Created By: Alrune on April 25, 2011 Last Edited By: Paradisesnake on April 3, 2014

Raunchy Tongue

Tongue used as sexual innuendo.

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One of the most common forms of sexual innuendo is for someone (usually male but not always) to stick out their tongue, often in an over-the-top way, as a response to the possibility of sex or if a woman appears in a Stripperiffic outfit.

The tongue is of course a stand if for... well you know. Extra points for saliva-dripping and popped-out eyes. The more movement the tongue makes, the less subtle the implication is.

Horny Sister Trope of the Nose Bleed and the Luminescent Blush, since the intent is almost always overtly sexual here and somewhat predatory.

Staple of perverts of all kinds but especially the Casanova Wannabe and the Handsome Lech. Females who apply for this trope are almost always the Slut.

If a villain does it, it's almost always in the context of I Have You Now, My Pretty. Not to be confused with Finger Licking Evil, even though they can overlap, and Licking the Blade, its darker counterpart.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • All over the place in Hentai.

Film
  • In Star Wars, Jabba The Hut does this to Leia as an upfront invitation.
  • Very nasty one in the William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet film, where one of Romeo's minions licks his own nipple in an unambiguous gesture towards a bunch of girls.

Live-Action TV

Visual Novels

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 54
  • April 25, 2011
    Alrune
    Wanted to add, this more of a Super Trope, since it's more about the use of the tongue as a sexual innuendo in general.
  • April 25, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Gene Simmons of KISS does this a lot, due to having an extra-long tongue.
  • April 25, 2011
    MercenX
    In The Mask, Jim Carrey does this exaggeratedly upon seeing Cameron Diaz singing.
  • April 25, 2011
    jaytee
    ^It should be mentioned that The Mask example is specifically a take-off on the Tex Avery shorts.

    In Adventures In Babysitting (...I think), the male friend of the protagonist give a weird tongue gesture I can only assume is meant to imply oral sex.
  • April 25, 2011
    TwoGunAngel
    To expand on the Romeo And Juliet example, the Montague Boys end up doing this to a Bus Full Of Nuns to the tune of "A Pretty Piece of Flesh." Yeah, they're kinda crude.
  • April 27, 2011
    Alrune
    Also featured in Naruto, especially by Jiraiya whenever Naruto uses the Sexy Jutsu. Sakura herself falls into this when Konohamaru uses the male version of Sexy Jutsu on her.
  • April 27, 2011
    Mishaguji
    I figured it was to imply panting, suggesting a feral, primal compulsion.
  • April 27, 2011
    TrustBen
    The logo for The Rolling Stones is a caricature of Mick Jagger, but also conveys this.
  • April 27, 2011
    Fanra
    In Tex Avery's cartoons, the Trope Codifier might be the horny Wolf in the Little Red Riding Hood spinoff.

    We just happen to have a page on that cartoon, Red Hot Riding Hood, that you may wish to link or pothole.
  • April 27, 2011
    peccantis
    Is there any way to include Something Else Also Extends and avoid sounding too crude...?
  • April 29, 2011
    Alrune
    i was actually thinking of incorporating it.

    By the way, I was thinking a different title, maybe a little more upfront like Perverse Sexual Tongue as a pun or Indecent Tongue Of Wantonness.

    What do you think?
  • April 29, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • History of the World Part I. Josephus is hiding among a group of eunuchs. To smoke him out, the guards have a woman do a sexy dance in front of them. While she's dancing Josephus' tongue flops out of his mouth.
    • The Mask. When Tina Carlyle asks Dorian Tyrel (who's wearing the title device) for one last kiss, he sticks out his long snake-like forked tongue at her.
  • April 29, 2011
    zandor6017
    Live Action TV

    Scrubs: at the end of the third season, Carla is trying to decide which kiss she'll use that day when she gets married. "I do. And then it's classy kiss...or sexy kiss...or slutty kiss." After saying slutty kiss, Carla makes a face appropriate if she were trying to bathe someone with her tongue.

