Two heads? Who the heck needs 'em?Whenever a creature has two (or more) heads and the ability to talk, each head will have its own distinct personality. In more comedic series, the heads will often argue with each other over which course of action to take. Sub-Trope of Conjoined Twins. Sometimes overlaps with Belly Mouth or A Head at Each End. Also see the Janus type of Two-Faced.
Two heads? How can you feed 'em?
Two heads! Day after day...
...It's drivin' me crazy in every way!
Two heads? How can you feed 'em?
Two heads! Day after day...
...It's drivin' me crazy in every way!
— Vanterviper, Gallavants
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Anime & Manga
- Deltamon in Digimon V-Tamer 01, a three headed therapod.
- In Digimon Adventure 02, the Digimon Kaiser gives Daisuke a Sadistic Choice: he can save only one of his four friends (and their Digimon) and not all of them because Deltamon has three heads and is hungry.
- Ebonwumon of Digimon Tamers, who has two different accents in the dub.
- Kanan/Shuko/Junrei (collectively known as Honlon) from Pet Shop of Horrors. She's (they're?) a three-headed dragon with a different personality for each head. Justified in the manga's explanation of how dragons are born: the dragon's form and its personality are influenced by the person who cares for its egg, and thanks to unexpected circumstances, Honlon's egg was cared for by three very different people before it hatched. However, this manifests as Literal Split Personality in their one-headed (shared) human form.
- The Three Sisters in the first Vampire Hunter D novel and movie has the heads of three beautiful women and the body of some kind of silver dragony thing. The heads argue over which one of them gets to eat D.
- Rouge in Ranma ½, having fallen in the Spring of Drowned Asura, has three faces (all on different sides of the same head) when she turns into her Goddess form. They bicker endlessly with one another, even yelling at each other to wake up if one of them is knocked out.
- The giant Judge Baskerville in One Piece resembles the knight from Holy Grail and has one head that believes in punishment, one head that believes in mercy, and the center head which declares itself the most reasonable, but is really Ax-Crazy. Subverted when it's revealed to be three different people with very odd physiques sharing a shirt.
- Happens many times in Franken Fran. In one particular variant, she stitched the salvageable remains of two clones that had just killed each other into one. We are then treated to a wide-headed, three-eyed, three-armed, three-legged human arguing with herself and beating herself up.
- InuYasha has the brothers Kinka and Ginka. Members of their species are born with two heads, with the stronger head killing and devouring the other early on to become a unique monster. Unfortunately, Kinka and Ginka have grown to be of equal strength, and spend all of their waking hours fighting each other violently, but to a stalemate. Note that they look more like two Snake People with their tails hopelessly imbricated rather than conjoined twins.
- One Bleach filler anime episode has a two-headed dog-like Hollow who was born from the spirits of two dead dogs. After nearly killing the little girl who owned one of the dogs in its life, one of the head attacks the other.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: The series' flagship mecha, Gurren Lagann, is formed by combining two face-like mecha (Gurren and Lagann). The resulting combination has two faces (one on its head and one on its torso), which are piloted separately and "speak" and emote with each of their corresponding pilots. However, there are a few instances where Simon subverts this by piloting Gurren Lagann by himself.
- Double-Header of the Legion of Substitute Heroes in The DCU — pictured above. This is his whole "power" — on his planet everyone undergoes mitosis at a certain age, but it happens over the course of some years. And his two heads don't even like each other, duh.
- In Ultimate X-Men, Syndicate is the name for mutant conjoined twin brothers. They have two interlocked heads and three arms. They attempted to rob a bank, but Prof. Xavier stopped them. Afterwards, Xavier hired them to investigate the Hellfire club.
- Green Lantern:
- One of the newest members of the Sinestro Corps is a two-headed alien. Both heads are psychotic killers but one likes killing people by ripping their bodies apart, while the other is disgusted by such crude methods and prefers more subtle methods of killing. They fight over who should control the Sinestro Corps power ring after they get it. And later, when the Green Lanterns assigned to tracking down and capturing the Sinestro Corps rings find some of their handiwork, the fact some of the bodies have been torn apart violently while others have been killed by precise controlled blasts hints that they are still fighting over control of the ring.
- There's also Maash, who has three heads (stacked vertically), the topmost being an innocent man and the bottom two both being cruel psychopaths.
- A four-headed, multi-limbed creature formed from the remains of four Football Hooligans is sent to kill John Constantine in one issue of Hellblazer. He notices the different tattoos on each side of the body, from opposing football teams (each pair of boys had a different favorite team) and tricks them into arguing with themselves long enough for him to escape while they rip themself (themselves?) to pieces.
- Hindrance and Perfidia from Meat Cake comics. Although it's not sure if they're siamese twins... They argue constantly, though.
- Baxter Frunnt... sort of. He's got one head so to speak, but it's got two bodies and personalities and faces to control, since his back is the other guy's front.
- In one issue, Suprema encounters a demon with seven heads, each embodying one of the Seven Deadly Sins. They don't get on with each other very well.
- Divangelic in Empowered certainly looks like the two halves would have contrasting personalities, since one of them dresses as a sexy demoness and the other as an angel; she was always just a background character, though, so we never get to see them talk.
- Bi-Beast, an Incredible Hulk foe. But he's an android, so yeah.
- The EC Comics story "The Basket" from The Haunt of Fear features a two headed man who always keeps one of his heads covered with a basket so he can go in public. While one head is friendly the other is cruel and a murderer.
- The Powerpuff Girls story "Triple Threat" (Cartoon Network Block Party #58) has Mojo Jojo using a ray that initially seemed to have destroyed the girls, but actually makes them grow into a three-headed entity in a single body.
- George and Tail, recurring characters from the marginal comic strip of Cricket magazine, are the independently-sentient head and tail of one earthworm.
- Nyx's Family: Garble, after eating way too many Fire Opals, grows huge and sprouts two extra heads, both of which have their own minds. Some time after the battle is over, it's revealed that dragons are not meant to have multiple heads, so his own physiology and self-healing properties will cause him to gradually split into three dragons, a slow, laborious and incredibly painful process that will take at least a year or longer to complete. Garble isn't very happy about this.
