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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 [[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.

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!!This cartoon contains examples of:

* AffirmativeActionGirl: Male example with Krys in ''Star Stealer'', who's introduced as someone with a tenuous relation to the movie's QuestGiver and presumably to give Rainbow a male costar in the hopes of attracting some interest from little boys.
* AllYourColorsCombined
* 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 1983 definition of the word.
* AudienceSurrogate: Brian
* 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.
* 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. Actually, every horse in the show is a CoolHorse. 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 Orin's horse [[MechanicalHorse On-X]] and Stormy's horse Skydancer in TheMovie.
* CosmicKeystone:
** The Sphere of Light.
** The diamond planet in the movie.
* CrapsackWorld: Rainbow Land before Wisp arrived.
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** Sure, 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 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 Rainbow Land had been a DeathWorld before Wisp brought color into it.
* DarkIsEvil: The King of Shadows.
* DeathByDespair: A late spring results in mass depression for the Earth in TheMovie.
* DumbMuscle: Lurky. Just... Lurky.
* TheEighties
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in TheMovie. The [[BigBad Dark Princess]] is a [[SpoiledBrat spoiled]] [[RoyalBrat Robber-Baron]] [[VainSorceress sorceress]] who wants to shanghai [[CosmicKeystone Spectra]], a star-sized diamond without which [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the cosmos]] [[ApocalypseHow will wither and die]]. Oh, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking she also uses her]] [[CompanionCube (lifeless) pet gemstone]] [[KickTheDog as ship fuel]] [[IfICantHaveYou when things don't]] [[TakingYouWithMe go her way]]...
* 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''."
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: The Shadow King from the pilot, who while terrifying for an 80's Saturday morning cartoon, 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'', what her motivations are besides pure selfishness, [[TheNameless her real name or even if she has one at all]].
* GirlinessUpgrade: The new doll series.
* GirlishPigtails: All the girls in Rainbow Land, except for the short-haired Canary Yellow and Lala Orange.
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Wisp, the girl who would become Rainbow Brite.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Stormy]], after spending a little time on the darkside.
* 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.
* 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.
* MerchandiseDriven: And how!
* {{Meganekko}}: Shy Violet.
* MiniDressOfPower
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Lurky. He thinks colours 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: 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."
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: 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.
* NotQuiteDead: One certainly could've thought the Princess was at the end of the movie where her ship hurtles out of control and then violently explodes into dust. 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 Painting The Colors On Leaves]]: The basic point of the show.
* 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.
* 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.
* ReliableTraitor: Count Blogg, the Dark Princess's advisor; it's been pointed out that [[spoiler:the ship's collision course in the end of ''Star Stealer'' could have been prevented and he was most likely attempting to commit regicide]].
* RememberTheNewGuy: Stormy, Moonglow, and Tickled Pink show up in episode 4 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.
* 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...
* ShrinkingViolet: Shy Violet.
* SpoiledBrat: The Dark Princess.
* SpringIsLate: In ''Star Stealer.''
* 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.
* WellExcuseMePrincess[=/=]VitriolicBestBuds: While Rainbow Brite isn't a princess, her and Krys' initial relationship bordered on the former trope in TheMovie, with Rainbow as a {{Tsundere}} and Krys as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. It was more like the latter for the most part until they become TrueCompanions.
* VainSorceress: The Dark Princess.
* 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 only known as "The Evil One", and while this setup lasted, Murky and The Evil One had this dynamic. After The Evil One'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.]]
* WaveMotionGun
* WorldHealingWave
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Most of the cast, Rainbow and [=LaLa=] being exceptions.
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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: Apparently, Twink is now "Mister Glitters".[[labelnote:*]]likely due to the negative connotations of the word twink nowadays.[[/labelnote]]
* 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. She eventually has a HeelFaceTurn though.
* 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.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: The first series had its share of sparkles but this cranks it to 9.
* EvilFormerFriend: [[spoiler: Stormy]] in the 2014 reboot.
* 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: Reboot Stormy, [[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: Brite
* 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: In the reboot, it's made explicitly clear that normal humans aren't able to see Rainbow, yet Brian is somehow able to see her[[spoiler:, which become Rainbow's first clue that Brian is half Spectra 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 sleepshirt has an 11 on it.
** 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 Princesses'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 in the reboot.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: In the reboot, Rainbow uses kittens as her password, which ''Lurky'' somehow managed to figure out.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Murky and Lurky are this under the Dark Princess in the 2014 rebooted series.
* 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 it's mainframe and central pillar are still CrystalSpiresAndTogas.
* UnwittingPawn: Stormy in the reboot ends up being manipulated into serving the Dark Princess.
* TheStarscream: In the reboot, Murky tries to rewire the Color Cannon and [[spoiler:turn it into a MindControlDevice in order to take control of Rainbowl 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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