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Somebody bites someone to show that they like them. (Launching February 16)

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Proposed By:
Zerukin on Jan 19th 2019 at 5:34:54 PM
Last Edited By:
Zerukin on Feb 15th 2019 at 11:18:32 AM
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Two Pokemon showing their own forms of affection to their trainers...
In all honesty, you likely wouldn't consider biting somebody to be very polite. There are much better ways in showing somebody how much you like them. Yet there are some characters that consider biting somebody as a way of showing their love.

They don't mean any harm. They just really like the person they are biting. This love isn't because they think they taste good either. They just really like the person they are biting and are looking at the bite as being friendly.

Very much Truth in Television with the existence of hickies, and there are plenty of animals who will bite to show that they love you. Fair warning though: Some animals don't know how to bite softly.

Compare Kiss of the Vampire. Contrast Man Bites Man.

Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Justified in Horimiya. Hori bites Miyamura on the back of the neck during Their First Time, partially out of affection and partially to encourage him to grow his hair back out (since it'd be the only way for him to cover the mark).
  • The bunny-girl Carrot from One Piece is an energetic Genki Girl who greets people with abandon, and almost always with a bite. Though mildly painful, the bites are never deep or injurous, and never draw blood or leave a scar. Unless someone takes her carrots; then she'll bite that fool's head clean off.
  • Pokémon: James' Carnivine, following the trend set by his previous Grass-type Pokemon, would hurt him to show it's affection. In this case, it would always bite down... on his head.

    Literature 
  • Books of the Raksura: The titular species of slightly draconic Humanshifters give each other gentle bites as their version of kissing.
  • In E. T. A. Hoffmann's Master Flea, the titular character offers to bite Peregrinus in the finger as a sign of friendship, since obviously they cannot shake hands.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: Sunny Baudelaire is notable for biting anything she gets her hands on, and people are no different. How she bites them is how she shows her feelings. If she bites hard, she hates them. If she bites soft, she likes them.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the Doctor Who episode The Doctor's Wife, the TARDIS's soul is forcibly ripped out and placed in a human body. When the TARDIS next bumps into the Doctor, she kisses him and then gets the idea to bite him, gleefully declaring "It's like kissing, only there's a winner!"
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation establishes that this is a common element of Klingon foreplay. In general, Klingon romances are somewhat violent compared to those of humans.

    Theater 
  • Invoked in Mary, Mary. After Bob's "reasonable" attempt to persuade Mary to return to him is angrily rejected, Oscar advises him that a less sensible approach might be more effective: "Tell her you want her back so you can bite her shoulders."

    Western Animation 
  • The Wild Thornberrys has an episode in which the titular character becomes part of the efforts made to get two tortoises to mate because they're the last living tortoises of their kind. Eliza, who can talk to animals, introduces the two of them and gives them time alone. When she returns, she finds the male of the two biting the neck of the female. Mortified, she pushes him away from her and chides him for his actions. Not long after, she learns that biting is part of their mating rituals and essentially means they've accepted one another. She spends the rest of the episode trying to rectify her mistake.

    Real Life 
  • Plenty of dogs and cats that are kept for pets are known to gently nibble their owners to show their affection for them.

Feedback: 30 replies

Jan 19th 2019 at 5:42:10 PM

Not gonna lie. I really wanted to add Tae Yamada from Zombie Land Saga to this, but there is nothing in the show itself the confirms her bites are a sign of affection. If this trope does get passed, I will likely add it to the show's WMG page.

Jan 19th 2019 at 6:41:37 PM

Jan 19th 2019 at 7:59:49 PM

^ After looking up what that is, I found that it can involve biting and it is from a lover, so I would say yes. It does in fact count.

Jan 20th 2019 at 12:17:04 PM

  • In the Doctor Who episode The Doctor's Wife, the TARDIS's soul is forcibly ripped out and placed in a human body. When the TARDIS next bumps into the Doctor, she kisses him and then gets the idea to bite him, gleefully declaring "It's like kissing, only there's a winner!"

