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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 fuses 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; villains that use solar power, directly or indirectly through technology, are fairly common in science-fiction. If elements oppose each other, the power of the sun will generally be opposite Lunacy. It 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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    Anime and Manga 
  • 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.
  • Teppei from B't X. It turns out to be the key to taking down Raphaello.
  • 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.
  • Casshern's limited power supply can only be recharged this way.
  • Daitarn 3: Borrowing the Power of the Sun! Sure Kill attack! SUUUUUUUUUNNNN ATTTACK!
  • Digimon
  • 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.
  • Epsilon in Pluto, as long as he has time to (re)charge in sunlight.
  • Pokémon:
    • Solarbeam attack, anyone?
    • There's also the Meteonite from Best Wishes. Though the arc was cancelled and the plot of the episodes retconned, 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.
  • The Gold Saints from Saint Seiya have a combo attack that channels this power. Too bad it needs all twelve saints to work.
  • The Seven Deadly Sins, The Lion's Sin of Pride Escanor takes this trope quite literally with his ability "Sunshine", at midnight he is a scrawny and meek man, and is the weakest of all knights. But as the sun rises, his power does the same, as does his pride, transforming him into a muscled behemoth of a man as the day goes on until his power peaks at noon, where he is the most powerful of his fellow Sins, all the while radiating light and heat as if he were the Sun itself, after noon passes he loses his power before turning back into his smaller, weaker self at night as a part of a daily never ending cycle. It is later revealed that "Sunshine" is the Grace of the deceased Mael, one of the four Archangels of the Goddess Clan. It is not clear how the Grace was passed on to Escanor at birth. Mael's brother Ludociel warns Escanor that his human body will not be able to bear the strain of the Grace for much longer. It then turns out that Mael is not actually dead. When Escanor convinces Mael to take back Sunshine, Mael promptly demonstrates the Grace's full potential by conjuring miniature suns and other powerful flame attacks.

    Comic Books 
  • The Marvel Universe has a number of sun-using heroes:
    • X-Men: The original Sunfire (this one's also a total jerk though), his sister Sunpyre, and the Exiles' Sunfire. As well as Sunspot, who 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.
    • Solarr is the villain version, using his solar powers to burn people.
    • 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 
    • Hyperion of the Squadron Supreme, as befitting a Captain Ersatz of Superman, is powered by the sun. He's one of the most physically powerful heroes in the Marvel Universe, though that does less good against certain enemies than others:
      Hyperion: Look here, monster. I AM THE SUN.
      Beyonder: Foolish creature. I create stars... I destroy them. What makes you any different?
    • The Vision absorbs solar energy through the jewel in his forehead and can release it as energy blasts.
    • Iron Man's various suits often have a solar-energy collection function as a backup power source, but it is too slow to sufficiently power the armor for combat.
    • Uncanny X-Force gave us Orange Hulk from the Black Legion, who appears to be powered by solar radiation rather than gamma. He's still quite tough though.
  • DCU:
    • Legion of Super-Heroes has Sun Boy. He can internally generate an almost limitless supply of solar energy, from the smallest candle flicker to a blistering furnace. He is also immune to virtually all forms of heat and solar radiation.
    • Superman. Earth's yellow sun is what gives him (and other Kryptonians) his powers. Even his blood is solar-powered, as Dracula found out the hard way.
    • Daxamites like Valor are descended from Kryptonian colonists who intermarried with the native population of Daxam and are solar-powered in the same way as Kryptonians.
    • Starfire gleans part of the power she uses for flight and starbolts through absorbtion of the sun's rays through her skin.
    • Sensation Comics: Queen Flamina—a one shot villain who looks nearly identical to another Golden Age Wonder Woman foe Queen Atomia—is queen of the sun, and correspondingly has Playing with Fire abilities.
    • Wonder Woman and the Star Riders: Solara has the "Power of the Sun", which in this instance means she can emit light and manipulate the temperature.
