A description of characters from the show.
Beavis and Butt-Head
Our two, er, heroes, who spends their lives unwillingly going to school, working at Burger World, watching TV, trying to "score" with "chicks", and causing trouble.
Tropes associated with both Beavis and Butt-head:
- Accidental Hero: Most of the time, they unintentionally bring good fortune either through touching random things that just so happens to bring good luck or downright failing to inflict bad fortune upon others. "A Very Special Episode", "Spill" and The Movie are the epitomes of this trope.
- Anti-Role Model: They're good examples of how not to behave.
- Asshole Victim: Whenever the duo end up going through some bad luck, it's usually well-warranted for being such insensitive jerkasses.
- Book Dumb: They are illiterate slackers who couldn't care less about academics. However, despite being idiots in most situations, they can be surprisingly sharp when making comments about TV shows and music videos.
- Casanova Wannabe: Hilarity Ensues whenever Beavis and Butt-Head try to get laid.
- Character Development: Or what passes for it. They started out as a couple of complete (and in Beavis's case, pyromaniacal) sociopaths who love breaking stuff, damaging property, etc. with no concern for the consequences to anyone else. As the series progressed, this got toned down to them just being a couple of Chaotic Stupid idiots who were simply too moronic to realize the consequences of their actions... on top of not caring anyway. Season 11 brought back some of the sociopathy, though.
- 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.
- Childhood Friends: Flashbacks show that they have always been the same since they were kids.
- Delinquents: They occasionally skip school for weeks at a time and are pretty much in a perpetual state of loitering. They also often dabble in petty crime, though generally unintentionally.
- Determinator: They don't give up on their quests easily... even if it means almost certain death. They just keep going.
- The Dividual: They're not completely identical, but they are extremely similar and basically inseparable. Beavis tends to be stupider, while Butt-Head tends to be the bigger asshole, but generally, they're both stupid assholes, which makes the difference mostly one of degrees. Roger Ebert referred to them pretty accurately as "one personality, split into two so that they will have somebody to talk to."
- Everyone Has Standards: As perverted as these two are, even they found graphic footage of a woman giving birth to be revolting.
- Free-Range Children: They live in a house without parents or guardians. They also hate school and their jobs, but for some reason, continue going to both. They sometimes do mention their mothers but they are never seen, so it's likely their mothers are almost never around, as seen with how their home has electricity, water and phone service, so it's easy to assume their mothers would be the ones to handle the bills, as the boys can't even handle school work and rarely have any money.
- Genius Ditz: They're incredibly stupid most of the time, but when they're commenting on music videos (and Reality Shows in the 2011 episodes) they can be surprisingly witty and clever with their comments.
- Gonk: They have exaggerated, ugly features and look nothing like any other character.
- Heh Heh, You Said "X": Almost every time they hear anything that can possibly be construed as a sexual innuendo.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: If only because nobody else wants to hang out with them, with the exception of Stewart, who they can't stand and actively try to avoid.
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: Both of them take a liking to sexually clad women.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Even when they get their asses kicked by Todd, they still think he's cool and aspire to join his gang. In fact, every single hoodlum, criminal, and Jerkass they meet is "cool" by their standards. Then again, when you consider their priorities and interests, it's not that surprising.
- The Hyena: Their constant laughter is one of their defining traits.
- Innocently Insensitive: These two aren't exactly innocents, but they do sometimes fail to realize when their language towards people is considered insulting.
- Insufferable Imbecile: They infamously defined this trope in the 90s, being the slacker duo of rebellious metalheads who cared about little else besides music videos and chicks. Beavis was the nicer, but less smart, or assertive of the duo.
- Iron Butt Monkey: They've never had any permanent side effects from their innumerable Amusing Injuries.
- Jerkass: Both of them are obnoxious idiots, Butt-Head especially, who laugh at other peoples' misfortunes (even each other's) and cause destruction, because they think it's cool.
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: They never help anything if it doesn't benefit with their selfish needs. In one of the rare moments that they actually do work or help, they ended up making things worse. And the rarer times they actually do wind up doing some good, more often than not, it's a misfire of them trying to make things worse.
- Karma Houdini: Both of them have gotten away with a lot of things that they shouldn't have, even crashing a plane in the Middle East.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Particularly in later seasons, they will eventually get some form of comeuppance for their thoughtless antics.
- Lack of Empathy: They rarely ever feel bad for people who are in bad predicaments. Special mention goes to "Breakdown", in which they are completely apathetic towards McVicker being immobilized because of their antics and later do the same to Van Driessen at the end of the episode. It also helps that the two don't even know what "empathy" means.Buzzcut: Do you know what "empathy" means, Butt-Head?Butt-Head: Does it have something to do with "ball-handling"?
- Laughably Evil: Played with to "Laughably Stupid". Neither of the two are people you want to come across if they exist in real life, but it's just so hard not to laugh at their antics and their stupidity.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Though they can never score.
- Made of Iron: Seriously, how are they still alive after everything they've been put through? Because, as it says in the content warning, "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, and possibly deported. To put it another way: Don't try this at home."
- Malaproper: Because of their low IQ, they constantly mishear some words as something else; often as something sexual.
- Metal Head: As shown in the Metallica and AC/DC shirts they always wear.
- Minor Living Alone: They definitely don't live with their parents, and no other adult authority figure (outside of the Highland High staff) is ever seen or mentioned. The show never explains how this happened, and no one at their school seems aware of it. Though it's hinted they live with their mothers (and as mentioned above, it's likely they handle the house bills), but they're just never around. From their talk about them and the movie, it's heavily hinted that they're actually prostitutes or call girls.
- Nominal Hero: Whenever they end up doing something heroic, it's usually completely unintentional on their part.
- Obliviously Evil: For the most part, they're just plain clueless to destruction they cause.
- Oblivious to Hatred: They want to be friends with Todd, despite how often he bullies, insults, beats them up, and gets them into trouble. They don't mind being assaulted by him, and they think he only does it because he is "cool".
