A cartoon gag where a light bulb appears over a character's head, illustrating their sudden burst of inspiration. Occasionally, a physical light source is used instead.

Audio

The visual bulb is usually accompanied by a musical chime of some sort. It has become so synonymous with the trope, that the chime is sometimes rung without the visual. Examples include:

  • Each idea Big Bird gets for how to remove the snow in Sesame Street Episode 0602 is marked with a chime.

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