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A character gets squished into -- or otherwise turns into -- the shape of a ball, and then gets used as such. Typically the "ball" will then be played with like the real thing, but kicking or throwing the character can also occur. Often, the character will be about the size of a basketball, and the person who did the squishing shoots or slam dunks the victim into a hoop.

May be a BouncingBattler if a character uses this as his primary fighting method.

Not to be confused with RoundedCharacter. See also AccordionMan, SquashedFlat, RollingAttack, GoombaStomp, and PinballGag.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''{{Kinnikuman}}'' gets rolled up and kicked around by his enemies in the second opening. Also, Benkiman does to his larger opponents to compress them into a more easily-flushed shape.
* Berry Good, a Marine captain in ''Manga/OnePiece'', combines this with DetachmentCombat. He can transform into several small floating balls that he controls at will.
* Majin Buu in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' performs his ball attack when fighting Gotenks.
* Whenever they are not fighting, {{Bakugan}}s will actually compress themselves into tiny spheres.
* One of the Witches is described in ''{{Anime/Puella Magi Madoka Magica}}'s'' [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material]] as doing this to humans, turning them into a ball and bouncing them for every lie they've told in their lives. Ouch.
* A filler episode of ''Anime/{{Bleach}}'' had this done to Kon.
* In the first part of Episode 3 of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', the wolf ghost squashes Panty and Stocking into a ball and throws them through a basketball hoop, then the two are seen [[SquashedFlat flattened]] afterwards.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' ''New Testament Vol. 8'', [[PhysicalGod Othinus]] squashed Teitoku Kakine into a ball.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-heroes}}'' has "Bouncing Boy". Already rotund, he can inflate into a large ball that gathers momentum as it bounces.
* The 1985 ''SquadronSupreme'' limited series featured a B-grade villain named Pinball whose entire schick was this trope. In battle, he'd inflate his green jumpsuit into a giant ball, then bounced or rolled into his targets.
* Rufus Crustbuster from his own titled comic strip in ''Jack And Jill'' magazine became a ball-shaped creature in an attempt to restore his actual anthropomorphic dog appearance after being turned into [[PaperPeople a living pancake]] by the Narrowegians.
* An ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' comic had a Roman squad that mixed the magic potion with a healing tonic inflating into balls. To make things worse, once deflated they were [[IncredibleShrinkingMan miniscule]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* A rare example of a LIVE person occurs in ''Film/SpaceJam'', with Michael Jordan.
* The fat kid in ''Film/{{Hook}}'' can do this.
* Another live action example is in ''{{Kazaam}}'' with Shaquille O'Neal during the climax when Shaq's character uses his genie magic to turn the villain into a ball and slam dunks him into a garbage chute, since, you know, he's a basketball player.
* In ''SkyHigh'', the kids of Superhero parents are divided into those with the abilities of heroes and those of sidekicks. One girl's power is to turn into a giant rubber beach ball. The [[Creator/BruceCampbell unimpressed Coach]] kicks her away shouting "SIDEKICK!"
* It was also done in ''TheToxicAvenger Part II'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWaqfmlTwu4 with a midget]].
* Occurs in ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'' in which Godzilla and King Seesar have an imprompteau soccer match using Anguirus as the ball.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the book ''Harry Sue'', the main character was thrown from her family's apartment by her father when she was five, and since her dad played basketball, he squished her into a ball first and launched her out hard enough that she landed in a nearby tree instead of falling straight to the ground.
* Hedgehogs are famously used as croquet balls on ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland''.
* Creator/ShelSilverstein's poem "Play Ball" has the narrator describing his baseball team in great detail, finishing with telling the reader, "You can be the ball!"
* Katherine Pyle's poem "The Sweet Tooth" has a fat kid [[ImMelting melt]] down into a ball in the hot summer sun. He gets used for soccer until some of his fat wears off.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Houka/Magipink from ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' has the ability to [[VoluntaryShapeshifting voluntarily shapeshift]] herself into almost anything. This includes a giant soccer ball during giant battles, which is then used by the others to finish off the MonsterOfTheWeek. Vida Rocca, the Pink Mystic Ranger from ''PowerRangersMysticForce'' also does this.
* One of the Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger's Beast Batteries, Pukuputor, causes its victim to swell up like a balloon; one episode particular sees the team use it on [[ButtMonkey Kyoryu Blue]] and bounce him around like a volleyball in order to counter the QuirkyMinibossSquad's own volleyball-themed special attack.
* The [[MonsterOfTheWeek Violence Dopant]] from ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' can turn himself into a wrecking ball.
