The Brave Little Toaster(a.k.a. Sunbeam) is the main protagonist of the movie The Brave Little Toaster and its sequels. He (or she, if female) is voiced by Deanna Oliver in the English version of all three films and he is based on a Sunbeam Classic 2 Model TA200A Toaster.
The Toaster was a good friend of Rob, the Master, who took pleasure in having him see his reflection in his silver faceplate and making faces as he waited for his toast to cook. After the Master left several years ago, the Toaster was one of the few appliances in the house who never lost faith in the Master's eventual return.
Role in the Film
One day, while the Toaster and his four friends, Kirby, Lampy, Radio, and Blanky are cleaning the cottage, they see outside their window a man putting up a "For Sale" sign, meaning that the Master, wasn't returning. Fed up and refusing to believe that the Master would actually abandon them deliberately, the Toaster declared that he and his troupe would go out to find him. Despite initial reluctance, they all agree and set out into the wilderness. They come across many dangers along the way but the Toaster manages to maintain hope even when all seemed lost. Eventually, they are found by an appliance repair man after nearly drowning in a swamp. The repair man tries to dismantle the group but they escape. Finally, they reach the Master's city and go to his apartment. There, they are derided and thrown out by the Master's new appliances, who all believe themselves to be far more modern than the Toaster's group. They are hauled off to the junkyard to await disposal. There, when the Master is being picked up and dropped into the conveyor belt by the Giant Magnet, he, having himself hidden, jumps into Crusher's upper mandible and is later repaired. With his friends, he is taken by the Master to college.
- In Timon & Pumbaa, during Timon and Pumbaa's music video of "Stand By Me", a toaster that resembles the Toaster is seen.
- Unknown to the Toaster, the Master actually returned to the cottage hoping to collect his favorite appliances for use in college. When he didn't find them, he and his girlfriend Chris journeyed to the junkyard to dig up some spare appliances, since the Master did not love the modern appliances as he did his old ones. While there, he finds most of his appliances, who have been dodging an evil magnet crane determined to destroy them. The Giant Magnet nearly causes the Master to get crushed by Crusher, but the Toaster sacrifices himself by throwing himself into the gears, saving his Master's life. Upon returning home with all of his appliances, the Master fully repairs Toaster and makes faces in his faceplate like he did as a kid. The Toaster and his friends accompany their friend to college, happy to serve him once again.
- The Toaster has a gender confusion controversy, which means many fans think the Toaster is either a boy or a girl. While in the movies Toaster is referred to as 'he', 'his' voice actress Deanna Oliver calls the Toaster 'she' and 'her'.
- On the other hand, because the German word for "Sunbeam" is "Sonnenstrahl", the Toaster is voiced by a man in the German dub. Not only that, the Toaster is based on the Sunbeam Classic 2 Model TA200A Toaster.