Western Animation: Beavis and Butt-Head
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"Beavis and Butt-Head are not role models. They're not even human. They're cartoons. Some of the things they do would cause a real person to get hurt, expelled, arrested, and possibly deported. To put it another way: Don't Try This at Home."
—The original preshow content disclaimer(s)
An early 90s
animated cartoon on MTV
by Mike Judge
, who would go on to make King of the Hill
, Office Space
, The Goode Family
and Silicon Valley
. Its stated purpose is to skewer the then-public stereotype
of their viewing audience as lazy and unintelligent teenage slackers who did nothing but watch videos all day and were easily amused by bodily functions and dirty jokes.
The titular characters were a pair of not-too-bright
- which in the case of B&B is quite possibly an overstatement of their intelligence - heavy metal music fans who virtually did nothing but watch real-life music videos on their TV and make snide Mystery Science Theater 3000
-esque comments about things in the videos that annoyed or amused them.These music video commentaries were pretty much inserted for filler
into the very short episodes, where the boys would wander around their hometown of Highland, Texas, generally annoying those they met and committing acts of petty vandalism. The most common targets of the boys' pranks were their elderly neighbor Tom Anderson (who would later become Hank Hill
), their hapless school classmate Stewart Stevenson, and most of the faculty of their high school. The character who took the worst abuse was Principal McVicker, who was driven to drink, medication, and in the finale, an apparently fatal heart attack.
The dimwitted duo were, in turn, foiled
by the sarcastic
Daria Morgendorffer, who occasionally tricked them into publicly embarrassing themselves, and local hot-rodder/gangleader Todd, whom they admired but who invariably ended up maiming them (similar to how Stewart views them).
It horrified the Moral Guardians
from the get-go, and a few of its more controversial aspects had to be dropped — notably Beavis' pyromania, after they reportedly inspired a viewing child to set a fire in his house that killed him and his siblingsnote
. In one case in real life which apparently was inspired by the show's antics, a boy killed his brother by giving him a ride in a commercial dryer, the way one of the characters did to the other, which made the show rein in some of its more outrageous acts of stupidity. Also spurring objections were the boys' constant use of fireworks to blow things up, along with their tendency to amuse themselves with physical violence and animal cruelty, most notably the infamous pilot episode "Frog Baseball".
A total of 199 episodes were produced, as well as the 1996 feature-length film Beavis And Butthead Do America
, several computer games, comic books, and tons of associated merchandise. Additionally, supporting character Daria successfully spun off
into her own show
. A later Mike Judge
creation, King of the Hill
, would retool
Tom Anderson into the lead character of Hank Hill. DVD and VHS releases of the series have left out most of the Music Video segments due to rights issues, losing a lot of the series' best moments.
In late 2011, the show returned to MTV
; while the format had been slightly tweaked — the snark segments now covered both music videos and
MTV original shows such as Jersey Shore
and True Life
, presumably to prevent the sort of rights issues that surround the original series' snark segments — the show remained the same otherwise. The 2011 series, however, only lasted one season before being canceled again. However, Mike Judge
is trying his best to find another network (possibly Comedy Central
, who had aired reruns of the show before) to pick the show up again, though his current projects
are taking up most of his time right now. Only time will tell if the duo will ever return to television again.
"Tropes are cool, huh-huh":
- Abusive Parents: Beavis' mother tried leaving him behind at an IKEA so she could go to Vegas with a gang of bikers.
- Actually Pretty Funny: The guys' reaction to a joke from a Jersey Shore clip in "Used Car".
- Accidental Misnaming: After an American Senator referred to our heroes as "Beaver and Buffcoat" (see Fan Nickname on the Trivia tab), the show introduced a Running Gag in which Beavis and/or Butt-Head's names were mispronounced by people who didn't know them well. They were referred to as everything from "Beatrice and Butt-Brain" to "Beavis and Nut-Head" to "Travis And Bernard".
- Aerith and Bob: Butt-Head and Beavis, the latter being close to the name of the title character from a Richard Jefferies adventure novel.
- The Alcoholic: The character of Muddy in the movie is frequently seen chugging off of a bottle of whiskey. He even does this while driving.
- All Adult Animation Is South Park: Probably the closest thing to South Park before South Park itself.
- All Men Are Perverts: And how!
- Alternate Universe: "It's A Miserable Life" showed Beavis as he would have been without Butt-Head's influence. He ended up as a nice guy, who was even helping Stuart feed the homeless on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately by the end, he seemed to be rather taken with the phrase "bunghole"...
- Daria is happy in this universe, which suggests in the prime universe that Butt-Head caused her to have the snarky personality that Glenn Eichler and Suzie Lewis Lynn would refine on her much-beloved spin-off series.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: One might think Sterculius, the Roman god of feces, was something Mike Judge made up. Not so. There really was a Sterculius, or at least the Romans thought so. He's more often called the god of fertilizer or god of fertilization in English, but "god of feces" is not at all inaccurate.
- Ambiguous Disorder: There are occasionally hints that Beavis might have genuine mental problems in additional to being really stupid. For example, in "Most Wanted" he says that he hears voices and has pyromania (which was toned down when the show came under fire for influencing dangerous activity, but brought back when the show was revived in 2011).
- At one point while taking a lie-detector test the one thing that came up as 'True' was his statement that 'I killed a bunch of people one time'.
- Anti-Hero: Type I, or
- Anti-Role Model
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The 1993 compilation album The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience includes Megadeth's "99 Ways to Die," Nirvana's "I Hate Myself and I Want to Die" and...B&B duetting with Cher on "I Got You Babe."
- Of course, with B&B, you could actually apply the literal name of this trope to them, since they DID set Mr. Anderson's bushes on fire in "Home Improvement" and Beavis said, "I killed a bunch of people once." in "Lie Detector." Heck, jaywalking was probably one of the only dubious things they didn't do during the series.
- Art Evolution: The animation was pretty crude in the earlier episodes, but by mid season 2 it got better.
- An Ass-Kicking Christmas: Spoofed when RoboCop saves Christmas on one of the shows they flip through.
- Aroused by Their Voice: Deconstructed and parodied in the episode "1-900-BEAVIS" where the two are understandably aroused by the silky voice of a woman...shown to be that fat and repulsive chain-smoking trailer resident seen in some episodes.
- Ass Shove: Happens to Stewart's dad in "Prank Call".
- Asshole Victim: While several of the people who get caught up in the duo's mayhem don't really deserve it, quite a few do, such as Rush Limbaugh expy Gus Baker, who has his grassroots presidential campaign ruined by the duo's antics on his TV show; Mr. Manners/Mr. Candy, who gets fired twice because of his abusive behavior; and Coach Buzzcut, whenever Beavis and Butthead manage to get back at him.
- Auto Erotica: If the van's a-rockin' don't come a-knockin'.
- Also happens in The Movie with Dallas and Muddy.
- Ax-Crazy: The Crazy Farmer / Janitor. Mainly in the episode "Cow Tipping".
- Balls of Steel: In the episode "Buff 'N Stuff", Coach Buzzcut tells Butt-Head to "Kick me in the Jimmy". The only reaction to Butt-Head doing so (twice) is his face turning red while he goes "YYYESSS!"
- Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me: Butt-Head uses this exact phrase at least once; fortunately, he's only fantasizing.
- Berserk Button:
- Beavis, upon being called a "butt-knocker".
- Mr. Buzzcut will absolutely LOSE it if you strike him, even if you're a complete and total weakling. He doesn't take kindly to someone (besides himself) hurting his students either.
- Principal McVicker has this with Beavis and Butt-Head themselves, the mere mention of the duo makes him edge closer to a nervous breakdown.
- Do NOT touch Billy Bob's scooter. It won't be pretty.
- The normally calm Mr. Van Driessen becomes very pissed if he catches someone harming one of his students, and he'll become more pissed off if you destroy his antique eight-track collection.
- Big Beautiful Woman: Katiya, Butt-Head's mail order russian wife from "Bride of Butt-Head" is wider than most of the other women on the show, but she's still considered attractive.
- Big Damn Movie: The film's bioterrorism plot.
- Big "NO!": Beavis gives one when Butt-Head told him Yanni was his dad.
- They both have this reaction upon learning that they pierced the wrong ears... and what said piercing means.
