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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  

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    Asian Animation 
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf uses a variant of this trope. Miss Earth 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 the Robin 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.

     Film  

  • In The Incredibles, Dash and Violet team up to use one of Violet's force fields this way, with Dash using his speed to move the force bubble along like a hamster ball.
  • Mortal Kombat: Annihilation: Liu Kang and Kitana traverse the tunnels of Outworld at one point in a spherelike vehicle that The Nostalgia Critic dubbed the "Fuck Ball" due to the two's...rather suggestive interactions while in it.
  • Jackie Chan escapes in a Zorb in the Operation Condor film of the Armor of God series.
  • In Jurassic World, Zach and Gray are using a gyrosphere to travel around a valley full of dinosaurs.
  • Diamonds Are Forever: James Bond traversed the open sea in a big, plastic dodecahedron in order to reach Blofeld's oil-rig base, effectively inventing Zorbing.
  • The World Is Not Enough overlaps, to a degree, with Be the Ball—Bond has an inflatable escape sphere hidden in his ski-suit.
  • In The Meg, during the megalodon's attack at the Sanya Bay beach, one of the beachgoers is inside a giant, inflatable ball that he uses to walk around on the surface of the water. The megalodon is big enough to wrap its jaws around the ball and pop it to get at the human inside.

     Literature  

  • 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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     Video Games  

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