Created By: Bagpiper on July 21, 2012 Last Edited By: eroock on June 20, 2017

Perpetual Moon Appearance

The moon is always depicted as full, crescent or other specific phases in universe

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In Real Life, a complete lunar phase takes 29-30 days, and the specific phases takes only a few days. In particular, the full moon only appears for roughly 3 days per phase.

Stories, on the other hand, treat it differently: The moon is always shown in a same phase. More often than not, it's either the full moon or crescent moon; a new moon or gibbous moon isn't as much present. It's probably because the symbolism behind the full or crescent moon: full moon is related to Lunacy and story of lycanthropes while crescent moon symbolizes either the end of a period of time or the beginning and growth of something new (whether it is waxing or waning).

So when a moon is always in a same phase, it may symbolize the things above as a big (or subtle) part of the story. In particular, for full moons, it allows werewolves to become wolves for longer than they should have. But just as often it's not meant to be symbolic and is only there because it's not necessary to depict moon in phases unless it's relevant.

Subtrope of Weird Moon.

Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Sailor Moon, the moon is always depicted as crescent.
  • Bleach: In Hueco Mundo the moon is always in the form of a crescent, looking like this.
  • In Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, there's a three-week period when the moon is about to crash into the Earth. For the entire time, the moon was always visible and full in the sky. Justified in that it turns out that the moon is a huge battleship/mecha called "Cathedral Terra". The real moon was apparently hidden away in another dimension, and was pulled out of said dimension by the protagonists after the Colony Drop had been averted.
  • The Moon in Assassination Classroom is always a crescent, with the overly long horns nearly touching each other.
  • In Hellsing, the moon appears to have no other phases other than full moon. The series begin with full moon and ends that way (not to mention the night of the battle happened during a full moon night, in 1999 and 1944).
  • The Moon from Soul Eater is a perpetual crescent.
  • The Moon was full throughout the entire season of Mai-HiME. Granted that there was probably sometime between, but this may have been just so that it could be used as a comparison for the approaching HiME Star.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry:
    • Averted in the first season. Both Meakashi and Tsumihoroboshi climax on 25 June 1983, and the full moon shown is actually correct for that date. The flashbacks in Meakashi also get the moon's phase right just often enough that you wonder whether it's deliberate.
    • Played straight in the second season where they stopped caring: the moon is full whenever it's shown, over a period of two weeks.
  • In the anime adaptation of Ookamikakushi, there is a permanently full blood moon.
  • In Death Note, it seems any time Light goes out walking at night the moon is always full.

    Comic Books 
  • The moon in Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose seems to be full ALL the time. Possibly justified in that the comic progresses more or less in real time and is published every 2 months, with most adventures taking place over a single night. In the "Mists of Darkness", which took place over two nights, it was only a full moon for the first night, so Boo-Cat was in her human form for the second. But almost every other time she is in the comic, she spends at least some time as a were-cat due to the full moon.

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The 1986 movie, The Wraith has a full moon for the entire duration of the movie, which spans more than three days. The closing scene of the movie is the titular car/character riding off down the highway toward an impossibly huge full moon.
  • The moon is always full in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
  • In Daredevil the moon appears full every single night throughout the movie.
  • The moon in Gutterballs is always full.

    Literature 
  • The Gor series takes place on a Counter-Earth which has three moons instead of only one like we have; but whenever they're mentioned, all three are always full. the latest book reveals that at least one of the moons is artificial and is used as a Prison Planet by the Priest-Kings.
  • Subverted in the Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, where whenever anyone wants a symbolic moon it turns out to be gibbous. (One character, a witch, reflects that normally she doesn't have much time for this nonsense about phases of the moon being connected to witchcraft - but there may be something in a half-moon, poised right on the balance between one thing and another, that she's able to relate to.) In fact, the fact it's almost never full or a crescent begins to seem unlikely. But then, the Disc's moon has a very complicated and rather strange orbit (one of the elephants occasionally has to lift its leg to let the moon past). Plus the phases are somewhat different considering half the moon is covered by glowing silver plants and the other is scorched.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The 90's comic relief soap operas played by Globo had a Running Gag in which the moon would always be at it's full phase and be several times bigger than normal.
  • American Gothic: It's always a full moon in Trinity.

