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->''"The weather in Glitzville today will be sunny with a chance of more sun. It's above the clouds, stupid."''
-->-- ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''

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An otherwise-normal place that's floating in the sky, often for no adequately-explored reason.

This is an ''extremely'' common trope in fantasy and video games. Nothing says "exotic" like a city floating in the sky. Outside of scifi settings, there's often no real effort to [[JustifiedTrope justify]] or HandWave it beyond saying AWizardDidIt and hoping that the RuleOfCool will carry the day. Or never mentioning it at all.

One thing's for sure, though: If you've got a '''floating continent''', it's [[LawOfConservationOfDetail significant]]. There's no chance that it's just some random village. Even if it's not TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon, something important is definitely going to happen there. These places tend to have a higher-than-normal failure rate as a result of this, often becoming more of a [[ColonyDrop Falling Continent]].

Waterfalls are often expected to fall from the continent. Even if there's an explanation for how the place stays in the air in the first place, how they can possibly not run out of water is pretty much never explored. (While it's not that hard, as long as there is some sort of world below and the continent doesn't permanently float above the clouds it can get its water the same way any mountain range does: rain.)

Strangely enough, many such places go unnoticed by the common man, even though they should be perfectly obvious floating there in the sky. Sometimes they're cloaked by clouds, mist, or AppliedPhlebotinum, but other times... well, you have to wonder how people can be so sure that the Floating Continent is mythical if they've heard of it at all.

The UrExample is the original {{Cloudcuckooland}}, from Creator/{{Aristophanes}}' ''Theatre/TheBirds'', but the TropeCodifier is the City of Laputa, from Jonathan Swift's ''Literature/GulliversTravels''. Swift also originated the ColonyDrop: Laputa maintained control of its groundbound colonies by ''landing'' on any rebellious population centers, ''crushing them beneath its armored underbelly''. The trope was popularized in modern popular culture by Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's ''Anime/CastleInTheSky''. The TropeNamer is the Floating Continent orbiting Jupiter in ''Anime/StarBlazers / Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato.''

If some cataclysm has resulted in the entire planet being broken up into a collection of floating continents, that's ShatteredWorld.

If there is no landmass under these continents, then it's WorldInTheSky.

OminousFloatingCastle is its own trope.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The Floating Temple Palace in ''Five Star Stories''.
* In ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', there are floating islands ... [[CaptainObvious floating]] in the atmosphere of the [[{{Terraform}} terraformed Venus]].
* Eponymous ''Laputa: Castle in the Sky'', released as ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'' in some markets (Especially because in Spanish, "la puta" means "the whore". In Spain, e.g., "Laputa" was changed to "Lapuntu"; in the US and Mexico "Laputa" was simply omitted).
* Most of the ''Franchise/DotHack'' series of animes and games have floating rocks, islands and the like. Makes sense, seeing most of the animes and all of the games are set in a fictional MMORPG called "The World".
* In the manga version of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', the Sinner's home is a small floating town called Eden. It exists because (1) demons are actually [[spoiler:aliens, who came to Earth on a fish-like spaceship -- so the Sinners have access to technology that would allow for that sort of thing]] and (2) the Sinners are on the run and need to be in hiding, so a home base that's removed from people is probably a better idea than forming a colony somewhere on Earth.
* The entire plot point of ''Edens Bowy'' is about two floating continents, Yulgaha [[SpellMyNameWithAnS (or Eurgoha)]], and Yanuess. The people below regard them as gods, and some places actively do something for them, like providing water, or becoming an industrial place. Eurgoha is the larger, having high-tech cybernetic technology but is somewhat high-strung, while the smaller Yanuess is industrialized to the point of constant pollution (plus ruled by a [[PettingZooPeople cat-eared woman)]]. [[spoiler: Eurgoha and Yanuess eventually collide together, and a good chunk of Eurgoha falls. Yanuess is more or less intact, but Eurgoha is messed up, in a whole lot of ways.]]
* ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'': Albion. Called "the White Country" because of the clouds that gather around its underside.
* The Neo Nation colonies of ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' are a really odd example -- not only are they space colonies, but they actually seem to be gigantic hunks of Earth which lifted off the planet and floated into space. Keeping with the show's RefugeInAudacity, most of the colonies ([[CreatorProvincialism except Japan]]) are unusual shapes -- Neo America is a star, while Neo Mexico is a giant sombrero.
* A floating island of devious monkeys appears in ''LightNovel/KyouranKazokuNikki''. This one ''does'' have a reason for the hovering -- [[{{Unobtainium}} Levistone]], the same material that powers Hyouka, one of the main characters.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima!'', Magicus Mundus had a small but ancient kingdom known as Ostia, but at the end of the great war twenty years ago it fell from the sky and only isolated rocks and an old crypt remain floating where it once was. The death toll was actually surprisingly low, however, because the fall was planned in advance. What exactly happened is not entirely clear, but it's implied that [[spoiler:Asuna]] was somehow used in order to cancel out a massive and dangerous ritual in the area, which caused Ostia to fall soon after as the magic holding it aloft failed.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** An entire saga revolves around how to get onto one of these, where different types of clouds serve as both land and sea (called both "Skypiea" and "Sky Island") and the Straw Hats' adventures on it.
** Following the events of the Sabaody Archipelago arc, Nami was sent to another Sky Island, named Weatheria.
** Another example is [[GratuitousFrench Merveille]], a group of islands from ''Anime/OnePieceFilmStrongWorld''. The islands float in the air because of the BigBad's Devil Fruit power...and [[ColonyDrop come crashing down as soon as he's defeated]].
* The enormous floating city of the Mu in ''Anime/RahXephon'', large enough to obscure Tokyo.
** And that's just one of ''thousands'' the Mu possess (they built them out of necessity: having only one continent on their world meant overcrowding set in pretty quickly).
* Neo Verona in the anime ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet''.
* In ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie'', seemingly all of society lives on floating islands (as opposed to the games, where there's just one). Heavy cloud cover makes the otherwise perfectly habitable regular ground more or less abandoned (and earns it the name "The Land of Darkness" to boot). The only ones who dwell there are Robotnik, who implicitly doesn't care that it's so gloomy so long as he has the place to himself, and his robots, who obviously don't care that it's so dark. Also, there's no threat of these continents falling to the ground -- instead, [[InvertedTrope the threat is that they'll be flung out into space]], as the continents all join at massive glaciers that functionally anchor them to the planet's surface. If it were to be destroyed, the combination of the planet's rotation and their own anti-gravity would cause them to hurtle out of orbit, being torn apart in the process.
* The TropeNamer is ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'' in which one of these exists in the atmosphere of Jupiter, [[spoiler:until the crew (unintentionally) obliterates it the first time they use the WaveMotionGun. They had no idea how powerful the thing would be, and were expecting to only hit the enemy base on the continent.]] This may also count as WorldInTheSky, Jupiter being a gas giant.
* ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199'': Humanity finds one the size of [[HiroshimaAsAUnitOfMeasure Australia]] floating on Jupiter of all places, populated with lush verdant forests that are also poisonous to humans. The Gamilons placed it there in order to speed up the terraforming of Earth once humanity had been destroyed, in kind humanity destroys the whole continent with its prototype WaveMotionGun.
* Floating castles and jewel-like planetoids feature in a fantasy sequence in ''Anime/WhisperOfTheHeart''.
* Yukina from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' comes from a floating island of ice apparitions like herself, [[spoiler: and so does Hiei]].
* In the "After Days" chapter of the ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' supplementary manga, a cluster of floating islands served as the battlefield for the mock air battle between Nanoha and Signum.
* In the ''Manga/DragonHalf'' manga one of the [[PlotCoupon Plot Coupons]] needed to defeat Azatodeth is located on a Floating Island. Unfortunately it was only after the king of the Island gave it to the girls did he remember that said PlotCoupon was ''[[ColonyDrop powering the Island's engines!]]''
* Vash in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' got his coat, artificial arm and third gun from a massive colony of SEEDS that never hit the ground, and so remain peacefully isolated from the CrapsackWorld, comfortable with their future tech. When Vash goes back for repairs and upgrades, naturally trouble follows him.
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'': The shrine of the air-elemental Mashin, Windam, is located on a solitary airborne mountain.
* In ''Anime/IdolmasterXenoglossia'', the island where Turiavita's mansion and ElaborateUndergroundBase are located becomes this when [[spoiler:Chihaya tries to merge herself with Imber. It's later destroyed by the orbiting KillSat.]]
* Edolas has several in ''Manga/FairyTail'', the most prominent being the one where Extalia lies.
* A collection of floating islands make up civilization's last refuge in ''LightNovel/SukaSuka''. Everything below them is an ashen wasteland ruled by the creatures that destroyed all life on the surface.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The sadly short-lived Creator/CrossGen comic ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meridian_%28comics%29 Meridian]]'' features floating islands over a poisoned and barely-livable surface. They are held aloft by a substance called "floatstone" woven into the rock (and floating ships to travel between them, made with special floating wood). There was even a completely artificial island. Cities had to be careful about adding too much mass, though, or collect a type of floating coal to stay up. One such city ends up dropping.
* Superbia, the home of the International Ultramarine Corps in the Franchise/DCUniverse, is a city that floats over the remains of Montevideo.
* Within the pages of ''Comicbook/CableAndDeadpool'', Cable converts his former base into a floating island.
* The shortlived Creator/MarvelComics ''[[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix4/weirdworld.htm Weirdworld]]'' setting has the floating island of Klarn, homeland of the [[OurElvesAreDifferent Elves]].
* Before the travesty of ''ComicBook/AmazonsAttack'', Themyscera, i.e. amazon island, was displayed as having multiple small islands that floated in midair, WITH WATERFALLS. This was often handwaved as being either magic, high tech, or a combo of both.
* ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'s home town of Argo City, which survived the destruction of Krypton for a while as a floating planet chunk.
* ComicBook/TheMightyThor's home of Asgard was always portrayed as a great land mass floating in extradimensional space.
** Between 2007 and 2014 (with some detour back to its own dimension in the ''Fear Itself'' event of 2010), it was a great land mass floating over Broxton, Oklahoma. Until an incident with [[MegaCorp Roxxon Oil]] and some trolls that virtually destroyed Broxton and Asgard(ia) got moved to the moon for safety reasons.
** In the ''ComicBook/Marvel2099'' CrossOver "Fall of the Hammer", "Asgard" was a floating city controlled by [[MegaCorp Alchemax]], with security provided by a mind-controlled fake-Thor.
* Helios, in the Ordinary Basil story arcs of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non_Sequitur_%28comic_strip%29 Non Sequitur.]]''
* In ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim and the Infinite Sadness'', this is apparently where Ramona went to college, the University of Carolina in the Sky.
* The Seventeen Cities in ''ComicBook/ToothAndClaw'' are massive floating metropolises held aloft by magic.
* In some continuities of ''ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}'', the cities of Thanagar float.
* The dimension where Robyn is imprisoned in ''ComicBook/{{RobynHood}}: The Hunt'' has floating islands.
* Cielis from ''[[{{ComicBook/Amulet}} Amulet]]'', which was home to Windsor's ruling body, the Guardian Council, but is now little more than a legend. [[spoiler: Naturally, it still exists, hidden thanks to a PerpetualStorm]].

