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[[caption-width-right:240:For when the sun itself just isn't enough to brighten the day.]]

->''"As I'm looking straight at the piercing sky, I can feel your presence,''\\
''And I hold out my hands at the warm sunlight of that sunflower of happiness-looking sun.''\\
''I was born here to meet you,''\\
''Even without saying anything, just being able to be by your side is enough.''\\
''I'm your flower, I want to shine for you, just gaze at me,''\\
''I want to shine with the strength of the mid-summer flower,''\\
''You're my sunshine, you're my every happiness, is this destiny?''\\
''I love you, who's like a dazzling sun!"''
-->-- '''[[GenkiGirl Hikari Hinomoto]]''' in her ImageSong "''[[MeaningfulName Happy! Sparky!]]''", ''[[VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial Tokimeki Memorial 2]]''

A flower native to Central America, the sunflower holds a powerful cultural image. Being a beautiful and colorful flower that [[CaptainObvious needs lots of sunlight to be at its brightest]], it symbolizes energy and happiness. An endless field of sunflowers is quite a breathtaking view to hold, and gives [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming a heartwarming feeling]]. Sunflower seeds are also highly nutritious, and thus are attractive to small finch-type birds.

The sunflower blossom was an emblem of the "aesthetic" movement of the 19th century; it came to symbolize connections between the sun, fire, and warmth -- both physical and metaphorical. It was a popular motif because its bold color and simple shape could be stylized, much like the chrysanthemum of Japanese art, which had a strong influence on the movement.

In official sources, the sunflower has a meaning of adoration and constancy, since the sunflower always turns towards the sun throughout the day; in common knowledge and fiction, people associated with sunflowers are more often than not seen as cheerful, energetic, and happy-go-lucky people who brighten up everybody and everything else around them.

In a work of fiction that represent characters [[FlowerMotifs with a symbolic flower]], the sunflower will very likely be attributed to the GenkiGirl.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', a short story is dedicated to [[CuteClumsyGirl Tessa]] spending some holidays at a peaceful farm in a remote location of Japan. She lives there some of the most wonderful moments in her life, and in the manga, one of the last shots of the story is [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming herself in the middle of a large sunflower field, smiling happily]].
* Pictured above is [[GenkiGirl Yotsuba]] on the first volume's cover of ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'' holding a bunch of sunflowers plucked out of the ground. She later buys sunflowers ([[CrowningMomentOfFunny and a whole lot more]]) from Jumbo's flower shop and, as the ''tsukitsukiboushi'' fairy, pulls up another [[ItMakesSenseInContext to use as a magic wand]].
* Subverted in one short story printed in the ''Halloween'' manga magazine. There, the sunflowers turn out to be [[ImAHumanitarian anthropophagous]] and mobile, at the end of the story marching down Main Street and eating people as they go. (And this was not the most preposterous event in the story, either.)
* In one of his more deredere moments, Russia from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' mentions that he dreams about living in a warm place surrounded by sunflowers. Naturally, {{Fanart}} hardly shows him without them.
** Aside from the symbolism of warmth, there may be another possible, more pragmatic explanation for this sunflower motif: sunflower seeds are a very popular food item in Russia.
*** Interestingly enough, sunflowers are said to be the national flower and one of the chief crops of ''[[{{CoolBigSis}} Ukraine]].'' Make of that what you will.
* An early arc of ''Manga/GetBackers'' revolved about the retrieval of a 13th painting of Van Gogh's Sunflowers series that emerged recently and got stolen by {{Kaitou}} Clayman. Throughout this arc, the painting gives a powerful and heartwarming impression to all the main characters that see it, with Ginji even saying the following: "I don't know anything about art, but... How to say... When looking at it, I can't take my eyes off it..."
* Sunflower is the motif of two ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' heroines, Cure Bloom in ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar'' and Cure Sunshine in ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure''.
* An aversion: in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', episodes 9 and 10, "Summer Vacation and Vampire" and "Sunflower and Vampire", the Newspaper club discover a gorgeous beach in the human world overlooked by a huge field of sunflowers. It turns out to be the home of DarkMagicalGirl Ruby, who sees the looming loss to developers as an EndOfAnAge.
* In ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', PluckyGirl Fuu is looking for "the Samurai who smells of Sunflowers". This samurai actually is [[spoiler: Fuu's father]], and her only memory of him is a departing figure shifting through a field of sunflowers. In the series, sunflowers seem to be associated with memory, youth, and Christianity.
* ''Anime/{{Himawari}}'', and its [[CharacterTitle similarly-named main character]], both mean "sunflower", and the symbolism of the flower is especially prominent, as Himawari herself is the happy-go-lucky go-getter sort of heroine who wants to save everybody.
* ''Manga/HidamariSketch x Hoshimittsu'' uses floral motifs for its video releases, assigning one to each of the six tenants. The ever-bubbly and inquisitive Miyako gets the sunflower.
* ''Manga/XxxHolic'': Himawari (the Japanese for sunflower) looks like a GenkiGirl at first, but dig deeper and one discovers that [[spoiler: she's actually a StepfordSmiler]].
* [[IllGirl Kamio]] [[ReincarnationRomance Misuzu]] from ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}'' is associated with sunflowers, especially in the official art. [[spoiler: She gave her very best before she GoOutWithASmile.]]
* ''Manga/HanaKimi'' has a flower motif for each character. Guess what flower is associated with [[GenkiGirl Mizuki]].
* The opening of ''Manga/BambooBlade'' begins with a row of sunflowers popping into the screen, the flowers rotating quickly and the last one filing the entire screen used as a frame for the main characters, with team captain [[GenkiGirl Kirino Chiba]] to start it off. Kirino also owns a somewhat gaudy umbrella with a sunflower pattern.
* ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' sort of plays with this trope - Sunflowmon is the Adult form of Yoshino's partner Lalamon, but Yoshino has a crippling inferiority complex which prevents her from fulfilling this trope. She gets over it, but by then, Lalamon has gained access to a stronger evolved form which isn't sunflower-themed.

