Created By: Euan2000January 7, 2013 Last Edited By: Euan2000May 29, 2013

Blather Throat

A decapitated character that can somehow keep talking without a head.

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Some people aren't going to let a little thing like a missing cranium get in their way of speaking their mind.

This is physically impossible because the lips and tongue are essential for forming the words in the first place so expect examples to run on Rule Of Funny or Rule Of Scary (or to unintentionality combine). Common for Headless Horsemen who don't actually carry their severed head around.

Compare and contrast Losing Your Head where the severed head keeps talking, not the body as in this case.


Anime and Manga

  • Exaggerated in One Piece, Foxfire Kinemon's disembodied legs are able to speak on their own, as Kinemon has learned how to talk by farting.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Alphonse Elric is a human soul stuck in an Animated Armor. How he's able to speak at all is a mystery, but the couple of times he has dropped his (helmet) head, the sound keeps coming from his body. The same applies to Barry the Chopper. The Slicer Brothers, however, are sort of an inversion since the helmet and the armor both have a soul in them so the torso and the head can technically speak at the same time.

Comics

  • Happened a few times in Dilbert to the title character. It always comes back though.
  • There was one Calvin And Hobbes strip where Calvin pulls his shirt over his head and says to his mom "Hey look, mom, I sneezed and my head blew off!"
  • In Marvel Comics the character Ruby Thursday (Thursday Rubenstein) replaced her own head with a ruby colored globe of "organic circuitry," and still talks.
  • The headless midget assassin who claims to be Spider Jerusalem's son in Transmetropolitan is somehow able to talk despite, you know, the no head thing. Seeing as this is Transmetropolitan, even this is seen as plausible.
    Royce: Let me say now that with your history of drug abuse it was conceivable that you could produce a child with no head.

Films
  • In Jason X after being defeated by Jason, the cyborg woman's head is chopped off, but it doesn't stop her from talking.

Literature
  • Decapitated vampire Otto Chriek, in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel The Truth, is able to ask for his head to be rolled, kicked or for preference carried over to where his body is groping to find it. He can also scream "No, not by the ears!" when William de Worde obliges.

Mythology

  • The Dullahan was the inspiration for the Headless Horseman. It rode about on a big black steed, carrying its head in one arm and wielding a whip that was actually the spine of a human corpse. When it stopped riding, it was often where a person was due to die, and when the dullahan called that person's name, he or she died instantly.

Video Games

  • In Vampire The Masquerade Redemption sometimes beheaded Teutonic Knights (which, by all accounts, should be humans) will run around a little and then let out a "I..Die!" as they die. Likely a mistake.
  • In the Serious Sam games, the Headless Kamikaze enemies alert the player to their presence by loud screams while they charge. According to NETRICSA, they have voice synthesizers implanted in them to psyche out their targets.

Web Original

  • In one of the The Gmod Idiot Box episodes, Bill accidentally shoots Louis's head off and grieves, only to be startled as Louis proves to be able to talk and live completely fine. Bill loses his head too later on, which doesn't bother him either.
  • Happens to Henry Freeman's Mom in Half Life Full Life Consequences in the Garry'sMod adaptation due to comedic literalism.
  • Used liberally in Pew Die Pie's Happy Wheels videos. Lampshaded more than once.

Western Animation
  • One episode of Scooby Doo dealt with the Headless Horseman. This version was seen walking around, sans pumpkin, asking, amiably at times, for people's heads.
  • Subverted in one of the Dr. Weird segments in Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Part of Dr. Weird's instructions include decapitating him with a baseball bat and then following instructions from the neck hole. Only weird blue fluid comes out.
Community Feedback Replies: 46
  • January 7, 2013
    Koveras
    Compare Talking Heads.

  • January 7, 2013
    Onitatsu
    In Vampire The Masquerade Redemption sometimes beheaded Teutonic Knights (which, by all accounts, should be humans) will run around a little and then let out a "I..Die!" as they die. Likely a mistake.
  • January 7, 2013
    Korodzik
    (Machinima/Web Video/Web Original) whatever you prefer...

