used when someone comments on another one's bad breath. See also Anticipatory Breath Spray
Anime and Manga
- Cited in a commercial for CreditStinks.com. "If someone told you you had bad breath, you'd brush your teeth."
Film - Animation
- Parodied in Le Petit Spirou, where the chronic general failure that is the P.E. teacher freshens his breath with a deodorant spray and his armpits with Tic Tac mints.
- In Uncanny X-Men #423, Jubilee's response to being told by Wolverine that she was just revived after being crucified, is "You ever hear the words Mouth Wash?" In his review, Linkara responds with "You ever hear you just came back from the dead and no one is the slightest bit overjoyed or asking about the theological implications of all this?"
Film - Live Action
- Subverted in Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas, when Santa yawns in Louie's face, causing him to recoil. He suddenly says that his breath smells like peppermint and mocha.
- Timon tells Simba in The Lion King 1½ to aim his foul morning breath in a different direction after he yawns in his face.
- When Crash and Eddie from Ice Age 2 try to save an unconscious Sid from drowning, one of them grabs him by the mouth and opens it, causing one of them to say, "You really need to brush."
- Nonverbal, but Darwin in Rugrats Go Wild! clearly can't stand Spike's breath when he's yelling at him, and repeatedly waves a hand in front of his face and tries to get away from him.
- Shrek, after Shrek roars at Donkey to try and scare him:
Donkey: Wow, that was really scary. And if you don't mind me saying, if that doesn't work, your breath will certainly get the job done, 'cause you definitely need some Tic Tacs or something, 'cause your breath stinks!
- In Hoodwinked, while the Wolf is in his Paper-Thin Disguise:
The Wolf: [leaning in towards Red] You came here for a reason, didn't you? So tell ole Granny what you've got in the basket.
Red Puckett: Oh, Granny! What bad breath you have!
- Master Shifu in Kung Fu Panda tells Po not to stand so close to him so he won't smell his breath.
- The wolf in The Rugrats Movie growls and opens its mouth as it prepares to eat Angelica. She becomes disgusted by its breath, although she blames the smell on Spike.
- The Princess and the Frog has this exchange:
Louis: You okay, li'l bug?
Ray: I'm fine. Just your breath done near killed me to death.
- Happens subtly in Roadside Romeo, when Romeo gets a whiff of Chhainu's breath and waves a paw in front of his nose.
- In Treasure Planet, we get Jim doing this while Mr. Scroop is trying to scare him into minding his own business.
Jim: Too bad my nose is working just fine.
- In Toy Story 2, while trying to sneak past a sleeping Al, Woody ends up standing in front of his face right as he burps, making Woody gag.
- In Code Name The Cleaner, Jake tells the Big Bad that his breath "smells like ass" after he angrily demands information from him.
- Holly from Die Hard 2 advises Dick Thornburg to use stronger mouthwash after he gets too close to her a few times.
- Steven from Primeval offers Jojo Tic-Tacs as a friendly gesture. He later tells Tim that he did it only because his breath was bad.
- In Marmaduke (and in the novel), the titular dog exhales in Mazie's face, causing her to back away and tell him that he has garbage breath.
- In Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, the titular cat runs into Prince towards the end of the movie and thinks he's merely looking at a reflection of himself. He finds out that his "reflection" is actually a different cat when he exhales in Prince's face, which causes him to faint.
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Subverted with the Kraken. A few people mentioned that the monster had horrible breath, but after it roars in Captain Jack Sparrow's face, he simply shudders and mutters, "Not so bad."
- Then again, Jack himself has really bad breath. In the same movie, Elizabeth reacts to it. In the third movie, Jack manages to weaponize it, exhaling directly into Will's face with breath so bad that it makes Will pass out.
- Godzilla from Godzilla (1998), after he roars in Nick's face.
- Lucky from the first Dr. Dolittle film, after he barks next to Rodney.
Rodney: "You know, a Tic-Tac wouldn't kill ya."
- In Theodore Rex, Katie remarks about Theodore's bad breath several times. At one point she even squirted breath spray in his mouth.
- After one of the demons in Scooby Doo Monsters Unleashed roars in Velma's face, she responds by saying it has a great mask, but bad breath.
- In the Dirty Harry film The Enforcer, Harry tells Lieutenant Briggs, after Briggs gives Harry a too close dressing down, "Your mouthwash ain't cutting it".
- The Big Bad in Good Burger threatens Ed while standing too close to his face. Ed calmly tells him afterwards that he needs a Tic-Tac.
