Created By: SeptimusHeap on November 23, 2012 Last Edited By: SeptimusHeap on January 5, 2013
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Solid Clouds

Clouds that are solid

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Clouds that are solid, like platforms.

Probably occurring due to the image of clouds in the sky, combined with their apparently solid appearance.

Can have several uses. Sometimes, people, gods live on them, removed from man's sight. Others use them as Cool Airships.

See also Bubbly Clouds and Fluffy Cloud Heaven. Contrast Fake Platform

Examples

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
  • Flying Nimbus from Dragon Ball, which Goku rides around on before he learns to fly on his own, would probably apply.
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[[folder:Film]]
  • "Mickey and the Beanstalk", a segment of the Disney film Fun and Fancy Free. The giant's castle rests on a solid cloud.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
  • Justified in "The Snowmen" Christmas special of Doctor Who. They can stand on the cloud because it's specially made of "super-dense water vapor".
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Some cloud giants live on magical cloud islands.
    • In early editions, there was a potion that could make clouds it was poured onto solid.
    • Module WG7 Castle Greyhawk, Level 4 "There's No Place Like Up". If the PCs climb up a magical rope, they can walk on solid clouds floating high in the air.
    • Deities And Demigods Cyclopedia
      • The Chinese mythos deity Chih Sung-Tzu rides a storm cloud that can support up to ten beings of any size.
      • The Japanese mythos deity Susanowo can often be found riding a storm cloud.
      • In the Sumerian mythos, all of the deities have clouds that they can ride on. The clouds can teleport to any place that has clouds in the sky, are immune to all attacks and can carry anything the controlling deity wishes.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
  • In The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, in one of the later dungeons, there are clouds you can walk on. Also, there are such clouds you need to explore in order to get to the dungeon in the first place.
  • Common in the Mario series, where clouds can serve as platforms and even modes of transportation in the case of Lakitus.
  • In Sky Sanctuary in Sonic & Knuckles, solid clouds serve as trampolines in order to reach higher areas. This is carried over into its appearance in Sonic Generations.
  • In Mega Man 2, there are solid clouds in Air Man's stage. Subverted because you can blatantly see a propeller under it and there is a solid platform one layer behind the cloud.
  • In several levels of Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure there are solid clouds which Cosmo has to jump from one to another to get from Point A to Point B.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • Clouds in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic are a strange example. The only ones who can interact with them as if they are solid are pegasi, whose job as a race is to manage the weather. For most other ponies, clouds act as they would in real life without magical assistance.
  • Care-A-Lot, home of the Care Bears, is a land of clouds that are solid enough to stand on, but soft enough to poke one's head through to observe the world below.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Lampshaded in the Water Bending Scroll. Katara mentions that she would love to walk on the clouds passing by. Aang tests this, concluding that "Clouds are made of water."
  • 1973/74 Superfriends episode "Menace of the White Dwarf". The villain Raven has his aerial base on a solid cloud.
  • On Dumbo, the Delivery Stork carrying Dumbo sits on a cloud to rest and get his bearings. The bundle with Dumbo inside is a little too heavy, though, and the stork has to keep stopping it from falling through.
  • The cupids from the "Pastoral Symphony" segment of Fantasia sleep on clouds.
  • On Animaniacs, when the Warners try to convince the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk to try gold eggs and meat:
    Yakko: Eat them, eat them, on a cloud.
Giant: Oh, all right, for crying out loud! [eats it] Mmm! Gold eggs and meat I do not hate. Yakko: But now that cloud won't hold your weight [Giant falls through cloud]
  • The Pixar short "Partly Cloudy" features not only solid, but sentient clouds, capable of holding (and creating) the new-born creatures they produce, and all manner of other objects.
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Community Feedback Replies: 31
  • November 23, 2012
    WaxingName
    Bubbly Clouds is just a subtrope right?

    Video Games
    • Common in the Mario series, where clouds can serve as platforms and even modes of transportation in the case of Lakitus.

    Western Animation
    • Clouds in My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic are a strange example. The only ones who can interact with them as if they are solid are pegasi, whose job as a race is to manage the weather. For most other ponies, clouds act as they would in real life without magical assistance.
  • November 23, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    Added these. More examples or comments on the description?
  • November 23, 2012
    WaxingName
    Video Games
    • In Sky Sanctuary in Sonic & Knuckles, solid clouds serve as trampolines in order to reach higher areas. This is carried over into its appearance in Sonic Generations.
  • November 23, 2012
    Someoneman
    The clouds in Minecraft aren't solid; there just happens to be an invisible ceiling around the point where clouds appear.
  • November 23, 2012
    McKathlin
    Strike the Minecraft example; players and mobs can't actually stand on Minecraft clouds. They're solid in appearance only, like Real Life clouds.
  • November 23, 2012
    McKathlin
    Western Animation
    • Care-A-Lot, home of the Care Bears, is a land of clouds that are solid enough to stand on, but soft enough to poke one's head through to observe the world below.
  • November 23, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    Removed the Mine Craft example - put the new examples in.
  • November 24, 2012
    Arivne
    This has been on YKTTW before a couple of times.

