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->''"There is no need to say anything more... The first thing I shall incinerate '''is your tongue.'''"''
-->-- '''[[ColonelBadass Colonel]] [[YouKilledMyFather Roy]] [[KillItWithFire Mustang]]''', ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', to Envy

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Refers to damage done to the tongue of any kind:

* Someone's tongue getting burnt.
* Someone biting their own tongue.
* Someone biting someone else's tongue.
* Someone ''tearing out'' someone else's tongue.
* Someone's tongue getting cut off.
* Someone's tongue getting stabbed.
* Someone having a really nasty looking piercing on their tongue.
* Someone ''eats'' their own tongue.
* Someone eats someone else's tongue. Bonus points if they are [[ForceFeeding force fed]] one.
* Someone's tongue gets sliced with a knife.
* Someone's tongue [[TongueOnTheFlagpole getting stuck on extremely cold metal]].

Naturally with this trope, you may expect NauseaFuel and/or NightmareFuel.

It overlaps with AttackTheMouth if done deliberately.

A SisterTrope of EyeScream, and {{Fingore}}.

Compare OverlyLongTongue.

Unrelated to TongueTwister unless we're being ''literal''.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** While fighting the hollow Shrieker, Ichigo punches through his teeth and rips off the end of his tongue.
** When Charlotte Chuhlhourne attempts to [[CallingYourAttacks call one of his ridiculous-sounding attacks]] (for the record, all his attack names are more than ten words long), he bites his tongue.
* In chapter 56 of the manga ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest'' Haguro Dou decides to up his freakiness by [[spoiler:kissing a battered Chiba, taking that opportunity to tear out his tongue, and then rape him. All because Inugami happened to run into him in the street earlier]]. The term [[{{Yandere}} "serious problems"]] doesn't even begin to describe this guy.
* [[spoiler:Misa Amane]] in ''Manga/DeathNote'' tries to bite her tongue off because Rem won't kill her, but Watari gags her just before she can do it.
* In episode 11 of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' Rosa is [[spoiler:force-fed the remains of her siblings and daughter which includes "a salad made of Eva's tongue".]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** The Bridge saga has a woman threaten this to save her son. The Generic Thugs say they only need one hostage, so they'll kill the boy, but his mother replies that if they do that she'll bite her tongue off and drown in the blood.
** Naraka Path's form of torture interrogation (pulling out one's tongue and ripping it out when proven lying).
** Kisame, after being captured, bites his own tongue to get out of a hypnotic state.
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': When Guts and the Hawks come to rescue Griffith at Wyndham Tower a year after his capture and torture by the King of Midland we see that he is physically crippled with the tendons in his wrists and ankles severed and his tongue cut out. Guts then proceeds to tear out the torturer's tongue on seeing him ''wearing Griffith's tongue'' around his neck - "I'm not letting you go to Hell two-tongued!"
* Wise Yuri, a villain from ''Manga/SixSixSixSatan'' gets a piercing for every person he has killed, and has at least twenty on his tongue.
* One MonsterOfTheWeek in ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' bites his tongue off after he is captured by the heroes. He forgot that homunculi don't die of blood loss.
* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'' the Noah Fiddler has a rather horrible tongue. It seems to be a deadly parasite that he has infected [[spoiler:Lavi and Chaozii]] with. So far, it has been left up to the reader's imagination how [[BodyHorror they]] [[ForceFeeding got]] there.
* Comedic example happens in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' where Yue bites her tongue while she was incanting a magic spell when Makie asked her [[spoiler:if she likes Negi]].
* ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'': In episode 2 of the final season Louise tells her captors that if they plan to torture her she'll commit suicide by biting her tongue.
* A former pirate captain who was about to [[FateWorseThanDeath be sold as a slave]] in ''OnePiece'' opted for biting off his own tongue instead. However, he was shown later alive and well, though with a shorter tongue.
** Later on [[{{Fanboy}} Bartolomeo]] stabs someone in the tongue for badmouthing Luffy (only in the manga though).
* Tsuaiji, a minor character from ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'', bites her tongue and dies while being tortured for information about her former lover. It's '''not''' pretty.
* A really terrifying example on how this trope can go FromBadToWorse is the ''Creator/JunjiIto'' short story ''Slug Girl''. A girl's tongue turns into a living slug (no explanation is given on how the hell that could happen, but then again, it's one of the usual CosmicHorror tendencies of Ito's stories), robbing her of the ability to talk and eat. She cuts the "tongue" off with scissors (yet another painful example), but it grows out again as a slug. As a DownerEnding, [[spoiler:She is put into a bathtub filled with salt in the hope that the slug will be killed by that. It seems to work, but the salt also makes her body shrink into nothing so only her head is left. Her parents pour water on her in the hope that her body will grow back, but it only resurrects the slug. It now becomes a snail, using what's left of the girl (that is, her slightly ShrunkenHead) as a shell. It's strongly implied that the girl is still alive and aware of what's going on, but since she now only exists as a snail shell, [[AndIMustScream all she can do is send sad gazes to all onlookers]]...]]
