[-[[caption-width-right:250:[[http://www.flickr.com/photos/gwendalcentrifugue/5126255516/ By Gwendal. Used with permission.]] ]]-]

The sun is a [[Music/TheyMightBeGiants miasma of incandescent plasma]]. [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Or possibly a chariot wheel,]] a very large flashlight, or a two-dimensional painting on the cosmic backdrop that is the sky. Forget everything you know about Mr. Sun[[note]]And in several languages -- and in Creator/JRRTolkien's Middle-earth -- it's Mrs. Sun, thank you very much. Let's hope he/she/it isn't offended.[[/note]] because, in Fiction Land, it's all wrong.

Unlike WeirdMoon, the occurrence of these is rarer, except in animations where they're more common.

Common oddities:
* The Sun appears much larger in the sky than it does in real life.
* Sun in fiction sometimes has visible rays. In real life, sunray-like effect can exist with a phenomenon called Tyndall effect. However, in fiction, rays can be present in various ways:
** They're sector-like and cover the whole sky.
** They're triangular and only extend within a short distance from the sun, making it have a bit of spiky appearance.
** They have solid lines as rays, often black-colored. Also known as [[BriffitsAndSqueans Solrads]].
** They leave only a few yellow or yellow-white rays even in places where the air is clear.
* The Sun is plain yellow or orange-yellow even when it's high in the sky and showing it doesn't cause eye irritation.
* It's getting darker already when the Sun is starting to go down to the horizon instead of getting dark some time after setting, even when it's not very cloudy.
* Solar eclipses in fiction are never partial.
* The Sun (and other celestial bodies) are shown to move from right to left in shows set in the Northern Hemisphere. This happens most often when stock footage of a sunset is played backwards to show a sunrise.
* [[TheFaceOfTheSun It has a face and may talk.]]
* [[GogglesDoNothing It wears sunglasses]]

Related to WeirdMoon. A subtrope of SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay, and a supertrope of TheFaceOfTheSun.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/TegamiBachi'', the Sun is a man-made object composed of [[spoiler: people parts, among other things. It is ''STILL'' alive and occasionally feeds on the citizens.]] Yeah, it's ''[[WorldHalfEmpty THAT]]'' kind of world.
* In ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'', the sun in Chapter 5 is drawn with visible heatwaves, emphasizing how hot the summer day was in Rei's flashback with Nikaido.
* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' (specifically ''Stardust Crusaders''), the Sun is a ''Stand'' of all things. Well, actually the Stand is [[{{Pun}} standing in]] for the real Sun, in order to try and take out the heroes, by giving off ludicrous levels of heat and attacking with solar lasers. It is only dispelled when they manage to knock out the Stand's user.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'': Battleworld's sun revolves around it, rather than the other way around. Not only that, but it is later revealed to be powered by [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/FantasticFour Johnny Storm]].]]

[[folder: Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' has a slightly modified version of the one in [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]]: instead of being a wheel of Apollo's chariot it's a roughly house-sized sphere.
* The giant, dramatic sunrise in ''Disney/TheLionKing''; at least it had to be exaggerated somewhat.

[[folder: Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve'': Charlie Frost's animation shows a sun emitting extreme amounts of radiation, represented by the sun wearing a red headband and firing bullets from a machine gun, the bullets representing neutrinos, then smoking a joint.
* The miniature sun in ''Film/SpiderMan2'' shows no effects of radiant heat, radiation, or gravity on those nearby, having no effect on physical matter when handled by a set of metal arms or when idly floating in an unshielded "containment field". There's no way to estimate mass or density. Is the sun's own gravity holding it together, and is that gravity coming from its mass despite its size, as its miniatured molecules simulate macro-scale gravity while still allowing thermonuclear fusion of hydrogen into helium at its core to take place, in a safe and cozy environment, without killing everyone nearby?

* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', the sun is tiny (about a mile across) and orbits the Disc faster than its light can travel through the Disc's strong magical field. And one of the elephants has to periodically cock a leg to let it go by.
** The same in Terry Pratchett's earlier book ''Literature/{{Strata}}''. One of the starship's computers, in an ExpospeakGag, analyses it and calls it an "external fusion reactor".
** In ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'' all of the many, many Djelibeybian gods become real for a short time. Since there are at least a dozen sun gods, something of a free-for-all brawl erupts where they fight it out over just ''who'' gets the make the sun move across the sky.
* Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac wrote a story called "journey to the Sun" and "journey to the moon".
* Creator/VernorVinge's ''[[Literature/ZonesOfThought A Deepness in the Sky]]'' features a planet orbiting a "On-Off Star", which follows a cycle of going completely dark for decades at a time, forcing the native species to live deep underground and hibernate for this period until a technological civilization could sustain life during the sunless period. Technically, it's not a star at all, and it's implied that the On-Off Star is the work of {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s.
* In ''Literature/UnLunDun'', the [=UnSun=] is shaped like a donut. It's rumored that our sun used to be the center of the [=UnSun=].
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/{{Ultramarines}} novel ''Dead Sky, Black Sun'', the sun is as described, in a white sky. It also never moves.
** It's a Daemonworld in the [[NegativeSpaceWedgie Eye of Terror]], tho, so not following laws of nature is expected. Some Daemonworlds have even weirder suns (such as ones that orbit the planet and scream).
* Some of the Territories in the Literature/{{Pendragon}} series have ''very'' weird suns. One has three suns which rise and set at the same time and overlap each other at midday, another has a rising and setting band of light stretching across the whole sky. No explanation is ever given for how these systems work.
* Creator/KarlSchroeder's ''Virga'' series takes place in a "world" where there's no gravity, but there is air, and land exists as asteroids. Small "suns" that light regions of fifteen miles or so float freely throughout; one gigantic "Sun of Suns" anchors the whole thing from the center. [[spoiler: The whole world is artificial; the air is kept in by a giant (~3000 mile) balloon-type structure. The suns are fusion reactors.]]
* One story in ''Literature/TheCyberiad'' had Klapaucius travelling to a planet orbiting a sun that was shaped like a ''square''. The planet itself was cube-shaped.
* In ''[[Literature/DreamPark The Barsoom Project]]'''s Fimbulwinter Game, the Sun begins shrinking until a Gamer from the asteroid belt thinks it looks normal-sized. When the Gamers travel to the Inuit spirit-world to correct this, they realize that the missing Creator-spirit, Raven, has been bound to the spirit-Sun's surface.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Harry and the other O.W.L. students have their Astronomy practical at midnight on a June evening -- despite the fact that Hogwarts is in the Highlands of Scotland (it's usually reckoned to be near Dufftown in Moray), and at that latitude in June, it never gets dark enough to see any but the very brightest stars. One website claims that ''sunset'' would be at 11pm -- only an hour before the start of the exam.
* The classic SF short story ''Placet is a Crazy Place'' has the titular planet in a lemniscate (figure-8) orbit around two suns -- one matter, one antimatter. This causes a shedload of weird effects.
* Creator/RichardBrautigan's fantasy novel ''In Watermelon Sugar'' is set possibly on a post-apocalyptic Earth where the sun shines a different color every day, but always the same color on the same day; Monday is always red, Tuesday is always golden, and so on. Even the community elders and leaders don't know why this is, but they've coordinated the watermelon crops to grow in similar colors. Seeds gathered from, say, a gray watermelon, on Wednesday (when the sun is gray), then planted on another Wednesday, will grow more gray watermelons.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The final season of ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' took place in a binary star system, where the stars were artificial constructs built by {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s. One of the stars also had a disquieting tendency to [[SoundInSpace audibly]] blink on and off at random times.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** One episode had a ''cold'' sun. Granted, it was part of a dream.
** One episode also had a ''sentient'' star, which can possess beings that stare into it long enough, [[spoiler: even the Doctor.]]
** And 11's first season finale had it be the TARDIS going boom, instantly, for a very long time.

