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Ned: I'll know my perfect girl when I see her — because golden light will hit her just right, and the angels will sing!
In anime, attractive men and women walk around in a cloud of sparkles. Maybe they're just so pretty that light, like members of the opposite sex (and occasionally the same sex), behaves strangely around them. Maybe Animeland pheromones take the form of glowing, colorful diamonds of light. Nobody really knows.
Or maybe it's just the fact that Generic Cuteness makes it hard to visually show the really beautiful people. Furthermore, this is usually shown when it's the point of view of the person looking at a Bishie, so this is likely to visually convey their inner feelings.
Some more recent examples will employ the Bishie Sparkle out of an intense commitment to irony, or humorously.
Most Western examples have been references to Japanese examples, but with the popularity of Twilight, that might be beginning to change.
Anime and Manga
- Gravion brings us Klein Sandman, who first gets his during a I Always Wanted to Say That moment. Being absurdly Bishonen already, this may be overkill.
- Felten of Hana to Akuma seems capable of invoking these at will.
- Osaka in Azumanga Daioh, despite not being particularly Bishoujo, gets a Bishie Sparkle during her first scene. Sakaki also gets this during Kaorin's daydreams. To excess.
- Fruits Basket
- Happens a lot, but most notably during Tohru's daydream of "if Yuki and Kyo got along".
- Not to mention whenever Ayame appears. He practically exists for this trope.
- Very late in the manga, the sparkle is also used as a Vomit Discretion Shot after Kyo's stomach gets the better of him. Well, either that, or Sohmas are so beautiful that even their vomit is pretty. Or maybe that's just where bishie sparkle comes from.
- Parodied, like most other elements of Shojo, in Ouran High School Host Club. To be honest, there's so much sparkle in that you'd think the entire cast was related to Edward Cullen in some way.
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, THE ART OF SPARKLING BEAUTY HAS BEEN PASSED DOWN IN THE ARMSTRONG LINE FOR GENERATIONS! And it really has, although Major Armstrong is more 'manly' than pretty. (Image.)
- It's not just Major Alex Louis Armstrong who has this trait, but THE ENTIRE ARMSTRONG FAMILY THROUGH THE GENERATIONS.
- Not just the entire family: the sparkle is possessed by a flower woman whose family has SERVED THE ARMSTRONG LINE FOR GENERATIONS. And one of her hairs has the Armstrong curl, too.
- Sig Curtis also develops a sparkle when he's doing manly things with Armstrong. Curiously enough, his sparkle isn't pink, but brown-ish.
- May's Inner-Mind Theatre version of Edward and later Alphonse have this.
- Roy Mustang gets some sparkles in the 13th episode of the 2003 anime adaptation during his duel with Edward.
- As does Envy in the Chibi Wrap Party OVA, to hilarious effect.
- Lampshaded by Breda when he's impersonating Armstrong to prank his colleagues: He's got small pink paper cutouts that look like Armstrong's sparkle, suspended on wires.
- Armstrong also sculpted a statue of himself in The Movie from the 2003 anime series; it had a small four-pointed piece of stone for a sparkle suspended by a strip of metal coming from the body.
- Fullmetal Fantasy, the Fan Film produced by the English vocal cast, has Real Life Armstrong complete with sparkles, quite possibly the film's Crowning Moment of Funny.
- It's not just Major Alex Louis Armstrong who has this trait, but THE ENTIRE ARMSTRONG FAMILY THROUGH THE GENERATIONS.
- Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge is all about the Bishie Sparkle! The four main male characters do it all the time. Sunako (the horror-obsessed, darkness-loving ghost-resembling Sadako-Samara-esque-girl) calls them "creatures of the light" and avoids them at all costs or gets a Nosebleed. The four boys are incredibly attractive to men and women alike, and boy, do they know it. They sparkle all the time, sometimes unconsciously, sometimes because they can purposefully turn on the charm. Noi, a really popular girl and Takenaga's girlfriend, also sparkles a lot, because she's so pretty and perfect.
- Yuuichi of Kanon (see the picture above) purposely unleashes a Bishie Sparkle at one point to see how it feels to be a bishie, and he decides it just isn't his thing. Ironically, many would consider him to be a bishonen, just not excessively so.
- Maity-Sensei from Lovely Complex has a truly awesome Bishie Sparkle that he seems to be able to control (He often wraps it around his fingers and writes in the air with it when he is proud of himself) One time he even claims that he can use magic, then using the sparkle to demonstrate this.
