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"Glistening white triangular tooth
Open up a can of tomato juice
I've got a fang
I've got a fang."
They Might Be Giants, "I've Got a Fang"
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Simply put, a character's protruding teeth are played for unconventional cuteness.

Most often, as suggested by the trope name, the character sports enlarged canine teeth. For maximum cuteness, at least one fang will be visible at all times, even when the character's mouth is closed, and especially if they have a Cat Smile. These indicate, generally, that the character is mischievous, slightly hostile, or a trickster, but not actually "bad."

Cute Little Fangs are pretty much a standard feature of Cat Girls, Cute Monster Girls, and other character types who fall under Little Bit Beastly. Ugly Cute critters tend to have these as part of their unconventional brand of cuteness.

Usually limited to comedies. Does not normally apply to Western-style vampires (they do have fangs, but not the endearing kind).

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May be related to traditional Japanese supernatural monsters such as oni, who are usually depicted with tusks or fangs meant to look rather comical instead of outright frightening. (This is explicitly the case in Urusei Yatsura, where a number of characters are Ancient Astronauts versions of oni and other supernatural creatures.)

This trope is also Truth in Television. Many baby animals, whether of the carnivorous persuasion or the simian persuasion, sport them. In some cases, the eye teeth can be naturally pushed forward, hence giving one a semi-fanged appearance. Some domestic cats in particular, even as adults, have a tendency to have longer than normal fangs that gives them this look. In Japan, this is called "yaeba" (literally, "double teeth") and is regarded as cute. Many girls actually undergo a surgical procedure to achieve this effect.

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Fangs Are Evil is usually the Evil Counterpart to this trope, but the two can overlap if the writer is trying to invoke Cute Is Evil. Contrast Scary Teeth.


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    Asian Animation 

    Comic Books 
  • Jubilee (Marvel Comics) gets them after being turned into a vampire. This turns her into a Cute Monster Girl, especialy when Sana Takeda draws her.
  • Nightcrawler has them in the comics, depending on the artist.
  • The Snow Cat Prince: Syv has them, being a cat and all, but so does Kit.
  • As mentioned below, Beast Boy from Teen Titans was redesigned this way in the early 2000s after the success of the cartoon adaptation. The pointy teeth and Pointy Ears helps accentuate his animalistic theme.
  • Wolverine and Sabretooth have them in some adaptations and when drawn by some artists, though describing any aspect of those two characters as "cute" is a real good way to have one's lifespan drastically shortened.
  • The (quite attractive) troll-girls in the XXXenophile story "A Beautiful Tale". Actually, in some panels, they appear to have full-on shark teeth... but the artist somehow makes it work.

    Comic Strips 

    Fan Fiction 

    Films — Animation 
  • Mebh from Wolfwalkers has a small but still noticeable pair of fangs in her human form, highlighting her wild nature and the fact that she's a Wolfwalker.
  • In Zootopia, as young Nick is checking out his Junior Ranger Scout uniform in the mirror, one little fang pops out during one of his smiles then pops back in. His little fangs are also visible when he later recites the oath on the words "brave" and "helpful".