- Big "YES!":
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: The new season's episodes involve riffing on other MTV shows, including Jersey Shore, Teen Mom, True Life, and 16 and Pregnant. It's rather hilarious when you consider MTV rarely shows music these days.
- Bloody Hilarious: The episode where Beavis saws off his finger in shop class.
- Also "Nosebleed".
- And "Give Blood".
- Thanks to the revival, you can now add "Holy Cornholio" to the list.
- Breather Episode: The episode "A Great Day" shows nothing but good things happening to Beavis and Butt-Head and ends with them loaning money to Todd, who doesn't beat them afterward, but instead THANKS them! This is pretty much the highpoint of Beavis and Butt-Head's lives, unless the ending to "Virtual Stupidity" is canon.
- Their lives' high point would be when they sneaked into a nudist colony and stood there looking at naked people all day - a Flash Forward to decrepit old age has them stating that very thing.
- Not if you look at "Spill" from the revival. It's the only time so far that they've ever been hugged by a woman!
- Broke the Rating Scale: Some videos were so bad that Beavis and Butt-Head's only commentary against it was to stare at the TV in shock and change the channel.
- Burger Fool: The boys inexplicably had jobs, if at the local burger joint.
- They're usually the only ones working during their shifts, meaning Burger World is probably so understaffed their boss has no choice but to keep them employed.
- One episode had them working as telemarketers - they would read their scripts literally, saying cryptic things like "My name is your name."
- Butt Monkey: Stewart, and by extension, his parents. This show is arguably the Trope Namer as well, since it was among the many insults the boys traded with each other.
- Mr. Anderson is a pretty extreme example of this as well, especially in the movie. Also, Mr. Van Driessen, Principal McVicker, and especially the title characters.
- Call Back: Beavis' infamous "We're never gonna score!" speech from The Movie is actually a reworked version of a similar rant he did in the episode "Teen Talk".
- In 2011's "Snitchers", a lawyer seeking to discredit B&B's testimony recalls "Frog Baseball" and how they got failed all the way back to kindergarten in "Held Back".
- Also in the episode "A Great Day" when the boys are laughing at two dogs humping on Tom Anderson's lawn. Butt-Head says to Beavis, "I think that's our dog, remember?" in reference to the one they adopted in the episode "Bad Dog".
- Cannot Tell a Joke: Butt-Head.
- Casanova Wannabe: Hilarity Ensues whenever Beavis and Butt-Head try to get laid.
Beavis: (about Butt-Head's mail-order wife) Do you think she'll know how to do it?
Butt-Head: She better.
- Cash Lure: The "Couch Fishing" episode.
- Catchphrase: "That was cool", "uh huh huh huh...", "We're there, dude", "DA DAAA DA-DA DAAADAAA!"
- Beavis' used to be "Fire! Fire! Fire!" until the trailer incident. Afterwards he made do with anything that sounded similar. "Water! Water! Water!"
- Pretty much their entire vocabulary is limited to catch phrases. Take a sip for every time Butt-Head says "Whoa," "Oh yeah," "Dumbass," "Uh, no," "Come to Butt-Head," "Uh...OK," or "This sucks," and you'll be on the floor in a few minutes.
- Almost all of Beavis' dialogue as Cornholio. "I am Cornholio! I need TP for my bunghole!"
- And the ever popular "Are you threatening me?"
- Catchphrase Spouting Duo: Arguably the Most Triumphant Example.
- Caught with Your Pants Down: In Beavis and Butt-head Do America, Beavis (in his Cornholio persona) sees Mr. Anderson's camper, pulls out a picture of the woman he was sent to "do" and then goes into the camper. Later, Mr. Anderson is curious to find out why his camper is rocking, and investigates. Hilarity Ensues.
- Centipede's Dilemma: In the "Trouble Urinating" episode, the boys become unable to urinate after thinking too hard about how they actually do it.
- Chaotic Stupid: All they care about is food, girls, heavy metal, and whatever captures their interest at the moment, most notably, any sort of carnage, to which effect they were too amused by the wreckage of an airplane crash to help the victims. They're too lazy and stupid to care about anything else, like work or their education. Sometimes their actions may cause harm to someone unintentionally. This is very clear in the movie, as there is a terrorist threat to Washington D.C. involving a biological weapon, all they understand about it is that they can "score with a chick".
- Chick Magnet: Not in the series itself, but in "Letters to Santa Butt-Head", several women write/vocalize their desire to have Beavis as a Christmas present, which naturally just pisses Butt-Head off.
- Chronically Crashed Car: Tom Anderson's Camper in the movie.
- Church of Happyology: One appears in "Holy Cornholio", believing that Beavis in his Cornholio persona is their recently deceased leader reincarnated.
- Clip Show: The final episode of the first series.
- Cluster F-Bomb: While not with that specific word, a lot of swearing in rapid succession appears in the duo's review of the song "The Late Mistake" by the Comateens.
Beavis [in time to the music]: Dammit, dammit, son of a bitch. Dammit, dammit, son of a bitch.
Butt-head: If those were the words, it'd be cool.
Beavis: You know, I was thinking of writing a song called, "Dammit, Son of a Bitch." Kinda goes like that, it's like, "Dammit, dammit, son of a bitch. Dammit, dammit, son of a bitch. Son of a BIIIIITCH, sonofaBITCHsonofaBIIIIIIITCH. Dammit, dammit, dammit."
Butt-head: That's pretty cool.
- Comedic Sociopathy: This fueled both B&B and the audience watching them.
- Comically Missing the Point: Beavis and Butt-Head, all the time. More so with Beavis.
(watching Jersey Shore
They just arrested Nicole! Butt-Head:
Uh... For what? JWOWW:
For being drunk and an idiot! Beavis:
Wait, you can get arrested for being an idiot? Butt-Head:
Yeah... You might want to lay low for a while, Beavis.
- Content Warnings: Even some within episodes, like in "Stewart's House" and "Way Down Mexico Way," where it had warnings like, "If you're not a cartoon character, swallowing a rubber full of drugs will kill you," or in the case of the episode where they paint Tom Anderson's house — "Sniffing paint thinner is very dangerous. Just look at what it did to Beavis and Butt-head." Later episodes had the warning that serves as the page quote (only it went like this):
"Beavis and Butt-Head are not role models. They're not even human; they're cartoons. Some of the things they do would cause a person to get hurt, expelled, arrested — possibly deported. To put it another way: Don't Try This at Home
- The first warning was:
"Beavis and Butt-Head are not real. They are stupid cartoon people completely made up by this Texas guy whom we hardly even know. Beavis and Butt-Head are dumb, crude, thoughtless, ugly, sexist, self-destructive fools. But for some reason, these little weinerheads make us laugh."
- Continuity Nod: Given the type of show this is, there's not a whole lot of continuity. There are occasional exceptions. The most memorable is Mr. Manners/Candy. When he first shows up, Beavis and Butt-head annoy him to the point that he attacks them, causing him to get into a fight with Mr. Van Driessen. When he shows up again he initially doesn't seem to remember them, until they piss him off again and he mentions that it took him six months to find another job. Unfortunately for him, this time he ends up picking a fight with Coach Buzzcut. It ends much worse for him.
- In "Late Night with Butt-Head," Mr. Van Driessen says, "Great idea showing the decay of a rose, Cassandra." In "Animation Sucks," we see that Cassandra has drawn exactly that.
- The two's first meeting with Todd starts with him running over their bikes in the Maxi-Mart parking lot, and then harassing them for it. In a much later episode he does the same thing, and reminds them that he told them not to leave their bikes lying around.
- Their latest meeting with Todd results in them having to testify against him in court. Todd's attorney then attempts to discredit them based on their stupidity, referencing "Frog Baseball" and "Held Back".
- During the "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" video in "Drones":
Beavis: I know Daria killed herself, I remember that.
Beavis: Oh, really? Wow! That's kinda surprising.
- Cool Teacher: Mr. Van Driessen defies the principal for his students' sake, protects them with Berserk Button ferocity and happily works with them during his off-hours to encourage their interests. Most of the class seems to begrudgingly respect him for it, but his efforts are completely wasted on Beavis and Butt-head.
- Courtroom Episode: "The Trial", "Snitchers".
