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->''"Do you feel it, the moon's power?"''
-->-- '''[[TheDragon Sax]]''', [[NotSoStoic before unleashing his true nature]], ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''

The '''moon''' does things to people. [[AllPeriodsArePMS Makes women crazy]], drives the lunatics, or maybe enhances your supernatural powers. The full moon might bring out the monster in someone, or a new moon may [[BroughtDownToNormal bring the human]] out of a monster. In general, the moon is often a catalyst in magical things.

More mundane things are stealth on the night of a new moon, or illumination on the night of a full moon. A full moon is associated with [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent lycanthropy]] as the most common way to trigger the transformation (a trope that is somewhat NewerThanTheyThink). The duality of the sun and moon is also seen as mirroring the duality of men and women. From that, the moon is usually a feminine symbol (this may be because both have [[AllPeriodsArePMS monthly cycles]]).

The words "lunacy", "lunatic", and "loony" are derived from "Luna" because of the folk belief in the moon as a cause of periodic insanity. When planning stealthy invasions some characters will wait for the night of a new moon when the sky is the darkest.

See BadMoonRising for situations where the moon itself is changed. See also MelancholyMoon for when used as a sad backdrop.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Inverted In ''{{Manga/Inuyasha}}''. Inuyasha loses his demonic powers during the new moon. As do other half demons, like Jiniji.
* Saiyans with tails on turn into giant monkeys by seeing the moon on ''{{Dragonball}}''. In one of the few times that the author tries to rationalize anything in this manga, Vegeta explains that Saiyans absorb the special frequency of light caused by the full moon and a certain gland in their tails prompts their transformation.
* In ''{{Tsukihime}}'', power of vampires is dependent on the phase of the moon. On full moon, even [[spoiler: regenerating from one's ankles up]] is possible. The reason for this is [[spoiler:all vampires are descended from what is essentially the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the moon: Crimson Moon Brunestud.]]
* Similar to the Tsukihime example, vampires (or at least Evangeline, the only vampire we've actually met) in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' grow stronger as the moon gets closer to full. It's subverted in that she gets more mileage out of people knowing this and thus being less prepared for what she can do when the moon's ''not'' full. We haven't actually seen her and a full moon together since learning about the connection. From her.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', whose powers are fueled by [[ThePowerOfLove love]], [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship]], and the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin MOON!]]
* Cure Moonlight from ''HeartcatchPrettyCure''. Although her Lunacy just makes her super strong without making her insane (she's in fact [[LadyOfWar the most graceful fighter]] in the team), with side order of some BarrierWarrior capabilities.
* Koromo Amae from ''{{Manga/Saki}}''. While normally sweet and innocent, her aggression and strength go up while underneath a full moon. [[BerserkButton Way up.]]
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', the ArchangelGabriel is strengthened by the Moon due to its elemental alignment. Both times it appears, the Moon is not up, so it solves this by ''casually and instantly'' causing nightfall and a full moon. Since Acqua of the Back is empowered by Gabriel, he is also powered up by the moon.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' the demon {{Tanuki}} sealed inside of Gaara is at its most powerful, and it's easier for Gaara to transform into Shukaku. (Thus, at least pre-time-skip, Gaara arguably counts as a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent were-tanuki.)]]
* In ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'', females of the monster races essentially go into heat during the full moon. This scares the hell out of our hero, not because he doesn't want to sleep with the girls (he does), but because he knows that having sex with a lamia/centaur/harpy that isn't holding back their strength ''would kill him''.
* In ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', Syaoran develops a crush on Yukito, because Yukito is really [[spoiler: Yue]], and thus has a lot of moon-energy, and Syaoran draws energy from the moon himself. ([[FridgeLogic Strangely]], Kaho is another moon-energy-manipulator, and yet Syaoran doesn't develop any sort of attraction to her. In fact, he's afraid and suspicious of her.)
* In ''LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer'', the angel Sariel is powered up by the moon. He can power up even more by ''drawing the moon closer to Earth''.
