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-> ''"Jimmy dropped his pants''
-> ''And Ozzy dines on bats''
-> ''And Hendrix played guitar with his teeth."''
-->-- '''Billy and the Boingers''', ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', "I'm A Boinger"

Hard as it may be to imagine, having two hands with opposable thumbs can actually be pretty restrictive. For one thing, everybody knows that you can do stuff with your hands. No one in their right mind is going to do something like point a gun at a person's arm, because you're pretty much just begging them to [[BulletCatch grab a bullet out of thin air]] and [[RightBackAtYa throw it at you]]. So once a character is sufficiently strong, he needs a new way to catch an opponent off guard, and that means giving him a third arm. And what better place to have a third arm than with those shiny white things in your mouth?

In terms of story and narrative development, this is a fairly popular method of showing a character as being unbelievably strong--or, at any rate, much better at what they do than pretty much any nameless {{mook|s}}. In actual practice, this is a trope that usually falls strictly under the domain of RuleOfCool. Are there people in the world who can use their teeth to do practically anything? Maybe. Teeth are pretty strong, after all, and can exert more force than a hand. Still, one can't help but wonder how those teeth manage to continue to stay pearly white even after they've grabbed every filthy, dangerous, explosive object under the sun. Ah well. [[MST3KMantra Best not to dwell on it too much]].

CutlassBetweenTheTeeth is a subtrope, when someone uses their mouth to wield a weapon.

See ManBitesMan for the ''other'' use of the teeth in battle.



* In an Isuzu commercial, Joe Isuzu (actor David Leisure) demonstrates the car's speed by firing a bullet, then getting in the car and driving ahead of it. Once ahead, he gets out of the car, holds a target in front of his face and catches the bullet in his teeth.
* In a Rold-Gold pretzels commercial, a guy sitting in the crowd (played by Jason Alexander) is picked out to be the substitute goalie for a hockey game. Near the end, he blocks a shot by catching the puck in his teeth.
* According to the "Chain of Mystery" Tab Clear adverts, the Olga rock formations where created by a crashed Soviet cosmonaut who spent thirty-one years carving statues of his girlfriend Olga with his teeth. Now everything becomes clear...

