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* Every element found in nature came from a star's nuclear fusion. Humans are literally made of stardust.
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* Franchise/Superman. Earth's yellow sun is what gives him his powers.

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* Franchise/Superman.''Comicbook/{{Superman}}''. Earth's yellow sun is what gives him his powers.
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*Franchise/Superman. Earth's yellow sun is what gives him his powers.
26th Jul '16 5:19:33 PM GreatWyrmGold
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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' the Amaterasu is described as being [[ConvectionSchmonvection hotter than the Sun]].



* The Titans from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' are monsters that are powered by sunlight. This results in plenty of DaylightHorror, as the creatures become lethargic or dormant during the night (or if kept out of direct sunlight for several hours).



* An early issue of Marvel's ''Epic Illustrated anthology'' has a story about a project to provide unlimited energy by tapping the core of the Sun itself. This does not end well.



* Franchise/{{Superman}}, like all Kryptonians -including his cousins ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' and ''Comicbook/PowerGirl''-, gains superpowers from his ability to absorb sunlight. A yellow sun happens to be a ''mediocre'' power source for him: under a blue sun, all of his powers get hypercharged and he gains entirely new ones, to boot! Under a Pulsar or Quasar, he can gain [[NighOmnipotent "power beyond imagination."]]



* Most of Stark's IronMan armors have a solar energy collection function that can keep them working on a basic level, but that's mainly an emergency backup that cannot seriously provide enough power fast enough for combat.
* The ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' villain Evil Star wields the Starband, which fuels itself on the light of the stars and gives him incredible powers. Interestingly, when he tried to fight Superman, he only made Superman stronger. Superman explained that starlight is the same as sunlight, his power source.



* ComicBook/IronMan foe Sunturion undergoes a process that converts him into microwave energy. In this converted state, Sunturion is capable of projecting microwave energy, creating force fields, teleportation, flight, and absorbing of solar radiation to replenish his own energy.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** One of many explanations for ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}'s EyeBeams is that his body absorbs solar energy and transmutes it into physical force. Depending on the writer, these beams can start fires and glow in the dark. His brother Havok has the same power source, and was once brought to the verge of PhlebotinumOverload by being ''tossed into a star''.
** The Phoenix Force, described as "fire and life incarnate", literally ''[[ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga eats]]'' suns to replenish itself. In this instance, the trope established just [[OurGodsAreDifferent how very powerful]] it was. [[note]]In times of extreme frailty, such as during ''Endsong'', the Phoenix Force has tried to 'feed on' Cyclops.
* Starfire, mostly known from the TeenTitans, comes from another alien species that gets it powers from the sun. Which is why it ''totally'' makes sense for her to wear a {{Stripperific}} outfit and have scenes of [[{{Fanservice}} sunbathing nude]].

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* ComicBook/IronMan foe Sunturion undergoes a process that converts him into microwave energy. In this converted state, Sunturion is capable of projecting microwave energy, creating force fields, teleportation, flight, and absorbing of solar radiation to replenish his own energy.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** One of many explanations for ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}'s EyeBeams is that his body absorbs solar energy and transmutes it into physical force. Depending on the writer, these beams can start fires and glow in the dark. His brother Havok has the same power source, and was once brought to the verge of PhlebotinumOverload by being ''tossed into a star''.
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The Phoenix Force, described as "fire and life incarnate", literally ''[[ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga eats]]'' suns to replenish itself. In this instance, the trope established just [[OurGodsAreDifferent how very powerful]] it was. [[note]]In times of extreme frailty, such as during ''Endsong'', the Phoenix Force has tried to 'feed on' Cyclops.
* Starfire, mostly known from
Cyclops, whose superpowers are powered by the TeenTitans, comes from another alien species that gets it powers from the sun. Which is why it ''totally'' makes sense for her to wear a {{Stripperific}} outfit and have scenes of [[{{Fanservice}} sunbathing nude]].Sun.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'': Megamind's latest scheme involves using the power of the Sun to kill Metroman. It takes a long time to warm up...



* The BigBad in ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' uses a KillSat that reflects and focuses sunlight into a single destructive beam that can be targeted anywhere. Of course, it can also be used for beneficial purposes, such as providing warmth, which it does exactly once.
* In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', the Starkiller Base literally absorbs a sun to power its planet destroying blast. [[spoiler:When it is destroyed, it collapses into a small sun itself.]]



* ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'' has an evil Superman clone that has powers derived from the Sun as well. Thing is, he apparently "turns off" when not exposed to sunlight - and, naturally, there's no consistency on this on the movie.
* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':
** The Future Sentinels have the ability to heat up if they encounter someone with an ice power, like Bobby.
** Sunspot's mutant ability.

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* ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'' has an evil Superman clone that has powers derived from the Sun as well. Thing is, he apparently "turns off" when not exposed to sunlight - and, naturally, there's no consistency on this on the movie.
* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':
** The Future Sentinels have the ability to heat up if they encounter someone with an ice power, like Bobby.
**
''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': Sunspot's mutant ability.



* Slaver Sunflowers in Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' setting. When in groups, they can collect and concentrate sunlight on a specific target, incinerating it.
* Short story "Sign Among the Stars" (1958). A sun furnace (a pair of giant mirrors) can concentrate sunlight and use it as a beam weapon.
* A short story that appeared in an old ''Analog'' magazine (can't find it): someone programmed all of the movable mirrored windows in a large building to be at just the right angle to reflect all of the sunlight hitting the building into a specific room in a nearby building, murdering the person inside.
* In the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' book ''Cursor's Fury'' Tavi's forces [[BlowYouAway windcraft]] a [[SolarPoweredMagnifyingGlass giant magnifying glass]] in the air at high noon to focus the sun's rays into a DeathRay to incinerate the [[WolfMan Canim.]]



* [[spoiler:Tiffany Aching]] at the end of ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}''. [[spoiler:[[ChekhovsSkill She transfers the heat]] from the sun itself into the eponymous Winter spirit in order to stop him.]]
* [[Literature/NuklearAge Nuklear Man]]. His ultimate move uses [[spoiler: half the power of every star ''in the galaxy'']] for several seconds. Good thing too, because the BigBad [[AGodAmI Nihlus]] can not be defeated by [[RealityWarper normal means]].

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* [[spoiler:Tiffany Aching]] at the end of ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}''. [[spoiler:[[ChekhovsSkill She transfers the heat]] from the sun itself into the eponymous Winter spirit in order to stop him.]]
* [[Literature/NuklearAge Nuklear Man]]. His ultimate move uses [[spoiler: half the power of every star ''in the galaxy'']] for several seconds. Good thing too, because the BigBad [[AGodAmI [[RealityWarper Nihlus]] can not be defeated by [[RealityWarper normal means]].means.



* The Sunstones from ''Literature/{{Dinotopia}}'' are [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin stones powered by the sun]].
* In ''Literature/TheSeventhTower'', the sunstones used by the Chosen are charged by letting them soak in sunlight.



* In ''Literature/TroyRising'', the [[FunWithAcronyms SAPL]] and its component systems the [[FrickinLaserBeams BDA, VSA and VDA]] are essentially an [[WaveMotionGun incredibly large, orbital solar furnace]] used for asteroid mining, smelting and blowing up hostile starships.
* Creator/ShelSilverstein once wrote a poem about someone who invented an electrical light that is powered by the sun. The only problem, though, is that the cord isn't long enough to plug directly into the sun.



** [[Series/KamenRiderKiva Kamen Rider Ixa]] can also be seen as an example, despite being technology-based. His Broken Fang FinishingMove is a wave of powerful heat, while his Ixa Judgement blinds an opponent with light before delivering a heat-powered slash, and his SuperMode is named [[StealthPun Rising]] Ixa. [[FridgeBrilliance This makes sense]], as Ixa is designed to be a VampireHunter.



* The starship ''Destiny'' in ''Series/StargateUniverse'' was designed to travel across multiple galaxies without a crew for an extended period of time. By the start of the series, it has traveled across billions of light years. How did it find the power to drive its engines across such massive distances? By [[RamScoop diving into stars and scooping up solar matter]], of course.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' Clark et al. figure out the connection his powers have to the Sun when a major solar storm causes them to intermittently stop and start working, resulting in no end of havoc.



* ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} Warhammer 40,000]]'' has [[PlasmaCannon plasma weapons]], consistently described as firing "miniature suns" that sear and melt almost anything they hit. They can reliably incinerate even [[EliteMooks superheavy infantry]] and a melt light vehicular armor, and a lucky shot can punch through anything short of the heaviest vehicles. It's a shame they [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns regularly misfire]], and vent superheated gasses or outright explode, often injuring or killing the wielder.



** Some Pokémon Abilities are dependent on the sun. Chlorophyll doubles a Pokémon's speed during intense sunlight, and Solar Power makes them stronger in sunlight but also hurts them. Meanwhile, Castform has the Forecast ability, which changes its form in weather: in intense sun, it becomes a Fire-type that looks like a sun. Cherrim has the Flower Gift ability that boosts several stats during sunlight. It also changes shape, but not type.



** Various Pokémon can only evolve during the daytime, or through use of an item called a Sun Stone. Among these are the aforementioned Espeon and the ''[[TyrannosaurusRex T. rex]]''-based Tyrantrum.



** While not explicitly coming from the Sun, the Flare spell in many Final Fantasy games is described as generating a nuclear fusion reaction. This leads to variants like Flare Star, which at least ''looks'' more like a sun going nova in the party's face, and the rename of Bahamut's signature Mega Flare attack in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVI'''s SNES translation: Sun Flare.



* In several installments in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series, Link gets the Mirror Shield, which he uses to [[LightAndMirrorsPuzzle solve various puzzles by reflecting sunlight]]. Generally, beaming sunlight into a Redead, Gibdo, or other undead abomination will stun it, if not destroy it outright.
** This was likely based on the movie ''Film/{{Legend 1985}}'', where the BigBad is defeated by using a series of mirrors and the hero's polished shield to direct sunlight on to him.



* In the backstory of ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed|I}}'' [[spoiler: Earth was hit by a giant solar flare, causing almost all of the world's population to be incinerated. Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed III}}'', where [[HeroicSacrifice Desmond saves the world from the second solar flare, costing him his life.]] (In the process, setting Juno free.)]]



* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' well, Amaterasu is the Goddess of the Sun, so it does make sense.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' well, ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'': Amaterasu is the Goddess of the Sun, so it does make sense.



* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' you can use the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Helios]] Solar power station to run your KillSat. Solar DeathFromAbove.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' has a secret weapon called the Solar Scorcher, found only in a random encounter. It's fueled by sunlight, and so is incredibly powerful in daylight, but next to useless inside caves/buildings or at night.



* ''{{Webcomic/Freefall}}'':
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01351.htm a robot basks in the rising sun, though it does not have enough power to fuel it, because -- well, humans drink coffee, it basks in sunlight.]]
** Florence uses a sunrise to demonstrate to Helix the safety of a fusion reactor, calling it the largest reactor in the star system.



* In ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' it is noted that Birdman does still get his energy from the sun, which becomes a problem when he seems to be developing skin cancer and can't be out in the sun (and subsequently becomes addicted to tanning cremé) until it turns out the mole the doctor looked at was just chocolate. In a later episode it's mentioned again that he's solar powered, and he complains that it's 'lame' compared to those that got their powers from radiation or coal. [[spoiler: And in the final episode he has to utilize his solar powers when he returns to being a superhero to stop Nitron.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'': When Master Shake steals Frylock's magic jewel he proclaims that "[He] has the power of a thousand suns."



** Plants use photosynthesis to convert sunlight into chemical energy to power their metabolism.
** Humans synthesize vitamin D from sunlight.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_furnace Solar furnaces]] use mirrors to focus sunlight to a point. The temperature at the point can reach over 2000 degrees Celsius.
* The poor design of [[http://www.thejournal.ie/walkie-talkie-london-skyscraper-melting-cars-1066542-Sep2013/ a hotel]] in London is melting cars parked near it.
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* When [[WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers Captain Planet]] got covered in "pollution" it was up to the Planeteers to clean him with pure water, then expose him to sunlight to restore his power.
11th Jul '16 10:31:38 AM WillKeaton
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* [[LittleMissBadass Sola Flare]] from ''Webcomic/SuperStupor''. "[[http://www.superstupor.com/sust04092008.shtml You forgot that she can channel the entire sun at will in any fashion she likes]]".