- Cow Tipping: A 1994 episode of the show has Beavis and Butthead try to do this. They succeed in the end, but Beavis gets crushed underneath the cow's weight.
- Cozy Catastrophe: This trope comes into play in one of the revival episodes, when the duo mistake an evacuation for the apocalypse. Rather than being horrified at the idea of being the last two people on Earth, Beavis and Butt-head seize the opportunity to loot the town and do whatever they want.
- Crapsack World: One of the more subtle jokes of the show is how, as stupid and irresponsible as Beavis and Butt-head are, the adults around them are even more irresponsible in dealing with them. Highland Texas itself appears to be a filthy, crime-ridden town AND an Angry Land populated mostly by assholes, idiots, and complete pushovers, even if one ignores the presence of the duo.
- Cross Over: With Celebrity Deathmatch, somewhat. (Due to the viewers' requests, the two appeared to fight each other.)
- They appeared in one episode in The Brothers Grunt. Butt-Head made a cameo in The Head.
- In the pilot, Butt-head was trying to get footage of The Head, but he got kicked out.
- They called in to the radio station in Airheads.
- And for those who like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beavis and Butt-Head might appear in Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2.
- Beavis and Butt-Head were originally going to cross over with Daria when Daria got her own spin-off, but the show was so successful, the B&B crossover idea was dropped.
- Curse Cut Short: In the film Beavis and Butt-Head Do America:
Pilot: Get the hell out of the cockpit!
Butt-Head: Huh huh, you said c—
Pilot: [pulls Butt-Head out] NOW!
- In the episode "U.S. History" when Van Driessen tells them they will get an F if they don't present their reports.
Beavis: Yeah, heh heh, "F" is cool...F-f-f-f-f-f-f-f—
Mr. Van Driessen
An F would mean being held back.
- It should be noted that due to the controversy, Beavis was most likely on the verge of saying "Fire" not the other F word.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: The horrible fate of Mr. Anderson's tool shed. And his trailer.
- Much of the show's humor revolves around this, including a Funny Moment in The Movie when Tom Anderson quite literally catches Beavis (in Cornholio mode) with his pants down in his camper.
- Also, the Jackyl song "Mental Masturbation" on the 1993 compilation album The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience.
- In Sign Here, when Mr. Vandriessen asks the class to go door-to-door to get signatures for a petition to keep Furriers out of town, Beavis and Butthead return with a petition signed by Hugh G. Rection (spelled Hugh G. R9ction), Ben Dover (spelled with a backwards e in Dover), Betty Humpter (also backwards e in Humpter), and Rosie Palm and her 5 sisters.
Mr. Vandriessen: "Beavis and Butthead! Couldn't you boys get each sister to sign individually?"
- Darker and Edgier: The Movie. While the film still has a comedic beats, the plot is much more serious than any other episode of the series. A criminal who confuses Beavis and Butthead for the couple who had hired thugs to kill his girlfriend Dallas. Dallas also hides an extremely dangerous biological weapon in Beavis' pants. The ATF learns this and starts to go after the duo. Beavis and Butthead are in actual danger during much of the film, although the main joke of the film is that they're completely unaware of all of this.
- Deadpan Snarker: Daria, who elevated this to a trope in its own right.
- Also Butt-head at times, usually if Beavis is being stupider than usual.
Beavis: Hey, Butt-head, do you know I'm from Compton?
Butt-head: Dammit, Beavis, shut up. You're not from Compton.
Beavis: No, wait, Butt-head, I'm serious. I was kickin' it on the streets. It was hard times. I used to drink Gin and Juice. It was cool.
Butt-head: Beavis...you're a white wussy from right here.
Beavis: No way, Butt-head, you don't know, you weren't around then. Yeah, me and Snoop used to go to the Compton swap meet together.
Butt-head: Beavis, you used to go to the flea market with your mom.
Beavis: See, I wore this shirt cuz these are my colors.
Butt-head: ...shut up.
Beavis: Yep. Got out of a Compton swap meet with Snoop. Used to kick it with Dre.
Beavis: Um, oh yeah.
- Department of Redundancy Department:
Beavis: Hmm heh heh...why?
- Dirty Coward: Stewart's dad is more than willing to totally sell out his son, such as in "Prank Call".
- Dirty Harriet: She's a Fair Cop posing as a prostitute in "Feel a Cop".
- The Dog Bites Back: For the first few seasons, Butt-Head was incredibly abusive to Beavis, and any injuries that came his way were either accidental or from a third-party. This includes (repeatedly) slapping Beavis during videos. At one point Beavis finally snapped after a rapid series of such incidents, and took advantage of how Butt-Head was sitting. From then on, there was about a 1-in-3 chance of violent reprisal from Beavis.
- Do Not Touch the Funnel Cloud: In "Tornado", Beavis and Butt-Head are sucked into a tornado and thrown back onto the ground unhurt, only to be crushed by falling objects.
- Dope Slap: *whack* Dumbass.
- Double Entendre: Much of the humor came from this.
- Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: It's heavily implied that Beavis was drugged and raped by a grief counselor in Drones.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Mr. Buzzcut, although he's nowhere near as abrasive to students who aren't pushing his buttons.
- He still threatens to "physically kill" the entire class if they don't shut up.
- Drives Like Crazy: Beavis, when he gets behind the wheel during a Drivers-Ed class. He actually makes unflappable Mr. Buzzcut scream in terror as they hurtle into something.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: One Running Gag has Beavis and Butt-head constantly refer to long-haired men in music videos as "chicks". Sometimes they go as far as hitting on them.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Some of their comments on the music videos they watch, as well as on life in general, actually make a lot of sense, in a weird way.
- For example, their comments on Radiohead's Creep shows they have a good grasp of song arrangements, dynamics and the subtleties of light and shade. Or as Butthead puts it...songs have to have the bit that sucks or else the bits that are cool wouldn't be as cool.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The earlier episodes of Beavis and Butt-Head are a completely different show from the later episodes most viewers are familiar with. Rather than focusing on the consequences of the duo's stupidity in the usual mundane style of Mike Judge, the antics of the two are told in a wackier, more surreal tone, with Refuge in Audacity being more commonplace. In addition, the animation's even cruder than it already was in the later seasons, Butt-head's voice is different, and there are stronger indications of Totally Radical (i.e. metal guitar riffs).
- The first time Cornholio appears is in the episode "Generation in Crisis", and there it's just Beavis playing around. In all future appearances, Cornholio is a separate persona that Beavis is completely unaware of.
- The duo are more like stereotypical teenage metalheads in early episodes. Butthead originally had a strong Surfer Dude or Totally Radical voice and both would regularly call each other "dude".
- The series evolved to its present format around season 3.
- End of Series Awareness: Beavis and Butthead are the few cartoon characters to say they're dead at the end of their series.
- Episode Title Card
- Even Evil Has Standards: Beavis and Butt-Head can both be sadistic guys if they see someone being beaten, but they consider a explicit video of a woman giving birth as repulsive. Though this is obviously logical in nature, this has been one of the few times where the duo is surprised for things they consider "unpleasant".
- They also think the cast of Jersey Shore is dumber than themselves.
- In the Halloween Special, "Bungholio: Lord of the Harvest", even Todd thinks Cornholio is messed up.
- Beavis kicks Butt-Head for mocking him while watching and loving Katy Perry's 'Firework'
- Buzzcut, like most of the staff except Mr. Van Driessen, despises the boys, yet he defends them after Mr. Manners/Candy attack Butthead in 'Candy Sale'.
- Parodied in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade special where Beavis mistakes the masses watching the parade for homeless people, and then begins to angrily question why no one is giving them food, money, and shelter. But once Butt-Head suggests that they're just lazy, Beavis immediately starts insulting them.
- Every Episode Ending: A rock music sting.
- A few of the later episodes, instead (or additionally), end with a really sappy clarinet bit.
- Everything Is Big in Texas
- Failure Is the Only Option: No matter how hard they try, or even how close they get, Beavis and Butthead will never score.
- Fake-Out Fade-Out: Beavis and Butt-Head's reaction to this occurring twice in the Godley & Creme music video "Cry" is priceless.
