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->"In a wrestling match, nobody bites like Gaston!"
-->--'''Gaston''', ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''

Fists incapacitated? Feet otherwise occupied? Never fear, thirty-two weapons are still available to you: the teeth!

This trope is about biting someone in combat. Biting is typically a desperate last resort employed when limbs are pinned. However, it is a move that can turn the tables in an instant. The true CombatPragmatist will bite any time he fancies: an unexpected bite to the throat can take a foe down quickly. That kind of savagery can also be a sign of being RaisedByAnimals, or being outright AxCrazy. Strangely, despite the brutal nature of the attack, there are far more heroic examples than villainous.

A bite can result in some of the worst flesh damage a character can do to another, without a weapon. Most other unarmed attacks depend on blunt force. Expect the bitee to react with pain, shock and horror. As this is a trope about pragmatism, only humans and other organisms not expected to bite should be listed. No dogs, no vampires, etc. On the other hand, [[TeethFlying it can go quite wrong for the biter]] [[TheToothHurts if it's countered or botched]].

For a detailed analysis of the plausibility of this trope [[Analysis/ManBitesMan see the analysis page.]]

See NowThatsUsingYourTeeth when the teeth are used for less meaty purposes. See also YouTasteDelicious. ButtBiter is when this is done for comedy, and not necessarily to get the upper hand in a fight - and, of, course, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin in the butt]].

Taking this one step further leads you into EatingTheEnemy or ImAHumanitarian territory.
%% Human or DemiHuman examples only, please. No zombies or vampires, for example.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In one chapter of ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'', a crazed Itto-Ryu attempts to finish off Hyakurin this way by biting her throat.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** BigBad Shishio Makoto takes a chomp out of Kenshin to show that he's serious about his SocialDarwinist philosophy ("The flesh of the weak is the food of the strong.").
** PlayedForLaughs much earlier with Yahiko getting pissed off at Sanosuke and biting on his head to retaliate.
** In the manga version of his debut, Yahiko bit the thug Gasuke [[GroinAttack on the groin]].
* Invoked in the first ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' anime, after Alucard shoots off Anderson's arms but Anderson still charges at him, prompting Alucard to taunt him: "Are you gonna bite me next?" Anderson decides to retreat with dignity after hearing this (from a vampire, no less).
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', Goku is prone to use this, most notoriously when fighting against Frieza and Kid Buu. That last one deserves elaboration: Goku, last hope of the universe, is locked in battle with a mindless five-million-year-old force of galactic destruction, and the latter bites Goku on the arm mid-brawl. Goku retaliates by biting Kid Buu right back, much to his shock. [[NotSoAboveItAll Two of the most powerful, god-like forces in the universe biting each other]]. What makes it even better is, it happens in the middle of an inner monologue by Vegeta where he finally admits that Goku is better than him.
** Even further, the opening of ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' features this exact sequence redone in high-quality animation.
** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' shows that Goku still hasn't learned any better, as he bites [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Beerus the God of Destruction]]'s tail during their battle. And then even later, he bites the hand of Whis during a training match, aka Beerus's angelic teacher.
* In a flashback within a ''Anime/YuGiOh'' episode, Anzu bites the arm of a rapist (thief in the dub) after he knocks Yugi down.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Index bites anyone who irritates her. Usually Toma.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** In FillerArc "Little East Blue", Yoko uses biting as her way to attack.
** Also Luffy, the main character (who's quite child-like), has no qualms about biting his opponents. Two examples include Arlong (was blocked) and Jinbei (who sat on him). When he tried it against Rob Lucci, Lucci dodging it oddly resulted in PaperCutting.
** In the anime, he also tries it on Crocodile in their first fight. Of course, [[NighInvulnerability Crocodile]] being what he is, this only ticks him off.
*** Especially notable because Luffy didn't just bite him-he stretched his mouth out and tried to swallow Crocodile whole. Luffy also tried it against the villain of one of the movies, but that made more sense (though was no more effective) since the villain was made of candy.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', CreepyChild Czeslaw Meyer tells world-renowned assassin and [[CrazyAwesome complete]] [[AxCrazy lunatic]] Claire Stanfield that he's not afraid of him, having been hurt and tortured in horrible ways for years. Claire's response is to grab Czeslaw's hand and ''bite his fingers off.''
* In ''Manga/NabariNoOu'', Shijima occasionally bites people in combat.
* This is Turtle's signature attack in ''Manga/{{Rainbow}}''. He doesn't get much opportunity to use it, but the bite wounds we see are ''brutal''.