- The two-headed Hideous Gobblsnutch in Captain Proton and the Planet of Lesbians.
"Ohhhh, I don't know..." said Left Head, quivering with fear and indecision."Can't you make up your mind for once?" snapped Right Head."How can I when I've got two of them!"
- In the Pony POV Series, the Dragon Goddess Queen Tiamat is a gigantic Kaiju sized dragon with five heads. Each head seems to have a mind of it's own, but they never fight. When she meets Queen Majesty, each head is also shown having differing emotions and reactions, with one even sleeping while the others are fully awake.
- The incarnation of Grand King Ghidorah in The Bridge might seem to be at first as he can speak out of each of his three heads, but is ultimately an aversion when it's found targeting the heads doesn't do much. The reason he can suffer massive damage to, or even lose one of his three heads is because none of them actually contain a brain. Bizarre Alien Biology is used as a reminder reminder he's not an dragon like the Equestrian dragons, but an alien Animalistic Abomination that resembles a dragon. His actual brain, or rather equivalent, is in his chest.
Films — Animation
- Devon and Cornwall, the two-headed dragon in Quest for Camelot. They/he can't fly unless both heads can agree, which isn't often. They even have a full Disney Acid Sequence song about how much better their lives would be if they were apart.
- The Mayor of Halloween Town from The Nightmare Before Christmas, for some reason, actually has a smiling face on one side of his head, and a frowning one on the other. He is a politician, so it would be obvious that he'd be two-faced.
- Chunk from Toy Story 3 has a face that can flip between a smiling one and a frowning one by pressing a button on top of his head. During most of the movie, Chunk will always show his frowning face to show his affiliation to Lotso, but at the end of the film due to Lotso being removed from the daycare center, Chunk actually now decided to show his smiling face.
- The Vanterviper's heads in Gallavants not only bicker, they also sing about their woeful plight.
Vanterviper: Oh, I will cry, 'till the day I die,
Two heads ain't better that one!
- Orochi in The Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon, whose heads frequently fight-over vats of wine, over who gets to eat Prince Susano, and in fact, two of the last three heads bite each other off.
- Bad Cop/Good Cop from The LEGO Movie doesn't have two heads, but two faces. Each with drastically different personalities.
- Monsters University has Terry and Terri, members of the Oozma Kappa fraternity. They bicker from time to time but are also shown to share genuine care between each other.
- Zmey Gorynych from the Russian film Dobrynya Nikitich and Zmey Gorynych. Despite being referred to in the singular, the three heads frequently converse with each other and speak independently, with Zmey alternating between referring to himself in the singular and plural (though this might actually be a translation gaffe)
Films — Live-Action
- The Three-Headed knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. They first argue whether to kill the Sir Robin, then bitch about each other, and then disagree on what to do after killing him, giving him the time to bravely run away.
- Fode and Beed, the two-headed announcer from The Phantom Menace, though the only clue to the differing personalities is that each head speaks a different language. To be fair, there are two main languages on Tatooine: Galactic Basic and Huttese. Some people can't understand Basic but do understand Huttese, and vice versa. That particular announcer was chosen because he could easily and fluently speak both at the same time.
- Averted with King Ghidorah from the Godzilla franchise. His three heads don't seem to have any distinct personalities from one another.
- Scrad & Charlie from Men in Black II.
- Classic B-movie The Thing with Two Heads plays this seriously. Or at least they try to.
- In Spider-Man 2, the four tentacles of Dr. Octopus have a distinct personality from Octavius himself.
- In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy The Movie, Zaphod Beeblebrox's second head is retractable and came out from under the other head. It is eventually removed and used for collateral in exchange for the coordinates to Magrathea. Zaphod wasn't pleased, but it was just fine with everyone else, since the head was nasty, abusive, obnoxious and wouldn't be missed. Unfortunately, this greatly reduced his intelligence. Which, this being Zaphod, is saying quite a bit!
- One of the bug-like creatures in Evolution has a head on each end of its body, with an extensible tongue in each. The way it walks suggests that both ends are independently trying to steer its multiple legs.
- If you watch Fluffy the three-headed dog from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone carefully you can see that one head is paranoiacally alert, one is lazy smart-aleck, and the third is a Cloudcuckoolander.
- The two-headed Makhai from Wrath of the Titans.
- The main antagonist in Jack the Giant Slayer is a two-headed giant named Fallon. The main head is in the normal, above the neck position and does all the talking. The second head is attached to his right shoulder. It's much smaller and much less intelligent. Despite all this, the two heads seem to get along just fine.
- The three-headed Tusseladd, the first troll encountered in Trolljegeren. Only the center head actually has a brain or eyes; the other heads grow just to hone the creature's sense of smell with additional noses.
- The different heads of the shark from 3-Headed Shark Attack occasionally nudge irritably at one another, or try to snatch the same human victim away from one another like competitors.
- Joe-Jim the two-headed mutant from the Robert A. Heinlein novel Universe is one of the earliest modern types, and probably the first to be specifically described as a mutant
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
- Zaphod Beeblebrox fluctuates between being one and two people, according to the Rule of Funny. He operates as a unit most of the time, and only talks to himself when it's plot-appropriate. However, he can get hit on one head and knocked out, only for the other head to say, "What was that noise?"
- In And Another Thing... (a sixth Hitchhiker book, planned by Douglas Adams and written by Eoin Colfer with Adams' notes and the blessing of the Adams estate), the left head has been surgically removed and cyborged into the Heart of Gold to run it better. It has a completely different personality from the Zaphod of the previous five books; a straight-laced accountant type who detests the excesses of the lifestyle he was forced to live as part of the Zaphod unit. Evidently it's entirely normal for Betelgeuse Five-icans; each head has a distinct personality, but one head will have the "dominant" personality and the other head's personality will be suppressed unless similarly removed.
