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Odie can give you a real lickin'.

"Oh my God! It's like a tape measure!"

A character with a tongue of surprising, implausible, or downright impossible length.

A Justified Trope in certain cases — say, a mutation or non-human anatomy — but in other cases this is left completely unexplained (and usually Played for Laughs). The lucky person in possession of this tongue frequently has a surprising amount of control over it, and may even use it as a weapon.

Characters without this feature may suddenly develop one, often in tandem with a Jaw Drop, when startled, screaming, or confronted with a Head-Turning Beauty.



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  • In the Orangina commercial, one of the species dancing is a chameleon (in Chippendale clothing even!), and he extends his tongue around a plant girl.
  • In this Yoplait yogurt commercial from Israel, apparently the yogurt is so good that it gives you an extra long tongue just so you can lick the bottom of the cup. Or something.

  • Simple Samosa:
    • In "Cricket Match", Samosa's jaw drops when he first sees that Jalebi is participating in the cricket game, complete with an overly long tongue rolling out of his mouth.
    • Happens twice in "Spa Wars" during characters' Jaw Drops. The first instance is when Dhokla stares in awe at the futuristic technology in Appa Spa; the second is when Samosa looks on in surprise at Iddiyappam Appa confessing his love for Iddiyappam Amma, and the latter returning the former's feelings. Both times, another character comments that they should put their tongue back in their mouth.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Baikinman from Anpanman. It's bright blue and perfect for slurping up the contents of the Donburiman Trio in one go.
  • Jimushi Juubei from Basilisk has this and a weapon concealed in his throat to use with it.
  • Claude of Black Butler II as shown in episode 5 when he used it to lick cream from the middle of his nose.
  • Nnoitra Jiruga of Bleach gets a freakishly long tongue in his released form.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Tambourine, one of King Piccolo's children showed he had this ability which he used to attempt to constrict Goku to death.
    • Buyon also has one which he mostly uses to scoop things up to eat.
  • A one-shot horror manga drawn by Junji Ito (the man behind Gyo) centers around a ghostly woman with an enormous tongue who roams the streets and strangles people with it. The tongue is actually a parasitic being, and just uses its victims as People Puppets to get around easier.
  • All vampires in Hellsing have long tongues to lick up blood.
  • Miia, a lamia from Monster Musume has a ridiculously long tongue to go with her long snake body. Interestingly, it's a human tongue, not a reptilian one.
  • Tsuyu Asui from My Hero Academia has a 20 meter long tongue with super strength as part of her "Frog" Quirk.
  • Naruto:
    • Orochimaru — with and without two-edged sword for extra amusement.
    • The toad summons, of course.
  • The Negi golem drawn by Haruna, with a 23.5cm tongue. It's implied it could've been even worse...
  • Nurse Hitomi's Monster Infirmary: Nobuko Shitara's puberty change is a tongue that can stretch over three meters, which she's rather self-conscious about. One chapter shows her using it to tie a cherry stem into a knot.
  • Shizuku of Omamori Himari has this as a snake-girl.
  • Often used in One Piece in partnership with the Wild Take and Eye Pop for comical effect.
    • Charlotte Perospero has one big tongue constantly sticking out of his mouth.
  • In Ranma ½, Picolet Chardin II is capable of stretching his mouth and tongue to eat food at superhuman speeds. For instance, he places a gâteau on top of his head and quickly grabs it with his tongue, without using his hands.
  • In the Sgt. Frog manga, Sumomo's Pokopenian form has one of these, long enough to wrap around Fuyuki's body several times (she apparently doesn't quite "get" the concept of a French kiss).
  • Toriko:
    • Midora's fighting style plays this trope to downright insane levels.
    • The Salamander Sphinx also has a long tongue.
  • Legato Bluesummers from Trigun has a page dedicated to his tongue. It looks freaky as hell.

    Comic Books 
  • The Batman Who Laughs, first introduced in Dark Nights: Metal is, Depending on the Artist, depicted a rather long tongue.
  • A frog-like minor Legion of Super-Heroes villain called Ze Tongue.
  • Venom's insanely long tongue (and the toothy mouth surrounding it) is the main distinction between him and black-suit-Spidey. Well, that and the muscle mass... This goes for all symbiotes in their "monster" forms.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): In his final form the White Magician's tongue is well over a foot long and the tip is split like a snake's.
  • X-Men villains Toad and Sugar Man.
  • Minor hero Mother Tongue from Empowered has an insanely long "pseudotongue" for her superpower. It's reach is somewhere in the realms of several dozen feet (while she only has a normal human body- or at least apparently did while she was still alive) and presumably she can control its length at will.