* How can one forget Ubogin from ''Manga/HunterXHunter''? Bit through the skull of one enemy, and spit the fragment out with enough velocity to punch a hole in a second opponent.
* ''Manga/TigerMask'' has a few examples. The most famous, being a RealLife wrestler, is Wrestling/FreddieBlassie, whose main shtick was to bite his opponent's forehead (or fingers, depending on what he could reach with his mouth). Interestingly, the series uses his appearances to [[DeconstructedTrope show the problems with this technique]]: the first time, Blassie was neutralized as soon as Tiger Mask decided to go for the teeth (something he wouldn't have done if Blassie did not insist in biting him), both because his style revolved around biting his opponent and because having someone dance on your teeth hurts a lot; the second time, Blassie showed us that trying to bite the forehead of a taller opponent is a stupid move when said opponent has no concept of fighting fair, and ended with [[{{Irony}} Blassie getting bitten on the forehead]]; the third time Blassie discovered both that [[SoLastSeason his tactic was getting old]] and that you should only bite exposed skin when he bit the forehead of the masked wrestler Fantomas and ''broke his teeth on [[GenreSavvy the steel plate he had placed there just for this occurrence]]''
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': Most titans already do this, what with all the human-chomping that goes around. The rogue titan takes it much, ''much'' further, however, when it spots a certain titan who [[spoiler:ate Thomas]], and charges it despite his arms having been ripped off earlier, bites down on [[AttackItsWeakPoint the back of its neck]], then proceeds to ''[[GrievousHarmWithABody swing the corpse around to hit the other titans]].''
* ''Manga/ShutHell'' has a tendency to rip her enemies throats out with her teeth. Initially it's because her hands are bound or something like that, but later on she seems to develop a [[IncrediblyLamePun taste]] for it.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Sakura bit one of the Sound Ninja rookies while trying to defend the incapacitated Naruto, Sasuke and Lee from them while desperately outclassed. Even when her enemy punched her repeatedly ''on the head'', [[PluckyGirl Sakura]] refused to let go of him.
* Used in ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'', when CreepyChild Phil bit 002's GagNose to avoid capture.
* Hakuryuu takes a chunk out of his mother Gyokuen's neck in ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'', since she's got the upper hand in their fight, his weapon is broken and one arm is useless. It's also a sign of how desperate and unhinged he's becoming.
* In a more comedic bend, Lum of ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' will sometimes bite Ataru if she's pissed off enough. Not only does she have pointy canines, but she usually follows this up with [[ShockAndAwe an electrical discharge]].
* In the manga ''Manga/{{Trash}}'', Francesca had her tooth replaced with Boron Nitride alloys that allow them to be employed as deadly weapons.
* In ''Anime/CrossAnge'', [[BigBad Embryo]] uses mind control to force Ange to strip naked and then kiss him. Ange manages to snap out of it mid-kiss and angrily bites his tongue ''off'' and spits it out. Since Embryo has godlike powers, he's perfectly fine a few seconds later.
* Many characters from ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' use biting in combat. While most of them are animals, some human characters don't hesitate to use that, when necessary:
** Tommyrod prefers to [[TheBeastmaster stand back and let his]] [[BigCreepyCrawlies giant bugs]] do the killing for him, but if they fail he is more than willing to show, what [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily several rows of his razor-sharp teeth]] are for.
** [[spoiler:[[HumanoidAbomination Neo]], and [[BigBad Acacia]], after he consumed Neo]] use this as their main method of attack. Their sharp teeth, ability to increase size of their jaws, latter's ability to grow extra mouths all over his body and the fact, that everything that they consume [[DeaderThanDead gets completely removed from existense]], makes this very effective.
** Main character is also quite fond of this tactic - in fact he used this at least once against all former examples.
* In one ''Anime/CarnivalPhantasm'' skit, Illya bit Rin Tohsaka's head.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/WelcomeToHoxford'': AxCrazy killer Ray Delgado of the horror comic has a strange fixation with biting, though notably he isn't a cannibal. In addition to being superhumanly strong, he uses this trope to great effect throughout the story, chomping down on both his fellow inmates and the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]] that run the Hoxford prison. When one of the transformed guards enters his cell, he smiles � and then tears out its tongue with his teeth.