    Literature 
  • Rachel Morgan, from The Hollows, spends several novels dating a living vampire named Kisten. As part of their sexplay, he gives her a set of 'caps'; prosthetic vampire fangs that young vamps wear over their real fangs in order to help prevent 'accidents'. When Rachel, a human (basically) tries them on, she finds the change in roles from prey to predator very hot. As does Kisten.
  • Lily in the web-novel Domina. Maybe a subversion, since it's mentioned that people who don't know her well think they're freaky.
  • The short story "Green Shadows" from Alan Burt Akers' Kregen series has the main character notice: "Her mouth was red, and a white tooth showed a tip just indenting her lower lip. Some folk find that no blemish but an added attraction in a pretty woman's face."
  • The Otherworld Series has Delilah D'Artigo, a werecat, who retains her fangs in human form. Her fangs are actually more prominent than those of her vampire sister, Menolly, as Menolly can retract them whereas Delilah cannot.
  • In Codex Alera, Kitai's canine teeth are frequently pointed out when she has her mouth open, the implication being that they are longer and sharper than a human's (but don't take away from her attractiveness). Kitai, by the way, is a Marat "barbarian".
  • In the Arcana Chronicles Lark, AKA Strength, has these in conjunction with her animal-based abilities. She seems self-conscious about them until Finnian, the Magician, tells her he thinks they are cool.
  • Each of the three titular characters in The Dogs have this as a defining trait of their species (an Uneven Hybrid of dog and human), but oddly, it's something that most people either don't notice or shrug off as merely a fluke.
  • Averted by Ripfang, a vermin fom the Redwall series, who has a huge tooth protruding from his upper jaw. He really doesn't like people calling him "snaggletooth".
  • Mima, the vampire J-Pop artist in Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju, is described as having mainstream acceptance because "Her pearly fangs were kawaii – cute".
  • Rocko the Christmas Bat has a cute little pair of fangs. Justified, being a bat decoration.
  • * When she's in her Cat Girl form, Danielle from Mind Games has "adorable" little fangs, though they still presumably count as System weapons which means they're more dangerous than bullets to most System-empowered beings.

    Live-Action TV 
  • This is a fleeting example, but in the Angel episode "Smile Time", when puppet-Angel switches to puppet-Vampire-Angel to deliver the battle-ending set of attacks, the puppet naturally has fangs. And the fangs are definitely cute and little, but not actually little relative to the cute little mouth.
  • Some of the Centauri have these in Babylon 5. All of them, or at least all the males are supposed to have these, but due to budgetary and time constraints, as well as some actors with aversion towards them, they are only present some of the time.
  • Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods has odd front teeth that give him this appearance when he smiles.
  • Doctor Who: The Adipose creatures in "Partners in Crime" have one of these. They're supposed to look like the lone milk tooth of an infant.
  • Erica from My Babysitter's a Vampire and she uses them to her full advantage.
  • The Cat from Red Dwarf has large, somewhat comical-looking fangs. They're the only visible sign that he's not really human. Considering the fact he's a flighty, ridiculous cat-man, they probably qualify as cute.
  • Wimzie's little brother Bo on Wimzie's House.

