Botan: Aw, it's got your hair!A pet. On someone's head. From an animation standpoint this serves the purpose of bringing the animal in question closer to the faces of the human characters, so they can both be in close shots at once. Truth in Television in the case of pets, such as birds, that like to be as high up as possible. Of course they could just be there because they're really cute and easily made into plush toys. Often the owner of the head is an unwilling steed, as the Head Pet is strangely attracted to Deadpan Snarkers and their ilk. Otherwise they can put the human who puts up with this treatment firmly in Cloudcuckoolander territory, particularly if they claim not to notice them. See also Team Pet, Pirate Parrot, Parrot Pet Position, Feather Boa Constrictor and Live Mink Coat. Contrast with Cranium Ride. Compare characters who wear or are Living Hats (such as those which sort you into a House/Clan/etc. or assist the hero in his quest). Not to be confused with petting someone on the head.
Yusuke: Yeah, it's got it right between its grubby little claws and it ain't lettin' go!
Yusuke: Yeah, it's got it right between its grubby little claws and it ain't lettin' go!
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- In ˝ Prince, Meatbun (a meatbun-shaped familiar) is often seen riding atop the head of Doll, the little girl necromancer.
- Ah! My Goddess: In a moment of drunkenly excessive pity, Belldandy teleports a homeless cat to a place of safety and comfort: the temple complex, where it materializes atop Urd's head. It is still riding her head a few minutes later when Urd takes a phone call from Keiichi.
- Air Gear: Granted it doesn't appear very often, but the small crow Kuu actually LIVES, as in its nest is in the main character's hair in earlier chapters of manga. Ridiculously used in the anime, as the crow was there so that he could become the Scenery Censor.
- Axis Powers Hetalia has Prussia, with his mysterious little chickie, Gilbird.
- Wanna see a cat resting on top of another cat? Take a look at Nekoconeko from Azumanga Daioh. And then Sakaki puts a Nekoconeko on her head...
- Dan's pet (and occasional mask) Spanky in Basquash!
- In Black Clover, the protagonist gains one in the form of a Magic-Hating Crow that he names Nero. It often makes itself a nuisance by pecking Asta's head for attention, but can also prove to be very useful as a magic compass of sorts when looking for valuable treasure.
- Partially applies to Yachiru from Bleach and her love of resting on (and chewing!) Ikkaku's head. Also partially applies from the way she spends a lot of time on Kenpachi's shoulder.
- The pet shop owner in Cowboy Bebop episode "Stray Dog Strut" wears a turtle on her head.
- Timcanpy from D.Gray-Man likes resting on Allen's head. And General Cross' too. Often in the midst of battle.
- Mocchi, the weird alien-blob thing in DearS, likes being worn as a hat.
- Although not a Team Pet, Patamon in Digimon Adventure.
- In Digimon Tamers, Terriermon sometimes sits on Henry's head. Since Terriermon's masquerading as a stuffed animal, he gets odd stares.
- In Digimon Savers, in which Kudamon rather drapes himself over his partner's neck and shoulders like a scarf.
- Somewhat lampshaded in The Movie. Terriermon, again, sits on Wallace's head when they're traveling cross-country, so he won't have to walk and Wallace gets a convenient umbrella.
- Anemone's overweight pet badger in Eureka Seven decides to spend the last few episodes on Dominic's head or shoulder.
- Menchi from Excel Saga is depicted in a lot of official artwork being held by Excel on her head. The classic pose is incredibly popular with cosplayers.
- Ta-kun, the small black cat in FLCL, is often sitting on either Mamimi's or Canti's head.
- Adorable midget panda Xiaomei sometimes rides around on her person May Chang's head in the Fullmetal Alchemist manga.
- Ebi, the weird alien pet from the Girls Bravo manga, sometimes rides on Tomoka's head.
- In Gunnm: Last Order, the cyborg representative of the Jupiter Union carries a cyborg cat on his head.
- Hanamaru Kindergarten offers a human variation, where kindergartener Anzu will scramble up her teacher Tsuchida's body and sit on his shoulders. Naturally, it's adorable.
