* AcceptableTargets: "Wuss music" and geeky types like Stewart (which explains why Stewart wore a shirt from the band "Winger" as a contrast to Beavis' Metallica shirt and Butthead's AC/DC shirt).
** Basically, anything below HardRock tends to "suck," but they do make exceptions. Music/{{Radiohead}}'s "Fake Plastic Trees" was praised by Beavis, as he likes to "mellow out to this song."
-->'''Beavis:''' Sometimes if I have a boner that won't go down, I listen to this kind of music.
** Like in its sister show, ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill,'' people in the military are rarely depicted in a positive light. Buzzcut is a violent, abusive sociopath. Tom Anderson is a loser. An episode of TheRevival had a military officer bluntly say that they accept drop-outs and delinquents and were too incompetent to notice the titular characters sneaking in a restricted area and piloting a drone.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Interesting in the case of Coach Buzzcut. Although he is one of the main antagonists of the show, one could also argue that he is kind of a HeroAntagonist, because Beavis and Butthead are often extremely unpleasant in any situation. Although this is challenged a bit by his aggressive behavior, tendency to threaten ''anyone'' with bodily harm, and him turning a bunch of students onto a new student in "Young, Gifted & Crude" as seen in KickTheDog below.
** Also, Beavis. There are numerous hints dropped throughout the original series that Beavis, despite being a thick-headed pain in the ass to most everyone he meets, actually has a heart in there somewhere, but Butthead is too much of an abusive bad influence for him to even remotely realize that potential. He even makes an effort to be polite to people, despite his lack of social skills ("Hey how's it goin'?"), such as actually saying thanks and sorry to people on occasion.
** The duo themselves. Are they a pair of morons [[ObliviouslyEvil who do not realize]] that [[LethallyStupid their antics put others in danger]] because they are too [[HanlonsRazor stupid]] to realize their actions or are they sociopaths who realize what are they doing is wrong, but don't care? There have been times, mostly during music video segments, where they are smarter than usual.
** In the revival, there's a one-off sketch called "Cinema Classics with Butt-Head," in which the duo, apparently adults, taller, and dressed in slightly more formal clothing, do a satirical review of "The Human Centipede." If taken at face value/interpreted as being canon, it could mean that Beavis and Butt-Head [[GeniusDitz eventually became successful film/media critics later in their adult lives]].
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The last montage of the final (at the time) episode clip show had a compliation of the two wreaking havoc set to "In the Hall of the Mountain King" with Beavis and Butt-Head's vocal air-guitar riff dubbed over it.
* BaseBreaker: Butthead is either just as funny as Beavis or disliked for being abusive towards him.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The White Zombie [[ArtShift video]] in TheMovie, triggered by a Peyote-induced MushroomSamba.
** [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Beavis even expresses awe in how it's like a music video.]]
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* CrossesTheLineTwice: Really, this show lived on this trope, but "Way Down Mexico Way" was its apotheosis.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: They've played plenty of great music videos, but Music/TheRamones' "I Wanna Be Sedated" was one of the few songs to get the boys to just shut up and rock out.
** The video for Music/BlackSabbath "Iron Man" begins playing, Butt-head can only manage "Whoa! Hey Beavis!" while Beavis freaks, saying "Check, check it out! It's...it's...it's...ahhh...ahhh....GRAHHHHH!" and then the two get to sing the signature riff IN context.
** The video for "Sober" by Music/{{Tool}} impressed them so much that, aside from [[HehHehYouSaidX briefly snickering over the name of the band]], they had nothing negative to say about the entire thing, repeatedly exclaiming that it was "cool!"
* EnsembleDarkhorse: [[TheSnarkKnight Snark Knight]] Daria Morgendorffer was popular enough to get [[{{Daria}} her own series.]]
** The biggest EnsembleDarkhorse of the show is Beavis's alter-ego, The Great Cornholio. He only appeared in a few episodes and TheMovie, but he is one of the most popular and funny characters in the entire show.
** Tom Anderson is generally loved for the fact that he was a proto-[[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Hank Hill]].
* FreudWasRight: The boys can find sexual innuendo in literally ''anything''.
