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A fictional character or creature that is just a head (as opposed to a Waddling Head or someone who's recently lost their head) that can also fly, hover, or just get around under its own power.

Comes in a few artistically styles

Sometimes these Flying Faces are nice, sometimes noisy Cloudcuckoolanders, often intelligent, and sometimes they don't talk.

See Also: Cephalothorax, Oracular Head, and Oculothorax.


Anime and Manga

  • Yuurei Shoujo of Gate Keepers 21 with her "pretty" skull-in-a-ball.
  • In Black Rock Shooter, Dead Master fights using flying skulls.
  • Mazinger Z villain Count Broken is a flying head with a headless android body... that just follows it around. He never attaches the head to his body; in fact sometimes he carries the head under his arm.
  • Hell Teacher Nube - One of the Obake the titular Nube runs into is a human head with bat wings.


  • The Bowler, In Mystery Men, has her father's skull embedded in her weapon, a bowling ball. She talks to it, and it, apparently, to her. It saves the day.
  • Zardoz: The title character which is actually a vehicle


Live Action Television

  • Zelda from the old TV Horror Host Svengoolie, and Tombstone from his successor Son of Svengoolie (which is now just called Svengoolie).
  • Lokar/Dai Satan.


Tabletop Games

  • Dungeons and Dragons:
    • Demiliches.
    • Basic D&D: the sacrol and druj monsters.
    • Dungeons and Dragons adventure OA6 Ronin Challenge. The last manifestation of General Goyat is a 50 foot tall floating head. Once the PCs do enough damage to it the flesh flakes away, leaving a giant flying skull.
    • The Forgotten Realms setting has Skullport, an underground city ruled by flying, spellcasting skulls that order the inhabitants to perform bizarre actions (and punish them if they don't).
  • Warhammer 40000: Skull probes.
  • One of the monsters in the Munchkin card game has a Mortal Kom Bat: a flaming skull with bat wings.

Video Games

  • Morte from Planescape: Torment and the mimirs.
  • Several games from The Legend of Zelda series have flying skulls as enemies.
  • There's a floating ghostly skull available as a non-combat pet in World of Warcraft. Floating ghostly skulls also appear during the fight against Yog-Saron. Looking at them makes you lose sanity.
  • Doom has Lost Souls (flying flaming skulls which home in on you like missiles), Cacodemons (big red faces that belch ball-lightning), and Pain Elementals (giant brown faces with stubby arms that would cough up a potentially endless crowd of the aforementioned Lost Souls).
  • Skelly, one of the many optional party members in Chrono Cross, starts out as this. You have to find and assemble the rest of him to recruit him.
  • Great Dungeon in the Sky has Loads and Loads of Characters to choose from, including several varieties of floating skull.
  • Ghosts in Septerra Core are huge, ghostly floating skulls. Their damage reduction and magic attacks make them Demonic Spiders
  • The Sargassoes of Devil May Cry, appearing in the first two games as recurring enemies.
  • In the Castlevania series, recurring villainess Carmilla's One-Winged Angel form is that of a gigantic, naked woman riding an equally oversized skull that cries bloody tears (as a Visual Pun for her theme, "Bloody Tears"). Other examples periodically show up in this series, such as Death's OWA in the third game.
  • The ever-annoying flying heads in Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame.
  • Some Pokémon, like Glalie (which is even classified as the "Face Pokémon") and Cryogonal.
  • Face Raiders, an augmented reality game built into the 3DS involves being attacked by a number of flying heads with the faces of anyone you've photographed.

Web Comics

Web Original

  • Cat Face is essentially a giant floating cat head. He has a body but it is extremely small and atrophied and just hangs underneath limply

Western Animation

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