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Some guy is skiing or snowboarding. Suddenly he trips and starts tumbling down the slope, as he tumbles, snow gathers up around him until he's embedded in a giant snowball rolling down the hill.

See also Gravity Is a Harsh Seamstress.

Can overlap with Human Snowman


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  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Joys of Seasons episode 47, Wolffy, in his polar bear fur coat, goes to catch Tibbie and Jonie, who are skiing down a snowy hill. He's knocked into the snow when Tibbie knocks him away and he hits Jonie, only for him to get back up with a big leap... but then he ends up rolling in the snow, becoming enveloped in a big snowball that only gets bigger as he keeps rolling.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Used as an inventive way to get rid of a body in a Detective Conan case.
  • Happened to Tubby in an episode of the Little Lulu anime.
  • In one episode of Pokémon, Ash, Pikachu, and Chikorita are victims as they were rolling down a hill after escaping Team Rocket.
    • In an XY episode, while Pikachu, Clemont’s Chespin and Serena’s Braixen are making balls of snow, Chespin ends up making a snowball that is obviously too big to place on the sick Snover. As Chespin pushes the snowball, it rolls too fast, and Chespin somehow gets caught in said snowball and is helplessly sent rolling down, with Braixen dodging right before the snowball hits the wall.
    • In a Sun/Moon episode, Ash’s Pokemon (except for Torracat, who was with Ash when he traveled to the past) fall victim to this before landing in the sea.
  • During one chapter of the Pocket Monsters Diamond and Pearl manga, in order for Ash to get his Pikachu closer to an attacking Abomasnow, he puts Pikachu in a snowball and then rolls the snowball down the hill, with Pikachu breaking free from it once he is close enough to land a hit.
  • Happens to Tails in Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie after Robotnik blows up his plane in some snowy mountains.

    Comic Books 
  • A lethal version occurs in the Tintin story Prisoners of the Sun in which Captain Haddock becomes a snowball and causes the same to happen to some unfortunate mooks in the Andes. Cliff ensues, only the captain survives thanks to a rock in his way.
  • Happens to Booker in a U.S. Acres comic.
  • Done on purpose by the villain the 1960s comic strip where the TARDIS crew meet Santa Claus.

    Comic Strip 
  • Garfield: Jon suffers this fate in this Sunday comic. And rather than help Jon out of the snowball, Garfield humiliates him further by decorating the snowball and alerting the news.

    Films — Animation 
  • Kung Fu Panda:
    • A scene from Kung Fu Panda 2 shows Po and the Furious Five traveling up a large snow-covered mountain. While they make their way down the other side, Po trips and starts rolling down the mountain as a whole bunch of snow gets built up around his body.
    • Kung Fu Panda 3: Well, Panda Snowball in this case... Demonstrating that he learned to roll like a true panda, Po rolls downs a snowy slope straight toward Kai, turning in a huge snowball in the process before smashing into the villain.
  • The Three Caballeros has a segment, The Cold-Blooded Penguin, where a penguin freezes solid at the top of the hill and rolls down it, crashing through his farewell party.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Willow has Madmartigan and Willow escaping an enemy's snowy mountain base on a sled. A bump causes Madmartigan to fall off the back and tumble down the mountain. Willow gets to the bottom first to only then realize he lost his partner. His eyes go wide when he realizes that Madmartigan is only a few seconds behind encased in a huge cylinder of snow.

  • At the start of Christmas Catastrophe, Geronimo Stilton gets into one with another mouse, then they both hit a rock. Life sucks.
  • In The Berenstain Bears story The Bears' Christmas, Papa Bear attempts to ski down a giant ramp, only trip and roll off it as a giant snowball, which proceeds to roll through town and crash into the Bears' tree house.