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', it looks like an old man had committed suicide in his room; then Conan deduces that [[spoiler: the victim had his hands bound behind his back, and then the rope that was looped around his neck was also threaded through his teeth so that if he called for help or his jaw gave out he would hang himself]].
* Manga/{{Ranma|OneHalf}} has on many an occasion blocked opponents' attacks with his teeth, most notably against Ryu Kumon.
* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'', Krory stops Lavi's [[DropTheHammer Hammer Drop]] attack (which involves Lavi jumping above him and growing his hammer to roughly the size of a small building) with his teeth. Lavi is duly impressed.
-->'''Lavi''': Nice teeth.
** A later arc sees a [[BossInMookClothing Level 4 Akuma]] catch Allen's Crown Clown sword this way before wrenching it out of his hands. It would've won the fight then and there had Allen not had the ability to call the sword to him.
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', Alucard stops Rip van Winkle's bullet with his teeth (and half his face, but he gets better).
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'':
** In Guts' duel with Griffith to decide if he'll join the Hawks, Griffith immobilizes his sword with a BladeRun and points his sword at Guts' face, telling him now would be a good time to surrender. Instead Guts tells him he talks too much, and he'll show him you you should use your teeth in a fight: as shown in the page image, he bites down on the tip and then uses his own sword as a lever to throw Griffith off balance.
** Guts uses this technique more than once, too. In the Conviction Arc while Guts is fighting Bishop Mozgus' torturers the small one tries to pluck out his eye, but Guts bites down on the pliers and counterattacks with a headbutt.
** During the pursuit of the Black Dog Knights, Wyald catches Guts' humongous sword in his teeth and uses his free hand to punch Guts' horse unconscious. After freeing himself from this bind, Guts quips, "What the hell do you eat with those teeth?"
** Tragically, [[spoiler:Casca loses her sword during the Eclipse when an Apostle shatters the blade in its jaws]].
** The grand prize goes to Bishop Mozgus, who successfully uses his jaws to stop a thrust from Guts' freaking ''[[{{BFS}} Dragon Slayer]]''!
* In ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin'', Michiko pulls up a rope with her teeth to save a man from falling to his death while her hands are tied on her back. If that isn't a {{crowning moment of awesome}}, I don't know what is.
* [[BattleButler Roberta]] from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' makes use of this trope to catch one of Shenhua's kukris mid-swing. She then proceeds to ''shatter it with her teeth'' while giving a giant SlasherSmile, thoroughly freaking Shenhua out.
* In the ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' anime, Sarutobi Sasuke catches a knife with his teeth when Kasuga throws it at his face.
* Gangryong in ''Manhwa/{{Veritas}}'' often uses his teeth when fighting an opponent.
* In ''Manga/{{GUNNM}}'' has a complicated to explain example. During a Tournament the android Sechs has to face off against an opponent who's arms are designed to work as a rail gun to catapult objects into orbit, which means around mach 27. During the fight Sechs is bound up with super elastic belts designed to hold cargo together during said catapulting. His opponent then grabs Sechs and shoots him at a wall. However Sechs managed to not only cut free from the belts but also place them around his opponents head. He then holds the two ends of the belt between his legs and in his teeth. The result is Sechs being catapulted back at his opponent.
* Kagura from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' catches a bullet with each hand and the last one in her teeth when fighting Matako. Later, Gintoki breaks Oboro's first sword by biting it.
* Kuroki from ''Manga/BlazerDrive'' blocks a shadow spike from an enemy with his teeth. Said spike came from the enemy's tongue, leading to... unfortunate implications.
* ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'' catches a nail shot from a nailgun in his teeth. If that isn't bad enough, the nailgun actually had enough power to shoot the nails from halfway across a room with enough force to ''pull him out of the way of a falling scaffold and nail his jacket (with him still in it) to a wall several meters away''.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has Jack Rakan, who [[spoiler: when confronted with knives surrounding his head in his fight with Negi, decides to bite them. The knives SWEAT!]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Roronoa Zoro uses three swords in combat: one in each hand, and one gripped in his teeth.
** Arlong's jaws are so strong, he's able to catch a ''cannon ball'' in his mouth, which he subsequently ''shatters''. He later does the same thing to a stone column.
** The New Fishmen Pirates captain Hody Jones, a Great White Shark fishman, has destroyed a whole pirate crew ''and'' their ship using only his jaws. His crewmate Daruma is a Cookie-Cutter Shark Fishman that threatens to eat offenders. He regularly tunnels underground with them.
* The 7th from ''Manga/FutureDiary'' blocked Yuno's knife with his teeth. Partially justified because he [[ScryVsScry knew it was coming]].
* In a bonus novel for ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Sogiita Gunha uses his teeth to stop [[ShockAndAwe Mikoto's]] [[MagneticWeapons Railgun]] (at 30% power).
* In the second ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' OVA, Shizuo catches a knife (thrown at him by Izaya) with his teeth ''twice'', shattering it one of those times.
* In ''Manga/RaveMaster'', Haru catches an arrow with his teeth that an enemy fired at ''point blank range''.
** Towards the end of the series, Lucia does this to one of Elie's tonfa bullets, also fired at point blank range.
* In one ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' Reload chapter, [[spoiler:Goku, in his Seiten Taisei form]] catches a bullet by his teeth.
* In the finale of ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'', Nagasumi is able to catch a bullet between his teeth and proceeds to pound the shit out of his shooter.
* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'': When [[JapaneseDelinquents Harry/Hallie Tribeca]] had her limbs bound in [[ClassRepresentative Els Tasmin's]] {{chain|Pain}}s, she responds by using her teeth to grab one of the chains her opponent was holding on to and tugging at it with all her might, dragging poor Els towards her and right into the range of her fist.
* In the ''Anime/{{Grenadier}}'' manga, Namari Shirogane manages to catch one of Rushuna's bullets with her teeth. Rushuna wonders what kind of teeth could do something like that, and Namari comically insists they're so strong because she brushes ''every day''.
* In ''Manga/{{Isuca}}'', Shinichirou Asano manages to catch a cursed katana with his teeth. As a bonus, this is close enough to count as a kiss, allowing his MagicKiss ability to activate (the katana is sentient).
* In ''Manga/OnePunchMan'', Saitama shatters Sonic's sword with his teeth.
* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': Moonfish is a supervillain with the power to rapidly grow and control his teeth. He grows them into jagged, multi-pronged stilts to hoist himself above the battlefield, and extends them like spears to skewer people at wild angles.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/GreenArrow has been shown using his teeth to draw back his bowstring when one of his arms is incapacitated, most notably in the final battle in ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', where said arm ''doesn't exist'' any more.
* In the ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' book "Fingers", the titular stage magician interferes when Joe Dalton is about to shoot an unarmed Luke, saying that it "wouldn't be nice". Joe, being Joe, pulls the trigger anyways, only for Fingers to [[BulletCatch catch the bullet]]. Joe, enraged, fires his gun point blank in Fingers' face - and Fingers catches the bullet with his teeth. [[spoiler: It turns out to be a subversion; Fingers had made sure Joe's revolver was loaded with blanks. The "catches" were all Fingers' trademark sleight of hand.]]

