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  • Adored by the Network: You would've been hard-pressed to not find this show on MTV's daily schedule back during its initial run.
  • Approval of God: Plenty of people have found the duo mocking them during the music videos to be an honor. Sam Harris loved the commentary on his "Over the Rainbow" video. The cast of Jersey Shore also considered their "appearance" on the show to be great fun. Steve Grimmett of Grim Reaper personally told Mike Judge that he agreed with the duo's negative remarks about his band's video for "See You In Hell."
  • Banned Episode:
    • The infamous season three premiere "Comedians" featured Beavis trying to juggle flaming newspapers and burning down a comedy club. Because it aired only a month before the Ohio mobile home fire that the show was blamed for, the episode was swiftly pulled out of rotation and later heavily censored.
    • Other episodes were banned (some of which did return from being banned with content cuts made) for instances of Beavis saying "Fire! Fire!" or flicking a lighter ("Stewart's House", "Kidnapped"), animal cruelty ("Frog Baseball", "Washing the Dog"), inhalant and drug abuse ("Home Improvement", "Way Down Mexico Way") or anything that might be considered poor taste in the aftermath of Columbine and September 11th ("Heroes", "Incognito"). Many of these have aired on Viacom-owned networks overseas unedited, and some are commercially available on DVD sets.
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  • Breakthrough Hit: While he'd had some success in the festival circuit and with the Milton shorts on Saturday Night Live, it was this show that put Judge's name on the map, beginning an extremely prolific career in animation, television and film.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Beavis and Butt-Head were huge pop culture phenomenons back in the 1990s and even today. Comic books, video games, action figures, shirts, underwear, a theatrically released film, a music video with Cher, two appearances on Saturday Night Live (one in the mid-1990s during a "Weekend Update" segment and again on the season 27 episode hosted by Jon Stewart on a TV Funhouse "Fun with Real Audio" segment), The Tonight Show and the goddamn Academy Awards, appearances in films such as Austin Powers and Airheads. They were everywhere.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: In the Japanese dub of Virtual Stupidity, the main characters are voiced by comedy duo, London Boots Ichi-gō Ni-gō.
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  • Channel Hop: From MTV for the first 8 seasons to Comedy Central for the upcoming 9th and 10th seasons.
  • Colbert Bump: A few artists have had a boost in popularity after their music videos were featured on the show. White Zombie in particular saw their 1992 album La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1 go from being a flop to a best-seller after one of the album's songs was featured on the show.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: Judge has stated that "The Great Cornholio" was the best episode out of the entire series.
  • Descended Creator: Judge not only voices the two main characters and multiple side characters, but he also wrote and performed the theme song.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: As mentioned above, Judge wrote, performed and recorded the theme song himself.
  • Exiled from Continuity: Judge is not allowed to use Daria anymore since the show was resurrected, as MTV has stated that they want to keep the character freed up so as to possibly revive her show down the line. During a music video, it is explained that she moved (though Beavis thought she committed suicide), as per the canon of Daria.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Buffcoat and Beaver", after a confused politician refers to them as such while railing against them publicly.
    • In a behind-the-scenes documentary about King of the Hill, Judge says he came up with Boomhauer's distinctive voice after hearing a man's voicemail about how much he hated Beavis and Butt-Head, which he referred to as "Porky's Butthole".
  • Franchise Zombie: At least from Judge's perspective. He felt that the series had overstayed its welcome by the fifth season, but MTV wanted to keep the cash cow going. That said, he's the one that's ended up reviving it twice now.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The music video segments slowly devolved from actual riffing and commentary to stream-of-consciousness ramblings due to the sheer volume of videos Judge was forced to watch and ad lib over (at least five per-recording session), causing him to run out of material extremely fast.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: "The Great Cornholio" was almost entirely improvised, as well all of the music video segments.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The music video segments were not licensed to VHS or DVD.
    • And a third of the episodes, which Judge has refused to license to DVD.
    • Also, all references to Beavis being a pyromaniac ("Fire! Fire! Fire!") were edited out of the show after an incident where a young boy burned down his home. Because the edits were made to the master tapes, the only way you'll see pyromaniac Beavis in the original episodes is if you buy a bootleg DVD set.
  • Missing Episode: Many. Possibly the rarest is "Comedians", since it features Beavis juggling flaming newspapers and burning down a comedy club. It aired a month before the infamous mobile home fire for which the show was blamed.
    • "Comedians" was re-aired a few times in a dramatically edited version that has the fire just happen without Beavis's intervention. Far less common were the very early episodes like "Bedpans and Broomsticks" and especially the infamous "Frog Baseball".
    • So many examples of this trope exist that Judge admits that the master tapes of many of the early episodes probably no longer exist due to the edits.
  • Name's the Same: Due to the series's trademark overuse of crude humor, there are a disproportionate amount of people named "Dick" in Highland. They include guidance counselor Dick Gaylord, meteorologist Dick Jackman, Sergeant Dick "The Rooster" Leakey, as well as one of Tom Anderson's old war buddies.
