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A character wiggling their tongue is used as sexual innuendo.

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
Alrune on Apr 25th 2011 at 9:33:46 AM
Last Edited By:
Arivne on Jan 29th 2018 at 1:12:33 AM
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One of the most common forms of sexual innuendo is for someone (usually male but not always) to stick out their tongue, often in an over-the-top way, as a response to the possibility of sex or being Distracted by the Sexy.

The tongue is, of course, a stand if for... well you know. Extra points for saliva-dripping and popped-out eyes. The more movement the tongue makes, the less subtle the implication is.

Horny Sister Trope of the Nose Bleed and the Luminescent Blush, since the intent is almost always overtly sexual here and somewhat predatory.

A staple of perverts of all kinds but especially the Casanova Wannabe and the Handsome Lech. Females who apply for this trope are almost always the Slut.

If a villain does it, it's almost always in the context of I Have You Now, My Pretty. Not to be confused with Finger Licking Evil, even though they can overlap, and Licking the Blade, its darker counterpart.

Compare Maniac Tongue. See also Oral Fixation, Erotic Eating, and Lecherous Licking.


Examples

Anime and Manga

Film

  • In Star Wars, Jabba The Hut does this to Leia as an upfront invitation.
  • Very nasty one in the William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet film, where one of Romeo's minions licks his own nipple in an unambiguous gesture towards a bunch of girls.
  • In My Big Fat Greek Wedding, one of Toula's suitors in the terrible date montage proves himself to be a creep by slooooowly licking his spoon while he stares lustfully at Toula.
  • The Mask:
    • While the title character is in the Coco Bongo Club listening to the beautiful Tina sing, his very long tongue sticks out.
  • Practically all of the characters in Showgirls wiggle their tongues at each other or lick their lips, whether in a sexual or a non-sexual way. They do it so much, CinemaSins did a drinking game-esque bonus round after the sin counting of all the times that the characters did this trope.

Literature

  • Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron makes this Older Than Print. It includes several mentions of tongues as sexual devices, but his epilogue, in which he defends himself against his detractors, reports a woman talking about his "sweet tongue" in a sort of triple innuendo — commenting on his skill as a writer and poet, his skill in cunnilingus, and probably also metaphorically sticking his tongue out at said detractors.
  • Referenced in Mirror Dance. Elli Quinn gets rids of an unwanted suitor by saying Miles could do push-ups with his tongue.

Live-Action TV

  • Also featured in Ally McBeal whenever Ally and Georgia see a hot guy taking off his shirt.
  • Implied in the Doctor Who episode "A Good Man Goes To War", in which the lesbian Silurian Madame Vashtra says to her human girlfriend, Jenny, "I don't know why you put up with me". Her Multipurpose Tongue then lashes out and strikes a baddie about a metre away, and she and Jenny exchange a look.
  • On Twin Peaks, Audrey Horne can tie the stem of a cherry in a knot with her tongue.

Video Games

  • Outlast II: Played for Drama with The Stalker during the flashback sequences at Saint Sybil's. It is heavily implied to represent Pedophile Priest Father Loutermilch and has an enormous prehensile tongue representing his perverse nature.

Visual Novels

Web Original

  • In My Big Fat Greek Wedding, one of Toula's suitors in the terrible date montage proves himself to be a creep by slooooowly licking his spoon while he stares lustfully at Toula.
  • In Homestuck, the nymphomaniac Damara Megido occasionally makes an obscene gesture by extending her forefinger and middle finger, then placing her tongue between them.

