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Basically a three ton pill-bug with a bad stomach acid problem. Folds itself into a wheel shape and is able to propel themselves with great speed, using their enormous weight and sturdy armor to crush anything unlucky enough to be in their path to paste.
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The weaponized use of Be the Ball, this is when a character curls up into a ball and careens forward, destroying everything in their path. Woe especially to those who are on a downwards-sloping hill, in which the attack gets additional gravity power. A lot of the time, characters who use this type of attack have parts on the back that enhance this attack, such as rock-hard armor, blades, or spikes. See also Spin Attack, Sphere Factor, Dash Attack, and Slide Attack. Compare Monowheel Mayhem, which describes a type of vehicle that may be able to execute this sort of attack.

Not related to Roll-and-Move, Unnecessary Combat Roll or Rounded Character. Also see Bouncing Battler.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Digimon: Armadillomon uses this in his Diamond Shell attack, specifically in Digimon Adventure 02.
  • Dragon Ball: Mister Satan has a move called "Rolling Attack", which is nothing more than a fancy-looking mobility technique.
  • Naruto: Choji uses this technique, notably seen with his Human Boulder Jutsu. Isobu the Sanbi could do this as well.
  • Pokémon: The Rollout move, as demonstrated by a Donphan in the picture.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: In the Dungeon Dice Monsters arc, one of Yugi's monsters has this as a Special Ability.
  • Gundam Build Divers: This is one of the Momokapool's attacks. It's literally called "Rolling Attack".

    Asian Animation 
  • In Season 3 episode 4 of Happy Heroes, the stone monster curls up and rolls at the Supermen a few times as they're fighting each other.
  • In the Motu Patlu episode "Super Murgiyan", the super-powered chickens morph into the shapes of bowling balls and roll themselves at Motu and Patlu's gang to attack them.
  • Simple Samosa: In "Khelo Samosa", the giant coins in the game's final boss fight roll towards Samosa's gang in an attempt to hurt them.

    Comic Books 

  • Hook had the Lost Boy called Thudball who did attack of the same name.
  • Anguirus in Godzilla: Final Wars attacked by curling into a ball and rolling at his enemies. He also attacks this way in the video games Godzilla Save The Earth and Godzilla Unleashed.
  • In the film Battleship, the aliens use ~7-foot-tall wheel-shaped combat drones that attack this way, by grinding/shredding into & through targets. A single one is capable of sinking a US Missile Destroyer (though it takes a little while), and another decimates a US Marine Corps base including one helicoptor that takes off in time to barely avoid bisection, only for a spiked tentacle to lash out backward from the droid and rip the coptor's tail off.
  • Wreck-It Ralph shows the Cy-Bug-fused King Candy/Turbo doing this. It can be explained that Cy-Bugs become what they eat, and they ate Turbo's car, along with him.
  • In the third Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf movie, Weslie is chased by a melon trooper, who rolls around in an attempt to attack him. Weslie manages to dodge the attack when the melon rolls onto the edge of a cliff which crumbles and falls.

    Live Action TV 
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers featured an armadillo monster called the Soccadillo (it was transformed from a soccer ball by Rita) that could do this. It was also invulnerable while curled. It's entirely possible that Wild Force's Armadillo Zord finisher is a Shout-Out to this monster.
    • Power Rangers Jungle Fury gives us a similar monster... but it's a pangolin, not an armadillo, which the Rangers mistook it for at first. (In fact, its name is just "Pangolin.")

  • Mattimeo had a pair of hedgehogs locking together into a single spiked ball, then rolling around to attack enemies. Incidentally, the book was released two years before the first Sonic the Hedgehog game came out.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The most famous are likely Akira Maeda's often imitated Ajisegiri, the "scissor kick flip" variant in particular usually having no elevation. Fans outside of Japan tend to be most familiar with Jushin Thunder Liger's erroneously named "rolling kopu kick", though variation's on his are more often entirely aerial.
  • Depending on how high and far the opponent jumps or doesn't, a rolling senton into the corner turnbuckle, especially if the opponent down against the rear buckle pad, can be a literal rolling attack. Especially when done by larger wrestlers like Kongo Kong, Kevin Steen and Queen's Quest Viper.
  • The original rolling thunder was a combination attack with this and a leg drop from Sabu, but Rob Van Dam has since been known to use the rolling thunder on his own since the fall of ECW has mostly left them hanging separately.
  • Ultimate Warrior had a much less impressive version of this in an infamous WCW match that was only eclipsed by a botched fireball. Rather than curling up and rolling or grabbing an opponent and forcing them to roll with him, like the previous examples, he just lied on the mat and tried to trip opponents by rolling around. Jay Bradley later used it under the jobber name "Ryan Braddock" against Festus in a slightly more plausible manner.
  • Angela Fong's version of the whirly birds starts with her rolling at the opponent...backwards.
  • Harlow O'Hara's harlock typically starts with her knocking the opponent down by rolling into their legs before uncurling on their back.

