The Power of the Sun

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"The Sun is the king of torches."
West African proverb

Ah, The Sun. The celestial object around which our world turns. A ball in the sky that brings light to darkness, life to plants, and warmth to all. It's also, of course, a giant nuclear furnace more than three hundred thousand times the mass of our puny little planet that burns more than six hundred twenty million tons of hydrogen into helium every second, the biggest source of energy for four light-years in any direction, so it's understandable that one might want to harness or replicate that kind of power.

See, sometimes, the power of the sun itself is classified as a sort of Elemental Power. The effects of sun-power are many and varied: you could shoot ultraviolet rays to give people nasty sunburns, perhaps channel a beam of light to fry a vampire, maybe heal people with the mystic power of sunlight — somehow. And of course, you could always just go straight to the nuclear fusion. Radioactive superheated plasma is always a nice way to make sure your target is dead, and it's much easier to Hurl It into the Sun if you can make a little mini-sun.

The power of the sun is a lot like a fun little cocktail of Playing with Fire and Light 'em Up, with an occasional side of nuclear weapons. Often associated with heroes, but not always. If elements oppose each other, the power of the sun will generally be opposite Lunacy. May also be in opposition to Power of the Void, which is associated with Darkness, Cold, and Black Holes.

If a device is simply powered by solar panels, photosynthesis, or even by a Dyson Sphere, it doesn't quite count as this trope: it generally has to utilize sunlight, or solar rays, or nuclear fusion to qualify as the power of the sun.


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  • Daitarn 3: Borrowing the Power of the Sun! Sure Kill attack! SUUUUUUUUUNNNN ATTTACK!
  • Cure Sunshine from HeartCatch Pretty Cure!.
  • After "eating" God, Father from Fullmetal Alchemist is able to create mini-suns, which he uses to try to kill the protagonist.
    • Or threatens to, in Brotherhood.
  • From Medabots, Space Medafighter X's partner ArcBeetle, with his Finishing Move, The Prominence. X even quotes the trope by name whenever invoking the attack. It helps that The Prominence is a Charged Attack, considering his invocation is several sentences long.
  • Hamon (Ripple) from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, seen primarily in Phantom Blood and Battle Tendencynote , is a Tibetan martial art that lets the user channel his energy into a form much akin to sunlight. As a consequence, Hamon users are excellent Vampire Hunters.
  • Kannazuki no Miko: Oogami Souma's powers seem to be this.
  • The Gold Saints from Saint Seiya have a combo attack that channels this power. Too bad it needs all twelve saints to work.
  • Teppei from B't X. It turns out to be the key to taking down Raphaello.
  • Pokémon: Solarbeam attack, anyone?
    • There's also the Meteonite from Best Wishes. Though the episodes are still postponed at the time, trailers and promotional material for the "Team Rocket vs Team Plasma" two-parter show that the Meteonite is solar powered, and it can be made into an artificial sun that shines even at night. Its rays put pokemon under its control, which is why Giovanni wants to harness its power. At the climax of the story it apparently becomes a sun, as shown here at 1:29.
  • ShineGreymon from Digimon Savers fits this trope perfectly.
  • Bleach: Yamamoto's bankai Zanka no Tachi is described as the embodiment of the Sun itself and even produces flames of 15 million degrees Celsius to approximate the temperature of the sun's core.
  • Il Sole penetra le Illusioni: Akari. She's more strictly associated with the Sun, but it manifests as Flaming Hair and a Flaming Sword anyway.
  • In Campione!, the God Verethragna (and Godou Kusanagi, who killed Verethragna and gained his powers) can summon a white stallion made of the flames of the sun. It typically charges through enemies and incinerates them. It can only be used on a target who has committed great sins.

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  • The Marvel Universe has a number of sun-using heroes: the original Sunfire (this one's also a total jerk though), his sister Sunpyre, and the Exiles' Sunfire. As well as Sunspot, who in his current incarnation can absorb sunlight and release concussive blasts of solar energy, with a considerable heat and light projection component. At first he gained Super Strength that was fueled by the Sun.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes has Sun Boy.
  • Apollo is fueled by the Sun; the results include Flying Brick powers, Eye Beams, a halo and a warm and cheerful personality.
  • The much dreaded Kool-Aid comic featured the Thirsties, evil sun creatures with light powers.
  • Lucifer in his Vertigo incarnation is the Morningstar, the light of God, responsible for shaping and lighting the stars through his will alone. He is able to channel this power whenever he likes it, with fiery and usually instantly-fatal results.
  • Xadhoom obtained her immense power by using the sun of her planet to change her into a star in physical form.
  • The Phoenix Force, described as "fire and life incarnate", literally eats suns to replenish itself. In this instance, the trope established just how very powerful it was. note 

