[[caption-width-right:174:"Red and yellow and ... eh, you get the idea."]]

[[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows Rainbows are awesome.]] They're bright, attractive and optimistic, so it's no wonder that artists will frequently bring a splash of [[{{Pun}} color]] to whatever they're creating by adding a rainbow.

But they're hard to draw. The colors in a rainbow vary continuously, not in discrete stripes. Fortunately, it's commonly held that [[RainbowMotif rainbows have seven colors]], so seven stripes are often considered "enough". However, a number of reasons -- simplistic art style, limited palette, low graphics resolution -- mean that it's not always practical to include even that many.

That's when you use a Rainbow Lite. It's a quick way to convey the idea of 'rainbow' without using the whole spectrum. Two notable varieties include:

'''Six Colors Purple'''
* Poor [[color:indigo:indigo]] is often the first casualty, being so subtly distinguished from its neighbors. In this case, it gets merged with [[color:violet:violet]] under the more umbrella hue of [[color:purple:purple]].

'''Three Colors Green / Three Colors Blue'''
* The minimum number of different colors required to retain the idea of "rainbow" is three, most frequently [[color:red:red]], [[color:yellow:yellow]] and either [[color:green:green]] or [[color:blue:blue]].

In both cases, the colors will be sharply delineated, as opposed to the actual blending from one to the other you get in a true rainbow. Don't count on them being in the correct order, either.

We really ought to note that the distinctions between colors are somewhat arbitrary, and indigo in particular only made it into the "official" rainbow because it fit with a numerological theory UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton had.



* The artwork for Lucky Charms cereal frequently features a six-color rainbow. The Marbits themselves use a three-color Rainbow.
* A Rice Krispies Squares "music" advertising campaign listed the colours of the rainbow as "red, orange, yellow, green and blue."
* [[https://i.redd.it/s4dnj8yjhnsz.jpg This]] ad for Target has a red-pink-yellow-green rainbow sew-on patch.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'': As can be easily guessed from its title, this movie makes heavy use of the RainbowMotif. Sometimes it's just with six colors, like the equalizer display in front of DJ Pon-3's transformed car.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The film ''Film/{{Rainbow}}'' plays this for drama, believe it or not. The plot has the rainbow malfunctioning, meaning that colour gradually drains from the world.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Big One of ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'' is a rare case of having four colors rather than either type above.

* The iconic cover of ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'' (the Prism) is noticeably missing indigo. It's a subtle clue that "something is missing," a recurring motif within the songs.
* Music/SufjanStevens: The liner notes of the ''Silver & Gold'' box set (particularly the album credits pages) feature several five-color rainbows with bizarre color selection. For example, a rainbow with lavender, two shades of green, bright blue, and brown.
* Most Music/{{Rainbow}} albums that feature a rainbow on their cover are victims of this, falling under the second category, but also missing an orange stripe. The electric rainbow that was a part of their stage diorama was made of four colors.

* The rainbow trail in ''Pinball/{{Farfalla}}'' is a six-color example.
* The playfield for ''Pinball/TimeFantasy'' includes a large six-color rainbow in the background.

