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"Never tangle with anything that's got more teeth than the entire Osmond family."
Arnold Rimmer, Red Dwarf, "Polymorph".

Monsters with a huge number of teeth.

This is a simple and common trope, playing on a natural fear of toothy predators. There are three common kinds of teeth you will see on a big scary thing: flat, triangular shark teeth; conical teeth similar to those of crocodiles; or ridiculously pointy needle teeth like a deep-sea fish. The monster's mouth will often be so crammed with teeth that half of them should break off with every bite. The teeth are usually all of the same type. Despite being a common animal trait in real life, human characters often make use of this trope, and when doing so is often used to mark a character with, well, monster-like behavior, especially if it involves or is implied to involve murder in a very predatory sense. Commonly used in Nightmare Faces and Nested Mouths.

Subtrope of Scary Teeth. Also see Phlegmings — the lines of drool often seen between the teeth. When the teeth are arranged in a ring rather than opposing jawlines, that's a Lamprey Mouth. Beware Vagina Dentata. Often overlaps with Fangs Are Evil or Tombstone Teeth depending on the shape. Stop by Cheshire Cat Grin for a less toothy but still creepy variation. Often found in conjunction with Threatening Shark and Never Smile at a Crocodile, and occasionally followed by Palate Propping.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Baikinman (and by default, his brothers Aokinman and Akakinman) from Anpanman. Teeth should not begin to look like that. His teeth are so prominent that they actually disort into shapes to form vowels when he speaks! Baikinman's an alien, so there's at least a bit of justification. Females of his species don't have this style of teeth, and two other males of the species (Baikinsennin and Mushibaikinman) have different-looking teeth (Baikinsennin's are normal teeth, and Mushibaikinman's are similar to Baikinman's, but he only has five forming his mouth).
  • The titular monsters of Attack on Titan are all human-like save for some odd deformities (disproportionate limbs, lack of skin), but more importantly mouths full of square incisors.
  • Kamineko in Azumanga Daioh looks sweet, until the point he rocks the top of his head back to reveal he has dentition that makes bear traps look sick...
  • In Baccano!, one of Christopher Shoulder's most distinguishing features is that his mouth is filled with what appear to be shark teeth. Combined with his red eyes and archaic mode of dress, most people assume that he's some sort of vampire.
  • Berserk is absolutely full of these. It's no wonder that Berserk's creator, Kentaro Miura, takes so long to release chapters when he has to draw each and every single tooth on pages full of literally dozens of creatures.
  • Grell Sutcliff the Shinigami from Black Butler doesn't seem to have a greater than human amount of teeth, but his/her teeth are all fangs, which isn't the case for the other shinigami or even the demons seen in the series.
  • Tier Harribel from Bleach.
    • Averted, since those teeth were just a part of Harribel's hollow mask. When she uses her Resurrección, the mask vanishes and her now visible mouth and teeth are clearly normal.
    • Well, there's Di Roy Rinker, and his square-sawed top row of teeth...
  • Masakaki from [C] - Control gets shark teeth whenever he is excited about something evil happening. Appropriate too, since he's a loan shark.
  • The titular warriors from Claymore gain these when they're dangerously close to liberating their powers enough to become demons.
  • Ryuk from Death Note has these, along with a permanent Slasher Smile.
  • Krory the quasi-vampire Exorcist of D.Gray-Man may look like he has Cute Little Fangs when his mouth is closed (and that only in the manga), but when he moves his lips, the result is a distinctly inhuman array of shark/crocodile-like fangs.
  • Tokomon of Digimon Adventure, in an unexpected way given it's coming from an otherwise Ridiculously Cute Critter. Tokomon's teeth are a direct nod to the Digimon virtual pets that the show was based on. All the child Digimon from the virtual pet keychains were adorable little monsters that revealed incongruous amounts of pixelated teeth when they ate or got mad at their owners. The Tamagotchi virtual pets that preceded Digimon did the same thing with their young forms.
  • Hiruma in Eyeshield 21 and his mouth full of fangs. It's part of his Spikes of Villainy look.
  • Some of the homunculi in Fullmetal Alchemist. Gluttony, when in attack mode, reveals a hippopotamus-like mouth with extra rows of teeth inside, Greed and Sloth have sharklike teeth, and Pride's true form consists entirely of eyes, teeth, and Living Shadow.
  • Neko Musume of GeGeGe no Kitarō may have inspired Kamineko above, because let's be honest, cat teeth are not like that. Yikes.
  • The Tsuyoshi family in Great Teacher Onizuka - those short friendly people with shark teeth.
  • Lots and lots of flesh rending teeth appear to be the most defining characteristic for the mysterious invading Eldritch Abominations in "Hakaijuu". Special mention goes to the one that not only has numerous teeth-studded mandibles but hundreds of three-fingered hands with smaller mouths in each finger tip that it uses to strip the flesh from unlucky high school students.
  • Hanako and the Terror of Allegory gives us the Slit-Mouth Woman. Although she has a fairly normal tooth-to-mouth ratio, she's got quite a bit of mouth.
  • Vampires in Hellsing (especially the OVA and Manga) generally have teeth like is only when Alucard fully activates the Cromwell Initiative and essentially becomes an Eldritch Abomination that this trope really starts getting fulfilled. A lot.
  • In Kill la Kill, the tennis club captain, Omiko Hakodate, has, shall we say, spiked dental ridges for some reason, likely as a Shout-Out to the aforementioned Viral.
  • The second form of the berserked defense program in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, which had two massive heads filled with massive, pointy teeth.
  • In Mahou Shoujo Pretty Bell, the demon Meyer looks like a normal human until he opens his mouth to reveal several rows of shark teeth.
  • Musuko ga Kawaikute Shikataganai Mazoku no Hahaoya: A mouth full of numerous incredibly sharp fangs is a common feature on most demons. While there are occasions where these are portrayed as Scary Teeth, particularly when characters are acting threatening, most of the time they act as Cute Little Fangs, even on characters that aren't exactly "cute" themselves.
  • Naruto:
    • Kurama's mouth was set in a permanent snarl revealing a massive number of teeth larger than the titular character. However, such a trait has faded with Kurama's Character Development, and his teeth now resemble what they should-a giant fox's. At times, the only thing that can be seen of the demon are two red eyes and gleaming teeth.
    • It appears to be common for Hidden Mist shinobi to file their teeth to resemble a shark's, though this may be restricted to Seven Swordsmen and their aspirants. Then again, given the other sharklike traits of some of those characters, it's possible that their teeth are naturally that way.
    • The Ten-Tails's first form is presented with a huge mouth with dozens of spiky, sharp teeth for a murderous Glasgow Grin.
  • Psyren: Ash from the W.I.S.E. squad Scourge.
  • Ratman of...well, Ratman does this when he gets angry or excited. Normally, he can function fine with his mouth closed, and it looks just like a helmet. But when he opens it for whatever reason, it's enough to give one of his friends recurring nightmares.
  • Soul of Soul Eater has them. It's never explained why besides just Rule of Cool.
  • Holo in Spice and Wolf gets these in mid-transformation from human form to a giant wolf. It's pretty disturbing to see them on such a cute face.
  • Viral from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, who is part shark and part feline.
  • Noro from Tokyo Ghoul has a Cool Mask with an enormous toothy smile, and Combat Tentacles with mouths that are either this or a Lamprey Mouth. Either way, that's a lot of teeth that want to eat everything in sight.
  • Tommyrod from Toriko has several rows of retractable teeth, which he uses, when he runs out of bugs.
    • Nitros have teeth covering both of their jaws. Yes, not lining - covering.
    • Acacia, after eating Neo has not only sharp, teeth-like spikes coming out of his jaw, but also several rows of sharp teeth leading down his throat.
  • The Misago from Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou has lots of sharp carnivorous teeth. She's good and kind-hearted and only uses them to eat fish, but most people freak out after seeing her scary dentition.
  • Junji Ito's 2017 horror manga Layers of Fear has both the daughters of a widow with rows upon rows of teeth because their bodies grow in layers with the fetus being the core as a part of a curse.

