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->''"He'll be fading away into little sparks any second now...because [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat surely, without his head, he is vanquished!]]"''
-->-- '''Rin''', ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' [[http://veloxiraptor.deviantart.com/art/Wouldja-Like-Some-Making-F-37296745 fan comic by veloxiraptor]]

Alas! Bob has been fatally wounded. As he lies dying, motes of light begin to rise off his body, slowly at first, but increasing in speed. Just before he fully disappears, he makes one last optimistic comment, and his body bursts into a thousand tiny pinpricks of light. This saves his friends the inconvenience of burying him.

Sometimes happens to holy characters, or is used to show that they [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascended To A Higher Plane of Existence]], or [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghosts]] when they GoIntoTheLight. It's also popular for sentient computer programs to go this way after being 'deleted.' Such deaths tend to be followed up with celestial faces looking down, having DiedHappilyEverAfter.

Of course, motes aren't the only way it works. Swarms of insects, flower petals/leaves, and the like (often [[PowerGlows glowing]]) are also commonly used.

Related to EverythingFades. The major difference is that EverythingFades is used by videogames so the console no longer has to track them, while this happens to characters in the 'real world.'

For a less dramatic way of disposing of the dead, see NoBodyLeftBehind. For the version of this trope that implies a much worse fate, see DeadlyFireworksDisplay. Not to be confused with SuicideBySunlight, where vampires end their unlives by walking into the dawn.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* The TropeNamer is ''GaoGaiGar'', where the SuperRobot uses the [[DropTheHammer Goldion Hammer]] to reduce the MonsterOfTheWeek into wisps of light with a cry of "'''HIKARI NI NARE!!!'''". The trope's name is just one of many possible translations.
** In kind of an odd subversion of the trope, however, the use of the Goldion Hammer is almost always ''non-lethal'': the "Hammer Hell and Heaven" maneuver that starts the attack rips the core containing the human host of the monster (or the cockpit containing the pilot of the enemy mecha, as the first episode of ''[=FINAL=]'' showed) out of its body so that they can be returned to normal safely (or arrested [[spoiler: or rather, shot in the face with a bazooka]]). It should be noted that the hammer strike itself (the part that does the disappearing) is most certainly lethal. If Guy doesn't care to remove you from the {{Robeast}} first, that's your ass.
* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', [[spoiler: [[ArtificialHuman Ryoko Asakura]] fades away like this when she is deleted by Yuki Nagato.]]
* ''MaiHime'' and ''MaiOtome''. The Festival shall occur, the maidens shall battle, and the rivers shall run green with sparklies.
** Except in ''MaiOtome'', [[spoiler: Erstin dies [[KilledOffForReal normally]].]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. Happens to [[FillerVillain the Bounts]] when they die, Plus spirits when they're purified and sent to Soul Society, and Nozomi and Kagerosa in episode 341 of the Gotei 13 Invading Army anime season.
* Happened in ''SaintSeiya'' to Gemini, Shura and Camus, as Hades claimed their bodies
* The [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Ridiculously Human Programs]] of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' seem to die in this way, as shown with [[spoiler: The Wolkenritter's DisneyDeath]] and [[spoiler: the first Reinforce's HeroicSacrifice]].
** Also happened [[spoiler:to Alicia Testarossa in Fate's Book-of-Darkness-created LotusEaterMachine, [[TearJerker fading away in Fate's arms while telling her she loved her and wished she could've been her sister in reality]].]]
** The trope image is from the FightingGame ''[[VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny]]'', where this happens to a [[BackForTheDead briefly resurrected Linith]].
* Similarly, this happens to [[spoiler:Sakuya Kumashiro]] in ''[[TenchiMuyo Tenchi in Tokyo]]''.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' did this when Angemon and Devimon died. It's also used in ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', with the addition that Mons can absorb the motes to increase their power.
** The general deletion effect, though, was a much-less-romantic bursting-into-particles effect.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' does this when people die in the later seasons (particularly heart breaking examples exist in Sailor Moon Stars). In the first season when people die they leave corpses behind -- except Nephrite, whose death is probably the [[TearJerker most heartwrenching]] moment of the first season.
* In ''LastExile'', Maestro Delphine's ring will cause you to explode into light when you take it from her finger.