- Only One Name: Unlike most of the other characters, their full names are never revealed.
- Pet the Dog: As sexist as they may be, they are rarely deliberately racist (and when it does occur, it usually comes across as Innocently Insensitive)
- The Pig-Pen: They care nothing about their personal hygiene. This is actually part of the plot of the episode "Tainted Meat," where Beavis's privates are itching like crazy, and he can't stop scratching it even at Burger World, where he doesn't even bother to wash his hands before putting patties on the grill. Everyone who eats at Burger World as a result gets food poisoning, with health experts outright stating that they have never seen such an aggressive bacteria.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Beavis and Butt-head, respectively. Beavis is more emotional and prone to outbursts, while Butt-Head is a lot lazier.
- Sadist: They always sit back and enjoy it whenever someone is getting beaten up in front of them (whether they deserve it or not).
- The Sociopath: Most of the time, they're completely unempathetic towards people and always laugh at, ignore or encourage someone who is going through some horrible troubles.
- Springtime for Hitler: In one episode, they actually manage to recover a crippled baby bird while they were trying to do the complete opposite.
- The Slacker: Very much so. The two never do their homework, constantly screw around at their jobs, and overall spend most of their time watching TV and doing whatever the plot drives them to do.
- Signature Laugh: Uhhh-huh-huh-huh! Hehehehehehe!
- Stupid Evil: They hate virtually everything that has nothing to do with junk food, sex, mayhem or the music they like, including air.
- Teens Are Monsters: Both of them are total assholes with little respect for authority.
- This Loser Is You: Pretty much the ultimate example. Beavis and Butt-Head are stereotype of metalheads, which is a majority of their fans.
- Toilet Humor: They like to make jokes about "Number Two" in addition to their sexual humor.
- Too Dumb to Live: They can barely read and they do stuff that would get a normal person killed, or at least paralyzed. Homer Simpson is Isaac Newton compared to these two dumbasses.
- Trademark Favorite Food: The boys love junk food in general. Gas station nachos, fast food like burgers and pizza, candy, chips, and tacos just to name a few. In fact, one of the few motivations for the boys to bother to even show up at school is when the cafeteria serves tacos.
- Ungrateful Bastard: They usually won't thank anyone who helps them.
- Ultimate Job Security: They've never shown any ounce of competence at their job at Burger World and have gotten the place closed for health code violations at least once, not to mention blatant workplace violations such as fighting each other in an attempt to earn workman's comp or going "on strike" and just refusing to work for no reason. Yet they were never shown having been fired.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: They're both mischievous delinquents whose antics cause all sorts of trouble.
- Villain Protagonist: They're both jerkasses, and their main antagonist is a principal who's suffering from nervous breakdowns because of the duo's abuse.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Especially since almost everyone else who knows them can't stand them."Shut up, buttknocker!" *whack*
- Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: These guys would. One example being flying a kite during a thunderstorm after watching a documentary of Benjamin Franklin's famous kite flying; when a Media Watchdog interviews them and sees the TV listing, she said "no it couldn't be" so she asked if they watching anything else, Butt-Head said they also watched music videos.
- With Friends Like These...: Considering Butt-Head's endless tormenting and abuse of Beavis. The two of them put together also count as this for Stewart.
Beavis is (even) dumber than Butt-Head, and more than a little crazy. He has an alter ego called "The Great Cornholio" that emerges when he has too much sugar or caffiene.
Tropes associated with Beavis:
- Affably Evil: Well... evil maybe a bit of a stretch, but he's genuinely outgoing with people whenever he's not creating chaos with Butt-Head.
- Ambiguous Disorder: It's occasionally hinted that he has genuine mental problems on top of his stupidity. For example, in "Most Wanted", he says that he hears voices and has pyromania ("Fire! Fire! Fire!"). On another occasion, he took a lie detector test, and the one thing that came up as "True" was his statement that he "killed a bunch of people once," although this inexplicably happened in 1969, a full decade before his birth. And then there's the whole "Great Cornholio" thing...
- More or less confirmed in "It's A Miserable Life" which shows that without Butt-Head's Toxic Friend Influence, he's still apparently mentally challenged, just more likable and much less prone to his destructive proclivities.
- Ax-Crazy: Shows some hints of this whenever Butt-Head pushes him too far.
- Bad Boss: In "Huh-Huh-Humbug" as an expy of Ebenezer Scrooge.
- Berserk Button: Out of every insult slung at him, "buttknocker" is the one that particularly sets Beavis off, as seen in "Murder Site".
- Catch Phrase:
- "Boi-oi-oi-oi-oi-oi-oi-oing-ng-ng-ng-ng!" He usually says this to indicate when he's got an erection.
- As Cornholio, he has two: "I am the Great Cornholio! I need TP for my bunghole!" and "Are you threatening me?"
- Characterization Marches On: In the earlier seasons, Beavis spoke much less and often just said "yeah". Also, his laugh sounded more like he was clearing his throat.
- Cheated Angle: He nearly always has his face in ¾ view, no matter which way his body is facing.
- The Chew Toy: More prone to Amusing Injuries.
- Cloudcuckoolander: More eccentric and crazy than Butt-Head.
- The Ditz: Butt-Head isn't too bright, but Beavis takes this Up to Eleven.
- The Dog Bites Back: He has limits to Butt-Head's abuse, particularly whenever he kicks him in the nuts.
- Drives Like Crazy: 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.
- Dumb Blonde: Has blonde hair and the IQ of a brick.
- Extreme Doormat: He generally just stands there and lets Butt-Head abuse him constantly, though he does have limits. Its seemingly one of the few things that doesn't change in "It's A Miserable Life".
- Fingore: In "Woodshop", he accidentally slices his finger off after touching the saw. He picks his nose with the finger after it's reattached, causing it to fall off again.
- Hates Being Touched: This may be a result of the molestation he mentions in their commentary on Deadmau5's "Ghosts and Stuff", though Beavis, being Beavis, is fairly nonchalant about the whole thing when he talks about it. Overall, though, he specifically dislikes being touched by men, but is quite okay with women touching him.