    Video Game 
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum has an absolutely massive full and backwards moon hovering over Arkham Island. And no matter how many hours you play the game, it never moves, and daybreak never comes. It just hangs there for atmosphere. This holds true for the sequel, Batman: Arkham City.
  • In Final Fantasy VIII, the local moon is always shown full and huge, since it'll be important later in the story.
  • Played with in Kirby's Adventure, then subverted afterwards. During the course of the game, an explosion on top of the moon causes the once full moon to become a half moon. Future Kirby games that depict the moon of Pop Star always show it as a half moon as a sort of Continuity Nod to this game.
  • In the Supernatural expansion of The Sims 3, there are two choices where you can adjust the moon phases. One of which is having a constant phase such as the full moon running every night, allowing the player to make this an Enforced Trope. The downside of having a full moon every night, zombies will pop up at your lawn, so be aware of that.
  • Artix Entertainment's DragonFable plays it straight with DoomWood, where the moon is always full. The character Thursday from Doomwood's town of Amityvale even Lampshades this when you talk to her.
  • In Forza Horizon series, everytime the night goes on during the game you play, the full moon can be appreciated. Also in the races when it's during the night, mostly the Street Races.
  • In the The Legend of Zelda game Ocarina of Time, the moon is always full, regardless of how long your quest takes you. (And since it only takes a few minutes to go from day to night and back, quite a few days will pass In-Universe.)
  • Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale: Every time you visit the Town Square at night, the moon is full, even though the main game happens over the course of more than a month.
  • In Fable II, the moon is always full. No wonder Westcliff has a Balverine problem.
  • The moon in Wario Land 4's Crescent Moon Village is perpetually in crescent phase likely all year around, and well, the actual level name should probably imply the somewhat oddness of the moon.
  • In Sonic Heroes, the Moon as seen from Hang Castle is perpetually full.
  • The moon in The Lost Crown: A Ghosthunting Adventure is perpetually full, and unnaturally large. It can even be seen to grow at one point, looming larger behind bare tree branches.
  • World of Warcraft: At night, the moon is always full and it's huuuuuge.
  • In Sengoku Basara 3, if the Moon appears at all it is always full.
  • The Matrix: Path of Neo doesn't have the moon visible very often, but when it does it's always full and at a realistic distance.
  • In City of Heroes, the moon is always full and rises in the south.

    Web Original 
  • Remnant in RWBY has a broken moon that does not appear to go through phases like our moon; it is always seen in a full glow, which only adds to how weird Remnant is compared to Earth.

    Western Animation 
  • On Over the Garden Wall, the moon is always half full, even though the story plays out over several days. Then again, the story is implied to be All Just a Dream, or at least taking place in a world where Year Inside, Hour Outside is in effect.
  • Bruce Timm commented how whenever the moon is shown in any DC Animated Universe show that it is full. He tried to get it shown as a crescent to indicate change in time, but it never quite came to pass.
  • There was rarely a Gargoyles episode where the moon was anything but full.
    • Exceptions are a brief shot of a crescent moon in "Eye of the Storm" and several in "Hunter's Moon".

Community Feedback Replies: 63
  • July 21, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Currently covered by Weird Moon, I think. "The moon is never shown during its "gibbous" (more than half-full) phase, and rarely shown in its "half" phase — it's always either a crescent moon or full moon." Does it need to be split?
  • July 21, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Weird Moon covers a lot of ground, so splitting isn't that farfetched of an option.
  • July 21, 2012
    Routerie
    So to clarify, this is about cases where the moon is inexplicably full, like Fool Moon? Not for all examples of full moons? Perhaps Inexplicably Full Moon would be clearer.
  • July 22, 2012
    Koveras
    I am pretty sure that the moon is full for several nights in a row in Tsukihime but then again, this is a story about Moon-associated vampires.
  • July 22, 2012
    MorganWick
    This could also refer to the moon being full when the plot requires it, for example in werewolf fiction.
  • July 22, 2012
    Nekojin
    Fool Moon's use of several full moons in a row is due to the fact that the moon essentially appears full to the naked eye for the night before and after the true full moon (even though it's technically gibbous), so I don't think that book is really a good example of this trope.

