[[caption-width-right:191:I hope Sgt Life has a good dental plan!]]

The tough guy takes out a grenade and pulls the pin with his teeth, then tosses it to kill a bunch of mooks. It's a common trope in action flicks and war films.

In reality, grenade pins are designed to be hard to pull so they won't be pulled accidentally. Attempting to pull them with your teeth will likely result in some [[TheToothHurts painful dental damage]].

Straightening the pin in advance to make it easier to pull is certainly possible (and easily accomplished one-handed) but it greatly increases the risk of mass casualty IJustShotMarvinInTheFace-style accidents so it isn't recommended outside of a dire emergency.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** Italy attempts this method of detonation but [[ThrowThePin throws the pin]] while still holding the grenade in his mouth.
** His brother does the exact same thing in a later episode, and Germany Lampshades this. HilarityEnsues.
** Germany himself plays it straight to demonstrate for Italy.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Olivier Armstrong does this when she takes a grenade from a fallen soldier to attack Sloth, although in this case it's a masher-style grenade with a pull string.
** Lan Fan as well during the assault against [[spoiler: Father]] near the end (more noticeable in ''Brotherhood'' episode 62).
* ''Manga/GunsmithCats'' ups the ante by having the grenade held by the pin as well. It was only a Flash, however.
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. Batou does this a couple of times during the shootout in Kusanagi's mansion, though as a full-body cyborg his teeth might be a lot tougher than those of an ordinary person.
* Also happens with the cyborgs of ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' during a Killing House training exercise. Less excusable when a terrorist does it in ''Ill Teatrino''.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai'' ''La Verite'' episode 7. While running away from a giant rolling ball, Ryuuka produces a grenade and pulls the pin with her teeth.
* Ryouko in ''Manga/{{Spiral}}'' does this in the Carnival arc, although it's mostly to serve as a distraction than to do any real damage.
* In ''Manga/TokyoCrazyParadise'', Ryuji does this on his way to rescuing Asago and Tsukasa in volume three. While driving and (unintentionally) blasting strangely appropriate enka.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Done beautifully for [[spoiler:Misato]]'s death scene in the manga. JSSDF soldiers approach her slumped and fatally-wounded body; she turns her head towards them, revealing a pin in the corner of her mouth. [[spoiler:Misato]] then [[OhCrap shows her executioners the hand grenade she's holding]].
* Misato Tachibana does this in an episode of ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}''.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'':
** Spike does it while fighting Vicious's men in episode 5, "Ballad of Fallen Angels".
** He does it again in the finale, [[spoiler: during his StormingTheCastle moment]].
* Done habitually by Clair Leonelli in ''Anime/HeatGuyJ''.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' - When Kyoko grabs Homura to keep her from [[FlashStep Flash Stepping]], Homura pulls a flashbang grenade out of her BagOfHolding and pulls out the pin with her teeth, forcing Kyoko back.
* [[ActionGirl Fujiko]] does this in ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'' during an escape. Her other hand is busy wielding an automatic pistol.
* ''Manga/{{Golgo 13}}''. In an anime episode Duke Togo encounters another hitman, who teeth-pulls the pin from a grenade (presumably to show he's just as cool as Togo) and tosses it back into the room where he just [[KneeCapping kneecap]]-interrogated a man. Duke shows he's even cooler by calmly looking at his watch, whereupon [[TimeBomb half the buildings around them blow up]]. Realising they're both after the same target the two assassins team up, whereupon we get a SplitScreen shot of them [[NotSoDifferent both engaging in this trope]] as they toss grenades around.
* Yuki Kaizuka does this in ''Anime/AldnoahZero's'' final episode while StormingTheCastle.
* ''Literature/DemonCityShinjuku''. In the 1988 OVA Chibi (AKA the Young Man) pulls a pin from a grenade with his teeth before throwing the grenade at a demon.
* ''Anime/DominionTankPolice''. Leona Ozaki yanks out a grenade pin with her teeth, then to maintain symmetry, shoves the grenade in the mouth of a drug dealer [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique who's proving reluctant to talk.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Jenkins does this while fighting cyborgs in ''Comicbook/AtomicRobo'' #5.
* ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}} does this during a snowmobile chase in the first issue of the ''Widowmaker'' mini-series.
