Top 20 Best Beavis and Butt-Head Moments

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Top 20 Best Beavis and Butt-Head Moments

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Beavis and Butt-Head are two of the most hilarious animated characters ever and have gave us a ton of great moments! For this list, we'll be looking at the most memorable antics these beloved characters got into over the years. Our countdown includes their collaboration with Cher, their debut in a 1992 short, their vendetta against an annoying fly, and more!
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Beavis and Butt-Head are two of the most hilarious animated characters ever and have gave us a ton of great moments! For this list, we’ll be looking at the most memorable antics these beloved characters got into over the years. Our countdown includes their collaboration with Cher, their debut in a 1992 short, their vendetta against an annoying fly, and more! Do you identify more with Beavis or with Butt-Head? Sound off in the comments.

#20: A Kite-Related Accident

"Lightning Strikes"

Beavis and Butt-Head should probably avoid watching documentaries, considering this one lands them in the hospital. Seeing how Benjamin Franklin wanted to prove the presence of electricity in lightning, the boys decide to try it out themselves. So they fly a kite into a storm in the hopes that lightning will strike. It sure does, and they cause a storm of their own when asked by a reporter just how they ended up in the emergency room. Assuming that a factual programme could never be responsible, music videos get the blame instead. Beavis and Butt-Head may not quite be able to see what a parody the whole scenario is, but their sentiment isn’t wrong!

#19: The Airplane Shenanigans

"Beavis and Butt-Head Do America" (1996)

When Beavis and Butt-Head headed for the big screen, there were people who wondered if they could go the distance on a feature film. Well, that question was certainly answered with a resounding yes, as the critics largely loved it. But make no mistake, they didn’t dial down the humor in the slightest, as evidenced by the airplane scene. It basically has everything, including a misinterpreted comedy of errors, Butt-Head’s legendary lusting over the air hostess, a take-off injury, and the return of Beavis’ alter-ego. Oh, and they nearly crash the plane! Did we mention this all happens in just over four minutes?!

#18: Thanksgiving with Kurt Loder

"Beavis and Butt-Head Do Thanksgiving"

Though they returned in 2011, Beavis and Butt-Head were due to bow out in 1997. Before the original finale, we were treated to this special, where the duo teamed up with MTV’s rather deadpan anchor Kurt Loder. Why, you may ask? Well, to cover the Thanksgiving parade, of course. Now, they don’t perform their tasks with the same professionalism as the veteran host, even mocking his surname at one point. They spend more time messing around during their segments than anything else! Plus, Butt-Head makes an interesting case for what he actually looks like. This episode is a unique one-off, but it’s very funny, which feels more important than anything else.

#17: Kiss & Tell

"The Butt-Head Experience"

“Beavis and Butt-Head” episodes were great in and of themselves. So it’s easy to forget that the show was also built around hearing their unfiltered thoughts on the music videos featured on MTV back then. But there were more than a few notable moments involving these clips. On one particular occasion, when reviewing Kiss’ “I Love It Loud,” the boys really take things to the next level. There’s a lot about this video that they draw hilarity from, and the segment gave us some unforgettable lines that have stood the test of time. And this is a band that the duo actually like…!

#16: A Memorable Interview

"Late Show with David Letterman" (1993-2015)

Do not adjust your sets – that really is the one and only David Letterman welcoming Beavis and Butt-Head onto his set. In what has to be one of the funniest movie marketing stunts ever, we were treated to an interview between the host and the boys. It’s no surprise that the interview doesn’t exactly go Letterman’s way, as his guests immediately begin to misbehave. It really feels like they’re there with him, though. Bringing live-action and animation together in this way can’t have been easy, but the extra effort was worth it. After all, the veteran interviewer did lend his voice to a particular character in the movie!

#15: The Debut

"Frog Baseball" (1992)

All the comedy greats have to start somewhere when trying to make their mark. You could argue that for the likes of Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, and even Eddie Murphy, that place was “Saturday Night Live.” For Beavis and Butt-Head, though, it was a 1992 short called “Frog Baseball.” This marked Mike Judge’s inaugural short starring the pair, and it notably featured them playing the title game. You don’t need much imagination to figure out what the pastime entailed! The popularity of the two lead characters was enough to make fans want to see them again. And thus, Beavis and Butt-Head as we now know them were born.

