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"If you doubt your courage or your strength, come no further. For death awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth!"
Tim the Enchanter, Monty Python and the Holy Grail

You know, fangs. Those pointy things that, whenever they're in the mouth of someone or something, usually indicate that they're probably evil and/or badass and probably looking for an excuse to bite you with them. They're usually paired with Femme Fatalons and Pointy Ears to create a predatory look, and they're pointy so very...very pointy! And really, what's the point in having pointy teeth if you don't do stuff with them like rip apart the flesh of the living? Opening beer cans for kicks? Removing the shrink wrap from DVD boxes?

Werewolves, vampires, and monsters in general make this trope very common. It indicates that the creature in question is probably predatory and that you have dropped a rung on the food chain. The prey animal instinct in us never fails to feel wary about teeth that look like weapons and writers have always known to make use of a Primal Fear. Of course, it helps that the canines were specifically evolved for ripping and tearing flesh.


For trope purposes, this includes fangs, tusks, and an entire jaw of purposely sharpened teeth. Snakes Are Evil may or may not involve this; not all snakes have fangs, but big fangs are associated with the vipers, dangerous and scary venomous snakes. Cute Little Fangs is usually the Good Counterpart to this trope, but the two can overlap if the writer is trying to invoke Cute Is Evil. May be paired with Horned Humanoid for a demonic look. Related to Scary Teeth. May also involve Phlegmings.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Taken to its logical conclusion by Hiruma of Eyeshield 21: All of his teeth are fangly, they're visible pretty much any time he opens his mouth (which is often), and when you see them, he's definitely being a dangerous trickster.
    • Played straight with Kamiya Taiga of the Magaki Wolves, whose little fang is just one of the many lupine qualities he has.
  • The Oni in Ao no Fuuin are always depicted with long fangs, used of course to eat human flesh.
  • The less morally righteous folk and many non-human creatures of the Slayers series usually have more intimidating fangs than the usual endearing variety. The half-demon half-dragon Valgaav has the most menacing fangs, while the affable demonic priest Xellos has a smaller, but no less scary set. Creatures such as trolls and werewolves also have fangs.
    • The cursed chimera Zelgadis also has a set of less-than-adorable fang-like teeth on his upper jaw, but they're almost never seen unless he's completely livid.
  • Viral from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is a crossbreed of human, cat, and shark — with the teeth to match. It's subverted by his Noble Demon tendencies and his eventual Heel–Face Turn, though.
  • In Hellsing, every vampire is shown to have a full mouth of razor-sharp teeth. This trope is often subverted with Seras, but she later subverts it as well when she drinks Pip Bernadotte's blood, becoming a full vampire.
    • They seem only to have the mouthful of fangs when they choose to; even Alucard has given a few wide smiles without showing anything sharp. Makes sense, considering how fluid their physiology seems to be in general.
  • Played straight in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure when someone puts on The Mesoamerican Stone Mask and splashes it with blood, turning the wearer into a vampiric monster.
    • Also Mannish Boy, the evil baby in Part 3, has this as a tell-tale sign that he's evil despite being an infant (and not a vampire).
  • In Wolf's Rain, the wolves' fangs don't mean they're evil (being the main characters, they're portrayed very sympathetically), but it certainly means they're dangerous. The wolves are realistically drawn, and on top of that, the animators added wolf growls/snarls at the appropriate times.
  • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, the female humanoid adorned on the berserked self-defense program comes with four pointy fangs. They wonderfully complement her red eyes, red lines, naked body, and other traits that complete her appearance as the Omnicidal Maniac out to destroy your world.
  • Played straight in Dragon Ball with Piccolo.
    • In the second series, Dragon Ball Z, this was subverted with both Piccolo himself and the introduction of his race, the Namekians. Despite even having the aforementioned pointy ears and claw-like nails, they're mostly gentle, simple villagers - even the few warriors among them only seem to act in self-defense. Why a race of vegetarians have fangs is never explained.
      • It makes perfect sense. Gorillas, also herbivorous, have big fangs. They're used for shredding tough plant fibers.
      • Which raises another question: namely, why a species that needs only water to survive would develop to eat anything.
    • Played straight with Super and Kid Buu.
  • Umineko: When They Cry: There's a reason why two out of the three faces selected for this shot are fangy.
    • However, it should be noted that Cute Little Fangs are also much in evidence, as they appear to be a genetic trait of the Ushiromiyas. But then, at least in Maria's case, they aren't mutually exclusive...
  • When Galvatron is resurrected as Super Megatron in Transformers: Return of Convoy, he gains a set of fangs.
  • Excel Saga: Excel Excel's Cute Little Fang would be a double-subversion. Since her introduction in the Daitenjin manga, she's been the Perky Female Minion of an Evil Overlord. Even her Angelic side has been arrested for murder.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, the homunculus Greed, who, for some reason, has shark-like teeth, is an example. Kinda...while the homunculi are the antagonists for the series, Greed's also the least homicidal of the group and the only one to pull not only a Heel–Face Turn, but also a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Johannes Krauser II, from Detroit Metal City. Krauser is actually the main character Negishi's shocking and violent stage persona, complete with an intimidating costume. The fangs always appear when Negishi puts on the costume and make up but, at least in the OVA series, it's never shown whether he puts them on as part of the costume, or if they just inexplicably grow when he takes on the role of Krauser.
  • Ashley from Betrayal Knows My Name.
  • In Fairy Tail, all Dragon Slayers have fangs, the sizes of which seems to reflect the personality of the character. Shy Wendy has two pairs of little ones; exuberant Natsu has two pairs of medium sized ones, or sometimes two rows of them, if his mouth is wide open and dark; and brooding Gajeel's teeth are huge and sharp all the time.
  • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Kyouko balances between this and Cute Little Fangs. Sure, she might be mischievous, but that definitely does not stop her from being crazy.
  • Both subverted and played straight in Inuyasha, and by the same character: the main character has Cute Little Fangs most of the time, but when he transforms into his Ax-Crazy Super-Powered Evil Side, his fangs grow longer and get distinctly more terrifying. It makes perfect sense for Inuyasha who is half dog demon.
  • 9th from Future Diary in her more crazy and villainous moments tends to be draw with fang-looking teeth.
  • Axe-Crazy Shinigami Grelle Sutcliffe from Black Butler has a mouth full of shark teeth. Just to drive the point home, she reveals them immediately after being caught red-handed performing the last of the Jack the Ripper murders.
  • Shadow Link from The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords (2004) starts growing fangs and sharp fingers during his Villainous Breakdown.
  • Yujiro from Grappler Baki. His fangs seem to have grown since he started fighting for pleasure, and developed the demon shaped back muscles on his body.

