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->''"Get ready for Franchise/{{Gundam}} like you've never seen it before!... Really cute and tiny!"''
-->-- '''Creator/{{Toonami}}''' promo for ''[[TropeNamer SD]] [[Anime/SDGundamForce Gundam Force]]''

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An artistic style in anime in which a normally realistically proportioned character is rendered in a shorter, rounder form, often with a big head and short limbs, somewhat resembling a caricature of themselves as a tiny yet plump toddler.

Generally considered [[{{UsefulNotes/Kawaisa}} cute]] as well as humorous, it's most commonly used in parody or as part of promotional material, although it can be found in some shows at points of extreme comedy/slapstick, or when characters are seen to be acting extremely "cute" or immature.

Also known as "chibi" (Japanese for "small") in some circles, although it's not just confined to anime -- it's a very common form of FanArt. Name any popular character, chibi art exists of them. In fact, it's almost as common as RuleThirtyFour.

This also appears in video games, especially older video games with small characters compared to the screen, the Super-Deformed style was used mainly to get around graphical limitations so a character was recognizable and their face wouldn't be just a single pixel. Some newer games, use a version of this where characters appear super deformed on the TheOverworld or when the camera is far away but in cutscenes, character portraits, and battles they will be depicted with more realistic proportions (for an example, in ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' and ''VideoGame/CaveStory''). See GraphicsInducedSuperDeformed for that.

Compare TopHeavyGuy, PuniPlush and WildTake. Contrast to NoodlePeople. See also BigHeadMode.

A SubTrope of FunSize.

Not to be confused with [[{{Gonk}} an extremely deformed character]].



