Haniwa were originally produced in Japan during the Kofun period. They are typically small terracotta figures that were made in many forms. In videogames they are predominately the same type: a cylindrical boy with round top, hollow round eyes and mouth, and handle-like arms, one bent upwards, one bent downwards. 'Haniwa' literal translates to 'clay rings'.


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  • Armadillo
  • Big Bang Age
  • Big Bang Beat: 1st Impression
  • BlazBlue
  • Breath of Fire III
  • Cadillacs and Dinosaurs (Graphic in ROM, but unused in game)
  • Darkstalkers 3
  • Doraemon Nobita No Dorabian Nights
  • Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
  • Dynamite Headdy
  • The Final Fantasy Legend
  • Goemon's Great Adventure
  • Hany in the Sky
  • Hany on the Road
  • Kaizo Chojin Schbibinman Zero
  • Kirby series
  • La Pucelle: Tactics
  • The Legend of the Mystical Ninja
  • Linkage
  • Marble Cooking
  • Mysterious Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer
  • Ninja Taro
  • Okami
  • Pikmin 2
  • Pocket Fighter
  • Quiz Chikyu Bouei Gun
  • Rance: Search For Hikari
  • SaGa 2
  • Sengoku Rance
  • Snow Bros. 2
  • Super Bomberman 4
  • Tamagotchi Genjitchi
  • Tetris Plus 2
  • Totsugeki Kikan! Megadasu!!
  • Trip World
  • Twinbee 3: Poko Poko Daimaou
  • WarioWare: Twisted!, in the microgame Gyroid Jumble
  • We Love Katamari
  • Yumimi Mix

Kofun Soldier

A Haniwa subtype seemingly inspired by the 'Kofun Soldier' held in the Tokyo National Museum.

  • Dekoboko Densetsu: Hashiru Wagamanma
  • Ganbare Goemon
  • Gururin
  • Hanjuku Hero
  • Hany on the Road
  • Monster Party


The Cactuar is an enemy originating1) in the Final Fantasy series—an animate plant-based figure whose forms taes obvious inspiration from the popular haniwa representation.

  • Final Fantasy series
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
  • Monster Party

And perhaps

  • Mischief Makers
  • Saboten Bombers
  • Skies of Arcadia
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 3
  • Super Bomberman 4
  • Tengai Makyou II: Manjimaru

See also

1) I think? - The Blueberry Hill
 character/haniwa.txt · Last modified: 2017/04/08 09:58 (external edit)
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