* On ''Anime/AfroSamurai'', After being fatally wounded by Kuma/Jinno, Ninja-Ninja does this. The only reason he does and no one else who dies does is because [[spoiler: he's imaginary.]]
* In ''Anime/HellGirl'' when [[spoiler: Ai dies]] her body dissolves into sakura petals.
* Happens to the dying grunty in the VR World of ''Anime/DotHackSign''.
* In ''GashBell'', the demons whose books get burned get returned to the demon world in this manner. Moments of optimism vary depending on the manner in which they're sent off, and their personalities in general.
* In ''TransformersCybertron,'' Galvatron meets his end this way. [[spoiler:Vector Prime]]'s death was similar, but the manner in which it happened makes it a bit more believable. [[spoiler: Vector Prime gave up his life energy reversing time. Galvatron, on the other hand, was impaled by Optimus Prime with Vector Prime's sword, which should have just left him plain ol' dead.]] It's inverted in ''TransformersArmada'' when Optimus Prime is resurrected.
* Happens to [[spoiler:Emperor Charles and Empress Marianne]] late in ''Anime/CodeGeass''. May be justified since the characters in question had been cheating death, and rather than outright dying, they were forcibly absorbed by the afterlife. Not to mention the whole thing actually takes place in a mystical realm.
* [[spoiler:Everyone except Shou, Chronos, Judai and Johan]] in the third season of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. The dub apparently changed this to '[[NeverSayDie going to the stars]]' or something. [[spoiler:It began getting really obvious that there'd be a reset button as soon as ''the entire cast'' was gone essentially.]]
* In ''VisionOfEscaflowne'', Zaibach mecha usually melt and evaporate into blue flame after they've been destroyed. It's implied to be because of the liquid metal they use for their weaponry.
* An interesting variety occurs in ''Anime/KurauPhantomMemory'': after she gets hit by the [[EnergyBeings Rynax]], Kurau dissolves into a swirling tornado of light--which shortly after reassembles into Kurau, now merged with the Rynax.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[spoiler:those people who are [[DeaderThanDead erased from existence]] by the [[RealityWarper Code Of The Lifemaker]] do this as they fade into nothingness]].
* [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice Shadow]]]] from ''[[Manga/TheLegendofZelda the Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Plus]]'' manga.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', [[spoiler:Nia fades away like this just after completing the marriage ceremony.]]
** Lordgenome [[spoiler:when he dies again in the final battle. Being the channel between a Big Bang happening and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann's spiral engine is lethal.]]
*** TBH, almost everyone in TTGL dies in a variation of this. Either because of the "pencil sketch being blown apart and fading to white" death animation, or, well, because they're likely to be inside an exploding HumongousMecha at the moment of their death.
* (Manga Only) This happened to Eureka in ''EurekaSeven'' upon the Scab Coral's demise. Its a rather unfair ending for Renton...
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': [[spoiler: It's discovered that the otherwise unstoppable ninjas resurrected by the Impure World jutsu are released and will permanently dissolve if their spirits are calmed. For example, Sai's brother is able to stop after finally seeing the book Sai made for him and Sasori is able to leave after A) Kankuro points out that the puppet master has become Madara and Kabuto's puppet and B) he sees that Kankuro has learned his killer puppet techniques, ensuring that his art will last forever, just like he always wanted. Sasori even gives Kankuro his mother and father puppets before dissolving (aww).]]
* ''ElementalGelade'': This is [[spoiler: Viro]]'s tragic fate just moments after her HighHeelFaceTurn and subsequent [[RedemptionEqualsDeath mortal injury.]]
* How [[spoiler:Lucia]] dies in ''RaveMaster'', which actually makes he death ambiguous enough that he may have been sent to the original world instead.
* Happens to [[spoiler: Alice]] in ''PandoraHearts'', when [[spoiler: Oz sends her away so she won't suffer anymore for his sake.]]
* In ''Manga/PopcornAvatar'' the Asura disintegrate into burning embers when they are defeated. This is the assumed fate of the Deva as well if their avatars are defeated.
* ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'': [[spoiler:Cologne]] goes out this way [[spoiler:after pulling a TakingTheBullet to save Yuri/Cure Moonlight from Professor Sabaaku's attack, dying and disappearing in her arms.]]