- Runespoors, a species of magic snake from the Harry Potter background book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Each of the three heads has a different personality. The left head is the planner, the center head is the dreamer, and the right head is always a Caustic Critic, so the middle and left heads often team up to bite it off.
- The Brothers John from Abarat. And yes, one of them is a Jerkass who always bickers with the others. Clive Barker has stated that he intends to give them similarly conjoined love interests in a later volume.
- The brothers in First Person Plural by Andrew Beierle are dicephalus conjoined twins (two heads, one body). One brother is gay and the other is straight.
- The Doctor Dolittle series features the Pushme Pullyu, a two-headed antelope.
- In one of G. K. Chesterton's story, after several knights have failed to kill a one-headed giant, Red Legs kills a two-headed one because it's too busy quarreling to notice his approach.
- Zassaliss, Harssacss, and Sesstra of the Redwall book Triss weren't born conjoined, but a mace and chain thrown by the fighter who killed their mother bound their bodies together when they were little. Since they're snakes and therefore have no hands with which to untie it, they're permanently stuck. Zassaliss, the oldest of the triplets, took charge and bullied the other two into learning to coordinate with his movements. One really feels sorry for Sesstra, the only female...
- Shows up twice in A Canticle for Leibowitz, and is an important plot point both times. The two-headed mutant who kills Brother Francis doesn't display two personalities, but conclusively ends the first section. Rachel's evolution in the third section is played as the return of a sinless being to earth, highlighting the book's theme of history being cyclical.
- Journey to Chaos: The true form of Kallen Selios is that of a four-headed chimera. Three of them (goat, lion and dragon) emerge from her neck and the fourth one (snake) comes out of her posterior as a tail. All of them represent different aspects of her personality and so they present different viewpoints. Thus they argue.
- In Starlight and Shadows, Zz'Pzora is a mutant Deep Dragon with two heads.
- In The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, the story that inspired the classic play The Nutcracker, the eponymous Mouse King has no fewer than seven heads.
- Downplayed in A Song of Ice and Fire and its adaptation Game of Thrones, where the Targaryen house sigil is a three-headed dragon. No real multi-headed dragons appear in The Verse, but it symbolizes a Rule of Three motif that recurrs with Daenerys, the most prominent Targaryen in the story. It also serves as an analogy to her three (separate, one-headed) dragons.
- In the fairy tale episode of Scrubs, an inseparable couple is described as a two-headed monster.
- In a dream sequence in I Love Lucy, Lucy imagines her neighbors Fred and Ethel as a bickering two-headed dragon.
- The Whose Line Is It Anyway? game "Three-headed Broadway Star" has three players join together and sing a fictional Broadway song, one word per head. This commonly leads to non-sequitur mishaps.
- Lexx: Robot head 790 has himself sewn to the shoulder of a largely mindless cyborg drone, with whose mutterings he grows so annoyed that he punches himself in the other face.
- Doctor Who:
The Doctor: Very relaxed, sort of cheerful. That's from having two heads. You're never short of a snog with an extra head. [...] Then they started having laws against self-marrying and what was that about? But that's the church for you.
- In the episode "The Time of Angels", the Doctor tells an anecdote about a planet of two-headed people.
Amy Pond: Church had a point, if you think about it. The divorces must have been messy
- The anecdote also serves as a bit of foreshadowing. If the people on that planet had two heads, then why do all the statues in their crypt have only one head?
- Time Lords can apparently end up like this if a regeneration goes really wonky, although we've yet to actually see this. The Ninth Doctor claimed he could have two heads ("Or no head!") before regenerating, and the Eleventh mentioned a two-headed aunt.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Becomes the subject of a Visual Pun when Spike takes on a reptile demon.
Spike: All right, heads up! (demon lifts up three heads; Spike gets an Oh, Crap! look) Heads it is then.
- Quera, Hera and Vera, the three heads of the Siren from The Aquabats! Super Show! episode "Ladyfingers!".
- The TV version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy had to try and portray Zaphod Beeblebrox with the special-effects technology of the early 1980s and the budget of a BBC science-fiction series. The result was not terribly successful.
- Power Rangers:
- In one episode of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, the Monster of the Week was a Two-Headed Parrot (one head was where you'd expect a head to be, the other was on its chest); at first the two heads were able to cooperate excellently, but the Rangers were able to get the jump on it by finding a tropical fruit it liked, and get the two heads arguing over it.
- That wasn't the first time; previously, there was Goatan the Lion Goat, another two-headed monster, who's two heads got along just fine.
- Sesame Street is demonstrating the number two by showing animals in nature, reciting, "two arms", "two horns", etc. finishing with a two-headed snake.
Narrator: "Two heads ... Two heads?!"
- The eponymous conjoined twins of the fictional band Evelyn Evelyn usually get along fine, but their self-titled song "Evelyn Evelyn" explores their disagreements:
We grew up so very close.
A parasite needs a host.
I'm only trying to do what is best for us.
Well, I never asked for this, I never wanted this.
All that I want is some time to myself.
Looking in your eyes, I'm coming home.
Just get away from me, please just stop touching me.
You're always trying to be somebody else.
Now I realize I'm not alone.
- Insane Clown Posse mention this in the song "Down with the Clown":
What if I grew another fuckin' head?
And his name was violent... Ed?
And he'd headbutt me every time I cussed.
I would need two microphones when I bust.
Would you show me love even with another head?
Or would you be like: "FUCK YOU AND ED"!
- Many 1960s Psychedelic Rock albums like to portray multiple headed gods on their album cover, inspired by Hinduistic and Buddhistic art. Examples are Jimi Hendrix' Axis: Bold as Love and Anthem of the Sun by The Grateful Dead.
- This is invoked in the Vocaloid songs "Wide Knowledge of Late Madness" and "Dark Woods Circus". Two twins are spliced together and forced to join a freak-show.
Myths & Religion
- Classical Mythology: The Hekatonkheires (fifty heads), Typhon (a hundred dragon heads on his arms), Cerberus (three heads), Orthrus (two heads), the Chimera (three heads of different animals and a snake for a tail), the Hydra (nine heads w/ the caveat that two new heads will replace any head that's lost except for one immortal head), Ladon (a hundred heads), Scylla (humanoid upper torso with six monstrous heads in place of a lower torso)... the Greeks really seemed to like this trope.