** Huh huh huh, you said "thing".
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The entire "Incognito" episode. Beavis and Butthead anger a student who carries a gun to school, and everyone treats the whole issue as an UnusuallyUninterestingSight. In light of the many widely-televised school shootings that would ensue in TheNineties and TurnOfTheMillennium, it...got a lot less funny.
* GrowingTheBeard: In the early episodes, the duo didn't go through the range of jokes as later seasons, and most of the time they were just playing pranks or causing all around mischief. When the show started to get popular (and when MTV got scared that kids may be imitating the duo's destructive behavior), their personalities changed into the way most people recognize them now by. Of course, this made everything a hell of a lot funnier.
** Which is funny, because their earlier music video reviews were very little except jabs or praise for the band/artist. Their later reviews had a more intellectual insight, implying that the characters are savants.
** Most agree that the revival is even better than where it left off, mostly thanks to Creator/MikeJudge being able to apply a lot more years of experience on perfecting the comedy.
* HilariousInHindsight: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oLFKAwMGWo 2005 MTV Video Music Awards]], in which Beavis and Butt-Head pop up from time to time, urging viewers to put them back on the air by voting for them in the MTV Viewer's Choice Award (not realising they're not a voting option).
** [[http://www.sitcomsonline.com/photopost/data/2257/CornholioMovie.jpg This poster]] released several years ago (as part of ''Huh Huh for Hollywood'') was more or less realized with "Holy Cornholio", the fourth episode of the revival.
** The scene where the duo [[NauseaFuel fry a mouse]] in ''Burger World'' is this in light of the scandal at KFC with a piece that resembled a fried rat.
** While watching the video for "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" by Slash's Snakepit, Beavis and Butthead see Eric Dover (from Music/{{Jellyfish}}) and immediately ponder "what happened to Axl," thinking it's a Music/GunsNRoses video. As it would turn out, the situation with the real Guns N' Roses would become [[IAmTheBand quite the]] [[RevolvingDoorBand opposite.]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IB8nZtUQH4 Beavis was twerking]] long before Miley Cyrus made it cool.
* HollywoodPudgy: Daria was [[http://www.dariawiki.org/wiki/images/6/63/Daria_WaterSafety2.jpg shorter and slightly chubbier in this series]].
* HolyShitQuotient: Deliberately invoked in "Nothing Happening", wherein several events (such as a plane crashing into Highland High, Stewart's chemistry set exploding on him, and a felon going into a high-speed chase) happen in rapid succession. All while Beavis and Butt-Head miss out, due to falling asleep out of boredom.
* HoYay: Huh huh huh huh, Todd's cool. (floating hearts)
** At the end of "Beware of the Butt", the duo is hung from the marquee butt-naked, leading Butt-Head to make comments on Beavis' rear end.
--->'''Beavis''': Why are you so interested in my butt?\\
'''Butt-Head''': Uhhh... have you heard the new Music/{{GWAR}} album?
** In "Sporting Goods", the two try on athletic supporters in the same dressing room.
** In "Baby Makes Uh, Three", Beavis and Butt-Head are partners to take care of a flour sack for their health class. Buzzcut justifies this by telling them that with the increase of homosexual couples adopting children, it makes the project more realistic. Surprisingly, the duo makes no comment.
** This exchange from the tie-in book "This Book Sucks":
--->'''Beavis''': Hey, Butt-Head. Do you think you'll ever, like, get married?\\
'''Butt-Head''': Uh, are you proposing, dude?\\
'''Beavis''': No.\\
'''Butt-Head''': That's OK, I'd only marry somebody dumb anyway. Huh huh.
** An advert for the third volume of ''The Mike Judge Collection'' parodies this, in the style of ''Film/BrokebackMountain''.
** Let's face it: it's their ''only'' hope of getting any.
** In the movie, Beavis and Butt-Head mistakenly believe that Dallas is paying them to have sex with her husband, Muddy. While Butt-Head flatly rejects the offer, Beavis responds with "I don't know, Butt-Head; that's a lot of money. Maybe if we just close our eyes and pretend that it's a chick..."
** In the episode "Going Down," Beavis and Butthead were excited by the possibility of having a three-way with a woman. Which involved Butthead mounting Beavis from behind.
** In one episode, the two are seen sleeping on the couch. Butthead accidentally leans over on Beavis's shoulder, then quickly sits up when he realized what he's done.