- Though not yet in the manga or anime, Shiranui of Hayate the Combat Butler does this for Nagi's figurine.
- The Idolmaster: Hamzou seems fond of staying on either Hibiki's head or shoulder.
- Chino puts a pet rabbit named "Tippy" (which resembles a white cottonball) on her head frequently in Is the Order a Rabbit?.
- That cat, Pirozhki, that they find in Kanon.
- In Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, Reborn's partner, Leon the chameleon, rides on the side of Reborn's hat; in fact, all arcobaleno have animal partners, some of which ride on their heads. Also, Kyoya Hibari has his little bird Hibird riding either there or on his shoulder.
- Maro rides on Misako Kurata's head in Kodomo no Omocha. Mama Kurata even answers (In-Universe!) the inevitable Fridge Logic of having a squirrel in your head — Maro knows better than to poop where it lives, so it leaves Mama's head to fertilize the houseplants instead. Maro even wipes afterwards!
- Tama, the flying turtle in Love Hina.
- Yuuno in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha occasionally takes this position. When he's in his ferret form, that is.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!
- Chamo is a straight example of this; he has ridden on Negi's head multiple times, and probably about each 3-A girls' head at least once. And he once hid in the front of Asakura's vest (it was her idea).
- Variation with ghost girl Sayo; when she's possessing a small doll, she sometimes sits on people's heads, usually Asakura's.
- Also, when the girls were throwing Chao a going-away party, Zazie gives her a tiny dragon as a present. A live one. Invoking the trope, she puts it on Chao's head, where it spends most of the scene chewing on her hair.
- Madam Torogai from Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit often has a a rabbit-like dog resting in her hat.
- King, the lion cub from Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, sometimes rides atop his mistress' head.
- Kiba has his dog Akamaru on his head. At some point during the time skip he got too big (which Kiba didn't notice since he was there the whole time), and Akamaru eventually got large enough for Kiba to ride him. The cutest part? Kiba doesn't even notice the role-reversal until Naruto points it out.
- The summoned toads Gamakichi and Gamatatsu are similar examples: when they're first summoned they're small enough that they occasionally ride on Naruto's head, but after the Time Skip they're big enough for Naruto to ride on one (which Gamakichi eventually does).
- "You with the Pikachu on your head! Listen with your ears, not with your mouth!" Though Pikachu has since moved to Ash's shoulder.
- Eevee does this with Mikey in the Pikachu Shocks Back manga.
- Piplup has started riding on Dawn's head.
- And the Team Rocket trio's Meowth occasionally hitches a ride on Jessie's or James's head.
- In a more amusing example, Ash is somehow stable enough to support a baby Hippopotas on his head. In the games, it weighs in at 109 pounds!
- A less severe example, but there's also May's Beautifly, whose in-game weight (62 pounds or 28 kilograms) should have had some ill effects on the poor girl (and Ash).
- In DP, Jessie's Yanmega enjoys resting on Team Rocket's heads. James probably prefers it to being chewed on by Carnivine.
- Iris, Ash's new travel companion for the Unova region, has an Axew which lives in her massively large mass of hair.
- The Munchlax, which in one episode the Tagalong Kid Max has no problem carrying on his shoulders.
- Bianca's Minccino sometimes sits on top of her head.
- In Pokémon Adventures, Black's Munna rides on his head to feed on his distracting dreams. His Tepig also sometimes hitches a ride in his jacket hood.
- Clemont's Dedenne occasionally perches itself on Bonnie's head. Though by XYZ, it also travels in Bonnie's purse, along with Squishy.
- Noibat, one of Ash's Pokémon in XY, enjoys being on top of Hawlucha's head, another one of Ash's Pokémon! It will also occasionally rest on his shoulders.
- In Potemayo, the title moeblob spends much of its time sitting on Sunao's head. And she generally has a small yellow bird on her head at the same time.
