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->'''Neo:''' You can't scare me with this Gestapo crap. I know my rights. I want my phone call.\\
'''Agent Smith:''' Tell me, Mr. Anderson...what good is a phone call if you are unable to speak?\\
[=*=]''Neo's lips melt and seal his mouth shut''*
-->-- ''Film/TheMatrix''

A character's mouth is removed by some means. ''Only'' the mouth. Any further and they would become TheBlank. As the old saying goes: [[EyelessFace see no evil]], hear no evil, ''speak no evil''.

The most common gesture accompanying this is to close an imaginary zipper in the air, maybe even accompanied with a zipper sound, and the mouth of the victim close up and stay shut. There are other variants, of course, most quite horrifying.

Related to EyelessFace and TheNoseless. Not quite as catastrophic as AndIMustScream (no actions or communication). Compare with NoMouth, an animation style where characters are drawn without mouths, and MouthStitchedShut, in which the lips are sealed by brute force rather than erased.



* An ad for Hardee's (and Carl's Jr.) depicts a robot unwrapping a sandwich from the sponsor, putting it to his face and recognizing that he has no mouth. Slogan: Machines can't eat them. They shouldn't make them. A [[TearJerker sad]] FamilyUnfriendlyAesop if ever there was one.
* In the ''Register for Vote'' series of Public Service Announcements, consistently with the figure of speech ''Vote as your expression'' at least a couple of Announcements hinges heavily on this trope:
** In the 2006 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6E4V9PY6rs David Lachapelle's Vanity]] hinged about the ''Lipsealer'', a lipstick supposedly able to grant ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel ''second winner Joanna House, the ability to become ''unable to form any opinion'' and ''indifferent'' [to political matters]. The lipstick effects turn to terrifying when Joanna is shown with half melted lips, grunting in front of the camera in the desperate attempt to speak up.
** In the 2009 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=496KHT8wqCM Jessica Alba's The Muzzler]] Creator/JessicaAlba is shown as a sleazy telemarketer selling ''The Muzzler'', a [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]] like mask able to silence young voters, preventing them from having to express their opinions. Creator/HaydenPanettiere shows up in a cutesy [[PrincessesPreferPink Pink dress]], mumbling and moaning that she liked so much the idea of being stripped of the responsibility to vote that she got her mask ''surgically implanted''.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Happens in book 26 of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', when a captive Anya is loudly protesting whatever Fate is doing to Asuna, and Homura makes a swift gesture with a finger, resulting in Anya's mouth closing like a zipper.
* Fukuro from ''Franchise/OnePiece'', a member of [=CP9=], has a zipper for a mouth, which he must unzip whenever he wants to speak. In spite of this, he's very gossipy and has a tendency to blurt out critical information.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': "All the wizardry in the world has to pass through [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=191083 one small and easily sealed door."]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The mutant Chamber in Creator/MarvelComics blew off his entire lower face when his powers manifested. Technically, he can't even speak -- he talks telepathically, with a FunetikAksent.
* Arseface, from ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', is a teenage boy who tried to kill himself, in imitation of Kurt Cobain, by shooting himself in the face with a shotgun. It didn't work. He is left with a giant gaping hole instead of a mouth. [[spoiler:He eventually goes on to become a world-famous rock star.]] Based on the real-life botched suicide of James Vance, although that was allegedly due to hearing subliminal messages in Music/JudasPriest songs.
* In ''ComicBook/TheBooksOfMagic'', one fey has his mouth magically removed when he wouldn't shut up.
* During ''ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'' miniseries, Eros attempts to sway his evil (and now omnipotent) brother Thanos to surrender using his powers of emotional manipulation. Thanos's angry response (he knows what his brother is trying all too well) is to remove Eros's mouth, which stays gone until the ResetButton is hit near the series's end.
* During the "ComicBook/EmperorJoker" storyline in ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', Joker removes Franchise/{{Batman}}'s mouth. Batman then communicates by Morse code using his jaw. [[CrazyPrepared Because he's Batman]].
* ''[[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]: First Thunder'' #2: Loki sets about working mischief by transforming the employees at [[SecretIdentity Donald Blake’s]] hospital into strange and terrible new forms. Jane Foster is one such victim. She ends up missing a mouth after Loki is done with her. Even more FridgeHorror kicks in when you remember that Loki's [[MouthStitchedShut lips were once sewn shut]], and this incident was a huge part of what embittered him toward Asgard -- and Thor -- to begin with. What he did to Jane was reflective of ''the worst thing that had ever happened to him'', dealt out to someone else this time.