    Played for laughs, and Carla is not "the slut" in a normal episode.
  • April 29, 2011
    Alrune
    In Iggy Pop's video, Lust For Life, Iggy makes good use of this.
  • April 30, 2011
    Alrune
    How about I launch this? Does anyone objects? Which title do you think applies best.
  • May 2, 2011
    Alrune
    Also seen in Berserk done by Slan, when she contemplates the possibility of Guts becoming an Apostle or when she tortures him in the Orgasmic Combat of the Qlipoth.
  • June 1, 2011
    MoG2
    One woman dates a man and mentions that she wonders why he's so popular with all the other women. He says nothing, just licks his eyebrows...
  • June 1, 2011
    Schitzo
    • In Highlander, this is one of the Kurgan's favorite taunts. Why he does it during the final battle is anyone's guess.
  • June 3, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    King Koopa in Mario Bros the movie. http://uk.stars.ign.com/objects/142/14219774.html
  • June 3, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Would Audrey's cherry stem trick from Twin Peaks count? She does perform it during a job interview for a prostitution gig.
  • June 3, 2011
    valbinooo
    I'm a touch confused on the description. I think an image would help immensely.
  • June 8, 2011
    Alrune
    Well simple. Think the wolf in Red Hot Riding Hood. Is the title okay or should we change it to something more explicit?
  • July 6, 2012
    Bluecatcinema
    • Hot Shots: During Ramada's cabaret, a sailor says "Wow!" and his tongue unfurls down his chest.
    • Ally Mc Beal: Billy and Richard's tongue drop down to their waists whenever they see the hot delivery girl.
  • July 6, 2012
    surgoshan
    • In Scarface, Manny tells the eponymous Tony that all he needs to do to pick up women is wiggle his tongue at them. Tony points him out to a child just as he's about to do so... and gets slapped for his trouble.
  • July 6, 2012
    NightNymph
    Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Spike when soulless (and therefore evil) does this at one point. Extra context in that since he's a vampire, it could also imply tasting blood (which is often tangled up with sex in Buffyverse).
  • July 7, 2012
    kjnoren
    Literature:

    • Referenced in Mirror Dance. Elli Quinn gets rids of an unwanted suitor by saying Miles could do push-ups with his tongue.

  • July 7, 2012
    peccantis
    ^ Eh, doesn't that just mean she's implying he's very good at giving oral?
  • July 8, 2012
    GeminiSparkSP
    Ghirahim, anyone?
  • July 8, 2012
    kjnoren
  • July 8, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    fulltimeD: I think so!

