Extraordinary powers, jammin' with Felicity
Together, best of friends you and I
Together, exploring the city
Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty, Kitty, Kitty..."
Yes, you read the title right. No, it's not a Lisa Frank fever dream.
Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty (officially shortened to RBUK) is a quite surreal American series created by Rich Magallanes that follows the everyday adventures of Felicity (Allegra Clark), a fearless, sassy rainbow-butterfly-unicorn-kitten hybrid with transformative powers that allow her to turn into the form of a rainbow, a butterfly, or a unicorn. Tagging along with her are her best friends; Miguel (Arturo Sandoval), a more down-to-earth active Anubis Chihuahua, Athena, a book-smart owl (Katie Leigh), and Yana the yeti (Laila Berzins). Together, the team have fun exploring the city of Mythlandia.
The show and its toys are produced by Funrise, taking over for Saban Brands after it shut down, with animation by Bardel Entertainment (known for animating Rick and Morty and Teen Titans Go!). The first episode was released on the Nick App and On Demand on January 18, 2019. A sneak peek of the series aired on the main Nickelodeon network on January 27, before the show premiered a day later on Nicktoons in the United States. Despite being a modest success with a bunch of merchandise being made and sold, it wasn't treated too kindly by Nick and received a mixed reception at best from critics and internet users online, as such it only lasted one season and was quietly cancelled.
Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Tropey:
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Felicity wears a collar... and nothing else.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Trivial Per Hoot" focuses on Athena as she faces a crisis due to a loss of confidence for getting a fact wrong.
- Ambiguously Human: Two examples:
- Ryan O'Brian is a character who is a Leprechaun and identified as such In-Universe, but he is human-sized with green skin and not the traditional small-sized helium-voiced type, although he has abilities that a leprechaun normally has in addition to human abilities (except for the Jackass Genie behavior of a leprechaun) that traditional leprechauns don't. But he doesn't have the weakness to wrought iron, and it's questionable whether he's really human, or a Half-Human Hybrid but this is never stated in the show itself, and for all intents and purposes, he's treated as a leprechaun.
- "Satyr", whose real name is unknown, may have been human but it's not certain
- Baby Morph Episode: In "Fountain of Too Much Youth", when Miguel's favorite sundae (mint chip with chorizo) is put on the kids' menu, he makes himself younger by drinking from the Fountain of Youth so he can order it. However, he was only supposed to swim in the fountain and keeps getting younger as a result, so Felicity has to cure him with a piece of a pungent aged cheese wheel before he de-ages to nothing.
- Bob Ross Rib: "Anubis Newbie" features a scene where Felicity references The Joy of Painting while painting a kitty. She even parodies Bob Ross's "let's paint ourselves a happy little tree" Catchphrase.
- Brain Freeze: At the end of the episode "Purrfect Party", Felicity and Miguel drink milkshakes and get brain freezes. The brain freezes are represented by big ice cubes appearing around their heads.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: In order to use her powers to transform into her various forms, Felicity must shout "Rainbow, butterfly, unicorn, kitty!" and then name the power she wants to use.
- Comically Missing the Point: In "Anubis Newbie", Felicity (who has her phone with her) and Miguel walking through a temple. Miguel is Squashed Flat by a trap in the temple's hall, and Felicity responds with "Oh, no! ... I've lost reception!"
- Creepy Monotone: Deconstructed, then reconstructed. Athena the owl naturally speaks in a monotonous voice which scares some characters, but then it's accepted as part of who she is. She's not malicious in any way, actually very nice, but it has this effect on characters.
- Cute Kitten: Felicity is a deliberately adorable kitten. Making her a combination between rainbows, butterflies, and unicorns helps out this trope.
- Cuteness Proximity: Since episode "Purrfect Party", she can use "Kitty Power", which turns her into a live-action kitten with swirly eyes. Enemies can't withstand the cuteness attack.
- Death by De-aging: In "Fountain of Too Much Youth", Miguel was at risk of dying in this way after going in the fountain of youth. This was inverted in that same episode when Felicity fed him stinky cheese which aged him to an elderly condition. Later, he was returned to normal.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Athena the owl is treated as a semi-pariah for getting knowledge on Mythlandia wrong in "Trivial Per Hoot", which focuses on a game show.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: Indeed. Felicity's fur is rainbow-colored (mostly pink, but with shades of other colors scattered around).
- Frozen in Time: One episode depicted an area that could not move beyond medieval times, although it had Anachronism Stew for Rule of Funny.