- Falling into the Cockpit: Literally happens to Butt-Head in The Movie (the cockpit of an airplane while it was plummeting), leading to this exchange:
- Fantastic Racism: In "Animation Sucks", Mr. Van Driessen shows the class an animated film he created about green and purple characters who didn't like each other because they were different colors.
- "Far Side" Island: In "Beavis and Butt-Head's Island", the two get stranded on an island in a fountain at the mall. They remain there for days, complete with tattered clothes.
- Fire-Breathing Diner: Beavis and Butt-Head eat tacos with "Mexican Death Sauce" (which a taco stand owner put in the duo's order after they fed hot sauce to his dog) in "Way Down Mexico Way".
- 555: According to "Screamers", Stuart's phone number is the typical set of numbers followed by 8989.
- Franchise Zombie: Subjective from a Word of God standpoint; Judge has pretty much stated that the last couple of seasons before the comeback were forced upon him by MTV, who wanted to keep the cash-cow show going. Not that it kept the episodes from still being pretty damn funny in their own right.
- The Freakshow: Featured in one episode where the duo are forced to pose as Conjoined Twins.
- Frivolous Lawsuit: Joe Adler. Though Beavis and Butt-Head are the ones who hire him. Twice.
- Funny Background Event: In the 2011 episode "The Spill", a volunteer expresses her concerns about whether or not she is able to truly help young chicks that have been victimized by oil spills. As she talks, Beavis and Butt-Head are beating the crap out of each other in the background over one of the oil-covered birds, believing that cleaning them will get the two a chance to score with said volunteer. It's doubly funny in that the volunteer's speech about the pitiful condition of the oil-covered birds could just as easily apply to Beavis and Butt-Head. Also when the bird they fight over flies out of their hands, she sees it and think that the boys have cleaned all the oil off and released the bird, becoming ashamed of her defeatist attitude unknowing that the bird just fled out of fear, oil on the wings or not.
- Genius Ditz: Both Beavis and Butt-Head are incredibly stupid most of the time, but when they're commenting on music videos (and reality TV shows in the newer episodes) they can be surprisingly witty and clever with their comments.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: In the episode "Dream On", you can hear Beavis mumbling "Fire, Fire"
- To elaborate, this was after Beavis' catchphrase was Bowdlerised (to "fryer, fryer") because of the episode of actual pyromania it was falsely accused of in Real Life.
- In their riff of Mike Watt's "Piss Bottle Man", Beavis briefly suggests that he should change his name to crude prank call name "Mike Hunt". Though this is subverted when Butt-Head questions why that's even funny, to which Beavis has no idea.
- The Ghost: It is implied that the duo live with their mothers who are said to be prostitutes. They sometimes talk about them and call to them (mostly in the music video segments) but we never see them.
- Good Ol' Boy: Tom Anderson.
- Grammar Nazi: Agent Lemming insists that Federal Agents never end a sentence with a proposition. It's Actually Pretty Funny.
- G-Rated Drug: In "Buy Beer", the boys wind up with "near beer" instead of the real thing.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Beavis in his Cornholio Persona.
- Oddly enough, in an earlier episode, Beavis seems incapable of learning Spanish properly.
Spanish teacher: Señor Butt-head, como es Juan?
Spanish Teacher: No no no, Como es juan? Como es juan?
Spanish Teacher: (Dropping the Spanish accent) Spaghetti
!? That's Italian
, you moron! (Tosses poster in frustration) Damn it!
You idiots have been in this class for almost a whole school year, and the only Spanish you know is what you learned from Taco Bell
! And Beavis can't even get that right
! I'm gonna give you little bastards just ten seconds to come up with a sentence in Spanish and if you can't, you're both going to the principal's office and you're both flunking! Well, I'm waiting
Butt-Head: Uhhh... ("Spanish" gibberish) Rico Suave.
Spanish Teacher: Principal's office, now!
Spanish Teacher: Get out, now!
- Groin Attack: These two practically brought it to an art form.
- Gross Out Show
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Todd and Coach Buzzcut are both violent towards Beavis and Butthead.
- Halloween Episode: "Bungholio: Lord of the Harvest".
- Hates Being Touched: Beavis. Don't touch me, asswipe!
- Heh Heh, You Said X: Trope Namer.
- Helicopter Flyswatter: Parodied in the opening scenes of Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.
- Helium Speech: In one episode, Beavis and Butt-Head buy balloons and try this on themselves. Upon hearing each other speak in high-pitched voices, the duo come to the conclusion that "WE'RE NEUTEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRED!!!"
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Beavis and Butt-Head each seem to be the other's only real friend. Stewart would hang out with them, but they can't stand him.
- Hippie Teacher: Mr. Van Driessen; also a rare case of a male Granola Girl.
- Also Dreama, the astronomy TA in "Let's Clean It Up".
- Homage: The short segment "Cinema Classics" is clearly a homage to At the Movies right down to the clothes Beavis and Butt-Head wear.
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: Or, as Bill Clinton describes the boys in "Citizen Butt-Head", "hormonally challenged".
- Horrible Judge of Character: The titular characters pretty much latch onto all the worst people. Similarly, some people (especially in the movie) can't see the bad in them.
- Human Mail: The pair attempts to mail themselves in one episode.
- Also done in a video Beavis and Butt-Head watched: "If I Only Had a Brain" by MC 900 Foot Jesus.
- The Hyena: Beavis and Butt-Head are constantly laughing. The only time they stop is if they're annoyed or more confused than usual.
- Or when they're seriously threatened, like in "No Laughing".
- Or when something has made them cry, like in "Door To Door".
- Hypocritical Humor: In the titlar student film in "Generation in Crisis", Beavis asks if he could say "nads". The filmmaker, Ken Alder, tells him, "There's no censorship of any kind, this is an independant documentary film... with a generous grant from the ESCO Corporation." Beavis and Butt-Head then discuss censorship, and Beavis says something that gets censored anyway, complete with a Censor Box over his mouth.
- Right before Beavis gets censored, Butt-Head says, "Censorship is cool. I like it when they put those black boxes over people's thingies." However, in "Safe House," they watch Pia Zadora's "Rock It Out" video, which is set in a women's prison and starts with a scene of a woman shown from the back taking off her shirt, we get this exchange.
BUTT-HEAD: "Whoa, that's the most naked I've ever seen a chick on TV."
BEAVIS: "Yeah, except for that damn body spray commercial they show every five seconds."
BUTT-HEAD: "Those black boxes suck."
- Butt-Head is sometimes guilty of hypocrisy, such as when he makes fun of Beavis for being a virgin and for having a slut as a mom.
- Butt-Head mocking Beavis' intelligence isn't this, because Butt-Head is slightly smarter then Beavis.
- I Banged Your Mom: Butt-Head is fond of this one, either because it's a good way to piss off Beavis or he's actually attracted to the woman. Or knowing Butt-Head, a little of both.
- Idea Bulb: Rather flickering ones that look like night lights though. Before the censors intervened, matches being struck, or a hand attempting to light a lighter were both used. In one case, a nuclear explosion took the place of the bulb.
- I'll Kill You!: When Beavis and Butt-Head are sent to a group therapy session, the therapist gives Beavis a padded mallet and tells him to pretend a pillow is Butt-Head. A few seconds later Beavis is smashing the pillow yelling "Agh! Die! I'll kill you! You son of a bitch!" Then there was that time that Butt-Head wouldn't stop calling Beavis a buttknocker, with Beavis threatening to kill him (which gets him arrested).
- When prank call victim Harry Sachz is directed to the Stevenson's house, he initially attacks Stewart. When Stewart's dad walks into the room holding a phone, Harry shouts "It was you, wasn't it!? I'll kill you!"
- I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That: Sometimes, Beavis would go on and on about something and Butt-Head's only response would be, "Beavis, I'm going to pretend I didn't hear any of that."
- Imagine Spot: Generally, they would fantasize about getting a bunch of chicks. In "The Future of Beavis and Butt-Head", the two imagine some careers, such as running a pornographic video store, working as a wrecking ball operator and destroying the school (with Principal McVicker protesting) and joining the military.
- Immediate Self-Contradiction: One episode starts with the new school counselor introducing herself to the class, and assuring the students that while her door is always open, no one is required to see her. While she's been talking, Beavis and Butt-Head had been sticking various school supplies in their nose, ears and other parts of their face. When she sees what they've been doing she demands "You two! My office! Now!"