    Comic Books 
  • Parallax from the Green Lantern continuity has a few sets of these, forming the shape of the Sinestro Corps symbol with his throat as the hole. It's freakier looking than it sounds. Also a few Sinestro Corpsmen themselves, including Tri-Eye, who has three wide-ass mouths and teeth on the edges of all three faces, and Maash, who has three entire heads piled on top of each other.
  • The Corinthian in The Sandman. Though his eye-teeth are usually just straight, smaller copies of the teeth in his mouth, spinoffs and fanart tend to make them pointed. Also Azazel — a lord of hell who appears as a black void filled with eyes and disembodied teeth.
  • In Supergirl storyline Bizarrogirl, the giant insect-like creatures spawned by the godship have huge fang-filled mouths.
  • Isz, especially black Isz, from The Maxx.
  • Some images of the The Joker show his (non-pointy) teeth as being so long, it looks as if the chemical he'd gotten dumped in must've given him ever-growing dentition like a rodent's, as well as weird coloration. This is noticeable in Tim Sale's art (The Long Halloween and Dark Victory in particular), though certain panels exaggerate this more than others. Here's a noticeable example.
  • The alien symbiotes from Spider-Man. Spidey himself didn't get this effect when he was wearing the black suit, but Venom, Carnage and basically anyone else "wearing" a symbiote is going to develop these. Interesting note: Venom didn't start out with this either. Todd McFarlane originally drew him with a mouth that was toothy, but mostly human-looking (at least as much as the Joker's). Then Erik Larsen, who hated the character, was assigned to draw him and started giving him a drooling monster mouth and an Overly Long Tongue, supposedly to avoid getting bored. Most "good" symbiotes don't have the mouth. If they develop one, run.
  • In The Orc's Treasure, by Kevin J Anderson, all Orcs are distinguished by the impossible overabundance of pointy teeth. Many of them have teeth protruding through parts of their lips or cheeks.
  • The Darkness
  • Phil Foglio is fond of this trope in his artwork.
    • In the Myth Adventures comics he depicts Aahz this way. Even in the novels, Aahz is described more than once as dropping his smile when he wants to put people at ease.
    • XXXenophile is good for teeth. And Cute Monster Girls.
    • The grins the Jägermonsters (and occasionally some of the Sparks) have in Girl Genius.
  • Elves from Amulet. When their mouth is closed it's no big deal, but when they open it to eat something, brrrrr!
  • Any time Rob Liefeld draws someone grimacing, as seen here: "How many teeth are in a mouth? Like a billion, right? I’ll just draw a billion, all the same size and shape." In the same article, example 27, Liefeld makes the opposite, but equally weird mistake: He somehow draws the Red Skull, a villain whose entire motif is that his head is a human skull, with only 17 teeth in the entire mouth, all of them incisors.
  • Max of Sam & Max stands out from other fictional rabbits by way of his pointy teeth.
  • Evil Ernie
  • An unusual example: Frank Miller in his more recent projects such as Sin City and Holy Terror has characters being punched in the jaw, resulting in losing copious numbers of teeth. Which evidently grow back almost instantly; if someone gets punched more than once, he'll lose more teeth than he had in his mouth originally.
  • The Dominators, a humanoid alien race from DC Comics, are distinguished by an abundance of long, sharp teeth. Specific character examples are rare since their culture doesn't use names, but the defector Sakritt who allied herself with Wonder Woman in WW Vol 2 was rather gleeful about using her impressive teeth to intimidate foes.
  • The Titan Magazines Transformers comics based on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen give us Dead End, a bizarre vampire-cannibal-zombie-robot thing whose most notable feature is that his face seems to consist of little more than a visor and a large collection of very un-robot-like teeth.
  • Violator from Spawn has a mouth full of fangs which is almost always wide open and drooling.
  • Simon Dark: While Suzie used to be human these days she's an eyeless tentacle-covered blob with a gaping mouth that has several rows of needle-sharp teeth.