* A standard in ''ComicBook/{{Commando}}'' and other books of that ilk.
* Raphael does this a few times in the ''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'' story arc "Body Count".
* Elsa Bloodstone does in the second issue of ''LegionOfMonsters''.
* ComicBook/NickFury used to do this back in his ComicBook/HowlingCommandos days. The page illo on the Howling Commandos page even shows a member of the squad doing it.
* ''Franchise/GIJoe''
** COBRA operative Gristle does this in a TakingYouWithMe moment in ''Infestation 2: G.I. Joe'' #2.
** Zartan does this when being pursued by the Dreadnoks in ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeIDW G.I. Joe: Special Missions]]'' #7, his other hand being occupied in steering his motorbike.
* The ComicBook/UnknownSoldier pulls the pin from a grenade with his teeth in a hallucination/flashback to Vietnam in ''G.I. Combat'' #0.
* ComicBook/BlackWidow does this in ''ComicBook/SecretAvengers'' #31 as she tosses a grenade into the engine of a plane, her other arm being occupied in clinging to the outside of the plane.
* Stalker does it in ''ComicBook/DangerGirl/Franchise/GIJoe'' #5 during the escape from Cobra Island.
* One-shot ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' villain, called the [=NKVDemon=] did this after Batman broke both of his arms in an attempted TakingYouWithMe. But then the Russian police intervened, and he [[JumpingOnAGrenade fell on the grenade in question]].
* In ''Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' #12, Comicbook/{{Elektra}}'s brother Orestez Natchios does this at a Hollywood party. He pulls a grenade from his pocket and pulls the pin with his teeth before throwing it into the crowd, forcing ComicBook/ThePunisher to save the bystanders rather than chase Orestez.
* An amusing variation in one ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' comic: Frank is blackmailed by an obnoxious journalist into being accompanied on one of his criminal-shooting sprees. While chased by Russian mafiya, Frank tells the ''journalist'' to bite down on the pin (as he's driving) before throwing the grenade. It looks painful, but not permanent (then again, being the villain of a Punisher comic, he doesn't enjoy their use for very long).
* Bolly Quinn is shown doing this is the 'meet the gang' page of ''ComicBook/HarleyQuinn and Her Gang of Harleys'' #1.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'', General Halftrack once tried to do this as a "This is how we did it back in ''my'' day!" demonstration, but just ended up throwing the still-pinned grenade along with his dentures.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Ash pulls the pins of some grenades he stole from Kaiza and then blows up a bridge to keep the Cloyster from attacking him and Dawn in ''Fanfic/PokeWars: The Coalescence''.
* Richard does this with an incendiary grenade in order to blow up a van in ''[[http://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/dragons-child-worm.83/ Dragon's Child]]''.
* Seven of Nine does this in "The Killer Dame" by Odon, a {{parody}} of the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode, "The Killing Game" in which Voyager's crew believe they're characters in a UsefulNotes/{{W|orldWarII}}W2 holodeck program. Fortunately she has [[RequiredSecondaryPowers Borg-enhanced teeth]] and thus doesn't need dental surgery afterward.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Combined with artistic license in ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'' when Dola pulls out a German "potato masher" style grenade and pulls the pin with her teeth. Potato masher grenades didn't have pins, they used a pull cord in the handle instead.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheWrathOfGod'', one of the [[BoxedCrook "heroes"]] is mortally wounded but grapples his killer -- then brings up one hand holding a grenade. Grinning into the other man's horrified face (at about four inches), he says, "Life is just full of surprises!" before pulling the pin with his teeth and holding the grenade alongside their heads. Boom.
* Loki does this in ''Film/SonOfTheMask''... with a little tongue too. Justified since he has cartoon-style powers and is a literal god.
* Done by Leonard Smalls in ''Film/RaisingArizona''.
* Clarence does this in ''Film/RoboCop1987'' while playing Dick's recorded message for Bob, before leaving Bob in the room with the now-live grenade. He scores bonus creepy points by using his ''tongue'' to get the ring between his teeth.
* ''Film/ABetterTomorrow II'': Happens all the damned time in the final mansion shootout.
* [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Ahnold]] does this in ''Film/TrueLies'', using a grenade as the opening shot of a huge firefight at the enemy's hideout after escaping from being captured. Guess he still had his ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' teeth in place when he shot that film.
