History Main / ConvenientEclipse

31st Dec '16 1:06:09 PM nombretomado
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* EnidBlyton adventure story ''The Secret Mountain'' (1941). The main characters need to escape from the titular mountain. They find out that there's to be a solar eclipse the next day, so at the appropriate moment their father throws his hunting knife off the mountain. The lights go out and the tribe [[GodGuise think he's killed the sun]], at which point the "big white bird" turns up to carry the heroes to safety before the tribe realise they've been had.

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* EnidBlyton The Creator/EnidBlyton adventure story ''The Secret Mountain'' (1941). The main characters need to escape from the titular mountain. They find out that there's to be a solar eclipse the next day, so at the appropriate moment their father throws his hunting knife off the mountain. The lights go out and the tribe [[GodGuise think he's killed the sun]], at which point the "big white bird" turns up to carry the heroes to safety before the tribe realise they've been had.
1st Nov '16 2:23:08 PM MBI
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''. Darkwing was to be executed by a group of medieval peasants for witchcraft, but was informed that the time of the execution coincided exactly with a solar eclipse and decided to threaten the peasants that he would block the sun if they didn't release him. Unfortunately, Launchpad misread the date of the eclipse, which was actually happening ''tomorrow''; he ended up standing on the gallows stalling for 24 hours, pretending to put out the sun, before it actually went dark. Peasants = amazed.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''. Darkwing was to be executed by a group of medieval peasants for witchcraft, but was informed that the time of the execution coincided exactly with a solar eclipse and decided to threaten the peasants that he would block the sun if they didn't release him. Unfortunately, Launchpad misread the date of the eclipse, which was actually happening ''tomorrow''; he ''the day after''; Darkwing ended up standing on the gallows stalling having to stall for 24 hours, pretending to put out the sun, before it actually went dark. Peasants = amazed.
1st Nov '16 2:20:44 PM MBI
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''. Darkwing was to be executed by a group of medieval peasants for witchcraft, but noticed that the time of the execution coincided exactly with a solar eclipse and decided to threaten the peasants that he would block the sun if they didn't release him. Unfortunately, the newspaper dates were wrong and he ended up standing on the gallows for 24 hours, pretending to put out the sun, before it actually went dark. Peasants = amazed.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''. Darkwing was to be executed by a group of medieval peasants for witchcraft, but noticed was informed that the time of the execution coincided exactly with a solar eclipse and decided to threaten the peasants that he would block the sun if they didn't release him. Unfortunately, Launchpad misread the newspaper dates were wrong and date of the eclipse, which was actually happening ''tomorrow''; he ended up standing on the gallows stalling for 24 hours, pretending to put out the sun, before it actually went dark. Peasants = amazed.
19th Oct '16 2:52:02 AM Morgenthaler
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** Did anyone else wonder how on Earth a factory foreman from 19th-century Connecticut could have predicted that? Honestly, how many people here who aren't astronomers can name the date of ANY eclipse, ever, let alone one over 1,000 years ago? They weren't even using the Gregorian calendar in King Arthur's time!
*** RuleOfCool?



*** Still a remarkable fortune that an eclipse happened right at the same night they were to be executed.
19th Oct '16 2:51:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* The [[http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle1951/SE1963Jul20Tgoogle.html real-life solar eclipse]] visible in Maine on July 20, 1963 is a plot point of the Creator/StephenKing novels, ''Gerald's Game'' and ''Literature/DoloresClaiborne''. King admitted he fudged the times in both books so that the eclipse path passed over Maine in early afternoon, when in reality it was near evening.

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* The [[http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle1951/SE1963Jul20Tgoogle.html real-life solar eclipse]] visible in Maine on July 20, 1963 is a plot point of the Creator/StephenKing novels, ''Gerald's Game'' ''Literature/GeraldsGame'' and ''Literature/DoloresClaiborne''. King admitted he fudged the times in both books so that the eclipse path passed over Maine in early afternoon, when in reality it was near evening.



* In the Creator/GeneWolfe novel ''[[BookOfTheNewSun Urth of the New Sun]]'' a convenient eclipse saves the protagonist Severian's life from attack by Aztecs, but this is a subversion because [[spoiler:it was probably caused deliberately by time-traveling aliens who are looking out for him.]]

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* In the Creator/GeneWolfe novel ''[[BookOfTheNewSun ''[[Literature/BookOfTheNewSun Urth of the New Sun]]'' a convenient eclipse saves the protagonist Severian's life from attack by Aztecs, but this is a subversion because [[spoiler:it was probably caused deliberately by time-traveling aliens who are looking out for him.]]



* Subverted in ''[[AmeliaPeabody The Last Camel Died At Noon]]'', an AffectionateParody of ''Literature/KingSolomonsMines''. A family of [[AdventureArchaeologist adventure archaeologists]] are in a lost civilization and looking to impress the natives. The wife asks her husband if a Convenient Eclipse coming up by any chance, and his response is essentially, "How the Hell would I know? I'm an archaeologist, not an astronomer."