- Here We Go Again!: At least two episodes end with Beavis doing the same stupid, dangerous thing that Butt-Head had done earlier in the story. In "Pipe of Doom", he climbs into the same construction pipe that Butt-head had just been rescued from and gets trapped himself. In "Choke", he actually chokes on the same piece of chicken that Butt-head had previously half-eaten. Also see Too Dumb to Live below.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Downplayed, but he's definitely a lot nicer than Butt-Head.
- Hot-Blooded: More excitable and easily angered than Butt-Head.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although he can be a prick similar to Butt-Head, he's never really been as malicious about it. note It's shown in the second Christmas special that most of Beavis negative traits are caused by being around Butt-Head, and that without him he would have been a somewhat dim, but nice guy.
- Large Ham: His Cornholio persona is even louder than he normally is and speaks in a bombastic way.
- Perpetual Smiler: "Yeah, I've got a cool smile. *beat* See?"
- Pet the Dog: Even though he often likes to torment Stewart along with Butt-Head, in "Choke", he willingly gives him money for nachos.
- Pyromaniac: "FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!" It was toned down after that incident with the boy who set his trailer on fire and his mom blamed it on the show (despite that the family didn't have cable TV in their house), but when the show was revived in 2011, they brought it back.
- Saw "Star Wars" 27 Times: The book Huh Huh for Hollywood says that he saw Backdraft twenty seven times.
- Signature Laugh: "HEH HEH, HMMHM, HEHEH.", does this very often to the point it's pretty much how he breathes.
- Son of a Whore: Butt-Head constantly insinuates that Beavis's 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."
- Split Personality: "The Great Cornholio", which emerges when Beavis has too much sugar, caffeine or drugs.
- Talkative Loon: His Cornholio persona mutters gibberish that generally combines repeating the last phrase that he heard spoken to him with needing "teepee for [his] bunghole".
- Too Dumb to Live: A lot of his misfortunes are 100% his own fault. Whenever he gets injured because of his stupidity (particularly in "Woodshop" and "Copy Machine"), he tries to do the same thing again. He's dumb enough that he makes Butt-Head look cunning and articulate by comparison.
The series's other protagonist, Butt-Head is slightly more intelligent than Beavis (for whatever that's worth) and usually comes up with the duo's Zany Schemes to meet girls or make money. He's also calmer and more emotionally stable than his partner, albeit even more of a jerk as well.
Tropes associated with Butt-Head:
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: On the verge of death, he remarks that a life spent doing nothing but bumming around with Beavis was "cool".
- The Bully: He constantly hits and insults Beavis, and never even shows any concern whenever Beavis is in a life-threatening predicament (being severely beaten is usually the case). He's also seen as the more aggressive of the two.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: He's too stupid to come up with one that's fluent or doesn't involve innuendos.
- Catch Phrase: While none are quite as iconic as Beavis' Cornholio routine, he tends to say "Whoa", "Cool", "Oh yeah", "Settle down, Beavis!" and "Hey, baby" a lot.
- Deadpan Snarker: At times, usually if Beavis is being stupider than usual.(while watching "Gin and Juice" by Snoop Dogg)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: Beavis...Beavis: Yep, I'm a straight G.Butt-Head: ...shut up.Beavis: Yep. Got out of a Compton swap meet with Snoop. Used to kick it with Dre.Butt-Head: Beavis, shut up. You've never been to Compton. you're never gonna go to Compton, you're gonna be here for the rest of your life, you're stupid, you don't have any money, and you're never gonna score.Beavis: Um, oh yeah.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Even teachers and other professionals, one wonders if that really is his name? The most popular fanon name for him seems to be Buford.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- Butt-Head would go out of his way to see a woman in the nude, but he has his limits when it come to a guy's body he doesnt want to see any part of a guy in the nude, especially Beavis. He often made it clear that he doesnt want to see Beavis's privates.
- As dumb as he, he rightfully brings up how suspicious a grief counselor inviting Beavis to his apartment is. He seems pretty shocked as he realizes Beavis was most likely raped.
- Full-Name Basis: It's not just his real name, it's his first and last names combined! One episode has another person asking Butt-Head his name. He replies that it's "Butt". When the other character asks what his family name is, he replies "Head".
- Hidden Depths:
- He's very knowledgeable about a number of things you wouldn't expect, most notably Classical Mythology. Though when you think about it, it's hardly surprising he'd know about Sterculius, being that he's the Roman god of feces.
- Like Beavis, he can also come with some very insightful commentary on pop culture. This is especially prevalent in the revival season.
- Irony: Enjoys constantly insulting Beavis by calling his mom a slut. All the while his own mom was heavily implied to be a slut herself in the movie Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.
- Jerkass: Unlike Beavis, Butt-Head has no redeeming features whatsoever. It's even been stated and outright confirmed that the world would literally be a better place without him there to cause havoc.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He has an answer for every question Beavis asks, and talks with full confidence when he does so, but is still always dead wrong.
- The Leader: Beavis normally just goes along with his ideas.
- Major Injury Underreaction: He said it was cool when he got ran over by a school bus rather than realizing he almost got killed.
- The Millstone: In the alternate world where he doesn't exist shown in "It's a Miserable Life", Butt-Head sees Burger World doing much better because he weren't there to drive away the customers.
- Never My Fault: Whenever they both screw up something, he always blames it on Beavis, who, being the dumber of the two, apologizes.
- Signature Laugh: "UH HUH UH". Like Beavis, he does this so often that it's pretty much how he breathes.
- The Stoic: His voice is monotone and his face is inexpressive. His reaction to almost everything is simply to describe it as "cool", regardless of what it is.
- Stupidly Long Filler Sound: Butt-Head often responds to questions with a leading "Uhhh ..." as his little-used mind tries to catch up to his much-used mouth. These "uhhh"s are especially lengthy when Butt-Head is caught prevaricating, and he tries to formulate a blame-shift or cover story.