Jan 20th 2019 at 8:47:28 PM

There are technically enough good-quality examples in the draft to deserve a hat, even though I understand you want more, so here, have my hat.

Jan 20th 2019 at 10:43:59 PM

The Truth In TV bit could also mention hickeys.

Contrast Man Bites Man.

Jan 23rd 2019 at 2:18:18 PM

Does anybody have any ideas on what to index this on?

Jan 23rd 2019 at 5:18:26 PM

^ I figured Love Tropes would be one index it would be on. Truth In Television will also be one. Just for the heck of it, I may also put it on Trope Names For A Band as well. I feel the current title could work as a band name.

Jan 23rd 2019 at 6:30:14 PM

  • Pokemon: James' Carnivine, following the trend set by his previous Grass-type Pokemon, would hurt him to show it's affection. In this case, it would always bite down... on his head.

Feb 9th 2019 at 9:01:48 PM

Jan 23rd 2019 at 9:16:21 PM

^ Yep. I agree. Need to work on defining it better. The end of that page could work as an image for this trope though, and I can certainly see it as being this trope once the actual context is written in.

Jan 23rd 2019 at 9:51:07 PM

Anime

  • The bunny-girl Carrot from One Piece is an energetic Genki Girl who greets people with abandon, and almost always with a bite. Though mildly painful, the bites are never deep or injurous, and never draw blood or leave a scar. Unless someone takes her carrots; then she'll bite that fool's head clean off.

Jan 24th 2019 at 10:31:16 AM

I am thinking of having Love Bite be a redirect to this, since that tends to be what such bite marks are referred to in real life.

Jan 27th 2019 at 9:21:08 PM

A non-romantic case in ETA Hoffmann's Master Flea, where the titular character offers to bite Peregrinus in the finger as a sign of friendship, since obviously they cannot shake hands.

Jan 28th 2019 at 1:44:08 PM

  • Star Trek The Next Generation establishes that this is a common element of Klingon foreplay. In general, Klingon romances are somewhat violent compared to those of humans.

Feb 9th 2019 at 4:27:57 PM

@Zerukin: How many examples do you want?

Feb 9th 2019 at 5:01:49 PM

I often settle for about ten.

Feb 9th 2019 at 5:29:23 PM

Theatre

  • Invoked in Mary Mary. After Bob's "reasonable" attempt to persuade Mary to return to him is angrily rejected, Oscar advises him that a less sensible approach might be more effective: "Tell her you want her back so you can bite her shoulders."

Feb 9th 2019 at 5:46:24 PM

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/syh4_gif_500400.png
Two Pokemon showing their own forms of affection to their trainers...

Image and caption idea.

Feb 9th 2019 at 6:39:24 PM

  • The Wild Thornberries has an episode in which the titular character becomes part of the efforts made to get two tortoises to mate because they're the last living tortoises of their kind. Eliza, who can talk to animals, introduces the two of them and gives them time alone. When she returns, she finds the male of the two biting the neck of the female. Mortified, she pushes him away from her and chides him for his actions. Not long after, she learns that biting is part of their mating rituals and essentially means they've accepted one another. She spends the rest of the episode trying to rectify her mistake.

Feb 10th 2019 at 2:51:46 PM

Made a small edit to fix the mistake I made in the example I gave. Apparently it's "Thornberrys" sorry about that.

Feb 11th 2019 at 9:10:03 AM

Justified in Horimiya. Hori bites Miyamura on the back of the neck during Their First Time, partially out of affection and partially to encourage him to grow his hair back out (since it'd be the only way for him to cover the mark).

Feb 11th 2019 at 9:33:05 AM

I feel like we have plenty of examples now. I will launch it at the end of the week. As for indexes, here is what I have in mind so far:

... And that's all I got so far.

Feb 12th 2019 at 7:46:34 PM

So now this has three indexes.

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