    Tabletop Games 

    Video Games 
  • Neeshka in Neverwinter Nights 2 possesses these as part of her Cat Girl appearance.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Linhua from BlazBlue has one on the left side of her mouth.
  • Sora of the Kingdom Hearts series has these whenever he is in Halloween Town or the Pride Lands. It's justified in the latter's case, as he is turned into a lion there. In the former, Sora gains them as a result of wearing vampire-like clothing. The clothes themselves look adorable in the first game, but badass in Kingdom Hearts II, though the fangs remain small and cute.
  • Most demons in the Disgaea games. Just to drive the point home, nearly all of their Team Attack portraits show them off.
  • Ratchet & Clank: While the in-game model of Ratchet doesn't have noticeable fangs of any sort, he mysteriously gains them in the European advertisements. In the third game, his girlfriend Sasha does have them in-game.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Rouge the Bat has little fangs, 'cause she's, ya know, a bat.
    • Sonic was meant to have one in his original Japanese designs but it was taken out pre-release when Sega of America got a hold of it. He still has cute fangs, but they don't protrude.
    • Blaze the Cat has the same fangs too, but much smaller. They generally aren't visible unless she opens her mouth wide enough.
    • Most of the main cast do have fangs of some sort, but they normally don't protrude and sometimes aren't meant to be cute (Knuckles, Shadow). However, Tails, despite being a fox, has no sharp teeth at all.
  • World of Warcraft
    • Female orcs and trolls always have small but visible tusks, and have the option of being rather pretty. Although draenei also have decidedly sharp teeth — and the females, at least, are attractive — said teeth aren't visible when a character has their mouth closed.
    • Night elves have fangs too, which is appropriate considering the fact that elves in the Warcraft universe are descended from trolls (the fangs being residual tusks). Like with the draenei, though, you can't see them when their mouths are closed, which is most of the time. (Blood elves appear to have lost their fangs.)
    • Tauren, too, have sharp fangs that are only visible when they open their mouths. It may seem strange seeing as cows are herbivores, but the lore made it pretty clear that tauren aren't.
  • Super Mario Bros.
    • The Goombas. Though they were "evil" at first, their more recent appearances come off as cute and their tiny fangs only further push the point.
    • Played more straight with Goombaria and Goombella of the Paper Mario series, having only one small fang pointing out.
    • Bowser Jr. sports a single, tiny fang in the upper corner of his mouth. He has two fangs in Super Mario Galaxy, although, oddly, he goes back to having only one in every other game.
    • Boos are an inversion: they sport a set of comically large fangs.
  • Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
    • Marta consistently has one in the left side of her mouth for some inexplicable reason. Marta's fang is called out by Ratatosk when Marta finishes a battle with her "Radiant Roar" Mystic Arte. Emil later calls it out after battles when Ratatosk is sealed away (again) temporarily, albeit more timidly.
    Marta: Beautiful roses have thorns!
    Ratatosk: Beauty, Marta, has a fang...
    Marta: Be a little more enthusiastic!
    • Evil sadist bitch Alice also sports a pair occasionally, but only when she's making a particularly evil face, so it may just be there for effect.
  • The half-demon girl Lilica of Arcana Heart.
  • The Touhou series:
    • Remilia Scarlet is usually depicted with these. Fitting, as she's a vampire. The "cute" aspect is often played up in fanworks, with her maid/servant Sakuya often found daydreaming of that fang and what it can do.
    • Remilia's younger sister and fellow vampire, Flandre, is occasionally shown with these as well (mostly in fan-works). Of course, given Flandre's psychosis and prospensity for destruction on a massive scale, sometimes the fangs are distinctly neither little nor cute.
    • On a lesser note, Rumia, whose fang is used to express her childishness (and tendency to be one of the few characters that is actually mentioned to eat humans).
  • Jack Frost from the Shin Megami Tensei series (and by extension, all his other forms, such as Black Frost and Raiho.)
  • Iris in Rune Factory Frontier. Yes, she is (they are?) a vampire, but it's the next thing to an Informed Attribute.
  • The Sniper from Team Fortress 2 has slightly exaggerated canines, and a good deal of fanart also portrays him as having them. Not visible when his mouth is closed, however.
  • Agneah, one of the escaped summons in Summon Night: Twin Age, has tiny fangs.
  • Pokémon
    • Several Pokémon, including Clefairy, Shinx, and Oshawott.
    • A good deal of the first-evolution Pokémon, in fact. Some of them retain their fangs into their evolved forms, where they are less adorable, to say the least.
    • At least according to the anime, Pikachu have fangs. This is unusual because they're based on rodents and seem herbivorous.
    • According to the TCG and the manga, Korrina has pairs of fangs (two of each on her upper jaw and her lower jaw).
  • Javik in Mass Effect 3 has some, although due to being a Perpetual Frowner, they're rarely seen.
  • Inklings, the squid-human things in Splatoon, have the conventional fangs where their canines would be, but they also have a single fang on the bottom layer of teeth right in the middle of the mouth. This is a bit of Morphic Resonance; it's meant to emulate the beak that real-life squids have for their mouths. The playable Octolings from Splatoon 2 also have fangs meant to invoke real-life octopus beaks, though they're arranged asymmetrically, with their bottom and top fangs on opposite sides of the mouth.
  • Ms. Fortune, the resident Cat Girl of Skullgirls, has fangs on both her top and bottom jaws, with the upper ones sometimes visible when her mouth is closed.
  • In Undertale, many monsters have these, in varying sizes. The ones you will most likely notice are the ones that are on Toriel, Muffet, Catty, King Asgore and Asriel.
  • League of Legends:
    • In her most recent character update, Poppy, The Keeper of the Hammer has also seen updated splash art for each of her skins that shows a prominent cute little fang peaking out of the left side of her mouth. This change is visible on five of the seven skin options. Her character model in the game often opens her mouth wide as she speaks and smiles, showing of the cute little fang very regularly.
    • Gnar has two on his lower jaw when he's on his "Mini Gnar" form. His Gentleman Gnar skin gives him one, but on his upper jaw. Mega Gnar, on the other hand, makes them look like snaggleteeth.
  • The eponymous protagonist of Kid Dracula has little fangs sticking out of his mouth as a reminder that he's technically a vampire.
  • Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki in Touken Ranbu has these, especially in the anime adaptations, which add to his dog-like nature.
    • The same can also be said for Kogitsunemaru, due to his fox motif.
  • Prince Talmit, the hero of Marvel Land. Well, in the Japanese cover, at least.
  • Several characters in Ensemble Stars! are usually drawn with one: Rei and Ritsu get them due to being the endearing kind of (sort of) vampires, Kouga and Tetora for their respective wolf and tiger Animal Motifs, and Leo just for being an eccentric and playful kind of character in general. And of course, when Halloween cards come around anyone can try on a fang for a day.
  • Witch's Heart: Lime has these. Fitting since she loves looking cute and loves anything that is cute.
  • Cyberbots: Devilotte has these.