    In one of the The Gmod Idiot Box episodes, Bill accidentally shoots Louis's head off and grieves, only to be startled as Louis proves to be able to talk and live completely fine. Bill loses his head too later on, which doesn't bother him either.
  • January 7, 2013
    TropeEater
    I think there was one Calvin And Hobbes strip where Calvin pulls his shirt over his head and says to his mom "Hey look, mom, I sneezed and my head blew off!"
  • January 8, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In Marvel Comics the character Ruby Thursday (Thursday Rubenstein) replaced her own head with a ruby colored globe of "organic circuitry," and still talks.
  • January 8, 2013
    Chernoskill
    • In the Serious Sam games, the Headless Kamikaze enemies alert the player to their presence by loud screams while they charge. According to NETRICSA, they have voice synthesizers implanted in them to psyche out their targets.

    Also, about "Compare Talking Heads.":

    Talking Heads are something completely different and in fact don't refer to debodied (?) heads that can talk despite having no vocal cords. Talking of which, I think this is another trope we don't have covered yet. The Navigator Head from The Secret Of Monkey Island comes to mind.
  • January 8, 2013
    Koveras
    ^ And Morte, who was so thoroughly ignored by the OP...
  • January 8, 2013
    Euan2000
    I'll make another trope for the inversion. Any ideas for names?
  • January 8, 2013
    jbrecken
    The Headless Horseman in the webcomic "The Deadlys" speaks and has even been shown with food and beverages, despite his lack of a head.
  • January 9, 2013
    Arivne
    Usually occurs as a result of Losing Your Head.
  • January 9, 2013
    Tallens
  • January 9, 2013
    Euan2000
    Literature: decapitated vampire Otto Chriek, in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel The Truth, is able to ask for his head to be rolled, kicked or for preference carried over to where his body is groping to find it. He can also scream "No, not by the ears!" when William de Worde obliges.

    Webcomics: in the NSFW cartoon Oglaf, a person prematurely decapitated during an interrogation (who is immortal) is allowed to speak by the grisly expedient of one of his interrogators breathing up through his severed windpipe.

  • January 9, 2013
    StarSword
    Video Games:
    • Played for laughs in a Random Encounter in LEGO Island where a pedestrian gets his head knocked off by a passing car. This being LEGO, the head starts trying to direct the body to pick it up.
      "Hey, I'm over here! To my left! Er, your left. Er, our left." (body goes left) "Right." (body goes right) "No, not 'go right,' 'correct!'" (body kicks head) "It's not a soccer game! Use your brain! Oh, I guess that's over here." (body kicks head again) "Ow! Just bend down, slowly and--" (body kicks head high into the air and it lands on the neck) "He shoots, he scores! Ow!"
  • January 10, 2013
    Arivne
    If I understand the OP description this is supposed to be about a body talking even though it doesn't have a head, not a decapitated head talking. Though that probably would be a valid trope too.
  • January 10, 2013
    Tallens
    I'm not sure Talking Heads actually has anything to do with this. That's about close-ups of someone's head during lines of dialogue, nothing to do with decapitation.
  • January 10, 2013
    Chernoskill
    ^^ I already mentioned this further above but for some reason the description still includes it -_-
  • January 14, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Can sometimes be Narm.
  • January 14, 2013
    DRCEQ
    No mention of the Dullahan from Celtic mythology yet?
  • January 14, 2013
    Euan2000
    @DRCEQ: Care to elaborate?
  • January 14, 2013
    TwoGunAngel
    The Dullahan was the inspiration for the Headless Horseman. It rode about on a big black steed, carrying its head in one arm and wielding a whip that was actually the spine of a human corpse. When it stopped riding, it was often where a person was due to die, and when the dullahan called that person's name, he or she died instantly.
  • January 14, 2013
    nitrokitty
    • The headless midget assassin who claims to be Spider Jerusalem's son in Transmetropolitan is somehow able to talk despite, you know, the no head thing. Seeing as this is Transmetropolitan, even this is seen as plausible.
      Royce: Let me say now that with your history of drug abuse it was conceivable that you could produce a child with no head.
  • January 17, 2013
    dubey
    Real Life
  • January 18, 2013
    Arivne
    ^ An example that consists solely of a link violates our Weblinks Are Not Examples policy. Could you add more information to it so that it will still be usable even if the link goes dead?
  • January 19, 2013
    ArcadesSabboth
    It looks like this is supposed to be about headless bodies, not bodiless heads. But the description needs to be much clearer to make that apparent.