- Handy Feet: A flashback shows Yana as a child using her feet to eat a tire, then shortly after cutting back to the present, she uses one foot to eat an old sandwich she found.
- Harmless Villain: Rudy, a rat who wants to be a rabbit tries to be threatening but never succeeds, and he's often defeated by his own plans. He's also considered a joke In-Universe and often defeated by Felicity.
- Here We Go Again!: After defeating Felicity's Evil Twin, Miguel accidentally creates his own who plays jazz music.
- Local Hangout: Felicity and her friends tend to hang out at Mythic Malts, a restaurant owned by Moona that sells malts.
- Limited Animation:The show's animation strongly resembles a internet webtoon from the mid 2000s due to it's uncontrolled colors and cheap-looking visuals.
- Mirror Monster: In "The Return of Mighty Meow & Super Lucha", Felicity speaks her name backward into the Mirror Rock, creating her Evil Twin who hates everything that Felicity loves and vice versa.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Felicity is part cat, part rainbow, part unicorn, and part butterfly.
- The Napoleon: Timmy the kraken. He's small enough to live in a fish bowl, but is also arrogant and power-hungry, making him far more of a threat than his size would suggest.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Felicity is a combination of...well, what's on the title!
- Not So Above It All: Athena in "Gone with the Wand". She uses Max the Magnificent's wand to summon an all-owl boy band to serenade her.
- Only Sane Woman: Athena the owl is occasionally the voice of reason in the trio, although there are times when she does join in, or become the victim of, the craziness the show's universe inhabits.
- The Owl-Knowing One: Athena the owl is the most intelligent and studious of Felicity's friend group.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Felicity is a mostly pink-colored female cat. Miguel is a dark blue-colored male dog.
- Power Incontinence: Felicity seemingly have trouble with her powers in "Nobody's Purrfect". During the episode she accidentally activates two powers simultaneously, and once all three. Turns out she was clumsy due to imbalance caused by pearl collar.
- Pygmalion Plot: In "My Fair Yeti", Felicity tries to help Yanna become more refined so she can attend a fancy party.
- Rainbows and Unicorns: Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty is a unicorn-cat-rainbow-butterfly hybrid. Normally, she appears as a horned cat with a rainbow color palette. However, she can transform into four other forms (rainbow, butterfly, unicorn, kitty) with unique powersets.
- Recycled Soundtrack: In "Anubis Newbie", Felicity can be heard listening to "Find You", a song composer Noam Kaniel originally composed for Power Rangers Dino Charge, where it was a song by the fictional NZed Boys.
- The Resenter: Rudy deeply dislikes Felicity, both for her powers and for being more popular than he is.
- Retro Universe: A mixture between this and Medieval Stasis; parts of the world are influenced by medieval times, but there's the 1950s style Local Hangout which seems partially influenced by the 50s Prime Time Cafe in esthetic, and other parts that look more 1980s or 1990s.
- Shapeshifter Identity Crisis: Version without Power Incontinence. In "Small Change", Felicity undergoes an identity crisis.
- Snap Back: Everything returns to the status quo with no real explanation between episodes. In one episode, Moona, a cow who owns the Local Hangout Mythic Malts has her malt shop destroyed and in one episode she closes it, but by the next time we see her, it's back to normal without any plot-relevant explanation.
- Status Quo Is God: Zig-zagged. Sometimes it stays, sometimes it goes.
- In most cases, things are restored to normal by the next episode, and characters often don't learn the moral or the lesson.
- Athena the owl seems to have learnt her lesson and while she won't make a reference to past episodes, she has undergone Character Development.
- Ryan O'Brian still retains his business that involves parkour from his introductory episode "Pot Luck".
- Temporal Paradox: Averted. In "Time Out", Felicity borrowed Father Time's clock, and she and her friends had fun time-traveling. No universe-shattering paradoxes, and the only danger was being eaten by a predator.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: Felicity can turn into various forms using Rainbow Power, Butterfly Power, and Unicorn Power. Also features the family of changelings in "Small Change".
- Walking Swimsuit Scene: Yanna's usual outfit is a blue flower-print bikini. It's justified, though; as a yeti, even moderate temperatures are stifling for her.
- Wing Ding Eyes: In "Fountain of Too Much Youth". After Miguel eats too much of the Wheel of Aged Cheese and becomes a buff adult, Felicity's eyes briefly change to images of cheese being shredded.
- You Mean "Xmas": Mythmas is the Mythlandian counterpart to Christmas, and everything is followed to the letter for the festive tradition. It's not confirmed in canon if Christmas does exist in their universe.