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, where most of the fan art features Rainbow Brite as a scene kid or an animesque Magical Girl.

A reboot miniseries was released in November 2014, consisting of three episodes.


2014 Tropes:

  • Actionized Sequel: definitely more action scenes and explicit comedy than the original series
  • Adaptational Badass: Rainbow Brite, Stormy, and other kids have definitely more active control of their powers and they show it.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the original series, Stormy was a friend and ally of Rainbow Brite. In the reboot, while she and Rainbow were friends once, they've apparently had some kind of falling out, with Stormy joining up with the Dark Princess. She eventually has a Heel-Face Turn though.
  • Chekov's Gun: The Star Sprinkle Rainbow Brite gives Brian early on in "Cloudy with a Chance of Gloom" is what ends up allowing Brian to save her later in the episode.
    • When Lurky picks up Brian's hamster, something falls off his head. It turns out to be the Ring of Power that the bad guys had come to Earth for.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: the first series had its share of sparkles but this cranks it to 9.
  • Easily Forgiven: Rainbow Brite is quick to offer a chance for Stormy to make up with her in the reboot, since she still considers Stormy a friend. Everyone else, however...
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: almost as bad as DBZ.
  • Furry Reminder: Starlite (who acts far more human than his original incarnation) struggle to open a door with his hooves, only to remember that he's a horse and kick it open instead.
  • Genki Girl: Brite
  • Hand Blast
  • Henshin Hero: Sentential of Light Unseen.
  • Invisible to Normals: In the reboot, it's made explicitly clear that normal humans aren't be able to see Rainbow, yet Brian is somehow able to see her.
  • Legacy Character: Sentential of Light Unseen for Chrys.
  • Mythology Gag: several.
    • Rainbow Brite hums the original theme song to herself.
    • Brian's sleepshirt has an 11 on it.
    • Brian's motorcycle resembles On-X i.e. black with red trim.
  • Not Quite Flight: Rinabow and Stormy ride on discs of rainbows and clouds respectively.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: In the reboot, after two episodes of being the Dark Princesses's lackey, Murky rewires the Color Cannon into a Mind-Control Device and nearly takes control of Rainbowland himself.
  • Parental Bonus: knowledge of optics and meteorology help understand the setting and jokes.
  • Race Lift: played with Shy Violet has an epicanthic eyefold and general character styles make Indigo Ambiguously Brown instead of (East) Indian.
  • Ring of Power: The Ring of Hallow Light in the reboot.
  • The Password Is Always Swordfish: In the reboot, Rainbow uses kittens as her password, which Lurky somehow managed to figure out.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Murky and Lurky are this under the Dark Princess in the 2014 rebooted series.
  • Took a Level in Badass: several characters.
  • Steam Punk: the Color Castle and Console, though it's mainframe and central pillar are still Crystal Spires and Togas.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Stormy in the reboot ends up being manipulated into serving the Dark Princess.
  • The Starscream: In the reboot, Murky tries to rewire the Color Canon and turn it into a Mind-Control Device in order to take control of Rainbowland himself, but fails.
  • Wave Motion Gun: the Color Console
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: averted.
    Murky and Lurky grabbing gadgets.
    Dark Princess: Just grab him.
    Drops stuff.