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* The Bazaar in ''FanFic/RomanceAndTheFateOfEquestria'' serves as the centerpiece for a fairly large portion of the story. The floating city travels the world, returning to Equestria every few years, and as its name suggests, is predominantly a marketplace.
* ''Fanfic/AgesOfShadow'': By the time [[SealedEvilInACan Jade]] is encountered by the [[ReligionOfEvil Shadow Walkers]] in the Shadow Netherworld, the OminousFloatingCastle she built for herself and has been gradually expanding for centuries is now a landmass roughly the size of a circular Manhattan.
* Website/{{Fenspace}}: [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Unreal Estate]], chunks of land that have been handwaved to be mobile and occasionally spaceworthy, have a presence in the post-'Wave Solar System.
** There are so far two true floating islands in space: the Island, which was formerly a piece of Nigerian countryside, is the first piece of landscape to be made spaceworthy and doesn't have a dome or an atmosphere, requiring all of its buildings to be vacuum-sealed; and Grover's Corners, formerly a chunk of West Virginia farmland, the largest piece of Unreal Estate in space, and the only craft in Fenspace with a proper [[Literature/CitiesInFlight Spindizzy Drive]].
** There are also the Venusian Cloud Cities, chunks of sealed and terraformed land that float in Venus' atmosphere and serve chiefly as the home bases of the MagicalGirl fandoms.
** Most floating continents tend to be made out of land lifted from non-Earth planets, the Moon, or asteroids, as Earth governments are rarely thrilled at losing productive land to space -- the launches of both the Island and Grover's Corners soured Earth-Fen relations for a good while each.
* ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'' has The Flying Island of Tipaan (a luxury resort). It travels over several of the provinces of Baravada.

* Mongo in ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' was somewhat like this, especially in the case of the Hawkmen's home, and possibly Aboria as well.
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' is set on a world full of such floating islands, held up by the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meissner_effect Meissner effect]] - {{Unobtainium}} is a high-temperature superconductor which does this without needing to be well below freezing like ones currently available on Earth.
* Cloud City in ''Film/StarWarsTheEmpireStrikesBack'' is a huge floating city situated high in the skies of planet Bespin, which is otherwise an inhospitable gas giant, justifying the trope here.
* In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', Ultron's endgame involves using massive [[{{Unobtainium}} vibranium]] jets to lift a chunk of [[{{Ruritania}} Sokovia]] high enough into the sky and then [[ColonyDrop drop it]], instigating an extinction-level event. The film's final act takes place in the floating city.
* In ''Film/TheGiver'', the Communities are suspended on a floating landmass. The Giver's residence is close to the edge.