** In the episode "Babes R Us," Beavis and Butthead put on bikinis and mud-wrestle. No, really.
* IdiotPlot: Pretty much every episode has the two main characters doing something incredibly stupid or causing mischief. It's played for laughs though.
* JerkassWoobie: Principle [=McVicker=]. It was heavily implied many times that before duo came into his life, he was happier and less medicated.
** He's especially Woobie-ish in the Christmas episode, although it turns out to be AllJustADream.
** Beavis could be seen as a JerkassWoobie, as well. Not only is he the (slightly) nicer of the two main characters, he's also the one who puts up with the most abuse. Not to mention, the strongly-implied rape scene in the episode "Drones," and he might be a full-blown [[TheWoobie woobie]].
* JustHereForGodzilla: Some fans of the show only watched Beavis and Butt-Head for the music video segments. Other fans hated the music video segments and only watched for the actual cartoons.
** In-verse, a RunningGag in the revival's ''Jersey Shore'' segments has Beavis and Butt-Head getting annoyed when they don't involve sex or fighting.
* MagicFranchiseWord: Many of the boys' insults for each other, like "dillweed", "fart-knocker", or "assmunch".
* MemeticMutation: Diarrhea cha-cha-cha! Diarrhea cha-cha-cha!
** Quit trying to change the subject! Attention, everyone! Beavis was crying.
*** Damn it, I was NOT crying! I'm serious.
** I AM THE GREAT CORNHOLIO! I NEED TP FOR MY BUNGHOLE!
** Uhh...Hey baby, Come to Butthead. Uh huh huh huh huh.
** HehHehYouSaidX is really a MemeticMutation unto itself.
** "Here lies X. He never scored."
* MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales: Despite the titular characters being stereotypes of Metal fan many Metalheads love the show.
* MisaimedFandom: Show garners a cult following of the very slack-jawed teen morons that the show attempts to satirize.
* MoralEventHorizon: The Crazy Old Farmer / Janitor crosses the line with the attempted murder of Beavis in "Cow Tipping".
** Buzzcut crossed it in ''Young, Gifted, and Crude'' by allowing his class to beat up a new student.
*** Van Driessen believes Buzzcut crossed it in ''Beavis & Butt-head are Dead'' when he was not only glad they were (not really) dead, but hoping their deaths were slow and painful, and unlike McVicker, you can't really justify his hatred for the duo. They rarely mess with him, and the flashbacks shown during Buzzcut's segment of the ClipShow were of [[NeverMyFault him being a dick to them]].
** Beavis and Butt-Head themselves arguably cross this in "Breakdown", where they drive [=McVicker=] into a severe mental breakdown with their laughter, and later do the same to Van Driessen. Their LackOfEmpathy pretty much seals it.
** Principal McVicker crossed it in ''Test Takers'' when he decides to manipulate Beavis and Butt-head's test so that they could pass. Underhanded, but understandable. However, he really crosses it when he fired Mr. Van Driessen for calling him out on it and threatening to report it.
* NauseaFuel: Beavis and Butt-Head as "werewolves" in "Werewolves of Highland" [[note]]The result of being bitten by a bum with numerous [=STDs=] whom they mistook as a werewolf.[[/note]]
** "Beaverly Buttbillies" features the two believing they struck oil in the show's take on the "(dumb) character mistakes sewer discharges for oil" plot. And they get covered in the stuff.
** "I Dream of Beavis" shows Beavis becoming convinced that a dead, decaying rat in a bottle is a genie. And then he brings it to school...
** [[SickEpisode "Sick"]] has Beavis and Butt-Head spend most of the episode with snot dripping from their noses (including a lovely [[GrossUpCloseUp close-up]] of Butt-Head eating cheese doodles with snot not too far from his mouth) and multiple scenes of Beavis blowing snot out of his nose.
* NightmareFuel: "Breakdown" is truly a disturbing episode where Beavis and Butt-Head's inane laughter over the intercom finally drives [=McVicker=] to suffer a terrible mental breakdown and things only worsen when they visit him at the mental hospital. Then the episode ends with ominous music as their indifferent laughter begins to drive Van Driessen insane...
