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Bishie Sparkle

Edward's skin, white despite the faint flush from yesterday's hunting trip, literally sparkled, like thousands of tiny diamonds were embedded in the surface.

In anime, attractive men and women walk around in a cloud of sparkles. Maybe they're just so pretty that light, like members of the opposite sex (and occasionally the same sex), behaves strangely around them. Maybe AnimeLand pheromones take the form of glowing, colorful diamonds of light. Nobody really knows.

Or maybe it's just the fact that Generic Cuteness makes it hard to visually show the really beautiful people. Furthermore, this is usually shown when it's from the point of view of the person looking at said bishie, visually conveying their attraction.

This trope has been used so often that some examples will even employ the Bishie Sparkle out of an intense commitment to irony, or humorously. In these cases, the effect might be accompanied by an Audible Gleam to accentuate their luminosity.

Most Western examples have been references to Japanese examples, but with the popularity of Twilight, that might be beginning to change.

The effect also applies to cute couples, including Schoolgirl Lesbians but especially Yaoi Guys. Order Bishie Sparkle today and get a free helping of Love Bubbles.

A Sub-Trope of Everything's Better With Sparkles, Love at First Sight.

Related to Gaussian Girl and Informed Attractiveness.

Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Gravion brings us Klein Sandman, who first gets his during a I Always Wanted to Say That moment. Being absurdly Bishōnen already, this may be overkill.
  • Felten of Hana To Akuma seems capable of invoking these at will.
  • Osaka in Azumanga Daioh, despite not being particularly bishoujo, gets a Bishie Sparkle during her first scene. Sakaki also gets this during Kaorin's daydreams. To excess.
  • Fruits Basket
  • Parodied, like most other elements of shojo, in Ouran High School Host Club. Tamaki is by far the worst offender of this trope. Even Haruhi does it when interacting with the girls that come to see her at the club, though she's not doing it intentionally, much to Tamaki's annoyance/pride. To be honest, there's so much sparkle in the story that you'd think the entire cast was related to Edward Cullen in some way.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, THE ART OF SPARKLING BEAUTY HAS BEEN PASSED DOWN IN THE ARMSTRONG LINE FOR GENERATIONS! And it really has, although Major Armstrong is more 'manly' than pretty. (Image.)
    • It's not just Major Alex Louis Armstrong who has this trait, but THE ENTIRE ARMSTRONG FAMILY THROUGH THE GENERATIONS.
      • Not just the entire family: the sparkle is possessed by a flower woman whose family has SERVED THE ARMSTRONG LINE FOR GENERATIONS. And one of her hairs has the Armstrong curl, too.
    • Sig Curtis also develops a sparkle when he's doing manly things with Armstrong. Curiously enough, his sparkle isn't pink, but brown-ish.
    • May's Inner-Mind Theatre version of Edward and later Alphonse have this.
    • Roy Mustang gets some sparkles in the 13th episode of the 2003 anime adaptation during his duel with Edward.
      • As does Envy in the Chibi Wrap Party OVA, to hilarious effect.
      • Lampshaded by Breda when he's impersonating Armstrong to prank his colleagues: He's got small pink paper cutouts that look like Armstrong's sparkle, suspended on wires.
      • Armstrong also sculpted a statue of himself in The Movie from the 2003 anime series; it had a small four-pointed piece of stone for a sparkle suspended by a strip of metal coming from the body.
      • Fullmetal Fantasy, the Fan Film produced by the English vocal cast, has Real Life Armstrong complete with sparkles, quite possibly the film's Crowning Moment of Funny.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge is all about the Bishie Sparkle! The four main male characters do it all the time. Sunako (the horror-obsessed, darkness-loving ghost-resembling Sadako-Samara-esque-girl) calls them "creatures of the light" and avoids them at all costs or gets a Nosebleed. The four boys are incredibly attractive to men and women alike, and boy, do they know it. They sparkle all the time, sometimes unconsciously, sometimes because they can purposefully turn on the charm. Noi, a really popular girl and Takenaga's girlfriend, also sparkles a lot, because she's so pretty and perfect.