* Creator/JimCarrey catches a bullet in his teeth (while driving his car and leaning out the window, mind you) in ''Film/AceVentura''.
* [[Manga/IchiTheKiller Kakihara]] loves showing off his GlasgowGrin; in one street fight, he yanks the pins from his cheeks and catches a man's fist in his horribly wide maw. ''Chomp.''
* In ''Film/YouDontMessWithTheZohan'', when fighting terrorists, Zohan catches two bullets with his hands before catching a third one with his teeth. He then [[SerialEscalation catches a fourth one with his nose.]] This is all seen as pretty mundane to Zohan.
* Parodied in ''Film/{{UHF}}'', where the bullet is not only caught with the teeth, but it is then crunched and shot back from the mouth.
* ''Anime/TekkenTheMotionPicture'' has a scene where this occurs; as described by [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] after seeing itů
-->'''Spoony''': *laughing*My god, I love it. Someone actually wrote in the script the words, "Julia[[note]]It's actually Michelle, despite what Spoony said.[[/note]] throws a Tomahawk at Heihachi, who catches it in his mouth, [[CrazyAwesome and eats it]]". See, what's funny is, I don't actually question that he ''can'' do this; just, when did he know that he ''could'' break metal with his teeth? I mean, [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower did he practice or something]]?
* In the Mamushka scene of ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'', Uncle Fester catches a falling dagger in his throat, blocking it with his teeth.
* ''Film/{{Hulk}}''. Annoyed that his attempt to make his son start HulkingOut isn't working, David Banner decides to bring about his own transformation by biting through a thick power cable. Given his deluged ranting moments before, it's a literal case of ChewingTheScenery.
* At the end of ''Film/TheLastDragon'', Bruce Leroy achieves the final level of Kung Fu mastery and is able to catch a fired bullet in his teeth.

* The two-headed Peirson's Puppeteers from the ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' series lack arms (or looked at another way, their heads are their arms, given their brains are near the point where the necks join into the trunk), but their mouths are well adapted to manipulating objects.
* In ''[[Literature/EarthsChildren Clan of the Cave Bear]]'', Creb used his mouth and teeth to hold and manipulate objects because he only had one arm. His teeth were worn down from doing that. Noteworthy for being one of the few characters to do this who is explicitly ''not'' super strong, as well as for showing what would happen to a real person's teeth if they did this all the time. (Well, OK, technically he's a Neanderthal, but that's neither here nor there.) TruthInTelevision, as the teeth of people from low-tech societies often exhibit wear-patterns from tasks such as chewing on animal sinew to soften it for use as twine.
* Sunny from ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''. She doesn't mostly use her teeth in combat even under a loose definition of that term, but the stories constantly imply that Sunny's teeth are as useful to her as those of a beaver; for instance, they have many [[PlotTailoredToTheParty plots tailored to the party]] and ordinarily Sunny's part involves using her teeth.
** As an example, in ''The Ersatz Elevator'' she used them to scale a wall.
** In ''The Miserable Mill'' Sunny actually uses her teeth as pseudo-swords to fight off the villain in a 'swordfight,' and the most impressive thing about it is that they were pretty much equals in the fight, despite the fact that the villain had a longer reach, was using an actual sword, and was fighting a ''baby''.
* In ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', Vimes fires a shot at Wolfgang and Wolfgang, currently shifting between human and werewolf, instinctively catches it in his teeth. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for Wolfgang, [[YourHeadAsplode it was a shot from a flare gun]].]]
* Lincoln Rhyme, in ''Literature/TheBoneCollector'' and other novels in the series, is essentially quadriplegic throughout the series. In the first book, he's about to be killed by a psychotic madman, so he uses the only weapon he has left, his teeth. As noted below in RealLife, that's more than enough to rip out a throat...
* One viking in ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' is named Sven Swordeater, who has a matching pair of ugly scars on each of his cheeks. And he's the same age as the protagonists!

