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->''"Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection,\\
The lovers, the dreamers and me."''
-->-- '''Kermit The Frog''', ''Film/TheMuppetMovie''

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Rainbows in stories are not just symbolic, but also prone to traits that actual rainbows never exhibit, the most common being solidity, treating the rainbow as an object that can be interacted with.

Because rainbows seem to travel from the ground to the sky (and back, if complete), they are usually seen in mythology as some kind of bridge or other connection point to and from heaven; in NorseMythology the rainbow is Bifrost, the bridge to Asgard; in [[ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]], Iris is the goddess of the rainbow as well as the messenger of the gods (Which makes this OlderThanFeudalism). In Ireland, a rainbow's base is also a great place to keep a pot of gold (in fact, it serves as a perfect hiding place, since it's impossible to reach). In ''Literature/TheBible'', the rainbow is a pledge that the world will never again be flooded to destroy all living things. Meanwhile in Japan, a rainbow is traditionally an ill omen, of doom or at least bad weather, though the Western perspective has become more widespread there.

Some people even associate rainbows with '''ULTIMATE POWER''', of all things.

Since rainbows are natural phenomena of great power, it's also reasonable to give them to actual characters and forces within a story. Expect some of the flashier Anime characters to use them [[ImprobableWeaponUser directly as a weapon]] or to incorporate them somehow into KiAttacks. They're also a common symbol in worlds known for their ElementalRockPaperScissors, as a representation of a character's equal dedication to each element. Finally, they are known in some circles to be extremely girly and are often a symbol of {{Camp Gay}}ness.

May overlap, especially in the second variant, with AllYourColorsCombined. See also RainbowMotif. If a rainbow is drawn with fewer than seven stripes, that's RainbowLite.
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!!Examples of natural Rainbows as objects:

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* There was once a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUmXhCmVaQg Skittles commercial]] in which some kids were sitting on a rainbow, eating Skittles. When one questioned the plausibility of this, part of the rainbow opened up beneath him like a trapdoor and he [[BlackComedy fell to his death]]. Don't question the rainbow.
* At Dairy Queen, they don't just have rainbows, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VtH5xdbMtU they have rainbows]] that are on fire!

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* The Rainbow Crystals (fragments that come together to form the Silver Crystal) of ''Anime/SailorMoon''.
* In one episode of ''Manga/{{Mushishi}}'', Ginko joins up with a man who's looking for a rainbow colored being called the Rainbow Serpent.
** The LiveActionAdaptation even turns this episode into a framing device, and [[GoingToSeeTheElephant seeing the Rainbow Serpent becomes the actual goal of the journey]].
* In the ''Anime/CodeGeass'' opening, "World End", there's a scene of Nunnally, a blind, crippled girl, throwing a paper crane that trails a rainbow and sparkles. Whether or not it has meaning is up to the viewer.
* A rainbow appears in ''Anime/{{Gundam 00}}'' after the Gundam Meisters successfully rescue Allelujah and Marina, making a dramatic escape. This can be justified by the amount of water thrown into the air from Ptolemios II's plunge into the ocean.
* Rainbows and the colors of the rainbow are a central theme in ''BrigadoonMarinAndMelan''. It's highlighted by the ending theme, "Rainbow-colored Treasure."
* Rainbows are common in ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion''; at one point, a rainbow shows through a ''rain of blood''.
* Johan Andersen's ultimate monster, Rainbow Dragon, in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''.
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' has HumongousMecha SURFING on rainbows at various points in time. Trapars are usually green, rainbows show up a lot, too.
* Ragyo Kiryuin in ''Anime/KillLaKill'' has rainbow HolyBacklight to go along with her rainbow MulticoloredHair. Warning: LightIsNotGood. This is also an instance of rainbows as '''ultimate power''', since she's above and beyond any other character in terms of strength and influence.