#14: Forcing Stewart to Access Adult Sites

"Cyber-Butt"

Let’s be honest, if you were a teenager during or after the growth of the World Wide Web, then a situation like the one Beavis and Butt-Head experience here was probably par for the course. During the first run of Mike Judge’s animation, Internet use wasn’t as simple or widespread as it is now. But the show’s title characters certainly don't let that stop them. So, resourceful as ever, they bother their poor friend Stewart and make him access adult sites on the school library computer. Their reactions make it seem as though they’ve struck gold, but they’re totally exaggerating, right?

#13: Going After a Fly

“Die Fly, Die!”

The times where “Beavis and Butt-Head” draw on the realities of life make up some of their finest moments. And this insect-related incident is the perfect example. We’ve all been frustrated by a wayward fly pestering us while we’re watching TV or minding our own business. Most of us would probably just swat it away or ignore it, but Beavis and Butt-Head love going big, even when faced with mundane problems. So they draw up a litany of unnecessary plans — including one involving way too much poison. By the end, they’ve exacerbated the problem, getting rid of one fly but attracting a swarm of others. Hopefully nobody tried any of this at home!

#12: Too Much Korn

"Whiplash"

As we mentioned, much of Beavis and Butt-Head’s time is spent watching music videos. And their witticisms are most often dedicated directly to the content of the clips themselves. But sometimes, like on this occasion, the boys get a little distracted and go off on a tangent. But we’re certainly not complaining! During a viewing of Korn’s “Blind” music video, Beavis engages in some self-hypoxia by holding his breath in an attempt to make himself dizzy. Except it has some rather unexpected – and hilarious – consequences. He becomes much more recognizant, articulating his critiques on the band with a vocabulary hitherto unexplored. He then forgets the whole thing, and it’s absolutely amazing.

#11: A Reverse Academic Journey

“Held Back”

We all know the boys aren’t necessarily the sharpest tools in the shed. But the show took things one step further, and really addressed their lack of academic prowess in this episode. Another page in their battle book with Principal McVicker, the pair get demoted down to eighth grade. But it doesn’t end there, as their academic malpractices get them sent all the way back to kindergarten. Naturally, they treat us to some hilarious moments there, managing to be more childish than their new contemporaries. By the end, they’re promoted back, not because they’re any good at school, but because even kindergarten can’t handle them anymore..

#10: A Touching Finale...?

“Beavis and Butt-Head Are Dead”

No, Beavis and Butt-Head are not dead. They’re being their typical selves, just not at school. But the institution and Principal McVicker think that they are all because, well, Beavis told them so on the phone. And at first, everyone is happier for it. The school thrives, and Beavis and Butt-Head just stay at home, where they are quite content to watch TV. But then, a media report about two deaths at Highland High prompts them to return. The best part of their “resurrection” is the apparent coronary it gives McVicker, after which they stroll off together. Needless to say, it was one heck of a way to end their first run!

#9: Sex Education

"No Laughing"

Sex education week is hardly a mundane occasions. It’s probably never a laughing matter for the poor souls who have to teach teenagers about the birds and the bees. But when two of those youths are Beavis and Butt-Head, it’s more akin to torture. Yet in a stroke of genius, Principal McVicker turns the tables by forbidding them from laughing. He’s doing it as a general punishment, but it means that they have to keep straight faces through Coach Buzzcut’s sex-ed lessons! The strain on the boys’ faces as they sit through the over-emphasized terms and unfortunate names in roll-call is already funny enough. But the uncontrolled laughs and sweating that follows their egress are downright hilarious.

#8: Harry Sachz

"Prank Call"

Generations who grew up with smartphones will likely not have experienced the amusement of opening a new phone book. But older viewers probably remember the fun that came with looking up the more unfortunately named listings. When Beavis and Butt-Head get one, they immediately fixate on the Harry Sachz entry. You probably don’t need any help figuring out what that sounds like. Their month-long campaign of calling the unhinged man ends with poor Mr. Stevenson on the receiving end of some brutal violence. We’re not sure what’s funnier, the fact that it all started with the boys mispronouncing Mr. Sachz’s name, or the implication that they don’t know their own address.

