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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.
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[[folder: Anime and 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.").
* 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).
** Seras Victoria later bites off half of Zorin Blitz's hand while being punched in the face by her.
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', Goku was 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]].
* 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'' 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, [[DishingOutDirt Croco]][[NighInvulnerability dile]] being what he is, this only ticks him off.
* 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 gotten 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.
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ''Welcome To Hoxford'': 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.
* ''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''.
* In ''{{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 stopped it, because bitten mooks tend to have grudges.
* In the ''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.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* 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.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''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.
--> "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 was paralyzed from the neck down.
* In ''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.
--> [[IncrediblyLamePun "Now he knows! Now he knows!"]]
* In ''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.
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': "In a wrestling match nobody bites like Gaston!"
* 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/BlackSwan'', Nina gets the main role for biting Thomas while he forcibly kissed her.
* In a rare villainous example, Hannibal Lecter bites a guard on the face in ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs.''
** 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 titular 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 ''EnterTheDragon'' bites down while in a leg lock, forcing his opponent Bolo to let go. See the 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 ''[[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/TheAvengers''.
* In ''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 ''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.
* IndianaJones bites the GiantMook German soldier he fights in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
* In ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', Godzilla uses his mouth and fangs quite frequently when fighting the Mutos.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* 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 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.
* An arguable case in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': [[spoiler:Gollum at least used to be a hobbit, and he bites 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.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'', 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/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 ''{{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.
* ''{{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 ''SonsOfAnarchy'', expect this every time Tig gets in a fight.
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* 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.
* Wrestling/{{Sting}} recently told Wrestling/HulkHogan (or was it Wrestling/RicFlair?) not to [[DeclarativeFinger 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 new "Insane Icon" gimmick.
* Dementia of ''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.
* Classy Freddy Blassie began his performance career biting the heads off small animals, it only made sense he'd start biting other people when he wrestled.
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[[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.
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[[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.]]''
* 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 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.
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[[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.
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* In the 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 ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' v1, Cody Jenson kills Madelaine Shirohara this way after raping her, ripping out her throat with his teeth.
* The True Love List from JustForFun/TheUniversalGenreSavvyGuide advises would-be LoveInterests to do this if someone tries [[PuttingAHandOverHisMouth 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.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Often played for laughs in WarnerBros. cartoons, usually some animal-based Toon chomping on another Toon's leg or biting his bottom.
* ''JusticeLeague'': WonderWoman bites a Thanagarian.
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[[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.
** Another famous sports-related biting is that by [[TheBeautifulGame 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).
* 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 MixedMartialArts events since then.
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