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** During the Deep Blood arc, Touma suckers Stiyl into sticking his tongue out, then uppercuts him.
** Vento of The Front also did this to ''herself'' by attaching a cross on a length of chain to her tongue in addition to her numerous other piercings. It gives her access to an ability called God's Divine Punishment that causes people who feel hostile towards her to be deprived of oxygen. Over the course of the story she has it forcibly ripped out of her tongue twice, once by Touma and once by [[spoiler:a FaceHeelTurn'ed Fiamma.]]
* As in the page quote, Roy Mustang of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' promises to incinerate the mouthy [[spoiler:Envy]]'s tongue first. He then suits actions to words.
-->'''Roy''': It's kind of interesting how quickly the tongue can be rendered to a bubbling grease. It's surprising how easily it burns, isn't it?
* Played for laughs in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', with [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Oluo]] being prone to biting his tongue whenever he attempts to ride on horseback and speak at the same time. It serves as a sort of instant karma, as it usually occurs when he's running his mouth.
* [[MonsterOfTheWeek Tower of Gray's]] signature attack from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is a chain hookshot that sticks and splits the victim's tongue in half. Interestingly, Its master, Gray Fly, also has his tongue automatically split as well upon his defeat.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'': In chapter 79 [[spoiler:Mutsuki is revealed to have a split personality that likes to cut out the tongues of animals and keep them in a jar. One of the things he does to get revenge on Torso involves cutting out his tongue]].
** Kijima tortures a man by cutting out his tongue when he wouldn't give him information. His reasoning was that if the man wasn't going to speak then he didn't need his tongue.
* In ''Anime/CrossAnge'', when Embryo uses his powers to force Ange to kiss him, she snaps out of it and angrily bites his tongue off and spits it out. He then uses his powers to restore it a few seconds later.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[DeadlyDoctor Murmur]], one of the newer members of ''Franchise/TheFlash's'' RoguesGallery, is a SerialKiller whose M.O. consists of cutting out his victims' tongues and sewing their lips shut, because he believes this to be the best way to silence the voices that only he can hear. [[spoiler:He doesn't exclude himself from this treatment.]]
* In ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'', Mongul II rips off Akrillo's tongue. ''Much'' later, Saint Walker heals it.
* Pictured above, the Joker, who does this to himself during "Batman R.I.P." in ''ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman'' run.
* In ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', [[spoiler:Harley bites off the Joker's tongue and spits it out in front of him. It doesn't affect his ability to speak]].
* In ''ComicBook/PrinceOfPersiaTheGraphicNovel'', the Committee on Dangers Past, Present and Future rounds up suspicious persons and punishes them by slicing off their tongues. The severed tongues fill up a bucket.
* In ''{{ComicBook/Bone}}'', Roque Ja/Rock Jaw cuts out [[spoiler:Kingdok]]'s, leading to a literal [[IncrediblyLamePun "Cat got your tongue?"]]
* ''ComicBook/XMen'' villain Toad has a long, prehensile tongue as one of his mutations. Sometimes, he uses it to catch insects or as an [[CombatTentacles extra limb]] in combat; sometimes it gets [[CursedWithAwesome grabbed, sliced, electrocuted, or slammed in car doors.]]
* ''ComicBook/DungeonTwilight'': Marvin use is race power that gives him an ability in exchange of losing one deliberately like this. He rips his tongue off to gain wings and rips his wings to grow his tongue back.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfic titled "Stolen" by [=SekushiAi=] a psychopath presses a scalpel to Light's tongue, cutting it open. And then he pours some liquid which contains ''vinegar'' into Light's mouth right afterwards. Brutal.
* In "Walk the Shadows", a ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfic by [=jharad17=] after Harry pisses off Nott, a Death Eater, Nott responds by casting a spell which damages his [[EyeScream eyes]] and removes his tongue.
* In the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfic "Purple" (by kodak-85) Naruto bites down hard on Sasuke's tongue to get the latter to stop kissing him.
* In the ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' fanfic "Murderer's Row", [[spoiler:O'Malley]] has a chunk of his tongue bitten off by [[spoiler:Donut]] after he tries to force a kiss.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' / ''Series/DoctorWho'' crossover fic "Fanfic/MinesOfDragonMountain" a saboteur from a race known as the Grundels is captured. Upon delivering a warning to the magnate whose mine he was attacking [[spoiler:the Grundel gruesomely bites off his own tongue and chokes to death on it.]]
* In the infamous ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' DarkFic "Fanfic/{{Cupcakes}}" Pinkie said she [[spoiler:had to cut off Gilda's tongue after she mouthed off to her.]]
