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Here's the wind-up...


Monica: When women hang out, we don't have pillow fights in our underwear.

Chandler: (doubled over in shock)

Monica: I'm sorry, we do. We do! I don't know why I said that.

A gathering of female characters in a not particularly serious battle or physical challenge for purposes of titillation. Often, literally, a pillow fight (i.e., at a Slumber Party) but may include similar situations like volleyball, particularly when wardrobe is skimpy and the action is bouncy.

If it actually involves pillows, the chances of said pillows breaking apart and covering the place with their stuffing is fairly high.

Examples of Pillow Fight include:


  • A promo for the Australian version of Beauty and the Geek featured a pillow fight between the beauties and the geeks. The beauties, of course, were clad in lingerie.

Anime & Manga



 "I've codified the five different types of pillow fights:

Man vs Woman: fun

Woman vs. Woman: awesome

Man vs. Man: gay

Man vs. Pillow: crazy, and

Pillow vs. Pillow: Crazy Awesome."


Comic Books

Films -- Animation

  • There is a scene in Megamind remarkably similar to a pillow fight scene, complete with slow motion and feathers flying through the air. Except with bags of money. The feathers are replaced by hundred dollar bills.

Films -- Live-Action

Live-Action TV

  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Dirty Girls". Xander is wakened from a dream of scantily clad Potential Slayers having a pillow fight, to the reality of the girls in frumpy pyjamas and bathrobes, complaining about a clogged toilet.
  • The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers episode "Crystal of Nightmares" features Billy instigating one with the male cast, complete with feathers flying around the room.
  • In the That 70s Show episode "Your Time Is Gonna Come," Donna, Jackie and Kelso's girlfriend Annette hold one of these. The guys imagine them in a stereotypical "sexy slumber party" setting, where they, among other things, suggest having a nude pillow fight. In reality, they just sit around bored.
  • Savannah and Marti have one in Hellcats, though they are fully clothed at the time.
  • How to Be Indie: One occurs between Indie and Evil Cousin Ruby in "How to Keep Your Cool in a Heat Wave". Evil Cousin Ruby has a 'hand tooled combat pillow'.
  • The second series finale of Glee features one between the girls in their hotel room.

Music Videos

  • The music video for AKB48's "Heavy Rotation" features the girls pillow fighting in their underwear.

Pro Wrestling

  • Often used for titillation in the WWE, where pillow fight matches between Divas often appear at PPVs.

Video Games

  • The entire purpose of Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball.
  • To a lesser extent, Beach Spikers.

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation

  • Parodied in SpongeBob SquarePants. Patrick's pillow can be cocked like a gun.
  • Also parodied in a recent episode of Family Guy, where Joe, Cleveland, Quagmire, and Peter get into a pillow fight, which turns into a fist fight.
  • The short-lived American adaptation of the Australian sitcom Sit Down Shut Up has an episode where the hippie science teacher Miracle Grohe tells Principal Sezno about an underground club where women in skimpy pajamas pillow fight each other.
  • The end credits for Code Lyoko Season 1 (taken from the short pilot Garage Kids) show Ulrich and Yumi having a pillow fight.
  • Applejack and Rarity's conflicting attitudes culminate in one in "Look Before You Sleep" from My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic.
  • Happens commonly in Madeline.
  • Happens at the end of the pilot of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy with Billy and Grim. It is one-sided and Grim is at a disadvantage since it is just his body. His head can still feel the pain, though.