* In [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]] the sun is the wheel of a golden chariot driven by Apollo (or Helios, depending on what version of the myth you're going by). Same with several other Indo-European solar deities, like the Canaanite Shapash and the Hindu Surya. Other mythologies have stranger suns; in both Egyptian and early Indian mythologies the sun god (Ra and Varuna respectively) the sun is a boat that travels across the ocean that is the sky, while in Myth/AztecMythology the sun is carried by winds, and requires human sacrifice for fuel.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin's dad goes to town with this, telling him that [[LittleKnownFacts it's about the size of a quarter, moves by 'solar wind' and lands in Arizona at night which is why the rocks there are all red]].
* In a ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' strip captioned "Inside the Sun", a guy sits at a desk reading a newspaper, with eight desk fans all blowing at once and two large switches on the wall labeled "rise" and "set", while huge flames roar outside the window.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' (''D&D'' [-[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]-]), suns have the same gravity as any Earth-like planet, and all you need to survive on the (solid) surface is a fire-resistance spell. Some even have civilizations of fire elementals living on them. (Incidentally, suns are not stars. Suns are huge balls of fire; stars are little lights stuck to the inside of the crystal shells surrounding each system.)
** The crossover nature of Spelljammer means that Spelljammer's description of suns applies (or applie''d'', at least, given the two editions since then) to most campaign settings, even ones where it would not otherwise come up.
** In the Hollow World, the sun is a pinpoint gateway to the Plane of Fire, and it shut down and left the planet's interior in darkness for a week during the Wrath of the Immortals StoryArc.
** The sun in ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' ''looks'' normal enough, and works fine against vampires and the like, but travelers who actually try to reach it via spelljamming pass into the Mists rather than wildspace, suggesting it's a projection or illusion.
** There's an arid, inhospitible setting called TabletopGame/DarkSun. Though this is mostly just a name; the sun there isn't markedly different from the sun in any other setting.
* The Daystar from ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' is an enormous dirigible made of magical metals (surrounded by burning Essence) that is filled with chambers, requires a pilot, and is brimming with weapons of mass destruction. Unless something ''really'' bad happens, in which case it may transform into a four-armed mecha. It also knows Kung Fu.
** Ligier (Creation's sun prior to the Daystar, and current sun of Hell) is not only green, but also emits a light which does not cast shadows. He's also fully sentient and can create a humanoid form into which he can place a portion of his consciousness to be in multiple places at once.
*** Infernals can learn the charm [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sun-Heart Furnace Soul]]
** Solars are cursed to become insane over the long run. When the Sidereal realized this, they tried to peer into three different kind of futures: one where the Solars are overthrown, one where the Solars are reformed, and one where nothing was to be done about the Solars. When they tried to peer at that last one, they saw Creation have become a blasted wasteland with a pale sun hanging in a shattered sky. They freaked out, and near-unanimously took the first course of action.
** In ''Return of the Scarlet Empress'', should the Unconquered Sun die, the Daystar becomes large and red, and the Holy keyword stops working. The flavour indicates that this happens because the Daystar's sentience is...''annoyed'' that something has happened to its beloved master.
* The [[http://warhammer40k.wikia.com/wiki/Tyrant_Star Tyrant Star]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', which may or may not be an EldritchAbomination.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' the artificial plane of New Phyrexia (formerly Mirrodin) has five suns, one for each color of mana (white, blue, red, green and black.) Each sun allows very powerful spells of that color to be cast at their zenith. (These are represented by the cards [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=221555 White Sun's Zenith]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=376268 Blue Sun's Zenith]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=221558 Red Sun's Zenith]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=373333 Green Sun's Zenith]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=214061 Black Sun's Zenith]].)
* In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', several weird suns can be found.
** In the Umbra's Aetherial Realm, travelers can visit the sun, which is ruled by the celestine Hyperion and populated by solar spirits. The umbral sun is solid and habitable, and travelers can ride the solar winds it emits to other parts of the Aetherial Realm.
** In Malfeas, the Umbral nerve center of the Wyrm, the desert ruled by the Nameless Angel of Despair has a huge black sun hanging overhead.
** One portent of the Apocalypse is the appearance of Anthelios, a huge red "anti-sun" that can be seen in the skies of both the Umbra and the physical world.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
** In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', the final boss battle against [[BigBad Bowser]] takes place inside a ''hollow'' sun.
** ''VideoGame/PaperMario64'' has a stranger one, the (or possibly "a") sun is at the top of a relatively short tower with a diameter of less than 12' and has an owl like face. It's bummed because the clouds that the Koopa Troop have spread over Flower Fields keep him from bringing light to the place.
* The ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series has a weird sun which orbits around the roughly pentagram-shaped planet. One of the bosses is a sun that follows the circle-with-short-triangular-rays design. And in ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure'', you fight the Sun (or a sun) and it has gloved hands and feet. It is also only about twice as tall as Kirby, and tag-teams with the moon.
* ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|Cursed Memories}}'' has an extra series of hidden HarderThanHard challenges where the "Dark Sun" screws things up for you and your party. You can have your characters attempt to destroy it with a suicide attack if it gets too annoying.
* The Lylat system from ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' has a weird sun. There are firebirds and lava-snakes living inside it. All promotional information stated that Solar was not the star of the system, but a planet. Although this could go back to the whole "all objects are planets in Japanese" problem.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' LicensedGame, the sun is merely unpleasantly warm and covered with lava, and has an Aztec {{Expy}} society living on it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' has a rather large square-shaped sun. (Texture packs can change it to whatever the player wants.)
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, The sun is, according to most creation myths, a hole punctured in reality by Magnus, the God of Magic, when he escaped from the mortal plane into Aetherius in order to avoid sacrificing a large portion of his power (and thus, his immortality) like the Aedra in order to create the mortal world. The stars were similarly punctured by his followers, the Magna-Ge. Through the sun and stars flows in magic from Aetherius, visible as nebulae in the night sky.
* The Sun in ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' isn't just weird, it's also the capital-G {{God}} and an afterlife of some sort. And it's deeply angered by the humans, he [[TakenForGranite turns everything touched by his ray into stone]]. In fact, you have to fight him to earn his forgiveness.
* The world of ''VideoGame/{{Nier}}'' doesn't have a sun. It used to, but not anymore. There's still sunlight, somehow, but no sun. It's one more sign of how [[AfterTheEnd seriously fucked up]] the world has become.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' has a sun that gets progressively more weird as the game continues. By the end of the game, it appears to be in a total eclipse, just being a ring of fire surrounding a black circle... except that it also appears to be "bleeding" fire in a stream down to the ground. [[spoiler:The overall effect makes it look very similar to the Darksign, the brand that marks the cursed Undead.]]

