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Pizza Head: "Hey, everybody!"

The Pizza Head Show is a series of commercials for Pizza Hut which aired from 1993 to 1997 and features a little pizza slice with eyes and a mouth named Pizza Head as its protagonist. He's treated very much like Mr. Bill, being constantly injured by a mostly off-screen human and to a lesser extent by a silent pizza cutter named Steve.

Has nothing to do with a certain OTHER sentient pizza slice with the same name.

The Pizza Head Show commercials contain the following tropes:

  • Alien Episode: In one commercial for Pizza Hut's "stuffed crust" pizza, a group of aliens named the "Stevians" abduct Pizza Head and warp him into "Stuffed Crust Pizza Head", with a cheese-filled crust on the bottom of his body.
  • Amusing Injuries: Pizza Head sustains several in every ad.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: A slice of pizza with a face, specifically.
  • Blatant Lies: Pizza Head notices that the human has just brought out Steve in a disguise and says "He's not a(n) [x]!", to which the human responds with "Sure, he is!". Of course, Steve is an easily-recognizable pizza cutter, disguise or not, rendering that argument a moot point.
  • Butt-Monkey: Pizza Head suffers a lot of injuries at the hands of the human and Steve the pizza cutter.
  • Cast of Expies: All of the characters draw inspiration from Mr. Bill. Pizza Head is based off of Mr. Bill himself, being constantly injured just like him; the unseen human is based off of Mr. Hands, which is evident by the fact that only his hands are ever seen on-screen; and Steve the pizza cutter seems to be based on Mr. Sluggo, since both are silent antagonists. Justified as the commercials were, in fact, directed by Mr. Bill creator Walter Williams.
  • The Chew Toy: Pizza Head almost never gets a break from the constant injuries brought on by Steve and the human's antics.
  • Crossover: Had one with Star Wars to promote a campaign that was going on at the time where you would get a free Star Wars poster if you bought a kids pizza.
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host: Just like Mr. Hands, the human delights in Pizza Head's suffering, even while pretending to be his friend and co-host.
  • Disguised in Drag:
    • One commercial had the unseen human bring Steve out disguised as a lady named "Stevette", as a date for Pizza Head.
    • In the Star Wars crossover commercial, Steve appears in a Princess Leia costume.
  • The Eponymous Show
  • Excited Kids' Show Host: Pizza Head tries to be this, but Steve and the human have other ideas.
  • Let's Meet the Meat: Pizza Head's a sentient slice of pizza advertising a major pizza joint. A lot of his dialogue even implies he eats pizza, despite being one himself.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to the Mr. Bill Show. Pizza Head is never depicted with a family or dog, so he's the only one who suffers. He also tends to be subjected to more cartoony Amusing Injuries as opposed to Mr. Bill, who would often get dismembered, decapitated, or squashed.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Pizza Head almost immediately notices that whoever the unseen human brings out is just Steve in a disguise, every single time.
  • Running Gag:
    • The unseen human keeps bringing out Steve the pizza cutter in different disguises. Pizza Head sees right through the disguise and responds with "Hey, he's not a(n) [x]!" The unseen human keeps giving him reassurance that "Sure, he is!"
    • The model Pizza Hut restaurant seen at the beginning of the commercials almost always inevitably gets destroyed during The Stinger.
  • Sadist Show: The commercials have two purposes: to advertise Pizza Hut and its assorted promotions for kids, and see how much hell Pizza Head can be put through.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: After being attacked by a TIE Fighter on the way to the Death Star in the Star Wars ad, Pizza Head makes a run back for Pizza Hut, saying "Get that Skywalker guy to do it! I'm going back to Pizza Hut where it's safe!" The Pizza Hut he flees to is then immediately destroyed by the Death Star.
  • Silent Antagonist: Despite all the tormenting he subjects Pizza Head to, Steve never utters a word. Averted with the Stevians, who do most of the talking the human would normally do.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Pizza Head often dies or is left in critical condition in his commercials.