* Saito in ''Film/{{Inception}}'', [[JustifiedTrope as part of a dream sequence that invokes a bunch of action movie tropes]].
* In the 2005 version of ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds'', Ray spits out the pins of a couple of M67 grenades he uses to destroy a tripod.
* ''Film/StarshipTroopers''. Dizzy Flores does this, then throws the grenade down a Tanker Bug's throat to destroy it.
* Done during the half-track assault in the otherwise quite realistic 1945 film ''Film/AWalkInTheSun''.
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''. Ripcord does this before stuffing the grenade into the face of an armored Cobra agent.
* ''Film/MajorPayne'' did this to a live grenade when he threatens his cadets.
* One of Deak's mooks does this in Creator/JohnWoo's ''Film/{{Broken Arrow|1996}}'', due to one of his arms being all shot to hell.
* Shows up in the controversial Creator/ErrolFlynn WWII film ''Objective Burma'', perhaps the only AmericaWonWorldWarII film made by an Australian. A number of WWII-era films compound this by showing both American and ''[[UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan Japanese]]'' soldiers using this trope even though Japanese grenades operated in a different manner from American and British grenades (after a safety pin was removed, the grenade was struck on a hard surface to prime)
* Martin Short's character in ''Film/ThreeFugitives'' does this during the bank robbery. In the process, he rips his pantyhose mask.
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''. A SPECTRE mook does this while dropping grenades on Bond from a helicopter. Another mook is flying the aircraft, but for some reason he needs to have a grenade in each hand.
** ''Film/{{Thunderball}}''. While Vargas is dropping hand grenades over the side of Largo's yacht in an attempt to kill a scuba-diving Bond, he pulls out the pins with his teeth.
* In the 1943 film serial ''Film/{{The Phantom|1943}}'', one of the villains does this.
* Sammo Hung does this in ''Film/EasternCondors'': dropping into the back of an army truck with two grenades in his hands, then pulling both pins out with his teeth and using them to hold the soldiers in the back of the truck hostage.
* A tongue-in-cheek version occurs in ''Film/EscapeToAthena'' when a Greek priest takes a bite from a fruit, then throws it at the German soldiers. It explodes, apparently being a disguised grenade.
* ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone''. In TheFilmOfTheBook Andrea does this in the final battle; unfortunate for a movie that generally speaking tries for accuracy.
* Done in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' by the terrorist in the ActionPrologue as part of his PineappleSurprise. Cue Eggsy's father JumpingOnAGrenade to save Harry.
* Played with in ''Film/SilentMovie'', where [[spoiler:Dom Bell dispenses a can of soda from a vending machine, removes its pull-tab with his teeth, and tosses it like a grenade, injuring one of the mooks with the explosion.]]
* Lampshaded and Defied in the Creator/PeterWeller / Creator/RobertHays film ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifty/Fifty_(1992_film) Fifty/Fifty]]''. The pair are getting ready to go up against a large group of soldiers that have them pinned down, and plan to begin their counter-assault with a barrage of grenades. Jake (Weller) takes a grenade in each hand and pulls the pins with his fingers. Sam (Hays) had earlier been shot in the shoulder and held a grenade in his one good hand, attempting this trope. It doesn't work.
-->'''Sam:''' ''(winces)'' OW! I damn near chipped a tooth! ''(to Jake)'' Here, pull this for me.\\
'''Jake:''' ''(rolls his eyes and pulls the pin on Sam's grenade)''
* One scene from ''Film/HotShotsPartDeux'' has Topper Harley doing this once he runs out of, quite literally, [[MoreDakka thousands upon thousands of machine gun rounds]] while being attacked by an Iraqi patrol boat.

* Richard Marcinko addresses pulling the grenade pin with your teeth in ''Rogue Warrior: Task Force Blue''.
--> Yeah yeah, I know you always see the hero pull the pin out with his teeth. Well you try it sometime, if you want to send your dentist's kids to Yale. Because the only thing you're gonna get if you try and pull a fucking grenade pin out with your teeth is broken teeth.
* Done during the climatic battle in the first ''Literature/ModestyBlaise'' novel.
* Trapper does this in ''King of the Commandos'', the first of the Literature/{{Gimlet}} novels by W.E. Johns (creator of ''Literature/{{Biggles}}'').
