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[[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} Waddle Dee]], a [[VideoGame/MegaMan Met]][[SpellMyNameWithAnS /Metool/ Mettall/Mettaur/]][[FanNickname Hard Hat]], a [[VideoGame/{{Braid}} Monstar]], and a [[Webcomic/KidRadd Bogey]].]]-]

There are a large number of video game enemies and creatures which physically resemble giant heads with eyes and feet. These bizarre creatures are commonly the TheGoomba in their respective games and may become [[MascotMook associated with their franchise]] if they appear in multiple installments.

Where or [[BizarreAlienBiology what]] these strange creatures internal organs are is a mystery. The most they have with regards to other limbs are stretchy, stubby stumps or flippers in place of arms or hands. Otherwise, expect them to lift and manipulate objects, if they must, with InvisibleAnatomy. Occasionally they lack any arms or legs at all having to bounce or roll to get from place to place.

The reason for this is partly [[RuleOfCute because it's cute]] but mostly because of practicality; back in the 8-bit era, most video game sprites had to fit in 16 x 16 squares. The easiest way to design a recognizable yet harmless-looking character with that many pixels is to just draw a big-eyed face, and put feet on the bottom to justify its ability to walk.

Although most commonly associated with enemy creatures PlayerCharacter examples are certainly not unheard of; again, due to system constraints an easy way to design a recognizable character in low resolution is to make their head as [[GraphicsInducedSuperDeformed big as possible]] with this trope being the logical conclusion.

A subtrope of {{Cephalothorax}}, CartoonCreature, and OurMonstersAreWeird. See also SuperDeformed. The exact opposite is TinyHeadedBehemoth.


!!Enemy and NPC examples:

* The ghosts in ''{{Ufouria}}''/''Hebereke''.
* Bubbles in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' are [[DemBones skull]] versions of this. They either hop around or use tiny wings to fly.
* Balrog from ''VideoGame/CaveStory''. Though he's not exactly an oval, really. Interestingly, in the early version of the game, this character design was a common level enemy, rather than a specific character. (Perhaps [[PaletteSwap Pooh Black]] is a remnant from this stage of development?)
* ''VideoGame/TheTwistedTalesOfSpikeMcFang'' has enemies that are waddling ''heads of garlic''.

* The Dread Heads from ''VideoGame/CrueBall'' are skulls with sandaled feet that wander the playfields.

* ''SuperMarioBros''[='=] Goombas are somewhat justified, as they're supposed to be stout chestnuts. Or maybe mushrooms. [[MST3KMantra Try not to think about it]]. As are the Bob-ombs, which are {{Cartoon Bomb}}s with eyes, feet, and (later) a windup key.
** Shy Guys started out this way in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'', but developed torsos in the SNES era. Compare [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/e/ec/ShyGuySprite.gif this]] to [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/f/fb/ShyTennis.png this.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Braid}}''[='=]s grumpy-looking Monstars. (No relation to certain ''Film/SpaceJam'' characters.)
** These guys went through some [[http://www.destructoid.com/art-attack-friday-the-braid-that-almost-was-part-2-foes-149839.phtml freaky design phases.]]
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan''[='=]s Metools are just helmets with feet. They are also much tougher than most examples on this page being protected by their helmets until they are just about to attack.
* The main character of ''VideoGame/{{Eversion}}''. Also the regular enemies, although they end up being footless Slithering Heads by the end of the game.
* Gooms, Bandineros, and certain other enemies from the ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' series are this kind of enemy.
* The Moos from ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}.''
* Most minions in ''VideoGame/BillyHatcherAndTheGiantEgg''.
* The Undergrounders from ''VideoGame/MrDriller''.
* The Pookas from ''VideoGame/DigDug''.
* ''[[VideoGame/DisneysMagicalQuest The Great Circus Mystery staring Mickey and Minnie]]'' features different versions of the waddling head in each level.
* ''Ninja-kun: Majou no Bouken'' has daruma dolls that lack legs but shuffle around all the same.

* ''LogicalJourneyOfTheZoombinis''
* ''VideoGame/NumberMunchers'' and the hostile Troggles.
* The various enemy characters in ''Fruity Frank''.

* Rabites, icons of the ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'' series, are essentially furry blobs with puffy tails and rabbit ears. Though they are generally regarded as [[TheGoomba pitifully weak]], there are [[KillerRabbit some terrifyingly formidable variants]].
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound''[='=]s Mr. Saturns, and the generic enemy Foppy and its orange PaletteSwap counterpart, Fobby.

* Yukkuris in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fanon are essentially these.
* The true form of the final boss from the arcade game ''VideoGame/{{NARC}}'', Mr. Big, was a giant head.

* The Minirobots from ''VideoGame/MiniRobotWars'', who bear a huge resemblance to the above-mentioned Metools from ''VideoGame/MegaMan''. They're not so much waddling heads as they are standing heads, however, because they are not shown walking in-game.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Chulip}}'', Michio Suzuki. Also, [[spoiler:your dad]], though you don't find that out until almost the end.

!!Playable Characters:

* Dizzy of the ''VideoGame/{{Dizzy}}'' series is an egg with boxing gloves, as are the other Yolk Folk.
** The monsters from the arcade spin-off ''Fast Food'' go even further: [[ArmlessBiped they have no arms]].
* Both the titular characters of ''Head Over Heels''.

