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Characters: Beavis and Butt-Head

Tropes associated with both Beavis and Butt-head:

  • All Men Are Perverts: The two really want to score.
  • Anti-Role Model: They're good examples of how not to behave.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Hilarity Ensues whenever Beavis and Butt-Head try to get laid.
  • Chaotic Stupid: All they care about is food, girls, heavy metal, and whatever captures their interest at the moment, most notably, any sort of carnage, to which effect they were too amused by the wreckage of an airplane crash to help the victims. They're too lazy and stupid to care about anything else, like work or their education. Sometimes their actions may cause harm to someone unintentionally.
  • Determinator: They don't give up on their quests easily... even if it means almost certain death. They just keep going.
  • Genius Ditz: They're incredibly stupid most of the time, but when they're commenting on music videos (and Reality Shows in the 2011 episodes) they can be surprisingly witty and clever with their comments.
  • Gonk: Not incredibly obvious in the show, but if one were to bring them to life...
  • Heh Heh, You Said X: Almost every time they hear a sexual innuendo.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: If only because nobody else wants to hang out with them.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Even when they get their asses kicked by Todd, they still think he's cool and aspire to join his gang. In fact, every single hoodlum, criminal, and Jerkass they meet is "cool" by their standards. Then again, when you consider their priorities and interests, it's not that surprising.
  • The Hyena: Their constant laughter is one of their defining traits.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: They've never had any permanent side effects from their innumerable Amusing Injuries.
  • Jerkasses: Both of them are obnoxious idiots, Butthead especially, who laugh at other peoples' misfortunes and cause destruction, because they think it's cool.
  • Karma Houdini: Both of them have gotten away with a lot of things that they shouldn't have, even crashing a plane in the Middle East.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac
  • Malaproper: Because of their low IQ, they constantly mishear some words as something else; often as something sexual.
  • Metal Head: As shown in the Metallica and AC/DC shirts they always wear.
  • Only One Name: Unlike most of the other characters.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Beavis and Butt-head, respectively.
  • Stupid Evil: They hate virtually everything, including air.
  • This Loser Is You: Pretty much the ultimate example. Beavis and Butt-Head are stereotype of metalheads, which is a majority of their fans.
  • Too Dumb to Live: They can barely read and they do stuff that would get a normal person killed, or at least paralyzed. Homer Simpson is a genius compared to these two morons.
  • Ungrateful Bastard
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists: They have the combined IQ of a brick and cause all sorts of mischief.
  • Villain Protagonist
  • Vitriolic Best Buds
    "Shut up, buttknocker!" *whack*
  • With Friends Like These...: Considering Butthead's endless tormenting and abuse of Beavis.
  • 0% Approval Rating: Everyone in town dislikes them, though not without good reason. It shows the most in one episode where the duo "calls in dead" to get out of school and the reactions to their deaths range from overly happy to complete indifference. The only people in the entire town who is actually saddened is Van Driesen, who cries when he hears the news, and Stewart, who tearfully mourns the loss of his two "best friends" to a reporter. Beavis and Butthead, who are watching said report, are less than amused.

Beavis

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".
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

Butt-head

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
  • 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, its 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 a alternate world where he doesn't exist. One of the changes show that Beavis turned out to be a much better person without him.

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.
Tropes associated with Stewart:

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.
Tropes associated with Daria:

  • Adorkable
  • Ascended Extra: She got a slightly larger role in the comic series, and then got her own spin-off.
  • Brainy Brunette
  • 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)
  • Meganekko
  • Only Sane Woman
  • 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

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 is a veteran of two foreign wars (The Korean War and The Vietnam War, most likely).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".

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, as shown in Abusive Parents and Dirty Coward.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Mr. Stevenson, after trying to get Harry Sachz to go after Stewart to save himself, gets attacked by Harry shoving a phone where the sun don't shine.
  • 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.

Cassandra

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.

Hamid

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:

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.
Tropes associated with Todd:

Billy Bob

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

Harry Sachz

An ill-tempered middle-aged men who has a history of crime and violence.
Tropes associated with Harry:

  • Ass Shove: Crams a phone into Mr. Stevenson's rear after too many crank calls.
  • Berserk Button: Repeatedly getting crank calls from Beavis and Butthead and them breaking into his house.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: When Beavis and Butthead repeatedly 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 are able to escape a vicious beating is because they can't remember their own address.
  • Butt Monkey: In Prank Call, he repeatedly gets crank calls from Beavis and Butthead for over a month.
  • 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.
  • Unfortunate Names: His last name, which is why Beavis and Butthead decide to crank call him.







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