One of the greatest Beavis and Butt-Head mysteries is how a cartoon without much discernable narrative or purpose, about two loser metal heads watching videos and being delinquents, became a cultural phenomenon. While the show's success suggests unfortunate things about American culture (if that phrase isn't an oxymoron), the show's lasting popularity can't be argued. If you're not familiar, Beavis and Butt-Head spend most of their time on the couch commenting on music videos. The show was a huge hit for MTV and launched the career of Mike Judge, who went on to create King of the Hill and Silicon Valley, and make Office Space, among many other things.
Fan theories about Beavis and Butt-Head range from things as mundane as the titular buffoons being half-brothers to some crazy-ass stuff like them being government experiments. Given the volume and wide range of Beavis and Butt-Head conspiracy theories floating around the Internet, it would be nice to have them all in one spot. Well, look no further. This list dives into mysteries about the two dumbest characters in television history that have been bugging fans for years.
Here are a bunch of Beavis and Butt-Head fan theories that are sure to blow your mind (and some that almost certainly won't, but are entertaining in their own right).
This theory is pretty much the extent of itself - Beavis and Butt-Head were affected by fetal alcohol syndrome while in the womb. What's the evidence? The characters are "mentally slow and have over large heads and deformed facial features." It's a little messed up, but not outside the realm of possibility.
Tom Anderson is the old military veteran in Beavis and Butt-Head who occasionally hires the two to do odd jobs for him. Redditor rildchaper9988 notes Tom's similarities to King of the Hill protagonist Hank Hill. The theory goes that Tom served with Cotton Hill, who became his best friend. Unable to raise Hank due to PTSD, Tom asked his friend to do it, and Cotton agreed. The evidence is: Tom looks and sounds like Hank.
The similarities between Tom and Hank have led others to conclude Tom is Hank after he was placed in witness protection and forced to change his identity.
These theories are extra trippy, as they seemingly span TV universes and networks. But the shows share a creator, and Beavis has an uncle named Boomhauer, so...
In the film Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, B and B meet drifters who are a lot like them, but older. It's heavily implied at least one of them is the father of Beavis and/or Butt-Head. This scene sparked debate among fans; it's generally agreed the two are half-brothers or cousins.
"Peace, Love, And Understanding" predates Beavis and Butt-Head; it aired on MTV's Liquid Television in 1992, before the show started its first season in 1993. In the episode, David Van Driessen, Beavis and Butt-Head's teacher, dies. Yet he's alive for the rest of the show. This anomally led a tvtroper to believe "Peace, Love, And Understanding" is the final episode, chronologically speaking.