Created By: Qmarkthe2nd on July 21, 2011 Last Edited By: Kartoonkid95 on January 30, 2018

That Thing On Your Neck

Pointing out weird quirks in a character's appearance.

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"That thing on your neck...is that your ear?"
Norm the Genie to Denzel Crocker, Fairly OddParents

Let's face it: The appearance of a human being is hard to replicate, especially when trying to avoid falling into the Uncanny Valley. In more lighthearted animated works, however, this is usually avoided by having character designs that don't bother with realistic depictions of humankind, instead settling for a more "cartoony" appearance. Usually, the more eccentric features of these characters often go unnoticed within the show's universe...unless the writer decides to get a laugh out of drawing attention to them.

A form of Lampshade Hanging. This usually only applies to animation, as making fun of a real-life actor's physical appearance would just be mean.

Not to be confused with that other thing on your neck. Or that other other thing.

Do We Have This One?? Do We Need This One? Needs a Better Description


Examples:

Anime and Manga

Western Animation
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: Eddy frequently calls Kevin "shovel-chin".
  • The Fairly OddParents! provides the Trope Namer when Norm points out that, yes, Mr. Crocker's ears are located on his neck. Given the show's love for running gags, this was referenced in later episodes.
  • Family Guy:
    • It has repeatedly pointed out that Peter's chin looks like balls.
    • In "Peter's Progress", we get this between Griffin Peterson and King Stewart.
      Stewie: I'm the king! Haven't you seen my picture on the new coin?
      Peter: Oh yeah, the ones with your profile. You know, your head looks really weird from the side.
    • In "Running Mates", Peter makes fun of Lois' pointy nose by holding half a sandwich up to his face.
    • In "The Juice is Loose", Stewie's football-shaped head is referenced when O. J. Simpson passes him to Chris like a football.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Several characters have pointed out that Mandy is The Noseless.
  • House of Mouse: In the short "Mickey's April Fools", Mickey tries to prove his identity by pointing out that his ears stay round no matter which way he turns.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Lady Bouvier's Lover", Homer disagrees with the idea of his father marrying Marge's mother because he believes that would mean his marriage to Marge would be incest. He then imagines what their kids would look like if they were inbred and "deformed", ie: non-yellow skin, no overbites and five fingers on each hand as opposed to four.
    • In "The Blue and the Gray", Bart, Lisa and Maggie have a Freak Out! when they don't know where their skin ends hair begins. "What are we?!"
  • In Hey Arnold!, Helga constantly calls Arnold "Football Head".
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • In "Raging Bully", an announcer describes Phineas in that "his nose makes up most of his face".
    • A few episodes, notably "Runaway Runway", have people pointing out Candaces's long neck.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: The girls' giant eyes and fingerless hands have been alluded to on a few occasions.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • This exchange from "The Fry Cook Games":
      Patrick: Well, at least I don't polish my fingernails.
      SpongeBob: (gasp) You take that back!
      Patrick: Fingernails! Fingernails! Fingernails!
      SpongeBob: You don't even have fingernails!
      Patrick: I cannot believe what I am hearing!
      SpongeBob: How can you hear it? You don't have ears either!
    • In the second movie, Patrick points out how everyone has definite feet but him. Later, Patrick happily notices that he's gained feet when he becomes Mr. Superawesomeness.
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • July 22, 2011
    Bisected8
    • Played with on Invader Zim; Dib is made fun of for having a big head. While this is true, the same is true for most of the kids on the show.
  • July 22, 2011
    FastEddie
    This is just lampshading.
  • July 23, 2011
    TechUnadept
    eew, what's that hideous thing on your neck? oh, wait; that's your face.-old joke
  • July 23, 2011
    Bushranger
  • July 23, 2011
    SalFishFin
    This is a specific kind of lampshade hanging. But is it specific enough?

    Also, the title isn't very indicative. How about Character Design Lampshade?
  • July 23, 2011
    TonyG
    ^^Not an example, as Charlie Brown's head isn't block-shaped. He is sometimes called "that round-headed kid" but that is not necessarily this trope.
  • July 26, 2011
    sgamer82
    • In Discworld, one of the beggars often seen is the Duck Man. He's a relatively normal fellow, and the Only Sane Man of his group, except he has a duck sitting on his head. His response whenever someone mentions it: "What duck?"
  • July 27, 2011
    madelinemary
    In Goldmember: "Nice to mole you. Meet you. Nice to meet your mole. Don't say mole." basically any time the Mole is on screen. "MOLEY MOLEY MOLEY!!"
  • July 28, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^That'd be Sammys Glass Eye.
  • July 28, 2011
    EmbracingShadows
    It's not a human example, but there's a good one in Spongebob Squarepants: "You're sitting on my face, which is also my body".
  • July 28, 2011
    madelinemary
    In Cheats: "Why do you have dots on your face? Dot face."
  • January 26, 2018
    Synchronicity
    Needs a better name, current is a stock phrase.

    Difference from Ignore The Disability?
  • January 26, 2018
    Arivne

    Zero Context Examples have been marked as such. They need more information to show how they fit the trope. Please don't remove the marking unless you add enough context.
  • January 26, 2018
    Kartoonkid95
    • Ed Edd N Eddy: Eddy frequently calls Kevin "shovel-chin".
    • Family Guy:
      • In "Running Mates", Peter makes fun of Lois' pointy nose by holding half a sandwich up to his face.
      • In "The Juice is Loose", Stewie's football-shaped head is referenced when O. J. Simpson passes him to Chris like a football.
    • Phineas And Ferb:
      • In "Raging Bully", an announcer describes Phineas in that "his nose makes up most of his face".
      • A few episodes, notably "Runaway Runway", have people pointing out Candaces's long neck.
    • Sponge Bob Square Pants:
      • This exchange from "The Fry Cook Games":
        Patrick: Well, at least I don't polish my fingernails.
        SpongeBob: (gasp) You take that back!
        Patrick: Fingernails! Fingernails! Fingernails!
        SpongeBob: You don't even have fingernails!
        Patrick: I cannot believe what I am hearing!
        SpongeBob:' How can you hear it? You don't have ears either!
      • In the second movie, Patrick points out how everyone has definite feet but him. Later, Patrick happily notices that he's gained feet when he becomes Mr. Superawesomeness.

    Anyway, I suggest renaming it, because the title could mislead people into thinking it's describing people pointing out an embarrassing mole or something (kinda like Ignore The Disability). Maybe change it to, Lampshaded Design Weirdness or something?
  • January 30, 2018
    TorpidDrake
    • One of the many weapons in the arsenal of the combatants in Epic Rap Battles Of History, as they often use this trope to mock their opponents and help them win the battles.
  • January 30, 2018
    Larkmarn
    Really? 7 hats? This cannot be launched now. The name is dialogue so that's the most obvious obstacle, but it's also wildly unspecific. Examples could use some cleanup, too.

    That said, if we don't have this already (which I feel like we might...) it's a good idea for a trope.
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