[[folder: Art]]
* In a likely TropeMaker, Creator/VincentVanGogh famously made several spectacularly vibrant paintings of [[https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/collection/s0031V1962 sunflowers]]. Personality-wise, though, Van Gogh himself was [[TheWoobie not always so cheerful]].

[[folder: Comic books]]
* In ''[[Franchise/{{Tintin}} The Adventures of Tintin]]'', the original French name of Professor Calculus is "Professeur Tournesol", ''tournesol'' being the French name for sunflower. The pun was not lost, as a Fruit D'Or, a famous French producer of sunflower-based products, most notably sunflower oil, [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xw5g3_1979-fruit-dor-professeur-tournesol made ads]] showing Calculus promoting the beneficial effects of said oil for a balanced diet, [[MundaneMadeAwesome so much that it makes him]] ''[[MundaneMadeAwesome fly]]''.

[[folder: Film]]
* In ''Film/HaroldAndMaude'', Maude is associated with sunflowers.

[[folder: Literature]]
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'' Luna Lovegood is typically very cheerful and optimistic. She wears a sunflower to a wedding, believing that bright yellow ("sun colors" as she puts it) will be good luck for the bride and groom.

[[folder: Mythology and Religion]]
* Averted in Myth/ClassicalMythology. Clytie was a maiden who fell in love with Helios, the sun god. He would have nothing to do with her, so she spent all her days sitting outside watching him cross the sky. Eventually she wasted away and became a sunflower, always turning to watch the sun, and shedding tears (ie dropping seeds) over his rejection. (Different versions of the myth name different heliotropic or sunfollowing flowers.)