** The two pilot episodes of the series are truly disturbing and unrealistic too, considering some NightmareFace that the duo does, and some deaths in the same episodes. Still, they are considered as NegativeContinuity.
* PeripheryDemographic: The show is popular among women.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: [[NoProblemWithLicensedGames Notably]] {{averted}} with ''Beavis and Butt-Head In Virtual Stupidity'', a really excellent [[PointAndClickGame point-and-click]] adventure.
** PlayedStraight with the SNES and Megadrive adaptions, which were mediocre (and ''very'' NintendoHard) platformers.
* RecycledScript: Both "Good Credit" and "Customers Suck" begin with the duo watching "[[TheBradyBunch The Bunch]]".
** "Heroes" and "To The Rescue" both involved the duo checking out an airplane crash, although the endings are different.
* TheScrappy: Todd is generally disliked by fans because he's a massive JerkAss to the duo. Even though they practically worship the ground he walks on, he [[UngratefulBastard returns the favor by]] [[TheBully beating them up for only]] [[DisproportionateRetribution minor offenses]], coming to their house just to steal their party or chicks they're trying to score with, and only hangs out with them when he needs something from them. However, unlike most Jerk Asses on the show, Todd is always a KarmaHoudini.
** Butthead often comes into this territory. While he is more of a BrokenBase, he is often hated by Beavis fans for his poor treatment of Beavis.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Was ''extremely'' controversial in its day. However, compared to many adult animated shows thereafter like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', the show seems equal to them.
* SocialServicesDoesNotExist: Beavis and Butthead are teenagers, who appears to live on their own, which begs the question on how could no one considered checking on their home life. One even would ask where are their mothers?
* {{Squick}}: Many instances within this series, such as the classic pre-series segment about a monster truck arena getting flooded with crap. Or Beavis' grievous dog bite wound and seeing individuals poke the exposed bone.
** Word of warning, "Nose Bleed" is ''not'' for the squeamish. Neither is [[ShopClass "Woodshop"]].
** Happens in-verse when Beavis and Butt-Head convince a female instructor and Van Driessen to let them watch an educational film about female reproduction, only to be utterly Squicked out when it comes to the part about giving birth.
* TearJerker: The duo meeting [[spoiler: their fathers for the first time]] in ''[[TheMovie Do America]].'' The fact that they woke up the following morning after bonding at the campfire only to see that they left while they were still asleep makes it more heartbreaking. Granted, [[spoiler: neither the duo nor their fathers knew who they were]], but anyone who has suffered from ParentalAbandonment could relate.
** In "Crying", Beavis teared up due to an onion on his chili dog. Butthead would not stop giving him a hard time for crying. It then shows them 80 years in the future, at a nursing home. Butthead is still giving him a hard time for crying, and then he falls over dead. Beavis seems unaffected by his death, maybe even delighted.
** "The Miracle That is Beavis" is rather sad, when one looks at it. Despite being rather misguided about it (due to ComicallyMissingThePoint about the Tony Robbins stand-in's advice), there was something awesome about seeing Beavis stand up for himself and refuse to take crap from anyone-including Butt-Head. Cue Butt-Head reinstating StatusQuoIsGod by smacking the beejezus out of Beavis, as usual.
** A MASSIVE tear jerker occurs in the episode "Drones," during the deadmau5 music video segment, when Beavis reveals, in fairly [[NightmareFuel graphic detail]], how he was drugged, raped, and thrown under a bridge by a school grief counselor. It's a massively dark and disturbing scene in an otherwise funny episode. Even worse is that even Butt-Head is visibly uncomfortable during the scene.
** The episode "Butt Flambe" somehow manages to be this combined with [[CrowningMomentOfFunny funny]]. The episode begins with Beavis being taken to the hospital with third-degree burns on his butt, with Butthead laughing at him. But Beavis's reactions were played completely straight- he looks completely miserable and terrified during the whole episode and is practically crying, even begging the nurses "please" because he's hurting so much. Genuinely sad shots of Beavis being examined and desperately screaming "NO!" are interwoven with scenes of Butthead donning a doctor's disguise to sneak into operating rooms to watch the operations. Fortunately, Beavis is fine by the end of the episode, bandaged up and watching TV.
