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[[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} Waddle Dee]], a [[VideoGame/MegaMan Met]][[SpellMyNameWithAnS /Metool/ Mettall/Mettaur/]][[FanNickname Hard Hat]], a [[VideoGame/{{Braid}} Monstar]], and a [[Webcomic/KidRadd Bogey]].]]-]

There are a large number of video game enemies and creatures which physically resemble a coloured sphere with eyes and feet. It is a mystery how they are even capable of lifting their feet to take a step, let alone anything as complicated as running or jumping. These goofy-looking creatures are often TheGoomba of their respective games.

The most they have with regards to other limbs are stretchy, stubby stumps in place of arms or hands. Otherwise, expect them to lift and manipulate objects, if they must, with InvisibleAnatomy.

The reason for this is partly [[FunSize because it's cute]] and partly practicality. Back in the 8-bit era, most video game sprites had to fit in 16 x 16 squares. The easiest way to make a cute, harmless-looking enemy with that many pixels is to just draw a big-eyed face, and put feet on the bottom to justify its ability to walk.

A subtrope of {{Cephalothorax}} and CartoonCreature. Most of these are a variant of {{Mooks}}, although there are also non-evil examples. The exact opposite is TinyHeadedBehemoth.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Action Adventure ]]

* Dizzy of the ''VideoGame/{{Dizzy}}'' series is another PlayerCharacter example. Dizzy is an egg with boxing gloves, as are the other Yolk Folk.
** The monsters from the arcade spin-off ''Fast Food'' go even further: [[ArmlessBiped they have no arms]].
* Both the titular characters of ''Head Over Heels''.
* The ghosts in ''{{Ufouria}}''/''Hebereke''.
* Bubbles in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' are [[DemBones skull]] versions of this, although they don't walk. They either hop around or use tiny wings to fly.
* Balrog from ''VideoGame/CaveStory''. Though he's not exactly an oval, really. Interestingly, in the early version of the game, this character design was a common level enemy, rather than a specific character. (Perhaps [[PaletteSwap Pooh Black]] is a remnant from this stage of development?)

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[[folder: Maze Game ]]

* ''PacMan'', in all incarnations ''except'' the early and ''Championship Edition'' games (where he's only a head).

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[[folder: Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game ]]

* The [[http://www.kmobile.co.kr/report_img/vegatable.bmp titular Koongya characters]] that appeared in the Korean online games ''Koongya Adventure'' (Now defunct) and ''Green Village'', as well as a [[TheAnimeoftheGame animated series based on the games]]. They are small lifeforms who are like a cross between {{Anthropomorphic Food}} (although there are Koongyas that are not based on food such as dung Koongya.) and Kirby. Like Kirby, they are a rare Player Character example.

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[[folder: Pinball ]]

* The Dread Heads from ''VideoGame/CrueBall'' are skulls with sandaled feet that wander the playfields.

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[[folder: Platform Game ]]

* Kirby of the ''{{Kirby}}'' series is a rare PlayerCharacter example, but his foes include such quintessential waddling heads as Waddle Dee.
* ''SuperMarioBros''[='=] Goombas are somewhat justified, as they're supposed to be stout chestnuts. Or maybe mushrooms. [[MST3KMantra Try not to think about it]]. As are the Bob-ombs, which are {{Cartoon Bomb}}s with eyes, feet, and (later) a windup key.
** Shy Guys started out this way in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'', but developed torsos in the SNES era. Compare [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/e/ec/ShyGuySprite.gif this]] to [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/f/fb/ShyTennis.png this.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Braid}}''[='=]s grumpy-looking Monstars. (No relation to certain ''Film/SpaceJam'' characters.)
** These guys went through some [[http://www.destructoid.com/art-attack-friday-the-braid-that-almost-was-part-2-foes-149839.phtml freaky design phases.]]
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan''[='=]s Metools are just helmets with feet. They are also much tougher than most examples on this page.
* The main character of ''VideoGame/{{Eversion}}''. Also the regular enemies, although they end up being footless Slithering Heads by the end of the game.
* Gooms, Pirate Gooms, certain other enemies and types of Bandineros from the ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' series are this kind of enemy.
* The Moos from ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}.''
* [[TheLegendaryStarfy Starfy]] resembles a WaddlingHead more than a five-limbed aquatic creature rightfully ought to.
** Then again, [[WordOfGod he's not a starfish or a star]]. He's a creature that resembles the two.
* The main character and many enemies in ''MrGimmick!''
* An old computer game called ''[[http://takegame.com/logical/htm/zeek.htm Zeek the Geek]]'' features a little red alien who fits this trope.
* Most characters in ''VideoGame/{{Purple}}'' are wadddling heads, including the player character.
* Most minions in BillyHatcherAndTheGiantEgg.
* The Undergrounders from MrDriller
* The Pookas from DigDug
* BLOB, the protagonist of ''{{Starquake}}''.
* Miss Chack'n & Mr. Chack'n from ''Chack'n Pop''. They have three-fingered hands, but no arms. Mr. Chack'n does have legs, but shows it only when he jumps.
* The Great Circus Mystery staring Mickey and Minnie features different versions of the waddling head in each level.

