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"But I don't wanna use my heaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad!"
Rex on being used as a battering ram, Toy Story 2

It has been shown time and again, in cartoons, movies, and video games, that the best way to break something is by hitting it with your head. Really hard.

We're not talking ordinary, run-of-the-mill headbutts here. Heck, we're not even talking about headbutts of love. When a character uses his head, they transform from ordinary bloke to full-on Battering Ram. The character may go into full on raging-bull mode, charging blindly ahead at whatever stands in his path. Or his companions may actually pick him up, using the blunt end of his skull to smash down whatever it is that needs smashin'. This can be an effective means of attack for some. For others, it's simply the easiest road to destruction. When somebody breaks out the cranial cannonball, the walls are going to come tumblin' down, 'cuz Ramming Always Works.


Strangely enough, a character who employs this technique never seems to get a concussion, or even a headache. This may be because he's a Big Guy or a Cloudcuckoolander — two character subspecies known for this trope — and for having very thick skulls, or maybe he's wearing Weaponized Headgear. (Genius Bruisers are, of course, an exception.)

Although the Trope Naming phrase doesn't always precede incidences of this trope, if you utter it in the presence of the Big Guy or a Cloudcuckoolander in battle, you know exactly what you're likely to get.

Also see Headdesk, which is Using Your Head out of frustration, or Put Their Heads Together, when two characters get hit with each other's skulls. Compare Ass Kicks You. A signature move of the Violent Glaswegian, where it is called the "Glasgow Kiss".


As Ram-Man himself said in one cartoon, Don't Try This at Home.


