Most people have 32 teeth, and in animation it isn't always practical
to draw each individual tooth in a character's mouth. In some case it can run the risk of careening down the Uncanny Valley
. Because of this, a popular way of simplifying teeth is to draw them as a solid toothy mass stretching from one side of the mouth to the other.
Mostly an ignored trope. Especially unusual when some characters have tooth strips while others have realistically drawn teeth. Depending on how loosely an animator is tethered to their model sheets, this can vary Depending on the Artist
Contrast with British Teeth
and More Teeth than the Osmond Family
when you really do mean to see each one of those pearly whites.
Anime And Manga
- Characters drawn in manga usually have these. And when they do, it's usually the creepy/funny-looking kind.
- Notably averted in BECK in that every character has all their teeth visibly shown.
- The only character in Speed Racer that has individual teeth is Captain Terror.
- One Piece Zig-Zags this. A good portion of the time characters are shown with these teeth with notable exceptions like Arlong, especially early in the series, though later on it sort of goes back and forth with this.
Live Action TV
- The Iguanadons in Dinosaur all have tooth strips, as a sop to real Iguanadons having beaks.
- This is one of the signature traits of the eponymous purple dinosaur, Barney.
- The Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger have their helmets molded to resemble dinosaur heads; where helmets based on carnivores have serrated triangular patterns for teeth, the herbivore-based helmets have just a set of strips on the top and bottom.
- Parodied in FoxTrot. Roger tries a whitening toothpaste which erases all the lines between his teeth.
- All of the Sonic the Hedgehog characters are shown this way, though quite a few of them have Cute Little Fangs as well.
- This is how a great many Nintendo characters are drawn; exceptions, such as Wario and King Hippo, are almost always to invoke Gonk.
- Pretty much anyone in a Seth MacFarlane series. Especially Mr. Bottomtooth of Family Guy, a pretentious rich guy with a single bottom tooth. His son shares this trait. Strangely, Herbert the creepy pedophile also has tooth strips when he laughs or chuckles, despite not having most of his teeth...
- Averted in South Park— even though the characters are crudely animated, they still have lines to mark the division of teeth.
- We see a weird variation in Invader Zim: the Irkens all have their teeth joined together in an undulating, zipper-like pattern◊. The humans usually have their teeth drawn separately.
- Pixar is infamously known for their tendency to give most of their nonhuman characters this kind of teeth, whether they are either toys, insects, monsters, fish, or vehicles.
- Played straight with many animated Disney characters. Aversions include Beggar Jafar's crooked dentures and The Coachman's Nightmare Face.
- This is standard in 3D modelling: the artist models a tooth strip and maps the color and normals to make it look like a row of discrete teeth.
- Bubs from Homestar Runner.
- The Car Crusher at the end of The Brave Little Toaster has a large guillotine-like blade used to crush cars into tiny cubes that's shaped like a wall of teeth.
- Recess uses this sometimes. Usually, regular shots of the characters will have this trope in effect, while more exaggerated expressions avert it.
- 101 Dalmatians: The Series, Depending on the Artist.
- Also Depending on the Artist, Spliced had one artist who seemed keen on presenting uneven teeth in some of the characters.
- Just like the above example, Animaniacs had this happen at times. Usually in the shorts by Wang Film Productions and on occasion, TMS Entertainment.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic generally draws teeth like this. The exceptions tend to be extreme closeups.