* ''ComicBook/SecretSix'': Being a team of {{Combat Pragmatist}}s, the Six like this one. Bane kills a guard by biting his jugular, Ragdoll deactivates an opponents' power armor and gleefully chomps into his face, King Shark has it as his fighting style [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks (naturally)]], Scandal bites off and swallows Fatality's ear and Catman takes down Bronze Tiger with an artery bite and later, as pictured above, ''bites out a kidnapper's eyes''m while earlier in that arc, former team member Cheshire chows down on the faces of two kidnappers, killing them with poison in the process.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', Jesse breaks free of a headlock by biting out a chunk of the holder's arm. Later, Jesse gets one of his eyes bitten out [[spoiler: by God.]]
* In ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'', Michonne bites off the governor's ear, and later bites him the neck. Later, Rick rips out a bandit's throat with his teeth. Much later, [[NonActionGuy Eugene]] tops them both by biting a Neganist in the dick.
* ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'': Matter-Eater Lad mostly just eats weapons, but push him far enough...
* ComicBook/{{Empowered}} does it when her suit doesn't work anymore (and she's depowered). Well, at the beginning. Later she stops it, because bitten mooks tend to have grudges.
* In the ''ComicBook/SinCity'' story "The Big Fat Kill," Gail does this to [[spoiler:Becky]], nearly ripping her throat out, after learning that she [[spoiler:sold her and the girls of Old Town out to the mob]] to save her own neck.
-->'''Gail:''' Your neck, your neck, your precious little neck...
* In ''Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX'', Castle is fighting a guy whose face was blown off with a bomb and since losing the prosthetic that holds it on, he's now attached it to his skull with tape. Frank is cornered, and tears his face off with his teeth.
* In ''ComicBook/BatwomanRebirth'', Kate bites Scarecrow's shoulder while drugged, having forced herself free of his attempted manipulation and visualizing herself as a giant bat.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/{{Bird}}'': Taylor does this in the confusion and panic of the sunroom fight, latching on until her assailant crawls away.
* In ''Fanfic/DiariesOfAMadman'', Luna tasks Navarone with doing this to Shining Armor, in retaliation for capturing her during a war games exercise. While it doesn't truly kill him, it does embarrass him in front of his men, and shocks those who see it.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Webwork}}'', Jade frees herself from Jackie's grip by biting his hand during their confrontation in Drew's home, much to his disbelief.
* In the Anime/{{Gungrave}} fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11664227/1/Decisions-Consequences-and-a-Second-Chance Decisions, Consequences, and a Second Chance]], Mika bites a Millennion guardsman's hand for trying to bring her back to Millennion Tower. And it works on a grown-up man who is trained to be a ProfessionalKiller. Said guardsman is appalled by this, considering that [[RoyalBlood Mika's father is the founder of Millennion]]. Biscoe, the current boss, is moved instead of terrified, because it shows him that Mika truly loves [[ParentalSubstitute Brandon]] and is very afraid of losing him; this is after all, her desperate attempt to reach Brandon and save him from execution. The realization of Mika being an orphan and how much she wants to protect her beloved ParentalSubstitute causes Biscoe to change his mind and stop the assault on Brandon, who is supposed to be executed for betraying Millennion by siding with Harry.
* In ''Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil'', Valerie Payne is trapped by [[TheBrute Tohru]] in a bear hug during their first confrontation. When his neck becomes exposed, she bites it as hard as she can. The shock makes him loosen his grip enough for her to free her arm, point the needle of the syringe that has [[TakenForGranite stone-turning]]-venom in it and make him release her by threatening to inject the venom into him.
* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'', being a transformed {{Kaiju}} that is a mutated type of omnivorous dinosaur, Godzilla Junior and Xenilla have no qualms about using their teeth even after being turned into ponies like four other kaiju. Xenilla later chomps down on [[spoiler: King Sombra's front leg hard enough to break it]].[[note]]Helps their forms that in a case of MorphicResonance, both kept a pair of King Sombra-like fangs to replace their true forms mouthful of them. [[/note]]
* In ''Fanfic/FatesCollide'', when Frankenstein jumps on Heracles' back and tries to choke him, he bites her arm and crushes it.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': "In a wrestling match nobody bites like Gaston!"
* ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman'': Sherman bites Penny during their fight at school, "confirming" her accusation that he's a dog like his adoptive father.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'': When Lord Dingwall orders his son to attack, Wee Dingwall bites Lord Macintosh in the neck.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'': Shortly after he is crucified upon the Tree of Woe, Conan is pecked at by a vulture and bites into the animal's neck, killing it. This scene was also borrowed from the original story "A Witch Shall Be Born." (They swapped in a dead vulture for the live one when filming this scene, and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger actually bit into its neck. He had his mouth washed out immediately after to protect him from disease.)