- Inherently Funny Words: The way they talk makes everything they say sound hilarious.
- Innocent Innuendo: Inverted. Beavis and Butt-Head give Mr. Van Driessen a list of names for a petition he asked each student to take around the neighborhood. It's all double entendre joke names that go right over the teacher's head.
- Insane Troll Logic: Pretty much the reasoning behind every Zany Scheme attempted by the duo.
- A rare example where it wasn't them with the reasoning appeared in the episode "Dumb Design" when the boys ran into a group protesting the teaching of evolution in school. The leader of it argued that evolution is often complicated and difficult to understand...which therefore means it's most likely not true.
- The Internet Is for Porn: In "Cyber Butt", Beavis and Butt-Head pressure Stewart into going on a porn site on the school computer.
- In "Tech Support" Butt-Head spends most of the episode trying to find a way to watch porn on a tech support company's computer.
- Iron Buttmonkey: Beavis in particular, but both he and Butt-Head suffer some serious physical abuse over the course of the show.
- Ironic Echo
Gus Baker: Hey, do you use that kind of language at home? [Later, after Beavis mooned the audience] GET THESE LITTLE BASTARDS OUT OF HERE!
Butt-Head: Uh, do you use that kind of language at home?
- Is That a Threat?: The Great Cornholio. "ARE YOU THREATENING ME!?"
- Jerk Ass: Both Beavis and Butthead themselves, as they constantly cause chaos for their own amusement.
- Several characters like Todd, Coach Buzzcut and Principal McVicker are willing to abuse the two out of enjoyment.
- Stewart's Dad is also this, such as when Harry Sachz breaks into their home, he tries to pin the blame on Stewart to save himself. Thankfully, Mr. Stevenson gets what he deserves.
- Jerkass Has a Point: McVicker's frustration with the titular duo is justified as both Beavis and Butthead are constantly causing problems around the school.
- Karma Houdini: Despite their stupid destructive antics at School, Work, Mr. Anderson's yard, and everywhere else, Beavis and Butt-Head ACTUALLY get away with it most of the time. And when they do get caught and penalized for it, they won't learn anything. (Huh huh huh huh. "Penal".) Retroactively, it makes many of the times they get beaten up in different episodes seem like Laser-Guided Karma. Of course, the dubious continuity has a lot to do with this as well. (However, given that they will likely never score and will continue to live in a destitute home in Highland, one could argue that they aren't Karma Houdinis in the long run.)
- Whenever the thieves Russ and Harlan commit some art of robbery (i.e. the time they robbed the Stevenson house, breaking into Beavis and Butt-head's house and steal their TV set in the feature film, not to mention that they were also meant to be hired by Muddy to kill Dallas, and looting a office in the 2011 revival), they never get caught nor receive any comeuppance.
- Todd apparently takes advantage of and beat up Beavis and Butt-head and he never receives some sort of comeuppance for it and they would get in trouble with the law in his place... unless you count what happens to Todd in "Virtual Stupidity" as canon.
- Nowadays, even if you don't cound "Virtual Stupidity" as canon, he did get arrested & placed in prison during the episode known as "Snitchers".
- Coach Buzzcut and the crazy farmer from the episode "Cow Tipping", also qualifies.
- Kavorka Man: Yeah, they wish. Although in "Letters to Santa Butt-Head", several (presumably more attractive) women write/vocalize an attraction to Beavis and want him for Christmas (which leads to Butt-Head questioning why there are "so many dumb chicks"). It gets better when a particularly sultry woman voices that she wants both of them for Christmas, leaving the two in shock.
- Kick the Dog: Coach Buzzcut in "Young, Gifted & Crude", where he flat-out ordered his studends to beat up a new student for no reason.
- Butthead has several of these moments, but deserves special mention in "Copy Machine", where he tells Beavis to copy his butt (after Buzzcut had told him not to). This leads to Beavis getting trapped, which leads him to be severely wounded. Just to make it worse, after Beavis is freed take a wild guess at what Butthead suggests he do next...
- Todd gets several of these moments, too.
- The duo's treatment of Stewart definitely counts.
- Large Ham: Beavis & Butthead tend to scream at certain points...& they are stars across the internet.
- Lampshade Hanging:
Beavis: So, um, are you gonna change the channel, Butt-Head?
Butt-Head: Why bother? All we seem to get on this TV are bad videos.
- Laser-Guided Karma: While the duo often get away with their actions, Beavis and Butt-Head do also frequently suffer particularly fitting consequences. Such as getting their asses kicked by every attendee at a feminist conference when they attempt to solicit them, or being scared off by video scenes of a live birth after they barged into a female sexual health class and refused to leave.
- Last Name Basis: Beavis, possibly.
- Lighter and Softer: Than other adult animated series, like South Park or Family Guy. The show itself is full of jokes about bodily functions, sex and lots of swearing, but it still looks light compared to other adult sitcoms.
- Lightning Bruiser: Billy Bob might seem like a Mighty Glacier, but Bedpans and Broomsticks reveals that he can run at the speed of a scooter, which he does to chase after the duo when they steal his scooter. He can also smash through walls to boot.
- Limited Animation: In the first season.
- Limited Wardrobe: Lampshaded when watching AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" video.
Butt-Head: These guys always wear the same thing.
Beavis: We always wear the same thing! I've been wearing this shirt for six months!
Butt-Head: I've been wearing this shirt for seven months.
- Literal Ass Kicking: "I'm kicking your ass, Beavis. Huh huh huh."
- MacGuffin: The stolen TV, in the movie. Technically, the whole plot is about them trying to find a new one (or get the money to buy a new one) but that becomes irrelevant to the story pretty quickly. Then they find it thirty seconds before the end.
- Made of Iron: Whether it's being maimed by the bouncer at a mud-wrestling club, piercing their own ears with a power drill and getting serious infections, suffering a major nosebleed, getting their faces slashed with dirty razors when they try to shave, getting hit in the crotch with a bowling ball, crashing head-first into the wall of their house, or getting sucked up into a tornado and crash-landing on the ground before being flattened by a phone booth, Beavis and Butt-Head suffered injuries that should have killed them many times over. In one episode, the duo attempt to kill themselves with swords... that squash when they press against their bodies.
- Van Driessen is a similar case: He got mauled by a bear, fell down a cliff (twice) & was once ran over by Beavis in a car tire...& he's still alive.
- Apparently, Coach Buzzcut can survive being ran into by a steamroller & being in the center of a car crash.
- Malaproper: The main characters are this all the time.
- Man in a Bikini: "Babes R Us"
- Mathematician's Answer: In "The Great Cornholio" Beavis and Butt-Head stop by Stewart's house to drop off his homework while he's sick with diarrhea. Mrs. Stevenson asks the boys if they've eaten breakfast, and Beavis says "I think I did once."
- Meat-O-Vision: In Bedpans and Broomsticks, Billy Bob experiences this.
- Media Watchdogs: Resulted in a tone-down of the violence and Beavis' pyromania, but it also became a source of jokes that got the point across just as well, even calling MORE attention to it than it would have by itself.
- Mistaken for Pedophile: When Mr. Manners/Mr. Candy lashes out at the boys for ruining his class presentations, they tell the teacher that he "tried to touch them".
- Mock Cousteau: Heard in the beginning of "Couch Fishing" when they're flipping channels.
- Moral Guardians: In-Universe example: Stewart's mother is revealed to be one in the episode where Stewart gets a satellite dish, much to Beavis and Butt-Head's frustration.
- Mr Seahorse: In "Pregnant Pause," Beavis fears he may be pregnant after he starts suffering from fierce abdominal cramps. It's averted, though; he's too stupid to realize he just needs to take a really big dump.
- Mushroom Samba: Particularly in the movie.
- And even with Sugar and Caffeine. Do the words, "I AM CORNHOLIO!!!" mean anything to you?
- Mythology Gag: A weird one. The second episode has a monster truck run over a row of port-a-potties. We're then introduced to Straculious, the "Roman god of feces" who proceeds to drop a load of crap on the stadium. Cut to 2005 where Beavis and Butt-head are hosting the MTV music awards. One clip has Butt-head dressed up as Poseidon, and Beavis clearly dressed up as a sea horse. Despite this, Butt-head tells him that he's supposed to be Straculious, the "Roman god of feces and manure".
