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All That Glitters... glitters a lot.

"It's the Magical Girl with two transformations, a Greek goddess, and sparkles!
Oh, so very many sparkles."
— Trailer for Wedding Peach Abridged

Sparkles everywhere! Must be Magic!

For the longest time, humanity has a historical fascination with shinies. That might have to do with how some of the more precious materials tend to sparkle, but in the end, there is just something in how stuff shines or sparkles that leaves people staring on with, well, shiny eyes. That goes double when the effect is mysterious.

Because of this universal fascination, the trope's simple logic is that if you want to indicate visually how valuable, magical, or just special anything is, then put a lot of shiny sparkles, or anything that makes sparkles (like glitter or small crystals) around it.

Even when the sparkles are justified for the inherent qualities of the materials used, it's still a bit exaggerated in fiction.

Fairies are often prone to sparkling, and this is often associated with Fairy Tales and Princess Classic.

As noted in the quote, Magical Girl shows will often use sparkles, particularly during the Transformation Sequence.

Many video games use sparkles as a form of Notice This. Definitely on the shiny end of the Sliding Scale of Shiny Versus Gritty.

A Super-Trope to Bishie Sparkle, Sparkling Stream of Tears. Compare Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry, Gold Makes Everything Shiny. Compare and contrast Glitter Litter, where the glitter getting everywhere goes from pretty to messy and hard to clean up.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • One author, Masami Kurumada. He's pretty much the mega pro of sparkle screentoning within the manga industry to-date. Just by viewing one spread page of Saints wearing their sparkly armor from Saint Seiya will be enough to make your eyes go blind.
  • In The Wallflower and its anime adaptation Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (Perfect Girl Evolution), all the pretty people are represented with sparkles, which is referenced by Gorn-loving protagonist Sunako; the people that do this are known as "people of light" (Sunako is one of the "people of darkness", of course).
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Alex Louis Armstrong is often seen with Bishie Sparkles, especially when he's showing off his massive physique. Just not to his fellow officers, who get creeped out.
  • Just to give the infamous potato chip scene in Death Note that much more oomph, this trope was invoked.
  • In one episode of Gankutsuou, Haydee attends an opera wearing what can only be described as the sparkliest dress ever.
  • Pokémon: The Series:
    • Contests feature these in spades, especially in Sinnoh. And we mean literally; there are plenty of spore-based attacks that resemble sparkles.
    • Starting from Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon now sparkle when released from their Poké Balls, which means that, as of 2006, every single episode invokes this trope!
  • Karakuridouji Ultimo: They had to have spilt glitter glue on the pages. Ultimo with all his Bishie Sparkle scenes. (Yamato gets in on it too.) the bonus comic Ultimo Ulate had entire pages with nothing but sparkles for backdrop. There was even a sparkly rainbow on one page. Oh did we mention the food yet? By the way, this is a science fiction, mecha/robot, shonen series.
  • Soushi Miketsukami does that often when talking to or about Ririchiyo Shirakiin in Inu × Boku SS.
  • All over the place in The Rose of Versailles and many '70s shoujo manga, with Bishie Sparkle being one of the many types being used in the series.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers: The sixth season is called World Twinkle. Guess why.
  • Osomatsu-san: Karamatsu Matsuno seems to be a firm believer of this trope. He owns a pair of sequined pants and a lot of his outfits in supplementary material (like Hesokuri Wars) sparkle as well. It's inverted (In-Universe, at least), since all of his brothers just find his clothes tacky.
  • Spy X Family: Whenever Anya uses her telepathy, small sparkles are often shown around her head as an effect to let the viewer know that she's using her supernatural ability.
  • Invoked in Magilumiere Co. Ltd.. Since Transformation Sequences are created and customized by engineers, any sparkles in a transformation sequence are there by the engineer's choice.
    Nikoyama: [in Tears of Joy at seeing Sakuragi's first transformation] It was worth putting in the elaborate effects...


    Asian Animation 
  • Kaun Banega Superstar: The moon lady, who serves as the love interest of the Stars, has sparkles in her hair that represent the stars at night.

    Comic Books 
  • Miracleman is a tall, superstrong superhero who routinely rips people apart. And he sparkles.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman (2006): When Diana magically switches out her undercover civilian disguise for her WW outfit the transformation sparkles.
    • Wonder Woman and the Star Riders: The characters and their flying horses wear sparkly power gems, glittery tights, sparkly lace and the byline is "Sparkling Super Heroines!".

