Childish Tooth Gap
A character missing teeth, or having a gap, to showcase them as either as being young and cute
Examples:Anime and Manga
- Subverted with Aiko from Oyasumi Punpun. She is introduced as a little girl with missing teeth. Punpun is instantly attracted to her and conjures up an image of her as a cute Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Aiko in reality is a Broken Bird, and it just gets worse as the manga continues. Played darkly late into the series, where the now-adult Aiko gets her tooth knocked out which makes her look similar to how she did when introduced. Within fifteen chapters she's Driven to Suicide.
- One Piece: Sabo in his younger years was shown with a missing tooth gap. While it might've been a naturally detaching milk tooth, the fact that he prefers to live in the streets may also contribute to that.
- In the 2016 version of Runaways, eleven-year-old Molly Hayes is depicted as having a prominent tooth gap. This annoyed some fans, as this was supposed to be the Earth-616 version of Molly, whose dad was a dentist.
- Ellie from Up had teeth in this fashion in her childhood flashbacks. She was a fiery, upbeat tomboy.
- Darla from Cats Don't Dance has a gap in her teeth but subverts the cliche, being a strong example of Kids Are Cruel.
- Inverted with Hiro Hamada from Big Hero 6 who has a gap on his front teeth, and although he is the youngest of the group, he is also the leader and the most mature of the team.
- 10-year-old Ben from Song of the Sea sports a tooth gap.
- Melanie Martinez naturally has a gap in her teeth. This, combined with her clothing style and songs, helps accentuate her subversively innocent image.
- Lodo from Yo-Kai Watch is a young looking youkai who is childish and likes milk. He has a tooth gap. It could also be related to his hygiene, as the youkai he is based on looks like a dirty, old man and gives people bad luck.
- In Tetrobot And Co, Maya has missing teeth in the photographs from her childhood.
- Donatello has a tooth gap in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012). He's the most adorkable of the brothers.
- Beast Boy has a gap in his teeth in the second season of Young Justice. He's the youngest member of the team and is energetic.
- The titular protagonist of Clarence is missing two front teeth. He is an elementary school aged boy. Clarence is Fun Personified and a Wide-Eyed Idealist.
- Finn from Adventure Time is a Kid Hero with only a few teeth. According to Word of God this isn't stylistic. Finn is missing several teeth because he is an Idiot Hero who bites things like rocks.
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