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    Video Games 
  • Happens in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Island DS if you hit a rock during one of the skiing sequences.
  • One of the powers in the Wario Land series is exactly this (Snowman Wario). And he turns into a giant snowball seemingly INSTANTLY after standing on any form of slope or slanted ground (and can break certain blocks).
  • In Wii Fit, jumping too late during the ski jump minigame causes your Mii character to miss the jump and turn into a giant snowball.
  • Katamari Damacy is this trope applied with everyone. We ♥ Katamari even has an actual level where a giant snowball was the goal.
  • Losing in a BIONICLE minigame.
  • It's one of the powers in Kirby 64 achieved by combining 2 ice powers.
    • Also the Super Ability Ice Bowl in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Turns Kirby into the actual snowball, thus any enemy or ally that's in the way when he gets rolling will helplessly be going along for the ride.
  • This happens to Mario and Luigi when they try escaping the Mount Pajamaja boss in Dreamy Mount Pajamaja in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. As well as when Mammoshka throws a gigantic snowball at a character and they fail to dodge/counter in its boss battle.
  • Ymir the Tusk from Defense of the Ancients and Dota 2 has this as a skill. Teammates can join in (sometimes unintentionally while passing nearby), which will increase the size and damage of the snowball when it is sent rolling towards the enemies.
  • In Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Snowcloak has a fight with a Yeti whose Frozen Mist breath attack will turn the Spriggan Icecutters that spawn into snowballs — and then bigger snowballs if he breathes on them again. Knocking the snowballs into the Yeti is the only way to stun his Northerlies attack — or do any significant damage to him.
  • One The Legendary Starfy level in Chillydip Cove have enemy penguins shove Starfy into a huge snowball and send him rolling down the cliffs. Starfy's expression during the entire snowball ride is absolutely priceless, by the way.

    Western Animation 
  • DuckTales (1987): Happens to Launchpad, Huey, Dewey and Louie in "The Duck Who Would Be King."
  • Buzzsaw Louis in VeggieTales: The Toy That Saved Christmas.
  • Happens with a huge wad of gum in Chowder, with the sticky gum and music culminating into a huge Katamari Damacy Shout-Out.
  • Happens to Bullwinkle in one of the opening segments on Rocky and Bullwinkle.
  • Happens Katamari-style in the Ed Eddn Eddy episode "May I Have This Ed?", where a bunch of kids get stuck to Rolf's blow-fish costume.
  • In one of Chuck Jones' early "Two Curious Pups" cartoons, one of the dogs falls down a snowy hill, but instead of a ball, the snow accumulates in the shape a giant dog.
  • Played with in the Looney Tunes short "Daffy and Tom Turkey". Porky chases Daffy down a series of hills, with Daffy forming a snowball as he runs down the hill, then shrinking back to Daffy as it rolls up the next hill. Eventually, the snowball shrinks down to nothing, confounding Porky. Daffy, of course, is just offscreen, ready to pelt Porky with a snowball.
  • Happens frequently in Dennis the Menace.
  • Happens to Betty Boop in her incomprehensively strange adaptation of Snow White.
  • Happens to Jerry of Tom and Jerry in the opening of "Snowbody Loves Me."
  • Happens to Bart and Homer in one episode of The Simpsons. They were fortunate enough to land in the outdoor jacuzzi of a nearby hotel. Upon being asked if they had any money, however, they left... by jumping back down the mountain.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • Happens in the episode "Winter Wrap-Up", after Twilight's attempts to use her magic to help clear the snow goes awry.
    • In "Tanks for the Memories", Rainbow Dash and Tank become a part of a massive snowball that crashes into Ponyville.
    • In "Frenemies", Cozy Glow attempts to climb Mount Everhoof but her frustrated screaming causes a Hair-Trigger Avalanche. A giant snowball bounces on top of her, sending her down the mountain.
  • Happens to Amos the mouse in the Miscellaneous Disney Short Ben and Me just right after being frightened by a cat (resembling Lucifer from Cinderella) peeking through a window on his way toward Benjamin Franklin's house.
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, Molotov actually does this to one of his own men as a battle tactic.
  • Happens to Socrates and Aristotle in an episode of Adventures from the Book of Virtues.
  • The entire plot of the Pingu episode "Pingu And The Snowball". Pingo is trapped inside it, while Pingu runs from it.
  • Rudolph's Shiny New Year does this and makes 3 human and one reindeer snowball.
  • The TV special The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree had Papa, Brother, and Sister ski down the mountain near the end of the special, then they trip and become snowballs. At which point they form into one snowman.
  • Clumsy in The Smurfs cartoon special "The Smurfic Games" turns into a Smurf snowball when he attempts to make a ski jump run during the titular games tournament.
  • In Regular Show, this happens to Eileen and Rigby when they go snow tubing.

Alternative Title(s): Animal Snowball


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