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[[caption-width-right:316:It's the latest in hats this season.]]

A creature only partially hatches from an egg, and walks around with the remaining eggshell on him/her as though it was normal. It could be as little as wearing part of the shell as a hat, or as much as an egg with feet poking out.

Reasons for this are usually either RuleOfFunny or RuleOfCute.

A SubTrope of ArtMajorBiology, AppropriateAnimalAttire, and ImprovisedClothes.

Contrast RemovableShell (the shell that's supposed to stay on can come off).

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Many Franchise/{{Digimon}}; Digitamamon takes it to the extreme, with a complete eggshell body and cracks for legs and eye slits. He can leap at an enemy and close all the cracks to basically use himself as a ''battering ram.'' (In case you're wondering, Digitamamon has a pocket universe in there. His attack is to pull you in for a few seconds. It is [[CallingYourAttacks called]] [[EldritchLocation Nightmare Syndrome.]] We saw the inside briefly and it goes on ''forever,'' and there's still no sign of what the Digitamamon's whole body within the egg looks like.) There's a so-far-cardgame-only ''evil'' version named Devitamamon with a head made of monstrous jaws and too many eyes coming out of the eye slot.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A character in the (pretty dark) comic book series ''Gaspard de la nuit'' is an unhatched egg save two duck-like legs sticking out from holes in the bottom. The character at one point explains that it hasn't fully hatched because it is afraid of the world outside.
* One-shot villain Baby Bird from ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}''. See also [[WMG/{{Empowered}} the WMG]].
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Sheldon of ''ComicStrip/USAcres'', which was spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', where Sheldon finally hatched, into another shell just like it.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* He didn't stay this way of course, but Mumble in ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet'' cracked through his shell with just his feet, and wandered around in this way until he slipped and the rest of it broke.
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[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Baby Sinclair from the pilot episode of ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}''.
* Obscure 1990s puppet show ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXWrW2o3sus Chicken Minute]]'' had a chick called Ulysses who would pop out of his shell wearing the top as a hat.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MapleStory'': For the Evan class, Mir during his [[ShoulderSizedDragon just-hatched]] RidiculouslyCuteCritter moment.
* The eponymous hero of ''VideoGame/IvyTheKiwi''
* In ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', your chao can wear eggshells as hats.
* ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' series:
** Jr. Troopa from ''VideoGame/{{Paper Mario|64}}''.
** The Dino Piranha (and Fiery Dino Piranha) boss in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' exhibit the "egg with feet" aspect of this trope until you deliver the first hit and crack the shell.
** The first boss in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2''.
* Initially, the Moon Hamachao from the "Moonfish" sidequest of ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia: Legends'' -- until you feed it enough Moonfish that it grows out of it.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** Togepi. Its evolved forms are weird because they match the colors/patterns of the eggshell rather than Togepi's body.
** Vullaby may also look like this at a glance since it's a baby bird, but it's actually wearing a skull as a diaper.
* Egbert from ''VideoGame/{{World of Warcraft}}'' is a pet you can get in the game. [[http://www.wowhead.com/item=32616 The egg covers the center part of his body]].
* The Picky enemy from ''RagnarokOnline'' has two variants, one with half an eggshell on its head. For some reason, when the eggshell drops, it becomes large enough to be worn by player characters.
* In ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'', King Valentine hatches Leventhan, the Last Dragon, by placing his crown infused with his magic on its egg. When Leventhan hatches it still wears a piece of eggshell and the crown on it like a hat.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Done in a couple of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts.
** In one a turtle egg gets separated and wanders around trying to hatch, and when he does he complains that he's still in a shell.
** In another it's a duck egg trying to find a place to get warm. The mother duck finds it and saves it from being boiled; as she picks him out of the pot, the duckling hatches and shouts "Aw, ma! Just when I was getting warm!" and jumps back in.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' episode "Paternal Egg-stinct", the duck egg the penguins are taking care of sprouts legs and wanders around the zoo.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', [=DeeDee=] mistakes a turtle for one of these, and then a bird that is one of these for a turtle.
* One of the "Buttons and Mindy" sketches from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has a Stone Age Mindy chasing a baby dinosaur where only the legs had hatched out of the egg.
* The eponymous hero chick of ''WesternAnimation/{{Calimero}}'' (pictured above) wears his egg shell as a hat. He sometimes takes it off to put it to other uses (like an improvised raft).
* Abby, the baby in ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdz}}'', uses an eggshell diaper. Also, Mr. Nuthatch wears one on his head as a hat.
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