For the 1994 videogame, see VideoGame.Magic Carpet. A Magic Carpet or Flying Carpet is a carpet that can rapidly transport passengers who sit on top of it, usually by flying through the air. It typically features a Persian carpet design. The Other Wiki gives more details and some examples. A common artifact found in settings inspired by the Arabian Nights. Compare Sky Surfing, Flying Broomstick, Hover Board.
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- Baishana from Katekyo Hitman Reborn! rides around on one of these, since he is modeled after a stereotypical snake charmer.
- MÄR's Edward has a magic carpet. It crashes when they meet the last member of their team and it's not seen again.
- In Dragon Ball, Mr. Popo rides on one.
- In the first anime series of Space Adventure Cobra, in ep. 14 ("The Demon King Galtan"), Cobra and Girl of the Week Bellamy make an escape attempt on one — remarkable, because Cobra usually is based in science fiction, while this episode makes heavy use of Arabian Nights motives
- Magic: The Gathering:
- There's a card named Flying Carpet. Early versions of it were destroyed if the creature targeted with its ability died; this part was removed in later versions, though the card is still generally considered fairly weak.
- A nasty combo from the early days (after it got the buff above) was to use Flying Carpet on a nasty enemy, then use Winter's Blast to knock that creature into the graveyard. Useful if you needed to get a potentially powerful creature out of the way.
- Asterix and the Magic Carpet features an Indian fakir with a Flying Carpet.
- Iznogoud: Such a common means of transportation that the Caliphate has an entire air force of 'em.
- The Sandman: A chapter set in the legendary Baghdad of the 1001 Nights features a flying carpet. It's pretty shabby despite belonging to the king and being locked in the deepest, most difficult to reach part of the castle.
- The Arabian Knight, a Captain Ethnic in the Marvel Universe, rides a flying carpet (as well as wielding a magical scimitar).
- Calvin and Hobbes once took the hall rug for a joyride. Hobbes worried about hurting the resale value. At one point they flew it by Calvin's dad's office window.
- Mutts had the cat and dog duo ride on a carpet until it landed in another house inhabited by a guard dog (who happened to be a close friend). Subverted as the carpet only flew due to very strong winds rather than magic.
- Imma Wiserd has Snape, who uses a giant dollar bill as a flying carpet because the author thought Snape was a Jew due to him using big words (i.e. non-slang words). When it is revealed that Snape is Vadermort, he still uses the giant dollar bill as his mount.
- In the Discworld of A.A. Pessimal, magic carpets originated when a Klatchian wizard was experimenting with flying spells, whilst taking long tokes from a hookah filled with the finest hashish. In an increasinlgy blissed-out state in a smoky enclosed room, the smoke and fumes - and the magic - impregnated the carpet he was standing on and the carpet had a freaky trip where it thought it could fly. The rest is history.
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Films — Live-Action
- The fourth installment of Fantaghiro mentioned it when playing with the Flying Broomstick trope: When Xellesia and the Black Queen realize that the latter can't transform into anything that flies, they seek an alternate means, and reject carpets because they only work well in Arabian Nights Land.
- There was a plan to put a "magic carpet" (that is James Bond riding a carpet down some phone wires) in The Living Daylights, but it was dropped.
- The Thief of Bagdad (1924), probably the Trope Codifier.
- Arabian Nights:
- The magic carpet of Tangu or Prince Housain's carpet. The latter doesn't fly, but instantly teleports itself and its passenger wherever the passenger wishes to go.
- There's a flying carpet in story "The City of Brass", in which it's just another way for King Solomon to get around.
- Mark Twain's Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven uses magic carpets as instantaneous teleporters.
- J. K. Rowling's companion book to Harry Potter, Quidditch Through the Ages, claims that magic carpets are more popular than broomsticks among wizards in the Middle East and South Asia. Also, it mentions that it's illegal to import flying carpets into the United Kingdom. Canon never quite gets around to explaining why, but a somewhat popular fan theory has it that broomstick manufacturers retaining expensive lobbyists and dispensing the odd backhander have something to do with it. Prior to that, in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Barty Crouch mentioned that his grandfather owned a flying carpet that seated twelve back when it was legal.
- One features in Diana Wynne Jones's Castle in the Air.
