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[[caption-width-right:350:Barney gives us an [[ArtisticLicenseBiology accurate]] depiction of a {{Tyrannosaur|usRex}}'s dentition.]]

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.

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[[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.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The Iguanadons in {{Disney/Dinosaur}} all have tooth strips, as a sop to real Iguanadons having beaks.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The Nonmen and the Sranc in ''SecondApocalypse'' are like this.
* Short story ''EnemyMine'' had the Dracs have one continuous tooth strip.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* This is one of the signature traits of the eponymous purple dinosaur, ''[[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney]]''.
* The ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' 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.

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

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

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[[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}}.

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[[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]].

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Pretty much anyone in a 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 ''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.
* {{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.]]
* Played straight with many animated Disney characters. Aversions include [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Beggar Jafar's]] crooked dentures and [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} The Coachman's]] NightmareFace.
* 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 ''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.
* ''[[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 101 Dalmatians: The Series]]'', 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.
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