* Around 2009, Kellogg dropped its Creator/DonHertzfeldt-inspired "Crazy Good" ad campaign for Pop-Tarts toaster pastries in favor of "Made for Fun", which has super-deformed CGI children along with far-less-deformed adults. But then you realize that the kids' heads are ''bigger'' than those of the adults, and the only [[EpilepticTree conclusion you can draw]] is that adults in this world don't eat Pop-Tarts. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDkjWHuX0u0 This video]] exposes the FridgeLogic.
* In the early 60's Cartoonist Johnny Hart created a series of ads for Dr. Pepper called "Harmon the Caveman", whose characters looked like super deformed versions of his ''B.C.'' comic characters.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The deities and demons in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' can transform into multiple Super-Deformed miniatures of themselves. There is also a spinoff of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' called ''Anime/TheAdventuresOfMiniGoddess'' which concentrates solely on the goddesses' miniature selves (and a rat of their acquaintance).
* Hikari's SD mode in ''Manga/{{Amanchu}}'' arguably tends to be rather jarring, especially since it's used a ''lot'', even in situations where one normally wouldn't do that. My gosh, does Amano have to make her eyes so creepy?
* ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'' is well-known for having its characters switch to Super-Deformed mode extensively, which is probably only topped by ...
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': The "Special Episodes" feature the recruit squad as chibi characters in a comical portrayal of their years of recruitment as "a bit like a school". Subject to a load of Flanderization and LampshadeHanging, they play up romance arcs [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]], and [[BlackComedy invariably end with the Colossal Titan showing up and eating the protagonists]]. Ironically, the chibi!Colossal Titan has proportions that are closer to a human's than in the series.
* Occurs often in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', usually in funny moments like drunk England.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', naturally, plays this to total exhaustion.
* ''Manga/BambooBlade'' uses this in its PostEpisodeTrailer, though usage of it within episodes isn't uncommon.
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'''s Puck. In the latter part of the manga, he's relegated to so much comic relief that he's most always playing this trope.
* Happens sometimes in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', for example in anime episode #24 when Orihime was trying to deny that she was hungry.
* This is the default art style of ''Manga/DamekkoDoubutsu''.
* In the Creator/ShirowMasamune manga ''Anime/DominionTankPolice'', the puma sisters join the police force. Ani-puma gets bored, and wants to go out on a tank police raid. But she is over six feet tall, and can't fit in their mini-tank. Ani-puma is a type of android (or bioroid, who can tell with Shirow), and she reveals the power to release all the water in her body, and become a chibi version of herself. After the raid, Ani drinks up the contents of several water coolers, and [[PerfectlyCromulentWord embiggens]] herself again.
* At least a quarter of ''Manga/DragonHalf'' is spent with various characters -- up to and including the story's BigBad -- Super-Deformed.
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' had a joke-strip about this with cell phones. Monta asks whether cell phones should be equally proportioned to their head for actual talking, at the cost of a huge and inconvenient size, or if they should be small like in real life, meaning you can't both listen and talk over the phone. Monta and Sena decided it's best just to stay normal.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Pops up every now and then, especially in the endings.
* ''VisualNovel/FinalApproach'' switches to super-deformed on a regular basis.
* ''Literature/FromTheNewWorld'' has an online show that defines characters and terms hosted by super-deformed versions of Saki and Squealer. Check it out [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RhdP0acmm-k here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TQ_Am7Tl2RU here.]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' likes using this to lighten up an otherwise depressing series. Though in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], it drops this halfway through (with the exception of the Chibi Wrap Party OVA). This trope gives Armor!Al a chance to be absolutely [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/super_deformed_4709.png adorable]].
* Displayed and somewhat subverted in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. For most of the characters, it's simply an artistic style; for the shape-shifting Chichiri, comments by other characters imply he actually takes on that appearance, or at least the height.
* Ginji of ''Manga/GetBackers'' sometimes becomes super-deformed for extended periods of time, even when the rest of the characters are drawn normally. Other characters even comment on it in the manga.
* The "Science Lesson" segments of ''Anime/{{Gunbuster}}'', where Chibi Coach, Noriko and Kazumi discuss the "science" the show runs on.
* Surprisingly prevalent in ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''. ''SD Gundam'' is a sub-franchise in and of itself with model kits, shows, and games. Some stories (like the comedy shorts and ''Toys/BBSenshiSangokuden'') have the super-deformed mecha as characters who talk and interact with super-deformed human characters, while in others (like the ''VideoGame/SDGundamGGeneration'' games) the mecha are still piloted weapons as normal. Interestingly, the design of the super-deformed MS has evolved over time: in earlier works they had proportions like regular SD characters, while later works like ''Anime/SDGundamForce'' and ''VideoGame/MSSagaANewDawn'' use a less exaggerated version where the head and torso are large but the limbs are still detailed and jointed, making them more reasonable.
** ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' and its sequel ''Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry'' finally have both SuperDeformed and regular sized mobile suits together. Justified in the shows are about people using Gundam model kits (Gunpla) to battle it out via some AppliedPhlebotinum.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' has usually avoided this (with the exception of some of the novel pictures).
** The anime version of the ''Manga/NyoronChuruyaSan'' {{yonkoma}} finally invokes this, with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGWn4cnJXU4 predictably adorable results]]. Nyoron~
** There's [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=10245 Suzumiya-chan]] for your chibi fix of that series. For an inversion, the normal characters [[spoiler:and in one episode a blushing shoujo Itsuki]] are used for comedic effect.
* The manga version of ''VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe'' has chibi-style {{omake}}, sometimes in {{yonkoma}} format (such as "Go Go Haruka Kindergarten").
** ''Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Hachiyou Shou'' (both the TV series and the two-episode {{OVA}} with the same title) occasionally has short comical scenes with the character rendered in "chibi" size; also worth mentioning are the "Kotengu Classic" segments, ''always'' done in this style (if only because [[SmallAnnoyingCreature Kotengu]] is [[SleepModeSize "chibi" by default]]).
** There's also a "chibi" [[HotSpringsEpisode Hot Springs Special]] for ''Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3''.
* ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty'': Enter [[IdiotHero Tomoki Sakurai]]. A chibi 24/7 plushie. He only grows life-sized when he starts taking things seriously which is... well, according to [[ComedicSociopathy how the]] [[PlayedForLaughs story is played]], rarely.
* ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' (pictured above), where the girls become Super-Deformed at the slightest provocation, adding immensely to their [[{{Moe}} cuteness factor]]. There is even a FanNickname for its kind of Superdeformation: ''wideface''. Or [[MemeticMutation Nutbladder]] face.
* The characters of ''Manga/HighSchoolKimengumi'' spend almost half of their time in chibi form.
* The title character of ''Manga/HimoutoUmaruChan'' changes into this form every time she steps into her house.
* Used ''heavily'' in ''Manga/KareKano''. The female lead spends at least half her time onscreen in this form.
* Though its maintenance mode may suggest otherwise, Kemeko from ''Manga/KemekoDeluxe'' is surprisingly stumpy for a [[PoweredArmor human-piloted machine]].
* ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'' does this a lot.
* Some of the episodes of ''VisualNovel/RumblingHearts'' had short comedy sketches after the closing credits starring chibi versions of "Ayu-Ayu" and "Mayu-Mayu", an interesting contrast to the generally serious nature of the anime itself.
* ''VisualNovel/KoihimeMusou'' makes extensive use of this.
* In the ''Manga/GourmetGirlGraffiti'' anime's next episode previews the cast is drawn in this style.
* Happens occasionally in ''Manga/LoveHina''.
* The magic knights of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' punctuate their rather serious situation with occasional brief forays into Super-Deformed comedy, especially in the anime.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' uses this sparingly (usually in {{Exposition Diagram}}s), although Misora does it in her drawings. While it doesn't use it often in the traditional sense, it makes up for it with Chibi-Setsuna, a shikigami that Setsuna uses to remotely contact people. When Chibi-Setsuna disappears, Chibi-Sayo (a Super-Deformed voodoo doll that [[CuteGhostGirl Sayo]] possesses) pops up.
* Happens a lot in ''Manga/MaidSama''. It's practically [[ThoseTwoGuys the three]] [[ButtMonkey idiots]]' default design.
* The [=DVDs=] of ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' contain parody {{omake}} episodes in which all the characters appear in Super-Deformed mode.
* The entire ''[[Anime/MashinHeroWataruSeries Mashin Hero Wataru]]'' franchise and world setting plays on this—all Mashins, good or bad, are rendered as such; Soukaizan and Seikaizan also have human races that showcase various levels of deformation. Justified when the shows were also meant to be MerchandiseDriven, with model kits of various Mashins being built to replicate this visual style compared to the majority of other shows in the Mecha genre.
* Chopper in ''Manga/OnePiece'' gradually turned into a chibi version of his original design as a result of ArtEvolution, making him even more of a RidiculouslyCuteCritter. However, the only time it really fits is in his Chopperman persona. [[CutenessProximity KYUUUN SPAAARK~!]]
** Luffy's HeroicRROD after using Gear 3rd has him temporarily turning into a chibified version of himself.
* Happens a lot in ''VisualNovel/OtomeWaBokuNiKoishiteru''. Sometimes they stay in chibi-mode for a moment when in the "real world", then immediately transform back to normal.
* Very frequently appears in the ''Anime/PrettySammy'' series.
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' occasionally has entire episodes devoted to showing the adventures of the super-deformed main characters in alternate universes. When the first of these gag episodes was shown just before a much-anticipated showdown, it cemented the show's reputation as one of the most bi-polar creations in all of anime.
* After its first season, the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' series has {{Eye Catch}}es with the characters in Chibi form.