    • On Twin Peaks, Audrey Horne can tie the stem of a cherry in a knot with her tongue.
    • On Friends Rachel claims that she can do the same thing but is unable to follow through.
  • July 8, 2012
    peccantis
    ^ and that's another trope again. Cherry stem knotting is supposed to mean you're a good kisser.
  • July 8, 2012
    kjnoren
    They fit neatly under the trope name and laconic, however.
  • July 18, 2012
    Bluecatcinema
    • In Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs, the characters' tongues regularly unfurl out of their mouths and roll on to the floor when they see an attractive member of the opposite gender.
    • In the Sabrina The Animated Series episode "Driver Ed", Hilda's tongue descends to her waist when she sees Ed, and she starts panting.
    • My Dad The Rock Star: In "Angela D'Angelou", Willy starts panting over Angela, with his tongue dipping down to his torso, when she isn't looking.
  • July 18, 2012
    captainpat
    Saying "this happen in in x work" is a Zero Context Example. Make sure these examples explain how the trope was used.
  • July 18, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    • Battlefield Earth: Terl's girlfriend, played by John Travolta's real life wife, shows off her unusually long tongue as Terl talks about what "advantages" she has.
  • July 18, 2012
    reub2000
    • Gene Simmons has appeared on Family Guy As Himself with a greatly exaggerated tongue. In one episode he performs cunnilingus on Lois while she is in another room.
  • July 18, 2012
    karstovich2
    • Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron includes several mentions of tongues as sexual devices, but his epilogue, in which he defends himself against his detractors, reports a woman talking about his "sweet tongue" in a sort of triple innuendo--commenting on his skill as a writer and poet, his skill in cunnilingus, and probably also metaphorically sticking his tongue out at said detractors. That makes this Older Than Print.
  • July 19, 2012
    nitrokitty
    Can feature in Erotic Eating.
  • July 19, 2012
    Bluecatcinema
    • The Grim Adventuresof Billyand Mandy: In "To Eris Human", Eris is panting over Adonis, her tongue going down to her chest and dripping saliva.
    • Rockos Modern Life: In "Love Spanked", Rocky pants over the sight of his neighbour, Melba. Later on, while taking part in a dating show, his tongue flits in and out of his mouth (like a snake's) when he sees one of his potential dates (He also drools/pants over the other).
    • In All Dogs Go To Heaven: Charlie's Adventure, several dogs (including Charlie) can be seen panting over Sasha's act.
      • In the TV series episode "The Big Fetch" Charlie's reaction to seeing Belladonna results in his tongue rolling out of his mouth and over the edge of his desk. The same thing happens when he sees Sasha's cabaret act, only with a bowl of water on the table.
    • In the Tom And Jerry episode "Springtime For Thomas", Tom's tongue (patterned with hearts) unfurls from his mouth after his girlfriend blows a kiss at him.
      • In "Smitten Kitten", both Tom, Jerry and Jerry's devil's tongues dangle after they do a Pluto-style "point" at the subject of their attractions.
    • In Little Tinker, B.O. Skunk starts panting after getting a kiss from the "lady fox".
  • March 27, 2014
    DAN004
    Well...?
  • March 28, 2014
    Snicka
    Examples need to be sorted by medium.
  • March 28, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    Fixed a Red Link, namespaced and italicized a couple examples + sorted examples by media.
  • March 28, 2014
    hbi2k
    I think that a distinction needs to be made between "a character intentionally sticks their tongue out and waggles it at someone as a come-on" and "a character unintentionally lets their tongue hang out like a panting dog to indicate that they are overcome by lust," perhaps with a slightly more subdued variation to the latter where the character merely licks their lips.

    Could be Internal Subtropes, but they're still very distinct from one another and should be noted as such.
  • March 28, 2014
    DAN004
    May I grab this?
  • March 29, 2014
    Arivne
    Film
    • The Mask
      • Previous example (see above).
      • While the title character is in the Coco Bongo Club listening to the beautiful Tina sing, his very long tongue sticks out.
  • March 29, 2014
    DaibhidC
    Does this count?

    Live Action TV
    • In the Doctor Who episode "A Good Man Goes To War", lesbian Silurian Madame Vashtra comments to her human girlfriend, Jenny, "I don't know why you put up with me". Her Multipurpose Tongue then lashes out and strikes a baddie about a metre away, and she and Jenny exchange a look.
  • March 30, 2014
    DAN004
    Bump, just in case
  • March 31, 2014
    originalhobbit
    ok, just to be clear, is this about people panting, or people wiggling their tongues suggestively?

    People panting seems to be an entirely different trope, as it's usually unintentional, while people wiggling their tongue is intentional, which is what the laconic seems to specify.

    I just want to know.

  • March 31, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ it's the latter.
  • March 31, 2014
    hbi2k
    ^^ Agreed that this needs to be better-specified. As of right now, the laconic says one thing, the description generally agrees with it but is more vague, and several examples are of another thing altogether.
  • April 1, 2014
    TrustBen
    Surprised no one else has mentioned this...

    "Sexy" tongue-sticking-out was an attention getting part of Miley Cyrus' Music Video Awards performance.
  • April 1, 2014
    MetaFour
    • In Homestuck, the nymphomaniac Damara Megido occasionally makes an obscene gesture by extending her forefinger and middle finger, then placing her tongue between them.

    • In My Big Fat Greek Wedding, one of Toula's suitors in the terrible date montage proves himself to be a creep by slooooowly licking his spoon while he stares lustfully at Toula.
  • April 2, 2014
    randomsurfer
    The Simpsons: When Patty makes a dating video she demonstrates her ability to tie a knot in her cigarette with her tongue.
  • April 3, 2014
    aradia22
    This seems similar to Oral Fixation, Erotic Eating, and Lecherous Licking.
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