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[[caption-width-right:300:Brought to you by a... [[ItMakesSenseInContext flying... monkey...]]]]

The ability of someone to fly around by standing or sitting on a cloud. Usually justified by the cloud being [[AWizardDidIt magic]] and largely implemented due to RuleOfCool.

Compare SkySurfing. See also FluffyCloudHeaven and SolidClouds.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' (loosely based on ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', 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 [[OnlyThePureOfHeart pure of heart]] to ride it; anyone else just falls through it like, well, a cloud. The anime also has a black "evil" cloud which can seemingly be ridden by anyone, as it was used by ProfessionalKiller Tao Pai Pai.
** Goku's Flying Nimbus was parodied in ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'' during the gang's fight with Over; turns out a sentient cloud isn't a good way to break a fall as Bobobo, Don Patch, and Jelly Jiggler fall right through him [[AmusingInjuries straight into the bear traps]].
* Coal in ''Anime/JewelpetKiraDeco'' flies on a black cloud, generated by his magic, with its sides shaped like wings.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/AvengersTheInitiative'' introduces Cloud 9, a girl who can control an alien cloud to surf through the air.

[[folder:Eastern Animation]]
* A variant of this appears in ''Animation/GogonaDaTovlisGunda'', where Snowball the snow boy attaches balloons to a cloud and then flies on it with his friend, a human girl.

* Sun Wukong from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' is the TropeMaker, though his ability was actually NotQuiteFlight.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Monkey}}'', an adaptation of ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', above, the title character had this ability, as did some of the monsters he fought.
* Ninjor from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' can do this.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The original ''Oriental Adventures'' from ''Advanced TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 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.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Michael Chen from the Creator/{{Taito}} shmup ''Cloud Master''.
* Lakitu from the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' games flies around on a smiley-faced cloud. In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', the cloud also exists as an item (called "Jugem's Cloud" due to InconsistentDub) that can be used to skip levels. In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'', Mario can hijack the cloud and fly it himself.
* The Master from ''VideoGame/JackieChansActionKungFu'' flies around standing on a cloud, on which he gives Jackie a ride to the {{Bonus Stage}}s. Jackie gets a cloud of his own for the final battle in the sky.
* The protagonist of the arcade version of ''VideoGame/KickleCubicle'' does this. In the NES version, he's carried by balloons instead.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': 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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AKindOfMagic'': Willow and Ferocia's grandfather is a wizard who gets around by flying around on a cloud.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', 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.
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'':
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'': 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.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/QuickDrawMcGraw'': 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.
* Star Butterfly, in the ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "Goblin Dogs", summon Cloudy to fly during the chase scene.
* In the WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse episode "Steven the Sword Fighter", Amethyst spends most of the episode lounging on her own personal cloud, until she eats it for fun and inflates herself. [[ShoutOut The cloud resembles]] The Flying Nimbus from Manga/DragonBall.