* The characters in the ending sequence for ''Manga/ReKan'' are drawn this way.
* The ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' series had a bit at the end called "The Second Part", where Chibi versions of the characters ran around acting ridiculous. These skits were often a silly version of the episode you'd just watched, but often (especially in the second half of the show) The Second Part was following its own inane plotline.
* ''Manga/RozenMaiden'' contrasts its characters' elegant designs with ventures into Super-Deformed states.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' characters (particularly Usagi) often lapse into chibi style. This is played straight in the manga, typical 90's chibis appear often in most comedic scenes. The 90's anime is a subversion, although some instances of chibi proportions appear, most of the time is just [[WildTake their faces that get deformed]]. They tend to go more often on full chibi state in promotional materials (Such as toys, stikers and the like) for both anime and manga, very noticeable in the R season eyecatches and the manga's [[{{Yonkoma}} yonkomas]]. Averted, however, in ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal''.
* ''Manga/SakuraTrick'' depicts the characters this way during the ending and some extra segments.
* ''Manga/SchoolRumble'', too, uses this with some frequency.
* Happens frequently in ''Manga/TheSecretDevilChan'', mostly with Kogure.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' has "Mini Basara," which is hilarious and adorable.
* Similar to ''Hidamari Sketch'' above, in ''Manga/{{Sketchbook}}'' the characters become chibified all the time. Especially Sora, who possibly spends more than half of her panel appearances Super-Deformed.
* Often used in ''Manga/SketDance'', combined with ExpositionDiagram, when recapitulating the previous chapters of a StoryArc.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' does this quite frequently for a laugh. One notable instance in ''Slayers Next'' has Lina casting a Dragon Slave to save Seillune and Amelia asking Shabranigdu to make it work; Gourry and Zelgadis are quick to berate her in Super-Deformed style ("You're a shrine maiden! Don't pray to Dark Lords!").
* In ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'', characters are styled like this when portrayed in HexagonalSpeechBalloon.
* The ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' manga includes a few side stories called ''Petite Mew Mew'', set in a fantasy land and involving kid/chibi versions of the major characters playing in a kindergarten.
* In ''Manga/TonariNoKashiwagiSan'' this tends to happen when any character gets fired up and passionate about a subject, such as when Kotone starts to talk about anime.
* ''Anime/TransformersVictory'' uses chibi versions of the characters on its title cards and {{eyecatch}}es.
* In ''Manga/TheWallflower'' when Sunako is in one of her darker moods (i.e., almost all the time) she is shown in Super-Deformed style. She only looks normal when she is kicking ass in one form or another. She later gains a "hybrid" form, that is sort of "elegant chibi".
* Though it comes and goes with humorous scenes in ''Manga/TheWeathermanIsMyLover'', the producer is notable for never appearing as anything but Super-Deformed, even when the rest of the characters are in their normal state.
* The trainee angels and demons in ''Manga/{{Wish}}'' have chibi forms; Angels being full-size during the day and chibi in the night, and vice versa for the demons.
* Happens quite often when Keima is explaining something to Elsea in ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows''.
* ''VideoGame/YoakeMaeYoriRuriiroNa: Crescent Love'' uses this quite a bit.
* The animated segments in ''Series/{{Godzilland}}'' feature Godzilla, Rodan, Anguirus, Mothra, and the rest of the gang in chibi style.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', Abel tells a sweet story about how he and his brother Cain came to live in the Dreaming. It's far more sugary than what ''really'' happened, and is drawn in this style by vaunted Jill Thompson.
** She went on to produce two actual Endless kids' books in the same style, ''The Little Endless Storybook'' and ''Delirium's Party''.
* ''Webcomic/{{ISO}}'', always with adorable and amusing results.
* Anything and everything drawn by Skottie Young, known for his alternate Marvel covers and ''ComicBook/IHateFairyLand''.
* Every so often, the characters in ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' are rendered like this.
* One issue of ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]]'' had Superman perceive everyone like this.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'': The entire inhabitants of the 5th dimension.
* In ''Superman/Batman'' #51-52, an entire s-d League (called Li'l Leaguers: Li'l Franchise/{{Superman}}, Li'l Franchise/WonderWoman, Li'l ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}...) make an appearance, hailing from a lighter and softer universe.
* ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}'': Stephanie Brown narrates the history of the Batfamily to [[WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}} Wendy]], complete with a chibi Darkseid.
* The comic adaptation of ''AudioPlay/LeDonjonDeNaheulbeuk''.
* ''Batman: Little Gotham'' portrays everyone like this.
* The pygmies in ''ComicBook/PocketGod'' are drawn like this. Emphasized in the ''Infestation'' CrossThrough, where they only come up to the knee of the more realistically-proportioned Britt.
* One of the new characters in ''Comicbook/AstroCity'' after the Vertigo relaunch is [[http://www.herocopia.com/American_Chibi American Chibi]], [[spoiler: a video game character concept brought to life by Elder Gods]]. In the issue where the Honor Guard go to her world they become super deformed too.
* A number of preview panels for ''ComicBook/{{Seconds}}'' have shown characters ArtShift into this.

* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': Italy references this trope by name. In this world, "chibis" are young countries.
-->"Holy Rome and I first met while we were both chibis..."

%%* Inverted in the Precious Girls Club books. PreciousMoments drawings, figurines, animated specials, etc. ordinarily use SD proportions, roughly 2.6 heads tall, for child characters. To appeal to young girls, the Precious Girls Club brand extension [[http://www.preciousmoments.com/talk/blog/blogpost.cfm?threadid=48&catid=60 intentionally went with less-deformed proportions]] while keeping the distinctive eye shape.
* The author of the ''[[Literature/TheIronKing Iron Fey]]'' series, Julie Kagawa, published a couple of chibis ([[WordOfGod she admitted to being an anime and manga fan]]) of the main characters in the official website and recently some of them in the novella compilation "Iron Legends".
* In ''Literature/SaturnsChildren'' by Creator/CharlesStross, humanity [[HumanitysWake has gone extinct, but the intelligent robots they created still roam the solar system]]. In the social class system they've developed, "chibiform" robots are considered more advanced than [[DeceptivelyHumanRobot those that are direct copies of the human form]], since their lower mass and energy requirements makes them intrinsically more efficient.

* Sports Illustrated often presents images of athletes that look as if they've been distorted in a mirror, often exaggerating their most well known traits, such as a bicep or chin. While not the same style as seen in animation, the effect is pretty much the same.[[/folder]]

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbbA9BhCTko Hachune Miku]], the super-deformed version of [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Hatsune Miku]].

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/CarlitoColon's [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131027182227/prowrestling/images/thumb/0/0b/Carlito.png/200px-Carlito.png WWE merchandise]] tended to be in this style.
* Practically a {{signature style}} of Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}[=\=]SHINE. Some more humorous examples include the Canadian Ninjas and Jessicka Havok.
* Alex Koslov, the Russian Hooligan. [[http://www.prowrestlingtees.com/wrestler-t-shirts/alex-koslov/shibakuzo.html SHIBAKUZO!]][[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Running off the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' and ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' examples, ''Tabletopgame/{{Mekton}}'' has rules for SD mecha in one supplement.