* ''[[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League Of America(2006)]]'' #23: Zatanna has her own powers turned against her by Amazo, who uses them to “EVOMER S’ANNATAZ HTUOM.” She restores herself to normality by writing out a spell with her own blood.
* ''ComicBook/NewMutants'' #21: Trista, a mutant who can control the behaviour of others just by [[CompellingVoice speaking to them]], has her mouth magically sealed by an arcane device operated by Doug Ramsey.
* ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen''
** ''Uncanny X-Men'' #191: Selene (who is [[LieToTheBeholder actually Magma]]) has her mouth erased by [[EvilSorcerer Kulan Gath]] so as to hinder her ability to cast spells.
** In issues #262-263, Banshee briefly has his mouth removed by the flesh-warping Masque, in order to nullify his [[MakeMeWannaShout screaming power]].
* In an early issue of ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'', Elyon does this to Taranee when the captured Fire Guardian insists that her friends run from Cedric and his soldiers rather than rescue her.
* Murmur, psychotic member of ComicBook/TheFlash's Rogues Gallery, cut out his own tongue and sewed his own mouth shut.
* In ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'' ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch's punishment for reviving Hot Dog and accidentally starting a ZombieApocalypse is having her mouth removed [[spoiler:and being forced to marry [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Cthulu]].]]
* In the sixth part of the ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story ''ComicBook/TimeAndTimeAgain'', when Etrigan the Demon reveals Morgaine Le Fey's black knight to be Superman during her assault upon Camelot, Myth/{{Merlin}} the magician bids the hero to speak, only to see that a metal plate has covered his mouth via one of Morgaine's magic spells.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In [[https://www.gocomics.com/phoebe-and-her-unicorn/2018/06/03 this]] ''Webcomic/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'' strip, Marigold warns Phoebe of the consequences if she keeps "trifling in silence curses":
-->'''Marigold:''' I advise caution! It is all fun and games until a curse goes awry, and everyone winds up without a mouth.... Everyone always thinks this time will be different, and before you know it we are plunged into a second ''Epoch of Mouthlessness''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act II'': During his combination NoHoldsBarredBeatdown[=/=]ExtremeMeleeRevenge against Miyabi for [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil raping Mizore]], Dark punches him in the face with such force that Miyabi's jawbone snaps clean off.
* ''FanFic/PokemonMysteryDungeonPlanesofExistence'': [[spoiler:Imperators Fuoco and D'Artificio]] use this as the highest form of judicial punishment in their Micronation.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Anime/SpiritedAway'': Yubaba seals Chihiro's mouth shut with a "zipping up" motion of her hand.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'': Mrs. Potato Head gets her mouth pulled off when she starts complaining, but her husband snatches it back for her.
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': Happens twice with the Genie. The first time, Genie zips up his mouth and the second time, Aladdin does it again to Genie.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* From ''Film/TheMatrix'', the first encounter between Agent Smith and Mr. Anderson. When Neo demands his {{one phone call}}, Agent Smith responds by erasing his mouth.
* ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'': A [[CreepyChild young]] RealityWarper does this to his sister when she snaps at him (as seen [[NightmareFuel/TwilightZoneTheMovie here]]). It's a remake of the TV episode "It's a Good Life" -- the original did not feature the trope.
* Toward the end of ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', when Barbara tries speaking three times the name of the eponymous ghost to banish him back, Beetlejuice uses his RealityWarper powers to cover her lips with a zipper. However, she just opens it up and manages another "Beetlejuice". Now truly annoyed, Beetlejuice conjures a metal plate to completely shut her mouth.
* In ''Film/UnChienAndalou'', the man wipes his mouth off, and replaces it with the woman's armpit hair. It makes about as much sense as anything else in this movie.
* In ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', Stryker [[spoiler:finally finds a way to shut [[{{ComicBook/Deadpool}} Wade]] up]] by first [[MouthStitchedShut sewing]], and in the finished version, plastering his mouth shut. [[spoiler:TheStinger shows the decapitation/fall of the head somehow opened it again.]]
* A poster for the ''Film/SilentHill'' movie depicts the character Alessa, a little girl, as having no mouth.
* Mr. Nick wipes off the smiles of an entire temple full of monks in ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' to prove a point to the good doctor. They get better.
* ''Film/WarlockTheArmageddon'': The Warlock pays an unscheduled visit to an office building to retrieve a magical artifact. When the front desk receptionist challenges his right to enter, he puts an end to the conversation by [[RealityWarper causing flesh to grow over her mouth]]. Later he mentions the fate of the poor woman to her employer: "[[BondOneLiner She's looking for a new opening.]]"

