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* ''VideoGame/{{Iru}}'' is set on the night of a lunar eclipse.

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** Unfortunately for the heroes, Fire Lord Ozai was GenreSavvy enough to just hide and wait out the eclipse.


* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': In the episode "Allowance Day". Having perpetrated a ZanyScheme that has inadvertently convinced the ''whole world'' that the date is one day ahead, Huey, Dewey and Louie use an eclipse predicted by their almanac to set the record straight. [[note]]''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' did a very similar plot a few years later in "The Time Bandit", using a comet.[[/note]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': In the episode "Allowance Day". Having perpetrated a ZanyScheme that has inadvertently convinced the ''whole world'' that the date is one day ahead, Huey, Dewey and Louie use an eclipse predicted by their almanac to set the record straight. [[note]]''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' did a very similar plot a few years later in "The Time Bandit", using a comet.[[/note]]

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* Creator/NKJemisin's ''Literature/InheritanceTrilogy'': When {{the Old God|s}} [[spoiler:Nahadoth]] is ''really'' angry over [[spoiler:an unsolved [[KillTheGod deicide]]]] in the city of Sky, he shrouds the city in an unending solar eclipse and gives the natives 30 days to resolve the situation. Weirdly, the eclipse is only visible within the city -- or to people from the city, no matter how far they go to try to escape it.


** ''Literature/{{Nightfall}}.'' Its setting is a world with ''6 suns'', whose inhabitants have never known darkness of any kind, as there is always at least one sun visible at any given moment. Characters use 'godlights' in their rooms to keep them lit even while they sleep, and subjecting anyone to darkness causes a severe psychological reaction. When a once-in-2049-years eclipse occurs and plunges their world in darkness, the vast majority go completely bonkers.

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** ''Literature/{{Nightfall}}.'' ''Literature/Nightfall1990'', co-written with Creator/RobertSilverberg: Its setting is a world with ''6 suns'', whose inhabitants have never known darkness of any kind, as there is always at least one sun visible at any given moment. Characters use 'godlights' in their rooms to keep them lit even while they sleep, and subjecting anyone to darkness causes a severe psychological reaction. When a once-in-2049-years eclipse occurs and plunges their world in darkness, the vast majority go completely bonkers.


* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', there's a solar eclipse during the GrandFinale. This may have something to do with the alchemical symbolism related to the Sun and Moon (and the Sun being devoured). In real life, however, the moon during an eclipse doesn't leave such a nice defined shadow, such as seen [[http://www.opencourse.info/astronomy/introduction/04.motion_moon/eclipse99_mir_big.jpg here]]. The fandom has taken to [[FanNickname calling this]] "The Eclipse" in reference to ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', since [[spoiler:it turns out to be critical to Father's plan. And Hohenheim's. Specifically, using the Umbra [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome AS A TRANSMUTATION CIRCLE.]]]]

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', there's a solar eclipse during the GrandFinale. This may have something to do with the alchemical symbolism related to the Sun and Moon (and the Sun being devoured). In real life, however, the moon during an eclipse doesn't leave such a nice defined shadow, such as seen [[http://www.opencourse.info/astronomy/introduction/04.motion_moon/eclipse99_mir_big.jpg here]]. The fandom has taken to [[FanNickname calling this]] "The Eclipse" in reference to ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', since [[spoiler:it turns out to be critical to Father's plan. And Hohenheim's. Specifically, using the Umbra [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome AS A TRANSMUTATION CIRCLE.]]]]]]


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* Considerable importance in ''Anime/ZeroNoTsukaima'', where it is revealed that the eclipse is one of few instances where [[spoiler: travel between Saito and Louise's worlds is possible. This is how Siesta's grandfather made it across in his [[RealLife/CoolPlane Zero fighter]].]] This was put to good use in the finale of season four, when [[spoiler:Saito broke into a military base, stole a jet and flew it into the eclipse, arriving just in time to save Louise from a giant, death-bringing dragon of the apocalypse.]]

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* Considerable importance in ''Anime/ZeroNoTsukaima'', ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', where it is revealed that the eclipse is one of few instances where [[spoiler: travel between Saito and Louise's worlds is possible. This is how Siesta's grandfather made it across in his [[RealLife/CoolPlane Zero fighter]].]] This was put to good use in the finale of season four, when [[spoiler:Saito broke into a military base, stole a jet and flew it into the eclipse, arriving just in time to save Louise from a giant, death-bringing dragon of the apocalypse.]]



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* ''FanFic/TheStarsWillAidTheirEscape'': The plot just happens to coincide with the first solar eclipse since Luna's return from banishment. Naturally, it ends up being crucial to [[BigBad Herald's]] plans, as not only is it a component of the [[WhenThePlanetsAlign alignment]] required to release the [[SealedEvilInACan Outer Gods]], but it also [[spoiler: leaves both Princesses weakened enough for him to [[SealedGoodInACan banish them outside reality]]]].