    Visual Novels 
  • When They Cry:
    • Bratty Half-Pint Satoko Hojo from Higurashi: When They Cry. However, her fang is hardly noticeable in the first season of the anime, and even in later seasons it's often not seen. It's seen in many of her sound novel poses, both the remakes and originals.
  • Umineko: When They Cry has tiny fangs all over the place. Battler, Jessica, Maria and Beatrice (among others) have them, though only Beatrice and Maria keep theirs in the anime and PS3 port.
  • Makoto from Kanon has small but still noticeable fangs, fitting with her mischievous and fiery personality. They also serve as an early clue to her origins as a transformed fox.
  • Ayame of NekoMiko has a little fang in the left side of her mouth.
  • Daikuji Ayu from Rumbling Hearts.
  • Kudryavka from Little Busters! has one. She doesn't really fit the tricksterish or catgirl personality, though, so it's probably part of her vaguely vampiric, Eastern European theme.
  • The dragon in Dra+Koi has little fangs as a human, which turn into massive fangs when she fires breath attacks. Eventually, we see her fire breath attacks with much smaller fangs.
  • Natsuki in Doki Doki Literature Club! has little fangs which are more noticeable in the CG scenes with her. Yuri also has those in Act 2, though they are slightly less cute because she has developed Yandere tendencies at this point.
  • In Code:Realize, Impey has little fangs which go completely unremarked-upon within the story and seem to serve as a visual indication of his mischievous nature. Bratty Half-Pint Delacroix II also has them. Because they're both vampires.
  • The Fruit of Grisaia: Michiru has this, probably to emphasize her goofy personality.

