Put Their Heads Together

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.

  • Caramon the Warrior is fond of doing this in the early Dragon Lance books.
  • It pops up in the first Artemis Fowl book, when Butler picks a fight with a bunch of dockworkers to provide a distraction for Artemis. He mentally comments on how cliche it is, not to mention being ridiculously inefficient from a martial-arts standpoint - but since the whole point of the fight is to be loud and spectacular, he uses it anyway.
  • A lethal version occurs in Robert A. Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress during a riot.
    Shorty had other two guards each by neck; he grinned as he cracked skulls together. They popped like eggs and he yelled at me: "Git!"
  • Happens a couple of times in Animorphs, often courtesy of Marco's gorilla morph.
  • Barlow the vampire kills Mark Petrie's parents this way in 'Salem's Lot.

Live-Action TV
  • 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).

Professional Wrestling
  • A pretty common move in Pro Wrestling, especially against tag teams for obvious reasons. Often referred to as "The Meeting Of The Minds."

Video Games
  • Batman
  • 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.

Web Original

Western Animation
  • Done as a sneak attack on two Bone Hunters by Ackar in BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn.
  • On Mighty Max Norman does this in the opening credits. Then he gives the viewer a thumbs up for some reason.
  • Raphael did to to two Foot Soldiers on the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. "I think it's time you two met!"
  • The Herculoids.
    • "Invasion of the Electrode Men". Igoo does it to two of the title characters.
    • "Ruler of the Reptons". Zandor uses it to knock out two Repton guards.
  • Duke Igthorn's good twin in Gummi Bears did it to two guards when blackmailed into villainy.
  • A favorite tactic of Roadblock in G.I. Joe whenever he can get two Cobra Mooks within arms reach.
  • A variation done by The Tick against the Idea Men: he smacked the head of one man in a line of them, causing them all to knock against each other like a clicking balls toy.
  • Angel did this to two of the Leroy clones in Leroy & Stitch.
  • Filmation The New Adventures of Superman episodes.
    • "The Deadly Super-Doll". Superman does it to two crooks robbing a fur company.
    • "The Deadly Icebergs". Superman does it to three crooks who are using exploding icebergs as weapons.
  • Jonny Quest TOS episode "Terror Island". Race kicks a guard in the butt and causes his head to collide with that of another guard, knocking them both out.
  • In the King of the Hill episode "A Fire Fighting We Will Go" at one point Boomhauer gets fed up with Bill and Dale's constant screw ups and bangs their heads together.
  • The Galaxy Trio episode "Versus the Moltens of Meteorus". While Meteor Man is fighting the Moltens he picks up two of them and slams their heads together, knocking them out.
  • Young Samson & Goliath episode "Moon Rendezvous". Samson and Goliath throw two Moon Beasts at each other head first. Their heads slam into each other and the monsters are knocked unconscious.
    Samson: That's what you call using their heads!

Real Life
  • 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.