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  • Irn-Bru, the Scottish national soft drink, often has very unusual and sometimes comical ads. This particular one is definitely on the funny side, and plays to the Violent Glaswegian trope by featuring the iconic headbutt as delivered by a vending machine.
  • One Segata Sanshiro commercial features Segata doing a brick break in this manner to advertise the brainteaser game Solo Crisis. He even drops this trope's title (in Japanese, of course) after doing so.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Subverted in Saint Seiya in Shiryu's fight with Seiya. Shiryu had a shield legendary for being in destructive and gauntlet capable of destroying any material. However Seiya rushes head long into Shiryu's shield in what appears to be slamming his head into it and it gets destroyed and somehow so does the Gauntlet shocking the whole crowd, most of all Shiryu. However a slow down video recording of the act shows the subversion-Seiya may have literally used his head, however its not the head ram that breaks the shield but the fact he fell to the ground shortly after hitting his head into it. At the last moment before he fell down, Shiryu threw a hook in an attempt to put out Seiya for good but by the time he swings it, Seiya is on the mat cold and instead Shiryu hits his shield with his hook. Since both the shield and gauntlet are of equal power, they destroy each other in the process.
  • Slam Dunk
    • Hanamichi Sakuragi does this so much, it's practically his off-basket signature move. One of his first scenes ever in the series involved him headbutting his True Companions for teasing him, then other people for unknowingly hitting one of his Berserk buttons, and more than once he has dealed them to his own teammates (like Ryouta Miyagi), schoolmates (like Tatsuhiko Aouta) or people from other teams (like Hikoichi Aida) if they piss him off enough. Takenori Akagi and Kaede Rukawa are pretty much the only ones who can resist his headbutts without being knocked-out.
    • A flashback reveals that the aforementioned Ryota Miyagi is also fond of this "move", as he's seen trying to defend himself from bullies led by a pre-Heel–Face Turn Hisashi Mitsui by headbutting their "boss" and knocking down two of his (Mitsui's) front teeth.
    • In a subversion, at some moment Sakuragi did this to himself. When Rukawa once called him out on not going all out on the rivals, Sakuragi's reply was to... hit his own head on the hard floor of the basketball court. From then on, however, he decides to stop holding back.
  • Dragon Ball
    • Early on in the manga, a flying headbutt was just about Goku's primary finishing move, being used to end his fights, for example with Staff Officer Black.
    • Goku headbutts Piccolo Jr. to send him out of the ring and win. That's right. He saved the world with a Ring Out. He already tried the same strategy against Tenshinhan 3 years ago, where it would have worked if it wasn't for that damned truck driver on the way.
    • Dragon Ball Z: His son Gohan performs a rather impressive, armour-splitting headbutt on his uncle Raditz. He also pulls one against Garlic Jr. on filler.
    • Goku vs Majin Vegeta includes a scene where the two of them repeatedly headbutt each other while grappling.
    • During the inter-dimensional tournament in Dragon Ball Super, Goku ends up fighting a guy who fits the definition of Stone Wall. Vegeta tells him to use his head, with predictable results. Goku then actually does figure out a logical weakness - the guy's used to letting his opponents whale away at him and doing nothing, so Goku simply flips him and drags him out of the ring.
  • Mazinger Z
    • Kouji — who is a full-blown Combat Pragmatist — has no qualms uisng that tactic when he is fighting with Mazinger-Z. This is especially dangerous since Mazinger-Z's cockpit is on its head.
    • Great Mazinger: Tetsuya is an even bigger of an offender than Kouji.
    • UFO Robo Grendizer: Duke also uses that tactic sometimes, although he has a good excuse: usually he is trying to ram the enemy rather than head-butt it, but his Humongous Mecha head is on the front of his starship when both mechas combine, so that it is the first thing hits the enemy.
    • Mazinkaiser: Kouji also does it in this series.
  • Naruto
    • This happens during the title character's fight with Gaara. There is some injury, causing both characters to bleed, and it also shatter Gaara's control over his jutsu. You try maintaining the form of a hundred-foot tall Eldritch Abomination through that.
    • Also, the filler episode where Hinata opens a door to find Naruto standing upside-down on the ceiling so that his face is, like, three inches from hers. She, of course, blushes beet-red with her crush so close to her. When Naruto puts a hand to her forehead (he mistakes the blush for a fever-flush), she screams and then impulsively headbutts him across the room, knocking both him and herself out.
    • At the end of chapter 563 Naruto does this to Tobi immediately upon finding him. That's right, his opening move against the Big Bad is a headbutt. Naruto complains about him having too hard a head afterward.
  • Veemon's main attack in Digimon Adventure 02 is Vee Headbutt. It's also worth noting that one of his evolved form's moves, Fire Rocket, can be this. That name covers two completely different attacks in the English dub though, the other being him shooting fireballs from his fists, which is known in Japan as Fire Knuckle.
  • Lyrical Nanoha
  • One Piece
    • Luffy's attack, Gum Gum Bell. This one has the added advantage of Luffy being able to stretch his neck out over 100 feet before he executes it. Justified in that Luffy's rubber body renders him pretty much immune to blunt damage. One interesting use is when he wraps his arms and legs around Captain Kuro, then uses his head, his only free part, to headbutt him and knock him out.
    • And now after the timeskip, he can vulcanize his head (or at least his forehead) to make his Gum Gum Bell hit with the force of a bungee-powered, iron-crushing bowling ball.
    • Legendary pirate Don Chinjao has a headbutt that can crack continents. Or rather they could back when his head was long and pointy, but Garp punched his head so hard that it dented it flat, which was also a problem as he needed his pointy head to break into his family's hidden treasure vault, hence why he hates Garp and (by extension) Luffy until Luffy punches his head back to its original form.
  • Sonic Boomer in Transformers Zone uses the spike on his head to but Trypticon.
  • In Yu Yu Hakusho, Chu tries to finish off Yusuke with a headbutt, but Yusuke counters it with an even stronger headbutt, and then quips that humans invented it.
    • Yusuke uses his head during the Curb-Stomp Battle that is one of his last fights. While possessed by his demon ancestor, he fights Sensui a second time and absolutely beats the living shit out of him, including this trope, Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs and Meteor Moves to reduce the ex-Spirit Detective to a beaten body on the ground. Which he then fries.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
    • This is what Nagi does to Arika to stop her from her Heroic Self-Deprecation. TWICE. While running away from a horde of monsters. With no magic.
    • In chapter 320, Negi invokes this to object with Fate.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: this is, oddly enough, how hacking works. (The Gurren Lagann also has a habit of using its head, admittedly as a guided missile).
  • Bleach
    • Isshin Kurosaki has used this on his son Ichigo more than once. Specifically, to break him out of Heroic BSoD's, like the one that came after losing to Gin Ichimaru.
    • A truly spectacular headbutt is the key to Ikkaku finally defeating Shishigawara in the X-Cution arc.
    • Similarly, when Mask de Masculine beats the shit out of Kensei in the 1000 Year Blood War, among other things he applies a BIG one to his victim.
  • Pokémon
    • Ash's Scraggy likes to headbutt as a greeting, though this is natural for its species.
    • In addition to the use of the attacks mentioned above throughout the series, the opening battle scene in Pokémon 3 the Movie: Spell of the Unown shows Pikachu and a Quagsire suffer a Double KO when Pikachu accidentally smacks headfirst into it after rebounding off a swing.
    • Ash's Glalie is infamous for defeating a Charizard and a Metang with a headbutt, both opponent's having a type advantage over Glalie. Even more impressive (and kind of unbelievable) considering the fact that Metang is a Steel-type and Normal attacks like Headbutt are ineffective against Steel-types
  • The Law of Ueki has a minor character whose power is the ability to turn his head into diamond when his hands are in his pockets. His only attack is using his head.
  • In Holyland, Katou doing this to Shougo starts the latter's defeat.
  • Rin does this in Blue Exorcist when told by his brother to start using his head in battle. He literally does when knocking back a demon twice his size with a headbutt and the only damage done to him is a minor nosebleed, which is only seen in the anime.
    • Better yet, the demon provided all the momentum- it charged him and all he did was hold his ground and intercept it. With his head. And then he goes and befriends said demon aka the size shifting friendly Kuro.
    • For bonus points, Yukio didn't see it coming.
  • In Code:Breaker, this appears to be The Prince's favorite way of getting her point across.
  • In one of Baccano!!'s climactic scenes, Jacuzzi Splot uses a series of relentless headbutts to the face to distract and disorient his opponent.
  • This particular move is used for great effect in Deadman Wonderland, by the main character Ganta. He headbutts Minatsuki so hard she passes out while bound by her hair whips, then immediately tells the crowd to fuck off when they demand blood.
  • Pretty Cure does this several times.
    • In Heartcatch Pretty Cure, Cure Marine's "Odeko Punch" means translated Forehead Punch, and she uses it semi-frequently.
    • Cure Happy performs one to stop an attacking piece of Fusion in Pretty Cure All Stars New Stage. She does it again in Episode 32 of Smile Pretty Cure! and in New Stage 3, with Cure Rouge giving it the name "Happy Head Attack".
    • Rachel in DokiDoki! PreCure once wants to fight a Jikochuu for hurting Yashima. As he's in his fairy form, there's not much he can do, but he manages to drag Cure Diamond along with him as he smacks the Jikochuu with his head, essentially defeating it while hurting his cheek.
  • In Tiger Mask, the headbutt is the main shtick of the real-life wrestlers Kintaro Oki and Bobo Brazil (the latter of which being fond of the Coco Butt, consisting in headbutting the upper part of his victims' skulls for increased damage). Bobo Brazil's fictional apprentice Black V brought it Up to Eleven (as Brazil specifically wanted to create an improved version of himself), as he used the ring ropes and spinning to give himself momentum and execute a devastating Missile Headbutt, and Tiger Mask himself used Bobo Brazil's trademark Coco Butt on The Convict, who, having never received one before, suffered a lot from it.
  • In Axis Powers Hetalia, young Romano (South Italy) does this to Spain after the latter irritated him by pulling on his Idiot Hair.
  • In Kinnikuman: Scramble for the Throne, this is how the finishing move Muscle Revenger starts. The victim is headbutted into the air repeatedly before put into a lock on the way down.
  • Detective Conan uses this twice:
  • Natsu Dragneel from Fairy Tail has two magic attacks as headbutts. He flies towards the enemy and hits him/her with his head while he's wreathed in flames. They are called Karyu no Kenkaku and Shiranui Gata: Guren Hōō Ken.
    • Both, Gildartz and Bluenote clashes together with their heads.
    • Laxus does this to Hades as his first attack.
  • A variation comes from Captain Tsubasa, where Ryo Ishizaki's sort-of trademark is using his face to block dangerous soccer shoots — at great risk to himself, as often said shoots are so powerful that he ends up knocked out. He's not the only user, either: Tsubasa once did it as well to block Hyuga's Tiger Shoot, though he was savvy enough to use his leg and his arm to hold on the goalposts.
  • SD Gundam Force has the final battle against General Zeong, where Chief Haro takes action to protect his subordinates and a princess... by leaping several hundred feet into the air and headbutting a guided missile into submission. It works. He then beats up other missiles with his bare hands, then headbutts another four of them simultaneously. This also works. Do not mess with Chief Haro.
  • Ranjou does this to Moroha in their first meeting in Seiken Tsukai No World Break. He then mentions her name from a past life, and she excitedly asks if she can headbutt him again to jog his memory.
  • When in Gangsta Alex is suffering withdrawal symptoms from the TB meds her pimp Barry gave her to keep her compliant and is hallucinating that Worick is a John she kisses Worick and starts undoing his pants, but Worick stops her immediately and resorts to headbutting her to snap her out of it. It works but it also puts Worick on the ground in agony as it turns out Alex has a Hard Head, which she immediately apologizes for.
  • Jubei, the Badass Normal hero of Ninja Scroll, keeps headbutting an immortal enemy until that enemy's face is caved in towards the end of the movie.
  • Several Gintama characters have incorporated the headbutt in their fights, usually without much effect on themselves.
    • Gintoki ends his fight with Jiraia this way. It only knocks him out for a little bit though.
    • When Takasugi punches Gintoki repeatedly in their fight, the latter manages to stop him by headbutting him.
    • Kagura's family seem to love doing this to each other when pissed off. Umibouzu did to a young Kamui (who was holding a baby Kagura at the time - Umibouzu managed to snatch her away first), and Kagura and Kamui do it to each other constantly in their fights.
    • During the Rakuyou Arc, Gintoki attempts to "kill off" (knock out) a heavily injured Umibouzu this way so he can take his title as the strongest man in the universe and fight Kamui himself. Unfortunately for him, 1) it nearly knocks him out too, and 2) Umibouzu mistakes the headbutt for a fly, leading Shinpachi to retort that Gintoki's headbutt didn't even have any impact.
  • In Blood Blockade Battlefront, Leo does this more than is probably healthy. So far he has headbutted not only the king of despair but he also breaks Dr. Gamimozou's eye of the Gods by repeatedly headbutting him. He also headbutts a Beyondian for laughing at Riel after breaking his arm, which is less impressive compared to the above instances, but no less admirable.
  • In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Tanjiro's head is incredibly tough and he frequently uses to headbutt his foes when his arms are restrained. It has proven effective even on supernaturally tough demons and even the Pillars, the strongest members of the Demon Slaying Corp. It's parodied in one gag strip, where it's used to chop wood and even as a cutting board.