* The [[http://www.kmobile.co.kr/report_img/vegatable.bmp titular Koongya characters]] that appeared in the Korean online games ''Koongya Adventure'' (Now defunct) and ''Green Village'', as well as a [[TheAnimeoftheGame animated series based on the games]]. They are small lifeforms who are like a cross between {{Anthropomorphic Food}} (although there are Koongyas that are not based on food such as dung Koongya.) and Kirby. Like Kirby, they are a rare Player Character example.

* ''PacMan'' and ''Ms. PacMan'' are probably the UrExamples. Although the official artwork has always shown them with arms and legs, their earliest games took it a step further by showing them as "pizza shaped" heads in-game.
** His ''SuperSmashBros4'' appearance actually incorporated this into his character. He can switch between his anthropomorphic form and his "pizza" form freely depending on what attacks he uses.

* Kirby of the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series is a rare PlayerCharacter example, but his foes include such quintessential waddling heads as Waddle Dee.
* [[TheLegendaryStarfy Starfy]] resembles a Waddling Head more than a five-limbed aquatic creature rightfully ought to.
** Then again, [[WordOfGod he's not a starfish or a star]]. He's a creature that resembles the two.
* The main character and many enemies in ''VideoGame/MrGimmick!''
* An old computer game called ''[[http://takegame.com/logical/htm/zeek.htm Zeek the Geek]]'' features a little red alien who fits this trope.
* Most characters in ''VideoGame/{{Purple}}'' are wadddling heads, including the player character.
* BLOB, the protagonist of ''{{Starquake}}''.
* Miss Chack'n & Mr. Chack'n from ''Chack'n Pop''. They have three-fingered hands, but no arms. Mr. Chack'n does have legs, but shows it only when he jumps.
* ''VideoGame/TheNewZealandStory'' has a neckless, legless, tiny-winged player character that is supposed to be a kiwi bird.

* From ''AdventuresOfLolo'' we have Lolo and Lala.
* Nuts, Milk and Yogurt from ''[[VideoGame/NutsAndMilk Nuts & Milk]]''.
* The ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'' and ''VideoGame/BadPiggies''.
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Dweep}}'' is a purple ball of fur with eyes and tiny feet, who moves by hopping around.

* Many {{Pokemon}} are like this. In the fourth generation games, there's a new section in the Pokédex for body-types. Oddish, Poliwag, Bonsly, Seedot, Azurill, Shroomish, and Tangela are amongst the many.
** As of ''PokémonXAndY'' this is a common body shape for the newly introduced [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Fairy]] type with Jigglypuff, Clefairy, and Marill all becoming part Fairy type.

* The Patapons (and their enemies) of ''VideoGame/{{Patapon}}''

!!Non-video game examples:

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* In ''Anime/DogDays'', because of some protective enchantments, when someone is wounded or "killed", they temporarily turn into one of these rather than dying.
* Don Patch from ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'' (and his Kopatch lackeys).
* Most baby and in-training form ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''. Very few of them have any sort of limbs at all and most are generally constrained to bouncing around.
* Yubaba has 3 of them in ''Anime/SpiritedAway''. They get turned into a copy of Yubaba's baby by Zeniba later.

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* In ''ComicBook/CastleWaiting'', AffablyEvil demon Leeds usually manifests as a demonic humananoid head directly attached to a pair of short goats' legs.

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* ''Series/MythBusters'': Jamie Hyneman once made an (adorable) army of Waddling Head robots in order to see if a platoon marching in lock-step across a bridge could collapse it.
* "The Head Detective" sketches on ''InLivingColor'' featured your typical CowboyCop who happened to be one of these. He'd bring down the baddies by getting his partner to toss him at them.

* Mr. Potato Head might be one of the oldest examples of this tropes. He is a Waddling Potato-Head.
* Furbies.

* The webcomic ''Webcomic/KidRadd'' has Bogeys as the [[TheGoomba Goomba]]s of the fictional Kid Radd game.
* ''Webcomic/UserFriendly''[='=]s Dust Puppy.
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Molly's pet tentacle bunny Snookums is basically this, although he hops instead of waddling.
* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' has [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_850.php Fluffy]].
* Deconstructed in ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire''; the Beemahs are a race of digitigrade Waddling Heads, and as a result require assistance with vital life functions, which is used to force them into slavery.

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DZDN8lo5rww Fuzzy]] fits the bill.
* The characters in the ''Tales of the Blode'' flash animations.
* ''{{Vocaloid}}'': Tako Luka.
* [=JubJub=]s in {{Neopets}} (cute fluffballs with humanlike feet) and Kikos (inexplicably bandaged spheroids with clawed hands on the ends of two bendy arms). [=JubJub=] feet seem dexterous enough to serve in the office of hands. Kikos are aquatic creatures which use their arms to swim or paddle; on land they bounce.

* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': Marvin the Martian temporarily became this trope whenever his doomsday devices backfired, reducing him to a helmet waddling around on oversized shoes.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Octo Octavia/Octotavia.
* Many of the characters from ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'', such as Bob the Tomato. Though in his case it's more of a Bouncing Head, since they also have no feet.
* The title character of WesternAnimation/FatDogMendoza.