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* ''FanFic/TheStarsWillAidTheirEscape'': ''Fanfic/TheStarsWillAidTheirEscape'': The plot just happens to coincide with the first solar eclipse since Luna's return from banishment. Naturally, it ends up being crucial to [[BigBad Herald's]] plans, as not only is it a component of the [[WhenThePlanetsAlign alignment]] required to release the [[SealedEvilInACan Outer Gods]], but it also [[spoiler: leaves both Princesses weakened enough for him to [[SealedGoodInACan banish them outside reality]]]].



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* In ''Film/PitchBlack'' the characters are on a moon of a large gas giant planet, and the planet eclipses the star as seen from its moon, instead of the other way around. The planet rapidly goes from "just touching the sun" to "completely covering the sun" in a matter of moments. As soon as the planet covers the sun, the rest of the film is spent in the titular condition. Given that the planet is much larger in the sky than the sun is at that distance, a long eclipse is reasonable. Interestingly, a full model of the solar system and it's movement is found by the characters and it would have provided this information in detail, however it is only shown in passing and the characters themselves only give it a quick glance. It's brought up later that the planet and the moon in the model were moving together at the same rate which means a long night ahead, but the model wasn't examined in detail.

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* The "Rite of Spring" segment of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' ends with a devastating earthquake (accompanied by new mountains forming) occurring during a solar eclipse.
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* In ''Film/PitchBlack'' ''Film/PitchBlack'', the characters are on a moon of a large gas giant planet, and the planet eclipses the star as seen from its moon, instead of the other way around. The planet rapidly goes from "just touching the sun" to "completely covering the sun" in a matter of moments. As soon as the planet covers the sun, the rest of the film is spent in the titular condition. Given that the planet is much larger in the sky than the sun is at that distance, a long eclipse is reasonable. Interestingly, a full model of the solar system and it's its movement is found by the characters and it would have provided this information in detail, however it is only shown in passing and the characters themselves only give it a quick glance. It's brought up later that the planet and the moon in the model were moving together at the same rate which means a long night ahead, but the model wasn't examined in detail.



* ''Film/{{Ladyhawke}}'' got an eclipse that allowed the titular bird/woman and her wolf/man lover to be together rather than for those few moments at dawn and dusk when each was changing shape. It is standing together like this before the evil bishop that cursed them that ultimately breaks their curse. Though this "eclipse" occurs the day after a full moon (which would be impossible since solar eclipses can only take place at New Moon). Either the writers [[ArtisticLicenseAstronomy fail astronomy forever]], or it really was supposed to be a miracle.
** Although the novelization, by SF writer Joan Vinge, fixed this.
* Also happened in another 80s fantasy film, ''Film/{{Dragonslayer}}'', though there it was more due to the RuleOfCool than anything else.
* The "Rite of Spring" segment of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' ends with a devastating earthquake (accompanied by new mountains forming) occurring during a solar eclipse.

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* ''Film/{{Ladyhawke}}'' got an eclipse that allowed the titular bird/woman and her wolf/man lover to be together rather than for those few moments at dawn and dusk when each was changing shape. It is standing together like this before the evil bishop that cursed them that ultimately breaks their curse. Though this "eclipse" occurs the day after a full moon (which would be impossible since solar eclipses can only take place at New Moon). Either the writers [[ArtisticLicenseAstronomy fail astronomy forever]], or it really was supposed to be a miracle.
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miracle. Although the novelization, by SF writer Joan Vinge, fixed this.
* Also happened in another 80s '80s fantasy film, ''Film/{{Dragonslayer}}'', though there it was more due to the RuleOfCool than anything else.
* The "Rite of Spring" segment of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' ends with a devastating earthquake (accompanied by new mountains forming) occurring during a solar eclipse.
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** This is the second total solar eclipse visible in (all of) North America in ''how'' many years?
** The moon was visible in the sky next to the sun just before the eclipse.



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* Justified in ''Roleplay/MallFight'', as the eclipse that occurred at Xandus' reappearance wasn't natural.
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* Justified in ''Roleplay/MallFight'', as the eclipse that occurred at Xandus' reappearance wasn't natural.



--->'''Homer:''' Sorry, Dad, I thought the dragon would't cough the moon back up.
--->'''Grampa:''' You idiot, the dragon ''always'' coughs the moon back up!

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--->'''Homer:''' Sorry, Dad, I thought the dragon would't cough the moon back up.
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up.\\
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You idiot, the dragon ''always'' coughs the moon back up!


* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Nightfall}}.'' Its setting is a world with ''6 suns'', whose inhabitants have never known darkness of any kind, as there is always at least one sun visible at any given moment. Characters use 'godlights' in their rooms to keep them lit even while they sleep, and subjecting anyone to darkness causes a severe psychological reaction. When a once-in-2049-years eclipse occurs and plunges their world in darkness, the vast majority go completely bonkers.

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's Creator/IsaacAsimov:
** "Literature/Nightfall1941": Lagash is a world with [[AlienSky six suns]], whose inhabitants have never known darkness of any kind, as there is always [[EndlessDaytime at least one sun visible at any given moment]]. When a once-in-2049-years eclipse occurs and plunges their world in darkness, [[CosmicHorrorStory the vast majority go completely bonkers]].
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''Literature/{{Nightfall}}.'' Its setting is a world with ''6 suns'', whose inhabitants have never known darkness of any kind, as there is always at least one sun visible at any given moment. Characters use 'godlights' in their rooms to keep them lit even while they sleep, and subjecting anyone to darkness causes a severe psychological reaction. When a once-in-2049-years eclipse occurs and plunges their world in darkness, the vast majority go completely bonkers.


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* In Music/MarilynManson's ConceptAlbum ''Music/AntichristSuperstar'', an eclipse is one of the phenomena caused by the titular MisanthropeSupreme ascending to become a PhysicalGod, in an arc that ends with him destroying the world.
--> ''"Prick your finger, it is done\\
The moon has now eclipsed the sun\\
The angel has spread its wings\\
The time has come for bitter things."''
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* The plot of the ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu campaign ''Masks of Nyarlathotep'' hinges around a bunch of cults of said deity trying to open a massive interdimensional gateway using a total solar eclipse, a rocket, and the birth of an eldritch abomination as the focus.

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* It's not explicitly remarked on, but as you begin succeeding at missions into the eponymous structure in ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'', the Hamlet sky turns blood-red, and an eclipse is clearly visible in it.


* In ''Sunwing'', the second book in the ''Literature/{{Silverwing}}'' series, the entire plot revolves around BigBad Goth attempting to bring his god/BiggerBad Cama Zotz into the world by sacrificing 100 creatures during a solar eclipse. The final battle becomes more about the heroes trying to free as many of captives as possible to avoid this.

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* In ''Sunwing'', the second book in the ''Literature/{{Silverwing}}'' series, the entire plot revolves around BigBad Goth attempting to bring his god/BiggerBad god Cama Zotz into the world by sacrificing 100 creatures during a solar eclipse. The final battle becomes more about the heroes trying to free as many of captives as possible to avoid this.


* In ''Film/PitchBlack'' the characters are on a moon of a large gas giant planet, and the planet eclipses the star as seen from its moon, instead of the other way around. The planet rapidly goes from "just touching the sun" to "completely covering the sun" in a matter of moments. As soon as the planet covers the sun, the rest of the film is spent in the titular condition, and dialogue in the film says the eclipse will last a month. Given that the planet is much larger in the sky than the sun is at that distance, a long eclipse is reasonable, although a month is pushing it. A moon with such a long orbital period around the planet would be so far away from it that the planet would be much smaller in its sky.
** It's never explicitly stated how long the eclipse will last. None of the characters have any idea, but agree that it will probably last too long to try and wait it out.

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* In ''Film/PitchBlack'' the characters are on a moon of a large gas giant planet, and the planet eclipses the star as seen from its moon, instead of the other way around. The planet rapidly goes from "just touching the sun" to "completely covering the sun" in a matter of moments. As soon as the planet covers the sun, the rest of the film is spent in the titular condition, and dialogue in the film says the eclipse will last a month. condition. Given that the planet is much larger in the sky than the sun is at that distance, a long eclipse is reasonable, although reasonable. Interestingly, a month is pushing it. A moon with such a long orbital period around full model of the planet solar system and it's movement is found by the characters and it would be so far away from have provided this information in detail, however it is only shown in passing and the characters themselves only give it a quick glance. It's brought up later that the planet would be much smaller and the moon in its sky.
** It's never explicitly stated how
the model were moving together at the same rate which means a long night ahead, but the eclipse will last. None of the characters have any idea, but agree that it will probably last too long to try and wait it out.model wasn't examined in detail.

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* In the SNES classic ''[[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Chrono Trigger]]'', the climax of the side-quest to [[spoiler: bring Crono back to life]] happens during a solar eclipse: the team returns to the exact moment of the event -- frozen in time -- [[spoiler: exchange a life-like replica for the real Crono, and bring the latter back into the time stream]].
** Metaphorically played straight, as [[spoiler: bringing the ''main character'' back to life]] is a ''side''-quest, and irrelevant to the over-arching plot.

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