues in the animal kingdom - -- but also for the completely unrelated task of shaping and modulating our speech.



* Cats have bristled tongues to maximize their usefulness for grooming purposes.

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* Cats have bristled tongues to maximize their usefulness for grooming purposes.purposes, as well as helping in scraping every last bit of meat from the bones of a kill.
* Chameleons have enormously long tongues ([[OverlyLongTongue anywhere to half again as long as their owners to more than twice as long as the rest of the chameleon]]) made up of a complex springlike system of muscle and collagen, which they famously use to catch prey. When they do this, their tongues don't just stick to the target -- they physically grab a solid hold their prey and wrench it back into the chameleon's mouth.
14th May '17 10:16:19 AM nombretomado
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* In ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'', Dehaka from {{Franchise/Starcraft}} has the ''Drag'' as one of his basic skills, which makes him use his tongue to grapple onto opponents and drag them along as he moves.

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* In ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'', Dehaka from {{Franchise/Starcraft}} ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' has the ''Drag'' as one of his basic skills, which makes him use his tongue to grapple onto opponents and drag them along as he moves.
6th May '17 2:52:15 AM Medinoc
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* In ''Roleplay/AsteroidQuest'', members of the yich eater species have a tongue long enough to lick their own eye. Which they do in lieu of blinking, since they don't appear to have eyelids.
3rd May '17 9:55:53 AM crazysamaritan
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So, you have a character who's a lizard of some kind. He may look amazing, but what can he do in particular, especially when it comes to combat, platforming or just day-to-day activities? Sure, some can [[SuperNotDrowningSkills breathe underwater]], others can blend in with their surroundings, but let's not forget that a lot of them tend to have the long, sticky tongues that their real world counterparts use as their feeding mechanism.

But that's only one thing you can use it for. Some lizard characters, or even characters of other species that have long sticky tongues, can use them for more applications than just [[GrapplingHookPistol getting food]].

See also OverlyLongTongue.

Naturally, this comes with tons of PowerPerversionPotential.

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So, you have Multipurpose Tongues can do a character who's a lizard lot more than taste, such as grasp, sting, or bash objects. A great variety of some kind. He may look amazing, creatures could possess this kind of tongue, but what can he do in particular, especially when it comes to combat, platforming they're usually reptilian or just day-to-day activities? Sure, some can [[SuperNotDrowningSkills breathe underwater]], others can blend in with amphibians. Many characters add an AnimalMotif based on their surroundings, but let's not forget that a lot of them tend to have the long, sticky tongues that their real world counterparts use as their feeding mechanism.ability.

But that's only one thing you can use it for. Some lizard characters, or even A Multipurpose Tongue is sometimes fully prehensile, allowing characters of other species that have long to grab and carry things solely with their tongue. Less prehensile variants may be coated in some sticky tongues, can use them for more applications than substance, or have tiny suction pads like an octopus's tentacles. Alternatively, a Multipurpose Tongue could be covered in a slimy substance, allowing the character to escape a grapple hold with their saliva. Particularly in the case of stinging Multipurpose Tongues, the appendage may have a venomous component (or skin-contact poison) that causes paralysis in the target.

Usually, this trope needs an OverlyLongTongue
just [[GrapplingHookPistol getting food]].

See also OverlyLongTongue.

Naturally, this comes with tons of PowerPerversionPotential.
to function.
13th Apr '17 11:56:59 AM Willbyr
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* ''{{Naruto}}'': Orochimaru has a [[AnimalMotifs snake motif]]; one of the most unsettling applications of this is his repeated use of his tongue as a weapon, which he does so efficiently that he was still able to defend himself when [[spoiler: he was briefly deprived use of his hands]]. All of this, of course, invokes ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamata_no_Orochi Yamata-no-Orochi]]'', the so-called "Japanese Hydra."
* The ''{{Pokemon}}'' Lickitung (and his evolution, Lickilicky) uses it's tongue to gather food, and to fight enemies, either by wrapping them up, or licking them.

