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Characters using a large, spherical or cylindrical object as transportation and/or a weapon, whether by rolling or bouncing. They may use it by being inside or on top of it.

Sub Tropes include Floating in a Bubble. Compare Rolling Attack when the characters move like a ball/wheel and Be the Ball for when they are the ball. Also see Monowheel Mayhem when the characters are inside a large wheel.


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     Anime and Manga  


    Asian Animation 
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf uses a variant of this trope. Earth Sister from Pleasant Goat Fun Class: The Earth Carnival travels through the air using a spherical object, specifically a little flying globe that she stands on.

     Comic Books  

  • The Legion of Super-Heroes's most iconic mode of transport outside of their flight rings is their time traveling Time Bubbles, which look like giant glass orbs with a door, seat and control panel.
  • In theRobin Series Tim Drake finds himself balancing on top of a giant bowling ball. While doing so, he remarks that Batman actually made him practice this in the Batcave.
  • A infamous Lois Lane story from the Silver Age of comics had her traveling everywhere in a transparent bubble-like vehicle (to protect her from criminals) after she married Superman publicly, making her look like a human goldfish.



  • In the Vorkosigan Saga, haut women from the Cetagandan Empire are almost never seen — they float around in opaque force field bubbles (and occasionally get places really fast by jumping off buildings in them).
  • Rollerball, one of the Commander Shaw spy thrillers by Philip McCutchan, has a flanged sphere twelve feet in diameter, with a bomb inside, rolling on an unstoppable course towards a Soviet base.
  • Whateley Universe: Though most of Team Kimba are capable of flight, they start combining Tennyo and Fey's powers in the sims as a way to move the whole team quickly. Fey creates a force field bubble around the team, and Tennyo, the fastest flier, pushes it.

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     Real Life  

  • Zorbing — the sport or activity of rolling downhill in a giant transparent plastic ball.
  • Hamster balls, by which some examples likely are inspired and with which most will be compared.

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