* ''Literature/TheCulture'', by Creator/IainBanks:
** In ''The Player of Games'', one character, whose job is to build Orbitals (artificial ring-shaped worlds), talks about making Floating Continents because she thinks that orbitals are too ''mundane'', having fairly standard planetary ecosystems and landforms. She was also a big fan of volcanoes.
** In the same universe, there are the inhabitants of the Airspheres. The smallest independently sentient species found in the airspheres are floating creatures the size of large buildings, and the largest (referred to as Gigalithine Lenticular Entities) are effectively sentient floating countries.
* Various flying castles in Steven Brust's ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novels. All of them fell out of the sky during the Interregnum, since they depended on sorcery powered by the then-unavailable Imperial Orb, but Castle Black was later raised again.
* John Hodgman's ''Literature/TheAreasOfMyExpertise'' talks about a 51st U.S. state, Hohoq, a plateau surrounded by clouds that floats mysteriously around the United States.
* The eponymous ''Kingdom beyond the Waves'' by Creator/StephenHunt is one of these, though the previous book established that great chunks of land do this often in floatquakes due to uncontrolled magic.
* Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' includes floating structures ranging in size from buildings to whole cities and held up by advanced technology, most of which fell when bacteria ate their wiring. It's stated that most species in the setting possess the technology to build such things, but most choose not to for one reason or another (the humans and Puppeteers find them too unsafe, while the Kzinti detest heights).
* One of the LightNovels of ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD'' takes place in a floating town, and at one had to deal with a floating pirate fortress. [[spoiler: The town ends up being overrun with vampires caused by a failed experiment, and the residents of the pirates were long dead run by an AI]].
* Paul Stewart's ''Literature/TheEdgeChronicles'' has the floating city of Sanctaphrax, which is built on a floating rock. Unusually, the main problem isn't keeping it up, but rather keeping it down, with the help of one gigantic chain and a chest full of [[AppliedPhlebotinum stormphrax]].
* The original Laputa (accept no substitute!) appears in ''Literature/GulliversTravels'', and is a magnetically floating island populated by [[TheWarOnStraw Strawman]] scientists and philosophers with no common sense.
* The City in the Sky from the ''War of Powers'' fantasy novels by Robert E. Vardeman and Victor Milan.
* ''Literature/{{Magnus}}'' has Dragylon the Imperial Fortress: a massive, invisible, sun-sphere and headquarters of [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]].
* In Creator/WenSpencer's ''Endless Blue'', all sorts of islands float. When someone tells Mikhail that his warp drive won't work, this is what convinces him: a place with floating islands is not obeying normal physics.
* In Creator/JamesBlish's ''Literature/CitiesInFlight'', the "spindizzy"--the AppliedPhlebotinum that allows for AntiGravity, {{Force Field}}s, ArtificialGravity, and FasterThanLightTravel--works better with larger masses. As a result, eventually, entire Terran cities cut themselves free of the planet and soar out to the stars as independent, nomadic city-states.
* In ''Perelandra'' by Creator/CSLewis, all the continents of Venus/Perelandra float on water except one. There is one divine rule on Perelandra: never sleep on the fixed continent.
* The protagonist of the bizarre story ''Tower of Babylon'' by Ted Chiang is working on the archetypal Tower of Babel -- which is literally built to reach the sky, a flat plate of rock, above which heaven is presumed to exist. The builders climb past stars of heated rock and tunnel into the sky, but unleash a local flood by drilling into a chamber full of water. The protagonist continues upward and emerges [[spoiler:back on Earth, more or less where he started, because space is tightly folded -- Earth is above itself]].
* In Creator/AlexanderBushkov's ''Svarog'' series of novels, the swashbuckling-and-sorcery world of Talar has these flying islands, populated by the local uber race of wizard-nobles.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' had [[DeathWorld Ket]], part of their ExpandedUniverse, which had the planet's sentient species living on and maintaining their floating continents. The entire species worked to fly their continents through the sky, mainly because the planet surface is highly toxic. The Ketran death sentence actually consisted of sending the offender to the surface, away from the continents. Because the Ketrans can't really fly, but glide, once they fall below the continents they're dead.
* In ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'', Arthur crash-lands on a giant floating cocktail party. It's been floating for over eleven years because some [[MadScientist drunk astro-engineers]] thought it'd be cool; it's since survived by raiding cities on the surface below, and [[KissingCousins inter-generational inbreeding]] has started to occur.
* The human inhabitants of Turquoise, an [[SingleBiomePlanet ocean world]] in one of the stories in Creator/AlastairReynolds' ''Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days'' (part of the Literature/RevelationSpace universe) live in "snowflake cities", giant vacuum-buoyed city sized airships. Boats are not an option, as the alien Juggler biomass that fills the oceans breaks down nonliving materials at rates far too quick to repair.
* The Three Worlds, setting of the ''Literature/BooksOfTheRaksura'', are littered with floating islands, buoyed up by the lumps of magical rock found within. These rocks retain their properties when removed from the islands; one race of groundlings uses them to power flying ships.
* In ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'', by Creator/MargaretWeis and Tracy Hickman, the Air world of Arianus was made up entirely of these.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story ''Shah Guido G'' concerns the existence and eventual destruction of a levitated city.
* Several of Creator/VladimirVasilyev's novels are set on a world whose surface is uninhabitable. Instead, people live on giant leaves that float on the strong air currents. Some of the stories deal with characters who find themselves on another leaf and are unable to return home, when the winds separate the leaves.
* Averted with {{Atlantis}} in Scott Meyer's ''[[Literature/{{Magic20}} Spell or High Water]]''. It's designed to ''look'' like it's floating above the sea. In fact, it actually stands on several very thick pillars that are highly reflective. Interestingly, the "sorceresses" ''could'' have made it float (levitation spells are fairly easy), but decided to avoid any problems that could cause. Of course, levitation works best on monolithic objects, and a city is anything but monolithic (although the main "bowl" on which the city stands is made of solid diamond).
* In ''Minla's Flower'' by Creator/AlastairReynolds, a planet has a whole slew of floating continents, which are the shattered remains of a planet-encircling camouflage to disguise its civilization from [[AbsoluteXenophobe the Huskers]], which failed to fool them, though the planet's residents survived albeit losing almost all of their [[LostTechnology infrastructure and technology]]. The culture that Merlin first contacts resides on a continent that has been flipped "upside down", with its lowest point (and habitable area) in the center of the landmass. They rely on biplanes for transport.
* ''Literature/RoguesOfTheRepublic:'' The capital of the Republic is Heaven's Spire, a city held up by millennia-old levitation crystals and filled with the wealthiest elites of the country.


[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The floating city Stratos in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' "The Cloud Minders".
* The seemingly primitive Nox from ''Series/StargateSG1'' are revealed to have built a floating city in Season 1 of the series
** And the Ancients also have a flying city... [[UpToEleven that travels through space]].
* The Animarium in ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''. Raised into the sky centuries ago, it's brought down to the surface in the finale thanks to the BigBad, and then brought back up into the sky after said BigBad is destroyed for good.
* The ''{{Series/Sliders}}'' episode "Seasons Greedings" features a giant floating ''mall''. People in there shopped, worked, lived there, shopped some more, and failed to work off their debt slavery (as opposed to Earth Prime, where the debt slaves are forced to find their own living quarters, too). If there's any structure which wastes this much energy just to make itself look spiffy, it just has to be a host body of a Starbucks.
* The ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' episode "Trash" features the crew staging a robbery on Bellerophon where ultra-wealthy citizens reside on their own private estates that float over an idyllic sea.