* ''Film/BatmanReturns'': The Penguin reacts to the jibes of one of Shreck's image consultants by sinking his teeth into his nose.
-->'''Penguin:''' Still, could be worse -- my nose could be gushing blood!
* In ''Film/TheBoneCollector'', Denzel Washington finishes off the killer this way. A CrowningMomentOfAwesome since Denzel's character is paralyzed from the neck down.
* In ''Film/DirtyWork'', Chris Farley plays a man whose nose was bitten off by a Vietnamese whore.
* In ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' and ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'', this is Jaws' specialty, as he has razor-sharp metal teath.
* In ''Film/FromBeyond'', the heroine chews off one of her monster boyfriend's tentacles.
* In ''Film/ConspiracyTheory'', Mel Gibson's character bites off a baddie's nose while otherwise restrained, using the resulting confusion to escape.
-->"Now he knows! Now he knows!"
* In ''Film/KillBill'', the Bride's first kill upon getting out of her four-year coma was a trucker who tried to rape her, whose tongue she ripped out with her teeth.
* Much like ''The Bone Collector'' example above, the killer monkey in ''Monkey Shines'' is chomped to death by a quadraplegic.
* In ''Film/DieHard2'', John [=McClane=] bites the hand of a terrorist... and spits out a bloody piece.
* In ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', Mellish is forced to bite the German he's fighting (it briefly stops him, but then the Nazi gets the upper hand and a knife).
* In ''Film/TheLastHouseOnTheLeft'', one of the victims dupes the kidnapper/rapist into a sex game, then performs fellatio on him... [[GroinAttack you can guess what happens]].
* In ''Film/MidnightExpress'', Billy (the protagonist) rips out a rapist's tongue.
* In ''Film/BlackSwan'', Nina gets the main role for biting Thomas while he forcibly kissed her.
* ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'':
** In a rare villainous example, Hannibal Lecter bites a guard on the face. It's mentioned in the novel that he'd previously done this to a nurse who was administering a medical test, which cost her an eye and most of her face. Why do you think they put that mask on him?
** In ''Film/RedDragon'' the police tries to identify the title killer based on his toothmarks on the victims' corpses, implying that it was a major part of his modus operandi. It didn't work since he was wearing specially made dentures during the killings, which gave him a hideous, shark-like bite.
* In ''Film/{{Bunraku}}'', the [[NoNameGiven anonymous drifter]] chomps down on a killer while caught in a grapple. It forces him to let go.
* Roper from ''Film/EnterTheDragon'' bites down while in a leg lock, forcing his opponent Bolo to let go. See the Creator/BruceLee quote in the Real Life section.
* Sarah rips out a crawler's throat with her teeth near the end of ''Film/TheDescent.''
* Not shown, but a security guard in ''[[Film/OceansEleven Ocean's Thirteen]]'' is decoyed away from his post by a fake phone call from his son's school, claiming that his kid just bit the lunch lady. Again.
* In ''The Fallen Ones'' (2006), a wimpy geek defeats a mook by biting his leg and crippling him with pain. Later, this tactic becomes an EpicFail when he tries it on a ''mummy''. As he's spitting out the decayed flesh in disgust, TheHero takes out the mummy and tells him he ''really'' needs to learn how to fight.
* Black Widow bites Hawkeye during their fight in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''.
* In ''Film/WarInc'', some guys ambush Hauser and beat him up. He turns the tables after he [[{{Fingore}} bites the leader's finger off]].
* In ''Film/ALifeLessOrdinary'', Frank Naville bites Robert's leg after Robert [[OnlyAFleshWound shoots him]].
* Whoopie Goldberg does this in ''Jumping Jack Flash''. Let's just say see also GroinAttack and leave it at that.
* In ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'', Peter bites Hunter Van Pelt in the hardware store so that he'll release Sarah.
* In ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare'', Maggie bites Freddy's nose during their fight at the end.
* Used in ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'' during a brawl sequence between Chon Wang, a.k.a Jackie Chan, and several Native American warriors. Wang pins one of the guys on the ground but the warrior is still able to get his arm up with an axe in it. So what does Jackie do to prevent getting hacked to pieces, he bites the guy of course.
* Franchise/IndianaJones bites the GiantMook German soldier he fights in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
* ''Film/LockUp'': During Frank's fight in the yard with Chink Weber (the thuggish convict played by Sonny Landham), he bites the man's arm when he nearly drives his shiv through Frank's neck.
