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Moles, the denizens of the underground, digging their tunnels. Often Beneath the Earth and in miner attire, no doubt Tunnel Kings. Also included are gophers and other burrowing rodents. See also Mole Men, who are very similar to this trope, but more humanoid.

Not to be confused with The Mole. See also Drill Mole.

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    Eastern European Animation 
  • The Little Mole: Krteček (meaning "mole" and "little mole" respectively), invented by the Czech animator Zdeněk Miler, is a cute little mole and is often seen with a shovel in his hands.

    Films — Animation 

  • The books based on CBBC's 1980s mascot Gordon T. Gopher made much of his burrowing skills, which generally didn't come up when he was squeaking at Philip Schofield between Bananaman and Grange Hill.
  • Redwall: All moles are experts at tunneling. Even Axtel Sturnclaw, who wanders around smashing vermin with a giant hammer.

  • The Moles from Whack-A-Mole all wear miner's helmets.

    Video Games 
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns: Mole miners appear in the Mine World, and attack with pickaxes. Mole Miner Max is the boss of that world as well.
  • Dragon Quest has Mischievous Moles and variations thereof as common enemies. They all attack with a wooden shovel they carry in their hand. At one point in Dragon Quest VIII, you have to travel through a system of their tunnels.
  • Earthbound has friendly moles as well as evil ones.
  • Last Scenario: One dungeon, the Possessed Mine, contains these as random encounters.
  • Monty Mole: The titular character works as a miner.
  • Rolo to the Rescue: The mole's special ability is tunneling through ground with a spade. Miner's helmet? Check.
  • Shovel Knight: An Ambiguously Human example (given the presence of Funny Animals in the setting), Mole Knight is a mole-themed knight that can fast-tunnel through the ground and has a personal goal to excavate the Lost City.
  • Spyro the Dragon:
    • The Legend of Spyro: The Manweersmalls are a species of intelligent moles who detest being aboveground and much prefer living below the surface, and are talented miners and excavators.
    • Spyro: A Hero's Tail has Blink the Mole, the Professor's nephew, a hyperactive, "fresh-air-a-phobic" sidekick with great digging abilities. The Professor himself isn't a mole miner, though; just a scientist who happened to be an anthropomorphic mole.
  • Suikoden II: He's supposed to be a groundhog, but Bonaparte, despite being some kind of horrible monster, is effectively a mole with a glandular problem.
  • Super Mario World:
    • Monty Moles are mole-like enemies who burrow underground before pooping up to attack Mario.
    • Super Mario Bros. 3 featured Rocky Wrenches, which resemble reptilian moles that threw wrenches at either Mario or Luigi.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Spelunk from "Subterranean Sonic'' is one of these, and he doesn't take kindly to outsiders stealing his treasure. While Sonic and Tails don't have any intention of doing so, Dr. Robotnik certainly does.
    • In "Honey, I Shrunk the Hedgehog", Sonic and Tails work alongside an entire team of these in a coal mine. McMole is their leader.
  • CatDog has a mole living under their house, who claims that everything that ends up underground belongs to him.
  • Classic Disney Shorts: A gopher often pesters Pluto. In one cartoon he uses Pluto's buried bones as support beams for his tunnels. In another, he ends up trapped inside Minnie's house and tunnels under the shag carpeting.
  • Danger Mouse: In "Planet of the Cats", when Danger Mouse and Penfold are going through the sewers, they meet up with a mole who wears a miner helmet and speaks with a Yorkshire accent.
  • Mr. Bogus: Mole.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987): One minor villains is a mutant mole named Dirtbag, who dresses like a miner and is armed with a pickaxe.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh: Gopher is an anthropomorphic, well, gopher usually depicted as living in a system of mineshafts dug beneath the Hundred-Acre Wood and acting like a stereotypical, pickaxe-toting and helmet-wearing miner.