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So, there's two (or more) mooks attacking The Hero at once (hint: highly recommended in the Evil Overlord List). How to take them both down? Well, if they're close enough together, Use Your Head! Or rather, use their heads: knock their heads into each other and knock both of them out.

And not just The Hero or The Leader: The Big Guy is also likely to do this, sometimes to henchmen of the Big Bad. On the other side, if not the Big Bad, expect The Dragon or The Brute to do this to a pair of Red Shirts, or any allies of The Hero. Even The Hero, the Big Bad, and females can be hit with this tactic. No-one is immune.

Often has comedic overtones, despite being potentially fatal if done hard enough in Real Life. Sometimes used in place of a Dope Slap, although this variant generally does not knock the victims out. The comic variety is usually accompanied by a KONK! Can overlap with Watch Where You're Going! under the right circumstances.



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    Comic Books 
  • Done a few times in Asterix, mostly by Obelix.
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (Marvel): This maneuver is how Roadblock tends to dispose of any pair of Cobra mooks.
  • Tintin: Captain Haddock does it in Tintin: The Calculus Affair, when two rival factions are fighting over the kidnapped professor. No less to two rivaling faction members!
  • DuckTales: During the "Rightful Owners" arc, Launchpad is discovered by two natives who have been tricked into helping the Beagle Boys. He grabs them and bangs their heads together, knocking them out, and steals one of their wigs and leaf skirts as a disguise before going off to deal with the Beagle Boys.
  • Darkman in Darkman vs. Army of Darkness takes out two Deadite guards by knocking their heads together. This has unintended consequences, as they are old possessed corpses, so are reduced to dust by the impact.
  • Happens in Alan Moore's Marvelman reboot, to two of Dr. Gargunza's unfortunate mooks. This being a Moore-penned superhero, lots of red ink is involved in the art.
  • Superman:
    • In Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man does this to two Doctor Octopus's henchmen.
    • Superman does this twice during Kryptonite Nevermore. In Superman #233 he bangs the heads of two air pirates together as he is protecting a rocket, and in another scene he smashes the heads of two bandits.
    • In Superman: Brainiac, Superman comes around when several robot-mooks are getting ready to dissect him. When two of them move in on him, Superman knocks their heads into each other, crushing both of their skulls.
    • Who Took the Super out of Superman?: Clark Kent slams two Intergang goons' heads against each other while raiding an Intergang van. Bonus points for him being depowered and fighting upside-down in a zero-gravity environment.
    • In Green Lantern storyline Atrocities, Supergirl slams two enemies' heads together when she, Guy Gardner and Bleez are being swarmed by a mob of Red Lanterns.
    • In the Crucible storyline, Supergirl smashes two androids' heads together during a simulated exercise.
    • Last Daughter Of Krypton: During the battle in Simon Tycho's satellite base, Kara smashes two mercenaries' heads together.
    • In A Mind Switch In Time, Superboy catches two bak robbers and puts them out of commission by smashing his heads together.
  • Sensation Comics: In the Wonder Woman feature Paula von Gunther takes down two members of the Crime Combine by slamming their heads together to knock them out.

    Comic Strips 
  • In MAD Magazine's satire of Boston Public (Boston Pubic), Marla is shown on the introductory pages slamming two students' heads together as she introduces herself.

