->''"Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection,\\
The lovers, the dreamers and me."''
-->-- '''Kermit The Frog''', ''Film/TheMuppetMovie''

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Rainbows in stories are not just symbolic, but also prone to traits that actual rainbows never exhibit, the most common being solidity, treating the rainbow as an object that can be interacted with.

Because rainbows seem to travel from the ground to the sky (and back, if complete), they are usually seen in mythology as some kind of bridge or other connection point to and from heaven; in Myth/NorseMythology the rainbow is Bifröst, the bridge to Ásgarðr; in [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]], Iris is the goddess of the rainbow as well as the messenger of the gods (Which makes this OlderThanFeudalism). In [[Myth/IrishMythology Ireland]], a rainbow's base is also a great place to keep a pot of gold (in fact, it serves as a perfect hiding place, since it's impossible to reach). In ''Literature/TheBible'', the rainbow is a pledge that the world will never again be flooded to destroy all living things. Meanwhile in Japan, a rainbow is traditionally an ill omen, of doom or at least bad weather, though the Western perspective has become more widespread there.

Some people even associate rainbows with '''[[AllYourColorsCombined ULTIMATE POWER]]''', of all things.

Since rainbows are natural phenomena of great power, it's also reasonable to give them to actual characters and forces within a story. Expect some of the flashier Anime characters to use them [[ImprobableWeaponUser directly as a weapon]] or to incorporate them somehow into KiAttacks. They're also a common symbol in worlds known for their ElementalRockPaperScissors, as a representation of a character's equal dedication to each element. Finally, they are known in some circles to be extremely girly and are often a symbol of {{Camp Gay}}ness.

May overlap, especially in the second variant, with AllYourColorsCombined. See also RainbowMotif. If a rainbow is drawn with fewer than seven stripes, that's RainbowLite.


!!Examples of natural Rainbows as objects

[[folder:Advertising ]]
* There was once a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUmXhCmVaQg Skittles commercial]] in which some kids were sitting on a rainbow, eating Skittles. When one questioned the plausibility of this, part of the rainbow opened up beneath him like a trapdoor and he [[BlackComedy fell to his death]]. Don't question the rainbow.
* At Dairy Queen, they don't just have rainbows, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VtH5xdbMtU they have rainbows]] that are on fire!

[[folder:Anime and Manga ]]
* The Rainbow Crystals (fragments that come together to form the Silver Crystal) of ''Anime/SailorMoon''.
* In one episode of ''Manga/{{Mushishi}}'', Ginko joins up with a man who's looking for a rainbow colored being called the Rainbow Serpent.
** The LiveActionAdaptation even turns this episode into a framing device, and [[GoingToSeeTheElephant seeing the Rainbow Serpent becomes the actual goal of the journey]].
* In the ''Anime/CodeGeass'' opening, "World End", there's a scene of Nunnally, a blind, crippled girl, throwing a paper crane that trails a rainbow and sparkles. Whether or not it has meaning is up to the viewer.
* A rainbow appears in ''Anime/{{Gundam 00}}'' after the Gundam Meisters successfully rescue Allelujah and Marina, making a dramatic escape. This can be justified by the amount of water thrown into the air from Ptolemios II's plunge into the ocean.
* Rainbows and the colors of the rainbow are a central theme in ''Anime/BrigadoonMarinAndMelan''. It's highlighted by the ending theme, "Rainbow-colored Treasure."
* Rainbows are common in ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion''; at one point, a rainbow shows through a ''rain of blood''.
* Johan Andersen's ultimate monster, Rainbow Dragon, in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''.
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' has HumongousMecha SURFING on rainbows at various points in time. Trapars are usually green, rainbows show up a lot, too.
* Ragyo Kiryuin in ''Anime/KillLaKill'' has rainbow HolyBacklight to go along with her rainbow MulticoloredHair. Warning: LightIsNotGood. This is also an instance of rainbows as '''ultimate power''', since she's above and beyond any other character in terms of strength and influence.
* Unlike everyone else ([[ColorCodedCharacters whose magic is only one color]]), [[CloneJesus Vivio]] from ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' has rainbow colored magic, which InUniverse is known as [[GratuitousGerman Kaiserfarbe]] (Emperor Color).

* In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle'', an invisible rainbow bridge is [[TrollBridge guarded by a troll]] and only shows itself if someone answers the troll's riddle correctly.
* ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' rainbow. All right, it arcs down through a hole in the soundstage roof, but it's a naturally occurring rainbow!
* According to ''{{Film/Rainbow}}'', if you track the rainbow to its landing site, you get to ride inside it to the other side.
* A visual motif in Creator/PhilLordAndChrisMiller movies, such as in ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithaChanceOfMeatballs'', ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'', and ''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet''.

