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->''Follow the sun!\\
Catch the sun!\\
-->-- ''Series/TaiyouSentaiSunVulcan'' ThemeSong

A visual motif wherein a character who is about to attempt some superhuman feat reaches out towards the sun (or the moon, Earth, etc.) with their hand, as if to grasp it. The camera then switches [[POVCam to his point of view]] as the hand "grabs" the selected celestial body via DepthDeception. This symbolizes the human will to seize things that are just too big for them.

Additionally, it is the source of the expressions "reach for the stars", "[[FingerGun shoot for the moon]]" and "touch the sky."

Not to be confused with cases where characters ''literally'' [[PerspectiveMagic grasp the sun]].

Compare GotTheWholeWorldInMyHand, MilkingTheGiantCow and PanUpToTheSkyEnding.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' (TheMovie), Asuka clutches at the sun while trying to get up [[spoiler:after she gets fragged by mass produced Evas but [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome refuses to give up]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill then that arm gets split in half as she is impaled over and over again]]]].
** Asuka is, in fact, associated with the Sun several times throughout the series.
* In ''{{Anime/Gundam 00}}'', Lockon tries "grabbing" the Earth [[spoiler:while he delivers his FamousLastWords]].
* ''Manga/LoveHina'': Keitarou does this to the Tokyo University clock tower.
* See the finale of the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime adaptation]] of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
** Edward is very fond of doing this in the 2003 anime openings. He just never learns, does he?
** Used in ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'' episode 45, where Greed announces his intention to TakeOverTheWorld and then makes a grabbing gesture toward the moon.
** ''Brotherhood'' also has it as a recurring motif in the opening songs.
* A variant in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', where Alucard does this to the moon.
** In the OVA series, Maxwell ''caresses'' the moon for a second while giving a speech.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', naturally.
-->"[[BadassBoast He takes the burning sun in his hand and withstands the heat!]]"
* ''Manga/SorcererHunters'': Carrot does this in the opening credits animation.
* Mayuri Shiina of ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' does this with some frequency. Okabe calls it [[GratuitousEnglish Stardust Shake Hand.]] [[spoiler: He does it himself at the climax of [[HesBack Episode 23.]]]]
* In ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', Naruto "reaches out to the sun" when he makes his HeroicVow [[spoiler:to save [[OneTrueLove Hinata]] from [[BigBad Toneri]] and properly return her love for him]]. Goes hand-in-hand with VisualPun, as Hinata's name [[MeaningfulName means]] "sunny place/towards the sun".
* In the ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' anime opening Riki reaches for the sun but doesn't quite manage to reach it even with creative camera angles.
* ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'': Tomoko does this in the OP.
* In the last ''Best Wishes'' series episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Ash does this as he recalls all of his previous traveling companions and thinks ahead to Kalos region.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/SupremePower'', Hyperion flies into orbit for the first time as a boy, and looks down at Earth. Light from the sun gets in his eyes, and he puts his hand in front of him, over Earth. He pulls his hand back... and then puts it back in front of the world, as if to clutch it.
* ComicBook/{{Lucifer}} has an interesting use of this trope. After creating his own cosmos (''not'' simply a dimension within the existing one, but a completely new one totally separate from [[{{God}} his Father's]] Creation,) Lucifer appears to the people he's allowed to move in as a horizon-spanning titan, lays down his one rule (worship nothing, not even him,) and informs them that they'll know if they displease him because the sky will turn black. As he says this he moves his hand behind the sun and grasps it in his palm. It's not totally clear whether this was a vision he induced in the watchers, or if he physically altered himself and his universe to make it literally possible; given his power within his new universe, either might be true. However, even if he literally did it, the symbolism usually applied to the gesture still apples; he is openly challenging God with his own Creation, and despite knowing that his opponent is omnipotent and omniscient, and having been directly told by the ArchangelMichael that God does not consider Lucifer to have moved outside His jurisdiction, Lucifer still continues to defy a power and reach for things that should be well beyond even him.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': During her nightmare in chapter 2 Asuka reminisces how she clutched at the Sun while threatening the Evas after getting her left eye impaled.
* ''Manga/ReTake'': [[spoiler:Asuka's "death"]], as it was in the movie. And in the final chapter she does this after [[spoiler:Shinji has put an engagement ring around her finger.]]
* ''Fanfic/SinnerBlueDarksMisfortune'': Done by the eponymous protagonist.