* Roger Dean's album covers for the progressive rock band Music/{{Yes}} are absolutely packed with these.
* The videos for "Feel Good Inc" and "El Manaña" by Music/{{Gorillaz}} feature Noodle on a floating island with a windmill.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' settings frequently have more than a few floating continents or cities of various sizes.
** ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'':
*** The ancient empire Netheril had a host of magical floating cities. Most were destroyed thousands of years ago when the mage Karsus accidentally caused magic to stop functioning. A few survivors landed safely but never flew again. One escaped into the Plane of Shadow, to return thousands of years later and start refounding the Netherese Empire.
*** In 4th Edition, the magical structure of Faerun went completely bitchcakes when the god of magic got killed. As a result, there are zones of wild magic where large chunks of the landscape sits ''above'' the landscape.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'':
*** In the Known World, one of the sub-kingdoms of the magical Alphatian Empire consists entirely of floating islands. Amusingly enough, during the {{metaplot}}, the mainland of Alphatia is one of these, recreated after [[{{Atlantis}} it sinks]] by the setting's gods as a literal Floating Continent.
*** There's also a large number of floating landmasses in the world's [[LostWorld hollow interior]].
*** ''Mystara'' also features the gnome-built (and mobile) Flying City of Serraine and its magic-powered ''biplanes''.
** The ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' setting had a floating fortress, a relic of more powerful magics in antique times. There were actually several flying citadels in the setting, one of which got Mist-napped and is now a pocket domain in the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting.
* Mt Metagalapa in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', which began floating around at the same time as the foundation of the Realm. Savants theorize that the combination of Wyld Essence from a FairFolk invasion and the aftereffects of firing the Realm Defence Grid screw it they have no sodding idea why it floats. [[spoiler:This is because they don't realize the heart of the mountain is a Titan-class citadel from the First Age. Basically, we're talking an OminousFloatingCastle fitted with a city-destroying mile-wide WaveMotionGun, forgotten for thousands of years, and encased in stone.]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** The plane of Zendikar, due to its high levels of wild, chaotic magic, has a weird shifting gravity that makes floating continents not uncommon, as seen [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=195170 here]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=195179 here]] or [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=201966 here]].
** Zendikar also held [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193452 Emrakul, The Aeons-Torn]], a floating EldritchAbomination the size of a mountain range. The plane of Zendikar, was, in fact, used as the [[SealedEvilInACan can]] that kept it and the other titanically huge Eldrazi sealed, until a group of planeswalkers were manipulated into [[NiceJobBreakingItHero breaking]] said can and letting the Eldrazi free.
* The realm of Arderial in ''TabletopGame/MagiNation''.
* ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'' has these on Venus. Thanks to the incredible air pressure and the advent of super-light materials, humans managed to build enormous flying cities called aerostats in the upper atmosphere of Venus before [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the Fall]].
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Wasteland 2010}}'', the evil Malevolokk controls a floating city in the episode seed "Danger at 2,000 Feet". He kidnaps people with [[TeleportersAndTransporters a transporter beam]] to use them as slave labor.
* In ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'', the Kharadron Overlords live in floating sky-port cities in the skies of Chamon, the Realm of Metal, held aloft by the mystical science of the aether-endrins. These sky-ports are centres of commerce and culture with the six greatest ports of Barak-Nar, Barak-Zilfin, Barak-Zon, Barak-Urbaz, Barak-Mhornar and Barak-Thryng forming the Geldraad, a council of representatives that act as the Kharadron government.
* ''Maps Book 1: Cities''. The island of Roos Havanos floats through the skies of the gas giant moon Ahijad. It is propelled by steam bursts using water heated by a giant GlowingGem named Dios Diablo.

