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Western Animation / The Head

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Wow! His head does look big.

The Head is a animated series that aired on MTV from 1994-1996 about a young man named Jim, who wakes up one day to find his head enlarged thanks to a purple alien named Roy residing in it. Roy enlists Jim in finding a machine that will save Earth from being invaded by a race of evil head-inflating aliens.

The Head provides tropes of:

  • Gotta Catch Them All: Finding all the pieces of Roy's device to save the world.
  • Hypocritical Humor: There's an early episode that has Ray going to the Statue of Liberty where a tour guide's talking about how great diversity is. Then immediately Roy gets recognized as an alien and spends the whole next episode being chased by a literal torch-wielding mob of tourists trying to kill him.
  • I Always Wanted to Say That: "Take me to your leader." It's one of the first things Roy says to Jim in the first episode, and Roy immediately follows up by laughing and admitting, "You don't know how long I've been waiting to say that!"
  • Louis Cypher: One episode has Jim unwittingly selling his soul to the Devil.
  • Mad Scientist: Not how the trope usually plays out, as he's a Punch-Clock Villain rather than a Diabolical Mastermind, but Dr. Elliot starts out as a Cloud Cuckoolander and just gets worse from there, to the point that his mooks eventually mutiny against him.
  • The Men in Black: Dr. Elliot has two working for him, Agents Smithee and Marshall. Though they're called "Feds" and don't actually wear black, they fit the rest of the trope to a tee.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: In the episode where Jim sells his soul to the Devil, Old Scratch's human form looks a bit like Conan O'Brien.
  • Noodle People: Chen, a Chinese man who was born with extremely long arms and legs.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Roy, due to his name being unpronounceable in human speech (actually "I'm from outer space" backwards).
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Roy's idea of fitting in with humans was just him wearing shades. It worked well at first, until he took them off.
  • Psychic Powers: Gork has telekinetic powers and Roy is telepathic.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Madelyne and Dr. Axel aside, Jim's friends are an alien, a guy with a propeller blade stuck in his face, a guy with a fishbowl stuck in his mouth, a guy with a extra mouth on his stomach, a guy with long arms and legs, a lady with a large nose and a lady with shiny hair (and a tail).
  • Sdrawkcab Speech: The alien's language, with some words being forwards.
  • Squashed Flat: In one episode on a ranch (a presumable ranch hand gets squashed flat into the ground by Jim's head after provoking him with a gun). Not that anyone seemed to care because he was an asshole victim and (the witnesses promptly turned his death site into a tourist attraction ironically enough).
  • Took a Level in Badass: At the start of the series, Jim didn't have any confidence in himself. But with Roy's help, he was able to gain his confidence, make friends, get a girlfriend and save the world.
  • Unreliable Narrator: In the first episode, a thug who was spared from the attack by Roy, tells his own story of the attack on the news, which depicts the thugs as innocent and Jim as the thug.