Possibly for some sort of platforming... I like how he turned out but I'm not sure if I'm skilled enough to animate him.
Thanks jocastus, it's funny you mention that because I was just admiring the readability of your low res sprites! I tried to outline this one in the way your's are, but the styles didn't seem to mesh well. It might be because the more realistic proportions don't work well with outlines at this size.
Nice details and proportion for such a low res.
start with the extreme poses, then work in the frames a bit at a time