Created By: dragongirlhellfire on April 29, 2011 Last Edited By: dragongirlhellfire on February 12, 2012

Radiant Beauty

People can be so beautiful they glow.

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Ah. I knew I'd Seen It a Million Times, but I only just now found the existing article: Bishie Sparkle. I think that should become a subtrope of this, specific to anime. Does anybody else agree or should I just discard this?

O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
-- Romeo, Romeo and Juliet

Sometimes accompanied by slow-motion and a Hot Wind, an attractive character will appear to be shining. This is often used as the dramatic entrance of a romantic lead, and/or to show love at first sight. Can be glowing solely in the eyes of the other romantic lead, indicated by cuts to them gasping, or the environment can just happen to put a spotlight on that one character. Which makes it possible in real life, but highly unlikely. Variations include beams of light, sparkles, and sunlight shining through hair or clothes.

Alternatively, the character could actually glow, sparkle, or otherwise shine as part of their natural anatomy.

Most common in, but absolutely not restricted to, visual mediums such as films and art. The subtrope specific to anime is Bishie Sparkle.

As the quote at the top implies, this trope is at least Older Than Steam. It possibly came about as a reference to angels, or just an eternal association of light with goodness and beauty.

A subtrope of Rule of Romantic and sometimes Empathic Environment. Related to Holy Backlight in that it's a very similar phenomenon, but restricted to beauty rather than power, wisdom, holiness or other attributes. Possibly related to Gaussian Girl. Compare Hair of Gold and White-Haired Pretty Girl, who are also beauties of light, but in terms of colouring.

  • Happens at least 3 times in Rio: twice when Blu sees Jewel, and once when Túlio sees Linda.

  • In The Sims 2 Night Life expansion pack, Sims can be told to 'Scope Room'. If there happens to be somebody who they find attractive according to their 'Chemistry' in the room at this time, this somebody will begin to shine and sparkle, to the appreciation of the scoping Sim.

  • All the vampires in Twilight sparkle in the sun; this is a biological mechanism designed to attract humans, their prey.

  • The stars in Stardust shine (weirdly enough), especially when they are happy and in love.
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  • April 30, 2011
    parodied on {{Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide}} after [1] susuie moves to another school and his friends say he must get over it and get another girl, ned say only girls with a certain characteristics atrack him, most of his friends point out that he is basically descring her friend Moze after that everytime he sees her an angelic chorus stars to sing and she seems to have a shinning aura, and everytime this is due some Contrived Coincidences of evends around the school
  • April 30, 2011
  • May 1, 2011
    Yoshiki Hayashi invokes this with his Twitter userpic on @Yoshikiofficial.
  • May 1, 2011
    Related to Gaussian Girl, I think.
  • May 2, 2011
    Parodied on Scrubs where every new girl JD meets is introduced this way through his POV.
  • May 27, 2011
    Could this simply be a Super Trope?
  • May 27, 2011
    Regina from Pheonix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All. The way other characters respond to this is demonstrated by the current page image for But Thou Must.
  • June 15, 2011
    Yeah I think it should be a Super Trope. Do many other tropes fit under it, apart from Bishie Sparkle?
  • July 24, 2011
  • February 12, 2012
  • February 12, 2012
    There should be a thread for whether or not Bishie Sparkle should be under Japanese Media Tropes and this could be a super trope.
  • February 12, 2012
    The Emperor from Warhammer 40k had this reconstructed - he actually glowed in the dark.
  • February 12, 2012
    In the Tamuli, the Delphae, a race of Canon Sues, glow in the dark, and their representative is noted for being extraordinarily beautiful.