- Name and Name
- Negative Continuity: In Mr. Van Driessen's very first appearance on the show, he actually gets killed by a monster truck. And then after that, he's still alive and well throughout the rest of the series.
- Never Learned to Read: Whenever Beavis and Butt-Head try to read, they typically mispronounce it. When they saw a sign that read "HORSE FARM: TRESSPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED", they thought it meant "whores and prostitutes."
- Never Live It Down: In-Universe. When he thinks he saw Beavis crying over a television show (He actually sniffed an onion) Butt-Head rides him about it. For a long time. Until the day he falls over dead in an old folks home.
- Never My Fault: Whenever they both screw up something, Butt-Head always blames it on Beavis, who, being the stupidest of the two, apologizes.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Averted in the final episode when everybody thought Beavis and Butt-head were dead (they were not). The only people to express remorse were Mr. Van Driessen and Stuart, while others were either glad or just indifferent.
- Nixon Mask: Mr. Van Driessen wears one in the Halloween Episode, "Bungholio: Land of the Harvest".
- No Celebrities Were Harmed/Captain Ersatz: Gus Baker, the Rush Limbaugh parody from "Right On".
- The tattooed tough guy poet repeating "And then my friend you die, man" from "Buttniks"= Henry Rollins.
- No Name Given: The Burger World manager is never named.
- Nonstandard Character Design
- Noodle Incident:
Beavis: I killed a bunch of people once.
- When they are watching videos, pretty much ANYTHING they talk about doing or happening to them or to people they know, meaning it takes place off-screen and not part of any regular plotlines, and which are generally never referenced again, would fall in this category.
- In "Butt Flambe", Beavis taken to the hospital by Butt-Head due to burns on his butt, the cause is never revealed. (Although it's heavily implied, especially by the doctors laughing at the end, to have been a Farts on Fire attempt.)
- In "Safehouse", we never find out why Todd was on the run from Leroy's gang and the police, or how either of them knew to look for him at Beavis and Butt-Head's house.
- No One Should Survive That: The duo are constantly doing stuff that could ordinarily kill a person (which is why the show has that warning that says that "Some of the things [Beavis and Butt-Head] do would cause a person to get hurt, expelled, arrested — possibly deported"). In one episode, Beavis and Butt-Head are swept up in a tornado, and when they are hurled out onto the ground, 2 phone booths fall on them with no lasting effects...the second one even had somebody in it.
- In "Vaya Con Cornholio," Beavis turns into Cornholio and wanders into an immigration office. They can't understand his nonsensical ramblings and...deport him to Mexico.
- Not Quite Dead: In the final episode of the original run, Principal McVicker supposedly died from a heart attack or stroke. Now he's alive and (relatively) well.
- Not So Different: A lot of the people Beavis and Butt-Head come into contact with (whether antagonistic or otherwise) tend to end up laughing the same way at some point.
- Including, in the movie, the entire U.S. Congress.
- When Beavis and Butt-head are getting beaten up by a group of feminists at the end of the episode "Womyn" one can be heard yelling "Kick 'em in the nads!"
- Also, a lot of them tend to be as ignorant as they are. Leading to Hypocritical Humor.
- Off Model: The early seasons used copious amounts of off-model shots, making the show border even more on Deranged Animation than it did anyway.
- One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Not exactly uncommon given their one-track mind. For example, in the Big Damn Movie, Beavis has a conversation on the plane with a little old lady.
Lady: Oh, hello, there. Are you two heading for Las Vegas?
Beavis: Yeah. Heh heh. We're gonna score! Heh heh.
Lady: Oh, well, I hope to score big there, myself. I'm mostly gonna be doing the slots.
Beavis: Yeah, yeah! Heh heh. I'm hoping to do some sluts, too. Do they have a lot of sluts in Las Vegas?
Lady: Oh, there are so many slots, you won't know where to begin.
Beavis: Whoa! Heh heh heh.
- Onion Tears: In a post-UnCancelation episode, Beavis cries from exposure to a slice of onion found in his chili dog, and Butt-Head makes fun of him for it, much to Beavis' frustration.
- Only in It for the Money
Mr. Manners: Listen, you little twerp. This is my job. This is how I make money. Don't screw with me.
- Only One Name: The eponymous duo.
- Only Six Faces: Of a different sort. The recurring characters all had unique designs, but the show had a habit of reusing the same model for different characters. One guy shows up as a bank manager, a health inspector and a grade school teacher, in separate episodes, all with different names. Harry Sachz from "Prank Call" is shot dead in two different episodes, and given a different name in the second. The serial killer "Cuyler" from "Most Wanted" later shows up as a mall security guard. In the episode where they were on trial, many of the people in the court resemble Mr. Anderson.
- Opening Narration: The disclaimer quoted above, added after the show became controversial.
- Orphaned Punchline:
BUTT-HEAD: "No, I told you to put the flower in your buttonhole."
- Out-of-Character Moment: In the episode "Hard Sell" where the duo seethe advertisement about highly paid telemarketing job, Butthead, a moronic Jerk Ass, briefly says "Think of all people we could help with that money''. They quickly laugh at this idea, so this was probably intentional.
- Overly Long Gag:
- During the music video for "Delivery", Beavis and Butt-Head, tired of videos with college students in the water, turn the television off, and we're left to stare at a black screen for quite some time, with the camera never cutting back to Beavis and Butt-Head at any point. Either Mike Judge had a powercut doing this episode or he was asleep on duty.
- Not to mention those hard stares they do.
- Papa Wolf:
- Paper-Thin Disguise: In "Incognito", when a teen at school threatens them, Beavis and Butt-Head don hats and sunglasses, rename themselves "Crevis and Bunghead", and speak in British accents. Their antagonist's reaction? "Nice try, Beaver and Buttplug."
- Parallel Porn Titles: In "Huh-Huh-Humbug", Beavis watches a porn parody of A Christmas Carol called Ebenezer Screw, featuring "Bob Scratchit" and "Tiny Johnson".
- Parental Abandonment: The boys' mothers are never seen; Butt-Head constantly insinuates that Beavis' mother is a "slut". Beavis himself seems to confirm this when he tells Butt-Head "My mom's a slut, not a whore. She doesn't charge money." The Movie reveals that their fathers are former heavy-metal roadies turned biker/drifters.
- The Password Is Always Swordfish: In "True Crime", Beavis & Butt-Head found an ATM card left on the machine. Beavis guessed the password correctly.
Michael Jordan: What I don't get is how they figured out my password: BALLS. How'd they know I was a pro?
- Periphery Demographic (In-Universe): Many assume that the two characters only like metal videos, but sometimes other random videos will be enjoyed by them the most. They rocked out to videos by The Bee Gees and Bananarama. Butt-Head also called several New Age videos "The greatest video I've ever seen" just because they had nude models.
- The duo also seem to enjoy Grunge quite a bit, despite the real life rivalry between Grunge fans and metalheads.
- They enjoy rap music as well, though it does depend on who sings it. They've enjoyed singers like Snoop Dogg and Coolio, but were horrified by Vanilla Ice.
- Pixellation: While on Gus Baker's show, Beavis proceeds to moon the audience. When they watch a news report of said episode and its controversy, Beavis questions why his butt is all blurry. He then drops his pants and asks Butt-Head if his butt really looks like that.
- Lampshaded in the True Life segment of the first Uncancellation episode where porn on a person's computer is blurred out.
Butt-Head: Dammit, the porn's all blurry!
- The Precious, Precious Car: In "Car Wash", the boys get to wash their neighbor's car while the owner goes out for a jog. They decide to take it for a joyride. Guess what happens.
- Precision F-Strike: The show in general doesn't have the characters say anything that would necessitate a Sound Effect Bleep, but in the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, Beavis lets loose a Cluster Bleep Bomb as he kicks a chair when he realises that he and Butt-Head are not in the voting for the Viewer's Choice Awards.
- A similar thing happens in "Generation In Crisis."
- Prepositions Are Not to End Sentences With: In the movie.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Beavis attempts this as they watch Snoop Doggy Dogg's "Gin and Juice" video, and is immediately countered by Butt-Head.
Beavis: I'm a gee. I'm a straight gee.
Butt-Head: Yeah, you're a gee for gonad. Huh huh.