* ''Literature/TheBookOfLostTales'' (the precursor to ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''), featured the Olórë Mallë (Path of Dreams) over which the spirits of children in Middle-earth would travel in their sleep to meet the Elves in Valinor; this was implied to be a rainbow.
* In a story told in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' the children of the Creator slipped through a rift in creation to chase a rainbow and got trapped, becoming the stars.
* In ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', after the rain returns to [[LandDownUnder FourEcks]], the Man Who Carries The Universe In A Sack produces a boomerang decorated with more colours than the Ecksian Aborigine boy has ever seen in one place, and throws it at the sky, where it sticks.
* In Creator/GeorgeMacDonald's ''The Golden Key'', the key is found at the end of the rainbow -- which also shines at night, but then, it's in TheLostWoods.
* In Victoria Hanley's ''Literature/TheSeerAndTheSword'', Landen fondly remembers the rainbows of his native land.
* In Literature/{{Warbreaker}}, more breath will create an aura of brighter color around a person. if the person takes this to insane levels (which only the god king has reached), White objects will gain a prismatic appearance.
* Rainbow Drops in ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' allow you to spit in six different colors ([[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory seven in the 1971 movie!]]).

* One of Music/RonnieJamesDio's favorite topics to sing about. He ''was'' in Music/{{Rainbow}}, after all!
* Music/InsaneClownPosse: "After it rains, Fuckin' Rainbows!
* ''Music/{{Rainbow}}''. In addition to their name, the cover of their album ''Rising'' showed a hand grasping a rainbow.

* In {{Australia}} Dreamtime stories, the Rainbow Serpent created the lands.
* In Myth/NorseMythology, Bifröst is a rainbow bridge connecting Miðgarðr (man's domain/earth) Ásgarðr (realm of the gods). Presumably every rainbow is an instance of the same bridge.
** Carried over to the ''[[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]'' comics.
** Also appears in ''Series/MythQuest'' when Alex becomes Váli.
** Appears in ''ComicBook/LastDaysOfTheJusticeSociety'' when the team travels to Asgard to prevent Ragnarok from affecting the entire universe.
* Inverted in Myth/JapaneseMythology, where rainbows are a sign of misfortune.
* In the Abrahamic religions, the Rainbow is a promise not to flood the world again.

[[folder:Newspaper comics]]
* Once in ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', Lucy worried about the persistent rain flooding everything. Linus assures her that the rainbow is a sign of the promise that it won't.
* In ''ComicStrip/RoseIsRose'', Pasquele "catches" rainbows -- the little ones. That is, he sprays the hose and makes small rainbows (He always releases them unharmed).
* In ''ComicStrip/FrankAndErnest'', once two newly hatched birds sees a beautiful bucolic scene, with a rainbow. One thinks it's big and scary; one reflects that at least it's not eggshell white.

* ''Pinball/{{Farfalla}}'' takes place in a flower garden filled with butterflies; a large rainbow dominates the playfield.
* The playfield for ''Pinball/TimeFantasy'' includes a large six-color rainbow in the background.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* {{The gimmick}} of the {{tag team}} known as Rainbow Bright, Luscious Latasha and Gabby Gilbert, is wearing rainbow gear.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', a rainbow forms a bridge to the Ark of Yamato. In ''VideoGame/{{Okamiden}}'', rainbows can be used as bridges on an inhabited stormcloud.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', the seven [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience multicolored Sages]] [[AllYourColorsCombined combine their powers]] to form a bridge to Ganondorf's castle.
* The King of All Cosmos uses a Royal Rainbow to transport the Prince to Earth and back in ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy''.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', you end up creating a blocky rainbow bridge to Grambi's shrine.
** The course Rainbow Road in ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' is just a big, long rainbow that you drive on. Also applies for Rainbow Road's appearances in ''VideoGame/FZero'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2''.
** Rainbow Ride from ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' (and Rainbow Cruise from ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros. Melee'' and ''Brawl'').
* ''VideoGame/RainbowIslands''. A game where solid rainbows are used both to attack enemies and to create platforms for climbing.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', there is a new combination move that creates a rainbow that raises the chance of added effects from moves (for example, Thunderbolt will have a higher chance of causing paralysis).
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' the Rainblower is a weapon that shots rainbows, or at least that`s what the user sees.
* In ''VideoGame/KeithCourageInAlphaZones'', levels are connected by a Rainbow Transport.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/TheAngryVideoGameNerdAdventures'', where the final stage has a very noticeable rainbow pattern, as well as rainbow enemies. [[NintendoHard It is not at all a good sign.]]
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/WeHappyFew''. Both the natural world and Wellington Wells are extremely colorful, but while the subdued colors of the natural world tend to be quite soothing, the bright and obnoxious rainbow motif of [[FalseUtopia Wellington Wells]] should induce the same fear that a poisonous frog does.
* Played straight in ''VideoGame/StarSky'' if the player takes the rainy path and stops after passing by the house. The sky will fill with an enormous rainbow that makes for one of the most beautiful scenes in the game.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] "flashback," Coach Z and Strong Bad travel on a "sweet, sweet rainbow bridge" from the moon back to Earth.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0wEYtmmuFQ Magical Dream Time!]]
* In the asdfmovie 1, there's a clip that goes like this:
"Man: Doctor, I think I'm a homosexual!"
"Doctor: What makes you say that?"
Man: (Proceeds to barf rainbows on doctor while saying "RAINBOWS!")

