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[[caption-width-right:300:AllThatGlitters... glitters a lot.]]

->''"It's the MagicalGirl with [[TransformationSequence two transformations]], a Greek goddess, and '''sparkles'''!\\
Oh, so '''very many''' sparkles."''
-->-- Trailer for ''WebVideo/WeddingPeachAbridged''

Sparkles everywhere! Must be Magic!

For the longest time, humanity has an historical fascination with shinies. That might have to do with how some of the more precious materials tend to sparkle, but in the end, there is just ''something'' in how stuff shines or sparkles that leaves people staring on with, well, shiny eyes. That goes double when the effect is of a mysterious nature.

Because of this universal fascination, the trope's simple logic is that if you want to indicate visually how valuable, magical, or just ''special'' anything is, then put a lot of shiny sparkles, or anything that makes sparkles (like glitter or small crystals) around it.

Even when the sparkles are justified for the inherent qualities of the materials used, it's still a bit exaggerated in fiction.

[[OurFairiesAreDifferent Fairies]] are often prone to sparkling. And this is often associated with {{Fairy Tale}}s and PrincessClassic.

Many video games use sparkles as a form of NoticeThis.

Definitely on the shiny end of the SlidingScaleOfShinyVersusGritty.

A SuperTrope to BishieSparkle, SparklingStreamOfTears.