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  • Origin Story: Sentry tries to use this as a weapon against Alex Harris. Too bad she's a Kryptonian, and thus is empowered by the sun.
  • Corona of RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse. In addition to control of the Sun's rising and setting, she makes liberal use of sunfire to burn anything that displeases her, and can merge herself into the Sun to heal from otherwise mortal wounds. It's also rumored that she can smite anypony who's outside at high noon, though this may or may not be true.

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  • Dr. Octavius's device in Spider-Man 2 was meant to create "the power of the Sun in the palm of my hand." Specifically, a controlled nuclear fusion reactor. Which, admittedly, would be extremely revolutionary. He achieves it, except for the "controlled" part, as the "mini-sun" has one hell of a magnetic field. And everyone (in-universe) seems to completely overlook the fact that he already invented and nearly perfected cybernetic limbs and true A.I. just to help him handle the complex manipulations of the controls for his fusion project.
  • Seemingly half the point of Sunshine is to demonstrate the incredible radiant power of the Sun. Everyone's lives both depend on and are threatened by the Sun during the movie, and while the Sun is dying, it is still incredibly powerful.
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past: Sunspot's mutant ability.

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  • Lone Wolf wields the Sommerswerd, also known as the Sword of the Sun. The holy blade burns with the flames of the sun and can emit fire blasts. At one point, when Lone Wolf tries to use the sword while underground, he realizes it has been out of the sun for too long and has not had a chance to replenish its power.

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  • Wicked Lovely has the summer court, who use sunlight as a tangible elemental ability, the same as the dark court's shadows, the winter court's frost, Sorcha and Bananach's warping reality, and Olivia's stars.
  • Both Apollo and Hyperion in Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
  • Nuklear Man. His ultimate move uses half the power of every star in the galaxy for several seconds. Good thing too, because the Big Bad Nihlus can not be defeated by normal means.
  • Robin McKinley's Sunshine features a protagonist who draws her magic from exposure to sunlight, and whose health actually deteriorates without said exposure, in what may be the ultimate case of seasonal affective disorder. Appropriately enough, she uses said power to get involved in a war against vampires.
  • In John Milton's Paradise Lost, Satan addresses the Sun to speak of its power — and rages that it reminds him of what he lost.
  • In The Book of the New Sun, The Conciliator is at the same time a man and the White Fountain which will restore the dying Sun and wreck continents. Or perhaps that's just what the Powers Above the Stage need him to believe.
  • In Animorphs, Yeerks need to leave their host bodies every three days to absorb Kandrona rays or they die. The Kandrona is actually the name of their home world's sun, which they regard with religious significance; however, the "Kandronas" used off-world are just devices that imitate its energy.