- Toxic Friend Influence: In the Christmas Episode, "It's a Miserable Life", Butt-Head is taken to an alternate world where he doesn't exist. One of the changes show that Beavis turned out to be a much better person without him. He's still an idiot, just much nicer and actually pleasant. Similarly, Stewart is shown to have much more self-esteem.
- Would Hurt a Child: During a visit to Mexico, the duo sees several kids around a pinata while one kid is playing with fireworks (something the two specifically wanted out of the trip). Once the pinata is broken and most of the kids are distracted by the candy, Butt-Head grabs the club and knocks the kid out cold in order to steal his fireworks.
Highland High Students
A hapless nerd who hangs out with Beavis and Butt-Head—not because they like him, but because he'll let them get away with almost anything.
Tropes associated with Stewart:
- Alliterative Name: His last and first name begin with a a "St" sound.
- Butt-Monkey: He'd be The Chew Toy if he appeared more often.
- Comedic Underwear Exposure: In the banned episode "Stewart's House" where Beavis and Butt-Head walk into his house to watch free cable. They then strip him down to his underwear, hang him on a coat hanger and shove random stuff like sand, rubbing alcohol, and even a cactus down his rear.
- The Conscience: He's usually the one to tell Beavis and Butt-Head that what they're doing could have horrible consequences. Unfortunately for him, they never listen.
- Extreme Doormat: Beavis and Butt-Head walk all over him. And in It's A Miserable Life, it's shown he would still have his self-esteem and could actually be quite assertive, if not for Butt-Head.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Like Mr Van Driessen (and extremely similar to the duo's own "relationship" with Todd), Stewart just doesn't grasp that Beavis and Butt-Head despises him, and never stops thinking of them as his best friends despite all the abuse they put him through. This despite that he has several friends who are more like him, such as the dorky P.A.T. kids.
- Oblivious to Hatred: He seems to believe Beavis and Butt-head are his best friends, despite how often they bully, insult, and get him into trouble. This is shown in the clipshow Series Fauxnale where his flashback remembering the duo had them hanging out like old friends and talking like they came out of an episode of Leave It to Beaver.
- Older Than They Look: Is supposed to be roughly the same age as the duo, but looks more like a little kid. Acts like it too.
- Take That!: Wears a Winger shirt, and his wimpiness is compared to the main duo's Metallica and AC/DC shirts.
- Self-Serving Memory: In his flashback in "Beavis And Butt-Head Are Dead", he remembers himself and the duo spending time together as the best of friends. Tellingly, the only other person without a real flashback from older episodes in this episode is Butt-Head, who misremembers himself scoring with a classmate.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice was deeper and more emotionless in earlier episodes.
- With Friends Like These...: Though Beavis and Butt-Head don't consider him a friend.
Daria is one of Beavis and Butt-Head's classmates. Intelligent but disaffected, she's amused by the duo's antics, and often makes sarcastic remarks that go right over their heads.
Tropes associated with Daria:
- Actually Pretty Funny: This video shows her cracking up when Butt-Head said "I rest on your face." in court.
- Ascended Extra: She got a slightly larger role in the comic series, and then got her own spin-off.
- Brainy Brunette: She's a wise-cracking Teen Genius with brown hair.
- Breakout Character: Got her own show after Beavis and Butt-Head got cancelled.
- Characterization Marches On: Especially evident in the Marvel tie-in comics. She starts out as a more generic know-it-all but gains the wry, unflappable, sarcastic streak we all know and love later on.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mostly towards Beavis and Butt-Head.
- In-Series Nickname: Beavis and Butt-Head are really fond of calling her "Diarrhea".
- Limited Wardrobe: Like the rest of the characters, though in this series, she had three regular outfits (Her third one, which included her white shirt, black jacket, was the one she was shown in the most)
- Put on a Bus: It is mentioned in the revival that she moved away, as per the first episode of her own series (Beavis thought she had committed suicide).
- Only Sane Woman: Within her classmates, and possibly a good amount of the community.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Breaks out into hysterics at the word "masturbation" in "No Laughing" with the other students. Though this could've been due to the animation direction being "the students laugh", and the animators making her laugh along with the rest of the class. Also, people in their middle to early high school phases simply tend to crack up more at sexual humor. At this stage of her life, it's very likely she hadn't fully matured into the Daria everybody recognized.
- Teen Genius: As an honors student at Highland High.
Another of B&B's classmates, Cassandra is a hippie-ish aspiring artist of possible Asian descent. She doesn't get much screen time, but the series hints that she has some disturbing Hidden Depths.
Tropes associated with Cassandra:
- Ambiguously Bi: A big fan of notoriously lesbian singer K.D. Lang, though she also expresses a fondness for older men in other episodes. It's unclear if she herself really has lesbian tendencies or she simply loves K.D. Lang's music and is open minded enough that she doesn't care about the singer's sexuality.
- Electra Complex: Talks about her own father in a creepily suggestive manner in "Animation Sucks".
- Granola Girl: Like Van Driessen, she's a nature-loving hippie.
- Hot for Teacher: Her story about how a teenage girl and her English teacher drown together implies she might be attracted to Mr. Van Driessen
- Nice Girl: She's one of the few students in Highland High who isn't a Jerkass aside from Stewart. She seems to have a high tolerance for Beavis and Butt-Head's stupidity, and she even gave them advice in Animation Sucks.
- Talking to Herself: Played by Tracy Grandstaff, better known as the voice of Daria.
One of the students of Highland High. He is a thug who brandishes a pistol.
Tropes associated with Earl:
- A Day in the Limelight: A central character in Incognito as he threatened to harm the boys.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: Compared to Todd, he's this. While he's a thug, he at least respects Mr. Van Driessen and is more willing to stand down from taking more extreme actions at the teacher's request.
