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[[caption-width-right:320:[[FridgeLogic From a tooth that is in shadow]]? All right, have it your way.]]

->''My shiny teeth that sparkle just like the stars in space''\\
''My shiny teeth that twinkle, adding beauty to my face!''
-->-- '''[[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents Chip Skylark]]''', "My Shiny Teeth and Me"

When a (usually) heroic character does something awesome, it usually merits a celebration. For certain characters it involves a [[FistPump clenched fist of determination]] and a smile, showing teeth so white and spotless that they ''twinkle'', sporting the combination of a tiny LensFlare and an AudibleGleam. This is supposed to signify their impeccable moral values and spotless physical splendor.

Of course, it's usually done ironically, often with the character [[BreakingTheFourthWall posing directly to camera]].

Note that this is different from when teeth sparkle menacingly to show how sharp they are and how bad the impending bite is going to hurt. For those cases, see AudibleSharpness. In slightly more realistic circumstances, someone's smile might also sparkle because of a GoldTooth. See also BishieSparkle.

See also EternallyPearlyWhiteTeeth.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Advertising ]]

* In the Delta Airlines safety video that plays before takeoff, a flight attendant does this while demonstrating how to use a seat cushion as a flotation device.
* Toothpaste commercials. For obvious reasons.
* Similarly, Orbit Gum.
* An old GIF animation of Music/BarryWhite used by Amazon.com to advertise his album ''Staying Power'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SB7Kpt--w8&list=UUGNNWGO5Oq1cWKfam1iGwNA lovingly recorded for posterity by Vincent Flanders]].

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Fukuyama from ''Manga/GirlsBravo'' has been known to do this on occasion.
* ''[[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai]]'': Keiichi in episode 3 while talking to a baseball player.
* Tatewaki Kuno of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' does this incessantly. Whether he's ever done anything awesome in his life is open to interpretation.
* Rock Lee and Might Guy from ''{{Naruto}}'' do this constantly. They call it their "Nice Guy Pose". Might Guy also provides the picture for this trope.
* Shun Mitaka from ''MaisonIkkoku'' has this trait. In fact, [[MeaningfulName "Shun" means "twinkle"]], and the trait runs in the family, with his parents beaming sparkling smiles and later [[spoiler: his children.]]
** When Godai first meets Mitaka, they engage in twinkle-to-twinkle combat.
** Don't forget his [[spoiler: dog]]
** Godai's grandmother will occasionally use one of these across the entire length of her CheshireCatGrin. Much shining was had when she met Mitaka for the first time.
* The tennis duelist Ayanokouji Mitsuro/[[DubNameChange Harrington Rosewood]] in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''.
* Gasket does this as he completes his transformation in '' [[TransformersCybertron Transformers Galaxy Force]] ''. (More recently, Starscream does the same in ''Animated''.)
* In the ''AxisPowersHetalia'' anime, [[LargeHam America]] does this.
* Negi Springfield of ''MahouSenseiNegima'' does this while [[OvernightAgeUp magically aged-up]], often combined with BishieSparkle.
* ''[[{{Anime/Yatterman}} Yatterman 1 & 2]]'' do this a lot, their smiles and eyes are often gleaming. Their [[TerribleTrio enemies]] get so fed up with this, that they [[LampshadeHanging spoof this tendency]] by getting random blinks all over their bodies! It is also referenced in the Tatsunoko vs Capcom beat'em-ups, see the Videogame section below.
* ''Anime/ZoidsChaoticCentury'' parodies this in the episode "Moonbay's Waltz". [=McMahon=] does this often, each time causing Fiona to wonder if that's normal.
* In Manga, the character ニ ("ni") is used as a sound effect when someone smiles.
* ''MutekiKanbanMusume''. Kankuro, as the resident IdiotHero, complete this with an AudibleGleam.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' anime
** Episode 10. Don Kanonji has one of these just after he tells Ichigo "Let me call you friend" and smiles.
** Episode 311. Michel repeatedly has one of these just to show how cool he is.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'', during the Fortuneteller Baba Saga.
-->'''Bandages:''' Hahaha! Pain and suffering are all you have to look forward to now!
-->'''Yamcha:''' Ha! Whatever! Anyone ever tell you your ''[[IncrediblyLamePun mummy]]'' dresses you funny? ''(twinkle)''
* A character from ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' does this, to reflect his "perfection", [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness or at least his perception of his own perfection]].

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'': The Corinthian's smile. All [[TooManyMouths three]] [[NightmareFuel of them.]]