- Eddie Murphy's character does this to a biker in The Golden Child:
Chandler Jarrell: Hey, hey, hey...In my pocket, there's a whole thing of Tic-Tacs. Take as many as you want.
- Draco from Dragonheart, when Bowen says that his breath is foul after sitting in his mouth for several hours.
- The wyvern from the Sy Fy Channel Original Movie Wyvern. One of the characters makes a comment about a horrible smell in the air after it roars for a rather long time inside the bar she and other characters are hiding in.
- Pacific Rim: One blooper had Newt commenting on Hermann's bad breath.
- Weaponized bad breath also occurs in Blazing Saddles, with Gabby Johnson during the big brawl in Rock Ridge.
- Foremole in Mariel of Redwall jokingly tells Burgo that his garlic breath is so strong that he could slay enemies with it.
- Lask Frildur (and his Monitor lizards) from Pearls of Lutra. Nonverbal though since anyone who actually smelled Lask's breath simply scowled and turned their head away.
- Eefera from Taggerung after he eats wild ramsons. Vallug Bowbeast jokes that his breath is so bad that he could climb into Redwall and knock out the guards just by breathing on them.
- Diggs from The Sable Quean, after he eats wild ramsons. Ambrevina was so grossed out by his breath that she told him to wash out his mouth or else she'd leave him behind and travel alone.
- Tavi to Ambassador Varg in Codex Alera. Made more badass by their relative size difference, the fact that Tavi had assumed a command that he didn't have, Tavi's total lack of magical protection, and so he put a knife to Varg's throat and then insulted him. Retrospectively, Varg knew from that encounter that Tavi was a Gaius.
Buffy: You have fruit-punch mouth.
- During a protest on Community:
Abed: Conflicts like this will ultimately bring us together as an unlikely family.
Troy: You have horrible breath right now.
- In Flashpoint, during a practice takedown, the "suspect" jokes that Sam's breath needs to be classified as less-lethal (they're old army buddies).
- In one episode of NCIS a suspect's repeat offender breath makes Ziva request mints.
- In the House episode "House Divided", Cuddy is trying to sober up House's team.
Cuddy: "Wait! Everyone's getting breath mints!"
- In an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Salem is looking up a bunch of his old girlfriends, but each one turns out to have some flaw or bad habit that made him break up with them. At one point, he can't remember why he dumped "Hallie", but on meeting her realizes it was short for Halitosis.
- In Breaking Bad, Hank and his partner bicker over the name of an upcoming drug bust. Hank wants to call it "Operation Icebreaker", which his partner points out is the name of a brand of breath mints. Hank says "I'm thinking 'Operation Breath Mint' every time you and me are on a stake out together, all right? Breath could knock a buzzard off a shit wagon."
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Master: Did you really think you could best me here when you couldn't below?
- In "As You Were" Buffy is on the way home from her shift at a Greasy Spoon when a vampire tries to eat her, only to back off because she smells terrible. Buffy naturally takes offense.
"You're dead! You smell like it! How do you get to say I'm the one who's stinky?"
- Jonny from Ed, Edd n Eddy, after he's force-fed anchovies, belches loudly in Ed's face. He waves a hand in front of his nose before saying, "Low tide!"
- Wildmutt from Ben 10, after he lands in front of Gwen in the pilot episode.
Gwen: "Ew! Two words: breath mints!"
- Mr. Herriman in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends gets a whiff of Bloo's morning breath, which smells so foul he demands Bloo brush his teeth as soon as possible.
- Set from Tutenstein, after disgusting Tut by yawning in his face.
- The Beast Wars episode "The Low Road" had this exchange between Dinobot and Rattrap:
Dinobot: "Wait! I detect a scent! Vile corruption...a whiff of festering putification!"
Rattrap: "So I ate a limburger sandwich for lunch! I'm a rat, gimme a break!"
Dinobot: "I've been...uncomfortably aware of your stench for the past hour, vermin."
- And then later, from the same episode:
Dinobot: "Unlike you, I do not spend my time scurrying through sewers!"
Rattrap: "Yeah? Well, a sewer smells better than your breath, bronto-brain!"
- On a Looney Tunes short, Yosemite Sam gets too close to Bugs Bunny as he talks, and Bugs responds with "You've been eating onions."
- In the Danny Phantom episode "Parental Bonding", Sam (after she transformed into the Ghost Dragon) breaths her fiery breath at Danny. Although he dodges the attack, he still catches wind of her breath.
Danny: "Whoa, Sam! Two words: breath mints."
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- Howie from Almost Naked Animals, after he and Octo are roped together in "Cowboy Cabana".
Howie: "One of us could really use a breath mint."
