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A monster's mouth opens up like a disturbing flower in bloom.

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Proposed By:
GoopsWorld on May 30th 2016 at 11:40:05 AM
Last Edited By:
Morgenthaler on Apr 8th 2018 at 9:42:03 AM
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When a monster has a circular mouth with rings of teeth along the inside, that's known as a Lamprey Mouth. This is not that.

This is when a monster or character has a mouth that opens like a grotesque blooming flower, often with mandibles or other 'petal'-like appendages opening up in different directions. Oftentimes, there may or may not be something resembling a Lamprey Mouth on the inside, but that's not always the case. When used, it is more often than not meant to resemble Vagina Dentata.

Not to be confused with having an actual flower for a mouth, nor about flowers with faces and mouths.

Compare Man-Eating Plant, which tends to have a big mouth.


Examples:

Film

  • Blade: Trinity: The "vampire dogs" have a bottom jaw that splits into two halves.
  • Krampus: Der Klown the jack-in-the-box has a bottom jaw that splits into two.
  • The Thing (1982): The Dog-Thing first reveals itself as an alien beast in the kennel with the other dogs by opening its head like a flower before attacking them.
  • Tremors: The graboids and their subsequent forms have large beaks and side mandibles that make their open mouths resemble disgusting flowers.
  • Deep Rising: The gigantic octopoid monster has tentacles that function like this, being closed until they detect prey and split open like a flower petal.

Literature

  • Dune: The sandworms have a three-part jaw.

Live-Action Television

  • Stranger Things: The Demogorgon and the Demodogs have mouths that split open into multiple petal-like mandibles.

Video Games

  • Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location: Invoked with the Funtime animatronics. They were all built with their faces separated into segments that can move separately from each other. These shifting face plates can also split open all at once, revealing the creepy robotic face beneath. While In-Universe, this was done so the robots could be opened up for maintenance, out of universe, it makes for a terrifying Nightmare Face.
  • Spore: The carnivorous mouth part "Dietrap" opens up like a blooming flower with plenty of teeth abound.
  • Subnautica: The Mesmer has a mouth that splits open four ways to reveal four tentacle-like appendages lined with teeth that lead to its actual throat.
  • Halo: The Gravemind is reminiscent of a giant flower, and its mouth is reminiscent of a flower's petals as well.
  • Resident Evil 5: The Majini, due to being infected by the Type 2 or Type 3 Las Plaga parasite, has the parasite coming out from the mouth which splits like a flower, in which they use it for biting the others or taunting. There's also the Duvalia, a type of mutated Majini with the entire upper body replaced by a hard-shelled parasite that shapes like a gigantic flowery mouth.

Web Original

Western Animation

  • Ben 10: Ben's Blitzwolfer form has a snout that opens in four different directions.

Feedback: 20 replies

May 30th 2016 at 5:46:05 PM

I heard the "vampire dogs" in Blade Trinity open their snouts like this, i.e four ways

May 31st 2016 at 12:17:44 AM

The sandworms of Dune have three-part jaws.

May 31st 2016 at 2:19:02 AM

Video Games

  • In Spore, the carnivorous mouth part "Dietrap" opens up like a blooming flower with plenty of teeth abound.

May 31st 2016 at 6:17:26 AM

Four years ago we had a proposal called "Just A Goldanged Split Mouth" (or something like that) that was similar to this trope. Its creator later came up with another version of it called Malformed Mandibles. It may have examples you can copy over.

May 31st 2016 at 6:14:46 AM

May 31st 2016 at 9:24:15 AM

Many are reminiscent of, if not intentionally referential to, Vagina Dentata.

May 31st 2016 at 7:28:11 PM

Not to be confused with having an actual flower for a.mouth, nor about flowers with faces and mouths.

Compare Man Eating Plant, which tends to have a big mouth.

Jun 5th 2016 at 4:05:11 PM

  • In the Halo series the Gravemind is reminiscent of a giant flower, and its mouth is reminiscent of a flower's petals as well.

Jun 11th 2016 at 6:00:35 AM

Other Sites

Dec 16th 2017 at 4:00:02 PM

Maybe rename to Blooming Mouth, 'cause the current name is easy to mistake for mouths that are flowers, or flowers with mouths, etc, as DAN 004 said above.

Apr 6th 2018 at 2:14:56 AM

  • The monster in Deep Rising has tentacles that function like this, being closed until they detect prey and split open like a flower petal.

Apr 6th 2018 at 2:16:54 AM

In fact, if no one objects I wouldn't mind sponsoring this draft.

Apr 6th 2018 at 3:49:09 AM

  • In Resident Evil 5, the Majini, due to being infected by the Type 2 or Type 3 Las Plaga parasite, has the parasite coming out from the mouth which splits like a flower, in which they use it for biting the others or taunting. There's also the Duvalia, a type of mutated Majini with the entire upper body replaced by a hard-shelled parasite that shapes like a gigantic flowery mouth.

Apr 6th 2018 at 5:18:29 AM

Correction for the FNAF example, which was likely written before the game was released:

  • Five Nights At Freddys Sister Location: Invoked with the Funtime animatronics. They were all built with their faces separated into segments that can move separately from each other. These shifting face plates can also split open all at once, revealing the creepy robotic face beneath. While In Universe, this was done so the robots could be opened up for maintenance, out of universe, it makes for a terrifying Nightmare Face.

Apr 6th 2018 at 8:45:59 AM

Morgenthaler's image suggestion depicts an exaggerated version of this trope (the mouth is not just part of the head, the entire chest opens up this way). I vote use this until better image suggestion.

Apr 7th 2018 at 8:31:53 AM

Alright, I took over the draft, added the image, and updated examples to here.

What do people think of the name Blooming Mouth vs. Flower Mouth?

Apr 7th 2018 at 11:36:25 AM

  • Paranatural has multiple spirits act like this, most notably the one in Max's tool.

Apr 7th 2018 at 2:35:37 PM

^^ Maybe. First time I've ever heard of it, anyway. How about Flowering Mouth?

^ More context, please.

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