Head Death, a character in the Death theme, is the supervisor of the other deaths and a shrewd bureaucrat. He wears a light purple cape to signify his rank. Unlike the other deaths, Head Death seems to not have his own portfolio of death scenarios he is supposed to attend to.
Head Death is the ultimate authority figure for all the other Deaths. He tells them what to do, and has the power to promote and demote Deaths. He seems to have a particular grudge against Death of Insanely Overpowered Fireballs, who has been demoted more times than any other Death. Head Death also has to decide which souls stay on the Infinite Featureless Plane, and which return to Earth.
Head Death was required to deal with a major labour dispute, when all of the Deaths went on strike. The strike began in strip #833 and didn't end until strip #976 when Head Death agreed to return Death of Insanely Overpowered Fireballs to his original position.
Head Death is also in charge of several other departments, besides Death, including
- Plagues: These briefly joined the Death Strike
- Fates: Death of Insanely Overpowered Fireballs was demoted to A Fate Worse than Death
- Paradoxes: when Death of Being Wrestled to Death By Steve, was wrangled to death by Steve they needed the Paradox Department to clean it up
However, he is not in charge of the following Departments:
- The Four Departments of the Apocalypse
- Taxes (they don't even talk to each other)