  • The Authority: 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 from Paperinik New Adventures obtained her immense power by using the sun of her planet to change her into a star in physical form.

    Fan Works 
  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): The sun breaks through the passing rainstorm at the end of the Yonaguni battle, warming Manda's (millennia-old) egg and seemingly triggering his hatching.
  • Ancient Sins: After her true powers are awakened, Celestia gains many new abilities. These include, but aren't limited to: control of light, control of fire, and all around greater power.
  • 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.
  • Similarly, the Sentry tries the same trick against Divine (Power Girl's evil clone) in A New World In My View when the Avengers are trying to subdue her. Notably, the other Avengers - who encountered Superman in JLA/Avengers and know what Power Girl (and thus Divine) is as a result - try to stop him. This ends horribly badly, with Divine getting supercharged and breaking his arm.
  • Child of the Storm:
    • Kryptonians as being this as a matter of course, being empowered by sunlight, with mentioned examples including the late Jor-El, the possibly late Kal-El I (foster-brother of Odin, Cool Uncle to Thor and Loki, currently Chekhov M.I.A.), and the very much alive teenage Kal-El II/Clark Kent (explicitly named after the former). The traditional Flying Brick powers are in the Thor weight-class, with a young Jor-El being mentioned as capable of overpowering a young Colossus and drop-kicking Omega Red through Mount Yamantau, are present. Additionally, they get Stronger with Age and become able to learn how to manipulate the electromagnetic spectrum. However, they're restricted to Krypton's oligarchic ruling elite, while everyone else is stuck at Golden Age Superman levels. Since Krypton's always been under a red sun, this seems implausible - they're no different to each other under a red sun. Word of God implies that there's an In-Universe reason for this, and in chapter 59 of the sequel, it's revealed that the Thirteen were the ones that inter-bred with other species, including Asgardians, and implies that the block was engineered, hybridisation allowing replacement of the relevant genes.
    • The Phoenix Force doesn't generally indulge in its canonical star-eating antics, but is heavily associated with light, life, and fire, and hates vampires, which it is utterly inimical too - as one found when it tried to drink Harry's blood. Cue said vampire trying to scream as its jaw burns off. Additionally, on the flip side, the original Dark Phoenix ( Surtur) made his mark by eating an entire galaxy (not all in one go, admittedly), leaving behind only "darkness and the echoes of screams."
  • 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.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: Blazen Sun can create a miniature sun, bright enough to turn night into day.
  • In Sailor Moon fanfiction A New Order, sunlight helps the senshi's healing factor. This becomes a problem when Uranus is seriously injured while they're in a pocket dimension.
  • To Hell and Back (Arrowverse): After spending several months in the island of Lian Yu, Kara all of sudden starts exhibiting extraordinary strength and toughness and amazingly keen senses. Barry quickly guesses that she draws power from a yellow sun. Shortly later she is flying around and shooting heat beams.
  • In Last Child of Krypton, Shinji gets genetically altered with Kryptonian DNA, and starts developing powers by absorbing sunlight. Asuka does the same thing in the rewrite.
  • In Project Sunflower, Celestia unleashes this twice. The first time starts well, but ends with a devastating counter attack from the Black Tide, and the second is good, old-fashioned overkill against the Black Tide
  • Hellsister Trilogy has the main heroine, who under a yellow sun is powerful enough to move planets and time travel under her own power. Likewise, she uses an anti-matter sun to destroy her evil duplicate.
  • In Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton, Asuka's sperm donor is Kryptonian, so she's sun-empowered and able to lift skyscrapers or survive a conflagration.
  • Crossover fanfiction The Dragon King's Temple has several examples:
    • A ha’tak has its shields modified to reflect these rays against the super-yukiuso.
    • Similarly, Zuko needs to be exposed to sunlight to replenish his naquadah reserves.
  • The Vampire of Steel has -other than one of the two co-leads-, Zol-Am, who being a Kryptonian derives his power from the Sun despite being a vampire. Even so, he heat-blasted two vampires to dust right after being turned.
