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14th Apr '17 1:01:48 PM eroock
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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', there's a solar eclipse during the GrandFinale. This may have something to do with the alchemical symbolism related to the Sun and Moon (and the Sun being devoured). The fandom has taken to [[FanNickname calling this]] "The Eclipse" in reference to ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', since [[spoiler:it turns out to be critical to Father's plan. And Hohenheim's. Specifically, using the Umbra [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome AS A TRANSMUTATION CIRCLE.]]]]

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', there's a solar eclipse during the GrandFinale. This may have something to do with the alchemical symbolism related to the Sun and Moon (and the Sun being devoured). In real life, however, the moon during an eclipse doesn't leave such a nice defined shadow, such as seen [[http://www.opencourse.info/astronomy/introduction/04.motion_moon/eclipse99_mir_big.jpg here]].]] The fandom has taken to [[FanNickname calling this]] "The Eclipse" in reference to ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', since [[spoiler:it turns out to be critical to Father's plan. And Hohenheim's. Specifically, using the Umbra [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome AS A TRANSMUTATION CIRCLE.]]]]



* ''Film/PitchBlack''. The prolonged eclipse allows the light-fearing monsters free rein to attack the heroes. Possibly justified since the occluding body is not the Earth's moon, but a nearby gas giant several times larger than the planet the protagonists are on. How long the eclipse ultimately lasts is unclear, but the characters conclude that it will last too long for them to wait it out.

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* ''Film/PitchBlack''. The prolonged eclipse allows In ''Film/PitchBlack'' the light-fearing monsters free rein to attack the heroes. Possibly justified since the occluding body is not the Earth's moon, but characters are on a nearby moon of a large gas giant several times larger than planet, and the planet eclipses the protagonists are on. How star as seen from its moon, instead of the other way around. The planet rapidly goes from "just touching the sun" to "completely covering the sun" in a matter of moments. As soon as the planet covers the sun, the rest of the film is spent in the titular condition, and dialogue in the film says the eclipse will last a month. Given that the planet is much larger in the sky than the sun is at that distance, a long eclipse is reasonable, although a month is pushing it. A moon with such a long orbital period around the planet would be so far away from it that the planet would be much smaller in its sky.
** It's never explicitly stated how
long the eclipse ultimately lasts is unclear, but will last. None of the characters conclude have any idea, but agree that it will probably last too long for them to try and wait it out.



* Also happened in another 80's fantasy film, ''Film/{{Dragonslayer}}'', tho there it was more due to the RuleOfCool than anything else.

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* Also happened in another 80's fantasy film, ''Film/{{Dragonslayer}}'', tho though there it was more due to the RuleOfCool than anything else.



* A solar eclipse that was briefly mentioned in the beginning of the film makes a bad situation even worse in ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn2TexasBloodMoney''.

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* A solar eclipse that was briefly mentioned in ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn2TexasBloodMoney'' has a particularly egregious "plot-timed" eclipse, where the beginning of moon races across the film makes a bad situation even worse in ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn2TexasBloodMoney''.sun and then stops dead, letting the vampire villains come out from under cover for an extended period.



* One of the lesser-known ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novels featured a multiple eclipse of Krynn's moons. White Solinari, red Lunitari, and black Nuitari lined up to form a big bullseye in the sky. A conjunction of two or all three of Krynn's moons is a part of the Dragonlance campaign world, being a major power boost for wizards.



** This is the second total solar eclipse visible in (all of) North America in ''how'' many years?
** The moon was visible in the sky next to the sun just before the eclipse.



* One of the lesser-known ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novels featured a multiple eclipse of Krynn's moons. White Solinari, red Lunitari, and black Nuitari lined up to form a big bullseye in the sky. A conjunction of two or all three of Krynn's moons is a part of the Dragonlance campaign world, being a major power boost for wizards.



* The last act of ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' takes place during the Day of Darkness --a solar eclipse that will [[TheNightThatNeverEnds last forever]] if the Sun Goddess Amaterasu falls to the Lord of Eternal Darkness.

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* The last act of ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' takes place during the Day of Darkness --a solar eclipse that will [[TheNightThatNeverEnds last forever]] if the Sun Goddess Amaterasu falls to the Lord of Eternal Darkness. The full eclipse itself starts [[spoiler: with the rise of the Emperor of Eternal Darkness, Yami, and ends when Ammy redraws the Sun in the sky, so it can be anywhere from a few minutes to an hour]], but the initial phase of umbra lasts for several ''hours''. When the characters go through a PortalToThePast several days after a full-moon festival in another town, the first clue that something is wrong is that the moon is full again.



* ''TotalEclipse'', the last-but-one Freescape game, has (as its title suggests) a total solar eclipse as the driver of its plot. It features a pyramid dedicated to sun-god Re, with a curse upon it; if the chamber at the apex is obscured from sunlight during the day, the Moon will explode -- unless the curse can be broken before this happens...