* Hasbro has chibi lines of several franchises. "[Word related to franchise but not always actual franchise name goes here] Heroes" is usually going to be chibi. In fact, guess who makes the toyline for the Super Hero Squad?
* Bandai has created toyline history by doing this with ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. Even without tie-in anime like ''Anime/SDGundamForce'' or ''Toys/BBSenshiSangokuden Brave Battle Warriors'', the SD Gundam line has spawned ''over three hundred'' model kits and countless other forms of merchandise.
* Nendoroid figure line from Good Smile Company is this to all sorts of anime characters.
* A British company, Speed Freaks Studio, makes super-deformed clay models of real life cars and bikes, including Ferraris and Lotuses, as well as super-deformed clay models of people.
* French toy-line [[http://www.almacenesrubio.eu/images/detailed/0/700010142_B.jpg Pin-y-Pon]] features animesque girls that look like straightforward chibi.
* [[http://www.funko.com Funko's]] collection of ''Pop! Vinyl'' dolls, which chibi-fies practically anything in pop culture.
* Some of Underground Toys' talking plush can be described as this, although the [[Creator/PeterCapaldi Twelfth Doctor]] one just looks rather like Bert from Series/SesameStreet.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Most games in the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series portray the mecha as being Super-Deformed in their battle animations. Characters, close-ups of the mecha in battle, and in the Original Generation animes, are shown at normal sizes and proportions. This is at least party done to hide [[UnitsNotToScale the immense scale differences between the various units]], given it is entirely possible to have a 12 meter tall Macross Battleroid backing up the 250 meter tall Anime/{{Gunbuster}}. This does, however, occasionally lead to odd consequences in attack animations. ''Super Robot Wars W'' finds a way to complicate thing even further, Not only having such things as as a seven-foot-tall [[Anime/TekkamanBlade Tekkaman]] lifting up a 300-meter-long Battleship one-handed and impaling it on their spear, but also things like the differences in size between the cyborg Renee in [[Anime/GaoGaiGar KorRyu and AnRyu]]'s attacks, and the PoweredArmor-wearing heroes who are their own units. One game, ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars'', used non-SD models for battle animations, and so did ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsGaiden''.
* Many Japanese games have characters drawn chibi-style in long shots (I.E.: overworld mode, in towns, etc.) and normally during combat or cutscenes. This is likely to keep them recognisable when drawn small at console resolution. Some, like ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', keep the characters in SD at all times so their expressions can be better conveyed (except for the cutscenes in the Playstation remake).
* The first handheld port of the ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' games was a Super-Deformed version of the arcade game, ''Guilty Gear Petit'' (also known as ''Guilty Gear Puchi'' because of [[SpellMyNameWithAnS romanisation issues]]).
** This was preceded by the GameBoy ports of ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' and ''VideoGame/BattleArenaToshinden'', which chibified the characters to better fit them to the screen.
** This technique is also employed in the UsefulNotes/NeoGeoPocket fighting games, like ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters R-1'' and ''R-2'' (which are pocket versions of ''[='97=]''and ''[='98=]'', respectively) and ''[[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcom The Match of the Millennium]]'', to keep the characters recognizable and well-animated (compare to the UsefulNotes/GameBoy ports of many SNK games).
* The characters of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' appear in chibi form in the games ''Super Puzzle Fighter II'' and ''Pocket Fighter'' (also known as ''VideoGame/SuperGemFighter'').
* All the characters of the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series appeared like this up to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. The eighth game was the first with realistically proportioned characters, and while the ninth went back to slightly Super-Deformed (mostly for nostalgia's sake), every game since has had realistic characters.
** While the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles'' spinoffs have so far kept this style, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChroniclesTheCrystalBearers'' uses a more realistic style.
** While ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' uses generally realistic proportions, the Tarutaru race's build is intentionally reminiscent of a super-deformed style.
** ''VideoGame/TheatrhythmFinalFantasy'' has all of the characters in smaller, cuter versions of their original designs.
%%* Almost the entire point of the ''Puzzle Fighter'' games.
* A special move (unique for each character) lets you turn your fighter into one of these in ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown 2''. It returns in ''Samurai Shodown 6''.
* The makers of ''VideoGame/{{Valis}} II'' put out for the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis a joke version of the game, ''Valis SD'' (or ''Syd of Valis''), with the heroine of the series, Yuko Ahko, drawn in SD/chibi form.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IGPZflaBdM The framing device]] of the ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' [[TheAnimeOfTheGame mini-scenario]] from the ''VisualNovel/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'' fanbox used chibi versions of Nanoha and the kitsune Kuon.
* "Super-Deformed" is the default art style of the main ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' series of games (1 through 10), and all the characters are deformed even further in ''VideoGame/MegaManPoweredUp''.
* The cel-shading character designs of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' are based on this style, as are all handheld ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games from ''Four Swords'' to ''Spirit Tracks''.
* Not used in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' itself, but the fan-made VirtualPaperDoll "create.swf" uses this style.
* This has become {{Creator/Nitrome}}'s SignatureStyle, used to depict all humans (and, in one case, zombies.) [[SugarBowl Results]] [[GrotesqueCute vary]].
* The "Teach Me, Miss Litchi!" segments of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' are done in this style.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' has this as apart of their groovy chats. During time to time, you'd see a mini cut-in photo of the characters in their chibi form. This is just for laughs.
* ''VideoGame/SDSnatcher'', an RPG adaptation of ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'' with super-deformed characters and a slightly different storyline.
* ''Mighty Final Fight'' was obviously created because the NES couldn't handle the huge sprites of ''VideoGame/FinalFight'', but the LighterAndSofter characterization affirms the super-deformed aesthetic.
* ''VideoGame/SuperDodgeBall'', ''VideoGame/RiverCityRansom'' and most other ''VideoGame/KunioKun'' games. The few exceptions include the very first game, ''Renegade''.
* Creator/JackieChan and Josephine in ''VideoGame/JackieChansActionKungFu''.
* Most of the death scenes in ''VideoGame/TimeGal'' render Reika as a chibi for some reason.
* ''VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale'' and its customizable minions are taking part here. You can choose your own littled bodies big headed characters and have them cheer for you.
* The Japanese website for ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' features Gwen-chan and Dr. Boar, chibi versions of the already cute Gwen and the tamable boar. Gwen-chan was eventually included in the game as a miniature, tonic, and AprilFools joke transformation.
* In ''VideoGame/PersonaQShadowOfTheLabyrinth'', The entire cast appears as smaller, cuter versions of their regular appearances from ''Persona 3'' and ''Persona 4''.
* Morgana from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' is a talking cat who while in the world of the Palace takes on a cartoony appearance, possessing a head bigger then his body along with goofy animations and facial expressions, and overall looks rather out of place amid the generally dark, gritty atmosphere of the world around him.
* ''VideoGame/VectorThrust'' boasts a Skirmish Mode mutator called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Eggplane Mode]].
