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No-Neck Chump

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"Who ya calling chump?"

"Eddy is a No Neck Chump!"
Anonymous Vandal, Ed, Edd n Eddy

A guy or gal with no visible neck whatsoever. They all seem to have their heads directly attached to their shoulders. Most No-Neck Chumps are on the short side, but making assumptions isn't always a good thing.

A lot of cartoon characters fall under this trope, but there might be an almost equal amount with extremely skinny necks. Like The Noseless, this might just be part of the art style. A lot of time it's that way for characters that are drawn as having a head that is just a circle on a body.

This might be possible with a character being so fat that his neck is as thick as his head, but be careful with naming real life people that fall under this though...

Note that this is different from a Cephalothorax or a Waddling Head, who basically is just a head with arms and legs. A No-Neck Chump has a "normal" body, minus a neck. Related to Ring Around the Collar. Contrast Long Neck.



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    Comic Books 
  • Very unusually for a dragon, the version of the Norse mythological dragon Fafnir in Jack Kirby's The Mighty Thor is basically neckless.
  • Common in Rob Liefeld comics — see: Badrock.
  • Nightwing foe Meathead was grossly overweight and had no visible neck even before he gained superpowers. Now his body has the consistency of ground meat and is unchanging, so he will never have a neck.

    Comic Strips 
  • No-Neck, Ralph's friend and coworker from Drabble, physically suits his nickname (which is in fact the only name anyone calls him).

    Film — Animated 
  • Russell from Up still has some baby fat on him, giving him a chubby, thick neck.
  • The characters of The Angry Birds Movie were turned from Waddling Heads to full-bodied characters with no visible necks.

    Film — Live-Action 

  • According to Dave Barry Slept Here, Henry Kissinger has "no morals or neck."
  • Vernon Dursley of Harry Potter is very often described as having no neck, especially to contrast him with his wife, who has too much neck.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who: Sontarans fit this description — more easily seen with Strax as a butler where he isn't wearing the high necked armour typical of the species.
  • When Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan of the 4077th M*A*S*H mentions to a visiting Colonel that she's engaged to one Donald Penobscott, the Colonel recognizes the name. "Penobscott? One eyebrow, no neck?" Houlihan burbles, "That's him."

  • In The Goon Show, Seagoon is sentenced to death for swimming in a canal.
    Seagoon: This is ridiculous, you can't hang me!
    Clerk: He's right, you know, he hasn't got a neck.

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • Steve Martin has a joke about this, in his "Wild And Crazy Guy" persona.
    I like a woman with a head on her shoulders. I hate necks. When I take her to a restaurant, every head turns.....except hers - because she has no neck! Hhahahahahah!!
  • Michael Richards also had a joke about going to the gym, and talked about a body builder who had bulked up so much that he had no neck.
    And he had no neck, the neck was gone. That's what flipped me, man.

    Video Games 
  • Almost every single character in Sonic the Hedgehog, mainly because their designs have an influence from classic cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse.
  • Mario and Wario have short necks that are barely visible. However, in the Super Smash Bros. series, starting with Melee Mario's neck can be visibly seen, probably because his proportions are a little different than in his own series. It could just be that they have big heads, though.
  • Crash Bandicoot: The games were made this way as a design-choice to render fewer polygons on screen.
  • Various Pokémon fall under this trope, especially small, cute Pokemon such Pichu, Pikachu, and Raichu.

    Web Animation 
  • Monsterbox: The big red monster looks like his neck is between his shoulders.


    Web Original 
  • In JonTron's review of plug-and-play consoles, he shows a box depicting a child who is unintentionally positioned as if he had no neck.
    "Perfect for children with no necks! [pretends to have no neck] FINALLY, A GAME SYSTEM FOR ME!"