    Comic Books 
  • In one early Batman comic, Dick Grayson / Robin does this to a crook, complete with lampshading: "How's that for using my head?"
  • In Superman story Kryptonite Nevermore, a corrupt tycoon head-butts Superman on the stomach. Of course, he knocks himself out. Remarkably -and stupidly- he tries this tactic after his goons break their hands by punching Superman, who had previously tanked cannon fire.
  • This is the trademark of the Spider-Man villain Hammerhead. Originally, he didn't even have superpowers, just a metal plate in his head that somehow made him tough enough to go up against the wallcrawler, though he's since become a Hollywood Cyborg.
  • The Juggernaut from X-Men uses this mode of attack as well. In the Capcom vs. Whatever series, it's his one and only Hyper Combo.
  • Judge Dredd:
    • Mean Machine Angel is a berserker cyborg who attacks his opponents by ramming them with his metal plate head.
    • Dredd himself used this to incapacitate a psychotic woman who was in love with him when he was handcuffed by smashing her with his helmet.
  • Invincible once got both his arms broken by an extremely powerful adversary. So he beat him to death with his head. Or so he thought.
  • Strontium Dog: For Middenface McNulty, this is practically his signature move. Though, given his reputation, he would probably like to refer to this as a Glasgow Kiss.
  • Once in Iznogoud, when he tells this to his lackey... he didn't mean it literally, but Wa'at Alahf did.
  • In Nodwick, Yeagar has used Nodwick as a battering ram to beat down doors on more than one occasion.
  • In Earth 2, during a fight with Superman's clone and Val-Zod, the clone face-butts Val and causes his own face to crack, revealing that he was a clone and not the real Superman.
  • Gotlib has a wacky variant (it's Gotlib after all) which could either be shoehorned into this trope or would need a new subtrope with this entry as only element. So here goes nothing: An intellectual gets clobbered by a stone-age brute. He then holds his nose tight and blows until his brain flies out of his ear, hits the brute and scores a clean K.O. "Use your brain" indeed.
  • In the second Atari Force series, Martin and Christopher Champion both attack the Dark Destroyer's humanoid form with their heads in separate confrontations. Christoper's attack turns out to be less effective than Martin's, however.
  • In the Lucky Luke episode 'Boatrace on the Mississippi', one of the hired trouble-makers Luke has to deal with is called Hardhead Wilson, whom is seen head-butting an alligator unconscious. Captain Barrows mentions even bullets have no effect on his skull.

  • Shinji And Warhammer 40 K: It's called "The Ikari". It begins with a headbutt and it ends with the opponent on the ground crying for mercy. The best part of this is it was first used in a awesome scene where EVA-01 loses the function of both its arms and only has its head.
  • In Thousand Shinji, Asuka head butted a MP-Eva when she fought nine of them.
    A long blade slammed through right shoulder while another one skittered across her torso armour, looking for a gap to plunge in and begin ripping out her Eva’s guts. Asuka held off its other hands while it snapped at her face, drool flying off its shiny, metallic razor sharp teeth to splatter across Unit 02’s helmet.
    Asuka head butted it.
  • Used in the TRON: Legacy fanfic A Survivors Tale - Clu sends a captured Yori to the Games. and just to be a complete dick, puts her up against his champion (her Brainwashed and Crazy husband), figuring that she'll be de-rezzed easily. She's an engineer, not a warrior, after all. What Clu did not expect was Yori figuring out the mechanics of the arena, getting into grappling range with "Rinzler," and using a headbutt to knock both of them out, essentially ending the match in a draw.
  • In the WWE story, The Return-Remixed, after the members of DEAR give Molly Holly a Mohawk as part of a Torture Interrogation. Molly then accompanied the Diva Army in their match against DEAR wearing a military helmet, which she used to headbutt the members of DEAR.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supergirl crossover The Vampire of Steel, Buffy uses a headbutt to get Zol-Am off her during their fight.
    She felt the strain of pushing Zol-Am away, felt his greater strength drawing her nearer.
    So she stopped resisting him and brought their foreheads together with a bang.
  • In Power Girl story A Force of Four, U-Ban head-butts Power Girl when they brawl.
    Then he smashed his forehead against her own, and filled her head with pain.
  • Escape From the Moon: In the sequel The Mare From the Moon, Spliced Genome’s reaction when Princess Celestia tries to keep her from leaving her bed is to headbutt the other mare and break her snout. (She apologizes later and heals it though.)
  • In Hellsister Trilogy, Supergirl used the move as fighting Satan Girl for the first time.
    The purple-suited girl was going for Supergirl's eyes. Desperately, Kara grabbed her foe's wrists, kneed her in the stomach as hard as she could, and head-butted her in the forehead. It felt like banging her head into a steel wall, but she could see Satan Girl wince with the pain for a second.
  • Empathy: Oh does this to end his fight with Smek during the climax. Afterwards, it hurts him too, and he admits that it's an awful fight move.

    Film — Animation 
  • Played straight in Toy Story 2. When breaking through a vent that's been screwed shut, the fake Buzz tells Rex to "use your head". Cut to a shot of them running down the vent with Rex as a battering ram as he yells "But I don't wanna use my head!". Justified in that Rex is a toy and technically has no biological brain that can be damaged. Also, due to the bottom screws having been taken out, they just push the vent open like a flap.
  • In Disney's Hercules, Hercules lands his first attack on the centaur Nessus in this manner after Phil tells him to "use your head!"
    Phil: Not bad, kid! Not exactly what I had in mind, but not bad...
  • In Oliver & Company: the titular gang plots to steal a radio from a Rolls Royce. Dodger calls upon Einstein to produce a fender bender, in a tone that indicates that Einstein has both experience and expertise in this regard. Einstein just broadsides the car with his head.
  • Princess Fiona's mother does this to walls twice in Shrek the Third. The second time she does it leaves her understandably disorientated. And humming "My Favorite Things".
    • Fiona herself has used headbutts to deal with men she finds distasteful, such as Robin Hood or Prince Charming.
  • Discussed by one of the Viking kids in How to Train Your Dragon, though he doesn't get to actually do it. "I will cut off the legs of every dragon I see. With my face." Also discussed by Stoick.
    Stoick: When I was a boy, my dad told me to bang my head against a rock, and I did it! I thought he was crazy, but I didn't question him. And do you know what happened?
    Gobber: You got a headache.
    Stoick: That rock split in two!
  • Being a Triceratops, Cera of The Land Before Time does this a couple of times.
  • Shan-Yu does this in Mulan while fighting Shang. Shang doesn't suffer visible damage, but it takes him out of the fight quite effectively. And in a nice moment of realism, Shan-Yu's own eyes are shown to be momentarily unfocused after the blow.
  • In Zootopia, when Nick locks a ram mook in the rear compartment of a train, they repeatedly bash their head into the door leaving it increasingly dented until Nick pulls a Door Judo move on them and their momentum causes them to run out the train window.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Mann uses this to great effect against Cooper in Interstellar, resulting in the latter nearly dying from a Broken Faceplate. He does this even though Cooper points out there's an equal chance of breaking his own faceplate that way.
  • Neo and Agent Smith both do this to each other in The Matrix. So does Morpheus in his fight with Agent Smith, but Smith butts back harder.
  • One of the bad guys in the movie Suburban Commando has the top of his skull replaced with a metal cap for this particular reason. Not to mention he looks patently ridiculous while doing so.
  • The Horror of Party Beach features a whiter-than-white guy getting into a fight with some Hollywood-style biker thugs over a girl. At one point, the lead thug's compatriots pick him up and ram his head into the guy he's fighting.
  • Pig in "Disco Pigs".
  • Flesh Gordon tries to headbutt his way out of an underground cavern in the famous soft-porn Flash Gordon parody, but is unsuccessful.
  • Variation when the head was used to fix something. In Back to the Future numerous characters tell Marty to "Use your head, McFly". At the climax when the car won't start, Marty headbutts the steering wheel and the engine roars into life.
  • The Three Stooges occasionally have a Hard Head stooge (often Curly, but once in a while Shemp) used outright as a battering ram.
  • Deconstucted in Paul Blart: Mall Cop, where Blart tries this on a minion, only to hurt himself.
    Blart: Nobody wins in a headbutt.
    • A properly done headbutt (as in using the top of the forehead and targeting vulnerable areas) is probably one of the safest ways to strike. But doing it improperly (like, say, aiming at the other guy's forehead instead of, say, face) means damaging your head and likely your brain.
  • Boy Eats Girl: When confronted by a zombified member of her Girl Posse, the resident Alpha Bitch surprisingly headbutts her undead friend and escapes.
  • Felson (played by Ron Perlman) is fond of this in Season of the Witch.
  • In the climax of Mr. Nanny the Big Bad uses his metal skull-plate to knock Hulk Hogan's character around.
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy:
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
    • Used in the climactic battle of Iron Man 2.
    • Tony tries this on Thor in The Avengers (2012). Thor is hardly dazed, and returns the favor hard enough to knock Tony back several feet and leave a sizeable dent in his helmet.
    • In Thor: Ragnarok, Skurge the Executioner headbutts a zombie so hard its body crumbles apart.
    • Tony ends up on the wrong end of this again in Avengers: Infinity War, courtesy of Thanos.
    • Thanos tries this again in the final battle of Avengers: Endgame, except this time his target is Carol Danvers - who completely tanks it.
  • In the film for the Dragon Strike game, when the rogue is unable to unlock a magically sealed door, the fighter makes a crack about it. In frustration, the rogue pushes the fighter into the door, causing him to do this.
  • In Starter for 10, one character attempts a headbutt on another in a moment of frustration, and knocks himself out. When he wakes up, another character snarkily explains that he has completely failed to understand the basic principle of the headbutt: "You're meant to hit the soft part of their nose with the hard part of your forehead, not the other way round."
  • Subverted in Sherlock Holmes (2009). Holmes is facing Giant Mook Dredger, proven to be pretty much Made of Iron in their last encounter. Suddenly Watson grabs Dredger from behind and shouts at Holmes to "Nut him!" Holmes runs up to Dredger, jumps up into the air and head-butts him, only to stumble backward, a stunned look on his face. Holmes then tries throwing a punch, but is so disoriented he slips and falls on his back.
  • In Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Ace tries this on Lois Einhorn, but she's unaffected while he gets dazed.
  • Early in Mad Max: Fury Road, Nux may be weak and in urgent need of transfusion, but try to steal his steering wheel and he'll headbutt your face in.
  • Justified in The Dirty Dozen. When you're wearing a steel helmet and your opponent isn't, headbutts and blocking punches with your forehead suddenly become beautifully viable.
  • In The Devil's Brigade, this is how two soldiers toss an unruly logger or two out the window of a bar.
  • John Matrix does this to Bennett in Commando.
  • Riggs headbutts Wah Sing Ku a few times during their fight in Lethal Weapon 4.
  • In Night at the Museum 3, Laa does this to break out of a room that he and Larry are locked in.
  • Jackson Rippner hits Lisa Reisert in the face with his head to make her stop evading his questions Red Eye... and is left legitimately puzzled when not only does it knock her unconscious, which is bad for his plan, but, in particular, when he realizes that his own forehead is bleeding. (In contrast to his apparently-genuine confusion over why holding her father hostage would cause her to act at all agitated, this may have contributed to the part where he gives her an aspirin when she wakes up, but only because he needs her to be able to think clearly.)
  • 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.
  • Happens several times in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. A troll charges at the wall of Dale with some sort of stone edifice on its head and bashes in a hole large enough for the orc army to pour through. Amusingly, the troll falls over after the impact, presumably knocked out cold. Dáin takes Dwarven hard-headedness to a new level, using his head as his preferred weapon even against enemies wearing helmets.
  • Justice League (2017) Almost serving as a Shout-Out to Thor and Iron Man's battle: after Superman is resurrected and attacks everyone, Wonder Woman slams her head into him, and Superman barely even flinches. He then responds in kind... sending Diana into the pavement.
  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. BB-8 tries to fix the circuits in Poe's X-Wing, but each time he bridges one with a tool, another one overloads. Finally, he just headbutts the panel, getting the weapons back online and giving himself a nice shock in the process.

