Western Animation: Rainbow Brite
Rainbow Brite (real name: Wisp) is a young girl who helps to bring color to the world, accompanied by the seven Color Kids, Twink the sprite, and Rainbow's horse, Starlite.
Rainbow Brite and her allies frequently have to deal with the schemes of Murky Dismal, a short, mustachioed villain who, along with his oafish henchman Lurky, tries to make all of Rainbowland as dark and gloomy as his lair in The Pits.
The franchise was initially adapted as a series of 5 TV specials in that aired during a syndication week. This was followed by a feature-length film, which in turn was followed a 13 episode TV series.
Quite prominent in DeviantART
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A reboot miniseries is scheduled to be released on the VOD website Feeln in November 2014.
- Affably Evil: Lurky
- All Your Colors Combined
- Amplifier Artifact: In the movie, the Dark Princess has a crystal that's the source of her powers. When Rainbow Brite and Krys destroy it, she's left without magic. The last episode of the show had her traveling to Rainbowland to find a new power source.
- And I Must Scream: The Dark Princess threatens Rainbow with this in the last episode of the show.
I'm going to turn you into a diamond and wear you around my neck!
- Audience Surrogate: Brian
- Because Destiny Says So: In the reboot, Rainbow believes that Brian came to Rainbowland for a reason.
- Big Bad: Murky in the 80's cartoon overall, the King of Shadows in the Origin Story episode, the Dark Princess in the movie, the final episode of the cartoon, and overall in the reboot.
- Big Damn Heroes: Brian saving and restoring Rainbow's color in the first episode of the reboot after Stormy drained it and was about to zap her with lightning.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: The Dark Princess acts like this. When she's told that stealing Spectra will destroy the universe, she throws a tantrum and orders the Sprite taken away.
I don't wanna talk to you anymore!
- Catchphrase: "We have to try!", "Oh no!", and "Rainbow! Help!" show up a lot.
- Children Are Innocent: Played straight.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: In "The Beginning of Rainbowland" Wisp tells Twink "You can make it if you believe you can. Believe Twink! Try and believe!"
- Companion Cube: The Dark Princess has a lifeless pet gemstone that she leads around on a leash. She's protective of it throughout the movie, until she needs fuel for her spaceship and tosses it in without a second thought.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Wisp, alias Rainbow Brite.
- Cool Horse: Starlite certainly thinks he is. Actually, every horse in the show is a Cool Horse.
- Ask any girl who watched this while she was growing up, and she will insist that Starlite is the Most Magnificent Horse in the Universe.
- Also On-X in The Movie.
- Cosmic Keystone: The Sphere of Light.
- Crapsack World: Rainbowland before Wisp arrived.
- Darker and Edgier: Sure, The Movie starts with a nice and cheerful song about spring and waking up and being energetic and the first 15 minutes or so go on just like any other Rainbow Brite episode... and then the robot horse arrives and the cheerfulness goes right out the window not to be seen until the very end.
- There's also "The Beginning of Rainbowland Part 1 and 2" which showed that Rainbowland had been a Death World before Wisp brought color into it.
- Dark Is Evil: The King of Shadows.
- Death by Despair: A late spring results in mass depression for the Earth in The Movie.
- Dumb Muscle: Lurky. Just... Lurky.
- The Eighties
- Everything's Better with Rainbows
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Inverted in The Movie. The Dark Princess is a spoiled Robber-Baron sorceress who wants to shanghai Spectra, a star-sized diamond without which the cosmos will wither and die. Oh, and she also uses her (lifeless) pet gemstone as ship fuel when things don't go her way...
- Evil Former Friend: Stormy in the 2014 reboot.
- Face-Heel Turn: Reboot Stormy, until she pulls a Heel-Face Turn back again.
- Freudian Excuse: It is revealed in the episode "Mom" that when Murky was an infant, he loved colors, and he expressed this by coloring on the walls. This angered his mother, who told him, "You're going to get rid of every bit of that color if it takes you all day, if takes you the rest of your life."
- Girliness Upgrade: The new doll series.
- Girlish Pigtails: All the girls in Rainbow Land, except for the short-haired Canary Yellow and Lala Orange.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Brian is the son of a warrior of Spectra.
- Happiness in Slavery: The Sprites have this.