    If I remember correctly, the 1986 movie The Wraith has a full moon for the entire duration of the movie, which spans more than three days. The closing scene of the movie is the titular car/character riding off down the highway toward an impossibly huge full moon.
  • July 22, 2012
    triassicranger
    Wallace And Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit depicts the moon as being full for 4 days.
  • July 22, 2012
    Stratadrake
    For titles, perhaps Eternally Full Moon.
  • July 23, 2012
    aurora369
    In Final Fantasy VIII, the local moon is always shown full and huge, since it'll be important later in the story.
  • July 23, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    Aside from plot requirements (cf. werewolf stories), a full moon can "explain" noticeably brighter nighttime light levels. Shooting films/video requires a certain amount of light, and unless the scene is set in an urban environment with street lights, neon signage and such, there isn't realistically enough light about to render colours and details sufficiently.
  • July 23, 2012
    nitrokitty
    Weird Moon already covers this. If you think a split is necessary, that's a job for the TRS, not YKTTW.
  • July 29, 2014
    shimaspawn
    TRS is trying to fix Weird Moon and part of that is splitting off subtropes so it's not so much of a mess. You have Mod approval to go ahead with working on this.
  • I remember this thing. Dang, I thought it was discarded a long time ago.
  • July 29, 2014
    DAN004
    So we can mine examples in Weird Moon about full moons, right?
  • July 30, 2014
    Arivne
    • Examples section formatting
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples sections.
      • Added the word "Examples".
      • Added media section title(s).
      • Added a space between *'s and the first word following them.
      • Namespaced and italicized work name(s).
  • November 8, 2014
    GiorgioDaneri
    Subverted in Sailor Moon, where the moon is always crescent, just point the times where it appears full outside artworks.
  • November 8, 2014
    Generality
    I think there are a lot of works where the moon is always shown as a crescent. Could we amalgamate this into a "the moon is always shown in the same phase" trope?
  • November 8, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ I support that
  • November 10, 2014
    alnair20aug93
    • In the Supernatural expansion of The Sims 3, there are two choices where you can adjust the moon phases. One of which is having a constant phase such as the full moon running every night.
  • November 10, 2014
    GrigorII
    Comics:
    • Inverted with the Grey Hulk, the first one, when Banner turned into the Hulk at night and became human in the day. Peter David took it as a new character, different to the regular green Hulk, and explained: the great enemy of the grey Hulk was the Sun, which turned him into Banner. As for the moon, it reflects a portion of sunlight, not enough to turn him into Banner, but to allow him to influence the Hulk. So, when the moon is full, he will be happy and cheerful. It is when the lunar phase is at new moon that the evil Grey Hulk is at his prime.
  • November 10, 2014
    snowviolet
  • November 26, 2014
    Prfnoff
  • November 26, 2014
    DAN004
    Who's managing this?
  • November 27, 2014
    KarjamP
    Played with in Kirbys Adventure, then subverted afterwards. During the course of the game, an explosion on top of the moon causes the once full moon to become a half moon. Future Kirby games that depict the moon of Pop Star always show it as a half moon as a sort of Continuity Nod to this game.
  • November 28, 2014
    crazysamaritan
    ^^ I think the OP is gone. I've made some edits to bring the main draft up to speed.

  • November 28, 2014
    DAN004
    Would somebody grab this before I do?
  • November 29, 2014
    AlphaCentipede
    Artix Entertainment's Dragon Fable plays it straight with DoomWood, where the moon is always full. One character in the town of Amityvale, which lies in Doomwood, even Lampshades this when you talk to her.
  • January 1, 2015
    DAN004
    Pmub
  • January 1, 2015
    crazysamaritan
    If folks don't have more examples, we could use some hats.
  • January 2, 2015
    Arivne
    Anime and Manga
    • Bleach. In Hueco Mundo the moon is always in the form of a crescent, looking like this.
  • January 9, 2015
    eroock
    I suggest to call this Always Full Moon.

    Anime & Manga:
  • January 9, 2015
    TonyG
    On Over The Garden Wall the moon is always half full, even though the story plays out over several days. Then again, the story is implied to be All Just A Dream, or at least taking place in a world where Year Inside Hour Outside is in effect.
  • January 9, 2015
    Earnest
    How about Unphased Of The Moon? ; )
  • January 24, 2015
    Prfnoff
    In my opinion, Perpetual Moon Appearance is a terrible title. I liked it better when it was The Moon Is Always Full, but apparently tropers want a broader trope...
  • January 24, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ it depends dude. I say, attempting to make this broad may potentially cause misuse or bad examples, but I can't be sure.

