Characters: Beavis and Butt-Head
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Beavis And Butthead
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:
- Bad Boss: In "Huh-Huh-Humbug" as an Expy of Ebenezer Scrooge.
- Berserk Button: Out of every insult slung at him, "buttknocker" is the one that particularly sets Beavis off, as seen in "Murder Site".
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Subverted. He is more of an Anti-Hero than flatly evil, but still has his moments.
- The Chew Toy: More prone to Amusing Injuries.
- Cloudcuckoolander: More eccentric and crazy than Butt-head.
- The Ditz: Butthead isn't too bright, but Beavis takes this Up to Eleven.
- Drives Like Crazy: When he gets behind the wheel during a Drivers-Ed class. He actually makes unflappable Mr. Buzzcut scream in terror as they hurtle into something.
- Dumb Blonde: Has blonde hair and the IQ of a brick.
- 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: More excitable and easily angered than Butt-Head.
- 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.
- Last Name Basis: Possibly.
- 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.
- Saw "Star Wars" Twenty-Seven Times: The book Huh Huh for Hollywood says that he saw Backdraft twenty seven times.
- 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.
Tropes associated with Butt-head:
- Book Dumb: Like Beavis, Butthead isn’t among the smartest when it comes to his studies, but he surely knows how to come up with plans in hopes to score and comes up with clever remarks about music videos.
- Butthead Has Limits: Butthead would go out of his way to see a woman in the nude, but he has his limits when it come to a guy’s body… he doesn’t want to see any part of a guy in the nude, especially Beavis. He often made it clear that he doesn’t want to see Beavis’s privates.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: He's too stupid to come up with one that's fluent or doesn't involve innuendos.
- Deadpan Snarker: In his own dumb way.
- Everyone Calls Him Butt-head: Even teachers and other professionals, one wonders if that really is his name?
- The most popular Fanon name for him seems to be Buford.
- Full-Name Basis: It's not just his real name, it's his first and last names combined! One episode has another person asking Butt-head his name. He replies that it's "Butt". When the other character asks what his family name is, he replies "Head".
- Hidden Depths: He's very knowledgeable about a number of things you wouldn't expect, most notably Classical Mythology. Though when you think about it, it's hardly surprising he'd know about Sterculius, being that he's the Roman god of feces.
- Jerkass: Unlike Beavis, Butthead has no redeeming features whatsoever. It's even been stated that the world would literally be a better place without him there to cause havoc.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He has an answer for every question Beavis asks, and talks with full confidence when he does so, but is still always dead wrong.
- The Leader: Beavis normally just goes along with his ideas.
- Major Injury Underreaction: He said it was cool when he got ran over by a school bus rather than realizing he almost got killed.
- Never My Fault: Whenever they both screw up something, he always blames it on Beavis, who, being the stupidest of the two, apologizes.
- Signature Laugh: "UH HUH UH". Like Beavis, he does this so often that it's pretty much how he breathes.
- Toxic Friend Influence: In the Christmas Episode "It's a Miserable Life", Butt-Head is taken to an alternate world where he doesn't exist. One of the changes show that Beavis turned out to be a much better person without him.
Highland High Students
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.
Tropes associated with Stewart:
- Alliterative Name
- Butt Monkey: He'd be The Chew Toy if he appeared more often.
- Comedic Underwear Exposure: In the banned episode, Stewart's House where Beavis and Butthead walk into his house to watch free cable. They then strip him down to his underwear, hang him on a coat hanger and shove random stuff like sand, rubbing alcohol, and even a catcus down his rear.
- Extreme Doormat: Beavis and Butthead walk all over him. And in It's A Miserable Life, it's shown he would still have his self-esteem, if not for Butthead.
- Older Than They Look: Is supposed to be roughly the same age as the duo, but looks more like a little kid. Acts like it too.
- Take That: Wears a Winger shirt, and his wimpiness is compared to the main duo's Metallica and AC/DC shirts.
- With Friends Like These...: Though Beavis and Butt-head don't consider him a friend.
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.
Tropes associated with Daria:
- Ascended Extra: She got a slightly larger role in the comic series, and then got her own spin-off.
- Brainy Brunette: She's a wise-cracking Teen Genius with brown hair.
- Breakout Character: Got her own series after Beavis and Butt-head got cancelled.
- Characterization Marches On: Especially evident in the Marvel tie-in comics. She starts out as a more generic know-it-all but gains the wry, unflappable, sarcastic streak we all know and love later on.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mostly towards Beavis and Butthead.
- Limited Wardrobe: Like the rest of the characters, though in this series, she had three regular outfits (Her third one, which included her white shirt, black jacket, was the one she was shown in the most)
- Only Sane Woman: Within her classmates, and possibly a good amount of the community.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Breaks out into hysterics at the word "masturbation" in "No Laughing" with the other students. Though this could've been due to the animation direction being "the students laugh", and the animators making her laugh along with the rest of the class.
- Teen Genius: As an honors student at Highland High.
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: Like Van Driessen, she's a nature-loving hippie.
- 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
- Talking To Herself: Played by Tracy Grandstaff, better known as the voice of Daria.
One of the students of Highland High. He is a thug who brandishes a pistol.
Tropes associated with Earl:
- A Day in the Limelight: A central character in Incognito as he threatened to harm the boys.
- Even Evil Has Standards: After a rival tried to shoot him during Mr. Van Driesen's class Incognito, he shouted out that Mr. Van Driesen doesn't like being interrupted.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: He was in tears when Mr. Van Driesen had confiscated his pistol and other assorted weapons.
- The Gunslinger
- Race Lift: Was orginally african-american, but was changed to white to avoid accusations of racism. (Since he has a gun on his person.)