Beavis: Shut up, Butt-Head. Heh heh. You might get smoked if you keep that up. Heh heh. Watch your back, homie.
- Pyromaniac: Beavis was this until Moral Guardians thought kids would imitate the behavior.
- He still was, he just didn't vocalize it. In "Way Down Mexico Way" he heavily emphasizes the first syllable in "fireworks". At another point they see a music video which is slow-motion of a man casually jogging down the street while totally ablaze; while Beavis never used his former catch phrase, he apparently entered a state of nirvana and calmly and quietly threatened grievous bodily harm when Butt-Head said he was going to change the channel.
- Quest for Sex: Several episodes revolve around Beavis and Butt-head's attempts to score. They are never successful.
- Really Gets Around: Based on comments made by the titular characters, it sounds like Beavis' mom is quite promiscuous.
Beavis: "She's not a whore, she's a slut; she doesn't charge for it."
- Real Men Wear Pink: Utterly averted in Crying where Butt-head constantly mocks Beavis for crying while watching The Bachelor (the result of finding an onion in his chili dog while watching the show).
"Huh huh. You were touched."
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The title characters.
- The Renaissance Age of Animation
- Reviewer Standard Comparisons: Parodied brilliantly by Beavis while watching Korn's "Blind" video:
(after making himself all dizzy): "I think there is a problem with this video in that it is highly derivative of others within the genre. While viewed on its own merits, it does have a decent groove. However, what it has in groove, it lacks in originality. One can't help but be reminded of such bands as Pearl Jam
, White Zombie
, Suicidal Tendencies and other bands that bear the mantle of so-called Alternative Rock
. One is even reminded of Laurie Anderson
when she wore curlers. This video speaks less to the heart and more to the sphincter. In closing, I think Korn would do well to learn from-"(Butt-Head slaps him to bring him back.)"
- Revival: Now they make fun of Reality Shows.
- Rock-Paper-Scissors: B&B played it in "Substitute," with Butt-Head lying about the rules as an excuse to hit Beavis.
- Rule 34: "Beaver and Buttface"
- Sadist: The Duo, Coach Buzzcut, Todd and The Crazy Old Farmer.
- Sadistic Choice: During "Massage" the boys are left with two choices. Either give a massage to a disgusting old man, or get arrested for disrupting the massage guy's business. They (very reluctantly) choose the old man.
- Sadist Teacher: Buzzcut, although he is still very protective of his students.
- Second Person Attack: At least twice — once in the episode "Nosebleed", and again in the introduction to the 3D Jackass movie. Both times it's Butt-Head punching Beavis.
- Seemingly Profound Fool: About three out of every five episodes.
- Sexual Karma: Beavis and Butt-Head are constantly attempting to score with chicks. These attempts always, without exception, end in failure.
- Shout-Out: Burger World is a reference to "Big Edna's Burger World" from UHF.
- The restaurant is also based on the regional "Whataburger" chain (Judge worked at one in high school).
- One of the dream sequences in "Dream On" features Beavis as a corrupt police officer kicking the ass of a "man walking by with a dog".
- The AC/DC and Metallica shirts they always wear.
- The title "Way Down Mexico Way" is a reference to the song "Hey Joe," most famously recorded by Jimi Hendrix.
- From "Virtual Stupidity", tell Beavis to use the eraser, and he will say "Go Eraser! Go Eraser Go!""
- Sick Episode: "Sick", in which Beavis and Butt-Head try to get prescription drugs in order to get high.
- Similar Squad: Stewart has two friends who are nerdy and polite versions of Beavis and Butt-Head.
- Skewed Priorities: Mr. Stevenson has his cell phone shoved in his ass. When it started ringing (Beavis & Butt-Head calling when they saw the police at Steward's house), he want someone to get it thinking it might be his work place.
- Slipping a Mickey: Double subverted when the two slip a vial of "Spanish Fly" into what they think is a girl's milk, only to have her boyfriend drink it moments later.
- Smoking Is Cool: Todd the badass smokes, and during the music video segments, Beavis would occasionally be seen trying to light a cigarette.
- Snap Back: The Running Gag of Beavis getting poked in the eye with a pencil, or losing teeth in acts of physical violence are always undone, sometimes by the very next scene.
- This is most obvious in The Movie. Tom Anderson, his wife, and his camper trailer are hit by a wall of water that would easily kill a healthy person. In their next scene, they are both fine. Beavis and Butt-Head themselves wander in the desert until they collapse from dehydration, then get driven over half the country in Muddy's trunk, then jump out of the trunk at freeway speeds. They are perfectly fine in the next scene.
- Sound Effect Bleep:
- Used in "Scared Straight" when their class takes a field trip to prison and an inmate talks to them.
- Also in "Generation in Crisis" when the filmmaker brings up censorship.
- Soundtrack Dissonance:
- Mocked in The Movie, as Van Driessen sings "Lesbian Seagull" over shots of Federal agents kicking in doors.
- Also on the series itself, which would open with a "sophisticated" jazz piece.
- The end of "The Great Cornholio", where he leaves wandering the hallways with No Ending.
- Spanner in the Works: Beavis and Butt-Head foil a terrorist plot without realizing it in Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The official spelling of Butt-Head's name has a dash in it, but it's often ignored.
- Spin-Off: Daria, arguably King of the Hill (given how Tom Anderson could now easily be mistaken as an elderly version of Hank Hill (with Tom Anderson's wife as a ringer for an aged Peggy Hill) and The Goode Family (the father sounds like Mr. Van Driessen and his son looks like a mix between Stewart and Bobby Hill).
- Spiritual Successor: Due to the video mocking, the show has been considered one for Mystery Science Theatre 3000.
- Subverted and subverted big time with spin-off Daria and Judge's follow-up project King of the Hill, both of which ran screaming away from Beavis & Butt-head tonewise.
- Also, this may be like The Simpsons.
- Also South Park, since, before Cartman, B&B's voices and laughing were what teenagers loved imitating.
- Spit Take: When watching a particularly bad music video, a running gag would have Beavis spit his soda out on the side of Butt-Head's face.
- Beavis spit while drinking (non-alcoholic) beer.
- Split Personality: Beavis' alter ego is brought to the fore when he has too much sugar and/or caffeine.
- "I am Cornholio, I need TP for my bunghole"!
- Spoof Aesop: The episode "Supersize Me" teaches us that "Teen obesity kicks ass".
- Status Quo Is God: No matter what the characters go through, they will always be back to 100% by the next show.
- Sting: Happens several times when watching the Violent Femmes video "Nightmares", whenever Butt-Head said "sucks", followed by Beavis screaming.
- Stock Footage: Over the years their music video commentaries would use animation from the earlier seasons. It got kinda weird seeing the two characters go from round and colorful to disfigured and dark within a couple seconds.
- Stunned Silence: For a couple of videos (Vanilla Ice and Milli Vanilli), all they could do is stare in horror for several seconds before wordlessly changing the channel.
- Stupid Evil: The duo hate virtually everything, including air.
- Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: "There once was a man from Venus, / with a rocket ship for a... wiener."
- Super Bowl Special: During the height of its popularity, MTV would run a special episode against the Super Bowl halftime show.
- Superpowered Alter Ego: Beavis' is The Great Cornholio, who emerges when Beavis has too much caffeine and/or sugar.
- Take That: To anyone who stands still long enough, but one memorable example was when Beavis and Butt-head went to a poetry reading, and Beavis ended up drinking some incredibly powerful cappuccino, triggering his Cornholio persona. The beret-wearing poetry snobs, of course, thought his insane ranting was genius. They stayed for hours listening to his "I am Cornholio, I need TP for my bunghole" glossolalia. He started to tire as the caffeine wore off, and the crowd started to leave... so of course the guy Beavis was sitting with dosed him with another almost-lethal cappuccino.
- Mike Judge was told by MTV that Kip Winger had forbade the network from making fun of Winger videos, and the channel restricted the show from ever making fun of the band's videos again. In response, punching-bag Stewart wore a Winger shirt. Judge later learned that Winger didn't have a problem with the show.
- With the return of the series, Mike Judge is also poking fun at YouTube Videos and other MTV shows like Jersey Shore. Their first vic- I mean choice since their return: The Situation and Snooki.