* In the ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6006036/1/The-Sword-of-Damocles The Sword of Damocles]] the Joker's OnlySaneEmployee Ballard mentions that after a {{Mook}} criticized his plan, the Joker [[DisproportionateRetribution sawed the guy's tongue out, threw it to the stray cats outside, and kicked him as he choked to death on his own blood.]] While making a pun about cats having his tongue.
* Louise has some fun with [[spoiler:Ffon]] in Fanfic/StarWarsTheSithZero, and ends up burning his tongue out a la FullMetal Alchemist Roy Mustang.
* Cheerilee has some fun with this in ''Fanfic/CheerileesGarden'' when, in the first chapter, she uses a machine to rip apart [[spoiler:Silver Spoon's]] tongue, and then later in Scarlet Harvest, Part 2 when she causes [[spoiler:Applejack]] to bite off her own tongue. [[spoiler:Even Twilight gets into this at the end when she finally is able to punish Cheerilee and does so by pulling out her tongue with her magic, among other things.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The "sloth" victim from ''Film/Se7en'' bit off and ate his own tongue.
* King Kong rips out an attacking T Rex's tongue with his teeth in ''Film/KingKong2005''.
* In ''Film/IchiTheKiller'', protagonist Kakihara slices off the tip of his own tongue. Of course being a masochist he enjoys it immensely.
* In ''Film/{{Oldboy 2003}}'', Dae-su cuts out [[spoiler:his own]] tongue with scissors.
* In ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' the Sherrif threatens to cut out Will Scarlet's tongue. [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon This is one of his more plausable threats]].
* In ''Film/TheGoonies'', Mama Fratelli threatens to sever Mouth's tongue.
* ''Film/ResidentEvil''. When the mutated experiment shoots out its tongue at Alice in the train car, she stabs the tongue with a pipe, pinning it to the grating. Later the experiment falls through the hole in the floor and the door is closed, cutting off part of its tongue.
* In ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'', Imhotep has his tongue cut out among other things before he is BuriedAlive. Imhotep also cuts someone else's tongue and keeps it for himself after he resurrects.
* In ''Film/RatRace'', Randall Pear has a heated up car cigarette lighter fall into his mouth.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Cotton has had his tongue cut out and trained his parrot to talk for him. "[[LampshadeHanging No one's quite sure how]]."
** Jack Sparrow suggests doing this to an enemy. "Shoot him. Cut out his tongue. [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs And shoot his tongue]]."
* Creator/HerschellGordonLewis's ''Film/BloodFeast,'' features one kill in which the killer pulls a young woman's tongue out, leaving an excessively bloody mess.
* ''Film/AChristmasStory'': one of the boys goes through with a triple-dog-dare to lick a lamppost during winter, with catastrophic results.
* TheEighties schlock-fest ''Truth or Dare: A Critical Madness'' has an early scene in which the protagonist is dared to cut his own tongue out, which he promptly does. Later, he is able to talk normally after work with a speech therapist. Seriously.
* In ''Film/ThePeopleUnderTheStairs'', it is explained that the owners of the house preferred to cut off / out the "bad parts" of their children and lock them in the basement. In at least one case, the "bad part" was the kid's tongue.
* In ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'', Robin is subjected to the [[ColdBloodedTorture "tongue looseners"]] -- a pair of pliers which seize his tongue and stretch it out a good foot. It snaps back into his mouth when released.
** One of Don Giovanni's men had his tongue cut out. Why? He was making a funny face.
* In ''Film/EasternPromises'' Nikolai puts out a cigarette on his own tongue. It doesn't faze him at all, but it was traumatic enough to show up on the Parents Guide on IMDB.
* The newest version of ''Film/TrueGrit'' has [[spoiler:the Texas Ranger bite his own tongue while being dragged behind a horse.]] It only results in him talking funny for the remainder of the film.
* During the climax of Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'', the Jabberwock's tongue gets cut off by Alice just right before their battle... which is a shame, since it was voiced by Creator/ChristopherLee.
* In ''Film/TheMidnightMeatTrain'', Bradley Cooper's character gets his tongue ripped off by another character's teeth.
* In ''Film/DeadSilence'', Mary Shaw's prime method of killing is ripping out her victims' tongues.
* In ''Film/JeepersCreepers'', the Creeper uses his teeth to remove the tongue from a cop's [[OffWithHisHead severed head]].
* The first thing The Film/{{Warlock}} does in the movie of the same name is bite some poor shmuck's tongue off and make an omelete of it.
* In ''Film/{{Audition}}'', there is evidence that this may be the ''least'' horrible thing Asami does to her boyfriends. Her ex got his tongue cut out and Aoyama got an injection of something paralytic under ''his'' tongue.
* ''Film/MillionDollarBaby'': [[spoiler:After she's paralyzed, Maggie tries to commit suicide by biting through her tongue.]]
* In ''Film/KillBill'', The Bride bites a rapist's tongue when he tries to French Kiss her.
