Many monsters appear in media, and they all take on different forms. Their mouths are no exception as they can make creatures disturbing or scarier than they would be if they had normal mouths. This is a simple version of that where a creature's mouth-line is represented in a zig-zag pattern. This is a good way to show how twisted a creature could be, unless the monster turns out to be nice, in which case it is Dark Is Not Evil
. Following that insanity rule, this sort of mouth can be done in a few versions.
- The mouth is a zig-zagged line but isn't as sharp as it could be, hinting at an animal-like nature ( I.E. many heartless from Kingdom Hearts apply)
- The mouth looks very sharp looking, or is very long hinting at insanity. both can usually end in a Goth Spirals at either end of the mouth for Rule of Cool.
- This sort of mouth can appear in two varieties; the first is in a character's sillouhette, showing how sinister they are while they are in the shadows, this smile is used alot with the Glowing Eyes of Doom. the second is when it appears on a person's shadow which has the same effect and can be used for the same purposes. this especailly works well with characters that don't have jagged mouths in the first place.
- This version of a Jagged Mouth is used on a character as part of their normal design. The character has intelligence, humanity etc., but it is neither animalistic nor a villain; and as a result it could unitentionally help lead the hero to misunderstand it as evil, or animalistic.
Compare and with Slasher Smile
, where the character's feature could have the same affect, but it does not nessecarily mean they are evil. Not to be confused with More Teeth than the Osmond Family
, where the charcter's teeth could be serrated, but the mouth line outside is striaght. Compare and Contrast Bizarre Alien Biology
, where the mouth line could be serrated or zig-zagged for instance, but could have a different function or place on the body, sometimes mixing this trope with Belly Mouth
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- One Piece villain Gekko Moriah uses shadows that have these kinds of mouths using his Shadow-Shadow fruit powers.
- Many monsters in Digimon sport this sort of mouth type.
- Some Yu-Gi-Oh!'s monsters use this trope
- The V2 Tailed Beast Shrouds in Naruto have this type of mouth.
- Spider-Man villain Carnage is often depicted with black teeth that blend into his mask, as are several other symbiotes.