Shining Goodness

Firefly slang for "Cool" or "Great".

Basically, this is when the word "Shine" and its variants are used to mean "Good", "Holy", "Righteous", or other similar things.

The reason is that to shine is to reflect a lot of light, so in a setting where Light Is Good (or at least seems to be), to shine is an indication of goodness. It's part of the reason the word is in the phrase Knight in Shining Armor. (The other reason being that "shining" in armor also means "not rusty," important in a fight.)

Again, this is just the word, nothing else.


Anime and Manga

  • The Knights Radiant of The Stormlight Archive.
  • In Thud!, the in-hiding king of trolls is known as "Mr. Shine,"note  and Crysophase the troll refers to Captain Carrot (the suspected king of Ankh-Morpork and an all-around Nice Guy) as being "shiny."

Live-Action TV
  • Kamen Rider Agito's Shining Form.
  • Ressha Sentai Tokkyuger is playing with it, some kind of way. Dark Is Evil, with the villains wreaking havoc to harvest the dark energy given off by the people's suffering. However, Zet, the Emperor of Darkness, finds the "shine" of the heroes, particularly Red, naturally, intriguing and focuses on them to see if their "shine" will stand up to what he throws at them. He hopes to have some of it for himself and is actually disappointed every time his dark power increases (though he sure doesn't mind using that power to kick ass.) However, we're not exactly sure what the 'shining' he sees in the heroes and hopes to get for himself really is, and despite seeking the light rather than the darkness, he sure does just as much evil as any other Big Bad.

Video Games

Western Animation