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Playing With: Fangs Are Evil
Basic Trope: An evil or dangerous character with fangs.
  • Straight:
    • A villain has pointy fangs.
    • Alex has larger than normal canine teeth.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Every villain we see has ridiculously gigantic fangs sticking out of their mouths.
    • The Big Bad doesn't seem to have fangs so much as tusks.
  • Downplayed: While not always evil fanged species are usually selfish and short tempered jerks at the very least.
  • Justified:
    • The character is a vampire, werewolf, or a similar creature, and the fangs are a species trait.
    • The villain is so evil, his teeth have actually mutated!
  • Inverted: The villain's teeth are actually less pointy than the hero's.
  • Subverted: Cute Little Fangs
  • Double Subverted: The character with Cute Little Fangs succumbs to his monster instincts and goes evil.
  • Parodied:
    • New recruits to the villain's side are cheerfully handed the proper equipment to sharpen their teeth into fangs.
    • The Big Bad is killed by causing him to bite his tongue and die of blood loss.
  • Zig Zagged: The character with Cute Little Fangs is a Face Heel Revolving Door.
  • Averted:
    • Nobody in the story has fangs.
    • There is no correlation between the pointiness of one's teeth and the content of one's character.
  • Enforced: The artist wanted to give it to everyone but Executive Meddling made him take the "satanic" fangs off of everyone except the villains.
  • Lampshaded: "Eek, those fangs make him look scary!"
  • Invoked: A character files his canine teeth to points to make himself look more threatening.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The villain takes great pride in his teeth and makes sure they're all perfectly non-pointed and sparkling, to avoid looking too clearly evil.
  • Discussed: "Uh oh, I can tell he's evil, just look at those fangs of his!"
  • Conversed: "Hah, I wish real life worked like that. You can tell if a guy's evil just by his teeth - how stupid!"
  • Deconstructed: Fangs are considered evil because of Fantastic Racism the hero's side encourages.
  • Reconstructed: Those who have fangs are still (mostly) evil, though - that's why there is a prejudice against them in the first place.

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