    Comic Books 
  • Spider-Man villains Venom, Carnage, and the other evil symbiotes. Generally, when a symbiote possesses someone good, there's no mouth, but when it possesses someone bad, there's a mouth full of fangs. Toxin is a neat example. When the host is in control, there are no fangs. When the host lets the symbiote take over, it gets fangs. Similiar with Flash Thompson as Venom - his default mode has no mouth, but fangs tends to appear when he is losing control to the symbiote.
  • Some depictions of the Penguin give him these.
  • Wonder Woman 600: The Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert and Rod Reis collaboration depicts Medusa with long fangs, which she's still barring and snapping after her head is cut off.

    Comic Strips 
  • Candorville directly correlates the size of the fangs with the evil of whatever has them—Susan's dog even gets bigger fangs when it's being scary than when it's being friendly. It's uncertain whether this is an artistic conceit or something else, given that the dog is apparently an evil shapeshifter, as is every fanged humanoid that has changed its fang length at one point or another.

  • The Helghast in the Lone Wolf series have fangs in their bottom jaw.

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Nosferatu is interesting, because Count Orlock's fangs, rather than being his canines, are his front teeth, giving him a ratlike appearance and causing him to look far more grotesque than most vampires.
  • The Headless Horseman in Sleepy Hollow (1999) has filed teeth. (It Makes Sense in Context; despite being headless for most of the movie, he does eventually get his head back, complete with pointed teeth).
  • Victor Creed/Sabretooth. Which he pairs with his Psychotic Smirk.
  • The cannibal tribe of The Colony (2013) are identified by their sharpened teeth.
  • Venom naturally has sharp teeth in Spider-Man 3. Oddly enough, Eddie Brock still has sharp teeth even when the symbiote recedes to show his face.
  • Count Yorga and his brides have some rather bat-like fangs in their mouths.

