Created By: AnonymousApathy on April 4, 2012
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Head and Seek

A headless body stumbles around blindly seeking its decapitated head.

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Usually seen in cartoons. When someone (usually a robot or some other creature, to whom this would not be fatal) is decapitated, the head will often try to direct the body towards itself to facilitate Pulling Themselves Together. However, the body, not having eyes, will often stumble around clumsily for a few minutes before locating the head - if it ever finds the head at all. Can lead to Fridge Logic about how the head expected the body to be able to hear the directions, as the body lacks both eyes and ears. Can also lead to a Head Turned Backwards situation when the two pieces are finally reunited.
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  • April 4, 2012
    Astaroth
    Film: Happens to one of the members of Davy Jones' pirate crew in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • April 4, 2012
    sigh824
    Anime: Subverted. Celty doesn't stumble, she rides.
  • April 4, 2012
    TonyG
    Fender on Robots. Whenever he tries to pick it up, he accidentally kicks it away.
  • April 4, 2012
    JohnDiFool
    Pretty sure this happened in one of the segments in the first Amazing Stories film-Christopher Lloyd is a professor who (long story short) gets decapitated by a couple of his students, who then reanimate the body and head.
  • April 5, 2012
    WackyMeetsPractical
    Very similar to Losing Your Head.
  • April 5, 2012
    Unknown Troper
    the vampire Otto Chriek in Terry Pratchett's The Truth whose head calls its (seperated) body over to pick it up, gives up when he realises headless bodies do not have ears to pick up directions, then requests William to pick his head up and carry him over AND NOT BY ZER EARS, PLEASE! Otto is lucky: other Discworld vampires are killed stone dead by decapitation. (Cf Count de Magpyr in Carpe Jugulum, who is beheaded with an axe so sharp and so holy that his head actually remains on his shoulders - but with a thin bloody line at first oozing and then spurting from the gap, as he frantically tries to keep his head in place with both hands...
  • April 5, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen the King and Queen of the Moon's heads and bodies can operate independently of each other. In the King's case, his body is a randy bastard who his head hates because it's always wanting to have sex with the Queen while he (the head by itself) would prefer to pursue intellectual pursuits. The King's body runs around chasing his head and eventually catches it.
  • April 6, 2012
    reub2000
  • April 6, 2012
    TBTabby
    In the animated adaptation of Wyrd Sisters, the ghost of King Champot sets his head on a platter which gets unexpectedly carried off.
  • April 6, 2012
    DmM
  • June 5, 2012
    Noah1
    • A really old Aqua Teen Hunger Force game titled "Head Games" had you play as Meatwad directing Carl's body toward his head.
  • June 27, 2012
    BOFH
    Video Games
    • In Castlevania Symphony Of The Night, there is a headless skeleton enemy, called Yorick, that chases after its skull, but always ends up kicking it away, and becomes enraged if you destroy the skull.
  • June 27, 2012
    Rho
    Bender from Futurama. Specificall the second episode," The Series Has Landed."
  • June 28, 2012
    NimmerStill
    • Futurama: Also the main plot point in "A Head in the Polls".
    • Princess Mononoke: At the end, the Forest Spirit is decapitated. The body tears up the forest looking for its head, though in this version the head is apparently powerless.
  • May 21, 2014
    jormis29
    Bump
  • May 21, 2014
    DAN004
  • May 21, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    This is indeed Cranium Chase. Motion To Discard.

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