So, there's two (or more) mooks
attacking The Hero
at once (hint: highly
recommended in the Evil Overlord List
). How to take them both down? Use Your Head
! Or rather, use their
heads: knock their heads into each other and knock both of them out.
And not just The Hero
or The Leader
: The Big Guy
is also likely to do this, sometimes to henchmen of the Big Bad
. On the other side
, if not the Big Bad
, expect The Heavy
or The Brute
to do this to a pair of Red Shirts
, or any allies of The Hero
. Even The Hero
and the Big Bad
can be hit with this tactic.
Often has comedic overtones
, despite being potentially fatal
if done hard enough in Real Life
. Sometimes used in place of a Dope Slap
, although this variant generally does not knock the victims out. The comic variety is usually accompanied by a KONK!
Anime & Manga
- The Big Guy, Tetsu, does this to a pair of Nekomata Gang mooks in Gokusen.
- In Yaiba's anime the Frogman Gerozaemon does this to two mooks.
- Done a few times in Astérix, mostly by Obelix.
- Tintin: Captain Haddock does it in Tintin The Calculus Affair, when two rival factions are fighting over the kidnapped professor. No less to two rivaling faction members!
- In Mad Magazine's satire of Boston Public (Boston Pubic), Marla is shown on the introductory pages slamming two students' heads together as she introduces herself.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger uses this tactic a lot.
- He does it with two guard dogs in True Lies. "Stay."
- He does it again in Total Recall (1990). When a group of mooks attack him after he leaves Rekall, he takes out two of them by slamming their heads together.
- And he does it yet again (while playing Mr. Freeze) in Batman & Robin to two Arkham Asylum guards while trying to escape.
- Evil example in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. During an infiltration, Austin and Vanessa suffer such an attack at the hands of Random Task.
- A regular occurrence on The Three Stooges, usually Moe doing it to Larry and the third stooge, and to bad guys.
- Chien Po does this to two Huns in Mulan.
- Jason kills a pair of deputies this way in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday.
- One of Batman's favorite moves to pull on mooks, like in Batman Returns.
- The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. Right after Dr. Lizardo is possessed by Lord John Whorfin, he cracks together the heads of two colleagues who just pulled him out of a wall.
- Terry McGinnis does this to the Deedee's in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.
- The Great Race. While The Great Leslie is infiltrating a castle he knocks out two guards in this way.
- A pair of zombies are disposed of this way in Violent Shit III: Infantry of Doom.
- The fishman ghoulie does this to the rat and cat ghoulie a couple of times in Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go To College, as a homage to the Three Stooges with the fishman playing the part of Moe.
- In the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie when Tatsu gets angry and starts trashing the hideout some of the ninjas try to calm him down and he beats them up as they confront him, at one point he grabs two of them and bangs their heads together.
- Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor was very fond of using this upon Mooks.
- The original Superman TV series had it.
- A Not Herself Buffy does this to Xander and Oz in "Living Conditions".
- Batman episode "The Penguin's A Jinx". At the end of the fight between the Dynamic Duo and the Penguin and his henchmen, Batman takes out the Penguin and one of the henchmen by knocking their heads together.
- In the X-Play segment "Kung Fu Master Chief", the title Video Game character slams the heads of two ninja together.
- Wonder Woman episode "The Nazi Wonder Woman". While being attacked by two Nazi guards Wonder Woman grabs their shoulders and knocks their heads together, knocking them out (they were wearing helmets at the time).
- A pretty common move in Pro Wrestling, especially against tag teams for obvious reasons. Often referred to as "The Meeting Of The Minds."
- Spider man & Venom: Maximum Carnage. Using your webs while surrounded by two enemies will do this. The attack can actually kill some of the non super-villains bosses in one hit if done right.
- Also possible in Separation Anxiety.
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution also features this as two of the possible non-lethal double takedowns. One is notable in that it's preceded by a double Neck Lift, the other in that it's followed by a haymaker that puts their heads together again like a Newton's Cradle.
- Medal of Honor recipient and Combat Medic David Bleak slammed together the heads of two bayonet-wielding Chinese enemy soldiers that came at him and the wounded soldier he was carrying during the Korean War. The enemy soldiers died.
- Fortunately, he put his comrade down before charging.
- Females Knocking Heads. While trying to kiss.