    Comic Strips 
  • Marigold from Phoebe and Her Unicorn sparkles. All part of her perfect loveliness as a unicorn. . .though the effect of coffee was to make her over-sparkle even in her own opinion.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Ramona and Beezus "Every princess needs a little sparkle"
  • In Leonard Part 6, "good" items sparkled.
  • Velvet Goldmine loves its glitter - which is appropriate as it's about a Bishōnen glam rock star.
  • Donnie Darko: Sparkle Motion!
  • Dreamgirls: Jimmy "Thunder" Early claims he invented flashy costumes, four cannons of confetti go off in the finale, and the credits look like they're set in a starfield.
  • Legend (1985) (with a very young Tom Cruise) is FULL of sparkles. Each of the characters is covered in glitter (including the devil-esque character's hooves). As are many of the sets, especially after the planet flash-freezes. The treasure trove scene where Tom Cruise gets his golden sword and shield takes it especially far over the top.
  • Speaking of The '80s and glitter, David Bowie in Labyrinth, anyone?
  • The Last Leprechaun: Leprechaun gold is differentiated by regular gold by how it sparkles.
  • Snow White's fur-trimmed staking dress in Snow White and the Three Stooges is loaded with sequins.
  • Glinda's pink dress and hat in The Wizard of Oz have sequins sewn into them.
  • In The Wizard of Speed and Time, the television special's producers argue over whether the use of sparkle F/X will exceed the program's budget. They eventually agree to use one sparkle. Meanwhile, Mike (The titular Wizard) animates a plethora of sparkles for his scene for almost no cost.
  • Jessica Rabbit's red dress in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. It only sparkles during her stage show, but that was due to the expense of doing it the rest of her screen time.
  • In The Nutcracker in 3D, the film incorporates copious amounts of glitter and sparkles, particularly in scenes with the Snow Fairy, who wears a gown fashioned out of silver foil that glitters brilliantly when she moves. The intro credits also feature sparkly rainbow traditional ornaments.
  • Dorothy's iconic ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz are a bright scarlet colour and have sequins that glitter and sparkle in the light. This was intentional, hence all of the shots focusing directly on the sparkly slippers, to take advantage of how the slippers would look with the new Technicolor technology utilized at the time.

  • The Twilight Saga's vampires sparkle in direct sunlight (you'd usually think vampires burn, but that's Common Knowledge from Hollywood films).
  • Discworld:
    • The Glingleglingleglingle Fairy has the job of heralding major fairy magic by ringing a handbell and throwing some chopped tinsel in the air. Discworld magic usually happens without any fuss, but fairies know what's expected of them.
    • In one scene near the end of Hogfather, when Susan (Death's grand-daughter) hurls the nursery room poker (made of rather cheap metal) through Death's ribcage at the assassin Mr. Teatime behind him, where it embeds itself in Teatime's chest and kills him, the flying poker "made a ripping noise as it shot through the air, and trailed sparks". Death later admits to Susan that he did add the sparkly stars and the noise, because he thought it would be appropriate (because two small children were watching).
  • Odd hard sci-fi example: in The Diamond Age it's say that radio waves are too long to be practically used by Nanomachines and they instead communicate on visual light frequencies. yeah... nanobots talk with sparkles
  • Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments, is quite fond of his body glitter and his magic itself does sparkle.
  • The subsea pioneers in Dark Life eat bioluminescent fish—which eventually makes their skin shiny.
  • The Nutcracker and the Mouse King practically rolls in this trope, especially in the Land of Dolls.
  • In Rainbow Magic, Grace the Glitter Fairy has sparkly fairy dust. However, glitter is not her specific job; rather, it's party decorations.
  • In Star Darlings, every Starling's skin and hair has a natural sparkle to them.
  • In Warrior Cats, the spirits of StarClan are frequently described as having stars sparkling in their fur. This makes them visually distinct from other spirits that appear in later books (e.g. Dark Forest cats and ghosts with Unfinished Business), who don't have the same sparkle.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Strictly Come Dancing more often than not has the outfits worn by the contestants, professional dancers, judges, and hosts have at least a bit of glitter somewhere on them. Most people refer to the act of adding glitter to something or someone as "Strictly-fying".
  • "Wheel of Fortune!"
  • The transporters and replicators in Star Trek do this.
  • On The Daily Show, magic is usually indicated with a bit of hand-waving and the word "Magic!" The reason they don't use sparkles becomes clear when they briefly experiment with them - either the desk gets covered in glitter which someone will have to clean up, or Special Effects Failure Ensues.
  • The Stargate Atlantis fanvid "Another Sunday".
  • In the Bruce Kalish seasons of Power Rangers the fire effects in the original Super Sentai footage were replaced with fire-type sparkle effects, when not cut altogether.
  • Dancing with the Stars, especially for the ladies.
  • The magic on Buffy the Vampire Slayer occasionally comes with extra sparkles. Especially when it comes from Willow.
  • The Doctor Who story The Stones of Blood features the Megara, entities of the law that manifest as two clusters of floating sparkles. With quite masculine voices.
  • Whenever a contestant wins the top prize on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, he or she is covered with falling confetti. And in the UK version, the confetti is metallic...or sparkly.
  • Wonder Woman: The opening credits in season 1 featured sparkles gleaming from Steve Trevor's teeth and Wonder Woman's eyes. It was Lyle Waggoner's trademark at the time.
  • Schitt's Creek: Moira Rose has several sparkling dresses and skirts and tops that she wears for occasions both casual and formal.