** In Episode 40, [[spoiler:Sasorina]] goes out in the same manner, [[spoiler:fading away in Kumojacky's arms after thanking him and Cobraja for being there for her]]. Eight episodes later, [[spoiler:Dark Precure also dies in this manner in the arms of Professor Sabaaku (a.k.a. Yuri/Moonlight's father, brainwashed by the BigBad), after being fatally wounded in her final clash with Cure Moonlight. Professor Tsukikage apologizes to the both of them and tells Dark to stand down, and calls her his second daughter. She calls him "father" and relaxes, releasing her anger as she fades away in his arms]]. Note that both of these cases also fall under GoOutWithASmile.
* [[spoiler:Madoka in the finale]] of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', to complete her transformation into an AbstractApotheosis.
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' it is said that this will happen to the eponymous character if she confesses her love for Mytho. Princess Kraehe once took advantage of this by holding him hostage to force her to do so, but [[LoopHoleAbuse Tutu instead expresses her emotions through dance.]]
** Eventually [[spoiler:subverted]] in the finale. [[spoiler:Tutu does dissolve into light, but Duck is still alive - she just can't transform into a human anymore.]]
* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', players shatter into multicolored sparkles when they die. [[spoiler:The same happens when items are destroyed, which a few clever players use to fake their deaths when combined with a teleport crystal]].
* ''Anime/MekakucityActors'': [[spoiler:Azami]] in Episode 10, after delivering a DespairSpeech about how foolish she was to believe she could lead a normal life despite [[spoiler:being an immortal being]]. She disappears [[spoiler:into the Heat Haze World]] right in front of her daughter, and by the time her husband reaches her, there is only a fading cloud of sparkling lights left.
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* The corpse of RealityWarping [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} mutant]] Absolom Mercator disappeared from its casket and apparently turned into butterflies.
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[[folder:Film]]
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'', Emily is able to move on from being betrayed, and to let Victor be with Victoria instead of trying to take him from her. She fades into blue butterflies, which fly away.
** Arthur Spiderwick makes a similar departure in ''The Spiderwick Chronicles'', although it's dandelion-seed fluff that he's swept away as, and he's being carried off to a fairy realm rather than dying.
* Daemons in ''TheGoldenCompass'' movie disappear in a shower of sparks when the human they belong to is killed.
* At the end of ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'', this happens to Draco's body.
* All programs in ''{{Tron}}'' will light up or disappear into TronLines on the ground when they derez.
* [[spoiler: Kadaj]] did this at the end of ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Advent Children]]''. [[spoiler:Loz and Yazoo]] were also beginning to do this before they were defeated.
* Happens at the end of ''Film/{{Cube}}''.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Astrid in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' special "Voyage of the Damned''.
** And Idris in The Doctor's Wife
** And it's also pretty much with Time Lord regeneration looks like
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Daniel Jackson.
** Also, the entire population of Abydos.
* Has happened to a few ''PowerRangers'' characters whose deaths needed to be [[NeverSayDie censor friendly]] but more sensitively done than the usual MadeOfExplodium deaths that non-human characters tend to get.
** And in its source material ''SuperSentai''. In a specific example, [[spoiler:Basco ta Jolokia]] in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight,'' being 'vented' looks like this. It's taken from the effect seen in ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' when someone or something dissolves in the mirror world. This effect is also used in ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' a few times (despite no mirror world thing. FleetingDemographicRule applies to special effects.)
* In most ''any'' {{Toku}} show, any non-human character who doesn't explode goes out this way instead.
* Not really light, but the ''Series/MythBusters'' obliterating that car with the rocket sled has a definite Hikari Ni Nare vibe to it. As Jamie so eloquently puts it during the sum-up of that scene,
--> So our goal was to fuse metal and pancake the car. Did we achieve that? ... ''What car?''
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' has [[spoiler: Stark, after plugging in an atomic clock to break a timeloop]].
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', this is the final fate of [[spoiler:John Sheridan]] in [[DistantFinale "Sleeping in Light"]]. [[spoiler:Sheridan has [[LivingOnBorrowedTime run out of borrowed time]] and, after saying his goodbyes, returns to a historic site so he can die in peace... but instead, he's met by [[{{Precursors}} Lorien]] and given the opportunity to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence go beyond the rim]] with the rest of [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens the First Ones]].]]
-->''[[TearJerker Well, look at that. The sun's coming up.]]''