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* In ''RoseIsRose'', Pasquele "catches" rainbows -- the little ones. That is, he sprays the hose and makes small rainbows (He always releases them unharmed).
* In ''FrankAndErnest'', once two newly hatched birds sees a beautiful bucolic scene, with a rainbow. One thinks it's big and scary; one reflects that at least it's not eggshell white.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* One of Music/RonnieJamesDio favorite topics to sing about.
** He ''was'' in Music/{{Rainbow}}, after all!
* After it rains, [[Music/InsaneClownPosse Fuckin' Rainbows!]]
* ''Rainbow''

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle'', an invisible rainbow bridge is [[TrollBridge guarded by a troll]] and only shows itself if someone answers the troll's riddle correctly.
* ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' rainbow. All right, it arcs down through a hole in the soundstage roof, but it's a naturally occurring rainbow!
* Rainbow Drops in ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' allow you to spit in seven different colors.
* According to ''{{Film/Rainbow}}'', if you track the rainbow to its landing site, you get to ride inside it to the other side.
* A visual motif in Phil Lord and Chris Miller movies, such as in ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithaChanceOfMeatballs'', ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'', and ''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet''.

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* ''Literature/TheBookOfLostTales'' (the precursor to ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''), featured the Olórë Mallë (Path of Dreams) over which the spirits of children in Middle-earth would travel in their sleep to meet the Elves in Valinor; this was implied to be a rainbow.
* In a story told in ''The ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' the children of the Creator slipped through a rift in creation to chase a rainbow and got trapped, becoming the stars.
* In ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', after the rain returns to [[LandDownUnder FourEcks]], the Man Who Carries The Universe In A Sack produces a boomerang decorated with more colours than the Ecksian Aborigine boy has ever seen in one place, and throws it at the sky, where it sticks.
* In Creator/GeorgeMacDonald's ''The Golden Key'', the key is found at the end of the rainbow -- which also shines at night, but then, it's in TheLostWoods.
* In Victoria Hanley's ''Literature/TheSeerAndTheSword'', Landen fondly remembers the rainbows of his native land.
* In Literature/{{Warbreaker}}, more breath will create an aura of brighter color around a person. if the person takes this to insane levels (which only the god king has reached), White objects will gain a prismatic appearance.

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[[folder: Mythology ]]

* In NorseMythology, Bifrost is a rainbow bridge connecting Midgard (earth) to Asgard (heaven). Presumably every rainbow is an instance of the same bridge.
** Carried over to the {{Thor}} comics.
** Also appears in ''Series/MythQuest'' when Alex becomes Váli.
* Inverted in Japanese mythology, where rainbows are a sign of misfortune.
* In the Abrahamic religions, the Rainbow is a promise not to flood the world again.

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* Once in {{Peanuts}}, Lucy worried about the persistent rain flooding everything. Linus assures her that the rainbow is a sign of the promise that it won't.

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[[folder: Pinball ]]

* ''Pinball/{{Farfalla}}'' takes place in a flower garden filled with butterflies; a large rainbow dominates the playfield.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', a rainbow forms a bridge to the Ark of Yamato.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Okamiden}}'', rainbows can be used as bridges on an inhabited stormcloud.
* Similarly, at the end of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', the seven [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience multicolored Sages]] [[AllYourColorsCombined combine their powers]] to form a bridge to Ganondorf's castle.
** Although it doesn't look like a real rainbow, as the color varies along the bridge's length rather than along its width.
*** [[http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u10/sheiksevensage/MarketCastle.jpg The bridge itself looks better in the 3DS remake.]] (mid-right)
* In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', you end up creating a blocky rainbow bridge to Grambi's shrine.
* The course Rainbow Road in ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' is just a big, long rainbow that you drive on.
** Ditto for Rainbow Road's appearances in ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2''.
* The King of All Cosmos uses a rainbow to transport the Prince to Earth and back in ''KatamariDamacy''.
* Don't forget Rainbow Ride from ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' (and Rainbow Cruise from ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros. Melee'' and ''Brawl'').
* ''VideoGame/RainbowIslands''. A game where solid rainbows are used both to attack enemies and to create platforms for climbing.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', there is a new combination move that creates a rainbow that raises the chance of added effects from moves (for example, Thunderbolt will have a higher chance of causing paralysis).
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' the Rainblower is a weapon that shots rainbows, or at least that`s what the user sees.
* In ''VideoGame/KeithCourageInAlphaZones'', levels are connected by a Rainbow Transport.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/TheAngryVideoGameNerdAdventures'', where the final stage has a very noticeable rainbow pattern, as well as rainbow enemies. [[NintendoHard It is not at all a good sign.]] (Especially since this is [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd the Nerd]] we're talking about, since said level is inspired by the [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames infamous]] Creator/LJNToys...)