* Cloudcuckooland from Creator/{{Aristophanes}}' famous play ''Theatre/TheBirds'', making this OlderThanFeudalism.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{AkaSeka}}'' has the Ten country, which literally means "Heaven country" and houses [[PublicDomainCharacter stand-ins]] for mythological deities.
* ''Franchise/BreathOfFire'':
** ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireI'' has Agua, near the town of Romero.
** In ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'', the small town that you encourage to life is coincidentally constructed over a buried LostTechnology machine. An optional subplot allows you to activate the machine and the entire town goes airborne, becoming your new GlobalAirship. [[spoiler: The [[MultipleEndings "best" ending]] involves using it as for a miniature ColonyDrop.]] Said town also [[spoiler:served as the TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon of the first game.]]
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' features a series of floating islands called Zeal in 12,000 B.C. that house the Enlightened Ones. All of the people there can use magic, and the place is portrayed as a utopia. But, it's under the [[CrapsaccharineWorld iron-fisted rule]] of [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Zeal]], who has [[BrainwashedAndCrazy gone insane from the corruption of Lavos's power]]. On top of that, those who [[{{Muggle}} can't use magic]] are [[FantasticRacism thrown out]] to become the Earthbound Ones, who live in caves, scrounging for food. [[spoiler:Zeal doesn't stay a floating continent forever, as it eventually falls out of the sky and [[BreakTheHaughty forces the Enlightened Ones and the Earthbound Ones to coexist]].]]
** Also, Terra Tower in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''.
** And the Black Omen, but this is more a OminousFloatingCastle.
* The Golden Temple in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' is a floating continent.
* In ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', the Cartoon Wasteland is basically a model of [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]] sitting on a table in Yen Sid's tower. But to an observer actually inside the Wasteland, it seems to be a group of floating islands.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' features a prison island floating over the capital city of Vivec. Originally, it was one of Nirn's moons but a Daedra ripped it from its orbit and dropped onto Vvardenfell. Vivec, the PhysicalGod after whom the city was named, managed to stop its fall but he couldn't neutralize its momentum, so he more or less [[TimeStandsStill froze the moon in time]]. Early in the Fourth Age, [[spoiler:Vivec dies as a result of the player's actions in ''Morrowind'', and the moon resumes its fall. A machine that Dunmer engineers build to keep it up is eventually destroyed, as well. The moon hurls to earth with the entire momentum from its orbital fall centuries ago and wipes out the city. The seismic shock causes the nearby supervolcano Red Mountain to erupt, killing everything still clinging to life on Vvardenfell.]] The moral of the story being: gravity is one mean mother.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** The concept was first used in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'', with the floating city of Lufenia.
** One of the {{Bonus Dungeon}}s in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI: [[VideoGameRemake Dawn of Souls]]'', the 40-floor underground Whisperwind Cove, has a random floor where you travel around a floating continent, complete with clouds below. Yes, a floating continent in the sky in a ''cave.'' [[EldritchLocation Have fun making sense of that.]]
** The TropeNamer is the Floating Continent in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII''. [[spoiler:The first quarter or so of the game is spent on the Floating Continent without you even knowing it]]. It's almost as big as the world map when you're on it, but very small when you're on the world map.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' features another area named the Floating Continent. It averts the "unnoticed part", since it rips out of the world when the Emperor and Kefka enter the Sealed Realm, and the city below it gets shadowed and the people on the streets comment it.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' gave you a floating military academy. Two of them, actually, with the bad guys seizing one. A third was bombed to rubble before ever actually becoming mobile.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' had the Chocobo Sky Garden.
** The Tu'Lia region in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', as well as the Riverne peninsula, which is now a flying archipelago. When a giant explosion blew the peninsula into tiny bits and threw it into the air, it just simply never came back down.
** The floating city of Bhujerba in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', which floats due to a high quantity of a minable magic crystal called 'magicite'. There are other floating landmasses seen as background images, but Bhujerba is the only populated one.
*** Its spinoff, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIIRevenantWings'', takes place largely on a floating archipelago.
*** Mt. Bur-Omisace, the Kiltias' sacred mountain, is surrounded by countless floating islands. Some are large enough to support man-made structures and shrines. They say that these islands are remnants of a Floating Continent which fell and broke apart long, long ago.
** The moon-sized Cocoon in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' is unique in that, rather than being a flat strip of land with a definite surface and bottom, it is actually a miniature Dyson sphere, complete with its own "sun", the [[{{Magitek}} Fal'Cie]] (robot god) Phoenix.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has Sea of Clouds, and Churning Mists. Also [[spoiler:Azys Lla, which is aesthetically inspired by the one from Final Fantasy VI, and even includes Proto Ultima (ultima but colored like Ultima Weapon in FFVI) flying around, as well as statues and boss fights with the Warring Triad]]. All three are from the first expansion, Heavensward.
** Spelvia, the Floating City, in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyThe4HeroesOfLight''. It's the home of the ''original'' Hero of Light, as well as the location of the ClimaxBoss which splits the first half of the story from the second. Its golems describe it alternately as "a fortress to conquer the world" or "a fortress to protect the world."
* The Nazca Sky Gardens in ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia'', which float above the huge drawings on the Nazca Plains.
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' is set on a series of islands floating in midair, as befitting a game about {{Pirate}}s [[RuleOfCool In Flying Ships]]. It turns out that there ''is'' a contiguous ground underneath all the flying continents, but nobody yet had the technology to reach it due to pressure and wind issues. [[spoiler:Soltis, the lost Silver continent that rose from the planet's actual surface, is closer to the classic version of this trope, but it sinks again.]]
* ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'':
** The duology is set on chunks of floating land that got that way due to a cataclysmic application of magic in a "War Between the Gods". However, [[spoiler:it turns out they're floating above the surface of a normal planet of indeterminate shape from which they separated, and eventually float back down at the end of the first (chronologically second) game.]]
** ''VideoGame/BatenKaitosOrigins'' has [[spoiler:Tarazed, a flying fortress that completely pops out of one side of one of the floating continents and can blow up other floating continents]].
* The ''SonicTheHedgehog'' series has several such examples of this trope throughout the years:
** Angel Island, first appearing in ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'' is the home of Knuckles the Echidna and the [[MineralMacGuffin Master Emerald]].
** The second half of Windy Hill from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' takes place on bridges and landmasses floating high in the sky.
** The Night Palace, from ''[[VideoGame/SonicStorybookSeries Sonic and the Secret Rings]]'', is the home base of the Erazor Djinn and the final zone in the game.
** The Babylon Garden, appearing in the ''VideoGame/SonicRiders'' games, is the ancient home/converted spaceship of the Babylon Rogues' ancestors.
** Sky Babylon, appearing in ''[[VideoGame/SonicRushSeries Sonic Rush Adventure]]'' is essentially the Sol Dimension's equivalent to Angel Island.
** After Eggman shatters the world in ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', the landmasses orbiting the planet's core become floating continents until the Chaos Emeralds set them back into place.
** ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'' has the eponymous LostWorld, the Lost Hex.
** All of the racetracks in ''[[VideoGame/SegaSuperstars Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed]]'' appear as Floating Continents on the game's menu. [[VideoGame/SuperMonkeyBall Temple Trouble,]] [[VideoGame/SkiesofArcadia Rogue's Landing,]] and [[VideoGame/SonicGenerations Sanctuary Falls]] are the only racetracks that actually are floating continents.
* The ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series has featured a number of such continents.
** Whomp's Fortress and Cool Cool Mountain in ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' are large landmasses with nothing around or under them. Bob-Omb Battlefield also has a small floating island that Mario has to reach via cannon.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' has Pianta Village, a small island floating above a grove of mushrooms.
** A large portion of the galaxies in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' are more "groups of small Floating Continents in space" than they are actual galaxies, with many of the early game galaxies being visibly surrounded by clouds and blue skies rather than other space.
** ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' has Glitzville, a giant New York pastiche that can only be reached by blimp, and provides the page quote.
* The Mana Fortress in ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana''. Destroyed in the backstory. Floated again late in the game. And in the end, it was destroyed ''again''.
* The city state of Shevat in ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''. Also, Solaris.
** While Solaris is definitely indeed located high in the sky, according to [[WordOfGod Perfect Works]], it is "anchored" by a massive pillar going all the way down to an island in the middle of the ocean, so it technically wasn't "floating".
** There is also Eryth Sea in ''{{VideoGame/Xenoblade}}.
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' series:
** [[SuddenNameChange Lassic/Lashiec]]'s Air Castle in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarI''. Is still there in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'', a thousand years after the planet it was on [[EarthShatteringKaboom was reduced to an asteroid belt]].
** Two floating cities in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIII'', one with the ultimate good guys, the other with the ultimate bad guys.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''; besides Outland, which has no ground below it and thus belongs in WorldInTheSky, there are:
** The zone Nagrand has small islands floating high above the seemingly solid ground.
** The Undead scourge use a fleet of [[OminousFloatingCastle floating necropolis citadels]] as bases, which acts as their town halls in ''Warcraft 3'', and act as Dungeons, instanced or otherwise and cities in World of Warcraft.
** With the ''Lich King'' expansion, the city of Dalaran was uprooted and now floats above the northern continent. But then again, considering [[AWizardDidIt who lives there]]...
** ''Cataclysm'' introduced two instances that take place in the Skywall: Vortex Pinnacle and Throne of the Four Winds. While Skywall is presumably much larger than what was seen, they both qualify as being sky cities.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'': The Mu have their city floating high in the sky, an island raised from the sea by their goddess Hequat to save her followers from destruction by the Orenbegans (Circle of Thorns). It can be accessed in some late-game [=CoV=] content.
* The entirety of ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' [[spoiler: takes place on (or more accurately inside) a floating island.]] Depending on the ending you get, [[spoiler: it either falls from the sky or starts falling but stops.]]
** It's an interesting case, because [[spoiler: the nature of the place as a floating continent is kept hidden from the player for quite some time. The extensive cave network and the references to "The Surface" are pretty good at convincing you that the game is taking place ''underground''. Turns out that the surface refers to ''below'' the island.]]
** Doubly interesting in that, while the actual mechanics are more-or-less of the AWizardDidIt variety, the root causes of [[spoiler: the island's flotation]] are very much a part of the game's plot. [[spoiler:In fact, the truth of the matter seems to be a mystery to the island's denizens. The stated reason, while functionally true, is not inherently necessary.]]
* The ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' seems to really like these.
** Exire in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', the last place of solace for the oppressed half-elves. Oddly enough, it has no direct impact on the plot, serving only as a place where [[spoiler: Raine confronts her mother, who has unfortunately gone insane after [[ParentalAbandonment abandoning her and Genis]], as well as the location of the bonus Summon Spirit Maxwell.]]
** Preceded in ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'' -- they actually had two of these. Radisrol, a floating city with a MagicalComputer excavated by the good guys and used to reach Dycroft. The latter combines Floating Continent with {{human popsicle}}s, WeaponOfMassDestruction and TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' gives us Eldrant, which is also a TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon. [[spoiler: The entire planet (save Yulia City and the island the Tower of Rem are on) can be considered just a large group of these too.]]
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' gave us Myorzo which was similar to Symphonia's Exire. It served as the home for the elf like Kritya. And Tarqaron for TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.
* Nearly all the battlegrounds in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' are Floating Continents. The stage editor in ''Brawl'' doesn't even allow anything else. Also, there's an actual Floating Continent in The Subspace Emissary, as well as the labyrinth in the 3DS iteration's "Smash Run" mode.
* In ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar'', all the mages lived in Vane, a floating city/school of magic. They crashed, but ended up relatively intact. Made one heck of a crater, though.
* ''VideoGame/OgreBattle'' has the sky islands, which mostly function as bonus stages.
* ''VideoGame/StratosphereConquestOfTheSkies'' has flying fortresses that you control directly. The game is divided in between a building interface, where you get to build the fortress of your dreams, and the actual action, where you control the fortress as if it were a ship and blast enemy fortresses out of the sky while you try to minimize damage to yours. Everything is explained away with the presence of magical minerals of some sort.
* ''VideoGame/ProjectNomads'' lets you control the single buildings on your floating fortress, and you can tell the fortress to move between waypoints, but you cannot control it directly. You can also use your jetpack (or your legs, if you have time to waste) to get off your fortress and visit other large masses of floating land, some much bigger than yours.
* In ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic V'', the Academy faction's towns are all of this type. However, it only serves an aesthetic purpose as these cities can be sieged and captured by a non-flying army perfectly well - they land to meet the attackers instead of throwing something heavy on them, or, better still, landing ON them.
** It should be noted that the Academy cities seen before the [[ExpansionPack Tribes of the East]] does not actually fly, even though the town screen quite heavily suggests this - the first truly flying city seen in the series is encountered in [[BigDamnHeroes Zehir]]'s Tribes of the East-campaign, and serves the role as a campaign-specific game mechanic wherein Zehir can land the city in tactical locations large enough to hold the city for the price of a sum of his experience, thus allowing him some manner of logistical flexibility.
** Not to mention Celeste, the City of Light from ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic VII''.
** This goes back to ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic IV'' with the [[TitleDrop Clouds of Xeen]], which are stationary cloud banks connected to the world by the towers. They're not solid enough to support people, but levitation magic can support you over the clouds. In the game's [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo counterpart]], ''Darkside of Xeen'', the area above the towers is primarily connected by skyroads, but there's also the city of Olympus, which is situated on a true Floating Continent.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' had frequent mentions of a floating continent, and you could even visit the location it was in before it took to the sky, yet you never got to go there. Hopefully it will be touched upon when they finally get around to making ''Golden Sun 3''.
** Of course, the fact that there's an edge to the world that you could fall off of ([[InvisibleWall if the game didn't prevent you from doing so, anyway]]), [[spoiler:which will eat away at the world if power isn't restored to the four lighthouses]], suggests that the world itself is a floating continent.
** And we did not get to see the floating continent, just more hints. Of course, Felix and Sheba disappeared, and she's from there, so... # 4 anyone?
* Zepp in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', though it is a country, not a continent.
* The Emperor's Palace in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' is made of a special rock with magical properties that floats. The {{cutscene}} showing your approach is quite impressive.
