YMMV / Rainbow Brite

  • Complete Monster: From Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer comes the titular Star Stealer, the Dark Princess. Out of the roster of harmless villains in Rainbow Brite's Rogues Gallery, none reached the petty, selfish extremes the Dark Princess exemplified. Motivated solely by greed, the Dark Princess was willing to enslave innocent races to tow the diamond planet Spectra out of its foundation to her castle. However, all light in the universe needs to pass through Spectra, or else the entire universe would be starved of light and freeze, ensuring trillions of deaths. Despite knowing she'd die too (or not believing she would), the Dark Princess still goes on with it, and when she's foiled, she attempts to ram her ship into Spectra and shatter it out of spite. When she returned, she enslaved a peaceful race of sprites and attempted to turn Rainbow Brite into a crystal. The Dark Princess stood out in the Sugar Bowl that was Rainbow Brite's universe as a figure of unparalleled selfishness and avarice.
  • Cult Classic: Probably one of the most obscure girls' cartoons in the 80s with only a handful of specials, one movie, and a 13 episode series.note  Nonetheless, it has a small but devoted fandom whose dedication and creativity are truly something to behold.
  • Ear Worm: The movie's credits theme is insanely catchy.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Tickled Pink, Stormy, Moonglow, Krys, Lurky, Skydancer and the Dark Princess.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • Exactly who Tickled Pink is, why she wasn't in the first few episodes, why she isn't counted among the seven Colour Kids, etc. A scene where she uses yellow star sprinkles, despite this likely being an animation error, was latched upon by fans who decided that she was the Colour Kid of pastel shades, despite there not being much evidence for this.
    • The series itself is full of this, mostly due to being a Short Runner and The Beginning of Rainbow Land not explaining everything.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: The Dark Princess wears a black skin-tight suit with diamonds everywhere, a cape and bright blue pumps with far too many rings and bracelets.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With (mostly G1) My Little Pony as both are brightly colored 80s series with mostly female casts and cute (but often dark) plots.
  • Heartwarming Moments: This Podcast celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the franchise. Hearing about two fans in their thirties still cherishing their beloved show and still going into fannish squees about Rainbow is just... Awww. Truly a testament to the power of fans to keep what they love alive.
  • Periphery Demographic: In the 2010s the series has gained a following amongst teens and 20-something year olds due to its bright colors. People who are into retro 80s stuff, pastel colors, and "kidcore" aesthetics are often fond of the series (or at least its character designs).
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: A cute little girl and her friends spreading color and hope everywhere they go. Rainbow colors will cheer you up, indeed.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • Few have taken well to the 2009 reboot, which bombed.
    • The 2014 series received flack from fans even before it aired. Being hosted on Feeln[[note]]Which has since relaunched as Hallmark Movies Now.[[/note], an obscure, unpopular streaming site probably didn't help.
  • Toy Ship: Rainbow Brite and either the muggle Brian or Krys from The Movie, the former also in the 2014 reboot.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Starlite, and to a lesser extent Twink.