Glistening white triangular tooth
Open up a can of tomato juice
I've got a fang
I've got a fang
Simply put, a character's protruding teeth are played for unconventional cuteness
Most often, as suggested by the trope name, the character sports enlarged canine teeth. For maximum cuteness, at least one fang will be visible at all times, even when the character's mouth is closed, and especially if they have a Cat Smile
. These indicate, generally, that the character is mischievous, slightly hostile, or a trickster, but not actually "bad."
Cute Little Fangs are pretty much a standard feature of Cat Girls
and other characters who fall under Little Bit Beastly
. Ugly Cute
critters tend to have these as part of their unconventional brand of cuteness.
Usually limited to comedies. Does not normally apply to Western-style vampires (they do have fangs, but not the endearing kind).
May be related to traditional Japanese supernatural monsters such as oni
, who are usually depicted with tusks or fangs meant to look rather comical instead of outright frightening. (This is explicitly the case in Urusei Yatsura
, where a number of characters are Ancient Astronauts
versions of oni and other supernatural creatures.)
This trope is also Truth in Television
. Many baby animals, whether of the carnivorous persuasion or the simian persuasion
sport Cute Little Fangs. In a stranger case, some Asian people inherit a physical trait known traditionally as "Tiger Teeth", a genetic quirk that results in elongated eye teeth. This is particularly common in Japan (due to a common genetic quirk), where they're known as "yaeba" and typically considered cute. Many girls actually undergo a surgical procedure to achieve this effect. Teeth which are crowded in the mouth can result in pushed-forward eyeteeth, giving the same effect.
Viewers who are unable to appreciate the cuteness may refer to this as a "snaggletooth".
Contrast Fangs Are Evil
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- Rin has one being the son of Satan in Ao No Exorcist after his demonic power awakens. If he's pissed off or gone Berserk, it falls under Fangs Are Evil.
- Komugi and Koyori in Nurse Witch Komugi.
- Ja Wangnan from Tower of God as a male version.
- Ryoko in Tenchi Muyo!. Indeed, it would seem that every non-human, non-Juraian has some kind of fangs, and usually at least slightly pointed ears.
- You don't get to see them very often, but Ryoko actually has top AND bottom fangs. You can catch the bottom ones on occasion when she screams.
- This is done constantly in the 6 episode OAV of Nuku Nuku.
- Lum, Jariten and others from Urusei Yatsura.
- Ryôga from Ranma ½. In fact, one reading of "Ryôga" is "Good Fang". These are apparently genetic, as seen when girl-Ranma convinced him she was his sister by wearing fake teeth with her flimsy disguise.
- The eponymous character from the manga and anime InuYasha sports these, since he's descended from a dog yokai.
- Merle from Vision of Escaflowne.
- The remarkably dangerous Puma sisters in Dominion Tank Police.
- Queen's Blade: Hide & Seek. Elina flashes hers on numerous occasions and is even said to be just like a cat.
- Leo from Beast Master.
- Excel from Excel♥Saga.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!
- Evangeline A.K. McDowell, given hints about the future plot of the story, may be a rare Western vampire who gets the Cute Little Fangs treatment.
- Asuna has them as well, though they're only occasionally visible.
- Risky, the apprentice shinigami in Omishi Magical Theatre: Risky☆Safety.
- Cyberdolls Sara and Mami in Hand Maid May.
- Lime from Saber Marionette J and its sequels sometimes seems to have a Cute Little Fang, but it's hard to be sure — it's clearly a tooth, but it's far more rounded and blunt than the usual anime fang.
- Tina from Ai Yori Aoshi.
- Kiba Inuzuka
- Suigetsu is a borderline example. While he has one triangular shark-like tooth that sticks out of his mouth while it's closed, that's what all of his teeth look like.
- Naruto himself has them to varying degrees in the first few stages of his Kyuubi transformation. Four-tailed and further take a different route.
- Haruhi Suzumiya
- Tsuruya (that's her at the top of the page), whose Fan Nickname is LOL Fang-tan. In a noteworthy variation, the fang actually gives her a speech impedimentnote . Which just makes her that much cuter.
