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Can't get more evil than the Prince of Darkness himself.
"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 & Manga 
  • The Oni in Ao no Fuuin are always depicted with long fangs, used of course to eat human flesh.
  • Yujiro from Baki the Grappler. His fangs seem to have grown since he started fighting for pleasure, and developed the demon shaped back muscles on his body.
  • Ax-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.
  • 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.
  • In Dragon Ball Z, this is subverted with both Piccolo and the introduction of his race, the Namekians. Despite even having 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.
  • 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.
  • Eyeshield 21:
    • Taken to its logical conclusion by Hiruma. 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 9th from Future Diary in her more crazy and villainous moments tends to be draw with fang-looking teeth.
  • 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 double-subverts it 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.
  • 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 Superpowered Evil Side, his fangs grow longer and get distinctly more terrifying. It makes perfect sense for Inuyasha who is half dog demon.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
  • Shadow Link from The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords (2004) starts growing fangs and sharp fingers during his Villainous Breakdown.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Slayers:
    • The less morally righteous folk and many non-human creatures 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.
  • When Galvatron is resurrected as Super Megatron in Transformers: Return of Convoy, he gains a set of fangs.
  • 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.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: While under the effects of the Planet Gray virus in Season 5, Doctor H. has a small fang pointing upwards in his mouth, whereas the normal Doctor H. has no fangs at all.

    Comic Books 
  • The symbiotes of the Spider-Man franchise are interesting; when a symbiote possesses someone good, there's no mouth, but when it possesses someone bad, there's a mouth full of fangs. Toxin in particular showcases both, as when the host is in control, it has no mouth, and gains fangs when the symbiote takes over.
  • Wonder Woman 600: The Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert and Rod Reis collaboration depicts Medusa with long fangs, which she's still baring 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.
  • Scary Gary: Subverted as of Gary’s retirement before the series started, though going by what Leopold remembers, Gary was a shining example of a ruthless murderous vampire back in his heyday.

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

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The cannibal tribe of The Colony (2013) are identified by their sharpened teeth.
  • Count Yorga and his brides have some rather bat-like fangs in their mouths.
  • In Death Factory, the virus has transformed Alexa's teeth into razor sharp metal fangs resembling shark's teeth.
  • The page quote, from Monty Python and the Holy Grail refers to a creature notable for its frontal sharp teeth... a rabbit.
  • 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) had filed teeth before his decapitation. (and once he gets his head back,note , he uses those fangs to plant a bloody kiss on the woman who had been controlling him)
  • 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.
  • Wonder Woman 1984: In their final battle, Diana sees Barbara in her cheetah-like form for the first time and gasps, "What did you do?" Barbara's only response is to smile, showing that she has fangs as well.