* In his UsefulNotes/{{W|orldWarII}}WII memoir ''Quartered Safe Out Here'', Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser notes the dilemma of safety versus being able to pull the pins quickly. Fraser also notes that if Victor [=MacLaglen=], a British actor known for doing this trope in his movies, had done so during his actual army service in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, he would have left his incisors in Mesopotamia.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In an episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Frank pulls a pin out of a grenade with his teeth and spits it away before panicking and desperately searching for the pin.
* Creator/RLeeErmey addresses this in an episode of ''MailCall'', pointing out how doing this is a good way to lose teeth.
* ''Series/TheGoodies'' references this trope when Graham bites the top off a pineapple which then [[RuleOfFunny explodes for no apparent reason]].
* Done in ''Series/TheRatPatrol''. See the episode "Truce at Aburah Raid" for one example.
* Tested as a mini-myth on ''Series/MythBusters''. Busted as it takes ten pounds-force to pull the pin from an M67 grenade, which is enough to break or uproot teeth. While people have pulled grenade pins with their teeth (see the RealLife section below), it is certainly not as easy as the movies make it appear.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Ace's nitro-nine grenades are made from scavenged aerosol cans, so they have caps instead of pins. In a possible allusion to this trope, the Doctor pops the cap off one grenade with his teeth in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E1RemembranceOfTheDaleks Remembrance of the Daleks]]".
** One of Morgaine's knights does it in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E1Battlefield Battlefield]]".
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist Time Heist]]", Psy does this with his transporter locking pin while thinking it will kill him, trying to go out like a badass... only to scream in terror seconds later as it activates.
* Michael Westen does this with a remote-detonator-on-a-deadman-switch (his words) in the season 1 finale of ''Series/BurnNotice''.
* When a mime takes the Governor and Mr Burgess hostage on ''Series/TheSlammer'', he mimes pulling pins from grenades with his teeth and then throwing them. [[YourMimeMakesItReal They then explode.]]
* Played with in the French-German mini-series ''Carlos''. Carlos the Jackal shows his Venezuelan girlfriend a suitcase full of weapons. [[PhallicWeapon He places a grenade in her mouth, letting her tease the ring with her tongue and teeth]], then suddenly removes the grenade from her mouth. The pin doesn't come out, of course.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Wolfram & Harts' black ops unit tries to kill Angel, but are wiped out by VampireHunter Holtz, [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou who ties Angel to a pillar to be tortured and murdered]]. Angel kicks a grenade (lying in the hand of a dead W&H mook) into the air so he can grab the pin with his teeth, then shakes his head violently to free the pin. Given that he's undead, he survives the blast and escapes.
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In "K is for Kill: The Tiger Awakes", one of the Russian does this before tossing a grenade through the window of the Allied HQ museum.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. Played with in "Ultraworld". Dayna has a microgrenade hidden in a tooth, which she primes by putting it back in her mouth and adjusting it with her teeth.

* "Detox" by Final Fight:
-->grenade over the shoulder\\
pulled pin in teeth\\
explosions forever

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''. In the short story "Balance" in ''Shadowland'' magazine #6, a dwarf does this with a concussion grenade while fighting a gang of zombies. This is averted in the game itself: modern grenades are radio signal-activated and no longer have physical pins.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'': upon being defeated near the top of Tartarus, a wounded Jin stays behind and does this to blow up the Shadows climbing up from lower floors.
* Fong Ling does this at the beginning of ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilGunSurvivor Resident Evil: Dead Aim]]''.
* Depicted on the cover of ''VideoGame/IkariWarriors'', a 1986 game for the Amstrad.
* Characters appear to do this in ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns'' before throwing their grenades.
* Solid Snake pulls grenade pins with his teeth in the original ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' but later games show the correct method instead.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In a ''Webcomic/PVTMurphysLaw'' cartoon, Murphy takes a grenade pin in his teeth and thinks, "This is how Creator/JohnWayne does it! ''[{{beat}}]'' The Duke must have had a hell of a dental plan!"
* In ''Webcomic/AnotherGamingComic'', one of Nuclear Dan's characters pulls a grenade pin with his ''tongue'', while the grenade's in his mouth. (This character has total immunity to fire and concussion, so this is not as stupid as it sounds).

