Beavis and Butthead

Beavis ButtheadIf you love watching MTV, then you also know about the show Beavis and Butthead and its brand of cringe humor. The show has gained a lot of criticisms and controversies during its run because of allegedly promoting dangerous behavior. However, fans of the show see it as a social critique masked in creative and intelligent, although often vulgar, humor.

Love it or hate it, the original series lasted for more than four years, and was even revived in 2011. Read on to learn about what the real deal is with Beavis and Butthead.

Beavis and Butthead Overview

The whole animated television series circles around the lives of Beavis and Butthead, two teenagers who live in Highland, Texas. They think its “cool” to be delinquent, making them socially incompetent individuals who always bring chaos to other people in every action that they make. When it comes to intelligence, they also do not offer much, as their teachers in Highland High School have already grown tired of dealing with their dim-wittedness and recklessness. Their antics have shown them to be a bit naive and idiotic.



One vital part of every episode of Beavis and Butthead is the main characters’ critique of various music videos. Mike Judge, the director of the show and the voice of both Beavis and Butthead, improvises his humorous critique of these videos, which occurs between the animated segments of the show. The rest of the show follows the main characters in a new scheme or adventure.

Beavis and Butthead Characters

Aside from the title characters, Beavis also has his own alter ego by the name of Cornholio. Another prominent character in the show is Daria, who had her own spinoff. Here is a list of the notable characters in the show.




As the older of the duo, Butthead also appears to be the leader, as he is calmer and a tad more intelligent than Beavis. He rarely gets angry and just expresses his dissatisfaction by saying, “This sucks!” He is confident in everything that he says no matter how weird it may be, although this is not the case when it comes to girls, as he either comes on too strong or too weak with his signature pickup line, “Hey, baby.”

He is also lazier compared to Beavis, and takes pleasure in hurting his best friend through slaps or insults. But in spite of their abusive relationship, the two still spend a lot of time with each other and have the same interests, making them best friends.

Butthead is portrayed as having brown hair, small eyes, and large nose with huge nostrils. He speaks in a deep nasal voice with a slight lisp. He wears a black shirt with the AC/DC logo and red shorts.




Beavis is one of the two main characters in the show. He is depicted with dark blonde hair, a bow chin, a severe underbite, and a sharp and long nose. He naturally has small and beady eyes, which become larger when he is scared or surprised. He is often seen wearing gray shorts and a blue Metallica shirt.

Originally, Beavis acted like a sidekick to his best friend Butthead, although his personality became more and more volatile as the show progressed. Still, he is submissive to Butthead most of the time, often tolerating confrontations with his best friend without retaliating. But when he reaches his limits, he often attacks Butthead physically.

Compared to Butthead, Beavis is younger, nicer, and more optimistic, and sometimes even has bouts of insight and intelligence. Beavis is also more likeable to the ladies, much to Butthead’s jealousy, even though Beavis does not really exert much effort on ladies. However, he is more naïve compared to Butthead, often having difficulty understanding simple things.

Beavis’ volatile character had put the duo in several unpleasant situations. In one instance, he almost killed himself during a fire. There have also been many instances which hinted that Beavis is a closet pyromaniac, meaning he is obsessed with fire and has a strong impulse to deliberately start fires.

Beavis and Butthead Cornholio



Beavis has an alter-ego dubbed as The Great Cornholio, who appears every time Beavis consumes large amounts of sugar and other stimulants. He then starts to have convulsions, and, at the mention of any Spanish-sounding word, he undergoes a total transformation and becomes Cornholio.

The transformation is nothing outstanding, though. Beavis simply pulls his shirt over his head like a hood, raises his forearms perpendicular to his chest, widens his eyes, and starts to yell loads of gibberish in an odd Spanish accent. Once his Cornholio personality wears off, Beavis usually does not have any recollection of what just happened.

Beavis and Butthead Laugh

Both characters have distinct laughs, as they do this compulsively. In fact, these laughs have become one of their trademarks. Beavis has a guttural laugh that sounds like, “Ehehe ehe ehe,” while Butthead’s laugh is short and sounds like “Uh huh huh huh.”

To give you a better idea on how their laughs sound like, check out this video. Try to open five windows with this video; it’s even more fun!

Daria Beavis and Butthead

Daria Morgendorffer has made her own name in her spinoff series Daria, but she started her TV appearances as a recurring character in Beavis and Butthead. Nicknamed “Diarrhea” by the duo, Daria is a nerdy but sarcastic girl who somehow manages to see the pair for who they really are.



Although she occasionally teases them for their lack of intelligence, Daria is not totally annoyed with the two characters, and even offers them some help and advice when needed. In turn, the duo seems to respect her intellect, and at one point even called her “cool”, which is already a huge compliment coming from them.

Since Daria already got her own spinoff series in 1997, she was no longer featured in the later episodes, although she did have a cameo role in one episode and was also featured in the movie. She is voiced by Tracy Grandstaff in both TV shows.

Other Characters

Aside from Butthead, Beavis, and Daria, there are also other recurring characters on the show. They are as follows:

  • David van Driessen – A teacher at Highland High School, David seems to be the only teacher who had not yet given up on Beavis and Butthead when it comes to educating and enlightening them. His hippie and forgiving nature enables him to be patient with the pair. However, his efforts often fail and the duo does not even realize David’s concern for them.
  • Tom Anderson – He is the elderly neighbor of Butthead and Beavis. Often hiring the pair to do chores for him, Tom is also nearsighted, and this prevents him from seeing what a disaster the pair always does to his yard and home. He is also mildly senile, so oftentimes he does not remember who they are.
  • Principal McVicker – He is the ill-tempered principal of Highland High School who despises the pair.
  • Coach Bradley Buzzcut – A teacher of physical education in Highland High School, Bradley hates Beavis and Butthead more than any other teacher in school.
  • Todd Ianuzzi – Todd is a violent criminal whom the famous pair wants to emulate. They want to join his gang, but Todd hates them and often bullies and takes advantage of them.
  • Stewart Stevenson – He is an obese and nerdy boy who thinks that Butthead and Beavis are his best friends. As a result, the pair often takes advantage of him, much like what Todd does to them.

Beavis and Butthead Quotes

Here are some of the most common lines delivered by Beavis and Butthead characters.

  • “I am the Great Cornholio! I need T.P. for my dunghole!” – Beavis when possessed by Cornholio
  • “These guys are cool—for a bunch of mimes.” – the duo talking about the band Kiss
  • “Skulls are cool.” – Butthead
  • “I don’t like videos that suck.” – Beavis and Butthead
  • “We’re gonna score.” – the duo referring to women

Real Life Beavis and Butthead

MTV had always broadcasted a disclaimer in every Beavis and Butthead episode claiming that the cartoon characters are not real and are just products of the creator’s imagination. They even said that they are not supposed to be regarded as role models, and the things they do on the show should not be tried at home.

But in 2012, makeup artist Kevin Kirkpatrick created prosthetic busts of Beavis and Butthead just to see what they look like in real life. His creations became a viral hit on the Internet. Here is an image of the so-called real life Beavis and Butthead via Buzzfeed.



Beavis and Butthead may not be the loveliest cartoon characters, but they have surely made some waves with regard to the brand of sarcastic humor that they are promoting. As a result, the show lasted for almost five years, with other related media like film, comics, books, and video games under its belt.


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