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' had multiple characters doing it.
* Tony Curtis in ''TheGreatRace''. It happened to his eyes at least once, too.
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen''. Several times, in fact, literally.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'':
-->'''Prosecutor''': Lincoln Sternn - you stand here accused of twelve counts of murder in the first degree, fourteen counts of armed theft of Federation property, twenty-two counts of piracy, thirty-seven counts of rape, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking one moving violation]]. How do you plead?
-->'''Sternn''': (smile) Not guilty!
* Used in the live-action ''RockyAndBullwinkle'' [[TheMovie movie]], every time the handsome, kind, not-very-bright security guard smiles.
* The original ''HomeAlone'' movie has Joe Pesci's Harry's gold tooth gleam to Kevin... which serves as an indicator that he's the cop who would "protect" the house while they were on vacation.
* Ron Ely as ''DocSavage'' in the 1975 film ''Doc Savage: Man of Bronze''.
* ''AustinPowers'' at the end of his first film - showing he's embraced dental hygiene.
* ''{{Disney/Aladdin}}'', where Aladdin is first revealed as "Prince Ali" (in the musical number).
* ''Film/{{Batman}}''. In the Joker's first broadcast warning about his Smylex products there are cut-outs of the two models he murdered. Each cut-out has a twinkle appear on its mouth.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Lyle Waggoner's trademark, especially in ''Series/TheCarolBurnettShow'' and ''Series/WonderWoman''.
* Of all people, the Master from ''Series/DoctorWho'' does this in the new series when at the height of his power.
** Something of a lampshading in "Voyage of the Damned" - [[spoiler: When the Doctor meets Max Capricorn in person, Max smiles complete with the twinkle and AudibleGleam, to which the Doctor asks "It really does that?"]]
*** They joke about this trope on the DVD commentary during [[HandsomeLech Captain Jack]]'s debut. Creator/JohnBarrowman has that kind of face.
** When Strax complains about the Fourth Doctor's personality in the "Deep Breath" cinema prequel, a slide of the Fourth Doctor doing his [[CharacterTic signature]] CheshireCatGrin is flashed on the screen with a 'ding' sound.
* Often parodied in ''Series/TheBennyHillShow''. Eyes are subjects to it too.
* In ''Series/BlastLab'', Hammond does this in the opening sequence; it's a reference to how [[TopGear Jeremy Clarkson]] often mocks him for probably having got his teeth whitened.
* Done in ''{{Scrubs}}'' with an extremely likeable patient, to indicate the moment when other characters (including Cox and Kelso) realised they liked him.
* Captain Terrific, the guest of the day on one ''Imagination Movers'' episode, listed this as one of his super powers, along with SuperStrength, SuperSpeed, and {{Flight}}.
* Taken to truly ridiculous lengths in the ''Series/EvenStevens'' episode "The Big Splash", where Ren is competing for the title of "Best Smile". She gets into a "smile war" with another girl, and wins it with a smile so dazzling the entire school is blinded by it.
* For one of the appearances of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'''s father, he had the magical natural ability to do this everytime he smiled. When he felt down and depressed he lost it but by the end of the episode the shine has come back. The gag was never carried over to other later appearances due to a mix of neither needing the visual cue of being happy or sad nor having as attractive and dashing looking an actor for the part later on.
* Used almost seemingly as parody in [[http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/show/the_amazing_race_1/dumb_did_us_in.php?page=18 at least]] [[http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/show/the_amazing_race_1/a_kiss_saves_the_day_1.php?page=6 two eps]] of ''Series/TheAmazingRace''.
* Ace Rimmer From ''Series/RedDwarf''. What a guy!
* In an episode of NCIS where [=McGee=] fell asleep and overbleached his teeth, the end-of-episode shot (where the still goes monochrome) adds a twinkle to his teeth, complete with [[AudibleGleam the appropriate sound effect]].
* ''GetSmart'' had Simon the Likable, a KAOS agent with an usual amount of charm and a twinkling smile that caused anyone to instantly like himů everyone except for Max's mother-in-law, that is.
* ''Series/HorribleHistories'' parodies this in its [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UueAyDBCnig "Tudor Sugar-Paste Toothpaste"]] sketch, with Elizabeth I's disgustingly rotten teeth giving off a yellow twinkle.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In an edition of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Miss Mary Grandpre gave a nice little sparkle to Gilderoy's teeth in the chapter illustration for 'At Flourish and Blott's'
* Referenced in ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' of the ''Discworld'' series, where the main character has been in films for so long that it really does so this.
** It doesn't go "ting" though, they never got sound working.
** Also in ''[[Discworld/GuardsGuards Guards! Guards!]]'' when Vimes is thinking about heroes.
-->''And then they smile, and the light catches their teeth, ''Ting!''. Bastards.''
* Parodied in ''TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul'', where a character makes sure to stand in exactly the right spot for a beam of sun to hit his teeth at exactly the right moment.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* In the video for Music/WeirdAlYankovic's song, ''Headline News'', Nancy Kerrigan's initial appearance is completed with a twinkle smile, showing how much better she is.
* In the video for Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) by Music/KatyPerry, she does this for a second after her make-over.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* Main character J. Pierpont Finch gets these in the musical ''HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying''. Whenever he [[NoFourthWall gives one to the audience]], you know he's about to achieve something big.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Kim Kaphwan in ''TheKingOfFighters'' has this as one of his winning poses. Considering the lengths to which he goes to purge evil from the world, there's a bit of irony in there as well.
* [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/portable/ds/image/945797.html?box=101436 Box art]] of ''Air Traffic Chaos'' is an example to this.
* [[JokeCharacter Dan Hibiki]]'s "Legendary Taunt" ultra move in ''{{Street Fighter}} 4'' ends with him giving a thumbs up and a twinkling smile right through the {{fourth wall}}.
* Redd White from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' has a flashy smile (among lots of other flashy things).
* Disco Kid from the Wii version of ''PunchOut!!'' does this periodically when he's about to wallop you, but it always gives Mac an opportunity to earn a Star Punch.
* The Scout of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' gets one in the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/SupplementalMaterial/TeamFortress2 ''Meet The Medic'' video]], after the Medic heals him and replaces a knocked-out tooth.
* [[{{Bishounen}} Prince Peasley]] in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]'' has a smile so bright, it [[ExaggeratedTrope regularly whites out the entire screen]].
** That's actually him tossing his hair back.
* Sonic gets one in ''SonicUnleashed'' when fighting the final boss.
--> [[HellfireCommentaries '''FTA:''']] Sonic Unleashed, sponsored by Colgate.
* [[Anime/{{Yatterman}} Yatterman-1]] does it for one of his {{Victory Pose}}s in ''[[CapcomVsWhatever Tatsunoko vs. Capcom]]''.
* In WorldOfWarcraft during Hallow's End (the annual in-game Halloween event), there's a chance each time you trick-or-treat that you'll get 10 toothpicks. When you use one of these toothpicks, you gain the "impeccable smile" buff for the next 60 seconds, during which a visible gleam animation shows up on your mouth every few seconds.
* The intro for the {{VideoGame/Borderlands 2}} add-on ''Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt'' has a few, including one by [[TheFaceless Zer0]].