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  • Many religions have one or more solar deity/ies, but how powerful they were tends to vary depending on how the religion. Helios from the Greek Mythology had to ask Zeus to punish the people who ate his sacred cattlenote . Amaterasu from Japanese Mythology is ruler of the gods, but powerless against her brother the storm-god Susannoo. Exceptions include Neto, who was both a solar deity and a deity of war, and apparently a very powerful one at that. Ra or Horus are powerful gods with the former being a creator-deity and the latter vanquishing the god of storms and chaos. Huitzilopochtli from Aztec Mythology was a god of sun and war and one of the most powerful deities. There's also Haemosu from Korean Mythology, Heavenly Emperor's son and a very powerful god(beating god of the river in a shapeshifting duel), and founder of the Buyeo and Goguryeo Kingdoms.
    • Some systems had both a sun god and a personification of the Sun. For instance, in Greek mythology, Apollo was the "god of light" (effectively a solar deity), while Helios was the Sun itself.
    • Sometimes, the Sun is the eye of the ruling god. Helios, for example, is often referred as the eye of Zeus, Ahura Mazda's eye is Hvare-khshaeta, et cetera.
  • In Abrahamic theology, Shamsiel is usually said to be the angel of the Sun. In Paradise Lost, though, it is Uriel who wields this power.
    • Archangel Michael is also frequently considered the planetary angel of the Sun. Curiously, he and Shamsiel share multiple traits, such as being cherubs, guardian the Fourth Heaven and the Garden of Eden.
  • In Gnosticism, the Sun is represented by the Archon Adonaios, though some sources list Iao instead (which otherwise stands for Jupiter). In a twist, however, since the Sun is an Archon, which work for Yaldabaoth, it is at best an hostile power.
  • Solaromancy is a classical term for sun-based divination. By tabletop logic, it should be sun based magic.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons. In the 2nd Edition Al-Qadim setting, there are a few sun-powered spells: Sun Stone (a stone held in sunlight becomes an incendiary missile), Sundazzle (sunlight causes blindness), Sunfire (solar-powered Fireball), Sunwarp (powerful, though limited mirage-based variant of Mirror Image)
    • Some or other Sun deity is almost obligatory in any setting and the priesthood of each, of course, has sun-related spells and powers.
      • For example in 3.5, clerics of the sun god Pelor can take the Sun domain. Which, in addition to giving them many heat and light-based spells, including the extremely powerful Sunburst, which lights up everything within ten feet of the cleric, allows them to perform a "greater turn undead", which focuses powerful sunlight instead of positive energy. Instead of merely scaring undead away, a Greater Turning turns them to dust on the spot.
    • Sun Mages in Spelljammer campaign Astromundi Cluster. The Antilan Empire wizards purchased the secrets of sunmagic from the Arcane and kept as a secret weapon.
    • "Sun" (Radiance) quasi-elemental priests in Dark Sun. Though they are messed up unlike the rest of the bunch, without a good explanation.
  • Mage: The Awakening and Changeling: The Lost have "spells" that work like this. The major difference between these and ones that make a lot of "fake" light is the ability to mess with vampires.
    • There are also spirits from the Shadow which are basically sun elementals. These are noted as bearing a passing resemblance to fire elementals, but appear more transcendent and powerful (they're among the most powerful spirits in the Shadow) and also have a theme of bringing "illumination." They also attack darkness spirits (which are conceptual rather than elemental), and have a relationship with werewolves (children of Luna) that ranges from "grudge" to "attack on sight."
  • Seeing as the default player characters in Exalted are all the chosen of the sun god, this is a bit commonplace. For one thing, the sun in the sky isn't actually a sun — it's a massive weapons station that helps decide which beings are "creatures of darkness" and thus worthy of receiving the pain from the Unconquered Sun's cleansing light. There are several attacks and spells that allow a Solar to harness this power.
    • For a somewhat darker twist, there's the sorcery spell Total Annihilation, which draws on the destructive potential of a different sun — Ligier, the ever-burning green sun of Hell. It's pretty much a fantasy nuke.
    • The sun god himself, the Unconquered Sun, is generally invincible, but in the latest edition the Scarlet Empress turns Bitch Queen of Hell and schemes a way to kill him by blotting out the skies, and effectively bring about Armageddon to the land. It's pretty epic.
  • Warhammer has Solkan, one of the gods of order, which is a solar deity that may offer his followers fire and light powers. Like all the gods of order, he doesn't show up very much (except for some references in the novels). Considering how he is, that may be a good thing.
    • It also has the mages of the White College of Magic, who specialize in truth, philosophy, healing, and using the blinding light of the sun to burn daemons.
  • Magic: The Gathering puts sunlight in the white part of the color-pie. Shown to devastating effect in cards such as Wrath of God.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
    • Bujinki Amaterasu, as she's based on Amaterasu.
    • Master Hyperion, as he's the leader of the Agents of Heaven. Also he's a personification of the Sun.

