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A trope mainly seen in fantasy: a character or creature is gifted with huge ears, possibly as large as his or her body.

Those ears don't just mundanely grant keen hearing: they can somehow flap, and are strong enough to actually give the power of {{Flight}}.

Don't expect the [[ArtisticLicensePhysics actual physics]] or [[ArtisticLicenseBiology biology]] behind this to be anything but {{handwave}}d.

Sometimes, the ears may even look more like real wings, with or without feathers, attached to the head rather than actual ears.

A SubTrope of UnusualEars.

When the ears are instead spinning like a rotor, it falls into HeliCritter. Compare HairWings, MercurysWings, and HelicopterHair.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Patamon, Terriermon, Lopmon, and Culumon from ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' can fly with their large ears. Though whether Patamon's are actually ears or just wings growing out of his head is up for debate. And Terriermon more rides air currents than flies.
* The demoness Syren from ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' is within the subtrope of having large wings attached to her head.
* Baku from Sanrio's ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody'' series, can extend his ears and use them to fly.
* Another Sanrio example would be Cinnamoroll. A puppy who was born from the sky, that would use his long ears to fly.
* Peridot from ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}'' has ears vaguely similar to wings that she can use to fly (she's a dog). Io's floppy ears also allowed him to fly in the first season (he's a rabbit).

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In one strip of ''Game Over'' (a spin-off to ''ComicBook/KidPaddle''), the Little Barbarian gains Ear Wings by drinking a potion. He can then fly on top of a stone pillar to rescue the [[DamselInDistress Princess]]; unfortunately, she's startled by his appearance and screams, which deafens the hero and makes him fall to his death.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Creator/WaltDisney's ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'', of course. The whole story being about young elephant Dumbo trying to turn his embarrassingly huge ears into an asset by learning how to fly with them, with the help of a MagicFeather.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* From South American mythology, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chonchon Chonchon]] is a severed head enchanted by a kalkus (mapuche sorcerer) which take the form of a human head with feathers and talons, and very large ears acting a wings.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Crosses into BodyHorror with the Vargouille in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. This monster is a flying head with tentacles that turns people into other Vargouilles by ''kissing'' them. And it has bat wings in place of ears.
* ''TabletopGame/RuneQuest'' has the Chonchon (see above), a creature from the spirit world that manifests as a deformed head flying with its gigantic ears.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Cream the Rabbit from ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' can fly with her ears.
* Mario from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand2SixGoldenCoins'' flies with his bunny ears when he has the Magic Carrot powerup.
* ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}'' can glide for a few seconds with the help of his rather long ears.
* Some of the mooks in ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' do this occasionally. Somehow, this is the least blatant use of artistic license with regard to biology.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Dragonair have wings where their ears should be.
** Sky Forme Shaymin.
* The Remlits in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' use their ears for flight.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', TeamPet Mieu can learn to do this if you follow a certain sidequest chain. He does it naturally in TheAnimeOfTheGame.
* Milla Basset from ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'' can fly by flapping her ears.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2003-03-31 One panel]] of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' shows that the Enireth (a species evolved from some fresh-water amphibioids) were flying thanks to their elongated ears for a substantial part of their evolution.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The imps on ''Website/GaiaOnline'' have literal wings for ears and they can use them to fly. That they can do this in humanoid form is somehow more confusing than when they can do this as {{Waddling Head}}s.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Blackstar}}'' cartoon, Gossamer the Trobbit is a gnome with large ears allowing him to fly.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' OVA ''The Legend of Ogrest'', the title character finds by accident that his large ears allow him to fly by flapping very fast (hummingbird-like fast, in fact). It's quite instinctive at the start and Ogrest has a hard time controlling it, leading to a few crashes.
* Kowl, from ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'', pictured above. He seems to be a hybrid of a koala and an owl ([[MeaningfulName hence his name]]), and uses his ears as wings. Although his flight appears to be magic and quite apart from how he flaps his ears. Note how, in "The Secret of the Sword", his response to getting startled is to freeze -- and he just stay there sitting frozen in mid-air.
* In a {{Fractured Fairy Tale}}s-styled ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode, Deedeelocks [[Literature/{{Pinocchio}} can make her ears grow by telling lies]]. She uses her giant ears to fly herself and her friends off into the sunset.
* Sticking to the "insult everyone" theme, ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' portrays Ben Stiller as having this ability.
* ''WesternAnimation/AliasTheJester'': Boswell has a pair of small but functional wings sprouting from his head. There's reason to believe that Alias (never seen without a hat that covers the sides of his head) does too.
* A Creator/HannaBarbera ''[[WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow Pixie & Dixie]]'' short has Dixie learn to fly by flapping his ears.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': A gag from the 2017 season is to parody Jeff Sessions as having mobile ears, which he sometimes flaps around to fly.
* ''WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit'' occasionally uses his long floppy ears to fly as a quick visual gag, such as in "Oh What a Knight" when he uses them to escape falling into an alligator-filled moat.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* All squids have these (well, more like ear fins); UpToEleven with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bigfin_squid bigfin squid.]] Of special mention are two cephalopods that are ''not'' true squids, though closely related. The first is the "Dumbo Octopus" (''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimpoteuthis Grimpoteuthis]]''), and the second is the "Vampire Squid" (''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampyroteuthis Vampyroteuthis]]''). A subversion, as the "ear wings" have nothing to do with hearing and aren't even found on the mollusks' equivalent of a head; they're simply located on a part of the mantle which ''looks'' a little like a head, one on each side.