- Heartwarming Orphan: Wisp, the girl who would become Rainbow Brite.
- Heel-Face Turn: Stormy, after spending a little time on the darkside.
- Humans Are Cthulhu: The native inhabitants *like* their monochrome, thank you; to some, color is fatally exciting. Bringing color to the world is nothing less than Hostile Terraforming, simply because the gang thinks the place looks drab.
- It's All About Me: The Dark Princess only cares about what she wants, even at the expense of the entire universe.
- Live-Action Adaptation: "Rainbow Brite: San Diego Zoo Adventure"
- MacGuffin Girl: The baby in the origin episode, who is actually the Sphere of Light.
- Magical Girl: Rainbow Brite and to a lesser extent the Color Kids.
- Magic Skirt: Justified in that the girls on the show are just kids.
- There are a few exceptions. Wisp has a couple of panty shots in the Beginning of Rainbowland (the most anime-like of all RB material.) Also, in Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer, there's a very brief upskirt when Rainbow dodges away from the Glitterbot who saw through her attempt to act hypnotized. (Though in all fairness this may be an animation error, as what is under the skirt is precisely the same color as the skirt itself.)
- The Magnificent: Starlite is the most magnificent horse in the universe. And if you ever forget, he'll be sure to remind you.
- Merchandise-Driven: And how!
- Meganekko: Shy Violet.
- Mini Dress Of Power
- Minion with an F in Evil: Lurky.
- Mordor: The Pits. Rainbow Brite's powers don't work there.
- The Movie: Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer.
- Never Say "Die": Inverted in the movie when Rainbow explains why she has to go to Spectra:
"Don't you understand? Spring will never come again if something happens to Spectra. I've never been there, but it's part of me. It's part of the colors and the joy that we bring, and if Spectra dies, happiness everywhere will die. Without the light of life, we'll all...all of us will die."
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Murky has his moments, such as when he captured and tortured Moonglo with light. In the same episode he nearly killed Rainbow by pushing her into a pit.
- Not Quite Flight: Starlite can gallop on rainbows as if on solid ground, but he still needs Rainbow to create them for him. Inverted in the movie with ON-X, a robot horse who can actually fly.
- Omnicidal Maniac: The Dark Princess wants to steal Spectra even though it will cause everyone else in the universe to die. Later she tries to destroy it since she can't have it
- Painting The Colors On Leaves: The basic point of the show.
- Parental Bonus: The name of Color Kid Red Butler, Murky mixing a potion in a cocktail shaker and pouring it into a martini glass, etc. Double as Late to the Punchline moments for some viewers.
- Plucky Girl: Wisp. Before she had any powers or allies at all, she went into a Death World with the intent of saving it.
- Premiseville: The franchise is set in Rainbow Land, with the movie involving Spectra the diamond planet.
- Rainbow Motif: The Color Kids.
- Remember the New Guy: Stormy, Moonglo and Tickled Pink show up in episode 4 with absolutely no explanation. In the same episode, Starlite looks at Murky's Paper-Thin Disguise and muses, "I thought I knew all the Colour Kids."
- Really 700 Years Old: According to an offhand remark in an early episode, possibly everyone in Rainbowland, and definitely Murky at least.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The Monstromurk. It probably would have gone better for Murky if he hadn't made a habit of taunting him every night before bed...
- Shrinking Violet: Shy Violet.
- Spoiled Brat: The Dark Princess.
- Spring Is Late: In Star Stealer.
- Sugar Bowl: Which does not preclude the occasional threat of a Sugar Apocalypse.
- Token Minority: Indigo is East Indian.
- Tsundere: Stormy, arguably.
- Unexplained Recovery: The Dark Princess shows up in the last episode of the show with no explanation as to how she survived her ship exploding.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!/Vitriolic Best Buds: While Rainbow Brite isn't a princess, her and Krys' initial relationship bordered on the former trope in The Movie, with Rainbow as a Tsundere and Krys as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. It was more like the latter for the most part until they become True Companions.
- Vain Sorceress: The Dark Princess.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The Dark Princess wants to steal Spectra for herself even though it will kill everyone else in the universe. Later when she is defeated she tries to ram her ship into Spectra and destroy it
- Wave Motion Gun
- World-Healing Wave
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Most of the cast, Rainbow and LaLa being exceptions.