* ''Film/{{Phantasm}}'': The main protagonist, Mike, bites the mausoleum worker's arm when grabbed, drawing blood in the process, after which, said worker is promptly dispatched by the film's central plot device, the flying metallic sphere.
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': In a case of GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe bites anthropomorphic raccoon, Gamora gives one to Rocket during a MeleeATrois, to the latter's outrage. Ironic considering Rocket's rap sheet mentions he himself is prone to biting.
* ''Film/TheTerminator''. Sarah Connor bites Kyle Reese's hand to little effect when she tries to escape from this madman raving about killer robots from the future. It does hurt however, as he testily points out, and Kyle wears a bandage for the rest of the film.
* Sometimes used by TheThreeStooges in their shorts, often PlayedForLaughs.
* ''Film/TheForceAwakens'': [[ActionGirl Rey]] bites one the thugs trying to kidnap BB-8 hard enough that you can hear a slight crunch.

* In the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' tie-in novel ''Legacy of Blood'', the villain is bitten on the neck by a woman he's about to torture. He starts to panic, thinking she might be a vampire, then realises she's just acting out of desperation.
* Literature/SolomonKane is not above ripping an opponent's throat out with his teeth when necessary.
* One of Norm's favorite attacks, and apparently also erotic for him, in ''Literature/RoseMadder''.
* [[CuteBruiser Jeremiah]] toward squad leader TheStoic Asher in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar''. Jeremiah is seven, so perhaps it's a little more justified.
* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''Literature/Section31Rogue'', the [[PigMan Tellarite]] Doctor Gomp takes on a [[ProudWarriorRace Chiarosian]] warrior by biting into his arm.
* Happens during ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: Clones'', when someone comes up behind Tash and circles her neck with his arm, cutting off her air.
--> Briefly, Tash considered trying to use the Force to [[MindOverMatter lift up a nearby rock and hurl it at his head]]. But she couldn't concentrate, so she settled for something simpler.
--> She bit him.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': When Gollum wrestles with Frodo at Mount Doom over the possession of the Ring, Gollum wins by biting Frodo's finger off.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. When Vargo Hoat tries to rape his captive [[ActionGirl Brienne of Tarth]] she bites off his ear. The wound becomes infected and he goes mad with fever, leaving him helpless to fight or flee when the Mountain attacks his castle. Later in the novels Brienne gets blindsided by Biter (one of Vargo's men whose teeth have been filed down to points) who's able to pin her down and gnaw large chunks out of her face. She's only saved by the intervention of a third party.
** Even after being filled with enough booze to knock out any mortal man, the Greatjon still has to be subdued by eight men -- of whom he manages to kill one, wound two others and bite half the ear off another.
* Lincoln Rhyme in ''Literature/TheBoneCollector'' performs this against the villain. Given he's only barely above quadriplegic, it was one of his few options.
* In the ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' novel ''Literature/{{Shatterpoint}}'', Kar Vastor pulls this on Mace Windu, biting Mace's neck and unsuccessfully trying to tear out his jugular in an vicious unarmed brawl.
* ''Literature/EgilsSaga'': Fighting a judicial duel with Atli, Egil finds that his sword is useless because Atli is magically protected against iron weapons. Egil wrestles Atli down with his bare hands and kills him by biting through his windpipe.
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfArrowOdd'': The long and hard single combat between the half-troll Ogmund and Vignir is decided when Ogmund tears out Vignir's throat with his teeth, killing him.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Enobaria's preferred method of combat -- killing people with her cosmetically-sharpened ''[[FangsAreEvil teeth]]''.
* In ''And I Darken'' Lada uses her teeth, which are mentioned at least twice to be small and sharp, when fighting. Most memorably, in a desperate fight against [[spoiler: Mehmed's first assassin]], a skilled and stronger adult male (she's ''twelve'') she bites through his arm while stabbing him to death, and, even after he's is dead, she can't get her jaw to release the corpse at first.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', a rape is averted when the intended victim bites off her attacker's ear.
* Jack Bauer kills a terrorist guard this way in the Season 6 premiere of ''Series/TwentyFour'', biting the guy's throat out.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Biter puts his filed teeth to good use by savagely biting people.
* Series/KamenRiderAmazon regularly bit the shit out of his foes. Along with the gore, this was likely one reason MoralGuardians complained; a bite to the neck is a heck of a lot easier for kids to imitate than a Rider Kick.
* Cordelia in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' once held off a vampire by sinking her teeth into his arm.
-->'''Cordelia:''' See how ''you'' like it!
