->''"Next time, you're not allowed to stare at me like that with your back to the sunset."''
-->-- '''Sami''', ''Manga/TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer''

A common usage in sports/competition shows, and occasionally parodied in other genres, the hero, team, or group in question will swear allegiance to fulfilling their dream while facing the setting sun (often while standing on a cliff or beach overlooking the ocean, but not always).

A SubTrope of WatchingTheSunset.

See also: CueTheSun and RidingIntoTheSunset.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* This trope is an UndeadHorseTrope in {{Anime}}, due to its prevalence in the anime of 70s and 80s. Nowadays, it's more often parodied than played straight, unless it's {{Shounen}} sport anime.
* ''Kodomo No Jikan'''s anime has this in the episode "Memories".
%%* Used in an episode of ''Anime/MaiOtome''.
* Used in ''Anime/MaiHime'' [[spoiler: when Tate dies]]. In a slight twist, it's not [[spoiler: Tate]] who is framed against the setting sun, its [[spoiler: Mai's face as she desperately tries to tell him she loves him before he disappears]]
* Parodied in the SchoolFestival episode of ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}'', where the Symphony Club (all three of them) swear to become a true symphony instead of an appreciation club, despite lacking both the number of members necessary and the talents required.
* In ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'', Basara [[SittingOnTheRoof sits on the roof]] and writes a song against the red setting sun -- only the red setting sun is a fake projection against a humongous screen, designed to make the interstellar colony ship that's his home seem more Earth-like. In the song, he refers to a red sunset projected on a screen....
* ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'' opens with a HowWeGotHere classroom scene lit AgainstTheSettingSun that is repeated three times.
* Parodied frequently by [[HotBlooded Rock Lee and Might Guy]] in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', where an inspiring speech is enough to cause a beach to appear out of nowhere.
** In fanfictions of this series the response of people seeing the moment is usually a combination of awe (because they can't break the genjutsu or... ''whatever'' it is) and sheer, unadulterated horror(they want to look away... but they ''can't'').
* The third episode of ''[[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma 1/2]]'' ends with Kunou confessing his love to [[GenderBender girl-type]] Ranma AgainstTheSettingSun.
** In TheMovie, ''[[ShoutOut Big Trouble in Nekonron, China]]'', the cast address their resolve to rescue Akane from Kirin and the Seven Lucky Gods against an image of the setting sun with the word "youth" stamped on it.
** In a story where [[CloudCuckooLander Principal Kuno]] vows to teach [[SuperDrowningSkills Akane how to swim]], she has all but given up (and has a [[RuleOfFunny mild neurotic breakdown]]) when Ranma, the Principal, and all her classmates encourage her to try again, with the setting sun framing them. She tries again. And fails.
* Episode 11 of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' has one of these scenes, and is actually called "Oath Beneath the Setting Sun".
* Parodied in ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'' ("Let's run towards that setting sun!").
** And similarly in ''Anime/ExcelSaga''.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' had Tomoya confess to Nagisa in the Theater Club's room with the setting sun's beams shining through the partially open door ''exactly between the two of them''. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming D'AWW]]...
** In the same vein, ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'' had Rin confess to [[spoiler:Asa]] at a lookout point above their town, with the kiss scene ensuing right there and then.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Sogeking's personal introduction ends with him staring out from a cliff at the setting sun. Fitting, since the whole sequence was a massive parody of the opening sequences of Japanese hero shows.
* In ''[[Manga/{{Saiyuki}} Gensomaden Saiyuki]]'', the four heroes regularly pose on cliffs facing the setting sun, dwelling on their journey West and how nothing is going to stop them.
* ''Manga/TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer'': At one point, Yuuhi affirms his absolute loyalty to Sami and ends with a resolute stare. Sami [[BodyguardCrush blushes heavily]] and forbids him from staring at her like that again with his back against the setting sun.
* The final scene of episode 18 of ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5 [=GoGo=]'' had Syrup and Urara having a meaningful conversation AgainstTheSettingSun, and then he gave her an "air ticket" as a gift for her, in case she wants to ride him (not that way) to feel the wind on her face.
** And all of that just held [[ShipTease even more evidence]] that they were eventually going to become the [[BetaCouple Gamma Couple]], with Nuts/Komachi as the Beta and Coco/Nozomi as the Alpha.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' has a scene where Tamaki is carrying Haruhi out of the ocean after having saved her from drowning. There's a beautiful sunset behind him as he walks onto shore.
** The last episode of the anime also has Tamaki and Haruhi falling from the bridge AgainstTheSettingSun toward the water below holding onto one another.
* ''Anime/MonColleKnights''' Show Within A Show sees this happen with Sergeant Bunchou and an ally, which later tops off a delusion by Count Collection where he sees Mondo against such a sunset, and believes it to be proof of his newly formed bond with Mondo, complete with hallucination of Mondo wearing the clothes of the sergeant. Mondo for his part is actually thinking about Rokuna.
* The second episode of ''Venus Five'' briefly features a movie shoot with a man in Speedos (and director coaching him to do it more [[LargeHam over the top]]) dramaticly cursing the setting sun.
* Parodied at the end of the first episode of ''Anime/BrigadoonMarinAndMelan''. After Melan rescues Marin, they face each other against the sunset. He's worried about whether she was injured. ''She's'' just worried about whether he saw her patched underwear.
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', Judas and Luca repeatedly end promises or finish important conversations by staring off at the setting sun. ''Kouin Jojishi Tenshi Tan'' finishes with all six main characters deciding to rebel together before gazing at the sunset.
* Parodied in ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys''. Instead of celebrating Motoharu's feat of successfully riding a bike, aren't they supposed to do something else? Like, chasing the guy who snatched your wallet?

* The TropeCodifier is the famous ending scene of ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''.
-->"After all, tomorrow is another day!"
* Creator/StevenSpielberg is particularly fond of this trope.
* Creator/MichaelBay ''loves'' this trope, especially if a chase scene is involved. Even his music video for Music/MeatLoaf's "I Would Do Anything For Love" makes use of it.
** The [[Wiki/TFWikiDotNet Transformers Wiki]] even includes among its goofs for [[Film/{{Transformers}} the first movie]]: "[[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Transformers_%282007%29#Errors Sunset occurs roughly every fifteen minutes.]]"

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Early in ''Series/{{Angel}}'', he made a speech reaffirming his commitment to protecting people while watching the sun set, and as it went down smashed the magical ring that made him invulnerable so he could see it.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* One level in ''VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan'' involves a teacher trying to inspire his female students -- one segment has them going jogging, and if the segment is failed, the students pass the teacher on scooters, laughing at him, as he laments "The setting sun is crying!"
* ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'' had a stage set against the setting sun. It was awesome.
* In the true end of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest'', Crocodile Isle sinks away into the ocean against a setting sun.
* Done in ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' near the start of the game, as Lyon vows to protect the Prince no matter what as the two watch the sunset.
* An iconic backdrop in the ''{{VideoGame/Rygar}}'' games. The first stage of the [=PS2=] version uses this as a homage to the original arcade game.
* Anor Londo in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' is sitting under an eternal sunset, [[spoiler: which is actually an illusion covering TheNightThatNeverEnds]].
* An action-oriented example appears in ''VideoGame/SamuraiGunn'' - one of the one-on-one "Showdown" stages that appears when playing on a "Garden" level is set against a setting sun.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Franchise/GreenLantern and Hawkgirl say their goodbyes at the end of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague: [[TheMovie Starcrossed]]'' against such a backdrop, complete with Hawkgirl flying towards the horizon.