- Summoning cuteness
- Rainbow Beams: often associated with All Your Colors Combined
- Shiny glitter blasts
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Anime & Manga Sunshine Glitter Attack!
- Orihime Inoue's attacks with fairies made from her hairpins. Granted, her offensive fairy looks like a wild-west outlaw but on paper it's an exceedingly feminine ability.
- Riruka of Fullbringers, whose power focuses around trapping people in a dollhouse full of cutesy toys. She also has a cutesy-looking ray gun-like weapon that transforms anyone she shoots with it into a harmless plush toy.
- Sailor Moon: One power of particular note is the pink haired Sailor Chibi Moon's "Pink Sugar Heart Attack" that's every bit as feminine as it sounds. In the 90's anime, it's also completely useless.
- Played With in the Lyrical Nanoha series: at the start of the original season, the eponymous protagonist is the Token Mini-Moe of her family and her powers manifest themselves in a pink-and-gold staff with a hot pink jewel that shoots pink beams. It then turns out that little Nanoha is a stone-cold badass and her pink beams-o-friendship are weapons of mass destruction.
- While most Puella Magi Madoka Magica characters avert this (Mami uses magically-created muskets, Kyoko uses a spear, Sayaka uses swords, and Homura uses real life weapons, including grenades and missiles) Madoka plays this 100% straight, with arrows of pink light being her signature weapon. This is to illustrate her All-Loving Hero status, and later her Messianic Archetype status.
- Pretty Cure, as you would expect, has this trope as its default setting. The only major instance where it deviates is for elemental attacks.
Comic-style super colour attack!!!
- Marvel Comics' Squirrel Girl can summon a flurry of squirrels to Zerg Rush an opponent. Though conceived as a Joke Character, Squirrel Girl has defeated Doctor Doom, Thanos and Deadpool, becoming a Memetic Badass in the process.
- "Dazzler: Disco Queen", whose mutant power is effectively to make shiny bright sparkling lights in time to music. In reality, her ability is turning sound into light and vice versa, which has staggering implications, but for the most part it's used for her disco image.
- Jubilee's powers have been described as "sparkles" or "fireworks". When she gets good and pissed they can make explosions, making her an energy-blaster to rival Cyclops. They still look like cute fireworks.
- Dagger of the Cloak & Dagger series can fling "light-knives" at foes, which can pierce armor and act like scalpels to "cut" the wickedness like tumors from her targets. These light-knife attacks appear wrenching and painful on impact, however.
Literature Cuteness Overload!!
- E-Claire's primary power in Please Dont Tell My Parents Im A Supervillan is to fog people's minds with cuteness. She's not altogether happy about this, since she really wanted her mother's power (fogging men's minds with lust), but it's actually surprisingly powerful.
Video Game Pink Puffy Puppy Assault!!!
- Virtual-ON The Fei-Yen series of Virtuaroids are Humongous Mecha modeled after a Magical Girl with a Chest Blaster that fires a burst shaped like a heart. According to the backstory, the designers wanted a regular beam, but the Sentient Phlebotinum kept turning it back into a heart.
- Koishi Komeiji of Touhou uses a lot of hearts and roses in her attacks. However, because of her heavy psychological theme and her own state of mind, they can turn out to be more unnerving than cute.
- Sonya Blade from the Mortal Kombat has a Kiss of Death fatality where she blows a kiss at her opponent. Sometimes the kiss takes the form of a floating fireball, but other games have it be a little pink heart that flitters towards the opponent, and once it hits, the enemy explodes bloodily.
- Pokémon: The Fairy type tend to have a mix of moon-based moves, such as Moonlight and Moonblast, and cute moves that invoke this trope, such as Charm, Sweet Kiss, Baby-Doll Eyes and Disarming Voice.
- Parodied in Team Fortress 2 with Pyrovision, where with the right items the Pyro can appear to shoot people with a rainbow bubble blower and hit them with a giant lollipop, causing them to "bleed" balloons and laugh in joy, while in "reality" the Pyro is still burning people to death.
- Princess Peach of Super Mario Bros. when she's not the Damsel in Distress usually goes for this. Most prominently in Super Smash Bros., with each version adding new prettiness to her deceptively dangerous arsenal: most prominently heart-shaped blasts, pink ribbons and rainbows.
- Copy Kitty parodies this with Zerynex Omega, the Hard Mode version of the Zerynex boss. Zerynex is an unholy Frankenstein monster made of dozens of other monsters, and looks the part, but the Omega version is colored pink, launches heart-shaped energy blasts, fires bouncy missiles that squeak upon exploding, and replaces the BGM with cute-sounding noises. The in-game heroine is just as confused by this as the player likely is, while her mentor claims that Zerynex is trying some sort of "intimidation tactic".
Webcomic unicorn blast!
- One Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic has a little girl guarding Fort Knox who has the ability to make puppies appear. Which she uses to deadly effect. Because she never specified where the puppies will appear from. Such as from inside the villain.
- Angel Moxie has this at your generic Magical Girl Warrior level for its protagonist Alex, in that her outfit has been described as maxing her look like a "Polly Prissy Princess" and her wand looks more like a plastic toy than a mage's weapon, but her actual powers are mostly just energy blasts. Villainess Candi Shugari on the other hand, in keeping with her persona and look, is dripping in this; she brings with her outbreaks of pleasantry, plagues of rabbits, a demonic boy band, and ultimately a giant killer bunny called Cottontail (who is the result of the merging of the aforementioned plague of rabbits).
Western Animation Pink Sprinkle Surprise!
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- The Elements of Harmony, the most powerful magic in Equestria, are powered by friendship, manifest as jewellery, and when activated fire what is essentially a colossal rainbow cannon, and in season 2 unleash a World-Healing Wave; it's the illustration of the show's Awesome Moments page for good reason.
- The Sonic Rainboom, a legendary flight move that creates a rainbow explosion◊ as it breaks the sound barrier.
- Before unleashing their Rainbow Power attack on the Dazzlings, the Rainbooms battle the Dazzlings' spectral avatars with magical blasts depicted as showers of rainbows, diamonds, butterflies, and sparkles. The only reason these weren't enough to defeat the Dazzlings was because the movie's real protagonist hadn't yet joined the battle.
- In SheZow, SheZow's powers will not activate if Guy is wearing any colour other than pink. And these powers include the ability to generate hurricane force winds by fluttering his eyelashes.
- The Phineas and Ferb episode "Meap-less in Seattle" has Meap and Mitch attacking each other with what Phineas describes as "really cute death rays."
- Pink Raven from Teen Titans Go! is made of this trope. Down to farting on garbage and turning it into unicorns!
- In South Park, Kenny of all people gets powers like these when he dresses up as a pretty princess. In the show, he becomes a Kawaisa anime girl who instantly charms other men with her extreme cuteness, while in the video game he uses rainbows and unicorns to attack. Subverted, in that said unicorn can impale him rather brutally if he fails his commands.
- The magic used by Star of Star vs. the Forces of Evil revolves around sparkles, rainbows, animals, and just about anything else Star finds cute despite being extremely destructive. It's said to be solely because the wand reflects the character of the wielder, meaning it gets much less cute in the hands of evil.