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My shiny teeth that sparkle just like the stars in space My shiny teeth that twinkle, adding beauty to my face!
When a (usually) heroic character does something awesome, it usually merits a celebration. For certain characters it involves a clenched fist of determination
and a smile, showing teeth so white and spotless that they twinkle
, sporting the combination of a tiny Lens Flare
and an Audible Gleam
. This is supposed to signify their impeccable moral values and spotless physical splendor.
Of course, it's usually done ironically, often with the character posing directly to camera
Note that this is different from when teeth sparkle menacingly to show how sharp they are and how bad the impending bite is going to hurt. For those cases, see Audible Sharpness
. In slightly more realistic circumstances, someone's smile might also sparkle because of a Gold Tooth
. See also Bishie Sparkle
See also Eternally Pearly-White Teeth
Anime and Manga
- In the Delta Airlines safety video that plays before takeoff, a flight attendant does this while demonstrating how to use a seat cushion as a flotation device.
- Toothpaste commercials. For obvious reasons.
- Similarly, Orbit Gum.
- An old GIF animation of Barry White used by Amazon.com to advertise his album Staying Power, lovingly recorded for posterity by Vincent Flanders.
- Lyle Waggoner's trademark, especially in The Carol Burnett Show and Wonder Woman.
- Of all people, the Master from Doctor Who does this in the new series when at the height of his power.
- Something of a lampshading in "Voyage of the Damned" - When the Doctor meets Max Capricorn in person, Max smiles complete with the twinkle and Audible Gleam, to which the Doctor asks "It really does that?"
- When Strax complains about the Fourth Doctor's personality in the "Deep Breath" cinema prequel, a slide of the Fourth Doctor doing his signature Cheshire Cat Grin is flashed on the screen with a 'ding' sound.
- Often parodied in The Benny Hill Show. Eyes are subjects to it too.
- In Blast Lab, Hammond does this in the opening sequence; it's a reference to how Jeremy Clarkson often mocks him for probably having got his teeth whitened.
- Done in Scrubs with an extremely likeable patient, to indicate the moment when other characters (including Cox and Kelso) realised they liked him.
- Captain Terrific, the guest of the day on one Imagination Movers episode, listed this as one of his super powers, along with Super Strength, Super Speed, and Flight.
- Taken to truly ridiculous lengths in the Even Stevens episode "The Big Splash", where Ren is competing for the title of "Best Smile". She gets into a "smile war" with another girl, and wins it with a smile so dazzling the entire school is blinded by it.
- For one of the appearances of Sabrina the Teenage Witch's father, he had the magical natural ability to do this everytime he smiled. When he felt down and depressed he lost it but by the end of the episode the shine has come back. The gag was never carried over to other later appearances due to a mix of neither needing the visual cue of being happy or sad nor having as attractive and dashing looking an actor for the part later on.
- Used almost seemingly as parody in at least two eps of The Amazing Race.
- Ace Rimmer From Red Dwarf. What a guy!
- In an episode of NCIS where McGee fell asleep and overbleached his teeth, the end-of-episode shot (where the still goes monochrome) adds a twinkle to his teeth, complete with the appropriate sound effect.
- Get Smart had Simon the Likable, a KAOS agent with an usual amount of charm and a twinkling smile that caused anyone to instantly like him… everyone except for Max's mother-in-law, that is.
- Horrible Histories parodies this in its "Tudor Sugar-Paste Toothpaste" sketch, with Elizabeth I's disgustingly rotten teeth giving off a yellow twinkle.
- In the video for "Weird Al" Yankovic's song, Headline News, Nancy Kerrigan's initial appearance is completed with a twinkle smile, showing how much better she is.
- In the video for Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) by Katy Perry, she does this for a second after her make-over.