Created By: SleetWintergreen on September 29, 2011 Last Edited By: SleetWintergreen on October 2, 2011
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Jaw Breaker

Killing a monster (or sometimes a person) by forcing their jaw apart until it snaps.

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Monster trying to get it's teeth into you? Here's an unusual solution; force the creature's jaws apart until they break.

Oddly, this is almost always portrayed as causing instantaneous death, when it should leave them alive but in crotch-stompingly horrible pain.

For some reason, Reptilian monsters are especially prone to this.

A nastier variant is to simply tear the jaw off altogether.


Examples

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[[folder:Comic Books]]

  • In 52, after Sobek's true colors are revealed, Black Adam finishes him off this way.
  • In an issue of The Walking Dead, upon being tackled by a zombie, Martinez sticks his hand in it's mouth and breaks it's jaw before it can bite his fingers. Balls +5.
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[[folder:Film]]

  • King Kong's signature move. He does it to dinosaurs and giant snakes in the 30s version, the 70s version, the 00s version and the video game based on it.
  • Mecha-Godzilla does this to Anguirus in Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla. He lives, though.
  • Derek kills a man in a disturbing scene in American History X with a curb stomp.
  • One of the deaths in {{Mirrors.}}
  • The first person to be shown attacked by the curse in The Grudge suffers this, as did one of the later victims in {{Ju-On.}}
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[[/folder: Literature]]

  • In His Dark Materials, Iorek tears his rival's jaw off. Symbolic, because the other was a liar.
  • Samson does this to a lion in the Christian Bible.
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[[folder:Video Games]]

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[[folder: Webcomics]]

  • The Adventures Of Doctor Mc Ninja: Doc does it to a zombie. Since it was undead, it doesn't really kill the thing, but it does prevent it from biting him.
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Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • September 29, 2011
    surgoshan
    This is a real thing people can do. Put someone's mouth on the curb and stomp the back of his head. Breaks his jaw and potentially kills him.

    Film

    Literature
    • His Dark Materials, Iorek tears his rival's jaw off. Symbolic, because the other was a liar.

    Live Action TV
    • The curb stomp is mentioned in an episode of Law And Order. It was a non-fatal attack by white supremacists on a random gay man.
  • September 29, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Kong does it to a giant snake in the 1976 version of King Kong.
  • September 29, 2011
    RazorSmile
    • Samson does this to a lion in the Christian Bible.
  • September 29, 2011
    MagcargoMan
    The version where the jaw is removed occurs in The Golden Compass.
  • September 29, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    King Kong also did this to a T-rex in the 1933 version and to a V-rex in the 2005 version.
    • by extension the video game based on the 2005 film has this as a move that can be used for an instant kill
  • September 29, 2011
    Chariset

    Also: this trope is absolutely ghastly.
  • September 30, 2011
    NetMonster
    In American History X, the nazi protagonist kills a black would-be burglar this way.
  • September 30, 2011
    patsy
    • In God Of War, Kratos finishes Cerberus this way, in order to steal the artifact held within its mouth.
  • September 30, 2011
    StevenT
    One of the deaths in Mirrors.
  • September 30, 2011
    Bisected8
    • The first person to be shown attacked by the curse in The Grudge suffers this.
  • September 30, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Needs A Better Name. This isn't about candies or words that are hard to pronounce.

    Try Jaw Breaking Attack, Jaw Breaking Kill or somethingthing like that.
  • September 30, 2011
    SleetWintergreen
    It's about literally breaking someone's jaw, instead of the candy with the same name. It's just a pun. "Literal Jaw Breaker" might work if enough object, though.

    Also, I thought curb stomping broke the teeth, not the jaw?
  • September 30, 2011
    surgoshan
    It can do both.
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