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Characters: Beavis and Butt-Head

Tropes associated with both Beavis and Butt-head:


One of our two, er, heroes. Along with his Heterosexual Life Partner Butt-head, he spends his life unwillingly going to school, working at Burger World, watching TV, trying to "score" with "chicks", and causing trouble. He's (even) dumber than Butt-head, and more than a little crazy. He has an alter ego called "The Great Cornholio" that emerges when he has too much sugar or caffiene.
Tropes associated with Beavis:

  • Berserk Button: Out of every insult slung at him, "buttknocker" is the one that particularly sets Beavis off, as seen in "Murder Site".
  • Chaotic Stupid: Even more so then Butt-head.
  • The Chew Toy
  • Cloud Cuckoolander
  • The Ditz
  • Drives Like Crazy
  • Dumb Blonde
  • Extreme Doormat: He generally just stands there and lets Butt-Head abuse him constantly, though he does have limits.
  • Hates Being Touched: This may be a result of the molestation he mentions in their commentary on Deadmau5's Ghosts and Stuff, though Beavis, being Beavis, is fairly nonchalant about the whole thing when he talks about it.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although he can be a prick similar to Butt-Head, he's never really been as malicious about it. note  Its shown in the second Christmas special that most of Beavis negative traits are caused by being around Butthead, and that without him he would have been a somewhat dim but nice guy.
  • Large Ham: His Cornholio persona.
  • Made of Iron: Seriously, how is he still alive after everything he's been put through?
    • Because, as it says in the content warning, "Beavis and Butthead are not role models. They're not even human; they're cartoons. Some of the things they do would cause a person to get hurt, expelled, arrested, and possibly deported. To put it another way: Don't try this at home."
  • Perpetual Smiler: "Yeah, I've got a cool smile. *beat* See?"
  • Pyromaniac: "FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!" It was toned down after that incident with the boy who set his trailer on fire and his mom blamed it on the show (despite that the family didn't have cable TV in their house), but when the show was revived in 2011, they brought it back.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Butt-head's blue.
  • Signature Laugh: "HEH HEH", does this very often to the point it's pretty much how he breathes
  • Son of a Whore: Butt-Head constantly insinuates that Beavis' mother is a "slut". Beavis himself seems to confirm this when he tells Butt-Head "My mom's a slut, not a whore. She doesn't charge money."
  • Split Personality: "The Great Cornholio", which emerges when Beavis has too much sugar, caffeine or drugs.
  • Talkative Loon: His Cornholio persona.


The series' other protagonist, Butt-head is slightly more intelligent than Beavis (for whatever that's worth) and usually comes up with the duo's Zany Schemes to meet girls or make money. He's also calmer and more emotionally stable than his partner.
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Stewart Stevenson

A hapless nerd who hangs out with Beavis and Butt-head—not because they like him, but because he'll let them get away with almost anything.
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Daria Morgendorffer

Daria is one of Beavis and Butt-head's classmates. Intelligent but disaffected, she's amused by the duo's antics, and often makes sarcastic remarks that go right over their heads.
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Tom Anderson

B&B's next-door neighbor and frequent victim. He's smart enough to realize that the boys are a menace, but too old and senile to do anything about it.
Tropes associated with Mr. Anderson:
  • Aesop Amnesia: Keeps rehiring the duo because he keeps forgetting what they look like, despite wrecking his yard every time. He does eventually catch on and stops hiring helpers for his yard work, not that it stops Beavis and Butthead from ruining things.
  • Badass Normal: For all of his Butt Monkey tendencies, Anderson does knock a man flat with one punch in "Steamroller".
  • Blind Mistake: Even with his glasses on he has blurry vision which is why Beavis and Butthead are able to fool him half the time.
  • Butt Monkey: Every time he hires the duo to work on his yard, something bad happens.
  • Catchphrase "What in the hell?!"
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Eagleland: In The Movie, he's very patriotic and claims to be the veteran of two foreign wars.
  • Only Sane Man

David Van Driessen

One of Beavis and Butt-head's teachers, Mr, Van Driessen is an idealistic hippie who tries to help the boys by appealing to their better natures. Predictably, it never works.
Tropes associated with Mr. Van Driessen:

  • Aesop Amnesia: He's repeatedly learned that Beavis and Butt-Head are crude, destructive morons (particularly notable in the episode where they "clean" his house), yet continues to rather naively support and encourage them. Though it's justified as Van Driessen has an optimism very uncharacteristic of the Highland High staff.
  • Berserk Button/Beware the Nice Ones: Surprisingly, Van Driessen is very protective of Beavis and Butt-Head despite how poorly they treat him. In the episode Manners Suck he physically attacks Mr. Manners after Beavis falsely implies that Mr. Manners molested him. Also, he's very protective of his eight-tracks; Beavis and Butthead destroying his entire collection marked the one time in the series he angrily expressed an interest in killing them.
  • Butt Monkey/The Chew Toy: Is getting attacked by a bear, thrown through a bus window off a cliff and flattened by Beavis in a rolling tire enough of a hint?
  • Characterization Marches On: Originally couldn't stand Beavis and Butthead and actually threatened to kill them in "Cleaning House". However, in later episodes, this gets toned down, as he starts to care about them and become more likeable and laidback in tone. In fact, he defends Beavis and Butthead when they're missing and assumed dead—something he would never have done in earlier episodes.
  • Cool Teacher: The best teacher at Highland High, and seems to gain a good deal of respect for it from the students, even from someone like the thuggish Earl. His efforts are completely wasted on Beavis and Butthead though.
  • Granola Girl - Rare Male example.
  • Hippie Teacher: Literally. He looks as if he's still living in the 1960s.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: When it comes to Beavis and Butt-head, he doesnt seem to grasp that the duo's problem isnt that they're misunderstood or dont get enough support, they simply dont have the level of humanity he's looking for in them.
  • Madeof Iron: Not even 2 falls off of a cliff can keep him down.
  • Verbal Tic: Ends most of what he says with "Mmkay?"