* In season 8 of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', after Bobby's soul is freed from Hell by Sam, he ascends to Heaven in a sparkling whorl of lightóbut only after the demon Crowley holds him back with dark clouds and the angel Naomi drives off Crowley and liberates Bobby's soul to finally ascend to Heaven.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* One way that [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Transcendence]] often manifests itself in WraithTheOblivion.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' and ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 X-2]]'', dead humans that receive the Sending ritual do this, as do defeated monsters and defeated Aeons. The lights themselves even have a name -- pyreflies.
** Interestingly, Cactuars also do this, even though they're not fiends in the traditional sense, and chocobos which aren't fiends at all! However, you're not really supposed to kill the latter.
** Oddly, the same effect is used in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIIRevenantWings''.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 3}}'', Leehalt dies in this manner when [[spoiler: Jet Enduro]] purges him.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 4}}'', [[spoiler: having been reduced to a ghost held together by a nanomachine cluster, Hauser]] dies in this manner after [[spoiler: Jude]] convinces him to let go and finally rest in peace.
* Dark Samus dies like this at least twice during ''{{Metroid}} Prime 2''. Of course, being blasted into specks of light is apparently only a momentary setback for her.
** [[spoiler: Averted]] in the sequel when [[spoiler:Dark Samus explodes rather violently, curing Samus' tumor. ''ItMakesSenseInContext''.]]
* In ''KingdomHearts'', Nobodies disintegrate into a cloud of black smoke.
** In an extra cutscene in KingdomHearts 2, [[spoiler: Axel appears to Roxas one last time after he dies, and they both disappear into the light.]]
*** "True" Heartless disappear in a puff of smoke too; "Emblemed" Heartless die with a sudden appearance of a heart floating up and disappearing. This is important in the second game.
** Also [[spoiler:Sora]], whose body disintegrates into light in the first game and simularly [[spoiler: Xion who combines both the light and darkness effect with um... ice ]]
** In Birth By Sleep, [[spoiler:Master Eraqus]]'s body fades away when he died.
** Master Xehanort too, after he [[spoiler: possesses Terra]].
** The Dream Eaters in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' vanish in such a fashion. It's made slow and dramatic in the case of ally Dream Eaters, perhaps to emphasize that [[FinalDeath they're gone for good]].
* Credo in ''[[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Devil May Cry 4]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'': This is what happens to each of [[spoiler:the Magypsies]] (though we don't see what happens to [[spoiler:the very last one]]).
* This is what happens when you kill security programs in ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron 2.0]]'', albeit very quickly. When you kill viruses, they either explode or explode ''violently''. Hint: don't stand near dying viruses.
* This happens to [[spoiler:your character, after time's been fixed]] in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness]]''.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'', this happens [[spoiler: to Hydreigon when Kyurem destroys him by freezing and smashing him, but he manages to save the hero by guiding their friends to them as a light before disappearing (Temporarily, at least).]]
* [[spoiler:Sydney and Hardin]] in ''VagrantStory''. On the other hand, anyone else unlucky enough to die within [[GeniusLoci Lea Monde's]] walls tends to Dissapear Into ''Darkness'', their souls consumed and enslaved by the eldritch power of the city.
* {{Creatures}} 3 and Docking Station have the bodies of dead norns disappearing this way, but only after they've been dead awhile. After all, you might want to determine cause of death first.
* [[CloningBlues Replicas]], including [[spoiler:Ion]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss.'' [[spoiler:Nearly happens to Luke at one point, too, except for Asch's intervention.]] Justified in that they're entirely made from Seventh Fonons, rather than a normal human's mixture of fonons and matter (or something like that - the game makes an effort at describing the world's physics, but it's a little fuzzy in places), and so when they die those fonons dissipate.
* This happens to a ''lot'' of characters across all the [[Franchise/DotHack .hack]] games. Usually this means that the player behind the character is now comatose. The few cases of dissolving that do ''not'' result in comas include Aura and Mia in the original games, and Haseo (twice!) in the GU games.
* Maxim and Selan at the end of ''Lufia 2: Return of the Sinestrals''.
* When the Servants from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' are destroyed, they dissipate into a cloud of sparks. Only in extreme cases do they ever leave any physical residue behind. Their soul, now detached from any attachment to the world, are then [[spoiler:caught by the Holy Grail and used for power, much like a waterwheel uses a river for motive force,]] as they burrow back to the Throne of Heroes that it originated from.