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    Fairy Tales 
  • Implied in Pintosmalto. Pintosmalto isn't a monster but he is not human either. A regular adult has thirty-two teeth, so Pintosmalto has eight too many going by the forty pearls Betta ordered.

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    Film — Animated 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • The titular Xenomorphs from the Alien series had enough teeth to outfit a second, smaller mouth. Their appearance was all the more nightmarish for having a variety of different teeth, looking almost like a fanged human. Fridge Horror results when you know that the Xenomorph jaws were inspired by a real-life creature, the Goblin Shark.
    • In Prometheus the Deacon that bursts out of the Engineer's chest at the end has a jaw very much like a Goblin Shark's.
  • Blade II: The Reapers have a normal number of human/vampire teeth, but the probosces inside their Flower Mouths are also visibly lined with extra fangs.
The Reapers from Blade II don't necessarily have more teeth than a human being, but their odd placement sure makes it look that way.

  • The Taxxons from Animorphs have, among other nasty features, a Lamprey Mouth.
  • When Magicians (read: Demon Summoners) in David Eddings' The Belgariad and Malloreon summon their demons, they try to outdo each other by making their demons look as menacing as possible. One common area of embellishment is in the face, where they try to cram as many teeth into the mouth as possible inside. If they aren't satisfied with the number of teeth they can get that way, they may also go the "multiple mouths" route, to allow them more space for more teeth. A few even go for multiple faces, for more room for more tooth-filled mouths. It should also be noted that these imaginary forms are also the way they keep demons under control. A demon in his (uncontrollable) true form is terrifying in itself, but for other reasons.
  • Said word-for-word in the first Cal Leandros book, though Cal is describing Robin, who, though nonhuman, has the normal amount of teeth.
  • Discworld: In Going Postal one of the things the post office sign instructs you not to ask about are "Huje Green Things With Teeth," possibly a Noodle Incident as none ever actually show up here. Later, Anghammarad, a twenty-thousand-year-old golem, remembers that in his day it was "Do Not Ask Us About Saber-Tooth Tigers, Tar Pits, Huge Green Things With Teeth, Or The Goddess Czol." When asked "you had huge green things with teeth back then?" he answers "Bigger. Greener. More Teeth."
  • The Witches in the children's series 'The Doomspell Trilogy' have four jaws each full of nasty sharp pointy teeth. (For an artist's impression, see the example in the New Media category.) They were also full of symbiotic spiders.
  • Sandworms from Dune: puppy-dog small to town-swallowingly humongous living tubes with very sharp crystalline teeth you can literally make knives out of and which pretty much line the entire visible inner side of their tubing when they open wide to let you look. Most don't want to look.
  • In The Girl from the Miracles District, when Nikita goes berserk, the number of teeth in her mouth multiplies.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Agrajag in Life, the Universe and Everything has a patchwork body and a vast array of teeth. Lampshaded, in that Agrajag's excessive and deliberately unpleasant teeth don't all quite fit nicely into his mouth, resulting in them lacerating his lips and mouth. There are some sticky black plasters covering the nastier wounds.
  • N. K. Jemisin's Inheritance Trilogy: Lil, Physical Goddess of hunger, has a jaw that hangs down to her knees and is full of multiple rows of fangs, which rotate like chainsaw teeth. Fortunately, she's a Horrifying Hero and can Humanshift into something less conspicuous if need be.
  • The titular Clock Roaches in Stephen King's The Langoliers. The TV version depicted them (poorly) with three rows of alternately rotating teeth, like a cross between an excavation drill and Pac-Man.
  • Kelpies in Market of Monsters are depicted as having countless layered rows of countless razor-sharp teeth.
  • Phil Foglio's covers for the Donning-Starblaze illustrated editions of the Myth Adventures books depict Aahz this way. Even in the novels, Aahz is described more than once as dropping his smile when he wants to put people at ease.
  • Rifters Trilogy contains deep-sea fish like this, but their teeth are so brittle that when one tries to bite a person's arm off, the teeth shatter.
  • Rivers of London: This is the reason Molly, the Folly's rather creepy maid and cook, doesn't talk and covers her mouth when she laughs. Other members of what appears to be her species are the same way.
  • William Sleator's novel Singularity had a creature coming through a Portal Pool from another universe. It was visible from this universe long before it arrived, and the only part of it that was visible was its huge mouthful of teeth. The main character, in fact, spent a whole year waiting for the creature to arrive, knowing only its toothy appearance.
  • S. Petersen's Field Guide to Cthulhu Monsters is packed with teeth. Big, nasty teeth! Let's see who's the champ in the dental department, shall we?
    • The byakhee has back-pointing narrow fangs like a snake's, and plenty of 'em.
    • The Deep One's teeth are crocodile-like, extra-sharp, and appear to come in multiple rows.
    • The dhole's teeth are rooted in several extensible jaw-like structures and are about as big as the human silhouette on the size-comparison diagram. The teeth, not the jaw-like structures.