  • In The Lord of the Rings, Gandalf (jokingly, perhaps, although he was pretty cranky by that point and might well have done it) threatens to use Pippin's head as a battering ram to try to open the gates of Moria: "But if that does not shatter them, and I am allowed a little peace from foolish questions, I will try to seek the opening words."
  • Done by Ecthelion in The Book of Lost Tales to kill Gothmog. Of course, at that point in time, Ecthelion has lost both of his arms and has a great big spike on his helmet.
  • Discworld
  • Danica Maupoissant, from the Forgotten Realms series The Cleric Quintet, who broke a big-ass block of stone with a headbutt. Earlier, under the influence of the evil potion, she repeatedly slams her face into brick blocks trying to figure out the technique. It gets a minor mention in the second book when she uses it to shatter an ogre's chest when he's bear-hugging her.
  • Mace Windu does this to a guard twice his size who blocks his way in the Star Wars Expanded Universe novel Shatterpoint. The guard taunts the "little Jedi" to draw his lightsaber. Mace simply says that his head is all he needs and proceeds to show him exactly what he means, then steps away as the guard falls.
    Guard: What you gonna do, think me to death? (headbutt)
  • A Song of Ice and Fire. In his first battle, dwarf Tyrion Lannister is given a suit of ill-fitting armour, including a bucket helm with a spike on top. After being knocked off his horse by a knight wielding a mace, it appears to be all up for our vertically-challenged protagonist until he headbutts the knight's horse, ripping its guts open. The knight falls off and breaks several bones, forcing him to surrender to Tyrion.
  • In Animorphs, this is what Jake's rhino and Rachel's elephant morph were often used for.
  • Sven Hassel grabs an enemy soldier by the ears and rams his helmet into his face, a move he refers to as the 'Danish Kiss'. As Sven is Danish-German, he adds that he didn't learn it in Denmark, but in the Wehrmacht battle school.
  • Good Omens: Shadwell, on seeing Satan himself start to materialize on Earth to start the Apocalypse, stands together with Crowley and Aziraphale, tosses away his arquebus, and... removes his cap. The man was entirely ready to headbutt evil incarnate.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel. Vampire hunter Holtz is stalking Justine, a vampire-killing vigilante whom he intends to recruit. He turns a corner and intercepts her fist with a Punch Catch.
    Holtz: Your punch could have been quicker... without so much to drink.
    Justine: It's kind of a trade-off, because without that much to drink (head-butts Holtz) hurts a lot more.
  • In Big Brother, houseguest Willie Hantz was expelled after headbutting a fellow houseguest Joe, trying to taunt him to hit him, and throwing pork rinds at another houseguest.
  • Played with in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. One of Spike's minions asks him how to get into a locked room; Spike scornfully says "Use your head!", grabs him by the scruff of the neck... and smashes his head into the compartment next to the door holding a fire axe.
  • Subverted in an episode of Cheers where Cliff claims to know karate and smashes a stack of boards with his head. Diane ends up having to sneak him off to the hospital.
  • In an episode of Dexter, Doakes gets increasingly close to figuring out Dexter's secret. Once again, he confronts Dex in his office, at which point Dexter headbutts the cop and leaves the office into the main detective area, walking like nothing has happened. Two seconds later, Doakes flies out of the office, pissed off, and tackles Dex. The other cops assume he just snapped, as they didn't see the headbutt and he is well known to have a hatred for Dexter before he had a solid reason to. The whole thing was planned by Dexter to give Doakes even less credibility than usual.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Lodger": The Doctor is trying to explain to Craig why he's living in his flat, which is to investigate time disruptions coming from upstairs. Telling Craig would take too long, so the Doctor headbutts him for a very fast mind meld. Painful to both parties.
    • "The Time of the Doctor": Used for an Incredibly Lame Pun by the Doctor to Handles, a Companion Cube in the form of a severed Cyberman head.
      "Use your head, it's not like you've got a lot of alternatives!"
  • Drop the Dead Donkey. Psycho office assistant Joy is infamous for her ferocious headbutts.
  • Game of Thrones: When Jon Snow is at some point pinned to a wall, he uses this to get himself free from his attacker.
  • Subverted in a Happy Days episode where Arnold's catches fire, trapping Fonzie inside the men's room with Ralph and Potsie. Fonzie tries donning his motorcycle helmet and crashing through a wall.
    Potsie: Hey, look, there's an outside wall! I wonder what it's made of?
    Fonzie: Concrete. (passes out)
  • In Home Improvement, Tim and Al had a Karate expert show how he break boards with his head. Al volunteered to try and Tim waited for him to hurt his head only to succeed. After Al, Tim decided to give it a try and ended up hurting his head. Al revealed that he had training in karate.
  • Jessica Jones (2015): In the opening of "AKA You're a Winner", Kilgrave uses his powers to blatantly cheat at backroom poker. After winning an entire jackpot by simply commanding the other players to go all-in and then fold, he takes their money and starts to walk out, but one player that had been really annoying to Kilgrave stops him.
    Harvey: I don't know what just happened there. But you're gonna sit down and give us a shot to win our money back.
    Kilgrave: I've got a better idea: let's see how long it takes you to put your head through that post. [As Kilgrave walks out, Harvey turns to a solid wooden column next to him and immediately begins bashing his head against it]
  • Leverage: Sophie, who just the season before was easily felled by an erratic handbag, went on to unleash one hell of a headbutt.
  • In Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Bishop uses this in order to break in to Mr. Devious' office, by having his entourage pick up one of their number and using him like a battering ram. They not only break the door down, they almost knocked down the whole set.
  • Person of Interest. While posing as a Shell-Shocked Veteran, John Reese is on the receiving end of a Quit Your Whining speech from a Smug Snake banker, who tells Reese to start using his head. Reese takes the advice and headbutts him.
  • In the Red Dwarf episode "White Hole", Holly powers down to conserve her remaining runtime, thus shutting off the engines and the powered doors. Solution? Bash down the 53 doors between them and the science room using... Kryten! Of course, he's a mechanoid, so it doesn't cause him too much damage...
    Lister: You okay, man?
    Kryten: I'm fine, thank you, Susan...
  • Star Trek
  • Super Sentai:
    • Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger: Kyoryu Gray and his Zyudenryu partner Bunpachy are both based on a Pachycephalosaurus, and use this technique regularly. So do their counterparts in Power Rangers Dino Charge, which the Graphite Ranger refers to as "Pachy Punch" or "a royal headbutt".
    • Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger (and Power Rangers Dino Thunder): Variant - Bakuryuu Bachyceloknuckles (Cephala Zord in the Power Rangers version) attaches to AbarenOh (Thundersaurus Megazord) as an arm, delivering a series of punches... with his dinosaur head acting as the combination's fist.
  • In The Umbrella Academy (2019), Number One/Luther tries this in a fight against Hazel, but only hurts himself because Hazel was wearing a metal mask.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?: In "Party Quirks", Ryan Stiles took this one a little too far. He charged for Drew's desk and destroyed the neon light display. PING!
  • In an episode of World's Dumbest... Criminals, a pair of would-be burglars is trying to break through the* Utilized frequently during fight scenes in Walker, Texas Ranger. back door of a house when the team leader decides to employ this technique, complete with a running start. And inevitably, he learns that this doesn't work in real life. Surprisingly, the genius who thought he could break a secure door with his head is the one who didn't get caught.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The Battering Ram — a finishing move used by several wrestlers, most notably The Bushwhackers, whose Finishing Move was called the Battering Ram. Which was first used by Bobo Brazil (Houston Harris — a former baseball player), and called the Coco Butt, in 1950.
  • The diving head butt is mostly used by Samoan wrestlers, but to the world at large, Bam Bam Bigelow and Chris Benoit are probably the most famous users.
  • The Junkyard Dog would comically get on all fours and repeatedly ram fallen opponents head-first.
    • JYD was known for having a hard head. More than once, an opponent would headbutt him - only to hurt themselves instead!
  • After losing a hair-vs.-hair match to one of the Von Erichs, Buddy Roberts of the Fabulous Freebirds took to wearing a wig with a boxing headgear to hold it on. During matches, Buddy would load a piece of metal into the headgear and headbutt his opponents with it.
  • In the late-1980's in WCW, there was a masked tag team called the Russian Assassins, managed by Paul Jones. Their finisher was for one of them to insert a piece of metal into their mask right at their forehead and headbutt their opponent with it.
  • In the mid/late-1980's, there was a wrestler named Jason the Terrible (a pro wrestling expy of Jason Voorhees) who was active in the Memphis and Calgary territories. He wore a hockey mask in the ring and would headbutt opponents with it.
  • Similarly, Memphis also had a wrestler named Lord Humongous, based the villain from The Road Warrior who wore a hockey mask and put it to good use. He later became better known without the mask as Sid Vicious.
  • Hijo Del Santo is known as "El Rey de Tope" for his willingness to do diving head butts and flying battering rams (ironically, it would be a back injury that would put his career on hold). CMLL World Heavyweight Champion Rayo De Jalisco Jr was known for delivering multiple headbutts in rapid succession, though he had a bad habit of not looking during the last one, so if the opponent wasn't knocked senseless by the first 2-4 they could capitalize.
  • LLF champion Sadika's "cabezazo" is an enforced version, as she sandwiches an object between her and her opponent's head and butts it till it breaks.
  • Paige is another diva that uses headbutts, even incorporating a rather...Les Yay version as her signature move.
  • Drew McIntyre, upon his first release from WWE, began using a headbutt as a signature move. This continued after returning to WWE. As he is Scottish, the commentators will call it a "Glasgow Kiss," despite his being from Ayr.

