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->'''Luigi:''' Did I catch the ball?
->'''Mario:''' What do you mean, "catch the ball"? You ''were'' the ball!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'', "The Yoshi Shuffle"

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, PinballGag and BodyInflationGag.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''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.
* Frieza does this to Goku in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', trapping him in a sphere of energy and then batting him around for a while. Much later, there's an instance where this is used willingly ''and'' unwillingly in quick succession. Super Buu curls himself up into a ball to attack Gotenks, but Gotenks turns it around by using his Galactica Donuts attack to trap Buu in a highly volatile energy sphere...that he and Piccolo then use as a volleyball.
* Whenever they are not fighting, Anime/{{Bakugan}}s will actually compress themselves into tiny spheres.
* One of the Witches is described in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'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 ''Manga/{{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 [[SuperpowerLottery Teitoku]] [[SmugSuper Kakine]] into a ball. [[spoiler:Luckily for him, he had [[MesACrowd another version of himself]] still around...and unluckily for him, said other version [[DeathOfPersonality had already decided he didn't want to be "him" anymore]]]].
* In a ''Manga/SailorMoon'' episode, Tesuni, one of Nephrite's youma, traps the title character in a giant tennis ball, Nephrite's target for that episode being a tennis player.
* This is one of the standard technique of the Akimichi clan in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. It's called "Meat Tank".
* In ''Manga/TheLawOfUeki'', a one-shot character named Mario has the power to turn himself into a giant billiard ball.

[[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 ''ComicBook/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]].
* ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'': Reed sometimes uses his RubberMan powers to do this, usually so Ben can throw him at something.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} has been known to do this to Odie on occasion.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'' (which is also the TropeNamer), large numbers of ants join together into a massive wrecking ball. If you're lucky, you're somewhere in the middle of the ball; if you're Z, you're one of the ten or so forming the chain at the top who have to support the weight of the rest of the ants.
* 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'', 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.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* A rare example of a LIVE person occurs in ''Film/SpaceJam'', with Michael Jordan.
* Another live action example is in ''Film/{{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 ''Film/SkyHigh2005'', 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 ''Film/TheToxicAvengerPartII'', [[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.
* In an example of this being the character's regular shape, the droid BB-8 from ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/TheForceAwakens'' has a ball-shaped body and moves by rolling around. Lampshaded when Rey, piloting the ''Millennium Falcon'' tells him:
-->'''Rey:''' BB-8, hang on!!\\
'''BB-8:''' Bleep, bleep [With what?]
* In ''It's Sleazy'', a straight-to-video conceptual film by the shock rock band {{GWAR}}, several fake commercials are featured as music videos for their songs. One commercial for "Power Chum" (a sports drink made from [[ImAHumanitarian liquefied humans]]) features one of GWAR's pit slaves being scrunched into a ball and kicked around before being tossed into a giant meat grinder.

* 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.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'':
** Houka/Magipink 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 ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' also does this.
** Happens to a {{Mook}} in ''Magiranger'''s first episode. Then Kai kicks him into the other mooks.
* 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.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* German game ''TabletopGame/PlueschPowerUndPlunder'' (about [[LivingToys sapient, living]] [[EverythingsBetterWithPlushies plushies]]) has the unarmed combat technique "Balduin's basketball", which does exactly what you think it does.

* In ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', the Bohrok and Bohrok-Kal sets were able to roll up into balls. In the fluff this was to allow for ease of storage when they were inactive and also allowed for much faster travel over Mata Nui's rough terrain compared to their slow waddle when unfolded.

[[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. Also happens during a Yoo Who Cannon Bros. Attack.
** Ball Bounce in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam Dream Team]]'', which is like the ''Partners in Time'' move, but it bounces.
* ''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.
* 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.
* 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 its "Eat" attack, but instead of playing around after squishing them to a ball, it chomps down it's victim into its big gaping treasure chest mouth, crunches a few times and then belches them out whole with some random gold coins.
* From VideoGame/GuiltyGear we have Venom's Instant Kill "Dimmu Borgir", in which he grabs his opponent and turns him into a ball, then pool balls come and obliterate his oponent making him/her explode. The Xrd version gives the same attack, now called Giga Machina System in glorious 3d.
* One boss in the ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' games is all about this. In ''VideoGame/WarioLandII'' 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 ''VideoGame/WarioLand3'', it's a soccer game instead.
* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'':
** [[VideoGame/KirbysAdventure 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/KirbyAndTheRainbowCurse'' has it happening once again in a way similar to ''Canvas Curse''.
* ''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, which goes beyond an attack and is in fact one major factor of her mobility. Many puzzles require being in Morph Ball shape or making use of one of its upgrades.
* 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.
* The Age of Amateria in ''VideoGame/MystIIIExile'' ends with the player being launched into the massive roller coaster-like trackway that spans most of the Age, riding inside a ball-shaped capsule, coated in the material that the ice spheres in the Age are made of.
* From ''VideoGame/MegaMan6'', one of Blizzard Man's attack patterns is where he rolls into a snowball, gaining him temporary invincibility during this attack.
* Strike Man from ''VideoGame/MegaMan10'' 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. In-game, it's possible to do this in the Sealeo bonus stage if you hit a Spheal while it's wadding up a slide; it will get bounced by Sealeos through a basketball hoop.
* 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).
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' games:
** In ''Babs' Big Break'' for the Game Boy, during the battle with Arnold, if you try to attack Arnold when he isn't standing still, he will bounce you like a basketball and toss you in one of the hoops.
** This is Hamton's special ability in ''Acme All-Stars'' for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive.
* The Gorons in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' curl themselves up into balls in order to move at high speeds and to attack their enemies. Since Link can turn into a Goron in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', he gets to use this ability as well. Meanwhile, Princess Zelda herself in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]'' can curl when she possesses a Wrecker Phantom in the Tower of Spirits.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}'' series, rock Golems both big and small attack in this matter, curling up into a ball before rolling across the screen.
* ''In VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', Zac's "joke" emote involves inflating himself into a ball and bouncing until otherwise commanded.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' game ''Scream Arena'', one of the possible balls you can throw is the Morph Ball, which turns a competitor hit by it into a ball themself.
* ''VideoGame/FlingSmash'' combines this with BouncingBattler -- the hero, Zip, is a small ball-shaped critter who saves the day by bouncing off obstacles, treasures, and bad guys. Some enemies are only vulnerable from certain angles, so strategic bouncing is required.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The skeletal contortion of the Morph Ball in Franchise/{{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.]]