* The Green Sun in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. [[spoiler: It's an enormous [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin green star]], giant enough that it's about twice the mass of the kids' universe. It supplies magical energy to all [[PhysicalGod First Guardians]], and one of the main objectives of Act 5 Act 2 is to destroy it so [[OmnicidalManiac Jack Noir]] can't use its powers anymore.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Smosh has a video where they theorize what would happen if the stuff that occured on children's television could be found in real life. They react with exuberant panic at the teletubbies; more specifically, the giggling sun.
* In the [[WebAnimation/MadnessCombat Madness Series]], the sun turns into a mook. Hank kills it; the sky goes black for 2/3 of the series. SLIGHTLY justified in that somebody pressed the InsanityButton.
* The Sun in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' is shaped like an octagon. And in one ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'' cartoon, the Sun turns into a circular saw.
* The ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' has SCP-1548, the so-called "Hateful Star". Basically, it's a sentient star that exists at the heart of the Crab Nebula, thousands of light years away. It is slowly but surely moving towards Earth, and vocally expresses its intent to destroy us all through Morse code. It poses no immediate threat and probably won't do so for several thousand more years, but unfortunately, there's no way to stop it so when it gets to us, it will likely cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the Sun is just a planet. A very, very hot planet with Sun aliens living on it and rivers of fire and stuff, but just a planet. In the video game, Fry declares that he can't do this level because he burns easily. There's even a ShowWithinAShow based on the Sun: ''Series/TheRealWorld: The Sun''.
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'': The Sun has nothing to do with atomic energy. It is powered by a lightbulb below its surface. It is hot enough to melt metal, [[ConvectionShmonvection but leaves human beings and dogs unharmed]].
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': It's a scientific fact that if you [[RealityWarper destroy reality]], the Sun shrinks down to the size of a dinner plate, and is edible.
* Lampshaded in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel''. Weasel tries (and ultimately succeeds) in preventing I.R. Baboon from taking a night-time mission flight to the sun. At the end of the episode, it's shown that the sun is inhabited by baboons that had crash-landed there.
* The ending of an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' has some old guy who is immortal crash-land into the sun. Humorously enough, when he tries to sell his books on how to live longer, the sun-people (Essentially sentient fireballs) accidentally keep burning said books to a crisp.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', one of the protagonist's forms is from a species that can live on a sun.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Mr. Burns is able to ''block out'' all of the sun's light from Springfield simply by raising a satellite dish thingy at the edge of town. Possibly {{justified|Trope}} in that said dish was shown as being almost as big as the zone from which the sunlight was blocked.
* Similarly, an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had a villain blocking the sun by launching a giant disco ball into space.
* On ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', Rocko, Filbert, and Heffer have to find a way to light a light bulb for a science project, and end up building a machine (consisting of Heffer's mouth and a bunch of potato chips) so powerful that it "sucks up" light energy from everywhere--including the sun, showing that the sun is indeed a flaming ''solid'' ball, not a gaseous one.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' had a quick gag with Chowder exclaiming "The sun is rising!" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rTla7q8Qyk Cut to]] a sun-shaped monster emerging from a crevice in the earth, with knights scrambling to attack it, only for the Sun-monster to scare them off with flame-breath.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever", Stan Smith trips over a cable in God's office and the screen goes black. God tells Stan he's just [[CutTheJuice unplugged the sun]].
