Sphere Factor

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.

Sub Tropes include Floating in a Bubble. Compare Rolling Attack when the characters ARE the ball.


Anime and Manga

Comic Books
  • 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).

Live-Action TV

Real Life
  • Zorbing

Tabletop Games

Video Games

Web Comics

Western Animation
  • Done several times on Scooby-Doo.
  • The Jimmy Neutron movie has Jimmy bouncing around to school in a spherical bubble. It pops, much to the amusement of his peers on the bus to whom he had just been condescending.
  • Phineas and Ferb do this on a giant gumball machine in Are You My Mummy?. They also have done bowling from the inside of a giant bowling ball. And a giant bubble. They do a lot of spherical travel.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Aang invented an air-bending technique that used a ball of spinning air like this, sitting on top of it to achieve some pretty incredible speeds on the ground or to travel along vertical (or nearly vertical) surfaces. He taught the other Air Nomad kids how to do it and they even invented a game where two teams all use the technique to race or something (the audience never gets to see it, because they won't let Aang play since it would be unfair for one team to have the Avatar on their side).
  • Ben 10: Omniverse: One of Ben's newer aliens, Ball Weevil, can do this with the sticky spheres he spits out of his mouth.