* Death in battle in ''FireEmblem'' tends to result in this though your units will generally get in a death quote first.
* This is what is set to happen to all of humanity in ''VisualNovel/{{Rewrite}}'' if salvation takes place [[spoiler: as in Shizuru's route.]]
* At the end of the bonus game in ''VideoGame/MysteryCaseFiles: 13th Skull'', [[spoiler:Captain Crown's crew reanimates their skeletons to attack their ghostly captain (it's OK, he murdered all of them), everything goes bright, and then the Master Detective regains consciousness in the swamp.]]
** The bonus game in ''Fate's Carnival'' wraps up with [[spoiler:Madame Fate and her cat Isis, free at last, dissipating into a moonbeam]].
* The sparks in Level 18 and the [[BigBad Vizier's]] magic spells do this to the Prince in the SNES version of ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia1''. If killed by other means, [[EverythingFades his body fades away]] without the light effects.
* [[BigBad Ernst]] in ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} VI'', and Tia in ''Ys VII''.
* If you use the [[KillSat Ion Cannon]] at the end of the GDI campaign of VideoGame/CommandAndConquer, the ending cutscenes shows Kane standing before the ion beam with his hands outstretched, as though embracing it, as the light envelops him.
** Played with in that a) the light is what kills him rather than a consequence of his death and b) he didn't stay dead.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'': The old woman [[spoiler: also known as Impa]] dies in this way at the end. Her role was fulfilled after [[spoiler:the defeat of Demise, both in the past and in the present]], and had lived for thousands of years already, justifying the trope.
* How all the Demi-gods that rely on mantra in ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' die. [[spoiler: Including Asura himself.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Asura''': My Wrath, is finally.........gone. [[TearJerker Durga, I'll be home, soon.]]]]
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' when Tyrael decides to make himself mortal. His head (previously a void hidden under a hood) ''materialises'' from bright motes as he does so.
* This happens to [[spoiler:Lambda]] in ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'' [[spoiler:after she performs a HeroicSacrifice to save Ragna from one last attack from Terumi. Bonus points for [[GoOutWithASmile going out with a smile]] in the process]].
* The Enderdragon's death animation in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}''. It's repeatedly skewered by beams of light and eventually it completely dissolves into nothingness.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', Promethean power weapons (such as the [[ShortRangeShotgun Scattershot]], Binary Rifle, and Incineration Cannon) cause the targets that they kill to disintegrate into hardlight particles.
* Shepard in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'''s Control ending.
* In ''VideoGame/DisneyPrincessEnchantedJourney'', this happens after the final battle with Zara.
* In ''Videogame/{{Persona 3}}'', this happens to Akinari at the conclusion of the [[TarotMotifs Sun Arcana]] [[RelationshipValues Social]] [[LevelUpAtIntimacy5 Link]].
* In ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'', [[spoiler:Kyrie]] does when he dies. [[spoiler:You later encounter him again as a glowing ball of light, which is apparently what the Destruct looks like when not in a human body. It's still very obviously Kyrie, though, refusing to obey the Crimson Sun's orders to go back and destroy the world and then flashing with excitement when Morte speaks to him.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TodayIDie'', where the Disappear signifies a return to life.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the newest ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' [[TheMovie movie]], this happens to one of the supporting characters in the end.
** Partially PlayedForLaughs when Michelangelo accidentally inhales some of the floating particles and starts coughing.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' with a ButNowIMustGo moment, though said character disappeared into flower petals instead.
* When [[spoiler:Brushogun]] dies in ''TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo'' this happens. Although this one can be justified in that magic was the only thing keeping him alive in the first place.
* When reality breaks in the ''JusticeLeague'' episode built around a comic book dream, the heroes are all absorbed by light, presumably to death. They smile and salute in their final moments.
* In the fourth season of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' [[spoiler: Nabu's body did not disappear after he sacrificed himself, (although it did glow and float a few inches off the ground for some reason) but Aisha later uses her magic to turn his body into flowers.]]
* Bunny in ''ThePowerpuffGirls''.
* [[spoiler:Sadlygrove]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}''.
* In ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure third season finale]], this happens to Twilight when she temporarily AscendsToAHigherPlaneOfExistence upon casting the spell. Afterwards, she [[InvertedTrope Reappears From Light]] as an [[WingedUnicorn Alicorn]].
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