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Decap Attack was a weird Platform Game released for Sega Genesis/Megadrive in 1991, and probably the only game in existence which starred a headless mummy. However, it began its life as a totally unrelated Japanese game called Magical Hat Flying Turbo Adventure, based upon the anime Magical Hat. It received a total uplifting before coming to US and Europe, and became a wacky horror adventure set in an island shaped like a human body.

The story is, as always, pretty simple: the demon Max D. Cap emerges from the underworld and breaks Body Island into seven parts. Mad Scientist Frank N. Stein creates a headless mummy named Chuck for the sole purpose of trying to defeat Max and rescue the island.

Decap Attack was adapted into a long-running comic strip in British magazine Sonic the Comic, which brought the zaniness of the game Up to Eleven.


The game provides examples of:

  • Advancing Wall of Doom: One in the form of a totem pole in Stage 3-1.
  • Bedsheet Ghost: Some enemies. Strangely enough, bones still explode out from them when you defeat them.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: The sixth boss is a big, friendly-looking yeti.
  • Cephalothorax: Chuck isn't completely headless, it just doesn't sit above his shoulders; he has eyes and a mouth in his torso. However, there is a powerup that places a skull where the head normally would be, which is thrown when you make a punch.
  • Chain Reaction Destruction: How are bosses destroyed? By having multiple small red explosions cover their nonexistent body after flashing a lot.
  • Contractual Boss Immunity: The potions that destroy every enemy on screen don't work on the bosses.
  • Dem Bones: Among the enemies there are living fishbones.
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  • Expy: Max D. Cap is essentially Satan.
  • Goomba Stomp: Your main method of attack besides punching and using potions.
  • Hearts Are Health: Played with; your health meter is comprised of actual, realistic beating hearts.
  • Humanity Ensues: As a reward for defeating Max, Frank restores Chuck back to life.
  • The Igor: Dr. Stein has a green faced hunchbacked assistant- who as it turns out, is actually named Igor.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Stein, Chuck's creator, complete with hunchbacked assistant.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: Whenever you die.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: By the time Chuck gets back home at the end of game, he collapses right on Frank's doorstep.
  • Punny Name: Almost every name in this game is a pun of some sort. Main character is called "Chuck D. Head" ('coz he kills enemies by throwing a head at them!), his creator is named "Frank N. Stein" and the Big Bad is "Max D. Cap". The names of the various locations are all puns on the name of the body part they resemble, such as "Armington", "El Beau (elbow) Island", "Tibuland" and so on.
  • Skippable Boss: You can avoid the second boss altogether after having found the object, by jumping on certain platforms.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Stage 6, "Last Leg Land".
  • Spiritual Successor: To Psycho Fox.
  • Stock Femur Bone: When enemies die, two of these fly off of them.
  • Technicolor Death: When the bosses die, they flash like strobe lights, and stars appear.
  • Use Your Head: Your only projectile is to throw Head at enemies.

The comic provides examples of:

  • Acting Unnatural: A very loud, increasingly violent argument involving Chuck D. Head choking Igor quickly changes gears changes upon the return of a Missing Persons official, the former death grip now a friendly shoulder hold.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of monster archetypes.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Chuck's "big brother" is fellow monster, Boris. However, Boris quickly grew bored with life at the castle and went off to become a film star.
  • Ascended Extra: Head. In the game he was merely an optional item for Chuck (with no indication of being an actual character), while the comic turns him into a comedic foil of sorts.
  • Bad “Bad Acting”: Head.
    Head: I didn't always do this for a living, you know. The drama critic of the Wigan Advertiser said my Yorick was one of the most moving performances he had the privilege to witness!
    Chuck: As I recall, the Wigan Advertiser described your Yorick as "crass and utterly tasteless".
    Head: My interpretation of the part was simply too challenging for them. Besides, I can only do a gitney accent!
  • Daddy's Little Villain: The Thin Controller - Max D. Cap's daughter - qualifies as this. She's smitten with Prof. Stein, who doesn't reciprocate due to how...well, she's a demon.
  • Dem Bones: Head, the talking skull.
  • Expy: Max D. Cap is basically Satan, albeit quite genial in nature- and always accompanied by his accountant, who encourages him to be more stereotypically evil. Professor Stein should be obvious.
  • Fifth Ranger: Kevin of the TPC (that's Transylvanian Pest Control). He only ever appears to tackle the dreaded pumpkin menace.
  • Fire and Brimstone Hell: Hell is like this. No one seems to mind. The trains even run on time!
  • Funetik Aksent: Stein's German accent portrayed like this. It's also fake; he's really a former choirboy from Cardiff.
  • Gang of Bullies: Stein was plagued by one during his school days. However, he eventually got his revenge and the experience put him on the path to Mad Science.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: At the end of the day, regardless of the monstrous nature of its cast, it's a comic for kids.
    • The word "Hell" was used on a few occasions. Granted it was because the cast were literally in Hell.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Igor. The "heroic" part is up for debate.
    Igor: Hey, I was only trying to help!
    Prof. Stein: Ja, unt der last person you tried to help ist still in traction!
  • Hurricane of Puns
  • The Igor: Igor is an unorthodox depiction of one. He's a sociopath who constantly tries to get Chuck killed.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Chuck. Or he wants a normal life, anyway.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Due to an accident during his creation involving a hydraulic platform falling on him, Chuck's head is imbedded in his torso. He can attack people by extending it outwards to headbutt them with all the force of a truck. Or, failing that, he can chuck Head.
  • Informed Attribute: Max is described by the Professor as being one of the most evil beings alive, as he borrowed the Professor's lawnmower and never returned it. Max even boasts about not returning the lawnmower.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Especially bring monsters - and other crimes against nature - to life.
  • Mad Scientist: Professor Stein, obviously. He enjoys his work.
  • Monster Mash
  • No Name Given: The Thin Controller.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Some people call Chuck a zombie, others peg him as a mummy. Regardless he doesn't hunger for human fact, he's quite fond of cheese.
  • Periphery Hatedom: invoked In universe example in the comics. Igor kept Mr Cuddle Bunny, who wrote cutesy stories about himself, locked in a tower so he wouldn't read any more. This backfired, when Mr Cuddle Bunny finally escaped, he revealed to them, that he'd used the ten years he was locked in a tower to write six hundred and forty three more books.
  • Poisonous Person: Chuck is shown to be this in the first issue when a vampire bites him and ends up dying immediately upon consuming some of his blood.
    Chuck: There's nothing wrong with my blood, matey!
    Head: Aside from that it's purple.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: The demons of Hell.
  • Shout-Out: Many. One notable example in the new series involved Chuck and Head meeting Berk, Boni and Drutt when wandering through the castle-
    Chuck: Berk! Shouldn't you be making supper for the Thing Upstairs?
    Berk: Globbits! I, erm, completely forgot!
    Head: Hey, Boni.
    Boni: Good evening Head, old chum!
  • Sickly Neurotic Geek: Head is this. Sort of.
  • Smug Snake: Igor.
  • Suddenly Voiced: The "Pumplekin" pumpkins, which are silent in their first appearance and snarky gits in their second.
  • Take That!: Against Milton Keynes in the issue where everyone goes to Hell.
    Next stop, Hell Central. Get off here for eternal suffering, damnation and Milton Keynes.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Igor, Stein's lab assistant, constantly tries to kill Chuck and generally just insults everyone.
  • Treasure Is Bigger in Fiction: "B" coins are unusually large.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Chuck, while normally a nice guy, can descend into this if you're not careful.
  • With Friends Like These...
  • World of Pun: Lots of them. See Punny Name above.
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair: Professor Stein. It's dyed.


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