"Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection,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 Norse Mythology the rainbow is Bifröst, the bridge to Ásgarðr; in Greek Mythology, Iris is the goddess of the rainbow as well as the messenger of the gods (Which makes this Older Than Feudalism). In 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 The Bible, 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 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 directly as a weapon or to incorporate them somehow into Ki Attacks. They're also a common symbol in worlds known for their Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors, 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 Gayness. May overlap, especially in the second variant, with All Your Colors Combined. See also Rainbow Motif. If a rainbow is drawn with fewer than seven stripes, that's Rainbow Lite.
The lovers, the dreamers and me."
The lovers, the dreamers and me."
— Kermit The Frog, The Muppet Movie
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Examples of natural Rainbows as objects
- There was once a 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 fell to his death. Don't question the rainbow.
- At Dairy Queen, they don't just have rainbows, they have rainbows that are on fire!
Anime and Manga
- The Rainbow Crystals (fragments that come together to form the Silver Crystal) of Sailor Moon.
- In one episode of Mushishi, Ginko joins up with a man who's looking for a rainbow colored being called the Rainbow Serpent.
- The Live-Action Adaptation even turns this episode into a framing device, and seeing the Rainbow Serpent becomes the actual goal of the journey.
- In the Code Geass 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 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 Brigadoon: Marin and Melan. It's highlighted by the ending theme, "Rainbow-colored Treasure."
- Rainbows are common in Rebuild of Evangelion; at one point, a rainbow shows through a rain of blood.
- Johan Andersen's ultimate monster, Rainbow Dragon, in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.
- Eureka Seven has Humongous Mecha SURFING on rainbows at various points in time. Trapars are usually green, rainbows show up a lot, too.
- Ragyo Kiryuin in Kill la Kill has rainbow Holy Backlight to go along with her rainbow Multicolored Hair. Warning: Light Is Not Good. 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 (whose magic is only one color), Vivio from Lyrical Nanoha has rainbow colored magic, which In-Universe is known as Kaiserfarbe (Emperor Color).
- In Barbie & The Diamond Castle, an invisible rainbow bridge is guarded by a troll and only shows itself if someone answers the troll's riddle correctly.
- The Muppet Movie rainbow. All right, it arcs down through a hole in the soundstage roof, but it's a naturally occurring rainbow!
- According to Rainbow, if you track the rainbow to its landing site, you get to ride inside it to the other side.
- A visual motif in Phil Lord and Chris Miller movies, such as in Cloudy Witha Chance Of Meatballs, The LEGO Movie, and 21 Jump Street.
- The Book of Lost Tales (the precursor to The Silmarillion), 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 The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the children of the Creator slipped through a rift in creation to chase a rainbow and got trapped, becoming the stars.
- In The Last Continent, after the rain returns to 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 George MacDonald's The Golden Key, the key is found at the end of the rainbow — which also shines at night, but then, it's in The Lost Woods.
- In Victoria Hanley's The Seer and the Sword, Landen fondly remembers the rainbows of his native land.
- In 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 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory allow you to spit in six different colors (seven in the 1971 movie!).
- In Australia Dreamtime stories, the Rainbow Serpent created the lands.
- In Norse Mythology, 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.
- Inverted in Japanese Mythology, where rainbows are a sign of misfortune.
- In the Abrahamic religions, the Rainbow is a promise not to flood the world again.
- Once in 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 Rose Is Rose, Pasquele "catches" rainbows — the little ones. That is, he sprays the hose and makes small rainbows (He always releases them unharmed).
- In Frank and Ernest, 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.
- At the end of Ōkami, a rainbow forms a bridge to the Ark of Yamato. In Ōkamiden, rainbows can be used as bridges on an inhabited stormcloud.
- At the end of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the seven multicolored Sages 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 Katamari Damacy.
- Super Mario Bros.:
- In Super Paper Mario, you end up creating a blocky rainbow bridge to Grambi's shrine.
