Follow TV Tropes


Flying on a Cloud

Go To
Brought to you by a... flying... monkey...

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, Ride the Rainbow and Solid Clouds.


    open/close all folders 

    Anime & 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. The anime also has a black "evil" cloud which can seemingly be ridden by anyone, as it was used by Professional Killer Tao Pai Pai.
    • Goku's Flying Nimbus was parodied in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo 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 straight into the bear traps.
  • Coal in Jewelpet Kira Deco! flies on a black cloud, generated by his magic, with its sides shaped like wings.

    Comic Books 

    Eastern Animation 
  • A variant of this appears in Me Cvimad Moval, where the snowman attaches balloons to a cloud and then flies on it with his friend, a human girl.


    Live-Action TV 

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • 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 (originally 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.
  • Grohk the Lightning Orc from Paladins summons a cloud during his ultimate ability that allows him to fly.

    Western Animation 
  • A Kind of Magic: Willow and Ferocia's grandfather is a wizard who gets around by flying around on a cloud.
  • 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.
  • My Little Pony:
    • My Little Pony 'n 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.
  • Star Butterfly in Star vs. the Forces of Evil often summons a cloud with her wand to fly on when she needs to get around.
  • In the Steven Universe 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. The cloud resembles The Flying Nimbus from Dragon Ball, which served as an influence in the creation of the show.