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- According to this commercial football commentator John Clayton is a metalhead who still lives with his mom.
- The ad for Aviva Motor Insurance in Ireland has a stereotypical metal head as the main character.
Anime and manga
- Many minor characters in Detroit Metal City, given that the story centers around a metal band. (The main character is often disturbed by just how metalhead his fans are.)
- Sawako Yamanaka in K-On! (also animated by Kyoto Animation, see above) due to her age usually tries to suppress her inner metalhead, but lapses into the wild behavior from her highschool days quite frequently.
- In Airheads, a trio of metalheads/struggling musicians end up taking a radio station hostage while trying to get their demo played.
- Wayne and Garth from the Saturday Night Live skits and ''Wayne's World films are a pair of sardonic, but likable metalheads.
- The Stoned Age follows a pair of stereotypical metalheads who are trying to get laid during a night in the late 1970s.
- The drama film Hesher is about a metalhead who helps a young boy overcome the death of his mother.
- Rock Star (which was originally titled "Metal God") is a film about a 1980s metalhead who suddenly becomes the lead singer of his favorite band after the original vocalist is fired.
- The titular characters of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
- Little Nicky's only human friends are a pair of metal heads and an Ambiguously Gay man.
- Pretty much everybody in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny.
- Virtually everyone in Heavy Metal Parking Lot.
- In 30 Minutes or Less, Dwayne spends most of the movie clad in a Metallica Master of Puppets t-shirt. Also, the ringtone for his mobile phone is "Raining Blood" by Slayer.
- The teenage version of Lou from Hot Tub Time Machine has long hair, a leather jacket, and an Iron Maiden t-shirt. Making him a pretty typical 1980s metalhead.
- Kenny from Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead. In fact, the scary heavy metal posters on his bedroom walls are what causes the babysitter to die from a heart attack.
- The Icelandic drama film Metalhead is about a girl who witnesses the accidental death of her brother, who was an avid heavy metal fan. To deal with her grief and anger she remakes herself in his image by wearing his clothes and listening to his music at loud volumes. But as time goes on her acts of rebellion no longer satisfy her so she begins lashing out on a larger and more destructive scale.
- The New Zealand horror/comedy Deathgasm is about a group of high school metalheads who accidentally summon an ancient evil by playing a piece of old sheet music they found in the home of one of their heavy metal idols.
- A more streamlined version is Iron Man, who wears Black Sabbath shirts (and in the novelization, even listens to it while in his armor), fights a friend listening to Queen, and uses AC/DC to make glorious entrances.
Live Action Television
- Most of the good guys in the game Brütal Legend are metalheads. The main character is the world's greatest roadie, and there are even thick-skulled headbangers who overcome their foes by head-butting them to death.
- And their combo attack is the Mosh Pit.
- The character of Axel Steel from Guitar Hero is a stereotypical metalhead.
- The character of Casey Lynch also seems to be an example of a female metalhead, in addition to being a bit of a Grunge fan.
- Lars Umlaut is another metalhead character, albeit one who is mainly interested in Norwegian black metal.
- I-no from Guilty Gear is a musician that plays loud heavy metal as her moveset and Instant Kill.
- Averted in Power Gig: Rise of the SixString as the most metalhead looking character is actually a poet with a Dark and Troubled Past.
- Ibuki Mioda in Super Danganronpa 2, the "Ultimate/Super Highschool Level Musician/Light Music club member." She left her old band due to creative differences, from them wanting to play pop music as opposed to her love for death metal. In one of the special interactions with her, she challenges your character to a headbanging competition, and he ends up wondering why she doesn't get horrific neck pains from thrashing around.
- Daniel of Acid Rain has long hair and it's a fan of thrash metal, the weird thing in here is that it's set in a Cyberpunk story, something really bizarre, as most cyberpunk works don't even mention heavy metal.
- Amy of Woo Hoo dresses in goth/punk style and is devoted to fictional death-metal band Bloodgoat. She's seemingly quite educated and intelligent.
- The metalhead stereotype is lampooned in this article from The Onion.
- Similarly, Cracked pokes fun at it when referring to Def Leppard fans in the eighties:
In the band's heyday, fans of Def Leppard spanned all colors, genders, and hairstyles (or at least hairstyles typical of the late eighties). The vast majority of Heavy Metal fans, meanwhile, are widely known to be white males, either rail-thin or over 250 pounds, with so much hair they could supply a Locks of Love chapter in perpetuity.
- YouTube personality AlphaOmegaSin describes himself as one.
- Beavis and Butt-Head is about a pair of extremely stupid and socially inept teenage metalheads.
- The character of Otto Mann from The Simpsons. In one episode he was forced to choose between his bride-to-be and metal. Guess what he chose?
- In Metalocalypse, Dethklok fans are portrayed as being sterotypical metalheads.
- Home Movies has the inarticulate teenage metalhead Duane and his band Scäb. In spite of his lack of ability to express himself verbally, he is a highly talented guitarist and has written a rock opera based on Franz Kafka.
- The Bumbling Dad from My Dad the Rock Star
- The "menial jobs and not book smart" description is averted in real life: a French sociologist studied the metal crowd, taking for basis the fans who attended the Hellfest Summer Open Air festival of 2011. His conclusion: higher diplomas and less unemployment among metalheads than other youth groups.