- At least one illustration in the light novels gives Haruhi one.
- Madarame from Genshiken and his successornote in Spotted Flower, though "cute" might not be the word. The fangs emphasize his snake-like qualities.
- Fuu from Samurai Champloo gets these when particularly angry.
- Mara, the demoness from Ah! My Goddess, has these; in her case, they seem to emphasize that she's less dangerous than she looks — the series is primarily a romantic comedy, and so she would be out of place if she were a real danger. Plus they let her make a vampire joke in the TV series.
- Mew Ichigo of Tokyo Mew Mew. Most of the characters have these — the aliens do, at least.
- Hiyori Sarugaki of is often teased about her prominent little fang by fellow Vizard Shinji Hirako, and later by Ichigo, at which she promptly lampshades this by saying the fangs are one of her charms. She has a fang and buck teeth, and it makes her even funnier.
- Haineko, the manifested spirit form of Rangiku Matsumoto's zanpakuto, has them.
- Hakufu and Chouhi from Ikki Tousen.
- Slayers is fond of these in a couple places.
- Non-humans in human guise generally have them (Xellos, Filia, and Valgaav), but perhaps the only real humorous application of them is Lina herself, where they range from the "cute little fang" variant to worryingly noticeable◊.
- Gourry got them on occasion, in the third season (TRY) of the anime.
- Thanks to Art Evolution, Lina's are seen almost all the time starting with Revolution. The cute type for the most part.◊
- Ayano in Kaze no Stigma.
- Mikoto from Mai-HiME... also a quasi-Cat Girl.
- Kuroi-sensei and Misao from Lucky Star. Misao, like Tsuruya, also has a bit of a speech impediment.
- Delmo in Cosplay Complex possesses them, even though she is a bunny girl. Apparently rodent teeth are not as cute though.
- Sapphire in the Pokémon Special manga.
- Holo from Spice and Wolf, but hers are permanent and natural since she's a wolf spirit. In human form, anyway. In her natural form it's more a case of More Teeth than the Osmond Family — as anyone who's seen the mouth of an even completely ordinary wolf can tell.
- Ouka, the female werewolf in .hack//Legend of the Twilight.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- Kiyal, one of Kittan's three sisters in , has a fang. She's the most feral of the three. And yet in the same episode she debuts in, her own brother goes on a rant about how humans don't have fangs, only Beastmen have fangs. Wha-huh?
- Nia of all people has one of these in some official High School AU art. And it's ADORABLE. Look closely, and she also has them in this official Halloween art.
- Haruko from AIR has them, even though she is generally depicted as a nice person, albeit with some issues.
- Ranka Lee from Macross Frontier when she's singing. Understandable, being one-quarter Zentraedi.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
- Ramia from the Pretty Sammy series.
- Liru and Pachira from Magical Pokaan, being a Werewolf and western-style vampire respectively.
- Haruko Haruhara in FLCL has these in the baseball episode (possibly others).
- Hazuki from Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase.
- Pai from 3×3 Eyes. Very cute.
- Train Heartnet, the eponymous Black Cat.
- Another male example comes in the form of the Medicine Peddler from Mononoke and Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales. They're more subtle than usual, so unless he's gritting his teeth or yelling (not something he does a lot) you barely see them. But they're there.
- Anzai Nobuyuki seems to stick these (or rather a single fang projecting over the bottom lip) on his main characters, especially when they're drawn in a more humorous fashion. It's really noticable on Ginta in MÄR. There is no logical reason given for why they have them.
- Tomomi Shirakawa of the hentai title Princess 69 has this. It's most prevailent when she smiles mischieviously and the "camera" is shown close to her face...
- Fairy Tail
- Due to Dragon Slayer magic, Natsu and Gajeel have fangs, though not really cute. Luxus' fangs are even less cute.
- Wendy, on the other hand...
- Sugar Sugar Rune: The main characters, Chocola and Vanilla, are witches who have these.
- Daisuke "Beast" Inuki from the yaoi manga My Beast has very pronounced fangs on his lower jaw. These usually make him look more intimidating, but in a few scenes they look very cute.
