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 Dragon or The Brute to do this to a pair of Red Shirts, or any allies of The Hero. Even The Hero, the Big Bad, and females can be hit with this tactic. No one is immune. 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!
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- 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!
- DuckTales: During the "Rightful Owners" arc, Launchpad is discovered by two natives who have been tricked into helping the Beagle Boys. He grabs them and bangs their heads together, knocking them out, and steals one of their wigs and leaf skirts as a disguise before going off to deal with the Beagle Boys.
- Darkman in Darkman vs. Army of Darkness takes out two Deadite guards by knocking their heads together. This has unintended consequences, as they are old possessed corpses, so are reduced to dust by the impact.
- Happens in Alan Moore's Marvelman reboot, to two of Dr. Gargunza's unfortunate mooks. This being a Moore-penned superhero, lots of red ink is involved in the art.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- Arnold Schwarzenegger uses this tactic a lot.
- His character does it with two guard dogs in True Lies. "Stay."
- Again in Total Recall (1990). When a group of mooks attack the heroe after he leaves Rekall, he takes out two of them by slamming their heads together.
- Mr. Freeze does it 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.
- 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.
- 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 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Tatsu gets angry and starts trashing the Foot's hideout and some of the ninjas try to calm him down, making him beat them up as they confront him. At one point he grabs two of them and bangs their heads together.
- In the final act of Moonraker, Jaws does this with two underlings when pulling his Mook–Face Turn.
- Caramon the Warrior is fond of doing this in the early Dragonlance 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.
- In the Star Wars Legends novel Shatterpoint, Mace Windu uses the Force to aid in the momentum of two mooks coming towards him to smack their heads together. One of them needs an additional kick to the chin to stay unconscious.
- The Badass Priest of Pan Tadeusz, father Robak, puts an end to a quarrel this way.
- Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor was very fond of using this upon Mooks.
- The original The Adventures of 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.
- Married... with Children: Al did this to Bud and Kelly once after they bought him a shirt and tie that he was already wearing for a third time.
- 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).
- In an episode of the Zorro TV series, Zorro gets the jump on two mooks that were trying to ambush him, grabbing them from behind and knocking their heads together.
- One episode of Bones had the team investigating what had caused a pair of conjoined twins death. Turns out that they fell from a from a tight rope, and landing on the safety net caused them to smack heads hard enough to die instantly.
- 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.
- Can be done in Double Dragon Neon as well, if you have two enemies stunned and close to each other and use a grab. Exceptions, aside from the ones immune to stun, are that Hoverbizzles do not need to be stunned to be caught in this move, and it can not be performed on Abobo, even though he can be stunned.
- In Ghostbusters: The Video Game'', the Slime Tether allows you to use this tactic. In fact, the PKE scans for the Confederate and Union ghosts actively encourages it. As Dr. Stantz says, "Use your head, kid! Heck, use theirs!"
- in Legend of Dragoon during the first battle with Kongol this is one of the moves in his repertoire.
- 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 does this 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; see the page image.
- 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!
- In Star Wars Rebels, Zeb, who is a Lasat and The Big Guy of the Ensemble Cast, quite frequently does this to unsuspecting Storm Troopers.
- 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.