* The ''Project Mirai'' games from the ''VideoGame/HatsuneMikuProjectDiva'' series take the already cute Music/{{Vocaloid}} characters and make them even cuter by making them into this trope. The designs are based off the Nendoroid figures (see the Toys section).
* In ''VideoGame/ArcStyleBaseball3D'', all players have a big head without a nose and a small body. Proportions are exaggerated for distinction purposes and vary depending on whether a character is a normal male, a Macho, a Tall one, a Small one or a girl (which will have a thinner waist, wider thighs and a notable bust). CharacterCustomization lets you choose one of these 5 body builds, all of which are chibi in their own way.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In the [[HaveANiceDeath Tiger Dojo]] in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Taiga and Illya sometimes take chibi form. Any other characters in the Dojo always appear as chibi.
* A brief scene in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', when Rika gets mad at Hanyuu's fatalism and punishes her by eating spicy food and drinking alcohol. "Our senses are linked..." The [[http://keikakudoori.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/hg141.jpg original]] sound novel [[http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/4170/higurashioriginaldoujinqs3.jpg art]] is also chibi-like.
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' uses chibi versions of the female characters as gallery buttons and on its pop-ups. Most famously, the "Are you sure you want to quit?" pop-up features a picture of chibified [[TheWoobie Hanako Ikezawa]] huddling in the corner, invoking YouBastard - no-one wants to make a tiny Hanako cry!
* A portion of ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaV3'' takes place in a virtual reality simulation, in which everyone's avatar was designed in this style, but otherwise look exactly like the character they represent.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' - the giant, godzilla-like Alligator Rak Wraithraiser gets shrunk to a chibi by Y Han Sung after being rude to him. [[spoiler: As of Volume 2, he appears to be able to control this at will, even staying small as a disguise and reverting back when in battle.]]
* The now-defunct ''Webcomic/GhastlysGhastlyComic'' has chibis as their own subspecies of humanity. One recurring character, Chibi-Sue, is a thirty-six-year-old chibi woman who can't have a normal relationship, as the only men interested in her are pedophiles. She also lacks fingers (a common trait of super-deformed characters), making her life suck all the more.
* Durkon, Belkar and all other dwarf and halfling characters in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' have smaller bodies than humans and elves but their heads are the same size, and so look disproportionately large on them.
** Lampshaded by Belkar [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0165.html here]].
* The Succubus protagonist from ''[[http://www.krakowstudios.com/index.php Krakow]]'', Kia, has a demonic spell that can Chibi-fy people -- including herself. Two words: [[ThoseWackyNazis Chibi Nazi!]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}'' used this as a kind of special effect several times, like [[http://the-qlc.com/loserz/go/192 here]].
** There's also [[http://the-qlc.com/loserz/go/40 this one]]. The author himself defines the last panel as "the best panel EVER".
* Occasionally used in ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', for example [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1990908/escaping-the-winter/ here]].
* ''Webcomic/M9Girls'': Artist Kanela used chibi panels for comedic effect.
* The characters of ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' periodically become chibified.
* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' will turn a scared character into this form for a panel.
* ''[[http://www.lilformers.com Lilformers]]'' does this with {{Transformers}} and other pop-culture characters.
* ''Webcomic/{{Lizzy}}'', [[http://comics.cyberneticevilstudios.com/pages/1/30a.html page 30]] makes fun of these.
-->'''Lord CJ:''' I'm a chibi, ain't I kawaii...?
* ''Webcomic/{{Blip}}'' uses this during a PensieveFlashback: Partway through Liz's memory of a nasty argument, both K and Mary [[http://rakugakiwall.com/blip/archive/265 transform into chibis]] and remain that way until the flashback ends. This seems to be indicative that Liz thought they were both acting immaturely, and it's certainly indicative that Liz is [[RashomonStyle deliberately exaggerating]] the events for the benefit of her audience.
** Lesser angels and demons are depicted as chibis all the time.
* Done stealthily in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': It's hard to see because it's permanent and the protagonists are kids, but when they do something awesome (AKA Hero Mode), they're dechibified.
** And now [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] with Aradia, whose first appearances had been in non-chibi form: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004033 Render the girl in a more symbolic manner.]]
* ''Webcomic/KhaosKomix'' goes a little heavy on the chibis, usually for comic relief.
** [[http://www.khaoskomix.com/cgi-bin/comic.cgi?chp=1&page=10 Whether the characters are hanging out at Steve's place...]]
** [[http://www.khaoskomix.com/cgi-bin/comic.cgi?chp=5&page=14 ...or their mom catches them smoking.]]
* Art's eyebrows in ''WebComic/SequentialArt'' have been getting bigger and bigger, to the point it's been {{Lampshaded}} in-comic using HypocriticalHumor. His eyebrows were ridiculously big to begin with, though.
* Many ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' sketchbook strips have the main and/or supporting characters chibified. This was done often for the "party" or "holiday" strips presumably as it was a convenient way to fit [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters all the characters]] in without it being crowded. [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2003-10-26 This]] strip is a good example of this.
* In ''Webcomic/ElfOnlyInn'', Hambonetaru-Chan bought the chat room when they were running out of funds to run it. As a new rule, [[http://www.elfonlyinn.net/d/20020822.html everyone got new Super-Deformed avatars]], except Goku, who was already anime, and [[spoiler:Megan, who rebelled against it]].
** Lord of Dorkness was ruining the fun of the ElfOnlyInn room, with permission from Lord Elf. Duke and Nimoy went to Demon Citadel to try to recruit a demon to fight Lord of Dorkness. When they were laughed at, they decided to ruin the dark mood by being silly for as long as it took to get someone. One of their stunts was [[http://www.elfonlyinn.net/d/20021025.html Duke bringing back his Super-Deformed avatar]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' concludes every chapter with one or more chibi pages which parody the chapter's events.
** SuperDeformed also occasionally makes an appearance in the actual storyline. The most notable example is [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5568 here]], when Phani'nath gives a rather abridged summary of the previous council meeting.
* In ''Webcomic/RavenWolf'', the [[PettingZooPeople human animal]] heroes are sometimes drawn as cute quadruped animals.
* In ''Webcomic/CatNine'', every now and then when the situation calls for it, for group shots, or if the artist is feeling lazy. [[http://cat-nine.net/comic/myan-flips/]]
* In particularly comedic situations the characters from ''Webcomic/{{morphE}}'' will change from their stock character portraits to super deformed reaction sprites, they are the only time the portraits ever change.
* The lightly manga-influenced ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' occasionally uses chibified versions of its characters in fantasy or emphatically comedic panels -- [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/it_is_all_your_fault as here, for example.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Consolers}}'' occasionally has its characters drawn as simplified dot-eyed (or OpaqueLenses for characters with glasses), noseless, fingerless chibis for comedy.
* Occasionally in ''Webcomic/{{Blitzcrafter}}'', the comic will cut to a stylized image of the scene, featuring all characters as super deformed [[FloatingLimbs Rayman-esque]] sprites. This appears to be a nod to games where the spritework is in this style, while the cutscenes feature much better graphics.
* In ''Webcomic/ScalieSchoolie'', this is a side effect of the [[http://shenanimation.tumblr.com/post/131541758806/page-45-updates-mondaywednesday-click-here-to Funko Pox]].
-->'''Ada:''' You're... proportioned incorrectly, but in a way that's still aesthetically pleasing!

