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 animesqueMagical Girl.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
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...