  • "Glitter in the Air" by P!nk
  • "Give it Away" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers had glitter used.
  • The entire genre of "Glam" Rock. All about the glitter.
  • The sparkly synthesizer/electric piano used in many Award Bait songs.
  • Almost every Ke$ha song has at least one reference to glitter in it.
  • The Japanese music video "LOVE Dokkyun" by Club Prince is a comically notable abuser: random sparkles cheaply overlayed throughout a large portion of the video, intersecting with Bishie Sparkle. The sparkles eventually digress into pink spinning hearts.
  • While we're on the subject of Japanese music, Morning Musume's video for "One Two Three" looks like it was wrung through a Blingee filter several times.
  • Simple Minds did this a lot starting with their "Sons and Fascination" album, mainly do to the keyboard style of Mick MacNeil. After he left, they decreased in their "sparklyness".

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The raison d'etre of Alexa Bliss. Described as the 'fairy princess' of NXT, she wears a tutu adorned with sequins and blows a stream of glitter as part of her entrance. According to commentators, she graduated from the University of Glitz, with a major in Bedazzling.
  • Naomi loved adorning her ring gear with sparkles as part of The Funkadactyls. An episode of Total Divas shows her getting a catsuit adorned with rhinestones for a music video shoot. She balks at the finished outfit - which only has the sparkles on the front - and stays up the whole night putting the rhinestones on the back too.
  • Kaitlyn claims that this was enforced by WWE management for a while, along with Girliness Upgrade for the Divas. A Tomboy at heart, she was told to wear colourful sparkly dresses on TV constantly.
  • Rare Male Example: Chris Jericho wears sparkly boots almost exclusively.

    Tabletop Games 

  • Cesare - Il Creatore che ha distrutto — as part of the Historical Hero Upgrade that Dante Alighieri tries to give the Holy Roman Emperor Heinrich VII, Heinrich appears in pristine, glittering silver robes. Heinrich's song is of similar purity, but Dante's narration around it shows the truth of Heinrich's brutality, and shows that Cesare Borgia, the protagonist fantasizing about these long-dead figures, is aware of it, too.
  • "The Firefly Boy" in Cirque du Soleil's ; is a guy who swings from a trapeze and is covered in sparkles. To be fair, about 27.84% of every Cirque show is glitter.
  • In Mark Siano's Modern Luv, Mark and his chorus dancers don Sparkletards for several numbers, and in the 2012 run, Mark wore a green Sparkletard in the second act for St. Patrick's Day.
  • In the 2013 adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Violet Beauregarde is a ditzy starlet who with her father's help has parlayed her one "talent" — gum chewing — into a Cash-Cow Franchise. She wears a sparkly purple velour jumpsuit at all times. This has a darkly comic payoff: "The Villain Sucks" Song that underlines her transformation into a giant blueberry, "Juicy!", is a Gratuitous Disco Sequence, and by its end she's become the giant mirror ball at the center of the singing and dancing! And then, offstage, she explodes with a Confetti Drop of glitter that drifts over the audience left in her wake!
  • Grand Theater shows produced by the Takarazuka Revue must have glitter somewhere. If the main show's costumes don't lend themselves to glitter/sparkle, then the finale outfits will, on both the otokoyaku (male role actresses) and musumeyaku (female role actresses). Not that Zuka doesn't try their hardest to add glitter to the main show - for example, Elisabeth is a musical period piece biopic, but Death's outfits (since he's an ageless Grim Reaper and not subject to time) are both anachronistic and glittery. When it comes to revues (shows consisting of disjointed musical numbers), however, everything's fair game, resulting in as many gorgeous outfits as fashion crimes.
  • On the subject of Elisabeth, the Hungarian versions go a step further than the Takarazuka ones. They don't just give Death glittery costumes, they give him glittery make-up too.

