Pillow fights are often used to display and highlight innocence, immaturity, and child mischief. Pillow fights in a kid's Slumber Party
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 Food Fight
, 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 Coms
and shows aimed primarily at girls.
Compare Snowball Fight
and Food Fight
. For the other kind of pillow fight—the one featuring more mature female characters, meant for Fanservice
—see Pillow Fight
Anime & Manga
- In Tokyo Mew Mew, 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 K-On!, Mugi can hardly wait to start a pillow fight during the class trip. She has scarily good aim, too.
- Akira and Fumi from Aoi Hana love to show their friendship by pummeling each other with pillows from time to time.
- In the two-part "Remote Island Syndrome" from Haruhi Suzumiya, the title character is extremely good at it during the club trip. Just before the murder mystery starts, Haruhi throws one into Arakawa's face unerringly. The Mood Whiplash is quite hard, especially if you haven't read the light novels.
- One Piece: When the Strawhats spend the night in Yuba, a pillow fight is started when Usopp tries to sleep, 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 for having to be carried the whole way, and one at Sanji for trying to sleep in Vivi's bed. Eventually the four of them start beating each other up.
- A pillow fight with the Japanese team in Eyeshield 21 involves players using their special techniques with the pillows against each other.
- In Sailor Moon S, Usagi and the rest of the inner senshi have a pillow fight while staying at a shrine while Makoto was training.
- In a Garfield strip, Jon challenges Garfield to a pillow fight. Garfield easily defeats him with a pillow stuffed with a giant chicken's feathers.
- Roy, Chon, and a bunch of girls have one in Shanghai Knights.
- In Madagascar: Europe's Most Wanted the penguins are seen having a pillow fight as they trash a Monte Carlo hotel room.
- In Almost Angels, 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.
Live Action TV
- In The Sims, 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.
- The Jeffersons: 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.