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Zipper Mouth
A character literally zips up another character's mouth, like it's an actual zipper.
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(permanent link) added: 2013-02-09 10:17:09 sponsor: CaveCat (last reply: 2013-02-09 16:52:45)

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One of the most common gestures when being told to be quiet or not want to talk to someone is to pretend to zip up your mouth, as a sign that they wish not to say another word. However, in animation, when one character says something stupid, either another character will zip up that one character's mouth like an actual zipper, or the character that said it while do it himself.

Not to be confused with: Zipperiffic

See also: Dope Slap, "Be Quiet!" Nudge

Compare: Wipe That Smile Off Your Face


Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • Fukuro from One Piece, a member of CP9, has a zipper for a mouth, which he must unzip whenever he wants to speak. In spite of this, he's very gossipy and has a tendency to blurt out critical information.

Film - Animated
  • Happens twice in Aladdin with the Genie. The first time, Genie does it to himself and the second time, Aladdin does it to Genie.

Film - Live-Action
  • The eponymous character of Beetlejuice does this to Barbara, as one of the attempts to keep her from saying his name three times.

Puppet Shows
  • Zippy from Rainbow has a zipper for a mouth, so when he's being particularly obnoxious, other characters will zip it shut.

Western Animation
  • Ratty does this to Mole in the third act of the Mr. Bogus episode "Kung Fu Campout", after Mole said something stupid.

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