#7: A Bloody Sight

"Nose Bleed"

The medical advice for having a nosebleed generally involves breathing through the mouth and pinching the bridge for a little while. That sounds fairly straightforward, no? Well, if you’re Butt-Head, that’s not enough. The methods he employs to stop Beavis’ nose from bleeding – an injury that he actually caused – are absolutely insane. And it kind of feels like watching a car crash. You can’t tear your eyes away from the paper-bag-over-the-head attempt, or the drink-water-through-the-nose attempt. And the improper-use-of-a-tampon request ends with both of them suffering the same fate. We’d say they should’ve just waited for the bleed to stop on its own, but then we wouldn’t have this hilarious segment!

#6: “I Got You Babe” with Cher

"The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience" (1993)

During the ‘90s, it would have been hard to find anyone who didn’t enjoy “Beavis and Butt-Head,” even just a little bit. And as you know by now, music was a big part of what made the animated series special. So imagine how delighted fans were when the duo put out an album of their own, called “The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience.” And they went above and beyond, giving us a collaboration with Cher. Yes, that Cher! Indeed, the superstar sang her and Sonny’s hit “I Got You, Babe” with the boys, and it was glorious. We didn’t even know we needed this partnership, but now it’s impossible to imagine life without it!

#5: An Explosive Reaction

"Tech Support"

The “Tech Support” episode is itself a hilarious endeavor that’s certainly worthy of checking out. But the inclusion of Katy Perry’s “Firework” music video provided us with all the more laughs. Apparently, Beavis’ tastes have somewhat evolved during the show’s 14-year hiatus. As it turns out, despite years of singing along with rock bands and wearing a Metallica shirt, he’s a Katy Perry fan! “Firework” takes him to his happy place, and even inspires him to put the title explosives down his pants. Hey, no one here is judging, especially because the song is a bop. But Butt-Head is when he insists that Perry isn’t speaking directly to Beavis!

#4: Like Father Like Son

“Beavis and Butt-Head Do America” (1996)

For the entire run of “Beavis and Butt-Head,” there was no real sign of either boy’s parents anywhere. In fact, they were quite conspicuous by their absence, especially since Beavis and Butt-Head were school-aged kids. But the movie did feed our curiosity. In the desert, the boys stumble upon two very similar looking and laughing roadies. At no point does it occur to any of the four that they may be related, but it's resoundingly obvious to the audience. Being a Mike Judge work, this isn’t some Hallmark reunion either, as the Mötley Crüe roadie manages to make a fire bigger with his flatulence. And just for extra kicks, Butt-Head’s probable father is voiced by David Letterman!

#3: Hardly Working

"Temporary Insanity"

What does Beavis, Butt-Head, and a job temping at an office equal? Well, the boys sort of thrive in an office environment, in their own unique, destructive way. No, we haven’t entered into some sort of bizarro-land where up is down! Deciding to forgo the school day, Beavis and Butt-Head stumble upon a real estate agency and accidentally start working there. As it happens, their immature antics, which include Butt-Head photocopying his behind, don’t go over too badly. Despite breaking the office computer and phone, the boys don’t actually get fired. So we guess this counts as a win for them and us!

#2: Returning to Hijinks

"Werewolves of Highland"

When “Beavis and Butt-Head” ended its first run, no one expected them to return from the sunset into which they walked. But in 2011, the show returned to audiences new and old. Mike Judge kicked things off without missing a beat by having the boys – who hadn’t aged a day – watch “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” That, combined with a related discussion in class, leads them to believe that they’d be more attractive if they were undead. Seeing a “werewolf,” they decide to get him to infect them. But naturally, the plan ends up being less straightforward than they think, and causes them to fall ill. It’s a true return to form.

#1: Cornholio

Various

Beavis’ unusual alter-ego was the source of many hilarious moments. Cornholio usually comes out to play whenever Beavis is overly stimulated or is in the midst of some form of mental break. The alternative persona is simply Beavis with a shirt pulled over his head, going on a quest that fans of the show can probably quote verbatim. He’s chaotic, wild, and truly iconic. His mere existence makes the show funnier. Cornholio ended up becoming a running gag, with the character being revisited numerous times, even making an appearance in the movie! It goes without saying, but “Beavis and Butt-Head” wouldn’t be what it is without him.
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