    As for "inversions", I'm pretty sure the decapitated talking head is already a trope.
  • January 22, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ The trope you're thinking is Losing Your Head. As for an another example of a body without head talking:
    • Fullmetal Alchemist: Alphonse Elric is a human soul stuck in an Animated Armor. How he's able to speak at all is a mystery, but the couple of times he has dropped his (helmet) head, the sound keeps coming from his body. The same applies to Barry the Chopper. The Slicer Brothers, however, are sort of an inversion since the helmet and the armor both have a soul in them so the torso and the head can technically speak at the same time.
  • January 23, 2013
    ZombieAladdin
    In One Piece, Foxfire Kinemon's disembodied legs are able to speak on their own, as Kinemon has learned how to talk by farting.
  • January 24, 2013
    JohnnyCache
    Celty from Durarara has a wisp of smoke for a head, but still can talk, hear, etc.
  • January 26, 2013
    ZombieAladdin
    The Fullmetal Alchemist example should be categorized under Anime and Manga.
  • January 26, 2013
    SinisterShenanigans
    The description for the Dullahan example does not fit with the trope. I get that he has a decapitated head, but this is about decapitated heads that are talking (if I understand correctly). If the Dullahan's head indeed speaks/talks/whatever, then that should be noted in its description.
  • January 26, 2013
    Arivne
    ^ This trope is "A decapitated character that can somehow keep talking without a head" (from the Laconic).

    So the Celty example does fit.
  • January 26, 2013
    AP
    Film

    • In The Doom Generation, the characters accidently shoot a man's head off and it continues to shout at them when it lands. The head is later revealed to be alive (yeah, it's that kind of movie) and one of the characters is afraid it will talk to the police.

    • In both The Evil Dead II and its sequel Army Of Darkness, two different demons briefly continue to talk after getting their heads blown off. One of which, is an Evil Counterpart of the hero and reattatches his head later.
  • January 26, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    As has been stated before, we already have a trope about talking heads: Losing Your Head. The trope description was originally about torsos without a head talking and that's how it should be for this to be a new and valid trope. You have to remove examples about talking heads, like the Oglaf and Harry Potter ones.
  • January 29, 2013
    Stratadrake
    According to the description this is supposed to be about the counterpart: the headless torso (Talking Headless, if you will). Is that separable?
  • January 29, 2013
    Euan2000
    In Jason X after being defeated by Jason, the cyborg woman's head is chopped off, but it doesn't stop her from talking.
  • January 29, 2013
    Tallens
    • One episode of Scooby Doo dealt with the Headless Horseman. This version was seen walking around, sans pumpkin, asking, amiably at times, for people's heads.
  • February 7, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Since we don't have a trope called "Rule of Spooky", I think you should replace it with something we do have, i.e. Rule Of Scary. Oh, and by the way, Rule Of Fun is about games being fun to play. You probably meant Rule Of Funny.
  • February 20, 2013
    Euan2000
    I think all the bases are covered. How do I remove tags that aren't needed anymore?
  • February 21, 2013
    Arivne
    ^ You can't. Because of abuse the system was changed so that only moderators can remove tags. You can ask for this to be done on Ask The Tropers.
  • February 22, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Still needs a better name.

    Also pulled the Durarara example, since Celty can't talk.

    Looks like the Dullahan example needs to be pulled, since it seems like it's just a talking head.
  • February 27, 2013
    dvorak
    In Mogworld, Jim mentions a torso happily gurgling when the crowd of zombies is informed that everyone will get a job at the Evil Tower Of Ominousness regardless of their state of decrepitude.
  • February 27, 2013
    Arivne
  • March 25, 2013
    ArcadesSabboth
    I removed the natter from the Vampire example.
  • March 25, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Corrected a typo.
  • May 28, 2013
    randomsurfer
    [nevermind, lost the point of the trope, my example was Losing Your Head.]
  • May 29, 2013
    MorganWick
    Does the Black Knight from Monty Python And The Holy Grail belong on this page or Losing Your Head? And is Losing Your Head the inversion of this or the supertrope of this and the inversion?
  • May 29, 2013
    doorhandle
    Hmmm. Better names. "No larynx no problem?"

    Also, Raziel from legacy of kain should be an ensample. Sure, his head's still attached, not so much his lower jaw...

    And I think black knight belongs on loosing your head, I think he finally gave up after deception. Loosing your head would be the super-trope, yes, seeing as you need to loose your head to be reduced to speaking from your throat in the fist place, or at least your lower jaw.

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