- Hindu Mythology: Indian deities, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are often depicted as having multiple heads. This is usually a visual metaphor for them being all-seeing.
- Chinese Mythology describes several creatures with multiple heads, including Xiangliu, who has nine heads and the body of a snake.
- Similar to Xiangliu or the Hydra, Japanese Mythology has the Orochi.
- In The Bible, in the book of Revelation, Satan is depicted as a seven-headed scarlet dragon, and the Beast (traditionally identified as The Antichrist), appears as a scarlet leopard with seven lion heads. Both cat and dragon have ten horns distributed among the heads.
- The poem "Us" by Shel Silverstein; something of an extreme example, as the accompanying drawing shows two faces stuck onto the same head.
- The Two-Headed Monster from Sesame Street. "Mountains!" "Seashore!" or whatever the topic at hand is.
- Tom, Dick, and Harry from The Muppet Show. They disagree about who's in charge of the... er... group?, what their intended act is, and such.
- Theres a two-headed monster in Groundling Marsh named Mud/Slinger. Their grandcestors (ancestors), were once two separate beings and lived alone in the marsh with no friends. After meeting, they became good friends, and wanted to be merged into one so that they'd never be alone again. They drank a potion that merged them into a two-headed being, and ever since then, all their descendants have been conjoined.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- Demon Prince Demogorgon, whose heads allegedly have competing spy networks and who constantly scheme against each other. They also have individual names— Aameul and Hethradiah; Aameul favors plans that use deception, while Hethradiath favors unsubtle raw power. Oddly enough, Demogorgon often benefits from this rivalry; one popular legend states that Aameul made a bargain with a lich queen, making her unprepared for a vicious pre-emptive strike by Hethradiath's forces; as a result, she was slain, giving Demogorgon as a whole her lands, wealth, and resources.
- The five-headed Tiamat is, however, an aversion.
- Ettins are a race of two-headed giants. One head (usually the one on the right) is usually the dominant one, so they rarely argue. There was, however, a 3rd Edition adventure that featured a human man who was turned into an ettin, with his mind in the left head and a new evil personality in the right head that was slowly taking control.
- In the template-heavy days of 3.5, there was "Multiheaded Creature", although it did put a reasonable limit on how many heads were added.
- Subverted with Geryon in 4th Edition. He has three heads, with one being thoughtful and conniving, one being angry and cruel, and one being manic and gleeful. However, they actually share one mind, never argue with each other, and normally only one will talk at a time, with the dominant head being determined by his emotional state.
- Jotund trolls in Pathfinder have nine heads which invariably all bicker with each other (usually about who gets to actually taste their prey).
- Games Workshop games:
- Examples present in Warhammer40000, Warhammer & Warhammer: Age of Sigmar:
- Kairos Fateweaver, a Greater Daemon of Tzeentch, the God of change, magic, hope and random mutation, has two heads, one of which can only see the past while the other can only see the future.
- Karanak, the Hound of Vengeance is a three-headed Flesh Hound of the Blood God Khorne to fit with his Cerberus theme. The first of Karanak's heads can track his quarry across space, the second follows them across time while the third can sense his prey's thoughts.
- Warhammer specific examples:
- When a daemon possessed the great dragon Galrauch, the Gold Drake’s head and neck split down the middle creating two ferocious heads. The possession wasn’t complete however and Galrauch’s original personality will sometimes immerge to take control of one of the heads and attack the other.
- Ungrol Four-horn is a two-headed mutant who was cast into the woods to die by his disgusted parents. Taken in by tribe of Beastmen for being a Child of Chaos, Ungrol was nonetheless bullied mercilessly by the larger more powerful Beastmen for his lack of horns until one night he snapped and murdered the tribe’s chieftain and Bray-shaman. Ungrol now wears the horns of the two tribal leaders as his own but the dark power of these trophies has started to have an effect on Ungrol’s heads and he can often be found arguing with himself.
- In Warhammer: Age of Sigmar, the God of Destruction Gorkamorka has two heads due to being a fusion of the orc brother gods Gork and Mork from the-world-that-was.
- In Blood Bowl, the Two Heads mutation is a physical ability available to any player on a Chaos, Nurgle and Skaven team that gives them a bonus to their Dodge rolls. The Skaven are particularly fond of this mutation with their most famous Star Player, Tarsh Surehands, having a pair of heads. Unfortunately Tarsh strangled himself to death after his heads got into an argument about a missed pass during an important game.
- In Necromunda, having two heads is one of the options for mutant Scavvies. The mutation gives the model a 180 degree field of vision and allows them to fire two pistols at the same time as each head is able to aim and fire one of the guns.
- Examples present in Warhammer40000, Warhammer & Warhammer: Age of Sigmar:
- The Spikit, a double-headed beast of burden.
- Rahkshi Kaita Za, the combiner model of Turahk, Lerahk and Kurahk.
- Two-Bad of Masters of the Universe fame. In fact, in the 2002 cartoon, they devoted an episode to explaining how they came to exist and another episode to their scheme to become separated from each other.
- Dodrio's three heads symbolize joy, sorrow, and anger. Dodrio's first form, Doduo, has two heads, but they have identical brains (usually).
- Zweilous has two heads that don't actually get along. They compete for food, even though they share a stomach. This leads to overeating. And then it evolves into the three-headed Hydreigon, which subverts this trope by only having a brain in its center head.
- Girafarig has a second head on its tail. Downplayed in its case, since the tail-head has no higher brain functions, but it is stimulated by smell and is able to alert the other head and bite on its own.
- Weezing has two heads, which produce two different toxins. According to the Black/White dex entry, triplet Weezings also exist, but they are very rare.
- Vanilluxe and the Klink line from the same generation also have multiple heads.
- Exeggutor's three heads all think independently, though they never argue due to their psychic powers. Alolan Exeggutor has four heads due to the dopey looking one on its tail.