- Even Evil Has Standards: After a rival tried to shoot him during Mr. Van Driessen's class Incognito, he shouted out that Mr. Van Driessen doesn't like being interrupted.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: In "Incognito", he had planed to kill the duo because they accidentally knocked a cigarette out of his hand. And in "Pierced", he overhears Beavis and Butt-Head laughing at his new earring and he beats them both up.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Mentioned earlier, he respects Mr. Van Driessen as a teacher. He was almost in tears when Mr. Van Driessen had confiscated his pistol and other assorted weapons. He then thanks Beavis and Butt-head and lets them off the hook. If not for this, he'd be just another Todd Ianuzzi.
- Race Lift: Was originally African-American, but was changed to white to avoid accusations of racism. (Since he has a gun on his person.)
Highland High Staff
Tropes associated with Mr. Van Driessen:
- Aesop Amnesia: He's repeatedly learned that Beavis and Butt-Head are crude, destructive morons (particularly notable in the episode where they "clean" his house), yet continues to rather naively support and encourage them. Though it's justified as Van Driessen has an optimism very uncharacteristic of the Highland High staff.
- Berserk Button: He's very protective of his eight-tracks; Beavis and Butt-Head destroying his entire collection marked the one time in the series he angrily expressed an interest in killing them (Though he also immediately got buried underneath said collection). The rest of the time, however, he won't stand for them or any of his students being physically harmed by someone (see Beware the Nice Ones below).
- Beware the Nice Ones: Surprisingly, Van Driessen is very protective of Beavis and Butt-Head despite how poorly they treat him. In the episode Manners Suck he physically attacks Mr. Manners after Beavis falsely implies that Mr. Manners molested him.Van Driessen: (slapping Mr. Manners) You wanna touch my students, I'll touch you!
- Butt-Monkey: Is getting attacked by a bear, thrown through a bus window off a cliff and flattened by Beavis in a rolling tire enough of a hint?
- Characterization Marches On: Originally couldn't stand Beavis and Butt-Head like anyone else and actually threatened to kill them in "Cleaning House", but at least tolerated them more than most people would. However, in later episodes, this gets toned down, as he starts to care about them and become more likable and laid-back in tone. In fact, he defends Beavis and Butt-Head when they're missing and assumed dead—something he would never have done in earlier episodes. It's worth noting that even after his changed attitude towards the duo, he's among those praying for them to die at the beginning of "It's A Miserable Life", apparently because of the possibility that they may end up breeding. Zigzagged in the 90's finale, when he's the one faculty member to show any regret over the duo's (ultimately exaggerated) demise.
- Cool Teacher: The best teacher at Highland High, and seems to gain a good deal of respect for it from the students, even from someone like the thuggish Earl. His efforts are completely wasted on Beavis and Butt-Head though.
- Granola Boy: One of the few male examples of a vegetarian peace-lover.
- Hippie Teacher: Literally. He looks as if he's still living in the 1960s.
- Horrible Judge of Character: When it comes to Beavis and Butt-Head, he doesn't seem to grasp that the duo's problem isn't that they're misunderstood or don't get enough support; they simply don't have the level of humanity he's looking for in them.
- Made of Iron: Not even two falls off of a cliff can keep him down.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: If he was any more of a hippie, he'd float away on a cloud of love.
- Nice Guy: He's the only teacher who's respectful towards Beavis and Butt-Head, and constantly encourages them that they can succeed if they put their hearts in it.
- Not So Above It All: While for the most part, he's extremely accepting and forgiving of Beavis and Butt-Head, every now and then even Van Driessen will say something that shows he really hates and fears the duo just as much as everybody else. Like when he prayed to God in It's a Miserable Life, expressing fear that the two would breed, and when he held a mock graduation ceremony in Graduation Day where he implied to Beavis and Butt-Head, in only so many words, that they have absolutely NO redeeming qualities or any future to look forward to.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's the only teacher that cares about his job and believes in doing the right thing, especially in "School Test" where he reports Principal McVicker to the schoolboard when he fills in Beavis and Butt-Heads' standardized tests so that they'll pass.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Always Blue. He's calm, friendly, and unlike Buzzcut and McVicker, tolerant of Beavis and Butt-Head.
- Tempting Fate: Asking Beavis and Butt-Head not to touch his irreplaceable 8-track collection. Unsurprisingly, the duo manage to destroy them anyway.
- Token Good Teammate: Especially in the final episode before the revival, when the other teachers celebrate the death of Beavis and Butt-Head, and he asks them to be more respectful and empathic towards two dead students.
- Unfortunate Names: His last initials are V.D., which may not be coincidental given the source.
- Verbal Tic: Ends most of what he says with "Mmkay?"
A macho, ill-tempered veteran, Mr. Buzzcut is Beavis and Butt-Head's gym teacher. He tries to keep them under control through constant verbal abuse. Although he takes the opposite approach from Van Driessen, he fares no better with the dumbass duo.
Tropes associated with Mr. Buzzcut:
- Alliterative Name: Although his first name is never used in the series and only appears in the books.
- Ambiguous Disorder: A U.S. Marine who has seen bloody combat(specifically the Vietnam war), is constantly yelling, prone to violently lashing out (albeit he is careful not to overdo this with his students), and who whips out and fires a loaded gun when his class gets too loud, all while threatening to "physically kill" them if they don't pipe down? Nope, no traces of PTSD here.
- Berserk Button:
Coach Buzzcut: (Face getting red with rage) You just made a fatal mistake, Mr. Candy-Ass! I hope you know something about hand-to-hand combat!
- Never punch him, even if you are about as strong as Mr Burns. Ever!
- Don't you dare tell him that you don't know anything about the Founding Fathers of America.
- Don't hit his students. Only he can do that.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes is this. Especially towards the duo.
- The Dragon: To McVicker.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Made more apparent as he wore more formal attire in earlier episodes. He's also a Marine.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: In A Baby Makes, Uh, Three, he doesn't seem very disgusted by the idea of homosexual couples raising children. He may be a Jerkass, but he's no bigot. Though, it could simply be because he thought it would humiliate Beavis and Butt-Head.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It takes every ounce of his strength to not kill Beavis and Butt-Head.