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  • In Bayonetta, the Lumen Sages had the Sun as the source of their powers (as opposed to the Umbra Witches' own Lunacy and Demon Summoning); Father Balder, the last of these sages, even has solar motifs in his battle mode, with his clothes turning blue/yellow (the main wavelengths of sunlight), and his peacock feather like wings vaguely resembling sun rays.
  • In the Boktai games, the protagonist Django uses the "Gun Del Sol," a solar-powered gun that shoots sunlight (and later a solar-powered gauntlet called the Sol de Vice, which gave melee weapons similar powers). Very useful for a vampire-hunter. What was especially interesting was that the game had you power the gun using real-life sunlight. A UV sensor on the game cart made sunlight shine into the game world when it detected sunlight.
    • The same gun is a hidden weapon in Metal Gear Solid 4.
    • The Gun Del Sol is also a weapon (in this case, a chip) in the Mega Man Battle Network series. True to form, it's more effective when jacked-in to an outdoor location.
  • In Pokémon, there is the move Solarbeam: a powerful Grass-type move that has the user charge up sunlight for a round, and then fire a beam of pure solar energy at the foe. There is also Sunny Day, which generates intense sunlight for 5 turns. During that time, Fire moves are empowered, Water moves are weakened, and Solarbeam's charge-turn is eliminated, making "Sunnybeamers", Pokémon with Sunny Day and Solarbeam, extremely powerful, especially if they also know fire moves. The move Weather Ball changes its typing and becomes twice as strong during abnormal weather: it becomes a Fire-type move during intense sun. Finally, there is the move Morning Sun, which restores a Pokémon's health. How much is restored is dependent on the weather, and it heals the most during a sunny day.
    • Although fairly subtle, Ho-oh and its unique abilities (the attack "Sacred Fire" and being able to resurrect the dead) are based on this. This becomes more obvious when it is paired with Lugia, the Solar and Lunar dichotomy becoming more apparent.
      • Some other Pokemon have associations with the sun: there's Larvesta/Volcarona, Espeon (which even has a Lunacy counterpart in Umbreon) and Groudon (it's more associated with land and continents, but it has the ability Drought which causes sunny weather).
      • Speaking of Volcarona, this Pokemon is depicted as a substitute for the sun.
      • There's also Heliolisk, which is a solar-powered Electric-type lizard with a frill that looks like a black sun.
  • In Final Fantasy Tactics A2, the Geomancer spell Shining Flare generates an intense burst of sunlight for fire damage. It can only be used when the weather is sunny.
    • Additionally, the illusionist spell Prominence claims to use the fires of the Sun.
    • In Final Fantasy VII, Sephiroth's flashiest attack is Supernova, where he attacks the party by blowing up a (our) sun at the party. Funny thing: he can use it multiple times and it cannot kill the party.
  • Three different characters in the Touhou Project have been seen using solar power:
    • Patchouli Knowledge has Sun as one of her seven elements (alongside Fire, Water, Earth, Metal, Wood, and Moon). Spells with this element include Royal Flare (alone), Hydrogenous Prominence (Sun and Water), Photosynthesis (Sun and Wood), and Royal Diamond Ring (Sun and Moon).
    • Utsuho Reiuji, on the other hand, swallowed the corpse of a sun-god, giving her the power of nuclear fusion. This manifests in, among other things, gigantic nuke-bullets, attacks based off of suns, stars, and various constellations, and the ability to create artificial suns. She was led to get that power so that she could be used to build and maintain a nuclear power plant running off of suns made from her nuclear fusion. She also went a little nuts with this power and wanted to burn the surface world to ashes, but it was nothing some danmaku-based Percussive Maintenance couldn't fix.
    • Sunny Milk, the fairy of sunlight, uses the sun to strengthen her abilities. She is also capable of optical camo by refracting light.
  • In Mega Man 10, one of the robot masters is Solar Man, from whom Mega Man acquires the Solar Blaze weapon.
    • In Mega Man 4, Pharaoh Man's Pharaoh Shot draws upon the power of the sun, and when Mega Man learns the attack, it generates a miniature sun above him when he charges it up.
  • In Chrono Trigger, the ancient Kingdom of Zeal used the Sun Stone as a power source, but even its ability to store a seemingly-endless supply of solar energy wasn't enough for them. So they attempted to harness the power of Lavos instead, and that didn't turn out too well. But your party is able to take the drained "Moon Stone," place it in a patch of sunlight on an island that is immune to both continental drift and a Lavos-based apocalypse, and use time travel to retrieve the recharged Sun Stone after a few thousand years, then use it to create Lucca's strongest weapon and a very powerful accessory.
  • In Hexen the Sun Staff shot ridiculously damaging rays of light.
  • Mega Man Star Force has the boss Apollo Flame, who uses the Solar Barrier and has attacks like Solar Flare.
  • Sun mana is a type of mana in the Fall from Heaven mod for Civilization 4.
  • The Sun Rune, along with both Dawn and Twilight Rune from Suikoden V. Apparently, the influence of the Sun Rune is so powerful to the point it can corrupt its wielder. If you gather all of the 108 Stars of Destiny, it will move to its nurturing phase and brings back Lyon to life.
  • Ōkami: Amaterasu is the Goddess of the Sun, so it does make sense.
  • Helios in God of War, being the god of the Sun. He even shouts it before blinding Kratos with intense sunlight from his head.
