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Multipurpose Tongue

So, you have a character who's a lizard of some kind. He may look amazing, but what can he do in particular, especially when it comes to combat, platforming or just day-to-day activities? Sure, some can breathe underwater, others can blend in with their surroundings, but let's not forget that a lot of them tend to have the long, sticky tongues that their real world counterparts use as their feeding mechanism.

But that's only one thing you can use it for. Some lizard characters, or even characters of other species that have long sticky tongues, can use them for more applications than just getting food.

Naturally, this comes with tons of Power Perversion Potential.


Examples:

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     Anime & Manga 
  • Naruto: Orochimaru has a snake motif; one of the most unsettling applications of this is his repeated use of his tongue as a weapon, which he does so efficiently that he was still able to defend himself when he was briefly deprived use of his hands. All of this, of course, invokes Yamata-no-Orochi, the so-called "Japanese Hydra."
  • The Pokémon Lickitung (and his evolution, Lickilicky) uses it's tongue to gather food, and to fight enemies, either by wrapping them up, or licking them.

    Comic Books 
  • Toad from the X-Men series uses his long, prehensile tongue in combat as one of his primary abilities.
    • Amphibius, also from X-Men, has a long tongue he uses to capture people.
  • Anole, also from the Marvel Universe, uses his prehensile tongue as a weapon and to reach distant objects.
  • Sugar-Man, from Generation Next, uses his long tongue as a weapon.

     Film 
  • In La lengua asesina (The Killer Tongue), a woman gets a giant tongue that speaks and kills people. At first, the woman wants to get rid of it, but eventually learns to use it as a weapon against others.
  • Gungans have this feature, which was Played for Laughs in The Phantom Menace.
  • One of the creatures from Evolution has an extendible tongue tipped with a second, predatory head.
  • The iconic Alien is famous for the jaws on its tongue, and the above-mentioned Evolution creature is likely a Shout-Out to it.

    Literature 
  • Expedition, a science fiction book by Wayne Douglas Barlowe, features many strange creatures including the Arrowtongue and Bolt-tongue, which use their retractable tongues (or rather the appendages in their mouths that resemble tongues) to subdue prey. An Arrowtongue usually uses its tongue to pierce its victim's skin and inject digestive juices.
  • According to The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide, a Bantha has a long prehensile tongue that it can use to hold objects and communicate with another Bantha.
    • Galaxy of Fear's Enzeen look like Rubber-Forehead Aliens, but while they do have human-style mouths, they eat exclusively through their long, powerful nutrient-draining tongues. Usually those are kept neatly retracted.
  • Murasaki includes one alien species whose tongues also function as sexual organs. The human visitors have been known to cause scandals now and then by opening their mouths in public.
  • In Larry Niven's Known Space Verse, the two-headed puppeteers use the long, dextrous tongues in their mouths as hand-substitutes, together with the mobile, fleshy knobs on their lips.
  • In Jack Sharkey's "Arcturus Times Three", a xenobiologist's consciousness is projected into alien organisms to observe them. One is an ambush predator with an extensible tongue, which is actually its own conjoined, budded offspring. When this "tongue" catches prey, it eats and grows larger, eventually becoming too big for its "parent" (now dying) to retract. It then sprouts a juvenile "tongue" of its own, and the process repeats.

     Live Action TV 
  • In Farscape, Luxans have long tongues, tipped with knock-out venom. However, D'Argo has also used it for dangling off ledges and snatching objects in a hurry- though it takes a lot of practice to perfect.
  • A minor character in one episode of Space Precinct used his to remove a bomb stuck to the hood of the car he was in.
  • Silurians in the revived Doctor Who. The Power Perversion Potential is all but outright stated in "A Good Man Goes To War"...
    • In the classic episode "Time and the Rani", the bat-like Tetraps have weaponized tongues similar to the Luxans noted above.
  • Juken Sentai Gekiranger: Mele can use her tongue to stab people, or hit their pressure points and disrupt the flow of their chi.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Vampire: The Masquerade vampires using the discipline Serpentis (which are almost exclusively the Followers of Set and their bloodlines) are able to turn their tongue into a serpent's tongue, which can be used in as many ways as one can imagine, including in a fight and for drinking blood — during said fight, at that. Mortals are said to find the touch of the Setite's tongue pleasing.

    Videogames 
  • Yoshi invokes this trope quite a fair bit in some of his games. Although a lot of his skillset revolves around eating living things, he can use his tongue for other things, especially in Yoshi's Story, where Yoshi can use it to nudge bubbles around if need be, and use it to hookshot his way onto red ! balls.
  • Gex uses his tongue for several things, especially volleying out fire, ice and slime when he's eaten a powerup, as well as to grab ledges in lieu of his hands.
  • Sting Chameleon of Mega Man X uses this for two of his primary attacks. His melee attack comprises of a painful metal tongue lash, but he can also hang from the roof with it to cause spikes to rain down from the ceiling.
  • This is the main mechanic of Chameleon Twist.
  • The Resident Evil games feature the Lickers, who often use their elongated tongues to decapitate or impale people.
  • Smokers in Left 4 Dead will use their elongated tongues to grab survivors at long range. It's especially nasty if there's a big hole between you and the smoker.
  • In Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, the Headhunter's lizard form will attack Soma with its tongue. In Dawn of Sorrow, capturing the soul of a Cave Troll will enable Soma to use a tongue attack himself.

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    Webcomics 
  • In Schlock Mercenary the Frelenti have prehensile tongues. Legs, the Toughs' Frelenti member, uses hers when piloting shuttlecraft or to wield a pugil stick as part of the Toughs' combat courses (and despite the pugil sticks normally being communal use, she has her own with her name written on it because of this fact).
    • It's also hypersensitive. Legs can track by taste nearly as well as Schlock can, but dislikes doing so for sanitary reasons.

    Western Animation 


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