- In the first video segment of the first episode of the 2011 revival (less than 5 minutes into the show!) Beavis repeatedly talks about fire, in a Take That to the Moral Guardians who censored the "fire" statements in the original show.
- This also arguably applies to the revival episode, "Doomsday", where the duo believe the world has ended. Beavis notes one of the perks is that no one will tell him, "Oh, no, don't burn that!"
- While watching Ministry's "NWO" video, Beavis says that it would be cool to see someone puke. They do.
- In "No Laughing", Beavis & Butt-head's Spanish teacher reveals that despite being in his class for almost a whole school year, that the only spanish they know is what they learned at Taco Bell, & that Beavis can't even get that right.
- Talkative Loon: Beavis, whenever he becomes Cornholio.
- But then, Beavis isn't playing with a full deck in the first place, so the sugar/caffeine just makes him even more insane than he already is.
- This Loser Is You: Pretty much the ultimate example. Beavis and Butt-Head are stereotype of metalheads, which is a majority of their fans.
- Those Two Guys: Ross and Harlan, the thieves who claim themselves as movers in "Stewart Moves Away" and steal B and B's TV in the movie.
- Arguably, Beavis and Butt-head could be considered this In-Universe.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: The end of "Holy Cornholio", in which Butt Monkey Stewart goes off to have sex with dozens of beautiful female cultists—the same ones who were trying to mate with B&B through much of the episode.
- Toad Licking: Beavis once tried to lick the back of a toad to get high.
- Toilet Humor: Lots of it, both literally and figuratively.
- Too Dumb to Live:
- Beavis in the case of an It's a Wonderful Life pastiche, in which Beavis evidently turns out to be reasonably normal without Butt-Head's presence. (He finds Butt-Head's description of the real-world Beavis hilarious though.)
- In a wood shop class, Beavis cut his finger off with a table saw. It wasn't by accident when he and Butt-Head decided to slice up random things from around the classroom with the saw, it was because he just felt like touching the saw.
- Butt-head once got stuck after crawling inside a pipe. After taking the entire episode to get him unstuck (eventually having to resort to a rescue crew), Beavis went and got himself stuck in the same pipe.
- In one of the revival episodes, Beavis tries to photocopy his butt, only to break the screen and get stuck. After eventually being freed, Butt-Head suggests he photocopy his butt so they can see the damage done. Beavis immediately does & it gets stuck again.
- If they weren't Made of Iron, they would be dead.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Inverted; in the later episodes they seem to have become much smarter in their mockery of Jersey Shore.
- Trash of the Titans: In some episodes, their house is littered with trash and crushed soda cans, and in others, it's relatively clean.
- Trope 2000: In one episode, the protagonists deformed a coathanger and called it the "Butt-Scratcher 2000", trying to sell it.
- And in "Good Credit", the boys shop at a "Turbo Mall 2000".
- Two Decades Behind: For being teenagers in the 90s, Beavis and Butt-Head make an unusual amount of references to old television, such as The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island. One music video segment even has them discussing My Three Sons, which ended in 1972 and isn't well remembered. On the other hand, the two do watch a lot of TV in general, so it's not beyond the realm of possibility for them to have seen reruns of old shows.
- Ultimate Job Security: Virtually every workplace related episode had the duo doing things that would under most circumstances get almost any employee fired, yet this inexplicably never happened. Then again it's just as inexplicable they were even hired in the first place...
- They're usually the only employees even shown at the place. They're probably only still employed because the manager can't find anyone else to hire willing to take their place. (Be honest, how many tropers reading this page, for example, would voluntarily sign up for a fast-food job, unless either their parents were making them to "teach them the work ethic", or they were in a poor economic situation where no other jobs were available?)
- Uncancelled: Returned to MTV after a 14-year hiatus.
- Unfortunate Names: Here's a little gem from the episode "Prank Call", where they were looking through the phone book for someone to call:
Butt-Head: Uh, Taylor, Bob... no... uh... M-Matthews, Al...
Beavis: No. Come on, Butt-head.
Butt-Head: Uh... Sac... Sachz. Harry... (starts laughing) "Hairy sack."
Beavis (also laughing): Yeah. Hairy sack.
Butt-Head (still laughing): This is gonna be cool.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists: The titular duo have the combined IQ of a brick and cause all sorts of mischief.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Of a sort. Butt-head's name goes without comment for the entire series, at least by those who know the duo personally. Those that don't either mishear it, or think it's an alias.
- Lampshaded in "Holding" where a cop thinks the names "Beavis and Butt-Head" sound like porn names.
- Vengeful Vending Machine: "Beavis and Butt-head Vs. the Vending Machine" features the pair trying buying a bag of pork rinds from a vending machine, only for it to get stuck. The rest of the episode revolves around them trying to get it out.
- Verbal Tic: David Van Driessen, a school teacher, puts "mmkay" at the end of a lot of his sentences.
- And then there's the titular duo's constant guttural laughter.
- Heheh eheheheh you said 'tit'.
- Forget that, he said titular.
- Principal McVicker with his trademark "uhhhhhhhhhhhh".
- To a lesser extent, Butt-head's tendency to start most sentences with "Uhhh," and tag "like" and "or something" to the end of clauses.
- Beavis also had "Hey, how's it goin'?" and "Yeah, me too".
- Very Special Episode: A Very Special Episode where the duo are tasked with nursing a baby bird back to health. Given the nature of this show however...
- Vitriolic Best Buds;
"Shut up, buttknocker!" *whack*
- Vocal Evolution: Quite noticably. Compare Beavis and Butt-Head's voices in "Frog Baseball" to any of the post-Season 2 episodes. Also, Principal McVicker sounded completely different in his first appearance.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot
- The War on Terror: It sure is convenient for Highland to have a drone base.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We never do find out what happened to Mr. Van Driessen in The Movie after he's arrested.
- He must have resolved the situation somehow, as he appears in later episodes.
- At one point in Virtual Stupidity, it is mentioned that Mr Mc Vicker had been missing for a few days, but this is never explained at the end of the game.
- Who Names Their Kid "Butt-Head"?
- The Woobie: In-Universe, Butt-Head actually approaches this when he buys a Russian mail-order bride, who is repulsed by him, abuses him, and has loud sex with Todd in his car outside their window. Beavis cluelessly keeps asking why Butt-Head's wife is doing it with Todd, until he angrily cries "Dammit, Beavis, she's not really my wife!" He is cheered up quickly when Beavis concludes that since she's doing it with Todd, and she's Butt-Head's wife, that he and Todd are related.
- Would Hurt a Child: Coach Buzzcut (although he is very careful of his students) and Muddy Grimes (who spends half of The Movie trying to hunt down and kill the boys).
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Played for laughs in "Sexual Harassment". The boys whine that a girl is "harassing them" by being too hot and try to sue her, only for their own stupidity and the law to nip the whole thing in the bud.
- Wounded Gazelle War Cry: Again, played for laughs in the episode "Whiplash" when Butt-Head tries to get run over by a bus in order to sue the bus driver for a ton of money. Of course, it fails.
- Writing Around Trademarks: The 1993 album The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience has them on the cover with Beavis wearing a "DEATH ROCK" shirt and Butt-Head wearing an "MTV" shirt, instead of their usual AC/DC and Metallica shirts. Neither band appears on the album. Butt-Head wears a "SKULL" shirt in a picture in the liner notes.
- The "Skull" and "Death Rock" logos are used whenever Beavis and Butt-Head appear in merchandise outside of the cartoon, because keeping AC/DC and Metallica would generate legal issues.
- Yandere: Beavis and Butt-Head are both this to Tod, regardless of how much of a violent Jerk Ass he is to them.
- Yet Another Christmas Carol: The episode "Huh Huh Humbug" has Beavis in place of Scrooge. Anderson, Van Driessen, and Buzzcut and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, respectively. Principal McVicker and his family stands in for the Cratchits, and Butt-head is Jacob Marley. In this, McVicker is forced by Beavis to work at Burger World.
- You Get What You Pay For: Van Driessen hired our heroes to clean his house as a way of teaching them the value of hard work. He only gave them a dollar each for their work, but in the end Van Driessen got what he deserved when he sees that Beavis and Butt-Head destroyed his irreplacable 8-track collection.