- Ozma of Oz has an unusual variant. This magic carpet protects users from dangers below. It unrolls itself on the front end and rolls itself up on the back end forever, allowing Ozma and her party to cross the Shifting Sands that separate the Land of Ev from the Land of Oz. It also can function as a bridge, allowing Ozma and company to cross a gully that is too wide to leap.
- In the Soviet children's novel Old Man Hottabych, which was based on and parodied several Middle Eastern folk tales, features, among other things, a Flying Carpet.
- In Terry Pratchett's Discworld the Flying Carpet is a moderately common object in Klatch. One managed to traumatize Rincewind so that he developed phobia of falling even before falling off one.
- One also appears in Prachett's non-Discworld novel Strata.
- The Complete Discworld Atlas says the origins of flying carpets are lost in the mists of time, but points to a phenomena seen in a remote region of Klatch where evolution has created mountain sheep and goats which got around all that tricky falling-off-cliffs thing by learning how to avert a messy splat. Accelerated breeding by canny shepherds has created a lucrative market in a rare and very special wool used to weave carpets. Apparently the sheepdogs are also very specialised, and watching the sheep trials in that part of the world is most spectacular. Sheep that learnt how to fly. Hmm.
- Family-sized flying carpets are advertised as an alternative to cars in the 'Incarnations of Immortality series.
- Harry Turtledove's The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump is set in a Magitek alternate universe where everybody drives carpets instead of cars. (Los Angeles still has a major air pollution problem, though, caused by stray fibres shed by thousands of carpets.)
- In Gullivar of Mars (a.k.a. Lieut. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation) by Edwin Lester Arnold, a magic carpet carries Lieutenant Jones to Mars where he experiences a series of adventures similar to those later enjoyed by John Carter of Mars. Jones and his magic carpet also appeared in the first issue of the second volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
- In 'The Black Company, the
NazgulTaken use flying carpets both to travel long distances quickly, and for tactical superiority in battle.
- In 'The Bartimaeus Trilogy, the eponymous djinni remarks that flying carpets were made by weaving spirits into Oriental rugs. Shudder.
- The Swedish YA mystery stories about Ture Sventon features flying carpets (well, at least two of them) in what is otherwise a non-fantasy modern-day setting. It is the eponymous hero's main form of transporation in the first three novels.
- In 'The Enchanted Forest Chronicles the main characters have occasion to borrow one from a neighboring giantess. It has pink teddy bears on it and a tendency to break down, which is problematic a thousand feet in the air.
- Wonderfully used in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Magical Realism book One Hundred Years of Solitude in which the gypsies bring magic carpets to show the villagers. Jose Arcadio Buendia and his son Aureliano Buendia are more awe-struck from seeing ice.
- The Dresden Files: Harry Dresden once tried to do this when he was a younger wizard. It didn't work. The next time he tries it it does work, when he's drawn into Molly's Battle in the Center of the Mind with The Corpsetaker. It only works here because when you're all thought and magic you don't have to worry about real life constraints like gravity and painful crash landings and can do pretty much whatever you want.
- The trope appears in related works by Poul Anderson and Robert A. Heinlein. In Heinlein's Magic, Inc., carpets are by 'haulage companies' but fail when above consecrated ground, so carpet routes are routed around churches etc. In Anderson's "Operation Chaos" and related works, enchanted flying carpets are used in military applications and as a cultural equivalent for the family sedan. Broomsticks are racier, and roughly culturally equivalent to motorcycles. Both books are set in Magitek worlds.
- In an episode of Wizards of Waverly Place, Alex takes flying carpet lessons from Justin.
- Fitting with his Arabian theme (except for the train), Hikaru/MagiShine in Mahou Sentai Magiranger, and his American counterpart, Daggeron/Solaris Knight in Power Rangers Mystic Force, make use of a magic carpet for their transport.
- One shows up in Charmed.
- Shows up on Good Eats in Alton's explanation of the origin of Baklava.
- One of the Tales (missions) in Tales of the Arabian Nights is called "Flying Carpet", allegedly a partial adaptation of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.
- Pinball Magic has the player riding one as one of the tricks he must perform.
- This is one of the objects the player must collect in Jinni Zeala to go to the Flying Harem.