    Web Animation 

    Webcomics 
  • Fox Maharassa, playful rake from Boy Meets Boy, Friendly Hostility, and Other People's Business. They only appear when he grins, but they're infinitely charming to say the least. As a pastry chef in the latter comic exclaims with a dreamy sigh, "It's like he hugs you with his smile~"
  • Vector, the Cute Monster Boy from Castoff has these as well.
  • With everyone in Commander Kitty being a Funny Animal, these are pretty common. Even Big Bad Zenith has them.
  • Some of the characters in The Cyantian Chronicles, particularly Quinn, Sheana, and the fox princesses.
  • Species X, a race of genetically engineered furry children from DNA has these. Orion has fangs that protrude more than the others, which causes him to have a lisp.
  • Luna from Dominic Deegan, despite being human, has fangs similar to an Orc's. They are quite adorable. And important later.
  • Eerie Cuties: Nina and her big sister, Layla, are vampires, so it naturally comes with the territory. Nina's are almost always visible and accentuate her childlike appearance, especially when she's smiling. But the only time you'll see Layla's are either when she's angry, or nervous.
  • The Waverlys in Eight Cicadas all have fangs as a marker of their vague non-human heritage.
  • Elf Blood's spirit incarna tend to have these if their spirits correspond to some sort of predatory animal. Notable examples include Carlita Delacroix (Cat) and Fliss and Shanna Whittle (Foxes).
  • El Goonish Shive:
    • Grace, when in her half-squirrel form.
    • Catalina Bobcat. Along with her name and first name, it makes her a quasi Cat Girl. Revealed to be the result of a magic mark given her by Pandora Chaos Raven without her knowledge.
  • Male example: Doug from Fletcher Apts who also has Puppy-Dog Eyes at times.
  • Florence from Freefall, a genetically engineered Bowman's Wolf, has fangs, but they only show up when she smiles. The effect is usually unfortunate.
  • The Jagers of Girl Genius appear to have these... until they open their mouths.
  • Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name: Conrad, while not meant to be overwhelmingly "cute", sports a single tiny fang that's far from intimidating.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court's Reynardine has these in plushie form. In wolf form, he just has too many.
  • Homestuck:
    • Most trolls have pointy teeth, but Nepeta is really the only one who manages to make them look utterly adorable.
    • Tavros, at one point, is shown curled up against the wall, sleeping, with his fangs protruding from his smile. Since Tavros is incredibly timid and the teeth of trolls in his social caste are supposed to be blunt (after this is established, the other lowbloods are drawn with rounded teeth), the only explanation is that it was to make him cuter.
  • In How to be a Werewolf, no matter how human their current form is all werewolves have noticeably pronounced canine teeth. For all but the most menacing, the general effect is this.
  • Molly in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! manages to be very cute even with fangs on the end of her snout.
  • Secret from Keychain of Creation has a pair - they're normally hidden, but when she's stressed or using her Abyssal powers, they emerge.
  • The Little Trashmaid: Tidy has prominent canine teeth compared to the rest of the cast.
  • The green-skinned cleric Benn'Joon aka "Benny" in the webcomic Looking for Group. She often has one tusk-like Cute Little Fang peeking out from her lower jaw over her upper lip, especially when she's pouting.
  • In Moon Crest 24 they look cool on Drake, but they're more adorable than menacing on Derek.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Therkla, the half-orc ninja, has cute little tusks.
    • As does, in one flashback panel, Therkla's orc mother, in a subversion of the stereotypical half-orc origin story.
    • Evil Vaarsuvius also has Cute Little Fangs, though because of the circumstances surrounding their appearance, they're actually quite creepy.
  • The title characters in Ozy and Millie, though only Ozy's are only obvious when he's talking) as well as several others. Somewhat lampshaded here.
  • In Pandect, Ice, a Dog Ace (a dog who has a soul and can also appear in human form), has slightly longer canine teeth than most humans. Of course.
  • The art style of Queen of Wands has fangs as standard. On Angela they are pretty cute, though.
  • Loki and Trollabundine have these in Realmwalker.
  • Rufus and Melika in Terinu have fangs as well, being anthropomorphic fox aliens. Said fangs are usually just cute, at least until they get pissed off.
  • Happens occasionally in VG Cats, being as the main characters are, obviously, cats.
  • Wapsi Square:
    • Tina, who claims her fangs are the result of botched dental surgery. This may or may not be true; Tina has an... unusual history.
    • The Drunken College Golems have them too.
    • Not to mention the rather unconventional Vampire Gals. (Note that this image, which shows the fangs to good advantage, is borderline NSFW, although their other appearances are less so.)
    • Actually, most of the paranormal characters in Wapsi Square {which is most of the cast by now} have fangs; even characters who began as human, like Monica.
  • The mischievous Rowan from Weak Hero has a pair of particularly sharp canines that can often be seen even when his mouth is closed.
  • In Yokoka's Quest, they are practically the default for demons, beasts, and spirits. Notably, the human Grace and Half-Human Hybrid Yokoka and Mao lack fangs, though Yokoka's reference sheets do say "cute little fangs in Fan Art is great!".

