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Fiction often associates drills with moles, as they, in turn, are associated as Tunnel Kings and miners. These characters will often engage in Fast Tunnelling, either through a drill-equipped machine or a drill-like appendage that is capable of rotation.

Not to be confused with a villain masquerading as a hero who prefers to use a drill.


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     Anime and Manga 

     Card Games 
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Neo-Spacian Grand Mole wears a drill armor. Its and Elemetal HERO Neos's Fusion form, Elemental HERO Grand Neos, also uses a drill arm.
    • Mogumole actually carries a drill.

  • Godzilla: Moguera
  • The Underminer (voiced by the ubiquitous John Ratzenberger) at the end of The Incredibles fits this perfectly, riding to the surface on a giant drill.
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire: The expedition's soil expert is nicknamed Mole; along with looking like a mole, he operates the team's Drill Tank.

     Tabletop Games 
  • Monsterpocalypse has the Subterran Uprising which have Monsters and units that are giant mole monsters with drills for weapons, most notably is Drillcon-Vorionnik. Others have buzzsaws or blasters.

     Video Games 
  • Mother 3: Reconstructed Moles, being Mischievous Moles that have been cybernetically augmented in the Pigmask Army's Chimera Lab. Mecha-Moles! also appear to have one, though, unlike the former, it doesn't use it in battle.
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns: the moles in World 4 use a Drill Train in a few levels.
  • Horizon Zero Dawn: Rockbreakers are giant mining machines that look like huge mechanical moles. They have a trio of rock grinders in place of a mouth.
  • Mogis from Monster Rancher are breakdancing moles with giant drills on their heads.
  • Pokémon Black and White: Drillbur and Excadrill, who appropriately learn the moves Drill Run and Horn Drill. The former may be a Shout-Out to the aforementioned Reconstructed Moles from MOTHER 3; and both are widely accepted as expies of the earlier mole pokemon Diglett and Dugtrio. Due to the fact that it very abruptly Takes a Level in Badass when it undergoes Mon Metamorphosis.
  • Mega Man:
  • Starting with the Burrobots in the first Sonic the Hedgehog game, Eggman has consistently used mole themed robots that almost always have tank treads for feet and a drill for a nose. On an interesting note, the original Burrobots were probably the most technically impressive models, showing a surprising amount of movement options for sidescrolling Video Game Mooks, being able to change direction, jump. and climb up walls with ease.
  • MARDEK has Drillions, which supposedly use their drill snouts to mine for gems to eat. And also to hurt Mardek.
  • Super Mario Galaxy's Major Burrows digs into the ground by spinning at high speeds using his spiked helmet.
  • An enemy appears with this exact name in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. As might be expected, it's got a drill for a nose.
  • The Driller Mole Heartless from Kingdom Hearts II is based on the concept, though it doesn't look too much like a mole.
  • The Monty Bros. from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story are first seen drilling a tunnel to the under-caves of Toad Town using a giant construction drill.
  • In Ristar, the boss of Planet Scorch is Adahan, a mole-like creature in a giant mechanical suit. One of his attacks involves him drilling into the ground, then drilling out of the middle of the arena.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages has the miniboss of Moonlit Grotto, Subterror, a blue mole wearing glasses with a drill for a nose that digs into the ground then attacks Link from below with said drill.
  • Dungeons of Dredmor: Diggles are explicitly their own species, but they do have many resemblances to moles, and they have a very pronounced drilling nose that lets them burrow just about everywhere in the dungeon.
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land introduces Digguh, the provider of the Drill Copy Ability, who resembles a mole.

     Western Animation 
  • Dutch cartoon series Ox Tales, about an Ox who runs a farm, (roll with it) features as his main antagonist plague a crowd of moles that look just like the trope picture on the left.
  • Digger (Experiment 529) from Lilo & Stitch: The Series, who is a brown alien with a drill for a tail.