* ''Film/Wishmaster4TheProphecyFulfilled'': The Djinn uses his powers to force someone over the phone to rip out his own tongue.
* In the ''Film/EvilDead2013'' remake, Mia slices her tongue in half before [[ForcefulKiss forcibly kissing]] her brother's girlfriend, Natalie. [[FanDisservice It is the least sexiest thing ever.]]
* Kharis's tongue was cut before he was wrapped in shrouds and entombed alive in ''Film/TheMummy1959''.
* Invoked in ''Film/AlienResurrection''; after joining up with the pirates, Ripley tears out the tongue of a recently-killed xenomorph with her bare hand and presents it to Call.
* ''Film/ISpitOnYourGrave'': In a revenge kill, Jennifer puts lye in a bathtub one of her rapists is suspended over and lets him fall in. Cue his face burning off, including his [[EyeScream eyes]], and even his tongue.
* The most persistent Graboid in ''Film/{{Tremors}}'' is nicknamed Stumpy because one of its three grasping tongues got torn off when it first tried to eat Val and Earl's pickup truck. The ripped-off tongue is mistaken for a snake-like mutation when it's found tangled around their axle, and is bought by Walter for $15.
* A PlayedForLaughs example is featured in ''Film/ScaryMovie'', where Cindy kisses Bobby and gets her tongue tied up with his.
* In ''Film/PacificRim'', Gipsy "disarms" Otachi's acid-spewing ability by ripping out her tongue and associated gland.
* In ''Film/TheDentist'' Dr. Alan Feinstone, the crazed titular dentist, spots his wife Brooke [[CheatingWithTheMilkman having sex with the pool boy]]. He decides to punish her by cutting off her tongue. She survives for the sequel, but she's left mute for life.
* One of the first sign that something ''very wrong'' happened in ''Film/TheAutopsyOfJaneDoe'' is when the two coroners discover that Jane Doe's tongue has been torn off.
* Discussed in ''Film/DjangoUnchained'', where Stephen mentions that "one word of sass" from the slaves at the [=LeQuint=] Dickey Mining Company gets their tongues cut out. They're good at it, too, so the poor saps don't even get the mercy of bleeding out.

* Myth/KingArthur was in Merlin's laboratory where the great wizard was showing him his latest creation. It was a chastity belt, except it had a rather large hole in the most obvious place which made it basically useless. "This is no good, Merlin!" the King exclaimed, "Look at this opening. How is this supposed to protect my lady, the Queen, when I'm on a long quest?" "Ah, sire, just observe," said Merlin. He then selected his most worn out wand, one that he was going to discard anyway. He inserted it in the gaping aperture of the chastity belt whereupon a small guillotine blade came down and cut it neatly in two. "Merlin, you are a genius!" said the grateful monarch. "Now I can leave, knowing that my Queen is fully protected." After putting Guinevere in the device, King Arthur then set out upon a lengthy Quest. Several years passed until he returned to Camelot. Immediately he assembled all of his knights in the courtyard and had them drop their trousers for an informal 'short arm' inspection. Sure enough, each and every one of them was either amputated or damaged in some way. All of them, except Sir Galahad. "Sir Galahad," exclaimed King Arthur. "You are my one and only true knight! Only you among all the nobles have been true to me. What is it in my power to grant you? Name it and it is yours." But, alas, Sir Galahad was speechless.

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', a male corpse is discovered. As he is half-naked, they first suspect that he was overdosed with date-rape drugs, but then someone notices a trace of blood coming from his mouth - his tongue has been cut, with the intent to silence him, but so badly that he died from it.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/MethuselahsChildren''. When a member of the Howard Families is taken captive, he bites his own tongue almost in half so he can't be forced to tell the truth about the Families' secrets.
* In Terry Goodkind's ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series of novels, the hero Richard kicks a sadistic little princess on the chin hard enough to smash most of her teeth and sever her tongue completely. Normally you don't condone child abuse, but she had it coming. She gets better.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' (which takes place is a futuristic dystopia) criminals have their tongues cut out and become Avoxes.
* In ''Literature/TheAnubisGates'' by Creator/TimPowers, Dog Faced Joe chews up the tongue of his current body before abandoning it and [[BodySurf possessing a new one]].
* The Ritual of Chüd in Stephen King's ''Literature/{{IT}}''.
** Also occurs during the demise of [[spoiler:Randall Flagg]] near the end of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series.
* The protagonist of ''Literature/FightClub'' challenges an entire club to fights at the end of the book, and bites off half his tongue when hit with an uppercut.
* The Japanese fairy tale [[http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/sparrow.html The Tongue-Cut Sparrow]] features the wicked wife of a kindly old man cutting off a sparrow's tongue.
* The Romanian fairy tale [[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/016.htm The Death of the Sun-Hero]] features the titular Sun-Hero getting his tongue ripped out by a crab, resulting in his death.