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    Video Games 
  • Sonic the Hedgehog's Spin Dash and Spin Attack are the most well-known examples of this trope. In fact, a lot of variations of this trope are part of his moveset, from his Homing Attack to rolling downhill at high speeds to even just jumping. Most Sonic characters can use some variation of these moves.
  • Street Fighter: Blanka. (A Hong Kong parody film used an actual beach ball painted green to depict this.)
  • Donkey Kong Country: Donkey and Kiddy Kong have a rolling attack, while Diddy Kong has a cartwheel attack. Armies and Bristles also do this. This holds true in Donkey Kong Country Returns.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Pokémon:
    • The moves Rollout and Ice Ball. They double in power if the move Defense Curl is used beforehand.
    • The move Steamroller, introduced in Pokémon Black and White, achieves a similar effect, as well as doubling in power if the target Pokémon has previously used the move Minimize.
  • Lost Planet: The Dongos can attack this way.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Super Mario Galaxy: During the final boss battle from the first game, one of Bowser's attacks involve him first turning into a rock (which inspired the rock mushroom powerup from the sequel) to crush Mario/Luigi, and later on, using his shell.
    • Super Mario Galaxy 2: Rock Mario attacks this way, as he's turned into a large rolling boulder when the Wiimote is shaken. There are even enemies shaped like bowling pins. One of the bosses, Rollodillo, attacks this way as well.
    • Super Mario 3D Land: The Mario Bros. can do one at any time, though it only does damage as Tanooki Mario/Kitsune Luigi. It is, however, very useful for smashing bricks without being under them. This also applies to Super Mario 3D World.
    • Super Mario Odyssey, except this one can be used continuously. It can even go faster when rolling downhill, similar to Sonic in his Genesis games.
  • The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon: During the battle against the golem, Terrador attacks it by covering himself in earth and rolling at high speed through its body like a living cannonball.
  • In Psychonauts, Raz can roll around on his Levitation ball. With the Rolling Havoc upgrade it can damage enemies as soon as he starts rolling.
  • La-Mulana has blue hedgehog-like creatures which curl up and then speed through scenery.
  • In Armadillo, you have an attack which allows you to turn into a ball.
  • Felicia's Shoryuken incorporates rolling. Her Captain Ersatz from Galaxy Fight, Roomi, does the same.
  • Frequently averted in Metroid. Samus uses the morph ball to roll alright, but she doesn't generally attack by rolling (aside from the rare usage of the Boost Ball, which is mostly a mobility upgrade), rather using Morph Ball Bombs and Power Bombs instead.
  • In Action 52, the main character in Fuzz Power can do that.
  • Taken Up to Eleven in [PROTOTYPE], where Alex can perform an airborne Rolling Attack to hit anything within city block range. It has homing capability as well.
  • Present in almost every Metal Gear game. Raiden gets a cartwheel-like attack in 2.
  • Rammus from League of Legends has a skill called Powerball that allows him to roll like a ball with stable acceleration for some time or until he collides with an enemy. Collision will cause nearby enemies to be knocked up and take some damage.
  • Kano and his Cannonball attack from Mortal Kombat. Mileena also possesses a rolling attack, though she keeps it to the ground.
  • Dark Souls's Thorn armor allows you to damage foes with your dodge roll.
  • The Hide of Morihaus Set Bonus in The Elder Scrolls Online makes your Unnecessary Combat Roll deal damage if you roll through an enemy.
  • In the Turrican series, Turrican's signature ability is his ability to transform into a spiky energy wheel that can destroy many things in its rolling path. This ability was also featured in the Universal Soldier video game, which was a dolled-up Turrican II.
  • A number of Kirby's abilities incorporate this, such as Wheel, Snow Bowl, and occasionally Fire. Many of his enemies are capable of the same, like the Wheelies (living, one-eyed tires) and the cunning Beast Pack boss Sillydillo.
  • The green pirates in Goof Troop have a rolling charge.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • In Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Ventus's Dodge Roll, and Aqua's Cartwheel have variants that can attack enemies: the Thunder Roll and Firewheel, respectively,
    • The Hebby Repp and Sudo Neku Dream Eaters in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance can attack in this fashion by curling their bodies into a circle and rolling about like a wheel. The Drill Sye and Cera Terror use the more standard "turn into a ball" variant. They also use said attacks when performing Link Attacks with Sora, the former catching on fire thanks to the extra momentum from being thrown, the latter involving Sphere Factor.
  • Monster Hunter:
    • The Uragaan from the third-generation games uses this both to travel and to squish pesky hunters, curling its body into a wheel shape and rolling around rapidly. The subspecies (Steel Uragaan) does the same.
    • The Volvidon also rolls around, both as an attack and as locomotion. As it's based on an armadillo, this is justified.
    • The Royal Ludroth uses a very silly looking version of this, simply rolling its body sideways like a dog to squish anyone attacking it from that angle.
    • The Great Jagras from Monster Hunter: World also does the sideways-rolling variant, but only after it eats another monster and bulks itself up.
