Moles, the denizens of the underground, digging their tunnels. Often Beneath the Earth
and in miner attire, no doubt Tunnel Kings
. Also included are gophers and other burrowing rodents. See also Mole Men
, who are very similar to this trope, but more humanoid.
Not to be confused with The Mole
. See also Drill Mole
Eastern European Animation
- ''Krtek'' or Krteček (meaning "mole" and "little mole" respectively), invented by the Czech animator Zdeněk Miler, is a cute little mole and is often seen with a shovel in his hands.
- All moles in the Redwall series are experts at tunneling.
- The mole who wants to marry Thumbelina.
- Moley from The Wind in the Willows. He likes nothing better than the cozy safety of his burrow.
- The books based on CBBC's 1980s mascot Gordon T. Gopher made much of his burrowing skills, which generally didn't come up when he was squeaking at Philip Schofield between Bananaman and Grange Hill.
- The Moles from Whack-A-Mole all wear the miner's helmets.
- Monty Mole from Super Mario World.
- Another Monty Mole, who in fact even worked as a miner, was the titular character of a series of computer games by Gremlin Graphics.
- The citizens of Moleville in Super Mario RPG
- Mr. Resetti from the Animal Crossing games, a mole in a miner outfit who pesters the player every time they reset the game.
- The moles from the The Legend of Spyro trilogy.
- Earlier Spyro game, A Hero's Tail, had Blink the Mole, the Professor's nephew, who was a hyperactive, "fresh-air-a-phobic" sidekick with great digging abilities. The Professor himself isn't a mole miner, though; just a scientist who happened to be an anthropomorphic mole.
- A dungeon of Last Scenario, the "Possessed Mine", contains these as random encounters.
- Donkey Kong Country Returns: mole miners in the Mine World, who attack with pickaxes. Mole Miner Max is the boss of that world as well.
- He's supposed to be a groundhog, but Bonaparte from Suikoden II, despite being some kind of horrible monster, is effectively a mole with a glandular problem.
- Earthbound has friendly moles as well as evil ones.
- In Age of Wonders, (both first and second) giant moles are just animals, but they are domesticated by Dwarves to serve as both mounts and tunnel-diggers.
- Muddy Mole, the player character of Mole Mania.
- The Banjo-Kazooie series has Bottles and his soldiering brother Jamjar.
- Pokémon has Drilbur and Excadrill. Diglett and Dugtrio also have mole-like characteristics.
- Flammole the Moleroid from Mega Man ZX.
- There's Gopher in Disney's Winnie-the-Pooh.
- CatDog has a mole living under their house, who claims that everything that ends up underground belongs to him.
- The Goofy Gophers from Looney Tunes.
- A gopher often pesters Pluto in the Classic Disney Shorts. In one cartoon he uses Pluto's buried bones as support beams for his tunnels. In another, he ends up trapped inside Minnie's house and tunnels under the shag carpeting.
- Aristotle from Adventures from the Book of Virtues.
- Mole from Mr. Bogus.
- In the Danger Mouse episode "Planet of the Cats", when Danger Mouse and Penfold are going through the sewers, they meet up with a mole who wears a miner helmet and speaks with a Yorkshire accent.