Created By: SonicLover on December 31, 2012 Last Edited By: MetaFour on January 6, 2013
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Flying Postman

The mail is delivered by the flight-capable.

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If you've got a world populated by multiple different sapient species, and that world has a postal service, chances are the mail delivery will be handled by a species capable of flight. If the postman themselves isn't flight-capable but uses a mount that is, that's this trope, too.

This trope practically justifies itself; after all, if you need to task someone with mail delivery, why not pick someone who can fly over all the ground hazards and easily land at each mailbox?

Particularly common in Ocean Punk settings, most likely because the lack of land magnifies the advantages of flight.

Can be a form of Mundane Utility. If you're comparing this trope to Flying Dutchman, you're probably reading too quickly.

Examples

Anime and Manga

Fan Fiction

Literature
  • In the Harry Potter series, owls are used to deliver mail.
  • In Cold Copper Tears of the Garrett, P.I. series, a description of the multi-species crowd in a TunFaire neighborhood includes a mention of a winged pixie messenger.

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Western Animation

Real Life
  • Carrier pigeons can be seen as a downplayed example.
Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • December 31, 2012
    DannebrogSpy
    A commercial for the danish postal service plays with this. A talent office in a high building gets visits from a lot of wacky candidates without sense of talent. Then a postman is looking in and say that he can imitate a bird. The fustrated talent scouts scream "Oh heaven, will you get out, OUT!" The postman do so but to the surprise of the talent scouts he jump out of the window and fly away. The punchline: "We can more than you believe."
  • December 31, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In a Daffy Duck Wartime Cartoon Daffy is a messenger pigeon-type message deliverer. He's stalked by Hatta Mari, a female pigeon who has captured and conquered all the previous messenger birds. Since Daffy is a He Man Woman Hater he is believed to be immune to her charms.
  • December 31, 2012
    sgamer82
  • December 31, 2012
    KZN02
    Harry Potter: Owls are used to deliver mail.
  • January 1, 2013
    JonnyB
    In Kikis Delivery Service a witch delivers packages.
  • January 1, 2013
    lakingsif
    In Harry Potter, Hagrid on his flying motorbike has to eventually come and deliver Harry's letter.
  • January 1, 2013
    DRCEQ
    • Delibird's Delivery Service in Pokemon is Exactly What It Says On The Tin. Delibirds are used for shipping parcels and packages more than standard letters. If the Pelipper Post Office is the postal service, then Delibird's Delivery Service is UPS.
  • January 1, 2013
    m8e
    Does kiki in Kikis Delivery Service count?

    ^^^Oh, didn't see it there.
  • January 1, 2013
    DRCEQ
    Absolutely.

    Also: No relation to the Flying Dutchman.
  • January 1, 2013
    SharleeD
    • In Cold Copper Tears, a description of the multi-species crowd in a TunFaire neighborhood includes a mention of a winged pixie messenger.
  • January 1, 2013
    chicagomel
    In the third Balto film, the air mail service is a central plot point. The air carriers are outpacing the sled teams and the dogs fear losing their jobs.
  • January 2, 2013
    KZN02
    BIONICLE: Venom Flyers were used to deliver messages between the Brotherhood of Makuta and the Dark Hunters.
  • January 2, 2013
    Onitatsu
    In One Piece, newspapers are delivered by trained seagulls all over the world, due to the huge amount of oceans and island. Furthermore, we later see that the Revolutionary Army seems to use large crows to deliver messages, and the World Government send messanger bats to invite pirates to join the Shichibukai.
  • January 2, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Newspaper Comics: In Shoe (a world populated by semi-anthropomorphic birds) Loon is a mail and general delivery flyer.
  • January 3, 2013
    Onitatsu
    You should add the other examples suggested before launching.
  • January 3, 2013
    Mith4
    Mythology: Hermes the messenger god has winged shoes and a winged helmet.
  • January 3, 2013
    SonicLover
    ^^ I will, just not immediately.
  • January 3, 2013
    starguy256
    ^x15 Canon as of Wonderbolt Academy.
  • January 4, 2013
    m8e

    (Edited by m8e)
  • January 4, 2013
    MusikMaestro
    Postman*
  • January 4, 2013
    m8e
    ^You can edit replies by clicking on the pencil.
  • January 4, 2013
    lakingsif
    Ooh...
    • In Skyward Sword, Zelda's Loftwing delivers a letter to Link in the opening sequence.
  • January 6, 2013
    dotchan
    • A pelican is responsible for mail delivery in Legend Of Mana, and figures into several sidequests.
  • January 6, 2013
    TonyG
    • A pelican mailman is seen on Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He doesn't fly, however; he rides a bicycle (and not very well at that).
    • The "Pedro" segment of Saludos Amigos is about an anthopomorphic airplane delivering mail across the Andes.
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