...a dark stage,
and then a beam of light,
and you can see me and my guitar.
Examples:Anime and Manga
- Axis Powers Hetalia:
- The ending theme to Excel Saga has Menchi in a dramatic spotlight, singing about how sad she is that her fate is to be eaten, all while a hand sprinkles her with salt.
- There were quite a few dramatic spotlights in Chicago (justified, as the film switched back and forth from real life to stage production where spotlights would be expected).
- On the old Jimmy Durante Show, Jimmy would close the show by singing a closing number while walking away from the audience, stepping from spotlight to spotlight across a darkened stage (simulating street lights).
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Vampire Luke is beginning "The Harvest" on the stage of the Bronze, illuminated by a spotlight. Buffy, who's entered via a skylight, ends up getting into a fight with the vampire on the catwalk who's pointing it at him.
- In the play The Actor's Nightmare the lead character is alone on stage doing a soliloquy (which he doesn't know) and the spotlight moves around - he keeps having to jump to a new place.
- There is a similar segment in Cirque du Soleil's Varekai in which a clown must chase down the spotlight that is apparently uninterested in the sad song he's singing.
- During the Archives bit of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, there is a (barely) playable flashback from when Daniel first laid hands on an Orb, during the expedition in Algeria. There is a pedestal with the Orb on it, in a circle of light. Everything else is darkness.
- Left 4 Dead: happens from your perspective when the character you are playing as uses a first aid kit (white) or is getting killed by a special infected (red).
- Ghost Trick loves this. Complete with animations and sound effects to really make it feel like a theater production.
- In an episode of The Simpsons where Krusty reveals to the world he's Jewish, he asks for a spotlight, and the spotlight operator thinks he's doing a bit.
Boys and girls, I'd like to be serious for a moment if I may. Spotlight, please. I just wanted (spotlight moves away from Krusty) I just wan- (spotlight moves away again) Come on guys, I'm not doing the spotlight bit!
- Two of the songs in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic feature this trope: "Winter Wrap Up" in the episode of the same name, and "Find a Pet" in "May the Best Pet Win!".
- In the same show, the trope is parodied in the episode "Party of One". Pinkie Pie draws the (wrong) conclusion that her friends have all turned against her from her interrogation of Spike, and declares so in a Dramatic Spotlight. Then it turns out the light comes from the lamp she used to interrogate him with, as he turns it off.
- The trope is parodied again in the "Hearth's Warming Eve" episode. Spike the baby dragon gets one when he starts Chewing the Scenery during his narration of a play, but since he's on a stage, it's justified in-universe.
- Linus asks for one of these in A Charlie Brown Christmas for his True Meaning of Christmas speech (seen in the page image for the latter).
- There is a sequence like this in Batman: The Animated Series, in the episode where Baby Doll first appears.
- Genie conjures several of these during his "Friend Like Me" song in Disney's Aladdin.
- Happens during the song "Hakuna Matata" in The Lion King.
- Phineas and Ferb: "Tip of the Day" - Candace gets one during the Aglet song. They bring up the lights as she begins ranting about how it doesn't matter that the end of a shoelace is called an Aglet. *
- During the Curse of the Golden Banana song-and-dance in Donkey Kong Country, a spotlight appears on Cranky as he tells DK, "The curse will bring the destruction of the entire island, and there'll be no bananas left for you to eat!"
- The ending to the Dexter's Laboratory episode "LABretto"
- In the musical episode of Daria, the title character gets one of these for her solo. Of course, being Daria, it's all very, very tongue-in-cheek—and yet played straight at the same time.