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Subverted in [[http://www.pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF025-Rainbow.gif this]] "ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship" where it turns out to be the eye of an EldritchAbomination.
%%** Also [[http://pbfcomics.com/270/ this strip.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2005-03-26 after it rains]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' Oogrook the little unicorn tends to be flanked by rainbows. The absurdity of doing this in a black and white comic is lampshaded by ''labeling the stripes'' "red," orange," "yellow," etc.
* In ''Webcomic/QuestionDuck'', [[http://questionduck.smackjeeves.com/comics/1031203/084/ watching the rainbow is the perfect time to ask about pizza.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Also subverted in this WebVideo/FiveSecondFilms [[http://5secondfilms.com/watch/another_ruined_dinner clip]].
* In the [[Creator/DougWalker Nostalgia Critic]]'s review of the ''WesternAnimation/TheCareBearsMovie'', during the scene where a group of the Bears shoot a rainbow out of their chests to fight off an enemy, he exclaims [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaBCw59DDVA "TASTE THE RAINBOW, MOTHERFUCKER!"]] This has quickly spread to become an Internet-wide meme that pops ups every time rainbow colors suddenly appear in a dramatic fashion.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has a rainbow bridge connecting Earth to Fairy World. It's unclear where exactly this bridge's Earthly end is located, and the bridge is rarely used in favor of teleportation between the worlds.
* G1 ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' had the Rainbow of Light, which tended to be a go-to weapon of sorts.
** In the world of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', rainbows are made in a [[IDyeGrass weather factory]], where it's shown in liquid form. Pinkie Pie, who had previously been shown to relish cupcakes that had been slathered in copious amounts of intensely spicy hot sauce, tried tasting liquid rainbow and wound up fleeing in a firey panic. There's also the traditional, non-liquid form, possibly the finished product; both are used in the landscaping of Rainbow Dash's cloud home. Rainbow Dash [[MeaningfulName creates a rainbow-colored streak behind her when she flies fast enough]] and is also able to perform a stunt known as the "Sonic Rainboom", [[Memes/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic a.k.a. the]] [[KillSat "Orbital Friendship Cannon"]], which is exactly what it sounds like. The Apple family also occasionally harvests magical Zap Apples that only appear under certain rare weather conditions and are rainbow patterned when they ripen.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay Hearts and Hooves Day]]", the Cutie Mark Crusaders suck the colors out of a free-standing rainbow using a vacuum cleaner. They needed it for a LovePotion.
** {{Inverted|Trope}} in a FanFic named "Rainbow Factory" where it turns out that [[spoiler:the Factory runs by brutally slaughtering young pegasi who fail their flight test, and just to add to the horror, [[RonTheDeathEater Rainbow Dash also happens to be a high-placed executive there]].]]
** And if you want ultimate power, you want the season four finale. In the premiere there's a [[MacGuffin mystery box of plot importance]] with six keyholes. One by one the cast will have a realization about what they ''should'' have done and work to set things right; when they do, an object relating to the situation will reflect rainbow-colored light into their eyes, causing their eyes to glow with rainbow color. In the final battle of the season, each one takes the form of a 'rainbow power key' to open the box and give them the new, [[MerchandiseDriven toyetic]] Rainbow Power upgrades; this let them beat a villain that was more than a match for ''all the god-tier characters combined'' by the end.
** There was also a [[MyLittlePonyG3 G3]] [[DirectToVideo DTV movie]] in which a Rainbow Princess had to make rainbows for the entire kingdom, or else everything would lose its color. Though, [[RainbowLite their rainbow only had four colors in it]], so when the colors did start disappearing, there were several large, unaffected areas.
** And you can be forgiven for [[BrainBleach blocking the memory]] due to the horror, but the [[SpinoffBabies Newborn Cuties]] web shorts show that Sweetie Belle was created [[https://www.derpibooru.org/352537 when two rainbows crossed]]. Rainbows are ''life!'' Also, that adds some FridgeHorror to The Runaway Rainbow: The world losing its color would suck, but if rainbows are how new ponies are born, no rainbows because the first rainbow of spring wasn't made on time would be very bad indeed. (Of course, it's also these shorts where we meet actual parents, and G3 Scootaloo was introduced as Cheerilee's sister. Maybe Sweetie Belle is a special case.)
* Used in the logo of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''; Tobias and his family/species has a rainbow color scheme as well. Also, there's apparently a placed called a Rainbow Factory where Nicole works and which Masami's dad owns.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum'' the titular characters squeeze one out of the leprechaun cereal mascot Lucky Charlie's butt in the episode "Lucky Chumps". A myriad of "Double Rainbow" references predictably ensue.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'', rainbows serve as bridges between the Earth and the Land of Myth, which Blue Eyes the {{pegasus}} uses to cross between worlds.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Became an [[MemeticMutation internet phenomenon]] after [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQSNhk5ICTI this clip]] quickly spread like wildfire, going through various remixes, alterations and mutations along the way.
* Double rainbows are very common, though the second one is often much fainter, and is reversed, with red at the bottom and violet at the top. You can also, rarely see a triple rainbow, with the third one even fainter, but the right way.
%%* Lisa Frank, anyone? (Everyone who was or knew a little girl in TheNineties should be familiar with this one!)
* An airplane's condensation trail with proper lighting [[http://s748.photobucket.com/albums/xx128/airshowfan/Testing123/?action=view¤t=F-22CondensationRainbow-BernardoMalfitano-RightOutOfCamera.jpg can make a distinctive rainbow too]]
* During the 1970s-1980s, every VHS company ever tend to use rainbows in their [[VanityPlate logos]], not to mention (in some cases) on cover designs.
* Groups dedicated to pets and pet-lovers sometimes use references to deceased pets crossing the "Rainbow Bridge" to an all-animal version of FluffyCloudHeaven.