* Subtle use of this trope in ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'': Tom Hanks' character Jim Lovell makes a habit of obliterating the moon by holding his thumb in front of it and closing one eye so it seems to disappear.
** Later used in an IronicEcho when he does the same trick with the Earth.
** And in fact, in real life, Lovell was the first astronaut to mention being able to cover the Earth with his thumb.

* One character in ''Literature/AmericanGods'' mimicks taking the moon, conjuring up a silver coin for the protagonist Shadow. When they meet again in a metaphysical place, she asks him for the coin back and ''literally'' puts it into the sky as its moon to light his way.
** [[{{Leprechaun}} Mad Sweeney]] does the exact same thing, only with the sun into a golden coin, showing off for Shadow while drunk(er). By the time he realizes that the coin he plucked was not just ''any'' coin and tries to get it back, Shadow's already buried it with his recently deceased wife. [[spoiler:This act leads, through separate means, to Sweeney's death and his wife's resurrection.]] Later on, Shadow learns to do this himself.
* A famous bit of symbolism in ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'' involves the titular AntiHero reaching to grasp the light across the water (at Daisy's mansion).

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/{{Merlin 1998}}'' miniseries, the wizard appears to grab the moon and manipulate it like a coin, but then revealed that it was "[[PerspectiveMagic just a trick]]". [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome I gotta say, some trick!]]
* Part of [[Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger Magishine]] and the [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Solaris Knight]]'s [[TransformationNameAnnouncement rollcall posing]].

* This theme comes up a lot in the Music/GloriaEstefan's 1996 Olympic theme song, "Reach."
* Also, Music/DuranDuran's "Reach Up for the Sunrise".
* Used by Music/{{Hyadain}} to convey the lonely, melancholy mood of the eponymous singer in his "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07RY9TMysiE Bubble Man, I'm Bubble Man]]" ''Franchise/MegaMan'' fan song.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[spoiler:Lumine (not Sigma!)]] does this with the Earth during his motive rant at the end of ''VideoGame/MegaManX8''.
* Dante sort of does this to The Savior in ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 4'', holding his hand up to the towering statue from far away so that his hand appears larger than it. He says "You don't look so big from where I'm standing." He then clenches his fist over the statue and dusts his hands off, as if miming crushing the statue in his hand.
* Tsukasa does this during the normal ending of visual novel ''VisualNovel/SwanSong''.
* Asura from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' does this with the moon. [[RuleOfCool Before punching his way to the floating city of Shinto with the same hand.]]
* Riku does it with the moon in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded Kingdom Hearts Re:coded]]'' in the scene titled "A Sad Memory", though in his case it's more like he's realising that what he wants is far out of his reach at the time.

* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Coyote shows Annie the extent of his powers by [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=492 plucking the moon from the sky for her to touch]]. It's [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=493 left ambiguous]] as to whether he actually removed the moon or employed some trickery to make it look like he did.
** Well, [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=502 that changed]] [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=503 a couple of strips later]]...
* ''Webcomic/{{Inhuman}}'' goes into Cinne's thought process a bit, punctuated by him [[http://inhuman-comic.com/comic347.php "pulling up the sun"]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Invoked but avoided, by nature of the "fight", in the final showdown of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons'': when [[BigBad Ommadon]] threatens to [[GraspTheSun rip the sun from the sky above]] and use it to scorch the land, [[UnfazedEveryman Peter]] [[LogicBomb defeats the spell]] [[ShutUpHannibal by stating as fact]] [[MagicVersusScience that the "sun" he's reaching for is actually an afterimage]].
* Not exactly the sun, but in ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'', after sending a drone to spy on the Little Green Men's Unimind, [[BigBad Emperor Zurg]] does this as he observes the mystical orb through a screen.
* General Shiva tries doing it [[spoiler:just before his death]] in ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad''. but the sun is obscured by clouds.

* There's a series of [=PSAs=] encouraging children to go out and play that has them using the sun as a ball. One is set to "Why Does The Sun Shine?" as recorded by Music/TheyMightBeGiants.