Twinkle Smile

From a tooth that is in shadow? All right, have it your way.

My shiny teeth that twinkle, just like the stars in space
My shiny teeth that sparkle, adding beauty to my face
My shiny teeth that glisten, just like a Christmas tree
You know they walk a mile, just to see me smile. Whoo!
My shiny teeth and me! (Shiny teeth, shiny teeth)
Chip Skylark, "My Shiny Teeth and Me"

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.


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  • 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 to advertise his album Staying Power, lovingly recorded for posterity by Vincent Flanders.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Fukuyama from Girls Bravo has been known to do this on occasion.
  • Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai: Keiichi in episode 3 while talking to a baseball player.
  • Tatewaki Kuno of Ranma ½ does this incessantly. Whether he's ever done anything awesome in his life is open to interpretation.
  • Rock Lee and Might Guy from Naruto do this constantly. They call it their "Nice Guy Pose". Might Guy also provides the picture for this trope.
  • Shun Mitaka from Maison Ikkoku has this trait. In fact, "Shun" means "twinkle", and the trait runs in the family, with his parents beaming sparkling smiles and later his children.
    • When Godai first meets Mitaka, they engage in twinkle-to-twinkle combat.
    • Don't forget his dog
    • Godai's grandmother will occasionally use one of these across the entire length of her Cheshire Cat Grin. Much shining was had when she met Mitaka for the first time.
  • The tennis duelist Ayanokouji Mitsuro/Harrington Rosewood in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.
  • Gasket does this as he completes his transformation in Transformers Galaxy Force . (More recently, Starscream does the same in Animated.)
  • In the Axis Powers Hetalia anime, America does this.
  • Negi Springfield of Mahou Sensei Negima! does this while magically aged-up, often combined with Bishie Sparkle.
  • Yatterman 1 & 2 do this a lot, their smiles and eyes are often gleaming. Their enemies get so fed up with this, that they spoof this tendency by getting random blinks all over their bodies! It is also referenced in the Tatsunoko vs Capcom beat'em-ups, see the Videogame section below.
  • Zoids: Chaotic Century parodies this in the episode "Moonbay's Waltz". McMahon does this often, each time causing Fiona to wonder if that's normal.
  • In Manga, the character ニ ("ni") is used as a sound effect when someone smiles.
  • Muteki Kanban Musume. Kankuro, as the resident Idiot Hero, complete this with an Audible Gleam.
  • Bleach anime
    • Episode 10. Don Kanonji has one of these just after he tells Ichigo "Let me call you friend" and smiles.
    • Episode 311. Michel repeatedly has one of these just to show how cool he is.
  • Dragon Ball, during the Fortuneteller Baba Saga.
    Bandages: Hahaha! Pain and suffering are all you have to look forward to now!
    Yamcha: Ha! Whatever! Anyone ever tell you your mummy dresses you funny? (twinkle)
  • A character from Paranoia Agent does this, to reflect his "perfection", or at least his perception of his own perfection.

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    Films — Animated 
  • Heavy Metal:
    Prosecutor: Lincoln Sternn - you stand here accused of twelve counts of murder in the first degree, fourteen counts of armed theft of Federation property, twenty-two counts of piracy, thirty-seven counts of rape, and one moving violation. How do you plead?
    Sternn: (smile) Not guilty!
  • Aladdin, where Aladdin is first revealed as "Prince Ali" (in the musical number).
  • In Disney's Hercules, during the song "Zero to Hero", Herc gives one of these to an adoring crowd.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action had multiple characters doing it.
  • Tony Curtis in The Great Race. It happened to his eyes at least once, too.
  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Several times, in fact, literally.
  • Used in the live-action Rocky and Bullwinkle movie, every time the handsome, kind, not-very-bright security guard smiles.
  • The original Home Alone movie has Joe Pesci's Harry's gold tooth gleam to Kevin... which serves as an indicator that he's the cop who would "protect" the house while they were on vacation.
  • Ron Ely as Doc Savage in the 1975 film Doc Savage: Man of Bronze.
  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. At the end, while he's in bed with Vanessa Kensington Austin does this to show he's embraced dental hygiene.
  • Batman. In the Joker's first broadcast warning about his Smylex products there are cut-outs of the two models he murdered. Each cut-out has a twinkle appear on its mouth.

  • In an edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Miss Mary Grandpre gave a nice little sparkle to Gilderoy's teeth in the chapter illustration for 'At Flourish and Blott's'
  • Discworld:
    • Referenced in Moving Pictures, where the main character has been in films for so long that it really does so this. It doesn't go "ting" though, they never got sound working.
    • In Guards! Guards! when Vimes is thinking about heroes.
    And then they smile, and the light catches their teeth, Ting!. Bastards.
  • Parodied in The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, where a character makes sure to stand in exactly the right spot for a beam of sun to hit his teeth at exactly the right moment.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.
  • Night and Day repeatedly superimposes a cartoon-like twinkle (complete with Audible Gleam) on the teeth of character Django Doyle; he's a cheesy pop star and superficially charming chap, and on the surface this trope is used to imply a kind of physical perfection. However, the show blurs the border between this and Audible Sharpness as it becomes clear he's in fact come to town with the intention of murdering his father. His shark-like quality is played upon repeatedly, to the extent that he is often seen lurking menacingly in the Doyles' hot-tub, and at one point performs a fairly disturbing rendition of the song 'Mack the Knife' (which references sharks repeatedly).

  • 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.


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  • Used in a girly way by The Nostalgia Critic in Quest for Camelot, when he pretends to be Kaylee twinkle-grinning after she gets what she wants.
  • Angry Joe does this when he thinks he's a knight after playing loads of Skyrim.
  • In the second volume of RWBY, during Neptune's introduction, Sun asks him to be cool. Neptune's reply is a simple "Dude." and givng a Twinkle Smile, followed by Sun conceeding "Good point."

    Western Animation 
  • Tom Brady does this in an episode of Family Guy. He also gives two thumbs up - which also twinkle.
  • Transformers Animated gives one of these to Starscream, of all bots. It only happens during his rarely-seen full Transformation Sequence, though.
  • Parodied by Chowder in "The Lollistops".
  • The Huntsman from Freakazoid! actually has this as a superpower, as stated in his Expository Theme Tune:
    "He got strength, and speed, and shiny teeth/And as the Huntsman was reborn!"
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum used this on The Bully, Boog.
  • Brain once tried to use one that made people adore him for no particular reason to Take Over the World.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Pinkie Pie does a variation of this after demonstrating she's able to dispel illusionary "monsters" by laughing at them. She smiles a white, toothy smile, but it's her eye that gleams. (The sound effect also seems to be a part of the magic being undone rather than Audible Gleam, but otherwise you'd have two in a row.) [1]
    • In the episode "A Friend In Deed", during the musical number "Smile", one of the many background poniesnote  does this.
  • Exaggerated in Fairly OddParents with pop star Chip Skylark, who has teeth that are shiny enough to literally blind people. He even has a song dedicated to his beloved teeth.
  • Ever After High has Prince Daring, whose smile is so bright the Headmaster tells him to cover his mouth, since it can temporarily blind people and even roast them.

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Alternative Title(s):

Teeth Twinkle