Created By: neoYTPism on May 17, 2011 Last Edited By: neoYTPism on July 5, 2011

Colour Cycling Glow

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Everything's Better with Rainbows, right? They show a spectrum of visible light, and you see colours at different positions.

But what if instead of being given colour variation over distance, you are given colour variation over time? This seems almost like glowing, except with the wavelength varying along with (or maybe instead of) the intensity... in other words, a colour cycling glow.

EDIT: I am considering broadening this to glowing in general, including both wavelength variation and intensity variation, as we do not seem to have a trope about glowing in general, just contexts it is associated with. Any input on this idea?

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  • May 17, 2011
    Rolf
    I remember seeing it at many magic cartoons too. Once again I can't remember specific example. :P
  • May 17, 2011
    jaytee
    • This happens when you take LSD, mushrooms or other psychedelic drugs in Real Life.
  • May 18, 2011
    jaytee
    I don't know that "glowing in general" is tropeable. the context it is associated with is what makes it a trope.
  • May 18, 2011
    Rolf
    I think it is. How else do we show some item or crystal is special? Run its glow color though many colors!
  • May 18, 2011
    Stratadrake
  • May 19, 2011
    jaytee
    ^^But that isn't Glowing In General, that's Glows Because Its Special. I know that seems like nitpicking, but its a very important distinction.
  • May 22, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Color Cycling Glow seems good.
  • May 22, 2011
    Rolf
    Did the The Last Unicorn have this? v Its been too long since I last watched it.
  • May 22, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Depends. Provide a sample of whatever you're not sure applies. @ Rolf
  • May 23, 2011
    henke37
  • May 24, 2011
    neoYTPism
    ... I was not planning to make it one @ henke37
  • June 5, 2011
    TBeholder
    • Scorched Earth had explosions of Nukes and Plasma Blast cycling through different shades of red.
  • June 5, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Mentioned @ T Beholder
  • June 5, 2011
    hevendor717
    You should also include Hyper Sonic from Sonic 3 & Knuckles.

    Done hilariously by the villain Coiffio's hair in the bizarre anime parody Perfect Hair Forever. This is referenced in Yugioh The Abridged Series, where the hair of Dartz, who sounds just like Coiffio, changes color every frame.
  • June 6, 2011
    BraveHoratio
    The disease Gil and Tarvek (and then Agatha) get in volume 8 or so of Girl Genius makes them cycle through the color spectrum, but it's not exactly a glow.

    The Color Out of Space might do this, but I only know it from Hello Chthulhu, so someone who knows the Lovecraft feel free to correct me.
  • June 6, 2011
    jaytee
    ^Near as I can tell, the actual color is never described in the story. If it color-cycles in a particular adaptation, that adaptation would count.

    And Neo? I was entirely serious about this being a Real Life effect of LSD, mushrooms and other psychedelics.
  • June 11, 2011
    neoYTPism
    ... well, citing that might be an idea then.
  • June 13, 2011
    jaytee
    What.

    Are you serious? When has a citation ever been necessary for anything anywhere on this website? Do I come off as untrustworthy or something?

    In any case, let's just call it "original research," and leave it at that.
  • June 14, 2011
    aurora369
    Saruman's robes in the Lord Of The Rings books weren't glowing, but they surely cycled colors.
  • June 14, 2011
    afuzzyduck
    Chameleon in the [1] universe (which game was it again?) was a ninja with this
  • June 16, 2011
    neoYTPism
    In what sense @ aurora
  • June 16, 2011
    Nocturna
    ^They weren't exactly cycling colors. The exact description from The Two Towers is "a great cloak, the colour of which was not easy to tell, for it changed if they moved their eyes or if he stirred." It is also important to note that this is a subversion, because Saruman the Many-Coloured was neither as powerful nor as worthy of respect as he had been as Saruman the White. The change from the purity of solid white to the indeterminate mix of many colours symbolizes Saruman's fall into evil.
  • June 16, 2011
    jaytee
    What about those scramble suits from A Scanner Darkly? Kind of a specialized variant of the trope.
  • July 3, 2011
    Nocturna
    I think broadening it might be a good idea; although probably stick with the idea of some sort of changing intensity/colour/etc. of the glow.

    It should probably also be added in the description that this trope of for those cases where this is a marker of something being special, not just instances where things change colors/brightnesses (because there are plenty of mundane things that do that).
  • July 4, 2011
    MetaFour
    See also Power Glows.
  • July 4, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    Isn't this usually called Coruscating, or Coruscation, when a light shimmers through the spectrum?
  • July 5, 2011
    neoYTPism
    I looked up those terms and they don't seem to descrie this trope @ Paradisca Corbasi
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