Compare EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry, GoldMakesEverythingShiny.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Loads of it in a MagicalGirl show.
** And GirlsLove. KannazukiNoMiko is a good example.
* ''{{Gundam 00}}'s'' GN tech. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VuwagwupX8 Just watch the opening.]]
* In ''TheWallflower'' and its anime adaptation ''YamatoNadeshiko Shichi Henge'' (''Perfect Girl Evolution''), all the pretty people are represented with sparkles, which is referenced by {{Gorn}}-loving protagonist Sunako; the people that do this are known as "people of light" (Sunako is one of the "people of darkness", of course).
* [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Alex Louis Armstrong]] and his BishieSparkle. Just not to his fellow officers, who get creeped out.
* Princess [[GoLion Fala]] / [[{{Voltron}} Allura]] sometimes sparkles.
* ''Just'' to give the [[MemeticMutation infamous]] [[MundaneMadeAwesome potato chip]] scene in ''Manga/DeathNote'' that much more oomph, this trope was invoked.
* Rakuto sparkles an awful lot in ''WildOnes''.
* In one episode of ''{{Gankutsuou}}'', Haydee attends an opera wearing what can only be described as the sparkliest dress ever.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' Contests feature these in spades, especially in Sinnoh. And we mean literally; there are plenty of spore-based attacks that resemble sparkles.
** Starting from ''Diamond and Pearl'', Pokémon now sparkle when released from their Poké Balls, which means that, as of 2006, ''every single episode'' invokes this trope!
* KarakuridoujiUltimo. They had to have spilt glitter glue on the pages. Ultimo with all his BishieSparkle scenes. (Yamato gets in on it too.) the bonus comic Ultimo Ulate had ''entire pages'' with nothing but sparkles for backdrop. There was even a sparkly rainbow on one page. Oh did we mention the food yet?
** By the way, this is a science fiction, mecha/robot, ''shonen'' series.
* Soushi Miketsukami does that often when talking to or about Ririchiyo Shirakiin in ''InuXBokuSS''.
* All over the place in ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' and many 70s' shoujo manga, with BishieSparkle being one of the many types being used in the series.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* {{Miracleman}} is a tall, superstrong superhero who routinely rips people apart. And he sparkles.
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[[folder:Films]]
* ''RamonaAndBeezus'' "Every princess needs a little sparkle"
* Used in ''LeonardPart6'', showing that sparkles are better, but not funny.
* ''VelvetGoldmine'' loves its glitter - which is appropriate as it's about a {{Bishonen}} glam rock star.
* [[DonnieDarko Sparkle Motion!]]
* ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}'': Jimmy "Thunder" Early claims he invented flashy costumes, four cannons of confetti go off in the finale, and the credits look like they're set in a starfield.
* The 1984 movie ''Film/{{Legend}}'' (with a very young Tom Cruise) is FULL of sparkles. Each of the characters is covered in glitter (including the devil-esque character's hooves). As are many of the sets, especially after the planet flash-freezes. The treasure trove scene where Tom Cruise gets his golden sword and shield takes it especially far over the top.
* Speaking of TheEighties and glitter, DavidBowie in ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', anyone?
* Snow White's [[PrettyInMink fur-trimmed]] staking dress in ''SnowWhiteAndTheThreeStooges'' is loaded with sequins.
* In ''TheReturnOfHanuman'', Swarglok (an equivalent of FluffyCloudHeaven) has lots of sparkles for the background. Maruti's DreamSequence also has lots of sparkles.
* Glinda's [[PinkMeansFeminine pink dress and hat]] in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' have sequins sewn into them.
* In ''The Wizard Of Speed And Time'', the television special's producers argue over whether the use of sparkle F/X will exceed the program's budget. They eventually agree to use ''one'' sparkle. Meanwhile, Mike (The titular Wizard) animates a plethora of sparkles for his own scene for almost no cost.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'''s vampires sparkle in direct sunlight (you'd usually think vampires burn, but that's CommonKnowledge from Hollywood films).
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels, the Glingleglingleglingle Fairy has the job of heralding major fairy magic by ringing a handbell and throwing some chopped tinsel in the air. Discworld magic usually happens without any fuss, but fairies know what's expected of them.
** In one scene near the end of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', when Susan (Death's grand-daughter) hurls the nursery room poker (made of rather cheap metal) ''through'' Death's ribcage at [[spoiler:the assassin Mr. Teatime behind him, where it embeds itself in Teatime's chest and kills him,]] the flying poker "made [[AudibleSharpness a ripping noise]] as it shot through the air, and trailed sparks". Death later admits to Susan that he did add the sparkly stars and the noise, because he thought it would be appropriate (because there were two small children watching).
* Odd hard sci-fi example: in ''Literature/TheDiamondAge'' it's say that radio waves are too long to be practically used by {{Nanomachines}} and they instead communicate on visual light frequencies. [[MundaneMadeAwesome yeah... nanobots talk with sparkles]]
* [[MortalInstruments Magnus Bane]] sure loves his body glitter.
* The subsea pioneers in Literature/DarkLife eat bioluminescent fish--which eventually makes their skin shiny.
* ''Literature/TheNutcrackerAndTheMouseKing'' practically rolls in this trope, especially in the Land of Dolls.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''StrictlyComeDancing''