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Subverted with Juniper Woods in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies''. She always wears at least one sunflower, but is [[{{Moe}} incredibly meek and often sickly]]. If she gets too nervous or excited, she starts coughing and uses her sunflower as an inhaler.
* In ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial 2'', Hikari Hinomoto, the heroine of the game and [[ChildhoodFriendRomance childhood friend]] of the main protagonist, is the game's resident GenkiGirl, and her symbolic flower is the sunflower. She's regulary shown holding sunflowers in official arts. She also fits the adoration symbolism, as she can be quite the ClingyJealousGirl if the protagonist sets his eyes on other girls, most notably their CoolBigSis Kasumi, and is more prone to "bomb" him out of jealousy and yearning than other girls.
** Ironically, the same game has an aversion to the trope: the BadEnding's theme song is named "Himawari", which means "sunflower" in Japanese; the song is a reflection of the protagonist having failed to score the girl he loves, saying that "he's a sunflower, and she's his sun", but will now only meet her in his dreams.
** In the same series, the first ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial'' has Yumi Saotome getting the sunflower [[http://acenoctali.free.fr/f-fe4/images/tokimemo-flowers2.jpg as her symbolic flower]]. She too is the GenkiGirl of her game, and also has [[ClingyJealousGirl the highest bombing rate between all the girls]].
* In ''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub'', Sayori is also the protagonist's [[ChildhoodFriendRomance childhood friend]] and a GenkiGirl who brightens the atmosphere at the titular club by cheering up the others when they are in conflict. No actual sunflower appears in the story, but one official piece of art by the game's artist Satchely has her holding a sunflower and saying ''"It will be all right!"''.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', the outside section of [[AmusementPark Pinna Park]] has a field of sentient sunflowers that will give Mario gold coins if he waters them. It's a needed source of coins if the player wants to get the level's 100-coin award Shine.
* In ''VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper'', the title character's girlfriend, [[MeaningfulName Sunny Funny]], is a cheerful anthropomorphic sunflower-like flower.
* In both the game and the tie-in manga of ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'', the hero's sidekick is a talking sunflower.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', Lucas associates sunflowers to his beloved mother (they were her favorite flowers, and there is even a patch of them [[spoiler: near her grave]]), causing the flowers to appear many times during the game. This even goes as far as Lucas eventually [[spoiler: [[TearJerker meeting the ghost of his mother in a field of sunflowers]]]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}}'': Hiyoribō has a sunflower motif. She is also a ''yōkai'' with ThePowerOfTheSun who only goes outside in sunny weather, is a [[TheMedic healer-type]] and has a pleasant personality.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' has Sunflora, based off a sunflower. In the main games, it can become a LethalJokeCharacter when under Sunny Day or Trick Room conditions. In the VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon games, one of the members of Wigglytuff's Guild is a GenkiGirl Sunflora.
* In ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies'', the sunflower (and the twin sunflower upgrade) supplies sun, which is used to place most types of plants. Fitting the personality description above, the sunflower is a smiling, bouncing, happy looking plant.
* The final shot of Kohaku's True Ending in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' has her waiting for Shiki in a sunflower field with outstretched arms and a bright smile. Considering her past history, this symbolizes the huge internal journey she made from a [[spoiler:ShrinkingViolet]] to [[spoiler:StepfordSmiler]] and then a to a true GenkiGirl, thanks to Shiki.
* Averted with [[PetalPower Yuuka Kazami]] from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', a {{youkai}} of flowers who live in a field of sunflowers and uses them in her attacks. The canon version is a {{Troll}} who loves [[TheGadfly rubbing people the wrong way]]. In fanon there are several popular depictions: [[{{Moe}} youkai moe]], AxCrazy genocider, or the [[{{Sadist}} "Ultimate Sadistic Creature"]] .[[note]]Of course, her colour scheme (green hair, red eyes and dress) implies that while she lives in a field of sunflowers, she's not one herself.[[/note]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} Portable'', Yukari asks the [[HelloInsertNameHere female protagonist]] what flower she likes during a Social Link event. If you choose sunflowers, she remarks that it fits you, since the main character is apparently a [[GenkiGirl very happy, energetic girl]].
* As you'd might expect, this trope is present in ''VisualNovel/SharinNoKuni''. Played with, though, as the titular "sunflower girl" is the antithesis of this trope [[spoiler: at first]].
* ''Videogame/LeagueOfLegends'' champion Leona is nearly a sun goddess incarnate, and her playful "Pool Party Leona" alternate costume depicts her lounging in her bathing suit, festooned with sunflowers.
* Standing near a sunflower in ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' gives PlayerCharacters the "Happy" buff, which slightly increases their movement speed and lowers enemy spawn ratio. They are also apparently "happy" enough to serve as a barrier to the Corruption.

* ''Inverted'' by artist Lee Brown Coye (known for his illustrations for ''Magazine/WeirdTales''): he put sunflowers in the foreground of houses that were not exactly sweet and sunny places, like [[Literature/TheColourOutOfSpace Nahum Gardner's]] [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lsyazpdEUB1qkkcodo1_500.jpg farmhouse.]]
* In ''Webcomic/KoanOfTheDay'', the sunflower is an actual character who is introduced in [[http://www.koanoftheday.com/81/ this koan]].
* In the UsefulNotes/TarotCards, sunflowers appear in some versions of The Sun, representing happiness, optimism, and accomplishment.[[/folder]]