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The Disembodied Balloon-Headed Mimetic Agent of Justice

Fighting the unfair at the funfair...
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After falling into a vat of experimental face paint, professional mime artist Pierre Le Flotter undergoes a remarkable transformation. His entire body is rendered completely invisible – except for his head, which he managed to keep out of the vat by treading water (or rather paint).

Resolving to use his newfound talent as a powerful force for good, Pierre comes up with an ingenious use for his unique ability. Fully dressed (and wearing gloves), Pierre is able to blend in completely with his fellow man, but unclothed, he appears to be nothing more than a disembodied head floating a few feet above the ground.

Carefully he crafts himself a spherical helmet, made from latex rubber, designed to look like a common-or-garden helium balloon. Using his finely-honed mimetic skills, he is able to imitate the wobbly, wafting motion of a normal helium balloon, and so is able to inveigle himself into any situation without attracting any undue attention, as long as there isn’t too strong a wind blowing.

Once he’s wobbled and bobbled his way to the bad guys, his invisible limbs prove highly effective in disabling them, as no-one can see his fists and feet a-flying. And who would suspect that an innocent wayward balloon could mask such an effective agent of justice?

Pierre also has other disguises that he can utilise according to the circumstances he finds himself in. Simply by donning a feather-covered balaclava, attaching small feet to his chin and motorised flapping wings to his ears, he can transform himself into an innocuous-looking bird for outdoor crime-fighting purposes.

He also has a tiny puppet (not unlike a headless ventriloquist’s dummy) which he can attach bib-like to his chin and, stooping forward and using Perspex rods to animate the arms and legs, appear to be a guileless small child going about its carefree business.

Further disguises are used when necessity dictates, but it’s the simple helium balloon that remains Pierre’s favourite incarnation.

lostdog, Oct 12 2007

balloon head http://www.lonefilm...ges/BalloonHead.mov
the movie [k_sra, Oct 12 2007]

Not the same thing at all. http://www.morpheme...site/inner_play.jsp
He fights frogs, not crime. And he has a body. [lostdog, Oct 13 2007]

In Formal Attire..,. http://www.jupiteri...ils&itemID=23121497
DBHMAoJ as a secret agent. [lostdog, Oct 15 2007]

"Rover" in "The Prisoner" http://www.match-cu.../bcnu-e/rover-e.htm
As mentioned by tossthedog. [jutta, Oct 18 2007]

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       Any idea that manages to successfully insert the word "inveigle" must surely be worthy of a thousand buns.

Here's a disembodied croissant.


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zen_tom, Oct 12 2007
  

       airhead to the rescue! +   

       see [link] for movie.
k_sra, Oct 12 2007
  

       Mr Gonflable meets Rayman!
skinflaps, Oct 12 2007
  

       Nemesis: The Prick!
jutta, Oct 12 2007
  

       //Nemesis: The Prick!//   

       Nemesis has never crossed my path from supervillain reading, therefore I wouldn't know whether Nemesis was or wasn't that anyroad.
skinflaps, Oct 12 2007
  

       [far side calendar] "Now go to sleep Johnny or I shall be forced to knock three times and summon the floating head of death."
RayfordSteele, Oct 12 2007
  

       (+) Incredible! Of course, someone will eventually figure out that the apparently random balloon is always around at their undoing and punch it. Which is why he needs inconspicous gadgets (a kid might want a baloon that doesn't fly away, so he needs to learn to fly around.) Maybe variant baloons? (white is normal, blue is freeze-proof, ect.)
Shadow Phoenix, Oct 13 2007
  

       Ubercroissant!
calum, Oct 14 2007
  

       Did you dig that up with google, [k_sra], or do you just know where to find appropriate weird animations?   

       As for the idea... I'm lost for words.
wagster, Oct 14 2007
  

       you'll never know, [wags]. : )
k_sra, Oct 15 2007
  

       I'm guessing a bit of both, probably.
lostdog, Oct 15 2007
  

       oh, fine. [lostdog] knows me too well. : (
k_sra, Oct 15 2007
  

       I don't often bother to vote on the superheroes category but the name on this one keeps impelling me to click on it. Perhaps if I give a croissant the urge will fade?
DrBob, Oct 15 2007
  

       I can't stop laughing at the 5th paragraph. I'm at the library and I snorted. Plus my eyes are watering with laughter!   

       Thanks ld, made my week.
blissmiss, Oct 15 2007
  

       will he ever point at the moon?
4whom, Oct 15 2007
  

       Unless he's wearing gloves, no-one will ever know...
lostdog, Oct 16 2007
  

       Hmm 'culture: superhero: a-c'? Pierre Le Flotter AKA The Disembodied Balloon-Headed Mimetic Agent of Justice.   

       So it's 'A' for agent?
marklar, Oct 16 2007
  

       Well spotted, [marklar]. It was originally entitled "Balloon-Headed Disembodied blah blah blah", but I changed the title. Rest assured, I'll rectify the situation immediately.   

       P.S. bliss - apologies for the snorting incident. And in a library no less...
lostdog, Oct 16 2007
  

       better than wetting my pants, one would assume!
blissmiss, Oct 16 2007
  

       Thats excellent! Sort of reminds me of a semi-surreal late 60's TV show called "The Prisoner" where, on occasion, a large white balloon-like device would chase and/or kills would-be escapees... quite odd...
tossthedog, Oct 16 2007
  

       May the croissants rain down from the heavens.
BunsenHoneydew, Oct 18 2007
  

       soggy croissants?
po, Oct 18 2007
  

       Well, I wasn't going to bun this, until I realised that we had a super-hero category!   

       In which case, this is bun+!
the_jxc, Oct 19 2007
  
      
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