Let's hope they don't roll through poop.
Characters using a large, spherical or cylindrical object as transportation and/or a weapon, whether by rolling or bouncing. They may use it by being inside or on top of it.
include Floating in a Bubble
. Compare Rolling Attack
when the characters move like a ball/wheel and Be the Ball
for when they are
the ball. Also see Monowheel Mayhem
when the characters are inside a large wheel.
Anime and Manga
- Batman: At one point the third Robin (Tim Drake) found himself balancing on top of a giant (IIRC) bowling ball. While doing so, he remarked that Batman actually made him practice doing so while in the Batcave.
- A infamous Lois Lane story from the Silver Age of comics had her traveling everywhere in a transparent bubble-like vehicle (to protect her from criminals) after she married Superman publicly, making her look like a human goldfish.
- In the Vorkosigan Saga, haut women from the Cetagandan Empire are almost never seen — they float around in opaque force field bubbles (and occasionally get places really fast by jumping off buildings in them).
- Zorbing — the sport or activity of rolling downhill in a giant transparent plastic ball.
- Donkey Kong Country: the Kongs can jump on top of rolling steel kegs and use it to plow through enemies. Kongs can also ride other Kongs in such a fashion in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (Dixie on Kiddy) and Donkey Kong Country Returns (Diddy on Donkey). In the latter, that means a big speed increase.
- Super Mario Bros.:
- Super Mario Galaxy: in places such as the Rolling Gizmo Galaxy, and its sequel, Mario rolls on a sphere with a star in it.
- Yoshi uses eggs as a means of attack and sometimes turns into an egg as a means of transportation.
- The signature weapon of Lemmy Koopa.
- Shows up as a level gimmick in Sonic the Hedgehog 4 and Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
- The primary concept of Super Monkey Ball is about playing as a monkey trapped inside a transparent ball.
- In Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg, the gameplay consists mainly of rolling eggs around. However, Billy is on the ground and is pushing the egg around. He derives strength to battle from them, running noticeably faster when he's pushing an egg along and uses eggs as weapons.
- There are roller balls in Serious Sam II which you can get into.
- The rolling "elevators" from Taejin's Tower in Final Fantasy XIII. They get around by rolling, but they only roll two-dimensionally (up/down or forward/backwards).
- Mario Party:
- In Mario Party 7, there is a mini-game where players are split into teams of two and have to cooperate in navigating a gigantic ball, via pushing it, through an obstacle course.
- The first two games had Bumper Balls, which involves—you guessed it—riding on balls to bump their opponents off.
- Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep: Ven can use yarnballs this way in The Castle of Dreams.
- The Roll Call link attack in Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance has Sora ride on top of the participating dream eater in this fashion.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Link uses a stone ball in this fashion to traverse some lava in the second dungeon.
- One challenge in Trials HD has you try to balance your motorbike on a giant metal sphere, and transport it as far as you can without falling off.
- Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex has four levels that Crash traverses in a device called an Atlasphere. The Atlasphere returns in the second Game Boy Advance installment, Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced.
- Unreal Tournament III has the Scavenger, a Spider Tank, which can turn into a sphere for fast (if poorly controllable) traveling.
- The "levitation" power in Psychonauts works in this fashion. Instead of actually levitating, Raz creates a solid thought bubble that he can ride, bounce on, or use as a parachute.