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Monster trying to get its teeth into you? Here's an unusual solution; force the creature's jaws apart until they break.

Oddly, this is almost always portrayed as causing instantaneous death (in which case it's usually taken to be a [[RuleOfCool "cooler"]] version of a NeckSnap), when it should leave them alive but in crotch-stompingly horrible pain.

For some reason, reptilian monsters are especially prone to this.

A [[BloodierAndGorier nastier variant]] is to simply tear the jaw off altogether.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', after [[spoiler:Sobek]]'s [[EldritchAbomination true colors]] are revealed, Black Adam finishes him off this way.
* Pictured to the right: in an issue of ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'', upon being tackled by a zombie, Cesar Martinez ''sticks his hand in its mouth and breaks its jaw before it can bite his fingers''. Okay he had gloves on, [[{{Badass}} but still.]]
* In ''ComicBook/SecretSix'', Jeanette breaks King Shark's jaw this way. This doesn't kill him, but it obviously leaves him in excruciating pain.
* Thragg does this to Dinosaurus in an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'', but he lives.
* ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan mangled Scorpion's jaw, though it was later repaired by Alistair Smythe.
* Jason [[GoryDiscretionShot seemingly]] rips a police officer's jawbone out in ''Friday the 13th: How I Spent My Summer Vacation''.

* Film/KingKong's signature move. He does it to dinosaurs and giant snakes in the [[Film/KingKong1933 30s version]], the [[Film/KingKong1976 70s version]], the [[Film/KingKong2005 00s version]] and the video game based on it.
** Kong also does this to Gorosaurus in ''Film/KingKongEscapes''.
* Mecha-Godzilla does this to Anguirus in ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzilla.'' He lives, though.
* Derek kills a man in a disturbing scene in ''Film/AmericanHistoryX'' with a curb stomp.
* One of the deaths in ''Film/{{Mirrors}}''.
* Yoko in ''Film/TheGrudge'' suffers this, as does Kanna in ''Film/{{Juon}}''. The third ''Film/TheGrudge'' film shows that Gretchen also suffers this fate.
* The "reverse beartrap" in ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'', one of the series' mainstay traps. Unusually for ''Saw'', everyone put in it manages to escape until the ''[[Film/SawVI sixth]]'' movie, and even then [[spoiler: Hoffman]] manages to jam it and escape with half a GlasgowGrin. In the [[Film/Saw3D next (and final) movie]], he gets his revenge using the original model. Game over.
* The Leprechaun rips a woman's ''upper'' jaw out (to get the tooth she made out of his gold) in ''Film/LeprechaunBack2ThaHood''.
* The now zombified main character in ''Sella Turcica'' kills his brother by ripping his lower jaw out. Quite nasty.
* A character is killed by having his jaw yanked out with a pickaxe in ''Film/MyBloodyValentine3D''.
* There's a jaw ripping with a claw hammer in ''Killing Spree''.
* Film/{{Hellboy}} tries this on the first Sammael he fights. Sammy responds by effortlessly snapping its jaw back in place.
* Chucky whacks Ian's mandible off with an axe in ''Film/CurseOfChucky''.
* Like the above, there's an axe to the jaw in ''Film/BloodNightTheLegendOfMaryHatchet'', though in that case the mandible isn't completely removed.
* In ''Film/{{Hercules 2014}}'', Hercules kills an attacking wolf this way.
* Happens to several lycans throughout the ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' series, including one getting his torn off by Michael after being thrown into a car.

* In ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', Iorek tears his rival's jaw off. Symbolic, because the other was a liar.
* Samson does this to a lion in Literature/TheBible.
* ''FridayThe13thHateKillRepeat'' has Jason impale a man with a flagpole, then finish him off by ripping his lower jaw out.

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* In the ''Series/SpartacusGodsOfTheArena'' episode "The Bitter End", Gannicus rams a spear into Caburus' mouth, and then pulls until his lower jaw comes off.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* All of Jessica's possible deaths in ''VideoGame/UntilDawn'' involve her jaw being at least partailly ripped right off of her face.
* This is one possible [[FinishingMove execution animation]] for Ork Nobz in ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine''; [[AgonyOfTheFeet pin their foot with your Power Axe]] and then break that jaw for the Emperor.
** And [[SuperSoldier Titus]] does it with so much force that it makes the Nob'z head ''[[YourHeadAsplode explode]]''.
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', Kratos finishes Cerberus this way, in order to steal the artifact held within its mouth.
* In Franchise/{{Halo}}, the aliens known as Elites have 4 mandibles in place of a bottom jaw. A character named Rtas Vadum in Halo 2 was missing his right mandibles, leading to the nickname "Half-Jaw" before his real name was revealed. In the expanded universe comic that named him, it's revealed the mandibles were cut off in a LaserBlade duel with a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Flood-infected]] subordinate soldier. He refused to have a cybernetic replacement, as the injury reminded him how strong the Flood truly were.
* [[BigBad Darth Malak]] of ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' suffered this at some point. [[NightmareFuel Only it wasn't just]] [[http://images.wikia.com/starwars/images/7/77/Malak_Jawless.jpg broken...]]

* ''WebComic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': Doc does it to a zombie. Since it was undead, it doesn't really kill the thing, but it does prevent it from biting him.
** He doesn't stop with just removing the jaw, though. He proceeds to ''punch through it's spinal column'', which is the part that kills it.
* Part 4 of ''[[VideoGame/Left4Dead The Sacrifice]]'' has one of Bill's surgeons turn just as he's getting anesthetics. The ensuing struggle between her and the doctor has him tear her jaw off before she kills him and moves on to Bill.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "The Underdwellers", Batman kills an attacking crocodile this way. The writers admitted that this isn't humanly possible, but followed RuleOfCool.