The ability of someone to fly around by standing or sitting on a cloud. Usually justified by the cloud being magic
and largely implemented due to Rule of Cool
Compare Sky Surfing
. See also Fluffy Cloud Heaven
Anime and Manga
- Dragon Ball (loosely based on Journey to the West, below) has The Flying Nimbus/Kintoun, a fast, yellow, possibly sentient cloud that Goku got from Roshi who in turn got it from Korin. It only allows people who are pure of heart to ride it; anyone else just falls through it like, well, a cloud.
- Coal in Jewelpet Kira Deco flies on a black cloud with its sides shaped like wings.
- Avengers: Initiative introduced Cloud 9, a mutant(?) girl who flies/surfs on a cloud-like substance she can control.
- Michael Chen from the Taito shmup Cloud Master.
- Lakitu from the Super Mario Bros. games flies around on a smiley-faced cloud. In Super Mario Bros. 3, the cloud also exists as an item (called "Jugem's Cloud" due to Inconsistent Dub) that can be used to skip levels. In Super Mario World, Mario can hijack the cloud and fly it himself.
- The Master from Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu flies around standing on a cloud, on which he gives Jackie a ride to the Bonus Stages. Jackie gets a cloud of his own for the final battle in the sky.
- The protagonist of the arcade version of Kickle Cubicle does this. In the NES version, he's carried by balloons instead.
- Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus are a trio of flying typed legendary Pokémon that all have clouds as their lower bodies, at least in their Incarnate Formes.
- Pegasi can do this in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. A spell exists for non-pegasi to do it too; it gets a lot of use in Fan Fiction.
- Mimic from the original cartoon had a magic horseshoe that let the user generate clouds to carry themselves and others, and move said clouds at great speed.
- An episode of Snooper and Blabber had the detectives tracking down a villain using a cloud as a means of transportation. The villain's name was Nimble Nimbus.