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There are lots of ways to insult someone. There's the Stealth Insult. There's sarcasm. There's name-calling.

But if you really want to make sure that your insult is the most basic and childish possible, there's nothing quite like having someone stick out their tongue at someone else.

Many a parent has scolded their child with "Don't stick out your tongue." In fact, many times this is done behind someone's back, especially if it is an authority figure who can punish them, like a parent or teacher.

In anime, this is typically combined with the Eyelid Pull Taunt. It may also accompany the "Silly Me" Gesture. Closely related to Blowing a Raspberry.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro: In Episode 11, there is a misunderstanding that hurts Nagatoro's feelings. Naoto chases after her in an attempt to make amends. When a group of girls see them together, she brushes him off as a "creepy stalker", adding insult to injury by sticking her tongue out at him.
  • Before the Martial Arts Tournament at the end of Dragon Ball Z is set to take place, Pan's opponent dismisses his upcoming bout with Pan as "babysitting" due to Pan's young age, to which Pan responds by sticking her tongue out at him as a retort.
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu: Kaname and Sousuke are assigned to assist Jindai High's rugby team. During a team meeting at a local fast food restaurant, they are accosted by a rival team, and most of Jindai's rugby team is beaten senseless, save for Sousuke, who is very capable at hand-to-hand fighting, and Kaname, who sees the rival team off by sticking her tongue out at them as they depart.
  • My-HiME: At one point Mai, sitting at her desk during a montage sequence, sticks her tongue out at Yuuichi, an early sign of the Belligerent Sexual Tension between the two of them.
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets: While completely ignoring his attempt at trying to understand her feelings about him, Nino Nakano declares directly to Fuutarou's face that she refuses to accept him as anything more than an interloper, fearing that he would disrupt the bond between her and her sisters, regardless of what her sisters think, and makes good on that by forcefully dragging Miku back into their home who came out to tell Fuutarou something important and spitefully sticks her tongue out at him while leaving.
  • Ranma ½:
    • In one episode, after Nabiki has made some rude comments, her sister Kasumi scolds her with, "Nabiki, that's not very nice." Nabiki responds by sticking out her tongue and saying a very sarcastic "Sorry."
    • During the episode when Tsubasa is introduced, Ranma, Akane, and Ukyo initially believe that they have driven off Tsubasa by revealing that Ukyo was in love with girl-type Ranma. Ranma sticks out "her" tongue as Tsubasa storms out of Ucchan's. It would be short-lived, as Tsubasa quickly returned with a vengeance.

    Comic Books 
  • In The Smurfs comic book story "The Smurf Not Like The Others", Traveler Smurf (Dreamy in the 1980s Animated Adaptation) insults Azrael with this when he hides himself inside a bottle on Gargamel's shelf while trying to evade the cat during his captivity. This insult provokes Azrael to knock the bottle off the shelf and break it, releasing the Smurf that was hiding inside it.
  • Tintin: Subverted in "Tintin in Tibet", when a boy sticks his tongue out at Captain Haddock and he gets offended, but it turns out that where the boy comes from, it's a way of saying goodbye.
  • Uncanny X-Men: In one issue, Jubilee has been captured by the Mandarin, who has had her dressed in traditional Chinese attire and make-up, and makes loud complaints about her being "sullied by the mongrel ways of the West." Jubilee's most eloquent response to him was to stick her tongue out at him, to his exasperation. Then Wolverine shows up to rescue her, and she ends up blowing up the Mandarin's house.

    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin and Hobbes:
    • The 6-year-old Calvin sometimes sticks his tongue out to insult people. His ambiguously-real friend/stuffed tiger Hobbes also likes it. Both tend to combine it with Blowing a Raspberry.
    • In one Sunday strip, Calvin dreams that Santa Claus one day decides to reward naughty kids instead of nice kids. This version of Santa tells Calvin to "stick your tongue out at your Dad if he scolds."
    • In this strip, Calvin sees a cloud that looks like him sticking his tongue out to insult someone. It makes him remark, "Boy, there's nothing worse than an inscrutable omen."
  • Garfield:
    Jon: Cindy called. (sticks his tongue out at the phone) She said I'm immature.
    Garfield: What does she know?