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    Video Games 
  • The majority of Zelda's attacks in the Super Smash Bros. games involve sparkles. The fairies in the Zelda games sparkle too, so much that you can't see their bodies.
  • Shiny (or Alternate Colored) Pokémon sparkle upon leaving their Poké Balls (or being randomly encountered in the case of wild Pokémon). It used to be so that you could tell they were special even if you were playing on a monochrome Game Boy, but the effect became so characteristic of Shinies that it's appeared in all games since.
    • Starting with Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Poké Balls now sparkle after a Pokémon is caught.
    • In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 you get sparkles both with a Pokemon that does well in the Pokewood/Pokestar sidegame, and when you run into one of N's Pokemon in the wild.
    • Pokémon Sword and Shield specifically has "square Shinies", a sub-archetype of Shiny Pokémon where the sparkles that appear when the Pokémon is sent out are square-shaped instead of star-shaped. Oddly, the chance to get square sparkles on a Shiny is drastically increased for wild Pokémon and nearly non-existent otherwise, with the base rate of square sparkles being 1/16 for a hatched Shiny Pokémon and 99.97% for a wild Shiny Pokémon.
  • Dungeon Siege has a lot of this. Any physical spell or spellbook sparkles, and magic effects such as explosions, projectiles, or magic weapons all sparkle or emit smoke.
  • A lot of invincibility power-ups in video games do this, such as the 2D Sonic the Hedgehog games (in which the invincibility power-up was indicated by a picture of sparkles).
  • Most of the dedicated bomb elements in The Powder Toy sparkle.
  • The Sims:
    • The Sims 2 features sparkles as often as it can get away with: in age transitions, during WooHoo, in Pets, kittens and puppies are born in a puff of sparkles, food made with fresh ingredients in Seasons sparkles and refills a lot more hunger more quickly, and in Apartment Life, witches sparkle in colors appropriate to their Character Alignment.
    • The Sims 3 ditches the WooHoo sparkles, but adds sparkles for the mundane act of building walls. In the World Adventures expansion pack, a Lifetime Reward called "Eye Candy" gives pink sparkles to your sim (and a positive moodlet to any other Sim who speaks with the sparkly one).
    • In The Sims 4, plants sparkle when they are ready to evolve, granting more money when sold and better moodlets when used in cooking.
  • In Persona 4, Teddie eventually grows a human form. It always sparkles; and he is very bishonen. His ham-handed attempts at "scoring chicks" prevents him from taking advantage of it fully; although it probably does prevent women from beating him up for trying.
  • In World of Warcraft most healing spells DO sparkle, making whoever is being healed better, well, medically better.
  • An update for the PlayStation 3 added a new home background theme, naming it "Original" and setting it as the default, while renaming the old one "Classic." The difference? "Original" has sparkles!
  • Used in Glider PRO for a Notice This effect... or whenever else the level designer feels like making something sparkle.
  • Same with the Resident Evil games. Any important item will sparkle like a little star. Lesser items in later games will have a white gleam running over them.
  • The 3D remake of Final Fantasy III uses gold sparkles as a Notice This to alert the player to hidden items and secret passages, if they zoom in.
  • Appears in various places in Dissidia Final Fantasy, due to Square Enix's love of razzle-dazzle, but perhaps most notably in the Ex Mode of each character, wherein they gain, along with various powerups, a colored aura and cloud/trail of sparkles. Sephiroth's are purple.
  • Sparkle Dust is the fifth gag of the Toon-up gag track (or, in normal-speak, the third strongest healer) in Toontown Online.
  • THE iDOLM@STER will have several outfits that glitter.
  • Happens quite a bit in Barbie Super Model. It is a game for little girls about fashion and clothes, so the fact that there is a ton of glitter on everything is no big surprise.
  • Robot Unicorn Attack
  • In Team Fortress 2, you can see players sparkle in Pyro Vision when in reality they are on fire.
    • There is also a Sparkle particle effect for community and self-made versions of weapons.
  • In A Witch's Tale, sparkles appear wherever you touch with the stylus.
  • Accessing and moving through floating "sparklies" is one of the objectives available in the online version of Uru. The temporary portals that open up in the Pod Ages are pretty sparkly too.
  • Kyogoku Maria in Sengoku Basara 4 gestures sparkles when she succeeds, and she's a magic-user.

