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The Moon is shown in a bizarre or altered way - either because of actual physical changes, or simple Artistic License. Subtrope of Weird Moon, related to The Man in the Moon, Deface of the Moon and Bad Moon Rising.

If the moon is different because you're looking at an Alien Sky, you're in the wrong trope.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Bleach: For no apparent reason, the moon shows up as a very unlikely crescent— specifically, the horns curl toward each other in a way that could only happen if the moon were full and being partially eclipsed by another object.
  • In Cowboy Bebop a third of the Moon has blown up into a giant Asteroid Thicket ring around the Earth, essentially leaving it as physically crescent.
  • Gankutsuou: Somewhat justified by the fact that it is colonized, thus having its surface altered, the moon sports a creepy skull-like face.
  • Soul Eater has a crescent moon with a maniacally grinning face and hooked nose. It also has an Artsy Sun. It turns out the moon isn't just drawn that way, that's literally how it's shaped. It's not even an object orbiting the planet outside the atmosphere, it's just floating above the Earth in the clouds and is only about the size of a small mountain.

    Comic Strips 
  • Krazy Kat, the comic strip, tends to show crescent moons. With a 3D-like representation.

    Films — Animation 
  • Coraline: Towards the end of the movie, the other world's moon starts slowly being eclipsed by a button-shaped shadow.
  • The Pixar short La Luna reveals that the moon is a large sphere (not far above the Earth's surface), that catches falling stars, which are made of glowing glass. The glow we see comes from the stars, and special janitors go out at night to push them around, producing the different phases of the moon that we see.
  • In Treasure Planet, what appears to be a crescent moon in the sky is actually a bustling spaceport shaped like a crescent.

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    Western Animation 
  • One Casper the Friendly Ghost cartoon has Casper decide to visit the Man in the Moon. Being a ghost, he has no trouble flying to the Moon, but as he gets closer, the smiling cartoon face on the moon slowly fades into just being a bleak pattern of craters, and he arrives bitterly disappointed. Fortunately, the place turns out to be inhabited by little Lilliputian guys, so he makes some friends after all.
  • In the Simpsons episode 'Life on the Fast Lane', where Marge is seduced by a ten-pin bowler, the moon is seen in one scene with three craters making it resemble a bowling ball.


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