  • Yuuichi of Kanon purposely unleashes a Bishie Sparkle at one point to see how it feels to be a bishie, and he decides it just isn't his thing. Ironically, many would consider him to be a bishonen, just not excessively so.
  • Maity-Sensei from Lovely Complex has a truly awesome Bishie Sparkle that he seems to be able to control (He often wraps it around his fingers and writes in the air with it when he is proud of himself) One time he even claims that he can use magic, then using the sparkle to demonstrate this.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!
    • Negi Springfield sparkles whenever he accidentally acts cool and charming. This goes double when he's in his magically-aged-up form.
    • He also sparkles in some of Nodoka's doodles, as seen in her diary.
    • Albiero Imma or rather Colonel Sanders as he prefers to call himself does this a lot when his hood is down. Especially when talking to Evangeline.
  • Repeatedly used in Hayate the Combat Butler, mostly for comedic effect - Hayate can even consciously generate Bishie Sparkle, complete with a Dramatic Wind and a Love Bubbles backdrop, when he needs to look really charming.
  • In the Planetes manga, when The Baron lets down his hair (revealing that he was Bishonen All Along) he gets the Bishie Sparkle.
  • Ginji and a one-shot character in Magical Project S.
  • Vash the Stampede from Trigun gets this a few times in the anime.
  • It is essentially impossible for Yoh from High School Debut to appear in a single panel without sparkling.
  • Rose of Versailles uses this frequently, usually with flowers nearby or as a background.
    • As does Kaze to Ki no Uta. This seems to have been standard practice in Shoujo manga at the time.
  • Michel Blanc and Alto Saotome of Macross Frontier both got them in the TV broadcast edit of Episode 1. Mikhail can even do it on command when flirting.
  • Giorno from Part 5 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is so Bishōnen that both he and his Stand are quite sparkly.
  • Eyeshield 21
  • The Black Lagoon manga used this to comedic effect in a flashback to Boris' youth. Apparently he used to be a bishie.
  • Erica Hartmann did this in Strike Witches as part of a Show Some Leg to attract the attention of a passing truck. Even with all the sparkles, it still failed.
  • Used by Ian, the movie star who temporarily lures Layla away from the stage in Kaleido Star. Layla does it quite a bit, as well, in Episode 13.
  • Hendrick K. Strawberryfield in Kamen no Maid Guy projects sparkles when he removes his glasses. Which is quite often. He also hypnotizes women with them.
  • Possibly the strangest, most incredibly out-of-place use of this trope EVER was in one of the later episodes of Gundam Wing, in which Quatre, the already ambiguously-gay character, crouches over a wounded Heero and extends his hand, from which shines a sudden, brief, and totally unexpected shower of gold sparkles. Like, seriously. Totally came outta left field.
    • It is implied that the gold sparkles are a manifestation of Quatre using his not-quite-explained-but-somewhat-implied psychic powers on Heero. He gathers the sparkles from across Heero's body and brings them to his chest, remarking that he agreed that the Earth had been kind to both of them, and so they should go back.
  • In D.Gray-Man, Allen is shown to be able to exude Bishie Sparkles to get what he wants, most noticeably in this instance where he manages to manipulate the robot Komurin into falling for him and doing what he asks.
    • Tokidoki from Amatsuki displays a similar ability, using his sparkling beauty to fool the police into believing some sad story and therefore evading arrest. He also wears them when he's happy.