- Subverted by Binacle. Although its two barnacles attached to a rock, they can detach and move to another one. Played straight with its evolution Barbaracle, who's made of seven barnacle heads, four of which form its arms, another two its legs, and one for its "head". They usually follow the head's orders.
- Project Dimentia Bodhisattva:
- Aqua can convert herself into a two headed girl when pressing down, and can get three heads if she was in the level Sky Chasm at max level.
- World of Warcraft:
- Not true for most two-headed ogres. Though there are very few of those you can actually talk to, they're mostly just smart guys and might as well only have one head. Draz'zilb even refers to himself as "I".
- Blizzard actually had an April Fools joke about the ogres, claiming that two-headed ogres would be playable in World of Warcraft as a sort of cooperative character. That is to say, two players each control a head, and both control movement. This being an April Fools joke, they of course emphasized all the features that made this playstyle incredibly inconvenient. This actually becomes a Brick Joke in Heroes of the Storm, as described below.
First Head: We're not brainless anymore.
Second head: I've got the brain!
First Head: Nuh uh!
- There's actually one boss whose two heads argue with each other in a Burning Crusade dungeon. The fact that each head has a separate aggro table frequently makes this an example of That One Boss for groups that bring a lot of squishy characters.
"Me hungry!" "You always hungry. That why we so fat!"
"Me not like this one..." "I'm not done yet, idiot!"
"This all... your fault." "I... hate... you..."
- There are also two bosses (Reliquary of Souls in Burning Crusade, and Devourer of Souls in Wrath of the Lich King) that are literally giant floating heads with three faces. They both have different voice actors, abilities, personas and even genders for each face.
- In Heroes of the Storm, the Ogre Mage Cho'gall is a playable character. Unlike the other characters in the game, Cho'gall requires two players to control, with one player controlling Cho (a melee warrior who also controls the body) and Gall, a spell caster.
Cho: I'm ready to serve, my master!
Gall: I—I... I'm not ready.
Cho: Foolish mortals...
- Within Warcraft the two heads had distinct personalities. Cho is the mastermind and main voice while Gall is insane and chants near gibberish with each line Cho speaks.
Gall: Usupers' children!!
Cho: Nothing you have done—
Gall: SPAAWWWN OF A LESSER GOD!!!
Cho: I. Am. Trying. To speak here!
Gall: Words, words, words! The master wants MURDER!!
Gall: To his will all flesh succumbs! From his kingdom CHAOS COMES!!
Cho: Yes... What he said.
- Notably averted with the two-headed ettins until Legion where a single quest mob will argue.
- Dota 2 has two two-headed characters — Ogre Magi (a spiritual successor to the ones in the Warcraft example above, considering the game's roots), and Jakiro, the Twin-Headed Dragon. Both characters mostly get along with themselves - Ogre Magi correct each other's mistakes and share control of the body, and have enough of a brain together to be somewhat intelligent, unlike most other ogres - although they do blame each other for dying, and, as an idle animation, they punch each other. Jakiro's heads congratulate each other on the remarks towards their rivals, as well as on some kills - when they're not trying to take the credit all to one of them, or when they're not blaming each other for failure. They also snap at each other as an idle animation occasionally.
- In Kingdom of Loathing, the Boss Bat has two heads. So does a mini-boss, a two-headed zombie, which even references the Boss Bat fight.
- In Startopia, the Turrakken race has two heads. When asked if they need anything, often each head will motion differently until they look at each other and agree. Which is probably why they make such good scientists. Each individual has two opinions, which allows for more ideas to be explored.
- Quest for Glory: Whilst they all agree on the fact they're not going to let the Hero of Spielburg, The Prince of Shapeir, The Saviour of Fricana, and that oak that went to Moldavia, pass, Cerebrus, the guardian of Hades, seem to bicker and bitch about the foodstuffs the other two heads prefer, to the degree that they nearly start fighting with each other.
- Ashton, from Star Ocean: The Second Story becomes fused in his introduction scene with a two-headed dragon. The two heads, Creepy and Weepy (or Gyrororo and Ururun in the Japanese version), constantly bicker with each other and with Ashton, though neither dragon head seems to take control of Ashton's arms and legs most of the time.
- The final boss of the flash game Arcuz is a two-headed giant who is/are elder brother and younger brother.
- In the game Eric the Unready, the title character has to get a two-headed oaf arguing with itself at one point to continue.
- There is a two-headed talking horse (aptly named Pushme Pullyu) in Ultima VI. It resides in Blackthorn's Castle. This is a Shout-Out to Doctor Dolittle.
- In Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp, on "The Garden of Eden" level, there's a two-headed serpent. One head tries to eat Dirk while the other tries to strike a deal.
- The Ettin in Stonekeep has two heads with very distinct personalities.
- Digital Devil Saga has Heat's avatar Agni and Argilla's avatar Prithivi (which are located on the breasts). Heat also gives us this great line.
"Two heads means you will be devoured twice as fast."
- Super Mario Bros.:
- Plants vs. Zombies has quite a few plants with multiple heads. While most of them show no signs of conflict, Cherry Bomb argues briefly with itself over whether to explode or detonate. In the end, they agree to explodonate.
- Kid Icarus: Uprising has Hewdraw, a three headed dragon who has an angry and boisterous head, a mellow head (who just wants to give up and go home), and a really posh, polite head that has a british accent. When you first meet them, the three heads wind up arguing in such a cacophony of noise that you can barely understand what they're saying. There's also Twinbellows, a two headed hellhound, but its heads don't form any kind of basis of their character.
- Near the end of Day of the Tentacle the three protagonists appear to get turned into a three-headed hybrid by a time machine accident. It later turns out they had simply gotten stuck inside one set of clothes.
- There's a two headed shopkeeper in Simon the Sorcerer whose heads bicker about where the merchandise should go ("The asparagus jelly belongs with the other jellies!" "I think it belongs with the vegetables!"). Apparently they don't share digestive systems, since one head complains about needing to go to the toilet and the other snaps that he'll just have to restrain himself. It is revealed if you listen to them long enough, that they were originally one person (The right head) but he touched a glowing stone, causing a second head to grow from his shoulder. Whether this is magic or a mutation is never explained.
