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This is a list of fictional stories in which solar eclipses feature as an important plot element. Mere passing mentions are not listed.

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  • While director Peter Weir was filming Witness (1985) in the Amish region of Pennsylvania, a genuine solar eclipse occurred in the sky above his location. Weir filmed several of his actors in costume, responding to the eclipse, with a vague intention of revising the film's storyline to include a solar eclipse. Ultimately, however, the eclipse footage was not included in the final edit.


  • An episode of the 1980's science-fiction comedy/drama The Edison Twins when the twin siblings foiled a bank robbery attempt in a major city bank when employees are focusing on the solar eclipse.
  • Sailor Moon: In season four, two eclipses grant power to the villainous Dead Moon (Circus).
  • Heroes features eclipses prominently within the continuity and symbolism of the show. The title card and logo, for example, both feature an eclipse. An eclipse occurred in the pilot episode, "Genesis," described as a "global event" and commonly understood to be the catlyst that activated the characters' abilities. Another eclipse appears in the first episode of season two, during which Hiro Nakamura teleports to 1671 feudal Japan. The season three episodes, "The Eclipse, Part 1" and "The Eclipse, Part 2 deal with the consequences of a third eclipse which removes all the characters' abilities as well as the unknown connection between eclipses and evolved humans.
  • The Recess episode, "Outcast Ashley," partly revolves around Gretchen's attempts to view the solar eclipse occurring that afternoon, and whom she views it with.
  • In an episode of Darkwing Duck, the title character accidentally travels to the Middle Ages and is about to be executed as a warlock when he remembers that his execution is timed exactly with an eclipse. He threatens everyone that he will black out the sun unless released and begins to speak gibberish, pretending to put a spell on the sun. However, he has misread the date of the solar eclipse by one day, and stands on the gallows for 24 hours, continuing the gibberish until the eclipse happens.
  • The opening credits of Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001) feature a CGI-generated solar eclipse.
  • In the 2001-4 Samurai Jack animated series, Aku is able to escape the tree he is sealed in due to an eclipse.
  • In the 2007 Avatar: the Last Airbender episode, "The Day of Black Sun Part 2: The Eclipse", Aang and his allies plan for the day of the invasion of the Fire Nation capital on the day a solar eclipse would occur, leaving the firebenders without firebending for about 8 minutes. The plan was expected to end the war. The plan fails because Azula, the princess of the Fire Nation, learned of the upcoming invasion beforehand.
  • The 2007 Sci-Fi channel miniseries Tin Man is centered around a "double eclipse" which will give power to one of the two princesses of the O.Z.
  • The "Sunblock" episode of CSI: Miami features a murder in which the killer struck during a solar eclipse due to an allergy to the sun.
  • The final two episodes of Berserk take place during an eclipse, which in the series universe happens only once every 216 years and marks the birth of a new member of the Godhand. During these episodes, Griffith, once the leader of the Band of the Hawk, betrays and sacrifices his men in order to become the fifth member of the Godhand, Femto.
  • The Seven Twenty Three episode of Mad Men features the solar eclipse that occurred on July 20, 1963
  • The final three episodes of Raven The Island. An eclipse allows the warriors to enter Nevar's fortress.


  • Carly Simon's song You're So Vain includes the lyrics: "Then you flew your Lear jet up to Nova Scotia / To see the total eclipse of the sun"


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