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Colorful Contrails
A visible trail behind a fast-moving X
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Whenever something or someone moves at high-speed, especially when flying or running, there is a good chance a path of color behind. Said path may be stylized with sparkles, fire, Battle Aura, stripes etc. for the sake of Rule of Cool.

A form of Motion Blur. Compare Burning Rubber, Speed Stripes and Speed Echoes. When applied to a bullet, see Every Bullet Is a Tracer; when applied to swords (or other melee weapons) see Sword Lines.


Comic Books
  • Julie Power/Lightspeed of Power Pack leaves a rainbow-colored trail behind her when she flies.

  • In the TRON franchise, light cycles leave a solid wall of light in their wake, as they are used in a game where the goal is to make the other racer(s) crash into the other wall.
  • Star Wars: Space ships leave a subtle streak behind when entering or exiting hyperspace. From the perspective of the ship itself, the stars appear to stretch into lines instead of tiny dots of light.

Live-Action TV
  • In Automan Automan's superfast car leaves a blue streak behind it.
  • In the Heroes episode "The Second Coming" where Hiro meets his "archnemesis" Daphne, who is a speedster, he stops time. He then follows the motion blur streak which exists In-Universe to where she's stopped - and then she moves! She's moving so fast that even with time standing still she can still move at (what appears as) normal speed.
  • Smallville
    • Metropolis' anonymous hero (Clark) is called "The Red and Blue Blur" (or just "The Blur" for short) because all anyone can see is Clark's trademark red and blue clothing zip by as he's heroing.
    • In the episode where Clark meets the Smallville version of the Flash, they have a race where the Flash looks like a blur to Clark.
  • Star Trek: Starships leave a streak when they go to warp speed. From the perspective of the starship itself, the stars appear the be elongated streaks separated into different wavelengths of light.

Video Games
  • A variant in Elsword: As Eve airdashes, her drones (which aids her on doing so) will emit a blue streak (pink in Awakening Mode).
  • Super Smash Bros.: Sonic has a blue streak behind him when doing certain moves, such as Homing Attack.
  • CommanderVideo from BIT.TRIP often has a yellow-orange-blue-pink-purple rainbow behind him when he moves. Like so.
  • In Homeworld, small ships like fighters leave a trail behind them that not only looks cool but also helps to see them when the camera is zoomed out.

Web Animation
  • The Youtube meme Nyan Cat is shown flying with a rainbow trail following it.

Western Animation
  • The Powerpuff Girls. The three eponymous superheroines tend to leave a brightly colored trail when they fly.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Speedster Rainbow Dash has a trail that matches her mane colors.
  • Perhaps the Trope Maker, the Silly Symphony version of The Tortoise and the Hare has Max Hare leave a blue streak when he runs.
  • Giant Realistic Flying Tiger from Uncle Grandpa always leaves a rainbow trail behind her. In one episode, this trope is exploited when the other characters follow Tiger's trail to find her.

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