- Sonic uses one in the Night Palace of Sonic and the Secret Rings.
- Another one turns up in Sonic Riders.
- Tailors can make them in World of Warcraft and use them as flying mounts.
- Curiously, on some character models the characters look like they're surfing on it.
- The hero and his friends ride in on one in Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire.
- Occasionally appears as a vehicle in Dragon Quest games. Specifically in Dragon Quest V, VI, and VII.
- The very point of the game Magic Carpet and its sequel Magic Carpet 2: The Netherworlds.
- Mabinogi has two of them as cash shop flying mounts.
- There are flying/magic carpets in the Wario Land 4 level called Arabian Night.
- Don't forget about Pidgit in the beginning of level 1-2 in Super Mario Bros. 2. He was sitting on a Flying Carpet, and you needed to kill him and steal his carpet, so that you could cross a huge Bottomless Pit.
- Street Racer, a cart racing Video Game, featured Hodja Nasreddin on a hybrid of a car with a Flying Carpet.
- RuneScape has magic carpets as a form of transportation in the desert.
- Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame uses a magic carpet ride to get from level 5 to level 6.
- Super Mario 64, "Rainbow Ride" stage.
- Super Smash Bros. Melee, Both the Pidgit's and Rainbow Ride's magic carpets from Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario 64 appeared in 2 stages.
- Mario Party 5, The Magic Carpet is a vehicle in the minigame Random Ride.
- In Aladdin (Virgin Games), the flying carpet shows up to give short rides in several levels, and it's the vehicle for the escape from the Cave of Wonders.
- Aladdin (Capcom) also uses the flying carpet for the escape from the Cave of Wonders, and for the "A Whole New World" bonus level.
- Gwonam (the "Squadala Guy") from The Legend of Zelda CD-i Games rides on a flying carpet.
- In Ocarina of Time, the Bombchu salesman in the middle of the desert rode on one.
- Ultima V introduced a magic carpet, hidden in the King's chambers. It returned in Ultima VII, this time having had chairs installed to sit on!
- In King's Quest II, there's a flying carpet that takes you up a mountain. King's Quest VII has a magic carpet that instantly takes you to Dreamland.
- Used by the Egyptian Lemmings in Lemmings Chronicles to travel from the Ark to their new island home.
- Magic carpets can be found in pyramids in Terraria. They allow you to fly a considerable distance horizontally, making them useful for mobility early on.
- The Order of the Stick: In "General Assistance", the party is given one to use as quick transportation by Tarquin.
Roy: Is that what I think it is??
Belkar: A hamfisted retread of an overplayed cultural motif?
- In Erfworld, Prince Ansom uses a rolled-up one as a mount. It can be unrolled and used in the traditional fashion if he wants to accommodate additional riders.
- Critical Role: The group acquired one before the show started. Unfortunately it can carry neither Grog nor Trinket.
- Bugs Bunny cartoons:
- In The The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, used frequently as a vehicle in the Mushroom World. One peculiar example featured a biplane with magic carpets for wings.
- An episode of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers featured Prof. Nimnul using electrical flying carpets to steal valuable objects.
- Often appeared in The Arabian Knights segments on The Banana Splits show.
- The main characters escape from Shendu's palace on one during the 'Demon World' two-parter in Jackie Chan Adventures.
- Scooby and Shaggy arrive at the Caliph's palace on one in Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights.
- Magic carpets are used in two other Scooby episodes, "Hassle in the Castle" and "Scooby-Doo Meets the Addams Family".
- Phineas and Ferb: Phineas and Ferb create one in "Magic Carpet Ride", there's even a song about it.
- The Huckleberry Hound Show: A Pixie & Dixie cartoon has Mr. Jinks obtaining a magic carpet that operates under the command "Chabunagunga."
- Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines: A Dastardly & Muttley Wing Dings blackout has the pair encountering a man on a flying carpet that could not be controlled. When Dick asks what's wrong, the man says, "I just washed my carpet and I can't do a thing with it!"
- A year earlier, a genie gives Dastardly a flying carpet on Wacky Races which he uses to race to the finish line. He fails after colliding with a cactus, the result of not paying attention because he was breaking the fourth wall.