    • World also introduced Radobaan, related to the Uragaan but which coats itself in bones rather than rock. It also does the trademark rolling attack and is more agile than it's sturdier cousin, even able to do a sideways spin when enraged.
  • In the Xenophobe arcade game the 3rd stage Xenophobes known as "Rollers" can roll themselves up into a ball (which is immune to the players' weapons) and roll into the players, knocking them down and damaging them.
  • Terracor in The Last Story does this whenever it's being stunned. Muruk (as well as Bonus Boss Gigamuruk) rotates its encased body while standing in one spot to paralyze its opponents with electricity.
  • Gongs in Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force has one as a special move. It can be done across the ground or shot up into the air.
  • Dillon from the Dillon's Rolling Western games rolls himself up into a ball as an attack and as his main method of travel.
  • Sash Lilac's Dragon Boost in Freedom Planet, which can also propel her upwards, in the air, and downwards from the air. Carol Tea has a subdued version of Sonic's in that it doesn't accelerate her unless done on a downward slope. It helps that the game was originally planned as a Sonic fan game.
  • Dragon's Crown
    • The Ground Pound attack of the Dwarf has him curling up into a ball before dropping down while spinning, grinding his poor target into the floor.
    • The Amazon's armed mid-air attack has her performing a rolling attack with her Blade on a Stick extended, becoming something akin to a buzzsaw. Adding the Deadly Revolution skill lets her do this multiple times before landing.
  • The eponymous duo of the Banjo-Kazooie games can do a roll while they're running.
  • Shantae (2002): The boss of the Cackle Mound is a partly-armored Horned Humanoid beast that attacks by becoming a spiked wheel that rolls around the room.
  • In Evolve, the Behemoth can use its roll ability to run over wildlife and enemies. Given that it weighs over a hundred tons, it's surprising this doesn't do more damage.
  • In Quik the Thunder Rabbit, Quik's only way of attacking enemies is to spin into them.
  • The third boss of Splatoon, the Octowhirl, is a large, round, clam-like monster that uses this as its main attack. If it tries to roll through Agent 3's ink, it will get stuck in it, exposing its weak point.
  • Body Blows: Inferno, a flame elemental being introduced in Body Blows Galactic, can roll himself into a flaming Catherine wheel and launch himself at the opponent a la Kano.
  • Kyle & Lucy: Wonderworld: Both Kyle and Lucy can build up speed while standing still, and then take off running while covered in flames.
  • In Monster Party, the giant caterpillar in Round 7 uses this as the only method of attacking. Also, this caterpillar is named Royce. In other words, Rolls-Royce.
  • Dual Blades/Slashers: The Power Battle: Jaman, despite being a Mighty Glacier, is capable of rolling and throwing himself at opponents in a manner similar to the above mentioned Blanka, of whom Jaman has a few similarities to.
  • In Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak can roll on the ground and then perform a rolling leap that can hit enemies (also making for a handy Long Jump). Averted with the sequels as the damage ability of this move was removed, so that you don't accidentally hit a cop and get chased across half the city.
  • Gizmo: The Player Character can compress his body into a cylindrical shape and roll into enemies, destroying them.
  • In Lost Home, the armadillo can do this while in solo mode, allowing it to defeat some enemies and smash boulders while rolled up.
  • Final boss Mondu has a roll in the Genesis fighting game Slaughter Sport, done by simply holding Down+Forward.
  • The fat-man enemies learn a roll-attack upon Streets of Rage 3.
  • Tamarin: The Tamarin can defeat some enemies by rolling into them.
  • In Polyroll, Polyroll can roll himself into a ball to attack enemies, bounce off walls, and break through some kinds of obstacles.
  • In Armillo, the titular armadillo's primary method of breaking obstacles is rolling into them.

    Western Animation 
  • Ben 10: Cannonbolt is basically a free-rolling, high-speed wrecking ball. Unfortunately, he has a lot of power but not much control.
  • Extreme Dinosaurs: Stegz an curl his body into a destructive saw blade, using the plates on his back as its cutting edge.
  • During the attack on the karate school in Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword, Scooby and Shaggy temporarily become sumo wrestlers and roll over the top of the robot ninjas.
  • When Max from Max Steel (2013) enters Cannon Mode his main attack is this.
  • In the OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes crossover episode featuring Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic and Tails teach KO how to do their signature Spin Dash in order for him to get over a loop. KO's first attempt results in him exploding. After Tails tells him how he learned to perfom the ball-curling technique, KO figures out how to perform the Spin Dash himself.
  • One of Amethyst's signature moves in Steven Universe. Also used by Jasper to attack Garnet, suggesting that it's a move common to quartz-type Gems.
  • PJ Masks: Armadylan, a new PJ Mask who makes his debute in season 2, can do this.


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Boo Jack's Ball Attack

Boo Jack's rotund figure lets him turn into a ball and his suit is filled with spikes.

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