Tooth Hurty YKTTW Discussion

Tooth Hurty
(permanent link) added: 2011-06-07 09:03:15 sponsor: mr3urious (last reply: 2011-06-10 05:28:32)

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Just like with eyes, fingers, and testicles, teeth are an extremely sensitive part of us that we can't bear to see get broken or pulled out, whether our own or other people's. Just like with fingers, we have so many of them, giving us so many ways to feel the pain (even worse if a Depraved Dentist is involved). However, someone may pull a tooth for a good reason, i.e., it gives them so much pain.

The title is a play on a classic, albeit lame, joke: What time do you go to the dentist? Answer: 2:30 (Tooth Hurty).

Keep in mind that this is about teeth getting hurt or removed in other ways other than getting knocked out in a fight. There already exists a separate trope for that.


  • In Cast Away, Chuck is having a problem with his tooth in the beginning of the film, which gets worse once he becomes stranded on an island. Eventually, he knocks it out with an ice skate found on one of the packages washed ashore, but passes out from the immense pain.
  • I Spit on Your Grave also features a scene of this.

Live-Action TV
  • On Malcolm in the Middle, Hal hurts his tooth while eating some snacks during a poker game, and one of his friends who works as a dentist treats it. However, after getting a huge bill (when he assumed it would be free because the friend said something along the lines of "I'll take care of it"), Hal eventually rips out his tooth as protest, but passes out.

Western Animation
  • This plays a part in a Rugrats episode, where Angelica is trying to pull one of Chuckie's teeth out for tooth fairy money.

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