* A common issue on toys since omitting colors means it's decals are cheaper to print, or the paint job can be skimped on to save cost. However a number of educational toys are starting to teach only 6 colors for whatever reason, with indigo of course being the casualty.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Each Sage in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' is associated with one color of the rainbow except indigo. [[spoiler: Although Sheik/Zelda, the leader of the Sages, technically fills in that color by wearing a dark blue bodysuit most of the time.]]
* The rainbow bridges featured in ''VideoGame/RainbowIslands'' have six colors in the arcade and three on the NES.
* The rainbow Kirby paints across the sky in the ending of ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2'' is a three-color red-blue-yellow.
* ''VideoGame/BitTrip'': [=CommanderVideo's=] rainbow trail is only five colors: yellow, orange, aqua, pink, and purple.
* Chica's Magic Rainbow in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysWorld'' takes an unusual approach: it's three colors, but the colors are pink, orange, and blue.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/{{Sumaga}}'' has a rainbow motif, but only red, blue and yellow are represented. Though ''Sumaga Special'' adds in purple and green.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://www.pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF025-Rainbow.gif This]] edition of ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'', which uses only four colors.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The "sweet, sweet rainbow bridge" that [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]] conjures up in his email "Flashback" is a classic six-color rainbow.
* This wiki uses one as the icon for the HoYay namespace.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus'' episode about rainbows reduced it to six colors, dropping indigo as usual. Violet was kept as violet, however, and the distinction between purple and violet was even the subject of a RunningGag.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' has way more rainbows than one would expect out of an ultra-violent Creator/AdultSwim comedy. Because of this, coupled with the show's distinctive crude-but-beautifully-animated art style, all sorts of rainbows have been seen over the course of the series. Some are full 7-color rainbows, some are the 6 color variation that exclude [[color:indigo:indigo]], and others are even 3, 4, or 5 color rainbows.
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'':
** From the first generation cartoon, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyandFriends'' has the Rainbow of Light, which swaps out red for pink, and lacks indigo.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3'':
*** In ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/watch/610729115001 The Runaway Rainbow]]'', rainbows only have four colors: pink, purple, yellow, and blue.
*** Generation 3 Rainbow Dash was positively ''bleak''. All the colors in that show were pastel for some reason.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
*** The rainbow beam that the Elements of Harmony produce contain six colors, omitting indigo. Strangely, the rainbow produced when the Mane Six are [[SuperMode Rainbow Powered]] contains the coat colors of the Mane Six. (So, pink, orange, yellow, ''[[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers white]]'', blue, and purple.)
*** Rainbow Dash has only six distinct colors in her mane, and when she performs the sonic rainboom, the rainbow she trails is likewise a six-color Rainbow Lite. Her cutie mark features a three-color rainbow in the shape of a lightning bolt.
*** [[AllThereInTheScript Rainbowshine]] and a few other background ponies have three-color Rainbow Lite cutie marks, the bottom two colors being yellow and orange and the top color being either blue or purple. The purple-topped version is also one of the available cutie marks in the VirtualPaperDoll WebGames ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlp-adventures-in-ponyville Adventures in Ponyville]]'', ''[[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_CA/play/details.cfm?R=E3077416-5056-900B-105A-064BAB814645:en_CA Rarity]]'', ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlpfim-ponymaker The Fabulous PonyMaker,]]'' and ''[[http://royalwedding.hosting-hasbro.com/fashion.html Rarity's Bridal Boutique.]]''
*** [[GodCreatedCanonForeigner Toy line exclusive ponies]] Rainbow Flash, Island Rainbow, and Rainbow Wishes all have cutie marks featuring Rainbow Lites.
*** When Pinkie Pie [[ItMakesSenseInContext ate a rainbow]] ([[BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce which is very spicy]]) in the episode "Sonic Rainboom", her face changes colors. Only five of the seven available colors are shown.
* WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite's costume features only six colors, although her color-coordinated team has more than six members. To wit, the colors of Rainbow's friends are: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet, [[SixthRanger and Pink]]. She's in charge of ALL the tertiary colors of nature.
* The [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/GumballLogo_9880.png logo]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' is a six-colored rainbow, although unusually the missing color is ''blue'', not indigo. Somewhat ironic given the title character (whose name in the same logo is written with seven colors) is himself [[AmazingTechnicolorWildlife blue]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The official Gay Pride Flag as of 1979 omits indigo, though the original design (1978) included indigo as well as hot pink (the first dropped because the color spacing didn't look right hanging from lamp posts in San Francisco's Market Street, the latter dropped because that color fabric was not widely available).
* Ironically enough, some ''actual'' rainbows, if there isn't enough water in the air, don't express the full spectrum.