- Seras in the Hellsing manga and OVA, at least whilst she's not going psycho. And when she is...
- Umisho's Maaya is almost an Expy of Mayu from Ai Yori Aoshi, but she also borrows Tina's fang (and swimming skill).
- Tasuki from Fushigi Yuugi. You can see his fangs just about every time he opens his mouth.
- Moka and Kokoa from Rosario + Vampire sport Cute Little Fangs, being vampires. In Moka's case though, it's only Outer Moka who has proper Cute Little Fangs — the more mature-looking Inner Moka has longer, more menacing looking fangs.
- Karin, who provided the former trope image.◊ Justified as she is a vampire.
- Both Giroro and Tamama of Keroro Gunsou have these, but Tamama's are really only shown when he's angry.
- Lala's sister, Nana, from To Love-Ru usually has one ridiculously cute fang showing which makes her even more ridiculously cute.
- Saki has Yuuki sporting one these, because she's the resident Genki Girl, and Kana sporting another one of these, because she has that entire Cat Girl schtick going on.
- Tamako, the main character of Battle Club, has one of these.
- Abel of Trinity Blood has them sometimes; not too much of a surprise given that he's an (uber powerful) vampire.
- Vash from Trigun shows two at times.
- Eri from School Rumble.
- Ray Kon from Beyblade. As well as the rest of the White Tigers team.
- The eponymous Niea from Niea_7 has them, likely because she is an alien. Still, other aliens in the show seem to lack them.
- Elise from Sky Girls has these. She also wears short, sharp-looking bunny ears to complete the effect.
- Garlic Jr. in Dragon Ball Z. He may be a villain but it's still cute looking, the way one fang sticks out of his mouth when he smiles.
- In a Freeze-Frame Bonus moment, Nyamo from Azumanga Daioh has one when she's drunk in Episode 14.
- Jin from YuYu Hakusho, in his demonic form, he has the cutest little fang◊.
- Black Lagoon: Revy has one of these in some of the omake. Especially notable in Omake 2: Mahou Shoujo-hen, where she is very bright and cheery... until she pulls out those two pistols.
- Nori from Tokyo Tribe 2.
- Maria from Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei.
- Ichikawa in Sukisho has one of these in almost every scene for no adequately explained reason.
- Ritsuka in Loveless occasionally has these when he's yelling at someone. Slightly justified in that he's still got his cat ears and tail.
- Hachikuji from Bakemonogatari has these, and they see a lot of use, since her standard retaliation when she and Araragi end up fighting is to bite him with all her might.
- Yui of Angel Beats! has a pair of them, though only one is generally seen.
- Kirino from Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai sports these; they become especially evident when playing eroge.
- Index from To Aru Majutsu no Index exhibits these at times, usually when about to bite Touma.
- Scanty and Kneesocks from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, with a tad of Fangs Are Evil. It's lower incisors for Scanty and upper incisors for Kneesocks.
- Lampshaded in the Hentai manga Mozaiku x San Shimai, where a Tsundere girl's cute little fang interferes with... well, take a guess. Fortunately, no serious pain results.
- Kyouko in Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Kirika in Puella Magi Oriko Magica. Both play with this trope, Kyouko having two fangs instead of the normal single one, and Kirika most assuredly does not fit with the normal personality type the fang tends to signify. At all.
- Yayoi from Neko-de Gomen! when in her Cat Girl form.
- Yune and Alice from Ikoku Meiro no Croisée.
- Romania from Axis Powers Hetalia, which has led to fan speculation about him possibly being a vampire or at least liking to pretend that he's one. Belgium has them in some sketches too, but they're not nearly as noticeable.
- In the Highschool of the Dead manga, Saya has a fang in just about every image, even when her mouth is closed — the artist seemed intent on displaying it at all times. In the anime it's visible only when her mouth is wide open.
- Hibiki from the anime version of The iDOLM@STER.
- Loki from Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok. Especially notable in the manga, where he takes them out at one point and uses them as homing devices.
- Kuro from Kodomo no Jikan sports some fangs to emphasize her feral nature.