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* The character Comicbook/MoonKnight in Marvel comics is a former special forces operative that met and became the Avatar of the Egyptian god of the Moon and Revenge. Or he is just bat shit crazy as he suffers from extreme multiple personality disorder at times. [[BunnyEarsLawyer His ability to be a hero]] just makes up for how full blown bonkers he can become, as he actually [[WhatTheHellHero cut the face off his arch enemy]] at one point.
* The Nightmare forces from ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' draw their power from the moon, and a full moon empowers them enough for one more chance at escaping.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'' the light of the moon at its highest point in a hundred years will cause the pod to bloom into Tara's successor. [[spoiler:And lack of it will cause it to bloom into Mandrake's successor.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Name a series with [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]] in it, any series.
** Literature/{{Discworld}} subverts the "full moon = magic" clich: the effect of the full moon on werewolves is mentioned but rarely has much impact (though there is the humorous consequence of werewolves suffering from their 'time of the month' - PLT, Pre-Lunar Tension). Instead, on Discworld the most magical phase is a half moon, because it's [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil on the edge between light and darkness]].
** The Literature/NightWatch averts it completely. Werevolves do suffer from periods of uncontrollable transformation and feral rage, but the timing depends on their biology and has nothing to do with the state of the moon.
** UrsulaKLeGuin has a short story that involves a transformation on ''moonless'' nights. It's made obvious early on that something even weirder than usual is going on. [[spoiler:[[TomatoSurprise The narrator's a wolf]], and the "monster" transforms into a human.]]
** In Kelley Armstrong's {{The Otherworld}}, werewolves have to change approximately weekly, unless they want to have weird things happen like their hands turning into paws in the middle of a grocery store (or just changing spontaneous, with an associated loss of control). At one point the Alpha explains that while they do often change on the full moon, it has more to do with the added light being good for hunting than the phase the moon is in.
** In Literature/TheDresdenFiles, there are four types of werewolves, however only one is bound by the full moon: loup-garou. These are cursed people and it is generally inherited through the bloodline. The victim of the curse becomes an insanely powerful feral wolf who will kill anything that gets in its path from moon rise to either moon set or sun rise. A loup-garou can only be killed by silver that was ''inherited''. No other type of attack would take one down as it heals from any wound instantly and resists mind-altering magic.
* In the ''Literature/JamesBond'' novel ''Literature/FromRussiaWithLove'', Red Grant, [=SMERSH's=] Chief Executioner, has homicidal urges coinciding with the full moon; his SMERSH file categorizes him as a [[HollywoodPsych manic-depressive psychopath]]. In the intro of the novel his wristwatch is described to show the phases of the moon.
* In the C.J. Henderson novel ''All Things Under the Moon'', the villain explains that the moon doesn't trigger his transformations: "The moon does not make me into a monster. I did that to myself - a long time ago. The moon only makes the monster kill."
* HarryTurtledove's ''Werenight'' revolves around that world's [[WeirdMoon three moons going full at once]], which triggers lycanthropic transformations in every single person who may remotely have the bloodline for it.
* This is a major theme in most of Simon R Green's works. Most notably his "BlueMoonRising" series in which the world is plunged into chaos and darkness when the titular moon rises and a demon horde is unleashed, and his standalone novel ''DrinkingMidnightWine'' which features an AnthropomorphicPersonification of the moon itself who is stark staring bonkers!
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ShadowsInTheMoonlight" Olivia deduces [[DreamingOfTimesGoneBy from her dream]] that the moonlight is restoring the TakenForGranite statues.
-->''"There is witchcraft in the moon," she shuddered. "He pointed at the moon; while the moon shines on them, they live. So I believe."''
