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Rainbow Brite started life as a greeting card character and was soon licensed by Creator/DiCEntertainment for a series of animated adventures. Rainbow Brite, whose real name is Wisp, is a young girl who helps to bring color to the world, accompanied by the seven Color Kids, Twink the sprite, and her 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. Other villains include the Dark Princess, the main antagonist of the movie and the final TV episode, and the King of Shadows, who ruled Rainbowland before Wisp arrived.

The franchise was initially adapted as a series of 5 TV specials that aired during a syndication week. This was followed by [[TheMovie a feature-length film]], ''Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer'', which in turn was followed by a 13-episode TV series.

A reboot miniseries was released in November 2014, consisting of three episodes. Afterwards, the original 1983 series was continued with OriginalFlavor picture books and merchandise from Hallmark, which as of 2018 is still being produced.
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!!This cartoon contains examples of:

* AllYourColorsCombined: Rainbow's power is control of the rainbow, making her much more powerful than the Color Kids.
* AmplifierArtifact: 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.
* AndIMustScream: 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!
* {{Animesque}}: For a 1984 definition of the word. It wasn't intentional but the character designs combined with it being animated by a Japanese studio caused it to look ''very'' Japanese.
* AntiMagic: The Pits are so dark and evil they cancel out Rainbow's powers.
* AudienceSurrogate: Brian is a normal human who gets pulled into the strange world of Rainbowland.
* BigBad: Murky in the 80's cartoon overall, the King of Shadows in the OriginStory episode, the Dark Princess in the movie, the final episode of the cartoon, and overall in the reboot.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: 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.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Played straight with Rainbow Brite and her friends, as well as Brian.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: In "The Beginning of Rainbow Land" Wisp tells Twink "You can make it if you believe you can. Believe Twink! Try and believe!"
* CompanionCube: The Dark Princess has a lifeless pet gemstone that she leads around on a leash. She's protective of it throughout the movie, until [[spoiler:she needs fuel for her spaceship and tosses it in without a second thought]].
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Wisp, alias Rainbow Brite.
* CoolHorse:
** Starlite certainly thinks he is, calling himself the Most Magnificent Horse in the Universe.
** Also Orin's (later, Krys') horse [[MechanicalHorse On-X]] and Stormy's horse Skydancer in TheMovie.
* CosmicKeystone:
** The Sphere of Light, as it [[spoiler: turned into Rainbow Brite's main weapon, her color belt]].
** Spectra, the diamond planet in the movie, since all light that comes to earth must pass through it.
* CrapsackWorld: Rainbow Land was a dark, polluted place before Wisp arrived.
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** After the ColdOpening, TheMovie 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 On-X 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 shows that Rainbow Land had been a DeathWorld before Wisp brought color into it.
* DarkIsEvil: The King of Shadows is as evil as his name suggests, and he controls the power of darkness.
* DeathByDespair: A late spring results in mass depression for the Earth in TheMovie.
* DependingOnTheArtist: The episode "Rainbow Night" has a completely different version of the entrance to The Pits compared to other episodes and the movie.
* DigitalDestruction: In November of 2017, the series was finally released on Region 1 DVD. However, all 13 episodes were taken from the UK home video release, and as a result, they suffer from the PAL speed up problem that plagues many of Creator/{{Filmation}}'s productions as well as washed-out colors.
* DragonAscendant: The pilot had a dark, sinister, magical villain called The King of Shadows. It wasn't established whether he was a demon or simply a SorcerousOverlord, but either way, he had a [[VileVillainLaughableLackey bumbling minion]] named Murky Dismal. The pilot ended with The King defeated, so Murky filled the BigBad slot for the remainder of the series.
* DumbMuscle: Lurky's stupidity is virtually unsurpassed in all of fiction, but given his size, he's reasonably strong physically.
* TheEighties: The era when this cartoon was created.
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: Practically the premise of the show is that everything is, indeed, better with more color to it, and a lack of color ruins everything.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in TheMovie. The Dark Princess is a spoiled brat sorceress who wants to shanghai Spectra, a star-sized diamond without which [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt 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.
* EvilKnockoff: Murky creates one of Rainbow Brite herself in "Chasing Rainbows", down to a duplicate of her belt.
* FreudianExcuse: 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''."
* FrivolousLawsuit: Brian implies he'll do this by mentioning his dad is a lawyer if Rainbow Brite can't get the colors off of him.
