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Rainbow Brite (real name: Wisp) is a young girl who helps to bring color to the world, accompanied by the seven Color Kids, Twink the sprite, and Rainbow's horse, Starlite.

Rainbow Brite and her allies frequently have to deal with the schemes of Murky Dismal, a short, mustachioed villain who, along with his oafish henchman Lurky, tries to make all of Rainbowland as dark and gloomy as his lair in The Pits.

The franchise was initially adapted as a series of 5 TV specials in that aired during a syndication week. This was followed by a feature-length film, which in turn was followed a 13 episode TV series.

Quite prominent in {{DeviantART}}, where most of the fan art features Rainbow Brite as a scene kid or an {{animesque}} MagicalGirl.

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!!Tropes:
* AllYourColorsCombined
* {{Animesque}}
* {{Catchphrase}}: "We have to try!", "Oh no!", and "Rainbow! Help!" show up a lot.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Played straight.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: In "The Beginning of Rainbowland" Wisp tells Twink "You can make it if you believe you can. Believe Twink! Try and believe!"
* CompanionCube: The Dark Princess has a pet gemstone.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Wisp, alias Rainbow Brite.
* CoolHorse: Starlite certainly thinks he is. Actually, every horse in the show is a CoolHorse.
** Ask any girl who watched this while she was growing up, and she will insist that Starlite is the Most Magnificent Horse in the Universe.
** Also [[MechanicalHorse On-X]] in TheMovie.
* CosmicKeystone: The Sphere of Light.
* CrapsackWorld: Rainbowland before Wisp arrived.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Sure, TheMovie starts with a nice and cheerful song about spring and waking up and being energetic and the first 15 minutes or so go on just like any other ''Rainbow Brite'' episode... and then the robot horse arrives and the cheerfulness goes right out the window not to be seen until the very end.
** There's also ''"The Beginning of Rainbowland Part 1 and 2"'' which showed that Rainbowland had been a DeathWorld before Wisp brought color into it.
* DeathByDespair: A late spring results in mass depression for the Earth in TheMovie.
* DumbMuscle: Lurky. Just... Lurky.
* TheEighties:
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in TheMovie. The [[BigBad Dark Princess]] is a [[SpoiledBrat spoiled]] [[RoyalBrat Robber-Baron]] [[VainSorceress sorceress]] who wants to shanghai [[CosmicKeystone Spectra]], a star-sized diamond without which [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the cosmos]] [[ApocalypseHow will wither and die]]. Oh, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking she also uses her]] [[CompanionCube (lifeless) pet gemstone]] [[KickTheDog as ship fuel]] [[IfICantHaveYou when things don't]] [[TakingYouWithMe go her way]]...
* FreudianExcuse: It is revealed in the episode "Mom" that when Murky was an infant, he loved colors, and he expressed this by coloring on the walls. This angered his mother, who told him, "You're going to get rid of ''every bit'' of that color if it takes you ''all'' day, if takes you the ''rest of your life''."
* GirlinessUpgrade: The new doll series.
* GirlishPigtails: All the girls in Rainbow Land, except for the short-haired Canary Yellow and Lala Orange.
* HappinessInSlavery: The Sprites have this.
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Wisp, the girl who would become Rainbow Brite.
* HumansAreCthulhu: The native inhabitants *like* their monochrome, thank you; to some, color is fatally exciting. Bringing color to the world is nothing less than HostileTerraforming, simply because the gang thinks the place looks drab.
* LiveActionAdaptation: "''Rainbow Brite: San Diego Zoo Adventure''"
* MacGuffinGirl: The baby in the origin episode, who is actually the [[spoiler:Sphere of Light]].
* MagicalGirl: Rainbow Brite and to a lesser extent the Color Kids.
* MagicSkirt: Justified in that the girls on the show are just kids.
** There are a few exceptions. Wisp has a couple of panty shots in the Beginning of Rainbowland (the most anime-like of all RB material.) Also, in Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer, there's a very brief upskirt when Rainbow dodges away from the Glitterbot who saw through her attempt to act hypnotized. (Though in all fairness this may be an animation error, as what is under the skirt is precisely the same color as the skirt itself.)
* TheMagnificent: Starlite is the most magnificent horse in the universe. And if you ever forget, he'll be sure to remind you.
* MerchandiseDriven: And how!
* {{Meganekko}}: Shy Violet.
* MiniDressOfPower
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Lurky.
* {{Mordor}}: The Pits. Rainbow Briter's powers don't work there.
* TheMovie: ''Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer''.
* NeverSayDie: Inverted in the movie when Rainbow explains why she has to go to Spectra:
--> "Don't you understand? Spring will never come again if something happens to Spectra. I've never been there, but it's part of me. It's part of the colors and the joy that we bring, and if Spectra dies, happiness everywhere will die. Without the light of life, we'll all...all of us will die."
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Murky has his moments, such as when he captured and tortured Moonglo with light. In the same episode he nearly killed Rainbow by pushing her into a pit.
* NotQuiteFlight: Starlite can gallop on rainbows as if on solid ground, but he still needs Rainbow to create them for him. Inverted in the movie with ON-X, a robot horse who can actually fly.
* OmnicidalManiac: The Dark Princess wants to steal Spectra even though it will cause everyone else in the universe to die. Later she [[spoiler: tries to destroy it since she can't have it]]
* [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows Painting The Colors On Leaves]]: The basic point of the show.
* ParentalBonus: The name of Color Kid [[GoneWithTheWind Red Butler]], Murky mixing a potion in a cocktail shaker and pouring it into a martini glass, etc. Double as LateToThePunchline moments for some viewers.
* PluckyGirl: Wisp. Before she had any powers or allies at all, she went into a DeathWorld with the intent of saving it.
* {{Premiseville}}: The franchise is set in Rainbow Land, with the movie involving [[MeaningfulName Spectra]] the diamond planet.
* RainbowMotif: The Color Kids.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Stormy, Moonglo and Tickled Pink show up in episode 4 with absolutely no explanation. In the same episode, Starlite looks at Murky's PaperThinDisguise and muses, "I thought I knew all the Colour Kids."
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: According to an offhand remark in an early episode, possibly everyone in Rainbowland, and definitely Murky at least.
* SealedEvilInACan: The Monstromurk. It probably would have gone better for Murky if he hadn't made a habit of taunting him every night before bed...
* ShrinkingViolet: Shy Violet.
* SpoiledBrat: The Dark Princess.
* SpringIsLate: In ''Star Stealer.''
* SugarBowl: Which does not preclude the occasional threat of a SugarApocalypse.
* TokenMinority: Indigo is [[AmbiguouslyBrown East Indian]].
* {{Tsundere}}: Stormy, arguably.
* UnexplainedRecovery: The Dark Princess shows up in the last episode of the show with no explanation as to how she survived her ship exploding.
* WellExcuseMePrincess[=/=]VitriolicBestBuds: While Rainbow Brite isn't a princess, her and Krys' initial relationship bordered on the former trope in TheMovie, with Rainbow as a {{Tsundere}} and Krys as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. It was more like the latter for the most part until they become TrueCompanions.
* VainSorceress: The Dark Princess.
* WorldHealingWave
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Most of the cast, Rainbow and [=LaLa=] being exceptions.
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