    Comic Strips 
  • Bill the Cat in Bloom County, at least when he leads the metal band Deathtöngue (later Billy and the Boingers).
  • As pictured above, Odie. Garfield and Friends often made exaggerating jokes, such as that the length of Odie's tongue was "easily mistaken for a freeway".
  • Rover in Red And Rover impresses and disgusts Red with this.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • Coco: Dante has one, and it's most noticeable in the short, "Dante's Lunch — A Short Tail".
  • In Rio 2, we have Charlie the anteater. Whose tongue is used for all kinds of things, from boat propeller to slingshot elastic.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Pairing this trope with In One Ear, Out the Other by having someone sexy seductively stick their tongue into someone else's ear is practically a minor stock trope in of itself in spoof movies, appearing as it does in such films as Mafia, Wrongfully Accused and Dance Flick.
  • Alien: Resurrection: The Newborn exhibits such a tongue when it acknowledges Ripley 8 as its mother.
  • In Art of the Dead, the satyr-like embodiment of Lust has an obscenely long tongue that he forces down Kim's throat when she is being raped.
  • The alien commander's girlfriend in Battlefield Earth. Played by John Travolta's wife, who presumably doesn't have that tongue in reality, though it would explain how their marriage holds up.
  • In Big Tits Zombie, after becoming a zombie, Darna sprouts an overly long tongue which she uses to attack Rena.
  • Lilith from Bordello of Blood, and it's strong enough to burst a man's heart out of his chest.
  • The Tree Demon from A Chinese Ghost Story has a tongue that chases and attacks the heroes from quite a distance.
  • Cicak-Man, a Malaysian superhero parody, have its titular protagonist being granted the powers of a lizard, including having an extremely long and flexible tongue which he uses to grab and swing between buildings while patrolling the streets of Kuala Lumpur.
  • The Company of Wolves: Rosaleen's love interest in the end is a werewolf and has a long, canine like creepy tongue.
  • In Earth Girls Are Easy, Jim Carrey as Wiploc proves he has a long tongue by using it to retrieve ice from the bottom of a tall glass. Valerie's friend exclaims "I want his baby" on seeing this.
  • In The Hazing, Professor Kapps causes Roy's to grow to gigantic proportions while he is orally pleasuring Delia. Roy winds up biting his tongue off and the tongue continues to strangle Delia.
  • Sammael from the first Hellboy film has a tongue that is freakishly long. It is also split at the end, prehensile, and can be used to lay eggs.
  • Hellraiser: Inferno. When the Wire Twins Cenobites make out with Joseph, they lick him with unnaturally long tongues.
  • The Rome sequence in History of the World Part I. While pretending to be a eunuch, Josephus (Gregory Hines) is tested by having a woman perform an erotic dance in front of him. He gives himself away by having his very long tongue plop out of his mouth as seen here.
  • The Velociraptors in the stop-motion animation storyboard version of Jurassic Park, before they were informed that the raptors didn't have tongues like that.
  • Krampus has one, seen disturbingly unfurling from his Santa mask to lick Max when he is grabbed in the snow.
  • In The Mask, when Stanley Ipkiss (under Loki's influence) first sees Tina performing at the Coco Bongo. His jaw quite literally drops to the table, and his tongue rolls out like a red carpet.
  • The frog monsters in Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster have prehensile tongues.
  • The hybrids in the Species series, culminating in a gory example of In One Ear, Out the Other in The Awakening.
  • Jar Jar Binks, as seen here.
  • The demon in Violent Shit.
  • The aliens from Wham Bam Thank You Spaceman has them where their noses should be.
  • X-Men Film Series
    • Toad's tongue with added mucus.
    • In X2: X-Men United, a kid is briefly seen sticking out a long, blue-black tongue at a girl in a museum, showing he's a mutant.
    • Viper from The Wolverine. Required for a snake woman.

  • Crowley in Good Omens, Apparently he can do "interesting things" with it. It's just one of many vaguely snake-like attributes he held on to after Eden.
  • Dudley Dursley in Harry Potter. Of course, that was a temporary prank...
  • In The Stormlight Archive, it turns out that the "red streamers" that are how anticipationspren appear in the Physical Realm are actually the long tongues of weird frog/lizard things that exist mostly in the Cognitive Realm and visually manifest only part of themselves in the Physical Realm when feeding on emotions there.
  • The vampires in The Strain subvert this. The things coming out of their mouths aren't tongues, but venom stingers that grow in their throats.