- Seiji from Kids On The Slope, which matches up with his slightly mischievous personality.
- Impmon and his evolution Beelzemon, after he pulls his Heel-Face Turn, in Digimon Tamers.
- Mii from Popotan
- Miyoshi from Switch! has these among other things.
- Sakurako from Yuru Yuri
- The Little Bit Beastly Kitsune Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss has them.
- Riko Kurahashi in
- Rin Matsuoka from Free! has these as a child. When he gets older, the effect is lost as he's somehow grown a set of shark-like teeth.
- Nightcrawler has them in the comics, depending on the artist.
- Wolverine and Sabretooth have them in some adaptations and when drawn by some artists, though describing any aspect of those two characters as "cute" is a real good way to have one's lifespan drastically shortened.
- Jubilee gets them after being turned into a vampire. This turns her into a Cute Monster Girl, especialy when Sana Takeda draws her.
- Many characters in comics drawn by Adam Warren.
- Lenore the Cute Little Dead Girl
- Illyana Rasputin in Darkchild mode has them.
- Charlene in Horndog.
- The (quite attractive) troll-girls in the XXXenophile story "A Beautiful Tale". Actually, in some panels, they appear to have full-on shark teeth... but the artist somehow makes it work.
- Rachel Morgan, from The Hollows, spends several novels dating a living vampire named Kisten. As part of their sexplay, he gives her a set of 'caps'; prosthetic vampire fangs that young vamps wear over their real fangs in order to help prevent 'accidents'. When Rachel, a human (basically) tries them on, she finds the change in roles from prey to predator very hot. As does Kisten.
- Lily in the web-novel Domina. Maybe a subversion, since its mentioned that people who don't know who well think they're freaky.
- The short story "Green Shadows" from Alan Burt Akers' Kregen series has the main character notice: "Her mouth was red, and a white tooth showed a tip just indenting her lower lip. Some folk find that no blemish but an added attraction in a pretty woman's face."
- Mona the Vampire. Though hers are fake.
- The Otherworld Series has Delilah D'Artigo, a werecat, who retains her fangs in human form. Her fangs are actually more prominent than those of her vampire sister, Menolly, as Menolly can retract them whereas Delilah cannot.
- In Codex Alera, Kitai's canine teeth are frequently pointed out when she has her mouth open, the implication being that they are longer and sharper than a human's (but don't take away from her attractiveness). Kitai, by the way, is a Marat "barbarian".
- This is a fleeting example, but in the Angel episode "Smile Time", when puppet-Angel switches to puppet-Vampire-Angel to deliver the battle-ending set of attacks, the puppet naturally has fangs. And the fangs are definitely cute and little, but not actually little relative to the cute little mouth.
- The Adipose creatures in the Doctor Who episode "Partners in Crime" have one of these. They're supposed to look like the lone milk tooth of an infant.
- Some of the Centauri have these in Babylon 5. All of them, or at least all the males are supposed to have these, but due to budgetal and time constraints, as well as some actors with aversion towards them, they are only present some of the time.
- Wimzie's little brother Bo on Wimzie's House.
- Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods has odd front teeth that give him this appearance when he smiles.
- Erica from My Babysitter's a Vampire and she uses them to her full advantage.
- The Cat from Red Dwarf has large, somewhat comical-looking fangs. They're the only visible sign that he's not really human. Considering the fact he's a flighty, ridiculous cat-man, they probably qualify as cute.
- Ace Attorney: Furio Tigre and Shi-Long Lang, both characters who have strong ties to predator animals in their names and appearance, have pointed incisors.
- Satoko Hojo from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. However, her fang is hardly noticeable in the first season of the anime, and even in later seasons it's often not seen. It's seen in many of her sound novel poses, both the remakes◊ and originals.
- Umineko no Naku Koro ni has tiny fangs all over the place. Battler, Jessica, Maria and Beatrice (among others) have them, though only Beatrice and Maria keep theirs in the anime and PS3 port.
- Makoto of Kanon, an early clue to her fox origins.
- Daikuji Ayu from Rumbling Hearts.