* "WheelOfFortune!"
* There was an AntiRoleModel type TV ad for heroin, with a sparkly logo, a song beginning "Everybody's doin' it, doin' it, doin' it," and black-and-white footage of a guy throwing up in a toilet.
* The transporters and replicators in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' do this.
* On ''Series/TheDailyShow'', magic is usually indicated with a bit of hand-waving and the word "Magic!" The reason they ''don't'' use sparkles becomes clear when they briefly experiment with them - either the desk gets covered in glitter which someone will have to clean up, or SpecialEffectsFailure [[HilarityEnsues Ensues]].
** The old (1998-2005) set was pretty sparkly itself. I'm thinking particularly of that glittery splash of magenta on the backdrop behind Jon's head.
* The ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' fanvid [[http://www.elefantpaw.com/vids.htm "Another Sunday"]].
* In the [[DorkAge Bruce Kalish seasons]] of ''PowerRangers'' the fire effects in the original SuperSentai footage were replaced with fire-type sparkle effects, when not cut altogether.
* ''DancingWithTheStars'', especially for the ladies.
* The magic on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' occasionally comes with extra sparkles. Especially when it comes from Willow.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' story ''The Stones of Blood'' features the Megara, entities of the law that manifest as two clusters of floating sparkles. With quite masculine voices.
* Whenever a contestant wins the top prize on ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', he or she is covered with falling confetti. And in the UK version, the confetti is metallic...or sparkly.
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[[folder:Music]]
* "Glitter in the Air" by P!nk
* "Give it Away" by the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers had glitter used.
* The entire genre of "Glam" Rock. All about the glitter.
* The sparkly synthesizer/electric piano used in many {{Award Bait song}}s.
* Almost every Ke$ha song has at least one reference to glitter in it.
* The Japanese music video "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fq2cwZf7pc LOVE Dokkyun]]" by Club Prince is a comically notable abuser: random sparkles cheaply overlayed throughout a large portion of the video, intersecting with BishieSparkle. The sparkles eventually digress into pink spinning hearts.
* While we're on the subject of Japanese music, Morning Musume's video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2VLNZYyAaE One Two Three]]" looks like it was wrung through a Blingee filter ''several'' times.
* SimpleMinds did this a lot starting with their "Sons and Fascination" album, mainly do to the keyboard style of Mick MacNeil. After he left, they decreased in their "sparklyness".
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[[folder:New Media]]
* Fandom Wank denizens parodies this by using sparkly text to mocking out stupid or self-evident statements, [[IronicNickname calling it]] "[[http://wiki.fandomwank.com/index.php/Sparkle_text The Sparklies of Truth]]" . The trend (and the nickname) began after reviewing a wank where the main person involved expressed her thoughts by using bold text with a sparkle background in a failed attempt to impose her point of view, which was as batshit insane as you'd expect from anyone who uses sparkle text for emphasis, boiling down to "fan fiction is evil but child abuse is just fine!"
* The NORAD Santa Tracker shows Santa's current location as an icon of Santa surrounded by sparkles.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Some editions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' feature the spell 'Glitterdust', whose entire ''point'' is to create a cloud of sparkles. (Which have some combat applications, mostly by potentially blinding creatures in the area for a short time...but still.) A blinded combatant [[CaptainObvious can't get line of sight to anything]]. [[GameBreaker All targeted attacks and most area attacks require line of sight]].
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[[folder:Theater]]
* "The Firefly Boy" in Cirque Du Soleil's Kŕ is a guy who swings from a trapeze and is covered in sparkles.
** 27.84% of ''every'' Cirque show is glitter.
* In Mark Siano's ''Modern Luv'', Mark and his chorus dancers don Sparkletards for several numbers, and in the 2012 run, Mark wore a green Sparkletard in the second act for St. Patrick's Day.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The majority of [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda's]] attacks in the VideoGame/SuperSmashBros games involve sparkles. The fairies in the ''Zelda'' games sparkle too, so much that you can't actually see their bodies.
* Shiny (or Alternate Colored) Franchise/{{Pokemon}} sparkle upon leaving their Poké Balls (or being [[RandomEncounters randomly encountered]] in the case of wild Pokémon). It used to be so that you could tell they were special even if you were playing on a monochrome Game Boy, but the effect became so characteristic of Shinies that it's appeared in all games since.
** Starting with ''VideoGame/PokemonFireRedAndLeafGreen'', Poké Balls now sparkle after a Pokémon is caught.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' you get sparkles both with a Pokemon that does well in the Pokewood/Pokestar sidegame, and when you run into one of N's Pokemon in the wild.
* A lot of [[InvincibilityPowerUp invincibility power-ups]] in video games do this, such as the 2D Sonic games (in which the invincibility power-up was actually indicated by a picture of sparkles).
* Most of the dedicated bomb elements in ''VideoGame/ThePowderToy'' sparkle.
* ''VideoGame/TheSims''