* In the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "Bite Me", the investigation of bite marks leads to Dr. Jeri "Buffy" Cohen, a bite fetishist with a prominent set of choppers. Cohen's a dead end, but she does willingly give up a video showing her pleasuring a 'client' by biting him. Eeek.
* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' Greg Sanders got bit by a perp who had delusions that a large number of authority figures were TheReptilians.
* ''Series/{{Rome}}'' had a very squicky example where Pullo bit off a man's ''tongue.''
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** Episode "Eve" had the EyeScream variety.
--->'''Eve 6:''' I paid too much attention to a guard. Bit into his eyeball. (''chatters her teeth'') I meant it as a sign of affection. (''[[EvilLaugh laughs]]'')
** In "Grotesque", a SerialKiller who claims he is possessed by evil spirit bit Agent Nemhauser's hand when the FBI was arresting him. It's important plotwise as a RedHerring.
** "Bad Blood" had a murderer who was a real vampire trying to revive vampire folklore and their old habits. He drugged his victims and bit their neck to exsanguinate them. It didn't work out with the coroner who wasn't drugged; in addition, the killer missed his fake fangs.
--->'''Skinner:''' The coroner's throat's been bitten.\\
'''Mulder:''' The coroner's dead?\\
'''Skinner:''' No, his throat was bitten. Sort of... gnawed on.
* In a non-zombie example from the ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', Rick dispatches the leader of a group of bandits by sinking his teeth into his neck and letting him bleed out.
* ''Series/{{Luther}}'' follows a suspect into a derelict building, only to get tasered. As the killer crouches over a helplessly twitching Luther ready to finish the job with very large knife, Luther bites his wrist. It doesn't stop him (he pepper-sprays Luther, then flees as backup arrives) but does provide useful DNA evidence.
* In ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', expect this every time Tig gets in a fight.
* In ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' this is Mick Belker's go-to move in a fight. Along with growling, it helps cement his mad-dog image.
* On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', when Raven is strapped down to a table to have her bone marrow extracted, she bites the guy strapping her down hard enough to draw blood. Doesn't save her, though.
* On the action-drama series, ''Series/{{Banshee}}'', in the episode, "Meet the New Boss", main character, Lucas Hood, uses this tactic twice in a fight against a mixed martial arts prizefighter. Hood bites the fighter's ear, drawing blood, after being pummeled on the floor repeatedly, and also bites his leg to break a wrestling hold, making a characteristic cracking sound as he sinks his teeth into him.
* In ''Series/WildBoys'', 'Mad Dog' Morgan is said to have got his nickname by [[EarAche biting a man's ear off]] during a fight, and later does exactly this during the episode.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': An antsy patient in post-op finally loses his shit during artillery fire. Hawkeye gropes with the guy to keep him from pulling his tubes out, and the patient resorts to biting Hawkeye's arm.
* In ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', during a dinner where Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter are being held prisoner by Mason Verger and are told the ways in which they will be tortured and eaten, a very done-with-this-shit Will Graham bites off a piece of Cordell's face.
** Later in the same season, [[spoiler:Hannibal bites out the throat of Dolarhyde while Will is stabbing him.]]
* Idris in the ''[[Series/{{DoctorWho}} Doctor Who]]'' episode "The Doctor's Wife", described by the Doctor as "a bitey, mad lady."
-->'''Idris:''' Biting's excellent. It's like kissing, only there's a winner.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'': In "Revolution", a banker being kidnapped attempts to escape from the thug holding him at gunpoint by biting him on the arm. Although he makes the thug drop the gun, he still gets shot by one of the other kidnappers.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* A move traditionally used by {{Heel}}s (especially those with a "savage" gimmick), but may be employed by smaller, weaker {{Face}}s as well. As with any comparisons of Heels and Faces, expect some MoralDissonance.
* Classy Wrestling/FreddieBlassie began his performance career biting the heads off small animals, it only made sense he'd start biting other people when he wrestled.
* Dementia of Wrestling/{{GLOW}} always did this, more than any of the other rude ones. It only worked on jobbers or wrestlers unfamiliar with her, more technical wrestlers would use it to their advantage.
* [[Wrestling/HunterJohnston Delirious]] and Wrestling/JimmyJacobs were reduced to biting one another in their efforts to cause the first laceration in an IWA Mid-South [[GimmickMatches first blood match]].
* At Wrestling/RingOfHonor's third anniversary show, Ebessan, who had come out with and as [[Wrestling/MickFoley Cactus Jack]], found that the mandible claw had [[NoSell no effect]] on Wrestling/SamoaJoe, who then bit down.
