Two heads? Who the heck needs 'em?
Two heads? How can you feed 'em?
Two heads! Day after day...
...It's drivin' me crazy in every way!
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.
of Conjoined Twins
. Sometimes overlaps with Belly Mouth
or A Head at Each End
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- This commercial for Leapfrog's Leapster.
Anime & Manga
- Ebonwumon of Digimon Tamers, who has 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.
- 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 ˝, having fallen in the Spring of Drowned Asura, has three faces (all on different sides of the 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 Axe 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 attacked the other.
- 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. Here's a fan page.
- 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 teenage boys 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.
- 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.
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Films — Live-Action
- The Three-Headed knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. They all agree that they want to kill the travelers, but bicker so much about what to do after that... that the knights get 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 2.
- 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 carefully Fluffy the three-headed dog from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone you can see that one head is paranoidly 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.
- 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 Pierson's Puppeteers in Larry Niven's Known Space universe both play this straight and subvert it in that they have two heads, but the brain is in the central body.
- 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.
- 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.
- In the Doctor Who episode "The Time of Angels", the Doctor tells an anecdote about a planet of two-headed people.
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.
Amy Pond: Church had a point, if you think about it. The divorces must have been messy.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Becomes the subject of an Incredibly Lame Pun when Spike takes on a reptile demon.
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.
- 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"!
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.
- 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.
- 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).
- The first Chaos dragon, a good dragon that was corrupted by Chaos and grew a second head. His original personality is still in there somewhere and may attack the bad head during the battle.
- Tzeentch, God of change, hope and random mutation has a greater demon with two heads. Said demon's heads can see the past and future, respectively, but are a little oblivious to the present.
- The Spikit, a double-headed beast of burden.
- Rahkshi Kaita Za, the combiner model of Turahk, Lerahk and Kurahk.
- 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.
- 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 this 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, fiesty 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.
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.
- The dragons/wyverns/whatever from Off-White.
- In ''Commander Kitty, Zenith's biggest and baddest monster has not only a giant bear head, but a pair of dragon heads for arms.
- Ted and Tina Twingersnap from Viva Pinata.
- 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.
- Two-Badd of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) fame. In fact, in the remake, they devoted an episode to explaining how they came to exist and another episode to their scheme to become separated from each other.
- Filmations 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 3 heads.
- Zak and Wheezie from Dragon Tales 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.
- 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 drivers license, they had to take the test twice. They may be conjoined but 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. One arm may be aggressive, one may be curious, one may be shy, etc. Thankfully for their owner, they usually get along.
- Two-headed turtles: they will fight their other heads over food, and they're uncoordinated.
- Two-headed snakes too. Like the two-headed turtles, they will also not slither very well, and they'll fight over food and have been known to try to eat each other.