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So, the evil overlord got savvy and The Hero is fighting two (or more) mooks at once. How does our hero take them both down? Use Your Head! Or rather, he uses their heads- smacking them together and knocking both of them out.

If not the Hero, expect The Big Guy or The Lancer to use this tactic. On the other side, expect the Big Bad, The Brute, or The Dragon to do this to some Red Shirts or any of the Hero's allies. Even females can, and often do, get hit this way.

Often has comedic overtones, despite being potentially fatal if done hard enough in Real Life. Sometimes used in place of a Dope Slap, although this variant generally does not knock the victims out. The comic variety is usually accompanied by a KONK! Sub-Trope of Tap on the Head.

Examples of Put Their Heads Together include:

Anime & Manga

  • The Big Guy, Tetsu, does this to a pair of Nekomata Gang mooks in Gokusen.
  • In Yaiba's anime the Frogman Gerozaemon does this to two mooks.



  • Arnold Schwarzenegger does this with two guard dogs in True Lies. "Stay."
    • He does it again in Total Recall. When a group of Mooks attack him after he leaves Rekall, he takes out two of them by slamming their heads together.
  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. After Austin and Vanessa escape the steamroller, Random Task comes up behind them and slams their heads together, knocking them out.
  • A regular occurance on The Three Stooges, usually Moe doing it to Larry and the third stooge, and to bad guys.
  • Chien Po does this to two Huns in Mulan.
  • Jason kills a pair of cops this way in Friday the 13th (film): The Final Friday.
  • One of Batman's favorite moves to pull on mooks, like in Batman Returns.
  • Buckaroo Banzai. Right after Dr. Lizardo is possessed by Lord John Whorfin, he cracks together the heads of two colleagues who just pulled him out of a wall.
  • Terry McGinnis tricks the Deedees into such a play in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.
  • The Great Race. While The Great Leslie is infiltrating a castle he knocks out two guards by slamming their heads together.
  • A pair of zombies are disposed of this way in Violent Shit III: Infantry of Doom.


  • Caramon the Warrior is fond of doing this in the early Dragonlance books.
  • It pops up in the first Artemis Fowl book, when Butler picks a fight with a bunch of dockworkers to provide a distraction for Artemis. He mentally comments on how cliche it is, not to mention being ridiculously inefficient from a martial-arts standpoint - but since the whole point of the fight is to be loud and spectacular, he uses it anyway.
  • A lethal version occurs in Robert Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress during a riot.

 Shorty had other two guards each by neck; he grinned as he cracked skulls together. They popped like eggs and he yelled at me: "Git!"

  • Happens a couple of times in Animorphs, often courtesy of Marco's gorilla morph.

Live Action TV

Video Games

  • Can be done in the SNES game based on Batman Returns by grabbing two Mooks.
  • Spider man & Venom: Maximum Carnage. Using your webs while surrounded by two enemies will do this. The attack can actually kill some of the non super-villains bosses in one hit if done right.
    • Also possible in Separation Anxiety.
  • Appears in Batman: Arkham City as a "double takedown".
  • Deus Ex Human Revolution also features this as one of the possible double takedowns.

Web Original

  • In the Key of Awesome's first Halloween video, the Pumpkin King smashes the two protagonists' heads like this in the end.

Western Animation

  • Done as a sneak attack on two Bone Hunters by Ackar in Bionicle: The Legend Reborn.
  • On Mighty Max Norman does this in the opening credits. Then he gives the viewer a thumbs up for some reason.
  • Raphael did to to two Foot Soldiers on the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. "I think it's time you two met!"
  • The Herculoids.
    • "Invasion of the Electrode Men". Igoo does it to two of the title characters.
    • "Ruler of the Reptons". Zandor uses it to knock out two Repton guards.
  • Duke Igthorn's good twin in Gummybears did it to two guards when blackmailed into villainy.
  • A favorite tactic of Roadblock in G.I. Joe whenever he can get two Cobra Mooks within arms reach.
  • A variation done by The Tick against the Idea Men: he smacked the head of one man in a line of them, causing them all to knock against each other like a clicking balls toy.
  • Angel did this to two of the Leroy clones in Leroy & Stitch.
  • Filmation The New Adventures of Superman episodes.
    • "The Deadly Super-Doll". Superman does it to two crooks robbing a fur company.
    • "The Deadly Icebergs". Superman does it to three crooks who are using exploding icebergs as weapons.
  • Jonny Quest TOS episode "Terror Island". Race kicks a guard in the butt and causes his head to collide with that of another guard, knocking them both out.

Real Life

  • Medal of Honor recipient and Combat Medic David Bleak fatally slammed together the heads of two enemy soldiers that came at him and the wounded soldier he was carrying with bayonets during the Korean War.
    • He was carrying a wounded soldier with bayonets? That sounds painful.
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