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Protruding teeth signify the character is a loon/doofus/hick

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Proposed By:
shokoshu on Jun 15th 2015 at 7:35:55 AM
Last Edited By:
eroock on Dec 8th 2018 at 8:35:34 AM
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Alias Hillbilly Teeth. (Google that phrase to see wonderful examples better than any lengthy actual description, although mixed with British Teeth.)

A character having very protruding (upper) teeth always immediately suggests that he's one bat short of a belfry. The canonical example, unfortunately from Germany and thus less known, is the roles of Norman Cöster in "Bernd das Brot".

Overlap with British or (less probable) Chinaman Teeth is possible. Surplus Speech Impediment is for free.

Trope needs, first of all, examples. Seen It a Million Times.


Live-Action TV

Web Comics

  • Cuthwald from 'NSFW Comix'' falls rather under British than Crazy Teeth, and is more leech than loon.

Western Animation

  • The Simpsons. Everybody in the Simpsonverse has an overbite (and granted, nearly everybody is rather stupid) but e.g. Cletus - who would be the candidate for this trope - isn't really different since it's the artists style.

Feedback: 37 replies

Jun 15th 2015 at 10:44:27 AM

  • Goofy has large buck teeth, in line with his ditzy and bumbling personality.

Jun 15th 2015 at 10:57:32 AM


Jun 16th 2015 at 6:35:35 AM

In Western Animation, this is often seen in a Butter Face girl, as well as many an Abhorrent Admirer.

Modern Art

  • Underground artist Robert Crumb often draws characters with horrific, irregular teeth, as an indicator of someone stupefyingly stupid or one lacking any sense of hygiene.


  • Lena Hyena from Who Framed Roger Rabbit reveals her Butter Face and mouthful of irregular teeth when confronted by detective Eddie Valiant, who'd mistaken her for Jessica Rabbit. The look on Valiant's face says it all: Do. Not. Want.

Western Animation

  • Massive manservant Max from Cats Dont Dance displays a mouthful of huge teeth that seem to jostle each other for space in his mouth, best displayed at the climactic moment when he has The Hero cornered atop the theater. Max himself isn't really crazy, but his boss is a psychotic Spoiled Brat Prima Donna.

Jun 17th 2015 at 3:16:18 AM

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Oct 28th 2015 at 4:53:32 PM

This trope should be big, no?

Oct 28th 2015 at 8:01:01 PM

How would this relate to Asian Buck Teeth? Maybe call this Dumb Buck Teeth.

Oct 28th 2015 at 8:04:30 PM

I corrected a spelling error.

  • The eldest Sanderson Sister from Hocus Pocus has very prominent protruding teeth like a rodent, and she is a crazy witch who sold her soul to the devil for power, out to become immortal by sucking the life from of the children of Salem. Although compared to her other two sisters, she's probably the most intelligent, if equally as psycho.

Oct 29th 2015 at 1:27:37 AM

Oct 29th 2015 at 4:28:50 AM

Rereading the trope again, I think this is more about ugly teeth in general which represent a characterization. The kinds of bad teeth doesn't matter.

Oct 29th 2015 at 5:13:51 AM

Let's make this trope for overbite = funny/ditzy.

Oct 29th 2015 at 3:00:42 PM

Ugly Teeth does not equal British Teeth. British Teeth is basically All Brits Have Bad Teeth. This is People With Wierd Teeth Are Crazy Or Stupid. Limiting this to a specific kind of bad teeth would make no sense.

Oct 29th 2015 at 4:32:02 PM

^ Okay then, my Spongebob example still counts, right?

Oct 29th 2015 at 6:38:17 PM

I would expect so.

I think Crazy Teeth is alright, but I do like Goofy Teeth, too. Also Loony Teeth.

Oct 30th 2015 at 6:55:32 AM

Proposing a page image, Max the manservant at his most deliciously psychotic. Add the http:// to make it work.

Oct 30th 2015 at 12:44:35 PM

^ That's not what I imagine this trope to be about. I was thinking about this.

Oct 30th 2015 at 3:22:35 PM

Yeah I think the point is that you can see or tell the character has crazy teeth without them even having to open their mouth.

Nov 3rd 2015 at 12:48:07 PM

  • Beauty And The Beast: Le Fou, Gaston's sidekick, sports huge buck teeth. Although they're not visibile when he keeps his mouth shut, they can be clearly seen as soon as he smiles, talks or sings with his fellow mates.

  • The Simpsons: along with Cletus, Prof. Frink is the character with the largest overbite. He's not that stupid, but he's a nutty scientist nevertheless.

Nov 3rd 2015 at 1:13:29 PM

Cletus doens't have more of an overbite than anyone else on The Simpsons, true, but his teeth are still crazy in that there are fewer of them. Most other people have a full set of teeth but Cletus only has three with large gaps between.

Nov 4th 2015 at 10:50:39 AM


  • Bruno, one of Those Two Bad Guys in Turn A Gundam, has an overbite with two huge teeth sticking out. (His partner Jacop is normal in that regard, but has other cartoony proportions.) He and Jacop spend most of their time bumbling around, being defeated by donkeys, and generally acting like doofuses for comic relief.

Sep 8th 2017 at 5:36:18 PM





Dec 7th 2017 at 3:22:54 AM

I don't know, "Dorky Buck Teeth" talks specifically of buckteeth, while "Crazy Teeth" could mean something else.

Jan 8th 2018 at 6:31:40 PM

  • The Powerpuff Girls villain Fuzzy Lumpkins has an underbite that identifies him as both goofy and a hick.

Jan 8th 2018 at 11:48:05 PM

Rea Life inversion: such teeth are sometimes known as "dents du bonheur" (happy or lucky teeth) in France, due to an old conscription requirement: as Napoleonic-era soldiers needed to be able to tear open paper gunpowder cartridges with their teeth (and hold their gun in their hands), men with irregular or missing teeth were considered unfit to serve, an enviable fate.

Feb 18th 2018 at 8:13:55 PM


  • In the Warrior Cats graphic novel trilogy Ravenpaw's Path, Pounce's single tooth sticking out from the bottom in addition to his Fish Eyes and derping-around-in-the-background behavior suggests that he's got a few screws loose. There's also Barley's brother Jumper, who has an underbite with protruding bottom teeth, which helps to depict him as a thug with brawn but no brains.

Jan 12th 2018 at 1:18:12 AM

  • In Gremlins 2 The New Batch, one of the Gremlins that spawn from Gizmo, Lenny, has two protuding buck teeth instead of the usual sharp jaws,and is depicted as the dumbest of the Gremlins.

Jan 12th 2018 at 5:00:35 AM

  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Hayseed Turniptruck is a hick window-washing pony with huge teeth hanging out of his mouth, and comes across as an ignorant bumpkin.
  • Western Animation/Cars: Tow Mater is a buffoonish bumpkin, and what sells this picture early to the audience's mind is a combination of his voice and his huge buck teeth.

May 9th 2018 at 6:33:54 AM

Donkey from Shrek is a bumpkin and buck teeth show whenever he smiles.

May 16th 2018 at 11:35:58 PM

Live Action TV

  • In Preacher 2016, Humperdoo has a massive overbite, the consequence of being the severely inbred descendant of Jesus Christ.

Dec 6th 2018 at 2:41:08 PM

Simpleton Teeth... oh, yeah.

Dec 8th 2018 at 8:35:34 AM

By the way, there are still wicks from the unlaunched page.