    Films — Animated 
  • Peter Pan: When the pirates are introduced, Mr. Smee sticks his tongue out at the pirates for bullying him while delivering his platter to Captain Hook.
  • The Aristocats: When the three kittens squabble, Berlioz sticks his tongue out at Marie at one point.
  • The Land Before Time: Cera sticks out her tongue at the knocked out Sharptooth before waking him up.
  • The Little Mermaid (1989): As illustrated above, Flounder sticks his tongue out at the shark after it's been trapped on an anchor chain. The shark snapping at him scares him off.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Forbidden Zone: Susan B. "Frenchy" Hercules sticks out her tongue when her father forbids her from going down the basement and into the Sixth Dimension. She sticks her tongue at the Princess after locking her up in Cell 63.
  • Jaws: Hooper does this to Quint after the latter dismisses the Ph. D. candidate as a "wealthy college boy". He is smart enough to wait until Quint turns his back on him.
  • Spaceballs: President Skroob tells Dark Helmet to never have the faceplate of his helmet down in front of him. "How do I know you're not making faces at me under there?" Helmet lifts the faceplate behind Skroob's back and sticks his tongue out at him, only for Skroob to turn and catch him at it.
  • Stay Tuned: During the animation segment, Roy sticks his tongue out at his wife, Helen. She grabs his tongue and pulls his whole body through his mouth in an impressive display of Cartoon Physics.


    Live-Action TV 

  • Old Master Q has a strip where the titular character is a doctor, where he gets a tongue-out gesture in his direction by a neighbor's kid, a stray dog, a baby in his oblivious mother's arms, and a patient, all in a single page as a Running Gag.

  • The protruding tongue is a part of the haka, the ritual Maori war dance performed by the New Zealand rugby team before kick off, in order to intimidate the opposition.

    Video Games 
  • A Hat in Time: Hat Kid can stick her tongue out to taunt. She even does so toward a mafia mook in one cutscene.
  • Metal Gear Solid: Mei Ling does this after the player called Mei Ling repeatedly and declined the save several times.
  • Papa Louie Arcade: In the gamerias, this is one of the reactions a costumer may have should their serving performance be the second-worst level that you can get.
  • Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc: To a lethal degree. In the last portion of the Desert of the Knarren, Rayman is given the almighty magical power to stick his tongue out. It's actually shockingly helpful, as this is used to scare Black Lums, turning it back into a Red Lum, the healing item from Rayman 2. This makes the later levels a lot easier with a constant stream of health pick-ups during a fight. It also doubles as a reference to the first Rayman game, where sticking your tongue out was an action that got replaced by running later on, it also scaring enemies in that game.
  • In Scratchin' Melodii's first level, "Cream Cheese Icing," Cinnabay does this at the beginning of the song. Likewise, Melodii can stick their tongue back at her as she was repeating the latter's lyrics.

  • Unsounded: When Duane relates to Sette that in Alderode women are forbidden from learning pymary and considered unsuited for it, she sticks out her tongue in an echo of his memory of Mikaila doing the same thing.

    Western Animation 
  • Looney Tunes: On one occasion, The Dog sticks his tongue out at Foghorn Leghorn. It turns out to be a bad idea, as the rooster seizes the tongue, saying, "If you're, I say, if you're going to hang that thing out for all the world to say, you might as well give it some color!", and proceeds to paint the tongue green.
  • My Little Pony (G3): In Twinkle Wish Adventure, shortly before most of the cast embark on their journey to rescue a wishing star, Scootaloo does this to Cheerilee, due to their fight earlier in the film, and Cheerilee responds in kind.
  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: Shaggy and Scooby, serving as live bait, would often stick their tongues out at the ghosts in order to get them to give chase. A particularly memorable occasion was "Hassle in the Castle", when Scoob stuck his tongue out at the Phantom, with a robust "Nyah-Nyah Nyah-Nyah Nyah-Nyah!"
  • In the first episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), when Donatello is eliminated from the training exercise and moves off to the side, Michelangelo briefly sticks his tongue out at him to annoy him.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: Alluded to in one episode when Hampton is trying to boil a lobster. Hampton threatens him with a pair of tongs and the crustacean, in a thick Irish accent, demands, "Don't stick your tong out at me!"