* In the Series/SabrinatheTeenageWitch episode "Welcome Back Duke", Salem complains that there's too much estrogen and Sabrina says that her and the girl's basketball team will go outside and practice free throws where Salem says thanks, and she says that they'll need a ball and with her magic, she turns Salem into a ball and the girls bounce him as they head outside.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* {{Garfield}} has been known to do this to Odie on occasion.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* German game ''PlueschPowerUndPlunder'' (about [[LivingToys sapient, living]] [[EverythingsBetterWithPlushies plushies]]) has the unarmed combat technique "Balduin's basketball", which does exactly what you think it does.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi Mario & Luigi]] series:
** In ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Superstar Saga]]'', the Bros. move Knockback Bros involves Luigi hammering Mario into a ball, which is then hammered towards the enemy [[BizarreAndImprobableGolfGame golf-style]]. Also, unlocking the Advanced version of Knockback Bros. turns the golf game into a racquetball game, allowing Luigi to repeatedly hammer Mario into the enemy for ridiculous amounts of damage!
** In ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime Partners in Time]]'', one move allows Mario and Luigi to form a ball shape together which allows them to get to places they couldn't get before.
** One of Bowser's special moves in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Bowser's Inside Story]]'' involves Bowser getting rolled up into a ball and being pulled back like a slingshot pellet by Shy Guys.
* The enemy Wendigo in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' does this to a random party member as an attack called Dribble and another attack called Shoot.
* Another ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' example, but [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX IX]] this time. The Mimic enemy does this in it's "Eat" attack, but instead of playing around after squishing them to a ball, it chomps down it's victim into it's big gaping treasure chest mouth, crunches a few times and then belches them out whole with some random gold coins.
* One boss in the ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' games is all about this. In ''Wario Land 2'' you face him in a basketball game- each player tries to jump on the other one and throw them into the basket for points. In ''3'', it's a soccer game instead.
* [[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} Ball Kirby]]
** ''VideoGame/KirbyCanvasCurse'' has this as the entire gimmick--Kirby's been reduced to a sphere, and it's up to the player to guide him through the stage via magic ink.
** ''VideoGame/KirbysPinballLand'', the third game in the series, already had him in a nigh-permanent ball shape; ''Kirby's Dream Course'' and ''Kirby's Block Ball'' did this as well.
* ''VideoGame/MarioPinballLand''. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] gets turned into a ball in a fairground game, and has to save Princess Peach from Bowser by being used as a living pinball.
* The Orat monster can do this to the player character in ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest I''. This being [=SQ1=], [[HaveANiceDeath it's lethal]].
* ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest I'': Hang around in the Oorat's cave for too long, and he'll pick Roger up, compress his body ''into'' his spacesuit helmet and dribble him like a basketball. Needless to say, Roger [[HaveANiceDeath doesn't survive the experience]].
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' has Samus Aran's ability, Morph Ball.
* Lord Raptor from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' has a special move named Hell Dunk, where he transforms the opponent in a ball and next slam dunks them into a hoop provided by his partner Le Marta.
* Turning into a ball is a Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog staple. ''VideoGame/SonicSpinball'' is a full game based around him acting as a pinball, and other games have pinball-themed zones.
* Strike Man from ''VideoGame/MegaMan10'' literally turns himself into a ball as one of his attacks. He cannot be harmed when he's in this phase.
* The pangolin-like Yooyu Petpet from ''Website/{{Neopets}}'', best known for their use as balls in the sport of Yooyuball.
* A commercial for ''VideoGame/PokemonPinball: Ruby and Sapphire'' actually showed Treecko being launched into a pinball machine.
** The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Sandshrew, Sandslash, Donphan, Miltank, and at least a dozen more can do this willingly through the moves like Defence Curl (to raise their Defences), Rollout, Ice Ball and Steamroller(the latter three are attacks).
* In ''VideoGame/MarioParty 8'', When a player uses a Bowlo Candy, the player transforms into a ball and bowls around the board, bowling over players that get in the way and taking 10 coins from them.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The skeletal contortion of the Morph Ball in ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' is ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s #27 [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_388_27-science-lessons-as-taught-by-famous-video-games/ Science Lesson As Taught by Famous Video Games]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', Dexter, with his robot suit, finally gets even with the bullies who have been pounding him in dodgeball all the previous week. One of them is squeezed into a basketball and slam dunked.
* There's a variation in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. In the episode featuring the return of the Rowdyruff Boys, the poor girls get squeezed into a hockey puck instead of a ball.
* WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants makes himself into a ball shape for Pearl to shoot into a hoop.
** In another episodes, he turned himself into a ball on the beach so that everyone can continue to play volleyball after he was tricked into destroying an actual volleyball.
* Not human, but in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' Dastardly loses the basketball he was going to trigger one of his traps with and has to use Muttley instead.