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Batman}}'', the Riddler had captured Robin, tied him up and threw him off the ledge of a building. Batman saved him by throwing down the Bat-Rope and telling him to grab onto it with his teeth.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* At ''War Of The Worlds'' Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger almost defeated Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}OH World Champion Adam Cole with a [[MundaneMadeAwesome rocking horse]]. Cole only escaped by biting the bottom rope.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/WildArms5'', [[PsychoForHire Kartikeya]] is shown [[BulletCatch catching a bullet with his teeth]] when Greg attempts to wipe that smug bastard's grin with a point-blank range head shot. He smacks Greg for that one, saying that it hurt. A lot.
* [[BattleButler Winfield]] of ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}'' does boxing. This apparently grants him the power to catch a katana with his teeth (one wielded by a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot demonic samurai-sorcerer]], no less). It's OK, though: boxing explicitly makes you superhuman in that world. Because.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Tekken 6]]'''s story mode, [[BadassGrandpa Heihachi]] [[BulletCatch catches a bullet fired at him]] with his teeth and contemptuously spits it out. Possibly a ShoutOut to his similar feat in [[TheMovie the animated movie]].
* In ''VideoGame/Yakuza0'', [[EyepatchOfPower Goro Majima]] has a [[LimitBreak HEAT move]] in his [[DanceBattler Breaker]] style that allows him to catch his opponent's bladed weapons with his teeth and throw them back.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'': In "[[Franchise/DevilMayCry Dante]] vs VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}", Dante catches one of Bayonetta's bullets with his teeth.

* In ''Webcomic/DemonFist'', Jaws routinely disarms enemies by biting their swords in half, among other things.

* [[Blog/ThingsMrWelchIsNoLongerAllowedToDoInAnRPG Mr. Welch]] has been forbidden from doing a few versions of this.
-->'''[[LongList #948]]:''' Even if the rules allow it, I can't catch dropped cannonballs with my teeth without drawbacks.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas'', Kale grabs his enemy's sword in his teeth, then jerks his head to throw the opponent overboard. Quoth Sinbad "And ''I'' was overworking it?"
* The first time Molotov appears in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Brock throws a knife at her and she catches it in her teeth. Then she licks the blade and tries to stab him.
* Ubiquitous to the point where the vast majority of its uses fall under MundaneUtility in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Completely justified since, as ponies, they have no hands with which to manipulate objects.
* When Splinter finally faces the Shredder in ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', he manages to catch one of Shredder's blades with his teeth and break it. This isn't too far from what rats in real life can do, having been observed chewing through concrete or even lead pipes; in fact it's at this point Splinter turns the fight around by fighting like a rat instead of man (including RunningOnAllFours).
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' was once given the task of retrieving a scarf from around a pole with his teeth...''while on horseback.'' He succeeded, thanks to his "Gadget Teeth," a pair of flying, remote-controlled dentures. (Just so we're clear, the guy who challenged him was a MAD Agent, and the scarf had a bomb in it.)
* ''Franchise/Ben10'' has Rath stop Seven Seven's [[LaserBlade laser sword]] with his teeth! He even destroys it.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The human mouth is quite useful at acting [[MundaneUtility as a third hand]].
* TruthInTelevision: Music/JimiHendrix could play guitar with his teeth. If that doesn't count, nothing does.
** Buddy Guy will perform the same feat when covering Jimi's songs live. He can also play covers of Music/EricClapton with a handkerchief, or just play solos of his own making [[BeyondTheImpossible/MusicAndSoundEffects with his ass.]]
** The above TruthInTelevision is referenced in ''Manga/KOn'', in which the advisor of the titular club turns out to be able to perform the same feat.
** So can Krauser from ''Manga/DetroitMetalCity'', though Souichi notes that it's not good for himself.
** Zack Wylde of HeavyMetal band Music/BlackLabelSociety shows off this ability as well during solos in live sets.
** Ryyuske from ''Manga/{{BECK}}'' as a homage.
* Humans have very impressive jaw strength compared to many animals, comparable to most attack dogs in terms of pounds per square inch exerted. And yet, only in the direct bite - human jaws are quite feeble otherwise. A German Shepherd died after attacking a slightly intoxicated man on a street in Ukraine. The cause? The man tore out the dog's throat. ''With his teeth!''
* Some Native Americans would carry an arrow in their mouth. This would make a faster draw than to draw from the quiver. It also allows them to use their hands to help ride their horse or to sneak around by crawling on all fours.
* It's common for paralyzed people to paint, write and control wheelchairs with their mouths/teeth.
* [[http://video.foxnews.com/v/1505117319001/paralympic-archer-fires-arrows-with-teeth/ This guy]]. He's a U.S.Paralympic athelete born without arms who fires his bow with his teeth.