- In one Ranma ˝ story, Kunō buys the egg of a "legendary phoenix" that will supposedly grant him an incredible sword technique, but he is warned to never put the egg on his head. Ranma "accidentally" does just that, and it promptly hatches into a stupid-looking birdie that imprints on the first person it sees each day and psychotically attacks them, though it may as well be glued to Kunō's head. The fact it can also emit a paralyzing/electrifying stare against that person means that they can't fight back. Ranma, naturally, wants the thing gone, so he starts feeding it special growth pellets... which, in the anime, results in it growing to kaiju size and flying about wrecking the city. And all the while, it's still stuck to Kunō's head.
- Rosario + Vampire II: Kokoa's shapeshifting pet bat Kou-chan sits sometimes on her hat. Regardless which form it takes, it always weighs 100kg. Only Kokoa has no problem with his height, since she's a vampire, the physically strongest yokai race of the series. Despite being the "weakest" among her sisters, Kokoa is physically the strongest of them.
- Diana from Sailor Moon, occasionally. Luna and Artemis are shoulder and neck pets.
- Shakugan no Shana: She may not really qualify as a pet, but we really can't forget that Shana-tan lives on Yuji's head.
- Sometimes, in Soul Eater, the Magical Cat Girl Blair stays on Maka's head (while in her cat-form, of course).
- After having his consumed souls removed, Ragnarok shrinks from the size of a large man to a small enough that he sometimes perches on top of Crona's head.
- Sword Art Online provides Pina, a Shoulder-Sized Dragon Familiar to Silica the "Beast Tamer", a title she earned for befriending the dragon in SAO.
- In Tamako Market, Talking Bird Dela seems most comfortable on Tamako's head. He's spent so much time up there she can tell when he's one glass of water heavier than normal.
- The Phoenix Tayutai in Tayutama, which initially takes to resting on Yumina's head in the form of a plump bird.
- Tegami Bachi has a pet monster named Steak who is often seen on Niche's head. Has also been used as bait and (almost cooked) as emergency food.
- Ryo-ohki from Tenchi Muyo! commonly sits on Sasami's head and occasionally sits on other people's heads as well.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has Boota sometimes sitting on Simon's head. However, he definitely prefers Yoko's... "comfortable place".
- Mokona in Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-. Not the first time a self-insert did it, to much chagrin of the wearer: God!Mokona did it with princey boy for quite some time in the forest of Silence in at least the manga version of Magic Knight Rayearth. (Including a hilarious scene where Ferio's acting all cool an nonchalant, yet Mokona's still hanging around on his head.)
- Tora, a cat-like demon, from Ushio and Tora. Tora usually rides on Ushio's shoulders. Hilariously, he's several times larger than Ushio, so often looks comical when riding on the latter's head.
- YuYu Hakusho: It is Urameshi's monster that nests in Yusuke's head, to his dislike. At least it doesn't kill him... It "grows up" later, so he can ride on its head.
- Used twice in Fred Perry's Gold Digger comics.
- In X-Club, a telepathic starfish "bonds" to Doctor Nemesis' head. Nemesis wants to get rid of it because the starfish is also broadcasting all of his thoughts, revealing, among other things, that he actually likes his co-workers.
- In Don Rosa 's Scrooge McDuck story "Return to Forbidden Valley", Scrooge and his nephews camp out for the night while searching for the lost Donald. Their campfire ends up attracting an enormous moth that insists on using Dewey's head as a seat while it gazes at the fire, and refuses to be scared away. It ends up staying the night with the group and even lets Dewey use it as a pillow, before departing on its own once they break camp.
- In the Harry Potter Fanfiction A Tisket, a Tasket, Five Kittens in a Basket, and its sequel, Snape is the Best Medicine, his Kneazle kitten Fred refuses to sit anywhere but on his head. Draco lampshades this.
- In the MLP fan comic, Diamond and Dazzle, Diamond's kitty commonly rides on her head, often wearing her tiara in the process.
- In A Snake Named Voldemort, snake!Voldemort occasionally sits on Harry's head. Sometimes it's to get a good view of his surroundings, but usually it's to creep out everyone within sight.
- Adopted Displaced (a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic crossover series): Pops up in a couple of installments of this series.
- Three More Things!: Sweetie Belle especially has a habit of sitting on Uncle's head when she's very young. The others do it too sometimes.
