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[[quoteright:350:[[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/et_l.jpg]]]]

Character flies in front of a full moon, making a silhouette. Popularized by ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial.''

Since this often requires the moon to be large enough for a silhouette, this trope tends to coincide with WeirdMoon. (It ''can'' be done without such trickery, provided you set the camera up a long way from the foreground object and use a powerful telephoto/zoom lens.)

!! Examples


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

%% * ''SailorMoon'', [[CaptainObvious does this a lot]].
* Sakura does it at the end of the ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'''s first episode after activating the Fly card. Tomoyo happened to be testing her video camera on the moon at the time. Oops.
* Setsuna near the end of the Kyoto Arc in ''MahouSenseiNegima'', after she rescues Konoka from the clutches of the enemy via [[spoiler:WingPull]].
** Eva has one at the beginning of the Mahora Blackout Operation.
* ''WolfsRain'': Some of the running wolf animation loops in the closing credits have a full moon background. In later episodes the moon turns blood-red.
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' has one of these ([[http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o112/manga-anime_pictures/Anime/Moon/vlcsnap-2022049-1.jpg picture]]). [[ItMakesSenseInContext It's treated a bit more seriously]] than most other instances of this trope.
* ''Manga/ShugoChara'' where the Tsukiyomi [[spoiler: siblings]] are so awesome that they can make an auto full moon. Just look at any shots of [[spoiler: Utau]] nightsinging, and you'll see this trope. Ikuto has it less so, but if you see him at night he'll have the moon behind him.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** During the Drum Island arc of the Baroque Works saga, this occurs with the Straw Hat Pirates when they are hastily departing Drum Island in Dr. Kureha's sleigh, with Chopper hauling the sleigh and the Straw Hats piled up in the sleigh hanging on for dear life.
** In ''Anime/OnePieceFilmStrongWorld'', Brook does this along with his trademark laugh style.
* During the fight in the introduction to ''Anime/{{Karas}}'', the Karas transforms from plane to samurai form and back-flips through the air silhouetted against the moon.
* At one point during ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' Hitomi goes looking for Van and finds him on a rooftop practicing sword forms framed by the full moon.
* In ''Anime/GundamWingEndlessWaltz'', Gundam Deathscythe Hell makes its entrance doing this, unfurling its "wings" and coming down on top of an unsuspecting Serpent.
* Kuroh with his sword, in the fight portion of the opening of ''Anime/{{K}}''.
* Vancha March is introduced with one in the manga adaptation of ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'', as is [[spoiler: Steve, upon his return]] in volume 8.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* One ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' comic makes use of this trope when Willow is flying Andrew to Scotland.
* ''ComicBook/RisingStars'': [[AntiHero Randy Fisk]] does this with [[spoiler:[[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth Cathy Holmes']]]] [[HeroicSacrifice body, after they die in the process of]] [[spoiler:[[HealingHands bringing him back to life]]]], cremating them with his HandBlast. Possibly somewhat {{narm}}ful, as this is done in the sky over [[spoiler:Maas-controlled Chicago]], presumably in full view of ''dozens of enemy Specials''...
* An issue of ''ComicBook/{{Exiles}}'' introduces a [[BatOutOfHell further mutated]], alternate universe version of ComicBook/{{Morbius}} like this.


* Shows up twice during chapter 3 of ''FanFic/RacerAndTheGeek''. The first time is in a flashback. The second time is when Rainbow Dash confronts Telny and he aims his gun at her.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'': TropeCodifier at the very least; this is the iconic shot of the film, as seen in the page image.
* Many Christmas movies feature an ending scene where a silhouette of SantaClaus and his reindeer traveling away can be seen in the front of the moon.
* ''Film/LastActionHero'', with Danny on a bicycle no less.
* ''Film/TheTallGuy'', starring Creator/JeffGoldblum - dancing in front of the moon in a ''rabbit costume''.
* ''Film/TheNakedGun 2 1/2'' has Dr. Meinheimer fly past a full moon, flailing and screaming, after Frank's clumsiness sent him rocketing out a window in his motorized wheelchair.
* ''Film/SpyHard'', combining it with a ''Film/{{Speed}}'' parody by having the bus travel in front of the moon during its jump.
* ''Film/{{Batman}}'' does it in the Batplane during the 1989 movie, in the process imitating the Batman symbol.
* Kiryu in the film ''Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla'' makes one of these as he flies down to Tokyo to battle Godzilla.
* The last view of Kehaar in ''WatershipDown'' shows him flying away toward the rising moon, and banking back and forth in front of it.
* Not shown in the film, but posters for ''Film/{{Arachnophobia}}'' depict a spider hanging on a silk thread in front of a full moon.
* ''Film/Tremors5Bloodlines'': An Assblaster flies in front of the moon when Burt is tracking it with his rifle scope.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Happens at least twice in the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'', involving Star Destroyers (and obviously not with ''Earth's'' moon).
* In the famous scene from ''[[Literature/SherlockHolmes The Hound Of The Baskervilles]]'', Watson and Henry Baskerville notice a FullMoonSilhouette of a man watching them from the top of a granite pillar. [[spoiler: It was Holmes.]]