  • The Last Daughter: As a Kryptonian, Taylor gets her power from the sun. Amy also uses it to heal Taylor after her fight with Behemoth, since nothing else was working.
  • A Force of Four: Being a Kryptonian, Power Girl draws her power from the Sun. Unfortunately so do several of her enemies, Mala, Kizo and U-Ban.
  • Superman of 2499: The Great Confrontation: By the year 2499, dozens of descendants of the House of El are living in Earth and empowered by its Sun. Unfortunately, not all of them are willing to use their powers for good.
  • In Destiny Is A Hazy Thing, Yoko/Kyuubi's domain includes the Sun, which is used to fight the Reibi.
  • Kara of Rokyn: The titular character's powers are fueled by the Earth's sun, but she loses them while on planet Rokyn and has to get by with her natural abilities.
  • For Celestia in Celestia's Rocket Adventures, while this trope focused on moving the sun and utilizing light-based magic back in Equestria, she later learns how to throw around Solar Beams during her time with the Team Rocket trio. This is also the rationale for her part-Fire typing.
  • In The Butcher Bird, one minor character is a Sun Logia. He's a Brilliant, but Lazy type more concerned with finding good bars than fighting or causing havoc on the Grand Line.
  • A Diplomatic Visit: In chapter 11 of the third story, Diplomacy Through Schooling, after assuming her full-powered form as the Lady of Magic, Twilight unleashes this on Tirek, burning/rotting away his arm and spreading its effects throughout his body, leaving him wracked with cancerous tumors.
  • In Shazam fanfiction Here There Be Monsters, Doctor Sivana's devices collect sunlight and turn their bearers into super-beings with enormous strength, resilience and flight capabilities.
    "My associates, who will appear with me in our next broadcast, were men of power–at least some of them were. But even those who had no power at all have gained power enough to challenge the Three Cheesy Marvels, and those who had power before have acquired the might to beat them. And they did. All of this was done by a power we tap every day, to warm our bones, to raise our crops, to keep the chlorophyll producing oxygen for all life to exist on Earth."
    "The power of the sun."
    "I devised a method of directly tapping the great energy of the sun, through a lattice of receiver-transmitters we installed at a point near enough to the sun to be efficient for our purposes. Don't worry, men of Earth, it's far beyond your capacities to reach. I don't feel insecure about revealing its existence. The receivers empower my associates. As a result, the Monster Society of Evil have become monsters beyond your greatest nightmares."

    Films — Animated 
  • Tangled rewrote Rapunzel with solar powers. They seem to be primarily life-related, allowing their vessel to regenerate injuries and someone else's age. They can be activated by song, and as of yet no offensive uses have been seen. Tangled: The Series goes slightly further by having her conjure protective light shields, though she drops the healing aspect of her magic.
  • Sunburn from Happily Ever After, who controls sunlight. Unlike Rapunzel above, she uses it pretty damn offensively.
  • Chanticleer in Rock-A-Doodle can summon the sun through his crowing, and this is a plot point since everyone else needs him back to restore daylight. His crowing-sun-summoning extends to ordering a rain of solar flares to hit the Big Bad in the climax.
  • Megamind tries to kill Metroman with a Kill Sat that's powered by sunlight. It takes several seconds to charge enough energy.
  • Frith, the rabbit god, is strongly associated with the sun, though whereas he is the actual sun or not is contentious within the books' universe. In the film he appears as a stylised sun who creates the world and gives animals their traits.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 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.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse has the title villain's technology activated by sunlight. It's why he was sealed for thousands of years, as his chamber ended up underground with no sunlight to reactivate it.
  • Gadgeteer Genius monk Carl in Van Helsing invents a special grenade which, when activated, unleashes a burst of light equal to the intensity of the Sun, but admits he doesn't know exactly what they can actually use it for, but brings it along to Transylvania, anyway. At the end of the second act, they use it to vaporize an entire mansion full of vampires.
