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Firefly slang for "Cool" or "Great".

Basically, this is when the word "Shine" and its variants are used to mean "Good", "Holy", "Righteous", or other similar things.

The reason is that to shine is to reflect a lot of light, so in a setting where Light Is Good (or at least seems to be), to shine is an indication of goodness. It's part of the reason the word is in the phrase Knight in Shining Armor. (The other reason being that "shining" in armor also means "not rusty," important in a fight.)


Again, this is just the word, nothing else.


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  • In With Strings Attached, what we would call the east coast of the continent of Baravada is known as the Shining Coast, because it still contains the possibility (albeit remote) of adventure. The west coast is the Rust Coast, which as far as anyone knows is unoccupied except for some Ketafan refugee towns, and totally devoid of adventure.

  • The Knights Radiant of The Stormlight Archive.
  • In Thud!, the in-hiding king of trolls is known as "Mr. Shine,"note  and Crysophase the troll refers to Captain Carrot (the suspected king of Ankh-Morpork and an all-around Nice Guy) as being "shiny."

     Live Action TV  
  • Kamen Rider Agito's Super Mode is called Shining Form.
  • Super Sentai:
    • Ressha Sentai ToQger is playing with it, some kind of way. Dark Is Evil, with the villains wreaking havoc to harvest the dark energy given off by the people's suffering. However, Zet, the Emperor of Darkness, finds the "shine" of the heroes, particularly Red, naturally, intriguing and focuses on them to see if their "shine" will stand up to what he throws at them. He hopes to have some of it for himself and is actually disappointed every time his dark power increases (though he sure doesn't mind using that power to kick ass.) However, we're not exactly sure what the 'shining' he sees in the heroes and hopes to get for himself really is, and despite seeking the light rather than the darkness, he sure does just as much evil as any other Big Bad.
    • It's made a central motif in Mashin Sentai Kiramager, with "kiramei"/"kiramai" being the Japanese word for "shining" and being worked into the names of almost everything relating to the heroes. And on top of that, the Sixth Ranger will occasionally use the English word of "shining" or "shiny" instead.

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