!!Examples of Rainbows used by characters

* Every ''Lucky Charms'' cereal commercial, ever.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* A filler character in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Maki Ichinose has a zanpaku-to named Nijigasumi that uses rainbow-based attacks.
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'': The "Seven Swell" attack is composed of rainbow colored energy, and rainbows are used quite a bit in the series.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' uses it in almost every transformation, and in the final episode when the spiral power goes off the charts!!!
* ''Anime/XamdLostMemories'': Many simple little energy bursts, among other things, are rainbow colored.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' has Johan's Rainbow Dragon card, itself summoned via having the seven colors of the Rainbow in their beast forms already present.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'': After summoning the three polar gods in a non-duel Team Ragnorok activated the spell card "The Rainbow Bridge Bifrost" (not to be confused with with the card "Rainbow Bridge Bifrost, without the "The") to get Yusei and co up to the Arc Cradle.
* The ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' has the [[GratuitousGerman Kaiserfarbe]] (Color of the Emperors), a [[ColorCodedMagic rainbow-colored magical aura]] unique to those of the [[GodEmperor Sankt Kaiser]] bloodline like [[CrystalDragonJesus Olivie Sägebrecht]] and [[CloneJesus Vivio Takamachi]].
* In ''Anime/CaptainEarth'', Albion's [[spoiler:read, Teppei's]] singularity is creating a circular rainbow out of thin air. Doesn't sound very impressive, but his sword and shield in Kiltgang form are also made of rainbows and he's regarded as quite powerful.
* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', Kiryuin Ragyu has spectra in the underside of her hair, and rainbows figure in several of her garments. This may tie in with the Japanese view of rainbows as symbol of calamity, as she's the BigBad in the series. Also, it indicates her connection with [[AppliedPhlebotinum life fibers]], which also emit rainbow sparkles on occasion.

* Meet [[http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Rainbow_Boy Rainbow Boy]]!
* Franchise/{{Batman}}
** Detective Comics #241 featured a story titled "The Rainbow Franchise/{{Batman}}". In the story, Dick Grayson injures his arm while in public, making going out as Robin risky. As luck would have it, Batman's latest case requires Robin's assistance to help identify the crooks, which is a problem given that the case takes place at an event attracting media attention. Batman ceates some differently colored uniforms (as well as a bullseye uniform) for himself to wear to distract the crowds from Robin's injury, culminating with the titlar Rainbow Batman outfit.
** A super villain called the Firefly fired a rainbow out of his belt to attack Batman and Robin. See it [[http://superdickery.com/images/stories/stupor/violetteletubby6vb.jpg here]].
* Franchise/{{Superman}}
** Action Comics #317 brings us "Franchise/{{Superman}}'s Rainbow Face", where Superman's face changes color depending on his emotions. This is, of course, a Red Kryptonite story.
** In the Superman #101 (1955) story "The Rainbow Doom!", after destroying a weird meteorite [[http://superdickery.com/images/stories/other/116_4_101.jpg Superman develops a rainbow ring around his chest that causes anything he comes near to to turn to glass]].
** Superman #125 story "Superman's New Power!". Superman is affected by an exploding alien ship and has several of his powers replaced with [[http://superdickery.com/images/stories/other/116_4_125.jpg the ability to shoot rainbows out of his hands]] that make opponents surrender.
* Franchise/TheFlash has an enemy called Rainbow Raider, who can use rainbows as HardLight constructs and manipulate emotions based on the color that hits his targets. Ironically, he's colorblind.
* The cover of ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk'' #355 has a super character named Glorian using a rainbow against the title hero, as seen [[http://superdickery.com/images/stories/seduction/1866_4_0355.jpg here]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Blackhawk}}''. On the cover of ''Blackhawk'' #156, a villain called the Plutonian Raider fires rainbow beams to paralyze the protagonists.
* The seven colours of the light spectrum (which constitute a rainbow) are each represented in the various Corps in the ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' franchise. Each colour is part of what's called an 'Emotional Spectrum', though they better correlate to things that drive people (in order: [[Characters/GLRedLanternCorps Rage]], [[Characters/GLOrangeLanternCorps Greed]], [[Characters/GLSinestroCorps Fear]], [[Characters/GLGreenLanternCorps Willpower]], [[Characters/GLBlueLanternCorps Hope]], [[GLIndigoTribe Compassion]], [[GLStarSapphireCorps Love]]), which the respective Corps use to manifest their rings' power. All of them combined create the [[ComicBook/BrightestDay White Light of Life]], while the [[ComicBook/BlackestNight Black light of Death]] feeds on the independent 'emotions'.

