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. Together they and several other friends go on adventures.
The Head provides tropes of:
- Animation Bump: The first three and a half minutes of the first episode looks crude compared to the rest of the series.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Dr. Elliot in the opening Alien Invasion arc. He had more screen time than the alien villains, but the invasion was always the real threat.
- Bond Creatures: Roy is able to communicate with Jim when they're far apart.
- The Cameo: In the first episode, Butthead gives the federal agents a tape recording of a eye witness news report involving Roy's attack from earlier in the episode, then he gets kicked out.
- Evil Counterpart: Gork to Roy, Dr. Elliot to Dr. Axel.
- Expy: Dr. Axel looks pretty much like a middle-aged Beavis.
- 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.
- 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.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Marshall and Smithy, Dr. Elliot's fed henchmen.
- 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.