Coach Bradley Buzzcut

A macho, ill-tempered veteran, Mr. Buzzcut is Beavis and Butt-head's gym teacher. He tries to keep B&B under control through constant verbal abuse. Although he takes the opposite approach from Van Driessen, he fares no better with the dumbass duo.
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Principal McVicker

A nervous, high-strung bureaucrat who lives in terror of B&B and occasionally tries to get rid of them. Of course, he always fails.
Tropes associated with Mr. McVicker:

  • The Alcoholic: Has been driven to drinking and pill popping by the duo's antics.
  • Back from the Dead: Althugh he apparently died of a heart attack at the end of Season 7, he appears in the season 8 episode Dumb Design proving that he wasn't dead after all.
  • Bald of Evil
  • Berserk Button: Beavis and Butt-Head, to the point where he's almost always (justifiably) hostile towards them
  • Big Bad: Arguably, as he's the closest thing Beavis and Butt-Head have to an Arch-Enemy.
  • Butt Monkey/The Chew Toy: Bad things happen to him, usually thanks to Beavis and Butt-Head.
  • Dirty Old Man: In the movie, Beavis and Butt-Head walk in on him getting spanked by a prostitute.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: It's shown that the stress from having to deal with Beavis and Butt-Head causes Principal McVicker to drink heavily. He even keeps a bottle of liquor in his desk and takes hits off it while working.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: The things that Beavis and Butt-Head say or do tend to get him angry pretty quickly.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: Suffers one in the finale of the show's original run
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Yes, big time.
  • Jerkass
  • Nervous Wreck
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: He's an overworked, stressed-out principal, and rather old-fashioned in his thoughts towards student discipline, but he's not exactly EVIL. But then again, it's still hilarious to watch Beavis and Butt-Head drive him nuts, too.
  • Verbal Tic: His noticeable "Uhhhh".
  • Antagonistic Breakdown: The episode "Breakdown" centers around Mc Vicker having one of these. In the show's original finale, his reaction upon seeing Beavis and Butt-Head alive can also count as this.

Mr. And Mrs. Stevenson

Stewart's less-than-ideal parents.
Tropes associated with the Stevensons:

  • Abusive Parents: Mr. Stevenson has demonstrated that when confronted with an issue (such as the uncovering of his porno stack), he will essentially try to pin all the blame on Stewart. Not to mention how he was pretty willing to have Stewart get his ass kicked by Harry Sachs to save himself.
  • American Accents: Mrs. Stevenson has a very noticeable Minnesotan accent
  • Ass Shove: Mr. Stevenson was a victim of this when Harry Sachs attacked him under the impression that it was Mr. Stevenson that repeatedly prank called him
  • Dirty Coward: Mr. Stevenson shows this at times, such as the Abusive Parents example above.
  • Jerkass: Mr. Stevenson.
  • My Beloved Smother: Mrs. Stevenson treats Stewart as though he were a much younger child, such as "shielding his mind from corruption" on TV. She often justifies it due to being a mother.
  • Stacy's Mom: Mrs. Stevenson, to Butt-head at least who periodically makes passes at her.


Another of B&B's classmates, Cassandra is a hippie-ish aspiring artist. She doesn't get much screen time, but the series hints that she has some disturbing Hidden Depths.
Tropes associated with Cassandra:

  • Ambiguously Gay: A big fan of notoriously lesbian singer K.D. Lang, though she also expresses a fondness for older men in other episodes.
  • Electra Complex/Parental Incest: Talks about her own father in a creepily suggestive manner in "Animation Sucks".
  • Granola Girl
  • Hot for Teacher: Her story about how a teenage girl and her English teacher drown together implies she might be attracted to Mr. Van Driessen
  • Meganekko
  • Talking To Herself: Played by Tracy Grandstaff, better known as the voice of Daria.


A character created for the 2011 revival, Hamid appears to be an immigrant from the Middle East. He's yet another adult victim of Beavis and Butt-head—he's lost two jobs due to their antics.
Tropes associated with Hamid:

  • Butt Monkey: Is constantly on the receiving end of the boys' antics.
  • Funny Foreigner: Appears to be from somewhere in the Middle East.
  • Honest John's Dealership: Hamid himself isn't particularly unscrupulous but he does end up working for one at one point.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: He's at a new job each time we see him, usually because Beavis and Butt-head did something to get him fired from the last one.

Crazy Old Farmer/Janitor

A creepy, mysterious old man who appears in only a few episodes—fortunately for Beavis, because this character has killed him twice.
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Todd Lanuzzi

A local thug who is the unwilling recipient of Beavis and Butt-head's hero worship. While he regards the boys with open contempt and frequently beats them up, they admire him too much to leave him alone.
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Billy Bob

A morbidly obese hillbilly who occasionally gets caught up in the boys' misadventures.
Tropes associated with Billy Bob:

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