- The course Rainbow Road in Mario Kart is just a big, long rainbow that you drive on. Also applies for Rainbow Road's appearances in F-Zero and Super Mario Galaxy 2.
- Rainbow Ride from Super Mario 64 (and Rainbow Cruise from Super Smash Bros.. Melee and Brawl).
- Rainbow Islands. A game where solid rainbows are used both to attack enemies and to create platforms for climbing.
- In Pokémon Black and White, 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 Team Fortress 2 the Rainblower is a weapon that shots rainbows, or at least that`s what the user sees.
- In Keith Courage In Alpha Zones, levels are connected by a Rainbow Transport.
- Inverted in The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures, where the final stage has a very noticeable rainbow pattern, as well as rainbow enemies. It is not at all a good sign.
- Subverted in We Happy Few. 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 Wellington Wells should induce the same fear that a poisonous frog does.
- Played straight in Star Sky 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.
- Subverted in this◊ "The Perry Bible Fellowship" where it turns out to be the eye of an Eldritch Abomination.
- In Sinfest, after it rains
- In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! 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 Question Duck, watching the rainbow is the perfect time to ask about pizza.
- Also subverted in this 5 Second Films clip.
- In the Nostalgia Critic's review of the The Care Bears Movie, during the scene where a group of the Bears shoot a rainbow out of their chests to fight off an enemy, he exclaims "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.
- The Fairly OddParents! 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 My Little Pony had the Rainbow of Light, which tended to be a go-to weapon of sorts.
- In the world of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, rainbows are made in a 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 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", a.k.a. the "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 "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 Love Potion.
- Inverted in a Fan Fic named "Rainbow Factory" where it turns out that the Factory runs by brutally slaughtering young pegasi who fail their flight test, and just to add to the horror, 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 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, 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 G3 DTV movie in which a Rainbow Princess had to make rainbows for the entire kingdom, or else everything would lose its color. Though, 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 blocking the memory due to the horror, but the Newborn Cuties web shorts show that Sweetie Belle was created when two rainbows crossed. Rainbows are life! Also, that adds some Fridge Horror 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 The Amazing World of Gumball; 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 Fanboy and Chum Chum 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 The Smurfs, rainbows serve as bridges between the Earth and the Land of Myth, which Blue Eyes the pegasus uses to cross between worlds.
- Became an internet phenomenon after 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.
Examples of Rainbows used by characters
- Every Lucky Charms cereal commercial, ever.
Anime and Manga
- A filler character in Bleach, Maki Ichinose has a zanpaku-to named Nijigasumi that uses rainbow-based attacks.
- Eureka Seven: The "Seven Swell" attack is composed of rainbow colored energy, and rainbows are used quite a bit in the series.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann uses it in almost every transformation, and in the final episode when the spiral power goes off the charts!!!
- Xam'd: Lost Memories: Many simple little energy bursts, among other things, are rainbow colored.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX has Johan's Rainbow Dragon card, itself summoned via having the seven colors of the Rainbow in their beast forms already present.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: 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 Lyrical Nanoha has the Kaiserfarbe (Color of the Emperors), a rainbow-colored magical aura unique to the Sankt Kaiser bloodline which Vivio exhibits during the final battle of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S.
- In Captain Earth, Albion's 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 Kill la Kill, 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 Big Bad in the series. Also, it indicates her connection with life fibers, which also emit rainbow sparkles on occasion.
- Meet Rainbow Boy!
- Detective Comics #241 featured a story titled "The Rainbow 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 here◊.
- Action Comics #317 brings us "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 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 the ability to shoot rainbows out of his hands◊ that make opponents surrender.
- The Flash has an enemy called Rainbow Raider, who can use rainbows as Hard Light constructs and manipulate emotions based on the color that hits his targets. Ironically, he's colorblind.
- The cover of The Incredible Hulk #355 has a super character named Glorian using a rainbow against the title hero, as seen here◊.