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Similar to the aforementioned Film example, many {{Christmas Episode}}s and {{Christmas Special}}s of various shows feature an ending scene where a silhouette of SantaClaus and his reindeer traveling away can be seen in the front of the moon.
* In one scene of ''Series/TopGear'''s Botswana special, the three presenters' heads appear in silhouette against a rising red moon (red because of all the dust stirred up by their day trip across the Makgadikgadi Pan -- one of the world's largest salt flats).
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'''s season four ChristmasEpisode has Santa's sleigh being silhouetted against the full moon.
* ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' has one right in the opening. Given the show's space thematic it was pretty dang predictable.
* This was done as a parody in an episode of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' when Storm Blaster takes Justin (both from ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', the preceding season) to help the current team of Power Rangers.
** Before this, in Season 2 of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', Serpentera would fly past the moon, making a silhouette of itself as it did. Its ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'' counterpart Daijinryuu did the same.
* In the ''Series/TheFlash1990'' pilot, there was a bolt of lightning that was superimposed on the moon, imitating Flash's chest symbol. As this was put out in the wake of ''Film/{{Batman}}'' in the theaters, was probably a callback to the above scene in it.

[[folder: Music Videos ]]
* Happens at the beginning of Music/MichaelJackson's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2AitTPI5U0 Black or White]].

[[folder: Theme Parks ]]
* As a CallBack to the movie, the silhouettes of the riders can be seen going across the moon in ''Ride/ETAdventure''.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* The original ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' would feature randomly-selected silhouettes flying over the moon at seemingly random matches set in the Pit (actually determined using some complicated algorithm). This was a signal to the player that this particular match could unlock a fight against Reptile.
* The Werediggle Curse skill tree in ''Videogame/DungeonsOfDredmor: Realm of the Diggle Gods'' is represented with an icon of a werediggle silhouette standing on a hill in front of a full moon.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Wii U/3DS'' has Greninja's [[LimitBreak Final Smash]], which has him wailing on his victim ninja-style as silhouettes in front of a gigantic moon.


[[folder: Web Original]]

* The ''Blog/WhatIf'' question "[[http://what-if.xkcd.com/61/ Speed Bump]]" includes an illustration of a car that lifts off the ground and tumbles helplessly against the moon. The AltText says "BREAKING: Child, Unidentified Creature in Bicycle Basket Hit and Killed by Car".


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Similar to the aforementioned Film example, many {{Christmas Episode}}s and {{Christmas Special}}s of various shows feature an ending scene where a silhouette of SantaClaus and his reindeer traveling away can be seen in the front of the moon.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', being a Spielberg-produced cartoon, has a few {{Shout Out}}s to the iconic scene from ''E.T.'':
** In "Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow", when Buster helps Elmyra's captive pets escape from Elmyra's house, Tyrone falls into the basket of Elmyra's tricycle, which gets launched into the air, and flies past the moon.
** In the short, "And All That Rot" from the episode, "Brave Tales of Real Rabbits", when Buster, as Brainy Domes, chases after Montana Max, as Montiarity, at one point, their horse-drawn carriages fly into the air and past the moon.
** In the DirectToVideo movie, ''[[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventuresHowISpentMyVacation How I Spent My Vacation]]'', Byron flies in front of the moon, with Buster and Babs in tow, and crashes into E.T. and Elliot.
* The [[GrandFinale series finale]] of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' ends with Kim and Ron flying off in her CoolCar in front of a (what else?) full moon.


[[folder: Real Life]]
* This has become a trend for aviation photographers, as can be seen [[http://www.airteamimages.com/pics/155/155337_800.jpg here]].
** Taken UpToEleven with shots as [[http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150731.html this]] of the International Space Station (see above to the right of the large rayed crater at right)