* The original fairy tale of ''Literature/TheLittleMermaid'' has the sea witch cut off the mermaid's tongue as payment for the human legs.
* The High Priest [[AmbiguousGender (Priestess?)]] from the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' had part of their tongue cut out as part of a self-mutilation ritual. However, that's barely noticeable considering that they're also missing all four limbs.
* Ellen James in ''Literature/TheWorldAccordingToGarp'' had her tongue cut out by rapists to prevent her from identifying them. They didn't take into account that she could still write.
** Some of her supporters cut their own tongues out ins solidarity.
* The Bird Woman tears out Spider's tongue in ''Literature/AnansiBoys'' after she gets tired of him trying to talk his way out.
* Ser Ilyn Payne, the executioner in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', had his tongue ripped out with hot pincers as punishment for making a joke about [[TheCaligula the king]]. It's also lampshaded frequently -- Tyrion advices Cersei not to tear out the tongues of those spreading rumors of her BrotherSisterIncest because all it does is convince people that the tongueless people had something important to say. The Silent Sisters supposedly have their tongues removed, but a septon points out this is an UrbanLegend, as the Sisters take a vow of silence -- such a vow would be meaningless if they weren't able to talk.
* In ''Dagger-Star'' by Elizabeth Vaughan, Ezren the Storyteller was MadeASlave, and his cruel master cut off his tongue. The heroes rescue him and restore his tongue with a healing spell. After getting his tongue back, he complains that his voice doesn't sound as good as it used to be. Since the heroes have never heard his original voice, they can only take his word on this.
* In Creator/TedDekker's ''The Priest's Graveyard'', Danny Hansen drugs a man into unconsciousness and cuts out a piece of tongue before deciding that the man didn't didn't deserve to live on even like that and kills him anyway.
* The poet Malfont in Edmund Spenser's ''Literature/TheFaerieQueene'' has his tongue nailed to a post for criticizing Queen Mercilla (who, like most of the female figures in the poem, is reminiscent of Elizabeth I). This is often read as either Spenser setting himself apart from seditious poets (he had been in trouble in the past for writing poetry critical of the Queen) or a critique of state censorship.
* In ''Literature/SewerGasAndElectric'', a corporate raider who'd claimed he could even get rich selling pencils from a cup is forced to prove it by the BigBad. He's kidnapped, dressed like a bum, has an explosive collar fitted around his neck, and left in a train station with a cup full of pencils to try to earn enough cash to unlock the collar before it blows. To ensure he can't explain the situation, his tongue is stapled so he can't speak coherently.
* Happens off-page in ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', where an imprisoned Hannibal Lecter somehow talks his fellow inmate, "Multiple" Miggs, into committing suicide by swallowing his own tongue. Lecter is very mad at Miggs for [[{{Understatement}} acting inappropriately]] around Clarice. There is also mention made of a past incident of Lecter attacking a nurse and eating her tongue, among other damage.
* ''Literature/JamesBond''
** In ''Literature/NoDealsMrBond'', former operatives from a HoneyTrap mission are being killed and their bodies are found with their tongues surgically removed. In the climax, this threatens to happen to several of them when they are still alive.
** Before he started to work for Dr. Gorner, Chagrin in ''Literature/DevilMayCare'' worked with Viet Minh in Indo-China, where he went around ripping off the tongues of the priests sent there by the French with pliers (the children who listened to their preaching got [[EarAche something else]]). He continues doing so in his current employment to remind people to keep their mouths shut.
* In ''Literature/{{Triptych}}'', set in Atlanta, Georgia, the detectives are hunting a killer who bites out his victims' tongues.
* Nicodemus's human followers in Literature/TheDresdenFiles have had their tongues removed as part of their initiation in order to encourage secrecy and isolation. During Literature/SkinGame, we learn that Dierdre (his daughter) does it to them with her Denarian form, while in the middle of a kiss.
* In the short story "The Midnight Meat Train" by Creator/CliveBarker, the protagonist Leon Kaufman gets his tongue ripped out and then ''eaten in front of him'' by one of the Elders in order to ensure he stays silent about his new job as their butcher.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* An episode of ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' had a patient of the week have tongue cancer that would cost her her tongue. Fortunately the gang come up with an experimental procedure that avoids that.
* In ''Series/{{Rome}}'' Titus Pullo rips out a mans tongue with his teeth then keeps him in a cage for years. Pullo is one of the good guys, by the way.
* The ''Series/{{House}}'' episode "No Reason" has a patient with a swollen tongue that swells so much it fills up his entire mouth.
* In ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'', a criminal tries to run from a cop, but ends up falling into a sewer hole and hits his lower jaw on the way down, causing him to literally bite his own tongue off.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Khal Drogo slices an adversary's throat and rips out his tongue through the hole. Sort of a Dothraki version of a Columbian Necktie.