- 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 Green Lantern franchise. Each colour is part of what's called an 'Emotional Spectrum', though they better correlate to things that drive people (in order: Rage, Greed, Fear, Willpower, Hope, Compassion, Love), which the respective Corps use to manifest their rings' power. All of them combined create the White Light of Life, while the Black light of Death feeds on the independent 'emotions'.
- In Percy Jackson and the Olympians, 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 Warbreaker, the God King, or any other person with a sufficient amount of Breath, causes anything white in his vicinity to produce rainbows. These colours can then be used to power Awakenings.
- In Seanan McGuire's Velveteen Vs. The Junior Super Patriots, Yelena's powers are rainbow related.
- In Victoria Forester's The Girl Who Could Fly, Bella can create a rainbow.
- From Jack Vance's Dying Earth, 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"
Live Action TV
- In 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.
- Dungeons & Dragons
- 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).
- 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.
- Warhammer 40,000 -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.
- The Star Dragon's Breath Weapon 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.
- A number of spells use or create rainbows as part of their effects.
- Daria from Rune Factory 3 is obsessed with rainbows; she 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 Rainbow Islands.
- In Chrono Trigger, there's a sidequest to gather a chromatic "rainbow shell," from which several of the game's most powerful items are made. And in Chrono Cross where you see what a weapon made from rainbow shell should actually look like.
- In Kirby's Dream Land 2, collecting all the Rainbow Drops earns you the Rainbow Sword, which you need for fighting Dark Matter.
- In Kirby: Canvas Curse, you control Kirby using a magical paintbrush that paints rainbow-colored lines as paths for Kirby. After defeating the final boss, a rainbow also appears in the sky in the game's ending.
- In Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, it's a magic pen that makes rainbow clay lines. note
- In the Mario sports games, Yoshi's special moves tend to be rainbow-powered if they're not egg-based (or even if they are).
- 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 Backyard Baseball.
- One of the mage skills in The Spirit Engine involves smiting your enemies with a rainbow.
- Katamari Damacy has ROYAL RAINBOW.
- Mori Motonari, the resident sun-worshipper of Sengoku Basara, carries a rainbow blade as one of his weapons. Subverted in that this does not make him a nice guy.
- In the BIT.TRIP 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 Five-Man Band lifting off with individual trials matching the rainbow's colors in these games.
- Sonic Colors naturally. Especially the final color blaster used on Eggman in the final battle.
- Robot Unicorn Attack. Hell yeah.
- The Pokémon Ho-oh is a rainbow-creating phoenix.
- de Blob, being all about colour, naturally uses this. Often you'll be asked to paint things in a Chromatic Arrangement, and in the sequel there is a Rainbow Powerup that automatically makes Blob the right color for a given object.
- When a weapon in Ratchet: Deadlocked reaches level 99 its attacks become rainbow coloured.
- In 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 World of Warcraft quest in Felwood has you testing a rainbow-creating weapon on the local demon population. It proves extremely effective (and hilarious).
- Inverted in Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time, everything is better with rainbows... for the zombies. When her Pop Jam plays, the Glitter Zombie produces a rainbow trail behind her that makes all zombies (except Glitter Zombies) in it completely invulnerable to damage as well as removing slowing/stunning effects from them.
- Oh, so, very subverted in Update 2 of Five Nights at Freddy's World. 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. She's also the True Final Boss 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 The Elder Scrolls series, rainbows are associated with Meridia, a Daedric Prince whose sphere is obscured to mortals, but is associated with Life Energy, Light, and Beauty. One ancient Ayleid text even claims that by traveling the "rainbow road" (a reference to the prismatic refraction of light), Meridia can in some sense 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 the dragon, at the other end compressing him ..."
- In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, 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.)
- Dreamkeepers Prelude For Insubstantial Ingredients: "Their makeup is made of depressed rainbows serving out their humiliating punishment for cloud-related offenses".
- The Rainicorn, from Adventure Time. Half unicorn, half rainbow. Doesn't get much more girly-awesome than that.