- Billy the Brute from an Ettin in Wizard 101 acts similar to the Ettins from Dungeons & Dragons. His right head is the dominant and more intelligent of the two and has to remind the left who's friend and who's food. He's also a great stonemason.
- ToeJam & Earl: Panic On Funkatron has Flarney, a two-headed alien who often stumbles over his words, due to both his heads trying to talk at the same time, leading to him getting confused and forgetting what he was talking about. In the end he decides to have them take turns, each getting to say one sentence at a time.
- Tak and the Power of Juju has the redneckish Two-headed Juju. The left head is named Rufus and the right one is Jerry.
- Jade Empire features the Minion of Suffering, who is humanoid, but has two cow's heads.
- Landia in Kirby's Return to Dream Land is a four-headed dragon that's able to split into four, single-headed dragons. It's implied that it's actually the other way around, though, as if it's defeated in its fused state, it'll split apart, and it/they remain this way after the Master Crown is removed from them.
- Thrivaldi, the two-headed troll and The Dragon from Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok.
- The game Star Command: Revolution has a Brain in a Jar example with the Triumverite race; beings with three disembodied brains floating in a canister where a head would be on a human. The responses of their in-game units include "Three heads are better than one!" They seem remarkably in sync, though.
- Herbert and Chauncey from The Ultimate Haunted House are a strange purple two-headed monster who love nothing more than to eat disgusting objects like severed body parts. Appetite aside, they're fairly cheerful and friendly for monsters, though whether they are a Non-Malicious Monster or Laughably Evil depends on the mood of the house.
- Mordheim: City of the Damned has a partial example played for Body Horror. The Extra Face mutation gives a Chaos fighter a second face which overlaps with the original, resulting in a face with two noses, three eyes and two sets of lips over an enormous mouth. The effect is akin to a visual glitch and very freaky.
- Killer Instinct has the unusual case of Eyedol, who had two separate heads in the original KI while the reboot gave him two halves of a head, thanks to Gargosnote . Despite this, the reboot version fits the spirit of the trope better; he uses a Stance System based on which head is awake (one is a rushdown character, the other is a zoner), the player can change styles by punching the sleeping head until it wakes up, and his Instinct Mode wakes both heads at the same time and combines their moves (like the rushdown form's Shoryuken being followed by the zoning form's meteor rain).
- The chimera Trigak from The Order of the Stick. It had a dragon's head, a lion's head and a goat's head, each of which could talk; whether they had different personalities is unknown, since Belkar killed it shortly after it appeared.
- Also appears as a Funny Background Event, when the succubus secretary of the three fiends tells them Miss Tiamat is holding on lines 2,3,5,8 and 11. In this case, all 5 heads seem to be equally angry, given that all five roars are coming in through the phone. As do each of her five elemental breath weapons.
- Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic:
- The Chimera: the dragon head is an idiot, the lion head is a Cloudcuckoolander, while the goat head is quite smart but doesn't control the body and thus is often very frustrated with the other two.
- Though even the Chimera isn't as bad as the hydra.
- There is also a small story arc about a couple of ettins having love troubles, since both heads of the female ettin like the same head of the male ettin but not the other. The male ettin ends up asking the Chimera for advice.
- The Paradox Dragon of Partially Clips, parodying the Knights and Knaves trope.
- Donna and Diana from Dungeons & Denizens. Two heads on one hellhound body, hinted to be the result of momma dallying with Cerberus. Distinct to the point of considering each other sisters... and romantic rivals for the attentions of the same orc (who wisely does his best to avoid them).
- DJ Tonja in Muertitos doesn't so much have two heads as a second mouth on the back of her head, but the second mouth has its own personality, and often argues with the front face.
Tonja: Could you at least stop eating while we're on the air? God, it's your fault we're so fat.
Coochie: Hey, YOU'RE fat, baby, I'M just a mouth on the back of your head.
- Isp, Osp, and Mosp in Sluggy Freelance.
- The travelling merchant's bandersnatch in Digger has two heads, and although they're clearly distinct entities (the bandersnatch-unit is referred to as "us"), they pretty much agree about everything, and alternate speaking with each sentence.
- Minerva the Cerberus in Spinnerette has three heads, each one with its own look and personality. The left head is the cute one, the right head is the brash, feisty one, and the middle head is the mature, moderate one. Interestingly, rather than being presented as three individuals sharing one body, it's more like Minerva is a single person who's thoughts are the same for all three heads, just filtered through different personality traits. According to her later on in the issue, the heads do not share thoughts (they have different personalities) but instead synchronize their memories during sleep. We see her heads talking to one another a few times in the book-only Issue #9.
Middle: I knew this dress was too short...
Left: Compared to the metal bikini?
- Zeni and Nadi Tweeling of Contemplating Reiko are dicephalic conjoined twins. Much of the comic's rare bouts of lighter humor revolve around the issues of two girls with one body, or their strange episodes of obliviousness to their condition.
- In Commander Kitty, Zenith's biggest and baddest monster has not only a giant bear head, but a pair of dragon heads for arms.
- Cerberus in SinFest.
- Welcome to Night Vale:
- Hiram McDaniels, who is literally a five-headed dragon. Cecil berates his audience about believing the stereotype of multi-headed beings bickering with themselves, right before Hiram proves it true.
- A high school senior grows a second head, which ultimately leads to the football team getting disqualified (team numbers are counted by heads, not bodies, apparently). His mother has a head removed... the original one, because she likes the new one better.
- Dr. Mercurious' webpage is proof that Rule 34 extends even here.
- In the "Dark Woods Circus" series of Vocaloid PV's, Rin and Len Kagamine are confined to a mental institution and later have their heads chopped off and sewn onto one body.
- Meet the Heavy Heavy Heavy.
- In Tales of MU, Sara and Tara Leighton were fused together in a teleportation accident and now have their heads on one shared body.
- Ted and Tina Twingersnap from Viva Piñata.