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** When [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Wile E. Coyote]] tries it, the grenade naturally stays in his teeth.
** In the cartoon "Cool Cat", EgomaniacHunter Colonel Rimfire tries to pull the pin out of a grenade with his teeth, but ends up pulling out his dentures and hurling the unarmed grenade at Cool Cat.
** In the short ''WesternAnimation/TheGreatPiggyBankRobbery'', Duck Twacy (WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck) does this before throwing a grenade at the villain Pumpkin Head.
* In the Creator/{{M|etroGoldwynMayer}}GM WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}} cartoon "The Three Little Pups", the wolf did this, with comical results.
* Grampa Simpson is shown doing this in his flashback to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish"".
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', [[TheBaroness Madame Viper]] pulls the pin out with her tongue, then the rest of her teeth.
* Duke does this during the Russia infiltration mission in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeResolute''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': Batman does with (with two grenades at once!) during the teaser to "The Eyes of Despero!".
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'': Hunter Kain does this when he drops a grenade to cover his escape in "Night Falls".
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': A SWAT cop does it in "On Leather Wings"; the very first episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': In "I Got Yer Can", an EscalatingWar with Slappy Squirrel causes Candie Chipmunk to do this; terrifying a pair of nuns before blowing herself up.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Blackstar}}'': Carpo the Trobbit does this to the stems of Fire Fruit to make them explode, like grenades, before throwing them. In one episode, he does this before feeding them to some Fire People who were helping Blackstar.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'': Daffy does this while storming an Albanian prison to rescue Bugs in "Semper Lie".
* In the award winning short ''BirthdayBoy'', Manuk imagines that a rock is a hand grenade, pulls the pin with his teeth and hurls it at his imaginary enemies.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'': One of the mimes does this in mime ([[YourMimeMakesItReal complete with resulting explosion]]) in "Myme Disease".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{MAD}}'': Mickey Mouse does this while wiping out other cartoon mice in the "Mickey Mouse Rodent Control" ad.
* Comically inverted in a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch; a couple of soldiers firing at a shack have the ''pin'' thrown at them; we briefly hear "[[KilledMidSentence Oh, you idio]]-" before the shack blows up.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'': The [[EvilChef Breadmaster]] arms an explosive dinner roll by taking a bite out of the roll before tossing it.
* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'': Parodied in "The Kitty", where Grizzly throws a ball of yarn like a grenade in the hopes of distracting some cougars that broke into the Bears' cave, and bites a bit off the end before throwing it.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* From the Medal of Honor citation for Jonah Edward Kelley:
-->"Although twice wounded, once when struck in the back, the second time when a mortar shell fragment passed through his left hand and rendered it practically useless, he refused to withdraw and continued to lead his squad after hasty dressings had been applied. His serious wounds forced him to fire his rifle with 1 hand, resting it on rubble or over his left forearm. To blast his way forward with hand grenades, he set aside his rifle to pull the pins with his teeth while grasping the missiles with his good hand."
* Done by Leila Khaled, one of the hijackers in the Dawson's Field hijackings in 1970, according to an interview she gave in 2000:
-->"So half an hour (after take off) we had to move. We stood up. I had my two hand grenades and I showed everybody I was taking the pins out with my teeth."
* German "potato-masher" grenades used a friction igniter triggered with a pull string stored in the handle and protected by a screw on cap. These could be pulled with your teeth, assuming you'd already uncapped it first.
** The earlier ''Kugelhandgranate'' (literally [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "ball hand grenade"]]) used during the first half of [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI World War I]] had a similar system; instead of a pull string, the Kugelhandgranate used a pull ''wire'', meant to be yanked out of the grenade to start the fuse. Not only was pulling this wire out with your teeth perfectly possible, it was actually fairly easy (perhaps ''too'' easy, as quite a few German grenadiers were killed when the wire on one of their grenades worked loose accidentally).
* Despite depictions in many US WWII propaganda films Japanese grenades required a good rap on a solid object (usually the soldier' helmet) to compress a spring and initiate the impact igniter. The pins were there to lock the mechanism and prevent the spring being compressed accidentally.
* [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar MACV-SOG]] routinely practiced this with their grenades so that throwing a grenade only took one hand, not two; the difference being, they made sure to deform the safety pins beforehand so that it was possible without breaking a tooth.