History Main / ConvenientEclipse

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.
23rd Nov '15 5:15:23 PM eroock
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* In ''Film/TheFugitive'', Creator/HarrisonFord leaves the federal lockup with Creator/TommyLeeJones in hot pursuit. However, a conveniently passing St. Patrick's Day parade provides the perfect cover for the hero to escape. On most other days of the year, the streets would be relatively empty and Harrison Ford would be captured within moments. (It should be noted that this sequence was a late addition to the script. As filmed, Jones' exit from the lockup is delayed briefly by a security door closed in an attempt to halt Ford; as originally scripted, the delay would have been long enough for Ford to get away.)
28th Sep '15 2:48:27 AM luckykaa
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* Occurs in the book ''Literature/KingSolomonsMines'' (though not the movie versions). The heroes use a convenient ''lunar'' eclipse to con themselves out of death at the hands of African natives. Is slightly subverted when one of the villains tries explaining that the eclipse is a natural occurrence that will pass soon, but no one bothers to listen to her.

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* Occurs in the book ''Literature/KingSolomonsMines'' (though not most of the movie versions). The heroes use a convenient ''lunar'' eclipse versions) to con themselves out of death at the hands of African natives. Changed to a convenient ''lunar'' eclipse in later editions when Haggard realised that solar eclipses aren't followed by full moons. Is slightly subverted when one of the villains tries explaining that the eclipse is a natural occurrence that will pass soon, but no one bothers to listen to her.her.
** The 1937 British movie kept the Solar Eclipse from the first edition.
22nd May '15 4:10:43 AM erforce
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* Sort-of inverted in ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn 2'': the hero escapes the vampires into the sunlight... Then guess what happens. Note that the moon must have wanted the vampires to win; it literally comes racing across the sky then screeches to a halt when it reaches the proper position.

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* Sort-of inverted in ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn 2'': ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn2TexasBloodMoney'': the hero escapes the vampires into the sunlight... Then guess what happens. Note that the moon must have wanted the vampires to win; it literally comes racing across the sky then screeches to a halt when it reaches the proper position.



* In ''RobinHood'' (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 ''RobinHood'' ''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.
28th Dec '14 10:53:39 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied in the DonRosa comic story "The Once and Future Duck", where DonaldDuck is about to be executed by (the historical) King Arthur, and he orders his nephews to wow Arthur by predicting an eclipse. After protesting [[ThisIsReality "That only works in old movies and comic books, Unca Donald!"]], they reply "You have two options: get them to pack up camp and move to Madagascar, or stay here and convince them to delay the execution for 237 years!" Don is instead saved from execution when Gyro beeps the horn on his truck and scares the whole camp silly.

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* Parodied in the DonRosa Creator/DonRosa comic story "The Once and Future Duck", where DonaldDuck is about to be executed by (the historical) King Arthur, and he orders his nephews to wow Arthur by predicting an eclipse. After protesting [[ThisIsReality "That only works in old movies and comic books, Unca Donald!"]], they reply "You have two options: get them to pack up camp and move to Madagascar, or stay here and convince them to delay the execution for 237 years!" Don is instead saved from execution when Gyro beeps the horn on his truck and scares the whole camp silly.
19th Jun '14 6:38:03 AM DaibhidC
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* Parodied, along with several related tropes, by Creator/DavidLangford in "[[http://www.ansible.co.uk/writing/jungle.html A Tale of the Jungle]]":

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* Parodied, along with several related tropes, ThisIsMyBoomStick, by Creator/DavidLangford in "[[http://www.ansible.co.uk/writing/jungle.html A Tale of the Jungle]]":
28th May '14 1:28:36 AM Zoorteg
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* ''{{Franchise/Tintin}}'' used a Convenient Eclipse in "Prisoners of the Sun": when held prisoner by a surviving group of Incas and pending execution by sun-lit pyre, Tintin claims the date of the eclipse is Captain Haddock's birthday, causing the Inca priest to schedule their execution for that day. During the day itself, Tintin fakes being able to command the sun and the Incas let them go. It's a ''little'' more believable than many examples of this trope, as the Inca leader tells Tintin that he must die within a month, but can choose which time for the execution (being a full month, the chance that an eclipse actually ''would'' occur in that time period is a little higher) On the other hand, this ends up creating a factual error: the Incas were skilled astronomers and knew what eclipses were and how to predict them.

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* ''{{Franchise/Tintin}}'' used a Convenient Eclipse in "Prisoners of the Sun": when held prisoner by a surviving group of Incas and pending execution by sun-lit pyre, Tintin claims the date of the eclipse is Captain Haddock's birthday, causing the Inca priest to schedule their execution for that day. During the day itself, Tintin fakes being able to command the sun and the Incas let them go. It's a ''little'' more believable than many examples of this trope, as the Inca leader tells Tintin that he must die within a month, but can choose which time for the execution (being a full month, the chance that an eclipse actually ''would'' occur in that time period is a little higher) On the other hand, this ends up creating a factual error: the Incas were skilled astronomers and knew what eclipses were and how to predict them.higher).



** Another factual error, it was the Aztecs who practiced human sacrifice, [[{{Mayincatec}} not the Incas]].
12th Apr '14 5:24:02 PM crazysamaritan
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* 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 [[HellIsThatNoise 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'' 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 [[HellIsThatNoise loud noise]] 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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