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Anime and Manga
- Sailor Moon: Sailor Moon herself does this a lot.
- 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.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!:
- Setsuna near the end of the Kyoto Arc, 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 Mobile Suit 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.
- In Kurau Phantom Memory , the full moon looks awfully huge behind the flying silhouettes of Kurau and later Christmas, although it makes for lovely E.T.-like scenery, emphasizing the lonely mood.
- In The Last: Naruto the Movie, Naruto and Hinata finally had their first kiss (and a Big Damn Kiss it most certainly was too) floating high in the air, suspended in front of the full moon◊.
- One Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic makes use of this trope when Willow is flying Andrew to Scotland.
- Rising Stars: Randy Fisk does this with Cathy Holmes' body, after they die in the process of bringing him back to life, cremating them with his Hand Blast. Possibly somewhat narmful, as this is done in the sky over Maas-controlled Chicago, presumably in full view of dozens of enemy Specials...
- An issue of Exiles introduces a further mutated, alternate universe version of Morbius like this.
- 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.
Films — Animation
- 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. Played for drama in The Nightmare Before Christmas: Jack is out to give gifts in Santa Claus' stead and the army is trying to shoot him down; they get him when the clouds clear and he flies in front of the moon. Of course, he's already dead, so he gets better.
- 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.
- In Aladdin, Aladdin and Jasmine pass in front of◊ a giant full moon during their Flight of Romance.
- The final shot of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is Captain Underpants flying up to the moon while George and Harold are hanging onto his cape.
- Inverted in the scene The Little Mermaid when a human Ariel takes her first breath, as she's backlit by a distant sunrise, but its a similar enough effect.
Films — Live-Action
- Happens in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, in the scene where ET makes Elliot's bike fly. Trope Codifier at the very least. The iconic shot of the bike silhouetted against the moon became the logo of Steven Spielberg's production company Amblin Entertainment.
- Last Action Hero, with Danny on a bicycle no less, shamelessly parodying E.T.
- 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.
- 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.
- Im Juli has a short hallucination sequence after Daniel drinks the drugged beverage served by Luna. In this sequence his bus travels across the night sky while the full moon shows Luna's face watching the bus passing by◊.
- Malcolm X has a scene◊ with KKK members riding off into the moon. An homage to E.T. as noted by director Spike Lee.
- Happens at least twice in the X-Wing Series, involving Star Destroyers (and obviously not with Earth's moon).
- In the famous scene from The Hound of the Baskervilles, Watson and Henry Baskerville notice a Full Moon Silhouette of a man watching them from the top of a granite pillar. It was Holmes.
- In Ray Bradbury's The Halloween Tree, eight boys cling to one another to form the tail of a giant kite. The narrative describes them forming a question-mark silhouette on the moon as the kite swoops and circles through the night sky.
- 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.
- Power Rangers:
- 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.
- Before this, in Season 2 of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, Serpentera would fly past the moon, making a silhouette of itself as it did. Its Gosei Sentai Dairanger counterpart Daijinryuu did the same.
- 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.
- The final number of Mamma Mia!, "I Have a Dream", is sung by Sophie as she stands in front of a giant full moon. The stage version of the musical ends with Sophie and Sky slowly walking offstage as all the stage lights dim, except for the moon, briefly silhouetting the couple before the final blackout.
- The intro for the Battlefield 2: Special Forces expansion shows a U.S. Navy Seal doing this by zipline, which results in an Offscreen Crash and a frightened cat.
- 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.
- Holy Umbrella: In the flashback scene where you play as Viper sneaking into Thurgical Castle, a large full moon remains fixed in the top center of the background so that Viper can be frequently silhouetted against it.
- 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.
- Tiny Toons did a parody with the Amblin Logo having Elliot crashing into the moon and falling off his bike.
- A very brief example occurs in the Spongebob Squarepants episode One Krab's Trash when Mr. Krabs does a sommersault above the horde of skeletal fishes.