** Later in the season, Joffrey forces a bard to replay a satirical song about Robert and Cersei he'd been heard singing in a pub. He then asks the bard if a man's tongues or fingers are more important. When the bard answers fingers, Joffrey order Ser Ilyn to rip out his tongue -- which happens right there, in the middle of court, while everyone tries very hard to look the other way.
* ''Series/{{Luther}}''. A gang hoping to get their hands on a stash of diamonds let the husband know they're serious by cutting out his wife's tongue.
* [[DiscussedTrope Talked about]] in the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Bushwhacked". The Alliance personnel inform Mal that this happened to the guy who the crew pulled off the converted freighter, assuming that they had done that prior to being caught. As we later see, [[FromBadToWorse that was just where it started]]. [[spoiler:He did it all to himself. Yes, ''all of it.'']]
* In the last episode of season 5 of ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', [[spoiler:Otto Delaney]] bites off his own tongue and throws it at a two-way mirror when he's formally interrogated about his murder of a nurse.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', a demon cuts up several people, including a few vampires, to make a mural from their body parts. As the vampires haven't been staked or beheaded, [[AndIMustScream they are still alive]]. One of the vampires begs to be put out of his misery, but the demon rips his tongue out of his mouth to get him to shut up.
* In ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', Bedelia Du Maurier retired from psychiatry after a patient had a breakdown and attacked her, only to choke to death on his tongue. As she later observes, [[spoiler:"It wasn't attached at the time."]]

* The cover artwork for Hellion album ''Will Not Go Quietly'' depicts some poor guy getting his tongue ripped out.
* The original artwork for [[Music/{{Autopsy}} Autopsy's]] debut album ''Severed Survival'' features a man being ripped apart by hooks, with one of them stretching his tongue agonizingly far out of his body.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* The Indian/Bengali legend of Lilavathi is a fun example. Lilavathi was the the daughter of an enemy-of-the-state of Sri Lanka, kidnapped as a young girl, raised in Sri Lanka, and marrying a noble's son. Lilavathi being an accomplished scholar, and her father being a total hellion, some higher-ups decided to punish Lilavathi's father by making it so Lilavathi could never express her teachings again. Lilavathi, however, decided to go down like a badass and managed to buy another day before she had her tongue cut off. She spent the entirety of that day dictating all her lessons and discoveries to her husband. After that, her work was compiled into a sort of all-purpose almanac (which exists today). Nowadays, she is almost universally recognized and beloved in Bangladesh as a bit of a folk hero. Her work is still valuable to agriculturalists today.
* The first of the seven brothers to be martyred for remaining faithful to God's Law in the face of King Antiochus forcing all Jews to be Hellenized in the apocryphal [[Literature/SecondMaccabees book of 2nd Maccabees]] had his tongue cut out before he was roasted in the fire.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Clan Giovanni have this down to a fine art in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade.'' The standard punishment for vampires who make the mistake of calling [[ThePatriarch Augustus Giovanni]] "[[BerserkButton Uncle Augie]]" ''begins'' with the offender having their tongue cut out with a pair of pliers; the second half involves a severed finger forced into the offender's mouth, so that once the vampire body starts to heal, the finger will be merged with the stump of the tongue. Needless to say, the victim is left humiliated and mute until such time as they can remove the finger themselves. Of course, there's another variant based on the "[[RealLife/CruelAndUnusualDeath Colombian Necktie]]" - once again leaving the victim disfigured, mute and humiliated until they can cut their own throat all over again and put their tongue back in place.

* In ''Theatre/TitusAndronicus'', Lavinia has her tongue chopped out [[spoiler:(along with being raped and having her hands cut off)]].
* Hieronimo, the protagonist of ''Theatre/TheSpanishTragedy,'' bites his own tongue out after [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge killing most of the rest of the cast to avenge the murder of his son]], so that he won't talk under torture.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* The Storyteller (AKA Elsa Strict) from [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's]] Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights has twice in the event done a performance where she cuts out the tongue of a helpless victim with scissors.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Swollen tongues get chopped off in ''VideoGame/ThemeHospital''.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'', the Raincoat Killer bites out his victims' tongues.
* The [[http://images.wikia.com/amnesia/images/1/1d/AmnesiaServent.jpg servant grunt]] from ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'' has a pretty gruesome mouth area in general.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', [[DeathbringerTheAdorable Mean Sonofabitch]], the [[GentleGiant friendly Super Mutant]] had his tongue cut out by NCR soldiers, which explains his generally unintelligible dialogue.
* Happened to three of the abducted children in the backstory of ''VideoGame/CorpseParty'', one of the girls also lost an eye, and the other had the top half of her head removed. [[spoiler:The ghost of one of the children (the one boy) will remove your tongue if it catches you.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/AnalogueAHateStory'', this is [[spoiler:how the Kims "silence" the Pale Bride]].