  • In Yamato Takeru, Shinto sun goddess Amaterasu imbues her followers and artifacts with her power, letting her priestesses play with fire and her Magic Mirror serve as a Wave-Motion Gun of immense power.
  • In the 1959 B-Movie Missile to the Moon one character steps from The Dark Side of the Moon into the light and is instantly charred into a burning dummy, and then a plastic skeleton. Ten years later real-life astronauts would report less fatal effects.
  • The villain Nuclear Man from Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is powered by the sun even more than Superman, to the point where just going into the shade is enough to render him practically inert.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • The Shel Silverstein poem "Invention" from Where The Sidewalk Ends is about a child who creates a light that is powered by plugging it into the sun. The only problem, however, is that the cord isn't long enough.
  • In The Dresden Files wizards have the ability to contain sunshine itself and use it as a weapon against those who fear the sun, which Harry Dresden demonstrates when jumped by Bianca, a Red Court vampire (not the traditional Dracula type, but still vulnerable to sunlight), having folded some into a handkerchief. However, there's just one problem with this trick, which Harry reveals when his friend, Karrin Murphy, pushes him on it: to do it, the practitioner must be genuinely happy, and at that point, he hasn't been genuinely happy enough to do it for years.
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Magnus, being a son of Frey, has the ability to bring warming sunshine to any location.

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    Mythology & Religion 
  • Many religions have one or more solar deity/ies.
  • Amaterasu from Japanese Mythology is ruler of the gods, but powerless against her brother, the storm god Susanoo.
  • 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.
  • Indian mythology has the sun god Surya, who is treated among the pantheon of deities as equal to the king of the Devas, Indra. Both of them are seen as quite overpowered that in the Mahabharata, their respective sons are seen as the strongest champions of their respective factions.
  • Huitzilopochtli from Aztec Mythology was a god of sun and war and one of the most powerful deities.
  • 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.
  • In Norse Mythology, Sunna]/[Sól is apparently so powerful that only her shield protects us from fiery devastation, though that still isn't enough to save her from the wolf Sköll at the Ragnarok.
  • 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 both Maori and Hawaiian myth the sun is beaten by Maui into submission.
  • In Aboriginal Australian Myths most solar deities are goddesses, whose power levels depend based on the culture. Yhi for example is the creator of the world, while Bila was a cannibal that killed many people but that got beaten by the lizardmen Kudnu ("Goanna") and Muda ("Gecko").
  • In the Nart Sagas Satanaya (a prominent female figure that depending on your interpretation is either a demigoddess, a full blown goddess or a witch) can make the sun rise and set at her will. Worth noting is that the Scythians worshipped Tabiti, which might have been a sun goddess, implying this is an echo of the older deity.
  • 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.
  • The Buddhist Sermon of the Seven Suns claims that the universe will be destroyed by seven suns burning everything.

    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.
      • Conversely, druids due to their strong ties with Nature are also able to use some of the spells of said domain.
    • 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.
    • The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide for the fifth edition of the game adds the Way of the Sun Soul subclass for the Monk, which allows the Monk to channel their Ki into searing blasts of energy that deal Fire and Radiant damage. 5th edition also has several sunlight-themed Area-of-Effect spells such as Sunburst or Dawn, and a Flaming Sword known as the Sun Blade.
  • Gloomhaven's Sunkeeper.
  • 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 (and, occasionally, green and red) part of the color-pie. Shown to devastating effect in cards such as Wrath of God.
    • Flavour has of course several solar deities from a myriad of planes. Represented in the cards are The Oversoul of Dusk from Shadowmoor (though sadly only featured in a poem, where she hid the Sun), and Heliod from Theros, who puts his sunlight to awful use. Pelor wouldn't be amused.
    • Amonkhet has no actual sun deities per se, but two of the gods, Oketra and Hazoret, draw their magic from it's Second Sun.
    • In Ixalan dinosaurs of all things are associated with the sun, and different stages of the sun are embodied by dinosaurian avatars.