- Mahou Sensei Negima
- Negi Springfield sparkles whenever he accidentally acts cool and charming. This goes double when he's in his magically-aged-up form.
- He also sparkles in some of Nodoka's doodles, as seen in her diary.
- Albiero Imma or rather Colonel Sanders as he prefers to call himself does this a lot when his hood is down. Especially when talking to Evangelina.
- Repeatedly used in Hayate the Combat Butler, mostly for comedic effect - Hayate can even consciously generate Bishie Sparkle, complete with a Dramatic Wind and a Love Bubbles backdrop, when he needs to look really charming.
- In the Planetes manga, when The Baron lets down his hair (revealing that he was Bishonen All Along) he gets the Bishie Sparkle.
- Ginji and a one-shot character in Magical Project S.
- Vash the Stampede from Trigun gets this a few times in the anime.
- It is essentially impossible for Yoh from High School Debut to appear in a single panel without sparkling.
- Rose of Versailles uses this frequently, usually with flowers nearby or as a background.
- As does Kaze to Ki no Uta. This seems to have been standard practice in Shoujo manga at the time.
- Michel Blanc and Alto Saotome of Macross Frontier both got them in the TV broadcast edit of Episode 1. Mikhail can even do it on command when flirting.
- Giorno from Part 5 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is so Bishonen that both he and his Stand are quite sparkly.
- Eyeshield 21
- The Black Lagoon manga used this to comedic effect in a flashback to Boris' youth. Apparently he used to be a bishie.
- Erica Hartmann did this in Strike Witches as part of a Show Some Leg to attract the attention of a passing truck. Even with all the sparkles, it still failed.
- Used by Ian, the movie star who temporarily lures Layla away from the stage in Kaleido Star. Layla does it quite a bit, as well, in Episode 13.
- Hendrick K. Strawberryfield in Kamen no Maid Guy projects sparkles when he removes his glasses. Which is quite often. He also hypnotizes women with them.
- Possibly the strangest, most incredibly out-of-place use of this trope EVER was in one of the later episodes of Gundam Wing, in which Quatre, the already ambiguously-gay character, crouches over a wounded Heero and extends his hand, from which shines a sudden, brief, and totally unexpected shower of gold sparkles. Like, seriously. Totally came outta left field.
- It is implied that the gold sparkles are a manifestation of Quatre using his not-quite-explained-but-somewhat-implied psychic powers on Heero. He gathers the sparkles from across Heero's body and brings them to his chest, remarking that he agreed that the Earth had been kind to both of them, and so they should go back.
- In D Gray Man, Allen is shown to be able to exude Bishie Sparkles to get what he wants, most noticeably in this instance where he manages to manipulate the robot Komurin into falling for him and doing what he asks.
- Tokidoki from Amatsuki displays a similar ability, using his sparkling beauty to fool the police into believing some sad story and therefore evading arrest. He also wears them when he's happy.
- The Student Council President and the Vice-President from Maria Holic. They sparkle so much that you could see the effects from a screen away.
- Baccano! gives a very brief flash of bishie sparkle to Ladd Russo, of all people. He's not really Bishonen or anything; he's just being very hammy at the moment.
- Parodied in Natsume Yuujinchou with actor and part time exterminator Natori - who seems to accumulate fangirls wherever he goes.
- In Haruhi-chan, when Kyon and Koizumi dress up as hosts.
- Pretty much every appearance of Koizumi in Haruhi-chan has it...
- Seiji Kisaragi sparkles so much, that he's instantly nicknamed 'Sparkling Foreigner' when he appears for the first time.
- Game X Rush has Memori, who sparkles as part of his job: He's a bodyguard, and the Bishie Awesome is how he gets the clients. Typically, however, Memori is less Sparkle and more Monologue.
- When Keiichi became (even more) Bishonen, he sparkled, in the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni CD Drama, which came out a while before the anime, or even sound novel remakes.
- He also does this a few times in anime.
- Apparently, the main purpose of the two OAV episodes for Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Hachiyou Shou is to provide fans with a shot of all of the eight main guys sporting bishie sparkles. Which isn't surprising at all.
- Train from Black Cat is constantly seen with these in a Gaussian Girl manner whenever Kyoko imagines or thinks about him.
- Sharon from Pandora Hearts sometimes sparkles so intensely that the sparkles fly off and hit the other characters (usually Break).
- Although it happens to anyone hearing/performing some very good music in Nodame Cantabile, the trophy goes to Prof. Auclair, who seems to exhale this all the time in the manga.