- Jerkass: And not just towards Beavis and Butt-Head. He once ordered the class to beat up a newly transferred student.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: ...However, he won't stand for anyone who isn't part of the staff hitting his students, as witnessed in "Candy Sale."Coach Buzzcut: This is my class! I do the ass-kicking around here!
- Karma Houdini: Beats up and threatens Beavis and Butt-Head a lot—possibly more than even Todd— and almost never gets punished. In fact, the closest he comes to punishment that we see is him getting a notice from the P.T.A. regarding his harsh disciplinary methods, at which point he loudly threatens to kill whoever ratted him out.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: In "P.T.A.," the duo outs him on his abusive methods at a P.T.A. meeting, causing him to receive angry letters questioning his disciplinary methods. "Baby Makes Uh, Three" has them get away with stuffing a bag of sugar into his car's gas tank. "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Huh-Huh" implies that he was previously punished for his methods. "Safe Driving" also ends with him being genuinely terrified alongside the duo when they crash into a truck.
- Knight Templar: He's trying to enforce responsibility and order in the classroom... with a mindset better suited to boot camp. In an active warzone.
- Made of Iron: It'll take more than getting hit by a steamroller to kill him. Or a collision with an oncoming truck, assuming "Safe Driving" wasn't a retcon.
- Never My Fault: During his flashback montage in Beavis & Butt-Head Are Dead, the clips consisted of moments of him antagonizing the duo rather than the other way around with the other characters. This seems to imply that his hatred for the duo isn't as justified as others, since they're not the only people that he treats horribly.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His Drill Sergeant Nasty tendencies have a strong resemblance to R. Lee Ermey.
- No Indoor Voice: He barks out his lessons, demands, and lectures at the same volume—that of a drill-sergeant on the parade ground.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: Surprisingly averted unlike essentially every other character on the show. In season 8, he appears to have aged due to his thinning hair. However, the duo's antics may have caused him to lose his hair like they did to McVicker.
- Pet the Dog: When Principal McVicker has a heart attack in Beavis and Butt-Head Are Dead Coach Buzzcut performs CPR on him.
- Rated M for Manly: Being a buff marine certainly makes him this.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to both Van Driessen and McVicker.
- Sadist Teacher: Goes far beyond a reasonable response when dealing with the duo, and often seems to go out of his way to humiliate them. He is shown to even torment his students that don't ignite his wrath, like Martin from The Young, Gifted, and Crude, as well as Beavis and Butt-Head when they don't throw the first punch.
- Semper Fi: Buzzcut is a former United States Marine and Vietnam War veteran.
- Survival Mantra: After giving mouth-to-mouth to Beavis and Butt-Head (which was another attempt at humiliation by picking them out of the rest of the class), he's seen gargling and spitting repeatedly in the bathroom, repeating the following phrase over and over:Coach Buzzcut: A Marine can stand anything! A Marine can stand anything! A Marine can stand anything!
- Too Kinky to Torture: Shows signs of this in the infamous episode where he tells Butt-Head to "kick him in the jimmy" and his response is a strained-yet-enthusiastic: "Eee... YES! Do it again!" He could also be trying to show up the boys by proving to them how much pain he can really endure, but still.
- Ultimate Job Security: He's a jerkass who berates his students, assaults them, encourages bullying, and threatens his students with bodily harm. Despite this, he manages to keep his job, presumably because Principal McVicker respects his views and often covers for him. The closest he gets to losing his job is in P.T.A., where Beavis and Butt-Head out him for his abusive behavior, which puts him under investigation.
- Vocal Evolution: When he first appeared on the show, his voice was noticeably less gruff compared to later appearances.
A nervous, high-strung bureaucrat who lives in terror of B&B and occasionally tries to get rid of them. Of course, he always fails.
Tropes associated with Mr. McVicker:
- The Alcoholic: Has been driven to drinking and pill popping by the duo's antics.
- Anti-Villain: Arguably, as he's the closest thing Beavis and Butt-Head have to an Arch-Enemy.
- Back from the Dead: Although he apparently died of a heart attack at the end of Season 7, he appears in the season 8 episode Dumb Design proving that he wasn't dead after all.
- Bad Boss: In "School Test", when Mr. Van Driessen threatens to report him to the schoolboard for filling in Beavis and Butt-Head's standardized tests, McVicker fires him and blames him for Beavis and Butt-Head's incompetence.
- Bald of Evil: He's not exactly evil, but he is bald and antagonistic.
- Berserk Button: Beavis and Butt-Head, to the point where he's almost always (justifiably) hostile towards them.
- Butt-Monkey: Bad things happen to him, usually thanks to Beavis and Butt-Head.
- Dean Bitterman: Mostly because of Beavis and Butt-Head.
- Dirty Old Man: In the movie, Beavis and Butt-Head walk in on him getting spanked by a prostitute.
- Drowning My Sorrows: It's shown that the stress from having to deal with Beavis and Butt-Head causes Principal McVicker to drink heavily. He even keeps a bottle of liquor in his desk and takes hits off it while working.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: The things that Beavis and Butt-Head say or do tend to get him angry pretty quickly.
- Hero Antagonist: Considering Beavis and Butt-Head's status as Villain Protagonists. Especially since most of his actions toward them are either justifiable responses to their shenanigans or efforts to keep them under control.
- Hollywood Heart Attack: Suffers one in the finale of the show's original run.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Yes, big time.
- Jerkass: Most of the time, he's cruel to Beavis and Butt-Head, even wishing death upon them.
- Jerkass Has a Point: His anger towards Beavis and Butt-Head is reasonable since the two are constantly causing trouble.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's much nicer and calmer when Beavis and Butt-Head aren't involved. Also he did once show leniency to Beavis when he apologized for misbehaving in "The Great Cornholio".
- Nervous Wreck: Due to Beavis and Butt-Head's abuse. "It's a Miserable Life" shows that without Butt-Head and his Toxic Friend Influence on Beavis, he's a lot calmer and still has his hair.