* The entire gameworld in ''VideoGame/SepterraCore'' is a concentric series of floating continents around the eponymous core. Having six layers of them takes it UpToEleven.
* Edmark's ''Sky Island Mysteries'' EdutainmentGame. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Enough said]].
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' features the City in the Sky, a floating continent and the final regular dungeon in the game. It seems to float using massive fans/rotors on the bottom, and pretty much everywhere else.
** Not forgetting the buildings in the Twilight Realm, which were built on large slabs of rock just hovering in a trippy [[AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield amazing technicolor]] EldritchLocation.
** Link's home in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'' is Skyloft, a group of islands floating in the sky above Hyrule. [[AWizardDidIt A goddess did it]] to ensure humanity would survive a war on the surface. Something of an inversion for Skyloft's residents, because they all consider hovering islands mundane; to them, the ''ground'' (concealed below an impenetrable cloud layer) is an impossible mythical entity. [[spoiler:Nonetheless, Skyloft does have TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon, and said dungeon falls to earth after you complete it.]]
** Also, there's the palace in the sky from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap The Minish Cap]]'', which is a (very large) mansion floating in midair.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTriForceHeroes'' has a floating castle within World 8, the Sky Realm.
* While rolling up [[spoiler: a new universe]] in ''[[VideoGame/KatamariDamacy We Love Katamari]]'', several floating islands appear somewhere above the ocean. Of course, they are just there to make it harder to run from the 1,000 Meter+ Octopus until you get big enough to roll the islands (Or the octopus) up.
* Nearly every level in the first three ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' games was a floating continent.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Lufia}}'' series has [[DoomyDoomsofDoom Doom Island]], the floating island/castle where the Sinistrals resided.
* In ''VideoGame/ToeJamAndEarl'', each level is a floating chunk of land. Falling off one lands you in the previous one, implying that they're arranged in a vertical stack. For what it's worth, you do take an elevator to go from level to level. (Yeah, it's [[WidgetSeries that kind of game]].)
%%* The Good Future of ''[[VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin Ecco: The Tides of Time]]''.
* The cities Yuno and Gonryun in ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'', plus a couple related maps.
* ''VideoGame/{{Unreal}}'':
** ''VideoGame/UnrealI'' has several islands in the sky, one which the player visits after travelling to the top of the Sunspire.
** The ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'' games have the recurring "Facing Worlds" maps for CaptureTheFlag mode: floating asteroids with a pair of towers acting as each team's base.
* Numerous floating islands are also found in Ellenier chapter in ''VideoGame/SeriousSam 2''.
* The entirety of the ''VideoGame/JumpingFlash'' series of games has all it's levels based around this trope. This was usually explained by the plot, where the Big Bad tries to dismantle the world. Strangely, while all the levels in the third game, Robbit Mon Dieu, are implied to take place on the planet itself, the levels are still of the floating continent type. Why this is is never adequately explained.
* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' has Skytown, a hemisphere-spanning system of flying buildings in the skies over Elysia. As Elysia is a gas giant, it makes perfect sense.
* ''VideoGame/TheGranstreamSaga'' has not one, but four floating continents as the sum total of its world. The quest to save the rapidly failing technology that keeps them floating is what motivates the initial quest by the hero. And which gives us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sCbby2lldI a pretty kick-ass opening cinematic...]]
* ''VideoGame/LunaOnline'' takes place in Blueland, a Floating Continent unto itself. There is a lower world, but it's inhabited by demons and sealed apart from Blueland to keep them from causing trouble -- although the seal has cracked, causing some problems.
* Setting of ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlrevis''.
* Certain Ages in the ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' series of games contain these, including Saavedro's home world in ''VideoGame/MystIIIExile'' [[spoiler: and Sirrus's prison Age in ''VideoGame/MystIVRevelation'']].
** Your Relto in ''Uru'' seems to be this, and one of the Ages from the "Paths of the Shell" expansion pack [[spoiler: is built to ''simulate'' this.]]
** Success in ''VideoGame/MystIIIExile'''s Age of Voltaic requires you to use electromagnetic forces to ''invoke'' this trope on a chunk of the landscape, then ride an airship to the levitating location.
* ''VideoGame/{{Crystalis}}'' for the NES has the floating fortress as the TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon, where you receive the eponymous sword.
* Sion's chapter in ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudras'' visits a series of floating islands, home to the four races that came before humanity.
* The Giant Palace, the final stage in ''VideoGame/BillyHatcherAndTheGiantEgg'', and home to the [[EggMacGuffin Giant Egg]]. At the end of the credits, it's revealed that The Giant Palace [[spoiler:(when viewed from above) is in the shape of a [[MacGuffin Courage Emblem]]]].
* There are multiple floating continents in the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series, including Sigma's fortress, Sky Lagoon, and Giga City (although technically a collection of islands). The first two inevitably fell, especially Sky Lagoon which was deliberately [[ColonyDrop dropped onto a city]].
* An unusual twist on the concept was a central theme of bizarre Namco arcade game ''VideoGame/PropCycle''. The town of [[MeaningfulName Solitaire]] becomes one of these after someone accidentally turns on some LostTechnology, and the player must leap astride the titular pedal-driven aircraft, fly back up there and somehow bring it safely back down to the ground before they run out of loo roll and incur ruinous cellphone roaming charges... or something like that, anyway.
* In ''VideoGame/HeartOfDarkness'', there is what looks like an upside-down mountain floating above the world, where live the "Amigos." Weirdly, it has inverted gravity compared to the main land -- if you fall from the mountain's edge, you go UP into the sky. If you reach the mountain's "top" (its bottom from a non-inverted viewpoint), then you're claimed back by the gravity of the earth and fall down.
* The flying city of Caldoria is the home of temporal agent Gage Blackwood in the ''VideoGame/TheJourneymanProject'' series.
* The entire setting of ''VideoGame/AllodsOnline'' is made of these.
* ''VideoGame/AnUntitledStory'' features [[TempleOfDoom SkySand]], a desert-themed tower floating above [=SkyTown=], and [[SlippySlideyIceWorld IceCastle]], a glacier floating high above the [=LongBeach=]. Both areas contain a [[PlotCoupon gold orb]].
* The ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank Future'' saga has Stratus City in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction Tools of Destruction]]'' and the Valkyrie Citadel in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime A Crack in Time]]''.
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock Infinite}}'' takes place in a floating city named Columbia.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** The Hidden Land in ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers''. [[spoiler: In the BadFuture, its started to come apart at the edges.]]
** Speaking of Pokémon, ''VideoGame/PokeParkWii'''s final stage is Mew's home, the Sky Pavilion, an island floating peacefully above the park.
* The (remains of?) the continent of Gracia in ''VideoGame/Lineage2'' [[spoiler: after the Zealots of Shilen used the Seeds of Destruction and Seed of Infinity to destroy and mutate nearly all life on the continent, turning nearly everything there undead]]. The only way to get around is by airship or turning into a flying creature.
* In ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' a catastrophe occurred turning four areas of Dinosaur Planet into floating continents and Team Star Fox is called in to make the planet while again.
* Kyushu in ''MysticalNinjaStarringGoemon'', where this trope is played straight. It becomes the final dungeon, and after you kick some ass, it becomes the Falling Continent, until it lands safely back in Japan.
* ''VideoGame/FlyFF'' has a few of these, but they're mostly empty and seem to be mostly there to make the flying [[RuleOfCool a bit cooler]].
* The second ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' features "Citadel Station" that by its size qualifies as a floating continent, although it is an artificial construct and not so much floating over the planet as in orbit around it.
* The climactic sequence of ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights Shadows of Undrentide'' takes place on an aforementioned Netherese floating city as it rises into the sky again.
* The Dream World Fade in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' setting features the so-called Black City (formerly Golden City of the Maker) floating ominously in the sky. According to the lore, it is seen from every point of the Fade (Euclidean geometry be damned) and it actually ''is'' from every Fade level in the games. On the other hand, it is completely unreachable by the player as of part two. Still, one DLC features a character strongly implies to have been to the Black City.
* In ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfRadGravity'', the planet Vernia has a floating city.
* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' has floating islands, which contain a building with some rare items inside. It is not hard to make your own: build a small wall, mine out all but the top, and the top will just float there. This can be important in "hard mode", when the Corruption and the Hallow begin to spread, since they will not spread through a thick enough air gap -- so if they become or are completely surrounded by these, they are contained. Or just mine out below the spawn point, so that anyone joining the world or respawning starts off somewhere safe.
* Floating islands are rarely randomly generated in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', being actually rather mundane relative to [[ToonPhysics the world's physics system]], but can be made without too much problem. Since only a small number of blocks are affected by gravity, most blocks -- including those arranged in very large structures or landmasses -- will simply float where they are if their connection with the ground is mined out.
** There used to be a planned dimension filled with these, known simply as the Sky Dimension. It made it as far as a terrain generator hidden in the 1.6 and 1.7 betas, and it was accessible through hacking until some time in 1.9 beta. It was then replaced with the End, a floating mass of white stone in an endless black void where the final boss is fought.
** The popular Minecraft mod ''VideoGame/TheAether'' is exactly this. As opposed to the Nether, which is a dark empty space surrounded by land, the Aether is composed of bright and sunny landmasses surrounded by empty space in the sky. It also features new mobs, new soils/rocks, new items, and 3 boss encounters whom, even with all the right equipment (even weapon mods), will invoke a violent, hellish wrath upon you. The third boss, [[spoiler: the Sun Spirit, even keeps the sun eternally locked at high noon, and uopn his defeat, day/night cycles will return to how they are down on the surface.]]
* The setting of ''VideoGame/TailConcerto'' and ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'' is a world of floating continents in the sky, connected by {{steampunk}} air travel.
* The last level of ''Franchise/TombRaider II'' consists of vivid green floating islands. Even more inexplicable is that they're apparently deep underground, somewhere beneath the Great Wall of China.
* [[VideoGame/PuttPutt Putt-Putt Travels Through Time]] has this in the future.
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'''s Clan Citadels are located on giant floating sky islands. They are the lost bastions of Armadyl, who is worshiped by the [[WingedHumanoid aviansie]] and is often aligned with the element of air. The clan citadels are also introduced by having large chuck of rocks falling from the sky.
** Lore indicates the Aviansie homeworld, Abbinah, is a series of similar floating continents over an uninhabitable core. The quest to actually go there ("Rite of Passage") has been in DevelopmentHell for years.
* One of the levels in ''VideoGame/SoulcasterII'' is set in the ruins of a flying city.
* ''VideoGame/RockmanNoConstancy'' has Air Man's stage, a sort of floating palace.
* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'':
** ''Kirby Air Ride'''s City Trial mode has a structure floating above the city called the Sky Garden, accessible via the volcano's hidden launching pad.
** The entirety of ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' takes place on a series of floating islands known as Floralia.
* The asuran race in ''Videogame/{{Guild Wars}}'' and ''Videogame/{{Guild Wars 2}}'' build giant floating cubes and then live in them. That is explained by their use of magic and fear of living on the surface, rather than underneath as they used to. However, they apparently got inspired by all the chunks of earth floating above ground for no reason whatsoever.
* The inhabitants of Megadom from ''VideoGame/{{Meteos}}'' live on huge chunks of rock that float atop the extremely dense atmosphere of their planet.
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' has Sky Land, whose Japanese name literally translates into [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "floating continent"]].
* The Skyward kingdom in the ''Videogame/{{Awakening}}'' series. After an evil sorcerer attacked the humans living in the magical realm, they fled to the sky.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'''s main mission hub, Sanctuary, is eventually revealed to have been built on top of a giant mining ship. When the crap hits the fan and the city is under bombardment, the inhabitants turn to the only solution they can think of - lift the whole damn thing into the sky and reposition it somewhere Jack's cannons can't reach. From that point onward, the mission hub effectively becomes a floating city.
* Harder settlement levels in ''Videogame/{{Clonk}}'' often take place on floating islands to make life harder for the player. The backstory for one scenario off-handedly mentions an entire continent rising out of the ocean for no given reason.
* The Lydian continents in ''VideoGame/AVeryLongRopeToTheTopOfTheSky'', as well as [[spoiler:MUB-5, the Flying Mountain]]. Unlike many examples, these are truly continent-sized, with Terasu and Balfur in particular each requiring ''three separate world maps'' in order to display even just their accessible portions. [[spoiler: Logos-3 used to be an example, but ended up becoming a ColonyDrop instead.]]
* Purgatorio in ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' is an archipelago of pieces various past universes hovering in an infinite void. It's a rallying point for the forces of Free Will, despite existing solely because one of the gods is a massive [[GodIsFlawed packrat]] and can't bear to part with interesting pieces of the universe every time it ends.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Gruntz}}'', ''High Rollerz'' world is basically a casino flying high in the sky, with a dash of PinballZone. VivaLasVegas!
* ''VideoGame/NoMansSky'': Planets of this type are justifiably rare, and are typically hemispherical in shape.
* The ''Franchise/{{Ys}}'' series is named after one of these. The second game takes place on it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Obsidian}}'' plays this straight in one of the balconies of the Spider Realm. After solving a sound synchronization puzzle involving a small square of waves in an ocean, the waves rises upwards in a perfectly smooth cube of water and [[spoiler: Oil-rich]] mud.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLabyrinthOfTime'', the center of the eponymous labyrinth sits on a tiny piece of concrete in a void of blue sky and clouds, stated to be outside of time and space itself. Because of the insane mishmash of time zones throughout the rest of the construct, it can be seen everywhere.
* The indie game ''VideoGame/{{Windforge}}'' is set in Cordeus, a planet that is basically nothing ''but'' floating continents.
* Plenty of floating chunk of land to be found in ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX''!
* ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' has the floating city of Juno, only accessible by airship and one very narrow bridge from the mainland, powered by magical shards.
* ''VideoGame/TheTalosPrinciple'': The Messengers' resting places.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'', the upper castes of the Jennerit live in floating cities above the Jennerit throneworld Tempest's surface, collectively known as the "Echelon." Here, visitors can view the opulent artistry of the Jennerit culture, featuring ornate gold and red spires and spikes among the spacey-gothic architecture.
* The final level of ''VideoGame/PropCycle'' takes place on Solitar, three floating continents shaped like a sun, a star, and a crescent moon.
* In ''Videogame/StarRuler2'', one of the artifacts allows you to create a floating continent on any world. The continent can have buildings placed on it, and it can be relocated by expending energy. For example, one might cover it in orbital defense lasers to turn any world into a fortress in a jiffy.
* ''VideoGame/ChildOfLight'' has the Temple of the Moon, which is suspended above the Cliffs of Erin and surrounded by many smaller floating islands that once made up an aerial city.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'': One of the first things people notice upon landing on Habitat 7 are the flying mountains. Unusually, there actually ''is'' a mundane explanation for this: a massive lightning storm across half the planet is triggering Element Zero nodes in the landmasses, producing a natural mass effect field.