- Wily's Wittle Wub: Vinyl Scratch likes to ride on the head of Dr. Albert Wily (her new father) - she was actually there when he woke up one morning, but he didn't realize it until Dr. Light surprises him by asking him why he has a unicorn clinging to his head. Some years later, Wily eventually tells Vinyl that she's getting a little too big to keep doing this, and she responds by offering to build him a new spine so his neck can still handle her size.
- In Bugged Run, Elle often rides on her trainer's head while she is a Caterpie, starting within minutes of meeting each other.
Films — Animation
- In Home, Pig the cat finds Oh's head very comfortable and treats him like a mobile cat bed. Clinging to Tip's head is also how he saved her from the Boov abductions.
- Remy the Rat in Ratatouille certainly would not consider himself a pet, but he still rides Linguini's head while taking advantage of the fact that the human's toque (cook's hat) can easily hide him.
- Pascal the chameleon in Tangled.
Films — Live-Action
- In Peter Jackson's The Hobbit movies, Radagast the Brown has a whole family of small birds nesting on his head.
- Subverted with the evil Gonchong of the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks. Sure, this arachnid creature likes to ride on top of the head of humanoids... but to skewer it with a long proboscis that takes control of the brain.
- There's an old joke involving a bartender hearing someone coming in and ordering a drink. He turns to see a man with a frog on his head. The bartender says, "Huh, that's odd" to which the frog replies, "I know! It started out as a pimple on my ass."
- A variant on the theme features a person, usually a pirate, walking into a bar with a parrot or other piratical pet on their head. The bartender says, "Hey, that's pretty neat, where'd you find him?" "Tortuga," the parrot replies, "They're all over the place!"
- There's another about a fellow who pours the last little bit of his beer into his hat. The bartender asks why, and he is rudely ordered to mind his own business. Then a (completely smashed) mouse surfaces and informs him the same goes for his cat.
- The Duck Man, first seen in Soul Music. Played with in that he has no idea he has a duck on his head, and is confused that everyone around him always seems to be talking about some duck somewhere. "Isn't it time to feed your duck?" "What duck?"
- Not unlike a costume Rincewind wears in Unseen Academicals, in which the other wizards chase him around the campus in one of UU's inexplicable traditions. In that case, the duck is a wooden fake, though they used to use a real one. This is based on a real practice still observed in Oxford University.
- In Wintersmith, Granny Weatherwax carries her kitten You under her witch hat to keep her head warm — or so she says.
- In Wyrd Sisters, Greebo once pounced on the Fool's head, found he couldn't claw through the chain-mail protective wrapping the man was wearing (just because he's a Fool, doesn't mean he's stupid), and wound up clinging to the mail all the way out of the castle and into the woods.
- While passing for traveling entertainers in Jingo, Lord Vetinari uses sleight-of-hand to make a baby chicken appear under Sgt. Colon's fez. An unhousebroken chick, as it happens.
- In The World of Poo, Old Pediment the gargoyle wears a wooden pigeon-decoy on his head, so actual (tasty!) pigeons will assume it's safe to land near him.
- The native habitat of Baby Fuzzy in H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy.
- In Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series, firelizards that have impressed on a human will ride around on them. Most prefer to ride on the human's shoulders, but Menolly, who impressed a whole brood of nine of them (and later accidentally added a tenth) usually has one on her head.
- Averted in Dragon, when Vlad enlists temporarily in an army. When a dissatisfied officer asks if Loiosh has to ride around on his shoulder, the jhereg quips that he could stand on his boss's head instead, but Vlad would probably get tired of that.
- In a children's book featuring The Stupids, Mrs. Stupid wears a cat on her head when she goes out with the family.
- Niles' pet cockatoo, Baby, on Frasier. One episode in particular centers around him unable to remove her from his scalp at a party, after she digs her claws in after being spooked by the doorbell and the fireplace.
- The Tonight Show:
- A pygmy marmoset once climbed up onto Johny Carson's head. It wasn't a pet, and didn't stay there long, yet it earned a place in countless blooper-reels and retrospectives by doing, while it was up there, something which actual pet monkeys are diapered to prevent.