- Yumichika sparkles whenever he gives that cute smile. Observe. Not only that, but when Rangiku and Isane decide to insult the 11th division as a squad of filthy, Loin Cloth wearing men, Yumichika simply cannot let that go unchallenged. His answer to such an odious accusation? Sparkles.
- And despite not being Bishonen Charlotte Cuuhlhourne constantly does this as well.
- Luffy from One Piece does not have Bishie Sparkles... unless the person looking at him is Boa Hancock, in which case you get this.
- Sebastian in Black Butler can generate sparkles when he is being particularly charming. This may or may not be a supernatural ability.
- Fushigi Yuugi has a sparkly set of bishies.
- Hiro and Shuichi got a brief moment of this, including a pink background and plenty of Ho Yay in episode one of Gravitation.
- Otonashi from Angel Beats pulls this off to mockingly imitate Hinata.
- Also Takamatsu, whenever he takes off his shirt.
- Marik and Yami Bakura have sparkly moments in Little Kuriboh's "Bad Romance" AMV parody, "Leather Pants".
- Keiichi Kanejou from B Gata H Kei has them permanently, as does his sister Kyoka.
- Ichijo in Vampire Knight Bishie Sparkles when he's happy. It's more than a little depressing...
- Semi-averted in Slayers, where Zelgadis tends to shimmer under the scarves, especially in his first two or three appearances—but it's because he's made of shiny stone. But unaverted when he gets over some of his spazz, and the shimmer starts to combine with his graceful hand gestures and his personal bishie breeze.
- Kazahaya of Legal Drug pictures Kakei with sparkles in his head.
- There are quite a few episodes of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl in which Brock will go into complete Bishonen mode, complete with sparkles and a drastically different look.
- Cilan and his brothers. To quote Pokémon Special:
Cress: Our teamwork sparkles!
- In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon anime spin off for Explorers of Time and Darkness, this is basically what Gabite does after hitting Sunflora with Attract.
- Minccino's Attract has a similar effect on Snivy.
- This happens to Ataru in Urusei Yatsura at least once.
- Emi from 20-Year-Old Girl X 30-Year-Old Maiden sparkles frequently.
- Some characters from Shugo Chara, most notably Tadase, and sometimes Amu. Kukai even refered to it as "sparkly attack".
- Hilariously spoofed in Saa Koi ni Ochitamae, a Boys Love manga, where when the protagonist starts sparkling his brothers see it, and have some funny reactions.
- Played for Laughs in Tiger and Bunny, when Nathan teaches Keith how to generate this effect to impress girl latter likes.
- Every character in Axis Powers Hetalia gets this at some point, but lately Estonia seems to be constantly sparkling. Some have started to call him Sparklestonia because of this. It even seems to spread to those around him in Chibi sketches.
- To Aru Majutsu no Index's Misaka Mikoto imagines Touma in an astonishingly honest moment in New Testament vol. 2.
- Yatterman came out in 1978 but already lampshaded and spoofed this, for example when the Terrible Trio started mocking the heroes for their shiny eyes and teeth, or when the Yattermen started irradiating sparkles from random parts of their bodies.
- In Kyo Kara Maoh, Wolfram's sparkles can cure and heal the sick and dying. Gunter tends to get sparkles a lot.
- Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru uses these on occasion, most notably Takako and Sion. Mariya once gets rainbows as well.
- Notably absent from the otherwise bishie-laden Saint Seiya...until they put out this action figure, which combined Bishie Sparkle with Lens Flare Censor to hilarious effect.
- At one point in Skip Beat, Ren sparkles so hard that it's actually painful for Kyoko to look directly at him ("The sparkling! It burns!").
- Jareth from Labyrinth is a rare live action example. The scene in which he first appears in Sarah's bedroom is a good example, where he is surrounded by sparkles. He also wears sparkly eye makeup.
- The vampires in Twilight sparkle in direct sunlight, which they avoid by either being nocturnal or living in places with near-constant rainfall (such as Forks, WA). Prettiness is apparently a vampire trait. This has been the subject of much Squee-ing from the Fandom and much ridicule from the Hatedom. There might be a justification. Since a vampire's skin is like a diamond, both in toughness and in appearance.
- With the announcement of a Twilight manwha, the series may reach an unprecedented level of sparkle.
- Spoofed in Lamb the Gospel According To Biff: glittery auras are also apparently an angel trait, but First-Person Smartass Biff is less than impressed by it
Biff: And this golden stuff around you, this light, what is this?
- Played with on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide: Ned sees Bishie Sparkle three times around Moze and wonders if that means he likes her. The first two turn out to be someone working with a spotlight, but it's implied the third time was the real thing.