  • Despite Chester's claims about Bunnicula having fangs (and cute ones, at that!), this trope is subverted.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A tribe in Discworld sharpens their teeth to points. Not for any particular reason; apparently, they just like the effect when they grin.
  • Fengshen Yanyi:
    • Almost all the evil Immortals and Taoists fighting for the Shang Dynasty are described with "fangs jutting from their lips" (which would technically make them tusks, if you want to be pedantic) and tend to be Affably Evil but determinated to kill their opponents and their mortal friends. The sole exception is the grotesque Leizhenzi, who as part of his transformation gets a beak-like snout and tusks, but is one of the heroes.
    • The vampires have these, of course. Even the ones who aren't interested in biting people.
  • 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.
  • Completely inverted with the hydrites from the German SF series Maddrax. Although they have dangerous-looking teeth, they are a species of peaceful herbivores.
  • In Magnus, all the Fallen Angels have vampiric fangs to signify their evilness.
  • 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.
  • This may be why the mostly-friendly vampires of Twilight are literally fangless. Subverted in that vampires who eat humans far outnumber ones who don't, and yet all vampires lack fangs. Apparently their teeth are sharp enough without being pointy.
  • 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 indispensable physical characteristic.
      • The Anzati, vampire-like aliens in the Star Wars Universe, are like the former. Except they suck brains instead of blood.
  • In Watersong, even in human form, the sirens' teeth are elongated into fangs, hinting at their carnivorous nature.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Zombies from Zombie Blondes, have mouths filled with piranha-like teeth.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The phrase "Well, duh" would appear to be indicated on this one. Buffyverse vampires are soulless and evil by definition, with one notable exception.
  • Doctor Who: In "Utopia", the savage, cannibalistic Futurekind sport fangs.
  • The Sidhe in Merlin (2008) have filed teeth, but they're otherwise so tiny and unintimidating that they may well qualify as Cute Little Fangs.
  • Invoked in Scrubs, sort of. JD has a few Imagine Spots in which he is Dr. Acula and vants to suck teh blood.
  • Star Trek:
    • Attempted, to complete failure, with the Ferengi in 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 Star Trek: 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."
  • In 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, the vampires don't have their fangs on the canine teeth as standard, but rather 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 Dungeons & Dragons (and quite a few other fantasy works), sharp teeth are standard-issue for evil humanoids—goblins, hobgoblins, bugbears, orcs, ogres, trolls, etc.
  • 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!
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Subverted 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 subverted 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, an alien race devoted to devouring all life in the galaxy.
    • Also played straight the Night Lords, particularly their Primarch Konrad Curze. They happen to be the cruelest of Space Marine chapters, being devoted to terror tactics.
  • Invoked by the Dark Elves in Warhammer Fantasy, who don't have fangs naturally, but sometimes file their teeth to points as a fashion statement.

  • BIONICLE: The more humanoid villains often had fang-like details as part of their heads or masks, compared to the heroes, whose masks were usually more abstract or at least less fearsome-looking. In particular, the 2006 toyline introduced the Piraka, who had new "skull" pieces that prominently featured a massive set of chompers plus a rubbery face that fitted over it to turn it into a sneer, grimace, or Slasher Smile as appropriate. In contrast, the heroic Toa Inika released later that year also had sculpted mouths on their masks, but theirs were smaller and less grotesque.

    Video Games 
  • In 2Dark, Doggy Doug's mouth is full of steel sharp teeth.
  • Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Legend of Zelda:
  • 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.
  • Needles "Sweet Tooth" Kane has these in Twisted Metal: Head On as a part of his Expressive Mask. In his ending Calypso's teeth become sharp when Needles does a "Freaky Friday" Flip with him.
  • 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 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!
  • The World Ends with You: Sho Minamimoto the lion's teeth look like they could take off an arm.
  • 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.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: Many types of Grimm will have sharp, powerful elongated fangs, especially if they're based on animals that naturally have fangs, such as the King Taijitu (a snake Grimm). The Grimm hunt humans and Faunus, and fangs tend to emphasise how dangerous and predatory the Grimm are designed to be.
  • 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 Comics 

    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 
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Thunderstick from BraveStarr. It severely laps into Cute Little Fangs.
  • 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.
  • Nega-Timmy, Anti-Fairies in The Fairly OddParents!. Butch Hartman must LOVE this trope.
  • The title character of Fangface is an aversion, a heroic werewolf with one comically large triangular fang in the front of his face. A few of the monsters of the week had fangs, however, such as the giant cobra featured in the episode "Don't Get Mean With The Cobra Queen".
  • Demona from Gargoyles. Strictly speaking, all gargoyles have fangs, but Demona really enjoys showing them off, and she's evil.
  • 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 Legend of Vox Machina: Sylas Briarwood has the typical vampire fangs and he uses his bite to mind-control others.
  • Corvax, the green-skinned goblinoid Evil Chancellor from Muzzy in Gondoland, has a set of sharp, pointy teeth.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Samurai Jack: Aku has the distinct Oriental pattern in which the canines curve outward.
  • 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).
  • She-Ra: Princess of Power: Several of the villains sport these, including but not limited to Imp, Grizzlor, Hunga the Harpy Queen, and Modulok. Hordak would appear to have this but in reality his mouth is just full of sharp teeth.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Transformers:
    • 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.
  • These, along with every other part of his look, make Machestro from Xyber 9: New Dawn seem rather cat-like.