  • NPC Saber from Fate/EXTRA who is actually Gawain uses Excalibur Galatine, Excalibur's sister sword, which 'glows with heat rays of the sun'. He also is immune to your attacks as long as the sun is shining which is usually all the time during the tournament.
  • In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, the tauren founded the Sunwalkers, a group of paladins and priests who revere the sun (or An'she, the right eye of the Earth Mother) as their idol and patron, which is a direct balance to the druids who use the power of the moon. Whether this is really the power of the sun at all is up for debate, as the Light is a universal force fueled by strength of will regardless of whether an individual personally acknowledges it, but depictions of Sunwalkers outside the game seem more in line with priests and paladins of other races than with other sun-based beings.
    • Balance druids seem to have followed in the footsteps of the tauren (since many of them are tauren themselves) and their Balance specialization has shifted somewhat away from raw natural energy and plants towards a motif of celestial bodies. In addition to the power of the moon that they've always had, supplied by the night elves' moon goddess Elune, they've also added solar power to their repertoire (notably, manifesting differently than the Sunwalkers) and their abilities revolve around periodically shifting between the two powers.
    • Rajh, final boss of the Halls of Origination, is the Construct of the Sun and uses several sun-based abilities, such as Solar Winds.
    • The entire culture of the high/blood elves runs on the Sun. They draw their power from the Sunwell, a font of magical energies, their city is coated in warm color and sun references, and at least half of their greetings involve the Sun somehow. This is a direct contrast to their cousins, the night elves who have a similar reverence for the moon, though the night elves treat the moon as an object of worship, while the high/blood elves see it more as a symbol of their rejection of everything the night elves are. It's a common misconception that the high/blood elves worship a sun god, but that's just not true.
    • The arakkoa in Warlords of Draenor are a Light Is Not Good example. They worship the sun and wish to see all lesser races burn under its fire. They also deem any arakkoa caught with tomes of dark magic as heathens and exile them. Those exiles are the friendly faction that players help to bring down the sun-worshiping arakkoa.
  • Cosmology, a school of magic in Romancing Saga consists of spells which use the Sun's power to heal allies or cause damage to enemies.
  • Mori Motonari from Sengoku Basara worships the Sun and can use its light to dazzle enemies, break their defence, or burn them to crisp. And he just won't shut up about it.
  • In Shadow Hearts: From the New World, Shania's final Fusion is Tirawa, the Spirit of the Sun. Its ultimate move is "Sun Flare", which causes the sun to hurl fireballs at her enemies. In-story, the Spirit has the power to burn away any and all evil which you need to do just that by maxing out Tirawa's statues in order to get the Good Ending.
  • League of Legends has Leona, a Paladin who is the head of the Solari, a religion that worships the Sun. Her schtick is that she uses sunlight to enhance her allies' damage and can even call in Solar Flares to stun multiple enemies. She forms a Solar and Lunar dichotomy with her Lunacy counterpart Diana.
  • Dark Souls has this as a common motif associated with Lord Gwyn and the early days of the Age of Fire.
  • In Super Smash Bros. for WiiU/3DS, the Wii Fit Trainer has a move called Sun Salutation. There is an actual yoga position named Sun Salutation where one leans forward with both arms stretched. Wii Fit Trainer however takes it up a notch and literally charges up a sun-like projection in front of her while doing the yoga pose! She can use it as a powerful projectile.
  • Rise of Legends give us the Cuotl Sun God, Xil, a robotic Mayincatec alien who uses beams of solar light to attack his opponents. Various Cuotl units also use solar rays as a weapon as well.
  • Smite features Egyptian Sun God, Ra, whose skills revolve around sunlight that can heal and can also burn... OK, it mostly burns. Later on, they also added the legendary Chinese archer and ex-immortal Hou Yi, who is protected with the sun that he can't be hit with critical hits a lot, and can also drop not just one, but nine suns and all of its power to an area. Not content with that, they then bring in one of Ra's fellow Sun deity Khepri, the scarab that rolls the sun with him; and there's also the Norse Sun Goddess Sol. They THEN added Amaterasu as a "buff/support/fighter" character. Interestingly they made Amaterasu a Samurai as opposed to her more traditional magical portrayal.
  • Nosferatu The Wrath Of Malachi: Sunlight plays an important part of the ritual. Fortunately, it's also the Count's Weaksauce Weakness...
  • The Solar Pillar from Terraria is able to rain solar fireballs on the player. The mooks that accompany it are also fire- and sun-themed.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim's Dawnguard expansion, some new weapons and spells deal Sun Damage that is quite effective against undead enemies. The most notable and story-relevant is Auriel's Bow, said to have been wielded by the elven sun god in battle. Besides dealing Sun Damage with each arrow, it has the unique ability to fire a "Sunhallowed" arrow towards the sun and trigger a rain of fire that blasts your enemies like a magical Kill Sat. It's also sought by a clan of vampires, who hope to pervert this power to instead cause The Night That Never Ends.
  • Wizard101 has this in the form of Sun Magic, but it isn't good for much more than enhancing other spells. The theme still shows in the various temples dedicated to this magic, including a boss fight on a platform that seems to be suspended over the surface of the sun.