"The Legion's conquistadores could endure Ixalan's sun. Their forts could withstand a charging ceratops. But nothing can stop a ceratops strengthened by the sun."
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • 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.
      • Gigalith, a Rock-type stone monster with red crystals sticking out of its body and feet, absorbs rays of sunlight into its energy core and releases it as a concentrated ball of solar energy.
      • Solrock is another example, a sun-shaped meteorite Pokémon which is even stated to use sunlight as the source of its psychic power. Lunatone is its Lunacy counterpart.
      • There's also Heliolisk, which is a solar-powered Electric-type lizard with a frill that looks like a black sun.
      • And, finally, there is now the de facto sun Pokemon, Solgaleo. Notably, it is a Steel and Psychic type, as opposed to the more predictable Fire type, with emphasis on the sun's light.
  • 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.
    • Touhou Soccer, famous for its over-the-top spells (such as a 1,000+ km/h kick or killing a space station), sees Mima use what appears to be a goddamn solar flare to... score a goal.
  • 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. The mini-sun isn't just for show, either. Ramming it into an enemy will do damage just like the actual shot. This is particularly useful against the final boss, who is weak to the Pharaoh Shot, but sometimes too high to hit with the normal firing of the weapon.
  • 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 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the Sun Song is as useful for stunning undead as it is for moving the sun through the sky to change the time of day.
  • 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 III, 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.
    • From the sequel Fate/Extra CCC and Fate/Apocrypha, we have Karna, son of the Sun God and Hero of Charity, whose armor is solidified sun flare, has a cape of sun fire, and wields a god-killing spear.
  • 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.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • Throughout the series, all known bloodlines of vampire are, at the very least, weaker in sunlight than they are at night. This ranges from a mild irritation which prevents natural healing and Magicka regen, to outright being burned by sunlight and potentially being killed by it. The Vvardenfell strain of vampires in Morrowind are outright damaged by sunlight no matter when they last fed. In Oblivion, sunlight could kill them, the longer they went without drinking blood the more damage they took. Fast traveling in daylight could prove lethal. In Skyrim sunlight stops vampires regenerating health, stamina and magicka, something non-vampires can naturally do. Online includes a vampire bloodline who are not harmed by sunlight, but simply have far greater power during the night.
    • Magnus, the "God of Magic" who served as the architect of Mundus (the mortal plane), provides an indirect example. Magnus created the sun (which is named after him) when he fled Mundus after realizing that the et'Ada who participated in its creation would be greatly weakened and forever bound to it. Magnus punched a hole through to Aetherius, the realm of magic, as he escaped. The magical energy flowing into Mundus through the sun is what allows for the use of magic among mortals. Essentially, all magic in the ES universe is a form of the Power of the Sun.
    • Skyrim's Dawnguard DLC expands upon this. 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 Auri-El, the Aldmeri Top 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.
  • Golden Sun has the final summon Iris, which takes every enemy onscreen and applies Hurl It into the Sun (and back). Unfortunately, it can only be taken after one of the most nightmarish Bonus Bosses in existence, and there's really nothing left to use it on afterwards.
  • Meridian from Atlas Reactor has a sun-based theme and most of his skills and taunts are named appropriately. His ultimate, Zenith, creates a small sun floating over his head that shields him and allies.
  • The sun in Fallen London is (like all stars) actually an ancient Eldritch Abomination which enforces its own laws of reality on Earth and incinerates anybody who violates them, which inconveniently includes you and most others in the Neath. The British Admiralty attempted to replicate its reality-warping abilities by creating a giant mechanical sun called the Dawn Machine, but the A.I. Is a Crapshoot and now the machine seeks to impose its own regime on the universe.
  • Warframe:
    • The Warframe Equinox features two aspects: Night and Day. While the Night aspect reflects the safety and calming effects of night and shadow, the Day aspect represents the burning power and fiery inspiration of the dawn and daylight, with aura effects that increase speed and damage for all allies in the immediate vicinity.