    Fan Works 
  • In Master, Pokémon?, Iris's Archen ends up defeating Ghestis's Hydreigon by flying so clumsily the Dark Dragon knocks itself out by smashing all three of its heads into each other.
  • Erika the Radical: An annoyed Shiko tries to do this to a bickering Oshida and Andou, but ends up making them accidentally lock lips instead.
  • In Kara of Rokyn, Captain Strong finishes two Lex Luthor's goons off by smashing their heads together.
    Both of his fists pistoned back and forth into their faces repeatedly like a jackhammer. When he got tired of that he crossed his arms and treated each face to the other fist. He walloped them several times under the chin. He bopped them several times on top of their noggins. He crossed his arms and cracked them smartly on the sides of their faces that faced each other, knocking their heads apart. Then he grabbed both of their heads and banged them together again.
  • In Kingdom Crossovers, Hobbes does it to Calvin and Morte when he's sick of their arguing.
  • In the fourth chapter of Batman story Dance with the Demons, Killer Croc smashes two guards' heads together.
    Croc ripped his arms out of the straitjacket, tearing the reinforced fabric asunder like wet paper. His freed hands whipped out, grabbed the two burly guards, and cracked their heads together in a guaranteed skull-fracture impact. They fell unconscious. He had their guns in the next instant.
  • Romance and the Fate of Equestria: Cheerilee breaks up the fight between Sweetie Belle and Diamond Tiara by angrily chewing them out for stooping to name-calling and physical violence, before calling the blockheads and smashing their heads together.
  • In Shazam story Here There Be Monsters, Doctor Sivana's eldest son bangs his father and little brother's heads together during one brawl.
    "What the heck," said Magnificus, and leaped into the fray. He took Junior in one hand, his father in the other, and banged their heads together with a most satisfying crack.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger uses this tactic a lot.
    • Harry Tasker does this to two guard dogs in True Lies. "Stay."
    • Again in Total Recall (1990). When a group of mooks attack Douglas Quaid after he leaves Rekall, he takes out two of them by slamming their heads together.
    • Mr. Freeze does it in Batman & Robin to two Arkham Asylum guards while trying to escape.
  • Evil example in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. During an infiltration, Austin and Vanessa suffer such an attack at the hands of Random Task.
  • A regular occurrence on The Three Stooges, usually Moe doing it to Larry and Curly, and to bad guys.
  • Jason kills a pair of deputies this way in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday.
  • One of Batman's favorite moves to pull on mooks, like in Batman Returns.
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. Right after Dr. Lizardo is possessed by Lord John Whorfin, he cracks together the heads of two colleagues who just pulled him out of a wall.
  • The Great Race. While The Great Leslie is infiltrating a castle he knocks out two guards in this way.
  • A pair of zombies are disposed of this way in Violent Shit III: Infantry of Doom.
  • The Casino: Two of the main character's onscreen kills (Out of at least 30) in the final battle are a pair of mooks whose foreheads he smushed together, with an accompanying burst of red ketchup.
  • Fatal Chase: Inspector Franco does this to a pair of distracted guards while asking them a question.
    Franco: "Say, what's that street called?"
    (grabs both distracted guards and clank their noggins together)
  • The fishman ghoulie does this to the rat and cat ghoulie a couple of times in Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College!, as a homage to the Three Stooges with the fishman playing the part of Moe.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), after the Turtles escape April's burning junk shop, Tatsu gets very pissed and starts trashing the Foot's hideout, taking out his rage on any Foot ninja who gets near him or tries to calm him down. At one point he grabs two of them and slams their heads together.
  • In the final act of Moonraker, Jaws does this with two underlings when pulling his Mook–Face Turn.
  • Jack Reacher. After being attacked by two incompetent criminals in a confined space, Reacher knocks down one guy onto another, then smashes the top guy's head into the bottom guy's until both are out.
  • Hudson Hawk. During the auction house robbery, Eddie and Tommy Five-Tone are surprised by two guards. After Tommy uses a rope to trip them, Eddie knocks their heads together to render them unconscious so he can handcuff them.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service: Harry does this to two of the mooks during their pub fight.
  • Rollo and the Spirit of the Woods: Big does this to Cacophony and Lackey when he joins them in the elections for their tribe's new chieftain.
  • In Sleepwalkers, Mary (one of the title shapeshifter demons) knocks out two cops this way after sneaking up on them invisibly.

