Created By: Qmarkthe2nd on July 21, 2011

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.

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Examples

  • 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 has repeatedly pointed out that Peter's chin looks like balls. An Alternate Universe episode where Stewie was the King of England also gave us this:
    Stewie: (paraphrasing) 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 one episode of The Simpsons, 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.
  • "Move it, Football Head!"
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • 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."
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