* FromSpecialToSeries: The cartoon began as a series of specials, then a movie, and then a series, which the specials became a part of.
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: The King of Shadows from the pilot, who is never identified in any fashion. A case could be made for the Princess from the movie; we never find out what she's the princess ''of'', her name, or what her motivations are besides pure selfishness.
* GirlinessUpgrade: The 2000s doll series.
* GirlishPigtails: Patty O'Green (with two braids), Indigo (with low pigtails), and Tickled Pink (with high pigtails).
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Wisp, the girl who would become Rainbow Brite.
* ItIsPronouncedTropay: The MechanicalHorse from the movie is named "On-X", which is pronounced like "onyx".
* ItsAllAboutMe: The Dark Princess only cares about what she wants, even at the expense of the entire universe.
* KaleidoscopeHair: In the movie, the Dark Princess's hair was red, but in the series it's orange-red with yellow streaks.
* LiveActionAdaptation: "''Rainbow Brite: San Diego Zoo Adventure''"
* MagicalGirl: Rainbow Brite and to a lesser extent the Color Kids. Indeed, the Japanese dubbed version is called "Mahou Shoujo Rainbow Brite".
* MagicSkirt: Justified in that the girls on the show are just kids.
* TheMagnificent: Starlite is the most magnificent horse in the universe. And if you ever forget, he'll be sure to remind you.
* {{Meganekko}}: Shy Violet.
* MerchandiseDriven: The show was made to sell toys, so new toys often got their own episodes.
* MiniDressOfPower
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Lurky. He thinks colors are pretty and doesn't have any idea what to do half the time.
* {{Mordor}}: The Pits. Rainbow Brite's powers don't work there.
* TheMovie: ''Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer''.
* NeverSayDie: Averted 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."
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: In the movie, Murky's bumbling attempt to ally with the Dark Princess results in his spaceship crashing through her throne room and distracting her, allowing Rainbow to defeat her.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Murky has his moments, such as when he captured and tortured Moonglow with light. In the same episode he nearly killed Rainbow by pushing her into a pit, and in the TV specials he worked for the King of Shadows.
* NotQuiteDead: The Princess's ship hurtles out of control and then violently explodes into dust in the movie. Come the series, she shows up intact and just as nasty.
* NotQuiteFlight: 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.
* OmnicidalManiac: The Dark Princess wants to steal Spectra even though it will cause everyone else in the universe to die. Later she [[spoiler: tries to destroy it since she can't have it]].
* PaintingTheFrostOnWindows: Rainbow Brite and her friends bring colors to the entire world, helping people be happy.
* ParentalBonus: The name of Color Kid [[Literature/GoneWithTheWind Red Butler]], Murky mixing a potion in a cocktail shaker and pouring it into a martini glass, etc. Double as LateToThePunchline moments for some viewers.
* PetTheDog: In the movie, the Dark Princess comforts her pet gemstone and promises she won't let Rainbow Brite or Krys hurt it. [[spoiler:This goes out the window when she needs it for fuel, though]].
* PluckyGirl: Wisp. Before she had any powers or allies at all, she went into a DeathWorld with the intent of saving it.
* {{Premiseville}}: The franchise is set in Rainbow Land, with the movie involving [[MeaningfulName Spectra]] the diamond planet.
* RainbowMotif: The Color Kids are all named and themes after the colors of the rainbow, led by Rainbow Brite who has all of their colors.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Stormy, and Tickled Pink show up in the movie, while Moonglow first appears in episode 4, both with absolutely no explanation. In the same episode, Starlite looks at Murky's PaperThinDisguise and muses, "I thought I knew all the Colour Kids."
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: According to an offhand remark in an early episode, possibly everyone in Rainbow Land, and definitely Murky at least.
* RunningGag: Murky calling Lurky [insult] brain, although he does call him by his name sometimes. Also overlaps with MadLibsDialogue.[[note]]In some cases, Murky doesn't use brain (e.g., "bubble head", "chicken breath", etc.).[[/note]]
* SealedEvilInACan: The Monstromurk. It probably would have gone better for Murky if he hadn't made a habit of taunting him every night before bed...
* ShowAccuracyToyAccuracy: Sunriser's box says she's Tickled Pink's horse, but in her only appearance in the show, she had no rider. The 2010s picture books, set in the universe of the 1980s show, finally explain the discrepancy by having Tickled Pink befriend the horse.
