Head Turned Backwards
"My ass! I can see my ass!"When a freak teleportation accident, head reattachment gone wrong or some other strange occurrence ends up with a character's head on or turned the wrong way. Very likely to happen after a Cranium Chase. Could also be the result of Amusing Injuries, especially a Neck Snap. Someone with Abnormal Limb Rotation Range might be able to do this at will without thinking twice about it.
— Madeline Ashton, Death Becomes Her
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- The hero of "The Two Brothers" from the Brothers Grimm collection is beheaded in his sleep by a wicked marshal. When the hero's train of animal companions find him, they send the hare to fetch a magic root that can restore people back to life. It works, but the not-too-bright animals have put his head on the wrong way. The hero does not immediately realize this due to being lovesick, and only when he tries to eat lunch he notices there is something amiss. The animals fess up to their mistake, and the lion mends the damage by ripping the head off, then putting it back on the right way with the magic root.
Films — Live-Action
- Death Becomes Her. After a fall down a flight of stairs, the now-immortal Madeline finds her neck broken and her head backward. Cue the quote above.
- The Empire Strikes Back sees this happen to C-3PO after Chewbacca reassembles him.
- In Spaceballs, this happens to President Skroob via Teleporter Accident:
President Skroob: Why didn't anyone tell me my ass was so big?
- There's a Laurel and Hardy short where they run into some big guy who threatens to "turn their heads north and south" if they don't stop annoying him. The final scene shows them with their heads on backwards.
- A biker goes on a road trip with his girlfriend, who's wearing a leather jacket back-to-front to reduce the wind. The bike crashes, sending both into the bushes. When the biker comes to, he gets up to find his still-unconscious girlfriend surrounded by helpful locals, one of which is telling the others, "On three, we twist her head back right way round! One, two, three!"
- In the Inferno, fortune-tellers have to walk forwards with their heads on backwards, unable to see what is ahead, because of their forbidden attempts to see the future in life.
- Deliberately invoked in Perdido Street Station, where some of Motley's moth-keepers are reMade this way to allow them to safely view the moths through mirrors while the rest of their bodies are directed towards them.
- On True Blood, Bill ends up having hate-sex with his sire, Lorena. During the act, Bill twists her head backwards, which neither interrupts their sex nor seems to bother her that much. Easily one of the most disturbing scenes in the series.
- A sketch show on Radio 4 had a man wake to find his head was on backwards. It turned out to have been done by medical students as a fundraising stunt — to raise money for the victims of their previous fundraising stunts.
- In the final battle of Luigi's Mansion, you fight King Boo in a mechanical Bowser suit. You blow the head off the suit so King Boo comes out and you can start sucking him up. Once you get his HP down to a certain point, though, he'll start attaching the head to the Bowser suit backwards, causing him to run and flail around for several seconds before twisting it back around.
- The 2013 Deadpool game has Deadpool at one point getting badly wounded and ending with his head backward. He also lost an arm, and can't put back his head straight until he recovers it — unfortunately, he has to chase a dog fleeing with said arm. Also an opportunity for Interface Screw, since the controls are backwards too until the head is set straight.
- S.S.D.D: Take a guess how Sticks reattached Tin-Head's head when he insulted him through the reassembly process.
- Rusty and Co.: After demonstrating that having Ezra's head loped off isn't going to stop her, Cube counters this by letting it fall backwards on her neck, and her regeneration power immediately glues it in position, putting a serious damper on her combat capability. Until her brother turns said head the right way, in a move that would be a Neck Snap if they weren't undead.
Koenig: Keep your head straight, dear sister.
Ezra: I'm never drinking from a twist-off bottle again.
- Futurama. In one instance, in Bender's Big Score, Zoidberg affixes Hermes' head wrong.
Zoidberg: I thought you were happy. Look, your tail is wagging.
- This happens to Sheen Estevez in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius episode "Vanishing Act" when he reattaches his head after finding his body, which also heavily lampshades this trope, as well as being the page image.
- Looney Tunes, Rabbit Fire. One of Elmer's gunshots turns Daffy's head upside down.
- In the Spongebob Squarepants episode "Neptune's Spatula", King Neptune blasts Patrick to cinders. He revives him, only with his face on his butt.
- In one episode of Popetown, it happens to the Pope after a (harmless) beheading. He has his head sewed back, but backward.
- Happens to Moredcai in Regular Show, caused by a rap battle of all things.
- Back-to-Front in The Raggy Dolls is named for the fact the manufacturer put his head on back-to-front.
- Happens to Amethyst briefly in Steven Universe's crossover with Uncle Grandpa.