    Live-Action TV 

  • Rammstein front-man Till Lindemann occasionally sports variants of these during music videos. In Ich Tu Dir Weh, there is a brief snippet of him licking his lips with a long, forked tongue and in Mann Gegen Mann, he abruptly sprouts a long, black snake-like tongue.

  • One of the aliens in Bally's Space Invaders pinball game has a tongue three times longer than its head.
  • Gene Simmons in Bally's 1976 KISS, of course.
    • Stern's 2015 KISS sequel ups the ante with a model of Gene's "Demon" on the playfield, complete with tongue. "Demon Multiball" begins with Gene spitting pinballs towards the player.
  • Sparky in Metallica, whose tongue goes from his mouth down to his left wrist.

    Pro Wrestling 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Characters in In Nomine can learn a suite of Songs called Numinous Corpus, which allow the performer to augment his or her body in various ways. One of these Songs is Numinous Corpus: Tongue. Three guesses what it does.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Everything Slaanesh-affiliated will likely have this. Genestealers also have long tongues that are almost always shown hanging out of their mouths; justified, as a genestealer's tongue is an ovipositor used to deliver a Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong to its victims.


    Video Games 
  • Busuzima in the Bloody Roar games has an extra-long human form.
  • Chameleon Twist and its sequel, naturally. Davy and his friends use their tongues to swallow enemies for spitting, polevault, latch onto and drag themselves to objects (in the sequel), and wrap around poles for travel...Did I mention one of Davy's friends is a a girl comedian?
  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc:
  • In The Elder Scrolls series, Hungers are a form of lesser Daedra which are very similar in appearance to the "alien-style" Chupacabra, complete with claws, spikes, and a "sucker" mouth. They have extremely long, weaponized tongues.
  • EXTRAPOWER: Attack of Darkforce: The remodeler Kaimetsu Kameleon, uses his long tongue for attacks, given his namesake.
  • Level 3 of Ghouls'n Ghosts has extensible monster tongues that are used as platforms.
  • Gigantic has Wu, a frog-like Warrior Monk who uses his long tongue in tandem with his martial art skills. His Togue Lash ability can be used to pull enemies towards him from far away.
  • Your goat in Goat Simulator. One mutator ("Italian Dinosaur Goat") even allows it to mimic Yoshi by producing "watermelon bombs" from almost anything it licks.
  • Grump-Frump, the Tasting Gnome in King's Quest VI.
  • Left 4 Dead:
    • The Smoker. Justified in that it's his intestines, if Word of God is to be believed.
    • In Left 4 Dead 2 the Smoker is more grotesquely mutated, having six tongues coming out of several places on his head, neck, and shoulders. He still only uses the one coming out of his mouth to attack with though.
  • Ghirahim from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has one, which freaks Link out when Ghirahim lashes it out while leaning his head on Link's shoulder.
  • Mega Man X's Sting Chameleon uses his tongue to hang from the ceiling and as a nasty fast whip.
  • The Fear from Metal Gear Solid 3 has a longer tongue than a human though it's not used for the usual grabbing of objects. He merely sticks it all the way out to be creepy. This could have been a way to take Vamp's long tongue Up to Eleven.
  • Volvidon and Baruragaru from Monster Hunter. The latter even uses it to suck blood.
  • Reptile in Mortal Kombat can shoot out his tongue just like a chameleon. This is most notably used for his signature Fatality, where he uses his tongue to yank your head off and eat it.
  • Persona 5: Asmodeus, boss of the first Palace, is a giant version of Mr. Kamoshida with extra arms and a gigantic, creepy tongue that he uses in some attacks.
  • Pokémon:
    • Lickitung and its evolution Lickilicky are known for their long sticky tongues.
    • Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar also.
    • Golbat, as seen in Red and Blue.
    • And Kecleon and Politoed, as they are a chameleon and frog.
    • Greninja, also based on a frog, uses its tongue as a scarf.
  • Rapid Reload has a difficult boss fight against a Chameleon mecha, who will periodically use it's tongue to lash out at the player like a whip, or using it like a Grappling-Hook Pistol to swing all over the area, making him hard to hit without the homing lightning gun.
  • The Licker enemy in Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 5 and various other games. Its signature attack is using an absurdly long tongue to whip anything it wants to attack, driving it with enough force to impale a prey item with it. They are heavily mutated T-Virus infected humans.
  • Silent Hill 2 has Pyramid Head.
  • Trigger Happy from Skylanders. Even more so Wrecking Ball, who lashes his tongue out to attack.
  • Super Mario Bros.:

    Web Animation 
  • Blockhead
  • Charlie the Unicorn's "friends" have long, prehensile tongues... Squick!
  • Dreamscape: CHEN has one. He is a chameleon after all. He can even use it like a Grapple Move or a fist!
  • DSBT InsaniT: Pangle the pangolin has a tongue long enough for Fire Guy to use as a platform.
  • Sniffles, a remarkably clever anteater in Happy Tree Friends obviously makes use of this trope. However, it is often attacked by the Ant Family in horrifyingly sadistic ways.
  • Ceriazibus from the Sock series have tongues so long that it can wrap them around on of it's head (it have three of them) multiple times and it's so sharp that it can decapitate itself.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • In Twig, Helen, who is notable for looking human only to lure in prey and practice her acting skills, occasionally demonstrates the ability to extend her tongue well beyond what's possible for humans so she can lick things. When Sylvester catches her tongue after she tries to lick him, she demonstrates that it's also prehensile.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time:
    • Marceline has this in a few of her spontaneous monster transformations.
    • Lemongrab is shown to have one in the cut scene where he's licking a rice cake. Finn and Princess Bubblegum are visibly puzzled, and a bit disturbed.
  • Animaniacs:
    • The first of Minerva Mink's many takes when she sees a male mink she's attracted to has her tongue making a huge pile on the ground.
    • Dot Warner also extends her tongue to great lengths to try to get a pastry, even when it's wrapped around her.
  • Justified in The Ant and the Aardvark. Since it's a funny cartoon, you can guess the long tongue of the anteater attracts Amusing Injuries by the ton.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • June's Shirshu have a very long tongue that might have been prehensile and provided Instant Sedation.
    • Toph of all people has one in the comics.
  • Tex Avery MGM Cartoons: In "Deputy Droopy", a hapless safe robber gets glued to the floor, then has a stick of TNT shoved in his gob. He stretches his tongue out two miles to allow it to explode without waking the sleeping sheriff.
  • This is the defining characteristic of Tung (a frog-person from Swap Star 46) in Dex Hamilton: Alien Entomologist.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy seem to have them, all the better for eating the oversized jawbreakers they're so fond of. Also count as Multipurpose Tongue, as they are strong enough that Eddy is able to balance on his.
  • Family Guy:
    • Gene Simmons again, in a brief gag—his tongue goes off screen, followed by Lois (also from off-screen): "Oh, hello, Gene..."
    • In an earlier episode, the normal-looking girl at the flag girl tryouts has her long tongue flop out when she tries to respond to Meg.
  • Gorillaz:
    • Bassist Murdoc Niccals, who was loosely based on Gene Simmons of Real Life band KISS.
    • 2D's tongue is long enough to stick up his nose.
  • Mystique Sonia from Hero: 108 has a lengthy tongue, allowing her to use it in unorthodox ways.
  • Invader Zim.
  • Scratchy on The Itchy & Scratchy Show has a tongue so long that it can be shot via rocket to the moon without him even noticing it.
  • This is one of the major characteristics of Tso Lan the Moon Demon, who is one of the members of the Big Bad Duumvirate in Jackie Chan Adventures's second season.
  • Bubbie in The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, whose tongue is whatever length is required for the gag.
  • Mr. Bogus has one, in regards of when food is involved.
  • Speaking of Gene Simmons, long-tongued, rock god Rock Zilla from My Dad the Rock Star was not only an Expy of Gene, the show was created by Gene Simmons.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Pinkie Pie extends her tongue longer than her body to slurp up a cake near the beginning of "Swarm of the Century".
    • Spike's also got a pretty long one, which he combines with rapid spinning to clean frosting off of his body in "Lesson Zero".
  • Newton seems to have one, mostly when he's just a small newt who has not consumed Zippo yet.
    • This has been shown in "The Lucky Penny" and "Lummox of the Baskervilles", respectively.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar:
    • In "Mental hen" Kowalski does "beak drop" with tongue dropped to ground, off the screen and rolled away, till it hits his head from back, when hen surprised him with her clairvoyance skills. He uses his tongue as a weapon to keep dr. Blowhole from balance on his "scooter"
    • Chameleons has tongues overly long even for chameleons, in one episode King Julien pulls one chameleon's tongue across the zoo.
  • Gene Simmons, in full KISS regalia, extends his tongue to try and duplicate Buttercup's tongue rolling act in The Powerpuff Girls episode "Nuthin' Special."
  • The Ready Jet Go! episode “Sunspot’s Sunspot" shows that Sunspot's tongue is very long.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: Stimpy sports one of these during the episode The Cat That Laid the Golden Hairball while trying to lick up hair to "hwarf".
  • Samurai Jack has Raptor from the episode "Dome Of Doom", as one of seven warriors Jack fights during the finals of a Blood Sport. Raptor's main weapon is his long, prehensile tongue which he uses to pick up weapons and attack with. Unfortunately, it ends up biting him in the ass when Jack forces him to eject his tongue to take down two of the other fighters, then cuts it in half. Raptor wisely decides that retreat is the better part of valor and is the only fighter who survives the episode.
  • The Secret Saturdays: Drew Monday, Drew Saturday's Mirror Universe Evil Twin, has a prehensile tongue.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In one of the Halloween episodes Homer messes around with the time space continuum and changes evolution drastically, and finally comes back home thinking everything is normal... only to see everyone eating by using their long frog-like tongues. He shrugs and decides it's close enough.
      • In another Halloween episode, Groundskeeper Willie uses his tongue in Martin's dream to asphyxiate him, killing him in the real world.
    • Mr. Burns is shown to have a long snake-like tongue in the series.
      • So has Homer. He once darted a lengthy tongue out to lick a stray gob of ice cream off Marge's cheek.
      • It's a joke made also in the Simpsons Movie.
  • Lord Stingray in Superjail! Possibly justified if he isn't human.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), Dark Mikey, Michelangelo's evil clone from the Fast Forward arc, has a tongue so long that it spends more time out of his mouth than in.
  • Teen Titans (2003):
    • Starfire has this as part of her Bizarre Alien Biology.
    • A talking alien dog had this in another episode, as shown when he licked Raven's face.
  • In The Venture Bros. Christmas episode, The Krampus crashes Rusty's party. He starts licking Triana, to her horror.
  • Becomes a real problem for the Wild Kratts when their Power Suits' chameleon disks at first cause their extra-long sticky tongues to extend every time the brothers open their mouths. The episode on termite-mound predators is also called "Termites Vs Tongues" thanks to this trope.