* This happens to Dojo in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''. Unfortunately for him, he has about two seconds to realize it.
* ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperheroes''' Bouncing Boy has this as his superpower.
* In the ''SchoolhouseRock'' video "Naughty Number Nine", the cat known as no. 9 uses the mouse as a billiards ball, twice!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' PilotMovie, while a little girl was trying to adopt Bloo before Mac could make it to the house to see him, Wilt, Eduardo, and Coco tried to keep Bloo away from the girl to keep her from adopting him. During the following chase scene, Wilt turns Bloo into a ball and handles him like a basketball. Ironically, earlier on in the movie, when Mac and Bloo first visit the foster home and see Wilt for the first time and are amazed at how tall he is, Bloo makes a comment that he should play basketball. So they allow him to play by making ''him'' the ball.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' cartoon, Sam rolls Max up as a bunny bowling ball.
* Happens to Jimmy in ''WesternAnimation/{{Jimmy Two Shoes}}'' when he suggests a game to [[{{Satan}} Lucius]].
* [[WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents Timmy]] plays football in gym class with a bunch of older-looking kids, and when the coach shouts out their positions, he literally gives Timmy the position of "ball." Timmy is then slammed into the ground and gets a big block of earth stuck to him for apparently the rest of the day. In other episodes, Timmy is actually turned into a ball. Once by Trixie's bodyguard and then shot into a hoop and once or twice by Francis.
* According to a joke he told to a little boy at the end of ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', Mike Wazowski was actually once used as a dodgeball.
* During the end credits of ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', [[PufferFish Bloat the puffer fish]] is actually used as a volleyball by Gill, Gurgle, and Jacques after they and the rest of the Tank Gang are finally released into the ocean.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'', Miguel and Tulio are playing a Mayan ball game to prove they're gods. They switch the regular ball for a rolled-up armadillo, which then scores all their goals for them.
** Most of their goals. The armadillo was accidentally switched out with a real ball near the end of the game.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Bad Ol' Putty Tat", Tweety hides from Sylvester in a can of shuttlecocks, resulting in his being hit back and forth during a game of badminton.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'', the title character got [[{{Curse}} cursed]] by the Flying Sorcerers to this.
* This is Richochet's signatura attack in ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha''
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Trixie does this to poor Spike, when she possesses the alicorn amulet.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'' episode "Off the Rack" several people under control of the Safe-T Suits end up becoming this. [[DumbMuscle Tooley]] seems to get a kick out of this.
* One of Bot's abilities in ''TeamUmizoomi'' is to turn into a ball at will when a situation calls for it. He doesn't seem to mind, but when this ability will be used against him, one may never know.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode "Hero Hamton", when Hamton can't go into the boxing ring against Monty, Dizzy and Calamity Coyote, Buster and Babs take his place, once the bell is rung, Monty tells Dizzy to take care of them, Dizzy starts to spin around and grabs Buster and Babs while spinning, when he's done, Dizzy throws them towards the mat and they are turned into the shapes of a basketball. The three then take turns bouncing Buster and Babs around the ring until Hamton steps in and scares the three away.
** In another episode "A Cat's Eye View", in the segment "Party Crasher Plucky", when trying to get into a party with Shirley The Loon, Plucky is not on the list and the person who held the list called the "bouncer" who was dressed as a basketball player then squished Plucky into a ball and dribbled Plucky down the walkway and then shot Plucky into a hoop with plucky saying after being shot in the hoop "So that's why they call them bouncers."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BrandyandMrWhiskers'' episode "Flim Flam Fever", Mr. Whiskers goes out into the forest to look for a flower to cure Brandy who is supposedly sick. He gets flinged by a tree to a territory of apes who get mad and start throwing Mr. Whiskers around and one of the apes then turns Mr. Whiskers into the shape of a ball and bowls him like a bowling ball.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DavetheBarbarian'' This happens to Oswidge when him, Dave, Candy and Fang are trying to fight off invisible people and one of them turns Oswidge into a ball and bounces him up and down.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CowandChicken'' episode "Can Cow come out and Play" When Cow finds out that the Red thing put the whole town into a trailer just to get alone time with her to get her toys, she uses her cape to turn into Supercow and first uses the red thing to play jump rope and then turns him into a ball, dribbling him and then shooting him into a hoop.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' episode "Hypnoteased" When in a fight with the greasers, one of the greasers squish Catdog into a ball, dribbles them for a little bit then passes it to another greaser who kicked Catdog then the third greaser puts his hands like a hoop for Catdog to go through and then the greaser who originally squished CatDog into a ball kicks them and they land in a tree back in their regular form.
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