Created By: CaveCat on August 11, 2013 Last Edited By: CaveCat on October 30, 2013

Twinkle In The Eye

A twinkle appears in a character's eye as a sign of awesomeness.

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So the Badass is about to finish off the Big Bad or a daredevil is about to accomplish an impossibly cool stunt. What's the best way to really establish these feats? Why, you just simply have a twinkle app
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  • August 12, 2013
    Related to Twinkle Smile, which is the same thing but appears on the character's teeth.

    Like the Twinkle Smile, often comes with an Audible Gleam.

    Live Action TV
    • In the 1st season opening title of the 1970's Wonder Woman show, Wonder Woman had one of these in each eye just before Col. Steve Trevor shows off his Twinkle Smile. Watch it here.
  • August 12, 2013
    • The Monkees: In several episodes including the first, Davy gets a pair of eye twinkles whenever he lays eyes on the Girl Of The Week, and often as not she twinkles when she sees him too.
  • August 12, 2013
    Contrast Glowing Eyes Of Doom.

    • In Marvel Vs Capcom 3, when Haggar is doing his Rapid Fire Fist hyper move, you can mash the attack buttons to make him punch faster; his eyes will glint to show that it works. His eyes will also glint in his Level 3, Final Haggar Buster.
  • August 13, 2013
    This trope is used for far more than just "awesome badass". It's used often as an epiphany indicator, such as the hillbilly in the Daffy Duck cartoon "Holiday for Drumsticks" when he realises you can eat duck instead of turkey for Thanksgiving.

    I've even seen it used as an indicator that someone is doing something magic/psychic covertly.

    In short, you need to either expand the trope or change the name.
  • August 13, 2013
    I think I've seen this parodied in anime a lot. Sometimes in combination with a thumbs up or an eye wink. The joke being the character is used exaggerate the trope in a hammy way. Or that the character is not awesome (but thinks he is) and the other character he's directing it at usually face palms or cringes at the attempt. Only specific example I can think of right now (if I'm remembering it right) is Armstrong in Fullmetal Alchemist when he's flexing his muscles/ trying to look macho, but I don't have anything more specific than that.
  • August 13, 2013
    • Happens in Pokemon episode "Stairway to Devon" when Officer Jenny spots Team Rocket.
  • August 13, 2013
  • August 16, 2013
    Could a twinkle on Cool Shades be comfortably shoehorned into this? The spirit of Kamina compels you!
  • August 16, 2013
    ^ If it's played similarly to this one then it fits.
  • August 31, 2013
    Not completely sure, but...

    • Kung Fu Panda's intro has an exaggeration when Po is imagining himself to be the most awesome kung fu hero that ever existed. A few moments into the battle, he is jumped by a stream of monstrous Mooks, but when he reveals his eye from underneath his straw hat, they are all blasted away by his awesome power.

    Does that make sense?
  • September 4, 2013
    Live-Action Film: "Doc Savage: Man of Bronze" at the very beginning.
  • September 4, 2013
  • September 8, 2013
    @dan -- I agree, eyewear should count if used for the same effect.
  • September 9, 2013
    ^^^ An expansion of Alvin's example:

    • At the beginning of Doc Savage The Man of Bronze, Doc drives up to his Fortress of Solitude on a snowmobile, after which we see a twinkle in his eye. Watch it here.
  • September 10, 2013
  • September 12, 2013
    Tabletop Games
  • September 14, 2013
    I believe this trope needs a good pic, ma'am.
  • September 29, 2013
    Platinum/Clover Games always have this.

    • The Wonderful 101 does twinkles all the time, most notably, Wonder Pink when doing on of her acrobatic stunts during the game, has a twinkle in her eye emphasizing how awesome is was and blinks at the audience that goes "aw".
    • Metal Gear Rising: main character's eye shines all the time. And some of the enemies gets twinkles just about they're about to attack.
  • October 30, 2013
  • October 30, 2013
    -Dawn in Pokemon episode "Battling a Cute Drama!"