    Film
    • "Mickey and the Beanstalk", a segment of the Disney film Fun And Fancy Free. The giant's castle rests on a solid cloud.

    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons
      • Some cloud giants live on magical cloud islands.
      • Dragon magazine #39 "Bazaar of the Bizarre", item Cloud Castles. Wizards could make clouds solid by casting Control Weather and Wish spells on them.
      • Module WG7 Castle Greyhawk, Level 4 "There's No Place Like Up". If the PCs climb up a magical rope, they can walk on solid clouds floating high in the air.
  • November 24, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    Added these in.
  • November 24, 2012
    DracMonster
    Concrete Clouds for alliteration? (Unless that sounds like they're made of cement.)
  • November 24, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    ^A bit too ambiguous for me.
  • November 24, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    Would large aerial platforms (dirigibles, etc.) disguised as clouds count?

  • November 24, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    Not sure, really.
  • November 27, 2012
    LOAD
    bump
  • November 27, 2012
    saintdane05
    Walkable Clouds?

    • Avatar The Last Airbender: Lampshaded in the Water Bending Scroll (I think). Katara mentions that she would love to walk on the clouds passing by. Aang tests this, concluding that "Clouds are made of water."
  • December 7, 2012
    WaxingName
    Bump. Are you still working on this Septimus Heap?
  • December 7, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    Yes. But I'll need more examples.
  • December 18, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    Bumping for even more examples and/or hats.
  • December 18, 2012
    GeminiSparkSP
    In Mega Man 2, there are solid clouds in Air Man's stage. Subverted because you can blatantly see a propeller under it and there is a solid platform one layer behind the cloud.
  • December 19, 2012
    Arivne
    Western Animation
    • 1973/74 Superfriends episode "Menace of the White Dwarf". The villain Raven has his aerial base on a solid cloud.
  • December 20, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In several levels of Cosmos Cosmic Adventure there are solid clouds which Cosmo has to jump from one to another to get from Point A to Point B.
  • January 2, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Bumping for another launch vote and examples. The more of the latter, the better.
  • January 2, 2013
    patches365
    Justified in "The Snowmen" Christmas special of Doctor Who. They can stand on the cloud because it's specially made of "super-dense water vapor".

    Another name for the trope could be "Nimbus Firmus" (a play on the term "terra firma"), however because of the difference in gender between the Latin words for "earth" and "cloud", the joke doesn't really work due to needing to change the endings.

    EDIT: Oh yeah, Flying Nimbus from Dragon Ball, which Goku rides around on before he learns to fly on his own, would probably apply.
  • January 2, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Nimbus Firmus is good as a redirect, at least.
  • January 3, 2013
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragons
      • Deities And Demigods Cyclopedia
        • The Chinese mythos deity Chih Sung-Tzu rides a storm cloud that can support up to ten beings of any size.
        • The Japanese mythos deity Susanowo can often be found riding a storm cloud.
        • In the Sumerian mythos, all of the deities have clouds that they can ride on. The clouds can teleport to any place that has clouds in the sky, are immune to all attacks and can carry anything the controlling deity wishes.
  • January 3, 2013
    partner555
    In The Legend Of Zelda The Minish Cap, in one of the later dungeons, there are clouds you can walk on. Also, there are such clouds you need to explore in order to get to the dungeon in the first place.
  • January 3, 2013
    CompletelyDifferent
    • The Pixar short "Partly Cloudy" features not only solid, but sentient clouds, capable of holding (and creating) the new-born creatures they produce, and all manner of other objects.
  • January 3, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    ^Which Media Category does this fall into?
  • January 3, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Also, I notice this has a "better name" tag. Why, and what are the alternatives?
  • January 3, 2013
    TonyG
    ^^That would be Western Animation.
    • On Dumbo, the Delivery Stork carrying Dumbo sits on a cloud to rest and get his bearings. The bundle with Dumbo inside is a little too heavy, though, and the stork has to keep stopping it from falling through.
    • The cupids from the "Pastoral Symphony" segment of Fantasia sleep on clouds.
    • On Animaniacs, when the Warners try to convince the giant from Jack And The Beanstalk to try gold eggs and meat:
      Yakko: Eat them, eat them, on a cloud. Giant: Oh, all right, for crying out loud! [eats it] Mmm! Gold eggs and meat I do not hate. Yakko: But now that cloud won't hold your weight [Giant falls through cloud]
  • January 4, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Starting the launch clock.
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