Created By: Frank75 on July 30, 2010 Last Edited By: Frank75 on July 30, 2010

Teeth Flying

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It's like this: Two men are fighting, Good Old Fisticuffs. Now things get dirty. Then, one of them makes an attack to the mouth and hits. Cue the other one spitting out one tooth (or several).

In funny works, this can take a humorous form: The guy who is hit will lose ALL his teeth - because they're dentures. Even if they were not hinted to be fake. Or if the work is an a setting where dentures aren't invented yet. (Astérix has this.)

Can't name any other examples, but I'm pretty sure they're there.

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  • July 26, 2010
    the grene kni3t
    Bad guys' teeth go flying in the opening sequence to The Powerpuff Girls.
  • July 26, 2010
    I think one episode of The Powerpuff Girls was pretty much based on this trope.
  • July 26, 2010
  • July 26, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    • Happened to Centipede in the movie version of James And The Giant Peach.
    • In the "Pecos Bill" segment of Melody Time, Bill knocks out all the gold fillings off a gang of rustlers, which is why "there's gold in them thar hills".
    • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode where SpongeBob has to impersonate Mr. Krabs at his Navy reunion, one of Krab's buddies asks to punch him in the "armor abs", resulting in one of his teeth coming loose. The others are disappointed that he only lost one tooth, until he spits out a few more, and the others declare, "Now that's manly!"
  • July 26, 2010
    Chicklet Teeth? After the use of chicklets (or other small white candies) for the flying teeth in question?
  • July 26, 2010
    This is used as a Running Gag in Undercover Blues, in which small-time criminal "Muerte" loses a tooth when attempting to mug one of the titular spies. He stalks them, determined to exact revenge, and ends up losing more teeth in most of their encounters.
  • July 26, 2010
    Played For Drama in a scene from the director's cut of Watchmen. When Nite Owl learns from a Knot-Top that his mentor Hollis Mason was murdered by other members of that gang, he snaps and punches the man in the face repeatedly, visibly knocking a few teeth loose.