Pichu-kun on Jun 28th 2016 at 9:53:44 AM
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Arivne on Apr 14th 2018 at 2:07:49 PM
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Characters who have buck teeth are rarely ever portrayed as particularly attractive. At best they can be seen an "average" while at worst they're depicted as goofy looking or outright ugly.
"Buck teeth" refers to when two upper middle incisors stick out from the rest of the teeth. This can occur for a variety of reasons in Real Life. In fiction however it's always the dorky or unattractive characters who have it. This is likely due to buck teeth going against the fashion ideal of perfectly straight, perfectly white teeth.
Within the last several decades, buck teeth has been used more often than before to accentuate a character's adorkable-ness rather than them just being goofy looking. Buck teeth can make a character look cute and young if drawn a certain way.
A Little Bit Beastly character might have buck teeth if they're based off something like a rabbit or a horse as a part of a Furry Reminder. These however tend to be treated cutely, though they might look adorkable.
Compare Asian Buck Teeth, in which East Asians are stereotypically depicted with large buck teeth, and British Teeth, for when British people are depicted with misaligned teeth. Contrast to Childish Tooth Gap, which is misaligned teeth that are used to showcase a character's youth and usually are meant to look cute.
- Tara Markov, the original Terra, from The New Teen Titans had buck teeth during The Judas Contract arc. Terra was a Jerk Ass mole disguised as an average teenage girl. Her buck teeth were dropped in future appearances and flashbacks. Her clone Terra II, who is suggested to be actually be Terra brought back from the dead, lacked them as well.
- Archie from Archie Comics had buck teeth early on. This was eventually dropped. He was a Kavorka Man with a geeky looking appearance, however they scrapped the buck teeth and over time. Archie is nowadays presented as looking above average attractive, especially in reboot.
- Green Lantern: Ch'p is an alien who resembles what humans consider either a squirrel or chipmunk. So while not attractive, he is definitely considered cute.
Film — Animation
- Olaf from Frozen is a snowman with buck "teeth". He's an adorkable and plucky sidekick character.
- Tow Mater from the Cars franchise has prominent big buck teeth with a gap between them. He is seen are nerdy and adorkable.
- Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas. Max takes her to meet his father for Christmas but he is embarrassed by Goofy. At the end Mona laughs and reveals that she too has buck teeth, just like Max and Goofy. Mona is a cute and attractive dogface woman.
- Hermione from Harry Potter has buck teeth, and is regarded as unattractive. However, in Goblet of Fire, a potion makes them grow extremely large, and she has them shrunk down to smaller than they were before, so she is no longer buck-toothed.
- Dwayne Dibley, the "de-cooled" version of The Cat from Red Dwarf has these. - Zero-Context Example - Has what?
- The main character of Süsü, a sárkány is a friendly dragon with large buck teeth that make him look silly and goofy.
- Goofy has large buck teeth, which makes him look, well, goofy.
- Recess has Gretchen Grundler, who has prominent buck teeth, and is also the smartest and most nerdy kid at her school.
- This is a basically a recurring feature with most animated Nickelodeon protagonists:
- The Fairly Oddparents:
- Timmy is one of the least popular kids in his school, is bullied, and has prominent buck teeth that are frequently joked about.
- In "Mr. Right" when Timmy dweeb-i-fies Tad and Chad, they instantly get this teeth for a change.
- The titular character from SpongeBob SquarePants has prominent buck teeth with a Childish Tooth Gap in-between. Out-of-universe he is adorkable but in-universe he is seen as nerdy.
- Portia Gibbons from The Mighty B! averts most of the trope, being an Alpha Bitch Valley Girl. However, her unattractive personality does come off in her unattractive buck teeth.
- Bessie Higginbottom herself. - Zero-Context Example
- The Loud House
- The entire family has buck teeth, as a family resemblance trait, all the way down to baby Lily. Her only tooth is a buck tooth. However: mother Rita, Lori, and Leni are all portrayed as very cute to extremely attractive. Luan, the comedienne of the family is the only one who has corrective orthodontic. Lincoln has a chipped front tooth on top of the family trait.
- One of Lincoln's friends Liam. - Zero-Context Example
- The Fairly Oddparents:
- Inverted in one The Far Side cartoon, where a beaver freelance shame squad is ice skating around a beaver chanting "Doesn't have buck teeth, doesn't have buck teeth, doesn't have buck teeth!"
- Big Mouth: Missy, the adorkable and nerdy girl who has a huge crush on Andrew has noticeable buck teeth.
- Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Chipmunks and Chipettes are considered cute to each other and humans alike.
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