- Years later, both Jay Leno and his zookeeper guest had scarlet ibises invoke this trope on their heads. Luckily, the birds refrained from also invoking Urine Trouble.
- Subverted on Las Vegas, when a guest's pet rat got lost in the hotel's ventilation system, found its way to an open wall vent, and attempted to climb down onto the nearest person's head. The head's owner panicked, grabbed the rat, and threw it fatally against a wall.
- A rather non-comedic version appears late in Kamen Rider Double, where we learn that the Terror Dopant's giant headdress can "split off" into a gigantic monster called the Terror Dragon, which badly injures Kamen Rider Accel. Okay, maybe it's a little comedic, simply because the dragon has a goofy, "Chinese New Year parade float" appearance to it.
- Not shown, but one of the interns on Bones confessed to having stolen Brennan's iguana and worn it on his head to a party.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation:
- Luwaxanna Troi says that it was formerly the custom for Betazed noblewomen to wear elaborate headresses containing cages with live birds in them, "which was uncomfortable for the women and cruel to the birds."
- For a slightly loose definition of "pet," tribbles are sometimes seen on people's heads.
- From Dungeons & Dragons, the description of the pseudodragon from the Monstrous Manual specifies that it likes to ride on the head of its humanoid companions.
- Bust a Groove has Columbo, the pet mouse of cute hip-hop dancer Shorty, who sits on her head in the second game. If you manage to dance well enough for Shorty to reach her maximum dance level, then Columbo will hop off of her head during her next combo finisher and join her in dancing for the rest of the musical number. He's also unlockable as a solo dancer.
- The Pokémon Swablu is said to do this in its Pokédex entries.
- Dr. Kleiner's pet headcrab Lamarr in Half-Life 2 seems to like resting on people's heads. Admittedly, it's trying to puncture their skull and take over their nervous system, but it's been defanged so nobody... well, Kleiner doesn't mind. Nobody else likes Lamarr.
- Several of MapleStory's Cash Shop hats take the form of pets that sleep on the wearer's head.
- Gaia Online
- Several pets that can be equipped onto the user's avatar. Invariably, one of the poses will be the pet perched on the avatar's head.
- The Merch includes plush versions of the pets which come with places to attach headbands so that you can wear them on your head.
- Ragnarok Online pretty much has a whole class of headgears that qualify as head pets. Cats, rabbits, dogs, even the series' own homonculi...
- In Ape Escape 2, Pipochi rests on Jimmy's head when he stands still.
- Margarita's frog Surely from GrimGrimoire.
- In Title Defense mode of the Wii Punch-Out!!, Bear Hugger acquires a pet squirrel, who spends the fight under his black stocking cap. Which leads to the priceless sight of Bear Hugger lifting the cap, the squirrel coming out, as he yells "Hat trick!"
- Nagino Ise from Castle of Shikigami fights with a bunny on her head (the bunny also wears an aviator helmet).
- A weird variant in Final Fantasy VII: Cait Sith is a small cat who rides on top of a giant Moogle. However, it's the moogle that doesn't say or do anything, and is only used by Cait Sith to move around and attack. Of course, neither one is really a pet — they're both toys that are remotely controlled by someone else entirely.
- In Final Fantasy XIII, Sazh Katzroy has a baby chocobo living in his 'fro.
- In Final Fantasy XIV, certain minions will sit on your shoulder under certain circumstances... unless you are a Lalafell, which will cause them to sit on your head instead.
- Knights in the Nightmare
- Vienya's raven familiar Moja is always found perched on her head when not flying.
- Moja and Vienna also toy with the formula in that Vienna is mute, and only 'thinks' her statements, while Moja loudly voices them.
- In Dragon Quest VII, the main character has a little lizard on his head in the artwork. It is rarely, if ever, mentioned in the game proper.
- In Cave Story, during the Fetch Quest to retrieve Jenka's puppies, you carry the dogs on your head. Presumably because you need both hands free to use your guns.
- In Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness, Denny the fisherman has his pet bird, Kuu. Official art has Kuu on Denny's arm. Denny's game sprite has Kuu firmly on Denny's head. On Denny's dialog portraits, Kuu switches between his head and both shoulders.