- Happens to pretty much every one of J.D.'s girlfriends on Scrubs though there's also usually a fan blowing in her hair and a music riff too. In one of the commentaries they joke that these are moments made for the commercial, cause sex sells.
- Delicious Gakuin does this with Rin and almost everything he touches. Lampshaded for comic effect as he can literally switch it on and off whenever he likes.
- In Warehouse 13, the former football player has aged well, contrary to Myka's expectations, and is surrounded by Bishie Sparkle when she sees him for the first time.
- Chi Soo from Flower Boy Ramyun Shop is covered in sparkles when he's introduced on the aeroplane.
- In printed media, the title character of the comic strip "Brenda Starr Reporter" is always drawn with a very subdued version of this effect, even when not in the foreground. It manifests as between one and four six-pointed stars, and is subdued since the stars appear on the character's face and hair rather than in the air around her.
- The Pretty Marines, a homebrew Warhammer 40000 Space Marine chapter created by a certain Image Board, have this as a natural trait due to a special gland.
- In The Sims 2, an option is to scan the room looking for people your Sim is attracted to. This is indicated by certain people being surrounded by a glowing light, complete with sparkles.
- In The Sims 3, you can get a lifetime happiness reward called "Eye Candy", which surrounds your sim in red sparkles and gives a moodlet to other sims nearby.
- No More Heroes does this in Harvey Moseiwitschii Volodarksii's boss fight to a comedic extent, with sparkles constantly radiating off him. However, his 'bishonen' appearance is rather damaged when he gets cut in half.
- Raiden occasionally generates this in the pre-Metal Gear Solid 4 joke trailers and the Snake Eraser bonus movie. At one point he and Snake race for each other, Snake trailing dramatic red and white flower petals, and Raiden trailing white and pink sparkles.
- Big Boss gets a helping of this, too, after telling Ocelot he's 'pretty good'. Ocelot, losing consciousness, perceives Big Boss as looking soft focus and sparkly.
- Prince Peasley needs only flip his hair to create a blinding blast of Bishie Sparkle in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. He does this a lot, sometimes several times in the same scene.
- Much to Luigi's delight.
- Being the resident uber-Bishonen, Disgaea 3's Master Big Star uses the bishie sparkle on a near-constant basis. He even throws in a rose or two for added effect.
- Kenshin from Sengoku Basara is always surrounded by sparkles and rose petals. Whether or not Kasuga is just imagining it is debatable.
- Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility uses this effect to indicate when the main character has met a Love Interest.
- Animal Parade too.
- Human Teddie of Persona 4 has this, and boy does he abuse it.
- In Rainbow Mika's ending in Street Fighter Alpha 3, Zangief receives the Bishie Sparkle treatment. Okay...
- As of the September 2009 system update, the PlayStation 3 cross media bar's standard background has added Bishie Sparkle, which you can manipulate by shaking the controller.
- Link gets some in Spirit Tracks, after a scene involving a Friendship-speech. Don't be surprised: This is the same game that gave him Blush Stickers after all.
- In the MMO Lord of the Rings Online when a character receives "inspiration" (a buff which turns the character into an absolute Badass so he can solo a quest designed for a group), he's surrounded by a rather heavenly-looking glow and little sparkles emanate from him.
- Yo-Jin-Bo has a couple of scenes in which the very pretty men of the game sparkle.
- In Blaz Blue this came from the absolutely most unlikley source EVUHR, namely Arakune in his "Help me, Proffesor Kokonoe" segment. The good Proffesor Kokonoe herself proceeded with commenting that he was actually kind of cute.
- Handsome Lech incarnate Olivier Lenheim does this from time to time in Trails in the Sky, complete with a dramatic Hair Flip. Considering Olivier's personality and general silliness, this isn't surprising in the slightest.
- Charvatres from Handsome Fungus has an interesting variation on this, he has hearts floating around wherever he goes. Notice in the third panel, he's not happy and the hearts are still there.
- El Goonish Shive used this several times now, and hung a lampshade on it by having one of the characters ask "Since when can you glow?". Apparently, Tedd didn't even realise he was doing it.
- Of course, what with this being Shive and all, it may end up being latent magic abilities or something else significant given his love of Chekhov's Gun.
- Played with in Cafe Anime, with Jules (in the "How to Bishi" non-continuity series) spraying a jar of "Bishi Glitter" on Lexx. Which, later in the same series, causes him to blind onlookers when exposed to direct sunlight.