- Porky Pig encounters a three-headed creature in Porky in Wackyland, whose heads bicker and argue. Also each head had their distinct haircut, with one having a bowl cut, one with a messy mane, and the third being bald.
- Filmation's Ghostbusters has the similar Fib-Face. His two faces were attached to one head 90 degrees from each other, and one can never be sure which head's telling the truth and which one's lying. Again, the only way to defeat him is to get the two heads arguing.
- One of the Popeye two-reelers, Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor, includes a two-headed giant named Boola. Although they seem to not to suffer from bad coordination, they do appear a little unintelligent and tend to argue.
- Not only does the title character of CatDog have two heads, one's a dog and the other is a cat... and they're on opposite ends of the body. Although, they're just Conjoined Twins, not two heads on one creature.
- The Son of the Chicken from Outer Space from Courage the Cowardly Dog has three heads. One head is nerdy and has glasses, one head is an angry jerk, and the center head is an idiot with his tongue hanging out. The outer heads have complete control over their respective arm and they often punch each other while arguing.
- Triple Threat from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward is a wrestler/thief with three different heads. One of them is violent, the other calculating, and the third is a Cloudcuckoolander.
- The Super Mario Bros. Super Show features the tri-headed Tryclide, a serpent with three heads.
- Captain Star: Atomic Stoker "Limbs" Jones has nine heads . . . as well as six arms.
- Dragon Tales
- Zak and Wheezie take this trope a little further than most: not only do they have different characters, they have different genders. It's a show for very little kids, so don't expect any of the inevitable (and potentially nightmarish) Fridge Logic to be addressed.
- One episode features a cat with a head at each end. One head only says "me," and the other says "ow."
- "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" has Fry's head sewn onto Amy's shoulder.
- We also see a dog with heads at both ends. The vet mentions that one needs to take pills, the other needs a suppository. A goat with heads at both ends appears in another episode.
- Duckman's conjoined sons Charles and Mambo.
- The version of Blitzwing from Transformers Animated has three faces for each of his three personalities, which occasionally argue with each other. Like some other examples on this page, he's got one head with multiple faces, though only one face is ever visible at a time.
- And Alpha Q from Transformers Energon has four faces. It's implied that he wasn't always so schizoid, but developed the multiple personalities out of loneliness when he was trapped inside Unicron.
- Based on the Quintessons from G1, who all had five faces. Alpha Q's full name, Alpha Quintesson, is only heard once. However, he only has four faces. His mask is always closed when his fifth personality, considered his 'true face' despite no physical face representing it (we see the inner sphere turn 360° more than once; there isn't a fifth face), speaks. Alpha Q's real self speaks in the Voice of the Legion - Alpha Q is eventually revealed as the combined consciousness of everyone lost in his planet's destruction. There's a difference, though: The G1 Quintessons only had one voice and personality apiece, the head-switching being purely cosmetic. Energon's Alpha Q is more like Blitzwing, each of his faces having a different temperament and sometimes arguing.
- Another humorous example would be an extra from Transformers: Generation 1, season 3. One of the patients on the therapy planet Torkulon has three heads... who keeps saying "I have no head... I have no head... I have no head..." Definitely a head-case.
- Doublecross, Hun-Gurrr, and Sinnertwin, who transform into twin-headed dragons, each suffer from split personalities, a condition which is (naturally) exacerbated in their beast modes. Sinnertwin even has two voice actors. Though technically, they're all three-headed. Sadly, we don't get a third VA for the robot mode head. Just as well, because Sinnertriplet doesn't make nearly as cool a name.
- Magmatron from Beast Wars Neo — no relation to any version of Megatron — has three heads. One is in the usual spot, and he's got one on each shoulder. He has the ability to separate into three autonomous units, but he is definitely one person.
- The upcoming Transformers Prime toyline "Beast Hunters" features a Sinnertwin lookalike known as Twinstrike.
- The same toyline also brings back Hun-Grrr as a twin-headed dragon.
- This is averted in the Animated Adaptation of The Neverending Story, where a three-headed character never has more than one head "awake" at a time. In the book, it was four.
- Hanna-Barbera's 1960s version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has a caterpillar with a head at each end, who just happened to look (and sound) like Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble.
- Frank and Len from Ruby Gloom are a two-headed rock musician. Frank is smarter than Len, though not much.
- On The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Grim's dog Cerberus doesn't talk, but his heads (two husky-types and one poodle) don't always act the same. Two of his heads were immediately attracted to Mindy's chihuahua Little Delicious, and exchanged glances of dismay when they realized the middle head was growling at her.
- In an episode of Jackie Chan Adventures, Jackie got influenced by a powerful magical pair of tigers and ended up with two heads, one very good and the other evil. They're actually his Yin and Yang, who showed up in the first season when he was split in two by one of the plot artifacts. The evil one is a pushy jerk, and the good one is a Lovable Coward who only fights reluctantly.
- Planet Sheen has Princess Oom. One face is a bubbly cheerleader type and the other is an intense seductress. Both are in love with Sheen.
- Agatha and Emily, the two-headed vulture from the Bugs Bunny cartoon Transylvania 6-500. She gets along quite well with herself. Also Count Blood Count, after Bugs transforms him into a male two-headed vulture. Agatha and Emily are delighted and chase him off into the night.
- Red Mantle and Dragoon from The Venture Bros. A recently-joined pair (forced when Dragoon was dying after a tussle with Phantom Limb) who argue constantly over which of them is actually in charge. Thus far, Dragoon has taken over the left side.
- One Underdog short has him facing a two-headed dragon which would stop to shake hands with itself chanting "Teamwork, teamwork, that's what counts!"
- On Jimmy Two-Shoes, two-headed demons make up a few of Miseryville's denizens. There's also a Cute Monster Girl made of three separate bodies on a single waist.
- In Darkwing Duck, Morgana's relatives are all monsters, including a two-headed vulture-like creature. When DW and his family meet the extended family at their villa, one of the heads wants to eat them, but the other objects, saying it would be rude to eat guests. (Unfortunately for Darkwing, Morgana's grandma sides with the first one.)
