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Most people have 32 teeth, and in animation it isn't always [[ConservationOfDetail practical]] to draw each individual tooth in a character's mouth. In some case it can run the risk of careening down the UncannyValley. Because of this, a popular way of simplifying teeth is to draw them as a solid toothy mass stretching from one side of the mouth to the other.

Mostly an ignored trope. Especially unusual when some characters have tooth strips while others have realistically drawn teeth. Depending on how loosely an animator is tethered to their model sheets, this can vary DependingOnTheArtist.

Contrast with BritishTeeth and MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily when you really do mean to see each one of those pearly whites.



[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* Characters drawn in manga usually have these. And when they do, it's usually the creepy/funny-looking kind.
** Notably averted in ''Manga/{{BECK}}'' in that every character has all their teeth visibly shown.
* The only character in ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' that has individual teeth is Captain Terror.
* Manga/OnePiece [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-Zags]] this. A good portion of the time characters are shown with these teeth with notable exceptions like Arlong, especially early in the series, though later on it sort of goes back and forth with this.
** Generally, non-{{Gonk}} women have these at all times, while men (who are generally drawn with larger, more expressive mouths) only have this when they're speaking calmly.


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* The Iguanadons in {{Disney/Dinosaur}} all have tooth strips, as a sop to real Iguanadons having beaks.
* Creator/{{Pixar}} is infamously known for their tendency to give most of their nonhuman characters this kind of teeth, whether they are either [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory toys]], [[WesternAnimation/ABugsLife insects]], [[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc monsters]], [[WesternAnimation/FindingNemo fish]], or [[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} vehicles.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' ''averts this completely''. Several characters' teeth were modeled after those of Pixar's animators.
* Played straight with many animated Disney characters. Aversions include [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Beggar Jafar's]] crooked dentures and [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} The Coachman's]] NightmareFace.


[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* In a live-action example, Robo-Gadget from ''Film/InspectorGadget''.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'': One of the many distinguishing features of the Nonmen is that their teeth are all fused together. The sranc, being based on Nonmen DNA, also have this feature.
* In "Literature/EnemyMine," the Dracs have one continuous tooth strip.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* This is one of the signature traits of the eponymous purple dinosaur, ''[[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney]]''.
* The ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'' have their helmets molded to resemble dinosaur heads; where helmets based on carnivores have serrated triangular patterns for teeth, the herbivore-based helmets have just a set of strips on the top and bottom.


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* Parodied in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''. Roger tries a whitening toothpaste which erases all the lines between his teeth.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* All of the SonicTheHedgehog characters are shown this way, though quite a few of them have CuteLittleFangs as well.
* This is how a great many Creator/{{Nintendo}} characters are drawn; exceptions, such as Wario and King Hippo, are almost always to invoke {{Gonk}}.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Humans in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' are usually depicted this way.
* ''{{Webcomic/Lackadaisy}}'' actually shows a good reason as to why you'd want to use this trope in the first place. Just compare Rocky with a [[http://lackadaisy.foxprints.com/exhibit.php?exhibitid=3 tooth strip]] to Rocky with [[http://lackadaisy.foxprints.com/exhibit.php?exhibitid=9 fully rendered teeth]].


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Pretty much anyone in a Creator/SethMacFarlane series. Especially Mr. Bottomtooth of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', a pretentious rich guy with a single bottom tooth. His son shares this trait. Strangely, Herbert the creepy pedophile also has tooth strips when he laughs or chuckles, despite not having most of his teeth...
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''-- even though the characters are [[StylisticSuck crudely]] animated, they still have lines to mark the division of teeth.
* We see a weird variation in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': the Irkens all have their teeth joined together in an undulating, [[http://images1.fanpop.com/images/photos/1400000/Zim-invader-zim-1404611-1024-768.jpg zipper-like pattern]]. The humans usually have their teeth drawn separately.
* This is standard in 3D modelling: the artist models a tooth strip and maps the color and normals to make it look like a row of discrete teeth.
* Bubs from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''.
* The Car Crusher at the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' has a large guillotine-like blade used to crush cars into tiny cubes that's shaped like a wall of teeth.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' uses this sometimes. Usually, regular shots of the characters will have this trope in effect, while more exaggerated expressions avert it.
* ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'', DependingOnTheArtist.
* Also DependingOnTheArtist, ''WesternAnimation/{{Spliced}}'' had one artist who seemed keen on presenting uneven teeth in some of the characters.
* Just like the above example, ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' had this happen [[DependingOnTheArtist at times]]. Usually in the shorts by Creator/WangFilmProductions and on occasion, Creator/TMSEntertainment.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' generally draws teeth like this. The exceptions tend to be extreme closeups, such as during Sweetie Belle's nightmare in "For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils" and the MouthCam shot of Zecora in "A Health of Information".
** The big bad of the Season 4 Finale, [[spoiler: Lord Tirek]] more often than not subverts this trope. His teeth often being animated as disgustingly crooked and fanged by the animators.
** Attentive viewers will not that Hulked-out Saddle Rager averts this trope too.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' Mostly plays this trope straight with its characters. The most notable exceptions are The Joker, and Two-Face's scarred side's drooping mouth. Sometimes subverted when extreme reactions are shown.
* HannaBarbera [[DependingOnTheArtist animator Carlo Vinci utilized these]].
* Character in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' generally have their teeth simplified to strips, unless their teeth are the only visible part of their mouth--then, they'll be drawn as [[http://steven-universe.wikia.com/wiki/File:Steven%27s_Birthday_111.png three or four teeth on a single row]]. Jasper's more detailed expressions, including several {{Slasher Smile}}s and [[TheUnsmile attempts at genuine smiles]], are an exception, having both rows of teeth drawn individually.
* In an unusual non-human example, ''WesternAnimaton/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' gives all the rabbit characters (Richard, Anais, and Granny Jojo) a single frontal tooth instead of the closely-space buck teeth of real-life rabbits. The same goes for Frankie, a rat, and the family of goats in "The Copycats".