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* In the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] "flashback," Coach Z and Strong Bad travel on a "sweet, sweet rainbow bridge" from the moon back to Earth.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0wEYtmmuFQ Magical Dream Time!]]

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Subverted in [[http://www.pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF025-Rainbow.gif this]] "ThePerryBibleFellowship" where it turns out to be the eye of an EldritchAbomination.
* In ''{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1865 after it rains]]
* In ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' Oogrook the little unicorn tends to be flanked by rainbows. The absurdity of doing this in a black and white comic is lampshaded by ''labeling the stripes'' "red," orange," "yellow," etc.
* In ''QuestionDuck'', [[http://questionduck.smackjeeves.com/comics/1031203/084/ watching the rainbow is the perfect time to ask about pizza.]]

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* Also subverted in this FiveSecondFilms [[http://5secondfilms.com/watch/another_ruined_dinner clip]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has a rainbow bridge connecting Earth to Fairy World. It's unclear where exactly this bridge's Earthly end is located, and the bridge is rarely used in favor of teleportation between the worlds.
** Though, when it's out, it is a symbol that both worlds are sealed off from one another.
* G1 ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' had the Rainbow of Light, which tended to be a go-to weapon of sorts.
** In the world of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', rainbows are made in a [[IDyeGrass weather factory]], where it's shown in liquid form. Pinkie Pie, who had previously been shown to relish cupcakes that had been slathered in copious amounts of intensely spicy hot sauce, tried tasting liquid rainbow and wound up fleeing in a firey panic. There's also the traditional, non-liquid form, possibly the finished product; both are used in the landscaping of Rainbow Dash's cloud home. Rainbow Dash [[MeaningfulName creates a rainbow-colored streak behind her when she flies fast enough]] and is also able to perform a stunt known as the "Sonic Rainboom", [[Memes/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic a.k.a. the]] [[KillSat "Orbital Friendship Cannon"]], which is exactly what it sounds like. The Apple family also occasionally harvests magical Zap Apples that only appear under certain rare weather conditions and are rainbow patterned when they ripen.
*** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay Hearts and Hooves Day]]", the Cutie Mark Crusaders suck the colors out of a free-standing rainbow using a vacuum cleaner. They needed it for a LovePotion.
** {{Inverted|Trope}} in a FanFic named "Rainbow Factory" where it turns out that [[spoiler:the Factory runs by brutally slaughtering young pegasi who fail their flight test, and just to add to the horror, [[RonTheDeathEater Rainbow Dash also happens to be a high-placed executive there]].]]
** There was also a [[MyLittlePonyG3 G3]] [[DirectToVideo DTV movie]] in which a Rainbow Princess had to make rainbows for the entire kingdom, or else everything would lose its color. Though, [[RainbowLite their rainbow only had four colors in it]], so when the colors did start disappearing, there were several large, unaffected areas.
* Used in the logo of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''; Tobias and his family/species has a rainbow color scheme as well.
** There's apparently a placed called a Rainbow Factory where Nicole works and which Masami's dad owns.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum'' the titular characters squeeze one out of the leprechaun cereal mascot Lucky Charlie's butt in the episode "Lucky Chumps". A myriad of "Double Rainbow" references predictably ensue.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Became an [[MemeticMutation internet phenomenon]] after [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQSNhk5ICTI this clip]] quickly spread like wildfire, going through various remixes, alterations and mutations along the way.
** Incidentally, double rainbows are actually very common, though the second one is often much fainter, and is reversed, with red at the bottom and violet at the top. You can also, rarely see a triple rainbow, with the third one even fainter, but the right way.
* Lisa Frank, anyone? (Everyone who was or knew a little girl in TheNineties should be familiar with this one!)
* An airplane's condensation trail with proper lighting [[http://s748.photobucket.com/albums/xx128/airshowfan/Testing123/?action=view¤t=F-22CondensationRainbow-BernardoMalfitano-RightOutOfCamera.jpg can make a distinctive rainbow too]]
* During the 1970s-1980s, every VHS company ever tend to use rainbows in their [[VanityPlate logos]], not to mention (in some cases) on cover designs.

