Flying on a Cloud
magic and largely implemented due to Rule of Cool. Compare Sky Surfing. See also Fluffy Cloud Heaven.
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- 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, generated by his magic, with its sides shaped like wings.
- Avengers: The Initiative introduces Cloud 9, a mutant(?) girl who flies/surfs on a cloud-like substance she can control.
- The original Oriental Adventures from Advanced Dungeons & Dragons has the spell "Cloud Trapeze", which allow a wu jen and some passengers to fly on a magical cloud. Although short-lived, it's also very quick, probably the fastest aerial method of travel in the game. Renamed "Cloud Chariot" in edition 3.5.
- 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.
- Pokémon: Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus are a trio of flying-type legendary Pokémon that all have clouds as their lower bodies, at least in their Incarnate Formes.
- A Kind of Magic: Willow and Ferocia's grandfather is a wizard who gets around by flying around on a cloud.
- My Little Pony:
- My Little Pony And Friends: Mimic from the original cartoon has a magic horseshoe that let the user generate clouds to carry themselves and others, and move said clouds at great speed.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Pegasi don't need a cloud to fly, but they can walk on clouds and even drag a cloud with them to mimic the effect, as occasionally demonstrated by Rainbow Dash.
- Quick Draw McGraw: 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.
- In The Legend of Korra, ancient airbenders were able to somehow fly about in clouds. Wan later learns this technique, and uses it to fly around when fighting against Vaatu.