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'''s SeriesMascot is a Super-Deformed CaptainErsatz of [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]] known as "Kukulu".
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Mw1ARQc7vw Bratz Dolls May Give Young Girls Unrealistic Expectations Of Head Size]]" on ''Website/TheOnion'' explores the [[FridgeLogic ramifications]] of even the mild form (4 heads) seen in Franchise/{{Bratz}} dolls.
* The only time this is used in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is when [[AscendedFangirl Ruby]] [[TheCutie Rose]] had just arrived at Beacon Academy, and was observing the other students' weapons. Ruby is a ''big fan'' of weapons. And then, there is the spinoff series ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi''.
* ''WebAnimation/NeuroticallyYours'' has had "chibi-sodes" since the start of the 2011 reboot of the series. Currently, only subverted with Germaine's grandfather.
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation has the ([[BizarroEpisode non-canonical]]) device [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-5555-j SCP-5555-J - The Chibinator,]] created by Dr L██████. The machine targets a humanoid and conjures a Super-Deformed duplicate of them. This example seems to be an AffectionateParody of the trope, since the Mini versions (as they are called) are [[ADarkerMe much more hyperactive, more mischievous, and more violent.]] And since the Foundation is stock full of [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny-Ears Lawyers,]] the testing results have been [[GoneHorriblyWrong rather explosive, sometimes literally.]] Later, it’s revealed that the machine transports the Super-Deformed people from an entire Super-Deformed AlternateUniverse.
--> '''[[AmbiguouslyEvil Dr. Alto Clef:]]''' So you want to be my assistant?
--> '''Mini-Clef:''' KILL… kill kill kill.
--> '''Clef:''' Very good. Well, aside from being a miniature clone of me, what are your credentials?
--> '''Mini-Clef:''' MAIM! MURDER! SLAY! DESTROY!
--> '''Clef:''' [[DissonantSerenity I see. Well, I'm very impressed. You can start on Monday.]]
--> '''Mini-Clef:''' DEATH TO THE INFIDELS!
* [[http://img1.joyreactor.cc/pics/post/full/Anime-Kiseiju-Parasyte-паразит-1656831.jpeg This]] little piece of FanArt.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Wattersons in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' look somewhat deformed.
* Used in the [[WebAnimation/ChibiAvatar out-of-continuity shorts]] of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' that were available online and on the second season UsefulNotes/{{DVD}}. To achieve the main series's particular sense of realism, the creators set down some boundaries as to what they could and couldn't use for comic effect. With the shorts, Mike and Bryan, who are fans of the crazier variety of manga and anime, were able to pretty much let themselves go.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[Recap/TheLegendOfKorraS4E8Remembrances one episode]] features a number of characters [[http://i.imgur.com/eENQS9v.png appearing as chibi heads]], speaking to each other over a series a flashbacks.
* ''WesternAnimation/BubbleGuppies'' is all chibi all the time just like Handy Manny and Super Why.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' had Jazz revealing her plans to Maddie and Sam on how to stop the villains, shown in Super-Deformed style. Also, Chibi Paulina.
* ''WesternAnimation/HandyManny'' is all chibi all the time.
* ''WesternAnimation/MartinMystery'' has these moments from time to time, as well as its sister show ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeMe'' uses this at least OnceAnEpisode, often at strange moments.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'''s "Classroom Gems" shorts feature the characters in a chibi style based off Anime/{{Gunbuster}}'s Science Shorts.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow,'' and even moreso the accompanying toys.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperWhy'' is likewise all chibi all the time.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has many forays into Super Deformity.
** A series of shorts called "The New Teen Titans" was nothing but super deformed gag strips, proving popular enough to green-light a "WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo" series which is even more deformed.
* Snarf from ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' is basically a {{Chibi}}-[[Literature/TheHobbit Smaug]] as a ShoutOut to Creator/RankinBassProductions' film adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheHobbit''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'''s season 1 has a whole spin-off, ''Mini-Wakfu'', using the characters as Chibi for short vignettes mirroring the plot of the episodes they follow. Super-Deformed version of the characters appears also in the series proper, in {{Flashback}}s or {{Imagine Spot}}s.
* The designs of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' are a parody of super-deformed, with eyes taking up 80% of their heads, [[TheNoseless no noses]], and limbs that look like blobs with no joints [[FingerlessHands or fingers]].