  • The danger of a concussion is why direct, intentional helmet-to-helmet collisions are not allowed in the NFL. Spearing, the practice of diving into another player helmet-first, is also illegal due to the risk of spinal injury. This practice gained a lot of notoriety during the 1990s, largely because safety Chuck Cecil was so fond of using it. Yes, before he was a controversial assistant coach often fined by the NFL for his actions, he was a controversial player who was often fined by the NFL for his actions.
  • Soccer is one of a few where the head can be used to score. On the other hand, headbutts on the adversary also occur:
  • Several martial arts allow and/or teach the use of headbutts.
    • Headbutts are allowed in muay boran, adding a ninth contact surface as opposed to the eight of muay thai.
    • Capoeira employs spearing headbutts as one of the prime ways to show an opponent that they've left their mid-section open, particularly during cartwheels. It also enforces them during short clinches.
    • Some hybrid/full contact karate rulesets allow headbutting. Among them it's famous the school of Daido-juku Kudo, whose practitioners are forced to wear a special mask. A similar case is done with combat sambo.
    • Even judo used to contain headbutts as part of its forgotten striking part of atemi-waza.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Games Workshop games:
    • In Warhammer, an ‘Eadbutt is one of the randomly generated attacks that a Giant is able to deliver against larger opponents. In battle, such an attack can only cause a single wound but it dazes the target so that they are briefly unable to attack themselves.
    • In Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Aleguzzler Gargants are able to unleash a devastating head-butt against their foes. Although it is their less accurate, when it hits this ‘Eadbutt is capable of doing far more damage than any of its other attacks.
    • Ghazghkull Thraka, the greatest Ork Warlord from Warhammer 40,000, had part of his skull replaced with a bionic skull, made from adamantium, with which he is able to deliver a powerful head-butt. Whether this is represented in the game rules changes from edition to edition.
    • In Necromunda, fighters with the 'Headbutt' Musclenote /Brawnnote  Skill can choose to deliver a punishing headbutt against an opponent in close combat. How this is worked out depends on the edition with the first two editions requiring the fighter to give up at least two regular hits in combat while the 3rd Edition makes the headbutt attack a Basic action.

  • In Kiss the Boys Good-bye by Clare Boothe, Cindy Lou says, about her temper: "I do deplore it, but when I'm in a snit I'm prone to butt the object of my wrath plumb in the tummy." She learned this trick from her Mammy, who supposedly learned it from a she-goat. She demonstrates it on Breed when he goes off on a tirade against the Deep South, and the blow to his stomach knocks the wind out of him.