* Generating a rainbow out of the spikes on his back was the main form of attack for Barugon, Franchise/{{Gamera}}'s very first foe in ''War of the Monsters'' (a.k.a. ''Film/GameraVsBarugon'').

* In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', Iris sends messages for the characters when they throw coins into rainbows. ''Real'' rainbows, creating occasions where they have to quickly fudge up some spray to generate one.
* In ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'', the GodKing, or any other person with a sufficient amount of [[LifeEnergy Breath]], causes anything white in his vicinity to produce rainbows. These colours can then be used to power Awakenings.
* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/VelveteenVs. The Junior Super Patriots'', Yelena's powers are rainbow related.
* In Creator/VictoriaForester's ''Literature/TheGirlWhoCouldFly'', Bella can create a rainbow.
* From Creator/JackVance's ''Literature/DyingEarth'', the Excellent Prismatic Spray is a widely-known spell that instantly kills anyone it's cast on and the reason so many spells in other media are named "Prismatic Whatever"

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheWarAtHome'': Kenny dances to Music/VillagePeople's ''[[GratutitousDiscoSequence Y.M.C.A.]]''... with ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNM7SV8uCjo rainbows]]''!

* In [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]], Iris was the goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the gods. Even when Hermes took up the messenger role, she never gave it up; gods sent both of them.

