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->''"Snorlax is pretty lazy... but Togepi hatched, got halfway out of his shell and just said, 'Fuck it.'"''
-->-- Franchise/{{Pokemon}} meme

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).



[[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.

[[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]].
* In the Archie Comics' [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic The Hedgehog]] comic, the character Speedy, heir to the leadership of the Battle Bird Armada, wears an eggshell around his crotch, which fans often point out makes him look like he's wearing a diaper.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Sheldon of ''ComicStrip/USAcres'', who read some newspapers before he was born and refused to completely hatch, only sticking his feet out. This was spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', where Sheldon finally hatched, into another shell just like it.

[[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.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Baby Sinclair from the pilot episode of ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}''.
* Obscure 1990s puppet show ''Series/ChickenMinute'' had a chick called Ulysses who would pop out of his shell wearing the top as a hat.

[[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/SonicAdventure'' and ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', your Chao can wear eggshells as hats.
* ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' series:
** Jr. Troopa from ''VideoGame/{{Paper Mario|64}}''.
*** Averted with the Yoshi Kid from the sequel, where his diaper/shorts only have a similar polka-dot pattern as a Yoshi egg.
** 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 ''VideoGame/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.

[[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'', [=Dee Dee=] 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.