- The Family Guy episode "Road to the Multiverse" features a universe where everyone has two heads: one happy, one sad.
Happy!Tom: The President's dog just had puppies!
Sad!Tom: There was a plane crash.
- In the Johnny Test episode "Li'l Johnny", Johnny runs into Susan and Mary's lab to find them as two heads on one body. Their expanation? Don't ask!
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- The episode "Feeling Pinkie Keen" sees the girls getting attacked by a four-headed hydra. Amusingly enough, one of the heads appears to be a little slow on the uptake; the other three heads roar in unison, for example, but the fourth one doesn't join in until it realizes what the other heads are doing.
- The talking chimera in "Somepony to Watch Over Me" has three heads, each with their own distinct personalities: a tiger, a goat and a snake. They refer to one another as sisters, and spend much of their time arguing with one another. They can't ever agree on what to eat (besides pies) and the goat and tiger heads bicker about who's in charge.
Tiger Head: You've got no idea what it's like to have a sister constantly looking over your shoulder!
- A character named Cindy was this in Lloyd in Space. One head was nice and attractive; the other, mean and ugly. Lloyd only wanted to date the nice one; the girls weren't having it.
- The 1960's Depatie/Freleng cartoon show The Super 6 had a 3-headed character(s) named the Matzoriley brothers. Unfortunate ethnic stereotypes in triplicate, alleviated mildly by the fact they kept trying to beat up one another. The Matzorileys were originally the antagonists in the first Inspector cartoon, "The Great DeGaulle Stone Affair."
- Crygen and Pyre, the two bickering halves of Magnokor on Inhumanoids, sometimes merged into a two-headed and still-bickering form.
- In Garfield and Friends/U.S.Acres, in the episode "Hogules II", in Orson's dream, Roy and Wade are a two-headed giant. Sharing the same body? Check. Different personalities? Check. Arguing with each other? And check.
- In one The Jetsons episode, Elroy's scout troop has a camp-out on the moon and briefly encounters what seem to be a troop of aliens with two heads each. And the heads of one of the aliens talk to each other about having only one head being strange and scary.
- In an episode of Dungeons & Dragons, Presto had to deal with a three-headed ogre who was hustling money with a Shell Game (using skulls and a marble). The Trope is subverted; not only did they cooperate, they did so very well.
- One episode of Stripperella featured squabbling conjoined twin brothers, who shared a single body and each controlled one arm and leg, essentially a two-headed man. The two of them had wildly different personalities (a laid back American and an uptight Brit), and almost nobody, including the brothers themselves seemed to be even aware that they shared a body; for instance, one woman claimed to have dated one head for months without meeting the other, and one head claimed to be two years younger than the other.
- The Baskervilles: The Baskervilles had a robotic three headed hound named Spot. Each head could talk and had its own personality: Cool Spot a sunglasses wearing dude who is April's best friend; Bad Spot a rabid monster who loves nothing more than total destruction; and Dumb Spot a complete idiot, likely the dumbest creature in the whole park.
- The Bulldrafish from Tak and the Power of Juju. Each head has it's own personality; The bull head is aggressive, the dragon head is sweet, and the fish head is obnoxious.
- Headbanger of the short-lived Toxic Crusaders cartoon. He's a mutated freak with two heads who each control their side of the body. One head's a hideous Mad Scientist; the other's an oafish Surfer Dude. The body itself is kinda lopsided since the surfer's half of the body is rippling with muscle, whereas the scientist's is shriveled and emaciated.
- In Men in Black, Alpha's first One-Winged Angel form after merging with several aliens using the Cosmic Integrator had multiple heads. A later episode reveals that the heads still have minds of their own, and they aren't happy about being trapped in Alpha's body and forced to do his bidding. A Symbiote that was absorbed by Alpha asks the others if they ever considered making a break for it, and they ask him how they can escape without bodies of their own. The fact that they still have their own bodies and cells is a method to how Alpha is finally defeated in that episode: When Alpha absorbs a second Symbiote (the mother of the first who's trying to get him back), the regenerating factor both Symbiotes possess is infused into all of Alpha's cells and those of his sentient grafted body parts, allowing them to regenerate their own bodies and break free of Alpha's own.
- Tenko and the Guardians of the Magic: Villains Janna and Jason can perform a Fusion Dance into a two-headed dragon, with each of them in control of one head.
- Beany and Cecil went on the search for the Three-Headed Threep. The original series and the 1988 reboot featured an episode about the Threep.
- In the Wander over Yonder episode "The Legend", one of the kids Wander and Sylvia rescue from Lord Dominator's Mecha-Mooks is a pair of conjoined Polar Opposite Twins, scrappy Jamie and Lovable Coward Hank.
Jamie: I'll scramble their circuits!
Hank: I'm too young for half of me to die!
- Dexter's Laboratory: During Dee Dee's Derailed Fairy Tale in "Deedeelocks and the Ness Monster", the three heads of the Ness Monster are the happy-go-lucky Silly Ness, the surly Grumpy Ness, and the narcoleptic Sleepy Ness.
- Truth in Television with dicephalic conjoined twins Abigail and Brittany Hensel, who share one body and so present the appearance of one two-headed person. Only three prior sets of dicephalic twins living to adulthood have been recorded in all human history. However, unlike the Hollywood version, each only has control and feeling of her own half of their combined body. Unlike the various "bickering heads" (including the reptiles below), though, they seem to be very well-coordinated and aren't known to argue excessively. When getting their driver's license, they had to take the test twice. They may be conjoined but they are two individuals, if not exactly separate, people. It does make one wonder what would have happened if only one had passed the test.
- Each of an octopus' eight arms has its own brain, and even a distinct personality.note One arm may be aggressive, one may be curious, one may be shy, etc. Thankfully for their owner, they usually get along.
- Reptiles, due to their biology, are more likely to develop two heads on one body than most other animals (though it's still extremely unlikely). They don't move very well, will fight each other for food, and the carnivores (such as snakes) will actually try to eat each other.