* In Creator/JerseyJackPinball's ''Pinball/TheWizardOfOz,'' completing the rainbow grants access to Munchkinland.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** The game has a long history with powerful rainbow spells. The weaker effects can blind or otherwise temporarily disable enemies, while the more powerful versions, the "prismatic" spells, have a separate effect for every color of the rainbow, ranging from very high damage (of three different elements) to instant death, being turned to stone, or being banished to another dimension. As every effect has to be resisted separately, this resulted in these spells being difficult to bypass and resist. 3.5 Edition has the Initiate of the Seven Veils, a set of magical prismatic veils and ''more'' rainbow spells. Also, the most powerful wizard isn't some battlemage throwing around fireballs - it's Rainbow Brite. This causes massive confusion amongst newbies, who expect the flashy fireballs to be more powerful than shooting rainbows, when the reverse is invariably true - the strongest first level spell is generally agreed to be Color Spray (which shoots a rainbow of colors out to blind and stun enemies).
** ''Magazine/{{Dungeon}}'' magazine #45 adventure "Prism Keep". When the Rainbow Crystal is activated, a rainbow appears between the Crystal and the castle floating overhead. The rainbow will take everyone in the area up to the castle.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' -Back at the ''very'' start of Warhammer 40k with ''Rogue Trader'', there was a Space Marine chapter listed called the Rainbow Warriors.
* ''The Compleat Arduin'' ''Book 2: Resources''
** A number of spells use or create rainbows as part of their effects.
*** Sporling's Wall of Whimsey: Creates a wall of pulsing rainbow light that confuses anyone who passes through it.
*** Santander's Wasp Conjuration: Summons a rainbow-colored wasp that can be used to attack creatures.
*** Jastrakahn's Conjuration of the Resplendent Repulsion Area: A rainbow colored glow emanates from the caster.
*** Stafford's Star Bridge Ritual: Creates abridge of coruscating rainbow-hued light that can be walked upon.
*** Tokkrang's Star Bore: Creates a rainbow-hued energy stream that massively damages anything it hits.
*** Goraling's Ritual of the Opening Gate: Creates a shimmering, rainbow-colored half-oval archway.
*** Arturo's Rainbow Spray: Generates a bright rainbow colored burst of lights.
** The magikal item Dream Dust is a rainbow colored metallic dust.
** Monsters
*** The Star Dragon's BreathWeapon is a 1,000 foot long rainbow hued beam that disintegrates anything it hits. Likewise, every scale on its body glows with all the colors of the rainbow.
*** A Shimmerling is a Faerie with rainbow colored wings that can fire a faery bolt (rainbow-hued burst of energy) up to 66 feet away.
*** Dyrdyrions are bright metallic red dragonflies 8-9 feet long with compound eyes that glow every color of the rainbow.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* In the original version of ''Ride/JourneyIntoImagination'' at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Epcot]], Figment uses a pot of rainbows to paint a completely-white room.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Daria from ''VideoGame/RuneFactory3'' is ''obsessed'' with rainbows; she [[NoIndoorVoice SCREAMS "RAINBOW" at any given chance,]] uses rainbow-colored attacks, and interrupts Sakuya's tour to scream "RAINBOW!"
--> '''Sakuya:''' Here, we have Rainbow Falls. There's always a rainbow here, and some say you can even hear the rainbow.
--> '''Daria:''' (off-screen) RAINBOW!
* Basically the whole point of the game ''VideoGame/RainbowIslands''.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', there's a sidequest to gather a chromatic "rainbow shell," from which several of the game's most powerful items are made. And in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' where you see what a weapon made from rainbow shell should actually look like.
* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'':
** In ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2'', collecting all the Rainbow Drops earns you the Rainbow ''Sword'', which you need for fighting [[spoiler:[[TrueFinalBoss Dark Matter]]]].
** In ''VideoGame/KirbyCanvasCurse'', you control Kirby using a magical paintbrush that paints rainbow-colored lines as paths for Kirby. [[spoiler: After defeating the final boss, a rainbow also appears in the sky in the game's ending.]]
** In ''VideoGame/KirbyAndTheRainbowCurse'', it's a magic pen that makes rainbow clay lines. [[note]] said magic pen is actually [[FairyCompanion Elline]]. [[/note]]
* In the ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' sports games, Yoshi's special moves tend to be rainbow-powered if they're not egg-based (or even if they are).
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Project'':Hong Meiling has a lot of her attacks based on rainbows. As does Kaguya, Tree-Ocean of Hourai and End of Imperishable Night "Morning Mist", especially.
** Kogasa's Spell Card "Over The Rainbow".
** Alice's character title is ''Seven-Colored Puppeteer''.
* The Rainbow Pop Fly is a powerup in ''[[VideoGame/BackyardSports Backyard Baseball]]''.
* One of the mage skills in ''The Spirit Engine'' involves smiting your enemies with a rainbow.
* ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'' has ROYAL RAINBOW.
* Mori Motonari, the resident sun-worshipper of ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', carries a rainbow blade as one of his weapons. Subverted in that this does not make him a nice guy.
* In the ''VideoGame/BitTrip'' games, [=CommanderVideo=] always leaves a rainbow trail behind him for no apparent reason. In ''RUNNER'' in particular, you have to reach Extra Mode (via collecting Mode Power Ups) to get the rainbow. And the ending features the FiveManBand lifting off with individual trials matching the rainbow's colors in these games.
* ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' naturally. Especially [[spoiler:the final color blaster used on Eggman in the final battle.]]
* ''VideoGame/RobotUnicornAttack''. [[RuleOfCool Hell yeah.]]
* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Ho-oh is a rainbow-creating phoenix.
* ''VideoGame/DeBlob'', being all about colour, naturally uses this. Often you'll be asked to paint things in a ChromaticArrangement, and in the sequel there is a Rainbow Powerup that automatically makes Blob the right color for a given object.
* When a weapon in ''VideoGame/RatchetDeadlocked'' reaches [[AbsurdlyHighLevelCap level 99]] its attacks become rainbow coloured.
* In ''[[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Banjo-Tooie]]'', one puzzle in Cloudcuckooland involves creating a rainbow by conjuring up a rain shower. The Pot o' Gold is at its end.
* One ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' quest in Felwood has you testing a rainbow-creating weapon on the local demon population. It proves extremely effective (and hilarious).
* Shang Tsung's "[[DefeatMeansFriendship Friendship]]" FinishingMove in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' has him form a rainbow with his hands.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies2ItsAboutTime'', everything is better with rainbows... for the ''zombies''. When her [[ThemeMusicPowerUp Pop Jam]] plays, the Glitter Zombie produces a rainbow trail behind her that makes all zombies ([[NoSelfBuffs except Glitter Zombies]]) in it [[NighInvulnerable completely invulnerable to damage]] as well as removing slowing/stunning effects from them.
* Oh, so, ''very'' subverted in Update 2 of ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysWorld''. Chica's Magic Rainbow is the featured character of the minigame of the same name. She starts out encouraging the player, then turns into a {{Jerkass}} who berates the player, eventually killing the player herself if the player takes too long. [[spoiler: She's also the TrueFinalBoss of Update 2, is one of the hardest bosses to defeat, and, again, kills the party with one hit kills if the timer runs out.]]
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, rainbows are associated with Meridia, a [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] whose sphere is obscured to mortals, but is associated with LifeEnergy, [[LightIsNotgood Light]], and [[ProudBeauty Beauty]]. One ancient [[OurElvesAreBetter Ayleid]] text even claims that by traveling the "rainbow road" (a reference to the prismatic refraction of light), Meridia can in some sense [[TimeMaster alter the rate at which time flows forward]]:
--> ''".. thus does Merid-Nunda [ride? slide?] across the rainbow road from end to end, at one end stretching [[TopGod the dragon]], at the other end compressing him ..."''
* Lots of rainbows are in ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}''. One is in the background of the Hallow. Rainbow Slimes (which constantly cycle through the different colors) appear around the Hallow when it rains, and drop Rainbow Bricks to build with. The Merchant sells Disco Balls that give off rainbow-colored light. The Rainbow Rod, Rainbow Gun, and Last Prism are all magic weapons that let you kill enemies with rainbows, and another Rainbow Magic Weapon, The Rainbow Crystal Staff, can also be obtained from the same source as the Last Prism. You can also dye your hair and clothes with rainbow dye.

* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Sparklelord is a unicorn with a rainbow-colored mane in his home dimension. When transported to [=McNinja=]'s dimension, he takes the form of a sentient motorcycle with flippin' sweet rainbow markings on it. (Although Gordito mocks him for looking like a Lisa Frank creation.)
* ''Webcomic/{{Dreamkeepers}} Prelude'' For InsubstantialIngredients: "[[http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/Prelude.php?pg=188 Their makeup is made of depressed rainbows serving out their humiliating punishment for cloud-related offenses]]".

