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.
- In Jason X after being defeated by Jason, the cyborg woman's head is chopped off, but it doesn't stop her from talking.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 PewDiePie's Happy Wheels videos. Lampshaded more than once.
- 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.