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Losing your entire jaw really bites.
A standard way to make monstrous figures appear alien is to mess around with their anatomy in ways that are "atypical" (to put it mildly) of human beings or, more broadly, most real-life animalsnote . One such trait that always looks menacing and foreboding is the mouth, whether by giving it a irregular or distorted shape, making the teeth within it look hideous or terrifyingly deadly, putting it somewhere where it logically should not be, having there be more than one, or a number of other methods.
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Can be a Sub-Trope to either Bizarre Alien Biology or Body Horror, depending on whether the mouth in question is "supposed" to look like that. Frequently occurs in conjunction with Nightmare Face. No connection to Facial Horror, as that trope deals with injury and disfigurement.

NOTE: Please only list examples that do not fit neatly into one of the Sub-Tropes.


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    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • In The Scar, the Anophelii are a species of humanoid "mosquito people" whose females' jaw hides a thick, foot-long, blood-draining spike. Their all-consuming Horror Hunger and the atrocities of their short-lived "Malarial Queendom" make them infamous even in the Crapsack World of Bas-Lag. The males, however, have toothless, sphincter-like mouths, and are rather silly-looking to a human visitor.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Star Trek
    • The Nausicaans, a race of brutish mercenary thugs, are easily recognizable for their wide, upside-down "V"-shaped jaws with exterior teeth.
    • The Kradin, who resemble Nausicaans with even more teeth.
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    Video Games 
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent: the Grunt's Mouths are split open down the length of one cheek and their jaws are allowed to hang freely.
  • Dead Space: Among the many changes they undergo, the most striking characteristic of Necromorphs are the protruded jaw lines.
  • The Cabal species in Destiny all have natural, teeth-baring lip clefts under their helmets, making their default expression a snarl or sneer.
  • In Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Raziel has no lower jaw.
  • In Halo, the Elites, or "Sangheili" as they call themselves, have a relatively-ordinary upper jaw, but what they have in place of a lower jaw varies by franchize installment: sometimes it's a double set of type 2 Monstrous Mandibles, sometimes it's one half of a Flower Mouth, sometimes it's somewhere in between.
  • Mass Effect
    • The Elcor have mouths consisting of a series of vertical slits reminiscent of shark gills that wiggle up and down as they speak.
    • The mouth of a Thresher Maw seems to consist of four long tendrils surrounding a tentacle-like, un-retractile tongue.

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