Pinkie Pie Physics
A character's actions do not conform to the physics of their world
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One of the nice things about fiction is that a creator need not feel bound to realism. This is the reason tropes like Made of Iron and Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress exist in the first place. However, in a sort of Magic A Is Magic A way, worlds have their own rules. Wile E. Coyote can blow himself up multiple times per episode and still survive, while Avatar: The Last Airbender, while still obviously fantasy, would never have that quite that same level of Cartoon Physics.

However, there are, on occasion, characters who move like they're in a different show altogether. They break the world's established rules of physics.

These characters instead run by Pinkie Pie Physics, named after Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, who bounces around in a much more animated manner than other ponies in the show.

This is not a trope referencing characters who are the only person in a world to have a certain power. These are characters who are more like a type of Reality Warper, though it's more like reality warps around them.

  • Pinkie Pie, of course.
  • FLCL's physics seem fairly grounded in reality--except for anything caused by Haruko.
  • Mikey Simons from Kappa Mikey. Interestingly, instead of acting more animated than the rest of the world, he's actually less animated, being animated in the Western cartoon style as opposed to his Animeesque cast mates, who frequently make use of many anime Art Shifts.
  • Homsar from Homestar Runner. While all the characters have wildly different designs, the world maintains a fairly consistent use of Invisible Anatomy. However, Homsar moves differently from most others, hovering around, and warping reality around him to a minor extent. The same could arguably said for Pom Pom.
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