* In ''TheNameOfTheWind'', when Elodin and Kvothe visit [[BedlamHouse the Rookery]], it's commented that the moon makes the patients worse. [[JustifiedTrope This may actually be true]], since the moon seems to be linked to both their world and the Fae realm, and the insane may be seeing through a weak spot between worlds.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* An episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' focuses on two murders committed on the evening of the full moon; the beginning features a scene of utter chaos in the station house, with a whole load of lunatics and maniacs causing havoc in the squad room, and all the phones ringing off the hook... with Detective Beckett calmly sitting at her desk doing paperwork and Richard Castle happily sitting beside her with a bowl of popcorn watching the chaos.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble''[='=]s Luna Memory grants him the power of the Moon; officially it grants "[[MasterOfIllusion the power of illusions]]", which manifests as RubberMan powers for his GoodOldFisticuffs ('''Joker''') and SimpleStaff ('''Metal'''), and {{Roboteching}} BeamSpam for his {{Handgun}} ('''Trigger''')
* In ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce,'' Zen-Aku is like Inuyasha - on the night of the new moon, he loses his powers [[spoiler: and becomes his human self again]]. However, he gets full moon power Inuyasha doesn't get. Basically, his power waxes and wanes with the moon's phases as a rule. (This also accounts for the traditional StrongAsTheyNeedToBe factor the show has. Invincible in his first and last battles; whenever one Ranger is a match for him, it must not be near full moon time!)
* In the ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode; "Once in a Blue Moon", when two Blue Moons occur in a year, weird things happen. Including The Charmed Ones turning into ''[[{{Werewolf}} werewolves]]''. And yes, it did coincide with "that time of the month".
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[[folder:Music]]
* A rather famous song by the Spanish group [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mecano Mecano]], "Hijo de la Luna" (Son of the Moon in Spanish) tells the story about a gypsy girl who in exchange of her first born son, the moon will grant her with husband. [[spoiler: Afterwards the son is born, he is an albino kid, the husband notice this, and confronts his wife about it, killing her in the process and abandoning the child in the mountains at the end]] is told that that the moon is full when the child is in good mood, and becomes half to make him a cradle if he cries.
* Music/{{Disturbed}}'s The Animal.
-->''For the beast is coming to life./Taking form in the glimmer of this '''tainted moonlight'''./Death approaches on this night.''
* In Music/EmilieAutumn's "Girls! Girls! Girls!", the host of a BedlamHouse [[ComeToGawk freakshow]] explains that women are predisposed to insanity because of the link between "lunacy" and ovulating by the cycle of the moon.
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[[folder:Religion]]
* Many lunar deities, of course; unlike solar deities, they are consistently powerful, perhaps because of the associations with insanity. [[ClassicalMythology Selene]] fought against the Typhon, an [[EldritchAbomination evil monster]], to the point of scarring his freaking throat - not to mention Artemis, her late Antiquity replacement, who was infamous for her violence. [[NorseMythology Mni]] battles nightly against wolves. [[EgyptianMythology Khonsu]] is so violent that many invocations are about him killing the enemies of the pharaoh. [[BabylonianMythology Sin]] is basically one of the greatest authorities among the gods, above Shamash the Sun.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* Actively used in ''ForgottenRealms'' with the goddess Selune-the oldest deity in existence (barring her evil twin), and extremely difficult to get a handle on in regards to her actual portfolio, which changes like the moon. Specifically the goddess of lycanthropes and women, but also encompasses divination, travelling, questing, tolerance, female spellcasters...
* In ''MagicTheGathering'', magic associated with the Moon is usually either red (chaos) or blue (intellect). Depending on the setting, the local Moon might be of other colours, like white (order) and black (ambition), such as in Kamigawa (where it is blue and black) and the new Innistrad setting (where the Moon empowers both the local white flavoured church and the green and red werewolves, as well as a blue Planeswalker, though she is from Kamigawa).
* In the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' setting, arcane magic is governed by the three moons Solinari, Lunitari, and Nuitari (and the deities of the same names). Solinari is silver, Lunitari is red and Nuitari is [[WeirdMoon black]]. The last governs evil magic, and is, for obvious reasons, really hard to see.
* ''WerewolfTheForsaken'':
** Luna, the mother of all werewolves, gets similar treatment. "Ever-Shifting Luna" is a more polite way of saying "Bitch ''crazy''." For instance, she has spirits, known as the Lunes, who oversee each of the [[{{Splat}} auspices]] and dispense wisdom to the Forsaken. The reason no werewolves ever try to make one a pack totem is because continued exposure to them can drive a werewolf insane.
