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[[caption-width-right:150:[-Let it haunt your daymares!-] ]]

A common depiction of the sun in more lighthearted fare, such as children's and [[AnimationAgeGhetto animated]] media, is that of a large yellow disc with rays perpetually coming out and a human face, often wearing sunglasses, which leads to the [[FridgeLogic question]] of why the sun would need protection from its own rays. ([[IncrediblyLamePun Well, what other glasses would the sun wear than SUNglasses?]]) Plus, if your head emitted as much light as the sun does, you would probably need something to protect yourself from the harmful rays of... [[FridgeBrilliance yourself]].

The sun is typically depicted as having a smiling face, but if the scene is a HeatWave, the sun will look mean. In all scenarios, the sun provides viewers with potential NightmareFuel.

This is OlderThanTheyThink: Many classical and medieval works of art depict the sun, "Sol", in this manner, though obviously not in a cartoony fashion. This was codified in medieval heraldry, where the sun was a "sun radiant" if it had rays but no face. A sun with both rays and a face was "the sun in his splendor" (the modern flags of UsefulNotes/{{Argentina}} and UsefulNotes/{{Uruguay}} present a South American-influenced form of this, the Sun of May). The [[UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}} Philippine]] flag [[AndZoidberg does too]]. This is common illustration in [[http://califia.us/Folklore/lecture6c.htm folklore]]; see for example, [[http://califia.us/Folklore/6universe_sm.jpg here]].