** ''The Sims 2'' features sparkles as often as it can get away with: in age transitions, during [[UnusualEuphemism WooHoo]], in Pets, [[CuteKitten kittens and puppies]] are born in a puff of sparkles, food made with fresh ingredients in Seasons sparkles and refills a lot more hunger more quickly, and in Apartment Life, witches sparkle in [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience colors appropriate]] to their CharacterAlignment.
** ''The Sims 3'' ditches the [=WooHoo=] sparkles, but adds sparkles for the mundane act of ''[[MundaneMadeAwesome building walls]]''. In the ''World Adventures'' expansion pack, a Lifetime Reward called "Eye Candy" gives [[BishieSparkle pink sparkles]] to your sim (and a positive moodlet to any other Sim who speaks with the sparkly one).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', [[spoiler:Teddie eventually grows a human form. It always sparkles; and he is very bishonen. His ham-handed attempts at "scoring chicks" prevents him from taking advantage of it fully; although it probably does prevent women from beating him up for trying.]]
* In ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft'' most healing spells DO sparkle, making whoever is being healed better, well, medically better.
* An update for the PlayStation3 added a new home background theme, naming it "Original" and setting it as the default, while renaming the old one "Classic." The difference? "Original" has sparkles!
* Used in ''GliderPRO'' for a NoticeThis effect... or whenever else the level designer feels like making something sparkle.
* Same with the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games. Any important item will sparkle like a little star. Lesser items in later games will have a white gleam running over them.
* Appears in various places in ''DissidiaFinalFantasy'', due to SquareEnix's love of [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome razzle-dazzle]], but perhaps most notably in the [[SuperMode Ex Mode]] of each character, wherein they gain, along with various powerups, a colored aura and cloud/trail of sparkles. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Sephiroth's are purple.]]
* Sparkle Dust is the fifth gag of the Toon-up gag track (or the third strongest healer) in ToontownOnline.
* ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]'' will have [[UnlimitedWardrobe several]] [[VirtualPaperDoll outfits]] that glitter.
* Happens quite a bit in ''VideoGame/BarbieSuperModel''. It ''is'' a game for little girls about fashion and clothes, so the fact that there is a ton of glitter on everything is no big surprise.
* ''SugarWiki/RobotUnicornAttack''
* In ''[[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Team Fortress 2]]'', you can see players sparkle in Pyro Vision when in reality they are on [[ManOnFire fire]].
** There is also a Sparkle particle effect for community and self-made versions of weapons.
* In ''VideoGame/AWitchsTale'', sparkles appear wherever you touch with the stylus.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* The webcomic ''StrangeCandy'' has one Adventure Town based on this principle. It's full of Amazons that use sparkles as a weapon to weaken the will of the enemy. The climax comes when Petra uses her mastery of weapons (she loves to use {{Hyperspace Mallet}}s) to "hammersparkle". In other words, she "suffocated" the enemy by sparkling so much that even the sparkle-loving Amazon couldn't handle the overload.
* Karla's [[ElementalPowers Elemental Power]] allows her to produce colorful sparkles in ''[[Webcomic/M9Girls M9 Girls!]]''. Now that's a [[UselessSuperpowers useful power]].
* [[ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire Louise Dem-Five]] [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20080216 shows how it's done.]]
* In ''{{Candi}}'' [[http://www.candicomics.com/d/20091015.html it's caused by]] [[ADateWithRosiePalms ummmm... errrr... welll...]]
* In the ''SluggyFreelance'' comic book "Sampire", Sam tries to invoke this trope by throwing glitter on himself, in order to look like those ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' vampires.
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' does a heavy-handed TakeThat to the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' series and it's portrayal of vampires, by having cute, sparkly Hitler dolls at the colony's equivalent of a Halloween / Day of the Dead festival.
* In ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'', Iceland and his sister both sparkle to show their "prettiness".
* In ''QuestionDuck'' [[http://questionduck.smackjeeves.com/comics/1089541/125/ a donut]]
* BittersweetCandyBowl has love sparkles constantly, but when Paulo dresses up as Edward for Halloween for the sake of his girlfriend, she makes sure he [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c60/p7.html looks the part.]]
* Inverted in ''{{Sinfest}}'', glitter points for being a GoodSamaritan [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2814 strike Slick]] as [[BlessedWithSuck the very opposite of better.]] Normally, however, the glitter dust is played straight and acts as a ProtectiveCharm.
* In ''Webcomic/DocRat'', [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?thisItem=831 making the package sparkle strikes merchandizing as wonderful.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob--'' Molly sees Lari the Ninja without his mask:
--> '''Molly:''' "[[{{Squee}} Eee!]] You're a [[{{Bishonen}} bishonen!]] You even sparkle!"
--->--[[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20120908.html And he does.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'', sparkliness is associated with [[MarySue Mary Sues]] and [[MartyStu Gary Stus]].