** Then there's what the moon phase does for werewolves. Like in [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse the predecessor game]], a werewolf's phase of the moon (the one they were born under in the old game, the one they first change under in the new game) determines their basic role in werewolf society. Full moons are warriors, gibbous moons are bards and prophets, half moons are judges, crescent moons are shamans, and new moons are tricksters and rogues.
** ''Apocalypse'' makes it clear that the Garou's Rage - the anger and fury that makes them capable of superhuman acts in combat and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero has probably resulted in a few of their greatest mistakes over the millennia]] - is a gift from Luna. Those who pissed her off, like the Nuwisha (werecoyotes), don't get the same benefit.
* ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' gets in on it too. There's a Contract that Changelings can forge with the moon that revolves around madness; from sensing it with a glance to inducing it in whole crowds of people at once. And if you're a Darkling of the Moonborn kith, you have a spiritual connection to the moon that lets you drive people insane with a touch. Of course, you get zapped with a lesser version of that madness youself when you use it.
* ''{{Exalted}}'' gives similar treatment to Luna, specifically how her chosen, the Lunar Exalted, regard her. Like all Exalted, Lunars accrue [[LimitBreak Limit]] if they go against their guiding Virtues; however, they ''also'' gain Limit whenever the full moon's in the sky. Instead of realizing there may be some external reason for their [[HeroicBSOD occasional crazy rampages]], they just ascribe it to Luna being chaotic like that.
** And as in ''Werewolf'', a Lunar's role is linked to a phase of the moon; here, however, it's chosen by the Lunar, as they lost the inherent assignation of Caste when the Lunars as a whole fled into [[RealityIsOutToLunch the Wyld]] after the Usurpation. Those that aren't marked are the Casteless, whose Caste abilities shift with the moon and bear the risk of becoming [[BodyHorror Chimerae]]. The other three positions are Full Moon (warriors), Changing Moon (tricksters and diplomats), and No Moon (sorcerers and scholars); there used to be five Castes, but again, the Wyld screwed with that.
* ''RuneQuest'' has Lunes, which are basically "Moon Elementals". Their touch causes madness.
** Then there's the Lunar Empire, with their Red Moon, who worship the Moon Goddess. Unlike most examples, though, the Goddess and the Empire are both completely evil.
* DungeonsAndDragons 3.5 had a monster called Moon Rats. They are perfectly ordinary rats most of the time, but when exposed to the full moon they become intelligent, organized, and ''evil''. They're also very, very patient - don't think you're safe if they don't do anything of note on a full moon, because they're willing to make plans that take ''dozens'' of them to come full flower.
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' has Bujin Arasuda and Bujintei Tsukuyomi, as they are based off the Shinto moon god, Tsukiyomi.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' has Yumigami, a [[MoonRabbit rabbit god]] who gives you the power of Crescent, allowing you to change day to night. [[NotCompletelyUseless It's rarely useful]]. Certain events can only happen at night, and one boss allows it to ''somehow'' be used as an attack.
** Then there are Mr. and Mrs. Cutter, two crow {{tengu}} who disguise themselves as human. Mrs. Cutter specifically says that during the full moon their kind gets too excited for them to move outside without exposing themselves.
** Yami, the final boss is meant to represent the cold and lifeless moon in contrast to Amaterasu, the sun goddess.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Imperishable Night'', if you reach the "true" moon, the BigBad reveals that [[spoiler:"pure" moonbeams can drive humans insane. In one of Remilia and Sakuya's [[MultipleEndings endings]], it drives all the ''non''-human characters insane.]]
** [[MoonRabbit Reisen Udongein Inaba]], one of the said BigBad's servants, has the literal power to drive people crazy with nothing more than a [[RedEyesTakeWarning glance]]. Ironically, and fortunately, she's one of the most sane characters in [[MagicalLand Gensokyo]], although that's [[{{Cloudcuckooland}} not saying a lot]].