  • The webcomic Strange Candy has one Adventure Town based on this principle. It's full of Amazons that use sparkles as a weapon to weaken the will of the enemy. The climax comes when Petra uses her mastery of weapons (she loves to use mallets) to "hammersparkle". In other words, she "suffocated" the enemy by sparkling so much that even the sparkle-loving Amazon couldn't handle the overload.
  • Karla's Elemental Power allows her to produce colorful sparkles in M9 Girls!. Now that's a useful power.
  • In the Sluggy Freelance comic book "Sampire", Sam tries to invoke this trope by throwing glitter on himself, to look like those Twilight vampires.
  • Freefall does a heavy-handed Take That! to the Twilight series and it's portrayal of vampires, by having cute, sparkly Hitler dolls at the colony's equivalent of a Halloween / Day of the Dead festival.
  • In Scandinavia and the World, Iceland and his sister both sparkle to show their "prettiness". Note: sparkles can also make things much, much worse
  • Bittersweet Candy Bowl has love sparkles constantly, but when Paulo dresses up as Edward for Halloween for the sake of his girlfriend, she makes sure he looks the part.
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: Molly sees Lari the Ninja without his mask:
    Molly: Eee! You're a bishonen! You even sparkle!
  • Cucumber Quest's Princess Nautilus' eye highlights are shaped like stars because she's The Pollyanna and relentlessly positive thinker of the group.
  • Caprice from A Miracle of Science has sparkling hair. It is never explained but given the Technology Levels of her people it wouldn't be hard to do.
  • Magic is often represented with sparkles in Sweet Dreams.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Nanase's fairy doll spell has the ability to temporarily spread glitter which can be used to leave a trail.

    Web Originals 
  • Fandom Wank denizens parodies this by using sparkly text to mocking out stupid or self-evident statements, calling it "The Sparklies of Truth" . The trend (and the nickname) began after reviewing a wank where the main person involved expressed her thoughts by using bold text with a sparkle background in a failed attempt to impose her point of view, which was as batshit insane as you'd expect from anyone who uses sparkle text for emphasis, boiling down to "fan fiction is evil but child abuse is just fine!"
  • The NORAD Santa Tracker shows Santa's current location as an icon of Santa surrounded by sparkles.
  • Defied in the Anti-Cliché and Mary-Sue Elimination Society. Since Chrys's foundations are in weeaboo-ism, she likes to emit "desu" sparkles (which are not to be associated with the Japanese verb of "to be"). This is a problem as people can be physically or mentally harmed at the sight of sparkles (they drive Tyler crazy and shock Karissa into a daze). On the other hand, they can be useful in defusing an angsty atmosphere or can be used like ninja stars. Yes, you heard me.