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* Subverted in ''[[AmeliaPeabody ''[[Literature/AmeliaPeabody The Last Camel Died At Noon]]'', an AffectionateParody of ''Literature/KingSolomonsMines''. A family of [[AdventureArchaeologist adventure archaeologists]] are in a lost civilization and looking to impress the natives. The wife asks her husband if a Convenient Eclipse coming up by any chance, and his response is essentially, "How the Hell would I know? I'm an archaeologist, not an astronomer."
15th Oct '16 8:46:32 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied again in ''FanboyAndChumchum'': When Fanboy is told he is going to die after naptime, he tries everything he can to keep everyone awake while he devises a plan. One of these efforts is him opening the curtains and saying they should go outside, but as soon as he does an eclipse comes, causing Fanboy to scream, "Curse you semi-elliptical orbit!!"

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* Parodied again in ''FanboyAndChumchum'': ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumchum'': When Fanboy is told he is going to die after naptime, he tries everything he can to keep everyone awake while he devises a plan. One of these efforts is him opening the curtains and saying they should go outside, but as soon as he does an eclipse comes, causing Fanboy to scream, "Curse you semi-elliptical orbit!!"
6th Jul '16 6:52:01 AM Veanne
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* In Lawrence Miles's [[Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures Interference]], IM Foreman prevents a town from being destroyed by convincing the attackers that he can blot out the sun. Cue an eclipse. [[SubvertedTrope However the attackers know it was an eclipse]]. Then, Foreman pretends he actually has technology allowing him to rearrange a solar system, and tells the attackers they should check his species. Turns out he's a Gallifreyan - who do own such technology and are dangerous enough to not take lightly. The attackers retreat. It was just a regular natural eclipse though.

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* In Lawrence Miles's [[Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures Interference]], ''[[Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures Interference]]'', IM Foreman prevents a town from being destroyed by convincing the attackers that he can blot out the sun. Cue an eclipse. [[SubvertedTrope However the attackers know it was an eclipse]]. Then, Foreman pretends he actually has technology allowing him to rearrange a solar system, and tells the attackers they should check his species. Turns out he's a Gallifreyan - who do own such technology and are dangerous enough to not take lightly. The attackers retreat. It was just a regular natural eclipse though.
* In ''Literature/{{Pharaoh}}'' Herhor (the de facto ruler of Egypt) uses one to dissuade the peasants from rebelling.
8th Dec '15 1:23:55 AM Adept
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* Subverted in the InteractiveFiction game ''{{Bureaucracy}}'': At one point, the player is captured by natives. If he tries to run the eclipse predicting program, it will predict the eclipse as being "Yesterday", and the natives will mention having seen it.

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* Subverted in the InteractiveFiction game ''{{Bureaucracy}}'': ''VideoGame/{{Bureaucracy}}'': At one point, the player is captured by natives. If he tries to run the eclipse predicting program, it will predict the eclipse as being "Yesterday", and the natives will mention having seen it.



* In ''TreasureOfTheRudras'' this is how the story progresses [[spoiler: At Avdol; after defeating a member of the Rudra Cult, the party is temporarily separated: Legin takes the kidnapped children back to their families, Sork takes Lolo to see the Prophet Solon to find a way of getting Lolo's Memories back. Surlent decides to see the Eclipse, several seconds after it happens, a loud noise is heard from below and Surlent checks it out, The Rudra on the stone was awakened by the Eclipse and kills Surlent embedding a CosmicKeystone inside him]].

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* In ''TreasureOfTheRudras'' ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudra'' this is how the story progresses [[spoiler: At Avdol; after defeating a member of the Rudra Cult, the party is temporarily separated: Legin takes the kidnapped children back to their families, Sork takes Lolo to see the Prophet Solon to find a way of getting Lolo's Memories back. Surlent decides to see the Eclipse, several seconds after it happens, a loud noise is heard from below and Surlent checks it out, The Rudra on the stone was awakened by the Eclipse and kills Surlent embedding a CosmicKeystone inside him]].
5th Dec '15 9:18:26 AM morenohijazo
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A convenient way to set up a GodGuise. Compare/contrast with DeusExMachina, ContrivedCoincidence. For literal eclipses, see TotalEclipseOfThePlot.

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A convenient way to set up a GodGuise. Compare/contrast with DeusExMachina, ContrivedCoincidence.ContrivedCoincidence and WeatherSavesTheDay. For literal eclipses, see TotalEclipseOfThePlot.
23rd Nov '15 5:20:32 PM eroock
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* In ''Film/RobinHood1991'' (the Patrick Bergin version), the heroes need to gain access to the BigBad's castle. They use the fact that it is All Fool's Day, and no group observing the festival can be denied admission, to get in and execute their plan. On any other day of the year, presumably, the castle guards would simply reply by riddling the merry men with crossbow bolts.

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* In ''Film/RobinHood1991'' (the Patrick Bergin version), the heroes need to gain access to the BigBad's castle. They use the fact that it is All Fool's Day, and no group observing the festival can be denied admission, to get in and execute their plan. On any other day of the year, presumably, the castle guards would simply reply by riddling the merry men with crossbow bolts.
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