Western Animation

  • In Tex Avery's cartoons, the Trope Codifier might be the horny Wolf in the Little Red Riding Hood spinoff.
  • Seen also in the newer versions of Batman: The Animated Series when the Joker first sees Harley Quinn don the harlequin outfit he got for her.
  • The Simpsons: When Patty makes a dating video she demonstrates her ability to tie a knot in her cigarette with her tongue.
  • Gene Simmons has appeared on Family Guy As Himself with a greatly exaggerated tongue. In one episode he performs cunnilingus on Lois while she is in another room. The fact that she knows immediately that it's his tongue could be a reference to a previous episode when it was discovered that she used to be a Kiss groupie before the band became famous.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: In "To Eris Human", Eris is seen panting open-mouthed over Adonis with her hanging tongue dripping saliva.
  • In the Tom and Jerry episode "Springtime For Thomas", Tom's tongue (patterned with hearts) unfurls from his mouth after his girlfriend blows a kiss at him. A sort of family-friendly version, to an extent.
  • In Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs, the characters' tongues regularly unfurl out of their mouths and roll onto the floor when they see an attractive member of the opposite gender.
  • In the Sabrina: The Animated Series episode "Driver Ed", Hilda pants open-mouthed and tongue waggling when she sees Ed.
  • My Dad the Rock Star: In "Angela D'Angelou", whenever Angela passes Willy, Willy's tongue waggles and he starts panting.

Feedback: 64 replies

Apr 25th 2011 at 9:45:32 AM

Wanted to add, this more of a Super Trope, since it's more about the use of the tongue as a sexual innuendo in general.

Apr 25th 2011 at 10:35:38 AM

Gene Simmons of KISS does this a lot, due to having an extra-long tongue.

Apr 25th 2011 at 3:17:05 PM

In The Mask, Jim Carrey does this exaggeratedly upon seeing Cameron Diaz singing.

Apr 25th 2011 at 3:23:29 PM

^It should be mentioned that The Mask example is specifically a take-off on the Tex Avery shorts.

In Adventures In Babysitting (...I think), the male friend of the protagonist give a weird tongue gesture I can only assume is meant to imply oral sex.

Apr 25th 2011 at 11:29:12 PM

To expand on the Romeo And Juliet example, the Montague Boys end up doing this to a Bus Full Of Nuns to the tune of "A Pretty Piece of Flesh." Yeah, they're kinda crude.

Apr 27th 2011 at 12:57:53 PM

Also featured in Naruto, especially by Jiraiya whenever Naruto uses the Sexy Jutsu. Sakura herself falls into this when Konohamaru uses the male version of Sexy Jutsu on her.

Apr 27th 2011 at 1:21:10 PM

I figured it was to imply panting, suggesting a feral, primal compulsion.

Apr 27th 2011 at 1:54:08 PM

The logo for The Rolling Stones is a caricature of Mick Jagger, but also conveys this.

Apr 27th 2011 at 9:10:33 PM

In Tex Avery's cartoons, the Trope Codifier might be the horny Wolf in the Little Red Riding Hood spinoff.

We just happen to have a page on that cartoon, Red Hot Riding Hood, that you may wish to link or pothole.

Apr 27th 2011 at 10:37:25 PM

Is there any way to include Something Else Also Extends and avoid sounding too crude...?

Apr 29th 2011 at 1:48:36 AM

i was actually thinking of incorporating it.

By the way, I was thinking a different title, maybe a little more upfront like Perverse Sexual Tongue as a pun or Indecent Tongue Of Wantonness.

What do you think?

Apr 29th 2011 at 4:55:54 AM

Film

  • History of the World Part I. Josephus is hiding among a group of eunuchs. To smoke him out, the guards have a woman do a sexy dance in front of them. While she's dancing Josephus' tongue flops out of his mouth.
  • The Mask. When Tina Carlyle asks Dorian Tyrel (who's wearing the title device) for one last kiss, he sticks out his long snake-like forked tongue at her.

Apr 29th 2011 at 5:34:00 AM

Live Action TV

Scrubs: at the end of the third season, Carla is trying to decide which kiss she'll use that day when she gets married. "I do. And then it's classy kiss...or sexy kiss...or slutty kiss." After saying slutty kiss, Carla makes a face appropriate if she were trying to bathe someone with her tongue.

Played for laughs, and Carla is not "the slut" in a normal episode.

Apr 29th 2011 at 5:39:49 PM

In Iggy Pop's video, Lust For Life, Iggy makes good use of this.

Apr 30th 2011 at 1:29:30 PM

How about I launch this? Does anyone objects? Which title do you think applies best.

May 2nd 2011 at 7:10:12 AM

Also seen in Berserk done by Slan, when she contemplates the possibility of Guts becoming an Apostle or when she tortures him in the Orgasmic Combat of the Qlipoth.

Jun 1st 2011 at 2:17:22 PM

One woman dates a man and mentions that she wonders why he's so popular with all the other women. He says nothing, just licks his eyebrows...