* In ''VideoGame/LaytonBrothersMysteryRoom'', [[spoiler:the "other" Alfendi]] will sometimes threaten the main suspect even the protagonist (if she gets the answer wrong) by slicing their tongues.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'': The Deku Toad miniboss' WeakPoint is located on the tip of its tongue, and can be hit with sword, arrows, bombs, arrows with bombs...
* ''VideoGame/CorpseParty'': Seems to be Sachiko's favorite way of tormenting her victims.
* Anastacia of Astora from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls1'' had her tongue cut out to prevent her from saying anything blasphemous. Apparently she consented to this, since [[spoiler:if she is killed by Lautrec and then revived by you, she will get her tongue back, and begs you not to speak to her so that she can keep silent and refrain from using her "impure" tongue to answer you]].

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* This is Sniffles' gimmick on ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends''.
** Other characters suffer this fate sometimes.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Dum from ''Webcomic/DumCat'' licks a chainsaw in one installment, though is somehow uninjured.
* ''Webcomic/TouhouJournal'' has Reimu [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/686767 burning herself on a hot cup of tea]]. This being a very light-hearted webcomic, Reimu makes a particularly cute face in reaction.
* In ''Webcomic/FairyDust'', þrym rips out [[spoiler:Ellen]]'s tongue as part of her punishment for her ongoing insubordination. It's underlined early on that such a mutilation's effect is not limited to the loss of speech, it also hinders eating to a life-threatening extent and is generally harmful to health. The tongue is, after all, an important part of the digestive system, and protects the lungs from inhaling saliva.
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'':
** A young Illhar'dro girl named Ishii nearly [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7945 has her tongue cut out]] after attempting to use her CompellingVoice to calm some angry commoners. She shows up [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8017 later]] alive but WordOfGod says her tongue was not completely removed but damaged enough that she's never quite the same.
** Later, another drow named Verthandi [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10805 almost gets subjected to this]] when her kin decide she's a traitor and decide to cut her tongue out to silence her, but their clan leader intervenes before it can go any further.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* One of [[PsychopathicManchild Cillian Crowe's]] kills in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' v1 has him rip out a guy's tongue, and then slicing open his skull.
* In the incredibly disturbing short film ''Film/TheCatWithHands'' the titular cat (note: probably not even a cat at all) bites off a guy's tongue to complete its repertoire of body parts which it has been collecting for years to become a human. Holy shit.
* Landis, of ''Literature/AntlersColorado'' [[spoiler:bites his tongue nearly in half as part of a plan to escape police custody]] in his third POV section of Chapter Two. His plan works, though it's mentioned in subsequent Landis POV sections of Chapter Two that his tongue still hurts and he has trouble talking.
* In the ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'' video "The Drone", Junior cuts his tongue off by putting it on the blades of...take a guess. [[TooDumbToLive Even after Cody told him not to.]]
* In ''Literature/{{TOT}}'', [[BigBad Maximus Slade]] tears [[spoiler:Umberton's]] tongue from his mouth, and then brutally eviscerates him.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'', Sheldon is looking for Jenny when he trips over a crack in the sidewalk and bites his own tongue as he falls flat.
* In the WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce episode "Unremarkable Voyage", Meatwad forces Master Shake to cut his own tongue from his head with a chainsaw.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Beast Boy ([[ShapeShifter as an aardvark]]) got his tongue stepped on.
* According to Lisa Simpson in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode where she exposes founder Jebediah Springfield as an evil pirate named Hans Sprungfeld, Sprungfeld actually wore a silver tongue because his real one got bitten off by a Turk.
* This happens quite a few times in ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy''
** In "Mad Dog Hoek" during a rant Stimpy's tongue stretches and snaps off.
** In "The Magical Singing Cheeses", Stimpy rips his tongue off a frozen flagpole during a showdown of stupidity with the Village Idiot.
** Ren has had his share too, in one episode his tongue got burned off and in another he got stung in the tongue by a bee.
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Powerpuff Girls]]'' episode "The Boys Are Back In Town" after getting sick of being beating by the recently resurrected Rowdyruff Boys Buttercup punches Butch causing him to bite his tongue.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' episode "Which Came First?" Billy gets his tongue burned off by acidic egg yolk from the mutant chicken's eggs.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' Bender offers to share his food with Fry and Fry politely declines saying that robot food is different from human food, but Bender dumps some in his mouth causing his tongue to catch on fire (once Fry stops screaming in pain he seems to quite enjoy the food).
* In ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', Courage occasionally gets his tongue stomped on, electrocuted, or burned to a crisp. He also got his tongue caught in a bear trap in one episode, and even ''ripped off'' by a lollipop as a puppy.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Krabbyland", SpongeBob injures himself to entertain some kids. One of the ways he does so is to repeatedly get his tongue run over by a truck.