* Defied in the AntiClicheAndMarySueEliminationSociety. Since Chrys's foundations are in weeaboo-ism, she likes to emit "desu" sparkles (which are not to be associated with the [[GratuitousJapanese Japanese verb of "to be"]]). This is a problem as people can be physically or mentally harmed at the sight of sparkles (they drive Tyler crazy and shock Karissa into a daze). On the other hand, they can be useful in defusing an angsty atmosphere or can be used like ninja stars. Yes, you heard me.
* Excessively colorful and over-decorated [[FurryFandom canine characters]] are often referred to as "Sparkledogs".
* When [[spoiler:Valerie]] is transformed in ''[[WebVideo/TheCartoonMan Return of the Cartoon Man]]'', her face becomes sparkly.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Franchise/DisneyPrincess merchandise uses them, [[ExaggeratedTrope often liberally]]. And as in the picture, sometimes it's just making it look like their {{Pimped Out Dress}}es are loaded with glitter. The trope was heavily involved in [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130215130433/disney/images/0/0c/Newdplineup.jpg the Princesses' redesigns.]]
** Also used to show off magic in [[WesternAnimation/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney movies]] like ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' and ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', and the pixie dust in ''Disney/PeterPan''.
* The logo for ''ComicBook/RichieRich'' and a [[FollowTheLeader similar show]], ''WesternAnimation/GoldieGoldAndActionJack''.
* The Animated ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''WesternAnimation/TheHobbit'', and ''WesternAnimation/TheReturnOfTheKing'' rely on sparkles to an insane degree to illustrate magic... and also sword strikes, accompanied by "pew pew" sounds.
* Creator/HannaBarbera character Mightor finishes his TransformationSequence with a sparkly aura around him and his NonHumanSidekick.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Mr. Sparkle, alias [[JapaneseRanguage MIISTAHH SUPAAKURU!]]
* {{Franchise/Barbie}} in general uses this trope to the max, but ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle'' deserves special mention for featuring sparkly ''puppies''. One of which is actually named Sparkles.
* Jessica Rabbit's [[LadyInRed red dress]] in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''. It only sparkles during her stage show, but that was due to the expense of doing it the rest of her screen time.
* An episode of ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'' had a sleeping Heloise get covered in sparkles to go along with a bit of ShipTease.
* ''TheSecretOfNIMH''. "You've got a ''sparkly!''
* The sparkles in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movies were nicknamed "Creator/{{Disney}} Dust" by the animators.
* {{Jem}}. Many of the terrifyingly fashionable clothes the band wears have sparkles...and then there's the videos. SPARKLE VIDEOS.
** One of Jem's most famous shots is from a video that depicts two people kissing -- and a giant sparkle right where their lips meet, which makes no sense, as kisses generally don't sparkle. Neither do eyelids, but Jem's were prone to do so when she winked (see the third-season DVD cover for an example of this one).
* PJSparkles is overflowing with sparkles. The title even tells us so.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' has each of the girls' fairy wardrobe sprinkled in sparkles. Some of the girls have even worn sparkly wardrobe once...or twice...or more.
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle]], anyone? In the show, magic is indicated by sparkly halos, so it's not surprising that the pony with "Sparkle" in her name represents the Element of Magic.
** In the first episode, Rarity is introduced decorating Town Hall, and swaps out a plain ribbon for a sparkly one. The way she expresses her satisfaction with the choice can also be seen as {{Foreshadowing}} about Twilight's magic abilities (which to that point had only been shown to handle books):
-->'''Rarity:''' "Sparkle always does the trick, does it not?"
* The ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "Welcome to Republic City" has a BishieSparkle...for a {{hobo|s}}'s ''bush''. When the trope title says "everything", it means ''"everything"''.
* When the [[PrincessClassic true]] {{Princess}} in ''WesternAnimation/TheCareBearsAdventureInWonderland'' revives [[GreenThumb dying plants]], it's in a shower of sparkles.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://www.craftychica.com/index2.php Kathy Cano Murillo]] and her [[http://www.beadsandbeading.com/blog/polymer-clay-glitter-ellen-degeneres-crafty-chica/122/ crafty video campaign]] to get [[http://ellen.warnerbros.com/2008/01/your_thoughts_glitter.php Ellen DeGeneres]] to use glitter.
* Pretty much every single outfit by LadyGaga.
* Music/{{Kesha}} cites glitter as her ''hangover cure''.
* Figure skating. One male figure skater once commented about his costumes, "I am a glitter bomb and loving it."
** Women's gymnastics.
** Synchronized swimming.
* Apparently [[http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NDYzMGFiNjQ0MWRjNmI0ZTlkYjgwZTExMjA3MWNiZTk= Sarah Palin's televised presence]] is "so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America."
* ''Sparkle World'' magazine is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what you'd expect from the title]]-- it features MyLittlePony, RainbowBrite, StrawberryShortcake, and similar [[TastesLikeDiabetes sickly sweet and sparkly]] stuff aimed at young girls.
* DisneyThemeParks: ''"it's a small world"''. This also applies to a lot of their parades and stage shows.
* When snow sparkles as it falls, that usually means it's good for making snowballs and snowmen.
* Music/MichaelJackson wore his trademark sequined socks to draw attention to his dance moves.
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