    • Wisp's fourth ability, Sol Gate, opens a portal directly to the Sun itself through which she streams a deadly beam of solar plasma.
  • The Bloons Tower Defense series sees the Sun Avatar, Monkey Temple/Sun Temple, and True Sun God firing enormous quantities of solar light to destroy Bloons. The Monkey Temple/Sun Temple/True Sun God also call to mind myths about the sun needing sacrifices to rise, requiring sacrifices of other towers to reach their full potential.
    • Adora, one of the heroes from Bloons Tower Defense 6, is the Sun God's High Priestess. Her basic attack launches divine bolts of light, her level 3 ability (The Long Arm of Light) makes her fire stronger bolts of light over a much longer range, and her ultimate (Ball of Light) lets her summon what looks to be a miniature sun to annihilate bloons. Her only ability that *isn't* explicitly sun-themed (Blood Sacrifice) is a reference to the Sun Temple/True Sun God's own sacrifice mechanic. She even powers up when you summon the True Sun God!
  • One of the wonders you can unlock in Surviving Mars is the Artificial Sun, a large fusion reactor that looks like a miniature sun when powered up. It's basically a much larger version of Octavius's device from Spider-Man 2. It consumes a monstrous amount of water to fully charge each time you turn it on, but with the right layout of solar panels placed around it, your colony will never have to worry about power again.
  • Ingrid, as seen in Capcom Fighting Evolution and Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX.

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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 
  • In Aqua Teen Hunger Force, the jewel that is embedded on Frylock's back apparently possesses the power of a thousand suns. After Shake and a random shop owner take control of it, it unleashes hundreds of fireballs that destroys the neighborhood.
  • 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 "A Royal Problem" it is clarified that Celestia is holding back the true extent of her power... via the revelation of a hypothetical Super-Powered Evil Side in Daybreaker, who uses fire, red light and solar flares in devastating effects.
  • 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".
  • The Dragon Prince: The Sun is referenced to be one of six natural and primal sources of magic in the universe. The specific elf species that specializes in it, known as Sunfire Elves, can craft Hot Blades hot enough to slice through most things like butter and channel it through their bodies to give themselves Volcanic Veins and Super Strength powers. Bait, who is revealed to have an innate affinity for Sun magic, is able to emit flashbang-esque flashes of light when agitated.
  • The Gargoyles absorb solar and thermal energy in their dormant stone forms. This provides them with enough energy to be active at night. Dr. Sevarius came up with this theory (which Word of God confirmed) since he calculated that the Gargoyles would need to eat at least three cows a day if they didn't have some other means of gathering energy. There have been a number of times when a Gargoyle turned to stone somewhere sunlight couldn't reach, such as indoors or underground, but Word of God is that this is no worse than skipping a couple of meals; it might leave them somewhat lethargic, but they'd be fine as long as they didn't do it repeatedly.

    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. Nearly everything on Earth is indirectly powered by this nuclear fusion reaction. The fusion energy generated near the sun's center (except for neutrino energy) percolates to the sun's surface in a million or so years.
    • Ultraviolet light emitted at the sun's surface has antiseptic properties, and prolonged exposure of human skin to it causes sunburns and eventually skin cancer.
    • Completely inverted with some types of fungus and fish who need little to no sunlight at all, some even hate the sun.
  • Every element found in nature except hydrogen and helium came from a star's nuclear fusion. While a little under one-fourth of the primordial mass of the universe is helium, most of the earth's helium comes from nuclear decay or fission, and the decaying elements came from stellar fusion. Humans are literally made of stardust.
  • Solar furnaces use mirrors to focus sunlight to a point. The temperature at the point can reach over 3500 degrees Celsius.
  • On the Kardashev scale, being able to completely harness the power of their own star is the benchmark for a Type II civilization.

Praise the sun!

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Escanor's magical power is "Sunshine". This power gives him his overwhelming strength and durability, and even allows him to harness its power in the form of miniature suns.

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