Created By: shokoshu on June 15, 2015 Last Edited By: NoirGrimoir on December 7, 2017

Crazy Teeth

Protruding teeth signify the character is a loon/doofus/hick

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Alias Hillbilly Teeth. (Google that phrase to see wonderful examples better than any lengthy actual description, although mixed with British Teeth.)

A character having very protruding (upper) teeth always immediately suggests that he's one bat short of a belfry. The canonical example, unfortunately from Germany and thus less known, is the roles of Norman C÷ster in "Bernd das Brot".

Overlap with British or (less probable) Chinaman Teeth is possible. Surplus Speech Impediment is for free.

Trope needs, first of all, examples. Seen It a Million Times.


Examples

Live-Action TV

Web Comics
  • Cuthwald from 'NSFW Comix'' falls rather under British than Crazy Teeth, and is more leech than loon.

Western Animation
  • The Simpsons. Everybody in the Simpsonverse has an overbite (and granted, nearly everybody is rather stupid) but e.g. Cletus - who would be the candidate for this trope - isn't really different since it's the artists style.

Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • June 15, 2015
    Snicka
    • Goofy has large buck teeth, in line with his ditzy and bumbling personality.
  • June 15, 2015
    eroock
    Film:
  • June 16, 2015
    oneuglybunny
    In Western Animation, this is often seen in a Butter Face girl, as well as many an Abhorrent Admirer.

    Modern Art
    • Underground artist Robert Crumb often draws characters with horrific, irregular teeth, as an indicator of someone stupefyingly stupid or one lacking any sense of hygiene.

    Film
    • Lena Hyena from Who Framed Roger Rabbit reveals her Butter Face and mouthful of irregular teeth when confronted by detective Eddie Valiant, who'd mistaken her for Jessica Rabbit. The look on Valiant's face says it all: Do. Not. Want.

    Western Animation
    • Massive manservant Max from Cats Dont Dance displays a mouthful of huge teeth that seem to jostle each other for space in his mouth, best displayed at the climactic moment when he has The Hero cornered atop the theater. Max himself isn't really crazy, but his boss is a psychotic Spoiled Brat Prima Donna.
  • June 17, 2015
    Arivne

    • Deleted the picture, which was a Hot linked image.
    • Deleted "but still all I come up with offhand are bad examples:" as per How To Write An Example - Don't Project Yourself Into the Entry and Aim For A Final Draft Appearance.
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      • Corrected spelling (Loriots -> Loriot's) and Namespaced Creator name (Loriot).
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  • October 28, 2015
    eroock
    This trope should be big, no?
  • October 28, 2015
    DAN004
    How would this relate to Asian Buck Teeth? Maybe call this Dumb Buck Teeth.

  • October 28, 2015
    NoirGrimoir
    I corrected a spelling error.

    • The eldest Sanderson Sister from Hocus Pocus has very prominent protruding teeth like a rodent, and she is a crazy witch who sold her soul to the devil for power, out to become immortal by sucking the life from of the children of Salem. Although compared to her other two sisters, she's probably the most intelligent, if equally as psycho.
  • October 29, 2015
    eroock

  • October 29, 2015
    DAN004
    Rereading the trope again, I think this is more about ugly teeth in general which represent a characterization. The kinds of bad teeth doesn't matter.
  • October 29, 2015
    eroock

    Let's make this trope for overbite = funny/ditzy.
  • October 29, 2015
    Alucard
  • October 29, 2015
    eroock
    What about Goofy Overbite or Goofy Teeth?
  • October 29, 2015
    NoirGrimoir
    Ugly Teeth does not equal British Teeth. British Teeth is basically All Brits Have Bad Teeth. This is People With Wierd Teeth Are Crazy Or Stupid. Limiting this to a specific kind of bad teeth would make no sense.
  • October 29, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ Okay then, my Spongebob example still counts, right?
  • October 29, 2015
    NoirGrimoir
    I would expect so.

    I think Crazy Teeth is alright, but I do like Goofy Teeth, too. Also Loony Teeth.
  • October 30, 2015
    oneuglybunny
    Proposing a page image, Max the manservant at his most deliciously psychotic. static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/oddteeth.PNG Add the http:// to make it work.
  • October 30, 2015
    eroock
    ^ That's not what I imagine this trope to be about. I was thinking about this.
  • October 30, 2015
    NoirGrimoir
    Yeah I think the point is that you can see or tell the character has crazy teeth without them even having to open their mouth.
  • November 3, 2015
    WalterSmith
    • Beauty And The Beast: Le Fou, Gaston's sidekick, sports huge buck teeth. Although they're not visibile when he keeps his mouth shut, they can be clearly seen as soon as he smiles, talks or sings with his fellow mates.

    • The Simpsons: along with Cletus, Prof. Frink is the character with the largest overbite. He's not that stupid, but he's a nutty scientist nevertheless.
  • November 3, 2015
    randomsurfer
    Cletus doens't have more of an overbite than anyone else on The Simpsons, true, but his teeth are still crazy in that there are fewer of them. Most other people have a full set of teeth but Cletus only has three with large gaps between.
  • November 4, 2015
    eowynjedi
    Anime:
    • Bruno, one of Those Two Bad Guys in Turn A Gundam, has an overbite with two huge teeth sticking out. (His partner Jacop is normal in that regard, but has other cartoony proportions.) He and Jacop spend most of their time bumbling around, being defeated by donkeys, and generally acting like doofuses for comic relief.
  • June 28, 2016
    DAN004
    Bump?
  • September 8, 2017
    eroock
    http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/deedee_teeth.jpg
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  • September 9, 2017
    Snicka
    This should be merged with Dorky Buck Teeth.
  • December 7, 2017
    TitoMosquito
    I don't know, "Dorky Buck Teeth" talks specifically of buckteeth, while "Crazy Teeth" could mean something else.
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