    Video Games 
  • Pokémon
    • The attack Skull Bash works in exactly this manner, as well as Headbutt, Head Smash, Iron Head and Zen Headbutt. However, Head Smash actually hurts the user.
    • In addition to that, Cranidos and Rampardos are Pokémon based around this trope. Like many Pokémon, this was based on a real animal, albeit one that was recently determined not to have used its head quite as much as was originally thought.
    • As said before, Scraggy and its evolution Scrafty.
  • The trademark attack of PC Engine hero Bonk/B.C Kid/PC-Genjin.
  • Super Mario Bros.
    • Mario and Luigi are frequently mistaken to be breaking overhead blocks by headbutting them, but are actually hitting them with fists.
    • In the Super Smash Bros.. series, several fighters use their heads as some form of attack. While most instances of this are only about one or two moves, Yoshi uses almost only headbutt-related moves when on the ground, as his arms are too short to effectively punch.
    • Donkey Kong's headbutt plants people into the ground.
    • For that matter, Luigi's side-B move, Green Missile, is basically a charge-up attack with which he launches himself head-first at an opponent. It's even possible for him to get jammed into walls this way, given enough force.
    • In Super Mario RPG, give Bowser the Hurly Gloves and watch him take his frustrations with Mario out on the enemies, even if Mario is at 0 HP!
  • Red Brief J, a Boss in Wario World, uses a head-first charge as his primary attack. (Which makes sense when you consider that he's a big bull.) The number of charges he can make with each attack is equal to five minus the number of Health Counters he has remaining. This attack is actually his weakness; he's immune to all of Wario's attacks, but if Wario dodges all of his charges, he'll be dizzy for a few seconds, and can be dunked in the lava surrounding the arena if Wario does a Ground Pound on the center. This costs Red Brief J one Health Counter, but each one makes him angrier and stronger.
  • Mass Effect
    • This is how krogan tell each other to "shut up", as a display of dominance. In the second game you have a Renegade Interrupt that allows you to do this to the obnoxious Uvenk, which not only is successful in getting him to back down, but leaves him a little dazed afterwards.
    Shaman: (laughs) I like this human! S/he understands!
    • Matriarch Aethyta (Liara's "father") assures her that, since her grandfather was a krogan, it's perfectly natural if she ever feels the need to headbutt someone. And indeed, Aethyta herself can be seen in a Shadow Broker video headbutting an uncooperative krogan, with the krogan clearly suffering more harm for it.
    • In the second game, after Shepard & Garrus interrogate Harkin for a bit, Garrus pulls out a pistol to shoot Harkin in the leg. If you take the Paragon Interrupt, telling him he doesn't have to shoot the guy now that they've got what they want, Harkin tries to act all cool... only for Garrus to floor him with a headbutt.
    Garrus: I didn't shoot him...
    • In the third game, Shepard can end up doing this to Khalisah bint Sinan al-Jilani after she dodges his/her traditional sucker punch.
    • Also in the third game, but in multiplayer, this the standard melee attack for krogan characters.
    • In Andromeda, Drack recounts the time he headbutted a vehicle for giving him a funny look. At one point in the game, his teammate Liam can be heard trying to convince Drack to let Liam headbutt him For Science!. He's talked out of it, but a drunken idiot on Kadara is not so lucky.
    • Pathfinder Ryder can threaten to do this to a pair of krogan guards at the door to their colony. While they don't get the chance, it does impress the guards a lot more than Ryder simply trying to be civil does.
  • Double H from Beyond Good & Evil does this frequently, although he prefers to put on a helmet first.
  • Ristar uses this as his primary attack. On everything.
  • To state the obvious, so does Dynamite Headdy.
  • The Lost Vikings: Erik the Swift's power is head-butting enemies and breakable obstacles.
  • Earthworm Jim offers an interesting variation of this trope: Since the player is essentially a (freakishly large) earthworm in a humanoid exoskeleton, you can actually use your wormy head to whip your enemies and as a propeller to slow down a long descent. In the sequel though, Jim gains the Snott Parachute because last game's Helicopter Head made him quite dizzy and left him with some severe lower back pain.
  • In Killer7, Mask De Smith stops a bullet by headbutting it out of the air.
  • In Final Fight, Mike Hagar can do this when he grapples with an enemy. The fat Mooks in the first game use charging headbutts.
  • Street Fighter
    • Balrog, in all of his incarnations, always has a move that involves grabbing his opponents and headbutting them multiple times. It's even lampshaded in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos:
    Mr. Karate: You should train your head too, big boy.
    Balrog: My headbutts are a work of art, eh?
    • E. Honda has this, ever since his debut, as a special maneuver. Note that in-game graphics always show him as flying head-first like a kamikaze Superman, but one piece of art tried to pass it off as a shoulder ram. No-one's buying that, Capcom.
    • Also Dhalsim, who starts with a normal headbutt attack and then takes it Up to Eleven by using headbutts as a drill-like Ultra move, the Yoga Shangri-La.
    • Alex's super Stun Gun Headbutt is an example. This chain of headbutts can stun his opponents.
  • The minotaurs in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion have the head ram as their ultimate attack. It's actually quite powerful, thanks to their horns... and the little fact that it is always coupled with a magical strike that disintegrates your armor and damages your health directly.
  • In River City Ransom, Ivan, who attacks outside the high school, can use a fairly powerful headbutt.
  • The Headbangers from Brütal Legend. Well, they are Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Touhou's resident schoolteacher, Keine Kamishirasawa, is known for headbutting students who don't do their homework. On top of that, she's a Were-Hakutaku, meaning you really don't want to piss her off on the days of full moons — there's a reason fans of the franchise refer to this as getting CAVED.
  • The Defenders of Dynatron City hero Toolbox attacks with his hammer-shaped head, but it has pitifully short range. Team leader Jet Headstrong does, too, but his is rocket-powered, making him a bit more useful.
  • Although not an attack, Firebrand from Demon's Crest headbutts objects in the background to find money and Upgrade Artifacts.
  • One of Ram's loco moves in Total Overdose allows him to live up to his name, charging like a bull at double maximum running speed with his head down and fingers pointed forward like horns. Any non-Boss enemy hit by it is thrown in the air, and dies on landing. One battle in particular encourages its use by leaving the appropriate pickups scattered around, and takes place in the middle of a bullfight arena.
  • Subverted in Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. One of the townspeople tells Simon to "HIT DEBORAH CLIFF WITH YOUR HEAD TO MAKE A HOLE." This is a lie.
  • A favored tactic of Amaterasu in Ōkami. Useful for breaking pots, defeating Imps, getting other people's attention... She's a wolf, you know.
  • The Godfather 2: You can do this to enemies you're grabbing.
  • Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes
  • Quite the case for a lot of characters in Tekken.
    • Every Mishima note  has Stonehead as a throw. As you might guess it's a headbutt throw. Heihachi can also slam his head against his opponent as a regular attack (called the "Chrome Dome").
    • All the animals save for Gon have a headbutt throw.
    • Heihachi takes this Up to Eleven in two ways. First, in his Tekken 5 interlude in Story Mode, he headbutts the crap out of Jack-5 after defeating him (in Jack's story mode, he headbutts the stuffing out of Heihachi before punching him into a Twinkle In The Sky despite not having the Stonehead throw). Second, since Tekken 3, he can perform a "Headbutt Carnival". Instead of a regular Stonehead throw, the recipient can reverse the Stonehead and, well, Stonehead him back!
    • In Tekken Tag Tournament 2, if you have two Mishimas on your team you can perform a tag Stonehead throw.
    • Craig Marduk has a number of combos that end with a quick headbutt.
    • Various versions of the Jack robot have had a charging attack that allow them to perform a flying headbutt, E Honda style.
    • Starting in Tekken 3, King has one. It's not aimed at the opponent's head.
  • Monster Hunter
    • The Barroth uses this as its signature form of attack, and it hurts about as much as one might expect, coming from a thick-headed, nine-foot tall dinosaur running at what's probably around 40 miles per hour. It also flips you into the air on impact for extra measure.
    • The Monoblos and Diablos also utilize charging headbutts, the horns on their heads making it look extra painful if it connects, while at the same time allowing them to get stuck in walls.
  • In Solomon's Key, Dana can break blocks by butting into them from below.
  • Dynasty Warriors has badass bodyguard Dian Wei, whose running attack for the longest time was a charging headbutt. This can send enemy officers flying and will result in a Foe-Tossing Charge if steered into a crowd of Mooks. Fittingly, he possesses the Bald of Awesome and in the opening for the fourth installment of the game, is depicted headbutting a boulder to pieces and wiping the rock dust off his head with a smug grin.
  • Bravoman has this as his crouching attack, where he shoots out his head like a jack-in-the-box. This is due to his special power of Extendable Arms extending to his neck and legs as well. Weird, but hey, it works.
  • Some of the various characters of Mortal Kombat have headbutts in their moveset.
    • Kano had a weird sort of short headbutt in the sprite-based days, justified by having a metal plate installed in a fair portion of his face and head.
    • Mortal Kombat 9: Sub-Zero will end his X-ray attack with a skull-shattering headbutt.
    • In one of the weirdest instances of this trope, particularly for a fighting game, there is a challenge mission that causes all of your limbs to fly off at your opponent the instant you make an attack. This includes flinging your own head at an enemy to headbutt them from across the screen. Bizarre does not begin to cover it.
  • Kage-Maru's stomping attack in the Virtua Fighter games is to jump high and fall upside-down on his opponent. It's an Awesome, but Impractical move that will usually fail spectacularly.
  • The absolute strangest use of this trope comes from Dead Space 3. Divider heads are disembodied heads that scamper around on tentacles, and if they find a human corpse, they'll replace its head and take up residence, directing the body to murder the player. Sometimes, the monsters will remove their own heads and lob it at Isaac, initiating a grapple sequence where the head attempts to replace Isaac's head with their own.
  • Many Pokemon with short arms in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity use a headbutt as an attacking animation for some of their physical moves. Not all of them actually learn the move Headbutt, however.
  • A favourite technique of Captain Grim in Tomb Raider (2013). He calls it the "Glasgow Kiss" and boasts about using it on the Loch Ness Monster. It foreshadows his awesome last stand later in the game, where he headbutts a goon trying to hold him hostage against Lara, and tries to take out another with a headbutt only for the goon to drag him to his death.
  • In Donald Duck No Mahou No Boushi, Donald Duck, not content with simple Goomba Stomping, can fall upside-down to deal double damage to enemies.
  • One of the more prominent Dwarf Fortress mods allowed dwarves to do this among other additions. It could easily send anything a human warrior skidding five feet across the ground, breaking bones with each bounce, which tended to do a lot more harm than the headbutt itself (which could smash bits of skull through the aforementioned warrior's brain even with a helmet, mind you).
  • Bayonetta, during one of the boss fights, headbutts a skyscraper that was sent flying her way.
  • Platinum Robo from The Wonderful 101 does the same with final boss.
  • Do this right in Tori Bash and you can bisect your opponent with it without your own head snapping off at the neck. You'll lose a lot of points for doing it, since the game considers it to be a high-scoring 'enemy blow to the head,' but it's still pretty awesome to cleave an opponent in half with your skull.
  • One Must Fall 2097 features the Shredder, a mining robot with clawed hands and a large mining saw on the top of its head, giving it a slightly punk-mohawk look. One of its moves involves throwing itself headfirst at an enemy with its head-saw active, which of course does considerable damage to the other robot and leaves the Shredder itself unharmed. Advanced players can chain up to three of these together, among other insane combos.
  • Certain classes in Tales of Maj'Eyal can learn the Skull Cracker talent. Other classes can learn it by wearing headgear with certain ego bonuses. There is even an achievement for defeating a certain number of bosses using this move.
  • Fritz from Akatsuki Blitzkampf weaponizes this in his Throw by taking a step forward, grabbing the opponent by the collar, and swiftly headbutting him/her.
  • Shinjiro Aragaki does this to a punk in Persona 3. It's even part of his critical animation.
  • Power Rangers: Fighting Edition features the Shogun Megazord, whose throw involves grabbing its opponent and slamming them against its spiked helmet. This hurts like the dickens, and sometimes puts foes into a Cycle of Hurting because it causes them to fall just close enough for the Shogun Megazord to plod over, grab them, and do it all again.
  • Liquid Ocelot does this a few times with Snake in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, and they end up doing it to each other as well. Snake can also score a few headbutts on Liquid during the boss battle.
  • Velvet Crowe in Tales of Berseria does this towards Artorius Colbrande in their duel, where she finally gets to overpower him.
  • In the Elimination Platformer Head Panic, throwing your detachable head at enemies is your main form of attack.
  • In For Honor, headbutts are a common attack among the Viking classes, with the Warlord having it as an unblockable that can knock back his opponents. The Valkyrie can also headbutt her opponent in a couple of her executions. The Shugoki, a Samurai class, can also use a headbutt as a followup to any light or heavy attack, and doing so knocks his opponent back very far, drains half their stamina bar, and stuns them, disabling their HUD briefly.
  • One of Spyro the Dragon's main ways of dealing with enemies, especially ones that are wearing flame proof armor. Loot Chests can be smashed open as well.
  • BattleTech: BattleMechs with no grasper arms, such as the ancestral Blackjack the Player Character starts with, sometimes headbutt their opponents if ordered to perform a melee attack.
  • Asura of Asura's Wrath is quite fond of headbutting, resorting to it along with his kicks when he loses his arms at several points in the game. As Asura is a frigging demigod and the embodiment of wrath, his headbutts are incredibly powerful.