  • In the Brotherband book The Hunters, Ulf and Wulf start yet another argument after Hal gets returned to the prison beaten and bruised. Ingvar orders them to stop and approaches menacingly, giving them the idea that he might bang their heads together if they keep it up. They wisely quit.
  • Caramon the Warrior is fond of doing this in the early Dragonlance books.
  • It pops up in the first Artemis Fowl book, when Butler picks a fight with a bunch of dockworkers to provide a distraction for Artemis. He mentally comments on how cliche it is, not to mention being ridiculously inefficient from a martial-arts standpoint — but since the whole point of the fight is to be loud and spectacular, he uses it anyway.
  • Robert A. Heinlein
    • A lethal version occurs in The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress during a riot.
      Shorty had other two guards each by neck; he grinned as he cracked skulls together. They popped like eggs and he yelled at me: "Git!"
    • From Starship Troopers
      Jelly was a Finno-Turk from Iskander around Proxima — a swarthy little man who looked like a clerk, but I’ve seen him tackle two berserk privates so big he had to reach up to grab them, crack their heads together like coconuts, step back out of the way while they fell.
  • Happens a couple of times in Animorphs, often courtesy of Marco's gorilla morph.
  • Barlow the vampire kills Mark Petrie's parents this way in 'Salem's Lot.
  • In the Star Wars Legends novel Shatterpoint, Mace Windu uses the Force to aid in the momentum of two mooks coming towards him to smack their heads together. One of them needs an additional kick to the chin to stay unconscious.
  • The Badass Preacher of Pan Tadeusz, father Robak, puts an end to a quarrel this way.
  • In the third volume of the Warrior Cats graphic novel trilogy Ravenpaw's Path, Bramblepaw smashes together the heads of two BloodClan cats as Ravenpaw, Barley, and ThunderClan fight to re-take the barn.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor was very fond of using this upon Mooks.
  • The original The Adventures of Superman TV series had it.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: A Not Herself Buffy does this to Xander and Oz in "Living Conditions".
  • Batman (1966) episode "The Penguin's A Jinx". At the end of the fight between the Dynamic Duo and the Penguin and his henchmen, Batman takes out the Penguin and one of the henchmen by knocking their heads together.
  • Married... with Children: Al did this to Bud and Kelly once after they bought him a shirt and tie that he was already wearing for a third time.
  • In the X-Play segment "Kung Fu Master Chief", the title Video Game character slams the heads of two ninja together.
  • Wonder Woman episode "The Nazi Wonder Woman". While being attacked by two Nazi guards, Wonder Woman grabs their shoulders and knocks their heads together, knocking them out (they were wearing helmets at the time).
  • One episode of Bones has the team investigating what had caused a pair of conjoined twins death. Turns out that they fell from a from a tight rope, and landing on the safety net caused them to smack heads hard enough to die instantly.
  • Discussed in an episode of Seinfeld when Jerry and George met Elaine's intimidating father. When George tries to convince Jerry to leave, Jerry warned that Elaine's father would "clunk our heads together like Moe", referencing the aforementioned Stooges.
  • Blake's 7. In "The Harvest of Kairos", a manly construction worker called Jarvik is hauled before Servalan for some rank impertinence. His response is to tell the President of the Terran Federation that she's beautiful and snog the hell out of her. Servalan's first response is to have Jarvik thrown in the cells, but after Jarvik bangs the Security goons heads together and removes their weapons, Servalan decides that she quite likes his primitive Alpha Male behavior.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades. Our hero does this to a couple of French soldiers in the Title Sequence.
  • Ultra Series:
    • Ultraman Ace: This is how Ultraman Ace and Zoffy kill the alien Giron-Man and his monster sidekick Aribunta.
    • Ultraman Leo does this again, during the fight between the Leo Brothers and the kaiju brothers Garon and Litre.
    • Ultraman Neos have a similar scene where Neos and Ultraseven-21 bashes two kaiju's heads together, in a Call-Back to the Ultraman Ace example above, but the kaijus didn't die.
  • Legends of Tomorrow: In the season 4 episode "Nip/Stuck", Mona, as Wolfie, does this to a hypnotized Ava and Nora. It effectively undoes the hypnosis.
  • Zorro: In the season 2 episode "Zorro Fights a Duel", Zorro gets the drop on two banditos who tried to capture him for the reward, and knocks their heads together.
  • Duncan does this in a Highlander episode by quickly moving back as two Russian mooks come at him so they wind up smacking their heads together.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • A pretty common move in Pro Wrestling, especially against tag teams for obvious reasons. Often referred to as "The Meeting of the Minds" or a "Double Noggin Knocker".
  • During the Saturday Night's Main Event where André the Giant snuck-attacked Hulk Hogan and began choking him to within a fraction-of-an-inch of his life, The British Bulldogs tried to come in for the save. Andre caught them, slammed their heads together and simply tossed Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid from the ring before resuming his attack.

    Video Games 
  • Batman:
  • Spider-Man:
    • Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage. Using your webs while surrounded by two enemies will do this. The attack deals damage to both targets equal to the health of the weaker enemy, which means that it can actually One-Hit Kill some of the non-supervillains bosses in one hit if done right.
    • Also possible in Separation Anxiety.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution also features this as two of the possible non-lethal double takedowns. One is notable in that it's preceded by a double Neck Lift, the other in that it's followed by a haymaker that puts their heads together again like a Newton's Cradle.
  • Can be done in Double Dragon Neon as well, if you have two enemies stunned and close to each other and use a grab. Exceptions, aside from the ones immune to stun, are that Hoverbizzles do not need to be stunned to be caught in this move, and it can not be performed on Abobo, even though he can be stunned.
  • In Ghostbusters: The Video Game, the Slime Tether allows you to use this tactic. In fact, the PKE scans for the Confederate and Union ghosts actively encourages it. As Dr. Stantz says, "Use your head, kid! Heck, use theirs!"
  • in Legend of Dragoon during the first battle with Kongol this is one of the moves in his repertoire.
  • In Marvel Puzzle Quest, this is one of the powers Gamora uses, where she lunges at the other team and stuns two random characters doing this.
  • In the Final Battle in Devil May Cry 5, Nero can do this to Vergil and his Doppelganger via a Buster move. What really sells it is this gem he gives out:
    Nero: You dropped this! [BONK]
  • In Streets of Rage 4, If Floyd walks into an enemy while holding another enemy, he automatically does this, inflicting heavy damage on both of them.