* ShrinkingViolet: Shy Violet lives up to her name.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: It's officially "Moonglow," "Krys," and "On-X," but you'll find "Moonglo" (which appeared on exactly one official source once), "Kris/Chris" and "Onyx" around.
* SpockSpeak: Shy Violet does this occasionally.
* SpoiledBrat: The Dark Princess expects everyone to do as she says, throwing tantrums if things go wrong.
* SpringIsLate: In both ''Star Stealer'' and the "Rainbow Brite Saves Spring" book and record set.
* StealthPun: Besides being a literal flying horse, On-X is also a literal "iron" horse. There's also the aforementioned Red Butler, though it's obvious to adults, just not to kids.
* SugarBowl: Which does not preclude the occasional threat of a SugarApocalypse.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Murky and Lurky.
* TokenMinority: Indigo is East Indian.
* {{Tsundere}}: Stormy, arguably.
* UnexplainedRecovery: The Dark Princess shows up in the last episode of the show with no explanation as to how she survived her ship exploding.
* VainSorceress: The Dark Princess is proud of her looks, her castle, and her magic gemstone.
* VileVillainLaughableLackey:
** It's often hard to take Murky Dismal seriously, even if he is Rainbow Brite's nemesis through the series. In the premiere, he was working for an evil sorcerer named the King of Shadows, and while this setup lasted, Murky and the King had this dynamic.
** After The King's death and [[DragonAscendant Murky's promotion to Big Bad status]], Murky's idiotic assistant Lurky is even harder to take seriously than Murky, so he ends up creating this dynamic with him.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: The Dark Princess wants to steal Spectra for herself even though it will [[OmnicidalManiac kill everyone else in the universe]]. Later, when she is defeated, she [[spoiler:tries to ram her ship into Spectra and destroy it.]]
* VillainExclusivityClause: Murky and Lurky in the original. Averted in the reboot as the story has an arc.
* VillainTeamUp: In the movie and final episode of the TV series, Murky allies with the Dark Princess to help her destroy Rainbow Brite.
* WaveMotionGun: When focused, color sprinkles can act as this to color things and to be used as a weapon.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: While Rainbow Brite isn't a princess, her and Krys' initial relationship bordered on this in TheMovie, with Rainbow as a {{Tsundere}} and Krys as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* WorldHealingWave: In the movie, once Spectra is restored all of the colors come back to earth.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Most of the cast, Rainbow Brite and Red Butler being exceptions.
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!!1996 Tropes:

* AdaptedOut: Everybody but Rainbow Brite and Indigo is replaced with new characters in this toy line. It's a large part of why it was considered to be InNameOnly and so poorly received.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Instead of being a human child who ascended to whatever she is now, this Rainbow Brite is the child of two of these, the sun and the rainbow.
* BadassCreed: "Bright, brighter, brightest!" is treated like it's supposed to be this.
* BioluminescenceIsCool: The Colour Crew, instead of using Star Sprinkles to bring colour to the Earth, uses glow-in-the-dark paint. The dolls came with tiny containers of washable glowing paint, plus paintbrushes, so you could paint on their clothes.
* FiveTokenBand: Rainbow Brite is the mostly-blonde white girl, and the Colour Kids are replaced by the Colour Crew, comprised of East Asian Cerise, still-South Asian Indigo, black Ebony ([[UnfortunateImplications yup]]), and AmbiguouslyBrown Amber. Tickled Pink appears to have a counterpart in Sparkle Brite, who is black, but there's no indication of where she's from.
* MulticolouredHair: Rainbow Brite's hair is, well, rainbow, and nearly everyone else had this as well.
* MultinationalTeam: Rainbow Brite is from space, but the Colour Crew are normal Earth humans from different countries, inverting the original setup.
* NonindicativeName: All of the Colour Crew have ColourfulThemeNaming, but their character designs don't actually reflect those colours. Indigo's theme colour is ''orange'' for some reason.
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!!2014 Tropes:

* ActionizedSequel: It definitely has more action scenes and explicit comedy than the original series.
* AdaptationalBadass: Rainbow Brite, Stormy, and the other Color Kids have definitely more active control of their powers, and they show it.
* AdaptationNameChange: Twink is now named "Mister Glitters".
* AdaptationalVillainy: 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. [[spoiler:She eventually has a HeelFaceTurn, though.]]