* The last sentence of the Creator/PaulJennings story ''Santa Claws'' has one of the characters utter "[[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor I wish you didn't have]] [[LiteralGenie such a big mouth.]]"
* In ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation'', there is an ex-con described who because he wouldn't rat on his associates, was "Remade" without a mouth. In order to eat, he cut a hole into his face.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheXFiles'', episode "Je Souhaite", where a LiteralGenie is passed around. One man wishes another man would "shut up". You know what happens...
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. When Charlie X finally starts to go off the rails. "There will be no more laughing!" Soon they're all moaning as their faces become blank.
** In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', episode "Q2", q (Q's son, who has been told to stay on ''Voyager'') is approached by cheerful, talkative Neelix. Except he still has his RealityWarper powers. Whoops. Neelix doesn't just get his mouth removed, but also ''his vocal cords''.
* The episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' entitled "Witch". [[spoiler:Lishanne gets better.]]
* In one episode of ''Series/BloodTies'', a voodoo witch does this to Coreen.
* In the British comedy ''Series/MyHero'' there is a compound from ultron called lipweld which literally welds your lips together making your mouth disappear.
* [[AWizardDidIt A wizard does this]] to Tommy early in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder''. It's just a throwaway gag, though, and has no effect over the episode's plot.
-->'''Ethan:''' Beldorf, give him his mouth back.\\
'''Conner:''' Can he wait til after midterms?
* ''Series/{{Haven}}'': In the episode "Sketchy", this along with EyelessFace, happens to one of the victims.
* ''Series/TheFades'': Paul causes his sister Anna's lips to fuse together when she rudely interrupts a kiss between Paul and Jay.
* The zipper-over-the-mouth version is played for laugh in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiHPlXXl8GA a sketch]] of ''Series/TheBennyHillShow''.
* In a Creator/MontyPython animated spot, a smarmy announcer is talking until his mouth has enough and leaves his face - the announcer chases it around, catches it, and nails it back into place.

* The back cover of Music/{{Genesis}}' ConceptAlbum ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway'' shows Rael, the story's protagonist, in this state.
* The cover of Music/{{Asia}}'s album ''Silent Nation'' has people with no mouths.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* [[MeaningfulName Zippy]] from ''Series/{{Rainbow}}'' has a zipper for a mouth, so when he's being particularly obnoxious, other characters will zip it shut.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Handlers/Image.ashx?multiverseid=370578&type=card The art]] for the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' card Silence shows this.
* ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'': A signature Epideromancer attack. One spell allows the caster to manipulate an area of flesh roughly the size of one's palm. Its most common use in canon is to seal a victim's mouth and nose shut. Have we mentioned it's a horror game? Have we mentioned that Epideromancy is freely available (beyond the craziness and sadism required to get magic power from self-mutilation) to player characters?

* The characters in the ''Toys/LittleAppleDolls'' doll line don't have mouths.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'': Tiring of her brother's smart-aleck comments, Bethany [[spoiler:chained up Aaron in a dungeon and ripped off his jaw before leaving him to be ''flensed alive by rats'', then hid it in her cottage! The [[PlayerCharacter PC]], while being repeatedly attacked by hoards of things sicced on him by the tormented Aaron, must find the jaw, [[ViolationOfCommonSense break into the dungeon Aaron is chained up in, and place it back on Aaron's corpse]]]].
* In ''[[VideoGame/LegacyOfKain Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver]]'', Raziel's lower jaw is one of the many casualties of his time spent dissolving in the Abyss. [[FridgeLogic Oddly enough, this in no way hinders his ability to speak]]. Given his status as a spectral ghoul capable of shifting between the worlds of the living and the dead, the superfluous nature of all his internal organs given his missing abdomen and the many reality-defying powers he has, his jaw-deficit Shakespearian elocution is a fairly minor facet of his abilities.
* ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal: Head-On''
** The Outlaw ending features the Roberts siblings arguing over how to handle Calypso -- shoot him or arrest him? Finally one of them makes a fatal mistake: "I wish you would just shut up!" Now, yelling that in front of ''[[JackassGenie Calypso]]''... (It is an apparent ShoutOut to Neo's de-mouthing in ''Film/TheMatrix''.)