- Not So Above It All: Despite his clear disdain for Beavis and Butt-Head's disruptive behavior, there are many instances where McVicker is shown to be almost as amoral and conniving as they are. For example, in the episode "Wet Behind The Rears," Beavis and Butt-Head are showering in their underwear after gym class. Suddenly, the fire alarm goes off, and they are forced to get out before they can put their clothes back on. Cue the rest of the school pointing and laughing at them and the grand revelation that the fire alarm was deliberately set off by McVicker and Buzzcut to humiliate Beavis and Butt-Head.
- Pet the Dog: In "The Great Cornholio" when Beavis apologizes for being disruptive, McVicker decides to just let him go without punishing him (as it's the first time either of the duo has ever apologized for anything), even saying that he's proud of him.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Buzzcut's Red. Buzzcut is abusive to all his students and has No Indoor Voice, while McVicker is only really angry when Beavis and Butt-Head are involved. He's also a Red Oni to Van Driessen.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: He's an overworked, stressed-out principal, and rather old-fashioned in his thoughts towards student discipline, but he's not exactly EVIL. But then again, it's still hilarious to watch Beavis and Butt-Head drive him nuts, too.
- Verbal Tic: His noticeable "Uhhhh".
- Villainous Breakdown: Well, more antagonistic than villainous. The episode "Breakdown" centers around McVicker having one of these. In the show's original finale, his reaction upon seeing Beavis and Butt-Head alive can also count as this.
- He has one in the episode "School Test" when he finds out that all the time Beavis and Butt-head spent doing their standardized tests and all they wrote was their names. He angrily kicks a chair and starts cheating on their tests, and when Van Driessen states that he will have to report this, McVicker fires him and blames him for the duo's stupidity.
The duo's next-door neighbor and frequent victim. He's smart enough to realize that the boys are a menace, but too old and senile to do anything about it.
Tropes associated with Mr. Anderson:
- Aesop Amnesia: Keeps rehiring the duo because he keeps forgetting what they look like, despite wrecking his yard every time. He does eventually catch on and stops hiring helpers for his yard work, not that it stops Beavis and Butt-Head from ruining things.
- Badass Normal: For all of his Butt-Monkey tendencies, Anderson does knock a man flat with one punch in "Steamroller".
- Blind Mistake: Even with his glasses on he has blurry vision which is why Beavis and Butt-Head are able to fool him half the time.
- Butt-Monkey: Every time he hires the duo to work on his yard, something bad happens. And even then, something wrong is bound to happen to him if Beavis and Butt-Head even go near him. Taken Up to Eleven in the movie where he's mistaken for a terrorist.
- Catchphrase: "What in the hell?!"
- Cool Old Guy: He's fairly laid-back and friendly, as long as things aren't working against him.
- Eagleland: He's very patriotic and frequently shares war stories of his time in World War II and Korea.
- Only Sane Man: One of the most level-headed adults in the series.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Implied in "Foreign Exchange" when he discusses his time in a Japanese POW camp. He later has a flashback, mistaking Beavis and Butt-Head for the Marines who rescued him.
- With Friends Like These...: The Ensucklopedia has a section devoted to his exploits in World War II. His fellow soldiers treated him similarly to how Beavis and Butt-Head treat Stewart, though he still seems pretty clueless about it.
Tropes associated with the Stevensons:
- Abusive Parents: Mr. Stevenson has demonstrated that when confronted with an issue (such as the uncovering of his porno stack), he will essentially try to pin all the blame on Stewart. Not to mention how he was pretty willing to have Stewart get his ass kicked by Harry Sachz to save himself.
- Asshole Victim: Mr. Stevenson becomes a literal example at the end of "Prank Call". See below.
- Ass Shove: Mr. Stevenson fell victim to this when Harry Sachz attacked him under the impression that he was the one behind the repeated prank-calls that Sachz had to deal with.
- Dirty Coward: Mr. Stevenson shows this at times, such as the Abusive Parents example above.
- Jerkass: Mr. Stevenson, as shown in the episode "Prank Call".
- Laser-Guided Karma: Mr. Stevenson, after trying to get Harry Sachz to go after Stewart to save himself, ends up having a phone shoved where, in Harry's words, he'd "have an awful hard time dialing it."
- My Beloved Smother: Mrs. Stevenson treats Stewart as though he were a much younger child, such as "shielding his mind from corruption" on TV. She often justifies it due to being a mother; however, considering the company he likes to keep in Beavis and Butt-Head one can't blame her for wanting to protect him.
- Stacy's Mom: Mrs. Stevenson, to Butt-Head at least who periodically makes passes at her.
Tropes associated with Lolita and Tanqueray:
- Affectionate Nickname: Tanqueray calls Beavis "sugar britches."
- Early Installment Character Design Difference: They look completely different in "Tornado" than they do in "Date Bait" and "Teen Talk."
- Fille Fatale: Especially in "Date Bait."
- Meaningful Name: "Lolita" implies their status as sex objects for the duo and for older men and "Tanqueray" is a brand of gin which implies their trailer trash background.
- Put on a Bus: They appeared in three episodes between 1994 and 1995 and have never appeared again.
- Really Gets Around: Strongly implied, especially in "Teen Talk" where they make out with two older men just because Beavis and Butt-head weren't around, and tell Beavis and Butt-head that they starred in a porn video despite possibly being minors.
- Trailer Park Tornado Magnet: Their trailer park attracts a tornado in "Tornado."
- The Vamp: They take advantage of B&B in "Date Bait."
A character created for the 2011 revival, Hamid appears to be an immigrant from the Middle East. He's yet another adult victim of Beavis and Butt-Head—he's lost two jobs due to their antics.
Tropes associated with Hamid:
- Butt-Monkey: Is constantly on the receiving end of the boys' antics.
- Funny Foreigner: Appears to be from somewhere in the Middle East.
- Honest John's Dealership: Hamid himself isn't particularly unscrupulous but he does end up working for one at one point.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: He's at a new job each time we see him, usually because Beavis and Butt-head did something to get him fired from the last one.
- Operator from India: Subverted in "Tech Support." He is much more likely from the Middle East than India and obviously lives in Highland instead too.