    • The flying polyp has two mouths of crocodile-type teeth. At least, two mouths visible in the picture. The one you encounter may have more.
    • The formless spawn has several rows of oversized teeth, which best resemble human incisors. Which is kinda creepy in itself.
    • The Hounds of Tindalos has a lot of crocodile-like teeth, but should probably be disqualified because it's the tongue you really have to worry about.
    • The Servitor of the Outer Gods' mouth would look good on a deep-sea angler.
    • Bzzzt! Sorry, Mr. Shoggoth, you should've submitted a pic where you had lots of teeth, not lots of eyes. Better send that one in to a different contest.
    • Shub-Niggurath has a half-dozen mouths of crocodile teeth showing, presumably with more on the back. If she has a back. Maybe this is her back in the pic. Who can tell?
    • Ghouls, ghasts, hunting horrors, shantaks, and Ithaqua get consolation prizes. Not bad teeth, guys, but not nearly enough to hold your own against such tough competitors.
    • Lots of other oogey-boogeys in that book, but whatever the heck they've got, it sure ain't teeth.
    • And the winner is ... the Dhole! Not least because it's probably eaten most of the other contestants by now.
  • In The Starchild Trilogy, the pyropods (lit. "flame foot") are terrifying living rockets with a mouthful of teeth at the other end, which fly around devouring everything.
  • The Chtorran worms in David Garrold's The War Against the Chtorr novels may have been a homage to the sandworms of Dune.
  • In Watersong, when they assume their true forms, the sirens' mouths become filled with a huge number of sharp teeth.
  • Boomer the hammerhead shark from Whos Afraid Of Boomer.
  • The Zachary Nixon Johnson series has a villain named Sammy Smiles, who has a hideously wide mouth with at least sixty teeth visible when he smiles.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Beetleborgs episode "Buggin Out" featured a gnat-like monster named Kombat Gnat who had several teeth like this and the power to shrink. This particular episode was a satire of David Cronenberg's remake The Fly (1986). Flabber brings a drawing of a teleportation device to life and he tests it out. Kombat Gnat flies into the machine and their DNA gets merged. This causes Flabber to slowly turn into Kombat Gnat — starting out with cute little vampiric fangs, then developing antennae and a row of razor-sharp teeth like this.
  • Channel Zero: Candle Cove takes this trope to its logical extreme with the Tooth Child, which appears to be made entirely of human teeth.
  • Doctor Who:
  • The Goodies. In "Frakenfido", Graeme Garden reveals he actually used the Osmonds to provide teeth for his monster dog.
    Graeme: Look. Teeth. You wouldn't find teeth like these on a mere dog.
    Tim: What are they? Horse, alligator, tiger...
    Graeme: Look at them.
    Tim: No! Not Donny Osmond!
    Graeme: Yep.
    Tim:'ve been using people! And Donny Osmond!
  • An episode of The Greatest American Hero featured a mystical black void guarded by a Beast that was nothing but a giant champing set of teeth.
  • The insect-like Mooks of Kamen Rider Gaim are all top heavy guys with bulbous upper bodies, which are actually four massive jaws all lined with sharp teeth.
  • The Langoliers (again).
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: From the animated mind of Terry Gilliam, it's Conrad Pooh and his Dancing Teeth.
  • An interstitial on MTV2 featured a hoard of superhero parodies, including Too Many Teeth Man, whose power is obvious.
  • The Outer Limits (1995): In "Stranded", Tyr'Nar has a huge number of razor-sharp teeth.
  • The Polymorph in the Red Dwarf episode "Polymorph", a spoof of the Xenomorphs. The Polymorph, a shapeshifting Emotion Eater, assumed the form of a monster from one of Lister's nightmares, which Rimmer fittingly describes as an "8-foot, armor-plated, alien killing machine" with "more teeth than the Osmond family".
  • Supernatural:
    • Vampires have two sets of teeth: their human-like teeth, and a set of piranha-like retractable fangs which descend from their gums.
    • The Leviathans from season 7, whenever they reveal their "true" face. Essentially their entire head is occupied by mouth.

  • The Osmonds, the Trope Namer, were a 1970s Boy Band from Provo, Utah, composed of Mormon brothers (and occasionally one sister) who were collectively renowned for their super-excellent gleaming dentition. Posterity grants them a couple of not-bad tunes; younger generations may know Donny Osmond as the singing voice of Captain Li Shang from Mulan (y'know, "Let's get down to business...") or as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Prankster comedians The Goodies also had a too-many-teeth-related gag or two at their expense.
  • Freddie Mercury of Queen fame had a distinctive overbite caused by four extra teeth that pushed his incisors outward. He refused to have this corrected for fear that it might harm his singing voice.

    Mythology and Folklore 
  • Manticores. Those things have three rows of metal teeth. Fortunately they don't exist. What was that sound?
  • In traditional Eastern European Vampire folklore, vampires tend to have double rows of razor-sharp, strong-as-iron teeth used for chewing through wood, soil, flesh, bone, and organs. Some just have hollow, sharp tongues, and few don't have anything sharp in their mouths and take blood magically without even physically puncturing the victim's body.
  • Some versions of the Japanese urban legend the Kuchisake-Onna have her Glasgow Grin full of lots and lots of sharp, pointy teeth.