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!!Examples of Rainbows used by characters:

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* Every ''Lucky Charms'' cereal commercial, ever.

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* A filler character in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Maki Ichinose has a zanpaku-to named Nijigasumi that uses rainbow-based attacks.
* ''EurekaSeven'': The "Seven Swell" attack is composed of rainbow colored energy, and rainbows are used quite a bit in the series.
* ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' uses it in almost every transformation, and in the final episode when the spiral power goes off the charts!!!
* ''XamdLostMemories'': Many simple little energy bursts, among other things, are rainbow colored.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' has Johan's Rainbow Dragon card, itself summoned via having the seven colors of the Rainbow in their beast forms already present.
* ''YuGiOh5Ds'': After summoning the three polar gods in a non-duel Team Ragnorok activated the spell card "The Rainbow Bridge Bifrost" (not to be confused with with the card "Rainbow Bridge Bifrost, without the "The") to get Yusei and co up to the Arc Cradle.
* The ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' has the [[GratuitousGerman Kaiserfarbe]] (Color of the Emperors), a [[ColorCodedMagic rainbow-colored magical aura]] unique to the [[GodEmperor Sankt Kaiser]] bloodline [[spoiler:which [[CloneJesus Vivio]] exhibits during the final battle of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'']].

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* Meet [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=688:rainbow-boy&catid=36:stupor-powers-index&Itemid=38 Rainbow Boy]]!
* Detective Comics #241 featured a story titled "The Rainbow Franchise/{{Batman}}". In the story, Dick Grayson injures his arm while in public, making going out as Robin risky. As luck would have it, Batman's latest case requires Robin's assistance to help identify the crooks, which is a problem given that the case takes place at an event attracting media attention. Batman ceates some differently colored uniforms (as well as a bullseye uniform) for himself to wear to distract the crowds from Robin's injury, culminating with the titlar Rainbow Batman outfit.
* Action Comics #317 brings us "Franchise/{{Superman}}'s Rainbow Face", where Superman's face changes color depending on his emotions. This is, of course, a Red Kryptonite story.
* TheFlash has an enemy called Rainbow Raider, who can use rainbows as HardLight constructs and manipulate emotions based on the color that hits his targets. Ironically, he's colorblind.

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* Generating a rainbow out of the spikes on his back was the main form of attack for Barugon, {{Gamera}}'s very first foe in ''War of the Monsters'' (a.k.a. ''Gamera vs. Barugon'').

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* In ''PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', Iris sends messages for the characters when they throw coins into rainbows. ''Real'' rainbows, creating occasions where they have to quickly fudge up some spray to generate one.
* In ''{{Warbreaker}}'', the GodKing, or any other person with a sufficient amount of [[LifeEnergy Breath]], causes anything white in his vicinity to produce rainbows. These colours can then be used to power Awakenings.
* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/VelveteenVs. The Junior Super Patriots'', Yelena's powers are rainbow related.
* In Creator/VictoriaForester's ''Literature/TheGirlWhoCouldFly'', Bella can create a rainbow.
* From Creator/JackVance's ''Literature/DyingEarth'', the Excellent Prismatic Spray is a widely-known spell that instantly kills anyone it's cast on and the reason so many spells in other media are named "Prismatic Whatever"

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* ''TheWarAtHome'': Kenny dances to Music/VillagePeople's ''[[GratutitousDiscoSequence Y.M.C.A.]]''... with ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNM7SV8uCjo rainbows]]''!

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[[folder: Mythology ]]

* In [[ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]], Iris was the goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the gods. Even when Hermes took up the messenger role, she never gave it up; gods sent both of them.