A creepy, mysterious old man who appears in only a few episodes—fortunately for Beavis, because this character has killed him twice.
Tropes associated with... whatever this dude's name is:
- Ambiguously Human: In the Halloween episode, he's done something to Butt-Head to have him gleefully join him in murdering Beavis with chainsaws.
- Ax-Crazy: Cemented when he kills Beavis.
- Bald of Evil: He's bald and psycho.
- Depending on the Writer: While he's known for his blue skin, some episodes also portray him as having normal skin. Him having the blue skin tends to indicate a more villainous role.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Kills Beavis just for trespassing on his lawn.
- Karma Houdini: Presumably because he only attacks the duo near the end of the episodes that he appears in.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Has a creepy laugh whenever he's about to do something horrific.
- The Sociopath: Shows no mercy for his victims.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The series isn't "saccharine" by any means, but he's a rather strange and frightening villain in a show that's normally pretty lighthearted and comedic.
A local thug who is the unwilling recipient of Beavis and Butt-Head's hero worship. While he regards the boys with open contempt and frequently beats them up, they admire him too much to leave him alone.
Tropes associated with Todd:
- Anti-Role Model: Beavis and Butt-Head worship him, despite being a ruthless thug.
- Badass Mustache: Which makes him more intimidating.
- The Bully: He often beats the other-loving hell out of Beavis and Butt-Head (not that they mind, though).
- The Casanova: Almost all the girls get him.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- In the Breather Episode, he doesn't give Beavis and Butt-Head a beating because they handed over some money like he told them to, so he doesn't have a reason to do it. Though he does immediately end up crashing into another car and picks a fight with the driver instead.
- Even the Guys Want Him: At least to the extent that Beavis & Butt-Head want to join his gang.
- Evil Is Petty: Even accounting for the fact that he's not much more than a local hoodlum, his actions against Beavis and Butt-Head are extremely petty. He's stolen their snacks on multiple occasions, and he once crashed a "party" they were having just so he could kick them out and throw his own.
- Jerkass: Incredibly so. He's a ruthless bully played straight.
- Karma Houdini: At least until the cops come, that is. And in Snitchers, he gets off scot-free after brutally beating someone despite the duo constantly saying he did it (though they weren't even trying to use their testimony against him anyway, since they enjoyed watching it and meant to describe it in a positive light).
- Sinister Shades: Is almost always seen with his sunglasses.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: ...and in his blue sleeveless shirt.
- Stop Worshipping Me: Towards Beavis and Butt-Head.
A morbidly obese hillbilly who occasionally gets caught up in the boys' misadventures.
Tropes associated with Billy Bob:
- Berserk Button: Making off with his scooter is not a good idea...
- Big Eater: Hinted massively in "Bedpans And Broomsticks", where he is first shown in a doctor's office for artery problems & suffers from Meat-O-Vision.
- Cigar Chomper: He even has one when he's on the treadmill.
- Fat Slob: As a result of his poor diet and lack of exercise.
- Handicapped Badass: He's able to run at a pace to keep up with Beavis and Butt-Head, despite having suffered from six coronary bypasses, and needing a scooter just to get around.
- Lightning Bruiser: Sure, he's fatter then Peter Griffin, but he can move fast enough to keep pace with a scooter & smash through walls extremely easily.
- Nice Hat: His cowboy hat.
- Stout Strength: He can smash through walls with just his rage alone and he's rather obese.
- Unstoppable Rage: Quite possibly the only reason a man with six coronary bypasses could continue chasing Beavis and Butt-Head on a scooter for a good period of time.
Tropes associated with Harry:
- Ass Shove: Invokes this on a hapless Mr. Stevenson—with a phone—after a combination of too many crank calls from Beavis and Butt-Head and a case of mistaken identity.
- Back from the Dead: Despite having been gut-shot in "Butt Flambe," and seen dying of his wounds in the hospital, he returns in Season 8.
- Bald of Evil: While he has some hair growing down from the back, the top is empty.
- Berserk Button: Repeatedly getting crank calls from Beavis and Butt-Head and them breaking into his house.
- Butt-Monkey: In "Prank Call", he gets repeated crank calls from Beavis and Butt-Head for over a month.
- Dub Name Change: For some bizarre reason (through not by censorship, mind you), the Latin American Spanish subtitles changed his named to Jesus Jones, the name of a British rock band which was famous in the same time period. It's worth to mention here, because the Spanish subtitles were more profane than the original English dialogue. To be fair, "Harry Sachz" only has sense in English anyway.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He's quick to anger and willing to get violent.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: He ends up beating up Mr. Stevenson, who willingly ordered him to beat up his own son to save his own skin.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Threatens to do this to Beavis and Butt-Head in "Prank Call", which he does end up doing in "Butt Flambé".
- Stout Strength: His considerable gut doesn't stop him from being able to kick a door clear off its hinges.
- Unfortunate Names: His first and last names when said in sequence, which is why Beavis and Butt-Head decide to prank-dial him in the first place.
Tropes associated with the Burger World Manager:
- Benevolent Boss: He's this just by sheer virtue of still keeping Beavis and Butt-Head employed no matter how many times they screw up on the job, get him injured, or ruin the reputation of Burger World beyond salvage.
- Butt-Monkey: He's often on the bad end of things, because the two rarely do their job right.
- Enraged by Idiocy: He has little patience for Beavis and Butt-Head not doing their jobs as he asks.
- Lampshade Hanging: When confronting the duo about their slacking off, he asks if they screw around that much in school while mentioning that their principal wouldn't tolerate it one bit.
- No Name Given: Surprisingly, his first name is never addressed despite being a recurring character. Beavis and Butt-head always refer to him as "that manager dude."
- Ultimate Job Security: The fact that Beavis and Butt-Head have managed to keep their jobs, despite everything proves that he is either just as incompetent as they are, or utterly desperate because no one else will work there.
- Workaholic: He talks about how he wanted to make it to the top and put a lot of hard work in it.