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    Other Sites 

  • In Pinball Dreams 2, the robots in "Revenge of the Robot Warriors" all have this

  • John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The guy in charge of the Celestial Bureaucracy's animal design department is alarmed when he sees the man who previously designed puffin's newest creation - the anglerfish, prompted by a very nasty breakup. He's particularly alarmed by its maw of needle-like teeth. And that's before he hears about how they reproduce...

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • The Tyranids, partly inspired by the Xenomorphs from Alien, have ridiculous numbers of teeth, somewhere between the dinosaur type and the needle type.
    • Tyranid Rippers seem to be composed of nothing but teeth. The basically unusable nature of the teeth is justified because they are nothing but weapons - Tyranid battle organisms do not have digestive systems, and are expected to simply throw themselves into pits of digestive juices after the battle. Assuming they survive, of course.
    • Then you have the Squigs of Warhammer Fantasy (as well as 40k, though far less prominent). Ironically, Squigs are not only edible themselves, but described as delicious — moist and flavorsome, combining the taste of smoked ham with the lightness of young chicken. One breed of Squig is actually known as the "facebiter/face-eater squig". A common orc contest of toughness and bravery has the Orcs try to eat a live squig, without using their hands, before it eats them. According to some early 40k sources, the Squigs are actually Tyranids created with Ork base genetic material; the Orks found the Squigs and adopted them into their culture sensing their inherent "Orky" nature. This was forgotten, though it may serve as the ultimate foundation for the Biovores and their rumored nature as Ork gene-infused Tyranids.
    • Then there are the Orcs/Orks, who in either setting use "teef" as money. Teef are acquired by either using your own or ripping out someone else's. Don't worry, they grow back. In the 40k fluff, there are various "tribes" of Orks that have different genetic quirks (usable in-game through several fan expansions). One of them is the Bad Moonz, who not only have more teeth than average but also regrow them at an increased rate. As such, they're the richest Orks around and always have the most snazz (although this isn't considered an unfair advantage because any other ork can acquire a fair share of this money via the traditional "right hook").
    • Chaos' Legions of Hell just wouldn't be proper daemons if some of them didn't have more teeth than a dentition textbook, usually sticking out at odd and possibly noneuclidean angles.
  • Magic: The Gathering has an entire creature type of toothy monsters called Atogs. Here's one example.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The supplement Tome of Magic contains the Tooth Beast: essentially a bear literally coated in teeth. Rather than skin, it has gums. See it here. It has teeth for eyes, and is wrong.
    • Dahlver-Nar's Manifestation. Again, gums for skin and teeth everywhere... except the mouth.
    • The Gibbering Mouther is basically an ooze made out of goo, eyeballs, and mouths with sharp teeth. Lots and lots and lots of teeth.
    • And its big brother the Squamous Spewer, which is made of dragon eyes and teeth.
    • Beholders: look at those teeth!
    • Dungeons and Dragons: Book of Vile Darkness - The Whirlwind of Teeth. The caster can create an opaque area of swirling energy taking the form of roaring, screeching mouths full of teeth
    • The 3.5 Edition Monster Manual IV introduces the Fang Golem, a construct made entirely from teeth and fangs of various animals. It resembles a four-legged beast covered in ivory spikes, with a whirling tunnel of pointy death for a mouth.
    • Lunar dragons in DragonMech sport enormous toothy maws.
  • In Exalted, Halkomelem, The Enigma in Red and Gold, has three sets of jaws and learns anything a creature it eats knew.
  • The Legion of Everblight from Hordes in the Iron Kingdoms setting. It has warbeasts with no eyes, ears, or noses. Just mouths full of large, sharp teeth.
  • One adventure for Paranoia had a table of descriptions for the various robots. For the Doberbot, the entry first lists the weapon, 16" long teeth, then under description: "You don't know, all you see are the teeth."
  • In Scarred Lands, one of the fallen titans was Gaurak the Glutton - an obese and monstrously ravenous deity who was said to have devoured everything on the once verdant moon. After his defeat by the titan's children, the gods, every one of his hundreds of teeth were pulled out and thrown across the destroyed world, taking on the form of mountains, obelisks, and trees which currently taint the surrounding land.
  • In Vampire: The Masquerade, the merit "Gaping Maw" is available to Nosferatu characters—who are already butt-ugly per their curse—which lets them deal extra bite damage and gain an additional Blood Point every turn they spend feeding.
  • In Guess Who, some characters have a ridiculous number of enormous teeth.