- Parodied in this strip from the Stick Figure Comic Stickman and Cube, where the cartoonist supposedly draws the two characters Bishonen.
- Used deliberately in this strip from webcomic Darian's Friends to illustrate one character's false idealized impression of another.
- In a The Last Days of Foxhound flashback, Ocelot sees Big Boss with bishie sparkles, which makes so much sense if you've seen him in Metal Gear Solid 3. Liquid is appropriately traumatised when it turns out that there's no-one in FOX-HOUND who doesn't have a crush on his dad.
- Except maybe Mantis. And Raven.
- Brilliantly Lampshaded in this strip of Fey Winds.
- Taken out of context, the last panel of this Achewood. (Or "majesty lines", with apologies to the commenters.)
- Okashina Okashi, of course. There's an entire restaurant of sparkly Bishounen wearing nothing but towels, the appropriately-named Beauty Man Garden.
- Dexter in this page of Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi, although it's never explained and no one reacts to it.
- Iceland from Scandinavia and The World sparkles. It's even lampshaded once when he dresses up as a sparkly vampire for Halloween.
- Freefall: "Just like Vlad the Impaler. He was also a monster."
- Highschool womaniser, Hiroshi Aizaku, of Red String displays it here. The girls flock to him till they notice the nearby Eiji Hayashihara, who they say has cleaned up nicely, who isn't sparkling likely because he isn't turning on the charm like Hiroshi is.
- Maxim of Girl Genius, in the second panel here.
- Sinfest features these whenever the angels give people "glitter points". Though they do appear to have some actual uses. Also a non-glitter-point related example.
- In Grey Is Black has them whenever he imitatesWhite because in his mind White always has them
- In Eerie Cuties Jacqui enchants her coven with some sparkly glamour spell in case they're turned to boys. When this happens to Melissa, she is indeed turned into "glamorous" guy. With sparklies.
- Leandro in Magick Chicks had those sparkles when he walks in. It's not clear whether sparkles are supposed to represent a glamour spell or Jacqui's instant crush, though.
- Used on both Sam and Paulina within the same dance night on Danny Phantom.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: Aang has seen them on Katara and Meng has seen them on Aang (who happened to be slouching with a vacant expression at the time, making him as un-bishounen as possible).
- Not to mention one guy saw them on Ty Lee in "The Beach".
- Parodied In the The Legend of Korra episode "Welcome to Republic City", where there are bishie sparkles on the resident bush of a park-dwelling Hobos.
Hobo: Took me a while to procure a bush that beauteous. *bush sparkles*
- Mike Morningstar of Ben 10 Alien Force sparkles when he flies and is specifically commented on by Kevin. Of course, he's a Plumber's kid, so it could easily just be alien powers...
- On PBS's Maya and Miguel, one episode has Esperanza, who has a crush on Miguel, see said boy with these.
- Dutchess, the female lead of The Aristocats, sparkles during one scene, in a close up of her face and eyes. It's almost surreal to see the Bishie Sparkle applied in a Disney film.
- In one of the animated The Lord of the Rings movies, Elves had a Bishie Sparkle and halo around their heads.
- Surfer Dude Jack Kahuna Laguna in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "SpongeBob vs. The Big One". He's voiced by Johnny Depp.
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron uses this trope more then once. First time is a pretty hilarious moment when Cindy sees Jimmy in a tux, she gets hearts in her eyes, the camera zooms in on him making a pose with sparkles surrounding him (plus some appropriate music) , and she dreamily stares at him as he walks in the church ("Hunk muffin..."). The second time is reversed, when Jimmy sees Cindy in her space suit, she has sparkles floating around her.
- On Freds Head these are used whenever anyone sees something or someone they like. It even goes as far as to whenever an animal sees something they like. As you can imagine, this happens just about every episode.
- In Dexter's Laboratory, when Mandark first sees Dee Dee, he sees her passing by in slo-mo, a trail of sparkles in her wake. He grasps at them in a zonked-out state of bliss.
- Lampshaded in Phineas and Ferb when they make a short film starring Candace as a princess. "Cue the magical girly dust!"
- Vanessa gets a Bishie Sparkle too, when Ferb sees her the first and the second time, although it was used more to indicate his Precocious Crush on her rather than her beauty.
- Jeremy Johnson, the subject of Candace's crush, occasionally gets this.
- Private, one of the Badass Adorable title group in The Penguins of Madagascar, once learned to reach 132% Cuteness which caused people to pass out upon seeing it. When he activated it, it spontaneously generated glitter and rainbows.