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    Web Videos 
  • In The Key of Awesome's first Halloween video, the Pumpkin King smashes the two protagonists' heads like this in the end.

    Western Animation 
  • Done as a sneak attack on two Bone Hunters by Ackar in BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn.
  • On Mighty Max Norman does this in the opening credits. Then he gives the viewer a thumbs up for some reason.
  • Raphael does this to two Foot Soldiers on the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. "I think it's time you two met!"
  • The Herculoids:
    • "Invasion of the Electrode Men". Igoo does it to two of the title characters.
    • "Ruler of the Reptons". Zandor uses it to knock out two Repton guards.
  • Duke Igthorn's good twin in Gummi Bears did it to two guards when blackmailed into villainy.
  • A favorite tactic of Roadblock in G.I. Joe whenever he can get two Cobra Mooks within arms reach; see the page image — which comes from the movie, in case you were wondering.
  • Hey Arnold!: After Sid and Stinky make fun of Harold for losing to Big Patty in an arm wrestling match at the end of "Harold vs. Big Patty", Harold stands up for Patty, saying that it doesn't matter if she is a girl since she is a great arm wrestler right before knocking both of their heads into each others'.
  • A variation done by The Tick against the Idea Men: he smacked the head of one man in a line of them, causing them all to knock against each other like a clicking balls toy.
  • Angel did this to two of the Leroy clones in Leroy & Stitch.
  • Filmation The New Adventures of Superman episodes.
    • "The Deadly Super-Doll". Superman does it to two crooks robbing a fur company.
    • "The Deadly Icebergs". Superman does it to three crooks who are using exploding icebergs as weapons.
  • Jonny Quest TOS episode "Terror Island". Race kicks a guard in the butt and causes his head to collide with that of another guard, knocking them both out.
  • In the King of the Hill episode "A Fire Fighting We Will Go" at one point Boomhauer gets fed up with Bill and Dale's constant screw ups and bangs their heads together.
  • The Galaxy Trio episode "Versus the Moltens of Meteorus". While Meteor Man is fighting the Moltens he picks up two of them and slams their heads together, knocking them out.
  • Young Samson & Goliath episode "Moon Rendezvous". Samson and Goliath throw two Moon Beasts at each other head first. Their heads slam into each other and the monsters are knocked unconscious.
    Samson: That's what you call using their heads!
  • In Star Wars Rebels, Zeb, who is a Lasat and The Big Guy of the Ensemble Cast, quite frequently does this to unsuspecting Storm Troopers.
  • The Banana Splits:
    • In a Three Musketeers episode ("The Jewel of India"), Porthos takes down one pair of thugs this way. Athos does the same thing to another pair of thugs, only while inside a tree.
    • This also happens on Arabian Knights: in "The Great Gold Robbery", this is how Rasim decommissions two of Bakaar's thugs.
  • Kaeloo: In Episode 69, Bad Kaeloo does this to Mr. Cat and Stumpy.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: In "Just Desserts," this is how Bubbles knocks out Bud and Julie Smith (the kids).

    Real Life 
  • Medal of Honor recipient and Combat Medic David Bleak slammed together the heads of two bayonet-wielding Chinese enemy soldiers that came at him and the wounded soldier he was carrying during the Korean War. The enemy soldiers died. Fortunately, he put his comrade down before charging.
  • In 1950s Edingburgh, the notorious Valdor gang had a conflict with 19-year-old "Big Tam fae Fountainbridge" who had just gotten out from the Navy "Neighbour Kenny Edwards, now 78, recalled the clash. He said: "The Valdor lad was upset to see a stranger in his hall, and picked up Tam's jacket, throwing it down on the floor in an act of defiance. "But he soon retrieved it when Tam raised his cue and said in a whisper: 'I'll give you five seconds to put that back'" Following this, six members of the gang jumped him at the Fountainbridge Palais, where Tam had found work as a bouncer. In the following fight, which Tam won, he grabbed one by that throat and one by his biceps and their cracked their heads together, knocking them out. After the fight the Valdor gang left Big Tam alone.


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AT-AT Hijack

After BD-1 distracts the two pilots of an AT-AT, Cal KOs them with a double noggin knocker, leaving their AT-AT open to being hijacked.

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