  • In 8-Bit Theater, as explained by Black Mage: "The main tactic of the Ram Form of Zodiackenshido is to break your opponent's equipment with your head before he breaks your head with his equipment." Fighter's the only human ever to succeed at this without dying in the process.
  • An interesting version of this trope resides in Dominic Deegan with the character Rachel, whose favorite pastime is breaking objects (and occasionally people) with her face. This, of course, leads to comedy whenever villains try to punch, or occasionally headbutt, her in the face.
  • Pixie and Brutus: In one Halloween strip, Brutus smashes the television set with his head to prevent Pixie from seeing the carnage after she innocently begins watching A Nightmare on Elm Street.
  • The Heavenly Sky team from the Touhou 4koma Tag Dream are the epitomine of a no strategy team. Any of their fights devolve into the two teams trading blows using their own heads, especially's Tenshi's head.
  • Shan'naal resorts to this in Drowtales after Yuh'le breaks both of his wrists using her powers. While he does get subdued it buys them enough time for their allies to show up and knock Yuh'le out.
  • In Girl Genius, when Agatha asks that a device of hers be hammered into the ground, Dimo promptly headbutts it in.
    Agatha: I thought you'd use your metal hand!
    Jenka: Dunno, hiz head iz probably harder.
  • Elliot does this once, using it to break out of an unwanted bearhug from a dragon-like thing. A legit use ... and despite being in superhero mode, she's still left aching for a bit ... but is out of the hold. See Real Life below for why a trained martial artist would do this.

    Web Original 
  • V4 of Survival of the Fittest recently has the death of David Anderson via a well-placed headbutt to the face, breaking his nose and sending bits of bone into his brain.
  • Faun from Tasakeru invented the story's equivalent of the Heavy Metal Headbutt by giving a Glasgow Kiss to a drunk bar patron. Nicely Lampshaded.
    "Do you knowhow to do the 'headache?'"
  • DSBT InsaniT: Pink Fish Chargers use the large purple plates on their heads to ram into things.
    • Power Rams obviously fall into this category, being rams and all.
  • Dreamscape: Liz can use his pterosaur-like pointed head as a useful weapon in battle.

