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Lite Sprites were a line of toys that debuted in 2011. The Lite Sprites include the cheery Prisma, the sleepyhead Astra, the tomboy Brooke, and the hyper Meadow. With their Magic Wands, they bring color and light to the world of Lite-Topia—except for Bleak, the rebel sprite, who steals color instead. The toyline was discontinued in 2013.

The Lite Sprites also spawned an animated special that aired on The Hub. The special, entitled "Shine On," shows the Sprites having a slumber party and reminiscing about how they got their magic wands.

The special includes examples of:

  • Adaptational Heroism: Bleak is the villain in the toyline and is a wicked rebel who steals color, while in the animated special she's a snarky anti-hero who isn't villainous.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Bleak appears at the end of the flashback to help the other Sprites escape the cave-in.
  • Cave Behind the Falls: The Sprites' magic wands are hidden in a cave behind a waterfall.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Lite Sprites' color powers and wands reflect their own colors, except for Bleak.
  • Cultural Rebel: While the other Lite Sprites use their powers to make things colorful, Bleak instead uses her powers to erase color. Her toy can, too, and is the only one with this ability.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Averted by Astra and Prisma whose eyes don't match their hair, but played straight by Meadow, Brooke, and Bleak.
  • The Cutie: Prisma is cheerful, cute, and loves the color pink.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: In the special Bleak is moody and has a 'negative' power, but is a friend to the Sprites as much as the others, even if she won't admit it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Almost all of Bleak's dialogue is snark or accentuated like it is.
  • Descriptive Ville: Lite-Topia is where all the Lite Sprites live.
  • The Ditz: Astra is a sleepy daydreamer and often the last to pick up on things.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Prisma dreams that the sprites found special wands, which leads to them finding them for real.
  • Earthquakes Cause Fissures: An earthquake causes a small fissure that lets Bleak hear the trapped sprites.
  • Flashback: Half the special is a flashback to how the girls got their wands.
  • Funny Background Event: Throughout the first half of the special, a butterfly tries to steal the girls' marshmallows.
  • Generic Cuteness: All of the girls share the same cute body type and dress, with the only real difference being hairstyles and colors.
  • Genki Girl: Meadow is active and full of energy.
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: The Light Wand in the toyline has two "Bleak Spells" which can be used on Bleak so she can be able to receive and share color like the other sprites. "Free Bleak" unlocks her for color receiving, while "Color Bleak" adds a little color to her.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Astra and Brooke both wear girly pigtails that accentuate their young age and cuteness.
  • Informed Attribute: Lite-Topia was supposedly not very colorful before the girls got their light wands, but shots of Lite-Topia before and after are exactly the same.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Bleak doesn't like parties and would rather be alone, but when the other Lite Sprites are in trouble she races to the rescue.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Prisma is named after a prism, which reflects rainbow flares when held to the light.
    • Astra is named after the term "Astral", referring to the stars.
    • Meadow is named after the grassland of the same name, and refers to her floral nature.
    • Brooke is named for a type of river, and her powers are blue-related.
    • Bleak's name means "lacking" or "dreary", fitting her power to erase color.
  • Odd Name Out: Bleak, when compared to names like Brooke, Meadow, Prisma and Astra.
  • Origins Episode: The special revolves around the sprites recounting the day they found their light wands and how they came to be the team they are now.
  • Painting the Frost on Windows: Each of the sprites is responsible for bringing color to a particular part of Lite-Topia, except for Prisma, who is in charge of color in general, and Bleak, who steals color.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: Meadow and Bleak have different accounts of how successful Meadow's joke was.
  • Slumber Party: The sprites hold one to keep Astra awake, and end up telling the story of how they got their wands.
  • Tomboy: Brooke loves sports and performs a difficult rope dive into the waterfalls.
  • Unreliable Expositor: During a flashback, Meadow claims a joke she told caused everyone else to laugh uproariously. In Bleak's version of the story, the same joke fell totally flat.
  • World-Healing Wave: Once the sprites put their wands together, their world is instantly made much more colorful.
  • Youthful Freckles: Astra is the youngest of the group and has freckles to accentuate it.