- Kudryavka from Little Busters has one. She doesn't really fit the tricksterish or catgirl personality, though, so it's probably part of her vaguely vapiric, Eastern European theme.
- The dragon in Dra Koi has little fangs as a human, which turn into massive fangs when she fires breath attacks. Eventually, we see her fire breath attacks with much smaller fangs.
- Luna from Dominic Deegan, despite being human, has fangs similar to an Orcs. They are quite adorable. And important later.
- El Goonish Shive
- Grace, when in her half-squirrel form.
- A recently introduced character, Catalina Bobcat. Along with her name and first name, it makes her a quasi Cat Girl.
- Wapsi Square
- Tina, who claims her fangs are the result of botched dental surgery. This may or may not be true; Tina has an... unusual history.
- The Drunken College Golems have them too.
- Not to mention the rather unconventional Vampire Gals. (Note that this image, which shows the fangs to good advantage, is borderline NSFW, although their other appearances are less so.)
- The green-skinned cleric Benn'Joon aka "Benny" in the webcomic Looking for Group. She often has one tusk-like Cute Little Fang peeking out from her lower jaw over her upper lip, especially when she's pouting.
- In Pandect, Ice, a Dog Ace (a dog who has a soul and can also appear in human form), has slightly longer canine teeth than most humans. Of course.
- Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name
- Conrad, while not meant to be overwhelmingly "cute", sports a single tiny fang that's far from intimidating.
- We present to you, Conbat.◊
- The Order of the Stick
- Therkla, the half-orc ninja, has cute little tusks.
- As does, in one flashback panel, Therkla's orc mother, in a subversion of the stereotypical half-orc origin story.
- Evil Vaarsuvius also has Cute Little Fangs, though because of the circumstances surrounding their appearance, they're actually quite creepy.
- So does Redcloak.
- Male example: Doug from Fletcher Apts who also has Puppy-Dog Eyes at times.
- The title characters in Ozy and Millie, though only Ozy's are only obvious when he's talking) as well as several others. Somewhat lampshaded here.
- The art style of Queen of Wands has fangs as standard. On Angela they are pretty cute, though.
- Numerous Earthsong character have these.
- Molly in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! manages to be very cute even with fangs on the end of her snout.
- Florence from Freefall, a genetically engineered Bowman's Wolf, has fangs, but they only show up when she smiles. The effect is usually unfortunate.
- Rufus and Melika in Terinu have fangs as well, being anthropomorphic fox aliens. Said fangs are usually just cute, at least until they get pissed off.
- Skadi, from the eponymous webcomic, sports one of these.
- Nina Delacroix from Eerie Cuties.
- Eve of Bibliography has these.
- The entire cast of Femmegasm.
- Fox Maharassa, playful rake from Boy Meets Boy, Friendly Hostility, and Other People's Business. They only appear when he grins, but they're infinitely charming to say the least. As a pastry chef in the latter comic exclaims with a dreamy sigh, "It's like he hugs you with his smile~"
- Most trolls have pointy teeth, but Nepeta is really the only one who manages to make them look utterly adorable.
- Tavros, at one point, is shown curled up against the wall, sleeping, with his fangs protruding from his smile. Since Tavros is incredibly timid and the teeth of trolls in his social caste are supposed to be blunt (after this is established, the other lowbloods, especially Karkat, are drawn with rounded teeth(no he isn't)), the only explanation is that it was to make him cuter.
- The Jagers of Girl Genius appear to have these... until they open their mouths.
- The unamed assassin who kidnap Ivan in Oglaf.
- Justified later when she turns out to be a vampire. Her name is Navaan.
- Happens occasionally in VG Cats, being as the main characters are, obviously, cats.
- Elf Blood's spirit incarna tend to have these if their spirits correspond to some sort of predatory animal. Notable examples include Carlita Delacroix (Cat) and Fliss and Shanna Whittle (Foxes).
- Yoon Song from Welcome To Room 305.
- Some of the characters in The Cyantian Chronicles, particularly Quinn, Sheana, and the fox princesses.
- In Moon Crest 24 they look cool on Drake, but they're more adorable than menacing on Derek.