(Howie sniffs twice)
Howie: "Yeeeeah, that's me."
- In the Looney Tunes short "Pigs in a Polka," The Big Bad Wolf blows on the third pig's door three times in an effort to blow his brick house down. One of the pigs offers the wolf a bottle of mouthwash, which he promptly slaps away.
- In the Kung Fu Panda Legends Of Awesomeness episode "Mama Told Me Not to Kung Fu", Po and Heilang get into a fight at close range and the former starts to slowly shove the latter backwards. Then this happens:
Heilang: "You must be the Dragon Warrior."
- The episode "Dragon Breath" in American Dragon Jake Long revolves around...well, guess.
- "The Incredible Shrinking Dinosaurs" episode from Extreme Dinosaurs has Bullzeye saying this to Haxx after he's released from his mouth:
Bullzeye: "UGH! What do you use for mouthwash: rotten eggs?"
- Jacala from the 2010 version of The Jungle Book. In "The Tooth Of The Matter", Mowgli asks Jacala to open his mouth so he can remove a sore tooth. Cue Mowgli groaning and plugging his nose after getting blasted in the face with the crocodile's breath.
- Mr. Whiskers in Brandy & Mr. Whiskers. Not only have characters commented about his breath, but he managed to kill a flower with it. Whiskers lampshades this with Ed in the same episode after realizing many animals are avoiding them. When Ed exhales in Whisker's face, his fur falls out.
- In the Dinosaur Train episode "T. Rex Teeth", Tiny whispers to Buddy that Dolores' breath smells awful. Buddy thinks it's because she ate carrion, and after he eats some and exhales in Tiny's face, she confesses that his breath smells too.
- The Static Shock episode "Static Shaq" has Shaq saying this to Ferret when he tried to bite him:
Shaq: "I've got one word for you: mouthwash!"
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- The episode "Something Smells" centers around Spongebob having rancid breath. However everyone around him runs away (or dies in some cases) as opposed to telling him he needs a breath mint. Spongebob does tell Patrick though, when he also gets bad breath near the end.
Mr. Krabs: (yelling in random guy's face) Hooks! Hooks!
Random Guy: (takes out mint) How about a mint?
- Triton gets disgusted over Spongebob's breath as the latter talks to the former.
- Nina from Camp Lazlo offers Chip and Skip after-dinner mints after smelling their breath on her date with them.
- The Amazing World of Gumball.
- Tina. Penny, jealous that Gumball didn't choose her for a date to Rachel's party, tells Gumball that she didn't realize he likes "lizard breath." Cue Tina sniffing her breath and then looking embarrassed.
- Earlier, in the episode "The Ghost", Gumball drinks a disgusting blend of slop so he'll have nasty breath and gross out Carrie. He grosses out everyone but her, because it smelled like death.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:
Actor!Sokka: You're the only girl who's ever managed to take my mind off food. Did you have pickled fish for dinner?
Actor!Yue: I must go, Sokka. I have important moon duties to attend to. And yes. I did have pickled fish for dinner.
- Turbo Dogs
- The episode "Turbo Toothache" has GT eating part of an onion in an attempt to soothe his sore tooth. After that doesn't work, Strut comes along and asks him to open his mouth so he can see what's wrong. You can see where this is going.
- Earlier in "Stink Positive", Stinkbert blows up a balloon and gives it to Dash, advising him not to let it pop. Dash quickly plugs his nose and groans, saying he "wouldn't dream of it."
- A Halloween Episode of My Gym Partner's A Monkey has Jake commenting on an old custodian's bad breath.
- Arthur, in a conversation between Binky and George about creating a new language:
Binky: "Guess what this means." *belches in George's face*
George: "Ugh! 'I want a breath mint'?"
- Tuff Puppy:
Kitty: My claws are registered as deadly weapons!
Dudley: Maybe you should register your breath!
- The Flash when he and the Justice League face the fire-breathing Hades:
Flash Whoo, someone get this guy a breath mint!
- In one episode of Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?, after one Yogman brother gets too close to the other, he tells him to eat a breath mint.
- During an attack on an underwater villain base on Teen Titans, Beast Boy at one point transports the team by turning into a whale and having them hop in his mouth. After he spits them back out, Raven does the "Two words: breath mints" bit.
- Happens in The Fairly OddParents, after Timmy coughed out his fairies in their goldfish form after accidentally swallowing them while snorkeling.
Cosmo: Have you smelled the inside of your mouth? Two words: Mouthwash.
Wanda: That's one word.
Cosmo: Then I'll say it twice: Mouthwash! Mouthwash!