[[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'':
** [=SpongeBob=] 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.
** In ''Suction Cup Symphony'', Squidward does this to both [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick before kicking them out his window. They then come back in the same ball.
** In ''Krusty Krushers'', thinking it's a pretend wrestling match according to Mr. Krabs, both Patrick and Spongebob go into the wrestling ring against two big wrestlers and during the match, one of the wrestlers squish Patrick into a ball and puts a string through him and puts the string on Spongebob, the wrestler uses both Spongebob and Patrick to play paddle ball with Spongebob as the paddle and Patrick as the ball with Patrick later coming off and being caught by the other wrestler.
* 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 ''WesternAnimation/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.
* 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 ''Porky the Wrestler'', the challenger bounces Porky like a ball and plays "One, Two, Three O'Leary" with him.
* 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 ''WesternAnimation/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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'':
** In the episode, "Hero Hamton", when Hamton is too scared to go into the boxing ring against [[TerribleTrio Montana Max, Dizzy Devil, 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 he is spinning. When he's done, Dizzy throws them towards the mat and shape sthem into basketballs. He, Monty, and Calamity then take turns bouncing Buster and Babs around the ring until Hamton steps in and scares the three bullies away.
** In the "A Cat's Eye View" episode segment, "Party Crasher Plucky", when trying to get into a party with Shirley The Loon, Plucky is not on the list. The person who held the list, called the "bouncer" is dressed as a basketball player. He squishes Plucky into a ball and dribbles him down the walkway and then tosses him into a hoop. After being shot in the hoop, Plucky says, "So that's why they call them bouncers."
** In the episode, "Journey to the Center of Acme Acres", The big bad quake comes towards Plucky and Hamton's area in which the two try to escape it in which the two later get caught in the quake, the quake then turns into a hand and shapes both Plucky and Hamton into one ball scrunched together, bounces them a few times and then shoots them into a hoop. When underground, Buster, Babs, Hamton and Plucky all get turned briefly into bowling pins when a gremlin bowls a big ball of gold at them.
* 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.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' episode "Paw and Order" Nasty Jack shows Piglet the difference between bouncing and trouncing by turning one of his fellow horse thieves into a basketball... dribbling and shooting him into a hoop for good measure.
* ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'': In "Pantry Panic", Woody gets smacked around as a ball.
* This is the primary use of ''WesternAnimation/BenTen'''s Cannonbolt form.
* Tony the Tiger does this in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpW0YrQZnYk this]] Frosted Flakes commercial.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episodes "Apes of Wrath", "Incredible Bulk", "The Darkwing Squad", and "Smarter than a Speeding Bullet", DW is squashed and used as the ball.
* In ''WesternAnimation/InfinityTrain'', One-One is a spherical robot with a LiteralSplitPersonality, each personality inhabiting one-half of the sphere and able to operate independently.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'':
** In several episodes, [[SuperStrength Bad Kaeloo]] will [[InvoluntaryShapeshifter beat Mr. Cat into the shape of a ball]] and then play soccer, tennis, etc. with him.
** In one episode, Kaeloo decides to punish both Mr. Cat and Quack Quack, so she uses Quack Quack as the ball and Mr. Cat as a racket to hit him with.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye The Sailor}}'' 1960's cartoon, in the episode "The Rain Breaker", Popeye and Olyve Oil are having a picnic in which Popeye falls asleep and he's in a battle with Thor/Brutus where he is easily outmatched and Thor uses his thunderbolt to transform Popeye into a ball and then bowls him into a set of fiery bowling pins and then Thor flattens him like a pancake, throws him against the wall and starts throwing more thunderbolts at Popeye until Popeye eats his spinach, beats Thor and then wakes up.