Highland High Staff
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 Guy: One of the few male examples of a vegetarian peace-lover.
- 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 isn't that they're misunderstood or don't get enough support, they simply don't have the level of humanity he's looking for in them.
- Made of Iron: Not even 2 falls off of a cliff can keep him down.
- Nice Guy: He's the only teacher who's respectful towards Beavis and Butthead, and constantly encourages them that they can succeed if they put their hearts in it; especially in the final episode before the revival, where he cries when he hears that the two are dead while the others celebrate.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Always Blue. He's calm, friendly, and unlike Buzzcut and McVicker, tolerant of Beavis and Butthead.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Between the two most known teachers on the show, he's the Sensitive Guy to Coach Buzzcutt's Manly Man.
- 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.
Tropes associated with Mr. Buzzcut:
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.
- Antagonistic Breakdown: The episode "Breakdown" centers around McVicker having one of these. In the show's original finale, his reaction upon seeing Beavis and Butt-Head alive can also count as this.
- Back from the Dead: Although 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: He's not exactly evil, but he is bald and antagonistic.
- 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.
- He's arguably more of a Big Good considering Beavis and Butt-head's status as Villain Protagonists. Especially since most of his actions toward them are either justifiable responses to their shenanigans or efforts to keep them under control.
- Butt Monkey/The Chew Toy: Bad things happen to him, usually thanks to Beavis and Butt-Head.
- Dean Bitterman: Mostly because of 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: Most of the time, he's cruel to Beavis and Butthead, even wishing death upon them.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's nicer and a lot more calm when Beavis and Butthead aren't involved. And when Beavis apologizes for being disruptive in The Great Cornholio, he decides to just let him go, even saying that he's proud of him.
- Jerkass Has a Point: His anger towards Beavis and Butthead is reasonable since the two are constantly causing trouble.
- Nervous Wreck: Due to Beavis and Butthead's abuse. The episode, It's a Miserable Life, shows that without Butthead, Mr. McVicker is a lot more calm and still has his hair.
- Pet the Dog: In The Great Cornholio he decides not to punish Beavis for going around and being obnoxious after he apologizes.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Buzzcut's Red. Buzzcut is abusive and has No Indoor Voice, while McVicker is only really angry when Beavis and Butthead are involved. He's also a Red Oni to Van Driessen.
- 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".
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. And even then, something wrong is bound to happen to him if Beavis and Butthead even go near him. Taken Up to Eleven in the movie where he's mistaken for a terrorist.
- Catchphrase: "What in the hell?!"
- Cool Old Guy: He's fairly laid-back and friendly, as long as things aren't working against him.
- Eagleland: In The Movie, he's very patriotic and is a veteran of two foreign wars (The Korean War and The Vietnam War, most likely).
- Only Sane Man: One of the most level-headed adults in the series.
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.
- Asshole Victim: Mr. Stevenson becomes a literal example at the end of "Prank Call". See below.
- Ass Shove: Mr. Stevenson fell victim to this when Harry Sachs attacked him under the impression that he was the one behind the repeated prank-calls that Sachs had to deal with.
- Dirty Coward: Mr. Stevenson shows this at times, such as the Abusive Parents example above.
- Jerkass: Mr. Stevenson, as shown in the episode Prank Call.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Mr. Stevenson, after trying to get Harry Sachz to go after Stewart to save himself, ends up shoving a phone where, in Harry's words, he'd "have an awful hard time dialing it."
- 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.
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
Tropes associated with... whatever this dude's name is:
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.
Tropes associated with Todd:
A morbidly obese hillbilly who occasionally gets caught up in the boys' misadventures.
Tropes associated with Billy Bob:
An ill-tempered middle-aged men who has a history of crime and violence.
Tropes associated with Harry:
- Ass Shove: Invokes this on a hapless Mr. Stevenson—with a phone—after a combination of too many crank calls from Beavis and Butthead and a case of mistaken identity.
- Back from the Dead: Despite having been gut-shot in "Butt Flambe," and seen dying of his wounds in the hospital, he returns in Season 8.
- Berserk Button: Repeatedly getting crank calls from Beavis and Butthead and them breaking into his house.
- Butt Monkey: In Prank Call, he gets repeated crank calls from Beavis and Butthead for over a month.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: When Beavis and Butthead relentlessly crank-call him, he gets caller ID and later asks for their street address by claiming the two won a free pizza. The only reason Beavis and Butthead escaped a vicious beating is because they can't remember their own address and the only thing they had with an address on it was Stuart's mail.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He's quick to anger and willing to get violent.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Threatens to do this to Beavis and Butthead in Prank Call, which he does end up doing in Butt Flambé.
- Stout Strength: His considerable gut doesn't stop him from being able to kick a door clear off its hinges.
- Unfortunate Names: His first and last names when said in sequence, which is why Beavis and Butthead decide to prank-dial him in the first place.
Burger World Manager
Manager of Burger World, who's also Beavis and Butthead's boss.
Tropes associated with the Burger World Manager:
- Butt Monkey: He's often on the bad end of things, because the two rarely do their job right.
- Enraged By Idiocy: He has little patience for Beavis and Butthead not doing their jobs as he asks.
- Lampshade Hanging: When confronting the duo about their slacking off, he asks if they screw around that much in school while mentioning that their principal wouldn't tolerate it one bit.
- No Name Given: Surprisingly, his first name is never addressed.
- Ultimate Job Security: The fact that Beavis and Butthead have managed to keep their jobs despite everything proves that he is either just as incompetent as they are, or utterly desperate because no one else will work there.
- Workaholic: He talks about how he wanted to make it to the top and put a lot of hard work in it.