Created By: RusstopherJuly 18, 2010
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Hand grenade pin tooth-pull

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The tough guy takes out a grenade and pulls the pin with his teeth, then tosses it to kill a bunch of mooks. It's a common trope in action flicks and war films, so much so this troper has lost count of how many times he's seen it and was more than a little surprised to not find a page for it already.

In reality, grenade pins are designed to be hard to pull so they are never pulled accidentally. Attempting to pull them with your teeth will likely result in some painful dental damage.

This troper's most recently witnessed example was close to the end of Inception.
Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • July 18, 2010
    BlackDragon
    In Beetle Bailey, General Halftrack once tried to do this as a "This is how we did it back in MY day!" demonstration - but just ended up throwing the still-pinned grenade along with his teeth (he wears dentures, obviously.)
  • July 18, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    When Wile E. Coyote tries it, the grenade naturally stays in his teeth.
  • July 19, 2010
    Arivne
    The Grenade Tropes and Reality Is Unrealistic pages mention this trope (apparently it doesn't exist yet). Grenade Tropes has an example.

    • Richard Marcinko addresses pulling the grenade pin with your teeth in Rogue Warrior: Task Force Blue.
      Yeah yeah, I know you always see the hero pull the pin out with his teeth. Well you try it sometime, if you want to send your dentist's kids to Yale. Because the only thing you're gonna get if you try and pull a fucking grenade pin out with your teeth is broken teeth.

    From Taking You With Me:

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    • In The Wrath of God, one of the "heroes" is mortally wounded but grapples his killer -- then brings up one hand holding a grenade. Grinning into the other man's horrified face (at about four inches), he says, "Life is just full of surprises!" before pulling the pin with his teeth and holding the grenade alongside their heads. Boom.
  • July 19, 2010
    Wristmilk
    Loki does this in Son Of The Mask... with a little tongue too.
  • July 19, 2010
    whereismytea
    • Italy from Axis Powers Hetalia attempts this method of detonation but throws the pin while still holding the grenade in his mouth.
  • July 19, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    Saito in Inception.
  • July 19, 2010
    AFP
    Possible Trope Name: Badass Dental Plan or something similar?
  • July 19, 2010
    foxley
    In an epsiode of MASH, Frank pulls a pin out of a grenade with his teeth and spits it away before panicking and desperately searching for the pin.
  • July 20, 2010
    STUART
    Tooth Pull Pin just sounds right.
  • July 20, 2010
    suedenim
    Does anyone know where this trope originated? If it's wholly unrealistic, there might be a specific work that can be identified as the first. (Or maybe there were earlier grenades that it kinda-sorta made sense for?)
  • July 20, 2010
    jatay
    How long has it been sense this trope was common? They always talk about it but I don't remember ever seeing it.
  • July 20, 2010
    foxley
    In the Looney Tunes cartoon "Cool Cat", Egomaniac Hunter Colonel Rimfire tries to pull the pin out of a grenade with his teeth, but ends up pulling out his dentures and hurling the unarmed grenade at Cool Cat.

  • July 27, 2010
    STUART
  • August 8, 2010
    foxley
    Is this Up For Grabs?
  • August 8, 2010
    KZN02
    Fullmetal Alchemist: Olivier Armstrong does this when she takes a grenade from a fallen soldier to attack Sloth.
  • September 11, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    Alright I'm declaring this one Up For Grabs.

    Also, Clarence does this in Robocop while playing Dick's recorded message for Bob before killing him.
  • September 11, 2010
    AFP
    In a Private Murphy's Law cartoon, Murphy take's a grenade pin in his teeth and thinks "This is how John Wayne does it! beat The Duke must have had a hell of a dental plan!"

    So maybe Duke Dental Plan or John Wayne Dentures?
  • September 11, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    Both of those names would be WAY too obscure and would poorly define the concept for others.
  • September 11, 2010
    AFP
    Pin Pulling Teeth could work, especially since, depending on how you read the title, it could refer to either the teeth pulling the pin or the pin pulling the teeth equally well.
  • September 12, 2010
    TwoGunAngel
    Happens all the damned time in the final mansion shootout of A Better Tomorrow II.

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