    Video Games 
  • The titular Ao Oni.
  • Fuel your nightmares with this picture - Abyss of Soul Calibur III. Four rows of teeth pointing down at the top of his mouth, three rows pointing up from the bottom, and no, that's not a crown, those aren't horns, that's another row of teeth pointing up at the top of his head. And this is the Soul Sword empowered form of Zasalamel, a normal (immortal) guy.
    • Some versions of the sword Soul Edge, in addition to having eyes, also have teeth. Inferno, the spirit of Soul Edge, is implicitly an immaterial being with so many teeth they can spill over into the physical realm.
  • The monsters of Evolve each come with a mouth packed full of fangs. They put them to good use eating the population of Shear.
  • TimeSplitters: Future Perfect: "Shoot anything with teeth bigger than its face!"
  • Pretty much every monster in the Amiga/Atari/C64/MS-DOS game Weird Dreams had lots and lots of very large teeth. According to The Other Wiki, the author had a dental phobia.
  • As if the entire concept of X-COM's Chryssalids aren't nightmarish enough, someone decided to give their research entry images permanent, toothy smiles.
  • Decarabia from Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow. Imagine a starfish's hungry mouth staring straight at you. Imagine that mouth lined with razor-sharp teeth. Now, imagine said starfish hurtling at you at approximately 80 MPH.
  • The Rifle Demons in the Disgaea series have mouths full of large, pointy, and perpetually visible teeth. They tend to get a lot of emphasis in their team attack portraits.
  • Mortal Kombat:
  • The Protopets from Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando. Give a tribble the jaws and personality of a Great White Shark, and you've got a pretty close approximation.
  • One of two discernible facial features of Taokaka in Blazblue is a mouth full of lots of very sharp, pointy teeth.
  • A few mutants in Resident Evil, particularly in the later stages of G-virus infection.
  • The Gaets in Tales of Legendia are easily among the toothiest monsters in the Tales Series, all of their various species having a huge mouthful of large, perpetually visible teeth of either the shark-like triangular or pointy needle variety.
  • Yogg-Saron, one of the Old Gods from World of Warcraft.
  • Just in case you didn't figure out Chancellor Cole was an Evil Chancellor before then in The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, the last you see of him before he explicitly outs himself as one is him flashing an evil grin full of pointed, shark-like teeth.
  • Mass Effect:
    • Thresher Maws are described in the Codex as "abominations of tentacles and teeth." They're even scarier.
    • The yahg, who are clearly not a species to mess with despite only appearing twice (counting DLC). The first one you meet is the Shadow Broker. Shepard calls attention to this in the third game.
  • Fuzzles from Oddworld. They start out looking tiny cute little furballs until they go into attack mode where they become rabid and reveal their mouth filled to the brim with razor-sharp teeth.
  • The Dragon God from Demon's Souls needs a second mouth to contain all his teeth. Dark Souls, its Spiritual Successor, gives us this lovely beast; less "Monster with lots of teeth" and more "Teeth with a hint of monster." It's called "the Gaping Dragon" and it's basically a bona fide dragon whose entire upper torso has been transformed into a gigantic mouth, so consuming is its Horror Hunger.
  • The Malboros from the Final Fantasy series are giant plants with this many teeth, almost as many eyes, and Combat Tentacles. Neither of which is their true power that makes them deadly; the fact that they exhale choking, poisonous gas (which may or may not be a way nastier, weaponized form of tobacco smoke) with their signature Bad Breath attack is.
  • The Garmraid in Super Robot Wars MX can attach its shoulder guards to its fists, then tossing a Rocket Punch with teeth.
  • The Ultimate Chimera in Mother 3 is a devilish-looking beast that's practically a walking set of huge, pointed teeth, it having a massive maw that runs almost the length of its whole body. One chomp from it is enough to do the party in immediately, without even giving them a chance to battle it proper.
  • Night Of Wallachia from Melty Blood has a lot of extremely sharp teeth.
  • The Hebby Repp and Sudo Neku Dream Eaters in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance have a mouthful of pointy triangular teeth, kept in a constant smile, though it's purely for cuteness. The Tyranto Rex, on the other hand, has a mouthful of perpetually visible fang-like teeth that make it look more than slightly intimidating.
  • True Ogre from the Tekken series has a couple of fangs on his lips, along with the set of fangs in his mouth, which are attached to gross, elongated gums. It's as if he has a mouth within a mouth.
  • Demitri Maximoff from Darkstalkers has lots of sharp teeth, as prominently shown in the Night Warriors OVA.
  • The Nosalis mutants in Metro: Last Light, redesigned from the first game, now have enormous mouths that dominate their whole faces and are filled to the brim with huge fangs. Their lack of visible eyes serves to further highlight their teeth.
  • One of the most immediately obvious characteristics of the murderous animatronics of the Five Nights at Freddy's series is their teeth.
    • From the first game, there are the enormous, denture-like teeth of Bonnie and Freddy, the sharp fangs of Foxy, and Toothy Bird Chica. Too toothy, in fact, as her costume plainly exposes the endoskeleton's teeth at the back of her mouth and makes her look even more disturbing.
    • This gets progressively worse in Five Nights at Freddy's 2 with the old animatronics now in such a state of disrepair that their endoskeleton teeth are even more prominent. This is especially startling with Bonnie, who in spite of having his face ripped off, still manages to have a lot of teeth visible in what remains of his jaw. The worst is probably Mangle, who manages to have no less than three sets of jaws thanks to its status as some kind of Body Horror animatronic.
    • It comes to a head in Five Nights at Freddy's 3, where the horrific and frankly revolting-looking Springtrap has a near-permanent Slasher Smile. This is because when it does open its mouth it reveals that it has more teeth inside just like all the others... that is, real human teeth, because of the presence of a mutilated, decades-old mummified corpse hidden in the suit...the corpse of the child-murdering psychopath responsible for the entire Five Nights at Freddy's saga.
    • In Five Nights at Freddy's 4, Chica's taken this trope back: she has three sets of teeth, all of them incredibly sharp. In fact, all the animatronics are focusing on teeth this time.
  • In Batman: Arkham Asylum, Killer Croc has enough teeth to permanently injure Scarecrow's face and leg with a single bite.
  • Several of the bosses in Dragon's Crown that has a bite attack naturally come with lots of teeth to chew you with. Most notable among them is the boss in the B Path of the Lost Woods, which looks rather benign until it opens a mouth larger than the rest of its head and shows its rows of nasty, big, pointy teeth.
  • The Kayran from The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, a part-crab and part-cephalopod monster, has plenty of teeth in its mouth.
  • Undyne from Undertale has so many sharp teeth, she can't even fully cover them with her lips, leaving her with a constant Slasher Smile. It becomes a minor plot point during her "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight segment of the True Final Boss battle when one of the things player has to do to snap her out of the trance is remind her how much she liked to smile.
  • In The Elder Scrolls series, this is a trait of Daedroths, a crocodilian form of lesser Daedra. They have rows of razor-sharp teeth.
  • StarCraft 2 plays this for laughs:
    Dehaka: I have so many teeth! Must evolve toothbrush.
  • In Eat Me, Frypan Frederick, who is made of frogs' legs, has these:
    No eyes, poor dear, nor nose, nor ears: that's what you get with a leg for a head. At least he has a mouth, and what a mouth, with human teeth in the hundreds to compensate.
  • By virtue of having a mouth that extends down her torso, the Widow enemy from WRATH: Aeon of Ruin has a lot of teeth. On the bright side, it means quite a bit more ammo for the Fang Spitter to use when you kill one.
  • Almost everything in the Gluttony area of Dante's Inferno. The normal enemies with multiple faces? The background with massive teeth snapping at you? Cerberus who is a nightmare of giant human body with three fleshy heads consisting of multiple teeth that try to eat each other? The third circle of hell got 'em all!