  • This may be why the mostly-friendly vampires of Twilight are literally fangless.
    • Subverted in that vampires that eat humans far outnumber ones that don't, and yet all vampires lack fangs.
  • Varney the Vampire was the first vampire to have fangs. Despite how bad that book is generally considered to be, fangs have caught on enough for Dracula to have them.
    • Most of the vampires found in folklore around the world had a piercing tongue or mosquito-like proboscis for sucking blood. It was only in European Gothic literature of the 19th century that fangs caught on as their indispensible physical characteristic.
      • The Anzati, vampire-like aliens in the Star Wars Universe, are like the former. Except they suck brains instead of blood.
  • The 'possessed' in The Night's Dawn Trilogy have the ability to shapeshift their form and often take on the appearance of monsters of legend. Several of the first ones to appear keep their appearance, but with fangs, presumably in imitation of vampires.
  • The Mixitor in Spaceforce are not real supernatural vampires, but they can still extrude venomous fangs and sink them into the neck of their prey.
  • In Magnus, all the Fallen Angels have vampiric fangs to signify their evilness.
  • A tribe in Discworld sharpens their teeth to points. Not for any particular reason; apparently, they just like the effect when they grin.
    • The vampires have these, of course. Even the ones who aren't interested in biting people.
  • In Wicked, Elphaba was born with a full set of sharp fangs, and it was a painful and nightmarish experience for her mother to try breastfeeding. But as she grew older, her fangs fell out and were replaced with normal teeth.
  • A card played by Elves against Humans in The Witcher Saga. Humans have canine teeth, and therefore are clearly hardly better than wild beasts. Incidentally, Elves in the Witcherverse are herbivorous.
  • Every time Vlad in Count and Countess is about to take a bite out of someone, he grins. The glimpse of artificially sharpened teeth serves as the victim's first and last warning.
  • Despite Chester's claims about Bunnicula having fangs (and cute ones, at that!), this trope is subverted.
  • Enobaria, one of the Victors from The Hunger Games, is infamous for having ripped out a Tribute's throat in the Games she won. Afterwards, she had her teeth sharpened to a point and inlaid with gold.
  • In the Chronicles of the Kencyrath, those Randir personally bound (i.e., loyal and magically sworn) to their house's Evil Matriarch Rawneth file their teeth to sharp points.
  • In Watersong, even in human form, the sirens' teeth are elongated into fangs, hinting at their carnivorous nature.
  • It is completely inverted with the hydrites from the German SF series Maddrax. Although they have dangerous-looking teeth, they are a species of peaceful herbivores.
  • Wulfrik was born with a mouth full of wolflike fangs instead of teeth, marking him as chosen by the Ruinous Powers (chosen meaning he eventually became a Hero Killer as the High Executioner of Chaos). He can bite through iron with them, and it doesn't seem to affect his diction in any way.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The phrase "Well, duh" would appear to be indicated on this one.
  • Doctor Who: In "Utopia", the savage, cannibalistic Futurekind sport fangs.
  • The Sidhe on Merlin have filed teeth, but are otherwise so tiny and unintimidating that they may well qualify as Cute Little Fangs.
  • Invoked on Scrubs. Sort of. JD has a few imagine spots in which he is Dr. Acula and vants to suck teh blood.
  • Attempted, to complete failure, with the Ferengi on Star Trek: The Next Generation. The Ferengi sharpen all their teeth regularly, but somehow still look goofy.
    • The whole "being short wrinkly bald guys" thing probably has a lot to do with that.
    • On the other hand, the Klingons often pull it off. In the first episode of Enterprise, Reed mentions with some apprehension that Klingons reputedly "sharpen their teeth before battle". Depending on which episode of Star Trek you're watching, the Klingons might be "Fangs are Tough" rather than "Fangs are Evil."
  • On Supernatural, hunters will check for fangs when they suspect a being may be a vampire. Many monsters have fangs in this series, but a vampire's fangs are retractable.
  • True Blood. Interestingly, they don't put the fangs on the canine teeth as standard, but on the teeth right before the canines. They also make a flick sound when they extend and retract, like a switch blade.
    • It's worth a mention that the fangs themselves are usually not the most frightening, but the reveal of a character thought to be human having them is, leading to many an Oh, Crap! moment. Most notably, a truly shocking scene during the fifth season:
      Mike Spencer: I came to look at the body.
      Sookie: What body?
      Mike Spencer: Yours. (FANGS)

  • The robot snake in Viper uses this to establish its menace.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Mr. 450 wore fangs in World Wrestling League promotional photos, seemingly for this effect after putting away baby face Sensacional Carlitos in their "final battle".