** In "SpongeBob, Sandy And The Worm", Sandy has a fight with an Alaskan Bullworm and leaves its body tied in a knot. [[spoiler:Turns out it was only the worm's tongue.
** In "Cephalopod Lodge", Squidward gets kicked out of the episode-naming club. In an attempt to cheer him up, SpongeBob and Patrick start their own club and invite him to join in. They even invented an "initiation rite", which has the new member's tongue stung by a jellyfish. SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward (by force, ''twice'') went through this rite.
* One of the least-fortunate residents of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' has tongues for his ''feet''. Not only does it hurt him to walk on them, but he can actually taste whether anyone's cleaned the floor recently.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', Eddy bites a wooden nickel, but it breaks and he gets splinters on his tongue. In another episode, Eddy gets a door closed on his tongue.
* In the short cartoon ''Tongue Twister'' by Sean Scott, a character whose [[TongueOnTheFlagpole tongue is stuck to a flagpole]] takes a saw to it.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** In "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel", Li'l Gideon tries to use his telekinetic powers to cut out Dipper's tongue.
--> '''Gideon'''''':''' I'm gonna make sure you ''never'' lie to me again...[[TermsOfEndangerment friend]].
** In "Carpet Diem," Dipper says an owl tried to eat his tongue while he was sleeping outside. That poor tongue can not catch a break.
** In "Sock Opera", Bill Cipher offers Dipper a disembodied "head that's always screaming", which also ties its tongue in a knot as it does so.
* Plucky Duck has several of these in ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventuresHowISpentMyVacation''. [[LampshadeHanging "Tongue Joke no. 10."]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Family Appreciation Day", Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle decide to help Apple Bloom fake being sick so she doesn't have to come to school (and risk being embarrassed by Granny Smith). They heat up a thermometer and stick it in her mouth, and it burns her tongue.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Erik "The Lizardman" Sprague is a sideshow performer who has modified himself to resemble a lizard, including a bifurcated tongue. Actually a more-common-than-you'd-think form of body modification; it's done by gradually splitting the tongue with a razor sharp blade after a procedure similar to a normal tongue piercing. Given time, the split tongue muscles adapt and you can wiggle the two halves ''independently from each other''.
* The parasitic crustacean ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cymothoa_exigua Cymothoa exigua]]'' (WARNING: [[SchmuckBait Do not click the link]] if you plan to sleep soundly tonight) actually latches on to a fish's tongue and causes it to shrivel up and atrophy. The crustacean then clings to the stub and serves as the fish's new tongue in a manner not dissimilar to a corporate takeover.
* Veterinarians use tongue-clamps to affix pulse monitors to unconscious dogs and cats that are undergoing surgical procedures. Not harmful, but rather uncomfortable even to look at, never mind wear.
* There are probably few people who haven't experienced the pain of biting their own tongue by accident. Likewise for accidentally burning their own tongue on something that was just a little too hot.
* Biting too hard on a glass thermometer while it's warming up under one's tongue can cause nasty cuts to its underside, possibly contaminated with mercury if it's an older model.
* Upon killing a baleen whale, orcas will often eat nothing but the dead whale's tongue. Granted, that's a ''big'' tongue, and usually the only part of the whale that's easily accessible without chewing through skin as thick and tough as a car tire.
* Subverted in people with epilepsy, despite what "[[WorstAid common knowledge]]" would say. Cramming something into someone's mouth when they're having a fit won't prevent them from swallowing their tongue (it's attached to the inside of the mouth; if you don't believe me, just ''try'' to swallow your tongue right now), rather, you're running a very high risk of being bitten, knocking out their teeth, or even [[{{Irony}} asphyxiating them by accident]]. The only risk that the tongue faces during an epileptic fit would be if the person were to accidentally bite down on it.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vandals Vandals]] were famously accused of doing this when they swept into North Africa. The Vandals were Christians, but they belonged to the Arian sect that the Catholic Church deemed heretical; when then-Catholic North Africa was conquered, some of the locals began to mock them. Not wishing to kill more fellow Christians than strictly necessary, they cut out a bunch of Catholic tongues.
* Dick York, the first actor who played Darrin Stevens on ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'', was forced to retire due to back problems. The pain was so bad that he ended up falling and biting through his tongue.
* Classic Maya religion included ritual bloodletting, often from the tongue. One carved lintel at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Yaxchil%C3%A1n_lintel.jpg Yaxchilan]] shows the ruler's consort pulling a barbed rope through her tongue as part of a ritual.
* Like any organ, the tongue can sometimes develop cancer which may necessitate the removal of the afflicted portion.
* Can happen to a frog, toad, or chameleon that extends its tongue to capture a stinging insect or spider. Also to bears lapping honey from wild beehives, and to feeding anteaters, aardvarks or pangolins that keep on lapping up prey even after soldier ants or termites have mustered for a counterattack.
* Children with Congenital Insensitivity to Pain often unintentionally inflict this on themselves.