    Web Original 
  • At the Super Hero School Whateley Academy there are several: Paige (a were-catgirl), Carmilla (mostly demon), Tennyo (looks exactly like Ryoko Balta; see under Anime). Tennyo's been told several times that her fangs are 'cute'.
  • Rea from These days sports them.
  • Trope-tan has one.

    Western Animation 
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • The fruit bats seen have fangs.
    • Spike, though they aren't always visible.
    • Discord's single fang is arguably cute too.
    • Fluttershy gets them when Twilight's spell turns her into a cross between a pony and a vampire fruit bat. Even after the spell is reversed, the fangs emerge when she smiles at the end of the episode.
  • Green Puppy from Blue's Clues has fangs.
  • Beast Boy of Teen Titans (2003) has one among his lower teeth, protruding from his mouth at all times to add to his unconventional cuteness and underline his animal status. Curiously, he tends to carry it over in all of his forms — even when they don't even have teeth. His comic book version initially lacked this, but eventually he was redesigned (though at least they had the decency to do so in-story) with the fang intact due to the show.
  • Mouse from ReBoot. The fact that she has fangs is mentioned by other characters but never explained. In the end, they do indeed appear to be there solely to make her seem more dangerous.
  • X-Men: Evolution gives the very dangerous Mystique fangs, as well as her less dangerous son Nightcrawler. In Nightcrawler's case this is true to the comics. In Mystique's... well, she can have whatever appearance she pleases.
  • Both Chowder and Panini in Chowder have them. Word of God is they're of the same species (Rabbit-bear-cat thing...).
  • Yumi in Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, occassionally.
  • Arguably most of the Gargoyles, especially Lexington and Angela. And of course Elisa when she was briefly a gargoyle. Elisa's especially were very cute.
  • Rintoo and Lulu from Ni Hao, Kai-Lan.
  • Loopy in one episode got these in KaBlam!
  • Several characters in Wakfu. Its heavily Animesque art style gives everyone exaggerated canines, even on non-cutesy characters such as older men.
  • Humf. All the male furry things, including the title character.
  • Anakonda from Xyber 9: New Dawn has these, unless she's pissed off and hissing at someone, then they're far more creepy than cute.
  • Marceline from Adventure Time, both before and after becoming a vampire.
  • The entire Dingo family from Blinky Bill, but Shifty is by far the cutest.
  • Scaredy Bat on Ruby Gloom.
  • Samy on Jimmy Two-Shoes.
  • Cassie, the pink dragon from Dragon Tales sports these. As a matter of fact, many of the dragons, if not all, possess them.
  • Most of the Cats from Thundercats 2011, especially Wilykit and Wilykat. Subverted with Sabertooth Grune, who just has one really big one because he tore out the other to use as an Improvised Weapon.
  • Sylvester the Cat gets these in The Looney Tunes Show.
  • Felix the Cat, one of the oldest examples.
  • She-Ra: Princess of Power: Imp sports a pair of these, in sharp contrast to the evil ones seen on Hordak and the rest of the Horde.
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: These are also seen on Cringer in keeping with his whole cat aesthetic, though they become noticeably fiercer versions of themselves when he becomes the Mighty Battle Cat.
  • Oskar of Star vs. the Forces of Evil.
  • Claudette Dupri of New Looney Tunes.
  • Mr. Cat from Kaeloo has these. They go pretty well with his personality.
  • The pups from PAW Patrol.
  • The title character of Vampirina.
  • On Elinor Wonders Why, Elinor's friend Ari is a bat-person and therefore sports these.
  • For the Animaniacs (2020) reboot, the Warner siblings are redesigned to have these. It's pretty noticeable whenever they get angry, and especially prominent in the episodes animated by Saerom and Digital eMation. Pinky and the Brain have these too, but only in the eMation and Tiger segments.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: Gumball and Nicole both have fangs. It's only ever really shown when they open their mouths, though.


Alternative Title(s): Cute Little Fang

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