Compare TheManInTheMoon. See also LightIsNotGood, because as said before some of these examples are either evil or creepy. Also see WeirdSun.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* The Raisin-Bran mascot
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-9HuQZ7kkI Two Scoops Of Destruction]].
* Coca-Cola has been using a stylized Sol chugging a Coke in its summer promotions for a few years now.
* The now-defunct Sunblest Bread in the UK used a smiling sun logo, possibly with sunglasses.
* An ad for Sprite used this, with a smiling sun-face on a bottle of juice coming to life and the mother and children running terror from it.
* The D'onofrio ice creams. Yes, it's a sun that eats ice-cream.
* Vitalite sunflower spread in the UK had a sun, in sunglasses, singing about the spread to the tune of ''The Israelites'', with a sunflower backing group.
* A Scottish public information film about the dangers of sunburn featured a jolly looking animated sun suddenly turning into a demon. True NightmareFuel.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''SoulEater'', although the Sun isn't always smiling -- sometimes he's laughing manically.
** And it's really more of a SlasherSmile than anything...
** Recently (in the manga) he's been shown as furious, presumably, it was hot. In the evenings, he's been seen as extremely tired.
* The first season closing credits of ''TenchiMuyo'' have the chibi Ryo-Oh-Ki guarding her precious growing carrot against the elements, including a snarling, ferociously hot sun.
* ''DrSlump'' has this. The sun even rises from the ocean horizon with a snorkel.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Terry Jones' version of ''TheWindInTheWillows'' had one of these (played by Michael Palin).
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', Toontown has its own toon sun which, naturally, has a face on it.
* Both averted and played straight in the film ''RockADoodle''.
* Tweedledee in "The Walrus and the Carpenter" segment of ''Disney/AliceinWonderland''.
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[[folder:Folklore]]
* According to one Chinese myth, looking at the sun hurts your eyes because the god of the sun is rather ugly and thus attempts to [[EyeScream poke your eyes out]] should you stare at his face.
* In ClassicalMythology, Helios the sun god is depicted occasionally as this.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Referred to, at least, in Tolkien's ''TheLordOfTheRings,'' in the poem "The Man In the Moon Stayed Up Too Late."
--> "The round Moon rolled behind the hill \\
As the Sun raised up her head. \\
She hardly believed her fiery eyes ; \\
For though it was day, to her surprise \\
They all went back to bed!"
** The reason for the Moon being male and the Sun being female in Middle-earth folklore is that the ships of the sun and moon are pulled by a Maia (divine spirit) each, respectively female and male. Which follows Norse Mythology, BTW.
*** Better yet, the Maia in charge of the Sun is a female, non-evil Balrog.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* One of Ranger Gord's MartyStu animation sequences from ''TheRedGreenShow'' featured a sun who shot death rays at people. Gord ended up wrestling it into submission.
* Conan O'Brien once had a sketch about weather reports using graphics of angry suns to represent high temperatures. There were two from stations that took it too far: one was a Hitler sun, the other was a sun flipping the bird with both hands.
* The above image is from ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}''.
* This is the logo for ''CBS News Sunday Morning''; variations also appear at the end of stories on the program.
* Ray in ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d4/Screamadelica_album_cover.jpg cover]] of PrimalScream's ''Screamadelica'' is a blue-and-yellow "psychedelic sunburst" with childish eyes painted by Paul Cannell.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In ''{{Mutts}}'', Mooch sticks his head out the door [[CueTheSun to be faced]] with an ''enormous'' face of the sun, smiling. He observes it's summer (Sunday after the solstice.)
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The playfield for ''Pinball/{{Earthshaker}}'' has a sun (with sunglasses) panicking at the game's earthquake.
* [[http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=1639&picno=5866 This poster]] for ''Pinball/MrAndMrsPacManPinball'' shows an oddly nervous-looking sun.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' opens with a video of a ''SesameStreet''-like sun shining and smiling ("''The sun is shining, it's a lovely day''") until clouds marked with various companies appear ("''But you've got lots of bills to pay!''")
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* An angry sun appears as an enemy in one of the desert levels in ''[[SuperMarioBros Super Mario Bros. 3.]]'' ...and you can ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu kill it]]''.
** Most likely, it's going to kill ''you''.
* This is used for the sun in the Big Board level in ''VideoGame/WarioLand 4''.
* There's also a small sun like this in the original ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', native to Flower Fields and [[MyGreatestFailure extremely depressed thanks to the layer of clouds covering the land]]. Thankfully you get to dismantle the cloud-generating machine, letting it save the plantlife.
* There's a face on the sun in the ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' series of games, or at least in 9 Volt and 18 Volt's epilogue cut scene in Touched.
* Mr. Bright, recurring baddie of the ''{{Kirby}}'' series, is an example of the not-so-happy version of this trope, who's partnered with [[TheManInTheMoon Mr. Shine]].
* The [[{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]] Solrock invokes this trope, though it's a sun-shaped meteor rather than an actual ball of plasma. It first appears in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Ruby]]'' (and later ''[[UpdatedRerelease Emerald]]'') ''Versions''; its counterpart in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Sapphire]]'' is [[TheManInTheMoon Lunatone]].
* Some of the Wacky World levels in ''VideoGame/LodeRunner 2'' had a sun which would usually look sort of confused, and occasionally would laugh strangely for no apparent reason.
* A sun in ''LocoRoco'' is one happy fellow who's always smiling when not sleeping.
* The [[NightmareFuel Sun of a Gun]] from ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', anyone?
* The sun in ''[[{{Nitrome}} Ribbit]]'' has bulging eyes, a slightly downturned mouth, and clenched teeth, and appears to be in significant pain. This is never explained.
* In the ending of ''VideoGame/KidIcarus: Of Myths and Monsters'', Pit's wings fall/rip off in front of an overly [[SlasherSmile happy looking]] sun, presumably leaving Pit to plummet to his death. No wonder it's called Kid ''Icarus''.
* In the [[TarotMotifs tarot-themed world]] of ''VideoGame/TheFoolsErrand'', the sun not only gives TheFool advice, it ''hands him a map.''
* [[MyBelovedSmother Shay's "mother"]] from ''VideoGame/BrokenAge'' depicts herself as this on [[SapientShip her system's many computer screens]].
* In ''{{Tearaway}}'', the sun has a hole in it leading to the world outside the game, and shows the ''player's'' face (a live feed from the Vita's front camera).
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' has this, especially in "Tails' New Home".
* Occasionally appeared in ''ThePowerpuffGirls''.
* The 1980's ''StrawberryShortcake'' specials had a sun that not only had a face, but narrated the specials and occasionally interacted with the characters.
* Happens on ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'', as part of the BaitAndSwitchCredits.
* ''FanboyAndChumChum'' had this accompanied by a pink glade of flowers and a rainbow during a montage in "Total Recall".
* ''TheProblemSolverz'' has this in a few episodes.
* ''NiHaoKaiLan'' has Mr. Sun.
* The Sun in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''.
* Occasionally appeared in the background on ''RenAndStimpy''.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In Appisote 18 of ''WebAnimation/DaAmazinOTAdvenchr'', the sun has a rather… queer face.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* An anthropomorphic sun appeared in a ''PerryBibleFellowship'' comic [[http://www.pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF122-No_One_is_Thirsty.gif once]].
* All through [[http://www.succubi.org/db/index.php Listening to 11.975MHz]]. See the entry at DadaComics.
* In ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'', [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2011/08/15/0299-art-iii/ Larisa gets back at gloomy painting with this]].
* KarateBears [[http://www.karatebears.com/search/label/happy%20sun likes happy suns]]
* In ''{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2033 a smiley sun]] is a RebusBubble.
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2485 And when the sun decides to get hot.]]
* In ''OurLittleAdventure'', it even comments on the adventure.
* In ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'', [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-184/ it watches, with wonder, as Cucumber and Nautilus are thrown from one island to the next.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/DorfQuest'' has Sunbeard, a shining sun with a manly dwarven beard. In addition, at night time, there is Moonears, a moon with pointy elven ears. Sunbeard has been known to swap places in the sky at times, to make things more dramatic.
* In ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'', the sun not only gets a face but descends to fight Hank, who kills it.
* A commonly accepted way to get the obligatory Colin Mochrie reference into {{Animutation}}s is to put his face in the sun, a reference to the one and only ''Hyakugojyuuichi!!'' - which in it itself was probably a reference to the ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}'' sun.
* Whenever the sun appears in ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'', it has a big grin on its face. Sometimes it's a regular happy smile, other times (like in the ''LittleBigPlanet'' review, when he was blaming his difficulty thinking of [[TalksLikeASimile analogies]] on the heat) it's more easily interpreted as a CheshireCatGrin.
* ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo'': In contrast to its original appearance, the Sun Stand has a menacing look on its face.
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