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.

See Also: Cephalothorax, Oracular Head, and Oculothorax.

Examples:

Anime and 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.

Film
  • 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.

Literature

Live-Action Television
  • Zelda from the old TV Horror Host Svengoolie, and Tombstone from his successor Son of Svengoolie (which is now just called Svengoolie).
  • Super Sentai and its adaptation Power Rangers have some of these:
    • The Bigger Bad of [1] is called Dai-Satan, who is essentially Satan himself appearing as a giant blue floating head with large spines as hair. This being also appeared in [1] adapted as the Monster of the Week Lokar.
    • Daimaoh, the Big Bad of Ninja Sentai Kakuranger has a flying base in the form of of demonic skull, called the Skeleton Skull. This flying base also appears in the third season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers under the name Space Skull.

Music

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.
  • Several games from The Legend of Zelda series have flying skulls as enemies called ... Bubbles.
  • 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.

Web Comics

Web Original
  • 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.

Western Animation
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