    Real Life 
  • Gene Simmons. Anyone who's watched more than one episode of Gene Simmons Family Jewels knows Nick Simmons has inherited it; if Sophie has, she's not showing it off on television.
  • Internet sensation Marnie the Dog is almost never seen without her tongue hanging out. Her caretaker has confirmed that yes, her tongue really is that long.
  • Chameleon tongues, which they use to capture prey, can be over twice as long as their bodies.
  • Frogs and toads, despite what fiction may tell you, actually avert this — their tongues are shorter than their own heads, and they rely on pouncing upon their prey; the common conception of what a frog's tongue looks like is based more on chameleons than anything. Some frogs even lack tongues altogether, and simply grab insects with their "hands" and stuff them into their mouths. In fact, the only amphibians with the kind of tongue seen in every fictional frog ever are salamanders of the genus Hydromantes, which can stretch up to 80% of their body length in a hundredth of a second — the fastest motion of a tongue in the animal kingdom.
  • Butterflies don't have tongues, but they do have curling proboscises in the spirit of this trope, evolved to reach into flowers to get at the nectar inside.
  • Woodpeckers, some species of which have a tongue so long that it actually loops up around their brain.
  • Giraffes and their lesser known relatives, Okapis. In fact, an okapi's tongue is so long it uses it to wash its eyelids and clean out its ears (both inside and out) —
  • Anteaters, aardvarks and pangolins have all convergently evolved long, sticky tongues, which they use to collect ants and termites for food.
  • Nectar bats, of which at least one species of which has a tongue longer than its entire body.
  • Hummingbirds have extra-long tongues in their extra-long beaks. Particularly true of the swordbill, a hummer with a beak and tongue longer than its body.
  • Kinkajous.
  • Certain bears, including Sun Bears, whose tongues can reach 30 cm.
  • Someone with a missing or cut lingual frenulum can extend the tongue slightly farther than otherwise. This apparently happened to Gwendoline Christie, which she demonstrated in an interview with Craig Ferguson.
  • The forked tongues of snakes and monitor lizards are usually quite long, the better to extend well past their snouts and lick up scent-molecules for analysis via vomeronasal olfactory receptors.


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Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work

Michaelle Milken has a tongue long enough to eat a cherry from ice cream on the table by itself.

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