* In Wrestling/{{TNA}}, Wrestling/{{Sting}} told Wrestling/HulkHogan (or was it Wrestling/RicFlair?) not to [[GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger point his finger at him]]; otherwise, Sting would bite it off! This would have been an out-of-character moment for Steve Borden at any time in the past, but it perfectly fits his then new "Insane Icon" gimmick.
* Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} tended to [[ButtBiter bite people in ass]].
* Wrestling/DeanAmbrose once bit Wrestling/JohnCena in order to get out of a STF.
* Wrestling/AJLee sometimes bit people while fighting.
* One time, Wrestling/KennyOmega attempted his Flash Man Time Stopper on Wrestling/KevinSteen, only for Steen to bite his hand. Omega retaliated by biting Steen's nose.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* One of the Rage Powers available to a Barbarian in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' is "Animal Rage", which gives your barbarian a bite attack and allows them to execute this trope on their enemies.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': The 3.5th edition PrestigeClass Fist of the Forest can also enter an enraged state, which gives among other bonus a bite attack for humanoids usually lacking one.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': The ''Shadows over Innistrad'' expansion features the card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=409985 Rabid Bite.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/ForbiddenSiren Siren: Blood Curse,]]'' little Bella Monroe bites a Shibito's hand to make it release her mother.
* This trope crops up in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' combat all the time. In fact, in adventure mode, players regularly defeat [[DemonicSpiders Boogymen]] by biting them, then ''shaking them around until their ''''[[LudicrousGibs lower body is ripped off.]]''
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' veterans should be familiar with seeing this as a grapple from WildChild mutant Blanka. And HuskyRusskie Zangief can get in on the delicious facechomping action. Yummy!
* Side-scrolling BeatEmUp ''VideoGame/WarriorsOfFate'' featured this as an option for one of the heroes, in-game known for his love of eating. Enemies seem to count for his appetite, it seems.
* In ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'', Wario has his Chomp special, which does ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin to anyone who touches his open mouth. His head inexplicably doubles in size while using this move and as a result, his victims are in his mouth up to the torso while he does the biting. It's the only time he's seen using this tactic in his history, but it's not terribly out of place, considering [[FightingClown how bizarre his fighting style is]].
* ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns'': In ''Dragonfall'', Eiger is charged while reloading, and rips the attacker's throat out with her tusks.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'', Cereza escapes from a Joy Angel impersonating Bayonetta by biting her arm.
* The boxing arena in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' has a boxer named The Masticator who you fight as your final opponent in the boxing tournament. If the fight goes on long enough, he'll bite your ear off in a reference to the infamous Mike Tyson/Evander Holyfield match (see Real Life, below). Once this happens, if your boxing skill is high enough, it becomes possible that you'll turn around and bite ''his'' ear off upon defeating him.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series' backstory, Pelinal Whitestrake, the [[LongDeadBadass legendary 1st Era hero]] of mankind/[[FantasticRacism racist]] [[TheBerserker berserker]], did this during his DuelToTheDeath with the [[AbusivePrecursors Ayleid]] lord, Haromir of Copper of Tea. Pelinal bit out Haromir's "neck veins", though it wasn't a last resort. Famed for his fits of UnstoppableRage, Pelinal did it merely [[AxeCrazy because he could]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Lisa}}'':
** Brad can improvise with this if [[spoiler: he loses at least one of his arms]].
** Most of the Joy Mutants, due to their feral states and/or their [[BodyHorror horrifically distorted bodies]] commonly use biting as an attack. One biting attack known as Fatal Chomp, which is commonly used by the Mutants, will [[OneHitKill instantly and permanently kill a party member]].
** Additionally, a handful of non-mutant enemies can use Fatal Chomp, namely Hawk Hollywood.
* In ''Videogame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' B.J. takes a chunk out of Bubi's neck when he gets a little too close during his EvilGloating.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* A ''Webcomic/{{Newshounds}}'' story arc had Lorna thinking she was a dog, and watching a bad man (her father) chewing out Kevin. One of the other dogs compliments her technique (while watching in shock).
* ''Webcomic/{{Newheimburg}}'' has Jack biting into a mugger's leg hard enough to draw blood.
* In ''Webcomic/HeroOhHero'', [[FieryRedhead Aude]] retaliates against an elf who punted her away by biting his ear off.
* At one point in ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'', Luna bites the lips off her opponent to mess up their ability to cast spells.