    Western Animation 
  • In Adventures of the Gummi Bears some of the characters are trapped in a barrel and only Tummi is around to help them. When told to use his head to find a way to free them, he of course rams head first into the barrel without any injury and creates a hole big enough for the rest to enlarge to get out.
  • In an episode of Arthur this is played straight when Arthur is trying to find his way out of a medieval maze.
  • Toph uses this in Avatar: The Last Airbender to illustrate the basic principle of Earthbending to Aang:
    Toph: You've got to face it head-on. And when I say "head-on", I mean like this. HUAH! (jumping headbutt into nearby rock, pulverising it)
  • On at least one Classic Disney Short (Mickey's Fire Brigade), Goofy has been used as a battering ram.
  • Dan Vs.: In "The Dentist", Dan and Chris catch the Depraved Dentist's hideout and come across the robots, one of whom ties Dan up with dental floss. Dan uses his cranium to knock it down (and becomes dazed in the process) right before finishing it with a drill.
  • This is used a few times in Darkwing Duck. Justified in the pilot as the character who uses it is a ram.
  • Donald Duck has also tried to break through doors with his head on a number of occasions, and elicits snarky commentary from his uncle Scrooge once he does this in DuckTales (1987).
    Scrooge: That's how he exercises his mind!
    • "The Duck in the Iron Mask" also had this, except that the masked guy did get a headache.
  • In Futurama, Bender has been used as a battering ram whenever the situation calls for it. In the movie Bender's Big Score, when ordered to break down a wall, he voluntarily does it with his head.
  • Kaeloo:
    • In the episode "Let's Play Red Light, Green Light", Stumpy tries to cut a tree by ramming into it with his head. He fails.
    • In Episode 93, when Stumpy and Quack Quack are training to be firefighters, their practice involves "saving" Mr. Cat from a building with fake flames. Stumpy tries to break down the door by using Quack Quack's head as a battering ram. It doesn't work, so Kaeloo tells them to use the ladder to get to the window Mr. Cat is at. Stumpy then tries to smash the windowsill while continuing to use Quack Quack's head as a battering ram instead of just grabbing Mr. Cat, and Mr. Cat does an Aside Glance to the audience.
  • A favourite tactic of Cotton Hill on King of the Hill. It's quite effective because he lost his shins during World War II and had his feet reattached to his knees, making him short enough for his head to be approximately at crotch level for most people.
  • Kung Fu Panda. In "The Secret Museum of Kung Fu", the Furious Five are trapped in the museum. On a roll after giving a "We have to work together" speech, Po says they can just get through the massive boulder blocking the door if they just use their heads. Smash Cut to the others using Po as a battering ram.
  • In the Legion of Super-Heroes, Stone Boy was used as a head-first battering ram to ram open a door. Justified in that he can turn himself into stone, and so cannot be injured from this.
  • Looney Tunes: In an old Arabian Nights-themed short, Porky Pig defends a fortress from Ali Baba and the Dirty Sleeves; four of them tries to ram down the door using a fifth one as the ram, while a sixth throws him something from ajar of "headache pills" after each hit.
  • Ram-Man of Masters of the Universe. It's his frikkin' superpower! (Well, that and having coiled springs for legs...) He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002) has him as simply a big man who can charge through barriers with a good running start. Differently from most other example, he has the decency to wear a helmet... And, under it, an iron plate fixed on the top of his head.
  • Mike, Lu & Og: Lu actually says "Use your head" before coming up with the idea of ramming her head into a money printing press to put her face on the island's cash.
  • In Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, the other characters attempt to use Zane for this. Justified in that he's a robot who actually has a "Battering Ram" program for some reason. Subverted because the door doesn't even budge.
  • In one episode of Popeye, while trapped in a cell Olive Oyl tells him to use his head, and being who he is he obviously thinks this is what she meant.
    Popeye: I'd try to, but then it gets rather tender.
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series uses this when Spidey and Hammerhead are fighting over the Tablet of Time.
    Spider-Man: The tablet's no good to anyone broken! Use your head. Uh, forget I said that - (headbutted)
  • In South Park, Kenny can perform the "Spin Blossom Nut Squash", which as the name implies is a spinning headbutt straight into the groin.
    • After Stan's mutated genetic clone wreaks havoc in South Park and is built up as a nigh-unstoppable monster, his sister Shelly knocks it out with a single headbutt. No wonder Stan's terrified of her.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Jasper has a crash helmet as her weapon of choice, which enables her to amplify the power of headbutts.
    • "Change Your Mind": When giant fusion Obsidian grabs onto the front of the Diamond Mecha, White Diamond immediately headbutts the nearest pillar to try and get rid of her. Obsidian does defuse, but the Crystal Gems are able to climb up to the ship's eye and enter.
  • In the Talkartoons short "Jack and the Beanstalk", when Bimbo is thinking of a way top reach a giant after his large cigar falls through his house from the sky, his cow tells him to "Use your bean", which gives him the idea to grow a beanstalk.
  • In Teen Titans Go!, Beast Boy takes this statement too literally and uses his head for everything, including typing and as a frying pan to cook eggs.
  • Total Drama:
    • In Action:
      Justin: And then I thought, "WWCD", "What Would Courtney Do"? Use her head that's what!
      (he then headbutts Chef)
    • In World Tour: when Alejandro tells Tyler to use his head to transport a giant apple, he takes the statement too literally and headbutts it back.
  • Transformers
    • The Dinobot Slag of Transformers: Generation 1 does this on more than one occasion. One of the best instances would be when he rams Devastator in Transformers: The Movie. Being a giant robot who transforms into a robot Triceratops is very useful for this. For this guy, Ramming Always Works.
    • Slag's Transformers Animated counterpart Snarl (who would have been called Slag too had Hasbro not chickened out) also turns into a robotic Triceratops.
    • Also, the Conehead Decepticon Seeker Ramjet has a reinforced nosecone for doing this in vehicle mode. It counts because his nosecone is indeed part of his head. Ramjet actually did fail at this once — then again, he was trying to ram Warpath.
    • There's Rhinox too, and Backstop, both of whom turn into Rhinoceri.
  • Wakfu
    • One of the lessons that Sadlygrove's mentor, Goultard, tries to teach him is that he does actually need to use his head when he's fighting. One such lesson is making him fight Rubilax, a Shushu that gets bigger and stronger every time it's hit, meaning his usual tactic of "hit it 'til it stops moving" won't work. Once he actually starts using his brain, he manages to come up with a winning strategy: Headbutt the Shushu until it's so big that that it starts to sink into the sand and faces a real risk of choking to death. Goultard approves.
    • Goultard himself also favors this tactic. In his special Goultard the Barbarian, he headbutts Katar so hard that a crater forms underneath them. He does the same thing to Rushu in the series proper.

    Real Life 
  • If you're in a close grapple with someone, it's not a bad idea to use your forehead to smear your opponent's nose across his face. You may end up a little dazed but, if you did it right, he'll be much worse off; out of all possible ways to do it, headbutts are probably the single easiest way to break someone's nose by a long shot. Same goes for opponents with glasses; if you headbutt someone wearing them, they're all but guaranteed to wind up broken beyond repair.
    • It's also effective if you're grabbed from behind, as you can get a lot of momentum by tilting your head all the way forward and swinging it back.
    • The strongest part on the human skull is, in fact, the center of the forehead.
  • The animal kingdom has its share of bad-ass headbashers:
    • Check out giraffes. Yes, giraffes. Less so with the former, as they were originally thought to have engaged on direct-headbutting action, but biomechanical studies suggest that flank-butting (like giraffes) is more likely. Giraffes are basically the living version of Epic Flail. Don't believe me? Just look at this. Yeah, you go and say giraffes aren't badass. I'll be over here where it's safe.
    • Some paleontologist believe that the dinosaur Pachycephalosaurus (whose name means "thick-headed lizard") used it's thick-skulled head this way, although the hypothesis is often debated. The carnivorous dinosaur Majungasaurus has been speculated to do this as well.
    • Some chalicotheres (an extinct group of mammals related to horses and rhinoceroses), like Tylocephalonyx, may have engaged in head-butting contests, based on their thick-domed skulls.
    • Dinocephalians like Moschops were bulky theraspids (mammal-like reptiles) that often possessed thick skulls, and occasionally horns. Scientists believed that males used them to engage in head-shoving contests, similar to buffaloes.
    • Heck, a plain ordinary ol' bull can headbutt your ribs into splinters, even without horns. And a full-grown male plains bison can easily do the same thing to your car's door.
    • Orcas can headbutt hard enough to cause a whale's internal organs to explode.
    • On a smaller scale, seahorses head-butt one another during territorial disputes.
    • The various members of the pig family have exceptionally thick skulls and powerful neck muscles. These are more commonly used for rooting for buried vegetative matter and some small prey, but all of the various pig species are quite capable of using these features for offense as well. The tusks (for the specimens that have them) are not the only part of what one has to worry about if a pig is angry at someone.
    • Any animal with one or more horns or tusks does this, including but not limited to deer, moose, goats, gazelles, wildebeest, and elephants. Among them, musk-ox and bighorn sheep are best known for this.


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When Loptr sends a meteor to kill Bayonetta, she summons Madama Butterfly, who counters by head-butting it.

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