Jun 1st 2011 at 3:53:04 PM

  • In Highlander, this is one of the Kurgan's favorite taunts. Why he does it during the final battle is anyone's guess.

Jun 3rd 2011 at 7:50:19 AM

Would Audrey's cherry stem trick from Twin Peaks count? She does perform it during a job interview for a prostitution gig.

Jun 3rd 2011 at 2:20:22 PM

I'm a touch confused on the description. I think an image would help immensely.

Jun 8th 2011 at 4:43:26 AM

Well simple. Think the wolf in Red Hot Riding Hood. Is the title okay or should we change it to something more explicit?

Jul 6th 2012 at 12:37:26 PM

  • Hot Shots: During Ramada's cabaret, a sailor says "Wow!" and his tongue unfurls down his chest.
  • Ally Mc Beal: Billy and Richard's tongue drop down to their waists whenever they see the hot delivery girl.

Jul 6th 2012 at 1:38:10 PM

  • In Scarface, Manny tells the eponymous Tony that all he needs to do to pick up women is wiggle his tongue at them. Tony points him out to a child just as he's about to do so... and gets slapped for his trouble.

Jul 6th 2012 at 9:27:13 PM

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Spike when soulless (and therefore evil) does this at one point. Extra context in that since he's a vampire, it could also imply tasting blood (which is often tangled up with sex in Buffyverse).

Jul 7th 2012 at 3:35:27 AM

Literature:

  • Referenced in Mirror Dance. Elli Quinn gets rids of an unwanted suitor by saying Miles could do push-ups with his tongue.

Jul 7th 2012 at 4:12:46 AM

^ Eh, doesn't that just mean she's implying he's very good at giving oral?

Jul 8th 2012 at 1:05:56 PM

fulltimeD: I think so!

  • On Twin Peaks, Audrey Horne can tie the stem of a cherry in a knot with her tongue.
  • On Friends Rachel claims that she can do the same thing but is unable to follow through.

Jul 8th 2012 at 2:12:58 PM

^ and that's another trope again. Cherry stem knotting is supposed to mean you're a good kisser.

Jul 8th 2012 at 2:33:15 PM

They fit neatly under the trope name and laconic, however.

Jul 18th 2012 at 5:34:24 PM

  • In Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs, the characters' tongues regularly unfurl out of their mouths and roll on to the floor when they see an attractive member of the opposite gender.
  • In the Sabrina The Animated Series episode "Driver Ed", Hilda's tongue descends to her waist when she sees Ed, and she starts panting.
  • My Dad The Rock Star: In "Angela D'Angelou", Willy starts panting over Angela, with his tongue dipping down to his torso, when she isn't looking.

Jul 18th 2012 at 7:33:29 PM

Saying "this happen in in x work" is a Zero Context Example. Make sure these examples explain how the trope was used.

Jul 18th 2012 at 8:25:36 PM

  • Battlefield Earth: Terl's girlfriend, played by John Travolta's real life wife, shows off her unusually long tongue as Terl talks about what "advantages" she has.

Jul 18th 2012 at 8:37:54 PM

  • Gene Simmons has appeared on Family Guy As Himself with a greatly exaggerated tongue. In one episode he performs cunnilingus on Lois while she is in another room.

Jul 18th 2012 at 10:54:43 PM

  • Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron includes several mentions of tongues as sexual devices, but his epilogue, in which he defends himself against his detractors, reports a woman talking about his "sweet tongue" in a sort of triple innuendo--commenting on his skill as a writer and poet, his skill in cunnilingus, and probably also metaphorically sticking his tongue out at said detractors. That makes this Older Than Print.

