I like drawing the Genie because then I don't have to worry about legs.
Perhaps a combination of Partial Transformation
and Super Smoke
or a general characteristic of beings that aren't of this Earth, including but not limited to genies and ghosts. Characters with fog feet
operate as if they have a full anatomy, but some portion of their lower body is invisible or insubstantial.
Compare and contrast Invisible Anatomy
. For the trope where feet are blurred due to speed, see Wheel o' Feet
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Anime & Manga
Films — Animation
- Aladdin: Genie has a tail of the same shape as that of an archetypical genie most of the time. When his connection to the lamp is broken at the end of the film by Aladdin's final wish, the tail is broken off of the lamp and he grows a pair of legs... though the legs are seen at least once before that.
- Hades on Hercules, whose robes dissolve into wisps of smoke.
Films — Live-Action
- La Saga du Prêtre Jean: In book 2 L'il du Sphinx (The Eye of the Sphinx), hostile desert spirits attacking a caravan look like humans above the waist, but have nothing but a whirlwind below.
- Charmed has demons made of smoke; they wear cloaks and don't have feet, but still hover and such.
Myths & Religion
- This is a common representation of genies. While the upper torso appears solid, the legs end in a wisp of smoke, generally connected to the lamp, bottle or whatever genie artifact they're supposedly coming from.
- In Japanese mythology, ghosts are typically depicted as legless.
- Cartoon depictions of ghosts in Western culture often portray them as legless, but there's no real cultural evidence that ghosts are thought to be this way... it seems to simply be a visual shorthand to imply their otherworldly nature.
- Touhou has Mima, Konngara, and Soga no Tojiko (funnily enough, she has two of them).
- In Sonic Adventure 2, a chao that plays with bats will eventually have its legs disappear; it'll hover above the ground instead.
- The Firelord hero from Warcraft III has a humanoid torso, but moves along on a tail made of magma.
- Ghosts in Puzzle Pirates are wisps of smoke from the waist down, but act as if they had normal legs.
- Zettai Hero Kaizou Keikaku has an item that replaces the main character's legs with a cloud.
- Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus from Pokemon Black And White all have clouds for lower torsos.
- In Baldur's Gate II, the genie model (used for djinn, dao and, less apropriately in terms of looks, efreet) has both a legged and a "tapering down to a point as if emerging from a bottle or lamp" version.
- Elias from Panel de Pon has normal feet, but her lower body transforms into a cyclone during her attacking animation. One of her official artworks◊ evokes this, too.
- In Catacomb Abyss, spectres (if that's really what they're called) are bat-featured vaguely humanoid insubstantial-looking creatures that taper down to a point and float just above the ground.
- A common trait of spectral or semi-incorporeal demons in the Shin Megami Tensei franchise. Some examples:
- The Native American cloud people Shiwanna, whose body solidifies and dissipates into purple wisps.
- The Aztec Tezcatlipoca, who has legs and the hint of feet, but as he strides forward those feet just... fade into a vapor.
- The Classic Elementals Flaemis, Aeros, and Aquans.
- The Islamic Jinn, a Lawyer-Friendly Cameo of Disney's Genie.
- The entire lower body is replaced by a cloud for Mega Man 7's Cloud Man and his Mega Man Battle Network counterpart.
- In Sins, Lust tends to get stuck with this a lot.
- Ghosts in Minus have fog-feet; but they can fly, so they don't really need feet anyway.
- Sprites in Homestuck, which is appropriate since most are prototyped with and take on the memories and form of dead people close to the player. Curiously, though, actual dead people and ghosts such as Aradia don't follow this trope.
- The Literal Genie of The Princess Planet; the page quote from the artist explains why.
- Ghosts in Our Little Adventure are pictured with a wisp of smoke instead of legs.
- In The Order of the Stick, anyone flying via the cleric spell Wind walk is depicted this way.
- The Lilitu from Underling, primitive nature demons from ancient times, have the form of female imps with a trail of smoke instead of legs. Including main character Lilith, although she can take a more humanoid shape.
- Danny Phantom: Danny had a ghost-like tail some of the time.
- The Faceless One from Masters of the Universe was always portrayed, both in animation and comic books, as a ghostly figure with mystic smoke around his legs. When he finally received an action figure that had no representation of the smoke, many fans were displeased.
- The Venture Bros.: The villain known as The Phantom Limb has a very dangerous version of this trope.
- McDeek the Genie, in his true form, has a long trail of purple smoke instead of legs.
- Rushu, lords of the Shushus, is a special case: he can replace his lower body by searing flames if he chooses so.
- In season 2 episode 22, both Ecaflip spirits Mélo and Sho-Bubu lack legs, having instead ectoplasmic "tails" linking them to their respective cursed rings.
- SpongeBob SquarePants: the Flying Dutchman refers to his as "my ghostly tail".
- ...and sometimes wears a sock on it.
- Casper Scare School: All ghosts have genie-like tails most of the time, however Casper is shown to be able to grow a pair of legs when needed, so presumably other ghosts can do this too.