- Rainbow Brite, 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 Disney Fairies franchise, light-talent fairies control and manipulate rainbows.
- In the Spongebob Squarepants episode "Idiot Box", a Running Gag involves Spongebob making a semi-figurative rainbow with his hands to illustrate the power of imagination.
- In the first episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, 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 Rocko's Modern Life where he said he likes rainbows freaks out the other characters.
- Care Bears: The entire series seems to reek in terms of rainbows as decorations, traveling devices, energy, and for that matter, weapons.
- Three little words: Care-Bear Stare.
- 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.
- Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot: 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 Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot, rainbows are everywhere and have been used for everything including acting as rails for a cable car system. This also carries down to Care Bears & Cousins
- God, the Devil and Bob: 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.
- My Little Pony:
- The original cartoons, including The Movie, used the Rainbow of Light as their one and only weapon. It tended to act like a Care-Bear Stare — 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 My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, either, although it's done with the 'Elements of Harmony'. Similar effects, aside from 'outright destroying' the evilnote . 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 Battle of the Bands of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks, when 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 Winged Unicorn that depowers the Dazzlings with a rainbow Wave Motion Gun 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 Tom Terrific 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 The Smurfs 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 Avatar: The Last Airbender, when Sokka is instructed to paint a valley entirely from memory, he gives the sun a smiley face, and ad-libs in a rainbow.
- Parodied with Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Star's wand can create rainbows... that catch fire.
- In Gravity Falls 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
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 the unnatural, girly-looking boy who serves to channel the Eldritch Abomination who wanted to took over the school and the world.
- Pokémon's Ho-Oh is said to glow of all seven colors and only appears to remarkable trainers. When it shows up in the Pokémon animé for the first time, it's after Pikachu saves Ash (which was the very first episode that appeared before Ho-Oh appears in its own games). Ho-Oh shows up again a few times later as a Homage to Ash's Establishing Character Moment to Walk the Earth and To Be a Master.
- Rebuild of Evangelion has a rainbow appear after the death of each Angel. A couple of them are Justified by large amounts of Angel blood in the air, giving the light something to refract through, but others show up alongside the iconic cross-explosions for no apparent reason. Given that this is Evangelion, no one is sure if this is symbolic of something, or just more pseudo-Christian imagery to mess with our heads.
- Later reaches into Mood Whiplash, especially when Unit-01 eviscerates a Bardiel possessed Unit-03 and crushing the entry plug with Asuka still inside.
- In Oh, God! 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 Book of Genesis, 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 The Lord of the Rings, 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 his fall from grace: Morgoth was the only Vala to have a share of all the others' powers.
- In The Wheel of Time, 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.
- A Song of Ice and Fire 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 Spectrum is a set of multicolored rainbows interrupted by black circuit boards.
- Annie Frazier of Backyard Sports used to have a rainbow on her shirt; for her, it was a good omen.
- At the end of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, 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 Tokimeki Memorial, there's Saki Nijino, the bright and cheerful 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, 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 Mega Man Unlimited has a very trippy stage filled with these.
- In Sound Voltex, the Infinite difficulty level, used for Harder Than Hard charts introduced in Sound Voltex II, is "colored" rainbow.
- The White Rainbow Knights organization in entire Virtual-ON franchise combines this with Light Is Good. And they pilot Lightning Bruiser Virtuaroids dealing with Shadow Virtuaroid problems, according to novel titles and MARZ.
- Jimmy Two-Shoes: The second season opening features these prominently thanks to Jimmy's Fertile Feet.
- JoJo's Circus had an episode in which the characters chased a rainbow and did a rainbow dance.
- The animated version of Punky Brewster 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.
- The rainbow (specifically, the Rainbow Flag) is used most widely in the Western world as a symbol of gay pride.
Demetri Martin: 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.
- This rainbow-themed exhibit at the Exploratorium demonstrates how plankton are affected by light.