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* In Creator/JerseyJackPinball's ''Pinball/TheWizardOfOz,'' completing the rainbow grants access to Munchkinland.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has a long history with powerful rainbow spells. The weaker effects can blind or otherwise temporarily disable enemies, while the more powerful versions, the "prismatic" spells, have a separate effect for every color of the rainbow, ranging from very high damage (of three different elements) to instant death, being turned to stone, or being banished to another dimension. As every effect has to be resisted separately, this resulted in these spells being difficult to bypass and resist.
** 3.5 Edition gives us the Initiate of the Seven Veils, a set of magical prismatic veils and ''more'' rainbow spells.
** Indeed, in 3.5 (and by extension, pathfinder) the most powerful wizard isn't some battlemage throwing around fireballs - it's Rainbow Brite. This causes massive confusion amongst newbies, who expect the flashy fireballs to be more powerful than shooting rainbows and throwing glitter at people, when the reverse is invariably true - the strongest first level spell is generally agreed to be Color Spray (which shoots a rainbow of colors out to blind and stun enemies), the strongest second level spell Glitterdust (which blinds enemies and reveals hidden ones).
*** It also caused some confusion when, in 4th edition, the wizard and sorcerer classes were redefined to make them less redundant, making the sorcerer into the flashy striker who does lots of direct damage with elemental spells, removing them from wizards so they could concentrate fully on debuffing, which had been the way that they were strongest in the previous editions. Players who had never realized that direct damage wizards were bad compared to wizards who focused on disabling their foes rather than dealing down their hit points complained about wizards now being "underpowered" and not understanding why they had changed, when in reality they had -always- been controllers above all else and are one of the -strongest- classes in 4th edition.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' -Back at the ''very'' start of Warhammer 40k with ''Rogue Trader'', there was a Space Marine chapter listed called the Rainbow Warriors.

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* Daria from ''RuneFactory3'' is ''obsessed'' with rainbows; she [[NoIndoorVoice SCREAMS "RAINBOW" at any given chance,]] uses rainbow-colored attacks, and interrupts Sakuya's tour to scream "RAINBOW!"
--> '''Sakuya:''' Here, we have Rainbow Falls. There's always a rainbow here, and some say you can even hear the rainbow.
--> '''Daria:''' (off-screen) RAINBOW!
* Basically the whole point of the game ''VideoGame/RainbowIslands''.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', there's a sidequest to gather a chromatic "rainbow shell," from which several of the game's most powerful items are made.
** And in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' where you see what a weapon made from rainbow shell should actually look like.
* In ''{{Kirby}}'s Dream Land 2'', collecting all the Rainbow Drops earns you the Rainbow ''Sword'', which you need for fighting [[spoiler:[[TrueFinalBoss Dark Matter]]]].
** And in ''VideoGame/KirbyCanvasCurse'', you control Kirby using a magical paintbrush that paints rainbow-colored lines as paths for Kirby. [[spoiler: After defeating the final boss, a rainbow also appears in the sky in the game's ending.]]
** In ''VideoGame/KirbyAndTheRainbowCurse'', it's a magic pen that makes rainbow clay lines.
* In the {{Mario}} sports games, Yoshi's special moves tend to be rainbow-powered if they're not egg-based (or even if they are).
* From ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Project'', Hong Meiling has a lot of her attacks based on rainbows.
** And Kaguya. Tree-Ocean of Hourai and End of Imperishable Night "Morning Mist", especially.
** Kogasa's Spell Card "Over The Rainbow".
** Alice's character title is ''Seven-Colored Puppeteer''.
* The Rainbow Pop Fly is a powerup in ''Backyard Baseball''.
* One of the mage skills in ''The Spirit Engine'' involves smiting your enemies with a rainbow.
* [[KatamariDamacy ROYAL]] [[color:pink:R]][[color:green:A]][[color:orange:I]][[color:yellow:N]][[color:blue:B]][[color:cyan:O]][[color:red:W]]!
* Mori Motonari, the resident sun-worshipper of ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', carries a rainbow blade as one of his weapons. Subverted in that [[LightIsNotGood this does]] [[ManipulativeBastard not make]] [[KickTheDog him a]] [[TheNeidermeyer nice guy]].
* In the ''BitTrip'' games, [=CommanderVideo=] always leaves a rainbow trail behind him for no apparent reason. In ''RUNNER'' in particular, you have to reach Extra Mode (via collecting Mode Power Ups) to get the rainbow. And the ending of said game features the FiveManBand lifting off with individual trials matching the rainbow's colors in these games.
* ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' naturally. Especially [[spoiler:the final color blaster used on Eggman in the final battle.]]
* ''RobotUnicornAttack''. [[RuleOfCool Hell yeah.]]
* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Ho-oh is a rainbow-creating phoenix.
* ''VideoGame/DeBlob'', being all about colour, naturally uses this. Often you'll be asked to paint things in a ChromaticArrangement, and in the sequel there is a Rainbow Powerup that automatically makes Blob the right color for a given object.
* When a weapon in ''RatchetDeadlocked'' reaches [[AbsurdlyHighLevelCap level 99]] its attacks become rainbow coloured.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Sparklelord is a unicorn with a rainbow-colored mane in his home dimension. When transported to [=McNinja=]'s dimension, he takes the form of a sentient motorcycle with flippin' sweet rainbow markings on it. (Although Gordito mocks him for looking like a Lisa Frank creation.)
* ''DreamKeepers Prelude'' For InsubstantialIngredients [[http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/Prelude.php?pg=188 Their makeup is made of depressed rainbows serving out their humiliating punishment for cloud-related offenses]].