* AgeLift: Krys. He was a kid in the original, but [[spoiler:here, he's Brian's dad]].
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: In the reboot, Rainbow believes that Brian came to Rainbowland for a reason. Her belief is later validated when she correctly pieces together [[spoiler:that Brian is the son of the Spectra Warrior Krys, and in turn is a Sentinel of Light like herself and Stormy.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: 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.
* ChekhovsGun:
** The Star Sprinkle Rainbow Brite gives Brian early on in "Cloudy with a Chance of Gloom" is what ends up allowing Brian to save himself and later on her later in the episode.
** When Lurky picks up Brian's hamster, something falls off his head. It turns out to be the [[RingOfPower Ring of Hallow Light]] that the bad guys had come to Earth for.
* CompositeCharacter: The Dark Princess is a combination of the original Dark Princess and the King of Shadows. Like the King, she's the ArcVillain and Murky and Lurky start out as her minions, but she has the name and design of the Princess along with her selfishness.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: The first series had its share of sparkles but this cranks it to 9.
* EvilFormerFriend: Stormy takes this role here, likely inspired by how the Pits were always associated with thunderstorms in the original.
* EasilyForgiven: 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...
* FaceHeelTurn: Stormy in the past [[spoiler:until she pulls a HeelFaceTurn back again]].
* FrickinLaserBeams: Almost as bad as ''DBZ''.
* FurryReminder: Starlite (who acts far more human than his original incarnation) struggles to open a door with his hooves, only to remember that he's a horse and kick it open instead.
* GenkiGirl: Rainbow Brite is definitely this here.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:Brian is the son, Krys, a warrior of Spectra.]]
* HandBlast: Most of the characters that fight do this, including Rainbow Brite when she isn't fighting. [[spoiler:Brian, too, when he puts on the Ring of Hallow Light and becomes the Sentinel of Light Unseen.]]
* HenshinHero: [[spoiler:Brian as the Sentinel of Light Unseen.]]
* InvisibleToNormals: It's made explicitly clear that normal humans aren't able to see Rainbow, yet Brian is somehow able to see her. In the original, this was because she'd already accidentally exposed her existence, but in the reboot, [[spoiler:it's Rainbow's first clue that Brian is half Spectran on his father's side]].
* LegacyCharacter: [[spoiler:Brian as the Sentinel of Light Unseen for his father, Krys.]]
* MythologyGag:
** Rainbow Brite hums the original theme song to herself.
** Brian's sleep shirt has an 11 on it, like his original shirt.
** The motorcycle Brian's given resembles On-X, i.e., black with red trim.
* NotQuiteFlight: Rainbow and Stormy ride on discs of rainbows and clouds, respectively.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: [[spoiler:In the reboot, after two episodes of being the Dark Princess's lackey, Murky rewires the Color Cannon into a MindControlDevice and nearly takes control of Rainbowland himself]].
* ParentalBonus: Knowledge of optics and meteorology can help viewers to understand the setting and some of the jokes. This causes some FridgeBrilliance, as light is just ''part'' of the electromagnetic spectrum.
* RaceLift: Played with; Shy Violet has an epicanthic eyefold and general character styles make Indigo AmbiguouslyBrown instead of (East) Indian.
* RingOfPower: The Ring of Hallow Light.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Rainbow uses "kittens" as her password, which ''Lurky'' somehow managed to figure out.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Murky and Lurky are this under the Dark Princess here.
* TookALevelInBadass: Several characters.
* TotallyRadical: They seemed to think Rainbow would appeal to newer audiences if she talked "street" sometimes.
* TransformationTrinket: [[spoiler:The Ring of Hallow Light, which allows Brian to transform into the Sentinel of Light Unseen, complete with cool space armor with high-tech helmet.]]
* SteamPunk: The Color Castle and Console, though its mainframe and central pillar are still CrystalSpiresAndTogas.
* UnwittingPawn: Stormy in the reboot ends up being manipulated into serving the Dark Princess.
* TheStarscream: Murky tries to rewire the Color Cannon and [[spoiler:turn it into a MindControlDevice in order to take control of Rainbow Land himself]], but fails.
* WaveMotionGun: The Color Cannon.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Averted.
-->''Murky and Lurky grabbing gadgets.''
-->'''Dark Princess:''' Eh, no funny stuff. Just grab him.
-->'''Lurky:''' ''Drops gadgets on top of Murky'' Awww.
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