    Visual Novels 
  • The dragon in Dra+Koi grows masses of fangs when she launches a beam attack from her human form.

  • Girl Genius:
    • The Jägermonsters have far too many long, sharp teeth to fit into their (sometimes) human-sized mouths.
    • Krosp has teeth more suited to a shark than a cat.
    • Consider the horse monster beastie. Argh!
  • Gunnerkrigg Court:
    • The yellow salamander from Chapter 16 had double rows of sharp fangs. Nightmare fuel, literally: it appeared in a character's nightmare, and it symbolized the house fire that killed his entire family.
    • Coyote's etherial form is a mishmash of teeth, eyes, and night sky.
    • Zimmy; she's nominally human, but her teeth resemble a shark more than a person.
    • Ominous connotations are averted by the friendliest badger spirit you'll ever meet.
  • Charby the Vampirate:
  • Florence Ambrose of Freefall has these, but she struggles to keep them hidden, as long as she remembers, since humans tend to react badly to them. Example: Snap!
  • Looking for Group has a subterranean worm that has this in spades.
  • Orcs in Dominic Deegan have tusks and fanged maws, which becomes more obvious when they are pissed. Unusually, orcs are vegetarians, and the hard, pointed teeth are for cracking open the extremely tough root vegetables of their homeland.
  • The Mihrrgoots from Spacetrawler have very wide mouths completely filled with sharp teeth.
  • Werewolves in Bloody Urban have these, even in human form.
  • Most Trolls in Homestuck have sharp and pointy teeth, but Feferi, having the highest blood type, can be downright terrifying when she shows all of them, even though she's one of the nicest trolls.
  • Heartless Annie from Hexameron has a mouth is filled with lots of long sharp wooden teeth
  • Zerglings in Nerf NOW!! are normally portrayed as adorable, but they're shown as having lots and lots of sharp teeth whenever they stare down something they're planning to fight with (or play-fight with.)
  • Some of the Aberrants from Runewriters have plenty of sharp teeth to go around. The moon wolves also have pretty toothy grins.
  • Damien from White Dark Life has to power to form mouths all over his body, adding up to approximately as many sharp teeth as deemed necessary. Blake has the same powers but sharper, more chainsaw-like teeth to back up his bite.
  • DNA: Species X have mouths full of sharp teeth.
  • Sobek of Godslave shows a mouth full of thickly packed fangs when he suffers Glamour Failure. He's a crocodile god.
  • The Oracles in Chapter 2 of Various Happenings are shown to have several rows of very sharp, nasty-looking teeth.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: The transformation into an Undead Abomination undergone by some Rash victims has an uncanny tendency to include gaining extra teeth.
  • In El Goonish Shive, the Goo, especially in its Omega Goo form has countless sharp teeth.
  • The space lizard merc in Grrl Power has to clarify those are lip tusks.