* The sun on ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretShow'' is powered by a furnace in its core, and can be turned on and off with a remote control.
* On the ''WesternAnimation/{{Jumanji}}'' cartoon, the world of Jumanji had a fake sun. It was a small metal sphere hanging in the sky covered in mirrors and fire-shooting holes.
* In lapine folklore of ''Literature/WatershipDown'', the sun is Frith, the supreme creator-deity, who'd crafted the world from his droppings. The opening sequence uses a highly-stylized ArtShift to represent Frith and his surroundings.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}},'' the eponymous beings face the sun as it rises, and turn to stone as soon at its direct light strikes them. But somehow, they also manage to face the sun when it sets...
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'', the beavers have been sent on a mission to the sun as disposable lab animals (not explorers, like they originally thought.) After watching a video (conveniently titled, "So You're Spiraling Into the Sun"), they stop the pull of the sun's gravity by creating a dam of space debris, just as they would dam a river.
* As far as we can tell, the sun in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is the good old ball o' plasma we know and love... but it doesn't seem to work like ours do. Instead of gravity keeping it orbiting around the planet its magically controlled by a PhysicalGod pony princess while her sister controls the moon. Two widely accepted {{fanon}} theories are that either Equestria is located in a geocentric system and the sun is very small, or the princesses control the planet's rotation. Before them, unicorns kept the sun and moon on the right path. One wonders who did it before they existed. In the Season 4 starter "Princess Twilight Sparkle", when both Celestia and Luna are out of action the sun only illuminates ''half'' the sky over Equestria. The other half is night, complete with moon...
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' the sun is a giant light bulb in the sky. It's also affected by power surges from the ground and can shatter like a normal light bulb would.
* In "Here Comes the Sun" on ''WesternAnimation/SheriffCalliesWildWest'', when Toby and Peck can't sleep during their and Callie's desert campout because of the night noises, they decide to borrow Callie's noodle lasso to rope the sun in order to make it so that it's not nighttime anymore. It ''works''. Daytime comes, but the sun is too close, so Nice and Friendly Corners undergoes a massive heat-wave. Toby and Peck then decide to try to fix the problem by roping the moon to bring back the night, what the Prairie Dog Trio refers to as "trying to fix a mistake with another mistake." They rope the moon alright, but it doesn't bring back the night. Oh, and the [[CheesyMoon moon is blue cheese]], which starts raining down on Nice and Friendly Corners.
* One planet seen in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' revolves around a sun with a face which emits a never-ending scream. The sun's screaming can be heard from the planet's surface for the entirety of its' daytime period.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* A crowd of thousands on October 13, 1917 in a field outside Fátima, Portugal was reported in the newspapers to have seen the sun behaving strangely. They had gathered because they believed a child prophet who claimed they would see something miraculous. After looking into the sky for some time, observers saw the sun moving all over the place. Witnesses had different experiences, with no two seeing the sun move in the exact same way, and the sun's movement was not observed anywhere else in the world. Note: seeing the sun move in the sky after staring at it is a well-known effect of sungazing. Do not stare into the sun without eye protection, and preferably not even then, even during an eclipse.
* In 2010 in China, an atmospheric mirage caused the appearance of ''two suns'' in the sky, Tatooine-style. Also ''sundogs'', where a pair of bright reflections appear beside the sun, giving the impression to three suns in the sky.
* When it was born, our Sun was around 75% as luminous as is today[[note]]It's very probable, however, our eyes if we could see the young Sun would not notice that[[/note]], but far more active with among other things far more flare activity as well as a stronger solar wind. Conversely, in a few billion years when it enters red giant-mode it will become a bloated, distorted star that will strip [[DeathWorld Earth of its atmosphere and oceans as well as melt Earth's surface before absorbing it]].