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This guy looks like he won't crack so easily.
When some animals give birth, they do so in the form of laying eggs. However, these eggs start out essentially lifeless. It takes some time before the living being that is inside will come out of them.
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In media though, there are characters that are living eggs with a face and possibly legs. These eggs aren't necessarily likely to hatch into anything else, but most of them are still just as fragile as a regular egg, and they know this for a fact. As such, they often take as many precautions to make sure they don't accidentally shatter.

The version with limbs may resemble a Cephalothorax.

Subtrope to Anthropomorphic Food. Not to be confused with the main antagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, Dr. Eggman, nor is it to be confused with the walrus.


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  • Gudetama, a Sanrio mascot, is unusual in that he's a broken egg. The character is a depressed, slumping egg yolk surrounded by his broken shell, who's been inexplicably successful as a mascot despite (or because of) the Black Comedy surrounding the character.
  • One infamous Kinder Surprise commercial starred an Uncanny Valley version of Humpty Dumpty with a human-like face and skin, and speaking in some sort of strange gibberish.
    Kinder. Yebol shakey. Me unscrubbly. Chocadoobie! Dumbi chocadoobie, bob swobble. Ho ho ho! Toy!

    Comic Books 
  • Invoked with Condorito's friend "Huevo Duro" (lit. "Hard-boiled Egg"), a guy who has a bald egg-shaped head and white skin and he's one of Condorito's best friends along with Don Chuma, Ungenio y Garganta de Lata.
  • The Multiversity: Intellectron, one of the Gentry, is a black, one-eyed egg with bat wings.
  • The Silver Age Wonder Woman villain Egg-Fu is a Red Chinese giant egg with a prehensile moustache.
  • Edgar "Eggsy" Fullerton Young from Harley Quinn is possibly the post-Flashpoint version of Egg-Fu, although the characters have little in common. Eggsy is a benevolent small-time American Mad Scientist who happens, for never-explained reasons, to be a sentient egg in Power Armor, and becomes one of Harley's little gang of weirdos in Coney Island.

    Comic Strips 
  • U.S. Acres as well the animated version in Garfield and Friends has Sheldon, a little chicken who hasn't completely hatched from his egg (but doesn't want to do it), being basically a talking egg with legs.
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    Fairy Tales 
  • The titular character from the Nursery Rhyme "Humpty Dumpty" is an egg that fell from sitting on a wall and shattered to pieces. All the king's horses and men were unable to put him back together again.

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    Literature 
  • The Big Over Easy is about the investigation of the suspicious death of Humpty Dumpty note , who, like in the nursery rhyme, is a large (about 4.5 ft tall), anthropomorphic egg with a love of sitting on walls. The fact that Humpty is an egg factors into his characterization, as he has a crippling fear of mongooses and egg timers.
  • One of the stories in My Great-Grandfather, the Heroes and I by James Krüss takes place in an entire town of living eggs, where the mayor, a rotten egg called Adolf, spreads hatred of hard-boiled eggs among the townsfolk.
  • A literal expy of Humpty Dumpty from the nursery rhyme appears in the Thursday Next book The Well of Lost Plots, as the leader of a union of characters from the oral tradition demanding better treatment and their own home in the Bookverse. Like in the nursery rhyme, he's a large, anthropomorphic egg.
  • In Through the Looking-Glass, Alice encounters Humpty Dumpty, the nursery rhyme character, a very argumentative fellow. Like in the rhyme, he's a large, anthropomorphic egg who loves sitting on walls. He wears a suit with what is either a cravat or a cummerbund (unclear as he doesn't have a neck).

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Australian children's program, Play School features the character of Humpty Dumpty imagined as an anthropomorphic egg. Humpty is a plush doll in-show, but the presenters speak for him in skits.

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  • The video to "Coming Around" by Travis features an egg with arms and legs (but no eyes, ears or mouth... yet people in-universe can apparently hear him talking) who is invited to a concert by a human woman and spends the video trying to get there. Unfortunately he gets attacked by a gang of youths and ends up falling off a wall, Humpty Dumpty-style... and hatches, revealing singer Fran Healy inside.

    Video Games 
  • Crash Bandicoot: The villain N. Trance is, in fact, an alien egg with a cybernetic body. However, he is not perfectly attached to it, and he can be removed from the body.
  • The titular character of the Dizzy video game series is an anthropomorphic egg who is part of a race of egg-like people called the Yolkfolk, who live in a High Fantasy world of dragons, trolls and treetop villages.
  • Jimmy and the Pulsating Mass: The Clockwork Eggs that run Ms. Robin's shops that are scattered throughout the world, after she moves to a new location. Although, they just say:
    Welcome to Ms. Robin's automated shop.
    Would you like to make a purchase?
    [... if the shop menu is entered and exited, even if nothing was bought]
    Thank you for your patronage.
  • One of the troggles in Mega Munchers Deluxe is an egg with arms and a face named Eggy, who hops around and will squish the Muncher if he catches him.
  • In Moshi Monsters, the Boiled Boffins are a species of anthropomorphic, nerdy eggs.
  • One Night at Flumpty's: The titular Flumpty Bumpty is essentially a Humpty Dumpty expy who tries to murder you and either fry or boil your eyes.
  • Pokémon:
    • Zigzagged with the Pokémon Exeggcute. It consists of six sentient eggs, of which some have visible cracks. However, certain Pokédex entries specify them more as being seeds, while still referring to them as the egg Pokémon. Other entries call them eggs, leaving it up to ambiguous as to whether or not they actually are eggs.
    • Downplayed with Chansey, who is classified as the "Egg Pokémon", being egg-shaped and having one in her pouch. Although besides those indicators, it is unclear whether or not she is supposed to literally be an egg or any other sort of creature.
  • Transistor: Cluckers are eggs with legs that fire area of effect attacks.

    Web Animation 
  • In Two More Eggs, the "Poach & Scramble" segments involve two eggs with limbs and faces who try to avoid becoming someone's breakfast. The shorts always end with them (or some other anthropomorphic food in their vicinity) getting cooked anyway.
  • The Crack: The three main characters, Jason, Dan, and Crisi, are all hopping talking eggs who get involved in crazy adventures such as running from potato cops, pushing zombie eggs off the counter, and roaming the world of Minecraft.
  • Sir Petentious's Adorable Evil Minions in Hazbin Hotel consist of anthropomorphic eggs known simply as the Egg Bois.

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  • The Annoying Orange: Much like all other food that appears in the series, eggs are sentient beings that talk with others. One of the more notable ones being Arnold SchwarzenEGGer. Upon interacting with Orange, he ends up hatching into a terminator egg. After getting struck, he hatches again into a terminator chick.

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: The Yokians are a race of green blobs with eye-stalks that live in floating robot bodies shaped like eggs. Their biological component acts like yolk in eggs, and have a crack-like mouth in the suit to speak.
  • Colin and Felix from The Amazing World of Gumball are among Elmore Junior High's nerdiest characters. They're nothing more than brown chicken eggs with legs, feet, and pants. Quite literally and figuratively "Eggheads".
  • Huevocartoon TV: The chraracters are anthropomorphic eggs living in a civilized and humorous setting comprised of other anthropomorphic eggs.
  • Una película de huevos and its sequels, like Huevocartoon TV feature walking, talking eggs, but feature them in the human world with the Animal Talk trope in play. Also, most unhatched eggs have some attributes which help identify their true animal species. Reptilian eggs, for example, are usually green in coloration, have slit pupils, sharp teeth, and, in Serp's case, fully developed tails signaling the impending emergence of the hatchling inside.

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