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH2-TGUlwu4 Nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan]]...
* In "Roleplay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers", Spectrum the Flygon literally ''speaks'' in rainbows. Her voice breaks physics, and does not go unnoticed by those who hear her.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Rainicorn, from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. Half unicorn, half rainbow. Doesn't get much more girly-awesome than that.
* ''WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite'', naturally. She uses the power of colours in rainbow form to keep everything happy and bright and colourful in Rainbowland, as well as on Earth. When Rainbow Brite is unable to fulfil her duties, colours quick start to fade and everything becomes rather gloomy... Rainbow Brite can also weaponise her rainbow beams to deflect attacks or even to launch attacks directly at baddies force them away/trap them. Not just all that, but her rainbows are also strong enough to allow Rainbow Brite to ride over them on her horse Starlight. And lastly, she uses these rainbows to travel all the way from Rainbowland to Earth!
* In the ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' franchise, light-talent fairies control and manipulate rainbows.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Idiot Box", a RunningGag involves Spongebob making a semi-figurative rainbow with his hands to illustrate the power of imagination.
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', a band of leprechauns (well, and a half-Korean) use a machine to create rainbows that can be used to mug people.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' where he said he likes rainbows freaks out the other characters.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Care Bears|1980s}}'': The entire series seems to reek in terms of rainbows as decorations, traveling devices, energy, and for that matter, weapons.
** Three little words: CareBearStare.
** Up to the extreme with all incarnations of Cheer Bear, who's belly badge ''is'' a rainbow. Aside from that, several other bears like Best Friend Bear also has rainbows as part of their belly badge.
** ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAdventuresInCareALot'': Remember what we said about the rainbow being Cheer Bear's belly badge? In this incarnation of the franchise she's the leader of the Care Bears.
** In ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot'', rainbows are ''everywhere'' and have been used for everything including acting as rails for a cable car system. This also carries down to ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAndCousins''
* ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob'': God creates a double rainbow to cheer up the people of Detroit (in a way that won't make the atheists feel left out). For his next trick, he makes a DMV run efficiently and politely.
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'':
** The original cartoons, including TheMovie, used the Rainbow of Light as their one and only weapon. It tended to act like a CareBearStare -- reviving good characters but rounding up the not-so-good and outright destroying the evil. In fact, the movie's the ''only'' time when the Rainbow of Light ''fails''.
** It's not neglected in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', either, although it's done with the 'Elements of Harmony'. Similar effects, aside from 'outright destroying' the evil[[note]]King Sombra is the only villain who actually died in the series thus far, but the Elements of Harmony weren't involved at all in the [[MultiPartEpisode two-part episode]] in question[[/note]]. The season 4 finale replaces the Elements of Harmony with something outright called "Rainbow Power", which does essentially the same thing, but possibly better.
** In the final BattleOfTheBands of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', when [[EleventhHourRanger Sunset Shimmer]] joins the Rainbooms, adding a seventh color to their ensemble, they gain Rainbow Power-style super forms and summon a projection of a WingedUnicorn that depowers the Dazzlings with a rainbow WaveMotionGun similar to that in the Season 4 finale.
** One of the characters in the ''Friendship Is Magic'' series is Rainbow Dash, a {{pegasus}} with a rainbow colored mane, and the only one to have achieved the Sonic Rainboom. This happens when she breaks the sound barrier (or goes from supersonic to hypersonic or something) and creates a rainbow explosion that can be seen miles away, after which she trails a rainbow behind her as she flies for a moment. In one episode, she used it to demolish a barn by flying straight down at it, creating a rainbow-coloured mushroom cloud.
* The WesternAnimation/TomTerrific story arc "The End Of Rainbows" has Tom and Manfred helping painter Rembrandt Von Rainbow complete his latest rainbow by fetching the colors he needs.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Smurf-Colored Glasses", Handy uses a rainbow in a waterfall to give his smurf-colored glasses the ability to see people and things are being cute and handsome instead of ordinary, ugly, or dangerous.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender,'' when Sokka is instructed to paint a valley entirely from memory, [[TheFaceOfTheSun he gives the sun a smiley face,]] and ad-libs in a rainbow.
* Parodied with ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', Star's wand can create rainbows... that catch fire.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' short ''Mabel's Guide to Colors'', Mabel tries to get Grunkle Stan to like colors by reflecting a rainbow to his office, when he opens the curtains he is blinded by bright light of the rainbows.

