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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:

  • Animation Bump: The first three and a half minutes of the first episode looks crude compared to the rest of the series.
  • Anti-Mutiny: Smithee and Marshall turn on Dr. Elliot when they realize he has finally lost his mind.
  • 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 Smithee and Marshall a tape recording of a eye witness news report involving Roy's attack from earlier in the episode, then he gets kicked out.
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  • Evil Counterpart: Gork to Roy, Dr. Elliot to Dr. Axel.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The normally screechy Gork affects a deep psuedo-British hypnotic baritone when he is confident and sure of himself (or if he's feeling snarky).note  His Evil Overlord boss also has deep, gravelly voice.
  • Expy: Dr. Axel looks pretty much like a middle-aged Beavis.
  • 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.