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  • Phaeton has solar and lunar celestial affinities, Solar phaetonians can use pure sunlight to channel some powerful beams, lunars can use sunlight reflected off celestial bodies to do the same thing but inverted. Just don't let the beams touch at equal power.
  • In Worm, Sundancer can create and move a miniature sun and dial it up to such extreme temperatures that it pretty much instantly incinerates anything that isn't absolutely invulnerable.

    Western Animation 
  • When Captain Planet got covered in "pollution" it was up to the Planeteers to clean him with pure water, then expose him to sunlight to restore his power.
  • In The Venture Bros., there is the troubled superhero Captain Sunshine. His superpowers are solar-powered and involve firing high-energy "Sunbeams" that cause painful sunburns at least.
  • Hanna-Barbera's Birdman, who also needed sunlight to recharge his powers. He could fire "solar rays" from his fists and create a "solar shield" to protect himself.
  • In The Secret Saturdays, Drew has a Flaming Sword that is powered by the light of the sun. It also has a blue setting that is powered by moonlight, which is, after all, reflected sunlight.
  • In The Mysterious Cities of Gold it's one of the city's secrets - they can channel sunlight into an energy weapon.
  • In the My Little Pony 'n Friends episode "The End of Flutter Valley," we learn that Flutter Valley is kept perpetually green thanks to the power of the Sunstone, which appparently amplifies the sun's rays. When the Sunstone is stolen by the bees of Bumbleland, Flutter Valley starts to wither away. Newly situated in Bumbleland, the stone at first turns it from a frozen wasteland into a beautiful forest, but after a few hours the rays become too powerful and the forest starts to burn.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic we have Princess Celestia, (co-)ruler of Equestria with the power to raise and lower the sun (and while her sister is... away, the moon as well). It's not altogether clear how much of her power is in turn actually derived from the sun and how much of it is "just" her own innate alicorn magic; in either case moving the literal celestial body is in and of itself no mean feat.
    • We also have Sunset Shimmer, Princess Celestia's former personal student — although her powers have more to do with fire than with the sun.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Firebending is ultimately this, and even the corrupted form of Firebending is tied to the sun. While firebending still works at night, it is much weaker at that time. During a solar eclipse, even the most powerful firebenders are unable to conjure more than a spark.
    • Zuko later states during his and Aang's travels to the lost Sun Warrior civilization that the primal form of Firebending, as taught by the dragons, is 'like the sun, but inside you!'. Notably, he becomes vastly more powerful after this fieldtrip, implying that Firebending is pretty much this trope straight.
    • In the Sequel Series The Legend of Korra Book 2 episode "A New Spiritual Age", Korra herself manages to make the Sun glow brighter and dispell dark clouds in the spiritual world.
  • Aladdin: The Series: The Ancient Shamash is a magical orb with this power from the episode "The Lost City of the Sun".

    Real Life 
  • Nuclear fusion is the heart of the Sun's power. Its sheer mass compresses hydrogen into helium at the rate of some 620 million metric tons per second. Everything on Earth is directly or indirectly powered by this nuclear fusion reaction. The ultraviolet light it emits has antiseptic properties and prolonged exposure of human skin to it causes sunburns and eventually skin cancer.
    • Completely inverted with some types of plants and fish who need little to no sunlight at all, some even hate the sun.

Praise the sun!

Alternative Title(s): Youve Got Sol, Power Of The Sun

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