I always thought of Beavis as being the more hopelessly idiotic of the two, and Butt-Head's mental inferior in every way (which is saying something). After the show was canceled, though, it occurred to me that Beavis had always been more 'people smart'. He was a pretty nice guy most of the time, and often seemed close to getting some pity sex before Butt-Head ruined it by being a Jerkass. -Ryan W
This is sort of touched upon in the Christmas Special, Beavis hangs out with Stewart in Butt-Head's absence, and is seen at a soup kitchen helping out. Butt-Head calls him a bunghole, which Beavis finds amusing and repeats; Beavis isn't a jerk like Butt-Head, he's just a really impressionable idiot.
I think two scenes in The Movie establish that Butt-Head is slightly more intelligent, but Beavis has a shade more common sense. When they try to read their own names, Butt-Head is the one who gets it right, although misses the connection to themselves. When they decide to get out of Buddy Grimes's car in the middle of the highway, it's Beavis who makes the observation that "that road is moving pretty fast", while Butt-Head just calls him a wuss.
I always wondered WHY Beavis hung out with Butt-Head, despite Butt-Head being incredibly abusive to him. Then I listened to the "The Beavis & Butt-Head Experience" CD. The duo have a conversation in which Butt-Head states that "if everything was cool, you wouldn't be able to tell what sucked and what was cool," then uses an example- slapping Beavis, then saying that the period of time AFTER getting slapped, after the pain has worn off, is cool. Beavis agrees, and asks to be hit again, each time yelping in pain, but then laughing and asked to be hit again. Beavis is a masochist! To a certain extent, he enjoys being humiliated and abused, but is able to stand up for himself when Butt-Head goes too far. And Butt-Head is a sadist. They have a platonic sado-masochistic relationship. THAT'S why they complement each other so well!
The new episodes have Beavis and Butt-Head watching MTV reality show dreck like Jersey Shore, and commenting on it more MST-style than the kind of meandering they used to get up to. Why? Because they haven't left the couch or changed the channel. They've been doing the same thing they were doing since they were on the air in the '90s, we just weren't watching.
People complained in the 90's about how Beavis and Butt-Head were a bad influence, and incited kids to imitate the stupid behavior they displayed on the show. Beavis and Butt-Head were only able to display that stupid behavior because their parents are absent from the show and clearly negligent in their sons' lives.
Because of his personality nobody would hire Bradley Buzzcut for a job where he works with adults, so he has to work as a teacher.
The Running Gag of people being unable to correctly call the duo by their name already makes a bit of sense because who names their kid Beavis, let alone Butt-Head? But one particular example really makes sense. In the episode where they go to speech therapy, the therapist keeps calling Butt-Head "Ted." She probably thinks that his speech impediment gives him a Verbal Tic that puts a "Buh" sound in front of his real name (Buh-Ted).
"Young, Gifted, and Crude:" Beavis and Butt-Head accidentally unplug wires attached to a computer prodigy's brain-enhancing project, literally frying his brain and reducing his intelligence to the duo's. Some of the consequences of this are shown when the prodigy is demoted from the gifted class to general education, where he is greeted by a mob of jealous students; the real horror, however, comes when one realizes that the duo ruined his life by stripping him of his gift.
Because the guy was running a risky experiment in a completely unsafe environment. All Beavis did was trip on some wires, an innocent mistake ANYONE could do. Yeah, sucks for that guy, but he apparently wasn't smart enough to take proper precautions before screwing around with his own brain.
In "Werewolves of Highland", there's a homeless person carrying various STDs who is arrested for biting Beavis and Butt-Head. The cop mentions that he's been arrested for biting people before. The implications are indeed disturbing.
Even more disturbing is what the crazy homeless man says to Beavis and Butt-Head. "Women, they fine when they don't know what's happenin'." The homeless man has raped women before. Then you add in what all his ST Ds did to Beavis and Butt-Head and...yeah, never sleeping again.
At the end of "Holy Cornholio" Stewart steals Beavis and Butt-Head's chance to score with a bunch of hot women. It becomes less funny when you realize he's essentially raping a group of delusional women who don't know what they're really consenting to.
What about the fact that the cult is willing to have sex with minors?
Well just think about the fact that the group's leader was an old man and has probably been doing the same charade for decades. But intentional.
"Probably" nothing, the old man literally tries to have sex with one of his followers one last time before expiring, he just calls it "exchanging holy essence" or something.
In the episodes "Candy Selling" and "Manners Suck," Beavis jokingly suggests that Mr Manners/Mr Candy was attempting to molest him, just to be funny, and in the Skrillex music video commentary, he states that "every child molester I've ever met looks just like (this guy.)" And in the music video segment of the episode "Drones," Beavis reveals that he was raped by a school grief counselor. Could Beavis's experience of getting molested have contributed to his rather disturbed personality and quick tendency to make jokes about molestation? It really puts his character in a very sad light.
Really, the show's entire premise becomes downright horrific when you completely strip away its comedic elements. The show is about two young teenage boys who are victims of extreme poverty, illiteracy, and a gross amount of parental abuse and neglect. One of the boys is incredibly abusive to the other, who happens to be afflicted with some kind of untreated mental illness, possibly schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. The boys are almost completely rejected by society, and almost nobody cares about them or likes them. In both Christmas shows, it's shown that the world would actually be a better place if they never existed. Neither of the boys know their fathers, Butt-Head's mother is almost never mentioned, and Beavis's mom is repeatedly referred to as extremely promiscuous and neglectful to Beavis. The only thing preventing this show from being extremely depressing is the fact that A) it's a comedy, and B) almost nothing seems to actually bother the main characters, as they're always seen laughing.