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': When several factors cause the normally friendly Reynir to grab Lalli by his shirt and yell at him ([[LanguageBarrier in a language he doesn't understand]], to make things worse), Lalli's response is to bite his arm despite the thick leather gloves Reynir is wearing. The reaction is in keeping with Lalli's frequent lapses into cat-like behaviour.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' ExpandedUniverse story ''Pavlov's Checkmate'', [[BadassBookworm James]] [[TheHero Zanasiu]] bites [[FunnyAnimal Richard]] [[BigBad "Ricky"]] Warden during the climactic battle [[spoiler: inside a wormhole to break free from a chokehold to seize his knife and kill him with it.]]
* In ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' v1, Cody Jenson kills Madelaine Shirohara this way after raping her, ripping out her throat with his teeth. This is also how Maximilian Sawyer gets the upper hand in his fight against Ilya Volkov in v5, biting off part of Ilya's nose.
* The True Love List from ''JustForFun/TheUniversalGenreSavvyGuide'' advises would-be LoveInterests to do this if someone tries [[HandGagging putting a hand over their mouths]]:
-->''If someone capable of feeling pain covers my mouth with their hand, I will make use of my pearly whites at the moment when my captor can least afford to be distracted.''
* In ''Series/BeeAndPuppycat'', when a monster captures Puppycat with its tongue, Bee magically pulls a sword lets out a yell worth of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess,'' then starts ''biting'' the monster's tongue to free Puppycat.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': Franchise/WonderWoman bites a Thanagarian.
* Happens in the episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' called ''The Ultimatum'', where Bumi fights against Ghazan by fighting him physically and even bites him on the shoulder. Justified because Bumi had started learning Airbending and was using it only for a brief time.
* This happens in the unaired pilot for ''WesternAnimation/ConstantPayne'' when [[BadassAdorable Amanda]] stops a parachuting mook from trying to grab her out of her father's airship by snapping his goggles into his eyes to stun him, before biting his hand.
* This, along with [[GreenThumb wood abilities]], make up the elemental theme of the Fang Gang in ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}''.
* In the episode "Just Wait In The Car", WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}} isn't allowed to go with his mother while she does her errands because he bit an old lady who cut in line while buying groceries.

[[folder: Real Life]]
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* The infamous "Bite Seen 'Round The World" during the 1997 Mike Tyson/Evander Holyfield match, where Tyson got disqualified for biting Holyfield's ears, one bite being severe enough to rip off a piece of his right ear. The incident in question did not help Tyson's image at all, and made him look like even more of a savage, to the point where the incident was mocked in a Snickers commercial.[[note]]A boxer is sitting in the locker room before a match, holding his head in his hands and refusing to fight his "monster" of an opponent. His coach tells him he's got nothing to worry about, then the boxer sits up straight, revealing his cartoonishly large ears, and shouts "WHAT DO YOU MEAN I'VE GOT NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT?!" They don't namedrop Tyson, but c'mon, we all know what they're on about.[[/note]]
* Another famous sports-related biting is that by [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball Uruguay striker]] Luis Suárez, who famously bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder during the group stage at the [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup 2014 World Cup]]. As Suárez had bit opposing players on the pitch on two previous occasions and had several other black marks on his record, FIFA instituted a nine-international-match, four-month ban, the longest ever placed on any footballer, effectively excluding him from the rest of the World Cup and potentially the South American championship in 2015 as well.
* A woman in South Africa bit off her rapist's tongue and handed it to police as evidence.
* The field of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forensic_dentistry forensic odontology]], in addition to IdentificationByDentalRecords, also deals a lot with bite mark analysis in cases where a criminal or a victim bit the other during the commission of a crime. Cases where such evidence played a key role included the case of SerialKiller Ted Bundy as well as the case of Jesse Timmendequas (the Megan's Law case).
* Creator/BruceLee once said [[CombatPragmatist he wouldn't be above biting someone in a fight if he believed it was necessary]].
* Self-defense instructors wouldn't oppose. Along with eye-gouging, ear-twisting, and the classical GroinAttack, biting is considered by experts to be one of the most basic and effective methods of self-defense. Fun fact: Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, even harder than bone. You can do a lot of damage with those things. Although, given the amount of blood-carried diseases running amok nowadays, some self-defense instructors now discourage it and recommend only using it as a last resort.
* Although advertised as having "no rules," the very first UFC event did have a number of rules, including one against biting, as have all UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts events since then.
* The Icelandic viking warrior Egil Skallagrimson did this once in a duel after his sword broke.
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