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Vampire: The Requiem, this is a good way to tell a Kindred's mood. Generally, retracted fangs = good mood = keep watch, showing fangs = angry, hungry, or frenzying = RUN!
  • In Dungeons & Dragons (and quite a few other fantasy works), sharp teeth are standard-issue for evil humanoids—goblins, hobgoblins, bugbears, orcs, ogres, trolls, etc.
  • Averted in Warhammer 40,000 by the Space Wolves, an army of Boisterous Bruisers who are about as close to good guys as the setting gets and are notable for having elongated canines. Since these grow longer as the Wolves get older, their veterans are even known as Long Fangs.
    • Also averted by the Blood Angels, who have fangs as part of their vampire motif and are also among the nobler Space Marine chapters. Unless they hit the Black Rage, in which case things can get...ugly.
    • And then played straight with the Tyranids.
    • And the Night Lords, particularly their Primarch Konrad Curze
    • Invoked by the Dark Elves in the Fantazy setting, who don't have fangs naturally, but sometimes file their teeth to points as a fashion statement.

    Video Games 
  • As of patch 3.0, Night Elves in World of Warcraft have fangs to show off their feral nature. And Orcs and Trolls have tusks.
  • In Kirby Super Star, Marx gets fangs after Nova grants his wish to rule Popstar. In Kirby Super Star Ultra, his fangs get bigger when he is resurrected as the final boss.
  • The World Ends with You: Sho Minamimoto the lion's teeth look like they could take off an arm.
  • The Witcher has a weird variation on this trope. This is one of the reasons elves tend to look down on humans. Elves in the Witcherverse have no canine teeth, while humans do. So, clearly humans are just savage beasts in many of their minds; they even have fangs!
  • In Ace Attorney Investigations, the Interpol agent Shi-Lang has sharp fangs to compliment his wolflike nature. He hates prosecutors, arrests people for little to no reason, and is a bit of a jerk to Edgeworth. However, he is presented sympathetically and even provides a Big Damn Heroes moment when he gets Alba's diplomatic immunity revoked.
    • Played straight with Furio Tigre, an intimidating and badly tanned loan shark who, through a Paper-Thin Disguise and everyone else being idiots, managed to actually impersonate Phoenix Wright because they had the same spiky hair.
  • Mortal Kombat's Baraka and Mileena! Baraka, as well as the rest of the Tarkatans, could send a shark running with a single grin. Mileena, a half-human, half Tarkatan Evil Twin of Kitana, inherits the hardware, though she keeps it hidden behind a veil.
  • Averted in the third installment of Star Control by the menacing but ultimately honourable Harika.
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past: Though it's not clear in the game itself, official artworks often depict Ganon having a mouth full of sharp teeth along with tusks.
  • The Unreal series has this in spades. In the first game, two of the three big time enemy alien species, the Skaarj and their bio-engineered heavy assault units, the Brutes, have tusks protruding from their lower jaws (the Skaarj's are particularly large). The only other mook species that fits their bill, the Krall, have quite a nasty set of them by the time Unreal Tournament III rolls by.
  • The monsters of Evolve tend to have these. Averted with the Goliath whose teeth are actually blunt and peg-like, but still look jagged and vicious.

    Web Animation 
  • In Daria Cohen's The Vampair series, Missi is a normal human woman before being corrupted by Duke's staff. After? She sports a nice set of chompers. Duke Zigzags this, as while he’s clearly amoral, he seems more mischievous than malicious.


    Web Original 
  • Played straight and somewhat averted in Void Domain. Vampires pretty much single-handedly destroy a whole city. One vampire who isn't quite so bad almost gets killed because of the assumption of this trope.