  • The Student Council President and the Vice-President from Maria†Holic. They sparkle so much that you could see the effects from a screen away.
  • Baccano!! gives a very brief flash of bishie sparkle to Ladd Russo, of all people. He's not really bishonen or anything; he's just being very hammy at the moment. ** Also, he's punching some poor bastard's face in.
  • Parodied in Natsume Yuujinchou with actor and part time exterminator Natori - who seems to accumulate fangirls wherever he goes.
  • In Haruhi-chan, when Kyon and Koizumi dress up as hosts.
  • Seiji Kisaragi sparkles so much, that he's instantly nicknamed 'Sparkling Foreigner' when he appears for the first time.
  • Game X Rush has Memori, who sparkles as part of his job: He's a bodyguard, and the Bishie Awesome is how he gets the clients. Typically, however, Memori is less Sparkle and more Monologue.
  • When Keiichi became (even more) bishonen, he sparkled, in the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni CD Drama, which came out a while before the anime, or even sound novel remakes.
    • He also does this a few times in anime.
  • Apparently, the main purpose of the two OAV episodes for Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Hachiyou Shou is to provide fans with a shot of all of the eight main guys sporting bishie sparkles. Which isn't surprising at all.
  • Train from Black Cat is constantly seen with these in a Gaussian Girl manner whenever Kyoko imagines or thinks about him.
  • Sharon from Pandora Hearts sometimes sparkles so intensely that the sparkles fly off and hit the other characters (usually Break).
  • Although it happens to anyone hearing/performing some very good music in Nodame Cantabile, the trophy goes to Prof. Auclair, who seems to exhale this all the time in the manga.
  • Bleach
  • Luffy from One Piece does not have Bishie Sparkles... unless the person looking at him is Boa Hancock, in which case you get this trope.
  • Sebastian in Black Butler can generate sparkles when he is being particularly charming. This may or may not be a supernatural ability. Ciel Phantomhive can do it too, at will, when he is charming someone with his rarely seen smile.
  • Fushigi Yuugi has a sparkly set of bishies.
  • Hiro and Shuichi got a brief moment of this, including a pink background and plenty of Ho Yay in episode one of Gravitation.
  • Otonashi from Angel Beats! pulls this off to mockingly imitate Hinata.
  • Marik and Yami Bakura have sparkly moments in LittleKuriboh's "Bad Romance" AMV parody, "Leather Pants".
  • Keiichi Kanejou from B Gata H Kei has them permanently, as does his sister Kyoka.
  • Ichijo in Vampire Knight Bishie Sparkles when he's happy. It's more than a little depressing...
  • Semi-averted in Slayers, where Zelgadis tends to shimmer under the scarves, especially in his first two or three appearances — but it's because he's made of shiny stone. But unaverted when he gets over some of his spazz, and the shimmer starts to combine with his graceful hand gestures and his personal bishie breeze.
  • Kazahaya of Legal Drug pictures Kakei with sparkles in his head.
  • There are quite a few episodes of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl in which Brock will go into complete Bishonen mode, complete with sparkles and a drastically different look.
    Cress: Our teamwork sparkles!
    Cilan: We, too, are three bright shining stars.
    • In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon anime spin off for Explorers of Time and Darkness, this is basically what Gabite does after hitting Sunflora with Attract.
    • Minccino's Attract has a similar effect on Snivy.
  • This happens to Ataru in Urusei Yatsura at least once.
  • Emi from 20-Year-Old Girl X 30-Year-Old Maiden sparkles frequently.
  • Some characters from Shugo Chara!, most notably Tadase, and sometimes Amu. Kukai even refered to it as "sparkly attack".
  • Hilariously spoofed in Saa Koi ni Ochitamae, a Boys Love manga, where when the protagonist starts sparkling his brothers see it, and have some funny reactions.