    Page action crowner?
  • January 25, 2015
    MarkKB
    If I may, I'll suggest Perpetually Phased Moon for the title.
  • January 25, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ perhaps.
  • February 12, 2015
    DAN004
    Bump
  • April 17, 2015
    DAN004
    Pmub
  • June 25, 2015
    silveryrow
    I like Always Full Moon, simply because I came here in the knowledge that so many programmes I watch have a full moon in the night sky - never any other phase - and without an in-universe reason. 69BookWorM69 is no doubt correct with the lighting explanation - in order to explain why it's so damn bright at night, they plonk a full moon in the sky. I don't think it needs to be as specific as a full moon being shown during obviously consecutive nights, but something must be in the definition to avoid people simply posting every time a programme shows a full moon.
  • June 25, 2015
    Arivne
    If this is going to include half moons and crescent moons then the name can't use "full moon" because it would be misleading.
  • June 25, 2015
    dalek955
    • Minecraft's moon has proper phases (one day each), but it's always exactly opposite the sun in the sky, which should only be the case during a full moon.
  • June 25, 2015
    Lythande
    I like something like Earnest's name... Unphased Moon or summat. The wordplay pleases me.

    Dan004, if you're still adopting this, any reason why there are so many examples that haven't been added?
  • October 12, 2016
    alnair20aug93
    • Oh, I forgot something. Also in the Supernatural expansion of The Sims 3, once you go all full moon every night, expect for zombies.
    • Also, since it's Halloween month, bump.
  • October 12, 2016
    oneuglybunny
    Film
    • The Time Machine 2002 shows that sometime in the 21st Century, engineers on the moon decide to use a nuclear device for excavation, only to have the effort go horribly wrong, splitting the moon and sending huge fragments hurtling Earthward. Several thousand years later, the broken moon fragments are always seen in the night sky. Several hundred thousand years later, there's been no change at all: no spreading out, no clustering, just an unmoving Asteroid Thicket in the sky. The effect is a matte painting, and the film only had one, just lit differently.
  • October 12, 2016
    Leporidae
    Anime & Manga Example: The moon in Soul Eater always appears as a massive crescent with a permanent deranged grin and googly eye.
  • October 12, 2016
    MonaNaito
  • October 17, 2016
    alnair20aug93
    Launch?
  • October 17, 2016
    TheWanderer
    In the The Legend Of Zelda game Ocarina of Time, the moon is always full, regardless of how long your quest takes you. (And since it only takes a few minutes to go from day to night and back, quite a few days will pass In Universe.)
  • October 21, 2016
    alnair20aug93
    • In the second Inu Yasha movie, the moon remains full for several nights, an omen that a dangerous Youkai named Princess Kaguya had come to the physical world, and it remained so by the rest of the movie,.
  • November 5, 2016
    alnair20aug93
    Bump.
  • November 16, 2016
    alnair20aug93
    Bump. Such a missed opportunity launching this while the supermoon was out.
  • November 18, 2016
    Basara-kun
    Video Games:
    • In Forza Horizon series, everytime the night goes on during the game you play, the full moon can be appreciated. Also in the races when it's during the night, mostly the Street Races.

    Hey DAN, this seems ready to be launched, what do you say??
  • January 22, 2017
    Malady
    Folder coding works in TLP now, so the A Cs can be switched out for Folder...

    Recettear An Item Shops Tale: Every time you visit the Town Square at night, the moon is full, even though the main game happens over the course of more than a month.
  • January 23, 2017
    MetaFour
    Film
    • In Werewolf, the moon is full literally every night. When Myster Science Theater 3000 featured the movie, they joked about it being "The most stubborn full moon in the history of the world."
  • April 6, 2017
    eroock
    Title Crowner hooked.
  • April 7, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    Just fixing a Sims 3 example. I pick Phaseless Moon or Perpetual Moon Semblance.
  • April 7, 2017
    eroock
    Added to crowner. Other ideas for the title?
  • April 7, 2017
    TonyG
    The Over The Garden Wall example is repeated.
  • April 10, 2017
    eroock
    Noticed that there is a related draft for Moon Out Of Phase. We basically deal with a couple of scenarios here:
    1. The moon being stuck in one phase
    2. The full moon phase lasting way more days than expected
    3. The moon phase changing too quickly, possibly within the same day

    Should we have a separate trope for each scenario or merge them into one? If the latter, it should reflect in the trope title here.
  • April 17, 2017
    lakingsif
    ^ Definitely merge.
  • April 30, 2017
    sheika
    ^ x2. Add this to the Assassination Classroom example: "And justified since three quarters of it have just blown up."
  • June 20, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    It's been a couple of months. Bump.
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