Created By: GiantSpaceChinchilla on April 29, 2011 Last Edited By: GiantSpaceChinchilla on December 13, 2016

Invisible Neck

a character has a torso and a head but somehow their neck is nowhere to be found

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Too Rare to Trope? perhaps
the picture, is what it is, hope that helps.

A Bizarre subtrope of Raymanian Limbs, which is itself a subtrope of Invisible Anatomy. The meat and bones of this trope is that for whatever reason, a person has a torso and a head that are still some how connected resulting in a head that appears to float on a invisible neck.


  • One of Dr. Strange's enemies, the Dread Dormammu, has a burning coal of a head, floating above his shoulders, with nary a neck to be seen.


Tabletop Games
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Lumi's are outsiders who cannot be flanked, are immune to vorpal swords, strangulation, and suffocation. because their head isn't connected to their torso.

Web Comics

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 30
  • April 29, 2011
    Needs A Better Name. Most people wouldn't immediately associate cervix with neck.
  • April 29, 2011
    Do you know what a cervix is? I don't think it has anything to do with the neck.
  • April 29, 2011
    Charles Gray (the Narrator) in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • April 29, 2011
    Charles Gray (the Narrator) in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

    In fact, his audience name is No Neck.
  • April 29, 2011

    • One of Dr. Strange's enemies, the Dread Dormammu, has a burning coal of a head, floating above his shoulders, with nary a neck to be seen.
  • April 29, 2011
    Harry Potter - Uncle Vernon is described as having no neck. Aunt Petunia has twice as much to make up for it.
  • April 30, 2011
  • April 30, 2011
    Galaxy Quest had rock monster
  • Cervix noun Anatomy
    1. the neck, especially the back part.
    2. any necklike part, especially the constricted lower end of the uterus.

    decided to change the name for exactly that reason

  • May 4, 2011
  • May 4, 2011
    A Steve Martin bit from back in the day, as the Wild and Crazy Guy.
    I love to date a girl with a good head on her shoulders - I hate necks. That way, when we go into a restaurant, every head turns.....except hers, because she has no neck! Hahahahahah!!
  • May 5, 2011
    Real life examples:
    • Former Test cricketer Gladstone Small (parodied on the Twelfth Man comedy tapes with references to his going into hospital for a givanectomy (which was not successful))
    • News Quiz presenter Sandi Toksvig
  • May 23, 2011
    No Neck for the name (except the words are attached)
  • May 23, 2011
    Used by the guy behind Floating Hands (Homepage, YouTube account) whenever he makes a cartoon. Animating cartoons in Flash is so much easier when you have heads and hands as completely disconnected parts of the body, don't ya know.
  • May 23, 2011
    The Flintstones: Fred & Barney.
  • May 24, 2011
    Is this specifically for characters whose heads seem to float, or do characters whose heads just seem to be connected directly to their shoulders count too?

    If it's the former, that might need to be clarified more, because some of the proposed examples don't fit.
  • May 24, 2011
    Strong Bad's brother Strong Mad has no neck. Actually, he doesn't have much of a head, either; his face has mostly descended into his chest.
  • May 24, 2011
    Wait, after rereading the description, I'm confused. Is this when someone has no neck, and their head sits on their body, or when their head seems to float over their body with nothing in between?
  • May 24, 2011
    Looking at the examples that have actually been added, I think this means when there is no visible connection and we end up with floating head syndrome. It really needs to be rewritten to make that undoubtedly clear. A picture will help that along.
  • May 25, 2011
    The Simpsons: Jasper Beardley aka the "That's a paddlin'" guy.
  • May 26, 2011
    Many of the stickfigures in xkcd.
  • May 26, 2011
    Won't this trope be better called... The Neckless?

    (My forst comment in the Site, Oh My!)
  • May 26, 2011
    @ Mors: I'm not really sure how that would help, on the other hand I would have never pegged Invisible Neck to mean what The Neckless sounds like.

    I'm going to have to work on uploading the image later, I found some though.

  • May 27, 2011
    The first or fourth one get the point across best.

  • December 2, 2016
    Floating Limbs has a few examples.

    • Dynamite Headdy has a detatched head. His Distaff Counterpart, Heather, (Fingy in the Japanese version) has detached fingers/hands/whatever.
    • The Guard Armor boss from Kingdom Hearts has five separate parts: Two legs, two floating arms, and a floating torso. All five parts are attackable, and in some tournament matches you'll actually fight against its disembodied extremities/torso.
      • The prequel game gives it an Unversed counterpart, the Trinity Armor.
    • The "Miis", people who can be made on any Nintendo system from Wii onwards, have no limbs in certain games or apps (such as Wii Sports or the StreetPass Mii Plaza), but, oddly, clearly do have arms in other games. In Wii Sports' baseball alone, the Miis constantly switch from merely being a head and torso, to having hands, legs, and feet.
    • Psychonauts' Straw Critic, Jasper's head generally appears to be attached to the body, right up against the suit's collar. However, there are some scenes where the head detaches from its normal position during his grandstanding (e.g. when you first meet him).

    Among others.
  • December 2, 2016
    • In Tyranny, Archon of Secrets has a humanoid body with a two-faced metal mask floating above it.

    By the way, DO we have a trope for when someone seems to either have no neck or has a neck so short is seems to be non-existent? From the non-floating-head variety.
  • December 12, 2016
    ^ Yes, we do. It's No Neck Chump.

  • December 13, 2016
    In the OP, you asked if it was Too Rare To Trope. The number of examples prove that it's not the case.

    The image needs to be right-aligned, though.
  • December 13, 2016
    @Premonition 45: Jasper is not an example. He has a neck, it's just hidden by his beard. This is when a character's head is floating over their body with no neck connecting it.
  • December 13, 2016
    The Description should say: "Compare No Neck Chump, whose neck is so short or thick that the head seems to be directly attached to the torso."