  • Played for Laughs in Tiger & Bunny, when Nathan teaches Keith how to generate this effect to impress girl latter likes.
  • Every character in Axis Powers Hetalia gets this at some point, but lately Estonia seems to be constantly sparkling. Some have started to call him Sparklestonia because of this. It even seems to spread to those around him in Chibi sketches.
    • France gets it quite a lot too.
  • A Certain Magical Index's Misaka Mikoto imagines Touma in an astonishingly honest moment in New Testament vol. 2.
  • Yatterman came out in 1978 but already lampshaded and spoofed this, for example when the Terrible Trio started mocking the heroes for their shiny eyes and teeth, or when the Yattermen started irradiating sparkles from random parts of their bodies.
  • In Kyo Kara Maoh, Wolfram's sparkles can cure and heal the sick and dying. Gunter tends to get sparkles a lot.
  • Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru uses these on occasion, most notably Takako and Sion. Mariya once gets rainbows as well.
  • Notably absent from the otherwise bishie-laden Saint Seiya...until they put out this action figure, which combined Bishie Sparkle with Lens Flare Censor to hilarious effect.
  • At one point in Skip Beat!, Ren sparkles so hard that it's actually painful for Kyoko to look directly at him ("The sparkling! It burns!").
    • Ren is actually a pretty interesting subversion of this trope most of the time. While people who don't know him well tend to fall for him when the Bishie Sparkle comes out, Kyoko and other people who know him get scared. This is mostly because when Ren turns up the bishie sparkle, it's usually an indicator that he's being fake as hell and in actuality is pretty pissed off. When he's actually feeling happy or romantic, he tends to break out the Love Bubbles instead.
  • In the first Beach Episode of Keroro Gunsou, Momoka tries to confess her love to Fuyuki, who gets a bishie sparkle that grows brighter and brighter the more nervous Momoka gets.
  • Played for laughs in Fairy Tail. They mainly pop up in Juvia's over the top fantasies about Gray. When they show up outside of her imagination they accompany Ichiya, a man with typical bishounen hair but a very hideous face and short stature who doesn't seem to realize that he's the single least attractive character in the series.
  • Ookininushi from Kamisama Kiss. Every time he shows up it looks like a disco ball just exploded.
  • Tono To Issho: Naoe Kanetsugu is followed everywhere by a cloud of purple sparkles.
  • Angel Crush: Michael Finch AKA Michael the Archangel has long golden locks of blond hair that sparkle. All the time. Even at night.
  • The main male cast from Free! does this when swimming, even on the official poster. This is justified since the sparkles are mostly from pool water.
  • In Half Prince, Prince sparkled before fighting Hell's Murderers in the tournament.
  • Lupin III: Travels of Marco Polo – Another Page: When Goemon enters the ship to rescue Hiromi. Then, promptly Discussed:
    Fujiko: (confused) "What’s with all these sparkles?"
    Lupin: (as the ship crashes) "I think those are sparks..."
  • Kill la Kill has Aikuro Mikisugi, Ryuko's homeroom teacher and Sexy Mentor, whenever he takes off his glasses and/or the rest of his clothing. This may or may not be a plot point. They even serve as a Scenery Censor.
  • Now and then, Kyousuke from Little Busters! gets this, most obviously in Refrain episode 2 when he goes on and on about LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! Sometimes, it's 'justified' by the sparkles being his tears (of joy or awe or the like) but sparkling tears are pretty Bishounen-esque on their own...
  • In Act 1 of Sailor Moon Crystal, newly-smitten Sailor Moon sees these (with Audible Gleam) and a preponderance of Love Bubbles framing Tuxedo Mask, as he introduces himself while making his exit.
  • Airi twinkles in Shinigami Sama To 4 Nin No Kanojo when she acts cute, but since she's the shinigami who's making Kaoru's life miserable, the sparkles bounce off him.