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH2-TGUlwu4 Nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan]]...
* In "Roleplay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers", Spectrum the Flygon literally ''speaks'' in rainbows. Her voice breaks physics, and does not go unnoticed by those who hear her.

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* The Rainicorn, from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. Half unicorn, half rainbow. Doesn't get much more girly-awesome than that.
* ''RainbowBrite'', naturally. She uses the power of colours in rainbow form to keep everything happy and bright and colourful in Rainbowland, as well as on Earth. When Rainbow Brite is unable to fulfil her duties, colours quick start to fade and everything becomes rather gloomy... Rainbow Brite can also weaponise her rainbow beams to deflect attacks or even to launch attacks directly at baddies force them away/trap them. Not just all that, but her rainbows are also strong enough to allow Rainbow Brite to ride over them on her horse Starlight. And lastly, she uses these rainbows to travel all the way from Rainbowland to Earth!
* In the ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' franchise, light-talent fairies control and manipulate rainbows.
* In the ''SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Idiot Box", a RunningGag involves Spongebob making a semi-figurative rainbow with his hands to illustrate the power of imagination.
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', a band of leprechauns (well, and a half-Korean) use a machine to create rainbows that can be used to mug people.
* An episode of ''RockosModernLife'' where he said he likes rainbows freaks out the other characters.
* CareBears: The entire series seems to reek in terms of rainbows as decorations, traveling devices, energy, and for that matter, weapons.
** Three little words: CareBearStare.
* ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob'': God creates a double rainbow to cheer up the people of Detroit (in a way that won't make the atheists feel left out). For his next trick, he makes a DMV run efficiently and politely.
* The original MyLittlePony cartoons, including TheMovie, used the Rainbow of Light as their one and only weapon. It tended to act like a CareBearStare -- reviving good characters but rounding up the not-so-good and outright destroying the evil.
** In fact, the movie's the ''only'' time when the Rainbow of Light ''fails''.
** It's not neglected in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', either, although it's done with the 'Elements of Harmony'. Similar effects, aside from 'outright destroying' the evil[[note]]King Sombra is the only villain who actually died in the series thus far, but the Elements of Harmony weren't involved at all in the [[MultiPartEpisode two-part episode]] in question[[/note]].
** One of the characters in the ''Friendship Is Magic'' series is Rainbow Dash, a {{pegasus}} with a rainbow colored mane.
*** Said pegasus used her "sonic rainboom" to create a crash that gave off a mushroom cloud to destroy an old barn.
* The TomTerrific story arc "The End Of Rainbows" has Tom and Manfred helping painter Rembrandt Von Rainbow complete his latest rainbow by fetching the colors he needs.
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!!Examples of Rainbows as symbols:

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* In the ''Yume Tsukai'' manga, the author invoke that, in Japanese culture, rainbows used to be seen as unnatural distressing phenomena at best and as bad omens as worst, and that the optimistic connotations were brought only recently. Then this symbolism is milked for all its worth by using rainbows to symbolize the doomed relationship of the first seen client of the Yume Tsukai and [[spoiler:the unnatural, girly-looking boy who serves to channel the EldritchAbomination who wanted to took over the school and the world]].
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'''s Ho-Oh is said to glow of all seven colors and only appears to remarkable trainers. When it shows up in the ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]]'' animé for the first time, it's after Pikachu saves Ash (which was the very first episode that appeared [[EarlyBirdCameo before Ho-Oh appears in its own games]]). Ho-Oh shows up again a few times later as a {{Homage}} to Ash's EstablishingCharacterMoment to WalkTheEarth and ToBeAMaster.
* ''RebuildOfEvangelion'' has a rainbow appear after the death of each Angel. A couple of them are {{Justified|Trope}} by large amounts of Angel blood in the air, giving the light something to refract through, but others show up alongside the iconic [[CreepyCoolCrosses cross-explosions]] for no apparent reason. Given that this is ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]'', no one is sure if this is [[RuleOfSymbolism symbolic of something]], [[FauxSymbolism or just more pseudo-Christian imagery to mess with our heads]].
** Later reaches into MoodWhiplash, especially when Unit-01 [[spoiler: eviscerates a Bardiel possessed Unit-03 and crushing the entry plug with Asuka still inside.]]

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* The Flag of Krypton in the SilverAge {{Superman}} stories.

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* In Literature/TheBible, following the Genesis flood, God sent a rainbow as a symbol that he had set aside his bow, and that he would never again destroy the earth through cataclysmic flooding. (Also of interest: according to a biblical literalist/creationist reading of Genesis, the Flood was the first time it had ever rained.)
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Saruman the White electively promoted himself to "the Many Colored" to indicate he had evolved beyond a mere monochromatic title. Gandalf pointed out that a beam of white light broken into a rainbow is no longer white, so Saruman hadn't improved his worth so much as fractured it. As the color of each Wizard apparently symbolized the individual Vala he served, Saruman's rainbow robes could well symbolize [[spoiler:his fall from grace: [[{{Satan}} Morgoth]] was the only Vala to have a share of all the others' powers.]]
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', the Aes Sedai organisation is made up of seven distinct "Ajahs" each of which are devoted to a specific area of study or action. The organisation's flag shows a spiral of the seven colors, as does the headdress of their leader, the Amyrlin Seat. Since this symbol incorporates gray, brown and white into its overal scheme, this isn't a strict rainbow, but is evocative of such anyway.
* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' uses refractive crystals and rainbows as symbols of the Faith of the Seven. As a rainbow has seven colors, it's taken in the same sense as the three-leaf clover is sometimes viewed as symbolic of the Holy Trinity.

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* The playfield design of ''Pinball/{{Spectrum}}'' is a set of multicolored rainbows interrupted by black circuit boards.

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* The rainbow (specifically, the Rainbow Flag) is used most widely in the Western world as a symbol of gay pride.
-->'''Creator/DemetriMartin:''' I just think it's odd one group took refracted light. Pretty greedy, gay people.
* The Quechua people of Peru, better known as the Incas, use a rainbow flag (it used to be the personal flag of the Emperor).
* The symbol of Kopimi, an anti-copyright initiative.

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* [[GranolaGirl Annie Frazier]] of ''BackyardSports'' used to have a rainbow on her shirt; for her, it was a good omen.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', the Moon dissolves in a globe of multicoloured light, and leaves a rainbow streaked across the sky for all to see. This is probably a symbol in the biblical style, a sign that a great calamity has passed.
* In ''TokimekiMemorial'', there's Saki Nijino, the bright and cheerful [[CuteSportsClubManager manager]] of Kirameki High's Soccer Club. The Kanji used for her name, "Nijino", can be translated as "Field of Rainbow" ; thus, the rainbow is one of the two main elements (along with a soccer ball) in the cover, title screen, [[spoiler: and ending]] of the spin-off game she's the heroine of, ''Nijiiro no Seishun''. Also, her two CD albums' names are "Over the Rainbow" and "Niji no Lithograph" (Rainbow Lithograph).
* Rainbow Man from ''VideoGame/MegaManUnlimited'' has a ''very'' trippy stage filled with these.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'': The [[BaitAndSwitchCredits second season opening]] features these prominently thanks to Jimmy's FertileFeet.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/JoJosCircus JoJo's Circus]]'' had an episode in which the characters chased a rainbow and did a rainbow dance.
* The animated version of ''PunkyBrewster'' starts right off telling how Glomer strayed from his home Chaundoon within a rainbow and became stranded in Chicago when the rainbow disappeared. One episode, "Be My Glomley", had Punky and her pals helping Glomer and a female glomley, Glomine, return to Chaundoon by creating a rainbow.

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