- With everyone in Commander Kitty being a Funny Animal, these are pretty common. Even Big Bad Zenith has them.
- Secret from Keychain of Creation has a pair - they're normally hidden, but when she's stressed or using her Abyssal powers, they emerge.
- At the Super Hero School Whateley Academy there are several: Paige (a were-catgirl), Carmilla (mostly demon), Tennyo (too complicated to explain here). Tennyo's been told several times that her fangs are 'cute'.
- Trope-tan has one.
- Green Puppy from Blue's Clues has fangs.
- Beast Boy of Teen Titans, to add to his unconventional cuteness and underline his animal status. Curiously, he tends to carry it over in all of his forms — even when they don't even have teeth. His comic book version initially lacked this, but eventually he was redesigned (though at least they had the decency to do so in-story) with fangs intact due to the show.
- Mouse from ReBoot. The fact that she has fangs is mentioned by other characters but never explained. In the end, they do indeed appear to be there solely to make her seem more dangerous.
- X-Men: Evolution gives the very dangerous Mystique fangs, as well as her less dangerous son Nightcrawler. In Nightcrawler's case this is true to the comics. In Mystique's... well, she can have whatever appearance she pleases.
- Both Chowder and Panini in Chowder have them. Word of God is they're of the same species (Rabbit-bear-cat thing...).
- Yumi in Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi.
- Arguably most of the Gargoyles, especially Lexington and Angela. And of course Elisa when she was briefly a gargoyle. Elisa's especially were very cute.
- Rintoo and Lulu from Ni Hao, Kai-Lan.
- Loopy in one episode got these in KaBlam!!.
- Several characters in Wakfu. Its heavily Animesque art style gives everyone exaggerated canines, even on non-cutesy characters such as older men.
- Humf. All the male furry things, including the title character.
- Anakonda from Xyber 9 New Dawn has these, unless she's pissed off and hissing at someone, then they're far more creepy than cute.
- Marceline from Adventure Time. She's a vampire, after all.
- The entire Dingo family from Blinky Bill, but Shifty is by far the cutest.
- Scardey Bat on Ruby Gloom.
- Samy on Jimmy Two-Shoes.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- Spike, though they aren't always visible.
- Discord's single fang is arguably cute too. Stops being arguably after his Heel-Face Turn, especially when he genuinely smiles.
- Similarly, Queen Chrysalis and her changelings.
- What do you mean, Nightmare Moon's fangs don't count?
- The bats seen in the show have fangs.
- Most of the Cats from Thundercats 2011, especially Wilykit and Wilykat. Subverted with Sabertooth Grune, who just has one really big one because he tore out the other to use as an Improvised Weapon.
- Sylvester the Cat gets these in The Looney Tunes Show.
- Felix the Cat, one of the oldest examples.
- Everything's cuter with kittycats!
- Known as "yaeba", "double tooth", in Japan; where it is fairly common, and typically considered cute and attractive. Due to crowding resulting from small, narrow jawbones, one or more canine teeth are pushed forward of the rest of the teeth. Many believe it to be the origin of the "Catgirl" look. See the Yaeba Superstar page for more examples. As western-style dentistry becomes more popular, straightening teeth and removing yaeba is also becoming more common.
- Some Japanese girls actually pay to have Yaeba artificially installed.
- There are temporary ones too.
- Most famously, Avril Lavigne, which has led to humorous fan speculation that she may in fact be a vampire.
- Unfortunately, they reportedly made her self-conscious, so she allegedly had them ''shaved'', to the everlasting regret of fans of hers for whom her fangs were part of her appeal.
- In the book, Hermione Granger is more of an incisor girl, but the trope definitely applies to her actress, Emma Watson. (pic 12)
- Zachary◊ Quinto◊
- Aki Toyosaki◊.
- Ferrets and similar species have canine teeth which often protrude over their lower lips.
- George Harrison
- Benny Davis◊ from Axis of Awesome.
- Jewel is known for this◊.
- Male musk deer possess surprisingly large fangs, with which they fight each other for mates and defend themselves from predators. Being tiny deer, this is automatically infinitely cuter than it has any right to be.