Created By: Beed28 on March 25, 2012 Last Edited By: Beed28 on July 21, 2012
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Rubbery World

When entire structures or even enviroments can bend like elastic

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A common cartoon trope, basicly everything or a large structure looks normal, but have properties like rubber. This can allow for some fun and strange things to happen, such as bouncing off of rubbery buildings and such.

This may be a supertrope of Bubbly Clouds--clouds are quite commonly portrayed as bouncy like trampolines, although that is not always the case.
Advertising
  • This T-Mobile Advert has a man falling from a large height, but safely bounces off of the ground like a trampoline. He then reaches his hand though a shop window, which flexes in, several trees bend about in a park, and he hitchhikes a ride on a van by literally sitting in it's side.
  • The "Mr. Soft" advert for SoftMints candy shows a world where everything is plush and rubbery. Subverted when the guy walks into a lamppost which only looked plushy like everything else.

Anime & Manga
  • In the Axis Powers Hetalia movie, Paint it, White!, everything that the ray from the Picto Alien's spaceship touches turns into a white, wobbly thing reminiscent of rubber. As it passes over cities and countries the world starts to resemble this Rubbery World.

Film
  • This happens twice in The Matrix.
    • When Neo falls in the Jump Program. When he hits the pavement, it collapses under him, bounces him up in the air and becomes solid again.
    • When the helicopter slams into the building, the building ripples as though it were made of jello.
  • Happens a few times in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, most notably when Valiant crashes to the ground after falling off a building in Toon Town.

Film- Animated

Literature
  • In C.S. Lewis' Perelandra, the eponymous planet has grasslands and forests that float on the surface of the ocean. A hill one moment is a valley another.
  • In the Oz novel, The Emerald City of Oz, General Guph, while recruiting allies for the Nome King in his war against Oz, walks across a desert whose dunes act like rubber.

Video Games
  • NiGHTS into Dreams... has Soft Museum, where literally everything, including the ground, is inexplicably bouncy.
  • In Mario Kart Wii, the Bowser's Castle track features a wobbly corridor that waves up and down like jelly.
  • Minecraft has a Game Mod that allows you to use GLSL shaders. This shader literally bends the whole landscape in the distance back and forth, like an acid trip. This shader also makes the whole game world shake and wobble like jelly, including the very ground beneath the player character's feet.

Web Original
  • In Orion's Arm, Angelnets (objects made of nanites programmed by hyperturing AIs to protect the safety of modosophonts) can act this way.

Western Animation
  • In The Critic, Jay's father has a reminiscence/flashback to his "first date" which took place in one of these. But he's insane; so whatever really happened, that wasn't it.

Other
  • Elmo's house in Elmo's World. Everything bends, twists, bounces or stretches. You can't just turn the doorknob, it streeeetches and the door "pops" open.

Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • March 26, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
    • This happens twice in The Matrix.
      • When Neo falls in the Jump Program. When he hits the pavement, it collapses under him, bounces him up in the air and becomes solid again.
      • When the helicopter slams into the building, the building ripples as though it were made of jello.
  • March 26, 2012
    Routerie
    "Everything is" sounds a little ambiguous. Is this for when everything is rubbery, or is this one of those exaggeration names, where all examples of rubbery things fall under Everything Is Rubbery?

    Rubbery World may be clearer.
  • March 26, 2012
    randomsurfer
    When the Max Fliescher studio was creating the Superman Theatrical Cartoons they had a heck of a time getting their animators to draw the world realistically instead of rubbery, the standard animated setting of the time.
  • March 26, 2012
    Beed28
    ^ Dunno if that fits the trope, or it's an aversion...
  • March 27, 2012
    chicagomel
    Do the various Super Mario Brothers bouncy levels count or no? I recall some are have bouncy portions, but aren't a few all bouncy levels? I can't recall.
  • March 28, 2012
    Beed28
    Well, that corridor in Bowser's Castle in Mario Kart Wii comes to mind. Not sure of all bouncy levels, though.
  • March 29, 2012
    Met
    Elmo's house in Elmos World. Everything bends, twists, bounces or stretches. You can't just turn the doorknob, it streeeetches and the door "pops" open.
  • April 4, 2012
    McKathlin
    In C.S. Lewis' Perelandra, the eponymous planet has grasslands and forests that float on the surface of the ocean. A hill one moment is a valley another.
  • April 8, 2012
    TBTabby
    The "Mr. Soft" ad for Soft Mints candy shows a world where everything is plush and rubbery.
  • April 10, 2012
    ZombieAladdin
    This is a supertrope of Bubbly Clouds--well, not always, but clouds are qite commonly portrayed as bouncy like trampolines.
  • April 10, 2012
    Circeus
    Things do that a few times in Who Framed Roger Rabbit ? (most notably when Valiant crashes to the ground after falling off a building in toon town).
  • April 14, 2012
    Circeus
    Does the Jello palace of C Loudy With A Chance Of Meatballs qualifies?
  • April 14, 2012
    Beed28
    I think it fits as well as Gelatinous Trampoline.
  • April 22, 2012
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Literature:
    • In the Oz novel, The Emerald City of Oz, General Guph, while recruiting allies for the Nome King in his war against Oz, walks across a desert whose dunes act like rubber.

    Web Original:
    • In Orions Arm, Angelnets (objects made of nanites programmed by hyperturing AIs to protect the safety of modosophonts) can act this way.
  • May 24, 2012
    randomsurfer
    The Critic: Jay's father has a reminiscence/flashback to his "first date" which took place in one of these. But he's insane; so whatever really happened, that wasn't it.
  • June 27, 2012
    WhySoSerious
    In the Axis Powers Hetalia movie, Paint it, White!, everything that the ray from the Picto Alien's spaceship touches turns into a white, wobbly thing reminiscent of rubber. As it passes over cities and countries the world starts to resemble this Rubbery World.
  • July 18, 2012
    Beed28
    I'm going to launch this soon. Anymore suggestions before I do so?

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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