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Pillow fights are often used to display and highlight innocence, immaturity, and child mischief. Pillow fights in a kid's SlumberParty and other events where kids have to stay the night with each other.

They almost always start with one character chucks a pillow at a more serious character out of boredom or just to provoke them, the second chucks it back and like a FoodFight, and it snowballs from there. When adults get into pillow fights, it's usually to show that they are immature or still kids at heart. In works that don't take themselves too seriously, pillow fights play out like fight scenes, cause exaggerated amounts of damage, and might even cause injuries.

Pillow fight also tend to cause a big mess with feathers littering the room. Parents will often have to come up to the room to see what all the noise is about.

Childish pillow fights are a staple in {{Kid Com}}s and shows aimed primarily at girls.

Compare SnowballFight and FoodFight. For pillow fights featuring more mature female characters, meant for {{Fanservice}}, see FanserviceFauxFight.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', the girls have a sleepover on Minto's house and ended up having a pillow fight. One of the pillows rip and stuffing (feather?) rain ensues.
* In ''Manga/KOn'', Mugi can hardly wait to start a pillow fight during the {{class trip}}. She has scarily good aim, too.
* Akira and Fumi from ''Manga/AoiHana'' love to show their friendship by pummeling each other with pillows from time to time.
* In the two-part "Remote Island Syndrome" from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', the title character is extremely good at it during the club trip. Just before the [[spoiler:murder mystery]] starts, Haruhi throws one into Arakawa's face unerringly. The MoodWhiplash is quite hard, especially if you haven't read the light novels.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': When the Strawhats spend the night in Yuba, a pillow fight is started when Usopp tries to sleep, [[BlatantLies claiming he'd worked hard that day.]] Zoro angrily throws a pillow at him saying he'd rested the most of any of them. Usopp throws one at Zoro as payback, one at Chopper [[FishOutOfWater for having to be carried the whole way]], [[RuleOfThree and one at Sanji]] for trying to [[HandsomeLech sleep in Vivi's bed.]] Eventually the four of them start beating each other up.
* A pillow fight with the Japanese team in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' involves players using their special techniques with the pillows against each other.
* In ''Anime/SailorMoon S'', Usagi and the rest of the inner senshi have a pillow fight while staying at a shrine while Makoto was training.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', there is a pillow fight after the Garuna arc, just before [[spoiler:Loki is revealed to be Leo, stellar spirit of the Lion]]. It starts out pretty normal, then Natsu hits Lucy so hard with a pillow she ends up flat on her back in the yard. She decides to leave before she gets killed.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip, Jon challenges Garfield to a pillow fight. Garfield easily defeats him with a pillow stuffed with a giant chicken's feathers.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[ExaggeratedTrope Comically exaggerated]] by [[Blog/AskFlufflePuff Fluffle Puff]], who appears to be misunderstanding why pillow fights exist the whole way through. It says a lot that she starts by ''bludgeoning [[WesternAnimation/DanVs Dan]] unconscious with a pillow'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMFWc_FMhqs and goes on from there]].
* In ''Fanfic/AVoiceAmongTheStrangers'', Jessica and Ebony start one with Aurora Blossom, which quickly draws in Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Twilight Sparkle, Spike and Luna. It resumes several times over the course of the fic.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}: Europe's Most Wanted'' the penguins are seen having a pillow fight as they trash a Monte Carlo hotel room.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Roy, Chon, and a bunch of girls have one in ''Film/ShanghaiKnights''.
* In ''Film/AlmostAngels'', the choirboys get involved in a pillow fight after hours, during a time when they are supposed to sleep. The choir director hears them, but waits outside the door for a few minutes before knocking on it, at which point all the boys scramble back into their beds before they go to sleep. The implication is that the director is tolerant of a certain degree of childish mischief, and was willing to let them have a bit of fun before getting them to stop so that they could get enough sleep. The pillow fight also fits in with one of the themes of the movie, which is that the choirboys may sing like angels but they still act much like ordinary children.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheJeffersons'': George & Louise are given a pair of foam bats as a part of couples therapy. At the end of the episode they, the Willises, and Florence all go after each other (in a playful way) with the bats and some throw pillows for those without bats.
* Taken to SeriousBusiness levels in the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Pillows and Blankets", in which an attempt to build a school-wide pillow fort turns into a schism about whether the fort should be a ''pillow'' fort or a ''blanket'' fort, which in turn becomes a massive school-wide pillow fight that is treated by the combatants (and a documentary crew filming a record of an attempt to break a Guinness World Record) as if it were an unseen chapter of the American Civil War.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims'', Sims can have pillow fights. In ''The Sims 2'', their likelihood of doing so is influenced by their level of playfulness. If you have a couple playful Sims in the same place, a pillow fight is bound to break out eventually, to the annoyance of some players. It's a bit silly when a Senior Manager brings home one of her coworkers and they start beating each other with pillows.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Hisao and Emi have a few during Emi's route in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* During WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's review of ''WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest'', the two get into a brutal fistfight... [[MoodWhiplash intercut randomly with them cheerfully pillow fighting]].
* [[AskFlufflePuff Fluffle Puff]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMFWc_FMhqs elevates Pillow Fighting]] to an ''artform''. Or warfare.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' when the guys start out as playful until [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFpSsEZqEbA it turns into an all out brawl.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' features Twilight Sparkle throwing her first slumber party in the episode "Look Before You Sleep", and she's eager to take part in all the trappings. She's a little slow realizing that a pillow fight is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, even as one breaks out between [[OddCouple Rarity and Applejack]], who get a teensy bit too competitive.
--> '''Twilight Sparkle:''' Ohhh, I get it. Pillow ''fight.'' Fun!
* The end credits for ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' Season 1 (taken from the short pilot ''Garage Kids'') show Ulrich and Yumi having a pillow fight.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' episode "Midnight Movie Madness", Max and PJ have a pillow fight to settle a dispute about whether Pete was telling the truth about the Mutilator being real. Apparently, they have decided this is the only proper way to settle any best friends' dispute.
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