A gigantic nuclear furnace, Where hydrogen is built into helium
At a temperature of millions of degrees
But here on Earth there'd be no life, Without the light it gives.
The sun's not simply made out of gas, no, no, no
The sun is a quagmire. It's not made of fire.
Forget what you've been told in the past.
(Plasma!) Electrons are free. (Plasma!) A fourth state of matter.
Not gas, not liquid, not solid, Ooh!
(Plasma!) Forget that song. (Plasma!) They got it wrong.
That thesis has been rendered invalid.
This page is not about the color of pinkish-purple. Nor is it about those small, charming varieties of flowers that are known to attract butterflies. Nor is it about unintelligible webcomics. Or bloodstone.
This is about the other Helios. And tropes about it.
Okay, okay, enough beating around the bush. This index is for tropes regarding The Sun.
It chases away the night. It has been the focus of religious worship on every continent. It provides nearly every living thing on Earth with the energy it needs to survive. It is responsible for the very existence of our planet. It is Sol, The Sun, our mother star. And, naturally, it features prominently in the stories told by virtually every culture on earth. Vampires fear it. Heroes ride into it (and occasionally blow it up). When killing something with fire simply isn't enough, what do you do? Hurl It into the Sun!
- Against the Setting Sun: Someone swearing allegiance to fulfilling their dream while facing the setting sun.
- Binary Suns: A solar system with two suns.
- Blinded by the Sun: Looking at the sun causes severe pain in the eyes.
- Cue the Sun: Sunrise signals something good.
- Daylight Horror: Horror taking place in broad daylight.
- Dyson Sphere: Cosmically large machinery that encapsulates and harvests the energy from a star.
- Endless Daytime: Day that never ends, and a sun that never sets.
- The Face of the Sun: An anthropomorphized sun with a human face.
- God of Light: Gods and deities of the sun fall under this trope.
- Grasp the Sun: A character about to attempt a superhuman feat mimes grasping the sun.
- Hurl It into the Sun: Destroying something by chucking it into a sun.
- It's Always Sunny at Funerals: The weather is inappropriately good for a funeral.
- Light Equals Hope: The use of light as a symbol for hope.
- Lip-Lock Sun-Block: Two characters are framed on either side of a light source. They kiss, and this blocks the light.
- Male Sun, Female Moon: The sun portrayed as male and the moon as female.
- Night and Day Duo: Day/Sun characters contrasted with Night/Moon characters.
- The Power of the Sun: Sun-themed Elemental Powers.
- Rays from Heaven: Crepuscular rays, beams of sunlight bursting through the clouds, used to symbolize divinity.
- Riding into the Sunset: Riding into the sunset is symbolic for stories ending.
- Sinister Sentient Sun: Evil living suns and sun-like beings.
- Solar and Lunar: Contrasting sun and moon motifs.
- Solar CPR: Reviving a dying sun.
- Solar-Powered Magnifying Glass: Magnifying glasses used to kill or burn stuff.
- Solar Punk: A genre where technology is powered by solar energy.
- Solar Sail: A spaceship is powered by a sail that's propelled by sunlight.
- Stellar Name: A name of a character/work/celebrity that comes from something found in the night sky (e.g. a star, planet, constellation, or other object).
- Stellar Station: A large space station in orbit very close to the Sun or other stars.
- Stern Sun Worshippers: Sun worshippers who are morally questionable and fixated on order.
- The Sun: Useful Notes about our sun.
- Sundial Waypoint: To track down a secret site or object, characters must observe a beam of sunshine or moonlight, or a shadow cast by such light.
- Sunny Sunflower Disposition: Sunflowers symbolizing energy and happiness.
- Total Eclipse of the Plot: Eclipses behave like they shouldn't, but who cares? It advances the plot.
- Watching the Sunset: A couple watches the setting sun.
- Weird Sun: Some fictional suns can be very strange indeed.