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

->''"A partial solar eclipse is when the Earth moves across the part of the sun blocked by its sunglasses."''
--> -- '''Randall Munroe''', ''Blog/WhatIf'' [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/115 #115: Into the Sun]]

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. And [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcUO-h_o09Q this]] old commercial.
* 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 & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', the sun has a face with a spike-like nose, a SlasherSmile, and is [[EvilLaugh always laughing]]. Unless it's falling asleep and snoring at sunset. [[WeirdMoon The moon isn't any better]].
** 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 ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' have the chibi Ryo-Oh-Ki guarding her precious growing carrot against the elements, including a snarling, ferociously hot sun.
* ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' has this. The sun even rises from the ocean horizon with a snorkel.
* Prometheus from ''OnePiece'', a [[AnimateInanimateObject Homie]] created by Big Mom. When serious, he becomes a raging fireball and, in conjunction with Zeus, can [[WeatherManipulation control the weather]] at Big Mom's command.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/{{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:Films -- Animation]]
* Terry Jones' version of ''Film/{{The Wind in the Willows|1996}}'' had one of these (played by Michael Palin).
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', Toontown has its own toon sun which, naturally, has a face on it.
* The sun from ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' for some reason changes from a realistic sun when seen from outer space, to an anthropomorphic sun when seen from Chanticleer's farm. And the sun (whose rising and setting is constantly controlled by Chanticleer) will occasionally go against his rules and rise on its own.
* Tweedledee in "The Walrus and the Carpenter" segment of ''Disney/AliceinWonderland''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'': The sun has the face of a jack-o-lantern.
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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 Myth/NorseMythology, 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 ''Series/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.
* This is the logo for ''CBS News Sunday Morning''; variations also appear at the end of stories on the program.
* Ray in ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse''.
* Miwasan in the NHK educational television series ''Nihongo de Asobo''.
* ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}'' has an [[UncannyValley absolutely terrifying]] [[TheFaceOfTheSun baby-faced]] sun. The actual reason for the sun being that way is that it represents the toddlers and babies who are watching the program.
* On ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse'', the sun was Bear's good friend, Ray, who greeted him in the morning and sometimes sang the "Good Morning" song with him. He was voiced by Geoffrey Holder, using the deep voice that made him well known for [=7Up=] commercials in the 70s and 80s.

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[[folder:Music]]
* The [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d4/Screamadelica_album_cover.jpg cover]] of Music/PrimalScream's ''Music/{{Screamadelica}}'' is a blue-and-yellow "psychedelic sunburst" with childish eyes painted by Paul Cannell.
* The cover of the Music/MoodyBlues album, ''In Search Of The Lost Chord''.
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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* 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 Myth/ClassicalMythology, Helios the sun god is depicted occasionally as this.
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[[folder:Pinballs]]
* 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:Theater]]
* ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' opens with a video of a ''Series/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:Theme Parks]]
* ''Ride/ItsASmallWorld'' at the Ride/DisneyThemeParks has several of these, each one's face is designed to match the style of the respective country scene it's in.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
** In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3,'' An angry sun appears as an enemy in one of the desert levels and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu can be killed]] with a Koopa Shell.
*** Most likely, it's going to kill ''you''.
** ''VideoGame/WarioLand3'' has a similar enemy that ''can't'' be killed who spits out fireballs.
* 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 ''Franchise/{{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''.
* The sun in ''[[{{Creator/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).
* In Microsoft ''VideoGame/{{Minesweeper}}'' and its clones sun with a face appears on restart button and change expression when you click, lose or win.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In Appisote 18 of ''WebAnimation/DaAmazinOTAdvenchr'', the sun has a rather... queer face.
* 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 WebAnimation/{{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 ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet'' review, when he was blaming his difficulty thinking of [[TalksLikeASimile analogies]] on the heat) it's more easily interpreted as a CheshireCatGrin.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* An anthropomorphic sun appeared in a ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'' comic [[http://www.pbfcomics.com/122/ 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]].
* ''Webcomic/KarateBears'' [[http://www.karatebears.com/search/label/happy%20sun likes happy suns]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{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 ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', the sun and moon have faces and occasionally make quips about what's going on down at ground level. They transform into one another at dawn and dusk rather than rising or setting.
* 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.]]
** [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-515/ And it turns out that Dreamside's sun having a face wasn't just some throwaway gag.]]
* A smiling sun is used occasionally in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' usually above Bob's house.
* The sun in ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' has a face and sometimes talks to the other characters in the strip. Unfortunately, it's also obliviously cheerful, friendly, and completely unaware of what happens if you share ''too'' much solar energy with Earth (that is, reducing every living thing on the planet to cinders).
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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.
* ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo'': In contrast to its original appearance, the Sun Stand has a menacing look on its face.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' has this, especially in "Tails' New Home".
* Occasionally appeared in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
* The 1980's ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' specials had a sun that not only had a face, but narrated the specials and occasionally interacted with the characters.
* Happens on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', as part of the BaitAndSwitchCredits.
* ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum'' had this accompanied by a pink glade of flowers and a rainbow during a montage in "Total Recall".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheProblemSolverz'' has this in a few episodes.
* On ''WesternAnimation/NiHaoKaiLan'', the sun was Mr. Sun, a cute little thing that sometimes emitted "sun fuzzies" that could tickle or form props.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', like other {{Animate Inanimate Object}}s, the sun is a minor character who spends most of its time in the sky smiling all the time (unless something of notice comes near him). He can also travel around the world at high speeds and sleeps when night comes. He also gets {{moon|ing}}ed by the equally animated moon, who has arms, legs, and visible buttocks.
* Occasionally appeared in the background on ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' second season finale has a scene set on a planet lit by a sun with a face...and NoIndoorVoice, as it apparently screams as loud as it can for 42 straight hours every day.
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