- Litchi's miniature panda Lao Jiu in BlazBlue spends most of his time living in her hair as a hair clip. He's also Litchi's means of tapping into the power of the Boundary and, by proxy, the cause of her degeneration due to that.
- The plot of Jables's Adventure is set off by a squid named Squiddy perching on Jables's head, and informing the boy that he's The Hero. Squiddy remains on Jables's head for the rest of the game.
- Two of Team Fortress 2's Nice Hats are of the Head Pet variety: Pyro's Triboniophorus Tyrannus (a green gelatinous creature), and the Alien Swarm Parasite (guess).
- The Minecraft mod Mo' Creatures includes bunnies that will hop onto the player character's head if the player character approaches them.
- Sue in the first Grandia game has a pet named Puffy, which looks like a large butterfly, and while on her head it looks like a large hair bow.
- Ōkami: He's not her pet, but Amaterasu's Celestial Envoy Issun spends most of his time bouncing on her head or nose.
- Umi from Cthulhu Saves the World keeps a live starfish in her hair.
- In Dark Stalkers 3, Felicia has a move where she leaps on the opponents head. It doesn't really do anything other than look cute and funny.
- In World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor a small bird called Pepe in the player's garrison will ride their head if clicked on. Pepe proved so popular the developers added an achievement for killing the various Draenor dungeon and raid bosses with Pepe which awards the ability to summon Pepe at any time.
- Dove from Crypt Of The Necrodancer has... well... a dove sitting on her head.
- In Little Busters!, occasionally a cat Rin is holding will climb over her shoulders and on to her head. She usually responds by hissing and startling it off, though.
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies:
- Though he is not the owner, The Judge frequently finds himself serving as Taka the hawk's perch.
- Also, in the DLC case, Sniper the baby penguin lives in Herman Crab's hair, thinking that he's her mother.
- Pirozhki from Kanon is referenced by the cat's namesake in MegaTokyo.
- The head cat in Mac Hall. Specifically, it came from a Real Life event where during a convention, someone covertly placed a stuffed cat that resembled Pirozhki on Ian McConville's head and he went about for good amount of time completely oblivious to it.
- In The Chapel Chronicles, Chapel's pet hedgehog, Rupert, occasionally is perched atop Chapel's big head of hair, such as Hedgehog Constitutional.
- In the completely un-notable webcomic Dreamaniac, Jake's imaginary friend Whippy has a tendency to cling to his hair. Occasionally moves to arm or shoulder.
- Happened at least once with Jeremy on Susan in El Goonish Shive. But maybe only in Filler Strips. That panel was a visual echo of Kamineko's appearance on Sakaki-san's head during the Azumanga Daioh opening sequence, which might be a Shout-Out or just a visual influence.
- In Kagerou, Kano contracts headfoxes.
- Spo from Housepets!, who is sometimes found right on Fido's head.
- Dust Puppy from User Friendly, in the September 30, 2009 strip, is standing on Pitr's head while they're talking.
- A giant moth in a Gone with the Blastwave page.
- The protagonist of Real Life Fiction has a squirrel on top of her head about all the time. Though it once becomes a scorpion-squirrel because of "drow-siness".
- In Nerf NOW!!, Heavy Weapons Guy wears Baby Medic as a hat while delivering a message as a Scout. She seems perfectly happy with the arrangement.
- On Page 701 of The Phoenix Requiem, a chicken appears on Petria's head for no discernable reason, and only for one panel. One can only speculate as to what was on AA's mind when she drew that...
- Scandinavia and the World:
- Sister America has a pet chihuahua that sits on her head and has a perpetually confused expression.
- America usually has Canada on his head.
- Norway sometimes puts an apparently living fish on his.
- In Beyond the Canopy, Glenn acquires a crab on his head during his fight against the Caped Crustacean. He names him Orson Shelles.
- In Murphy's Law, Serrin's familiar, a cat named Fir, often rides on her head.
- In Our Little Adventure, Angelika's rat familiar Norveg sometimes climbs atop the sorceress's head, though Angelika hates it. Norveg usually does it to escape things that want to eat him on the ground.