** In the Extra Mode of that game, a convenient full moon turns [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent Keine Kamishirasawa]] into her hakutaku form, making her enough of a challenge to serve as an [[BonusBoss extra stage]] {{midboss}}.
** [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Remilia Scarlet]]'s powers are at their strongest during the Scarlet Moon, setting the stage for the final showdown of ''Embodiment of Scarlet Devil''.
** [[BlackMage Patchouli Knowledge]] has access to moon as one of the 7 elements she uses.
** [[{{Fairy}} Luna Child]] has the power to dampen sounds and create silence, and her power waxes when the moon is in the sky and wanes when it isn't.
** In ''Cage In Lunatic Runagate'', Yukari claims that the moon "gave birth to all {{youkai}}" by illuminating the night, and therefore creating the first shadows for humans to fear.
** [[{{Tanuki}} Mamizou Futatsuiwa]]'s [[VoluntaryShapeshifting transformation powers]] are strongest on the night of a full moon.
** Some of Rumia's spellcards are strongly related to the moon. ''Moon Sign: Moonlight Ray'' is implied to use the moon power to create ''lasers''.
** [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Kagerou Imaizumi]] is a werewolf capable of turning into an actual wolf when there's the full Moon. She also gets hairy, though.
* The waxing and waning of the moon is a key gameplay feature in every ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' game. The fuller the moon is, the more damage your attacks do, the more likely an accident is to occur during fusion, and the crazier the monsters act. During a full moon they're practically drunk off those moonbeams, which makes for entertaining conversation. There are also some abilities that are more or less effective depending on the phase of the moon. It also tends to cycle every couple of minutes rather than twenty nine days, simply to make it viable. Certain games have their own quirks:
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' has important storyline events occur during a full moon, including a general rise in Shadow activity and, as a result, increases in the number of cases of Apathy Syndrome, which is caused by Shadow attacks.
** There's a period of time in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'' where the main character would take damage during a full moon. This is because [[spoiler:of his psychic link to the Heroine, whose reincarnated self is currently undergoing torture from a demon that has invaded her mind. The full moon makes him feel her pain]]. This is solved [[spoiler:by rescuing her]].
** In ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'', there's a 50% chance during every new moon- [[CallARabbitASmeerp excuse us,]] MIN Solar Noise that your characters will be cured of any ailments that they are suffering from. Also, the selling price of Cells is at its highest during MAX Solar Noise. In the sequel, ''Digital Devil Saga 2'', there is a chance during 7/8 or MAX Solar Noise- sorry, ''Solar Data'' that you will enter battle in Berserk Form.
** You can guarantee that you get the best items from ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne's'' Mystical Chests by opening them during a full moon. The drop rate of Gems is also highest at this point.
** One Sub App in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'' lets you speak to demons during the Full Moon (something otherwise impossible). Because they're drunk on the moonlight, they don't really know what they're saying, and will ask bizarre questions. You have a 50/50 chance of impressing them or pissing them off; impressing them can earn you rewards up to and including instantly recruiting them - this is one of the only two ways to recruit Dark demons without having to fuse them (The other being them joining on their own accord with yet another Sub App).
** Hecate is a moon goddess, so in her appearance as a boss in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' she is invulnerable as long as any part of the moon is visible - you have to wait until new moon to fight her.
* TheDragon Sax in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''. He uses the ominous [[TitleDrop Kingdom Hearts]] floating over [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon The World That Never Was]] as the focus of his powers, turning him from TheStoic into TheBerserker. The aforementioned MacGuffin is, for all intents and purposes, the moon of The World That Never Was; the theme of the world is entitled Sacred Moon, the city is draped in eternal night with the only light source being Kingdom Hearts...plus, Sax has fairly obvious connections to being a werewolf, what with his title being the ''Luna Diviner''.
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia''. There are ''six'' moons, all powering different types of magic, all dropping meteorites onto the land below which everyone then uses to power just about everything. And that's not even counting their plot-critical role...