!!Examples of Rainbows as symbols

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In the ''Yume Tsukai'' manga, the author invoke that, in Japanese culture, rainbows used to be seen as unnatural distressing phenomena at best and as bad omens as worst, and that the optimistic connotations were brought only recently. Then this symbolism is milked for all its worth by using rainbows to symbolize the doomed relationship of the first seen client of the Yume Tsukai and [[spoiler:the unnatural, girly-looking boy who serves to channel the EldritchAbomination who wanted to took over the school and the world]].
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'''s Ho-Oh is said to glow of all seven colors and only appears to remarkable trainers. When it shows up in the ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]]'' animé for the first time, it's after Pikachu saves Ash (which was the very first episode that appeared [[EarlyBirdCameo before Ho-Oh appears in its own games]]). Ho-Oh shows up again a few times later as a {{Homage}} to Ash's EstablishingCharacterMoment to WalkTheEarth and ToBeAMaster.
* ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' has a rainbow appear after the death of each Angel. A couple of them are {{Justified|Trope}} by large amounts of Angel blood in the air, giving the light something to refract through, but others show up alongside the iconic [[CreepyCoolCrosses cross-explosions]] for no apparent reason. Given that this is ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]'', no one is sure if this is [[RuleOfSymbolism symbolic of something]], [[FauxSymbolism or just more pseudo-Christian imagery to mess with our heads]].
** Later reaches into MoodWhiplash, especially when Unit-01 [[spoiler: eviscerates a Bardiel possessed Unit-03 and crushing the entry plug with Asuka still inside.]]

* In ''Art/TheApotheosisOfWashington'', one of the many signs of the President's divinity is the beautiful rainbow that flies right behind his feet.

* The Flag of Krypton in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} {{Superman}} stories.

* In ''Film/OhGod You Devil!'', God makes a rainbow appear in the night sky above Las Vegas in order to confirm that he has heard Bobby Shelton's prayer.

* After the massive flood in the Literature/BookOfGenesis, {{God}} promises not to cause another cataclysm like the Flood and puts a rainbow in the sky as a symbol of his covenant with humanity.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Saruman the White electively promoted himself to "the Many Colored" to indicate he had evolved beyond a mere monochromatic title. Gandalf pointed out that a beam of white light broken into a rainbow is no longer white, so Saruman hadn't improved his worth so much as fractured it. As the color of each Wizard apparently symbolized the individual Vala he served, Saruman's rainbow robes could well symbolize [[spoiler:his fall from grace: [[{{Satan}} Morgoth]] was the only Vala to have a share of all the others' powers.]]
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', the Aes Sedai organisation is made up of seven distinct "Ajahs" each of which are devoted to a specific area of study or action. The organisation's flag shows a spiral of the seven colors, as does the headdress of their leader, the Amyrlin Seat. Since this symbol incorporates gray, brown and white into its overal scheme, this isn't a strict rainbow, but is evocative of such anyway.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' uses refractive crystals and rainbows as symbols of the Faith of the Seven. As a rainbow has seven colors, it's taken in the same sense as the three-leaf clover is sometimes viewed as symbolic of the Holy Trinity.

* The playfield design of ''Pinball/{{Spectrum}}'' is a set of multicolored rainbows interrupted by black circuit boards.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[GranolaGirl Annie Frazier]] of ''VideoGame/BackyardSports'' used to have a rainbow on her shirt; for her, it was a good omen.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', the Moon dissolves in a globe of multicoloured light, and leaves a rainbow streaked across the sky for all to see. This is probably a symbol in the biblical style, a sign that a great calamity has passed.
* In ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial'', there's Saki Nijino, the bright and cheerful [[CuteSportsClubManager manager]] of Kirameki High's Soccer Club. The Kanji used for her name, "Nijino", can be translated as "Field of Rainbow" ; thus, the rainbow is one of the two main elements (along with a soccer ball) in the cover, title screen, [[spoiler: and ending]] of the spin-off game she's the heroine of, ''Nijiiro no Seishun''. Also, her two CD albums' names are "Over the Rainbow" and "Niji no Lithograph" (Rainbow Lithograph).
* Rainbow Man from ''VideoGame/MegaManUnlimited'' has a ''very'' trippy stage filled with these.
* In ''VideoGame/SoundVoltex'', the Infinite difficulty level, used for HarderThanHard charts introduced in ''Sound Voltex II'', is "colored" rainbow.
* The White Rainbow Knights organization in entire ''VideoGame/VirtualOn'' franchise combines this with LightIsGood. And they pilot LightningBruiser Virtuaroids dealing with [[EvilCounterpart Shadow Virtuaroid problems]], according to novel titles and ''MARZ''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'': The [[BaitAndSwitchCredits second season opening]] features these prominently thanks to Jimmy's FertileFeet.
* ''WesternAnimation/JoJosCircus'' had an episode in which the characters chased a rainbow and did a rainbow dance.
* The animated version of ''WesternAnimation/PunkyBrewster'' starts right off telling how Glomer strayed from his home Chaundoon within a rainbow and became stranded in Chicago when the rainbow disappeared. One episode, "Be My Glomley", had Punky and her pals helping Glomer and a female glomley, Glomine, return to Chaundoon by creating a rainbow.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The rainbow (specifically, the Rainbow Flag) is used most widely in the Western world as a symbol of gay pride.
-->'''Creator/DemetriMartin:''' I just think it's odd one group took refracted light. Pretty greedy, gay people.
* The Quechua people of Peru, better known as the Incas, use a rainbow flag (it used to be the personal flag of the Emperor).
* The symbol of Kopimi, an anti-copyright initiative.
* [[https://polymathically.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/weekly-photo-challenge-plankton-rainbow/ This rainbow-themed exhibit at the Exploratorium]] demonstrates how plankton are affected by light.