Jul 19th 2012 at 9:07:15 AM

  • The Grim Adventuresof Billyand Mandy: In "To Eris Human", Eris is panting over Adonis, her tongue going down to her chest and dripping saliva.
  • Rockos Modern Life: In "Love Spanked", Rocky pants over the sight of his neighbour, Melba. Later on, while taking part in a dating show, his tongue flits in and out of his mouth (like a snake's) when he sees one of his potential dates (He also drools/pants over the other).
  • In All Dogs Go To Heaven: Charlie's Adventure, several dogs (including Charlie) can be seen panting over Sasha's act.
    • In the TV series episode "The Big Fetch" Charlie's reaction to seeing Belladonna results in his tongue rolling out of his mouth and over the edge of his desk. The same thing happens when he sees Sasha's cabaret act, only with a bowl of water on the table.
  • In the Tom And Jerry episode "Springtime For Thomas", Tom's tongue (patterned with hearts) unfurls from his mouth after his girlfriend blows a kiss at him.
    • In "Smitten Kitten", both Tom, Jerry and Jerry's devil's tongues dangle after they do a Pluto-style "point" at the subject of their attractions.
  • In Little Tinker, B.O. Skunk starts panting after getting a kiss from the "lady fox".

Mar 28th 2014 at 12:18:21 PM

Examples need to be sorted by medium.

Mar 28th 2014 at 1:36:10 PM

Fixed a Red Link, namespaced and italicized a couple examples + sorted examples by media.

Mar 28th 2014 at 2:32:58 PM

I think that a distinction needs to be made between "a character intentionally sticks their tongue out and waggles it at someone as a come-on" and "a character unintentionally lets their tongue hang out like a panting dog to indicate that they are overcome by lust," perhaps with a slightly more subdued variation to the latter where the character merely licks their lips.

Could be Internal Subtropes, but they're still very distinct from one another and should be noted as such.

Mar 29th 2014 at 5:40:38 AM

Film

  • The Mask
    • Previous example (see above).
    • While the title character is in the Coco Bongo Club listening to the beautiful Tina sing, his very long tongue sticks out.

Mar 29th 2014 at 6:44:18 AM

Does this count?

Live Action TV

  • In the Doctor Who episode "A Good Man Goes To War", lesbian Silurian Madame Vashtra comments to her human girlfriend, Jenny, "I don't know why you put up with me". Her Multipurpose Tongue then lashes out and strikes a baddie about a metre away, and she and Jenny exchange a look.

Mar 31st 2014 at 11:08:37 AM

ok, just to be clear, is this about people panting, or people wiggling their tongues suggestively?

People panting seems to be an entirely different trope, as it's usually unintentional, while people wiggling their tongue is intentional, which is what the laconic seems to specify.

I just want to know.

Mar 31st 2014 at 4:38:32 PM

^^ Agreed that this needs to be better-specified. As of right now, the laconic says one thing, the description generally agrees with it but is more vague, and several examples are of another thing altogether.

Apr 1st 2014 at 6:13:48 AM

Surprised no one else has mentioned this...

"Sexy" tongue-sticking-out was an attention getting part of Miley Cyrus' Music Video Awards performance.

Apr 1st 2014 at 8:42:35 PM

  • In Homestuck, the nymphomaniac Damara Megido occasionally makes an obscene gesture by extending her forefinger and middle finger, then placing her tongue between them.

  • In My Big Fat Greek Wedding, one of Toula's suitors in the terrible date montage proves himself to be a creep by slooooowly licking his spoon while he stares lustfully at Toula.

Apr 2nd 2014 at 9:09:50 AM

The Simpsons: When Patty makes a dating video she demonstrates her ability to tie a knot in her cigarette with her tongue.

Apr 3rd 2014 at 12:23:25 AM

This seems similar to Oral Fixation, Erotic Eating, and Lecherous Licking.

Jun 14th 2017 at 10:37:11 AM

Outlast II: Played For Drama with The Stalker during the flashback sequences at Saint Sybil's. It is heavily implied to represent Pedophile Priest Father Loutermilch and has an enormous prehensile tongue representing his perverse nature.

Jun 16th 2017 at 9:03:24 AM

Updated the page with some of the examples used on the list.

Jun 16th 2017 at 9:12:56 AM

Anime and Manga:

Jan 25th 2018 at 11:45:34 AM

^That's Bueno Excellente from Hitman 1993, a character which his superpower is preciselly Black Comedy Rape, having (more than implicitly) raped Lobo and Kyle Rayner and becoming a Memetic Mutation thanks to THAT image.

Anime and Manga:

Jan 28th 2018 at 5:13:21 AM

Found another Anime and Manga example:

Jan 29th 2018 at 1:30:36 AM

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