* In ''FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'', the phase of the moon affects the strength of various commands. For instance, when the moon is full, Physical attacks are weakened, while BlackMagic is stronger and WhiteMagic is unchanged.
* ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'' has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Luna]], whose Moon magic has many uses, from casting MP-stealing spells, berzerker like buffs, to [[BalefulPolymorph shape-changing your foes]].
** Luna returns in ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3''. Very few classes have access to any of Luna's spells, but Hawk's Wanderer class can cast all but one of them. The game also features the Moonlight Forest, home to the werewolf-like Beastmen (including Kevin, who can gain access to the one Moon spell that Hawk can't cast) who transform and get stronger at night. Unsurprisingly, the Moonlight Forest is where you eventually find Luna. The game also includes Dolan, the God-Beast of the Moon's power. He resembles a titanic werewolf-like creature, and can summon the moon to drain the party's health, cut their lives exactly in half, and grant himself the same berserker buffs as the party can cast.
* In ''SuikodenII'', one of the 27 True Runes is the Moon Rune, which [[ImmortalityInducer grants its wielder]] {{Immortality}}, at the cost of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampirism, of course.]] The original possessor of the Rune, [[MysteriousWaif Sierra Mikain,]] is said to be the oldest Vampire in existence. Scratch that, she IS the original vampire.
* ''{{Pokemon}}'' has a move called "Moonlight" that restores HP based on the weather, and in the games they debuted in, the time of day. In later games, it works identically to its counterpart, "Morning Sun," which results of a DubInducedPlotHole due to the clear skies field effect being translated as strong sunlight - Moonlight restores the most health when the sun is shining.
** According to the Pokdex, Eevee evolves into its Dark-type evolution Umbreon by exposure to the light of the moon, Lunatone becomes active during the full moon, and Cresselia extends its aurora during the quarter moon.
** There's also the Moon Stone, which allows a miscellaneous grouping of Pokmon to evolve. Only one of them, Clefairy, has any connections to the moon, being said to have originated on it.
** As of generation 6, there is a fairy type move named "Moonblast", which is a beam made by borrowing power from the moon. It has the strongest base power of all Fairy-Type moves. Additionally, the previously-mentioned "Moonlight" has been changed to Fairy type in Gen IV.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', Harle, the harlequin minion of villain Lynx, is revealed late in the game to be [[spoiler: the Dark Moon Dragon, created by the other six Dragons to be a servant of the Dragon God. She was created secretly so that she could release the seal on the other six Dragons and they would be able to merge once more into the Dragon God and unleash havoc on humans once again. She is eventually abandoned by them, as she did not merge with the other dragons]]. She's even named Tsukuyomi in the Japanese version, after the Japanese moon god. Her special attacks are all moon-based.
* AxCrazy Mitsunari of ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' has a moon theme going on in order to [[SolarAndLunar contrast with his nemesis]] Ieyasu. As an IaijutsuPractitioner, his slashes make crescent shapes and a moon appears in both his LimitBreak and his stage. The game often uses sun and moon imagery in order to symbolize the both and the final battle between them is represented as a solar eclipse.
* ''{{Wizard 101}}'' has the moon school in Celestia. It's powers involve [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shape-shifting]].
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has Diana, the Scorn of the Moon. She's a melee assassin whose abilities revolve around using moonlight to attack her foes, making her the opposite of the sun-powered Leona. While she is a dark character, her goal is more tragic: for discovering the long-hidden secret moon cult of the Lunari, the sun-worshiping Solari almost executed her before she was endowed with her lunar powers and killed them.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', the Lunar Cry not only drops a torrent of monsters onto the earth from the moon, it also changes terrestrial animals into monsters.
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', it's mentioned that beastmen become more aggressive at the full moon, which is why the public execution of prisoners will be at the full-moon festival-- it keeps them from fighting each other.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* One of the many running gags in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' is "Aah! Full moon! I'm turning into [whatever the character is most afraid of becoming]." As with most of ''Sinfest'''s running gags, the precise results can vary wildly--for instance, a [[HornyDevil demoness]] turns into a housewife.
