Full Moon Silhouette


Character flies in front of a full moon, making a silhouette. Popularized by E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Since this often requires the moon to be large enough for a silhouette, this trope tends to coincide with Weird Moon. (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.)


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     Anime and Manga  

  • Sakura does it at the end of the Cardcaptor Sakura'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 Mahou Sensei Negima!, after she rescues Konoka from the clutches of the enemy via Wing Pull.
    • Eva has one at the beginning of the Mahora Blackout Operation.
  • Wolf's Rain: Some of the running wolf animation loops in the closing credits have a full moon background. In later episodes the moon turns blood-red.
  • Eureka Seven has one of these (picture). It's treated a bit more seriously than most other instances of this trope.
  • Shugo Chara! where the Tsukiyomi siblings are so awesome that they can make an auto full moon. Just look at any shots of 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.
  • One Piece:
    • 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 One Piece Film: Strong World, Brook does this along with his trademark laugh style.
  • During the fight in the introduction to Karas, the Karas transforms from plane to samurai form and back-flips through the air silhouetted against the moon.
  • At one point during The Vision of Escaflowne Hitomi goes looking for Van and finds him on a rooftop practicing sword forms framed by the full moon.
  • In Gundam Wing Endless Waltz, 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 K.
  • Vancha March is introduced with one in the manga adaptation of The Saga of Darren Shan, as is Steve, upon his return in volume 8.

     Comic Books  

    Fan Fiction 
  • Shows up twice during chapter 3 of Racer and the Geek. The first time is in a flashback. The second time is when Rainbow Dash confronts Telny and he aims his gun at her.


  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: Trope Codifier 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 Santa Claus and his reindeer traveling away can be seen in the front of the moon.
  • Last Action Hero, with Danny on a bicycle no less.
  • The Tall Guy, starring Jeff Goldblum - dancing in front of the moon in a rabbit costume.
  • The Naked Gun 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.
  • Spy Hard, combining it with a Speed parody by having the bus travel in front of the moon during its jump.
  • Batman does it in the Batplane during the 1989 movie, in the process imitating the Batman symbol.
  • Kiryu in the film Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla makes one of these as he flies down to Tokyo to battle Godzilla.
  • The last view of Kehaar in Watership Down 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 Arachnophobia depict a spider hanging on a silk thread in front of a full moon.
  • Tremors 5: Bloodlines: An Assblaster flies in front of the moon when Burt is tracking it with his rifle scope.


     Live Action TV  

  • Similar to the aforementioned Film example, many Christmas Episodes and Christmas Specials of various shows feature an ending scene where a silhouette of Santa Claus and his reindeer traveling away can be seen in the front of the moon.
  • In one scene of Top Gear'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).
  • Eureka's season four Christmas Episode has Santa's sleigh being silhouetted against the full moon.
  • Kamen Rider Fourze 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 Power Rangers in Space when Storm Blaster takes Justin (both from Power Rangers Turbo, the preceding season) to help the current team of Power Rangers.
  • In the The Flash (1990) 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 Batman in the theaters, was probably a callback to the above scene in it.

     Music Videos  

     Theme Parks  

     Video Games  
  • The original Mortal Kombat 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 Dungeons of Dredmor: Realm of the Diggle Gods is represented with an icon of a werediggle silhouette standing on a hill in front of a full moon.
  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS has Greninja's Final Smash, which has him wailing on his victim ninja-style as silhouettes in front of a gigantic moon.

     Web Original 

  • The What If? question "Speed Bump" includes an illustration of a car that lifts off the ground and tumbles helplessly against the moon. The Alt Text says "BREAKING: Child, Unidentified Creature in Bicycle Basket Hit and Killed by Car".

     Western Animation  

  • Similar to the aforementioned Film example, many Christmas Episodes and Christmas Specials of various shows feature an ending scene where a silhouette of Santa Claus and his reindeer traveling away can be seen in the front of the moon.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures, being a Spielberg-produced cartoon, has a few Shout Outs 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 Direct-to-Video movie, 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 series finale of Kim Possible ends with Kim and Ron flying off in her Cool Car in front of a (what else?) full moon.

     Real Life 
  • This has become a trend for aviation photographers, as can be seen here.
    • Taken Up to Eleven with shots as this of the International Space Station (see above to the right of the large rayed crater at right)