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: Jake's Shapeshifter Default Form doesn't have any clear distinction between his head and body; he'd be a full Cephalothorax if his facial features were a bit lower. The same goes for his parents and biological brother.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: Gumball's father Richard Watterson is large and overweight, with a fat neck that looks like it melded with his head.
  • Betty Boop's neck is always hidden under her head.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog has only a short, thick neck connecting his tiny body to his large head.
  • Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory appears to have no neck at all. Rather than showing him as fat, it emphasizes his incredibly oversized head.
  • The Trope Namer: The term "No Neck Chump" comes from the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "Pick an Ed", where Eddy investigates the origin of a graffiti scrawling that says: "Eddy is a No Neck Chump!"
  • This was a plot point in one episode of Fanboy and Chum Chum, where Fanboy thought he was a vampire and wanted to bite Chum Chum's neck to make him one, too, but Chum Chum ordinarily doesn't have a neck. They go to Dr. Acula to get him a neck, and the one he gets is comically long.
  • Lil' Gideon from Gravity Falls.
    "My sweet precious Mabel's trapped inside and I have the only key, wrapped around my...Well, I wouldn't call it "neck" exactly, a-around this little pocket of fat under my head."
  • Gumby.
  • Ram Man in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) has a design that lacks a neck, keeping him looking short and stocky like a battering ram. Even he isn't sure if he has a neck or not. Later more realistic designs give him one, however.
    Loos: Gee, Ram Man, where's your neck?
    Ram Man: Eh... I don't know. I think it's under my collar somewhere.
    Loos: How do you turn your head?
    Ram Man: Eh...well, eh, what I, what I do, it, eh, well you see what eh, well I kinda eh...I manage.
  • Mickey Mouse: Mickey and Minnie Mouse barely have any necks, which is a common staple among cartoon characters.
  • Mr. Bogus appears to not have a neck, which is made even more gratuitously in the original claymation shorts. Of course, this also applies to one of his enemies, Mole, as well as other denizens of Bogusland, including his cousins Brattus and Bogetta and his Aunt Bogunda.
  • Spike from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic invariably falls between this or just having a really short neck.
  • Aside from having no fingers, The Powerpuff Girls seem like their large heads are directly attached to their bodies.
  • Stimpy, the fat cat from The Ren & Stimpy Show.
    • One episode saw the titular characters getting in trouble in an Old West town. The sheriff ordered them to hang, but the deputy reported that it didn't work out too well. Ren is so skinny that he blows in the breeze. Stimpy is so fat that they tried to get the noose around him, they couldn't find a neck.
  • Rocko's Modern Life: The Bigheads (Rocko's neighbors) have no necks, although only the cantankerous Ed would qualify as a "chump".
  • Any South Park character with a few exceptions such as Mr. Mackey, who has a very skinny, long neck.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • SpongeBob, though he's more of a borderline Cephalothorax.
    • Mr. Krabs and Plankton as well. Mrs. Puff and other Bikini Bottomites deserve an honorable mention too.
  • Steven Universe:
    • The title character is short and pudgy enough to be drawn with no neck most of the time. In "So Many Birthdays", Steven is subject to Rapid Aging that makes him gain a visible neck as a teen (which is indeed present after the Time Skip in both the movie and Future miniseries), before losing it again as he reaches middle age. It is even lampshaded by Amethyst in "Steven's Birthday" after he used shapeshifting to pretend he got taller, and the crew themselves joke about it in one of the promo videos for the aforementioned movie.
      Amethyst: Dude, your neck!
      Steven: Oh, uh, what about it?
      Amethyst: You have one!
    • Many other characters with broad bodies and large chins likewise lack any visible neck, whether they're short (Sadie, Onion) or tall (Mr. Fryman, Bismuth). Oddly Sadie is suddenly drawn with a neck in Steven Universe: Future (outside of a brief shot in the first episode), which makes her look taller, even thought she doesn't seem to have grown.

    Real Life 
  • Owls generally have short necks, giving them this appearance. This is mostly an illusion due to how fluffy their feathers are; their necks are actually quite long, and famously flexible.
  • Apes, particularly orangutans have much shorter necks than humans, making them look like this.
  • Certain dog breeds, such as Bulldogs or Pugs, or extremely fluffy breeds like the Akita, Chow Chow or Samoyed look as if they have no necks. But it might just be the fact that they have thicker skin around their necks that make them appear that way.
  • Some people in real life have this appearance due to having thick, short necks.
  • Some cat breeds like the British Shorthair can look like this.
  • Female Rabbits can have dewlaps (the extra flap of skin under a rabbit's chin) that makes them appear as if they have their heads directly attached to their shoulders.
  • Clive Anderson has been described as having no neck.
  • Gary Busey doesn't appear to have a neck either.
  • George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, vocalist of Cannibal Corpse, which probably helps him to bring up his unearthly growls.
  • This is how former Chicago White Sox outfielder Walter "No-Neck" Williams got his nickname.
  • There are endless jokes by NASCAR fans and drivers (including Newman himself) about Ryan Newman's distinct lack of a neck.


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