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* [[LittleMissBadass Sola Flare]] from ''Webcomic/SuperStupor''. "[[http://www.[[http://www.superstupor.com/sust04092008.shtml You "You forgot that she can channel the entire sun at will in any fashion she likes]]".likes."]]
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* From {{Medabots}}, Space Medafighter X's partner [=ArcBeetle=], with his FinishingMove, The Prominence. X even quotes the trope by name whenever [[{{Invocation}} invoking]] the attack. It helps that The Prominence is a ChargedAttack, considering his invocation is several sentences long.

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* From {{Medabots}}, ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}'', Space Medafighter X's partner [=ArcBeetle=], with his FinishingMove, The Prominence. X even quotes the trope by name whenever [[{{Invocation}} invoking]] the attack. It helps that The Prominence is a ChargedAttack, considering his invocation is several sentences long.



* The Gold Saints from ''SaintSeiya'' have a combo attack that channels this power. [[AwesomeButImpractical Too bad it needs all twelve saints to work]].

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* The Gold Saints from ''SaintSeiya'' ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' have a combo attack that channels this power. [[AwesomeButImpractical Too bad it needs all twelve saints to work]].



* In ''{{Naruto}}'' the Amaterasu is described as being [[ConvectionSchmonvection hotter than the Sun]].

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* In ''{{Naruto}}'' ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' the Amaterasu is described as being [[ConvectionSchmonvection hotter than the Sun]].
18th Jun '16 8:10:16 PM bloodytears92
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* ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'' features [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Egyptian Sun God, Ra]], whose skills revolve around sunlight that can heal and can also burn... OK, it mostly burns. Later on, they also added the legendary Chinese archer and ex-immortal Hou Yi, who is protected with the sun that he can't be hit with critical hits a lot, and can also drop not just one, but ''nine'' suns and all of its power to an area. Not content with that, they then bring in one of Ra's fellow Sun deity Khepri, the scarab that rolls the sun with him; and there's also the Norse Sun Goddess Sol.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'' features [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Egyptian Sun God, Ra]], whose skills revolve around sunlight that can heal and can also burn... OK, it mostly burns. Later on, they also added the legendary Chinese archer and ex-immortal Hou Yi, who is protected with the sun that he can't be hit with critical hits a lot, and can also drop not just one, but ''nine'' suns and all of its power to an area. Not content with that, they then bring in one of Ra's fellow Sun deity Khepri, the scarab that rolls the sun with him; and there's also the Norse Sun Goddess Sol. They THEN added Amaterasu as a "buff/support/fighter" character. Interestingly they made Amaterasu a Samurai as opposed to her more traditional magical portrayal.
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* In JohnMilton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', {{Satan}} addresses the Sun to speak of its power -- and rages that it reminds him of what he lost.

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* In JohnMilton's Creator/JohnMilton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', {{Satan}} addresses the Sun to speak of its power -- and rages that it reminds him of what he lost.



* In ''TheBookOfTheNewSun,'' The Conciliator is at the same time a [[CrystalDragonJesus man]] and the White Fountain which will restore the dying Sun and wreck continents. Or perhaps that's just what the Powers Above the Stage need him to believe.

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* In ''TheBookOfTheNewSun,'' ''Literature/TheBookOfTheNewSun,'' The Conciliator is at the same time a [[CrystalDragonJesus man]] and the White Fountain which will restore the dying Sun and wreck continents. Or perhaps that's just what the Powers Above the Stage need him to believe.
5th Jun '16 3:24:54 AM Tron80
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* {{Superman}}, like all Kryptonians, gains superpowers from his ability to absorb sunlight. A yellow sun happens to be a ''mediocre'' power source for him: under a blue sun, all of his powers get hypercharged and he gains entirely new ones, to boot! Under a Pulsar or Quasar, he can gain [[NighOmnipotent "power beyond imagination."]]

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* {{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Superman}}, like all Kryptonians, Kryptonians -including his cousins ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' and ''Comicbook/PowerGirl''-, gains superpowers from his ability to absorb sunlight. A yellow sun happens to be a ''mediocre'' power source for him: under a blue sun, all of his powers get hypercharged and he gains entirely new ones, to boot! Under a Pulsar or Quasar, he can gain [[NighOmnipotent "power beyond imagination."]]
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