    Western Animation 
  • Transformers: Generation 1:
    • Scourge was supposed to have fangs, if one of the early scripts of The Transformers: The Movie is any indication. In some scenes in the Season 3 episode ''The Burden Hardest To Bear", it does look like he has fangs, especially when Broadside is holding him.
    • Ravage, on the other hand, has always been shown as having fangs. He is a robotic panther, after all.
    • The Transformers: Prime version of Megatron invokes this.
  • Vlad Plasmius and Dark Danny (Dan Phantom) in Danny Phantom both qualify.
  • Nega-Timmy, Anti-Fairies in The Fairly OddParents. Butch Hartman must LOVE this trope.
  • Yuck from Yin Yang Yo!, too.
  • Demona from Gargoyles. Strictly speaking, all gargoyles have fangs, but Demona really enjoys showing them off, and she's evil.
  • Discussed in a sort of Fantastic Racism sense in ReBoot; Mouse is suspected of several abductions in one episode, and another character denies that it has anything to do with the fact that she's got fangs.
    • Megabyte and Hexadecimal also have fangs. Megabyte's fangs are hard to notice until he drops his Faux Affably Evil persona and starts acting like the vicious predator he is. Hexadecimal's fangs only appear when she switches to her Nightmare Face.
  • These, along with every other part of his look, make Machestro from Xyber 9: New Dawn seem rather cat-like.
  • Aku of Samurai Jack fits this trope to a T.
    • The Minions of Set as well. At first it looks like they don't even have mouths, until one of them decides to open theirs revealing they actually have huge mouths that contain nothing but fangs.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Luna's transformation into Nightmare Moon included a full set of vicious fangs. A later episode reveals that Celestia's transformation into Daybreaker would do the same.
    • Queen Chrysalis and her Changeling army also sport a set of fangs. After the Changelings reform, their new, healthier forms no longer have fangs.
    • Discord has one single out of place fang. Though it becomes a subversion when he reforms.
    • King Sombra has a bunch of villain tropes crammed into him, including this one.
    • Lord Tirek has a pretty decent set of chompers, and he's pretty much as close to Satan as this show is ever going to get.
    • Grogar also fits the bill, as he sports small tusk-like fangs despite looking like a blue goat otherwise.
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: NOS-4-A2 and Wirewolf. Since they're an energy vampire and robot-devouring werewolf, respectively, this obviously makes some sense.
  • Mr. Burns in The Simpsons, who was an especially cruel, corrupt and downright evil old man in early seasons, is shown to have a pair of dentures with fangs on them.
  • Averted in Batman: The Brave and the Bold with Wildcat and B'wana Beast, whose fangs are too big to be Cute Little Fangs but who are definitely good guys.
  • First played straight, then subverted on Adventure Time. Marceline and the Ice King both have fangs, but Marceline is only a villain for one episode before becoming friends with the main characters. The Ice King, meanwhile, is eventually revealed to have been a human antiquarian who had his mind warped by an Artifact of Doom. So he turns out to be more misguided and oblivious than evil, and we later see that he had the fangs even when he was more unambiguously good.
  • Corvax, the green-skinned goblinoid Evil Chancellor from Muzzy in Gondoland, has a set of sharp, pointy teeth.
  • Thunderstick. It severely laps into Cute Little Fangs...ehm, YOU tell him that. (Interestingly, no image of Vipra with snake fangs could be found.)
  • Flippy from Happy Tree Friends switches from the show-standard buckteeth to a fanged Slasher Smile whenever he goes into evil mode.
  • Kaeloo: Mr. Cat, the main villain of the show, has fangs. It's pretty much justified because he's a cat.
  • The season one finale of Sheep in the Big City, "To Sheep, Perchance to Dream", has Sheep depicted with fangs in the episode's twist ending of actually being the bad guy the whole time (which was disregarded in the show's second season).
  • Steven Universe: Some of the villainous gems fit the bill, most notably Malachite (who is an unholy fusion between Jasper and Lapis Lazuli) and Emerald, as well as Sugilite, who may be a fusion of heroic characters but is rather violent and destructive. Also averted with Alexandrite, whose second mouth is full of sharp teeth, but is a fusion of the heroic Crystal Gems and is firmly on the side of good.
  • In She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Hordak sports a mouthful of crimson teeth with fangs. His sidekick and possibly clone Imp also sports a set of fangs.
  • The Penguin from the 2004-2008 series, The Batman, as well as its 2005 film, The Batman vs. Dracula has a wide grin with razor-sharp teeth. He doesn't shy away from the occasional Nightmare Face or Slasher Smile, either...

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