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
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.
- 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.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Holly in Captain Disillusion.