In the final episode of Beavis and Butt-head's seventh season (which aired way back in November of 1997) the titular duo were presumed dead after Beavis told a school administrator that they'd died and wouldn't be returning to class. This sparked an outpouring of remembrances from friends and teachers, as well as a full donation jar intended to honor their memories. While the then-series finale ended with the Beavis and Butt-head stealing said jar and walking off into the sunset, the segment served to remind us that, in the world of Beavis and Butt-head, the secondary characters of Highland, Texas were frequently just as important as its stars.
Against all odds, Beavis and Butt-head returns tonight in its classic format, though with a few small tweaks: The show is now called Mike Judge's Beavis and Butt-head; instead of obscure music videos the boys will watch things like Jersey Shore; and best of all, it's in HD! One thing that should remain the same, however, is Mike Judge's thoroughly hilarious comedic vision and the array of incredible characters he voices. Which ones are YOU most excited to see again?
The Great Cornholio is Beavis's more powerful, assertive, and insane alter-ego whose appearance is brought on by the consumption of massive amounts of caffeine and sugar. Consisting almost entirely of pure id, the Great Cornholio's pretty much just an agent of chaos, and most importantly would really like some T.P. for his bunghole.
Although presented as a laughable hippie who's completely ineffectual at his teaching job, Mr. Van Driessen is also perhaps the most empathetic and consistently thoughtful character in Highland. It's unclear which class he teaches (all of them?), but he's probably the only adult who ever shows patience or understanding toward Beavis and Butt-head, and he routinely gets injured or near-killed for it.
A macho jerk of a gym coach, Buzzcut would like nothing more than to physically harm his two worst students. Surprisingly, Beavis and Butt-head have an ally in Mr. Van Driessen, who also despises Coach Buzzcut. Also, Coach Buzzcut requests that you please kick him in the jimmy.
Shaky with caffeinated rage, Principal McVicker is a woefully incompetent principal whose life is repeatedly ruined by Beavis and Butt-head's shenanigans. For the brief moment he believed they were dead, his trembling stopped and he was able to exist in a calm, collected manner, only to then suffer a (possibly fatal?) heart attack when they showed up to their own funeral.
Sort of a progenitor of South Park's Butters, Stewart is the innocent, uncool blonde kid who comes from a good family and only seems to be worse off for hanging around with Beavis and Butt-head. The two repeatedly take advantage of Stewart and abuse him in myriad ways. It should be noted that Winger is not a cool band.
Slightly on-edge but decent-hearted yuppies, Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson make an effort to be cool and take Stewart to rock concerts and furnish him with all the junk food he can eat, but they frequently find themselves falling victim to Beavis and Butt-head's destructive tendencies. Presented as typical middle-class suburban parents, it should come as no surprise that Mr. Stevenson has a large collection of dirty magazines of which Beavis and Butt-head are well aware.
In a parallel to Beavis and Butt-head's abusive relationship with Stewart, Todd is the "cool" older dude who they worship and who treats them with contempt. A high school dropout and known criminal, Todd nevertheless gets all the women, beer, and muscle cars that Beavis and Butt-head merely daydream about.
Tom Anderson is an elderly, near-blind neighbor who frequently hires Beavis and Butt-head for odd jobs that end in disaster. His terrible eyesight (and possible mental problems) prevent him from telling the boys apart or recognizing them from past incidents. If his voice and mannerisms sound very similar to those of Hank Hill from King of the Hill, it's because Mike Judge based both characters on the same real-life person from his childhood.
Before she moved towns and got her own spin-off, Daria was the sarcastic, taciturn classmate whose jadedness never seemed to prevent her from offering the occasional bit of advice to the boys. While Beavis and Butt-head routinely wrote her off as "Diarrhea," it was clear they basically respected her, mostly for her outsider status. (Note: According to this interview with Rolling Stone, Mike Judge says Daria will not be a regular character in the new episodes, but may make an occasional cameo.)
Sort of an all-purpose trashy extra, this angry Southern woman first appeared as a silky-voiced phone-sex operator, but later appeared in various capacities around town, like bus driver or fortune teller.
Another of Highland High's put-upon teachers, Señor Herrera's finest moment was being one of the first authority figures to have to deal with the Great Cornholio. Like most teachers, he despises the boys and openly celebrated their deaths.
Beavis and Butt-head returns tonight at 10pm on MTV. Will you be watching? What character(s) are you most excited to see again?