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->''"Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle."''
-->-- '''Narrator''', Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''

A classic trope within Fairytales, the Bright Castle is a beautiful structure usually owned by a monarch, magician or powerful creature. It is picturesque, but sometimes cursed or with a dark secret. It can also be the home of the protagonist, who often must either leave the sanctuary, or save it from imminent doom.

The Bright Castle may also contain the MacGuffin, or DeusExMachina that the heroes need. It can also represent an ordeal or trap that they must overcome to better both themselves and their cause. May also be a BigFancyCastle. Often a feature of the ShiningCity.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'', the Bright Castle was a (field) spellcard that affected light-based monsters.
** The [[Anime/YuGiOh anime]] also provides a more typical example in the form of the castle of Simlow, home of Princess Adina
* The castle from ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena''. [[spoiler:As revealed late in the series, it's nothing more than an illusion projected from Akio's planetarium.]]
* The Kanejou family from BGataHKei lives in one. PlayedForLaughs, naturally.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The castle on the Disney logo, which is in turn based on {{Disney/Cinderella}}'s castle. Almost ALL of the DisneyPrincess films feature this to some extent
** Disney/SnowWhite's Prince whisked her off to one at the end of the film
** As mentioned above, ''Cinderella's'' prince lives in one, which Cinderella fantasizes about and eventually goes to the famous ball there.
** ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' lives within one; it is surrounded by a [[TheHedgeOfThorns Hedge of Thorns]].
** The Prince in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' lives in this trope until the Enchantress appears and puts a curse on it. While it is still quite beautiful in many respects, there are signs of what happened there in the decor -- beast face-shaped doorknockers, gargoyles, etc.
** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' has ''two'': Triton's palace in Atlantica, and Eric's castle by the sea.
** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' has the Sultan's palace
** Pride Rock from ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Though not necessarily a castle in our sense- it is one for Simba and family, still it's a beautiful and imposing natural structure.
** Mount Olympus from ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''. Unique in that it's completely inaccessible to mortals unless special requirements are met.
** The Imperial Palace from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}''. Distinct in that this is the only palace that the movie's matching princess does not live in/has lived in/moved into.
** Kuzco's palace from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''.
** Nedakh Palace from ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.
** ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' has the royal castle of the Kingdom of the Sun.
** ''{{Enchanted}}'', being an AffectionateParody of DisneyPrincess films, of course has the castle of Prince Edward. Parodied in New York with the billboard castle.
** Aside from the existing castle she and Anna grew up in, Elsa actually builds one from scratch using her ice powers in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''.
* Far Far Away Castle from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' sequels. The first film, being something of a TakeThat at Disney's RealLife corporate practices as opposed to their fairytale image, features Lord Farquaad's brightly lit and impressively large castle, which comes across as monolithic (rather than ornate) and kind of creepy (rather than cheerful).
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Ivory Tower from ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory''.
* Cair Paravel from ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.
* Minas Ithil and Minas Arnor from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* The castle in Genua from ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', which falls very definitely under LightIsNotGood.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Seen in the first episode of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' (and occasional flashbacks since then). Snow White and Prince Charming were married in it, although oddly, we're never told whose castle it was.
* Camelot from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', which is actually the real-life castle of Pierrefonds in France.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Cinderella Castle, the centerpiece of the "Magic Kingdom" DisneyThemeParks.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuschwanstein_Castle Neuschwanstein Castle]], the TropeMaker
* The Fairy Castle dollhouse at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry is a miniature example.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Ipsen's Castle from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' (as the McGuffin Storage Facility), and Alexandria Castle (as "home with a dark secret").
* The shining, Gothic Anor Londo in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''.
* Princess Peach's castle from the ''SuperMarioBros'' series games.
** Beanbean Castle in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga''.
** Pi'illo Castle manages to come off as this in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'' despite being a ruin.
* Hyrule Castle from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series games.
** It is implied in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'' that Lorule Castle was this BeforeTheDarkTimes.
* Dark Beauty Castle in ''EpicMickey'', at least before the Blot Wars.
* The giant castle/church of Bevelle from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' probably qualifies.
* Castle Waxwane in ''VideoGame/{{Puppeteer}}'', though some of its luster has faded with the shattering of the Moonstone.
* In ''VideoGame/DisneyPrincessEnchantedJourney'', Gentlehaven Castle is abandoned due to a curse. After you beat the final boss, it's restored to its former glory.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Canterlot in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
* The white, [[BigFancyCastle sprawling]] palace of Thundera in ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011''
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