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[[folder: Puzzle Game ]]

* From ''AdventuresOfLolo'' we have Lolo and Lala.
* Nuts, Milk and Yogurt from ''[[VideoGame/NutsAndMilk Nuts & Milk]]''.
* The ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'' and ''VideoGame/BadPiggies''.
* ''LogicalJourneyOfTheZoombinis''
* ''VideoGame/NumberMunchers'' and the hostile Troggles.
* The various enemy characters in ''Fruity Frank''.
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Dweep}}'' is a purple ball of fur with eyes and tiny feet, who moves by hopping around.

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[[folder: Rhythm Game ]]

* The Patapons (and their enemies) of ''VideoGame/{{Patapon}}''

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[[folder: Role Playing Game ]]

* Rabites, icons of the ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'' series, are essentially furry blobs with puffy tails and rabbit ears. Though they are generally regarded as [[TheGoomba pitifully weak]], there are [[KillerRabbit some terrifyingly formidable variants]].
* Many {{Pokemon}} are like this. In the fourth generation games, there's a new section in the PokÚdex for body-types. Oddish, Poliwag, Bonsly, Seedot, Azurill, Shroomish, and Tangela are amongst the many.
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound''[='=]s Mr. Saturns, and the generic enemy Foppy and its orange PaletteSwap counterpart, Fobby.

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[[folder: Shoot Em Up ]]

* Yukkuris in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fanon are essentially these.
* The true form of the final boss from the arcade game ''VideoGame/{{NARC}}'', Mr. Big, was a giant head.

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[[folder: Tower Defense ]]

* The Minirobots from ''VideoGame/MiniRobotWars'', who bear a huge resemblance to the above-mentioned Metools from ''VideoGame/MegaMan''. They're not so much waddling heads as they are standing heads, however, because they are not shown walking in-game.

!!Non-video game examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''DogDays'', because of some protective enchantments, when someone is wounded or "killed", they temporarily turn into one of these rather than dying.
* Don Patch from ''BoboboboBobobo'' (and his Kopatch lackeys).
* Most baby ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''. Very few of them have any sort of limbs at all and most are generally constrained to bouncing around.
* Yubaba has 3 of them in ''Anime/SpiritedAway''. They get turned into a copy of Yubaba's baby by Zeniba later.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In ''ComicBook/CastleWaiting'', AffablyEvil demon Leeds usually manifests as a demonic humananoid head directly attached to a pair of short goats' legs.

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* ''Series/MythBusters'': Jamie Hyneman once made an (adorable) army of WaddlingHead robots in order to see if a platoon marching in lock-step across a bridge could collapse it.
* "The Head Detective" sketches on ''InLivingColor'' featured your typical CowboyCop who happened to be one of these. He'd bring down the baddies by getting his partner to toss him at them.

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[[folder: Toys ]]

* Mr. Potato Head might be the oldest example, though he can also have arms.
* Furbies.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* The webcomic ''Webcomic/KidRadd'' has Bogeys as the [[TheGoomba Goomba]]s of the fictional Kid Radd game.
* ''UserFriendly''[='=]s Dust Puppy.
* In ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Molly's pet tentacle bunny Snookums is basically this, although he hops instead of waddling.
* ''DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' has [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_850.php Fluffy]].
* Deconstructed in ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire''; the Beemahs are a race of digitigrade {{Waddling Head}}s, and as a result require assistance with vital life functions, which is used to force them into slavery.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DZDN8lo5rww Fuzzy]] fits the bill.
* The characters in the ''Tales of the Blode'' flash animations.
* ''{{Vocaloid}}'': Tako Luka.
* [=JubJub=]s in {{Neopets}} (cute fluffballs with humanlike feet) and Kikos (inexplicably bandaged spheroids with clawed hands on the ends of two bendy arms). [=JubJub=] feet seem dexterous enough to serve in the office of hands. Kikos are aquatic creatures which use their arms to swim or paddle; on land they bounce.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''LooneyTunes'': Marvin the Martian temporarily became this trope whenever his doomsday devices backfired, reducing him to a helmet waddling around on oversized shoes, making him a possible UrExample.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Octo Octavia/Octotavia.
* Many of the characters from ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'', such as Bob the Tomato. Though in his case it's more of a Bouncing Head, since they also have no feet.
* The title character of FatDogMendoza.
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