    Film 
  • Jareth from Labyrinth is a rare live action example. The scene in which he first appears in Sarah's bedroom is a good example, where he is surrounded by sparkles. He also wears sparkly eye makeup.

    Literature 
  • The vampires in Twilight sparkle in direct sunlight, which they avoid by either being nocturnal or living in places with near-constant rainfall (such as Forks, WA). Prettiness is apparently a vampire trait. This has been the subject of much Squee-ing from the Fandom and much ridicule from the Hatedom. Possibly justified, since Twilight vampires' skin is like a diamond, both in toughness and in appearance.
    • With the announcement of a Twilight manhwa, the series may reach an unprecedented level of sparkle.
  • Spoofed in Lamb: The Gospel According To Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal: glittery auras are also apparently an angel trait, but First-Person Smartass Biff is less than impressed by it
    Biff: And this golden stuff around you, this light, what is this?
    Raziel: The glory of the Lord.
    Biff: You're sure it's not stupidity leaking out of you?

    Live-Action TV 
  • Played with on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide: Ned sees Bishie Sparkle three times around Moze and wonders if that means he likes her. The first two turn out to be someone working with a spotlight, but it's implied the third time was the real thing.
  • Happens to pretty much every one of J.D.'s girlfriends on Scrubs though there's also usually a fan blowing in her hair and a music riff too. In one of the commentaries they joke that these are moments made for the commercial, cause sex sells.
  • Delicious Gakuin does this with Rin and almost everything he touches. Lampshaded for comic effect as he can literally switch it on and off whenever he likes.
  • In Warehouse 13, the former football player has aged well, contrary to Myka's expectations, and is surrounded by Bishie Sparkle when she sees him for the first time.
  • Chi Soo from Flower Boy Ramyun Shop is covered in sparkles when he's introduced on the aeroplane.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • In printed media, the title character of the comic strip "Brenda Starr Reporter" is always drawn with a very subdued version of this effect, even when not in the foreground. It manifests as between one and four six-pointed stars, and is subdued since the stars appear on the character's face and hair rather than in the air around her.

    Tabletop Games 

    Video Games 
  • In The Sims 2, an option is to scan the room looking for people your Sim is attracted to. This is indicated by certain people being surrounded by a glowing light, complete with sparkles.
  • In The Sims 3, you can get a lifetime happiness reward called "Eye Candy", which surrounds your sim in red sparkles and gives a moodlet to other sims nearby.
    • The Sims 3 Supernatural gives us Vampire Sunscreen.
  • No More Heroes does this in Harvey Moseiwitschii Volodarksii's boss fight to a comedic extent, with sparkles constantly radiating off him. However, his 'bishonen' appearance is rather damaged when he gets cut in half.
  • Raiden occasionally generates this in the pre-Metal Gear Solid 4 joke trailers and the Snake Eraser bonus movie. At one point he and Snake race for the "Main Character" chair, Snake trailing dramatic red and white flower petals, and Raiden trailing white and pink sparkles.
    • Big Boss gets a helping of this, too, after telling Ocelot he's 'pretty good'. Ocelot, losing consciousness, perceives Big Boss as looking soft focus and sparkly.
  • Prince Peasley needs only flip his hair to create a blinding blast of Bishie Sparkle in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. He does this a lot, sometimes several times in the same scene.
  • Being the resident uber-bishonen, Disgaea 3's Master Big Star uses the bishie sparkle on a near-constant basis. He even throws in a rose or two for added effect.
  • Kenshin from Sengoku Basara is always surrounded by sparkles and rose petals. Whether or not Kasuga is just imagining it is debatable.
  • Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility uses this effect to indicate when the main character has met a Love Interest.
    • Animal Parade too.
  • Human Teddie of Persona 4 has this, and boy does he abuse it.
  • In Rainbow Mika's ending in Street Fighter Alpha 3, Zangief receives the Bishie Sparkle treatment. Okay...
  • As of the September 2009 system update, the PS3 cross media bar's standard background has added Bishie Sparkle, which you can manipulate by shaking the controller.
  • Link gets some in Spirit Tracks, after a scene involving a Friendship-speech. Don't be surprised: This is the same game that gave him Blush Stickers after all.
  • In the MMO The Lord of the Rings Online when a character receives "inspiration" (a buff which turns the character into an absolute Badass so he can solo a quest designed for a group), he's surrounded by a rather heavenly-looking glow and little sparkles emanate from him.
  • In Blazblue this came from the absolutely most unlikley source EVUHR, namely Arakune in his "Help me, Proffesor Kokonoe" segment. The good Professor Kokonoe herself proceeded with commenting that he was actually kind of cute.
    • Terumi of all people gets some in his gag ending. While taking a bath....
  • Handsome Lech incarnate Olivier Lenheim does this from time to time in Trails in the Sky, complete with a dramatic Hair Flip. Considering Olivier's personality and general silliness, this isn't surprising in the slightest.
  • In Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary, Maguro can fire "beauty beams" with his strong eyes, making anyone instantly fall in love. Even boys. Too bad we don't get to see them.

    Visual Novels 
  • Kareha in SHUFFLE! sparkles whenever she fangirls over something, usually related to love.
  • Prince Gaston of The Royal Trap sparkles when he either grins or cries dramatically. It's mostly for comedic effect - he's not meant to be that attractive to the viewer, just completely over-the-top.
  • Yo-Jin-Bo has a couple of scenes in which the very pretty men of the game sparkle.

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 


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