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* Haiku Melon's episode in ''WebAnimation/BananaNanaNinja'' World of the Damned takes place on a chain of floating islands on a distant planet.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'''s genius breeding colony flying island built by hamsters. No, really.
* ''Webcomic/UnicornJelly'' has flying triangles, ''Webcomic/PastelDefenderHeliotrope'' has rectangles, and several other JD Reitz-created worlds have flying continents of varying shapes. Some of the less prominent worlds in her multiverse have even weirder shapes, like toroidal planets.
* While they're not continents, the powerful mage city of Escehelon in ''Webcomic/{{Flipside}}'' has an [[http://www.flipsidecomics.com/comic.php?i=1028 anomalous amount of rocks hovering in the air.]]
* ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'' has Tsuirakushiti the floating city.
* The [[http://www.breakpointcity.com/archives/2000/12/19/up-in-the-sky/ title city]] of ''Webcomic/BreakpointCity'' floats above Summit County, Ohio.
* Nephilopolis of ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'' looks certainly like one, even though it's actually refered to as [[http://dresdencodak.com/2010/07/26/dark-science-04/ "the largest single earthship by volume!"]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Yosh}}'' has a flying island (hidden by magic so satellites can't see it), a leftover from when wizards ruled the world.
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' has several on a few of the Tower's floors, most notably the Evankell testing center, Repellista's castle, the Sea of Clouds on the 25th and the Winged Cities of the 21st Floor.
* In ''Webcomic/BasketsOfGuts'' city of Lingrheim is located on one.
* ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'': The city of Asallah En-Qu'Lara.