    Web Videos 

    Western Animation 
  • Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse: One of the challenges in The Amaze Chase takes place at Old Fabful, a geyser that spurts glitter. Another occurs at Sequin Falls, a waterfall made of sequins.
  • When the true Princess in The Care Bears: Adventure in Wonderland revives dying plants, it's in a shower of sparkles.
  • Jem: Many of the terrifyingly fashionable clothes the band wears have sparkles...and then there's the videos. SPARKLE VIDEOS. One of Jem's most famous shots is from a video that depicts two people kissing — and a giant sparkle right where their lips meet, which makes no sense, as kisses generally don't sparkle. Neither do eyelids, but Jem's were prone to do so when she winked (see the third-season DVD cover for an example of this one).
  • An episode of Jimmy Two-Shoes had a sleeping Heloise get covered in sparkles to go along with a bit of Ship Tease.
  • Kaeloo: Nombril wears a sparkling gold outfit, to go along with her loud personality and status as an Attention Whore.
  • The The Legend of Korra episode "Welcome to Republic City" has a Bishie Sparkle...for a hobo's bush. When the trope title says "everything", it means "everything".
  • Hanna-Barbera character Mighty Mightor finishes his Transformation Sequence with a sparkly aura around him and his Non-Human Sidekick.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Twilight Sparkle. In the show, magic is indicated by sparkly halos, so it's not surprising that the pony with "Sparkle" in her name represents the Element of Magic.
    • In the first episode, Rarity is introduced decorating Town Hall, and swaps out a plain ribbon for a sparkly one. The way she expresses her satisfaction with the choice can also be seen as Foreshadowing about Twilight's magic abilities (which to that point had only been shown to handle books):
      Rarity: Sparkle always does the trick, does it not?
  • PJ Sparkles is overflowing with sparkles. The title even tells us so.
  • Razzberry Jazzberry Jam: The disco balls seen in “Music Is Universal” are surrounded by floating sparkle effects.
  • Mindy from Ready Jet Go! loves glitter. She wants to make her Earth Day poster glittery in "Every Day Is Earth Day", but Sean is skeptical about how that will be beneficial to her poster.
  • The logo for Richie Rich (1980) and a similar show, Goldie Gold and Action Jack.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power has main character Princess Glimmer, whose primary fighting ability (especially earlier in the series) is weaponized magic sparkles.
  • In Shimmer and Shine, everything magic related sparkles. It's in the name and the name of the titular characters, too. Shimmer in particular loves glitter. It's her favorite "color," and there can never be such a thing as too much glitter. Ever. Everything's better with glitter for Shimmer.
  • The Simpsons: Mr. Sparkle, alias MIISTAHH SUPAAKURU!
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks: In "Envoys", when Ensign Sam Rutherford glances at a Jeffries tube that's connected to the Security room, it sparkles. Jeffries tubes aren't shiny, so the sparkles are metaphorical, not literal. They illustrate that the Jeffries tube is beautiful to him.
  • Winx Club has each of the girls' fairy wardrobe sprinkled in sparkles. Some of the girls have even worn sparkly wardrobe once... or twice... or more.
  • Work It Out Wombats!: In "Sparklepants," the titular Sparklepants are popular enough to make normally pantsless characters want to wear them. There are even Sparkle Oven Mitts.

    Real Life 
  • Kathy Cano Murillo and her crafty video campaign to get Ellen DeGeneres to use glitter.
  • Pretty much every single outfit by Lady Gaga.
  • Kylie Minogue has her entire home furnishings range is all sparkly and she named one of her perfumes "Pink Sparkle".
  • Kesha cites glitter as her hangover cure.
  • Figure skating. One male figure skater once commented about his costumes, "I am a glitter bomb and loving it." Averted by Nathan Chen, who has publicly expressed a distaste for sequins.
    • Within this already sparkly world, Yuzuru Hanyu stands out. It's obvious when he's standing next to the silver and bronze medalists at any given competition, whose costumes are often more understated. The overwhelming majority of Hanyu's costumes contain a multitude of sequins.
  • Women's gymnastics.
  • Synchronized swimming.
  • Female dog show judges.
  • Apparently Sarah Palin's televised presence is "so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America."
  • Sparkle World magazine is exactly what you'd expect from the title— it features My Little Pony, Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake, and similar sweet and sparkly stuff aimed at young girls.
  • When snow sparkles as it falls, that usually means it's good for making snowballs and snowmen.
  • Michael Jackson wore his trademark sequined socks to draw attention to his dance moves.
  • For Drag Queens, this is a way of life.
  • Many girls in their teens and below are All About The Sparkle.
  • Many a wedding gown sports sequins, glitter, rhinestones and/or beading
  • As any stagehand can tell you, subverted with theatrical productions. Sure, it looks nice, but it's a major pain to clean up afterwards, especially on carpet or cloth.
  • OffLimits has edible glitter you can put on your cereal (or any other food you want to make sparkly)!


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Lynn's crown (lights warning!)

Early in the series, George gave Lynn a key. Now, he finally gives her the chest that the key can open. There is a crown in it. Lynn dreams about her wearing the crown.

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