    Web Original 
  • DeviantArt: Some Cherubs
  • Beau of Vox and King Beau is described as having several rows of sharp crocodile-like teeth paired with a smile wider than any human's. Even better, it's stated that he likes to use them to snarl at people when he wants to intimidate them.
  • Spider-demon Arachne in Void Domain is described as having many, very sharp teeth any time she smiles. She is very fond of smiling.
  • For ease of drawing, very frequently in the Furry Fandom artists will draw smiling predators with teeth that look like closed bear traps, even if the species itself has a dental profile closer to a human.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Biting Blue Fish have teeth are about half the length of their bodies.
  • Reasoning has the Larrxox, a giant lamprey-like monster whose mouth is littered with many rings of teeth.
  • Many of the characters in Satellite City have loads of pointy teeth (and at least one has extra mouths in place of eyes), but Lucy Lacemaker in particular likes to show hers off at every opportunity.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • A medical condition called "hyperdontia" results in extra teeth in humans. Please heed our warnings when we say that if you're tempted to run to Google images, be prepared to get very, very uncomfortable.
  • Sharks. Not only do they have a complete set of choppers, but they have multiple replacement sets growing right behind the first set. This is because when you eat like a shark, you go through teeth fast. Their skin is actually made of millions of microscopic teeth called "dermal denticles", each one a tiny version of the ones in their mouths, complete with a tiny pulp cavity and layers of dentine and enamel. Shark skin can be used as sandpaper. Evolutionarily speaking teeth, scales, feathers, hair, and bone are all variants of the same process.
  • Crocodilians. Their teeth are not designed for cutting or grinding but are designed for grabbing and holding. So they're shaped more like dull railroad spikes that are driven into your limbs so they can rip chunks off of you when they spin their bodies. And, like sharks (see above) and dinosaurs (see below), the teeth are designed to fall out and be replaced easily. The gharial can have up to 110 teeth.
    • Ironically, despite alligators having more teeth than crocodiles (up to 80 teeth, while crocs can have only up to 66), they show fewer when they close their mouths due to the lower teeth fitting into sockets in the upper jaw.
  • Piranhas. At around 24 teeth per fish they only need ten fish to beat out the Osmonds, and they school much larger than ten.
  • Most kinds of bony fishes, especially the predatory ones, have teeth on their tongues, in their throat, and hanging from the roofs of their mouths, not just along the jawline.
  • Several predatory dinosaurs, as well as some herbivores:
    • Say hello to Masiakasaurus.
    • Not to mention Pelecanimimus, which, in contrast to its later, toothless relatives, had 220 teeth.
    • The record for the most teeth of any dinosaur is held by the duck-billed Edmontosaurus, at 1,000. Dental battery, indeed!
    • While Tyrannosaurus rex might not've had a jaw that freaky, the tooth size more than makes up for it. Including the part firmly rooted inside a skull designed for crushing bone, which had possibly the greatest bite force of anything on the continent at that time, the Rex's teeth could be a foot long. And it had 50 of them.
  • Just about every abyssal fish (except for pelican eels) has enormous needle-like teeth. Teeth like this are very bad for biting and chewing but are excellent at skewering and thus trapping a fish on the first bite.
    • One species, Neoceratias spinifer, whom Tim Flannery nicknamed the "Pincushion Sea Devil", has lost her glowing lure probably because her teeth glow in the dark.
    • According to The Blue Planet, another deep-water fish called the fangtooth has the biggest teeth in the entire animal kingdom in relation to its body. Its mouth is always at least partway open because its mouth is of insufficient size to contain them closed.
  • Lampreys have a sucker that is full of sharp teeth and serves as their mouth. And they use it to latch on to a fish, so they can suck on its blood, until said fish dies. They even have a trope named after them that's about this very same kind of mouth.
  • Moray eels have a second "pharyngeal jaw" that is essentially a real-life Xenomorph inner mouth. Unlike what one may think, however, they did not inspire the Xenomorph's design, as the existence of their pharyngeal jaws was not discovered until 2007, nearly three decades after the debut of the aforementioned Xenomorph.
  • Mosasaurs, as the one in Jurassic World was accurately depicted, have a set of pharyngeal teeth lining the roof of their mouths. This is a trait shared with extant monitor lizards, their closest living relatives.
  • While it's not the same structurally, the extinct lobopod Opabinia regalis has a mouth under its chin - and a tubular proboscis thing tipped with claws that extends from the front of its head and looks an awful lot like a pair of jaws on a trunk.
  • Goblin sharks also have a Xenomorph jaw that extends out to grab hold of prey. They seem Ugly Cute and harmless, with their huge duck-billed nose, until — oh the horror! Mostly found in the waters of Japan, and although they aren't very common in the modern-day, it's believed they were once more numerous during the Age of Dinosaurs.
  • Tapeworms use their "hooks" to grasp the intestines of potential hosts.
  • Opossums have more teeth than any other land mammal; 50 teeth in something that size is really saying something.
  • Snails, who have several thousand pairs of teeth. Terrifying, no?
  • Squid, octopi, and cuttlefish run a pretty close second, though. Their tongues (or radula) are tooth-lined rasps that help them lick the flesh from their prey. In the case of squid, their suction cups are also tooth studded, to the point of being hook- or claw-like in some larger species.
  • For some of the biggest non-tusk teeth in the world, see Livyatan melvillei — a whale with a mouthful of very big teeth
  • The humble penguin, of all things, is more or less a waddling Sarlacc pit...
    • Geese, puffins, mergansers, and some toucans all have tooth-like serrations on the rims of their beaks.
  • The technically toothless leatherback sea turtle has long, sharp prongs lining most of its esophagus, the better to prevent its often still-living food from escaping after swallowing them.
  • The Bornean clouded leopard, while it has the same number of teeth as other cats, has the largest canines in proportion to its body size of any extant predatory mammal.
  • Cats in general: their tongues are covered in tooth-like projections called papillae. The better to clean one's fur and lick those stubborn pieces of meat off of the bone, yes? For a human, being licked by one can range from being ticklish (think getting exfoliated during a pedicure) to having your skin scraped by sandpaper. And yes, blood will be drawn if they are allowed to do this long enough.
  • At the risk of sounding morbid, the skulls of deceased children kind of look like this. In addition to the baby teeth on the surface, the adult teeth are plainly visible below the gum line, so it looks like there are dozens of extra teeth inside the jaw and roof. It turns out that our adult teeth are there the entire time, patiently waiting for our mouths to grow large enough to accommodate them.
  • While the gizzard possessed by several animal groups do not count as an example, the equivalent organ in some crustaceans, typically known as a "gastric mill", is often lined with chitinous or calcareous ridges, plates, and denticles (tooth-like processes). Yes, that's right: Their stomachs have teeth.
  • A 7-year-old boy in India underwent surgery after he complained about having jaw pain. The reason? He had 526 teeth growing in a sac. It's a rare condition called compound composite odontoma.

The Osmond family have about 224 teeth. Or 32 teeth per member.

Alternative Title(s): Tons Of Teeth, More Teeth Than The Osmonds, Teeth Filled Maw


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