** When Beavis and Butthead are commenting on Pantera's music "This Love," Butthead theorizes that the lead singer is angry because of a domineering father. The commentary starts off pretty funny, with both of them imitating "Pantera's father" ("Dammit Panerta! You treat your stepmother with respect!") That is, until Beavis gets a little TOO in-character and specific with it, visibly freaking out and shaking/screaming as he does so. Even Butthead is slightly unnerved by this, and tells Beavis to calm down.
* UglyCute: Beavis, to some fans. His exuberant and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold somewhat naive personality]] make him endearing to a lot of fans, especially when compared to [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk Butthead]].
* UncannyValley: The faces look weird and realistic.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The show's depiction of slacker culture and metalhead teenagers plants it firmly in the early-90's. While the reboot tried hard to modernize the duo, even retconning a few of their initial traits for this purpose[[note]]In the 1993-1997 series, video games are depicted as a "nerd" hobby Stewart is into. While, in the reboot, both Beavis and Butt-Head are fans of games like Grand Theft Auto and Call Of Duty[[/note]], it still couldn't escape the show's blatant "grunge era" roots. Though, to be fair, the reboot was very clearly made for people who were fans the series in its heyday, rather than potential newcomers.
* UnpopularPopularCharacter: Beavis and Butt-Head are widely hated in-universe for [[{{Jerkass}} several]] [[TeensAreMonsters different]] [[ChaoticStupid reasons]]. Even the (very)few characters who don't outright hate them such as Daria, Van Driessen, and their Burger World manager have limits to how much of the duo's behavior they can tolerate. Among fans, however, it goes without saying that they are very popular because of how entertaining they are.
* VindicatedByHistory: There's a strong chance this series will undergo this, if it hasn't already.
* WereStillRelevantDammit: The switch to watching reality shows over music videos in the revival could be seen as this, but then again, let's face it, MTV changed a ''lot'' between 1997 & 2011.
* WhatAnIdiot: The duo, pretty much all of the time. Of course this was intentional.
** A notable example is in 'Vidiots' when the two go to a video dating service, Beavis gives a fake name to the lady working there (Heraldo, which she interprets as Mexican), and she mistakes Beavis' sexual answers to her questions as romantic while Butt-head is doing his video, and tries calling Beavis, only for Butt-head to hang up on her, shortly after Beavis answers the door for a Woman asking to turn on "The pleasure machine" (Butt-head, as he mentioned twice in his video), Beavis thinks she is talking about the TV and slams the door on her.
** Even some of the other characters can be incredibly stupid at times, particularly Van Driessen. One noteworthy example is when he has the duo clean his house and tells them [[TemptingFate not to touch his irreplaceable 8-track collection]].
** Of all the characters on the show, only the Burger World Manager comes close to matching the incompetence of the duo. Despite the fact that Beavis and Butt-head have repeatedly screwed up on the job, got him injured, and generally destroyed the reputation of Burger World, the manager has continued to employ them. This is especially egregious considering the fact that he's an employer in a real world job with every right to fire them but chooses not to, as opposed to McVicker who, as a public school official, has no choice but to put up with Beavis and Butt-head until they either graduate or choose to drop out of high school. It really says something about the Burger World Manager when unlike McVicker, he's not required by law to put up with the duo but still keeps them employed and repeatedly brings disaster upon both himself and his business.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: Lost in the tragedy of a child burning down a house, or part of a house, is the question ''Why is a child watching Beavis and Butthead?!?'' It's animation, right? Must be [[AnimationAgeGhetto OK for the children]], then. The child in question watched the show because his babysitter let him watch it, but who cares? {{Moral Guardian}}s in America certainly didn't.
* TheWoobie: Beavis during his "We're never gonna score" speech in TheMovie - even though it's PlayedForLaughs.
** You may remember a speech similar to that from "Teen Talk".
*** Not to mention, the music video segment of the episode "Drones," in which he describes his experience of getting molested by a school counselor... [[TearJerker Poor Beavis]]...
** Stewart. He genuinely thinks Beavis and Butt-head are his friends, he keeps trusting and forgiving them and worrying about their safety no matter how many times they screw him over. Not to mention his overprotective mom and his dad trying to pin the blame on him to save his own skin more than once.
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