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* DA-Land from the ''WebOriginal/DeviantartExtendedUniverse'' is a land mass roughly 250 thousand square miles contained inside of a magic bubble. The author even [[ShownTheirWork showed his work]] to see how big the land would need to be to sustain a certain population for a reasonable amount of time.
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Alent was a floating continent in the First Age.
* In ''Literature/MageLife'', The capital city, where TheMagocracy have its seat of power, floats high in the sky some lengths away from the shoreline.
* Al Sharai is a floating city featured in ''Roleplay/ToRule''.
* Following the Minecraft example above, in his LetsPlay of the game ''LetsPlay/{{Nerdcubed}}'' built one of these, on the back of a giant turtle.
* Skyhold in the Yogscast's ''[[Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries Shadow of Israphel]]'' is a floating city accessible only by airplane.
* Towards the end of ''Cornerstone'', another LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} ''Minecraft'' series, the titular base is less of a floating island and more of a small city in the sky. This happens in part after LetsPlay/HatFilms expand the island significantly, setting precedents for the others to do the same.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode spoofing ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', though they turned out to be ''falling''.
* A floating island full of {{death trap}}s plays an important role in ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. Another episode has its plot centered around a floating mountain.
* ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'': While most of the terras are just mountains jutting above the clouds, no floating involved, [[spoiler:Cyclonia is eventually augmented into one of these.]]
* Beijing temporarily becomes one of these in ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', after Triceratons install an engine that seals it off and sends it floating. The episode "Mission of Gravity" involves an attempt bring it back down to Earth.
* Flip City in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rollbots}}'' is entirely above ground with structures held aloft by anti-gravity devices.
* Ra's al Ghul uses a flying island as his base of operations in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' episode "Sidekicks Assemble".
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Cloudsdale. It's made of clouds, and the Pegasi that live there are naturally able to walk on clouds, or simply fly if the clouds give way.
* The town of Greenville in the ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' episode "Breach".
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonFlyz'' had the only remaining (massive) human city on Earth floating above the lava.
* The bird-people's city in ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBearsIsland'', two islands are flying because [[BigBadEnsemble one of the members of the 4 elements]] punished their inhabitants for offending him. Additionaly, gravity is heightened on one of the islands and lowered on the second.
* Episode “Top Gum” of the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' has Cubby learning how to fly Icarus-style and discovering the floating island of the Aerials; mythical {{Winged Humanoid}}s of a fairy tale Grammi use to read him. Turns out the Aerials [[spoiler:are really evil and where left there on purpose by the ancient gummies as they where Air Pirates.]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[CrazyAwesome Buckminster Fuller]] provides us with plans for elaborate floating cities. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_nine_(Tensegrity_sphere) For the curious, see this Wikipedia page for information on the aforementioned flying city plans by Buckminster Fuller]]
* Actually a viable means for colonizing Venus. Oxygen floats at, conveniently enough, the area in the atmosphere that is a balmy 70 degrees Fahrenheit or so. An air-tight colony could use only the breathable air inside to remain bouyant. Also, since everything is in equilibrium, the colony would need no real structural strength, and so could be made enormous using current materials (the only major problem is the sulfuric acid rain, and all sorts of other horrible acids and toxic, corrosive vapours, and getting the materials there to make it, since mining from Venus's surface isn't very feasible).
** Said acids and toxins could be harvested and processed into construction material.
** Even if they were built on Earth or in Earth-orbit, they wouldn't be that expensive. Some NASA engineers have proposed inflatable habitats as cheap (relatively speaking) space habitats. This really wouldn't be that different. Venusian acids and toxins could also be exported off world, the profits of which could be used recoup colonization costs to investors back on the Earth.