    • Burger World must have shared its name with the Burgerworld of the 2061 simulation from A Mind Forever Voyaging and the restaurant where "Weird Al" Yankovic's character briefly works in UHF (of which, according to Yankovic, Judge is a fan).
  • No Dub for You: Unlike with the original series, the revival wasn't dubbed in any foreign country when it was broadcasted.
    • In Japan, the series itself and it's movie were broadcast with subtitles rather than a full on dub, however strangely, the game Virtual Stupidity was actually dubbed, with the titular characters being voiced by popular Japanese comedy duo, London Boots Ichi-gō Ni-gō.
  • Old Shame: Much like how Trey and Matt feel about the early seasons of their show, Judge hates most of the very early episodes of the show due to the very choppy animation and obvious humor compared to later seasons. He also hates some of the episodes that incorporate fantastical elements into them. Because of this, a great deal of the show has not been released on DVD.
  • Real-Life Relative: Do America is one of only two films (the other being Mortal Thoughts) to star Bruce Willis and Demi Moore during their marriage.
  • Screwed by the Network: Canada's MTV quickly replaced the revived series with Jersey Shore reruns, occasionally airing the episodes at ridiculous hours of the night.
    • In the United States, starting from the second episode and onwards, episodes of the revived series were aired Out of Order rather than in chronological order. Then in 2012, it was quickly taken off for more room for reality shows.
  • Talking to Himself: Judge voices both title characters and several recurring ones as well, including Tom Anderson (using the voice that would later be more closely associated with Hank Hill), Van Driessen, McVicker and Buzzcut, as well as a handful of one-shot characters. Some scenes with upwards of four characters feature Judge as the only actor.
  • Throw It In!:
    • At the beginning of Nina Hagen's Herman Was His Name, Judge flubs a line as Beavis:
      Beavis: Whoa, that's a bigass skull, Beavis—I mean, Butt-Head.
    • During the recording for "Generation in Crisis", Judge felt one line wasn't working and decided to riff on a joke he'd come up with after the L.A. earthquake "knocked a screw loose in his brain" about Beavis affecting an alter ego. He then proceeded to ad lib in a voice he used to do to annoy his sister. And thus, The Great Cornholio was born.
  • Uncanceled: New episodes debuted in October 2011, but disappeared as soon as they premiered.
    • In July 2020, it was announced that the series will receive two new seasons on Comedy Central.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Originally, Judge didn't really want to voice Beavis, since all he really had for Beavis was the laugh. Beavis wound up being one of his favorite voices to do on the show.
    • If Daria had not been a ratings and critical success from episode one, Glenn Eichler has stated that MTV would have most likely have forced him to incorporate Beavis and Butt-Head into the show to boost ratings.
    • Tom Anderson was originally going to have a spin-off series on FOX, but legal issues kept Judge from using the character outside of MTV and Viacom, which is why Judge recreated Tom Anderson as Hank Hill for King of the Hill. Anderson was also going to be Hank's Shell-Shocked Veteran father, but, once again, legal issues kept Judge from using the character outside of MTV and Viacom, which is why Cotton Hill was created.
    • The relaunched series was initially going to have Beavis and Butt-Head as adults. For some reason, it was decided to keep them as teenagers when it finally went into production. After they decided to keep them as teenagers, they were originally going to have been frozen for a decade, then brought back and made to see how life has changed since the 1990s.
    • Atari had plans to make an Arcade Beat Em Up based on the show, which even made it to the play testing stage. However, it tested very poorly and Atari quietly cancelled it. About 10 prototypes were known to exist.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Beavis and Butt-Head Wiki.
  • Writer Revolt: "Lightning Strikes"note  was written in a direct response to the trailer house fire incident that the creators were blamed for.
  • Write Who You Know: Most of the characters, particularly the ones whom Judge voices himself, were based on people from his youth.
    • The title characters were a friend of Judge's who called himself "The Iron Butt" (because he was always trying to get people to kicking him in the butt as hard as possible) and a nerdy classmate, along with an amalgam of 14-year-olds living in his neighborhood; the concept for "Frog Baseball" came form something he'd overhear several of them talking about.
    • Butt-Head's voice was based on a bully Judge had in elementary school who'd always just bluntly state how he was going to bully him (that same bully would also serve as the basis for Stuart Dooley).
    • Beavis's "Cornholio" persona was based on something Judge used to do to tease his sister. The voice was a cross between Harry Belafonte and an angry customer at a movie theater where Judge worked as a teenager.
    • Prior to being an animator, Judge was a professional bassist and had toured with blues musician Sam Myers. The voice he'd eventually use for Van Driessen came from a yuppie journalist whom he'd watched interview Myers and ask him a lot of Innocently Insensitive questions.
    • McVicker was a high school band teacher whom Judge was convinced was an alcoholic.
    • Tom Anderson was an amalgam of older authority figures with inexplicable Texan accents and permanent thousand yard stares he'd grown up around in Albuquerque, including a none-too-bright customer on he and his brother's paper route.
    • Todd was based on a neighborhood bully he had who'd ride his motorcycle on the Judge family's front lawn and tear it up.


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