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[[folder: Web Original ]]
* #5 of ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20332_5-unrealistic-movie-cliches-that-are-scientifically-accurate.html 5 Unrealistic Movie Cliches That Are Scientifically Accurate]] explains moon fear as the result of a rise in lion attacks on the first few days after the full moon once the lions have become hungrier.
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' with the were-car. Even though the transformation had nothing to do with the moon, the were-cars howled/honked at it anyway.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': [[MakingASplash Waterbending]] is based on the Moon manipulating the tides. A Waterbender's abilities are at their peak when the moon is full, letting exceptionally powerful or skilled individuals use [[PeoplePuppets Bloodbending]]; conversely, [[spoiler:Waterbending ceases to work at all when the moon spirit is killed during the first season finale]].
* By ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the SequelSeries to ATLA, it's shown that a full moon is not required to pull off Bloodbending if the bender is powerful enough, [[spoiler:as shown by Tarrlok, Yakone and Amon]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' has an interesting variation: In the pilot episode, The Warden decides to order bunny suits for all of the inmates. The Twins screw up his order, of course, and half of the suits are now wolf suits. The Warden decides to 'congratulate' The Twins while they're working out in the prison yard with the inmates (who are now clad in either bunny suits or wolf suits.) The Warden then proceeds to 'start the big show' and raises the full moon in the sky. The prisoners in the wolf suits suddenly start foaming at the mouth and transform into ''actual werewolves.''
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' had Dexter experiencing a bad day. Dee Dee convinces him that it's because of the zodiac - the Moon is blocking him from his constellation. He solves it by pushing the Moon... and accidentally causing it to [[ColonyDrop fall into his city]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "The Doof Side of the Moon", CardCarryingVillain Dr. Doofenshmirtz claims that although his own evil remains constant, the level of "background evil" waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon.
** Cue a [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Moment of Funny]] when it hits him why rotating the moon half way around has no effect on the lunar phases. [[CompletelyMissingThePoint And then reasons that he should have rotated the Sun instead]].
* Shikata, the {{Samurai}} BloodKnight mercenary [[KiAttacks ki-adept]] hired to kill Spider-Man in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'', gained [[{{Immortality}} indefinitely-prolonged youth]], KiAttacks and a HealingFactor by reflecting moonlight off her magic sword and onto her skin.
* Princess Luna from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is responsible for bringing out the night at dusk. A lot of her powers and those of her SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Moon are based around lunacy: illusions, murderous madness, metamorphosis...
* In ''WesternAnimation/SilverHawks'', the light of the Moonstar of Limbo transforms Mon*Star (already a pretty imposing guy) into an even more powerful armored monster. The series begins when a burst of light from the Moonstar gives Mon*Star the strength to escape his prison. In one episode, a small piece of the Moonstar broke off and Mon*Star carried it around with him. This vastly amplified his power until the heroes got rid of it.
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* It was once a common urban legend that people behave more rowdily under the full Moon, that people go crazy, that more crimes are committed, and that more people get hurt and go to the hospital. Many pseudoscienctific explanations were proposed to account for these supposed phenomena. Perhaps the rumors arose from the fact that, before the days of widespread, outdoor illumination like gas lights or street lights, outdoor activity that took place after dark, such as travel or parties, was always reserved for nights with a full moon -- the more active people are, the more opportunities would naturally arise for trouble. [[http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a2_337.html As it turns out, none of it is true]]; studies have failed to find any correlation between the phase of the Moon and human behavior. Even people involved in these jobs (police, ER docs, etc.) will think it's true, but it's just that they ''notice'' the crazy more during the full moon, not that there actually ''is'' more crazy.
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* On June 15, 2011, there was a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunter%27s_moon Blood moon]] combined with a [[http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/theres-a-blood-moon-on-the-rise-20110615-1g3js.html total lunar eclipse]] - timed perfectly with [[http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/article/1009755--vancouver-riots-i-m-ashamed-to-be-a-fan-right-now riots in Vancouver]] when [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Bruins in a 0-4 upset.]]
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