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[[folder: Web Video ]]

* Used in a girly way by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic in ''QuestForCamelot'', when he pretends to be Kaylee twinkle-grinning after she gets what she wants.
* AngryJoe does this when [[CannotTellFictionFromReality he thinks he's a knight]] after playing loads of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Tom Brady does this in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. He also gives two thumbs up - which also twinkle.
* In Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', during the song "Zero to Hero", Herc gives one of these to an adoring crowd.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' gives one of these to [[TheStarscream Starscream]], of all bots. It only happens during his rarely-seen full TransformationSequence, though.
* Parodied by ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' in "The Lollistops".
* The Huntsman from ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' actually has this as a superpower, as stated in his ExpositoryThemeTune:
-->''"He got strength, and speed, and shiny teeth/And as the Huntsman was reborn!"''
* ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum'' used this on TheBully, Boog.
* [[WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain Brain]] once tried to use one that made people adore him for no particular reason to TakeOverTheWorld.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Pinkie Pie does a variation of this after demonstrating she's able to dispel illusionary "monsters" by laughing at them. She smiles a white, toothy smile, but it's her eye that gleams. (The sound effect also seems to be a part of the magic being undone rather than AudibleGleam, but otherwise you'd have two in a row.) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tiynTPuUUM]]
** In the episode "A Friend In Deed", during the musical number "Smile", one of the many background ponies[[note]]Namely the one named Cherry Berry[[/note]] does this.
* {{Exaggerated|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' with pop star Chip Skylark, who has teeth that are shiny enough to literally blind people. He even has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RsXIgxFcH0 song]] dedicated to his beloved teeth.
* ''Franchise/EverAfterHigh'' has Prince Daring, whose smile is so bright the Headmaster tells him to cover his mouth, since it can [[BlindedByTheLight temporarily blind people]] and [[UpToEleven even roast them.]]

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* A special type of fashion LED implants can [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/jan/25/smile-led-teeth make your smile literally glow.]]
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