Hi, Aunty Scripty! Thanks for running this blog! It's such an amazing resource, and I appreciate all the hard work you put into it! On to my question, my character is in a bad situation, and as a last resort, because his hands are bound behind his back, bites his attacker's throat. Would it be possible for him to actually tear out his attacker's throat with his teeth? Sorry that it's such a gruesome ask! Thanks again!
Probably not, but it’s certainly worth trying.
The throat is pretty well protected. The skin is thick and tough, the trachea itself is made of hard cartilage rings, and it’s actually surprisingly difficult for a human to get a good mouth-hold on another human’s neck. (If you have a significant other who is okay with this, give it a try; don’t actually bite down though).
Hunters who do the throat-ripping thing usually have longer mouths than we do, which helps them get a grip on their prey. Humans have fairly short mouths by comparison, and really aren’t evolutionarily adapted for this task.
Now, that is not to say that having a human try to rip out your throat is not an absolutely fucking terrifying thing, because it is, and flesh missing from the neck can be psychologically devastating even if it’s not actually physically lethal. Your character could probably significantly damage the musculature and the skin, and possibly cause a severe venous bleed from the external or internal jugular.
If your character is going to get any better of a bite than that they’ll need their hands to hold the neck in place while they bite.
(Also, bites in fights is proooobably more @howtofightwrite‘s territory much more than it is mine ;) ).
Best of luck!