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* ''TotalEclipse'', ''[[VideoGame/SolarEclipse Total Eclipse]]'', the last-but-one Freescape game, has (as its title suggests) a total solar eclipse as the driver of its plot. It features a pyramid dedicated to sun-god Re, with a curse upon it; if the chamber at the apex is obscured from sunlight during the day, the Moon will explode -- unless the curse can be broken before this happens...
16th Mar '17 6:18:12 PM JoeMerl
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' episode "Out of Darkness", Hera and Sabine are stranded on a deserted planet with vicious beasts called frynocks. Fortunately, the frynocks hate sunlight, but a large asteroid is about to block out the sun, long enough, according to Sabine, to become frynock food.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' episode "Out of Darkness", Hera and Sabine are stranded on a deserted planet an asteroid with an abandoned Republic base; it quickly becomes apparent that said base was abandoned due to an infestation of vicious beasts called frynocks. Fyrnocks. Fortunately, the frynocks Fyrnocks hate sunlight, but a large another asteroid is about to block out the sun, long enough, according to Sabine, to become frynock Fyrnock food.
14th Feb '17 6:50:44 PM iowaforever
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* The Death Star creates an artificial eclipse of Jedha's sun in ''Film/RogueOne'', just before it begins its test run and blasts the planet's main city into atoms.
5th Feb '17 4:26:08 AM Dawnwing
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* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', an eclipse occurs in... er... ''Eclipse''. The cats thought the sun died, and a battle between all four Clans occured during said eclipse.
31st Dec '16 8:18:42 PM nombretomado
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* ''FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' features an episode centering on the cult waiting for an eclipse to summon a world-destroying beast.

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* ''FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' features an episode centering on the cult waiting for an eclipse to summon a world-destroying beast.
3rd Nov '16 8:37:41 PM Mhazard
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* Every [[NumberOfTheBeast 216]] years in the ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' universe, an eclipse marks the birth of a new member of the Godhand. When it happens in the series, it marks the end of the Golden Age arc of the manga (and the end of the anime) and is [[GutPunch the point where things turn from grim and gritty medievalesque]] LowFantasy [[GutPunch to straight up demonic horror]], as [[spoiler: Griffith, one of the three principal characters, [[FaceHeelTurn goes bad in a big way]] and sacrifices the Band of the Hawk to become the fifth member of the Godhand. Everything goes straight to hell for Guts and his TrueCompanions as a direct result of [[MoralEventHorizon Griffith's actions]]]].

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* Every [[NumberOfTheBeast 216]] years in the ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' universe, an eclipse marks the birth of a new member of the Godhand. When it happens in the series, it marks the end of the Golden Age arc of the manga (and the end of the anime) and is [[GutPunch the point where things turn from grim and gritty medievalesque]] LowFantasy [[GutPunch [[CosmicHorrorStory to straight up demonic horror]], as [[spoiler: Griffith, one of the three principal characters, [[FaceHeelTurn goes bad in a big way]] and sacrifices the Band of the Hawk to become the fifth member of the Godhand. Everything goes straight to hell for Guts and his TrueCompanions as a direct result of [[MoralEventHorizon Griffith's actions]]]].


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* In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'', an eclipse occurs when the Age of Fire comes close to the end, [[spoiler: specifically, when you defeated 3 Lords of Cinder.]] And it resembles [[spoiler: a giant [[ArcSymbol Darksign]].]]
15th Sep '16 2:26:13 PM Dravencour
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Also, solar eclipses only completely block out the light in one relatively small area and the light reduction gets less pronounced the further away from the center of the eclipse, but in fiction tend to block out the sun completely wherever they happen to be. Lunar eclipses, on the other hand, can be seen anywhere on the nightside of the earth, but aren't nearly as dramatic since it's just a full moon with a red tint for a few hours (though a "blood moon" is often used in werewolf fiction).

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Also, solar eclipses only completely block out the light in one relatively small area and the light reduction gets less pronounced the further away from the center of the eclipse, but in fiction tend to block out the sun completely wherever they happen to be. Lunar eclipses, on the other hand, can be seen anywhere on the nightside of the earth, but aren't nearly as dramatic since it's just a full moon with a red tint for a few hours (though a "blood moon" is often used in werewolf and vampire fiction).
10th Sep '16 1:02:03 AM whereismytea
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* In the climax of ''Manga/Brave10'', an eclipse marks [[spoiler: Isanami's]] SuperpoweredEvilSide appearance.
30th Jun '16 9:12:12 AM LordGro
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* [[Music/CarlySimon "...Then you flew your Lear Jet up to Nova Scotia to see the total eclipse of the sun...]]
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30th Jun '16 4:21:42 AM shokoshu
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* [[Music/CarlySimon "...Then you flew your Lear Jet up to Nova Scotia to see the total eclipse of the sun...]]
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