- The duck and pug in Sheldon love to sleep on grandpa.
- In The Order of the Stick, Mr. Scruffy (Belkar's animal companion) has taken residence atop the enslaved Yukyuk's head and is using him as steed while the kobold is dominated. This is no doubt a comeuppance from Yukyuk's previous attempt to kill the cat.
- Hamleto The Hamster: Hamleto, occasionally, on top of Alice's head. Notably to watch TV. With all the risks involved.
- Comes up in one Dresden Codak strip. Kim finds herself on a world where almost every species participates in a symbiotic relationship. She finds a large ape-like species with hands that digs through ruins and trash heaps, but every time she tries to communicate with one it picks her up and puts her on its shoulder. She eventually figures out that the sentient species was an extinct hippo-like creature that would ride the apes.
- The painful kind in Cat Nine. 
- We Are All Pokémon Trainers:
- Sunny the Umbreon not only serves as his Trainer's Head Pet and a nice hat, but also thanks to typing as an (unwilling) anti-conspiracy device, as he blocks Psychic attempts to read his Trainer's mind.
- Turns into a Running Gag with Silent's Pokémon. Pretty much all of them but the largest ones, such as Ichtacya (Leafeon) have taken turns as the Head Pet or even openly fought over the position. At a particular point during the Orange Islands, Dintel (Sandshrew) was Silent's head pet, but at the same time had Shahinne (Starly) as his own head pet.
- Momo on Avatar: The Last Airbender can ride on Sokka or Aang's head.
- Pabu from The Legend of Korra occasionally sits on Bolin's head, when he's not in Parrot Pet Position.
- Invader Zim:
- Perhaps parodied in one episode, where Zim's robot henchman GIR is shown to have a fondness for sleeping on its master's head. Zim does not appreciate this.
Miss Bitters: You have head pigeons.
- GIR also spends half an episode clinging onto the back of Dib's head as a "tracking device".
- Perhaps parodied in one episode, where Zim's robot henchman GIR is shown to have a fondness for sleeping on its master's head. Zim does not appreciate this.
- Yugo's pet bird Az sometimes perches on the boy's Nice Hat.
- Some Sadidas have a whole bird nest, complete with birds and chicks, atop their furry heads.
- Encre Noire spends most of "A Fistful of Kamas" atop Ruel's head, though not really out of his choice. He sometimes rides his adopted daughter Elaine's head too.
- In one episode of Willa's Wild Life, Willa has one of her rabbits sit on her head, to hide her bad hair during picture day.
- In one episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Pinkie Pie's pet alligator Gummy is seen clinging◊ to her head like a suckerfish (or possibly a brain slug).
- In Littlest Pet Shop (2012) "Nest Hats Craze", Russell sits on top of Blythe's head, inadvertently causing another trend.
- On Wild Kratts, a lot of villain Donita Donata's "high fashion" designs seem to consist of a pose-beam-paralyzed animal plunked on top of somebody's head.
- Most pet parrots and parakeets. They're tree-dwellers, so they like to be as high up as they can. You may not like it, since they're usually not housebroken...
- Many pet rats also like to sit on their owners' heads. Rats, however, can be housebroken.
- Chinchillas will also climb onto peoples' heads sometimes.
- Iguanas also like to climb as high as possible and can end up on top of their owner's head.
- Any decent-sized zoo souvenir shop is bound to have racks of baseball caps with stuffed animals attached to their tops, emulating this trope.
- A girl and her cat have made it part of their nightly routine.
- World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle reported the story of an American officer in North Africa who let a big lizard — eighteen inches from nose to tailtip — crawl up his arm to perch on his head. He spent the next three hours, including some thirty miles motorcycling, with this lizard riding his head, freaking out most people who saw it.
- Some 18th century women's wigs were so very elaborate, they actually incorporated tiny birdcages in which small finches or canaries could be kept.
- Inverted with trained elephants in Asia, which are customarily acclimated to humans sitting on their heads as well as the neck or back.
- There's a photo of Neil Young with his pet sugar glider climbing on his head. This was back in the '60s when sugar gliders were not stylish.