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Kagerou}}'', this happens to Tcaolin and Tonbo (her current host) when they are captured, and even once they split Tonbo stays like this a while until Tcaolin shows up later and returns Tonbo's speech, which leads to a MomentOfAwesome:
-->'''Tonbo:''' [[http://www.electric-manga.com/26/16.html G-Go f-fuck yourself... M-My lady.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The "motorcycle" ShockSite image, in which a man apparently blew off most of his face with a shotgun in a BungledSuicide.
* In ''Violent Sky'', a KnifeNut agent "silences" the genius of the protagonist's side by stabbing her in the back of the head and cutting a nerve for expressing thoughts. The victim is later implanted with an AI who's meant to impose her until her body dies of old age. Her nerve self-healed by luck later.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A common ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' gag is the "zipper over the mouth" variety of muffling a character. In ''Bugs and Thugs'', GiantMook Mugsy takes the expression "button your lip" [[LiteralMinded in the most literal way possible]].
* Happens in the ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'' episode "Be Careful What You Wish For". The evil LiteralGenie does this to an NYC subway agent.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century'', Dodgers demands that Eager Young Space Cadet Porky perform the trope. He does so [[TheFaceless rather literally.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''
** Ed has a nightmare that his mother is... Johnny 2x4. At some point, Johnny tells Ed to "wipe that smile off of his face," which causes Ed's mouth to disappear. If that weren't horrifying enough, Johnny then sentences Ed to be tossed into a pit of shark-like versions of the Kanker sisters, which causes Ed to ''tear his face back open'' to get a new mouth to scream with.
** In another episode, the Eds [[AllJustADream stumble on an alternate universe]]. After discovering that the Eds have removed Jimmy's outline, Sarah starts to chew them out, until Eddy pulls her mouth off. However, she can still use it, and it bites his face.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': An [[AlternateUniverse alternate]] version of Robin and {{Expy}} of Bat-Mite who acts like a crazed fanboy and has a magic finger, breaks reality, making the world look like, as Cyborg put it, "it came off my grandma's fridge." Beast Boy loses his mouth, and in order to talk, pulls Raven's off and puts it on his face. He then talks with her voice. Later, when trying to figure out how to fix it, Raven pulls off Cyborg's mouth and puts it on her face, then talks with his voice while Cyborg uses Starfire's mouth to talk with before they all get fed up with it and give everyone their proper mouth back. When BB finally recovers his mouth, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments he puts it on BACKWARDS, resulting in reversed speech!]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' episode "Nose Mouth" Cyborg once again looses his mouth to Raven.
* ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'': Baboon's hand becomes magical and he makes wishes with his hand. Near the end, Weasel gets fed up with the wishes he makes, he wishes Baboon to shut up and, before Baboon can make another wish, his mouth disappears.
* ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'': "Congratulations, you would like to: Pay your bill."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' "Zip it, Mindy."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow'': In the episode “the Fate of Destiny!” Nebula has her mouth sealed by the [[AGodAmI Infinity Gauntlet-wielding Thanos]]. Thanos grants Nebula’s [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor wish]] to have a gag removed from her mouth by magically removing the mouth from her face. She escapes his clutches and, still sans mouth, returns in a later episode, "When Strikes the Surfer!" where she has her face restored to normality by Molecule Man.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'', PluckyComicRelief Orco tries to borrow time by using his magic on the leader of the [[SnakePeople snake men]], King Hiss, to seal his mouth shut with a trap so he won't recite a powerful incantation. Being a multi-headed snake creature, King Hiss simply manifests his four extra heads from his arms and continues with the spell, only to have THOSE mouths shut with traps as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters Boast Busters]]", Twilight puts a zipper on Spike's mouth with her magic to stop him from boasting in her stead to Trixie.
** In the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel Magic Duel]]", Trixie [[VisualPun deletes]] [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicPinkiePie Pinkie Pie]]'s muzzle. She deletes the flash "Pinkie Pie Muzzle" model (as the show is animated in Flash) ''[[BreakingTheFourthWall by opening the Flash GUI and dragging it to the recycle bin.]]'' [[spoiler:Twilight returns Pinkie to normal during an IrisOut gag.]]
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E18DungeonsAndDiscords Dungeons & Discords]]", Discord does this to himself by closing a zipper over his mouth, after promising Spike that his "romantic delusions" are safe with him. This doesn't stop Discord from talking in spite of the zipper a few seconds later.
* Ratty performs the zipper variant of this trope on Mole in the third act of the ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' episode [[Recap/MrBogusS3E4KungFuCampout "Kung Fu Campout"]], after Mole said something stupid.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode, "The Joy", Gumball, according to Ms. Simian, is "infected" with "joy", a disease that makes Gumball unable to stop smiling and being cheerful. He attempts to stop smiling by literally ripping his mouth off of his face and slapping it back on, upside down. It then forcibly rotates right-side-up while still on his face.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' Christmas episode, Dr. Orpheus desperately magically clamps a metal plate over Dean's mouth (see ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'') to stop him from reciting an incantation summoning the {{Krampus}} - a moment too late.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'', Carmen does this to the Chief.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{MAD}}'' episode "The Fantastic Megan Fox", Megan takes away Angelina Jolies mouth and uses it for her own face.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Deep-sea tubeworms, which live off nutrients generated chemosynthetically by bacteria in their gills, lost their mouths because they no longer needed to ingest food.
* As deuterostomes, humans -- like all other chordates -- go through a very early developmental phase when they have an anus but no mouth. The opening that will become the mouth doesn't arise until the end of the gastrula phase.