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* ''{{Naruto}}'': ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Orochimaru has a [[AnimalMotifs snake motif]]; one of the most unsettling applications of this is his repeated use of his tongue as a weapon, which he does so efficiently that he was still able to defend himself when [[spoiler: he was briefly deprived use of his hands]]. All of this, of course, invokes ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamata_no_Orochi Yamata-no-Orochi]]'', the so-called "Japanese Hydra."
* The ''{{Pokemon}}'' Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Lickitung (and his evolution, Lickilicky) uses it's its tongue to gather food, and to fight enemies, either by wrapping them up, or licking them.



* Toad from the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' series uses his long, prehensile tongue in combat as one of his primary abilities.

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* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
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Toad from the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' series uses his long, prehensile tongue in combat as one of his primary abilities.
3rd Apr '17 3:08:01 AM Vir
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* One of the antagonistic alien species in ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlackTheSeries'' is a sort of six foot tall anthropomorphic lizard-salamander thing. Apparently their tongues can be fired from their mouths with enough force to knock out a human being, among other uses.

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* One of the antagonistic alien species in ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlackTheSeries'' ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' is a sort of six foot tall anthropomorphic lizard-salamander thing. Apparently their tongues can be fired from their mouths with enough force to knock out a human being, among other uses.
3rd Apr '17 3:07:32 AM Vir
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* One of the antagonistic alien species in ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' is a sort of six foot tall anthropomorphic lizard-salamander thing. Apparently their tongues can be fired from their mouths with enough force to knock out a human being, among other uses.

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* One of the antagonistic alien species in ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlackTheSeries'' is a sort of six foot tall anthropomorphic lizard-salamander thing. Apparently their tongues can be fired from their mouths with enough force to knock out a human being, among other uses.
11th Mar '17 6:55:38 PM jormis29
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* A minor character in one episode of ''SpacePrecinct'' used his to remove a bomb stuck to the hood of the car he was in.

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* A minor character in one episode of ''SpacePrecinct'' ''Series/SpacePrecinct'' used his to remove a bomb stuck to the hood of the car he was in.



* [[SuperMarioBros Yoshi]] invokes this trope quite a fair bit in some of his games. Although a lot of his skillset revolves around eating living things, he can use his tongue for other things, especially in ''VideoGame/YoshisStory'', where Yoshi can use it to nudge bubbles around if need be, and use it to hookshot his way onto red ! balls.
* {{Gex}} uses his tongue for several things, especially volleying out fire, ice and slime when he's eaten a powerup, as well as to grab ledges in lieu of his hands.

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* [[SuperMarioBros [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Yoshi]] invokes this trope quite a fair bit in some of his games. Although a lot of his skillset revolves around eating living things, he can use his tongue for other things, especially in ''VideoGame/YoshisStory'', where Yoshi can use it to nudge bubbles around if need be, and use it to hookshot his way onto red ! balls.
* {{Gex}} VideoGame/{{Gex}} uses his tongue for several things, especially volleying out fire, ice and slime when he's eaten a powerup, as well as to grab ledges in lieu of his hands.



* Carmilla of the WhateleyUniverse has it, along with BodyHorror and CombatTentacles. She's demonstrated the PowerPerversionPotential of it, and has also used it just to freak people out or scare them.

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* Carmilla of the WhateleyUniverse ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' has it, along with BodyHorror and CombatTentacles. She's demonstrated the PowerPerversionPotential of it, and has also used it just to freak people out or scare them.
8th Jan '17 8:02:24 PM GiantSpaceChinchilla
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But that's only one thing you can use it for. Some lizard characters, or even characters of other species that have long sticky tongues, can use them for more applications than just getting food.

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But that's only one thing you can use it for. Some lizard characters, or even characters of other species that have long sticky tongues, can use them for more applications than just [[GrapplingHookPistol getting food.
food]].

See also OverlyLongTongue.
2nd Oct '16 5:57:36 AM Imjustme
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*[[spoiler: Alice]] in ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' tries to kill Sam by impaling him with [[spoiler: her]] robotic tongue.
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