Flying Face

A fictional character or creature that is just a head (as opposed to a Waddling Head or someone who's recently lost their head) that can also fly, hover, or just get around under its own power.

Comes in a few artistically styles

Sometimes these Flying Faces are nice, sometimes noisy Cloudcuckoolanders, often intelligent, and sometimes they don't talk.

Not to be confused with Floating Head Syndrome.

See Also: Cephalothorax, Oracular Head, and Oculothorax.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Yuurei Shoujo of Gate Keepers 21 with her "pretty" skull-in-a-ball.
  • In Black★Rock Shooter, Dead Master fights using flying skulls.
  • Jack Frost features Arvid, the Blood Pirate, a vampire that sprouted leathery wings from his Eyepatch of Power and flew away when all that was left from him was his head.
  • Mazinger Z villain Count Broken is a flying head with a headless android body... that just follows it around. He never attaches the head to his body; in fact sometimes he carries the head under his arm.
  • In Hell Teacher Nube, one of the Obake the eponymous Nube runs into is a human head with bat wings.

    Comic Books 
  • The Madballs comic book published by defunct Marvel Comics subsidiary Star Comics depicted the titular Madballs as heads that were able to get around by flying.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Bowler, In Mystery Men, has her father's skull embedded in her weapon, a bowling ball. She talks to it, and it, apparently, to her. It saves the day.
  • The eponymous Zardoz, which is actually a vehicle.


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    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Demiliches.
    • Vargouilles, whose "kiss" can turn you into one of them.
    • Basic D&D: the sacrol and druj monsters.
    • Dungeons & Dragons adventure OA6 Ronin Challenge. The last manifestation of General Goyat is a 50 foot tall floating head. Once the PCs do enough damage to it the flesh flakes away, leaving a giant flying skull.
    • The Forgotten Realms setting has Skullport, an underground city ruled by flying, spellcasting skulls that order the inhabitants to perform bizarre actions (and punish them if they don't).
  • Warhammer 40,000 has skull probes.
  • One of the monsters in the Munchkin card game has a Mortal Kom Bat: a flaming skull with bat wings.

    Video Games 
  • Zelda II had it's infamous Skull Balls that took seemingly hundreds of hits to kill. Yet were worth such good exp that people would spend hours grinding on them.
  • Morte and the mimirs from Planescape: Torment.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Several games from the series have flying skulls as enemies called ... Bubbles.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Oracle Games, the second part of Seasons' next-to-last's dungeon boss is against his giant flying skull, which spits fireballs at you.
  • There's a floating ghostly skull available as a non-combat pet in World of Warcraft. Floating ghostly skulls also appear during the fight against Yogg-Saron. Looking at them makes you lose sanity.
  • Doom has Lost Souls (flying flaming skulls which home in on you like missiles), Cacodemons (big red faces that belch ball-lightning), and Pain Elementals (giant brown faces with stubby arms that would cough up a potentially endless crowd of the aforementioned Lost Souls).
  • Skelly, one of the many optional party members in Chrono Cross, starts out as this. You have to find and assemble the rest of him to recruit him.
  • Great Dungeon in the Sky has Loads and Loads of Characters to choose from, including several varieties of floating skull.
  • Ghosts in Septerra Core are huge, ghostly floating skulls. Their damage reduction and magic attacks make them Demonic Spiders
  • The Sargassoes of Devil May Cry, appearing in the first two games as recurring enemies.
  • In the Castlevania series, recurring villainess Carmilla's One-Winged Angel form is that of a gigantic, naked woman riding an equally oversized skull that cries bloody tears (as a Visual Pun for her theme, "Bloody Tears"). Other examples periodically show up in this series, such as Death's OWA in the third game.
  • The ever-annoying flying heads in Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame.
  • Some Pokémon, like Glalie (which is even classified as the "Face Pokémon") and Cryogonal.
  • Face Raiders involves being attacked by a number of flying heads with the faces of anyone you've photographed.
  • Keith Courage In Alpha Zones has two types of flying skull enemies.
  • The Yukkuri head appears as the main adversary of Yukkuri Take in Something Else. It is a sprite-swap of the Angry Sun, so it can fly and mercilessly pursue Luigi.
  • Holy Diver has the zigzagging flying head Lyer. Besides being annoying, it's one of the most common enemies in the game.
  • Dreamcatcher in Skylanders: Trap Team.
  • Andross, the Big Bad of most Star Fox games, is a flying head paired with disembodied hands.
  • Chaos from Sonic Adventure is a character of the third type with a liquid like main body and core organs.

    Web Animation 
  • Cat Face: Cat Face is essentially a giant floating cat head. He has a body but it is extremely small and atrophied and just hangs underneath limply.
  • Strong Bad considers becoming one of these in the Strong Bad Email "disconnected", on top of having an autonomous headless body.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Balloon and Evil Balloon, the sentient balloons.

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